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i 1 1 10 BURLINGTON FREE PRESS: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1002,
i v?:- O B O & 45 E& & & & & & ! 11 $ $&fc$3l$ & $ a CHAFTF.n IV. luniNG tboso minute Investl- nations of Ills past life Pros-jri- was in prison In a secret cell. The first two days had not npppttmrt very long. Ho hnd re quested and been granted some shoots of pir, numbered, which he was nbllpod to account for, mid he wroto with a sort of rage plans of defense nnd memoranda of justification. Tim third day hp began to lie uneasy at lint serine any our except the con demned prisoners who were employed to serve thoe confined In secret cells and the jailrr who brought him Ids Tood. "Am I not to bo examined again?" he would ask. "Tour turn Is coming," the jailer In variably answered. Time passed, and the wretched man, tortured by the suffering of solitary confinement, which quickly break tho spirit, sank inlo despair. "Am I to flay hero forever?" ho moaned. The cell door opened, and the jailer's gruff voice called out, "Come to the court of Instruction!" Ho Instantly obeyed tho order. Hut his step was no longer unsteady, as a few days previous a complete cbangn had taken place within him. He walk ed wltli bead erect, a firm step and tint lire of lesolution shining in his eye. lie knew the way now, and lie walked it little ahead of the guard wlw escort ed him. As he was passing through the room full of officers he met tho nian with the gold spectacle' who hnd watched him so intently the day be wns searched. "Courage, M. Prosper Ttortomy," ho raid. "If yoxt are Innocent, there aro tho.-io who will help you." Prosper started with surprise and was about to reply when the man dis appeared. "Who Is that gentleman" lie asked of tbe guard. "f)on't you know Mm?' replied th policeman, with surprise. "Why, It is ii. Lecoq of the secret service." "You say his name is Iccoq?" "You might as well say 'monsieur,' " fa Id the offended policeman. "It would not bum your mouth. M. Locoq Is a man who knows everything he wants 1o know without its over being told to him. If you had had him Instead of that Imbecile Fanferlot, your casa would have been settled long ago. No body is allowed to wafcte time when lie has command. Hut ho seems to be a friend of your." "I never saw him until tho first day I came here." "Von can't swear to that, because no cue Is sure of tho real face of M. Lo coq It Is one thing todny and anoth er tomorrow. Sometimes be it. a ilarlt man, sometimes a fair one, sometime .quite young and then a centennrian. "Why, often he deceives even me. I be gin to talk to a stranger presto! it Is Id. JvCcoq! Anybody on the face of the rurth might be he. If I were told that you were he, I should say, 'It is possible.' He can convert himself iuto any shape and form he chooses." The guard would have continued for ever his praises of It. Lecoq hud not the sight of the judge's door pit an Ciid to them. This time Prosper wat not kept waiting on the wooden bench. iThe judge, on the contrary, was wait ing for hltn. His surprise was great to sec the cashier's bearing resolute Mthont obstinacy, firm nnd assured Mthout defiance. "Woll," ho said, "have you reflect. XT-" "Not being guilty, monsieur, I bad Jiolhing to reflect upon." "Ah, the prison has not been n good I'onnM'lor. you forget that sincerity Hid repentance are the first tilings nee rsary to obtain tho indulgence of a Judge. Will j on be good enough to lell mo," he added, "how much you fcave spent during the last year?" Prosper did not find it necessary to Hop to reflect nnd calculate. "Yes, monsieur," he answered unhes 'tntlugly. "Circumstances niado It necessary for me to preserve the great rst order In my extravagance, l snent tbout 50,000 francs." "Where did you get it?" "In the flf-t place, 12,000 francs was left to me by iny mother. 1 received from 31. riiuvei 14,000 francs as my talary and share or the profits. At the Ktock Exchange I gained 8,000 francs. Tho rest I borrowed and intend repay ing out of the ir.,ono francs which" I liavo with 31. rauvcl." "Who lent you the money?" "M. Itaoul do I ngors." This witness hud left Taris the day Bf tlic robbery and could not bu found. 3'or tho time being M. Palrlgent wis compelled to rely upon I'rosper's word. "Well," ho said, "I will not press tills point. But tell ine why, in splto of the formal order of M. I'iuivpI, you drew the monr-y from tho liauk of Trance thu night before Instead of waiting till tbe morning of tho payment." "Uecnusu it. do ('lameran hnd told no that. it. would be agreeable, even necessary, for him to have his money early In tho morning, lie will testify to that fact if you ask him. I know that I would reach my office late." "This 31. do Clnmeran Is a friend of frours?" "By no means. I have always felt a Fort of repulsion for him. but ho Is tho iutlmato friend of my friend, M. La ttors."' "Ono more thing," fuld tho judge. "J law did you snnid tho evening, the plghl; of the crime?" "When I lcrt my olllce, nt 5 o'r lock, I took the St ("icnnaln train and went to Veslnet, 31. de l.agors' country sent. I carried him l.r.OO francs, which he had asked for, and, not finding him at borne, I left It w th his servant." "Did ho tell you that 31. do IigorK ,"wns going on n journr y?" "Xo, in insltMir. I did not know tha lie had lut l jm.." & & & $K 0 By..