The ventriloquist detective : a romance of rogues

The ventriloquist detective : a romance of rogues

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The ventriloquist detective : a romance of rogues
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Copyright LSSl 1887, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Post Otflce, New Y ork, N.Y., as second class malte r. l\lnr. 15, t&J9. No. 43 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. IV


(Jopyrlght 188l..tesl', by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Po t O!llce, N e w York, N.Y., as second class matter. Mar.15, 1891l fNo. 43 ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. IV: PY SBDilliNY DmiDERl" WAS BIB EXCLAliJ.TIO!f, AS HE GAZED DOLD'ULLY .&JIOIJND illlllo "ow I IIOJI'D 't'AII Df ns, DE!< l JOO;ft'D V.Al'T A CBNT"


r Tb" Ventriloquist Deteetlvfl. Tho Ventriloquist Detective. cuzzin D o n't ye know mei I'm a full m oon l solid Mulligan Muldoon, I am." Greatly annoyed, the young woman turned her head away without answerinp; A ROMANCE O F ROGU E S. This, howevbr,didnotabashthe"fullmoon," for he advanced clo>er, and laid one burly band BY JiDWARD L WHE:;:;JLER, AUTHOR OF "DEADWOOD DICIC NOVELS, "ROSEBUD ROB NOVELS, 'l'HE BOUND-BOY DETECTIVE," ETC. C HAPTER I up 1n tbe railing bes ide her. Now, (hi cl see here, my beloved Miss Mo r i arty," ho began, but before he could proceed fmth er, a. fovpishlyattired young Jew, with red hair and a hooked nose, stepp. d forward and slapp-d the Fourth Ward man on tile shoulder \'obst you bounce oud mine friPnd," he sai d. "Der young lady don'd vas want. som off MADGE. your a"tt.,ntion." ONE bright hot August morning a cheap ex"Rallo! wbo m blazes are you!" Muldoon cursion was advertised to leave South stnet demande coast Atlantic summer lady don'd vant you 11Wr her, und ufl' you don'd sorts_ A cheap excur sion which is within tue ;+.s gone a"ay, right off quick I'll throw you mean s Jf the woking class is ever a suc. ess, ouJdvt's der style off an excursionist1 am: and this one was on ex..:eption; it gave the crieJ the Jew. masses a chance t:1 escape from the overheated "Oho! you wull, wull yer? You'll throw me c ity for a small sum and they grasped at 1t out, bey1--me, Full-muon Muldoon, t !Hr solid eagerly. man? I'll hev a kiss from th' we r e disposed to have something to say to every His rough usage, however, bad evidently cowed one. him, for he made no attempt to .show or Among the passengers was a youn!{ lady of create further di5turbance. eighteen or nineteen years of a g e, who sa!" :::. The young lady thanked the Jew. but that was the stern of the boat, seeming to have no friends all, until the boat grated up alongside Kaighn's ex: acquaintanc es. Point wharf, whe n she caught his eye aud mo-She was hy no means unprepossessing in face, tioned for him to approach. and was triml.y built, and dre ssed rather stylish-"If you will be so -kind as to assist me in l y compared to the others aboard tbe boat of finding a !"eat in the train," she said, modestly, tier sex. "I would esteem it a great f avor." It was not long before f'eerly, raw-boned young yous?" bruiser with a freckled face, bloodshot eyes, "You may call me Madge," was the quiet. and a red nos e approached her and tipped reply. his hat with tivsy gallantry. Tlien Fritz took her little traveling-bag, and '"Sense me, young lariv, but (hie) may I ask thf.'y left the boat w1th the crown, and boardat yer got (bic) company '/'' he askerl. ed the excursion train, which was clore a t "Plenty of 1t. sir," tbe young lady replied, her band. s y es flashing. [do not know you; you'll conBeing among the first to reach it, thPy had IIIII fer a favor by not addrPssing me. difficulty in finding a seat, and made hsste w "I'll do as I please, my gal; n't ye sass yeil' occupy it. as the cars were fast!:,


The Ventrlloquist Detective. a I reckon ash b ow you vas goin' to dcr sea s ho rer Fritz asked, having some curiosity to know. "I p ram me so, if tho cars take me there," the youug lady rephed, with a faint smile. Is it a nic:: placel" "Vel, I don'd know. I vas neffer there; but I hear 1d vas a niee place. You see, I vas goin' there on pizness-I-I-don'd know off I stay l ong or not." Little more was said during the overland trip to the ocean T he young woman did not' appear inclined to talk, and Fritz finally excused hinlself and m oved to another seat. Der ish somcdings vot don 'd vas -right apou d dot vimmens," he soliloquized. "She ish not goin' to der sea-shore for vone object alone, I 'll bet a half-dollar." Just ahead of him, in the next seat, sat two old ladies, who were discussing that topic most in their minds-spiritualism. One was a believer; the other an unbeliever. "Pooh! You can't stuff sech nonsense into my head, Marier," the unbeliever declared, taking a pinch of snuff. Speerits don't trou b le me." "But that is becau se you have no faith, Me b itable Now, my Sammy's speerit converses with me every day and night, and keeps me vested about the realms of bliss; and IV hen I ax him to appear, he comes me as natural as life." "Has he got that wart behind his left ear y et1" apparently asked a man in froBt of the ladies, though Ventriloquial Fritz was of course t he author of the question. Sir-r-b I" the spiritualist cried, indignantly, "I'll have you lmow my Samuel had no wart u pon his person I" "But, be had bunions, though!" a portly old gent across the aisle etomoo to declare. It's a lie-a shameful lie I I'd like to know how you dare cast your insinuations about one you never knew, sirl" and Mrs. Marier arose in Mr seat, excitedly. "My husband was a good moral gentleman." "For the laud's sake, Marier, do set down," the other woman cried, feeling embarrassed. No I won't set down I" Marier declared. "That old bald-headed, pussy fabricator said my Sammy had bunions!" "My good woman, I never said anything of the kind," the portiy party declared, getting red in the face. "The old woman's crazy!" another man to cry. .. Crazy, am H" Mrs. Marier cried, snatching llP a freshly-baked pumpkm pie from the seat beside her, and holding it readv to hurl at the offenders. "I'll show you if I'm crazy. Jest ye open yer mouths, ary one of ye, an' I'll show y e how crazy I ami O'h! I'll lParn ye to insult a respectable woman, who minds her own busi n ess!" And the woman came of! victor, for Fritz \7entriloquized no further, and the passengers bad nothing to say, having no desire to get pJa.stered up with freshly prepared pumpkin l?fu the course of three hours t he train &rived at Atlantic City, and before the ocean $ blue expanse, as it billowed away to mee t the flori zon. T h e grand stretch of leve l be.ach was thronged witn people despite the pouring beat of the midday sun, and many queerly-costumed pleas ure-seekers were h uffeting about in the w ater for recreation and health. Fritz was amcng the first to leav e the ears and he stationed himself where he could w atch the movements of the girl, Madge Some subtle instinct. p rompted him to do this, with the impression that sl!e was--wbaU That was an enigma. He could not, for the life of him, have told why, but he was im pressed with an idea that there was some strange romance connected with her visit to the sea-shore-that she did not come alone for pleasure, but for an object that might be worth She left 1 he cars, and at once took a carriage for the principal hotel. Not to be balked, Fritz jumped into another carriage, and directed the driver to take him to the same hote l His conveyance arrived first, and he was standing on tbe veranda, when tbe carriage drove up with Madge, and she got out. She scarcely noticed him as shf' came up the steps and passed into the h')tel but, after she had registered, she came out, and touched him on the arm. "You are watching me-what for?" asked, when he turned around facing her. Am I an object of suspicion to you, Fritz flushed uncomfortably, and hardly knew how to answer. "Vel, I-I-" "There! don't make any apologies or ex cuses; I know yon are, and shall look out for you. Please understand I am no criminal!" Then she turned around again, and swep t haug-htily into the hotel, while Fritz walked away toward the beach in meditation. "She vas sharper ash lightning," he mused, uvd dot makes me t'ink some more dot for some reason or odder she vil bear watching." He took a bath in. the ocean, and then went back to the hotel. He was not quite satisfied to ,drop the matter where it was. Something urged him to pry further into the affairs of this young lady, whose case had struck him as being singular. On examining the register, he found that she was registered as Miss Madge Thurston, and assigned Room 43. As nothing more offeroo, he sat down on the veranda, and watched the stream of people that surged in and out of the hotel, and to and from the beach-men, women and children by the hundred, and yet there were scarcely two faces alike. During the afternoon an elegant close car riage, drawn by a superbly-harnessed pair of high-stepping bays, which were in turu driven by a liveried negro, came dashing down the avenue, and drew UJ? before tbe Brighton. A man of some th1rty-five yea1s of age from the carriage, and entered the hotel man with a sinister yet handsome face, ornamenbeQ with a sweeping mustaChe and a pair of


The Ventriloquist Detective. sharp black eyes. He was attired in spotless white duck, with patent-leather boots, and a white "plug" hat, and was evidently a person of some importance. He soon came out of the hotel, accompani"d by the young woman Fritz bad defende:J, and entering the carriage, th"'Y were whirled away down the avenue out of sight. "Dot settles dot! My game's gone, und I don'd got some professional detective gase, there," Fritz growled, as he watche.:l the recro ing catTiage. I'll bet a half dollar I neffer see dem, again." 1 But be was mistaken. That evening when the moon was sending a flood of brilliant light down upon the long level beach, he was one of a thousand who took a stroll along the water's edge, over the damp sands of the sea. He was thus engaged, and watching the great luminous moon which seemed to have risen out of the cistant watery waste, when a man touched him upon the shoulrler. "Excuse me," he said, respectfully, but are you Fritz, the young man who took a young lady's part on a ferry-boat near Philadelphia today?" "V ell I dink I am, uff I recomember right." "Well, sir, you are wanted to bear witness to a marriage ceremony, to-night, up the coast, and I was sent for you. Step this way, to the carriage sir." Scarce)y knowing what was best to do, Fritz followed, got into an open carriage, and was driven rapidly north along the beach, through the romantic moonsbine. But, how romantic was his little adventure destined to tnrn out? That was what he asked himself, as he gazed doubtfully out upon the blue of mother ocean. CHAPTER II. THE STRANGE MARRIAGE, IN the course of a little over an hour, the car riage stopped nt the inlet, where Fritz was told to get out and take a small boat and row across the water to the other shore, where he would find another carriage to compltJte his journey in. He accordinr;ly did as directed, and bad. soon crossed the inlet, found the second carriage, ai!d was once more rolling northward, along i!he sandy beach. It seemed hours to him ere his conductor drew rein in front of a jutting bluff which in terrupted their further progress along the beach, from the fact that it reached to the water's edge; for another hour he followed the driver, a JO;rim. uncommunicative fisherman, on foot up a Jagged path, which finally led into a lonely wean cave which the high tides of many centuries had washed out to about the size of an ordinarv room. A torch thrust in a crevice in the rocky wall, lit up the scene in rather a ghostly way. About in the center of the cave stood three parties-Madge, a clerical looking party, and another well-dressed man, with black hair and full beard. He stepped forward to Fritz and the fisbe man entered the cave, and said: '' Ahl I am glad you have come. 'W fearing that you would not accommodate sir." '' Vel, I didn't vas know vedder to not," Fritz answered," but ash I am here, v you want cff mel" '' I will tell you. The young lady yond and myself are to be married, and, make things legal, we prefer to have a coup of witnesse> to the ceremony. You will onl be required to attach your signature to t marriage certificate, and will then be take back to Atlantic City." Vel off dot ish all, go ahead mit der p ness," FJ:itz said perchmg himself en a roc "I don'd know olf id is a legal dransaction not, but I'll do vot ish right by der lady." "Then let's have the ceremony," the pr pective bridegroom said. ".Are you read Macll!"er" "Quite ready," the young lady repli smilingly. Tpen they blasped bads, and the aged elm cal looking gentleman read a marriage servic asked the usual questions, and pronounced the man and wife. The parties to the consummation were a nounclld as Miss Madge Thurston and Maj Paul Atkins. At the conclusion of the ceremony the cler man filled out a certificate, signed it himse and then requested Fritz to come forward an do likewise, and also the old fishrnnan. His request being obeyed, Major Atkins sai "Your favor is duly appreciated, Mr. Snyde and, if an opportunity offers, I shall happ to be of serviCe to you. You may now re to town in the manner you came." Accordingly Fritz did so; not a little puzzl at his adventure and the strange wedding the coast cave. Day was just beginning to lighten the ea.ste horizon when he arrived back at Atlantic Cit and he went to his room for a nap. But he found that sl6(>p would not come his relief, and so he was among the early fas ionable bathers at the beach. After a good refreshing bath be went back the Brighton and took a seat on llhe veranda. He had not been seated l ong, when a rapid! driven carriage whirled up before the bote and an elderly, portly man leaped out and bu ried into the hotel; his face flushed with exci ment. He was well dreased, wore a little bunch gray side-whiskers on either cheek, and w evidently all of sixty years of age. Fritz surveyed him closely with the sbo glimpse he got of him, and then scratched b bead as if in quest of an idea. ...---"I'll bet a half-dollar I see into der who! pizness now," be muttered, with a chuckle. "I vas plainer ash mud to me. Dot couple vot go married vas elopers mit each odder und dis der old man on der war-path after ;em, madde ash a hornet. Der next t'ing ii, who vas de bully veller, vot ish honest und haff der rocks support dot .After a few minutes the old gentleman


