The Bradys' hard fight, or, After the Pullman car crooks : a detective story of pluck and peril


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The Bradys' hard fight, or, After the Pullman car crooks : a detective story of pluck and peril

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The Bradys' hard fight, or, After the Pullman car crooks : a detective story of pluck and peril
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Secret service, Old and Young King Brady, detectives
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Doughty, Francis Worcester d. 1917
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AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DETECTIVES. E t d a Second Class Matter at the New York. N. Y., Post Office. Issued We1J:ly-Blf 1899, in the office of the Librnrian of Congress, ntere acco1 Washington, D. C., by' Frank 1'ousey, 29 West 26th St., New York. NEW YORK, MARCH 3, 1899. Ha,rCl Fight; .-.... ...,c OR, ER THE P ULLMAN CAR CROOK S A DETECTIVE STORY OF AND PERIL. BY A NEW YORK DETECTIVE. CHAPTER I. THE CASE AND THE DETECTIVES. d{u.:.';mc"Rtbs, almost daily, complaints reached the of the Company in New York City o.f ious thefts committed in the palace cars of the com1n the lines of railroad between New York and Al md Chicago 8'1"J.d New York and Boston r lines seemed to be exempt from a distinct gang ves, who were so secret in their methods as to almost detection an impossibility. ain the railroad detectives had tried to catch the y were able in every case to get away without leavslightest clew behind them. ple were robbed in their berths and even in broad ht, and still the guilty parties could not be identified. ters and conductors were suspected of complicity. his proved an exploded theory. y were proven innocent. tally the fact became notorious that people could not travel on Pullman cars between New York and Bosburt the business of the company very seriously. ny travelers who had not for years ridden in aught ?ullmans chose seats in the ordinary coaches. might be expected, the Pullman Company was thor ly stirred up over the matter. : wards were offered. it in vain. 1e thieves became bolder than ever. ..l.'he 'he precautions taken. Their system was so adroit and so perfect that it seemed an utter impos sibility to rout them out. Thus matters remained for months The car company was in despair and ready to resort to uesperate straits. But :finally matters came to a head, as they are bound to do sooner or later in cases of the kind. A wealthy resident of Montreal, Mr. Burton Branscombe,, Honorable Member of the Dominion Parliament, took an evening train from Boston for New York. He carried upon his person a large sum of money, fully forty thousand dollars in American banknotes. This was known by his valet, Pierre Valois, a dapper little ]'renchman, and his bankers in Boston. At eleven o'clock Mr. Branscombe retired. At twelve everybody in that car was in his berth. The porters swore to this fact. Also the name and personnel of every o ccupant of the car was known. The doors were kept close l y l ocked ancl entrance could 'not have been effected in any other way. Yet, w h en daylight came and the car s tood in the Grand Central Station, P ierre Valois tum bl e d ou t of the upper berth with a yell of terror. It aroused every one in the car. P assengers sprang up half cla d and t h e porters came hurriedly The trembling Va l ois p u lled aside the curtains to the berth in which his master lay. The Honorable Mr Branscombe had retire d i n the best of spirits and health but a few hours before He was now revealed to his fe llow travelers as a ghastly I corpse. The position of his body showeu a slight struggle. ThP,re was a swollen condition of the features, t'he tongue pro-"" truded, and the eyes were bulging

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THE BRADYS' HARD FIGHT. The n eck showed a livid circular mark, the deadly im piession of the cord of the garroter The thug had done his work well and skilfully. It was assumed that he had aroused his victim in searching f0r the money and in an extremity had assassinated him. But who was the murderer? Where was he? Detectives quickly came. All pa senger s were held in the car as suspects. Inve stigat ions were carefully conducted. But they proved futile now as in the past. Every passenger in the car proved his identity and cleared his skirts. The porters could not be convicted of actual participa tion in the crime, or any connection with it, or cu l pable negligence of any sort. The deeper the detective s dived into the affair the deeper became the mystery. 'The passengers were allowed to go, and the murdered man's body was sent home to Canada. But the forty thou sand dollar s was gone. 'l'his seemed to be the incident needed to bring matters to a culminating point It was plainl y necessary that something de perate in the line of action should be done So one day an advertisement appeared in the leading papers of the country. "To D etectives-A reward of $25,000 is offered by the undersi g ned for the of the gang known as the Pull man Car Crooks, and who are respon sib le .for the death of Hon. Bmton Branscombe, :M. P. D etect ives or other s in terested may consult with me for the next ten day s at the Fifth Avenue Hote l." This was :;igncd by the well-known owner of the Pullman coaches, Mr. George M. Pullman himself. It came to the view of the chief of the Secret Service. That shrewd gentleman was at or,..;e interested. "There are two men in the ecret Service w horn I would like to put on this case," he said e mphatically. "Who are they?" ashd a friend. "The Two Bradys." "What? Old King Brady? His name was also Brady. But yet he 'was no relalion of Old King Brndy' The narne was a coincidence-nothing more But he had won the liking and interest of Old King Brady. The old detective had made of him a protege, and the two traveled much together. From Old Kin g Brady the youlh Harry Brady learne d much Bnt despite this he had original id eas of his own For thi s Ol
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THE BRADYS' IIARD FIGHT. 3 "Good! I will send a messenger to J\fr Pullman. Will you wait?" it neces ary for u s to see him?" a ked Old King Brady. "To tell the truth, we have done a li ttle work on this case already. We are all equipped." "As you p l ease," said the chief. "I will exp lain it to Ur. Pullman." The detective s arose. "Don't ha ten,'' said the chief socially. "Have a little chat I suppose you do not care to expatiate on the pos s i bilities of the case." "Not at present,'' said Old King Brady dryly. "Wait till we have something to report." "Ah, you s hrewd fox!" cried the chief with a laugh. "Always reticent, you arc, and fond of keeping others in :suspense Hello!" There was a tap at the door. Then it opened. A fine-looking man s tood on the thre s hold His whole appearance betokened him a man of weal t h. "Mr. Pullman!" crie d the chief eagerly "Ju st in time CHAPTER II. THE C H IEJF RECEIVES A SURPRISE. .. .... Pullman, the magnate of the car company whicl1 uort: r ?.me, bowed in a courteous fashion. He looh. f"om the chiei to the two detectives. The chief once said: "This is fortunate. You have come ju t in time. Let me present to you Old and Young King Brady." The magnate bowed "Ah, these arc the Bradys of whom we hear so much!" he said "Gentlemen, the honor i s mine." The det ectives bowed, Old King Brady r a ther stiffly. Mt. Pullman, however, did not seem to notice this. He seate d himself, and said: "Well, C hief, are these gentlemen willing to undertake the case? Is the reward sufficient to induce them to do so?" "I think so," said the chief "I know that Old King Brady never s hirks a case whether there is a reward or not." "We will not consider any reward which you may offer, ir, as the only inc e ntive," said Old King Brady. "But we propose to bring the Pullman car crooks to justice." Mr. Pullman arched his brows. "I am glad to hear that," he said. "Of course you have already laid some plan s?" "Yes; some!" said Old King Brady, with emphasis on the la s t word. "Ah," said the magnate s lowly. "Tell me what you propose to try firs t. Perhap s I can make s ugge st ions." Old King Brady was s ilent. He looked steadily at the magnate from under the brim of his white felt hat. "If I were to tell you," he said, "you would know what to do, wouldn't you?" The chief was startled. He stared at Old King Brady. It looked as if the magnate and the detective were not going to hitch. This di s turbed the chief. "Gentlemen," be said, "you evidently do not under stand each other." But the magnate smiled. "Pardon me," he said "I no doubt asked too much. But, you see, my desire to bring the gang to jus tice makes me perhaps overzealous." The chief looked at Old King Brady. He e.\."})ected a conces ion from the old detective now. But it did not come. He was glum and reticent Young King Brady had arisen and was looking out of the window. Once he made a secret signal to his col l eague Meanwhile Mr. Pullman and the chief chatted p l easant l y and exhaustively on the salient points of the case. "If I may be permitted, I would like to make a sugges tion to Mr. Brady that he disguise h imself a s a conductor," said the magnate "I will furnish him a p o s i tion on a car, and the right to temporari l y supersecle a n y other conductor on any other car "I will accept that concession," said Old Ki n g B rad y quietly, "when you show me that you have the right to make it." The words were spoken clearly, sharply and concise ly. They smote strangely on the ears of the chief, but com prehensively on the ears of the magnate. He gave a sudden start, and a purplish flu h overspread hi s face. 'l' h e c h ief looked half angrily at Old King Brady, for the re mark was rude "Pardon me," said the magnate with dignity "I will make no more suggestions Chief, I am still at the Fifth A venue Hotel. Let me know the earliest "I will do so, Mr. Pullman," said the chief, with a puz zled, angry glance at the Bradys. The magnate arose aud strode toward the door. But Young King Brady glided forward and stood w ith. his back to it. He stood there w1th a mocking smile on his face. His right hand came up and in it. was a revolver The magnate looked into the tube. "What is this?" he demanded, sternly. "Who are you Lo treat me thus?" "Who arc you?" asked the young detective. "Who are you?" echoed Old King Brady as h e d rew hand cuffs from hi s pocket "Mr Pullman, we :;ire very sorry, but we want you badly." The magnate turned deadly pale. He seemed disposed to struggle, but the revolver quelled him. "Curse you!" he gritted But Old King Brady l aughed and slipped t h e h andc uffs on Mr. Pullman's wri sts The chief was stupefied. The old detective turned. "Chief," he s aid, "you h ave a te l ephone. R in g u p the

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4 THE BRADYS' HARD FIGIIT. Fifth Avenu e Ho te l and a k Mr. Pullman to come to h e ad quart e r s "Mr. Pullman! g a s p e d t h e c hi ef. Yes." "But who i s thi s man? "Sly Jimmy Clark, the s li c kest s n ea k thie f a nd thug in America Eh, Jimmy ? I s not tha t a com p liment?" With whi c h Old Kin g Brad y p lu c k e d t h e Eng li sh siders s ometime s worn by l\1r. Pullman fr o m t h e crook's face. The chi e f was n e arl y over come H e c ould hardly c ollect his senses suffic i ently to rin g up the t e lephon e c all. The sequ e l was bri e f. Mr. Pullm a n the genuine, was locate d a t the Filth Ave nue. Mr Pullman the pseudo, was tak e n t o t h e Tomb s for safo ke e ping. "One of the gang in limbo declar e d Old Kin g Brad y with satisfaction. "And you knew him at once? "The moment he came in tlie door." "But his make-up---" "It was sup e rb." "rt dece ived me What do you think hi s purpo s e could have been?" "A. very clever one," replied Old King Brady. Simply to learn from us what our plans would be. H e would the n easily post his pals." ''Whew! He had a crust, didn't he? W11y, it was walk ing into the den of the lion." "Thefre all cru sty f e llows, a s you ll find. Do y ou recal1 who had the berth next to the Honorable Bur t on Bran s combe that night?" "Yes." "Who?" "Why Senator Clarke from Was hington." S e nator Joseph C lark e?" "Yes ." "He proved h" identity?" "He did." ".And went s cot fre e!" "What do you mean?" Old Kin g B r a dy smil e d pec u l i a rl y Youn g Kin g Bra d y l a u g h ed. "Don't a k for too mu c h, C h ief,'' h e c ri e d W e'U re-p ort l ater." "One w o rd," said Old Kin g Brady Don't l e t i t l eak o u t that Sly Jimm y has b een arreste d ." All ri ght," a
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'l'HE DRADYS' HARD FIGHT. 5 bustled through the wailing-room, his eyes were constant l y upon her. He even was behind her whe n she cro cd the sidewa l k to her carriage. Half way there she dropped a prettily-bordered lace hand ke rchief. Instant l y the young man pounced upon it and carried it to the carriage door. "You have dropped this, madam,'' he s aid lifting hi s poli heel s ilk hat. She blu s h e d and gave him a pretty glance. I thank you," she said Then the door of the carriage closed and s he was whirled away. But the young man repeated her orders : "At Sherry's for dinner That i s two hour s from now." CHAPTER III. THE MEETING IN THE PARK. ''At Sherry's for dinner!" The young man repeated th.is. Then he l ooked at hi s watch. It was four o'clock. It was a b eautifu l aut umn day. He looked up at the c loud less ky and drew in a breath of the s alubriou s air. "A good day in the park," he ai d "a very fine day." T 1 r carriage of Mrs. Van Ness had not yet turned the rn r 1.1 r ifth avenue Bvr the ;i, "a han om cab. The young w J. beckoned to the driver. The door ope ned and he leaped in fir st saying: "Fo llow that carriage. Keep in s ight, but never get too near." "All right, or!" 'rhe cabby c r acked hi long whip and the pursuit began. Up Fifth avenue the chase went at a leisurel y pace Into the park gates at Fifty -ninth st reet the car ri ages rolled and along the Mall drive. 'I'hey threaded their way through the fash i onab l e l aby rinth of equipages until finally Mrs Van Ness' carri age drew up near a walk which led to the cave. Here Mrs Van Ness alighted She looked furtively around, a if to mak e sure that she was not observed. The cab was some di s tance away. The young man s poke to the driver through the top and it turned into a side avenu e H e leaped out Wait here unlil I r eturn,'' he said. Then he vani hed into the s hrubb e ry. kirting a grove of sma ll pine he climbed a little eminence. From this he had an extended view. And now he saw that Mrs Van Ness h ad crossed a p l ot of green and pa ssing through a trellis of c lin ging vines, in an unob served spot wa s talking with a man. At that distance the young man could see that he was flashily dre ed and stout in p e r on. But he did not know him. Mrs. Van Ne s did not r e main very long in conve r sat ion with the unknown. She evidently finished h e r business with hi,rn very quickly, for she soon turned and walked back to the car riag e She got in a nd was driven away. The you n g man looked at his watch. "Sherry' at s ix," he muttered Then he watched t h e man. H e walked rapidly a long to the west and turned in to a n avenue which l ed out very near the cab. The youn g man at once retraced hi s steps At the cab he said to the driver: "Walk your horse. You will see a man in a li ght plaid uit in this drive presently. Keep your eye on him and if possibl e keep in s i ght of him. The cabby nodded. He looked keenly at the you n g man "Straight goods?" h e a s ked. "Yo u r e t>f' t h e pee l ers?" The young man sm il e d and drew ba c k his coat lap e l and showed a star . It r ead, "Secret Service 'rhe cabby grinned "I'm the man fer yez!" h e sai d "I've aone this thing afore!" "All right,'' said the young detective "Let u s see "#r you'll keep up your record." And Young King Brady, for he it was, l eapea into the cab '11hc driver proved a s hrewd fe llow He walked his horse leisure l y The detective had drawn the blind s closely. The fl.ashy man had appeared in the drive just ahead. He g l anced at the cab, but did not appea r to regard it with suspicion. He followed the drive until it reached the main avenue. Then h e emerge d from the park onto Eighth avenue an d board ed a downtown car. It was easy for the cab to keep in sight of this until Forty -second street was r eached The n the fl.as hy man changed cars for the crosstown lin e At the Grand Union Hotel he a li ghted H e entere d the hot el. Young King Brady now l eft his cab, after gi ving the driver a good, liberal fee. H e stro ll ed l eisurely into the hote l an d turned t h e leaf of the r egister. He aw the name: "Carter Fairfax, Was hington, D. C." Now Young King Brady knew t hat Car ter Fairfa.""\: was a Congressman and a prominent member of the Ways and Mean Committee of the House He knew him by sight and s mil ed. The flashily-dressed man cou ld hardly be c lassed with men of the st amp of the Hon. Carter Fairfax, of Wes t Virginia. At once Young King Brady knew that he was on the right track.

