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THE FARMINGTON TIMES, FARMINGTON, MO.
rid G DEUMMOMD fane eleven jcigprinette The Adventures of a Demobilized Officer Who Found feace Dull By CYRIL McNEILE "SAPPER Oopjrrlthl tr Oeo. H. Doraa O. mm A i & BULL-DO 1 t I LI jut. "DANGER I DANGER!" 8ynopls.-In lcetnbr, 1918, four nee, (athr In a hotel In Bern and hear one of the quartet outline a plan to paralyze Great Britain and at the aame time seise world power. The other three, Hocking, Ameri can, and Stefneman and Von Qratz, Germane, ail millionaires, agree to the scheme, providing another man, Hiram Polte, an American, ! taken In. The tnetlg-ator of the plot givea hi name a Comte de Guy, but when he leave for England with hi daughter he decide to uae the name Carl Peterson. Capt. Hugh (Hull-Dog) Drummond. a retired fflcer, advertise for work that will give him excitement, signing "X10." A a result he meet Phyl II Benton, a young woman who anawered his ad. She tells him of strange murders and robberies of which she suspect a band headed by Peterson and Henry Lakington. She fears her father Is involved. Drummond decides to go to The lurches. Miss Benton's home, next door to. The Elms, Peterson' place. Peterson and- Lakington stop his car and look him over. While din ing with Phyllis and her father Drummond leaves The Larches and explores The Elms. He discovers Islington and Peterson using a thumbscrew on an American who signs a paper. Drummond rescues the American after a struggle and takes him to hi home. CHAPTER II Continued. 5 - "Compressed-air rifle or electric.' be imitlered to himself, stumbling on, and half dragging, half carrying his oazed companion. He was not very clear In his own wind what to do next, but the nint- tr was settled for hlin unexpectedly ijarely bad he got Into Hie drawing room, when the door opened and the girl rushed In. "Get him away at once," she cried, "In your car. . . . Don't waste I second. I've started her up." "Good girl," he cried enthusiastical ly. "But whut about you?" She stamped her foot Impatiently, lm all riant absolutely all right. wet Mm away that's all that mat ters." Drummond grinned. "The humor us tning is thut I haven't an idea who the bird Is except that " He paused, with his eyes fixed on the man's left thumb. The top Joint was crushed into a red, shapeless pulp, na suddenly the -mwrtng of the In strument Lakington had produced irom ins pocket became clear. Also the reason of that dreadful cry at dinner. . , . "By God!" whispered Drummond Ikalf to himself, while his Jaws set lllke a steel vise. "A thumbscrew. The devils ... the swine . . ." "Oh! quick, quick," the girl urged ia an agony. 'They may be here at ny moment." She dragged liliu to the door, and together they forced the man Into the car. "Lakington won't," said Hugh with la grin. "And If you see him tomor row don't ask after his Jaw. . . . Cood-nlght, Phyllis." With a quick movement he raised er hand to his lips; then he slipped ("ear The Humorous Thing Is That I Haven't an Idea Who the Bird la Except that'' to. the clutch and the car disappeared town the drive. . . Ha felt a sens of elation and of triumph at having won the first round, nd aa the car whirled back to Loti on through the cool night air bio teart was singing with Joy of action. lAnd It was perhaps aa well for hla peace of mind that he did not witness She scene In the room at The Elms. ' Lakington still lay motionless on (the floor: Peterson's cigar still glowed leteedily In the darkness. ' It was hard (to believe that he had ever moved 'from the table; only the bullet lm kwWwl lu a tree proved Uutt son body must have got busy, of coarse, It might have been the"glrl, who was Just lighting another cigarette from the stump of the old one. At length Peterson spoke. young man of dash and temperament, he said genially. "It will be a pity to lose nlm." "Why not keep him and lose the I girl?" yawned Irma. "I think ha might amuse me" "We have always dor dear Henry to consider," answered - Peterson. "Apparently the girl appeals to him, i m afraid, irma. he 11 have to so . . . and at once. , . ." The speaker was tapping his left knee softly with his hand; save for Hint slight movement he sat as if nothing had happened. And yet ten minutes before a carefully planned coup had failed at the Instant of success. Even his most fearless nc complices had been known to con fess that Peterson's inhuman calmness sent cold shivers down their backs. CHAPTER III. In Which Things Happen In Half Moon Street, ONE Hugh Drummond folded up the piece of paper he was studying and rose to his feet as the doctor came Into the room. He then pushed a sil ver box of cigarettes across the table and waited. "Your friend," said the