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lveraAuthor the Silver Dagg er CHAPTER XII--Continued. -20 I stood Irresolute, undecidedi as to my next move. I felt convinced I was at last on the right trail but how could I verify my suspicion? There see.lllli to hle but one sure mltholl(1. Whoever had actually comllnlitted the murder and robbery, I still clung to the theory tmhat Ivan Wahldron knew him, and would demand hIls share as the price of a silent tongue. Nor would he, under present clrcumstances, bet content to wait very long for such a dlvlslon. lie needed the money more than ever to esca:pe from the observation of the police. If Wine had possession of the valise he would certainly be called upon to deliver a portion of its contents very shortly. My best course, then, was to keep an eye open for Waldron; If he came, there would be no doubt as to the exact nature of his errand. The stairway gave me no advan tage; it was open and doubtless fre quently used. To be seen loitering there for any length of time would at tract attention. I ventured to try the private door, but, as expected, found it securely locked, nor did I dare ex ert any force, not knowing who might be Inside. The office remained quiet, no one either leaving or entering, nor did I observe any shadow on the frosted glass Indicative of movement within. Baffled and uncertain. I had barely returned to my point of con realment, when an elevator stopped at this floor level, and three men stepped out into the corridor. Two of them attracted no attention, but the third was in his shirt-sleeves and wore a cap with some insignia upon it. He advanced briskly, and flgng open the door leading into what had once been the "Railway Exchange," and motioned the others to enter. As the three vanished. I heard him explain that this was the only vacant suite on this floor, and then another voice mid, dissatisfied, that it was altogeth er too small for their purpose. When they came out the agent closed the eor carelessly and pressed the ele vator button, saying lie would show them something on the second floor above. Even as they shot up out of sight I was across the corridor with hand ea the knob. I feared a springlock, but was pleasantly disappointed, the -doe opelnig Instantly, permitting me sip inside. There were two rooms, sma all, and littered with the frag meats left by the late occupants. What struck the forcibly was that Seee was a connection between these rooms and the next suite; they Ssepaated by a thick wall. I _.M hide here securely enough, and. b slightly iftinag the glass, gain good of the corridor, but it would he lpolble tb overbear anything tak - place in Wine's office. At that, he poiltise was better for my pur ps«e than the open stairway, and I tstened the Window sash, propping 4y a erect so as to afford me a r view. If Waildron appeared I mld endeavor to discover some ases of learning the object of his Wt. Meanwhile I was safe enough, nad able to observe every movement -a the seer. SIj~euli, when I least expected it, se 4dor of the Investment office opened, and a young woman came out. he had her hat en, and I took note t a pencil stuck .into her lair, and hit a doubt she was Wine's stenog ppher, he had finished her day's aeek and was departing for home. Tli the as was probably still there ds& The ghi disappeared down Se elseater, and cold scarcely -have 4 tacelte the lower floor, when a cage travllg ina the opposite direction steppe ad d lsharged a passenger. It was a 7maen who stepped out. - qam u ltkly ahout a though un cartakl wher to go, and I recognized Se sIstatl down the corridor, look Sr tSW S es oa the doors, and I then . Im herself wrong, re hi e steps and approached -,. *i.. Iste. then she ap I p_-'ui t i rli ant move, glane '-- M M U eugh anxious to re i + II before venturing I b i*I es peeng the door I dlitig l within. In s t, hilt the door closed, Si e m * ta a.an's voce,. Sa U nle rprised1u * l IWhat ldoes this meantr' P a I las aanswuer, the I Lin and ended by a click as transpiring be- 1 ol- I a Mt fight back the S- eMld it open? had +. lit , Ihd1 The only way I - I ecld ueertain was to try. tou a mee to witness my at- I Mi, I i aee oAce door pn4 I could quickly find t tke Meeb, stairway. •s tOut r a narrow crack. 