The Arab detective, or, Snoozer, the boy sharp


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The Arab detective, or, Snoozer, the boy sharp
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Cop y r ig h t 1881-1887, by Bead l e & Adams. Entered at Pos t O ffice N e w Y ork, N. Y., as se cond elas matte r Mar. lll, 1899. No. 42 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol.IV

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bpyr! ght 1881-18&'/, by Beadle&: A.d a ms, Ente r e d a t P os t Office N e w Yor k N. Y., as second cl ass matter. Ma r lii, 111. No.42 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK C O. Cleveland, Ohio iVol. IV: ii'."!\ WBill.Lll:D AROUND Wl'l'H A LOW ORY A BUltLY !ITOOD ::>& S IDE / FEllLO!' ,..,.;.i OA1<1' R:IDIMn.Sft'-E COONT NANC E

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The Arab Detective; OR, SWOOZER, THE BOY SHARP BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, AUTHOR OF "DEADWOOD DICK," "DENVER J)()LL," ''SIERRA SAM,"" YREKA JIM," "BONANZA BILL," ETC. CHAPTER I. BILLY THE SNOOZER. "SNOOZER! Yes, sir, thet's what they call me," r e plied a ragged and dirty youth, who, with bl a cking-brustl iu baud, stood idly leaning against a lamp-post in frot of the new Public Building, Philade lphia, one bright, warm August day-" Billy the Snoo.z e r an' the Gamiu Sleuth, ther perlice call me, while ther hard nuts crack me as Snoozer the Snide, the Skin ner the Snifller, and sech like psalm-book Want yer pedestrianators polished, senatorr' "No, thank you,'' the well-dressed, rather prepossessing, business-looking man answered. He bad paused to address the urcl:lin. "I fancy my boots will do quite well for the pre sent. Excuse my seeming inquisitiveness, but I was re ferred to you as being a pretty shrewd sort of a, lad, lik ely to b a of assistance to a person on a blind How ii> it!" "Dunno. R ec kon .. k.i1nv a fow p'iuts about tbiugs in gen e ral, tho' I allow I don't tackle ki udly tar ev'ry sort o' biznass w'ot comes along. lht a case?" Ttie stranger smiled, whilu he took a critical survey of the street Arab, who was. not an Adonis. Sixteen or seventeen years might pos Eibly havd pas>ed over bis bead, though his size was about that of a boy of twe lve, but stoutly built, "chubby,'' and indications were that he poss e ssed much of a man'a strength. In face he not handsome, nor was he de cidedly homely; there was a something ab?ut his dirt;-begrimed countenance that was and intelligent. Then, too, the expression of tl:re mouthl and the knowmg tw1!Jkle of a brilliant pair or eyes of dark-blue color, added to the favorable impression he made upon the careful observer. "Yes, Ive got a castl,'' the gentleman answered, surveying the gamin sharply, "which I am not inclined to trus t to the professional depreferring; the agency of some shrewd, Eharp-se e ing p a r s on, who would work with a will, both in hopes of winning a reputation and winning money." "Well. now, that bits me like a bannanner, providin' et's h o n
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.... ep a eai>, 1 the gamin replied, with a grin. So purceed wi' ther p'ints and I'll register 'em in my nat. ral phono9faph, fer reperducktion at future conveni e nce. "I have n o t muc h to tell you that will help you begin your w o rk. Here is all I can give you. I want y o u to find out the meaning or significan c e o f tbe c ontents of this card; and next, the names of those who have anything to do with the meaning." Billy to o k the card. Outwardly it was a plain white c ommo n card, on which was printed the following in g old: T I. V 12-T:S-.'l-S. D-digl -M-NOofG. J S M 10. The boy studied the strang e inscripti o n cu riously for som e time, evidently deeply interested in it. Mr. Davis watched him, and finally said: "Well, what do yo u make of it?" "Nary a bit. Et's a conundrum, the t is. Reckon s ome o n e 's j es t l'arnin' his A. B. C 's, an' he's got the r bizness mixed up wi' fig gers." "I do n o t f ee l inclined to look at the matter fn thall li g ht. .I f ee l that the card is an illomen to me. I feel-in fact I am full;Y" satisfied -that 110me wi c kedly-disposed mys teri o us band of villains have marked me out as a vi ctim, and are the authors of these cards. I find them nearly ev erywhe re. If I pick up a book, or paper, I am c!lrtain to find those same figur e s and letters bef ore me, arranged in the same order you see the m. If I attend a theater, a programme inevitably falls into my lap, b ear ing the mystic m o n ogram, if su c h it can be calle
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the light, and revealed two pictures, which other wise were invisible. One picture represented a coffin, upon the side of which were the mystic letters and figures before mentioned. Th e other was alike to Dante's Inferno1 with skeletons, ilnps, and his Satanic Majesty m the act of plac in g a body in a toiling caldron. Nothing more significant in the way of deadly warning, could well be conceived. CHAPTER IL A HELPING HA.NU. A sHc,_._ afterward, when Mr. Davis had somewhat recovered from bis astonishment, the Gamin Sleuth took his departure, armed with the strange card, whose picture was of death and judgment, but whose mystic letter ing yet remained to be solved, 'I'll figj!:eritout, arter bizn ess hours," h e mut tered "tliat is, ef I can. 'Spect it'll take the editor o' a puzzle paper ter tell ther meanin' o' them letters." Business was never dull with Billv and he had all he could do until nightfall, wheii he gathered up his kit" and homeward trudged. A poor sort of home it but it was a covering at least, and known as McCarthy's tene ment, -on a narrow damp street, not far from South street. Here did Mrs. McCarthy "kape, '' and among her flock were newsboys and bootblacks, crip ples and beggars, with a liberal sprinkling of bummers, thieves and the roughest of the rough. Asid e from Mrs. M c C arthy, there was but one other of h e r sex who was bold enough to brave the terrors of the "Dice-Box as the establishment was known, among the frequent; ers of it, aud resident > of the street, Thi s other was a young girl of sixteen, who made it h e r busin ess to "speculate." Som etimes sh!' h ought things and peddled them among poor famili es; to-day she would purchase a lot of goods, at auction-to-morrow she woald b argain the m off to those of the poor who seldom step out side their own doora. To-night she would r eport itAms for some morning n ewspaper-to morrow she could likely enough be found iu front of one of the theaters crying off re served tickets Unles s you were closely observant, you were not liable to detect the fact that she was a girl, as she al ways dressed in male attire of t,he n eatest fit and quality, and l1er face was jus t masculine eno u g h to be pretty, and with the aid of a toilet bmsh a faint tinge, like unto b eard, usually ornamented h e r fac e Her name wa> Fanchon Flint, though she was mostly addressed as Fan, and sometimes as Cap. Why she lingered about so rough a den as that kept by Mother McCarthy no one knew; yet she did, and, rough as were the gang, none of them were ever known to speak or whis er a word against her choo-acter Even the roughest of the habitues refrained from offering h e r insult, because they knew she was cbasta, and above all, not afraid to stand up for her own rights. She had her little room on the second flight, and came and went when ever she pleased, rarely taking her meals in tbe house. There was no denying that Mother McCarthy's was the place for ye poor boarders, as she ouly levied a tax of a dollar per week for board and lodging,and consequently caught her" DiceCup" full of the offscourings of Philade lphia, two-thircls of whom were men of drink and questionable repute, who could lose themselves in the old tenement without much dange r of tbe police finding them, while the other third were composed of b0otblacks, newsboys and street waifs of n early every type, to whom the low price of board was the magnet that attracted them to the hotel." Board was rather slim, to be sure, but that did not matter to the overruling majority, as Mother McCarthy dispensed liquid fury, more commonly called whisky, for five cents per glass, three glasses of which w ere warranted to make a man blind." Rows were of frequ ent occurrence in the den, but they were never meddled with by the police, as it was not a good place for less than a score of the blue-coats to visit at once If a worthy was harbored in the den whom the authorities really wanted, they invariably left it for the de tectives to secure him rather than for the police force to make a descent." But to proceed with our narrative. Billy the Snoozer having pursued his regular line of business until nightfall, then set out fo< tae Dice Cup. On arrival there, be entered the bar-room, and, as was his custom, handed his blacking outfit over to the rednosed, blear-eyed looking land lady, Mrs. McCarthy, after which he ascend ed,. pair of rickety stairs into the upper portion of the old tenement, followed by not afewscowling glances from the loungers in the Men they were whose souls were stamed with crime-who were ever at variance with the mandates of the law, and who feared and hated every person who serV:ed it. Billy had a reputation, even among the habi tues of the Dic e-C up, for being a shrewd fellow, who bad on more than one occasion served the law, and it made him no friends among the ras cals, who were harbored under Moth e r M cCa r tb..v's protecting wing. Many an exciting experience had the bootblack had among them, but he had al ways been lucky enough to get off without getting hurt. Ascending to the second ftoor, he traversed a dark, dirty hall for some distanee, and knocked at a door. Come in," called out a pleasant voi ce, and he accordingly opened the door, entered the room, and stood in the presence of Fanc hon Flint. Contrary to h e r u sual .custom, the girl was now dressed in the attire of her own sex, and engaged in some writing, which she laid aside and welcomed the gamin with a bright smile. She was a very pretty girl, both in face and figure, and knew how to use her pretty eyes with charming effect when she so felt disposed. Got hum, eh'!" the boy said, taking a seat near her. "Didn't know's I'd find you. Hew's biz?" Rather slow this week, but then, I've caJ"

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The Arab Detective ---------tured a few dollars. How have you been do ingl" "Bully! Plenty o' dust fixes up plenty o' work fer me: Reckon ef biz keeps lively my savings bank account 'll be big enough so I kin buy up tber C onternental Hotel." "Well, I hope so, Billy. I'll go in partnership with you, then." "Ye don't mean it, Fan?" p'ints t e r cogitate or... In the mean time, you'll keep yer eyes open, won't ye, an' luk out fer news?'' "You bet I will-allus count on me when there's anything I can do t o help youi Billy." Know'd it, Cap, an' you j es t ca culate the Snoozer appreciates sech lRetle favors," the boot, black said, shaking bands, and the n departing. "Bet I do! Hav' n t I always tol d you I was For several days thereafter the gamin saw going to have you, when you got enough laid nothin g of Mr. Davis; nor did he learn anything by to buy a home?" relative to the case he had undertaken to ferret "Yas, I know you have, but I reckoned you ou,t. was only gassin'. Fully cognizant of the fact that be must earn "Not a bit of it! I've known you too long a few dimes even while working up the case, be not to know what you're for, and I guess did not forsake his box and brush, and was you ain't slow in reckonin that it's a cold day daily seen along his accustomed beat, working when a humaJ:! squeezes in a deal over me." industriously when an opportunity offered "You bet. You're flip enuff fer any of 'em, H e was taking a noon recess one day, about a an' ye kin consider et a bargain thet I ll take ye week after the events last related, in the little fer better or worse, soon as I git a foreign min-park immediately back of the antiquated strucistry, or elected to Congress. Fer the r present, ture, Independence Hall, whim something oc however, I reckon I've got a job as'll tax both curred which he took in quite surprisedly. our wits, an' e ll' ye help me out ,wi' et, I'll divy A co upl e of dandified, flashily -attired young tho, I r eckon I could figger et out alone, but fellows entered the park from the Chestnut would ruthe r h e v you take a hand in et." street side at about the same momnt that a Then he r e lated, in substance, the points of s habby, u sedup-looking chap came into view his interview with Mr. Alg ernon Davis to all from the direction of Walnut street, and t4e 9f which Fanc h on listened attentively. trio advanced toward each other over the walk "Let me see tbe strange card," she said, "and which led from one corner of the little park to perhaps I may b e able to make something out the other. of it. The eyes of the Snoozerinvoluntarily watched The Snoozer accordin g ly submitted it for her both parties. inspe?tio n, and she was e ngrossed in silent study To his su rprise the two dandies baited as they of 1t for some time. n eared the bummer, and appeared to address "I fail to solute, ;:he said, finally, with a some remal'k to bfm, to which h e r eplied; then smile. "I see the secret pi c tures, ana compre-the best-appearing dandy of the 1iwo quickly hend this much. A hand of r asca l s are eviraised his band in a sort of twirl about his head, deutly working on Mr. Davis-a band, too, and the tramp dropped to the ground. which b systematically organized, and know I The same moment that he fell the two sports their biz. I sho uld judge tbeywereeitherfigur-made their way out of Jndeprnxtorting money from him, quickly, into the larger square, directly acros s or e l se they have a de11per sc h eme and purpose the street, where a large party of picnickers to carry it out after hi s death." were assembled, with a view, no doubt, of lo sing "Don't savy what the figgers mean an' the their identity in the crowd. letters, eh?" For the instant Billy was so taken by surprise "No. There is a wide chance for guess in r e-as to be unable to give an alarm, but in a gard to their true meaning. I should su spect second more h e regained his voice, and sLouted that they are iuitia! s which stand for the title lu stily: of some infamous Order." "Perlice! perlic e!" "Just my way of thinking. Know any thing A blue-coated olid" man immediately ap-about Jack Sedley or L y le Davis?" peared u pon the scene. / "Nothing publicly of Sedl e y, although I have "He llo! what's wrong?" hedemanded, apa somewhere beard tlie name mentioned. Lyle proaching the youug s l euth. Davis I have freqnently seen-a f e llow who'd be "Look thar!" the boy indicating j;he a good-look e r if he'd le t whisky alone. He is chap who lay prone npon the walk. "Two frequentl y to he fonnc1 in toe ii:ambling rooms dandy kids jest passed ,i:lim, spoke 'im, an' drap along Vine o-. Walnut st.reets Judging by his ped him wi' a slung shot." appearance when I last saw him, it won't take "Whe re are they n ow?" lon g to fetch hi"Il to' snakes.'" "Oh! they s lid over into the square. Two "Humph! what a fool! Tber old man has gallus sports in light coats, blue pants, an' plug got lots o' tin, an' I reckon et's some qne's duty bats, ter say notbin' about lavender ki ds, ivory ter r eform ther kid so he will be fit to gather in beaded canes an' eyeglasses, an' both had cream the parental she kel s, when my client passes off." kolored darling little sissy mustaches, w'ot ain't "Don't thiuk it would be worth while trying.' bin hatched long." They say the girl, who is bis adopted siste r, re-The cop laughed at the gamin's odd descriJC fused to have him, and that's what drove him tion, and appointing another officer who to the bad." arrived on the spot to look after the wounc.ed "Guess I'll have to round an' interview man, he slid off in search of the manipulators of her one o' these days. Am't much o' a charmer, the slung-shot. myself, but 'spect mebbe I might give her a few Billy acoompanied the other cop, and assisted

