Newspaper Page Text
" : j T hcCasc Bookof a Private Detectiv Tree Narratives of Inierestiat Cases by a Former Operative of lbs 7;illiasi J. Eitc3 Detective Agency By DAVID CORNELL THE HOLLISTER j with a twinkling of his eye. "Tie ln1 J .V. j... troow vim Vat VnfV ir-iiri OADOCDV "" JyJU uw"' ww JtWtL nUDDtni DUt be comfortably fixed, very com- i fortably fixed now, since he took my The Story of a Mysterious Theft J advice and handles the family pocket One Monday morning In August, book himself." laughed remlnlscenuy, ana 1910. the Independent Burglary Inaur-; ance Company called op the office of the Bums Detectlre Agency and re Quested that an operative be sent to their offices at once. "Cornell" aald the manager to me, you haven't had any experience in the burglary insurance "line, bat I guess you can handle the work. Go orer and see what's up. And, say, Cornell, remember this: this agency Is retained by the year by this insur ance company. Ono of our big cus tomers. Treat their work accord ingly." I found the offices of the Indepen dent Company In a Forty-second street building not lar from Fifth ave nue. On presenting my card I was ushered at once into the private of fice of the vice president, Mr. Blaney. "Ah! The man from the Burns Agency?" said Mr. Blaney. "Cornell Is the name? Ah, yes; glad they sent you, Mr. Cornell. We've heard some thing of your work. You've never handled an yof our cases, have you?" "Not any," I said. "Well, fortunately this Isn't a com plicated case, or at least we .on't think it is. It's merely a case of in- i vestigaticn to assure ourselves of the propriety of a policy holder's claim. A mere matter of form, almost. Wre always investigate all claims for pay ments, you know. Sometimes we are convinced that something is wrong; then we instruct your agency to find something for us to start a figat on. In this case, it isn't anything like that In brief, Col. Malcom P. Hollister's home up on Long Island sound was entered by burglars. Saturday night and Mrs. Hollister's diamonds and pearls, valued a $75,000, and insured with us for $50,000, were stolen. There Is scarcely the slightest possibility that there Is anything wrong in the case. Col. HoILster is a fine, high minded man, a gentleman of the old school. He has paid this company thousands of dollars in premiums for the last ten years and never presented a claim before this. We are all of the opinion that we will pay his claim In full, in due time. But as a matter of form, you understand we're send ing you down to look the thing over. Be careful, Mr. Cornell, but be care ful of our Interests as well as the feelings of Col. Hollister and his fam ily. Assure yourself that the burglary was committed, that Mrs. Hollister's Jewels were stolen, and report. That is the case." That was enough, for before I had got through with it the Hollister case had developed into a case so sensa tional, so full of strange features that He chuckled with him. "Yes." he went on. "the old man had to be advised a little bit some time ago. I advised him. Mrs. Hol lister fine woman, lovely lady, but inexperienced in handling large sums of money, you know had been given a free swing at the colonel's bank By Jove! account By Jove! I tell yon she tor a hole into It forMwo or three years. Yes. sir! Nearly had the colonel off his feet I said to him, 'Colonel, only one thing for you to do. Shut down on Mrs. Hollister. Don't let her handle a dollar. Otherwise you'll be selling that happy homo of yours up on the Sound.' " "And he shut down?" I asked. "Yes, yes. Closed down on her tight. For about a year she's had to go to the colonel for every cent she got, and, believe me, sir, the colonel has been careful, very careful, Indeed, j long answsr. "He's a little co-good. Tries to be an actor sometime, and a pretj agent occasionally, and falls down ox j both Jobs." "What does he live oaf Search me. He always has money, j though. Tve heard that old Hollister tort cf takes care of him. Don't b Here it though. The boy Is a cheap, i biight-liRht i port" 1 went back to the hotel and sat I around and smoked for awhile until j the clerk again fell Into conversation i with me. I led the talk back, to the I Holllsters. "Was that bunch cf theatrical peo ple up there last Saturday night?" I asked. "Sure thing." was the reply. "Was the brother with them?" "O, yes. But I didn't see him drink ing around here that time." I bought the clerk a cigar and ttrolled away toward the Hollister home. Instead of going at once to the house I walked twice around