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THE BURLINGTON FRFK PRESS: THURSDAY, MAROIT 29, 180G. jTHESTOWMARKETjf MYSTERY; I OR, i A LEGACY - OF HATE I Lfly LOUIS TRACY CeprriiKvJ. 1904: R. F. Ffirnn Ac C. CHAPTER XVII. "rirKRCHK7. i.a rr.MMi:." "Tho throo men drove to Stowtnar ket In the same vehicle, the grooms returning In tho second dog-cart. On the wny Robert Frnzor -who may ho designated by his second surname to distinguish him from his cousin wan anxious to Inrn what lind caused theprpspntreprud"srenee of Inquiry IntoAlnn's deuth. This was pnslly explained by Ilavld. and Brett took earn to confirm tho conversa tion to general details. Frazer waa naturally keen to dis cover how the barrister came- lo bp ro well posted In his movements, and David listened eagerly whilst nre.tt related enoughof thestallonmaster's r.tory to clear up that point. Hump broke In with a laugh : "That shows why he was bo un usually attentive whan I arrived thin evening. He spotted me getting out of the train, and would not. leave mo until I was clear of tho station. He wasovidently determined to ascertain my exact Identity without any mis take, for he began by asking nte If I wer" not Mr. David Humo-Frazer, laying stress on my Christian name. It surprised me a little, because I thoucht fhP old chap knew me well." "Are you both absolutely certain that there are no other members of your family In existence?" asked Brett I "It depends on how many of our ! eclous collection you aro acquaint- preel rd with." snid Robert. ! "The only person Mr. Brett Is not i acquainted with Is my father." ex-' claimed David stiffly "I was not alluding to him, of course. Indeed. I had no Individual specially in my mind." "Surely you had some motive for your reniHrk?" questioned David. "The only remaining relative Is Mrs. Capolla." "There again how do you define the word 'relative.' t I Mippill", ,ir. r it. .. rii i i .j i.. i u v. . V u , 1-om.l-u ... I the history of our house? ' "Yes." "Well, has it ever struck you that there was something queer about tho manner of my Undo Alan's marriage Margaret's father, I mean?" "Perhaps. What do you know nbout it?' "Nothtng definite. When I wns a midshipman on board tho Northum- berland, I have a lively recollection oi a nenaisn ro nciween a man , drova frantically to Liverpool Street, i produced by quickly adapting re named Somers and another officer i interviewed a smart platform inspec- 1 marks made to him. "P'r'aps you who passed some chaffing remark tori and no tod yo .. nro not aware, sir. that the lady's about my rospected uncle's goings "rnat an i had tt do was to ask i Eye-tallan 'usbln' ain't no good?' on In Italy. The officer in question , B and h w(ul(, not only ,ve ra ; i havo heard something of the had forgotten, or never knew, that , f,Hfnl1o, h,Bforv nf i,B own nntonfl. sort." Sir Alan married bomeis's sister they were Bristol people, I think but ho stuck to it that Sir Alan had an Italian wife. He had seen her." Brett was driving, Frazer slttln1' by his aide, and David leaning ovoi the rail from tho back seat. Had a bombshell dropped In their mldt ' more startled than by Robert's chance observation. "Oood Heavens!" cried Hume. why has Capeila gone to Italy?" "That question may soon be an swered," said Brett. "Was that one of the other rea sons you hinted at in tho library when tolling us why you did not vol unteer evidence at the trial?" ho J asfced Robert. "It waa. The cat is out of the bag now. I did not know whero the affair might end, so I held my tongue. It also accounts for my unwillingness to meet Capeila. I am very fond of Margaret. Khe Is straight as a die, and I would not do anything to cause her suffering. In a word, I let sleeping dogs Ho. If you can manage your matrimonial affairs without all this fuss, Davie, I should advise ou to do the same." "Wnat aro you hinting at? What new mystery Is this?" cried Hume. "Let us keep to solid fact for the present," Interposed tho barrister, "I wish I had met you sooner, Mr. PVaer. I would ho ueaiing Naples now, Instead of entering Stowmar- ket Have you any further Inform j b;irr,ster ,Bnt by them to Mrs. Ca i polla, Incidentally excusing his pcr Nona whatever. Uven what I , Bonal attendance at the Hall: nre ioia you is me recollection or a boy who did not understand what th row was about. Whero does It lad us, anyhow? What Is known nbout Capeila?" Vry little, Unless 1 am much raltann, he will soon tell us a good deal himself. I am beginning to credit him with the possession of more brains and powers of malice than I was at first Inclined to admit Ho la a dangerous customer." "Look here," exclaimed Robert