The Bradys and the gypsies; or, Chasing the child stealers


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The Bradys and the gypsies; or, Chasing the child stealers

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The Bradys and the gypsies; or, Chasing the child stealers
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1 J OLo AND YOuNG KING BRADY,Dr.rrcnvrs. No. 108 NEW ':YQRK, FEBRUARY 15, 1901. fortune tel er examined Young King Brady's p pointing at the line, said: "Young man, you are on the right your quest will .be successful :a>ut .very dangerous." Price 5 Cents.

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LO AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DETECTIVES. Issued Week! -B subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second O!ass Matter. at the York, N .. Y., Post Office, MarcK 1 Entered acco,.iling to .II.ct of Oongrnss, in the year 1\)00, n the otrce of the Lbrarian. o f Washington., D. O., by Fran.le Tousey, 24 Un.ion Square, New York. No. 108. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 15, 1901. Price 5 C e nts. The Bradys and the Gypsies: O R CHASIN G THE CHILD-STEALERS. ;BY A NEVV YORK DETECTIVE. CHAPTER I THE BIG DIA1'IOND. "Old King Brady," said the chief of the Secret Service, late one afternoon in September, as he stood on the corner of Wall and South streets, "do you see that tall, dark. -com plexioned man leaving the Cuban steamship clock?" "The ;;tylish follow with a Van Dyke beard and a high :-:ilk ha.t ?" a:;ked the noted old detective, as he pulled his big felt hat clow tighter upon his white hair and turned s smooth-shaven face toward the man in question. "Yes," assented the chief, as he lil. his cigar; "he is 1\Iaxi mo Velasquez, the private secretary to the Spanish consul, "Exactly," answered the chief. "He is a friend of mine, and I readiiy offered to apprehend this smuggler for him to secure the duty on that stone." "How did you get your information, sir?" "I'll tell you, if you will walk along with me up Wall Rtreet in pursuit of Velasquez, for we must not let him get out of sight for an instant, as he may P.ass the big diamond to a confederate and thus baffle us." ''"\ T er y well, chief B11t whrrc is Harry Brady, my pupil:'" ''! Handing over there looking in that drug store window. Signal him." He pointed at a fine-looki:1g youth of al(out twenty, who was attired somewhat 1ike Old King Brady, and the vetand I want you t o shadow him." eran vented a low whistle. "What crime has he been committing?'' queried the big The boy turned like a fl.ash, and seeing them going, he detective, a11 he buttoned his old blue frock coat up to his followed them. high collar and black stock. Tl;e Bradys were not related, although they had the same "Rmuggling a diamond a:; big around as a silver quarname. A warm friendship existed between the pair. They ter,'' answered the chief, "and it was to point him out that I worked together as partners. brought you and your partner here. I had information Young King Brady, the boy, was an ambitious fellow that he was going aboard the steamer _._ ewport at this hour whom the old officer was teaching to become a detective, and to get the big diamond from the purser, and I am quite sure he became so proficient that he always made the greatest he now has .it hidden in his pocket; to cheat the Custom efforts to excel his tutor. House officers." Tb.e wonderful work performed by ther;c s leuths made "Then yon are doing this work for the Collector of the them dreaded by the crooks of the whole country. They J > o r t of New York?" never lo st a case they undertook.

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2 THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. As they walked up the street the chief took a letter from his pocket, and handing it to the old detective, he said briefly: "Read that; it explains itself." The l etter was couched in the following terms : "It's going to be a very easy, simple case." "Perhaps," replied the old sleuth; "but I've got a ing that we are going to have a great deal <>f trouble on count of that diamond." "The more excitem
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THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. 3 he man alighted at One and Fourth street, Mr. Velasquez. And I am burning with curiosity to know ked over to the rear entrance to Central Park, and glided what the important task is you have cut out or me to per-on one of the carriage drives. By this time the sky was spangled with stars and the full, nd moon swung in the dark blue dome of heaven like electric light. form." "Come over here, Rocco, where the rest of the band can not hear what I have to say to you," replied the Spaniard, drawing him aside, "and I'll tell you something that will The rays slanting down upon the (l'Oad illuminated it astonish you." "ghtly. The silent sleuths were still dogging the smuggler's footps, and when they penetrated the tr'ees of the gloomy rk they kept their bodies well hidden in the shade of the shes and shrubs. Along they glided like twin shadows, and keenly watchg their rqan, they .him turn from the road and go wn in a deep hollow. CHAPTER II. ... STABBED TO DEATH. Maximo Velasquez led the gypsy through the dense underbrush to a point not ten yards from where the Bradys It was a hidden nook, with a tiny pond at the bottom, were crouching behind the bushes. here few people ever penetrated, and it was now occupied As they paused the SJ'aniarcl asked his companion, curi-r a band of gypsies. They had two wagons, from which they had un "tched their horses, leaving them to stray, browsing the ously: "Don't you know it's against the rules of the Park Department for you gypsies to pitch your camp in this place?" xuriant grass. "Of course I know it," laughed Rocco grimly; "but we stole in during the night, last Wednesday, and no one saw A campfire was sending up a column of dark smoke near us. ( This place is seldom visited by human beings. It's an e edge of the pond, and a woman was cooking some food er it. ideal spot to Jive in, and its wild beauty tempted us so Several poorly-clad, dark-visaged men were lQunging bout the place, and eautiful young gypsy girl was peerstrongly we could not help risking it." t, But if you are found out--" "Bah! what could the commissioners do? Arrest us? No. They merely would rlrive us out, and that would be The savage growling of a huge hound, tied to a tree, notithe end of it." g out of one of the wagons. erl the gypsies that a stranger was near, and the young g irl xclaimed: "Rocce Rocco Zingari !" "Yes, Posey," replied a huge fellow with a swarthy face, black mustache, and dark, piercing eyes beneath a pair of etling brows. "Prince scents the coming of some one, Rocco." "Ay, 'tis plain enough." Just then the Spaniard paused, and the Bradys crouched ehind a clump o.f bushes to watch and listen. Velasquez vented a peculiar whistle. "You dare 11ot carry on your fortune-telling here." "No; but we can live in peace and contentment How ever, that has got nothing to do with the object of this meeting, Mr. "Carramba No!" "Then what is it you want of me? When last we met you signied that you could put me in the way of gaining a. fortune." "And so I can, Rocco, a big one, too." "What is your plan?" "I shall tell you. But it is proper that you should have The moment Rocco heard it he gave a sudden start and a clear understanding of the case. You will then comprexclaimed: hend my object better." "It's Velasquez, the Spaniard. 1 He told me he had a job "You are going to tell me of an of your past life, for me that would bring us thousands of dollars, and I susI suppose?" pect it is a thirst for vengeance "'hich prompts him to en"Exactly," replied Velasquez, nodding. "It's an old gage me in this task." story, too. George Fairfax and I were rivals for the hand He answered the whistle and hastened forward. of Lola Dell six Yt::ar ago. He won the girl, and I swore A few moments afterward he met the secretary and cried vengeance. A beautiful child was born to them, and they harshly: love it passionately and lavish their wealth upon it." "I see you are prompt to keep your ,appointment with me, "Well, what has all this to do with me?"

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4 THE BR.ADYS AND THE GYPSIES. "Be patient and you will soon find out," replied the Span iard. ''I saw an adverti sement in the Herald to-day in which G e orge Fairfax ask s for a -hursemaid or his child It s uggested to me a plan for vengeance. I want you to send Po sey to s ecure that position to-morrow." "For what purpose?" "So s h e can steal the child." "What!" gasped Rocco, with a start. "That' s exactly what I mean." "Anq tf she does?" "Dottie Fairfax can b e held for ransom." "Her father is rich, is he?" '"Worth a million .;, "Then we can put a high price on the child's head?" "Twenty thou s and dollars, and you'll get it. .. "Are you sure?" "Positive!" The gypsy reflected in silence a e.w moments. His cupidity was deeply aroused, but he concealed it art fully. Finally he said: "It's all very well for you to come here and tell us to do a trick that we already know, and hang out a fortune as an inducement. But we have all the riskand do your dirty work for nothing. Oh, no. Much as we might try or that ransom, we would have all to lose by failure, and you would be gratifying your spite or nothing through us. See here, Mr Vela s quez, if you want us to do this job, we wish to be paid some cash; and it must be something substantial, too." V e la squez was not pre pared or a demand 0 this kind. He thought the ransom would satisfy Rocco. Not to be defeat e d in his purpose, however, he made up his mind to work upon the gyps y's avarice. With this cunning plan in view he said in hesitating tones: "You are very unrea s onable, Rocco." "Not at all," replied the man. "When people want any dirty work done the y u s ually have to pay for it. You can't 8e an exception : "Would you cast aside this fine chance to make a fortune from the wealthy j ewele r, just to get some additional money from me?" "Certainly I would was firm reply. "Well," said Vela squez, after "I have no money to offer you. But I have here a magnificent big diamond . which I will give you the moment you prove to me that the child is abducted opening it in the moonlight, he held it up for the gyp, inspection. u A cry of admiration escaped Rocco's lips. He glared at the stone eagerly, and cried in light: . "Magnificent! Wonderful!" "What do you think 0 that?" asked Velasquez, with l smile, as he observed the look 0 avarice in the Roma1 man's eyes. "It is worth a fortune, isn't it?" "Fully $60,000," replied the Spaniard, coolly. "And you will give that to hav e the child kidnapped, can enjoy torturing the man you owe a grudge?" "Xis. I'd gi'te up my life to gratify my vengeance." 'rhe gypsy rai sed his hand. "I'll do the job!" he exclaimed. "Good! I thought you had not lost your senses." "I S'hall begin operations at once, Mr. Velasquez." "Very well, Rocco. The sooner the better." "When I have the child in my possession I'll claim tha gem. H you refuse to give it to me--" "What will you do?" "Kill you, or betray you to the police." "I'll abide by the consequence, Rocco." "Givr:i me the particulars of that advertisement for nurse girl." "Here is the clipping I cut from to-day's paper." The secretary handed it over. Putting the slip of paper in his pocket, Rocco exclaime gruffiy: "This matter will be attended to at once. Is that all yo have to say?" "I'll return to see you in a few days." "Very well, Mr Velasquez." "Good night, Rocco. Keep mum "Good night, Mr. Velasquez. Watch the newspapers." They shook hands and separated. The gypsy plunged into the thicket and disapP.eared For a few moments the secretary stood with an evil smil on his face. "I'll have my revenge at last," be mutfored, "and tha thieving gypsy shall never see this diamond again." He strode away and headed for the path by which he ar rived. The Bradys were after the man in a twinkling. Having overheard the whole conspiracy, they realize that a very. dangerous game was going to be worked on Mr. "A diamond?" asked Rocco. "Let me see it." Fairfax. The Spaniard drew a jewel case from his pocket, and I To baffie it was now their plan.

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THE BR.\.DYS AND THE !VPSIES. ============================:::=:::: In order to do this intelligently they had to arrest Velas-that gem, he must have been the murderer," said Harry, im1Uez. pressively. As they stole along in pursuit of him Old King Brady "Run aftet the man and see if you can catch him!" nuttered: "What do you think of that plot, Harry?" "It's simply a fiendish form of revenge," replied the boy, ngrily. "If that little child is abducted, think of the ter ible feelings of the parents. The mental torture they :will ruffer will be terribie. Such a crime as that is as bad as nurder." .. CHAPTER III. CAUGHT 13Y THE GYPSIES. "The queer part is that the big diamond was to be sold to Only a 'few moments had been spent by the Bradys dis-Ir. Fairfax. 'l'here is little probability that he would know cu 'ng the murder and searching the corpse. was smuggled." the villain who stabbed Velasquez had not "And as Velasquez would scarcely have the impudence to gone far ere Harry went rushing after him. ersonally try to sell the stone to his enemy, the jeweler Plunging into the bushes, the boy easily discerned the ould not know that the spiteful Spaniard smuggled it into trail left by the man in his ha s ty flight through the shrubpis country." bery'. "See there where VP,lasquez is going." He pointe d through an opening in some bushes. Young King Brady saw the villain suddenly dart around heap of rocks. The next moment he disappeared from view. Creeping ahead stealthily, the Bradys had almost reached c rocks when they were suddenly thrilled by hearing a na shriek of horror. It was Valesquez' voice. The next moment they heard him cry in awful tones:. "Oh, you have killed me!" There came the sound of a heavy fall. For an instant the Bradys were transfixed with astonish ent. Recovering, they rushed ahead, pas s ed .around the rocks, d emerged in a small open glen into which. the moonlight 11s streaming. Lying on his back upon the ground W!l Velasquez. A dagger was buried to the hilt in his bosom . The Bradys saw at a glance that he was dead .. Hearing the crashing of twigs, they the en just ifl time to see the shadowy figure of a man vanish-g in the bushes. So brief was their sight of him, hpwever, that neither puld have known the man by sight had they ever met him I Old King Brady rushed over to the Spaniard and knelt pwn. "Dead!" he exclaimed. "He has been robbed. His Pckets are turned inside out." "Sec if the big diamond is there," said Harry. "It's gone," replied Old King Brady after a quick search. "As only Rocco, the gypgy, besides ourselves, knew he had With such a plain trail in sight Harry followed the fugi tive with the unerring preci s ion of a bloodhound. ',l'he trail led him.among the trees, and thence by a cir cuitous route back toward the gypsy encampment. On the brow of the hill Harry caught view of the man again. Ci;ouching close to the ground, 'With his body bent far over, the escaping villain was going along at a rapid p1ce. His body was so dim in the gloom of the trees, however, that the young could not distinctly make out his figure. It made the boy angry. He was anxious to see what the man looked like. "By Jove, he runs like a deer," thought the young de tootive, "and I'm blest if I can distinguish his figure at all. But he's going down in the hollow towaid the camp. He . .. woul?n't be likely to that unless he belonged there. I'm more convinced than ever now that he is no one but Rocco." The man had vanished again like a flash behind some bushes, but he was in the direction of the camp. Young King Brady paused and watched sharply. Once more he caught view of the fugitive. This time he was close to one of the wagons, and then the big dog began to bark furiously again. In a moment more the fellow disappeared. That was the last Harry saw of him. "Gone!" muttered Young King Brady. "He must be among the band now. Inquiries there will be useless. Gypsies are notorious liars. If I go among them and inquire for the man tlley will all swear th.at he hasn't been away from the encampment. But I must do my best. I'll tackle them. He hastened down in the hollow.