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6 THE BRADYS' HARD FIGHT. He knew the pseudo Congressman to be no other than harlie Dunn, commonly known as "Handsome Charlie." He was a prince among pickpo ckets and confidence men. "Whew!" thought the young detective. "He is urely in deep water just now. He i s playing a heavier game than he used to." The young detective consulted hi watch. It was half-past five. "Dinner at Sherry's at s i x," b e said. I have just time." There was no object now in following Handsome Charlie further. The d etect ive knew where h e would find him next He felt sure that the eleven o'clock express would take Carter Fairfax and Mrs. Van Ness, or Slippery :Meg : Mullins on to Bosto n. For the woman he had s hadow ed and who was masque rading as the wealthy Mrs. Van Ne s was the slickest woman criminal in New York. She had figured in many hard games, but non e deeper or more dangerou s than this deal with the Pullman car crooks. Slippery Meg had served time in Sing Sing. Yet s h e was not an old woman, for her ent ranc e into crimi nal cir cles dated from tender years She was of that type of beauty which captivates by a certain irresistible magneti sm. She could by a few swift changes so metamorphose :P.er p e rsonal appearance and features that her identity cou l d hardly be guet:sed. No detective cou l d excel her in the art 0 disguise. And, indeed Young King Brady had not been sure 0 h er until he had followed her into Central Park and ob served her meeting with Hand some Charlie Dunn. Then he knew her for Slippery Meg. The young detective wondered why s h e had gone to She rry s Was s he to keep anoth e r appointment there with a brother crook? If so, he was anxiou s to know who this was and what the game was. So Young King Brady called a cab and started for Sherry's In his dress of the fashionable young man he would never have be e n recognized, not even by an intimate friend In due time the cab reached Sherry's The young detective alighted. He passed into the place. Who could it be? The young detective wondered But in a moment a tall, di tinguished-looking man en tered. He wore g la s es and a lon g mu stac he and side whiskers. Ile wa evidently a maanate of some kind. Hi g-aze roamed over the place. He seated him elf at the very table at which Mr s Van Jess at. He also ordered an expensive dinner and proceeded to eat it. But he politely avoided any notice of the lady oppo s ite, as a well-bred man ought to do. But she kept her gaze fixed upon him in a st ran ge, fasci nated way. Young King Brady noted this. He smiled, and there was a rea son for hi mile. Sud denly affair took a different turn. J.\ trim, fine-looking young man uddenly came in at the door. Re looked about the place and then eagerly approached Mrs. Van Ness . His face was smooth and his hair of curly auburn hue. He was dr e sed in ultra-fa hionable sty le. He walked quickly up and, lifting his hat, sai d pro fusely: "O h, Mrs. Van Ness, I hear you are going back to Bos ton to day." "That i true, R eginald Morton," said :Mrs. Van engagi n gly "So good of you to remain and say Stop and dine with me." "' "Really, I am awfully orry, but mothe1/waiting for me, and dinn er i s ordered at h ome. You will ex c u e me? I will hope to see you at the Symphony in Bo ton next week. Mother sends her lov e ." "Good-by, Reginald." "Good-by." Young King Brady could have screamed with lau gh t e r. H e knew that R egi nald Morton wa. one of the brilliant society young men of Gotham. This fellow who imp ersonated him to the deception of every other person in the room Young King Brady knew well. His name was Martin Mock. He was the most cultur e d and conseq u ent ly the slickest of all the crooks. He was a college man. It was thron ged with fashionable men and women. He passed through and seate d himself at a small ide table From thi s point he could easily see all in the place and 'l'he pseudo Mrs. Van Ness :finished her dinner with assumed unconsciousne s of the fact that every eye in the room was c uriou s ly turned upon the fashionable Mrs. Van Ness, the soci ety l eader note who passed in or out He had not lon g to wait A lady came bustlin g in. She seemed familiar with theplace and s eated her elf at a table just opposite Young King Brady. She gave him only a cursor y glance Then sl 1 e called for a daint y menu and proceeded to partake of it. But the young d etective noted one fact: Her eyes were constant l y :fixed on the door She was watching and waitin g for some one to come. Suddenly the tall, distinguished gent l eman opposite her dropped his knife and fork and, bowing s u ave ly, said: "Pardon me, but have I the honor of addressing the wife of my v ry clear fri e nd Roland Van Ness?" "That i s my hus band' s name," faltered the charming l ady. "My card, with your permis s ion. Wer e Roland V an Ness h ere he wou l d tell you that h e counts amonli his friends none truer or nearer than Colonel Philip."

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THE BRADYS' HARD FIGHT. 7 The nam e on the c ard was: Colon e l Au g u s t Philip." )Ir s V a n ess blu s h e d pret tily and s weetly replied: 1 "lam pl eas d to know m y hu s b and's fr i end. 1 t h in)>: I ve h e ard him pea k of C olon e l Philip. "It m u s t b e so. Did I unde r stand that you ar e g oin g to Bost on to-ni ght? "I am." '"I am bound t hith e r m yself b y the e l e ve n o' cloc k ex "'Why that i s m y t ra in. W e s hall b e fe llow-tr a ve l e r s "That will b e p leasant indeed ,' aid t h e g all ant colon e l. The n for a whil e t h e c onv e r s ation lan g ui s h ed. CHAPTER IV. THE B RADY S GET LEFT. Young King Brad y note d a ll t hi s and h e ard the mos t of conveLation. He s miled quietly. But now Mr s Van e. s and Colonel Philip aro s e from table
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8 THE BRADYS' IIARD FIGHT. It did not look as if it cou ld fail. They finally left the Hoffman in good season to catch their train At the Grand Central D epot they called for their b ert h checks in the Pullman car. rrhen they look e d about the
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THE BRADYS' HAHD FIGHT. 9 Condu cto r," h e asked, wha t was our l ast st op?" "Provide nce. " Did any bod y l eave thi s car ?" "Ye m a sa," r e plied t h e c olored porter; an old crippled up woman and a count ryfied lookin man Dey didn't do it, l reckon." They wer e the thieves, said Old King Brady po sitively. "They a r e beyond r eac h now. "And worked the job right unde r our no ses,'' whi s pered Young King Brady. "Foo l e d aga in!" muttere d the o ld d etective; "but thi i s the last ti m e I might hav e seen t hrou g h it all, but I was dull. The old woman was S li pp e ry M eg and the man was Hand s ome C harli e They hav e beaten us." CHAPTER V. THE CHIEF GETS ANXIOUS. It was indeed a c l e ve r trick of the Pullman car crooks t.o countermand the order for berth s in the name s of Carter Fairfax and Mrs. Van Jess, and then reappear in a diff e r ent charact e r and hire them ove r again It a si mple trick. Yet it had fooled the two s harp est detectives in America. 1'h e Brady s w e r e s taggered They had n eve r b efore received s uch a dose a this. It t incredible that they had been so e a s i l y duped. But it w as t n :Jlrs. :Merington's di amo nd s w e re gone A s li c k job it was. But mom e ntary d efeat never d e pressed Old King Brady. It only spurred him on to r e doubl e d e ffort H e kn e w t h e c rook s were in Bo sto n and h e would track them. So t h e d e tective s gave Mrs. M e rington this ass urance and left the train. 'l'hey went at once to Bo sto n headquarter s and stated their bu s iness. The n detectives wer e sta tioned e verywh ere Every effoct was made to catch the thieves. But in vain Th e B osto n d e te c tives were assumed to be familiar with all the r esorts for c r ooks in the Hub. But t hey could find no tra c e of the Pullman cm; ga ng Neither could the Bradys. They were finall y c ompell e d to admit that they were beaten. There was nothin g to do but to r eturn to New York. And they did so. Again they dropped out of s i ght. And s o did Slipp e r y Meg and h e r ga n g The r e port of the robb ery o f Mrs. M e rin g ton c r eate d a sensation. 'The c hi e f of the Secret S e rvice thre w u p his h a nd s in de pair. Whe n Mr. Pullman call e d on him h e s aid: "Well, they are invin c ible, then if the Tw o Brndvs can n o t handl e th e m. But I s till b elieve that they will." I hop e so,'' s aid the Pullman car magna te, skept icall y. 1 'hcy are a bad lot. But a couple of week s passed and no account was heard of further robbery by t he gang. The Pullman car people h a d begun to flat ter the msel ves t ha t t h e c rooks had taken fright, and Mr s M eringto n 's ex p e rience would terminate their adventurou s work. But thi s was a false sense of security, a s exci ting event w e r e d est in e d to prove. The fir s t in c ident was a most surp ri s ing one. An officer from t h e Tomb s c alled on the chief of t h Secret S e rvice. "The confidence c rook S l y Jimmie ha s given m e a lett e r for you," he said. What do you think of it?" 'rhe chief look e d s urprised. "Sl y Jimmie? he a s ked. Why, h e was one o:f t h Pullman car gang, wasn't he?" "That's true." "Perhaps be want s to peach." P erhaps so." The c hief broke the sea l. Thus the note r ead : ""C hi ef of D etect ives: D ear Sir-I am a lam e duck ju s t now and I'm s i ck of everythin g I want to break away and liv e a new life. If you ll give m e a chance I'll turn over a n e w l eaf and d o better. Maybe a word or two from me will put you on the tra c k of Meg and the o thers I khow whe r e they are just now and what the new lead is. If you'll do right by m I'll g ive it to you st raight But you mu st n ever let them know how you got it, or they'd kill me. "Yours anxiously, JIMMIE." The c hi ef smDe d "Do you think h e is sincere?" he a s k ed. "The warden thinks so," replied the officer. "I'll go over and see him." And the c hi e f did so. He learn e d that which decided him at once to find the Bradys. But after many futil e efforts h e call e d in a nother d etect ive, whose name was .Tames Ho gan. "Hoga n," h e said I want you to go West on a tickli s h mis s ion." The d etect ive nodded. "All ri ght, s ir." "At noon on Monda y a returned Klondik e min er n amed Abra m Patte r s on will leav e on the Pullman car A l g onqui n by the tw e lv e o'cloc k train for Chicago. "The A l g onquin i s one o f the cars of the fast Empire Express, and no stop will be made betw een Alba ny and Buffalo. The next jump will be Clev e lan d and t he n ext Ch i cago. You und e r stand?" "I do, sir." "Well, it i s known to the Pullman car crookS t hat P at terson will c arr y thirty thou s and d o llar s in a satchel. With this money h e i s to pay for real estate bought in Chicago. N 0,1, :von mus t s hadow Patters on." "YeF."

