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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 1909.
V in . M
;'A MAKER '
By E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM.
Author of "Th Mister Mummer." "A Prince of Sinners." "Mysterious Mr.
Sabin. "Anna tb Adventuress." Etc
Copyriffht. 190O. J903. br . tlTTLE BROWN, md COMPANY.
SYNOPSIS OK PRECEDING CHAP
TERS. CHAPTER I. Guy Poynton. an Eng
Isli boy, is tukiiiK a walking- tour on
tiio border line between Russia and
Germany. He falls asleep, and when he
nwakta Hees two trains meet, one Hum
Kussia and one from Germany. lie
reaches an Inn. where lie is followed by
a German oftk-er, whu tries to find out
If lie knows anything ui- the meeting
oir the road, lie denies all knowledge
of it He is ndv'sed to leave for Aus
tria without delay, as he Is suspected
of beir.t? a spy. lie had d'lrirs the col
loquy s. cured ;t paper which had blown
from the window of one of the cars.
It wast written in German.
OJAI'TKR II. Guy poea to Paris af
ter visiting Austria and meets a party
of men and women, to whom he tcils
the story, omitting all mention of tlie
CHAPTER III. Phyllis Poynton comes
to tins land in nearch of Guy. her broth
er, who has disappeared. She finds in
his trunk the Gcrm.-ui paper. She trans
latest it into English, but cannot make
anything out of it. She destroys the
translation and keeos the original.
CiJAPTKU IV. l'iiyllis meets a man
who she has been informed knows of
her brother s whereabout.
CHAPTER V. Sir lleni-go Iiiincombo,
an Enslisii baronet, 'sees u photog-rajili
of Phyllis and falls in love with it. lie
agrees to tfo to Paris to search fur her.
CHAPTER VI lie reaches Paris, bur.
failn to find any trace of the Powitons.
CUAP'i'El: VII. Luncoiabc offers an
enormous reward for information ot the
CHAPTER VIII. Puncomhe Is warn
ed to Rive up the seurch.
CHAPTER IX. Mile. Mermillion agrees
to give lu!icoTihe the desired informa
tion, but she fails to arrive at the ap
CHAPTER X. Mile. Meriuilliun has
been murdered. 1 hiiicomhc gels a for
mer newspaper reporter named Spen
cer to assist him in his search. He is
again warned lo leave Paris.
CIA PTE US X I.-XII. 1 mncombe
notified that if lie does not leave Paris
h. -will be arrested for the murder of
CHAPTER XIII. Ho returns to Ens
land. CHAPTEP. XJV. DiinomnbP has rea
son to believe that Phyllis Poynton is
In England at a place near his own. A
Rirl arrive:; with her father. They arc
Introduced to him as Mr. and Mis Kield
ing. CHAPTER XV. Huncombe feels sure
that Miss Kidding is 1 hyllls Poynton.
CHAPTER XVI. D'.iucomlie tells Miss
TTiehl ir. th. Klm-v if th. Pdvnloni t.
test her. but she does not appear to be! '"I wonder where it happened." Spen-
frt.'.d..!.l',Y..,,t-. -,... eer sriid r-.'lloct'.velv. "I have boon on
ix r-1 cn.- Ani.-.wiii. spencer . . . ,
telegraphs that he is c.ominjr to Kng- niy guard nil tin? time. I have watdl-
land, r.s he has found out that the real oil tnv wine and coffee at the cafes,
Mr. Fielding and his daughter are in , . .
. 1 till A 11.11 U 1 .Ll 11 Hi LU? I IJiUU
rants Hint I know."
Answered, "but, Indeed, I am no such
terrible person. It . is permitted that
"Certainly." Spencer answered. "If
you eare for wine or liqueurs, pray
ring for my servant. I can assure you
that it is not by my own will' that you
find me so indifferent a host."
"I thank you," M. Louis answer
ed. "I think that we will not ring
the bell: It would be a pity to dis
turb an interview to which I have
looked forward with so much pleas
ure." "L'affaire Toynton?" Spencer sug
"You have perhaps COme to complete
the little affair in which so far you
have succeeded so admirably?"
"Pray do not suggest such a thins."