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8 The Arab Detective. him t.> trot the "lay man to the nearest tiotl-home, where remedies were applied that IOOn brought him to his senses. Drunk though he may have been at the time of being struck, he was now thoroughly sobered1 and withstood the pain of having tbe wouna upon his for ehead dressed without a murmur. It was only a fles h c ut, but might have resulted more seri o u s ly, for it was close in the vicinity of the temple where the treacherous weapon had struck. When he was sufficiently restored, the unfortunate was subjec ted to an examination. He gave his name as Lyle Davis. When asked his business1 said h e had none-that be had no employment 11.t present. When asked if he knew tbe man who knocked him down, he said that be did, but preferred not t.o make any complaint against him. The judge recommended that the prisoner pay five dollars int.o the treasury for being a vagrant, wnereupon Davis stated that be had no money, nor did he know of any place he could get any, and the judge was about to humanely (l) send him up for thirty days, when the Snoozer stepped forward and paid his fine out of his own earl!ings, and the wealthy exmercbant's son was discharged. Turning to the gamin, be extended his hand, while tears of gratitude stood in his eyes, as he said: "Tbank you, Johnnie. Though I don't know you, I know that you are at least' white!'" CEIAPTER III. BILLY'S CASE IN HAND. FROM that simple speech Billy the gamin knew that Lyle Davis had not sunk so far into the slough of despond but what he could yet be raised and reforme
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TIS.a Arab "I I "I fear it would he uaeless for me to promise his place, would eventually merry B e rtie, end you, my young friend," Davis replied, a clouded inherit the whole thing, and that would oe the expression returning to hi s face. i kuow I end of it. am going to the deuce as fast es a mortal well But about a week after Lyle's promised atcan go, and if those who w ere once my friends tempt at reformation, there was a grand affair do not care to interest .;h e mselves in my case, at the Davis mansion whY' should you, a st.ranger!" A f e te and ball were given, in celebration of "Because I know thar's suthin' in store fer Miss Bertie's nineteenth birthday, and of course you wu'th livin' for. I t ell ye life is precious, no pains were spared to make it the se11sation of ef a fell e r d()('s occasionally git iu tber way o' that aristocratic neighborhood. pessin' lamp-pde out in tbe baroucbe or darkening: I would they were away that I on horneback, but the stately home and its sur-1 could end this by learning h e r !lnal enrounding-s, wore not the pleasant mantle of a swer. I shall give her no peac e until I get it, few months before. whether i t good or bad, and if sbe refuses People in that fashionable circle of me. then-" roune, but It finally wore down to a settled con1 He did not ftnilih the &entence ill words, closion that Lyle bed gone to the do11:11I aa it were, but the threat;ening expreesion tbat ca.me ovM and Jaclc, who had stepped gracefu ly 1n to fill his face was more effective than words could

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8 The D tective. possibly have been; it meant evil, in the fullest sense. And while he sat;. there his face was clouded and gloomy, and his eyes gleamed with feverish eaflerness. lt is now or never," he muttered. "Gradu ally things are nearing a point where something must be done, and I'll be blamed if matters are over p1omising for m e, despite the favorable outlook. Vague fears constantly assail me that something will leak out, ere matters can be brought to a c limax. If such should be the case, I fancy f'd have to work fo r my position1 for it would seem as if some unlucky turn baa se ; my cousin once more to rights." He bad failed to notico a man's approac h to a position within a few feet of Sedley, where he halted and folded his arms al!ross a massive chest. H e was a person of extreme corpnlency. His arms were nearly as large as an ordinary man's leg1 and hi s face was full, r ed, and repulsively wrmkle1, with a pair of blood-shot eyes a shock of reddish h ai r, and large ears. A grunt of recognition from bim was the first apprisal S edley had of bis presence. "You?" be articulated. "Sammy, the Soaker, in person," was the re-joinder. What brine:s you here?" "Business. 'Want 'tin!'" "You know better than to seek me h e re. Go baok to the old place, and I'll see you later." "Nix!" Samuel retorted, calmly. "I want 'rocks,' an' want 'em now I" CHAPTER IV. c)oud is overhanging you that threatens you, but in what way I cannot explain to-night, m ore than th.at you are on the eve of a severe sickness, and l would ad vise yon to choose well your at tending physician. If yon have a trusted family do cto r, employ him by all means." "Is this all you can tell me?" "No. I could prophesy much, but'! don t want to, sir, as it wou l d not b enefit your peace "of miud. When I find such a case a s yours, I'd much rather bury what sec rets I learn in mr own heart. Yon are a rich man, and unprinci pled rascals are plotting your ruin. Look out for them. Take no heed of the means be in g tak1>n to annoy you-by this I mean the combin ation of letters and figures." "Hal how know you anything about this business1" "B.v the same gift that I know a little o f everybody' s business Some people call it hum bug I I call it gift, pres cienco, supernaturalism, if you will." "Can yon tell me where my son is to-night?,. "He is in the city-sober!" "Thank God for that, if it is true. Can you tell me who is I am to guard against?" "No. I never warn one person against an other; but when I foresee treachery, I always personally make au effort to thwart it. For the preseut watch everybody, study everybodylook out for everybody!" "Thank yon, young lady, I will not forget advice. I am deeply impressed with. your r evelation and yourself Will you give me your n ame? "Ob! yes. My band call me Z ella." Z e ll a eh? But that is not yon!' own true name?" DA. v I s P L A a El. How do you knowP' DURING the hight of the gayety, Mr. Davis, "I don't know; I infer so." growing weary of the babble of voices wan"Inferences are sometimes as baseless as qnickdere::l forth into tlle fresh air of his g rounds. sand. I must now bid yon good-evening." His footsteps took bi m down to. the edge of "Goodevenin11;, fair fortune-teller," Mr. Davis his property just out, ide of which, on the comsaid, more lightly than was his wont, and then mon, a band of Gypsie> were camped for the turned away . night. Ziilla rapped smartly on the fence and checked As he stood l noking over the fence at th'lir bis retreat. picturesque tents, gleaming camp-fires, and "You have forgotten something, haven't their own flitting, rudely-attire1 forms, one of I youi" their number, a maiden, attired unlike the others1 Ah! have I-what?" and he looked puzzled. in bright-colored skirt, waist, stockings, ana "Ob! tlle dollar; that's a ll." slippers, seeing him, approached him. Her sharp "We ll, well I Blama my forgetfuln ess, to be eyes had dis covereC. him even amid bis own sure. Here is a gold piece. Take it as your grounds aud shrubbery. Have your fortune told, sirP' she asked, bow-And tossing ber a ten-dollar coin, be hurried ing low. "Ouly a dollar, sir. Can tell you all away, lest she should refuse to accept 1t. about the pa'lt pres ent and future." Z ella did not immediately return to her camp; "Of the past I have no particular wish to s he stood at the fence there in the flooding know. OE the pres ent and future-well, I don't moonlight, and gazed after Mr. Algernon Davis mind listeniu'\ to your pmttle. It will amuse with wistful eves-stood tbere half-dreamily, me I supPOs e until a heavy footstep sounded upon the grass 1 You not believe in I see, behind her, and a heavy hand was laid upon her but you will change your mind. Give me your shoulder. left haurl, pleas e." She whirl ed around with a l ow, startled cry. Mr. Davis extende::l bis h and, and she studied A burly Gypsy stood beside her-a fellow with it attentively. a dark. r ep ulsiv e countenance, sweeping black "You have a son, who, by dissipation, has mustache and gleaming eyes eaused you great sorrow; but never fear-this "We ll!" he interrogated, "did ye make a -is the least of all your troubles for he will eventr ually come around all right. It is from anotlfer "Yes, I made a raise. Whyi'' source you must anticipate trouble; a dark "Then I want the cash."

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The Arab Detective. 9 The gir 'JIM)k a dollar silver piece from her POCket Md ... e grabbed it eagerl)", lij tha all you'-ve goU" he demanded, 1 t's all you'll get,'' she retorted, breaking from hin1 and running awav to the camp. The man gazed after h e r half-savagely. The guests did not leave until late that night, consequently Jack Sedley did not get bis answe r as soon as be wished He wandered ofte n into the conservatory, ing that Bertia would follow him, but sha did not. Finally every guest was gone, and he fo und her m a little P.rivate parlor, partly reclining upon a sofa, while Mr. Davis occupied an easy chair near her. If Sedle y was surprised at this h e did not be tray it, but nodde d pleasantly and became seat.a. Mr. D&vis broke the silence in a business-like wa!. ' Jack," he said, "my adopted child tells me that you have b ee n paying h e r loverly attentions, and you are now await;ing her answer to your proposa l of marriage!" "That is tbe fact, unc l e ," Sedley repli ed. I have asked Bertie to join fortunes with me, and anxiously hope that"sbe will decide favorably to my wish es." "Ahl yes. Well, sir, marriage is a grave af. fair, and before a young couple take tbe bridal vows, whic h in the eyes of Almighty God never can be revo k ed it is well that they should con sider all things. Are you quite sure no other woman has any claim uplm you, sir!" "V\Ttiy, of course "What business are you following, nowt" "I am reporter for the Chicago--, and sev-eral other papers, sir." "How much means have ;rou?" "A thousand dollars, sir. "The price of one of Bertie's best boy. How do you intend to k eep a wifeY" "Oh I l: a.nticipattl-I expect-" "You expect to step into my s hoes, whe n I have the condescension to step out, c h? Well, sir, let that be the least of all your auticipa .:iions." I anticipate-in fact, expect a job as teller in the -National Bank, next..iveek, at a salary quite sufficient for our wants Far from want ing your money, Sir, I should be pleased to have Cousin Lyle have it all, if capable of handling it, as I do not wish to ever be twitted of se lfi s h or avaricious motives." "Well said, my boy l N e>er depend on dead men's shoes. Let me tell yon that all my fortune, except this estate, i s contained in bqods. Whoeve r gE>ts B ertie if d eserving1 will part of this money. Thi3 estate oelongs to my >eprobate son, as long as be may live, and will be banded down then to bis heirs. "Bertie, my child, do you love your adopted cousin1 as a wife should lov e a husband-do you love bun better tha n Lyle?" "No, sir; I never did nor shall I ever love another man in the same way that I love Lyle. I, however, think a great deal of Mr, Sedley, and am willing to marry him." "And are you willi n g to take her, Jack, under tb.ese circumstances?" I am-more than willing, dear uncle. I care not what affection she may have bad for Lyle, 1 am sure she wil l ever be a dear wife to me ''Then, I j;ender my consent and. approval of the match, and wish you life-long happiness and prosperity." Shaking hands with both Mr. Davi> retired, and the lovers were left to plight their troth. No! no! no! Bertie Davis did not love Jac k S e dley, as she did Lyle-poor dissipated Lyle and yet she gave him her hand, and when he bad told her that be l oved her, and her only, she consented to give him her hand in marriage. The followinO' day Sedley bad b u siness out of town, and didn't get back until just dark, and was lewing the railway station, when he was accosted by no l ess a personage than Billy, the Sleuth. "Say! Hello! Hold up!" he cried. ye tber chap w'ot spotted Lyle Davis over ther bazo o wi' a shmg-sbot1 -ain' t yer name Jack Sedley1" Get out, you little scoundrel!" Sedley growlEI, fiercely, and thumping Billy over the bead with his walkingstick, be sprung into the just starting car, and proceeded to a tenement block in St. Catherine street, wherein h e quickly vanished When he reappeared, bis appearance bad un d e rgone a great change, for he wore a slouch bat, and a heavy false beard of a color to match b i SO\'VD. Proceeding on foot to the next corner, be hailed a cab, and was driven to a r especta bl9lo oking brick house, on the corner of two very quiet streets in the northern part of the city. His summons at the door-bell was answer e d by a dull-looking lrih girl, of whom be inquire d for" Mrs. Hagerty," and was shown into a richly furnis hed parlor. T he girl the n went out, and a f e w minutes later a buxom dame wi't!J a red face, made h e r appearance. "Och! sorry's the news, Mister Jack," she burst out, as she saw him. "Shure tha cage ha' brok e ope n, an' tha bird is gone, tba divil knows wbere'I" Sedley turned deathly pale. What secret was here! CHAPTER V. THE SLEUTH AT WORK, '''SHl" It was a siugle word of admo nition, in the voice of Gamin Billy, and in answer to it, h e and his companion, a man with longhbla c k beard, rested on thei r oars, and allowed t e mo mentum of th eir little sk.Hf to slacken. The scene was upon the bosom of the Dela ware, with the moonlight falling over the rip pling waters, as the-two midnight voyageurs rowed northward. "Well what is the matter!" the black-whiskered man asked. "Notbin' purtick'ler," was the reply, as Bill;1 looked ahead, through a telescope formed of his