angrily. "If that wretched little Italian annoys Margaret In any wT I will crank his doll's head " Tlicy reaohod tho hotel, where n room was obtained for Frazer, and David undertook to equip him out of his portmanteau. Brett left the cousins to arrange matters, and hur ried to hlfl tittlng-room, whero a number of telegrams awaited him Those from Ilnmo ho barely glanced at. David could toll bin own story. Thre were three from Winter. Tha first, despatched at 1 10 p. m., rend: "Oipolln and valet left by club train. Nothing doing Japanese," Tha sscond was timed 4. SO p.m.: "Jap accompanied by tall, fat man, left home 3,46. They separated Piccadilly Circus. Followed .Tap ("Oh, Winter!" eroaned Brett and saw hlra enter British Museum. Four o'elock he met fat man again out side Tottenham Court Hosd Tuhn Station. They drove west In han- t API wiring before going samo ptne.M This tolcgram had been handed In at an Oxford Blrcet office. The. third, 7.30, p.ru.: "Nothing Important. Wiring before yonr All quiet, local office closes." The facetious Winter had signed these messages "Snow." Brett promptly wrote a telegram to the detective's private address: "Yonr signature should have been 'Frost.' If that fat man turns up again follow him. Call on Jap and endeavor to see his wife. You may ho sadder but wiser. Meet me Vic toria Street, fi p.m. to-day." Ho called a waiter and gave in structions that thla message should bo sent off early next, morning. Then ho lit s clgnr to soothe his disap pointment. "I cannot ennilato tho House of Commons bird," ho mused, "wr at this moment 1 would be close to Jlro's fiat In Kensington, and at the same time crossing Lombard- In an express, What an ass Winter Is, to bo sure, whenever a subtle stroke requires an ingenious guard. .11 ro dresses his wife In male attire and sends her on an errand ho dare not perform himself. Tho fact that they depart together from their residence Is diplomatic in Itself. If theyam fol lowed, the watcher Is suro to shadow JIro and leave his unknown friend. Just Imagine Winter dodging JIro around tho Rosetta Stono or the j PhoobuB Apollo, whilst the woman Is visiting some one or some placo of Infinite value to our search. It Is ; positively maddening." i Porhaps, in his heart, Brett felt ' that Winter was not so greatly to I blame. The midden appearance on ' the scene of a portly and respocta- 1 bio stranger was disconcerting, but could hardlv serve as an excuse for leaving -Ilro'fl trail at the point of bifurcation. i Moreover, It Is difficult to sus pect stout people of criminal ten dencies. Winter had the best of negative evidence that they aro not I adapted for "treasons, spoils, and I Bt,ratarems." Even a convicted rogue, )f oor,,niejlti demands sympathy. r,,. nrett was vory sore. Ha I stamped about tho room and kicked , unoffending chairs out of tho way. j Ttls linfatllnz Instinct told htm that 1 a rare opportunity had boon lost It was well for Winter that he was be yond reach of the barrister's tongue. A valid defence would have availed him naught. David entered. "I Just seized an opportunity " . r.trvnnf.r.rf aoctdpIv fcllt- Tiff ft. J"' v-" .11 w.v v,v ' "rv' V ieveur(j i,ia cignr t him as If It were .,.... a revolver. "You want to toll me," he cried, "that before you were two hours In Portsmouth you ascertained Frazer's address from an old friend. You causiit the next train for London, went to bis lodgings, encotmtored a I nasglng landlady, and found that ; your cousin had taken his overcoat to the nnwnbroker's to raise money fn. hlH fn s.owm.irkt. You ... ,,, , ef mn . but produce the very man he sent mo In search of," Interrupted David, laughing. Nothing the bnrrlster said or did could astonish him now. "What has upset you?" he went on. "I hope I made no mistakes." "None. Your conduct has been lr- reproachable. But you erred greatly are far too many Hutne-Frazcrs in existence," "Please tell me what Is the mat ter?" "Read those. Brett tossed the de tective's telegrams across the table. Hume puzsled over them. "I think we ought to know who that fat man was," ho said. "We do know. She is a fat wo- I man, the rx-barmald from Ipswich, j Next time, they will send out the youthful JIro In a perambulator." "But why are you so furious about It?" demanded Hume. "Was it so Important to ascertain what she did during that hour and a quarter?" "Important! It Is tho only real clue given us slnco 'Rabbit Jack' saw a man like you standing motion less in the avenue." CHAPTER XVTII. KirRTlir.K COMPLICATIONS. Brett devoted half an hour an Dour to Frazor's business affairs next morn ing. David was present; and the re sult of the conclave Is shown