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:N.o. 5S9 'NEW' YORK, September 14, 1907 . Ptic:c ffenses more than the mere expression of opinions. With that mtJch of exPtanati on, I will proceed in the first person "l. crave your irtdulg_ence, sir, in the reading of what J. 4ave to say and in my personal behttf if I am. enough to appeal to a re5ponsive im pulse in your kind heart." The detective stopped readil!g irt. the middle of the letter., .and raised his eyes to man who. waited b e fore him.

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NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. "Do you t
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NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. though tlley were not awaiting us.' The.:Y liad no know! edge of our coming until our "Four months ago{'! f'Four months ago;. ,a trifle more than tliat, to l:ie exact.". "Did he not apprise them of his coming; even by letter?" "No, sir." "But he did ,know w:here to find then;t when-he arrived here_.; eh ?" "Yes, sir." "You speak English perfectly; ydur master writes it perfectly. You have both been ip this cpuntry "No, sir. We learned the language by studying .it." "Your pronunciatiott is perfect; y-our master's -script is perfect" "Thank you, sir." "Your language is not tlie language a servant, neither is your manner." "l was not always a servant." ''You are sufficiently aware of the contents of Jet to knowthat yout; master desires me to go to hitrl at the house where he is living, are you not?" sir/' "And that you to guide me to him in case I consent to go there?'' "Yes, sir." "Do you ICnow when he fixes the tolp _to-morrow "Why to-night? Why defer it tin til to-morrow morning, if he is in danger of assassination?" "I do not know, sir, save that _he. thought it unwise to request you to go to him to-night. It is already five o'clock. I suppose he did :oot wish to intrude you unnecessarily. -But -i you prefer--" "Np. I will go to him to-morrow morning, as he re quests. You may call here for me at eight o'clock in the "Very well, si'r. lYou wish me to tai
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NEW. NICK CARTER WEEKLY. Malet laughed softly as he replied: "I g-nessed that much, Nick, old clap. You and I much time to think ab()IJt $ings, apd:it, is sufficient to say that when either of us seeks t,he other the!re is a suggestion of our work behind it." I want to know," said the detective, "if you have any recollection, dating from ydur Russian experiences, of a a terrorist1 K>r nihilist, P.Y the name of ..:-or at leaJt wears the name of-1 van Dovanief." started slightly the lids of his eyes narrowe d with sudden earnestness. He leaned forward a toward the and instead of re,P.lying to the implied q1lelltion uttered the one word: "Why?" For reply, NiciC the strange letter across the table to his friend, who read it through to the end without comment an'd also without visible change of ex:pression, an4 then instead of replying to Nick's guestion he asked one of h ill own: "Did yOu teplj to this letter, Ni<:k ?" he said. "I sent a verbal reply.''" t'By-the messenger who delivered ''Yes." "May I ask what name he gave yo\1 ?" "Peter Petronoff." shook his 'he&d and murmured: --That name, fit least, is unknown to me." "What about the one ?'1 asked Nick. 4'0h, that is known to me, all right enough.'' "Who, then is thi s I van Dovanief ?." "If it's all same to you, Nick, I'd rather nQt an question just yet. I'd like to go a iittle 1nto detalis of the present circumstances before doing 50 "What details do. you want?" asked '"You say y<)u sent a replY, to the message by this .Petl!r Petronoff ?'_. "What was the message tfiat you sent. the verbal sage?'' "We11; you knQ'W I didn't send a message. I merely tQid the supposed servant that if he wo ld 11 f t 'h 1 u ca me a t o c ock m the morning would go 'With !hun to see hts master. "f ,''I'd : like to you, Nick, why you consented to go Wtth hiiTl at all o r to see the man who wrote that lft I t was the turn _to laugh, although he did 1t rather uneasily and he replied: "To tell the truth, Malet I don't know M fi 1 Y rst tm-pu se wdast to the servant packing aQout his business an o te tm I had no time f d r sucl) ff but if! spite of nt y resolution to do so I !a .. alllf, c entin' t th t ha ... yse ons g o e m ervtew t t Dovanief asked "Y d . 101;'. ou on t knowt then, 'Yhy it intereste '..t you?" k d Malet. Y as e "No. I sat here for some time wonder'" t"J l:i ml!it a out it myseH, after Petrouo'ff went away, ana my conclusion was that it was due simply to the interest that I always feel for things Russian. You know I have been rather closely associated with some affairs over there." Malet nodded. "I suppose you believe this fellow's story," lie said. "I mean the one that he's written her e in this letter." Nick laughed again. ."It hasn't occurred to me yet to asK myself whether I it or not." he said. "I think, if you are inter ested to know, that my curiosit y is about the :whole matter. Not because of the danger which Dovanief s'ays threatens hitn; but because of some subconscious interest in the matter which I cannot d e fine. it's the gir.l," suggested Malet. "What girl?" asked Nick, totall y forgetful of the men tion that had been maae of Dovanief's daughter. "Olga Dovanief." Nick stared at Malet aiter he uttered the name, and then he laughed aloud. "I pledge you my word, Malet," he said, "that I had totally forgotten her existence or that such a had been mentioned." "You would not have forgotten, had you ever seen her," said Malet significantly. "Eh? Why not?'' "Because, Nick, unless she b a s greatly ch anged during the past four years, she is the most b eautiful young woman that the. sun ever shone on." ''Dho t laughed, }fick, "so you a r e with the young la'dy are youi'' 111 have tnet her." 11Where?'' "In St. Petersburg." more than four years a go." '.'Who and what is she?" asked NicK. "An anarchist, a nihilist,. and a plotter against the Russian throne, like her father '?'1 "She was always suspected" replie d Malet slowly, ''ol being :!. spy in the pay of Russian Government, apd therefore against the interests her father was supposed tQ uphold." detective was silent a moment and then he said: ':You made that remark Malet; as if, whtle you said one thing, you intende d imply anothet. 'May I ask exactly what you d i d mean?" devi( of it is that I don't know exactly what I j:lo replied Malet1 and he laughed shortly. ''I know. that she is a beauti ful girl who has beefl raised her mfancy in the hotbed of Russian intrigue, and t at she has breathed the air of i t so long and has ab the ideas of it so thoroughly t hat it is impossible or the o us-or at least when I was there to determme anything definitelY. abou t her.

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NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. ) 'I "Well,,'' .saidJ'{icl<, 11to ret1,ttl) to the $ubject cussiott, that is, to return directly to it, it :was not the metition of the. daughter that induced me. to accept Dovanidf's invitation to me to C'all uponNm" ' .Malet was silent a morp.ent,. ga:eing at; ceilini near a far cornet of the ro6m, he said! "Won't de::;cribe to me the manner and of this matt, Petef Petronoff ?" "In appearance( r.ep.lied the 14he might be. desciibed by our very expressive tet:m; a 'woodll)' Indian/ He has a skin o : parchllJent, the face of a ca,st, the countenance of a wax figure, it de void of expression of any kind. His voice is utterly personal and conv:eys n 'othin'g t?' save the words he utters. His aspect is stolid, ipdiffel;'ent, and dogged. His language, and he, spok.e ort1y itt Eriglish while he was here; is perrect, and no fault could be found with his manners; :ae is evidently a man of education. The only remarkable thing about him that I noticed were eyes}: "\yhat about them ?:1 aske.d Male_ t "They seemed to be struggling all the whilj! to .get away from him-! mean in the matter pf .their sion," replied the dete<;tive smiling. was as .if his -whole attention was centered upon keeping them,,.,as stolidly as his voice and face i _but now and then they escape<;! .. the restraint he exercised over thetn and were remarka:bly bright with a rather startling ,land of intelligence. "As ifhe what Y,OU were to say to him?'' interrupted "Just exactly that.'1 "How tall is he, Nick?;. 1'About my own height; a broau wise to exact1y what it means." "Tha,t's good,'' saip the oetective. "Let's near what you have to say about it." A. MAN l'O BE FEARED. "!-wfll tell you all I ;[qiow aboftt Dnvaniei, to with," ifier he had lighted a fresh cigar. "All right/' ;aM NiCk, "and after that I would_ like to hear ilso .. all that you can tell me about the beautiful to whom yl>u have referred, as well as this Peter Petronoif, whom Jt?u say know b)'another 'Dovanief," continued Malet, not heeding the int-erruP,.. 1'is an assumed name, but the man has worn it so long is so well known by it among all the plotters and schemers of Russia tha t it might be said to belong to at least, and pet;thaps this is better-lie be longs to name." ''That isn't bad; go on," said 1'Dovanid has 'royal blood in his veins and what isn't royal is noble. There no man in Russia, not. ing the czar himself, who is higher born than he. save the one ineradicable stain upon which you may SUi mise and which cannot wiped out; but he might with truth and reason bear the name of Alexandrovitch, if he chose to do so." "I Understand," said the detective. 11Th ere was a.. time, during the reign 'of the third Alexander, when Dovanie was rather high in place and au thority, although he-was then still a young man,' and is by no means an old one now." Nick J!Odded. 1'Go on," he said. "The of the Empire objected_ to Dovanief; to use an expression oi our own, they had it in for him all the way around, and the plotting and planning against him went on so expeditiously and so perfectly that it resulte9-hi his downfall. He was confined in the fortress for a '_time; and it was gener,ally; supposed that he was 4ead, arld .it was even reported that he committed reported, that is; but the fact is, that he was deported or exiled to the rcines o Sibetia, from _which he ultimately escaped, and instead of seeking an other country, as any man <;JJ his sense in his position would b,ave done, he retJ,lrned to Mosco\11( a,nd _thence to St. Petersburg, where he allied himself with the very bitterest of the foes of the go:vemment." "I have known of many such cases as that," said Nick. known ability, education, and craftiness quickly earned for him a leadership among these men J:e had joined, he speedilf became the most important and the most powerful man among the nihilists, fot the -w,ord 'nihilist' I believe, the only one which conveys to the average .mind aii idea of the government's worst 'foe!; The oetective noClded. strange part of it all was, .. continued Ma_let, "tha:t while he did not openly show himself and did not

