Watch-Eye, the shadow; or, Arabs and angels of a great city


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Watch-Eye, the shadow; or, Arabs and angels of a great city

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Watch-Eye, the shadow; or, Arabs and angels of a great city
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t;opyrlghij 18i9-1885, by Beadle & Adams. Ent<"r ed at Pos t Otflce. New Ynrk. N Y "s class rna1ter. Mar. 15, 1899 No. 20 THE ARTHU R W ESTBROOK CO. Clevel and, Ohio Y ol. II WATCH-EYE, the ,(ho, OF A BY EDWA'RD L. WHEELER. "..um 'WHO .1.RE YOUf" THE POLI CEMAN DElllANllED ll'OR ANSWER JA.Clt SPBIN.S JllPOSED A. ILUl.0-SOlt& BADGE, IN THE LlGST OP Hl8 L.lNT&Rll.

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opyrlght 11!'19-1885, by BealilGJ!l, IN Tlllil LIGBT QF

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Wa.tch-l:ye. tl2e Sh11.dow. ----..... the Shadow; OR, Arabs and Angel s of a Great Cit y BY EDW L. WHEELER,\ AUTHOR OF "DEADWOOD DICK" NOVELS, ROSEBUD ROB NOVELS, DEATH FACE, DETECTIVE, ETC, CHAPTER I EIGHTEEN YEARS P4EVIOUS. UPON one of1the main streets of the cio/ of Baltimore, stood a. one-story frame buildmg, painted reddish-brown, and not bearing a. very cheerful appearance It was evid ently a. place of business, for a. creaking sign swayed to and fro above tho door, bearing the intelligence that this was the residence, or at least, the office, of "Silas Pry1 Broker. A ste p within tho office reveal e d a small con tracted room, meagerly furnished with w ood en-bottomed chairs and a desI an1 table. Tho windows were dusty and ornamented with an average crop of co!:>w3bs a!l1 the floor did not look as if it had b3cn for a century. Altogether1 it was a disr()putable looking den to ornament Baltimore. One day in lliy, 183-, a man sat in this office, turning over the pages of a large l edger, a thoughtful expression upon his knitted brows. He was not an o d man-indeed, but thirty years had pass e d ove r his head; yet there were wrinkles about his face and a crafty glitter to his steely e ye3 His abtire was very common-few wouH have tho1;1_;;ht him above the humLler paths in life. x et there were those who regarded Silas Pry as one of the pillars of Baltimore finances. A man, he was, with plenty of money, c s taem by all as hones t and fair in all his dealin:; > ; a man who had a finger in the city governnnt, aml whom everybody called sharp and shrewd. Silas Pry had come to Baltimore when no one kne w it, evidently, and had estab lished hirmelf, without attracting notice ; no one knew what were bis antecedents. He might be th veriosb scoundrel in the world-no body took to inquire into his case. In his llttle dingv office he sat, day in, and day out, and ''shaved" money and lent money urion security, dealing equally hard and grasping with the widow or the mil l ionaire It mattered not to him whom he smote, or whose mouths he wrested the' bread from, by his exorbitant interest and merciless ''shave." As he sat poring over his a ccounts, to-day, he wore an anxious ex:press 1on of countenance, and occasionally ran his fingers through his wiry hair, or over his smoothly-shaven face. "No use," he muttere d, closing the book, at last. and lighting his common clay pipe. I shall let no more m o ney without a b1g-ger premium, and better security. I caIJllot live on it .... ..,.,,... "There is Franzbingen, of Charleston, hithel" to esteemed a millionaire-he has fled the coun try, with two thousand dollars of rny money in his possession, and what have I to show for itt No thing-
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Watch-Eye. the Shadow. I "You come to me for money, Ge rald Tracy vcrn f" "Ay, even so! I am penniless, and evm more a thi,ef Listen, and you shall know all, and even
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Watch-Eye, the Shadow. Signing the mortgage I" Silas Pry :finished, laying aside his pen, for he had been writing rapidly during the latter part of Tracy's soliloquy. The Washingtonian looked up with a start, and gazed keenly at the money -l ender. "Why is it that r.ou aresoeager9" hedemand ed, suspiciously. Perhaps you expect to have Riverdale for your own! But you will be mis taken. Inside of twenty years-ay, nineteen years from this, the 10th day of May, I will re turn prepared to pay off your claims, principal and interest. Do you understand me?" "Perfectly," Silas Pry said. Shall I fill out a mortgage for your property to be foreclosed in nineteen years from to-day, if not taken up!" I suppose so. I see no other alternative," Tracy said. Go ahead, I will call in the de tecti ve for a witness to the compact Silas Pry set to work at writing, briskly. At a be c kon, the detective crossed the street and en tered He wa,s a l ow-browed, n:erce-looking fellow, powerful of build, and the pos."6850r of an evil pair of eyes;, around which lingered traces of dis.qipation. Gi3rald Tracy paced up an:l down the room, his head bowed, and an expression of despondenc:y: upon his face 1 Silas Pry at last finished writing, and after r eading over the mortllage, handed it to Tracy. thati please, he said, briskly, "and Riveraale sha 1 raise you the money." Gerald Tracy took the docum en t and read it several times ove r. It was a formal mort&'age upon the plantation kn'.lwn as Riverdale, give n Silas Pry by Gerald ill consideration of seventy-five thousand d ollars U. S. money, said mortgage not to be forerlosed until nineteen years from date-interest during the interval to accrue and be addel to the principal at time of li1uidation or foreclosur e All satisfactory!" Silas Pry demanded. Yes, I suppose so," the other replied, as he seated himself and signed the document in a bold, graceful style of chirography. "Now give me the money." Without demur, Silas Pry unlocked a safe which stood beaeath his desk, and took out a big roll of billsh of large denominations. Out of these e counted fifty thousand dollars, the whole making a large stack of paper. Gerald Tracy took the money and counted it over, to assure himself that it was correct; then h e turne d to the detective "I have here the price of my liberty. Give me a for it, and it is yours to return to tile bank." Upon a prepared expressly for the oc casion !Jy the bank, the detective, William Mc Quaver, by nama appended his signature, whereupon the receipt and the money exchanged hands, aud Gerald Tracy arose to his feet with a sigh of relief. "At lao,t!" he said, "I am a free man, and prepared to b eg in life anew! Look out for me, Silas Pry, nineteen years from to-day, the tenth of Maylh And bowing haughtily, he turned and quitted the room anrl strode down the street with a firm, step while Silas Pry smiled craftily. CHAPTER IL EIGHTEEN YEARS LATER. EIGHTEEN years from the month of May fil which Gerald Trag borrowed fifty thousand dollars from Silas .l'rybin Baltimore, previous to &is departure from t e land of his birth, to seek a fortune in golden lands. Eighteen years is a long lapse of time, and many changes may be noted in the growth and settlement of our fair, beautiful continent, of which every true-born American is justly proud We change \he scene of our romance to the Centennial city of Philadelhia, where we pro pose to chronicle the se cret and open events of everyday life in the great metropolis-the Qua ker City. Upon one of the principal thoroughfares stood the imposing r es id e n ce of Judge Felix Ver millye. It as built entirely of stone, of elabo rate fini s h, and stood upon a terraced lawn which was a perfect paradise of flowers, wellkept shrubs, and spraying fountains, within a labyrinth of circling and serpentine walks. It was one of the finest r esidences upon street, and therein dwelt Judge Vermillye and his accomplished daughter, the stately Beatrice, an acknowledged queen of society. Of the antecedents of the Vermillyes very lit; tle was really known, though it was currently reported that they were enormously wealthy, and were of Virginian birth. They were at once a
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Watch-Eye, the Shadow. costume, with her bands, hair and throat beJeweled, and her arm given over to a gay Eng lish marquis. De Haven was his name-the Marquis of De Haven, from London; quite the "catch" of the season the judge bad assured his dutiful llII}' dorgs about!'' Aud, with the instinct belonging to his race, the man peered about the grounds in search of the trarnp's worst enemy, a wat.chful dog. A sleepy-looking coach-dog lay upon the terrace steps, with one eye open An ordinary observer would have classed him among the most harmless of dogs, but not so wilb the tramp. Muddled as was his brain, be was well aware that the sleepy-lookin,; canine was secretly smacking his lips for a piece of tramp. "No, no, I bain't got any (hie) m eat for ye, dorgy," this Jone adventurer muttered. '' Ken't spare a pound, nohow Kinclrr (hie) intelligent lookin' purp, that. Wonder if he be susceptiL!e ter f-f-flatt ery?'' And, sea r ching around among the rags of bis coat, the tramp brought forth a fresh piece of beefsteak, and tossed it up ou the terrace, in front of the
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,._r..CS:. 6 Watch-Eye, the Shadow, behold a sight that caused the blood to boil in his veins. The tramp -.yas quaffing the wine with the greatest of gusto, his facti suffused with gracious smiles. The judge's companions burst into a shout of laughter, while the judge himself smothered an oath. By m!. soul I" he gasped, his face apoplectic in color, 'this surpasses any case of actual impudence that ever came to my notice. Who is the fellow?" "'R-r-r-rastus R!lcket, at yer (hie) service!" vouchsafed the tramp, seeming to think that be was called upon to introduce himself. \
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Watch-Eye, the Shadow. '1 way, only for these bruises and discolorations. I wonder how heavy he is, anyhow? An attempt to lift the inanimate form proved that he was quite too heavy for one man to carry, although he appeared thin and gaunt from exposure and hunger. This fact became immediately apparent to Jack Sphinx, and taking from under his coat, a small whistle, he blew it rapidly and shrilly, in little jerks. In the course of a few moments loud footsteps were heard approaching, and a policeman came dashing up. W'at's gone wrong?" be demanded, out of breath from his run. "You see, don't you1" Jack Sphinx raid,point ing to the body of the tramp. There's been foul pla) and I want you to help m"' "'lJ"7 the fellow to ugglesby row." Sho' Is the chap dead!" "No-merely stunned, I take it." "Been drunk at that too the cop said, El;Ilelling the tramp's breath. ,z Come, let's jerk him down to the station." "I say no!" Sphinx replie d, coolly. "I will take him to my hospital, if you plea se The fel low has been assaulted, and I will taJi:e care of him for the prrnent." "And who are you!" the policeman demanded.i... surlily. 1 ro r answer Jack Sphinx exposed a handsome badge, in the light of bis lantern, with a cool ironical laugh. "My name is Jack Sphinx, detective, at your service,'' he answered. The policeman muttered an unintelligible ejaculation of some sort, and seized the tramp by the l egs. Come along,'' he called I reekon you be a new one, or 1 s hould 'a' know'd ye." without more ado they raised the inanimate form of 'RaStus Racket between them and bore him away out of that street, into anothe r which was, if anything, darker, but clean e r and l ess offensive. After a journey of several blocks, they halted in front of a tenement block, four stories in hight, which must have been built years before, for it was now in a i'llin<'d condition, the win dows being minu s ma,ny panes of glass, and the bricks decaying and f(llling out in placES. '.the fioo r was'occupied by German and Irish familie3 of the lower grades, while the upper stories were chiefl}""tl>nanted by a more rnspectable class, the upper rooms being in .bet ter condition than those upon tb.e ground. A broa d stairC'ase led from the street and, up this Sphinx and the polieeman carried 'Rastus Racket. "You seem to he familia r with this den," the policeman remarkod, as the y proceeded. "To rnme <'xtent, yes,' Jack replied "I have a little private hospital of my own up in Rocm 13, run by my Angel of as I call her. When you see her, you will not think I have overrated her, I am sure." Pausing a moment on the first landing for breath, they then ascended to the second, then trudged along a long hallway, finally stopping before a door on the left-band side. Upon this Jack Sphinx gave a peculiar rap, after which it was o'pened by a young womana maiden, rather, of eighteen Fair of face and graceful in form, she waR a most pleasant object for gaze to rest upon, with her brown, sparkling eyes, sunny hair, and bright express ion of countenance. She uttered a glad cry as she saw Jack, but her cry seemed to die out into a little wail of horror as she caught a glimpse of the policeman and the insensible 'Rastus Racket. Jack, however, took i;ains to reassure her, in a kindly tone. "Don't be frightened, Nellie. I've brought my first case, as I promised I would. An old codger_,_you see, who bas been foully dealt-with. Is old u gglesby in1" "No, I should not have opened the d oor, had he been here," Nellie rep lied. "Bring the poor man insid e Jack, and if I b ea r Jared coining, I will hide him." With the policeman's aid, Jack lifted 'Rastus Racket i.I:sido the room, and laid him on the lounge. 'Ibe officer then bowed and took bis departure. As oon as be was gone, Nellie sprung eagerly to Jack's embrace, "Ob! I am so glad you came, Jack, for I have been so lonesome, and fearful that some harm would come to you in your new vocation I" she said1 throwing hPr arms about bis neck, and pulling nim down so that she might kirn him. For Jack Sphinx was a fellow that any wo man might adore. 'fall and stalwart, with a well-develoJ.led form in which was a sur;er abundance .of strength and muscle; a keen eye, regular classic features that many would have pronounced brnwn curling hair, and a high, intellectual f01lebead, he was the picture of a handsome man. A light brown musta<:hc shaded bis m outh, about which ever lurked a good-natured ex pressio n. ou are' glad, my Attic Angel?" le rnid.J. re turnmg her caress. "Well, I am glad. Jjut, laying aside lovers' matters, here's my first professional case waiting our attention. How long before you expect Og glesby!" l "Ob, JaC'k, I do not know. He is very cruel to me'. He got very drunk tc-day, and went out, declari.I:g his intention of making a night of it." "Humph! Let me catch him drunk upon the street, and see how quick I'll jerk him into the station." "Don't do it, Jack, I beg cf you. He is a vin dictive old wretch, and be would do you harm, should you interfere with him. I grow to fear him more and more every day I Jiv e He even threatened to pound me last night, and yvould, no doubt, had not Mr. Crockett, next door, in terposed and argued with him. Ob I Jack, it is -awfu l to be bound out to such an old wretch. I sometimes to feeling desr-eratc. I didn't used to mind it so much until I-I met you, JackJ and learned that there wero some good people in the world!" "My poor little Angel!" the young detective said, softly, rn10othing back the sunny hrur from her forehead. "' Yours is indeed a bard lot. But take cheer. Three more years will place you out of Jared Ogglesby's hands, and ---=--:

