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The Roupell Mystery G r a n v i I 1 e A u s t y n b y CHAPTER XIV. de Valiar was sealed alone in the office of the The Vicomte hia M'redlt and Trust Company. M " tU f luxuriously furnished apartment. * M deep, roomy and soft. In It chairs were . „ seemed made on purpose to lull one feelings of security. It was about in the morning. The vicomte's „rivnte secretary had Just retired loaded fJn with papers and instructions. His d lover sat at the table, a pile of docu on either side, and before him a The 1I 1} Into o'clock ten sheet, upon which an astonishing of figures appeared. Minute after minute passed, and still A. calculations went on. At last he threw tac h'« pencil, and walked over to the window. Partly concealed by the cur « ins. he looked out on the throng of peo T, which passed up and down the street, nut he hardly noticed anybody. He was „allv lost in his reflections. He had, indeed, good reason to be thoughtful- A gigantic scheme, the flnat " of Which would insure him very large returns, had that very morning been put hr him before a syndicate of capitalists, t was BO less a one than the consolida nt the docking interest» of a great im d«n Th« plan was to bring together and form a trust the American plan, With the french seaport, ill the owners on what is known led then raise the dock tolls, existing keen competition and the low chetf.es resulting therefrom, that property it present yielded but a small return for the capital invested. The idea was a brilliant on«. It would the Mutual Credit and Trust Com MDT if successful, three million francs, Jnd 'the Mutual Credit and Trust Com virtually meant the Vicomte de Va He had already enlbted considera b!e financial aid In support */ the scheme, that morning expecting an addi of M. as net » IIJ : ir He was tion to his forces in the person D'Aubnron, the friend of that very useful M. Chabot, who had introduced him to thé vicomte but a few days previously. To sell this young man a big block of (hares in the new enterprise, would, the ricomte thought, not be a very difficult He had entertained him at his bouse only an evening or two ago. splendor of that occasion could not have failed to properly impress him. Then his wife, the vicomtesse, hail so ftbly seconded his efforts to make D Au buron feel that he was in good hands. She had talked glibly of their country place, a magnificent establishment on the outskirts of the famous forest of Fontainbleau, of woodland rides, of moonlit waters, and the felicities of rural life far away from the roar and din of Taris. Those raarvel of hers had looked into his very The ouft eyes «oui and enthralled his senses. De Valiar smiled as he thought how few who had come within their Influence lad gotten away unscathed, the door aroused him. "Come in," he cried out, and Jules Cha bot entered the room. "Where is your friend D'Auburon?" was de Valiar's first question. M. Chabot did not immediately reply. He sank into a chair, loos and worried, and out of sorts. "Wliat on earth's the matter with you? ïou're not ill, are you?" ejaculated the banker. "It's my nerves, I think. They're not eo strong as they used to be." "You haven't been yourself for some thne, ever since that ugly affair at Ville A knock at He seemed anx neuve," remarked de Valiar, sympathet ically. Chabot shuddered, and hid his face In bis bands as if to shut out some horrible algbt. "Don't speak of it," he almost whis pered, so faint was his voice, was enough to upset anybody." "It was a peculiar hardship on you. doles, just as you were on the point of •»eeeeding as you say with—let me see, »hat's her "Yes, it Mademoiselle Emily namt »atm't it?" "Let's change the subject. I came to tell you something about D'Auburon. I lave discovered, on inquiry, that he is even better fixed than I expected. How Hg a block of stock had you put apart for him iu the United Dock Company?" "A thousand stares I thought would be awple. You know Colbert-Remplin brings aa a large following, and there are Bom Pard and the rest. Still, some subscrib ers will doubtless fail its at the last rno Why do you ask?" 'It is not enough.' He has some very Wealthy friends. Only last night he was •Perking of one, who, he says, follows his lead implicitly. He is a Swiss. He pays Periodical visits to Taris, and it Is said invests very largely in anything that •trikes his fancy." ^That's not had news. What is this bTu*us' name?" •ht** 1 - ^ 110t m e." replied Chabot. He simply said if he thought well enough a the venture to put his own money iu, at he would advise Ills friend to do like *aae, if we needed additional capital, 'hat are shares to him?" Par—of course. It is easier to sell at Par than at fifteen francs on the one huu owd. The . °ne inspires confidence in a one, the other simply excites suspi In fact, I'm not sure but we will Pot eonie P* D T sharp... "'•las diem "Bnt there it ff." Proof concern like this dock trust the s * nt * ® s ' 00t ' deal water," replied "After nil, what does it dun™ ^ 'Beoc people will have a t0 sell ont at a profit when ttUr ® rst quarterly dividend. Those premium on these Dock Com A little premium always more attractive." arc seven millions of water <1d ■m whom we want to make use of in the fu ture can be given a hint when to unload tbelr holdings." "But ultimately the loss falls on some body-" "And that somebody is the public who cares for us—well—about as much as we care for them." M. Chabot remained closeted with the banker for nearly an hour, settling the re mainlng details of the dock scheme. A printed draft of the prospectus had to be gone over; the first directors of the company had to be chosen, care being tak en to place upon the board the names of such capitalists ns would inspire the pub lie with confidence. ' "Let me see," said the banker, running bis eyes rapidly over a list which he held in his hand. "We have Liquelet, Bousent, of Bouscnt ; the elder I'altois— he is good ; and Max Itaumont says he is with us in cose we get to an issue. The remainder of the board must be given to the dock people. They will, of course, expect some representation." "To be sure," acquiesced Chabot, "but we must contrive to have with us only those who are open to arguments." "Yes, that is it, my friend ; open to arguments," echoed the vicomte. "Of your usually persuasive kind," add ed Chabot. "Every man has his price, to be sure, nowadays." "And always did have. In these times, commercial enterprises, my dear fellow, assume proportions of which our ances tors never dreamed. They were just as dishonest then, if you call manipulation dishonesty, which I candidly confess I don't—bnt their ideas were smaller. Hence the difference. Besides," be added, laying his hand impressively upon the other's sleeve, "this thing must go through. I think you, above all others, are aware of the necessity. The fact is, my dear Chabot, there have been many heavy pulls on the Mutual Credit bank lately. One cannot offer eight per cent on special deposits and always be sure of making more by using the depositors' money. Then there was the dividend on the Ardennes Charcoal and Peat Com You know it was never earned ; pany. but we decided that it would be best to pay one." "Well, the consequence was yom placed the bonds at par,'didn't you?" "At par to the public, of course, but Herr Goldstein's commission took the gilt off the gingerbread. However, he took them all at eighty-five. I could not have placed them to such good advantage." , "The interest comes due on the six teenth. I suppose it is useless to cross that bridge until we come to it." "Before the sixteenth this dock com pany will be floated. The bank's profit on that will more than meet the interest of the Charcoal and Teat Company bonds." "And if it isn't floated?" hazarded Chabot. "If it Isn't floated the inevitable crash will begin, or it can be averted in an other way, my dear Chabot, about which I cannot talk at present. But we will not anticipate evil. Come, you must accom pany me to the Bourse this morning, have a heavy deal pending, and shall need your assistance." As the Vicomte de Valiar and Jules i Chabot left the office of the Mutual Credit and Trust Company a small-sized issued from a cafe on the opposite man side of the street and walked in an ap parently careless and preoccupied manner in the same direction. He followed them until they turned into n broker's office. Tresently they came forth again, and in company with a third person continued to walk in the direction of the Bourse. This third person was Herr Max Gold stein, one of the shrewdest dealers in se curities in the whole of Taris. He was the broker to whom the vicomte had en trusted the sale of the first mortgage bonds of the Ardennes Charcoal and Teat He was a heavy, thickset fel Company. low, with little, cunning eyes, which had beeil set together as closely as nature would allow ; had not an enormous cose between them, he would perhaps grown have had only one large eye in the center. He had a habit of cocking up his head when in conversation, and of listening with his month wide open, menced life in Berlin as a bootblack with a second-hand outfit, of the first day's work he had accumu lated enough to buy the best outfit in the In n week he had concluded that air work was' not to his liking, and He had corn At the conclusion city. open took his business off the street into a basement, where he thrived apace. Then the brilliant idea struck him of buying and selling theater tickets at cut raies. From this he gravitated into lot teries; from lotteries into small curb stone 'speculations. Hardly able to write his own name, the trading instinct was so strongly developed in him that in ten lie hail accumulated a very consid years erable fortune. Why Herr Goldstein had not continued his uninterrupted career of prosperity in mystery to his friends in he seemed to have plenty of of them had ever Berlin was a As Paris. money, however, none dreamed of inquiring why he preferred the French to the German capital as a base for his financial operations. After all. was it any of their business.' Goldstein was about of age. hut looked considerably Constant