Buck Hawk, detective, or, The messenger boy's fortune

Buck Hawk, detective, or, The messenger boy's fortune

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Buck Hawk, detective, or, The messenger boy's fortune
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Wheeler, Edward L. (Edward Lytton) 1854 or 5-1885
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hn"rl ght 1 8831889, by Beadle&: Adams. Entered at Post Oll1ce, New York, N. Y., as second ClllS!!. matter. M ar. No.58 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. V


Buck Hawk, Detective: OR, The Messenger Boy's Fortune. BY EDWARD L WHEELER, AUTHOR OF "DEADWOOD DICK" NOVELS, ETC. CHAPTER I. AN ARTFUL DODGER. "CAN you furnish mB with a trusty messen ger boy for a couple of hours-one, mind you, who is reliable in every se>nse of the word, and quick-strung, in the bargain1'' This question was addressed to the clerk at the (l'lceiving window of a branch office of the Western Union Telegraph Co. in Philadelphia, one morning previous to the opening of the BiCentennial celebration in the Quak e r City. The inquirer was a portly man of perhaps fifty years, well-dressed, and the possessor of a short-cropped gray beard, st.tiely-gray eyes, of hawkish intensity, and hair to match his beard. He had the appearance of being a man who was well-to do, and who bad no cause to com plain at the way the world used him. "All our messengers are out, hut if you will wait a moment, probably s ome of tbem will be in, and I can supply your wante the clerk said, gazing at the inquirer through a pail of breen goggles. In the course of ten minutes a messenger-boy entered. He was a strong, sturdy lad of fifteen, with an open, hone s t face, a shrewd peering pair of eyes, aud wore an expression of goorl humor. He was attired in the neat r e gulation uniform of a W. U. mes..enger boy, and was rather dashing looking, with his cap cocked a little to one side of hi3 curly bead. "Hillo, Billy!" be cried, his book to the clerk. What's the next racket? Made a quarter out o' last trip. Jest con1J_ect me wi' another secb a job, ef ye please." The clerk looked over at the man who was waiting. Here's a boy that will be likt0ly to suit you, sir," be said; whereupon _the gentleman came forward, and gave the boy a cnt1Cising glance. "What's your name1'' be asked, sharply. "Turk, sir," was the prompt answer. "Turk1' the gentleman exclaimed, in surprise. "Turk whRt1'' Dunno. Reckon nothin' but Turk, from Black-cat Alley. Never was called anything ehe." "Strange name. Well, my boy, I am about to engage your services for a little while pro Tiding you know where Jerome St, Clair \ives, on North Seventeenth street." "Dunno. Give's the number, and I can root out the rest." "Very well. What will be the charges, cle;k1'' The clerk named the amount, whloh was promptly paid, after which Tnrk and his em p&oyer let the office, and proceeded t.o Walnut street, near Eighth. Here, numerous rows A hou90S have for yean bean converted into offices, which are occuvted hy perhaps as many di1ferent tradM and pro fessions as there are rooms. Into the second story front room of one of tb0110 buildings, the gentleman ushered Turk., and bade him be se ated, until he returned; afte: whicb be went down-stairs. The apartment was meagerly furnished tbe floor being covered with oilcloth, and a desk, several office chairs, a few pictures on the wall forming the rem11inder of the furnitu;e. Having nothing else to do, Turk amused him self with looking at the pictures, which were of men whose faces were anything but ro their credit. "Sporters, or I'm a shad!" the boy muttered. "That feller wi' the eyes cut bias, looks like Skin the Slugger, who g o t ninety m Moya, for liftin' pocketbooks. Wonder what sort of 11 rooster keeps this rancbi Must be 'quaint wi' the rascals o' Pbila." Jerome. St. Clair, as be bad introduced hiID self to the boy, soon returned. "Well, I'm ready for r. ou," be said, banding a sealed letter to Turk. You are to take Jetter to my residence, and deliver it to my daughter. If she is not in, you can it to some one of tbe servants, who will give you fl package, which you are to hasten back with, and deliver to me at the Broad street dep<>t. You will find me tbere in the waiting-room. B9 spry, n qw and I will make you a present on your return." "But give us yer directions," demanded Turk. "Got a number, hain't yei" "Certainlv. HAre is my card, which will enable you to find my residence without trouble. Here is some money for street-car fare. Now, then, be oft'." And Turk needed no second warning. Already gigantean air-castles were building before bis mind's eye in anticipation of the promised reward for alacrity, The card read: JlilROME ST CLAIR, DIAMOND MEROBAN'l, No. N'TI 17Tn STREET, (Private House.) Pailad'a, Pa. And it Is needless to say that the messenget boy was not long in landing in front of the im posing mansion which bore the diamond-dealer'a name upon the door-plate. Accustomed to ringing door-bells, he gave the knob a tremendous pull, which speedily brought a frowsy-beaded Iriab-woman, with a red, freckled face, to the door. "Ph11t the loikea of yez m'ane by pullia' IO bard av of the dure-belU" she cried augr(ly. Oh, go refrigerate yourselfl" Turt iretortecl. "I want to see the bosi!'s darter." "Yez can' see her, ye omadhaun. It's DOt ht she is, at all." "Bahl ye can't stuff me. rve got for her." "Let me have it thin." "Like blazes! The boss sent me, and -.Id I waa to wait until his gal came in,"


"' Thin come along wid ye an' wait on the cheer in the hall till the young miss returns; an' arlnc1 lad, I'll ba ve an eye kept onto yez." "K.erect, Biddy. But ain't you goin' to ax 111e in.to tbe parlorr Not a oit of it. Sit yez right forninst the cheer in the ball1 and if yez stir an incb 1'11 send the nagur up to oounce yez." Presuming that Miss St. Clair was in the house, Tnrlt took possession of the prGft'ered chair in the richly-furnisbed ball, and witb a parting nod of warning .Biddy i:etired to the iiomestic quarten. Turk bad not waited long when a young woman, or, more appropriately, a girl, of about tbe boy's own age, came down the wind ing stairs. She was 11eatly, yet rather plainly attired, but this fact did not detract from l.er exquisite beauty. A perfect mold o f face and petite fig ure, with soft, dreamy, h l ue eyes, a tempting mouth, and rare bealtbtinted complexion made her at once an object for attmct10n and admiration. She uttered a little cry at sight of Turk, who wllS staring at b e r in w on derinj!; admira tion, "Great guns! ain't sbe a stunner? Ef my ,;bank acconnt were a little large r I'd go fer her, regular Cupid style," were his unuttered thoughts as be pa used at the foot of the stairs in evident astonishment. "Whnt are you doing beref' she asked. "Sittin' down," Turk replied, with a grin. "Tbe Iris h stew sed as how I hould wait here; didn'$ ax pie into the parlor," .Obi you are a telegraph boy'I'' "Not mu<:!h. I'm a telegraph young man, if you pl ease," Turk declared with self-<:onscious pride. "Oh, why yes! Pray excuse my mistnke," the young lady sairl, amusedly. "Have you a message to deliverr Yes, I've got a letter here fer Miss Aurelia St. Clair, what her gov'nor sent, and sed I was t-0 hurry llack with a package what you would give." "I have not the good fortune to be Miss St. Clair," the girl replied quicklT and in a half scornful way, Turk fancied. I am Etta Eve lyn, Mr. St. Clair's niece. Miss St. Clair has gone rirling in the Park, 1Lnd;will not be back for a couple of hours." Turk IK'ratched his head. "Dunno what a f e llers goin' todo'I" he asked. "The hoss sed I could deliver the letter to OD'! of the servants, who would give me the package to fetch to him." "It that is so, I can perhaps act for my cousin," Etta said, "though I know .,,very little about uncle's affairs. Come in here. Sbe led the way into the grand parlor, and bade Tnrk be seat.ed while she received from him the letter, and gave it a hasty perusal. "What kind of a looking man gave you this'I" tlhe aaked as she finished. Tnrk gave a rapid, minute description of the penonin bis off-hand way. "That's uncle, to a dot," Miss Evelyn declared. "I can't imagine who is to purchase tbMe costly diamonds, though." "l>ia"londs l" echoed the messenger lad. "Why, of course. Uncle has sent for the hundred-thousand-dollar set of diamonds, which be bas tried so long to dispose of. I gueS11 it will be all the 118.1De if I give them to you. Wait!" Sbe left the parlor, and Turk h011rd her trip ping up the stairs for the jewels. "It's a shame he muttered "bow sum can waste their on while tberest o' us have to dig like f11n to get PnufI ter eat! Wish I were rich as Jay Gould! I'd pop the question to Miss Etta, sure I" Wishing bad never made Turk rich yet, and so he knew there was no use for him t-0 consider such a thing. Miss Evelyn soon returned and handed Turk a jewel-case, wrappffi up in paper. "There! You are to take tbat dire('t to Mr. St. Clair," she enjoined, "and be very careful that you dont lose it, or a mistake whom you gh-e it to, for if you ho uld, mercy only knows wbat they would do with u s." "Oh, n eve r you fear! He'll get this box all hunky, if I don't get struck wi' lightning," was his confident assertion. I suppose ye' ll recker nise a feller, ef I should happen to meet ye, at the Bi-Centen1" "Of course l shall," respo nd ed the young lady, as sbe u shered him out. "Be careful of the diamonds." "But I will!" Turk r ep lied as he strode 9way down the street, whistling merrily, and wishing h e was a millionaire. At tbe Broad Street Station of the P e nnsyl vania ltailroad, Turk found the man who had employed him for the errand pacing to and fro in tbe waiting-room, es if in great impatience. His face lightened, howver, when he mw Turk and the packagP. "Well! you're back At last. ehf' he said, seiz ing tbe package. "You were unreasonably long. I have barely time to catch the train." And with these reproving words he turned, and was about to move off, hut Turk was not to be bluffed in this way. I say! bold upI" he cried, catching the man's co11t sleeve. "You're kinder forgetful, ain't ye?" "What do you wantr "Why, ye was goin' ter whack out a wereo't ye, if I heat Goldsmith Maid's time1'' "Ohl I forgot! Yes, here is a dime." And t-Ossing the coin to the astonished mes seuger-boy, the diamond merchant disappeared among the crowd. "Well, rel! me out fer a huckster if that ain't cheek," Turk muttered, turning away in dis gust. "Ten fer a hundred thousand dol lar job. I wasn't bal(-8mart, or I'd 'a' collected hefore delivery. Never mind. I'll see t4e old chAp ag'in, sometime." An

Buck Hawk, Detective. and n o t loth to seek hi\. quarters in Black-<;at Alle y. T o night, especially he found h imself n ea rly fagged out, as with b is din ne r baske t on b is a r m, be left the offi c e i n co mpany with another messenger. Pat M urph y by name. "There'll be a divil of a row to-morrow," Pat observed, as they tru dged along, What kind of a row1" Turk asked, rather disinterestedly Och I sure it's some o n e o' the messenger boys w ill get bounced." "HumptJ I what "Robbery, b e jabers-an' one of the cutest, too. J est of it up o n Sev enteenth." "Se v entee nth'!" Turk echoed bis heart sinkin?, within him. 'Yes ; it seem s that some chap applied at one o the district offi c es, and hireoffice through the gla!

Buck Hawk, Detective. 8 Afobougb be bad been in the company'fi employ bad by this time fully shaken off the effects of for a long be bad not yet sown the full tbe hquor. measure of his wild oats, and knowrng bis failing, "Well, by thunder, that's a case, for a fact. Turk VI not surprised to find him "half the But you can rest easy, so far as I um concerned. seas over" on reaching bis room. I'll never_give yon away." "Hillo! Sultan I jest in time, old feller. Got "Then I will also keev mum about your game some prim" stomacu bitters here," Jones crinse. What's the harm of a fellow eh?" having a little cheer, after gettinjl; out of prison? Yes. Do you know, I'm goln' to nose into I believe iD work when you work and sm ile when this case am:l recover them diamonds1 Goin' ter you play. What fetched you up from Black-turn sort o' detective, ye see; und see wbat fer cat, Turk" luck I have at the biz." Ob I I came to see you on business, Bill." Turk bad not J ong left tbe operator's room, "Bab l business be banged. No more business when Bill J ones had another visitor-a tall, for n1e till eight to-morrow morning." well-formed, and rather good-looking young "But I say yes," Turk firmly. man of six or se\'en and twenty, dressed in the "There's a big row goin' to be kicked up, and best of clothes, with the additions of a sik bat, you're tbe chap tbat can stop it. Did you turn kid gloves, and gold-teeded cane. in the casb for my errnnd to-day!" .A not over-abundant mustache was waxed Th e question seemed to have an effect out et either end; and tbe habitual steely glitter upon Jonei;, and to dissipate all tbeeffects of the in bis hlack eyes indicated the existence of evil liquor be bad imbibed. in bis tea rt. "To be sure I did," he flusten'<.l, appearing to This men was Jack Grimes, the detective, who feel highly indignant at tbe question. "What was considered one of tbe most successful pri-do !,OU tHke me for, you young Arah1" vate experts in the city. Ob I I only wanted to see if you were pre"HE>llo! is it you!" Billy Jones Pxclaimed, as pared to prove your part of tbe transaction, in the Rleuth entered. "What the blazes are ye <'"-Se there's trouble," Turk returned, eying the after! I was just preparing to sail off into a clerk. goolf F ortune in it, if l win." you're liable to get trippi'Cl. Ye didn't turn the "What is it!" cash for that enand to-day." "Ob! it's a Recret. Don't know hut I can tell "Curse it. Doefi the company know! Have you, if you're mum." you beeu squealiu' nn me, Turk!" "Humpb I guess you know me1" "Tbe company knows nothing. I know of "Well, it's true you never went beck on me, several hits of cash that the company never so I'll let you in. You see, old St. Clair the dia saw." m o nd , I can <'aosP. your disda\" ,"Jones d e clare1!1 deliberate ly. obarge, but I don't propose to d(l it if we can "ArP you sure!" agree. No one connecte

