THE PIOCIIE RECORD
FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 9, 1l2t
The Mystery of
"The Strange Case
CHAPTER IX Continued.
"It era from Waldron then, no
doubt Fm glad 70a told me. The
chtDees ere they will both be where
we are coins, unless they have al
ready quarreled over that bunch of
rasy money you spoke about."
"But has that been paid over by
Kranti? Who has It?"
"The fallow who put a knife Into
Alva whoever be may be."
"And you don't know who the as
"No. Only It must have been one
of certain men; perhaps two were in
the affair. At first 1 figured It out
to be Waldron alone; now I am not
so sure that Harris didn't have some
hand In It. They may have had the
affair all planned the money was
passed ever to Alva early In the eve
ning. I didn't know It then ; I learned
this later. Krants told me when we
were alone oa the way back to New
Tork. Let's move along; there la a
policeman coming yonder."
The officer passed as slowly, swing
ing his club, and eyed us curiously aa
ha went by; I did not turn my head,
yet felt certain he stopped and looked
back as though wondering what our
. business could be In that neighbor
hood. We turned down a still darker
side street before exchanging further
"I believe I know what you are,"
I said at last In low tones close to her
ear, "an agent of the Secret Service."
"Oh, no; the honor you offer me Is
far too great. I have not attained
to any such official dignity."
"I rather expected you to deny;
but you offer me no other explana
tion." "And so you decide to believe that?
Very well, Mr. Severn, I shall let you
have It your own way. You deserve
reward ; only, pray, never suggest this
theory to any one else. Let it remain
our secret, will you?"
"Your mockery does not change my
"I had no expectation that it would ;
neither does It bring me a salary. But,
erlously, forget all this raillery to
night, and remember only that you
are with Marie Oessler. Whatever
her purpose may be, you are to be
loyal only to her." t
"I am, absolutely," I replied with a
conviction my voice was unable to
disguise. She turned her face quick
ly, and In the dim light our eyes met
"You said that very earnestly. You
make me believe I Judged you right
Philip Severn. Here Is my hand."
I clasped it tightly, the firm pres
sure of the warm fingers sending an
Instant thrill through every nerve of
my body. It was not withdrawn, and
we walked so closely together 1 could
feel the slight pressure of her form,
almost resting against mine.
"Where are you taking me?"
"To Perond'a French cafe have
you ever heard of It?"
"No. I think not."
"I hare been there with slumming
parties once or twice, with a plain
clothes maa along, of coarse, to show
us the sights. It la not very respect
able, I believe, although really I nev
r saw anything particularly dan
gerous. Interesting and unconven
tional, of course, but I anticipate no
trouble, unless we care to make It
ourselves. You see the cluster of
lights at the next corner. That's
fashionable hotel the other side of
Nor did oar entrance create the
slightest Interest, beyond awakening
the attention of the head waiter, who
met us smilingly.
"A table for two. M'sleur?"
"A booth, please; have you one
near the center?" and I slipped a bill
Into his hand, which closed it Instant
ly out of sight
"Ah. certainly; the very thins,
M'sleur. I will show you. Francois,
the central booth for the gentlemau.
Ah. see, M'sleur blen, tres blen!"
It was Indeed a cozy spot, with the
heavy curtains held aside. A divan
of soft plush across the end, a table
covered with snowy linen, and already
glistening with silver and glass, In
the center, and three exceedingly com
"It Is very fine, M'sleur," I said.
"Quite te my satisfaction. You might
lower one of those curtains, if you
will. Yes, that Is much better. Is
Francois our waiter?"
"Oul, M'sleur; you would be served?
The table de holt, Francois. These
dishes are ready but, M'sleur, we
serve quickly whatever you wish."
He spread his bands expressively,
glanced swiftly about to assure him
self all was well, and backed out, still
politely bowing, leaving the attentive
Francois beside me, pad in hand. At
my snggestlon the lady gave the or
der, using discretion, I thought, while
I supplemented with a bottle of wine,
In spite of the energetic negative con
veyed to me across the table. As the
waiter departed I surveyed my com
panion, realizing as never before how
extremely attractive she was. She
must have read something of this In
my eyes, for her own smiled wist
fully. "What Is It you were thinking
"Perhaps I had better not tell."