- 11 jcmx&e Gaboriati S 0 & "Very well. Where did you go when you left Vcslnet?" "I returned to Paris nnd dined nt a Tslaurnut on tho boulevard with a friend." "And then?" I'roi-per hesitate. "You are silent." said r. Patrigcnt. "Then I will tell you how you employ ed your time. You returned to your rooms In C'haptal street, dressed your self and attended n dance." "You are right, monsieur." "And did you not play at baccarat and lose 1.S00 francs?" "Pinion me, monsieur: only 1,100." "Very well. In the morning you paid a note of a thousand francs?" , "Yes, monsieur." ".Moreover, there remained 00 francs In vour desk, nnd you had -100 In your , purse when you were arrested. So that altogether in twenty-four hours 1,500 francs" Prosper was not discountenanced, but .stupefied. Not being aware of the powerful means of Investigation possessed by the law, he wondered how In so short a time the judge could have obtained fcuch accurate information. "Your statement Is correct, mon 6leur," lie said finally. "Where did all this money come from? The evening before you had so little that you were obliged to defer the payment of a small bill." "Monsieur, the day of which you gpcnk 1 sold through an ngent eomo bonds I had. about u,00O francs. He sides. I tool: from the safe 2,000 francs in advance on my salary. I have noth ing to hide." , The prisoner hnd given clear an swers. SI. Patrigent determined to at tack him from n new point "You say you have no wish to con ceal any of your actions. Then why did you write this note to one of your companions?" This time the blow told. Prosper' eyea dropned before the Inquiring look of the judge. "I thoughr," le stammcrI "I wish-cd"- "You wished to sceen this woman?" "Yes, monsieur, that is true. I knew that when n man in my condition Is accused of robbery he has every fault, every weakness, of his1 life charged ugalne him." "I suppose you know who this worn- I an Is?" ".Mine. Gipsy was ! governess when I first knew her. She was born nt Oporto and came to Frauce with a Portuguese family." "Her namo Is not Gipsy. She ho ne,-er been a governess, and she Is not a Portuguese." Prosper was about to protest buti M. Patrigent imposed silence. He shrugged his shoulders and began look ing over a large tile of papers on hl3 desk. "Ah, here It K" ho said. "Listen! Pnlinyrc Chocarellle, born at Pari In 1810. daughter of Chocarellle (.lames). undertaker's assistant, and of Caroline Piedlent, his wife." The prisoner made a gesture of im patience. He did not know that the judge was reading him this report to convince him that nothing can escape the police. "Palmyra Chocarellle," ho continued, "at twelve years of no was appren ticed to n shoemaker and remained with him until he was sixteen. Traces of her are lost for one year. At seven teen she is hired as a servant by a grocer on St. Denis street named Dom nas nnd remains there three months. She passed this same year, 1857, at eight or ten different places. In .sr,H bin- entered as a shopgirl the store of a fan merchant in Cholsetil alley." While he read Hie Judgo watched Prosper'" face to ob.-erve the effect of theue revelations. "Toward the close of 18.'ii," ho con tinued, "the girl niocarellle was em ployed as a servant by 3Ime. .Miuics nnd accompanied her to Lisbon. I low long did she remain In Lisbon? 'What did she do while she remained there? 3Ve have no information as to this. However, it is certain that in IS0I she returned to Paris and was sentenced to three months' imprisonment for nn assault Ah, she returned from Port ugal with the namo of Nina Gipsy." "But i assure you, monsieur," Pros, per began "I assure you" "Yes, I comprehend. This history Is less romantic doubtless than the ono you havo understood, but then, It has the merit of being true. Wo lost sight of Pulmyre Chocarellle, called Gipsy, upon her release from prison, but we meet her again sir mouths later, hav ing made the acquaintance of a trav eling agent who, becamo Infatuated with her beauty. She deserted him to devote h"rr!lf to you." The Judge paused for a moment, as if to give Prosper time for reflection, and then F.Iowly said: "And this Is the woman whom you have made your companion, the wom an for whom you have committed rob bery." Once more SI. Patrigent wan on tho wrong track owing to Vnnferlot's In complete information. Prosper remain ed Bllcnt. "At any rale," Insisted SI. ratrlgenr, "you will confess that this girl has caused your ruin," "I cannot confess that, monsieur, for It Is not true." "You wilt nlso say that It was not for this girl's sake you renounced an Intimacy of many years anil ceased spending your evenings at your em ployer's." "I swear that she wns not the cause." "Then why did you cease suddenly your visits to th" house of a young lady whom you coiilldntly expected to marry? You had written to your father to demand her hand for you." "I had rcflsuns which I cannot re veal," answered Prosper In n trembling voice. 'Jhu judge breath m ft eel v. At Inst he hnd discovered n vulnerable point in the prisoner's armor. "Did .Mile. .Madeleine dismiss yotl?" Prosper wus silent lie was visibly agitated. "Speak," paid 3L Patrigent "I warn you that this circumstance Is one of the most Important In your case." "Whatever be the cost, I am com pelled to keep silence." "Beware of what yon do. Justice will not. bo satisfied with scruples of conscience." M. Patrigent waited for nn answer. Is'o answer came. Prosper was buried in thought. ".Monsieur," he finally said, "there Is one detail I have forgotten to mention. It may be of Importance lu my de fense." "Kxnlain." "The messenger I sent to tho bank was with mo when I put the bills In the safe. At any rate, I left the olllce before he did." . "Very well. Ho flliall be examined. Now you can return to your cell." M. Fatrlgent thus abruptly