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NEW NICK WEEKLY. expose himself to unnecessary danget of arrest, the fact remains that he did remain in St Petersburg under ye1 thin disguises and aliases, and that he the efforts of the secret police ar_rest ,htm: In f Nick, he defied the government and hkewtse, tn fact, th government seemed powerless to call his bluff .. "I was associated with there at time, as you know. I came personal contact :'"t Dovanief two or three times, and there were occasiOns when I believed that he was really under government pay all the time." "Do you mean," asked Nick, 'lfuat he actmg a government spy, even after he had beeq eXIled to Stbe ria ?" "N o1 I don't mean that; I mean after he, and had returned." "All right; I understand you. Go on(' "When I left Russia and went to ratts, I was there for kno ,, some bme as you may w. '!.Yes." h 11 in the pay of tlie Russian Government at e rea y was h d kin th -ti' I poke about, but that be was oo Wln g the e me s h d d' ffi 1 Iling the wool over t etr eyes, an preten mg o ctas,pu th h ct a spv for them while all e ttme e was a spyto a as on the other"side." "l have guessed as much as that, already," said Nick. "Well," said Malet, ''here is something that do not know that I would not have only for an accidental encounter with an old that I had the day before yesterday, here m the streets of New .Yotit." "Now you are getting down to something definite and interesting," said Nick. "There was a Frenchman named Latrobe who was on the Russian secret police at the same time I was, who is here in New York now. I met him on the street day before yesterday. We stopped ju.st long enough to shake while he asked for my ac,ldress. He was at the moment 1\nd not linger. But that he called upon me in the spirit of old comradeship we exchanged cpnfidences. I suppose as a matter of fact he t0ld me rather more than he intended to." "While in Paris I frequently tame in contact with agents of the Russian Government and with agents of the Russian nihilists. Their affairs no longer interested, me artd I confess I paid very little heed to them save "Well?" said the detective. in following out the devel(){lment)f a case now then "In a word, Nick, he told me he was here snadowing with which I had formerly been Dovanief the one man who, of all others, is the most feared and always interested me, Nick." dreaded 'by the Council of the Etnpire in Russia .The detective was visibly impatient during this rather "He did not' tell me the man's name, and it 'did not lengthy dissertation upon Russian affairs, for he was so occur to me that it until this conversation: familiar with many stories of this character there with you here, but now I feel sure that he was referring was nothing new in Russian nihilism tohjm. to Dovanief all the time." "What has all this got to do with the letter of "Well/' said Nick, "that's interesting as far as it Dovanief's ?" M asked, and Malet smiledbefore he te-goes." plieq: you know, Nicl<, as well as I do, tliat this "!/ understand your impatience, old ctl'ap," said. '-'I suggestion of assassination as made in Dovaniefs letter haven't meant to weary you with this talk about Russian to .you is ail nonsense in this country, don't you?" politics, but in view of this letter," and he it "On the face of it it is-: of ourse replied the detect 0 , ld wheie .it lay on the table in front of him, "it seemed to ive; 11oiily I don't think the Russian Government wou me you should know some thing about the previous hishesitate to put a man out of the way, even here in New tory of Dovanief." York City, if they thought it exp'edient to do so." "I wish you'd go on with what you've got to say about Maret shrugged his shoulders. him," said Ni<;k. f!Uite evident to me that that Jet :such a .thing is of course,". he said, ter and the mention of hfs name and the appearance of 1t 1sn't a thmg the Russtan Government ts fond o, a the man who passes as his servant suggest something it isn't a thing that their agents like to do." definite to you which you have.not Y.et "Naturally." "Yes, that is quite true." "Of course there are ways of doing such things wqich "What was it, Malet ?" are more or less safe for the man who commits them i for "It suggested to me, NicK, what l liave olten tfiought instance, Dovanief might be knocked down and ruit over before about Dovanief; that he was all the while a nihi-by an automobile, or he might be poisoned, or a thousand list; all the while in sympathy with the _ and one things tnight happen to him which would all the while a terrori-st at heart, even the titne cast direct suspicion upon the who committed tt, wben he served the third Alexander, before his exile to but the point that I /wished to make was that Dovanief's Siberia; and it suggested to me I ltave ahyays .been reference to it there is a direct effort to deceive Nick correct in a suspicion that I once formed about him, and Carter." to which 1 have already referred in this conversation, that Nick laughed and helped himself to a fresh cigar.

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NEW NICK CARTER WEEKlY. p. ('l guessed tJtat once," he replied. is not 'first time it's been tried." "Did it;. occur to you to ask your$elf his wa in a.!Jempting that deception?" asked ''Oh, yes; it occurred to tne to ask myself the question, but I don't think .1 found Sf!tisfactory answer.',' "I don't know that l can find one, either:," said Malet, after a lengthened silence, "but I it is safe proposition to say that DC?vanief h a $ no real fear ci assassination. I <;lon't believe the man ever feared assassi nation in hi s life, a11flough he has lived almost all his life very much closer to it than now p .1 .have heard, Nick, tl}at he was afraid of anytblng, .and certainly he no.t write such a whining ple,a as tliat yoU, if !he is the real Dovaniei, unlss1 being real Dovanief, !Pe has a very and. eloquent in view." I.1And which ,aspect of the case do you asked [Nick. latter." "Yo u mean by tliat, then, tliat lie has some oefinit'e motive in calling me into his affairs ''Yes.'' "As associated. plots and plans against tiie gov!" ernment ofRussia?" 'Yes." The detective snoot<: his heaa. "I he slJ,iq, don't ju.,st I am tq,he made to assist him in any in a matter of that kind/' .;r.N9r.do I, bu.t it will 1develop ; you rnay be sured of that; it will dewlop on. Dovanief, is as aeep a lived. .is not afraid of man, or the devil. _He is adored by his followets, who would go to perdition for him for the asking. His apher e i-tt. .New York is the at:lea8t to me, o f some deepiaiti scheme wherein yout pers'onai activity, for or against hiin, may be the benefit; and if yoti lil{e, Nick, I .will help you to stiidy -out what it means." -CHAPTER IV. TEtE MAN ON tHE FLOOR. "I am very much obliged to you, Malet," said the tective, "for the you maket and you may rest as sured that will call upon you if there is occasion..to do so, Qf: course, I koow of what r;oay come out of this call that I inteQd to make upon your Russiaa in: the and my Ol;lly object in asking you to come here now has been achieved1 for I wished you to tell, rne .if. you knew about the man at all." "I haven't told you all I kn9w about him,'' replied IMalet, "but I think I have told you all that may be of interest at the present moment" "QuJte so i and now .aoout man Petrono:ff; Malet ?" course you must rememJ:ie; I am,pnlY. about his ide.ntity anq that l il,lg from the description yp u have given me." . ''From tlte description, and I ani quite :r am right about it, I think the man who poses ;iS povanief's servant and, who htought the message to you and carded back .your reply is Michael Orloff." . ., ... who is he?" asked Nick. "Orloff is one of the Russian princ.es of whom thete are manr -who wear the title without any means to upholc:t' and it might be said without honor. He is a Russian prince by inheritance, but I believe the estates in this in;:; stance were confiscated in his grandfather's time .. At.ail events, his rank of nobility is not now recognized in .Russia. Nevertheless, Nick, he has the blood and the desce nt.' and 1 might add the education, to make him doubly a dan gerous man for hk enemies. If he is Or1off, he hates the Rbssian Government and everythin&' to it) and the -yety fact of his present association here in New York with I viUl Dovanief is sufficient to make me positive that there plot afoot that iS'.g:reater and deeper than' any they have yet ent ered into."" "'Is also an e:ldle fiom Russia?" asked the tective. and no." f'What do you mean by tha! ?" "1 mean that. 'if he shdtild return to hiS owri"'cotthtry, he Would be politely informed that hit room was betfe1-than his company. He would be wanted to cross the frontiet with the least possible delay of take quenees, atld they 'would be made very unpleasil.Iit.'' "You mean,'' Nick,'; that he" would be if r. .. he d1d not leave, but would not be molested until he failed to do so r '" ".Very well ; I think \*le may leave Orloff for the ent, a:tld : now will you tenme jtist where you : think that Madam D6vanie and hez; cutany' ke in 'this 'business ?" you have me, Nick. : 1 don't know and <:annot "WhyP" "1 do krtow, : ot I think I know, that Madam Downief has rto s:ympathy, and further,. has had no sympathy1 With the P9litical affairs of her fiusband; she rnarried .'him when he was a favorite at the palace and promptly deserted him when .he. lost favor. l'hadno idea;.that she was present in this country, and am io hea:t that she is. I cannot that she is a willing party to any cif Dovanief's scheme$, but it is' possible that he has sUcceeded in deceiving het to the e,d:ent of her permitting him to remain in her society now that they: are all here.Xf "And the: daughter?" asked NicK. t'Again-you have n1e

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8 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. I ' 1An.in, why?'' ''I -have already partly explained the answer to that question, but I will add to what I have said that, while and _the daughter have always been devoted to each "oilier so .far as my knowledge goes, they have' never been in sympathy With eacq' other in the-matter of political scheming. The 'in_ herits her father's temperament anq o intri&ue and She is iil
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NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. 9 olis, where, a while, they turned agl:l.in mto a side street, the name of which need not be mentioned here, and drew up. before the door of an old-hshioned brick house with dormer windows in the rooi, where the serv ant, .as he called himself, leaped tel the pavement, opened the door .of the hack, and stood bowing -before "This way; if you please, gentlemen,'' he said quickly, and with more animation than he ha4 shown heretofore, "my master was exaeedingly anxious when f left him. He had received a letter this morning which made him dread a call from his enemies at almost any moment." The man ratt lightly up the steps and inserted a key in the lock of the door. The door, however, swung open ):lefore he touched it and before he had a chance to turn the lock, and the man turned an affrighted face toward the as j.le claimed: "Some one has been here during my absence; some one has burst open this door since .J came out of itJ" Nick felt a slight pressure on his arm frqm Malet, as Petronoff pointed ahead of them toward the inner d9or of the vestibule, which stood partly ajar and with the glass in one side -of it shattered. "Something has happened! Something terrible!'! exclaimed Petrorwff, in Russiah, as. if .he were too excited to spellk in English; and .he started forward a sec{)nd time, passed through the hallway to a closed door at the end of it, threw it open, and leaJ?.ed inside the room be Yorid.. NiclC, who had_ followed him closely, _saw him stop suddenly and heard him utter an exclamation c:if horror, anE} then Petronoff's right arm -straightened _out, .;nd. he pointed with rigid finger an object which was lying on the floor il_l. t}ie middle of the room. The object he was a deac;l man. CHAPTERY. THE RI!). T ON. TH);: SECOND FLOOR. The man on the floor was a typical Russian in height and in physique. He was more than six feet tall and possessed a powerful physique, which it seem incredible that he should lie there so quietly, as if he had been easily "overcome in the struggle which had ended in his death. As for Orld:ff; as we shall hereafter refer to him, since that was his corre<;_t name, he seenied' to be utterly. over whelmed by the shock of his friend's death. The body was lyjng on its side, with the. right arm ex tended under the l}ead, and just back of and beneath the socket of the left arm the :long and heavy hilt of a dag ger showed itself like t he head of a serpent, as if to an nounce the cause of that sudden death. Orloff stood beside -the bOdy, with his hands ciaspea together in front of him, looking -dowri upon it .in si lence, although his heaved, and he bdie every outward evjdence of the utmost grief. Fpr an in-stant only the detective bent o-ver the :silent form on the floor, and then he turned to 'Malet, who had followed him into the room, andasked : this the DOvl!nief whom you kxlew PW "It would seem so," replied Malet. "What do you mean by that, Charlie? Aren't yau sure?" "Oh, y.es; I am sure enough." "But what do you mean? .our manner is not con vincing.'' .'1 mean," said Malet slowly, and in a tone that was still fowe'l-, for the two were conversing in a half-whisper so. that Orloff would not be able to hear .them, "that while I half-expected to find of a man here We; arrived, I didn't believe 'that it would be the of Dovanief.". For a moment the detectfve looke'd steadily )ito the eye; of his. friend,' without speaking, and then hnaid .. I .think 't b.egin. to understand you1 Malet Niiui: previous acquaintance these people have given Y!JU a little bit the advantage of me, but I thinK I uQder.Stand you now." . The detective turnea to Or1gff tne'n, and him on the shoulder. !'Is that your master?" he as:Ked him, p6intipg tQ the bOdy on the flpor. Orloff nodded but made. no reply m w9r<#. ''Is your master r repeated Nick, speaking sharply. "Answer me!" "Yes; that was my master." master, or your ?'' perhaps; my frieJ:!d, if .you it so."-"Your real name Is not Petrono:ff, is itr'. "No." "What is it?'' ''Michael Orloff." "You and Dovanief were brother cof:ispirat.Ors1 iristead of master and servant, were you not r . "We were Carter. I acknowledged him as master h e was I acknowledged him ;iS master because he possessed the master min:d: The . ' .. man :Who lies dead there on the floor before us was a grea"t Mr. Carter. I was proud to serye The ha d already touched the face_ the )an.ds of the corpse tentatl:veiy two or three tfmes, and now he bent forward, and did it again. "What time did you Jeave the man here, Orlof_f.?" he aemanded. . ''I went from him tb Mr. Carter:" you drive there in the hack that brought us here?" "'Yes."

