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For an Instant They Were Swiylng Back and Forth.
DirTIIDCC Y-rl.tv&t jluuij cjujwn yAAfoJu COPVHtOHT lOT Th ROI M I NIL L f O. SYNOPSIS. i ""Mad" Dan Maltland. oil reaching- his New York bachelor club, met an attrac tive young woman at the. door. Janitor Duncan assured him no ono had been within that dnr. Dan discovered a worn in's linger prints In dust on his desk, lion with letter from his attorney. Maltland dined with Uaonerman, Jils at torney. Dan set' oot for Cr.enflnlds, to Jet his family Jewels. During his walk o the country seat, he met the rounn woman In gray, whom he had seen leav- fig his bachelors' club. Her auto had roken down. Ho axed IU lly a ruse she "lost"' him. Maltland. on renchlne home, lurprlsed lady In Kray, cracklnc the safe :ontatnlng "his " gfinn. She, -apparently, teok him for a well-known crook. Daniel Anlsty. Ilalf-hypnoUxcd. .Maltland opened bis safe, took therefrom the Jewels, and tave them to her, first forming- a part nership In -crime. CHAPTER IV. Continued. The Interior of the safe wai re Tcacd lri a shape little different from that of the ordinary household strong box. There wero several account books, ledgers and tho like, together with some packagqs of docketed bills, Ja the pigeon holes. "The cash box, Itself a Bafe within 'a "safe, showed a blank face broken by' a small combi nation dial. Behind this. In a bo creted compartment, the Maltland heir looms languished, half forgotten of their headless owuer. The cash box comblpatlon offered 1 less difficulty than had the outer dial. Maltland had It open In. a .twinkling. Then, brazenly lifting out the Inner framework bodily, ho thrust a fum bling liand Into the aperturo thus dis closed and pressed the spring, re leasing the panel at tho back. It dis appeared as though by witchcraft, and Uie splash of light from the bull's eye discovered a canvas bag squatting humbly In the secret compartment; a fat little Canvas bag, considerably soiled from much handling, such as Is used by banks for coin, a sturdy, matter-of-met, every-day sort of canvas bog, with nothing about It of hauteur, no air of solf-lmpartanco or ostentation, to betray the fact that it was the re ceptacle of a small fortune. At Maltland's ear, Incredulous: ''How did you guess?" she breathed, Ife took thought and breath, both br.efly, and prevarlcatod shamolessly; "Bribed the head clerk of th safe manufacturer who built this," Hlslng, ho passed over to tho center tnble, the girl following. "Steady with the light," he Whlsnored; and loosed tho string around the mouth of the bag, pouring Its contents, a glistening, priceloss, Homing, Irldltcent treasure horde, upon tho table. "Oil!" said a small volco at his side. And again and again: "Oh, Oh! Oh!" Maltland himself was moved by the wonder of It. The Jewels seemed to till the room with a Hashing, amazing, coruscant glamour, ratnbowMIko, Ills breath came hot and fast ;as ho gazed upon tho trovo; a queen's ratnsoni, a fortune Incalculable even to -Its owner. As for tiio giri, ho, though,' that tho wonder of It must have struck her dumb, Not a sound came from the Dot where she stood. Then, abruptly, tho sun went out; at least, such was the effect; the light of tho hand lamp vanished utterly, leaving a partly-colored blur swim ming against the Impenetrable hlack ness. before his eyes.. Ills lips opened; but a small hand fell firmly "upon his own, and a tiny, tremulous whisper shrilled la his car. "Hush ub. hush!" "What r "Steady . . . soma one coming. . . . tho iewcjs." He heard Uio'dull musical' clash of them as her hands swept them back Into tho bag, and a cold, sickening fear rendered him almost faint with tho sense, of trust misplaced, Illusion, re solved Into brutal realities. His fingers closed convulsively about her wrists; but alio held passive. "Ah, but I might have expected that!' camo her reproachful whisper. "Tako them, then, my ray partner that was." Her tone cut llko a knife, and tho touch of tho canvas bag, as she forced It into hjs hands, was hate ful to him. "Forgive mo " he began. "Uut llstcnl" For a Bpaco he obeyed, the silence at first seeming, tremendous; then, faint but distinct, he heard tho Unklo and slldo of tho brazen rings support ing tho smoking room portiere. His hand sought tho girl's; she had not moved, and tho cool, firm pressure of her fingers steadied him. He thought quickly. "Quick!" ho told her In tho least of whlspcrH. "Lcavo by tho window you opened and wait for me by the motor ccr." "No!" There was no time to remonstrate with her. Already ho bad slipped away, shaping a courso for tho entrance to the passage. Hut tho dominant thought in his mind was that at all costs the girl must bo spaicd tho exposure. She wes to bo saved, whatever the hazard. Afterwards The tapestry rustled, but he was yet too far distant to spring. He crept on with the crouching, vicious attltudo, tnontal and physical, of a panther stalking Its proy, I.lko a thunderclap from a clear sky tho glaro of tho light broko out from the celling. Maltland paused, .trans fixed, on tiptoe, eyes Incredulous, brain striving