dismissed Prosper because he wished to Immedi ately act upon this last piece of In formation. "Slgault," paid ho to his secretary ns noon as Prosper had left the room, "Is not this Antonlu tho man who was excused from testifying because he bent a. doctor's certificate declaring him too 111 to appear?" "Yes, monsieur." "Where docs he live?" "He Is not nt his home?. Fnnfcrlot cays lie was so 111 that ho wns taken to the hospital the Dubois hospital." "Very well. I am going to examine him today this very hour. Take writ ing materials and send for n carriage." Would Antonlu be able to answer? It was doubtful. The director of tho hospital said that, although the man .suffered horribly from a broken knee, his mind was perfectly clear. "That being the case, monsieur," Paid the judge, "I wish to examine him and desire that no one be admitted wliile ho makes bis deposition." "Uh, no one will disturb you, mon fiieur. His room coutalus four beds, but they are Just now unoccupied." "Very well. Come on." When Antonlu saw tho Judge enter, followed by a little lean man with the portfolio of nn advocate, he at onco knew that they had come .o take his 'deposition. "Ah," ho said, "monsieur comes to see me about 31. Bertomy'a case?" "Precisely." In answer to the usual questions tho messenger swore that he was named Antonin Poche, was forty years old, bora at Cadaujac (Giroude), and was unmarried. "Now," said the Judge, "are you well enough to clearly answer any questions I may put?" "Certainly, monsieur." "Did you on the 27th of February go to the Bank of France for the francs that wore stolen?" I "Yes, monsieur." "At what hour did you return?'' ! "Five o'clock." "Do you remember what 31. Berfomy did wheu you handed him the money? Now, do not be in a hurry; think be fore you answer." "Let me see. First he counted the notes and made four packages of them, which lie put In the safe. Then, it seems to me, lie locked the safe and ye, I am not mistaken he went out." He uttered these last words so quick ly that, forgetting his knee, lie half started up, but with a crv of ualn. "Are you sure of what you say?" fi'ked the judge. 31. Patricent's solemn tone seemed to frighten Antonin. 'Sure?" lie replied, with marked hesi tation. "I would bet my head on it. Si ill I am not sure!" It was Impossible for him to be more decided in his deposition. lie lind bei n frightened. He already Imagined himself in difficulty, nnd fur a trifle he would have retracted everything. But the effect was already produced, and vtheu they retired 31. Patrigent said to Slcault: Tins- is very Important very im portant"' ClIAPTKIt V. IIB Archangel lintel, 3lme. Gip sy's asylum, was the most el egant building on the Quai St. Slicliel. A person who paid her fortnight's board In advance was treated with consideration at this lintel. 31me. Alexandre, who had been a pretty woman, was now stout, tight ly laced, always overdressed nnd fond of wearing a number of flashy gold chain, falling In cascades over her fat bosom. She had bright eyes and white teeth, but, alas, a red nose. Of nil her weaknesses and heaven knows she had indulged in every variety only one remained; slio loved a good dinner, with plenty of wine. She loved her husband, and about the time 31. 1'atri gent was leaving the hospital she be gan to be worried that her 'little nian'' had not returned to dinner. She was about to sit down without him when the hotel boy cried out: "Here Is mnntleur!" Why, bow late you arc, my little i. "V,,,' she cried as she dropped her kiiuc and fork uud rushed forward to embrace him. But he received her caresses with nn air of abstraction. "I'm tired," he said. "I have been (ho whole day playing billiards with F.varlste, M. Famel's valet, nnd al lowed him to win as often as he wish ed. I became acquainted with him yesterday, and now I am his bent friend. If I wish to enter M. 1'auvel'H service as a messenger, I can rely upon SI. Kvnrlste's good word." "What, you be an olllce messenger? You?" "Of course I would, now else am I to get into 31. Fauvel's house for tho purpose of .studying my characters?" "Then tho valet gave you no news?" "Xothlug that I could make use of, and yet I turned him Inside out like a glove. This banker is a reuiarknblo man, Kvarlsle says he has not a sin gle vice, nut even a little defect by which his valet could gain 10 sous, lie neither smokes, drinks nor plays In fact, he Is a saint. He Is worth mil lion1' and lives as rcspectnbly and quietly as a grocer. He Is devoted to Ids wife, adores his children, Is very hospitable, but seldom goes Into Hocl cty." "Then his wife Is young? . "She must bo about ffty " SIiu", Ah xaiidto rellecled a moment. "Did you Inquire nbottt tho other i members of the family?" "Certainly. Tho younger non Is nn oflleer lu tho army. The elder f.on, Luclcn. lives with his parents and Is as proper as n young lady." "And this niece of whom you have spoken?" "Kvarlsle could tell mo nothing about her." SI me. Alexandre shrugged her shoul ders. "If you have discovered nothing, It is because there Is nothing to bo dis covered. Still do you know what I i would do If I were In your place?" 'What?" "I would consult 31. I.ccoq." At the mention of this name Fnnfcr lot Jumped up as If he had been shot. "That's pretty advice! Do you want me fo lose my place? 