The Bradys down East; or, The mystery of a country town

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The Bradys down East; or, The mystery of a country town

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The Bradys down East; or, The mystery of a country town
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Secret service, Old and Young King Brady, detectives
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Doughty, Francis Worcester d. 1917
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l OLD AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DtTECTIVES. Price 5 Cents. Ol d King Brady knelt and felt the viotim' s heart Y oung King Brady placed a h and on. Johnson' s shoulder. "You know something about this," he said. J

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' I This Con on. will appear on eyery week begin ing with this n mber. Five of theS'e Coupons and 7 5 cents i money or tamps entitle you to a. Watch. These Watches are no to a l, genuine timekeepers a d serve all the purposes of tnsive gol(l one, it with :the same care as you would a, costly .... wa.tc lid ft g an tee it to gve you as good seryice. ' As "' ECRET SERVICE" has an enormOU:S circulation, yo atght be able to c .oupons fro of your friends wh oubt reading it. This watc a,tr:,.i terms is certainl : and should be take11 a; .:: tage ot by all reader "need of a good, inexpe:tt i ve time eper. . This is a fairly good description of the Watch, although it hardly does it justice. It is an American wa.tch that will keep aecurate time, and will not gQt out order. 'l'his guarantu. T/ttJ is strongly made and carefully fitted tQ u cl ude dust. It is Open Pace with he! y poli:;bed bevel crystal. Case _-m-he a vil] nickeled and presents a. a ppea r ance. Weight of watch com_pletii o T.he morement combines many pnteJlted including L ever, L a tern Pinion ratent Esc apement, Patent Winding Attachment. Fo'Un or turn of winding-atiu.chment win
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WALKER.J92.WCONCRESS ST LD A N D YOUNO ... K'ING Issued Wrcl>/IJ-Bv1Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered CLB Second Class Matter at the N;to Yotk, N. Y., Post Office, Matci 1, 1899. Entcted according to Art ot Congess, in the year 1900, in the office of the Libratian of Congress, WCLiihinyton, D. C., b11 Frank 'l.'ousev, 24 Union Square, New York. NEVI Y O RK. FEBRUARY 1900. Price 5 C e nts. THE BRADYS DOWN EAST t / 4 ._,. .. OR, . .--:, The Mystery of a Country Town An Interesting Detective Story BY A NEW YORK DETECTIVE. CHA P TER I. ... A STRANGE llfYSTERY "Well, Harry," said Old Brady to his young protege d partner, "I have a case now which bids fair to promise some hot work. The details will amuse and interest you. "Indeed!" CXlaimed Young King Brady with interest 'ell. me what it is. I am curious." "Ou1last case was located in the slums of a great city." "Yes." "'Well, this case will take us into the rural districts of in e." "Down East?" "Yes." "Whew!" exclaimed Harry, in genuine surprise. "That a transition What has happened down in Podunk, w ?" "A very mysterious affair. The whole country is up in ms. The chief of the Secret Service was communicated th by the Se1ccbncn of Greenbush. The ehic very wisely d turned the case oYer to me." Old King Brady spoke facetiously. "lrhich showed his good taste," agreed Harry. "But at is the case?" "'Here is the letter verbatim of the Chairman of SelectD. Rcacl it." Harry took the letter, which was written in a sprawling nd upon a full page of foolscap. Thus it read: "To the Chief of Detectives, "Secret Service, New York City "Dear Sir: By a vote of this town of Greenbush, Maine,.. it has been decided to communicate with you in regard to some very mysterious happenings in this place, within the. past month. Our constable is unable to handle the case, and so arc all the detectives in this part of the country The people here are very much stirred up over it. "About a month ago, near the old grist mill on the Bangor Ruad, there was found a pool of blood and signs of a struggle. This has suggested the possibility of a crime, which events since have seemed to verify. The night before this discov ery was made, people on the main street were aroused from their slumbers by the sounds of a team driven at full speed through the town, while ear-piercing shrieks fil1ed the air. "'I' he voice seemed to be that of a woman in dire distress The next week a lmman hand severed at the wrist was found tied to the door of a prominent citizen of the town. Beneath. it was a placard written in blood, saying : 'This is one of many. There are more to follow.'l "The hand was that of a woman of the better class On one finger was a plain gold ring. An inscription within the ring may furnish a clew. "Why the hand should be tied to the door of Honorable Silas McClure's house is the deep mystery, and the people of thig town want it so1ved. It looks as if a murderqr was. at larp.-e hereabouts. "The to ;wn has voted an appropriation of one thousand

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2 THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. dollars for the solution of the mystery. best detective at once Please send us your complement of bar room loungers and the occasional sum boarder. (Signed.) ARTEMAS BLAKE, "Chairman Board of Selectmen." "There you are!" said Old King Brady. "Now, what is your opinion?" Harry whistled softly. "Very interesting," he said. "I don't wonder the town all stirred up "Nor I. I believe it is a lively case for us." "Well, that is good." "I told the chief we would give it a try." "Good! Iamready." "Then we wm start at once." When the Bradys moved it was ""rith dispatch. Detectives always hold themselves in readiness for an in atant change of bll.se. In their travels they carried very littl e baggage. A few disguises were concealed about their persons, with wigt>and cosmetics. R evolve rs and pocket-lanterns were also in the itinerary. Thtn they were ready for anything at any time. Quietly thf. two Bradys s lipped out of New York. For years Old King Brady had been known as New York 's premier detective. His reputation was world wide He had hunted the eyildoer so persistently and success fully that his name carried terror into the ranks of the crooks. For years he had worked alone. But one day he came across a rising and ambitious young dP.tective of the same name, though no blood r elation. Harry Brady made friends with the old detective. It may be that Old King Brady realized that he was getting old and might need a successor In any event he grew deeply interested in the young de tective. 'T'he two fraternized to mutual advantage. They worked together Yery successfully Harry was given many valuable points by the older de tective, and soon he became a master in the profession. As he was so much in the older detective's company, he became know!1 as Young King Brady. Greenbush was certainly a.U stirred up over the strange mystery which no one was able to solve. All sorts of theories were advanced, all manner o explanations were discussed. But all in vain. Who was the murderer, and who Jhe victim? They certainly could not be placed in Greenbush. No resident of the torwn was missing No one was under suspicion. It would seem that the participants in t he affair were certainly outsiders But from whence came they, and where had they gone ? A search was made for the rest of the victim's body. "Every nook and corner of the town was explored. ']'hus matters were, wh en one day two strangers arrived ant;]. were given rooms at the Greenbush Hotel. was a country taYern of the familiar clas ,s, with its The Bradys very quietly went to thei1 room. J effe's Clark, the proprietor, scratched his bald head and remarke "I reckon they'll be more than transient. They hav e t 'pearance of stayers." "What dew ye make 'em out to be?" inquired Alden Jen one of q1e loungers. "Hey?" exclaimed the host. "\Vall, if I was tew go 1 my own opinyun, I should say they was a couple of N e York drummers." "What be they sellin' of?" "Yew'll hev to ax 'em thet question yeself, Alden," s a : the hotel proprietor te s tily. "That's all I can say." After a due period the two detectives appeared belo stairs. They sauntered out upon the por c h of the little tave1 and lit cigars, completely ignoring the loung e rs, to all a pearance. But despite the seeming, every man in the throng was and scrutinized by the Bradys Not the slightest detmi capecl them. "Well," said Harry, as they settled d<'lwn into c'omf1-ta chairs and perched feet on the railing. "We ':rrEJ'lit ally way down East, aren't we?" "That we are, my boy," agreed the old deteclive. "I no dream." "I can say that it's like dropping from one planet i another." Old King Brady laughed. much of the brain and brawn of the city to-day come from this backwoods district," he declared. "One n not be ashamed of rural birth." "They h1 Ye at l east furnished us with a fiendish cri1 than which the city slums could haYe no worse." "Quite correct Hello! \Yha t is this?" Up to the hotel door droYe a span of horses, hitched t light wagon, which held hro occupants. One was a man of fine appearance, aml well dressed. other was plainly his coachman. There was a look of haggard anxiety and grief upon man's face. He alighted and met Clark, the publican, at tawrn door. "\Yelcome to Greenbush Hotel, sir!'' said the hotel k eep "Here, Jerry, take care of ther gentleman's bosses. \VoJ ye come in and register?" "I will, sir," replied the newcomer. "'l'hcn I would l to know where Selectman Blake can b e found?" "Yes, s ir, suttin ly. He's most lik ely at his house, j now. I'll send a messenger over, if ye'd lik e." "l wish you would." Yery obsequiou ly and inwardly consumed with curiosi the landlord l ed the way to the desk. lie pushed forward the register, and the newcomer wr< his name. The loungers stood about gaping with woncl ment. Upon the page of the book the newcomer wrote, with fi ing hand: "Rafael Black, Portland." "Gee!" whispered one of the bystanders. "That's Bla

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THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. .3. 'llionaire. What is he doin' of down here? He has to see the selectman." shaw!" said another "Likely he wants an abateme n t xes." aw." interjected Alden ,Jenks, with a mysterious shrug. wager he is interested in the mystery her mystery?" ery lounger crowded nearer to hear Black's convcrsa with the wily tavern-keeper, who was cloing h i s smooth elicit the object of his visit. -o, I don't own any property around here, nor I don't to," said the newcomer impatiently. "I want to get of my lost daughter. I'll give one hundred thousand t rs for her spfc return to her home." kc an electric shock this aclmission ran through the d. The Hradys turnecl in their chairs. They were interested. "ho! Ye don't said the shrewd tavern-keeper adl.i't hcerd anytltin' about it. Is she lost?" st !''said Black in tones of plain agony. "I only wish ew. I can only that she has uisappea red, and I can o trae:c of h er.'' be loung e rs were sn bjects for a picture, so intense was attitude of interest. I ebbe, began Cl
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THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. "It is very strange. Hut could you identify your daughter's hand by means of the ring found on the severed hand, if it should prove to-be hers?" "A ring?" cricd Black. "What sort of a ring was it?" '"A plain band of gold, with letters on the inside. I think the inscription was, 'Mother to J. B.'" Black gave a choking cry and reeled back. "Oh, my soul, the worst is known!" he groaned. "J anicc wore just such a ring, which was given her by her mother." .Selectman Blake looked serious. "Heally, Mr. Black," he said, "this is a startling coinci uencc. '!'he severed hand is yet at the coroner's with the ring. Shall we go down there and complete the identifica tion?" Black covered his face with his hands for a moment and was silent. His form shook with grief. "Yes," he saicl finally. "I give her up .. My Janice is lost. But before heaven I register a vow that I will wreak vengeance upon her slayer, whoeYer he may be." With this he descenued the steps with Blake. Through all\this the Bradys had listened with the deepest vf interest. Old King Brady whispered to Harry: "It is time for us to act.,-, "Yes. - The two detectives arose and followed Blake and Black down the steps. Old Brady stepped alongside the selectman. "I beg pardon," he said in an undertone, "but we arc h.crc in answer to your telegram." 'rhc selcctm:m stared at Old King Brady. "What do you mean?" he demanded "Is it possible you have forgotten the request you made the Chief of the Secret Service in New York?" Ih an instant Blake's manner underwent a change. "The deuce!" he ejaculated. "You arc--" "Sh !" interrupted Old King Brady. "It is very essential just now that our identity shall not be known." "You arc detectives?" "Yes.'' "Your names?" ",Tames and Harry Brady." "What? You are not the Two Bradys ?" "'iVe are oalled that." The selectman's face showed the keenest of delight. Tic shook hands with both, and then an undertone introduced them to Black. "1:; u have come just in the nick ?f time. I believe de velopments are at hand which will clear up this mystery." "I am glad of that." "There is no doubt but that murder has been done. Mr :Black, who is from Portland, reports the mysterious disap -pearance of his daughter. She wore a ring si1pilar to the :: The ring was produced :Mr. Black choked and gasped anu said thickly: "Yes, yes It is hers. My Janice is dead For a few moments the agonized father g:wc way to controllable grief. But ai'ter a time he grew calmer. He turned to the Brady.s. "You are detectives?" be asked "Yes," replied Old King Brady. "Good! You shall be well rewarded if you will tt! down the perpetrator of this dark deed." "We will surely do so," declared the old detective. With this all returned to the hotel. l\fr. Black decided to make his home at the hostelry

