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Singular Experience He Located His Quarry, bat Lost tbe Game By HELEN ATWATER "Mr. Hawkins,** said my chief, “you hare tbe name of being tbe slickest de tective on tbe staff. I wisL you to*«rj to catch tbe slickest adventuress tbe country has ever been troubled with Bbe bus called berseif Mrs. WalnrtgbL Miss Tborpe. Margaret Vane, and it i* suspected that she bus masqueraded a? a man calling berseif Edgar Martin dale.*' “What crimes has she committed 7“ “That's a secret. We are employed to produce her by a private party who agrees as soon as she is in oar power to famish tbe necessary papers to bold her. Wbat we are expected to do Is to catch her. and there is a good $l5.OtK! for doing it Now. I'll tell yon wbat I’ll do. If yon snare her I'll give you tbe lion's share. S 10.000." “I suppose yon have located her.” “I have. A telegram baa come from an agency In Chicago stating that she was seen in that city yesterday, and by my order s shadower baa been put on the case with Instructions to keep her In sight till we can send a man there to pounce upon her. 1 wouldn’t trust one of tbelr men. for I believe she would be too sharp for him. Besides. It will require one to whose judgment we can trust not to put us in a position antagonistic to the l^w.” “I see," I replied, and after some more talk aa to details I left tbe office and that evening was speeding on a train to Chicago. I will call my quarry Margaret Vane, is tbe most attractive of her various atlases. The morning I reach ed Chicago I reported at tbe detective agency that had put the shadower on her. And a man was sent with me t«» the house where she was staying. * family hotel, where on looking over tbe register I found her entered as Mrs. Thorpe. I asked the clerk If a Mr. Howland was staying at his bouse, and when be said no 1 told him that I had come there to meet him and that I presumed be would appear either that day or the next. That gave me an ex cuse to go to the hotel frequently and loiter about there If 1 found it expedi eut to do so. There was no photograph of the lady to be bad. and my first work must be to locate her among the guests. I didn't care to make an arrest In fact 1 could not well do so without requisi tion papers, which 1 hsd not I must proceed very differently. Indeed. I could form no plan, but mast be guid ed by circumstances. I bad a descrip tion of tbe woman 1 was, after, and tbe first one I spotted turned out to be tbe lady herself. 1 call her the lady because to look at her and on bearing, tbe well bred modulated tones of her voice no one would take her for any thing else. She was about twenty-two years old. comely and either to the manner born or bad the faculty of per sonating one who was. It occurred to me that the work 1 was eugaged iu might be dangerous. 1 couldn't get it out of my head that she was not aD ad venturess. but a typical lady. I did not wonder that tbe chief bad adraon Ished me to exercise caution. I kept Mika Vane under my eye ex cept iu tbe middle of the night by put ting a woman In tbe hotel to post me at the slightest sign of any Intended move. The day after my arrival my watcher told me that my quarry had been visited during tbe day by a gen tleman of a professional cut Bbe hitd followed him when be went away, and be had gone to a law office. Inquiry about hitn there resulted in discovering that he was the junior partner of the firm of Whitney. Johnston A Gregory. , 1 lost uo time in finding out the standing of the firm and learned that they were not criminal lawyers, but did a general taw business of the most respectable kind. 'What they could have to do professionally or otherwise with a woman whom I had understood was wanted for some heinous offense I was at a loss to Imagine. Mr. Greg ory. who had visited her. was a good looking young man. and 1 thought it possible, even probable, that she had got him under her thumb, as I infer red she had got other men under her thumb, and despite the fact that he was a lawyer would relieve him of his surplus cash. My spy reported a day or two after I reached Chicago that Miss Vane bad called for her bill. * Where she was go ing was not known, but I felt it neces sary to remain at her hotel that night till the Inst train had left for any where and be there in the morning in time to take the first. Tbe lady did not depart that night, but about 8 In the morning, carrying only a light suit case, she took h carriage. I called another and followed her to the Union station. I was next In line behind her when she bought a ticket, which was for Philadelphia, and