31. Lecoq dues not suspect that I have anything to do with the case except to obey his or ders." "Who told you to let him know you were Investigating It on your own ac count? You can consult him with un air of Indifference, as if you were not nt all Interested, and after you hnve got his opinion you can take advantage of It." The detective weighed his wife's words. "Perhaps you are right," he said. "Yet 31. Lecoq Is so devilishly .shrewd that he might see through it all." "Shrewd!" echoed Slmc. Alexandre. "Shrewd! All of you at the police of fice say that so often that you havo made his reputation." "Woll, I will think the matter over. But in the meantime what does the lit tle one say?" The "little one" was Slmc. Nina Gip. sy. In taking up her abode nt tho Arch angel the poor girl thought she was following good advice, and, as I'anfer lot had not shown himself, she was sllll under the Impression that she had obeyed a friend of Prosper. When she received her summons from 31. ( Patrigent, fehe admired the wonderful skill of tho police In discovering her hiding place, for she had established herself at the hotel under a false or, rather, her true name, Pnlinyrc Choca rellle. Artfully questioned by her In quisitive landlady, she had without any mistrust confided her history to her. Thus Fnnfcrlot was nble to pose before the Judge as a skillful detective when he pretended to have discovered nil this information from a variety of feourccs. "The little ono Is still up stairs," an swered Mmo. Alexandre. "She sus pects nothing. But to keep her in her pre.-ent ignorance becomes daily more difficult. I don't know what tbe judge told her, but she came home very an gry. She wanted to go and make a fuss nt SU Fauvel's. Then she wrote a letter, which she told Jean to post for her. But I kept It to show you." "What!" Interrupted Fant'erlot. "You have a letter and did not tell mo be fore? Perhaps It contains the clew to the mystery. Quick! Give it to me!" Mine. Alexandre opened a little cup board and took out a letter, which she handed in her husband. "Here, takf it," she said, "and be Hltlslicd." Considering that she used fo be a chambermaid, Pnlmyre Chocnrelllc, since become Slmc. Gipsy, wrote a good letter. It was addressed in a free, flowing hand: "31. 'SI. L. de Cla mer.Mii, Forge-Master, Hotel du Louvre To be handed to 31. Baoul de Lagers. .(Very important.)" "Oh, lio!" said Fanfcrlot, accompa nying ids explanation with a little whistle, as was his habit when he thought he had made a grand discov ery. "Oh. ho!" "Do yon Intend to open It?" question ed SIiiip. Alexandre. "Yes." said Fnnfcrlot as he dexter ously .opened the envelope. -Mine. Alexandre leaned over the shoulder or her "little man," and they both lead: M. fianul - Prosper is in prisfln ami'M of :i rnbbtiy wlnrli I krnnv lif nevir rommitlrrl. Ttirte llj)S ill," I MTutC to JOU U11 tht Mil'jCtl. "What"' Interrupted Fanfcrlot. "This nllly girl wiote and I never saw the letter?" "But, little man, she lmi't have post ed it herself the day she went to Hie Palais de Justice." "Very likely," said Fanfcrlot, satis tied. Ho continued reading: I vrnti (0 you tlirtf da aco ami liavc no re ply. Niio will liclp I'rui-i.er if Im ln-st fricndi ilc ert linn? If nu don't anv er thii Ifti'r, I slull consult r injwl! rclrasct from n irrtain inomi-c am) will, nut frruplo will tell Prosper of , tho romriMtion 1 ovnlifjrrl liotuefn juu ami 1 M, ile lameran. Hut 1 can count on you, ran I not? I liall expnt jou at thf Anlu'nb'el hoiel day alter tomorrow lictwren 12 ami 4. Nik Gir.r. The letter read, Fanfcrlot without a word proceeded to copy it. "Well," said Slmc. Alexandre, "what do you say?" Fanfcrlot was delicately reseallng the copied letter when the door of tho hotel olllce was suddenly ouened. and the boy whispered: "Hist! HIbt!" Fanfcrlot disappeared with marvel oils celerity Into a dark closet. He had barely time to close the door bel'oro .Mine. Gipsy entered. Alas, the !oor girl wns sadly chang ed. She was pale, her cheeks were hollow and her eyes were red with weeping. On seeing her SIme. Alexandre could not repress a cry of surprise. "Why, my child, you are not going out ?" "I am obliged to do so, madame, nnd I came to ask you to tell any ono that may call during my absence to wait until I return." "But where are you going nt tills hour, sick as you are?" SI me. Gipsy hesitated a moment. "Oh," she said, "you are so good to me that I um tempted to confide in you. Bead this note, which a messen ger Just now brought to me." "What!" cried .Mine. Alexandre, per fectly aghast. "A messenger come here and go up to your room?" "Is there anything surprising In that?" "Oh, no." And In a tone loud enough to be heard In the closet she read the niile: A trlenit of I'roper, sho ran neither recelvi' jou nor pre-mt hnns'lf at jour house, iir .Is t pc.il to you, Ile In Ui utajo offi ..ppojiie tin M Jnciruis truer t'liicht nt V pirmely, anil tin writer will jpprnn Ii anil till ju nliat h" h t' nay to u 1 have appointed thu public plar fur the rendenoua o ai to relleu y-u of all feai "And you nre going to tills rendez vous?" cried Mine. Alexandre. "Cerlalnly." "But It Is Imprudent, foolish. If I a snare to trap you." "It nukes no difference," Interrupted Gipsy. "I nni so unfortunate already that 1 have nothing more to dread. Any change would be a relief." And,1 without waiting to henr any more, she set out She was not In thu street before Fnnfcrlot bounced out of the closet. "A thousand thunders!" lie cried. "Are people to wnlk over the Archan gel ns If It were n public street? Was over such Impudence heard of?" ho continued. "A messenger comes Into my house nnd goes up stairs without being seen by anybody! And the Idea of you, a sensible woman, being idfotlt: enough to dlHsuade that little viper from keeping the appointment!" "But, my dear" "Did you not suppose that I would follow