The Ventrlloqulst DetectiTe. out of the hotel, and stood looking out upon the ocean, with rather a sa-..age expression of countenance-and his was a face that could be very stern, when occasion required it. "I don'd know vedder I better poke mine nose inder his pizness, or not," Fritz muttered, taking a second survey of him. He looks like ash if be might swaller a veller off he got mad, nnd I don'd vas care apoud imitadin' Jonah." As if interpreting his thoughts, the old J';ent turned rather gruffly, and took a searching glance of tbe young m!lJl. "Well," he said, "I suppose I look as if I wanted to cut some one's throat, don't H" Fritz laughed. lightly. "Vel, I vas t'inking somedings like dot," he admitted. "I thought so. I ain't a fool; I know when I am mad; I look mad. Do you know of any party around here who's particularly anxious to end his career, and ain't got the grit to do be job! I would like to operate on such a chap." Yon feels like ash off you could pulverize eh!" Humph! I'll contract to la-y cut tbe first man that dun.t look cross-eyed at me. l'm mad1 I am-mad as thunder, and I come from Leaaville, too, where they raise thunder occa sionally. Bah! I wish some one would step up and kick me1" "Well, I'm your man, if you really want a bona fide job done!" Fritz caused a pompous. looking man to say 1 who stood near-ventrilo quially, of course. I'm the champion patent kicker from Ralamazoo !" The old gent from Leadvill'l turned and gazed at the pompous-looking man, a moment, his dan der rising several degrees. "ObI so you're anxious to kick me, are you, my Christian friend! You want to kick me, do ye?" he ejaculated. "Who has said anything about kicking you, sir!'' i.he pompous party demanded, in haughty surprise. You'd evidently better go to bed and slee2 off your 'cups,' my friend." "I I aven't drank a drop, sir, iu ten years And for you to denyexpressing a desire to boot j me sir-why, man, I beard you." 'lYon are a liar, sir; said nothing of the 'j kind. BesidPSJ I'm not in the habit of picking quaiTels with strangers. .And with a shrug, tbe pompous man turned on his heel, and walk ed off, Leadville s angered delegate gazed after him, a moment, with unutterable contempt-then turned to Fritz: "Poor fool. He's no sand, or he'd not cut and run, after calling a man a liar. Up in Leadville things are supremely different, but here, alas! is a lack of back-bone. I say, young fellow, have you ever cberi'>hed dreams of becoming ricM-a man of millions, as it were?" "Vel, I don'd know but I haff some off dose anxiety to get rich, vonce in a vile," Fritz ad mitted. "Well, 11ir, I can tell yon just how you can do it the easiE'St, if you will stroll upon the beach with me." Accordingly Fritz arose, and saUntered down .to the beach with this eccentric Leadvillian, whoever he nlght prove to be. "Now, I suppose you'd like to know what I'm mad at," the old gent began, pushing his gold beaded cane into the sand as they strolled along. "Well, before I tell yov I want to know who you are, and what your business is!" "My vas Frilz und I vas vot you might call a detective-or, dot is, I vas tryIng my luck at der "Indeed? 'Iben perhaps it is well I have met you, for I have a case, ant! if you can win that case, you can also win five thousand dollars. How does that strike you!" "It hits me right vere I liff, vcn I ish at home," Fritz grinned. "Yoost you give me der p'ints, und I'm your bologna, you can bet a half dollar on dot five-t'ousand dollar job. Vot's duo lay-suici&s;-n:urder, sdole somedings, or run avay mit anodder vife's vellerr' "Neither. A girl has run away from her home, and is wanted-five thousand dollars' worth. She is my daughter, and is a somnambulist, and consequently of unsound mind at times. Sbe frequently goes into a trance, and remains thus for weeks at a time, eating and drinking naturally en(ugh, but knowing nothing what sbe bas been domg, when she awakensthough to outward appearance she is awake, when in this t.rnnce, but not in her right mind. l have consulted eminent physiCians, but they pronounce her case incurable, and 'ay she will some day die in one of these trances." Here the man from Leadville grew pathetic in his story, and wiped a tear from his eye; but finrJly went on: "Well, as you may imagine, I have had a deal of trouble with her, for in her state of trance she has often robbed me of sums of money. And wandered off, too, sometimes; bUt this last blow has been the most severe. It came to my knowledge that she hatl become the prey of an unprincipaled Eastern rascal. He had met her during her sorcnambulistic wander ings, and prejudiced her against me, and caused her to rob not only me, but others4 and sur reuder the stolen booty to him. On learning this, myself and neighbors formed into a Vigi lance Committee to run the rascal down, but be took to his heels, and fled Eastward. A few days later, my poor child turned up miFsing, and with her the sum of twenty thousand dol lars, which had/been paid me from the of a mine, and which I had lodged in-my safe for safe-keeping until I could deposi it: the next day." "Twenty t'onsand-so rr.uch ash dot!" "Yes-c. big sum, and likewise nearly all the money I then possesserl. I immediately took up the trail, but egad l 'twas no use. The girl is sharper than lightning, and eluded me at every turn. I found that her destination was eastward-rloubtless to join her evil genius -and so I telegraphed to Chicago and St Louis for the detertives to look out, and intercept her, if But all to no avail. She was seen in those places, but owing to some irregularity beyond my comprehension, was not captured. When I arrived in Cbicago1 I found that she had two days before left tne city, e&litward bound. I trailed her to Pbila


The Ventr:loquist Detective, and all track of dttatively. "I am on the lOOkry hungry. He soon spied a farm-house, inland from the beach, and made for it in double-quick time. A gruff-looking man sat upon the front veran da. as he entered the well-kept yard, and eyed him with an expression of suspicion. "Well, wh>tt d'ye want, young manr' be de manded, sourly. "Grub--somedings to eat," Fritz replied, spiro itedly. "I vas hungry like ash a sucklll' after a bard winter." "Get out! I don't want no tramps about bAre.. Clear, I say, or I'll set the dog on you," the far mer growled, stamping on the veranda with his cane. "But I don'd vas no tramp. nor I don'd VRB skeardt at der dogs!" Fritz replied. "I vantB 1101ne preakfast, und ish able to JlBY vor id liU a 11hendlemau."


'the Ventrllopulst Detective. ., "Go to a tavern, then. I don't keep no put" Vel, one t'ing-ish der a. town someTillll's tin'-up place." near onder coastr "But I don'd find some tavern, und I ain'd "Yes, going no furder onclil I get'h to eat. "Vot one IS der nearestl'' So trot oud de r best vot you buff, und [ pay for Forsyth Landing." 'em." "Vot IS der ponulationf' "Didn't I tell you you couldn't get something "Four people.'; to eat, here?" the man cried, getting exasperated. "Sbimminy dundcrl So mooch as dotl Then be began whistling for the dog. "I'll An!, old mades among der lot"l'' ahow ye who runs this place." Nary a maid." "All right! Fetch oud der canine," Fritz "Vel, dot's all. Much obliged." grinned, perching himself on the fence, and After she had departed, Fritz 4hjshed his taking a pistol from his pocket "I yoost ash meal, and then resumed his tram!' along tba )eaTe half dog steak as peef stew. .Anydings to lonely beach. fill up vena veller vas hungry." Half an hour brought him to the landing1 "What! how dare you, sir! I'll have you but he

8. The Ven'iriloqulitDetective. everybody and I guess it must be so; anyhow, they call me Silly Sue. Was you ever silly boss!" "Vel. I don'd vas know so mooch apoud dot, vedder l: vas or not," Fritz replied, with a doubtful grin. Do I look silly1" Oh, lordy! you are the silliest-looking gOQse I ever saw. I never saw a Yankee but what he was silly." 11 But I don'd vas be a Yankee!" "Get out! Don't dispute mel I know just who and "''hat you are. You are Neptune, c o:n e up from the bottom the sea." "You lie like dundo1" F'ritz retorted, backing up and beginning to get considerably f,,r he began to suspect that she was crazy.-'I vnsn't no Neptune at all-no von but Fritz Snyder. !d's a vonder yon don'd call me Joner, vot swallercd der valebone." "Nop! you're Nepfune. Do you see the house up yonder?" 11 Vel, yes; votoff it?'' 11 Ohl that's a high oTd roost. Ghosts and skeletons perch up there after dark and grin and rattle their b:mes at you. Th e y don't do it to me, beJause I feed 'em snuff. Hal hal can you snuff the silly part of that outrageous gag? Say, boso, where you going, ef it ain't askin' too much1 11 Vel, I don'd know dot myself." Dre dey manufacture ghost showg; but somebody has liffed here vonce upon a time." The carpet yet remained upon tho floor of the long hall, and also upon the staircase which led t o the upper floor. There was also a large picture hung upon the wall. Passing along the hall1 Fritz tried each of the doors which opened off Irom it, but in each in stance fta found them locked, and was unable to effect an entrance. "Ve l, dot looks like ash uff nopody vas to home," he mutteoed. "1'11 try der part, und if I don d half no better success, I vil stay out mit der ball." He accordingly ascended the ball staircase, and proceeded to take a tour of the uppet part of the rambling old strueture. HMng a carpet, old and moth "atem, upon the floor; several pie<)es of stuffed furniture, which bad also been victims of moth and worm, and a large round oaken table in the center of the room. And over this, suspended by a cord whici' was fastened to the ceiling, was an whil'h cansed Fritz to utter a grunt of startled alarm. It was a man's head, held in suspensior ')y a cord fastened to the long hair. Fritz gave a startled cry, and his ha' raised on end, as be beheld the 3pec t;a. cle, hut the longer be stared at i t the less his alarm, and he finally advanced into the room. "By shimminy I vas skeardt ljke ash d ar duyfel at firsd, put now I doco' d vas a bi$ afraid. Somepoy vould run." Just then ther e was a flash of Iigbtning and a heavy roll of thunder, wbich caused Fritz to start, and give a nervous glance at the swing in?, head. 'I don'd quite vas like itl here," be muttered UJlQallily. "Id a veller t'iuk Lor'" min' det get smashed up efferv mi'nu.lio