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10 THE BRADYS' HARD FIGHrr. "Don't lose s i ght of him. Watch everybody connected with him. You will sure ly place the gang or its ringleader s A s oon as you hav e them spotted stand in with the conduc tor a nd whe n the train rea c he s C leveland hold the door s until the car i s sea rch ed. "The cro oks will get on, one at Albany and one or two at Buffalo-two men and a woman. Between Buffalo and C l e v e l a nd i t will b e a night run. It i s then that they are to do the job. Se e ?" I see,' r e plied the detective. "Shall I d e pend on the local police a t Cleveland for assistance?" "You o u g h t to handl e them all right alone after you have them located Of course the train hands will ass i s t A ll hi s efforts w e r e in vain How e ver, h e r eflecte d that the y would be aboard the train, and h e beli e ved h e could lo c ate them there. Hogan was a fairly good detective. But he was not in the same c l ass with the Bradys. Hi g r eat fault was that h e la c ked m e thod. H e was dili gent and a faithful work e r but that wa all. So h e waited until train tim e and then followed Francis and Patte rson to the depot. In due time the Empire Express came rollin g in and the Pullman car A lgonquin was hitc h e d
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THE BHAIJY!:::l' lL\:lW FWHT. 11 Mr. Patterson sat besid e Mr. Franc i s The y w e r e appar cnily w a rm fri ends Jus t bac k of the m sa t a lad y She was deepl y v e il ed and mu c h e ngrossed in th e scen e ry as the train rus h e d on. Across t h e ai s l e fro m h e r sat two w e ll-dressed g e ntlem e n. One had whit e hair and wore gold-barr e d e yeglasse s Th e other was y oun ge r and h a d the appearance of a n in valid and a c rippl e H e used a c rutch. Some ways furth e r back n ear the door sat a young man with all th e app eara nce of a dud e H e wore a mono c l e a nd h a d li ght y e llow hair and sport e d a lig h t ove rcoat. It was Youn g King Brady himself in di s guise. The two detectives once more h a d track of the gang CHAPTER VI. THE AFFAIR IN THE SLEEPING-CAR. 'l' his time both b e li e v e d that th e y c ould han g on to their bird s The y felt s ur e they could not g ive them the s lip. Fat both w e r e certain t h a t th eir di s guises a s Fra n c i s the silve r kin g and Mortim e r, th e dnd e were not penetrat e d by the crook s In thi s e vent the crook s s hould fall e a s ily into their hands rrhp how e ve r, had not y e t located the trio of 100 (l._ Youn g King J v s u s pect e d th e veiled woman, but h e did no t parti c ular l j J"Cckon upon th e whifo-haired man and the on e with the c an e and c rutch. But both d e t e ctives reck o n e d upon different procedure s now. They alr e ad y h a d the Pullm a n c ar port e r s and the con ductor pos t ed. They w e r e ure of their a ssis tanc e Buffalo was r eac h ed in due t im e Aft e r l eaving Buff a lo at a pro p e r hour the passeng e r s began to r etire 'rh e por te r s proceed ed to make up t h e b erths Youn g King Br a d y was on e of the fir s t to r etire But not t o s leep. 'fhrou g h t h e curtai n s h e k ept a c lose w a t c h of the ve il e d lady, for h e felt q ui te ure o f h e r Th e p orte r turned down the light s as was the u s ual c u s tom,. makin g it dim in the ai s le. The t rain boo m e d on. But Old Kin g Bra d y l a y with hi s eyes glu e d to a crack in the c ur tai n. So did Y o un g Kin g Brady. They h a d e v e r y p asse ng e r placed and knew whi c h o c cu pi e d e a c h b e rth. Particularly they watched the berth occupi e d by the veiled lady : Her b erth was next to that in which the crippl e had stowe d himself away. Afte r a lon g time the curtains of the veiled lady 's berth mov ed. The d e tectives wat c hed intently. Presently h e r h e ad a pp e ared between them. She look e d up and down the H e r face was plainly r e ve aled. The d e tectives reco g nized h e r a s no othe r than Slipp e ry M eg Mullin s For some mom ents s he looked and appeared to li s t e n. The n h e r head was withdrawn. Five, t e n, fifteen minute s passed The d etec tive s wond e red. But s udd e nly Meg' s curtain s a g ain moved. Onc e more h e r h e ad was thrus t ou t She a g ain look e d and li s t e ned. The n the curtain s of the c ripple' s b erth were gently part ed and h e c r ept out into the ai s le. H e seem e d to hav e n o need of crutch or cane now. His hat was off and hi s features w e re e a s ily recognizable. He was n o oth e r tha n Hands om e Charlie. The d e tectiv es, l y nx-like, watched. Hand s ome C harlie s tood a long while in the and listened. The port e r, with hi s companion was back in the s moking compartment, obliviou s of matter s in the main part of the car. It seem e d r e a s onabl e that eve rybody in th e car wae asleep. The curtain s of a third b e r t h moved and t h e whit e -h a ir e d old g entl e man e m e r ged. Bu t without hi s white h air a nd his g lasses i t w a s e a s y t o rec o g nize him a s M artin Mack. Th e three c r ook s exchan ged c onv e r s ati o n in the d eaf and dumb lan g u age A detec tiv e n o t fam ili a r wit h t hi s l a n g ua g e i s not in it a litt l e bit Bu t bot h the Bradys w e re. They read t h e con versa tion Tlnrn i t ra n: And thi s l e d to a c lew. M a r t in M a c k: "The coa s t i s cl e ar." For he saw h e r m a k e a s i g n a l to t h e o ld m a n and th e Slipp e r y M eg : "Yo u know where the Klondik e r s l e eps. It w as an s w ered. o u s e t o b othe r th e ot h e r j a y." "Ah!" mutte r e d t h e young detect ive. "The r e ar e t h e Martin M ack : "No. birds. Now I hav e t h em !" H an d s o m e Char li e : Shall I work the job?" Meanwhile Old King Bra dy, a s "Pra n c i t h s ilver m ag Slipp e r y M e g : Y e s y ou'r e the lightest. Lo ok o u l ye ate, bad bidd e n P atte rson g ood-nirrht and g ot into hi s own don' t w a k e him. Put t h e c hloroform to him lib e r ally. rth. Don't b e a fraid." Later Pa t t e rson also r e tir e d H a n dsome C h a rli e : "All ri ght." But the two d tectives did not r e move t h eir c l oth e s }of ack h eld the bottl e and a piece of lint. Hands ome either dicl t hey s leep. C h a rli e c rawl e d s t e althil y unde r the c urtain s A short w hil e l a t e r ever y b erth in the c ar was o c c up ied Y oung King Brady dr e w himself up and pla c ed a hand Everybody had r etired. on th e e d ge of hi s b erth. He was ready for actiQln.

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' 12 'l'HE BRADYS' Ii. ARD FIGH'l'. .Now, next to the s leepin g victim's berth was that of the white-haired man or Martin Mack. Hand some C h a rli e ,iri t h a keen-bladed kni fe, eas il y cut the attac hin g cord s and t he curtains parted There in the b erth, on hi s s ide, Patters on, the Klondike k ing, s lept s oundly. It was but a moment's work for Handsom e C harli e to t ake the chloroform from Mac k. Another moment and Patterson and his money woul d have be e n at the m e rcy 0 the crooks But just as hand some Charlie leaned forward to give the tupefying dose to hi s man an unexp ecte d thing liapp e ned. Down from the berth above, and which was occupied by F rancis, came a long powenful arm. It c aught Hands ome Charlie by the windpipe and h e ld him as in a vise. He could not move. There he hung with life and light leaving him, while his e yes bulged and his tongue protruded. B e ing under the curtains, hi s pre dicament could not be een by hi s companions. His senses left him. Then, wh e n fully unconscious, the talon finger s r e laxed and he tumbled in a heap into t h e a i s le of the car. The effect of this upon his companions was thrilling. :Martin Mack in st antly pull e d ba c k the curtains and l ooked into th e berth. But he saw only the s l eep in g form o f Patters on. He made a deaf and dumb exp lanation to th e woman Slippery Meg. "He got a whiff of the chloroform,'' h e said "I'll do th e job." He picked uif the bottle and the lin t a nd parted the cur tains stealthily. But a s h e did s o h e chanced to glance upward. It was his s alvation. He saw the great talon-like hand coming down toward him Instantly in the brief est kind of a fl.as h the truth dawned upon him It is need less to s ay that Martin Mack acted quickly. He kn e w the game was up. For back of that hand was Old Kin g Brady 's s tern face Down from t he berth came the old d etect iv e Out sprnng Young King Brady. Both ru s hed toward Mack. "Give up!" c ri e d the old d etec tive. "You are corn e r e d." ever!" yelled Mac k with a curse a s he pulled a r volve r and fired point bl ank at Young King Brady. With a gasp the young d etective went down in a heap. Mack sprang over hi s form lik e a fri ghtened ante lop e Old King Brady s pran g after him like a hound. But Slippery M eg was not idle The very in stant s he saw the game was up s h e s pran g np on the e dge of h e r b erth and pulled the s i gnal cord which notifi e d the e n g ineer to set the air-brakes. Ins tantly the whi s tle of the locomotive sounded and t h e train began to come to a jarrin g stop. 0 c ourse every per s on aboard the car wa a wak e ned. 1fen sprang out of their b erths in their night-cloth e and the a larm e d c rie s went up : " What has happened?" 'ls it a collision?" "Who fir e d a pi stol?" Old King Brady was c ha s ing Martin Mack and could give no explanation, of cou rse. Young King Brady lay uncon sciou s in the ai le. Hand ome C harli e had r ecove red anil was arising to hi s feet. It devolv ed upon Slippery M eg to give the sort of ex planation : he pl eased. I don't know," s h e cr i ed. "I think there wa trouble be t ween two passeng e r. 'l'hey this man. Then she gave the s ignal to Hand s ome Charlie, and they went for the other end of the ca.r. The train had come almost to a s top. It was easy for Meg and her companion to gain the plat form and leap off. It was a lonely s pot and they vanished in the darkness. :Meanwhile, at the other end of the train, Old King Brady and Martin Mack had been having a lively time. 1 Grief and rage filled the brea s t of the old detective when he saw Young King Brady fall. Hie was resolved that .Mack s hould not escape. After him like a panther he w ent. Mack met the colored porter, who might have st opp e d him, but the wily criminal cried: "Look out for yours e lf! He is a madman! He is in sane! Run for yer life!" Now, if there is one thing a c9on is afraid of it is an in s ane p e rson. 'l'he porter looked at Old King Brady. The old d e tectiv e might well have br. r. for au in sa n e man His face was contorLP.d '5 :th fury. 'l'hat was enough for the porter. He dodged for the out e r door of the car. H e flung it and Mack sprang through. Then the c olor e d man did the sam e and closed the door in the de tective's face and locked iL 'l' he det ect ive in impot ent fury, flung himself against it. "Open it, you fool!" he roared. "That man i s a crook! I am a d etective H e will escape !" But. the port e r was no t to b e s o easily deceived, a s he fan cied H e .-till h eld the cloor. Whil e Mack l eape d fr o m the train and vanished into the ni g ht. 'l'he train had now come to a stop. The train hand s and condu cto r w e re running forward to see what the troubl e wa., while the e n g ine e r was l ookin g back to see why h e had be e n s i g nal e d to st op. But Old King Brad y by this time had convinc e d t l rn P" t e r of hi s mi take. H e s how ed hi s star and th:1 colored official was ind uce d to op e n the door. But of course i t was too late. Th e three crooks w e re beyond pursuit. H ad it been daylicrht this might hav e been differ ent But in the flarkness it was almost impo s ibl e to pur u e them. Of course matter s were quickly explained to the train m e n. A sens ation was created when i t was known how near to a 1 heE h f