"Another secret? Well, then, an
swer this what do you think of
"Actually I am unable to realize
where I am," I answered honestly.
"The contrast from those dark streets,
Salvaging Grain Frcm Elevator That Blew Up
Eyd Us Curiously as Hs Wsnt By,
Am T M.aal mU. jI-am hA. I
D"J suggestive of crime, to this brilliancy
is altogether too sudden. It has left
roe dazed; my mind refuses to func
' "It affected me that way the first
band from my grasp, and her form
"What am I to do wtien we arrive?"
"Merely be the attentive escort
WM MA t.. -,1 TT I . -
visit. I could not convince myself of
you oinear- 1 th(, tr nm-iir nf h ninv i
int. i i (i 1 v
wo l J"U- Seemed nltnfrothar tnn ro.rww.t.
-ou neea not bsk me 1 am ram- ftble 1 Blwilva hA
Ished. and this place Is really famous world wlth rougnnes8 and poverty po.
for Its meals." n ..umon j n ......
Perond's was really underground; at iook , .,,... ,t , , h, hfttol
I . A V J 1- - I " "
ju uv.ruueu urunu umr vi dlnlng-soora after the play. Those
" w "" entrance, ana me women som at them t lea.tp
,u winno"' na. aoor mwuwe really elegantly dressed, and In excel
we street was neavi-y orapea, pre- ,ent tastei and tnere , no mon nolse
Tenting any view of the Interior from no more coarseness, thnn 1 hv it.
witnout. wnai was overneaa could nessed at the Waldorf. The men are
not be determined In the darkness. not bnd-looklng .either .do you think?"
o.j m uierei, umccru.ug me out- "Well, there are all m-nries hem
lines or a tan ouuaing, witnout a nm that 1 .ht. .
gleam of light showing anywhere say. the average Is not bad. Prob-
irom top to oouom. ine rront or tne abiy they will grow louder later In the
restaurant, nowever. was oruuantiy evening, when they take the lid o!T."
lit, and a colored man In uniform "i don't helleve thev ever An ti,.
promptly held open the door as we , entirely. Mr. McLaughlin, the de
began descending the stairs. tectlve who came with us. said thin
Within the vestibule a maid re- wan really the most dnnireroim nine
lleved us of outside wraps, and thus in town from the police viewpoint. Its
unencumbered we advanced through very surface quiet made It a special
open doors directly Into the main n.enace. Nothing was ever permitted
room. This was a surprisingly large to occur here which would give the
apartment filled with tables of va- department any excuse for a raid. If
rious sizes end ahapes, the majority there was a fight, or even a murder,
occupied by men and womea. either it was hushed up Instantly, and the
eating or drinking. Near the center victim hidden away, before even the
waa a cleared space for dancing, but patrolman on the block could hear
at that Moment unoccupied, while about It. He mentioned several cases;
gainst the farther wall, on a rather and said the waiters were especially
high stage, two cabaret singers were selected to take care of any rough
noisily entertaining the crowd. V Alto-1 house."
rether It was stirring and attractive j "Perhaps that la what makes It pop-
the big jobs in New York were plotted
at these tables."
"I begin to comprehend." I said
Jocularly, "why I was received as a
distinguished guest. The headwaiter
must have recognized me as an old
pal my face Is my fortune."
"lie may have mistaken you for
Daly," she admitted soberly, "but
more likely It was your tip which
made him so attentive. You are some
spender, Mr. Severn."
"That depends on who I am with;
this Is an unusual occasion"
She did not smile, or loot at me,
but leaned slightly forwara. drawing
back a fold of the curtain with one
hand, so as to gain a wider glimpse
of the large room without. A mo
ment she remained motionless; then
turned her face sideways toward me.
"Waldron Is already here." she whis
pered warnlngly. "He Is alone at that
second table, against the pillar. Step
around this side and you can see;
the man with gray, bushy hair."