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THE BRADYS DOWN EAST . while. His whoJ.e being was bent upon the avenging of s daughter's wrongs and death. The detectives smoked and studied In some respects the case looked simple. In others the The Bradys, on their return to the hotel, went at once to whys and wherefores were many and inexplicable. en room. Just as they were going to bed Old King Brady said: They sat down before a cosy fire and Old King Brady ew out his note-book. "I have a theory!" "Well?". "IV e may be doing wrong in over looking that fellow who was anxious to accompany us to the coroner's !" "Cyrus Blodgct i'" "Yes .". I CHAPTER III. Harry was thoughtful. "It is not improbable that he may know much," h e said. A STRANGE ASSAULT "Let us overhaul him to morrow." "We will do so." 1 Deuuction was a favorite method of the Bradys. ":My opinion is that if he is connected with the case, he By a skillful use of it they had been enabled to solve many will be a spy or traitor. I would not trust him." difficult case. "Just m.Y iuca. But how he bit at the reward offered by "Well," said Old King Brady, "we've made a start, Mr. Black." arry." "Aye, that he did!" "Indeed we lune !" The next morning at an early hour the detectives were "I think we will haYc the whole case in hand before the astir. ek is out." They went down to breakfast "I hope so." When they came out they walked into the hotel office. "X ow, to summarize. This old gentleman, Black, 1s All tllC loungcrs were about the place, as usual, and each althy, and has a very beautiful daughter." seemed to wear a triumphant and comprehcnsi vc smile. "Exactly." The Bradys walked np to the desk. doubt there is an unsuccessful suitor in the case." The genial proprietor, all suavity and sm il es, was there "Just so!" "Ah, gentlemen,'' he saicl, J hope you slept well.'' "The unsnccessful snitor plans to abduct the daughter. "Very nicely, thank you," replied Harry. e is [[ecoyed away from home.'' "Ah, very glad, I assure you," declared the Boniface. "It "Yery natural.'' is not often wehave the honor of entertaining gentleinen of "But attempts to coerce her into marriage were futile. y0ur profession." riving through this town after dark, she .frees herself from "m1 ?"exclaimed Old King Brady, with affected carclcss e gag and screams. Ergo, the thrilling cries described by ness. "Do }OU not put up a good many drummers?" ople aroused from their dreams are explained.'' "Drummers!" ejaculated Clark. "Haw, haw, haw! "Y cry logical." What do yew thi11 k of that, boys?" "A step further," continued Old King Brady, "and we At this all the loungers in the place haw-haw ed. Harry YC the abductor aml his victim going by the old mill. She winked at Old King Br:H1y ruggles to free herself, perhaps leaps out of the carriage, "They're onto us!" he whispered. nd in an insane rage he driYes a knife into her bosom.'' The tanrnkccper l eaned oYer the bar and whispered: 'The murder is clone.'' "In course it's all right, but I knowed the fust moment "Exactly, and the pool of blood is explained Now the I set foot in this hotel that yew was detectives. I didn't un1crer places the borly in the carriage and has concealed saY nuthin', bnt somehow all the rest of 'em got onto it, and destroyed it.'' there you are!" For fully fi\c minutes the dctectiYes mused and reflected "Yes," admitted 01<1 King Brady dryly. "Ilere we are. Tlfen Ihrry said: I womlcr, with tl1c remarkable faculty for penetration that "All \ -cry logical, but yet, some things arc not explained yon peopie have, that you haven't solved the town mystery "What?" yet.'' "The severed hand, which was tied to the ooor of a man "Per'aps some on us have," said the tavern-keeper sign ifiho had not the remotest connection with the affair." "Yes, there is one hitch. But that may have been only "Then," said Old King Braoy sternly, "it is your duty to curious freak of the murderer's mind." subserve the enos of the law." "Perhaps he thought by so doing he would mislead any The hotel-keeper TI'inced and bowed eagerly and with ser:1 Ye::;tiga ti on.'' vi 1 i ty. "But he need not haYe done anything. The finding of "Ah, I ain't claimin' ter know much myself," he said pool of blooo woulrl have been the only discoverable evi "But ther's old Blodgct as thinks he has an insight." r ncc of a crime." Olcl King Brady turnecl. "That is true.'' ":M:r. Rlodgct," he said sharply. "It is still a "F.h, what's that?" said the countryman, looking up hast'".\ Ycry desperate mystery." ily.

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r 6 rrHE BRADYS DOWN EAST "What do you know about this mystery of the severeu han d ?" Blodget smiled in a cunning way. "I'm go in' ter tell thet at the right time," he declared. "It's your duty to tell it now." "Humph! Do yew think I'm a fool ?" simpered the fel low. "When thar's a hundred thousand at stake a man will work on ther safe side." "You'll be as sure of your money by telling all now." "Yas, but thet ain't perducing the gal, safe an' well." Old King Brady gave a start. "Do you know that she is alive?" he asked with lightning quickness So sudden and pointed was the question that the country man was a !most taken off his guard. "I-that is-IT ain't saying," he stammered confusedl y "Yew'll know thet sometime." Old King Brady walked straight up to Blodgct. ''I believe you're an unconscionable old scoundrel," he declared. "I've a mind to jail you on suspicion." "Thet's all the good it would do," said Blodget sullenly. "Won't you tell what you know?" "No." '.'Do you know anything?" "Thet's my bizness !" Old King Brady sa w it was useless to push the matter further. But from that moment Blodget was under surveil lance. It was now long after nine o'clock. :Mr. Black qad not come downstairs. Suddenly a stifled cry was heard from the stairway, and a man appeared on the stairs. It was Black's driver and man. His face was white as chalk, and he trembled like an aspen. "Gentlemen l" he cried earnestly, "will ye give me a hanu to open the door to my master's room I have a belief that something has befallen him." This startling declaration brought all in the bar-room to their feet All except Blodget showed surprise and alarm. "What is that?" cried Old King Brady. "Do you know where your master's room is?" "That I do, sir ''Have you called him?" "Sure, a dozen times, sir, but he will not answer I am sure something has happened him, sir." "Enough!" cried the old detective. "Come, gentlemen, we will investigate." Up the stairs the detectives went, while the throng fol lowed. Blodget was now foremost. The door of M:r. Black's room was securely locke<\ It res i sted all efforts at opening "Burst it in!" cried the landlord excitedly. he's dead!'' Even as he spoke a low, muflled groan came from beyond the oaken door This settled all doubt in Old King Bradys mind. "Here goes!" he shouted. He placed his shoulder to the aot>r. T he r e was a muffled creaking and crashing, and the d yie l ded It" b u rst inward. As the o l d detective half stumbled into the room he ga a mighty start. The sight which he beheld fairly thrill him. On the floor of the room lay a prostrate form Ro bound i t hands and feet 'l'he fotm was that of Black, the millionaire vVhile Old King Brady stood for an l.nstant overcome w i horror, a strange incident occurred in the corridor. The millionaire's coachman, whose name was James K ley, had been moaning and groaning all the while that 0 King Brady had been forcing the door. Suddenly he crieu : "I knew the black hearted spalpeens would kill him!" "What do you mean?" asked }larry, gripping his arm. The fellow h esitate d a moment, and then blurted out: "You'll find him dead. I know that fellow pointed at the countryman Blodgc t. "I know him we His name is Johnson, and he's a crook. H e's J oc J ohnso I tell you, and h e went into this room la st night with Cli.ft Moore. They've killed Mr. Black I know they have!" Harry turned quickly and faced Blodg et. The countryman looked blank. "The feller is crazy," he said. "I warn't in the hot e l all last night!" "Is your name Johnson?" a ske d Harry quietly. "No, it's Cyrus Blodget, an' everybody in this taoun know me," prote ste d Blodget indignantly. "I don't know nuthi about this feller thet says my name is Johnson He's liar l" "You're another!" yelled the valet furiously. "And can prove it. You have killed Illr Black." The impulse was upon Harry to effect the countryman arrest right there. But Blodget pushed past him into the room, with th hotel-keeper Kelley, the valet, remained outside very much excite d with the crowd which had come up from the office. As soon as Old King Brady could recover from his sur prise he cxclaimcu: "It is :Thir. Black. There is dark work h e re." "Wall, I should say so!" cried Johnson, or Blodget, as h1 s tood gazing in apparent wonderment and horror at the 1tll. conscious man on the floor. "I reckon it's another bit o. mystery." "It looks like it, agreed the old detective. "Mercy on us!" gasped the tavern-ke e per. "Is he alive?' Old King Brady knelt and felt the victim's heart Youn1 King Brady placed a hand on .John on's s hould e r. "You h.-now somet hing about this," he said. Johnson turned with surprise, which if not genuine wa well assumed. "You are mistaken, friend," he said positively. "I kn()v nuthin' about it." "But why should-that valet accuse you?" "He's drunk or crazy!" declared Bloclget "My nam ain't Johnson, nor I warn't in this room last night." -

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THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. '1 t this moment Kelley, the valet, staggered into the room. I guilty I"d hev come right intew this ere room and have l et 'I can prove it," he cried "Don't let him go." yew arrest me?" 'You are under arrest,'' declared Young King Brady. This certainly was in the countryman's favor, as Harry CHAPTER IV. SO:li:I:E CURIOUS CONCLUSIONS. Mea nwhile Old King Brady had made the discovery that Black's was still beating He was covered with blood and dust, and there were fear contusions on his head. It was evident that he had been beat en into insen sib ility d tlien bound and gagged and ldt to die, or perhaps l eft dead. The old detective quickly cut the bonds. Then the injured man was put to bed, and r esto ratives reapplied. All this while Blodgct was und er close arrest. Young King Brady had handcuffed himself to him. There s no escape. "As soon as Mr. Black comes to his senses we sha ll know e truth,'' declared Old King Brady. "He certainly can 1 who his assailants were." was bound to admit. Very slow 1 y :M:r. Black recover e d . But .finally he was able to realize where he was and what had happened. He was very weak. But Old King Brady gently questioned him His reply was astonishing : "I saw nobody!" he said. "I entered my room in the darkness, and was stricken down by some unknown and un seen foe. That is all I know." This most astonishing declaration seemed to turn the tables. It was a direct refutation of the valet's story. "Did anybody named Clifton Moore or Joe Johnson call on you during the evening?" asked Old King Brady. "I do not know anybody named Johnson," replied Mr Black. "Clifton Moore is my daughter's school friend, and a very estimable young man, who is at present in Portland. I had no callers last evening." "Your valet, JCelley, declared that you did." liir. Black was astonished. "I have suspected that fellow," he declared. "I belleve he is a rascal. Where is he?" With this all turned to look for the valet. An r.otounding discovery resulted. lie had disappeared. "That'll clear me declared Blodgct. wMy name ain't huson, nor I didn t do this joh." Not a trace of him coulu be found anywhere. In the confusion he bad vanished. Hours passed, and yet the injureu man did not fully re-in his senses Again the mystery was inten sified. His injuries were seYere. The detectives asked themselves many curious and thrill"But who is Clifton Moore?" asked Harry of the valet, ing questions. lley. --Why had Kelley accused Blodgct and Clifton Moore, two "He's a ypung fellow who lived in Portland, and was in people apparently innocent of any connection with the affair? e with the girl," declared Kelley. "IIc and Johnson both nt into this room last night. I saw 'em go in and they Perhaps the wily valet had believed that his master would dn't come out while I was up. I went to bed after midnever recover conscio u sness There was a possibility that ght. You can be sure they did this job." he was the real assailant. "Are you positive as to the identity of :Mr. Blodgct as In that case, who was he, and what was his connection huson?" "'ith the abduction and possible murder of J anicc Black? "In course I am. lie knows me well." For that he was thus connected it was logi cal to henceforth "You're a liar!" cried Blodgct. "I never saw you in my believe e till you came to this hotel." The town ani! the country about was scoured for Kelley. "Oh, that bluil' won't work!" crie d Kelley. "The game But he could not be found. up. You and Jl.1oorc killed Miss Jan icc, and you know Meanwhile Rlodget was exonerated and released, for he And yon tried to kill i\Ir. Black last night." easily proved an alibi. "Did you see any one ente r the hotel la st night answering All s u sp i cions which the detectives had entertained against e description of 1\Ir. Blodgct and this Moore?" asked him were thus forever banished. arry of the tavern-keeper. They ceased to look upon Bloclget as a factor in the case, ":No, sir," replied that worthy. "I didn't see a soul come beyond what theories h e might elucidate. or go out after midnight." For days the Bradys worked hard to throw light on the Far from throwing light upon the affair, all these rev e lamystery. ns onl3:.seemcd to intensify the mystery. Mr. Black rapidly recovered, and was soon himself once But all now waited anxiously for the resuscitation of M:r. more. aack, who alone could solve the problem. Step by step and thread by thread the Bradys took up the Blodget strenuously protested his innocence. case. '!Why, gosh dang it," he argued, "do ye s'pose i I was 1 First found the stable in Bangor where the team

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I 8 THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. hired which had brought the abductor and his victim to Greenbush. They were willing to clutch at even the slenderest thread Both recalled peculiar manner This WilS obtained through the action of the stable-keeper, who adYcrti8ec1 for the recovery of his missing outfit. Armed with a description of the horse and carriage, the two detectives now scoured the country about And illlally they found the outfit in the possession of a logging Frenchman, who lived in a rude hut near the banks of the Penobscot River. His story was straightforward. A stranger had met him on the highway and sold him the horse and carriage for the ridiculous sum of forty dollars The unsuspecting wood-chopper took the bargain home with him, dreaming that he would have to give it up, or that it was stolen property. 1 'The Bradys returned the property to its rightful owner. They got a description of the thief. As desc1 ibed by the Frenchman, he was tall, with a smooth face and flashily dressed. But there all clew ceased. The woodchopper had no further information to give He declared that the thief had vanished into the forest after the sale, and that was the last seen of him The Bradys were deep l y puzz led. \Vlto was this unknown horse thief? Was he the rea l abductor of Janice Black? If so, who "By ,Tove !" said Harry impressively. "We are not h a l into this case yet!" "I belie\'e you '' "I shall soon be suspecting everybody. On my maybe that countryman does know something?" "It is his claim." "Either he is a fool or a rascal!" "Assuming that the purpose of the abduction was to gain a ransom, I would wager that Blodgct is in the game." "Let us shadow him." "All right "He docs not fancy that we suspect him?" "Not in the least "That is in our favor. IV ell, Harry, we have a new the o ry :i\Iay it bear fruit this time." "I hope so. With this the clctectives left their room and sauntered out in to the hote l office. .CHAPTER V. was he? The mystery was deeper than ever. THE BOGUS DOCTOR. The two detectives returned to Greenbush, and again went over the features of the case. When Old and Young King Brady appeared in the offic e Once more deduction was emp loyed. they saw that the hotel boasted a new arri>al. I n a previous case it had not worked with ail}' degree of He sat in a chair by the piazza railing and 11as in c o n success. But the detectives felt more sure this time. versation with Cyrus Blodget. "Well," began Harry, "let us start from the time of the His remarkable appearance at once attracted the atten assau l t upon Mr. Black." tion of the Bradys, as well as won their interest. "Very good!" They exchanged glances. "We will assume that the affair was connected with the ab-, "What do you think?" whispered Harry. It may not have been." I "It is material." "Undoubtedly it was!" "I believe you." "Well, we will assume that Define a motive for the I The newcomer was tall and of sinewy frame His feaassault." tures were dark and a l most fierce in their cxpTcssion. "No doubt it was intended to murder Black." I He was dressed in peculiar fashion. "Yes. I lie wore broad check trousers, a brown coat a fancv'vest I .J "Somebody wanted him put out of the way for a certain I open shirt front and high stock collar. purpose. That purpose was the motive. X ow, what moHis shoes were of patent leather and his hat of wide bri1n tive could be possible?" and soft felt. .. "Revenge for a fancied wrong." A huge diamond glittered on his shirt front. Altogeth e r "Yes.' he was seemingly a good specimen of a Bowery sport. "Or possibly the purpose of forcing the girl into an unThe detcdi"l"'es lounged about for a time. willing marriage." Then Old King Brady leaned orer the desk and spok e to "rrhinlly--" Proprietor Jefferson Clark in a low tone. "For the purpose of demanding a hca\'y ransom." "Who is the gentleman with Cyrus Blodget ?" he asked, Old King Brady gave a great start. carelessly "Ransom!" he ejaculated. "Does that recall a certain1 "Oh, bless yer soul!" exclaimed the Boniface, "that's Dr. thi ng to you?" i Gray. We allus call him Gus. They do sa y he has mad e a "\Vhat 9 heap of money clown New York way. lie s a rtinly look "The eagerness of Bloclget when Black off ered the reward prosp e rous." .. of one hundred thousand his apparent confidence in hi s I "Then he is a native of this place?" a s ked Olll King ability to find the girl?" Brady The detectives looked at each other "Bless ye, no! He's from nobody knmrs where But he Here was a straw. comes here every summ_er and sports around awhil e I've