8 Buck H awk, Detective. "Pooh! honesty is b!lt a conve n ience at be,t. T bere is not a person rn the world who wouldn't look h ungermgl7 at a huudred thousand dollars, before passmg it by. We rli>tflctives are n eces saril_y the most hon est class of p eop le Jiving, but I'm blamed surP if 1 saw a clever chance to rake in a hundred th'.>usand, and get away with it, I'd de it." "I don't doubt it. I neverquites3t you down a> a saint. A silence ensued, during wbich Grimessei-med to be in de e p meditation. "We ll, I'm b ound to make a case .out of this somehow. You know, by the way, that I've been paring some con s iderable atteution to St. Clair's lately, and the old gent fancies mi' suit. So he sends for me to take cbarge of this case1 and slips a cool thousand dollars into my hanas to start on, adding that he will give a bigger sum for the recovery of the diamonds. Ob! tile old nut is really worked up about the affair, and it strikes me that t be r e is mor e im portance attached to the loss of tbe diamonds than their simple pecuniary value. Now, Jonesy, if you and I could put our h ead s to getb2r and recover the diamonds, we wpuld be able to command a c ompetency for our efforts." "Bab! I know n othing ill regard to the mat ter, and will have nothing to do with that e n ds tbatl" Jones declared, emphatically. "Then that, also, e nds our intervie.v," and the d etec tive arose and left tbe room. He also left Billy Jones in rathe r an unpleasant frame of mi od. "Hello! wbe.t ails you? St. Clair ejaculated, l ooking around. "Am I a bear, that you are frightened at n ot nu! no! but I didn't expect to see you here," she Sd.icl, coming forward and k n ee l rng by bis s i de. "I thought you were i n New Yor k ,._ "Ne w Yorkl What n onsense, child l How came such a thought ever to enter your mind1'' "Wby, becau se you sent tbe messenge r boy fo r the diamonds!" "Tbe what? l've sent for no diamondsl Wbicb ones? Speak, explain l" Tbti magnificen t ones you have always treasured so higbly, in tbe green satin case. A messenger boy came with a note from you, say ing I was to deliver them to him to fetch to you. "And you did this!" "No, for I was out r iding. Your dear sister's child, Henriette, performed the wo r k!" Tbe banker was wbite with pas s i on as be arose a n d paced to and f r o across the carpet. "'Send for the girl,'' be finally hissed, and Miss St. Clair seemed eager to ring for a servant to dispatch on the e rrand. Miss Evelyn soon made her appearance, but an apprehensive expression came over her face as she saw the "Young woman, who gave you autbority to delivei: my diamonds up to other people, open m.Y daughter's l etters and the like of thatP 'rhere was no one at home, except the servants, sir, and seeing it was your writing, and the bot sayii.g he was ordered to come right hack, didn't suppose but what I would do-Jerome St. Clair, diamond merchant, had re ing you a favor, sir-" turned home, about five o'clock that evening, "I never sent the letter nor the boy. You from town, aud, fatigued with bis day's busiare implicated in a conspiracy t o d efraud me neos, had sought his warm, cozy parlor,

Buck Hawk, Detective. I able to wo rk, and could not well find a more ing, she went in search of the residence of t h e cheerle83 abodE'. atlvertiser. "Wbut!" Jerome St. Clair cried, c.ngrily, afShe found it, :<1t length-a large, imposing ter recovery from his astonismont at her edifice, with a front, and a.s words. Do yon mean to defy me you saucy ceudiug tbe steps she rnng the bell, somewhat cbit!'' timid l y. I mean jnst what I said, and nothing more I" A co l ored servant in livery answered t h e sum-Etta answered. Because I have been depondmons. ent upon you fo r my Jiving, it does not follow "I called in answer to an advertisement, sir," that I will allow any one to make rue out a thief, Etta explained, eagerly. nor do I c are to stand 1our daughter's insulting The sir" seemed to banish the servant's conduct much chilliness of demeanor, for be opened the door "Indeed I Perhaps it would cure you of some still further, with a gracio u s bow. of your lofty importance to turn you out on tbe "Wal k rigb t'in, miss-walk right in De boss world for a timel Tbat I shall certainly do if is in de parlor 'xaininin' a lot ob gals dis berry you do not deliver me up that paper!" 1 minute. "Theo, I will consider myself dismissed!'' fae And before she ..-as scarcely aware of it, Ett a girl retorted, with flashing eyes "If 1 can see found herself ushered into a grand receptionCaptain Clvde I am si;re be will beip me to find room wbere an old gentleman and several a situation!" young ladies were seated. "If you ctare to speak to Captain Clyde, J will All of tl:e latter were dressed much more ex-bave you arrested I" Jerome St. Clair cried, pensively and stylishly than Etta, and she felt while his daughter looked the jealous avvqr she rathe r uncomfortable, as she became a ware that their eyes were bent upon her, but a spirit of "Ob I you are afraid, Mr. St. Clair, tb .. t the resolution c>1.used her to show no trace of agita captain will bear of bow you have treated me, tion or confusion -and will not then realize so much pleasure in The old gentleman was a fat, round-faced your daughter's company. Perhaps you are personage of sixty years, who he'd a very bald right!" bead, and a pair of pleasant eyes which rather And with a defiant laugh, Etts. swept from agreeably lit up his ruddy, clean-shaven face. the room, and set about preparing tv le1we the He was seated in a ccmfortable chnir, witl' house. one foot upon a cushioned stool, wrapped up. Sbe bad a little money which she bad saved wib a plenitude of blankets and flannels, which from her montb'Jy allotment, but it did not exwas plain enough evidence that be was a suf ceed teu dollars all told, and sh e knew she co uld fori>r i'rom the gout. not exist Jong ou tbat amo11nt without work. He nodded to Etta, as she entered, and mo It was yet early iu tbe evening, and she was tioniag h e r to a seat, turned to a haugllty-ap resolved to set forth tbat very night, but ot the pearing lady, bad previously beeu speak-same time bad no idea where she shou l d go. m g Packing ber not extravagant wardrohA into So ye think you'd fill the bill, do ye!" be her sacbjll, and wrapping hers elf up, she l oft the queried, surveying bi>r critically. St. Clair r eside nco, a feeling of freedom thrilling l d:i," was tbe r ep ly. I am proficient in bei hope and ambition. all branches of study, and would like you to As quickly as possible she got out of the neighgive me a trial." b o rbpod, for she really believed that Jerome St. "Yas, I suppose so," was the repjy. "That's Clan wouid send the officers after her, what these other girls want, too, but they'v11 all Afti>r an hour's wandering, she found herself got fellers. I can't have 110 gals about my place at the stree t railway depot of tbs Pennwhat has got feller on the brain. S'po>!e you're s.vlvania Railroad, aud feeling fatigued, she coulik e tbe rest, eh!" cluded to r est in tbe waiting-room, un "Certainly. But I don't think yo., nre dotil she r ead an evenin?;paper she bad purchased ing right to interfere in a young lady's prjvate hopin g to see a situatio n advertised tllat would affairs." suit her fancy. "Tben we don't agree. I pay a &irl good There were plenty of calls for girl s to do hO!l5e-waiz;es to be ready for biz, w beo l want her. work, but having a ii;ood education, Etta felt If I should want to bear tbe new .. read at two that she was capable of filling some higher posi-in the morning, I t')xpect her t.o be ready to Mon than being a common servant rea

Buck "That'll do. Ye kin t ake otr yer thing;;, get i There being more money for him by tlite yer suppe1 in the dining-room, send Pull fur cb mge, Turk went to wnrk. your luggage, and then c ome in Emd write f:>ur H e was pretty w e ll versed in telegraphy, and letters, twixt now and bedtime. You othe r gals bis first forenoon s work went off satisfactorily, ind the n pect me at any time I hav e no re-;nlar scl1edulP. sought the parlor. "URI.AH EVELYN." J a>on Titus was half asl eep, but aroused, "Must be the pnrty gal's dad comin' b 1ck," when she entered. Turk muttere d. Tbar.,s sumthin' sec ret 'bout "Thi> bh1sted gout has 1,1igb about worn me [ th3t g11l an' I wouldn't. min1 knowin' it. out. of hte," be growled. "Neve r baa !.t., did R3ckon l doo't want to take no messf!ges up ye1" there, though." "No, sir," Etta admittQd1 amusedly. Tbe otner message can:e a few later, "S'pose not. Mi,,ht 'a' 1mow'd Letter. Get anr l was atldres3ed to "Fred St. Clair, N0. -the paper, yonder, aJd what stocks are doing, Marke t street. up-stairs. in Y ork." It was c!ate::l from New York, and ran as fol-Etta c ornpli z d with hi request, and rea d for lo>r s : an h uur, to bim, oa different s u l .j ects "F::i.zo:-Can not do anything wit h them here During tbe evtJning, a c"ll ecto r ca:no for a 'Will bring tll e m hack. Tvni ght, at the S.>cial." sum of mouey, and it rem .tin e d ror Etta to wait Tnere was 0 0 signature, but t tle fact tb:i,t both upon him, sbe pr.:icuri11g the m0n ey frotU "safe, messages were for St. Cla:r, rather aroused tte in tbe librarv. fu easeoger's curio,ity. Titus tberi bad h e r briug f Jrth bis bJuks, and One is t o the old b oss, and t'otber is to a. in an hour she knew about all Lis bus iue,s young St. Clair," be mutte1erl. ""Vonder ef affair,, how much h e was wonn, and everythe young aml tbe ohl is rel>ltecl! and what it is tbat C.)acerued bis plans. tbe N e;v York chap eau't d" a.nythiug with, Hi> mon e y he Jr3pt iu his safe a t home, not over the re. Mebbe the diamonds!" having anv faith in bauks. T ne Uea struck him with force enough to "Et's 1111 in yer charge, n o w, an' ye c rn go on leave a lasting impres,ion upon bis mind. an' d o t>izness S'ima as thu' I was a1,1e," the old There wa< just a p1ssibilit.v, he thought, that man "I k now you're h o nest, or I be bad struck a c lew to tbe robbery, and there wouldu't tru it ou; o' t;ie tion, clew or no elew. cash drawe r ev ary Tnat's all. Yo11'r e at As i t was noon, h<> surrendered the instru liberty for tbe re s t t h e evenin g. H elp yourm ent. to F,11cb, the other operator, and took self t o the piauuer", if you want. M o lly will tbo Market stree t message to the delivery-clerk show you y1mr room, when you want to retire. hims dl'. Get up early t o-morrow, for a morni n g drive "Put that in an envelope, Chris," he said; "I with m a." want to d e liver that myself." When Etta retired that night, shs was won"Got asweetbeartup tbere, eh?" Chris smiled, dering if it could all he trne. com1Jlnng witli hb r aues t. Seemingly, it bad been a lucky bapp0nin6 for "0), n u TbPy don\ trouble m e y et," Turlt ber ,,.lli c b b ad be e n such a heavy l oss to the r ep li e d. 11 Time enoup;h for that hereafter." St. CJair3. H e took pos,es sion of the message and departTurk, the mess enger boy, f elt greatly relieved, on returning to Li> lod g ings, tqat night. for be. barl canse to that he could depend uon Billv J r m 3s'; ilencP, which woitld insure him against immerlhte dan:;e r i::lo h e r esolve:i t'.l return to work the next mornin;t. On his arrival nt the office, tbe superintendent informed hi'Il that be <"'lul 1 take cbe.rgl3 of an instrument. during; tbe week, durinoeach forenoon, to "spell" the diC,rent operators, an I in the afternoons resume hia messenger duties. ed, wondering if he wouh.l he able to make a. discov ery. At las t h e arri..-ed at the number, and ascended a 111rrow staircase t' the secont l floor of an old building, tbe hwer floor of wbich wa s used as a. baruess sbop. Ther13 were SEWPral doors ope nin<; otr from the hall, on one of which was a tin plate bearing the inscription: "THE SOCIAL OF As none of the other d JOr3 bad do, n-plates Turk concluclad b try tbP do'1r of the "Social >I in guest of Mr. Fred 'st. Clair.


Suell: Hawk, Detective. His rap was unanswProd; and after waiting a moment, be turned the knob of the do er, and entered tue room, wlJich was handsomely furnished. There was no one in it, bowPver, with whom to lea vo the message, and so be concluded to wait a few minutes. The room was fitted up ;is n parlor, with a fine carpet, sofa, furnitlll e, and costly pictures, and other ornaments of an expensive nature. A door opened from this into another room in the rear, but this was closed. After about h :il f an h our's wait, the rear door opened nnd a man entered the parlor. He wasnbout thirty years of age, w e ll bnilt, richly clre;sed, anrl bore marks of d ssipation upon bis otherwisA rathe r attractive face. He much surprised at sight of Turk, and not over-pleased. "What d'ye want here1" be growled, lookin g at Turk sharply. "Got a message for Fred St. Clair. Know such a chap around bere1" Turk carelessly, producing his book. "Yes; tilat's my name. Let's ha Ye the mes sage, and then :vou skin out cf hem. We don't allow boys here." "Don't, eh1 What kind of a ranch is it, ye're so 'fraid1" "None of your business, yon rascal. Give me the rne ssage "Jest affix your handle to this book first, Frederick," the ferret said coully, "and pan oat a quarter-then the message is yourn." St. Clair growlingly obeyed "Wait-see if there's an a n swer!" be said, tearing open the envel.,pe. "Nv; yuu can go." Turk left tbe room and desceoded into the busy with its swarms of sight-seers. Passing aruund tbe n e w public buildings, past the Pennsylvania depot, from wbich hundreds of people were ponrrng as fast as tbey were ushered int'> the city hy huge train-loads, he suddenly felt a band placed upon his shoulder, and faced about to find himself in the presence of a tall, lank individual, 1Vith 1 bin, sharp feat ures, a book uose, bead-like black e.ves, and a decid edly Frenchy mustache of a like color, waxed out at the ends. His dress, however, was of tho shabby-genteel order, and among almost any crowd be would have been classed a bummer. "Hello! what d'ye wanU" Turk d emanded, as be critically surveyed tile man. Don't try none o' your confidence dMges on me-1'm too &alt!" The hawkish man laughed I just reckoned s o," be said, with a strange chuckle "And you're just the very cbap 1 want." An1 as he spoke be turned aside bis vestcollar, and exhibited a glittering gold detective badge. CHAPTER IV. TURK ON THE BEAT, SURPRISED anJ alarmed, Turk concluded tbat this detective had discovered him to be the person who hAd procured the dia-monds from the St. Clair M1tnsion. "Don't be scared," the officer said, reading the boy's tboug-bts. "It isn't you I'm after, by a loug shot. I'm wanting a wide-awake lad as au apprentice, and, judging by your ph 1 siog, yon'ni the hoy 1 want. So co11111 along with me." tle did nut say 1t invitingly, but authorita tively, and Turk hardly knew wbat to say or do. He bart in the do:itective line. "I guess you'll have to strike some other fel ler," be demurred, shaking his bead. "I've pot a p,retty good ;nap with the Western Union.' 'Psba wt you can't make your living at that. I'll pay you good wages, and guarantee you a badge after a short trial. So come along. You can h11nd in your resignation to the company later." "What'll you give? Money is what makes the mare go." "'Ien dollars a week, and more when you earn it. Hurry along now. I've got sume work ahearl." "Gness I'll try you a whack, anybow," Turk muttered. "Ten's six then totin' mes sages around. Sail ahead.' Tbe detective was evidentl.v no strHngP-r in tbe <'ity, for be led the way up Thirteenth street until they came t o a qni<>t two-story brick rlwelling, the door of which h e unlocked, and they eutered a plainly front room which bore unmis takable indications of being a bachelor's headquarters. "This is my abode when I'm borne," the detective announced, motioning Turk t o a $eat. "My name is Buck Hawk. ''I' hat's y:.mrs1" "Turk!" i "Turk1 Is that all1" Hawk asked, with a grin. "All I know of," was the answer. "Guess it's all required fer natural purpose." "Funny name. Know any of the city deteotive3 !" "Once in a while one. Know Hnlfisb, Gray, Grimes and Mack." "Humph! Know any of t he suspects!" "Nuts, you mean-bard cases!" "Yes." "You bet! I've got a heap of thAm chaps down fine, and k11ow some of their bang-outs and fence-posts like a book." "Glad to bear it. It will h elp us along. I'm from New York, and not known to the profes s ionals ovAr h e r e generally. Bnt, as it happens, l'm looking for a chap-in fac; several cbapsbut one m particnlar. A visit to so me of these dens may put me afloat. I'll fix you np as a <'Onntryman, and we'll take a tnru in at Joe Burns's." "The bluz3s Ketch me in there. It's a regular cut tbro11t den." "Don't tell me wbat it:'"i. But as Jong as I'm with yon, you're all right. All you've got to do is to put on 'country jist come t"w town to see tbe sights,' anrl I'll fence you ubout. J'm a thoroughbred, you understand, who is showing you the s;!(bts." If Turk bad any misgivings Buck Bawk soon talked them away.