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Watch-I:ye. the Shadow. then whom will you seek t.o protect you for the remainder of your life!" "You, of cour e, Jack-who else do I know who bas been as kind t.o me as you! No one no one whom I care llalf so much for. You may have me even sooner than you imagine, Jack." "How do you mean!" "Jared Ogglesby is failing every day. Old age and rum are shattering bis system, and he cannot long hold out." "Well, pretty, the sooner you arefreet.ocome to me as my little wife the better it will suit me. I've got a little n est all prepared for your arrival. But here we are neglecting our subject. I will see how oaruy h e is bruised, patch him up a little, and leave him in your care. Whe n Ogglesby com35 you can hide him in the secret partitioned hallway which I dis covered. I don't beli e v e he'll bo molested there, until I can come and sea him again. The y now s a t about makin3 an examination Qf the tramp''! injuries. Search disclosed only the u;ly bruise over bis left eye, and the d i s c o lored rin::;-about his neck. Otherwi'ls h'.3 appeared to have received no disnbling hurts. "He has b ee n evidently, or else a cord with a weight t.o ono end, as is u:ied by the Oriental stranglers, h1s b ae n slung abou t his neck, th3 w e io-ht strikino-hill upon tho eye," Jack said, ';',The latter is probably the cornrt theory. H e se e:ns 't:i breathe re;u1arly, ani will b o all as so o n as re3to: ecl to consciomness. Is t'.nr2 any liquor in the house!" N Hie hur,.ie d t'.> a cu;:>bo:i.rd, and brought forth a bottl e whic h w a s t:ie property of Jared Oggles by. Thi s Jac k t:ioJ: an::l poured a few dro ps b etweo n the lip> o f the tramp. The wa1 electrical. A shu::l l c r see m9d to tr:i.v erse the man's frame and he gf.ve a gas p, after which he slowly opened his Hyes. Jack raise :i lum to a sitting p03ition, and then steppe d back a Hum?hl" R:i.cket grunted, staring abo:i.t in some 'JUrimity "What's the matter? Where am I! Who are you?" and his i-.1ear e d eyes turned inquisitively upon Jac k and Nellie. _:On e que 3tWn at a if you ple ase, m.v frien::J, anrl w e will endeavor t.o a tBwe r you," Jack answe r Fd, with a smile. "My name is Jack S phinx. at Y '>Ur s ervice. This _voung lady is Mi>s N ellie Mor';on, my bctrothocl." The tram? > t,ared at Nellie queerly "Beaut ifu] I" muttered, h11J' aloud. "You've m ade a g o o:i c h 0 i ce, young man. She wiJI mak-3 yon a goo::l wife. But, how came Ihe r pi" "We ll, yo11 were carrie:i h ere by a p oliceman and myse lf. I fo und you lying insensible in a dark stree t and taking p ity ou you, had you conveyed h ere w my private hospital." "U!lh! I r emember," the tramp said, rubbing his inJured eye. I was drunk, as u'ual, and somebody ia,soecl mv n3ck, like they do on the plains and thumpe d over the eye with a stone. I didn't &e m t.o remember any more just 'then. R !l.ther a i;ame-lookin' optic, eM" "Yes; you will have to be care(ul or you will lose it. So you were drunk, then, when a.tr tacked?" "I'll allow I was. You see the fact isl hadn't seen many s eber days since I've been East." And why? Do you not know that whisky is a man's worst enemy? "Yas, I reckon you'reright1 young man; but, you see, when I cum back East, after an absence of nearly seventean years, and found the hopes of a lifetime all blasted and withered, I war as d isconso late a mortal as evyer trod terra firma, an' tuk tor drink. That war nigh a year ago, an' since then whisky's got so firm a hold upon me thet thar's no sech a thing in ther Bible as l ettin' it alone. Besides, ye see, thar's for meter live for-no wife, no chick nor e h 'l:l., no friends-an' I calculate the soone r I find my way t.o a hole in the ground, the bettor for my self and the world at largP." "Yo u have a wrong idea alt.ogether, my friend," Jack said, earnestl y Thero are hun dreds ready to grasp you warmly by the hand, were you t.o redeem yourself." "Ye d on't m ean to say thc t ye believe it, younof e ller?" <3ertainl y I do. I speak only what I believe. A drunkard has no true fri ends but a temperate man has many. Tha world i s not yet so gone t.o tho bad that there are not honest, faithful souls in it.'' "Mebbe you're right thar, but I've been cl'ar over the world, and as a g eneral thing the peopl e war all greedy, selfish an' worldly. No u;;e o' me tryin' ter stop ticklin' m y woazand wi' tarant'lcr, no use Nothin'shorto'extremepoverty au' a prison c e ll'cl do j .>b. Sumtime s I think I'd g o t.o jail a year e f I could regain my ts an' b e ns I was a f e w y e u J ago." "Ohl sir, I am so g lad t.o bear you sal so!" N ellie cri e :i, clasping h ? r hands eagerly. Jack, if we could only induno him to go t o the Reform H o m e I am sure they would ktll his a:-ipetite for stronq; drink, and ohl h o w happy it would m ake m e !" "Thankee, little gal. You' r e tho first woman who b as said as plc as:i.nt a t liing t.o m e sincew e ll sin'.!e long long a"o." And tho tramp brushe d moisture from his un injure d e y e "The r a i s a Hom'.l of R eform, h ere in the city," J explaine d "in charge of a kind hearte d physician and bis family, whe r e intem p erate m e n and wome n arc take n unde r treat;. m e n t and I am happy t.o say tbat many won derful cure s b'.1.ve b ee n e ffected. But the charges are necessarily high-and-and I fey the y would b e above y our reac h. But p e r haps the united contents of o u r migbt pro cure vou an entra.nre, that i q if y o u w ould go." "Oh! do d o !" N e lli e said, eagp,rJy, and whe n you com-3 o :i.t w e wiJI be your friends, and so will othe ro, and perhaps Jack could g e t you a g oon j ob, for Jack's bound to b e an influential citizen, you know, anrl-" Pretty N ellie pa1red in hllr chilrli s b enthusi asm, while 'Rastus R
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'\7atc h-I:lye, th'"l S hadow. 9 bright presence unfolds. An' I've made up my mind that I'll try your proposition. though it'll probably be a tough pull through. As to money, little gal, why I've lots of it, an' when 'Rastus Racket makes hls will, you an' your prospective husband, thar, shall .have a large slice out of my golden pie. Ah I I had forgotten-my bundle I What bas become of it1 the Reform Home, but 'Rastus Racket was not with him. The tramp was now where he could not get in toxicating liquors. And he had a year to stay before he could again be set at liberty. CHAPTER IV. And the tramp's face grew pale as he gazed ONE YEAR LATER-MIKE KEENE'S CLUll-THJ:: around and did not behold it. STRANGER WITH A GLASS EYE. My bundle I" he r epea ted, excitedly. "If ONE year later, fn the month of May, on that is lost I am ruined!" Chestnut street, Philadelphia, stood a large, im" Calm yourself, my friend!" Jack said. "I posing structure of brick, the ground floor left the bundle behind, for I did not consider it being occupied as a store, and the basement of any value. I gave it a kick up an alley, and by a fruit-stand. The second floor was taken no doubt it is there still. I will go at once and up for offices by prominent business men, get it!" while the whole of the third story was occu -And seizing his hat, h e hurried from the room, pied by what was familiarly known to those and in the direction where he had found the who were .!}Ware of its existence as "Mike tramp lying. Keene's Cltm-" Nelli e and 'Rastus Racket waited impatiently, Gaming estaolishments are plentiful in the and in the course of half an hour heard Quaker City, but there are perhaps none body coming up the stairs, three steps at 11. time, run upon as large a scale or conducted on as if in a great hurry. as "high-toned principles as this Mike Keene's "It is Jacki it is Jack!" N ellie cried, joyousClub. ly, springing forward and c;pening t li e c;oor, to Unlike other places of the kind, there are not admit him. "And h e has got your bundle too, a mixtre of games to attract the visitor, but Mr. Racket." the gambling is confined to one species of game, "Yes, I found it just when. I had ldcked it," and that only a "wheel of fortune." Jack e:iq:ilained, as be delivered the budget, To be sure, there are dice-cups to shake for which was wrapped in an old silk handkerchief. cigars, but this fact is scarcely noticed for the The r eceive d it with muttered thanks buzz about the great wheel of d estiny. and procee e d to open it. Nellie and Jack The wheel in questi o n was a beauty, being b-tood by, wai;ching, more out of curiosity than with a gold -plated hub and axle, upon intentio n. which it revolved, the S,POkes being handwmely A couple of sealed enve l opes rolled out as the inlaid with pearl and ivory, and the numbers bundle came untied and then a handful of large upo n therin1 being-0f solidgoldandcrested with golden coins sever;} gold rings. and one se t with a diamond to each number. diamonds of great size and brilliancy. Those said, who knew. tbattbe wheel, with its "Ob! bow pretty!" N e llie could not h elp say-magnificent mountings, bad cost Mike five o r six ing, enthusiasti cally, while Jack gazed s ilently thousand dollars. There were one hundred numon, not a little surprised. hers upon the wheel, and ten cards were u Fually "Obi I 0ot 'em all honestly!" 'Rastus Racket sold, each card bearing ten numbers. If by assured. 1 I grubbed for gold sixteen years, chance the snap-finger storpe d at any number steady, and I salted down a few sech things. upon your "ard. you were the winner of ninety Here, leetl e gal, I'll give ye the diamond ring to dollars, while ten dollars went into the coffers o f keep 'ti! I come out o' tbe r Home as ye call it. the banker, who was the inevitable Mike Keene An Jack, beer, kin k eep the rest for me. Now, liimself, 1be ten cards Laving all b een dispose d then, I'm all ready to go and try to make a man of at ten d ollars a card. Half-cards were someof myself." times sold to accommcdate those who wue "But you should not trus t u s!" Jac k expostu"broke," or such as were t oo mcdlst to venture lated. "Ere you come out, sornetbing mig,bt a larger sum. In case soir.e number on tbe half haRpen that I would lo se it." card won, forty-five dollars went to the bolder Well, then you may deposit in the Bank of of the card, and forty-five to the man who North America in the name of Eurastus held the other half, and t e n into the haulier's Racket, and send the receipt to me at tlie place pocket. where you are going to tal:e me. Come! now, In case the second half of tbe card was not let's go at once, while the fit is on me, or I shall sold, the banker retained it, and wen or l os t as back out." the case l!light be. In every ca!'e rncb turn of Jack Sphinx knew that it would be policy, to the wheel would net the banker tPn dollars, and obey, and so, after pocketing the tramp'smoney, when som etimes of a day o r evening the wheel they both bade adieu to Nellie, and descended to would go around many hundred times bis profits the street. were enormous. It was not yet daylight, but Jack was aware Nike Keene is no fictitious character, as many that the Home was ever open, and so be led the a poor fcol can testify who bas gambl e d at his way through the dark streiots. club. Popular among the business men, and rich Several times they w-,ro stopped by police-as Croosus, he rejoice d in his calling, claiming men, but the star under the lapel of Jack's coat I that h e did good for all the evil r esulting from was equal to a written pa..."S through the his little game." lines." It is but justice in behalf of the people of Half an hour lat.er Jac k Sphinx emerged from Philadelphia to say that only a certain few of

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10 Watch Eye, tb.e Shadow. all the great population knew or ever heard particularly of Mike Keene and his club. And, as for the city authorities, if they were aware of the existence of such a personage or such a clubroom, they quie t and close-mo uthed about it. At least the police never "pulled" Mike Keene's place. and the club and its votaries continu ed to prosper and grow more notorious among business men. The room in question was furnished with a taste and mag nificence rarely ever seen in a gambling hall. The floor was carpeted with rich Brusse ls, and furnishe d with luxurious upholstered furniture, while the ceiling was a marve l of the fresco art, and the walls were hung with pictures and paintings, such as one will not often meet with outside of an art gallery. On one side of the room, near the middle was the standard with the axle upon which revolved the wheel of fortune. One man stood upon a b e n c h to whirl it, at the clang of the banker's call-bell, while four men, elegantly dressed, stood within the low railing inclosure that encircled the wheel, to sell t ickets to the spectators. A little office in one corner of the inclosnre contained the ample proportions of Mike Keene who was his own banker and treasurer. He was a thickse t individual, with iron-gray hair and mustac he, and wore a pair of gold-rim glasses, whe engaged at his work. The evening of the 8th of May saw quite a crowd in Mike K eene's establishment, composed of merchants, speculators, gamblers by profes sion, bankers, and o ccasionally a theatrical manager or actor. Men were there, whose families waited their coming home; men were there who had no homes or families ; men were there who professed religion, and in one or two instan ces were deacons of prominent churches. This may seem incredible, but was neverthe l ess a fact. Many names of patrons we might mention that would b e a thunderl;>olt in social and religious circ l es Among the votaries about the wheel, was Judge Vermillye. H e was faultless l y attired, in the hight of fashion, and was as much engaged a 3 though he were not esteemed a "model society man," an upright and good parent, and an honorable citizen. The scene was one that was peculiarly excitm g. From overhead the gas shed down a soft radi ance; the voices of the criers who sold the tickets, the hum of the whee l, the cries of disappointment or joy, as the case might be, all mingled through the room creating an excitement easy to acquire, but hard to dispel. Many dropped in, just to look on, but before they left were by the luck of others tempted to try their own fortune. Judge Vermillye had been the lucky man of the evening, having won, continuously. It was' usually the custom of Mike K eene to limit a player to a dozen winnings of an evening, but Judge Vermillye was a friend of the establislunent, and could not be offended of course At last there entered the club-room a JnQ.11 who bad never been seen there before; consequently all eyes were directed upon a moment. He was a good-sized personage, in b?ue broadcloth, with a white shirt and vest that were immaculate1 and a silk bat upon his hes.d, which was closely oarbered of hair. Patent-leathers were upon his feet. and dia monds on bis finger!', and shirt front; also a massive gold chain was strung across bis vest, and a delicate rosebud on. his coP.t lapel, added to the ivory-beaded cane he carried, gave to him the appearance of a dandy. His face was one that once seen, could not soon b e f orgotten. It was a pale, intellectual face belonging to a man of some forty.filght or fifty years. The features were all perfect and attractive, but in places woro an expres:;ion of pas t suffering. The eyes w e r e dark anj scarp, and the mouth firm, being shaded !.,y i. heavy :iron-gray mustache; the hair npon h i0 head was peppered with silver, which was probably the cause of his having had it sheared in the sostyled. fighting cut." fn looking at blm a moment, a person would not perceive any difference in his eyes, but a second glance r evealed that the left c.ye was artificial, or in other words a watch eye." In some accid ent this natty stranger evidently bad lo s t his own eye, and bad been obliged to fill the socket with an artificial one. None w e r e there in the club-room, who knew this flashy stranger, for they made no advances to him, nor did he seem to be anxious to cultivate acquaintance. H o was accompanied by a young negro at tendant, who was attired in liver and carried a small leather valise. The two stood near the counter, and watched the game, themasterpufl' ing leisurely at a cigar, the while, and noting the changes of luck, indifferently. He seemed to be proof against the excitement of the game. "One more card! one more card!" c r ied the c l erks. ''Who will have it-who will have the lucky numbers-00 to 100 and sure to win." The strangrr nodde d in answe r to a g lance from his brown atte>.1dant. and taking a roll of bills from his pocket purchased the canl. Then right m errily clanged the bell, and he gave the whee l a swift whirl. Around and around it spun, the clattering swiftly until the wheel began to slow down, and finally stopped. The fing e r pointed to 95 Not a smile anpeared upon either the face of Watch-Eye, or his attendant in consequence of their success, but the lacter coolly raked in the ninety d ollars and pocketed it, allowing the clerk to take up-his card and se ll i t to some one else And that som e one chanced to be Judge Ver millye, who eagerly received and paid for the card, confident that the next pot" belonged to him. The cards sold ra1-J11ily, and a nod from Watch Eye caused the mulatto to purchase one numbering in the fifties. The remainde r sold swiftly, and at last the bell clanged, and the starter gave the wheel a whirl. "Fifty-five wins!" cried the starter, as th!!! wheel stopped, and the woJY!I> were scarcel y oui;