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TIIE BRADY8' HARD FIGHT. 13 a robbery Mr Patterson, the Klondike millionaire, had been. Young King Brady escaped death by a literal miracle. It 1ras found that the bullet of Mack's revolver had sim ply grazed bis forehead, producing temporary in ensibility, but nothing worse. The detectives were defeated. 0 course they were disappointed. :Jir. Patterson was a tonished to find that, after all, he had been in company with a disgui eel dclcctive and not hi s friend Francis. But when he learned how narrow had been his escape, and that it was the detective who had saved him, he cr i ed: It's all right. I wish you were till m y traveling com vanion in your own character. I hall write Francis about thi and he will be surpri ed, I can as ure you." A good laugh resulted. But there was serious work ahead for the Two Bradys. CHAPTER VII. TRAILING IN THE DARK. Yet he knew that Harry wa oftentimes acute enough to see a point which even he had overlooked. o he was patient. "Well, Harry, what is it?" "Judging the ra cals by their usual methods, they will not keep together. "Ah!" "They will separate for the present; if they have reason to believe that we are on their track, more particularly so. The old detective was struck with the logi c of this assumption "On my word, Hany," he declared, "that is very good reasoning." "Yet very simple," sai d the young det ect ive, mode stly. "Each may go a sepa rate way. In that oose it will be difficult to track them." "We shall have to eparate." "Surely. They had been walking along the track in the darkness. Suddenly Old King Brady halted. He pointed at a light far away. "There is a ligh t," he excla imed. "Yes "Probably a dwelling." "I shou ld say it was a sma ll town," said Young King Brady, who had gone a few steps further. "See, there are many lights." This wa true. 0 course. the train men were in a hurry and would not hold the \rain longer. The Two Bradys had but a few 1110 1 wnts in which to decide what to do. 'rhey were approaching some sort of a collection of dwellings. It was probably some small town on the local in line of trains. I leave the train. They were as1:su.1 t hat the crooks, with a woman their company, would not be able to travel very fast. To be sure, in the cover of darkness it would be hard to get their trail. But daylight was not far away. ome clew must be found. Somebody would be sure to see them somewhere and give information to the detectives wh i ch would lead to good r e sults. So the Brady let the train go on and trusted to their ability to trail their birds in the darkness. "Hard luck!" said Young King Braly. "They seem to get the best of us. It is what we might call a hard fight." "A hard fight," agreed Old King Brady. ''What do you reckon they'll do now?" "::Hake across country." "You don't think they'll stick to the track?" "No." "You may be right." "I believe I am." The younger detective disagreed with the elder on this point. "I
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14 THE BRADYS' HARD FIGHT. 'l'his was the station agent. lie nodded in a familiar way and said: "Next train in twenty minutes. Leaves here four twenty a. m." "It is four o'clock," ejaculated Young King Brady. '::\Iorning is near at hand." Old King Brady approached the stat ion agent and in a low tone asked: "Has anybody been here within an hour?" The fellow regarded him curiously. .. ot a soul, he said; "but a fe llow crossed the platform not half an hour ago. I was putting out t h e s ignal." "Ah!" said the old detective casually. "W,hat did he look like?" ''Rather stout. Seemed in a hurry and, a que e r thing, he had no hat on." The detectives exchanged glances. "Thank you," said Old King Brady. Which way did he go?" a s ked Young King Brady, care" Over tow!rd Smallville." "That is all. Thank you." The detectives turned to the door. The station ag e nt's curiosity overcame him. H e followed them. Friend of yours?" he asked in a familiar, quizzing way. "A slight acquaintance." The fellow grinned. "How did he get out?" he a s ked. "Out of where?" "Oh, I'm no fool. Don't you s'pose I know a lunatic when I see him? I reckon you're keepers from White' s Asylum." "All right," said Young King Brady. "Don't give it a way; and look here!" "Well?" "I that fellow comes back here entice him into you! lie," said Old King Brady. "But if he s how s up again at the st ation you may dep end upon it he'll walk into a trap." "It will s urprise him." Well, I hould smile!" "But h e may get the best of the statio n agent." I doubt it. He i s a st rong fellow. Besides, Cha rlie will s u s pect nothin g Howev e r w e may find him in the town .. "At l east w e are on hi. track." "Su re!" Now that they w ere approaching the town the detectives proce ede d cautiously. Nobody was a s yet astir in the little place. It was a very s mall town with one principal st r eet. A few tores wer e there, huddled together. The r est of the place was made llp wholly of r esi d ences Th e detectives with g r eat care picked their way along through this st r eet But they saw not a trace of H and Charlie. The y then reach e d a conclu s ion: Eithe r he had gone on to the next town or h e was hidin g somewh e r e in the vicinity and waiting for daylight. Old King Brady was inclin e d to the former belief. H e thought of Slippery Meg. H e knew s h e could not tramp across country any g reat di sta nc e H e r forte would be to wait her chance on the railroad. So h e believed t ha t soon er or l ate r h e would turn llp at the railroad st ation. It was poss ible Handsom e Charlie w rl-CJCfo"'tie sam e Doubtless hi s errand to the town might b e for the pur chase of article s of disguise. I he was hatless, as the station agent said, h ere was a full explanation. What had become of :Mack could only be guessed. It was probable, however that for the sak e of safety he had gone in anoth e r dire ct ion and separated from bi s com panions. So after all these d e du ct ion s Old King Brad y arriv e d at t i c ket office and hold him till we come Will you?" this conclusion: The station agent was tickled. It would be b ette r to s hadow the town in the early dawn. "I'll try to," he agreed. "I reckon be won't git away. Handsom e Charlie might appear there. "He's a smooth talker and al s o very violent. His apLater it would be w e ll to return to the station, for Old pearance would deceive you in regard to his sanity." King Brady felt s ure that h e would :find Slippery Meg there The station agent tossed his head. soon e r or later. "Don't you fret he said. "He'll never get away from All this was shrewd work. me. I'll hold hjm for keeps." How accurat e Old Kin g Brady' s prognostications w e re "We will pay you well we hav e yet to see. '' Don't ask no pay." Th d h f h b t th t t"l e two etectives t e r e ore un g a ou e own un 1 "All right. We're going over to the town now to look long after dawn. for him." They s hadow e d the stores. "I hope ye'll have good luck." They watched the st reet s "All right. Thank you." Peopl e soon thronged both places. Teams came in from The detectives left the s tation. the country, and the little town became quite liv e ly. They started along the highway. Suddenly Young Kin()' Brady clutched the old d etectSmallville was half a mile away. iYe' s arm. Already the faint light of dawn was beginning to appear "Sh!" he exclaimed. "There he i s !" in the east. "Where?" Dayli ght would soon come. "He ha s jus t gone into that s tor e ." "There i s no don bt but that fellow was H Char"Did you see him?"

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rrllE BHADYS' IIAHD FIGHT. 15 'Yes. H e had no hat, and dodged out of the crowd Without pau s in g to exp lain to the astonished c lerk, he into the place. H e i s our man, for Luc." dashed for the stairs Old King Brady look ed at lhe s tore. Whe n h e reached the loft he saw a s kylight in the roof It was like a ll country gro c cry s 'l'h ere were two large ope n . -how window s and a door between them. rrhrough this the d e t ect iv e clas hed. What the rear entrance or exit was the detective did not He looked out upon a s lopin g roof. A st ron g li ghtni n g i-no1r. H e did not make any account of this rod exten d e d within reach to t he ground lie believed that he could hold hi s bird b y coming in This was v ibr ating, and t h e detective knew that the v il-upon him unawar e s lain was descending b y i t, though the eaves hid him fro m So h e said to Young King Brady: sight. I "Remain h ere If he gets by me. you can nai.l him! Old King Brady was ready to grasp tlw rod and descend "All right!" Thi s was all ycry exp li cit and looked very easy by it himself, but at that moment it gave way and went Old clattering down King Brady made a dive into t h e tore What follow ed was very t hrilling and furnished the little lillage with town-talk for a year. L \ s Old King Brady entered the store he saw his man. Ile was at a counter engaged in buying a hat of a wondering clerk, who could not imagine where this s tran ge customer had dropped from. CHAPTER VIII. THE STATION AGENT FURNISHES A CLEW. Hand orne 'har li e was naturally impatient at t h e s low i:k.i t he cou n try store "Any kind of a hat! h e cr ied. h ar s hly. Don't you nderstancl? rrhe wind blew :nine into the river. Hurry tp! Paes it down, for I'm in a hurry "A ll right, sir 'l 'he clerk passed out a hat . is a derby, size seve n and one e ighth." That 's my s ize. Take it out of that," sa id Dunn throw down a ten-dollar bill. H e put on the hat. The c l erk stared at the bill. "I don't know as I ca n c han ge it," he said. "I'll see. He turned to the cas h drawer. And ju st at that mom ent Old King Brady ente r ed the ore. But the crook saw him through the g l a doo r In an stant h e made startlin g action Escape in that direction was of course blocked. Handsome C harli e had no idea of bein g ca ught. H e ew what it would mean. .\ t erm in State's prison was omething he was not d e u s 0 in c urrin g So h e was r eady for any kind of a p erate move. And the move he made was desperate. Swift l y his gaze took in t h e appointments of the store. e back of the place was :filled with barre l s and bale s Where the back door was he could not see. But there stairs l eading up into a loft e gained these as Old King Brad y opened the door. h e o ld detective saw his leg s vanishing into the loft. H ad it brok e n befor e Handsome C h aTlie might have been badly injured. But as it was, h e only got a s li ght fall. Now, You n g King Brady was watching in fron t of the sto re. But h e was unprepa r ed for this sort of a devel opm e nt;. As a result, Handsome Charlie got out 9f the yard on. that si d e of t h e store and reached the street some di s ta nc e below b efo r e young detective saw him. Of cou rse Young King Brady gave c hase. But the crook ha d a big sta rt. Near the churc h were a nurn ber of public hitching To these seve ral horses were hitc h e d One of them had a saddl e on hi s ba c k Nobody was near to prevent, and quickly the crook untied the rein, leaped into the saddl e and das h ed awa y Onl y a cloud of dust was seen far clown the ro ad Pursuit was useless. Old King Brady now came up. He was deeply c ha grine d W e ll this does beat all!" he excla im ed. "He ha got away again." H e i s a hard one,'' said Young King Brady I shouid say so. On my word, Harry this i s the hardest :fight I ever had in my life. Everything goes against us." "The tide will turn soon." I hop e so. " What s h a ll we clo ?" "Tha t is the question." "Shall we c hase him?" "lt's of no use." The owner of the horse now came up frantic with rage. When t h e detectives explained matters to him he was by no m e ans mollified. But Old King Brady s aid: I don't think h e will keep your horse. He will make use of it to reach a point of safety. That i s all." "If that i s all," declared the own e r "and h e turns the b east adrift, h e will c ome hom e of hi s own accord " I am sure that i s what he will do,'' sai d the d etective But the owner of t he saddle ho.rse secured anoth er animal and rod e away down the r o ad in purs11it. Old Kin g Brady now said : "Bi1t com e We have nothing to gain here . Le t. u s g0i clown to the sta tion."

