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UK BURLINGTON FREE PRESS : THURSDAY, APRIL L ,'.,();;.
saaaaiiMgfflixttviEija.sirir THE KIDNAPPED MILLIONAIRES A TALE OF WALL STREET AND THE TROPICS Tty FRCBERICK XJ . ADAMS. Cor rijjlit, 1X1, by board? l'ublliblnc Company. All rlffhts tcimcd. fYN(i'SI.-1. r II PTI.R 1 --Tin. (iii-.it mul mv.s nf di' illinpni : lit In i.f lour nl NiV Yn.'k V .lll'ili I inilllnii.tlrci niiuiii" If 1 li - Nl VV Villi, li. . tf I Mllll Sllll'tll'S til it l l!.. 'II P'I Kit II. linbtrl Vim Mm'iH' In mvmr oi I! IJ.ii.id iiinl William I'lml r I li in uiii'diik' .-illt or. Mr. llislr, v I'nl i." .Iiv t'rh'tid nf Vmi Mm hp, 1. .1 li"' l. r . i' mrniilWill llllil offers n t. r i . j4i Ml- I 'i ! r It.is iiiinlr .i. wm'. I i . i.'iii .li n n- ! v. purler, .mil I i nti h ii.iil'r: inltll tl'.'.it riUIl til ' VV'.l Ini111i.ri.ill. Ills' ll.llll... i I V i I i: 1 1 1 II. . r niT'iicvs ii li. i villi I .1 M' I'l'in. lln.iiii n r iiikI i' I . i.i i... .n t. . I st..b Ills pinna 1 in i . ,i 1 1 1 ..i . .1 p. w paper tru.-t. i 1 ( I 'I.I! 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Jt r n- follows: s 1't'tcrii'iiiriT, Russia, May 4. V"'i ,m ch-iin.. ,- r. u i ! t.r $r,no,fino ;i ;.: r r hi. ii of in to irk mi cusi S' lfir In my mi in a " question: mki'il, re. Put lbstor . no pmh n-e. P'tH,.r.T VAX MOENE. "Thnt set His h." -lid Mr. Chnl Tm i's, ns hi" riiil ti in I iiiriiil tho yel loiv .-lip. 'I. d'- m'h: ,;on.000, anil tins s "il ii i which Miss Carmody (iITits, 1 is i.ti it). 'that's nn odd-loukin.g nm ii r It ought to In- a million.'' Hi wept to Hie telephone, mid for an li ir was busy. He talked with ri pi -nttiMvcs of the families of Rnikwell. Kent, Haven. Venee and Sli I'tcii, and each agreed to pledge SMV.ono to the liccord's reward fund. Chalmers was supremely happy. He, sent for the foreman of the compos ing room and designed a new cap 1i n, tli. tirst line of which read: "THE RI'COliD OFb'KRS OSK 1I1T--TiOV DOl.LAKS llKWA III) ! !" 3!e 111 en called Miss Cnrmody by tele phone, and informed her what had li. n done. Thnt yoniicr lady was de htfhted, lint assured .Mr, ("haliners that she would take it upon herself to seo that, the mi -ing- men paid every dol 1 ir of the reward. This was a mere detail to Chalmers, and when he had nlshed his talk with Miss Carmody, 'he foreman returned with the new headline Chalmers pinned it to the all and stood ot and admired it. 'ith the rapt, expression of an art. ii'ole. lost in eonteniplntion of a newly lieoered Uaphael. "Print, it in red." he said to the fori man. "linn it elear across this 1 , lielow we will string a solid rt'ii of six hnlf-tone portraits of the. Hi i 'sing millionaire.-!," ( hnlmers wns a linsy man during ti e 1'ivo days followkiK the interview wit'i Miss Cnrmody. He detailed ten ,of his men to exclusive work on the n y terv and at considerable expense .Fee ired l.'i others from rival .New orl-' papt-rs. f'hieaffo was drawn fn for li'e reporters, and lie induced t n fron otlier cities to join his nrwspapi r det-ctive force. This pine Mm a stnfl' of to mn. .iol'Il I, Stevens, of Chieairo, was the most famous police and detectie reporti r of the country, and, after an 1'ierview with Mr, Chalmers, was a p. i 'n'i'il ehief-of-sta II' under the di ireet upr rvi.-,inn of the ninnii'iln',' '( i ' T I ive no theory ahoul this nivs tt I'. , .1 il, " said (Jia liners, after they 1 -d di mi -eil the case in all its de tni's. "1 have cerlain vague suspl iins, hut they tu-,. 0t. founded on f ut, and they may hn dismissed from or iiMderatlon." "Ily il-.. way, has that man T Syl v ir in-ent been hi-unl of?" ' Who is he','" asked Clialniern. '"i'"i had a paragraph about him yefterday," said Stevens, "u,. K mi nip; from the liroadway Central liolel. Has not been seen since Mon duv nlglit. Ilu may have soinething to do with it. I have sent a man to Chicapo for his record." M( vens wont away anil left Chal itii r to his refiectioiis. The man uring editor leaned back in his chair and (fazed for a long time at, the, ceiling. Then ho lit a cigar and blew j-irifT' of sinoko nt the wall above, ns if to bombard it into a surrender of the secrel. He placed J,is f,,,.t, ion the dr-k and allowed his mind to wander at will oier the dark fields nf the jny-tlery. There was no thor oughfare. Chalmers leaned hack un til the ollico chair threatened to fall. He then, stood up, kicked It savagely, mil paced up and down the room. "Jt's ijiicer; mighty queer," Me ch'inically he picked up .Mr. Van llorm'n eiililegram and again read 11. "Tut llcstor to work on the cae,"' he mused, "r will do right well putting llostor to work on tins case, r wish I knew where. 1 could Mud him." "llestor came In here on Satur day," muttered Chalmers as he hurled m pile of unolTendin.'r exchanges in the direition of the waste basket. "He said he was compelled lo make a 'hurried trip to Kurope, and expected to tall on Monday or Tuesday in IiIh yacht the 'Shark.' Queer chap, that. IJeRti.r. Of course it's only a coin ridence; but i cannot help thinking about it " Chalmers paced up and down tlm room with his head thrown buetf and h'H eyes half dosed in thought. j.jn attempted to rcoill evcrv wird and laitlon of IK tor's iIuihil' the ih.vs iinmedhitely irceeillii',' his departure, "It's too deep 1'or me." he said, as he returned to his desk and me ehanlcally picked up the an Horns cablegram. "What does llcstor want in the Mediterranean'.' Hmv in tlitiu ilrr am I going to reach him?" He turned the iu.b nn the door to Mentor's private otllee. It was lacked, and Chalmers knew it was locked. 