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10 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. -"'Yw had, then ; 9rdered the h3ck to call-for yo!! -at a '
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NEW NICK CJ,\.RTER WEEKi.. Y. 111:1 a had been removeO. from one of the for use as a gag, 'Yhile the young woman herself had tied to the chair in which they found her with the sheets, after they, been -twisted into the form of ropes. A pict\l,re or t\:Y<:I been torn the walls;. some i6ook-shelves at one l>ide of the room ,had been over turned, the contents of the bureau had' been scat tered upon the floor, as if in the struggle that pre ceded the t4e or her assailants, had seized upon the lmen scat that had. been used to cover it, ana thus had despoiled it of its which had crashed '\ t to the floor together. Xhe girl herself had been f9rced a sleepy hollow :chair, to which she had been fa-stened :so that she. could not leave it. "' It was Nick Carter who released Olga Dovanief from her unpleasant condition, and he noticed with some inter est that. when she was liberated directly the of .her mother's. She remained still in the chair wlien the twisted sheets and :the pillowcase were taken from as she were waiting for her blood to properly agam, and using the to collect he;as well, !for she uttered no word at all,. merely nodded her appreciation of the act. During these two scenes-the one enacted in the front room, and this one-Malet had b'een a silent observer for P.e had followed the into both rooms, although he had taken no part the proceedings in either of them. Now, :While Olga Dovanief was collecting her thouglits, and trying to recover an equanimity which she had not lost_, .Nick turned to him swiftly, and ut tered the single sentence: "Take back ...into the front room, I don't want these two women to talk together until I have questioned separately." He turned then to Madam :Dovanief; who, pf course, had followed tqem into the room, and was now on her beside her daughter, chafing her hands, and he somewhat sternly : if you please, my friend here would like to ask you some questions which he thinks he can do to more if you are with him. Y'Our ls right. now, and neither o you have been IWlll you kmdly follow him back into the front She raised her eyes to his and there w:as one flash of ' ' in them, Nick thought, although there was, as yet only a vague idea his own mind why there be, and then, with a curt nod, she followed Malet' ifrom the room. Nick turned then. to Orloff, who had resumed his stQlid demeanor and attitude, ana who now stood with .. his hadds behind his back, staring at nothing. "Orlo.ff," he said "do me the favor to return -', / to the back and stand guard there until I come . [ think I can trust you not to leave the house without CHAPTER VI. ;' A HOUSE OF TRAGEDY. The deteetive had been obliged to thmk quickly while these scenes were taking place within the two rooms aJ. .. ready described. And he had been1quick to notice that there had J5een almost too much system in the preparation of these scenes just to make them seem logical, compared to the time that had passed since their creation. It seemed to him that the dead man on the floor in the back parlqr was the only real incident of the whole and, while for the moment he had no doubt whatever that Dovanief had been killed, the impression was forcibly upon him that the assassination had been done with the connivance and approval of Orloff fDd the two women he had found, bound and gaggedt in the house. The disorder in the front room and in tlie bacK room on the second ffoor was rather too studied, and much too complete, to seem natural to tQ.e detective. There was nothing, had been nothing --1h the attitude and demeanor of Orloff to suggest that he was a party to the crime; that is, nothing save his general association with it. The body of a corpse at that season of tlie yea; does not grow cold rapidly. Rigor mortis will not set in sometimes for several hours, an'd the fact that the body of the murdered man was still warm when they discovered it .copld have no scientific >bearing upon the case, but> it could influence the detecti.Ve's mind considerably in his characterization of the incident. When he touched the body in the first upon entering the rqom where it was found, it seemed to him that the of death had advanced rather too far-or, at least, farther than it should have doQe--in the time that Do.vanief had probably. been dead; for it would appear to the best of Nick Carterp ability at figuring it out, that Dovanief could not, under .all the circumstances, have lying on the floor. a corpse more than forty-five they found him. If an assassin had waited outside for the departure of Orloff, and had entered the house after he had gone to meet the detective, the murdered man had probablY. been dead less than that time. be detectiYe had been impressed witli the ,1dea the moment he touehed the body, that the man had been dead a much longer time than Orloff would like to have It was five minutes past eight when the 'detective ana Ibis friend left the former's house to make the call upou

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NEW NICK CARtER WEEKLY. Dovanief, and it was not quite half-past eight when theY. arrived there. t ,Ac cording to Orloff's statement, it was or teu utes after hal-past seven when he departed fron,l this house of the crime, and in reality only aoout fifty min utes elapsed. between the time of Orloff's departure from the hottse and his return to it. Nick Cartet scented in this affair a much deeper plot than appeared upon the surface, and he recalled instantly tlle remarks that had been made to him by Malet con cerning the two men who were most deeply imterested in it, one of wham was now dead. Nick would ha.ve liked, if it were possible, to have ehind it 'a deliberate plot on the part of Orloff and two women to rid themselves forever of Ivan .uu ... m ... But at once the question arose : Why should the wife and daughter of the man consent to such violeQt meas ures? Why should they become accessories to it,. and why, if his death were to be the orily object to at .. tained, should they have resorted to this public methOII of killing him, and gone to the lengths they had done to secure the presence of the detective, Nick Carter in the house within a few moments of the time the dee!l was consulll!D,.ated ,? Why should they desire the presence of the detective thete at all ? Why had they deemej;} it n.ecessary, if tliey the chief victims of this assassin, to have themselve bound and and to pose as quasi victims of tbe out rage? All together, the affair was exceeCtingly puzzling. Nick felt that Malet's previous ex-periences with. these people, and his thorough knowledge of their character istiQS, and par1:$ of their lives, would enablt him reasof1 out the present problems with more accuracy, it .was the sort of accuracy which the detective deemed ,it often to avoid, it was so apt to lie misleading. Nine murders out of every ten are the result of impulse, out here was one that had been delilierately plannc4; and as deliberately consummated, and in such a way. to carry it out as had been done at least three conspira tors would have been required if it were bY. persons from outside the family. These conjectures and queries had passed througti the detective's mind one. after another since the mo he entered the house; each additional sceneas he approached it bringing with it its own interrogation paints . Now _.he turned and faced the girl who was a! in the room with him, and who, in the 1iJleantime, had arisen from the chair, and was standing with her back toward the mantel......-a& he looked upon her, and perceived that Malet had not at all when he had described her beauty, it came to him that if she was one wh!l cOI.Il'tl' deliberately enter into a conspiracy which was to cUl-!o minate 1n the murder of her own father her countenance and her demeanor and the entire make-up of fbi girl mo.re thoroughly belied her than any one he. to have seen in his career. His first questiQn was of the detective; be said:: "yvhere is your father, Miss Dovaniefr' ''I don?t know," 'sne replied you not hurit . Insteaq of replying to her answering questiott, lt.e asked another : your father somewhat .. mademoisellef'

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NEW NICK CARTER She seemeo surprised at the question, and she replied to it instantly, as Nick hoped she would do. "Not at all," spe said. 'fhe detective pointed at the dock that ticked upon the mantel pehind where she was sta)lding, the l;iands of which now pointed to ten minutes di piqe, so rapidly had incidents folldwed one another they came to the house. "Have you any recollection, or did you the time when you were attacke
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14 .NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. "Are you Mr. Carter, the gentleman whom my father was expecting to call this morning?" "You know, then, do you not, that he has believed himself to be in danger of assassination for some time past?" "He wrote me to that replied the detective evasively. She upon the point ol asking more questions, but she withheld them, and wi$ a slight inclination. of her head pa,st him .. and the stairs, fol lowed by the detective, who watched her nap;owly as she enterea the room where the corpse was lying on the floor, and where Michael Orloff was brooding over it' iri his own stolid .. and way. When Oiga reached t.h'e side of the man she got clown upon her knees; instantly beside him; arid turned the head about so that she could see the .. face; and then she started quickly to her feet, with a low cry, and staggered backward directly into the 'arms of the detective, \ who supported her to a chair. "Is it your father?'' he asked. she with horror in her eye$. "Miss Dovanief/' he Said suddenly, "have you any knowledge concerning this crime that you have not imparted to me ?" "Why, what do you "Have you anr knowledge this crime that you have not mer Answer nie.'i ; "No, I have not. what do you mean ?rl Before the detective coul4 answer, he heard the sounds of persons descending the stairs, and he knew that Malet was approaching with Madam Dovanief. till intent upon working out the theory he previously he tt5uched O!Ea on the arm, and' said to her rather erhptorily : "Come with me1 ifyou please.'' She arose @bedierttly, and he conducted-her to the folding doors between that room and the parlor. These were closed, but 9 e opened and led her through into tli.e adjoining room, shuttihg them agatn -before Malet and Madam Dovanief entered the room of' the did not stop there in the parlor with bts compamon. Instead, he continued on to the door that opened into the ha11, near the bottom of the in dicating-to. ner that She was to follow him, and Jed the way dtrectly back to her own room on the second fioor, for he had suddenly determined to take a chance with this f>eautiful woman! l:iy which she might he:self, tf she dtd have any real ce;m.-_ nectton wtth the crtme. As soon as they were m her room he closed the 'door. with an ostentatiou s appearance of caution and turn' mg to her he said rapidly : "Mademoiselle, I am going down-stairs again / .. amine further into the crime that has been collllnittd You are a very beautiful young woman. If I find You her in this room on my return to it it will be my du171as an officer to place you under arrest as an accessory be fore the fa:i:t of the murder of your father. turned quickly, and, approaching the &or, opetaed it, then he added: "The! way will be open for ten minutes for your escape," and before she could reply to him he left the room, closed the door after him, and rapidly descended the stairs. It was the detective's idea in assu m ing this extraor dinary attitude that if the girl were really as a conspirator in the commission of this crime, she would seize ,upon the opportunity he bad afforded her to make her and he gave her the chance becausii\ he bad no doubt whate"(Ter that he would be able to find her and arrest her at any moment He did not that she could -get away from the city and make g6o4 her escape from him, and he wished to give her the opportunity to prove her cOmplicity in the trage d y by makiDg the effort to get away. Descending to the back parlor, he found Maler; with Orloff and Madam g rouped around the body, and staring down at the dead face, which Olga had man aged to. tum so that it was now in view. Thertt was no change whatever in the demeanor of Orloff; he seemed to be incapable of any, or1 rath e r, his condtCt had been so long a studied matter with him that it bad become natural. face" of the woman was pale an'd drawn and hag gard. Her eyes stared. Her fingers t witched, and she clasped and unclasped them nervousl y Her heaved at times, as if in the effort to s up p ress emotidn, and her whole attitude was one of utter d ejection, with a suggestion of terror along with it. "Madam,'' Nick said to her sharply, and she turned with a start to face him, "I don't know what questions )ny friend here has asked you,'' the 'detective continued slowly, "but I will thank you to answer a few fol.' JJIC and to reply to them as directly a s pos sib le." sir," she replied in a low to n e \ "D o know who I am?'' "I believe you to be Mr. Carter, the gentleman wliolll my husband was expecting this morning." "Tqat is cortect. Do you also know that I am a de tective dffic-er "l d
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, NICK <;A. R .TER WEE:KL Y. "No, *;,,but" J-know l}e: went away; "" ,, the carnage. knew that he was, going ?!.1, j'o course; sir.'' -"You kne\V that was going for n,qe, ... tc;> bring ?'' "Yes." "Pid you any one tlte house after Orloff 1 ft "?" . .. -. e 1t. : :.. . \ . ' No; I qon't rememl:ier to have .looked frol'}l the windows, at ail.'' "Who was it yo i.o your room ?11 "There we('e twq men." to ?" ''Yes." "How did they gain: admittat).ce to your roofn.?'i "They rushed. iri upon me, ; tltat is all I know about th t" J.: were:XQli :when they" attacked "I was standing at my (iresser, before the m\rror.'' you saw their reflection m the mirror when they, entered the room ?" :'Yes.''''What .did you nee?'' "Yes, immediately." "Bef.ore xour rp?m, "liad you sound .o'f a struggle froM anY. ot1ter part of th'e h04se ?"'" ,:;. 7 . "N<;>ne whatever." you hear any at all apparently your room ?! from the pai'lor ficicii of. the hc>use?"' 'No. s1r : ,;What impression of the attack at the it occurred?" -."One terror, i I had any .at all. _that my hu!?band was .in., constant dread oi ..and I felt .that these. were. the men who. had been to 'ear:ty ft .. jntO "From whom, madam; did he dread "He believed that it wo).ild of the Russian .. ... "And you wet:i ..beli,ved those men to be those ?" ''I did.'' "Did you lose consciousness and gagged left_ here?'' "No.'' when you were bQund "Did y,ou. try' to free from ,yut bonds?" dqn't think I difoi, for I considered it. useless." ':What was the character of thoughts at that time while sat there unable to niov.e ?" "I believed that my husban\:1 had been assassmate<;l, or that they had g'one fro'm me to him to murder hlmJ' '"'And yottr daughter? Did you think of her ?1 "Certainly-." is that dead m:,.tt there yaur There was a catch in her breath he asked abrupt question, a catch might htve been attcl,bu table. to any one of several "Hatural but Nick Malet both chose to regard it as one of surprised alarm that .such a should been at 'all. She at once, however. ''Certainly, sir," she said. "Madam/' .said Nick, "do you Know and can you tell me just why your husband wishea that I shQuld call here this morning to see him?" "Yes, sir; he was seekingyol,lr protection. B;e assassination. There was not a moment of peace in his I .,

