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TnE ILLUSTRATED DEE. When a murder is committed the dives litiir about H It is whispered nbout in Its details among the denixons of the under world. The pulice, who, m tlio eyes ot tlio world, are following line spun elms., go ubout their work In a really simple man ner. They round up gangB o well known criminals, threaten each of them with pun ishment upon some overlooked offense, and get, In return for Inimunily, the desired In formation. Then, without hesitation, they arrest the criminal. Nos. '.SO and 4uu understood this system, and ullhough they had lx en at this Junc ture caught in the perpetration of a serious offense, yet they knew and understood th anxiety of the, polka force to run the Smith myatcry to the- earth. Accordingly, after talking the matter over carefully they concluded to wild for the chief. They Inti mated that they had Home newa about Constitutional Smith. The chief, without the slightest faith in their announcement, nevertheless had the two produced before him in his office. With him at the tint was the plain-clothes man from New Yoric "Now, what have you two fellows got to say?" demanded the chief. Bay it, and. say It quick." No. luO shook his head. "That won't do. Chief," ho answered doggedly. "We may kiuw a story and we may not. The ques tion Is, If wo do know one and if we ui help you put your finger on thla here SroliU what good it's a golu' to do us? That's the question." The chief snorted, but he was listening Just the tame. "Can't do a thins for you," lie answered; "you're In It, that's all. What d'ye think? You ain't got any story anyways. It's only a bluff. You cun't get anything out o' me." "All right, then, Chief." said No. 400, warily; "then send us back. That's all we've got to say." The chief and the plain-clothes man put their heads together and talked fur a long wliile. Finally the chief again faced the two. "Let's sec," he inquired; "did you fellows gwipu anything the other night?" "Nary thing," they answered; "every thing we had was took clt'n U:i. We didn't Set a thing." Tho chief waved his hand. "It's all right, then," he said, "Go on and tell your story." SUU they shook their beads. "Not yet," they answered. Tho chief snorted once more. "Well, then," he said, '1 tell you It's all right. I'll see that you are not prosecuted. 1 promise that, mind, if wo can put our hands on this man Smith, end through you. Is that enough?" The chief was famed for being a man of his word. But It was difficult to get his word. He was too apt to appear to prom ise, but to fail actually In binding himself, lie had bound himself now to the entire satisfaction of the two, and they were sat islicd. No. 400, who was tho spokesman, began his talc. "Constitutional Smith was hero In town he came here some months ago and he's here yet. We saw him when ho first came here. We'vo seen him a good many times since. I'll tell you how it was. We was in Coleman's alley one nlglit, waitln' fer a fellow, when we see this Constitutional Smith come down the street and hide in an old shed, lie hadn't been there mure than ten minutes before unother fellow came ttleiig. Smith was lay-In for this feliow, and knoeked him out and dragged him In the little shed." "Well?" said the chief. "Well, it wasn't more than fifteen min utes more than the door to the shed enmo open and a man cume out. And right here was tho funny part. Tho man that came out was the man that had been knocked out, that's what. He was as right as a trivet. That was the funny thing." "Well?" said the chief, Impatiently. "Well," wont on the other, "we ain't tho kind to mix In anything that we uln't up to ourselves. Hut nfter this fellow had walked nway wo went over and peeked Into that shed. And what d'ye think? Say, there was Constitutional Smith lyin" on tho floor and hroathin heavy Constitutional Smith, mind. An' the other, mun had walked away." The plain clothes man was taking short hand notes. The ct iof ngaln ojiened his mouth. "Well?" ho r 'marked again. "That's almost a!! there is to It. We Skipped. We hadn't no business there, an', naturally, we didn't want to get In a mix up over it, an' that's all, except Just ono thing" "And that thing?" asked the plain clothes man. "Tho man that had toen knocked out, we found out later, was the mnn who lay on tho floor of the shed. Smith had changed clothes with Mm. We thought he was Smith. Smith walked away In that man's clothes. And he did It because he looked like lilm, or prttty mm h like hlin at any rale. And the man that had been knoeked out" "That's