doctor, "is In a very peculiar condition, Captain Drummond very peculiar. Can you enlighten me at all as to whut he has been doing during the lust few days?" imiimnond shook bis head. "Haven't un earthly, doctor." , There Is, for instance, that very unpleasant wound in his thumb," pur sued the other. "The too Joint is crushed to a pulp." I noticed that last night." answered Hugh noncommlttally. "Looks as if It had been mixed up between a ham mer and an anvil, don't Itr But have you no Idea how It oc curred?" I'm full Of lriPAS." snlit tl !. dler. "In fact. If it's any help to you 1 in your diagnosis thnt wouud was caused by the application of an un pleasant medieval instrument known as a thumbscrew." The worthy doctor lookedf at him In amazement. "A thumbscrew! You must be Joking, Captain Drummond." "very far from It," answered Hugh briefly. "If you want to know, it was touch and go whether the other thumb didn't share the same fate." He blew out a cloud of smoke and smiled inwardly as he noticed the look of scandalized horror on hls.compan- ion's face. "It Isn't his thumb that concerns me," he continued; "it's bis general condition. What's the matter with him?" The doctor pursed his lips and looked wise, while Drummond won dered thut no one had ever passed a law allowing men of his type to be murdered on sight. "His heart seems sound," be an swered after a weighty pause, "and I found nothing wrong with him con stitutionally. In fact, I may say. Captain Drummond, he Is in every respect a most healthy man. Except er except for this peculiar condi tion." Drummond exploded. "Damnation take It, man, what on earth do you suppose I asked you to come round for? It's of no Interest to me to hear that his liver is working properly." Then he controlled himself. "I beg your paroon, doctor; I had rather trying evening last night. Can you give me any Idea as to what has caused this peculiar condition?" His companion accepted the apology with an add bow. "Some form of drug," he answered. Drummond heaved a sigh of relief. "Now we're getting on," he cried. "Have you any Idea what drug?" it is, at the moment, hnrd to snv." returned the other. "In a day or two, perhaps, I might be able to er ar rive at some conclusion . . ." Which, at present, you have not night ; now we know where we are. As yon don't know what the drug Is, presumably you don't know either how long It will take for the effect to wear off." "That er Is, within limits, cor rect," conceded the doctor. "Whnt about diet?" "Oh! light. . . . Not too much meat. ... No alcohol . . ." He rose to hla feet, as Hugh opened the door; really the war seemed to have produced a distressing effect on people's manners. Diet was the one question on which be always let him self go. : "Not much meat no alcohol. Right, Good morning, doctor. Down the stairs and straight on. Good morn ing," The door closed behind him, and he descended to his waiting car with cold disapproval on his face. "Excuse me, air." The doctor paused and eyed well-dressed man who had spoken to him uncompro misingly. "Am I right in assuming that you are a doctor?" . , "You are perfctly correct, air, In your assumption." The man smiled: obviously a sen- tleman, thought the practitioner, with his hand or the door of his car. "It's about a great , pal of mine, captain Drummond, who lives in here." went on the other. I hope you won't think It unprofessional,, but I thought I'd ask you privately, how you una nun," The doctor looked surprised.' "Cap tain urummond, so far as I am aware, has never been better. I er cannot say the same of his friend." . He stepped Into his car. "Why not go up ana see for yourself?" The car rolled smoothly Into Ph cauiuy, duc tne man snowed no signs of availing himself of the doctor's suggestion. He turned and walked rapidly away, and a few moments later In an exclusive West End club a trunk call was put through to Godalmlng a call which caused the recipient to nod his head In satisfac tion and order the Rolls-Royce. Meanwhile, unconscious of this sud den solicitude for his health, Hugh inimmond was once more occupied with the piece of paper he had been studying on the doctor's entrance. Beyond establishing the fact that the man In the peculiar condition was Hiram C. Potts, the American multi millionaire, he could make .nothing out of It. "If only I'd managed to get the whole of It," he muttered to himself for the twentieth time. "That dam' fellah Peterson was too quick." The scrap he had torn off was typewrit ten, save for the American's scrawled signature, and Hugh knew the words by heart. plete paralysis ade of Britain months I do the holder of of five million do desire and earl necklace and the are at present chess of Lam p k no questions