'He sent for the janitor. "Have you n key to thai door?" "No, sir. Mr. Host or has the only key," the janitor replied. "Take otV the lock and put in a new one." lie said. "We must have a room for Mr. Stevens mid some of his men. llcstor mav be mad but 1 can't help it." The door was soon opiincil and Chalmers entered. The heavy oak desk was closed. At -the base of the ti'.oor, opening into the hall, were a number of letters which had been dropped through a slit by 1 he post man. When l'.estor returned from his long expeditions he frequently .found a bushel basket full of nc cumulated letters. There, were perhaps a dozen let ters now lying on the Hoot. Ohal 'me.rs picked tliein up and looked at the inscriptions. Three were in dainty white envelopes and sealed with wax. Chalmers glanced at U4f ' r. W DID JU3 GO? them and threw them back on the 'lloor. One bore the name of a big 'grocery house. Another was from u liquor house. A third from a fur niture establishment. Vet another was from a billiard table manufac turer. The fifth contained the ad dress of a dealer in smoked and can ned meats. There was one from a iiiianiifaeturer of awnings, one from ja piano house, and another from a 'dealer in guns, fishing tackle and sporting goods. There were several lother letters, with the names, of well Iknovvn Xmv York inerehnntsj on their j lupper left hand corners. i "llcstor is qnite a business man," mused Chalmers as he sorted over tho 'letters. "These are bills. I know a Ibill ns a cat knows his home, liills ,for stuff on his yacht, I suppose, .Very likely. I wonder what they are. iThere is a wnv to find out. and 1 am going to do it. This is all wrong. perhaps, but 1 am going to find out lif there is anything in my suspicions, llcstor is a queer fish, lie left .New iVork the night, these men disap peared. Where did he go'.' Why did ihe go? Van Home wants him to .work on this case. It is my duly to locate him. llcstor would be glad to take hold of a mystery like this. It lis right in his line." Mr. Chalmers sent for a reporter Inanicd liensnn, a cautious, self-possessed gentleman who could extract information from sources barren to all but the select few who are ma ,ters of the, art. It was not necessary to waste words with lienson. He thoroughly underttooil his business, ' "Here are some business addresses, ilienson," said Chalmers, handing him a slip of paner. "f promised Mr. illestor I would attend to certain bills as they became due. (Jo to these houses and ask for iteinied atate metits of any bills against Mr. lies tor. If necessary explain that Mr. illestor has suddenly linen detailed to work abroad and that through an oversight he neglected to leave the key to his room where his mail Is 'delivered. You should have no diffi culty. .Merehanls seldom object to the prompt settlement of accountn. This is a personal matter, concern ing no othpr member of the stall'." .Mr. Hensoii bowed, said not a word uml quietly left the room. Late lu the afternoon he was admitted to -Mr. Chalnier's olllce. He produced from a deep inline pocket a small package iiiul handed It to Chalmers. "There tliev are,'" he said, "All of them?" Mr. lienson nodded an allli-mathe, turned on his hetfl juul vanished. Mr. Chalmers examined (he slips with much interest. The first one was from a furniture house. It was an itemized bill for a long list of ai'licles, among which were the fol lowing: Twelve braj.i licilstcails. .fi$ 1100 Twelve hair nnitti chsos.., Ifi (Hi Thirty-six eliiiirs I.W Twenty. fmir chairs CO Twelve leather tufas 76.00 Two leather srifim lii.OO Twelve renter tables W.iJ "nn rllnliiR table I 4Vlr1 111 on II I. mi !Hhi ml 2fi'l no pal oi rmoo frfiO.f'l U'ilJ :o no HHIfiO hewn Jim Hiilelioiiid ... Two libra iv raues ,.... nj.ix) mm lil.W lM.d'j Twelve willow inciter' TWi-lve lays Onu riiK , Knur writ Ins ilesks .... I Iitli't'ellaiiioiiH furniture 6,(ijS.O Chalmers studied these Ileum long and earnestly. "books as If lleslor had started a hotel or boarding house," relleeled Ihe miiiiiigiug editor. "A IS-room iluia riling house. That is not the kind 'of furniture he would put up in a New York house. He has his own bachelor apartment I have been In it oioriH of ti,11(,s n. is full of fur niture, and mighty fine furniture" He read and ri rend the furMturo bill Thin he leaned buck in hi-, idialr and in -Iv' d the n otirccs of a memory trained to its vvirk and responsive as the muscles of an uth lefe or the fingers of a virtuoso. "II, is about a year," he reflected, "since llcstor invited Hub Van llornc, f'.lake and ni.vself to dinner at the Waldorf, and after dinner we went to his aparlinent. lie was loquaciously mysterious about some house he was building. Hob Van Home had been talking about ti summer joint he was going to erect out on hong l.shtnd, llcstor said he was building one which would make Hob's look like 20 cents. He raved about, the scenery and all that. Seems to me as if he said something about palm trees. I'.oli asked hiin where it was, and he ill tit. up like