her and discover what she Is at tempting to concent? Come, make haste and help me, so that she won't recognize mo." In a few minutes Fanfcrlot wns com pletely disguised by n thick beard, a wig and one of those long linen blouses worn by men who go about seeking work and at the same time hoping they may not And it. , "Hnve you your handcuffs?" asked the solicitous Slmc. Alexandre when ho wns ready. I "Yes, yes. Slake haste and post that letter to SI. do Clamcrnu ami keep , good watch." I And without listening to his wife, ! who cried out, "Good luck!" Fnnferlot . , darted away. j -SIme. Gipsy bad ten minutes' start I I of him, but he ran up the street he knew she must have taken nnd over took her near tbe Change bridge. On , Chatelet place she strolled tip ami down several times, read the theater bills and finally took a scat on a bench nnd at a quarter of 0 entered tho om- 1 nlbus otllce and sat down. A moment after Fanfcrlot entered; but, ns ho i feared that Slmc. Gipsy might recog nize him in spite of his heavy beard, he took a seat at the opposite end of the room, where It was dark. As the Hotel de Ville clock struck 9 n man entered, walked directly up to Gipsy, bowed and took a scat beside her. He was a medium sized man, rather stout, with a crimson face and fiery red whiskers. His dress was that of a well to do merchant. There was nothing In his nuoearanco to excite attention. Fanferlot watched him ea gerly. "Sly friend," he said to himself, "in ; future I shall recognize you no matter I where we meet, antl this very evening j 1 will follow you and find out who j you are." Despite his intent listening lie could I not hear a word "spoken by the strati , ger or Gipsy. All he could do was to judge by their actions and counte nances what was the subject of their conversation. When the stout man bowed and spoke to her, the girl look ed so surprised that it was evident she had never seen him before. When he J sat down by her and spoke to her, she jumped up with a frightened look, as If seeking to escape. A single look ' earned her to resume her seat. Then a. the stout man went on talking Gip sy displayed great apprehension. She ! positively refused to do something; then suddenly she seemed to consent. 1 At one moment she appeared ready to weep and the next her nri'lty face was illumiiHMi by n bright smile. Finally she shook bands with him, as if she was confirming a promise. "What can all that mean?" said Fan fcrlot to himself as he sat in his dark corner, biting his nails. "What an idiot I am to have placed myself so far off!" He was thinking how he could man ;:e to approach nearer without arous. ing their suspicions when tho fat man got up, offered his arm to SIme. Oip-y, who accepted it without hesitation, and together they walked toward the door. They were so preoccupied with one another that Fanferlot thought he could follow them w Ithout risk. Beach ing the door, lie saw the stout man and Gipsy cross the pavement, ap proach a hackney coach, sent for from the omnibus otllce, and enter It. "Very good," muttered Fanferlot "I've got them now. There Is no Use of hurrying any more." When the coach started, he followed I at a brisk trot. The cab went up the ! Boulevard Scbalopnl. It w"iit pretty I fast But it was not for nothing that ! Fanferlot had won the name of Squir I el. With ills elbows glued to his sides, he ran on. By t lio time he had reached the Boulevard St. Denis lie be gan to get breathless and stiff from it pain in ills side, then the cab abruptly turned Into the Faubourg St. Martin. ! But Fanferlot who at eight years of ago had been familiar with every street In Paris, was not to be battled, He was a man of resources. He seized , the springs of the coach, raised him. ' self up by the strength of his wrists and bung on behind, with his legs rest ing on the nxletree of tho rear wheels. lie was certainly not comfortable, but, then, he no longer ran the risk of being distanced. ".Vow," he said behind his falso beard, "drive on." The man whipped up his horses nnd drove rapidly along tho hilly street of the Faubourg St. Martin. Finally at tho old "barrier" the cab stopped in front of a winestoro, and the driver jumped down from his sent and went In. Tho detective nlso left his un comfortable post and, crouching in a doorway, waited for Gipsy and tho Mont man to get out, ready to follow them. Five minutes passed and they had not alighted. "What can they be doing all this time?" grumbled the detective. Stealthily approaching tho cab, ho peeped In. Oh, cruel deception It wns empty! "Tricked!" ho said. "Fooled! Ah, but I'll make them pay for this!" In a moment his quick mind had run over the gamut of possibilities, probable and improbable. "Kvldontly," ho muttered, "this man and Gipsy entered one door anil got out of the other. If so, it was because thoy feared being followed. If they feared bulng followed, they have un easy consciences; therefore" Ho suddenly interrupted his solilo quy as the Idea struck htm that he had bettor attempt to find out something from the driver. Unfortunately the driver was lu a very 'surly mood and not only refused to answer, but shook his whip in so threatening a maimer that Fanferlot deemed It prudent to beat a retreat "Perhaps." he muttered, "ho nnd the But what could he do now nt this lato hour? He could not Imagine. Ho walked dejectedly back to the (jual St, .Michel, and It was halt past 11 when hn reached his own door. "Has the little ono returned?" he Inquired of Slmc. Alexaudro the In slant she opened the door for him. "No, but here aro two large bundles which have