by the "In my opinion your cousin David and you should guarantee the pay ment of tho land-tax on Mr. Frazer's estate C60 per annum- -for five years. You should give him a rea sonable sura to rehabilitate his wardrobo and pay the few small dohts bo has contracted, besides al lowing him a weekly stipend to en able him to live properly for another year. I will placo hlra In touch with sound financial people, who will ex ploit his estate It thoy think the prospects are good, and you can co operate In the scheme, If you are so advised by your solicitors, with whom tho financiers I rocommond will carry weight Falling support In Plngland, Mr, Frazer says he ran mako his own way In tho Argentine If helped In the manner I gupest." Ho explained to the two young men that his movement that day would bo uncertain. If the ladles still adhered to their resolve to pro coed to London forthwith, the whole party would ntn nt tho samo hotel. In that event they should send n telogrnm to his Victoria Street chambers, and he would dine with tlinni. Otherwise they must advise him of their whereabout. Left to himself, he curled up In an arm-chair, knotting legs and arms In the moat uncomfortable manner, and rendering It necessary to erane his neck before be could remove a rlgar from his lips. lu such posture, slternated with rapid walking about the room, he Tho waiter, not knowing that the barrister had rotnalnod In the hotel, came In to sec whnt trifles might be strewed about tnble. or mantel i piece In tho shnpo of loose "amoVee" or broken hundreds of cigarettes. Llko moHt people, his eyes could only observe the expected, tho nor mal. No one was standing or sit ting in the usual way therefore tho room was empty. A box of Brett's Turkish cigarettes was lying temptingly open. Ho ad vanced. "Touch those, and I slay you," snapped Brett. "Your miserable llfo Is not worth one of them." Tho matt Jumped as If he had been fired at. The barrister, colled up llko a boa-constrictor, glared at him In mock fury. "1 beg your pardon, sir," lie blurt ed out, "I didn't know you was In." "Evidently. A moro expert, scoun drel would have stolon them under my very nose. You aro a bungler," "I really wasn't goln' to take any, sir Just put them away, that Is all." "In that packet," said Brett, "thero aro eighty-seven cigarettes. I rount them, because each one is an epoch. 1 don't count the cigars In tho sideboard." "I prefer clgnrV grinned the waiter. "Ho I see. You have two of the landlord's best 'sixpennles' In tlto left, pocket of your waistcoat at this i moment." "wen, ir you ain t a rair scorcner, tho man gasped. "What, you rascal, would you call names?" Brett writhed convulsively, and the waiter backed towards the door, "No, sir, I was callln' no names, We don't get too many porks wo waiters don't, sir. I was out of bed "ntll ono o'clock and up again at six. That's wot I call hard work, sir." "It is outrageous. Take five cigars." ! "Thank you kindly, sir." "What kept you up till one o'clock?" Gossip, sir -lust silly about Mrs. Capeila, an' ' I don't know wot." "Gossip, sir -Just silly gossip. All Beec.hcroft, "Indeed, and who was so Inter- ested in these topics as to spoil your beauty sleep?" m now genueman, who is ho Hke Mr. DavW." "How very Interesting." said tho barrister, who certainly did not ex pect this revelation. "It seemed to be Interesting to 'Im. sir. You see, the 'ouse Is pretty I full, and when you brought 'lm 'ere last night, sir, tho bookkeeper ' gev lm the room noxt to mine. iast thing, I fetched the gentleman a Scotc.li an' soda an' a cigar. 'E said 'e couldn't sleep, and 'e was lookin' at a fotygraf. I caught a squint at It, an' I sev., 'Beg pardlng, sir, but ain't that Mrs. Capeila Miss Mar garet as used to be?' That started "Im." "You surprise me. "And tho gentleman surprised me," confided tho waiter, whose greatest conversational effects were "Then you've heard somothlng right, sir. They do say as 'ow 'e beats 'er." "The scoundrol!" "Scoundrel! You should 'ave seen No. IS last night when I tole im that. My conscience! IS went on awful, 'e did. 