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The Manager's Safe. I
"What are you doing there?" "Noth ing, air." The answer came from a pale and tetble-looking youth, standing before the open aafe In the sanctL'm of the Jnger of the Continental Banking Corporation Limited, Old Broad street, K. C. The question had been put by the manager hlmaelf on re-entering his room after a momentary abaence In the outer office. The clerk, for such was the young man s position In the bank, flushed to the roots of his hair, as the manager thrust him aside, and osten tatiously secured the door to the safe. Nothing more passed be; ween the two. The clerk laid a strip of paper, with figures written upon it, on the manager's table, and, having tliuij up . patently fulfilled the duty which Drought him thither, he went out, clos ing the door gently behind bini The manager watchi tired, watching him t parent pane in the gU had retired, watched hi he re-trans-fter he jok his in aai rrom a peg. and watched him with Mpeclal eagerness as he passed through the swing doors on the way out (no doubt) to dinner, and the expression In the face of the great man might have suggested to a witness, if there had been one, the existence of some grave suspicion regarding the security of the contents of the safe. After making an examination of the papers shut In be hind the iron door, In order to satiafy himself fhat they had or had not been tampered with, and after transferring some papers from the aafe to a drawer of his writing-table, which he locked P again quickly, an occupation that seemed to suggest grave and moody re flections, snd during which be looked around him frequently to see that he was alone-- the manager turned his atten tion to the slip which had been placed on his table by the young man who had Just left the room. Upon the slip was written these fig ures: "Ten thousand pounds tomorrow, Bat- uroay, Me for the se Monday. Bulling a Co. will call ond lot of bonds early on "Ten thousand p. "Saturday. What Is Friday. I can The manager pn wait mi tomorrow: esscd his hand to a Is forehead, and gave up his thoughts to some problem that weighed upon him. Presently be shook off this moodiness, and, reaching out his arm. gave two harp strokes to a hand bell standing beside his Inkstand. The double sig nal was summons to the chief cashier, M answered It without delay. Come In, Mr. Price. Shut the door. The cashier did as he was bidden, and fame to the manager's table to Hear what that gentleman bad to say. Hut the latter did not apeak; he stood facing his colleague, and looked Into his eyes with a scared expression of counten ance. Mr Price was startled. "Anything the matter, sir?" be in quired. Yen." "Nothing serious, I hope'" The manager did not reply. He ap peared to be steadying himself, to be suppressing an excitement which was entirely unusual with hlra. When he spoKe at last, be seemed anxious to prove to hlmse:f that his memory had not failed him. "What time was It, Mr. Price, when you and I went down to the strong room tbla morning?" "It was precisely twelve o'clock, sir." "You remember what bonds and ee sitles I hsnded to you there?'' "Perfectly." "Please to confirm my memory by enumerating them?" "Certainly, sir." And the cashier told them off on his finger. When he had finished the manager reminded him that there was still one lot of securities which he had omitted to mention. Did Mr. Price re call What they were? "To be surs, air! How stupid of me' There were also Messrs. Bulling a Co. 'a first lot of 1.000 bonds." "For whst amount?" "Why. air. yo They amount to "You placed tl w as well aa I do. 000." ill In the utual let- ter basket, did yon not?" "Tea. sir: but you were present your self." "Quite so. quite eo. My observation however, has failed me. and I am anx ious to take up the clue through you." 1 don't quite understand." began Mr. Price, but his chief Interrupted him. "You placed Messrs. Bulling's docu ments In the banket with all the others under my eyes. You brought the bus kct to my room here under my eyes. Finally, you depositr.i the basket, and Its contents In my safe here under my very eyes. Your memory confirms mine, does It not?" "Assuredly." "What time Is It now?" "Striking one. sir." "When do Messrs. Bulling come for this flrst batch of bonds V "They will take them away at two "They cannot take them away." "Why not?" naked the cashier, with aurprise. "They are g.-ne already." "Gone! What do you mean?" "They hare been stolen. You had better see for yourself. Here Is the BBSs Mr Price ,s-ned the safe and made a ca-eful search. In two minutes he convinced himself that the bonds were miming from the safe, and In five min ute" more be satisfied himself that they were not In the room: unless, indeed. th'7 were locked in the manager's desk -in alternative which was Instantly his "I am entirety at a loss," he began. "So am I, Mr. Price," broke in the manager. "I have not left the room since you deposited the bonds In that safe. It is true the door of the safe has been standing open most of the time. But, on the other hand, 1 have received no visitors; not oul has en tered the room but yourself." "You forgot, sir, that one of the clerks, young Mr. Aspin, brought you a alip from me about the second batch of securities which are to be withdrawn from the custody of the bank of Eng land tomorrow, Saturday 10,000 worth, the receipt for which is, I be lieve, in your possession." The manager made no remark in re gard to the latter assertions -concerning the- bonds and the receipt believed to be In his possession. But he referred significantly to the young clerk and his errand. "Yes, Mr. Aspin was here for a few moments. 