I could not easily have mistaken the
fellow; hla appearance was too em
phatically that of the Russian Jew of
a certain type to enable him to con
ceal his birthright. His bacic was to
ward us, yet as he occasionally cast
his eyes about over the faces of those
around him, I had a glimpse of a
beaked nose, and a sallow, dull com
plexion, which seemed to blend natu
rally Into a scraggllng beord of no
perceptible color. His hair though
was Iron-gray, apparently uncut for
weeks, and thrust back from an tin
usually high forehead, so as to give
the mnn a ruffled, unkempt appear
ance far from pleasing. He was big
all over, strangely burly for a Jew,
with brond shoulders and large hands,
thickly covered with hair.
I moved back. around the table as
Francois appeared, and resumed my
seat, keeping silent until the waiter
again vanished, and left us alone.
"And now that you have located the
fellow," I asked curiously, "what do
you propose doing go out and talk
She shoek her head.
"I have reason to believe he expects
to meet some one here," she ex
plained. "I do not know who; that
is one thing I desire to find out. From
what you have told me tonight I rather
think now It may be Harris."
"To dlvvle up?"
"To talk It over, at least; they'd
hardly bring the stuff In here. Prob
ably by this time that Is safely
Francois came back, and we devoted
ourselves to the meal, although I could
observe her glancing constantly
through the opening In the curtains to
make sure of her man. ' Finally
Francois disappeared with the rem
nants, while we awaited the serving
of dessert. From my seat I could see
nothing of the Russian.
"No one arrived yet?" I Inquired,
"The Jew still there?"
"He remains alone eating. Ah I my
guess was right isn't that Harris,
who has Just come In?"
It was "Gentleman George" beyond
the shadow of a doubt. He had evl
dently located Waldron the moment
of entering the room, and with no
other thought In his mind headed
straight toward where the letter sat
The Jew glanced up, saw him ap
proaching, and drew partially back
from the table, the knife he had been
using still gripped In his hand.
I 1a posture was that of defense, of
one who anticipates possible attack,
Nor did Harris' expression and man
ner render this Improbable. The lat
ter pushed his way forward with an
gry strides, until he reached the man
he sought, leaning over the table to
front him, his face black with pas
sion, his first words plainly audible
to us above the din of a Jazz bund.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
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The work of salvaging the grain that was blown up In the world's largest grain elevator. In Chicago, owned by
the Armour company, has Just been finished. The work of cleaning out the elevator, which It had been estimated
would take at least a year, was finished in four months. Blowers were run out from two sides of the elevator, one
t the railroad tracks and one to the canal where the barges were loaded.
Danube Is Open
to All Nations
nternationalization of Famous
River Completed by Action of
Interested Allied Powers.
BARRIER AND BATTLEGROUND
Danube Has Long Been Chain Upon
Which Romance and History Have
Vied With Each Other to Hang
Nevtr the Same Again.
It was a perfect French night In
other words, the rain was coming down
steudily and the mud was at Its stick
iest. In "squab" formation twos,
threes, fives and sixes a regiment of
Buffaloes was moving Into an alleged
rest camp. The accent was on the
The most forlorn of all the forlorn
crew staggered against a bu tracks
dooonvay, where he was accosted by
a white non-com. : .
"Well, Sam, whaddye think of this
war now? Pretty good war?"
With a fnclal expression that said
he meant It, Sum replied:
"Boss, dts yeah war never wua a
gcod war and dls Inst day practically
done ruined It completely." Auiericun
ecen hearing to my mind no re
emMnre of any preconceived notion
f Ihv imlrwrld could have eas
Jv l!iittrlr"? that e had entered,
taibw h rttar.nt of an ultra-
alar with the class they cater te."
, "Safe, you mean. Yes; he said they
could spot any criminal of reputation
In the country at Perond'a, If they
only waited long enough; that tolf
Meanings of Dream Faces.
To see a grim, distorted face 6V
notes suffering. To see a handsome
face of the opposite sex, good newt
and happiness. To, dream your face
la handsome signifies long life, bat If
pinched and pale, sorrow,' Usa of t
friend. It your face la dirty and ye
wash It you will repent of some ac
The wicked ones are In the world
to produce patiene la ab go4 At.
Washington. The completion of the
Internationalization of the Danube by
the recent formal action of the Inter
ested allied powers, announced In
Paris dispatches. Is the occasion for
the Issuance from the Washington
headquarters of the National Geo
graphic society of the following bulle
tin, descriptive of the famous river.