to grapplo with tho astounding discovery that had come to him. Tho third factor stood in the door way. Blonder and tall, In opening dress as was Maltland a light, full over coat hanging open from bis shoulders; ono hand holding back the curtain, the other arrested on the light switch. His Up dropped open and his eves, too, wuro protruding with amazoment. i'a ture for fuaUro ho was the counter part of tho man boforo him; in a word, hero was tho real Anlsty, Th a wondw of It all saved the day for Maltland: Anlitr'a astonishment was sincere aid t moro complete In that, unl fcu Maltland, be bad boon nnprriared to find any ontt la the lllrary. For a mere second his gaze left Maltland and traveled on lo tho girl, then to tho rilled safe taking lit tho wbolo significance of Iho scene. When ho poke, It wan at If dazed. "Ily Owl!" ho cried or, rather, tho syllables seemed to Jump from his lips llko bullets from n gun. Tho words shattered tho tableau. On their echo Maltland sprang and fas tened his fingers nround tho nthor'a throat. Carried off his feet by tho sheer ferocity of tho aswiult, Anlsty gave ground a little. For an Instant they wore swaying back nnd forth, with advantage to neither. Then tho burglar's collar slipped nnd somohow tore from its stud, ghlng Maltland's h:inds freer play. His grasp tightened about tho man's gullet, ho shook him mercilessly. Anlsty staggered, gasped, reeled, struck Maltland once or twice upon tho chest feeble, wolghtless el bow Jabs that went for nothing, then concentrated his energies In a vain attempt to wrench tho hands from his throat. Heeling, tearing at Maltland's wrists, fnco empurpling, eyes staring In agony, he stumbled. Mercilessly Maltland forced him to his knees and bullied him across tho floor toward tho nearest lounge with premeditated de sign; finally succeeding In throwing him flat; and knelt upon his chest, re talntng his grip but refraining from throttling him. As It was, all strength and thought of roslstanco had been choked out of Anlsty. He lay at length, gasping painfully. Maltland glanced over his shoulders and saw tho girl moving forward, ap parently making for tho snitch. 1 'No!" ho crlod. peremptorily. "Don't turn off tho light pleasel" "Hut " sbo doubted. ' Let mo have those curtain cords, it ycu please," ho requested, shortly, She followed his gaze to tho win daws, Interpreted his wlshos, and was very quick to carry them out. In a trlco sho was offorlng him half a dozen of tho heavy, twisted silk cords that had been used to loop back the cjrtalns. Soft yet strong, they wore excellent ly well adapted to Maltland's needs. Unceremoniously he swung his cnptlvo over on his side, bringing his neck and ankles In Juxtaposition to the legs of that substantial pleco of furnlturw, the louugo. His hands, the first to be secured, and tightly, behind his back, Anlsty lay helpless, glaring vindictively the while gradually liu recovered consciousness and strength. Maltland cared little for his otll glances; he was busy. Tho burglar's ankles were next bound .to gether and to tha lounge leg; and, an Instant later, a brace of half-hltcbcs about the man's neck and the nearest support entirely eliminated him as a possible factor In subsequent events. "Those loops around your throat," Maltland warned him curtly, "are loose enough now, but If you s truss! a they'll tighten and strangle) you. Un derstandT" Anlsty nodded, making an Inco herent sound with his swollen tongue. At which Maltland frowned, smitten thoughtful with a now consideration. "You mustn't talk, you know," he mused half aloud; and, whipping forth a handkerchief, gagged Mr. Anlsty. After which, breathing hard and in a roazo of perplexity, ho got to his feet. Already his hearing, quickened by tho emergency, had apprised him of tho situation's Imminent hazards. It needed not the girl's hurried whisper, "Tho servants!" to warn him of their dengcr. From the rear wing of the mansion the sounds of hurrying feet wero distinctly audible, as, presently, wero tho heavy, excited voices of mpn and tho moro shrill and frightened cries of women. Heedless of her displeasure, Malt land seized tho girl by tho arm and nrged her or-r to tho open window. "Don't hang back!"' he told her ner vously. "You must get out of this bo foro they seo you. Do as I toll you, please, and wo'll savo ourselves yet! If wo both make a run for It, wo'ro lost. Don't you understand?" "No. Why?" alio demanded, reluc tant, spirited, obstinate and lovely In his eyes. "If he wero nnybody else," Maltland Indicated, with a Jerk of his head to ward tho burglar. "Ilut didn't you boo? Ho must bo Maltland and ho's my double I'll stay, brnzen It out, then, as soon as possible, mako my cs capo and Join you by tho gate. Your motor's there wait! He ready for mo" But she had grasped his Intention acd was suddenly become pliant to his will. "You're wonderful!" sho told him with a little low laugh; and was goite silently as a spirit. Tho curtains fell behind her In long, straight folds; Maltland sttllod their swaying with a touch, and stepped back Into tho room. For a moment ho caught tho eye of tho follow on the