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, I I I IG NEW NICK CARTER W -EEKLY . life, but, sir, he has been accustomed 'f6t many y.ears -to living in constant peril of his life; if even noW he would have done tq -protect himseH ;.lgainst the tragedy ha!' happened had it not been for' the earnest des'ire of my daught er myself that' he should 'do so." "I saic:l "ana >will yOt:i tell me-now )low long : it is since you :have been fori-the we l fare :oi Ivan Dovanief?'' .. What do you mean, sir, 'by that quest ion?" I "I mean,'' replied the detective slowly, "tbat Jt has come to my thaffor: years you husband : hav'e ndt I been in sympathy with 0ther. 1 am informed that YJ:lU were opposed to-each I .. ..; Qther politically; 7arid that; at the 'ume ofhis fa1i frQm i!lvor with :the yoti turned 'your };lack up6n hirii in contempt I lia\te not been infor-med _that you' at any time resumed your relations. with hitn, or even evitAat; :you what-9r what his fate be. all those and I suppose them to be so, it strikes me as odd tha,t you. should have_ suddenly becol.l}eso solicit.ous for his Will you explain the matter to me?". . "l : husband/' replied simply I. so directly that Nick co .uld no t doubt she was teli the truth: "It _is true, sjr, tha,t we parted; it true that I deserted him. when he needed most; also upon arrival in this country1 our meet1ng as '!e my ol{ returned with re. int ensity.' : CHAPTER .VIII. T H E A R C H C'O N S PI R 11. T () The detective at his watch, 'discovering that allotted ten minutes he had g .iVen to Olga Dovanief t9 make her escape ; had expired. He felt that if. Madam Dovanie were, in<:\eed, ciate9 with the crime that had been committed she had at least scored a well-taken point in lier own de ense. It is true the answers to his questions given by Madam Dovame had been almost identical with the re plies of the 'daughter, and that the similarity of the two of the attack suggested a well-learned les son between thehl. He recollected now that he: ha,d neglected to ask Oiga for a description of t}re two men, l)e .had DQ doubt that they would be the same. Just now, as lie remained silent for a moment, he was c onsidering whether he should place these women arid this: man;, whOstill -stood sto1idly beside the victim: of the c rime, under arrest, and after a moment he decided not to do :-so at once. "Malet," he said to his friend-and he was instantly sorry that he 'fiad spoken, for he saw that both. Orloff an the woman started perceptibly he uttered the wish you would step to the corner and telePhone to the station-house, if you will do so. AskJhe : lieutenant in charge ,to. set:td some 9 .his officers here at once, and -i:equest. him to :wtify the coroner "Madam, I will ask you return to your own room:. and remain there until you are 8Umrnoned ; and Or16If, as a matter of precaution, I will ask you to accompany her, If either of you :to leave the hou.se out my permission you will be arrested at once., Th!! two bowed and turned to leave the room, when the detective added: t'I am giving you this opportunity to between yourselves for answers that you will make to questions' that may be asked hereafter." With Malet, -he followed them to the bottom of the stairs, wa\:hed them as they ascended1 and he heard them as they passed into the room above a n d closed the partially door behind them. Then he went out side upon the front with the secret service offick "M;_alet_," he saidJ then, "what d o you think tell you .ijick, I hardly :know what. t? 1 . M._ae-!1 )earned." "Her were identical with those of her daugb terf.',_continued the aetective. l so.'' The was silent for a moment, and then, . mg suddenly, and facing his friend he asked abniPtly: "M a let, are you sure that that dea'd man in there is Dovanienu ".Eh? What's that? Nield" 'lA J re you surethat that dead man in there . is J)ova nid ?" "I did feel sure of it till thi$ moment.'!

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NEW .';NICK CARTER X'/ it since you saw the four year&." ''i suppose you: you. him per,. {ectly.'' -.. I have always thought that I had a gooq memory for faces, Nick." t'Do you think it possible that you: migltt lie. in this .case r think-it always possible to tle deceived in a. matter of this kiild." -.. That doesn't quite answer my questio11, Malet.'>! 4'Y es, then ; -I think 1t i$ pos'sible ;that I fltay lJ e de-.c:eived in this case." man looks liJCe Do\Pcinief, lioesn't he{'\: certainly "In height, and physique, _and and in facial characteristics?" "So that it would not have occurreil to you to doubt the identity of the: if I hadn't suggested such, a I doubt to you ?" ''No, I don't thinl( it would."Let me :.sk another question on tliat point." "Yes?" nlf you had been passing tlirougli this street and had been told that there was a murder in this house, and you had entered -the hbuse without any previous knowledge of the presence of -Dovanief, or of any one -who belonged to him in this' country, would you, under such circumstances, have recognized the body of the man as Ivan Dovanief, and would you have been sufficiently assured in your own mind of the identification to have given it out officially to the police?" "I think I would, "During your experiences in did you ever know of a person, or hear of a person, who resemblf'd :Ivan Dovanief sufficiently to have deceived "1-nev, J d'd er 1 f'Did you ever know of any person whli the secret police o.f Russia who resembled the man at -all." "I don't recall anything Qf the kind." ''B -ut you do admit that it is possible that you may deceived in the identity in the case at the present time?" "Y:ea. Nict<,, I do. I think I tinderstatfd p erfectly :well the theory that you are turning over in your own mlnd at the P.resent momentl and I under the stances by we it is .rather ta ken. It to me like a that:is qujte the ingenuity of Davanief, J?ut, all the Nick, I like -you explain, to exactly what you a _re driving at, i!J. order that we .may i work tggethet in harmony on this poiq_t." s ilent and then he,_repl_ied: : -whole o( in house this morning strike me as peing extrerne1r. peculiar, to say the least.'' -quite you "I b()dy ,of deadman,. and I you di4 the and it:: seemed may b_e_ of course, for it q1,1ite PoSSible, un1;ler the: it_ seemed me that dead consid _erablY, more )lln hour we J:Um,-.&rst" "I ha4 the. same impression, Nick.'! that is the : he wasmurdered before QriefE = left the house to go after me." f'Certainly .Z' "To go bac k as far as last night, when the letter ftom Dov.anief brought to at my 'house; l regarded it at the time as a little bit -r should have been asked to defer my call upon the man 'whc) besought my aid, this morning, and that in the of the fact that he asserted iliat he stood in momentary fear of death. lt was only about five o'clocli when the me ssage was brought I could have gone tb hini and turned to my house before dark, and it seemc;d . after that, and after I discussed the with as if they wished to::be-.positively assured that I would make the ref!Uested call .at a specified t Malet nodded: . l "Now, my iriend," the, detective continued, "since _our arrival at this house this morning, things have gone alto gether too smoothly and too perfectly to be a;'he plans seem to me have .beet;} quite too well prepared. The dead man on the floor with.his face turned so that it could not be _Seel! at once was .not in exactly; a natural positiop. I mean by that, Malet, that be was not in a nosition in which he would have likely to fall upon being struck down with the weapon !Is he was. The body looked !O me as if it had been arranged. Touched up a _little bit after the commission of the Malet noclded again.

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NICK CARTER )VEE!q.Y . IS th R an authorities may be convinced that arch. It ther e usst . .. conditi011s rqqros upst _airs a : t'or agam st their peace and lives has been slam !'! r ..A tb .COBfUSlOn copsptra . . tNl, <>tuqied. .-:rh.t. wrecking, .of a,.... e : d dead and Malet, I was brought tntG this case ,v..... .. "' not com_plete m IS' and disorder we ounrward and' bis not J v.an Dovanief, but aoo.ther who. has been substituted hand. over tbei-r. tO preyent outcFy;: neither of fiJI' .. otdeTthat the Government may be them heard comrrlbtion in any other -part oUhe hopse, convinced his death to such definite purpose. that but ""i!i il Ill . thqse JQoms '"!' faculties, ""'Y "''d" a slight di. sguise, eturn to R""' entirely natur'' es. Y.. t to "Would _it not h:we been folly for me. to atternp tiy y ou ?"

