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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1907.
Tw Opal Serpent
By FERGUS HUME,
Author f "CAt Mystery 1 llantom Cb." "Gfe Mandarin's Fan." Etc.
COPYRIGHT. 1903. By G. W. DILLINGHAM COMPANY
ITE detective was as good as
his word. In a few days l'atil
whs introduced to the editor
of a weekly iiuhlication stud
ol ta nod a commission for n story to
le written in collaboration with Mr.
Ilnrd. It seemed that the editor was
an o!il acquaintance of Hurds and had
been extricated by him from some
trouble connected with cards. The ed
itor, to show his gratitude and because
llnrd's experiences, thrown Into the
form of a story, could not fail to Inter
est the public, was only too willing to
make a liberal arrangement. Also Paul
was permanently engaged to supply
short stories, to read those that worn
submitted to the editor, and, in fact,
lie became that gentleman's right hand.
He was a kind, beery boheniiau of an
editor. Scott by name, and took quite
a fancy to Paul.
T.l give you 3 a week," said Scott,
beaming through his large spectacles
and raking his long gray beard with
toba -co stained fingers. "You can live
on tl at, and to earn it you can give me
your opinion on the stories. Then be
tween whiles you can talk to Hurd and
TT yii'B yuu 3 a tvtck," unlit Scott.
write this yarn, which I am sure will
be interesting. Hurd has had some
"By the way," observed Hurd one
day to Pan!. "Is your old schoolfellow,
Hay. as friendly as ever?"
"Yes. 'Why, I enn't understand, as
he certainly will make no money out
of nje. He's giving a small dinner to
morrow night at Lis rooms and Las
iou go," said tne detective em
phatically, "and don't let on you have
anything to do with uie."
"See here, Hurd, I won't play the
P.V. if J"0'J mean that."
"I don't mean anything of the sort,"
replied Hurd earnestly, "but if you do
cliai eo to meet Mrs. Krill at this din
ner and if she does chance to drop a
few words about her past you niiglit
let l ie know."
"Oh, I don't mind doini that." said
Uoecot. with relief. "I am as anxious
to find out the truth about this murder
as you are, !f not more so. The truth.
I tafco It. Is to be found In Krill' s past,
before he took the name of Norman.
Mrs. Krill will know of that past, and
I'll ;ry and knrn all I can from her.
But Hay has nothing to do with tho
crime, and I won't spy on him."
"Very good. Do what you like. But
as to Hay having nothing to do with
the matter, I still think Hay stole that
opal brooch from you when you were
"In that case Hay must know who
killed Norman." cried Taul. excited.
"He just does." rejoined Hurd calm
ly. "And now you can understand
another reason why I take' such an
interest in that gentleman."
'Cut you can't be certain?"
"Quite so. I am in the dark. But
Hay Is a dangerous man and would dc
anything to rake in the dollars. He
has something to do with the disap
lieaiance of that brooch, I am sure,
and if so he knows more than he says.
Besides" here Hurd hesitated "No!
I'll t"ll you that later."
"Tell me what?"
".Something about Hay that will. as
tonish you' ana uinKe you tninii he has
something t do with the crime. Mean
while learn all you can from Mrs.
Hay's rooms were large and luxuri
ously l urnisneo. in effect no occupied
a small flat in the house of an ex-
butler and had furnished the place
liimself in a sybarite fashion. The cx
butler and his wife and servants look
ed alter Hay, and, in addition, that
languid gentleman possc&sed a slim
valet with a sly face, who looked as
though he knew more than was 'good
for him. Indeed, the whole atmos
phere of the rooms was shady and
fast, and Paul, simple young fellow
as he was, telt the iau lnmicnce tne
moment he stepped Into the tiny draw
Two ladies were seated by the fire.
Mrs. Krill in black, majestic and calm,
as usual. She wore diamonds on her
breast and jeweled stars in her gray
hair. Although not young, she was a
wonderfully well preserved woman.
and her arms and neck w.-re white,
learning fiud beautifully shaped. From
the top of her head to the sole of her
rather large but well shod foot she
was dressed to perfection and waved
a languid fan as she welcomed Paul,
who was presented to her by tho host.
I am glad to see you. Mr. Ceecot."
she said in her deep voice. "We had
rather an unhappy interview when
lat we met. How is Miss Norman?"
"She is quite well," replied Paul in
as cordial a tone as he could command.
For the sake of learning what he could
he wished to be amiable, but it was
diilicult when he reflected that this
large, suave, smiling woman had rob
bed Sylvia of a fortune and had spoken
of her in a contemptuous way. Cut
Ceecot, swallowing down his pride,
held his little candle to the devil with
out revealing his repugnance too open
ly. And apparently Mrs. Krill believed
that his composure was genuine
enough, for tdio was quite at her ease
in his presence.
The daughter was dressed like the
mother, save that she wore pearls in
place of diamonds. She talked but lit
tle, as usual, and sat smiling, the
young image of the older woman. Hay
also introduced. Paul to a handsome
young fellow of twenty-one, with rath
er a feeble face. This was Lord
George Sandal, the pigeon Hay was
plucking, aiul, although he had eliam.
ing manners and an assumption of
worldly wisdom, lie was evidently one
of those who had come into the world
saddled and bridled for other folk's
A third lady was also present, who
called herself Aurora (Jian, and Hay
informed his friend in a whisper that
she was an actress. Paul then re
membered that he had seen her name
in the papers as famous in light com
edy. She was pretty and kittenish,
with fluffy hair and an eternal smile.
