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hMlLIONIDMRMYSTEWf I I $10,000 FOR ONE HUNDRED WORDS. I " The Million Dollar Mystery" story trill run for iwenty-tuo consecutive iceeks in this paper. an arrangnnent uilh the Thanhouser Film company it has heen tnndr possible not only to read thr story in this paper but alto to see it each week j ! I in the various moving picture theaters. j j For the solution of this mystery story J (10 000 will be given by the, Thanhouser III I Film corporation. i coxditions (jovfrninq the ! contest. . The pritt of S10,000 isHU be won by the j man, iroman, or child trho writes the most acceptable solution of the myst'-ry, from I which the last two reels of motion picture drama will he made and the last two chapters of the story written by Harold MocGrath. I Solution may be sent to the Thanhouser If Film corporation, either at Chicago or New I HI York, any time up to midnight, Jan. H. I This allows several weeks after the last fj chapter has been published. A board of three judges will determine toaioA of the many solutions recoiled is the most acceptable. The fudges ire to be If Harold MacQroth, Lloyd Lonergan, and His Mae Tinee. The judgment of this board will be absolute and flnaL Nothing I SYKOPSI8 OF PI Startler H nr rrtvp, millionaire, after ft mlraculaas escape from tk den of te of brilliant 1 hk vm ltnovra aa the Black Hundred. Urea the life of a re cluse for elarateen y-fira. Harajreave ac cldeatallr neat a Bralne, leader of the Dlaek. Hundred. Knowing; Elralne vll try fa art aim, he ccapri from k Is rrrn home by a balloon. Before escaping; ke writes a letter to the arlrla ackool rrkere eighteen, year before he raxsterlonsly left on f b doomtep hi a hahv daughter, Florence Oray. That av Harareare alao drawa il.OOO.OOO from the hnrk. tmt It la reported that this dropped lata tke aea when tke balloon ka eaoapet la rraa pan etnred. Florence anivea freaa the ajtrls' achool. Connteaa Olgra. Bralne'a companion, vla Ita her and clalma her aa a relative. Two bog-oa detectlvea call, bnt their plot la felled by Norton, a newspaper man. Br bribing the captain of the Orient, Norton lays a trap for Bralne and hla ana;. Conateaa Ola; a alao visits the Ori ent' captain, aad ahe easllv falls Into the reporter's enare. The plan proves abortive throng; a Bralne's good luck and only hlreilnpe fall Into the hands of the police. After fulling- In their first attempt, the Black Hundred trap Florence. They ask her for money, hot ahe escapes, agrala foiling them. Norton and the cemnteaa nail an Flor ence the next day, eace more aafe at home. The visitors hnvlaj fone, Joaes remorea a aectlon of flooring; and from cavity takes a box. Pursued by mem bers of tke Black Hundred, ke- rnskea to Copyright: 1914- By HltoM MacOrati ) CHAPTER XIV av ERHATS tbe most amusing phase of the I 1 secret agent's discomfiture wns the fact I that neither -Tone nor Florence had the least idea what had hoppeaed Id the j summer bouse nor that anything had hap pened Florence regretted a hundred times during the evening that she had not gone out L to the atimruer house. It might really have been her father. Her regret grew ao deep Id her that just before going to be.l Bhe coa frssed to Jonea 1 ! " Tou received a letter of that aort and did of show it to me?" said Jones, astonished I "Tou warnd me never to pay any atten tion to them." i t I "No; I warned you Dever o act upon them without first consulting mo And we might hove made a capmre' My child, always how me these things. I will advise you whether to tear them up or not." I " Tones, I believe yrni are going a little too far," taid Florence haughtily. " It might hiTe been from my father. " " NeTer In this wido world, Miss Florence. Still. I beg jonr pardon for raining my voice. What I do and hare done If only for your own sake. There are two thlDgs I wifh to impress upon your mind before I go. This can be made a comedy r a terrible tragody. You have already had a taste of tho latter; iDd each time yon escaped becauec God was good to us. But He is rarely kind to thought less people. They have to look out for them selves. I am acting under orders; always re member that " ! I "Forgive me; I acted wrongly But I'm o weary and tired of this etrrnal susp'doo of i l everybody an-1 everything Can't I go some where, some place where I can have ret?" i r i tuouRDt rr a sinjrie momfDi it wns I possible to take, you thousands of miles from I this spot, it would be done thla very night. But this Is our fortrpss So far it has been 1 ltDprernablp. The police are watching it; and thst prevents a genersl afeau)t by the scoun drels If tried to lavo we would be fol lowed; and they play that rnme exceedingly 11 Now, good-night We'll have you out J1 this doubt BDd suspicion one of tbse dsys. There will not be any psst , that will be lopped off as you'd l-.p a limb from a trre " " Please let It be quick. I want to see my father." Jones'a ,ve sparklel. "And you hive my word that he wants to see you. But more I flsre not tell you." " Do you think he would object to Mr. Nor ton' she asked, studying the rug. 