emtio for her." Fanferlot hastily opened the bun dles. They contained three calico dresses, somo coarse shoes and some linen caps. The detective could not repress a cry. "Well," said he, "now she Is go ing to dlsgulso herself. Upon my word, I um getting puzzledl" When Fanfcrlot was sulkily walking down the Faubourg St Slartln, ho had fully made up his mind that he would not tell his wife of his discomfiture, but once at homo, confronted with a new fact of a nature to negative all his conjectures, his vanity disappear ed. He confessed everything his hopes so nearly realized, bis strange mis chance and his suspicions. They talk rd the matter over and finally decided that they would not go to bed before the return of SIme. Gipsy, from whom Shue. Alexandre was determined to obtain nn explanation of what had happened. But would she return? At 1 o'clock the worthy couple were nbout giving up all hope of her reappearance when they heard the bell ring. At tho sound of 1 lie bell Fanfcrlot slipped into the rloset, and Slme. Alexandre re mained In the otllce to receive Gipsy. "Here you nre, uiy dear child!" she cried. "Ah, I have been so uneasy about you!" "Thanks for your kind Interest, ma dame. Has anything come for me?" Poor Gipsy's appearance had strik ingly changed. She was very sad, but not, as before, dejected. To her melan choly of tlie last few days had suc ceeded a firm and generous resolution, which was betrayed in her sparkling eyes. "Yes. two bundles came for you. Here they are. I suppose you saw Si. Bertomy's friend?" "Yes, madame, nd his advice lias so changed my plans that, I regret to Fay. I must lease you tomorrow." "Tomorrow! Then something must have happened." "Oh, nothing that would interest you, madame." After lighting her candle at the irns burner SIme. Gipsy rmUI "Good night" in a very knowing way. "What do you think of that. SIme. Alexandre?"' asked Fanfcrlot, emerg ing from his closet. "it is incredible! Tills sirl writes In 31. de ('lameran to met her hero and then does not wait for him." "Kvldently she mistrusts us. She knows who I am." "Tliis friend of the cashier must have told her." "Who knows? I shall end by believ ing that I am among a gang of thieves. They think 1 nm on their track and are trying to escape inc. I should not be at all surprised if this girl lias the money herself and intends to run off with it tomorrow." "That is not my opinion. But listen to me. You had bettor take my advice and consult 31. Lecoq." Fanfcrlot paused to think. "Vorv well. I will sec i i til J just for your satisfaction; because 1 know that If I hao discovered nothing nei ther has lie. But if he undertakes to bo domineering I will make him know his place." Nevertheless the detective passed an uneasy night, and at o'clock the next morning tie was up it wes necessary to rise very early if lie wished to catch M. Lecoq at homo nnd. having re freshed himself by a cup of coffee, he directed his steps toward the dwelling of the celebrated detective. CTTAPTni: VI. UT by the time Fanferlot reach ed Stontniartre street, wiiero B 31. Lecoq lived, his oourane had vanished. Ho pulled his hat o'-er his eyes and hung his head, as if looking for relief among the pav ing stones. Ho slowly aBconded the stt'i's, pausing several times, at last reaching the third floor, and stood be fore a door decorated with the wins of the famous detective a cock, the symbol of vigilance and bis heart fail ed lilm so that ho had scarcely the courage to ring the bell. Janouillo, 31. Leeoq's old servant, opened the door. "All," she said, "you come in lime for onco in your life. Your patron awaits you." Upo.i this announcement Fanferlot. was seized with a violent desire to beat u retreat. By what cbauce could Lecoq want anything of lilm? While ho thus hesitated J.inoullle seized lilm by the arm anil pulled him in, saying: "Do you wnnt to take root there? Come along. Your patron is wailing for you." In the middle of n large room curi ously furnished, half library and half greenroom, was seated at a desk tho same person with gold spoclacies who had said to Prosper nt the police of fice, "Courage." This was 31. Lecoq in ids otlieial character. Upon Fanfeiiot's entrance as ho ad vanced respectfully, bowing, SI. Lecoq laid down his pen anil said, looking sharply at lilm: "Ah, here you are, my man. Well, It seems you haven't niado much prog ress In the Bertouiy case." "Why," murmured Fanferlot, "you know" "I know that you have mixed every thing until you can't see your way out, so that you arc roady to give up," "But It was not I" St. Lecoq arose aud walked up and down tlit room. Suddenly ho confront ed Fnnferlot. "What would yoit think, Slaster Squirrel," he said Ironically, "of a man who abuses tho coulldonce of those wlio employ him, who reveals Just enough to lead the prosecution on tho wrong scent, who sacrifices to his own foolish vanity the cause of Justice and tho liberty of an unfortunate man?" Fanferlot recoiled a step. "I should say," he stammered "I should say" "You think, Mr. Squirrel, that this man oiiKht to be punished ami dis missed from his employment, nnd you are tight. Tho less a profession is honored, the more honorable should those be who belong to It Neverthe less you have been falso to yours. Ah, Sir. Squirrel, wo aro ambitious, nnd wo try to make the pollco force servo us. Wo let Justice eo her way aud wo go ours." "Silence! Do you protend to say that you did your duty In what you told the Judge of Instruction? While others were informing against the cashier you undertook to Inform against the banker. You spied upon him. You