I purchased one for the same place’. I was delighted at the change, for It would be beneficial to get her nearer home. Shortly before tbe train started a young man came Into the car where she waa and where I had followed her and up to the time the train left they were engaged In earnest conversation I bad not seen Gregory, but he had been minutely de scrlbed to me. and I was mre this per son was he and that he was giving her Instructions on legal matters lo which she was deeply interested. When be left her 1 saw their huh linger in a clasp and believed that the woman waa playing him. She nodded another good by to him from the win* dew, and be turned jnst before they lost sight of each other and threw her a kiss. Prom tbe moment of his de parture her face took oo a troubled look, bat It waa nothing compared with tbe agonised expression that came over it when her glance lighted on me. Tbe start she gave led me to believe that, having seen me at tbe hotel and being constantly banted, she had at once as sumed that I waa after her. At aoy rate I did not believe that she had been warned against me. though as to this 1 was by oo means certain. I was sorry to be tbe cause of oo much dread In an attractive girl who. for ail 1 surely knew to tbe contrary, might be perfectly innocent of any wrongdoing. But I remembered bow deceptive criminals are. wbat nerve they have, and I waa puzzled to under stand why this ooe gave herself away so plainly at tbe sight of a detective. Perhaps it*was this that affected me. Not that I bad much pity. Tbe SIO.OOO 1 was to receive for her capture coun teracted that But somehow every once in awhile It came over me that something was wrong in tbe case. and. remembering that my chief bad taken It from private parties, doubts would constantly be coming up as to whether I was on a profitable boat or whether I would catch a tarter. However. I resolved to remain on tbe train till I and tbe woman reached Philadelphia, and from Pittsburgh tele graphed tbe chief to have tome ooe Id that city to shadow the lady to her stopping place, for It wag plain that it would not do for me to follow her. Meanwhile on the way. fearing she would elude me by getting off the train. 1 never let her out of my sight a moment In fact I did not close my eyes daring tbe night of tbe journey. Tbe SIO,OOO I wee to earn was quits enough to keep them open. Our train should have reached Phil adelphia early in the morning, bat a delay bad thrown us three hours be hind time. Between two cities at the eastern part of oar journey tbe train made no stop for more than an hoar. We were running very fast to make up time. and. not being able to think of any way Miss Vane could get off the train, even if she wished to. and I being very sleepy after my night's vigil. I permitted myself to drop Into a dose. From a doze I must have sunk to sleep, for when 1 awoke forty min utes had elapsed. Naturally I looked to make sure my quarry waa still present. She was not lo the car I went at once to the saloon and tried the door. It was unlocked. No one was within. I went through the train, looking into every seat, every corner. Miss Vane was not to be found, r asked the conductor If we had made any stop during tbe period I had been asleep. He replied In tbe negative. I shuddered. The woman, driven to despair, moij have jumped off the train. That was the last I saw of Miss Vane, at least for more than a year. 1 watched tbe newspapers with a view to finding Information of a body of a woman having been found on the line of tbe railroad 1 had traveled on. tyit never saw any sneb mention. I did not stop at Philadelphia, going right on to New York, where I re ported the strange case to my chief. He was very cool to me. blaming me for having gone to sleep and saying that tbe train had doubtless slowed up going through a town and the wo man had jumped off. Some fourteen months after this mysterious disappearance I saw a no tice In the society columns of a news paper that Henry Gregory of Chicago would tbe next day marry uilns Edith Vinton, a New York heiress. Curiosi ty led me to the church where the ceremony was performed, and who should the bride be but my quarry. 