THE FARMINGTON TIMES, FARMINGTON, MO.
The Adventures of a Demobilized
Officer Who Found feace Dull
By CYRIL McNEILE
Oopjrrlthl tr Oeo. H. Doraa O.
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"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.
"Compressed-air rifle or electric.'
be imitlered to himself, stumbling on,
and half dragging, half carrying his
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. . . .
With a quick movement he raised
er hand to his lips; then he slipped
The Humorous Thing Is That I
Haven't an Idea Who the Bird la
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.
Which Things Happen In Half
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
"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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
"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
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- . .
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
"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
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
"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
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
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
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
--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
"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."
Potts r ;
have you hidden
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
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