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TilE BRADYS DOWN EAST. 9 eerd it said he knows more about poker than he docs about people." 'Yes," said the old detective, slowly. "lias he been here ong ?" ''Hain't been here before this summer. lie was here all ast summer. Would ye like an introuuction ?" "Perhaps so, by-and-by," said the olu detective, as he 'alked away. The two Bradys loitered arounu the hotel office a while. resently Blodget chanced to see them. At once he made a gesture ''Hi! come here, Mister Brady," he cried "Ilere's a man ikely ca:t tell ye somethin' about the mystery." Old King Brady sauntered up. "A.h !" he said quietly, "that is just the sort of a man I m looking for." \\Tell," said Gray, in a diffident way, "I don't know as I ave very much I can shell out. You sec, I'm not sure of hat I put my peepers on." The coarse slang used by the fellow jarred on Old King Brady's nerves. But a detective cannot afford to be !)Ver-nicc. So he stifled his disgust and said : "Be it ever so small a clew, it will be gratefully received." "Y-es, of course," stammered Gray, with what Old King Brady regarded as affectation. "What light can you throw on the affair, Mr.--" "Gray," rejoined Blodget "Gustavus Gray, Mister Brady. Gus and I air old friends." "Well, you see, Mr. Brady," said Gray, effusively, "I have been selling my Rheumatism Killer up through this coun try for a few weeks :(last. Let me see, it was the night of the thirteenth, wasn't it, that the queer things happened in his town?" "I believe so. "Yes; well, it was that very night I was going down to Orono and missed the train. That didn't queer me, for I'm pretty lively on my walking gear, so I set out to walk. Well, you see, I left this town off to the north." "In course ye would, going that way," asserted Blodget. "That's it, Cy. Well, I didn't get along to the Orono urnpike until about three o'clock. Then a team went by e like a streak of electricity "It was a horse and democrat wagon. In the wagon there was something covered up with a blanket. I didn't think anything of it at the time more than to feel mad at the chap :for not offering me a ride."' "In course!" said Cy. "\\Tell, the team went out of sight around a bend in the road. I trudged on a mile or two until I came to a bridge which went over a little brook. I could sec a pond through the trees and a narrow road led down to it. "As I was crossing the bridge I heard a horse whinny, and looking down through the trees in the moonlight, I saw the very team that passed me. "It was backed up to the water, and I saw something dumped out of the hind end into the water with a splash At the time it looked to me as if somebody was carting away some refuse to dump, and I recollect thinking it queer that they should be doing it after dark. "But nothing more than that. I waited on the bridge until the team came up to the road. Then I shouted to the driver. "He pulled up and looked around. 'Is this the right road to Orono?' I asked. 'It is,' he replied. 'Can you give me a lift on the way?' I asked again 'Can't, for I'm going the other way,' he saiu, and then he drove off." There was a moment of silence. The Bradys had listened to this surprising narrative with the deepest of interest. Cyrus Blodget seemed to be much excited. "What do ye think of that?" he cried "Same kind of a team, on ther same night. Like enough the murderer dumped his victim into thet pond." "Wall, it does look queer,'' declared the hot elkeeper. "I declare, it never occurred to me before that there could be any connection,'' said Gus Gray, earnestly "But when Cy told me the story of that affair it put me to thinking Old King Brady leaned forward. "Are you absolutely certain that your vision did not fail you ?" he asked. ''Sure!" replied Gray. "Do you think you could take us to the very spot?'; < "I do." "And will you do it?'' "Why, of course!" Old King Brady turned to Clark. "Bring a team from your stable," he "How far is it to that point?" "Oh, maybe a dozen miles." "Very well. Let men with grappling hooks and l!n:es company us. Some hould see the coroner and the selectmen at once." This declaration of detective's created a tremendous sensation. At once preparations were made for an investi gation of this new clew. Mr. Black now appeared on the scene, and was deeply thrilled. His face grew pale and his voice husky. Selectman Blake and the coroner responded promptly. They were to drive down to White Lake, as it was called, in their own team. Others proposed to do the same. But Mr. Black and the Bradys, with Blodget and Gray, all went in one carriage behind a lively pair of horses. The twelve miles was quickly covered. The locality was quite as Gray had described it. There was the little brook which the highway crossed. The pond was just below and could be seen from the road. The little road led down to it. At this point the shores of the land shelved downward into a dozen feet o water. Anything dumped from the shore would sink to at l east this depth. The water was very transparent. Thus far Gray's story was fully corroborated. It re mained to be seen what had been dumped into the lake. Boats were procured and the coroner's men began c1rag-5ing the bottom. Several times the grapnels traversed the lake bottom. Then suddenly a cry went up.

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.. 10 THE B RA DYS D O W N EAS T. The men _began pulling on the ropes Some object was r ising Up it came and rested on the surface. A shuddering cry w ent up. It was a human body. Mr. Black, with pallid face and heaving breast, paced the shore The body was slowly and gently drawn up onto the sandy beach. Very s lowly and gently the coroner and his men straight ened the remains and partly covered them with a sheet. The detectives made a brief examination. The body was that of a female of slender and graceful b u ild But it was frightfully mutilated. The head had been severed from the body and was miss i ng. Bruises and contusions discolored the flesh there was a knife wound in the side. All traces of blood had been re moved by the action of the water. Old King Brady lifted one arm The hand had been severed at the wrist. "Mr. Black," said the coroner, quietly, "is there any mark by which you can identify your daughter other than upon the head ?" I "I think so," said the agonized father. He came forward and bent down over fhe corpse. But his horror and grief overcame him. "I-I fear it is the body of my child," he said. "There can be no doubt of it. The ring found on the severed hand is ample evidence." "You are convinced?" ''Yes." "What dispos i tion shall I make of the remains?'' "Prepare them for burial and shipment to Portland Very solemnly the little group returned to their carriages. The body was placed in the coroner's wagon. Then the return to Greenbush was made. Very little was said. The Bradys were deep in study. Everybody else seemed enthralled with awful horror. When they once more stood in the hote l office the Bradys fort like talking. Old King Brady addressed Gray : "You can form no opinion as to the identity of the man who drove the wagon that night?" "Not the slightest," rep l ied Gray "I couldp.'t see his face "It is very strange "Indeed, I agree with you." That night the detectives were once more engaged in de-duction in their room. "We're befogged," said Harry. "To the contrary, the case never looked so clear before,'' said Old King Brady. CHAPTER VI. ON THE AROOSTOOK ROAD. "Well, that's queer," he exclaimed. "What is your the ory?" "We have at l ast hit the right track" "You are obscure." "Am I? Well, then, I will be more explicit In the first place, the crime has been proved." "Yes "The :finding of the body settles all doubt that a murde r was committed." "So it seems." "Also, the body seems to be that of the missing young gir l from Portland." "Very good." "Now, the story given us by Gray is very straightforward "It seems to be." "Keep your eye on Blodget Harry was astonisl\ed. "At this stage of the game," he said, "I don't see how he can possibly be in any way connected with the case." "You don't?" "No Old King Brady dmckled. "The old man can yet give you points," he said with ela tion. "Did you not hear Blodget remark to Gray that this meant one hundred thousand dollars, which Black had of fered for the return of his daughter, dead or alive?" "Well, I believe Black did say that." "Very good. How quickly Gray showed up apropos of that offer, and how quickly the body was recovered. Blod get was more than certain when he announced that he could produce a clew as to the girl's whereabouts Harry's eyes opened wide. "By Jove!" he said. ten is quite clear now. They are a brace of rogues! It is a1l a put-up job "Of course." To both detectives this looked plain. But there was much to consider in the way of obstacles. How was proof of all this to be gained? They might be morally certain of their premise, but this amounted to nothing in a court of law There the evidence must be indisputable. ''What shall we do?" asked Harry. "Mr. Black ought not to pay that money?" "We wi11 post him and advise him to delay "Exactly." There was a moment of silence. "IV ell," said Harry, "we have only one conclusion to as sume. That is, that Gray is the abductor and murderer, and Blodget is the spy and capper, or gobetween. The job was originally intended otherwise. The girl was to be held alive and yielded up for suitable ransom. But she made sq bold a struggle that Gray was obliged to kill her to save exposure. Then the villains arranged this clever method of producing the body and gaining the ransom just the same. The severed hand was all a trick to lead on an investigation It was all a deep and devilish plot The o l d detective's astonishing declaration F;Ia.rry. "To think of :finding such work in a little down East staggered I town !" "You are right

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THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. 11 Te are morally sure of all now. We have our birds ed." hat is true." ut we must not l et them s usp ect it. Evidence is what ust win now. It looks lik e a slow job. But we've been e fog before--eh ?" ou are right." :row let u s inte rview :M:r. Black. He mu s t not pay the rd yet." he next morning the Bradys made it a point to see Ur. k before eit h e r Blod get or Gray could do so. We understand that you offered a r e ward of one hun thousand dollars for your daughter's body, dead or e ?" asked Old King Brady. 1r. Black bowed. I did," he replied. T ou in lend to pay it?" I always meet my In this case, perhaps you will do well to evade them, at t do not be in a hurry to pay over that htmdred thou d." he millionaire was amazed. \Yhat do you mean?" he asked "I do nCJt und erstand." For the fact that ;ou may be paying the reward to the parties who are responsible for the abduction. and mur of your daughter. fr. Black gave a gaspi ng cry of horror. What?" he exclaimed. "Do I h ea r aright? Do you r to Blodget and Gray?" We do." My soul! Are you sure of that? I cannot understand eems too absurd. Why, what r eason have you for that ef ?" n a very few words Old King Brady pointed out his s of the case Jl.1r. Black li stened with interest. true comprehension seemed to dawn upon him. .riercif ul powers!" he ejaculated. I would never hav e ught of that. Ah, you detectives are keen. Remember, ave offered a large reward for the conviction of the g uilty ties." That is not what actuates u s," replied Old King Brady. e are detectives, and we work to subserve the ends of tice, as all detectives should, irrespeetive of re'ilard or r 'And you really believe that Gray is the murderer of ice?" 'We are going to proceed on that presumption," replied King Brady. 'I will kill him on s i ght !" interposed the old detective. "That won't 'Why not? Can you blame me?" 'But we ha1c not yet positively proven him g uilt y." 'There is no doubt of his guilt." 'Again, it will be a poor way of securing vengeance. You a law-abiding man, :Mr. Black." "'I have always been such." 'Then you will see the wisdom and justice of leaving all he law. Punishment will be certain." lack drew a conv ul sive sigh. "You are right," he ag reed. "I shall accept your ad vice." "The n do not pay them the reward as yet Yon can easi ly put them off." "Very well." Th e Bradys felt.. that this matter was settled As Old King Brady h ad predicted, Blodget that very day applied to Mr Black for the reward The millionaire very skillfully managed to put th e villain off. Blodget and Gray r etired to a corner of the piazza, where they remain ed in close consultation for a time. Th e n Gray marched up to the hot e l desk. "Well, l andlord," h e sa id in a loud voice, "I fear I sha ll have to take my departure I hav e some orders for my Rh e umati sm Killer in the towns above here, so I sha ll leave to-day." "Very sorry doctor," said Clark in his affab l e way. "Here is your bill!'. "Well, I wish I could stay l onger," declared Gray ''But business is business, you know." "Of course, of cou rse. The "doctor" settled hi s bill, and in a few moments a car riage drove up to the door. A hi gh ste ppin g g ra y horse and top carriage it was. The "doctor" s t epped into the carriage, waved an adieu and drove away. :Meanwhile the Bradys had made quick work. During their stay in the town, for the purpose of gett ing about rapidly, they had procured a tandem bicycle. This was kept in the stable at the r ear of the hotel. When Gray first declared his intention of departure the Bradys from an inner room heard it plainly "What's this?" exclairhed Old Kin g Brad y "It's a new game!" "We ought n ot to lose sight of him," declared Harry. "Certainly not." "He i s our most important man." "Yes." "What shall we do?" "Follow him." "How?" "You forget the tandem." "That is so." So while the "doctor's" h orse and carriage was at the door, the detectives slipped out the back way and very quickly and si l ently got out their machine and rode into a side street. A few moments lat e r, in the dusk for the day was at its close-th e pseudo vender of patent medicines drove out of town by >vay of the main street. His course took him out upon the old Aroostook Road, which led into the heart of the ::\Iaine wilderness And as he drove on he "II'JS unaware of the fact that a silent and swift pursuer was behind him. Soon the darkness became so intense that the detectives were enabled to draw closer on their si l ent steed. Through the l ong S"ll'amp of fir and ha ckma tack, over the corduroy r oads, the Yillain drove. JI.Iiles spun away behind, and sti ll the tire less little horse kept on :mel steadily