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6 THE BJ\ADYS AND THE GYPSIES. As he reached the nearest wagon a scowling gypsy leaped I from behind a tree, confronted him, and demanded in surly, panting tones: ''Well, sir, what do you want here?" Harry recognized him at a glance as Rocco. The man was out or breath, as i from running, and the boy exclaimed : -"I want you "Me? What or?" "Haven't I been chasing you?" "No. I never saw you before; sir "Don't lie. You are all out or breath from running." "Y cs; I was after a man." "You mean :Maximo Velasquez, or course?" A surprised look cro s sed Rocco's dark face. But he answered unhesitatingly: "Yes, that' s the man. But how did you know?" "I am a detective; so i s my partner. We were watching your meeting with the Spaniard and listening to your con versation with him." ,, "Ha Did you do that?" "Yes; and we overheard your plot." ''Thunder! That's bad." A startled look flashed ov!r the gypsy's face, and he cri ''And I reuse to submit!" "ThenI'll have to use orce, Rocco." "Move hand or foot at your peril!" hissed the gypsy. I He whipped out a revolver and aimed it at Harry's he The boy recoiled. "Hands up! exclaimed Rocco. Young King Brady obeyed with alacri ty. He had no desire to get s hot. The gypsy viewed him with a grim smile or a mqme and walking over to the boy, h e di s armed him. "You are my prisoner now!" e x claimed Rocco. "What are you going to do with me? demanded the b "I have not decided yet, Mr.-:Llir.--" "Brady." "Oh, are you one or the Bradys?" "I am Young King Brady. "I've h eard or y ou and your partner. "You'll know more abont us ere this cas e is ended." "Well, I ll tell you one thing-you won't deeat plans." "That'i:; a que s tinn the uture will decide." The gyp s y laugh e d and vented a peculiar whistle. It w "You can just bet it is." a warning. "Well, I was after him again," said Rocco. "After part-, ing with him I suddenly thought or something additional I I wished t.o say. I ran after him. H e was gon e Then I ran back here. That's why I'm "Humbug! You can't fool me," s aid Harry, skeptically. "You got a fla s h or that big diamond he carried. It aroused your cupidity. You could not wait to earn it by abducting little Dpttie Fairrax. Therefore you ran ater him and struck a dagger in hi s heart. "when you murdered the man you robbed the c orpse and s ecured that diamond." "Do you mean to tell me Velasquez has been murdered?" "I do; and what's more, you are the man who killed him." "You lier I didn't! I ailed to find him!" "See here, Rocco, you can't blind me to the acts." "I'm telling you the truth." "Oh, pshaw! I don't believe you." "Is it possible he was killed and robbed or that great diamond?" "Yes, and you knew it, too." I didn't. I swear to you I didn't." "Yon'll have to submit to arrest, just the same." "For what?" '"For murder." "Bnt 1 deny doing it." "I don't care what you deny. You are my prisoner." Instantly s everal or the m e n in the camp ran over to the "What's the troubl e?" asked one or them. "Bind this detective replied Rocco, gruffly. H e was the leader or this band, and the men obey e d orders without h e sitation by securing Harry with a piece rope The boy was bound hand and root. When he was thus s e c ured Rocco said: "Lilt him int6 one or the wagons." This was done. The g y p s ie s t h e n 'i\'Cnt away. A lantern bung from the top or the covered wagon. Glanci11g, around, Young King Brady observed that t vehicle was fitted up with a number or bunks Qr sleepi purposes. Sitting on a box at the arther end was the bcauti gypsy girl called Posey, and she was looking at Harry surprise. The boy careully sized her up. She was about eighteen years old, had a fine figure, cla in a picturesque costume, and wore a figured silk handke chief over her beautiful, wavy black hair. The girl was very dark skinned. She had beautiful big dark eyes, heavy black eyebrows and wore big gold hoop earrings.

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THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. 'Well;" she exclaimed, ':what have you been doing to He placed the knife in his pocket. warrant our men to make a pri s oner of you in this manner?" This done, he muttered: "Nothing wrong,'' replied the boy. "If you'll cut these "All the evidence shows that rogbery was the motive of bonds I'll give you one hundred dollars. I must get free!" this crime. Velasquez has fallen a victim of his own rasLike all gypsies Posey was very avaricious. cality. He smuggled the diamond, and Rocco was the only She impulsively drew a knife from her pocket Lo do as person to whom he showed it. The gypsy was frantic when Harry asked, in order to win the reward he offered. he saw the gem, and evidently made up his mind to get it Before she could do so, however, Rocco sprang into the right away. With that purpose in view he must have wayseized her arm, and roared in furious tones: laid Velasquez and killed him to rob him of the stone. Let "Stop. Are you mad? I'll kill you if you release him." me see if he left any other clew to his identity around here." "But the hundred dollars!" gasped the girl, Old King Brady had a dark lantern in his pocket. ns she cowered back with a scared look on her face. He withdrew it and lit the wick. "Nonsense! He hasn't got. it. He was duping you. Going down close to the ground, he flashed the lantern's k:lnce he gets free we all go to jail, and I, perhaps, to the rays about, and carefully examined the soil. gallows." "For what?" asked Posey, in tones of l!larm. "He is a detective. A murder has been committed near !Jy, and 11e 11,ccuses me of committing it." "Oh,, Rocco Did you?" "No, no, Posey. I swear it." "Then your safety demands his being kept a prisoner?" He failed to see anything but the murderer's footprints, however, and when he looked at them critically he was as tonished to see that they resembled the marks which would have been left by a woman's shoe. "By Jove!" he muttered. "What does this mean? Could the murderer have been a woman in man-'s clothing? I am sure Rocco had no such little foot as this. In fact, I "Yes. At least until we can gain a. fortune I want you noticed that he wore big, clumsy boots, fully a size 9. a help me to get. When that is in our hands I may let the After all, the murderer may not have been Rocco Zingari." l>oy go." The marks he saw were plainly imprinted in the soft soil. "What fortune no you refer to?" "Come outside and I'll tell you about. it." They left the wagon. ri Harry was deeply disappointed, and his last hope of es0 "'aping from the gyp._sies left him. CHAP'I'ER IV. : STRANGE FOOTPRIN'.J;&-. hE Left alOne Maximo v:lasquez in the lonely glen, ld Krng Brady _carcff&lly cxammecl the body. 'l'he had rob1ied th; Spaniard of all his valu ables. l\1 Every pocket had been emptied. i1 The detective withdrew the dagger from the wound. 1t bad a thin glass blade, and was as sharp as n needle. "An Halian weapon,'' commented the old detective, as he ]ac examined it. "It i:; customary to stab men with these er daggers and imap off the handle, leaving the blade buried in There were only the footprints of three people to be seen --one his own, another made by the square-toed gaiters worn \ by the 'dead man, and the others were marks such as a woman's shoe would leave. And they puzzled the officer. He took a pencil and paper from his pocket and made several tracings of the small footprints. The sole was short, narrow and pointed; there was no mark of the shank, which showed it must have arched high, 11nd the heel was small and sharp, of the kind called "military." Old King Brady studied the imprints. Measuring them from side to side and end to end, he muttered: "No doubt a woman's shoe. But she had a big foot. This print would have been about a number five man's size. That would be something like a six, woman's size. If it wasn't Rocco who left the tracks it was a big woman." Sure that the criminal left no other clew, the old detec tive returned to the body of the consul's secretary. He la:v on his back. "I'd bette getjt out of the park," Old King Brady mut tered at length. I'll carry it out to the llOth street enthe body. The lips of the wouncl up, and scarcely any trance and put it in the hands of the police. Then I'll go trace is left of how the man dies. It's an odd weapon. ancl look for Harr The boy may need my aid, or he may T11ere ar!.' few in this conntry. It may SCI:VC as a clew to have run clown the criminal. T'll sec." the identity of the murderer. I'll keep it." He was a very strong man.

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3 THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. Stooping, he picked up the body and carried it out to the did not return Old King Brady would come to look road. him. Following this path with his burden, he soon reached the entrance, and there encountered a policeman. As the gypsy feared trouble from the old detective, sent his men to the top of the hill on all sides of the hol \ They were acquainted, and the patrolman cried in ;ur-, to keep watch for the coming of the detective. The wisdom of this move became apparent when R prise: "Why, Old King Brady!" "Hello! Is that you, Harper?" What have you got there, Mr. Brady?" A corpse." ''A dead man? Good Lor' Suicide?" "No; a e:as e of murder." "Where was he killed-in the park?" "Yes. The murderer robbed him." "Good gracious! Who did it?" "Can't tell yet. Harry is chasing the criminal." himself caught view of the old sleuth come stealing thro the woods toward the top of the hill. As the gypsies had a system or secrnt signals, Rocco g utterance to the peculiar cry of a night bird. So well done it th'at no one would have suspected t the sound was made by a human being. The cry bro11ght all the other gypsies toward Rocco i great hurry, and they not only escaped Old King Brad observation, but they had the officer pointed out to them. "It's Old King Brady," whispered Rocco to the ba as he pointed to the manhunter, "and our safety depe "What's to be done about it?" "You can summon the wagon and have the body taken to the morgue. I'll give you the particulars so you can turn in a report about the trouble. Then I'll go back after Harry." "All right, sir. "I'll attend to it." "Then listen,' \ said Old King Brady, as he laid the body down on the ground, and he merely told how he happened to find the body. He did not give the defails which led up to his discovery, as he did not want the police department to interfere with him. When his story was finished the policeman said : "It's a mysterious case, ain't it?" "Very,'' assented Old King Brady, nodding. "He was evidently killed for money, and I think we shall have his murderer before the night is over." "!hope you will, Mr. Brady "Now I'll leave you." He hastened back into the park, deeply thinking. "If Rocco was the criminal," he argued, "he would nat urally run back to his encampment, and lead Harry there. If the boy has a tussle with him the 'vhole band will very likely aid Rocco. That will put Harry up against strong odds, and they may defeat the boy. If they do, he will need me badly. My course is to go to the encampment first." With this plan in view he plunged in among the trees. It did not take him long to get back to the hollow, and he glanced down at the wagons, and saw that the camp fire had died out upon our capturing and holding that man a prisoner." "Easily done," answered one of the men. "Don't hold him too cheap," warned Rocco. "He is strong as a bull. aon't know what fear is. Unless y catch him off his guard you'll have a terrible fight w him." "Then let us surround him and bold him up with o pistols "Very well. 'l'ry it." Like shadows they got around Old King Brady, w stood like a statue peering down at the deserted enca ment. Seeing everything ready, Rocco shouted roughly: "Old King Brady !" With a violent start the old detecti\ e wheeled arour and saw the six men i:;tanding around him in a semi-circ with their pistols aimed at his head, and their eye8 glanci.1 over the sights. "In a trap!" the 9ld detectiYe muttered. He did not lose his nerve for an instant. Up went the revolver he clutched in his hand, cover Rocco. "Fool P' said the gypsy chief, with a jeering laugh. "YI can't escape." "If any of your gf!ng move an inch,'' replied the old d tective, in cool, measured tones, "I shall kill you, if I pe the next IJ10ment." The gypsies were dismayed to hear this. When Rocco finally recovered bis composure he gasped: "You've got to submit. The odds against you are The encampment had a deserted look. great." And it was no wonder "We'll see abq.ut that," quietly answered the gallant Rocco had theorized with his followers that when Harry officer.

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THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. 9 He meant to give them a hard fight. But one quick glance at Mrs. Fairfax's placid face reas-But, unluckily for this plan, one the gypsy's sons sured her, and she smiled blandly, bowed low, ai:lll asked: st then came up behind him and hurled a stone with "Is this Mrs. Fairfax?" rring aim. "That is my name. And you are Posey Zingari, I It struck Old King Brady on the back of the head, and sume ?" e uttered a deep groan, flung up his hands and fell sensess to the ground. With a yell of joy, the whole gang rushed at him, and in "Yes, ma'am. I came to get the position of nurse girl." "So I was told. Have you had any experience before?" "Oh, yes, ma'am," lied Posey. "I was in my last place few moments more was bound and gagged and they for two years." arried him away. CHAPTER V. KIDNAPING THE CHILD. On the following morning, about nine o'clock, Posey ,ingari rang the bell of a fine mansion on Fifth avenue, nd a servant admitted her. She was plainly and neatly clad, and when the chamber"Then you can give good reference?" "Of course I can. But I have no recommendation with me." "Well, that don't make much difference. Who did you work for?" "Mrs. Karn, the wife of the great steel works owner of Pittsburg." "Indeed. You must be a good nurse hold such a posi tion." "Oh, I understand children," said Posey modestly: "But I did not like it there, as my family live in New York and are very poor. I could not impose on them by living at aid ushered her into the magnificent parlor and asked her their house, so I came to get this position. Money is not so usiness, she said : much an object to me as a good home, and the quicker I go "I'Yc called in answer to Mrs. Fairfax's adverti. ement to work the better for me." or a 1rnrse maid." "Well," said Mrs. Fairfax, "I candidly admit I like your i: Sure an' yer ther first wan ter call," said the servant. dark little gypsy face, and your reference is first rate. If 'An' what's more, I don : t belave annywan else will come, you like I'll put you to work at once on 'trial, and in the or ther wages she mintioned is so shmall no wan wants meantime I can write to your former employer for reference. her job." How will that do?" "Wages ain't as much wanted by me as a good home/ "First rate,'' said Posey, who wa.s secretly delighted with aid Posey, who was as great a Har as most of her race are. the arrangement. "Tell me yer name, an' I'll sind ther missus down ter er.'' "My name is Posey Zingari.'' "Sure an' it's a dago yer are, ain't ye?" "I'm of Italian extraction.'' "Yer look it, wid that black mug," muttered the cha m rmaid as she left the room and ran upstairs. lliss Posey glanced around the elegant parlor with a look f great admiration, for she had never before se anything o luxurious and exprnsive as the furnishing of this room. There were some handsome gold ornaments on a magnifi nt inlaid cabinet, and the gypsy girl glided over to them, ast a 1 ift glance around, and seeing no one looking, she ut them in her pocket. Scarcely had this been done when the portieres were swept ide and a beautiful young woman in ri9h clothing entered. She waR Mrs. Fairfax, the wealthy jeweler's wife. Her sudden l'ntrance frightenl'd t11e wicked gypsy girl to the belief that her pilfering had been detected. "Very well; you can consider yourself engaged, Posey." "Thank you, ma'am." "I'll get Nora to show you your room presently." "But the child," said Posey. "Is it a boy or girl?" "A little girl. Her name is Dottie. She is a very nice chila, five years old, and you will have but little trouble with her." "Can I see her, ma'am?" "Yes; I'll call her.'' Mrs. Fairfax was about to summon her little daughter, but was saved the trouble, for just then there sounded the patter uf footsteps in the hall, and a sweet childish voice called out: "1\famma Mamma Where are you?" "In the parlor, darling. Come in here." The next moment a vision in white fl.ashed into the room with a mellow, silvery laugh, and darted over to the lady. It was little Dottie Fairfax. She was a ?eautiful child, with long, yellow curls, big