the place sizing it up as if I were a bur glar looking for a place to enter. One could hardly imagine a harder pros pect from the burglar's point of view. The house was upon a bluff overlook ing the Sound. All around it ran a red brick wall 12 feet high. On top of the wall were long iron spikes. On the side fronting toward the Sound was the lodge of the boatman; in the opposite corner of the grounds was a mail living house, evidently the home of the gardener, while In an other corner were the stables and gar age, with living quarters for coach man and chauffeur. To enter that house a burglar would have to scale the wall, risk detection from one of the three outlying houses, cross a oDen snace. and breaK into a O, yes, the colonel Is safe enough financially. Anything up to a million I should say. I thanked my new found friend for his friendliness and confidence, and went further on my way, rummaging around Wall street to find all I could about the state of Hollister's finances. There was little enough to find. Ap parently the colonel was sound so far as money was concerned, and Glavis was the only man who knew that there ever had been any financial dif ficulty between him and his wife. Everywhere that I Investigated I found Hollister spoken of In the high est terms. He was a fine, honorable gentleman. Mrs. Hollister wasn' so well known among the colonel's friends. In order to make my invest tlgations thorough I got on a Broadway car and rode up to the theatrical dis trict, to the office of a friend of mine who conducted a booking agency, There I gathered that Mrs. Hollister, formerly Margaret Wynderly, was not a3 happy with her rich husband as she had expected to be. It seemed that Mrs. Hollister had expensive tastes. The colonel did not approve of them. At one time, bo tho gossip of the Rialto had it Mrs. Hollister had gone so far as to threaten to go back to the stage to earn money to gratify her whims. All these minute investigations may seem to the layman to be superfluous in a case like this. What could the Hollister's family affairs have to do with the advent of a burglar in their home? I could not answer this ques tion any better than the reader at the beginning of my search, but success ful detective work is largely a mat- house which obviously was well pro tected with safeguards. The more I looked at the house the more I be came Interested. If a burglar had en tered and stolen those Jewels he must be a man whom it would be an in teresting task to run down. But had a burglar entered? Were there any burglars out of prison Just then who would venture such a task? I ran over the list of two-story men we'd find something qseer about It" -Wayr I asked. -Because." said be. "Mrs. ffotUs ter brother's rotation is no secret to me. And Mrs. doISster afJettica for Ma Is known to be almost Uke a mother's." We sat still and looked at each other for several long. sX.eU wwUi. The Chief waitM for me to -Chief." I cried, "we'd better find this brother right away." He burst out Into his hearty Usgh. "Right Cornell," he said. "But don't worry- I've had the whole office combing Manhattan Island fcr him ever since you telephoaed in what you had found. If we don't find him soon the chase may be a long one. "Whyr I asked. "Because unless we're all fools at reading the signs that boy knows something aboct who got Mrs. Hollis ter's Jewels, and if he does I'm afraid he wouldn't be disposed to stay on this side of the water may longer than he can help." "Whyr I asked again. -The Hollister Jewels are too well known on this side to be sold here. And the brother, if he is in os this.will want to be in at the sale. Fortunate ly, you saw the light In a hurry and reported at once. I immediately got Into communication with every ocean steamship line and told them to keep an eye open. Hollister hardly can get out of this country unless he's already left tho city to take boat at some other port" While we were sitting thus a tele phone call came for the chief. It was from Slavln, one of our men In this city. Holliater Is under shadow, was think yon may cot believe things are aU light lie rang 2. At the Hoillster house I was usher ed at crce in to Col HoliUter on In forming the butler of my mission. -Bather late in getting here." said the color-el. He waji an old man. and he ws not happy. Jzdgisg by bis' ex pression. He called Mrs. lloUUler. She was a young, charming woman, yet somehow I could not get rid of the impression that she was still 'there in her own homeplaying a part To gether they took me over