1 don't like to suggest any suspicion against him" The manager hesitated. Mr. Price followed up the thread. "It is somewhat suspicious, sir, that Mr. Aspin was actually alone in this, room for nearly half a minute, having entered by this door, from behind the counter, at the very moment you were standing on the other side of yonder door opening on the outer office, while a customer aaked you a question." "That Is perfectly true, Price. I had not thought of that. Moreover, now that I come to recall the circumstances, young Aspin was stooping over she open safe in a most suspicious manner when I re-entered the room." "8ubject to your approval, air, I will question him before you lake any steps toward announcing the loss. Helen very respectable youth, and may be per fectly Innocent." "I don't like to think for a moment that he is otherwise, Mr. Price. Bring him here at once." "I will do so, unless he has gone out. One 'loch is his dinner lime." Mr. Price advanced to the door, but the manager stopped him. "Walt a moment. Price. The suspi cion is a very serious one. Let us omit no precaution. We will make one more search." Mr. Price assented. Going on bis knees before the open safe, he turned out each and every paper within and re placed It in turn. The bonds were not there. He went around the room like wise. The bonds were nowhere to be seen. "Enough!" at length exclaimed the manager. "Fetch Mr. Aspin. And. be fore you bring him in, give instructions to your next in command that no offi cer Is to leave the bank on any pretense whatever till I give permission to the contrary." "Yes. sir; It will be Just aa well to do so without further loes of time." As aoon as the manager heard the iloor close, be looked around hlra to make sure that he was alone. Then, taking his keys from his pocket, he un locked softly the drawer beneath bis writing desk, wheeled back in his chair a tew inches, unlocked the safe and paused. He appeared to listen for an instant. There was no sound of approaching footsteps; there was no shadow on eith er of the ground glass doors of any one aoout to enter, with a rapidity and stealthlneaa that denoted both fear and determination, be abstracted a parcel from the drawer, atepped across to the safe, slipped the packet between the leaves of a ledger within the safe, se cured the iron door, returned to his ta ble, locked the drawer, put the key in his pocket, drew up bis chair and re turned to his former position. But some peculiarity of the packet had been noticed by him notwithstand ing the rapidity of the action. "There la surely one missing. There ought to have been eight" Some two minutes had elapsed when the cashier returned alone. The man ager still sat in the same attitude. Ap parently be had not moved during the others' absence. He started as Mr. Price spoke to him. "I am sorry to say. sir. thst young Aspin went out Immediately after you noticed his auspicious presence In this room. Tnere is nothing to be done but to watt till he returns at two o'clock." "What If he should not return?" said the manager. If he is Innocent, he will return as a matter of course. And If he I guil ty, he will return to allay suspicion. His failure to return would be bis condem nation." "Do you think so?" "I sm sure of it" "But consider," said the manager: Messrs. Bulling a Co. will come for their bonds at two o'clock. No ex planation which we can at present give will reconcile them to the temporary loss of their property." Mr. Price reflected for a while. Be teamed to be more ready of resource than his superior officer. "Von, sir. had better go yourself im mediately to Scotland Yard to give no tice of this robbery to the police. I will receive Messrs. Boiling and explain to them that you have been suddenly sum moned thither on extremely argent business. 