4 tiptoe the entrance I le * t sand reached 1 *othin, my sfgers sl- 1 1 knob, which - rssat latch I Sur is Is* for any I bebin , -p-r sagg through at what was re- I , , PU s~ i woed little, I 'leells re m, e.l. iS , I w~slle1 my head far enough forward to make sure. A step to the left would doubt less have revealed Wine, but from where I stood the end of the partition interferedl. y slipping to the right it WOIud e quite possible for me to en ter without eling seen. and three cautlious steps would bring me to the security Eof the clo-set. i"roln there, with the door into the corridor closei4 I might overhear all that passed he tween the two. I had ventured too far now to retreat. and, without a set ond of Ilesitation, I pressed through the narrow opening. and silently closed the door behind me. Confident that I hald not been detected, I crouch ld into the narrow closet. scarcely knowing whether to be ashamed or proud of my success. I could clearly distinguish the -words of conversation. At first these were hardly understandable, seeming ly having no connection with any mat ter with which I felt concerned. The two were evidently discussing money, to be sure, but in terms involving the payment of Interest, and the impossl bility of extending a loan. 1 over heard her say. quietly but frmly: "I came to you, Mr. Wine, because of our connection in other matters. I overheard this discussion, and felt you ought to be forewarned." "I appreciate your kindness." he an swered, evidently surprised, "hbut saim ply cannot raise the amount today It Is too late." "It does not have to be raised to day, but before the closing of bank ing hours tomorrow." "I can have It by then." desperately. "I was sure you could, if I only ex plained the necessity." She arose as though her purpose had been accomplished, but appar ently the man was uneasy, and de sired to know more. "But I fall to understand your in terest; why should you take the trou ble to come here and tell te this?" She laughed lightly. "Why? really it is easily enough un derstood. We are togethcr, are we not? Now that Captain Alva is dead. It is generally believed you will he selected to lead in this work. Oh. 1 * o "Felt You Ought to Be Forewarnd d. yes It Is; I have already been so in formed. And in that case it is ab solutely necessary that your bank connections be excellent. There are other funds salready in this country." "Other funds! I supposed this last payment was to be all." "Assuredly not; the cause cannot stop for an instant merely because of thls loss. Moreover, that will doubt less be recovered." "Do you think so? Have the po lice found any clues?" "The police! Hardly, but there are others searching, not so easily turned aside. We believe we know already who got the money." "You-you think you-you know?' he could not keep the tremble out of his voice. "Was-was It one of as?" "It could scarcely be an outsider, for thejeeret was Iguarded welL Only those of that circle knew the money was here even, while not more than two or three were aware of Its hav ing been passed over to Alva. I can't say any more at present, Mr. Wine. You knew Captain Alva very well, did you not?' "y-yes; that is, we were good frlends. We had much in common." "Are you a lerman?' "By blood-yes, but born Jn Po land; (aptain Alva's mother was also a Pde: this brought us eloser to gether." "And you have no susplicion of any one who could have known, and been guilty of this murder and robberyt" "Why should I? Why you ask me thatr' excitedly. "There were many there; perhaps all know except me. You not suppose I know he-be dle?' "Oh, no; I merely thought you might have some susplelon, thaut was all. It was a strange weapon he was killed with." "A strange weapon! What you mean, a strange weapon? Do they know what it was that killed him?' "Certainly; it was picked up in the bottom of the auto-a daggr hat pin, such as women wear. See4 it was Just like this of malae." She must have plucked the oria mHeat tfrem out her own bat aniy laid it on the deskr, or I heard the faint eiek of its falL There was a me mst oi Intarns aace, Ud I could rut the r ems. baene with wM-bk he vws awning M t s hentneme a aM nuai es - "That thing!" he hlurst forth tinal ly. "Killed with thatt" "No. not tha':; but one texac'tly like it." "Wlho i aiys so---IIth polit? (ott It cotUll not kill a allo . \'a iy you tell ntle thihs-wIly '" "Oh, only [.'1 "1.s~e I thought you might Ib. intirestrdi. Iliowev'r. !et's tot talk aIbout Itln 3 i tore'. You will settle that I 'ulllnuit biefor. tile clols3e