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that the bags were not j! .-is heavy
as usual. They were open'.- urid found
:to contain nothing but Kl:t. Thus,
hundreds of thousands of dollars worth
of gold had mysteriously disappeared
in the journey between London and
I Boulogne.
The aniawng part of it wns that al
Iniost superhuman means had bf(-n tak
jen to jirotoct. the precious dust. The
jgold was sent in the guards' van,
Ipackcd in iron boxes, each of which
was deposited in a safe with a Chubb
loch. The safes each had two
and naturally there
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Teste// mm Handed /wmtqn
OF THE GOLD.
and carried to a conclusion. It in
volved weeks of patient labor.
In the meantime it became Increas
ingly evident that the robbery was
the work of skilled professionals. Lit
tle Items of Information picked up
Jiere and there proved that the scheme
iMd been carried out by a gang of
•thieves. Finally, enough was learned
-to convince the detectives that the
'thieves had secured a wax Impression
a set of the real keys, which en
abled the thieves to manufacture a set
*C false ones. But even with this, it
mi necessary to secure the assistance
^af someone employed by the railway
oompany.
At this stage of the game one of the
jearpet bags was traced to a man
Bed Peter Agar. That, la Itself,
nds commonplace. But the im
portance of It becomea evident when
It la stated that the portrait of Mr.
Agar occupied a place of honor In the
Boguea' gallery at Scotland Yard.
Copies of the picture were made and
•eat all along the line. The guards
and the ticket collectors immediately
reoognlsed it as that of one of the
men who had traveled In the train on
the day the gold had disappeared.
Two things could be dona. -One was
la arrest Agar at oaee Mi depend
ie Gre*t
ion Jobbery
An Episode in the life cf Inspector Sweeney
of Scotland Yard.
COPYRIGHT 1911 BY W.C.CHAPMAN.
N'E September morning .sev
eral decades ago, when the
express officials lifted out
the bullion which had been
brought to Boulogne by
way of the Southeastern
railway, tli'v noticed
locks,
was a separate
key for each one. These keys were
in
triplicate and were in the possession
of the trusted officers of the company.
One set was kept by the traffic super
intendent in London, another by the
head of the Folkstone railway office,
and the third by the captain of the
Ifolkstone-Boulogne boat.
Each of these men was beyond sus
picion. They were all willing to swear
that the bags had been sealed in the
usual form, duly fastened and locked.
How had the shot been substituted
(or the gold? And where? No one
eould answer these questions. It
seemed like black magic.
James Sweeney of Scotland Yard
put on the case, and associated
with him were a number of the best
detectives in England. The investiga
tors first visited the
railway office at
Folkstone and made a careful exam
ination
of the premises. That, brought
no results. After that there was a
second and more careful scrutiny of
the railway car. One of the finds here
was an old carpet bag.
That was a beginning. The. Scot
land Yard men took the bag and be
gan one of thoBe systematic searches
In which they are excelled only by the
secret police of Paris. Many shop
keepers bad sold many bags within
the period of time under investigation.
Sbme were sold to citizens with whom
they were acquainted, while others
were disposed of to strangers whose
features they could describe only with
difficulty. However, the work of "run
jnlng out" these vague clues was start-
A-
upon getting his assistance in bring
ing his pals to justice. The other was
to shade,v him in the hope of secur
ing additional evidence that would re
sult in recovering some of the gold
and rounding up the gang. The sec
ond course was agreed upon. So a
close espionage war, kept upon the
skilful and gentlemanly Mr. Agar with
the intention of ultimately taking him
into custody.
Just, as the police were ready to
pounce down upon the fellow, he up
set all of their ph ns. He committed
a fresh crime. And it was of a char
acter that could lint be ignored. He
was caught
utt"v!ngl'orged
checks, and
ill wholesale rf: Lities. An army of
shop-keepers wciii after him and he
was arrested, tried, convicted and sen
tenced to transportation for life. The
detectives who had been after him for
the great bullion robbery tried to get
him to make a confession of that af
fair, but he only smiled and remarked
that he had nothing' to say for publica
tion. They even tried, in a mild sort
of way, the kind of persuasion that
we call the third degree, but it was of
no use. Agar shut up like a clam,
merely saying that he was ready to
take his punishment for the fovged
checks, He was sent away, and with
him the only clue relating to the theft
of the gold'dust.
The affair was about to be cast into
the limbo of unsolved mysteries when
a note was received at the office of
Captain Frazer from a woman who
gave the name of Mrs. Kay. She said
that if the police would call at her
home she would give them some in
formation that would interest them ex
ceedingly.