1 will ask them to ca l axil a an hour later." "Admirable!" exclaimed the manager, appreciatively. "By three o'clock we shall have discovered something either from Mr. Aspin or otherwise." "I hope eo." "By the way. Mr. Pricsj," added the manager. Anally ; "here is the key to my writing table." He detached It from the bunch which hung an a chain se cured round his waist "Please look through every drawer and satisfy your self that the missing bonds have sot merely been mislaid." "I will do so, air." And aa the man ager buttoned up his tight fitting frock coat and clapped on his high hat, Mr. Price Involuntarily reflected that the lost documents could not have trans ferred themselves miraculously to the manager's pockets without the fact disturbing fatally the admirable cut of that gentleman's garments. "No official may leave the bank on any pretext whatever till I return from Scotland Yard," said the manager. Mr. Price bowed acquiescence, and In a moment more the manager had left him. Presently the cashier summed up the situation. "I've turned out the aafe twice and seen it locked. I can affirm that Messrs. Bulling's bonds arc not there. I've turned out the drawers of that writing table The bonds are sot here. The manager has not got them. I didn't take 'em. Young Aspin must have done It. Will he come back? He's nearly due now." "Two o'clock struck, but Mr. Aspin had not returned. Messrs. Bulling sent a trusted messenger for the bonds. Mr. Price made the necessary excuse, and requested him to return at three-thirty. Half-post two came, but no sign of Mr. Aspin. Indeed, when the manager re turned, shortly after three o'clock, ac companied by detectives, Mr. Aspin had not yet put In an appearance. In short, Mr. Aspin did not return. He had bolted, evidently. And this Is how It came to pass. On leaving the bank at half-past one, the manager croased the street, and instead of hurrying to Scotland Yard, placed himself in the shadow of the doorway, where he could not be perceived through the ground-glass windows of the bank, and where he had a full view of the street to right and left. He watched here for about five or ten minutes, when the figure of Mr. Aspin on his return from dinner, waa per ceived coming down the street on the apposite side. Before the young man reached the steps of bank he waa stopped by the manager, who said, sharply: "Follow me!" The manager walked briskly along looking back frequently in order to see tha his command was attended to. The miserable boy dared not disobey. Pi ently, in an unfrequented side street, managtr hailed a hansom. He beck oned Mr. Asprn to seat himself beside him within the cab. "Scotland Yard!" cried the manager to the driver. "And put the glass down." On hearing their destination, Aspin turned as white as a sheet. Before he could recover himself enough to apeak the manager informed him that the theft of Messrs. Bulling a Co.'s bonds had beeen discovered, and that the sus picions which pointed to Mr. Aspin as the thief were overwhelming. This announcement frightened Mr Aspin so much that he tried to jump out of the hansom, but he was held back In a powerful grip. "No, no, young man, you must lister tome. I do not wish to be hard on you even if you are Indeed guilty. You must perceive by this time that you are ruined for life, If the guilt attaches to "I know It. I know It." exclaimed tht youth, breaking into tears. "What will my poor mother any?" The manager showed some astonish ment at the boy'a burst of grief. Pres ently, however, he continued: "Look here, young sir! I will help you out of this mesa ahem! for your mother'a aake." "Ob, sir, heaven bless you for saying lhatr "I mean It. too; your escape can be managed. I Impose a condition, how ever. It la this. You will take train Immediately for Dover. You will croas to Calais. I will throw everybody off the scent You will travel through, without stopping, to Spain. There you will be aafe from arrest." "But I have no money." "I will provide for that. Here Is a fifty pound note. You will go to Oaze's tourist office In the strand and buy two tickets for Madrid." "Why two tickeU, sir?" "To avert suspicion. One of them you will use yourself, the other I will take care of myself. At Madrid you will stay at the Hotel de Paris till you receive from me another fifty pound note ahem! for your mother's sake." "Ob, sir. how can I thank you?" "After that you must make your own way in the world abroad in America -in any country where our police can not find you." I will, air I wl".. I shall never torget your kindness. ' "Say no more. We will get out lere." And the manager stopped the cab. "But If you pleaje, sir, here's the bond. I will give it back to you." "What bond?' 'naked the manager, with a start. "The thousand pound bond I stole, sir," whimpered the lad. "It was on the top of the bundle. I was afraid to take the rest." The manager looked at him with blank astonishment in his face aa As pin drew a paper from hia waistcoat and handed it OTer. It was one of Messrs. Bulling a Co.'s securities "payable to bearer." The manager gased flrst st the bond. then at the boy. The bewilderment in the great man s face gave way to a curious smile. "You are right," he said at last. " will take care of It" They descended from the cab a few yards off Oaze's tourist office, and the manager paid the driver. "You know what you have to do," said he to Aspin, pointing to 'be name over tht door. I will wait for you here." When the clerk emerged again from Messrs Case's, he handed one of the two tickets he had purchased to the manager, who said, quickly: "Good-bye! And, by the way, re member that I shall follow yon now and see yon off from n distance." Next morning Mr. Aspin waa in Par as. There the devil In him revived to some extent. He determined to spend a couple of days In the "City of Pleas ure," and to have a spree. Had not the manrger promised to throw every one off the scent? Meantime the manager strolled down to Scotland Yard. There he gave his reasons for believing that a theft of valuable bonds had taken place. It was impossible to say how and by whom they had been abstracted. He desired that an able detective should return with him to the city, to make an investigation and give his advice The request waa promptly complied with. Shortly before three o'clock the man ager entered the bank, accompanied by two detectives from the criminal investigation department namely. In spector Crump and another officer In plain clothes. They were met by the cashier with the significant announce ment that young Mr. Aspin had not returned after his dinner hour. "There can be no doubt," added Mr Price, "that our suspicions of him were well founded. The manager and the chief detective retired to the sanctum of the former. Mr. Price and the second police officer were asked to hold themselves in readiness for a summons to Join them The circumstances already detailed in the conversation between the man ager and cashier were forthwith com municated to the Inspector. The man ager, moreover, opened the safe and described how the various parcels of bonds brought from the strong room had been laid In a row on the middle shelf; and how he had perceived, al most immediately after Mr. Aspin had left the room, a gap In the row where Messrs. Bulling a Co.'s scrip was laid. Tbe Inspector waa then requested to make a careful survey of the room and lta contents. While he was doing this tbe mana ger deftly slippd a paper from his pocket into the leaves of a ledger within the safe, much In the same manner, It will be remembered, as he had acted with another packet. Hav ing done this, he "swung to" the door, which fastened with a snap. Durlnp this operation Inspector crump was looking in the opposite di rection. But he was doing so to some purpose, for he saw the movements of the manager clearly reflected in the ground glass partition separating the apartment from the general office. There was something about the mau ager'a action which fixed the circum stance In his mind. The detective next interviewed the cashier, whose story confirmed that of his superior officer. Now the duty of the detective was clear. Rven if there remained a doubt aa to Mr. Aspin'a guilt, it was abso lutely necessary to discover what had become of that young gentleman. In quiry was therefore made of his col leagues in the office, but no one could offer a clew to the missing clerk's movements. "He has probably made for the con tinent?" auggested the manager. "Do you think so, sir?" asked In spector Crump, in reply, while he looked In tbe face of the banker. "If so, we will soon overtake him; he hasn't much more than an hour's start of the telegraph." And the detective laughed. The idea appeared to im press the manager. "The law has a long arm eh, Mr. Crump?" "Yea, sir particularly In dealing with boys who have short heads," said the detective, eyeing the manager steadily.. "I hope you'll prove a match for him," said the manager, with a smile. 'I think we shall, sir. By-the-by, I suppose he couldn't make anything out of the bonds in thia country 7" "It is very unlikely." "Do you think, sir, that he had any money about him to go away with?" "I can not say, but I'll Inquire." The answer brought by Mr. Price to this Inquiry waa one that provoked a hearty laugh. Mr. Aspin was 'hard up.' He was always bard up.' He had borrowed half a crown that very morning to pay for his dinner." After some further information as to Mr. Aspin'a affairs had been asked for by Mr. Crump and given to him, that-1 i.m.t li.ni ii itAMafl ti m.l.n I n .. J 1 .. . Mrs. Aspin, and to have that lady's house watched in case her son should return home. I will also cause a description of young Aspin to be circulated In order that he may be traced, watched, and. If possible, arrested. All this will keep us occupied until tomorrow morning. when you may expect me here to re port progress. I will leave my com panion with you. He may be wanted. Inspector Crump departed, after whispering to hia comrade the curious admonition, "Watch the manager, if he hasn't got the bonds himself, my name'a not Crump!" When Mr. Bulling, of Messrs. Bull ing a Co., called for their securities an explanation was given for not deliver- ir them which bore all the appear ance of good faith. The fact of .he theft waa more unfortunate than alarming, for, of course, the bank would make good the loan Under the unhappy circumstances. Messes. Bulling a Co. consented to fall In with the bank's convenience, and to wait until tbe lost property should be re covered, while the manager, cn behalf of the directors, offered temporary se curity to the owners of the bonds an offer which they considered unneces sary. In view of the status of the bank. At ten o'clock the following morn ing Inspector Crump arrived In OU Broad street He waa greeted ay the manager and some of the directors of the corporation. The Inspector ad dreased hlmaelf to the manager with a confidence and respect which set that gentleman entirely at his ease. 