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CHAPTER XVl.—Continued.
well —it doesn’t mutter any
way,” I soothed. “Just tell him aguln
I'm not at home, and If he says any
t thing more repeat it —and keep on re
peating It till he goes, for I won’t see
him. But, George”—this I said stern
, ly—“if you bring that man up—after
what I've said to you—you needn’t
say good morning to me next Sunday.”
» George understood the allusion—l
always, give him a quarter on Sunday
morning when he brings the paper up.
« He grinned and departed.
“Now, what new dodge is this?” I
cogitated. carrying the paper to iny
r study and examining It in the light.
The writing was distinctly foreign—
French or German in the “r’s.” The
“mademoiselle’’ also suggested a for
The hell rang. I sut down. The bell
rang again. 1 pat my feet on a has
sock. turned up my nose slightly,
smiled and sat still. The door was
pounded—not furiously, hut with evi
dent determination—and the bell rang
At this I thought I’d better show a
sign of life, so I went and called
t through without opening.
“Stop that noise!” I commanded an
grily. Noise stopped.
l , Both persons waited for the other
to say something. As the opposite
side didn’t I called through again,
' t “Who is it?”
“Police detective.”
The words were hissed through In
• n stage whisper, and I noticed a for
eign accent on “police.” I thought I
might as well look at him, anyway—
■ which I did through the crack without
removing the chain-holt. I saw a
rather short, very slight man—pongee
» colored, to he accurate —with an Intel
ligent. honest-looking face, but very
common clothes—cheap ready-made
l « overcoat and hat. Yet the man had
very much of an air about him.
“Well?” said I in as unwelcoming a
■ - tone as I could.
"I wished to see you about Made
moiselle de Ravonol—the young lady
’ who crossed In the stenmer with you.”
> “Well?” said I.
“She has disappeared.”
i * “Well?” And this last from me left
him quite In the air, as I saw by his
frown. How r ever, he made a fresh
I * start :
“Mademoiselle de Ravenol crossed
I In the same steamer with you about
’ two weeks ago. did she not ?”
“She may have.”
(■ “Her name Is on the passenger list
with yours—l have the list here” —he
produced some papers, but apparently
I k did not find that he had the list, and
[ with a gesture of impatience appealed
to me—“l am correct, am I not —she
t crossed with you on the same
“What have I to do with that?” I
, asked curtly, wondering what he was
driving at; for of course I knew Claire
hadn’t disappeared since last night,
. and if she had he wouldn’t be asking
me about the steamer. “Dozens of
people crossed on the same steamer
with me.”
S "Naturally,” he admitted, trying to
j be picnsant. “But this Mademoiselle
. » de Ravenol—she crossed In your care,
did she not?”
* "She did not.”
“She did not?” he asked In a sur
prised sort of way, as If he thought I
was lying. “In whose, then, may I
* ask?’*
I merely shrugged, as though to tell
i him, “Find out for yourself.” Seeing
I *it he did not pursue that line but
I tried this: “You saw a good deal of
| her on the stenmer, did you not—
I ’talked with her frequently?”
I ignored this last and told him,
1 “But I have no information to give
J ’’you! Nothing at all. She did not
I come over with me—l had no charge
2 of her—no responsibility for her ac*
I 4 1ions on board the steamer, or for her
I being met or not met or anything
I else.”
I * "Certainly. I understand.” He
[ gave the door a little push as a hint
’ to me. “But do you not see that you
l ’might furnish me with a valuable
5 clue?” He gave the door a harder
{ and as It clicked on the chaln
j bolt lie repeated, “If you allow me to
j enter that we may discuss this in pri
-1 ,vate —”
I thought I saw m3*self letting a
% strange man enter with all those dia
l loose in a box with pens! And
• at the thought of them I saw that this
j inighr be only another plot of mon
j sleur’s! ,
I looked at him In n way that made
\ him think I was considering my re
j *ponsibilltles, and then I asked as cas
\ ually as I could, “But at what time did
she disappear?”
' “Ah, that is the question—when?"
he cried, giving a trugle—or what he
meant to be tragic—gesture to show
iiow utterly the girl had vanished.
And he stopped to consider what he
i should tell me next, and I. seeing no
i chance to catch a clue for myself,
! added. “If you are simply free-lancing
! In the case I should not feel justified
I la discussing her with you—but If
1 her father is employing you -If It Is
* Fe who has put the case In your
hands—that la a different matter, and
I see uo objection to telling you ull
I know.” ,
lie took the bait, hook and sinker !
