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a s êiifL IE Jew* iF fA "T3 Author of The Cow l\incher"Itc. Illustration» by Irwin t\yn$ h Mi'll VI Copyright . All Sight» Reserved ijk CHAPTER XIII—Continued. —24— "And then at last it came. 1 didn't see anything, and 1 didn't hear any thing, but I knew It was there. I still remember how frightened and yet how cool I was In that last moment. I held the gun to my shoulder and waited for It to thrust Itself against the blnnket. In another moment I am sure I should have fired. But before that moment I heard my name called, and I knew my husband's voice, and I came out of the nightmare." "Most extraordinary)" the coroner repeated, after a silence. "It seems to account for the shooting of Riles, but It leaves us as much as ever— more than ever, I should say—in the dark concerning the disappearance of the money, and the part which has Im plicated the young man Travers In the affair." The banker gave his evidence. It was not unusual, he said, for consid erable sums In bank notes to be han dled among speculators and land buy era, but the amount Withdrawn by Harris was so great that It had left him somewhat 111 at ease, and as Ser geant Grey had happened his way he had mentioned the matter to him. During the hearing of the various wltnesaes Gardiner had attempted an air of Impersonal interest, but with no great success. His demeanor, sthdled though It was, betrayed a certain anxiety and Impatience. He was dressed Just as he had dismounted from his horse, having removed only his hat. But he smiled confidently when asked for his evidence, and told bio story calmly and collectedly. It Is quite true that he was asso ciated with Riles and Mr. Harris In the coal mine investment He was acting for the owner of the property, but had seen that a large profit was to be made from the turn-over, and had been glad to place the opportunity In the way of two old friends. 4 "I feel a grave responsibility In this whole matter," Gardiner protested, with some emotion. "I feel that I am, at least Indirectly, responsible for thé serions loss that has befallen Mr. Har ris, and for the Injury to hla son. But when you have heard the whole circumstances you will agree that the situation was one I could not possibly have foreseen. Let me give them to yon In some detail. "The day before yesterday, In com pany with Riles, 1 met Mr. Harris and his son, and found that their money bad arrived. The remittance was not as large as they expected, but I be lieved that I could raise some money privately, and that we would still be able to put the deal through. I ad vised against losing any time, aa 1 knew that If the owner should meet anyone else interested In a proposition of a similar nature we would find it mych harder to make a bargain with him. It was arranged that the two Mr. Harrises were to drive ahead, tak ing the money with them, and that Riles and I would follow. We were -to overtake them at the old building b >>where this unfortunate tragedy oc curred. As It happened, I had a sick horse at the ranch, and, as 1 was de layed in getting some medicine for him, Riles suggested that he would ride out to the rauch —that Is, where I live—-and wait for me there. Up to that time 1 had no suspicious, and 1 agreed to that "Well, when 1 reached the ranch, I could find nothing of Riles, and, on further search, I could find nothing of Travers, who was working for me. Their riding horses were gone, and so were their saddles and bridles. I found that Travers had taken his re volver uut of the house. 1 confess my suspicions were then somewhat aroused, but I found myself with the sick horse on my hands, and I could not very well leave the place. Of course. I never thought of anything so bad as has happened, or 1 would not have considered the horse, but I ad mit 1 was at a loss to understand their conduct. But when 1 heard, early this morning, what had happened. It was all clear to me." During the latter part of this evi dence Travers had fixed his eyes on Gardiner, but the witness had steadi ly avoided him. Jliu was now con vinced that he was the victim, not of a coincidence, but a plot. Of course, ho could give his evidence, which would be directly contradictory to that of Gardiner, but he was already under suspicion, and anything he might suy ■would be unconsciously discounted by the jurors. But he begau calmly, a quiet smile still playiug about Ills thin lips and clean teeth. "I am sorry I cannot corroborate all the last witness has said," he com menced. "I did not leave the ranch with Riles ; on the contrary, I was fish ing down by the river when I saw Riles and Gardiner ride by. Gardiner was talking and 1 heard him mention Mr. Harris' name. I worked for Mr. Harris not long ago, but I did not know he was in this part of the coun try. I heard Gardiner say-" Jim colored a little, und stopped. "Well, what did you hear him say?" said the coroner. "That is what we are auxlous to know." I It of Is It ty er ■i to a his for dy, to for set to a up of a Is ijk "I heard him suy something about Mr. Harris losing all ids money that night, in the old sliunly up the river road. 