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16 rl'HE IJA I W FIUH'l'. Accoraingly the two detectives truaged back to the sta'l'he detectives now unde r stood all. ti on. The crooks had adopted the plan of temporary sepa ration, The agent met them eagerly. as th i s proved. "Your man didn't come," he said. "But there was a 11Ieg h a d r e main ed hidden n ear the Smallvillc s tation. woman here, and I'll wager she is from the asylum too, for C h a rli e Dunn had been on his way to, ana probably was her dress was to rn in shreds, and s h e had no hat, either." now in, Lakepo rt. "-A woman! excl aimed Old King Brady. But Martin Mack had st rnck out in the other directi on "Yes for Calhoun City. It was a st raterric move The two detectives looked at each other. Bu t the telegram revea l e d that h e was coming down on Each exclaime d : the expre. s and Meg_ exp ecte d to join him here They "Slippery :l\Ieg:" wonld probably r eturn to New York. The station agent_ g rinnea. Of course a ll was pla i n sail in g for the detectives now. "Well, he did l ook slippery enough," he sa i d "I'd 'a' All they had to do wa..; to wait for the express and gath er held her but you didn't say anything about a woman." the birds in. "That's right,'' said Old King Brady. "We never So they sat down in the station thought of her. Which way did she go?" The express would be due in thirty minutes. "Off toward Pinkneytown, over yonder. She went into1 The station agent was l oquacious the woods and out 0 sight." "I reckon t h ere must have been quite a liberati n o f "Dia she say anything about returning?" lunatic s at t h e ,he said. "0 course this follow Well, I reckon she means to." s he telegraphs to is one? "Why do you think so?" Old King Brady had not the hear t to keep up the dece p"She asked about the express from Calhoun City." tion longer. "Ah! Does that sto p here?" So he said: "The engine takes on water here "Look h e re, my friend Vv e arc not keepers 0 a l unatic "Dia she want to take that train?" asylum." "She aian't ay; but she sent a queer te l egram to Cal The station agent l ooked blank. ho un. " What 's that?" he a s ked. "You aren't asylum keepers?" '.A tel e gram?" "Yes." The station agent rubbed his hands and grinned. He knew he had somet hing to talk about now. l t i s hardly nece sary to say that the detectives were interested. "Is thi a W estern Union stat ion?" they asked "No,'' replied the agent. "Ah then you use the railroad wire to send a telegram like that?" Yes. W e aren't supposed to do it, but we do some times I know the operator at Calhoun, you know and we make it up between u s all right. "'l'hen," said Old King Brady "th ere i s no law to pre -vent your telli ng us what that telegram is." "0 course not." Will you do so? The agent grinned again. "You asylum keep e r s are pretty good fellows," he said. "I aon't care if I do a little to accommodate you. Jus t tep in side and I'll s how you the message. It is haraly nece ssa ry to say that the Brady s accepted this offer They entere d the station. After much fumbling in his papers the agent produced a copy 0 the telegram. rebu s it read: "To l\Iartin Mack Calhoun City-Am here 0. K. Shall wait for t h e express, and hope to see you on board. Char lie s tarted for Lakeport. Will go back to Buffalo by :Steamer Meet me on express. Yours MEG." "No." "You ain't lunatic s yourselves?" with some apprehension The Brady s roarea. "Well hard l y!" said Ol
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THR BRADYS' HARD FIGHT. the car and Young King Brad y would watch out ide and ;:ee that the bird did not make his escape. The young detective stoo d on the ca r steps looking back. ._ uddenly there was a com motion in that very car. A man dashe d from his eat and toward the forward end of the car But t hrou g h the window he saw Young King Grady sta ndin g on the steps. 1\Iartin Mack saw that he was hemmed i n Fearful desperation seized him. He paused and look ed about him like a hunted animal. H e knew one d e tectiv e was in his rear and the other be fore him. On the impulse of the moment he tried a mad scheme "With a powerfu l blow of his fist h e broke the car window. The n he took a mighty chance He made a plunge for ward The crook made a bold attempt to force hi s way through the car window an d escape. But a m an came rushing a lon g the platform. It was Old King Brady. CHAPTER IX. WORKING FOR CLEWS. Martin Mack might as well hav e s pared hi s pains, for 11d him cornered. Young h:ing .81 lJ .. as already in the car and closing upon him from behind. Old King Brady faced him and said ste rnly: "You might as well yield, Mack. Your race is run." To the crook this was plain. When a man of his c lass gives in it i s usually a c om plete s urrender. The villain was abject. H e allowed the detective to pull him thr ough the win dow and handcuff him. Old King Brady had told the truth. His race was run. In vain the detectives waited for Meg. he did not show up. The went on its way Fortunately, in the little vill age of Sma ll ville there was a small lockup or prison hou se In this, in charge of the local sheriff, the pri s oner was placed. The n the detectives renewed their quest for Slippery ieg But the woman had dropped out of sight most effect ually. Xot the s li ghtest clew could be found anywher e It was strange, indeed, what had become of h e r. "o other conclusio n could b e formed than that she had in way got the alarm and :fled For two days the d e tective s searched Then they went to Lakeport to l ook for Handsome Charlie. But all trace of him vanished in the direction of Kew York City. The delcclives l earned that a woman had been een with him. This made all plain enough Doubtle sit was Meg. She had clever ly managed to JOlil him, and they had returned to N cw York, forced to leave Mack to his fate. Th e r e was not11ing left for the detectives now but to re turn to G oi ham. But their quest had not been altogether barr en of fruit. A heady two of the Pullman car croo k wer e b e hind bar s Sly Jimmy and Martin Mack. 'ro be sure, the s hrewde s t memb ers of the g ang w ere yet at large But the detectives believed that it would be only a ques tion of t im e ere t hey would al s o b e run down. There was no doubt but that the re st of the gang would li e low for a while. 'rhis would be a re s pite the detect ives. Martin Mack was taken st r aig h t to the 'rombs prison. He was incarcerated in the same cell with Sly Jimmy, there to a wait trial. The detective then r eporte d at h e adquart e r s Th e c hief was deli g hted to see them "You have don e brave l y h e "'rwo of the crooks are in limbo and t h e other s arc placed all right." But Old King Brady said: "Chief, the case ha s only just begun. We s hall hav e more trouble with Slippery Meg and h e r confrere than we have had with t h e rest of the gang." "You think so?" "I know it." "Slippe r y M eg is a s harp woman." "Yes; and a woman is the wor st species of criminal a detective can encounter, especia]]y if s h e is s mart lik e Meg. For a t im e t h e country h eard nothing from t h e Pullman car croo k s Nor from Old King Brady, e i thei'. Both detective s seemed to drop from s ight. Six week pa ssed Summer had passed into autumn On e O ctober clay a richly-dr e secl J.ady alighted from a brougham at the P e nnsylvania d epot in the city of Phila delph ia. She wore a profusion of of the most expensive s ilk. moneyed class diamonds, and h e r dress was She was evidently one of the Sh e e nter e d t h e stat ion and went at once to the informa tion bureau. "W o nld you kindly te ll me if the Wa s hin gton express i s l ate?" s he asked of t h e c l erk. Th e latter g l anced at a s l ate. "T,re nty-eight minutes," he said. "Thank youl" The lacly mad e h e r way b ack to the carriage, and was driven away. A tall, gray -bearded gentleman with eye g lasses stood near and h eard h e r words. He s tarted at her voice, and scanue d her closel y

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18 'l'il E BHADYS' llAHD FJGIIT. "'l'h,at is queer,'' he muttered. I hav e heard that voice rcn D elancey-that's the name So they cut a figure in .. before somewhere." JI e tried to think. 'rhen he gave a violent st art. seemed to seize him. Ile sprang to t h e door of the station. But t h e carr i age was gone D own the crowded thoroughfare i t cou ld be identified nowhere. The gray-bearded man with appare n t disap pointment returned to the waiting room. As he did so h e beckoned to a young man with p in k cheeks and a shining silk hat who tood near the ticket office. The young man came up quickly. "Did you see that woman, Harry?" "Yes," replied Young King Brady for he it was. The old man, of course, was Old King Brady. The two shrewd detectives had got a c lew w hi ch l ed t:lite m over to the Qu a k er C ity. But once there, they had comp l etely lost it. For days they had been groping in the dark. But now it look ed a s if something out of t h e ordi nar y was cornin g their way. Old King Brady said: "If I hadn't been a fool I beli eve 11e would h ave had the scent once more. Do you know, I believe that woman was Slippery Meg." Young King Brady was surpr ised. Do you?" "I recognized t h e voice. But before I could assoc i ate it w Hh Meg s h e was gone." "That is too bad. P erhaps he will come back." "Th e n we had better wait h ere." "Sure!" An idea occurr e d to Old King Brady. He proceeded to execute it. H e walked up to t h e clerk in the bureau of informa tion He assumed a confide ntial air "Pleasant day!" f i e remarked. Very!" agreed the c l erk. "Yours i s a bu y lif e You mus t see a good many faces in the course of tim e?" "Yes; a good many." I su ppose you r eme mber som e of them." "If they impress m e I do. "Ah! Try a c i gar?" "Thank you. I will not s moke now." "Try it l ater then. B y the way, that lady who was just lrnre-lot<; of d i arnonds--swell pi ece, wasn't she?" "We ll, I s hould say so!" agreed the clerk. "I've a curiosity to know who s h e is." "Oh, her nam e i s Mrs. Warren D e l a n cey, I b e li eve. She lives in a fin e house on Bro ad treet H er hus band i s a swell mu g They swim high, I tell you." "Um!" exclaimed the detective. "Is her hus band a stout man, rathe r good-lo o kin g ?" "Yes; and you can see h e s a high-ro ll e r. She a s ked for that W ashingto-n exp ress. He goes down to the capita l eve ry week. Lik e ly s h e means to m eet him 11e r e ancl will b e ba c k again soon. You'll get another l ook at h er." "Ah, I see. I think I used to know h er hu bancl, W ar-oci ety h e r e?" "Yes ccreh at's goocl. "Sure l\Ioney cloes it every time." "You r e right." The d etective stro ll ed away He linked arms with Young King Brady. rrhey went out and paraded the platform. All the while they made deductions o that's the game t hey are playing now," commented Yonng King Brady. "Retired on their ill-gotten gain a-nc1 e ntting a big figure in Philadelphia society." "'l'hey bave married, then?" "'rhat was their purpose." Love and rascality." "Happy couple But their money carrie them along. A hre wd pair. The chance s are, however that they are 5till on the move." "I dare say Their oportunities now mu t be grand." "Well ra t h er Handsome Charlie goe down to Wa . h i:r:gton once a week, eh? O f course he has s ome lead down there. Probab ly h e i s working som e of the politicians. He has a good head, Dunn has." "Now we're getting at it; ke ep on "We will assum e t hat Slippery Meg has got a foothold in high c ircles h ere. She ca n keep her encl up. Some of these ric h people will miss thin g very oon." 1 Young King Brady opened a newspaper. "Look here!" he said A l ong a r ticle occu pied the page. Simmered down it was as fo llows: "A mysterious u ccess ion of st range t h eft has c r eated a sensatio n in hig h circles in our city A number of our wealthiest l ad i es h ave lo st money and jewels sometimes tak e n mysterious l y from their very boudoir s in broad day light. D etect ives hav e been emp lo ye d and every s uspicion!' person watched But no c lew can b e gained, and the rob b e ries go on. Strange s u spici ons are hinted at, and there is a secret theory that Phil adelphia soci ety ha at l ea t a fa s hionabl e kleptoma niac. It i s likel y this per on will yet be di scove r e d, and the result will be s h e will be socia lly ostracized and the repetition of h er offence s guarded again t in the future. The lo es are more than annoyi n g when they assume t h e proportion of Mr Schuyler Carter's. Sh e lo st a diamond brooch valued at s ixty-five hundred dol l ars." :More follow e d But this was e nou g h. The dete ct ives stared at eac h other. Thi s beat Pullman car work," said Old King Brady. "We s hall have to lo cate Mr. and Mr Warre n D elancey." "By Jovel We are in hick. We ought to have the gang in band now with ease." At this moment a train came boom in g into the depot. Then a lady was seen to come rus hincr a lon g tlrn plat form.

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20 THE Bll1\D'iS' HL\JW L 'IGIIT. W e are,'' replied Old King Brady. "What i s your bu s iness with me?" "I wish fo ask you a few questions "Proceed." "Have you h e ard of the report s whi c h seem to be current in Philad e lphia society of certain mys terious thefts at one lime ascribed to some kleptomaniac?" Mrs. Delancey',; eyes dilat ed. I myself have victim,'' s h e said. 'The detectives :Jowed. "You have no suspicion of the identity of this person?" was asked. Mrs. Delancey was thoughtful. "No direct suspicion," s he replied. "But I have at times been puzzled by some very strange and almost personal re mark s about myself Indeed, I am informed of at least one lady who almost accused me of the deeds of klepto mania. I wish to state that such suspicions are ab s o l ute l y false." The two detectives exchanged g l ances They smiled Mr s Delancey's face flushed. speak again in a heated manner. put up a deprecating hand. She seemed about to But Old King Brady "Do not excite yourself, madam,'' he said. "We know that the suspicions directed against you were false :Mrs Delancey bowed. 1 can assure you they are," she said with dignity. "There is not the slightest reason for them. Mr s Drexel asserts that she missed a diamond locket after my call at her house. The truth is, I did not call at her house on the day s\1e asserts." "And you are right ," said Old King Brady "You did not call there that day. But, on the other hand, Mrs Drex el may hav e been jus tified in her suspicion." "What do you mean?" Mr s Delancey' s face flushed. "Perhaps I spoke bluntly ," said Old King Brady suave ly. "Pardon me! I will use plainer language. You did not call there. You are right And yet Mrs Drexel was ju s tified." "I don't und e rstand you." "She was justified und e r certain peculiar circumstances." "What a re the circumstances?" 'Mrs Warren Delancey called there that day and left her card Mr s Drex e l probably can tell you that." "She did tell me that. But I did not call, just the sam e." M ada m," said Old King Brady gravely, it ever occur to you that you might have a doub l e?" Mr s Delancey half started from he r chair. The effect produced upon her was very marked Sh e stared at the detectives. H er lips parted and she seemed extraordinari l y excited. Sh e seeme d at a loss for words, but finally stammered: "I-I have never thought of it before But now that you speak of it I recall many c u rious happenings which s uch a thi ng might exp l ain." "N arne at l e ast one." Delancey w a thoughtful. 'l'hen s h e said: "One very peculiar thing, which my husband positi a serls I am wrong in. In fact, he chose to deem afflicte d with a totai lap s e o f memor y, and insisted th consult a s peciali s t on s uch diseases as mental aberra 'l'hat is, of the transient s ort." H Pray name it." T H e in s i sts that I called at the office and "I the cashier five thousand dollars. It was in his abse t The cashier paijl the money, as the other cl erks all s to me. I was not at the office that day, and knew no of it." "Could you not prove the alibi?" "Unforlunalcly not. My maid was away, and I went for a walk lhat day. I met no person who could subs tiate my tory." "And your husband deemed you afflicted with me trouble, or l apse of m e mory?" "Y cs. The queerest thing is, no trac e of the five t a: sand dollars ha s ever be e n found." O l d King Brady milccl. "Well, madam," he said, "the next time your hu s accuses you of such a thing kindly inform him that you innocent and can prove it my me-James Brady." "By you?" "Yes." You detectives are wond e rfully acute." "One need not be v e ry acute to see tlJ.rough this myst It is lh e easies t thing in the world. You have a do She ha s been making calls and iii personality." "You know this?" "Ye s ." Who is s h e ?" "You s hall know that when we place her behind tl bars, sai d the detective. "Her name, as she is known i criminal circles, i s Slippery Meg." "A euphonious appe ll ation "Somewhat! But s h e i s far from euphonious he, She i s a very bad and dan gero u woman." aBut I cannbt conceive how people can be deceived her. Doe s she look l ike m e ?" The d etec tives smiled This was a woman's que st ion. "Not remarkably," replied Old King Brady. "But know an adept with features as regular as yours cap up very easily to re sem bl e any other p e r son with re0 features." Then Old King Brad y told of Lhc visit of l\Ieg hJ' depot just previou s to Mr. D e lan cey' coming to meet hu s band. "I did not ca ll at the information burea u," she said. went to the station only once." "I thou ght s o,'' said Old King Brady quietly. Mr s Delancey was very much inte re sted. The conve tion was re s umed to some extent further; then she aske "But. what do you want us to do, Mr Brady, to help catch tbese .Uangerous people?" "J have a plan," s aid the old detective. "S end o report that you have been called away suddenly to