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19 THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. It was after midnight when suddenly the "doctor" drew\ rein. Beside the road was a gushing spring where travelers could water their horses While the horse was drinking, Gray got out of the car riage. rrhc detectives had dismounted and drawn into the shad OWS by the roadside. Here they waited. But not for long. Gray placed his fingers to his lips and gave a shrill, sibi lant whistle. It resounded again and again through the forest arches. It was not long before the answer came It was in the same key. Then there was a c ra shing sound in the undergrowth and a man's form emerged into the road. "Hello, Kelley!" cried Gray "You are right on hand." ''Yes I knew your signal. I've been waiting patiently for it. "How is the bird ?" "Still drooping, but I guess all right otherwise. \\'hat i s the latest?" "Johnson gets his." "Just so." "That's about thirty-three thousand apiece. It will do for a starter." "Will Johnson be dead sure to get the money?" "You can bet all the money you ever saw on it. The old chap has promised, and he won't break it. He has taken the corpse home to bury." "Whew that is a corker! W ell, now it's my game to pick up another rich fiat. Of course you're in the game?" "I'm afraid not." "Why?" asked Kelley, sharply. "What's come over you?'' "You don't understand. I am in loYc !" "In love?" "Yes." "Well, what difference docs that make?" "Just this: After I marry, I am going to reform aml go out of politics, so to speak. You know my fiancee has a mill ion back of her." Kelley laughed discordantly. "Yes, but you haven't got her consent as yet "No, but she ,is in my power, and you know possession is nine points of the law. I don't fear defeat." "We've made a big strike." What do ye mean?" t'The hundred thousand is ours safe and sound. "Well, I wish you success. I suppose you'll make up with We land-' the father-in-law?" ed the prize!" "No," said Gray in a constrained voice. "Your part o.f "'rhc y0u did! How?" the job is not finished yet." "Well, we discovered the girl's body for them and turnecl "What do you mean?" asked the treacherous valet. it over to the doting and grief stricken father for the rc"Do you need to ask that? You fully agreed to put my ward Ha! ha! ha! Was not that a rich deal? I tell you father-in-law out of the way. :My wife will then inherit-, Johnson is all right!" and the rest is easy." Kelley laughed discordantly. "You are a devil, Gray!" he said. "Of course I'll carry out my contract. But you've got to tame your pretty gazelle first. I tell you it will not be easy." CHAPTER VII. "Ah, then she is spirited, is she?" "Somewhat." 1 TIIE DEN IN TTTE wooDs. "All the better. I couldn't lov e her if she was easily won. But she will come to my terms. I'll have her at my feet in The mocking laugh of the villain rang out shrill and a month. She shall be my slave." clear. "Well, you're welcome to her," answered the valet. "I Kelley seemed to take a moment to see the point of the never fool with wo. men. You're bound to get your fingers statement, and then he laughed also. I burned." "Ha! ha! ha! Well, that was a rich one! It's what 1 "Well, you're not cut out for it. However, we are losing call a double-header!" time. I want to take a look at my pretty bird. She de"Y ou bet It's selling a dead hor}e for the price of a live serves a better cage." one." 1\'ith this Gray got into the carriage. "He is an easy sucker !" Kelley did the same "Yes; but the detectives were fooled too." The detectives had heard all with the deepest of interest. "Keen, aren't they? It's lucky then that I didn't kill the They saw the carriage turn into a narrow road leading old chap." into the forest. At once they proceeded to follow. "Indeed yes. The reward plan was easier and cheaper "''We arc onto somclhing of value now," whispered Harry. and saved the risk of the gallows. What is more, the game "Y,ou'rc right!" said Olcl King Brady. "Once again we now is all mine have made wrong deductions "All ours!" "What do you mean?" "Well, yes, all ours. 0 course you get your division of "Can't you guess?" the hundred thousand." Harry gave a violent start "That's all I want." "By Jove!" he exclaimed. "It has just come to me. "1 get my share." course I can see it all now. Janice Black--" "Is alive !"

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THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. "Yes, alie, and a captive still. The body found in the was but a substitute to deceive Mr. Black and gain the ward. What a clever game to end all further pursuit by us establishing the death of the abducted girl!" "At last we arc getting at the bottom of the mystery." "Don't say that." "Why?" "Several times before we have yielded to that belief, only be deceived. We can only what may yet be in p re." "That is true. But there is every reason to believe that ay fell in love with Janice after the abduction and de ed to marry her, kill the father and thus inherit his for ne, getting a beautiful girl and a million dollars." ".\.diabolical plot!" "Only exceeded by the fiendishness of the villain's soul. Janice Black is alive and in captivity, we will rescue her s night." ''\Y e will." ;fith these conclusions and the final resolution, the dctiws kept on in pursuit of their birds. For a long "avs the horse and carriage jolted slowly over corduroy road of the swamp. detectives had been compelled to leave their bicycle lind. But it was easy enough to keep up with the carriage on t. Thus they trudged slowly on. 1\.fter an hour of this sort of traveling a light suddenly wed ahead. the carriage came out into a lonely clearing in the est. Old King Brady whispered the plan to Harry. The young detective instantly diverged to the right, while Old King Brady went to the left. Their purpose was soon made apparent. The treacherous valet Kelley had begun to unhitcl'l: tile gray horse. Ile was thus occupied when a startling acci dent befell him. Suddenly from behind h im long arms stretched out ancl talon fingers closed upon his windpipe was unable to scream or make a sound of any kind He tried to wrench himself free, but in vain. In a twinkling handcuffs were placed on his wrists. He was thrown upo!f his back and bound hand and feet with a rope taken from the carriage. He. was securely gagged, and thus rendered helpless he: was left upon the ground. The del ecti vcs now tethered the horse. Then they spcJ: to the window of the cabin. They peered in through the dim glass and beheld a dramatic scene. Upon a rude hearth blazed a fire. The harridan was seated upon a stool at the far end of the room. Crouched against the fire frame with a burning brand plucked from the fire in her hand, stood a young girl of rare and wondrous beauty. It was easy to understand how Gray had fallen in love with Janice Black as one gazed upon her. She was of a type of beauty seldom seen, and s.uch as "ould appeal to the passion of the coldest and sternest. Before her stood Gray, grinning, but yet angry and baffied. \. log cabin occupied its centre. There was every indi' "Come, come, you spiteful little termagant," he cried. on that it was the abode of wood-choppers, or at least "You might as well surrender. I 'l>ill have a kiss." once served that purpose. "And I say you will not, except in death," declared the '\Yas Mother Jaques expecting me to-night?" asked young girl vehemently "One step nearer and I'll burn y. your eyes out." 'K o," replied Kelley. "But I felt sure you'd come, so I "Bravo!" whispered Old King Brady. out to the road to meet you." "I glory in her spunk," asserted Harry. She has the girl pretty well under subjection?" "It is useless for you to resist me," declared the villain You bet! You couldn't have picked a better woman impatiently. "You are my captive. I can keep you here n )lother Jaques for this business." forever. No one can ever find you. You might as well I think so too." give up." 1 s Gray leaped out of the carriage he a shrill whis"Never !" ,. "I will make you happy. I will love you as man never nstantly the door uf the cabin swung wide open. loved woman Will you not yield?" flood of light swept out into the clearing. From the "I will yield to death, but not to you," replied the girl thedetectives saw part of the interior of the cabin. captive. twas rudely furnished, though, unlike most o its kind, ''liang it. You are getting me mad," declared Gray. ras divided into several compartments or rooms. "I will never yield." n the doonray, arms akimbo, stood a wrinkled old har"What arc your ?" n. She hailed the newcomers in a snarling Yoicc: "You are a villain. I hate you. Is not that enough?" So ther ha\Yk has come fer the clove, eh? Well, ye'll find "But I'll teach you to love me I am not a bad man. feathers all unrufllcd, thanks tcr me." You shall see that I can make you happy." That's the way to talk, 1\Iothcr," cried Gray, leaping "Your words are idle the cabin. '\I must take a look at her." A curse escaped Gray. hen the door closed. "Then you will not come to terms?" he dctectiYcs were anxious to sec the interior of the "The only terms I will accept are my freedom and safe n -and learn what was going on there. conduct home," replied the young girL ut they decided upon a different move, which was sug 1 "Curse you! If you will not listen to fair treatment, ed by policy and expediency. I then you will yield to force, I warn you."

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.14. THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. With this the villain darted forward. Janice screamed and thrust the brand at him. It singed his brow and caused him to retreat with a yell of cowardly agony The first assault was repulsed. CHAPTER. VIII. IN THE HANDS OF THE ENEMY. The Bradys could have cheered themselves hoarse over the resnlt of this attack by the villain The old harridan did not interfere, but sat crooning on her in the corner. The wounds sustained by Gray stung and smarted, as well as enraged him. His brute temper was aroused. It was in keeping with his nature that he should destroy :anything which he could not win. So with a howl of, rage he pulled out a revol-ver. "Curse you!" he yelled, "I'll kill you!" The shot was fired almost point-blank, but yet it went wild, and the bullet was buried in the logs back of Janice. Whether this was intentional on villain's part, it was not easy to say. It might be that he purposely sent the shot wide, and that he had merely fired to frighten her. But if this latter was the case it was certainly a dismal :failure. The young girl betrayed not the slightest fear. She hurled the brand at her persecutor and grabbed another from the fire. The brand struck Gray across the hand and caused him to drop the revolver. With a howl of pain and anger he .again rushed upon her. Tllis time he might have succeeded in his purpose, but an
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THE BRADYS EAST. 13 "That is my business." "You won't tell?" "It is unnecessary "Humph! Perhaps so. Well, we fooled the old man nyway. He thinks he has his daughter's body." ''I'll admit that you fooled us," said the old detective. But we are decidedly onto you now." "That's all the good it will do you "Then you really mean to murder us?" "You cannot go from here alive." '' YV e will b e avenged. You cannot conceal the crime. he young girl whom you will force to be your wife will be 1e first to betray you." ''I will never become his wife," said Janice courageously. A curse escaped Gray. His cruel eyes snapped "We'll see," he gritted. "I'm a hard man to defeat Y ct m not altogether merciless. On certain conditions I will p are ym;r lives." The detectives looked incredulous. "What arc they?" "You are to league yourselves with me. Detecti vcs can They invariably work for money. Here is your Become my partner and you shall have wealth and fe." \ "lYe will consider your offer," said Old King Brady "I will give you until to-morrow noon," declared Gray. I <;lon't want to kill you, for I know you are smart men. ou will do better to stand in with us." The Bradys pretended to lean that way, and give serious p nsideration to the propo s al. Of course this was policy. Hope at once mvived in their earts. "lYe want a little chance to talk it over," said Old King rady in a temporizing way "Of course," agreed Gray. "I won't deny ye that. I ll ot make it more uncom fortable for you than I can help. ere, Baxter," to one of the woodsmen, "cut the cords hi c h bind their ankles. This was clone. Of course this was a great relief to the detectives. Their wrists remained bound, but not tightly. They ere led into a room in the cabin and the door was closed barred. There were a couple of bunks filled with fir boughs, a tumber of rude stools and a table. A small window barred ith iron was at one end The detectives were left in utter darkness, save the thread f light which came in through the cracks of the door. They could peer through these cracks, however, and see hat was going on in the main part of the cabin. Gray and Kelley had seated themselves at a table, which e old harridan bad set with broken dishes for a meal. The wood-choppers were grouped about the fire listening the conversation, while Janice had disappeared. A movement in the adjoining room assured the detectives at she was in there. A black bottle was on the table, and Gray and Kelley were lping thomselvcs liberally to its contents Gray seemed especially loquacious. "Another week and we will be out of this," he declared. "Everything is in our favor. Fate has played the game right into our hand s." "I don't trust these cursed detectives as you do," said Kelley. "Once on our side they are the best allies we can have," declared Gray. "Yes, if you can be sure of it." "What do you mean?" "How easy it would be for them to pretend to fall in with us and then at a favorable moment betray us." Gray shook his head. "We will bind them by sacred oaths." "Bah! What does that amount to?" "What?" exclaimed Gray, bending a keen gaze upon Kelley. "Would you dare to break the oath?" "Why, no stammered the valet. "But I am a crook, as well as the rest. The Braclys are not "Detectives are the next thing to crooks in their met It takes a crook to catch a crook, and the crooked work of de tectives is a! ways on the same line "That may be." "Y cs, and you never saw a detective who could not be bought." Kelly made a deprecatory gesture. "All right, I'll yield," he declared. "I only hope your plan will not fail. I would not like to get caught myself. I wouldn't face old man Black again for all the money in the world." "If you're chicken-hearted--" "No, no L et it go. It's all right. I'm not squealing. Here's to success," cried Kelley, draining the whisky "I drink to it," cried Gray, following the example. "Now to get down to business. Within a few days Blodget or rather Johnson will get that mon ey." "The hundred thousand?" "Yes." Kelley rubbed hi s hands. "That will be a happy day," he said delightfully "You'll see me on a steame r for the old country next." "I don't care where you go after the little job I have on hand is off," said Gray. "I want to secure the services of a minister of the right kind. The girl may make a little ob jection, but we'll overrule that. She must be my wife.': CHAPTER IX. A DAIUNG ESCAPE. "Rumph!" said Kelley with a coarse laugh. "I never was in love but once. I thought that a woman was the next thing to an angel." "Well, the right kind of a woman is." "Very true, if you find that kind." "Didn't you have hlCk ?" "Well, the_ luck I had was exceedingly queer. I married