“It Is her father who has placed the
matter in iny hands,” he replied con
vincingly; and at the same time he
gave the door a shove as If to say.
"Now you must let me in !’’ and drop
ping his voice to a whisper: “You will
understand also why the greatest se
crecy must be maintained!”
“Oh. of course. Now, when did she
I got this off In a tone to indicate
that I was thawing out. Not lost on
him! He answered with a quick hut
vague. “Shortly after lauding.’’
"You don’t say!” I exclaimed, wish
ing to seem shocked and trying to
keep back a laugh at the way he'd
given himself away. But the uext mo
ment I realized that the fellow could
have no possible connection with
It came over me with a rush that
this w*as a plot agaiust Claire herself!
Was it to kidnap her and hold her
for ransom? Her California grand
father, now dying, was reputed many
times the millionaire. Or was this the
counterplot of some other nation
ugainst Germany for the possession of
Mexico? —an effort to strike at De
Ravenol, the emperor’s messenger,
through his daughter and put a spoke
in the treaty?
I experienced a positive shock as
this situation burst on me. I must get
rid of tills detective immediately, yet
not let him guess whnt I was now
fairly certain of, so I told him with
affected cordiality, “I see just how It
Is —and that you wish to keep this se
cret v.s long as possible. I’m sorry—
but It Isn’t convenient for me to re
ceive you at this moment.”
“Can >*ou make It this afternoon?"
he asked.
“Not very well—unless you wish to
meet a reporter from one of the big
dallies." I gave him a look that said,
“That's what I'm trying to avoid for
He started slightly and hastily
begged me, “Do not let the press get
hold of this! I huve spoken to you
In confidence —I felt I might trust
“Certainly*. Tomorrow at nine will
bo safe I think. Shall I expect you?"
I saw he was about to demur at this,
but the rumbling of the elevator, com
ing nearer and nearer, had attracted
his attention. The top of the car
showed up at our door.
“Nine,” he whispered, giving me a
signal to be silent; and with that he
slipped noiselessly to the stnirs —the
way he had come up—und disap
The car door opened and Billy
jumped out. I hastily undid the chain
bolt and he bounded In with a “What
do you think?” and dragged me along
the hall, out of earshot of the door,
and then cried In an excited whisper,
“Your ‘mossoo* bus flew the coop!”
Billy flung his hat on the table nnd
repeuted his words—“ Your ‘mossoo’
has Hew the cooj>—do you hear?” for
I had been too astonished to say any
thing when I heard them the first
“Gone —bag and baggage ! Evapo
rated ! Took a carriage and told the
driver the Waldorf.”
“Then he’s not gone very far,” I re
marked, without thinking, only to
have Billy ask scornfully:
“Do you suppose I haven’t -a
there already? I tell you he’s li out
for parts unknown—that’s the size of
it, and I want to know what for! He
left the hotel at seven in the morn
ing—seven, mind you, before anybody
was out of bed. He hadn’t registered
at the Waldorf by eleven—and he
hasn’t registered at any of the other
big hotels. I got a hunch he’s got
some new scheme on and there's no
use looking for him In New York. Do
you imagine he would go to Washing
ton on his own hook —with his daugh
ter and all —and lay the case before
the president? I mean to lay a case
before the president—trust little old
‘rnossoo’ to tell only what he wants
known !”
“Suppose he has!” I cried, and then
I added. “That would be almost too
good to be true.”
“Yes—l feel that way—l klnd-a
don’t seem to feel thut he did—ray
hunch doesn’t say lie did. But suy—
I’ve been figuring It oat coming up
on the sub—your ‘mossoo’ is laying n
new trap for you and Mrs. Deiario.
He knows one of you two women has
got the diamonds —he knows It In his
boots, no matter what you say—and
anyway you have. He knows you’ve
got ’em—that you’re bound to keep
’em—and wouldn’t dare sell or tell.
See? That’s where he’s got you; and
he knows you’re both of you slinking
In >*our boots."
“I’m shaking, all right l’ve had
my fill of diamonds!” I admitted bit
“And that’s how he argues. He’s
only got to give you a new scare of
some sort —nnd wait. And I bet you,
too, you get your scare inside an
“Perhaps I’ve had It already!” I
cried, suddenly recollecting my mys
terious detective, whom I had forgot
ten in this new development of af
fairs. and I told Billy the story. But
when I came to my suspicions that It
was Claire the man was after Killy
flopped down ull in a heap on the
“Good Lord!” he gasped. “It might
be!” and for some minutes he sat
there, squeezing his hands and glar
ing at the floor. Suddenly Mrs. Thltig
down-stalrs began rendering her Men
delssohn’s “Spring Song” of a pig on
ice, nnd Bill)* jumped up in irritation
and paced the floor. 1 was glad of
her performance—lt was a gratuitous
contribution to the safety of conversa
tion in my own flat.
