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MAItSHALL IlKPUHMOAX PAfJIi HF.VKV. ecrefan s Frivolous Attain corytunrm iOMJ-MTRWa COMPANY ' - ft Uvstratlons, by V.LBARNE5 My Seized Me From Behind, Stifled Cries. seemed, 1 fotinil Hie "lifncn. It was awful without nny bIiocb, tint 1 walked ' mid walked, mid run nml crlbd, mid I could get no Idea where I whb, Klnnlly I nuked n ftahcnnnn, and ho brought nic here. Hut 1 left (he poor fellow there, wherever It In, wound ed, llo might die. Find lilin, oh, plcnso find htm!" Shi; turned to llio doctor, her eyes nlilitzo. "A wound In the Kb In not mloun, is It?" ho HKked. "So," Doctor Ornhnrn wmured her, " wound In tho let; I not nccemmrlly serious." ' There felt n tittle ntlenco tho while we Mured eiich tit the other. I.uura at hint kiivu oleu to the iiuoHllon ' which wiih imraiiioiint. "IJut W'lnlhroii Mr. Abbott?" uo nMked tiiHly. "You mild ho- What hud hu lo do with It all?" .to Mured at her In ama.cment. "Nothing, my dour," nho iwjd. "Didn't I uny ho had nothing to do 1 with It?" Klio dioiipcd back on tin couch wearily. "I tlioiiKht 1 hhIiI that lliHt. It wax Henri, and thu duke, 1 and" With ii Jlttte cry of relief Laura tiiliicil mid iluiig her urniH about her I. too, iitiil under- light. Tin eo men were rumnvlng n rnnvas from u frame. Ono of them .,i...r'u ,.,.i, wiih tho boy lleurl I have m-en uround ! ll00(, ml Jo ,,,, H(X.1.lJ Mm ani .., , 1 11,0 . It ""J '' "' "l ,,l0"B,,t 10 "nvw "Tho duko! Tho oxciiuiatlon Lmiru UU ,,, of Hl,llcclnK 1,1m. caino Bltnullancoualy from all of uh. ut,nr 0jj j0 Mr . Ilarard wan Mnrlng blankly Into I , . , ,. , ,)0,tor 0ni. Jo'b faco; theie wan a tremor about; i ui. . r..i sw 11 II III . Ill It l Hu - " I we'll get out, all of uh, mid" "Then the Due do Trouvlllo Ik tho I ililnf tint ..Iiilu.'liir!" 1 i.M'IiiIuikI "The Due de Trouvllle!" "Not de Trouvllle, dear," mid Jo -could get It out some one. ovldently ' " ! " ''J ' , " , ... .1... u..l , Ill HV Hl.llir.ll run,,,. ...... v.... niui .s n v 1 1 u uuui rviAiii 1MU liuiil bulilnd I think talked undent Uind Deemed to bo trying to decide what to do with me. . . . After it while I Doomed to uudurxtniid that Inutead of killing me they wero going to takn mo away and hold uio jirlHonur. They lifted ill?, and I wan carried down her fat llim. "The duke!" who lieiitcd, "flood grncloun!" "Threo of Uiem," Jo continued In that faiMiwny, fnlterlng voice. "I might have xcrcauiud, or drawn tho ! revolver, hut It wiih In o pocket of tflle, n.y erlcT A ! I,lc,u"!M- 11,11 11 ,H "" ,,u if ' ' The'111 " ,,,u 1,,IB ,AWR"y 8 ' ii !t ? , i- '.. 'i , iman who nbducled me! llo Im Hie all ut onno In ItuiicIi I don t : , , ,. . , ... i.-,lt. n,, Uu.d much French-hut they 1 clvrcKt thief In all Kurope, IJe U ' From the picture gallery directly above uh eiinie the fharp, wicked criihh of a revolver! For one liwunt wero were dumb, then: "Mercy!" hcreamed Mm. Iluxard. uilil a Y SI r VillilCU III! nil ... l 1... tho Mnlr. -whero there wiih u woman I "Co'iie on, llup! mild ;'uhn; -omo woman who wen.ed to bo nn 1 , A' " ",,,11r 0 l,',,m '"L01",1 nccompllce." Jo Htopped rh If puz- ,1k' ",u,r" ',' th, K ? ii ' led. Jtnd drew. one Imnd acrniri hr",""'r "",'T " ," io me iioor nun iiuiik iv tiiicn. forehead. "She and tho duke talked In French rapid French I'm sure It wrh French." "Why, I'm tho only woman hero who really HpeakH French," 1 Inter rupted, "except!" Amuxcinent al iened! mo. "Kxcopt Mm. Cutler," Latirn sup plied. "I'lciiHit go on." "and!" Hup exclaimed middenly. "So my Imagination didn't run nway with mo." "I don't know who who wiih," Jo went on after a little. "I didn't recog nlro her volco. ... I wan taken down the Ktalm leading to the tennis courta. I don't know why they didn't discover the revolver In ray poeket; perhaps they didn't think of my liuv lug a weapon becaiiHo I hud not uxed It. ... At tho foot of the utiiltH wo know Homo ono had heard uh; Ond wo saw a light flash. I waa taken out' us quickly nn pont)th!o, mid ono of the meu watted to Htrlke down the tloor lay the Duo de Trouvllle. mid Kitting IichIiIo him, placidly enough, with a revolver In ono hand, wuh