Spotter Fritz, or, The store-detective's decoy

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Spotter Fritz, or, The store-detective's decoy

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Spotter Fritz, or, The store-detective's decoy
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The Deadwood Dick Library
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Wheeler, Edward L. (Edward Lytton) 1854 or 5-1885
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Dime novels. ( lcsh )
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Tieartle & Actams Ente r ed at Pos t O tflc e. N e w Y o rk N. Y ., a s secon d c lass marter. Atar. 15, 1899. No. 62 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK C O Cleveland, Ohio Vol. V B'RITV. llOUBLED UP HIS FIST SO THREATENINGLY THAT THE DARKY lllMEDIATELY GO?' l')UT ms WAY"

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l\>1>Yrlght 1881-1889, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Post Otllce, New York N. Y., as second class matter. Mar. 15, 189 INo. 62 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. V -J>OVllLED VI' HIS i'IST SO THREATENINGLY THAT 'l'Wli J).Ali.JO" JlllUWU.TELT ""' 60I Qin JW,lj W.t."i' -

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I..__ Spotter Fritz; OR, 1'he Stor e -Detective s Decoy BY E DWARD L. WHEELER, AUTHOR OF DEADWOOD DICK NOVELS, "ROSEBUD ROB" NOVELS, ETC. ETC, CHAPTER I THE BOUND BOY AFLOAT. "FRITZ!" No answer to the call, which was shrill and authoritative; and a frown of displeas ure mantled the brow of Mrs. Jerusha Shrimp, as she stood in the vine-wre a thed Gothic arbor of her prett.v farm house, and gazed aearchingly a well-k ep t fruit orchard, now just in full bloom, which sur rounded the house "Fritz!" This time Mrs Shrimp called with more vehemence, and got her answer from among the branches of a cherry tree ne a r where she was standing-the an&wer coming in the good natured Teutonic tones of the looked for Fritz. "Ve!, v'at you vant, Mrs. Shrimp?" "I'll show you, you rasca lly blunderbuss. Wha.t are you doing up in thi.t cherry tree, sir? Come down. instanter!" "Dot ish all rig ht. I st hay yoost v'ere I am I was the reply Off I come down you gif me d e r sdrap : " Not this time sir, if you comt down right aw.ay," Mrs .Shrimp averred, a little more graciously, full well bowing the lad's stubborn ways. "Come down, now-that s a good boy; I want to have a talk with you." "Vid a sdick, eh?" Fritz questioned, not offering to UIDVE. until be had some assurance that it was absolutely safe. "Nol no! no! Haven't I told you that if you come down at once I wouldn't strap you?" Mrs. Shrimp reiterated impatiently. Vel, den I come down was the answer, and Fritz, clambering down out of the tree, soon stood upon the ground at a respectful distance from Mrs Shrimp, so that in case she should make a dive for him he co uld r u n. E ven Mrs S., with her vinegarisb disposi tio n could not refrain from smiling as she noted b i s warlike preca u t i on, and the broad gri n upon his stolid, good natured features, for Fritz was rather a comical looking fe ll ow to gaze at, at any t ime. He was short in stature for a boy of 1>ighteen and fat and hea lthy looking, with a r ound German face, with a Jewish hook to the nose, and sharp black eyes, while his hair was red and bushy. No one could look at the stu rdy youn g Dutchman without smiling, for be was the impersonation of good-nature, clumsiness and cunning. Dressed in a pair of loose-fitting blue over alls, met by a homespun over-frock, and a round cap on his head, minus its "scoop," and being barefooted, added somewhat fur ther to his comica l appearance "Fritz!" Mrs. Shrimp said surveying him 1 with a severe expression of countenance,. "what on earth were you doing p in thal; tree?" "Nodd inks on earth; I vas in der air,'' re . plied the boy. with a broader grin "Stop!" Mrs. Shrimp commauded, i'ebuk ingly. "None of your impudence. Wha1 were you tloing in that cherry tree?" "Suckin' birds' eggs, und brognosdercat. in' der vedder, like Venner," Fritz replied, edging a few inches further away. "Dere ish goin' to pe von pig dunder storm some off dose days." "Ob! you awful, awful boy! Corne into the parlor, sir, straight as you can walk. I hav e got something sedous to say to you "Dot means-' Fritz, old veller, you keep von eye on vatch for der strap,'" was the Bl lent conclusion of the lad, as he meekly fal lowed his mistress. The Shrimp family parlor was no elegant affair, but was rather cozily furnished; boast ed of some nice pictures, a piano, and last but not least, three human ornaments in the persons of the three Misses Shrimp; the elder Shrimp of masculine gender had long since passed away, peace b e to bis ashes. The eldest Miss Shrimp was over thirtv, not really prepossessing; and rather a coun terpart o f her mother. being possessed of plenty of vim and wide-aw:.ike, lcok-after the-p,ennies business I act, and having a de cidedly sour disposition. Knowing ones said it was because she had been unsuccessful in catching a husband; but be that as it may, Miss Caroline was her mother's favorite. Miss Arabella was twenty-five, and more fresh and matrimonially hopefu l tsan he r elder sister. It was the hight of insult, to her, to be counted an old maid. for, indeed, did she not have a lover in Philadelphia with whom she corresponded regularly, and were they not engaged? Besides, Arabella was a writer of poems of no mean order, on such nov&I and original subjects as Spring, Autumn-poor sighing expiring Autumn, ts say nothing of Love, Kisses .and the vein& of womanly feeling. Lotta Sh.rimp was seventeen, and the. harum-scarum

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Spoiier Fritz, 8 boy of the family, much to the ruffied dignity "Humph! school, indeed I He's barely of her elder sisters, and the worriment of her ea rn ed hi s clothing and living to say noth mother, for the "fellers" that Lotta couldn't ing about going to expens e of sending him to "mash," with her roguish pretty face and school. I should think you were old enough figure, were literally not worth ': mashing." to talk better sense, Lot!" was Miss Caroline's These three Graces of the Shrimp fam1ly sharp reproof. were seated in the parlor when Mrs, Shrimp "I'm sure Fritz has been treated very well, and Fritz entered-Miss Caroline engaged in and cannot complain. I've taug.t.t him how footing up the family expense book, Miss to read, write, spell and ciphe1-, myself," Arabella engaged at fine 11ewing. and Lot, as meekly added Miss Are,oella she was called eng!l.geq in reading a yellow"Oh I of course! But I say he 's been covered novel, much to the disapproval of made to work all the tim e and u sed more her sisters' strict idea s like a slave!" Lot asserted, defiantly. B ah! "Fritz," Mrs. Shrimp began, as she sunk don't talk back to me you old crones!'' and into an easy-chair, and motioned him to stand with this parting shot, she returned to the up, in front of her-" Fritz, are you aware perusal of her book, while Mrs Shrimp and how old you are?" her two elder daughters each gave a deep, Fritz s cratched his bushy red h ea d a modeep .si g h. Incorngible Lotta would yet ment. as if the question p e rplex ed him. bring them, in gray hairs, to the grave, the y "Ve!, I don'd know dot ," he finally redeclared_ plied, "but off I vas dcr shudge py as many ".And so, your time b e ing up, Fritz, .and licken's I haff got, I dink I vas no older as we having insuffici ent work to keep you em dwe lve or thirdeen." ployed." Mrs. Shrimp went on, ''we have "Hal ha! good for you, Fritz! You're conclud e d that we sha U h ave to l et you go!" nobody's fool!" cried Lotta. Fritz's countenance fell a littl e at this an" Lotta!" Mrs. Shrimp said severely. setnouucemenr. ting her foot down heavily on the floor. I don'd understand You don'd vas vant "You are not required to speak till you' re me any longer, eh?" he asked, rather sorrowspoken to." fully. But, you know I wLl h ave my say, now, .. No, Fritz; necessity compels us to part mammy," the independent member of the with you. You are getting to be a mau now, Shrimp family declared, with a malicious and na t urally eat more and wear out more grin at Caro ine. clothing than when younger, and that; to"Fritz," Mrs. Shrimp pi:
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Sputter PrlU. Parson Sidndle bes ever ent.ered a tent, recollect it was only to see the animals. He'd scorn to look at the circus, and as for his going.to see the Black Crook, that's simply a fabrication on the part of that wicked Thomas Flynn." "Of course!" agreed Caroline. What 11 sin that any one could thus malign Parson Skindlt:," from Arabella. "No, no, Fritz, never let temptation lead you into a life of sinfulness," Mrs. Shrimp continued. "I have already secur e d you a position, if it is such as will suit you Pi:ir son Skindle knows of a brother minister who wants a boy to chore around for him, like sweeping out his office, keeping the fir es, blacking his boots, running errands, and so forth. How would you like that?" "I don'd dink ash how I'd like dot and so-forth job," Fritz replied, manifesting more spirit than was custowary for him "Uff you don'd vas like me, l vill go to Phila delphia und start into pizness." But, Philadelphia is a great city, F1itz, and a great ways from here." Dot is drue, but I haff got legs, und I soon get there. Maybe I find work on der road, und den I can go on der cars. I vas much obliged to you all vor keepin' me so long, und off I ever get rich I vill send you somedings to remember me by Fritz left the Shrimp homestead that very afternoon. He was only too glad to be given his freedom, for his life had been none too easy there, and he was ambitious to something for and of himself. He had no clothing to carry, but in a little carpet-sack he had some apparatus which appertained to certain little tricks in parlor magic, in which by natural gift he was an a.dept. Uaroline hi.d also hunted him up a ser viceable pair of shoes, so that he need not start out barefooted. Lotta, who had alway-s oeen his firm friend. and bad taken sides with him, was the only one to follow him to the gate. "Fritz," she said, "I hate to see you &'0, hut am well satisfied you will find it easier elsewhere than here. But I am determined you shall not go on foot. Here is my pocketbook, containinff the money I have earned. Take it as a gift from me, and pur chase you a ticket for Philadelphia. When you get there. you will still have some meney left. With it you can obtain board and lodging until you can find employment; then-, when you get to doing well, you can send it back to iile, and no one will be the I.Viser for it." B ut M is s Lot ta. v o u vas n ot afraid to drullt me? Maybe I get lllek ud klek ofer der bucket-v'ot den f" "Pshaw! don't have such a thought. I anticipate a bright future for you, and know you 'll be honest to send it back." "Und you bet I vill off I nefer do vone odder t'iug in der vorld. Good py, Miss Lotta! You vas alvays kind mit Frit:.i, und he ll nefer forget you." And with tears in his eyes, the big hearted G e rman lad rais e d to his lips the lily hand that had felt for him in giving him the money; then turned and strode down the winding country road-the avenue that took him hence into a strange, active and exciting life. __ CHAPTER II. PRITZ IN FUN, OF his Fritz had no knowledge. His first recollection was of being under the charge of a hard-hearted, unscrupulous old Jew pack-peddler named Hyman, with whom he had traveled about the country until fiv(' years before, when Hyman had made a bar gain with Mrs. Shrimp to take the crude German Jewish boy and train him up in the way all Americans go As before stated, Fritz's term of bondage had been anything but pleasant at the farm, and he had ideas of his own that he would like to go back to Philadelphia, which was the home of Hyman, by the way, and mak" an attempt to 8tart in the world for him self. In what way he should be able to do this, he had had no clear conception until Lotta's friendly gift of the money; but now, as ha trudged along down the old turnpiked road toward t:Ue station, bright visions of pros. perity loomed up before him. He would purchase some trinkets and jew elry, if more, and start out peddling, until he could get something better to do. On his way to the station, he counted over the money Lotta had so kindly loaned him, and found that there was forty dollars and fifty cents. "Dot ish a pile," he soliloquized, thought fully "I get a ride from here to Philadel phia, and stardt into pizness, right avay offl Byrne-by, ven I get rich und spruced up like ash der odder nabobs, vid a white duck suit und diamond pin-den I coome pack und see Miss Lotta. Off der old voman po dead, den maybe I marry her-nefer, unless she is dead. Too much strap fiyin' apoud der bremi s es." He soon reached the station. Waverley was a pretty little town, and hav lng been there often on errands, Fritz seoo found tho depot. It w as a co:nmo n wood e n struct u re, such