became. intimate with his vnlet." Was 31. Lecoq renlly angry? Fnn ferlot, who know him well, was In doubt He did not know what to think of tills devil of a man. "If you were only skillful," he con tinued. "But, no; you wish to be u master, and you uro not fit to bo a Journeyman." "You nre right." said Fanferlot pile ously, seeing that it was useless to de ny anything. "But how got on with an affair llko this, where there was not even a trace or sign to start from?" SI. Lecoq shrugged' his shoulders. "Poor follow! Why, don't you know thpt on the very day you were sent fur with the commissary to verify the rob bery you held I do not say certainly, but very probably held in your great stupid hands the means of knowing whether tho key of the cashier or tho banker had been used when the rob- bpry was committed?" "What do you niPiin?" "You wnnt to know? I will tell you. Do you remember the scratch you dis covered on the safe door? You were so struck by It that you exclaimed at seeing it. You carefully examined it and were convinced that it was it fresh scratch. You thought, and right ly, too, that this scratch was made at Hie time of fho robbery. Now, with what was It made? Kvldontly with a key. That being tho case, you should havo demanded tbe Keys both of the banker and the cashier. One of them would havo had some particles of the hard green paint sticking to it." Fanferlot listened with open mouth to tills explanation. At the last words ho violently slapped bis forehead with his hand and cried out: "Imbecile!" "You bine spoken correctly," said 31. Leccq. "Imbecile! Tills proof Is be fore your eyes, and you do not see It! This scratch is tin; only clow. It t find fho guilty party. It will be by means of this scratch, and 1 am deter mined that I will 11 iid him." At a distance Fanferlot was very bravo, but In 31. Leeoq's presence lie yielded to tho influence which this ex traordinary man exercised upon all who approached hlin. This exact in formation, those minute details nf all his i-ccret movements and even thoughts, upset him. How had 31. Lecoq obtain ed them? "Have you been long looking up this case : lie asked. Probably. But I am not Infallible nnd may have overlooked some bupor- taut evidence. Take a seat and tell mo nil you know." One could not deceive Sf. Lecoq. so Fanfciiot told the exact truth, a rare thing for him to do. However, as lie reached the end of bis statement a feel ing of mortified vanity prevented his tellins how ho had been fooled by Gip sy and the stout man. "It seems to ine. .Master Squirrel, that you have forgotten something. How far did you follow the empty coach?" j Fanferlot despite his assurance blush ed nnd hung his li"ad. "Oil," lie stammered, "you know nbout that? How did you" But a sudden idea entered his brain. Ho stopped short, bounded off his chair and cried: "Oil, I know! You were the largo man with red whiskers." I'anl'eiiot's surprise gave so singular an expression to his face that 31. Lecoq could not restrain a smile. "Then it was you," continued tho be- wildered detective. "You are the large gentleman at whom I stared so as to Impress bis appearance upon my mind. land I never recognized you! What an ' actor you would make If you would go on the stage! But I was disguised, too i very well disguised." "Very poorly disguised. It Is only Just to you that I should tell you -o. Do you think that a homy beard and a blouse are uurecosuizable? The ie, the eye! Tho art lies In being able to chanse tho eye. That, is tho secret." Tills explained why the lynx ejod Lecoq neer appeared at the police of fice without his gold spectacles. "But." said Fanfcrlot, following up his idea, "you hae made the little girl confess, which Slme. Alexandre could not do? You know why she leaves tho Archangel, why she does not wait for 31. de Ciaiueian and why she bought ' calico dresses?" t "She Is following my advice." 1 "lit that case," said the detective de jectedly, "there Is nothing left for mo to do but to acknowledge myself an ass." I "No. Squirrel." said 31. Lecoq kindly, "you are not an ass. You merely did j wrong In undertaking a task beyond I your capacity. Have you progressed 'ono step since you started in this af fair? No. That shows that, although you nro incomparable as a lieutenant, you do not possess tho qualities of a I general. 1 am going to present you with an aphorism. Bemeinber It and pleasure of success nor the pain of de let It be your guide In the future 'One fc;lt, Tims Fanfcrlot, who knew his may shine lu the second rank who patron's character, was surpriii to would be totally eclipsed In the first' ' Never had Fanferlot seen his patron so talkative and good natured. Find lug his deceit discovered, bo hnd ex pected to bo overwhelmed with a storm, whereas he had escaped with a little shower that had cooled Ids brain. Leeoq's anger disappeared like ono, of those heavy clouds which threaten In the borlzou for a moment and then are suddenly swept away by a gust of wind. But the husband of Slme. Alexandre felt uueasy. He was afraid that some thing might bo coucealcd beneath this affability. "Do you know who the thief Is?" he asked. "I know no more than you do. nnd you seem to have made up your mind, whereas I am still undecided. You de clare that the cashier Is Innocent and the bauker guilty. 1 don't know wheth er you are tight or wrong. 1 started after you and have only reached my preliminaries. 