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Watch-Eye, the Shadow. o'l. his mouth ere ninety dollars were placed in the mulatto's hands and the <:ards were selling again. Still not a trace of excitement or enthusiasm appeared upon the faces of the stranger and bis attendant. They might have be e n supposed stone images, so expressionless were they over their luck. ..Judge Vermillye was secretly chagrined; but be did not allow the fact to come to tl.ie notice of the others. For there were others who bad lost many times, when he bad w on The ne..""I" the glass-eye d stranger again deeven at the risk of bis wrath. although her dress was never m o r e than the plain est. "Well, I'll show you if you give me any of On the ni ght subsequent to the events related your insolence!'' the judge'cried, hotly. "Maybe in the previous chapter, sa t alone in the vou don't know who I am." main room of tbe suite occup i e d h y h erself and A strange expression shot over t h e face of Jared Ogglesby, engaged at sewing upon a plain. Wat,;b-Eye, as h;i gazed ste rnly at the inso l ent cali co dress w hich she wished to wear to the -banker I tory, on the monow. Y E"11 believe I do kn:iw you!" be r e plied, a The hour was late, but this was not uncoID

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l:.:. W atch-Eye, t h e Sha.do_yv, mon, for shA often was obliged to sit up half of the night to wait for Jared Ogglesby's return, as she was afraid to retire before he came, not ]mowing in what condition he might return. "I wish Jack were here!" she murmured, wearily laying aside her work, and going to the window which looked out intothenarrowstreet. "When he is near, I am not afraid. And, then, he has not been to visit me in over a week." As she finished a rap upon the door <:a'.!sed her to start and tremble with fear and .apprehension. What could it be! Surely not Jac k, o Jared Ogglesby, fo r while i;he former had a knock, the latter never paused to knock, or if the door was closed, he generally manifested his presence by giving it a .kick. Who then [could it unless some stranger who was at the wronodoor1 "Who is there!" she asked, approaching the door without opening it. "Open, please; I am a friend I have come to await the return of Jared Ogglesby." knowing what to do, unde r the cir<:umstances, Nellie opened the door, and a man live in the <:ountry-that is as far out as Ardmore, on the Pennsylvania Railroad/" "Sir? I do not understand you!" '' Thenletmeoxplain. A few miles back from .Ardmore station I have a dairy farm, superin tended by an aged couple, who are not blessed with chick nor child, and who want some city young lady to come and stop with them. You, I think, would snit them, and the work for you to do would be but trifling. I will keep you liberally supplied with money, and-and-" Here the judge suddenly paused. Nellie had arisen to her feet, her face pale, and her eyes flashing b rightly. "Stop! stop, Judge Vermillyel" she cried, her voice trembling, despite her efforts to be calm. "You have gone far enough. Once before yo insulted me, sir, because you thought that, be ing in your employ at the factory I would not dare resent i t You found out your mistake, and now, sir, I command you to leave the room, before I call for help and have you tlrrown out!" Y o u-you have me thrown out"! Hal ha ha! good joke, I'll swear!" and the judge laughed, mockingl y. "Why, Miss Morton, do you know that I own this place and everything in it! I should smile to see anybody put me out of my own house. Come! come! now, there is no use o f you and I being at swords' points, at all. I admire you, and I am willing to do what is fair. You give me your hea11; and hand, and I'll make you Honorable Mrs. Judge Felix Vermillye. Now, what better offer do you want, than that? Nellie shrunk back with a shudder. "Go!" she said, still pointing toward the doors, go, I command you!" And I positively refuse. If I cannot pre vail upon you to accept a good offer, I will bargain with old Jared Ogglesby. He'll sell you, I'll bet!" "Sell me!" Nellie gasped, in ho1Tor. "He cannot! He dare not!" He can, and dare. You were a namel ess brat when he took you from an old sea-captain; you were legally bound over to him, and he has the power to bind you over to me!" "God in Heaven h elp me, then!" Nellie moane d, staggering back. Beastly as Jared Ogglesby is, he is not so great a villain as you, Felix Vermillye." "Thanks for your compliment, my pert miss, By tbe way, how fares your gay lov e !', Sphinx! A year ago I had the pleaswe of discharging him from my factory, for undue familiarity with-" "Liar! base liar!" Nellie cried, her temper now thoroughly aroused "You caused Jack's discharge b eca use you knew he was my friend. But it was a luc'r y day he left your employ, for he is now on the d etective force, where he can confront villainy with a strong hand." "Oho! he is, oh? \Veil, I wish him success But, nov, as Jared does not return, I must bid you adieu. I will call and r ene w our plP.asant visit at another time A kiss, now, my dear, and the n I will be gone." He arose quickly from the chair, and sprung to warahe r, catching h e r by the right arm. With a low scream of affright she struggled to get away, and in so doin"' h e r sleeve tore open, bar ing h e r round, shapefy arm t> the shoulder. The accident r evealed upon the arm, just above the elbow, a livid scar upon the white fle s h, in the shape of a star. It was evidently a birth-mark. Judge Vermillye saw it, and suddenly released her arm and stepped back with a gasp, his breath coming and going h eavily, his eyes fast ened upon the scar in a sort of horrible fasci nation. "Curse you!" he gasped, perspiration start ing out upon his forehead-" curse you! I thought you were dead!"

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Watch-Eye, the Shad>w. Nellie shrunk back, not knowing what to late, and strange suspicions about this man.' He make of his strange words. She was aware is wealthy, and he is popular, but you take Jack that her birth and infancy were shrouded in Sphinx's word for it, he is a rascal. And your mystery, but she knew no more. Why did the Jack's the lad as is going to keep a crow's eye birth-mark visibly affect Judge Vermill,i:e1 on his future movements. Why was he about What did he know of her past--<>f her child-to murder you, dear?" hood-<>f the mystery obscuring herbabyhood1 Nellie related to her detective lover what 1s She could not conceive, and trembled as she already known to the reader, and Jack Sphinx saw the strange, horrible passion that was list.ened with knitted brows. over the banker. "There's a mystery here," he said, as she "Funes seize you!" he said, in a hoarse concluded, "and into its depths I'm going to voice. I supposed you dead, but here you areil penetrate, dear. It looks to me as if you were a stumbling-block in my path. Nol no! I' m the way-as if there were property in the tolerate no interference or usurpation after all case, or-crime I So, my peerless JittlP waif, these years-no! a thousand times no! It is a you may turn out an heiress to a fortune, or at fortunate chance that threw this scar before least, a title. Stranger thlngs have happened. my eyes. You a.re alone with me. No one As for old Ogglesby, he's dead drunk in a low knows me in this locality. Swear that you will groggery on Callowhill street, and won't be marry me, and keep your mouth forever closed, home till morning. So you can retire without and that scar forever hidden-swear it, or by f ear of disturbance. I must now hunt up police the God who hears me speak, I will murde r aid and trot his honor off to the station." you on the spot! Swear! swear by all you hold F;;;t handcuffing the prostrate judge Jack sacred in this life and the next. It is your only went in search of a polic em an. salvation!" On his return with one, ho found that the He sprung toward her as he spoke, a long prisoner bad recovered consciousness, Bnd was dagger in his hand poised to strike. cursing Nellie as freely as his breath would She tried to elude him, but h e r limbs refused permit. to move, and with a low cry she Without parley, he was seized ancen fell cf qll<>er thoughts of the judge went back to his h e me b a car-

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14 Watch-Eye, t h e Shadow. riage; with bil aristocratic daughter, while Jack Sphinx conducted Nellie back to h e r home. "I'm thwarted, this time,'' he said, gloomily, "for that case will never be called on again, or if it is, the judge will allow Vermillye to out of it, somehow. Money, you know, darlmg, goes a great way, and h e has more tban enough to buy off our courts. But never mind. I'll nab him, yet!" Judge Vermillye rode home. .As he was leaving the carriage before his own residence, a passer-by brushed rudely agains t him and a low voice said: "&ware! the law will not always be as l e nient with you as now!" .A curse eseaped the banker's lips for he re cognized the same coo l inscrutable individual he had met in Mike K eene's Club-Watch-Eye, the Shadow! CH.APTER VI. miscuous elevations, and newspapers dro}'ped, as the door is opened to admit--'-a woman. Yes, a genuine live woman, enveloped in a a cloak and vail-tri=ed hat. Let me introduce you dear reader, to Kate Carson-otherwise the Clipper." She, too, is a detective and as successful as any of her male brethren .A modest, quie t little woman she is, of some twenty-four or five years, with a fair, pleasant face, and eyes as black and bright as lumps of coal. Every man arose and bowed respectfully on her entrance, and Jac k Sphinx handed her a chair near the door. ' Thank you," she said, in a pleasant voice, in which the r e was a trifle of hesitatio n, "but I didn't co m e to stay. I came to inquire after the gentleman known as Jack Sphinx." "That's I ma'am at your service" Jack hastened to 'a ssure h er. "Wish to m e in private, I suppose." .A BANK ROBBERY-GERALD TRACY'S RETURN. "Not n ecessarily .All thesegentlemenarede-You may not know, d ea r reader, but detec-tectives, are they not!" tives will tell you o f a place where the y do con-"They are, and l ll guarantee they n e v e r gregatk, to r ead, learn, and inquire. In Philam e ddle with each other's affairs, othe r than in delphia, it is upon Walnut street, front r oom, a helping way. State your case, and I will :first flight give you all attention." .A large apartment, carpeted, and furnished "We ll, within the last six months, the -with easyc hairs, couches, tables and a stove, Bank, on -street, has been robbE>d of sll."ty while the walls are literally covered with photo-thousand dollars of the money intrusted in its graphs and n ewspaper portraits of notoriou s care. Not only has the bank's own pil e bee n tammurde r e r s h o use-br e'lkers or Cracksme n, petty pered with, but the private safes and vaults of thieves, s hop-lifter s, and incendiari es. d e positors and r e nters have been r elieve d of Of course, being a ''men's" r oom, where the liberal sums." hand of a woman seldom r eac h es, the Ras this thing been going on any g reat place IS n o t remarkable for its cleanliness or l e ngth of time, Miss Cars on?" order, and when occupied, as at present, by a "Six m onths or so says the President, Mr. half doz e n m en, is generall y e nveloped in a fog Fowle r. The robbery is done systematicall.Y, of tobacco and c igar smoke. either by some one in the employ of the bank, "He r e in the 'Quarters,' w e have an oppor-or some parties who h ave_gaine d sec ret access to tunityo f gazing upon the features of several it." w e ll-known Quake r City sleuths, all of whom "True enough. H a v e you taken the case, have won for themselv es a name, and in many then?" cnses, a nick-name among their fell ows. "Yes I can secure your h elp in Half a doz e n are distributed about the room; working it up. The chief of police recommend-let us n otice the m. ed !,Ou, saying you might be able to h elp m e." The elderly, well-dressed gentleman there by That's good of the chief. Of course I a m the fire, is Colonel" Browne ll. willing to tender you my assistance although I He has a fin e head, a kindly face and an in-am comparatively in the business I tellectual forehead; yet this quie t unassuming should like to see the PreSident of the bank." man ranks in the profess ion, and those "Then we will call upoJ?. him. H e wants the long whisk ers ne wears so naturally can be re-c ase investigated at once, before the report of moved without the application of the razor, for the loss leak s out among the depositors." they are false .According l y they both set out from the Quar-That man playing with the long ears of a ters" for the -Bank, :which was some blocks hound, by the window, is" Joe Ferret," alias away. Ransom McDonald. He is not generally known Once upon the street, Kate Carson spoke not as a detective, which adds to his value as a concerning the case, ;nor did Jack, for they had "ferret." learned among the foremost things in their exHarry S cott, yonder, is a railroad detective p erience that a floatin g word upon the highway in whicl1 of the profession h e i s successful. is liabl e to reac h some person who remembers it, Then there is Pat Haines Sam Sharp, "Mary" thinks over it, and finally arrives a t a concluWallace and Hi Osgood, all of them to b e d esion Concl;Jllions are wlw.t detectives spurn as p e nded upon, whe n put upon a trail, while things unsafe to trus t. "Dr." Danton, in the corner, m a n .A short ri:ndiug-. room. Pipes are lai d aside, he e l s lowered from proT hither they were condu c ted, t ho apartment