'In what capacity?" he countered, forcing her hand . 'As as a husband? " bravely. Jones in his turn studied the patterns in ihe ruf- " It Is only natural fur a father to look nigh for his daughter's huvbnnd. But. after j 11, an honest man is worth as much as any thing I know of. And Norton Is honest and I Wal and brave." Thank you, Jones. 1 intend to marry him "brn tb time comes ; so jrou may as well pre rsr father for thir eventuality." ( J i There Is nn old a larr " i But ahe interrupted him. "If you have, a of a literary nature will he considered in the decision, nor gum any prefer iu r in the selection of the uHnnrr of the $10,000 priic. The last two reels, which will giic the most acceptable solution to the mys tery, mi It presented in the thratr.rs having this feature as soon as it is pos sible to prod 'ice the same. The story corre sponding to these motion pictures u ill ap pear in the nric spapcrs comidentnlly , or a soon after thr appcarnne of the pic tures as practiiable. llifh the last ttco reel will be shown the pictures of the u in ner, his or her home, and other interesting features. It is understood that the news papers, so far as practicable, in printing tha last two chapters of the story by Har old Marts rath, irill also show a picture of the suci essfu contestant. Solutions to the mystery must not he more than 100 words long. Hero are somo questions to be kept in mind in connection with the mystery as an aid to a solution : No. 1 What becomes of the millionaire? No. 2 What becomes of the $1,000,000 No. 3 Whom does Florence marryf No j What becomes of the Russian countess t Nobody connected either directly or in directly toith " The Million Dollar Mys tery " idifl be considered as a contestant. i IBVIOUS CHAPTERS. V the rrater front and irncceedB la drop ping; the box Into the sea. . Countess Olajn causes an eatracemenS bctvreen orton and Florence. fjt Accomplices of Brnloe kldnop Florence 19 while ahe Is shopping; and hurry her off to aea. She leaps overboard and la -picked up In a daaed condition by fish- V ermen. The Black Hundred locate her and Bralne, dlajruUcd as her father, tnkca her back to sea with him. Florence acta fire to the boat, aad la rescued by ably Wj vrhtch Morton has been shnnjchnlcri. jj Norton aad Florence, safely ashore aad with no loasrer any mlnunderstand Inir between them, take tbe train for home. The train is wrecked and the Black nundred carry the Injured Flor ence to a dasertrd hut. Norton, who tries to rescne her. Is tied to the rnllrond tracks. Floreace saves hlra and finally Jones comes to the rescue of both. Concealed above the rendezvous of the Black Hundred, a man learna of the re covery from the aea of the box of jew els by a aallor and of Its subsequent re turn to the bottom of the sea, and he quickly communicatee the fact to Jones. A duplicate box la plaaied and later se cured by the band, but before Its con tents are examined the box mysteriously dlsappeara. " Owing; to the falling; off of coatrlbu t1on to the parent org;anlr.atlon In Itua ala, an agent arrives and naaumea the leadership of the American branch of the Black Hundred. Through tbe conniv ance of the couotesa, the new head la thoroughly humiliated. Bralne pursues hla own plans pending; restoration to power. new adage, Jones, I shouldn't mind hearine; it But I'm only just out of school, where old adages are served from soup to pudding. Good-night " And Jones went to the rear of tbe house, chuckling. I ii the passing It might well be observed that the Hargreave house bod a remarkable me nage. There was a gardener, a cook, and a maid , an 1 the three of them repurtcd to Jones ea h night before g'ing to bed They were all three detectives from one of the greatest or ganizations in AmerlciX- Flnding themselves unable to lure Florence away from the environs of the Ilargn-ave home, the Bla"k Hundred Bet some new ma chinery in motion They propoFed to rid the house of every one in it bv a perfectly logical device. But the first step in this new move was going to le eitremely delicate and risky. It wns no Small adventure to entor the Har-grt-ave home; and yet this must be done So finally "Spider'1 Beggg was selected for the work The man could practically wall; over crockery without causing a soun 1 he could rlimb a bouse by the window ledges; and be could hold his breath like those professional tank swimmers. 