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16 THE BR.t\.DYS DOWN EAST. and everything went along all smooth for a while. One day I came home to find that the bird had flown." "She left you ?" '' Y cs. Ran away with a handsomer man," said Kelley Gray laughed uproariously. "I can hardly conceive that," he said sarcastically. "I am sure her taste was very bad." "No, I was the one with lhc bad taste. Since then I've never placed faith in woman." Gray's eyes snapped. "That's all right," he said. "But a girl like the one in that room yonder. will die for the man she loves." "Does she love you?" 'She will." "Are you sure?" "'I will make her. Oh, don't you think am capable of making a woman happy?" "I don't know," said Kelley abstractedly. "I've given up the job. Well, you go ahead with your love affair. Let me have my money and I'll trouble you no more." "Ah, but I want your assistance." "In what way?" asked Kelley. "'I want you to find a minister and hring him here. Tell him the bride is a little bit shy. I have a drug which I can give hc;r which will so stupefy her that she will make any answer I demand. We can fool the divine." At this Kelley demurred. He professed a great distaste for the job. But finally Gray prevailed. It \\'as arranged that he was to start the next day in quest of a clergyman. The Bradys listened to all this with some interest. Then the subject was changed. Gray diverged upon other matters, embracing certain crooked jobs in New York and other places, which he hall in prospect. Then he laughed coarsely and said: "You say womerr are dangerous things to meddle with, Kelley. We make a cool hundred thousand out of thit> one." "You haven't got your money yet." "Ko, but I'll get it, don't you fear." "I hope so." "That isn't all. If I get tired of my bride she wants to leave me I'll notify the old man that she is alive, and perhaps he'll pay another hundred thousand to get her back." Kelley laughed derisively at this. He was plainly s keptical. Then the woodsmen joined in the conversation, which became rude and very boisterous. J Finally all gathered about the table for a game of cards. At this juncture the attention of the detectives was di verted A new incident claimed their interest. A gentle tapping on the wall of the room next them caused both to turn. "What was that?" whispered Harry. Old King Brady placed an car to the partition. Again came the gentle rapping, this time very clear distinct. Old King Brady at once made reply. Then he placed his lips to the partition and spoke distinctly, but low lt was not probable that those in outer cabin could hear him. "Is that you, Miss Black?" he asked. "It is," replied the young girl. "You are detectives, know." ""r e arc." "You haYe come to rescue .me?" "Yes." "Do you bring word from my father?" "He is well, but has been deceived by these 1illains, believes you dead. Ile will be overjoyed to learn that arc alive." "Ah, but the fate which threatens me may prevent ever seeing him again in life." "I would advise you not to despair, Miss Black." "But the chances look bad. It docs not seem likely you can give me much assistance no\Y." "We may be able to yet effect your rescue. our most eaJ;nest endeavor "Ah, do you think it possible?" asked the young eagerly. "It is by no means beyond the range of possibility." "Have you any plan ?" "We are considering one now." "Oh, I believe it might be possible to make an escape, you could only make your way into this room," said J eagerly. '"l'here is a broad window opening out platform in the rear of the cabin. If I could get to could quickly cut your bonds." "Have you a knife?" "Yes. I secreted it in my room a number of days Old King Brady replied : "Then the thing is not impossible, ),iiss Black. partition is made of pine boards and is very thin. Can not cut a small aperture and pass the knife through to "Wait," said Harry, quickly "I think there is a hole just above your head, partner. See if the knife not be passed through that." Old King Brady communicated this fact to the girl. The result was gratifying. The hilt of the knife was passed through the knot Old King Brady caught it in his teeth. The knife in the possession of the Bradys. "By Jove!" whispered Harry with delight. thing is coming our way, partner." "That is right," agreed the old detective. you hold the knife, Harry?" The old detective transferred the knife to Harry's Then the two prisoners stood back to back. It did not take long to cut the bonds at the old wTists by passing the blade back and forth. Old King Brady was free. He took the h.--uife and cut Harry's bonds with one But just at this moment a startling incident Just as the detectives believed escape within their

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TIIE BRADYS DO\YN EAST. one of the gang in the C!j.bin advanced and lifted the latch of the door. The dropped and placed their wrists back of them in the manner they had been Lied. The door swung open and the fellow peered in. "Arc they all right, Smith?" asked Gray, looking up from the table. "You bet they arc," said the wood-chopper, ejecting il quid of tobacco into Olcl King face. "I reckon they'll not be able to untie them ropes to-night." The uoor slammed and the detectives were left alone again. Bolh urcw a breath of relief. ''Jupiter!'' exclaimed Harry. "That's what I call a clqse shaYc." "Quick work is what is needed now," said the old de tectiYe. Both were again upon their feet. Harry stationed himself at the crack in the door to keep watch of those in the outer cabin Old King Brady worked with agility and dispatch. He cut the woodwork around the bars at the window. Then one by one he skillully rcmoYcd them. In a short while he hau the job completed. lt was now easy for him to draw himself up and out of the window. He dropped down upon the ground outside. In a moment Harry followed him. The two detectives were free . H would have been an easy matter to have slipped away into the gloom and soon have been beyond pursuit. But the Bradys bacl no such idea in mind. They would not leave without an attempt at least to rescue Janice Around the end of the cabin they crept and soon were under the winuow of the girl prisoner's room. Harry stood upon Old King Brady's shoulders and reached the sash. .As he did so in the darkness a fair face appeared ncar his Janice had heard and understood all. ''You arc safe," she whispered. "Oh, heaven be praised for that." "Yes, we arc at liberty at least," replied Harry. "Now the next thing is to get you safely out." "Oh, will that be possible? It sccml!. far too good to be true." ''It is not only possible, but likely we shall return you safely to your father's arms very shortly." 'I pray that may be true." "X ow, I will ask of you to keep watch at the door of this room. If the villaips come this way let me know." "L will do so," replied Janice, eagerly She slipped UO\m from the window and went to the door She patiently kept watch there. lrhilc Harry worked away at the window bars. It was slow work. lie was compelled to put his wrists through the bars and work from the inside, which was awkward. Olu King Brady, of course, was unable to hold him for such a length of time upon his back, so an empty barrel was found upon which the young detective stood. In this way he was able to work with such effect that in the course of an hour he had removed the bars. All this while the woodsmen in the cabin kept up a great clatter over their cards. This was in the rescuers' favor, for it ciTectually drowned any noise they made. Now that the bars were removed the rest was easy. The detectives assisted Jan icc through the window. She was a moment later in the outer air, ancl liberty was before her. But just at that moment steps were hearu ap proaching the cabin. The Bradys and their fair charge crouched down in the gloom It was a moment of suspense But it did not last long 'rhe newcomer opened the door of the cabin and entered. A boisterous uproar showed that he was expected and welcome. "All right," whispered Old King Brady. "We are safe so far. N9w to make our escape certain "Bow will we ever find our way out of this waste P" asked Harry. "Really, I do not know the way at all," said J anice. "It was ve1y dark when I was brought in here." "I haYe a plan," said the old detective "You have?" exclaimed Harry. "I am c uri o u s to know what it can be.'' "Come and I 'll show you." CHAPTER X A HAPPY RERTORATION Old King Brady l ed the way througl) the gloom to the little shed which sern;d as a stable for the horse. The animal was munching its hay as the fugitives ap peared. "Ah, you do not mean to take the team?" asked Harry. "That is the idea exactly," replied the old detective "You cannot expect Miss Black to walk all that distance in the dark." t "\Yhy, I think it is l a capital idea," declared Harry. Yery quickly the horse was harnessed by the light of Qld King Brady's pocket lantern. The carriage was noiselessly han lccl down to the little nar row road which led into the clearing. There the horse was hitched to it. Janice got into the carriage and the detectives walked one upon each side of the horse This was necessary, for in no other way in the darkness could they sec the road. Thus tthcy kept on for some distance. The light from the cabin hacl fadcCl. from view, and the detectives believed that ered." "That seems to be true," agreed the old detective ..

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18 THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. "If we only had a smooth road now we could laugh at "Jericho!" exclaimed Jefferson Clark, springing to his pursuit." feet. "Here's the detectives Where have they been?" "We mm;t make the best of it as it is." But a man of elderly appearance who sat at the end of the "Oh, certainly. We have the start." piazza suddenly sprang up with a great cry "But they may overtake us," cried Janice nervously. He dashed down the hotel steps like a madman. "You see they kno\V these roads like a printed book." "Janice! Janice! my child! Is it you or am I mad or "There is the idea," cried Old King Brady. "The odds dreaming?" are against us." "Father!" cried the young girl joyfully. "You are not "It is a pity we have no weapons dreaming. .It is a reality." "Indeed, that is so." Rafael Black stood for a moment like one in a stupor. But the detectives urged the horse on at its fastest walk. Janice rushed into hi.s arms He blinked and stared ancl Bumping over the corduroy road, it was slow progress at felt of her face in a puzzled way. best, "It is, it is, my own child," he cried "A miracle has Janice was eager to get out and abandon the team. been done. I have seen you dead." But the detectives would not hear to this. "No, father," asserted Janice, "I have been very much "Not yet," said Old King Brady. "That may yet be-alive all the time. But I have been a captive in the hands come necessary, but for the present we will spare your of my enemies." strength." Black turned to the detectives. "Tell me," he demanded, "is this true? Am I .dreamOn pushed the fugitives. The uproar in the distance became louder. Voices were heard pitched in a high key. It was evident that they were searching for the escaped 'prisoners. That they were not long in getting the trail was evident The sounds of pursuit were plain now. It was a question now of reaching the highway before the gang. Old King Brady urged the horse on. And now they came to a passably smooth part of the road. Old King Brady leaped into the carriage and cried : "Get aboard, Harry. Here is where we will gain on them a little." Then the old detective lashed the horse into a gallop a mile or more he was able to keep up this gait. For This gave the fugitives a vast advantage. They came once more to a rough part of the road. But they had gained such an immense distance that they felt warranted in the belief that they would surely reach the highway in safety. But once more the sounds of pursuit became near at hand. Lights were flashing .in their rear and it seemed as if they would surely have to abandon the horse. But just at this moment they came to an ascent. The sound of falling water was heard, and Old King Brady cried: "Saved! We have come to the highway "Hurrah!" cried Harry. "That is the truth. We are victors." A moment later the highway was reached. They were not a moment too soon. Pistol shots sounded and the bullets whistled past them. The detectives sprang into the carriage. Down the high way they dashed at furious speed. The pursuers were, of course, easily distanced. r escue was complete. The So it happened that the next morning a number people sat on the piazza of the Greenbush Hotel and ll'ere rewarded with an astounding sight. Up to the door drove a carriage. It had three occupants. Two were men and the third was a young girl whose yel l?w hair gleamed ruddily in the sunshine. ing? Can it be a reality?" "It is all true, sir," declared Old King Brady. "It was all a hoax by the villain Gray." "But the body--" ,. .. "That was deception. The villains expected to defraud you of the reward you promised." "Then, how does it happen? Whose body is it ?H "An subject. Ypu know Gray is a medical student. Janice will tell you that they took the ring from her by force which was found upon the severed hand." Rafael Black's face cleared. "I see it all!" he cried. "I can understand it now. What a fiendish game. And that villain Gray was at the bottom of it all "Aided by your treacherous valet." "Kelley? Ah, did you see him?" "Yes." Rafael Black grasped the detectives' hands ardently. "Name your reward," he cried. "You may have my whole fortune." "We ask no reward," declared Old King Brady. "We have not finished the case yet." "So far as I am concerned you need go no further." "No,. but the law must be subserved. We must capture the villains and bring them to justice." "Well, I wish y:ou success. But you have made me the happiest man on earth." "And me the happiest girl," cried :[ anice. "Then we are well repaid," said Harry, gallantly. "Nonsense! I shall see that you are amply rewarded," cried the delighted millionaire. "But let me know as soon as you have captured the villains. I am interested." "I will do so," agreed Old King Brady. "But there is a gentleman here in this hotel in whom I am deeply in terested." "Who is that?" "Mr. Cyrus Blodget, detective. alias Joe J olmson," replied :the "He was on the piazza when you drove up. I do not see him now." "It is as I expected," said Old King Brady. "He.has