“Tell me again everything your de
tective man said," commanded Billy.
“And you’re sure he’s a tec.?"
“I'm not sure of un.vthing," I re
turned. “I had nothing to go on hut
what he said and what I guessed. He
may have been u fancy burglar—a lit
erary burglar, after my last novel;
such things have happened.” 1 saw
Billy's lip curl at this frivolous sug
gestion. but I ran on. “He may be n
gentleman crook—someone on the
steamer whom I didn’t know hut who
noticed 1 had an interest In the girl
and is using it now to get in here anti
map the grounds so lie can eonie back
und rob and murder me."
“Oh, don’t Joke," he begged discon
solately. “This is awfully serious.
Why couldn't this man—.you sny you
“Your ‘Mossoo’ Has Flew the Coop.”
think he’s a foreigner—why couldn’t
he be the emperor's follow-up? Now
“He could.”
“Say—that’s what he Is! And ‘mos
soo’ got wind of him last night anti
scooted for the tall timbers! The em
peror wouldn’t lust hand ‘mossoo’ a
box of diamonds like thut and tell him
just to take ’em and present ’em with
his compliments—they don’t do things
that way over here. He’d send n
second man to see that the first man
did his Job according to contract. And
why isn't tills the man?”
It did look possible—though I
couldn’t still see why he had begun his
acquaintance with me—telling me a lie
about Claire. While I was wondering
over it. Billy remarked, “Poor De
Ravenol has got his troubles all right.
He knows the old man’s ufter him ami
he’s lost the goods. Say, you can af
ford to pity him now."
A wave of utter despair swept over
ide. I know of nothing more unhing
ing than tin* facetious nonchalance of
the young male in face of a serious sit
uation. I was read)* to weep. I was
saved from it by the ringing of the
front bell.
I put up the chnin-bolt before I
opened It—l hud sense enough for
that —and then I cried: “You!" and re
ceived a sharp. “Ssh! Let me In,
It was Mrs. Deiario. When I sew
her, you could have knocked me down
with a feather. I let her In and
whisked her into my bedroom and shut
the door on us. My first thought was
Billy—lie hud naturally looked down
the hall when I went to the door —
and I knew he'd guess immediately
who it was; but though I hud told her
the part he hail already ployed in our
adventure she hadn’t met him and I
had the presence of mind not to spring
him on her till I’d found out what she
came for. She had cuught sight of
him nnd now spoke in a whisper.
“You can’t guess what’s happened!”
“Whnt uext!” I gasped, almost in a
“Monsieur has simply dumped Claire
hack on my hands and decamped—
without a word of real explanation!”
“Oh. never!”
“It’s what he’s done! And I’m In the
worst pickle! Whnt does It all mean?
He came lust evening and told me he’d
just seen you and you told him I had
the diamonds—”
“What a lie I” I hurst out Involun
“And then this morning—before I'm
even out of bed —this comes by a mes
senger." She nnd drawn ont n letter
from her bag; she took it out of the
envelope and handed it to me, remark
ing at the same time. "There was fifty
dollars in it.” The letter read:
“Dear Madame Deiario:
“I was ur.ahle to return according
to promise because of telegraphic com
munication notifying me that my wife
—Claire's mother—ls probably ill with
a fatal Illness and I am leaving for
California Immediately. My child
knows nothing of her mother’s illness
and the reason of my so sudden depar
ture. I am concealing it from her by
saying that It Is diplomatic business
which calls me away. It would be
cruelty to subject her so sensitive na
ture to anxiety nnd shock of long Jour
ney when she could not hope to see
her mother alive.
"I Implore you In human kindness
take pity on her once more and shel
ter her for a few days, keeping from
tier the knowledge of this calamity
that threatens her. I shall communi
cate with you In a few days. My
gratitude." etc.
"And Claire followed It In an hour!”
Mrs. DHarin whispered.
“Did he bring her?”
“No—he sent her in a carriage. Of
course he didn’t bring her! He didn’t
take any chances of my refusing to
keep her for him.”
"Poor child!” I exclaimed. “She
was devoted to her mother—lt will be
a terrible blow to her."