1 mu certain of but ono thing, and thai la that a scratch was on the safe door. That scratch Is my starting point." As he spoke SI. Lecoq took from his desk nnd unrolled nn Immense sheet of drawing paper. On this paper was photographed the door of 31. Fauvel's safe, livery detail was given minutely One could seo the five movnbln but tons with the eugravcil letters aud the scratch was indicated with admirable exactness. ".Now," said SL Loeoq, "hero Is our sctatch. It inns from top to bottom, starting from the hole In the lock, diag onally and. you see. from left to right--that Is to sny. It terminates on the side next to the private staircase leading tt the banker's apartments. Very deeti at the lock. It ends ofX In a scarcely pcc ceptible mark." "I see." "Naturally you thought mat this Bcratiii wns made by the person who took the money. Lot us see if you weio light. I hnve here a little Iron box, painted green like Sf. I'mmi's safe. Take a key and try to scratch it." Without seeing through his chief's motive, the detective did as ho win bid, scratching vigorously with tho key. "The deuce!" he on Id after several attempts. "This paint is awfully hard to move." Very hard, my friend, arid yot thai on the safe is still harder. So. von see. tho scratch you discovered could not havo been made bv the ti-einl.lin-inn.i of a thief letting the key slip." "I never should have thought o' that. It certainly required great force to make so deep a 5crafeh." "Yes, luif liotv was it done? I liaie been racking my brain for three days, and only ,cslordny I caino to a con elusion. Let us examine together and so" if our conjectures present enough chances of probability to establish .i starting point." 31. Lecoq abandoned the photourap't and, walking to the door eoiiimtmeat. Ing with his bedroom, took the kt y from the lock. 'Come hero, Fanferlot, and stand l y my side. There, cry well. Suppo' i that 1 want to open tills door and oi don't want me to open it When yi see me nbout to put the key in t1 look, what would be your first im pilNo':" "To put my hands on your arm and draw it toward mo quickly, so ns to proient your introducing the key" "Precisely so. Now let us try It. Proceed." Fanferlot obeyed, and tho key he'd by SI. Lecoq, pulled aside from the lock, slipped along the door, inal.ii g an exact reproduction of the scratch in the photocraph. i "(ih, oh. oh!" exclaimed Fanferlot n ' three different tones as he stood blar ing at tho door. "Do you bcein to understand now?" asked 3L Lecoq. "Understand! Why. a child cou'd understand it now. All, what a man von nre? T seo tho scone lis If T Imil jl(.L.u present. Two persons were at tho q110 wished to take the money, (i10 Mm. -Kiiod to prevent its being j taken. That Is certain." Accustomed to triumphs of this sort Sf. Lecoq was much amused at Fail ferlot's enthusiasm. "There you go off half cocked again." he said good Immorally. "You regard as sure proof a circumstance wha may bo accidental and at the musf only probable." "No, a man like you could not bo mistaken. There is no doubt about it ' "That being the case, what dediP -tions would you draw from our discov ery?" 'in the "first place, It proves tli cashier innocent." "How so?" "Because, nt perfect liberty to open the safe whenever ho wished to do sn lie would not havo brought a wt if when he intended to commit the tlirft " "Well reasoned. Hut on tins suppo sition the banker would also be .nno- CUI1t. Think.' Fanferlot reflected, and all of his animation vanished. 'it is so."' he said in a despairing tone. "What can be done now?" "Find the third rogue, or, rather the real rou'ue the one who opened the safe and stole the notes and who is still at huge, while others aro suspect ed." "Impossible! Sf. Fanvcl and hi cashier oniy had keys, nnd they al ways kept thorn on their persons." "Pardon nio. On the evening of tho robbery the banker left his key in tli secretary." "Yes, but the key alone wns not suf ficient to open tho safe. The word also was necessary." SI. Lecoq shrugged bis shoaWers Im patiently. "What was the word?" he ssked. "Gipsy." "Which Is the namo of the cashier's grisette. The day you find a niau suf ficiently Intimate with Prosper to b aware of all the circumstances con nected with this name, nnd at the bame time on a footing with tbe Fan 's el family which would give bun th privilege of entering SL Fauvel's chamber, then you will discover tho real thief; then tho problem will b solved." Ksotisllcal, like all great artists, Sf. Lecoq had never had a pupil and nevfr wished to have one. He hated assist ants, wishing to share neither tho hear hint giving advice who heretofore had only given orders. "Chief," lie ventured to say, "yon seem to take a great personal intere!: In this affair you have so deeply stun led it." SL Lceoq started nervously and re plied, frowning: "Don't be too curious, Slaster Squir rel, Be careful that you do not go too j far, no you understand?" Fanfciiot began to apologize. "That will do," Interrupted 31. Le coq. "If 1 choose to leud you a help ing baud, It is because it butts me fr lio so. It pleases me to be tho head wliile you are the limbs. Unassisted, witli your preconceived ideas, you would never hnve fouud the culprit If wo two don't find him, my namo is not Lecoq," "Wo shall certainly succeed since jou aro Interested in the case." "Yes, I am interested in it nnd dur ing the last four days I have discover id many importaut facts. But I havn reasons for not appearing in this af fair. No matter what happeus, I for bid your mentioning my name. If wo succeed, all tho success must be at tributed to you. And. above all, don't try to find out too much. Bo satisfied with what explanations I give you." These conditions seemed quite to !Utt Fanferlot i will b discreet," he said.