"From the Blnck forest to the Black
ea, over a course 1,800 miles In length,
the Danube has long been n chain
upon which romance and history have
vied with each other to hang interest
Dig traditions and occurrences. Geog
raphy, too, has done its share, and
although the Volga exceeds its rival
In length, and although the Rhine in
Thackeray and Hood has had better
press agents, the Danube is large
enough and beautiful enough to rank
In Interest with the great rivers of
Less a Highway and More a Barrier.
"There was a time when the Dan
ube was symbolized by an old-fush-loned
waltz. But since the World
war began, nothing but a hesitation
lyplfies the place the river hns held
In the economic life of the countries
through which It runs. It hns been
less a highway and more the barrier
than In prewar days. Not yet does It
lerve to bind the various nations
through which it passes Into a friend
ly and co-operating group. It has
keen officially open to ships of all na
tions since the forming of the Danube
commission In lSTKJ and the various
states fnterested long co-opernted to
Improve the navigation facilities, es
pecially In the lower reaches of the
river; but political conditions have
done much to weaken the economic
link which once bound Llnz and VI
enna to the great grain shipping cen
ter of Bralla. to which oeean-eo'ng
vessels can steam, and to the Black
sea ports themselveR.
"Charming villages, beautiful mead
ows, picturesque hills crowned with
ruined castles, princely palaces, ec
clesiastical piles and two of the
world's most fascinating capitals are
strung along the lengthy and winding
river. Thriving Industries raise their
smokestacks beside the stream whoe
legendary color Is bine hut whose true
tint varies frm n dirty creen to
muddy yellow. More tragic thnn the
encroachment of factory smoke hns
been In late years the sad slsht of
countless chimneys from vhlch the
llfe-brenth of Industry seemed to have
Hohenxollern Crstle on Birkr
"Near Its source at P"nnu'sch,n!.'cn
the river passes between the o-'-t'e
which gave Its name to the late rfi!n
family In Germany and a war mon a
ment to the Ilobenzollern men who
fell In the Francn-ppiss'nn war
Farther down It passes throntrh the
once-proud enn'il fit Antrla-Tlp
gary, where the fire wverpment build
Ings stand to the despair'ng InhohV
tnnts as n mocking reminder of better
days, and beside the Prater, once a
deer park and later a pleasure garden
noted for Its Viennese gayety.
"StUI farther along Its course Just
after entering Czeoho-Slovakla. at Its
Junction with the March, there Is a
towering cliff spired with .a monu
ment erected to celebrate 1,000 years
of Hungarian nationality. This Is
Cxecho-Slovaklnn territory now. , and
there lest summer the Stars and
Stripes were draped on the occasion
of tne vlU of a large groun of Czecho-
Amerlcans to the newly freed land of
"Bratislava, now Czecho-Slovakla's
river port, was once the city In whose
dignified cathedral the Hungarian
kings were crowned. The boot sta
tion there reveals the changes which
history has wrought. Over the cen
ter of the landing the present name Is
given, but to the left one can see most
of the letters of the German nnine
'Preshnrg' and to the rlpht there Is
the Hungarian name 'Posznny.'
Budapest Not War.Torn.
"Vienna, brooding In Its lovely
parks, which lack the care that was
once lavished on them, and contem
plating with cynicism the motto 'Si
Vis Pacem, I'nrn Bellum,' whose goJrt
en letters decorate the walls of the
ministry of war. Is a sad sight. But
Budapest, still militant, still haughty
In the consciousness of Its beauty,
seems to have been less troubled 'by
the passage of war.
"Food Is the main reason. Hungary,
reduced as It Is. still contains some
of the best land In Europe. Vienna,
its Industry stopped, can do little to
earn the food It needs. During the
summer of 1920 nil traffic between the
two capitals was stopped by mutual
boycotts and although stenmers plied
the Danube from Llnz to Budapest,
no through pnssengers or freight were
"To the casual observer, Budapest
Is the same proud city as of old. The
fine pnrliament building and the im
posing palace on the heights across
the river, where Admiral Horthy now
rules, seem as attractive as before
the war. The npier river is still
crowded with bnthers and with canoes
and rowboats in which charming
women and stalwart men do their best
to attain a spacious coat of tan. Along
Franz Josef qual, the promenade adds
a lively touch .of color to the drab
scenes to which the beautiful blue
Danube has become accustomed.