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W atch-Eye 1he Shadow. 16 ---------------------;-----------------being in the rear of the banking room, and furnished with elegant taste. Taking seats the two detectives waited, and in the course of several minutes, President Fowler was shown in. He was a portly1 intelligent-looking man, "with an honest face ana kindly bearing; his face was covered with a beard, and his eyes .vcre c lear and searching m their glance. He bowed pleasantly as he entered to Kate, who ill turn introduced Jack. The banker gazed at the young detective with a keen glance. "This i s the man yo u have chosen as your as sistant, Miss Carson?" b e interrogated, turning to Clipper Kate. "It sir. Mr. Sphinx was recommended to me by tne chief of police." "Perhaps he will do as well as any other. Have you any questions to ask, Mr. Sphinx? All detectives generally have." "Yes, a few," Jack r eplied, tersely, not at all disco n certed by the banker's tones. Let me have a sheet of paper to jot down an occasional item on. That's it, thanks. Now, you I suppose are the president of this bank?" "I am, sir." Who is vice-president?" '' Honorable Felix Vermillye." Jack gave vent to a little whistle of surprise, :md made a memorandum u pon bis paper. President Fowler looked annoyed. "Your whistle would go to show that you think Judge Vermillye is a man to be classed among the s u spicious, eh?" he demanded, sharply. "In my business, sir, no man, be he saint or biuner, 1s notice, I allow!" Jack re plied, evasive l y Who are the directors, } > lease?" President"Fowler named them, and Jack jotted down their names and residences. Are they in the secret of this robbery?'' he next asked. '' They are, most assuredly." "And the vice-president?" "He is. Why?" "Nothine:. Only thought I'd ask. Who are the tell ers?;' "Jackson Way i s the receiving-teller, and Philip Rossmere, the paying-clerk." "None others havo the handling of moneynone of the book-keepers?" Not to our knowledge. Judge Vermillye has the whole supervision of the books unde r his eye." '' You l ook them over, too, I dare say?" <. "Certainly, sir." Ever find anything wrone:!" "No, sir. Books all 0. K.'i Do you ever entertain visitors in the bank, or admit others than employees behind the grates?" "Miss Vermillye occasionally favors us with a call; also my wife and daughter." Call in this Way and Rossmere, please. I can tell you if they are men." President Fowler touched a call-bell, and the two tellers were ushered in at his request. "Messrs. Way and Rossmere," he said, allow me to make you acquainted with Miss Carson, detective-ditto Mr. Jack Sphinx." The two men acknowledged the inwoduction with bows, and were seated. Jack Sphinx gazed at them inapeculiar, scru tinizing way, then turned to the president. "You may dismiss the gentlemen," he said, caJmly. "I have done with them." Which Mr. Fowle r did, with a bow, and quitted the room. w em" h e demanded, after they bad gone, "what is your decision1" It is reserved, at :Present. I should like you to show me through the bank, and the safes and vaults to see if they've been tampered with yet. The rest, Miss Carson and I will work out our selves." Their reques t was granted, nnd they wera s h own through the entire building frcm base ment to garret by the president iu person. Jack and Clipper Kate eac h u sed their eyes sharply, and at last every portion and apart ment bad been shown them, and they passed out onto the street, through the bank. Judge Vermillye was eno-aged in writing on one of the desks, and pre'&;nded not to noti ce them, but Jack Sphinx knew that h e was aware of their presence. Out in the street1 once more, Jack turned to Clip_per Kate, inqmringly : You may call upo n me, at ;rour l eis ure, and wewill compare notes and opin10ns. T wo heact are better than one, they say, and perhaps we may strike a l ead. I live at-, Spring Garden street, up-stairs." "Very well. L oo k for me at almost any hour during the evening." They parted then, Kate go in g into marke t street, and Jack into Chestnut, where be saun. tered idly along, his thoughts busied with otha matters than the gay whirl of l ife around him. "Let m e see," h e mused. "T
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16 Watch-Eye, the Shadow. He improved rapidly, and our drunken vagabond turned out to be a gentleman of culture and intelligence, who evidently had seen better days in a past which he was careful not to speak. The last two months of his stay, he d& livered some excellent lectures on Temperance to th9 inmates of our asylum, and made a deep imprtl ssion upon them. I tried t o prevail upon him to remain longer, but he would not, claiming that h e had a great wrong which must be righted. I expect h e has been greatly sinned against, in the past, and i s now about to fight to the bitter end, for his rights." "Then he i s not here!" Jack asked. disap pointed. "No; he took leave of u s several days ago. H e often spoke of you and a lady called N e llie and wished he could see you. So Jack was obliged to take his dAparture, without finding out any more concerning the tramp. Judge Vermillye dined at three, as a usual thino-, .bat to-day a pressure of business detained him lat3r, so that it was nearly dark ere he left the carriage in front of his own mansion and ran up the steps Miss Beatrice anrl. Marquisl De Have n were themselves at piano, in the grand parlor, out, instead of stopping, the banker ran up-stairs to his suite of rooms, making his toilet in his e legan tly-appointed boudoir, and then en terin;?," his grand library. He started back with an oath as h e did sol for a man was seated in one of tha judge's own uxurionsly-uphol stere d arm-chairs, with his fee t p erc h ed up against the book-case, engaged in smoking a cigar. He condescended to lower his feet upon the judge's entrance, and arise from the chair, with a bow, after whic h he r es umed his seat. Vermillye uttered another oath. The ml.n was Watch-Eye the Shadow. You h ere !" the banker cried, a spice of threat in his tones. What fetched you here sir, in my private office, at that? "My hmbs assisted m e here, if I remember Wakh-Eye replied, coolly. "Be seated, Judge Vermillyc, instead of working yourself into n ee dless passion. I want to have a little private talk with you, you see." The banker dropped into a chair, his face grown a sharle white, and a strange glitter in his eyes. "Well!" he s1id, interrogatively, I am listening to what you may have to say. Go ahead" "Yes. Allow me to offer you a cigar first, as it improves a man's memory, and I d esire that yours shall be very good, upon this occasion,you see. What! don't smoke!" "Not with you, sir. Go on with what you have to say." Very well. To open matters in a business way, just cast your mind and memory back for a p 3riod of nineteen years, to a certain 10th day of May. Where were you upon this day and lat e!" "In Philade lphia, sir, doubtless, as I have neve r bee n beyonrl a radius of a few miles from the city," Judge V er.nillye replied, calmly. You are sure you were in Philadelphia nin eteen years ago to-day!" Watch-Eye demanded, watching his honor keenly. "Quite sqre !"the banker replied. "You have no recollection, then, whatever, of a nttle transaction which occurred in Baltimore, on said day, in the office of one Silas Pry, money-lender-a case wherein said Pry, in consideration of a mortgage given upon a Southern plantation know as Riverdale, by the heir and owner, Gerald Tracy, paid into said Tracy's hands the sum of fiftv thousand dollars?" "You in riddles, sir," Judge Verrnillye replied, haughtily. I know nothing concern ing the transaction of which you speak, neither was I ever in the city of Baltimore!" "You lie sir!" Watch-Eye turning fiercely upon the banker. "What! what!" and the judge, springing to his feet, reached for the bell-handle. "You give me the lie, sir! You villain, I'll have you kicked from my house!" But Watch-Eye sprung and hurled him back. You lie, Silas Pry I" he repeated. You lie t and I Iinow it-know yoit, fC1r I am G erala Tracy!" CHAPTER VII. VERMILLYE HOLDS THE STRONGEST HAND. GERALD TRACY 1" the banker repeated, bis face assuming a grayish pallor-" you, Gerald Tracy? '' The same, alive and well, thank God," the Shadow-Detective said, triumphantly. Sit down, Silas Pry, alias Judge Vermillye, and hear me out. I know you, even unde r your high-sounding exchange of cognomen. You also know me but not so much of me as you will di r ectly. Sit down, while I r ehearse you a little story. It is very beautiful and pathetic in its everyday occurrences-almos t like you will read of in Sunday-school books!" The sarcasm in the man's tones so affected Vermillye, that h e dropped into a chair, his teeth c losing with a click, and his hand involun tarily nearing a hip pock et. "Ohl you needn't mind the weapon," the Shadow said, coolly; "it is not n ecessary, for ere you could draw it, I can put a half a dozen bullets through you. I long ago learned the art of quick" trigger for such occasions as this. "But to r eturn to my little romance in real life. Ninetee n years ago to-day, I applied to you for a loan of money. I had been living high, and not only used up my own ready cash, but, in a blind moment appropriated fifty thousand dollnr:; of the bank'c cash, where I was employ ed. Discover y followed, and I was offered 1' chanoo to redeem myself and save disgrace and imprisonment, by returning the money I ha
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Watch-Eye, the Shadow. 17 "I had been ordered by my employers to leave the country for five years and I reso lved to seek the far-western gold fiefds, to dig out of the earth riches enough to redeem Riverdale. And according to my re.solution I im mediately took my departure from B;tltimore, for the West. In bidding adieu to the East, I left behind me a little babe, and a wife, in Washington, dependent upon my wife's needle labor for support. I had written to them, explaining all, and. promising a speedy return. On reaching the West, I wrote them several letters, but got no answer. Again and again I wrote, but still no answer came from my loved o n es. "At last I despa'red of hearing from themGod forgive me, but I believed that my wife had turned from me, because of the socialdownfall I had caused her, and had returned to her people. "So Silas Pry, I slaved on in the it. ;JS. More than a score of times did I face death1 and narrowly escaped it. I learned at last that my enemies were but tools in your hands, that you were plotting away my life, that I might never return to pay off the mortgage. For ten years I battled with awl baffled your bull-dog$; then they disappeared., and I was troubled no more. Over a year ago, I r eturned to Baltimore and Washington, in search of you and my family. In Baltimore I learned that you had years before left that place, and returned to Philade lphia, which, if I remember right, is the city of your birth. On inquiring after River dale, I learned that it had trebled in value in the last eighteen years, and was worth at least a couple of hundred thousand dollars, being in close proximity to the c ity. I then set out for Washington, and there re the worst blow of all. My wife had married one Judge V ermillye only a few years after my departure and had since h e r marriage suddenly died. Of my child I could find no trace -no word-nothing! t'Jhe was dead or lost--re search disc)osed no facts conceruing her after my departure for the West. These discoveri es disheartened me, for what had I to live for?--and I took excessively to strong drinlr; I became a drunkard, a sot, a tramp, on the face of God's footstool. No one knew me, no one cared for me-and I was happy onl! in my cups. A year ago, Silas Pry, I entered this mansion, when it was a scene of festivity upon the occasion of a party. You had me unceremoni ously thrown out, and even sent a tool of yours after me, to end my miserable career. Some how he failed to compkte his task, and I was picked up and cared for. You see my left eye is a game eye. I owe the lo>
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18 Watch-Eye, the Shadow. "Wl!at! wlvit is this you would say?" he his face deadly white, his one eye seemmg to blaze, h'8 whole brain seell)ing on fire"was not the money I gave the detective paid the bank, in W a.shington 'I" "It was not r' Judge Vermillye said, with triwnphant emphasis it never saw the inside of that Washington bank, I dare say-certail;l ly not to pay off yout inde btedness. It Of course was all to my shrewdness If you had been a mouse m my office nineteen yeara ago to-day, after you had take n your departure" you might have overhear d or witnessed a b argain between myself and the d etecth>e, Mc(Juaver, wherein we w ere to equally share the fifty thousand dollars, and" h e was to make pre tense of continuing the sea r c h for you in b ehalf of the bank, but was in reality to find and put you forever out of the way, whereupon I was to pay JWU an additional ten thousand dollars!" .My God! manJ I neve r de emed you such a villain!" the Shaaow gasped, in righteous h or ror. " No one e lse did," the banker replied coolly. A smooth face, a smoother tongue, and scruF.;;lous honesty in all my dealings, has won mo the reputation of being a square man." Gerald Tracy groaned a1oud, as he sat with bowed h ead, his eye riveted upon the carpet. H e was no fool not to see that he was complete. 1y in the power of one of the most devilish of all schem?rs. He knew that Silas Pry had mat all in hi s own hands, if it were as h e said. "Well'!" he d emande d, interrogatively, "what J.o !,OU intend to do'I" I intend to mie my power over you to tha fulle:;t ext9nt, prnviding you make any stir. Y ,1u are a thief to-day as you w ere ninete e n ago. In the hands of the chief of poli ce at Washington lies a warrant for your arrest on the charge ofbank robbery. Dare but to annoy me again and you shall suffer the full penalty for your crime." "And you-you mean to hold Riverdale'!" Y es I shall foreclose the mortgage at once and sell the p lace to gat back my money and the interest thereo n. If it goes for two hundred thousand dollars, let i t go. If for less, I shall buy it in, and pay whatever it sells for, above m:r;claim 'But you cannot k eep over the amount due you on the mortgage'!" "No, probably n ot, for the bank stands ready to claim any amount it may bring upon my claims." 1 T hen, I have no claim whatever?" Non e, whatever. Your only pla u of safety is to lay low, as every thief does. If you come forward t o oppose the foreclosure of the mort your fate is sealed. Off to prison you go, as fast a.s justice can carry you." "But you are counting it all against me. I have a few points against you. I have your own confession of all your Tillainy, which would lower your high head, somewhat, when taken into court. Besides, there's a charge against you, in court, now for attempted murder. Felix Vermillye smiled, villainously, and snapped his fingers. "A fig for the latter case, while of the former you have no proof. We are alone. No one has overheard us. My word in law would stand better than yours, for you are a thief!" The next minute the banker regretted his hasty speech; for Gerald Tracy leaped sudden ly from his cnair upon him, and grasped him by the throat. "Curse you!" he gritted, his face livid with passion, "you have said that thing once too many tim0S. Do your worst! I defy youdoubly defy you. Beware! With God's aid I will fight you, Silas Pry, anrl. if I am beaten. I'll break every bone in your body if I hang for it the next minute. Beware, I say I A desper ate man has no mercy upon a f oe, and I shall have none upon you-to baffle and disgrace yo u to that extent that you will gladly seek death in preference to a miserable existence. I go now, but you have not seen the last of me. A very in my pursuit of revenge, I will hunt you down to a pauper's grave!" During his wild, excited speech the returned wanderer had tightened his grip about Vermill ye's throat until his eyes protruded from their sockets, and his tono-u e huug from hi s mouth. And as he finished', h e raise d the portly banker from the floor, bodily, by th9 powerful strength of his arms, hurled him half-way across the room. He struck the floor with a era.sh, andlay there, quivering, his senses having deserted him. Lie there, you accursed villain, and ta;.-te the beginning bitterness of my battle with you!" Tracy gritted, as he seized his hat, "and stole from the house. It was some tim9 before the stricke n bank;i r could be called back to consciousness by the ser vants who had seen him throug h the open door, lying prone on the floor, soon after the Shadow's departure. When he finally did recover his senses, he per. emptorily dismissed them all, and remained h his library for some time before going out fo1 his usual evening iu town. He was very sore from this fall, but was mor4 sore in tempe r than in body. "Curses take tho fellow," he growled, as he paced to and fro thrnugh his elegant library, "h& was as savage as a tiger. H e said he was desperats and I am of the opinion that h e was. He bade me beware. Yes, Gerald Tracy, I will' beware. I'll cage you where you can do nn harm, and that ere long. You are too danger. ous a stumbling-bloc k to lie in my path. I'll see that you are removed. And then1 I'll foreclose the mortgage on the southern plantation and pocket the cash. A snug little investment, that was, after all, Twenty-fiv e thousand for the use of fifty a mat ter of nineteen years, and then the interesb< amounts to a hundred and sixty and five hunu dredmore. Ha! ha! ha! I could not have done bett
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Watch-Eye, the Shadow. 19 (eachlng him. There is a man here, who they can beat the best, and if he is not possessed too conscientious scruples he is my huckleberey. I will go and sound bis d epths." CHAPTER VIII. A BllBPRISE-TWO ROGUES HEET-CAGE D THAT evening Jack Sphinx cnlled upon Miss Kate Carson, at her residence in Spring Garden street. lt was a cosey little two-story cottage, in the heart nf the city, surrounded by many others greater in size and more imposing. A little ya.rdin front was rnclosed by an iron fence, and unde r cultivation as a flower garden. \ Upon ringing at the door, Jack was shown in through a h a ll to a little reception parlor, by a neat, pretty servant girl, where be was informed Miss Kate would presently j oin him. The parlor was furnished after a n eat \!Mt inex p ensive fashion, with a bright crimson carpet, up b olste red furniture, an upright piano, and a f e w odest pictures 11.nd paintings upon the walls. Then, there w e r e numerous Jittlb nicknacks which served to adorn, all of which betrayed the skill o f a woman's band. Jack Sphinx had not bee n seated long, whe n a doo r opened, and "Ctipper Kate entered. She was at tlred in a loose tollet wrnp'per, prettily set of!' with ribbon bows; spotless linen cu1fs and c ollar, and n handsome gold chain about her neck reach.ng to her watch-pocket. Her hair was arranged becomingly, and nltoi::et h e r she avpeared to l"reat advantage despite the fact that no one could have called her handsome. She bowed with a smile, as she 8"W Jack, and seat ing h erse!r at once opened up on tl.e subject of the interview. -. .. Well, Mr. Sphinx, who do you think is the bank robber1" "I haven't made any direct decision, yet, Miss Carson. I !ave been waiting to catch your ideas, before allowing my crude experience to form into tho ught" W e ll, I can soon t ell you my judgment In the atter. There are two buildings built against the bank-one upon the ea.st and one upon the west ide. The first named is occupied cs a clothing store, and the latter as a pawnbroker's establisb ent. The latte r is kept by one of that mnch-abus d race known as Jews. Now, in my estimation, his robberr is d one eithe r by parties who have nc es s to the mterior of the bank throug!J. one o f these ide buildings or b y som<> one in the employ of the ank, who bas s:-harge of or access to the vaults of he company in that direction. "Well, which do you think most probable?" .. The latt.er.11 "And who the person or persons?,, "l don't know. Th'.>t i s for you and Ito determine between oursel vPs. You quest!oned President Fow ler concerning this 1::ian Vermillye, rathe r sharpl y I took note." "Yes, I did. My opinion of the man is not favor a bl<>, to say the most. albeit h e may b e innocent of complicity in the robbery." "He mar nnd may not. Did y o u discove r anyhing particular, while being shown through the bank?' "No, nothing. My eyes failed t o see anything out of 0rr ter." "My eyes then, are a trifl e shnrl,'!lr tb!ln yours. E ee here. what I nicked up, will you and she held up a watch-key with a low laugh. Jack Sphinx took it, and g lanced it ovn sharply. was a k<>y, hearinj1.' the patent mark, and the nRme of Jay Walerbrnoke, JPweler. "Where di e ,-o u find this. Miss Carson?" Upon the 1:>3.seroc c t bottom. when we were 'Visit the au!ts." "Whom does It belong to?" I know that no more than you. I picked it up, thinking it mil>:ht be useful." "And so it may. Bnt, now, we must. dig in at the root of this matter. I have my suspicions firmly fixed upon Judge Vermillyl', as being the depredator, but of course have no definite proof-no clew on which to cause his arrest. What course do you ad vise?" "I have been thinking of one, which may pan ou:. as important results as any other, and that is for us to conceal ourselves in the bank at night, and learn what we can. "Will tbe President allow this?" "If I ask him, yes. If you will kindly wait he1-e a few moments, I will go to bis residence, half n block above. and ascertain." Jack assented, and during her absence whiled away the time in looking over some b<'oks which lay upon tbe c enter-table. She was not gone l o ng, be thought, whe n he b eard h e r re-entbr the house, and she came tripoing into the parlor. "I have triumphed, my dear Sphinx," she said, holding 'up a bunch of k eys. "I have got a set of duplicates to every lock in the bank Now we will go and make a. night of watching of 1t. Are you properly atmed t You know it i s ever well to oo p repru-ed." "Yes, I am heeled.'" Jack r eplied, with a smile. "But in c o s e we can get int.o the bank, will not the watchman along that bent raise a racket, and arrest us for the genuine ban.Ii; robbers?" "I guess not, when we show our badges. Do you know the policeman on that bent may b e the very chap who knows all about this robberyt" Such a thing might be, and in that case, h e even, must not know of our presence in the bank." "Right. We must wateh our chance, and get in on tbe sly, o r e lse we'll see no robbers to-night. Teo to one we shall not, aqybow." Kate Carson wrapped herself In a heavy water proof and hat; the n they took their departure toward tlle bank. On arriva.J. there they had no 'trouble in gaining an easy entr3rl c 1 without b eini:: disturb<>d or n oticed. Passing through tbe l)anking-room, KatH unlocked a door and taey stepped into-the presence of half a doze n of armed, masked m e n who instantl y "covered" the two detectives with gleaming r evolvers that were cocked with an ominous click I click! Judge Vermillye l eft bis own mansion after re ceiving the haPSh treatment at the bands of Watch Eye, and hurried int.o town. Nor did be pause until he reached Nash's restn.urnn t, where he pnrwok of a goodly-sized meal of choice viands, the wllole washed down with a bottle of champagne. Then came a choice cigar, when the bankt>r arose to leave the place As h e did so he saw a portly, pursy individual, who, from bis dress and mnm:ers, m ight have been mistaken for a statesman, or the president of n corporation, jut entering the door. His coming seemed to nH'ect the banker etmngely, for he sunk back upon his chair, and gazed at the new-oomH, speechless with surpriSt>. A smooth, fat face had this fellow, end he wns dressed in the hight of fa.shion-blnc.k eves g leamed from his head, ho1ever, and Juc!ge Vermillye remembered the face. As the stranger was pas!ing, the judge touched him upon the arm. and then wooe room for him u pon nn adjoining chair. "Sit down hPre." be said, in nns1Yer to the fel l ows lcok o f surprise; "sit down here, I know you. I vant to speak with you." "Know me! Well, I guess you've mistaken your man r the other r epl!e ', J nok in g tbe judge over, with a c 1it icising glance. "I nm but recently in thP!":e parts." "'Some f oreig-n dignitary I
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20 Watch-Eye, the Shadow. The man uttered a growl, and then turned squarely upon the judge. "Wh >are you?'' he demanded, surlily. The judge F miled, craftily. .. you had I see n you upon a 1.ing's throne. My name is V ermil'.ye, sir, alias Silas Pry. Yours is Bill MeQu a v er, al;a s wbat?" The fat gentleman started angrily. "You lie! I am not McQuaverl" he replied. "You are, the judge declared. "Come I come I no more denial now, go on and tell me where you have b ee n, since eighteen :vears ago." since you won't ta1I:e no for an answer, let's "w11!i do you sey?" L 'ad ahead. Just as you say!" Insid e of tPn minutes they occupied a proscenium box at the Chestnut Stroot Theater. "As [was saying," the judge r emarked, by way of opening the conversation, "I should like to know where you have been during the last nineteen years. Here you c ome back dressing and looking like the presl:lent of some great corporation, and putting ou as much st:vle as though you were worth h alf a million instead of being Bill lllcQuaver, a runaway detectiv e ." "My na:ne is !tight Honorable David Thurston, at your s e rvi c e I" the ex-detective replied, grimly. "I have b ?c n around the world since I saw you and, as you suggested, am worth half a million or dollars." "How did you summon up sufficient to come back iuto the State s, when such a reward 1sset upon your h ead 1" A reward upon my head!" "Certainly -for feloniously appropriating the money paid you by Gerald Tracy and leaving for parts unknown. n The d e uce, you say I" "Ye s. The cha:ge stands against you, and I saw a policeman eying you, a bit ago, or I shouldn't have C;:l,lled vou herP." But you took the large r share of the money. Be sides, you owe me ten thousand dollars, for that job ngainst Tracy.'' Who is alive and well, to-day!" Not by a l ong sight. I shot him four times thro ugh heart, and sa"' his body covered over with six feet of ground." "Are you lying to me!" "Upon honor, it is as I've told you." "Then he has the nine lives of a cat, for certain it is that he has returne d, and threatens to make trou hie in camp. You must sitenc htm,foreve r !" "lmustP" y;,,, must. If you refuse. I'll hand you over to tbe hw as the thief who ran off with the bank money." The ex-detective uttered an inaudible curse, and glanced nervously around. He evidently had a dread of arrest. "Curse you. What do y o u want me to do with bim1" he demanded," and what will ye do after I do get rid of him 1" "You can take your own remedy, ""the said, coolly. "I am not particula r as to th e method so l ong as it is effective. After the job's done, my lips shall be seale d as to your past, [a d you sill have the money." "You promise thi s?" "Ay, I swear to it, if Where is this Gerald Tracy? "You must find him. Some c:ill him ... tch-Eye, because one of bis e y e s is a glass eye." "I will find him. And I'll use a remedy that won't fa!l, this Sbortly after tbis the two s eparated, McQuaver K.Olll'!' towa rd the n n n P r p>irt of t'ifl a ncl Judge Vermiilv P ln t he Uil'e c t v o <..f r:rn w 1urve3 "Gerald Tracy's doom Is sealed," he muttered, a hornble glitter m his eyes, as he movecl along. I shall be rid of him; McQuaver fairly upo'l his tracll: he Is a dead man-sure. Then, only a f m v r emnants of a dark past lie in my way, and they can easily be removed. lllcQuaver himself for one; J are cl Oggles by for another. The girl, Nefiie Mort.on, and the fel low Sphinx may give me trouble, unless I can them, somehow. I think I can fix all thes e things t.o suittt.e." It was an unexpected situatiou that Kate and .rack found themselve s placed in, for the y b a d not calcu lated upon b eing surprise d in highway robbery fashion withiu the v ery walls of the bank, where they had come to li e in wait for stealthy criminals. lnstearl, tbey w ere now coufrontecl by a masked fellows, all enveloped in hood e d oil-cloth coats, and arme d with the r e volvers which they leveled so suddenly upon the d e tectives tha5 neither had an opportunity to dnw a weapon, ere they were ucovered." "You may as well surre nd e r. and take matters rationally," one man said, stepping forw1trd, r ently to distinguish himself as l eade r. "You v e fall e n into the trap you had prepared for us, and we shall see tbat you don't trouble us." "Wbat do you mean!" Jack demande d. "It is you who ba..J b etter smTend e r, as you can never es care from this place ali., e. It is surrounded." A clever lie, but it avails you little. the leader replied, with a sarcastic chuckle. "Were there ten thousand men on the outside they could not pre-.ent our leaving this bank. Com e hand over your wea pons. It's your only choice." Jack turne d to Mis s Carson, inquiringly, and she nodded her head. "It is no use to resist. So l e t them do as they will, and we will work afterward." "You will. will you?" the l eade r S!lid, c"aftily_ "Ohl yes, no doubt. S e ize them, b o y s ; and bind thPlr hands be3ind their backs, and blindfold them." This was done, and as r esistance seemed useless, under the circumstance s the detectiv e s submit ted, without knowing what fate was in store for them. 'Vhen they were secured according to the captain's orders, they were forcs d to walk fonvard through a number of rooms, and down-stairs into the bank. Here they paused. "You are m the basement of the bank, where all the money is stored. You seldom visit the place, whil:l l"e visit it ofte n. I shall now extract a thou sand dollars from the fund. Then you shall b e taken awav and confined, and the bank will Joy this rob. bery,and poasibly those heretofore to you, and your names will be heralcle 1 I abroad; you will be outcasts and outlaws upon the public. Whe n you are thoroughly branded, and your names are in the mouths of ever.rbody, we will turn you out upon the street s to be gobbled up by the law." "Curse you do your worst, Judge Vermillyel" Jack Sphinx replied. Though you wore a mask when I looked at you, I now recognize you by your voice. Hal I fancy you start and tremble. because you rlread the op0n revelation to the world "You err, young man." the l eader replie d, in a disguised voic e "I am not tbe man you believeme to be. So In accusing Judee Vermillye. you wiJl be doing an innocent man a great injustice-that is if you ever escape. My name is Captah Jim Stavers, and m v !':ang here are all professional;;." "Ohl that will do very w e ll to feed the sparrows on, hut sparrowhawks do not digest that orde r of grub!" Jack r e plied, sarcastically. Then there was a silence for a few moments, durinl':' v :hich time the prisoners b Pard two of the gang move away aloug the nisle in which they aeemed to be standine:. Clipp er" Kate Ca t'SJll s a id nothing.