of hiunkii.g ihours troolrr,".," "I? Yes, I %ill .ettie." There was the soun, d of a foot onl the ceenllt floor of the corrido.r with out, and, inin'- at the sa;tllte instaint the electric light, which had ,been turned onI . L'rev'iileld I Ii ill's shadli4ow on the glass of the closedl loor. lit Me''Enledl to .taull there liesitzttingly; thlen lie rapilped with his knuckles onu tlle gltss. I flattened iiyself out agailnst the inner wall olf tlihe c'loset, aware that the two in the seontd offttice were 'Ui ilng forwardll togetherli, Wine giving vent to a stairtled oath hi his exette nrenit. He strodte straight to the door, and opentd It with it jerk. "You, hey! What the devil do you want here?" "A word w!th you. and d-n quick-" It was Waldlron's voice, hbut his speech ended ablruptly. as his eyes ca'Iught sight of the woman. She wasted no time. "I was just going." she said calm ly, Ignoring him, but speaking directly to Wine. "I will see you tomorrow then." She passed between the two. with out so much as favoring the Itussldn with a glauce, and lihe stared after her with open mouth, then stepped back to watch her progress down the corridor. Wine drew him hastily aside. closing the door tightly and shooting the nlght-latch. "The d-n g!rl never locks this door when she got's out," lie muttered angrily, wheeling about to face the other. "Now, speak tip. will you ! what sends you butting in here?" "Well, first you tell me," thundered Waldron, grippitlg the other angrily with one hand. "what business that female has with you? By God. Wine.' If you are trying to double-cross, you'll find nme no easy nlark. Answer, you cur-what was she here for?" "Nothing, only private business." "You promised to see her tomor row?" "Yes, it was to pay a note. Come in here, and I'll explalin rll. There's nothing to frighten you. Waldron." The two disappeared into the inner room. Waldrou's volce still rumbling, with Wine interjecting a word now and then. I ventured to stand erect again in the confines of the closet, and ,press my ear to the crack of the inner door.. Both men were confident of being alone, and so deeply im mersed in their own affair r.- to speak with little restraint. Waldron, really offrightened at this discovery of Miss Gessler, adopted the method of a bully to carry his point, more eager than ever to escape the city. "Well," he began, thumping the desk with a fist, "now you begin to spill. Don't try to work any game on me. What do you nmean by pay Ing a note? You owe her smtuething?" "No; now listen. and don't get mad. I tell you just how it was," and Wine endeavored to be smooth and plans Ible, his voice pitched so low I had difficulty in hearing the words. "She said I was to succeed Alva, and be the revolutionary agent; partly she came to tell me this, but some way she learning of my indebtedness, that I have an overdue note at the bank-" "How the h-- did she know that?' "I could not telL" apparently sur prised himselL "I never asked, bu% maybe Krants he told her. When they talked over my being given charge of the fund-yes, that must be the way, for she insisted I must straighten that matter up quick, be fore other money was given me." (TO BE CONTINUED.) CAN NOT HIDE WEAKNESSES PhliladelphLia Writer Drawi a Moral From the Life and Works of Two Men There were two men. One, in order to hide his faults from tbhe eyes of the publle, surrounded him-n sel' with many Irlenda, better than himself in character. The other man had a single friend. _a iterling in character, sympathies and perceptions as himself. In the first case the man fooled the publlc, which seemed to see him through his friends. In the second case, however, the man and Bhis friend were misunder stood and neglectqd by the public. The irst man. during life, was praised and flattered. for. being very wealthy, be could very easily purchase empty words, but not loved or re s-ected. The second man, after death, was at last understood. respected. Ihonored and loved, but to no avail:; for he could not be brought back from the grave. It was a case of the same old story --of an unjust, blind world. MIoral-Armor will not hide one's -weaknesses.-Chatls Fingerman, in thle PIladeIphia Record. Time Enough. "Am I right In surmising that yos have something of serlous import to sy to my daughter?" "Oh, no. sir. I'm merely gonlag to propose to her. rI'll talk over the sen am detalils with ye after tim weMddi."