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THE BRADYS' HARD FIGHT 21 ncisco. Then remain quietly at home. Let nobody you for several days. Are you willing to tlo this?" 'Certainly!" At this moment Mr. Delancey came in. He was a tounded at the story to l d him by hi s wife and e detectives. He Ii tened to it all with intere st. Then he said: "I tru t you will bag that woman at all hazards. The st people of Phj]adelphia will stand behind you, Mr. rady." only my desire to subserve the ends of justice," plieJ the old detective. "It ha s been th warted lung ough by these crooks." "We will follow your instruction s,'' s aid Mr. Delancey. will arrange things to-morrow and send the r eport out at we were s uddenly called away across the continent and t on a midnight train." "Very good," sai,d Old King Brady. "I think I can arantee that Philadelphia society will be troub l ed no ore by the kleptomaniac." This caused all to lau g h. The d etec tives now withdr e w d soon were again in the street. But as they emerged from the porch and started down e treet Young King Brady clutched the old detective's \ man st0od on the curb st one at a distant corner. He ve a g lan ce at the detectives, then ha st ily entered a cab d drove away. Even at that di tanc e they knew him. It was Handsome Char lie. watched," said Old King Brady. I -.l' " CHAPTER X I. THE ENGLISHMAN AND HIS MONEY. It was a startling r e li ation to the detectives that they been een to enter the Delancey house by one of the llman car gang. f cour e the crook, Handsome Char lie, under st ood at e what their errand there mu s t have been. he detectives w ere di mayed Confound it!" ejaculated Old King Brady. "That will on her gua rd. They have u s on the hip every re." "It i a hard fight." "Indeed it is." They did not attempt pursuit. Indeed, it would have been futile. or did it cha n ge their plans. e detectives were decided to go a h ead just as pl anned. e scheme to have Mr. and Mr Delancey remain l y at home while the report was abroad that t hey w ere 10nte to San Francisco would have a several-s id ed effect the case. it would put an end to Meg's masquerading iladelphia But the detectives had no thought that she would aban don so ric h a field. It would be a very s imple and easy matter to transfe r it to the railroad. Of course Meg would take to traveling. And thus the detective s believ ed they could termi nate her Philadelphia car eer and once more catch h er red-ha nd ed in her evil work. The next day Mr. Delancey told every friend that he met that he s hould leave for San l!1:anc isco within the week. The society column of the paper s made an item of it. At such hurried notice of course no P. P. C. call s were in order. It was understood that necessity in the s hape of a dying r e lativ e was the cause. At s u ch times society eschews ca lls. So one day the Delancey house presented a de serte d aspect. 'J'he curtains were closed, and the owner s had apparently departed. The Two Bradys h ad also played a great bluff hand. But an amusing discovery was made previous to this. It nearly conv ul sed Young King Brady. They were shadowed. It seemed odd, indeed for detectives-natural ohadow& themselves-to be s hadowed. It did not take them lon g to locate the ielentit y of the s hadower. It was no other than Handsome Charlie 'l'he detectives, however, shook him easily when they got ready. But in doing this they a lso worked a little game of blind. They left their hotel and bought tickets op e nly to New York. Handsome Cha rli e followed them to the train. He saw them off. What his conclusions were the detectives could only guess. But they did no t hit New York that trip. At the first station they alighted. Then they donned c l ever disguises and took a retum train to Philadelphia. They w ent to another hotel, and 1.hen haunted the depot. And the very night that Mr. and Mrs. Delancey w e re supposed to leav e for San Francisco they saw Meg and Handsome Charlie enter the depot. They might have bagged them then and there, but su d clrnly they disappeared. Not a t race of them cou ld be found While t hey were sear c hing the d epot the train pulled out Aga in the detectives were left. It was a s or e defea t. For Old King Brady had no doubt but that the two c r ooks had reall y departed on that train. Jie could not telegraph ahead to have them arrest e d, for no ot h e r officers could identify them 'J'here was only one t hin g to do. 'l'ake the next express 'I'hi s they did. 'J'hey tracked their bird s as far as Buffalo. H ere they again l ost t ra ck of t h em. Then Old King Brady reache d a sage conclusion. "We s hall h ear from t h em next in Chicago," h e d ecla red.

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22 THE BRADYS' HARD FIGHT. And he was rig h t A Buffalo soci ety item in the newspapers announced: "Mr. and :Mrs. Warren Delancey of Philadelphia hon or e d Buffalo with a short stop on their way to San Fran cisco." "Ah!" s aid Old King Brady. "'l' her e you are I'll warrant you ll find that Meg l eft a r e membrance b e hind her in Buffalo." "If s h e was able to hit anybody for a few hundred,'' said Young King Brady Tfi e detectives c alled at the hotel where the two crooks h ad stopped. But they w e r e no l ongcr the r e They wer e informed that Mr. and Mr s D e lancey had l e f t for C hi cago. W e ll what now? asked Young Kin g Brady. "That's easy! W e mu s t follow them." I He consulte d a time table The n ext train for C hicago l eft in thirty minute s It was a ni ght train The d e te c tives bought tickets and got into t he Pullman car The train pulled out of Buffalo and tlicy were soon on their way to U hi c ago. The Brady s took no spec ial notic e o. the other occupants of the ca r. Young King Brady afterward r eca lled the fact that two l a dies occupi e d scats just across the aisle One was very stout and masculine and wore widow' s \reeds The ot h e r .was apparently younger, and wore a veil c on stantly They w e r e very quiet pa sse nger A littl e furthe r along in the car sat a quiet old g entleman with gold-bowe d glasses. H e had the appearance of a man of wealth, for h e was attend e d by a valet. H e carried a brown l eat her bag. For miles t h e train boomed on, and nobody seem e d to tbink of retiring. But s uddenly the old ge ntleman with the valet turned and scrutinized the d etec tive 'l' h en he turne d to his valet and spo k e a few words. The fellow came up to the Brady s and s aid re s pectfully: "My master, Sir Will iam Van Horne, presents hi s com pliment You arc s trangers but h e w o uld a s k if: you would uue to become partne r s at whist in the s moking ro om?''' Old Kin g Brad y ga v e th e younger detective a quick glance. Then he repli e d: '"Give ir Willi am our be st respect We arc James and Harry Brady, of N e w York W e will b e g l ad to join him." The Yalet made the fourth memb e r of t h e party. \ 11 then adjourne d to t h e s mokin g compartme nt. Sir \Yilli am c arri e d l eather bag and placed i t b e tw een h i s knee The Brady found him an adept whi s t player, a keen rncon teur and a conv i v i a l spirit genera lly. Ilis flashes of wit were bright and genu in e In the course of the gam e he b ecame communicative. I am new in this country,'' he said "but I haYc a nephew 1 i n bu siness in Chicago. I am backin g him and w e propos e to enlarge our bus iness intere ts. 1 brought him five t sand pound s in Bank of England notes to N e w York there exchanged them for American go ld, t w enty-five t sand dollars. I hav e it here in this bag, which i s w keep i t by m y s id e all the time." 'l' h c two det ectives w e r e amazed They look e d at Sir William w onde rin gly "Pardon m e !" said Old King Brady "But do you k you are taking bi g chances?" "Eh? You ay s o?" a s k e d t h e Engli s hman. '!'here are safe r ways of tran s miLting that mone y to cago For insta nce, telegraph order, o r express o r 'J draft." Sir William s mil e d blandly. Y cs; of course,'' h e s aid. "But I am unfamiliar \1 your American syste ms, s o I reckoned the money would safer right wit h m e Do you thi nk there i any ch a dis of b e in g robb ed?" "Well,'' exc laim e d Old King Brady, "it will a ll dope pr on wheth er you g iv e the party a c hance or not." Sir Willi a m looked uneasy "Now I call to mind the fact, I was to ld that a num of crooks w e r e robbing Pullma n car passengers all overt country Do you think any of t h e gang are aboard t train?" I hardly think so," replied Old King Brady. "Yet would do no harm to use extreme Gaution. I hav e a s gcst ion to make." "Well?" l o "Transfe r this money to the po c ke ts of your coat a hid e the coat unde r the mattress of your b erth, or at 1 under your pillow. Put worthless pap v ,.. Van Horne looked puzzl ed "Why do that?" h e asked. "For safe ty "I cannot see wher e in it would b e safe r. Can you sh o me?" W e ll, said the old d etcct i ve ca r e lessly, "suit yoursel But the point i s this: If any ga n g of thieve s ar e onto yo and are following you they know t ha t you carry the go in that l eat h e r ba g 'I'hat will be the obj e ct of their effor L et t h e m have it." "I see!" W c a r c d e Lee t i ves W e will keep an eye out and per hap s can c LabliR h the id enlity of the r asca l s "Uap i tal c ried Sir William excited l y "Nothing coul be bet t er. I will follow your instruction Ah, O'enileme J '1nt g l ad Lo hav e m et you! Shall w e re s um e our 'l'he ga m e w ent on 'J'h e val et, J a mes, was Y oung King B rady's partn I'h c scor e alternated with little adl'anlagc either way. For an hour Lhc:v played. Then the parly broke up, i vVilliam express in g hi thanks lo the detectives for thei comp any. The n w i Lh hi YalcL he \\' ent back Lo 11i seat. It wa now a bout time to r etire The Bradys, however, were on the a l e r t. They exc han ge d g l ances Then by means of their deaf and dumb alphabet the c onversed.

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THE .BHADYS' HARD J!IGI-IT. 23 hat do you think of it?" asked Yo un g King Brady there any possibility of t h e Pullman car gang being this man?" Ofd King Brady looked puzzled. Then h e answered: "I don't see how it ca;i be eithe r M eg or Dunn. We w they have gone on to C hi cago." "We were informed of that. But we did not see them "Very true!" "There i s a possibi li ty that they are on this train in dis se. They fooled, us once." "We will take a look around u s." "I think it well to do so." So the detectives went back to their seats. Not w e aring ses, of course they were an easy mark forthe crooks, suming that they were on the train. n a careful manner the detectives proceeded to take a k about the ca r. They scrutinized eac h passenger. But this re sulted in nothing of value, so far as gaining Jew went. But Old King Brady was attracted by the woman in ow's weeds and h er compa nion with the veil. He studied them close ly. However, he could see nothing them which gave any kind of a clew. If they were disguised it was so erly d one that detection was impossible. But the old detective was not satisfie d. Again he telegraphed to Young King Brady: mrthing remarkab l e about the women in ck?" c w Young King Brady did not answer for a moment or so. When be did, his reply gave the old d etect iv e a keen su r"One of them wear s fal e hair." CHAPTER XII. ONCE MORE OUTWITTED. spite of the gravity of the situation Old King Brady ed outright e humor of the reply was too evident oung Kin g Brady looked surprised at's the matter?" h e asked with hi s finger alphabet. atter?" replied Old Kinrr Brady. "'The criminal as-you so ser iou s l y put upon the fact that a woman wears hair." ung King Brady grinned. ell, tha t is what it i s," h e r ep lied. ere are few women who do not wear false hair." rhap I ought to have said a wig." ell, it' s a ll right, my boy. It's a clew, however slig ht. ps it i worn as a disguise." lieve it i s." ., "Humph! That alters the case. We had better investi gate." Old King Brady took up a po s ition in hi s seat from which h e could easily study the woman without the fact being noticed by h er. It was not l ong before h e felt bound to s hare Young King Brady's opinion. The woman wore a wig. It might be that this was n ecessa r y to con cea l baldness. But it was easier to assume t ha t it was a di sg uise. In vain Old King Brady tried to get a good line on the woman's profile H e cou ld not associate her figure or her features with those of Slipp e r y Meg. He was baffled. Meanwhile t h e occupan ts of the car h ad b egun to retire. The p orters w e re busy making up the berth s It did not talce Old King Brady lon g, how ever, to decide upon a plan. "Harr y," he said in an undertone, "I b e li eve those women a r e part of the gang, even if not identical with M eg and Handsom e Cha rli e." Young King Brady nodded. "So do I,'' h e ag reed. I have a plan." "What i s it?" "It look s to me that if they are r ea ll y part of the gang that the wealthy Englishman i s their intended v i ctim ." "Of cou rse! "Now, if that is the case, i t will be easy to trap them." "How do you propose to do it?" Old King Brady e laborat e d hi s plan. ''It i s easy enough," he said. I will exchange berths, with Sir William. "Cap i tal!" "But it must not b e see n by them." "Of cour e not. Will the Englishman be willing?" "He ought to. I will see him." Old King Brady went to Sir William's seat and sat clown be s id e him. In a very few moments he had ex plained to him t h e whole plan. Sir Willi am at once f e ll in with it. "If there arc any of the crookR aboard this car," he said, "I s h all be glad to see you nip them." "Then you will exchange berths with me?" "Certainl y That will make my ivoney all the safe r will it not? I will l eave it under the : mattre ss, as you sug gested." "A good plan. Now watch your chance. We shall have to change berths at an unseen moment "All right!" By thi time nearly eve rybody in the car had retired Olcl King Brady and Sir William exchanged b erths in a skilfu l rnanneT. They believed that it was unobserv ed The old detective did not undress. H e reel inecl in the berth 'rith hi s right hand g ripping a r evolver am1 waited for the robbers to come. Y oung King Brady was in the berth over him. for Sir '\Yil1iam liad made bis valet exchange also with the young d etect ive