The Ventriloquist Detective. vot dey keep up there?" and his eye; rested upon an aperture in the ceiling, such as is often provided in houses as a means of reaching the roof. A stout rope hung down through this opening to tao floor of the room, and had evidently been used to climb up into the attic. Fritz was just contemplating it, w'hPn a sound of footsteps in the hall outside aroused him to quicker thoughts. "I'll bet a half-dollar it's a ghost comin' he gasped, the tendency of his hair being again de cidedly upward. "But, it was a cold day ven dey scalb me mit der tommyhawk, ash long ash I can climb." Accordingly np the rope he went, hand over hand, with the agility of a monkey, and soon gained the attic immediately al>ove the cham ber. It was a dark, ill-smelling place. and so far as Fritz could used for no particular purpose whaliever:-Ensconcing himself directly beside the aper ture through which he had come up, Fritz pre pared to await dev e lopm e nts. He was not a little anxious to know who the new-eomer w as-whether a human or spiritual being, for if the latter, he had a curiosity to in spect it. In a few moments the door opened and a mapping Irishnun stalked into tbe chamber, tt laBk, lean specimen of humanity, with a KilKenny face, red hair, a -fringe of reddis h bead u uder his lower jaw, extendmg to his ears; and attired in brogans, short pantaloons and a blue ;;oldier coat, with a grrmy clay pipe in his moutb, and battered plug hat on hiS head. Of the r'ale old race of Irishmen, he was cer tainly a good specimen. "AITahl sure it's divil one room but they have locked, an' a sorry place it is, too for a dacent Iris h gintlemou-an tha. son of a duke at that! Bad 'cess to sicb a counthry, onnyhow. It's wurruk like the divil for a bit of grub, and when a mon gits out ov wurruk sure storuick has to pay for it. If yez ax a mon will he be afther givin' yez a nep off bread, he tell yez Arrabl off wid ye, ye murdtherin' tromp, or l'il .sick tba pw'l"np ou yez! uedad." "I'll yoo s t pet a half-dollar der Irishman vas pln stoppin' ruit Samples!" Fritz muttered, with a grin, taking a peep at the son of Erin. He vas hungry like as vot I vas. Yonder off he bas discov ered der skelegon, yet avile." The Hibernian bad not. evidently, for be was perched beneath the suspected bead. "Sorry a place tbis is for the son of a duke," he went ou muttering. Sure, it iooks as if tha ould divil himself had boon here. Guess this propertv would be selliu' moigbty cheap, tha. while. Ugh I" as a heavy clap of thunder the stairs, just as the storm broke loose outnde, torrents of rain poured down upon the while the thunder rumoled, ominously. Presently two men entererlJ one caroying a lantern, for it was now quite aark. Both were roughly dressed and brutal looking fellows, WeRring neavy black beards. "Humph!" was Fritz's mental comment. as he beheld them. "I'll bet a half-dollar I smells von mice. Uff I half J:ot made a big mistake, I diuks I half stumbled right inder the smugglers' den, vot I am looking for It was only a suddoo suspicion, to be sure; nevertheless it struck him very forcibly. One of the men set Y:te lantern upon the table, and then pArcned himself beside it, while the other Mt down upon a chair, and gazed speculativGly at tbe gbagtly which buni suspennro from the ceiling. I wonder bow long afore the rest o' tner bo1.s will be here?'' be growled. Dunnct." \be other fellow repliild. Hope


10 The Ventriloquist Detective. I they'll come afore long and settle the matter, so th.1t we'll know what we've got to do." "How d'ye think it's going?" "Dun no. Reckon the majority'll be ag'in' the poor cuss." "I'm tbinkin' that way, too. I kinder hope not, thopgh, for I don't fancy the job." "Pshaw! you're chicken-beartehment "Hal Hank and Jim h"''" noon here already, and gonet" a tall member of the party said. z, They'll he back directly, no doubt. And now, Hal Hartly, we will pi'Oceed to review your case, and dtspose of it a.cording t,o the dedsion of the majority." Who called me a liar?'' Gregg demanded, fierce!\'. By the gods, I thought it was Burlge's lips that uttered those words. "So it was!" tbe head seemed to say, then there was a gurgling sort of laugh, and the head sbook pereeptibiy. Go ahead, captain I" the prisoner repliedJ calmly. "I am as well prepared Bow, as 1 be." "Ten thousand furies!" Gregg yelled, and hastily wrenching open the door, he made a


Tlt.e'lloquist Detective. 11 basty exitfroi'Il. tho room, followed by the jurors -nor did the)'lltop short of the bottom of the stairs. -Hartly did not leave the room, but dismounting from his perch upon the table, walkP,d off a paces to where he could get a good look at Budge's unfortunate pate. "Somethinl,l deuced funny h ere, I'm blowed if there ain't! be so liloquized, apparently quite composed. "It's the first t4ne I have ever heard dead men talk. 1 say, Budge, bow's the temperature up your way?" "Two thousand degrees above blood heat," 1100med to issue from between the gleaming teeth. "Humph I pretty warm, that, I must admit," Hartly said11ooking still more puzzled. Fritz, while perpetrating the ventriloquism, was also listening and planning. Dot v eller Hartly is d e r very chap to helb me oud mit my scheme," he muttered, "und ve must escape from here, pefore der smugglers return." Accordingly he slid down the rope into_ the room below. Hartly looked surprised. "Who the deuce are you1'1 he demanded, steppicg back a pace. "Fritz Snyder,getective," Fritz replied. "I come here on pizzn ess-vot for, you can easily guess I vant you to helb me oud mit it, und I vil see dot you haff your liberty." Ha! ha I that's your game, is it1 Well, my friend, I'd like to do it, first rate, but I cannot oblige you." "Vynot1'' Because, I swore allegiance to the cause you would have me betray, and it never shall be said that Hal Hartly was not a m:m of his word." "But I heard you say dot you vos forced inder der pizness." "So I was, against my will, but that does not lessen the obligations of my oath. While I live, I shall adhere to my sworn promise." "You vas foolish--you don'd vii get any pt harsh rules. Your companions have carefully weighed all the evidence, and decided that the safety of the orgrnization demands yonr death. As you have sown, so shall you reap." Do you mean this, Captam G'lregg!" "I do, sir, empbatically." "Then you &ball live to repemt t>Ter having pronounced my doom. Hencefel'th I shall not my oath of allegiance vbligatory, as li have hitherto done. l'll show ('"CD11 what harm J can do your vile organization.' But you shall have no chance. Jim Hovel and his brother have already consented to sink you to the botto m of the Atlantic for a stated sum, and thus rid us of y e n effectually. They are waiting below for yon, as it is a safe night for such work. If you have any prayers to make, you bad better make the best use of your time." I'll suit myself ahout that, you villain I" "Numbers two and three, take the pri!oner down-stairs!" the captain ordered. Two of the smuggl ers seized hold of poor Hartly, and led him from the ro!lm. Up in the attic, FritE was in a predicament. l'he majority of the smugglers yet remained in the room below, and he could 12flt get out of ihe hoUJe in that way, as was his desire,


11 The Ventriloquist Detective. tnake an attempt i1 possible to rescue Hal Hartly. The only course left for him was to escape throug_h a trap door onto the roof, and trust to luck in getting to the ground from there. Dot veller vas vou big fool for not accept ill' my advice," he mused, as be fumbled cautiously around in the darkness. "Y oost hke a s h not dey vii pe gone off pit him ven I git down dere, und den he vii pen goner, sure ash dar dickens." It required several minutes to find the trap in the roof, and it was no slight job to displace it. When he had accomplished t _hi_s much, how ever, it was but a moment's work to clamber out upon the roof iu the pouring rain and replace tbe door. "Py shimminy, dot vas a hard storm," be It solilpened, and Gregg and his followers !:arne pouring .out! __ CHAPTER VI. ON THE SCENT. FJuTz bad been 6tunned a little, even after &umbling ofl from the yelping Irishman; still he bad sense enough to struggle to his feet on seeing the smufglers rush frarn the building. "Shut oopl' he cried, addressing Grogan. "The smugglers are upon us. Draw your wip pous, if you have any, and fire!" "Dom tha wippous!" Grogan howled, refus ing to hear to reason. Och 1 holy V argin, it's kilt sure I am, ontirely." "' "Hello! what is the matter here?" the cap tain shouted, waving his lantern on high. "Who is it that's making all this noise1" "Spies! detectives!" suggested one of his com panions. "Shcx;>t 'em down!" "Hurrah! death to the spy 1" cried a third and then they made a rnsh forward, and upon Pat, despite his lively use of his "bit o' buckthorn," on the defensive Perceiving that he was not seen, Fritz crawled softly away to a safe distance and then paused to gaze back. 'I' be bad ceased in the vicinity of the house, and tne lantern light bad disappeared Fritz far more than the fate of the lean man from Kilkenny. ''He vas a gone-uP. goose now anyhow, und I don'd suppose id v1l do some great deal off good to vorry apoud him, only I visb I could half saved him," be mused. It was a wild night at the best, and Fritz heartily wished that he was back in Philadel phia. Sliill, be would not willingly have given up what he had learned in reference to the smugglers' league for a good deal, and be was re solved to hang to the matter attentively, until be should be able to trip and trap the rogues and break up their existence as an organization Knowing of no other available shelter in the vicinity, he resolved to linger under the tree until the should leave the building when he would once more take possession. Tbe night was well advanced, however, when be beard them leave in a body and start off down t he lonely road On firs't thought be was tempted to follow them, but a cold blast of wind from off the ocean warned biro that be was wet to the skin, and the be could do would be to get nuder rcyrana dry off. He aceordingly went back into the deserted hou se, and sat down in the lower hall. Though not cowardly, he bad no desire to keep further \