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to The Arab :>etective. hands; "I only spy a p:caft ahead, I'll bet ml hull chances fer tber next presidency tbat et s our game. I'm a sort o' a t wolegged sea dorg, ye see." I see you are a little of everything, my young friend. What shall we do now?" "As I told ye in ther first place-foller an' watch! Time enough to act, later. Fer the tril.i We are not fur from where I calkylate them are goin' ter anchor, an' et won't do fer us ter hug 'em too close, or we'll skeer 'em. So we'll put ashore, hyar, and make a jog-trot sk1rmisb fer ther objective p'int, which I may as well allude is a skimeterv." ,r A what?" "A rural skimeteIJ R L.u they deposit de functs arter the doctors has got through wi' them." "Ohl a cemetery, eh1 Of all places in the world, what can thos e fellows want in a cemeterr, so far from the city?' Bon es ou course! I r ec k o n you don't know the t cusses like Sammy the Soaker au' Banty the Bum invite 'rocks' te r their treasuryf,! diggin' up 'cadavers, an' sellin' 'em tew pilldle ro, eh! Well, that's a fac', "n' et's what 've 'spec ted Sammy o' ibe aftRr which h e said: w e ll, boys, here we are, and I reckon you all kno w what's to be done. Nobody to pre ventiit becomes our duty to resurrect the man who ies h ere and test the truthfulness of the report that he had all his spare cash buried in his coffin with him. If he bas done as he is said to have done, we must beg leave to take his gold from.him, and also hand over his remains to the doctor's man, who will b e here before long. So go to work, and I'll divide with you whatever wealth we may find in th e old man's se pul cher." The m e n accordingly did set to work with a. will, and the filling of the grave was rapidly thrown out. Billy watched the proceedings as best be could from behind the monument, without attracting attention. I reckon they'd skin me alive ef I was ter give 'em a chance," h e muttered, "I s'pect this ain't all o' the party." And he was right. In the course of ten minutes a stout horse, at tached to a covered undertaker's wagon, halted at the open gate of the cemetery, and the dover yelled out: "Shure, have yez any passengers, forme1 divil a minute I loik es to wait at this station." "No; we've not got the body up yet," the captain mswered back, gruffly. "Ye needn't get skeert; it won't hurt you." "Faith, au' it's m es ilf as know9 that, or a. divil a wan o' me '"ould ye see h e r e. It's a. smart few of tha subjects I've kerried, in me time." '!'he continued, and shortly after. the coffin was and reboillted to th l!Ur face. This is a bold Iiece of business, boys, BO be

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The Arab Detective. 11 careful, and be prepared to fight or run for your lives ill case of discovery," the captain admon ished as they began unscrewing the lid. "Humph! an' 1'11 bet the ould countrv mud on O'Callaha11.'s bootsJ the t thar'd be a diiclo :!Uret ef you was tew oe unmasked,'' Billy mutterea. lt took but a short space of time to tear off the lid, and there within the coffin was a shriveled up old man's body, lying in the glaring rays of moonlight. He bad not been dead long, as was evidenced by the fact that dec omposit ion bad not yet set in. That be had\ when in life, been an avari cious man, seemea expressed -Oy the lines of his hard features "The old chap looks as if he hated to give up his grip on life I" the captain said, with a laugh. "Just examine the she ll, and if you don't find any rhino, we'll turn him over to our friend from Cork." A c lo se inspection failed to substantiate the report that the miser's gold had been buried with him. No j?Old, notes or valuables wbateTer were to be found and the ghouls gave a groan of disappointment. By this Billy knew the r esult, and hastily arranging the sheet around the nearest head sto ne, and capping it with an old hat which he had brought along for the purpose, he crept stealthily away from the spot, over to where Lyle was crouching. "'Shi" he said, in an undertone. "I'm off on bizness. You can find the boat, after the ghouls are gone, an' paddle back to Pbila. I'll see ye at h eadquarters early m the mornin'." Then, without further explanation, he hurried awa;y, and was soon beyond the walls of the lon ely cemetery. Making a rapid detour a neighboring swamp, he struck the highway over which he knew the Irishman must pass, and here himself in a tence corner. Pretty soon he heard a horse's tread, together with a voice singing; then the Irishman and bis rig came into view, and Billy crouched back still further out of sight. "Shure, swate Biddy Magee, ft' s mesilf as l oves thee, B eca 's e ye'r' so swate an' so frisky; Ould Erin, machree, Is tha place for the tea Tbat the bould Yankee lads they call whisky," 'JIIDg Dennis, ns he drew r e in n ear Billy's hidingplace and produced a bottle. "Arra.hi the.r e's nary a wan like whisky to cheer up the loikes," be added, as he took a long pull And while he was" pulling" at the bottle, Billy was not snoozing. He glided from bis concealment and reached the rear end of the hearse, whose hight screened him from view. As soon a s the Irishman got his conveyance again under way, Billy unbuttoned and opened the doors in the rear1 and carefully crawled ibto the vehicle beside tne coffin, and let his legs dangle out behind. "l!lf this ain't an adventure, I don't want a 1&11dw1cb," he mused, reflectively. "Et's w'&tl reg'lars w'u'd eall desprit'r an' mebbe that's about the size of it; but hope I may never masticate another eyester, ef I don't venture it[ If I get layed out, tbar ain't no one but Fanny an' a few sech fellers as Rosky Conk an' Blaine. as'll miss me. Ef the game works ter suit !nY peculiar ideas, durn me ef thar won't be an ex plosion." Waiting until Dennis had stirred the hors& into a brisk trot, and the jolting wagon was making a great nois e, the daring bootblack set. to work, to further hi s proposed plan. Slipping off the lid of tbe coffin, which bad not been fastened on, he slowly drew the miser's little body out of bis intended last res ting-place, and drop?lld it out upon the road. It was a ghastly and p
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12 The Ara.b Detective / recoiled a few paces, his face of an ashen hue 4 What does-" "It means that I've jumped yerracket," Billy repliejl, with a grin of trirun ph. I smelt a mice, and. what's b etter, smelt out its nest. Howdy do, Dr. Dabol! How do I luk fer a cadaver1 Think ye could disse 0 t me?" Teu thous and furies!" the medica l g houl gasped. "Who are you?" "Tber right Honorable William the Snoozer, S. 0. B. S.-snatcber o body-snatchers-at yer :servi<>eso known from Delaware ter Skookil, .an' frum no r to south Pbila. Ye see, I'm ostensibly an urchin who poli s h e s up stogas at a :nickel a r i p, while i n reality I'm ginerally an' dreamin' out sech little like 'this, f e r instance. The n, I do take a hand at volyticks once in a while, when sech men as .Blaine, 'or Rosky Conklin engage my services. So ye see I'm what i s known in ther dictionary .as a Jack of All T r ades. Any how, I'm Jack <>' yourn at present. What's yer opine?" Tbe doctor surveyed the bootblack with an -expression of combined admiration and appre dlension. "Well, sir, you seem to have pried into some'thing that IS emphatically none of your bus ine ss What next do you think of d oing?" "Nixyt ye can't tap me an' draw out my plans fer a cent. I ain't afeard to tell ye that I ain't a-goin' t e r do anything till I mature my materialization-the t is ter say, cabbage my -coves. Ef ye lay quiet, an' d on' t go t e r w orkin' yerself up inter a passion, lik e as not no one will be the wi se r fer this. I mal,' want t e r util ize ye myself, bum-by. Ef ye 11 show me ter yer exit, now, I'll adjourn." The man of medicine paced to and fro a mo ment, the light of a tiger in his eyes; then mo'tioning Billy to follow him, h e led the way .down-stairs to the strEl"t, where the Bootblac k Sleuth bade him a mocking adiec. Fairmount Park has Often been aptly called "Lover's Eden," and bears tho title well, for certain it is that there many hearts beat as one. It wa> by merest chan ce that on the day fol lowin;:?; the cemetery Lyle Davis wamlernd out into the great rark, whe n h s came unexpectedly upon Bertie, his adopted :Sister. She was seated upo n a ben;:ih under a great t, not far away. In confus ion at the unexpected encounter, Lyle was about to p ass on without speaking when s h e sprnng up and bis arm. Why, Lyle, you sad-sad truantl" she ex claimed, as siJ.e drew him to the seat. "I've jnst b een aching to catc. 1 you. r .. nd you a good tatkmg to. Ob! you awfui fellow I" i Well?" Lyle interrogated, seeing that he must face it out; why am I so awful !" "Because you have been drinking and carous ing-because yon baven't boon home, in ever so Jong." ..__ "You should not hold m e responsibl e ; you re fnsed me, to accept a rascal, and my father also d!;pensed with family ties, in order to welcome the rascal i nto my s h oes I s it any w o nder I prefer deat h?" You sho ul d not malign your cousin, Lyle. Mr. Sedley is a t least a gentleman." I am aware that be is your accepted lover, but I repeat tbat he is a rascal-a consummate villain, and I do not care to know any one who takes p leasure in his company. Then, with a haugb.ty bow, the outcast son arose and strode away, leaving behind him lying-faint and helpless up1>n the seat, the one who had turned t h e w h ole course of his life She had fainted. The afternoon succeeding the encounter with the Gypsy girl, saw Mr. Davis take to his bed, unable longer to keep up under the depressing feelings tbat were settling over him And when Bertie returne\1 from her day-of -it in the Park-a clo udy day, too, it had boon, after her interview with Lyleshe found her adopted father with a high fover. 1 don't know what is the matter with me, more than that I am sick," be r e plied, in answer to her anxious inqu;l"ie s I was tol d that I would be sick, but didn't credit it, until I found myself unable to keep up. Where is He has not come in, ret, from down-town. Shall I send for a doctor? "Maybe you had better. I don't know hard l y what to make of this sudden attac k, for I have b ee n in prime health, latel y S end John, the coachman, for Doctor Dabol." "Oh I papa, not him t I fear Docto r Dabol, he 1s so dark and wick ed -looking." "Pshaw I what a whim t I know the doctor to be an expert med ical man, who has long bee n m Y family physfoian." "I cannot help disliking him, bnt of course you are to be thi! chooser," Bertie answered hesitatingly. Doctor Dabol was arcordingly sent for, and came, and of course saw Mr. Davis, and manifested a great deal of r egret to find him con fined to bis bed. after administering some r e medie s, he took l eave prorrn sing to call again within a few hours. Bertie made bold to Jtop him in the hall as he was l e aving. "You will excus e me, sir, but I want to know what i s the mati,er of papa?" Dabol eyed her a moment, critically-then took off.his hat, and rubbed the b a ld spot on the top of bis h ead. "Well, I don't fancy you'd kno'v what was the matter, if I were to explain," be-"Said. "Your adopted p(l,rent i s quite sick, but will lik ely recover." Then h e bowed himself out. l ea vin g Bertie none the wiser t an she before. "Oh! you ruffian!" Bertie breathed, after he had gone There is no crime t on bad for yo a to be gn ilty of, I fear. I wish Jack was here." And when Jack came she told him the news, an1 added: "Jac k, I d on' t h a l f like that Doctor D a bol. I believe he is a bold, unscrup ulou s man, and if I am not wrong, he will do your une le harm than good

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" :B:a what an idea! Why, Dabol is one. of our most expert physicians. He is a personal friend of mine, and I am ashamed to hear you speak so of him!" And so Bertie said no more, but none the less her own opinion was unchanged S everal days passed, but, instead of improv ing, Mr. D avis grew perceptibly worse. l!e was fast wasting in strengtli. Dabol attended him closely, and appeared to ie doing all in bis power, but it was plainly un i vailing. You are satisfied that my recov ery is im possibl e are you not?" the patient asked, one eV1)ning when he was very weak and feeble. Although I have done all in my pow e r for you," was the reply, "the case looks very doubt ful." "I do not think you understand what is the ma .tter of poor papa?" B ertie spoke up, inde pendently. "I want a council of doctors." "That is not to be thought of, m y dear," &ld ley spoke up, qui c kly. "Unc l e is too feebl e to wit ;hstand the excitement of a meeting and ex amination hit could not benefit him, and would probably s orten his d ays Do you not think so, Dr. Dabol1" "I do. Still, if Mr. Davis prefers, I have no personal objections, further than that I detest the plan of experimenting with life when life it self is hanging in the balance." shot had the de s ired effect. Mr. Davis EOm B ertie's shoul 1 to suit my p ans. If Lyle w e r e to s e e the old ders, and had specially requ ested that she be al-