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THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. 19 given us the slip Ah, well, we will trip him before he goes far." It was true that Blodget had decamped. He could not be found about the hotel. Of course the denouement just described created a pro found sensation, not only in the town, but elsewhere. The news spread like wildfire. The corpse of the unknown female was returned to the coroner, who took charge of it pending a further investiga tion. Rafael Black returned to Portland with Janice. At their home they met with the heartiest of congratulations. The mystery of the country town had been solved. But the case was not ended. The Bradys had yet to trap their birds and bring them to justice. This promised to be a lively job. The detectives procured a: posse of men and went back instantly to the loggers' camp But. not one of the gang could be found They had vanished completely and had left no trail behind. Cyrus Blodget, the lounger and countryman, was seen no more about the Greenbush Hotel. The Bradys made a thorough but ineffective search. It was m:my days ere they got a clew. They regretted extremely their oyersight in failing to trap Blodget. lt could easily have been done had they gone about it right. By driving up to the hotel so openly it had given the bird a chance to fly. But at this stage of the game the Bradys were lucky enough to strike upon a clew immediately One day while sitting on the piazza of the hotel Old King Brady gave a start and ejaculated: uEureka! Do you see that fellow, Harry?" u By Jove I guess I do. u You know him?" "Well, rather." Trustworthy Old King Brady sprang up and descended the hotel steps. A man came along the street to the hotel entrance. He was a type and tanned skin. hotel. of backwoodsman, with bushy whiskers He stood a moment looking into the uHello, my man!" exclaimed Old King Brady. uwhat is your name?" u Eh ?" ejaculated the fellow. uwhat's that to you?" ui'll make it evident to you pretty quick if you don't tell me." The fellow frowned. (
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20 THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. "Progress would be slow?" "Yas, for most of ther way ye'd hev to follcr blazed trees. Do ye sec?" "Exactly. Well, now, my plan is thus : You are to officiate as guide to a couple of New York sportsmen who arc in the woods for game "We will be made up properly as hunters, and will carry arms accordingly. We must fall in with Gray and Johnson Have they any companions?" ")1cbbc some of the gang arc with 'em. But I'm not sure They are keeping pretty clark "That's it, ch ?" "Yas. They're pretty sore over their experience in Greenbush. You sec, they was dead sure of the game till you fellers spoiled it for 'em." "Yes, they were pretty sure of it," agreed Old King Brady. "But they arc pretty sure also of paying the scerc in court." "Ye think so?" "You can bet they will." "I s;ty, you two fellers are pooty keen detectives, aren t ye ?" "Perhaps so. That is simply a matter of opinion "Wall, my opinion is thct way. An' cla'ng ye, I like yer styie "I thank you for your frank expression." "Here's my hand on it. When Hannibal Smith his word, he keeps it. I'll agree to st ick by ye." "Good for you, Hannibal. You'll not be sorry for it. Thus the compact was made. It did not take the Bradys l ong to complete their arrange ments. They made up as I ew York sportsmen and completely disguised themselves. Thus equipped they secretly left Greenbush. N obocly knew of their purpose or where they had gone. Into the Maine woods plunged in company with their guide For clays they tramped the wilds, seldom encountering human habitation, and camping at night in wild out-of-the way places. One clay they came into a rude wood trail which led down to the shores of a lake Here, in some bushes, where it had been long hidden, the guide Smith found a canoe He lau:bchccl it and they paddled out over the surface of the lake. They entered a bayou which extended far up to the mouth of a river. Then Smith pointed out over the tree-tops and cried: "Do ye see that?" It 'as a thin column of smoke. The detectives nodded. "\Vall," declared t11e woodsman, "that is the camp at White Ash Portage." The detectives were thrilled Over beyond that space of tree-tops were the two birds whom they hoped to bring within the pa l e of justice. They were drawing nea r the end of the trail. \ Yould they succeed or would they fail? They would soon kn01c "How far is it over there?" asked Old King Brady. ".Mebbc four miles.'' The detectives exchanged glances. "Well?" asked Harry. "What is our best plan now?'' "We must \rork cautiously," rep lied the old detectiv e "They arc no doubt on guard, and if we should excite their suspicions it would be a hopeless chase to again get on track of them." "That's a fact, boss," agreed Smith \ Yhat you say sartin fact. Thar's no keener ]ires than Gus Gray "Well, what do you suggest?" asked Harry. "I think our best plan is to go into camp here and pret e nd to hunt. \Y e can then gradually get into the confidence of the villains." "That's .jest the idea," decl ared Smith. "If thev think yc'rc only hunters come into the region fer game the} won't be afraid." The detectives both realized the futility of attempting to capture the villains by an open move. They were well armed, and \roulcl mak e a despe rate fight. Again, so many of their confederates were in the woods that they would have plenty of assistance, and it would be almost impossible to get them safely to civilization. It was easy foF the detectives to see that their best and only plan was to use strategy and time. "I'll tell yc," declared Smith, finally, "I have an idea. which 1 think will work.'' exclaimed Old King Brady. I Yhat may it be?'' The woodsman drew his lank frame up and ejected a quid of tobacco. He looked across the lake inscrutably, and replied: "It's jest this. 1\ c'll camp over here on this neck of land. Then we'll do some hunting and fis hing. "As soon as we get settled l'll happen over to see my pals. Sec?" "Capital!" cried Old King Brady. "Yas. Wall, I'll tell 'em I've got a couple of city chaps up here on a hunting trip, an' that they're dead-gam e sports." "Exact! y." "I'll get 'em interested and at the same time lull "em into security. Then I'll ask 'em over to play ii game o.t: poker. The rest will be easy.'' "Splendid!" cried Old King Brady. "Nothing could be better. Your plan is all right, Smith The fellow smiled shrewdly. "Durncd if I don't think I'd like to be a detective, my self," he declared. "You would be a good one, I am sure," said Old Kin g Brady. Hannibal Smith's plan was adopted, and the cletcct irc s proceeded to follow it out The camp was made as directed by Smith on the lit(J c neck o land. It was ingeniously constructed b:v the woodsman of bough:; and branches of trees. It was made cosc:v and comfortable. Then the detectives became hunters and fishermen i

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-..... ' THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. 2 1 heir rifles cracked in the woods and they whipped the lake to him. Well, gents, call up at our camp at the :fi:;-st op -ith their rods and flies. portunity. I'll try and make it pleasant Of course their presence in the region was quickly dis owred by Gray and his pals. It had been Smith's plan to pay a visit to Gray's camp, ut this did not proYc necessary. Gray visited them, though with the seeming of accident. he detectiYcs were returning to camp one day after a quest or partridge when a man stepped across their trail. He stood with folded arms gazing keenly at them. The detectiYcs halted ".\h! Howdy, stranger," said Old King Brady. You're well met." ''Yes," replied Gray, stiffly. "Up here for game, arc ou ?'' 'That's the story." "HaYc any luck?" "Well, pretty fair. We bagged sixteen fine partridge this orning." Gray's manner rehned. ''That's good sport," he said. ''Xew York City." ''EYer been here before?" "Xo." "X cw country, then?" "Yes." "How long will you stay?" "Where are you from?" "X ot much longer. We must get back to business ;\There are you from?" '' Oh, I live up here the year round," replied Gray. "During the winter?" asked the detective, affecting sur)rise. "Certainly." ''What can you find to do here then?" "Oh, that's my busy season 1\Iy partner and I get out ogs. In the spring we float them down to market." "Oh, that's it, then." "Just so. J\fy name is Augustus Gray. I haven't ours ?" "Austin Thompson, and my son here, Arthur, is as dc oted a sportsman as myself. Where is your camp, J\Ir. ray?" ''About four miles north." "Well," said Old King Brady, frankly, holding out his and, "I am glad to have met you." "The same," said Gray. ",Acquaintances are few in this cgion. Drop over to our camp and see us." "I will. Ila vc you a partner?" 1 "Yes." "Arc you poker players?" Gray's eyes danced. "You'yc hit it," he cried. "We shall get on all right. ho is your guide?" "Hannibal Smith." Gray. gaYe a violent start. In that moment all vestige of suspicion faded from his ace. T.he dctcctiYes had '\\'On. "Po you know him?" asked Harry. "Well, rather," replied Gray. "Just mention my name CHAPTER XII. ARRANGING TilE TRAP. "Thank you," replied Old King Brady "We'll try and do the same by you." "Good-day." Gray vanished in !he forest. The detectives plodded on in silence for some distance Then Harry said: "We have the whip line on him all right, partner." "You're right, we hav(:l," agreed Old King Brady. "He is our bird." Very much elated, the two detectives returned to their camp. They. reported the affair to Smith. "Good cried the woodsman "Nothing could be better. That was well done." "It looks as if we were sure of our game." "Wall, you bet." "Now what had we better do? Go up there ?" "Sure. W c'll go up and get the lay of the land. See?" "Yes. "That will get their confidence." "Sure." "Then we'll ask them down here. We can slip the hand cuffs onto 'em and haYe 'em forty miles on ther way home afore their pals git onto the job." "Smith," cried Old King Brady, "you are certainly cut out for a detective. Just stllik to thQ game." The woodsman was extremely elated. He was beginning to thoroughly enjoy the game. He felt exceedingly proud of his prowess The Bradys had no fear of his treachery. He was as bitter a foe of Gray's now as he had been an ally. That night Smith paid a visit to Gray's camp \\Then he came home in the early morning hours he brought a surpriRing report. His face was long. "\Yhat do ye think," he declared. "Ther's a reglar nest of 'em up there." "Crooks?'' asked Old King Brady. "Cut-throats aml murderers. They're planning all sorts of deviltry for the winter. They've already laid the wires for the trapping of a rich man in Bangor. mean to abduct people of wealth an' keep 'em up here in the woods until they are willing to pay a big ransom . They will be brought here and taken away blindfolded." "\\'hew!" exclaimed Old King Brady. "That is a dee p baame .... "Wall, you bet." "How many are in the gabg ?" "How many do you s'pose ?" "Perhaps ten The whistled.

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I .<; 22 THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. "Ten? Why, there's a settlement bf 'em up there. There's not less than fifty, the best way ye can make it." The Bradys were astounded. But they were not dismayed They looked at each other. "I don't know about going up there to play poker," said Old King Brady. "What's to hinder their murdering us in cold blood for the money we have on our persons?" Smith's face was clouded. "It's a durned hard game," he declared "I don't know how to fix it." "I see no other way than to bring a big posse into the woods," said Old King Brady. But Smith shook his head. "They'd whip anything short of a regiment," he de-clared "Do you believe it?" "I know it. "Well, we must break up this nest of outlaws some way.' "I dunno," said Smith, moodily. "They axed me all about you, an' whether you'd be likely to command a ransom. 1 didn't give 'em any idea that ye would But I could see that the feeling was that "ay." The detectives were thoughtful. To fall into the hands of the gang of cutthroats just now would certainly be a great calamity. Their disguise would be ea-sily discovered. Once their identity was known the fate which would be fall them would be fearful to contemplate. The cruelty of Gray's nature was well known But they were determinec1 not to give up the game. "Make or break," said Old King Brady grimly "If we can only coax Gray and Johnson o"l'er here some night I think we can settle matters pretty quick." But Smith did not seem to be as sanguine. Indeed, he shivered and betrayed fear. The Bradys did not allow this to escape them '!It looks to me as if our man was taking back water," said Old King Brady. "Indeed, I think"so too," said Harry. "Did you notice that he trembled when he spoke about the gang?" "Yes." "It will be well to keep an eye on him." "I believe you "Ife might throw us over yet and go back to his com rades." The detectives weighed all these things carefully. Finally Old King Brady called Smith up and asked: "Are you loyal to us?" The woodsman \vas astonished "What do ye mean?" he asked. "Do ye think I'd go back on ye ?" "Well, there is nothing sure in this life." "Well, .you needn't worry," said Smith. "I'll never hitch horses with Gray agin If he found out you were detectives he'd never believe th t idn't bring ye up here on purpose." "Well; that is logical." "Yas, an' straight goods. It's the fear of gettin' into his clutches arterwards that bothers me." "But you have the protection of the law," said Old King Brady. "What does that amount ter when like Gray an' hi gang git after ye? They're worse than the Mafia." "Well," said the old detective, earnestly, "you may mak up you r mind that we will do our utmost to see that you a r protected." "Thank ye," said Smi th, earnestly. "An' I give ye m oath that I'll never go back on ye." "We can't ask more than that." "An' I can't give more "It is enough." The detectives now banished all fears of this sort. They decided to go ahead with their first scheme for th trapping of the two crooks. So Smith was sent over t Gray's with an inv i tation to spend the night at the camp o the sportsmen from New York. When Smith returned his face was brighter. 1'They are comin'," he said. "I reckon the bait caugh on all right." The canoe was placed in readiness for an embarkatio They were to push down the lake with the prisoners a rapidly as possible It was reckoned that the foot of the lake could be reache before morning Then they would strike a trail for a settlement whic Smith knew of forty miles below, and where law and orde prevailed. This distance ought to be covered in two days. With the start they would have it should be Yery difficu for the gang of cut-throats to overtake them. As all these plans were discussed the detectives felt mo ancl more confident Even Smith's spirits rose. The two villains had agreed to be at the camp by n: o'clock It was a little after that hour when Smith's keen ear d tected the distant plashing of a pad
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THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. 23 "I say, I am stuck on you fellows," he cried. "I want For a moment they were stupefied. It was hard for them all to come over to my camp Thursday night." to realize the truth. "Thank you for the invitation," said Old King Brady "Trapped!" finally Gray gurgled. "I think we can be just as ho::;pitable as you," declared "Fiends and fury!" gritted Johnson. "Curse you, Gr ay. Smith, for a traitor." "We do not doubt it." "No, it's a joke," said Gray, incredulously. "It must be." "By the way, what is your bu s iness in New York?" "A very grim joke," said Old King Brady "Smith, do "We arc not in business at present," said Old King Brady. your work." "Retired, eh ?" "I'm sorry, pards," said the woodsman, nonchalantly, "\Yell, perhaps so." "but you sec I've struck a new line." "It must be a comfortable feeling that you have money "You shall die for this!" gritted Gray. oouvu.o:.u and need worry no more?" "Oh, I guess not." "It is rather." "Do you think you can take us safely out of this wilder-The detectives did not fail to note the significance of the ness?" lain's questions. "We can try." But it posted them as well. They would never risk a "Well, you'll never do it. We have two score of the best to Gray's camp, as can well be imagined. woodsmen in Maine. They'll run you down quick enough." It was nnw a question of the execution of their plans of "P'raps they will," chuckled Smith. "But they're up They felt that the coast was clear. There was no evi that the villains had brought any of their gang over them. Therefore it was certain that they considered the cleves easy prey and sure to be corralled on Thursday t. Far different would have been their view of the case had known that a plot was extant to corral them this very Old King Brady suddenly arose. "Gentlemen," he said quietly, "we have enjoyed your very much this evening." "The pleasure is ours," said Gray. "I agree to that," said Johnson "I am afraid you will not think it such a pleasure before are through," said Old King Brady. Gray looked up quickly "Why not, my friend?" "I will explain. There are reasons. why you cannot be tted to return to your camp before making a journey Gray looked mystified. "What are you driving at?" he asked. "Hands up!" said Old King Brady in a voice of steel. The game is up." CHAPTER XIII. OUT OF TIIE WOODS. brace of revolvers in th e old detectives' hands covered same in Harry's grip covered Johnson full and fair. villains half started up. But as they looked into revolver muzzles they were willing to back. against as slick an article as themselves." With this Smith jubilantly slipped handcuffs upon the two villains. "There is no time to lose," said Old King Brady hur riecUy. "Get them into the boat as quickly as possible." Meanwhile J olmson and Gray were indulging in hot re criminations "I told ye not to be too sure," snarled Johnson. "If ye'd brought along some of the boys this wouldn't have hap pened." "You couldn't see through the game any better than I could," retorted Gray. "There warn't no use in coming down here to-night, anyway." "Oh, you're a good prophet, now it's all over." HAn' a fool." "You'll pay for that, Johnson." "When we both stand on the scaffold," sneered Johnson. "We'll never stand outside of a jail again." "You're a fool." "P'raps I am, but I'm no worRe than you," retorted Johnson. Meantime the detectives were busy getting the canoe ready Smith kept guard over the prisoners. Gray tried to cajole him. "I say, Hannibal," he "if you'll stand in with us I'll see that you make a cool ten thousand out of it." Smith only grinned. "I've given up a crooked life," he declared. "I'm goin' to become a detective an' settle down." "You're a cursed fool." ":Mebbe I am." "Just twist these handcuffs off and give us a chance." "Don't see it." "You'll not be sorry But Hannibal was not to be deceived His conceit was vastly tickled by the prospect of becoming a famous de tective. By this time the detectives h ad the canoe ready. The prisoners were led clown to the shore. They were handcuffed together.

