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The Mystery of Agatha Webb. 8 By Anna Katharine Green. Author of Tho Leavenworth Ce,- "Let tlan'. In, "Hand (Continued from last Saturday.) "Wbat reasons bave yoa for calling this mysterious customer old? I thought it was so dark you could not see bl m." The man. who looked relieved siDce be bad rid bimself of the bill, eyed the constable In some perplexity. "I didn't see a feature of bis face." aid be. "and yet I'm sure be was old. I never tbougbt of bim as being any thing else." "Well, we will see. And Is that all you bave to tell us?" His nod was expressive, and tbey let bim go. An bour or so later Detective Knapp made bis reappearance. "Well," asked the coroner as he came quietly in and closed tbe door behind bim. "what's your opinion?" "Simple case, sir. Murdered for mon ey. Find tbe man with a flowing beard." CHAPTER XI. THE ZABEL. BROTHERS. There were but few men in town who wore long beards. A list was made of these and banded to tbe coroner, who regarded it with a grim 6mile. "Not a man whose name Is here would be guilty of a misdemeanor, let alone a crime. You must look outside of our village population for the mur derer of Agatba Webb." "Very likely, but tell me something first about these persons." urged Knapp. "Who is Edward Hope?" . "A v.atcn repairer. A man of estima ble character." "And Sylvester Chubb?" "A farmer wbo, to support bis moth er, wife and seven children, works from morning until sundown on bis farm and from sundown until It o'clock at night on little fancy arti cles be cuts out from wood and sells In Boston." "John Barker, Thomas Elder, Timo thy Sinn?" "All good men. I can vouch for every one." "And John Zabel. James Zabel?" "Ah! You might as well ask about ourselves. Irreproachable, both of them. Quite famous shipbuilders once, but tbe change to iron shipbuilding bas quite . thrown them out of that. Pity, too, for they were remarkable builders. By tbe by, Fenton. we don't see them at church or in the docks any more." "No. Tbey keep very much to them selves. Getting old, like ourselves, Talbot." "Lively boys once. We must hunt them up. Fenton. Can't bear to see old friends drop out of good company. But this Isn't business. You need not pause over tbeir names, Knapp." But Knapp had slipped out. We will follow blm. Walking briskly down tbe street be went up the steps of a certain house and rang tbe bell. A gentleman witb a face not entirely unknown to us came to the door. Tbe detective did not pause for pre liminaries. "Are you Mr. Crane," he asked, "the gentleman who ran against a man coming out of Mrs. Webb's house last nighty "I am Mr. Crane," -as the slightly surprised rejoinder, "and I was run against by a man there, yes." "Very well," remarked the detective quietly. "My name Is Knapp. I bave been sent from Boston to look into this matter, and I have an Idea that yon can help me more than any other man nere in Sutherlandtown. Wbo was this person who came in contact witb yon so violently? You know, even if yon bave been careful not to mention any names." "You are mistaken. I don't know. I caVt knew. He wore a sweeping beard and walked and acted like a man no longer young, but beyond that" "Mr. Crane, excuse me. but I know men. If you bad no suspicion as to wbo that person was, you would not look so embarrassed. Yon suspect or at least associate in your own mind a name with tbe man you met. Was it either of these you see written here?" Mr. Crane glanced at the card on which the other had scribbled a couple of names and started perceptibly. "You bave ms?," said he. "You must be a man of remarkable perspicacity." The detective smiled and pocketed bis card. The nan;es lie thus conceal d were John Zaix-i. James Zabel. "You have not said which of the two It was," Knapp fjuicklv suggested. "No," rotuirnd t.'ie minister, "and I bave not ev-n thought. Indeed I ats not sure that I hiivfc not iiiaile a dread ful mistake in thinking it as either. A glimpse sucli as I batl is far from eatif.'K-tory siini tLty ootli are sucii xceli-iit iui ii"- KicLt! Von did rr.ake a mistake cf course I ljav- no XL u-asr .iou!.t cf U. So don't tiiiM" of ue matter aaic. i wh? bnd out vrho the real man wan, rest easy.