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NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. '!19 "Again .whY?" "First, because I have nothing to escape from, and, second, because you woulq not have permitted me to, go very far without at least knowing where I -was.1 "You think that ?" "l am sure of it." "You are rather a remarkable young woman, Miss to you by 'my mother?" she asked coolly, and with remarkable daring, Nick thought. "The t;wo descriptions should agree, should they not l" "Did she describe one man as tall-as tall as my fa ther?" "Yes.'" Dovanief." "And. the other as short and thick-set-like Prince "Doubtless. My life has been a remarkable one since 1 Michael ?'' I :can remember." "You have lived all your life in the midst of intrigue, have you not?" "I s1.1ppose so." "Now that you have chosen to remain here an'd await :riiy return, I think it is forced upon nie, Olga Dovanief, to place you under arrest." "For what, Mt. Carter." "For complicity in the murder of the man who lies dead room beneath us." own father?" "No; not y our father. I don't think I mentioned his name, young woman. I referred to the man who is cead in the room beneath us." "But that man is-or ''Wait one moment, if you please. I should warn you that anything and everything you may say to me now necessarily be used against you in court." "Indeed I That is kind of you." ''Therefore, be very careful what you say to me." "I will endeavor to be so, sir." "I am convinced that the dead man below is your 'father." She had started slightly when the detective first made the insinuation that the dead man was not her father, now that he stated openly that he did not believe it was Ivan Dovanief who had been killed, smiled back at him with an expression that would have defied the most expert of physiognomists to delineate. She shrugged her shoulders slightly, and kept her eyes futed upon him until he broke the silence. T,hen he said: "I wish you would describe to me the appearance of!.the two men :Who attacked you." "Why should l: do so? You wiit not Eelieve what I say." "Nevertheless, I would near that description." "To discover if it tallies with the description given "Yes." 'IJ3oth bearded?" "Yes.'' "Well, that is correct." "She also described the method of their attack as being precisely the one that was against you." "I suppose that, naturally, if they were to attack two (:lifferent women so nearly at the same time and so nearly under the same circumstances, they would be inclined to employ the same methods, yvould they nat?'' she asked coldly. "Quite so "Is there anything strange about the fact, then, that our stories should be about the same as to the two fairs?" ''Perhap'> not.'' The young woman had remained seated in the chair near the window, and now Nick drew another chair to her and seated himself upon it. "I wish, Miss Olga, that I could understand ypu a little better than I do," 'he said. "You are not the first who has expressed that wish,'' sbt replied coldly. "Perhaps not. I have heard that you are something of an enigma." "1 have been that, all my life, even to myself.'' "More to yourself than to others, possibly; eh ?" She nodded. '"For' instance," continued the detective, "you are asking yourself now-or were asking it of yourself when I entered the room-how you were simple enough to permit to become entangled in a conspiracy 6 this kind, which the veriest amateur of a detective might see through. Were you not?;, "Are yoJ a mind-reader, Mr. Carter'?' "Have I, then, read you so correctly?'' "I did not say that you had read me at all. I did not intend to convey that impression ; but it did strike me

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... . NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. h d d which in effect that you {1el1eve that you a rea me, . h I sked you 1. you con-amounts to the same t mg, so a . sidered yourself t o be a mind-reader." n this instance-yes. individualit-y' from the future efforts of the Russian po. lice; but to have a due effect upon his own party, in ma ki them believe, for a time at least, that the polite of ng b t Russia had foully lllUrdered t elf <;ompatno .'You do .. not really thiijk that the dead stairs is my father ?'j "I am afraid, Mr. Carter, that you giv e u s all credit man do:wn "No .' I do not think that the dead man down-stairs is the man whq is knowp; all
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NEW: NICK 21 -er-ideas that you detectives call theories, {s not? Or is it deduction ? Upoii. J.DY word, Cartet-, you me; you really do. l had until now, given ypu tredit for being a -master at your trade, but, you are not one whit above.. the others of your 'calling I have. known. Why don't you handcuff me and send forth with t
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22 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. them with mechanical genius. If Dovanief is the genius you say, he is, in the <;>f an warm from the pressure of a body up6n apd around it But the occupants of the hack had seen and understood, on the earlh.ern floor were strewlt the butts of this move, now the hack-horses were whipped into a able Russian cigarettes, showing1 Nicl wqeeled around a corner and disappeared elusively, that here was where the Russian had been w:!:itfrom view. ing for the conclusion of !When Nick turned the corner also the hack was sway the cel1ar was e mpty now, and he' turned about m' g from st'de to st'de as 't d 'h d the avenue, and J 1 to discover the method of escape from that 9f the now it kept on straight ahead, going as fast as the horses building. could run, but never once attempting to turn a corner. It had not even been concealed Nick saw people run out into the street and attempt to At the side of the cell,ar wall a rough deal 4oor was stop the running horses, gnd he understood that the driver swinging Open, and here stairs: wide __ t!la. n was endeav.o .. n t h t hs horses I g o .create the rmpress10n t a I ready followed, led dowrtwar d intt1 dense darkness. 1 to were .runmng away; and he saw a policeman. eap But Nick's electric torch was forthco.,.,. th 'ddt f ne '" e mt e of the tl!oroughfare and seize the bridle 0 0 ing, and after a short descent be wal rapidly of the ..

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'lit NEW' .:,NICK CARTER WEEkLY. He stopped it; too; although t\e was dragged ,a coiliiderabl e distance; but he stopped the horSes and the hack "they were drawing, arid when 'Nick drew up along side of them the officer was still roasting the driver for his cah:less driving. And NiCk Carter grinned at his Qwn tOllY, for he saw .instantly that he had been nicely footdrr There ere no passengers in the hack. They had left it lfpment jt turned the corner and wq,s lost to bis ilnd no doubt they had' stoOd aside; laughing at him, when he rushed past them in the grocery-wagon in full pursui t of the empty vehicle. "Wrily," he thought, with a smile; "I have to dtJ witfr' .persons who are full_ of tricks.'' lbere was. nothing to do but to turn.bat:l<, which bedid; after the boy a substantial fee for the use of: his :{lorse a,nd wagon: !['hose who know Nick-Carter l>est,. know that h'e is as full of expedients as the rogues he 'has to chase from time to time, and it will be remembered that one 6ffavorit e habits was to call upon yC:ll.ing ooys 'ito help him 'When he stood in need of the sort "Yes, n;'ly }ad, l 'rould be yery grateful to you if you wotild do $tr:" .;.&Jwa.rt here: eners1" called :boY' to his and then he ian on ahead of the detective toward the boube .on the opposite side -of the street. CHAPTER XI. AN EXPF;RT ON THE TR.AIL. "I live in that house, said the boy, :whet;t they w.ere 1/.sc.t.ending the steps of the high $too,p together. how I hapo'en to kilow all about it; and I saW. folks go W.to it because I th;y' live there. They 1c:ioked too swell to be goin' into a place like this one. At the top of the theyentered a hallway that ran straight through the building to the rear, where there was a door like the front one, and another flight of steps leading downward to yard tn the rear. This yard flagged, and btyond 1t a smaller house, standing on the same lot, it. being what is known locally in New York as a '(rear tenement." The hallway, then, through the front house, was a thoroughfare for. those who lived in the _rear tenement, whenever they chose to use of it as sudt; but be hind the rear ttiement there was a narrow alleyway which ran all the ";Nay across the block, with the at. either .,

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24 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. "I guess that lot jest went through the rear house into I the alley and then skiddooed," remarked the boY. shrewdly, as he led the way into the hall of the rear tenement. "There 'is no doubt of that," replied detective. "The thing for us to find out now 'is which way they turned after they passed the rear house into the alley.'' "COme on, mister. We'll find 'erri, somehGw." A man and a woman werr. standing in the alley, talk ing earnestly together, and they cast furtive glances to ward Nick as he came into the alley; but the presence of the boy seemed to reassure them, for they s'miled upon him. "Say, Mag," said the precocious lad, "mebby you saw :four swells out uh here a minute 'r two ago; did you?" 1Sure,'; replied. the woman. ''Two men and two loidies; is that 'em ?" thing, Mag. Which way aid they gq?" in1e tall man and the young woman went that way, Jimmy, and the short man and' the other woman went that way. Want 'em?" ''Yep/' "Wqo's that with you? 'A oop ?" But Jimmy did not' deem it necessary to, reply to this questiory, for Nick. had already turned in the direction indicated as takc;n by the tall and the young woman, and the lad after him, rh.e boy's fleet soon brought him up alongside of the detective, and he gasped : the walls of a new building near-by.. Ni<;k paused for a moment. "A tall man and a young woman came out ofthisalley a few motnents ago," he said to one of the men. "Can you tell me which way they turned? I am very anxious to find them," and he jingled some change in his hand meanwhile. One of the men pointed down the street and Nick tQssed him half a dollar as he turned and sped away in the direction indicated. His course took him directly back to the avenue near which the }Jouse of the murder was located, although he was now two blocks above it; but the detective did pot doubt that the fugitives had some other place .of retreat arranged for them near to the one .they 'had so lately de-. serted. He believed that the two parties were now rna king for the same point, and that if the boy Jimmy suc ceeded in following his quarry, tl:tey would ultimately come together It was a very slight thing whicli gave 1iim a clueto tlie direction he was to follow when he at the tor ner, but slight things are usually tlie most after all. he reached the comer a.nd came to a pause; cast-, him 1or some way of deciding whicii course to pursue now, saw on the corner above him an Italian bend forward and p'ick up a glove from the Instantly he crossed the street and as!Ced the man to show him the glove, and at once he recognized it as one he had seen that morning among the debris that been pulled from the bureau to the floor in the roorii of Olga Dovanief, "Say; if y-ou're goin' to follow this maybe I'd better take after the others. I think I tl;ace of them, and if you say so l'IJ1.do it, if you'll tell me It was a worn glove, of little value-of none at all ,where 1;o meet you afterward." without its mate, -and he handed it back to the Italian ''Good, my 1_:4 I will reward you, if yqu :find them. with a wotd : oHhanks. He understood, now, that, w&n Meet me front o( house, .where 1 found yop just anlike, not neglected to take 'her gloves with her now. Watt there until l come an
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-N:EW NIC .K.-(:t\RTER ;\VEll({LY. f,im, and he had habit _of tJoticing things S() definitely .the of an4 I wiY that it:is r.tt\!rned to that he remembered them. :f.pu, May it?" A uniformed was walking slowly toward the "$ure ye can take it, sir.; and wiffiout. tQO/' detective; down the. ayepue, twirling "'fhank you ; but keep the five. .Put .it in the j.;!lr :Nick stopped him. .. . : the_l;>oy, if you_ bav,ep't Qther uses Jot it!;r ... am Nick he -.,s!!,id. "A tall :Tbe 'h9r.d seized tJ.pon the was :-. 4Lged, I should say, and a young woman, beaoQtiful,; talking, hf.! hllwn the speed of his wheel, into her hand, saying, as he did so: arid moved cautiously after them. It was no his to overtake and arrest "No change. Keep it. Have you seen a tan man and young woman pass here, coming fro.m the same direc-tion I did? Not more than five or six minutes ago.?'' "I did, sir." "Which way did they ?" ."They took a (:ar1 sir, going down-town. It was the second one ahead o that one there, sir." you. Who owns that bicycle that is leaning against the building behind you?' "My son, sir. He tends to the stand .? me part o the time. He is playing around the street somewhere now." "Will you lend it to me? I am NiCk Carter, de{ective. Here is five dollars which yqn may keep, for i them in the street. He prefc;_:rted to trqil them 'to tlleir destina"tion for he did not .doubt that they would ulti t!ately lea d hiin directly to the other two, rom whom they had in the alley behind the rear tenement. The :n,an-Nick could see dnly his 'back, of courseseemed ,.at that distance and :1# that view to be a living and wa-lking counterpart of the dead man in the back pa.rlor of the house where the victim of the tragedy was lying. Without doubt he Dovanief himself. The detective released .one hand from the handle-bars of the long enough t,o his hat, fold it, place it jn one of h1s capacious pockets, and substitute in its

