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A STORY
0V A. CON AN DOYLt-
"Blessed If I believe the swab was a
certificated doctor at all. He was flying
false colors, or I am mistaken."
who sat on the hollowed steps of the
houses, and basked In the autumn sun.
At one side was a barrowman with a
load of walnuts, and beside the barrow
a bedraggled woman with a black,
fringe and a chequered shawl thrown
over her head. She was cracking wal
nuts and picking them out of the shells,
throwing out a remark occasionally to
a rough man In a rabblt-skinap, with
straps under the knees of his corduroy
trousers, who stood puffing a black clay
pipe with his back against the wall.
What the cause of the quarrel was, or
what sharp sarcasm from the woman's
Hps pricked suddenly through that thick
skin may never be known, but suddenly
the man took his pipe In his left hand,
leaned forward, and deliberately struck
her across the face with his right. It
was a slap rather than a blow, but the
morgan a mm,
INTERNATIONAL MESS ASSOCIATION.
(CHAPTER XIII. Continued).
"Well, well, we must go by averages
of course. Shall we say two years? I
should think that you have a full two
years before you."
"In two years your pension would
bring you in 1,600. Now I will do my
very best for you, Admiral! I will ad
vance you 2,000 and you can make over
to me your pension for your Mfe. It
Is pure speculation on my part. If you
die to-morrow I lose my money. If
the doctor's prophecy is correct I shall
etlll be out of pocket. If you live a lit
tle longer, then I may see my money
again. It Is the very best I can do for
you."
"Then you wish to buy my pension?"
"Yes, for two thousand down."
"And If I live for twenty years?"
"Oh, In that case of course my specu
lation would be more successful. But
you have heard the doctor's opinion."
"Would you advance the money in
stantly?" "You should have a thousand at once.
The other thousand I should expect you
to take In furniture."
"In furniture?"
"Yes, Admiral. We shall do you a
beautiful houseful at that sum. It is
the custom of my clients to take half
in furniture."
The Admiral sat in dire perplexity.
He had come out to get money, and to
go back without any, to be powerless to
help when his boy needed every shilling
to save him from disaster; that would
be very bitter to him. On the other
hand, It was so much that he surren
dered, and so little that he received,
Little, and yet something. Would It
not be better than going back empty
handed? He saw the yellow backed
cheque-book upon the table. The
moneylender opened It and dipped his
peri Into the ink.
"Shall I fill it up?" said he.
"I think, Admiral," remarked West
macott, "that we had better have a lit
tle walk and some luncheon before we
settle this matter."
"Oh, we may as well do It at once. It
would be absurd to postpone It now,"
Metaxa spoke with some heat, and his
eyes glinted angrily from between his
narrow lids at the Imperturbable
Charles. The Admiral was simple In
money matters, but he had seen much
of men and had learned to read them.
He saw that venomous glance, and saw
too that intense eagerness was peeping
out from beneath the careless air which
the agent had assumed.
"You're quite right, Wesmacott," said
he. "We'll have a little walk before we
settle it."
"But I may not be here this after
noon." "Then we must choose another day."
"But why not settle it now?"
"Because I prefer not," said the Ad
miral shortly.
"Very well. But remember that my
offer Is only for to-day. It is off unless
you take it at once."
"Let it be off, then."
"There's my fee," cried the doctor.
"How much?"
"A guinea."
The Admiral threw a pound and a
shilling upon the table. "Come, West
macott," said he, and they walked to
gether from the room.
"I don't like it," said Charles, when
they found themselves In the street once
more; "I don't profess to be a very
sharp chap, but this is a trifle too thin.
What did he want to go out and speak
to the doctor for? And how very con
venient this tale of a weak heart was!
I believe they are a couple of rogues,
and In league with each other."
"A shark and a pilot fish," said the
Admiral.
"I'll tell you what I propose, sir.
There's a lawyer named McAdam who
does my aunt's business. He is a very
honest fellow, and lives at the other side
of Poultry. We'll go over to him to
gether and have his opinion about the
whole matter."
"How far is it to his place?"
"Oh, a mile at least. We can have a
cab."
"A mile? Then we shall see if there Is
any truth in what that swab of a doc
tor said. Come, my boy, and clap on all
sail, and see who can stay the longest."
Then the sober denizens of the heart
of business London saw a singular
sight as they returned from their lunch
eons. Down the road-way, dodging
among cabs and carts, ran a weather
stained elderly man, with wide flapping
black hat, and homely suit of tweeds.
