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TIIE YALE EXPOSITOR, FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 1909.
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RAPLEY, GENERAL LAW PRACTICE, MONEY TO LOAN ANO INSURANCE WRITTEN IN FIRST CLASS COMPANIES. Special Attention Given te Collections) an Piotete Practice. RapleyBlocK. Yale. Mich. DR.KINO'S NEW DISCOVERY Will Surely Sic? Itzt Ccl'A 1 i iiiltlll The Katydid Mine By an Captain Dickson's Own Story of Unearthing a Colossal Fraud S A RULE the in spectors of the post-offlce depart ment look after matters of fraudu lent uses of the mails, said Capt. Dickson on a cer tain occasion when I had dropped in for a quiet smoke and a glass of sherry, but when a case develops unusual difficulties the secret-service department is called upon. This does not often happen, however, for there is a lot of rivalry between these departments and not a little Jealousy. It is only as a last resort that our branch of the ma chinery of government Is brought into requisition, and not until the post office inspectors have failed utterly. A case of this character occurred a few years ago in one of the larger western cities. It was a mining-case a company backed by $50,000,000 capital stock and, to all appearances, it was a legitimate scheme. Among its direc tors were four or five well-known western mining men, one I remember being an ex-United States senator. It advertised extensively In the newspa pers and by circulars. Orders for stock were pouring into the company In such large quanities that it re quired two and three mail-wagons, ! sometimes, to haul a single day's mall. The advertising matter of the com pany, which operated under the name of the Amalgamated Gold Syndicate, was cleverly written.' It stated that the discoverers of the mine were two poor prospectors without kith or kin but with hearts overflowing with gen erosity, who, from the two millions of stock that each owned, derived a rev enue greater than either could spend and, appreciating the afflictions of the poor and the scant opportunities for a man of small means to find a safe and profitable investment for his sav ings, they had decided to Bhare their wealth and prosperity with their fel low men. The company placed $2,000,000 of stock upon the market each year, $1,000,000 in January and $1,000,000 in July. It advertised that no one person would be allowed to subscribe for more than $100 of each semi-annual Issue and that the subscription-books would be closed as soon as the re quisite million was subscribed. The post-offlce department became suspicious as soon as the advertise ments began to appear, and the in spectors were immediately put upon the case. They worked for six months and found nothing that supported this suspicion in the slightest. On the other hand, they established be yond doubt that the mine had been discovered by two poor miners who had no relatives living, so far as could be determined; that they had Induced capitalists to invest $1,000,000 in cash in the venture, and had then organized and Incorporated the Amal gamated Gold Syndicate with a paid up capital of $5,000,000, selling the mine to the corporation for $4,000,000 of stock. The mine was called "The Katydid," and it had been worked for a time by the corporation at a big profit. The two miners, poor no long er, had, after a time conceived their charitable scheme, and had put It through much against the wishes of the minority stockholders, who were powerless to prevent It. Accordingly, the capital stock had been Increased from $5,000,000 to $50,000,000 and the charter authorized $2,000,000 of the increased stock to be sold each year. The company apparently did every thing that it advertised. It regularly paid its stockholders an annual divi dend of 20 per cent. Hudson, one of the miners, was president of the company, and in charge of the offices it maintained in the western city, which I have already mentioned, while Mason, the other of the dlcoverers, was general mana ger and In control at the mine. Both Hudson and Mason bore out the char acters that the advertising matter of the syndicate gave to them. They dressed in rough, cheap clothing, chewed tobacco, and showed a disre gard for money that is characteristic of men who have worked hard all their lives against an adverse fortune and who have suddenly come into great wealth. Id everything they acted the parts of uncouth, unedu cated sons of the soil. At the Katydid mine, visitors were always welcome. They were shown over the properties with the greatest freedom, only one place, the small building where the metal was separ ated from the amalgam, was denied to them. Mason explained this by say ing that the company possessed a secret process for refining which he had discovered and which was known only to himself, to Hudson, and to Delden, the company's chemist. This, in brief, was the status of the case when I was put on it. It was given to me because I had been a miner and prospector and had studied geology and assaying. After working a week on the case I was satisfied that the company was K3 Ex - Operative of the Secret a fraud, but I readily saw that I had no common crooks to deal with. My figures showed that the mine was producing less than $300 of ore a day, little more than enough to pay the expenses of operating, and cer tainly not enough to sustain the ex pensive offices in the city and pay the fabulous dividends on the stock. I didn't take a bit of stock in Mason's claim of a secret process of refining. I knew that was a fake out right, but I wanted confirmation of it, and the only way to obtain this was to get inside the little building at the mine where Mason and Belden slept and where the separation of the gold from the amalgam was effected. I had almost worked myself into a fever over it when, one night, I went up to my room at the little hotel of the mining camp after supper and sat down to read myself to Bleep. I had bought a couple of paper-back novels at the drug-store, from its rather lim ited stock, and among them there was a copy of Victor