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10 THE BRADYS AND THE ffY,PSIES. blue eyes, and rosebud lips. Her skin was pure white, and a sweet smile J(lu'npled her red cheeks ttnd made her eyes 3parkle. me feel bad to see he'r hurt your feelings in this st manner." I 'l'he girl Nora was then called and told to show Pos The moment she saw Posey a bashful look crossed her her room, and when the gypsy girl was gone Mrs. Fa face and she half hid in the folds of her mother's dress. went up to the library and wrote a note to Mrs. Kar "Oh!" exclaimed the gypsy girl in gushing tones, "what Pittsburg, asking about the character of Posey Zingar The letter was mailed. a sweet, beautiful little fairy So she is to be my charge?" "Yes," said Mrs. Fairfax, smiling with pleasure at the compliment to her little daughter, "and I think you will like her better when you become acquainted with But it would take two days for it to go and for the swer to come back. And the reply was going to be that Karn did not know Posey Zingari, and that she had n "Woh't you come here and give rn. e a kiss, Dottie?" asked worked as a nurse maid for the steel magnate's childre the gypsy girl, holding out her arms to the child. Posey had this all figured out. The little one glanced into the big, black eyes of the Homany girl, and as the smile fled from her face it place to an expression of great terror, and she drew back. She expected to have ample time to steal the child be the answer was returned, and thus end her part in the n plot. 8he was a subtle girl, and during the day she An instinctive feeling of aversion for the gypsy overcame little Dottie and made the most desperate efforts to her. She 'Seemed to know that Posey was wicked and designing, and,' true to nature, she Rhrank from her. "No she cried. "I don't like you Mrs. Fairfax was. shocked. Her child wasnot bearing out the nice reputation she had given Dottie to the prospectiYe new nurse maid. Dottie's actions filled her mother with mortification. friendly with her. Having some chocolate bonbons, she gave them to Do and promised her more the next day if she would friendly. As the child was very fond of that particular candy, Posey was very kind and affectionate to her, she was fin won over. When Mr. Fairfax returned home in the evening '.'Why, Dottie!" she cried, repr_ovingly. "Is that the way found his pretty little daughter lying in the gypsy mai to behave? You are a naughty little girl Go and kiss the young woman. She is going to be your maid." "No, I won't!" rebelled the child. "She ain't nice! I don't like the way she 109ks. See how her eyes shine! She has eyes like the snakes I saw in the circus." "My goodness!" gasped Mrs. Fairfax in deep chagrin "What has come over the child? I never knew her to act 1.his way before." For an instant a furious look of hate darted from Posey's dark eyes upon the child. It was a threatening expression, and when the child saw it she shrank further back, greatly alarmed. Posey cheaked her feelings by a desperate effort. When she met the lady's glance there was a hypocritical smile on her dusky face, and she said : lap kissing her. Although the jeweler took an instinctive dislike to Po at first sight, when he observed how good she was to child, and how Dottie seemed to love her, he smothered resentment and said : "She must be a mighty good girl or Dottie would take to her in that fashion." On the following day, as the weather was fine, Mrs. :Fa fax asked Posey to take her child du.t for an airing in t park. 'l'his was just what the gypsy girl wanted. She assented, and with a nice white apron on, and a la cap on her head, she put the child in her go-cart and start off. Mrs. Fairfax stood in the windo_w blowing kisses to h "Oh, never mind. It's all right. I'm strange to her. laughing child, and Posey and Dottie smiled back at her When she gets used to me, we shall be great friends, I'm they passed into the park and disappeared from view. su re. It. i sn't strange she don't take to me. I'm glad she And that was the last Mrs. Fairfax saw of her child f don't. It isn't safe for little children to get familiar with a long time. all at once. She's a dear little dove and I love her Posey pushed the gocart on ahead of her, and once s already. I'll win her over, you'll see. She will soon grow was out of her mistress' sight she walked as fast as possibl to love me." On, on sl1e went, and she did not pause until she reach "I hope so, Posey," said the jeweler's wife apologetically, the encampment at One Hundred and Tenth st reet. '"for she is really a very nicely behaved child, and it makes When Rocco and the band saw how successful she

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THE BRADYS AND THE' GYPSIES. 11 n they were d e light ed, and pre p a rations for departure ere made with the greatest o f sp e ed. CHAPTER VI. .A.T THE BLACKSMITH'S SHOP. In the meantime the Bradys had been kept prisoners inide of one of the wagons, unable to make their escape. On the morning when little Dottie Fairfax was kidnaped he newspapers contained a stllrtlin g a c count of the murder ystery of Central Park upon which the Brady s were enaged. As it was not known whe r e the bod y of Maximo V e la s uez was found, the polic e could not .do anything about the atter. They thought the Bradys were busy on the cas e and herefore knew it would be useles s for them to inte rfere. Consequ e ntly the gyp s ie s r e main e d uns e e n and unrno e s t e d in theil' retreat down in the hollow by the pond side. If th e 'murd e r creat e d a s en s ation that day, the abducion of Dottie Fairfax cr eate d a greate r one the d ay after. A s hour afte r hour pa s s e d b y and Posey Zinga.,.; did not eturn to the Fairfax mani:;ion with her little charge, the 10ther of th e child b e came greatly worried. She nervou s ly sent the othe r s ervant s out to look for the 1iss ing one s and night f e ll b efor e the y c am e ba c k c mpty andcd, and s orrowfully reported that they saw nothing o:f e child and its nurse. When Mr. Fairfax came home he was frantic. He called up police headquarters on the telephone in his ous c and r e port e d the e ntii ; e matter to the chi ef. Poli c e wardm e n ancl d e t e ctive s from ever y precinct were ent out to scour the city and the park in quest of the lo s t hild. The news papers issued extra s ancl eve r y on e in New York was cast into a s tate of n e rvou s excit e m ent ove r the matte r. r Few c rime s e xcite s uch widespre ad c omm ent a s a kidnaph ing case, for it appeals to the sympathy of every parent and arouses th e mos t violent re s entment. I 'fhe cas e o:f Dotti e Fairfax was no exception to th e rule Even a squad of d e tective s from the S e cr e t Service was sent out to run down the abductor and recover the child. Expecting some s u c h sen s ation a s this, Rocco ancl hi s bancl hacl stolen away in the night and carried the Bradys ith lhem. The gyps y king had laid a cunning plan with his followrs to a void d e tection and arre s t, for they proceeded all ight \lp into the Bronx di s trict, and joined anoth e r tribe camping in the woo
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12 THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. "That's because only one wagon came.this way, Harry." "What did they do with the other?" "Must have left it back the road. Let's follow this one and see where it goes. When we get it located we can get a couple of saddle horses and follow the wagon marks back in the direction it came from. It will perhaps ,lead us to where other wagon is. As Rocco and his gang must be in the oth e r wagon, we can thus find the villains without a great deal of trouble." "Very well,'' assented the boy. They thereupon tracked the wagon. It led them to the town. In fact, they traced it directly to a blacksmith and wheelwright's shop, and found the vehicle standing at his door. The owner of the place stood smoking a pipe and reading a newspaper inside the shed. He glanced up as the Bradys approached, nodded, and said: "Good evening, gents. Anything I can do for you today?" "We'd like to find out where yc, m got that wagon," replied Harry, pointing at the gypsy's vehicle. "Just bought it to-day," replied the blacksmith. "From a gypsy?" "I don't know what he was, but he looked like one." "Did he sell his horses, too?" "Yes I bought the whole rig, as it was a big bargain, and he was anxious to get rid of the things." "Do you know what became of him?" "No. Didn't take notice." "We are anxious to meet that fellow." "Why? Did he do you any harm?" "No," replied Harry. "Want to see him on business. We'd like to hire a pair of saddle horses. Where can we get them?" .. "Why, I can let you have a couple, but I don't know who you are." t "Well," said Harry,. with a smile, "we are known as the Bradys, Secret Service detectives, and if you will send the horses over to your police station, I'm sure your chief will vouch for us." "Very well," said the blacksmith. "That will satisfy me. I'll do it. "Thank you very much." "And so you are the great detectives I've been reading about just now?" "You were reading about us?" "In the Herald. See here." He handed over the paper he had been perusing, and they saw an item about the murder of Maximo Velasquez, in which it was said the Bradys were on the murderer's trail, which accounted for their sudden and mysterious disap pearance from the city. Just as Harry was about to return the paper his glance fell upon an account of the abduction of baby Fairfax. The startled boy read it through. It was a full and detailed account of the whole incident. When he finished he handed it over to his partne said: "By thunder! the chi ld-st ealers have carried out plan successfully." "What!" gasped Old King Brady, and he quickly the article. When he finished he glanced significan Harry and said : "I guess this accounts for Rocco's sudden departure the park with his gang and our sequestration in the wo "We've got a double task on our hands notv,'' re Harry, "for, as we know all about the matter, it wi valve upon us to run down the kidnapers and recover little girl." And so saying they walked away to get something to CHAPTER VII THE OLD FORTUNE-TELLER. When the Brady s satisfied their hunger they proce to police headquarters and had a conversation with the ta in. He was well acquainted with the pair, and listened deep interest to their recital of what had happened to t They exacted a promise from him to keep aJookou the man who had driven them to White Plain s in' The wa and when they finished speaking Harry rang up Secret S vice headquarters in New York and asked for his chief. When that functionary responded, he asked : "Who am I talking to?" "The Bradys," replied Harry. "Good r Where are you?" "In White Plains.'J "Good Lord What are you doing there?" .. Harry detailed everything that happened to them f the time he had left them shadowing Velasquez in street. When he finished, he said in addition: "We've read that the gypsies have succeeded in abduct Dottie Fairfax, as they plotted with Velasquez to do." "Yes, and the whole city is in a furor of excitement o it." "Have the police found any clews yet?" "Not one. After the girl vanished from Mrs. Fairf view inside of Central Park no one seems to have seen w became of them." "They must have gone to the gypsy camp." "Of course," assented the chief. "As the camp is broken, of course they must be with gang who carried us away," said Harry. "No doubt of it. Can you find them?" "We've got a chance." "Then follow up your clew." "Very well, sir:"' "Let me hear from you again." "We shall very likely be in the city to-morrow."

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" Ji THE BRADYS AND 'rHE GYPSIES. 13 ".All right, Harry." After a sharp survey, Harry remarked: Have the abductors made any demand for ransom yet?" "None of these people belong to Rocco' I:! gang." "No; but I expect they will very soon." "That wagon and hound are his," Old KinpBrady re" If they do, try to find out where the letter comes from, marked. J:i it will be a guide for us to find the villains." "Yes; he hm; evidently left them here." After some further conversation Harry hung up the re"Oh, he may be hidden here himself." eiver. "We will soon find out by searching the place," said Just then the blacksmith came in to find out if the deHarry, as he dismounted from his horse. were responsible men to let his horses to. Just then the.old gypsy queen c ried in whining tones: The police captain assured him that they were all right, "Have the good gentlemen come to have their fortune lid he promised to send the horses around to the hotel at told?" hich they were going to stop, early in the morning. "Yes,'' said Harry with a smile, and a wink at his partW'hen he was gone the captain asked the detectives : ner. "We are on a dangerous journey, and it makes us ""'hat do you want with those saddle horses?" anxious to know if we are going to have good or bad fortune. "To follow the trail left by the gypsies' wagon wheels, Can yon tell me?" order to locate the rest of the gang," answered Harry. "Easily-Heasily, good sir," replied the old bag; "but "Do you think you can do it?" the gentlemen must cross the gypsy's palm with a silver "We will try, as we really don't know where we came dollar to have her read the future, and open up the past." om,1' said Har. ry. "They kept us concealed inside the "Very well, old lady," said the boy, producing a coin gon." from his pocket and marking a cross on her hand with it. "I see. Well, I wish you luck." "Go ahead with the revelation." They finally separated and put up at a hotel. Old King Brady remained astride of his horse. Fortunately for them, the gypsies had not robbed them He observed the gypsies keenly scanning the beasts. anything but their pistols, and they had money to pay Harry thrust out h.is hand, and the old woman graspe d ir expenses and to purchase new revolvers and ammuni-11is fingers, and pointed at his palm as she said: n. "Now make a wish On the following morning the blacksmith brought a l;iay .''Hum!" coughed the boy, reflecting. "What shall it a a gray horse, two pairs of spurs and two riding whips be?" them. He pondered gravely a moment, and then nodded. rhe detectives were good horsemen. "Did you make it?" asked the woman. !lfter breakfast thP y mounted and rode away. "I did. Proceed." twas a fine, clear day, and when they reached the woods The old fortune teller examined Young King Brady's 'Y soon found the wagon ruts, and followed them up. palm intently for a moment, and then, pointing at the line, the gypsy driver was anxious to avoid bei\1g seen, said: had kept his team in the soft ground bordering the "Y 01mg man, you are on the right track; your quest d, and took advantage of the woods, hills, and will be successful, but very dangerous." ks as much as possible. "Indeed!" replied Harry. "Is that all?'' Re thul:! unconsciously left a clear trail for the Bradys to "Oh, no. I can see a great fortune corning to you. It low. will be announced by a blue letter coming from over the OCt led them to Mount Vernon. water. A beautiful blonde girl is very much in love with Here, close to the Bronx River, they suddenly came upon you. This is the girl you will marry. But there's a dark e gypsy camp at which Rocco and his gang had paused. stranger interfering. He is trying to poison her mind And the first thing they saw and recognized was the against you. In the end you will defeat him.:' Iler wagon Rocco had left there with' his friends. "How nice," chuokled Harry. It was a picturesque camp nestling among some trees, the r He tried to 11ithdraw his hand, but the old hag kept a Pen verdure and a blue ridge rising in the background. grip on it like a vise, and she demanded in rasping tones: Two tents were pitched under the spreadin g branches of "What are you doing? I ain't through yet." me huge cedars, there were several house-wagons scat"I don't want to hear any more," said Harry. "Let go!" ed about, and a heap of lumber with an ax stuck in a "No, I won't." close to the stream. Five rough-looking gypsy men "Why won't you?" ere lounging about the place, and a beautiful gypsy girl in "Because!'' grimly answered the old hag, and she sudd, with a lace scarf knotted around her neck, sto ,1d holding denly bounded to her feet, and seized Harry's other len the flap of a tent. treachery, Harry struggled to get free. A chair stood before her, in which sat the old fortune "Look out!" he shouted to his partner. ler, with a dotted bandanna tied over her head. ,T ust then two of the men rushed at Old King Brady, She was petting a huge hound, which the Bradys recoghim, and pulled him from his horse. !Zed as the beast Rocco had in his camp. The brute wa.; The others went to the assistance of the fortune teller ured to the tent. !n a moment a furious struggle was going on.