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lowed to admini1ter the remedies to Mr. Davia, and she was so permitted to do. As a result MI:. Davis was materially improved in the morning, and yet neither Bertie nor the patient assigned the reason thereof to Miss Mc Foo's skill. "Temporarily you are better," Dabol saidJ after reeling of the patient's pulse. But l would not advise you to place any hope in tbe fact, because as soou as tbe fever arises, I anticipate a loss of tbe -little strength you have gained. Still, I will try in tbe utmost to pre serve that strength." So he left another batch of medicine, and said he would call again after his morning ride. Sedley, who was devoted in bis attent10n to the front door, met him as usual in the hall. "Well, I see you failed," he said, with a frown. "You aro not a good prophet." "I cannot answer you here," the physician replied, in an undertone, for even the walls have ears, ofttimes. Let me warn you however-see that the new nurse is !" Mr. Davis held his o v m during the forenoon, but began to sink again, rapidly, as the latter balf of the day crept on. An ashen pallor c rept over his face again, and his pulse ran up far l>e yond tbe nineties. Shortly after dinner, Bertie came down stairs, dressed for the street, and this seemed to cause Sedley much uneasiness. If it is not too much impertinence 0n my part, where are you going?" he asked, as blandly as the state of his temper would allow "I llm going for some liquor for the sick," Bertie replied, with evident surprise at the question. "You bad better not leave. You'd better stay and watc b that woman up-stairs. If liquor is needed, 1'11 get it," he said. "Why, what do you mean, Jack?" "I mean what my wo ds would imply-I mean that I believe the woman up-stairs is a viper, an instrument of tbe league who of late has been worrying uncle with silent threats or warnings; I believe, moreover, that she has been sent here to put an end to his life." "Oh! Jac ki it is wicked to think of such a thiiig. You are surely wrong." "I may be, but tbere are ten cbanceA that I am not. At any rate, it will do no harm to watcb her very closely, for you know an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." W e ll, then; if you will get the liquor, I will do as you say,' Bertie said, turning reluctantly and retracing her soops up-stairs. "Saved!" Sedley breathed when she had gone. If she bad got out on the street, she would have hunted the city over but what she would have found Lyle. Curse me, but things are devilishly interes ting. That was a happy idea on the new nurse, ond may possibly be worked furtber. B v tbe way, who in tbunJer is the woman? She's disguised, that is evident -she ba11 also probably been with the medicines judging by what Dabol said. If so, llhe smells a rat, and is an enemy to us. Egad! tbA tlrst opportunity I get, I'll pull the goggles from her nose, and see if I know her.' What was th 10eretf Was Miss McFee !IA angel of mercy, or was she an emissary of fore planned vengeance? __ Arter being refused the privilege of seeing hill father, Lyle Davis walked back toward the cenr ter of the city, buried in deep thought. At the corner of Sixth and Ar:ili streets, ha encountered Billy, who had just finished a shine, and was casting around for another job. "We!H" he interrogated, "what luck, pardf"' "I was refused admittance," Lyle replied. "Pshaw! ye don't say! Who refused ye?" "Jack Sedley." "That so? I tell re thar's bad bizness a-goill on in tbat house, an don't ye ferget it. They're layin' the guv'nor out, or my name ain't William the Snoozist, that's all. Did tbey say the old gent was bad!" Sedley was kind enough to say to me that as soon as father was dead, he'd inform me in time for the funeral." "Cheelliy, by blackin'I But, jest hold yer mules, an' I'll go scoatin'. I will. I presume I orter see the guv'nor, inderwidually, an' so ye jest hie yerself ter ther roost, an' I'll report, aa soon as there aire any dewelopments. I'll inves tergate the biz frum Alphabet ter Omega, or ye can call me Billy the Flunk." Accordingly be tucked bis box under his arm, and trudged away up Sixth street. He had not gone far when be saw a fancy baroucbe, drawn by a span of high-stepping horses, coming down the street, and in it saw no less a person than Dr. Dabol. At sight of him a peculiar gleam shot into the bootblack's eyes, and he involuntarily stepped to the curb. Phew I the old pilgarlic is tuckin' on l ots ot Saratoga," be muttered. "I wonder ef he'll reckernise his friends in ther street." Waiting till he caught the doctor's eye, he raised his hand and motioned for him to It would seem the hight of all that is ridiculous but Billy was well aware that he had a "bold" upon the man of medicine that would be recognized. Dabol at first seemed inclined to let his coachman drive on, and pay no attention to the urchin, but on second thought, be ordered the carriage to halt beside the curb. I thor't ye know'd better'n to shin by yer poor relations, 'thout stoppin'," he said, with a grin. Fear o' consequences a.ire a powerful motive, eh1 Ef ye hadn't stopped then, I should hev 'piped' on ye, snre's John Rogers!" Dabol flushed, and shifted uneasily in his seat. "Well, what do you want!" he demanded. "A 11:ood deal," the young Sleuth said, prompt ly. "First of all, I want ye to let up; ef ye don't, by blackin', l'll make it perspirations fer ye, an' don't ye fergit it!" "What do you mean!" "Oh! you know. You're 'tendin' Mr. Davis. It will be to your interest that you see that be lives." Certainly. He has every prospect of recovery." "Bah I I don't reckon yer word's wu'th much. Jest bet yer life, tho', thet it won't be health:f

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fer ye t.er let ther guv'nor ante all. By-by!" ...... And he trudged on again, while Dabol ordered his coachman to drive home. "That young dllvil must be sup,i>ressedl" he muttered, with a dark frown. 'He already knows too much, and if left at large he'll make bad work-bad work!" CHAPTER VIII. BILLY MAKES A DISCOVERY. BENT on seeing B ertie, or in some way gain ing such information as he r equired, Billy made bis way t.o the Davis residenc e, and boldly rung the bell. A servant answered tbe summons-Jack had been obliged to relinqui s h his guard long enough to after some liquor. 'Ihe woman wbo answered the summons was the eccentric woman-nurse, Miss McFee, who wore green goggles. Tbe Boy Sleutb gazed at her a minute, as if dumfounded with ast-0nishment. "Fan-" h e partly ejaculated, but the nurse's fair white band raised deprecatingly; he knew tbe move and recogn ized it-knew that she was not desirous of being questioned "What do you wantr' she asked. Can I see ther guv'nor?" No, sir. He is very ill, and cannot be seen." "Phew! that so! S'pect I can see his darter, Bertie tbe n 1" "I don't know; I will see, the nurse replied, shutting tbe door al)d leaving Billy on the steps. "That's surP indercation o' beef-Fan Flint's presence here is inderoation thet she's either workin' up my game, or something else Fer that is Fan Flint, tho' she wants the fact kept mum. She's allns been keen an' white fer me, an' so I'll give her rope and say nix. I'd like to see the g al, Bertie, tho', which reminds me thet ther nurse didn't take in my wisitin'-card; but I s'pect it'll bEI all the same." A few minutes later Bertie opened the door in person, and Billy made a most gallant bow. "'Scuse me" h e said, "but you've probably heard-of me through Mr. Davis. I am Billy the Snoozer." "Oh, are youl I have heard of you. What will you bevel" "Well, ye see, I wanter perfeshionally inter view you-thet is to say, I hev got sumthin' t-0 My, what I r eckon will tickle you. So ef ye'll take me inter ther sofa-furnished, peanner-per vided parlor, I'm yer huckleberry." If you have anything important to say, very well-I will to you; if you bave not, please be brief, as my attention is demanded at father's bed s ide," Bertie said, leading the way into the grand parlor, simply to gratify the boy's whim. Here Billy became seated, and first, before speaking, took a critical survey of bis surroundinfl5. ''Spect 'twould take considerable number of bootblack's stray ducats to t-Og up such a place as this, ebt" be soliloquized, with an apprecia tive wink. "By the way, miss, the guv'nor's bad, eh1" Ii He is very ilL" "That's bad;_an' mind yon, he won't get well, ef Sedley an' llabol bold their grip on him. Reckon, however, the little nurse wi' the goggl e s is getting in h e r work fine, and '11 puzzle 'em. Ef ye ain't acbin' f e r a hP,arse to stop before the door, jest freeze to the nuss-she knows her biz every time." "What do you mean 1 You surely do not intimate that my affianced husband and dark Doctor Dab-01 are working against papaY" B ertie interrogated in surprise, not unmixed with in dignation. "Well, I size it up about that way. Anrbow, I know tbet Sedley's workin' bis best slipper to get an es tablished footh old in Lyle Davis's place, an' from a few things I know, 1 presume he wouldn't deluge the earth with tears ef the guv'nor were to pass in his dPck, spades up." "Yon talk strangely-insultingly." "Nix-I don't neither. I know my diagram1 and I know what I wish to warn you Jack 8 edley is a consummate villain, and if you know when your hard-tack i s well buttered you'll 'scoot' him, instanter, and take yer first flame, Lyle Davis." "Between myself and Mr. Davis all is virtu ally at an end, and if you come here as a go between, you've quite mistake n your vocation. I do not propose to ally myself to a drunkard, no matter how much I might respect him otherwise." "Obi well, I reckon that's all right, an' if I do say et, ye can give William the Snoozer credit, because I did one gnd turn. Wbar ye give young Davis a twister w'ot sit him a-gom' down hill, I lassoed onter him, an' as a result thar ain't a straighter disciple o' Teet-Ote, who ever be may be, than Lyle Davis. All et wants is fer ye to go ter him, put yer arms around bis chin, in reg'lar old ROmeo an' Juliet style, an' give him a Mary Anderson kiss like as ef ye war goin' to blow off his ear. Then tell him you're bis'n and his'n's yours;. go buy a set ter furniture, an' I'll bet thinr,s 'll go off like caster oil on troublesome waters.' "You are incorrigible, sir!" "Yas, so I've been told before, but gift o' gab b'longs to my biz, an' he who can't quote frum Genesis, or exercute a double song an' dance, bain't no biznees along my route. An' now, then, afore I go, I want ye ter promise me three things, an' when ye 3et spliced, I'll give ye a fu'st-class shine, free o charge." "I will promise-perhaps-after 1 know what are your demands." "wen, in tber first place, I want r.e ter call a quorum wi' yer own heart, an' decide to scoot Sedley." I will take that int-0 consideration." "Good! Next, I want ye t e r promise not te discharge the new nurse, for she's workin' ag'in' bi?. odds to bafHe villainy. I will also consider that request." "Better as good! Thirdly, watch the new nurse. If she does not destroy the medicine Dabol leaves, you do so yourself, for it is deadly poison!" "Mercy! you do not mean this?" "Privately, yes I am as good as that that's what's the Ill6tter. l'll go now. You retain tlie p'ints I've given ye, till I see you I