Hugo's masterpiece. I had read the book before, but it was a favorite of mine and I hadn't much choice in the matter of selection. I was so wrought up over the question of getting into the reflnlng-plant that connected reading was out of the question, so I skipped about through the book, reading a chapter here and i J TM ;j5fa 'CFM 'MCA'. a bit there until I came to the adven ture of Jean Valjean in the Paris sewers. In an instant I was tlnsllng in every nerve, for I, had found the solution of my problem, although it was both foolhardy and beset with the gravest dangers. The reducing plant was In a low-set building, adjoining the stamp mill, and the water supply was conveyed to it from a dam some distance up the canyon through an iron pipe two fet in diameter. The water supply was limited, and at night the flow was shut off, leaving the pipe quite empty. I had observed the pipe In my ram bllngs about the neighborhood of the mine but had never thought of it as a possible entrance to the building until I read of the hunted Jean Valjean taking to the sewers like a rat to escape his implacable foe. Pos sibly I never should have thought of it if I had not chanced to buy the ten cent book at the drug-store. This is but an instance of the influence on our lives of seemingly trivial things. Tossing the book upon the floor I hastened out into the night and made with all speed for the big pipe. The water left the reservoir in a sluice way of concrete and ran for some 200 yards in a trough of the same mate rial until its course crossed a deep, narrow gulch, which made the pipe necessary. This was to be my point of entrance, as from here on to the mill the pipe was continuous. Swindle Service It was something after ten o'clock when I completed ray investigation, and I decided to explore the pipe with out further delay. I removed my Bhoes and hid them beneath a bowlder, looked to the cartridges in my re volver, a precaution I have always taken since a certain adventure down on the Rio Grande. Then I crept Into the pipe. It was cool and clammy and a3 dark as a dungeon. I had a little pocket electric flash-light, but was afraid to use it, as the distance to the reducing-plant was less Than 100 yards from the ravine. My progress was slow and tiresome. Nevertheless, in good time, I came to a point where the pipe made an ab rupt turn straight down, which con vinced me that I was about at the end of my Journey. I reached down the hole as far as my arm would go, but couldn't touch bottom bo, after listening for a time and hearing noth ing more than a distant drip, drip of water which was most lonesome, mys terious, and melancholy, I tore my pocket-handkerchief into strips and weighted it with a cartridge so that I might sound the inky depths below. I was sensible enough not to drop down Into thti pipe without making a reckoning, as I had learned this pre caution by sad experience. To my great relief the plummet struck bot- torn about four feet down and I cau tiously lowered myself, feet first, into the well. It was rather close quarters, but I managed to feel about me In every di rection, and to my dismay found that at this point the pipe divided into half a dozen smaller ones, none of them over six inches in diameter. This was a sad blow to my hopes and I felt al most defeated, so great was my chagrin. There was nothing to do but clamber back to the straight stretch of the pipe, where I paused a moment to think. It was bo dark that I couldn't see my hand before me, so I thought it safe to take out my pocket-lamp and examine my surroundings. Flashing It overhead, I was overjoyed to see that the bend in the pipe was ar ranged with a circular door which was held down by a spring catch which fastened beneath a flange. I released this, and was rejoiced to feel the door move upward when I pushed against It. It was an opening large enough to permit a man's body to pass through it, and I suppose It must have been arranged so that the pipe could be cleaned out if it should become clogged with leaves or trash. At any rate it offered the much sought en trance to the building, for when I pushed the top upwards a few inches and peered out beneath it I could see the faint rays of the perfect moon re- fleeted upon the bare brick walls of the building. With great caution I raised the lid upright and crawled out of the opening. I was indeed within the mysterious building. In my excitement at this discovery I released my hold of the upright Ud and it fell to with a metal lic report that sounded, to my tense senses, like the boom of a coast-de-fens gun. The next Instant I heard a voice, which I recognized as Mason's, excit edly bellowing: "Who'B that," he demanded. "Hey, Belden." he continued, "something's broke loose." , I didn't know what to do, so great was my surprise at my own rash act and its consequences. I could hear Belden sleepily call bask something that I could not make out and Mason reply. Then there was a creaking of springs and two dull thuds as the men sprang from their beds. It was a ticklish situa tion, and I certainly thought the Jig was up. Luckily, neither of the men had a match and I could hear them swearing luridly over this fact, the rattle of a tin lantern punctuating their profanity. This gave me an op portunity to take a hasty survey of my surroundings. I sprang from my perch astride the big pipe to the con crete floor six feet below and scram bled beneath a long table that stood at one side of the room. There was Just enough moonlight sifting through the dirty, iron barred windows to give me a bare idea of my situation. The building was 30 or 40 feet in length and I was near the farther end from the room where I could hear the men stumbling about in the darkness and swearing like troopers. On every hand were tables and boxes and ma chinery and washing-troughs.. Not a second too soon had I concealed my self, for scarcely had I reached the deep shadow of the table when- I heard a door grate on its hinges and the feeble rays of a lantern lllumln ated a few cubic feet of space about the lanky legs of the raw-boned miner. with