Death-face, the detective; or, Life and love in New York

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Death-face, the detective; or, Life and love in New York

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Death-face, the detective; or, Life and love in New York
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Jopy rlght 1878-1884, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Pos t omce, New York, N. Y .. as second class matter. Mar 15, lllllt No.6 T H E A RTHU R WESTBROOK C O Cleveland, Ohio V ol.I ----========= DEATH-FACE, The Detective; or. w --------'BY EDWARD L. WU.EEL.ER; A.U"l'B:.OR. O P 'DEA DWOOD OIC-ll DOUBLg DAGGERS. "WILD IV A N TC... lt'l'Q. DBATH-B'A.CK TRAl'l'lU\.

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Copyright 1878-1884, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Post Office, New York, N. Y., as econd class matter. Mar. 15, 189 THE :ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio "R ol. i] DEATH-FACE, The Detective; or.-m BY EDWARD L, WHEELER, AUT HOR OF ';DEADWCOD DICK," 0DOUBLK DAGGERS," 0WILD I VAN,,, ETC ETC.

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Ueath-Fa.ce, the Detective. '!S ... .......... Death.-Face, i::J:".:S:E DETECTIVE; OR, Lite and Love i n New York. BY EDWA.RD L. WHEELER. euTBOR OF h DEADWOOD PICK," DOUBLE DAGGERS," "BUFFALO BEN," "WILD IVAN,11 ETC. CHA.PTER I. THE TRAG E DY IN CENTRAL PARK. THE las t lingering rays of tile golden sunset of au August day-a warm, sultry, oreathless clay in the metrooolis-were throwing a h a lo of shimm"lmg light over the crowcle l park, with its thro ng of moving p e destrians and handsome carriages-its trees, shrubs, beds of fragrant blossoming fl0i.vocs, and sloping lawns, and over the pretty lake, d.fl;t etl with rowboatstilled with pleasure-seekers and tmy whi te sails that looked picturesque and pretty. as they danced across the waters, lJe fore a faint breeze that evening broul!"ht on-a bree z e that had b ee n lacking curing the hot. p arched, feverish day, within the narrow stree ts, and filthy courts of the great, bustling city. Th e y were all here in one realistic picture, these people of the city-the rich and the poor, the high and the low, and the good and the bad; come out to enjoy the sunset, the delicious and the exhila rating, romantic influences of the hour, The rustic seats were full, the arb'.lrs and tlower covered bowers w ere all ocCU(>iel, and tl,e green carpe t of grass strewn with idl e lo ungeis, some aslee p some reading, others gazing at and comment ing on the And Celia Orwick, only a l'oor sewing-gir l to be Pre, had come hither into this paradie of trees and \'..nwers, and in a li ttle vin 3 e mhow e red arbor, un4 10e n and safe from intrusion, where sh e could watch the like, the drive and its gay equipages, a:i J the in cessan t moving panorama of figures, was watching the dying glo;v upon the horizon, and waiti ng. Waitinacl all the graces of manhood, and in face he look e d fea.ll.v older. A handsome face you would say, it was so round and good-natured, yet dissipation bad left haunting traces there, and the eyes showed ft more than the other features. But if dress could add to one's persona.I appeara nce, it was not lacking in Dandy Dock, for his general make-up was decfQ. edl[ bordering upon the "exquisite." I Celia Orwick was conscious of the glances l eve l ed at her. she was a skilled actre'lS, for by no act o r move did she b elrny the posession of such knowt edge; ind eed she startecl violently at D ock's pecu liar lit,tl e laugh and alm<'st screamed when she be held him standing upon tl1e threshol d 'You, Mr. Raymond? How you frightened me Were you standing there long?" she asked, her face a trifl e more reddened than u s ual. "Ye s, Cele.; have heen standing out there, and gazing at you in raptures, for full t e n minutes. Jove yon look swePt <;>nough to eat, to-night; and to thiuk of y o u coming here to enjoy what ain't al lotted to poor morta ls in this confounded city-a streak of suusbiue. Do you come here frequently?" "No, I do not often get this far," she replied, her gaze dropping to the floor, a pleased expression set;. tling about li e r cherry lips. "It is a long distance and we can't always spar e the car-fare. Sister Nel Iy comes oftener than I." "And that's because sister Nelly bas jnst a trifle more ambition than sister Celia," replied Dock, as snringly, coming for1vard to occupy the r emaining p o r ion of the seat. You are too much of a home body fur you own good. pet; don't give a fellow even a chance to see y o u " Why should you want to see m e Mr. Raymond? You knO\V where we live." "Yes, I know where, and used to drop in occasion another occupied my place, "Yes," the girl assented, a paine d expression shadowing h e r features, "I remember. It was Mr. ; but you do not know hi'11. I guess." Luckily for him, no-luckily. b ecause my tlst,e are in a prime coudit.ion for a pu'lilistic encounter You treated me rather cool thatnight1 so I concluded I'd best take a scull, as 1 h e boys say. O h that is untrue, Mr. Raymond; I did not use you coolly!" Celia said, repro'1chfully. "You have always been too true a friend to me and Nelly, for that. I am sure I-I-" And c ame Into the pretty "YO that, In Doc k Rar.mond's opinion. were incompa rable. Of course you diet, dear," he r e nlied, s oothingly venturing to encircle her waist with his strong arm: and drawing her toward him" of course you did. I was only teasing, th'>t's all. I saw how matters were-that you had more smiles for the new beau than the old-and thought it my duty to resil<"n. There, now. dry t h ose tears or I shall be tempted to kiss them away." "No. you mustn't-that would not be ril!"ht, you know. Ray," she said, h e r white hands over her face, as he made a feint at putting his threa\ Into execution. "And, does that f e llow still visit you. C e le? Don't see what you admire In him, except it is his gli" tongue for he's sonrf'r-looking than a pickle." Celia did not reply immertlatel y She was gazmg away across the httle sail -dotted expanse of water and noting how fast the were l!"ather lng. Off yonder through the treM the first g leam ot a gas-lamp shon<' like a twinkling shr. "He don't come any more," she finally replied "I "For him to meet vou here, eh?" coml'leted Dock with>< little laugh. r I thonl!"ht unusual brought you out. And perhaps he may even now ht waiting for me to vacate?" She did not answe r, and he regar ded her silence as a hint to J?O, and aroe, with a sigh. "Don'tgo, "ltA.y-not just yetil" she aid, her voice low and trembling. "f will te y
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D eath-Face, the Detective. "Neither I will, dearest," he said, reseating hlm;el f, and her in his arms. "Cele I Cele I do you know how much I love you? Have you not the while that my love is only for you?" She trembled from head to foot, and he could feel the beating of her heart against his arm, but she did not try to release herself--0nly bowed her head upon his breast, and wept piteously. She did not reply, but he felt that he ha.l an answer more assuring than words. He held her there, while the night came striding on, softly caressing her soft hair, and waiting forhe hardly knew what. She aroused at last, sat up, wiping away the tears that had reddened her eyes. "You may go, now, Ray," she said, pressing the band that held hers. "And, I want you to promise that you will not lin11er near, an eavesdropper." He rose, after kissma her on the lips. "You needn't tear, 8ele," he replied, something of !'eproach in his tone. I nave got a matter to at tend to in the Bowery, and it is time I was there. Don't stay here lon!l". The people are beginning to leave already. I Wish I cotild see you home." "Not to-night, Ray, on his account. But, you may come and see me, some time. No one will be there in vour way. 11 ''And I 1DiU, bet high on that Cele, you darling;" and then snatching a last kiss, he left the arbor, and hurried away toward the city, whose countless lights had all been lit. Celia watched his handsome, stylish figure until It h a d disappeared among the throng; then she turned wearily around, as a footstep soullded, and a man stepped withln the arbor. A tall, gracefu! young fellow, attired In t h e higtlt of f ashion, and faultl ess in almost every particular as far as personal appearance was concerned. His face was darkly handsome in its well-chise led features, and his eyes and jetty curling hair matched well with his compl exion. But the expression about his mouth was more cruel than p l easing. Diamonds were liberally worn upon his shirt-front and fingers and the chain across his white vest was of heavy go\d. Celia saw him, and he came forward, an angry gleam in his dark eyes. "So you are a l one, at last, eh?" he said, halfsav a gely. "I've been waiting half an hou r o r more for that puppy to leave." "You came too earl y, Celia answered, calmly. "I said at dusk, in my note." Yes, and that was a pretty note too, wasn't it? l gave you credit for more sen se. If that note had b y anv mischance been l ost, and its contents got abroad, I should have been ruined I "Indeed I" Celia had changed wonderfully in this man's presence. She was cold calm and collected. She knew she was facing a tiger, and must he equally brave. "You were warned, once befo re, in less em4 phatic words of the Impending trouble, al)d paid n o heed. When last I wrote, I wanted to make myeel f understood, Ned St. Cloud 1" "Curse it. you are growing impudent. I did not come, because I had important business on hand," replied the man. digging into the floor of the arbor w ith the heel of his patent-leather boot. "And now that I am here, what do you want?" I t was several moments before he was answered; then the reply came in words of weight-in the cool measured tones of the girl: You should know, well enough, Ned, without asking me-you do know, and are trembling on the verge of t uin, where one word of mine will place you. You must ma,.,.,1 me to-night.'" He started to his feet, with a fie rce oath, then re seated himself opposite her again. "You are a fool, girl," h e said, haughtily. "You think I fear you, and that you can tyrannize over e but you will find to your cost that I am not to e brow-beaten. I told you I pould not marry you t present, and you could not lei that suffice, hut ust send me an insulting "Insulting!" Celia laughed scornfully. "No one can insult a man of your cloth, Ned St. Cloud. It Is impossible True, you told me you would marry and acknowledge me, Fome time, but I cannot wait can,,ot, I say; more, uill not. Ob 1 how I hate, loathe and despise you, and yet" you must marry me-a once-to-night, or, as God 1s my judge, I'll-" "What?" he asked, coolly, though there was a fri?htened look in his eyes. """bat?" I'll make you marry me-I'll go to your fatherI'll advertise you through all the social circles of New York, as a black-hearted scoundrel!" And get ls.ughed at for your pains I" "No I I'll not get laughed at, either, you villain, but I'll make you such &n object of attention, that you'll be glad to h ide your face." "There I there I" he gasped, be quiet, for I take it all back. But I cannot marry you-not yet. " You must-you shall; this very uight, or go to the magistrate in the morning, whichever you will." "I' ll do neither. You shall not divulge a word con cerning our relations. I swear it, you she-tigress I" He bad stepped nearer, bis eyes gleaming with fury. and tliey stood face to face, the wronged girl, and the man who had been her worst enemy. "Marry me, to-night, or every one of your friends and acquaintances shall She did not finish-she could not, for, like a pan ther, he was upon her, hls two bands a.round her throat in a terrible grasp. With the ferocity of a madman ha hel d her, his gripe never relaxing until he was satisfied the foul work was done. And when he _put her back upon the rustic bench the heart of Ceha Orwick had ceased to beat. "Dead, by heaven!" he gasped, looking askance at the purJ?le face a n d t hroat. Then, with a sh udder be turned and stealthily made his way out of the dark arbor, joining in witl:) the great crowd. Half an hour later be emerged from the park 01' Fifth avenue,_ and hailing a cab, sprung In, and was whirled rapiwy away. CHAPTER II. AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. HEIDLE. THE day following St. Cloud's murderous assaull!,, was but a counterpart of its predecessor. The sun poured down upon the metropolis its intense heat. and not a breath of air was stiJ:ring Everything seemed withered and burnt by the scorching rays; thA sidewalks and pavements were blazing with beat; even the fiies in the tlltby gutters of haxter street seemed drooring and listless from the arid influence of the sun. All whom important business did not urge out werP. pretty sure to make the best of their shelter, while those un lucky ones who were pel:force driven out, took the shady side of the street, and their lei sure to perform their duties. At noon, wben the heat was about the greatest, a young gentleman might have bee11 seen hurrying a long Ba..xter street, in defiance of the wilting power of the sun. At nearly every other saloon where cooling beverage was dispensed, Ile Ftepped In. and each time on his return to the burning street, ap peared somewhat refreshed. He was tall, strong-limbed. and otherwise well proportioned, and attired in the dress-suit of a Wes$ point cadet, which well displayed his figure. In face he was tolerably good-lookin!l", though his cheeks were bloated a trifie, and dissipation had left mark""S about his eyes, which were of a lusterless gray color. His hair, of a light hrown hue, was sheared close to his skull, and a light mustache on his lip was carefully waxed to a needle's point at the endR. Withont looking around him in either direction, he hurried a l ong. and at last paused i u front of a two story b1ick structure, on the left-hit"nd side of the street, going up, The blinds and door were tightly

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Death-Pace. the D etective. blosed, and one have supposed the building empty\ but for a pamtEA tin sign upon the window ledge, oearing the iu:Jcription: .. DR. J. c. HICmLB, .. In laro;e, showy letters. "Thi is the place, I believe," muttered the cadet, advancing up tne stepshand pulling the bell, ously. "I wonder if t e old curmudgeon receives patients at tfils hour?" Io answer to the ring, a colored youth appeared at tlia door, and stared curiously at the uniform of ihe cailer "Loroyl you I sn't a. p'lice officer am you?" was the question put, and the whites of the boy's eyes showed wildl.v. "No, you fool," replied the cadet, curtly, I s your master in ?11 "No, sa1 .. he has stepped out," responded the youth, l:i all truth. "Go tell him a gentleman has called wh<>hasacase ot vital importance, wherein there Is a good speck. Do you understand, you rasc-ilf" The boy nodded. and closing and locking the inner hall door after him, went on bis errand. He soon returned, however, and admitted the cadet. In the second story front the learned doctor was presented to the cadet, who, without ado, accepted a seat and lit a cigar. The doctor was a short man, whose age probably bordered upon fifty, with a round little face, evil in Its ex:press10n, pecuharly glittering littl e black eyes, and long curling hair, which touched his shoulders. He was painfully large of girth, and made an odd figure when settled down in his huge arm-chair. He r eceived the cadet with an inquiring nod, and then gave some order to the co lored youth, in a low tone. after which the boy hurried out. "You hsive Important business with me, my friend, I b J !ieve," be said, with a slight German ac cent. "Yes, I have, was the reply, "it you are the Dr. Heidie whom I seek-the same who has a private as,l;'lum for insane peopl e in-" 'No matter just wbere, please. Yes, T am the same man. What shall I call you my friend?" ''Ainsworth, for the present, Cliffo r d Ainsworth." "Ver.v J;?ood'rMlster Ainsworth, very good. And now what can do for you?" The cadet glanced cautiousl y around, as it appre hending eavesdroppers. "Oh I you need not be afraid to speak out l" the d oc t o r hastened to say, with a shrug of his shoulders. "These walls are all padded. I could murder .fOU, and your screams would never be beard. 0 In that case I shall feel easier," Ainsworth re plied with a smile "My business is secret, in so far that it would be my deathwarrant to l e t my little p lan get aUroad. I understand, sir, that you receive patients in your private asyl um, for a moderate re muneratio n p e r annum. Is this so, or have I been misinform ed?'' "Oh I yes, I occasionally receive patients-quite ofte n, in fact. The institution is under my personal supervision, and patients receive the best of c 1re and atte ntion." "Solhaveheard. Andlhave also b ee n Informed that you do not require a person to be r'aJ,Zy insane, to insure an entry into your place, and that after lost within those prison walls. there is no hope for their ever escaping without a permit from you, for the keeper." The doctor tipped back In bis arm-chair, and gazed at bis visitor keenly, "Have Y"lt got any one :you wish put in the asy lum, never to come out tmt1l you say so. or cease to pay the bill?" he demanded, stroking his smooth shaven chin, calmly, "Or are you endeavoring to learn what you can so that you can put It to other uses-for instance, to inake up a police report?" "No t the latter, certainly, but the forme r bly, if we can come to satisfactory terms. lf0\91 then, I what I say is iu strictest conflden doctor. 0 An of those with wl:iom I: have had dealings will 'l'O U for my responsibility." "Very well. 111y case is this: Between two -myse lf and a female cousin-there is a matter a million dollars p e nding. The sum total wa l.1ft my cousin! while I, being a wild oat in the field, ram In with on y an allowance of a home with m y cc:. it I chose to a.crept of it1 and five hundred a y for pocket change. Bu, m case my cousin an.j should ma1Ty of the mone y returns me_, "Ah yes I perceive Why not use other mea then, than the asylum? I can fix you up a powd which could be slipped into her tea, and I will d the sharpest chemist to discover a trace of poiso after the work is done. It is sure, safe and quick!" Ainsworth shook his head, with a shudder, at th propositio n. u No I I want no murder on my bands," he sai decidedly. "Bes ides, it Is imperative that she sh live. For, in case or her death, I only g e t half the legacy. It WR8 my uncle's fond desire to see u two wife, but death snatcheven suspects that it Is mo than a residence and its prominent location on t avenue, shields it from suspicion. It is absolute safe. Or, if you wish to go out of town-" ''No, I do not 'vish to l eave New York, if there h elp for it," repli ed Ainsw0tth. "But you afford to knock off a couple of thousand, doct.or.' "No, indeed My fee is small enough at five, co sidering the risk I am running. Blackwell's I s l a n has no potent aharms for me." ''Well, I suppose il those are your 11.e:ures, yo will have to take the job, for two thousaoa down i cash, and a check on the Third National. Will th b e satisfactory?"