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24 rrHE BRADYS' HARD F IGH'l1 The Bradys felt s ur e that their game would work. What a genuine s urprise party it would b e to the c rook s to find the detectives in the b erths instea d of the bird s they expecte d to fleece! The train da s hed on. Afte r a time it s la ckene d speed. It was now nearly two o'clock. In another moment the train came to a standstill. Voices w ere h e ard outside the car. The n the door of the Pullman car opened and a draught of air came thr01;igh. At that mom ent a pe c uliar odor c ame to the dete c tiv es' no strils.. It was the odor of ether. The old detective experienced a s udden s hock. V e ry carefully h e parted the curtains and look e d through the car. 'l1h e conductor was angrily interrogating the porter. Did you pull the bell rope? "No, sah!" "Do y ou know that anybody in this car did?" "No, sah! Not a soul, sah! In an in stant the old d etective was out of hi s berth. Young King Brady folloll'ed him. /. The s m e ll of the drug was very plain. "Go forward, Harry," s aid Old King Brady ste rnly "I'm afraid we've been fooled." They've slipped u s again!" declared the young detectiv e with co11viction. But be went to the gther e nd of the car and st ood t h e r e with drawn revolv e r s The conductor approached him "Look h e r e h e c ried. Do you know anything about this? Did you signal this train to stop?" No, sir!" repli e d Young King Brady. By this time the other passengers in the car were arot Some got up and others con tented themselve w ith l in g out of t heir berths But t h ere were two berths w the curtains hung motionless. W ere the occupants yet asleep? One of the e sections Old King Brad y knew was occup' by t h e s u sp i c iou s wome n. The old d etect iv e mad e prompt action. H e rnpped on the b e rth. rrhere was no an w e r. Then h e call e d loudly. No answer "Humph!" h e s aid and pulled the curtains. '11h e section was e mpty. The window was open jus t as it was in Sir Willi a b ert h. The two women occupants were gone. 'l'he detective now made no he s itation in examining t next sect ion. H e r eme mbered that this had been occup i e d by a pla looking middl e-age d man The berth \ v a s occupied. The middl e-aged man lay quite st ill and pale with head tipp e d back and a ha:qdker c hi ef across his mouth no s trils. The s m e ll of et h e r wa quite plain. He was the victim. '11he old dete c tive needed no further sea rch to und s tand how he and Young King Brady had b ee n duped It was a clever game. Sir William was a bogu s nobleman._,,. "' .... He and his valet w e re m e mb e rs o g whom t detectives had not yet met. Pinned to the curtain of berth was a piece of paper. On it was written: Who are you?" We are detective s ." "To the Brady s-Smart detectives, we give you our co "Detectives?" pliment s W e can always do better work when you ar e "Yes. If anybody s ignaled for the train to stop, from hand. You ca n play cards, but you can't catch yo this car, i t was probably the Pullman car crooks. We betruly, THE PULLMAN CAR CROOKS." lieve they are aboard, and \re m e an to bag them if we can." The conductor wa astounded. You don't mean i t !" h e crie d. W e ll we'll help you H e re, George!" to the port er. "Go forward and s pread the r eport. Send all the train m e n down h e r e to s urround this car." "That is right!" cried Young King Brady. By doing tha t we may get them." Old King Brady had g one to Sir William 's berth. As he parte d the curtains he expecte d to find the Eng-li s hman a helpless victim of t h e dru g . His s urprise was g reat to find that this was not the case. The berth was e mpty. Sir William was no t there. Hi s val et's berth was e mpty also. They were both g one. The car window was wide open. The detective was ag ha st. Wha t did it mean? Had t hey been murdered and their bodie s :fluna 011t of the by the crooks? But thi s did not seem logi c al. The Bradys w e r e defeated again. rrhe dru gge d victim of the c rook s was in s tor ed. ,, He gave his name as Lawr e nce K1rk of Mic higan an he h ad s i x t hou sand dollars on his p e r s o,i wh e n h e board the train. It was gone. He was only one more victim of the Pullman c ar c rooJrn. And thi s mos t daring of all the famou s robberi e s h b een accompli s hed right li:::ider the nos e s of the two .ii{o noted detectives in America It was easy to s ee how t h e detectives had b e en fooled While the Bradys, under t h e a s s ump tion that the bogu. Sir William was the obj ect iv e victim of the crook s had waiting for t he thieves to run their ne c k s into th e noo::e pr e pared for th e m they had s u cceede d in robbing Kirk and ma king t h eir escape thro u g h the car window s after stop pin g the train. Th e re no d oubt but that the two veiled lad ies in blnel\r c r e Charlie and Slippery Meg. a e

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THE BRADYS' HARD FIGHT. 25 'ir William was no other, as Old King Brady guessed, than Joe Bentley, a famo u s D enver c ro ok. James, the valet, was an unknown quantity and probably a new accomplice There wa good reason for t h e di appointment experi enced by the Bradys. Once more they had been circumvented by Slippery Meg and her gang. Th e detectives, how eve r, did not fail to leave the train to enter upon the pursuit in the dark, which would lik e ly pro1e a thrilling one. They took l eave of the train m e n and passengers, and the train went thunderi n g on without them Th e Bradys were resolute now. They were determined to follow the crooks like sleuth hound s Jo chance would be i g nor ed that cou ld po s ibly afford an opportuni ty to round up this dan ge rou s g ang. Old Kin g Brady was on hi s mett1e. The old detective did not like the idea of suc h a d e feat. H e was bound to play a winning band for once. Thus far it had been a hard fig ht. The crooks had in every case h a d the b est of the argu ment. L eft in the darkness beside the railroad track, just a they had once b efore found themse lve s, the Bradys hastily formed their plans. It was a pitchy dark night. Jot knowing anything of the country about, it was as sumed that the crooks would keep to the railroad track. "'"1211.:lt itan 1 it.;what they will do," declared Young King Brady. c which way will they go?" ''Ba ck toward Buffalo." "I believe yon." CHAPTER XIII. A HARD CHASE. It was more than lik e l y that this would really be the course pursued by the crooks New York City was their headquart ers, and now that the Chicago game of traveling in the g uise of Mr. and Mrs. War ren D e lancey had failed they would be lik e l y to go bock to their re s orts in Gotham. This was Old King Brady' s theory. And it proved a correct one. Down the tracks toward Buffalo the d etect ive s swiftly sped. They ran rapidly At times they would fling themselves down upon the sands and apply their ears to the iron rails. Eve rybody knows that these rails are great conductors of sound. The approach of a train can be heard many !Jlliles away. And so the detectives heard the di stant murmur of voices 'and the tramp of feet. Somebody, q uit e a di stance aliead, was walking rapidly a lon g the track. The r e w e r e seve ral p e ople. This Old King Brady felt sure of. That they were the c rook s seemed certain. The detectives pressed on as s il ent l y as they could. It soon became plain that they were g aining. The voices now were quite audib l e The Bradys were s urprised. They could hardly believe t h ei r senses. W e r e these Pullm a n car crooks trav e ling in this no isy fashion? It was evident they did not fear purs ui t As t h e d etect ives c r ept n e ar e r the voices of the gang were distinguishable. It was easy to id e ntify Slippery M eg's screechy voice. It was raised in s hrill treble. "Ha-ha-ha!" s he lau g hed s hrilly "It was worth a cool thousand to see you play the Eng li s h lord, Joe! How you did fool those two gulls! Dead easy!" "Haha-ha!" "D. ead easy!" The c rook s all lau g hed. The Brady s also laugh e d silently. Thos e who lau g h last always lau g h bes t. The detectives' time had not yet com e But it would. "I've heard a good deal about the Brady s," Bentley said, ''but I don't think they are up to it as det ectives. Why, they are easy." "You fooled 'em, all ri ght." "As s li ck as could be. But they didn't even know you and C h a rli e." "Don't make no mi sta ke," said Hand ome Charlie. "The Bradys ain't always to be caught napping that way. Keep your eyes ri ght'on 'em." "You think o ?" "I know it. Just when you think they're easy they're only drawing the line s around you to fetch you up like a mus tang under a lariat. I know 'em." "... "Well, Charlie's ri ght," dec lar e d Meg. "They are a lon g -head e d pair But we fooled 'em all right this time." "I s ay," cried B e ntley, "how far have we got to walk on this condemned track?" "Nobody knows!" I don't like it." "What are you going to do it?". "Can't we find a hand car somewhere?" P erhaps so. "But I say, Meg," cried B e ntley, "what will you do about Mr s Warr en D e lancey now? That game is up." "Yes." "And that suite you order e d by wire at the Palmer House--" "It will keep," crie d the f e male c ro o k with an eerie laugh. "But I say Didn't I leave a good m eme nto with the hotel keeper in Buffalo. Only a five-t hou sa nd-doll a r c heck signed by Mr s Warren D e lancey, of New York and Phila delphia.. "The treasurer of this company must hav e s ome money by this time," cried B e ntley. "When are we going to Aus tralia Meg?"

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26 THE BRADYS' HARD : FIGHT. "When the boodle reaches a million," replied Slippery I "The game is up, my friends. You will kindly put on Meg. these handcuffs." "There'll be only four of us to enjoy it. Poor Jimmy The handcuffs rattled in the old detective's hand. and l'lfartin are in the Tombs. They'll not be out of Sing But in that very moment the crisis was precipitated. Joe Sing for ten years anyway ." Bentley was a fellow oJ' very daring temperament. '"vVe can't wait." He was not the one to easily submit to capture, for the "Of comse not." fact that escape ensured a risk of life. At this moment the crook who had played valet to the A desperado of the fir t class he was. bogus Sir William, and whose name was James Hart, cried: So he was the one responsibl e for what followed. He "Hold on, mates! Here's a lift for us." quivered for a moment beneath the muzzle of the revolver. "What is it?" c ried Bentley: Then he gave vent to a low, deep cure. "The section gang's tool house, and probably we'll find a Quick as a flash he kicked the lantern clear over the railhand car here." road embankment and turned a half somersault, yelling: "Good! Is it locked? "C lose on 'em, mates! There's only two of them. Down "Yes." "Let me see it. I can pick any lock ever made." There was a fumbling in the dark, smothered exclama tions and a curse. Then the c lank of iron was heard. The detectives came to a halt, and Old King Brady whispered: "If it wasn't so dark I believe we could bag the whole gang now." "The darkness blocks u s>' "Yes." "They would make a fight." "That is to be expected "What if they get the hand car out?" Old King Brady was undecided what to do. It looked serious. The crooks would speedily distance them on the hand car. The old detective was in a quandary. He hardly knew what to do. Meanwhile Bentley had opened the tool house door. Matches were struck and a lantern found. This was lit. The hand car was seen on the wooden track down which it was usually run to place it on the main track. There were upon it the usual tools, s l edges, crow bars and implement s u sed by the railroad men. These were hastily thrown out. Then Bentley cried: "Give me a lift, Hart and Dunn. We'll put her out quick." "All right!" The three crooks seized hold of the light car. They lifted it down the wooden track and placed it on the iron rails. But just at that moment a stern voice came out of the darkness: "Hands up, or you're all dead men!" To say tliat the crooks were start led would be a very mild statement. Like a fl.as h they wheeled, to see two dark forms dimly outlined in the rays of the lantern. "The man who moves hand or foot is a dead man!" The crooks stood like statues. They glared at the two dark figures and into the muzzles of the revolvers. It was a tableau. It was a full half minute before further action was made. Then Old King Brady said: 'em!" Crack crack! The revo lver s spoke. The Bradys were compe lled to fire It meant death to them both if the o-ang closed in on them. In the darkness what followed was vague and bard to follow. Old King Brady dashed forward after he fired. He dared not fire aga in, nor did Young King Brady, for it could not be told who would get the bullet in the dark ness-whether friend or foe. That one at least of the s hot s had taken \!ffect could be told by the loud yell of anguish which folloved. Then blows and yells and curses followed, together with a woman's shr ill scr eam Far up the track lights wer(' seen and the tramp of feet re s ounded. It was evident that the noise had hands themselves, who had been in the and they were coming up to ascertain what the trouble was. The Bradys, how ever; too much occupied to notice this. They were in a fearfu l strugg l e with the three crooks. Y King Brady received a stunning blow on the skull which for a moment weakened him so that he could not rise. Old King Brady had floorcd one of the crooks H e had barely succeeded in slipping handcuffs on him when the hand car was heard to start away down the track. Clankety-clank-cla nkety-cl ank The old detective knew that the game was escaping him. He l eft the man whom he was holding and made a spas modic effort to reach t h e car But he was too late. It receded in the g loom driven by the powerful arms of the two crooks, Dunn and Bentley, who shouted back mockingly: "So long, old mossback You're a fine detective, you are! Shake some of the moss off your back before you try to do us up!" And Slippery Meg's screechy voice rose high in scornful lau ghter. Old King Brady drew his revolver and fired. But it was without effect. The darkness was too great for a good aim, and the car quickly ran out of range.