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Watch-Eye, the Shadow. 21 All that passed seemed to be received by her, but she gave expression to no s .. nliment whatever,either of despondency or regret that they had come and gotten entangled in such a difficuhy. Jack Sphinx we.s a Iii tie dubious of the ultimate results of their adventure, for he believed Judge Vermillye to be a person who would hesitate nt no crime which would cover previous guilt, ora.dd to his welfare and safety. But h e resolved to toke matters as they ca.me, witb,,ut grumbling, and a1vait the issues before drawing conclusions. Something might turn up. The parties who bad l eft the ranks soon returned a'ld then the whole gang moved off, taking Jack and his female r.ard with them. For a nnl -, it see mP.d, they moved along a hard botto!"I ; tten three of tbe gang went off with Jac k and Kate Carson, while the rest topped. On through another series o f pe.ssages; then there was a clanging as of iron gates, and the two d etectives found themselves Jocked Jn a sort of dungeon, but separated by au iro n grating. They were cagea 1 CHAPTER IX. A. HEINOUS SCB&ME-MCQUAVER'S RESOLVE. ON the following day there was a 11:reat excitement at the --Bank, upon the discovery that it had again been robbed. Suspicions naturally turned upon Jac k Sphinx and Kate Carson as the perpetrs.tors of the theft, since they bad been given duplicate keys to the bank, on the previous night, and were now nowhere to be seen. Nor were they to b e found. as a fruitless search proved. They had suddenly disappeared, as bad a thousand dollars of the bank's money. Several of the directors together with President Fowler and Vice-President Vermillye, had assembled In the president's private ofllce to discuss the mat ter. I think the case is clearly explained now," Ver millye said. "These two d etectives whom we em ployed, are the very on a s who are robbing u s, o r at l c ast, are In league with a gan g of prof;>ssional thieve8 whom they are aidingand abetting So it would seem," President Fowle r confessed, thoughtfully, "and yet these robberies took place loni>: before I sought detective aid." "That may all b e but you stumbled on the very parties who were ns\ and employed lbem." What proof have you oft 1is?" "Wby. the precious pair have escaped, and a thousand dollars are missin;;-isu't that sufllcien t proof of t h eir guill r "By no me.ius. I do not believe in convicting people on circumstantial evidence. Tbec e detec tives may be laying low iu orde r to work up their case." Perhaps. Ent I shouldn't b e afraid to wager that they'd never turn up a.gain." "Ab I Well, maybe they have been put out of the way by ome onP in the wholesale rob bery b usiness?" President F .,wler suggested. Judge V ermiilye flushed, and sprung from bis that to be en insinuation?" h e demanded, hotly. "Just as you choose to accept it, my dear Vermillye," the president replie d, coolly A man with a clear conscience, I have heard said, will not notice an insinu ation." The judge flushed again at the cut, but subdue d bis wrath. "Perhaps you are right. and I should not have tbouo;bt or such a thing. But I am naturally quick tempered to that extent that Tam often ashamed of myself. f hope and trust detectives may turn out all right, but I have my doubts. l know of a ti.etectlve who can be r e lied upon, but I don't know as he could be engaged at p1 esellt." "No hur1y," President Fowle r replied. "I sbaR l!'iv e the matter my personal sup e rvision, and aee what kind of a detective I will make. What go--r "Yes. My daughte r was Indisposed when I left, this morning. and I must drop In upon her while the physician is there." This was an outright lie, but tbe judge regarded it as an exceedingly good way to obtain leave of ab sence, but. Instead of going to bis home, t h e banker made his way to East Callow hill Ftreet, anu in one of the numerous grog-shops there to be found, bunted up Jare d Ogglesby, the man to whom Nellie Hor ton was bound. He at last f ound him in a saloon, notoriously bad in the character of its patrons, and a dirty, filthy den at the best. Jared 0 glesby was the illeal of a thoroughbred miser. He w a s Jank and lean, with pinched fea tures, partly covereu with a 11rizzly stubbfe of hair, a pair of little blac k eyes peere d evi lly from in under a pair or cverbangmg eyebrows; bis Lose was hooked and the color of a cherry upon the point, and his attire was ragged and filthy. He was rather' full," but recognized Vermillye_ with a tipsy nod. u 'Mornin', j e dge Have a smile o' gib.?1 "No, I thank you, Jared. I do not urink the vila poison with which you saturate yourself," the judg& replied. "Come, I want you." 'Vhat d'ye want!,. You shnll kuow directly. Barkeeper, have you a private room handy? Yi s, yer honor!" r eplied the Irishman, who dealt. out the beverage for tbe e'tablishment. Here be the kay, sur, an' yez'll find the i oom noomher twenthy siven, on the ri!jht av the hall. Five dollars av yez might please. "Go to the dogs!" V ermillye r e plied, taking th& key, and throwing down a dollar. "Theres enough fur your old coop. Come along, Jared." Vermillye then Jed the way through a dark, dismallookiug ball. until room Z7 was found. He unkckE'd the door, and pushed Oiti:lesby inside, enttri111? him self and closing and fastening the door behind him. He then took a seat in front of the miser, who had dropped into a chair. "I have wanted to see you," the banke r said, in a low tone; ''for I have made an iruportant discov ery." What?" Oggle sby d emanded. "Yo u know all about the Gerald Tracy affair. for, b e li ev in g you coul:l be trusted, I have from time to time mado you my confidant. 'Yell, I have at last found the girl whom I have ail along b e li eved to be 1 Guess!'' 1 am no pand at guessing." \',ell, you've bearu of the row I had at the tene ment, and-bow 1 was arrested for attempte d murd e r?'' 'Yes. Why did you try your hand on the gal!" t. e girl whom you have bound to you under the name of N e llie Mori on is in reality Gerald Tracy's own and lawful child and lieir." H The deuce you say!" "It. is true. n a tussle with the girl I discovered upo n her arm, which I remembered having seen upon the arm of the infant that I and Whack Butler stole from Mrs 'fracy's house, before my marriage to he-r." 'You are sure of thls?" "Positive. .And then, C()me t o think. the girl re sembles Tracy. I marvel that! mver noticed It befor e ." "What becam" or Whack Butler!" ''Satan o nly knows. H e went to sea, and never return ed." "!got the girl from a man in Wfst Virginia. Do n't remember the name now. It was over fiftee n yeatW