Mrs. Deiario sniffed at me—taking
the letter from iny hand and glancing
at It before she answered: “You don't
think for a minute there's anything the
matter with Claire's mother, do you?”
“There Isn't?”
“Why, of course not! . . . Oh. I
know,” she answered the question she
must have read in my face. “I psycho
metrized tills note as soon ns I got it.
That man can’t deceive me—l feel
‘scheme’ und ‘plot’ all over it.”
She held it a moment in n testing
sort of way. running her lingers hack
and forth over It, then placed It In my
hand, asking: “Can’t you feel the oc
cult Influences?” and looked us If she
! expected me to reply that I could feel
! the occult Influences, plain as any
thing. Which I couldn’t. She seemed
disappointed and put the letter Into
j its envelope and that Into her hand
bag. remarking: “It’s part of a scheme
lie’s working. I haven't made out the
rest of it—l’m not clear on it yet,
though I know it’s something—tricky.”
“And you think lie didn’t go to Cali
fornia ?”
“I’m sure he didn't —I can’t see a
journey for him—l mean an immediate
Journey. There are journeys all around
him—he travels a great deal—but I
don’t see anything for today—for to
morrow ; there's nothing like that near.
But I do get the word—clalraudient
ly—‘Hiding.’ That doesn't help things
very much for us, if lie is!”
“Or for Claire!”
"No. But please don't think I’m not
willing to do all I cun for the child
for her own soke. But having her
thrust on me in this mysterious
She broke off and looked ut me help
lessly and I finished for her: “Has up
set you.”
“Terribly! I’m nearly distracted!
And thut Isn't all —I mean Claire’s be
ing thrust on me; there's a new man
come on the scene —I’m more troubled
übout him than almost anything else.”
“A new man? When did he ap
“Last nlglit—Just after I got back
from here nnd was waiting for mon
sieur; so I let him In—” and she de
scribed the very man who hud Just
been to see me, and who was either u
thief or Baron von Follow-up for the
Emperor William, ns Billy had called
him. He hud reached Mrs. Deiario us
he had me, through Claire, saying slie
bad disappeared.
“And what’s your Impression of this
new man?” I asked. I was beginning
to take some little stock in her Impres
sions. partly because they coincided
with my own; partly becuuse I was
clutching at anythiug that might help.
“Trouble —trouble for monsieur. I
get the word clalraudiently. You see,
I’m so upset—why, iny deur. It isn't
any more possible for me to do my
work—get my readings right—in an at
mosphere of confusion —and fear and
anxiety—than It is for you to do your
work—write, and compose beautiful
things. You couldn't, could you? You
couldn’t write. If you were ull upset?”
I admitted I shouldn't expect to pro
duce much of my own line of goods
under like circumstances; and having
won this from me, she laid her hand on
my nrin in an appealing way and said:
“It’s why I came to you—l didn't know
whnt else to do or where to turn for
advice. What am I to do about Claire?"
I was sure I didn't know, hut I asked
some trite question about liow she
seemed to he taking'll.
“The poor child went Into hysterics
the minute she got In the house! I
hud to put her to bed. I’rn afraid she’s
in for a sickness —a nervous break
Taking Things for Granted.
Life has many disappointments be
cause too many people take things for
granted. History Is still busy record
ing episodes that grow out of humun
presumption. The whole thing grows
out of a mixture of Ignorance and un
due familiarity with other people’s
rights. No matter how well you may
know another you have no right to pre
sume upon his attitude toward you.
The best of men cannot always carry
other people’s burdens unless they
know* when to take them on. Even
big financial Interests have times thut
they cannot loud up with extra bur
dens. The fellow who thinks he cun
work others at will simply 'uke* things
for granted.—Exchange.
When the electric power of a Chicago manufacturing concern falls there
will he no let up In the work us a result of a twelve-day experiment recently
completed. George Davis, president of the company, set his automobile up
on a platform, substituted pulleys on the rear uxle shafts for the wheels and
connected these pulleys to the factory power shaft. But the belts slipped
and the auto wheels and tires were replaced. The car then ran a 220-volt
generator 24 hours a day for 12 days, supplying the factory with current for
light nnd power without any curtailment In the plant’s output.
Equalization and Proper Atten
tion of Car’s Machinery Are
Clevises and Other Parts Are Not
Provided With Any Means of Lu
brication—Become Quite Noisy
and Rattlesome.
The automobile owner is hardly to
ho blamed because he neglects the
brake nnd control linkage on Ids car.
