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THE PEOPLES NATIONAL BANK
OF ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS
IT was while they were standing,
still somewhat confused, that Lil
lian appeared in the doorway and
cast a sharp glance at them both.
"Yon hare not mended that pink
frock of mine, Elsie." said Lillian In
honeyed tones. "Really, my dear. I
had hoped to find It done. I would
like to wear it this afternoon. Better
6ee to it right away."
Elsie nodded and hurriedly left the
"I am afraid yon are a sad Dirt,"
charged Lillian, shaking her finger at
rhilllp. "Already you are embarrass
ing that pretty little maid whom you
were accidentally kind enough to send
TIas Mr. Breed come In?" asked
rhilllp, deliberately Ignoring her accu
sation. "Now I know there Is something In
all this flirtation. she laughed, though
still somewhat piqued. "Yes, Mr.
Breed has come and he Is waiting
for you la the library ." And with a
coyness that he would n4t see she led
him downstairs to where Henry Breed
recelTed him with extreme cordiality.
"Well done, my boy, well done
said he, shaking hands with Pbllllp.
"Come back and look at my picture
In a room opening off the library to
the right of the fireplace, where Breed
now led him with the glee of a school
boy, a row of photographs ran around
the wall Just abore the wainscot.
They were the photographs of all the
more Important men of Wall street,
but now upon each photograph there
was an X sharped mark of red ink.
"I checked them off as the fell, one
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J by one," said Breed, with Infinite mal
ice in his withered old face. "Five
! years ago. when they made that attack
on me and beat down my cereal stocks
to almost nothing. I rowed that I
would put them out of existence, and
I hare done it." and he rubbed his
thin hands together. "With your help,
my boy." he hastily added, "with your
plan and your genius and your own
hatred and with my resources. We
are a great team, my son. I hare had
reports about you. I know every more
you made, what you did In every hour
that you were in New York. How
much money did you make of your
rhilllp drew a long breath. "Nearly
half a million." he replied.
"That is right," said Breed, nodding
bis bead with emphasis. "It was In a
good cause, eh. Lillian?"
The girl laughed for answer. It was
a good cause.
"It is all In a good cause," Breed con
tinued, as If arguing against some ac
cuser. "Business will be healthier.
The Stock Exchange, instead of a
mere clearing bouse for countless
bucket shops, will become once more a
place for the legitimate exchange of
securities. It Is a great work I bare
done for the country, but they won't
realize It until I am dead. Your deals,
rhilllp? Is every one closed thfft
eonld be closed?"
"Every one," returned Philip with
satisfaction. "In a few cases I could
not secure stocks I wanted, but for the
greater part I did. Those who could
not pay had nothing to pay with."
"Right again!" and once more Henry
Breed nodded his head vigorously.
"The stocks jwere the main thing after
we got back all our cash. Come! I will
show you something that no one ever
saw but Lillian and myself. Where
Is Zelphan?" He locked cautiously
all round the room.
"He Is out In the park." said LIU I an.
"I don't want him to see or to know.
Come this way."
Back from this apartment was a
bedroom, and in it was a closet hung
neatly with clothes on hangers. Breed
fumbled about for a moment at the
back of this closet, when suddenly the
whole rear wail swung slowly upon Its
center. They passed through Into a
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narrow passage concealed between the
Chimneys of the two rooms, and from
this after swinging the closet wall
shut behind them the three passed
down one long stairway and then an
other into a deep subcellar steel lined,
like a deposit vault, with four ceil-liko
passages, the heavy steel doors of
each secured with a combination lock
Breed led them slowly through, push
ing advance electric buttons as be
"Absolutely impregnable, this vault,"
said he In considerable pride. "Ar
mies could not get through it unless
they knew how. The walls are six
foot thick, of alternate layers of steel
plate and cellulose, which dynamite
could hardly destroy. The plates were
shipped here from Germany In plain
boxes, and German workmen were
brought here directly from the ship
without the slightest knowledge of
where they were going. When the work
was done they were sent away, and not
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one of the- men knows where be was.
Look here." ne led them Into an In
ner vault, and here were row upon
row of Iron drawers filled with green
backs neatly bound In packages, with
the amounts marked on the outside.
At the end of the vault were rows of
drawers filled with gold in coin and
"Money !" said Breed, gloating over
the contents as he opened and closed
these drawers. "Money!" said he. and
be rubbed his lean old hands together,
while his eyes began to gleam. "Not
all these receptacles are filled, though.
When I tad these vaults built I calcu
lated how much money there was la
the United States and built in enough
drawers to hold It."
There was something so sinister in
the way be said this that even Phillip,
himself seething with enormous am
bitions, was startled.
Lillian plucked Phillip by the sleeve
and drew him outside the vault.
"He always likes to be alone when
he Is down here." she whispered.
Pbilllj stopped In the second passage
TSrAXD MGTTS, FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1911.
to examine with interest the heavy
hangintr of the door. Lillian drew
quit near him and slipped her hand
within I. is arm. ne could feel the
warmth of that hand instantly. He
was afraid of this girl, afraid of him
self. The thrill she gave him was not
like that which he bad shared with
Elsie. With Elsie it was love; with
this girl he drew slightly away.
"Suppose anything should happen to
Mr. Breed?" he asked. "What would
become of this vault? I presume its
combinations are written in some safe
"They are not written anywhere,"
she told him. "There Is only one person
In all the world besides my grand
father who knows how to get in here,
and that person is myself. Of course I
would not tell it, would I?"
lie looked down at her. Fie half
bent forward, seized with a mad Im
pulse to take her in his arms. lie was
ashamed of thut Impulse.