M. Louis answered deprecatingly.
"For one thin?. I should not per
sonally run tin risk. And for another.
have I not already assured you that I
come as a friend?"
"It was then," Spencer answered.
"that I begun to be frightened."
M. Louis smiled. lie drew a sold
cigarette case from his pocket and
calmly lit a cigarette.
"Since yo'i permit, mon ami." he
sni.l. "Gon.l! I speak better when I
smoke. Yon are not so ill. I see. but
that von retain that charming sense
of humor which your renders have
learned so well how to appreciate."
"The dase was scarcely strong
I enoui;!-," Spencer answered, "or per
haps by good fortune I stumbled upon
. the j. roper antidote."
i -J thr.t yon like plain speaking."
M. Louis continued, with a gentle smile.
i "Permit me fa assure you. then, that
j the dose was c;uite as strong as we
I wished. Enf.'omes are sometimes nec-
i essary. hut we avoid them whenever
CHAPTER XIX. Miss Fielding con
jesses that she is J'li; Ills Poynton. I
CHAPTER XX. Kleldins escapes af
ter trying to kili a man In order to se
cure some papers which he has. him-.
combe agrees to protect Phvllis. '
CHAPTERS XXI. -XXII. Spcncrv
learns ::11 about l'hylli:', exi-ept her tea
Ron for lining an assumed name. As
yet nothing 1 as been heard of Guy, us
l'hvllis will not tell ev.-rvthbig.
CHAPTERS 'XXI 1 1. - XXIV. Phyllis
jjoes. to I' 'ranee with two people who
call for her.
CHAPTER XXV. Guy In Paris has
been iu hiding ::s the result of a scrape
in which he had been involved with a
French nobleman and his son. who ap-,
peared very much interested in his
CHAPTERS XXVI.-XXVII. Guy is
Informed' by his friends that the men
whom lie saw talking on ilhe trains
were the empi i'or of Germany and the
czar of Russia, who were plotting to
subdue Eilgland nnd ruin France. His
friends are members of the secret serv
ice force of France, ami they take Guy
into their confidence. The pap'-r which
Guy had has been abstracted from his
valise. A body representing Guy is
found In. the river Seine. This' ruse is
designed to throw the German spies oil
CHAPTER XXVIII. Iuncombe, who
has returned to Paris, suspects the trick.
CIMPTER XXIX. Phyllis has refus
ed to see iMincomhe. but gives the Vi
rornte de Rerurillac permission to have
the paper which Duueombe has been
keeping for her.
Jff TENTER tried to rise from his
32fcv' sofa, but the effort was too
jj much for him. ral? and thin,
with black lines under his eyes
and bloodless lips, ha seenied scarcely
more than the wreck of his former self.
Ills Visitor laid his stick and hat upon
the table. Then he bowed once more
to Rpenrer and stood looking at him,
leaning slightly against the table.
"I am permitted." he askcl gently
"to introduce myself?"
"Quite unnecessary," Spencer an
The baron shrugged his shoulders.
"You know me?" he asked.
The shadow of a smile flitted across
'T.y many names, 51. Louis," he r.n
nwercd. His visitor smiled. Debonair In
dress and deportnieut, there seemed
nothing in the air of gentle concern
with Which he regarded the man
whom he had come to visit to Inspire
mistrust. Yet Spencer cursed the lan
guor which had kept him from recover
ing the revolver which an hour or
more before had slipped from under
neath his cushion.
"It saves trouble," 51. Loids . said,
"f come to you, 51. Spencer, as a
A'Yoii alarm rne," Spencer murmured.
51. Louis sliruggr-d his shoulders.
f'You are pleased to be witty." he
51. I .on is (I'd not seem to think the
"It was bouv.d to happen." he said.
"If yon b.n 1 boon like your frieuds
the Iliigr.sh baronet and the last two.
who art ven more amusing pci'hap.s
ftt4y&. . . rxr rr '--rJS5
Y & -i'l
-5..tV V- ..jiff
"l am perinatal" he naked ijciULy, 'to
fntroducc tmjsc!) r '
nilri 4i 1 In r.f
CELEBRATED ; . : V
STOMACH lP;ru T11 be
HSTTPOI? . y con"
3 l TERSnnc!1 u,at.k
It would not have been necessary. But
you understand you were begiunlug
to discover things."
