The crystal mystery; or, Nick Carter and the magic eye

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Isswd Wullly. By nmscn"jtit, ... 110 ftw y,.,.. E .. twed tU &co .. d-t:/QSS MQI/er Q/ 1/u N. Y. Post Office, l1y STREET a: SMITH, 79-11!1 Sevmtll .4w., N. Y. E11tered Qt:eord"r to .4a f Ontzrus ;, 1/u yeQr lGOS, ,., tile Oj}fu Df tlw LibriJria" of Ctmzress, WQsm,gto,., D. C. No. 595. .NEW YORK, May 23, 1908. Price Five Cents. ; THE CRYSTAL MYSTERY; OR Nick C .arter and the Magic E ye. Edlted by CHI CKE RING CARTER CHAPTER I; 'MYSTERIOUS OCCURRENCES. I "I tell you, Carter, taking it all together, it is the most puzzling affair that has come to my notice in my entire experience." It was the commissioner of police of New York City who spoke. The two men were seated" together in the office of the commissioner where Nick Carter had called in response to a letter received that same morning from the official. "If you will give me. the facts of the case, com missioner, chronologically, just as you know about l them;'' replied the detective, smiling, "we will try to get down to cases." 'FOb, I'll do that in a minute, Nick. I have had several of our best men on the case; in fact, they are on it now ; but there has been no result. The ,first case of the kind that was brought to my attention was the robbery of Jasper Golding." "Jasper Golding? The banker?'' "Yes." "Tell me about that." "He called here one morning about this time, and asked to see me alone. I sent my secretary from the room, and listened to what he had to say." "Yes." "The substance 'of it was as follows: He had been strolling rather aimlessly down Broadway, late in the afternoon of the preceding day, he told me, and arri ving a:t the corner of Thirtieth Street--" "Which corner, commissioner?" "The southwest corner." "All right. Go ahead." "Upon arriving at that corner, his attention was at tracted by a 'hawker' who had erected a tripod stand just around the corner in Thirtieth Street. The stand supported a suit-case lying open, and arranged upon it was a medley of articles, mostly flash jewelry, collar-buttons, and things of that sort." "Yes." "He told me that the thing that attracted his attention-the article that drew him across the pavement to have a closer look at it, was a very remarkable crystal that occupied the central point of the display.'' "A crystal? More likely it was glass."


2. NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. that was a point upon which he insisted. I suggested that it was glass, but he told me that he is an expert about are a sort of a hobby with him, and he insisted that this was finest one he ever saw." 'Well?" "It was very large, cut round like a ball in the first place, and afterward recut into facets, like a diaqwnd, is cut; you understand ?" "Yes." said that he instantly recognized faet that it was a crystal, and a .one, and he wondered that it should be there in. the )l_lidst of the cheap display that 'it" "No doUbt" "His idea he started toward the man who dis.phiy tp question hill} the !=rys tal, pqssibly to purchase it to add to his collection; buf he does not remember that he said anything to the man about after_. all." "Does not remember that he did so? I do ilot understand that." "I will telt you exactly whe-t he told me." "All right." "He did hot that lie had said anyth ing to the man at all about it. Either the fascinated him, or something affected him rather strangely he for presently he pulled his eyes away from it with difficulty, and not until he had gone several blocks down Broadway-was at the corner of Street, in fact-that he discovered he: had been robbeUght was to it, if it were the only case in that hawker and his crystal figures. But 1 before Igo into them, I will finish with Golding." "If you please." "He had seven hundred dollars in money in his pockets at the. time .. stopped to look at the crystal. He also wore a diamond ring., a diamond sc_ arf-pin, 1 and a watch." "Which were also taken, I suppose?" the contrary, they were untouched.'t "And_oruy .the was missing?'' the money; nothing else." "That would suggest that Golding might have been mistaken about having had that amount in his Jiockets at the" I,$uggested to him; but he is positive." "Or that he lost it out of his pockets." -'1I that; also, but he scouts the idea, i1l" si.5ting that he knows it was in his pocket less than / five minutes before he stopped on that comer. does he know that it was there? Did he take it out of his pocket?" "No! it was, he told me, in a roll, in his right-hand trousers pocket. He recalls feeling its presence there with his hand, just before he made that stop." "How long waS he there in front of the hawker's stand?': ""He. doesn't know exactly He says it must have been a short time, although. 'rain was falling gently when he turned away, and he does hot recall that rain had begun to fall when he made the stop.'' Possibly some one brushed against him while he stood there looking at the crystal, and so picked his. pocket" ,. "I suggested that, also. He says he does not remember that any one did so,' and is sure he would re call it it such a thing had occurred. He insists he is always particular about avoiding such things as that." commissioner, on the face of it, there isn't much to that case, as it "That was pn:!cisety my own estimate of it. In fact l paid very little attention to it, save to send. a .cOuple of my ,men up there to lookthe man over, who has. the crystal." 4'W ell? .What did they .find ?' N 6t even. the man with the crjstat" "Qh, I see Well ?,. "Then came the compl

NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. 3 time she remained there, but it to have been only a few moments. Then she went on her way. Now right here is something strange "What is it?" "She had left the Fifth Avenue Hotel allowing her self just sufficient time to walk to the Holland to be in time for the luncheon. To her surprise, when arrived there, she was fifteen minutes late--more than the time that it should have taken her to walk the en tire distance." "That is right ; but the difference in time of to go on her way, and she started without saying a word to him." "And she is not sure how long she stood there?" "No. But for the fact that she was late at the Holland, she would insist that it was not three min utes all told." CHAPTER II. THE STRANGEST ROBBERIES ON RECORD. clocks--" "Are there other tases of the kind, commissioner?" "She went by her own watch ." asked the detective. "Well, go on." "Y d d Th 1 h '11 es, m ee ere are severa at ers, as you W1 "As she herself at the table, apologizing for soon her tardiness, she put her hand to her throat-a habit "Well, let me have them all. Out of the many she has, she tells me-to see if her brooch, a very vat-we may find one that is suggestive of something." tiable one, was in place. It was gone." "Then you will accomplish more than I have been "It might have fallen off." able to do." '"A valuable diamond ring that she had worn on her "If you did not believe I would do that, you would bnger, and which could not have fallen off, you will not have sent for me." admit, was also missing." "Quite right, Nick." "I suppose she did not forget to wear it that day; "Well?'' eh ?" '!I think you know Doctor Parsons don't iou ?'' "No. And that is not all. She carries a gale "I know of him ; and about him. Why?'' 'chatelaine bag. When she started out, it contained "He was the next victim." one hundred dollars in bills, even money. That was "Indeed. How did this one happen? also missing." "The doctor was crossing the northeast corner of "You are interesting now, commis;ioner Washington Square, from Fifth Avenue to the Uni-"1'11 be more so before I have finished, Nick versity building, when he came upon the hawker with "All right." the crystal." "Her other rings, aiso of considerable value, the "The same outfit, eh ?" gold bag at her belt, and so forth; had not been disturbed." "Well?" "Humph! It was the same hawker, I suppose? "He was in a hurry and walking rapidly. He had "Evidently. The of the crystal is the no thought of stopping anywhere until he had kept same. There was no dress-suit case in this the engagement he had made with some g:ntlemen The wares were displayed on a square piece of velvet, at the University building : spread on a boa'td, or something of the sort." '(But he did stop, eh ?" "What did you do in this case? "The hawker was standing close to the Arch, just "What could I do? Nothing.'-' south of it. The doctor was passing hurriedly when "Does Miss Waring recall that people crowded her chancing to glance in that direction his attention was while she stood there?" arrested, and he stopped. As in the other cases, it was "On the contrary, she insists that she stood there the crystal that attracted him.'' quite alone." "Quite a remarkable crystal 'tbat." "Did she talk with the man? "You will think so before I have done." "She says not. She did intend to ask him some"Well what happened then?" thing about the beautiful crystal, but she did not do "Almost the same things th a t happened in the case so." "Why not?'' "She does not kn.:>w. The whim to<* her of Miss Waring He looked at the crystal and pres e ntly walked on. without havin g said a word to hawker. There had been nobody else near them, he :


4 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. swears. He had ealcttlated upon being five minutes stopped and stepped toward the display, rea head of time at his engagement; and in he as he did so: was nearly ten minutes late His watch, fifty dollars 'That's a fine bit of glas,, my friend:' in mozrey, and a tissue-paper-package eontaining twelve '''Yes, sir,' he heard the mari reply. That is all unset diamonds whkb he valued at three thousand dolthat he remembers having been saki at all. He says lars, were missing." he looked at the crystal and then moved on. He "Rather a heavy loss." doesn't he lingered there three minutes. When "Yes; and the doctor swears that the hawker did he went out that afternoon he had a t'oll l'f consider not approach him, and that at no time were they within ably more than a thousand dollarfi in his pocket. He touching-distance of each other." had :Spent and given away about two hundred, and "That's odd." there must have been a left. He is not sure "I told him if he would make a charge against the of the exact amount. He did not feel for it until hawker, I would have the man arrested, and w_e would after he reached the Bowet"y and entered a 8aloon. It !'iee what could be done ; but he insisted that he. could was gone." not make the charge so that it could be sUbstanti-is a case where there were many other peoated, for the reason that he woutd have to swear on pie around him; eh ?" the stand that the hawker did not come near him. "Yes; but Garden is confident that no one touchOO '"Have you had that hawker l()Qked up a stcond him. He has been through that all his time?'\ life, never had his pockt!t pieked,' hever had anything stolm from him. ;He that it must have been "I have tried to do so." the hawker with the crystal, but he af&O swears that "What do .you mean.? That you can't find him?'' the haw ken was all the time at the opposite side of the mean that he has not been found:.._as yet." tripod from him, and at no time touched him." "Other people seem to find him, all right." "So again there is no case." "Yes. I will, too, presently." 1'None." "One moment, commissioner. Now that I am on "Next-if there is a next." the case, I will ask .you to call off your dogs and let "There are still several of them, and I think you the hawker alone. If he is the nigger in the fence, as ought to hear them all," now appears, I would like an opportunity to watch him "So do I. Go on." before he is made suspicious." "Do you know, or have you ever heard 'Of a ''That's all right-. I know your But you'll in the city named Harry Paxton?" have to find him before you devote much time to "Yes. 1 have a sort of aequaintance with him." watching him." \ 1 "He was the next vietim." "Oh, I'll find him, all right." 1 "I should have thought Harry much too shrewd to "It's a very mysterious affair, Nick, 'but I believe have been robbed in any stich manner." that there are somewhere, don't you?" "Well, he wasn't." '''Very likely. What's case?'' "Tell me about it." "One of the leaders of Tammap.y Hall." "Eh? You donJt say! It must have shocked him "Harry came out of the Imperial Hotel one aftergreatly. Who was it?" noon-four days ago, it was--and started down "Jimmy Garden." Broadway. He walked to Twenty-third Street and "Well, well! W.onder upon wonder. What was his tumfd through it toward Sixth Avenue. experience?'' through the street he saw the pawker and his outfit." "He was down on East, looking after the "And stopped, as the others

.NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. 5 hour afterward before h e disco v ered that be was broke." "What was liis e x perience du r i n g the loss of it?" uPracticatty the same as the others." "Nev ertheless, tell m e about it." "He was passing and saw the crystal. It attrac t e d his attention, atthough he do esn't know why bec ause he takes n o int e rest in that sort of thing. N everthe less, he drew near to the t r ipod to have a closer look at it. Prese n tl y he went on. 'That is all." 4'How long did he stand there?'' "Two 'or three min u tes, he states." "No b r u sh ing against him in this case?" "He says not." "The hawker r emai n ed on his own side of the trip od all the time?" "He says so. 4'No crowd around him r' Se vera l p eople were standing about, but there was no c rowd, and no crowding." "He had no idea, as he left the plac-e, that .he had been r o b bed?" "None whatever; not until about an hour later." "So he could not swear to a case against the h awkerr' "No more than the others.' "Have you got another case up your sleeve?" "Yes. I have saved the most astounding one till the last." "I sup pos ed you would do that. What is it?" "No other than Mrs. Van Skoyt. Fortunately she did not lose much, but the case is none the less remarkabl e for that." I "How did the affair happep. in her case; commis -moner?" "She was drivi n g in the park, or, rather, was just entering the park, behind her team of bays. Her coachma n and f ootman were on the box The hawker was in the park a little way, far enough to be out of sight of the streets and of the officer near the en tTance." "Yes. But he was not disp l aying his wares there, was he?" "Not exactly. He had the tripod out, but nothing save the crystal was showing, and that was sending out a rays in the sunlight, she was drivin g past. It caught her eye, and she signa1ed for the to Mop. She approached the crystal aiJd stood looking at it lOt' a moment. She says she did not speak to the man at alt; is s he did not, but her footman who was standing at the carriage door, twenty; feet away, is equally positive that he saw them in conv e rsatio n although h e could not hear wha' was said. Prese ntly she ,returned to the c arriage and drove on. When she arrived home, her c hatelaine bag was missing, and it had c o ntcfined. three diamond rings val u ed at about seven hundred do Hats alto gether. 'The bag was worth about fifty dollars. That is all in her case." "Did the hawker come out ofron;t b ehind his tripod this case rl "No ; she S(\yS not; the -footma n says not. When they drove past him the second time--" "They drove past him the second time, did they?"' "Yes.' 1'What you .going to say about it?" "He was just closing his and making away from the !pot." l "Who told you that ?" 1The f_ootman ., "When did he tell it to you?'' "When he was sent here to report the rmttter to me." "Did you see Mrs. Van Skoyt in person about it?" "Yes, later." 'Did you talk with her in the presence of the foot man, or with the footman in her presence?" ."No. I saw them separately. But I don;t see-" 14No. Does that cover all cases, so far as you know about them?" "Yes 1 up.J;o the present titne that covers att I, know." CHAPTER III. TRACING A PECULIAR CIR<:UUSTANCE. "Now, Nick, what do you think about them?" asked the commissioner. "Well, it is difficult to<' tell what to say, just at pres ent, commissioner. Of course I have some idea about the matter, but I would rather not enlarge upon it just yet, for it is only an you know." "Humph! I'm glad that you have even_ got an idea. I confess that I couldn't find one that would water at all. I supppse you will look up the man with the cry stat ; eh ? ,. "Ulti mat e1y..:_ye s. At present I think I will h ave a talk with some of the pe o ple who bave been r o bb e d for robberie s they are, without que s ti o n." "Of course.' "I wonder if I should find Mrs. Van Skoyt at h ome now, commissioner?"


6 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. "I can easily find out .for you, over the telephone. I will tell her that I am sending you there, if she is at home." "Please do so." A little more than half an hour later the detective found himself in the sumptuous home of society woman, and presently she came into the room where he waited to see her. "You are Mr." Carter ?" she asked brightly. She was a beautiful young matron, and one who was al ways thoroughly self-possessed. "Yes, madam," replied the detective. "I have called to ask you some questions about, or, rather, concerning, your encounter with the man in the park, at the time you lost you r bag containing the diamonds. Will you tell me about it?" "There is nothing more than what I have already told the commissioner, sir." "N evehheless, I would like to hear it at first hand, if you don't mind going over the ground again." "Oh, not at all, if you think it necessary." "You had just driven into the park when you first saw the man with the crystal?" asked Nick. "Yes." "What was it that first attracted your attention to him?" "I think it was the flashing bf the rays of the upon wonderful crystal." "So you really thought it wonderful, did you?" :'Yes; I think so still." "What impelled you to stop you'r carriage, and get out of it?" "I scarcely know. It was an unprecedented thing for me to do." "Please try to reply directly to the question." "Why, I think it was the desire to have a nearer view of the beautiful article. Would you call it a stone?" "I think so. You say it was unprecedented for you to leave your carriage in that way, and in such a place?'; "Quite so. Yes.;' "How long were you out of it?" "I am not sure. It all seems rather vague to me now. To the best of my recollection ; not more than three or four minutes; perhaps not so long.". "And then what did you do?" "Reentered my carriage and drove on. But there is a funny thing about that, too, Mr. Carter." "What is it(" "I don't seem to recall reentering the carriage; I mean the act of getting into it; of the footman's closing the door, you know, and of giving the o rder-oh, yes, I do recall giving the order to drive on." "Did you look back toward the man with the ?" "No; I don't think so." "While you were out of the carriage, did you engage in conversation with him?" "No." "Not at all?" "No. I do not remember that I exchanged a word with him." "When did you miss the chatelaine?" "Within the next half-hour, I think." "Was there any money in it?" "Twenty dollars, I think. No more." "When you discovered your loss, did you drive back toward the place where you had seen the man with the crystal?" "Yes ; although at that time I did not connect him with the loss of it." "Do you now?'' "Not in my own mind; no. But after what the commissioner said _,to me about others losing articles mysteriously after seeing the man, I have thought it strange, to say the least." Where is the foqtmatl who was witli you that1day?" "He is here. W auld you like to see him?" "If you please ; and will you let me see him alone?" "Certainly. I will have him sent to you." after I have talked with him, may I see you again for a moment, madam ?" "Why, I suppose so." "Thank you. Now, if you will send the footman, please." He came presently, a typical footman, trained in every act arid motion that belonged to the fulfilment of his duties. "I want you to tell me about the incident in the park when madam lost her diamonds," the detective said to him. "Do you remember all about it r "Yes, sir." "Begin at the moment madam directed you to stop the carriage, and tell me everything that occurred af ter that. Omit nothing, no matter how it may seem to you." "Yes, sir. Madam called to Thomas, the coachman, to stop, and he drew up at the side. I got down and opened the door fop madam. She stepped out and walked back a little to a man was


NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. 7 with a tripod in front of him. There was a lump of glass-at least it looked like it to me-on top of the tripod." "Well, what then?" "Madam stood in front of it. She seemed to be examining the glass ball." "Did she touch it with her fingers?"' '"No, sir. Madam only looked at it." "Did she talk with the man behind the tripod?" "Yes, sir." "You are positive about that?" "I know that he ta1ked to madam. I could see his lips move, although I did not hear a .sound. And madam seemed to listen. I am positive that madam replied to him." "How long a time did they appear tc talk together?" "Only a moment or two." "Did the man apJ)roach her near enough to have touched her with his hands?" "No, sir." "What happeqed after that?'' "Madam returned to the carriage, entered and as I closed the door told me to drive on slowly_.:.that is, to tell Thomas to do so." "The commissioner of police told me that you pa.Ssed the man with the tripod a second little later. Is that true?'' "Yes, sir.;, 4'Te1l me how that happened. How came it that you back there again so soon?'' "By madam's direction.'' "Ah! Let me hear abbut that, if' you; please. Leave nothing out, now." "When madam entered! the carriage, after l()oking at the bit of directed that we drive on s1owly, as _I have stated, "Yes." "We' had gone but a little way when she again called for us to stop and again she got down from the carriage. Then madam directed us to wait where we were for five minutes, and then to drive slowly back after her." moment. Are you quite positive about all this? Are yo\1 sure that you are telling it to me ex actfy as it happened?" sir, I "Very well. Go on." "When madam gave us that direction, she walked .back toward the man with tripod." "R-apidly or slowly?'' "Rather the former, I should sir." "How far away "'Yere yt;>u fr<;?m tripod at that time?" "About what would represt!nt bwo city bloeks, sir." "Did you regard the proceeding as at all strange?" do not pennit myself to question the eonduct of my--" .. "There, there-! That will do. You have brains and you nave judgment. I am not asking you to crit icize your mistress. I am for facts: You have opiQions, even if you do not express them, so I ask you again 1 f you tegarded the proceeding as "It was at un usual, sir." "Did you follow her ba<;k ?'' "After five minutes we did." "Could you see the with the tripod, from where you were ?" "Indistinctly; yi!S, si..-." "Did ypu notice madam him ?" "I could not help doing that, sir." "Did she stop and address again r "No, sir." "Did she speak to him at "Not that r-<:ould determine, sir. I should say that madam did not speak with rnan that time." "What did she do'?" "Nothing at all, that I conld see." "Mereiy walked past him, eh ?" "Yes, sir.;. a little way." "How fifty feet." did she then?" tui"ned about and refumea until she was almost abreast of him again, sir, and there she waited filr us ; I opened the door foF -her, and she reentered the carriage and t-hen we were 'told to drive on thtough the "Did she look back ag-ain toward the man ?'1 "My eyes were in front, sir, and I could not answer that. f.>' 1'What the man with the tripod wheri 30U drove toward him the secopd time / "Closing the thipg sir, and to leave, I thought.!' "Is that all you about $he matter?'-' "Yes, : sir;"


8 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. CHAPTER IV. THE DETECTIVE EXPLAINS HIS THEORY. When Mrs. Van Skoyt reentered the room Nick asked the footman to remain moment. Then, ad dressing the woman directly, the detective asked: "Madam, I would like to ask a very few questiqns more. After that I will not trouble you." 'I am at your service, sir," Van Skoyt re plied. "Will you kindly recall again the circumstances of leaving your carriage to obtain a closer view of the .... crystal?" "Certainly." 'our recollection of the incident was you did not remain there more than two or three or four minutes, is it not?" "It is." "Whereupon you reentered your carriage r "Yes." "Did you leave your carriage aga'in before you arrived home, after your driver "I did not." "You are quite positive about that, "Certainly, Mr. Caher." "And upon entering the carriage, do you t:emember what order' you gave to the coachman?" "I told the f.ootman to tell him to drive on through the park and return." "You did not see the man with the crystal again after that ?" "No; not at all. As I have told you, I discovered my loss about half an hour later, as nearly as I can remember. We were at the upper end of the park then, or near it. We drove back over the route we had followed in going out, and both the coachman and footman scanned the road as we passed, in search of my bag. I did the same, and yet I could not under stand how it could have fallen from the carriage, even though detached from its fastenings." '(Thank you, madam. I don't think I need trouble you further just at present." He did not so much as glance toward the footman who had told him a tale so different, but he c ould feel, eyen though he could not see, the indignation of the man at being forced into the appearance of having told, a deliberate lie. But Nick had his reasons for keeping his eyes away from the man. He believed that the footman would look him up later, in an effort to justify himself; and in that he was not mistaken, as it came about. He took his leave at once, and hastened down-town. It was an hour in the afternoon he believed he could see Miss Judith Waring, and he wished also to talk with her. The detective found her at home in her cozy apart ment at the and was received at once. "Miss Waring," he said, "will you carry your mind back to a certain circumstance that happened not long ago, you were very strangely robbed of some val uables?" "Oh I You are referring to the time I stopped to see the crystal, Mr. Carter ?" "Yes." "Odd affair, wasn't it?'' "Exceedingly. I want you tct tell me about it, if will." "But real!y, there is nothing to tell, you know." ... Oh, yes, there is, if you will pardon me for con tradicting you. You on your way to a luncheon at the Holland, were you not?" "Yes. There was to be quite a party of us." "You started to go there from the Fifth Avenue Hotel, I believe." "Yes; I had called upon some friends who were stopping "And allowed yourself just about the requisite time to get to the Holland, as I understand it r -"That is correct." "Y O!;J encountered the man with the crystal at the corner of Twenty-fifth Street?" "Yes." "Was he alode ?" "There was no one near him at the moment, if that is what you mean." "It is. What first attracted your attention to him: Miss Waring?" "I was not attracted to him at all. I scarcely saw him. I don't think I could even describe him if you shot1ld ask me to do so, except to say that he was, rather tall and dark." "It was the crystal that attracted you, then?'' "Decidedly." "Will you explain to me what sort of attraction it possessed for you?" "I remember that I thought it about the most beau tiful thing I had ever seen. I felt that I must have a nearer view. It seemed as if my were drawn to it." ... "Exactly. there." Now tell me how long a time you paused "Oh, only a moment It could not have been more. ; I


. NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. 9 I do not remember that I lingered at all; but then I am a sort of irresponsible person, I suppose. I might really have remained there three or four minutes, or even five, I suppose." "Or even fifteen minutes, Miss Waring?" "No; positively not so long as that." "And yet you were that late at the luncheon, were you not?" "Yes; and it was strange, was it not ? By my own watch, too." "How do you account for it ?" "I don't account for it at all, save only that I must have deceived myself when I looked at my watch." t "You lost your brooch, and a ring from your finger, I am told." "Yes;. and also a hundred dollars in money." "Did the man with the crystal at any time approach near enough to you to have taken the articles?" "No; he positively did not. And, anyhow, he could not have taken the ring from my finger without my knowledge, could he?" "It would seem impossible. yet you lost it." "I certainly did." "You are positive that you wore It that day?'' "As positive as that I wore the hair on my head; yes, sir. I always wore it." "You are equally positive about the hundre<;l. dolJars and the brooch?" "Certainly." "Have you ever seen the man since?" "No." "N. ow, tell me, do you recall that you experienced any strange sensation when you approached the crys tal, or the man who had it in charge?" "Not at all." "You did not look closely at the man?'' ''I barely noticed him at all. I do rememoer his eyes in one glance, but that is me about his eyes, if you please." "I can't, save that they were dark; black, I should say." "Thete was nothing peculiar about them-or him?" "Not that I remember." "What do you remember about the circumstance?" "I have told you all, already." "You did not enter into conversation with the man?'' "No/' "Nor ask him about the crystal?" "No. The sight of it affected me. strangely, rather, now that I think abou\ it. I seemed to know all about it and did not care to ask." "Ah! That is better. Do you recall leaving the spot?" "Yes. I remember turning away and resuming my walk up the avenue." "Did it occur to you then that you were late ?i' "No. Not at all." "When you discovered your loss did it occur to you that it had happened while you were looking at the crystal?" "It was the only circumstance I could recall where it might have happened ; but I dismissed the thought at once. The missing ring was sufficient to make me do that. It could not have been. taken ltom my hand without my knowledge." "And yet it 1was so taken." "That is true too." "If you are correct about the watch-! refer to its time---there was a lapse somewhere of fifteen minutes concerning which you remember nothing." "Why, yes, I suppose so, if I am correct about it. But am I?" "Don't you really think you are?" "Yes, to be perfectly frank with you, J :-d<;> not see how I could have made such a mistake." "I don!t think you did make one, Miss Waring." "Do you mean that there was a lap!?e of time that I have forgot ten ?" "It looks that way to me." "But how could such a thing happen?'' "That is pr ecisely what I am endeavoring to de termine. One other woman than yourself, with whom I have talked to-day, who has also suffered in the same way you did, passed through a short period of forget-.. fulness, only she is not aware that she did so. It is on the testimony of her servant that I discovered the fact." "Do you mean, Mr. Carter, that the man hypnotized me?" "It is the only theory of the case that will hold w:iter." "But-it seems to me absurd.' "So it would to most others. I will ask you not to mention my idea about it to others with whom you might talk." "I certainly will not do that I have always COf\ tended that no person could be hypnotized unless wi11"That isn't exactly what' you mean, Miss Waring." "Then what do I mean?"


10 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. "You mean that you have always contended tha.t "I want to know, bluntly, how you account for the na person coukl be-hypnotiud unwillingly. Am I not missing fifteen minutes.0 "Eh? The missiPg-" The doctor and. "It is a distinction without a difference, is it not?,., laughed heartily. "No. ; it is a distinction and a difference. Unwill-lfJ he uid, ithat I had considered the other ingly wou1d infer that yeu knew about the to losses of more importance. Fifty dollars in money, hypnotize you and were contending against it. One twelve unset diamonds worth three thousand, and mY might be in a negative condition betweerl the two, aqd minutes doesn't cut much ice along so fall an easy victi\11 to such In fact. that side of them, does it?" is the favorite condition with all and the ''With me it is the most Important loss you suscrystal is the favorite weapon with them." tained." "Well, I'm glad you think so. I wish I could view "I should have said 'mli!ans to an end,' perhaps." it in the same light; only I cant." "I do not understand." "Will you tell me how you accqunt for "One istold, by a hypnotist, to iaze into the depths "The fifteen minutes?" of a crystal. the act, the effort to iee what is "Yes." to study the lights, and whatever is reflected there; "Btuntly, then, I'm hanged if I .know!" so concentrates the mind, or, rather, focuse5 the ou had calculated to be five minutes ahead of thought, that the person becomes at once an easy subtime at your appointment, while as a matter of fact ject, even though tha.t person might be an impossiyou were ten minutes late. Im't that true.?" ble one under other circ.wnstances." "f confe

NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. to yours than to mine. I believe -that you were thrown for a time into a hypnotic state, and that while in that condition you shelled out your valuables," said the detective firmly. "Then you had better change your calling, that's all I've got to say" about it." "Don't you believe in hypnotism at all?" "Certainly I do." "Then why do you repudiate it in this case?" "Because I was there; because I was the in the matter. Because I I did not awaken out of any sleep. My eyes did not feel heavy. I had no sense of having been 'away,' as SOJ!le of them express it. And .I would have experienced all those things had I been made a subject of hypnotism." "Are you sure of that?" "Of course I am sure of it. I am not a subject for hypnotic experiments. I'd be a fine chap to practise medicine, wouldn't I, if every Tbm, Dick, and Harry who happened to be on a corner hawking wares could put me hypnotic influence by simply raising his hand, or looking me in the eyes, or doing anything of that sort?." "Did he look you in the eye, doctor?' "I don't think he did. I don't remember much about him, in fact." "Doesn't the fact that you remember next' to noth ing about him strengthen my theory ,} "No; it does not. It's bosh, I te\1 you! "Well, leaving your own experiences out of the question, and taking that of Miss Waring, for ex ample. There was also a lapse of fifteen minutes in her. case, and .she did not lose her watch, but had it by her to prove, or, rather sustain, what she believed. How do you account for that?' "I don't account for it." "But even if you refuse to believe that the man hypnotized you ; may he not have hypnotized her ?" "Not without her having some knowledge of the fact before or after it happened. Has she such knowledge ?1 "No more than you have." "Then it was "Do you give that as your professional opinion?" "I'm not giving professional opinions morning. I charge a hundred dollars for the least of those "There is a lapse of time also in the case of Mrs. Van Skoyt, concerning w,hich she has no knowledge at all. She has not even heard it, and don't know that it occurred; but two df her servants know about it. How do you account for that?" "I don't account for it." "There we have the absolute proof that the forgot ten lapse of time occurred, and it indicates unconscious ness on her part, doesn't it?" "Either that-or somebody lies." "You would hardly say that of Mrs. Van Skoyt, would you, doctor?" "Well, there are her two servants in the case." "They gave me their evidence before they knew that she was not cognizant of fact; or, rather, one of them did." "Oh, well, somebody lied. You may be sure of it. Possibly she did something that was foolish and pre fers to forget that she did so. It is that way with society women." "You refuse entirely to accept the theory of hyp. notism, do you, doctor?" "Now, look here, Mr. Carter ; understand me. I do not deny that there is such a thing as hypnotism. I do not deny that it is largely practised: I do not even deny that it might be accomplished under extraor dinary circumstances, on the streets of the city ; but I do that it could be done as you say, and leave the subject entirely without sensation of any sort to tell that a strange experience had been encountered. That I do deny. In my own case, in this instance, I walked down Fifth A venue and crossed the corner of Washington Square, passing beneath the arch. In passing there I saw a man who had wares to s e ll, and among them was a large and rather beautiful c rys tal that attracted me. I approached and looked at it The man behind the tripod paid no attention to me. He did not speak to me or I to hin1. 1 examined the thing a moment, and passed on ; and that is all there is about it. It is the height of absurdity to tell me that I was hypnotized." Isn't a crystal a medium that is often employed in the practise of hypnotism ? "I believe so." "Did you take that crystal in your hand, "No; I did not touch it. "Did you see anything in its depths?" "Only the lights and shades produced by the facets, What would you expect me to see? My future life past life? Really, Mr. Carter if you are going i n for fortune-telling, why don't you look up one o f the cult and get him to explain this case for you ?" "I don't suppose you really intend that to be an im pertinence, do you, doctor?" asked the detective quietly.