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THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. The Bradys did not know why they were attacked until they heard one of the men shout: "Yes, them is the two horses belonging to Rocco, that Bendigo drove away with, and they've swiped them." "Beat the life out of them!" yelled the old hag fiercely. "They're thieves. They must have stolen them nags. I recognized the animals long they reached us." Just then Harry drew his pistol. "Back _with yon!" he leveling the weapon at them. A yell of dismay escaped the ones who were struggling with him, and they rushed away pell mell. That gave Old King Brady a chance to get out his weapon, and a shot he fired over his antagonists' heads scattered them like a flock of frightened sheep. In a moment more the detectives were flide by side, de cidedly masters 0 the situation. CHAPTER VIII. BOY A.GA.INST HOUND. "Harry," remarked Old King Brady, "we must search this camp as thoroughly as possible to find Rocco and his banJ." "I don't believe any of them arc here," replied the young detective. "See here, old lady," growled Old King Brady int eni:ng tones, "we respect your sex and age, and we want to hurt you, but, by thunder, we are going to from you where Rocco and his friends have gone, or make it mighty hot for you here." Zmaranda looked startled. She flashed a quick, keen glance at them and deman "Why do' you want :ijocco ?" "To arrest him and Posey for murder and abduction "Ha! Then you are officers 0 the law?" 'We are the Bradys!" ( Again the old queen gave a start of surprise. Rocco had told her who prisoners were the night p ous, and she now knew for the first time who these were. It quickly flashed over her mind that they somehow got free, and perhaps had made away with Bendigo. She therefore exclaimed : "Didn't you steal that team?" "'No," replied Harry. "We hj.rcd those horses." "Who from?" "A man in White Plains to whom Bendigo sold th "Ah! I see. We were you them." "No, indeed; we are not thieves." "'That's why we attacked you. W c wished to recove team." "We know that now." "What makes you think that?" "You had better leave our camp at once." "Because if they were it seems to me the noise of the fight "Net till we learn where Rocco and Posey are." would have brought them from under cover." "You will never get the information from me." "That's a reasonable idea." "Don't be obstinate. We don't want to have trouble They glanced around, and saw that most of the men had this. You know where they went, and we demand o fled into the woods, whj.le the females took refuge in the to tell us." tents. "I'll do nothing of the sort." "We own the place!" chuckled Old King Brady. "Then we shall have to arrest you, Zmaranda." "So it seems. Those horses we hired of the blacksmith "If you come one step nearer to this tent you'll were the cause oJ: the trouble. It seems that they are the it." very beasts he purchased of Bendigo, the man who dro1e "You will find we will enter it, Madam." us to White Plains. These chaps imagined we stole them As Harry made this threat he took a step nearer, from him, and engaged in a fight so they could recover the as quick as a flash, :t;maranda drew a knife from her b animal ." She stooped anc1 slashed the rope holding the big h "That's quite evident." "Go for them, Prince!" she cried. "Where has the old woman gone?" With a :fierce growl the huge beast leaped from lh "Into the tent." and made a furious rush at the detectives. "Let's capture her and try to pump her." Harry paused and felt for the pistol he had thrust They ran toward the old queen's abode, but before they pocket. reached it she appeared at the entrance with a fierce look But he had no time to draw it out. on her withered face. The beast was too near. "Stand where you are!" she screamed, shaking her bony It gave a savage growl, and sprang at his throat. fist at them. "Stop, I say, or the curse of Zmaranda, the Harry flung up his hands, and warded off the br gypsy .queen, will blight your lives forever!" seizing it by the neck; but the force with which it pl by the fierce impulse of her words, the Bradys forward hurled the bo:v over bachvard to the grou paused and glanced at her. She was trembling with pas-1 He struck on his back. sion. The hound was on top 0 him. Her dark eyes blazed like live coals 01f fire, and there was The beast was snarling and snapping, tearing at hi a prophetic :iring,. to her voice that sent cold chills through I its great paws, and using every effort to sink its for them. fangs into the young detective.

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16 THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. them a cent. You wi11 only encourage other miscreants to play the same game on others if you do. Brace up, and defy them." "I can't," groaned the man. '.'It's killing me to remain in this dreadful state of suspense and uncer tainty so long, and I cannot stand it much longer. What is $20,000 compared with the life of my beautiful child?" "That ain't the point. You must have courage to resist them." Mr. Fairfax nervously paced up and down the office, with a troubled look furrowing his brow, and finally paused agal.n and said: "Do you want to see the letter?" "By all means," answered the chief. "It reached me by mail this morning." "By mail, eh? Well-that's a good point." The jeweler took the envelope from his pocket and handed it over. The Brailys glanced over his shoulders at it. The first thing the chief did was to examine the postmark. It bore the stamp of Mount Vernon, and was dated the clay previous. "That don't look as if the abductors were in Canada," said the chief in significant tones to the detectives. "No," replied Old King Brady. "The gypsy queen lied." "Open the letter, sir," suggested Harry, who was burning with curiosity to learn what the kidnappers had to say. The chief withdrew a small piece of dirty wrapping paper covered with pencil writing in a very bad hand The note read as follows : "Georg Farefax i hav gott yure dorter. it wil korst $20,.000.00 fer yu two gctt hur back, an' if yu doant pay up i wil send yu hur fingurs kutt orf, bye ixpres pakidge. Now yu ha'V a weak two pay up, an' yu mus taik thes grean box in a pakidge, an' driv out in a kab wit itt two Balers Roam in Kathedrel Rights att 12 enny nite this weak, an' doant hev nowboc1rly alorng :vu kin stop att thee litul borcl shantie with thee kab, an' leeve thee munny their. To ours aftur wids yu will git bak yure dorter dotty an' iff u bring thee plice i wil kil hur shur. yures trooly, "roko Zingary, jipsy king." I This sort of letter was no more than the Secret Service men expected Mr. Fairfax would receive in due time. In fact, they had been expecting to hear from him that the gypsies haa sent him some kind of demand for money "Can I keep this?" the chief. "Certainly, if you wish to." "It may aid us in our search." "Then retain it, by all means, sir." "It's really what we expected to see all along." "Do you notice the terrible threat it conveys?" "That's to be expected." "If T try to play any tricks on them they will murder her." ;, So they threaten. But I have no faith in their threats." "Recollect what dangerous people gypsies are." "Oh, we' know all about this man, Rocco Zingari." 'Now what do you advise me to do?" "Make up a parcel of paper to look like money, go to little shanty with it in a cab to-night, and leave it the "What good wUl that do?" ,"I'll post some men to watch the place, and nab the man who appears to get the parcel after you are gone. rested, we will wring a confession from him and bag the ductors before they can do the c11ild any harm or get a with her." "But suppose they see you arrest the party who goes the money, ahd get away with my child,,before you can the confession "No danger of that. I1eave the management of .this a to us. Trust us implicitly, )fr. Fairfax, and we will save your child." "I do trust you, chief, but it's hard to curb one's i tience under the circumstances," said the distressed fat He left the office presently with the Old King Brady, disguised, was to drive his cab When they were alone Harry said to the chief: "Ain't I to take any part in the game?" 'Of course you arc, my boy." "What have you designed for me, sir?" "You shall have charge of half a dozen well-armed offi who must go up there by way of l\forris Heights. You use your own judgment about where you will post them the best advantage. When the proper time comes, you arrest the party who calls for the package of money. To s time you must find out on the spot from your priso where the child is hidden." "Very well.," replied the boy. They elabora,tep. the plan, and when they chief said : "Now, in regard to the murder of Maximo Velasque "What about it, sir?" queried Old King Brady with I terest. "You say you are uncertain that Rocco killed the mar "We are. Those feminine footprints puzzle us greatl "Have you no way of finding out who the party was v ran from you?" "We migl{t learn by catching any of Rocco's gang." "I doubt if they'd give their king away to you." "There's no other way "Yes there is." "How?" made no attempt to see if those footprints ended the gypsy camp down in the hollow, or whether they p ceeded away from there. If one of Rocco's tribe did job the footprints will end at the camp. If an outsider the deed you'll find that they go on past the camp, I positive." The Bradys had their interest aroused Neither had thought before of such a possibility "It's a theory weH worth investigating," said Har 1 "and, as we have some spare time now, we'd better look h it. The old detective agreed to th.is plan, and quarter of

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THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. hour later they were on their way uptown on the elevated railroad. It was a clear, sunny day. Everything favored the work they had in hand. Reaching that part of the park where they had seen Ve-lasqnez lying dead, they found the feminine footprints crossing the glen, and traced them like a couple of bloodhounds. The marks led them down into the hollow where the camp had been, and a queer circumstance now recurred to Harry's mind. "I forgot to tell you," he remarked, "that when the
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' 18 THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. "It's part of plan to avoid arrest, I presume." "They are mighty cautious." "I'll drive on." "How about notifying your men?" "They've already seen us reading the s ign and will read it, too : "Well, then, they'll follow us, I presume?" "Yes. My partner will understand." The jew e l e r entered the cab and Old Ki;_ig Brady slowly drove on. He glanced back and saw the shadowy figure of a man stea l from the bushes beside the road and npproach the I house. Convinced that it was his pupil, he muttered : "Harry will be after us with his men in a few moments." 'l'he road was lonely and deserted. Far below the railroad tracks skirted the Harlem river shore, and the dark expanse of water -ivas dotted here and there with the twinkling li ghts on boat s and houses. When the carriage had gained a point not far from the rendezvous a man s uddenly sprang from the bushes by the roadside, rushed out at the hor se's h ead and grasped the bridle He was a burly fellow in a long cloak anu slouch hat. A pistol was in his hand and he aimed it at OldJGng Brady and cried in deep, muffied tones: "Halt!" "Howley mackerel! gasped Old King Brady reining in. "Drop those reins !" "Niver!" "Do you want me to kill you?" "Sure, me horse will nm away if I lave go." "No, it won't Obey me, or you are a dead man." Old King Brady recognized the man by his voice to be Rocco Zingari, and to appease him let go the lines. "There!" he exclaimed, "Begob, you're responsible no w me bucko." "Get down from that seat!" cried the gypsy. "Wid agility." And down sprang the detective When he was on the ground, Rocco demandeu: "Isn't this George Fairfax's carriage?" "It is that." "And is he inside?" "Yis. "Open the door and call him out "Faith it's murdher there ll be-" "Never mind the result. Do as I tell you !" The detective opened the carriage door. "Mr. Fairfax," said he, "there's ther loikcs av a black muzzled spa l peen out here with a gun in bis fist who wants t e r see yer ." I ndeed, James; who is be?" "Divil a bit do I know." Mr. Fairfax alight ed, and saw the man. Rocco was ted no time; he was in a hurry. "Have you got $20 000 ?"he demanded in gruff t?nes "I have," r eplie d the jeweler. "Are .you the man?" "I am Rocco Zingari." ''Where is my child?" "She will b e returned to you when I am paid t : he ransom. "Is she well?" "Of course." "Yo u are taking great chances to attack and hold us u s ingl e -band ed." "Oh I'm hot alone" carelesslv answered Rocco. "Look! ' He pointed at the bushes and whistled. Instantly half a doze n gypsies glided out into the roa and he shouted somet hing to them in the Romany tongu and they paused. Old King Brady was an interested spec tator. He saw they could not cope with that gang mmi
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THE BRA.DYS AND THE GYPSIES. 19 "And you?" ''I'm going to follow them." "Very well. The cab had gone down the hill and gypsies lurking in the bushes had evidently been watching it. But the moment they were beyond range of the villain's vision Old King rady reined in and alighted. After the foregoing dialogue the jeweler took charge of he horse. Just then Harry g lid ed from among some of the trees and "oinE\d them. "We followed you," he began, but his partner interrupted with: "Never mind explanations. We must shadow them." "How about our men?" "Let them follow u s.' "I'll tell them." The "boy darted away. In two minutes he was back, muttering : "Go :ihead. It's all right." "Come down on the side of the hill. The trees will hide our movements." Away they giided ancl 1\Ir. Fairfax clrove off. The jeweler's brain was in a whirl. He did nQt know what his child's fate would be, and the uncertainty rendered him very nervouR. The Bratlys quickly reached a point below the spot where he gypsies had been lurking and crept up the hill. Nothing was seen o.f the miscrcant e But they bad left a clear trail which the detectives had not the s li ghtest diffiru1ty in .following. 'fhe weeds and bushes were broken and I.Jent IJy being amped down. "We can easi ly follow them here," whispered Harry. "Look out you don't run upon them unexpectedly." They pre ssed on for some distance. B e hind them the six Secret Service men were closely following, and they :finally reached a place where the trail urned down to\\'ard the railroad irack::: ancl followed it to the low ground. When they r eached the roadbed, they found a number of freight cars standing at a siding, and Harry glided over to the river bank Lo get a view between the cars and the main track. He hissed to Old King Brady anq beckoned. When they met, the boy whispered, as he pointed ahead : "'l'here they are." Ile pointed to a spot between one of the cars and the river. Old King Brady saw the gang They were gathered in a group arouncl Rocco. Rushing forward, on the other side 0 the car, the Bradys riYcd opposite where the gypsie s were standing and uched down. By looking und er the car they could see the gypsies' legs. Hearing Rocco speaking, they listened. "So far all has worked well," the rascal was saying. "You've got the money in that parcel then, have you?" asked one of the gang whom the detectives recognized as Bendigo by his voice. "Oh, yes. I ku.ew he'd be so scared a bout his daughter's welfare that he would not hesitate to comply with my de mands.'' "And we get our share?" "Part of it. But Posey and I must eac h have a third, as we did most of the hard work," answe r ed Rocco. "That suits us. Where i s the girl. ?" "Across the river." "With the child?" '-'Yes.'' to give her up now?" "Of course We don't want the brat." "How are you going to reach her?" "I'll cross in a boat I've got waiting up the shore." "Say, Rocco, where have you got the kid located? "That's my business !" growled the gypsy in surly tones. His reply disappointed the Bradys.They expected to hear him disclose the child's abouts. Now they knew they could on l y find her by following Rocco for they did not intend to trust to his assertion that he would return her. Finally Bendigo said: ''You'd betterdivide the money now." "Can't you wait?., snapped Rocco. "We can, but don't want to." "Why, I'm not going to steal it." "A bird in hand is worth two in the bush, eh boys?" "Ay !"cried several of the men. "Divide now, Rocco.'' ''You don't trust me!" angrily exclaimed the gypsy. "Oh, yes we do," assured Bendigo blandly, ''but you know how a man's pa lm will itch to get hold of a large' sum of money due him." "Very well," grumbled the gypsy. "You can have it.'' "Here's a knife to cut the string.'' The detectives heard them open the parcel and sm iled grimly at each otl1er, for they knew what a di s closure was coming. Suddenly Rocco yelled furiously: "By the demon oI darkness, we've been duped!" "Eh?" gasped Bendigo in startled tones. "It;s a parcel of blank paper with a on e dollar bill on top.'' "Thunder !" "Fairfax has fool ed us !" The gang broke into a bitter tirade 0 abuse and profanity against the jewel er for a few moments, as they were ter ribly disappointed. Finally Rocco hissed in savage tones: "What did he expect to gain by this deception?" "Probably thought you'd give the child on the spot for the money." "Well, he got l eft. We've got her yet." "Yes, and we'll keep her till we 're paid.'' "I'll make that man s"lleat for lhis trick."