"Yes," Spencer ."dmitted, "I wa3 be
ginning to get interested."
"Exactly. We were forced to act. 1
can assure you, 51. Spencer, that It
was with reluctance. The others of
whom I have spoken Sir George Duu
combo. 51. 1'elham and his toy detective
forgive me that I smile walk all the
time iu the palm of our hand. But
they remain unharmed. If by any
chance they should blunder into the
knowledge of things which might cause
us annoyance, why, then there would
be more invalids in Tarls. Indeed,
monsieur, we do not seek to abuse our
power. 5Iy errand to you today Is
one of mercy." - .
"You make me . ashamed," Spencer
said, with a sarcasm which he. took no
pains to conceal, "of my unworthy sus
picions. To proceed."
"You have sent for Sir George Dun-
combe to come and see you."
Spencer was silent for a moment
His own servant. It was not possible.
I "Even you," the baron continued.
i "have not yet solved the mystery of
l'affaire Poynton. But you know more
than Sir George. Let me recommend
that you do not share your knowledge
. with him "
If you do. Sir George will at once
Sir Georsre" Duncomb's interference.
but he, again, lj loii.iv.cd and watc-iieu
over by oui o;iem!et,.whJ would casuy
possess tiiemcelvei of ai:- lnformntio:
which he might gain."
Spencer nodded. ,v . ' '
It l.i good reasoning," he admitted.
"Listen:" 51. Louis continued. "I
speak now on behalf of my friends.
You know whom I mean. . You have
solved the mystery of cur existence.
We are omnipotent. The police and
the secret service police nnd the gov
ernment itself tire with us. Y.'e have
license throughout the city. Wo may.
do wliat others may not. For us there
Is no crime. I kill you now perhaps.
The police arrive. I am before the
cominisslouer. I give him the sign it
i3 l'affaire Poynton. I go free. It Is
a certain thing."
Granted:" Spencer said. "Proceed
with your killing or your argument."
"With the latter, if you please," 51.
Louis answered. "I do not choose to
kill. L'afuiire roynton. then. Harm
s not meant to either of these young
people. That I assure you upon my
ho:ior. In three weeks, or, say, a
month, we have finished. They may
return to their homes if they will. We
have no further interest in them. For
those three weeks you must remain as
vou are you and. if you have influence
over him. Sir George IMincomhe. The
other two fools we have no care for.
Lf they blunder into knowledge well.
they must pay. They are not our con
corn, yours and mine. For you I bring
au offer, 51. Spencer."
Timeo Dauaos dona ferentes'" Spen
51. Louis smiled.
"My gift," he answered, "will not
terrify you. You are a" journalist. I
offer to make the fortune of your pa
per. Yen i.hall be tho first to announce
in affair of the greatest international
importance since the war between
Russia and Japan was declared. No;
I will go further than that. It is the
greatest event since Waterloo."
"L'affaire Poynton strikes so deep?"
"So deep," the baron answered. "It
Is the fools who grope their way Into
great places. So did the boy Poynton.
You. my friend, shall Ik? the one bril
liant exception. You shall make your-
t:elf the king of journalists, and you
shall be quoted down the century s
having achieved the greatest journal
istic feat cf modern days."
Spencer turned his drawn, haggard
face toward Ids visitor. A slight usb
cf color stained hi3 cheek.
"You fascinate me," lie said slowly.
'I admit It. You have found tho weak
spot in my armor. Proceed! For
whom do you speak?"
51. Louis abandoned his somewhat
lounging attitude. He stood by Spen
cer's side and, leaning down, whisper
ed in his ear. Spencer's eyes grew
"51. Louis," he said, "you play at a
iue baron snruggeu his shoulders.
"Me?" he answered. "I am but a
pawn. - I do what I itm told."
To return for a 'moment to l'af
faire Poynton," gpeueer said, "I am iu
the humor to trust you. Have I then
your assurance that the boy and girl
do not suffer?"