the scene of the robbery. Mrs. Hollister had been accustomed to keeping her jew els in her dressing table in her room. The room waa on the second floor. Saturday night while they were hav ing an informal little dinner down stairs, the window of the room had been opened, the Jewel drawer had been forced and the Jewels taken. "A plain case of robbery by some one who had stcdled the premises for a long time." said the coloneL I asked a score of questions to throw them off the scent and in the meantime I took a careful look at that window. It waa SO feet from the ground, in a fiat walL I looked at the markf on the frame; and then I nearly whistled in surprise. The marks were made by some clumsy round Instrument not at all resem bling the efficient Jimmy of the expe rienced burglar. -An amateur's Job," said I to my self. I looked more closely, and sawt that the window never had been for ced open at all. It had been left un locked! The marks had been put in for a blimd, or I was no Judge. To force open such windows as were in the Hollister house requires consid erable leverage; and the marks of the tool used are sure to sink deep into ; of the frame was only bruised to his room in the Delmont Hotel in j '. at scarcely oeniea ai aii. ine winuaws ( f h Knmiooi "Don't loso eight of him on came srlak It It U all ; t what is it? TtH ss- ' "Mrs, Itcliustf, , haat jtmt lrot jou to give tin lately r Her eye rr. frets tt. y. re cf tt. "kit she wasn l i sorry for her. -How do yea aaked. -I sat it a frt" eo-: "that Coiocel H::::rr ff ? you any mora mo&jr ta brother? sne sank into a ct ing at us in terror. -Mrs. Hollister.- $xli I M t I could, -when yen ? r S4 t4j knew Just aa well yoa Ci ui J there?" 7 a She was dumb with trrxc ti strove to speak bat tU ' not come. -And dont you know tut nj ltk. plcions naturally pointy 0 brother? And Just tow w t that he's booked to tail oz iU m. conla In the morning." -And. Mrs, Hollliter. ti4 u is with a gentleness I zr 14 pec ted him of. "we'd tut your brother on suiplcics u t tempts to sail knowlcc Ut t -What do you want to da- cried suddenly, filnRlnn: out tr trs -Don't hurt that poor toj! VU:t you want me to do?" I looked at the chief. Mrs. Hollister,- said t. only engaged to invettJgst tt: t not Wkod whan the burelar ioa-i iuo eigui 01 uiui uu uu to do his work! Whoever had ' life Slavln," said the chief, and rang :.i H done the Job had done it from the in-. oC side. The window had no part in it. I thanked the Holllsters for their courtesy, excused myself because it was growing late, and said if would "That about settles it he said. turning to me. "Cornell, call up Mrm. Hollister, get her on the wire, and asL her if she will see you alone. IX the .1, bu tun vl S11U.11&W icaiuics iuad - - - Independent Burglary Insurance ' ter of watching the small things. It VUiiiyiiiijf ueyer ui eaixicu ul, ti-icn, cycu today it is spoken of in the office of the agency as "The Hollister Job." Being new to the work of Investi gating burglaries for the insurance company I went about the task In a way considerably different' from that employed by the experienced investi gator. I did not go to the scene of the robbery. The Hollister home lay up among the hills of Long Island on the sound. I had heard of it as a good example of what taste and mod erate wealth moderate for Now York could do in making complete a home. I had heard of Col. Hollister, too, in the 6ame indirect way. He was a retired bond broker, approxi mately 65 years old. His first wife had died many years before. Five , years ago he had married again this time taking for his bride Margaret Wynderling. the Margaret Wynderling who for a brief space had won such distinction in Bernard Shaw's plays. There had been some opposition to the' match at the time on the part of Mr. Hollister's two grown sons by his first marriage. After the wedding this opposition was said to have simmered down tmtll now report had it that Col onel and Mrs. Hollister were happily MX peace with all the world especially Including HolllsterB two grown sons. I had seen pictures of both, the Col onel and his young wife in the so ciety sections of the papers. The Colonel was an ardent member of the Nassau Hunt Club, and Mrs. Hollister was credited with haying developed a great interest In aviation. This served to keep them both in print often enough to make them compar atively ,well known. Instead of repairing at once to this . reputed ideal home of wealth and cul ture, 1 went down town. At the end of three hours' work I entered the of