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1 1 I 20 THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. "By all means. He has got to pay up." "If he don't and mighty soon, he'll regret it." "What's to b e done next, Rocco ?" Send him a warning letter, of course." S e e that it goes to-night." I s hall. "Le t him understand that you won't put up with any more of hi s non s en s e ,' advised Bendigo in angry tones. "De p e nd upon me to lay down the law to him properly." The y di scussed the matter awhile. Finally Rocco said to his followers : "You fellows get back to Zmaranda's camp and there await my further orders. I mu s t go over the river now, to Posey ' "How soon shall we hear from you ?" "Perhaps to-morrow." "Very well." Follow the railroad or ride back." f The men agreed and they parted. "Harry,'' whispered Old King Brady, rapidly, "I am going to try to follow him. In the meantime you had better get your m e n together and tackle that bunch. After you capture them you may find me somewhere across the stream distance across was covered he suddenly caught sight of the boat in which Rocco sat rowing. At the same moment the gyp s y caught vie w of him. CHAPTER XII. I CAUGHT IN THE QUARRY. Old King Brady let his boat drift with the tide and rising to hi s feet, he leveled his pi s tol at the gypsy and s houted, sternly: "Roc co, stop where you are or I'll shoot you!' "Fire, but I won't pause! defiantly answered the villain. "Then take the consequence And his pistol was discharged He was a dead shot. The ball struck Rocco' s neck, inflicting a s light wound It frightened the burly rascal and he gave a c ry of p ain und alarm. "You've hit me !" "Are you going to stop rowing?" "No!" Bang l went the second shot. It grazed Rocco' s skull and kno c ked off his h a t "Oh! I'm a d e ad man he gasped, rowing furiou sly. "The next one will pierc e y our brain cried the d e tective. "Have mercy, Brady !" "Not a bit. You are a marked man." The gypsy had kept on rowing and now s tealthily pro duced his own revolver. He s udd e nl y fir e d a t the d e t ective. The bullet passed Old King iBrady s h e ad J "All right,'' assented the boy, as he moved away, and he s oon vanished behind the end of the cars and Old King Brad y crept after the gypsies. He saw them leave Rocco up the road a s hort distance and then go on. The gypsy king had a skiff handy, and embarking, he rowed away . For a f e w moments Old King Brady did not know exactly what to do, but he s uddenly remembered where there was a boat builder's shop. It was quite a distance away and he dared not pa s s the gyp s i e s to hasten ahead, for fear they would stop him While he was in this quandary Harry and his companions came running along the track, and Old King Brady started at a rush to lead the impression that they were pursuing him. He took deliberate aim and pulled the trigge r but to hi s disgust the pistol failed to discharge and h e saw that h is cartridges were used up. Seeming to r e aliz e what hap pened, the gypsy now sprang to hi s feet. The det e ctiv e's The gypsies heard them coming. Alarmed for a moment, they dashed into the bushes. Old King Brady sped by them, and when Harry and his men came up, they suddenly paused and opened fire on the gyp s ies with their pistols. Seeing that they were being at tacked the rascals drew their own weapons and fired back a volley at the officers. In a moment more a fierce fight was going on. Old King Brady did not wait to see the result of the battle. He rac e d on, and, reaching the place he was searching for he ran out on a little wooden pier and scanned the water body was clearly outlin ed. It made a good target. Rocco fired three shots in rapid succes s ion Luckily ior Old King Brady the Roman y man was so nervous and excited that he faile,d to hit hi s mark. The detective did not budge. His cool indifference to dang e r was marv e lous, for he scarcely paid any heed to the rain of bullet s fly ing around him, and went on loading hi s pi s tol with cartridges Rocco became alarmed. Seizing his oars he rowed away furiou s l y for th e s hore, and Old King Brady was comp e lled to s top and cha s e him. He feared if the man got toe far in a dvance h e would lose him. b elow. An exciting race ove r the gloomy riv e r e n s u ed. To his joy he saw a skiff tied to the piles. The gypsy rowed with all his strength and, a lthough the Ope ning a long oar-box on the pier, he took out a pair of detective exerted himself to the utmost, h e failed to gain an scull s and c lim9 e d down into the waiting boat inch. In a minut e mor e he had the painter untied and was row"He will land ahead of me!" he muttered. ing swiftly out upon the dark, glassy river. j The two skiffs shot through the water at a terrific pace, He had to go down stream with the tide. When half the and in. ten minutes more Rocco s boat tou c hed the shore.

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THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. 21 He lea p e d out and ran away. Old K ing Brady kept on rowing. He g l anced ahead over his shoulder and watched the iugi. Rocco rushed along the shore and plunged among some k s n ear an excavation in the hill. I The r e was a big stone crusher standing nearby and a num-of d eserted buildings, once used by the quarrymen: H e saw the gypsy heading toward them. It brouglit a grim smile to Old King Brady s face. H e must have Posey and the child hidden there," he uttered. Ju s t as Rocco disappeared the detective's boat was c h e d He ran toward the quarry. A s h e passed along behind the crusher he suddenly caught e w of a dim light gleaming in the shanty. It came from a rway through which the gypsy was just then passing into h u t. "There's where they've got the child concealed,'' muttered d King B rady. S wiftly crossing the intervening space, he saw the light go t and as he reached the little building he heard Posey's ice inside saying:. "There-the light is out." D o n't speak loud !" warned Rocco. "Who is chasing you ?" Old King B rady, disguised as a coachman I recognized s voi ce." D o you suppose he saw you come here?" "No. But he must have landed." D id you get Fairfax's money?" "No. He played a game on us " Th at's too bad "Where's the child?" "As l eep in the othe r room." her. She may awaken, yell and betray us." You keep watch at t h e window." "Go ahead, and get the horse ready. We can't remain re." Old King Brady crept over to the door, for there was no e to lose if he wished to rescue the child from these pie. Ju s t as he reached the door it :flew open Roc c o stood on the threshold. The o l d detective recoiled, but before he had a chance to any thing Rocco gave a panther-like spring, clutched him th e throat and bore him over on the ground. Old Ki n g B rady fell heavily. His e nemy was on top. Strikin g his head on the ground he was stunned. A cry of savage exultation escaped Rocco when he saw the dition the o l d detective was in. He glar e d a t h im n moment and cried: "Senseless! He's at my mercy now!" He bound Old K ing Brady\; arms behind his back with neckerchi ef, a n d then yelled to Posey: 'Come here-quick "What' s th e matt e r?" replied the gypsy girL 've got the d e tective! "Goo d grac iou s Posey came rushing up to him with a scared look on her face, down at the detective, she asked : "How did you subdue him?" "Caught him at the door." "You deserYe credit for this capture "It was an easy job He landed on his hea d on the ground .' "What' s to be done with him, Rocco?" The gyp1ly pondered a few moments He greatly eared the old detective and the dark tho ughts :flitting through his mind found exp r essio n w h e n he said: "Kill him .... "No! No!" "We must, for our own safety." "Just tie him up till we get away." "Humbug! He would soon escape and capture u s "I don't believe it. ''W e!d get ten years in jail if he does The girl sh u ddered and gasped: "I wish I hadn't engaged i.n this dangerous business "Don't weaken, Posey; it's too l ate." "I suppose so," sighed the girl. "N.ow, see here. If we put this man out of the way we will have nothing more to fear from him in future. If we permit him to live he will injure us." "It's a trying position to be placed in,'' murmured the girl. "Are you afraid to defend yourself?". 1 "No. But I don't fancy killing people." "Well, you go and get the carriage ready so we can escape from here with the child. B rady's partner and frientls are across the river fighting my men. There's no te lling at what moment they may be over here to attack u s." "You alarm me, Rocco." ''Keep your nerve; you'll need it." "Are you sure they are coming over he re?" "No. But it's very like l y." "What will you do whi l e I'm gone?" "Attend to Brady's case T):ie girl was silent. She read his deadly intent in the tones of his voice. Saying no more, she finally walked away and left the gypsy alone with his victim Rocco g l anced around His eyes fell on the stone crusher and he muttered : "I'll put him in that machine and let the weight come down on his head. It w ill give his death the appeara nce of accident and no one will think of accusing me." He seized .Old King Brady and dragged him over to the crusher. Lifting his victim u p, he l aid him on the bed-plate High up in the scaffold hung an iron triphamme r weigh ing two tons, s u spended over the detective's body. Rocco drew his knife to cut the rope holding the weight up. Once. that. rope was severed the weight wou l d descend at lightning speed, a n d land on the detective's head

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22 THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. Th!il raised his knife and glanced about to see i{any pne saw him. I CHAPTER XIII. CAPTURING SIX. Ignorant of the fact that Old King Brady was running into such danger at the quarry across the river, Harry and his six detectives had opened fire on Rocco's gang. The gypsies took to the bushes beside the railroad track and returned the Secret Service men's pistol shots As all his men were exposed, Harry cried in reckless tones: "Charge on them!" "Lead the way, Harry!" replied one of the men. Clutching his pistol in bis hand, the intrepir1 boy plunged into the bushes, followed by his friends. In a moment more they met the gypsies. Every man singled out an opponent. Then a fierce hand to hand conflict ensued When the firing was going on, several men on both sides were ;vounded by the shots. But they were too excited to pay any heed to their injuries and they fought like tigers. The gypsies were desperate. They realized the danger of capture. On the other hand the officers were resolved to arrest these villains at any hazard and they fought furiously. Every time they got the chance they shot at each other. Groans and yells resounded on all sides 'l'he man Harry attacked started to run away. "Stand!" the boy shouted. The villain turned to shoot him. Up went Harry's pistol at the same moment. Both weapons were discharged 11-t the same instant, but while the gypsy's bullet missed, the young d etective's struck: and the man fell groaning to the ground. "Don't let one of them escape!" shouted the boy. "Some are going up the hill !" panted a detective. "Follow and capture them!" Two men were scaling the elevation. Up rushed two of the officers in hot pursuit. Before the villains reached the crest the detectives overtook them. They clinched. There was a momentary struggle. Then they fell. Down the steep hill they came tumbling, rolling over and over, locked in a tight embrace, and sending t\p a cloud of dust and dirt. Three more of the gang were fighting the other officers. While two couples were struggling, the third were having an appalling conflict, the gypsy, armed with a dagger and the detective wielding a revolver, the c:irtridges of which were all used up. Just as Harry glanced at them, the gypsy clutched the man b y the i hTOat with one hand and raised the dagger to stab him. In another moment the detective would have been kill Harry observed his danger. his pistol, he aimed at the upraised knife-ban .Bang! 1'11he dagger flew from the gypsy's hand. A yell of pain escaped the swart hy wretch. A tiny streak of blood trickled from his wrist where t ball penetrated. His hand fell useless at his side. The detective gave him a punch in the face that knock him over, and falling on the rascal handcuffed him. "Good shot, Harry!" he cried. "I seldom miss," l aughed the boy, quietly. Then he rari to help the others. Unable to withstand the terrific onslaught of the office all the gypsies were overpowered and secured. Six men were made prisoners. When the half exhausted officers recovered their etren and breath, they examined their wounds, and found th The gypsies were not so fortunate. Some of them were badly cut by the. bullets. M:oreo"{lr, the exertic;ms to which they had gone told them, and as Harry reviewed the gang he saw they were bad shape Addressing Bendigo, he said: might have avoided alL this trouble by surrender! in the beginning, and no one would have been hurt." "We had to fight," growled the gypsy. "Not necessarily." "You would have killed us i.f we hadn't." "Why should we?" "Out of revenge for what we did to you and your p uer." "You are mistaken. We bear you no grudge." "Then you must be very peculiar people." "We ain't gypsies," significantly answered Harry. The man laughed grimly. "'l'hat accounts for it," said he. "Now, see here, we want to know where Rocco has ao "Over the river in a skiff." "Where to ?" 1 "I can't tell, as I don't know." "Are you speaking the truth?" "I'd swear to it." His earnest manner convinced Harry. The boy recalled to mind that Rocco had refused to Bendigo where he had the child, Dottie, hidden. "I believe you, Bendigo," he said at l ength. "Glad of that. We didn't have much to do the abduction." ''Were only Rocco an cl Posey concerned in it?" "They put up the whole job with a fellow named V quez." "'We know all about that part of it." "Then you must know how little we fellows had with the case." "You helped him all you could."

