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SYNOPSIS. Secret Service Chief Wilkins, puzzled •ver the theft of the government's cipher, fui ^'a a'^ Detective Plnkwell. They think they have discovered a new cipher, W"en the office boy, Brockett, tells them it 8 the Diamond Cipher" and starts for the ball park. Brockett, Chula Lon Kan, a Siamese, Ramon Solano, a Cuban, to gether with some twenty other youngsters, Practice baseball, playing until dark. One of Wilkins' stenographers is seen to pass a. paper to a mysterious stranger. As -outcome of Brockett's cipher, the ball player and Solano are engaged by gov ernment for mysterious mission, xazl jnoto, mysterious Jap, calls on Brockett. Brockett falls into Yazlmoto'B trap, a fight follows, Brockett coming out on top Messenger McKane coming to the rescue. McKane was bearer of the mys terious cipher is also a ball player. Yaz lmoto returns to headquarters and re ports to Baron Zellern his failure to ob tain the cipher Miss Lawson, the sten ographer. also reports to the baron. Brockett and Solano have encounter with the baron in which the latter comes out second best. Brockett and Solano arrive In Jersey City make appointment to meet McGinnlty, the "Iron Man" basefeall manager. Brockett and Solano arrive in New York and run Into a Chinese Tong war rescued by a white man. The place of refuge found to be a trap find them selves prisoners of Yazimoto. Kelly to rescue. Kelly turns $10,000 Jap money over to Brockett. Brockett and Solano have encounter with tough gang, but are protected by Kelly's men. On sleeper Cleveland-bound the baron detected in act of rilling Solano's berth, jumps from train. CHAPTER XIII,—(Continued.) Solano's head protruded from the curtains at this moment, while Brock ett thrust down a leg preparatory to descending. The pajama-clad man struggled to shake off the negro's de taining clutch, and protested hlssingly In German accents. "Borter, you vas mistook. I vos coming from de vashroom, ven de train it lurch und upset me from mein balance. I dake holdt off de bert' to steady meinself, und dot vas all. Vot right haf you to insuld a resbectable drafeler In dls vay?" The negro was not to be blarneyed, "Ah saw yo' rummagln' roun' In dat behth fo' five minutes befo' Ah stop ped yo', an' yo* neveh needed no sech time as dat jest fo' to get yo' balance. Oh, deha^ yo' is, suh. Is dehe any thing missing from you behth, suh?" Solano rapidly Inspected his cloth ing. "Two pockets turned inside out,' he announced, "but nothing taken. You've got a cheap railway thief there, George. Hold him tight, and the car company won't forget you." Brockett, descending lightly from his berth, peered Into the face of the pajama-clad captive. "Glad to see you, sir," laughed the boy, exultingly. "We met in Wash ington only the other day, if I am not mistaken." With a guttural roar of rage and chagrin, the baron broke from the negro's hands and rushed down the wm/rc#7T&?/iL m# er ~MG£ rttBMOAfBMW MWS. car. He gained the vestlbuled plat form before another clutch could be laid upon him and smashed a door open as If it had been a barrier of straw. Dressed as he was, pajama draped, hatless, shoeless, he hurled himself out Into the night, and the thick darkness swallowed him from view. CHAPTER XIV. Detroit—home of automobiles and Ty Cobb—la a pretty place. It was vastly appreciated by the boys, both for Its natural beauty and the fact that they encountered Cobb on Mon roe avenue. Tyrus, who had met Brockett some months before In Washington, was not only affable, but anxious to go out of his way to guide the youngsters round the burg. So lano, like many others who had never made the acquaintance of the Georgia Pep-h had always believed him a (Co*r*/G#rt /a/% Br W. &C//A/*>SHAC Cosr/f/GM-tff G*/VWA MfO Gfi£*r£&/rA/#J swell-headed, inflated, disagreeable character, and was amazed to find him a splendid young fellow, gentle manly and entertaining. After Cobb had left them the Cuban shook his head in a bewildered fashion. "Finding out my mistake about Ty Cobb," he explained, "was some jolt, believe me. I'll not be surprised to discover, after that enlightenment, that Baron Zollern Is our dearest friend and that Mr. Yazimoto would just die to make us happy!" "They don't grow any nicer than Cobb," said Brockett "He is pretty nearly the best ever." Naturally, the messengers went to see Cobb perform that afternoon, after securing tickets and berths on a Chicago train. The great Georgian was at his best, giving a wonderful display of his speed and matchless hitting powers. After