-Detfret Tlims ---es we mt n e a pe e.;.. e, m;. .- .. .; , n -s _ atc are made at Horne The fruits, which may he placed to any sort of basket or suitable dish. re quire wire. erepe paper and colored sealing wax for making them. Wads of cotton, wool batting or crepe paper, rolled into the right size and fastened to a wire stem, are covered with melt ed sealing wax. which is dripped over them as it melts. They are twirled about to round them, the shape con . trolled while the wax is pliable, and dipped In water to cool them. Stems are made by winding the wire with strips of green crepe paper or tissue paper. The grapes are made in green, red anI~ purple hunches in the natural color tones. The small apples require two or three colors. After the apple is t.....i.. I. ann o -I'e. and _ol d it 1o INCE the fad for artificial fruits and flowers, used in decorative furnishings. is growing, it is worth while to learn how these pretty things are made. The work. like other fancy work, is more of a recreation than a task and puts hits of finery for the house within reach of every one, be sides allowing refreshing changes. In the group of small furnishings pic tured above there are two baskets made of paper rope-one filled with fruit and one with flowers, both of them as lovely as those the shops have to offer. At the bottom of the group a little telephone record book is shown. made oflblack oilcloth and decorated with flowers, painted on with either oil paints or sealing wax,' and above it cardboard and tin boxes lacquered and decorated in the same way. A SIMPLE ONE-PIECE FROCK "4 : i . , i-· WrOW that rashlon'u devrotees in sist upob the very simplest line tn frocks for daytime wear, the Ingenuity of designers is put to the test. Their resourcefutaess must save these frocks from becoming m notonous by making the most of their decoration, and they have called upon all sources for Inspiration. This my ing grace of decoration has been con siderably overdone sometimes-one must. know where to leave off-but this is the exceptpan and not the rule In the new models presented for winter wear. Among them appears the handsome and faultless dress shown In the pie ture above, which may be taken as a representative of the best Interpreta tlons of the mode. Its lines could hardly be less simple or more becom ing and Its decoration is everything that could be wished. Beads and silk are used for a design which recalls the motifs used by American Indians to their wonderful bead work, but is carried oat in only one color, beige, with steel beds. This combination Autumn Millinery Buds and leossoms -The rage for satin bats is carried into really bizarre designs-and Into some of the pIost fetchlng headcovers as welL One mode is a huge fower effect in red, yellow, blue and purple hues to simulate blossoms with their leafage. One model has a big suniow er crown, the vivid petals drooping to the blm, the top et big brown seeds, -eCoed with yeuow poq dust. The tl is ot eMseWsid ed -m tse t I -e wIth er ere . sad rSil •ee A" some. - N - The fruits, which may he placed in any snort of basket or suitable dish, re quire wire. crepe paper and colored senllnig wax for making them. Wads of ctton, wool batting or crepe paper, rolled into the right size and fastened to a wire stem, are covered with melt ed sealing wax. which is dripped over them as it melts. They are twirled about to round them, the shape con trolled while the wax Is pliable, and dipped in water to cool them. Stems are made by winding the wire with strips of green crepe paper or tissue paper. The grapes are made in green, red ani purple hunches in the natural color tones. The small apples require two or three colors. After the apple is made in one color, and cooled, It Is wiped dry and bits of other colors droupped on it and blended in over the small alcohol or other flame used for melting the wax. Paper roses, shown In the basket at the right, are made in several ways. Those pictured of pink crepe paper are merely narrow strips, rolled at the edge and wound about the end of a wire stem. They are fastened to the stem with tie wire and set in milli nery foliage or in foliage bought with the paper. Black lacquer is used for covering the tin powder and rouge box, and col :red wax for simulating ribbon and flowers on them, and the telephone book is merely a length of black oil cloth folded and painted on one side. A black