'W seemed to bo mad about Mrs. Capeila." "He Is her cousin." "Cousin! That won't wash, sir, i heggln' your pardon. You an' me I knows better than that." i "I tell you again he is her cousin." The waiter absent-mindedly dust ed the back of a chair. "Well, sir, it Isn't for the likes of me to be contradictions, but I've got two sisters, an' 'arf-a-dosen cousins, an' I don't go klssln' their pictures an' swearln' to 'ave It out with their 'usbln's." "Oh, come now. You are romano Ing." "Not a bit, sir. When I wont to my room I or 'card im." "Is there a wooden partition be tweon No. 18 and your room?" "Yes, sir." "And cracks large ones?" "Yes, sir. But why you should oh, I see! Rxcnse me, sir; I thought I 'eard a bell." The waiter hurried off, and Brett unwound himself. "8o Rohort Is In love with Mar garet," he said, laughing unralrth fnlly. "Was there ever such a tan gle! If 1 Indulged In a violent flir tation with Miss Layton, and I per suade Winter to ogle Mrs. JIro, tho affair should be artistically com plete." Tho conceit brought Ipswich to hla mind. He was convinced that tha main lino of Inquiry lay In the direc tion of MY. Nnmagawa JIro and the curious masquerading of his colossal spouse. He had vauguely Intended to visit the local police Now ho made up his mind to go to Ipswich and thence to London. Further delny at Stow market was useless. Bofore his train quitted the sta tion ho mp.do matters right with the stationmnster by explaining to him the Identity of tho two mnn who had attractPd his attention tho previous evening. Somehow, the barrister Imagined that the third vlBltant of that fateful Now Year's F.ve two years ago would not trouble tho neighborhood again. Herein he was inlstakmi. At the county town he experienced little dlfflculty In learning tha ante cedents of Mrs. Numagawa JIro, In the first hotel he entered he found a young lady behind tho bar who was not only well acquainted with Mrs. JIro, but reraoruberl the circumstances of the courtship. "The fact Is," she explained, "theie are a lot of silly girls about who think every man with a dark skin la a prince In his own country If only be wearsastlk hat and patent leather boots." "Is thai all?" said Brtt "Ail whatr prlMf tha cl "Oh, don't be stupid! 1 mean wtoen Kot are. well dreased. Pslnca,j ln4edt "But Japanese arc not niggers. " "Woll, they're not my sort, any how. And fancy a groat gawk like Flossie Bird taking on with a little mnn who doesn't reach up to her elbow. It wan simply ridiculous. What did you say her name Is now?" He gave tho required Information, and went on: "Had Mr. JIro any other friends In Ipswich to your knowledge?" "Ho didn't know a soul. Ha was here for tho Assizes, abotitsome case, I think. Oh, I remember tho 'Slow market Mystery' -and ho stayed at tho hotel where Flossie was engagod. How she ever came to take notice of him I can't Imagine. She was a queer sort of girl used to wear bloomers, and get off her blko to clout the small boys who chl-lked at her." "Do her people live here?" "Ypb, and a rare old row they made about her marriage for she is married. I will say that for her. But why are von so interested In her?" The fair Hebe glanced In a mirror to confirm her personal opinion that there were much nicer girls than Flossie Bird left in Ipswich. "Not in her," said Brett; "In tho example she set." "What do you mean?" "If a little Japanese can come to this town and carry off a lady of her size and appciirnticn, what may not a six-foot Englishman hope to accom plish?" "Oh, go on!" Ho took her advice, and went on to tho hotel pattnnlzod by Mr. JIro during his visit to Ipswich. Tho landlord readily showed him the register for the Assize week. Most of tho guests were barristers and so- lienors, many or uiem Known per- i Honully to Bret' None of tho other names struck him as Important, though ho noted a few who arrived on the samo day as tho .Tapancso, "Mr. Okasakl." He took the nest train to London, and reached Victoria Street, to find Mr. Winter awaitlnc him, and care fully nursing a brown paper parcel. "I got your wlro, Mr. Brett," he explained, "and this morning after Mr. JIro went out alone " "Whore did ho go to?" 'The British Museum." "What on earth was he doing there?" "Examining manuscripts, my as sistant told me Ho was particu larly Interested in -let mo see It Is written on a bit of paper. Here It Is, the 'Nlhon Qunl Shi.' the 'External History of .laimr,' compiled by Ral Sanyo, between :06 and 182", con taining a hlstor of each of tho mili tary families. That is all Oreek to me, but my man got the librarian to Jot It down for him." "Your man has brains. What were you going to e?v when I interrupted you?" "Only this. N'o fat companion ap peared to-day, so I called at No. 17 St. John's Mansions In my favorite character as an old elo' man." The barrister oxpreseed extrava gant admiration In dumb show, but this did not deceive the detective, who, for some reason, was downcast. "I saw Mrs JIro, and knew In an Instant that Ehe was the stout gen tleman who left her husband at Pic cadilly Circus yesterday. I was that I annoyod I could hardly do a doal. However, here they are." Ho began to unfasten the stTlng which fastened tho brown paper par cel. "Here