1 was not long In getting an explana tion. Tbe party who bad given ns tbe case was an uncle of tbe lady. He had succeeded In having her placed in a retreat as feeble minded in order to retain possession of her fortune, he being tbe administrator of her estate. She bad escaped and in order to dodge those be employed to catch her had passed under various names. Tbe chief was deceived in tbe premises by the administrator taking the case without the proper Information. As to the lady's disappearance from the train. It was done In this wise: Passing through a town, our train steamed at a good rate of speed be side another going tbe same way. Miss Vinton, confident that I was after her to return her to the retreat she dreaded, went to tbe rear door of the car without being observed and passed out on to tbe platform. At the mo ment the two trains were moving at equal speed. Then her own train be gan to gain on tbe other, but very slowly. When two platforms came to. gether she bravely stepped aboard tbe other train. This information I got from the lady berseif. for I called on her husband and told him of my efforts to make an ar rest of Miss Vincent before she be came Mrs. Gregory under a misappre hension of tbe facts. I apologised through him and begged him to permit me to apologize directly to his wife. He promised to secure me this permis sion. If possible, and after a time sent me an Invitation. After I bad explain ed my connection with the matter 1 asked her how she had escaped and received the explanation given above. “I could never have done It." abe said, “except that I was sure you were iutendlug to take me back to that dreadful imprisonment." She was then In possession of a large fortune. A WELL THAT ENDED WELL Hard Lusk. However, by Loupe Preced ed the Pise every. “When I waa a boy.** said tbe story teller, "I lived in the Pennsylvania eO country and my grandfather owned a Mg farm down there. They had never found oil within five or mix miles of grandfather's place, bat they were gradually edging along in his direction, and we all expected that sooner or later somebt dy would uncover a gush er there. That would mean a fortune for grandfather, and as 1 was his only heir I naturally took considerable in terest in tbe matter. Well, one day a rich oil man came along and made aa offer for grandfather's farm. They had struck a good well near by. and everybody bad com# to tbe conclusion that grandfather’s farm was In tbe middle of tbe oil belt. Our friends ad vised against tbe acceptance of the first offer, which would have been twenty times as much aa the farm would bare been worth if no oil had been there, but it waa certain that If oil were discovered on tbe farm we could get $50,000 and perhaps SIOO,OOO more than the price mentioned by the first bidder. •• fleeing that grandfather wouldn't aell, tbe man leased a couple of acres from him and started to pot down a test well. It was expected that they would ba»e to drill about a thousand feet to reach the sand In which tbe oil was located, and when they got down that far not a sign of oil bad been found, so they decided to torpedo tbe thing. "The scheme waa to put a lot of nitroglycerin into the well and blow it up. That often made gushers of what at first seemed to be dry boles. They brought a large quantity of tbe explosive stuff to the farm and stored It In a little shed, expecting to blow up the well the next day. Here's where the bard luck comes in. “It happened that I hid a goat, and this goat got Into tbe shed where the explosive was stored. Boy I Ike. I rushed In to get the goat out, and grandfather and a crowd of the well drillers saw me. They were horror stricken. For a moment nobody could move or even •peik. Then grandfather offered his farm to any one who would rescue me. One of ihe drillers accepted the offer and entered the shed, where be suc ceeded in getting the goat by the horns just before he had butted into tbe can of nitroglycerin. “He flung the goat out through the open door of tbe shed, and then, catch ing me In bis arms, carried me out In safety to grandfather. Tbe old gentle man Insisted on deeding the place over to him then and there. The next day they attempted to. torpedo the well and then It waa discovered that tbe can which waa supposed to be full of nitroglycerin contained nothing hot lard, and the goat died of the shoefe It had sustained when It waa thrown from the abed. Eventually the well turned out to be a gusher.**—Chicago Record-Herald. Quito Definite. Some people find It difficult to deter mine just what constitutes a man’s In come for the purpose of taxation, but a justice of tbe peace in a New Jersey village was Intent upon there being no mistake in his case. He made his return to tbe tax as sessor In the words: "For the last two years my income has been a little un der SOOO a year, but in tbe future it will be more precarious, as the man from whom I borrowed that money (my father-in-law) la now dead”— Brooklyn Life. Looked Suspicious. "Milk will quench a fire caused by kn exploding lamp,' water only, spreading the oil." said tbe professor. "Well, I tried to quench a fire by put ting milk on It once." raid the milk man, “but It didn't put the fire out." "Well, next time you try It be sure you haven't put any water in the milk."