ThomriH, the footman! CHAPTER XXVI'. Thomas. Mr. ilrufienrled - ThoiniiH, private detective fur tho tiiHUiunce company whli h hud iHMicd pollclcH aggregating two hundred thoiifiind dollarn on Na talle'u JfWtlH, Hiiapped n pair or hnnd ctiffa on the Duo do Trouvllle poor little duke: I hud begun to like him, too! then turned to John and Hap, who Htood luoklng ou, and drew u cigar from a pocket of bin livery. "With your pormlnfiloii, gentlemen. I'll Hiuoke," ho remarked pleasantly. "I'vo. been a Horvmit In thin Iioiiho all wummnr und 1 haven't dared to." "flo ahead!" John Invited, and hu ttiinn't In tho leaRt HiirnrlMed. You whoever enmo after tin. I don't know .Hlmply can't aurprlso John about uny- who came." Sho covered her faco I tiling. wuu uer nanus, -who wiio wob 117 "Adams, tho dotoctlvo," John told her. "I didn't know In which direction they wore taking mo, but I romombcr I waa carried across a wlro fenco and my dreeslng-gown waH torn. I kicked off a slipper; and that's tho last I remember. ... I think they must have chloroformed me. I was trouble some. When I enmo to I was lying ion a bod In it Uttlo room, nnd I had Jost my other slipper. It was day light. I got up to find thut I wbh really a prisoner. The windows were heavily nhuttored, nulled -on, with only openings for light and air, and the door waa bolted, I still had the re volver, but I dlda't boo it would do mo any good unless I coald hill" Sho paused, shuddering. "Of course, they brought mo things to oat," uho continued. "For how many days is it? I'vo forgotten I tried to rnuko up my mind to Bhaot. Thore seemed to he no ono there oxcopt a guard continually under my window. Ilenrtand tho duko had gono away and Ipft him thero alone. I knew J should have to shoot him, and perhaps lotor I could batter down Vny door with a chair add escapo. , , . Tho guard was standing out siu suiomng." Sno drew in nor breath sharply, "I took dellbnrato aim at him I didn't want to kill him I aimed at bis legs to orlppla him, and I fired twice." Again sho covered hor faco with her hands. ''I hit html" sho momicd. "I lilt him I" Tho Hurprlso in hdr volco was too much for mo, hystorlcnl as I was, and 1 laughed. Tho man had been wound ed In tho nock; sho had aimed at his legs. . "I succeeded In battering down tho door'enoiiKh to crawl through, I ran, rant I only know I was somowhero 'far Jeoceaiit aiitl ,afJor hours, Lt "If I had stopped to think. I might have known you wero a detective or something," said Hup. "You're tlio wort footman I ever saw." It wiih lust about thot moment that Mrs. Hiiifurd und I came In, panting. Wd had fairly raced from my flitting room, leaving tho nurso nnd Doctor araham with Jo. Luura had gono to tho telophono, and I'll give you threo guosHcs who It was sho hud called! Wlnthrop! Right tho tlrst tlmo. Mrs. Hazard stared at Tliomas in his Immaculate livery, smoking, actually- smoking! And at tho poor little handcuffed duko. "Thonius!" sho reproved sharply, men seeing thut tho scheme of the world wbh awry: "What has bap- uoncd?" 'Vnll haa It's Ilka tills, mother." 11.1P explained cheerfully, and I think be was actually glad nbout the poor Uttlo duke. "Thomas isn't a footman At all; he's a dotoctlvo for tho life suiunco company, it seems his nous hero" nnd ho Indicated Ills Grueo "has been stealing our pictures, aud Natallo's Jowolry, and" "Tho duko!" exclaimed Mrs. Hazard. Stealing pictures! What pIctur'eH?" Bho gavo a quick look about tliu gal lory. "None of them' Is inlSHlng?" "It was substitution, Mrs. Hazard," tho dotectlvo told her. "1 dou't UnoW just how It was done, bnt thoy hnvo been taking nway tho originals of tho paintings hero and loavlng you copies. That Van Dyko up thore, for instance doesn't even look like n, Van Dyko to ino, and I don't know much about art. An ovumliiatlon will prob ably roveal tho fact that all of tho moBt vatuablo of thp pictures havo already boon takcu." Ho paused n moment, ,"It JuBt so happens that 1 carna in hore a, moment ago aud fdund tho duko at work. He shot at mj mJ ttvt MArnH rtrii a na vmi baa." exnctiy, nut nsnncurrs. mi tirace waa silent; not a word had ha spoken since we entered