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NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. place a cap wbi'ch he produced from another one. This he pulled closely down over hjs brows and then pedaled up 9uite close to the two fugitives. Neither of them looked behind them. No doubt they positive that they had thrown the off their and if mere expertness been the criterion, they would have deserved such success as that. But the detective was now close behind them. He had them in plain sight. He could have arrested them then, if he .had cared to do so; but ahead 6{ them were the other parties to the crime that bad committed that morning, and Nick Carter to bag' thelll.aiL The two were walking a1ong quit leisurely now, although by no means .but they no longer traveled fast enough to attract atten'tion t6 their tnove.ments. At the ne:n avenue they turned north again, 'arid con tinued 111 that direction until they atrlvd at the -vkiy street where the crime had: been committed, only they were a bloclc to the east of it; and here they turned toward the very house itself, 'and Nick wondere d if they would have the hardihood to a pproacb very neir to it. 1Bilt they did not. They : went 'intti the street only 1 (snort distance, wlien tliey stiddenly turned 1nto'a basemetit: area, passed quickly through it, and entered one of houses lower door11which must been.. open 'to receive them, for when Nkk in front of the house and rode slowly past it, the iron grating in fron't Of the. baseIll!!tlt doorf under the stoop, was already tightly closed, and apparently locked. And ahead Nick, farther UJ:t thee street, Nidi saw Jimmy running rapidly toward his home, having evtdently also been successful in i')is trailing, and' now bn his way to report to :Nick At an events, .the mere sis-ht of. Jimmy running away fr<>m the .bouse .. as s .ufficient to the detective that all four of pie he was pursumg were together again, having met iil the house to which he had followed Olga and her father. CHAPTER XII. rrHE HOUSE .WITH THE RED S:S:U'ITERS-NICR: CARTER'S BRAVEST :ACT. 'II. mounte(r policeman riding through the street towarg Nick, and the bic,Ycle rapidly toward him so that they met some distance from tlle hou.se, Nick held up hand, and the tnOJ.lnted officer stopped al1,d it happened that he was an old ance of detective's lately appointed. to the force. Al ; how are y9u ?" J:te said. "Hello, Nick. brings you here?" was the quick reply. ''The us).laL thing. 1 ,have been trailing some people l want to capture. you got the sand to help me, I think the two of us can do it. I would tackle them alone, only I fear that one or two of them might get away if, I did." I'll helP. you." ":They're a bad lot, :AI." "I don't care for that." "Tliey will probably figlit, ana fight to kill, too." trAil the better. I'm spoiling for a fight, Nick." "Tliey are Russian .nihilists, who are supposed to carry bombs and such things around in their clothes; and they bave already committed one murder this morning." kWQ,ere are they 'P' .. Ili that house with the red sliutters." ''Hqw many..,, :'f:s:>ur ; 'ty.lo, men and two women." :Wnl the women count?" "One, of them will-unless I am greatly mistakenmore than both the tnen put together. ; '\Ep? S\le's a, bad one, then." And young and beautiful, too. Will your horse stan4,' Al ?'\ "TiB he rots, it necessary.'' leave him here. I'll put the wheel I think it will be safe till we return." "How are' you going to get into house, Nick?'i "Pick. latch of the front door. It's the quickest, ancl the Y.Ye ought to find the four of one T90tn, it and tnaking arrangements for their further flight. I don't think they will be on the watch. !I don't llelieve they have any idea that they fot Jowed We walk along' i we intended to pass the house, arid when we are at the bottom of the steps we will run up as qui7kly possible. Are you "Sure." "Got YO'I.tr gun handy?" "Y and my too,"

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NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. '27. -''Come on, then." The bicycle was left beside the horse, an d the two Itlen walked rapidly down the street until they abreast oi the house, and then they-followed out the: program ar by the detective; that i&-; they quickly up steps together, and as soon as they were at the top Nick inserted his picklock into the keyhole. The door responded readily enough. It opened at his touch, as if he were provided with the regular key, and, followed closely by the officer, the detective entered the. house. They cl_osed the aoor after them there to-gether in silence for a moment, listening. At first they heard no sound; then, faintly, the murmur of voices came to them from the floor above, and Nick stepped forward cautiously toward the stairs. The uniformed officer followed him, and in utte si lence, taking care to tread upon the stairs close to the wall, where they were tess likely to creak, they mounted the-m. as they ascended they paused to listen, and at last Nick was satisfied that the murmuring sound of voices proceeded from the rear room ; he was convinced that the persons he sought were gathered there, discussing their plans and making ready for their next tnove. Outside the door, when they reached the landing, they paused to .listen; and Nick. could now plainly hear the of Olga, who was speaking. She was talking in Russian, which was, however, per fectly Intelligible to the detective, and she uttered her words in that same cool, calm tone .he had noticed about her when he conversed with her in the other house. Translated into English, her words were : "With all your natural shrewdness, my father, you can tnake the veriest fool of yourself of any person I have ever known. You might have foreseen that Nick Carter Would not be deceived by any such trick as the one you IOught to play. And now you wortse off than ever because you have broken the laws of the where had sought a refuge." "Olga!" exclaimed a masculine voice sternly. "Stop! Remember that I am still your father, and that I will not $Ubmit to such words from you." It was eviaently Ivan Dovanief who had spoken' ; but now the unmis tones of Prince Michael intervened. ''0 lga," he said, 4"by my love for you___._,'' It was evident to Nick that she wheeled upon him and interrupted before he could say more, .for the detect ive..heard her -Vectaim, with biting scorn in her voice: "Michael Orloff, I have warned you J11any times; I W;!rn you f}gain now, and or the last 'that if yQu .( . . utter another word of your hateful love .1 will not hesitate to_ as I did another o ydp; o.f;. fended me in like Attend to the business we have on hand, ;:and do not address me agairt if you wish me .t9 .remain in this company. H is plain enough that not one of you is capable of making an escape my help. I was a fool to stick to you .for a minute, after I discovered that you had all tied to me. You know, every one ofyou, that if r had suspected that there was. to be a murder oommitted, I not have c.onsented .to any such proceeding." '"He was a spy-a spy of our own eountry," said her iatlier apologetically. "Bah J" she responded. "I care nothing fqr' the man, or for his death. You should he of that already. Barganoff, tb.e dead than .alive. It was his F ..) misfort.!Jne that.he happened to look like ypu, my father. But you had no to phin his murder without my and to draw me into it as you hav.e done. The foolish thing is that w_e are no longer sakin Atyerica, -that the laws of this land have been broken." "Well, anyhow, it was not I who. drugged him and stabbed him,'' said her father. "No. It was Michael. The iWhole plan was his; "Yes." Carter' did .not believe that my mother and I told the t .ruth said that two men entered our rooms and took us that is exactly what you did. Vf..e could not guess th;lt rny father aii
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CARTER WEEKLY. .. Dovanle was s1,2'ffusea witli .a rusli of blood tt was Madq.m Do-vapief .. a little scream of. fright, arid ct'o1,1ched aJmost to the 1;floor. Olga alone did not t<)se her but turned co.ally to face the _in4 I h 1 .... truders, at the same tiine withdrawing .her hand .rom ... he' r skirts 'to the of the de.. tective and his compani:QA a round, lelld!.colored -object that she held in: her grasp. It Wlls but little larger than an or, dinary -but Nicl< .knew frtstant1y that h was one of the ttie of V.:hich the Russians are :so expert. . She the .. cool1y. even smiled at him. ' ' you cotne a: step (ldirer tome, Ni&. Carter,.,. she \' I 1 said in cog_t';deliberaHot),, f'! will throw this bomb your face; and we will all be killed Jogether." .. Nick stopped in his hacks. Who would, -not.? He knew that she meant exactli 'what. she said. "Th$.1' would be 'i fooliSh' move on your part, Olga," he said, smiling at her. "why'?' "Because you have no caus_e to kin yclu.tself. I have just heard said artqr almost proved you noth ing personally to do wi!h the death -of Barganoff, as yott call although I never heard of You were an accessory after the fact,1.9! course, but you vrill not be made to suffer very. for She laughed in his face, at the same time t:aising the" bbmb alof't in her hand: "Do you. suppose that t am any the the daughter of my father ?1 she asked. you are I have only drop this to the floor to kill every.-person fn the room also wreck the house. Turn anc;lleave the house as entered it, or I drop It." . Ni< smiled at her without moving. "Do you think I am so poor a specimen of a man as that?" he asked her, after a moment. w he took the chance, in which he had l:>ut one in a thousand to escape ative. He sprang toward her, the distance oetween tlietXt '6e ing not more than ten feet. did not doubt that she WOUld dO as she had threatened, OUt he believed ne CO\lJd prevent the catastrophe, as you shall see She was true to her word 'As he toward her, she \eleased her hold upon e: deadly bomb, which :in the air high above her head; and she qid so she took one quick step back as Nick had calculated she would do, in_ that nothing shoufd intervene J:>etween the bomb and theftoor, where it would be eJg>loded. Jlut Nick Carter; Instead of leaping forward to seize Olga, had sought oflly to catch the bomb in his hands l>efoce it could strike the floor, and lie made what a ball-player woul<;l call a splendid lie threw himself and half-turned his liody, so that when he struck tne floor he was half upon his back; but his nyo hands were high in the air, and they heid the deadly bomb safely. Instantly he was upon his feet again, for he had calcu lated that the oth. ers of Olga1s party would be for 'the tnorrtent so paralyzed bl was happening that they would be incapable of lbOUon or action, and in this he for he stood them with the bomb in hls grasp before .of_ them thought to do a thing. Olga stepped forward instantly, then, stretching out both arms as she did so. "l yield/' she said, "to a brave man." There was ,n(> thought of resistance left in others. They were white to the lips, attd incapable of speech, for ( there people in the world who fear a bomb so much as those who make use of them; and one those missiles in the hand of an enemy is a very dif ferent thing to holQ.ing it in your own possession. * That afternoon, when the prisoners had 6een taiCen to their cells and charges entere d against them, Nick re turned the wheel. to the newsboy on the comer, from whose mother he had borrowed it ; and he called upon O'immy and made him a present o a new ten-doltar bill; and Jimmy, after thanking him. asked him: v "Is that dead straight, Are yot1 Nick Carter?" "I am,'' replied the detectiye, smiling at the boy's enthusiasm. And Jimmy said: whizf' !l'B:E END. The next oi the NrcK CARTER WEEKLY will contairt, besides ihe usual and departments, a corqplete long sfory entitled "The Nihilists' Second or,. Ni.ek Carter's Timely Interference."