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Doeath-Faee, t.he Detective. "Not at all. I must have all cash. Caecks do not answer my purpose. 1 With a muttered execratio.1, Ainsworth took a huge wallet from an inside pocket, and counted o u t a stack of bills upon the table, some of wh ich were fresh, crisp o n es, while others were older and more worn. The "young" ones Dr. Heidie counted out from the older, and handed back to the cadet, with a cool, calculating smile, that -olnmes. "If y.ou bave any more of _those of a maturer age, I should prefer them," he said, with keen sarcasm. "Whyf what's t h e matter with these new onesf" demanded the plotter, an angry flush dyeing his face. "Nothing: much, only I don't handle the 'queer 'I" was the reply, in significant tones. You should have known better than to try any games on me, young man. Supposing I had taken those cleverly execu ted counterfeits, and after I had caged your bird, some of them bad come back on mef As a result l should have gone to prison, and you ma.y rely up on it I should not have gone a/o,,e!" "You have a sharp eye to detect what thousands are daily to detect!" replie d Ainsworth, with a shrug. It is seldom one or those bills is pro nounced bad." ment. "One more fifty, please--there. that is all correct, I believe And, now, about the patient: W &lre does she live?" "At No. -Fifth avenue." Ugh! that is bad. 'Jllost any other street would be better for my purpose. :poes she go out much?" "Notthi weather. It is too sultry, You must act before next Tuesday, as that is the day appointed for her departure for Newport." "Hum, ye! Has she any particula r female friends?" .. A fPw, I beliPve. Amy Chyle Is a very intimate acquaintaoce. R esides at No. 28th street. Also ll!i-s Lulu Marolin. at No. -27th street." Ab I ye"." The doctor jotted down the addresses UJY.m a piece of pape r. H e r name is-?" "Amy Elwood. "Anncil, and wrote a name and address upon a sheet of paper. Heidie took it and put it in his wallet, with a nod. "I shall inquire at the address if such a party re sides there," he said. manifesting his disposition of cunning. "Tf not. I shall do nothing in the matter, and you will forfeit your money. It is always the best to bA on the safe side, you know." "Ohl yes; certainlv. And, now, if our bargain is completed, I will go." "Very well. But. one thing more: has this young lady any favored lovers-such ones as wou l d be apt tocr<>ateadisturbance ifhe turns up missing? You should look well to this." None, I believe, except it is a young fellow, whom she occasionally receives, by the name of Harry Con roy. I '1oubt if he is in town, now, Lowever." This finished Cadet Ainsworth's business with the .ICoctor, and a few minutes afterward be left the house and made h; out of Baxter street. Half an hour later he t,as U{'On Broadway. J01ineling with the crowd, that, despite the parching h eat, were prome nadinii-; and there was an exultant smil e upon bis face, which boded no good to poor Amy Elwood, of as diabolical a plot as man often.conCHAPTER III. A VILLAINOUS ACT THE home of Amy Elwood was located upon Fifth avenue, in one of the hundreds of grand, imposing residences\ which line that noted thoroughfare. It wa. a arget pretentious structure, set in a pret ty shrub-fringea lawn, where beds of rare flowers were in blossom. It was a lovely place even for the aristocro.tic avenue, and one might well envy the fair heiress her possessions. Inside, the house was furnished richly and luxuri ously throughout, and superior taste was displayed in the arrangement of everything. On the morning following the day of Cadet A..ins.vorth 's visit to Doctor H e idie in Baxter street, two p e rsons were seated by t be open window of the crim son drawing-room, one smokmg and gazing out upon tbe avenue, while the other, a young girl of not over e ighteen years, was 1001.ing over the columns of a morning paper. A fair, pretty picture she made, in her l oose-fitting wrapper, with a tie of lace and ribbons at the throat. A fall", glorious girl was Amy Elwood. the yom1g heiress of all old J oh n Kent's countless thousands. Rather slight, hut yet exceedingly graceful of build, she wa;i possessed of a pleasing figure, wo manly and symme rieal, and a face of purely chie l ed features, set off with a soft cream-tinted com plexion, which matched harmoniously with ber e x prel;sive blue eyes, her rosehurl lip s, and fine blonde hair, wbicb the fain t breeze b lowing in through the open glass door, tossed in confusion about her shoul dArs. A g loriou s ly beautiful woman or girl s h e was, and so Avidently taought her male companion, a hand some. dandyish fellow, who alternated bis glances between her and tbe end of his freshly-tired Havana, wbile be pored over the news, intently. "Anything of importance, sis?" be asked, watch ing ber with a vacant, dreamy expression "Anr, retnrns from the regattas or the races at the park? "None, C l a r ence," was the rep1y, without raising her eyes from the page. "There has been another terrible drowning case at Long Branch, lwwever." drowned." "But, I am not reckless, Clarence. Indeed. they called me the most expert lady bather at rape May, last season." ,. "Because tbe r eport had got abroad that you were an heirrss-a millionairess, rather; because you bad a pretty face and the capital to back it, no doubt," with a perceptible shrug . "You seem to envy me my good looks. Mr. Sey mour, and the fortune that uncle left me," she said, l ooking straight at him with her big blue eyes. I am sure-" "J envy you nothing, dear cousin," the young man replied, flinging away bis cigar, and bending toward her, a touch of passion in his voice, "except it be your heart and band. Oh t Amy. you know bow tru ly my beart i s yours-how I love-ay, worship you; why, then, will you not give me some little e ncour agement? teJI me that I may have a little hope?" Because, .Clarence, I do not Jove you, and never can be your wife," Amy answered, candidly. I have told you the same many times before, but you still will persist in your unwelcome declarations of Jove Once, and for all, I say I cannot-will not marry you, so please let that settle it. As a cousin, I respect you, but no more.'' "You lovP anothef I" he growled, biting at his mustache-" know you do, so you need

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8 Dea.th-Face;-the Detective. make no denia.I. That blush upon your cheek tells more than all else. And it is that poor.shabby f el low who once stopperry Conroy is-1s-we ll, he's a porter. and occa'3iOn9.lly carries in coal I A gooJ honest occupation, no doubt, but hard ly to my lilting.,, "No; you would sooner play loafer, and live ur,on your friends, than do an honest stroke of bbor I fie.siled back the angry heiress. B"Sides, Mr. Conroy is eugaged in no such work, I am positiv e." "Ohl you are posttine, eh? You have questioued him as to his occupation, prob!lbly "I did but-" "He didn't tell you? No, I shouldn't, if T w e r e he. Hal ha.I you disbelieve me, I see. W e ll, all have to do, is to ri : l e throu;h Third and Fourtl1 ave nues every day for a week, and I'll gu yoa will see your Ad )ni blacked up with coal-smut and workin g Li l(e a be:iver." Amy did not reply, for the th()u<>hts arousel by Seymour's d 'Claration were strange1y p"'inful. This H'1rry Conroy had once upon a timP. stopp3 1 her runaway horse s when they were dashing thr.>u-,;h Broad way '1t a furious rate of spea:lJ and she h'1cl thanked him and given him her card, cor at she was favora!>ly impre3Sed with his pale, intellac tual face. He calle I upon her, and she became more Interest ed in him duriug his short st'1y than she bad ever be fore in men, an I as a result, extende:I him an iuvitt ion to call ag>tln Aud he had made several calls, which were mutu'11ly pleasant, and though no word of lov e had pa,se d b a tveen them, Amv was conscious that stn loved t h e young fellow with the whole of h e r young heart1 and she guessed that IB was as much in love as nerself. But, he ha I not now called for t1vo w deks, which seemeJ an end!e ss time t o t l 1'.3 waitinO" g irl. And although She believed what Seymour had said to b e a l:J!lse fabricatio11, she naturally could not h el\thinking of it. Fors hal once askd Harry what was his occu p!Ltiofl, 11 I h had daxterously evaded a r e ply, wh1c.h, now that sl1e r ec :tll e d the fact, look3d strange if not suspicion>. \\'ho or what was h e? This was the question now! A ring at the door interrupted her thoughts, and Seymo ur went to the summons, motioning the servant back. A g low of satisfaction gleamed in his eye, as he opened the door and receiv e\} a delicately-enveloped note from a messenger-boy, who retired as qoo 1 as he had done his errand. is it, Clarence'" Amy asked, lookin g up as ne th drawing-room with tbe lette r. "S:,,nethiug for you. cousin. A b'Jy brought it," t\nd he tossed the note up on her lap ... Poubtless it i.s from your hod-cirrier Adonis," Mr Seymour, I wish you to cea e your insulting comments upon Mr. Conroy, or else leave the room. I will not be annoyed any longer!" Amy cried, in dif.nS.n tly, 'Ohl I touched a tenderspot1 eh? Well, I offend 9.!1ain, 'pon honor," ana lighting a fresh cigar, the cousin _strolled out upon the lawn, whil e Amy hastily tore open the Jetter and ran over the contents. It read: "NEW Yorur, August 12, 187-. "DEAR MISS ELWOOD:.. Your intimate friend, Amy Chyle, is lying dane gerouslv ill at No. 3d avenue, and is calling for you. Please come; we send a carriage for ?Ou. "Truly, J.C. H." Tears were in Amy's eyes as she finb.1ed, and Sey mour. sauntering back into the room fro:n the lawn, saw them. "Hello! what's the matter, sis? Bad n e ws? And, ... there is a carriage waiting outside. Amy explained in a fw W'lrds, and then ran up stairs for her wraps, returning shortly after, attired in a rich moruing street costume, and looking so swee t and pretty, that the heart of Clarence Sey mour-the bogus Coidet Ainsworth-smote him, when he realized that sne was about e ntering a livmg tomb, within the w:ills of a private mad house. "You may call aronml for me at tea time, Clar en Je, and if poss i b l e I will come born e," Amy said, as s h e allowed him to pt h e r into the waiting coach. Very well, sis. Good-by to you I and he shut the door, and the cab roll e d away over the jolting cobble-stones. "So goes one obstacle from my path I" muttered the arch-villain, as h a returned to the m ansio n "This is all mine. now-for a time, at l e ast, n.nd l mean to enjoy it in the best sense of tha word, while my defiant little cousin lang uishes in what is worse than a grave or pris on." Amy was driven rapidly away, andin the course o f half an hour the cab Jet her out in front o an impos. ing marble-front structure, with massive spiral steps ascending from the pave, to the heavy, silver trimmecl doors.'' With no suspicion of the diabolical schemes o( which she was the victim, she 1au up the steps, and soun1e d the ponderous knocker. A younir lj'irl of about her own age, evidently a Creole, jud '!llllr from her features aud complexion, answered the summons. "I came to see Miss Chyle," Amy said, upon an Inquiring glance from the servant. "Cau I see h er111 "Yes, ma'am." replied the girl, with a courtesy. Come in please." And Amy was ushere d into a grand hall, and then into a parlor which was s:> grand, that inv oluntarily she gave a stare of amazement. The marble-tiled floor hone like a mirror, where it w snot laid with plu s h and velvet mats; the rich ly-frescoed walls were inlaid with costly paintings brilliant chandeliers pe'lde d from the bigh, rno!ded ceilings, and the furniture was of the richest .and mot expensive pattern. The e:reat windows were guarrlPd by costly dam ask c urt.a.ins; statues under vail stood here and there. and a grand piano occupied one corner. Al together it was too grand for a residence, and Amy gaze1 around her in wonder and inquiry. "You will please b e seated, ma'am," the servant said, "and I will ca.II the doctor." Amy sunk dowu upon a sofa and wait.ed while the Creole hurried away. A few moments late r, Doctor H ei
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D eath-Face, the Detective, 7 "Oh res.'' replied Amy, quickly, spr i turing to her feet. We are very dear f1iends. 'l'ake me to her, sir." The doctor bowed, apd led the way into the h all and 'then up the hall to a small room, where un ele vator was waiting for them. Into this they stepped, and were borne rapidly upward, finally coming to a in the third story. Here Doctor Heidi e assisted Amy out, a low laugh breaking from !tis lips. "Pretty well done, miss," he said; "I apprehended more trouble.11 "Sir?" Amy interrogate d, not understanding. "Pretty weJI done I say." repeated the doctor, with another l augil; the ease with which I caged you. Ha! ha!"' "Caged me?" A great horror seized upon the young heiress at those two words. "Caged me? What do you mean? "I mean that 1 never had less troubl e in entrap ping a victim Young womau, you may as well know the worst at once. You are safel y imprisoned in Doctor Heidie's private mad-house, where you a,i e liable to remain for life." Then, without waiting to note the effect of his words, the old wretch leape d into the car, pulle d a cord, and descended raidly downward. Nu words can describe the ho!'lor-the awful sengation that swept ov e r Amy Elwood at this moment. She uttered a low terrified cry, and sunk unconscious o n the floo r I Poor girl! After hours of insensibility, she awoke to find her self in a large but neatl.v-furnished room, l ying up on a couch, with several females btmding anxiously over her. "Where am I?" she gaspad, starting up; and then flashed across her min l the doctor's words. "Oh I great God! I a.min a mad-house!" "Yes, young lady," replied one of the females, "you are indeed in a mad-house-a so-called madhouse, but no persons whose sanity is questioned, ever come h ere. It is a Iivin00 tomb-a j a il wherein poor defenseless women are kept, by a foul wretch who calls himsel f a doctor." "And. you-who are you all!"' Amy demanded, sus piciously. for she AAW girls around h e r from her own age upward to old gray-haired w o men. ''Alas, dear, we are the same as you-prisoners. I was the last to come, and my name is Etta Allru1ton. There are women here who have spent years of their life in thi s third-story priscn." This much Amy learned, a .nd with a groan she S'.Lt upon the cot, and gazed hope lessl.v around into the strange faces about ner-face that this horrible l ife had furrowed and wrinkled deeply. CHAPTER TV. 'IHE DETECTIVE GoING alon.g Mnlbrr. v street for several blocks, and reading the door and window -ledge signs, you would, at the time of our storv, nnd will now, doubt l ess, come to a large w1preposses s ing tenement of b r i ck. in which not l ess than twenty or m ore families were crowded, and a large banner sign ov e r the main door, respectfully announced to the puul i c that this was "llfollr's Crib.'' Why .twas calfocl so, or who the individual Molly was, we shall uot stop t o learn, but, after passrng up several ftights of stairs, and along ha.llways where filthy, half-nude children were playing, we a t last enter a room in the further corner of the fif'h story. -Inside we find quite a change from the unpleasant scene we have just passe'l through. The apartment Is rudely but comfortably furnishe d, with common ingrain carpet, wooden chairs, and three coucl1es which evidently served as beds for the three men upon thPm, smoking their long Turkish were three as unlike, as one w ill often meet i n companv-unlike in personal appearance and if not iu disposition, taste and canings. First of all, and most noticeable of all was Death-Face, the Detective. It would require considerable explanation to enlighten tbe reader as to how b e came into possession of that title, and therefore w e . .,ill let the n ame suffice in i tself. Death-Face Is too well known i n the detecti ve annals, for us to be strict ly personal. Yet we propose to write of him, In this romance, as though he were a charar-ter of imagina tion and fiction. He was a man of five-andtwenty years, th
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Death-Face. the D etective, -,--------------------.to know where her sister was. Left her home t0 go to Central Park, last week; Friday, and hasn' t come back yet. Foul play suspected." "Any reward?" asked Death-Face, stretching himself with a yawn. "No seems there were only the two sisters-took In sew ng for a living, as near as I can learn. Poor as church mice, and 'if any one will kind l y tell me of the whereabouts of my sister, I shall be very grateful.'" "Ah!" Dock twisted bis face into a wry expres sion "A 'gratitude' case, eh? Well, I am not takini; on any such to-day." 'It might b e a good move, old boy. Maybe this sister that advertiseth is handsome and courtable." "Hang tho women!" repli e d Do c k, in evident dis gust; "they're all alike. The only female I ever cared for gave me the 'shake,' and I haven't much faith in them. I've got something better in view." "What?" asked Death Face, calml y. "Oh! sometping up on Twenty-se v enth street in a brown-ston e.' "Faro or "The I s uspect. "Humph! you'll not get in there. This lost girl business weighs better to the pound, in my way of thinking." W ell, lou oan tackle it, if you choose, but you '11 find the difference." "Any news of this great counterfeiting scheme?" asked Fooly Fred, r eligh tiu g his pipe. HNo!" replied Dea.th-F'a.ce, with a scowl. "It is Indeed a big case to handle, with no handles to it. I've done some of my most sci e ntific scouting, and Pinkerton's men are on the watch, constantly, all.to no avail. The game is safely quarried, and the cotlntry is being flooded w i th the most cleverly-exe cuted counterfeits of the age. Not less t han five thousand dollars' worth of the stuff was afloat on the market I'll wager money reputation, that one man out of every ten. iu \Va ll street, cannot distingtrish the new true fifties from these blossoms' thd 'ring' is shovin0 ' "Probably not; and this establishment must be one of the most comr.leto in tho world, for, instead of playinsr upon one bank, they have s ets of dies for at l ea.st fif t y, throughout the United State3, 1 hear," said Dandy Dock. "Yes there is where the mischi ef i s If they onlv blossom e d on one or two banks, tn e public could watch out for tbem. but bill s of n il banks ponrinll: in to marke t are d e cided l y puzz lin g. Besides, tney have a process for making new counterfeits lo ok old and dilapid'lt e d, which i s ingenious, and helps to prevent suspicion in rr1any cases.,, "Do .vou think the d e n is in thi s city?" "Undoubtedly. as the re is a greater influx of coun ter feits here than in Philadelphia or Boston. In my opini on many of our first citiz ens a r e implicated in tliis moven1Pnt1 and if the ringi s ever broken up, there will be some startlin g discoveries." "You'd be surprised to find a Mayor and a Con gressman in it," said Fred, with a laugh. "No fear of that: but there are some gamblin g politician s in New York. who n e e d watching more than tbeir b o lder brother rogues." At this juncture the conversation of the three de tectives was interrupted by a knock at the door of their room. A dainty, hesitating sort o f a knock it was-feminine at a guess. And so i t proved, when Dandy Dock went to answer the summons. A little wo manish figure, neatly attired. and 'deeply vailed, ber of ever ha.-i ng seen her b e fore. I s the detective, Death-Face, in?" was askPd in a low sweet voice, and tben the woman gave a start as she look e d up into the face of Dock. She rec ognized him, even though b e could not her, on ac CGunt o f the vail -"Yes, ma'am, the boss is in; willyoustepinsidet" and in bis suave manner, Dock handed her a seat n ear the door. "Death-Face, this lady wishes to see yon-eh? mad:i.m?" "Yes, sir," was th e faint reply. "To see me, did yon say ?" yawned the detective, riai.ng to his fee t and b o1ving courteously. "Ahl yes what can I do for you, lady?" The woman hesitate
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Death-Face, the Detective. 9 Dock did not reply. There was a pained look upon bis manly face; evidently unpleasant memories were crowding upon him. "Tb en, if she hated him, why did she go to meet him!" continued Death-Face, down word for word. "You shouldn't, at present, press too close, boss," Interposed Fred Funk. "Thank you, boy for reminding. and I hope you will excuse me, Miss Orwick. We detectives are great to 9uestion. I think I understand the case." .And IS there any hope, sir! Ohl do not tell me no! You are a great man, and I am sure you will not refuse to-to-" "No, miss, we will not refuse to aid you because you are poor," Death-Face replied, kindly. "I will give the case my immediate attention, and my aids here shall work in your behalf." "Oh, thank :you, sir, thank you! God will reward you for your kmdness, ie I cannot!" "Never mind about that, lady, for I am al ways ready to stl'ike in defense of the weak and im10cent As the case lies, there are great chances that this St. Cloud has made way with her-either had her Imprison ed or murdered, in case she threatened to make bin1 marry h e r, whi c h, as I unde1-stand it, was evidently h e r intent. ion. J sho.11 dispatch Freel to the park to learn what he can. and Dock to the Morgue to examine the late>t a1Tiva l s of unclaimed dead. I shall not leave one stone unturned, believe me, that will promis e the slighte s t chances of success to our undertaking." Gratefull y N e ll y thanked them all, and then, after leaving her address, took her l eave, Fooly Fred of7ering bis escort as far as Twe nty-s eventh street, which was accepted, muc h to bis delight, for in secret be was greatly enamored of pretty little N e lly and her sweet, winning ways. CHAPTER V. SHERRY RAYNOR'S GODSEND. THE Brook lyn ferry-boat was crowded that ni ght -probably owini>: to the fact that the New York bOards offered extra theatrical attraction-when, after the clanking of chains, and the splash of the agitated water about the piled sidings, the boat l'!wnng out into the stream, and plowed her way tb,rough the waves lik e some monster of life. Upon a seat sat a youth of between seventeen and eighteen years, evidently of the "lower ten," if you were to judge by bis habiliments. He was a handsome young fellow, with an erect yet graceful form, such as the ladies admire. ancl a clear, open, honest face, handsome because of its regularity oC features, and fresh, healthful g low. His hair was light, and curled in a great mass close to his head; his month rather l arge. yet firm and resolute; hi s eyes brown, yet possessed of a strange magnetic influence. His dress was coarse and shabby, and the bat set jauntily up1m ond side of his head, and the patent-leather boots npon his fee t were more dilapidated than was becoming for public display. Close beside the youth sat a man of some thirtytwo or five years, with a dark, unprepossessing face, made the more so by a jet-black, heavy mustache, and eyes and hair of the same fierce shade. He was well dressed, sported a diamond pin and a heavy seal ring, and a. massiv" gold chain, the glitter of which in the gaslight more than once attracted the gaze of the youth by his side. The man carried a large bundle across bis knees, done up with precision in heavy cream-wove wrap P.ing paper, a.ncl upon this he kept a c lose watch, as if be had apprehensions for its safety. Hi1 eves when not riveted upon the bunclle rested alternately npon the faces around him, as if expe..,ting or in search of some one, who did not put in an appearance. His movements, nervous and easy. indicated that the fellow was greatly agitated. This might be owing to the presence of a little be whiskered individual in a long duster, who occupied th" opposite seat, in a facing position. He watched his opposi1e with a gaze piercing enough to be an noying, and more than once the man with the brig andish mustache uttered a fierc e curse under his breath, but loud enough for the ears of Sherry Raynor, the youth at bis left. "W)lat's the jig, boss!" was Sherry's ecol query, as he saw the man fidg e t in his seat. Sherry was not a basbful boy; years of rong-h-ancl tumble existence in the sinful metropolis had ha.rd ened him in manners if not in heart. "Got a' corn thet pinches or a bile? Biles are a plague sometimes. Make a feller uneasy as a lobster at low tide." His words called forth another muttered curse frem the man; then a question in retum. u Who are yon, young man?" was asked1 in a low, intense tone, and the men gazed eagerly mto Sher ry's genial face. "Do you live around here? Are you much acquainted?" Sherry puffed bard at his cigar, and in a. reflective manner, before replying. "Don' t hev any purtickler loclgin'-honse as I know of,,, he r e pli e d a t last, with a grimace. u Roost 'round most ennywheres night overt&kes me. Pretty well acquainted 'bout town. yes. Kin point out promenent polertitions ter ye, fer a quartu a head; considf:'rable about the too." "Ah! then.. maybe you can tell me who that man in the long duster is, over across the way. "Him? W al, now, I reckon you've snagged your ankle over a bar, sure. Don't ide nte1fy his mug, ef I've ever seen it. Might figger in fer an aldermen, or a detective. tho I" "A detective!" the man started. and muttered another curse. And tbe man on the opposite bench was staring straight at bim. "'rhet pill is as sassy with his optics as a Bowery "He's go t his attelftion pasted snug on you, boss; you tumble to it. Wat.ch out for him, or he'll tickie yer heels." "Yes, curse him, he has been trailing ire about for a week!" repli'lcl the man. "I'll tell you how it is, boy, and maybe you c a n help me. I am from Toronto, Canada. I am the greatest card-player iu all the Provinces. Two months ago I cleaned out Toronto and Ottawa, and then c leared out. But they sent 'l 1rnng after me to r egain what they had lost. I've evaded them without trouble, until that cuss across the way struck my scent, and I cannot shake him. Boy, clo you know of a place I can hide in for a few days? I'll pay well to lose yonder devil in the duster." "Reckon there's places where no one can find ye!" r eplied Sherry. r eflect iv ely, 'er ye heel spondulicks foot tber bill. Jest shove a V in under yer unkle's nose, and see how quick he'll flop dut inter yonder gentleman's face. Bet be ken't find ye 'fore next Centennial; you bear me!" "Five dollars?" the man stared in surprif=e. "Five dollars, you say? Why. young ma.n, if you will put me through safe ancl throw that hound off the track, I'll give you a thousand dollars-ay, ancl double the thousand, for I must g-et out of the preence of that man-must, I say, if I have to spend every farthing l'm wo1th, for if be were to arrest me and take me back into the Queen's dominions, they' d shoot me inside of twenty-four hours." "Aud you'll give me two thousand dollars if I throw yonder crab off scent, d 'ye sayr" demanded Sherry, nearl.v out in hi s excitement. "Yes, rn give you every cent of it, and as proor of my h onesty, when we're out of immediate obser vation I ll surrender this bundle to you, iu which you will find that amount." Ancl tbe man tapped the pa.reel significantly. h All right, boss; I'm yer clam, wfi.ere there's du dads forthcoming-just put yer paw on that, you hear mel What' s your cognomen?" "My name is-well, call me Faro Phil. That will