aro what?" cried Brett. "Mrs. .Tiro's coat, and trousers, nnd waistcoat.'' ropllod Winter des perately, sue floflsn t want om any I more; sold 'em for a song glad to I be rid of 'em, In fact." He unfolded a suit or huge dlmen sions, surveying each garment rue fully, as though reproaching It per sonally for tho manner In which It had deceived him. Then Brett sat down and enjoyed a burst of Homeric laughter. CHAPTKR XIX. THE THIRD MAN' APPEARS. The Rev Wllberforce Layton raised no objection to his daughter's excursion to London with Mrs. Ca peila. Indeed, he promised to meet thm In Whitby a week later, and remain thero during August. Mrs. Eastham pleaded age and tho school treat. It was, thereforo, a comparatively youtnful party which Brett Joined at dinner In ono of tho great hotels In Northumberland Avenue. Someone had exorcised rare dis cretion In ordering a special meal; the wines were good, and two at least of the company merry as emancipated school children. Tho barrister soon rocelved ample confirmation of the discovery made by Stowmarket waiter. Robort Home-Frazor was un doubtedly In love with his cousin, or, to speak correctly, for the ex-sailor was a gentleman, he had been in love with her as a boy. and now secretly feiiovod over a hopeless passion. Whether Margaret was conscious of this devotion or not Brett was un able to decide, By neither word nor look was Robert Indiscreet. When she waa nresont ho was lively and 1 talkative, cnte-talning tha others I with snatches of strango memories drawn from an adventurous career. It was only when she quitted their tlo clrclo that Brett detected tho littl mask of angry despair that settled for a moment on the young man's faco, and rendered him indifferent to othor Influences unttl he resolutely ' aroused himself Yet, on tho whole, a great Improve , ment was vielhlo In Frazer. Attired In one of David's evening dross suits, carefully groomed and trimmed, ho no sooner donned tne garments which gavo him the outward som blanco of an aristocrat than he dropped the curt, somewhat coarso, mannerisms which hitherto distin guished him from his cousin. Beyond a more cosmopolitan style of speech, he was singularly like Da vid in person and deportment. They resembled twins rather than first cousins. They were both remark ably flne-lookln ron, tall, wiry, and In splendid condition. It was only tha slightly attenuated features of Robort that made it possible, even for Brett, to dlatlnaulsh ono, from tho .QlJllBadbaanc,' Holcn was pleased to ho facetious on the point. "Really, Davlo," she said, "now that your cousin has come amongst tia, you must removo your beard at onc.' "Why?" ho asked. "Because you are bo alike that some ovenlng.ln thesedark corridors, I shall mistake Mr. Fraaer for you." "That won't be half bad," laughed Robert. Nelllo blushed, and endeavored to evade tho consequences of her own nmark. "I moant," she exclaimed, "that you would bo sure to laugh at me If I treated you as Davlo." "Not at all. I would consider It a cousinly duty to make you believe I wan Dnvld, and not myself." "Then," sho cried, "I will guard against any possibility of error by treating both of you as Mr. Robert Humo-Frazer until 1 um quite sure." "Walterl" said David, "whero Is the barber's shop?" Helon became redder than ever, but they enjoyed tho Joke at her ex pense. The waiter politely Informod his questioner that the barber would not be on duty until the morning at S a.m. "Thon book tho first chair for mo!" said David. "And tho second for me!" Joined in Robert. "Mr. Brett," said Margaret, "don't you consider this competition per fectly dlsgracoful?" "I am overjoyed," he replied. "It appears to mo that the result must be personally most satisfactory." "In what way?" "It Is obvious that you have no re source but to accept my willing slav ery. Miss Layton having monopolized the attention of your two cousins." "Hello!" cried Frazer. "This Is Rn llnaxn;,clfi(i ...tack. Miss La.vton. I resign. Ha.ve no fear. In the dark est corridor I will warn you that my name Is 'Robert.' " 1 Though the words were carelessly good-humored, they were Just a tri- 1 , fie emphatic. The Incident passed, but they recalled It subsequently un- j 1 der very different circumstances. Brett went homo about ten , o'clock. Next day at noon ho was ' arranging for tho Immediate dellv- , ery of a typewriter machine, sold by Mr. Numagawa Jiro to a West End oxebange, when a telegram reached him: "Como at once. Urgent. Hume." Ho drove to the hotel, where Da vid and Helen were sitting In the j foyer awaiting his arrival. Hume had kept his promise anent the barber. He no longer desired to alter