1 Three or four nights after the Paroff fiasco, Jones started the rounds, putting out tho lights. Ilf left the rvne in the ball till the Inst. f"i it was hi habit, after having turned off that light, to Mand by tbe door for neerai minutes, watching One never could tell. On the other hand, Spider" Begrs never approached a hooso till an bour after the lights went out. Persona were likc-ly to move about for some minutes buer ; they might want Fometblng to eat, a drink of water So he remained hid leu behind the summer hrnipe till long after midnight. When at last he felt nsmred that all in the Hargreave houfe were f! r. ho ri. .-.-.! . t atiliMal Ti.tfl. kin futUN and bis pocketbook depended upon the Bneoss of this venture. It took him ten minuteg to crawl from the summer boose to the veranda, and to have detected this approach Jones, had he been watching, would bsve needed a seo rvhllgnt. Begg bugge'l the lattice work for another ten minutes and tbeu drew himself up and wriggled to one of the windows. Here wjl an opera! lou that D-oded all his art and skill: to lift this wln drw without sound. But be as an ol-l 'nand and windows with ordinary locks were playthings under his deft touch. lie raised the window, stepped over the sill into tbe library, and crouched down Me did not cloae the window; houe thieTM aergr do. They leave window, and doors okti becuuie OODOT or Infer they )rie got to make their escape that way. Presently he stood up flnyheil h.s torch, found the lil.rnrv shelves, and tiptoed tou nr. I them. He then selected three or four vol umes, opened them at random and laid neat paekages of money between tne leaves If was not real money, but only a bank cleric could have told you that This done, h morv-d toward the window again. "Stop"' said Jones quietly. "Spider" Begs gapped. It vo so unex pected; but rt the same titne almost laatinct' ively he plunged headlong tuTOtlfll the Win dOW and the bullet which followed snipped a lock of his hair. Ho threw hinise'f off tho reranda and scurried across the lawn, iig r.ap fashion. But no more bullets followed! Jones turned on the lights and investigated the room, but ho could not find anyl!. tig disturbed, and naturally came to the collu sion that the intruder had been interrupted before he had begun bis work. He turned off the lights and ant up the major portion of the nigat Nothing more happened Flor ence came down, but he eeut her bach to bed. explaining that some one had attempted to enter the house and he had taken a shot at him, "Spider" Beggs had a letter to write He was in 'nigh feathers. He had -tackled a difficult job and had come awn without a scratch. But ho had the misfortune to write his letter to the secret service officials in a hotel often frequented by Norton. And aa JL5HALU HAVE. TO REQUEST YOU AND THE FAMILY TO ACCOMPANY ME (p jjH: j l- TO THE. STATION C- ' so Jim, on finishing his own letter hlotted if and casually glanced at the blotter. A single word caup'nt his eye. Being b.U nlert newspaper man, always on the hunt for stories, he examined the blotter with care, It w;i an eas matter for htm to read writ ing backward, oaring fooled aTay many an hour in the composing rooms. The word which had awakened tt.o reportorial sense in him was "counterfeit.0 He held the blot ter toward tlie mirror and read poouch to satisfy himself thai the Blink Hundred had become active once more. And this was one of tne best ideas they had yet conceived. Hargreave had always been something of a mystery to his neighbors. Where he hud lived in other days was unknown; neither had any one the remotest idea from what source ofs rn lies had been obtained. And nothing was known of Jones or the daughter. It was a very shrewd method of clearing e every one out of the bouse and leaving It to be examined at leisure And be had fallen upon this thing; he, NortOD, all because ois tailor had written him a sharp note about his bill arid he had been provoked to reply in kind.' Counterfeit mouey. There was quite a flurry thnse days over certain issues of spurious paper. It was ko tfood that only xperts could detect it Tnere wero two plates, one for ten and another