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10 Deat h F ace, t.he Detective. answer as well as any other, I guess. Ha! the old devil is gone from his seat, across yonder." HSo he hasl" assented Sherry with a wink "Smells a mice, an' has gone to the front of the boat to set his trap. But l '11 show him a trick worth two of that. Cum along h ere ter this hind end. The machine ar' going to turn around before running into Fulton street. Don't yer ;ee ther 'orses 'd hev ter back off if s h e ran in front end?" "So they would," replied Faro Phil, ns he followed not notic e it." "Around that man-o-war hack there. she are swing-in' a round again. Now, lo ok out! 'rh erminnit she touches pi r, jump an' f oller yer unkle. The b e ll the crowJed forward, anrl at last, witn a splashing of the water and the shouts of m e n, the boat ruhb d against t .he pie r. Sherry was off in a moment, and striding swiftly out of the ferry-house into Fulton stree t, closely fol lowed by bis dark faced companion. "Got any loose cash 'bout yer?" he asked, as they halted a moment outsid e the ferry-bouse. "Better take a cab fer a while. Quick, or yer shadder 'II spy you!'' They both sprung into a waiting cab, and Sherry gave the dirPctions in a low tone. The n the door was s lammed shut and the carriage whirled away, but not in time for the two 0ccupants to miss seeing a man rush out from the cro Nd anc l gaze around him. It was the gtlntleman in the linen re, driverr wanted?'' came back the t"t::iiponse. .. D'ye see tbat h:Grridge snuckiu' up ahind y e back thero ?"' C see it." "We ll, ef you wanter Hng P r -fondle an X put us outside o' thet chap's vis ion in less time than a cat can slide off a h our m.v grip. SePn snch a" him b e fore. H eckon I twig his jib, sup0rftn P Doubl e inderwidual-or.e side out, t'othe r sldP in under disguise. His signbnard spells, Death -Face. D eective!" "The devil I Faro Phil fiercely yelled, gro,ving strangely white foradarkcomplexioned man. "lt Is not that cuss?" "Dunno; cain't most allus tert, as ther old man Tell sed, afore he shot the apple. Possible it miglti b e thet same Death-Face. Whyf w'at d'ye know o ltim r 'l.'hort you 1s a Canadian j" "I've read of him," was all the retort Faro Phil voucbsn fed. Yas, accepted Sherry, obliquel y closing one eye. u I so." But the expression in his tone proveJ that he did n't suppose anything of the kind. And Faro P hil \vas not so dumb as not to understand it, but h e gave no proof of his knowledge. On came the pursuing cab, at as great a speed as was p ermissible through important street;; of the metropoli3, and on went the cab in which the two had take n passage. "Wh.v don't the accursed idiot turn off Fulton street?" raved the gambler, as he saw that the fo l lowing cab was in reality gaming. Hio words were answered by the turning of the cab into Broad way, where the crowd was dense and black. The rumnling of the great 'husses and cracldng of whips and shouts of contending drivers, mad" strange noises on the night. '\N0\7, boss I" cried Sherry, keeping an eye out "p:.it fifteen d o llars down here on the seat fer our hack fare, and then prepare yerself f e r a grand f:Hn.;. I1m f e r debouchm1 in te r sum o' this 'e r e crow'-i an' e ludin' our old p e r e nnial. Faro Pbil too k a large roll of bill s from the pocket of his w bite vest and laid a twent. y out of it upon the seat. By this time the jam usual at Broadway and Fu! ton was encountered, and the cab was forced to slacke n speed to scarcely a walk. "Come now's our harvest!" cried Sherry, und the n ext moment he had the cab door open, aua was out and making his way in among the immense crowd that thronge d t e pave He hurried along swiftl y for a fe-.v moments, witbout looking back, but wlle n b e did it was to discove r that Faro Phj.I was not be hmd him. H e was about to wonder at this, when the repor t of a pistol was heard, and the crowd involun tarily paused and surgecl back to l earn the ca!.!Se. To Sherry it was at oncP. apparent. Faro Phil had been n abbed and had r& sistance. And he, Sherry, had possession of the mysterious bundle He had grabbed it in bis leap frnm tbe cab. What was in it? Had Faro Phil told the truth about its containing two thousand? A wild tumult was rising in She1Ty's h art as he thought of the enormity of the sum t-0 him. "An' I'm a baked clam e f it ain't a-goinsr to be mine!" h e mutte red. u non1t reckou I co1nedisbnn estly by it H onestf,'s the best poli cy. !>hey sa.v, but it don't say nothin' bout two thousand dollar poli. cies Half an hour later, he sought a lodging house in a side strePt. A.nd ene:ae:ed a room, in which h e locked himself. Then, wi t h a rapidlybating heart he quickly undid the bundle And the gambler, Faro Phil, had n o t lied to him l Inside were rolls of b a ni< notes, nrme of whose de nominations were less than fifty dolla""-bills on a ll the important banks of the country-bills that were n ew a_nd crisp, and bills that were old and well-worn -all m one great bulk. It was more lban the delighted boy h a d dared to hope. and swinging his hat aloft, h e gave vent to his feelings in a wild cry of ecstasy. CHAP1'ER VI. COME EASY, GO EASY SHERRY RAYNOR was not or un&crupu l ous. His parents had < li e d when b e was ten years of age, l e aving him and a twin sister, alone upon the charities of a cold. pitiless world. ThP y w e r e penniless and ,,, .. ...... 1, and starvation stared th e1n in the fac e, nn+:. a. K.1uJ hearted bake r took ShPrry into bis emDloy, wh e r e h e bad remained until two years previouo to our story, when the old man died, and the boy was thrown out of work.

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Dea.th Face the :r;>eteetive. 11 Since then he had roame d about the city, catch ing a job htre and the r e Of his twin-sist.er L eo, he had heard only o nce in tbe time since they bad parted, when b e bad gone iQ.to the service of the bilker. Then she was w orking in a p ictur e gallery on Broadway. But he bad neve r found time to go and s e e her while at the bake r's, and after his liberty, when he sought her, she had gone away from the gall Lry, and no one knew of h e r where abouts. But ho found a picture of !Jer-a tall, promising girl of s<>venteen, with surpassin g pretti ness of feature and form-a fair maiden approaching the threshold of a glorious ,rnman hood. H e purchas<>d the picture, and put it i n bis pocket; the n, when no other occupation prevented, h o pass ed away his hours in wandering about lhe city, h o p ing by some chance to stumbl e upon L eo. And Sherry bad a no th er object in these rambles. H e was literally trying to kill two birds with one stone f01.be had a little love rcmance of his own, locked up in his heart. It was now full a year since b e bad ccl in this great wicked metropolitan city. And now! Before him lay in a pile, where bis fingers had ar r anged it, a fortune such es be bad nevpr dreamed of p oss,.ssin;(-a fortune that would lift him from the streets, and place him fo rever above want. ."I'll be scooped u p fer oyster s. if 'tain't mine, now l" he 1nutt r ed, handling over the not?s as care fully as if they w e r e tissu e Tbet chap come by them dishonest, so I orter keep e m from him, which w o uld be honest, now, wou ldn't it? I'v e a notion ter bellin bizness at once, and see the sights." I woul d, too, Shury1 if I were you," repli ed a voic e, and glancing hastil y around, the startled youth beheld a s econd individual of sonwwbere uear his own a?,e, looking composedl y over his boulder. "Hell o Sherry was upon his f pet ib a moment, his fists clinched for combat. "How in Simon Peter did c,u git in?" '"as i1J before you came," l aughed t J1e other, good-nati:redly. Di dn't you spy m e lyiug on the bed, I i;ot up and dresse<;l while you were undomg your pnze. h e r e 'd ye make the raise?" Sherry did not answer the question. H e was star ing straight nt the youth. a light of recognition beamin g in his e.ve-a wild unaccoun1able throb bing in the region of ris h eart. The youth was a little shorter of stature than him self. and m o r e plump and rounded of form, with a round face, 1hat was strikingly handsome in its delicate outlines, and rosy-and-cream complexion, and eyes that were hazel and wondrouslx attractive in their glances; while the hair. of a h gbtis h shade, was close l y cnt, in the prevailing styl e The face w3s not graced with beard, aud if it ever had been. jt. bad bee n recentl y shaven. T h e dress of the youth of faultless e legance, of tl.Je costliest material, wl11ie in bib mrnaculate shirt-front sparkled a thousand-rayed diamond cl uster pin, and a ring of the same precious material g littered upon the little fin gAr of his left hand, wb ich was as small and white, n early. as a woman's. Patcntleathers upon !tis feet, a silk bat upon his h ear!. anc. a.o ld-headed cane in hand, completed the outfit oi the young J?ent l eman o f l e isure, at whom Sherry Raynor gazed in a sort of fascinat ion. "You are-are Fay'"'s broth e r!" he decl ared, at last, decisi vely. "Ain't you?'' "What do yon know about Fay I should like to kn ow?" Durned little-not half as much as I should like to," Sherry responded, earnestl y. I saw her on the Fulton ferry, nigh ")car ago." "Oh! you a 8 ll rn young-frllow she gave thff pape r to, e h? Just iike one of her haru1n-scarum prank. And I suppose yom innocent young bearl was w on, t h ere and then?" \ ''Dunn o ef iL's any o' you r busin ess!" Sh e rry an swerml, wioh spirit. He didn't particularly admire the insinuating manner of the fellow. "Ohl you needn't be so sassy. lllayb"l I can help along your caso a bit if you don't get your back up lily cognomen is Charley Evans. Yom-.. is Raynor!" "Reckon it is." Sherry was studying Mr. Charl e y Evans very closel y. ''Where do thet purty sister o' youru hang out?" "Her e in the city. A nobby gal is sloe, too. You must see her sometime, mul make I.e r But, for the present, othe r bus in ess. I see you'rn flush o f money. Expect it isn't none of my business where y o u got it?'' "Nor a n1ite o f your bus iness." replied Sherry, independently ligh t in g a cigar and puffing away, coolly. H.:i had received a fair education while in the bakers employ, and could converse as correctly as any one, when he chose, o r eoulJ master the slang oC the street as fast as any of the boys. 'If it 1 ere any of your th'!J; '"ould b e another side to the case, yuu SE>e. 1mt, it ain1t.'' "Of not,'' Evans asse nLed. 'Bu t I believe I heard you remark that you p1onosed gc.ing out tonight, to enjoy yourself. I am of that turn of mindi also, and l argue we had belter f;'O together. l 'l venture to say you don't know the ropes, w h ile I do, and if we cannot have a boss time I'll vote for Tweed. Will you come?" "Reck o n so, ef thar's musi c in the air. But what is) erfrogramme? I mus bl o>som out in new togo; afore can be receiv ed int e r society." ' A.nd must d rop the gutter dialect, too, for reoo1 .. lect you're no longer a treH Arab, but a gentlern&u of l e i sure with a H fhat money Sherr y counted out a thonsr.nd dollars, and COt cealed it about bis persou, anrl then did the remaii: der up iu a bundle, and s ignified bis readiness f or departure. What are you J?oing t o do with that bundle?" demanded Evans, showing bis disgust at walkieg with a person "ho carried parce l s. Reckon I'm g oin' to tote it along,"' replied Sherry, independently. "Ef you d on't like to walk wi' yer unkfe, why th e r e1s two directions ter Baxter street.' r::vans l a u g h ed good-natured ly, and they made their way toward Broadway, but it was noticeable that a good man.r passers-by glanced amusedl y at the two youths, at o nce taking in the contrast "' their dress. Slraigbt into one o f the first tailoring establish ments of Broacway, Sherry went, followed by hi.;; companion. It was an immense place with great stacks of cloths. g rand mirrors, gonreoas chande liers, and bur ying c lerks, and a place n o one need venture in for low prices. Evans stood back near the door, and let Sherry break his own path. And h e was not afraid to stem the tide, e i t b er. He sauntered l eisurely along, stopping now and tbei.. to examine a piece of goods. or stare into the ineat mirrors, which wPre much be yonc anything he had ever seen. At fast the ans tere c l erks regarned him with disdain, and exchang Pd win ks and smiles at his expense. And h e was not slow to realiz e that h e was J?Oing to be for none of 1 he cle ks paid him the least attention. Shabby c u are rarely w e ll treated in Broad way palaces. Sherry well knew this hut d etermined was he not to be snubbed. Presently h e saw a tall e lderl y personaJ?e, wearing gold-rimmed spectacl es, issu e from the cashier's of flee; and make his way toward the front of the store. and h e waylaid him at once.