With elbows braced back, hands
clenched near his armpits, and chest
protruded, he scudded along, while
close at his heels lumbered a large
limbed, heavy, yellow mustached young
man, who seemed to feel the exercise a
good deal more than his senior. On they
dashed, helter-skelter, until they pulled
up panting at the office where the law
yer of the Westmacotts was to be found.
"There now!" cried the Admiral In
triumph. "What d'ye think of that?
Nothing wrong In the engine-room, eh?"
"You seem fit enough, sir."
"They keep the directories and regis- woman gave a sharp cry and cowered
ters In this eating house," said Westma
cott. "We'll go and look him out."
They did so, but the medical rolls con
tained no such name as that of Dr.
Proudle, of Bread street.
"Pretty villlany this!" cried the Ad
miral, thumping his chest. "A dummy
doctor and a vamped up disease. Well,
we've tried the rogues, Westmacott! Let
us see what we can do with your honest
man."
optraetors, Builders,
abipet Iaei3
m n
AND UNDERTAKERS.
CHAPTER XIV.
M
self at half-cock,
scendlng Into one,
EASTWAW) on!
R. M'ADAM, of the
firm of McAdam &
Squire, was a highly
polished man who
dwelt behind a high
ly polished table in
the neatest and
snuggest of offices.
He was white-haired
and amiable, witli
deep-lined aquiline
face, was addicted
to low bows, and
as though just de-
or just recovering
himself. He wore a high-buckled stock,
took snuff, and adorned his conversa
tion with little scraps from the classics:
"My dear sir," said he, when he had
listened to the story, "any friend of
Mrs. Westmacott' is a friend of mine.
Try a pinch. I wonder that you should
have gone to this man Metaxa. His
advertisement Is enough to condemn
him. Habet foenum In cornu. They are
all rogues."
"The doctor was a rogue, too. I didn't
like the look of him at the time."
"Arcades ambo. But now we must
see what we can do for you. Of course
what Metaxa said was perfectly right.
The pension is in Itself no security at
all, unless It were accompanied by a
life assurance which would be an In
come In Itself. It Is no good what
ever." His clients' faces fell.
"But there is the second alternative.
You might sell the pension right out.
Speculative Investors occasionally deal
In such things. I have one client, a
sporting man, who would be very likely
to take It up If we could agree upon
terms. Of course, I must follow Me
taxa's example by sending for a doctor.
For the second time was the Admiral
punched and tapped and listened to.
This time, however, there could be no
question of the qualifications of the
doctor, a well-known Fellow of the Col
lege of Surgeons, and his report was as
favorable as the other's had been ad
verse. "He has the heart and chest of a man
of forty," said he. "I can recommend
his life as one of the best of his age
that I have ever examined."
"That's well," said Mr. McAdam,
making a note of the doctor's remarks,
while the Admiral disbursed a second
guinea. "Your price, I understand, is
five thousand pounds. I can communi
cate with Mr. Elberry, my client, and
let you know whether he cares to touch
the matter. Meanwhile you can leave
your pension papers here, and I will
give you a receipt for them."
"Very well. I should like the money
soon."
"That is why I am retaining the
papers. If I can see Mr. Elberry to
day we may let you have a cheque to
morrow. Try another pinch. No?
Well, good-bye. I am very happy to
have been of service." Mr. McAdam
bowed them out, for he was a very
busy man, and they found themselves
in the street once more with lighter
hearts than when they had left it.
"Well, Westmacott, I am sure I am
very much obliged to you," said the
Admiral. '"You have stood by me
when I was the better for a little help,
for I'm clean out of my soundings
among these city sharks. But I've
something to do now which Is more in
my own line, and I need not trouble
you any more."
"Oh, it Is no trouble. I have nothing
to do. I never have, anything to do.
I don't suppose I could do It if I had.
I should be delighted to come with you,
sir, If I can be of any use."
"No, no, my lad. You go home again.
It would be kind of you, though, If
yon would look In at number one when
you get back and tell my wife that all's
veil with me, and that I'll be back In
an hour or so."
"All right, sir. I'll tell her." West
maoott raised his hat and strode away
to the westward, while the Admiral,
after a hurried lunch, bent his steps
towards the east.
It was a long walk, but the old sea
man swung along at a rousing pace,
leaving street after street behind him.
The great business places dwindled
down Into commonplace shops and
dwellings, which decreased and became
more stunted, even as the folk who filled
them did, until he was deep in the evil
places of the eastern end. It was a
land of huge, dark houses and of gar
ish gin-shops, a land, too, where life
moves Irregularly and where adven
tures are to be gained as the Admiral
was to learn to his cost.