Buck Ha.wk, Detective. Out of a large stock of disguises which be hauled from a trunk. be soon bad Turk cbarac t.eristically arrayed as a cJumsy, loutiRbcountry boy from tbe bac k woods,'and no ene could have suspectelid. P e r c ent.-te n No tro ubl e." "All right. I'll c a ll a gain. L et's all have another drink." The drink was had and p a id for; the n Hawk and bis apprentic e l eft, and r eturned to the hous e on Thirteenth street. "I've struc k o n e desirable p oint," the d e t ect ive d eclared. "I've found out where this 'So cial of S e v en' i s and my man i s a m embe r of it. "So d o I kno w wher e it is," Turk added. "I t ook a m ess a g e t o the roo m just before I m e t y ou." "Who tor' "Fr8 d St. Cl air." With a l o w exclamatio n tbe d etective b ecame sudde nl y r efl.ectivtl a n d s ilent. H e w a s s omethin g of a c onundrum to Turk w ho b a d tak e n to bi m kee nly. 'Wbe n t h a y arrive d at t he det ective's abod e they e n te r ed and H wk proudCed s nrne d r i e d beef and and a bottle of w i n e, a s he r e m a r ked : 1 "'\oVA'll have somE' better grub a t the hotel after a w h il e I'm goin g t o leave you t o d o 'as y o u pbas a f o r a time wb il e I skylark a b out for p o in ts By all mean s r etaiu your rura l di s guise, anwaitin g-room for several hours, watching the crowds of people who were tfock ing in by every train, About dark be saw Fred St. Clair in the de pot, strolling ab0ut, and occasior.ally accosting some of t.be Turk was seate d in one corner of tbe apart ment, staring in the most gawky manne r im agma bl e at the surrounding-a. "Good-evening J obnny I St. Clair a c costed, familiarly. Corne down to take in the glorious Bi-Centennial!" "I r ec kon, ef I don't got tuk in myself," Turk "Kinder tired travelio' 11round, 11n' tbort I'd take a rest." "Right. E x c es s of sight-seeing make s it tire som e pl easure just n o w. Let m e see your face s ee m s f amiliar. You're from Perryville, are y o u not1 "Lordy Je1 u sbal bo,y'd y e ever gness that f" Turk e jacnlate d, wit h a grin of surprise Oh I I've b e en t he re, traveling for ple a sure, and it s o mehow s truc k m e I d se e n y our face somewh e r e s." "Y as, me an' dad runs the Sch oo nover cheese facto r y the r e an' turns out t he bes t c he e s e in the State, D a d b e kic k e d li l:e t h un der w h e n I se t s ail fur bee r ; lrnt, durn it, I cum o n my own hook. I couldn't b o r r y n o stamps frum him, so I j es t sol1 m y i nter e s t ia tbe las t m nkin' o' c h ees e an' b e e r I am. Since d :id j'in e d the cburc i J I'm g o l-darned e f he don't git tighte r an' ti g hter e v e r y d ay." Co m e d o wn to s e e the s i gots, I su ppose ?'' w a a l I judg e Don' t k n o w mu ell a b out the city, but I g u es s I kin g i t my m on ey's w u't.b. Didn't cost a bea p t o cum. Got i n wi' a f elle r all w a s fetchin' ove r a car-lo a d o' s h eep "We ll, y o u want t o t a k e car e of yourself. T here's a great abundance o f rogu e s in t b e city laying for f a t p oc k et-book s, and any one' s liable to get robbed." "Be t the y won't s oap m e C arry all my spondulics in my shirt-pock e t cept 'bout a hull4 dre d dollars pin-money. The old woman posted m e ." "What a comfort it is to h ave som e one to advise one," St. Clair said. "Bnt I g u ess I'll j ourne.v up to the club," he adrl e d. "Go along, if you've n othing more important on tap, and I'll iutroduce you to some of the .first younjl


Buck Hawk. Detectlvb. U fl:llows a bout town, and we ll quie t game catch m e I'm destined to b e sleepier than I am or e u c h er." n ow." W an l, I m i g h t go 'lo ng, seuee w e' Y e met The gam e procP..elled, and the betting ran high, but I don't play mm: b a t k eerds 'c ept now an' i u co nseque nce of w hi c h St. Clair l os t about; then a g a m e o' e u c b e r fif t y do llars. Th e y tbe n se t o u t and in due time arr i v ed in "That b r e a k s LIY hank,"he grow l e .d. "Curse lhe h allw a y out. s itl e tbe r oom oc cu p i e d b y tbe m e if I o nl y bad an eve n fifty more, l'-t scoop S oc ial Seven t h e CFOWd. H ere t he handso m e sharp pause d and sa id: A though t fl ashed across Turk's mind "I'll jus t explain to you wha t o th e r w is e T ell ye wbat, boss G i ve me s u m'tbin' fer might see m s trange. This Socia l b f o urs w a s security a n I'll put u p fifty f e r ye," he said, gotten up for mutual e n j oy m ent, and we adopt-stepping fo r warr l. ed s everal rules and r eg ul a t ion s, among w h ich S t Clair ca ugh t r eadily at t he bait was o n e that n o one s h o ul d enter t he counc il-"Thank you. H e r ;;' s m y g old w atch Will chamber, ex<'ept in mask N o one o f u s k n ow s tha t do?" the oth P r. M embe rship is obtaine d thus : A 0 1 course H e r e's your spon ds." p erso n w i s h ing to join v i sits tbe r oom during And b e took t he r o ll of money from hill the clay a n d leav e s gler, The Gh o ul, The Bla c kmaile r, T h e Burg lar, g iving St.. Clair c h ec k s in r eturn The Kidnapper, and The Pickpo c ke t I ' The othe r s al s o inves t w e r e l o u n g ing about tbe r o o m smok i n g chat-b e b r isterou s l y ting, and drinking the r efreshm ents being p a ss"You r e a go l-durned set o' skinners! h & ed a rou n d by a n egro grow led I won G p lay no mor e I fe e l sick. St. Clair and Turk became se a ted, and main-Let. m e out o here tai n e d a sil e nc e At a si gnal from o n e of the men the negro About half an ho u r pass ed. when tbe six m e n op e n ect the d oo r. a t tbe faro-tabl e arose and l eft t h e room. T urk stagge red towa r d i t acting as t ho ugh The d o<:>r was the n l o c ked by the negro, who \ he w e re s o me what intoxica t ed. retire d to an adjo inin g apartment. "I'm g oin up to uncl e s Come l ong pard St. Cl ai r then arose n e r. "Ge nts, in my h eart r ankle s a spirit of rP-"Better 11:0 with him one of the gambl e r s v enge, since you cl ea ned m e out o f s o mucb said t o St. C iair and t hat ind i vidual nodded cash last night. I propos e to g e t eve n wi t h and followed Turk d o wn-stairs, botli taking o'if yon by op e nin g a little game of faro Will tli eir mas k s in the h u ll. you make fo intere sting?" t he sharper's o ffe r to a c c ompany him t<>. The oth ers a g r e ed and all hands gathere d his stopp ing-place Turk made n o r esistance. aroun d t b e t a bl e and fei g ned to be half stupi d until they r e acbedi Turk s 0 od n ea r at b and, and l o o ked on. the h o use in Thi r t eenth &tree t Th e n egro cam e fro m the adjo i n i n g r o om, "Ef y e don't mind, c o me in. No one's 'dp l and took tbe p o sition q f banker, a0 m onPy, o f whi c h h e bad p urpose l y hin te d t o St. s t r ee t C l a i r that b e ha< l a <'ons id e n b le. A startiecl cry escaped b itn es be saw St. A fins gonf!; o f sb ai-lr, and I'll b e t tb e:v r e i C!nir, who s1 a rtE>cl hark with an oath p rese n t the ditfeient profes>i ons tbnt my fri e nd Turk see in;?; a c ri

"Buck Hawk, Detective. "1'oy, what is the meaning of thi31" Hawk dema11ded. "How comes this rascal here, of all places in the world!" "Ohl h im and his set were trying to tap me, Lut I war too foxy l'.:ir 'em an' lured this fPller here, so you could bi,v a look at him!" Hawk wh i stled. "I'm mighty g lad, T his is Slippery Fred, one ol Murrell's gang-a nabob s .rt of rascal, :you know-big relations, you know-allus g,;ts <>ff Scot free." Hawk taking a pair ol handcuffs from his big. coot pocket, them o n the gambl er's wnsts, without res 1.tanc-e. He next bound hi s feet together, and then gagged him so system atically, tbat be could utte r no sound above a groan. Tl:.is done be dragged him into a small dark apartment oft' the front r oom "There! You stay there for the present, 11nrl if you make any noise, I'll break y our head, You koow the sort of a hairpin I am, and I reckon you've got sense enough to behave your self.'' He then locked the door and turned to Turk. "So far so good!" h e said, triumphantly. ''That catch is worth five thousand dollars, if you want to know Just tbeu there came a rap at. the do:>r. Hawk l ooked at Turk to en join silence. The rap came again, Hawk crept toward the door. F o r the th.irrl time the rap <'amel Turk was wondering what was next on the programme for the evening's entertainment. The sh ow was beeorring very interesting. CHAPTER V. TURK CUTS LOOSE, ETTA EVELYN was well pleased with her new home, the lon ge r sbe remained iu it. Her duties were light, and she bad much of the time to ber as old Jaso n Titus snoren some extra frizzes to your bair, to-day, gal," be c>bserved, "for I'm going to brea k my u s ual rulo and have a friend to dinner. Smttrt young fellow ioo-bout thirty, and got brilliant prospects, since be quit the ocean If I do say .it, Carl Clyde is a man, eTery inch of him." Poor Etta's heart sunk within her. Captain Clyde coming here t o dinner! What in the world should she do-bow could she face him, Aurelia St. C lair 's loverl She bad met him frequeotly a t tbA St. Clair Mans ion, and h e had treated her with full as much cordiality a11 h e had Aurelia, whom.Dame Rumor said was to become bis bri1e, somewher e along about the holidays. If be came here, and saw and re.cognized her, be would likely inform Jason Titus of her former surr oundings, and there was no telling how things would turn. I am sure you will kindly excusa me, Mr. Tit111s,11 she said, blushing. "I bad rather not meet your company, if you can spare me I had rather not make any acquainta<>ces. "Pooh! Nonsens e ) I say yes, and that set tles it. So, now, run down to town, and inquire at Drexe l s if the Panama is in p ort yet, and then return. 11 Seeing there was uo way to get out of the di lemma, without offending him, Etta determined to" face the music," and make the best of the situation. So she ordered the hack, and was driven downtown, where she made i nq uiries concerning the ship, P a n ama, aod then s topped a t Strawbridge and Clothiers to do s ome s boppin y While there, a man ertered the store.>, and tapped h e r on the shoulder. It was Jack Grimes, the detective! Etta bad seen him occasionally at her unc)e's house, bnt further than knowing bis calling, knew nothing about him Sb& turned and g"zed at llim, haughtily. "Sir!" she said, inq_uiringly. "Exc us e me, 11 be said. "M11y I speak to you, pl"ivately, a moment111 "No, s i r," Ett'.t r ep lied. "I do not know you!" And she turned to the counter. "But I insist I" be saicl. "I do not want to make you trouble, beret" She understood, then His words implied a threat. He was a detective. Had he come to arrest her, at the instanc e of Jerome St. Clair1 "My carriage is at the door. I sl!all be out directly," she said. He bowed, lifted bis bat, politPly, and made his way o u t of the store, by tbe Market street entrance Etta's mind bad bePn sudde nl y made up, on one thing. She must dodge this man, no mat ter what the results might bet She quickly made a purchase, and left the store by tl)e rear and hurried up Filbert street as far as Tentu thence down Tenth to Walnut. She knew th:tt the carriage would go home in case she did not retu'.'ll witbiu a reasonable length of time but what was she t o d'{'1 She took a Chestnut street car, aac rode into West Philadelphia and back, her inind in a state of great anxiety. What was she to do? She bad no place ti' .yn Should she TPtdrn to the Titus h(,me, and run the ris k 'lf tt.e results that might followY Yes. The y could not prove o! a nature against her, and she as