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24 THE BRADYS DO\YN EAST. "Dont tie our feet," protested Gray. "If the boat shouhl tip oYer w e'd dro'vn to a certainty.'' "\\'hat's the diff ?" clcmamlcd Johnson, Scornfully "\rc'll hang anyway." '' Xot i:f' the boys can overtake us," cried Gray. "Your feet shall not be bound if you will agree to one thing," saicl Old King Brady. "Vi'cll, what's that?" "You v.ill make no trouble in the canoe. Neither try to tip it over or csaape.'' "All right," agreed the villain. "It is a go." "You agree?" "Yes." "All right. Get into the canoe." "I'll make a promise to go along without trouble if you'll do another thing." "What?" "Take off the handcuffs." But Old King Brady shook his head. "Hardly," he said. "I'll not trust you as far as that. I may be foolish, but n?t so foolish as .that.'' The two prisoners were seated in the canoe, which was a large one. Then Smith took a paddle forward, Old King Brady the next amidship, and Harry sat behind the prisoners. The canoe shot out into the lake. The camp fire was left burning for a possible blind to the outlaws at Gray's camp. The detectives felt sure of a good start. It was hardly likely that the villains would think of pur suit until the next day. By that time a lon g lead, which it would be difficult to overcome, would have been obtained. Over the smooth surface of the lake the glided. Hours passed. 'l1hc canoe was held a lon g the shore to the southward. Day was breaking in the east when the canoe ianded. They were at the extreme lower end of the lake. The party disembarked. Then a camp fire was made on the shore and coffee anrl biscuits were prepared with some dried meat. The two prisoners had looked and listened hopefully all the way for some sign of pursuit. But this did not appear\ So they were exceedingly downcast and moody when prep arations were made for the long tramp through the forest. Smith went ahead as the guide. Next came Gray, with Old King Brady behind him with loaded revolver reaay for an emergency Young King Brady walked behind Johnson in the same manner. At times Gray indulged in much profanity and villifica tion. He called the detectives all sorts of hard names, and in dulged in personal abuse of the worst kind. Then suddenly he would change. I From defiance and hatred he would drop to the most humble and abject of protestations and pleadings. But of course all this was in vain. Johnson, hol.'ever, was at all times stolid and indifl'ere In this he showed more of manhood to a certainty. "Look here, Brady,'' cried the desperate villain, finall "what's the use. You're not without a price." "Oh, stop that sort of thing," said the Dld dctcctiYe, i1 patiently. "It's of no usc, Gray You might as well ma up your mind to take your medicine like a man." "Curse you stu'bborn fool." And thoo 6rny'would look back and rave at the stupicli of his me f<>l(.:not comin g to his rescue. "They 1at I need them,'' he cried angri "But they arc Bever hand when needed. They're worthless crew." Thus the hours passed. All day long the party" tramped on. When nightfall em they came out upon the banks of a branch of the Penobsco "Now,'' said Smith, the ['"Uidc, "we may do two thin We may follow this stream and eventually reach Grcenbu It will take two days longer. "Or we may bear to the southwest and strike a settlem about to-morrow night. From there we may get conv a nee to Greenbush." The matter was considered. "Well,'' said Old King Brady, finally, "I think we do just as well to strike for the settlement." "All right." "You say we can get conveyance from there. I so, \ will be agreeable, for we will all have walked far cnou by that time." "Indeed, I agree with Mr. Brady,'' said Smi "It's ther settlement we will make." Accordingly the little party pushed on for White Ro which was the name of the settlement. When it finally became very dark, a halt was called. Camp was made in the woods. The prisoners were securely bound, and it was arran that each man in the party should take turns watching th during the night. Smith and Old King Brady rolled themselYes up blankets and went to sleep almost instantly. llarry sat beside the prisoners and watched them. But they needed very little guard. Both were completely fagged out and they were soon sot asleep. It was hard for Harry to keep awake. But he realized the necessity and fought off the feelin slumber which was so all-powerful. When midnight came, as per arrangement, Harry aw cncd Smith, who watched until four o'clock. Then King Brady took up the vigil. In this manner all got sleep and were much refresl when, at seven o'clock, all were astir. By nine o'clock they were once more on the tramp. White Rock was only nineteen miles distant, and S declared: "We'll get there sometime in the afternoon. The tra open and easy." "I am glad of that,'' declared Old King Brady. The two prisoners were now getting very anxious. They li stened continually for the sounds of pursui

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THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. 25 heir rear They would have lagged, too, very gladly, had ot Old King Brady kept them up. :Mile after mile was covered. Finally they came out upon the banks of a small creek. Then Smith declared: "It is only two miles to White Rock. We'll be there the hour." A groan came from Gray. He sank down upon the ground. "I'm sick," he declared dejectedly., tuther." . "That is too thin," said Olclr-King Brady sternly. "Get m your feet." "Kill me if you will, but I tell you I'll go no further." "V cry well, then," said the old detective, "we will carry ou. Give me that rope, Harry." The detective the rope about the villain's ankles. hen he said to Harry and Smith : "Come, giYe me a hand here This fellow has got to be ken to White Rock; if not by easy means, by the best we an find." And the obdurate villain was dragged along the ground or several hundred yards. So far as strength was concerned, they could have dragged im miles. The result, however, was most disastrous for the scoundrel. e soon began to howl for mercy. Old King Brady aJlowed him to get upon his feet, and is ended all trouble. CHAPTER XIV. .A'f WITITE ROCK. White Rock was a small lumbering town of a thousand abitants. But as Smith had declared it was of a better class than ost settlements, and law and m;der prevailed. It was not at all diiTicult to find constables who assisted 1e detectives and found lodgings for the prisoners in a all log structure used as a jail. Here they were securely lodged. "Is there a posse of armed men in the town?" Old King rely asked of one of the constables. "\Yby, yes," replied the officer. "You had better call them out." The constable was "\Yhy ?" he asked "I admonish you to guard against an attack," said Old King Brady. That the constable was skeptical was certain. But he finally called out a posse of citizens and them in readi ness. This had barely been done when darkness came. There was no sleep for the Bradys that night. They set a watch upon the log jail. But so far as the pereonal efforts of the prisoners was con-cerned there was little need of this. They were helpless It proved, however, an exceedingly wise precaution. Toward morning, dark figures came tramping into the streets of the town. The detectives recognized them in stantly. Rough, murdcrou s and vengeful, the outlaws of Camp Gray, armed to the teeth, marched clown into White Rock. To them it was but a handful of defenceless people, whom they, with their organization and weapons, could oYera'>-re. They had followed the trail all the way from the lake with great fidelity, though it was no difficult matter. The leader of the gang deployed his men through the streets and then the alarm was given. The Bradys and Smith at once established themselves at the jail. The constables rallied their men and very. speedily White Rock became the seat of a lively war. The outlaws, savagely, bore clown upon the jail for the purpose of rescuing their comrades. The Bradys and the posse of citizens made an objection. Bullets began to fly thick and fast. It was a hot time. But suddenly the outlaws, finding the defence as strong as themselves, retired They advanced foJ; a parley. It was Cool McPherson, one of the greatest dare-devils in the Maine woods, who came forward for the outlaw!'!. Harry Brady represented the jail cleftnders. "Do ye mean fight?" asked McPherson "Of course we do," replied Harry. "But kain't ye see we're too strong for ye ?" "It is the other way." "Wall, I guess not. But kain't yer see we're in the right.'' "How do you make that out?" "Why, we jest want to rescue our comrades. You've no right to keep 'em prisoners." "That is a question," said Harry, quietly. "I am sure they are fit subjects for justice." "Are ye detectives?" "Yes \ "Wall, what in thunder do ye want of Gus Gray .?" "He is a murderer and a thief. There are many charges against him." This silenced the offense for a time. But presently the "You will understand later, perhaps. If those two-score parley 'as resumed. armed outlaws descend upon White Rock and find it un"We'll make good terms if you'll only release our two fended they may take a notion to wipe it off the map men." "Do you think they would clare attack White Rock?" "I can't do it," replied Harry. "I am sure it pains me to "They will clare anything to rescue their leaders." disoblige but there is no other way. "Well," said the constable in an incredulous way, "all The truce bearer bowed profoundly. at may'bc true. I will see about it." "I kin see that we're got to fight yer," he said in a dis-

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26 THE BRADYS DOWN EAS'r. appointed tone. "Well, we'll wipe your town off the map You can't hold against us." He went back to his own s ide. But to the surprise of the detectives the expected attack did not come. The defenders of the jail kept themselves in re a diness. The silence of the attacking party to them boded something ominous 'rhe Bradys f elt sure that some treacher y was at work. The detectives were sure of this whe n some of the constables came in and declared that the outlaws had drawn off into the woods. "They've given it up," d ecla r ed one of the constables. "They reckon the odds against them too great." "That does not deceive me, said Old King Brady. "What; do you believe it a trick?" "Yes." All that day the posse remain e d about the jail. But no attack was made. What seemed like reliable word came that the outlaw8 had abandoned the attack and gone back to the woods. From White Rock to Greenbush it was possible, when the riv e r was high, to proceed by means of a sma ll steamer. During a dry season the river would b e dry, and the boat could not therefore be run. But as chance had it, at this time the river was high anu the steamer was in commission. Old King Brady had no doubt but that the action of the outlaws was merely a trick. Some treacherous game behind it. But what this was he could not hope to guess. He decided to risk the trip down the river on the steamer. It would be, he believed, compa r ative l y safe, for the boat should be abl e to outrun those on shore Moreover, the authorities of White Rock were getting uneasy. "This 'ere thing i s blocking bizness in t hi s 'ere town," said one citizen "0 course '" e want to do what's right, but it seems to me this is a case in which our rights to inter fere are limited. "At least, courtesy to officers from another State should impel you to give us assistance," sai:d Old King Brady, "inasmuch as the act remains that these outlaws are peculiar to your own State and a menace to your personal safety." 'l'his ski llful argument, however, did not seem to sat i sry the denizens of White Rock. They did not like the idea of the town maintaining a state of siege. There was no complaint o any of thei r citizens against either Gray or Johnson, and there was a question as to whether the extradition laws were not being violated. Public opinion is a very capricious clement. Old King Brady realiz ed this and he saw that 'their stay in White Rock could not be lon g It was necessary to make an instant change of base. Ther efore he could not but believe it wholly in his favor that the outlaws had temporarily withdrawn. No doubt they had been impelled to this very act by th foreseeing of such possible action upon the part of the tow. authorities. Old King Brady lost no time He at once proceeded to the steamer landing. The tain of the craft was a lanky specimen of the down-ea j Yankee. "Sartinly I'll charter my boat," he declared. Yew k'' bet I'm lookin' fer jest sich jobs as this." "We will b ri ng our men right down," said Old Ki Brady "All right, but--" "What?" "I allus like tew make terms aforehand. It's bizness." "Oh, yes, certainly. What is your price?" I "What air ye willing to give?" Old King Brady looked at the craft and its owner. He saw that its furnace would hardly consume two cor of wood on the run. There were three in the crew. The d etect ive made a calculation. The real expense of the run to the owner of the steam \muld hardly exceed twenty dollars. But the old detective knew the policy of liberal pay. So he said: "I'll give you one hundred dollars to land us safe Greenbush." The steamer's captain stared. One hundr ed dollars was much more than he would ta in at any one trip. He was quick to make the trade "It's a bargain!" he said. "Put up yer cash." Old King Brady pulled out a hundred dollar bill. In those parts banknotes of this denomination were exec ingly few. The steamer capta in stared at it. lie spat into the water, and hemmed and hawed and h the bill gi n ger l y in his fingers. "How in time dew yew think I could git that changed these parts?" he asked. "Don't change it," said Old King Brady with a sud sense of humor. "Don't change it?" "No." "What in thunder will I do with it then?" "Keep it." "Gosh all blazes D'ye think I 'm a Vanderbilt? I use fer all my money." "Haven't you any bank about h ere? "Not nigher than Bangor." "Well, let me hav e it then," said Old King Brady. "Pr ably you're afraid it's a counterf eit." The captain protested that this was not so. But Old King Brady drew out the equivalent in sm bills and this made matters all right. The captain was highly pleased. ... The old d etect ive now r et urned in al'l. haste to the jai As he approached he sa w that there was some sort of cussion being held by them. He did not, however, dream its true import just the n.