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Spotter l'rits. u 11erve the purpose of passenger-stations about in the bottom of the hat. "In der many of our railroads, with but one first place, I suppose you vill give me all I waitmg room, for both ladies and gentlemen. find, der live stock excepted?" The tram had not yet arrived which was "Yes, you are welcome to all you find ex to take Fritz to Philadelphia but he made cept the bat and its lining,'' the drummer re baste to enter the waiting room and purchase plied beginning to feel a little uneomforta bis ticket. ble, for all eyes were turned in curiosity The room was comfortably filled with peoupon him and the young Dutchman. pie who were waiting for the train, and the "Vel, den I'll haff enough to start in mil )ieen eye of F.ritz ran over the assemblage, der junk bizness, ven I get to Philadelphia," while he was putting avvay his pt..rse in an Fritz announced, with a grin. "Hello! v'ot jimer pocket, where be calculated it would ish dot?" nofbe easily reached by thieves. .And to the astonishment of all, he drew a Most noticeable, among others, were three pair of lady's stockings from the bat, and parties-one, a young woman who was enheld them up in full view of the audience. deavoring to fee pretzel manufacturer." and beholding nothing there. "What do declared the elder; then they both laughed you mean, you Dutch blunderbead?" heartily. "Olli noddinkRI noddinKs! I vas simply Fritz colored a lit tle, at first, but quickly showin' you how easy der smart snob can be regained his composure. foohsbed," Fritz answered. "You don'd vas neider off you right," he The locomotive whistle now sounded, and said, quietly; "I vas engaged in der occupaput a stop to any further fun for the awaittlon of minding my own pizness." ing passengers .An of approva l ran over the The crestfallen dandy and his companion faces of thoBe assembled, showing that their made a hurried exit, and were the first to get sympathies were not with the drummers. aboard the cars. "Humph I the modern Dunderbuss ain't Fritz, with his sack in hand, awaited for so after all," remarked one of the the other passengers to get aboard, and while drummers. "I say, my German Satan, what thus noticed that the woman of the have you got in your grip -sac!?:?" squalling infant had forgotten the baby's "Dot's my business; I carry my stock in I bottle. which lay upon the seat near where trade mit my sachel; but you carry yours in she had sat. your hat, I see." It instantly occurred to Fritz that be could "Hal ha! what an ideal Here, you sauerhave some fun with the bottle, and he ac kraut, what can you find in that hat?" the cordingly slipped it into his pocket-for, commercial man cried, taking off his plug aside from being an expert magician, be was and banding it to Fritz. a ventriloquist of no mean order. Though Fritz took the hat, a merry twinkle in his nature had made him stout and clumsy, she little black eyes. bad certainly endowed him with two val11< 1..-"Vy, der lSh lots ln lt," he said, fumbllotti able gifts.

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Spotter Fritz. the train, Fritz was lucky enough I would be my object rn stealin' a baby's suck to find a seat just io front of the woman of ingbottle and biding it in my bat?-and I a the squalling babe single man, thank God, at that? This is Across the aisle from Fritz sat an eiderly scandalous -outrageo us. Here-take my bat party whom the traveler at once set and look at it, and satisfy yourself I" down as a crusty olrl bachelor-for he wore And he j e rked off his somewhat shiny goggles. read the New York Tribune, and "plug," and banded it to Fritz, who thrust appeared of a ve:-y n e rvou s t empera m ent, as his hand ipside of it, and-lo! and behold, he cast numerous frowns in the direction of drew forth the missing bottle, half-filled the f1 'ltting infant. with milk, just as the lady baci left it, at the "Dot i s my g'lme." Fritz qui e tly mutterdepot 1. He pe oatlr vinegar. yoost like old l<'or the moment the bachelor stood as if immens Shrimp, und I haff some fun mit struck dumb with horror-then, utteriQg a him." violent. curse, and seizing the h a t and AtampTo do this he must wait until the lady ing it beneath his feet, he rushed from the with the baby should discover the lo ss of the cars like a madman while Fritz restored the bottle, which occcurred jnst as the train bad bottle to the surprised mother of the child, stopped for a twentyminut e halt at Pittsto n, and the passengers were left in wonder where a few of the passengers !eft the car, ment Fritz, the lady and the bachelor retainin g Fritz, quite satisfied with the mischief he their seats had done, cuddled down in bis seat for a good "Ob I dear, what. has become of baby's sleep, which, owing to fatigue, he was able bottle?" queried the lady, searching about to enjoy. among her bundles. "I do believe I left it 'rhe a fternoon had fled and evening was in the station house at Waverley." gathering over the :6,eeting landscap e when "That is too bad," an elderly lady said, he awakene d. in the next back seat. "Perhaps snme one The brakeman h a d not yet been around to has stolen it?" light the lamps, and it was quite dark in the She was one of the ignorant traveling car-so g loomy, in fact, that the passengers class, who regards every person as a black-at the furth e r en, tooit a