fighting with ail sorts lmd left deep fur Ladies said forty-five Herr years older. and conditions of men rows across his forehead, that without doubt he was a very unpre Usessing man. He seemed to have some extraordinary influence with the vicomte. and people were lost In conjecture «s » what that could be. The small followed de Vali&r, M. Cha bot and Herr Goldstein to the very en trance of the Bourse. Unable to obtain admission to the floor, he had recourse to the gallery. It was nearly empty. An old lady and a young couple from the country, evidently on their honeymoon trip, were its sole occupants. He sat in the gallery for upward of an hour, his taze constantly on the floor of the ex change, where the vicomte, the broker ever at his elbow, moved restlessly from Coup to group, manipulating his deals, When Herr Goldstein left the Bourse twenty minutes later unaccompanied by bis companions, the small man tapped him on the elbow. The broker started vio b>ntly ; the creases in his face grew stronger ; a perceptible flush overspread bis features. "Gailiard !" he gasped. "I'm glad to see you!" "As good a hand at a lie as ever, ain't y° u . Kaufman?" sneered the small man. "Hush, don't breathe that name here," whispered the broker, looking around him nervously. "That belongs to the past, Come with me. Come to my office, where we can be alone. How long have you been in Paris?" "About six months.* "During which tim "During which time I have been work ing—for whom do you think?" "I don't know. You have got into business, perhaps for yourself—or you would, if you had sufficient capital. If a good friend—if I, for Instance, showed you how you could make some money It would suit you, would it not?" "No, I have a pretty good berth, thank you." "It Is a perfect gold mine for you ; if you will only hold your tongue." The small man only smiled significantly. The two walked on side by side until the broker's office was reached. "Come in," said the broker, In a coax ing voice, "and tell me what you want." The small man passed in through the open door and went into the broker's office. "See that under no circumstances am 1 disturbed," was the instruction Herr Max gave to his clerk. "I have important business with this gentleman." Four o'clock came, and Herr Gold stein came out and sent the clerk home. It was on hour earlier than usual, but the clerk was glad to get away. He lived in a small flat and had a wife and four children to support. He could take his time now and walk home instead of pay The hours ing for a seat in an omnibus, went by. It was past midnight when the two men came out of the inner office and into the street. "I live on the other side. Student "Come with quarters," said Goldstein, me, I'll put you up fpr the night. We must cross by the Pont Neuf." "You must make it fifty thousand," said the small man, as they went along. Old friends "That's cheap enough, shouldn't be hard on each other." A fearful expression came over th# other's face as they neared the bridge. Fifty thousand francs. And if he paid it—what then? An enormous sum. He had but this fellow's word that he would keep silence. They stopped for a moment ln th« center of the bridge and sat down un steadily on one of the embrazures. two o'clock. It The lights flashed Behind and in front of was along the river, them arose the dull roar of Taris which ceases not by night nor by day. Looking the low parapet they could see the over dark waters of the river as they swirled below. "You will make it fifty thousand, will you not?" urged the small man. He uttered no cry as the hand of the broker closed upon his throat with an iron grasp; but for a moment or two he struggled desperately as he realized the other's purpose, seemed to have become suddenly sober. The small man was like a child in his He raised him to the But the broker terrible clutches, top of the low parapet nad whispered hoarsely :, "I will send you where you won't neet the money." Then he flung the blackmailer from him with the force of a catapult. The waters received the detective and closed over He had not time to utter a his head. crj. The broker passed quickly from the bridge and, plunging into a narrow street which diverged from the main thorough fare, soon gained his apartments, ed there, he threw himself, dressed as he the sofa, and slept soundly till Arriv was, upon daylight. Three days passed ; some workmen on a brick barge drew from the black and slimy river the body of a man which bore upon its throat the marks of fingers. At the morgue Victor Lahlanche, the prefect of police, recognized in the mur dered man the detective he had put on the track of M. Chabot. "Toor fellow !" he exclaimed, as he ex amined the finger marks at his throat. "A tiger must have seized him. first strangled and then thrown into the He was river. And the sole clue he had was this: The murderer must have had enormous bauds. (To be continued.)_ Cause tor Thank«. Church—"There's one thing to be said in favor of the phonograph." Gotham—"I'd Just like to know what it is?" 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