his appearance In any way, and had only grown a beard on account of hiB sensitiveness regarding his two trials at the Assizes. But the fun of tho affair had quite gone. Helen was pale, David greatly per- turbod. "A torrlblo thing has happened, he said, in a low voice, when h graspod the barrister's hand. "Sorai ono tried to kill Bob an hour ago." Tho blank amazement on Brett'i face caused him to say hurriedly: "It Is quite true. He had tho nar rowest escape. He Is In bed now. i Tho doctor Is examining him. We havo secured the next room to his, and Margaret Is there with a nurse." The barrister made no reply, but accompanied them to Frazer's apart ment. In tho adjoining room they found Margaret, terribly scared, but listening eagerly to the doctor's cheery optimism. "It is nothing," he was saying, "a severe squeeze, some siignt anra- j slops, and a great nervous shock,qulta serious In its nature, although your friend makes light of It, and wishes to get up at once. I think, however A nurse entered. I "The patient insists upon my lear- lng the room," she cried angrily, j "He Is dressing." They heard Robert's voloe: "Confound It, I havo been rolled j on three times In ono day by a buck ing broncho, and thought nothing of It. I ahsolntelv refuse to stoD In I ' . . rne doctor resigned professional responsibility; and tho nature of j Margaret's check caused htm to ad- 1 tuit that, to a man accustomed to South American ponies, unbroken, ' tho nervous shock might not amount to much. Indeed, Robert appeared almost ' Immediately, and In a bad temper. "I lost my wind," he explained, "when tho horse fell on me, and everyone promptly Imagined I was , killed. I hope, Margaret, tho need less excitement of my appearance on a stretcher did not alarm you. They were going to whip mo oft to the . hospital when I managed to gurglo out the name of tho hotel." 1 "What happened?" said Brett- . "Tho most extraordinary thing. ' Have yon told him, Davio?" "No, I attributed your first words t to me as being duo to delirium. I had no Idea you were In earnest." "Well. Mr. Brett," said Frazer, J sitting down, for notwithstanding I his protests, he was somewhat shaky, ' "it began to rain after breakfast. "Excellent!" cried tho barrister, "An Englishman, In his sound mind, always starts with tho state of the weather." , 'i am sound enough, thank good ness, hut I had a vory close shave. Don't laugh, Davlo. My ribs are sore. As tho Indies decided not to go out until tho v father took up, Davin said ho would keep them company whilst 1 seized tho opportunity to visit a tailor. I loft the hotel and walked quickly to tho corner of Whitehall. It was hurdly worth while taking a cab to Bond Street, and I Intended to cross In front of King Charles's statue. It Is an awkward place, and a lot of 'buses, cabs, and vans wore bowling along downhill from the Strand and St. Miirtln'u Church, I waited a moment on tho curbstono, watching for a favorable opportun ity, when suddenly I was pitched head foremost In front of a passing 'bus. My escapo from Instant death was aolely due to the splendid way In which tha driver handled hit horses and applted hla brake. The near horse wns swung round so sharp that ho fell and landed almost, not quite, op, th tpj of me. '.ao!r4Ui!hL hot, roeklng body against my faco, and although tho greater part of his Impact was borne by the road, I got enough to knock the breath out of me. You will see by the state of my clothes la the othor room how I was flattened In the mud. By the way, Davlo It Is your Suit." Helon choked back something sha was going to say, and Frazer con tinued : "A policeman pulled mo from un der the horse, nnd I kept mysenses sufficiently to note how the near front wheel had gouged a channel In the mud within an inch or so of my head. It went over my hat. Where Is It?" Hume ran Into the bedroom, and returned with a bowler hat torn to shreds. "There you are," said Robert coolly. "Fancv my head In that con dition." "You used the word 'pitched.' Do you mean that someone cannoned against you ?" "Not a bit of It. It was no acci dent of a hurrying man blindly fol lowing an umbrella. I havo been a sailor, Mr Brett, and am accus tomed to maintaining my balance In a sudden lurch. I do It Intuitively. It Is as much a part of my second sell as using my eyes or ears with un conscious accuracy. Some man a big. powerfnl man designedly throw me down, and did so very sci entifically, first prosslng hla knee against the tendons of my right leg, and thon using his elbow. Not ono In a thousand Londoners would know tho trick." "You are a first-rate witness. Pray go on," said Brott. "Being a sailor, however, I did manage 10 twist round slightly as I foil, and I'm liVnned If I didn't think It was Davie h'-.i' who did it." 1 Tho barrister's keen fnce lighted ourlou&l.v The others, closely watch ing him. after vnrds agreod that ho reminded them of a greyhojnd straining after a luckless hare. "That seems to Interest you, Mr. Brett," said Frazer. 