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Spotter Fritz, ., -look at the two m e n s o that b e might re member them th e r eafte r it he h a d any oc casion to. CHAPTER III. JJ'ltITZ AND REBECCA. VERY few wnte r s p o w e rs of deacription are adequate to the t as k of expressing;a p e r son's fe e ling on fir s t ente rin g a g reat and bustling city, after a qui e t life in the c ountry. Ouly those who have bee n thar 'can realiz e t h e strange s e n s ation tl m t pas ses ov e r one, who aw a k e n s to th e knowl e de:e that he is lnnded in a g r ea t cit y a m o n g stra n g ers, alone unknown, a nd un care d for by the gre a t e d dyinp: torr ent of hum a ni t y arounrl them Fritz Snyd er, althou g h ign o r ant in the ways of the world, w as by no mean s a greeny.' A.s Mrs Partine:ton would r e m ark of Ike; "He had a pil e o f id eas o' things in ge n e ral in his head, did Ike, but h a d rutbE:r a poor way of showin' em And so it was with Fritz. He fully r ea liz e d tha t h e w a s in a bi g m e tropoli s d e p e nd ent upon his own resources for a live liho od; but h e h a d confid ence that he could tuk e c a r e of hims elf and s o o n find en:.ployment. "I vil put up at the best h o t e l to night," h e d e cid e d, "und uff I don d c an sta nd d e r pressure, any lon ger, I'll find a sh ea p e r one t o -mo r row, v e re I c a n m a k e a good d ea l o f s h o w for a leedl e m oney." B y inquiry of a p olicem a n b e l ea rn e d t hat eith e r th e Gira rd o r Con ti n e n ta l we r e co n sid e r e d fir stcl ass h o t e ls a nd accordingly got into a h ac k an d o rd e r e d t h e dri ve r to t a ke him t o the l atte r n a m ed h ote l. But h o ld u p I t he driver sa id. "I re ck on yo u d o n t m ea n t h e C o ntin enta l d o ye, Dutc b y ? It costs a Va day t h ere. Now, t h e r e s a n e m: gran t l o dging-h o u se, do w n o u D oc k street, 'ti h ere ye R io ge t a be d for a nick e l, a nd soup d ow n s t a i rs, fe r a pos tae:e s tamp. R eckon th a t wo u ld suit yo u b est, e h ? Rig h t sma r t pl ace i t is, too." Yo u tak e m e yoost w h e re I to l d yo u to," Frit z r ep li e d U ff y ou va s know m y p iz ness b e t te r d e n I vas, I lik e t o kno w d ot." "A.II right; to t h e Co n tinenta l yo u go the n but I'll wage r yo u ll n ot ge t in. "De n I vii stay oud," Fritz muttere d grimly. U ff my m o n e y don d v as so goo d as h so rnep o d y e l se's de n I know d e r reas on." T he c a rri age soo n r o ll e d away ove r t h e p a v e m ent towa rd th e ce n te r of the c it y, a nd from the wind o w p a n e our adventure r w at d1ed the s tor es a n d houses flit by, in g r eat c uri osity. He bad n e v e r b ee n in the city b e for e-at least, not since h e eould rememb er-and the a:reat rows of massive brick and marbl e structurr.s, and the lighted stores looked stran g ely gra nd and beautiful to him. In due time the cab halted before the Ninthstreet entranc e to the Continental Ho tel, and Fritz g ot out. "I'll wait h e r e a bit, so if you qon t g e t in I'll take you som e re s els e," the driver eaid, with a grin, as he received his fare "Don' d you worry aboud me.," Fritz re pli e d, good naturedly. "Uff I do look a leedl e g reen dot don d vas signify any d i n gs. " It si g nifies ther e 'll b e some fun in the Continental the driver mused, turnipg aw a y. Into the hote l and direct to the office, Fritz strode, g rip-sack in hand, resolved to pnt on a bold front, and face the music as any p e r s on does who applies 'to an austere h o t e l for accommod at ions. Ca n I ge t accommodatious h e re for one d ay ? h e as k e d of t h e cl e rk T he cl erk eye d him a moment sup e rcili ou s l y ; t h e n g lanc e d a t the room record, whic h l ay on th e count e r 'Ca nnot keep you; house i s full," he re. pli e d curtly. "Plenty of oth e r hotels h a ndy." "But I d o n'd v a s w a nt some od e r hot els,'' Fritz r e turn e d d e cid e dl y I van t to stay beer so yoo s t g iv e m e a room I c a n p a y f o r im See in g t h a t h e b ad un de r ta k e n t o bluff th e w r ong m a n the clerk him a r o om to w h ic h h e was s h own. Fritz s p e nt a v e r y pl easa n t e v en in g, look in g a r ound and b a d a goo d n ig h t's r est. He awoke a t a seaso n a bl e h our, t h e fo l lowin g mornin g, a nd dress in g him se lf, w e n t d ow n -sta irs t o th e break fas t r oom. A d a rk y w aite r s prucel y dresse d and wea rin g a whit e a pron, m e t him a s Ile was a b o u t ente ring. "Say, j es' y ouh b o ld on I"' h e saluted; "de b oss ga v e o rd e r dat vo uh w as not to cat wid d e o dder g u ests. "Yo u 's w ait f p r d e s
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8 Spotter l'rits.create a farnrabls impression, as be walked independently the room, and took liis seat at the head of one of the tables, aud giving liis orders for what be wanted, he eai with a relish what was set before him. He keenly felt the evident displeasure of the others to his presence, and resolved to have satisfaction. From bis position be commanded a view of nearly all the tables, which gave him a good vantage ground. "Piel" he ventriloquially caused a stout, elderly "lady to shout, l\nd all eyes were turned upon her in astonishment, for she was a Jeader of fashion, and the last one to be guilty of such a breach of etiquette. "Rotten eggs-pliew !"came from another part of the ro.:>m. "Hairs in the butteri" apparently cried another lady. These exclamations, as may well be im agined, caused an sensation, and the boarders stared at each other inquiringly, some utterly shocked, w bile others were in clined to laugh. And Fritz went industriously on eating, nobody suspecting him to be the author of the cries. Several of the guests and boaders got up to leav e tile room. "Look at 'em go. They're skk," a voice cried ''Dead flies in the biscuits-ba-a-ek!' Then there was a sound as if of some one vomiting, at which another delegation beat a hasty retreat from the room. 'rhe proprietor of the great hotel soon made his appearance, purple with ra ge. What i s the m att.er' h ere ?" he demanded striding np and down the room. "Who ib it that i s finding fault with the service? Ii. it you, sir?''-aQd he caugbt hold of Fritz'& coat c0llar, angrily. "Shimaiiuy dunderl" Fritz ejaculated, in nocently-" v'ot is der m atter? I don'd vas find noddings der matter mid
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live with my uncle Alonz0-Alonzo Schwit zer. And, what is your name?" "I \'as Fritz Scbootzenhifer Snyder, S. 0.-somebody"s orphan," was the reply. "Dea you vas a Jewess?" "Yes." "Und your name vas Hyman, you dells me?" ',Yes; Rebecca Hyman. I work at the wholesale and retail establishment of Schloss and Barrington, dry-goods merchants, but uncle he took sick, yest.erday, and so I got excused to-day." "Your father-v'ot apc.ud him?" "Oh, he has been dead these five years." "Is dot so? Ve!, I'll pet you a half a dol-lar I used to know him. He vas an old son of-a-gun v ot used der peddle pins und need les oud in der country, mit a pack on his back." "Ohl not no! that was not my fathertbat was my bad. bad uncle, Moses Hyman. Oh I Fritz. be is a bad, wicked man. and folks are afraid of him. My father wouldn't have anything to do with him. HP is a night-hawk!" "A nigilt-v'ot?" "A night-hawk-11 thief-a smuggler." "Is clot so? Vel, I yoost vant to hawk onto him, vone off dose days, on biznessdot's all. I makes fun mit him." CHAPTER IV. FRITZ TRIES FOR A JOB. TRE:!i Fritz made an explanation of bow be had formerly been in the care of a pack peddler by the name of Hyman, who had bound him over to Mrs. Shrimp to work on ihe farm; and, altogether, the two had quite a little chat. "And so you have come into the city to make your fortune, eh?" Rebecca asked. "What business do you propose to start into?' "Vel, dot depends considerable on cir cumstances. Uff I could, I'd like to get a job wh1>re you are "Har ha! hat Well. let me see. I wish you could, but am afraid :you can't. I don't believe Schloss and Harrington are in need of any help; still, I could get you in with them, if any one could, and I'd like to, too, because you seem t'.l be a pretty nice fellow, Fritz, and could come home with me nights as far as the corner, and I WDl!ldn't be afraid-see?' "Oh I yes: I coome home vid you four or :five times effery night, if you like, v'en you get me the job." "Oh I no-not so many; times as that, Fritz; once will be quite sufficient. Now, let us look you up some clothing, and I'll 1end you around to Schloss and Harring ton's. What kind of a suit do you want, Fritz?" Fritz proceeded to inspect the stock, and se:ected a v1>ry loud suit of cheap diagonals, together with a Derb;r hat, a pair uf shoes, a tie, sJme handkerchiefs and a spring over coat. '"There! dot's about what I want; now how much for tbe Jot?" he asked. "Twenty dollars, to you " Got oud I Y eu dink I vas a foolishness, Rebecca? I gi:lf you yoost ten aud half of a dollar for der lot, or you can put dem back mit der shelf.'' "Very well, Fritz. They cost ten dollars at the crash,' and you can have them at cost. Gu in the back room and try them on, and when you come out I will have a letter of introduction for you, to Schloss and Harrington.'' "All right, Rebecca; you pe der boss girl. I'll bet half a dollar I look yoost like a reg 'lar masher mit dese clothes." And his appearance was greatly changed for the \letter when he re-entered the store. "Vel, bow do 1 look, Rebecca?" he de manded, surveying himself in a glass. "Don'd I vas look like a ready-made Con gressman?" Oh I yes; your appearance is greatly improved. l haven't a doubt but what the firm will take you in, and you will do well." ''Vel, I dink so. It von't pe my fault off I don't own half of der business pcfore I'm with them ein year vot is this, Rebec ca ?"-as she banded him a letter. "That is an introductory note for you to the firm. You can give that to Mr. Har rington, the senior member, an
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Spoi.terlrritz. ------------------..,...------. lishment and entered an_d inquired for the senior partner. What do you want of him? He is busy," the derk answered, to whom he had applied-a somewhat portly individua, with a full face, dark mustache, shrewd black eyes. and a slight bald spot on his head. "I vant to see him; id don'd vas matter to you v'ot for," Fritz replied, independently. Off you vill haff the kindess to show me the office, I vill not trouble you." The clerk-or foreman-frowned. Jack," he said, addressing an errand boy, "show this gent to Mr. Harrington s office." The boy obeyed, and Fritz soon stooa in a small but tastybusiness office, in the pres ence of the semor partner of the firm "A gentleman to see sir," the boy said, and then bowed himself out. "You wish to see me," Mr. Harrington said, surveying bis visitor, rather critically and yet courteously. "Be seated, sir. Mr. Fii;k-" turning to another individual who also &at in the office-" we will speak further on_ the subject, as soon as I attend to this young man's wants." Mr. Harrington was a man of some five and-forty years of age, well-preserved, and a hearty, n
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Spotter Prits. u that he can fill, I would like to give him a trial." There is no vacancy that I -know of at presen t sir," Daniels replied. "Very well; ycu may go," and the fore man accordingly took bis departure. The merchant then to Fritz. "Well, my boy, you heard what my fore man, Mr. Daniels, bad to say? I am afraid there's no chance for you just now." "Dot ft lier is a sucK:er v'ot eats all der bait off der hook!" Fritz declared, nodding / "What? Why, Mr. Daniels is a thorough gentleman and c.ne of our most efficient em ployees. You bavem&de a singularly wrong estimate of our foreman!" the merchant said, a trifle severely. "The boy is hardly to blame," the man Fisk remarked "Daniels has rather a hangdog look about the eyes. By the way, fri end Harrington, I suppose a little advice wouldn't be offensive to you, eh?" "From you, certainly not, Mr. Fisk. Fire away-volumes of it, if yon like. "Well, what I wanted to advis e w a s that you ret11in the services of orti son oi Israel, here; don't tax him wiih work, you know, hut just let him loaf about the store-like your spotted pet cat yonder, you see." "Yes, yes, I see, I see-as a spy, eh?" "Yes. He can keep bis ears and eyes on the alert; it won't do any hurt, at the worst, and may do good. I like the lad's eye, and I'll wage r my hand he can be truated." "In order to do this he would have to be put on track?" "Yes, but you won't lose anything by it. If his pre se npe w ere liable to cre ate s us picion, he mi ght occasionally be give n some small jobs to do, with the und e r standing that be was simply there to learn the bu si ness." "Perhaps your plan is a go9d one. How do you think you wonld like such a berth, Fritz?" "You want me to play up der loafer, und keep an eye on efferyporly, und when I h ear somedin g s v'ot you vant to know, I coomes und d e lls you apoud it?" "Yes that is it exactly." "But, you vill haff to t e n me somedings apou d v'ot you want to kno w, in ord e r th a t I vt ll know v o t I am to ke e p watch for." W e il, if y ou will promise to k ee p e very thin g a sec r e t t hat you le11rl'l, from every livingpers on e xc ept mys elf and D e tective Fis k, h.-rt '. I will t ake ) 011 into my confi dence a nd e mploy, at a moderate snlary to begin "ith, with an increase as I see....thaG your servic e s merit it." "I promise upon my honor ash a Rhendle man, to do as you vant, and vork yoost der best I can." Well, then, listen: This is an extensive jobbing establishment, doing a business of several million dollars yearly. In addition to handling American dry goods and notions both wholesale and retail, we also import from fore: gn countries costly laces J silks, cloths and jewels-in tlie latter line especial ly, we do a heavy business in the way of im porting and wholesaling. It is a daily oc currence for u& to take in large sua:s of money, after banking l1ours, which we must per force leave in the here over night. Of late, our cashier, my nephew, whose name is Thomas Ward, has privately com plained to myself and partner, 1\fr. Schloss, that sums of money varying from five to ten dollars, havll, on frequent occasions, been extracted from the safe during the nir,ht, or, at least, after business hours. To satisfy my partner, Thomas has bePn suspended from our employ, and Mr. Schloss, in per son, has taktn charge of the cash department for the last week. But the thefts still continue. No later than last night ten dol l!irs was taken from the safe, when Mr. Fisk, who had been left here on watch, was toward another portion c>f the es tablisbmeut by suspicious sounds. Thus, you see, the thief or thieves, are not only bold but adroit and skillful in their work, wbich makes us the more ea ger to capture the m. It is for the purpose of spotting the culprits that you are to henceforth take up a pos ition as an employee of the firm. Do you comprehend?" __ CHAPTER V :' GETTING AT THE CA SE. "YAw-I dink I understand what you vants of me Fritz replied "und I'll bet a doll a r I catch der t'ief before I'm here a w eek." "Well, my boy, if you are successful, you'll not lose anything by it. "You' d better put him on the other mat ter, too," Fis k suggested. He may be suc ce s sful, there." Ah! yes. Now, vou 1 1 ee, Fritz, there is anoth e r matter that, 1f you could g e t at the bottom of it, would be a step toward making your fortun e I suppos e you must b e aware that tb e re is a duty a sses5ed by our Govern ment on all foreign goods arriving in Ameri can ports? " I h afl' beard dot; yes, sir." "We ll, as that duty i s very high on costly fabrics and jewels,, the fact somewhat Jes sen s the profit on imported goods Owing to this certai n unscrupulous people have made it theil' business to smuggle cari;oes of fal"

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J S Spotter Prits. _____ ..... --.. eign articles into American markets, without can see and do what no one can, if em. paying duty, and disposing of them at a ployed bere in the store." !gure considerably less than we merchants "I dink I vill like der JvO," Fritz de who have to pay duty can afford to do in the clared. "But maype I vould go at it some same class of goods. But, of late, matters v'at difference as you vould-v'ot den?" have become more complicnted, and every"You can arrange that to suit yourself. thing goes to show that there is a league of If you need money to carry into execution smuggle0rs in this vicinity, who drive a pay-any advisable plan, I will furnish it." ing business at their nefarious trade, and Vel, den, I loaf apoud der store for their11.gents are scattered about the &urroundawhile, und uff I haff no success, I viii take ing country, as receivers and disposers of some sambles of goods. und fso oud mit der such illegal merchandise. Of late, not only smaller cities ash a drummer. Pym.e-py I our establishment, but one or two other jobfind somedings I vant to know-den, vonce bers in this city, have m'lde a singular and I sdrike der track, I follcw id up." startling discovery-that we have been deal "Good plan! You may go now, and re ing very considerably in smuggled goods, turn to-morrow morning by which time 1 for which we bad never paid a cent. This will have it understood about the establish discovery was made by taking an inventory ment til!lt you are a wealthy young Jew, who of our stock, and comparing it with a prehas paid for a privilege to linger about the vious quarterly inventory, and then comparplace for the sake of getting an idea of the ing the two with our purchase and salesbusiness, in view of either purchasing a part book. The reslt of the comparison was nership or startin$" for yourself. This will that we had about five thousand dollars' satisfy the curiosity that might otherwi e worth of stock above what we bad purarise among our employees, and secure for chased. you courtemrs attention." "It was on making this discovery that we "How many about the place have you privately called in the services of Detective taken into your confidPnce concerning the Fisk, as an investigator, and we learn from smuggling business?" Fisk asked thought-bim that there !.Ire at least two other jobbing fully. houses in the same fix. There seems but "Yourself, Mr. Schloss and Fritz, here, one solution to the matter-this league of aside from myself, are the only ones in the smugglers have agents in our employ, to secret." whom they supply the goods, and these "It is well. I would advise that you do agents watch their opportunity to sell the not permit it to into the hearing of any goods over our own counters, in place of our other person until actually necessary, as it own stock, and put the money in their own would be apt to put the guilty parties on pockets." guard." "Vel, den you vants to know who dose Fritz then left the store, and went back to agents are?-ish dot it?" Fritz asked, taking the pawnbroker's shop, where be had left bis a meditative squint. grip-sack. That is it, exaetly, but, you seP,, it is a Rebecca was Still behind the counter, and business th!.lt must needs be conducted with welcomed him with a smile. the utmost caution. Were the Custom Holllle "Well, what luck, Fritz?" she inquired. authorities ta suspect that we were harboring Der best of luck, Rebecca. Der old undutied goods, there'd be a big row, and man bas taken me in ash silent i:-ardner, und even if we were able to prove ourselves clear 1 bid fair to own a ha!' of der blace afore of all guilt, the affair would get publicity long." nod be apt to injure our reputation as a "Why, Fritz, what do you mean-you business firm. Tl!en, again, it is our aim, don't mean you've got a position?" by what clew web.ave )Sot, to trace the mat"Ve!, I should say so. Rebecca Der old ters to the very root by ultimately discoverrascal yoost engaged me right avay off, to ing and breaking up the smugglers' set around nod do noddings. Dot's v'ot a. To the man who is suceessful in so domg, feller gets for lookin' like a reg'lar masher, the authoritiPS will award a h"Ttdsome re-1md dressin' like a Saratoga swell. V'y, ward, I have no doubt." Rebecca, you yoost ought to have seen der "And, I'll wager he''ll earn his money, folks look ad me v"en I go oud on der street! too, before he gPts at the bottom of it," Fisk I suppose id vas pecause I looked so flip-said, dryly. I reckon I'm ordinarily smart vas id?" in working up such cases, but I'll be jig"Yes, that must have been the reason. gered if my closest attention to the case !las But I don't understand what you mean by availed me anything. Still, two beads are saying you have got a job to sit around and always ..better than one, and maybe our do nothing, Fritz?" friend, Fritz, will have luck, for he "Vel, dot is all right, Rebecca. Von ol