a clam." Chalmers relleeled. "He said 'palm trees' all right. Seems to me as if he srid something about alligators. Then he closed up and said noth ing." Chalmers examined the other state ments. They were bills of various kinds for stocks of canned goods, smoked meats, condensed milk and tile multitudinous articles which would be used by a well equipped camping party. They were ilalcd between the s'lth anil 20th of April, and were rendered on the hrst. of the month. II was late in the afternoon when he was through with this work. About 11 o'clock that night Chal Wr.s received a telegram from Mr. Hornard Seymour dated from Chi cago. Mr. Seymour had been detailed by .lack Stevens to hunt, up the Chi 'cago record of L. Sylvester Vincent. Seymour was first heard of in the 'following bulletin, filed in Chicago at eight o'clock that night. ClilraRO, Mav S. To William riinlmerF, Mammliis Killtor the New York Reroril: V.. Sylvester Vincent Is the kidnapper. Hi formed plan In Chicago two months OKii. 11ns been seen In conference with ,Iocph Heltermnn nnd ntber bin stock operators. Wns probably backed by them lo abduct Kockvvdl, Carmody, Kent, lVnre, Unvcn and Jlnrton. Vlu cetit Is a plausible but desperate charac ter. Have ulR story. Can send 10.CM) words. Hnw much do you want? BEKXARD SHYMOUU. Chalmers wired the impetuous Seymour to send nothing except, a brief statement of the fats he had learned; not for publication, but for the private information of Mr. Ste vens nnd himself. Chalmers then wired Stevens to put hi.- men at work at l'rovincetovvn. and return to New 'York at once. He received a tele phone message from Miss Carmody asking him to call at her residence 'rf convenient, and in 1.1 minutes an automobile landed him nt the Car mody mansion. He found Miss Carmody with Miss Edith be Hoy, Miss l)e Netiville and Mrs. Isabel White, the latter being the widowed aunt of Miss Carmody. and a most charming ehaperone to that young lady. Mr. Chalmers wns acquainted with all the ladies ex c'ipt Mrs. White. All were eager for the latest news. Mr. Chalmers repented Mr. Van Home's instruc tions about the reward, and dis played a copy of the headlines nnd the leading article for the following day. lie told what had been done in the way of forminc a detective stalT. "We now have -10 W1.n detailed ex clusively to thin work," he said, "Ten are with Mr. Stevens at I'rov incetown and others are at various points selected by Mr. Stevens and myself. I know you ladies' will ex cuse me if I ask for r. few minutes', private cnnver.-iition with Miss Car mody. We must all do what we can to advance her interests, and this is n matter in which she is especially concerned, and no precautions can he omitted." "Certainly we will excuse vou," said Mrs. White. "Why, of course," said Miss T.e Hoy and Miss TJe Neuville. Hut thcs-i young ladies were devoured of curi osity and would have given anything quietly to have stepped into the ad joining room and overheard the sub dued conversation between Miss Car mody and the managing editor. Chalmers briefly recited the story of b. Sylvester Vincent, and told of the telegram he had received from Seymour at Chicago. "This is a clew well worth follow it'g." said Mr. Chalmers. "I do not sup pose you have ever heard your fath er speak about a m. m named Vin cent V" Miss Carmody was sure that her father had never mentioned tho Itaiiie. If was an odd one and she would have remembered it. "Did Mr. Vincent ever call here? Your butler or footman might know." Miss, Carmody rang a bell. A ser vant appeared. "Tell Smith 1 wish to see him," mid Miss Carmody. "Do you keep the cards of all who call on .Mr. Carmody?" asked Miss Carniody as the butler stood in the doorway. "Yes, .Miss 'i:ien." "Hrlug me Hie cards which have been received in the. past three or four week's." The butler bowed, disappeared, and soon returned with a formidable as sortment of cards. These were (Spread out on the table, and Miss Carmody and .Mr. Chalmers began an examination of them. "This is a new game of cards. Miss Carmody," said Chalmers, glancing at, his lovely companion. "The one who finds the right name wins." "I win!" said Miss Helen, her eyes flashing with excitement. "Here it Is!" She pilled a neatly engraved card to Mr. Chalmers. That gentleman took- it and read: L. SYLVESTKK VINCENT. Inventor, Mechanical Kxpcrt and Promoter. CMICACO. "Here is another one," said Miss Cnrmody. They looked at all the cards and found four with the name of b. Sylvester Vincent, She sent for Smith. "Do you remember the gentleman who presented these cards?" she nslrfil. .Smith looked at tho oa-rds a mo ment and said: "1 remember Mm very well, Miss 'Eleii, The first time 'e cnnic 'e walked right in and 'ung uji is at briore 1 coulu bloo lui, 'E snld 'e 'ad an hiippolnlnieiit with Mr. Carmody. I told 'lin Mr. Car mody wns not at 'ome. 'H said 'o wouid wait. I told '1m that Mr. Cnr mody saw no one on business at, ids residence. 