t- point." sold tho plain clothes man. "Tliat man," went on No. ton, "that man was nobody else but Blllington O'Knefo right here In town. That's who It was. It was Hllllngtoii OKoofa." Tho chief never moved. I'nder Ms hand was an electric button. Ho pushed It with Ms finger. A couple of ofne-rs appeared at the door. "Billy." said the chief to one of them, "take these two suckers buck to the cooler. We're through with them." "Bat," protested No. 4. "I tell you it's so. Find out for yourself" "But, nothln'," said the chief. "You're a couple of merry liars. TaJio 'em back. Hilly." They were taken back. The chief whirled in hid chair and faced the plain clothes man. "What d ye think of It?" he Inquired. The plain clothes man shook his head. "I'm Inclined to think it's true," he an swered, "but that's not enough. l!y George, It's up to us to prove. It. We've got to prove that this man here Is Smi'h and not O'Koefe, and we haven't got any evidence of the fact. There's the trouble. If there was some positive difference be tween them that we could put our fingers on. Hut we don't want to have all New York and all Monroe laughing at us. We want to be mighty careful, but we've surely got to do something pretty soon." The chief shook his head. "I don't be lieve a word of It," he said, "but I ain't so much afraid of tackling liillington O'Kccfe that if we get a hook to hang on 1 won't help you out. You get your information and I'll go to O'Keefe with you. We cau settle it then and there; ho won't mind. I'm pretty sure of that." A few days later tho creditors of liilling ton O'Keefc, large and small, received a notice that the claims of all would be paid In full, with interest and costs, if any, provided each creditor would attend In per son with a general release two evenings later, at half past S, ut tho O'Kccfe man Flon. The foreclosure sale of tho house Itself was due to take place ou the morning following this meeting. What these notices meant no ono knew. Smith, if he had anything up his sleeve, certainly gave no sign. Anothf thing happened on tho day of the meeting. The plain clothes man re ceived a telegram in cipher from New York. Translated, this telegram read: "Smith has letters II. 8. tatoned on right arm; dancing girl on left and Goddess of IJherty on breast. This is correct; just found it out. 1'roceed." The p'aln clothes man exhibited it to tho chief. Tho chief was pleased. "Now," he said, "we've got something to work on. We'll have O'KecIe come cewn here. Hut, no," ho went on, "he's had trouble enough lately. He muy riot want to come down here. I'll tell you what we'll do. We'll call at Ids house tonight after hours and we can settle this thing In three shakes of a lamb's tall. That's what!" Tho rlnln clothes man did not want to wait. He did not like to take any chances. He was afraid tho story might be true, Mid if so, that the bird would fly. But he was In the chiefs hands and under considerable measure of obligation to him; so he sub sided. That night, a little before S, two men st tended at the house of O'Keefe. They were the plain clothes man and the chief. "Mr. O'Keefe In?" asked the chief of the servant. Tho servant shook her head. The plain clothes man gave an Inward groan. Ho had hoard of the. meeting called for tonight and ho thought that O'Keefe, oY Smith, had determined to make a big bluff, and then, without attempting to keep his ap pointment with his creditors, would leavo town and escape. "I'm pretty sure," said the maid, "that Mr. O'Keefe went out. But he may have come hack. Walt a minute and I'll see and make sure." She went and returned nlmost Immedi ately. "Mr. O'Keefe Is In," she Bald. The plain clothes man sighed with relief. "If you'll give me your names," she continued, "I'll take them up." Thr Chief and the r I'' In clothes mnn ex changed significant glances. They hail sui tl'int 1 tv.n cr thr.-o men outside, but they were still nfrald of escape. They gave their right names, however. Lut took the precau tion to follow In the footsteps of the. girl. They were Immediately behind her when she entered the little den. They did not give her time to announce their presence. The Chief, somewhat abashed, pressed for ward nnd shook her muster by the hnnd. "Mr. O'Keefe," he said, "we're hero on what may wm to you a ridiculous sort of errand. But it's a thing that's got to be done, nnd I know you won't mind it. I'll tell you th" facta." The plain clothes man scarcely breathed. He kept his eye on every movement of the ma.i sitting- at the table. He narrowly watched his countenance. "Mr. O'Keefe," began the Chief ngaln. "I ll tell you what It Is. There's u fellow over In New York that's on- of the slickest strong-arm men and swindlers on the con tinent. The police over there have laid at his door any numlicr of crimes. His name is Constitutional Smith" The man at th table never moved. "Hezeklah Smith Is his real name, but he's called Constitution!)