'Strange things have happened up there. Riles,' he said.- 'i'hut made tne suspicious, and 1 hurried hack to thp ranch, determined to follow them. I found that my revolver had been taken. I armed myself as best I could, and set out. When I came near the building which Gardiner had men tioned I dismounted and npproached It carefully. It was very dark. Sud denly I was attacked from behind. A sack was thrown over my head, and 1 was overpowered, and bound. I don't know how long I was kept in that con dition, but when at last the sack was removed I was In the presence of Ser geant Grey." With the progress of Travers' nar rative all eyes had turned to Gardi ner, but, whatever his Inward emo tions, he outwardly showed no signs of discomfiture. "This seems to be a day of strange tales," he said to the coroner, "and the last we have heard Is stranger than the first. Of course. It Is quite absurd on the face of it. The suggestion that I would be a par ty to robbing Mr. Harris of $20,000, and so balk a transaction in which I stood to make a profit of more than twice that amount. Is too ridiculous for discussion. I didn't say so before, because It didn't seem to bear on the case, but I have at home a telegram which 1 received a few days ago from the New York Investors, offering me a personal commission of 20 per cent on the transaction If I was able to get this property for them at the price they had offered. So, from a purely selfish point of view, you see where my Interests lay. But there are oth er reasons for this fine tale which you have just heard. To spare the feelings of some present, I Intended of Is 1 fry G cv\ * a lie A I 1 I 1 i 'Have I Got to Dio on End, Like a Murderer?" to say nothing of them, but if 1 must tell what I know, why, I must tell what I know. This man Travers was a farm hand working for Harris on his farm back in Manitoba. Harris is —or was—well-to-do, and Travers ac cordingly mustered up an attachment for his daughter. This the young la dy, It seems, was foolish enough to re turn. They-'' "That'll do, Gardiner." interrupted Travers, In a quiet, vibrant voice. "You are getting away from the sub ject" "On the contrary, I'm getting close to the subject—a little too close for your comfort It seems." "I am not investigating any family closets," said the coroner. "You will have to show the connection between^ these matters and the Inquiry we are making." "I will do that In u moment, sir," Gardiner returned. "But I cannot show the connection until I have shown the events that are connected. Travers had trouble with Harris and had a fight with Allan. Then he and the young lady ran away. They have both been in this part of the country for some time. But Travers' plan to inherit the Harris property was up set on account of the girl quarreling with her parents, and his ardor seems to have cooled off noticeably. But he was as keen for the property as ever. Riles was a weakling in the hands of a man like Travers, and no doubt he betrayed the fact that Harris was taking Iris money with him into the hills. If us Then the two of them framed up the plan which has resulted in the death of one and the arrest of the other." During these exchanges the sympa thies of the jurors seemed to veer from side to side. The theories pro pounded were so contradictory that opinions wavered with each sentence of evidence. But a new bolt was ready for the shooting. "Mr. Coroner," said Beulah, rising and pointing at Gardiner, "will you to Is to make flint man tube his gauntlets off?" There seemed itii instant of tin; blood from Gardiner's face. But It was for the instant only. "M\ hat is off," Unit sufficient?" lion r* < » he said, with a ami le. "Is "Make liini take them ofT!" Beulah insisted. "There Is no rule against wearing gauntlets in a coroner's court." v !