'i assure you ' the momentary impression was very , distinct My assallunt was dressed , like Davie, too. In dark blue serge, ' and wore a beard. For the moment 1 I forsot that Davie had visited the barber this morning, and I blurted out somothlng when ho met me be- ( ng carried In through the hall." "Yes," exclaimed Humo. "You said: 'Da vie, why did yon try to murder mo?' I was sure you were dollrlous, ns I had not left Nellie and Margaret for nn Instant since you went out." "That la so," cried Helen. Margaret uttered no word. She sat, with hands olasped, and pale, set face, watching her cousin as If his ! yu to flx vo,,r thoughts on the paa ptorv had a mesmeric effect. 1 sengers who entered your 'bus 8' "I'm awfully sorry," said Frazer ' penitently. "I knew at once I was a fool, but you spp, old chap. I reraem- berod you best ns I hnd seen you during the previous twenty-four hours, and not as you looked at broakfast this morning. Do forgive ! mo." j But Brett broko in Impatiently: "My dear fellow, your natural ' mistake Is the most Important thing ! that has happened slnco your cousin J Alan met his death. The man who attacked you mistook you. In turn, j for David. He will try again. I I wonder If your accident will be re- j ported In the papersY" , "Yes," said Hume. "A young-1 stor came to mo. Inquired all about ' Robort, and seemed to be quite sorry I he was not mangled." 1 "Thon it will bo your affair next tlmo. Keep a cloie look-out when- 1 over you aro nlono. If anyone re sembling yourself lays a hand on j you, try and detain him at. all costs " ' "Mr. Brett," shrieked Helen, ; "you surely cannot mean it." Ills enthusiasm had caused him to ! Ignore her presence. For tho next fivemlnutoa howas earnestly engaged in explaining away his uncanny re quest. CHAPTER XX. Titr. TU.UI.. Standing on the steps of tho hotel. i "rett cast a I tho lino of searching glance along waiting hansoms. He wanted a strong, sure-footed horse, found only in tho streets of London, which trots like a dor, slides down Savoy Street on its hind legs, slips in and out among tho traffic like an eel, and covers a steady eight miles an hour for a seeminglv ind'-llnilo pe riod. "Shall I whistle for s rah. sir?" said the hall-porter "No. You whistle without dis crimination," replied the barrister. He found the stamp of gee-gee ho needed fourth on the rank "How long has your horse been out of the stable?" he asked the driver. "I've Just driven him here, sir " "Is he up to a hard day's work?" "Tho host tit In London, sir " "Pull him up to the pavement " The man oboyed. Instantly his three predecessors on the rank be gan a chorus' '"Ere! Wot th' "All right, Jimmy, Walt till" "Well, I'm" "What Is the mnttor?" Inquired Brett. "You fellows always squeal before you are hurt. Here Is a faro each for you," and h" solemnly gavo them a shilling apiece Evon then they were not satisfied. They all objurgated Jimmy for his luck as ho drove off It was an easy matter to find the constablo who had been on point j duty at the crossing when the "nccl dont" happened This man produced ih note-hook containing tho number 0f tho lload Car t oiupauy's Camden j Town nud Victoria 'bus, the driver of . which had so cioverly avoided a catastrophe. The policeman knew nothing of evenU prior to tho ratl ing of tho horse Thero was the usual crowd of hurrying people; the scream of a startled woman; a rush of slghtneers; and the rescue of Fra ser from beneath the prostrate ani mal. "Did you chance to notice th des tination of the omnibus Immediately preceding tho Road Car vehicle?" aatd Brett. "Yes, sir. It was an Atlas," "Havo you noted the eiact time the accident ocourred?" "Ftor It lo. irirW.5 njn." At Victoria bo was lucky In Ma ting upon the Camden Town 'bus It self, drawn up outside tho District Railway Station, waiting Its turn U enter the enclosure. Tho driver was a sharp fellow, and disinclined to answer questions. Brett might bo an emissary of th enemy. But a handsome tip and the assurance that a very substantial present woald bo forwarded lo his nddress by the friends of tap gentle man whose life he saved unloosed his tongue. "I nover did see anything llko It, sir," ho confided "The road waa quite olear, an' I waa bowlln' along to get the Inside berth from a Gen eral Just behind, when this yor gent was