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THE BRADYS AND THE GYPStES. 23 "I don't d e ny that. Remember, h e was our chief and e had to. "Don t y ou know who killed Vela s qu e z? "No, w e don 't,'' e mphatically r e plied B e ndi go. "Sure?" "Want me to take an o ath to it?" "Oh, I gues s your w ord i R a s good a s y our oath "So it is, Brady "Is Zmaranda 's camp still in the s am e place?" Yes. She' s up in Mount V e rnon. "W e ll, w e've got to tak e you f e llow s back to New York." "Can t be help e d, I s uppo se." Harry called hi s m e n tog e ther. Pointing a t the pris on e r s h e remarked: "Eac h of you tak e a m a n. H o ld your pis tol s in r e adi c ss, and if an y of the m atte mpt to escape, s hoot them down t once. Take the m t o the cit y and lo c k them up. I am ing to go afte r Old King Brady Th e d e t e ctives assented. It made th e g y p s ies un e a s y though. "Don't worry boss, s aid B e ndi g o e arnestl y "We ain't ing to attempt to e s cap e W r don t wis h to g e t s hot. "You hold y our fat e in your own hand s,'' r e pli e d Harry. He form e d the m in line, a d e t ective range d up to e a c h an, and i n this ord e r they marc h e d do\vn thr railroad a ck. Upon rea ching Morris H e ights, the y finally board e d a in and r e aching On e Hundred and Fifty -fifth s treet, nged to the e l e vat e d road. In this mtmner th e y rod e downtown and lo c k e d the prisers up. Young King Brady r e mained b e kind. When hi s friends wer e gone, he went searching for a t, and finall y s e c ured on e board e d it, and rowed out on e river. He did not kno"I'? wher e to look for Old King 'Brad y, but ally conclud e d to g o straight acro s s the stream. Accordingly he rowed :(or the opposite shore. When he near e d it, he caught a view of a light. A moment after he saw it, the light was sudde nl y ex guished The boy did not know it, but that light came from th e anty in the quarry in which Pose y had the child c on-aled. it was the only thing Hari'y saw to attract him he
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24! THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. "Yes." "Thuncer !" "What's the trouble now?" "I heard the vehicle going." "Then they've escaped "So I fear." "That's bacl. Come up on this hill." They hurried up on an elevation from the top of wlch they caught a good view of the surrounding land in all directions. Sweeping their gaze around, they caught sight of a horse and open buggy going away along the course of the river at a rapid pace. r:J;'hree people occupied the equipage, whom they had no difficulty in recognizing. They were Rocco, Posey and the abducted girl, Dottie Fairfax. As soon as the detectives saw them, they realized that the very ones they were after were slipping out of their reach. "There they go!" Old King Brady exclaimed, in disgust. 'And we'll never catch them now," replied Harry. "That's hard luck!" "Can you run?" ""No, I'm too weak." "In that case we may as well give up all hope of getting ovr hands on them to-night," saicl Hai;.ry. "We can follow them in the row boat." "True, but they will keep running away from us." "In that case we must trail them, and when I get over the effect of my fall, \Ye shall stick to their heels till we get them." '.'Come on into the boat." They embarked, and Harry pulled up stream. "V.l ell, they will keep going straight ahead, !nd I've got an idea that they will take to the cars now that they are aware we are after them." "If they 'abandon their carriage, it will be all the easier for us to keep on their trail," said Old King Brady. "Did I tell you we captured Bendigo and his crowd?" ""No; but I'm glad to hear it." "\Ve can't learn anything of value from them." L presumed not, as the dialogue we overheard between him and Rocco seemed to indicate that the gypsy king was keeping the abduction all in his own hands." "He wants to get all the reward for himself," .laughed Harry. His pals wanted their share, you know." "And they all got left." "For the time being." "I suppose they'll write again to the jeweler." "Of course; but next time Rocco is apt to be more careful." Speaking thus, they kept on to DuyYil, and here they f'Ouncl the gypsy's horse and carriage--dc sertecl. At the .next railroad station they discovered that a party answering the description of the gypsies and the stolen child had boarded a train after purchasing tickets for Albany. Owing to the lateness of the hour, another train would not bealong for lwo and thC' cletectiveR had to wait. There was no help for it, however. So they settled down in the station, and talked ove their plans until the cars came along. Old King Brady still wore the coachman's livery, but he had his own costume on underneath, and carried his fel hat rQlled up in his pocket, he abandoned the disguise. They finally boarded the train. Composing themselves, they caught some sleep before th cars pulled into the capital, some hours later. Their first care was to make !)iligent inquiry for Rocco Posey and. the child, and a station agent assured them tha such a party had alighted from the preceding train, an left in a cab. Next they had to hunt for the cabma n who carried the off. There were so many about the depot it was a very har matter to find the one they wanted. Indeed, it was nearly midday before they found a ma who claimed to have carried the abductor. He remembered having taken them to a cheap hotel, an readily consented to carry the detectives there. Getting into the cab, the detectives were driven away t a poor section of the city in the suburbs. The vehfole finally paused before a dingy-looking saloo not far from the railroad tracks, and when the Brady alighted, the driver eaicl: "Here'R the place I brought them to." ''Virait here for us," replied Old King Brady. They passed into the private entrance and met a clerk who asked: "Want rooms, gents?" "We've called to see some friends,'' replied Harry. "Stopping here?" "Yes." "What name?" "Zingari." "Ob, the gypsy man, woman and kid?'' "Yes. Are they her_e ?" "Why, yes. They've got a friend here." "A friend? Who is it?" "An old gypsy fortune teller in No. 10, called MaCl. --" \ "Do you know if they are with her now?" "They'Ye got rooms on each side of hers, and were wi her a good deal." "We'll go up and see." "Shall I sencl up and find out for you ?" "Oh, no thank you. It's a joke. We want to take the by surprise." "I see," grinned the clerk. "Go ahead up." "Thank you,'' said Harry politely. And they hastened upstairs, and soon found the fortun teller's door. It was ea y to distinguish it from the rest, as her nam was on a ign hung there in which a hand was drawn, und which was the solitary word, "Palmist." PuRhing open the door, thl' BraclyR entered the room.

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THE BRADYS AXD THE GYPSIES. 2J CHAPTER XV. IN THE PALMIST'S DEN. '1.'be Bradys found themselves in a strange, Oriental apart ment, containing all sorts of screens, tapestries, rugs and plants. Upon the walls were charts of heads, hands and aces, a human skull grinned down at the detectives froII'.\ the top of a shelf, and a huge black cat came purring and rubbing itself against their legs. The Bradys saw an open door which communicated with an adjoining room, from which there emanated the sound of voices. Pausing, they listened, and heard a voice say: "Some one coming, Madam." "Ay," croaked a hoarse feminine voice, "some one to con sult the oracle." "Better get thy palm crossed with silver, Madam." "I'll cast a horoscope in accordance with the size of the fee." "May it suit thy desire," said the same young voice, and the detectives now recognized the tones as those of Posey. Old King Brady nudged the boy. "Follow me!'' he whii>perec1, gliding into the room, Just then an olc1 woman hobbled in from the next room, clad in a curiously embroidered red dress, a high, conical cap on her head, anrl hrr yellowish-gray hair falling disheveled around her wrinkled face. She carried a cane and was bent with age, her parrot-like nose almost touched her long, pointed chin, from her having no teeth, and her keen little eyes were sunk deeply in her withered head. She looked like what a witch was supposed to be. detectives paused and eyed her. "Madam?" asked Old King Brady softly . "A.y, that's my name," muttered the old fortune teller. nodding her head repeatedly, "and you-you've come to consult me on a matter of business. You are from a dis tanPe. and bent upon business I don't like. I can see it ace, it's all before me." She paused and stretched out her claw-like hand. A dark frown gathered on her brow, and her eye:; seemed to pierce them through and through for an instant Then she suddenly pointed at the door with her cane, and trembling as if from suppressed excitement, she added in shrill tones : "Go-clear out of here. I do not want yon. I can feel he oppression that enemies bring." ":1\Iadam--" began the astonished old detective, but she terrupted: "No-no, don't find objections. You are a.pAir of vipers me to sting me. I can see it, I tell you. There's a bacl 'r about you, and the old gypsy knows. You need not ak to me." Just then her excited voice caused Posey to peer in. She saw the Bradys, and they saw her. A low, Rtifled cry eticaped her: "The Bradys !" she gasped, turning pale. Further concealment being useless, the detectives sprang forward, and Old King Brady shouted : "Posey, we want you!" "You'll never .get me!" she screamed. Hetreating into her room, she slammed the door shut. 'l'he old fortune teller struck at them with her cane, and although they felt the blows, she was so old and feeble they did 11ot hurt. "Back with you!" she shrieked. "I knew it! I knew you were a pair of traitors when I first saw you!" "Stand aside!" commauded Old King Brady, sternly. "No-no---" "Come, Harry!" Thrusting her gently asicle, the old detective rushed at the door of Posey's room and turned the knob. "Locked !" he muttered. "Try to force it," Harry suggested. "Lend me your aid." "Now-together !" They dashed at the door anri hit it violently with their shoulders, the lock snapped, and they plunged into the room. But they were a minute too late. The bird had fl.own. A hasty search revealed this disagreeable fact. "Gave us the slip!" said Harry. "Try the other room, then," his partner answered. "Roc co may be in there." They rushed toward the other door, but the old fortune teller had pushed a heavy table before it to hinder them.-She planted herself against it and cried: "You can't go through here !" "Out of the way!" roared Old King Brady. "Not a step !" :ohe retorted defiantly. "We will be obliged to remove you, then!'' And so saying Old King Brady picked hrr up bodily, ra11 to a closet, sat her inside and banged the door shut. The moment she remoYed Harry pulled the table away. "All ready!'' he laughed. They launched themselves at the door. A fearful shock followed. and the lock broke. Into the room they rushed, and glanced around. "Empty!" gasped Harry. "Perhaps she went out into the hall." "There's a window wide open." "Yes, and a fire-escape." "Let me see." Darting over to the window, they peered put. They were just in time to see Posey, with little Dottie Fairfax in her arms, darting around an angle of the house, closely followed by Rocco, who was looking back over his shoulder. The gypsy saw the detectives' heads thrust out the window. They saw him shake his fist up at them, and heard him give vent to a wild, reckless laugh of derision. Iu an instant more he vanished.

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26 THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. "Come, after them, Harry!" Old King Brady, panting for breath, now approached t "Run down the tairs We may head them off in the two men he had referred to. l'ltreet. Out of the room they i:an, just a:; the old woman burst Jrom the closet in a rage and hobbled toward them waving her cane. Down the stairs they fled", and they passed out onto the sidewalk; but h ere another bitter disappointment met them. 'l'he kidnapere'. had offered the Bradys' cabman a bribe, sprang into the carriage, and driven a1ray at a rific rate. wen; gasped the old detective pointing after the receding yehicle, "they've got the best of us again, Harry!" Young King Brady was wild lt was mortifying to see their earriage used this way. "l' d like to punch that cabman's head!" he cried, angrily. "Run after them We may pick up a carriage." ''They're heading for the railroad depot." "Y c::;, arn.l there s a train ready to depart." "If it's a possible thing they'll catch it, too." "No doubt of that." Away they. dashed in hol pursuit of the flying vehicle. It had a good ;:;tart, lio1rever, aud no matter how fast they ran, it kept in the lead. It waR going straight for the depot. On ran the Bradys at the top of their speed. The carriage dashed up to the depot, and the occupants alighted. The pursuers saw Rocco hand the driver a bill, and then, with 'Posey and the child, board the train. As the cars had already started, and tbe locomotive was fast gathering headway; the detectives saw they could not catch the train. "It's useiesR !"' groaned Harry. "Don't give up yet." "What's the use; we can't catch it?" "I'm not so sure about that." Wh at-'-can't you see it's running right away from us?" "That makes no difference." "You've got some other idea in view." "So I have. See that locomotive on the siding?" "Yes. "We can chase them with that." !" "Holcl on! See that olcl man at the depot?" "The one with white whiskers?" "Exactly." "What about him?" "He's a director of this road, and I know him." "I see-I see your plan." "The man he js talking to is the general superintendent. I am acquainted with him, too. I'm going to lay the whole matter before the pair and enlist their sympathy. I think I can then induce them to loan us that locomotive to chase and catch those child-steafors." "Try them, by all means !" They soon reached the station By that time the departing was hatf a mllc away. CHAPTER XVI. FOUND AT LAST. "Ah, Old King Brady! What in the world are you d jng a way up here in this part of the State?" cried the ra road director, as he warmly shook hands with the old d teetive. "We are after the kidnaper s of the Fairfax child." "I read in the papers that you were engaged on that cas and it is a case which has aroused public sentiment to high degree. "Are you a father, sir?" "I am, and dearly lov'e my children." "Then you sympathize with poor Mr. Fairfax?" "Most heartily." "Would you aid him to recover his child, if you cold ?'' "Willingly!" "I'll put you to the test." "How so?" "Do you see the train which just departed?" "I do." "The two gypsies who kidnaped baby Fairfax are on it "What?" gasped the astonished man. "It's a fact. We just chased them aboard the train wi the child." "Was that couple who last got aboard with a sleepi child the pair ?" "They were." "My goodness! If we had only known we ha stopped them." ".Just so. It's too late to do so now, of course." "Oh, what a pity !" "There's one chance to capture them yet." "Name it!" "To pursue the train in yonder locomotive." "Ah, I see! You want our consent?" "Exactly. "You have it. Go, and good luck attend you!" ''"I'll instruct the engineer !" said the superintendent. Both realized that there was no time to be wasted, the flying train was momentarily widening the breach b tween them. Accompanied by the Bradys, the superintendent ran ov to the locomotive, while the director hastened t0 the railroa telegraph office to instruct the operator to :Keep the tra clear till the "wild-cat" locomotive passed along. Reaching the locomotive caboose, the superintendent cri to the engineer and fireman, who sat inside: "Chase that train with these two men, and don't co ba,ck until you overtake it, Bill !" "Very good, sir." "Take a siding at the nearest to the place w you O\'erhaul the train. and notify us by telegraph. will then receive your instructions from me how to act.'' "That all ?"