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NEW ':NTcl<_ :WEEKLY. NltW YORK, September 4, I907 TBRM.5 TO NICK WBI!Kl-Y MAIL (Poataj, Fru.) SbiJie Copies -or Bade NumtwJr/,. Sc:. Eaeh. 3 months ............... ..... fJ I One year ................... .,. .. 4 months ............. ... 2 co.plea one yea)\ .............. 4.oo 6 month! .................. ..,..$ 2 1 cOP,y fllto years .. ; .. ........ '-00 How to Send Money-By post-oftloe or express money order registered lette r ba.nk check or dra ft, at Otll' Jisk .A.t your .risk: ft aent coin or pos t age etampeln or@lirf letter., Beeelpts Receipt of your remlttalle6111' by proper of n umber on your If not credited, and should let us know a t onoe. Oaxo!l!l G. 9111'1'11, l GtoRGl c. Sormt, r i STREET .t SMITH, 79-89 .SC venth Avenue, Ne"' York City, i TALKS WITH OUR READERS. I Robert W. Charles, Richmond, :Va.-t. Yes. Nick Carter is' know? as a. sailor, and has gone on many a long 2. !Practise boxmg the compass until y ou can rattle it off forward .or backward. Boys who live in seaport towns are sometimes asked if they do this. I( they can do it quickly and accurately it js eon Sldered that they will make good sailors. .If they miss a point can qnly do it slqwly;'they are s a i d to be landlubbers whir' will never see blue water. To box the means to all th& points in order as fast as you can This is the way an old will rattle it off: No'th, 11otl by' east, 1\or-nor'east, nor'east bl no'th; 11or'east by east, east-nor' east, east by no'th, east, east by 'south, east-so!t'east, sou'east by east, south easl:, sou'east by south, sou'-sou 'east, by ,east, south, sou by west, s o u 'sou'west, squ' west by sOuth,_ sou west, sou'west by west, west sou'wesf, west by south, west, ;tvest by no'th, west-n or'w e s t nllr'w est by west nor'west, nor' .west no'tb, nor' nor' west: nor' by west, no';h. "A tatlo r always prono unces north as though it bad no letter r'' in it. Can you remember it? h" A cock crows at d i fferent times and for different reasonJ, but 15 11lorning vocifer a ti o ns, strange as it may appear,'"li.re really as a love-song to call the membets of his harem from t fetr. slumbers. This has been prove,d by observation of those 0 .hts rel ations who are still in the state of nature. The p_e Pungent freshness which pervades the air at the approach dawn is s upposed to excite the respiratory, centers of C: cock:s brain, and the resul t of this stimulus is the crow. cks, all other birds, are very sensitive to atmospheric and almost any fluctuations will set the1n crowing. The ill ow of defiance or triumph is, of course, the expression of a ental and not a phys i ca l sensation. stop t h e leakag e of a !:?oat by the use of sawdus,t, appears ev e first suggesti o n ridiculous It is a common method,how er, employed by backwoodsmen of the Adirondack region. day a party considerable baggage, diseover-ed upon unl9ading 'it into a. syow at the end 'pf the regular' "carries" :thaf tlie ,h6at leaked 'badly. To delay for would ahnoya11ce, i1nd without to proceed seemed impossible. Ahhis' juncture one of saidl "! think I cim fix} t unload the boat again." '{his done. then guide brought from a saw-mill near the spot a qua etity sawdust This he upon j;be water on e1ther s1de of the boat "Now.'' contit;lued he, "load up again." was and when the weight again sank the boat. the l.nfittx, Qf '..water, through the sides and bottom sUcked in the sawdust, finally accumulated 'in the crevices, swelled under th,e a-ction of the water, ahd actually stopped the leakage A surveyor on the east coast of Sumatrt happened to be through a telescope on a water partirtg in the m6\\nta.iJ:?S big s tood in front ()I fhe A cOolie, holding another instrument, rolled, from pure head Over heel s irtto a neigl1boring ravine, and .the other helpers fled, so that the surveyor was forced to face lt i s ioe alone. Unarmed as he wa.s, and at a loss what t o do, 1\C sej.ied his walkink-stick and rpechanically struck at th!lfger., .When, ,to his re1ief, the' anim a l sucltletJ,ly .tal! and dfsap' Jn 'tl}e Jungle.,' On the west COa$t of on the road from Korinchi to the c o a s t, tigers ate sllid to have in a recent year killed sixteen travelers. For a while they even stopped the. tonveyance of t:offee from the interior. The natives; it is addei dare not attack the tigers frqm motives. :Once, whe.n one of them was carried away out Of an arme d party, his companions the tiger for mercy," ahd maqe no attempt ta resc.l\e. The Dutch Go emment,findillg' this dread so strong, has l>eeo compelled to itself with building )ofty and tiger-proof Qight shelters fur tra:velers on the Toad. One -day, while a gentleman was watching tlie disgusting' though fascinating operation of feeding a large cobra in the Zoological Garden at Calcutta, the master of an East 'India inan told him a remarkable story of a pythOn in the old Jardin des Plantes, in Paris. The serpent was one of the la1-gest specimens of its -l?pedes ever captured. So muscular was it, so fierce and rapid in it$ deadly coiling, that it required six men to_ bold it, :ven when, the had been secured, on the few occas1ons when. 'It was necessary to change jts ql1ar ters: The oldest animal-trainers and attendants ha\i a whole some dread of the hideous python. Live rabbits ,were the 'favorite .1'food of the python. These were fattened specially for its table, only the largest and most tempting were selected. The python had now attained a of nearly tliree feet, and year by year it had become more powerful and vindictive. Six thousand dollars had been offered for this snake; but it was valued at much .more than this sum. 'the python, be said, was in the heydey of its fame. One day. a fine, white iaboit, plump and glossy, was placed in ita cage. The snake, cciiled luxuriously upon an Eastern rug, lazily lifted its head and calmlY inspected the offering, as if to satisfy itself t;hat it .was in all respects fit for its repaat. The poor rabbit was instantly overcomewith -It then stood up on its haunches, in the manner of a poodle begging to its mistress, and be-gan pawing. the air with its forelegs. Both the at)d the actioh wete unnatural in the .rab bit, and were evidently only caused by terro,r The snake ad vanced and t!utiously, its curved neck thrust forward, it$ black forked tongue darting i n and out of its

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t30 NEW NICK CARTER. WEEKLY. until its' head was within a foot of the rabbit. The Ja.tter beat the air still more violently. It was pitiful. The beautiful white rabl>it, its pink eyes starting from its head with terror, seemed to be trying to shut out the a)Vful sight. The python was evidently perplexed, and its perplexity turned to fright. .T'he cowardice of all large serpents is well known. This one had never heard a rabbit utter such cries, nor seen one act in such a manner. After gazing at it for a few moments it slowly withdrew toward the other side of tlte compartment. As the snake retreatedf the rabbit, probably crazed by terror, sprang forward, arid, in another instant, had bitten the python in the neck just behind the head, its most vulnerable spot. The rabbit then hopped back to the farther extremity of the cage. The' python, so suddenly and unexpectedly attacked, had not tried to defend itself, and couM not be prevailed upon again to approach its naturally timid foe, 'the latter was taken from the cage; and, in view of its heroic defense of its own life,. was allowed to live in liappiness-accord ing to the ideas of rabbits-until its death from natural causes. Four days afterward the python died, not, the physicians said, frotn the immediate effects of the bite, but from gangrene. elephant was close .to him. There was no titne to wait, if tbe hunter was to et a shot The beast was on the move, and the dust flew from his side as the heavy ball struck him. Screaming angrily, he turned full front in the direction of the tree by which the fiunter stood, motionless. For a moment they confronted one another, and then. the rumbling note of alarm uttered by his companiops decidedhim on joining them. The sportsman regained the path, and rode along tf;le line of their retreat, which, as Jhown by the yielding bush, was parallel to it After a time the thorns thinned out, ani he caught sight of the wounded elephant holding a course of his own a little to the left of his fellows ; and when he entered the fropical forest the hunter was in his and was very soon com pelled to follow where he broke a way. A little extra noise from the pursuer caused the pursued to stop; and while clinging to horse and peering at the huge animal, the man saw him suddenly put his head where his tail ought to have been. "the trunk was tightly coiled. Forward fiapped the huge ear$, up went the and down he came like a gigantic bat ten feet across. Pinned above and on each side, by disntOUJ;lting,. the hunter eould hope to escape nor to kill his opponent. He, therefore, turned his horse round, and urged him along. The elephant thundered straight through obstacles which pursued were obliged to go round, and in fifty yards they were fast -in a thick bush, and he within fifteen feet of, As a last chance the man tried to get off, but in rolling round in the ;addle his .spur galled the horse's' flank, and the elephant over htm at the same moment, he made a convulsive free? hims:lf. 'Jihat deposited the man in a sitting posthon m front of the uplifted forefoot of the charging elephant. So near was it that the hunter opened his knees to 'allow him to put it down, and, throwing 'himself back his l!ands upon his chest, and obstinately puffed himself' out witli the idea of trying to resist the giant tread. He saw the burly brute from chest to tail _as he passed directly him lengthways, Clne foot between hts knees and one fourteen inches beyond his head, and not a graze I Five tons at least I Out of all ,narrow escapes this was the only one that re mained with him in recollection for any time. One hears of nightmares. Well, for a month or more this gentleman surely had night-elephants. f THE BURGLARY AT SAKONNET. "So you want a joh?." "Yes, $ir." "What can you ao?" "I'll do anything that's honest to earn my You try me, sir.'' Mr. Kaspar,' the proprietor of the Sakonnet House, stroked his chin thoughtfully as he gazed into the up turned face of the youth. The hotel was crowded, even thus early in the season, and Mr. Kaspar had engaged about all the help he thought he should need in all de partments. But he liked the looks of Boo Gaylor. He appeared honest, he was dressed neatly, and he certainly was in earnest. "I don't KnOW of anything you can ao but wash ifishes," the hotel proprietor finally said. are in need of a dish-washer in the kitchen." "I'm your man, then," Boo declared firmly. "I've been traveling in search of work for two months, and this is the first offer I've had of steady employment. I'm ready to turn to at once." "Stay a moment,'' Mr Kaspar observed. "How came you to walk so far? Where is your home?" "My home was in Brampton-a hundred miles or more from here," responded Bob, with a choke in his voice.. "But I have none now. Father died in March-con sumption. The selectmen undertook to have me bound out to a mean old curmudgeon of a farmer. So I ran away." "You ran away?" "Well, strictly speaking, I walliid away. I nave had a pretty good education, and don't like farmwork. I knew 'that Old the man :who wanted me, would make me a regular slave." "How much better than farming is disli-wasliing in a summer hotel, do you suppose?" asked Mr. Kaspar, with a $mile. "At least, I'm my own master, to a certain extent," Bob "I hope you don't think any the worse of me for leavmg Brampton ?" "Oh, I guess you'll do," returned the hotel-keeper. "Four dollars per week and found is what I'll give you. iY ou can go around tQ the kitchen now and let Caleb set you to work." Bob obeyed the mandate thankfully and set to work with so that even g;outy Caleb Cran shaw, the ch1ef wa1ter, was favorably impressed by the new dish-washer. He found the position no sinecure at the Sakonne1: House. The hotel was the largest at the resort, and was always well patronized. But he might have had a far more place in which to work. The smk-room was, of .course, at the extreme rear, yet 1t. almost over the water as well. An arm of the w1de mlet made up back of the hotel, and the sink-room was on the very edge of this smaller inlet. And the salt sea breeze ever blew in across the dunes and cooled the heated, steaming of the was narrow, dosetlike room opening out of the smk-,roonr JtlSt large enough for a cot. The very first day Bob, desirous of saving all of his :nodest p6ss1ble, made arrangements to sleep in th1s box hke apartment. It was not nice, but it was cheap;:. and