"Upon my own honor and the honor
of the company to whom I leioug.''
he answered, with some show cf dig
nity. "It is a pledge which I have
never yet broken."
I am a bribed man," Spencer an
51. Louis threw away his secoud
cigarette. lie cast a look almost ol
admiration upon che man who stili
lay stretched upon the couch.
"You are the only Englishman I evei
met, 51. Spencer," he said, "who wa?
not pigheaded. You have the tenacity
of your countrymen, but you have thi
genius to pick out tho right thread
from the tangle, to know truth whei
you meet It, even in unlikely places
I doff my hat to you, 51. Spencer. II
you permit I will send my own phydi
eia.li to you. You will be yourself iu s
You know the antidote?" Spence;
Naturally! Accidents will happen
You wish that I should send hiinV"
"Without doubt." Spencer answered
"I am weary of this couch."
"You shall leave' it in a week," mon
sieur promised as he left the room.
Si K-ncer-closed his eyes. Already lr
felt coming on the daily headache
which, with the terrible weakness
were part of h!s symptoms. But thci
was no rest for him yet. 51. Louh
had scarcely been gone five minute;
when Duncofnbe arrived.
Duueombe had had no word of hi.
friend's illuoss. He stood over hi
couch in thx-Iicd surn::sj.
"5Iy rdea feHow,7vha exclaimed. "I
had no idea that voii were ill, This Is
why I have not heard from you. thea." OTIKSU!i14!!!;SUS $CT .WwLW
Spencer smiled as he held out his Lt$lM -&..4$f ln 5'
hand.:and:pu;uombe...wb3 seemed to 'f$ '$T fM4nt$
catch, some-meaaog 1., the upraised . (MAWA
eyebrows of his -friend, was shocked. ' j KM til Vmv gggjy flL J
"Yon mean?" he exclaimed. 11 mi ' ' ' " ft J? $M
Sneneer nodded.' - ' 1 kM ' ' StM . : .. '
VL'cffaire, Foynton.'! .ho cald gently. 1$ gsS8" .. ' TT ft 6$l ' ' Avl
"A very subtle dose of poison indeed, M 1 7ftAl ClifUtfi! 1 -- ' - lu
my friend. I shall not 4. but I have , ?U0D5Hlm1 i A. P Ytf
had my little lousoa... Here the' indi- pvfJ H tJ. g ,1 jriL' S ik- A A m&
vidual has little chance. We 'light WM PlfcwlA," ''T TfS W$
against force, ttot aro. too many for P :l00D5H(ltf ' W
us. I told you eo at the start." . fclfg &SS;, " ; VB fl:l S?1W 51&m T H ' fgM
"Yet I." Duueombe answered, "have KM . gv (55;SM P
not suffered.".; : llfg Z&M ' J W00DH!HE fe wKlIUU)16 ffiS
"5Iy f ricud." Spencer answered, "it is MM CTl tfn " ' LCNi&COi: JT '
because I am the uiira dangerous." f$Hf - 1H ' . Pt' rr JVM'
"You have .discovered someihins?" Wi &MM 4 WLMg 9 ' &
Duncombo exclaimed. . Sf$ I - &M - 1 '"V1 VY iT ' ym
"I came. uea)r discovering a great G&mgff ' frmtffiW J ' ll' AH
deal," Spencer . auswereiL: "PerLapj it 11 :Mi!J ' . ' WkST . H:j
would have heen better for my system fte?a Mi'-bH' W ggy hWp,
if I hr.d diacovqi'Od a littio les. As it p$f ;E '
is, I have finishetl witji lpffairo Toyn- rtfl " ff,'"" a Jl&
ton for the present.' You so how very mM - fg- ' v . 'Ail TF TC T ' - '
nearly l'uffaiie Poynton iiuislied me." . pil ' ' W 'jfll U Afl Vf '
"It is not like' you," Duncouibo said Mm. M 1 - x -JtsiU- IT IB I JL UU
thoughtfully, "to give anythius v.p." WM :' SMtf"MtL '
"We come face to ' fatV :3tmotIiue3 fe'i , r. 't. ffiliU
with tudque experiences which destroy j Mpa : 5gS3Ba25S3raSlae ,
pre-edent." Speucer answered. "This :g. ' gr -is
one of them." r:.'. v.: . ".. ; 4, " ' "' M "
'"And what," Duncombe usked, "do , tmf. . -rMfe. . f WM&Sr ' k&
you advise me tp do?". . . ' ' I 'W&fa ' A 2 HSgSfeV ;" ' m - a .J
-Always the -same advice.- Spencer WmTV m " WwA
answered. "Leave. Paris t:nlay. Go U55g?lg ffisit t SMi
straight back to Norfolk, read the . IMjl ' ,0
newspapers and await event,!" I iJm OfefS .rfeS'r
"XVell.. I thluU' thatl. shall do so" 'i '-lllW ,.''T.-Z '
answered slowly. "I have lS,7 i LtH3SwS35C?J: -' --' EST JWI 9im
...d out where 5IIS9 ry.,tou is. l.ut gf : .!f tft nmmZ. t -Wm
ml af . ft . .. wm
ml 1 --:rC I $ m
to g back QrUVS i . k V Vma
Sick Headache share your indisposition."