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THE BRADYS DOWN EAST. 27 Bu t as he up one of the party who was the head man f the village said sharply : Look hyar. Whar did yew git you r a u thority to l odge hese me n in j ai l anyway?" CHAPTE R XV. .;AFTER SOME EXCITING IXCIDEXTS TilE CASE IS E:NDED For a moment Old King Brady felt the blood l eap in his eins. The man's manner was extremely ofl'ensivc, and his words ritating. He saw at a glance that he was a specimen of the strong eaded, know-it-all, but densely ignorant backswoodsman. The old detective, however, controlled his temper. "We are going to remoYe the prisoners where they will ve you no further trouble," he said. "They 1rill be taken Bangor for trial." At the same moment he walked toward the jail door. But the countryman planted himself again in his path. "That ain't no answer to my question," he said obstinately "Indeed?" said Old King Brady, quietly, "I am in too uch of a hurry to answer quest.jons just now. The fellow's face flamed. "You are, ch? Well, I demand that it be answered." "_By what authority?" asked Old King Brady in a steely "D'ye hea r that?" yelled the town moderato r H e set s our laws at defiance. K i ll h im Shoot him!" "Hold!" thu ndered Old King B r ady. "Death is the p ortion of the man who da res to d raw a weapon o n me. Even the moderator did n ot l ike the looks of t hose gleam in g pisto l barrels or the eyes behind them "Now, you ignorant bu ll y," sai d t h e o l d detect ive an g r ily, "you shall listen to what I say " I am a N cw York detective. I am in the Secret Service, and I need no extradition papers in this case "These prisoners are State of Maine criminals, and t h e ir crime was committed in the State of :M:aine "I do not intend to take them out of this State I was called from New York to take charge of this case by the authorities of the town of G r eenbush, and thither I shall take the prisoners. "I am armed with the law, and my authority is superior to yours Tile man who interferes with me will be shot dead in his tracks ":MoreoYer, the bw demands that a private citizen shall render assistance to an officer in the execution of his duty, if he so requests. This is all I have to say Silence fell upon the group Old King Brady drew back his coat lapel and showed his star. "Here is my authority," he said. "Now i nterfere with me if dare." Even the town moderator was silenced. Harry now opened the jail door and entering handcuffed the two prisoners to his wrists. Then the two detectives led their game down to the ice. steamer. "My own authority." Not until they were aboard, however, did Old K!ng Brady "Who arc you?" feel easy. "I am town moderator, elected by thcr choice of ther He knew the lawless character o.f these settlements, ruvl ople, an' my word is law. You kain't come into White also that some new construction might suggest itself to lhe ck an' run things with a high hand. We know a thing ignorant authorities. two as well as you The crowd stood sullenly on the river bank while the "Do you think your authority ill admit of your intersteamer put off and started down the current ring with me in the execution of my duty?" asked Old "'Vhew !"said Smith, impulsively. "I didn't think ing Brady .. could give sech a speech as that, partner. I might make a "I reckon my authority is bigger nor yours in this 'ere detective, but I kain't never come up to you." n." "Look here, my man, I've no time to waste with you. an officer of the law --" "You ain't no Maine officer." "'I am a New York detective." I "Huh, that's what I thought W a ll you can't take n o i soners out of this State without extradition papers. Now, are holdin' these men without ther right to do so. Oon ble, unlock that jail door an' set them prisoners free." T he constable turned to the door of the log jaiL But before he could open it Old King Brady stepped before placed his back to the door, and held up a brace of olvers. H is eyes wer e like g l eaming diamonds and his v ice r asped h e said : T he who ste p s a foot forward to obey that order i s a d man. Old King Brady laughed. "Well, things did look squally there for a while," he said. I should say so. I sure there'd be blood shed afore / we got through." "That was a very pig headed fellow." "That he was. But I'll tell ye," said Smith, impressivel.v, "if they had opened fire on ye thar's a number of 'em woulJ be dropped in ther tracks." He displayed a revolver. His eyes gleamed. Old King Brady appreciated the sentiment displayed He had no doubt of the since r ity of the T he prisoners were p l aced in the steamer's cabin Harry unhandcuffed himself from them and went out on deck. T hrough the windows i t was easy to keep an on t h em.

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28 THE BRADYS. DOWN EAST. So it would have been difficult for them to have atvillain was mastered. It became necessary to tic him hand tempted escape and foot. But just as the steamer cleared the bend ancl headed down He was carried, raving, into the cabin the current an unlooked for thing happened The strain had been too much Suddenly the pilot gave a loud cry. He was a hopeless maniac. The glass in the pilot house was shi Y crcd and his cap went In clue time the steame r reached Greenbush. The twc flying from his head. prisoners were taken ashore. A puff of smoke on the river bank told the story. A sensation was created in the town when the news of th( The steamer liad been fired upon. detectives' return S})read. It was a close call for the pilot. The residents of the town turned out en masse. Th( The bullet had carried a ray his cap, but very fortunately prisoners were jailed, and then the detectives came in for [ had done him no injury. surfeit of praise. The captain's Yankee ire was aroused. That they deserved it the reader will no doubt agree. He rushed into the cabin and came out with a long-bar-At the hotel the loungers gathered and discussecl the cas( reled old-fashioned rifle. for many months thereafter. The fame of the Braclys wa "I'll if we kain't navigate this 'ere river without bein' in danger of our lives," he shouted. \Yith this h e fired. forever established in ::)Iaine The two crooks were held for irial. Gus Gray was remanded to an insane asylum. His Yil lainous career was ended there. Cyrus Blodget, alias Joe Johnson, "as sentenced t prison for life He is yet orking out his sentence. Rafael Black and Jan ice returned to their home in Por He had aimed at a clump of bushes on the river bank. \ Yhcther the bullet took effect or not was not kn01rn, but a chorus of yells came from the shore, and then the bullets be gan to fly. land. There J anicc was restored to her lover, Clifton :Jioor The pilot protected himself by sitting down low in his and they are soon to be married. house. All steam was put on. A fi 1 d Artemas Black is Rtill a selectman of Greenbush, an runnm cr o 1t ensue b b J cfferson Clark yet keeps the hotel. The outlaws were protected by the dense growth of the B t t 11 b tl tl u 1 w1 e many years ere 1ey WJ 1ave ano 1er ca. nrer bank, and the la y of the land seemed to favo 1 them tl t lttl d t t 1 1. t . . 1n 1a 1 e own-eas own w 11c 1 WJ prorc so exc1 1n The detectives kept up a return fire and thmgs were lively ( 1 t t tl 1 f 11 1 1 b tl B d f I anc m eres mg as 1e one so s <1 u y so rc c r 1e ra r. oratnne. 0 .11 l" r B l t lt T ,T l h c anc \.lng racy re urncc o w er t tic:ded the Y cap.taiJl. . . the Chief of the Secret Sen ice welcomed them \rarmly an Makes me thmk of thcr hmc I fit agamst ther ::'IIexJCans they were soon at work upon another case of which \re ma at nionterey," he cried. "Go! durn 'em. We'll gire 'em as h ear in a later story good as they send But the contest could not last forever. The steamer was outstripping the attacking party, ancl soon they were beyond range. But at this juncture a new development arose. In the excitement of the fight the prisoners in the cabin were quite forgotten. Now, however, a sound of breaking glass caused all to turn. They beheld a startlin g sight. Gray had in some manner contrived to l eap through one of the cabin windows. He struck the deck almost at Old King Brady's feet. He fell sprawling for his handcuffed hands impeded his balance. But he made a desperate leap, gained his feet and made a mad rush for the rail. Old King Brady made a dash forward and grasped him just as he reached i:he steamer's rail. In another moment he would have been overboard. His face was heated and choleric I The light of insanity g1eamer1 in his eyes "Let me go," he raved. "I "ant the water. It is my home." The maniacal power with which he sought to carry out his suicidal purpose was terrific. He might have overpowered Old King Brady and yet gaine d his end had it not been for Smith. The big backwoodsman contributed his strength and the [TilE END.] Read the next number (58) of "Secret Service," entitle "WORKIXG FOR TilE TREASlTRY; OR, Til BRADYS AKD THE BAXK B1JRGLAHS," by a Xe York Detective. SPECIAL NOTICE! All batk numbers of this library are alwa in print. H you cannot obtain them from a newsdealer, send the price in money or posta stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 24 Union Square, New York, and you will receive the copies you order by ;etu mail.

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SECRET SERV ICE. OI_JD AND YOUN G KING BRADY, DETECTIVES. Who has not heard of Old King Brady," the celebrated detective, w h o has unrav eled more mysteries than any sleuth ever heard of? In the series o f stories to b e published in SECRET S ERVICE he will be assisted by a young man known as Young King Brady," whose only aim in life is to excel" Old King Brady" in working up dangerous cases and running the criminal s to earth. B o w well he does s o will be fully explained i n the f ollowing stories published in EC RET SERVICE. PRICE 5 CENTS. 32 PACES. Colored Covers. 1 The Black Band; or, The Two King Bradys Against a Hard Gang. An Interesting Detective Story. 2 Told by the Ticker; or, The Two King Bradys on a Wall Street Case. 3 The Bradys After a Million; or, Their Chase to Save an Heiress. 4 The Bradys' Great Bluff; or, A Bunco Game that Failed to Work. 5 .In and Out; or, The Two King Bradys on a Lively Chase. 6 The Bradys' Hard Fight; or, After the Pullman Car Crooks. Issued Weekly. 30 Old and Young King Bradys' Battle; or, Bound to Win Their Case. 31 The Bradys' Race Track Job; or, Crooked Work Among Jockeys. 32 Found in the Bay; or, The Bradys orl a Great Murder Mystery. 33 The Bradys in Chicago; or, Solving the Mystery of Lake Front. 34 The Bradys' Great Mistake; or, Shadowing the Wrong Man. 35 The Bradys and the Mail Mystery; or, Working for the Government. 7 Case Number 'I'en; or, The Bradys and the Private Asy-36 lum Fraud. The Bradys Down South; or, The Great Plantation My>tery. 8 The Bradys' Silent Search; or, Tracking the Deaf and 37 Dumb Gang. 9 The Maniac Doctor; or, Old and Young King Brady in The House in the Swamp; or, The Bradys' Keenest \v'ork. The Knock-out-Drops Gang; or, the Bradys' Risky Venture The Bradys' Close Shave; or, Into the Jaws of Death. Peril. 40 The Bradys' Star Case; or, Working for Love and Glory. The Bradys in 'Frisco; or, A Three Thousand Mile Hunt. The Bradys and the Express Thieves; or, Tracing the 10 Held at Bay; or, The Bradys on a BatHing Case. 41 11 Miss Mystery, the Girl from Chicago; or, Old and Young 42 King Brady on a Dark Trail. Package Marked "Paid." 12 The Bradys' Deep Game; or, Chasing the Society Crooks. 13 Hop Lee, the Chinese Slave Dealer; or, Old and Young King Brady and the Opium Fiends. 14 The Bradys in the Dark; or, The Hardest Case of All. J 5 The Quee n of Diamonds; or, The Two King Bradys' Treas ure Case. 16 17 The Bradys on Top; or, The Great River Mystery. The Missing Engineer; or, Old and Young King Brady and The Lightning Express. 18 The Bradys' Fight For a Life; or, A Mystery Hartl to Solve. 19 The Bradyi' Best Case; or, 'T'racking the River Pirates. 20 The Foot in the Frog; or, Old and Young King Brady and the Mystery of the Owl Train. 2J The Bradys' Hard Luck; or, Working Against Odds. 22 The Bradys BatHed; or, In H earch of the Green Goods Men. 23 The Opium King; or, The Bradys' Great Chinatown Case. 24 The Bradys in Wall Street; or, A Plot to Steal a Million 25 The Girl From Boston; or, Old and Young King Brady on a Peculiar Case. 26 The Bradys and the Shoplifters; or, Hard Work on a Dry Goods Case. 27 7.ig Zag the Clown: or, The Bradys' Great Circus Trail. 28 The Bradys Out West; or, Winning a Hard Case. 29 After the Kidnappers; or, The Bradys on a False Clue. 43 The Hot Chase; ot, After the Horse Stealers. 44 The Bradys' Great Wager;. or, The Queen of Little Monte Carlo. 45 The Bradys' Double N.et; or, Catching the Keenest of Criminals. 16 The Man in the Steel Mask; or,. The Bradys' Work for a Great Fortune. 47 The Bradys and the Black Trunk; or, Working a Silent Clew. 48 Going It Blind; or, The Bradys' Good Luck. 49 The Bradys Balked; or, Working up Queer Evidence.
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