The Ventriloquist Detective. 13 company with the grinrung skull of the late sat down A half a d ozen rou!l'h-looking fellows lamented Budge, whoever he may have been. were lounging aboutbwho, to JUdge from their Rolling up one end of the old carpet he conlooks, were in the ha it of ingulflng more grog verted it into a sort of a pillow, and lay down than was good for them._ cut of the draft. Then the landlord, who kept a close watch Sleep soon came to his relief, and he slept over them, was the fattest specimen of man soundly until morning, w.hen he was awakened hood Fritz had seen; his girth was something by the sun shining in his face, through a rear enormous. He was not a vill ainousl ooking hall window. man, like the rest, and this fact impressed l<'ritz Rising, he went out of doo to reconnoiter, more favorably than anything else he saw about and consider what was best to do, next. the It was a clear gloriOus morning after the During the forenoon, a well-dressed, fine storm; the sun sh011e bnghtly, and a sa l t looking man, with irony-gray hair and musbreeze blew off from the ocean, which was at tache, galloped up to the tavern on horseback. once refreshing and invigorating. REI l ooked as if he bad been reared in luxury, But it was not this sort of refreshment that for there was that haughtiness of mien that be Fritz now yearned for. H e had had nothing tokened the arrogant aristocrat. to eat since the previous morning, and was de Good-morning, John," he saifl, as the tav-cidedly hungry and faint. ern-keeper waddled to the door. "Will you "Dose fallers don'd vas can live a goods vays send up a basket of champa,:rne during the day, from here, vot I saw, last rught," he mused, and a barrel of good' ale-the champy fer her "but, ten to one uff I 'em for somedings to l:tdyship, the countef.s, you know, and the ale ead oey bounce me oud." for the villagers. Going to have a sort of a. He advanced to the northern edge of the jollification at the Ja.wn to-night, you know, in bluff, and took a look in that direction. honor of the arrival of the countess, and want To his surprise he saw, not more than a halfyou all to turn out." mile away, a little village, nestling near the Then he galloped on, quite as airily as he had beach. come. This village, for charity's sak", we will call "Who vas dot big-feelin' rooster?" Friez Millburg, as that name will answer quite as asked, when John r e-entered the tavern. well as any other. "Tha.t1 Why that's Honora'hl;y Granby There might have been a hundred bruldings, Gre;rville," the fat man replied-' the rich all told, and it was evidently a. fishing hamlet, hanstocrat who owns most of the land bereaas a. numbe r of small boats, and smacks, were bolits. A right big-feeling man, too, _as you drawn up along the beach. sar.." Just outside the breakers, an ocean steam-'Granby Greyville eh1" Fritz commented ship of small size and trim built, was anchored. under his breath. '"Veil, dot ish funny. I Upon her side8 was painted in large letters the thought sure dot was Captain Gregg, der word," Countess." smuggler, und I dcn'd vas so much foolished "I don'd know petter 1 go down there, or I apoud it, yet. I'll bet a half-dollar I find out not," !<'ritz muttered, gazing down upon the soruedings pefore I leave der blace." village. "I don'd vas know, neider, vich job Resolved to remain a. few days in the village I better look to, firsd-der smuggler pizness, or for the purpose of prospecting, Fritz made him-der girl pizness. For der latter 1 haff der self at home about the hoteL bromise of five t'ouSllnd dollars-;for der forOne suspicion after another was gradually mer, I like ash not get paid off mit a broken occurring to him, and he was not slow to give head. Still I don'd vant to leave dis bla.ce them a thorough consideration prior to putting ondil 1 trip und trap der game, und turn id them to test. over to der law, for dis is der whole game, Of all things, be was desirous of attending sure!" the" jollif!.ca.tion," as the horseman ha.d termed After some deliberation, he decided to go it, with a. view of seeinJI" the countess, who, he down to. the village. The people would not learned, had lately: amved from Engla.nd, in offer him any molestation, probably, udless he her own steamship, for a. few weeks' stay upon gave them cause to suspect him, and he rethe Atlantic coast, and a. visit to her prospect;. wived to be constantly upon his guard. ive husband, Greyville. Descendi.rig from the bluff, he walked along During the afternoon a man entered the tav-tbe beach, and finally entered the little burg. ern, who bad "blood in his eye." It was rather a rough-looking place, !.milt up His whole apl*a.rance seemed to indicate that of weather-worn wooden shanties, a. few stores he was anxious to have a fight with some one, and a sort of tavern. and was not particular who it was. There were, however, two imposing resi-Be was a! large, raw-bone fellow, with great deuces, on. cpposite sides of the only street, muscular development; his fac& was large, which were built of stone, and set down in with a bristling stubble cf black beard upon large shaded lawns. the lower portion; his eyes were dark and wild, Pllj>Sing up th!l street, Fritz was the tar!l'et his hair si!vered with \!road streaks of white, tor many <'nrwus glances of rnugb-lookmg anrl worn m a shaggy, unkempt mass. men, who sat in their doorways, but, paying His m nth was large, and the teeth projected no a tenti nn to them, he enterP.d the tavern beyond his lips, in a horrible p:1anner. and Lis breal; to wi.Jkh he was His attire, too, was ragged and greasy, with ablP to .-Jo full justice. clumsy stogy boots upon his feet, and a. dilapi. Afterward be c ume out in the bar-room and dated hat upon his head.


The Ventriloquist Detective. On entering the room, he paused and glareli around him, as if in search of some one on whom to vent h is wrath. "Well, Bully Jake, what'll y e haver' the tavern-keepe r demanded, with a frown, for the was evidently an unwPlcome intruder. "Waal I don't k ee r ef l do take a drap o' Ii cker!" tbe man growled, glaring around. "You to blazes! I mean what d'ye want berel" Fat John grunted. "A fureigner-a fureigner! Ye know I'm death on 'em, an' thar can't none o' 'em can star around hyar while I hev things my way." What foreigne'l" is there here now?" A Dutch cuss, blars' his eyes I Tbar be sets," and he indicated Fritz, wbo was tipped back in one corner. "Obi but l'll go throug h him, though I l'll pulverize and sow him to tile seven winds of the earth!" Then, with a tragic stride, be made for Fritz, pausing hut a few paces away from him, and shaking his fist fairly in his face. You, look I" the ruffian cried. D'ye know who lam?" Vel, I dinks I don'd vas haff made your ac quaintance!'' Fritz replied retaining his seat, out on guard for an attack if one was made. "Hot hoi I r ecko n not, an' yo'll wish ye never had afore I git through with yer !" Bully Jake declared. "Behold in me, my furin rooster, Jake Jogagog, commonly known as Bully Jake the T error o' thAr Coast. I'm a cyclone, I am. Then, I'm prime minister ter his Honor, Glle.nby ville, an' from him I hev orders to d e m olish every furin craft w'ot sots anchor in hi s do mains. Thnrfore, ef ye wanter escape teetotal annihilation, I'd advise ye ter git I Ef ye ain't seen goin' in l ess'n two seconds, I'll stamp y e out o' "Vel, when I gits ready to go, den I vi! go, und not peforel" Fritz retorted. "Uff you makes me any droubles, I plack your eye for you!" "Obi ye wull, hey? Oh! snortin' walrusses an' white-haired whales!" roared the bully, and sprung savagely upon the young detective, as if bent on his certain destruction. Fritz clinched with him. It was to be a struggle of brute vow. CHAPTERVIL THE STRUGGLE, BOTH were strong, active men, Fritz in particular being well supplied with all the neces sary muscle and agility of the prize-fighter, al though be by'no means looked as if he was an ugly customer" to handle. After clinching, the;;e two men soon tripped and fell to tbe floor, where the struggle literally in all its meaning. Oh! l'IJ show ye how tber bowlin' porpoise fights!" Bun;,: Jake roared, endeavoring to get a bite at Fritz s nose. "I'll chaw ye all up like a dish o' bash I" "Vi! you, dough'l' Fritz cried, finally getr ting his hands free, and clinching them around the bully's throat tightly, "I'll pet yoost a half-dollar you von>t do nodliings off der l..'ind,Yl and now getting the ruffian under him he gradu. allJ shut otr on his wind. 'H9 ld on1 hold on! no chokin'-no chokio', I sa?:; it's ag'in' th9r moral rules o' flghtin' !" I don'd vas see id dot vay,'l Fritz said. Eider you vas got to ax my pa.rdiug for as saulting me, or I will choke off your ureatli's so you vi! b.aff none to use." No clloke1 I say 1 Let me up, an' I'll fight ye acoordin' kr oooJr." "Not a l e t oopl" was the young detectiTe's reply. "Yen you come foolin' around mit der DutchD?an, you pet your life you got left. ApologiZ e, I d e lls you, or I turns der throttle! und s huts der sdeam off your logermotiff mean pizness-no 'pology, no bnmthe. Vas you understand 'I'' The man began to wince as Fritz closed his terrible gripe. "Oh, let me up, an' we'll call et squar'," the man gurgled. V en you dells me, I ax your humble parding '-den I let you up I" "But I won't!" "Den I vii squeeze your vindpipe, sol" "I ask your pardon. Obi yes, I do. Thar, now, let me up!" Fritz obeyed, and l e t the ruffian rise. "No w, mine friendt, I'll shust gill' you one minnit to gid oud," said Fritz, drawing his re volv e r. "If you don'd vas gone py dot time1 I vi! shoot you so quicker ash I vould von leeale cat. Onel-got ready, all der vile. Swi!-high time you vas skinmn' oud. Three! ven I hol lers dot, if you don'd vas gone I spot you!" "Then, tearfully and sadly I must tear my self away from you!" the declared, with a grimace, as he stalked toward the door. I'll allow ye hold tber grip, now, but thet ain'b sa yin' ye'll all us b old it.' Then, he took hi s leave. Fritz was not sorry. He did not want to hurt any one, unless forced to, and vet was bound to defend himself Toward evening the one by one quitted the tavern, until Fntz and Fat John were the only ones in the bar-room. The n it was that the latter spoke "I say, young feller," b e said, "you're a hextrordinary ('hap and if it wouldn't be baskin' too much, l'd like to inquire what brings you here1" "Vel, pizness, I dinks," Fritz r eplied, "und judgin' py der latest d e!Lonstrations, I vill haff lots off id." '' Yon had better l ook out sharf. for r;umber One, I tell you, for tho' this ain t counted no hard town, they g :nerally pitch onto a stranger and try to bulldoze him mto leavin' by settin' Bully Jim onto him." "I vas tumbled to dot already,'; Fritz re plied, but der virst one vot attempted it, didn't tnake so much success." "No, but that ain't you'll have as big luck, next time. You see, h1s H onor, Mr. Grey ville, owns most o' the property hereabouts, an' he's as big feeling as a duke, and won't allow nG one around 'cept what bows to his will." Vel, ve vill see apoud dot," Fritz muttered. I dinks dey don'd vas makes mooch bulldozin,:


The Ventriloquist Detective. 115 Ule. I vant to ask you von question-don'd this man Greyville be Captain Gregg, der smug gler?" The -fat host of the Lion's Paw gave a start. The question was evidently something of a sur prisE> to him. 'Why, no, of course not. What ever put such an idea into yom bead, young manY Gregg the smuggler is said to Le one of the worst characters along the Atlantic Ccast, and at the same time, the most successful" in his line of business. Grevville is a man wto would scorn to stoop to such work; and, moreover, be is said ro be immensely rich in ready cash, though his lauded property is mortgaged for its full value." Fritz accepted this explanation without re ply, but his mind was but little changed in the matter. I dinks Gregg and Grayville vas one und der same parties," be murmured," unci shall n o t giff up dot opinion until I can haff furder proof von vay order odder." As soon as the gloaming of evening began to settle over the quie t little bamlot, l::e left the tavern, and sauntered down the street toward the Hon. Granby Grayville's residence, whither most of the villagers bad already wended their way. On arriving at the front of the handsome lawn with its winding walks, large shade trees, beds of flowers, and attractive residence, Fritz paused to survey the scene that was spread out before him. Here and thPre dotted about among the shade tree s were tables spread with viands, to w)lich the villagers were freely belpmg them selves, end to the flowing pitchers of ale that were passed around hv several of the village maidens. A couple of Italia;is were making music upon violin and harp, which sounded weird and enchanting; children were playing and romping about the grounds; Chinese lanterns were strung about among the lower branches of the trees, and altogethe r it was a festive and at tractive scene. From his position outside the fence Fritz could see nothing of either Grey ville or the alleged countess, and be resolved to enter the grounds for that purpose, which .1e accordinr,ly did, and sauntered about l e isurely, as 1f be bad a perfect right there by invitation. Although many curious glances were leveled at him, he paid no attention to them, and after walking around awhile be leaned up against a tree and looked on, studying every face within the reach of his gaze. Presently there was a shout among the as sembled villagers, and upon this, the door of the mansion opened, and Mr. Greyville came forth upon the grounds, with the countess leaning up<>n his arm. -His Honor was attired in a suit of immaculate white duck, with a massive chain strung across his vest and a superb dmmond pin upon his shirt front. The countess was a Frenchwoman, of some three-and-thirty years, with a thin, angular face, bead-like black eyes, and hair to match, anrl a thin compressed mouth, which when she laughed showed two rows of pearly teeth. She also wore nn abundance of paint and powder her face, Rnd what with her rich attire of Silk lace and diamonds, was a striking and peculiar-looking personage-a woman who looked crafty, and capable of mischief As s Jon as she and the Honorable Grayville ndvanced upon the lawn, tile villagers arose from tbe tables, and the women courtesierl low, while the men swung their hats and sent up a rousing cheer. Tbe countess and her escort then moved about hero aud there, with a pleasant word for all, and a bidding for them to continue therr feast. As they passed near where Fritz stood lean ing against the tree, Grayville gave him a sharp, stern glance, and said: "Ahl who are you, and what do you want here, sir?" '' in particular," Fritz replied, returning h1s stare, <'almly. I only see vot you vas h&.ff a pic-nig, 110d I come in to l ook on." "Then begone, sir, at once! I allow .no loafers around here. Go, I say!" and then they passed on. Fritz did not go, however, but retained his position in defiance. Shorge V ashingdon made dis a free coun .dry, und I von'd go dil I gits ready, Le muttered. It was not long, however, before be was hastily approached by a man, and that man no l ess a person than the same flashily-attired individual who had taken the young woman, Madge, away from the hotel at Atlantic C1ty. Hello! get out of this, you loafer I" be cried, seizing Fritz by the shoulder, roughly. "How many times do you bave to bP told to goY The guv'nor said go-now1 if you don't light out, I 'll make your heels breaK your neck!" "Vil you, dough!" Fritz gritted, wrenching loose and standing on the defensive. "Y oo s t you keep ;rour bands off vrom me," Griffith or I y l knock dtJr whole top qff your nose off I' What, you vagabond Y You compare me with the smuggler's sonY I'll thump your skull for that piece of impudence." Aud be was as good as his word, for, raising a stout cane he carried, be brought it heavily down upon the young detective's bead. For a moment Fritz was nearly stunned, but he quickly recovered, and sprun g at his aSS11ilan\ pluc kily. Oh, you snoozer !" be cried; I vii placQ your eye mit plue for dot!" And be did deal the Honorable's son tw() severe whacks between the eyes in rapid sion, which bad tbe effect to land him on his back on the ground. "Thump me on der bead, vii yon?" Fritz <:ried, standing o-ver !Jim, ready to give him another rap, if he attempted to rise. "I'll pet you a half dollar you vii got left, on dot." "Let me up, you dastardly loafer," young Grayville raved, not during to rise under tbe existing circumstances. I'll murder you, for this-1-I'll-" "Got your head proke, off you come mit your