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Spotter l'ritZ. 13 do!!a tillltfl, V'en der grab applo got ripe, I tell you all apoud it. Not 11ow, however. It vas a segret, you see, und vimmens don 'd keep eegrets vorth a ha\' of a dollar." "Ohl Fritz, you're just awful, to speak so disrespectful of the ladies-poor me, of all others. I'm just dying for OU to tell me the secret, Fritz I" "I can t helb id; I know you ptl a purdy sblendid girl, Rebecca, und all dot, but I couldn't tell you at bresent, not if you vas to kick of er der bucket a hal' of dozen times, Rebecca." "But, Fritz, can't you trust me? I won't give it away-never-never-never I there!" "Rebecca, v'en I got isdarted up in piz ness, I vill trust you for anything you vant, from shoe-buttons und darning needles to a pair of susbenders, but you mustn't ask no questions v'at I am to do at der store. I sit apoud und keeb my ears oben-dot's all." "Oh I you mean fellow I I see through it all I>Ow. They've !!ired you to keep watch on poor Tom. They're bound to make him trouble if they can, when he's just as innocent as can be." How you vas know dot, Renecca ?" "Because I do. Tom's just the nicest fel low living, and you will say so when you know him-and all the girls are just in Jove with him." "Dis veller, Thomas. he vas Mister Har rington's nephew, eh Rebecca?" Yes, and it was just through that mean Dolph Daniels that he got discharged. Money was missing from the safe, you sec, on several occasions. Tom he complained of the Joss, and the firm held a consultation. I heard Dolph tell Mr. Schlo!!S that as Tom was the cashier he ought to be able to ac count for the loss, as no one aside from him and the firm bad access to the safe. Dolph also told Mr. Schloss that Tom was in the habit of frcqu
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Spotter Pritz. "And leave poor me without a beau?'" r e While standing on Chestnut street, he saw proacbingly. a ma!! pa ss, whose face was famlilar to him. "Oh, vell, pizness is pizness, Rebecca and It was one of the two portly individuals a feller vants to make bargains v'ere der who8e conversation he had partly overheard 1 money is der most. You see, I could see you on th!' cars. home effery night v'idot interferin'." Their conversation now for the first recur. "Ohl Fritz-you're just awful! I don't red t.o Fritz, in connection with what he had want any second-hand fellow." heard at the store of Schloss and Harrington, But v'ile you are doin a segond-hand and be slapped his head as if to stir up more pizness, Rebecca, v'ot is d e r difference?" ideas. "Oli I a great deal, sir. Besides, you've no "I bet a half-dollar I vas on der trail, show; Miss Rossie-Rosalind is her name-is ri g ht avay off I" he said. ''Dose vellers vas of American blood, and wouldn't hav e a poor talking apoud some cargo vo't dey hatf oudl Dutchm a n like you. Now, you see, at sea, und couldn't get ashore. Dot makes Dolph Dani e ls and Tom are both in love with j 'em smugglers. Der next thing is to find Rossie, which makes another reason why varebouds dcy hang oud, who ish deir asso Dolph should d esire to injure Tom, who has ciates, und who deir names vas." commanded the J:!reference, until And the amateur det ect ive walked away forbidd en to eater the Harnngton house, or on the track of the portly man-on his speak to Rossi e I believe it was as good as trail understoritl that Tom and Rossie were enga11;ed, wit.h the consent of Mr. Harrington, The man soon entered a billiard room, on until Tom's discharge. N&w, Fritz, do ycu Eleventh street, and challenged th'l pro. know what I want you to do?" prietor to play, who at once consented. "V'en you tell me, I know a ll a;)(JUt it." Fritz followed boldly into the place, pur. "Of course. Well, I want you to interch ased a cigar, and sat down to watch the cede for Tom, with Mr. Harrington. He game. would t ake it from you quicker than fron.i Two men were engaged in playing a game, any of the rest of u s; I want you to sound at anoth e r table, close by. Both were rathe1 Tom's praise in his ears, and above ii;ood-looking fellows, whose gentee l attire all, keep an eye on Dolph Daniels. I have mdicated respectable social positions. One an idea he would bear watching." was a brunette the other rather a blonde "Veil, I vill do dot, Rebecca. I don'd with a hungry, pained expression about his took some great fancy to him, myself. mouth and eyes Now, I roust go and find a boarding place." The two were talking, as they played, and "But, Fritz, hold on! I was speaking to Fritz could not avoid listening to what they uncle about you, and he said you could board said. with us, if you like." "Pshaw!'" the darke r youth was saying, Dot would suit me firsd trate, Rebecca, "yon must brave up. There's more chances so I could be near vou. Und ven I haff nod-in the world than one, and it don't pay to ding to do, I mind der pawnshop, eh? I'll cry over spilt milk, Tom." ,. bet a half a dollar I'd make your uncl e bank"'But you see, Jack, it's uncomfortable, in rnpt in six weeks." more than one sense. Why, the Governor "Oh I no; you must only pay half of the don t notice me when we meet face to face, value of anything you lak e in Fritz, and sell and it wasn't more than an hour ago that I it again for twice what you gave for it. That met Rossie, and she drew aside her sk irts in is the way to do bu> iness, honestly and sueby, as though afraid I would touch cessfully." her. l tell you I'm tbe most miserable fel" Oh! ish dot der way? Yell, I dink I low out, and I was tempted to go shoot mystart a pawnbroker shop, myself one off dose self." days, Rebecca, v'en I get through settling up "Dot is Tom, v'ot Rebecca tole me of," dot pizness apoud derOh! dunder, I for-Fritz silently concluded. He don'd got. I'll bet a half a dollar I gitf der whole look so much like a rascal ash his step -t'ing avay, yet." broth e r." So Fritz b ecame installed in his new The supposed had by this time home, with a job b efo re him that required concluded hi s game, paid for it, and depart three essentials-close attention, shrew dness ell. Again Fritz foll owed at a r espect ful and secrecy! distance. and without discoverr he tracked the ponly man to the hallway of n place on CHAPTER VI. Sixth street which led up a flip:ht of s t!l(rs to A RAP Wl'l'H A SLONG-SH\.i a-haJl imm ediately over a saloon. At the THE day being as yet half unsp1 see the -bearh1g the following notice:

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Spotter l'rits. 15 I Tms HALL TO LET I thing more at that time, Fritz succeeded in. .., FOR MEETINGS. BALLS, FESTIVALS, ETC. disposing of his stock to the street-boys at "APPLY A'l' THE SALOON tbe rate o_f three cakes for a cei;it. and went back to his new home. The portly man went up-stairs-Fritz Though not exactly satisfied with the re turned and retraced his footsteps toward suit of the evening s work. be was thankful Market street. for what little clew he bad obtained. "Dot is der place where der meeting is ter be held. der-nigbt, at ten o'clock," he said, reflectively. I must see who goes That same evening Mr. Harringtou waa into dot hall. detained in town later than usual, and it was To linger in that vicinity might after ten o'clock when he started for bis excite the suspicions of the smugglers, as residence, which was on Ridge avenue, in well as the police: hence he conceived a the northern part of the city plan that promised to work well. He bor His route brought him to Franklin Square, rowed an old snit of clothing at the pawnwhich be concluded to cross, rather than go broker shop, of Rebecca. together with a a long walk around it, and he accordingly wooden tray; then at a bakery he procured it and strode along. no thought of buns, cakes and pretzels. danger entering bis mind despite the fact Before eight o'clock that night be had that the pretty Park has bad none too savory taken up bis stand on th e curb. only a few a reputation for some years past, it being a steps from the door to the hall, where he nightly haunt of the rough and harC::l.v re. could dispose of his eatabl es, were any one spectable crowd of humanity that frequent disposed to and at the same time the low dives and variety dens of Vine street notice each and e v e ry person who should and vicinity., enter the door, leading to t i1c hall. Halfway through the Square had he got It was well on toward ten o'clock before when he met two low brpwed fellows, one of any one came along, and went upstairs. whom said to the other: The first one was foe man whom Fritz had "That's him, the dirty b'astel Hit him dogged that afternoon. for his mother, Riley!" He gave a sharp, searching glance at the The next instant there was a whiz through assumed peddler as he entered the hallway, the air, and the merchant was conscious of but went on up-stairs without saying any being struck in the face with some hard ob thing. ject, and falling to the ground, bis senses Soon after two rough, bewhiskered and partly leaving him-while bis assailants hur villainous looking sailors followed his exried on. ample; after them a roughly-dressed man A moment later there were hasty footsteps, who was the possessor of the longrst and and Tom Ward ran up to where his uncle heaviest black beard Fritz had ever seen; lay, partly raised upon his elbow, and gasp next came two well-dressed men, who looked ing for breath. as though they might be prominent business "Wby, Uncle John, is this you?-What tben followed several othe rs-all has happened-what is the matter?" he de wearing heavy beards, which Fritz at once mantled, raising the merchant to hiR feet. concluded were false. "Matter enough. Some unmannerly wretch The last individual to go up the stairs was hit me in the face with slung-shot!" the the most noticeable of the lot, being quite merchant gasped. "There! there! boy; don't tall, and very thin-in fact, was the l eanestbother to call the police. You know I detest lookin g specimen of humanity Fritz had publicity obtained by police-court adver ever seen, in facP. as well as in form, and tising. If you will take my arm until I was apparently of a very nervous temperaovercome this dizziness, we will walk toward ment, judgrng from a habit be had of lookmy home." ing about on either side, as if fearing pur "Certainly, uncle. Shall I not call a carsuit. riilge?" Instead of going up the stairs as the others "No, I prefer to walk. I shall soon feel had done, he took his position in the doorbetter and am thankful the matter is no way at the foot of the stairs, and stood there worse. :Vought to have known better than like some grim, superannuated statue. to come {hrongh this place, I suppose, with "Ohl ish dot it?" Fdtz thought. "I the hnrd name the daily papers give it." dink I see how dose vellers work it now. They soon left the Park and walked along D ey don'd vas -!.et anypody play eavesdrop in si!Pnce for a ways; then the dismissed per." nephew said : As the thin party to stand "Well, uncle, I suppose things go better guard, and seeing no chance to leirn any store since I left, eh?"