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THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. 2'l' "Yes. Go !" The Bradys climbed aboard. As the engineer had s t eam up, he soon sent hi s engine Hing over the rails at a f asti n c r e asing speed. Once they w e re flying over th e g li s t e nin g rail s at a rate hich promised to bring the locomotive up to the train, he Bradys breathed eas i e r, and H a rry r e mark e d in pl e ased nes: "It will be mighty qu e er ) f we don t run t h e m down now:" "We ar e in lu c k! Old King Brad:v c huckled. "Was that a N e w York train?" que ri e d Harry of the ngineer "Ye s," a s sented Bill. What' s the c au s e of th e race?" Harry told him, and wh e n h e fini s h e d b ot h th e e ngineer nd fireman were v e ry much a s toni s h ed. "So you two ar e the Bradys, eh?' t h e form e r inquir ed. "We ar e Have y ou h e ard of th e c a s e befor e ? asked arry. "Ev.erybody in the c ountr y knows about it. W e came p from N e w Y o rk on our last run t hi s mornin g and hav e he papers.S' "I suppo s e they ar e full of t h e c ase. "So they are ; an cl I see th a t both Mr. Fairfax and the hief of police have each offer e d a r e ward of $25 000 apiece or the arre s t a nd c onvic tion of th e rascal s who c ommitted hat dreadful crim e ." "Indeed that 's our fir s t knowledg e of it." "If you collar the villai ns y our fortune is mad e ." ''Yes, but that' s no incentive to us. We are s imply doing ur duty. What s pur s u s on to do our utmo s t is our kno.wldge of the awful sufl'.c ring of ih e parent s of that littl e hild. It will b e a s ource of inte n s e pl e a sure to u s to put ittle Dottie Fairfa x saf e ly in the arms of her parents gain." "Well, sir :vou c an d e pend :we' ll do all that lie s in our ower to help y ou to do it," warmly said the good-hearted ngine e r. The fir e man s hoveled mor e coal into the roarin g furnace. Steam was fairl y hissing at the s afety valv e and they were ept busy blowing th e whi s tle a s the y fle w along, e very revo !tion of the wheel s bringing them n e arer to the fugitives hey were so anxiou s to overtake. Half an hour of anxiou s waiting and watching slipped by. Mile after mil e was cove r e d at a furiou s rat e of speed. Harry stood s ilently at a forward window. Sudd e nly he caught a view of a moving object in the disHe s tarted and peered ahead harder. The n he cri e d : "There it is, at last!" All the oth e r s eagerly scann e d the tiny speck, which was lowly but s t uely growing larger every moment c Soon they made it out distinctly as a moving train. "He's right!" exclaimed the e ngineer. "That's the in." "We're gaining fast, too!" remarked the fireman. "Do you know what her speed is?" Old King Brady asked. "About forty-five miles an hour, replied the en_gineer, "And us?" "Ten mile s better." "In a short time, then, we'll reach her." "Oh, yes She has got to stop soon, too." "I hope our e nemies won' t l e arn that w e ar e pursuing ih e m, as th e y might alight and g e t away across th e country,'' s aid Harry. "Can't answer for that," said the engin e e r "The cr e w of that train are pretty sur e to s e e u s bearin g down upon them, and \Vill wonde r why w e ar e doin g it. If ihe pa s s engers get wind of th e fa c t, the n e w s i pretty s ure to spread and r e ach the ear s o f the v e r y ones you don t wis h to know it. Th e n th e y ll s u s p e ct troubl e." "Can't you overhaul the m b efore they mak e their fir s t s top?" anxiously demand e d the old d etec tiv<1-. "It's doubtful, Mr. Brady, bu t I'll try to. A s the y kept going on, the train ahead was g e ttin g plain e r every moment, and they soon c ould see i t diRtin c tly. The detectives could see how the y w e r e gai.ni.ng then. But they soon not e d a dis agre e abl e .fac t too. And that was that th e pursuit was seen b y th e crew ah e ad. Fearing to l e t the train r e a c h t h e s tation in advanc e Bill now put on e v e ry pound of s team hi s boiler would carr y The loc omotiv e seem e d to s pring ahead faster, and th e intervening s pac e began to s wiftl y narrow down. In fift e en minutes mor e the y w e r e close up behind the train, and the e ngineer had to sla c k e n speed. The conductor now app e ared on the rear platform and yelled: "What are you chasing us for?" "To put two aboard b y the sup e rintend ent's ord e r, the e ngineer shouted back. "Jus t pull up. I can t run too close." "Very well. Drop behind, and look out, now." He rang th e bell, and the pur s uing loc omotive fell behind. Soon aft e r the train stopped, and the locomotive upon which the Brady s rode came to a s udden paus e The detectives alighted ran forward and boarded the coac h ahead. In a moment more the train w ent on. Passing into th e coac h, they scanned th e passengers, and their glances fell upon the two gyp s i eR. A stifled s cream escap e d Posey, who h a d the abducted child, and Rocco bounded to his feet and fe lt for hi s pistol. Befor e could draw it, Old King Brady had him cov-ered, and cried : "Hands up, Rocco We've got you cold, my boy!" Up went the gypsy' s hands. In a moment more Harry had him handcuffed. Old King Brady strode over to Po s e y "You are my prisoner," he e xclaimed. "Don't hurt me!" she pl e ad ed, in tone s of alarm. "We merely wis h to hand c uff you." And as he spoke he secured her and took the child in his arms. Just then Dottie, who was clacl m poor clothing, awak ened. \

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28 THE BRADYS AND THE OY-PSIES. She looked as if she had been a great deal, and her first cry was: "I want my mamrna !" "Don't worry, little one," said the kind old detective, as he kissed her and held her to his breast. "We've taken you irom those naughty people, ancl very soon you will be back in your mamma's anus again." She trusted him and cucldled up in his arms, while Harry plant e d Rocw in a seat beside the gypsy girl, mounted guard over t hem. And as the train sped on, the Bradys realized that the race was at an CHAPTER XVII. -IDENTIFYING THE DAGGER. "Depend upon me, when the time comes, Mr. Bracly.'' Mrs .. E'airfax now interrupted. She thanked the gallant detectives over and over aga for the immense service they had rendered her, and decla that there was nothing she could do for them to fully sho her appreciation. Deluged with their gratitude, the detectives were glad escape from the house at last, and they proceeded st raigh to headquarters. There they met their chief. Giving him a concise account of all that transpired, 01 King Brady finally said in conclusion: "We have practically closed the abductio n mcident no' but we don't seem to have mad e any hea.tlway whatever i exposing the murderer of Maximo Velasquez." "Arc you quite positive that neither Rocco or any of hi gang killed the Spanish Consul's secretary?" asked th chief. "Yes, I'd my life on it." It was nightfall when the train thundered into the Grand Central depot, and the Bradys alighted with their prisoners and the child. "'And you imagine some woman stabbed him?" "The footprints we found seemed to indicate that." "Yet p:arry said he distinctly saw that the fleeing mur Their :first care was to lock up the abductors, and then they entered a cab with little Dottie, and drnve up Fifth avenue. Alighting a.t the Fairfax mansion, they rang for admit tance, and a servant opened the door and let them in. Upon seeing the child she gave a wild shriek, which brought Mr. and Mrs. Fairfax rushing from the parlor in alarm. The moment they saw Dottie in Old King Brady's arms, they cried out for joy, and rushing forward the lady seized her child. Grabbing her from Old King Brady's hands, the lady smothered her little one with kisses, and tears of joy ancl gratitude streamed from her eyes: "My child! Oh, my darling-darling child!" she fairly screamed. Even Mr. Fairfax was half delirious with happiness. He embraced littl e Dottie, and leaving her to her mother again, he turned to the Bradys with tears in his eyes, arnl said: "It is impossible for me to express my gratitude to you, gentlemen!" "Don't say a word," interposed Old King Brady, gently. "The pleasure of seeing your transports of jQy over the restoration of your baby to your arms more than repays us for the trouble we have had." "I shall never forget this." "Well, it's all right. You've got her back safe and well, and I'm glad to say we've not only captured her abductors, but we've got them in jail. They will get the :rnmishment they sq richly deserve now." "I'll prosecute them bitterly!" declared Mr. Fairfax. "An example shou ld be made of them," said the old de tective. "H you don't, it will only encourage other mis creants to repeat this crime, and break the hearts of other loving parents." derer was a man." "It might have been a woman in man's clothing, chief,' the boy replied. ''Yet I must say I never saw a woman o earth able to run as that fugitive criminal did." *In that case it must have been a man with woman' shoes oi;i." "Yes," the boy replied, "I favor that theory." "But why would a man wear woman's shoes?" The detectives pondered. Finally a theory flashed across Old King Brady's mind "By Jove, I have an idea!" he exclaimed "Let's hear it," laughed the chief, quietly. "The Cuban men wear shoes with high, pointed heels narrow soles, and pointed toes. They usually have ver. small feet. The imprints might have been made by a Cu ban shoe." "Then you think a Cuban may have been the criminal?' "No, not exactly. It might have been an American; said Old Brady, reflectively taking a chew of tobacco "Those shoes would most likely be worn by some one wh goes to Cuba. That some one might be a person connecte with a steamer which runs to Havana. The big diamon came from there, you know. It might be one of the crew of the steamer Newport; in fact." '"Why such reasoning ?" "Well, a man aboard that steamer knew all about the dia mond, and knew Velasquez had it in his possession--" ''You refer to the purser ?" asked the chief. "Exactly." 1 "And suspect him ?" "Yes." "Why not sound him?" "Is that steamer in port yet?" "She is. In fact, she sails to-morrow afternoon." '"'Before she departs we must interview the purser."

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THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. "Why not to-night?'" "I intend to." "It's queer the purser would safely carry the stone here from the West Indies, turn it over to Velasquez, and after ward kill him to get it." "Not at all," replied Old King Brady. "He was known to have had the stone by those who sent it, and by Velasquez, who received it. By delivering the diamond, he could show a clear record. With its deliver} ; he cleared himself of all responsibility. When it left his hands and was given to Velasquez, his responsibillty ended. But he may have planned to follow and rob the Spaniard in such a way that he would not be detected. As the Spaniard recognized him he very likely stabbed the man to avoid exposure. He then intended to sell the stone and keep the money." "It's a theory worth proving, Old King Brady." "We shall test it, sir." "Do so, by all means, and let me know the result." The Bradys departed. They had the most excellent reason for suspecting the urser, for he was the only person who knew about the iamond being in the possession of Velasquez, beside themelves: Making their way down Wall street, they boarded the teamer, and a sailor stopped them at the head of the gang lank. "No admittance, except on business, gents!" he exclaimed. "We have business here," answered Old King Brady, bowing his badge, and the sailor moved aside, and said in eek tones: "Oh, officers, eh?" "Is the purser aboard ?" "Mr. Schroeder? Yes." ''Where is he?" "In his state-room, on the upper deck." The detectives passed into the port gangway, went rough a door into the cabin, and passed up the stairs into e social hall. Here they went 6ut a door to the deck. W11lking along, they scanned the name-plates over the ors and up forward saw the room they were looking for. Just t hen the door opened, and a man in uniform erged. He was a small man with a brown mustache, and he anced carelessly at the Bradys a moment, and then gave a olent start. Recoiling a few paces, he glared at them intently, his face rning very pale, and a troubled expression crossing his ntenance. The next moment, by a violent effort of will, he recovered composure. None of these signs of a strong emotion escaped the keen nee of the watching detectives, but they said nothing. For an instant the man looked as if he wanted to say ething, but he suddenly checked the impulse, and igteniug up, he passed them by without paying any heed them. "Harry, shadow' him. He must be Schroeder/' "All right, Old King Brady." "I think he's going to leave the steamer." "He was exceedingly startled to see us." "You are right, Harry. He must have met us before." "No doubt, if he was the person who dogged us up to Central Park while we were shadowing Velasquez. He must know we are detectives, and for that reason showed so much agitation." "While you are gone I'll make some inquiries here." The boy nodded, and hurrying away, he darted down the companionway. When Harry was gone, Old King Brady returned to the cabin, and meeting the steward, he asked him: "Can you show me the waiter who attends to Mr. Schroe der's room?" "Yes, sir. That boy over there with red hair." "Thank you. I want to speak to him privately." And Old King Brady approached the boy, and taking him aside, he asked : "Did you ever see this dagger before?" And he showed the waiter the knife that killed Velasquez. The waiter cast one glance at it, and replied at once._ "Why, certainly I have. It to Mr. Schroeder, our purser, and he keeps it on the in his state-room as a paper weight." "Are you sure ?" "I could swear to it, sir. He bought it in Havana the last time we were down there As I clean up his room every day, I ought to know, for I have often seen it before." "Of course you ought to," replied Old King Brady. "An other question." "Well, sir, what is it?" "Did Mr. Schroeder leave this ship after five o'clock on the night after the day you arrived here in port?" CHAPTER XVIII. CONCLUSION. The waiter looked somewhat surprised at the odd questions the detective was asking him, but he replied readily: ''Well, yes, he did leave the steamer that night, right after a Spaniard with a Van Dyke beard called on him. What made me notice it most was that he shed his uniform, put on an old suit, and went sneaking away after tM Spaniard as if he were watching the man, and wanted to keep him in sight." "Did he follow the man?" "Yes, straight up Wall street." "You saw him, did you?" "I did, until they disappeared around corner." "Good enough I Now, I'm going to arrest you." ''What!" gasped the startled waiter. "Only to hold you as a witness, though," laughed Old King Brady, showing his shield. "You'll be well paid for it, and we will see that you don't lose your job ..