Buok Hawk, Detective. 11 well meet any charges brought against her at first as at last. So she returned to Eighth and Market, and found the hack still waiting for her, Jack GI'imes was not to be seen. Getting into the conveyance she gave the order to drive h o me, which she soon reached, and she .'.Dade her way to her room to take o ff her wraps. '.'On going down-stairs, she met Molly, who siud: If you please, miss, the waste'" wishes to see you in the parlOI'." Presuming that be dP.sired to hear from the Panama, Etta accordingly hastened to the par lor, and entered. She gave a faint gasp of surprise as she did so, for she beheld Jack Grimes seated there, in com pany with Mr. Titus, h e r employer. The latter lookej up with a n od but the de tective gave her only a passing glance, appear ing not to recogn ize her. "Gal," old Jason said, in bis bluff but h earty manner, "this is Carl Clyde, whom I was Sp\)ak in' about. Haven't seen him before in three years, and be bas changed somewhat in that time." Etta acknowledged tbe introductio n as best she could, and then escaped to another portion of tbe parlor, in order tliat Titus might not no ., tice the astonishment that was expressed upon her face. W bat was Jack Grimes doiug here, mas que rading in the nom de plume of Carl Clyde? What villainous scheme bad he on foot? Pool'-Etta trembled. Sue was well satisfied that be bad some plot to further, and calculated to use h e r as the tool, depending upon his knowledge of her former circumstances to k eep b e r quiet. The v ery t .hought of such a thing made bet so nervous, that she was heartily glatl when Jason asked b e r to play something upon the piano. She played several pieces, and then excused herself on the plea of a headache, and went to her room, where she threw herself upon the bed, and lay there, wondering what the result of Jack Grimes's interview with Jason Titus would be #hen dinner-hour came she did not go down, but told Molly to take down the excuse of a headache. The idea of facing Grimes, with the knowl edge of the lie be was palming off on Jason Titus, was too repugnant to bear, and so she made up her mind to run the risk of meriting her employer's displeasure Toward dusk, Molly brought her up a sealed letter, which she opened and read when the se!'vant was gone. It was from Grimes, and read: "DEAR Miss EvELYN:-Your ger.erous e mployer bas :ranted me. the permission to escort you to th e performo.nc e of Lotta M 'Bob this evening if you will kindly honor me with the pl eas ure of your company. It will alsoafford me an opportunity to expla.!11 much to you which may be puzzling you. i'tusting you will b e lieve I mea n !or your own w elfar e, I am Yours truly, CARL CLYDE." "The base impostor," Etta murmured, tearing tbe rr.issive into shreds. He indeed means to use me as the stumblingblock to others What shall I do1 If I refuse to hear bis ex.. planatiou, he may influence my immediate dis. charge, if be does not work me greater harm. If I bear what be has to sav. I mav be better able to defend myself." Further deliberation strengthened her belie! that she bad better humor bis r e quest, and so procuring a slip of paper, she addressed it to him, and added: I will be ready at half-past seven L e t us return to Hawk and his appren tice The third rap upon the door of their quarters in Thirteenth street was given loud and per emptory. "The devil!" escaped from Hawk's lips, and cockmg bis r e volver, be flung 0pen the door, and there entered a woman sixty years of age, who bobbled along with a cane, and was dressed in old and ragge d attire. Her hair was unkempt and white, and her face wrinkled end withered, but h e r eyes, black as jet, .bad the fire and sparkle of youth. She h e lped herself to a seat while Hawk was closing the door, and took a keen survey of Turk, who was standing in the center of the room. "Wlio have you got here, Buck?" she queried in a pleasant voice, whiC'b was hard at contrast with her appearance, a1:d betrayed the fact that. she bad not al ways been in her presen t position in life. "Ob, be's a young rat I've picked up to help me," Hawk replie d "Turk, this is my mother." Turk looked in surprise, and acknowledged the introduction wito a bob of bis bead. Hawk then lit a pipe, and seated himself and gazed through the clouds of smoke at his mother. "What brought you bas

Buek Hawk, Deteetive. bas too much value for his own safety to do anything like that, _although 1 dare say he would not care it sh3 were to die from natural cauees." "Who's that ye'r' tll.lkin' 'bout'I'' Turk aske an' made a mash wi' her. 'Spect to hitch on to her when I git promoted." Buck and his mother exchanged amused glances. "So the gal airi't at St. Clair's, eh!" Turk went on, eagerly. "No. Why do you ask! Do you know anything about her whereabouts!" -Turk scratched his head. "No, I can't say as I do, but you jest bet ef St. Clair has hurt that gal I'll fix him sure's I'm elected governor in 1890. Bet I know what's the reason the gal is gone." "You do! Then explain, f o r it is a matter or great importance to u11." "Oh, it 1. 'Spo sin' you explain the wbyfore to me firstr "Indeed. You are cute, ain't you! But I sup pose you mifiht as well kuow, as you are likely to be of use.' And Hawk gave the old woman an inquiring glance "Nol ool" she cried angrily;" tell 'the young monkey n o thiug. Boys can't be depend eti on. If you'll plea se me, you'll send that fellow away, Buck; I d on't like bim !" "But mother-" "Se nd bim away I sav Have nothing to do with him. Do you bead Am I boss, or you 'I'' "You are unquestionably boss," Buck said, meekly. "As my mother wills that I shall not keep you, I suppose you'll have to go." "Kerectl Ef I ain't wl\nted, you bet I won't stay," Turk declare d, iode penrleptly. "Kinder suspicioned I\.1 lose my j o b, ttirougb sidences. On the samA Tuesday evening that Jack Grimes was to escort Etta Evelyn to the theater, Turk chanced to be pasEing the Titus residence at about half-past seven o'cloclt. A close carriage had just drawn up at the door, and a man leaped out, almost against Turk, as he was passing. Hastily excusing himself, he asc;ienrled the steps and rung the bell, and then it was that Turk saw for t-be first time that it was Jack Grimes. "Rumph I I wonder what racket that son-ofa-gun is up tor be mused. Bet a cent he's up to some mischi e f!" Curiosity impelled bim to stop at the corner, a f e w ste ps further on, and wait to see what tqroed up. Io the course of ten minutes tho door opened, and Grimes and Etta came out of the house. As they did so, Turk made it his business to pass them; and bis astonishment knew no bounds when he perceived who the young lady was Old Jason Titus stood in the doorway, and call e d out, as Jack was about helping her into the carriage: "Tal

Buck Ba.wk, Detective. get up and go out, anbery, Jason Titus did not speak for several mh\ut;ee and then his voice was husky.


28 Buck Hawk, Detective. "Where does this S t. Clair liver' he finally asked. "On Seventeenth street, N o -," Turk re o hed. "You are sure thls girl lived tberer' "Reckon so. Stayin' there, anyhow. Reckon she left, 'cause they kicked up the diamond biz ness into a fuss." "Does this :inan Grimes know them?" Yes. He's the f eller they've employed to hunt up the diamond thief. "Tnen perhaps it is on some such an account that he has abducted the girH" "P'raps. Pd quicker think some other way, though I don't t a k e no stock in Grimes. What do you know about the St. Clairs and Etta Eve lyn, now'I" "I prefer to keep my own counsel yet, not be ing prepa red to give au explicit answer. You go to w nrk and find.J;he girl; and fetch her safe ly back t o me, and I'll make JOU rich. You can go now. Call when n ecessary. I am tired and sleepy." The invitation to go '7as decidedl v pointed, and so rurk took his d eparture, if anything more m ysti fied tlrnn before. The following morning he made a round of tbe vat'i o us liv Ary stables in tbe heart of the city, and instituted some cautious inquiries among the hands in t o whether any of the rigs had take n parties to and from the Opera House the previous night. In none of the stables could be sea a man re sembliug the driver of Grimes's conveyance, who bad red whiskers. Toward evening be dropped into a saloon n ear the building where tbe quarters of the Social Seven was located, and purchased a cigar. Several well-dressed, but otherwise rowdyappearing felbws were lounging about the room and another was about leaving the saloon, as Turk entered. "Did you say there was no one up in the room, Jim!" be asked of one of tbe otherll "No; nothing going on," the other grunted. "Well, tn e o, I guess I'll jump into town." "Be back in time. Important business "All right. I may run across Fred." T hen be took bis departure. Turk's ears bad been wide open. T o make an excuse for a longe r tarry in t h e sal oon, be ordered a lemonade. "Cussed que e r why Fred fails to show up," one of tbl' loungers growled "Can't be he's sick "Likely," another responded, in a tone that seemeci to llave the instant ll_fl'ect of silencing conversatiou-wbich Turk j udged was to his prtlSence. So, as so)n as be got his l emonade, he took his departure. Th e re's a part of the SocialSeventborougbbred rascals, every one of them," be mu...cl, "and they're going to baTe an important m .... ting, to-night. Wonder if I couldn't attend!" He crossed tbe street and gazed back over at t he windows oe club-room. The enrtains were down, and no sign of life visible about the upper pa1 t of the building. Presentlv. tb n egro came down-stairs, and boarded irn eastern pound car. Reckon the coast is c lear n ow, 'l'urk rout tered, "an' I'm goin' to visit t h em see if I can't find a nest wher e I can bide and overhear the important business to-night.'/ Re-crossing tbe street, be dodged u p the stair way, into the ball, above. Then he listened at; the first door, only to find that silence reigned. within. Turning the knob, be cautiously opened the door, and after entering the club-room, closed it b ehind him. All was dark, owing to the curtains b eing down. It took but a glance to assure b1m that there was no place that he could c o n cea l himself in the front room, so he proceeded to find out what show there was for him in the apartment adjoi ning. It proved to be a much larger room, and was literally choked up witll r.tored goods, including furniture, and packing-boxes. Tbe fare>-table was also there, and a s h elf C'ontained a number of bottles of liqu o r and glasses. H8 discovered also, iu one coruer, a full kit of burglar's tools-bars, jimmies, picks, and other articles necessary to a rasca l's profession, includ ing various s uits of clothes, all of which were pretty well worn. '!'here were sevE.>ral places behind boxes where T11rk perceiv e d that be could bide without much fear of di scovery, one place in particular, where wa11 a bole through tbe wainscoting from which a knot had fallen out. By application of his Par to this hole, he could bear pretty plainly .what was said in the next room So be turned off the gas, and settled himself into a watching position behind the huge pack ing-box. He bad full two hours to wait, ere any one entered tho club-room, and the n it was tbe darky, who immediately entered the rear room, and began sampling the drinks on t he shelf. Half an botll' later six masked men entered the front room became seated and called for drinks, which tbe negro served, afterward re t urning to the rear room, and closing the door. The men in the front room t hen li t cigars, and were ready for business. Turk, through the knot-bol e, had a n u nob structed view o f them, and could bear a s well. o nly fear was that the negro might desir e to u tilize the knot-hole too, in which case there was likely to be a row. But Pompey evidentJy bad too bright a n eye for the row of bottles on the shelf to care for what was said in the next room Well, let's get to business, one of the masked men 81\id. It's sou.e days since w e comnared not.es, I believe Havelycu learned notbmg concerning The Blackmailer, KidnaPperl" "Notbmg," Kidnapper rAplled. "H's my opinion he's been nabbed, and they're holding bh:n on account of expectation that he'll squeal. I'd q:Iicker think you'd squeal, Murderer, than be." "Think what you li!<.6, it cannot injure my re. 1;mtation," Murderer retorted. "My opinion


Buck Hawk, Detective. {s the same as yours, however, in regard to our And the rascals gathered around the prisoner missing member. Sometbing's up, and I reckon threateningly. the sooner wa wind up our meetings here the It looked as if it were all up with him jue& better we will be off." then. The others gave a grunt of approval, showing unanimity of sentiment, "I was about to suggest the same thing myself," Kidnapper remarked. "But wbere will we go, and what wiJl we do with the goods?" And be gave a glance toward the back room. "I cau arrang<> with a young Jew to taketbem off our bands," Murderer declared, "and work them off in be country. I've struck a new meeting-place, too, more safe than this." "At Mademoiselle Stael' s!'' "Yes. Sbe is a warm friend of mine, and an adroit' fence,' in the bargain. None but well r ecommended professionals can bide under her protection." "She'll give us cover, then'' "Ob I yes. I made arrangements all right to day. So that, after to-night, we'll adjourn to meet next at Stael's, using Jettei-s, instead of our present titles. For instance, I, the captain, will u se tbe letter Z; you, Kidnapper, the lPtter Y, and the others in rotation backward. We will then be as a new organization. Now Jet's bear what news there is before we adjourn. Is tbere anything new in your line, Kidnapper?" "Yes. I mane a capture of tbe girl I was telling you there was a mystery about, and shall bold ber till I can get a good ransom.'' "Blackmailer knows something about what the mystery is about the girl, does be noti" I guess be don't know anything for acer tainty. Anyhow the girl is the ono who gave up tbe St. Clair diamouds, and she's better out of the way, until we get them disposed of." "You are rigbt. She may be a mint to us yet. Found anything of that messenger boy1" "No-not for certain, although I have beard of him, and suspect that be is both watching and dodging me. He's left the telegraph offices and is said tQ be iu the street every day." Tbe other members were questioned, and gave reports of dull business "Wen1 if there's nothing of special importance, wed better adjourn. I'll turn the goods over to tbe Jew pawnbroker tomorrow, and our next meeting will be at Stael's.'' The following instant there were sounds of a scuffle and angry words. Tbe captain sprung to the door of the inner room, whence the sounds emanated, and opened the door quickly. "Help. boss! Dis nigger done gone cotcbed a burglar!" In an instant all the members sprung to the rescue, and Turk was yauked out into the coun cil chamber, where be stood puffing and panting from his struggle, but still defiant, "A spy!" exclaimed Kidnapper. "Yes and the infernal messenger ratl"tbe captain cursed. "Didn't I warn you we'd best l ook bright or we'd have a grate in front of us? This little devil is more dangerous than a dozen older sleuths, and we've>got to put him out of the way this very night." "Of course I" the others assented. "The best way is to sink him in the bottom of the Dela I" CHAPTER VII. TURK INVESTIGATES A NEW LEAD. GAME to the last, b owever, was Turk, when threatened hy danger, and although bis prese11t situation was manifestly dubious, bis grit was ample to cope with great odds. What d'ye mean by rnenkin into ou r rooms and playin' the captain demand ed, sternly, giving the young ferret a shake by the shoulder. "None of yer bizness!" Tmk responded, promptly. "Reckon I know wb!ft lam about." "Oh! you do? Well, maybe you .won't know quite so much about it directly. DiJ you pur posely come here to overbenr our interviewf1 "Bet ym;r faro chips I did l Didn't get left on it, neither." "That remains to be told! Do you know what w e1re going to do with yon?" "Nix. Haven't any idea more'n the dog that couldn't ketch bis tail." "Well, I'll try to impress it on your mind, then, that we're going tn get rid of you." "You don't say! Didn t y o u'd let me off that easy. What rout.e are you going to send meoffbyf' "The Delaware river route. Drowned kids never bleat I" "Don't fool yourself. 'I'hey sometimes cl ange inter merm aids, and curri bock to life. B e t a ,jack-knife ag'in' seven cents there ain't a stun in Puila' w'ot kin keep m e under water." We'll see a bout tba t. I'm a pretty good hanr J g t tbruugh with 'em," and at that bstant Turli receive::! a stunning blow beside the be ad, and all consciousness left him. When he recovered bis senses the scene had entirely changed. Instead of bPing in the rooms of tbe Soeial Seven be found himself Jym g 11pon his back in the bottom of a small r ow -hoat, which was being propelled upo n the water by a roughly-dressed, gt im-looking man, some forty five years of age. Turk instantly comprel:ended the situation. He was bound band and foot and being rowed out upon tbe D elaware River. the bottom of wbi<'b was designed bythe::5evrn t o be bis grave. With a slight effort b e gained a sitting posi tion and took in b is surrounilings. Tbe night was dark, and t.ba river was com paratively free from hipping, except along the docks, and from their 1"cation Turk judged tral; the skiff bad started out fro m the vicinity of Federal street docks. H e had timE> only to make these observations wh en bis captor growled 1Jut: Lie down, there, you young monkey, before I clab you over the he ad." "Sav, now, 100kee here, Cap," aid Turk, lean ing forward, and peering ir.to the man'sbf>ruded face, "sureli you ain't m ean e Dou"b to take a. young fellers life, lik e me, what never gitl you any barmt" "Git ou,tJ 0' cou1se ani. What thp deur.e