He was hurrying down one of the
long, narrow, stone-flagged lanes be
tween the double lines of crouching,
disheveled women and of dirty children
ur against the barrow ..1th her hand
to her cheek.
"You infernal villain!" cried the Ad
miral, raising his stick. "You brute and
blackguard!"
"Garn!' growled the rough, with the
deep, rasping intonation of a savage.
"Garn out o' this or I'll " He took a
step forward with uplifted hand, but in
an Instant down came cut number three
upon his wrist, and cut number Ave
across his thigh, and cut number one
full In the center of his rabbit-skin cap.
It was not a heavy stick, but it was
strong enough to leave a good red weal
wherever it fell. The rough yelled with
pain, and rushed in, hitting with both
hands, and kicking with his iron-shod
bots, but the Admiral had still a quick
foot and a true eye, so that he bounded
backwards and sideways, still raining a
shower of blows upon his savage an
tagonist. Suddenly, however, a pair of
arms closed around his neck, and glanc
ing backwards he caught a glimpse of
the black coarse fringe of the woman
whom he had befriended. "I've got
him!" she shrieked. "I'll 'old 'lm. Now,
Bill, knock the tripe out of him!" Hei
grip was as strong as a man s, and her
wrist pressed like an iron bar upon the
Admiral's throat. He made a desper
ate effort to disengage himself, but the
most that he could do was to swing her
round, so as to place her between his
adversary and himself. As It proved, It
was the very best thing that he could
have done. The rough, half-blinded
and maddened by the blows which he
had received, struck out with all his un
gainly strength, just as his partner's
head swung around In front of him,
There was a noise like that of a stone
hitting a wall, a deep groan, her grasp
relaxed, and she dropped a dead weight
upon the pavement, while the Admiral
sprang back and raised his stick once
more, ready either for attack or de
fense. Neither were needed, however,
for at that moment there was a scatter
ing of the crowd, and two police con
stables, burly and helmeted, pushed
their way through the rabble. At the
sight of them the rough took to his
heels, and was instantly screened from
view by a veil of his friends and neigh
bors. "I have been assaulted," panted the
Admiral. "This woman was attacked
and I had to defend her."
"This Is Bermondsey Sal," said one
police officer, bending over the berag
gled heap of tattered shawl and dirty
skirt. "She's got It hot this time."
"He was a shortish man, thick, with
a beard."
"Ah, that's Black Davie. He's been
un four times for beating her. He's
I about done the Job now. If I were you
I would let that sort settle their own
I little affairs, sir.."
"Do you think that a man who holds
I the Queen's commission will stand by
and see a woman struck?" cried the Ad
miral indignantly.
"Well, just as you like, sir. But
you've lost your watch, I see."
"My watch!" He clapped his hand to
his waistcoat. The chain was hanging
down in front, and the watch gone.
He passed his hand over his forehead.
"I would not have lost that watch for
anything," said he. "No money could
replace it. It was given me by the
ship's company after our African
cruise. It has an Inscription."
The policeman shrugged his shoulders.
"It comes from meddling," said he.
"What'll you give me If I tell yer
where It Is?" said a sharp-faced boy
among the crowd. "Will you gimme a
quid?"
"Certainly."
"Well, Where's the quid?"
The Admiral took a sovereign from
his pocket. "Here it is."
"Then 'ere's the ticker!" The boy
pointed to the clenched hand of the
senseless woman. A glimmer of gold
shone out from between the fingers, and
on opening them up, there was the Ad
miral's chronometer. This interesting
victim had throttled her protector with
one hand, while she robbed him with the
other.
The Admiral left his address with the
policeman, satisfied that the woman
I was only stunned, not dead, and then
I set off upon his way once more, the
! poorer perhaps in his faith in human
nature, but in very good spirits none the
less. He walked with dilated nostrils
and clenched hands, all glowing and
tingling with the excitement of the com
bat, and warmed with tne thought that
he could still, when there was need,
take his own part In a street brawl In
spite of his three-score and odd years.
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.
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(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Mr. Kreuper'R Narrow Escape.
Paul Kreuper, of South Bend, Ind.,
retiring township trustee, upon casting
up his accounts found himself 5,000
short, and, without waiting for a re
examination, and nearly crazy with ex
citement, he notified some of his bonds
men, and there was the mischief to
pay. The deputy county auditor found
Kretfper toying with a revolver and
well nigh distracted, and the deputy
sent him home and called in an expert.
A re-examination demonstrated that
not only was there no shortage, but that
a balance was due to Mr. Kreuper.
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