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N'EW: CARTER the youth whetf fall should come he mentioned who each dar came t9-the hotel for the;, refl.lse, would ag;1in be otit of a job. and the third was the clerk of the Sakonnet House himTo a fellow who been_ brought up, and had sclt a smoothly shaven young fellow of not more than received a good the majority of the employees twenty-five. of the hotel were not pleasant associates. Perhaps Bob The .night lunch which Caleb .had evidently prepared stood aloof rather too owing to this fact for the for his il;lcluded the best the afforded, men about the kitchen began call, him '''upnot only in the line pf but in that of drinking. pish," and declared that he was too big feeling for his The ha,wever, whose name was Barlowe, seemed position. either too nervous or excited to eat. Not intentionally did Bob gain their but $0on, you fellows, hurry up/' h :muttered impa-from Cranshaw, who beetle-browed, scarred-faced tiently. "These night feeds have n_1ore th.arr' one man, to the cook's assistants, they openly their good job :for.better mea than we." .. .,,,. ,, dislike for. the youth. He did 9ot mind this in most of "Don't croak," sneered Caleb, in his harsh tthem, but 1 t caused Cranshaw to vent a great deal of his "We're safe enough. There's nobody within hearing' but natural spleen upon him, and this Bob found hard tobear. that confounded boy, and fast asleep. I'll juSt look He soon discoverect also, several things which would i in at him!' have doubtless filled Mr. Kaspar> the hotel proprietor, "Well, come. on. rve got enough/' said the ird tnan, with unbo11nded The hotel office and the hotel wiping hjs lips on a napkin. w (ve a )o'n,g)qw kitchen too far apart for the owner to-closely before u .,r don't myself believe that there' s look the actions of his employee$ in the depaitment, sity for thi41 trip t-oBlue Hills. --. an!:H3ob pla in l y saw that Caleb Cranshaw was actually "No, you fool," growled Caleb. rttr1 y.oqr robbing his employer every day. right into_ a noose. We can lay low at Blue Hil4 fora His was of a petty dozen of eggs day, and then take train to Ne w .York after the first rush at one time, half a box of oranges at another, and .ko on. is over. Corne on." .. ___ :u-. Many things were supposedly ordered and paid f-or that They turned. away from the dresser and never reached the hotel, and each day a man, .who was the door, and then for the first time Bob Ga}im: saw as as himself, ahd a fit mate for that each of the trio :carried a .large carpetba& They him, came with a wagon and carried a good many dollars' went out at once, and .the boy, nut fully understanding Worth of prov_isions away that might have easily been the situation, hurried ltto his clothes and iollQwed. th. em. tumed in to the account of the running-expenses The men went stt.Ught to the shore, where a boat was Bob was stron g l y tempted to, give Mr, Kaspar a hint drawn up. It was one of the hotel saw that of these proceedings, but he dtd not know how to at a glance, for he knew them all. 1t the subje ct, neither did he fancy gaining the .name to the decamping trio. He couldn't thmk, for the of of 'tale-bearer. him1 why the clerk and Caleb should leave the Affairs re ache d a climaJt, howe'\l'er, one night Jn. July. : out giving Mr. Kaspar notice; to sneak ott in. .thiS; Bob had been two' montbs at the hotel and the season manner, 'too. :Was now at. its h e i ght. F rom early morning. till he But while lie \:Vas th'is, Bob had been upon hts feet,. and was only toQ ready to crawl mto of. his and he-fell. prOS-hts cot and go to s leep. trate bai t-tub lay. !he. ahore. It was a s t o rmy night. A ll day the breakers had Cranshaw, spnngmg -back on the bar outside Sakonnet Inlet, and he, feU upon. :e .ob, before he could stonally fitful dashe s of rain for entrance at the '-rise.t. . narrow window of Bob Gaytor>s smill room. "Who is i't?';: gasped HGrloi\1-e, the Ana ionie of the : r aindrops gained admittance, too. third pushed the boat off time midnight a tiny stream ?f water-the bow tq $hare. . . . Its way through a crack and commenced to drop v.:1th "rt's whelp, G aylor! upon the upturned face o the sleepmg through Jits,(:lenched and With bts hand ., ' Bob's tbi'o.at. thaB?p began dreatl:!-that he_ in swimming, -.and "Kill him r the third, man from t t .1cebergs had lieen put to soak m the water by boat. -0 hts a bath. T his impre!isiort_ became-so strong But Harlowe rolled up-a glove and thrt1st it iar as that, in seeking out of the he sud.. possible' into the ,boy's mouth, tying it in )Vith -his han_dne/ got out Of bed, howbeit ln, a very undtgndied man" . ; Then ittook but a -mbment t-o trice up b,is ,(Gand awoke on the floor. : hands and feet. 'l'hreat Scott! how hurt!" he groaned. When this was qone Harlowe and stood .up the he stopped and _!here was and looked at each otJter. Both were breathtng heavtly th notse of. muffied footsteps m the kttchen Without, and and the' clerk was as' pale as a sheef; e )'ellow hght of a lantern cast a narrow beam beneath .. 1 d h h d "Wh d'd the,door f h. 1 1 b d h b B b c .to his-feet "Ntce rness,Ahts, gr.owe t e t tr man. y tnt $Of 1 o 1s 1 t t e e c atn er. o arose . It h. ?" aside the bedclothes which had accotn-.; ... :r: Caleti impolitely. asked [;'1th1 e his sudden fall ftom the couch, and crept softly ud .c e door your a vice. . 'l'h f th Then he went a few steps along the strand and shaved rnen were maktng a hast); meal at one 0 . de ff cond boat-a leaky, shaky 9ld' tub, belonging to" fr dressers ; and although thetr were turne <'J a se. th.e all SOr;Jwe. t'o do?" the third ma,n s :head watter or steward; tl1e tnan .. .-

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NEW: NICK CARTER WEEKLY. ly. "Don't you go to makin' this a losin' I'll have your life, Caleb Cranshaw, if you do." Cranshaw went up to him, still retaining the long hne of the boat in his hands. boy shall be put in this boat;" he said! cr_uel dtstinctness. "He'a tied hand and foot. The ttde IS gomg out. In half an hour he'll be over the bar-providing that ol& hulk floats that long, with nobody to bail it out." Then he motioned to Barlowe to raise Bob's feet, and together they placed pill:! on his back in the bottom of the old boat. Getting into their own they' towed the second craft with its helpless burden out into the inlet, -and there let it go. "So much for. spying,'' Cranshaw exclaimed exultantly, as he turned the head of his O'!\'n boat up the inlet. The old taking water like a sieve, was carried swiftly in the opposite direction by the tide. Bob was lying in a puddle of water and the moisture gath,ered rapidly. But the villains who had set young Gaylor adrift had forgotten the general trend of the current toward what was known as the "Lower Point." At the Lo.wer t Point was an unused wharf, bui1t so low. that at high tide the water usually was on a level with flooring, and often, as in storms, was a foot or more abov.e the pier. Towa:rd this the old boat drifted, and was soon bumping her shaky nose against the piles. It was a lonesome spot, and even if Bob had beeri able to cry out, his voice would probably have been unhea d. Finally, the old boat, as though that was just what she had been searching for, pushed her way between the piles underneath the wharf, and, swinging about broadside, floated up against the lower piles and there stopped. The supports of the wharf were so dose together at this otiter side that there was little opportunity for the craft to find her way out Meanwhile, Bob was in an agony of apprehension. Not only for his own life was he fearful, but he now realized that the three men who had placed him in his present position must have had some strong reasOn for their action. They had committed some crime at the which was o such a serious nature that e-very wit-ness of their flight must be put-out of the wa:y, Struggling seemed to make no impress)on whatever on his bonds, and his jaws. ached so from the presence df the gag that the tears were fairly forced from his eyes. ije knew when the tide running out, for the boat stopped bumping against the wharf supports, and, lay still for some time. Suddenly he was aroused by feeling a jar on the other side. The tide had turned arid had floated the boat to the upper side of the piK. But it did not find its way out between the piles. It was light by this time. The rilin had long since ceased, and by the rapidity with which the light in-creased Bob thought that it wo'uld be a fair day ; but the breakers still boomed upon the bar outside, and the tide would doubtless rise higher commonly. This thought suddenly smote across his mind, and the cold perspitation started ouf all over him. The tide was rising, he was beneath the old wharf, and as the water rose it woold probably force the old boat down, and lie would be drowned! There was no hope for him; not an atom. Nobody would suspect his presence beneath the wharf, and he w.ould die there like a rat in a trap. It was a dreadful t'houghtj Bob struggled madly with his bonds. He put every, ounce of energy he into his muscles, but rope held like iron bands. Exhausted, he sank back into the water which was now nearly half a foot deep in the boat's bottom, and gave himself over_ to despair. Brighter and brighter grew the day without, and inch by inch the water rose. Never before had he loved the darkness so much that he hated to see the day appear. With terrible surety the water gained. Soon the old boat was bumping against the timbers overhead. He could almost believe that the air beneath the wharf was becoming close and oppressive. Sudden, violent death would have been easier to bear, so it seemed to Bob Gaylor, than this slow pmgress toward an inevitable end. He writhed in the boat's 'bot tom, the shaky old hulk jarring about among the piles and hitting against the beams overhead as though endowed with sudden life. Suddenly the boy heard, above the lapping of the; waves, a footstep upon the loose boards of the old wharf. Somebody was coming down toward the end of the piera fisherman, likely. Oh, should he have to die with help so near? The man came on and stood almost directly over his position. Oh, for the ability to make one cry! ::Yet he was as helpless as though he had been born dumb. Then. 11. thought flashed through his mind. He gathered his failing strength for one supreme ef.;.. fort, and, lying he was, flat upon his back, began to. with his bound feet against the wharf boards. The faint "rat-tat" sounded hardly louder than the lap..i ping pf the water, yet it was heard by the fishertrian. Again it was repeated, arid rushing hastily to the side of the wharf from whence it sounded loudest, the man wrenched up a loose board. Another moment and he had dragged the gagged and bound youth froll1 his perilous position. And not an instant too soon was it done, for, with a great wrenching and' givihg way, the rotten old boat sank below the surface. As soon as he could speak after the gag was from his mouth, Bob told where he was from and how he came in his terrible :predicament. An hour later l!e was telling the story to Mr. Kaspar in the office of the hotel, to which his rescuer had at once rowed him. The Sakonnet House w;1s in an uproar. During the night the safe had been opened and valuables belonging to the house and its guests to thevalue of fully ten thousand dollars had been taken, besides nearly half as much more J n cash. Harlowe, '(; anshaw, and Bob himself were missing, and on them suspicion had of course at once fallen. Fort.unately, what little he had overheard the burglars say enabled Bob to the the first real they had obtained, and that noon the trio of scamps were caught as they attempted t6 board the New York train at Blue Hills, fifteen miles up the inlet. Every penny of their booty was recovered, too, :and Bob, who had suffered .much, was not forgotten by the grateful guests of the hotel. Better still, he assured of Mr. Kaspar's good opi:t;lion and of the fact that as long as the Sakonnet House stoq_d in .its present owner's hands, he would have a steady position in it. In fact, the very next 1ear he was placed in the erous Barlowe's position, and if. you go to Sakonnet thts. summer, you will find him behind the clerk's desk.

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