seeing him turn an ordinary single into three bases by nervy running, the boys left the ball yard, garrulous as monkeys, wildly delighted at the doings of Ty rus Cobb, but not forgetting the dan gers and demands of their situation. Nobody bothered them at the game no spies or shadows seemed to be on the trail as they walked from the park, and there appeared to be no reason for special caution. Much ad venture and many unpleasant hap penings, however, had converted the youngsters into thoroughly susplciouB and watchful individuals, and every bulky German, every passing Japanese or Chinaman, loomed large as a pos sible emissary of the foe. Marching majestically amid the throng, and towering above them like Gulliver among the Liliputlans, a gi gantic negro came up the street. The black man must have been seven feet high, and was gayly costumed In scar let coat, blue trousers, and silk hat. With either band he dealt out the ad vertising cards of some dentist, and kept a continual stream of pasteboards flying through the crowd. The boys sidestepped to let the giant pass, but the mammoth negro checked his course for the fraction of a second and thrust a couple of his cards Into Brockett's astonished hands. Resum ing his march, he paraded up the street, with a mob of small boys stringing in his wake, turned a corner and disappeared with his attendant train. "Some advertising agent, that boy," laiighted Brockett. "Wonder who hires him, anyhow?" One of the cards bore the name of some "dental parlor." Across the other, in small but clearly written letters, were these hieroglyphs: "HR E TO W Fin TO HR TC E Pos TO CUBS." "Instructions at Chicago," Brockett translated. "Say—let's catch that black man and ask him where he got this card." They hurried to the cross-street where the negro had changed his course, but the gigantic African was nowhere visible. When they boarded the Chicago bound train that night, Solano's rest less brain hatched a new Idea. "It occurs to me, Harry," he ven tured, "that anyone who Is tracking us on sleeping cars will naturally prowl Into the lower berth. Why not frame up a dummy, leave him in the lower, and both of us climb into the upper? Then we can take turns watching, and ought to come pretty near to landing any inquisitive gen tleman who gets his locations mixed The idea appealed to Brockett, and was quickly carried through. It was by no means difficult to construct a fair imitation of a sleeper In the low er berth, simply by rolling up the blankets, rumpling the pillows, and ar ranging a few articles of clothing 'round the bunk. When the work was finished, and the electric light turned off, the life-like effect was wholly sat isfying, and the boys could hardly re strain their laughter as they climbed like Alpine chamois into the moun tainous regions above. Brockett took the first watch—and nothing happened to disturb the tranquillity of the car except a wrangle between two claim ants of lower seven, each, through some mistake, holding the proper coupon. Solano was on guard, and Brockett was peacefully dreaming, when the green curtains were slightly agitated. The Cuban stretched himself towards the edge of the berth and peered downward. Nothing visible. If any one had been trying to rummage in the lower berth, he had fled with snake-like silence and lightning speed. Solano, deciding that be had been In error, drew back, and waited out his watch without further incident. With the first rays of sunlight, both boys were astir. Slipping down into the aisle without waiting for the por- Romance 1 #£rMt/sr/?am£OFQr#Ds wro Bfioc/tfrrS ter's ladder, they looked into the low er berth. Something was jutting out from the blanket-roll that had simu lated a peaceful sleeper—a black han die, from which fluttered a tiny bit of paper. Brockett seized the handle, and drew forth a vicious knife, with a strangely modeled, almost half-moon blade. "A Filipino knife," exclaimed So lano. "Spanish writing on the paper Let me see. 