Tlte Ventriloquist Detective. foolishness around mel" Fritz cria:l. ''I'll let you oop, dough, ash I must go!" He saw a half a dozen of the village roughs coming toward the spot, and knew he was ill prepared to battle with all of them. So wit!:! a {ew dextrous bounds he leaped away out of the yard, and ran swiftly down to the beach. Finding that they did not follow him, he soon after made his way up the .street again, to the tavern, and went to the room which had bee1;1 assigned him. I'll pet der vil pe some droubles, before I got t'rough m t dis piz'ness, muttered, but l vas d e r man who vil come oud der winner." He was soon off in a sound sleej), from which he, hours later, awakened, with a violent start. The scene was changed. He was not in the tavern, on the bed but in stead, was bound band and foot, and hing i:l the bottom of a boat l CHAPTER VIIL ADRIFT, AT first Fritz bad no idea of what could have happened, but it did not take him long to come to one conclusion on the matter, that he had been captured at night, thrust into the frail boat, and sent adrift on the ocean. Who had been i;he authors of the job l There could be 11'0 doubt in his mind about tliat. The Greyvilles-or the Greggs, as he believed they were-were anxious to have him leave the neighborhood, and had probably, through their agents, caused his removal in this very promis cuous manner. By an effort be sat up in the little boat and gazed around him. He was now some distance from the beach, bey:md the whitEH!apped breakers and, as the tide was receding, the frail craft was of course drifting further and further from land ea:!h moment, a reflection that might have caused any ona a start, while to Fritz, bound and helpless, it was the next thing to being alarming. "Vel, py sl;t.imminy dunder!" was his ex clamation, as he gazed dolefully around him, "Off J don'd vas in a fix, dan I don'd vant a cent. They've come von cute game ofer me, und I'll bet a I go down der same throat vot Jonah did-der w'ale's. Vonder vich von off dem vellers put up der shob on mel I'd like to punch his nose. Reckon id vas dot veller whose eyes I plackei mit Jersey plue up at der pig-nic. I vonder vot der plazes a veller can do, anyhowl" There a sorry prospect for his being able to do anything much toward helping himself from the unenviable situation in which he had been placed. He was unable to us3 i.Jis hands or feet, and was, therefore, helpless and at the mercy of the wild waters over which he wa.s drifting. Did he have the use of hands and feet he was not yet out of danger, for the boat was without oars and the distance to the land was so great as to make it a daring attempt to breast the outgoing tide in a struggle to reach the shoro by swimming. Stlill, It seemed the only hope for him, if by .,y way he ewld free himself of the which bound him, and he was not the one to despair witho\lt first to his dissatisfac. tlon that it Was the only thing left for him to1 do. TherPfore he s et to work industrious:y iu an attempt to loos e n the bond;; from his hands. Lackily were not bound behind his back, which was ono advantage, as he could use his teeth upon them. But, b e in,. leather straps, ho made slow head way, nibbling at the stra ') around his hand: but little by little it yiPld ed, so tha:t after aw!lile a violent wrench broke it asunder, and his hands were free. "Py shi=iny, dot ioh goot, anyhow," bs muttered, makincr haste to unloosen his feet. "Now, der next tling i> somedin;;s else. How ish I going to got pack mit der shore!" It was an all-important question. The boat wo.s perhaps a mile further from when he first bad estimated the dis tance. I don'd know vedr vater. Vot a duyfel o' a fix I'd. be in den. Off I only had some paddles I vould half no droubles getting to shore vid der poat." ) He wo.s in the midst of these reO.ections when be heard a shout further out at sea, and for the first time beheld dimly a dusky object O.oating in the water not far ahead of him. "Hello! who you vas, und vot you vanM" Fritz shouted, in answer. I 'l.m a poor devil more or less drowne:l, can't hang on to this barrel much l o n;:;er. Ba you man or devil, for Heaven's hurry along with your boat." All righd. I vii pe. dere; in der sweedness py-and-py. Keep a stiff upper lip, und I'll got you soon," the young detective replied, heart ily. "Der's noddmg like hang-{)n at der criter<'.al minute." Knealing. and leaning over the front part of the boat, he used his hands as propellers, and in this way was able to impMve the slow progress of his light craft to some extent, and in a few moments was alongside the barrel, on top of whica a drencheJ human -was balancing him self. At a ghnce Fritz perceived who it was. "Hartly I" he exclaimed, in &.rprise. "Yes, what's left of the sentenced smuggl e r repli.ei, clambering into the boat. "Thank l{eaven you came just as did, for my gripe wouldn't hold out much longP.r." "Vel, l should dink not. I'd giffen you up ash dead. How ish it dot you don'd vas kilt by der smugglers!" "It is no fault of theirs," Hartly replied, grimly. They chucked me under night afore lAst, miles out at sea, snpposing my hands and feet were bounrl, and a hPavy stone tied to my head. But while they were rowing me out, 'I contrived to loosen up matters, so that I was really free the minute I struck water. But I went under aU the same to de<"eive them. When they headed for !bore I arose l!o the suP. fue, and after swimmini about until ne?.rlv-


The VentriloqUist Detective. 17 uaustemeding> vid der staves-vot you t'ink apoud dot 'i''

The Ventriloquist Detective. town. I knowwhat's liecome of HaL Your Nothing daunted, however, be entered it, tools took him out and chucked him under. and walked along softly, ready for any SllJ'o hal hal he's all right!" prise. Grevville started a little. A score of steps he went, and then emerged "What foolishness is this of yoursr into what he concluded was another large sub"Oh, only silliness, of course," and she terranean chamber, but where all was of Sty laughed loudly. But Hal's all right, J.nd, gian darkness. now that his scruples have had a piilkle, I allow Luckily he bad a close metal pocket box of he'll come around to my cherished plan, and matches wit!:> him, and lighting one after an we'll make it warm f6r you I" other p;.. aiscv<>red a half dozen lamps in ".lVbatl you dare to threaten me!" brarf > u : r o;tc chamber side. One of "Didn't I tell you I'd go for you if you didn't ;n your ways. The way o.f the trangre'lSOr i floor, ns in the outer hard. By-byl YouN, truly, Silly Sue!'' j Here and scattere;i aboU'Ii, wer<:> hMp,; And then, with a wild she vanisheP 1 .. pbces of woodl!n boxr"' and canvas. \ t'\ bcttlll, ot : <>, piece of damaged : : : ( ;lk or CHAPTER IX. A t :iile opposite side o : : !'!hamber was a : :,mnd Lol e iT! the c:.eiling, to a weU. FRITZ'S DISCOVERY. : ,)'I;I: tilrO:Igil whi0h hUDg l;j ;-:_>!\, la,dder to the LET us return to our ventriloquiSt deteen m '.l:i'. and his venturesome expedition. I h:ia seaned to indicate tlu;, t (lither there wa,g lc heading the boat into the opening in the a ,. ; .h>r chamber, over)J.ead, m 6 :;.;: this was t':l bluff, he had no idea how his venture would ter me.._.,}.:' ooces s :;o the open ail: minate, but was urged on by a great curiosity to In the wall, at eithfl; : of the room, explore the spot, feeling sure that it had some were doorti::.J' ; ;upplied wir: grated c onnection with the-smugglers' league. iron doors, whiut ... ,-. --- padlocks The bight of tbe aperture was insufficient to and chains. admit the p_assage of the boat with him sitting "V riJ. 1'1}. be (ij, ..,. .j "'a." up; so puttmg the boat under headway he lay like a regUlar bnson," Fntz eJ!l ''l!Hr..ed; .:. down and thus glided in. dis pe der blace :ere der ; fn Wgh tide, this opening, be concluded, was deir goods. I t'ought I vould d1scoffer S(Ju,rcovered by water, while in extreme low water t'ings off I come here. Vonder uff dey haff the beach must be bare in front of the bluff, got somepody shut up mit dem cells? Dot as the water at this juncture now was quite vouldn't peso much off a 'sell,' neider, off I am shallow. any sbudge." He almost immediately emerged into a cave Taking down the lamp, be proceeded to in in the heart of the bluff. spect the matter. Approaching the right band It was as large as a couple of good-sized rooms dungeon, be rieered in. and looked as if the waters of many years bad Tha place evidently was empty. eaten it out. Crossing the cavern to the door of the other, The. work of man, however, was seen in the to bis surprise he saw that this dungeon was OC planks overhead, which resting on wooden supcopied. ports, held the roof in place. Upon a rude cot-bed a woman was stretched, Tbe water reached about midway into the apparently fast asleep. chamber, and from its edge the pebbly ground As her face was turned from his view, he ascended to the further side of the cave, where could not tell whether she was young or old, a narrow aperture branched off-evidently cut pretty or ugly, but he was strangely impressed. as a passageway by the hand of man. Her size-form-clothing all aroused bis susGrounding his boat, Fritz stepp;;l out and picions that it really was the Leadville man's took a survey <>f his surroundings. runaway daughter-Madge Thornton, or Tbur" Dis don'd look ash if id vas a healthy blace ston, as she had calle:i herself. H e was stag. at high-tide, but I reckon dot it vas der blac e gered a moment by the very thought. vere dey run in smuggled goods," bemuseit. "Hello! "Dot passa17e probably leads to a higher unrl rattling the revolver ready for use in case of Th!l woman !'(ave a start, sat up emergem:y, bA stole 5;9ftly toward the subter on her WJtb a gasp; 1t was, mdeed, tboe rauean passage, with a view to exploring it. speculators lost daughter. It was a dark uninviting tunnel of just suf "Goot! Dot vas a nest-egg for me," was the fl.cient width ahd bight to admit of a person's thought that flashed through his mind, as he passage, and looked as if it might have no con remembered the offered reward. nection with any other chamber, as he could i!9EI "Who are you?-what do you wantr' the llO light to indicate its terminus. bride of Major Atkius demanded eagerly, as sha