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again. If the guv'nor gets alarmingly wol'l!Je, S6lld tor me to the Dice-Cup-I reckon ther perlice knows whar it is." After this interview with Bertie, .Billy left the Davis mansion and wandered back into town. Something unusual with him, he solicited no "shines" on the way, hut appeared to be doeply p.bsorbed in reverie, which was probably not pleasant, a5 it brought some serious frowns to his for e h ead. "It ain't workin' right-et ain't, by blackin' !" he muttered, taking off his cap to scratch his head. "I ain't got hold of enuff matter to make a kersplnrge yet, an' yet, if I don't do something to get some conclusive proof 'fore long, it will be too late. They're trottin' tho gov'nor out o' the way as fast as possible, that's certain, and it won't take long to do it, unless Fan is workin' ag'in' 'em, which I shouldn't u;onder. Guess I wouldn't a-got into the house, ef Sedlay bad l>een there." He did not do much more street-work that Ua.y, but as soon as it was toward night, set out for the. Dice-Cup, his mind plainly in a state of great activity. What were his thoughts or plans, of course, nobody could well tell, but the strange expreo1lon of eye told that he had a deep scheme work ing upon his mind, and working hard, too. When he arrived at-the Dice-OOp he found the bar-room filled, as usual, with the rough habitues of the place, and Mi's. McCarthy pre siding behind the bar. I All eyes were turned upon the Bootblack Sleuth; as he entered, and be felt that trouble was ahead, whe n be h eard a peculiar murmur go the rounds of the crowd. I'm in fer a racket, sure," was his conclu sion1: wben he saw that the stairway leading to the noor above was blockaded by two men, and they two of the mos t notorious bad men of the city, Sam the Soaker, and Ben the Bumwho were men noted for not hesitating at com mitting an:y crime, no matter of what nature or
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f()rm a marriage ce remony before it is too late. Can you send for one, dearr' "I \\lill go for one" was tbe reply, and bidding Bertie take her place, she burned out of the house. She was gone a long time-an hour or more, but finallr r eturned, bringing with her a man wrapped ma long cloak, a clericallookin g party, with heavy hair, eyebrows and beard, while his eyes were shaded by a pair of goggles like those of Miss McFee. As soon as they arrived, Mr. Davis sent for Sedley, and called him and Bertie to his bedside. "Children," be said, in a faint voice, "I have about made up my mind that I shall not see an other day here below, and before I go, I desire to see you two j oined as husband and wife, and to that end have provided a mini ster. Therefore, if you are both of a mind on the matter, join bands, and the reverend gentleman will soon make you one." Sedle.v took Bertie by the hand and led her for waru. Th e clergyman then brought forth a book, and began tCI rea d the marriage service. Not more than half-way through it baa he got. when a door was flung open, and there stepped into the room Miss McFee, who bad a moment before absented herself-not Miss McFee now, but the girl sharp! "Stop!" she saicf, peremptorily "This non sense bas gone far enough. This marriage cannot legally be performed, for to my positive knowledge, Jack Sedley has another wife living, from whom be has no divorce." CHAPTER IX. SHOWING UP SEDLEY. HAD a thunderbolt fall e n in the room at the bedside of the sick man, it could _not have created much more excitement than did the declaration of Fanchon Flint. Sedley uttered an oath, and leaped back a few paces, while Bertie separated from him, and shrunk toward the side of Mr. Davis, who sat bolstered up in bed, white aud almost speech J.e5S. "This is an outrage-a damnable plot to ruin me, instigated by my jealous cousil!," Seeley cried, as soon as he had so far recpvered as to be able to speak . "No, it is not-it's true !II! preachin'I" Fanny retorted, independently. "You are a married man, though it is not your fault that your )Vife is not dead long ago." "If married, as yo u say, who is this man's wife?" Mr. Davis asked, feebly. ''Her real name was Diana Flint before this rascal entrapped her; finding man1cd life an incumbrance about a year ago he came to this city. and placed her in one of the many private asylums h ere for safe-keeping, c l aiming, I sup pose, that she was unsound in mind. Learning that they were not living toR9ther I applied myself assiduously to the task of finding ber, and it was only recently that I learned of her escape from the asylum, and joining of a branch of our own Gypsy family as their queen." "Zella! you do not mean Zella'I" Mr. Davis ejaculated, eagerly. Yes, I believe that is the name she has I adopted. She is the wife of this rascal, J aclt Sedl ey." "Rascal, woman? How dare you!" All for the simple reason that I dare, sir wo uld-be bigamist! Further than that, I accuse you of comp licity with the wretch, Dr. Dabol, in administering to Mr. Davis deadly poisons with a view of killing. I have nearly all the medicine, which, when analyzed, will be conclu sive enough testimony of your awful guilt. As the matter is not mine, I will l eave it to Mr. Davis to say whether you shall be jailed. or not, as !IOmetimes in these family affairs matters can often be more amicably arranged than to give the courts a voi':!e. "If a i)erlice detective is needed, however, one's r eady fur biz," the minister said, crossing himself, and as quick as a flash, he th!'ew off the cloak and false beard and stood unmasked before them-Billy tho Snoozer! Sedley u t tered another oath at this revela tion. "Thort Samuel the Scaker had me, didn't you?" Billy chuck led, putting his thumb up to the end of his nose. 'l'hort I was a lost comet1 hey'l-but I ain't! You're in a powerful baa fix." I do not propose to put this matter before tbe courts," Mr. Davis said with sadness. "I have for some time past suspected foul play, and I am not surprised to hear that Jack ts mixed up in it. I am not reveng eful-yonder is the door, Jack: take advantage o f the opportunity 1 offer you-go, and never let me see your face again, or that of your associate in crime, Dahol." "But, pause! Consider. I cannot take such a cast-orr even from y ou, without an explanation. Let me tell you all; if I am not exonerated I will go, but I have no fear but what I can clear myself in your eyes and Bertie's. Shall I explain!" "We will hear you, but yonr case is hopeless," said Mr. Davis, with remarkable decision. Not so, unle > s you are very unjust. To be gin with, I am, I suppose, legally married, but that.is all. I was misled into a marriage with this woman's sister, and once the fatal step was taken, I found that my wife and her siste r be: longed to a band of low, thieving Gypsies. I fancy you can realize something what my horror was when I made this discovery, but I could have cheerfully borne up uulier the blow, bad I not learned that my wife was a gambler, and none too choice of the company she k e pt. "I tolerated this sort of business until it be came unbearable, wh e n I attempted to reprimand her and she turned on me, and I narrowJy escaped being cut to pieces. She was, of course, arrested, and at the exam ination pro nounced insane, and I was given the privilege of providing for her, rather than have her sent to the general lunatic asylum which the Jaw provided. "Knowing that my fife would not be worth whistling for if I did not take care of her, I put her iu a private institution, and there she re mained until a short time since, when I learned of her escape. This woman here, Fanchtm Flint, bas made several vain attempts to blackmail me for the.

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purpose of extorting money, and this last attack is but another attempt at her sworn revenge. As to the poi son, if she has any, I'll stake my honor Dabol did not le1ve it; it is another job she has put up to ruin me!" Fanchon Flint did not gif"e vent to words, im mediately, but stood regarding Sedley wit!i a llltrcastic smile upon her face. "Bravo!" she said, finally. "You have made a defense by far better J;ban I deemed you capable of doing. Still, it lacks the requisite essential of truthfulness. That i s all I have to say. If Mr. Davis has any doubt about my side of the story, I cau produce my sister, prove the marriage, her sanity, and nume rous other little and big acts of villainy that will not improve your r ecord. And it may not be lon g before we cau up b e fore his' Honor,' charged with-" "Stop I" he cried, fiercely-then seizing his hat, he rushed from the room, and from tbe house. Whe n he was gone, Fanchion Flint turned to Mr. Davis and Bertie : "I am sorry justice required me to make this distnrbauce and I trust you will both pardon 1ne," she said. Come, Billy, let us go." And they did go, leaving the ex-merchant and his adopted daughter to their reflections. CHAPTER X. "DRAPPED." AFTER more than an hour's wPlk, Dr. Dabol arrived at a grim-looking brick house on Bainbridge street, and rung the door-bell. Though the windows weie close!y guarded by white wooden shutters, that did not siguify that the house was tenantlcss for the door was partly open e d directly, and the doctor scurried in side after which tbe door was shut. "That means fer me to stay out," Billy re marked, as he paused in the shadow of a tree on the opposite side of the street. "I'm left out in the cold, sure's preac hin', ef I ain't sharp enough to get an ear glued outer ther racket inside over youJer. Humph I I s'pect old Pills thinks he's -au hunk, and as snug as a bug in a rug. But he ain't.'' This did not seem to be a matter of particular moment to the young Sleuth, for, crossing the street, he glided up a narrow brick alley and reached the yard in the rear of the house that Dabol bad entered. It was rathe r a court than a yard, being lined on all ides by dwellings, which were occu p ied by the poorest of the city's poor. It was a gloomy place, and dark and ill smelling, but Billy cared not for this. His sole object at present was to learn what Dabol was up to \. week passed on. Stealing stealthily into the he paused Augus t was drawing to a close, and matters and gazed around. All was as silent 'IS the at the Davis hom e r emained literally unchanged tomb. His attention was of course fastened except that Mr. Davis was better, and able to be upon the house in which the doctor had taken out about the grounds. It was a three-story dwelling, and to Fanc hon Flint and her sister had wholly disprovide against fires an iron ladder ran up the appeared-even Billy the Snoozer had lost track side of the alongside the several win of the:n. Sometim es it occurred to the busy dows-or rather, at the roof rall bootbla ck that they h a d been victims of foul downward until withm ten feet of the ground play, but as be kept well posted on the movewhere it suddenly ended jus t out of reach ol ments of Dabol and Sedley, he could not believe any one below. that tbey bad been up to any such work, for they In the third story back window of the block, were keeping very shady, as were the roughs a light shone dimly, and Billy's eyes took in thls around the Dice-Cup. fact at the same moment that he was contem-Aud Billy was not idle. plating the fire escape. He applied himself energetically to" pushing," "Recko n like enuff that's where I 'll find the his trade during the daytime, and slept very doctor, or else that's put thar fur a signal o' sparingly dnring the night, putting in the mo s t sum kind," h e thought. "Er 1 was to climb of his tine in dodging about here and there and up thar, an' git a bucket o' scaldin' water seeing and hearing what he could. dumped on my head, I guess I'd know better, One dark rainy night he saw Dabol leave his next time. Well, anyhow, I'd have to 'knowl house and hurry down the street. There was edge that I tuk water." notbin_ g strange in this, as he might be going He did not take long to decide on a point, and somewbere on a professional -Visit, only that he was equally rapid in forming a determination. paused just outside his m a nsion and peered about, Procuring a box he placed it against the side evidently to ascertain if he was watched; and of the house, mounted it, and was thereby en-then, too, it was p,ast eleven o'clock. abled to reach the low e r round of the fire ladder. Billy had bei:in shadowing" the house when To draw himself up to footir:g, was but the Dabol em erged from hi3 mansion and betook work of a moment, aud then it was an easy himself down the street. matter for him to climb upward. "S9mething wrong," the young dodger mut-By this time the misty rain had increased to tered, scratching bis head. Thet warn't no a driving storm, .and the tbnnder crashed an honest look hetu'k just then; 'peared like he was grily in accompaniment to the lightnings spite expe ctin' somebody would uab him. He's a bad ful flashes. one, that pill-peddler, an' if I mistake not, he'll "Ob! but won't I g et soaked, tho'!" Billy die br, some o' his own medicine one o' these reflected, as the water began to penetrate his dayli.' garmen;s, and ran his back. "Must be After a bit of and a glance at the sum sech night as this that Vennor gits up on threaten.!Dg sky, Bill,Y' made up his mind lo pur-the roofs n.n' mannyfacters probs. Probably a respectful distance and see whither I'll get probs, or probed, afore I get through the dontor went. with this experiment.