'H said 'e knew Hint, but 'e 'ad to sail for biinnon Hie. next day and must see Mr. Cnrmody that night. I'iiially V went away." "Very well, Smith, that, is all," said Miss Cnrmody. She looked at Mr. Clin liners wllli nn expression half of interrogation nnd half of conlldenee in his ability to solve the riddle. Tins chatter of Miss he Hoy sounded musi cal ns It enme through the drawn povtinres. M'wo newsboys were "working the street" with a late edi tion. In the distance their cries sounded like the "honking" of wild geese. "If. is remarkable thai so mnny things should point to this ninii Vin cent." said Mr. Cliiitiiers. "He disap peared the snnie time your father 'did. He hail been here several times the week before. And, on top of this, our man Seymour wires thnt Vincent is the man." "Do you think that he is. Mr. Chal mers?" Miss Carmodv looked eagerly into the eyes of (he managing edi i .tor, ami thnt gentleman was so hyp- notied that, he was lost, at the mo- ment for an answer. "I -1 no, I do not think he is," I said Mr. Chalmers. "It is probably nothing more than a coincidence." , "Hut your Mr. Seymour seems so isiire that Vincent is at the bottom of the mystery," said Miss Carniody. 1 "Seymour is a good reporter, but. he is too emotional at times," said Chalmers, smiling. "He is like many of our detectives who first make up Hieir minds, and then make the facts ! fit to prove their theory. It is bet- 'Icr to get the facts first, and form your theory later. Of course Sey mour may have some Important clews, but he did not send them in Jiis bulletin. I have good reason for suspecting a certain person of com plicity in this matter, and I have some facts which seem to fortify my suspicions, .but I would not dream of making a charge against him. In a few days I shall know more." "Hy the way, there is something you can do, if you will," added Chal mers. "What is it?" Miss Carmody was much interested. "It has but nn indirect bearing on this ense," said Chalmers. "Mr. Van Home cabled me to-day to have Mr. Walter li. Hcstor work on this mys tery. Now. Mr. Hestor has gone to Kurope with Mr. Sidney Hammond. I forgot to ark him where he would make his first Inndiutr. Hestor and Miss l.e Hoy are friends. Hestor said something to me concerning a dinner party he gave about a week before lie went nvvay, and if my mem ory serves me right, he said Miss J.t: Hoy was present. Will you ask her about this dinner party? It is likely thnt Hestor may have talked over his plans with Miss l.e Hoy or Mr. Hammond. We wish to get into com munication with Mr. Hestor at once. He is the most brilliant newspaper correspondent of the time. His as sistance would be invaluable." "I will do so before Miss Le Hoy leaves to-night," said Miss Carmody. "t am glad there is something I can do. Is it not too had that Mr. Hes tor went away just when lie did? Ho ia so fond of big sensations that he w-jvld have delighted in this one, and would have done all in his power to solve it." "Kind ouf who made up the mem bers of this dinner party and I will call you up to-morrow and you can tell me." said Mr. Chalmers. "The Hecord is to be congratulated on so charming an addition i j(S rcpor- torial stair." "My assignment ,,.sv om... said .Miss Helen. Chalmers rose to S"- "Musi you .. si i soon, Mr. Chalmcrf,? Won't you stay and join lis in a cup of entree?" "1 should be inori. than pleased to do so," said Mr. Chalmers, "litit we have an important paper to-morrow, and one iliilieult lo handle. I prom ised my assistants would return nt a certain I -. nd I have iust enough time to ninke the distance in." -Mr. Chalmers made his apologies to Mrs. White, Miss he i;,,v- llni Ue Neuville. MUs Carmodv aecom panied him to ihe dour ami thanked him earnestly f,. the interest he was taking j,, solving the nivsterv. She extended her hand at purling and shook hands, not with the .( id conventional touch, but with tho hearty clasp ,,f a good friend. "That girl is a trump," said Clial tilers to himself, as he set I led back in the auto and was whirled down the street. -She is a daughter to l.e prouf of. What a wife she would make! How would it read? "I'lm wedding ceremony f ju,.. William Chalmers, the gifted journalist, and Miss Helen Carmody, heiress to the Carmody millions, was the filling climax to the social season, The chinch was thronged with' I won der how in the devil I nln polng to put four big stories on tin; first page of lo-inorrow's paper?" When Miss Carmody returned to her guests, Miss l.e Hoy ai once mon opolized the conversation. "Isn't Mr. Chalmers handsome?" she said, clasping her hands. " think lie is perfectly lovely. Such deep brown eyes and 'such wavy hair. And he is so easy in his manner. Did you see how he disposed of us as If we were children who were in his way? 1 would resent such a thing in most men, but it comes naturally to Mr. Chalmers. 1 suppose he is so used to managing a lot of newspaper men that the handling of a few wo men is a mat Icr of no consequence. Hut he is just, splendid; don't you think so, Helen?" "lie certainly is." said Miss Car mody. "I can talk to him just as if he were my big brother," "The adopted big brother Is always an Interesting chiirncler," said Mrs. White. "Sometimes he changes his relationship," Miss Carmody blushed, laughed good-naturadly, and changed the sub ject, "Hy the way," she said, address ing Miss Edith l.e Hoy "Mr Chal mers informs me that Mr an Homo has cabled him to ask Walter Hes tor to take charge of the si u'l'h for ,the missing j,.,, (m,.. jfl , r r4ll,, for Europe before this happened. Mr. Chalmers thought that possibly you might know his first destination abroad. He left no word