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I Death-Face, the Detective. "Be you the boss of thi s shebang?" Sherry de manded, confronting him and blockading b is passage. "I am the proprietor, yes, sir," replied the gentle man, gazing down at tb.e boy, an expression of fun in bis eyes. "Such bei6g the case, what can I do for you, my young friend?" Sherr.v starad. "You're a fust-class hoss!" he declared, after a moment-" what they call a gentleman. I twig your jib, superfine. An' now, may I ask ye, w'at d'ye keep these supernumeries 'round beer fer?" "My clerks? Why, to wait upon customers, of course.1 "Generally pick out sicb as they keer ter wait up-0n an' Jet tbe others slide off, I reckon. 1 Certai n l y not. Have you not been waited upon? :Oo you wish to purchase?" "Shouldn't wonder ef I might invest a hundred In togs, ef I can get ennybody to wait onter my royal nibs.'' "Of course. I'll see to this. llawl ey, this way;" and Mr. J-motioned to his foreman. "Wh;v has not this young gentleman been waited upon, sir ? He!" and the foreman gave Sherry a withering glance; "why, he's from the streets, sir; he has no money." D'ye want ter waltz out back an' tell me that?" Sherry asked, bristling up. "Bet a baked clam, wi' free lunch added in, gratuitous, and a five-cent pon11, thet I ron muster more currency than you, or a dozen like you." The foreman flushed hotly. "See here no more of this I" exclaimed Mr. J--, .sharply "Hawley, pever let it be said that you, or any of those unde r you, neglected a customer, because his attire did !lot favorably correspond with yuur own, o r I shall dispense with your servicf"S. This is my store, and the rich and Poor shall be treated with the same due courtesy. Please remem ber that." "You're a solid man, y01t are, Mr Wbat-ever-yourname-is!" cried Sherry, in delight-. "I war poor <>nee myself, and I'm not above 'em yet-tumble ter that! Now, you supernumery, ef yer ready, show me the best block o stuff in yer bull establishment, you hear yer unkle I" Mr. J-made his way out into the street, a broad smile playing about his mouth. '"That boy has a sharp tongue, and is nobody's fool," he mused. "That little incident has b een a lesson. I wonder who b e is?" And a great many wondered who Reckless Sherry was before he got through with his fortune. A young Coal Oil Johnny some dubbed him. Hawle y showed him several patterns of goods; but Sherry shook his head grimly. "You can't throw chaff in my eyes, Mickey!" he said, coolly. "Take me fer skim-milK idiot, don't ye? R e ckon I can't locate shoddy frum ther j enny wine fabric, I 'spect. Guess I do. Just tumble out ,gum thin' superfine, or you're bound ter git the grand filng. fer I ain't fool n1 ?" The foreman began to realize that be couldn't trifle with "the boy from the streets," and threw down one of the costliest pi eces of goods in the house. "That's th e r ij ee. You are talkin' now," announced Sherry. J twig" that cloth ter a dot. Hew much fer a pair o' bi:ich 2 lloons, a vest, and a coat, aU in the latest style. Speak up!" "011e hundrert and twelve dollars, and warranted t,o sun:.. Take your measure?,, "Obi Well, yes, ye can fit my tlgger, and mind ye get a qood flt." The measure washtken, anrl paying half the price dc:>'wn, Sherry rejoined Evans who was waitin g near the door. An hour later he had taken a snit of r ooms in the Fifth avenue, having tl1st ri'.!ged himself out in a nic'I suit of ready-made 'llothing h e had purchase d, in which he looked even gayer than Fay's brother. His clothing was tine, his white vest and shirt being done up to perfection; in the jewelry line, be bad purchased a diamond pin and two costly rings: bis silk hat, evening gloves, and gold-headed cane com p leted his nobby appearance. "Now, where?" he demanded, when ha was settled in his new '1uarters. "Goin' ter interdooce me ter that sister o yourn, ain't ye?" "Not yet," replied Evans, with a laugh. "We'll have a supper at Delmonico's first, and then drop in at some after which we will take a trip up on Twenty-seventh street. You know all about faro and roulette, I suppose?" "Not I! I ain' t much-On high-toned games. "That is bad. But I will play for you. You m us$ redeem yourself." HHow d 'ye mean?" "You must sweep some faro table of enough to make back what you have spent to-night," explained Evans. They left their rooms and took a cab to Delmoni co's. Here they bad eupper, after which Evans led the way to the l!"'lfth avenue theater. where the Tw o Orphans was having a tremendous run. By luck they secured a couple of reserved seats, from which position in the parquette circle, they could overlonk the house. Sherry was instantly interested in the play anc;I did not pay much attention to the audience, which1 on the contrary, Evans watched narrowly, by aid or one of a pair of gold-mounted operaglasses which his companion had procured at a fahionable store on Broadway. And at :ast he was evidently rewarded, for be smiled and bowed to a couple of ladies who the opposite proscenium box, after which be clutched Sherr.v by the arm. "Look! o l d boy; there the. v are in the box across yonder I They belong in Ga.vlord's gambling palac6f on Twenty-seventh street. Come along I" CHAPI'ER VII. LIFE IN A GAMDLING PALACE Ev ANS rose as if abot to leave the theater. "Where you i?oiv ?" demanded Sherry. "I ain't takin' in any sich kind o' pettycoatry." "They are all d ght, only tl1ey' 1e gamblers. Come along. Don't you see the audience is staring? Com'I along, I say." Sherry followed, rather r eluctantly. E:e was op to associating with disreputable people, 1md did not know what kind of a den Evans might be conniving to entrap him into. But he had a strong will when he chose tc> 1ert it, and he was r eso lved to balk, when any unwarranted temptations might be set forrb. He notice d that the two females liad also quitted their box, a nd was not therefore much surprised whe n they all met in the l obby, outside. "Ladies, Emperor. Prince Wil1iain of Austria I'' introduced Evans. Prince William, the Baroness Lulu and Princess Alee." Sherry aclrnowledged the introduction with a grace Evans bad not deemed him capable of, while the ladies courtesied low "How are things upon the roy a l thoroughfare, baroness?" Evans asked of the elder of the two, both of .whom were young a nd beautiful, and
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D ea.th-Face, the D etective. 13 brown-st. one, which stood in a yard, that was a Tery paradise of flowers and rustic arbors and musically-dripping fountains. Sherry was amazed, and had h e b een alone he would have boiled over with which he now The baroness led tbe way, entering by aid of alatcb-key. Inside the hall was luxurious and elab orate, in the great est degre e and the g lin.ps e Sherry caugbt of the parlors, as they were ushere d up the staircas e, was enchanting, so grandly were they fur nished and lighte d The y were occupied, too, by scores of brilliantJ.y dressed women and m e n, who looked strangely weird under the blui sh-tinted gaslight. But a greate r surprise was in store. At the h ead of the stairs, the y entere d a gorgeous s a loon parlor, very wide, and running the entire l ength of the build ing. And such a sce n e Sherry had never witness e d, nor dreamt of. The room was furnished throughout in crimson, the furniture consisting of c hairs. luxurious sofas, card, wine and faro tables; the carpe t s the sweeping l a c e and damask curta ins, the unvailen statuary and immense mirrors and chandeliers, were all the costli es t that a lavi s h expenditure of money could procure And around the faro table s, of which there w ere three, w e r e ga .there d gayly dre ssed m e n and wome n -men whom Sherry knew to hold prominence in business circl es; young men and old, gay men and grave; while of the richly-clad f e males, none were evid ently than thirty -five, ranging from that down to twe n1y. And the champagne-scented at mosphe r e and w e ird music
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14 Death-Face, the Detective. "Phew! that's nice. But In event that lr;dividual is minus?'' "I'll apply for a position in the ballet." "No, you won't! your jib wasn't cut fer the bally I" declared Sherry. "I'll see to you, you tumble to that! I've got chips, and as long as they last, you ain't a-goin' ter associate yerself wi' no bally; you bear me!'1 AleP did not repl y, but she clun&' closer to Sherry's arm, as if feeling assurance in his protection. She was a beautiful creature, rising seventeen years, with a slender. sylph-like form, a fair, pure complexion, hazel eyes and cho,stnut hair. and a mouth of tempting sweetness. Ile r dress was costly and e legant, and the jewels she wore were by no means in ferior. Yet she was so different from the other girls of Queen Mab's establi shment, Sherry could but notice tl1e contrast. As they strolled a lon g through the great palace parlor, Sherry wondered if the contrast between this place and his former h aunts could all be real. Presently they pause d at a table, where Evans and the baroness were engaged. Thf1 former's waLCb, r ings and diamond pin were just going into the banker's hands for more checks. "Hello! what's the row? Broke, boss?" demand!'ld Sherry, stepping up. "Yes; if I Jose this time, I'm whipped," replied Evans a haggard expr ess ion iu his e.yes. Not while yermikle's about!" cried Sherry, mak ing a div e Into his pocket a nd fetchin g out a roll of bills. "Here's a thousand. Bet i t ag'in' the ba.nk on queen of hearts, an' I'll stand ye, you tumble to thrzl.''' "'Sb 1 you're kind, but p lease avoid that gutter languag e,,, remonstrated Eva ns, in a low tone. And then he accepte d the lo a n, and put i t upon the card as per directi ons, and amid much excite m ent. he won. After that h e was more snccessful1 and ftnally he left the table a coupl e of hundrea ahead. H e found Sherry and Alee in tho magnificent par lors down-stairs, p artaking of wine and refreshments, as sco res were doing The littl e femal e gambler was chatting gayl y, and it was p l ain to see that Sherry was greatly mterest <'d In h er. And before he had left l!he gambling house, just the darkest hour before dawn, she had promised to ride with him in the park, the follow rng afternoon. Sherry went from the scen e of to the e l egantlr.-furnished suit of rooms he had engaged at the Fifth Avenue, parting with Evans at the hotel entr ance. O nce in his rooms1 he took a bath\ and then sought the slumbe r be haa so much neeaed. Re awoke about no on, feeling considerably refresheli and af ter orde ring a tempting repast, proceeded to dispatch it, after which h e sauntered out of the hotel upon the crowded streets. The day was c lear but not nearly so warm as usu al, and countless pleasure rigs were driving a long the avenue toward the Central Park. "Now the thing i s a caboose ter ride my fair ina.morit y in! he muttered. HI inust have thing gay, too, and where'lll go to &'et it? Bah! I'll stand where I am and buy the first rig that takes my eye. And accordingly h e stood upon the curb and watched the rigs that sped gayly by through the soft sunlight. P1esently, h< saw a handsome phaeton, drawn by two spanking handsome bays, come dashing down the avenue, with many eyes f o llowin g them. Straight out into the street strode the youth, and at his beokon the driver drew r ei n, surpris e beaming in his countenance, while his lady companion stared at Sbe1Ty, hau11:btily. u D 'ye own this turnout,?' Sherr.v demanded, tak .. ing :i '.!l:icF> mel' the horses, h'J.rness, and In.a moment. "Certainl.v I own it!" replied the man, Blll'lily, "What if I do, or do not sir?" "I'll give you twelv e hundred dolla.t'S fer it, spot cash!" "'Vhat I are you crazy, sir?" "Not a bit, my c lam. Here's the rocks; so take 'em pile out, or else drive on." The man seized the money, and sprung out wit h a lacrity. Come, Ce leste," he said, offe\ing to assist hia companion to a light. "Oh! surely not here, in the middle of the street, Penfield?" exclaimed she1 i n righteous horror, as she beheld a crowd co llectmg. Bnt the husband was obstinate, and one of New Y ork's fash ion queens quitted her conveyance in the middle of Fifth avenue, while one of N o w York's fast young men took possession of it, acd drove triumphantly off. CHAPTER VIII. DEATB-F.aCE ALERT. DEATH FACE, the detectie, had given N elly 0 wick prorrtise that he would take her case in charg<> ancl h e was ever a marr of his word. He commenced by dispatching l<,ooly Fred to the park, to find what clews ne nlig\t of the missing Ce'b, and Dandy Dock to the Morgue to go over the late anivals of un c l ai med dead, while he i!1 person went to the estab lishment of Cut .hbP.rt St Cloud, broker, in Wall street, aud demanded to see the prop, ietor, an nouncing his business as of g:eatest importanc&. And so it was, considering the case. The broker, a gray-haired, sharp-eyed little specu lator of fifty years, with more of a display of dress than became so o ld a man, received him in his back reception office, with a coo l salutation. "Mr. Cuthhert St. C l oud\ I b e lieve?" D.iath-Face said. declining theproff e rea chair. "Yes, si1; that is my name. What can I do for you to -day?" aud the man rubbed his hands, patronizingly "You can give me a little information; ')e lieve that is a ll to-day You have a son, have you nota young gPntleman with dark eyes, hair, mustache, and complexion?" "Oh! certainly; that is Edward. Splenrlid young fellow when once you thoroughly know him. Your business, I take it, relates to him?" "It does-is particularly with him. Ca n you di r ec t me to him?" "Ah 1 I am sorry to disappoint yo u, but I cannot. I do not eve n know of his present whereahouts." "Indeed 1 and I wanted to see h im so badly. You even do not know if he is in the city, then?" "Not positively. Might have run down to Cape May-or maybe in the city." u Is b e marri e d?" "Ha ha! no-not hf'l L oves his freedom llild m dependence too well to think of tying a woman to his coat-tail s." "Ahem! yes. \Veil, if I can obtain no information of you, I mus t be going," Death-Fac9 said, preparing to depart. "You lmow of none of his haunts where a person would be lik ely to find him?" "Hardly; it is uncertain jus t where to l ook for him.,' Very we ll 1 can perhaps find him. Goo : l-day, sir," and he took his departure from the broker's office. Going back to the rooms of the tenement in Mui berry street, he found both Dock and Fred awaiting his arrival. "Nothing at th" Morgue." Dock announced, with a g loomy shake of the h ead. Ah! then there is some hope that she has not bee n killed. Might have jumped into the river, though." "And more than probable that is the solution of the problem." "B1 .. .. c ,:on t accept of it yet. Wha.t is you1 re> J?Ort,