silk cord binds its leaves to the cover and serves to suspend it on almost any of the fashionable cologl or black will not fall to be approved by women of conservative and oel gant taste. In this model the em broidery is not applied directly to the frock but In separate peces of mate rlal which are set oa In the bodice they are loose at the bottom, allowing the narrow girdle of the fabrie In the dress to slip through them, and in the skirt they form pockets as well as adornments. This dress is made of dark blue velours with satin vest to match, but it would be effective Ih any of the fashionable sultlngs or Ia velvet. To Remove Peach Stain,. Wet with cold water, then cover the stain with cream of tartar and place ti the sun, then wash In the usual way and the stain will disappear. ere are made of satin with wondertrl I skilL The foundation of this hat is of black netting. The edge of the. brim is bound with black satin. Au other hat of this type is of big purpls p volets-and still another as of red rpopples Kerosene stains can be removed with SfMers earth. Coer the stain with a tMek layr h it fllr's earth sm t l It s rooml M hm -. 'hWo Never say "Aspirin" without saying "Bayer." WARNING! Unless you see name "Bayer" on tablets, you are not getting genuine Aspirin prescribed by physicians over 21 years and proved safe bv millions for Colds Headache Rheumatism Toothache Neuralgia Neuritis Earache Lumbago Pain, Pain Accept only "Bayer" package which contains proper directions. 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A bachelor who is forever puttlng his foot in it, recently visited the proud parents of a new boy. The mother held ip the bundle for the inspection of the bachelor and asked gayly: "Tell us, now, frankly. which of us do you think he is like?" After a careful examination of the mite the bachelor answered: "Well, Marie, of course, intelligence has not yet dawned In his face, but he's won derfully like both of you." She Was Sort of Drowsy Like. Husband (reading paper)-Here's something about a girl who slept con tlnuously for two months. I wonder if it wasn't the same one who worked for us last year. No one is ever so busy as the personi without occupatIon. You remember the story of the Pitcher It msde a good manytrips to the wel and k cam back ina good order. "I can tal care of myself," It sid-"they' dent need to talk about risks to me." But t went ocetoo obn. Aftr tht it wa only part d a pitchr, and they didn't need to talk to it about risk-it knew. A lot of people won't believe coffee can harm than until it ds harm them. "Nonsenser they say, "it never disturbs me." When it does disturb them, then they no . Often the disturbnce which they then recog. Sis the result of Irritations to nerves and di gestion which have been oing on for a long time. If you have to He awake at night and count the clock ticks, after an evening cup of coffee, then • pyo know that it's better to be safe than sorry. The risk of coffee's harm s gone when the meal-time drink is Postum. Here's a delightful and satisfying table bev. rage, with charm for the taste and without harm for nerves or digestion. You know you're on the right roa4 with Postum; there's never the poe sibiity that you'l go awee too often. Posum comes in two forms: las qt Poessm(i olrs) made Imanty ia the cup by dhe addtion o bailing wsr. Pasmos Cereal ((In gs of Ilar blk, for those who pie to a e w the w n the mnal is being prpased) ade by bodlag oi 20 adnuasm. "There's a Reason" for Postum Mahls by poe,.m Ccda Company, lc. ,,s iaoek.k MC . _ 4; ~': -__". ~r . Embarrassing Moment I had just recelve' a lettr my beau. I read It over and a end he had written: "P. 8.-Isle View." I tead that phrase over or four times but could get o out of It. so finally I took it late' living roomn where my folks w* sitting and said : "Mother, what Harry mean by this?" And I rsed phrase out loud. Imagine my rassment when the meaning flashed over me as I read the aloud. I made a nasty retreat. cago American. Concerning i.iccWup Gen. Coleman Du Pont, Dela new senator. was lunching In the ate restaurant. "This imagazine here," be said Ing a periodical aside, "contalas a article on the best way .to astp cups. Now, it seems to me-" And General Du Pont behukleiL "It seems to me," he added. a good many readers would know the best, way to start When compared with the made woman qppearances are the self-made man.