with .Mr. Chalmers, and he is anxious lo com municate with Mv. Hestor without delay." "I am sure I have not the reniolest, idea," said .Miss l.e Hoy. "I have not seen Walter since the night we went to the opera nnd then had supper at Delmniilco's. He said nothing about his European trip at that time. The first I heard about, It was on Saturday, when 1 received a brief letter from Walter saying he had to go abroad on business and would 'wrlle or cable as soon as he landed. I remember now that I was real an gry with him at (lie supper. He did not talk to us girls at all. He mid Sidney Hammond were talking about (rusts and all that dreary sort of thing." "Who were at the supper?" Miss Helen asked. "Oh. I forget. Who were there, Miss De Neuville?" Miss De Neuville wrinkled her pret ty brows and thought deeply for n few moments. "We go to so many places it is dif ficult to remember." she said. "Let, me see; there was Sidney Hammond and his sister Olive that's two Wal ter llcstor and Miss l.e Hoy that's four Mr. lllake and Miss Meredith that's six and Mr. Converse and my ,self that's eight." "You are right, Lillian, I remem ber now," wild Miss l.e Hoy. "What a splendid memory you have! I can never remember anything." "Waller and Sidney were talking about a big convention of the lead ers of fruits," said Miss De Neuville. "1 know Walter was very enthusias tic about it, as he always is about everything. I did not hear either of tlietn say anything about going to Europe." Soon after this Miss LeHoy and Miss De Neuville rolled away in their carriages, and the big Carmody man sion was dark as it frowned on l'ifth Avenue. CHAPTIHt IX. SO.MR DKTKCTIVK WORK, Mr. Chalmers found u telegram awaiting him from Chicago. It read as follows: "ChlcnRn, May S. William Chalmers, Jlanim'inB Kdltor New York Record: 1j. Sylvester Vincent undoubtedly head of consphaoy. lie lias been planning It for months Lett ChicaKfi three vvteks aa;o with letters of Introduction to Car mody, Rockwell, Morton, Haven ami Piiiicu, Has frequently been heard to boost that be would Mo them.' Have just obtained Information nf Vincent'? whereabouts. Will wire all developments Wire me KH to Planter's Hotel, St Louis. HKRXARD SEYMOUR." Chalmers expressed the opinion that. Seymour was "barking at a knot," but he answered the telegram nnd sent the money as requested. The managing editor was far from sharing .lack Stevens' high opinion of Mr. Seymour's detective abilities, but was too much of a disciplinarian to interfere with the latter's plans. He knew thai Mr. Seymour would prove nn expensive luxury, but i'lialiuers had been trained to ignore noney as a factor ill newspaper ven tures. He dismissed the enterprising Seymour from his thoughts. The following morning .lack Ste lens returned from l'rovincetovvn. lie bad learned nothing, but hud as liirucd his men in smli a way that lie predicted results would follow. I halmers explained to Stevens what lie had learned from following up the lew offered by the letters found in riestor's ollice. "I will give this my personal at tention," said Stevens. "Within t-wo hours 1 will find where that furniture it I ii t stuff went to." "He very careful what you say or .lo, .lack," cautioned Chalmers. "The fact that Hestor bought a lot of fur liilure proves nothing in itself. Say nothing to make the-e furniture peo ple suspicious. They are likely to wonder at our Midden interest lu llcstor's n fiairs." "Don!,' you worry about that," sid Stevens. "I will not see the mem bers of the firm at all. 1 will trace the stun" from the teamster who hauled it, or get the facts from the shipping clerk. I will make no bad nreaks." Stevens had not been away two hours before he returned, lit! was UXeited but happv. "Well?" said ( halmers. "Thai furniture went on board tho 'Shark,'" said .lack Slcvens. "It not anly went aboard the 'Shark,' but It went into the hold of the boat. I. found the two teamsters who hauled It. 1 made lliem believe I was one of the clerks of the furniture bouse, mid explained that u complaint, hud been mnde Mint two chairs were, missing. They told me nil about it. The 'Shark' was anchored olT Twen-ty-foiirlli street. They took the fur nil urn there and help put it in the )aeht. I told thein the matter was of no consequence, and convinced I hem that suspicion was not directed ligainst them. I also found out about the billiard table. That, also went on board the yacht. So did the piano." "There is no use bothering about the rest of the stuff," said Chalmers. 'Ml went to Ihe same place. Well, what do you think of il?" "I do not know your man Hestor," laid Stevens, "Were he not worth' more millions that I have dollars, I should say he was under suspicion," "We will so regard him, notwith standing his money," said Chalmers deliberately. 'Tick out two or three good men and trace his actions ns best you can up to the time he went nvvay. He keeps bachelor apartments up lovvn. 