btained. AM. C POTTS. At length he replaced the scrap In his pocket-book and rang the bell, James," he remarked as his serv ant came In : "You'd better know that as far as I can see we're up against a tough proposition." . ;, indeed, sir," murmured his sertraht The gentleman is asking for you. sir." Mrs. Denny's voice from the door made them look round. Hugh walked quickly along the pass age to the room where the million aire lay In bed. "How are you feeling?" said Drum mond cheerfully, The man stared at him uncompre- hendlngly, and shook his head, "Do you nemeinber last night?' Hugh continued, speaking very slowly and distinctly. Then a sudden Idea struck him and he pulled the scrap of paper out of his case. "Do you re member signing thatr' For a while the man looked at It; then with a sndden cry of fear he shrank away. "No, no," he muttered, not again." Hugh hurriedly replaced the paper, "Bad break on my part, old bean ; you evidently remember rather too well. It's quite all right," he continued re assuringly; "No one will hurt you Then after a pause "Is your name Hiram Q. Potts?" The man nodded his head doubtful ly and muttered "Hiram Potts" once or twice, as If the words sounded familiar. uo you rememoer driving in a motor car lost night?" persisted Hugh. But what little flash of remem brance had pierced the drug-clouded brain seemed to have passed; the man only stared dazedly at the speak er. Drummond tried him with a few more questions, but It was no use, and after a while he got up and moved toward tne door. "Don't you worry, old son," he said with a smile. "We'll have you Jump ing about like a two-year-old In a cquple of days. Then he paused; the man was evi dently trying to suy something. "What is it you want?" Hugh leant over the bed. "Danger, danger." Faintly the words came, and then, with a siirh. he lay back exhausted. With a grim smile Drummond watched the. motionless figure. rrm afraid," he said half aloud, tnat you're rather, like your medical attendant. Your only contribution to the sphere of pure knowledge is something I know already." He went out and quietly closed the door. And as he re-entered his sit ting-room he found his servant stand ing motionless behind one of the cur tains watching the street below. There's a man. sir," he remarked I withont turning around, "watching the house." , For a moment Hugh stood still, frowning. Then be gave a short laugh. ''The devil there Is I" he re marked. "The game has begun in earnest, my worthy warrior, with the first nine points to us. For posses sion, even of a semi-dazed lunatic, Is nine point v M. iaw. u It not- Tan- . . TWO. At twelve o'clock precisely the bell rang, announcing a visitor, and Drum mond looked up, aa bis servant came into the room. "Yea, James," he remarked. think we are at home. I want you to remain within call, and under no cir cumstances let our sick visitor out of your sight for more than a minute. In fact, I think you'd better sit 'fu nis room." ; James, with a curt "Very good, sir," left the room. Almost at once he returned, and flinging open the aoor, announced Mr. Peterson. Drummond looked up quickly and rose witn a smile. "Good morning," he cried. "Thl Is a very pleasant surprise, Mr. Peter son.- . He waved his visitor to i-iiuir. -nope you've had no more trouble with your car." Mr. Peterson drew off his gloves, smiling amiably. "None at all, thank you, captain Drummond. The chauf feur appeara to have mastered the defect." "It wag your eye on him that did It. Wonderful thing the human optic, as I said to your friend, Mr. flir. Lakington. I hope that he's quite en ana taking nourishment." sort rood only," said the other genially.- "Mr. Lakington had a most unpleasant accident last night most unpleasant. Hugh's face expressed his svmna tny. -now very unfortunate!" he murmured. "I trust nothing serious. l rear bis lower Jaw was fractured in two places." Peterson helped him self to a cigarette from the box be side him. "The man who hit him must have been a boxer." "Mixed up In a brawl, was her1 said Drummond, shaking bis head, should never have thought, from whnt little I've seen of Mr. Lakington, that ne went in tor painting the town red, m nave put him down as a most abstemious man but one never can tell, can one? I once knew a fellab who used to et fighting drunk on three whiskies, and to look at him, you'd have put him down as a parson. wonderful amount of cheap fun that cnap got out of life." Peterson flicked the ash from bis cigarette into me grate. "Shall we come to the point. Captain Drum mond? he remarked affably. Hugh looked bewildered. "The point, Mr. Peterson? Er by all man ner of means." Peterson smiled even more affably, "I felt certain that you were a young man of discernment," he