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Death-Face, the Detective. 15 "Found the place, but '10tbing more, captain. Guess it1s a tough ,un." "But we've bandied worse ones, by tenfold. Dock, where is Queeu Mab's?" "The place I spoke of visiting on Twenty-seventh 1Street. ll'by?" "Yon must get into it and use your eyes. Yon may have to gamble, but let it be in close proximity to a young fellow with dark compl exion, dark eyesa hair and mustache Watch bim narrowl y, and fin out where he goes to when he leaves.,, "All right. Who is the chap?" Some of our game-St. Cloud by name." "Ab, curse him I I'll indeed watch him, then I I shall bave to go in diRguise, for fear of recognition." 'And how shall I amuse myself, boss?" asked Fred, with a yawn. "I long for something to relieve the monotony." "Well, you may keep an eye on both rivers for a couple of days. and see what is fish ed uf in the shape of bodies; though my expectations o finding this missing girl are not in that dire ction "God !\Tant that she is alive I" said Dock Ray mond, qmtting the room. That afternoon a bent, gray-haired and whiskered little old man sauntered into one of the many variety beer-gardens of which New York can boast, and seating himself at a tabl e called for cheese and beer, which he proceeded very leisurely to dispatch w!Jile he watched the performance. He was dressed in outlandish style, and everything about his make-up, :(rom his stogy boots to bis old ragged wool hat ana unkempt locks, proclaimed him to be a veteran from the rural districts. He watched the performance with evident huge delight, a broad grin distorting his hairy counte and occasionally, at some ludicrous remark of the comedians, o r extra caper of the orazen-faced females who paraded across the stage, he would burst into a yell of delight, his sides shaking with hearty laughter. The aftemoon wa-s exceedingly hot, and the coo l gardens were crowded by tirn !Jeated and thirsty. And many were the c u rious g lances lev e led at the
    a b and," replied Tobias, indifferent l y My boy Peter is great at old sledge I te ll you "All right; come a l ong to the club rooms, and we'll have a socia l game. Come along, Fletcher." And the two sharps and their supposed flat" left the garden, and sauntered l eisurely toward Broadway. The club-room was reached in the course of half an hour, durin g which time both Seymour and St. Cloud had l eisure to dissipate the ef fects of their champagne. The club-room was upon the fourth-floor front o f a large building, the first, second, and third floors o f which were unoccupied; the buildir.g itself b ein._gthe individu a l property of St. Cloud The cause of its vacancy was because of the un reasonable h igh rentsdemanded The c lu b-room was fitted up in handsome s tyle, tabl es, desks, chairs, sofas, and settees comprising the furniture. A few fasbionabl ,Yattired fellows were l ounging about, a few smoking, others reading, and others playing cards; but all l eft soon after the entrance of St. Cloud, Seymour and Uncle Tobias. The three seated themsel ves at a table, and began to.play. The first game was w on by St. Cloud. Old Tobias winked one eye as the cards were dealt out. "I'll bet five hundred dollars ag'in' the same. put up by you two, thet I win," he said, slowly and spec ulatively. "Agreed I Seymour, you will find a roll o.f bills in yonder desk," St. C l oud said, offering a cigar to the man from Vermont, while be was lighting on e him sel f What I don't you smoke?" "Not when playin' keerds, youngster," r er. li ed the o l d man, with a sage shake of his bead. 'lmoke a llus g.its up my nos e an' makes me sneeze." f:

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    16 Death-Pace, t'he Detective. !leymour brought a large roll of fresh, crisp greenbacks, aod la.id them upon the table. "There :vou are, old stag-two thousand dollars I" be said, with a. grin. "Can you cover it?" Uncle Silas took up the bills, hefted them, and then smelt of them. u Bran span new, ain't they?" was his slow com mem. "Reckon ye got 'em right from the mint, diiln't ye?" "Yes, ri ght from the m;nt!" replied S t Clou ,1, with a laugh. "Worth double the amount of such grea.c;y old paper you soort. n "Yes. I s'pect so. Take the old man f e r a fool, don't ye? S'pose he's an ignorant old buck the t ken' t tell a butte rfly from a grasshopper. I reckon I" St. Cloud and Seymour excl1aoged glances. What did it mean? It was a question not answerabla just then, for the old man slapped down the opening card of the g"ame, rather spitefully. And the game wail, playe d through, without the exchange of a word, Uncle Tobias winning. With a meaning Rmile to St. Cloud, Sevmour counted out five hundred dollars, and paid the wa&"er. "Now, will you try a thousand?" be asked, watchinp; the ruralite narrowly. Oh, no I" Tobias said, leaving the amount he had won upon the table, and pocketin;f\' his former s tctke. "Five hundred at a slice ain't ter he sneezed at, I'm tellin ye1 tho' I've seen the time I could 'a' bet five thousan, easier." And the game was played, anrl Seymour was forced to pay the wager' into the Vermonter's hands. St. Cloud swore roundly. "See here, you old cuss, do you know I believe you're no countryman at all? I believe you're a card-sharp in disguiser "Pooh I pooh I whd slammed down his first card. The game was playe<,i quickly, the Vermonter winning, as usual. Anrl game after game resulted in his favor, until he had won about three thousand dollars from the t1vo "''gentlemen '' sharpers. Tberrhe arose with a quiet laugh, and placing the whol e stack of bills npon a hearth on one side of the room, he touched a match to them, and watched them blaz e u0 A cry of astonishment escaped the two sharpers. "For God's sak'31 1nan, are you crazy?" demanded Seymour, springing fro m bis seat, with an oath. Oh, yes, quite crazy, without doubt," was the sarcastic reply, and then, as the Vermonter turned toward them, they made a discovery. The gray matted mass of hair wa.S gone-lay upon the fioor where it had fallen-and a wbite-faced, resol11te man stood before them, a cocked revolver in either hand, and a gleam in his piercing eyes that meant business. "Ddath-Face, the detective, by all that I s living I" cried St. C l oud, cowering under the aim of the re ..-olver, while Seymour blanched, pale with fear. "Yes, my gay larks," replied the detective, grim ly. "it is Death-Face. I have eaught you, and-" But, before he could complete the sentence, a portion of the floor was jerked from under bis feet and he was thrown forward and precipitated head long downward I __ CHAPTER IX. A. NEW CASE. DowN-down went the detectlvo, throug h what seemed an endless space, and ere be stopped, insen sibility had robbed him of some of the tenors of tlie fall. It was long hours ere he awoke. and theu it was to find himself lying, bruised and sore, upon a g reat net in mid-air, which bad so checked his downward tligbt as to save him from death. With a start he roused himself, sa.t up and gazed about him. An upward glance explained the mystery of his fall. Far above in the floor of the third story through which he had fallen, was a large square hole, while still further above in Lhe fourth floor was just vis i b le the mechanica l works of the trap. He was suspended ou the net between the second and third floors; below him was a second squar e hole through which he could see to the first floor. There evitlent!y had beeu au elPvator there, some day, but it had been removG d, and the treacherous dead-fall subtituted in its place. The distance to the second flight was nearly twenty feet, and after resting a few moment.q, D eath-Face swung oft', and made t.he drop. He came near going through the e l evaorway, but fortune favored him in managing to avoid this new disaster. He struck with l!'reat f o rce, and a roar of noisy echoes ran riot through the great chambers. But on listening, he could hear no sound of his enemies' approach, which naturally produced the conclusion tliat they had given him up as done for. Two doo r s opened out of the ch mber, but both he found to be l ocked. so that escape was prevented In that direction. With a muttered malediction. he turned to the huge windows looking out upon the roadway, which were covered with a thick coat of cobwebs n.nd dust. But tbe$c n.lso, he found to be fastened with screws, and \mvin;f\' no sharp instrument to remo...e them with, he was obliged to abandon anv attempt at escape in that direction, unless he broke one of the great plate glasseq, which be resolved not to do while there was any other chance. "I wonder what's dO\vn upon the first fioor?" he muttered, peerinodown through the opening, which he bad come so near falling. Deserted and dusty, like all untenanted places, I see. But I'm going dovn there, somehow. It ap pears to me there must be some show of escap,e in there, if anywhere. But bow shall I get do\vnf' This was now the quetion. There were no ropes nor. anything to manufacture them out of, and the distance was more than twenty feet to th<" floor below Which made dropping a dan1?erons attempt, in the least sense of the word. Yet Death-Face r esolved to make the attempt, hit or miss. And swinging downward as soon as the resolution was formed, be let go. Do1vn-down-and then he struck upon his feet with great violence. Fortu nately no bones were hurt., but he was so jarred that ic took several moments to recollect where he was. Then he proceedoo to inspect the apartment, and the modes of escape there from. The back doors and \vindows were securely nailed and lockecl.; but great was bis surprise on approaching thll front door to find the key on the inside of the d<><>r, and the door unlocked. Hal this Is lucky, by Judas. The agent ha.s doubtless been here, and gone away without his key which lets me out handsomaly." Aud the detective stepped forth int,o tht> street, a freeman.

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    Des.th-Face, the Detective. 1'7 Death-Face, or Harry Conroy, be really was, although there were but few in the great acquainted with this fact, was the man who had once rescued Amy Elwood's nmaway horses, and he had, as we have related, paid several visits to the beaut.y-haf!-ess. Be had now not seen h e r for some time, and no l'oe tg: went to his room anrchanged his attirP, and wben, an hour later, he rung the bell at the Elwood mansion, he was truly a fine-looking fellow, the only detriment to his personal appearance being the peculiar whiteness Of his face A mulatto girl answere d 1!be summons, and made a humble cour tesy as she beheld the noted detective, for she, of the whole of Conroy's profession. "Good-day to you, molly\ Is Miss Elwood iu? If so, will you please give her my card?" and he ex tended a d elicately-perfumed card, upon which his name was written In a master-hand. "Ob t de Lor', sir I" gasped the s ervant. the whites of her eyes growing unnaturally wi:le, "de missit. What is the country coming to, when even our best men handle the stuff without knowing when they do it?" I've got on the trail of a gay young lark who i s shoving the quee r in the boldest tyle," said Dock. chewing hard at t h e end of his cigar, "but wbo is, I b e lieve. doing so, ignorant of his crime. I'm going to investigate as soon DA tlie case rii;>ens. " Yes, keep your eyes peeled on all cases of shov ing,' because lr a win we've got to work sharp, for P inkerton's men are laying to with a w ill I t s going to be nip and tuck between us." For some time they conversed upon t o pics relating to their prof ession; but fina lly t hey were interrupted by a knock upon t h e door. Fool y Fred opened the door, and admitted a n e lderl y gentleman of rather prepossessing al'peal' ance-a man stout of tlj?ure, with a round. JOviaJ. beardless face p leasant blacK eyes and long hair that fell in little waves down his back H e was well dressed, sported a gold-headed cane an.\ e legant vest-chain, and a ltogether was somewhat dashing of make-up, for a man over whom fifty years bad passed, no matter if but lightly .'>.hem! excuse my intrusion, gentlemen, but fl not this the head quarters of a detective w hose pal lid countenance has earned for him the name o Death-Face?" "This is the p l ace, sir. Be seated, sir. Boss, gentleman wishes to see you, I believe." "Well, sir, I am at your service," said Conroy. bringing his chair closer, and scanning bis v i sltol critically. What is there I can d o for you in my line o f busin ess?" "I have a little job I wish some expert individual to und ertake," was the reply, "and was recom mende
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    18 Dea.th-l'aee. the Detective. "Ah I well, I m ust say that yo11 are an honest lnan, without questi )D," Death-Face exclaimed, while both Dock and Fred expressed their astonish ment by long e r pulls at their cigars. "Not one man out of e'er{ hundred, nowadays, would honor an o twenty years' standing." "We ll, perhaps not; but I wish to depart from this lif e with a cle a r conscie n ce which I couldn't do IVere I to r ellllin the mite of the orphan." "Your r eso l ve is very p raiseworthy, at any rate. I you wish to fine! these heirs ? " Rather I want you t3 find them. Here are your llgwJs Jame s Raynor liv:'ld in Jllulberry street, carpautur by tr...tde ; wid o w0r ; died about nine o r ten years ago -'>!' maybe eight years ago, uncertain '1.bout tbat; two bel:s-b.)v and girl, twins, aged .en years. B oy enter e d service of baker; don't k now wl1at became of girl; boy's employer a coupl e of years ago, and baker's family don't kn o'v what became of him. Boy's name, Sherry Raynor; girl's, L eo There you h ave it, sir, in a nutshe ll. C a n you malre any t hing out of it? "Doubtless. sir. the b 'Y can probably be found, and will know of bis sister." "Aud you will unr lertake the case?" "If you like, yes. I have every confidence tha t we can oust him out o f his h i d ing. He is here m the city, I think; fo r I t h ink I have heard the name I cannot recall just place6nor when." "Very w e ll ; d'> you.-and w en you find a clew l e t me know You will llnd me at the Fifth Ave nu e ." Th en M r S :tr'1!le l Ra.vnor. of Virginia City, took his depa1 ture leaving the detectives with another case in banJ. since I came here, and she was an old woman-Old Aunty Hodge we called her. Her son-in-law shut her up h ere to get possession of her house, the vil lain." "Ob I how cruel What were you put in here for?" Oh I I found out & secret, by accident, which threaten ed to ruin the prospects o f a couple of men, and they took care that I shouldn't betray the m by incarcerating m e h e re. Butl by the faith of God, il I ever do get free, the wor d shall be shown one gigantic fraud, at least." "Hav e you made any attempts to escap e. Annie!" No, for they w ould be use less. Y o u see the win dows are securely barred, and a guard i s constantly stationed outside, in the entrance, yond e r. It would be a vain attempt, and we should only receive harshe r treatment." "Maybe you are ri ght. But I do not intend to remain here without making a tria l for our liberty!" sai d Amy, drying bet tear s, and the r e shone a reso lute li ght in b e r eyes. I am going to open com mnnication with the outer world at l east. "But you will not d a r e to break a wind ow, dear. We have tried it s e v eral times but theguarcl cursed so t e rribly that w e bad to d es iot." "He'll not h ear m e, replie d Amy, quie tly. "GP.t me a piece of pape r and p e ncil, first, and I ll get a message in readiness so I can drop it out as soon as I make an opening The priso n was furnished with a f e w b o oks, and Anni e having her own penc il Amy wrote on slips of the fly leaf from one of the books, the following: "Help I h elp I Fiftee n girls are confin e d in the uppe r story of this building. whic h is a CHAPTER x. private mad-house. Notify the authorities, or 'l.S AMY'S HEROiclM-SFIERRY'S TROUBLE. sist us to escape, for the love of G o d, I pray y ou. -."will for a short spac'3 of time look in upon "AMY li:r..woon." those t mfortunate females of Dr. Heidle'sasylum for "The r e I that will procure our liberty, I am cer the iusan<>, probably bis doors w e re never tain, if it only chance s to fall into the right bands," dar:rnne d by those wllo w ere in tLe least derange d. said Amy, as shP finished her tasl:. "Now for the Ilis pati mts were a ll in a mild way, he window." was wont to say to his intimate acquaintances, with She approached one of the immense stained-glass one of !Jis evil little hughs. windows and examined it clos e ly, eagerly watched But o f the fifte e n wo:n e n, young and old, who ocby her t\Tlx:ious companions. The glass was heavier t\i': be fi:ti1':'ailed Am y El'.v ood was for the fir s t two or three d'l.ys But she could try, at l east. very sick. d o ub t l ess owing to the violence of her Drawing a solitaire diamond ring from her little grief and excitement on lin:ling h erself duped and finger, she pressed the gem to the glass, and drew a the p r isoner of Clare nc e But the kind large circle. The diamond cut a deep track through care of h e r sisters in duranc3 had nursed her bac k the smooth surface. to he:i.lth and strength, anl nO\V it was a month "Good! Now give me a stick, or something I sinc e her imprisonme nt. Au g ust, wiLh its dry, can use noiselessly I" Amy cried, excitedly, and the sco rcbi no; h eat, h a d gon e and S eptember, with Its other females began to share h e r enthusiasm. But mild e r breath a nd oc.c:i.si'>n1l breezes, was at hand, at this juncture the door opened, and the guard a lit t l e m o r e c heeri ng to t b31nisoners. And althoug h came tramping into the room, with a muttered curse. their co:i.flnement was ter11Jl e and cb::illng tO the He was a great brawnybmurdero us-looking fellow1 spirit, non e o f t h e m coul l complain of liarsb or . Jno.datetdo ftbacee'a!aanrdmtaonfgtlheae t reatment, or lack of fo:id. d "' "'h e r e was an excellenr o;:iportunity oEl'ered here trembling wome n, ho carried a. heavy black-sake .. the s tudy of cha racter Some of the inmates whip in his hand, which he cracked with meaning .vere rnll e u and unco:n nnnicative, while others s i !l'nificance. were as gay auJ li!\"ht-hearted as though they had Hulloal" he cried. glaring at the frightened possession o f their free'1om and liberty. Aud among prisoners with apparent fury. "I heerd a 'spicious this latte r class was a g irl w;1om Am v to o k an Innoise in bee r. Maybe some o' ye miser' ble squaws'd stant fancy to-a g irl of seven teen or eighteen years, b e please d to tell me what it was?" very pretty in face ancl li gurc and of great vivacity There was no answer. for none of the women were of spirit Inclined to b etray their last hope of escape, even "My name is-we ll, sav Annie Boyce, dear!" she b a d they possessed the powe r of speec h which they said on e day, appr:iacbin g Amy as she stood at the did not. in their terror. And their sil ence seemed to stainecl-gl ass wmdows and tried to peer out onto more enrage their jaile r. the a, e nue, w hile t0a r s coursed down her cheeks. "Come I curse you, speak up!" h e orde r e d, drawH Do!1't cry, S\veet s ist e r for it only leaves you the ing near er, a wolfi s h gl e am in his eyes. u I'm goin worse oEI'. I have b een h0re two years, and never t e r kno w what made that noise, or by-" snerl a tear b ec1 use I t111t i n God, and know I shall He did not finish the sentence, but rais i Pg bis ugly day !:>e r e le1tSP,d from this terrible bondage." instrument of torture, brought it down with st.inging "Ohl I could not li,e i:i this terribl e prison that force around a lady's shoulders. With a pained cry l'!ng, I know." Amv piteously. "I should the poor creature staggered back. and would have die-I know I shoulcl." fallen, had not Anni e Boyce caught h e r in her arms. "Not il you keep u p spirits. Only one died here_ "You ugly brute!" crie d Amy Elwood, springing