fices of the broker with whom CoL Hollister had been associated in busi ness, and who now handled the old gentleman's Investments. I was equipped with letters of introduction. The news of the burglary had not been made public so, after introducing myself as a real estite man whom Col. Hollister,. had approached with a view of making extensive Investments, I found no trouble in furthering my avowed mission that of obtaining a confidential opinion on the state of Cel. Hollister's finances, he broker, Glavis by nkme,, pulled his mustache andemiled easily. i-r Is the small things that the wrong doer fails to cover, not the large ones; and it is among these small things that the careful detective will often find the tiny item that puts him on the trail of something big. I had n definite plan in so carefully looking up the Hollister family circumstances, I only knew that it was my duty as an investigator of this case to find out all about them that I could. I ran down all tho information I could scare up in New York; then, next morning, I bought a ticket to the station on the Long Island Road, where the Hollister home was lo cated. I arrived at the station, Sound- hurst near noon and registered at the little hotel in the village. The clerk at the hotel dined at my table and I led him to talk about the Hollis ter family. I was surprised to find that even there the news of the bur glary had not become known, and the clerk did not hesitate in discuss ing the people who lived in the big house on the Sound. "I've got a cousin who takes care of their launches and boats," said he, "and I know about all that's going on up there. And let me tell you, mister, those rich folks don't have so much smoother sailing than us poor ones. j No sir, they have their rws Just like a dr and saF Slavln's report "He'a Just reserved fcr tho Independent Hurglary l.M-.nt-, a birth on the Franconla, to sail to- Company. Our duty at pr-. -t morrow morning. He's sticking close is to report that e do Let & i . IU or your claim :'.ir-.t esugauon. i nen instructed to continue our Hon at once, hkh moici c? f'-:ty would force us to Ui brother Into custody." She thought it over for s few utes. Then sho went Into tU tU and called for her wraps aa4 tit t touring car. "Where are you going rzxiiz.' asked the maid. "I've got to run In to ta lilacs? Hotel," said Mrs. Hollister cxl&lj. 1 have an appointment thers for itu evening." Late that night Col. HoliUter c24 up Mr. DIaney of tho Indeeiet Burglary Insurance Company. "I say, DIaney," said he, -drop tUl claim we presented for Mrs. HcC ter's Jewels. Aickiest tfcini, ia world Just haoDened. Mri. II ter's brother Just came out to 'Jit house and took a walk down lj U4 beach and found the Jewel ca rA the stones all in it lying und: i bunch of sand grass. Yea. yi; foul them all of them yes; the UrfU.i must have dropped them In nufcii their escape. Yes; probably ttct'M in a motor"toat up the sound Tft Smart boy, that Mrs. HolUiten brother, Blaney. I'm going to t something handsome for him T; drop the claim completely. Tb ! els are back here safe In tie fccH and that's all we care for. M night Blaney, good nlghf A few days later tho newi cf tie attempted burglary of the Holla- home leaked out, and the newi;4;n made a great ado over the tztzl the stolen Jewels. Hut I wonder they would have done had ttey kui at the time that what I have told trt is the real story of how the Hill'J Jewels did not disappear. we do. Why, here two months ago this spring, Mrs. Hollister had some of her old theatrical friend 1 out. for a visit and they were ' raising Ned out in one of the big launches, and Old Hollister came running out In a smaller launch and ordered the whole lot of 'em back to shore. They had a merry old row that night him and her, and she was going to leave him, and then he cooled down, and at last she agreed to stay. I guess he must have given in to her because she's had that bunch of show people out every Saturday since. And believe me, they have some times, then. One of them is her brother. A young fel low; great sport After the rest f 'enT have gone to bed at night he comes down here and has a few drinks with" the bunch in the bar here. Great little fellow." After dinner I went out an I strolled down to the nearest telepnohe office and called up my friend in the book ing office in New York. "Do you know anything about Mrs. Hollister's brother, a little fellow with sporting tendencies? I asked. x whom I knew to be at liberty then. None of them seemed of a class to perform a Job like this. There was one man whom the Job fitted Peters, the gentleman burglar but Peters was in the Federal prison at Leaven worth and so waa eliminated. I spent a long hour studying the house in this fashion; then I went back to the hotel and called up the agency to report for the day. Chief Bums himself answereu my call. "Say, Cornell.