—Yonkers Statesman. Foiled. Tbe Captain (1000)—So tbe dungeon game won't work* The Warder—No. Somebody Smug gled an empty hogshead and a couple of wall mottoes in to the prisoner, and he thinks he’s in a rathskeller.—Puck. Tracked. Man (mysteriously)—l recognize In that woman a holdup agent. Detective (excitedly)—What woman? Man—My baby's nurse.—Baltimore American. Fend Palaver. “How’s your oldest pollywog?" “Oh, he is doing first rate. He It cutting his eyelegm" The Joy Rkler. There was a man In our town Who dearly loved a lark. Be jumped Into hla motorcar And speeded through the dark. And when he saw his lights were oat With nerve at highest pitch Be sped on faster tin he lit The whole ear In a ditch. ■“Harper's Weekly. The Scrap Book Why Ho Wept. A medieval sultan had soch an alarm fegly grotesque and ugly face that he ltd all tbe mirrors removed from his palace so that he might avoid the pels of seeing his own features. This sultan called on hla grand vizier one day and by acci dent happened to catch sight of hia reflect ion. His hideoosness over powered him, and be broke Into vio lent sobbing. In this outburst tbe vizier promptly ■SOKE ixto vioLgjrr BOBBING. Joined. Finally the sultan calmed down, wiped his eyes and got ready to smoke and talk, but not so the vlster. He sobbed on and en. Ills master, tappiug his slip per impatiently on the cushions, waited for him to cease. At length the | saltan got angry and exclaimed: "Why do you weep longer than I, vizlerr "Alas." the grand vizier re plied. “yon wept. ■a SOBBED ON. O commander of the faithful, because you saw your face but for an Instant but I see it all day and every day." Today. ■ay not tomorrow. Today Is your own To parcel as you will. For who can tell that when the day has flown He shaU be living stUIT Ob. blest Is be whose dally balance sheet Brings perfect work to view. Whose closing day leaves no task Incom plete For other hands to do! Tomorrow’s but a Jack-o'-lantern sprite That flees the laggard's clasp. Today's ths power whose hand of gradoui might , Holds fortune in its grasp. Risked Out the Largest. There was a good but grouchy abort stop in one of tbe minor league clubs a few years ago who bad a grudge against an umpire. Before the game tbe player bragged to hla teammates of what be would do to tbe umpire if the umpire started anything on the field. There was no trouble. It hap pened, end when the club got back to the clubhouse the shortstop told hla i.them win tea how locky the umpire was that he did not try to renew the trou ble between them. “I waa ready for him." eaid the shortstop, "for I would have laid him out. I have two large pool balls Ir my pocket I brought out from the hotel, end I'd have soaked him with them. They were the largest I could find, too, for I picked out the fourteen and the fifteen."—Philadelphia Satur day Evening Post. Worrying the Qeffer. After the bungling golf beginner missed tbe ball seven times the caddy held up his band.. "There’s' a man ganging across In front of ye," he said. “What if he la?" retorted the novice, very nd from his exertions. "I didn’t tell him tor "Ye maun cry ‘Foref if there’s any body in the way when ye’re gaun tat hit the toa\” “That’s all very well," exclaimed the novice angrily, "but how am I to know when I’m going to hit the baDT A Hot Bird. There was a queer prank played by several members of a Walnut street dub ou a fellow member who a few daya ago made the rather raA an nouncement that be never so forgot himself as to become intoxicated. The friends of "the man with the iron will," as he was at once named, determined to prove that he bad made a false boast. So he was Invited to attend a banquet at a fashionable ho tel. Sparkling wine flowed freely, and he very soon "forgot” Then his friends paid for a room in the fourth floor. Tbe "man with the iron will” waa put to bed. Hia friends smeared bis body with vaseline and then, that he might not take cold, rolled him in a mass of faathsrs obtained by slitting open a pair of pillows. They turned on tbe steam heat full force and left In* about three hours "tbe man with the Iron will" stirred uneasily. In a mo ment his eyes opened. In a bewildered fashion be glanced at hia bands and saw that he was covered with feathers. He gasped. Then a thought struck him, and ha muttered. "This must be hades and I am a bird."