Try it, today.
"I begin to understand, Spencer
"How otherwise? Send Sir George
homo. You see tho delicacy of our po
sition.. It is not so much that we fear
A well-known physician, who
undoubtedly knows, declares that
bad breath has broken ' off more
matches than bad temper.
There are ardent
lovers who must
mouths to be kissed.
Good teeth cannot
prevent bad breath
when the stomach is
Tlus best cure for
bad breath is a
cleansing out of the
body by use of
(called also Lane's Tea)
the tonic laxative. ':
This is a herb medicine, sold in
25c. and 50c, packages by drug
gists. It Eaves' doctor bills.
It cures headache, backache, in
digestion, constipation and skin
diseases. 25c at druggists.
enemy of my dearest friend, and I
have, at any rate, interrupted your ca
reer and endangered your life. Yes; I
will go back home."
"You may yet save your friend some
"Try and persuade .Uiin
"He will not listen to me." Dun
combe answered. "He has liroiight an
English detective with him. and he is
as obstinate as a mule. For myself, I
leave at i) o'clock."
"You are well advised exceedingly
welj advised," Spencer said. "5Iind, I
do not take the responsibility of send
ing you away without serious reasons.
I honestly lielieve that.5Iiss Poynton
is safe, whatever may have happened
to her brother, and I believe that you
will serve her best by your temporary
Duncomhe stood for a moment wraw
ped in thought. The last few months
ind aged him strangely. The strenu
ous days and nights of anxious thought
had left their mark in'VbA'p lines upon
is face. He looked out of the window
f Spencer's roo:ji. anil' his eyes .saw
little of the busy, street below. He
as alone once more with this strati;;;..
terrified girl upon the- miljido with the
wind In their faces and making wild
uavoc lu iter inur. , lie, .was with uer
n different mood iu the IHth room be-
ind his library.,. wlen tb,e. natural joy
f h:r young life had for tho moment
vasstiited itself. .He Was with her at
heir parting. Ho saw the half foar-
ul regret with which She had left LIj
care .and accepted iaiw invitation- of
he marquise. Stirring tiir.es tluv-v had
been for a mun of his quiet tempera
ment, whom matters of sentiment and
romance had passed lightly by and
vhose passions' had never before been
touched by the finger of tire. And now
he was going back to an empty life a
ifie at least empty of joy save the
hope of seeing her agitin. For good or
for evil, the great thing h.Td found its
vay into his life.; His days of calm
nnlmal enjoyment were over. Sorrow
r joy were to be his. He had passed
lato the shadows of the complex life.
H ro:::embered wnere he v. as at last
tnd turned to Spencer.
"About yourself. Spencer," he said.
Have you seen a doctor?"
"Yes. I am not seriously ill," his
rlend answered, ; "The worst 1? over
iow. And, Lmncomoe. it s hard ror
on to "r. T know: but. look here. I be
lieve that you will be men in a montn
and taking Miss Poynton to lunch chez
Uitz. I never felt bo sure of it as I
Duueombe remembered the answer
to his Uote and found it hard to share
Ids friend's cheerfulness.
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