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Hand over hand, he pulled himself upward, pausing long enough at each window to peer m. Tbe rooms on both the lower floors, however, were empty, and dark, and nothing of interest to bim was visible. At last, drenched to the skin, he reached the side of tbe window from which the ligbt 11bone out into tbe wild night, and craned his head forward to make observations. The light came from a small lantern, which sat on the window sill. As it had first occurred to the young Sleuth, it was evidently placed there as a signal for some one, as the room in which it was positioned was vacant and unfurnished. For a moment after this discovery the young Sleuth was somewhat in doubt just how to act, for he had no assurance but what it might be a trap arranged for the accommodation of burglars, he hi.ving heard of such things in the course of his experience. Therefore he clung to the ladder and watched the interior of the room in silent reflection until a chilly feeling began to steal over him, and be realized tbat'it was high time to be doing some thing. He bad about concluded to make an attempt to enter the room, when be felt tbe ladder jar, and glancing downward, he made the horrifying discovery tbat some one was the ladder, a man, evidently, but almost indistin guishable, owing to tbe darkness. Here was a fix, indood. Discovery was inevitabl e, but something must be done, and that quickly. 1if the man below had yet discovered Billy, he had given no warning of the fact, and this gave the young dodger hopes tbat after all he migbt escape into the building undiscovered. So be reached forward and tried the window, wben, to his satisfaction, it rolled rapidly upward on pulleys. The same instant a strong gust of Wind dashed oat the light, leaving all in total darkness. Taking advantage of the respite, Billy swung himsPlf around from the ladder mto the window and in an instant later was into the room. So far, so good," was bis reflection. If the perlice was to nab me now1 his Honor would say,' William, you're entitled ro a few in Moya.' Ugh! jails au' me never did agree. Reckon I'd better sbet out the other chap, or he'll get up a row about notbin'." Acting accordingly, he softly pulled down the 1i8Sh. It took but a moment for him to spring the catch and fasten it-tben he stood w one side in the darkness and waited. The otbe.r chap soon reached the window and tried to raise it, but unavailingly. The window remained firmly down, and bis attempts to raise it were fruitles' Finally he utt.ered an oath, and dast:ed in one of the panes, after which he easily reached in and undid the and the window glided upward. "Thar! euss my boots ef I didn't git in, after all r' he t;runted, a! he shook himself like some great animal, to dislodge the watei. "Wonder which o' the boys put up the job on me1 Not a very smart trick, whoever it was." Billy breathed freer, as be heard this, for it was possible that there WBB a ebanee for him yet. And so it The man, wbo was -heavily bewhiskered and attired in an oilcloth coat, soon passed on into an adjoining apartment or ball and closed the doo r after him. Dunno if I twig his nibs or no, the boot black solil?quized. Luks like a reg'lar pirate frum the high seas-or else he's a schooner unloader at the occasional saloon around the cor ner." W aitiug fully ten minutes where be was, and bearing notbing1 Billy then stole forward to the door and appliea first bis eye, and then his ear to the keyho1e. Beyond the door was a long, uncarpeted ball on either side of which rooms opened off, and the hall wns illuminated by but a single gas jet. On listening be could not bear a suspicious sound, and accordingly believing that all was safe, be opened the door and stepped forward into the ball. The same instant, almost, be was seized iu the powerful grasp of several pairs of hands; a bag-like gown was thrown over bis head, and he was marched forward, into some other room, where, after he was bound, band and foot, be was placed upon a chair. There was then a scattering of feet, after which all became momentarily silent, and llilly felt that something was surely about to happen. The silence continued for several minutesthen the bag-like cap was suddenly jerked from his bead and he got a fair view of his surround-ings. He was sitting at one side of a room which was furnished only with a number of common arm-chairs, and the chandelier which bung from the ceiling. In a horse-shoe circle facing Billy, sat two dozen, at least, of human beings wrapt in gowns of pure white. and wearing over their beads and faces duplicates of the black bag Billy had been provided witb, only that theirs were furnished with eye and mouth apertures. A grim-looking lot they were\ and just over their beads suspended from tne chandelier, was a board containing the mystic letters tb&t Billy bad seen upon Mr. Davis's card: A grunt of disapproval went up among the weird band, as Billy's face was exposed plainly to their view. The middle man of the circle seemed to be the leader of the organization, for when, a moment later, be raised bis band, the other ma!
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Billy was not scared in the lQllSt. Out of voice tar-night, ain't yer?" he sa.idl with a grin. "Hain't got yer keyboard tunea up right f e r choir singin'. Now, thar's Jim Blafl'kins, down St. John's Court, who tunes up peanners an' accorjuns most blamed cheap, I've heerd tell." Another grunt from the pantomimists pro claimed their poor appreciatiol} of Billy's volun t eered news. They made some gesticulations at one and another again, after which the captain advanced a few paces aud said, pitching his voice in its d ee pest ton e: "Young man, are you aware of the nature of the beings you are sitting in the of?" "Waal, I r eckon!" the young dodge r r ep lied. "'Tain't often I get tuk in_ on suckers or g illi es like you're tryin' ter smother in them peecoolyer night-caps." You are not prone to exe r cise the car.tain said, therefore you are dead!" 'Dead! Not by a long boot! I'm a stayer, I am." , You are dead in a literal sense. You are of too great danger to u s to be permitted to exist, so only two things remain for you-y(u must become a member of our secret organization, or you must die. Take your choice." "That so? Got it all cooked and dried, have you!" "Exactly." "But, supposin' I give ye the slip, like Joner did the genus whalus of the antlldiluvia,n deep?'' "No danger of that. You would indee d be a shrewd if you could get the start of an organization like ours. No, you young hound, tbere are positively only two chances for yqu death or allegiance to u s-allegiauce bound by an oath, to break which will be worse than death." Reckon ye better book me for a hearse then, as I belong to a Sunda y sk ulef and I don't swear worth a cent. Besides, I don't r ecko n ve want me werry bad; I ain't the kind of a hairpin as makes up fer a heavy villain wu'th a cent. An' I wouldn't be responserble. T'ier first time I got a chance, I'd 19ve ye away. Therefore, for the severialeth time, as R osky Conk would say at the State Convention, et behooves ye to drap. me, like ye would a red. h o t coal." "Yes, we will drop you, and it will be where you won't i:i;et out again," the capt&in assured, grimly, and even as he spoke, the floor beneath Billy's chair was quickly j erked from beneath it, and both he and the chair went down through the opening thus made-down, down, down, into blank space! As soon as he and Bertie saw them, tqey paused, and waited for them to approaeh, which tbey did, the snob in advance. When a few paces of!', they, too, came to a halt, and exchanged glances, after which the man of the pale mustache began: "Mr. Davis-the honora ple Mr. Davis, I be lieve accompanied by his charming adopted daughter. Ahl yes pardon my intrusion, sir, but, in behalf of my client, I must beg leave to present you wlth a little notice-hem! yes. A trifling afl'air, and can doubtle s s he amicably arranged." With a cold searching g l a n ce at S e dley, whose face wore the quiett_malicious expression of a triumphing demon, .oo.r. Davis r eceived a document which the dappe r young man presented, and opened it. His eyes were not long in running over l)nough of it, then bis face grew ashen pale, and he staggered back a pace. I presume you understand,'' the dai:per young man remarke d, with a smirk, "and on the young lady' s account I have been permitted to extend you a reprieve until to-morrow to think over matters in. Trusting by that time you will he prepared to make everything satisfactory, I remain yours truly, Jeffries Jenks, attorney at law. Good-day, sir, good-day!" Then, doffing his h a t to B ertie, he turned and gave his arms to Dabol and Sedley, who in turn dofl'ed their hats and the ti-io walked away. Leaving Mr. Davis staring after them with wild eyes, his face still r ettli"Qing the deathly color, his limbs trf'mbling as in an ague spasm "My God! I never dreamed that this blow would he struck me," he groaned. "Help ma to the house dear!" "Yes fatber. T ell me, ob, please do-what is the matter!" "You will know all too soon, dear," was the sad r eply "It will b e a bitter blow to you, but you must bear it, as .wdl as I, for you are young and strong." Yes, to be sure I am, and I am willing to stand anything for your sake. So please tell me what the trouble i s?" "Not now; child, not now; wait until I feel better, dear; then you will likely know all-per haps sooner." And so Bertie assisted him to the house and into the cosey library, where he seated himself in a great easy-chai r and b&.de her see him an hour later. When she had left the room, he covered his face with his hands and r emained thus for several minutes in s ilence; then his form shook as with a shudder, and he once more opened the strange missive. CHAPTER XI. It was written on common white paper, in a AN UNWELCOME LETTER. cramped, inegular hand, while the spelliQg and THE day following the events last narrated, grammatical arrangement indicated the writer's Jack Sedlay and Doctor Dabol drove up to the illiteracy. Davis mansion, accompanied by a dapper The following were the con]ents: young man, who sported a few pale hairs on his "PmLADELPHY, Ang.-, 18--. upper lip, and looked as if a superabundance of "MR. ALGERNON DA vis R tired B rrb '" :food in his family was not a common luxury. "DEAR Sm:-By th<>se fu te nderlin es you'll h<:>v ar"D h had f ed f h' riv' at th e conkiusion that I ain't s ark food, hut ar' .tu.i". av1s, w o 50 8:r recover i s back in Ameriky Jive an' blowin'. like a porpus. I recent illness as to be qUite smart agam, supexpect ye've bi' calculatin' me dead but I a in t :t>orted by .Berti&, was taking a walk about the consekently thar'll h ev tew b a a sum at smart ground, as the three men ent6red. ew blzBess relations, you bet. So let's cum ter

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The Arab Detective. 2 1 tbe p'int ter oncet. Years ago-sixteen, more or l ess this hrar hulk tuk a noRbun to visit ther sea as a sailor, an have a j o lly life C\ll tne wave. Bein1 en cumbered ''"i' two cbildrenan' asquar' half o' a half of amilyun dollars in U .S. mon e y. an' not knowin' w'at ter do wi' sech encumbrances, I persuaded rou my schoolmat e ter t ake charge o' the gal an the money till my return, an' tuk, in security the r e for, a mortgaii:e on yer property for a like sum On course I r eck'ed ye war honest, or I would not ha' t ru!!tecl ye. The boy I put in ther a l mshouse, an' then I lit out onto the seas. "A co u ple o' years later my vessel wn3 reported' wrecked off Cape Horn, but it was a mistake, !in' while ye war probably mournin' ove r my sad dem i se I was takln' my reg'lar rations of gro g aboard the Mary J ane. Frum tberhigh seas I drifted over inter Australia, an' byar I am back again arter tbe afore said epochs of 1 ime, in ruther a use d up condition, owin' tew a failurP in the whisky supp l y in Mel bourne an' you bet I'm ready fer my two fifty As for .my gal, f hev giv' h e r tew a nic e chap wh o has befriended me, an' bas bin courtin cer. H i s name is Jaek Sedley. "Ef he makes Ii good son i n-law, p'r'apsl'll whack up wi' him. A nyhow the gal might as w e ll git on he r Sunday duds. as Jack 'JI be around, one o' these days to claim her. "As fer the cash, ye can waltz around wi' it, to d11y or to-morrer-as soon as y e please. Ef ye don't, why inter the market goes the mortgage, fer t.er be forecl ose d because I've had the 'jims' bad, lately, an' my sea-legs ain't hard l y straight geeied Pnutr fer these beer city walks. Ropin' thr se fu streaks <>'ink won't hurt ye much, 1 am "Yures tew d e 'th, BILL Br..osson. ' Dice-O up Boardin'-llouse. '' Over and over did the ex-merchant read this; until it seemed as though ho mus t have it by heart, his thoughts\ evidently not of a p ,leasant nature, judging by the pained expression of his kindly face. ''I did think he was dead, in truth," he mut tered, "or I should have never set my heart so deeply on the interests of poor Bertie. But thev shall not snatch h e r away from me so easily, and as for the money, I shall thiuk twice, before surrendering it to this man, whom I do not know to be the one who i s rightfully entitled to it. I do not believe that Bill Blossom is alive." So drawin" a writing-desk toward him, he produced som0e paper and a pencil, and wrote the following: PHILADELPIDA, Aug.-. "Ma. WILIJAM BwssoM, Sm:-" Your epist l e has been received and perused, a nd in reply I will say, tt1at I shall have to exact strong proof as to you r id e ntity, before I can make any move, whate ver, in the matter mentioned in yours. 'Until you can produce "uch satisfacto ry proof. I must decline to recogmze your claim, and advise 1'hat you make no ras h movem e nts. \ 'ALGERNON DA,VTS." Later that day, Jack and Dahol were closet ed in an upper. room at the Dice-Cup, with a table a bottle of wiRe and glasses between them. Also, in front of bim, Dabol bad spread out tbe same letter which Mr. Davis had some bours before sent to Blossom, and was reading it ove r for tbe second time. "Well, I hope so," be was saying, in answer to some previous remark on the par t of Sedley. "For my p art i n t hi s somewh a t compl i<'ated b u siness I want to see some pay befor e long." "Humph! You needn't get in too great a h urry," Sed ley snee r ed. "You'll get yom whack' in due time; indeed, I fancy it wo u ld be poor policy for you to play off flunk at this late day." "Oh, yes-perhaps! Well, wewon'tqnarreJ, fo r I'll wait awhile knger, at least. Now then, you anticipate the guv'nor will show fight in this matter, do you!" "Very naturally, yes. He don't believe that the tramp is Blossom, as you can see by th" letter, and he'll re.quire better assurance before he acts. It was by merest chance that I g-ot onto i t Uncl e, not long ago, gave me Bertie' s antecedents, and when I beard the drunken rogue down-stairs declare that he was Bill B los som, I foresaw outcroppings for a possibly profitabl e scheme So I jumped him, and got. him to write the letter be sent to Davis through us. First of all, I b l uffed bi m, and cbarged him with bt:ing an impostor, and this put him out a little, so that finally, w ithout admitting the possibility-of such an imposition be wished my assistance in establishing him in bis rights. He offered me bis friendship, the permiss ion to marry the girl Bertie, and finally the promise of a snug little sum of such money as b is proven identity will enable him to secure from my uncl e Not a bad tbiug, eh, after our first unsuccessful attempt! "But do you want t h e girl!" Hardly. She evidently cares nothing for me any longer, and I wouJd hardly crave a woman who did not. Mayhap I shall have to marry b erbbut if I can wiggle my out of Blcsso m wit out, she can go to J eric ho. "Humph! From what I saw of the fellow, be is C'lose, avaric ious and bard to 'draw on,' un less he is going to satisfy his own appetite for strong drink. H e is a bum, in the most em phatic sense, and if you get rich off of him, it will surpass my reckoning Besides, it is not helpingmcttters much, as to our future welfare. D avis is n o t going to Jet the sick business drop -not with me, even if be does with you. H e's 'too shrewd for that. I fancy that, even now, be bas m e n on the outlook for the g irls, F anny and Zella, and as soon as ho can get their i;vi denc'e, or, at least, that of Fanchon, concernmg the drugs he'll 1>ndeavor to make it warm for me.. If I cion't get some bold upo n h im, as a sort of counter-irritant, you sef, there' ll lie n1 hope for me but to pack my and han1 up my shinf!;le e lsewhere." "True. But we've summarily disposed one formidable obstacle; why can we not booSI anotbel'? I have the right scheme, I think," "What is it!" "This!" in an undertone, and with occasion< .I suspir.ious glances around, the r _ascally / unfolded the points of a plot, which we will r I' the present withhold from the r aader. Dabol listened. with occasional nods of .. pprovA l until Sedley bad finished. "Undoubtedly your plan is a g
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82 'I he Arab Detective. you, will eer be the wiser. I want to work the fellow,'' was the response. And what o f the entrapped Sleuth? h e w ent, seemingly to his death, in what a ppeared to be a mere flue in the well. With the instinct of. self-preservation he touched the sides of the well, or flue, anrl, almost before he was aware, his momentum was stopped by the well-digger's trick for safety, which he had often seen performed. He had arrested bis fall by wedging in the welli but, what then1 He thought, rapidly: f I go up, I reckon I won't get out-ef I go d own, I won't nuther, and so I don't know what to do,'' b e soliloquized, as he stuck to the vantage ground h e had gained. "Hut I can't roost here very long, that is certain. I'll have to take my chances on the ground floor, I reckon, so here goes!" The conclusion once formed he began his descent, by clinging first to one brick and then another, and in this way continued, several hundred feet it see med to him, before he touched the bottom. When be did finally reac h it, be found him self not in water, as he had half-anticipated would be the ca.<;e, but on a hard uneven brick bottom, and in the midst of a smell that was not delightful. "Jeewhittakerl smells like I'd struck a grave yard down side up, in China!" was the young detective 's first comment. "Ob! Lordyl what a perfume! Bet a box o' Bixby's thet I've struck a elop-bason, or sewer, or sumthin' of the kind. Ef she am a sewer, I'm free-by blackin'I" Bethinking himself of the fa.ct that he bad matches in his pocket, be produced one, and lit it, and thereby was eaablerl to momentarily in spect his smToundings. The shaft abovti had evidently been built directly over what had originally been a w.ill, but the absence of water in it was now accounted for b_y the fact that a sewer had been cut so near the bottom of the Well that it w as perfectly drained. The sewer Billy discovered by the opening in to it, from the well, was large enough to admit .if a person's walking through it in a bent position, and Billy hailoo the dis covery with delight. "Stink though she may, I'll grin and bear it, till I git out inter fresh air-then ye sons of Black Bags; lo o k out fer m e I'll work up yer case fine, trap ye when ye ain't cal(!ulatin' on it!" he said, as he g r oped forward into the uninviting subterranean passage. It might be a journey of miles, and a disgusting one at that, but he knew life and liberty loomed up before him in tbe distance. CHAPTER XII. A BOLD ATTEMPT. Two days passed by. Mr. Davis made no move to accede to tbe proposal of the man Bl i;som, and as that per son had not been heard from, since his first introduction, it became pretty evident to Mr. Davis th1tt he was waiting to hatch up some proof of his identity before proceeding with iale ease. The of the sooond day succeeding that which witnessed the planning of a conspiracy between Dabol and Jack Sedley, was a dark one, in the extreme, a ccompanied by a fierce wind and rain-a storm more like the Equi nox" later in the season. Very few pedestrians were on the street, and the storm seemed to rather increase than diminish as the night progressed. It was some trme after the midnight hour, when two men enveloped in oilcloth coats and with sloU }he d hats pulled down over their eyes vaulted over the fence into the Davis lawn, and made their way stealthily throu_gh the d!irk shadows toward the stately old mansion. That their purpose was not legitimate, was evident by their suspicious glances on either side. Their faces were not entirely concealed, and a close observer might easily have made them out as Jack Sedley and Dr. Dalx>l. Whenever there was the least lull in the storm, they would pause and wait until it raged fiercer-then they would resume their approach to the mansion. I am not so powerfully impressed with this little as migbt be," Dabol decl!i-red. If we shoum be caught this time, I don't allow we would get off as easily as heretofore. And, then, if you are not sure where the old man keeps bis money, we are running a big risk, with no assurance of finding it." I am not so hopeless," Sedley replied. I am pretty sure he keep s much of his wealth in a strong old chest in the attic in preference tc trusting it in a safe or bank, but I am not ex actly positive, as he neve r gives any oue any clew. However, we can explore the place-the money must be ours before we leave the house." They soon reached the rear of the mansion, and took the precautionary measure to stop and listen But, above the roaring of the wind and storm, it was impossibl e to hear anything within the house; all was dark and motionless; evidently the house was in deep r epose "So far, so good," SedlPy whispered. "I don't apprehend any trouble afte r we effect an entrance. This back door is the only one in the establishment that is not bolted on the inside but I fancy that I have a key whic h will fit And after trying several k eys, b e at last found one that unlocked the door, and they softly entered the kitche n. From here they had no difficulty in passing through the spacious dining-room into the ball, whe nce a staircase led to the upper floors. Being carpeted. they bad little or no trouble in e:ainine: the attic floor without noise The attic door was locked, but for this lock Jack had provided; one of his several keys threw the b olt, and opening the door, they en tered e.nd closed it. b0hind them, after which S e dley produced a lantern and tur11ed OD the li g ht. This attic had no windows. It was simply a rough chamber, unlatbed, unplastered and un cared for. Cobwebs and wasp-nests abounded, and the usual amount of trash-was there to be found.