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    Death-Pace, the Detective. 19' forward, 'her eyes flashing and her whole fonn "My God, is it possible I have been such a fool? quivering" you mean, cowardly wretch, to strike a Fnur thousa1'd dollars in a month? By heaven, defenseless woman l" seems incredible!" She sprung a pace nearer, and with a bold dash But is nevertheless true; and that is not the caught hold of the whip, to which she clung with all worst of it, Slierry." her might. "Not the worst of it! No, I am aware it is not. I "At him, girls I Hold him, quick, whilelfioghiml" have been a fool But to what do you refer!" she criecl, bravely, resvlution e"pressed upon her "J hardly dare tell you, pard, for will be a great face, shock," Evans said, pufl\ng away slowly at his The ruffian swore furiously, and made a fierce c1;rnr ell'ort to tear loose, but eight of the prisoners laid "Indeed, I knew nothing of it until today, when I hold of him, with sudden determination, and he read a pi ece in the Herald. Sherry, you are a bunted WllB borne to the floor, and held there as in a vise criminal!" Then, Amy wrenched the cruel whip from his "Awhat!"thcasto ni s h edyouthdemanded,startgrasp, and raising it repeatedly, brougl1t it down ing to his feet, his pale facC' growing whiter, and bis with all her miht across his back, which was only invuluntarily clinching. "I a Evans covered by a thin cotton shirt. Howls of rage and oaths of the most horrible "0Yes, you, 81wrrv, and 11<>W that J see what trou-cbaracter escaped the man, as Amy continued to ble tbreatens you, 1 am sorry that you ever got that ply the gad to tbe bes t of her abililly. And when money." she bad exhausted h e r strength, Annie Boyce took "It's about the money, tber! ?" he gaspe d, sinking her place, and the inhuman jailer was flogged until back into the chair, and pouring out file last drop of he beggP,o piteously for quarter. wine frvm the decanter. Then he.was dragged out into the outer entry and "Yes, about the money. It seems a criminal bas left there, while the girls retreated into their prison made a confession, upon his pris on death bed, which and locked the door after tbem, taking care to retain involv e s you. His name was F aro Phil. He was ar possession of the whip as a weapon of defc-nse. restecl when of having in his possession a No further molestation was offered them that day, large amount of counterfeit money. The money was but Amy did not again attempt to break the glass. not found, but he bad enough other c1imes against Sbe was too fearful of being caught in the act, and him to send him up for ninety days, And he bus having her plans She hid her messages died, swearing that the night of bis arrest he was iu under the carpet and bided her time. possession of two thousand dollars in counterfeit The next morning, however, she began ber second money, belonging to the Ring, which l:e was to circu attack upon the window, and by careful labor soon late through tbe West. But, it seems he got. chased succeeded in dislodging the circular piece of glass. by Death-Face, tbe detective, in disguise, and on the Then she thrust out her messages, and the wind ferry boat met you. wafted them away. "He told you bis troubles, and you oll'ered to pur" Now, we can wait and hope." the brave girl said; chase the 'blossoms at ten cents on a dollar, which "so cheer up, sisters; liberty will soon be ours!" was accepted, and the transfer made, Yc>u slid oft'. with the queer,' and be s lid into the hands of the In the mean time, tbe metropolitan circles, while cops. And, Sherry, boy, you've been squandering being agitated over the success of the great counter-that money boldlv and recklessly here in the heart;,. feit ring, and the Bess Tweed sensation, were not of New York city i" blind to the extraordinary doings of a modern Coa l The young man covered his face with bis h ands, Oil Johnnie, who was no other person than Sherry and g roaned a l oud. This was a terrible blow to him. Raynor. Unconsciously he bad been passing counterfeit We have passed over some of the features o f bis money, and now this death charge of Faro Pbil had gay, reckless career, thinking that it would be more forever sealed bis fate. He was an outlaw, in one to his future credit. Asthe;originalCoal Oil Johnnie sense of the word-would be sought for, high and sowecl bi. 9 money to the wind, and led a wild, reek low and no protestations of innocence from him Jess existence, so did Sherry Raynor f o llow in bis could possibly better his case, after the footsteps, until, eventually, at the end of one rrwnth, confession of Faro Phil. lt was to l'e an uncond1-be was penniless, and turned for comfort to Charley tional surrender. ard submit to years 01' servitude on Evans, who had followed his fortunes from the beBlackwell's Island, or flight and a hunted life, ginning to the end. Ah I which would be the better? It was a mise rably wet, disagreeable summer U was some time before the youth spoke, and then it h e said, staring sqnarehfinishing a bottl e of wine, which the last thoughtfully at his companion, and then rising and fived o ar note of Raynor bad paid for, a few mo going to the window, looking on the avenue. men ts previous, '' Blame will come to me, but not for the worl d A month of this roystering had t\Teat l y cbangecl would I handle the stuff again. Besid es, I have Sherry. He was paler and vivacious, and a learned a l esson, by this experience. I am no long e r hunted, hungry expression ever haunte d bis unnaa boy, but se.i with the eyes of a man. Good by, turally bright eyes, old boy; I am going to hunt up Alee. She can hide AU that was to be seen for money in the great me. metropolis, hehad seen, and Evans had been his con"You are not going near Alee,"Evans said, firmly. stant companion, sharing his joys and so1Tows "The girl is well enough in her way, tut you have like a brother. A strange youth Sherry thought better friends in your dark hour than even she. him, sometimes, but withal a jolly good companion. Have you forgotten Fay?" And as they sat facing each other, to night, with "Fay? Fay! No; heaven be =..
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    eo Death-Face, the Detertive. entrance as we came out, and-" with a backward glanee. "Great Heaven I Shel"l"Jl. the:>J are following close in our 1ear, as I'm a live man Come I faster or we a.re Jost-I as well as you!" CHAPTER Xr. :'i!'RED CATCHE8 A CLEW-DODGING. Ow the same wet, rainy night into the darkness of which the flickering g lare of the street JamJ?S scarcely penetrated, Tom Mc.Donald's Arms" m Mulberry streethwas more than crowded with the patrons from t immediate neighborhood whose broac' brogue betrayed the accent of the Emerald 1od. The n there were a few Eng lishm e n, and a scat-4ering of nat.ive Americans; in fact, Tom's place was l well known resdrt for anybody who bad ten cents IO l eave with him, in exchange for liquid fuoe. Also. i t was a resort for that low order of sporting nen, whose pugilistic barbarities occasionally shock the public--priz e-flghters,cock-fighters and dog fight ers, of which New York and I'liiladelphia have an over-supply. In McDonald's establishment were little back-par lors, into whicb privileged ones were admitted, and where business could be transacted in private. In one of these apartments, sittinl;" opposite each othe r at a round deal table, on which were lib eral glasses of ale, were two men, this evening of which we write. They were evidently there for the pur pose of enjoyina a social glass, judging from the d e light with which they quaffe d the cherry liquid-the Englishman's favorite ilrink. But after they bad emptied the goblets, they sat gazing at each other a few moments, asif each were waiting for the other to speak. Both were large, brawny men, past middle-age in life, with whi;ky well written upon their coarse faces and in their haggard eyes. Roughly dressed, and -evil of appearance, they were such men as might be selected for dark work upon just such dark, wet nights as this, when the metropo lis between the two rivers was enveloped in a dense fog, and the rain fell in fitful showers. Outside of the little "parlor," in the !!&loon were heard the shouts of drunken men; maudlin songs and ribald jokes and oaths, and the two men e changed glances. "Tom's reaping a big harvest" said one,\vith a 'lod. "He is the b'y ter f etch in the honest coppers, lleJadl". "Oh I he'll get rich, never fear," was the reply. "But where's our man! Why don't he come?" "Ohl he'll be comin', never fear, His seiret is worth too much to him for him to run any :isks.'' "Yes, I think you're right, Cllrley," with a grim .au!fh "He knows the gal-" Sb I" cautiolred Curley, with an apprehensive glance.toward a n eighboring corner, where, upO l a heap of old blankets, a youthful figur e was cuddled, an expression of repose upon the dirtbegrinled fea tores. "Ohl you needn't have no fear of him," said Dur?., with a laugh. "That's Fool y Fred, the idiot. Don t know enough t e r keep him over night. Drunk now, I presume, as he generally is. Fred I I say, Fredi" But there was no response to the call. Fooly Fred was evidently in dreamland, or ei.e too drunk to answer. H e was a devoted babitue of the saloons along Mulberry and other lik e streets, and not a few harbored him, because h'd /as known to be good at a hand if wanted. "Well, maybe h e's all accifrted CurlIlgry 1e0wl upon his dark face as he saw the two men by the tabl e, and Durg motioned him to a see. I by tbe board. "Well?" St. Cl0ud interrogated, eying his t\'l'C men coollyknot a trace of tear expressed in either tone or Joo s. "I am here, you see: now, what the devil is to pay?" A good deal, Mr. St. Cloud," Durg replied, with a bl and smile. "We writ you a letter saying we wanted ter see ye on important business, relating to Celia Orwick, I reckon. You were not slow to come w'en re found somebody knew sumthin' about t h e gai asides from you, eh?" "What do you know about h er?" demanded St. Cloud fiercdy, as he lean e d forward across the table, a very d e vil gleaming in his eyes. "Wbat d o y01,t know about her?" "Sufficient ter send you ter Sing Sing, or, maybe, hang ye!" was the reply. "Pooh! you cannot scare me. What have I do ne that I should fear your power, pray tell me?" "Ohl you're a gay rooster, ain't ye? I recko n you imagine we brought you here for the fun o the thing, which ain't the case at all. We mean business, Mr. St. Cloud, an' the sooner ye o r de r u p the drinks, the better it'll be for all concerned-eh Curley?" "Fo' suahl" replied Curley, with plantation a c cent. De massa payR de bill." "Well, order the drinks then, and I'll pay fo them,'' growled St. Cloud, throwing some com dow upon the table. "Then, say what you have to sa in a hurry." "S'pose you have important business, elsewhere hey?' That matters not to you. What do you know o C elia Orwick?" "Considerabl e, more or less. S'posen you sho wake up sum' ni g ht, wi' yer room in darkness, a n her a-Jayin' in a coffin by yer be'.iside, wi' her whi face and staring eyes turned accusingly tow you?'' St. C loud shuddered viole n t ly, at the terrible pl ture. "What do you mean by this nonsense, you foo l s he l!'asped. "I don't understand." "You don't? Well, we'll try to makeyou. U der'and, thPn, that we were at band whe n you tri bnt f-.ilea to choke the life o u t o f the gal." "fi'iiled !" St. Clo u d grew whiter still. Y o don't mean to say she i s alive?" "Alive and well, sir; but a close prisoner in t h power of yours', truly, Durg and Curley. Yes gay St. C loud, the gal is we ll but the chil d is d, and you will be h e l d I" Bah I you cannot fngbte n me with any or y humbug. If the babe is d ead, so much the bette She cannot make me marry her." But she ca,., though, for the brat isn't dead a all, but linly as a cricket," chuckled Curley. ye s e e ye'r e in a box yit, my gay rooster." "Tbe case is." said Durg, lighting his pipe. "W Dur< and Curley, turn in a penny, occasionally, b doing odd jobs in the park. We see'd you choke t h gal-heered what passed between yon, and as soo as you were gone. w e ran in an' tried to f etch h back, an' succeede d, though it was a pretty ha case o' strangulation. After it were dark we smuggled h e r out o' the pa1k, and to our boardlll house in Wooster street. where, a week later, s b gave birth to a c hild, a litt l e girl, the very picture its mamma. She told us her story, nud asked us t keep lier till she was able to work, w'ich we ha did; au' now, beer we air, askin' you what ye thi about it?" "I think it's a piece of high-hanu"d villainy, a around, ,. St. Oloi.Jd said, with a qui e t "You' got the girl and may k9ep ber-I don't :want her I" u Oh I a i n't you kind I" was th e sarcastic respons then both men laughed, evilly. u Reckon you don't know us. Better you around at number Wooster stre e t \aside of or we'll let the gal loose on .VO"

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    Death-Face, the Detective. 21 Then Messrs Durg and Curley aros" to depart, and St. Cloud did likewise. "I'll come around," he saidi as they p,assed out In to the saloon. "And in case should-' I n case you want the gal done entirel y away with, stick a hundred-dollar bill under the nose of your humble servant, an' you'll never be troubled, I' ll guarantee.,, Then they separated, St. Cloud going out into the street, and Messrs Durg and Curley pausing at the bar to replenish with sparkling ale. Half an hour later, Fooly Fred made his way cau tiously from the saloon, and out into the rainy night, a of satisfaction in his eyes. So much for plar,ng the fool!" he m uttered, as h e h u r1ied along. l have at last got on the track of the ll'irl, and now it on l y remains to put Dock Ray m ond m search of her to complete the job. And when J\1Jss Nelly finds who was instrumental in find ing her sister, maybe a young chap of about my gure won t be left clear out iu the cold. 'Gad, but the fair Nelly meets my vi e ws precisely. It was as Evans said. Two muffled figures were hurrying along, not far behind them, evidently in pursuit, since the youth 1f::d:r ry, breathlessly, for the thought of arrest under the charges against llim was horrible. "We've g-ot to work our best cards, old boy," Evans replied quickening his pace. "Don't look back or the devils will suspect that we scen t them. Come on-swiftly; watch m e and do as I do, in every particular." They hurried on, with all rapidity practicabl e Evans kee pin g a watch in the rea r and.Jn the front, showing him self to he an adept at dodging. H e was swift of foot and quick to move and it was about all Sherry could do to kee p track of him. After several blocks, they crossed over t o the opposite side of Droadway. and continued on. The pursuinir detectives folJow ed their exampl e "It's u s they're after, witi..lout a doubt," Evans saidhgrimly. "But I don't see why they don't catc up with us, and make the arrest. That's what puzzles me, you know. But Death-Face wou l d make mighty short work of our little case." '"You kno\v him, theu ?" "By sight; he is the best man on the f o rc e. today. quick I come in," and Sherry was pulled into,. grand saloon, which he had never visited be fore. Following in the steps of Evaus, who nodded familiarly to the barkeeper, they passed into the -parlor at the rear, and Evans called for a bottl e or champagne, which was brought wi t h accompanying glasses. "Now, make yourself at home and appear as much at ease as possible," was the injunction to Sher ry. "Ah! as I thought, here the clucks come.,, For the two detectives were seen entering the par lorsat this moment. Both of the youths trembled in their shoes, for they e"-pected nothing else but that they would be arr ested But to their snrprise, the ''shadows,, took possession of another tabl e and called for "ine. ".!rhey suspect us in this old man disguise, but yet are afraid to tackle u s, for I clos()ly resembl e a certa in notable politician's son,,, Evans snid i11 a low tone. Then he began a b1isk conv!'t-sat ,i<>n on th!' qurstions of the
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    Dea.th-Face the Detective. few days and talke d with the maid, Molly, but as yet the household knew nothing concerning thei r fair mistress. It was the third case that had "stuck the bold detective-first, the great Counterfeit Rin!?; second, mystery of the whereabouts of Celia Or wick; tnird, the mystery of the whe r eabouts o f Amy ElwoOd, the young heiress. Her absence, the detective f ound, gave littl e rise to remark among the circles in which she was wont to move, for the season out-of-town was prolonged this year on account of the extreme length of the heated term. But whe n autumn advanced h e kn e w the r e would be more inquiry, and e r e that time he meant to find her if su c h were a possibl 3 thing. M e s s rs Durg and Curley, Deat h-Face, while sauntering up Broadway, espied Clare nce Seymour, Amy's villain ous cousin, standing a t the corne r of Fifth avenu e and Broad way, in conversation with a port ly, elderly individu:i.I, with gold eye-glasses and an Imm e n s e paunch. "Ha I" the detecti v e muttered instantaneou s l y halti ng, and m kin g pretense o f gazing into a store wincrow "There is the f.eymour at last I H e has k e p t pretty shady since that murderous attempt to break my neck from the club-room trap. \\'ho i s that old rosebud h e i s talkin g with? l have seen him somewhe re-iu the police court, I guess-but cannot reca ll b is name. But I'll wager he i s a n o ld rogue; so I'll r e memb e r him. That Seymour must t e ll m e -something conc erning the w hereabouts of Miss El woo d when he gets .done with the portly chap. And accordingly the detective loite rer! alon!? at the show win c l ows, keepinga n eye upo n the two m e n at the corne r, b ound that the y should not elude his vigilance. Full y fifte e n minute s e lapsed e r A the port l y man turn ed on up th e avenue, while Seym our ca.me on down Broad way at a rapid gai t Whe n just about opposite, Death-Face stepped forward and iute r s:e/?ted him. Hold up, !\Ir. Seymour." he said, in his undeny lng ton e or command which so fow cared to disobe y u Don't b e in a hurry, for I wis h to speak with you." 0S e ymour?" was th e reply, as tbe young man came to a halt. "That i s n o t my name." "Ob I i sn't i ? Wd\, maybe I know somethinttJe w here she is as r,ou do, and am grPatl y distressed." Wit h out doubt," Death-Face said, in his dry. sar castic way. "If she wero never to con1e bactr, however. you would b e not be fina nci ally di stresse d that i s?' What do you m e an, sir. by your in s inuation s?" cried Seymour h o t ly. Y our insolence i s unpar d o nabl e l" "Yo u seem to tumble to my meaning pre tt,i: the d etective quietlY;. "Or, if _you want y our whisky straighter yet, why, I believe you do know just where Miss Elwood ls: moreove4 tha t you have got her imprisone d somewhere, while you are squanderine; h e r w ealth. Hal ha! The hammer gave the nail a hard bit that time, didn't it, you rosebud I" for Seymour had c o lored as red as a r ose under the truthful accusation of the detec tive. But h e mastered bis agitation in an instant, and laughed, coolly and mockingly. "Your imaginat ion is very str ong but float!! in the wrong current of atmosphere," h e observed, twirl in g his c a nP, jauntily. "I have no s uch schemes against my fair c o u s in's propPrty and welfare. It Is a mystery to mv \V hat nas become of h er, .. 'And a mystery to me, and soon will be a mystery to the publi c whe u suspicion will point toward you. So you will d o we ll to t e ll me where she is." "Loo k for a ngel Gabrie l to bl o w his trumpet when I do. that's all," r e plied S7mour. "But you must-s hall !' Deat.b-Face said, laying one h and upon the young swell's shoulder, "or I shall put you unde r arrest, and take you to the near est station-lJo u se, charged with trying to kill me, and with passing counterfeit m o ney." Go ahead, then. All you'll realiz e will be mycon on the I s l a nd for a few months. F o r you can gain nothing in regar d to your unwarranted SUS picions of my abducting M i s Elwood. It you will g lan ce in the H era b t of to-day, you will see that I hwe offered fivtl lJundred dollars for information or Miss Amy Nlwood, who mysteriously l eft h e r home in August. I s b ou ln not b e apt t o advertise for h e r, if I did n o t desire h e r return-'' "If you didn't desire to blind the p e opl e," correct e d Death-Face. "We ll have it as you will ; I don't care a fig whether you arrest m e or not. "In which case 1 shall not arrest you," Death-Face r eplied, r eleasing his h o ld. "You can go free for a f e w days, until I mature my pla n s, but you need not attempt to escape from the city, as that will precipi tate your arrest, for henceforth you will be con tin ual! y shadowe d. The same advice will a1ply to your worthy companion-in-arms, St. Cloud. The gove rn:n en t wants a couple of expert hand!ers o f the 'que e r like you and he, and your attempt t o escaoe will in stant ly supply tne want." "Ohl ; o f the dirt," h e muttered, in disgust, brush in g off the pal) ers which clung t o him. But, while thu e ngaged, h e noti c ed tha t some of the slips ha:l. writing upo n one side, ancl curiosity prompted him to ghnce at the c onents o f one or more. What he read was a startling bit of n e ws to him. Each