"You must keep away from me!'.
said he harshly. "There are things I
want to do big things !"
The girl laughed lightly, well con
tent for the time, but a shrill chuckle
startled tbem both and made them
turn hastily. Old Henry Breed stood
in the door of the vault, rubbing bis
bands softly together.
"Good!" said be. "Good, Phillip, my
boy! I knew you were about it. You
keep as strong as that and I will make
you anything you want to be any
thing!" Out in the library they found the
gaunt wireless operator, whose eyes
seemed to have the peculiar catlike
property of shining In the darkness.
The operator was Just turning on the
lights, and a Cash of lightning out
lined him as he reached up to presa
the hanging bulb.
"I have a wireless for you, sir," he
said to Mr. Breed. The old man took
the yellow slip and drew under th
chandelier. Presently he turned to
"The board of governors of the New
York Stock Exchange, after having sus
pended the exchange-for a week in a
vain attempt to straighten out their
muddle, have Just called a meeting of
the members, and the only fo r to at
tend were four of the five witi whom
you did business. The seats of all the
others are for sale, and there are no
buyers. The Stock Exchange," and Ma
voice rose to a shrill and tremulous
shriek, "is wiped out of existence!
There is no Stock Exchanger
At a very early hour the next
morning, In his bedroom near the top
of the house, the gaunt wireless oper
ator was upon his knees before his
open trunk. Lis long fingers slowly
turning the knob of a combination
lock. It was mounted upon a plain
Iron plate and was now temporarily
clamped upon the front edge of the
trunk to keep it in lta normal vertical
position. Blasrg. as he turned the knob, I
kept bis eyes carefully averted from
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it, but he listened most Intently. Pres
ently his acute fingers caught the faint
est perceptible shade of difference as
quickly as. if not quicker than, his
ears, for they stopped rigidly upon the
instant. Blngg now looked at the dial,
then consulted a small card which he
held in bis left hand, and a look of In
tense satisfaction, amounting almost to
fierceness, flashed into his beady eyes.
The last number of the Involved com
bination bad been found by the sense
of touch and hearing alone!
"Cash!" he whispered. "Millions of
cash, all gathered into one place!"
He changed the combination, marked
it carefully upon his card and started
once more, with averted eyes and In
tent ears, to turn the knob.
In an office on the second floor Phil
lip Kelvin stood over a large hand
drawn map. on which every mile of
every railroad in the United States
was carefully set down in strong lines,
though In inks qf six different colors.
Indicating the six main financial
groups. Starting from the network of
lines radiating from New York, Phil
lip's clear eyes followed each road In
turn, ramification by ramification, to
the end. going slowly and pausing over
each branch as if to fix more firmly in
his mind certain facta connected with
"To make these all one color." he
mused; "that will be one step. Then,
with millions of cash"
In his deep subcellar vault, dynamite
proof, electric drill proof, army proof,
old Henry Breed stood before his row
upon rows of iron drawers. One of
them was open, and the electric ligbt
glinted upon gold. Breed rubbed his
withered bands together.
"Cash!" be gloated. "Millions of
cash and millions more to come!"
There was the sound of a bell In the
big two story ball. Blagg hastily
stopped his practice, restored his com
bination lock to its strong box, turned
triple keys upon It and double locked
Down Into the vault tripped Lillian
Breed, her dark cheeks red from her
brisk morning walk, ber dark eyes
bright, her scarlet lips parted over her
white teeth. "I hurried In Just ahead
of Dr. Zelphan. grandfather," she said.
"He will be here in a moment. The
breakfast bell rang as I came in at the
With the haste of a boy Breed fol
fowed her out through the four ves
tibules, closing the heavy doors of
each one behind him. throwing off the
combination of its lock and turning
out the lights beyond.
"And in all this world only we two
know." he said.
"Mr. Kelvin knows." she reminded
' "But not the combinations.1 be baa- j
tened to assure her. "Do yon know j
how I have won my supremacy? It H
by finding big men to do both my plan
ning and my executing; by knowing
such men when I see tbem. Kelvin
Is one of these, and to such man. as
he the greatest incentive that can be
given him Is to show him the tools
with which he may work. I showed
him these enormous stores of a.crnal
cash for that purpose, and the knowl
edge la safe with him. I know men.
This is not a game of tennis, at which
a woman can play. I have taken you
Into my confidence ithis far only be
cause in case anything should happen
to me 1 want you to get at the stores
that will make youtthe richest woman
In the world."
"Dr. Zelphaa will be bunting you,"
she reminded him.
Aroused from his momentary forget
fulness of his one bugbear, the shrewd
specialist whom be bud employed to
look after bis health and who. In that
capacity, bad become a necessarily op
pressive burden, he hurried up
through the one room In bis house to
which Zelpban bad been denied ac
cess, and with Lillian passed Into the
hall where Dr. Zelpban stood awaiting
"You promised when I left you here
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at the house this morning to Join" me
at the bead of Big lake." be charged
Breed. "If I cannot take your word for
a longer morning walk, I shall bare
to stay by you until you da Put on
your bat and heavy coat."
"But breakfast la ready," protested
The doctor peered at her with auch
open contempt that abe flushed and
straightened ber shoulders. It was
evident that there was something deep
ly antagonistic between these two.
"If I employ a man to make me do
things I suppose I ought to do them."
Breed laughed and, securing his hat
and coat, went out with the (Spartan
doctor Just as Phillip cam down the
Lillian waited for Phillip end tucked
her arm playfully Into his as be step
ped from the bottom stair. "1 almost
bad the bouor of going in to breakfast
with my grandfather," she said gayly,
"but see bow much greater honor my
disappointment brings me."
(Continued on Puffe Fifteen.)
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