And she did.
It was the old story of revenge—
and a woman's revenge at that'. The
officer who called on Mrs. Kay expect
ed to hear of some petty offense, but
instead of that she poured into his
amazed ears the complete story of
the great bullion robbery.
"Why do you tell this?" asked the
officer.
"Because John Pierce has tried to
cheat me out of my just dues."
"Your just dues?"
"Yes, the money that belonged to
me—the money that, was Intended for
the support of myself and my child."
"Perhaps," suggested the plain
clothes man, "if you begin at the be-
ginning we may come to better un
derstanding."
"Very well," was the response, "I
can start by saying that the plan for
the robbery was conceived by John
Fierce."
It seems that Agar and Mrs. Kay
lived' together as husband and wife
and that he had given her all of the
details of the robbery. Pierce, at the
time, was a clerk in a bucket shop.
He had been concerned in several
shad? transactions and the possibili
ties of the gold train appealed to him
very strongly. But it was too big a
Job for him to undertake alone. 8o bp
sought the professional advice and as
sistance of Agar. That gentleman
seised the suggsstlon with avidity..
The first step necessary was to win
over one of the employes of the com
pany, Bo they approached one of the
guards named Burgess, who was us
ually in charge of the trains carrying
the gold. He fell in'wHb the scheme
and explained the methods of trans
portation.
As the gold was carried in the
guard's van it was plain that the rob*
bery would be easy when Burgess was
on guard. The question was how to
open the safes. The answer to that
was plain snongt to get false keys
vt
in place of the real ones. Agar told
his pal that he would have to gel a
wax impression of the real keys in
order to make the duplicates.
"That's too bad," was the response
"the keys are kept in the office of the
company."
"Then we'll have to get an accom
plice in the office," was the cool re
tort.
And so the conspiracy, which had
been deep enough, now became deep
er. Another employe of the company
succumbed to temptation. His name
was Tester and he was in a position
to lay his hands on the keys of the
safes.
This fellow was employed in the
Traffic department at London Bridge.
He entered into the scheme. with
avidity. He reported to his pals that
there were times when the safes were
sent to Chubbs for repairs, and that,
on these occasions, one of the keys
was sent with the safes. Such an oc
casion arose very soon, and then Tent
er cleverly managed to abstract one
of the keys but there was still an
impediment to the complete success of
the conspiracy. As each of the safes
bad two locks, and the key to but one
was sent to Chubbs, it was the second
key that baffled Tester's best and
worst efforts.
But what they failed to get by
shrewdness came {singularly enough by
"chance. One of the seco ir! keys was
always kept in the Folkstone ol-ioo
hanging in a little closet. Pierce as
certained this fact, and he hung about
the office in the hope of getting hia
clutch on it. His opportunity came.
One morning the cupboard was empty,
and Pierce, stepping into the office,
which was vacant,' grabbed the key
and passed it to Agar, who had a
handful of warm wax. He immediate
ly took the impression of the key, re
turned it to Pierce, who put It back
in its place, and the two of them left
the office together without being de
tected.
The next thing t'o learn was when
the large consignment of bullion wouli
be dispatched. Tester obtained this
information. In the meantime the eoni
sr lrators arranged their part of the
scheme. Carpet bags were purchased!
and filled with shot which was in
tended to replace exactly the amount
of c-rld taken from the bags. Agan
more than once traveled up and down]
the li ie for the purpose of testing thi
false keys that he had manufacture*
with Pierce's assistance. Burgess ad
mitted them to the guard's van, when
they fitted and filed the keys until
both worked easily in the lock of th
safe.
Finally the great night of the enter-j
prise arrived. The conspirators puis
chased tickets on the Southeastern!
train, boarded it and handed their]
bags, filled with shot, to the portersj
who placed them in the guard's van.]
As the train was starting. Agar man-j
aged to get into the van with Bur-j
gess, while Pierce secured a seat in]
the first-class carriage. The Indus-)
trious Agar began work at once. Kej
opened the safe, secured the bullion
bags, removed the gold, substituted
the shot from the carpet bag, refast:
ened and reseated the bullion bags
and replaced them in the safe. The
trick was partially turned. At Redhill
Tester met the train and was handed
a portion of the gold. The two other
safes were robbed in the 6ame man
ner as the first. When the tratn
reached Folkstone the unsuspecting of
ficials removed the safes, which were
filled with shot, and not gold. The
rascals went on to Dover, having previ
ously obtained tickets to.Ostend. Later
on they returned to- London unob
served, and little by little disposed ol
the stolen gold.