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    Dea.th-Face, the Detective. 28 lJ&per on examination proved to contain the same message, namely: "This is Doctor l"leldle's private mad-house. Near l y a score of unfortunate women are imprisoned here who are not insane, but perfectly rational. Help us out of this living tomb, for the love of God I "AMY ELwoon." Sherry uttered a -.,rce cry as he beheld the two detectives, whom they had been trying so hard to elude. and makiug a forward spring, he struck one of them a blow upon the forehead that dropped him to the pavement, from which he rolled into the gut ter. insensible The other detective was to give an alarm when Evans adopted Sherry s example, and ed him silent and useless for a few moments, during which the boys took good care tu leave the neigh borhood with all Sj)eed possible. For fear that ot ier of Pinkerton's men might be on the watch for them, they still retained their dis guises. and hurried through the streets, which the lamp-lights very d;mly illuminated. "We've shook the ghost now, for a time at least," Evans said, bis tones morP sri1ited. "We will go and see my sis er, Fay, and fin e a place to coop down untill this blows over sufficiently to admitl of our escape from the city." Presently they took a cab, Evans giving tbe direc tions and payin<( tbe fare. the fogio;y streets whirled the cab at a lively rate of speed, y e t it s eemed an interminable space of time to Sherry ere the vehicle stopped and deposited them in a lit tic but wonderf1tlly clean street, running and west. It was out near the suburbs, and more quiet and retired. Evans rung the bell of one of a row of neat little two-story builclings, with painted shutters and wal nut door. Then, they waited upon the steps. "Shouldn't wo1'1der if Fnf's abed and asleep," Evans said, giving the bel another jerk. "She generally retires early, unless she has extra work." "What is her oceupationt" Sherr.v ventured to ask, partly forgetting his own trouhles as the mem ory of the little roguish beauty be had met on the boat came back to him afresh, causing bis heart to beat fastP r. "Fay is a dressmaker!" replied Evans, with a lit tie laugh; "and as good as she is pretty. Ah I here we have her no\1r,,, as the door was thrown open, and a young !adv, pretty in form and f eature, revealed in thP light of the hall chandelier. For a moment all was silence, but the moment Evans removed his falsEI beard, Fa.v sprung forward with a deligbted cry, and was folaed i_n the young man's embrilce. "Obi Charley, you naughty, naughty boy! how you frightened me in t.lrnt odiousclisguisc. I thought or a hundred hortible things in a moment-murder, thieves, fire. and-" "Didn't hit the rigl1t appellation, dear. But come inside; I suppose you c a n keep us. This is m v friend Sherry Raynor, Fay-also in disguise. Ofl'. with the whisl
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    Death-Pace, the Detective. for it opened up to me a glimpse of paradise I had never aspired to before. I was a thoughtless, devil may-care boy of the streets then, and never consid ered the girls of much account-barely noticed, and rather shunned them, in fact. But after I caught a glimpse of your pretty face, Miss Fay, upon the Fulton ferry, and the sly pressure of your hann the nllxt mornihf\' before he awoke, to hear Charley pounding at his door, commanding him to tumble out for break fast. Which h e did, and after making a careful toilet descend ed to the little dining room, where Fay had the repast waiting. 1 The moming was very c lose ad sultry, and the young hostess was prettily attired in a light, airy costume, with slippers uon her small fe t. and a '-unch of fresh-blow n r oses at her throat which made her look sweet enougt. to eat, Sherry thought, he took altemate glances at her and the lood upon his plate. H e was pleasant in his address to her, but she instantly perce ived that he was more reserved than before she had given him that merciless stab. And how was sbe to let him know how sorry she was, without compromising herself in his estimation? After breakfast he and Evans lounged around in the parlor for a couple of nours, Smoking; then Evans went out around the neighborhood to see how the land lay. Shortly after Fay came into the parlor, with a wide-rimmed straw hat set jauntily upon her head, t.he very picture of a very pretty, modem Mau d Muller. Do you play c r oquet, Mr. Raynor?" she asked. "Oh I it's eve r so mce; and we have such a nice little ground." "I don't know B from broomstick about it, but I trust I won't make a bad pupil,'' Sherry replied rising and donnir;g bis bat. "If you will accept o f me, I will be h appy to learn." "Oh! of com-,:e; come this way,'' and she led the way into a back yard, inclosed with a white picket f ence, and bordered with beds of blooming, fragrant flow ers. In the center a croquet ground was staked off, and the balls+. m
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    Death-i:a.ce, the Dete ctive. 2 6 t bAve found wbere Miss Elwood is confined I" And I have found where Miss Celia Orwick is 11uart.eredl" announce' Fooly Fred, entering at. this moment. "The deuce you have. Wheret" demanded Dock, springing to his feet. "In Waoste r street. But let .. llearthe captain's portion first. l\line'll keep. Accordingly Death-Face related all about bis in tervie w witn Seymour, and about the no:.es that had been showe red down upon him. Then Fre d r elated what he had learned In the saloon-about the interview between St. Cloud and Messrs Durg and Curley, finishing up with a d e scription of the house Oil Wooster street where Celia was confined. "Well, we have got two cases on band from which we are not liable to realize much!" Dock remarked, puffing at hls m eerschaum meditatively. "But I've got anothe r one d emanding immediate attention, which will fetch in a few thousand. This Raynor boy, who bas been leading such a fast life for a m onth past, has, it turns out, bee n very coolly c ir culatin& two"thousand d o llars' worth of counterfeit money m this city, as revealed by Faro Phil's dPath the other day. Now fro m all I can pick up I believe he is innoc e nt. "I was going to s peak about that, but it slipped my mind. I saw the death confession here i n thi s evening paper. Now I was after Faro Phil the same night of his arrest, and saw him gull the boy on the boat. And they escaped together; but I am positive the boy irnve no ten per c ent. for that queer,' for J'll he didn't have t e n dollars at 1hP time Mayb e h e s lid off \ vith the bundle, believing it to be genuine moue v, and this angering Far o Phil, the scoundrel r eso lved t o strik e him a last blow, "'hfoh ite bas effective l y done. "You're sound til e r<'. boy's prospects are ruined in New York. All of Pinkerto n's men are on the watch for him, and they are m a ltin g up a. r eward purse in Wall street." "And has h e dodged them?" "Successfully, so far. He bas Cl1arley Evans, the f e llow who was or..<'0 a 'shadow' on Pin kertou 's force, for a comrade, and Evans knows the r opes, you bet! He was d ischarged, you will r!'member, on s u sp i c ion of bf'ing concer ned i n a swindling ma chine on lower Broadway, but his innocence was proven so far that be ws otl'ered a job back on the force, which !JP refuse1'." "Well, the show is a little better for Raynor, t h e n, but cannot long escape the vigilance qf fi!ty e:iw e r ts." Not unlPSS we hf'! th0m. T saw Samuel Raynor to-day, anrt beliPving in his n ephew's inn ocence, be offers to ri:ive us five thousand dollars out of hi s own pocket, if we can get the boy safe out of N e w York west.,,.ard bound.'' "He does? GPorgoe, that ;s good offer. hut it is hardly the thing for us to accept," said Death-Face, slowl y. "Not with the he lief that the boy wa.q guilt.v in shoving those b lossoms,' no. But I believe he did it unknowine-ly, for the reason that Evans wascon stant. ly with him, and I am well satisfied of his hon esty:.' I hardly b P li e ve him guilty. myself, but we would be risking 0r necks in tr:rin.ri: to smuggle him off. But. a n yhow. WE' will give tbe matter 1h e best o f our considP ration. And in t h e mean time, we have got work before u s in the behalf of mercy, which appeals stronger than money. You shall m anage Miss Orwi c k's rescu e. whHe I will tske Fred and myself to cope with Dr. Heidie and Seymour." CHAPTER XlV DEATHFACE'S LITTLE GAME. Foa two hours or more the three detectives dis cussed pl ans and r e-discussed them, until each finally found one suiting their case. Fre d Funk was to negotiate wit.h Dr. Heidie tor the imprisonment of an elderly maiden aunt, who was to be no than Death-Face in disguise, for, once inside the private mad-house, with the proper tools conco,alPd abou t his person, the great detectlve >bad no doubt bnt that he could wo r k his passage out withoi;t much difficuli.y Of course it was within his to mal:e an open raid upon the institution, with aid from the metropolitan police, but then there w e r e ten chanceP to one that there would not be a female prisoner iu the p l aoe, so handy are these pseudo doctors at smuggling and quieting. Therefore, it was thought best to r elease the girls first and the doctor afterward, as the tes ti m ony of the prisoners and himself, Death-Face cal culated. would b e all that was needed to procure conviction and a long sentence. So having decided upon thei r plans, Fred set out at once for Doctor H e id ie's place, where Death-Face had learned that he lived by consulting the directory of names and residenees. But something e ls e occurred before he reached his destination. Ere he had got out of Mulberry st.reet h e met a hurrying, cloak-enveloped figure, which he at once recognizea, even though the darkness was intense. "Miss N elly Orwick!" h e said, blockading her passage. "What are you doing so far from home on this wet ni g htP" The littl e woman burst into sobs as she saw anJ. recogn ized the youngdetective, who of late ha.I called upon her several times. "Ob 1 Mr. Funk, I have n o h ome a n y l onger. I am homel ess and shel terless, f o r oy l andlord hRs turned me out on the streets, and sold a ll my furniture and cl o thing, except what I have on my person." "Tlte l ow -lived bmte!" Fred involuntarily ex claimP d, drawingh e r unde r Lis comm0dious um brellal as if b e had tbe right to protect h e r. "You owed 1im consiclerable, eh?" "Only six dollars, and I c ould have soon it if he would have treated me h a lf-way d e c ent; with a fresh burst of tears. "w, 11, that i s bad, but don't cry, Miss Nelly, for .vou have" friend in m e ; and you will let me care f o r you, will you not, until we find and restore to you your sister?" "Oh, s ir, but that will n e v e r be, I fear," r eplied she. sorrowfully "Ohl would to Heaven that I kn e w what has become of my poor s ister-my own Celia!" "We know just what, Miss NE'lly. I wRs iucky e nough to overhear a conversation, which complete Iv unraveled the mystery. Y our sister went to meet St. Cloud in the park. and he made a murderous assault upon h e r, and left h e r for d ead. Bur two gardeners had witnessed tbe scene, and mshed into t h P arbo r where she l ay, and we1e successfu l in bringing her back t o me. So t 1 1ey look her to their h ome on Wooster streft whe r e she :;till remains confined So w e have set Raymond after h e r, and as h e t hinks the world of her-as I do of her pr!'tty sislr'r Here-he w ill be lik e ly to put in his best e tf o rt s to rescue her. ' "Oh, Heaven be praised!" PXclaim0d g rateful Nelly. "I f eel I have still something to liv e for. "Miss Nelly, I assume tbe right of guardian and protector for the p resrnt, until I can make other arrangPments. I will tak" you to an old aunt's o' mine. and sbe will give you a good home and accom modations. '1 "Oh, s.ir you are very kind," Nelly said, tean..i. again spri ngi n g into her eyes and her little form trembling wit h emotion. I know not how I can Jgi for a f P w m o ment s, but when be J icl. b e stopped in und e r n n awning nnd drew her closel y to him, kissing h e r passionately upon the fore head and lip s. "Ne lly, darlinl?, the r e is one way you can repay m e and make me the happ;es t man alive. anrl that is by returnfag my kiss, and sayrng you wru be rains

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    Dea.th-Face, t h e D eteet.ive. ------------forever, until de!>th do us part,' he wWspered, all bis lov e finding expression in bis Toice. Ancl Nelly trembled i n hia firm embrace, and re maine d siLP.nt. foL' a few moments-1noment.s that seemed hours to Ftecl. waiting for his answer. At last she whispered the wished-for ''yes.,, Auel he helcl her closely to his breast, a.ncl their hearts beat with all the exultant ecstasy of a new born lOV3. But du'. y aroused bim, aud urged him onward_ In stead of her the home of his aunt, he took her to the Fiftn Avenue, an cl they registered as Mr. and M1sFreel Funk, after which she was shown to a guit of rooms, whd. all declared teat it woul l tr.ke more than a scruti11y to distiuguish him from an old lady of six ty years. Everything wn s perfect, from the wi, of gray hair and costume to t'1e pa.tcd face mvl eyes. Anet well with the j,b, press ed a liberal sum of ;noney upon F:i.y, rfter which he took bis departure promising to send the detectives