'With the compliments of Aguilar!'" CHAPTER XV. "These sleeping car adventures,' complained Ramon Solano, as they disembarked at the Chicago station "are somewhat wearing to the nerves I suggest, after this, that we either walk or sit up in the day coach. Three strikes and out, you know. Twjce we have been extremely lucky In Pullman car happenings—the third time may be bad for both of us." "I agree with you," assented Brock ett. "We can figure out ways and means of transportation, though, after we get through with our mission, wouldn't mind going back by sea, if such a trip Is possible. You have a pocket atlas, haven't you? Yes? Then we can map out a sea voyage to divert ourselves during the afternoon." "Your cipher," said Solano, thought fully, "notified you that you would re ceive orders in Chicago, didn't it?" "Yes. So I understood." "How will any orders be given us Where would we go to meet any mes sage-bringer? How does any govern ment agent know where to locate us?" Brockett shook his head. "All way past my understanding, Ramon. All I know Is that we are supposed to re ceive orders here—somebody, som& how, will hand them to us before we leave Chicago. I am as certain of that as I am of—of—well, of eating breakfast this morning. Remember how we were given the card in De troit? Some one will pass the newest orders to us, and do it just as queer ly." "One thing sure, my boy," remarked Solano, "we will have to wait around Chicago till such time as orders reach us. We can't proceed, helterskelter, slipshod, taking long chances, and start for Mexico this afternoon. No chance to migrate till we have the word." "Quite correct. Still, I think the next cipher message won't be long delayed. It will be In our hands with in a very few hours. While waiting, we can see the town, and incidentally keep a sharp watch for our Filipino friend." The boys were more worried than either of them would admit. Neither had counted the vicious little Filipino, Aguilar, as an active factor in the sit uation. They were fairly well pre pared to deal with the wily Japanese emissary, Yazimoto, or with the burly, hot-tempered German, Baron Zollern, but neither had for a minute made any calculation Involving the brown fellow from Luzon. The affair In the sleeper, when the dummy arranged by Brockett had been stabbed with Aguilar's keen-bladed knife, was like a bombshell to them, and their wor ries were intensified by the fact that no trace of the would-be murderer could be found. Nobody even re sembling the little Filipino bad left the train in the morning—the boys had scrutinized every outgoing passen ger—and the porter and conductor as serted that no one even of a brown complexion had been aboard that train as far as they were aware. "Fore Gawd, gemmen.'J protested the por ter, "If any dahk-brown pusson had got Into dlB heah cah, Ah'd have sized him up fo' notheh niggah, an' Ah'd suttin suah remembeh any niggah dat had de nehve to ride in a Pullman." Was Aguilar In the employ of Yazi moto, with whom he had been closely connected back In Washington? Was he now an emissary of Baron Zollern? Or was he pursuing a policy of pri vate, personal ryrenge, of vengeance for the thrashing the boys had given him only a few days before? Solano, whose Spanish relatives had told him much of the Philippines and the brown, treacherous Tagalogs, was positive that Aguilar was following his own road, fighting for his own hand, and trying only to get even for the beating he had sustained. "A Tagal," argued Ramon, "would forget his em ployer, his position, everything else on earth, to follow an enemy to the bitter end. That little devil, from the moment we laid hands on him, forgot Yazimoto, Zollern and his own peo ple's cause. All he thought of, from that time to this, was getting even He may have been trailing us right along, on his own hook. He may have crossed our trail last night." I figure It just a little differently, answered Brockett "I think that he has remained In the employ of one of the two spies—more likely Yazimoto, as two Asiatics would more probably stick together than one Asiatic and a German. Yazimoto, as I see it, fol lowed us on behalf of the Jap, but when he actually got in the same car with us his vengeful spirit was too much for him, and he stabbed me— as he believed—before he could hold back his hand. On calmer after thought, he must have been utterly embarrassed and unnerved at his deed, and at the light in which he would now appear to Yazimoto. How can he ever make good to the Jap? How can he explain his failure to steal the documents he was after, and make ex cuses for letting his temper take him outside the path of his duty?" "Good logic," dissented Solano, "but It doesn't fit In with what I have heard of Filipinos in general, and Tagalogs in particular." Throughout the day that followed the youngsters kept 6harp lookout for trouble, but were agreeably disap pointed. No burly and boisterous Ger mans swooped upon them no Fili pino daggers glittered in the surging crowds, and none of the numerous lit tle Japanese gentlemen whom they encountered during the day resembled Mr. Yazimoto except in size and col or. They went