Celtic Fortress Still Stands.
From Zemun, once the last Hun
garian port on the Danube, a short
trip between low hanks brings one to
Belgrade, the capital of the new king
dom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.
where the steamer rounds the base
of the ancient fortress which dates
back to the time of the Celts, the Ro
mans and the Franks, and comes to
Its dock a little way up the Save.
Big Feet No Help in
James Kleman, Tusten, N. Y.,
nearly lost a battle with a four
foot rattlesnake because his feet
were too big. Kleman got both
feet on the rattler, but was un
able to club It to death as he
could not hit the snake without
bruising his own toes. He was
nearly tired out before he man
aged to get In a blow which
stunned the snake so that he
could get off untl finish the job.
which here enters the Danube from
About four hours sail below Bel
grade the wide plains, give way t
hilly country where the Transylvania d
Alps curve down toward the Jum
ble of mountains which extend U
Montenegro nnd Greece. It Is In thlf
region that the main obstructions ot
the river occur. But the most fa
mous obstructions and the finest
scenery come at the Kazan Duflla am?
the 'Iron Gates,' where the river haf
collected a gruesome toll. ,
"At Rustchuk, the railway travelci
from Roumanla ferries across a brosf
and sluggish stream to continue hit
journey to Soda nnd Constantinople,
and here the hanks of the Danube ar
lined with huge barges, many ol
which are still idle. Below Silistrla,
the river curves to the north antf
passes through Roumanian terrltorj
throughout the rest of Its length. At
Cernn Voda, it Is crossed by one ot
the lingest railway bridges In till
world, the last of the many brldgH
which cross the stream, some n
which nre now destroyed as a resUI
of the war nnd post-armistice flgtt
"Braila. 125 miles from the thr-
main mouths of the Danube, Is a porl
for the grain and produce of a rlct
agricultural region. In prewar da;'i
Its wharves teemed with life and Ut
huge grain elevators bulged with flu
rich products of Wnllachin and D
brudja. which has seen great develop
ment since the Russians gave It C
I ton mania Instead of the more vail
able and fertile tracts ef Bessarabia
From Galatz to the sea the Danu
has already been under the control il
an International commission wheru
duty hns been to tame the river and
the many nationalities to whom th
river Is highway or barrier, accordlnji
to the tides of human passion and nn
RANKS WITH DEMPSEY
I J '--ili
TO SAVE $1,000,000 ON AUTOS
Mexican Government to Refuse tt
Furnish Oil and Tirea to '
Mexico City. The Mexican govern
ment. by refusing free gasoline, tires
repairs and garage service to Its em
ployees who use government automo
biles, hopes to effect a saving o
more than $1,000,000 annually. Sev
eral more hundreds of thousands wll
be saved to the government whet,
army officers are forced to purchas'
their own gala uniforms, and then
will be a still greater saving whei
all federal employees drawing mon
than five pesos ($2..r0) dally suffe
a wage reduction of 10 per cent.
These economies which, it is under
stood, will he nuule effective shortly
are In line with a program of rlglt
thrift Inaugurated by presidential de
4& 'fi it
f , , x r irsV
Here i "Bowie." who ruuk about
as high In 1 lie cock-fighting world an
Dempsey does In the prize-ring or
Jock Hutchinson ?n golf. "Bowie,"
now the property of Dan Baldwin of
Walnut Springs. Tex., has won $3,400
In purses alone in nine battles In the
fastest cockpits of the United States
and Mexico. ..." , " '
Too Many Women In Europe.
Berlin. Unless recently advocate!
pl.i j( u Bulgarlun solon and a Col
orudo fanner result In laws permit
ting fanners and others to have mon
than one wife are accepted In Ger
many, from 30 to 40 per cent of tin
Ger.nn women are doomed never ti
have buslianUs, according to statls
t.cs guuiereu ny Aintn Michel, a Ger
man expert, who declures that Eu
rope's surplus women have Increase,
until they exceed men by 15,000,000.
- New Model Needed.
The reul objection to a butter knlfi
la that It Isn't sharp enough In wlntn
and Isn't enough !!ke a spoon M
uiuw-i- Utlca Morning Telegram.
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