12 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKL '1. "No; but the whole thing is so absurd, Carter. Can't you see it?" "Who is the best C!Uthority on hypnotism in the dtf, doctor?" "I don't know anybody who knows any more abdut it than I. do mysel. Hfckenbush calls himself an authorjty, but he is a dreamer, and, incidentally, con siderable of a crank." "You mean Doctor Peter Hackenbush ?'! "Yes/' I suppose you would like to get those diamonds back again, wouldn't you?" ''Yes, indeed I would." "And you would not object very strenuously, would you, even if they came back after it was proved that you were hypnotized when they were stolen?" ''Oh,. I know about. that. But we need not argue it, since such a preposterous thing could not be established. I'd )ike to get the watch, tOP, Carter." "If you should happen to. run across that man with the crystal again, will you make \ an effort to bring him to my house to see me ?" "You bet your life I will. But I'm not likely to run across him. The police have been looking for him, the commissioner tells me, and he cannot be found." "Yet he has been very much in evidence sinee die police have been searching for He seems to have a talent for keeping out of sight." ."So he does." 1 "I don't suppose you have an idea that the watch, the m

NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. 13 "And uphold her in her That pl'oves that you are a good and a loyal servant, Martin." "And if I had known before you questioned me how madam understood the tnatter I would not have told yo,U what I did." "Certainly not. I understand you perfectly; and I like you all the better for it. Now, have you any thing more to -tell me, that escaped your memory this morning? If you have, remember that it will not be "Yes; sir, there is something else." "What is it, Martin?" "I perhaps ought not to say anything about it. I really did not intend to do so in beginning', be cause it was none of my business; and sir, I also do madam an injustice in doing so. But after what 9ccurred this tnorning, and in the light of all that has I feel I sbould tell you about it." "Certainly, Martin, tell me. It may _help greatly in unraveling this mystery-for there is a mystery." "Perhaps not as great a one as you think, Mr. Carter." "Martin, you must tell me what you mean." "Very well sir. In the first place, I wish to say that during all the time I have served tnadam, I have never known her to leave her carriage in such a man-ner before." "What a case have b uilt up out of nothipg, Martin 1" the detective, smiling. "But I must reassure you.'' "How, sir 1" "I think you are right in supposing that it was the bag she threw to tht man, but I also believe, and you must do the same; that she was entirely unconscious of the act." "How could that be s o, sir ?'t "Have you never heard of hypnotism, Martirt?" "Yes, sir." "Very well. that. She did Madam was hypnotized when she did not know she did it. She did not know anything she did, and now she does not re member that she was .out of the carriage or that she walked baek toward that man O'f that she saw him again at all." "Do xou really believe that, sir? "I do." "It relieves my mind greatly, sir, for I was afraid. Madarn has been good to me. I screwed up' my cour age to come here and tell you this becai:tse-.1 thought that you might help her if she were in trouble of any kind. Thomas and I talked it over and agreed between us that it was the thing tO: do, because we knew that you would respect our confidences." "You did perf..ectly right. It would have been ptoper in case." "I understand that. She herself told me the same "Thank you, sir." thing." ''Ndw, is there anything more? You look as though "But in this case she left it twice, and denied to you, you had not got everything off your mind yet." even in my presence, that she did it the second "There is one thing more, sir." "We will pass that." "What is it, now?" "You asked me, sir, if when she went back the "That man-the one with the tripod-! met him on second time, when she was walking, if I saw her speak the street when I was on my way here. .to 'the man with the tripod, and I told you I did not "You did? Where?" "Yes; that is correct." "Near the of Twenty-eighth Street and "Well, sir, I did not see her speak to hirl, but I Madison Avenue, sir." saw her throw somethiqg to him." "Did he have his tripod with him r "You did?" "l did not see it. I don't think he did have "Yes, sir. I could. not tell what it was at that "Which way was he going?" di s tance, but I have no doubt that it was the chatelaine "I watched him. He turned throu g h T wen t y bag she says she lost. I am suri of it. I thi'nk, sir, eighth Street Fi.fth Avenue and that she wished to send some money to some one with"Perhaps you can describe him to me,_ Martin. I out letting anybody know about it, and the man have found no one else who was able to dd so." with the tripod met here there by to take "Yes, sir, f can." eharge of. it. I think she got out first time to "Well?" make sure it was the right man, and that then she got "11e is quite tall, sir, six f eet, I sho\tld say His out the second time and walked back telling us wait skin is very dark. One tni ght alp1ost mi s take him for five minutes and then follow her, in order to give him a colored man were .it not for his features and his the money. It be some sort of blaclanail, sir." perfectly straight hair. He has very white and even I l


NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY .. teeth, and the most wonderful eyes I ever saw.. He looked at me, too, as I passed him, and I felt a shiver all over me. I thought he remembered me." "Very probably. How was he dressed?'' "Like a gentleman, sir." "Well dressed, eh? How was he dressed the other day when you saw him in the park?" "As befitted his calling at that time, I should say, sir. I did not notice it particularly, but I think I would have done so had there been anything to notice about him." \ "That is a very good answer. How long had you been waiting for me when I arrived?'' "More than an hour, sir." "So it would not be worth while following him up now, would it? Martin; if you should see that man again, anywhere at all, I wish you would take the trouble to notify me at once, no matter what you are doing. Even if you are on the box of the carriage, you could make an excuse to run into a store and tete phone to me." "Yes, sir." "Should you say that he is a foreigner, Martin?" "I should

NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. J5 "Particulars t Huh! There .arent any particulars, to make further investigation, with the result that -1 Carter." found I had been touched pretty thorougl\ly. I hadn't "How is that?" a sou markee in my po<;ket, and wbei;l I started to "At least, if are any I don't know .'em." come here I had :fifty dollars. Now,. do you "When did it happen?" think of that?,. "Oh, about two hours ago." "lt is rather odd, isn't it?" "Comer of Twenty-eighth Street and Fifth Averme, "Odd? Well! Y e&, it's deuced odd, if anybOdy the commissioner said." should ask yauP "Near the comer, yes. It was a hundred feet or so "Is it your idea that the man with the crystal rQbbed this way from it.". you1'' "Tell me about it. 'fill me just what happened." "No, it isn't. for the r,eason that be couldn't have "Why, .I was coming through the street when a man done it. He wasn't close enough to me for one thing, who was just ahead of me suddenly tume

NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. "Did you see him speak to anybody?" "Yes. Now that you mention it, I did. He joined with a man and walked along beside him, after he crossed the avenue." "What sort of f! looking man was "A dark-skinned man. To tell you the truth, I thought at the time it was a nigger, and I wondered what Percy was up t(}-()r up against." "Was that the last you saw of him?-'' "Yes; until I met him at the He made me sore there, denying that he had met me." "I have listened very quietly to all this,'' said Mon mouth, speaking now f01: the firSt time,. "and I want to say here and now that I havf!n't the slightest recol lection of anything of the kind. I haven't been west of Broadway to-day, and I haven't talked with any niggers or walked on the street with one." "Anyhow," said the detective, smiling, "if you have done either of those things, you do not remember any thing about it. Is that the idea?" "Precisely; and I'd remember it mighty well, if I had. The whole amount of it is that there is a chap around here somewhere who looks like me and who I dresses enough like rrie to have fooled Billy." "No, no, Percy. I wasn't fooled. I know you, all right all right." "Well, anyhow, I'm out about five hundred dollars, and that's what's making me sore. Nick, the commissioner said that if anybody could get it back, you could. Do you think you can do it?:'' "I don't know. I nope so." "Well, I can't imagine where you are going to look for it, then. l have no more idea where those things got away from me than the man in the moon." "It is quite evident to me, Percy," said the detect ive, "that you were the man who disposed of them yourself. I think you carried them through Twenty-eighth Street and across Sixth Ave nue, where you met a man to whom you gave them; and that man--" "Hold .on there! You're going .ti\uch too fast, Nick. Do you think I would be such a jolly mutton head as to go over there and give my and my wad away to a nigger?" "Not if you knew what you were doing. As I was saying, the man you gave them to was either tlte same one who showed you the crystal, or was a confed erate of bis." "But what the blazes would I do such a fool thing as that for? Tell me that.'' "Because you were probably hypnotize." "Eh? What's that? Hypnotized? Me? Not much! Nobody could play that bum game on me, and don't you forget it !" ''Your valuables are missing, aren't they'!" "They certainly are, Nick." "And you do.n't know how." "No.'' "Then I have offered you the oniy expianation, Percy. And that man with the crystal has been doing the same sort of thing right along lately." "Are you giving it to me straight, Nick?" "I am." look here! Do you think, honestly, that such a thing is possible? I woulcJ be willing to swear on a stack of Bibles as high as this hotel that I didn't stop there in T-wenty-eighth Street in front of that hawker three minutes aitogether. Do you suppose that when I did stop he threw me into a hypnotic condition and then sent me. over across Sixth A venue to deliver the goods and waited there till I came back agairi? Why, I must have been gone almost half an hour." "And yet it is all possible. In fact, I think it is ex actly what occurred." "You do?'' "Not that he waited there all that time for you, but that he followed along, then hurried ahead of you as soon as you were out of a neighl?orhoodr where you were well known. Then, according to a suggestionor, rather, following out a suggestion he had given you, you turned the valuables over to him and back again." "And then what?'' "Then h,e hurried ahead of you again, took up the same position he had occupied when you stopped to look at the crystal, and when you had assumed the same attitude he brought you to yourself again, and you were none the wiser." "Well, by the great horn-spoon! I call that robbery made easy. Say, what do you suppose would happen if he should meet Rockefeller in the street? Eh ?" "Rockefeller never carries much money around in his pockets, Percy. Much less than you do, my friend." "I suppose th._at's so. He doesn't have to. I dowhen I've got it to Just now I'm broke. I 'Say, Nick, let's go out on a still hunt after that fel low." "Do you think you would recognize him if you should see him again, the crystal in front of him?" asked the detective, smiling. "No ; I'm blessed if 1 do."


NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. I7 "That is what I thought." "All that I remember about him are his eyes. I just peeped into them as I approached the crystal. They were quite remarkable, I !hink; although .I had forgotten all about them. '1 "But you really do not recall his appearance; eh ?'"' "No; net at all." CHAPTER VIII. A MASTERFUL ROBBER OF MEN. Nick Carter's next act was to call Mrs. Van Skoyt over the telephone and ask her if she would lend the footman Martin to him for a day or two. "I have a very important use for him," he' told her. "He is the only person I have been able to find who knows by sight the man I am after. I'll send my own Joseph to you to take his place, if you will spare him," he a

l8 NEW NICK WEEKLY. a robbery committed? t "Yes. The man who gave the package aiJ.d the things out of his to the l-iindu was being robbed. He was under hypnotic; influence, and in that state he went around the store to Fourth Ave-: nue, met the Hindu, delivered his :valuables1 then re turned to the place where they first met, assumed the same attitude_ he had been in when he was hypnot4ed, was restored to his proper c9ndition, and he went away without knowing he had been robbed, or that he had moved from that That is the whole story." I "Was I hypnotized, too ?" "Assuredly; only you were not robbed-were ?" .. No." "You see, the Hindu kriew that you had seen ltim accepting the things from the other man. He did not wish to rob you, fearing that it would render you sus pic;ious of the whole affair. 'lie on:ly" you enough to let him get away, and then he went. While you were bending over looking at that crystal, you only thought you were looUing at it. The ci:ystal and the man who uses it so expertly were getting out of your sight about that time.'' '\VeU, he got out of sight, aU rigbt. There is no denying "Chick, you had a good chance to get a look at the felk>w. Do you think you could him again?" "Sure. I'd know him, all right." ''Then to-moFrow mor11ing get intp some disguise. Keep an day, and spot him, if you Cfln. When yoo do, and S()mehow I think you will, keep him in sight, but don't let him see you. I want to trail him down, if possible." "So do I, confound him f 1 don't relish being taken in in that fashioJJ. ,, In the morning before he left the house the de tective called up police headquarters and asked the commissioner if he had heard of another robbery by the man with the crystal. "No," was the reply. "Why, ha!t there been one?"' "I think so; in the vicinity of Wanamaker's stor'e. I think you will hear about it some time during the day." "Probably ... Nick set Martin to roaming about the stre ets in search of the Hindu, and Patsy, who arrived home that morning from the West, was also pre s sed into the being given a description of the fellow and warned not to get too near his hypnotic power." But Patsy, like Doctor :Parsons, the idea that any one could hyprlQtize him. The detective thought this a, oppQrtunity to interview the authority on hypnotism, Doctor Hacken bush, arid went to. his office. "l want. to be sure of my premises," he told the doctor, after he had explained the case, "and the prin cipal thing .1:. wish to know is this : Is such a stance as I have described possible ?" "Certainly it is possible. Why not?" 'i'J)octor Parsons denies that it-is." "Aw, Parsons. He is a crank." "That is precisely what he said about you." "I have no doubt of it. But I am a progr es .sive" ;1nd he1 is a stand-still cra. nk. Which do you think is. the better way? .. "Yours, I should "

NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. 19 your mind up to a point of resistance every instant." "Could I fool him in that way?" "I think so." "Thtl.t is what I waJ?t to do, if I get. the chance." "That is how I understand you. I would like to meet that man myself." "I will give you an opportunity, doctor after I have caught him. "Do you think you will catch him ?" "I am bound to do it." "If I could assist you in any way--" "I can think of no way unless you can make further suggestions for my benefit, and protection." .'No; I think of none. If you follow the directions I have already given you, I am certain you will succeed, all right." "Thank you. "But remember, don't look at the crystal itself while his eyes are upon you. If you do, you are a goner." "I will remember, all right. I am very much obliked to you. "Oh, that's all !ight. Don't forget your promise to let me have a chance to see him, after you have caught him." 111 won't." "Anyhow," tpought the detective, "I think I have now got a fairly good idea of the case, and Mr. Hindu won't be much longer at liberty to purs ue his trade in the streets of New Y ork. Hello! There is Patsy. WeH, my lad, what is there new? Eh ?" "New?" replied Patsy, with supreme disgust. "I'll tell you. I found your Hindu, all right, and he found me, too. He didn't do a thing but pinch everything I've got." And was nothing for Nick Carter to do but laugh. I CHAPTER IX. THE .HINDU FINDS TWO VICTIMS. It was ten o'clock the following morning when Martin, who had started out early in his search, called over the telephone to say that he had .. located the Hinduthe man with the crystal, and that was now working around the vicinity of the Siegel-Cooper store, at Sixth Avenue and Eighteenth Street. The detective was already prepared for just such an event, and it was not two minutes after he received the message before he was hurrying toward the designated place with all speed. He had to stroll around the neighborhood for some time, however, before he found Martin; and then, almost at the same instant that he saw Martin, he also saw and recognized the man of the crystal, di rectly across the street. We use the word recognized advisedly, beca,use Nick realized the instant he did see the mim that he would have recognize

20 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. morning turned his head, attracted by that flash of light_;.and saw the crystal. Like others who had seen its wonderful facets be fore him, he fell. Nick him stop hesitate an insiant, aQd then turn and approach the crystal deringly. The detective saw him bend over it, then, before three seconds could have he straightened up again and started down Eighteent. Street Seventh Avenue at a rapid walk. And instantly the Hindu his "shop," or folded his "tent" -anYt\ling you please to the arrange I1Jents he had at hand-and after waiting a JVOment, so that there would be no appearance of haste, he leisurely started down Sixth Avenue again. This was rather a surprise to the detective for a moment; but then it occurred to him that the notist-robber had instructed his victim to meet qim somewhere, pursuing this course instead of following directly after the man. The detective elected to follow the intended victim rather than thief, and did so, telling Martin th(!t he could keep somewhere in sig;ht if he chose to do so. The man who had been selected to be robbed was a tall and portly individual who looked as if he might have come to New York from one of the smaller cities of the State. He looked, tob, as if he were well SUJ?plicd with money, and it was doubtless this air of prosperity he carried about with him that induced Hindu to select him almost without a second glance. The man seemed to walk along with a natural air. In other words, was nothing about him or his manner to indicate to an ol,lserver that he was not entirely rationa1, and yet Nick was that he was going as one asleep, and that afterward he would have no recollection whatever of where he had been. The intended victim led the way rapidly to Seventh Avenue, and as he apprqached it Nick could see that he began to search his own p<>Ckets, drawing from them article after article which he deposited one by one in the folds of a handkerchief. The detective did not care to too close to him, lest the Hindu, when he appeared.on the scene, should be made suspicious; but, nevertheless, he could see that man deP,osited first a roll of rponey, then his watch, and other articles, 'in the folds of the handker chief, which he afterward tied by the four comers, making a compact package ,:>f it. The vidim reae?ed the corner o: Seventh Avenue and turned southward. Two-rhirds of the way to Seventeenth Street he met the Hindu For a moment-just a little bit of a moment it was, tqo-they stopped, facing each other, and Nick saw the folded and tied handkerchief pass from the stranger to the thief. Then, apparently without a word, unless indeed the Hindu gave some added suggestions to 'his vittim, they parted The man who had "been r9bbed continued on in the direction he had been pursuing, and the thief who had him continued on his way to Eighteenth Street, and turned toward Sixth Avenue, heading for the spot where hel had been standing when the strangu had first him. The detective let him pass on. It was his game to watch the man who had been robbed. He wished to see exactly how it was done, how it and precisely what the victim did from the he fell under the influence of the hypnotist until he was released from it. As soon as the Hindu had passed him, Nick hur ried on ahead, and presently, almost running in order to do so, he overtook the victim of the robbery, and walked along by his side for a little distance. The man seemed not to notice him at all; not to be iJWare that he. was there; and after a moment Nick spoke to him very gently. "Good morning, sir," he said. The man did not reply ; did not even turn his head; he was apparently oblivious to everything that was going qn around him. "What time is it?" asked the detective; in the same low voice, hoping that the man would make some sign; but he did not, and Nick dropped back again to his former position. The stranger led the way to Sixth Avenue, and then along it toward Eighteenth Street, to the point wl:tere he had first encountered the man with the and there he was, waiting at the exact spot, although his tripod was not open in front of him. But as the victim approached, the Hindu made rfo!ady to receive hirn. At the precise moment when the stranger arrived directly in front of the fakir, tbe tripod was opened, the crystal was placed upon it, the man who had been robbed leaned forward as if to inspect it. Then-it could not have longer than a second


NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. 21 of. time-the stranger straightened up, smiled toward the man with the crystal, and turned abruptly away. Nick signaled to Patsy, who 'Yas across on the op posite side of the avenue, to follow the man; and he said to Martin : "You may go along with Patsy now. I shall not need you." Already the Hindu was making tracks for another I quarter of the city, and Nick did not intend thaf he should get out of his sight again that day ; not once. Before leaving the house he had directed Chick and Patsy both to remain near him, ready to carry out any directions he should give, and now as he fol lowed along after the he knew that Chick was not far away. The thiefseemed to have a definite idea as to where he was going. He walked rapidly up Sixth Avenue, and did not slacken his pace until he was almost in front of the Macy store, at Thirty-fourth Street. There he began to move along more slowly, and !iicJ<: could see that he was glancing eagerly from side to side and ahead of him, peering into faces that, were approaching, and evidently in search of another victim. He seemed to do this "J:tunting" at long range, too. That is, he paid no attention to those who were too near him, but looked fat: ahead, so that, itt the event .of his selecting one, there would be sufficient time to get his tripod and his crystal into business before the prospective victim could get too close: There was not a long time to wait .for this other vi<;tim, either. The Hindu had.not been in the neighborhood more than quarter of an hour before he made his selec tion, and this time it was a flashily dressed worp;i)l, evidently out "tor a shopping. But had the appearance of one who carried money with her; and not only cash, but she wore diamonds and many of them. The little bag she carried in her hand bore initials in gold, and looked as if it might contain as well money articles of value which would be worth the while of the man with the crystal. Again he maneuv.ered so that he would meet her in a place exactly suited to his purposes, and this time it was up to one of the windows .of the building, where she had stopped for a moment to in 'at the display. The Hindu approached her, unfolding his tripod as he did so, and presently: when she turned to move on toward the: entrance of. the store, she found herself facing it. Her eyes of course lit upon the blazing crystal,. for it did appear to be blazing almost in the sharp rays of the morning sun. Nick saw that she stopped abruptly; that her eyes fell upon the crystal; that she leaned a trifle for ward as if to inspect it more closely. But -it was only for an instant that she did so. As the other victim had done before her, she straightened up, turned her back, and started away, while instantly the Hindu folded his apparatus and walked as rapidly in the opposjte direction. The woma 'ri went toward Thirty-fourth Street, the Hindu toward Thirty-third, and as he had done the other case, Nick followed the victim. She walked rapidly, and Nick could see that she opened and closed her little bag several times, as if she were articles within it ; articles that the Hindu had given her "suggestions" about before they parted. As in the other case, this victim walked through to Seventh A venue and turned ; and she met the Hindu exactly between the two corners. There they stopped facing each other for a mpment, when the .woman passed the bag over to the Hindu, and, turning, retraced her steps by the way she had come. It. was a slight change in the former program, but it was the same to all intents and purposes, never theless. CHAPTER X. THE SCENE AT THE WALDORF. The modus operandi in this case was precisely the same as in the previous -one. The woman returned to the point where she had first met the Hindu, and encountered him at the exact spot. The tripod was opened fo.r her, the crystal was dis played, anl before she could notice the fact that the bag 1>he had carried in her hand was no longer thereor possibly her not noticing it was a part of the hyp notic plan-she turned 'away, and enterea the great store; and the Hindu lost no time in making himself scarce around that neighborhood. I To Chick the detective spoke rapidly. "Go after the woman/' he said. "Tell her she has robbed, and to say nothing about it. Assure her


22 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. that her property will be recovered. Then get her ad dress. We have got two good witnesses now to support our stories." "You bet." "When you have done that, follow me up. I shall keep the Hindu in sight, and I will make chalk arrows whenever he turns a corner or crosses a street." "The fellow has a perfect sinecure," was Nick Car ter's thought as he again started after the man with the crystal. "There is nothing to prevent him from carry ing on his trade directly in the open, and that without attracting the least attention; and there is positively no way in which one of his victims could connect him with their loss, even if they should encounter him again." The thief was now evidently bent upon playing for even higher game, for he made his way directly to ward Fifth Avenue, along Thirty-fourth Street, and, to Nick Carter's surprise, he walked boldly into the Waldorf-Astoria, at the entrance which is down near Astor Court. Nick followed him inside. The Hindu strolled through the corridor until he was riear the desk, and the detective saw that now he was to witness the adoption of a slight change in the plan of procedure The man dropped upon one of the seats along the corridor, and sat there with his burning eyes-magic eyes, Nick called them in his mind-glancing inces santly from face to face, as men shuttled either way along that interior thoroughfare. The tripod, wrapped in its green case, was laid across his knees; but resting upon it, half-concealed by the Hindu's hands, and wholly wrapped in a dark cloth, was a round object, which Nick knew to be the crystal. Presently a pompous individual, of the "l've-got money-and-want-you-to-know-it" type, approached him along the corridor, and Nick saw the greedy eyes of the man with the crystal as they watched him eagerly. It was really a spectacle, this gloating over the com ing misfortunes of a prospective victim. It the serpent that is t o charm the u nwary mouse or rabbit that is destined for its food. The man approached nearer. He was walking slowly, and glancing from side to side, not with the appearance of seeking any person in particular, but with the air o'f one who wished that all others near him should see and acknowledge his grandeur. He was m>t the sort of man that one can be very sorry for he is robbed, for he invites that sort of thing. He was of the species that is a walking temptation and invitation to all thieves--and there are many such on the streets of New York every day of the year. He carried a large gold-headed cane. The diamond in his tie was four karats at least. The watch-chain across his waistcoat was large and heavy, and sug gested that the watch attached to it was a valuable one. A diamond, even larger than the one in his tie, glistened from his hand, and there was evidently an exceedingly plethoric pocketbook somewhere about his person. He was the sort that would carry a pocket book in order to make a display when it became neces sary to open it. Nick watched the Hindu as the man approached him. He saw the eager eyes glisten with avarice, He could see the fingers that grasped the crystal on his lap tremble wlth impatience when the man paused for an instant to speak to a person who was passing him. Then the "great" man strode onward again, and presently came within a few feet of the man with the crystal. Instantly the black covering fell away from it. Instantly its glittering facets were exposed to view, and as instantly they attracted the gaze of the pros pective vtctim. He stopped so abruptly that it seemed almost as if some one had halted him. He turned his eyes toward the crystal, then. stepped forward and bent toward it. But not more than one second of time. The strange and magic jewel was as insta!ltly cov ered; the Hindu seemed to whisper only one or two words to the pompous man ; then he rose ana through the corridor, while the pompous individual turned and followed him. They went together to the same where the Hindu had entered the hotel, and there the Hindu waited until the other had approached quite near. Nick could see then that the fellow spoke several long sentences in the big man's ear, and having done so, he turned away and passed again among the crowd in the corridors. The He stood where he was for a mo ment, then turned slowly about and also retraced his steps. But this time he did not look either to the right or the left. This time he was not seeking admiration.


NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. 23 He plodded forward with all thpught of pride lost in the forgetfulness t);lat had sway qver him. The detective followed, and saw him pass out of the hotel at the Thirty-third Street e:xit, and after that he turned to ward Fifth Avenue, crossed it, kept on through Thirty-third Street across Madison1 turned Thirty-fourth Street through Madison A venue, a_nd there, along the block, met face to face with the Hindu again, who turned and walked along at his side. Nick drew a trifle nearer to them. ":No; sir:," he replied; "I did not.'; "EX-traordinary Very extraordinary! I could sworn, sir, that I stopped here .. and turned half about to look at a crystal I 5aw on your krtees;" 41 reckon, old chap: that you've t.aken about tbtee too n1ahy this morning, haven't you?" asked the stran..: ger in the chair. "Sir, do you mean to insinuate that flm drunk r demanded the pompous man. "Not at all; no at ali, sir. Only the strangeness of your question made me think that possibly you He could see that. as they walked, the pompous might have been in that condition last night, and individual was busily engaged in passing artiGles into had taken too many bracers this morning!' the hands ui the man beside hiin:, each of the "Humph!" the fl!lah snorted. Then he turned awa}". Hitidu put in his p()(;kets as fast as he them. As he did so,)le felt for his watch, no doubt a habit The detective could not see what those articles were, of his, and he stopped short in his tracks. I only he had no doubr about the matter at all.He searched in pockets ; he He knew that they would include all the money the his ha11d against his trousers pocket where undoubtedly man had about him, both the diamonds that had he was in the habit of carrying' his waJltt. He held been so plainly in evidence, the watch and heavy chain; up one hand and gazed upon the naked fing'er where and possibly many other valu ables that might not the diamond ring had been. He raised the other hand have been so ostentatiously in sight as the others were to his tie, where the diamond pin had been-and then .._ They continued to walk along in this manner as he let out a yell that qmg through the corridor of the far as Thirty-fifth Street, and there, at the corner, they hotel, startliQg everyl:)(jldy who heard it) came to a stop. "I've been Robbed !" he yelled. Nick could see that the Hindu talking rapidly 1 And as he shouted the infotmation so that everyto the man, and then they parted. body might hear it, he turned again and pounced upon The man who had been robbed continued on his th.e mart in the chair, with whom he had been talking. way, passing through Thirty-fifth Street toward Fifth 'seizing liirn by the shoulders and crying out with all A venue and the hotel, and the Hindu came straight the strength of his lungs : down Madison A venue and turned through Thirty"Thief! Thief! Thief!'' fourth Street toward the hotel. Nick, as he had done in the precediqg cases, fol lowed victim-and1 in that way received one of the surprises of his life. The victim went directly to the hqteL He entered it and -/along 1 the corridor to the exact spot where he had encountered the man with the crystal. stopped t'here. and then seemed to look in stupefied amazement at the man who now occupied the chair where the Hindu' had been seated-only now the Hindu was not in evidence. He was nowherf;, to be seen. The pompous individual stared at the stranger in the chair for a moment, while Nick Carter drew nearer in order to hear what was said. After a moment the victim of the robbery spoke. "I beg your pardont sir," be said, "l)ut did you not just now have a wonderful crystal on your knees r I was sure I saw one here." The man in the chair stared. One can Imagine the confusion without its being described here. The man who was charged with the theft leaped to his feet, drew back his fist, and planted it firmly and strongly straight the eyes of the pompous in dividual, who staggered backward, but without. losing his feet. In the meantime the detectives arid other at about the had rushed forward, and now they seized upon the robbed and the supposed rpb ber, and bore them away toward the private office. It was right here that Nick Carter put in a word. He happened to see one of the assistant managers Of the hotel, whom h,e. knew, the spot, and he stopped him. "Hello, Nick," said t he assistant manager. 'Whaf'"s doing here?" \ "The old partY. with the waistcoat has been robbed," said Nick rapidly. "I saw it ali, and I happen to know that the man whom he has cha rged with the theft


24 N'EW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. knows nothing about it. Go and see if you can set enough jewels on me to attract even the eyes of that matters straight for him, and also tell the old party thief. Keep watch while I'm gone." that he will get his things back all right. Does he He was absent only a few minutes, but even stop here?" he returned, Chick was already moving toward the "Yes." outer door after a gentleman who w's leaving the "I will want him as a witness. I can't stop longer place. The Hindu was nowhere to be seen. now. Will you look out for the poor chap who is called "By Jove," thouglit the detective, as he followed a thief, and isn't?" quickly after Nick, "the fellow is losing no time this "Sure. What time will you be back?" morning. I shouldn't wonder at all if he intends this "As soon as possible. I can't exactly say." to be his last day, and is making as big a haul as pasHe hurried toward the exit then, realizing that the sible preparatory to leaving the city f,or other pastures Hindu had stolen a march on him, and had doubtless to work out. That is about the size of it." disappeared for the rest of the day. "Well?" he asked as he overtook his assistant. CHAPTER XI. NICK CARTER APPLIES THE TEST. As the detective hurried toward the exit, to make his \Vay out of the hotel! he heard his o'rn name called loudly by one of the hall-boys, who was at that instant starting away from his desk with a message. "Here l" he called to him; and was handed a hastily scrawled note in the handwriting .of Chtck. Opening it, he read : "Come to the Holland House. C." He lost no time in complying, you may be sure. He realized all in an instant that Chick had followed his chalk arrows made on the pavement, as far as the Waldorf, and havitJg lost them there, had searched about1for some indication of Nick's presence there, or for the Hindu. Doubtless he had the Hindu somewhere outside, after he had robbed the pompous party' and had trailed him to the Holland, where no doubt the man would enact about the same sort of thing that had already happened at the Waldorf. When he arrived at the Holland, he went at once to. the cafe, and there, seated where he was not at tracting much attention, was the Hindu, awaiting another victim. His position and his attitude were exactly the same as those he had adopted at the Waldorf, and Nick knew that it would not be 'ong before he would select another victim for his arts and wiles. Chick was near the door,, and Nick spoke to him. "I'm going to disappear long enough to make some alterations in my appearance," he said. "I'll come back in a moment in my own proper person, but with I "He has snared his bird," was the laconic response. "Shall we let hiJ work this one out, or shall we arrest him?" "We'll wait a little longer. I'll see about it." "It strikes me that we have got about all the evi dence we want, haven't we?" "Yes, and no. There is one bit of evidence I warit, and very badly. "What. is that?'' "I want him to rob me. I want to catch him in act." "Do you think it can done?" 1 "I am sure 9f it." "All right. What do you want me to do?" "I want you to see this. thing out. You watch the victim this time, and after he given up his valu ables, find ou t who he is." "All right. "I stick to the Hindu." "Anything more?'' "Yes. I don't want you to lose sight of us if you can help it; if you can, find otit who that victim is, after he is robbed, and do' it quickly enough so thjtt you can keep me in your sight." "I'll try t I know how to fool him and his hypnotism. At any rate, I shall try." "Good." "t want you to watch everything that happens be tween us, when he selects me. !will walk away and go to meet him, just as the others have done, that we have watched." "Yes." "And I will give up to him, just the same. I will pass over to him everything that I got about me that is valuable-and then, when he has accepted them and stowed them away in his pockets, I shall grab him."


NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. "I'm on. "If I don't grab him, you will know that i am actually hypMtised myself, and it will be your cue to rush in and do the grabbing, then and there "And if you do grab him--" Well, you might rush in anyhow I imagine the fellow is slippery and he might make a very good ef.: fort at getting away. We have got him now where we want him, if we work the rest of it out right." "That's so, Nick." They had been following the prospective victim all this time they were talking, but now Nick dropped back to. the rear where he could keep out of sight when the victim and the th ief should meet Meet they did a few moments later, and again the same operations were gone through with that Nick had already witnessed three separate times that day. The man met the thief stopped and talked with him, gave up his valuables, and hurried onward, as if in great haste. For a moment after that the Hindu stood gazing after him with a strange smile on his face and in his wonderful eyes, and then he turned abruptly around and walked down the avenue--it was Madison-to ward the Nick, toward whom he did not remained where he was until the Hindu was more than a block ahead of him, and then ; after making a chalk arrow on the pavement, he followed. The' Hindu did not hasten He evidently believed that he had oceans of time for what he still wished to do, Nick found n o difficulty in keeping him plainly in sight. The fellow turned across the square toward the Fifth A venue Hotel, and Nick made another chalk mark, pointing that way A few moments later they both entered the Fifth Avenue by the Broadway entrance, and th& Hindu, following out his. previous plans, seated himself for a moment on of the red plush seats near the door .. \ But ne waited a long time without seeing anybody who looked as if he might be a victim. Nick was purposely waiting until Chick would have a chance to arrive there, after following the last vic tim back tQo the Holland. Suddenly the Hindu left his seat-just as Chick entered at the front door, it happened-and made his way toward the cafe, Nick following. In the cafe the thief chose a seat that was near the door through which most of the patrons passed in and out of the pl\ce, and Nick dropped down at a table near him. Then, ostentatiously, the detective called a waiter to him and ordered a cigar ; and, as he did so, displayed a huge roll of money that he took from his pocket. He was glancing furtively toward the Hindu as he did so and he saw the man .start at the size of the roll, and knew that he was already satisfied as to who his next victim should be. That was what the detective wanted. Now he could take his time, for the Hindu would not devote his attentions to a ny other person until he had "accumulated" that particular roll. It was a very pretty game indeed that the detective was playing-if only it could be made to succeed But Nick knew tliat Chick was within a few feet -of him, watching, and that even if he should fall under the influence of the hypnotic power, Chick would not do so, and the arrest would happen just the same. But Nick did not believe that he could be made a victim of hypnotism, under the circumstances. Being thorouglJJy posteq, and forewarned of what was intended to happen, he could combat it, and by bearing in mind the advice given him by Doctor Hack enbush, he would resolutely 'keep his eyes away from the magic crystal. Once he glanced around to discover if Chick was in his place near him, and seeiqg that he was, Nick lighted the cigar that had been brought to him, stretched himself and _yawned, and then he slQ\-VlY rose to his feet, facing the Hindu, but no t glancing at him. Still, he saw as he rose a of the Hindu's arms and fingers. i He knew that the fellow was in the act of removing tbe black covering from the crystal already


NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. I knees in front of him, and he decided that the time As soon as he was on the street, he obediently set to had come for the experiment. work arranging his valu(!.bles and as the Hindu He kept his eyes resolutely six inches above the had directed him to do, walking onward the while, and crystal, and then, fearing the Hindu might disconscious that the man of crystal could not be far cover that they were not directed exactly right, he dropped them to a point a foot below it; and turned facing the ellow, and. stopped; Instantly he heard the soft tones of the Hindu murmuring; "You are to obey everything I tell you to do." There was a slight pause if to give weigb,t to the words, and then the soft tones continued: I "Pass out of the hotel by the Twenty-fourth exit. Walk slowly toward Sixth Avenue. As you go, after you are outside of. the hotel, wrap that money you have in your handkerchief, put your watch apd all your jewelry with it, tie the corners together, and when you meet a man who says; 'It is well, my friend,' give him the handkerchief you have tied together. Go." Nick turned about obediently, as he had seen other victims do before that day, and made his way towar'd the Twenty.third Street entrance. He had successfully stood the te10t to which he had applied himself, although even so, he could not deny that he had felt strangely influenced by the words and near presence of the man. He realized that without the wamini and the tcJi rectiohs he had received from Doctor Hackenbush, he too must have fa,len a victhn to the hypnotic ipfluene, so strange and terrible a power did it exert. But the moment he was away from the hypnotist, tlie feeling left him, and he was as in pos session of his senses as he ever had been. He realized that the case was practically won now. That it was only a question of a few minutes before he would seize upon the thief and hold him, and the t;nystetiQus robberies would all be explained, In that moment he thought, with a smile, of Doctor Panons, to whom there would now be proof that he had ;;tnd he th()ught agairi of the kinds of ctariks that the other docto:r had described, that he believed in sort rather than the other, as typified by Parsons; away. Presently, as he approa.ched Sixth Avenue, he saw the Hindu cqming, but he made no sign that he did so, of course. He realized t,hat now the crucial moment had ar rived, and that the denouement was near. And so .they drew nearer and nearer together; with Chick somewhere about, closely observant of thing. CHAPTER XII. THE CAPTURE. Wpen he came face to face with the Hindu he stopped exaetly as he had seen the other do, and instantly, when. the wc;>rds were uttered that the Hindu had him about, he passed over the hand kerchid Jre had prepared. It was his duty to turn away at once then, and to go in the opposite dir;ection, for so the thief told him t<;> do. But he did not do any such thing. Instead, he stood perfectly still for an instant, and then as the Hin.du, seemingly astonished, repeated the order, Nick shot his fist otit, caught the man; who dodged quickly, a glancing blow at the side of the head, and sent him whirling backward. But the man did not fall. ., Jle seemed wonderfully agile, and he eviderttly realized on the instant that he had played his game of stealing once too often. As he staggered backward he turned, and iqstantly broke into a run down the street toward Sixth Avtnue. He ran like .a deer, too, with Nick and Chick in full pursuit. it is not, always tlie longest legs, that can run the fastest; in facl, it is rarely so, and Nick Car ter was a of the first order at that time, as he is now.


NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. The Hindu leaped across Sixth Avenue in a few bounds, and, strangely enough, instead of turning and darting through the throngs of people on the avenue, kept on past Koster & Bial's, down' the street, toward Seventh A venue. Nick determined then that the fellow was making for some house on that street, through which or into which to escape. Once he thought of taking a snap shot at him and bringing him down with a bullet in his leg; but he dis liked to do that if the fellow could be caught without it. between and Seventh Avenues, the Hindu suddenly turned across the street, and, darting into an areaway, disappeared into the basement of a house, where the door was evidently opened as he approached it, for he gave out-a stljange warning cry as he ran. But by this time the detective was only a few feet in the rear, and he threw himself against the door bodily, almost as soon as the thief had passed through. There had not been time evidently for those inside to lock the door before the detective reached it, and it flew open when he threw himself against it. Already there were the figures up the stairway toward the parlor floor, and Nick rushed forward. As he reached the stairs there was a flash and a loud report from the top of them, and a bullet whizzed past the detective' head, but without touching him. A second report followed, and Nick felt the sting of the bullet as if grazed his arm. But unmindful of these things, he dashed on up the stairway toward the top, and reached it in time to see the front door of the house open, and his man, fol lowed by another who had evidently been waiting in the house, dash out through the dorway, upon the front steps. )'J'ick leaped after them. he dashed outside, he saw Chick running toward them, but still fifty yardsi least, in the distance. The two Hindus turned now toward Seventh Ave nue, but neither of them could run as fast as the detective, and the man who had been waiting inside the house was not as good a runner as the hypnotic thief. Nick Carter overtook this rapidly, and as soon as he was within arm's length of him, he struck out agai? with that terrible fist of his, and sent him rolling into the gutter. The detective did not even turn his head to see what the other results of the blow,had been, but dashed on ward, upon the thief with every stride. He watched him narrowly all the time to see that he did not throw away his booty; but evidently the thief had no such thought as that, for he did not attempt it. They reached Seventh Avenue and crossed it with Nick Carter only about twenty paces in the rear. But there, on the other side of the avenue, just after they had passed the corner, the l{indu stopped and turned at bay; and as he did so, he drew from some place of concealment a weapon the sight of which the detective knew only too well. I It was a "strangler's cord"-a terrible weapon indeed in the hands of a man who knows how to use it. As Nick ran on, the strangler leaped toward him. Nick made an effort to strike the man with his fist, but the Hindu dodged it, and the very t'ext instant Nick felt the pressure of the terrible cord against his throat. Realizing that it was with him a case of instant ac tion or none at all, Nick reached up his own hands and seized the man by the throat, shutting down the ter rible grip of fingers w ith all his great strength, and driving the breath back into the lungs of the man. They were thus, one with a cord around his throat, and the other with Nick Carter's fingers gripping his, when Chick arrived on the scene. He came up on the run, and as he reached the spot, his fist shot out with a terrible blow, catching the Hindu under ear, sending him reeling backward, so that he loosened his hold on the cord, and dropped it. Before he could recover from the effects of that blow, he received a second one from the same hand, and this one sent him sprawling.


28 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. But the man was possessed of wonderfu l vitality as well as agility and strength. He b ounded to his feet almost as soon as he touched the p ave ment, and agdin to run. A third blow from Chick's fist caught him anc1 sent him staggering again, and then Nick C _arter leaped for ward and sent in one .of his own master strokes. His caught the thief on the point 1of the chin. It lifted him clear ol the and sent him hurl ing backward as if he, had been !>hot out of a gun, and he landed on his back on sidewalk and lay there, quivering like a butlock struck by an ax. "Go back for the other one, Chick," ordered the de tective, and he bent forward to examine his captive. After one glance upon him, the detective smiled, and shook hi!? head. "I would never have suspected that/' he mused; though just what it was that he had discovered did not at the moment appear. Her motioned t o a policeman who had been by the disturbance, told him who he was, and directed that a patrol-wagon be sent for at once. "This prisoner, with all due respect to your captain, must go directly'to he said. "As S'Oon as you have ordered the patrol-wa:gon, call up head quarters and ask them to tell the commissioner that I have got the thief, and am taking him down there at once. Will you do al1 that?" "Yes, sir.'' Nick snapped the handcuffs upon his prisoner, who still unconscious; then he felt in his pockets, and discovered that they were filled almost to overflowing with the plunder he had gathered in that morning. "It's a good catch; we've got plenty of witnesses, and he is caught with the goods on him, all right," was his mental comment. At that moment Chick came up leading the other prisoner, who was still dazed "You laid him out all right, Nick," he said to tlis chief. "He was just coming around when I got back there after him. .A crowd had and he was trying to explain to them, believing that we had gone on without him. I don't suppose "W! want him much, an y way, do we?" "Only as an ac c o mplice Have you looked clo se ly at him?" "Do so, and see if you r e c o gnize him. chap s are not Hindus. They are only made up 'to r epr e sent them. The Hindu. business is a disgu i se. Take a look at the thief himself Chick did so, and then turned to Nick an ex pression of amazem e n t ._.Why," Ire said, "it's that Pri nce Danton, who has \ been cutting so much ice in socictty here in New York lately." 1C-orrect," rqllied the "And this is his manner of providing himself with funds for his splurge." "He stops at the Mammoth. Ha$ a .suite of rooms there." "Correct again. I fancy that the will be astonished." "So

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Those of us who were not aware of the fact before now know that the Parisian gens .d'armes in certain districts C!f the French capital make their rounds accompanied by four-footed allies. And very useful indeed have tbe!e d,og5 proved. They have gone far to solve a problem which has long perplexed the mind of the Prefect of Police, th, e problem of how to 1oope with the most serious forms of erim1: in city. The visit tO Paris who happens to be in the quarters known as La Villette, Vaugirard, Menilmont.ant, and Gre nelte after dark has need to w.alk warily Whether be knows it or not, he is in the home of the Apache, that Frenc. h ruffian who is own brother to the Western .savage whose name he has appropriated. Our own toughs are bad enough, but the Apache of outdoes them all as a desperate eriminal. It is his delight to go about armed l witb knife, revotver, sand 'bag, loaded stick, and any other' choice weapons that may commend itself to him, and woe to the unfortunate traveler who crvsses his path when he is seeking a victim! At what time the Apaebes, so called, into existence is not quite clear. Paris, like every othff big dty, has alwa1s bad it! bad but it i6 <>nly (Jf late y-ears that it hooligan flands have taken to the.fllseives this :Significant tiUe and vied with each other in making it notorious. That the French police have their hands full in <:ertain quarters of Paris will be understood. 'They have need to be always on tpe alert. Fresh methods of vigilance must fre quently be devised, and this explains how of late years they have tried a new means of combating the Apache on his own ground, how our friend the dog has been impressed into the service--sworn in, in tact; as a speciat c<>nstable. It is Betgium, howev-er, which claims the distinction of this inJl()vation. Monsieu r Van Wc.semael, the chief of police at Ghent, wa11 the nrst to emp l oy dog1 in the capaeity of crmunal hun t ers, and wbn he had demom;trated their utility his brother officers in various parte of the country were quick to imitate birn. The result is that through0\1t Belgi\fPl mid night assaults have greatly diminished in number, ruffiaM hne a wholesome dread of the teeth of their new enemies, and they know, too, that it is difficult to get way from the doge. Even the revolver does not help them. It is by no means easy to hit an animal while it is l ea p ing you, an animal that is of no great size. A police section near Paris which possesses some of the most highly trained ofthese dogs is Mon, t sieur Simard, the commissary in charge there, having intef.;. ested himself il'l the matter, went to Groenendael, in Belgium, a pla<:e which furnishes a race .of dogs-:wolf-hounds--noted for their !pecial aptitude in this respect. He took back with him three dogs, named "Duk&," "Black," and ''Job." The new recl-uits were then put through the customary course of training, the details of which are particularly interesting. A policeman is dressed up in rough clothes as an At'ach e The dogs, who are held in leash, are then. let loose at the word "attack," and urged on to hunt down and seize their quarry. As a matter of precaution they are muzzled, but, although they cannot use their teeth, _they manage to eon siderably embarrass their victim at close quarters. One of the tricks they are taught is to twine themselves in the legs of the escaping man and throw him to the ground. This effected, they can pin him do'wn and stand guud over him until their masters arrive on the scene. When on active service, after their training has been fin ished, the dogs, of course, are permitted to use their teeth. They still wear little muzzles as they trot along by the side of the gens d'armes, for the wily Apache is always ready with poisoned meat the hope of tempting his four footed enemies to eat, and though the dogs are trained never to touch food outside their kennels, there is no knowing when ot;te of them might stray from the path of virtue at sight of a tempting morsel. The muzzle in questiDn however, is of spedal design. and can be released by a flip of the thumb on the alarm being given, when it hangs suspended from the animal's collar. As the Apache, on pursued, generally-makes for the shelter of some house, the police dogs are further trained to leap th rough windows, holes in the wall, and so on, often at some distanc e from the ground. In the P.aris competitions, the dog who carried off first for thi.s feat jumped a fence eight feet high, and cornered his victim on the roof of a shed. The newest p r actise is to garb the dogs in wadded jackets which are made as far as possible knife and bullet-proof. Although a revolver-shot may miss its m.ark, the Apache as a has his knife--and an ugly one at that-to fall back upon. The Apache, too, has learned that firing a r.evolver only i n furiates the dogs the more. At the sound of the shots the animal6 seem goaded to madness. They J>pring at the man'a thmat, and once they have succ