( ii| the coroner. "I do not see the point of your objection." "Make him take them off." said Beulah. "As the young lady insists." said tlie coroner, turning to Gardiner, "1 suggest that you comply with tier re quest.'' "1 should be glad to," said Gardi ner, "but the fact is I have a sore hand. When I was giving the horse medicine the night Travers left me alone the brute nipped me a little, and I have been keeping it covered up since." "Make him take them off." said Beulah. "Why should you he so Insistent?" said the coroner. "Surely It makes no difference-" "Only this difference. You have heard my father's evidence of the fight In the old house. The man with whom he fought will have tooth marks in ids hand. Make him take them off. Or if you won't—look at these hands." She seized .Tim's hands in hers and held them up before the coroner and the Jury. "Any tooth marks there? Now make this other mnn show his." • For a moment all eyes were on Travers' hands. In that moment Gar diner rushed for the open window, and in another Instant would have been through It, had not the quick arm of the policeman intercepted. "Not so fast, my mnn," said Grey. "Now we will see this horse bite of yours." Gardiner made no further re sistance. and he drew the glove from his hand. There was a fresh sear on the right thumb. The coroner examined it carefully. When he spoke It was in the voice of a judge delivering sentence. "That Is not a horse bite," he said. "Those are the marks of human teeth !" Gardiner smiled a faint smile, "Well, what are you going to do about It?" he said. 1 "We are going to put you iu Trav ers' place and tender him our apolo gies," sa id the coroner. But Travers had crowded into the center of the circle. "Gardiner," he said, "If you weren't under arrest I'd thrash you here and now. But you can at least do something to square yourself. Where Is that money?" "That's right, Jim, Everyone thinks of what Is nearest his heart." "You scoundrel! You know why It Is near my heart. You have robbed Mr. Harris of ull that he Imd spent his whole life for. Ypu will have no chance to use that money yourself. You are sure of your living for the next 20 years. Why not show that you are not all bad—that you have some human sentiments in you? It seems as little as you can do." "There may be something In what I have a you say," said Gardiner, slip of paper here with the key to the secret." He reached with his finger and thumb in his vest pocket and drew out a small folded paper. This he un folded very slowly and deliberately before the eyes of the onlookers. It contained a small quantity of white powder. Before any hand could reach him he had thrown his head back and swallowed It. "Too late I" he cried, as Grey snatched the empty paper from his fingers. "Too late! Well, I guess I beat you all out, eh? And, as I said before, wlint are you going to do about It? Twenty years, eh, Jim? You'll be scrawny and rheumatic by that time, and the beautiful Beulah will be fat and figureless. Twenty years for you, Jim, but 20 minutes for me—and I wouldn't trade with you, damn you ! I beg the pardon of the ladles »resent. One should never for get to be a gentleman, even when— when But Gardiner's breath was begin ning to come fast, and he raised his hands to his throat. A choking spell seized him, and he would have fallen had not the policeman and the coro ner held him on his feet. "Let me lie down," he snid, when he got his breath. "Let me lie down, can't you? Have 1 got to die on end, like a mur derer?" They led him to the ndjoinlng room, where he fell upon the bed. The mus cles of his great arms and neck were working In contortions, and his tongue seemed to fill his mouth. (TO BE CONTINUED.) The Fast Age. "The world never moved so fast be fore," mused Mr. Simmons. "We have winter ice on the Fourth of July, spring vegetables on Christmas; we buy our straw hats In February and our felt hats In August ; we get our Sunday paper on Saturday night, and our magazines a month ahead of time. If we telephone a man in San Fran cisco from New York, he hears our voice about four hours before we speak ; and If some one in Japan sends us a cablegram tomorrow, we get It today." Poverty and Splendor. I saw many poor, whom I supposed to live In affluence. Poverty has, in large cities, very different - appear ances ; it Is often concealed In splen dor, nnd often in extravagance. Is the enre of a great part of mankind to conceal their indigence from the rest; they support themselves by tem porary expedients and every day Is lost In contriving for the morrow.— Dr. Samuel .lohn sou. It Steamer Stolen by "Red" Pirates #■ ii| #■ Story of Senator Schroeder Car ries One Back to Days of Spanish Main. "1 BOLSHEVIK GREW MUTINIED Put Officers in Irons and 8ailod to Murmansk, Then, Tiring of 8oviet Life, Stole Vessel Again and Re turned to Cuxhaven. Washington.