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The Arab Detective. 18 Among this "lumber" was a powerfully unilt ch est, noticeable for ii:s rivet!!, bolts, bands and locks There I that's the box I" Sedley annoi;nced, pointing it out. "It may be innocent of secr e tmg what we want but only when we find tbe chest empty shall I beli eve that the money is not there." "But bow are we to g et that infernal old safe op en It will n eed the assi stanc e of a blacksmith and sledge." "No t by any means. Patience will accom plish a great d ea l. All that is required to be don e is to saw olf the hasps of the lo cks, and with your a ssistanc e we can soon oause her to faint--Otberwise she was unhurt. Bertie skillfnlly fixed up the wounds, and ill

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24 T h e Ara b D etective . I sisted that she should remain i n prese n t, until full y restored. quie t for the mate of mine, sir. You are no more er l ess than In the mean time Mr. Davis had arranged with t he only one of the servants who bad beard of t h e disturbance to keep mum, and so the city m issed an opportunity to goss i p over w hat bad occurred at the Davis mansion On .tba following morning Mr. Davis went i nto town for the first time since his sickness in search of Billy. O f all persons he most desired to see the young S l e uth-but he was doomed to d isap-pointment. Although he inquired for Billy i n the haunts that had a l ways known him, he failed to learn a n y tidings of him. of his bootblack associates, even, knew where he was, and were positive they had not seen him for several days. I fear that some harm bas come to the poor lad,'' the muttered, as he rode homeward, "and if s uch be the case, I have no need to guess who harmed him. This is a sad. hou r for m e and I would now that Lyle were back with me Faulty though he was, he was my son, and instead of dt;ialing sternly and r e 'bukingly with him, I should have tried to ap p roach and reform him, in a k inder manner. And Bertie too, I fan cy, W'.>Uld welcom e him vack, eagerly. Ob! Lyle, my son, come back, and all will be forgiven and forgotten!" Mr. Davis was sitting in his library the next day, whe n a servant brought in a card-a dirtylooking a ffair on one side of which was engraved the three-spots of clubs, while on the othe r was written, in e. ruJ. e band: BILL BLOSSOM. ESQ." Mr. Davis's face assumed a frown as he noted the signature, and the frown was follow e 4 by a worried, weaiy expression. "You may show the fellow up!" he said, and the servant departed. I may as well see him now as aily time, and settle this matter," b e said, his bead bowing. Go l knows I can do no more than for the be s t The servant soon returned, ushering in a man who came very nearly to the estimate Mr. Davis bad wade of him. He was short and thick-set in figure, but iri face spare, wrinkled and whisky-burnt. The combined expression of bull-dog f erocity and drunke n shrewdness was added to the stubble b earded face, the eyes of which w e r e bloodshot and swollen. His attire was s habby and dirty, and a rough cap was pulle'.l down partly over one eye to shade a terrible bruise he had received there, probably in a drunken row. \ "Mr. William Blossom," the servant an and then ' Mr. Bl osso :n, be seated, and state your er rand," the ex-merchant said, briefly. "Yas, I ra::ikon I will," Blossom responded, tumhtiug into an easy seat. "M. Y legs ain't 'zactly tew rights ever since I left the main. de c k, w'at with poor grog and the like Well, old schoolmate, ho..v bas the world used ye since I aboard the Mary Jane?'' I .fa.il to recognize you as any old school -an impostor, sir!" "I ain't-I'm Bill Blos s om, an' I kin prove it. Yer game won't work, ter keep the money which I gave ye-not mucb! Ye kin keep the girl-I never was muc h a hand fer 'em-but I want the c ash, an' I'm goin' ter hev et, or this place-see? Ye say ye don't believe I'm Bill Blossom-but mebbe ye remember that," and raising his left hand, be showed where the tips of eacll four fingers bad b ee n amputated near the first joint! Mr. Davis grew pale All hope died out, for he knew that the original .Bill Blossom bad been a victim to the same misfortune. Eb! see!" the bummer chn ckled "Well, I'm Bill Blossom, and either band over my cash, or I will foreclose the mortgage to-
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TheArab Upon. a bed iJ the room lies Mr. Davis, p&le and emaciated, with Bertie by his bedside, fanning his heated brow, looking herself less f r esh and rosy than a month before1 while Zella 11eated by the window,. plies her neeal e rapidly. "Poor child, would that I had never 'lived to bring you to this poverty," the o l d gentleman was saying. Oh I papa, don't. It pains m e to hear you talk so Something may yet t'.lrn up that wtl l b ring us good luck and restore what is l ost, Zella. is full of h ope!" The Gypsy smiled as sho spoke up: "Yes, M r Davis. I am sure all will be right yet. "Bless you fo r your devotion to us I But for you we should have fared m u c h wo r se than we have," Mr. Davis said. "Do you know wher e your sister is, Zella?" "No, sir. I have not seen her in a long time -not since over a month ago. She is good, Fanchon is, but she is strange, and I don't believe she will ever rest easy u atil she knows Jack is dead-then she will kno w I am free and safe. "Have y0u a fathe r living?" "Possibly, although we do not know for certain. He left us and our band, wHen we w ere but small, and we have never heard from him, since." At this instant there came a rap on the door, and Zella ran to open it. Then she started back, for a stranger stood them-not a stranger, either; for Mr. Davis sat up suddenly in bed: "Jack Sedley, you are not welcome, here." Mr. Davis cried, recognizing him, in spite of his of a long heavy beard. 'Oh! I am aware of that; I merely wanted to hunt you up, in order to remind you of by gone days!" was the retort, and then, with a villainous laugh, he tipped his hat, and strode away. In the mean time where was the Boy Sharp Dhe irrepressible Sleuth? Had he ever escaped from the sewer, and, if oo what bad become of him? 1.rbe night of the same day on whiob occurred the events last mentioned, a 1:.oat left South street wharf, and was pulled across the river toward the New J er;;e y shore, at Camden. Both the occupants were clad in oil-cloth coats. and wore slouched hats. and full black beards, that most effectually hid their faces from view. Prior to leaving the dock, the man who held the oars bad been waiting for some time for the other man to put in au appearance, bu;; he bad finally come, and they had started. "You were deuced long a-coming, Doc!" the man of the oars growled, as h<:> sent boat flying out into the stream. "Yon no doubt thought I'd wait all night for yon?" "Oh, no, Jark, I hadn't the least idea of the kind," the other replied. I got aboard too much wine to-day, and came near not getting here at all." "Humph I I your voice is thick enough yet. You' d better take an oar and brace your self up, or the boys' will get inte your boots -the 'old boy,' esMQially." The new-comer did not reply, and so the other maintained a sile'lce. In due time they r eached South Camden, and, as soon as they left the boat, clambered into a hack, driven by a negro, and were whirled away. I suppose you k n ow, Doc, why I sent for your' the man who had rowed said. "No," the other grunted. "Why!" Because our safety is all in our eye, and the s leuths are on our track. We've got to do sorue thing with t h e girl." Who is after us!" "Wbo do you suppose! That accursed littl e vagabond we-well, you know what-he is alive, and the city." "Billy, the Snoozer!" Yes-the same. "Not in his old vocation!" "No, he is in disguise I saw him to-day, in the street, dressed to kill, and wearing a false mustache. He woul d have passed unnoticed among a thousand, but I spotted him. After ward I saw a rough-looking loafer dogging my footsteps, whom I suspected to be him, as his face was bewhiskered beyond recognition. In short, if we are not Rbarp, he will bunt us down, and if ever we get into bis power, we'll get a job breaking stones over at Moya, for a long term." "Pshaw! you're nervous, Jack. " Hardlt. I am on my guard. If. you want to po up don't." Nor 'r. Still, I haven't much rlonbt but that I shall have to get out of Phila.," the other re plied, grimly. "D'ye think that th1> Snoozer will be bunting after the girH" "Yes. She is literally one of his pards, and he will seek to find her, even before finding us." "Then what do you propose doing with her1" There is but one thing to do-she must either swear by all h e r fondest hopes of Heave n n eve r to offer the poisoning, or any other charge against u s, or she must die Better, perhaps, the latter way, as dead men or women t ell no tales." For some distance over the sandy Jersey f.ike they rode on, until finally the cab stopped, and the darky opened the do or. "Hyer we is, boss!" he announced, pointing to a two-story frame dwelling by the roadside. "All rip;bt, Sam. You can drive on a cpuple of miles and by the time you get back we will be ready to return," Sedley said-for it was be -as h e and the "doctc.r" l eft the caITiage. "Be "sure you go two miles, an:l drive s lowly, and yell out for us when you return, as we may b e bu sy." The darky nodded understandingly, hastily mount!'d the driver's box and drove away. Seclley then led the wa:v into the house, which was evidently untenanted, and to a hack room on the second floor This he unlocked, and pushing Dabol in ahead of him, followed himself, and locked tbe door after him. The room they entered was plainly furnished so as to constitute a bedroom, kitchen and sit ting-room, and its only occupant, aside from -the two intruders, was a oung woman who was sitting by a table i n the dim light of a flickeri-ng eaadle

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88 The Arab D tecrtlve. This was Fanchon Flint. coming, and got ahead of tlH doctorf" Sedley She arose as her two enemies ontered, and growled, savagely. stood regarding them with flashing eyes. "Ohl that's one of the little tricks of my "Yes, I see you are !ltill here," Sedley greeted, trade. As well might you ask how doth the mockingly. "I was really concerned lest you busy little bee, know when to go on a suckin' llhould have your leave. Hal Rather a exposition arter honey. Echo aus'ers by obgrim joke, eh, Daboli" serwation.' I got in a double beat on the doc" Haw! bawl" laughed the" Doc," hoarsely tor, or, thet fa, he got off his track, an' I switch -so strangely that the partner of his crimes ed on. .Acc1dtlnts will happen, on ther best o' took: a second glance at him. "Bad joke. But railroads." proceed to business, as we have no time to "And, I suppose it is your idea that you've parley." got me foul!" Sedley sneered. "Yes, that's a fact," Sedliiy assent.e---anytfttng of fmpor'llaDCeil''