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Spotter N-. And there was a bit of irony in his tone that Mr. Harrington at once perceived. "No, Tom, my boy: I have failed to see that your absence improves matters any. There is infernal trickery somewhere that defies my comprehen s ion." "Strange-and yet not s o otrange either, considering the number of your employees I hope and trust you will find the guilty one before I return from my voyage." "Your voyage, boy?"' "Yes, uncle. 1 have a chance to ship as a deck-hand on an excursion craft, going to Italy, and I guess it will be my best chance. Anything i11 preferable to remaining here where I am wid ely known, under the existing circumstances, you know. The boat sails day after to.morrow, I believe." "Tom, you must do nothing of the kind. The idea is simply preposterous, sir-you, the son of an a ristocratic family going as a deck-band-humph! Go slow, my boy, go slow I Everything may seem against you now, but do nothing ras h. To-night Schloss withdrew from the firm, and h e nceforth I am the sole propri e tor. Although I am not prepared to believe you guilty, I h a ve my confidence le sse ned m you by sundry littl e reports to the effect that you drink and gamble. My boy, this indulge nce will never make a man of you-it will ruin you and your prospects forever." I do not deny these charges, uno1e, nor do I think I need to ask who is your in former. I have drank and gambled occa sionally, like the average young man, who naturally beging life a little wild, and grows calmer with maturity, but I can sar I have been careful to abstain from excess m either instance. I can break off very easily, and mean to do so." vices in my employ, to-morrow, at a 1alarJ of ten dollars per week, taking the' place of Jenkens, who goes on the road in theinterest1 of the establishment Your salary, witb strict economy will pay your board and clothing, and lessen your supply' for chances of temptation. You will not resume your position as a member of my family, at pres. ent, or at l east not until 1 see fit tu have you. As far as Rossie is C'Oncerned, I dare say she< will recognize you, bu,t shall not accord you your former place in her confidence and esteem, did she so d esire, until this cloud is beyond a doubt lift ed from over your bead. If you desire to please me sir, you will please to refrain from addressing her, except when addressed, and then only in the way you would any lady acquaintance-civilly. Do you understand, sir?" and tbere was now no pity in the merchant's tones "I underst a nd, perfectly, and it shall be as you desire," Torr said, bowing his head in acquieAcence, although his spirit "By the way, I saw R ebecca, tonight, and she said you had made an accession to your staff of employees." "Ahl yes-a German Jew-a dry, odd and clumsy fellow, yet withal a sharp lad, when experience and good training properly develop him, I take it. I've got him on pur pose to keep an eye on you," with a rather gruff l a ugh. -"Well, I'm glad of tbat. I hope and trust be will serve me honestly, as well as your self." Soon after they reached the merchant's mansion, where 'fom took leave, and re turned to bis own lodgings. It had been a luckr hit, for him, which had dropped Mr Harnngton, it would seem, but there was yet a darker lining to develop in the cloud that hung over him, before the silver lining should come to view. CHAPTER VII. "A good resolve, my boy-a commend able resolve Honesty and sobriety are jew els more valuable than the most brilliant diamond. And, Tom, I have been consider ing, to-night, the advisability of taking yon back into my employ-not as a but DANIELS AND FELICE. as a clerk. 'Of course it 1s an humble posi-bN the following morning Fritz presented tion compared to your former one, but I'd himself at the establishment of Mr. Harring. rather have you in under my eye, than GD ton, and took up his situation as genteel the streets. In case of such an event, I loafer and store detective. Rebecca bad als o should require your solemn promise that you returned to resum 3 her position as saleswo would abstain from drink and gambling and man, and Tom Ward's pleasant face was all kindred associat10ns." seen behind one of the jewelry counters. "You can have the promise in those worcs, A cordial welcome had been accorded him uncle, with or without reinstatement in your by .the employees, when it was learned that he employ. As for the position, I should deem bad been reinstated; even Dolph Daniels bad it aa honorable chance to prove my honesty manifested enough interest to drop around, and integrity as a man, and as a gentle I in his cool and cyuical patronizing way and man." say: "Well, well, I am glad to hear you say "Hello! glad to see you back again. Was so-because I s ee you are not ashamed of a saying to the senior, that I couldn't see any lesser position. You may resume your ser harm in your coming back. Hope you'll find

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fl'I -your new position very lucrative and desharp, wiQked black eyea ever on the airable." and gleaming. She spoke In brokei: Frenc1a Then he passed on, for which Tom was sometimes-then, again, in perfect English, not sorry, for he did not like his half-brother her every movement was cat-like; she any too well, and knew too that his dislike impressed Fritz as being a deceitful, fiery was more than fully reciprocated. tempered woman, whose disposition for evil Daniels bad heard of Fritz from Mr. Harwas greater than that for good. rington but had not been informed ot his During the fqrenoon, while sitting behind real errand at the store. He had at once a bale of goods, he saw her come from be taken a dislike to the new-comer, and rehind the counter and stop Daniels, who was solv ed to torment him whenever an opporpassing her. tunity afforded, for there was no danger of Neither of them noticed the "German such an action being resented by Mr. HarJt>w's" proximity, and that portion Jf the rington. store being deRerted at the moment, they He approached Fritz not long after his arwere so guarded in their convermttion, as rival, and slapped him familiarly on the would otherwise have been the case shoulder. With all eagerness, Fritz listened, for, "Well, my son, what is there I can do for somehow, he liked neither of them, and felt you, this morning?" he asked, patronizingly. that from them he II.ad something of import' Anything you wish. to purchase?" ance to l earn. "N oddings," F1 itz replied, briefly. The Frenchwoman was the first to speak, Oh I then you are perhaps the rich and her voice was rather harsh and hissing young man Mr. Harrington was speaking in its tone. about, who has come here to visit and watch "Ze Monsieur Tom come back!" she said, the workings of the establishment, in view significantly. "Ze grand plan is a failure, of starting a similar enterprise yourself?'' Monsieur Dolpb-ze bad failure." "I shouldn't vonder uff I vas dot same "Pshaw, no! I rather expected the old veller," Fritz assented condescendingly. man would take him back. He, however, "Ahl ye s. We11, I-trust it will not take has only taken him in on test, and we must you long to get an idea of our business, so manage it that the test is unsatisfactory to that you can get a start for yourself. We do the Governor-do you hear? Tom must go a very extensive trade, and it probably would forth again, fore>
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Spotter Fritz. some attention to her, in order to humor the old man's whim." I no like ze idea," Felice persisted, pet ulantly. "By an' by ze Monsieur Dolph fall in love wiz Rosalind's fortune, and ze in fatuation for Felice be a t'ing of ze past." "Bah I no! I bave promised to declare our nuptials as soon as 1 am made a partner, and shall do so, if you contiuue to he!p me, and serve me faithfully. 'Sh I here comes some one "-and with this, they separated, and Fritz was apparently sound asleep when Daniels crossed over into the aisle where he was seated. The clerk was not easily deceived, how ever "He re, sir-we do not allow any one snoozing about this establishment I" be cried, seizin g Fritz by the collar ar:.d j erking him to his f eet "What do yo u mean by play ing eavesdropper, you Dutcli r asca l?" Fritz started and rubbed his eyes, sleepily. "V'ot ish dot?" he asked, feigning sur prise . "Vos d er a fire? Who vos hurt?" You'll gel hurt, mark my word, If I catch you spying y--1und again!" Daniels hiss ed, fiercely. "How do you know?" Fritz said, with a grin "I'll bet a half-dollar you had better mind your own pizness, or I'll giff you avay." "We'll see about that.'' was the growling retort aud the foreman turned on his heel, and walked away I te did not ente r compl a int to Mr. Har rin gton, as he bad at first resolv ed to do. The words of Fritz put him on guard, and h e r ea liz ed that in one sense he was at the mercy of the young Dutchmau. To incur bis enmity would be to provoke a n ex posure. A. week passed. Fritz h ad been alert and watchful but had di scove red nothing having a bearin g upon bis e rr and. The lo sses from the safe bad ceased from the time of bis a rrival, and everything si;emed to work in order. Fritz was puzzled, but no more than were Mr. Harrington and Fisk, the detective, with whom h e held fr equent consultations. "I've about made up my mind that the trouble is over," the merchant said, at th ei r latest interview, on Tuesda y ni gh t, after business hours, just eight days from the date ef Fritz's commencing duty. "Everything seems to wo1k rig ht, and I am inclined to think the right man was removed from the cashier's office, after all." "I don't believe it!'' Fisk declared. "Dot ish v'ot J dink," Fritz assented. "I'll bet a hal'f doll a r deir is not more hon es t m'an in der store ash Tom. V'nd, v'ot ish more. der lllAtter don'd voa nn;t._ m>t mile. Der parties vas smell rats, und dink best to let dings rest quiet till der wind blows ofer, or t>lows me oud." ' Then, you think that your mission here is suspected?" By the guilt.y ones, yes." "But, have you any suspicions yet, who they are?" "Oh I I half got a couple of private opinions, but noddings in particular to back 'em, that half a bearing on der case. I half von discov:ery, but I don'd dink bes t to give it avay, not yoost yet. It viii keep, nnd maybe serve to sdrengthen a chain of crim inal effidences, later-see?" A very professional idea, that," Fisk said, admiringly. "As I told Mr. Harring ton in the outset, it mav require months to work up tbis ca se, but l think that between u s we can fetch it to a focus. 1 am watch ing the supposed sm u gg l ers that you. Fritz, put me on track of, but they're as crafty and guarued as cau be. Which convinces me that they are warned by the confederates here at the store, who at presi:nt are 110 quiet." "Perhaps you are right; but I wish the matt e r were settle1l." "There ish voa thing I would ijke to haff you do, Misder Harrington," Fritz said '' more ash like an experiment den any odder din gs A.ad what is this, my boy?" "I vould like to haff you put Mister Tom back in der cashier's office: "Indeed? What object caJJ. you have in such a wish?" "Ve!, I dells you, Mister Harrington From v'ot I haff l earned uncf observed, I think der ish somepody vorking against Mr. Tom-trying to influ ence you und odders against him and trying to bring up disparag ing t'ings apoud him." Pshaw I This is surely an idle fancy. Who in the world do you imagine could hne auy object in injuring him? Vel you find dot oud v'en der proper time com es. In fact, I know somepody vould be tickled like dander ef Tom could be found guilty of anythmg v'ot would for ever disgrace and ruin him." "But, even admitting tbfo unreasonable inference, what object can t here be in restor ing Thomas to his former position?" "Ve!, I dells you dot. I suspect der same ones dot are working against 'fom, to be the authors of der robberies. If such isil der case, und Tom is reinstated ash cashier, I'll bet a half dollar, der viii be a resume off der sdeal-yoost to throw dcr suspicion on himsee? U:ff dot is a correct surmise, I vill know somedings apout it, for to-morrow night, I