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Watch-Eye, the Shadow. "She is unuoubteclly the original And, to make street, and walked briskly along, until he arrived &i matters still mor,, interesting, h<>r father is ia this the Market street frrr. v-house. very city, and knows me." The boat from Camden had just arrived, and the "Well, how does a ll thi concern me, I should like passengors w ere disembarkmg m swarms. t;o inquire ?" Ogglesby demanded, sharply, for, alStanding neo.r the entrance to the f erry-house, the though h e was soaked with liquor, he was keenly stranger watched the passengers as the y came out, alert. with a k een scrutiny that evidenced the fact that he "It you greatly," Vermillye replied, sig-was interested. nifl caatly There is work for you to do-dark At last he to faste n upon a man as being work the one h e wanteda tall, powerfully-built iadivid" The n I decline before rou mention it; you know ual with an immeuse allowanc" of paunch, and the I am not partial to labor. possessor of a pair of brown wbiskers that rivaled "But yon are a great miser, and I'll allow that you the stranger's own. like to turn an honest or a dishonest rienny, as well The man with the big stomach was ia reality the a s the next one. ex-de t 'ctivE>, McQnll.ver, in disguise. Well, state your business. I'll arti1Je with you JllcQuave r awa y up Market, at as rapid e fte1 l've heard what you want done. You know n stride as this corporosity woul d allow, and the that I dPspise money, and onl y a v ery liberal sum st.ranger dogged his footsteps witb the pertinacity can affect m e. of a sleuth. Jf the ex-detective Htopped into a stor e "You are an oM hypocrite!" V ermillye rPtorted, or a s a loon, the strange r Pither stopped also or as if in dis!?Ust. "But to busLe>s. H o w much r ent loitered near, until his game came out and went on has the old tenement brought in during the past aga in. year!'' In this way he continued to shadow the man shrugge d bis shoulders. with th e great girth. If McQuave r was v w are that "'Jiut a mighty li t tle. Only a mattn of a hundred he was followed, he did not betray his knowledge dollars, what with dishonest tenant and big tax.,s." o f the fact, but I : ept on up Market street, going "What became c,f my money? You as agent had w est. Still the stranger followerl, not. many paces & right to k eep hut ten dollars on a hundred." behind. "All down, h e r e," the miser replie d with a cun-At last the y came to the square of unfinished ninggrin. "All f J r rum," and he laid his hand Public llnildiug-s at Broad and Market streets, and upon bis stomach. by some error in usun.J customs, found the gate to "You are a fino rascal t o net as onP'S age nt, a.in,t th e pnblic transept l eft ope n. you? But, pa,s inc: th a t a s i Jo the o!J building is not Seeing this, JlleQuave r quickenecl his pace and paying me, and I'm resolv e d to g e t mv money out enterer! the gloomy vortals of the massive pile of of it. Do .vou u u d erstana how I mean?" masonry. "Bv fire I" This J ost him t emporarily from the sii?ht of the "Exactly I by fire ,!' the banker lowering strange pursuer, who s t ill h eld his 9wn n nd shortly his t o n e anJ glanc in:, aronnd,,Jest h e shoulrl he over-afterward l eft the stree t and entered the gloomy h e airt. A11cl I want you to do the job. The build-transept himself. ;rnii forward for a little ways, h e paused st11.nd. T b r cfo r e I want you to fire it. Whe n it Footsteos were distinguishahle at the further end stands i.1 m in s an l I g e t the insurance upon it, y o u o f the transP-pt, and npp are d t o be r ecediug. call upo n m e and I 'vill plac" fiv e hundre d dollfU'S in B e li e ving them to h e the foo t s t e p s of McQuaver, hanu-. A n d, hark y ou, Jarej Oggl esby, and I the s t r a ng-er ho.s t e n e d cautiousl y forwnrcl, until a the brnk"r lowered voi c e to a whispe r "if such figur e sprun g out upon hirn. from 0J1e o f the dark a thing shorlrt haope n tha t your b ound girl, who i s alco v e s, and a t riumphant voice crie d i:i a low, ev.il IJ e r alJ T m v's d a u g h t e r. should by acc id ent-unton0 : d erst ancl rr:e now-s houlrl by pnre accident burn "Ha l h-i! my gay cop p e r y ou're 11n r m P eh? with l>ui:cling you w o uld be riche r Y fiv e hun-W P 'll see whether you git y e r wauts sat isfied o r not. de d d ollars more making in all a thousand do!-Tako that, cuss y e1" Jars And in the air above the stranger's head a long" I think T u n d e r stand y on," the misP r n bla d e d krufe flashed threa ,e n i n gly. 110rribl 0 s mil e coT!ling npo n h i s f nc e 'Jn to But the murderous blow d i c l n o part i cnfar ha.rm: yon tha t y o u may re ha l aid him npo n the g r onnr l. and olaccrl on knee upon his breast, while a r e v o lv e r si: ence d his would-be S il e n c e now!" the stran1?rr orde r ed. pressin1?the n 1'17.Z!e o f h i s weap o n t o t h0 rx:-rl0t e ct1ve's c heek. u If V O U bu t P iV'C a S(\U"1W!\ !'Jl h 1ow your hrainS OUt. D on't i ... ,rtf!ine rm f oo ling, f o r I w a s n e v e r more in ''TItm') un!"l\IeQunv c r e ro w l ed. ''Y')u've got ho!U o f L Je wro ng man. ,, Nri, I've got; ri7ht ffi'ln. Y n l!r e Bi11 McQYser. r nd l l:n o w it. I h en rel yo:.i J'l.
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W a t c h-E y e the Shadow. 23 "Well. what if I am What business or right bave you to assault me in this manner?" "The right of an injured victim of your thievish treachery-the right or a man who is seeking vengeance, through tllle aid of the Jaw, Doy. u know me sir'il" "'Nol" McQuade grunted, sullenly. "Let me up, or I'll whistle for the police I" "Dare to try such a move, and I'll give you I\ dose of Jooc!en electricity, such as you never experienced. So you d o n t know me, eh ?--don't know the man you were seeking out, to murder. I am Gerald Tracy, or Watch-Eye, the Shadow!" l\lcQuaver started, his florid face paling, a trifie. "You!" b e gasped-uyou?" "Vos. II You may we ll tremble, you accursed Zoascal, for into prison you go. in less than an hour, mless you make a confession of your crimes, and place it in my hands." Implicating myself?" "Ye, and also Silas Pry. Also, you must pay me fifty thousand dollars. Refuse, and into jail you go, for a straight ten years of your lif e." McQuaver remained silent a few moments, as if turning over the situation in hi" mind. ''You promise to let me go, if, out of the money I uave honestly made, I go ar:d pay the bank, and dear you?" he demanded. You sba.11 go free." "Then, I'll do the fair thing h{' you. I've allus loeen haunted by fhat cussed bit o villainy, and l've 1ooade up my mind to clear my skirts of villainy, and even though it beggars me. I'll square up, and two over a new leaf. I scarcely b li eve I was ever cut out for a, villain an.rhow. Whe n shall we start for Baltimore and Washington?" "At once!" Watch-Eye said. CHAPTER X. BREAKING LOOSE-OLD PHILLIS. WE must now retmn to Jack S10hinx and Kate Car,.;;on, whom we left incarcerated, underground, in 9 dungeon, though they were aorant as to the <>tyle of prison they were in, or its l r c a le. After locklna them within the dungeons, the hnok obbers took t'iieir departure and the two detectivPs WPre alone, s eparatPd by an iron-barred partition. Tbe robbers had neglected t o r elease them of their, and with Kate Carson was the first to speak. "Are you the re, Jack?" she cnUed. 0 Yes\ I'm on band,"Spbinxreplied, grimly. u How do you ike your D W qu arterc::, over "I don't know, for I 1 1avl'n't been able to Inspect ,ret. My eyes are covered with .a strong "Ditto mine. And my arms nre bound, t oo But if I can finl a sharp stone, I cnn cut tlle ropes, and the n releae you. Then we can bett'/1' inspect our new quarters, I g uess." The search for the sbarp stone was fruitless, for the walls were all laid of smooth granite. The next best thiDI(( was the iron ha.rs and Sphinx set to work, cletermmed to free himself, somehow. But 1he sa"ing of his across the edi?es of the iron wns s l ow and monotonous work, and weary 1.n(l", to that extent that he finally gave it up ns a bad JOO. He next. tried to remove the bandage from before lllis e.ves, in which h e was successful, and was,. soon able to survey his surroundings. He found that they were in an old disused c.ellar, halftl llo d with old barrels and boxes, behind which the double dungeon had been built at remote period, for what use was a mystery. A kerosene lamp swung in a bracke t, just outside the dungeon door, and furnished the only light upvn the sub ;ject It enabled Jack to see that there were no ways in which he could cut and free himself of his bonds. Kate, he could see, was working to liberate her hands, but with poor success. The act of wearing out a. strong rope by drawing it acro&s a ston e o r iron bar, is not the most rapid work. After reflection, an idea struck him which h e r e s o l ved to put into execution. H e bad a clasp-knife in bis jacket-pocket, and if be couid but gtt at this. he C< uld perhaps manage to cut bis bonds. But with his arms tied behind hls back, bow was be t-0 f ee himself-how was he to get at tbe knife? There was but one wav. end he resolved to try it. That was by lying down upon the floor, and at tempting to stand upon his head, and in this manner pill,ng wt his knife. To try the plan was easy, and he put tbe idea into execution. Lying upon bis back, be turned a r.alfsomerset, balancing himself for a second or two upori his nead, with his heels in the air. Clink I tbe knife dropped from his pocket upon the hard bottom of the dungeon, and be bad won I Dropping baclc upon his back, be wriggled along, UJJtil his pinion e d hands came into contact with the knife. He hen arose to bis feet, end it was not Joni: ere he had the blad e opene d, ana the cords severed, afte r which his arms were free I "Loose, at llU'tl" be cried, with a chuckle. "And, now, Miss Carson, if y,ou will come to the grating, I will endeavor to reacb through and free you. Kate obeyed, and the deteclive managed to re lease her hands, r.fter which she tore the cov ering from h e r eyes herself. "Well, w e're partly free at last Jacksa.id, "but there's no t tlling when we get out of this place. Iron bars are not so easilv cut as a rope. "True, h u t I do not intend to stay here, if I can hel p it. Do you hiok we could make anybody b ear by yelling?" "It is doubtful. This old basement seems to be very large, and a fellow might balloo till doomsday, without attracting attention, from the rats. I can't imagine wber.e we are." "Nor 1, but we arc not far from the wharves, and possibly under some v"cant storehouse. These cages have probably been used some time to cage wild animals for the menageri1 s.,, "Yes. but not belonging to that race of creatures, I don't like the situation we shall have to i:mt our heads together, and fo1 m some plan by which we can secure om liberty. When Watch-Rye spoke as last recorded, he re leased his bold upon l\IrQuaver, and allowed him to arise. He st.ill r etained bis rf:'volver in readiness, for be knew not but whM the might be plaving the villain, tlespite his seeming earnPstneEs. "You can 1 ,ut up your weapon." lllcQuaver said . I've nothing against you, and if rou treat me half human. you can deueno u pon m e .' "If you choose to carry out your proposition, tb-"..t's 'an I care at.out yon ," G e rald Tracy said. "Faithfulnens never 12oe!-; unrewarded, and if througu your means I become in the world, 1ou shall not J ose by i t First come with m e to my {iuarLP,Ti;::t aM.1 we "iH v.n angc a McQuavcr cliu not hesitnte to obey. a nd accompanie d tnf'I Shadow-detectiv e to his lodgings which were in North 1 3th street. A larg-e, plea. antly lighted room. tastily furnished, was wh111 the Shadow called his quar1ers, and into which l ie conclucted llcQuaver and banded him a scat at a desk. supplied with writing matedals, while he himself took .._ch&ir clos e at hand. "There are pens, ink and paper" he said. "You may make out a confession. If I fike it, all right; it not, I will destroy it and give you the trouble of writing the "bole tt,ing ovel"." Without demur the ex-detective set about his task He was a good penman, and wrote rapidly, so that i t was not many minutes ere he handed Gerald Tra cy the document, of which the subjoined is a correo\ copy:

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Watch-Eye, the Shadow, "Phila'klphia, May H, 18-. "To PrsiJent of--Bank, Wslnngto n, D, 0.:- DEAR Sm:-You will probably astonished on the reception of tilis, to le!lrn that the warrant you hold for the arrest of Gerald Tracy, nineteen ago an emloyee in your bank, prevents au honest man from coming forward to cl im the ri! im back as nu honest, law-abiding citl zen, which I believe him to be. He has been absent from the East ninetee11 years, supposing all the time that bis d ebt to yot1 was canceled; but on returnin" and that it was n o t ha 80 ught me out, and I have d ecided to m ke a c!ean breast of it. 'l'he mone y was paid by 'l'racv iulo my hands; the n a devil came to me in tho of one Silas Pry, and proposed that l k ee p a porlion of it, and surrender the rest to b im. I rticl S', a<>d I fbd to other parts of the worl I. But I have becLJme tired of a roving life, and tbe thought th!l.t lam a thief; and hence I have resolved to clear 'l'racy nnd pay you one hun red and sixty thousand and fiv hundred d)llarJ, which is the full amount, priocip la id interest of the debt I ow2 you; upon c n lit!on tliat you will sig-n a clear ance p a p:..r. and retura i t t:> !llG by Mr. G ?ral1 Tracy, promISing ll 3 Ver to 9-.Ctbo CU.tail St ID0 or him. .. WM. McQuAVBR.,, This was what Rai1, and what Gerald Tr icy rea. 1 ovPr anrl overs ti1nPS. "Is i t 11 l'ig-ht. nl' i3 th -r more you l hnv ? ' M c O rn .. v e r a..::ked, anxiously. enoug "Wsttch-E1e r.:oplied, ''and I tbank you for it. I b e li e ve you mean to do better, and as long :is I see that such is your intention you can oount-0n m,i as a ft-ieucl. There have been black spots in lloth of our liv es, but I have confidence we can yet do gooJ i n the future, t o ntone for the wrong of the p1st. Yo intend tiJat I shall pre this to tbe Pr.sident. of tbe bank?" "Yes. I will acccimnany you to Wa.C3hington, and if they accept LY term I will pay them the de11t.1 "No Y o i shall not do f1a\ alone, Watch-E.vo repl ied ''Y0u p'.ly what you t'.lO k. with interes t an l I wiil g i ve yoa tho re3t.. J shall get it out o f Si1as Pr y y : .. t. 01 1 mn mistaken. And now, havin g nrran!ver t!le steel t1eck. toward their destination. \.There are a few things I would ask you a.bout,,, Gerald l'racy said, as the traiu glid e d along, anry. as you may know. to foliow :vou and put you out of th" way, in order that be, Pry, might in 1 h e cour;e of tim e, foreclose the mortgage upon Rive r dale. Ooce or twi ce I received l etters from Pry; in one ef them be stated that. .he had married Mrs Tracv; in another tb:it bis wif e hl' d suddenly died That's all l Pver heard about it." GeraM Tracy gruaned in spirit. "I wish I could find out bow she diPd I" h e said, his brows knitted in perple:X:ity of thought. "1 1bould be bette r satisfied." "'Why do you not hunt up old Phillis, the nw-se woman. It occurs t'.l me that she was i::i attendance upon your wife during her last sickness. Ha I if I could but fl.ud .her. But is 8b., alive, after all these yearsf Inquiry in Washington might or might not find her." "We can try, at least," McQuaver said. ".Al though not much acquainted in washington, I kno w where the old wench used to livP, and it will dfJ no harm for us to visit the locality." "God bless you I You are Indeed a friend in an hour of n eed." watch-Eye replied, warmly grasping tne ex d e tectiv e's 11and. "We will go and p e r!Japs find th" negreei!. If I could but find my child, the happiness GE rlfy future wonU drive a -.,a y the dark clouds of my past." Arrived in Washington, t'1e two men S t faith. '170rk, to discover tbe abode cf tbe negN, A visit to the spot where McQuaver had once kno'vo her to liv e, resulted in finding nu ttace of ber. l:lhe had lon17 since moved to other quarters. ln thel!' disguises both lllcQuave r and G erald Tracy passed through tile streets of Wallington, without detection, for after nineteLn years nobody lnw to em, nor d d the y see many that the y knew. Turning away from sevPral J ilaces whe re the negress had 'lnce lived, they ought out the city directory, and togetber scanned its pages, eagerly. There were Pbillises of every n Dll'. SC'emini:1.v, but only two whosP. occupatir>n corresponded with tho previous business of the Pllillis thP.y wanted. One of these was Phillis Boh e e ury nurse and the othe r. Phillis Washtoe. "et. nursP. Tbo y lived in the same section of l'ha citv, 1tnd our two d c ci l0d to pay them each a visit, before trying the other Phi.lisag, A visit to Pl.illis Washtoe, who came first on tl:!e route, r esulted in finding a negress "ith hair a uoze n little ne'roes tied to h p r skirt. Inquiring if she had PVer nursed one Mr Judge V e rrnillye, or Mrs. Silas Pry, l\IcQuaver and Vvatcn-E ve were informed in the negative. So biddin"' MrR. Washtoe good-day, t ey set out in sarch of Mra. Boh ee, whom Mrs." ash toe believed to be tile rigbt party. "I have al:nost desp01red of finding any clew," \Yatch-Eye sair], as they walked along. "'l'en to one tha next. one will n o t be the one we s e ek. '' "I have faith that she will b e the one," JlfoQuaver re11li<" city?" "Vermillye-Vermillye?" The muttered, tbo uo:htfully. "Le t me se2 ; was it mai.:y years ago!" "Yes-a matter of sixtePn or so. V e rmill;v e's wif e died ..-er.v suddenly, you imow. Her prev1ous name was Mrs. Tracy." '.Oh I yes-ye,, I remember now. Yes, I nussed Mrs, Tracy seberil times.