for twenty. For a whde he was pulled between duty aud love. Well, it would omly' "add aoothcr in teresting chaper to the general story when he published it He started out to Riverdale to acquaint Jones with the discovery. "Iliimiih!" saMl .T..ms' " not i hnA Idas I'ofs. So that's what tho sneak was doing here last niht I've been wonderiug and wondering. Let's have a look." no went through the books and nt lenRth came across the three volumes. These held a thousand In excellent counterfeit. "Mignty good work that What are you going to do? " asked the reporter. Jones rubbed his chin reflectively " How long may a counterfeiter be sent up?" "Anywhere from ten to twenty vonrs." "That will serve My boy thi; tmie we'll go aud take Mr. Black Hundred rij.-ht m his cubby hole." '.You know where It is?" " E-ery nook and coiner of It. Now you ro at ..nee to the (bief of tne local branch of the secret service and put the matter to him frankly I, Florence, Susan, and the rext of us mut be arrested The wretches must believe that the bouse is emptv They'll rove about fruitlessly and will return to their den to report the success of the coup. All the while you aud some detectives will be in biding np-ta:rs dictagraph and ftfl th.il. When the time COUlffiS you will follow Tbix will not reach the heads, perhaps, but it will demoralise foe organization in such a way aa t moke it helpless f r several months tp conic. There is a tunnel from the t.ablos t t' is lio-.se." " What, a tunnel? ' " Yes, Mr Hargreave had it built several p ars ago. I don't know what his Idea was; possibly he anticipated an event bke this. V'u and your men will find entrance by tjis method. It can be done without exciting the suspicions of the watchers." "Looks as if m yarn wasn't going bo be delayed so long after all. Jones, you ought to have lieen in the secret ser-. ice yourself," admiringly . Jones smiled and shrugged. " I am per fectly satisfied with my lot or would be if the BMck Hundred could bo wiped out of ex isfen. e " "I'll see the secret service people at once I stand in well witn them all." " And good luck to yon. We'll need good luck.V Norton was welcomed cordially by the chief, The secret service men trusted him and told him lots of talcs that never aw liuht on the printed page. The re-porter went directly to the point of his story, without elaboration, and tne chief smiled and handed blm the original letter. "Norton, I've been after this gnnc of counterfeiters for months and they are clever beyond words I've never been able to get anywhere near their presses. And for a mo ment I thought this note was from a Hiiienlor. I ve a dozen men scouring the country They find tne bogus notes, but never tho men who pass them. Yon Bee, it's new stuff. I know what all the old timers are at: but none of them has had a hand in this issue. Some foreigners. I t ike it, under the leadership of a man I'd very much like to Know. Now,' what's your scheme?" Jim outlined it briefly. "It all depends." said the cEiefv "upon the fact that they will be Impatient if they have the ability to wait, we lose. But we can afford to rfsk the chance Tbe man who wrote this letter is uot a counterfeiter. He's an old yeggiuan We haven't heard Anything of him lately. o tried to coiner him on a postoffice Job, but ho slipped by. He may be a stool. Anyhow, I II draw him in somehow " " There'll be some excitement " " We're used to that you, too. All we've got to do Is to locate this man Beggs. There are signs of spite in this letter. Very well played, if you want my oplniou. What s this Black Hundred?" " I'm not at liberty to tell just yet It's n nu.iuKi- i;.uiie. nan poi. ier.1, unit t'lacKmaii. It's a pretty strong organization But if th ey're back of this counterfeiting, there's a fine chance of landin- them all." Here too chief's assistant came In. "Got Begirs on the wire. Bays he'll conduct yoo to the home if you'll promise bun immunity for some other offenses " "Tell him he shall have immunity on the word of the chief But also say that be must come to see me in person." " All right, sir." " 1 don't believe it would be wise for Bei'- to ee me here. I gave him a good send-off Sing Sing five years ago. He may recollect." said Norton "Suit yourself about that Only, keep into eommuhication with me by telephone and I'll tip you off as to when the raid shall take place. Lucky you came in I should have honestly gone there and arrested In nocent people, and they would have had a devil of a time explnininR. It would have taken them at least a week to dear them