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Spotter Pritz. 19 vill stay ln h e 11to re, and see who rob11 t h e sa f e "By Jove! t he D utchman is a genius!" F isk e xc l aimed. "I rat her judge he's not very far from the bull'seye, i n this thing. "Well I am both surprised, and incredu l o usand, again, eager," Mr. Harri ngton sai d "Wh!le I am dou btful o f Fritz's sus p ic i ons, I am ready to believe anything t hat can be proved beyoDd doubt. Tomc.rrow m orning Tom shall take charge c>f the office again. To morrow night you, Fritz, and I will remain in the Rtore, and try our hands a t watching. "Good! Dot is v'ot I want. But, der is sti ll von odd e r thin g-if v e di s oover some pody robbin g d e r safe y ou c a n b e t a balf dollar dot p e r s on vii b e di sg uised, who e v e r it is. I v ant you to n o t e o n e t hin g-com p are dot robb e r's s iz e vid d o t of M i s d erTom, but don't make no att e mpt t o di s cov e r more y_oost at brese nt. Tim e e n o u g h for dot l a t e r. V'ot I vant to convin ce y o u of now i5 dot Tom is rw t g uilty Humanid.v e ff ery dim e p e fore d e r p o ck e tb o o k see ? Und v'e n Tom 1sh clear e a nnd effery ding made ri ght in dot directio n, d e n v e will v ork car e fully on der o d de r case a nd mak e no arre s t s u nd il we c an g obble e m up a ll at v o n time." "Wh at i s your opini o n in. this mat te r, Fisk?" the m e rchant a s ked, p e rplexedly and unctrci de d. "Well, sir, the offic e r r e pli e d, "my ad vice i s th a t we g i ve t h e youn g m a n the r e in s and l et him l ea d whil e w e foll o w his g uid a nce. For m y p a rt, I ain't a s h a m e d to allo w that h e is m o re fitt e d to h a ndle the case j u dgin g b y the w ay he go e s at it, than I a m with all my e xperience. His scent is as a hound's So it wa s d e cided to _giv e Fritz the wh o l e responsibility a nd dir ec ti o n of workin g up the case which w a s a f a r hi g h e r compli m e nt than had been paid t h e poor bound bo y ; and he mi ght w e ll b e p a rd o n e d for feeling a little proud ov e r the ch a racter of his p@s i t i on. CHAPTER VIII. THE B U RGLAR. THE next morning Tom Ward W!lS told bl Mr. Harring t o n t o r es um e bis place and po si tion as c as hi e r for a tim e to s ee h o w m at ters w o uld s hape, anc! the youn g m a n ac cordin g l y did so,
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10 'liipotter 'i'ribo but haff Daniels?" caught on to dot veller, Dolph patient vigil was remrded by sotnetblne to !Jreak the monotony "You are very presuming, sir! What can this matter interest you?" and this time there was haughtiness in her tone of speech. But Fritz went on, unabashed. "Ve!, I know, Miss Rossie, ma'be it don'd vas any off my business, but I vas a great snoozer 1or givin' advice, und I vant to speak mit yo-J. I dink I make you t'ink better of Tom uod l ess off dot other fellow, off I dells you somedings I know." "What have you to offer against Mr. Daniels?" "Let me answer by asking-don'd you vas care more for Tom ash Daniels? Do you be lieve him guilty?" "Dolph Daniels I respect as a courteous gentleman Mr. Ward was my accepted lover, until he so far forgot hims e lf, as not only to bring diSgrace upon hims e lf, but in the same misstep to plac e me in an unenvia ble position. This is the extent of what I have to sa y on the subject. If he is guilty, he must de e ply feel his own folly. lf he is not guilty I am ve1>y sorry for him-vt:ry sorry." "Und if it ish prove dot be vas innocent, you viii take him back und drive dose pained expressions from his face, yoost like you onc e did pefore der difficulty arose at the stor e?" "Well, perhaps, Mr. Peacemaker-I-I really don t know what to say, sir-your questions are very personal." They heard the front door softly open and close, and somebody walking !n the front part of the store Directly, the stealthy footsteps sounded coming toward the rear part, but the ap proach was slow, and first on one side and then on the other side of the room, which convinced the watchers that the person, who eve r it was, was taking the precaution of looking around to see if there were not any spies to he found. Directly the person passed along befor& th e hales, behind which they were con. cealed. By the h a lf-cov e red lant ern which bore they catJght one glimpse, and saw that 1t,was a woman, or else a man dressed in woman's cloth es, with avail over the face to conceal the id entity and the form wrapped in a lon g loose duster See?" Fritz whispered, triumphantly. "Ish dot der figure off Mistler Tom? Nixyl I told you he don'd vas der guilty party." "Thank God for that," the m e rchant re tur:ied, in a whisp er "The f<'rm is too tall to belong to Tom, that is certain, and yet I fail to recognize it. Let's make a rush and capture the bold burglar!" ' Stop I nodding of der kind must pe done I To attempt to capture der party, now, would be to forever seal der segret of der identity of der league, ash you can b e t a half-dollar dish veller vouldn'tgiff der odder onesavay." "True. But it makes my blood fairly boil to note the audacity of this outrageous proceeding.'' The female burglar soon became satisfied that she was unwatched, evidently, for she went to the office door and unlocked it, and entered the apartment. From their distant position the watchers could not note her movements in the office, tipping his hat, he took owing to the darkness in the store, but it was not many moments ere she came out, and locked the door behind her. "Ve!, what of iL? Don'd I vas your fader's confidential clerk, and don' I vas vorkin' for your interests? Yoost you re member dot of you get Mistler Tom you viii get a nice, honest feller-but, above all, of you don'd vant some odder vimmen's fingers m your hair, don d you ha.ff nodding to do mit dot Dolph Daniels. A vord to der wise is sufficient." Then risi-ng and his JP.ave_ She then quitted the store as quietly as she That e11eninl5 about seven o'clock, Mr. had entered it, after which Mr. Harrington and Fritz made their way into and FrHz quiUed their place of concealment. th e store by a disused entrance. and conc e aled "We will see how much is g one," the mer. th emse lves behind a ti e r of bal e d goods, over chant said, "and then go home a little the the tops of which they could command a wis er, at least. Have you any idea who that view of the entrance to the merchant 's priwoman was, Fritz?" vate office, where the safe was locat e d. "My opinion is about the same now, ash As the store was promptly closed at six, pefore," returned Fritz. "I vas purdy each evening, and the key d elhered to Mr. sure off my game-now, I vas satisfied; Harrington, no one bad anv busine s s th e re at but I prefer not to give any names, just a later hour except for a felonious or secret yet." purpose. Examinat\on proved that twenty dollars lt was not until after the hands of the clock had been la.ken from the safe. in the t.ower of Independ ence Hall pointed "Dey vas makln' oop for lost time!" Fritz to the honr of two. A. M .. that our watchers' : said wltr nhnckle. "Pymc-by th<>v vii

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Spotter l'rits. 11 need id all, to pay der shudge und court house." Nothing was said of the night's discovery, by either Fritz or his employer, when they went to the store the next morning, but Tom Ward soon entered the office, with bat and cane in band, re:idy for the street. "Mr. Harrington," he said, "I am sorry to say that I do not care to remain in your employ any longer, under the existmg cir cumstances, as aome evil hand seems to work against me with a manifest object to make me seem guilty of what I have never done. I find that there is twenty dollars missing from your safe this morning, and I have been waiting to apprise you of my withdrawal from your employ, not caring to work where circumstances are so unpleasant ly in my favor. Presumedly you will not ob ject to releasing me." "On the contrary, Thomas, you are to continue in the position of cashier, at your former salary, for the present, it having been proven to my satisfaction, last night, that you are not guilty I" '' Thank Heaven! Are you sure, sir-are you satisfied beyond a doubt?" the young man .asked, putting forth his hand eagerly. "Quite surP., Tom. I saw the thief, l!lst night-or enough tu satisfy me it was not you, and I am glad to know it. I have ar ranged to have you again take up your home with me, a month hence; in the mean time I think you will find Rossie as thankful that you are guiltless, as myself. You may also thank Fritz here, for to him vou owe a debt of gratitude for having sufficient faith in your innocence to enable him to solve this ugly ll!YSlery." "And I do thank you from the bottom of my heart, u1itil you can be more substan tially rewarded," Tom cried turning and seizing Fritz by the hands. tears of joy and gratitude glistening in his eyes. Fritz having satisfied himself as to who were to be suspected, could not resist the temptat.ion of celebrating the event by hav ing a little fun at the expense of 'most any one who should offer as a target for his ven triloquial powers. During the forenoon he saw Daniels take off his coat and lay it on a bale of goods, while he was engaged in assisting a porter in removing a heavy box. Taking the coat Fritz carried it around to the lighter side of the store-where, by the way, there were a number of ladies and gentlemen engaged in making purchasesand he was engaged in examining the texture of the cloth, when lJaniels discovered him, and approached, angrily. "What are you doing with my cost, yo11 infernal Jew?" he cried fiercely, making a. dive for the coat. But, Fritz eluded him, and sprung high up, on a tier of bales. "Yoost you keep avay, off you don'd vas want me to smash dose eggs, you haff in der bockets, here," he replied. "There's no eggs about my coat! Give it to me, instantly, sir I" Daniels cried, nearly beside himself with rage. ''What is the matter, here?" demanded Mr. Harrington, coming along. Matter enough-that Dutch blockhead has my coat, and I want him to give it up." "But, der vas eggs in it; you haff pen stealin' eggs I" Fritz persisted, with a grin. "Call de bolicemons l" __ ' You lie, sir--you lie! There's not an egg in my coat I" Daniels cried. I'll bet you yoost a half-dollar on dot I" the boy declared thrusting his hand into one of the side pockets. "Why, py shimmy der is a whole hen's-nest here, hen, und all. I dink she was setting for to hatch oud leedle shickensl" And the angry cluck of a setting hen was distinctly heard, together with a fluttering sound as if she were attempting to escape. "Ahl here is an egg!" Fritz said forth his band, and holding up what all per ceived was indeed an egg I will lay dot here beside me, on the bale, and see what else I can find." Once more he dived into the pocket, and this time brought forth a handful of hen's feathers and laid them besi c the egg. "I am l!e n clined to thinli dat don'tl vas eggsactly v'ot I vant by der vay I JYUlkt oud, he grinned. "Ah I here ish more eggs." And he took a half a dozen eggs, to all appearances, from the pocket, one at a time, and deposited them on top of his perch. "Pretty good magic I" laughed one of the bystander11 "Ab, I seel" Daniels growled; "he has no eggs at alL" "If you t_'ink dot, maybe you h)lff no ob jections of my throwing one at you," Fritz said, picking one up. "Yes, I'll give you leave," the foreman said angrily. The next instant an egg-and genuine, too -struck him between the eyes, and smashed. its contents running down over his face. CHAPTER IX. A DIABOLICAL PROCEEDING. THE laughter that followed at Danids's sad predicament was something indescribable.

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22 S potter Fritz. No sham was there about th a t e gg, a s the c ouple of month s ; oy th a t t im e I can r e deem enrag ed foreman swore, as be turned away it, a nd no o n e will e v e r b e the wise r for it." toward th e wa s h room .0 V e I vii d o dot, Mr Tom. I vould do Mr Harring ton enjoye d the joke h eart ily, 'most a n y t in g for you r a th e r tha n see you out priv a t e ly w a rned Fritz aga inst any furin troubl e lfaf you g ot d e r rin g ?" the r tricks about the store "It i s in th e s how-c
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Spotter l'rits. 23 some infernal underhand work here. If you will but. listen, I will explain all that I know. Last night I was dunned fur a gambling debt which was contracted Jong ago, b efo re I shut down on such folly. Dupree, my creditor, threatened to lay the matter before you unless I settled by ten o'clock to-day. Not desiring to trouble you, and desiring at the same time to honestly settle the debt, I concluded to pawn my ring until I coulct save up enough out of my salary to redeem it, and with the pawn money pay off my in debtedness. For the Sltfety of the thing, I put the ring in an empty jewel box, and then waited until Fritz came. to get him to
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!4 Frib. quents a gambling place down-town, of which Felice is the own er?" "Vel, at first I didn't, but ash I baff qeen him g11 in dot blace lately, I must pelieve mine eyes, you know." "But. aha! Fritz-how should a nice moral young man like you know anything about &uch places-just explain thatT" "Oh. vel. Rebecca, you know dot we piz ness shendlemeo find oud doRe t'ings py hei.rsay. I took pains der vind oud der loca tion of Mademoiselle place, yoost to learn if Tom did go there." "Well, then of course you are excusabie, you dear, good fellow. But, Fritz, I am afraid you commercial travelers are some times very, oory naughty." "Oh! Rebecca, how can you say dot? Der dr1 1mmer is der most innocent man on der road. And. by the way, Rebecca ash I vas makin' purdy good wages now, vid bros pect off a raise, v ot you say apoud our get ting married? I dio k you vas yoo e t der nicest girl in aer vorld, und I haft some con ceit dot ash Mrs Fritz Snyder you vould do me great credit." 0 h I Fritz. you flatter me." "No, I don'd, Rebecca; I don't vant you to t'ink dot; I nefer flatter anyt' in g but der goods I represent, und vant to sell-und you know I vouldn t sell you, Rebecca, for all the goods in the city." "Are you very sure you like me, Fritz-vcry, very, very sure?" "Yes, I ish more as a t'ousand times sure, Rebecca." Well. Fritz, I do rather like you. and if you will always make me a good indulgent husband, have a hired girl, and dress me better than that big-feeling Rebecca Schriver, I will marry you, on conditions." "V'ot conditions?" "That, when you get Tom Vfard out of trouble, reinstated with Mr Harrington, and married to Rossie, you can fetch around a minister and take me as yours truly." "Rebecca, l vil do dot, so help me shim miny!" CHAPTERX. AT THE CLUB HOUSE. But there will be no need of that, my boy. I have become so rich l have no longer need to strive for lucre, and so I propose to take you and give you a half-partnership in this business." "Ohl uncle, such a generous gift I am afraid I have never deserved?" Well, perhaps not. 1 shall however fix the matter so that you can fall out as easy as you have fallen in if you become undeserv. ing. But one thing troubles me-that is, I cannot get Rossie's consent to a marriage with yon. Of late she has clung more fond ly to the remembrance of poor misguided Tom, and though I have kept her closely in the house, it does not seem to have the de sired effect. She declares she will marrv no one but Tom-unless it can be proven "that he is faithl e ss to her, in going to visit Felice." I can well understand, sir. I have done my best to obtain her consent to our union but have be e n unsuccessful." "It is provoking and bothersome, too, for I have all along resolved to make her hus band my partner, and shall do so, no matter who he may be." 'Can she not be convinced of Tom's infi delitv, uncle?" "fndeed. I do not know bow, Daniels? Sue will not hear to any argumenftbat I can advance." "There is no argument so convincing as that of one's sight; therefore take her to Felice's place, at an hour when Tom is to be found there, and let her see for herself. One dose, I think, will be sufficient to effect a cure." Perhaps that would be a goo plan. She can be disguised beyond recognition, and I will accompany her When had we best go?" "To night, at eight. During the day, for the success of our venture, { will see Felice in person, and have her arrange it so that you will be admitted." "Very well. Send in Fritz when you go out.'" ' No need off dot, for Fritz ish here," that worthy said, advancing from a pos it ion near the door, where he had overheard the conver sation between the merchant and Daniel "I come to say dot der ship Shrewsbury ii. TRA.T same evening Mr. Harrington called in harbor, with a cargo of silks Dolph Dani e ls into his private office, and "Ahl how fortunate. Daniels, you may bade him be seated. attend to the business.'' "Dolph," he said, surveying his nephew, "Very well, sir;" and he accordingly left narrowly, "I am about tc make some the office. in my business, and I have concluded to dis"Fritz." Mr. Harrington said, t ::.ming to charge you from your present position arid I his 'P'!'Ote,r;e, "you may be seated. I have put Fil kens in your place." something to say to you of "As you like, sir. I can un!\oubtedly ob "All righd, Misder HarJington; I'm opea tain a position, clsewhe "tht.. young man to bear anyding." replied, flushing a little. VV ell. Fritz, I have an important errand