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Watch-Eye, the Shadow. 2 5 "Did you hf-.l, her speak about her former husb:ma?" "Oh I P;olly, yrs. She tell me all about him. She tell me bow run awu y an' Jeab her, and d e n she bear of bisdeAfth, an' then somebody stole her baby; yes, an' shemown an' grieve Iler pretty eyes out for her poor first husband an' child." "Did she ever say how she came to live with Ver millye? bow she came hy nrn.rry him?" "No! she nebber say much about him. He treat her wuss'u a slave mnster used to treat bis niggers. Re bouuJ and abuse her drefful, and threaten to ki.l her." 'Curse him I" Watch-Eye fairly bissecl, in terrible anger as J > o li"tenecl to the simple story of the wench. He shall yet suffer, even as she suffered." "Ti.is is Mr. Tracy. who was tre first husband of Mrs Vermillye." l\IcQuaver "We came to find :rou. anrl learn if possible of ,.-bat Mrs. Ver millye died. We have both bad suspicious that foul play might have caused her death.' Ye>', y es. I allus sed she did not di e natural-like, but I hadn't an.v proo f on it. Ble s s you dough, mi,sus droppe<:e Take it, an' if ever my child is f ound give i t to her.'" "And this paper-have you it yet!"Watch-Eye de mande d. r xc1t edly. "Ye s, I'se got i t D olly. gal, jes' you go up in cle grret an' fot<:h down dat bandbox. De dockyment be in onless de =ats hab done gone an' eat it to pieces?" -CHAPTER XI. FIRE .A.T OGGLF.C::BY PLACE-JACK SPHINX'S BRA VERY. Fire! F r e Fm.El" The cry r eut thenight in a pierciogyell from some stf'ut o ri a n voic e .. Fire!" the electric ran like chain-lightning to the many fire sta1 i uus in the Quaker city; the Di s tric t T.-Iegraph fiasb ecl the ne11 s ov e r their many \rires; the one word" fire" made m any a heartbeat fasr, for it m eant destruction ar.d desolation. Ouly along the takeu by the tlre engine s and truPks was the popillace a rouserl. except in the locaJ.ty of the fir e ; e ls. whe r e the p eople sl ept on unaware of the c o nflagrnti o n, p erha p s until t h e y should r ead of it in the tn< r ..ting popers. The sce n e o f the w11s in uo othe r building than that known as Oi!g l e sby's t e u r m eut. The whole place seeme d ablaze l!' ro m every d oo r and winrlow the smo ke p oure d in dcn s PYolum es,a nd occas i n ally a sharp-tong u e of flam e would leap out foto lhe 11ight, as if r e achir:g for a h o l d upun the op-posite buildin11:s. -Tbe stree t in front of the old building w a s thronged with peop' e who surg-ed to and fro b ennd the ropes ib'.l.' barred t 1pm out from reaching the burn ing butlcl i n g or s u c h household eff ects as were b e in g resc:;o d f.rom tile doome d t.enemPnt. l\I e n. w o m e n and children, many the ril in their bare fee t and night-robe s, n< the y bad escape d ft om the fir ; brawn y p oliill the fir e wage d on within the building, and the and flame poure d out into the night. S reams of wate r were tUJ11ecl upon and into the building without. apparent d?ect; s everal daring "laddie"" venlur<'d mtv the building, but all to n o avail. The dense volumes of smoke clrove them back, nearly suffccate. All that could be clone was to play the streams of watP r npon the structure until it was flor d er l. but it rniS?ht take hours ere such flames yielded to the power of water. Among the mo8t excited upon the spot, was old Jared Ogglesby. He rushed frantlcaJly about, urg ing on the firemen and actingmure like a crazy per son eu11:ht els>." "Put out the fire I put out the fire!" be shouted. Oh I my property is all gone and I am a ruiced man! Five hundred dollars reward! five hundred dollars reward for the arrest aJJd conviction of the person or persons who set fire to my teneme'nt." But, none seemed to know anything about the fire; the averagfl spectator was pleased to see it burn, for it would give room for a better blcck. But Ogglesby eppareutly bemoaned his ill-luck, in the bitterest terms, and swore bitter vengeance upon the incendiary who bad firtd bis tenement. The fire waged on. Stream afler stream of wPter was being thrown into the bui'cling by the panting engines; till the smoke poure d densely out. "Are all out of the building?"' the chief of the fire department asked, as he wipe1y, that Judge Vermillye stepped f orth where all could s e e him, and raising his voice, said: "It seems usel ess for man to buffet with flre. but if there is nny p t r s on present wl:o will bring Miss M orto n out of the fir0 alive, I will willinj?ly give him a tLlo u&and dollars out of rr y own pocket as a re ward o f merit!" A breatbless silence en. u e d fer a moment, except for the cri:cking of the tlarnrs and rush of water. E'tcu person present w i tiug for wme other p erson to step forward and accept the judge's phi !anthropic om r. H a rk I A y e ll came faintly from down the street -then a man came rushing U'"> and bis way through the cro-:vd to whe r e the judge s1 ood-and this man wM none othe r than the young detective, Jack Sphinx! "Curse you I" b e cried, s e izing tbe banker and burling him to the ground. "This i your hellish work! Nellie Morton!-where is she? Somebody tell me!" "In the burning. buildingb" the fire chiPf replied. "Jt's useless to try to save e r for she is dead long ere this!" "Not 'tis not useless?" Jack Srhinxcried, as he seized a blanket and wrappeu it about bis head. Now order your men to turn a stream of water on met''

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----.... ,.....__ Watch-Eye, the Shadow. 26 The order was given and obeyed, and in an instant Sphinx was soaked with water. He then seiz e d an ax from a fireman's hand, and with a stranirn cry dashed up the staircase lead ing from the street into the upper part of the tene ment. A< he darted away Judge Vermillye staggered to his feet, excitedly. Stop him I stop him! Arrest him, for he ls Jack Sphiux, accuse d of bank robbery. A hundred dol l ars ror bis arrest! Will no one stop him?" No one, evidently, for Jack Sphinx was lost to v i e w iu the burning building ere the banker had cea.s e d spe aking. No one would have followed him for lov or It was wit h breathless suspense that the excited spectators watched aud waited. Would the gallant Spbiox PVer come back from the fiery fqrnace into which be had ventured to save a human life? And, ould be bring Nellie Morton out aliveP Th ese w.ire the questions that ran from mouth to mouth-the all important questions for the solution of which all were waiting. Jare d Ogglesby was suddenly missing. Perhaps the fact was unnoticed, but the miser had slunk away as if Jroilty of some awful crime. Steadily ifid the streams of water pour through the now paneless windows of the old tenement; ea gerly the crowd surged forward, until the fire-patrol bad to use their clubs to keep tnem back. Judge Vermillye stood watching tbe smoking st: ir case, withhorriblefascination, expe cting, y e t hoping against hope that Jack Sphinx would not make his reappearance with the form of Nelli e Trac;r.-the daughter of the man the banker had so bitterly wronged. Doomed, however, was he to bitter disappoint ment. For, even as the burning floors within the brick walls fell with a crash, the form of Jack Sphinx came into vi e w a t the f oot o f the stair c a s e f e llow e d and in his at m s he car-Then tbere went up a wild, tumultuous hurrah-a mad cheer of enthusiasm, suc h as n e v e r es c :iped from so many throat, prooably, before And the crowds surge d forward, still maJdng the night riog with their phudits. Jack Sphinx lai1 the inanimate form of N e llie up on a matt ress which had been hastily spread and then turned-to find himself in the hands of several stalwart p o lic e m e n. "Mr. Sphinx, w e arrest you iu the name of the l aw!" one of the m s::iid, layi n g a hg.nd up o n the bra ve detective's shoulder. "You a m accused of rob'>er.v, and w e shall have to t ake yon with us." "Yes a way witb him t o pris o n Judg e Ver;uillye cri e d, advancina:. "He is the v ery mau the -Eank is l ooking for!" 0 Holcll r e lease man!" cri e d a stern voic e and tbe chi e f of p o lice, acc)mpanied b y P re sid eut and K a t e Carson, d e t ective for, "Jack Sphinx h a s b ee n prove n guiltl es s of the crim 9 chargetl a gainst hi m anll I d;ec lar e him a fr e e man." The officers ob e y e d, respectfully, a:id Judge V e r millye utterel a h o rri b l e oath, unde r bis breath, at being thus foil e J in the very hour of his supposed triumph .Anoth e r cheer the n w ent up for brave Jack Sp!liux a.nd it was a rouser. S-3eiu g that h e was expecte d to say something, the hero o f the h our modestly stepped forward, wnere all co uld see h!m, and bowing, said: My fri e ads, you do m e unne c essary homage. I have simply don e an act of duty which d eserves no cheers. For y our s ympathy. let me, however, tende r my thanks. and a d d a fe w words. That there has been foul play bera, to-night, there can be no doubt. After p enetrating! o the apartments of Jared Oi>gle s by, whose bound girl Miss Morton is. I founa her lying In an old closet, bound hand and foot, and gagged. Who is the author of this meditated crime? I l eave it to you and the law to discove r. I can only say that suspicion points to Jared 011glesby." A murmur of indignation ran rife among the crowd, and search was hastil y instituted for the miser, but he had taken his departure, ere the knowledge of his attempted crime transpired, Jack Spbiox turned to President Fowler and shook him by the hand. You arrived just in time to save me a trip to Moyamensing. How have you found out my innocence?" "Through Miss Carson here, who took myself and thA chief, here, to the old storehouse cellar where you were concealed. We found that the wall of each cellar between the storehousA and the bank was provided with a sliding wall, and we also foun d some othe r things which throw the suspicion else where. Y o u had better look after your fir e-wail now, and then call on mens soon as possible." Jack bowed, and turned his attention to N e!lie. R eady hands bad participated in an effort to restore her to consciousness, and had bee n successful, for she soon op e ned her eye s. Kate Carson then called a cab, and with rescued N e lli e she and Jack left the scene of the fire The c a b took the m to Kate's owu residence on Spring Garden s t r eet. and the y w e r e soon installed in th e fer1rnle deiective' s o w n pretty little parlor. Nellie was v ery weak after passing through her terrible orde al and it was time ere she cou l d relate anythin,,. CC'11cerning the fire. But 'he tlna:1.v felt able to talk, and in answer to questions from J'.1.ck and K a t e she said: As to t!.ie o r igin of the fire, I know only that Jared OJgl 0sby c ame h o me, c arrying with him a gallon can of coal o il. He w a s in liquor. and when I a k e d him wh>Lt li e w a s g oing to do with the oil, h.i replie d tha t 'ha w ns g o in g to s e t h ell on tire.' Be ing use l to h is b r utal talk, I paid n o attention to him, and after I h a d finis h e d m y work, I w ent and thro w myself down upon my b e d, for my h ead ached t e rribly I mus t h a v e drop p d aslee p, for the n ext I w a s consci ous cf, was of b e inir d r a wn rude ly off the b e d to the floor and dn} gged alon g by the hair of my head. -I the n awak e n e d t o the .-e. Jiz atio n that I was bound h a nd and f oo t, and g agge d. l was drag g e d to the closet, and l e ft. and th en m y guardian disappeare d, anc l I s a w no m0r e o f him Bot 1 pres ently smelt the fir e and the horro r of burning alive WM so great to m e that J l os t c"Jns ciou,ness." You b e li eve that Jare d O gg l esby fir e d the t e nem e nt?'' "Yes I a m well s a t i sfi e d that b e did. Mor eov e r, I b e liev e thr.t h e w a s hirecl to do i t b y a certain p erson who seems d esi rous that I s h m ld no t liv e." 14 You n1ean V e rmill ye?n Y c s, a t t empte d to t a k o ruy life once, and would h e n o t b e lik ely t o d o s o a.g ai ll?" "Very"likely. F o r th e pre s ent, l\1is s NelliP, I shall assume your pro tecti o n and I guess I can induce Miss Carson to allow you to r emai n h e r o for tbe pre s e nt. u "Certa inl y;" Clipp e r Kate replie d, eagerly. "Sh e can assf41lle contro l of my house while I'm out lief that we shall not have to s earch far." The mulatto girl hastene d to obey the command of OIJ Phillis. and in the cours e of five minutes re turned with the bandb: nr, which was well worn, and cov e r e d with cobwab > Phillis r e c e iv e d the box, and began to overhaul its contents, which consi sted of some raii:s, ribbons, pa .. per and etcetera. She finally rescue d a large red envelope from the mass, and banded it to Watch Eye. "Dar be the dockyment, Mars'r Tracy, jes' as dis old nuss received it." .. Thank God I" Watch-Eye ejaculated, as he tate