remarked. and I wouldn t like to keep you from your paper a minute longer than nec essary." "Not a bit," cried Hugh. "My time Is yours though I'd very much like to ' know your real opinion of The Juggernaut for the Chester cup. It seems to me that he cannot ufford to give Sumatra seven pounds on their form up to date." Are you interested in gambling?" asked Peterson politely. "A mild flutter, Mr. Peterson, every now and then," returned Drummond. "Strictly limited stakes." . "If you confine yourself to that you will come to no harm," said Pe terson. "It fs when the stakes be come unlimited that the danger of a crash becomes unlimited too." "That is what my mother always told me," remarked Hugh. "She even went further, dear good woman that she was. 'Never bet except on a cer tainty, my boy,' was her constant ad vice, 'and then put your shirt on!' I can bear her saying it now, Mr. Peterson, with the golden rays of the setting sun Jigntmg up her sweet face." Peterson leant forward In his chair. 'Young man," be remarked, "we've got to understand one another. Last night you butted In on my plans, and I do not like people who do that. By an act which, I must admit, appealed to me greatly, you removed something I require something, moreover, which I Intend to have. Breaking the elec tric bulb with a revolver shot shows resource and Initiative. The blow that smashed Henry Laklngton's Jaw In two places shows strength. AH qunlities which I admire, Captain Drummond admire greatly. I should dislike hav ing to deprive the world of those qual ities." ' Drummond gazed at the speaker open-mouthed. "My dear sir," he pro tested feebly, "you overwhelm me. Are yon really accusing me of being a sort 'of wild west show?" He wag gled finger at Peterson. "You know you've been to the movies too much. like my fellah, James. He's got re volvers and tilings on the brain." Peterson's face was absolutely Im passive; save for a slightly tired smile It was expressionless. "Flnat- ly. Captain Drummond, you tore In half a piece of paper which I re quireand removed a very dear old friend of my family, who la now In this bouse. I want them both back, please, and If yon like I'll take them now." Drummond shrugged . his shoulders resignedly. "There is something about you, Mr. Peterson-," be murmured, "which I like. So masterful, so com pelling, so unruffled, I feel sure when yon have finally disabused your mind, of this absurd hallucination that we shall become real friends. "Tell me, wby did you allow this scoundrel to treat you In such an offhand manner?" , "Unfortunately a bullet Intended for him Just missed," answered Peter son casually. "A pity because there would have been no trace of him by now." --juignt De awkward lor you," mur mured Hucrh. "Such method. Mr. Peterson, are illegal, you know. May I offer you a drink?' Peterson declined courteously. Tbank you not at this hour." Then he rose. "I take It, then, that you will not return me my property here and now.' "Still the aame delusion, I see!" re marked Hugh with a smile. "Still the same delusion," repeated Peterson. "I shall be ready to re ceive both the paper and the man up "You're Such an Aggressive Youna man, captain Drummond and, I Fear, Not Very Tactful." till six o'clock tonight at 32A Berneri street ; and it Is possible, I might ever say probable, should they turn up by then, that I shall not find it neces sary to kill you." Hugh grinned. "Your kindly for bearance amazes me," he cried. Should they not arrive by then, I shall be put to the Inconvenience of taking them, and in that case much I regret it you may have to be killed. You're such an aggressive young man, Captain Druiuuioud and. fear, not very tactful." He spoke regretfully, drawing on his gloves; then as be got to the door he paused. I'm afraid that my words will not have much effect," he remarked, "but the episode last night did appeal to me. I would like to spare you I would really. It's a sign of weakness, my young friend, which I view with amazement but nevertheless, It is there. So be warned in time. Return my property to Bernera street, and leave England for a few months." His eyes seemed to burn Into the soldier's bruin. "You are meddling in affairs." he went on gently, "'of the dauger of bleb you have no conception. A fly in the gear-box of a motor-car would be a sounder proposition for a life Insurance than you will be If you continue on your present course." "Where Potts r ; have you hidden (TO BE CONTINUED.) Portraiture on Jewels. Probably the best bit of portraiture done on any Jewel Is that of the head of Mithrldates, the ancient king of font us. This deep violet Image was discovered many years ago In India. 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