! Smith. Now the point Is this: My friend here, Mr. Ilnrkletmck, Is one of the best men of the whole de partment over In New York. He's detailed here in this Smith case. They traced Smith her' understand. We're pretty sure that ho reiched Monroe; but then they lost him. But there's Jut ono thing about him that makes trouble. You s;h but for a beard, holnokid Just like you" The other nodded and looked from tho detective to the chief. "I see," ho said, easily, "iuhI then" "Kxactly," returned the chief, "that's Just it. And we ain't saying anything about It yet. because we don't place no stock in it, nnd that story Is tliat the real O'Kecfo was knocked out, and that Smith, because he looked so much like him, took his place. See? And so It conns down to the possibility-" Tho chief Flopped nnd smiled weakly. Then he went on: "To tho possibility that that you're Smith nnd not O'Keefe." The man facing them was so placid and undisturbed that the chief felt like a fool he was sure he had made a mistake. Tlio plain clothes man kept still and mid mail ing, hut watched everything that happened. "That's the whole thing," said the chief, "the New Y'oik gang suspect that you're Smith and not O'Keefe. Now, they've struck Just one way to prove it, and that's Just why we're here tonight." "And that one way," asked tho other, easily, Just what Is that?" The chief stammered. "This this hero Smith," he salil, "had some tattoo marks ou him, and theso marks we know, and wo we want to see If you've got these mark. that's all. Hang It, I hate to usk you, but I'Ve got to do It." Tho man at tho table toyed lightly with a metnl paper knife. The plain clothes mun watched him. Finally the former, still with the knife in his hand, smiled and spoke. "Would you mind," he nsked, "telling mo just what those marks were?" The chief looked at the plain clothes man and tho plain clothes man looked at the chief. "They were," said the plain clothes man, "the Initials 11. S. nnd a dancing girl and a goddess of liberty, all upon the upper portion of the body." The man at the table thoughtfully pols1 the paper knife In the air. "Mr. O'Keefe," said the chief, "you've had your own troubles, and I bate to ask you to do It, but there are some things that we polit e otllcers have got to do to ac commodate others. Is It too much to nsk you to strip hero In our presence nnd let us look at your arms and chest? In ono way It's a good deal to ask, but" The other had risen. He frowned. "It Is a good deal to ask, gentlemen," ho began. He rose to his full height. The plain clothes man nnd the chief Instinctively placed their hands upon thulr hip pockets. The other mnn hastily tore off his coot nnd vest. Then started forward suddenly and took olT his) linen shirt. How easily It would havo been for Constitutional Smith to leap upon theso two men, throw them to the floor, leap through a window and escape. But no such move was made. Tlio chief and the plain clothes mnn backed off a little and kept tight hold of their revolvers. "I suppose," said tho other man, pauslnrr nn instant, "that I must accommodate you. Well, here goes, and good lin k to you." Then he did something that caused tho chief and the plain clothes man to stand stock still and look on. Their hands fell nervously from their guns. Their eyes bulged out . And for no apparent reason. For all that this man had dono was to remove his Inner shirt and exhibit to them his breast and arms. But ujxm this breast and these nnns there were no such designs tattooed such as they had described. I'lx.n the chest there was quite a different design. And the marks upon the arms consisted of two words, and th.it was all. And theso two words were "liillington O'Keefe," und nothing more. For this man wns not Constitutional Smith. It was none other than liillington O'Ki ofo the real Billlnglon O' Kecfo conic back after many months to claim his own. "WeH-IT-ho- hanged!" exlalineil the plain clothes nun. lie grunted with dis appointment. "I could have sworn," ho said, "that you were Constitutional Smith though I will confess," lie added, "that In this light you don't look so much like Mm a.s I thought you would." Tho chief burst into un embarrassed laugh. "Mr. O'Keefe," he said, holding out his