1 will get you the nddress. lie has several servants, including a I'oachinau. He is quite modest in his tastes. The servants should not be suspicious if you go at them dis creetly." Stevens had no trouble in inter viewing the servants of the Hestor establishment. He learned nothing of any consequence until he located the coueliinun. That dusky gentle man proved ii tnino of Information. "Marster Waller tole me nothin' Minuf '.vliar he wuz. gwlne," said Mr. Kapoleon Spencer. "Do last tiino I dun see Marster Waller wuz. on rtc pier, an' he Miook bans good-by an' left er $20 gold piece dar " nd Na poleon looked at his liiind ns if to tignlli see that treasure Miarkbiur In his palm, "Where was flint, Mr. Spencer?" "Down by de pier at der Unit cry," explained Nnpoleon, "Dercs whar tie 'Shark' was n-lyln'." "Who was with '.Mr. Hestor? Did any one ride with htm in the car riage? Tell mull about it." "Thar ain't much to tell, boss," said Napoleon. "Marsfer Walter tide me fo drive down town an' meet him in front of de Hecord orllee at. half past three. I dun so, an' he tole me to drive over ter llromlw ay. as he Mowed ter pick upMlstor Hammond and nnolher gemninn who was gwlne ter see him oil' on de 'Shark.' 1 done so mid dese gemincii comes down de steps, gets in de cartiage and I drives tlcin away. Dai's all der is to It." "Wlui I building did you go to?" "Do Carmody buildin'. on liroad way. sah." said Napoleon. "Do you know Mr. Hammond when you see hitn?" ' "No, sah." "What kind of looking men were those who got in the carriage? Will you have a fresh cigar, Mr. Spencer?" "Thank ycr, boss. Dey was niolgli ty fine look-in' geininen," said Napo leon. '"Dey was oldish lookin' gem men, and dey 'pea red mighty im po'tanl, sah." "Did you see anvotie else on tin; yacht?" "Dar was sev'ral geiumen on de upstairs part of de boat," said Na poleon. "Dai's a mighty fine seegar you smoke, boss. Dat tastes like de kiue Marsler Walter smokes." I "DAT'S A MIGHTY FIND VOC SMOKE. ROSS, i SIC KG AT. "You don't know how long the. facht remained at the pier, do you?" "De 'Shark' sailed right ervvay as ' 1 lelt, sah." said Napoleon. "While j I war a-lixin' thcr harness of ther off boss, de cap's gave de orders an' ' lie 'Shark sailed out inter de bay. Marster Walter didn't say nothin' ter lite erbout whar he was a'gv.inc. or when he would crime back. Mar ster Walter's a mighty particlar man erbout sicli things, sail." "Much obliged. Mr. Spencer." said ilack Stevens. "We want to send a cablegram to him as soon as pos sible. (Jood day." "(lood-byc, boss. Sorry 1 cawnt tole ycr nothin' ino" erbour him. Marster Walter's a mighty hard man 10 find when he's gwine ervvay, sah. IJood-bye, sah." .lack Stevens lost no time in ac quainting Chalmers witli what ho had learned. They no longer had any Uoubt they wr" on the right track. "Hut what did lie do such a thing for?" asked Stevens. "It is aM (.reek to me. Talk about niotitis! What motive would a 111:1 11 like Hestor have in kidnapping such nu n as these? He has plenty of money, lie would not demand a ransom. MoM of these men have known him since he was a boy; so 1 am told. Ills father was u big figure lu ."Vail Street. What the devil was his motive?" "I will never tell you." said Chal mers, "lie has always been more or less crazy about the newspaper busi ness. That interview with the (Vnr turned his head. This is probably his coup de ma it re. If so, it is a wonder!" "How much belter off are we now 1hat Wti believe Hestor is the liian?" asked Stevens. "Where is he? That is the question. How are we to find him?" "You may as well call off your men at l'rov ineetnvv n." said Chal mers, after a pause, in which both did home hard thinking. "They can 11 ml nothing there. If llcstor did this job, he probably brought the 'Shark' into Cape Cod bay nnd posted the letter from l'rovincetovvn. Then he dropped a jnaii olT at or near Huston and had hiin mail the various letters from Springlield, Albany, and the other places. It requires 110 great reasoning to see through that. M'he last letter came from Philadel phia, llcstor may have made the trip himself. It would be just like him. If so. Mm yacht probably picked hiin up at some point along the South Atlantic coast." "It strikes nie that the thing to do is to ascertain if Hestor loaded any building my terlnls into thnt yacht," said Stevens. "If be did lit is planning to build a house to put that furniture in. If not, the house probably is built." "I have reason to believe the house is already constructed," said Chal mers. He told Stevens of llcstor's lulk about his house, the night after the Waldorf-Astoria dinner. While they were considering this phase of the case the news editor entered with ft telegram, It read as follows: Ht. I.oulc May 7. To Willi, 1111 Chalmers, .ManaiiliiB Editor Xew York Hecord: Have arrested 1, S.vlveser Vincent. He refuses to make confession. Mow much shall t send? HIk story. Can wire 10, i) vvnrds before mlilnlKlit. Wire S.1. HIIHXAHD SlCY.VIOl'R. "Your innn Seymour is a dream," said Chalmers, passing the telegram to Jack Stevens, "Wire him to send us 1,000 words information, not for publication, mid tell him to slick to Vincent and make him talk," Ste vens sent the proper dispatch. An other telegram was received, an hour later, from St. Louis, It read: Ht. Louis, Mny 7. To Kdltur New York Record! Man ar rested as I.. Sylventer Vincent by your representative proves to bo Rev. Hilton Wesley, of OhlcaRo, Whore can your representative be found" P St I.LI VAN. Chief of Police. "1 don't believe he can be found," said (halmers, "Wire the chief thnt the iniii' who represented hlmse? as our cone poinh lit undoubted1) 1 is I an Impostor. I