The burglary, as already stated, we*
first discovered at Boulogne. Mrs.
Kay said that when Agar was sen
tenced to transportation for life and
knew that he could not escapes
handed to Pierce forty-live thousand
dollars which he requested to be set
tled on Mrs. Kay for the support oi
herself and her child. Pierce: paid hef
a few small sums and then calmly con
fiscated the remainder of thlB fortune,
She came to the. police in great raga
and disclosed the story of th* rob
bery as it has been here related.
Agar, who was in Newgate, heard
how Pierce bad mistreated- Mrs. Kay
and he eagerly turned state's evi
dence. As a consequence of this,
Pierce, Burgess, Tester and several
others were arrested, convicted and
sentenced to life tettti In prison. The
company only recovered a very small
portion of the' stolen money.
This true story, points moral that
will not be overlooked by the die-:
criminating reader. It to thatcrlme,
even viewed from a sordid, worldly
standpoint, does, not pay, Pleroe and
Agar had already apent many yia»in
Jail and their final crlm* meant that
the remainder of- their eriateooe
should be lived out behind prisoi bars.
Every one associated with the rob
bery of the Southeastern railway suf
fered life-long scars—scars that might
have healed, but that nevertheless left
their mirk
oD
the victim.
'Students of criminology. ax» uftsnli
moos In the belief that crlme.Je tt*
least profitable of all human under
takings. "Easy money" seems to ear-\
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the crook makes what he calls a "get
away," he suffers constantly froiy the
tear of detection. That comes sooner
ior later and then comes the misery of
arrest and the haunting fear that
mother or wife may be in want or suf
fering. Attempts to care for them with
tainted money usually ends as did the
Pierce-Agar compact. Honesty, there
fore, is not only the best, but the most
comfortable policy.
PRETTY POLLY PAPERS
Dear Girls: Isn't it heavenly weath
er? Too beautifully, light-heartedly
jjune to ever be anything else, it would
seem. We know better, but we don't
jfeel so, and sometimes "feels" are bet
ter than "thinks." I wonder how many
girls know the secret of keeping bu
reau drawers in order? It is simply
this: Have a box for everything and
everything in its box. The covers of
the boxes may be discarded- or not,
I 'just as you like, but ribbons folded in
a box do not overlap glove territory,
belts do not have to put up a
-sign "no handkerchiefs allowed on
ithls property." Two long boxes (cor
set boxes, perhaps) are good for
gloves and belts, and another box for
purses and other trifles and all the
dear feminine "nothings," that are
I "everything" really, for we couldn't
I llive without them!
A girl's club I know 'of had prom
ised to make a large number of paper
iroses of different colors to decorate
a church fair booth. This seemed like
a big undertaking, but one of the girls
had a brilliant inspiration and made
|the task into a pleasure for all con
cerned. She invited the club mem
bers to her house for a "Progressive
Rose Party." One table had a red
cloth, one a pink cloth, one a yellow
cover and one was white. Thus the
tables were designated where flowers
jof a like hue were to be made. The
whit rose table was the head table.
IWhen a bell rang after a certain time
ihad elapsed,, the two at the red table
who bad made the most red roses pro
gressed to the pink table, and so on.
Tally cards cut In the shape of a white
jrose were used, with small pink rose
pasters. When the work was done
:the
goodies were served In pink and
white eases on pink and whlto dishes,
and didn't those pink and white maid
ens have an appetite? The best work
er received as a reward «'little silver
rose pin—and It wont fade unless she
loses It!
Now that baits are such an expensive
part of one*a wardrobe one girl haa
told me W way, and really she to
:too clever for words. She makes one
!hat do for several occasions. She has
la medlum-slsed black straw hat and
\a large white hat with "adjustable
{trimmings/* Wreaths of flowers have
firm inner bands \sewed to them with
little patent "snaps" (used to fasten
jdressea) ao these, the under parts
of the snap being sewed to the hat
•ttaalt. A wv flame oftas the same
'possibility, while hows' of several
kinds and different sliapea and hues
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Hats trimmed while you wait. In the
same way in winter her foundation
hat may be a turban of black velvet
with a black velvet crown and bow on
one side. This whole crown can be
doubled to fasten over the buckram
crown which can be substituted when
one wears gray furs for an afternoon
of calling also a violet silk crown
with knots of artificial violets and
leaves peeping from the folds, which
can be worn to a reception with a lav
ender dress. Let'B learn to be adapt
able these days, when purseB won't
stretch.