The .Ventrfioquist Deteeti"t":::r> arose frem her bed and stepped falteringly u,.. ward the door. "Vel, I am Fritzi You remember der chap Fritz, don'd you?" Oh, les-yes I You are a friend to MY tha ycu are, and that you have come to rescue me and take me back to papal" Vel, I should snicker dot dot vas apoud der size off der circumstance," the young de tective grinned. "You don'd vas like dis hotel, den?" Ob, n(}-no I I shall die if I remain here, Open. the door--take me from this terrible !>lace Oh, please do this, sir, and I will always oveyou." "Nixy! You mustn't do dot," Fritz replied, with a serious expression. But I vii git you cud all der same, if I can, vich I don'd know so mucb apoud, ash der door vas fastened tighter ash a brick. "You see, your old dad he vas send me down dis vay to look vor you.J und I dells him I find you, yoost like a pook. 1 vas a reglar snoozer at findin' dings vot don'd pelong to rue." "My father sent you? Obi joyful news! Tell me-tell me, where is my father? 11Dd clasped her hands, her face and eyes aglow with ea/iern e ss. .o.bere was evidently nothing dazed or som nambulistic about her, now. "V ell, der last I see'd your old mar., be vas at der blace vere you goo married. :aut he left for Long Branch to rustygate und keep a vedder eye out for you, vile I took der rear trail, und skeer'd up der game. You see d e r old man dells me off I vind you und der money vot you stole vrom him, he vould giff me five t'ousand dollars. How vas dot? He vas yoost der man I hat! pen vantin' to meed, vor a long viie But, how apoud der money?" "It is where no earthly hands but mine can find it, exceJ5t I give the directions!" the girl rer.lied, with evident enthusiasm over the fact. Whe n I left hom e, to come E .ast and mru-ry Major Atkins, I was in a state of half insanity, or somnambulism, called it, and took the money, and when I came to my senses found it in my possession. It as I have l earned since, that before his leaving for the East, and at-the same time when I was in my dazed state, Atkiils said that he had a large roll of money in roy father's safe, and that when I came, I shoule matter by promising to make me his wife in realityt and the mistress of a princely homa if I wowd give up the money. But, having found out what a villain be is, I have firmly r efused." "Dot vas right! Ve will gil! him der duyfel von off dese days-or, at least, I vill, for smug gling. I don'd know veddef' I can got you cud off h ere o r not! I ought der baff some tools, as id d on' d vas some leedle Ehob preakin' mit a v eller's band ." "Ob! do try nnd release me in llQme way-I do so want to get free." Und I know dot. But, you see id vas harder ash breakin' der consditution to preak dis chain." It was no easy job, indeed. The chain was several feet in length, and made of short, stout welded links. The padlock, too, was a formidable affair, such as could not easily be broken, and Fritz did not have any with h i m. He was stuck for once, in not knowing bo"' to proceed, and was just cogitating over what was best to do, when be noticed something that 011used h1m a start. On glancing toward the rope ladder, be per ceived that it was moving. Some one was descending it. Did he remain here, discovery was inevitable, and discovery would probably destroy all possi bility of rescuing Madge. These thoughts OCC"Ilrred to him like a flash. "'Shl some one is coming, and I must bide!" be said to Maage, in a whisper; then he hurried softly across tbe chamber, into the dark pas sage, where he paused at a point where he could see without being seen. I'll bet dot id vas der feller w bose eye I blackened," be muttered. And, sure enough, be was right. A moment later Major Atkins, alias young Greyville, alias Griffith Gregg, came down the ladde r into the cavern, his eyes yet showing un mistakable evidence of the power of Fritz's shoulder-hits. "What tbq devil's all the noise down berel" he demanded toe door of Madge's dungeon. I thought I neard voices convers inr, You probably beard me singing, Sir Mon ster!" Madge retorted, sarcastically. "You know I am in good humor for vocalism." "The devil take r,oul It wasn't singing-it was talking I heard. "Ah I perhaps you heard me saying over threats of what I'll do, when): get freer "Now wha.t will you do1'' I'll cia w your eyes out-then I'll tie you IUKI give you a thrashing with a bull-wi:rip."


ao "Bah! threaten what you like. I'll guaran tee you'll remain here until I get your amiablt:l dad's swag." "But you will never get it I" "Won't I1 When you begin to rot in your dungeon, and your hangs out of your mouth for want of food and water, I fancy you'll come to terms." But, I won't though!" "Obi we shall see. I won't argue with you. At the present moment I want to find out who it heard you conversing with!" And to her horror be made for the dark pa.9-lage. Fritz, too, was considerably concerned, and began to make a rapid and stealthy retreat to the other chamber. Cn arriving there, another thing startled him. The tide had set in, and the hole in the face of the bluff was so nearly filled as to make escape with the boq,t impossible. CHAPTER X. A DIVE FOR LIFE. THERE was but one choice left for Fritzthat of standing his ground and meeting young Grayville boldly; for was ap parently no a venue of escape for him now. Conseguently1 with his revolver drawn1 ready for use, ne pos1tioned himself at the water sedge, facing the aperture and waited. He had not long to wait. In a few seconds Griffith Gregg-as we 11ball henceforth call him-came striding into the chamber. and uttered a violent oath at siifbt of Fritz: Hello! by the Satanic I thought I was DOt mistaken. The Dutchman we left adrift, for sure!" Fritz did not speak, or allow himself to move a p8rticle1 but stood glaring his enemy like one turnea to stone. "Ballo! why don't you answer?" Gregg de.l'lllmded; apparently not feeling positive that; Fritz was in the flesh. It you don't answer 1 I"m hanged if I don't drown ye." No auswer from Fritz. But from directly over the villain's hea

The Ventriloquist Detective. was found dead on the beach once. The next day my papa had a big sum of money in his possession. I smelt foul play. I stole the money fro1him and burnt it up. Hal ha! Then ped me unmercifully, and turned me adrift. ut, pooh! I don't care! I get along. famous, and I'll make fun for the smugglers yet. So if you want me to go to the telegraph station for you, and will give me a few shil lings, I'm ready." "I'll give you five dollars!" Fritz aSjlured. "Bully!" the girl assented. Now, tell me w'at you want, and l'm yours." Vel, I vant you to go to der delegraph office nnd send a mes!'llge to Tony Fox, care of Police Headquarters, Philadelphia_t_telling him to fetch a half dozen men der d1s village at once. Can you remember dot?" "Well, you I can! I don't forget things easily. Give us your money, and I'm off for a wild hone back ride." Fritz accordingly gave her a V note, and then, after again instructing her what to do, she took her d aparture by clambering up the bluff. Fritz then lay down upon the sand in the warm sunlight, little dreaming that his plans bad been overheard. The Irishman, Pat Grogan, had been con cealed behind another bowlder, and had over heard every word of Fritz's conversation with amy Sue. Shortly after her departure, and when sure Fritz was not watching, be stole softly from his place of concealment and up the side of the bluff Cioace on top of the bluff, he quickened his paw, descended the opposite side, and hurried toward the village. At the residence of Granby Greyville he paused, and entered the spacious lawn. His Honor and the countess were seated upon the lawn in front of the house, enjoying the shade of a great treehand Grogan tipped his hat as he approached t em. "Sure, sur, it's mesilf as has made a discov ery, sur," he said, with a huge grin of satisfac tior.. "Ahl indeed! I thought you might be of some use!" his Honor replied, complacently. "What is the nature of your discovery, Grogan!" "Sure, sur, it's consarnin' the girl you set me to watchin'." "As I expected-curse her! What new devilment bas she been up tor' "Shure I did kape a civil eye on her1 yez told me to, and a bit ago she met a Dutcnman on the beach, an' it's a grand plot tha be afther .organizin'. The loikes av the Dootchmon be did wanted t

82 The Ventriloquist Detective. the old rookery, nnd sat down upon the front step to finish his meal. I vonder vots pecome of der villain I kicked mit der-under jawl" he muttered. "1 t'ink I mus t half dislocated 'im or I should 'a' see'd him. I vonde r vere der mouth off der well is, anyhow, vot dey come up t'rough. ld must pe SO!Deveres vere der house stands, und probably hidden." After he finished his meal on apples, he en tered the old dwelling, with a view to giving it another exploration. Passing through the lower hall, he tried eac h door off from it, but found them all locked, as berore. What they contained he could therefore not learn, except b y bursting them open or unlock ing them, which he had no way of doing. Finding no success down-stairs, he went up stairs, remembering that he bad only tried the doors of part of t n e upper rooms on his previous "visit, the second one being the assembly cham ber containing the swinging head of ill-fated Bill Budge. He shunned this apartment now, and passed on along the corridor. The first and second doors he tried were locked, like those below. Tne third door, how ever was unfastened, and opening it he entered a large unfurnished apartment, containing but one window, which looked out upon the ocean. Xoticing a card tacked upon the wall, oppo site the door, Fritz advanced to read what was written upon it. But, that, he was destined never to do. Half way across tile room he got-then the floor sunk quickly b eneath him, and he went down! down! down! He bad stepped upon a trap, which bad evidently been prepared for occasional strail glers, and be was the unsuspecting victim, until too late to save himself. "Down! down! he went into empty space, until be struck heavily upon a hard floor, and Jay for a moment in a he ap, his senses partly leaving him. When he recovered consciousness, he arose to his feet. He was in utter darkness, and in a place where the air was close and stifling. What kind of a den be had fallen into he could not f!SCertain by looking, at least. Later that day Mr. Granby Gre:vville left his handsome residence, and made bis way to the bluff, accompanied by her ladyship, the countess. There was a terrible expression of stern resolve upon his countenance, and in his grasp he carried an u glylooking cart-whip, which looked as if it were capable of inflicting dire pain in the hands of a human brute. Arriving at the top of the bluff, they found Grogan, the .Irish d e legate, seated upon the doorstep of the old house, while, lying upon the ground, in front of him, was the girl, Sue, bound hand and foot, but none the less defiant for that fact as was evident by the contemptuous curl of her lip, and the indignant, wicked tlash of her eyes. A little shiver went over her1 though, when .-be saw the countess, the man sue knew as her father, and the whip he carried. "Snurel it's mesilf as cotched her," Grogan cried, as Greyville aiJproached. "But it's the divil's own time I had at it, bedad, an' if yez don't b'lave it ye kin look at me face. Begorral she scratched an' bit anl fit like tha very divil's imp she is!' and the Hibernian rubbed his to:-n and bruised visage, dol e fully." So you're caged are you, my young tigre&SP1 the captain demanded, gazing down at the gtrl, wrathfully. I'll see that you never break loose, hereafter!" "Ba-aal" the girl r etorted, in contempt. I'm not afraid of you, you ruffianly wretch, if you do carry a whip. You can whip me, pourid me, stamp me into the earth, but you can't -intimidate me. I'll despise and defy you to the long est day I live." "We sl:lall see. I've made up my mind to cease dealing mildly with you, and instead treat you to the harshness your foolishness de mands. It's time you w ere broken in, and I'm going to compe l you to submissiun to my will, and to obedience or I'm goin g to kill you." "Kill, if you like-I'll still defy you. You cannot make me obey a monster like you, even though you are my father! I des pise you, hate you, you inhuman wretch!" "A good flogging will bring back your affec tion. By the way, I understand that by way of amusing yourself you have become the con sort of a Dutch deiave just been to t 9legraph for an additional force of the devils. Now do you know what I am going to dol" "Any one might guess; brutal cowards alwar carry whips!" Yes, fm going to whip you, within an inch of your life Then, if you promise me to ever after obey m e and tell me where to find tho money you stole from me, I will let you go. The next instant the wretch struck her with all his might, following the blow witb another. White as death was Sue but her eyes flashed bravely, ber face was defiant-but she never uttered a moan or cry of pain. "Now-now may be you'll come to time!" the smuggler roaredt more like some em-aged wild beast than a numan being, in his de moniac fury. "Now, will you tell and promisel" "Never, monster!" was the low, pit30US gasp1 then the eyes of the poor outcast closed; she nad fainted, unable longer to endure the agony. CHAPTER XIL A PITIFUL END. THE situation of Fritz was to him a decidedly gloomy one, as, owing to the impenetrable Q.arkness, his eyesight was of no use whatever. He did not know either, if it was safe to stir, as there might be another trap which he would fall into, and go headlong down into some other pit :But he resolved to test the matter, and fee) out the boundaries ot his new prison at once. Groping about, inch by inch, and trying the