Buck Hawk. Detective do I keer, eo Jong as the shekels come inf The world klcka me, an' hain't I a right to kic k bar.kt" "But, if you can make more money doin' a goed turn, why not do it1 It will pay you just as much to J e t me Jive. Now, you just put me ashore, and come along with me, an' I'll give you two hundred dollars! "Show up yer cas h, or sb e t up!" "Can' t show a 1"6d, now, 'cause it's all in mr, roo:n a t the hotel It's solid fer you, tho I H eern of Ttirk, the boy shadow, aiu't ye? "Nol" c ontemptuo u s ly. "Ohl you're a stranger, then. My name is as notorious as Mayor King's. Got a ripe old case o n h and, t oo. Girl abducted, Savy1 Stolt>n by same gang a s hired you t o Sf.ill me. Big r eward1 wb e u I find the gal Sev ril par ties want ner. S ort o about h er. F etch a fat pric.,, y o u bet! The man only gav e v ent'to a grunt of indiffer ence, and ro v ed on . h e a r t sunk w i thin him. I t was apparent that b e b a d n o mer c y to expect from the ruffian. Mu s t be the n submit to the fate the Social Se v e n bad pre p a r ed for him! The thought was h orrible! A m o m ent o f sil e n ce ensued-then ibe man sud d enly asked : "What's the gal's name b o y ? "Etta Eve lyn l" Turk r e plied, a faint hope budding afres h, i n hi s heart And hi.a w ords r esulte d iu c a usin g him n o little asto ni shment, for the man at tbe oars abruptly ceased r owing and uttered an o a th! What!" b e g a s p e d, l eaning forw ard, e y es gl o win g lik e c oa l s of fire-" Etta Eve l y n, did y o u say'!'' "Jest e xactl y what I said!" Turk d ec l a red, exc i ted ly. And I bet a cent y o u are Uriah E ve l y n! "Cuss my skin I h o w in blazes do you know that'!'' The man's surpris e w a s r,;eat. "Waa l, I jes t surmised,' Turk r e pli e d. "See'd yer m essa g e whe n it cum fer J erome St. Clair. And you tell me the girl has been stol e n from St. Clair! And will you attempt to find h er, and deliver h e r up to m e if I spare your life1-will you swear to do this, and, more-to not cause ml arrest? "Wei, I reckon I bain't at all particular a'llout passin' unde r tho river, so I'll agree to deliver up the girl to whoe v e r she belongs to, proTitin' it's you." Then I'll spare you." lie drew a knife, severed the cords that bound Turk, and then c-banged the course of tbe boat lte.ck teward Federal street wharf. As they neared the wharf, Evelyn said: I am an old ocean pirate, and there's a man here who ls after me, with &OS118SSion of my child, and seek some quiet place to pass the rest of my days in peace. Mind l you are to tell no one that I am here, but when you want me, you'll find me b1rnglng around the vicinity of Tenth and Callowblll streets." ''Correct. I'll set to work at once, in my attellllltB to find the girl," Turk said, "and report to you, any time I have news. Tell me one thing-do you consider the St. Clairs e:aemiee or friends I" "Enemies!" "And a woman-a Mrs. Hawk?" Evelyn shuddered. "The same," be gasped. Turk was tempted to question him concerning Mr. Titus, but something aeemerl to iell him not to do so. They landed at the wharf, and Evelyn l eft the boat to drift whither it would. Evidently be bad previously stolen it from some othe r docli:. They then walked up Federal to Fifth, and north on Fifth to Marke t street, where t.bey separated, Turk goin1t to the American Hotel and turning in for the night. Tbe boy's brain bacl little rest, however, for he Jay awake nearly the balance of the night in perplexed thought. At l ength morning came, and l:te was not sorry, for b e f elt wid e awake and eager to g e t to work, rathe r than s l ee p y Afte r a h earty be dropped over on Walnut street to a ce rtai n offic e which he kne w J ac k Grime s occas i onally fre quented, and made inquiry fo r that w o rthy:, but bis whereabouts we r e n o t known. He did n o t belon g to the regulars of the city, and the re fore lit tle track w a s k ept of bi s m o v ements. A visit to the city agen c y brought llle same res ult, aud thus f a r Turk f ound himself baffied. H e was reso lved, how ever, t o l e t n o amount of f ailu1e discourage h i m, and accordingly did n o t fee l disappointed. Durin g the fore n oo n b e m e t Pat Murphy, the m e sse n ger-boy who h a d first apprised him of the diamond r obbe r v "He ll o! P11t pbat t bfl di v ii is the ailin' a v v e z, Tuurk1 why yez !'av e t h e offis so suddinU r "Ob, I m e t an o l d pard wh o t oo k a fancy t o my mug," Turk replied: 1 a nd so I don' t have to w ork any more Everything l o v ely with the boJs'I'' B e j a bers, it is! An' it's a foine feller that detective is I was tellin' yez of." "Indeed!" "Yis. Ivery time I giv' him a whist o' news he s:ips a doll a r into me band." "That's good, How you getting on with that case about the diamonds'!'' "Divil a bit at all; but I manage to invint a bit av a sthory to make bis nibs tbenk it's on the trail I am." "Humph l Better look out or h e' ll nab you at it. He's a snoozer is Grime s. Where does he bang out1 "No. -Walnut street, up-stairs." Turk started but did not betray it. The number Pat had mentioned was the number of the building in which the young shadow had waited for the pseudo-Jerome St. Clair before making the trip for the diamonds. Could tllis diamoud-procuring gent and Jack Grimes be one and the same It looked to Turk it were more than poe slble. As soon as possible, Tnrk left the young Hi bernian, while be1 himself1 sauntered about town, fiDaJJy bringing. up ali the front of the


Buck Ha.wk, Deteetlveo building on Walnut street, which Jack Giimes frequent.ad, accord i ng to Pat' s testimony. Remembering that the room he bad once 'Visited had a glass door, through which one could look, from the hall, be w ent up-stairs. A g lance &.ltisfied him that Grimes was not in the office, and so be entered, a11d f o und a young man seated at a table, engaged in counting over a number of packages of money He was rathe r a blear-eyed, disagreeable look ing person, and Turk at once judged that be belonged to the cJa$S which was composed of Grimes and. bis pals. "Billo!" h e saluted, as the young ferret en tered. "Anything I can do for you 1 "P&rbafs," Turk r e plied, with a g o od -natured emile. jus t call e d to see if Y was in. The clerk, for su c h he evidently was, looked at the f erre t su s pici o usly. "I do n o t kn o w w h o you mean," be said. "The r e s no su c h a party h e r e." "So I perc e iv e but h e w a s h e re, not long ago, and y o u know w ho I m ean." "We ll, he's n o t in, if I do ," w a s the answer. ,. "Starte d out s om etbing lik e an h our ago!' "To the den 1 "Reckon n ot-to Stae l' s, most likely." "Hump h I .Gu ess I ll wait in t he n e ighborhood until h e r eturns." And with this declaration, Turk took his de pal'ture H e did n o t r e main i n the vi c inity, howev er, but wandere d abo u t wond e r ing wh e r e Stae l's could be. Jf the Se v e n w ere to u s e Stael's pla('e as a "fe nce," m i ght not Etta Evelyn be c o nfined there Loo? b y a co uple o f hours he chanced to drop into the D e vil s D e n, on S outh 17th street-a tumble-do n rookery, for the sale of vile rum, which bas in ;rears past g ained a notorie t y a s a place of curiosity, from tbe fact that in on e c orn e r of the small pen used as a b a r-room, stands a full-sized and grotesque statue suppoo e d to res e mble Satan. Turk knew that the proprietor, who is known as Old Mummy, was well posted on the various known and unknown r esurts about t o wn, for he bad often carri;id cipher m e ssages to him, fro m different parties who bad a pretty tough crimi ual recor1. Therefore, be resolved to try and pump out of the old f e llow the secret of Stael's place. Entering, be called for a glass of whisky, which he wade a feint of drinking, but instead tossed upon the floor. 1 Taking out his former message book, be turned over several blank envelopes. In the operation he managed to direct one, with a pen c il, to "MadE>moiselle Stae l," after which .be handed it to the old man, saying: "Know of such a crook, Mum1 Dash me if I can find her, and it's important, too." The ol, keenly. "Bum, gettin' sewed an' wa s hed," Turk ft8.. bed, well knowing that the old sinner was sus picious of l::im. "Why do you aak.1" "Best to be sure," was the reply. "Stael's ia No.-, Lombard St." Thanks. Might have searched an age it I hadn't thought of you." And with this bit of pr1lise, the boy took his departure. A trip to Lombard stl'eet acquainted him with the location of Stael's place, which looked like a private house; but as it 1,ore the appearance of being closed, be concluded not to pay n visit, un til be had time to arrange careful pl a ns. On bis return down-town, he passed the house of one of bis farmer message mates, and saw a fun eral just entering the carriages whi c h, on inquiry, he found was of bis former companion. There being one vacant carriage, be accepted an invitatioc to ride to the c emetery. The place of burial wa s West Laurel Hill, and the cortege reac hed that beautiful city of the d ead in due time, and the interment took plac e Turk was about r e-entering the conveyance tha t bad bro u ght him, when be caught a glimpae o f Hawk, the d e tectiv e in another part o f the cem efery. The sleuth's movements were so sly and dodg. in g that it instantly struck Turk that be was trailing s oma one, or something, and the boy re solv e d to try and l e arB what it was, kn o wing be c o uld r eturn to t o wn by stree t cars, or Schuyl kill steamers. So he sauntered away in pursuit of Haw k, keeping monum ents a nd bu shes a s much before him as poss ible, to avoid being dis co v e red. So s leuth-like and irNgular w ere the d e tec,. tive's movemeut s, that Turk found it difficult to k ee p him in sight; but at last the chase came to an e nd. Ahead of him h e saw Hawk standing in the c oncealm ent afforded by a large monument, around whi c h h e wns peermg. Still furtbel' ahead Turk saw the door of a v ault, whi c h a y oung lady was eith e r trying to lock, or unl ock-the latter, e vid ently, for the door soon opened, and she entered, and closed ii behind her. She was richly attired, and it was she that Hawk'was shadowing. "Wonder what kind of a racket this is1" Turk mutte red:' "Sometbin' in it, OJ' Hawky w ouldn't be after it. Sbe must b e fond o' r o ami1J' about in the dark, among a lot o stiff s senc e she has shot herself in. Mebbe she s a SD9tcber. Jinks jest strikes me she's mebbeconnect e q w1' the Seven!" The thought aroused in him a greater in terest in the case, and he watcbP d door of the vault, which was built in the side of the hill overlooking the river, full as eagerly as Hawk did. An hour passed by, but no one came from the vault. Hawk maintained his vigil rather uneasily. Turk bad more patience. Still another hour passed, but without bring ing forth the vi sitor ti> the tomb. Hawk the n manifested bis disgust by sneak ing_ away as cautiously as be bad come. Nut so with young shadow. .He was bent on seeing the thing through before he left. What the woman could be doing in the vault