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THE BRADYS AND THE GYPSIES. "Why, what has happened, sir?" S chroeder murdered that Spaniard, and the evidence you have given me will conclusively prove it. If you sail away on this ship to-morrow, we can't get your evidence For that reason, l am going to detain you as a witness, to convict' the purser There was no use rebelling, so the waiter left the ship with him. In the meantime, Harry followed Schroeder downstairs, and saw him ask the sailor at the gangplank who the Brady s were "Police officers, and they were asking for you, sir," re pli ed the sailor The look of fear on the purser's features intensified, and he hurried down to the dock, and hastily went ashore. Harry. saw him up Wall street and hire a cab. The boy procured a similar vehicle ancl pursued him closel y. Harry did not waste any words on him, b u t d ragged out to the waiting cab, and they were driven to ters. When they arrived there, they found Old King Brady and the waiter awaiting them, :md Harry produced t h e dia mond, and told his story. When Schroeder heard the waiter giv:e his evidence, h e broke down, as he was thrown into a panic, and confessed his crime. Cupidity was what prompted him. When Old King Brady examined his shoes, he found that the man wore a pair of small, high-heeled Cuban gaiters, which just fit the copy he made of the imprints in the ground at the scene of the crime. Schroeder admitted that he had pursued Velasquez fro m the steamer to the park, imd having waylaid him, stabbed and robbed him. He was locked up The Bradys had finished their task. The man was driven up Park Row to Chatham Square. The vehicle paused before Simpson's pawn s hop, and the Not long that the purser was put. on trial, t d mg been convicted, he was sentenced for life, as the waiter s p urser en ere . . evidence helped to convict him Harry saw where he had gone, and possessmg a mg ancl . f l t h 1 t th d t d l 1 t 1 The Government confiscated the b1g diamond he smuga se m u s ac e, ie pu em on, an urne 11s Jae rn m-1 d side o u t. g e m. . . I Then the gypsies were brought up for trial, and Roel 1 P u ttm.g on a felt hat he had rol'.ed up rn and Posey were sent to Sing Sing for ten years :1piece. he left his derby m the cab, told the dnver to wait for him, And the rest of the crypsies went with them for shorter and followed the man in. t 0 erms. O nce inside, he saw that Schroeder hacl entered a small Zmaranda and her tribe left for parts unknown, and the booth. Harr y passed into the adjoining one and li stened. "You wish to pawn this? he heard a clerk ask dering l y won" I d o,'' replied Schroeder, "and I want five thousand dol la r s." "That's a large sum, sir." Yes, but the diamond is worth lj;fi0,000." The c lerk whistled with astoni;:;hmen t, aml was j going to ask hi m \vhere he got s uch an enormous stone, when Harry g l ided into the booth occupied by the purser. P ointing his pistol at the man's head he cried: "Schroed e r I want you !" newspaper s for some time after contained accounts of the Bradys' great work The had won the big rewards offered by Mr. Fairfax and the chief of police for apprehending the child stealers, and they deserved them. Their work among the gvpsies hacl been fraught wit much excitement and man y dangers, but the next case the handled was still more exciting. The next number of thi weekly will give our read ers an acco-i.nt of their work. [THE END.]. The a l armed pawnbroker dodged down behind the coun te r and with a cry of alarm the pur;:;cr wheeled around and Read "THE BRADYS AND THE WRONG MAN OR THE STORY OF A STRANGE MISTAKE,' "Don't shoot fac ed the pistol. O h he groaned, sinh.--ing upon his knees which will be the next number (109) of "Secret Service Don't s ho ot "Out with your wrists for the bracelets." T he m a n complied, and Harry promptly handcuffed him, a n d picke,d up a big diamond in a velvet case lying on the counte r It was the gem sto l en from the unlucky Velasquez. What a r e you arresting me for?" groaned the frightened purser "The murder of Maximo Velasquez for this big dia m ond!" H arry repli.ed. "And there's no use of your deny ing i t, for we've got dead evidence against you The purser almost fainted from fear. SPECIAL NOTICE: are always in print. If you cannot obtain them fro m any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage s tamps b ma il to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBJ .1ISHE R 24 UNIO SQUARE, NEW YORK, and yon will receive the copi yon order by return mail.

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SECRET SERVICE OLD AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DE'fECTIVES. PRICE 5 CTS. 32 PAGES. COLORED COVERS . 1 l h e Black !:land : or, The Two King Bradys Against a Hard Gaug. An Interesting Detective Story. 2 Told by the Ticker; or, 'l' h e rwo King Bradys on a Wall Street Case. 3 'l' b e Bradys Afte r a Million; or, Tbelr Chase to Save an Heiress. 4 'l'he B1a dys' G r eat Bluff; o r A l:lun c o Game that !;'ailed to :; In and Oit ; or, The 'l'wo Klng Bradys o u a Llvelv Chase. 6 'l'he Brady s Hard l 'ight : or, Afte r the Pullman Car C r o oks. 7 Case Numbe r 'l'en; or, The Bradys and the Private Asylum Fraud. s The Bradys' Silent Searc h ; or, Tracking the Deaf and Dumb Gang. 9 The i\lanlar Doctor; o r, Old and Young King Brady in l:'eril. 10 Held at Bay : or, The Bradys ou a Battling Case. 11. i\liss M ystery, the Girl from Chicago; or, Old and Young King l:lrady o o a Dark Trail. 12 'l'he Bradys' D ee p Uame ; or, Chasing the Society Crooks. 13 Hop L ee, tile Chinese Slave Dealer; or, Old aud Young King Brady and t h e Opium F i ends. 14 The Bradys in the Dark; or, The Hardest Case of All. 15 The Queen of Diamonds; or, 'l'he 'l'wo King Bradys' .rreasure Case. 16 The l:lradys o n Top; or, The Great River Mystery. 17 'l'he MiBsin1t Engineer ; or, Old and Young King Brady and the Lightning Express. 18 The Bradys' l<'ight l 'or a Lif e ; or, A Mystery Had to Solve. 19 'l'he Bradys' B est Case; o r, '!'racking the Uiver Pirate s. 20 The I 'oot Ju tbe Frog; or, Old and Young King Brady and Myste ty of tile Owl Train. 1 The Bradys' Hard Luck; or, Working Against Odds. radYB Bal\\ e d ; or, Jn S ea1c h of the Green G oods Men. the ,1;be Opn 1m or 'l'be Bradys' Great Chinatown Case. ,:i;be B .radys m Wall Stree t ; O l', A Plot to Steal a Million. l"rom Bosto n ; or, Old and Young King Brady on a Peculiar 26 Tbca:;adys and the Shoplifters; or, Hard Work on a Dry Goods 27 Z i g Zng the Clown: or, The Bradys' Great Circus Trail. ll 8 The Bradys Out West; or, Winning a Hard Case. After the Kidnappers; or, The Bradys on a Clue. Old and Y o\'n1f l:lradys llattle; or, Bound to Wiu Their Case. 34 'l'he Bradys' Great Mistake : or, Shadowing the Wrong Ma.n au The Br .. dys and the Mail Mystery; or, Working for the Government. 36 ; 1;he Bradys Down South; or, The Great Plantation Mystery . 37 ,1,be Hou$e in the Swamp; or, The Bradys' Keenest Work. 38 J;be Kno ck -?ut-Drops Gang; ori 'l'he Bradys' Risky Venture. 39 ,:i;he Bradys. Close Shave; or nto the Jaws of Death. 40 ,I h e Bradys Star Case: or. Working for Love and Glory. 41 l,h e Bradys in 'l'risc o ; or, A Three 'l'housand Mlle Hunt. 42 the Exp1-ess 'l'bleves; or, Tracing the Package 43 The Bradys' Hot Chase : or. After the Horse Stealers ?;be Bradys: Great Wage r : or. 'l'be Queen of Little Monte Carlo. 4o lbe Bradys Double Net: or, Catching the Keenest of Criminals 46 'l'he Man In the Stee l Mask; or, The Bradys" Work for a Great fl.,ortune 47 '.rb!l Ilradys nnd the Blac k Trunk: or, Working a Silent Clew. 48 Going It Blind; or, 'l'h e Ilradys' G ood Luc k. 49 The Balke d ; or, Wo1klng up Queer Evidence. 50 Against Big Ollds ; or, 'l' b e Bradys' Great Stroke. 51 The Bradys aud the b 'orger: or, 'fracing the N G Check. 52 The Bradys' 'l'rnmp Card ; or, Winning a Case by Bluff. 53 and the Grave Robbers; or, Tracking the Cemetery 54 .rbe Bradys nnd the Missing Boy; or, The Mystery of School No. 6. 55 The Bmdys Behind tlle Scenes; or, The Great Theatrical Case. 56 and the Opium Dens; or, Trapping the Crooks ot 57 The Bradys D own East ; or, The ot a Country Town. 58 Working for the Treasury; or, The l3radys and the Bank Burgl li\I The Bradys' l'atal Cl ew; or, A D esperate Game for Gold. 60 Shadowing tho Sharpers ; or, The Bradys' $10,000 Deal. 61 'l'he Bradys and the l<'lr ebug ; or, J;'ound in the !!'lames. 62 'rhe Bradys i n Texas; o r 'rbe Great Ranch Mrstery. 6 3 'l'he Bradys on the O cean ; or, The Mystery of Stateroom No. oq i 64 'rhn Bradys and the Offi ce Boy; or, Working Up a Business 65 'l'he llradys in the llackwoods ; or, 'rbe Mystery of the Hm1tere' Camp. 66 Ching l "o o, the Yellow Dwarf; or, The Bradys and the (Jptjnl Smo k ers. 6T 'l' h e Bradys' Still Hunt; or, 'l'be Case that was Won bv Waltll'.llf> 68 Caught by the Camera; or, The Bradys and the Girl from Malnt.1 69 The Bradys in Kentucky; or, '!'racking a Mountain Gang. 70 The :\'lar ke d Bank Note ; or, The Bradys Below the D ead Line. 71 The Bradys on Deck ; or, 'l' b e Mystery o( the Private \ a cllt. 72 The Bradys iu a 'l'r111>; or, Working Against a Hard Gar;g. 73 Over the Une ; or, 'l'he Bradys' Chase Through Canada. 74 'l'he Bra dys in S o ci ety: or, 'l' h e Case ot Mr. Barlow. 75 The Bradys In the Slums; or, '!'rapping the Crook.s ..G( the "Red. Light District." 76 in the River ; or, The Bradys and the Brooklyn Brld g Mystery. 77 and the Missing Box; or, Running Down the R11llron 178 79 'l'he Quee n of Chinatown; or, The Bradys Among the "Hop" Flen(!l\ The Bradys and the Girl Smuggler; or, Working for the Cullto'9 House. 80 The Bradys and the Runaway Boys; or, Shadowing the Clreti Sharps. 81 The Bradys and the Ghosts; or, Solving the Mystery of the Ofi Churc h Yard. 82 The Bradys and the :Brokers : or, A Desperate Game In Wall Strl!l't 83 The Bradys' Fight to a J;'lnlsh: or, Winning a Desperate 84 The Bradys' Race for Life ; or, Rounding Up a Tough ..Mifio. 85 The Bradys' Last Chance ; or, The Case in the Dark. 86 The Bradys on the Road: or, The Strange Case of a }}rumm e r 87 The Girl In Black : or, The Bradys '!' rapping a Contlde ?Ce 88 The Bradys In Mulberry B end; or, The Boy Slave s of "Lit e v 89 The Bradys' Battle for Life; or, 'l'he Keen Detectives Peril. 90 The Bradys and the Mad Doctor ; or, The Haunted 111111 In th. Marsh. 91 The Bradys on the Rall ; or, A Mystery of the J,lghtnlng Exprus 92 The Bradys and the Spy; or, Working Against the Police Depart m ent. 93 The Bradys' Deep Deal ; or, Hand-In-Glove with Crime. 94 The Bradys lu a Snare; or, The Worst Case of All. 95 The Bradys B eyond Their Depth ; or, The Great Swamp Mystery. 96 'l' h e Bradys' Hopeless Case ; or, Against Plain Evide nce. 97 The Bradys at the H elm : or, the Mystery of the River Steamer. 98 The Bradys in Washington; or, Working for the President. 99 The Bradys Duped: or, The Cunning Work of Clever Crooks. 100 The Bradys in Maine; or, Solving the Great Camp Mystery. 101 The Bradys on the Great Lakes; or, Tracking the Canada Ganf 102 The Bradys In Montana; or, The Great Copper Mlne Case. 103 The Bradys H e rr.med In; or, Their Cas9 in Arizona. 10! The Bradys at Sea; or, A Hot Chase Over the Ocean. 105 The Girl from or, The Bradys Alter a Confidence Qneen. 106 The Bradys Among the Chinamen; or, The Yellow Fiends of th 107 The and the Pretty Shop Girl; or, The Grand Street Mystery. 108 The Bradys aud the Gyp.sies; or, Chnsipll the Child Stealers. For Sal e by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Addr ess on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York IF You w ANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fin in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by re' turn mail. POSTAGE S'l'AMPS TAU.EN 'l'HE SAME AS MONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FRANK TOUSEY, Publis her, 24 Union Square, New York. ............ ...... ..... 1901. 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