'The supposition you expressed, sir. has been fully Justified. The young man suspected of stealing the bonds crossed to Calais yesterday. I have arranged that he will not slip through our fingers. I cannot say more at present. The flrst information which I obtained concerning him was given by Messrs. Gaze, the tourist agents, at whose office he bought two tickets for Madrid. From the fact of his taking two tickets, it is presumed that he is traveling in company with a female, possibly an accomplice. He paid Messrs. Gaxe with a fifty pound note, of which I have taken the number. The question is where did he get the fifty pound note? Can you tell me?" At flrst the manager made no reply, and he averted his eyes under the steady but seemingly frank regard of the detective. Then, laboring under evident excitement, be stepped over to the safe, opened it, drew out a little drawer within and exclaimed: "Good heavens, that's gone, too!" "What do you mean, sir?" "I had a fifty pound note In this drawer." He referred to his pocket book for the number and read it out. The detective smiled as he announced that his figures were the same. The di rectors looked at one another mean ingly, being full of sympathy for their head official. At this moment Mr. Price entered and reminded the manager of an ap pointment at the bank of England, an appointment (it will be remembered) to exchange a receipt of the bank of England for 10,000 worth of bonds deposited there and belonging to Messrs. Bulling. The manager made his excuses to the directors, promised to be back in half an hour, and went out. Aa soon as Inspector Crump knew him to be off the premises, he turned to the directors, and said, sharply: "Gentlemen, you must excuse me if I am abrupt I am acting in your interests, and I am obliged to be plain spoken. I will stake my repu tation that the man who has Just left the room Is responsible for the disap pearance of Messrs. Bulling a Co.'s bonds." "No, no, no! Impossible! Impossi ble!" ejaculated his worthy listeners, throwing up their hands in depreca tion of the wrong done to their faith ful servant by the mere suggestion. 'I beg pardon," said the detective. "I am accustomed to read guilt or in nocence in a man's manners aa well as his actions. Your manager tries to hide from me a guilty conscience, and he can not do It." What right have you to say such things?" asked tbe Indignant hoard of directors in one voice. The inspector continued In his own way: "From what I hear of the boy Aspin, he hasn't the pluck to steal and tilde a great parcel of bords. He u t even an opportunity of doing so, w.'t out tht certainty of tbe manager see ing them protruding from his pocket. The lad may have atolen the flfty pound note, or he may have had It given to him; but, take my word for it, In this unfortunate business, he is more sinned against than sinning." 'If that is all you have to any," broke in the chairman of the board of directors, "we shall be obliged by your keeping your opinion to yourself, and confining yourself to your duty." "It Is my duty to warn you, sir," re torted the detective. "The manager has averted s . oiclon by throwing it on Mr. Aspin. I don't know If .'.spin Is his dupe or his confederate, or both. But we must not lose sight of the man ager till we have had It out with Aspin. Not that the young one has the bonds. The old one has the bonds himself, or he has posted them to Spain." "Spain!" exclaimed the directors. "Yes," and the Inspector laughed, no extradition treaty betwe. i this country and Spain, you see." But, If the manager Is the culprit. why has he risked detection by stay ing here?" Why, sir, because he hasn't got all the bonds he wants, I should say." Monstrous! Perfectly monstrous!" declared the directors, unconvinced. Besides," urged one of them, "he could not reach Spain before his ab sence was discovered, and we could overtake him by telegraph." Think, so, sir?" said the detective. 'Why, he might slip off unpercelved tonight, be In Paris on Sunday morn ing, and croes tbe Spanish frontier be fore you gentlemen are awake on Mon day. Then where are you?" The directors could hardly fall to ap preciate these remarks, although they still remained incredulous. "There is not the slightest founda tion." urged one of them, "for sus pecting that the manager has any intention whatever of running away to Spain or anywnere else." "Excuse me, sir," returned the de tective, "but it is my business to sus pect. Please to remember that al though Mr. Aspin has absconded, we bavo only the manager's story against him. We ought to bear what the young man has to say. Remember, that the bonds were In the manager's possession, and that the missing fifty pound note waa the manager's. How do we know that the second tourist's ticket to Spain is not for the mana ger's nse? I have ascertain. 