floor; It was upturned to his, sardonic ally Intelligent. Hut tho lord of tho manor had llttlo tlmu to dobate con sequences. Abruptly tho door was flung wide and a short stout man, clutching up his trousers with a frantic hand, burst into tno iiDrary, uranuisning over head a rampant rovolver. "'Ands hup!" he cried, leveling at Maltland. And then, with a fallen countenance: "Q-r-r-roat 'ravins, sir! You. MUler Maltland, sir!" "Ah, Hlgglns," his employer greettd tho butler blandly. Hlgglns pulled up, thundorstmck, panting and perspiring with agitation. His fat cheeks- quivered like tho wat tles of u gobbler, and his eyes bulged an, by degrees, hu becamo alive to the situation. Maltlund began to exDlaln. forestall ing the nnibarrassmonts of crocs exam-' Inutlon. "Uy the merest accident, lilgglna, I wa passing In my ear wlrh a rrty el friends. Just for a Joke I thought I'd steal up to tho houio and see huw you wero behaving yourselves, 11 hanc again I happened to too this light through tho library windows," And Maltland, putting nn Incautious hand tiron tho bull's eye on the desk, with drew It tntlnnlly, with nn oxclnmatloa of annoyance and four scorched fin gers. "He's been at tho safe,' ho added quickly, diverting attention from him self. "1 was Just In tlmo." "My wor-trd!" said Hlgglns. with emotion. Then quickly; "Did 'o get nnythln', do you think, sir?" Maltland shook his head, scowling over tho butler's burly shoulders at the rapidly augmenting concourse of serv ants In the hallwny lackeys, grooms, maids, cooks, and what-not; n back ground of pale, scared faces to the tableau In the library. "This won't do." contldored Maltland. "(let beck, all of you!" he ordcrod, aternly, Indi cating tho group with a dominant and Inflexible forefinger. "Thote who are wanted will be sent for. Now got Hlgglns, you may stay." "Yes, sir. Yes, air. Hut wot as "orrld 'nppenln', sir, If you'll permit me " "I won't. Ho quiet and listen. Thlt man Is Anltty--Handsomo Dan Anltly, tho notorious Jewel thief, wanted badly by the police of a dozen cities, You understand? ... I'm going now to motor to the village and get th conttnblet; I may," he Invented, des perately, "be delayed may have to get a detectlvo from llrooklyn. If thlt scoundrel stirs, don't touch him. Let him alone ho can't escape If you do. Above all things, don't you dare to re movo that gag!" "Most cort'lnly, sir. I shall bear la mind wot you says" "You'd best." grimly. "Now I'm o.f. No; I don't want any attendance I know my way. And don't touch that man till I return." "Very good, sir." Maltland stepped over to the safe, glanced within, cursorily, replaced a bundle of papera which ho did net re call disturbing, closed the door and twirled tho combination. "Nothing gone," he announced. An Inarticulate gurgle from the prostrate man drew a black scowl from Mali land, llecoverlng, "Rood morning." h said politely to the butler, and striding out of the house by tho front door was enrt-ful to slam that behind htm, ere darting Into the shadows. The moon was down, the sky a cold, opaque gray, overcatt with a light drift of cloud. The park secme-I very dark, very dreary; a icarchlng breeze was sweeping Inland from the sound, touching sadly In tho tree tops; a chill humidity permeated the air. pre cursor of rain. The young man ahlr ercd, both with chill and reaotlutv from the tension of the emergency Just past. He was aware of an Instantaneous lots of heart, a subsidence- of the elation which had upheld him through out tho adventure; and to ocar thlt, to forget or overcome It, took Imme diately to his heels, scampcrlnc madly for tho road, oppressed with fear lett ho should find tho girl gone with the Jowols. That she should prove untrue, faith less, lacking even that honor which Vtoterblally obtains In tho society of criminals a consideration of sucV a pottlblllty was Intolerable, at much so as tho sutpente of Ignorance. He could not, would not, believe her capablo of Ingratltudo to rank; and fought fiercely, unreatonlngly. agalntt the conviction that the would have fol lowed hor thievish Instincts and made off with the booty. ... A Judgment meet and right upon him for hi madness! Heart In mouth, ho reached the gates, passing through without dis covering Jirr, and was struck dumb ni.d "wltlcst with relief when sho stepped qulctlj from tho shadows of a low branching tree, offering him a guiding hand. "Como." sho said, quietly. "This way." Without being exsctly conscious of what he was about ho caught the hand In both his own. "Then." ho ex ulted almost passlonatoly "thon yon didn't" His volco choked In h!a throat, llet face, momentarily upturned to his, gleamed palo nnd weary In the dreary llzht; tho face of a tired child, troubled, saddened; yet with eyes In expressibly sweet She turned away, tugging at her hand. (TO UU CONTINUED.) PnOOF OF BIGHT IN PLANTS. Naturs Student Comes Forward with Convincing Argument. "Darwin believed that plants could sco, and I hollevo so, too," said a na ture! student "I was reading on my veranda th other day; ono foot was near a large convolvulus. 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