hand, "don't give this away to anybody. We'll bo tlio laughing stock of tho place. There's a line supper, and a big one, duo you from mo und Mr. Jiurkle bnok." Later In the headquarters the chief called for the two toughs. "You're a pretty pair of liars," he said, knocking their heads together; 'this cooks your goose. After this you'll go up for the biggest term you can get; and, by George, after that I'll follow you up close. You fellows'll never get a chance to lie to me again. I'll te'l you that." He knocked their heads to getlur once more. Just for good measure, und then sent them buck, Mr. Huoklcbeck reluctantly telegraphed In detail to New York. Next day he whs ordered hack home, and ho went. Back In Hie O'Keefe house, liillington O'Keefe was once more donning Ids wearing up.. pnrel. nnd while ho was about it the door below was opened from the outside with the aid of a key, and a man uscended ttuj stairs and entered tho i, n. Tills man was Constitutional Smith. Now it may aeein queer that liillington O'Keefe, who by this time knew the whobj story about Smith, did n.d give Smith up to the chief and hi gum;, for the punish incnt he deserved, it will nppc ir later why he di.l not. Constitutional Smith stepped Inside the room, and shut the door. "Who :he devil are you?" asked Constitutional Smith, "and What the de il are ou dolus; In my la-use?"' lie might have pounced upon O'KietV at once, had he so desired, but he did not so desire. It would involve a noisy seiiillo. and the house would In- ii I :i 1 1 1 ., - 1. an, I It would end In M ruin. Besides. BilMiigton o'Koefe was holding a revolver in his hand. Con stitutional Smith had determined upon a imieh bolder si homo. "What Hi- devil are on doing In my house?" dem uuled Constitutional Smith. "I'm Billitiglou O'Kccfe," answefd the other. "You kuow that well enou,li by thla time." "Know it?" r'toi'iod Smith, 'of course I don't know it. I am 1'illlngton O' K .c'V." "Prove It." returned O'Koefe. Smith smiled. "I don't have to prove It," he an swered. "My people will recognize nie as O'Keefe. They will know mo. It's up to you to prove that you nro millng-ton O'Kecfo and tint I am not." "I gu.ss that's n simple matter." re lumed O'Keefe, "fur you have your Initials Mid tho goddess of liberty and a dancing gill tattooed on your body foolish of you, too." Smith started. "How did yon know that?" ho demanded. O'Koefe smiled. Ha did not answer the question. o tore off his shirt once more. "And these are t tie) marks that I have utsm my body," lie con tinued. Constitutional Smith stared. lie vva beatin i ml ho knew I'. And what wii more, rillingtou O'Kecfo kio vv it. But he admired genius. "You're a clever follow," ho said to Smith. Smith bowed. "I am,' ho admitted. "So are you yourself." O'Keefe beckoned with his hand fownrdt n chair. "Sit down." said liillington O'Koefe to Constitutional Smith, "coma now nnd let us reason t cottier." (To bo continued.) Pointed Paragraphs Men talk shop and women talk shopping. Tlio silent pan tier in a Hi in always has a lot to say. Stock quotations are the dialogue used la comic papers. IIii.hIo Is said to make waste, yet tli.ro ara few hustlers In almshouse. Many a man follows tho l aces In can e he Is unable to gi t ahead of tlum. Some real estate men make a specialty of transforming molehills into mountains. Tho girl who looks forward to a matri monial alliance should not be fotward looklns. An Ohio genius Is said to have Invented a devico for utilizing the bout of an argu ment. Many a mnn Is capable of Judging th affairs of others better than he Is of Judg ing his own. At the age of 40 a man Is very apt to feel under everlasting obligations to tho chap who married the girl ho was spoony on at the age of L'o. Chicago New.s. A Bachelor's Reflections A mail can Keep his expenses 'way down at home by playing tho races. Some of those shirt wtilsts make a man feel us If 11 was time to put out the lights. It Is hardly worth while for people to get a divorce, since they Just go and do It all over again. Mighty few men can evr be really happy unless somebody Is trying In vain to cure them of a vice. Somo men have such an Imagination they ran bo us light-hearted as bachelors when, they are away from homo. New York l'ress. BAKER BROS ENGRAVING CP. fl w " K'lles to writl tim thnnnsf UUI'f rutK thin f,il! Hi fnvm urvrr uflrr.4 Ik-Out. (land llrwrh lxutit r. It mi. Our sr-' il DimiIiIi llurn! I1"I(KI CU'l I'llial to Hlxrl ( 'ilitlnf I3J.0J. Si-mi ;'-c lit start; (or tomplclc t-Atlu'uc. II. U t'OIJiOM AllllS CO., ill Uroadiviiy, K Yvilfe i it i IMig 1 ft