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    Dea.th-Face, t h e D e tec n-ve, 27 on a false scent, ard also to call again as soon as he completed tbf' business to which he was now devot Ing his whole personal attention. CHAPTER :X. V. DEATH-FACE PLAYS WOMAN--.AN OB S TACLE. DEATHFACE left the house of the Evanses and crossed over to tbe opposite side of th'.' street. aim'lng for the corner where Pinkerton's two detecives were lounging. A s he had expected, they instantly blockaded his patb dt>cisiv e ly "See here I" snid the one named Day, st0rnly; "wha t does all this 1nasquerade mean? Do you think to escar.e us in any such flimsy dis!!;uise?" "Reckon I ve nothing to tear fro m you." r cplie::l Deatlt-F'ac P in his own natural YOice. 11 You don't know the sort of tree you'rP barking up. "By Her for that small white hand that mnny a man would have p e ril e d bis neck to po-sess-the band back of which was a t>eautiful woman, ancl a i>reat fortune I On arriving at the tenement, h" found FrPd F'>Jn!<: in for bim, anrl they both drov p at once to the 'fbirr' avenuP retreat, wherein DeathFaoe was to enter in his cJe,er disi;uise. He had Jrocured all tools e.11d things necessary for his purp0se, ancl u ncealed them nnnPr bis c1othin g and baa little fear bnt what he c0uld effect an escape, if h e wue given time. ancl allowea the use of hill bands. Doctor HP.idle r e c r ivecl them in the itrand p,arlor, turned on a full h ead of gaslight from thl' magnifi CPn' chandl li er. "This is the lenrn!'d mdical professor, Doctor Heidie I wppose?" )"('( Jy Fred mid with a how. "Tile sarue, .) mm, ,, 1 eplied tbe old wretch, with a J,.ntr onfaing rub of L i s scft white hands. \\bat is tc:ere I can do for you?" "I have a cam bere, sir. rrquiIing a little atten tion, anrt thought you f11e proper authority to con sult. My dear aunt rrisdlla is very much run down in health; needs a little strPngthening medicine, you know, ancl a proper cc urse t f diet to fetch her il.r, si1? l\ly boarding facilities are the most complemnin here for a few weeks, aunty?' asked Free tu1 ning to the disguised clet c 1ile. At first aunty demurre d consir'era bly, hut on being assured that it was to lie l>enPfit, she acquiesced, a nd after giving instruetiollS' to the doctor, that should be couflnecl with theoth"r pP.tients, Fred took his at he was other than wht he u111,e>uPd, and they nil clustered around him, "hich was 11.rnusmg in the greates t de gree, though he C1t1"t d not dhulge his idt:"n!ity. As he had expected, Le found AIPy Elwood amcng the inmntes. and sl oe" as among t'.l.e foremost to offer consolatirn. H r month of confinement bad noe. upon ber n uCll, f o r the roses were still in her cheeks, ancl she was as piquant. and pretty a:.; ever. At leaRt so 1Lo11gbt Dea hFace as he gazed lovingly upon Jwr. She was I i s J o v eidPa l, and it made his heart b 'at fa>ter to h e r near him-she on whom lie bad secretly centered his affections, long ago. After the wnmp n had nearly talke d him out of bis. senses, and h e l:ad karncd all about l ''lW the eswas conducted. I e took ach'fn'D!(f' of a conch aDcided that the atteiupt sl".ould be made, and ri( to a sitting pusition, he motioned for Amy Elwood, who came and seated herself by his eidP "What is it. rmnty ?'1 sbe asked, sweetly; u cannot; you get any reft?" a I don't need any at present, Miss 11 tbe<.tei:ective r.:plied, in bis own voice-"' 1s h don't. I scream, or the jig's up, as thE> boys say. I am a

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    28 Dea.th-. t"''aee, t'he Detective, Mend In disguise, who has come to get you oui; of this den. I am the detective!" Amy j?ave a little gasp of surprise. She could scarcely credit her sense of hearing, so sudden was this disclosure. 0Then you are not a woman?" she articulated, faintly, hardly b<>lieving that he was speaking the truth. It seemed incredibl e, almost, that man could be so effectually disguised. "Nary a bit of woman about me, Miss Elwood. I have been looking for you a mo1itb, and it was merely by chance that I inco possession of .some of thr a couj>le hours of nois e less labor, h e bar them off anrl t 10 entire window o:.tt, which openP l up an avenue of escape. But it was nearl y thi 1 ty fP""t from the pavement. a distance w:1ich must. be hv aid of a rope ladder, wh ich hP lmd brouzht along. After everything wa"" in and the wmnen were prepared, he glanced at hi< watch and fotiucl that they had yet a coupl e of ho:irs to wait before it would be safe to desceut! to the street; so he resolve d to undlsgulse himself, which he did 'h:v OOaring oft the gray wig from his head, the paint from hi s face, and ridding himself of his feminine attire, done by touching a doncealed spring In the back of his d ress; when he stood before the ishe I girls once more in his true garb. "Ha1ry-Mr. Conroy!" exclaimed Amy, spring ing forward with a glad little cry, ancl the brave de tective made bold to take her in his arms, as sh did n o t resist. "Amy, my darling," he whisper ed, softly, im printing a kiss upon her rosy lips. "ynu are now min e by of rescue. Do you care anything fo r me, my little Amy?" "Oh I H arry," she replied, lb a, low tone, that the others might not hear, "how C:tll you ask thl\t? I have loved you ever since you so fearlessl y me f1om danger, when my h o rses ran Q.Way.'' "And yet, you gave me no f o r answer a. whne ago, w hen I told you that I l over yonr life I will freeze to this fortune!" Sherry resoh1tel.r. I need 'but one l esson of the kir.d I hav' recently passed through to teach me at least common-sense. I long to see this uncle of mine. for I feel that I shall like him. 1-e i:;; my onlv known relative, except Leo." "L?o? t,hat1s yonr "Yes, and one whom I have not seen in eight vears. T waS' past eleven when I went to work for the baker, and she was ten. l3ut I have a picture of her taken before she left the Broad woy photograp'b gallery, and I hope by its aid Death-Face can ftnd

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    Death-Face, tJie Detective. 29 "What will you c!o with all your wealth-go West, I da.re Gl!.y?" "Proha.bly, for New York is too hot for me. I'll let uncle invest my thirty thousand in government bonds 1t11d that will make it safe, and yiQld me an income big enough for my !\l!PPOrt. Yes, I shall go West, 'for J have always had a yearning to see the great mountain, prairie, and n1ining regions." "Well, our best wishes go with you. tlen, and accept our congratciations on your bountiful good luck." Thus the convarsation ran, until, finoJly, Evans decided to take a stroll around the n e1ghborhood, through the wet, murky night, to see if tile shadow detectives rad really vamosed. Sherry conc luded not to accompany him, fearing test theymight encounter danger, wMch was most undesirable, under the circumstances. Besides, he llad much rather remain w ith Fay. Fay I whom h e thought he loved more and more efVBrY time she came into his presence. She was sit tin2 by the open casement, now, gazing thoughtfully out" into the street upon a pool of collected water, on which the gas-lamp threw a flare of light, watching the rain-drops drop upon the glassy surface; listen ing to their reverbeN1tions as they pattered on the pane-wondering how it wa all going to end. Sherry was going off, he had said. Could she bear to have him go, and know she was never likely to see bim again? Ahl no; the te'.l.rs came into her eyes as the unwe lcome thoughts 1ushed upon her, and a lonely feeling entered her heart, made the more so, by the IClneliness of the sobbing. murky night. .NO, she could not let h im go, n ow that she had learned so thoroughly the l esson of.. love-the sweet, ecstatic l esson that produces such a wild, un governable desire of the heart-an inexpressibl e sen sation, hard to describ0 She could not let him gc>it wouM rob her life of all its pleasures; yet twice she had r epulsed him, and was he the one to sue now for favor?" Ah, perhaps not; rerhaps h e would go away 'With out ever speaking o his love again. And the longer she thought upon the subject, the fc.st,er eamP, the tears, and wi th h e r head bow ed uown !lJ>On the window-sill she wept quietly, but oh I so bitterly. Sherry did not know that she was crying at tlrat, but presently discovered the fact, and went over t.o her side, wonderingly. H e had no suspicion of the cause of her grief, and was alarmed. "What is the matter, l\liss Evoos; are-you ill?" he a sked, layjng one band upon her shoulder. His touch thrilled her, and caused her to raise her tearful eyes to his, and make an attempt to smile. "No, lam not ill, sir; I was only thinking of something, and you know thoughts sometimes create sadnin the.heart." / '"Very truly spoke n, indeed. But, I pray you will baolsb those thoni H e idie's asylum, a we ll-dressed, bewhiskered individual, evidently middle-aged. rung the b e ll on the door of the house i n Wooster street, and then waited for an answer to the summons. He carried a smallsized leather bound book under his arm, and l ooked like a common l;iusiness -man. The ring was answered by an elderly servant, evi dently of Irish descent. who nearly filled the door. war with her broad proportions. AQ', faith, an' what would yez be h avin'?" she asked, staring hard at the man outside. ''Be yez wan tin' to see ther master?" "Oh I no, Biddy," was the pleasant renly. "I am the gas-man; don't you remembr me?'' "Shure, an' areyez the gas-mon? I thought as he wore Galway s lugger s, sir?" "So 1 did the last time, Biddy; but I changed the style of my beard." "An' a right sins ibl elooking mon yez be. Come in, if it's the meter yez wants ter see, but wipe your brogans on the mat, fmstly. Til e gas-man complied with this request, and was shown in through the hallway to the cell a r, where he examin at.ion of the meter, writing the reo;ultaown in his book. "Biddy,'.' he said, upon coming up out of the eel Jar. "there is a great leak of gas through the hoUBe1 somewh e r e, since last quarter. You !Jave not burn10 seventy million feet, I know I" "Ob, the good saints save us, no! Faith, an' ho'W' much is it, yez sez?,, "Over million feet, actual measuremPDt." "Ouchi howJy murther, and the master sed ef I burnt more than a thousan' he'd skin me alive." "I would too, Biddy, f o r wasting so much. Why woman, your master is ruined The gas-bill will be ovPr two hundred and ten thousand dollars." "Och I the saints preserve u s I" exclaimed the hor rifled servant, holding up her bands in ri!;hteous hor ror. "What shall I dc>--what shall I do?' "Oh, I can fix that all right, Biddy, providing you'll assis t me a littl e. "Bedad, l ll wurruk the ends o' my fingers off,yer honor."

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    Death-Face the Detective. "Well then. my plan is this. Thsre is a young woman imprisoned in this house whom I wish to Go bring, her to me, ready for the streett and I'll m a k e your gas-bill only two dollars, ana give you a V to buy a dress with, in the bargain. Will you d o it? '' Howly saints! but sir, the young Jeddy isn't here no longer. I tuk pic y on t h e poor crater, an' l e t her out wid h e r d ead o a b e in her arrums, an' sent her to Pat lllalon ey's. "Hal i s tha t so? Then. Bl'iuget, you're a'solid woman H e r e 's a V for yo and now give me a note to this Pll.t lllalouey to surrenJe r the girl to me, for I am a cletecti v e in s e a r c h of h e r." u A d e t ect iv e cri e d Bi r ld y iu wonderment. ''Then y e z b e uo gas-1no n, at a11 ?" "Nary a m y b a uty." "Oo h I w'at f e r divil's own imps the men are! An' yez want the l eJdy?" u Cert ainly. " W e ll, I'm glad the po o r crate r hes got friends, I am. sh e s s w atel' th:tn gin wid suO"ar, an' twice n,..;; nurtv as a sl.i1 m roc k blo s s o:n. Pat JivA s in Wather strate, No -; je3t t e ll him Biddf, O'Sh" Y sent v"z f e r t l10 l e Id.v, aa' it 'll be all right. "All Bi1iy. Wh e n you g e t m:i.rried let me know. a11d r1u c o : n e a wl tli n;< my h'al at y e r wed ding!" r e pli e d tne dis g uised uack Raymo nd, as he bow e d hims3 lf out. "H ''h a that n e3.rly frightened the poor fool O:!kl" she exclaimed. 0 it r eally vou?" u Yes, C e le, y ou dear girl, I have come "for you, after a month of searclJ. You are mine now-I know all-e v erything. But com e : let us go. I will t.alte you to a b ette r plac e than th is." Dock gave M a loney a lib e ral f e e for his kindness, then purchasing some wraps at a neighboring shop, he and C e lia set forth into the nig"ht. A was soon haile d, and inside of an hour thel were safely s e t down in G e orge stree t, before Evans s hou,e wh e r e thev found Charl ey, Sherr,v Fred, Ne!ly OrwicL;: and Fay in wai.tiug for them. CHAPTER XVII. A HAPPY REUNION-CON(SLUSION. De:ATHFAoE was somewhat startled, but not in the least alarmed, as be beheld the policeman, and felt a heavy hand laid upon his shoulder. "Now I've got you I" the officer said, with a little chuckle. 'Didn' t expect.to find cops this wet night, did you? Come along!" "Not if I know myself," Death-Face said coolJy. "Better find out who you are arresting first. See here, and be pulled the officer toward the nearest lamp. I am Death-Face, tbe detective. Here is my proof," and he displayed a handsome g-old badge, on which his name was engraved; "and now, instead of arrestin g me, yon must give me a little aid. DG you know the character of tbat1house ?" u No. Respectable, ain't it?1 "Iu a virtuous sense, yes; but Ill other w<1rds, it is a private mad house. ,, "The devil you say I" "Yes, a private mad-house, with fifteen or sixteen girls iu it-girls and women-who are n" mure insan!' than you or I." u Phe w I bow do you know this?" By notes thrown from the win Jow, first, and by visiting the place in disguis e lat." George I that is a discovery l Wllat were you goin00 to do1 just now?n gomg for carriages, and tuen going to the girls out of the den." "In the upp er story, eh?" "Yes. Can I depend upon you for assistance?" "Certainly." "I shall call upon you to the arrest of this old his name is-when I get around to It. You procure four hacks, and fetch them-around the coraer, wbild I get out tbe prisoners. Then the officer hurried off on his errand, wh!IA Death-Face reascended the rope-ladder\ and crawled back into the chamber, where the fema es were bud dled together. "Oh, what is the matter?" demanded Amy E l wood and Annie Boyce, together. "We saw a mau below, and feared for clanger." "No need of that, my dears," was Conroy's reply. with a smile. "That was a policeman, and he will help MS off. He bas now gone for carriages, and we must get out-At this moment heavy footsteps were heard in the entry, near tho elevator-way, and a key was thrust in tbe lock of the prison room. "Oh I 'tis Mike, the jailer. coming I" whispered A.!rty, turning white. "He bas heard noise, and is coming to investigate J" "Oh I what shall we do?" gasped Annie Boyce. "He w ill kill us." exclaimed Death-Face, coolly, He glided across the room and got behind the door, and as the jailer entered, sprung upon him, and dealt him a terrihle blow on the forehead. Down he went like a log, when Death-Face securely bound and gag:ged him. "There one diflicult:v l ess! he said. with a grim laugh. "Now, l adies, if you will get upon my back1 one at a time, and hold fast, I will get you out or here. Amy, d ear, you may try first, and set the rest an exam1Jle." It was rather an undignified position for a young lady, but as there was no help for it, A.my cheerfully obeyed. And Death-Face succeeded in placing her safely upon the pavement. Annie Boyce came next, and then the others. one at a time, until a ll w ere safel y out of their prison, thanks be to Death-Fac.e. Without tarrying, they hurried around the first comer, and there found the policeman, waiting with four hacke. reac.y for aeparture. Death-Face put A.my and Annie Boyc e into one cab with three of the others who had no particnlar homes. and then mounte d with the driver, and gavEt

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    Death-Facu ;il e Detective. 3 1 orden to drive to number-George street, leaving Coggston to see tbe remaining prisoners to their ra SPl!Ctive homes. The ride to George street was soon ac..,omplished, and Death-Face and bis five companions were made welcome into the little home of the Evanses, which already had been the scene of a joyous reunion be tween Celia and Nell.v Orwick. Thus was the little circle as complete as it could be made. But a new sensation was there, when, with a yell. Sherry sprung up, rushed over to the side of Annie Boyce, and threw his arms about her neck, giving her a resounding kiss "Leo, my sister, as I live I" he cried, in delight. "See here. Uncle Sam, this is she: I twig her jib, Sherry! Sherry I can this possib l y be you?" re turned the astonished girl. I never should bave known you." "But I knew you, bet your life on that!" he ciied, with enthusiasm. "See here. and he drew a !JiC ture from his pocket; this is you, and you're this. I got it at the gallery where you worked. Hey, Death-Face, ain't tltis boss?" "A very enjoyable discovery indeed, I shou!Cl say, replied Conroy, 'but may I inquire, Miss Ray nor how you came in the madhousePu "That is easily explained, sir," replied Leo, in answer to his request. I was placed there two years ago. As some of you may be acquain.ted with my history, I will say, that after leaving the gallery1 I went to keep house for a young man named Nea St. Cloud, upon Twentieth street, i n this city. While in his emplo.v, I came in t o possession of an important secret, belonging to him and a man by the n.. nied by a posse of police, made a raid upon the coun:.il te1fe i t den of the lling, only succeeding in capturing/ the dies, presses, etc., and one man who was o n duty. This work safe l y accomplished, there was o n e evcning.t a great wedding at the lilt le house in George stieet, t>herry and Fay, Dock and Celia, Death-Face nnd Amy, and Fred and Nelly, being the happy couples who linked their fate to?ether. A week later, old Samuel Raynor started back tor Virginia City, Nevada, and with him went Sherry and his darling Fay, and Cl1ar ley and Leo, sister, who has since then wedded. And 01Jt there in Mineral land they a ll still live, es happy in their Jove as the day is long. Heidie, St. C l oud and Seymour, received early trials fnr tlieir crimes, and severe sentences. Hei d i e went to SingSing fo r twenty years, and well he deserved a longer sentence. St. C l o u d and Seymour were put to work side by side in Sing-Sing -each fo r a term of ten years, on l y to serve a new term at tbe end of t hat time on new indictments. And If you want any detective business done, dear r eader you cannot do better than call upon the B i g hree"-Conroy, Raymond and Funk, wh o still hol d forth i n the metropoli s, experts in thei r professi on, and devoted husbands to those dear gi rls whom they too k fo r better, not fo r worse. A n d thus we take leave of tl:tem all, w ith our b
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