wonder where Mr. Hcrnard Seymour is?" Downs not long in doubt. Shortly before midnight this telegram was received: Illinois Central Train No. 47, Hn Route Smith. To Wllllnin I'linliners. Mnnnnliu? Editor New York Record: Will explain later. Am hot mi trail. Semi f,Vi to St. Charles hotel, New Orleanc. ItKRXARD SEV.MOfR. "I inn glad he is headed for New Orleans," said Chalmers. "We can use him there. Now, I tell yon what we will do: Your Wall street men have found out nothing. You noliee I was right about the books of St reel iVV Rogers. An cMiminnlion was made to-day. and it panned out just as I predicted. The account is in the name of the firm. 1 inn going to break into lies-tor's desk lo night and see if I can learn anything. If his check books are there they may prove something. It is hardly likely Hint they are. What I was about to say is tills: "You II ml out. if any lum ber Weill aboard the 'Shark'.' lu 1hc incnnlimc have your men interview every contractor, builder nnd archi tect in New York, and see if any work has been done for Hestor in the lust two years." "Thai is a great, scheme!" said Stev ens. "Send men to Host on nnd Philadel phia on a like mission. 1 will wire Seymour at New Orleans and have him do the same thing there. Send four or five men to New Orleans and (inlveston to-night. Instruct them to interview every man who may have had anything to do' with building a residence of any kind for Waller H. He dor. Swear them to absolute sc. ctecy. I am going to have an in terview with Miss Olive Hammond to-nlirht. at the Carniody residence." "Where docs Sidney Hammond come in in this ease?" asked Ste vens. "He is supposed to have sailed with Hestor." "I do not know, T am going to Try xnd find out," said (hnlmers. "It .links as if he was mixed up in it, too. I hope not. Sidney is too good J. fellow." Later in the evening Mr. Chalmers was at the Carmody mansion. Dur ing the day he had arranged with Miss Carmody to invite .Miss Olive Hammond to spend the evening at her house. "Miss Carniody." said Chalmers, fft.T the formal greetings were made, "I know yon will excuse my nppaient freedom, but I have some news of great importance, which I am going to tell you and Mi-s Ham mond. We should have a room where, we cannot be interrupted or over heard." Miss Carmody rang for Smith. "Cnlock Mr. Carniody's private of fice." she said. "Put it in order and bring Mr. Chalmer.-. some cigars. I know he smokes." Mr. ('hnlmers bowed his thanks. They were soon seated in Mr. Car mo'ly's library and private otllee. Nothing which taste could dictate or money furnish was lacking in this room. Chalmers took the big eary otllee chair, while the young ladies formed a charming picture on a near by divan. "Miss Hammond, the news I have obtained indirectly concerns your brother Sidney," said Chalmers. Miss Olive Hammond grew pale, and uttered a half-exelainatioii. "You need not be in the least alarmed. j I have no reason to believe he is in any degree to blame m this affair. I nm going to relate the whole story, as far as I know it, nnd you may be able to throw new light on the mystery." l-'or half an hour- Chalmers ex plained the circumstances which had led him to suspect, Hestor. As he talked the two girls clasped hands. Tears glistened ip Miss Hammond's eyes when Chalmers told of the In structions llcstor had left that a no tice should be inserted in the Hecord, stating that Sidney Hammond would accompany him on a rip to tho Med iterra neaii. As he said this Miss Carmody re leased Olive Hammond's hand and instinctively drew away from her. Olive burst into tears. "Sidney never could do such a thing! Oh. there is a cruel mistake somewhere!" she sobbed. "Sidney is the soul of honor. Oh, my brother, my noble, honest brother; why are you not here to defend yourself?" Miss Helen threw her nrms around the weeping girl. Chalmers did not know what to say. His story had been cut off at it." sensational point. He stammered an apology. "He is not guilty. 1 am sure he is not guilty!" exclaimed Miss Car niody. Her eyes flashed as she looked at ( hnlmers. "I have said that I did not believe him guilty." said that gentleman, recovering himself. "Yu young la dies jump at a conclusion too quick ly. It is probable that Mr. Hammond was the victim of a plot like the oth ers." "Why, Sidney did not know he was goiiifj until a few hours before the yacht sailed for Europe." said Miss Olive. She had regained her self possession, "lie sent me a telegram just before he went away, saying that he was obliged to take a sud den trip to Europe with Mr. Hestor. When he left home in the morning he did not know a thing nbout it. We had planned to go to the theater on the following evening, mill he had secured the tickets. Mi how could he have known anything about it? Sidney tells me everything." "That Is splendid news," said Chal mers, his face lighting up with pleas ure. "You need not worry about Sid ney. 1 hope you kept that tele gram." "I have It here in my reticule," said Miss Olive, Chalmers read it carefully. He lift ed the receiver of the telephone at his elbow. "(live me the superintendent's of fire the postal Union Telegraph company," he said. Chalniers was well acquainted with the routine of the telegraph oftlee, and soon arranged thai the original of the dispatch be forwarded