my heart going about 200 beats a minute, I crouched beneath the table, gripping my revolver and very much In doubt about what I should do if I were discovered, which seemed a certainty. Of course I could have shot both men and made my escape through the flume-pipe, but there was nothing to Justify this con duct. Thus far I had nothing but sus picion against the two men, and such an act would have been nothing less than murder. I decided to let matters shape themselves and only endeavor to keep out of sight. The men blundered about the room for awhile, the lantern rather handl caplng than aiding them in their search. I could hear every word they said and the uneasiness they showed was certainly a suspicious circum stance. Finally they stopped a short dis tance from my place of concealment. I could see their feet, about which the lantern's light concentrated, and they were facing away from me, which gave me a little more hope of es caping. Belden was speaking. "I tell you," he said, "it was some thing fell. It wa'n't anything else be cause I know every door Is recked. I seen to 'em myself before we turned In just as I does every night.' "That don't matter," retorted Mason with warmth, "we can't take chances, and we must find what made the noise If we have to look all night. Nothing could have fell If it hadn't been pushed over and it takes some thing live to push things over. I halnt liked the way that stranger has been poking around here lately. I've had my suspicions of him all the time, and I came near as anything taking a pot shot at him that day I found him hid out behind a bowlder watching the mouth of the mine through his spy glass." "Why didn't you," queried BalJen In a sneering tone. "I'd a done it, if I had been the one to find him. What's the matter with you is 'yoa don't want to do a thing but copper your share of the swag and play safe all the time. Wish I'd 'a' found him. He'd been wolf feed in less'n no time." "Well, taint no use fussing about it low," replied Mason. "I'm glad I didn't shoot him, for it would have brought a lot of detectives and gov ernment men about here and would have spoiled our game right off. "Well, let's go back to bed," yawned Belden, ignoring the taunt. "Not until we've found what made that noise," answered Mason. "You wait here until I get the headlight from the office. This blamed lantern ain't worth shucks." "All right," grumbled Belden, and Mason went towards the door, swing ing the lantern as he walked. I had beard enough to justify me In arresting the men and in going to any length to accomplish it. Mason would not be gone long, I well knew, so I decided to capture Belden before his partner returned. I stealthily crawled from under the table, my stocking feet making no noise upon the concrete floor, and warily approached the unconscious Belden. I could just make out his bulk, where he stood in a dark por tion of the building, and I could hear the rustling of his clothing. He scratched a match and I held my breath. Fortune favored me. He' was lighting a corn-cob pipe, his back fair ly to me. Like a shadow I glided to ward him and with a quick, sure stroke brought my heavy revolver down upon the back of his neck with a sickening, crunching impact. He fell without a groan and lay like one dead. Nevertheless, I took the precaution to slip a pair of handcuffs upon his wrists, and then I sprang towards the door through which I could see the light of Mason's lantern advancing. I was not a second too soon. As Mason crossed the threshold I struck him a heavy blow upon the head and he went down like an ox in the shambles. I handcuffed him and picked up his lantern. Next, I packed the unconscious men into the room where they slept and deposited them upon the bed, after which I set -about restoring them to consciousness. This room opened into the office where was situated the vault After some little time Mason groaned and Bat upright. "Well, pardner," was his crestfallen greeting, when he had looked me over carefully, "I guess you hold the trump cards. What do you mean to do next!" Ho showed no resentment and seemed, at first, to think that I was a bandit I showed him my badge which had an electrical effect upon him. In my brief acquaintance with him I marked him as a man who would confess everything and endeavor to escape punishment by implicating his confederates, bo I explained to him as much of my suspicions as seemed expedient and made several guesses. This quite overpowered him, and after It be was as pliant as wax In my hands. He confessed everything and opened the big vault for me and showed me the books of the company: I had expected to have some difficulty with him and to have to do more bluffing than proved necessary, but he did everything in his power to help me. He said that he, Belden, and Hud son had turned the trick without as sistance. They had conceived the gigantic fraud when the mine began to fall, and had experienced little dif ficulty in putting it into effect. On the fine showing the mine had made at first, they succeeded in getting $1,000, 000 invested in It, after which they had incorporated and begun to sell stock. They took the money they re ceived for stock and converted it Into gold coin, which they shipped to the mine, where it was melted down, run 'into bars, shipped back to the city, and sold as bullion, a part of It going to pay dividends. I had suspected this when I had the quantitative analysis of one of their bars of gold made, for it had showed the percentage of amalgam that ii used in gold coins. The last shipment of gold coin was in the time-lock safe, which wouldn't open until eight o'clock next morning, so I made a hasty examination of the books and then trussed my two prisoners up like turkeys while I went to rouse the marshal. He was an intelligent Irish roan, who had knocked about the world a good deal, and it didn't take long to explain the situation to him. He accompanied me back to the mine, after I had wired instructions for Hud son's arrest, and relieved me of my charges. 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