Huck Ba.wk, Detective IO Jong, with the door shut, was a puzzler to llim. "I wouldn't be afeard to bet my name ag'in, Mayor King's, that there's a game on fut, about tbat i>.ire cadaver pen,' he mused. "No gal would stand the sm e lls an' grins o' a lot o' stiffs, ef thar wasn't some peculiar rnducement fer it. Ah! tbar she is I" As he was speaking the yo un g woman the vault, c losed and J ocked the door, and came to ward where he was crouching, rendering some quick dodging necessary. As s he p assed near him he looked at her keen ly, and studied her fe atures shrewdly. "Bet a stew that's J e r ome St. Clair's daughc ter," the boy mused when she was gone. "Sue luks suthin' like the feller as hired me. Dnrned if I wouldn't like to know what's the rumble in sid e of tbat vault." When be considered it was safe-for him to do so be approached the door of the vault, but it was securely fastened with a padlock. "No use of bangin' around here, I g ue ss," Turk concluded, as be noted that the day was well advanced. "Maybe I might make a fur the r discovery by nifht, but I ain't werry partial to wras'lin' wi spooks. Think I'll call again." R e membering the location of the vault, he caught a car on l eavin g the cemetery,_ and reached Sixth and Arch before dusk, where he left the car, and hurried away to tbe hotel for supper, for he meant to investigate Mlle. Stael's place during the evening, if possible. CHAPTER Vlll. A BAFFLED WOMAN. IN bis p:irlor sat J erome St. Clair, a little later that evening, in an easy-chair, drawn up to the grate, wherein e>rackled a cheery hickory fire. His chin rested in the palms of bis hands, and his eyes watched the flames with a stony sort of stare brows were also contracted, and it was apparent by hi s general aspect tl>lat bis thoughts vere not of a pleasant nature. They were presently interrupted, however, by the entrance of bis atately daughter, Miss Au relia, wbo was attired for tbs street. An expression of displeasure came over the. diamond m0rcbant'a face as he saw her. "Where now, pray1" be said snarlingly. "I am not in favor of th0se frequent nocturnal excurs10ns of yours, girl." "Oh I you're notr' Aurelia retorted, rather haughtily. "And wh71 Am I not capable of taking care of myself?' "I am not sure.abou t .it. Tell me, why does tiot Captain Clyde call for the last few days?" Ob! w., bad a lover's spat. He will come to time after a bit." Curse it, did I not command you not to let him escapE> your net?" "Did you1 Oh! w .. 11, I don't know as I um obliged to be commanded. I don't think he cares for me, and am not sare I care enough for him to tie my,elf to him." "Nousen"AI You must-you shall! It is all Important vou sbtmld." l fail to see why." "BPcans"' you do notuo one." "For me, perhaps," and the diamond mer chant uttered a reckltiss laugh. "I hardly


Buck Hawk, Detective. 21' guess, though, I'm exactly the kind or game de tectives b11nt af.te:-," "Big-bugs sometimes come in for a dungoon," Grimes suggested, arising. 111 bid you goodevening now, as I h9.ve some pressing business on hand." Well. call again. ln the mean time keep an eye out." "Of course," Grimes assented, and then bowed himself out. He made his way direct to Lombard street, and to the Douse occupied by Staeh Admitting himself by a latch-key, he ascende d a flight of stairs and entered a front room, which was furnished rnagnifieently as a parlor. -The gas waE turned low, leaving the room but dimly lighted; yet G1imes that a young woman was seated in a luxurious easycbair, while a guitar lay in her lap. Turning on the gas, Grimes her, and seated himself on an ottoman atlber feet. "All alone, ebi" h a said, "Why thus?" "Because wearied with my work," she re plied in good Englisb her voice sweet and pleasing to the ear. Monsieur's friends have gone to the council-room." "Thanks. 1 will j oi n them later. There is nothing m11ch to do. Where is Pierre?" "Out, I guess. My brother Pierre is very nervous. He i;; afraid, and says we shall go back to Paris." "Psbaw. He must be crazy. You are in no danger h e re." Grimes arose and paced the floor. "Did you h ea r ever of the St. Clair diamonds, wortb balf a million francs nearly?" be suddenly asked, turning upon her. "No," >be said IJer eyes betraying eagerness in their expresiioa. "'Veil, these diamonds were stolen r ecently, and are held in the anticipation of a fut reward. H ow would you like to bRve them?" H11 took a l a rge envelope from Lis J)ocket, and emptied its contents into .her lap. There was a magnific.ont diamond necklace and brooch, a diamond-set bracelet1 and four diamond ring;;, tbe sc,ttings of all or which w ere large and of great value. I Stael was a connoisseur of diamonrts, and she uttered a cry of admiration at sigh t of the beautiful treasurP. "Ob, monsieur! what a prize!" she uttered, handling them nervously. "They arc for me, are tbey not, my l over?" A keen grimace from Grimes. -"Ob, ye ; they are yours-hut not until yon are mine, my beauty. Go array yourself, and be wAiting h ere within half an hour, w hen I will return with a priest, and we will b e married. When we are one, I will have the pleasure of presenting you with the diamonds, anrt you. I, and Pierre will start at once for la belle Fran<'e." "'Tis a bargain, then!" Stael assented, as this villainou s agent of the 19. w gatberecl up the jewels. "I shAll be r e arty hPre when you return-in half an hour, mons i eur." Sbe tben arose and glided from the parlor with the irrace of a sylph, wbile Grimes do1Jned bJs overcoaland bat and left the house. J he hurried past an alleyway adjoining Stae l's house, a bead popped out and a pair of eyes, as sharp as a lynx's, peered after him. "Wonder what's the rip?" the owner of head muttered, wbo was none otber than Turk the Ferret. "Bet there's sum thin' high on in tbe shebang to-night, aod I'm to take in tbe soiree, if I get my beaJ busteide, but that of the unfurnisb e d r oom yitlded to Turk's attempt to raise it, and be gained acceRS without trouble. Here be paused to listen once more, and still be found no reaso n to that he had been dis covered. Groping about, hE' found a door that opened readily iuto the ball. A long this be Etole cau tiously t o the front of tbe house, until he came to tbe parlor, which a glance convinced him was not occupied. Hearing a door open down-stairs, he dodge_d into the parlor, and hastily took refuge hehilld a large book-case that stood across one corner of room. Here be was in no present danger of being rliscovered, and might be able to play tbe eavesdi:opper to some interesting conversation. He was hardly ensconced in a comfortable JX> sition, when be beard two persons enter the room, and the voice of Jack Grimes said: "Be seated, sir. Mr, lady will be ready fOIP the ceremony directly.' Then silence reigned. /


Buck Hawk, Detective. Tulllk puckered his mouth, and almos t whis-Grimes turne:d to Sta el, but she hurled him tle d. away! Hello t" he mused, "I'll eat my shirt of tbe r "Got coward. got" sbe "Leave the ain' t goin' to be a splicin' set-to! Lucky I corue, house inshntlyl" by jingo! Wonder if it's Etta Evelyn goin' to "Stop!" b e cried. "Explain one thing-have marry Grimesyi I'll just ydp out and inter-you been d e c eiving me?" rupt the banns. I IJ sp'ile Grimesy's little game, "Of cours e, y o u fool!" Pierre is my husband, ef be tries to force the g a l to marry him." I Go! take y our priest along!'' Unfortunately, the book-ca se was so hi g h that Giving h e r a terrible look, the baffied de. Turk could not over the top of i.t; Sfl be bad t ective sdze d his bat and left the room, followed to content himself with his acute s e nse of hearby the man he had brought, to perform the ing. maq iage. "Wis h they'd go ahead with the lark," he In his conce alment Turk was literally tearing mnttered; "fer ef it's Etta, I'll m ake a racket, his hair, b ecause be could not break loose to fol if I low eithe r Grime s or the l o n g-whiskered robber. Soo n tha rustling of a woman's dress was He was not urme d, or he would have .made the beard by him, and the n Grimes's voic e spoke attempt, as it was; for he was w ell satisfied up: that the-:e diamonds, to-night, were the same ".Ah, at last, my d ear! Brother Haley, this tha t h3 had furnishe'I the pseudo-Jerome St. is mv b etrothed-Mademo isell e St9. el-an l w e Cl!!fr, at the Penn'a d epot. will be married at once .Ar e you realy, ma'm'FurthermorP, the r e could now be no doubt sellel" that Grimes it was who had personat;PA the There was a low murmur of assent, and t h e diamond merchant. pair took their position. .After Grime s WflS gone, Stae l tro d the flo o r Turk's curiosity was now-at fev e r-h ('at, and with impatient ste p, f o r so m e moments, h e r he could no longe r s t a ncl tho agony of b eing m r rnn e r extremely nervo u s and her face flushed able to hear without seein g. wi t h p a ss ion So off came bis s h o es in a jiffy, and c a t c hing "I will have revenge on him,' now-I will hold of the broa d edge o f t he tor of t he hook-strike him a b l o w, for off ering m e s o mag nifi cent cas e, he drew himself up n o i se les;;l y to a sea t on a priz1, and the n daring to band o v e r to an1op. ot'.1 e 1 :l A hig h moldin g ornamented the fron t of the S':!e t : m c h o d a b e ll, in the wall, and d i r ectly case and tbe young !P rret wns a b l e t o make afterwurd a dapper littl" man of F r Pnch pb y -this s cree n him f r o m vi e w wh e n n eccssa r v sique a n d fl ashy attire mado his a p pearance. Grimes and S tael b a d t a k e n the i r posit i o ns, "V7e ll1'' h e s a i d surveyin g h e r. and the minis t e r was r<>adin g the cerem o n y-a It i s not we11 I she hi s s ed Z s devil is to seedy-l o okin g minitep fo r ward, "I'll-" A few moments later, t he y l e f t tbo p arlor, and Hold I" t he o t h e r ord ered ster nly. "I fo r Turk beard them asce n d t o t h e third floo\. l>id t h e b a n n s That woman i s o n l y marrying "Recko n this is a furnis hed hou se k e p t by y o u fo r tbe d iamonds, wh i c h a r e n o t yours. thes e r o1 u e s and t b t'y're going t o ski p Won Han r l t hem ove r t o me o r I'll s hoot you do w n der i f I hadn't better f o ll o w 'em'I'' in your track s I" To escape to the street, n ow b y the front Ze d iamon ds They are mine -they are way, r equi rt>d no special effo r t and h e wait e d mine !" S tae l orierJ, frantically c lin g in g to in the alley, for the m to c om e out them o v e r t ome!" tbe stra n ge r l"Oa r e d m e n a cing wi t h his pi s t o l. "He s itate a t t he ex p e nse of your life!" Grim e s wag whi t e a sh eet. H<> drew t b e e n ve l ope from Jll n inner pocket and cast i t a t t h e s trane:er',; feet, tbat p, pic ki n g it u p wit b a qu iet l q,ngb. "Yo u can hav" J\19.d"l.m P ie rre i f y o u want h e r, ar. l tb a n k me y o u h a \ Dot mar l e a fo'l l o f yourse l f." H e the n ba,k e d from the r o o m anrl a mo:.nent late r w as beard d e s cending the stairs, t wo at a time, CHA PTER IX. A B R ACE OF VULTURES. SH ORTLY ufte, the v isit o f Jack G r im es that even ing, J e r ome S b C lair h a d still a n othe r calle r who r 1th e r uncerem on i o u s l y made b i s a ppearance i n the diamond mer chant's anrl too k n n ear the latter: ho wa'S e ngaged i n writing T bis pe r n n t h e r o u g h -hoki n;r. custome r who hq\ ui vP n t') T u r k tho ],c r r"t as U r i a h Ev"lyn, end be l n"kNl eVP'l '"l"re r o u-:h nnrl dila ph.iated now than wheu Turk bad s een him.


Buck Hawk, Deteetlve. J:erome St. Clnir looked up from bis writing b old a secret of mine, Uriah Evelyn, but I do with an e xcl a mation of astonishment, and sur-not fear yun. Old Sir Page is near to death's veyed his visitor, angrily. door, nnd estate c om es into my bancls d'ye "What the d euce-" be began; but Uriah in-bear-mine/ You nev e r bad any wit, Evelyn, terrupted him, or y o u would not have sol:l the lust heir to me "Obi nothing about the d e u ce Jerome," be for a song I" prote sted, blandly, "We'll lAav e that out of I!" the pirate sneer e d, bis pe ering the question altogether, The .que stion i 2,du you eyes gl o wing gre enishly. "You think I am an know me!'' idi o t the n!'' "How should I know yo u I My acquaintance "Nothing more nor J e s s." do e s not exte nd far among such characters as V\I ell, I admire yer tronknes s, but let me t.ell you." you tbat a Gyp sy is not nece s sarily a fool, "Obi it d on't! G etting mi ghty bi11;h-ton e d, You'll fin I t hi s ont sooner or Jeter. The dia I suppose, liv in' in a big mans i on, and s lin gin' mond s will n eve r do Aurelia any good." on airs. Couldn't make a g entleman out of "Why you, tbo', e f ye had a million d ollars." Becliuse they are n o t in y our possession, nor "What do y o u mean, man; by y our insultin g J are y o u Jik ely ever to recover them," pres e nce. l'JI h a ve you kno w I'm mas t P r here ''How kno 'v y o u this !'' .Leave my pre mi s es, ir, at onc e or I will make "It m atters n ot. L<'ave a Gyp s y f o ol to find it t be worse f or y o u I'' out su c h things Anoth e r thin g y our European "Oh, I gu ess I nin't much on the skee-r corre sp ond ent bas b ee n literally s u ck ing your mys elf, and besides1 I Pll ow .tba t y o u w on't go blo cd-very naturally through my insti g ation. b ac k on an old p a r a. Hal b a l I'm r ather saluH e b a s k ept y o u info r me d about Sir P a g e who brious tbe t ye wouldn't dare go b ack on Uriah bas n o t be<>n in Europe for the las t fiv e y ears, Eve lyn I" but bas been r e siding in this self-sam e city." St. Cl ai r l eaped t o bis f ee t. You li e I" You I" b e g as ped, wh itenin g "Sa y so, if you lik e ; I know the truth. I "You b et!" t h e otb e r l aco nically r ep lied. suppose you n r e aware tha t I am not your only "S'pris ed y e d i dn't r ec kegn i z e m e a t furst." a c3uaintanc e in thi s C01Jntry 1 "You hav e c hange d g r ea tl y Wha t in the Y o u r efer t o the H d wk s l nam e of furi es brings yo u b ack t o Ame r ica" "Ye s, to b e sure Th e y came ove r from "Oh, p e cooliar in d u ce m ents ov e r w hi c h I Scotland Yard, L ond on, in searc h o f a n o t o rious b a ve no control." murde r e r named-well, n o n eed t o me ntion "I can't i magi n e w h y I r .hought we s ettled Gerald H a wk as be in g t b e m an. S t Clair, 1 up year s ago." sup'(.'ose sounds m o r e p r o tectiv e t o y on "Ye di d eh? Oh, n o I was no t so extre m eTh e d i a m on d merchant g n as h ed b is teeth. ly green as that Ir a fe ll e r don't l ook ou t for a "Cu r se yo u, man, bego n e Your prese nc e is r a inv day he s likelv to gEt a s o akin'; anyh ow, h a t e ful to me! be cri ecl. that's m y lo g i c Where's the gals?" "Lightly-lightl y J eromf! D o n t l e t y e r "The d euce o n l y k n ows whe r e yowrs i s; sbe angry r ise 1 don' t c a r e a durn b o w ran a wa y the other d ay, and has n't t u rned up mad ye gi t I kno w I've go t tbe clut ch o n since." t h e h e l m a n d can r111ta r eef i n ye r canvas w h e n The deuc e yo u say S o yo u was abu sin ever! li ke A ll 1've gottodoistogowbi spe r h e r eh1" in t h e ea r of N:rncy Haw k that you are b ere and He spoke ang ril_v. sbe a n d Buckingham will make it interes ting "By no means!" S t. C l ai r hastily assu r ed fo r you, aud clon't forget it!" "She ba s bad some su l ky spells of late, because "If you clare I w ill murder y ou I" I cou l d not afford t o d r ess ber as well es Au "Hal hal ba! I'll take my chances. I d on't r elia a n d sbeprohabl y conc l uded to try to get a 11r opose to be bard on y o u, pro v idin you don't li ving o n ber ow n hook git too penurious It's way-I'm icoi n to H u mpli l If I k new for s ure that vo u eve r leave off hard work aud epeckilate like a gen tl e sp oke a c ros1 w or d to be r, I'd mop tho floor with man Ef you ham got mor.i sand to h eave into y o u W b ere i s t he other m y !Jank tbcn Sir Pa:<', why you 're my man My daughte r is at t he opera. If not, vice versa P lain us Script e r the logi c Indeed I You are bri n g i ng her u p in style, 01 that, not?" I see Notni n' like that when one s r i c h with Jerome St. G'lair, as we shall still con t inue to the p ro3{10ct of b eing r icher. G l a d y ou a re we ll ca ll him, looked as tll o ugb be could have m u r heeled t oo, for I'm dead broke de 1 w l bis enemy w ith good just then A n d ca l c ul a t e yo u cau make me your bank, His face was wbite nud r e d by t u r n s and bis I s 1 1ppoqe?" eyes bad a snakish glitte r that spoke of t h e bit-" We ll, to a c e rtai n ext ent, ve s I know wha t ter venom w h ich r a n k l ed i n bis hear t a lib e r a l heart you've go t so. I 've n o fears bu t May the furies seize yo u I" h e his!!ed. "If what yo u'll come dow n sho uld I call u po u yo u y o u t hink t o bleed me, yo u will reckon without "Yo u a r e quite liabl e t o be d ece i ved in t ha t your host I a m not w o rth a ce n t, a nd besi des r espect I have no intentions o f aidin g y o u a Sir Page i q w h e r e v o u will n e ver fin d him, if, ,i nc ent' s w o rth!" deed, h e is n o t in Engla nd I "Ob, w e ll, t i me will s h ow By tbe w a y, "Yo u a r e wrong I have not bee n a fool all 'Jll e a se to hand ove r t he dia m ond s I can live thi s time, eve n tbnu g b a wild G ypsy and yo11. like a.pr ince on the w o r t h o f them." a b a iliff. If y o u are par ticul a r tc. "You' ll not g e t th e m, Th e y be lon g t o A u rek n o w it, S i r Page resi d es in t h i s v ery c ity, and J 'tin, and I i-baD k ee p the m for h er. You may know wh ere to lay my bands on him at an in-