It is all beneath the chassis, and It Is
certainly not arranged In such away
he can give it any marked attention.
The clevises, and other parts of the
points of the control rods are not pro
vided with any means of lubrication,
so that there seems to be little or noth
ing that the owner can do to take
care of this part of the car.
Yet It Is the brake nnd control
rods which eventually become the
most noisy nnd rattlesome parts of
the car. The little yoke connec
tions with which the little ends of
the rods are held together, become
full of grit nnd are naturally bound
to wear.
Th»* connections through which the
brakes are operated are simple ami
easy to follow. The pedal or lever
Is pivoted and connected with a set
of rods and linkage arranged In such
n way as to transmit the motion of
the foot or hand In reduced and
hence more powerful leverage to the
brake mechanism.
Brake Adjustment.
In adjusting brakes some precau
tions must be kept In mind. In the
case of the foot-brake, which Is gen
erally the external or contracting
type, the hands bear on the exterior
of the drums In securing the braking
effect. There Is generally an adjust
ment on the exterior part of the
brake itself where the adjustment can
he inode without any danger of
changing the throw of the linkage.
This is very Important, because If
the throw or centers of the links are
changed in their relationship they
will he affected by the motion of the
Perhaps you have noticed in some
cars that If you watch the brake
pedal. It will move In or out as the
car springs are deflected. The rea
son for this Is that the rod which
connects the brake linkage with the
brake operating units, or. In other
words, the last !lnk In the ehalri of
rods Is centered so thnt the upward
and downward motion of the chas
sis centers about such a point In re
lation to the pivot point of the rod
that It becomes relatively longer or
shorter nnd consequently moves the
brake mechanism.
There are a great many manufac
turers who are not putting equalhfers
on their ears‘and In these makes It Is
very essential to see thnt the brakes
are adjusted uniformly.
How to Test Brakes.
An easy way to test the brakes Is
to drive at about ten miles an hour
while some one Is watching the rnr.
Apply the brnke slightly and allow
the observer to note If one wheel was
locked before the other. If so, tight
en the adjust men( on the last wheel to
lock nnd try It ngnln. The test can
be made on any kind of a road where
the surface beneath each wheel Is the
same. A flat piece of asphult makes
«• very good place to hold such a tost.
Handy Device When Driving Car
at Moderate Rate.
Saw-Tooth Edge Engages Lip, Ratchet-
Fashion, Regardless of Wear on
Lining of Band—Wearisome
Task Is Avoided.
In using n car with planetary trans
mission, It was found wearisome to
keep the low-speed pedal down by foot
pressure when driving uphill or trav
eling through sand or mud. The pedal
was therefore equipped with n piece
of *4-111. sheet steel, with ears or
flanges on both sides, by means of
which It was pivoted on a small pin
fitted through a hole drilled in the
pedal Just below the pad. A long piece
of *4-In. sheet steel, with u number of
By Means of a Toothed Plate the Low-
Speed Pedal of an Automobile Is
Held Down Without Pressure From
the Driver's Foot.
teeth at the end which enguge a steel
lip screwed to the cur dash, wus fitted
to the buck of this member. The saw
tooth edge engaged the lip, ratchet
fashion, regardless of the weur on tho
lining of the hand which the low-speed
pedal tightens around the drum In the
To engage the teeth, the driver
pushes the pedal forward until the car
is on low speed, and then, with an
upward inoveuieut of the kuee, he
causes the teeth to engage. To releuse
the pedal, the pressure Is applied on
the portion of the plate Just below tho
pivot, so thut the teeth rise und dis
engage. When driving under ordinury
conditions, the driver’s foot prevents
the teeth from dropping to the level
of the lip, nnd If he wishes to travel
on low speed for a few minutes, ho
presses the pedal forward in ttie usual
wuy; but whenever he finds It neces
sary to travel for u considerable dis
tance on low speed, the teeth are al
lowed to fall, thus **nguging the lip.—
Popular Mechanics Magazine.
Men who wash tlielr own cars wiij
find a spray brush handy.
• • •
The wise owner will each year dean
tbe exhaust system thoroughly.
» • • •
Air leaks are a common cause of
misfiring, though they ure often over
• • •
No good tire of standard make will
he rut by any standard rim If proper
ly used.
• • •
The choking devices now itupplied
with most good cars make starting
easy even in the coldest weather.
• « •
There is more '•✓ear reported on the
side walls of the right tires, due to the
increasing use of the lef» side drive.

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