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fie Detective. To me it was, but 1 don't a'.llow they'll make mucb out o! .it. It was a letter from the genuine ffiossom "Wbatr may be burdened with, and then elope. Ob I .r have it figured dowu pretty fine, but we shall have to be as shy about exposing ourselves IUI a mink is." The two scoundrels, donnini? disguises, crossed by tbe first morning boat to Markef street, and no oee on the Pbiladelphia side of the river re cognized them as tbey left the ferry-house, and hurried away toward Dabol's own residenae. A letter from the genuine Captain Blossom. r was up at the old mansion, yesterday, playiLg poker with the bogus Bill, when this letter came to the house, addressed to my uncle; Davis. Blossom was about to open it, but I prevailed upon him to let me have it, as I wished to deliver it to the one for whom it was inlended. Tbat afternoon Sedlay paid a visit to the boguE.. When I got away fro m him, I opened the Jetter, Blossom, and made known his discovery thatr and what do you suppose I found! Nothing less the genuine one was on his way to port, if, in than a letter to uncle from the original Blossom, deed, be bad not already cast anchor. which had been handed to a fast mail steamer, Although pretty well corned, the usurper rewhic h the Mary Ann bad hailed. ceived tbe news with consternation. Dabol put up bis hands in surprise. "Et's a bad job," be said. "lf I'd 'a' thoughtr "The deuce will be to pay now," he said; with the captain would come bome so eoon, I'd 'a' a grimace. "What was tbe r-urport or this kept out o' it, for he would kill me if be caught letter?" -me h ere." "It read in about these words, as I recall it: Of course. And yet you can ill afford "DEA.R DAvrs:-Perhapsof all living m e n you will lose the position you oc cupy!" least expect to hear from me after sixteenlears' No. I'd soon!'r lose my band." absence, hut a8 we are about to be passe by a "Then your plan is to adopt a remedy. What. homeward mail, I writ e to inform you that the Mary will you give to never have the genuine articl& Jane, with all its form e r crew, with tire exception of land on American shores-or any other shores, Dick Flint, one blarsted shark, will touch port about in fact!" th" last of the month., rev r to e:o on anoth e r "I'll give--I'll give you a hundred dollars!" voyage as sixteen y ears in the Indies trade has fat-"What! so much!" tened all our lockers to that extent that w e can u Is it not enough!" afl'ord to r esc. And how I long to s e e that littl e girl of mioe whom I intruste d to your care, and my "No. I'll do the job f o r you for fifty times brave boy, whom I placed in a charitable i stitution, tbe amount you offer, in advance." knowing he would b e reared the best there. They "What! five thousand dollars for-" must be both grown up to man and womanboo4. "Kill" ctlyl" now, and I shall look: forward to meeting them and mg a man .-v a yourself witll great eagerness Jf you have met "But I have not so much money in all tl:e with reverses in life, Davis (which, by the way we worlrl." are all subj ec t tol, do not let that worry you for iv e "How much have you!" enough f r r all. f you've anything left of what I "Only a hundred dollars." left youJ. it's yours, and the mortgage shall b P can"Pshaw I you are lying to me." celed. :so look out for me-all bands on deck"No I am not" hurral CAPTAIN WILLIAl! Br.ossox." "Yoh have the place here; mortgage it,. "That's the style of letter he wrote, and it and-" would seem our revenge on the old man ain't Bab I tbat would be next to giving it up. a-f.oin' to be so sweet, after all." I'll give you just a hundred dollars to put the 'No. What schemes !rave you conceived concaptain of the Mary Jane under wat.er1 so that cerning the matter!" he'll never come to tbe surface. Take it, or let "I don't lrnow that the matter can affect us, it alone, just as you please." more than that we can make some money out of 'Well, give it to me." it. For instance, I'll go and see my dutiful uncle \ "Swear that you will do the job, first." and bargain with him. I'll tell him that I have "On bended knee I swear, on my honor as a discovered the real Blossom, and if he will agree rogue, to that the object of your antipathy not to prefer any charges against us, and allow never bothers you, if you pay to me one hun us to keep the stolen wealth, we'll show him the dred dollars!" Sedley declared. original B--, who will, as a matter of course, "Then, here is the money, and see to it that reinstate him according to the promises of bis you do the job well," the hogus claimant said letter." as be handed Sedley a roll of bills. "You'll not succeed in working him in this "Never fear that you will ever be disturbed way. He'll take advantage of your declaration, by tbe original," the rascal said, as be rose to and bunt up Blossom the new." depart. "Perhaps. In that ca.o;e, I have another string Next in order, Sedley went to visit Mr. Davis to pull on, pecuniarily. I will go to the bogus in regard to the a1Tival of the real Captain Blossom and tell him that the genuine has turned Blos so m. up and is about to boost him out of his present "It's dangerous, perhaps, but I have few position, unless attended to. If be offers me suf-more risks to run in this city! and I'll venture a ficient inducement, we will la y for the new Blos-pegotiation with the guv'nor, he muttered. som and tap bim on the head, after which we'll He found Mr. Davis alone as be boldly opened get for parts unknown. If the bogus refuses to the door, and walked into the little froot room come down, we'll enlist to show the other tbe loo f the house they occupied-alone, and lying in cation of Davis and his daughter, for a stated bed, lookmg even more pale and wan than be sum, 9et the sum in advance, run him into a had the last time Sedley bad seen him. 'haze and relieve him of any extra. weight he Good-afternoon, uncle I" the unprincipled

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The Arah DetPctive. rasca.'i .;a1ut.ed, as b':I closed the door behind him, -.nd in.mediately helped himself to ,.. seat. '' Alone, 1h 1 Well, it is all the better for our case." "Sir I" \Ir. Davis cried, raising up on his el bow. "B.:ow dare you come here1" Becaus. force of circ umstances often cause a man to d 'most anything, uncle-because I have som ethrog important for you to know. Now you d ee ru me a thoroughbre d villain, don't incap .. hl e of d oing y o u a good turn1" "You are cen:ainly a sc oundrel, sir, and an Yes, that may all b e hut I am soITy to see you in such circn.nstances and have come to aid you. I have 1nter ce pted a l etter which quite c o n clus ively pr'Oves to me that the Blos som now blo oming in l our former hom e is not thA original-in fac t, kno w that thA g enuine 6lossom will soo n be in the city and being c ognizant of y our di stresst>d circ umstan ce s, will seek you out;; to assi s t a nd r einstate you-that is, if I, knowing whe ie to find him, d o n o t in t.erc ept and mis l ead him, so that b e will n ever fu!d you. But, this I d o not pro po se to do, if you will b e reasonable All tha t I shall ask i s that y o u promise n e v e r to move agains t D a bol or me-that y o u r esoore me to positio n as y our Mn, and en deavor to b ring around a match be tween B e r t i e and m yself; th e n 1 will bring f orward Blossom; h e will h ounco the bo g u s, and everything will b e all fixed up like a pi cture and tro ubl e will b e a thing m elted b e neath the suns hin e of t h e future F o r a momen t Mr. D a vi s w a s too suqni sed to answer-not only a t t h e news but at Socll ey's ,.st;ou udi n g audacity. "No, sir. I w ill bea r to n o t hi n g of the kind," tie a u swe recl. "Yo u a r e an u nprinc ipl ed kn a v e a n d, I absol u tely will have nothing more t;o d o with vou; so l eave this h o u se a t on ce a n d m y silfh t I Y ou o l d foo l. I c o u l d throttle y o u f o r your obstinacy," t h e villai n c ri
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cc My business is with you," the visitor replied, native ooam.ry," he murmured, stroking his in a tone and way not calculated to be assuring, sweepin g brown beard; a fine-looking man in Can it be you do not know me1" the prime of !1fe, and much at contrast .with the "No, I do not. I ,am a stTiinger in these bogus BIOSlllOGI. "I long to have a moment to parts, these sixteen years." run ashore, and inquire if my old-time friend, "So I am aw&re; sir, but that fact should not Davis, is yet numbered with the living." caus..> you to forget your old associates and obli-Just then the guard sung out: gations o'f years gone by." "Boat ahoy I" "What! you are not-" "Whereaway1" Captain BlOGSOmasked,asthe I am Ringa, the Gypsy-the chief of the guard approached. band, to which you once swore fealty, Richard "-Coming direct from shore to the fore, sir." Flint, but which you deserted and tried to be"Ah, yes, I see. A small skiff, containing: tray." two men Assi s t them aboard, Ben, and sena The bogus Blossom winced at tbe recognition, them to my cabin, if they come on business o { and shot a nervous glance about the room, as if importance. The same with any one else whG looking for an avenue of escape. may board us." Ringa's dark Gypsyish facE> flushed angrily. Then the captain sought his state-room. "Ohl it won't pay you to try any artful A short while afterward two men entered-dodges now!" he said, with quiet firmness. "I the same who had approached in the boat, and here expecting I should have t;o kill you, who were, it is perhaps needless to tell the Ju settlement, and I stand ready to do it, if you reader, none others than Jack Sedley and Dr. do not come te terms. You know me of old, Dabol. Flint." Captain Blossom looked up from some writing "Well, what have I done to you to merit yer he was doidg at the table, and greeted them hatred!" Flint demanded. with a court.eons bow, bidding them be seated. "You deserted your fellows, whom you bound "No, thauk lou, we have not time for that," yourself by a deadly oath never to desert; more, Sedley said. I come on a matter of business." you deserted your two children, and left them "Well, sir. state your enand, then, and I will upon my charity which, I am proud to say, listen." they have always had, when needed. There is a "Thank you. Your name is Captain Blos sentence of death on your bead, pronounced by som!" your brother Gypsies, and I am, as their chief, "It is, sir." bound to see that sentence enforced." "And presumedly you would like to meet your "You would not murder me, man!" old friend. Algernon Davis!" "Surrender all the money you have 1n the "I should sir very mu(Jb." world, to be given to your two children, Fan"And you would also be willing to pay cbon and Zella!" commanded. the hard-faced something to learn where he and your daughter chief sternly. is?" "You will get no money of me-I have none." "Well, sir, I don't know about that. If I "You lie! I have had spies after you since deemed it imperatively necesgary, it is possible discovering who you were, and we all know that I might." you have a plenty of money." "Well, sir, I presume you will find it im" I insist that you are wrong. Had I plenty peratively necessary. Mr. Davis, I am sorry of money, I would willingly give it to you I" to inform you, has run through w:ith every "Bab I Hand me over the money, or you're a thing he ever owned, and is now living in ab dead man!" ject poverty where you might search for a lifPFlint was no fool; be seemoo to read his fate; time without finding him. Your daughter, too, and, rising, he went to a desk in the room, pro-is obliged to steal to get money for them to sub cured a roll of bills, and, retwning, hand-sist on!" ed th61Il to Ringa. Sir!" Captain Blossom cried, indignantly-he did so. Ringa suddenly raised his band I will not believe tbis." qu above his bead, and Flint lay stretched "You can do as you please abouttbat. I am out up tbe floor. merely stating facts, being acquainted with the The as no report-no cry of pain; it was a case, and thought you might be willing to pay proceed g strange, silent and mysterious. for guidance, in order that you might cater to --their needs." Tli0 good ship Mary Jane rode at anchor in "Yes, yes, I see You are figuring after the PLiladelphia Harbor, after sixteen years' trade money, boldly What would be your price, in the Indies, and after the usual medical insir!" spection by the health authorities, the most oft.he "Ob! I'll be light on you-say five thousand crew were allowed to go Mhore for good, for th-:i dollars!" Mary Jane had in all probability made her last "Five thousand devils! Why, you infernal ocean voyage, owing to her being unsafe as a laud-shark, I've a mind to throw yo overhoar'1, wagolng craft. No, sir! I won't give you five dollars. You're All had gone ashore but the captain and an an impostor and a scoundrel, and the soon:-r old sea-dog who was to remain on guard duty. you get off the Mary Jane, the better it will be former was gazing from hrs position by the for you." lee tJaffrail toward the imposing river frontage don't scare," Sedlay replied. "Do of the Q11aker City with eyes that glistened you refuse to acc.ept our oft'er1" "Absolutel;\", sil'l" "How good it seems to be baok in one's own Then we ll trouble y-OU t0 unlock YOUJ'

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loc1<.er yonder!" and at the same instant they each drew and cocked a pair of revolvers, and leveled them upon Blossom. He l1ad made a move to draw one, but they were quicker, and knowing the folly of drawing a weapon on a who held the drop, he wisely desisted. "Hal ha! you'd better go cautious," Sedlay warned. We're two desperate cases, who don't stop to think the second time before we act. We want your surplus 'swag,' and thenadieu I" "You had better put down your weapons, gents, for I don't scare, neither. You're too near port to do any bad work, and I'd advise you to get quietly off the boat, if you value your hides." "We don't value 'em," Sedley sneered. "We value yo.ur money the most. We've got it all our own way. The old chap up-stairs is help less, and so a.re you. Throw up your hands, so my friend can bind you, or over you go, dead as a shark. No trifling about this busi ness I" "I defy you, sir. You dare not shoot!" You shall see. I'll count three. When I count three, if your arms don't go up, you're a dead man I One !" Captain Blossom stood at bay, his figure drawn erect, his eyes flashing-his face set with stern resolve. "Two!" cried Sedley, And still, no; an inch did the captain budge. Three, if you dare !" I t was not Sedlay who spoke now, !Ju t Billy the Snoozer, who stood in the cabin doorway, with a pair of weapons covering the two rascalll, in his rear, stood several policemen. "Jack Sed.ey and Doctor Dabol, you are my prisoners I" Billy cried. Officer, do your duty!" "You'll never jail me!" Sedley cried, and before any one could prevent him, he placed a pistol to either side of his hPad, and fired. He never moved, after he fell, and before Dabol could do himself any harm, he was se cured, and placed in irons. What remains to be told, can be told in every fewword3. Dabol was tried and convicted of the crime of attempted murder of Mr. Davis and sentenced to a long term of imprisonment. 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