24 Buck Ha.wk. Detective. Gtant's n 'lti 'f> II' v:ill pay a round sum for the real b e i if you will not!" "BJt po Sir Page of his diamonds nnd his cbild and hri 1g them to you, you would set m e up in llu s iness and make me rich. I obeyed. I br ll '..t the diamonds ancl two children-one Sir P .qe' s and the other mineand put tbe: n i11 v o"' charge. Tll o two at tb.i time w e r a very muc h alikA in apoearanre, and st1, looking out for tbo of m.Y own cbilrl, J gave h e 1 to you a< being Sir Page's, ""bil e y o u I :aew Sir P11ge's as "You lie, you r a c.11, you lie like Sat9.n," the d amcrnj rner ch1nt l"ried savage ly, making a nv ve as thou;i:h b e w ould strike the pirate. "No, I rloo't. Wbile you have macle a hdy o my s r Page's child you have al lowed to ese > ne !'' An evil :;?.litte r ont.:>red the m erchant's eyes at this, wtiicb Evely 1 did not notice. "So y o u see," t!1e latter went on, "if you don't w 'iac k u;i, I'll se t the dogs at you, an< eventually wh Si1 P ige's favor by restori n;; to parlor, in company with another gentleman, at the sight of whom Turk started. He was a handsome who in many resp<'Cts strikingly resembled Jack Grimes, the detective. Mr. Titus was greatly pleasPCl to see our young forret, and at once introduced bis visitor as Captaiu Clyde. "Glad li+'r meet you," Turk said. "You're the f e!le1 as looks like Grimesy?" Ab I yes My friend. U ucl e TitUJ, bas been telling me h ow he was taken in by at! impostor, and the serious results tbat have attended -the matter. Think I l ook lik e this fellow, Grimes, eh!" And the captain good-naturedly. "Yes-'hou t as mueh as au oyster luks like a clam!" Turk declared. "Shook the fair Aurelia, "What do you mean1 I do not understand you." "No! Oh! well, I was ji: t surmisin', that's all. Baen up past S.lint's, but couldn't i:et an eye ou YOJl." "You mustn't be s o inqui s e e Miss Evelvn." A. TRIANGULAR CONFA.JJ. ''Obi I savy. W e ll, I haven't found out Oun y oung ferret, Turk, couid not really where sh e 'd concea l e d y et, \mt I'm thinkin' 1 rave exp lain e d bis motive for dod ging the aiu't fur off. G o t onto a racket bst night. move m entR of the Stael s, but follow the m be F .. und out that Grimeq and his pal3 bad got a. did, nevertheles s, to a. in Barker n!lw ban; -out at a place kept by a woman named street. Stne l. Know ber1" 'l'lley w e r e a:lmitte d by the landlarly, ancl as And the k een gaz9 s ought Clyde's face .hey did n o t reappear within half an h our, he in ti

Buck Hawk, Detective: "The d i amonds!" Ja..,,.,n Titus cried "Perhaps," Mr. Titus s u ggested turning t o "The diamo nd !' ec hoed Capt. Clyde Clyde, "it will be nothing to my detriment to "Tbe diamonds, you bet!" 'furk repeated, let the boy into the story, as be seems to lie a "an' as tbe bewhiskered chap flusbt>d bis band worthy young fellow, and bas both energy and wi' a l oaded c lub contAioing bullets sbrewduess he v ond bis yean>." you can bet 'passed' over the spark"You a r e right. I VIOuld recommend that l'.ar s, an' the "tranger 'wen t it alon e d ow n tbe yon Jay the matter before him, and bis gamin stairs,' two steps ;it a time. 'Fer" goiu' h e told wit may tneble him to make more o utof it then Grimesy as b o w the gal Stael was manied, w e cou ld." which made his jiblet mall nnd be "ail e d out. "Loo kee bP.rel don t git so fresh and fla tterin' rears he was gom' to gh-e Stal'?! the diamond s -it dr,n't agree wi' my constitution," Turk de After Grimes s kipped. Stael called in acotber mune"rity peach, an' allo"s sbo can mash nny feller in and happin ess aud i n an nnguArded m oment at Pbila, at the t ender age of sixteen-soft gloves, t empte d to rob me, but was discovt>red 11nd fle d, Queensbury rule s!" fir st, boweve r m urdering my young wife, Lady "This Stael rnust he the same I once saw!" Pagel Mr. Titus averred. "She was tben the child"Yon may know that I spared neithe1 money queen of a roving hand of Gypsies that camped nor pains to have bim apprehended but through iwm1 the moor. Jack Evelyn was one of these tba agen c y o f a band of Gypsies, b e evaded samP!" e very attempt to capture him, and escaped to "He llo! !'ye know Jacki" Turk aske d, prick-this country. Later, by a couple of mo ... tbs, ing n bis ean;?" my only cbilPven hired him to git frustrated by Evelyn's escape to tbis country, rid o' me. ye see, hut afore be got ready to whPre, I am n o w well-satified, be placed my chuck me over, I got tellin' him uhout the iochild in tbe cbarge of Ra Vlk, as I have since consistency of tbe tltiug, 'ca 'se h u w I bad a l earned, through my friend here, and also tbat o' rescuia' 11 gol namecl Evelyn, which must be be b a d been an ocean pirate, for A. number of don e an' so forth, an'--fio forth. Well, tbe reyears!" suit was be pricke d up his ears, se d tb e gal was Turk's eyes were litera lly ES big as saucers his'o, an' consented to J e d m e breathe f o r an iawhen tbe n arrator paused. definite p e riorl, if I would find and deliver the "Je hos ephat Jobn Rodgersf' be ejaculated. gal to him. So I promise

Buck Ha.wk. Detective. "My heart seems to tell me so. While sbe remained a member of mv household, I studied her narrowly, and the more I d id so, the more mv lleart yearned toward h er. Then, tbe very f'lct that she was a member of St. Clair's household is ev'idenca in itself." "Dunno. I've bin tryin' to git some o' these p'ints tb 1 u my noddle, an' I can't jest 'spress mv opioion as clear as I mdy be able to do, hereafter. Are ye sure St. Clai r a url Hawk are one and tbe same?" "I am w ell sati>fied on that point. My friend Clyde bas given me a (lescription of St. Clair that so corresponds with G erald Hawk, I have no doubt b e is the same. Descript ions d on't go very fur. Feller once hired me to carry a note to a c ertarn uumber, w h ile 1 was on tbe messenger force. Said slle was tall, slim, w ore good togs, and had a bright angelic s mil e I tuk the message, and the one that tbe bell corres ponded to the de scription-so I guv it to her. Met the feller, ltfter, anrl be threatened t o give me six 30'3 at Moya. S e d I'd given the message to the cham ber-maid instea'.i of tbe young l ady b e had mashed in the Walnut street cars. Then, another p 'int. There's an extra g a I. Tb is Evelyn is a smart Ale ck-mebbo nobody don't know which is which 'twixt them gals. Did St. Clair or Hawk have a gal whe n he l eft ED .1" .l"Nol He l eft a wife and son in L ondon the same tbat are in this city n ow! "I savyl Must l oo k aftPr 'em to-day. Well, ef b e hadn't no gal, did Evelyn, tho Gyp, have one?'1 "I arn of th" impression that he did have a child, but am not certain." That roo ster.'s got a h ea d as long as a J ersey waterml\lon. Ho co uld have easily mixed things up in le llv in' the kids with St. Clair." Sir Page l ooked somewhat startled. "How do you mean1 Do you think be wou ld give my child to St. Clair and claim that the other :me wa> bis, then afterward try to extort money From me by claiming tbathe had changed the children, and that Etta wa'l b i s own child!" "\Veil, a f e ll r c:in't tell how fur a frog can jnmp. you know. There's blamed few things tberA ain't a bare p s;;ibi!ity of today, when rascals !Jas got tbe ti!l er-rnpe." "However th1 t ma. v be, there i s one way I can pr>ve mv own child, unles >-" U '\le s s tbA bil:.tb-mark h a s b e en counterfeite 11" Clydo interroi;;:at e d .. s:ie b:id a birth-mark, which I r.emember nlainly, and I will not be convrnced that Etta Evelyn is not my daughter until it is proven to me tllat she doe H n o t b ear tbe mark, wbir.h it wo11ld be uP.xt tn i:npossible to copy." What is this me.r 'd" Turk &"kPd. "I pre f e r to that a secret untiJ I see tbe girl a nil fin-I ow rbe trut. b." "We ll, boss, I'll go ye a hundred eyesters fer news wben I report ag'in. G o t 11 kind o' saln brious ide'1, ye know, that I kin find out wh ere tbe gal i, ye know, nn' ef Any electri c li2:bt c0nclusions bit me, I'll run into tbis clock and transfer ther cargo, a s the sailors say. There's one thing to consider, though." "And what i s t hatf' This. If I s hould happen tu scoop i n the1 affections of the gal you'll not Jet the captain her e interfere?" Consider tnat part of i t settled,'' Sir Page sait.I, with a smile. After a little further conversation, Turk took bis d eparture and went back to the hotel, wbere he sat down at a tabl e lit a cigar, a n d gave himself up to thought. There were several things that must needs be attended to. First, tbe graveyard myster y concerning Aurelia St. Clair and the o l d vault. Tben Turk dtis1red to get ou track of what game the Hawks were a[ter, nl so to get an in .. terview wiLh Jack Gri mes, anrl most of all, to fin1 out where Etta Evelyn was conce aled. All that he hnd heard at the Titus place had not served to throw any more light upon the whereabout'-! of Etta's place of concealment. and jus t bow he was to go to work to find it o.:it was a s orry puzzle to him. Tbe cemAtery matter, b e was awa1e, musll n eed s be investigated at night, adbring the day it was vi s iterl by large numbers of p aop la. What was tbe attraction within the vault for Miss Aurelia S t Clair was also a mystery, tha Pxposure of whichmigbt bring a revela ti on. After dinner be donned a disguise, and carry ... in g another one in a bundle, wrapped in a news p!iper, be set out on a visit to the numerous thieve< dens in hopes of finding some tidings of Jack Grimes. He was di3!ippointed, however, and next. sought the establishment of the noted pugilist, Artbut Chamber" on Ridge aven ue, but could find uotbing of Uriah Evalyn, n o r did inquiries elidt n<>ws concerniug him. Satisfied tbat h e migbt as well strike some' other t'1.ck, the young f erre t the n roamed around town, waiting for night to approach, when it was bis intention to visit the cametery SJon after tbe last wor s Pe." Til e next minute 'be ordered the rlri ver to stop, arn1 wb e n the barnuebe "as oulted he sprung t o tbe pavement, just as the ex-Gypsy qaeen was passing. Mademois e lle Stael!" be exclaimed, stepping toward b er. She gave him a startled look at first, then an expression of recognition beamed upon b.er countenance. "Monsieu r Hawk-can it r.ie possiblel'' "Mos t ns ured ly, and of all persons I i'l,ll.11t w se e you are the one!" "Wbat for, "On important business, for ,..., l>