- And with the lightest of bows Knapp drew ofT and passed as quickly as he could, without attracting attention, around the corner to the confection er's. II ere bis attack was warier. Sally Loton was behind the counter with her husband, and they bad evident!? beea ir.ntter over very conadc-- Copyright, 1900, by Anna Katharine Greco. riily. But Kukpp" was not to oe awea by ber small, keen eye or strident voice and presently succeeded in sur prising a knowing look on tbe lady's face, which convinced him that In tbe confidences between husband and wife a name had been used which she was less unwilling to Impart than be ap peared to be. lie consequently turned bis full attention toward ber. using in bis attack that older and most subtle weapon against the sex flattery. "My dear madam." said be, "I see wbat a good heart you bave. Your busband has told you who be thought this man was, but. fearing that be may be mistaken, you do not like to repeat tbe name. A neighborly spirit, ma'am, a very neighborly spirit, but there should be bounds to your goodness. If you simply told us whom this man re sembled, we would be able to get some Idea of bis appearance." "He didn't resemble any one I know." growled Loton. "It was too dark for me to see how he looked." "Ilis voice, then? People are traced by tbeir voices." "I didn't recognize bis voice." Knapp smiled, bis eye still on tbe woman. "Yet you have thought of some one be reminded you of?" The man was silent; but the wife tossed ber bead ever so lightly. "Now. you must bave bad your rea sons for that. No one thinks of a good and respectable neighbor in connection witb tbe buying of a loaf of bread at midnight witb a $20 bill without some positive reason." "The man wore a beard. I felt It brush my band as be took the loaf." "Good! That Is a point." "Which made me think of other men who wore beards." "As for Instance" The detective bad taken from bis pocket tbe card which be bad used witb sucb effect at tbe minister's, and as be said these words twirled it so that the two names written upon it fell under Sally Lo ton's inquisitive eyes. The look with which she read them was enough. John Zabel. James Zabel. "Who told you it was either of these men?" she asked. "You did." he retorted, pocketing tbe card witb a smile. "La. now. Samuel. I never spoke a word," she insisted, in anxious protest to ber busband as the detective slid quietly from tbe store. CnAPTEIt XII. PAY OR SUFFER EXTOSITRE. The Ilallidays lived but n few rods from the Suthcrlands. Yet as It was dusk when Miss Hnlliclay rose to de part Frederick naturally offered bis services as her escort. She accepted them with a slight blush, the first be had ever seen on her face or at least bad ever noted there. It caused bim such surprise that he forgot Amabel's presence in the garden sntil they came upon her at tbe gate. "A pleasant evening." observed that young girl in ber bigb, unmusical voice. "Very," was Miss Halliday's short reply, and for a moment tbe two faces were in line as be beld open tbe gate before bis departing guest. Tbey were very different faces In feature and expression, and until that night be bad never thought of compar ing them. Indeed tbe fascination which beamed from Amabel Page's far from regular countenance bad put all other faces out of his mind, but now as be surveyed the two the candor and puri ty which marked Agues' features came out so strongly under his glance that tbe countenance of Amabel lost its charms, and he hastily drew bis young neighbor away. Amabel noted the movement and am tied. She bad no fears of Agnes Halliday. Perhaps she miht have felt less con fidence if she could have seen the short glances he cast his old playmate as they proceeded slowly down the road. Not that there was any passion in them. He was too full of care for that, but the curiosity which could prompt him to turn his head a dozen times in the course of so short a walk to see why Agues Halliday beld ber face so persistently away from him bad an element of feeling in it that was more or less significant. As for Agnes, she was so uulike ber accus tomed self as to astonish even herself. Whereas she had never before walked a dozen steps with bim without in dulging in some sharp saying, sbe found herself disinclined to speak at all. much less speak lightly. In mu tual silence, then, they reached the gateway leading into the Halliday grounds. But Agnes, having passed in, they both stopped and for the first time looked squarely at each other. Her eyes fell first, perhaps because bis bad changed in his contemplation of ber. lie smill us he saw this and In a half careless, half wistful tone said quietly: "Agnes, wnat would you think of a man who. after having roinmitteil lit tle else but foll3- all his life, suddenly made up his mind lo turn absolutely toward the rifciit and to pursue it in face of every obstacle and every dis couragement '!" "I should think," she slowly replied, with one quick lift of IWr eyes toward bis face, "that he had