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I W a.tch-Eye, the Sha.d.ow. open the envelope. "This be the key to the death. ere, McQuaver, you ex-detedive received the document, which was old and faded, and read, aloud: W ASHINGTQN, December 8th, lBGL. "MY DEAR HusBAJSD OR CHILD :-Should this ever fall into your hands, you will know that 1 ain dying. Oh I Gerald, my husband, come to me, and bring our child. I shall have but a few days to Jive. at the longest, and I want to see you ere I die. Oh I Lord, spare me till then I "l know not what me, but I have suspicionsoh I horrible suspicions, that I aln bein!l: poisoned. The doctors shake their l.eads, and call 1t a strange case-beyond their comprehension. But. when the Italian c .. emist comes, mv soul is filled with horror. I con hear him and V ermillye clmcklmg together, as over some diabolical plot. "LATER. "Vermillye h a s just been to see me, and has confessed to me that r am doomed. No one has been 11dmitted to see me to-day, and I am impressed tb,.t, after to-night. I shall be QUt of my misery. Vermillyc is my murdere r, Gerald-and the child, l ook for it, ar and wide. U w e s stolen from me at Vermillye's instigation. It is marke d, so that when you find it, if, i ndeed you are alive you will know it. It has a crimson star upon eitner of its armi::" above the elbow. One is very faint, and may disap' peor. Th e re, some one is coming, and I must hide this. I am dying-dying in torture. God bless you, my first husband and chlcl. MARION 'TRACY VERMlLLYE." "That is all," l\fcQue.ver said, laying down the document. __ CHAPTER XII. CLEARED-A DAUGHTER'S ACT. "IT is enougb !"Gerald '!1racy said. i o haug Silas Pry, and h e shall certainly pay the penalty. Come, we have Jeilrnecl e n ough to satisfy me. My good woman, here are fifty dollars for :YGUr faithfulness. and more reward sball follow, by by. Now, McQuave r, we s h all have to go, for 1mot h et matter awaits our attention.,, Accordingly tbey left the miserabl e dwelling of i:he uegress, and hurrie d b:rck into the heart of the l!ity. At the Ebbit t House they stoppccl, and took rooms ter tbe day; then l eaving McQnaver at the hote l, Gerald Tracy startt d f r tbe b"nl:. where, years before. he had in a clark how yielded to the in-fluences of tetnptat!on. Upon the bank he saw only strange and upo n inq11iri11g of the c..:asbier for President -, a look of surprise overspread the official's sallow face. JIIr. di. I you my?" h e d e manclecl, stroking his sjdr -whiskF"rS. "My dear sir, you must be a stranger in th1 se parts. President --died ten years ago. ,, .. Is not ib" bank in the same stockholders' hands, then, as e igh teen J ears ago?" Watch-Eye demand ed. u With a few exceptions, yes." "'Vho is president. here, now?" "l\'Ir. M--, sir." "He was formerly vice-president?" hHewas." "Then, he i the man I want to see. Please hand him my card,,, Auel tlrawihg a card from his pocket, Gerald Tracy !Jsruled the cashie1 a card, upon which was printed: "WATCH-EYE, SHADOW-DETECTIVE." '.!'he clerk started as he saw the inscription, and bowed &s be took himself off wonderingly. Watch-Eye had not long to wait, erehe was shown Into the private office of the president, That gentleman bowed courteonsly, and motioned the Shadow to a eat. was a portly, smootb-fa0ed man. with kindly bearmg, &:nrl Gerald Tracy remembered him. even though nmeteen years had pasged since thPy last had met, for In feature he had experienced little or no percertible change. '"You do not know me, I dare say, and wonder what brings me he said, accepting the proffered chair. "Well, really, no; I cannot account for a visit from one of your st.amp. Ycu come on business, I suppose?" "Yes, strictly ou busines. The casAwhich I have in band is one somewhat peculiar in its nature. Som e nineteen years ago, an employee of this bank stole a sum of money amounting to fifty thousand dollars, and absconded. did he notf" "Exactly! What c!o you know abcut the matter!' any valuable evidence, you shall be paid "I have to offer yon a confession recently written by one William McQuaver, a detective," "a.tchEye repliedJ !'-nd taking bis the paper,he handea 1t to the PreSident, who bridging bis glasses upon his nose_, c'!-l"efully tbe confession. when he la1cl 1t down, there was an expression ot surprise UJlOn bis face. 1s a strange case," be said, drumming upon tte table. "It se< ms that Tracy paid bis debt after all, and that this McQuaver was the 'nigger in the bush.' "You see. the money appropriated by Gerald Tracy was taken from certified deposits and from private vaults. It belonge Then believe Tra<'y excnPrateec fit. I will lay the case before tbe poper eutlooriti< s. and Jet you know this afternoon c r evening. Whe r e shall I find you?', "At the Ebbitt Hrn1se. You mny inquire for Gerald Tracy, and I shall be pleased to wait on you." "hat I am I to underst,.nd that you are Gerald Tracy?'' 'I am th0 same." "Then J e t me slieke !-ands wi t h ycu. Y0u havB passed through a life -cloud. and I br-Jicve have pro fited by the singular e:xperience you have had." Thank you I am a bet Pr man. I trusc, than mneteen rears ago, and shall try to Jive a life in the future (bat hall le without r epoe.ch Gerald Tracy tben left the bank a1:cl rerurnecl to McQuave:r. who, upon bearing the news, looked ratbergnm. "They can <'o as the y mid. "If they'd rather a1-ret me and put me in jail. than to me immunity and have a full restoration of the money, they can do so. I will go to priso n ten years and wl en I come out, the mnne.r is mine'. Here,' and the ex-Jetective laid a number of papers upon tbP-table-" here a re paoPrs n1aliingyou pos sessor of all my wealth. Yon can hunt it np and keep it for me, providing I have to go to prison Among thPm arP t"'O checks upon the --Bank or Philadelphia for one hundred a nd sixty-one thousand dollars, clra wn. payable to you. This leaves you to settle with the bank, in case there is to be no prose-

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28 Shadow. cution. Surveying iloe si'uation from all stand points, I thought it advisable not to bring along auy money." That evening President M--payed them a visit, anti brought with him Mrs.--, wife ot the former :President of the Bank, e.nd also the noUe pro..-. for McQuaver, making him a free man upon the restora tion or the m'>ney1 principal and interest, that he bad stolen after it was paid to him by Gerald Whereupon Watch-Eye gave Mrs. -a check upon his b ,mk for the full amount, and matters were -satisfactorily settle'!, so that whe n Tracy and McQuaver were once more alone they were .free men. Remaining in Washington over nlo:bt, they the next day st!lrtfld on their return to Philadelphi:\, for W utch-Eve was now free, and f oarless-fre" to br!lve Silas Pry with the powerful document he held .against the l.Janker. would blved, for a servant brought up a slir of paper in lieu of a card, and re spectfully awaited an answer. Vermillye took the paper, and glanctld at the writ ing uron it. In poor chirogr ipby was penci!ed the "JARED OGGLESBY." "Show him up," tile banker orrle r ed. And be and the miser were soon locked in the ii brary, together. 0 bad been imbibing freely, and there was R sullen, bull do; look upou his he" "I ba.ve come to make terms." he sairl, su ll en ly, "and I haven't to wait. I want money-the the b ette r it will suit me. I dir t that job, and now I'm to clear out and liv e a better l ife." Sita. Pry hughed sarcastically. Y,m l ead a better life?" he said, with a grimac. "Whe n that bap<>ens, I shall b e willing to pay you. But not till then." What do you mean?" Oo:gleoby de'flanded, a greenish glitter coming ioto his eyes. "You promlse1 to p1.y m3 for th8 n "Perhaps. But promises are cheap. Whv, you old mscal. you'v" stolen enough out of me to make a :r.oor man ri ch." ,; to pay m e?" "Very well. Inside of an hour every secret I possess of yours shall be heralded to the tour winds." "Bahl what can you tell that will materially af fect me?" "You shall see that. Supposinl" the world was to know bow Mrs Vermillye d ied? S posing the world was to kpow who were the robbers, f tho--Bank? Supposing the world was to know who abducted General Tracy's child, years ago, and, only tonight hired me to burn that same child aiive, in the old tene ment? Supposing the world at large w, and what d oDgc r your neck would bP in, of getting entangled in t:ie mebes of the sheriff's noose?,, Vermillye had grown white 1;e op0nert the tloot', wbic'1 on its pcndProus hinr:es. Then he uttered a snarl like somq infut'iftted wilrl beast. "I've been rohbeil I I've been r nhbecl 1" he gasped, sin hack up .. n the floor. hi fAcc dP.athly white. thi< paper, anrl SPe what it says;" and be picke d up a document which had fall en upon the carpet.

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Watch-Eye, the Shadow. The m ise r seized the paper, and glanced it over, before speak:jng. is froi;n your daughter, and here Is what it says, he ea.id. "I'Hn.ADELPHTA, May-, 187-. "DEAR PAPA:-Ere this reaches you I shall be far away from you, where a lifet.ime's search could not find me. By the time you g-.,t this paper, yo u will have discovered that your safe is robbed of every cent of money, and you will of course Jay the theft to me, which Is correct in you. I am the thiefI and my beloved Marquis We have been spenqing a week at opening the safe, and have just succeeded. The Marquis was an adept in the business, or else WA should not have succeeded. Of coul'f'e you cannot blame me. I have always been a kind, indulg-ent daughter, and I did want some money so bad, that I could not resist the t empi ation to borrow yours. Of course I borrow it I would not stool' so low as to steal it I I l eave you this note of explanation as se curity. It was so good of you to place the money at my disposal-so extremel y good of you, dear pa. Of course you can easily again make the amount appro priated, and in addit10n, learn a valuable l esso n never to leave your ill-gotten cash where a child can reach It. As for my dear Marquis, and myself, we shall go to some r emote corner of the earth, get married, and live in wealth and honor all tbe rest of our natural liv es, at your expense. "Believe me dear papa, "Your dutiful and loving daug-hter, "BEA.TRICE VEIUIILLYE." "That is all," Jared Ogglesby said, turning upon the judge who was crouching on the carpet before bis empty safe, white and speechle s s. "It's enough I r ckon. eh!" My God I This is the bitterest blow of all," Ver millye g-roaned. "I never believed Beatrice, with all her faults, so utterly heartless and unnatural I am a ruined man!" "Yet. despite this fact," Ogglesby said. a spice o! triumph in hie tones, you must somehow contrive to raise me ten thousand dollars, or-go lo prison, b2'anded a s a rn.urde1 t r !'' CHAPTERXHI. CONCLUSION, "WHAT! would you press me to -pay you that ex sum when I am already a beggar!" Vermill ye g-asped, almost in a frenzy of rage "Even so," Ogglesby assented, stolidly "I must have money, and you must furnish it-I care not how you get it. You have the bank at your disposall" "'Shi" the judg-e cautioned, giving a t e rrifi e d glance around. "Not so loud. I do n o t want to be overheard. The bank business is out ot the ques tion I fear suspicions are fastened upon me now. In God's name, man, release your hold upon me, and leave .'' "Never. while I love you so dearly_,: Ogglesby re plied'p with a d e vilish clmckle. x ou are min e Silas ry. 'I e:J: e vou have no money? Why, the mortgage aga i n t Tracy's es ate amounts to one hundred. a n d sixty thousand dollars, or over." "But, I h.ive it not by me. The mortgage ls in.the bands of my attorney, who will foreclose it and sell tbP. estate at Thomas & Son's auction-rooms, to morrow." Then, some other means must be adopted. I must have the money or you must go to Moyamen sine: at once. I will, boweverisuggest a plan to help you out. seeingas you have a ways be e n a friend to m e. This man, Tracy, has plenty of money, and perhaps by breaking into hi room, we might be able to discover bis money, and appropriate it to-6etber. I will be on band to share it with you, and after you have got the mortgage-money, which I will also share with you, we will flee fro m this city, io parts unknown. How lik e you the ideal" I like It not, but will acquiesce," Judge Ver millye r e trned, sullenly. "Where are the lodgings ot Gerald Tracy?" "In North 13th street. If we go tonlgbt we will not find him at home which will be all the better for our purpose." ''If not at borne, where is he?'' "In Washington, whither b e went to-day, in com pany with the man McQuav er. Perdition I \\bat are they doing togeth e r, and in Washington I" "That I cannot say. But stay; before we can play bur g lar we mnf:t b n ve Clisguises. 11 "Which I have on band, in a great plenty. You know it n Pve r pays a man ot my stamp to be with out tbeml" And the judge laughed evilly. At Ogi?lesby's sug'gestion they set to work imme diately in up for their exr.edition. From a trunk in an adjoming room Vermillye, or Silas Pry, as we hall in future call him brought forth numer ous suits of c l othing, wigs and false beards, and be and Ogglesby adorned themselves, according to tbei1: particular fancy. The judge cut off bis long beard with a pair of shear s, and donned a false beard of a reddish linge with hair to match, which gave him altogether a very much changed appe8l'. ance. Securing an assortment of keys and house-break ers' too ls which the judge bad on band, they sal lied forth into tl;ie night. The Shadow's rooms were in a tenement-block similar to that which Og-g-leby bad tired, but the building was a better structure, tho tenants a better class of people, and t -be neighborhood more aristo cratic. On arriving at the scene of their proposed opera tions Oggl esby led tl1e way up a broad staircase from the street into a diml y lighted ball. '!'his they followed back untilitsintersection wi
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80 / Watch-Eye, the Shado'W; next day, the estate of Riverdal e was to be sold and h a ving been but littl e advertised tbere were few in attendance. Silas Pry was present, and Jared Ogglesby was n o t was seen t hat there were no more bidders likel y to come, the auctioneer arose from b is seat, and said : "Gntlemen, we are about to sell a piece of Virginia p roperty, known as Riverdale, upon foreclosure of mortgage. The estate Is one of the finest In the South; bas been for many years a plantation. It was mortgagej to Silas Pry, nineteen years ago, since when the mortgage has been banded over to Jadge Felix Vermillye. Tbe first mortgagee, Ger ald Tracy, having not put in an appearance, and the day of payment having passed the customary three days' grace, Judge Vermil!ye has ordered me to sell the what it will bring, spot cash. It was origin mortgaged for severity-five thousand. Now tben, ere is a rare strike for capitalists who111 bid to start it?-where's the man?" "Twmty dollars I" shouted a personage in the vi cinity of the door. whose accent savored strongly of tbe < ould sod." Whereupon there was a roar of laughter. "Put that man out.'' roared the auctioneer, bringing down his mallet, fiercely "No man with twenty dollars' worth of cash or brains will b e allowed to bid o n thi property." "I'll start it at ten thousand dollars," announced a prominent Third street speculator; Ten tbousan'l ten thousan' ten thousan.'-I have -who' ll make it twenty? t e n thousan'-who'll make it twenty?" the auctioneer cried, starting off in bis sing-song style. "Hold I r forbid the sale I" cried a dee p, strong voice awl there enter e d the salesroom Gerald Tra cy, accompanied b y McQuaver, and Ja<'k Sphinx. "By what right iio you interfere?" demanded the auctioneer. "Allow me to explain." Tracy said,calmly. "That rnortit be a clay of reckoning, when every mau shall have his sins h eloi up bef a happy reuui" n took place be tween the l c11g separate d father and daughter; for Gero.id Tracy was perfectly S!ttisfied thnt N e llie was h i s daughter, and he thanked God fervently for the happy restoration. Jarec l Og_il'lesby and Silas Pry were heard of, later, in tbe Far West, but G erald Tracy made no effort to apprehend the man who had been the bane of his latter life. With Nellie he removed to RiverdoJe, in Virginia, but Jack Sphinx soon came to claim her, so that the returned father was left alone. Not long, however-l for he soon brought home a bride iu the p erson or Kate Carson, for whom he bad formed an attach ment.. And botb he and Jack are bappy in the pos session of true and loving wives, and areprospering, as the world wags on. McQuaver I s occasionally with them, and is i:ot sorry for turning over a new leaf, for lhe find:: :b a good life, liapp iness. TRE END.

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