Buck Ba.wk. Detective. 27 "Ze monsieur is not laying z.e snar e1" "By n o means. You sbould judge better of me than that, fo r you kuow I was once your ardent admir er!" "WdU" "Wbere can I seeyou'I'' "If yuu wih, I will come to your place." "Good 1 mto my barouche and I will drive you there 1" Mauy tbanks. I will come around this evening:. "Very well. Here is my present name and address," and be gave her his card. Do not fail me." "I will not!" And with a winning smile, which made her l ook years younger than she was, sbe swept on, while St. Clair entered his barouche and drove on his way. "TM key to victory is now within my grasp I" he chuckl ed, and he returued to his r es idence, to e agerly await tb e coming of Stael. It was nearly nine o' clock ere sh., 'Nas ushered into the parlor, w htre tbe diamond merchant was waiting for her, He helped her to a seat in a luxurious arm chair, and then seat;i:d himself opposite her. "Well, mademoiselle, at last we have met," be said "You, of all women did I ever ex pect to meet in America!" "Indeej1" I often thought of yo& as the bonny Gypsy queen, who aided me to escape from England. How bas the world been usin g you, mademo iselle?" "Ob I very bard, sir. I have drifted about here and there for several years, literally home le ss "MarriedP' "Ahl n ol I never yet met the man that could app1 edate my talent s or my I.Jeanty "Except me, Stael. You know you had an ardent admirer in me. Times have changed, though, now. I am rich, where I once was poor.'' "Yes1" "Ob I certainly. But 'tis said a man is never satisfied with wealth until lie wins love and re v enge I crave for botb now. Once I get tbe revenge, I beli e ve I can wio the love. I b a ve a hitter e n em \', and I sball never rest easy until be is out of tbe way. Then, with my great wealth anrl a f air wife, metbinks I woulrl be content. I want you., for my wife, Stael-I likewis e want you to do tbe j o b I" Sbe lo oked at him angrily. '' Wbat! I-commit murder, sir?" "'Ve l!, not exactly; you you would only have to put a little pol,o n 10 a cup of teal" "You do me a terrible wrong, sir. I could never tbink of such a thing!" "Not if I would marry you?" "Nol no!" .. Wbat would hire you!'' "Five hundred thousand dollars would not!" The mercbant uttered a curse "Yon cau go, then. You must have changed greatly. The woman who wonl 009 in the vicinity. Tlus ment thus it stoori, then abruptly disappeared within the vault and tbe door was closed behind it. AftPr waiting several minutes, to see if there was to he any more ghostly visitant, Turk stole cautiously toward the arched receptacle of the dead. "Jest bu'.t me, ef I believe that was a ghost


Buck Hawk, Detective. a t all," be m uttered, "an' I'm goin' to sift the matter through, it there's ech a thing-in tbe a lmanac-. 'Spect mebl:e l'll I.Jave to use my re volver, b u t l'm goin' t o investigltte, bi t o r miss." As he neared the vault, be drew and cocked bis revol ver, and he l d it ready for USC', not knowing what emergency a moment wight brin1< forth. The door was not fastened on the inside, and stood a trifle open, and so Turk applied first his and then his ear to the C'r ac!r, to learn if any ry. The moment the duor flew open, J3ck Grimes sprung to bis feet, with an oatb, but Turk stood triumphantly on the tbresbold, hi s gleaming weapon bearing full upon the detective. "Stand wh ere you are, Jac k Grimes, or I'll pu_t a .bullet through you, Turk's ringing voice c r ied out sternly. "l'vP got the rlrop on you, and I'd rather shoot you than not!'' For a moment Grimes was too enraged to speak. What do you mean?" he finally gasped, boarsely. "Put away that pistol, or i t wil be the worse for you "Nary a time, Grimesyl I've got you just where I want you, and if you attempt to escaf)': I'll bore a ho l e in your noddle, wbat'll take away wbat few brains you have got. M i nd I 'm not fo o ling. You bad no on m e, did ye, Mister Kidnapper? nur I won t h a ve any o n you. I jest want ye to understand that I'm boss of t llis byar situation, an' um goin' to be obeyed. Take yer knife and cut Miss Evelyn's bonds. Dare to disobey, or hurt her and I will perforate ye!" "Sboot and be-!" Grimes cursed, furiou s l y I never yet was k nown to take water from a boy!'' "You'll find it's the law as talks, now!" Tur k cried, firm ly, a d etermined glitter in his eyes. I shall count o n e, two, three. One!" An expression of bulldoi;{ defiance was upon the de tective's face He evidently did not bAlieve Turk would he courageous enough to put his tbreu t into effect '' 7'wo/ H Turk's voice had a steely ring. Grimes looked l ess confident. "Three!" Perhaps a cou p l e of seconds elapsed, then crack went Turk's weapon, and Grimes clutched at bis breast, and fell back upon the g round flo o r in a faint. Turk quickly sprung forward, and examined the nature; of tpe wound, aud fo und that it was as he b a d meant it to be, merely a flesh wound, the bullet haviag passed nowhere near a vital part. He'll be all right rlirectly," Turk said, look ing at Etta, "ho npct.red terrified at what she had seen "I'll release you, and then bind him I" This be was not slow in

Buck Hawk, Detective. "Has Miss Etta arrived safely?" "Y as, sah; just done come, a few minqtes ago!" "All right. I will call around in the morn ing.,, He tl:en sought his hotel lodgio gs, and rest for the night, prett_y well satisfied that be b11d been in luck iu finding an:! releasing Miss Evelyn. But the end was not yet. Shortly after Turk and Etta escaped from the c.emet.ery vault, Aurelia St. Clair stood within the Tauft and before Jack Grimes who h ad re covered con sc iousn ess and narrated what had just happened. "Can it be possible tha t it bas been discover ed that I have been connected with you in this secr et?" Miss St. Clair said, cuttiag his bonds. "Of course!" Grimes lied. "I l earned from the boy that everytbmg h11s been explod ed, and both yourself and y ou r father will be arrested. It remams for u s to let the old man look out for himself, while we make a break for cover until the wind blows over. We must, h owever, if po ss ible, secure the girl." "Nol no! let u s escape from the city by the midnight train." Being scarcely able to 'valk, Grimes saw the necessity of obeymg her suggestion, and ere an hour they were aboard the train, speediag for New York. Tbat was the last ever seen of them in the Quaker City. CHAPTER XII. THE HAWK'S SWOOP. _Give u s yer chloroform." The diamond merchant produced a bottle and a spo11ge, and h a nded them to the old pirate. "Be liv ely, now, fo r I want to get out of the city, before morning." "Out of the city?" "Yes. I met an old friend, to-night, and have hired him to take us down the bay in his steam tug. beyond the breakwater, we will laud at some southern port, and I .. m send an envoy to collec t a ransom from Sir Page If he pays a big price, be can have h e r. "D'ye 'spect me .to go a!Jng1 0Yesl" "An' ye'll whack up tbe ransom?" Yes. I've been preparing for this, an\) if you're lively, we'll leave South street, Schuyl kill River, before daybreak I" "All right. You'll find me an ugly customu to deal witb, if you don't keep yer promises." This conversation wa not conducted in an un dertone, for owing to the lateness of the hour, it was not deemed DP.cessary. Just outside the back yar1 fence, in the alley, a r o ughl y drP.ssed person had been crouching, in a JisteRing atti tudtJ. Dressed in overalls, s lou ch bat, sbaggy beard and hair, no one would ever have suspected thAt this cleverly disguised eavesdropper w a s Turk the Ferret. To explain bi s presence h e r e, he bad been in the hotel au bour, when sometbingset med to tell him that dangPr was menacing Etta Evelyn. So stroag did the matter press upon bis mind, that h e arose and disgui s ed himself, aLd left the hotel, with tbe r eso lv e to spend the night in the vicinity of the mansion A MAN had be e n prowliag abou' o the Titus He bad arrived in the alley about the same in resid ence, at the time Etta Ev<>lyu had arrived stant that St. Clare and Stael bad arrested Eve and entered, and this man was none other t::.an lyn, in bis burglarious act. the old sea pirate, J1velyn, w h o bad )revio usly Consequently, be bad overheard the couverl earned that Sir Paged welt there sation hetween the c o nspirators. When finally the house became q uiet, and ''Here' s a go," be muttered. "Now it i s for time enough bad for its occupants to me to play my cards, and take the game. Ef I get asleep, be gained access to the rear yard, call the pe rli ce, they ll get the credit, an' I none. and producing a slender bar of i'ron, was not I'll just get passage on this ship, and resc ue Etta lon g in prying open a shutter. in true style Reckon old 8ir Donald will come It was nea.rly two in the morning and he bad down bands.>me." little fear of being discove r ed Yet be bad His mind was Lt\de up. hardly got the shutter open, when h" felt someGliding from the alley by its rear course, be thmg co l d touch bis cheek, and wheeling around, set out rapidly for S outh street, Schuylkill River saw tb!lt the co l d article was a revolver, hel d in -for rapidity was now es:iErnti11l. the bands of J erGme St. Clair, who was also a c-Several times be passed policemen who eyed companied by Stael. him suspiciously, but none of them offered to Evelyn recognized them both, and uttered an stop him. oath. In due time he rooched the docks along the "What the devil do you want?" be growled. river; and f o und a s :eamer, such as is generally "What -d o you want, in there?" Jerome St. u sed for towing purposes, alongside the wharf, Clair demarul ed, sternly. below the South street bridge. craft, bow" Money I" Evelyn growled, ever, had an upper cabin, and was rigged for "I beli eve you lie! Has the girl returned?" sailing in caae of the engine giving out. "No-not as I knows on." The steam nas already up, and a man sat "Don't lie to me Now, lo o kee here Evelyn the rail smoking a pipe-a bewhiskered indr '"''ln go into that house, chloroform the girl, and vi1iual, dressed in sailor's attire. '>ring her to me, and I will give you a thousand Turk passad along, payin;; no particular at-c!

-"Oh, nothing much I Don't want a fat job for a couple of weeks, eh1" "Wbat doin'1'' Oh, belpin' on board. Gwine to take a party on a trip, and want some one as knows bow to mind their business and keep their mouth sbet." StTuck tbe right man, then. What's the salaryr "Two dollars a day. Come on board, and I'll explain." I Turk obeyed, and the two descended into the engine-room and took a seat ou the tool-boxes. '.rurk took a good look at the sailor then, and thal worthy took a good look at Turk. I reckon you're to be trusted," be said; "your mug says so. D'ye know who I am!" "No," Turk replied. "We ll, I'm Buck He.wk, detective. Directly a party will come on board who "desir es to eSl!ape from the city. He is an old English criminalmoreover, my father. He-" "Expects to bring a prisoner aboard?" "How do you know?" I overheard tbe plot." "Tbe deuce! Well, to make e long story short, I'm going to put this man aboard an English ve$el, end take him back to England to expiate bis crimA," "Aud what of me1" "You are to briil g this tug back to this wharf. l chartered it only." And tbe girH" "Yon are also to bring her back. She is a stolen child, and my father bas hoped to reap a fortune out of her oossesion, but mother and I have devoted years to the thwarting of bis plans. Th e n followed an explanation that Jerome St. Clair, alias Gerald Hawk, was Mrs. Hawk's hus band, and so forth, and so for tu; and also the capture or gambler Fred St. Clam, who, having "given away" all that was necessary for Buck to know about the whole conspiracy, bad boon permitted to leave for parts unknow n. About half an hour later, three persons 11p proacbed the dock, and carried a bundled -up object between them, which Turk knew was Etta. They were assisted aboard, and took posses sion of the cabin, where Mother Haw!r, in disguise, arranged for thair comfort and conve nience. As soon as possible, tbe tng was got under way, and steaml'd down the SCbuylkill, the dis guised Turk acting as fireman, and Buck Hawk as engineer, he instructing Turk bow to manage tile craft on returning. Towanl daybreak Mother Hawk appeared in the engine-room. "Did yon get the wine be orclered1" she sked. .... Yes: open the bottle lying on top of the case -It's fixed," Buck said. About bait an hour later he left the engineroom for a few minutes, and directed Turk bow also to work the pilot-wheel "rve got three jailbirds in one bunch," be t1aid. "Uriah Evel. vn, the pirate, the Gypsy, and the scoundreli Gerald Hawk, tbs murderer Page; ana Stllel, the once-famous tlUOOn of English forgel'B. All bound and gamed, &BC! ready to ship aboard the Euglish During the remainder of the trip very little was said. Buck Hawk bad released Etta Evelyn who directly came and threw her arms affectionately around Turk, and thanked him heartily tor what be bad done. Turk was surprised that she knew him, for be still wore bis disgui se "What ye meant" be ejaculated. "Guess you're mi3taken." "Not a bit of it!'' Buck Hawk exclRimed "I recognized you, Master Turk, tbe moment you aboard, and from wbat I can bear, von will get tbe rich r ewnrcl you deserve, when j ou restore this estimable young lady to ber father. My reward, I trust, will corue from the English Government when I deliver up my inhuman father." In due time daylight came, and shortly afterward they were alongside the English bomeward bonnd vessel1 which was anc. b ornd in the Delaware, near tne outlet of the Schuylkill. Buck HawK boarded her, and shortly after be had bis prisoners transferred to the English ves sel. The manner in wblcb be bad made tbe cap ture m11de extraditi on papers unnecessary, anct thus we.stbe Jaw of the Unite}! States buffled for once. A s soon as the transfer was made, Turk and bis fair set out on their trip back to Phil adelphia, which was made in good time and without incident. What remains to be told can be told in a very few minutes, and equally few words. Turk, our youthful f erret, gained all the honor of restoring Etta to her father, and a glarl r estoration it was, in which Sir Page, Etta, Captain CI.vde and Turk figured. Turk received a goodly sum of money for h:S brave dP.eds; bnt that was not all. -Sir Page, a couple or weeks later, received a cablegram from England charging him to appear against one Gerald Hawk, and Turk was olfered a happy home if he would accompany the party. So be naturally consented. Before departure from America tilere was a grand wedding, and Captain Clyde and Lady Henrietta Page were the happy couple, Turk, in a hands ome suit, acting as first groomsman. After tee ceremon.v Captain Clyde produced and adorned his bride with tbe magnificent Page diamonds, much t;o the surprise of all, for it wu he who b11d demanded them from Jack Grimes that night in Stael's residence. Kinder 'curred to me it might be them dia moods would tum up," Turk said, with a grin. "Tell ye what. As fur as my 'sperience g90S villainy will allus get left, sooner or lllter('atd right will prevail like skippers on a yeller poodle. An' ef ye want ev"rytbing to come oil$ ge-lorious, thar ain't no e.ntidcte so good all .a:> employ a young feller about the diagrau.. cf !'l Sultan o' Turk-eb1"


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