ecstatic during the afternoon over Comiskey's new ball park, a veritable paradise of the fans, and even enjoyed the treat of a short conversation with the Old Roman him self as he held court among the faith ful "bugs." Not till late in the eve ning did the sights and sounds of the city pall upon them, and they began to dimly remember that they had en joyed but little sleep on the previous night in the Pullman. No message had been handed them all day, and they had received no sign of any character, although ears and eyes had been alert in eager ex pectation of a slip of paper quickly passed amid the hurrying crowds. It seemed evident, therefore, that they would have to wait over for at least another day, and rest had grown in WfyfM 7YC03S TM//M mm/?/drnzf /A79 fflSfd sy slstently imperative. They selected a downtown hotel, not one of the largest caravansaries, but a small, qulet-look lng place, engaged a room and went to bed without delay. Recent experi ences, however, had taught them a little caution. Reconnoitering all an gles and appurtenances of their room, they soon convinced themselves that there was no chance for an Intruder to enter by way of a window. They were on the fourth floor, and the only windows in the room looked down up on a sheer drop to the street below. Not even a fire-escape was within close reach a glass door, twenty feet farther down the hall, bore the red lettered Inscriptions which told oi exit to safety in case of a sudden blaze. The door of the room was locked and a chair braced against it, with its top under the knob, where It would rattle If anyone became too busy on the farther side, and the tran som was tightly secured. These sim ple precautions taken, the boys climbed into bed need of sleep soon Impressed itself upon them, and with in half an hour both were dead to the world and all its doings. Daylight was just stealing into the room when Brockett woke, yawned, turned over and stared half-drowslly 7tf£0fh//lJ£#&> fiwc/wrrew/r /LFMBMWM/W 0.1/70/ 77/fG/?p/f&/r. at the door. The door was still shut the chair was still against the knob, and Brockett, smiling sleepily, was closing his eyes once more when he saw his coat, which had been draped around the back of another chair, seemingly taking wings and gaining animation. The coat rose, disengaged Itself from the chair, and floated light ly through the air, navigating the up per strata ot the atmosphere like a perfected biplane. It halted suddenly at the level of the transom, and the bewildered Brockett saw a lean brown hand clutching the garment, while an other lean brown hand vanished Into the inner recesses of the pockets. And then Brockett, with one wild yell, flung himself out of bed, charged across the room, and tore madly at the chair he had himself placed against the knob as additional protec tion. His coat fell squarely on his head as he clawed at the chair, blind ing him for a moment the chair was clumsy and hard to handle, the lock stuck, gripped the key like a thing of malice and hostile wishes, and when Brockett, clad only in the chaste garb of slumber, finally burst Into the hall, with Solano at his heels, not a soul was visible. Retreating hurriedly to the room, Brockett caught up his coat and ran a trembling hand into the pockets. They were empty—se cret messages and cipher, all were gone. Stopping only to draw on a few necessary garments, the boys, white faced, almost sobbing, flung them- selves Into the hall, and sprinted to wards the elevator. As they rushed frantically forward, they smashed heavily Into a large, middle-aged gen tleman who was just turning in from a cross-hall.' The large, middle-aged man, with surprising quickness and dexterity, harpooned each of them with a huge and mighty hand, and, smiling amiably, held them unwilling prisoners. "Vy in sooch a hurry, mein young fronts?" laughingly spoke the Baron Zollern. (TO B2S pONTINUED.) Flickertail Facts North Dakota State News in Con densed Form. Minot.—Excavating work at the Mlnot normal grounds was finished by Contractor D. A. Dinnie at noon Satur day. Mr. Dinnie completed the exca vation ahead of the schedule, and In a short time will have the concrete walls in, ready for the superstructlre. Cambridge, Mass.