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Spotter i'rits. 21 for some party to fulfill, and as you in your short engagement in my employ have s hown an upright and honest di sposit ion, I do not 1rnow of any one I'd rather trust than you." "I vas very much oblige for der compli -ment,"Misder Harrington, und you can bet a halfdollar Fritz Snyder vil alvay11 be honest und square." "A good resolution, my boy. Now, this errand I speak of, while demanding no par ticular labor, requires tbe hand of a qmet and careful person. I have in my possession a casket containing five elegant diamonds which I imported for a New York lady at a cost of $10.000. These jewels.I now desire to have d e liv ere d to her, but do not wish to consign them to the care of Express or :nail routes. The refore. b e li evi ng you perfectly hone8t, I want you to take them to New York. and d e liver the m the owner. If you will do this as you ought, I will give you a 'lift' when you and Rebecca go to housek ee ping." "I'll do it, Misder Harrington. V 'e n shall I start?" "At six to night. H e rc is the order to the banker for them. Good luck go with vou." Fritz received the order, and soon after left the store. "Ten thousand dollars' vorth of dia mond s I" he mused, as he walked along. V 'ot a change in dcr circnmstances from two months ago! Dot time Mrs. Shrimp vouldn't haff trusted me mit a dozen of pins." He went straight to Reb ecc a and made known to her his proposed trip. "And, v'ot you t'ink,Rebecca?" he added, "Mistler Harringto n be vas goin der take Miss Rossie to der estab lishment off Felice to-night, so dot she can see for herself dot Tom goes there." "Oh I Fritz, this must not be! If she goes and finds Tom th e re, it will be the breaking of the last chance for him, in her favor." "But, id can't pe h e lp ed, Rebecca; how you suppose I vas able to stop Mr. Harrjng ton und_ Ro ssie from goin' d e r e ?" "Probably you cannot; but you could warn Tom of the trap that i s b eing l a id for him, so that he could avoid being caught. "Humph! You don'd vas know Tom, Rebecca. He vas utterly reckless of l ate, und off be thought they wanted to catch him at Felice's, v'y. I'll bet a half dollar bed go there on purpose, vor to giff dem au obbordunity." "Oh! Fritz, it is too bad. l'd rather give /J. hundred dollars, if I bad it, than to have Tom found there by Mr. Harrington and Rossie." "Vel, Rebecca, I dink I know a wayj_t can be arranged. Felice is Daniel's wife, or, dot is. she dink she is, uud is shealous of Daniel's attentions to "Rossie. Now, if I go und see Felice und tell her dot Mr. Harring ton und Rossie only vants to find Tom at the club-house in order to convince Ros s ie of his unworthiness yoost so she vii marry Daniels-den you can bet a half-dollar she vil get madder ash a hornet, und out off spite see dot Tom don'd vas around when they come." But, Fritz, you could not go to this place unless I went with you-indeed you couldn't. You are a regular masher, any how, and I couldn't think of trusting you in the society of a fascinating woman like Felice "But, Rebecca, v'ot could you do at a. club-house? You don d vas know a red from a white, und be s ides, Mr. Harrington said I vas to start for New York at six, und how can I afford to disobey his orders? Another train leaves later in the even ing. and you can take that, and no O!le will know the differeuce. Fritz, you must go and prevent Tom from being seen-do you hear, you must-and I will go straight with you, to keep you company and protect you." "Vell, Rebecca, I vii get de diamonds und get all ready, so dot I can make the train; d e n ve will go to der club-house tonigbt yoost ahead off Mr. and Rossie!" Randolph was as cool and calcu a man in villainy as he was a shrewd man rn business. He always made it bis aim to JP.ave no stone unturned which would attain suceess and he had a. far-seeing faculty that aided him g reatly. That afternoon he dropped in on Felice at her fashionable down town club-house. She received him in an e l egan tly furnished parlor, and h e greeted her with a warm em br ace "Ma belle F elice grows even prettier in the new home," ha sa id, l eadi ng her to a seat upon a sofa. "lt is an elegant establish ment, Felice, and you must be proud of it." "I h ave not :i:e pride; it is you who reap ze profit." "But it will be yours and mine t oge ther, now, in a very few days, F e lice. I have good news for you. Old Harrington has de clared bis inte ntion of taking me in as a half. owner of the business in a few days at the furthest. But one thing is lacking. He wants one thing assured him-that Tom Ward is a frequ e nter of your place! As soon as he finds that out for sure, he will take me in as partner and once those papers are signed, I will acknowledge you to the world as my wife,"

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86 Spotter Fritz. "You swe a r you will do zis?"' "Swear it a dozen tim es, if you like "Den ze gladnP. s s com e to me, Monsieur Dolpb-ze joy of my life vii be complete. An' it iz ze easie s t job to find ze Monsi eur Tom.here every evening " So I am aware. 'The fellow is going to the dogs as fast as he can. I arra n g ed to hav e Mr. Harrington and his ward call here to-ni ght at eight, and I want you to hav e it arranged that tbey s e e Tom h e re. 'fhat will be sufficient. Mr. Harrington will s e e a nd b e come sati sfied-I will become partn er, rmd everything will work to the end I have so lon g b e en plannir::g for." "Ze n I will have ze-arran g ements made. Will you come with ze Monsieur Harrington?" "No, but I have another thing t.o tell you It may be that the fellow. Fritz, will come h e re, to warn Tom. See that he do e s not. He may not com e as tbe old man h as orrl e red him off to New York with ten t hou sa nd dol lars' worth of d iamonds. If b e do e s c o me here it i s likely be will have th e diam o nds i n a j e wel case, in some i us id e po c k e t. \ word to the wise is sufficient, Felice ; you are not slow t o c,omprehend !" The Frenchwoman's ey e s s parkl e d, v en omo'Jsly "Ten t'ousan doll arel" she excl ai m e d, rubbing h e r band s to ge t h e r, g re e dily- z a t is grand-z6 m ag nific en t s um I s ee zat it n e v a re l ea v e ::e hou se if z e Dutc hm a n c o m e s h ere. I c a n ilx g l ass o f drugge d \7ine o r ze dru gge d se gar will mak e zc J e w ::ileepy, -au z e n my work i s z e eas i es t." Ah I you a r c ri g ht D u t b e sure th a t th e G o v e rn o r s e c s Tom n o'lr, and th e m or e emb a rr assinghi s o itu a tio n on di s co v e r y t b e b e tt e r i t w ill b e for our purpose G ood-b y, now, t w e meet ago.in, Dy da rlin g A ml iss i n g h e r h e t ook b i s d eparture "It uill wo r k n ow h e mutte r ed, "7itb diab o .ic a l t ri u L'1p!J, ::is be m a d e bis w u y b ac k t oward th e s tor e 1'c lic c Hill be th e c a u s e of se ndingmv r i v a l anot h e r n o t c h t o wa rd ruin, s h e will stE>nl t h e di a m o nd::; and get se n t up-a nd I w ill m arry th e fair Ross i e Ila! h a'" F e lic e w as h o nor e d with calls tna t e v ening by t h ose s h e exoecte d First ca m e Fl'itz a nd R ebe cc a a nd the.v were s hown to t h e g r a nd p a rlor. w h e r e F elice recei v e d th e m with a cordi ality th a t w as c oldly r e turn e d. "It g iv es m e ze g re a te s t plea sure tp s ee m y yo11nu; fri e nd s from z e store," s he s aid, es p e c i ally ze l o v e ly R e becca. Ze J e wish lady i s s o w innin .u;." Rebecca replied stiffly. You shoul d make sure of having friends before you call them so, mademoiselle. Fritz, proceed with the business that brought you here, and let us leave this wicked place." "Vel, Rebecca, dot ish v'ot I cam e vor. So I proceed. Ma'am'selle Felice you dink you vas married to Mr. Randolph Daniels, don'd you?" I am aware zat you know ze secret,'' Felice replied. "Mr. Daniels said it. "But, dot don d was der question I Do you know dot d 'er man you couud your hus band is about to marry another?" "Nol ncvaret Felice hissed fiercely. "But h e vas, all der same. Dis very night Dani e ls viU send der merchant und Miss Rosalind to di3 blace. Uff dey find Tom. Ward here. as vas deir eggspectation, dey vii go pack, und Dolph Daniels vii marry der girl und :p.ecome partner." "Nevare l n e v a re! I would drive ze pon iard in his black hea1 t, first." "Dot w o uld do no good, und like ash not you would ge t your neck proke, mit a rope around id D e r i sh on e vay you could prev ent dot pizness; ven der guvernor nnd l\Ii s.; RosRi e va s com e you deHs elem dot Tom W a rd v a s not here, n o r ha s n e ffer pen h e r e Dot will s ettl e i t Ros s ie vii r e fuse to marry D anie l s und you can haff an obbordunity'to g ive him d e r duyfel at leisure. S ee ? " Yes, I c;ornpr e b e nrl; z e plan is ze grand one and I t ink I will do it zis ni g ht. But, I must con side r z e a dvi s ability ln z e m ean whil e yond e r you find z e choice s egar to whil e I consider ze advisability-ze advi sa bili t y I " V e J do n d care if I do," Fritz sa id. "Dose Frenc h beoples a l v a ys s mok e goo d c i g a rs." a n d h e a cco rdi ng ly h e l pe d t o a R e in a fr o m a stan d upon a t able n ea r by, and lit it. while F elice p a c e d to and fro t h e ca rpet sev e ral tim es h e r h ead p a rtl y b o w e d as if in thou ght. S u d d e nl y t h e do o r op e11e d. and a col ored c a m c in, b ea rin g a ca rd s alv er. ''A h! z e m e r chant a nd z e m a d e mo 1:;;elle Jiave c o m e F elice sa id turnin g to Fritz, on gl a n c in g at the card. ; 'Pe ter, you may say I will see z e m directly. The u eg r o bow e d and retire d Tji e n F e lic e turned a g ain, this time to Re b ecca. You mus t g o and warn ze Monsi eur Tom to l e ave ze hou se b y z e pnva te entrance at once," she s aid, excit e dly. "I will not go but will wait here. Fritz must not go, lest Mon sieut Harring ton see him. You will find ze Monsieur Tom in ze Room 12, enga!}ed in playing ze faro. Go, quickly, or :ill will be lost I"