—Philadelphia Timet. Forgetting Himself. An elderly gentleman who knew something of law lived in an Irish village where no lawyers had ever penetrated and was in the habit oi pis king the wills of hla neighbors. At an early hour one morning b« was aroused from hla slumber by a knocking at bis gate and, putting hit Bead out of the window, he asked whe waa there. “It’s me. your Fisher tj. I could not get a wink of sleep thinking of the will I have made." “What’s the matter with the wUIP naked the lawyer. •Hatter. Indeed!" replied Pat "Whore, I’ve not left myself a thm lofted stool to alt upon!” Van Below end BereaaAe. In one ef his letters Von Bnlow «e flan to Sonant* aa follows: “He has enchanted me beyond measure, par ffienjariy In hla concert of yesterday, when be played a splendid work, Wympboale Espagnole.* by Lalo played In so genuinely artistic a man ner that today I am still Intoxicated with It Hia playing also of the Baint gaont concert piece for violin is as en trancing aa Interesting. It Is a shame that bo cannot come to see me. N. B. —I have purposely avoided hla person al acquaintance. Perhaps he has tried to see me, for over my door stands ths notice: “Morn tugs—wet to be seen. Afternoons not at borne. “Bnt perhaps he did not ring tbe hell. (He never plays under LOO® francs—be received this sum here at a private musical#.) For secretary he has Otto Goldschmidt, who sent me a pass, which I returned with the re mark that for such an Important con cert I could certainly afford to boy my ticket. Six marks waa In no way too much to pay." Bulow did make hia acquaintance, however, as he refers In a later letter (d Sanaate coming, quite unexpected ly, to a "conference with Johannes" (Brahms), at which be himself waa present He Preferred Mules. One of the pet hobbies of Benator Christopher Magee waa hla newspaper, tbe Pittsburg Times. He kept the pa per well to tbe front and It was a credit to modem journalism. One morning the Times had been scooped en a railway wreck. "Senator." askfcd an intimate ac quaintance, "how.do you console your self on tb» loss of that wreck story this morning?” "By congratulating ourselves," he an swered quickly, "that we are among tbe number who missed that 111 fated tra^n.” On another occasion as the senator was approaching the Times building on Fourth avenue he noticed a crowd gathered *V>ut a wagon which was filled with huge rolls of newspaper. A wheel was caught In a deep rut In the pavement andtv«tld not be budged. "Senator," laughed a friend, “they managed at last to jiet your paper Into a rut” “Yes," answered Mr. Jfagee. his eyes twinkling with good humor, "and I’m aot trusting to men to get it out again, but to mules."—Philadelphia Press. Vanity of Men. In a woman’s club, over tea and cigarettes, a group of ladies cited many, many Instances of the foolish vanity of males. “Take the case of bees," one said. “Because tbe queen bee rules the hive, because she Is the absolute mistress •f millions of subjects, man up to a flew hundred years ago denied her sex. He called her the king bee. "Pliny wrote somewhere. The king bee la the only male, all tbe rest being females.’ And Moses Rusden, beekeep er to Charles 11., stoutly denied. In or der to please his royal master, that the large bee, the ruler of the hives, be longed to tbe gentler sex. "Even Bbakespeare couldn’t bear to think that tbe bee of bees, the largest and wisest and fairest, tbe hive's ab solute lord, was a female. No, all the proofs notwithstanding. Shakespeare called her a male. Don’t you remem ber the lines— “ Creatures that by a rule in nature teach The act of order to a peopled kingdom. They have a king and officers of sorts." —New Orleans Tlmes-DemocraL Casualties Expected. Daring one of Speaker Cannon's bit ter political fights in bis district In Illi nois the opposition resorted to desper ate tactics. Among other things friends of Uncle Joe were summarily dismiss ed from positions they held In the pub lic service. Some of his friends be came alarmed at this, and one of them called on the speaker at his residence and said, somewhat excitedly: "Joe. Smith and Jones have jnst lost their positions In tbe postofflee. What are we going to do about It?" Uncle Joe took another puff at his cigar and then answered, with a benev olent smile: "Nothing. If you go into battle, you have got to expect to have some dead and wounded." A Precaution. “Young man," said her father, “1. don’t want yon to be too attentive to my daughter." - ► “Why— er—really," stammered the timid young man, T bad hoped, to marry her some"— "Exactly, and I’d like to have you marry her, but if you're too attentive to her you won’t have money enough to do it.’’