—The theory that Bol shevist buccaneers, agents or sympa thizers were responsible for the dlshp pearance of more than twenty mer chant vessels off the Virginia and Car olina coasts during the last six months received a decided Impetus when offi cials Investigating the case came into possession of a detailed official ac count of the seizure of the Cuxhaven fishing steamer, Senator Schroeder, by a mutinous crew, who confiscated the vessel in the name of the soviet gov ernment. After the captain and other officers had been overpowered and locked up, the ringleader of the mutineers, one Knuefken, aided by two Bolshevist agents who had been smuggled aboard as stowaways, ran the ship Into the port of Murmansk. Buccaneer Gets Five Years. Here Knuefken left the ship and eventually made his way back to Ham burg, where he was convicted of mu tiny and ship stealing and sentenced to five years In the penitentiary. Meanwhile, members of the crew who had remained with the Senator Schroe der, tired of life with the soviet and plotted to steal the ship and return to Cuxhaven. Getting permission to go out on a fishing trip they overpowered their new officers and took the Senator Schroeder back to Cuxhaven, where they were arrested and tried. This' fantastic though apparently In disputable report of mutiny and piracy gave a new lease of life to the belief first 'expressed by Secretary of Com merce Hoover, that the unusual loss of ships during the last year must be ascribed to the actions of Bolshevist crew» Official Report of Mutiny. "The Cuxhaven fishing steamer Senator Schroeder," said the official re port In part," left the fishing harbor ln Cuxhaven on April 21, 1921, on a voyage to Iceland. On board were the captain, two officers, two engineers, five sailors, two stokers, and a cook, and also one passenger. "Three stowaways had been smug gled aboard without the knowledge of the master. "When the ship was fairly out to sea the captain was decoyed Into the sailors' quarters and overpowered by the three sailors and the stowaways and locked up. "The passenger, the first officer, and the first engineer were then likewise imprisoned In the sailors' quarters and the rest of the crew were forced by threats to continue running the ship. "After a voyage of ten days the I Duchess Wins Rain "Bet of Half Million Francs » Paris.—As a consequence of rain Lloyd's of London lost their latest "weather gamble." They will be called upon to pay the Duchess Decazes, organizer of the great charity Pavlowa fete bagatelle, at the Polo club, half a million francs. The terms of the insurance stated that all expenses would be paid by Lloyd's If the observ era stationed on the top of Eiffel tower noted more than two milli meters of rain after eleven o'clock In the morning. At six o'clock at night the rainfall was officially reported at three and a half millimeters. Admiral Sims at London's Cenotaph U it 1 Mi , 1 Admiral Sims, whose recent remarks iu Loudon about the Sinn Feiner« and advocates of free Ireland, have raised a storm of criticism. Is here shown pfaclng a wreath on the Cenotaph In London. vessel arrived in Murmansk on May 1, where Knuefken, one of the sailors, declared it was confiscated in the government name of the soviet Russia." if \ TOLD OF H. C. L IN HEAVEN "Voice From Tomb" Persuades French Widow to Place 500 Francs Husband's Grave. Paris.—Because of lier readiness to believe that even in heaven the cost of living had become a serious prob lem a certuin faithful French widow came near being defrauded the other day. Since the death of her husband this woman had made It a rule to make a daily visit to Ills grave in the Pere Lachaise Cemetery. But one day while placing flowers on the mound she was startled by bearing a voice. "Up here," the voice called out, "It Is the same as upon the earth—every body wants money. On every band are people asking for tips. Dear friend, can you let me have 500 francs?" Having no money wltl her the woman after struggling to overcome her fear promised to bring some as soon as possible and the voice replied gratefully : "Thank you." The woman went home and told a neighbor of her remarkable experience. The neighbor thought a while and then Ac. advised the widow to do what the voice had requested, but the neighbor also went to the authorities and let them In on the secret. Gathering together the necessary 500 francs the widow piously placed the money on the grave In a purse and went away. When she was out of sight a young man stepped out from behind a nearby tombstone and took up the purse. But the next thing he knew a poficeman had him by the collar. It turned out that the young man was a nephew of the widow, but at the trial that followed she forgave him and withdrew the charges when the young man's wife with a baby in her arms appealed to the widow for mercy. on in to the to JL Fortune Awaits Missing Maiden * * I Her Spanish Grandfather and American Uncles Searching for Helen Owen. WAS TOO FOND OF NIGHT LIFE Daughter of Roosevelt Rough Rider and "The Rose of Cuba" Escaped From Restraint in Chicago and Cannot Now Be Found. Chicago.