selves. That would leave the Douse empty all that time." Norton did not reply, but be put the blotter way carefully. There was DO getting away from the fn t, but the gc-1 of luck was with him. "Do you know what's back of it all?" " I can't tell you any more than I have," bo i Norton, "Then I pass. I know you well enough. If you've made up your mind not to talk" a n.nu Couldn't jret anything out of you with, a can-opener. And thai I why we trust you, my boy. Don't forget the t lephone." " I shan't. So long ' That same night Bralne paid the Russian woman a brief visit. " I think that here's where we go forward Tbe se. ret err ire will raid tho house to morrow and then for a few days we'll roam about as we bally please I'm hanged if I don't have every plank torn up and all the w.ills pulled down. More and more I'm con vinced that the Tnoney is In tnat honge " "Don't be too confident," warned Olga. "So many times hivc we been tripped up when evervthing seemed in our hands. Th house should be guarded but not entered for a day or two. at least not till after the raid is cold. I'm beginning to see traps every where" " Nonsense! Ieave it to me We shan't stn k our beads iDside the Harreuve house till we are dead certain that it is absolutely empty Olga, you're a gem. I don't think Russia will bother us for awhile Eh? I'aroff will not dare tell bow he ns flim flammed. The least he can do to save his own skin is to say that we are fully capa ble of taking care of ourselves." L-a laughed " To tiiiuk of his writing a note like that' Florence would have recog nized and no doubt did s palpable attempt to play an old game twice." "How does she act toward ou?" " Cordial as ever; aud yet . . , " Yet what? " ' I thought her nu ordiuary school girl, and yet every ouce iu awhile she makes what you billiard players call a professional snot. What matter? So long as they do uot shut the door in my face, I ask nothing more. But do you wuut my opinion? I feel it iu my bones that something will go wrung tomorrow." "'Good lord, are you losing your uerve?" cried Bruiuo impatiently. "The secret serv ice has the warning; they will 6ud the green Fluff, and Jones & Co. will mog off to the police station. And there'll be a week of red tape before they are turned loose agatn. They'll di' into Uargreave s tinam es and all that. We'll have all the security iu tbe world to find out if the money is in the house or nof W li v orrv 'I " " It's only the way I feel. There Is some thing uncanny in the regularity of that girl's good luck " " Ab, but we're not ofter her this time; It's the whole family." "The servants, too?" Everybody in tho house will be under suspicion." 'Aud you can trust Beggs?" " His life is In the hollow of my hand. Tou can always trust a man when you hold the rope that's around his neck." iill the frown did not leave Olga's brow. With all bor soul she longed to be out of this tangle. It had all looked so easy nt tbe start; yet hero they were, weeks later, no further forward than nt the begiunine, aud lidded to this they hail paid much in liveaand money. Well, if she would be fool enough to love this man r!ie must abide with the con sequences. She wanted him all by herself, out of danger, in n fir country. He mlcbt tire, but she knew in her heart that she never would This was her one jrrcat passion, and while her mode of living was not as honest ok might be, her love was honest enough and Unswerving, though it was not gilded by the pleasant fancies of youth "Of what are you thinking?" he asked when J(. concluded that the pause had been Ion? enough. " You," BbbssHbssI LbW 1 " H in. Complimentary?" bbHRI " No; just ordiuary everyday love." gHB "Ah, (i;ca, way the deuce must you go iflalH and fall in love with a bundle of asnes like HssB myself? Ashes and bitter a.sliea, too. Some- aaffi8 times I rc;ret But the regretting only Hft& seems to make me nil the more savage. What aaV!! op. urn and dope are to other irea, danger aBul and excitement aro to me. It is Dot wrL- BuT tn that I shall die in bed. I have told you Ml that already. There is no other woman B&BBfl now. And I do love you after a fasoion, as BB8B a man loves a comrade. Walt till this dan- ifiyll cing bout is over and I may talk otherwise. ftffifl And now I am going to a reception. I am HgiS going to shake hands and hobnob with tbe elite beautiful word! And while I bow and Ktjy smirk and crack witticisms, . I and the devil HoV- will hv chuckling in our sleeves,. But this IKtfW I'll tell you, while there's a drop of blood In Krl my veins, a