—Liverpool Mercury. Almost Qualified. "Help your scoffed the irate house wife. "Well, I guess not I only as sist Invalids.” “Well, mum," responded Beefsteak Ben ns he tried to remove the bulldog from his shins, ’Til be an Invalid If I stay here much longer.” The Poor Milkman Again. The milkman was boiling over with Indignation. “And you mean to say my milk don’t look right?” he snapped. “Why, lady, this can of milk Is a picture!" “Ah, yes,” langbed tbe keen house wife; “a fine water color.”—Exchange. Rest loss. Caller—So your cook baa passed away to a better place? Hostess—Yea, but I don't know if she’ll stay. Poor Bridget waa very bard to suit—Boston Trav eler. "The poet is born, not made,” saystb tbe proverb. In other words, tt Isn’t hla own fault. HOW TO USE THE ROAD DRAG Get tbe Riftit Materials and Doil Mako tt Too Heavy. PUNKS OR LOGS ARE BEST. Two Principles Involved In the Suc cessful Operation of the Drag—Posi tion ef the Driver and Length ef the Hitch te Be Considered. Tbe earth road Is by far the most common type of highway In this coun try. Its cheapness In comparison with other types of construction and the ab ‘sence in many sections of tbe country of rock, gravel or other hard natural materials for road building will render its use necessary for many years to come. There are at present In this country about 1,000,000 miles of such roads, most of which must be maintained by some means more or less inexpensive. Tbe spilt log drag is of great service on roads of this class, and an increasing mileage of tbe rural highways of this country is being kept in repair econom ically and well by the nse of this sim ple implement Two mistakes are commonly made In constructing a drag. The first lies in making it too heavy. It should be so light that one man can easily lift it Besides, a light drag responds more readily to various methods of bitching nAn dbao. and to the shifting of the position and weight of the operator, both of which are essential considerations. The other mistake is in the use of squared timbers Instead of those with sharp edges, whereby tbe cutting ef fect of the sharp edges Is lost and the drag is permitted to glide over Instead of to equalize tbe irregularities in tbe surface of the road. A dry cedar log is tbe best material for a drag Ked elm and walnut when thoroughly dried are excellent, and box eider, soft maple or even willow Is preferable to oak, bJckory or ash. Drags are often constructed of planks instead of logs. There is noth ing in tbe construction of a plank drag that calls for particular meutlon ex cept the strengthening of the planks along their middle line by a 2 by 6 inch strip. A triangular strip may be used under the lower edge of the blade to give it tbe proper cutting slope. Tbe successful o|w?rntiou of a drag involves two principles, which, when thoroughly understood and intelligent ly applied, make road working with this implement very simple. The first concerns tbe length and position of the bitch, while the second deals with the position of tbe driver on tbe drag. Each Influences tbe other to a large extent, and successful manipulation of the drag is dependent upon an under standing M both of them. For ordinary purposes tbe snatch link or clevis should be fastened far enough toward the blade end of the chain to force tbe unloaded drag to follow tbe team at an angle of 45 de grees. This will cause the earth to move along tbe face of the drag smoothly and will give comparatively light draft to the team, provided the driver rides in tbe line of draft. Some times, however, conditions are met BtotruT or draooincl which # require special treatment, and in a foiling country such conditions are not infrequent Often a flat place several rods In length or a seepy spot needs special attention. The distance from the drag at which the team Is bitched affects the depth of the cutting. Shortening the chain tends to. lift the front slab from the ground. A longer hitch causes the blade to cut more deeply. The length of hitch muy be regulated by lengthen ing and shortening the chain at the end which runs through the hole in the blade end of the drag. The advantages to be gained from the persistent use of a road drag may be summarized as follows: First.—Tbe maintenance of a smooth, serviceable earth road free from ruts and mudboles. Second.—Obtaining such a road sur face with the expenditure of very little money and labor in comparison with the money and labor required for other methods. Third.—The reduction of mud in wet weather and of dust in dry weather.