entered upon the noblest eSor of. which man is ca - and Kin,- Etc., Etc pable and tbS Hardest 1 should bave great sympathy for that man, Fred erick." "Would you?" be said, recalling Ama bel's face witb bitter aversion as he gazed Into tbe womanly countenance be bad hitherto slighted as uninterest ing. "It is tbe first kind word you bave ever given me, Agnes. Possibly It is the first I have ever deserved." And without another word be doffed bis hat, saluted ber and vanished down tbe hillside. She remained, remained so long that It was nearly 9 o'clock when she en tered tbe family parlor. As sbe came In ber mother looked up and was star tied at her unaccustomed pallor. "Why. Agnes," cried ber mother, "what Is the matter?" ner answer was Inaudible. Wbat was tbe matter? Sbe dreaded, even feared, to ask herself. Meantime a strange scene was taking place In tbe woods toward which she bad seen Frederick go. Tbe moon, wbicb was particularly bright that night, shone upon a certain hollow where a huge tree lay. Around It the underbrush was thick and tbe shadow dark, but In this especial place the opening was large enough for the rays to enter freely. Into this circlet of light Frederick Sutherland had come. Alone and without tbe restraint Im posed upon him by watching eyes he showed a countenance so wan and full of trouble that It was well it could not be seen by either of the two women whose thoughts were at that moment fixed upon him. To Amabel It would bave given a throb of selfish hope, while to Agnes It would have brought a pang of despair which might bave somewhat too suddenly Interpreted to ber the mystery of her own sensations. He bad bent at once to tbe hollow Bpace made by tbe outspreading roots Just mentioned and was feeling witb an air of confidence along the ground for something he bad every reason to expect to find when the shock of a sud den distrust seized bim, and be flung bimself down in terror, feeling and feeling again among the fallen leaves and broken twigs until a full realiza tion of bis misfortune reached bim, and he was obliged to acknowledge that the place was empty. Overwhelmed at bis loss, aghast at tbe consequences It must entail upon bim. he rose In a trembling sweat, crying out In his anger and dismay: "She bas been here! She has taken it!" And realizing for the first time the subtlety nnd strength of tbe an tagonist pitted against him he forgot bis new resolutions and even that old promise to Agatha Webb and uttered oath f after oath, cursing himself, the woman and what she had done until a casual glance at the heavens over bead, in which the liquid moon hung calm and beautiful, recalled bim to bimself. Ceasing bis vain repinlngs and silencing with a fierce but de termined effort the fierce demon In bis breast, he turned from the unhallowed spot and made his way with deeper and deeper misgivings toward a borne made hateful to him now by tbe pres ence of the woman who was thus bent upon bis ruin. He understood her now. He rated at Its full value both ber determination and her power, and bad sbe been so unfortunate as to have carried her im prudence to the point of surprising bim at that moment in one of tbe hollows of that midnight copse it would bave taken more than the memory of that day's resolves to have kept bim from Using his strength against ber. But she was wise and did not Intrude upon bim in bis bour of anger, though who could say sbe was not near enough to bear the sigh whicU broke Irresistibly from bis lips as he emerged from the wood and approached his father's bouse. A lamp was still burning In Mr. Sutherland's study over the front door, and the sight of It seemed to change for a moment the current of Freder ick's thoughts. Stopping with the gate In his band, he considered with him self and then with a freer countenance nnd a lighter step was about to pro ceed inward wheu he heard the sound of a heavy breather coming up the bill and paused, why he hardly knew, except that every advancing step oc casioned bim more or less apprchnv eion. The person, whoever It was. stopped before reaching the brow of the hill tnd paDtlng heavily muttered an oath which Frederick heard. Though it was no more profane than those which bad just escaped his own lips in the forest, it produced an effect upon Fred erick which was only second in Inten sity to the terror of the discovery that the money lie had so safely hiddeu was gone. Trembling In every limb, he dashed down liie li'l! and confronted the per son standing there. "You!" he cric.l. "You!" And for a moment he looked as if he would like to fell to the ground the ma:i before hi ill. But this man was a lira vy wel. :!:t cf no ordinary physical str::.'