The Detective. floor in front of him before trusting the weight of his body upon it, be soon came to a plastered wall, and concluded by that, that be still re mained in the building, having probably only fallen to the first floor "Vel, dot don'd vas so pad ash I first ex pected," be muttere d, f eeling a little more as sured. "I t'ough t I vas goin' vay down to de r blace vere dey manufacture fire-crackers. Der next question, ish der any outlet to brison, I vonder!" Keeping his bauds upon the waH, he walked several times arouncl the dark apartment without pausing. "Der ish not von door or vinder, nor bole of any !rind!" he flnally muttered. "I would not half such a hou se for a gift." 'fhe room indeed appeared to be qarren of those accessories, as far as be was able to learn by the sense of feeling, and it would seem that it was thus purposel,v prepared for a prison. Vel, I guess I m1ght as vel prepare to imitate der example off D octo r Tanner, und go vidoud somedings to eat f o r forty years or sol" Fritz muttere:l, feeling of his stomach dole fully, for the apples bad far from satisfied his appetite "But, if possible, I mus t get oud off here, somehow, before Fox und der boys get here." Just how he was to do it, furnished him a serious subject to on. : "Yon are the wortble!'s devil who trapped Minnie Gray into a secret marriage years ago and after Jiving with her a couple of years, and abusing her, left her in poverty, to live with a woman you had previously married." "And incurred your enmity by winning your sweetheart away from you!'' Gregg sneered, mockingly. Be that as it may, you are responsibl!l for a good woman's death, and you shall answer f o r it. Tell. me, sir-is this poor child you hl\ve been beating, the daughter Qr Minnie Gray?" "If you like, yes." "Then, cm-,;e you, leave this spot at once. if you don't want me to shoot you down. I'll take care you never strike her again! Go! I say l or I'll kill you without hesitation!" Tnere was a stern glare in the speculator'P eyes that betoken e d danger, and, sccompanieu by the countess and Grogan, the smuggler cbief hurried away: As soon a8 they had gone, :Mr. Thornton laid Silly Sue tenderly down upon the soft grass. Hurrying down to the beach, he procured some water in his hat, and returning, dashed it in her face. But although he did this, and chafed her hands and wrists, she did nQt open her eyes. Her breath came in stifled gasps, and her b e arlbeat slowly. "By HeavPn I I believe they have killed ber !" Mr. Thornton muttered, feelings of terrible rage swelling within him. "The equal of this "Curse the girl! shP's fainted! the smu!fgler brutal.lty is seldom, among the red devils chief cried, pausing itl his hnrrible work. But on the frontier. Ah! Garry Gregg, if this p co r faint or no faint, she shall get all that her child dies, you shall pay bitterly for life, or stubborn resistance demands I" and he raised the my name is not Thornton!" whip and struck her another stinging blow. He continued fatthfully in his endeavors to "St op! Strike that gil'! again and I'll kill her back to consciou5ness but all to no you!'' a voice cried, not far in their rear, and avrul turning, they beheld a stranger rushing up, a While be was thus engaged there came souuds pair of cocked revolvers iu halld of rapid footsteps, and Hal Hartly dashed up, "Furies!" Grayville gasped, turning pale. flushed and excited. "Mon Dieul What's to pay! Let's fiyt" "GreatHeavenlwhatistbematterofSusie!'' from the countess. he demanded, on seeing her lying Qn the ground, "No; we wm 5tand our ground!" the smug-so cold and white. gler hissed. "I fear she is dying, young man," Mr. Thorn-The new-comer soon stood before them, with ton replied, solemnly. "I cannot restore her stern, accusing gaze, and a face flu shed from to consciousness. Was he anything to you, his run. sir!'' "Devils!" be what is the meaning of-"Indeed, yes; she was all the world to me, this brutal scene? jj;Xplain instantly." poor child, a .nd we were to be married, one of It was the Leadville speculator, Thornton, these days!" Hartly replied, kneeling beside who spokl', and there was grim business ex-her, with tears in his eyes. "Susie! oh! Susie, pressed in his tone. y little waif, can't you look up and speak to "What right have you to intrude ill what is me!'' none of your business!'' Greyville demanded, The girl slowly opened her eyes, and gazed up sourly. at him, with a loving smile. "Ehl I'll show you, you brutal puppy! Don't "Yes, Hal, I know. I am dying, Hal. Where give me any of your lip, or I'll blow your brains is Fritzr' out. Why, cuss my bo o ts, you're as bad as the "I don't know, darling. I have not seen him Dog Jnjuns on the frontier!" since morning." "I presume I've a to chastise my own "We ll, when you see him, tell him I sent the child, sill when her conduct d !'se1ves Jt." messag e, and got an answer that the detectives "Thats not your child, Garry Gregg! I would come." know you. You are the wretch I have been "The detectives!" to meet these ten years!" "Yes. I went for him, to telegraph for them, You know me!" the smuggler cried, in I and he gave me five dollars. It is in my pocket., amazement. Hal-you can have it to get me a little plain "Ayl I know you!" the Westerner cried. stone for my grave."


24 Tlae Ventrlloqui8t Detective. "But, Susi<', you can't be dying-tell me what is the matter?'' ''She has been cruelly beaten. I came here ,a few moments ago and drove off the devils, but I fear I came too late!" Mr. 1 horn,l;on ex plained, sadly. "It was papa, you know!" Sue added as Hartly uttered a cry of astonishment. "He discovered the errand L had done, and bad a big Irishman capture me and bring me here. Then he and the countess came, and I was tied to a stake and whipped till I fainted. They have killed me, I I hate to leave you, Hal, but I am not afraid to die. I have always said my prayers, loved the Lord, and been honest, and I know he will receive me." 1'he girl's childish faith and simplicity touched Mr. Thornton as well as young Hartly, and tears flowed freely. The litf.le outcast soon closed iler eyes again, her arms about Hartly's neck, as she rested in his embrace, and a peaceful expression of con tentment upon her face. About sunset she spoke, without opening her eyes. "Hal1" she said, softly. "Yes, Susie," he replied; "what do you wisM" "Not much. After I am gone burn the Old bouse yonderJ and break up the smugglers." Yes, Sus1e." "And you'll b'l a good man, Hal, all ypur lite, so you will join me in Heaven1" "I will try, deares .t." Then kiss me good-by." Convulsed with sobs, the grief-stricktn lover obeyed, and, just as the last rays of sunset began to fade, Susie breathed her last, expiring without the least appearance of pain, apd a f11-int peaceful smile upon her lips. For some moments after her death neither Hartly nor Mr. Thornton spoke, but finally the 1!1 tter said: Sbo has gone where she will know no more suffering or sorrow and it is perhaps better so. b your home near by1" "llive in a sort of hut back in the woods, and if you will leud a hand we will take her there." Tbt. speculator assented, and Hartly procur"d a wide board, and laid the limp form upon it. Then raising the primitive litter between them, they left the bluff and. took to the lonely country road, which they followed until they came to a rude shanty, standing iu the edge of the woods They bore their burJen into the ouly l'\)()ffi and deposited it upon a coupl a of stools. Hartly then turned to Mr. Thornton. You are a stranger to us, sir," be said, but would you kindly remain here until I can go to a town to make arrangements for ber burta.l ?'' "Certainly_, my boyt" "Then I Will go and the undertakers at once to take charge of the remains. If I do not return with the undertakers, Jot them re move the body, and I will see you later, per haps." He then kissed the lips and forehead of the dead girl, and took his departure. Onc:e outside, his whole demeanor underwent a change. His face became stern a:nd hard ln its expression, and his eyes gleamed with a wild light that could hardly have been pronounced sane. "First, the house!'' he muttered between hill clinched teeth; "then I will see to the burial. After that, revengel"-words uttered with a power of. feeling, which bespoke grim resolu tion. Hurrying back to the bluff he enter. d the building, and from the pantry brought an oilcan and poured oil about in a. number of places, applying a. lighted match to each. As a. result, bright sheets of flame sprung up, and! in less time almost than it takes to tell it, the mterior of the old rookery was ,on fire in several places. Then with a. wild laugh, he turned and fled from tbe building, and disappeared from the vicinity of the bluff. The old house was doomed. And in the doorless, windowless trap-room, where he had so unexpectedly become impris oned, was Fritz, in the most unenviable Situa tion one could well conceive. Captain Gregg, as we shall henceforth call him, learned of Silly Sue's death shortly after it occurred through the Irishman, who, while pre tending to leave thll spot, had scouted around and lurked in the vicinity until Hartly and Mr. Thornton bad departed with the body. Gregg was both alarmed and surprised when he heard the news, and immediately sought the countess for consultation. He had no idea. hb had done the girl any fatal bodily injury. If she was dead, and the cause of ht>r death came to be known, he well knew tl!at he would be called upon to answer to the law. countess listened to his recital of Grogan's report, the l ines in her thin face growing even harder than were their wont. I feared zis," she said. 1' ou were ver' mooch savage!" "What do you Zat we remain where we be for ze present. You say zis stra.ngair be an old enemy of yours?" Yes. Doubly so now, frOQ1. the fact that h'e is the father of Grit's prisoner, that's locked up in the dungeon." "Humph! zis is ba.dl Vare be ze Dutch man?" "There is no telling. Perhaps Griffith will know when he comes." But Griffith did not come. It was nearly rlark in the outer world when he recovered from the terrible blow he had got from Fritz's pistol in tbe cave, an(i staggered to the inner ca..-ern. Tbe moment be entered it a. smell of burning timbers greeted his nostrils. "B. v Heaven! the house above is burning up, believe!" he cried, rushing to the rope ladder and beginning to climb it rapidly. But b e had ouly got a. few feet up when it gave way, and he fell to the around, considerably bruised. The devils to pay now I" he muttered, an grll.v.


The Ventriloquiat Detective. 21 "A fellow will smother down here." For a moment the young villain stood irre-olute-tben be approached the door of Madge homton' s cell. "Madge!" he called. There was no "Madge!" he shouted, in a louder tone, at the e time rattling the door, "Well, what do you want!" she demanded, ing from her cot. 1 "!want to know if you want to escape from his place, allve!" "Why, what is the matter!" "Matter enough! The o ld boure abov e is burning down, and if you don't want to suffo cate you must leave this place, at once, with me., "Well, why don't you open the door, then!" He was unlocking the great padlock even l!s he spoke. I am perfectly willing' to do so, and when you reveal to me the biding-place of your fa ther's money, which you had1 when you left Lead ville, you are free to go," ne said, standing in the doorway. Are you foolish enough to suppose, for one moment, that I will revea l that!" If you don't do 1t curse you, I'll will leave you h ere to suffocate!" "Do sol I would cheerfully pay that penalty of my folly in eve r having anything to do with you, a hundred times, rather than submit to your demands.'' "Then-but no! I'll release you if you'll give me half of the sum." "Not a cent, you d e testable wretch. "Curst's on your obstinacy! You have re fused to do what is right, and you shall take the consequences." Stepping back be r ec lo ed the door angrily and hastily r e locked tb!l padlock; then be left the main chamber, for the Oliter1 one, and jumped into the boat. The tide was now on the ebb and the water was now down so that he could row out of the hole into the ocean. As soon as he got out a grand sight met his gaze The old bouse on. top of the bluff was in a sheet of lurid flame, on top lighting up the early evening, .which otherwise was quite dark. Showers of sparks ascended toward the heavens, and the crackling of the dancing blaze made a weird music. Pulling in to shore, Griffith Gregg leaped from the boat, and clambered up the side of the bluff. The first man he met was Thornton of Lead ville, who had fastened up the but, and hur ried to be scene of the !conflagration, as as be bad discovered the light. Th3 recogu ition was mutual, and each uttered aery. "At last!" tbe speculator cried, ani! he bounded forward, and seized his enemy by the throat. Gregg rlinched with him, and the two men rolled to the ground, in a fierce strugJ!:Ie, the lurid light of the burning building lighting gp tb'l scene like uuto the colored fire to some wild exciting drama. CHAPTER XIII. CONCLUSION. THE struggle was short and decisive. Supple though the younger Gregg was, he was no match for the man from Leadville, and it was not long ere Mr. Thornton bad his man phmed firmly beneath him, so that be could not move. By this time the villagers bad arrived upon the scene, in numbers, and stood conten.plating it in wonder. '' Who.t is the matter here! one of them de manded, stepping forward. W 110 set fire to this building?" That I am not prepared to say, as I just came," Mr. Thornton replied, "but I know that I have captured one of the worst villains living. Is there an officer of the. law among you! If so, I want him to take this devil into immediate custody, and watch well that he don't escaoo." "I am a constable, but I must first know what charge you have against this young man of highly respected family," another villager said. "Charges enwgh to hang him higher than Haman, if you like," the speculator cried. "He bas my daughter, imprisoned somewhere in hopes of extorting mon ey from me; be is wanted i;:;, L e adville, Colorado, for no l ess than three cold blood e d murders, and also for horse-theft, avP I've got papers to show for it!" "It's a lie! It is a mbiake. This man i\. crazy I" young Gregg shoute d. "I appeal to you for protec tion, g entlemen!" "Protection you shall have, sir, by law, i( you deserve it 1" the constable replied, slipping a pair of handcuffs upon the young man'r wrists. "Now, sir "-to Mr. Thornton-" permit me to examine your papers." Th e speculator drew a package of documents from an inside coat pocket, and the officer gave them a critical examination. .. "They are all right," he said, tbem. For the present, I, will leave the scoundrel in your charge-until I recover my lost daughter!" Mr. Thornt..n said. "That you will never do, curse you!" Griffith Gregg hissed, "You've se aled her doom, in tackling me, aud you may as well pu11 a mou ning band around yom bat. "What! do you1dare to tell me my daughter is in peril sir?" "Wen,' r e mains to be t o ld. It is nc cording to wb e tbAr I am relea!e her or the m<'ney s h e stole, for if I am to ans l'er for all the charges you have preft>rreu &gaiost me, I can just as well add a few more, without any in con venienC9. n "We s hall see about tbat. I think a rigid search will find her. Officer, remove him to a place of safety, until I determine upon a futme course of action." Tbe ronstable accordiilgly took his departure, marching tbe younge r Gregg with him. The fire bad by this time gained great bead way. It leaped in great crackling volumes from the