by special message to the Carmody rcl deuce. While watting for this, they talked over the strange features of the case. "You nre sure thnt Hestor said nothing about edng avviiy the night parly?" nsked Mr. Chalmers. "I did not hear him sny a word about II." said Miss Hammond. "Mr. llcstor nml Sidney had a lung talk about trusts. They were nt the end of the table, and for a long t ne took no part in the I'eneral conver -Hon. I was not interested in wlnf, the others were saying mid found myself listening to Sidney and Wal ter lles'tor. Mr. llcstor said It would be a fine plan If they could Induce the leading capitalists of the country to meel and discuss methods to reg ulate the abuses which have nri-en under tlm trust control of indu-trinl affairs. Now that, I think of it. I e. mentioned such mimes as Uockw-i II, Morion and Haven, and 1 nm s in; Mr. Carniody's name was used, t I ney told him that these men co i not be Induced to take the time to bother with such matters. Pino v Mr. llcstor said that lie was gum:' ' 1 form 11 trust of his own. Sim laughed, lull Walter seemed nm.-' mi earnest. Soon afterward the p.ir'v dispersed nnd we went home. s,,. llcy went to Chicago, and did 111)1 . turn until Ihe following Sal unlay " The mes-engcr by arrived nh the original copy of the tehgrmi, Chalmers gave one glance nt it. "lust as I suspected," he snjil. lfe passed the telegram to Miss Hum- liond. Il was written in pencil on a llieet of newspaper "copy" paper, with a telegraph head pasted above it. "Is that Sidney's handvvril inir?" he asked. "Why, no!" exclaimed Mi s 01 1 "It is not a bit like it." "Walter Hestor wrote Hint." - id ''halmers. "I know his wnUria-: 1 1 -lug handled thousands of pages nf it. You may rest assured, Miss ( arni..ily, that we shall soon solve II is nn -tery. Hestor bus not civ 'red Ii t tracks, lie either did not kn-iw li i,v, or did not care. No shrewd crimitft would send a forged te,i rain in ' own liaudwrilinc He won1 I u-,. h typewriter. llcstor sent this 1' le. grain so that, you v,,i ;.l not lie. alarmed at Sidney's nn-cii, . 1' Is plain as day." Chalmers enjoined the yoi g larV to secrecy and return, d 1 n 1 n m. ,. ,. paper duties, M'he following n:on .j Tick Slo vens called his staff into 1 ', ferein He detailed four men 1.1 I." t.,n si to Philadelphia and four to New Or leans and lali eston. Tvv,n(y wre assigned to work in New York, a-1 six were held ill reserve. "Interview every architect nnd builder in these cities," were Ste vens' instructions. "Introduce y 'iir self as a writer who is preparirg an elaborate article, on Minimi r or country residences. He speciallv so. licitous about specimens of tropi. M architecture. Then lead up to win designed the Walter H. Hestor resi deuce. There is a special oiler . f $2.,0t)D for the reporter who locates the architect, nnd tin; same ainou' t for the one who discovers the con tractor." Slcvens had already satisfied him self that no lumber had been loail.'l on the "Slunk." He explained to . u men such facts as were necessiry for their guidance. It was not u". -cssary lo enjoin thein to secrecy. The templing rewards w,i-e sun. cient to insure that ci itijii. Earn, reporter was liberally s.ipi.ed v. 'Mi money and they wi nt to w rk with energy. That afternoon, the sth of M.iy, C.halinei'K opened He-tor'- cr k. .u 1 with Stevens, mude a 111.11 ex. n -ination of its contents. Much 1 their surprise, three check b o s .l: THRL'i: CIIECKHOOKS WERE FOf.S'D IX THE DESK. were found on the glass-covered sur face of the desk. On dates from April ".I to May 1. inclusive, Hestor had drawn checks payable to him self aggregating $l,(H,00n. "How could he have a'inass.cd tret amount of cash?" asked Stevens, as he footed up the aggregate. "Here is a memorandum which ex plains that," said (halmers. He pointed to the inside cover of one i.f the check hooks on which was tab 1 lnled sales of bonds and sto(k amounting fo $ I,ii27.(i00. "The llcstor estate was largely in scciii'it ie-." said Chalmers. "1 r. -member Hestor told me at one time thai he owned between S l.'i.uOD.nnO anil Sltl.OOO.ono worth of gilt s !ged sliill'." "What did he do with the cash?" asked Stevens, with nn air which in dicated that he could answer Ins own question. "Street ,v lingers might answer if they would," said l halmers. "A man of llcstor's standing could margin 7.10,000 shares of stock with that) amount of money, lie was too wise to draw checks payable to anvoii'' but himself. He must have ln-g d that money down there in bills, it, would not make much of a package ill $1,00(1 bills. Hestor must be .'(), 000,000 ahead in this deal. His in sanity takes a canny form. 1 would like to be eray awhile like that my self." "Hut how docs he propose to get out of it ?" "dive it up." said Chalmers. "It is too deep for inc. Heslor is not the kind to think of details like thnt. He goes ahead and lets consequences take care of themselves. Ho did nut even tnke the precaution to destroy these check books. We can trace him like a rabbit in a new fall of snow." Stevens now turned his attention to such cities as Haltimore, Washing ton nnd a number of western cities, in the faint hope that sonm clew might be found Instructions were cabled lo Loudon, Paris, and other I urop' in iMt s nnd a sean h 11 tde in tlx 1 art centers,