.lli and adroitness nnd only sin:i'd. at' Fred erick's heat and thi 'ealcnl-.ig Hrrlt ,:i!c "I thought I wci.id lie ina.li- v.tl cotne." he smiied. with jiiM the h.i.t cf sinister me:;:i::ig in Irs tow n..-2. before Fn-iieriek -;;i::l s- a he : aid: "I bave merely savecT"yd a trip to Bos ton. Wby so much anger, friend? You bave tbe money. Of that I am positive." "Hush! We can't talk here," whis pered Frederick. "Come into the grounds, or. what would be better, Into the woods over there." "I don't go into the woods with yon," laughed the other. "Not after last night, my friend. But 1 will talk low. That's no more than fair. I don't want to put you into any other man's pow er, especially if you have the money." "Wattles" Frederick's tone was broken, almost unintelligible. "What do you mean by your allusion to last night? Have you dared to connect me" "Pooh, pooh!" Interrupted the other good humoredly. "Don't let us waste words over a mischance word I may bave let drop." "I don't care anything about last night's work or who was concerned in It That's nothing to me. All I want, my boy, is the money, and that I want devilish bad or I would not bave run tip here from Boston, when I might bave made half a hundred off a coun tryman Lewis brought in from the Canada wilds this morning." "Wattles, I swear" But tbe hand he bad raised was quickly drawn down to tbe other. "Don't," said the older man shortly. "It won't pay, Sutherland. Stage talk never passed for anything with me. Besides, your white face tells a truer story than your Hps, and time is pre cious. I want to take the 11 o'clock train back. So down with the cash. Nine hundred and fifty-six It Is, but, being friends, we will let the odd six o." "Wattles, I was to bring It to you to morrow, or was It the next day? I do not want to give it to you tonight. In deed 1 cannot, but Wattles, wait, stop! Where are you going?" "To see your father. I want to tell bim that his son owes me a debt; that this debt was incurred In a way that lays bim liable for arrest for forgery; that, bad as he thinks you, there are facts which can be picked up In Bos ton wbicb would make Frederick Suth erland's continued residence under the parental roof impossible; that in fact you are a scamp of the first water and that only my friendship for you has kept you out of prison so long. Won't It make a nice story for the old gentle man's ears?" "Wattles I oh. my God. Wattles, stop a minute and listen to me. I bave not got the money. I bad enough this morning to pay you, had it legitimate ly. Wattles, but it has been stolen from me, and" "I will also tell him," the other broke la as quietly and calmly as If Freder ick had not uttered a word, "that In a certain visit to Boston you lost $300 on one hand; that you lost It unfairly, not having a dollar to pay witb; that to prevent a scandal 1 became your security, witb the understanding that I was to be paid at tbe end of ten days from that night; that you thereupon played again and lost $400 and odd jl'l want to tell himthathiasonis a scamp oj the first water." more, so that your debt amounted to $055; that the ten days passed without payment; that wanting money 1 press ed you and even resorted to a threat or two and that seeing me In earnest you swore that the dollars should be mine within live days; that Instead of remaining In IJosti n to get them you rame here and that this morning at a very early hour you telegraphed that the funds were to band and that you would bring them down to me tomor row. He may draw conclusions from this, Sutherland, which may make his position as your father anything but grateful to him. He may even Ah. you would try that game, would you?" The young man had Hung bimself at the oliier man's throat as if be would choke off the words be saw trembing on bis lips. Hut the struggle thus be gun was short. In a moment both stood !art. panting, aud Frederick, with lowered bead, was saying hum bly: "I heir rnrdnii. Wattles, but you drive me mad with your suggestions nnd conclusions. I I.uve not sot the money, nut I will try and got It. Wan here." "Ten minutes.' Sutherland. No lon ger! The moon is bright, and I can sue the hands of my watch distinctly. At a quarter to 10 1 will receive the mon ey from you bore or seek it tu your father's study." Frederick made a hurried gesture and van Is h .'d up the wulk. The next moment he was ut hU father's study oor. - . ... (To bo Continued Next S:Uurdav. :- X)n CM A NO KM ( I'SOS. i'.it'os e.i . ! - !' 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