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Spotter Fri'tw 27 CHAPTER XI. I "Mon Dieu how you frightened me!" "I HAVE BEEN DRUGGED AND ROBBED.,, s he gasped, trembling. .. J was not expect" l WILL do as you say, mademoiselle," ing you." Reb e cca said. "Fritz. you stay right wh e re 1 "So it would seem. Ha! ha! I've caught you are until I see that the road i s cl ear; I you in t.!le act, mademoiselle! Henceforth then I will com e back for vou ." you are nothing to me, and if you dare / "All right, Rebecca. 1 don'd feel much to t r o uble me, I'll b and you ove r to the like runoin' avay, l'w so tired." Fritz reI law-!" pli e d "1Yearily. I suppose der pizo ess I "What! what is zis you say? You would haff done to d ay ha ff caused m e dis headbetray m e. monsieur, an' I ze wife of you? ache You go see d ot Mr. Harrin gto n don'd Take c a re!" see Tom, un
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28 Spotter rrt'G tion. "There has been foul murder done replied, quite as haughtily. "My busme99 Help! help!" here is to make a living, sir, which you had His cries brought three answers-the negro previously given me in exchange for ser servaut, Tom Ward, and Rebecca, rushed vices, until a foul sclJemer's craft divided us. into the room almost simultaneously If you came to spy upon me, you may have "Obi Fritz! Fritz!" Rebecca cried, kneel 1 al ready learned this." ing over her lover. "What is the ..matter? Then he turned and strode from the room, What ails you?" Rebecca, at the direction of Fritz, nccom While Tom and the negro raised Feiice to panying him. a si,Jken couch near hy, the latter hastily Mr .tlarrington and his adopted daughter began to apply restoratives. also toc:i: their departure, and Fritz and the "Who has done this terrible work?" Tom darky, Pete, were left alone with Felice cried. "Perhaps Fritz can tell." whose life-tide was fast ebbing out, as she la y "Fritz I Fritz!" Rebecca cried, shaking motionless and marbJe.Jike upon the sofa. him soundly. She died late that evening, and ju8t before "Vel, Rebecca, v'ot ish der matter?-v'ot she expired she signified a desire to speak. ails me-I feel Mr. fiarAccordingly the two men bent closer to you here?" the drugged youth asked, catch her words. arousing and gazing about him. I "Yes, lam here, sir, and least of all ex pected to find you and Rebecca in such a place. What explanation have you to offer, sir?" el, I can't eggsplam much-I vas half. asleep, I guess. I don'd know vot ish der matter mit me. I und Rebecca ve come here to get Felice to seAd Mr. 'Com from der gambling-room. so you don'd vould tind him here. Der Felice she giff me a cigar to smoke und id make me sicji, und sle:by. Reb e cca vent to tell Tom-den I vent to sl e ep. I vas very sorry, Mr Harrinffton, but 1 didn't vant you to find Tom here!' "Oh I I see. Glve me the checks of your sample trunks, eir, and the diamonds!'' the m e rchant cried, angrily. "All right; I don'd blame yon vor dis chargin g m e ; but 1 didn't vant Dolph Daniels to vin der villainous game \"are ish Felice?" ''She liPs yonder, dead or dying. \Yhat do y.1u know aoout the matter, sir?" "Noddings. She vas all right. v'en I last remember. I told her dot Daniels va8 no& true to her, und vas goin' to make a bip;a mist of himself, by marryin' Miss Ros s i e und I dink maype she suicide Here ish d e r checks, Mr. Harrington, und .here vas-My God, der diamonds ish gone!" "Gone I'' the merchaut gasped. Y e s. I had dem in der inside pocket of my coat, v'en I come here und now d e y vasn't derc. I haff been drugged und rob bed!" With a groan Mr. Harrington turned to Rossie. "Come, my child," he said; "let us leave this place poorer but by coming. You, sir, ''-turning to Tom, haughtily, "can draw upon your back salary, which is yet due you, to bury yonder woman!'' "Being under no obligations to her, Air, I have no desire to act in the matter I" Tom Felice had committed suicide because of a lover's unfaithfulness, said the newspapers; and as suicides are growing to be an every day occurrence, this particular case was soon forgotten, after the Frenchwoman was laid away in a quiet nook in Fernwood. Neither Fritz nor Rebecca went back to their positions at the store, as they were well aware that they would not be taken back, after what had occuaed. Fritz, however, met the merchant on the street one day, and salut ed him respectfully. "I am aware dot you vas very angry mit me, Mr. Harrington,'' he: said, "but I vant to speak mit you in private, yoost a few mmutes." "I am always willing to listen, sir, but my time is limited, and you must be brief. Step into this restaurant, where there arc s eats" The y accordingly did so, and then Fritz said: "Mr. Harrington, I vant to ask von question: ls der no hope for poor Tom. Ward? Have you utterly given opp having anyding more to do ith him?" .. I am afraid I have, sir He is unworthy of my confidence and esteem." "No, he is not I i know petter ash dot. Von hair of his head ish vortb more ash a dozen like l\Ir. Dolph Daniels. V'ot has he done that is really criminal? I proved to you dot he vas not der robber." "But his having to do with Felice, when. as p;ood as enp;aged to my ward-what denia have you for that?" "De r most emphatic. Dot job in der store was a1! a put-1Jp job between Feiice and Daniels Daniels vanted Rossie, und knew if he could make Tom oud false, id vould serve his purpose in procuring Tom's dismissal, und giving him a chance, both for Miss Rossie und der par-tnership."

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Spotter Pritz. .. "[am not ready to believe this, 11ir. You would intimate that Dolph has been plotting to secure Tom's ruin, in 01der that he might win.0 "Dot's just v'ot I mean. More ash dot; Dolph Daniels isb der man who robbed your safe, disguised as a voman-Dolph Daniels is a member of der Smugglers' League-. Dolph Daniels vas der husband of Felice, und Dolph Daniels \ras der man who killed her!" Fritz, stop I I will not hear to such un just charges! What has my nephew done to you, that you should thus wish to wrong him?'' "Nothing; nor do I wrong him, in declar ing der truth. He haft' done all dose t'ings, und, I can prove it!" "Fritz! wiJI you stop this nonsense?" -"No, I v1ll not! I say I can prove it, und it won't take long to do id, neither. .And, now, v'en I can prove to you that Dolph Daniels vns der robber, und do* he murd ere d Felice, who run der establishment of which he vas der proprietor-prove it fairly and honestly-den vii you take Tom baok Y Vil you lift him up, ash vas in your power and reinstate him, und let Rossie marry him, und thereby make a man of him?" "Before I answer that, sir, tell me why it is that you take such 11n interest in Tom's welfare? .Are you paid for it?" "Nixyl I vas vorkin' for two objects. Der virst of all is humanity. I know dot Tom hafr been wronged, und I vant to help him oud of dis trouble dot vas unmanning him. Secondly, Rebecca, she likes him, und von't marry me undij Tom vas married to Rossie, und efl'erv ding vas made straight." "Well, sir, although I bave not the least faith in the truthfulness of your charges against Dolph I will give you a chance. When you the diamonds, prove to me tha t Daniels it was who robbed the store, and killed Felice-then, and only then, I will reinstate Thomas, make him my partDer, and Rossie shall be his bride I" CHAPTER XII FINIS, "THAT will be der easiest t'ing to do, in der vorld, Mr. Harrington, und I haff you soon convinced dot Fritz is working for your good, ash vel ash dot oft' Mr. Tom." "When I find it to be so, I will believe you, sir." "Dot ish right. Believe vot you see; derefore, I vant you to go to der store to night, und I vill s how you who vas der robbet, to start with; next, you shall hear der evidence dot was given at Felice's death confessien. It may take time to run in der diamonds, ash whoever hasdem vil pe purdy quiet apoud lettin' der detectives know id. I t 'ink I can prove also dot Dolph Daniels haft' got them!" "By Heaven! I see you're bound to make him out guilty. Where shaJI I meet you to night?" "At der same place dot we met at v'en ve played spy der odder tim e. You vant to come armed, for ve will see who ish der rob. ber dish time." How do you know that? There have been no robberies of late to give you cause to suppose that there is any chance to cap ture the culprit." "Maybe not, but I vii bet a half dollar ve git d e r son-of a-gun der-night. I've got it in my mind dot he gontemplates makin' a big haul, und closin' oop dis kind of pizness, ash he is apoud ter pecome the Co.' off Har rington und Co." "Then you will persist in believing tha\ Daniels is the robber?' "I klww d.ot id ish so, Mr. Harringtou. All I vant is to convince you." Soon after Friz and the merchaut sepa rated, the former wandering about town in hopes of meeting Tom, whom he had not seen since the niglit of the tragedy at thq clubhouse. In passing the St. Elmo Hotel on Arcb street, be saw Daniels standing on the steps, he having just come out from dinner. "Hello! is that you, Fritz?" be saluted, cordially. Come inside a moment. l want to speak to you." Fritz obeyed, and they entered th
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ao Spotter Pritz. I 11. parting blow. Fritz, you are the only one going many changes; then she drew rein, lrnowing anything about it, and I want you slipped from her saddle, and went over and to keep mum. You are a young man with knelt 'upon the grass just in front of him. bright prospects before you, and nothing to ' Tom," she said, softly, touching him-binder you from making your mark in the "Tom, what is the matter?" world except the lack of a little money to He looked up very much surprised. start with. A thousand dollars would do Miss Rossie-you?" he exclaimed. you a great deal of good, and that sum shall "Yes, Tom, I. Is there anything so be yours if you will swear never to raise any strange, in that? What is the rnw, or disclose to my detriment anything "What else could be the matter than that you may have found out." I am the most wretchedly miserable feUow "Den you dinks I vas an unprincipled living?" :;on-of-a-gun like yourself, do you? But I "Indeed! I am so sorry. What would i t ain't. Dolph D ani e ls, take my vord for it, require to make you your happy self again, it vas an unlucky day for you ven Fritz To10 ?'' Snyder set foot in Philadelphia; und more "What. Rossie?-God knows what, and ash dot, der is not money enough in circulayet keeps it from me. Your Jove and faith, tion to purchase my good -vill und fixtures." Rossie, and a clear, n n blemished name, would "Then I may consider that a declaration be all required. Do you see the blue river
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Spotter l'rtU. ,._.. ....... vrom der country, before der officers get on your track. First of all, I vant der money you have got, v'ot you yoost hooked from der 1afe." Daniels handed it over in a little leathern pouch, with a growl. Take it, curse yo u I,. "T'ank you! Now, der next, please fork ofer dot five t'ousand dollars vich you drew today, oud of Mr. Harrington's bank ac count, mit a forged check." "It's a lie I I haven't a cent more." "Take care! yoost hand ofer dot money, or I'll hand you of er to der law!" Daniels swore terribly; and drawing a package of bills from his pocket, gave them t9 Mr. -"Better una better!" Fritz grinned. "You vas so lib eral like von .. ':;ilantro phist. Now, d e n, giff us der diamonds, und you can dake a go-ash-you-bleaafl ski p for liberty!" "Thefe's where you are wistaken. Vil lain though I may be, according to this ev posure, I have not the lost diamonds-I swear it, by all I hold sacred I" Daniels c ried. "Dcn,{ou know where they aref" "No, know nothing concerning tL em. Send me to jail if you like, but it will not avail you. Felice undoubtedly stole the dia monds, and put them where no one would find them." "Daniels, you are a bad man -a vil lain-a murderer!" Mr. Harrington said. "I would be acting legally to hand you over to the law, but for re l ation's sake, and from a desire to have no further public dis grace put upon my family connections, I will give you one day to get outside the reach of the U. S. authorities. If found on American soil after to-morrow night, you shall suffer the fqll penalty of the law. Here js a thousand dollars-take it and got" I Without a word D a ni e ls threw off his dis. guise, took the proffered money, and left the scene of his late operations. There but little more to add in conclu SlOn. The following Jay, disguised as a l aborer, he attempted to paw n the stolen diamonds to Rebecca's uncle, when they were promptly seized, at the instigation of Fritz, who was on hand watching, and Daniel s was advised to leave. Accordingly, he sailed that day m a steam ship bound for Liverpool, and nothing more was ever beard from him. Fritz. according to promis!;J, proved who was Felice's murderer, by bringing forward the negro Pete, and causing him to relate the substance of Feiice's death confession, which had been to accuse Daniels of killing her, and also store robberies, and of being a member of the yet e11:istiug Smugglers' League. It is neec:!!ess .;:; say that Mr. Harrington became fuJ1y satisfied, and made haste to t ake back Tom Ward into his full esteem an d confidence, with due apologies for the past The very next day Tom became a partner, and it was not long after that he took to himself a life partner in pretty Rossie. The Smugglers' League had not been broken up as yet, and Fritz declared bis in tention of ferreting out the whole matter. "U nd then '' he said "you can bet a half-dollar I Rebecca." Out of a liberal reward given him for bis services by Mr. Harrington, he sent the neat little sum of two hundred dollars to Mias Lotta Shrimp, for her good deed toward him, and then turned his attention to his proposed new venture, which was to prove the "little Dutchman" a genius in the wit wiscl"ni. an; l wa_dness of the born detective.

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