breatn in my body, I'll stick to Btv"4 this ficht if only to prove that I'm not a Wii quitter." w' He caught her suddenly in his arms, kissed at her, ran lightly to the door, and was zone B;V- before she could recover from her astonish- Wf j' menL w'V! The affair went smoothly, without a hitch. R'J' Norton and his men gamed the bouse through tho tunnel without attracting the least at- St H tentlon The Black Hundred, watchin the ..: front and rear of the house, never dreamed P? H that there existed another mode of entraoce W v " or that there was a secret cabinet room - I Half an hour later the head of the secret service, accompanied by bis men, together n with "Sp .ler" Bckks, wno was In high . , feather over his success, arrived, demanded fflt admittance, and went at the fount of the . I business at once. lift''' "Your name is Jones," began the chief. W' ' The butler nodded, though his face evinced R I no little bewilderment nt the appearance of j I these men. "What is it yon wish, sir?" Br r "I am from the se' ret service and I have ?$ it from a pretty good source that there is V counterfeit money hidden in this house. More I than that. I r.m put my hand on the very Efj place if Is hidden." - I "That is impossible, sir," declared .Tones indignantly. I " T'm an old hand, Mr. Jones. It will not H do you a bit of good to put on that bold I front." 1 Beggs smiled How was he to know that this was a comedy set especially for his benefit j " I should like to see that money," siid 1 Jones, not quite so bravely. !. I " Come with me." said the secret aervlce H man. "Where's the library?" H " Beyond that door, sir." aasasa The chief, beckoning to his men, entered the library, went directly to a certain shelf, extracted three volumes, and there lay the I money in three ucat packages. j " flood heavens'" casped Jones. j " I shall have to request ou and the fam- f liy to accompany me to the station." " But it is all utterly lmposible, sir! I j know nothing of that money, nor how it got I there. It's a plot. I declare on ray oath, sir, that I am innocent, that Miss Fiorenco ond her companion know nothing about it " You will have to toll all that to the fed eral judce. sir. My duty is to take you all to the station It would be just as well not to say anything more, sir." "Very well; but some one shall smart for j1 this' outrage." "That remains to be seen." wns the terse ( comment of the secret service man. He led his prisoners away directly. Norton aud his men had to wait far into the nicht. The Black Hundred dd not in- la...! tend to make any mistake this time by a hasty move t quarter after 10 they de- , scended. Braine was not with them. This was due to the urgent request of Olsa. who still had her doubts. The men rioted about the house, searching nooks and corners, ex aminlnj: floors and walls, opening books, pull- J ! g out drawers, but they found Dofhing j. Phey talked freely, however, and foe dicta graph registered every word. The printing plaut, which had so long defied discovejv, H was in tbe cellar of the house occupied by the Black Hundred Norton and his men H determined to follow and raid the building. And the reporter promised himself a good front page story without in any way con flicting with his promises to Jones. events came io pass ns tuey cpccieo. i ne trailing was not the easiest thine Norton knew about where the building was. but he could nt so to it directly. He was quite confident that its entrance was identical with I that which had the trap door ihrouch whnd he had been flung that memorable day when lie had been shanghaied. When they reached the building he warned the men to hug the wall to the stairs. The I trap yawned, but no one was hurt. Thev I Scampered up the stairs like n lot of enzer boys; broke the door In to find the weird executive chamber dark and empty and an acrid smoke In their nostril Tbs latter grew sflfline as they blundered about In the dark By luck Norton found the exit and cnlled to the men to follow. They saw Beces at the top of the stairway and called out to him to surrender. He held up his hands and the stairs collapsed. Beal fire hurst oat and Norton and bis companion had n desperate, battle with flame and smoke to gain the street. The fire was pnt out finally, bnt there was nothing in the ruins to prove that there had been a counterfeiting den there. There was, however, at least one consoling feature- in 1 I the future the Black nnndrrd would hare to I hold their star-chambers elsewhere It was checkmate; or, rather, It was a draw. to bf. cotinutd.