1 for a fact that Mr. Aspin had no companion with him." "Then what is your advice, Mr. Crump r "My advice, gentlemen. Is treat the manager aa usual, and wait till he runs away with all that he can lay Hands on." At this curious counsel, the several elderly gentlemen constituting the board of directors of the Continental Banking Corporation uttered one cry of fear and astonishment. "But why not arrest him at ones?" "Because he has possibly provided agalhst that event by sending away the bonds he stole yesterday, and we could prove nothing. "What on earth then are we to dor' "Treat him Just as usual, I say Just as If nothing bad happened, gentlemen. Leave the rest to me." When the manager returned he ear- lied a small black bag in his hand. This he locked of the directors si uable papers oug the strong room in his safe. One st. d that any val to be deposited in But the manager demurred. "They will be safe enough here," he declared, in a casual manner. The directors began to suspect ia their hearts that there might be some wisdom in attending to the detective's warnlnf" They took care, however, not to betray themselves. It was comparatively early on Sun day morning, before the good Paris folk had sat down to dejeuner, that Mr. Aapln, having thoroughly enjoyed bis short sojourn in the French capital, betook himself to the railway station, where he intended to take train in bis flight toward a sanctuary. But bis steps were arrested before the scene of an accident in the street. A little crowd was 1 collecting round a hired conveyance which had been up set. The occupant, a middle-aged man with a dark beard, had been thrown out and waa stunned by the fall. A hand-bag lay close beside him; it bad burst open i.-d some of the contents rere slipping from its mouth. One of these papers Mr. Aspin raised out of the mud. As he did so a cry of surprise escaped him; the document was the very same bond, belonging to Messrs. Bulling and company, which he had stolen and restored. A couple of bystanders attempted to raise the fallen stranger. Their efforts displaced a false beard, which fell to the ground and disclosed to Mr. Aa pln's astonished eyes the features of the manager of the Continental Bank ing Corporation. "You know tbla gentleman?" asked a voice in English, and a band was laid on Aspln's shoulder. "I I I thought I did!" stam mered the lad, fearing to betray him self. "You had better say 'yes' at once, Mr. Aspin. I am a detective from Scotland Yard, and I presume that this gentleman is the person I expected to find sooner or later In your company." Tbe young man made a virtue of ne cessity. He allowed himself to be taken to England !n tow and "confessed hie share in the robbery of the bank a point which went in his favor in settling up. The manager followed later, also in tow. He wps scarcely let off so easily as the lad Aspin. and he Is not likely to do any banking for some years to come. "How did the manager escape?" said Inspector Crump, deeply mortified at having been "bested," In spite of all bis suspicions and all his precau tions "Why, It was this way. The mana ger goes home that Saturday afternoon, looking as Innocent aa a saint, and carrying a hand bag crammed full of bonds. "So I jays to him, "Not much fear of my troubling you. sir, to Monday. That young rascal Aspln won't betray himself all at once, I guess, wherever he is now. We must be content to watch him." "Says the manager, 'I want a little rest badly. This affair has upset me terribly. Don't worry me If you can help it, on the Sabbath day.' '1 won't, air,' says I. "I put my watchers on one in front and the other behind his private reai deuce. They were both good men. But he fooled one of them entirely. Just as the evening was getting dark tbe parlor maid hails a four wheeler from the stand opposite and brings a Glad stone bag along, and out comes a gent muffled up to the eyes, and cabby Is told to drive him to Euston like mad. My man stationed in front of the house follows In haste believing it to be the manager. H wasn't! He started two minutes later and landed at Charing Cross, while my man was messing about the London and Northwestern railway. "How did Tflnd It out? Why, I went round as usual to see hjw my men were getting on and I found one gone. Up I marches to the cab stand, asks a cabby some questions. Front msn u3 tbe rank says he waa hailed to the house, but a growler got the fare to Euston Presently another gent leaves the house In another growler. He de scribes this gentleman and says he heard him helloa 'Charing Cross.' That's how I knew. "And then I telegraphed on to Folk stone, Dover, and Paris, mighty sharp, but the manager d' guised himself be fore he got to Dover, and, by Jove, if It hadn't been foi the earring accident In Paris we should have lost him." New YorV Ledger. Wo-W- 'T. It away. Miss Maoel- ! should think it would be rtreadfr". '-r g!rl to be engaged tc a man vho has a twin brother. Torn Slash -W by? Miss ItAbel Becai e she 'ht em brace the t'her one by m'-ts' v- Tom Slasher Ah! but jov raS -he know? He wouldn't be foci .'. to tell.--Town Topics Good at la,UUn. Vptodate (spirited') One thing yon may be sure of le aw woman will have plenty o. brains. Van Sharp Ten 1 su noose her imi tation of man wll. oa veil nigh perfect -Town Topics.