the room. He didn't speak now, he just sat there chewing bin mustache violently. There was a glitter of defiance In hi eye. It sud denly flashed on me where nnd when I hud first seen him nn Impression I had had from the beginning. Count Felix von Uruuuer had pointed him out to Jo and me at the Hprlng Exhi bition. He had called him a scoun drel Insteud of the Due do Trouvllle, slid that's why the nmuo waa not familiar to me. There was a rush of footsteps In the ball, and Adams, the other de tective, appeared In the doorway. "Mr. Adams," Thonma directed, "pleafe be good enough to see that Mrs. Cutler doesn't leave the house. You understand?" Adams merely nodded, and ran out, "And Natalie's iewelHl," Mrs. Haz ard went on, after a moment. "To state It briefly," Thomas mild, 'It Ih potHlblo to trace all the thefts and robberies nlong the north shore during ll.ls whole summer to the duko here, ami Mrs. Culler nnd the Due d'Aublgny, who has already served n iciitemt' of several yearn in a French prlxnn. It wiih 11 big conspiracy, and we don't know yet the extent of Us ramifications. Wo do know, however, Hint while the duke cntne hero uh your giti'Kt to steal these picture, by substitution, im I have explained, he hart been working band in hand with d'Aublgny In tho Jewel thefts. Mrs. Cutler has been the actual instru ment in tunny of the thefts. I have known these things vuguely for a long time, hut It wbh necessary to get direct proof, mid now I believe I havo that. "I'.ir Instance. In the case of Miss Agazzl.'s JowelM. Since she has been 11 this bouso she has lost first a ruby licndanl, then six bracelets, another pendant mid 11 rope of pearls. In my capacity of footman hero I kept rloso watch of Mrs, Cullnr, and after ench theft I bad searched her rooms. In no cayo did I llnd any jewels. Hut I did find, on my Intt trip to her npartiiieiitH, a receipt In the uiimo of llio Due do Trouvtllo for u box In n KHfet.v deposit vault. I coupled that wllh llio fact Hint Mr Cutler has nlways found It convenient, to go Into the city Immediately after tho thefts here, and I uiiidn Inquiries, or rather Homo ol try men did for mo. 'They found that. Mm, Cutler had gone to tho safety deposit vault time after time nud each time she had de posited something In tho box. If I am not mistaken, thu various stolen Jewels, including the emerald "bracelet which was stolen from MIsh Agnzzlz before you opened your summer place here, are In that vault, aud the box Is held In tho name of tho Due do Trouvllle. I think that Is direct evi dence. You'ro u lawyer, Mr, Crownln- shield. Am I right?" "If the Jewehi aro In the vault!" Johr spread his hands, Indicating that Hint was all thero was to be said. "The thieving, hi fur hh this house wan concerned, came to 11 climax when It became generally known that a detective, this man AdmiiH, wbh com ing here," Thomns continued. "Tho duko here, Mrs, Cutler und their ac complices undertook then to muko tho big haul. It was Mlsr. Codiimu's good fortune" ho turned to mo und bowed slightly "to prevent the ac complishment of Hint haul; mid Inci dentally It was my misfortune to cause her to break her nrm. It wbh I who Hushed the light. In your face mid vailed you by nanio tho night you went headlong down the stairs," bo apologized, "I had followed you in the dark under the ImprcHwIon that yon wero Mrs. Cutler, and when I flushed tho light in your fnco It was with tho purpose of taking a prisoner. Instead of Mrs. Cutler, however, I came upon you; nnd you fell. I'm sorry." "Oh, don't mention It" I gasped ex citedly. "It !s of no consenuenco nt all." Then another thought cnniu to XOTIC13 OK I'INAIi SliTTfjHMKNT. Notice Is hereby given to nil credi tors and others Interested in the estate of Polly A. Cody, deceased, Hint ), William A, Cond, administra tor of said estate, Intend to make Final Settlement thereof at tho next term of the 1'robatn Court of Saline County, Missouri, to bo bolden at tho Court House in said County 011 the first Montjny of June, 1013. WII.MA.M A. COAD, Administrator (1st Inser. Mar 7-."itli Apr S) . HAY PUKHSKS! 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