- he said. "Hollister has been 'phoning the insurance com pany asking why they dont send out an investigator to look up his claim. What's the matter?" As briefly and succinctly as I could I related all that I have here told. "The thing doesn't look right from the outside," said L "Thafa-why I I'm not reporting at the Hollister house." The chigf was silent for a moment "Are you sure her brother was out there Saturday?" he asked. ' "That's the information I got here, I replied. "Well," said he, "you go up to the house and report and make your In vestigation. Come back to your hotel for the evening. And 'for heaven's be necessary for me to pay another short visit to the house in the morn ing. T see that the man who did this Job is an old experienced hand." I said, as I took my departure. "The signs of an old-timer's work are all over the Job. Tm afraid well have a hard time recovering your Jewels, Lllrs. Hollister, if we ever do. AS l said uus i vatcaea cer cioseiy and I thought that a slight look of relief seemed to flicker in her eyes; but instantly she began to lamenfr, "O, I hope you do recover them. I never, never will be able to find such, perfect stones in another set" But all the time the impression was with me that this woman still was playing a pirt, still was acting. At the hotel I entered my room and stopped short in surprise to see Mr. Burns sitting in my chair. "Shut the door," he said, WelL what did yon finr. at the house? I told him. I was rather proud of my work. He smiled. mm 9 Mm "Cornea," saia ne, l piCJcea you out for this case - because I know you've got patience for digging up de tails, and you ve certainly made good. I want to tell you, however, that when m Terror. the asks why, tell bar it's about he? brother." "But whyr I asked In bewilder ment The chief smiled mixzically. -"Why. e . Because i nappen to have a heart and a wife, Cornell." he said. "I see now how this thing Is going to work mt and and I want to spare Mrs. Hollis ter. Darn It man, women are made queer. Well give Mrs. Hollister a chance to to save her brother." I called up Mrs. Hollister and .vi if she would consent to see me alone without her husband's knowledge. "Why?" she demanded. TT?cfnnt ay oyer the phone, Mm Hollister," I replied. "But It Is about your brother." There was a silence of several sec onds. Then came the answer: fCome to the house at once." "Good," said the chief, TU so with you." . It was night now, and at the Hollis. ter home we were ushered Into the li brary by a maid. Presently Mrs. Hoi Uster came in alone and closed the door behind her. uIJ. imfi51 ried. "What has wvvenea to my brother?" LIKE MESSAGE FROM DEAC Photographs of Fez Mawacre tlms Are Found After Their Death. Like a message from the rraTe UTt arrived at the office of L.'Illus?raaoa in Paris some photograph! Ukea J a few days before the nuttt at Fez, In which the photogTapbert- self, Jean Bringau, and his yourfis charming wife, met their dealt. gether with other member cf French colony. . On the day following the tl-pl the treaty acknowledging the prct torate by France tbe sultan ioJ his palace several French of5ciJf their wivea Mulal Hand waa iaIC lent humor, and was particcUrfJ tentlve to Mme. and MCe. TZ Mme. Jacoues Dumersnu, wlft of deputy for Seine- t-Mamt, sad - Max Choublier. M. Bringao M present, and the sultan iJJ bsj photograph the party. M,fj also operated the camera took several pictures. . A few days later while M. Bringau were breakfasting J friends the revolt of the J, troops began, and the cmed started their bloody work. rz. . ... . mTW-sm oi L illustration s piciujc- in the ruins of M. Bringao ii-J room, and were later ceic-Paris. Ba J "Don't be alarmed, Mis. HoHIster." Particular. Two young sports two young sporxa s avenue Tuesday mornlcg. ta mushy person who bad all eJL.J he wanted; the other f"- chap who wanted more xsosy he had. Said the first: y a "I hear your uncle is serioosu old boy." Tft "I'm afraid he is." was tie "Don't be a bally hypocri don't love him, do jour "No." "And you're his only reiatire. "Yes." . v 5 "Then why pretend Jwu glad?" v "You darned fooli rt. S uncles and the poor one H a -. A tO cv wno is not, efevt;. . ruTPiand Plain Dealer.