It was Impossible to imagine a greater
contrast to the massive liruiuess of
Mrs. Kriil than the lively, girlish de
meanor of the little woman, yet l'atil
had an in-.-tinct that Miss (Man, in
pite of her profession and odd name
and childish giggle, was a more
shrewd person than she looked. Ev
ery one was bright and merry and chat
ty, all save Maud Krill, who smiled
and fanned herself in a statuesque
way. Hay paid her gveat attention,
and Paul knew very well that he ln-
I exception; Sne'ate well and held her
I tongue, merely smiling heavily when
I addressed. Paul, glancing at her se
' rene face across the rosy hued table.
I wondered if she really was as calm as
she looked and if she really lacked the
brain power her mother seemed to
The dinner passed off pleasantly.
Lord George began to talk of racing,
and nay responded. Mrs. Krill alone
seemed shocked. "I don't believe In
gambling," she said Icily.
"I hope you are not very .down on
it," said Hay. "Lord George and I pro-
pose to play bridge with you ladies in
the next room."
"Maud can play and Miss Qian," said
the widow. "I'll talk to Mr. Beecot,
unless he prefers the fascination of the
"I would rather talk to you," replied
Mrs. Krill nodded and then went out
of the room with the younger ladies.
The three gentlemen filled their glasses
with port, and Hay passed .around a
box of cigars. Soon they were smoking
and chatting in a most amicable fasl
ion. Lord George talked a great deal
about racing and cards and his bad
luck with both. Hay said very little
and every now and then onst a glance
lit Taul to see how he was taking tho
conversation. At length, when Sandal
became a trifle vehement on the sub
ject of his losses. Hay abruptly chang
ed the subject by refilling his glass and
those of his companions. "I want you
to drink to the health of my future
bride," he said.
"What!" cried Paul, staring. "Miss
"The same," responded Hay coldly.
"You see I have taken your advice and
intend to settle. Fash presented me to
the ladies when next they came to ilis
ollice, and since then I have been al
most constantly with them. Mis
Krill's affect ions were disengaged, and
she therefore, with her mother's con
sent, became my promised wife."
"I wish yr.u joy," said Lord George,
draining his glass and filling another,
"and, by Jove, for your sake, I hope
she's got money."
"Oh, yes, she's well o!T." said Hay
calmly. "And you. Paul?"
"I congratulate you, of course," stam
mered Ceecot, dazed, "but it's so sud
den. Y'ou haven't known her above a
"Five weeks or so," said Hay, smil
ing, and. sinking his voice lower, he
added: T can't afford to let grass grow
under my feet. This young ass hens
might snap her up, and Mrs. Krill
would only be too glad to secure a title
He had no time to say more, as they
entered the drawing room. Almost as
soon as they did Mrs. Krill summoned
Taul to her side.
"And now," she said, "let us talk of
(To be Continued).
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(Continued From Fage Six.)
and placed on the backs of two chairs,
after which four men stood upon him.
with no evil results to the subject.
Mrs. Flint then took the class and
conducted her usual funny performance.
interspersed with singing and dancing
by the subjects. One of the funniest
acts was when the young men devoted
a strenuous lo minutes to washing
some imaginary molasses from their
hands. Another funny act was the pro
posal of marriage made by six of the
young men to a broom stood upon the
hack of a chair.
The Flints will be here tonight an.
tomorrow night, after which they will
play a week in Moline.
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"J wont you to drink to the health of
my future hridc," he mtrt.
tenaea to marry tne silent woman for
her money. It would be hardly earned,
he thought, with such a firm looking
mother-in-law as Mrs. Krill would cer
tainly prove to be.
The dinner 'was delightful, well
cooked, daintily served and leisurely
eaten. A red shaded lamp threw a
rosy light on the white cloth, the glit
tering crystal and bright silver. The
number of diners was less than the
Muses and more than the Graces, and
every one laid himself or herself out
to make things bright.
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Corner Sixteenth Street and Second Avenue, Rock Island.
to have returned home before this but
has not been heard from.
Took Little Blue Eye Boy to Rear in
1865 and is Now Seeking His Family
The following letter received by.
The Argus today tells its own story:
Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 24.
Editor Argus: In the year of '65 on
the 12th day of May I went to the
county farm of Rock Island and got a
little blue eyed boy over 1 year old.
He was left by his mother at a Mr?..
Ann Turner's thinking Mrs. Turner
would keep him but learned Mr. Tur,
ner was not willing and I had a friend,
a Mrs. George Woods, who interceded
for her to let me have him, so Mrs.
Turner wrote me at Buffalo Prairie
to come and get him. Mrs. Turner
took him to the county home and I
went and got him. Now I have rea
sons to believe parties have been In
search of him. If there have ever
been any inquiries for such a child
you will probably know. The Turners
had a shoe store in Rock Island.
Xow if I could get anjV of the family's
addresses nrobably I could find out.
We have roamed around quite a lot
and have not heard of them for over
20 years. Please advise me if you
can of some of the Turner family's
address. MRS. C. I. TUCKER,
109 West Mill street
Jack Kizer of Ewing. Mo., writes
The Armis in the hone of locating his
son. Jeptha, aged 15 years, who he
says worked on the steamer w. w.
during the summer and was expected
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