18 The Ventrlloqulst Detective. root, and burst"through the sides iu fiery forks. The whole interior was a seething furnace of lurid flame, and timbers were already beginning to fall in. "Where is Silly Sue1" some one crieti, and the question went from mouth to mouth. She llOmetimes sleeps in the old house." "Silly Su_ e, as you call her, is dead," Mr. Thornton announced. Dead!" the villagers exclaimed, gathering around him-" Silly Sue dead1" "Yes, dead, and lies in the shanty down the .road, belonging to Hal Hartly, who has gone to some neighboring town to arrange for her burial!" the speculator said, then he related what he knew concerning the brutal whipping she had had, at the hands of Gregg senior. A murmur of indignation ran through the crowd as he spoke, and though some of the men did not cry out against the guilty man, the ma jority were greatly excited. "Do you swear this is true1'' one of the vil la?,ers cried, Ay-swear It a hundred times, if you like. If you have any doubts on matte11 it will take but a few moments to examine toe poor child:s form, upon which welt; and bloody cuts yet remain to be seen." Then I, for one, propose we give as good as he meted out!" the man cried, whose name was Tompkins. "I always had a private idea that he was a villain1 and now I need no proof to confirm It. All in favor of hauling him out and lynching him, make mani fest by saying H" There was a decisive shout among all but about ten of the men, who maintained a grim silence. "Lynching is a crime, gentlemen," Mr. Thornton said, "in the East, which woul1 ren der liable. It can do no harm, to give the human monster a taste of the whip, however, and then turn him over to the rigor of the la w. Perhaps you are right," Tompkins agr<>ed. "Come along, boys! We'll teach tho wretch that he must be civilized, if he would live in a civilized country!" And the sturdy villager led off, the whole crowd following in his rear witb. indignant faces. There was indeed a dark lookout for Captain Gregg. From his library window in the village mansion he was watching tha fire, and saw the crowd march in a funeral-ltke procession down from the bluff along the beach toward the village. The countess saw, too, and compressed her lips tightly. Ze crisis is coming!" hissed sharply-so sharply that he started violently. "Ze crowd has heard of ze girl's death, and are coming for you." He turned deathly pale; they would show him no mercy, as he had shown none to Susie, he well knew. "We must escape from here. somehow!" he cried. To submit to arrest meaDS\ death-for as well as myself." "How sol" "Did you not witnes.q the whipping without attempting to interfere1" he sneered. "They'd striug you up as qniyk as !-especially when investigation camo to prove you to be Madame Lisset, the notorious French The woman's turn it was to whiten now, and a suppressed curse escape:l from between her cl4Jched teeth. "I was one big fool for evaire anchoring here, or having you for me agent," she replied. Somesing must he done, and zat vera quick. What s'all it be1" "There is but one course-flight. Go to my room and get all the money jewels there. When yon come ba"k, I will be ready." She obeyed, and in a very short space of time returned, dressed ready for escape. Leaving the house by the rear door, they skulked hurriedly along a narrow lane. This soon brought them out into the ccuntry, and into an orchard. Without pausing, the chief of smugglers made a wide deto)lr, which finally brought them out upon the beach, half a mile north of the village, and directly opposite the steanter Countess, wbicb. lay a good two miles out at sea, at anchor. A light row-boat was drawn up on the beach. This Gregg pushed off into the water, and sprung in, the countess following him. Then. seizing the oars, he pulled with all his skill and strengttl toward the steamer. At the same time, a boat manned bv half a dozen men, pulled out from the beach in front of the and this, too, was headed toward the steamer. "Ha! tb.ey've suspected our dodge!" Gregg on discovering tb.e pursuit. Curse them I f did not think discovery of our flight would he made so quickly." Will zey reach ze boat, first1" By no means. I've got the start, and the steamer is a good half a mile further from them than from ns, if not morel" Let us look after Fritz. The roof of the old rookery on the bluff has just fallen in, anJ millions of sparks go up to ward the cloudy sky. Is the young detective still within that old building1 He bad heard Hartly, when be ran through the house, setting fire to it. and had yelled at the top of his voice for assistance. Bot, either Hartly had not heard or did not heed his cries, for no assistance came. Out in the ball, which adjoined the doorless room, the >Soon began to crackle omin ously, and the pun?:ent smell of smoke crept through the wall to his nostrils. l<'or a few moments Fritz stood transfixed with horror, as the peril of his situation began to dawn upon him. He knew by the smell that the house was on fire; he knew that if l;e did not make a hasty escape he would be consumed in the mercilesa flames. What was he to do! Really, what was there he could do? He rushed about, scarcely aware what he wu doing.


The Venh-Uoquit Detective. It' toot caught upon sometbing, and 1M f1lll vieilently to the fioor. ln &I! his after life he could look back with cla;d.ness Jl'OD that mishap, as it was the means ot SAving him from an awful death. Quickly scrambling to his feet, he searched the 1Iooz: i a moment later his hand came in con tact witr. an iron ring. Pulling upon it, he raised a '!irap in the fioor, disclosing a large aperture leading down into anether pit below, which he concluded was a cellar. Without pausing to consider what he was doing, he dropped down through the hole. Anythipg was preferable to the horrible dan-ger above. He landed upon his feet upon a hard bottom of the ;;ellar into which he haO. leaped. In a moment thereafter there was a crash, and a portion of the rear fioor over 1lhe (l{'llar fell in. The light of the burning timbers now gave him a view of his situation. The cellar ran in under the whole of the house, t.nd was nearly filled with boxes. The only stairway bad been covered by the caving in of the floor, thus closing this avenue of es-cape. The caving in, in turn, had been mainly caused by the falling of a heavy girder from the second floor. Directly in front of where Fritz had landed was a large well-like hole in the ground, that looked as if it might be very deep, and his only wonder was that he bad not stepped otf into it, in the darkness that had prevailoo imme!liately after he bad struck into the cellar. I vonder otf dot vas a well, or ish der bole vot leads down into der cavern," he muttered, peerin?. over the ll<.lge. If der latter vos der case, I m all righd, providin' I can git down. But otf id vos a well, den I vos a gone sucker sure. I don'd see any dings off der rope-ladder." Looking above his head, he, however, dis cov&red where a staple had been recently drawn out of a joist, and this satisfied him that it had been where the laddor had been fastened to, and that the hole was the same that penetrated into the cavern in the bluff. "Der next t'ing vas to get down dere," he muttered. If I jump, like ashnot I preak mine nook, und den I pe ash pad off ash before, of not vorse." There seemed no other way of getting down, however1 and he resolved to take his chances, rather toan remain in the cellar and l>ecome a target for the fallen fiery timbe1-s. With a prayer for safety he made the uncertain leap. Down-down-down. be went with a velocity that took his breath, and he knew no more, ex cept conscious of striking the earth with a heavy JRJ. When he recovered his senses he was in the outer cave, anrl Madge Thornton was kneeling over him, chafing his hands. The cavern was dense with smoke, and breath ing was difficult. Fritz cemprehended the situation at once and sat up. I vas come down like a t'ousand of bricks. eh1" be smiled, of his limbs to learn if any of theD'\ were seriOusly damaged. I forgot all apond vere I vas going all at vo-uce. How you got oud off der 1'' GQod luck would have 1t that Griffith, hs his passion should have thrown tl:e bolt of the padlock when the catch was not in, so I easily reached out my band, drew the padlock otf, and got out into the chamber," Madge replied. "What is the matter? Is the old house burn ingt" Yes. We must get oud otf here or ve shake to death. Off it gets too deep, I vil swim mit you t'rough dot hole." He accordingly arose to his feet, and raising her in his arms, be waded toward the aperture, and outside of the cavern, around to the south ern beach, the water in the deepest place but reaching to his throat. "By shimminy dunder, I feel yoost like ash if I vas tickled to death, t'ings bat!' turned oud so veil," Fritz cried, as he placed Madge on her feet. "A vile ago I vas ash goot as guff up for a roasted Dutchman; now I vbas oud, and so vas you, und I feel better ash a spring lamb." "Are you sure we are out of danger?" "Vel, no, not eggsactly sure, I d'ink ve pe all righd now. Yoast you sday here in der shadow off yer plufl', vile I skirmish aroundt und see vat's to pay. She accordingly did as directed while h& clambered up the side of the bluff, bent on re connaissance. The first man and only man he met was Mr. Thornton, who had hurried back frcm the vi],. lage to the bluff as soon as Captain Gregg was discovered missing, to keep watch in the vicin ity. He uttered a cry of joy as he saw Fritz. "Why bless you, boy, I never expected to see you again!" he cried, shaking the young detectIVe by the hand. "Und you come purdy near 1d, too, bet a half-dollar, Mr. Thornton, for t got oud otf der building here in time tv save mine vool. But I bat!' got your daughter. unci der monish vas safe I" "What) you do not tell me this for 11. fact, Fritz?" "Vel, if I don'd misdake, it. vas Y ot!>st vait here und I pring you der girl. .Ash tE> der money, she vas no fool, und put it away vere she can get it again." He vanished only to reappear, a few minutes later, accompanied by Madge. Then followed a touching scene. The specu lator received his lost daughter with open there were explanations, and kisses, aod tears; and laughs, and-tbe reunion was now complete. Leaving them to their joy, let us take a con eluding glance at the ocean mce, which was ill the mean time transpiring. The pursuers saw Gregg pull out from the shore as soon as be saw tbem; then they tugged at their oars with a WJli. "Pull, boys!" Tompkins cried, from his posi tion at the steering-oar. "See! the woman is waving her handkerchief! That is a signal to the crew on board to fire up ready to be off. Pull-pull for your worth l We must intercept tbem, if possible, before they !:>oard." The vniagers did pull with a will, and' boat fairly leaped over the water.


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