You can make fascinating curtains
and bedspreads for your rooms, girls,
by using the white crepe material
often used for shirt waists, which re
quires no ironing. A pretty white
fringe that Is washable can be stitched
along the edges of both curtains and
spreads.
Here's a beautiful way to save time
in placing ribbons in under garments
before and after laundering. Have
some flat white tape (linen) the width
of one's ribbon and of equal length.
Tie one end of the ribbon to a piece
of tape and pull out the ribbon, draw
ing the tape into its place. Untie the
ribbon and send the garment to the
laundry with the tape "where the rib
bon ought to be." After the. garment
Is washed and Ironed, reverse the proc
ess—tie the ribbon to the tape's end
once more, pull on the tape and draw
the ribbon back into plaee. Just as
easy as A. B. C. That stands for Any
—Body—Can!
At a girls' luncheon where many
tapers were used this ingenious sub
stitute for candlesticks was used: Po
tatoes of uniform sise were selected,
and a hole cut in the center of each
to admit the candle. Artificial paper
daffodils were then pinned over,the en
tire surface of the rest of the' potato,
except on the under side, making a
perfect flower ball of each one. The
effect ..could be yarled by using any
preferred flower, for of course ..every
girl has her favorite posy!
Here's an Idea for the good, studious
girl: Use a card system for, chance
opportunities for studying. On square
cards which will fit Into your card
caae, write lists which you, wish to
memorise, poems which ^must be
learned for college exams, verbs which
must be declined, etc. You' can help
your mother iron, and one of the cards
can be laid by the ironing stand, where
your eyes can rest upon it while work
ing. As the trolley car speeds to and
fro on your way to a frlend's house or
to the city, you can conquer the coo
tenta of one or more of your cards,
and many an odd mlnnte can be saved,
and while other girls .have to, study
you will be that much ahead.
Girls with straight hair! Attention!
Wash the hair frequently with luk»
warm water and 'r* good puie soap,
rinsing a number of tttnes, and In one
pf the rinsing waters, add a little
borax.. Oomb Out the- hair, fluff It
about tiie face loosely, Coming a pom*
padour, and insert a cheap round edmfc
to hold It thus while drying. Make a
aseond 909 «t Jtalr haak of the first
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and insert a second round comb (sucbt
as children used to wear. When the
hair is dried it will have a pretty wavei
that looks more natural than that pro*!
duced by most hair-curling devices.
Now that initials on one's note p*
per are no longer the "smartest thing,*
the girl who likes her possession*
stamped with an individual touch la
rather at a loss. One clever girl hasi
solved the problem by having a person
al emblem on everything she own*
where it is possible to do so. Her
handkerchiefs, her note paper, her
jabots, ber lingerie, all b^ar one or
more dainty little butterflies. Hen
umbrella's top, her seal for personstj
letters, her shopping bag, and In fantj
every possession that can be marked^!
all bear the same fairy-like emblem,'!
Is it any wonder that her friend* wflty
leam to think of her as a sweet, flit
ting, elusive personality?
To come down to earth and soma*
thing to eat, do you know how to makSj
such a good cake that is dirt
and
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of that color, too? (But
me, goodly chocolate cake, for such
you are.) Only one egg, frosting and:
all, and everyone likes It, men as well
as women.
Into a little saucepan put two tabl»
spoonfulB of cocoa, blend with a bit
of hot water, add one-half cup of milk
and cook over the stove with the yolk
of one egg. When thick like custard,
add one cup of sugar and a teaapoo*
ful, of butter until melted. Take from
the stove, add one more half cupful of
milk In which Is dissolved a level to»
spoonful of soda, add gradually one
and one-half cups of flour and lastly %.
teaepoonful of vanilla. Bake in 06*
loaf or in small cakes as deBired. with!
the white of the egg make either plalai
or boiled frosting.
Do some of you girls havis troahtoi -v
making good boiled- frosting? Hereli
a simple trick. Put one cup cf angM
With a wee bit of water and boil. Bail
the egg white In a bowl, allghtly, than
add two taolespoonfuis of the partially
cooked sirup and continue to Beat th»
egg white until Ann and atiff. Brit
the-remainder of the sirup untll ft wB
"ball" when tested ln oold water, poor
while melting hot onto tho egg whtta,
beating constantly until thick. Tide **.
will never fall to harden and yet Jm
«pft and delicious "beneath th* adk
face."
Oh, dear!—it's "good-by time" again.
Ill put the rest of th* ideas I waa
Ibg to tell you about hack in their
xhandbag, Yours, c/.-
FRBTTY
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A Black Reputation.
.."That ladles' tailor to a mm* at
dark designs."
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outfits."
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