chunked under tho 'osses' 'eds, Bll-me, I would hn' thort 'o was a suicide If I 'adn't seed a bloke Rhove Mm orf the curb." "Oh, you saw that, did you?" "Couldn't 'elp It, sir. I was look In' sht for fares. Jnck, my mate, sawr It too." The conductor thus appealed to confirmed the statement. They both described tho assailant as very like his would-be victim In sUe, appeor ance, and garments. Jack snld he could do nothing, be cause the sudden swerving of tho 'bus, the fall of the horse, and tho Instant gathering of a crowd, pre vented him from making the attempt to grab tho other man, who van ished, he believed, down Whitehall. "You did not tell tho police about the assault?" Inquired Brett "Not me, guv'nor." said the dri ver. "The poor chap In thr road was not much 'urt. I knew that, though the mob thort 'e wns a drad 'un An wot does It mean? A dav los in the polls-court, an' a day lost on my pay sheet, too." "Well," said Brett, "the twist you gave to the reins this morning meant several days added to vo ir r'1v shert Would either of you know tho man again If yon saw him""' Tills needed reflection "I wouldn't swear to Mm," v. an tho driver's dictum, " lm I would swear to any man heln' like Mm " "Samo 'ere." said tho conduror The barrister understood their meaning, which had not the general application implied hy tho words Ho obtained the addresses of both men and left them. His next visit was to an Atlas ter minus. Here he had to wait a fu'l hour before tho 'bus arrived that had passed Trafalgar Sqnare on a south Journey at 10.4!.. Tho conductor remembered 'h' sudden stoppage of the Road Car vehicle. "Ran over a man, sir, dldn' ft?" he Inquired "Nearly, not quite Now, I wan' that point. Can you doscrlbe the 1,1 Tho man smiled. "It's rather a large order, sir," he said. "I've been past thero twice Blnce. If It's anybody you know par ticular, and you tell me what he was llko, I may be ablo to help you " Brett would have preferred the conductor's own unaided statement but seeing no help for It, he gave the man a detailed description of David Hume, plus tho beard. "Has he got black, snaky eyes and high check-hones?" the conductor Inquired thoughtfully. The barrister had described a fair man, with brown balr: and the ques tion in no way indicated the color of the Hun;e-Frazer eyes. Yet the odd conibinarion caught his attention "Yes," ho said, "that may be hs man " "Well, sir, I didn't pick him up there, but I dropped him ther' nt nine o'clock. I picked him up at the Elophant.and noticed him partlc ,Iar because he didn't pay tho fare for the whole Journey, but took peen orths." "I am greatly obliged to you. Would you know him again'' "Among a thousand! He had a funny look, and never spoke. Just shoved a penny out whenever I came on top. Twice I had to refuse 1 " "Wan he a foreigner?" "Not to my Idea. He looked ltk a Scotchman. Don't you know him, sir?" "Not yet I hope to make his ac quaintance. Can you remember tho 'bus which was In front of you at Whitehall at 10.4!-.?" "Yes; I cm tell you that. It waa a Monster, Pimllco. The conductor Is a frlond of mtne, named TomRlns. That Is the only time I have seen him to-day." At the Monster. Pimllco, after an other delny, Tomklns was produced Again Brett described David Hume, eyes and high chook bones." "Of course,' said Tomklns, "I've spotted Mm. 'E came board wlv a run Just arter a hoss fell In front of the statoo. Olmmn a penny, 'e did, an" Jumped orf at the 'Orso Guards without a ticket beforo he 'ad gone a 'undred yards. I thort 'p wa frightened or dotty, I did Know Mm agin? Ra ther. Byes like aitnlets. 'o 'ad." Tho barrister regained the seclu sion of the hansom. "St. John's Mansions. Kensing ton," ho said to the driver, and then he curled up on the seat In tho most uncomfortable attitude permitted by the construction of the vehicle. On Hearing hfs destination h stopped the cab at a convenient ror ner. "I want you to wait hore for my remrn," he i old the driver .lit ...fit vr..i hrt utr' "Not mure than flftean mlnutos " "I only asked, sir, because I want ed to know if I hnd time to give the I nnr0 f0d." Cubby was evidently quite con vlucod that his eccentric lore m not a bilker. Brott glanced around In th neighboring street wits a publla house, which possestted what tho asenu call a good pull-up trwde.' Ho pointed lo it. "I think." he wild, " ru wait there It will bo more comfortable for you and equally ood for the horaa." The cabby pocketed an intarlm tip with a crln, "I've struek It rich to-djr. murnvtred.as h disappear WW11 a swing door bearln tha lee "Tap," In huge letters. Meanwhile. Brett sauntered paat St. Johu'a Mansion. eilit rota.