—Somewhere la these Unit ed States Is a sfeventeen-year-old miss, a Spanlsh-Aiueriean child of romance and udventure, for whom a large for tune is waiting. Back In Spain aa aristocratic old Castilian grandfather Is fretting away his last years longing for her, and here in America three wealthy uncles are seeking her to tell her that a fourth uncle has died and left her u great es tate. Helen Owen, the missing heiress, is the daughter of the iate Warren D. Owen, a Roosevelt Rough Rider, who won the daughter of Don Esteban Gar do In Cuba in the Spanish-American war. Rough Rider Owen fought a duel for the hand of Senorlta Qarclo with her proud old father, it ip stated by Clyde Owen of Pittsburgh, who is here seeking the girl, and brought her to the United States. Uncle Leaves Her a Fortune. Since then both have died and the girl has disappeared, after seventeen Boy in Pennsylvania Is Older Than Great-Aunt Bellefonte, l*u. — George VV. Weaver enjoyR the distinction of having a great-grandchild who is older than his youngest daugh ter, and Mr. Weaver himself is only sixty-eight years old. He has been married twice and is the father of 18 children. 13 of whom are living. Ills oldest granddaughter married Edward Askey. Their eldest son is thir teen and older than Mr. Weav er's youngest daughter by his second marriage, who Is great aunt to the lad, who was born before iter. Ac. WANT POPPY GROWING ENDED Foes of Opium Ask That China Stop the Cultivation of the Plant. Washington.—Support for recom mendations In the report of the com mission on the opium traffic of th» League of Nations lias been urged in conferences here with government officials and others by Mrs. Hamilton Wright, one of the experts attached to the commission. Mrs. Wright as sisted In the preparation of the re port submitted to the league council. Many messages have been sent to Geneva by American organizations urging favorable action on the recom mendation as the only means of pre venting the revival of the opium traf Whlle the report Itself has not yet been made public. It Is understood that It Includes two principal recom mendations : 1. The council Is requested to seek permission from the central govern ment of China for consuls of league members to address themselves In that country directly to the leaders of the Chinese military forces, urging them to give up the cultivation of the poppy. 2. The council Is requested to ap point a special commission of inquiry to visit personally the provinces In China where the poppy Is grown to nscertaln the extent of the cultiva tion and the methods of marketing the prohibited drug. years of as romantic a life as her par ents lived before her. The father died: In April, 1920, at New Bedford, Mass., and since then the girl's uncle, Edward Owen, has died at Boston, leaving his estate to the young woman. Assisting the Pittsburgh relative in. the hunt are Perry Owen of New York und William Owen of Oak Park, 111., alt wealthy. "After my brother Warren brought his bride, who was known as 'The Rose of Cuba,' back to the States they lived In St. Louis," said Clyde Owen. "Helen was born there. Her mother died a year later of tuberculosis, and Warren and the child wandered over most of the world for many years. Her grand father in Spuin sent agents to' this country looking for her. "Then, when she was fifteen, they settled down in Oak Park, where War ren was a painting contractor. She kept his house and had her freedom, and, Inheriting the temperament of her parents, was too fond of that freedom to keep out of mischief. She was fond of cabarets, dances and the movies. So I learned she came before the juvenile authorities here. "The girl's father moved east and died, and she returned to Chicago to be sent to the Home for the Friendless because of her wild escapades. She was given to the care of a Mrs. Cond ley, 4516 Drave avenue. She escaped through a window one night and has never been heard of since. "My brother, Edward Owen of Bos ton, has died, leaving his estate to her. Wherever she is, we want her to know that we will protect her from the agent» of her grandfather in Spain and that a great house, surrounded by six acre* of beautiful estate, und many thou sands of dollars are awaiting her." Clyde Owen, who told this story. Is an official of the Pressed Steel Car company, Pittsburgh. The much-sought girl has changed her name from Owen to Gordon, cording to the Information available. iic FINDS A LABELED TURTLE Kentucky Farmer Pick* Up One Upon Which His Neighbor Carved. Initiale Years Ago. Lenoxburg, Ky.—Forty-four years ago J. T. McClannhan, who at thnt time owned a farm near here, carved hlB name on the shell of a small land turtle that he had caught. He then liberated the turtle. A few days ago Peter Sheppard, who now owns the adjoining farm, caught a turtle, and upon examining it closely learned thnt It was the same turtle on which McClannhan carved his initials forty-four years ago. Recently he found another turtle which Sheppard's father had on , carved his name, John Sheppard, twenty-eight years ago. The shells of the turtles had been worn niinost smooth, but it still waa easy to discern the carving of th» names.