30 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. Seine. These are big Newfoundlands, who come to res cue of unfortunate people who have fallen into the river; but they, too, are employed in hunting out thieves and des peradoes who lurk about the quays, and most useful service do they perform. There is no doubt indeed that P. C. Dog has an institution in Paris as well as in the large cities of Belgium. May he have a long career of usefulness before him! Several have recently been brought over for use in New The "rechristener" is the professional name of the man who alters the names and numbers on stolen watches. The rechr istener is usually a clever engraver who, through drink or oth erwise, has lost the chance of obtaining honest employ ment, and aids the receiver of stole n property. When a watch has been stolen the number or name or other indication of make or ,ownership may be forwarded to the police, and by them communicated to There is consequently an element of risk in attempting to dispose of it. There are various of getting over the difficulty, and rechristening is one that is frequently resorted to. The engraver adds or prefixes another figure to the number, or he turns the name "]. Robins" into "T. ]. Robinson," the extra initial serving to make the name look level and central on the watch-case. This is done very cleverly, and the rest of the letters or figures are touched up to ,make all appear to have been cut at the same time But the dodge is likely to drop out of practise, as pawnbrokers are up" to it, and are shy of any watch in any way resembles the description. A clever piece of swindling was recently performed at a New York hotel. A gentleman of some wealth met a strug gling young actor, and; knowing that things were not well with him, invited liim to dinner. Having enjoyed a nice little meal, the host was dismayed to find that, with the ex ception of a quarter or two, he had left home minus money. Nothing remained but to "own up" to the situation and the matter was set forth to the manager. He, regarding it as another attempt at fraud, threatened to send for an officer. At this juncture a portly, pleasant-looking old gentleman stepped up to the disputants, and, addressing the.-manager; asked him how he dared to conduct himself in so insolent and brutal a manner. "Here," he added, as he took a $100 note from a bulky letter-case and held it out, "take this; deduct the amount of this gentleman's bill and give me the change. I am con fident that this is simply an awkward accident." The manager apologized and did as commanded. Outside the hotel the gentleman thus befriended requested the ad dress of his unknown benefactor. "That's all right," responded the good Samaritan as he slipped into a cab. "I've been trying oto pass that bill all day; it's a bad one." To steal bracelets, diamonds, and other valuables with the interesting accotnp'animent of beer, cigars, and spirits, from a theater where "The Ticket-of-Leave Man" was being betokens a grim, if somewhat daring, humor. The English murderer and burglar, Peace, was as 'COOl a customer in a strat)ger's house at midnight as he might have been in his own at midday. He is reported to have effected a very cute witticism in one place. He had ran sacked the rooms and was leaving the last bedroom, in which the eldest daughter was quietly sleeping, when Peace's eyes caught sight of a motto on the wall, "Peace be unto this house." The joke was too good to be missed. in a corner of the room was a lady's writing-case, a,nd in it the burglar found pen and ink. Reaching down the illuminated card, he quickly altered the wording to "Peace has been unto this house." Then he cregt out of the room and made good his escape Another midnight visitor left a letter on the mantelpiece of the dining-room, in which he informed the owner that he was able-bodied and full of life and fun; that, as an evidence of this, he had made free with the boiled ham, though in charity he had left enough for their breakfast. He was sorry, he said, they had not thought of leaving their money for him, but he would have it next time he came. He further ex pressed his love for the daughter, his intentions being matri monial. Nothing stronger than tea having been left him and his mate, they }Jad had to keep themselves warm by a boxing bout and a jig. They hoped this would not be necessary when came again. THE DIVER'S FATE. BY ROGER STARBUCK. The b:trk W arrent own lay becalmed off the coast of Brazil. The sky was cloudless, and the wann sun, gleaming down upon the vessel's decks, heated them so that they blistered the feet of such of the men as were barefooted. The officers 'had erected awnings above the quarterdeck to protect them from the scorching rays ; bu; the foremast hands; having no spare canvas, were obliged to shelter themselves as best they could in the shadows of the try-works and foresail. Suddenly Tom Merrick, one of the harpooners, was heard proclaiming that he had obtained permission from the c;:aptain for all hands to bathe in the sea. The good news was received with a cheer, and soon the mep on all sides were seen preparing for a swim. One of them, however-a little tar, with an old face and queer, bandy legs-after having thrown off his jacket, was observed to put it on again, and at the same time to give his head a quick negative shake. "Halloa, Thrugg, what's the matter?" inquired one of his shipmates. "Ain't you going to join us, after all?" "No. I was a-going to, when I happened to think of the dream which I had t'other nig-ht." "What was that?" "Why, I dreamed, d'ye see, that I was a-leaning over the rail, a-looking down upon my own corpse, which was a.:ftoating, face upward, past the ship." "Nonsense, was only a dream. I have had a thou-


NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. 131 sand such, and not one of ,em has ever come to pass. There was an iron upon the forehatch ; 1one of tlie tnen So burry up, snail. and get ceady for a dive; I've heard picked it up, and gave it to the first officer. that you are one of the best divers in the ship, and, as He fastened the end of the jib down-haul to it, then I:ve never seen ye perfonn, I shall be mightily disapsprang upon the guy, and stood ready to dart. pointed if you do so now. You1U feel an the bet-He did not have to wait long. The porpoise soon ter for it, beside which you may not have another opporglided beneath him, and with a whizzing, rushing noise, ttmity during the rest of the voyage." the harpoon clove the air. The fish dove, making a Thrugg, however, shook bis great flurry, and the mate sprang to the deck. dream is haunting me yet, 4'ye see, and sorne"I've struck him!" he exclaimed. "Haul! haul in, men I thing seems -to warn me not to go into the water. I Livety, lively, if you want porpoise-balls foF supper!" don't like to go against a warning voice." The men puUed upon the rope with a will; but the cap-"SuperstitiO!JS 1" cried the other) laughing. "You're tain, who was perched upon the knightheads, saw nothin& foolish to let such ideas run away with you. Hows'ever, of the fish. if you don't want to go in, it's all rigb't. I have nothing Shouting and singing, however, the men still continued more to say." to pull upon the rope. At that moment, the captain came forward, smiling "D'ye see him yet, sir?'' inquired the mate. and {vhistling good'-humoredly. "No," answered the captain; what's more, I take "I hear we've got a second Sam Patch on board I" he but in your porpoise; I'm watching for exclaimed. "Where is he?" Thrugg, who ought to be up by this time on tht other side of the bow instantly half a doi:en fingers were pointed toward "Haul Q.\vay, lads!" cried the first officer, now jumping Thrugg, who took off his cap and bowed. upon the koii"htheads-"haul away!" "How is this, Tbwgg-ain't you going in?'', inquired "Aye, aye, was the response ; while several of the the skipper. seamen declared that they had never before had so much difficulty in pulling up a potpoise that was struck. "No, sir; t'other oiaht I had a dream which.-" ...,. "It's cet'tcPniy a heavy fish," cried Tom Merrick, the "Avast, theref' interrupted the captain. "You needn't harpooner. "I think it's high time the creature was spin me any of your yams about for I ain't suabove water. Do you see anything of it yet. sir?" he perstitious and so I don't believe in anything of that continued, turning to the mate. sort see that.,., fNo, not yet ; but-aye, aye! I see something black! . It's a-coming 'up! Pull away-pull with a witl, and And be pulled a gutnea from hts pocket, and held tt up you'il soon have the fish out of water between thumb and forefinger The tars exerted themselves manfully; the dark ob-The eyes of the little old tar sparkled as he gazed jeet became more distinct every moment; soon; to his at the eoin. horror) the mate was enabled to make out a hu. man head "It's a bright piece," said he, "and-and--" "It's yc;>ars I" broke forth the captain-"that is, pro,. vided you promise to dive for it, and get it if I throw it overboard! As I don't 1 w ish to throw a \\lay such a valu able piece of money, however, you must tell truth whether you will. be able to get'l10Jc;I .of it or not iri -case--:./' .. I "Aye, aye," interrupted Tbrugg, as he thtew off his jacket. !'Try :me, and you shall see how qttlck I'll bt:irig back that guinea after you fling it intQ the sea." Soon he was. !Jpon the rail ready to dive. His eyes twinkled like those of a his fact: rippled with smiles. A varicet which in him was very strong, had got the better of his presentiment. "Now, then, here goes I" crjed tl)e captain, and the glit !tering coin was tOssed over the knightheads into the sea. With a -wild cry of joy, Thrugg. dove after it. The water closed over him, and the men, perched upon the tail, were watching for his reappearance, when a fat porpoil?e was seen gliding along toward the bow. "Bring me an iron shouted the first mate. "Quick,_,. we will settle this fellow's hash f()r him m a short tim!:. Stand. b.Y. to haull" ..... ,J. and arm. A_ minute later 111en gave the rope a su4den, powerful.Jerk, when up came body of poor Thrugg. ) old sailor was quite for the harpOon darted by the first officer had missed the fish and passed through the stomach of the diver, who, while under water, had, unfortunately; swam froiif sil:le of the bb'w to the other. Now ; then, dangling fr6m the rope; with the sflarp in struinent projecting a foot beyond his back, with his fixecf, stanng eyes turned upward, and streams of blood trickling down his body ,' he presented such a spectacle as the horror-stricken crew hoped they might never see again. The corpse was hauled on bQard, and tightly clutched between the fingers of the right hand the captain found his guinea, which, even in his death-struggles, the doomed sailor had still "Poor Thrugg !" the skipper. "He has got the money, but it's no use to him now," and he turned aside his bead to wipe. a tear from his cheek. "God have mercy on his soul!" groaned the mate-"and on mirtt! I shall never know a moment's peace after this I" The body was buried on the next morning, and when the waters had closed over it there was not a dry eye in &he shi2


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