—Frank P. Moore, formerly a wool buyer at Dickinson, N. D., testified that "Dakota Dan," -the claimant to the name and estate of the missing Daniel Blake Russell of Melrose, told him years ago that he, the claimant, was Dan Russell, of Mel rose. Moore placed the time between the years of 1901 and 1904 before the death of the elder Russell. Fargo. Arrangements are being made by the Commercial club to visit the territory opened to this city by the new Fargo-Minot cutoff of the Great Northern railroad. Local men will make a two days' tour of the new line in a special train. Visits will be paid to all the important cities along the line and the excursion will end with a reception at Minot, where the Com mercial club is making preparations to entertain the Fargoans. Grand Forks. Prohibitionists ot North Dakota will oppose the adop tion of the initiative and referendum amendment to the constitution under which constitutional amendments could be submitted by the' initiative plan, declaring that the enactment of such a measure would open the way to the brewing interests of the United States to wage a fight in the state that would be parallel to that under way in Maine for several years. Valley City.—C. J. Lee is making a big experiment in diversified farming. He recently fenced in an entire section of land with wire woven fence and turned in 100 hogs. The hogs have been doing well on the pasture and have gained from eighteen to twenty pounds each. The outlook for hog raising is so encouraging ,Mr. Lee will probably stock the big field with sev eral hundred hogs and make that an important branch of his extensive farming interests. Grand Forks. Thursday was the first really good day for the crops in this section of the state during the last week. High winds and low tem peratures being the rule over almost the entire water-soaked district. Threshing reports were received from points west of Devils Lake and along the Canadian boundary line in Cava lier county, but no operations of that nature will be possible in the eastern end of the state till the latter part of the week. New Rockford.—Farmers of Eddy county expect to go into the potato growing business next year, and have organized the New Rockford Potato company. The object of the organiza tion is to provide a market for their product, and also to stimulate a great er amount of interest in the culture of spuds by farmers who have not, up to this time, shown an inclination to join in the movement for changed farming conditions. This fall an ele vator of 40,000 bushels capacity will be erected in this city, and that will provide a marketing place for this year's output Harvey.—At a meeting of the Com mercial Club the question of erecting a hospital was taken up and given serious discussion. After the feasibil ity of the move had been gone into thoroughly it was decided to place the stamp of approval upon the project, and a committee of six was appointed to circulate a subscription list to se cure the names of such citizens wish ing to back the movement. The plan is to form a stock company and to run the hospital for the benefit of all desiring its accommodations, any phy. sician being at liberty to take his pa tients there and attend the same. Wahpeton.—An extremely sensa tional glide from an elevation of 1,000 feet to earth with a crippled biplane furnished a thrill not looked for when Aviator Glenn I. Martin of Los An geles met with a mishap while in the air. Martin was giving an exhibition before a crowd of 5,000 people at the Richmland county fair. He had been in the air 15 minutes when he lost control of his biplane. Not two min utes before he had completed a verti cal spiral drop from an altitude of 5,000 feet and was preparing to land when a pulley fastened, controlling the management of the steering planes, broke. Grand Forks.—Officers of the North Dakota Progressive Republican league, sued by the Courtenay Gazette for about $500, which debt, it is alleged, was incurred by the league in conduct ing the campaign in this state for La Follette, have submitted their argu ments to Judge Hemmi of Stutsman county, and a decision will be made Monday. The officials were sued by the printers on the ground that as directors of the league they are re sponsible, individually, for such bills. P. O. Thorson of this city Is one of the officials, R. M. Pollock of Fargo being president and H. N. Tucker of Courtenay secretary. Fargo, N. D.—The three inch es of snow which fell in North Dako ta Tuesday night seems to have done far less crop damage than was ex pected Crosby.—The trial of County Com missioner Makee on a charge of col lecting illegal fees came to a sudden end when be resigned just prior to cross examination. Commissioner Mac Colgan, charged with the same offense, and State's Attorney Brace, charged yith refusing to protect the interests of the county, demanded a jury trial and Judge Lelghton set th« case for Oct. 15.