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THE BR.ADYS' HARD FIGHT. 27 ug King Brady bad now recovered himself. But 'o late. Hart lay helpless where Old King Brady had ow lant erns flashed and dark forms appeared on all railroad men came upon the scene with much ext and s urprise. surrounded the detectives, s howin g them up in the light. Their exclamation s were loucl and deep. t's this? asked a spokesman "What i going on h you had got h ere a few Lloments ear li er,'' said Brady. "I should lik e to hav e had your help." ,are you?" detective flashe d his star upon them are the Bradys, detectives," h e said. "We are chas Pullman car crooks. They have ju st g iv en u s the ey hav e gone oft with your hand car of surprise went up. i s one of the gang!" cried Young King Brady, Hart. off with a hand ea rl cried the spokes man of the gang W e ll, I lik e that! Wlrnt do ye say, boy ?" go after 'em!" no!" cried Old King Brady "The law will deal But they seem to have the best of u s They the hand car." boss of the railroad gang held up his l antern. 'er har t ('ar here,'' he aid "We've men pull the1 n in ten miles Here, Donn elly; Stevens out the su lky hand car. W e'll CHAPTER XIV AT THE FREIGHT YARDS. t\e lighte st and fa stest band car on the Lake Shore claimed Carter, t he boss of the section, to Old y. atiew patent sulky car, and it can go fast !"cried Old Ki n g Brady. "How many men can ?" we can go a lon g ?" t You detectives sit in the too l box and hang ver. D onne ll y and Stevens and Smith and I e turns at drivin g the car Eh, boy s?" eer went up. time than i t takes to tell it the light car was lift e d the track. detectives sat down in the car as dire cte d by Carter, I etlanswere left for the men to 1101c1 Hart a pri s oner cletectives s hould return. Then the s ulk y car Of course time had e l apsed. The crooks had a big start But the grade was steadi l y up for four mile s Neither Dunn nor Bentley were us ed to running a hand car The exert ion would be s ur e to tell on them Carter knew this. Aft('lr the four-mi l e grade then it was down grade for the next five. The railroad boss reckoned on drawin g up on the crooks within the four mile s and then outspeeding them on the down grade. Away flas h ed the s ulky car with great s peed beneath the h e rculean muscles of the powerful sect ion men. Fa ter and faster it flew. Olickety-click! Clan,kety-clank Around curves, across trestles and along embankment in the darkness it ran. And all the while Boss Carter's ears were strained to list e n for the sound of the car ahead. For there was no light on it to serve as a guide. The d etectives lning on and wailed. Suddenly a g reat light showed up far away down the track. A distant booming whist l e was heard "The Ch icago express! cried Carter "Sh e's comin' fast!" "The express?" cried Old King Brady. "Yes. She runs a sixty -mil e clip along h ere "But-we have little time to get off the track," cried the alarmed detective. Bos Carter onl y lau g h ed. "Don't ye fear! She's not on this track." "Are you ure of that?" "Dead s ure!" Still a s the great mon s ter locomotive came rushing down t hr oug h the inky g loom i t seemed to the detectives as if s he was certainly on the same track. But while s he was yet two miles away, her headlight sh owing a pathway 0f light acros s the double t r acks, a sight was seen which was comprehensive to the section men. They alone saw it. It was visible only for the briefest second of time. Besid e the track was a hand car and a group of form To the section men they were the obj ects of pursuit. They had feared t h at the approaching trai n was on the same tra ck, and h a d lifted the hand car off for safety while the train went past. "There they are!" cried Carter. "That delay s them. Now we' ll catch them. They haven't topped the four-mile g rade yet. Bend to it, boys! Run 'em down!" The men at the crank bent lower to their work The hand ca r litera ll y flew. Straight toward t h e approaching l eviathan of destru ction. Had it been on the s ame t r ack nothing short of a miracl e could h ave saved those on the hand car. But it was not. The trrun :flew past on the other track like a wild mad dened thing and went roaring and booming away into the black arches of the ni g ht. The detective s drew a breath of relief.

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28 TIIE BRADYS' HARD FIGHT. In that moment their respect for the railroad men was It was waiting orders to move, and was doubtlesE greatly enhanced held to allow s ome express to pass. Their Ii ves had been virtually in their hands. It wa Some of the cars were bein g shunted on to side -tr impossible to tell with the eye which track the train was on unloading. There were many string of vacant or until it would have been too late. cars. But the section men knew that westbound trains never All this could be r.een in the dim li ghts of the came up on any other track. yard The section men r emove d the hand car fr till there was a chance. track. Sometimes between certain stations for certain reasons-a Then Carter said: broken r ail or a washout-trains are run on the oppo s ite track both ways. But very seldom. On went the purs uers. Presently Boss Carter said : "I can hear them!" Faste r and faster went the s ulky car. The four-mile grade wa topped. It was all down grade now. Suddenly the men on the s ulky car began to s lack en speed "She's jus t ahead!" declared Carter. "'rhey must b e d o ne out She's going s low!" "Surrender, you dog s !" then roared the section bos s "Thar's no u se; you can't get away. The country's wild here, and ye can't make it. Surrender or we'll fire on y e !" No an s wer came back. But the car ahead went on with regular rhythm. Su1l d enly Carter said: "That's queer! Pnt on steam, boys, and catch that car. We mu stn't leave her on the track." \Vhat is the matter?" asked Old King Brady, with s udden pre monition "She's running wild." "Running wild?" "Yes." "What do you mean? Have the crooks l eft her?" "That's it." It was plain now that the shrewd rascals had perpetrated another sly game They had l eft the car and let it run on alone to mi s learJ. the pursuers and give them time to escape in another direc tion. Jus t how far ba c k they had left the car could only b e guessed But Carter said with conviction : "It ain't far back. The four-mile grade ends only a mile away What was to be done? Of course 'the first thing was to catch the tunaway hand car and remove it from the track for the s afety of passing trains. Then search must be instituted for the crooks. Under the handicap of darkness this would be difficult enough But Carter said: "Don't ye worry, l ads! I know every foot of this region. They can't go far, and daylight will soon be here The hand car was caught. But just then it ran around a curve and over some i;,\"itches. 'T'he sig nal li ghts of a sma ll were seen On the sid in g was a waiting freight train. "Gentl e men, we can't do any more for ye unbl da comes. The n w e' ll take ye up the lin e ag'in and be t \\'e kin to find them ra sca l s ." "Sure ly w e can ask no more," replied Old King "In the meanwhil e we must wait " We might go over to the swi tchman's s ha haven't over an hour to wait, anyway It's o'clock." "A ll right!" So thi s was done They went over to the small shanty used by the s man. IIere pipe s were produ ced and the railroad men s und chatted. The detective s fell to making notes a ductions. Time passed s l owly Old King Brady' s idea was that the crooks would a d c toui throu g h the country and try to make their into lhe Dominion of Canada. They would there b e afe. But Youn g Kin g Brad y had ai,1,i.her theory I doubt that,'' he sa id. "I hr' ' Vill go bac their trac k s again toward Buff: 1 . ...J1ey will think w e are off the track and will not su pect them a still in g to tbe railroad." The re was certa inl y logi c in this. And yet Old King Brady' s theory was just as r eason So he said: "If we do not de c ide in the morning exactly what co they have taken we will separate. You can go bac ward Btiffalo and I will take the anada route." "Good !" agreed Young Kin g Brady. "That v;ill fir s t class." And so it was sett l ed. But the detectives had hardl y reached when a startling s urprise was accorded all. Donnelly, one of the section m e n, had gone across yard to the station. He now came running in excitedly. "Hello, mate s !" he cried. "The agent at the he s aw two men and a woman sku lkin behind the fre1 cars over on the other s ide of the yard." "Them's the people we want!" rried Boss Carter, citedly "They've walk ed right into our little trap. out, men. Surround the ya rd. D on't l et 'em slip us The railr?ad men and the detective s slipped out of The g ray li ght of dawn was just appearing in the east They separated and ran in opposite directions thro the yard, back of the cars and the s heds.

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THE BRADYS' IIAHD FIGHT. 2 9 Rut no sign of Lhe crook was to be seen anywhere. ,;ould the station agent be mistaken? jBoss Carter did not think so. his is a small town,'' he declared, "an' the people are quiet and straight folks. Th re ain't much chance that could be any other two men and a woman out at this rnr of the morning. Th e n the station agent described 'em to a dot. They're din' round here somewhere." o the quest was kept up. not a trace of the crook could be found It cer ly was a mystery looked as if the detectives were beaten again in their r But yet they were not di couracred. Soon the day broke clear and fair. The sky was clouds eople b egan to appear on their way to their morning .!'lL The round-house was opened and l ocal trains began run through the town. tThe freights hiftin g engine appeared and began work the sidings. Boss Carter .now declared : "Well, we've done all we could to help ye gen ls. They've 'n '-i1s the slip fer sure Now I s'pose we've got to get ck onto the sectio n to work." "All right,'' said Old King Brady. "We must not hold u. We'r e g reatly obliged for what you have done." "You'll have to come back up the lin e to git your man," d Carter. "I'll leave the light hand car here for you. eP. our eye out for tr ins on t11e way up. Now, goodCHAPTER XV. ENTRAPPED AT LAST. e detectives bade good-by to the railroad men with s. They got upon their hand car and peel away up the track 1 in. The Bradys now set to work serio u s ly to solv e the stery. bat Slippery Meg and her two pals had been seen in ight yard there was no manner of cloubt. t they had gone far from t h ere the detectives did believe. they devoted their b est efforts to drawing the birds er, if pos ible. It was s harp work. e sear ching the yard and its cor ners Yo un g King e upon some foot-prints in the soft soil. them were the heavy boots of men, but the third alender foot of a woman He read the truth as plainly as the North ..American Indian r eads the forest trail which he has followed for weary miles. It could mean but one thing. The crooks had here come to a stop. They had not l eft the spot in any direction by walking. A fre-ight car had stood here. What more natural than that they shou ld enter it? Concealed in the car, they had heard their pursuers all about them, and yet had felt safe. Doubtle s ere this the car and its occupants were far on their way to some distant point. The det ectives exchanged g lance s after this discovery. "Well,'' said Old King Brady, "they have slipped us again." "So it seems." "Either we are growing dull or these are the sharpes t c hap s we have encountered for years," declared Old King Brady. "At any rate, I can't see that we have gained a. point on them yet." "I can;" said Young King Brady. "What?" "1 remember these cars well. They have not left the yard yet rrhe old detective was astonished "Ar e you sure of that?" he asked The young detective nodded. "I am he replied. "Do you know the cars when you see them?" '"' I "I think I do. If I am not mistaken they were New York Central cars. Ah, there is one of them now The shifting engine was backing a car across the yard and helping make up an outgoing freight. The two detectives approached this car. As they did so Old King Brady saw that the door was s li ghtly ajar. And in that narrow crack he fancied for an instant that he saw a white face. Only for an instant was it visible. He drew his revolver. "Come on, Harry,'' he cried. "I believe we've got 'em." The two detectives ran after the engine. The car was sh unted onto a sidi ng. B ut just as the detectives were within twenty yards of the car a lithe form was seen to l eap down from the car door on the opposite side A man sta r ted at fu ll speed across the freight yar .d. Of course the car intervened between him and the de tectives But Young King Brady gave chase. It was a quest i on of speed and endurance. Old King Brady reach ed the car ju st as a second man leaped out. It was Ilandsome C harlie. M:eg Mullins was yet in the car. "Yield!" cried Old King Brady, rushing upon him. "There's no chance for you, Dunn. This is t he end!" "Never gritted the villain, drawing a knife. "Get out of my way!" But Old King Brady was upon him like an avalanche.

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30 THE BHADYS' HAHD FIGHT. H e g ripped the wrist holding the knife. The n followed a terrible struggle Old King Brady was a powerful man. So was Handsome Charlie. :More over, Meg Mullin s now came to his assistance ''H o ld onto him, Charlie!" she screamed. "Don't give u p I ll fix him!" The r e was a dagger in the woman' s hand. It would have been a fatal thing for Old King Brady i f sh e had b e en p ermitted to use it. But t h e old d e tective saw h e r gam e H e w as not di s posed to m eet death in any such manne r. With a pow erful effort he turne d Hands om e Charli e's wri t The c r ook, with a snarl of pain dropp e d his knife with a clatte r onto the track. The n Old King Brady hurle d him back and turne d jus t in t im e to me e t the attack of the woman. A b low would hav e s tretch e d h e r se n se l c s at his feet. But Old King Brady could not s trike a woman. With a qui c k movement he dodg e d her blow Then he grasp e d her wri s t and gave it a sharp wrench. 'l'he knife flew away, while she gave a cream of pai n. But Handsome Charlie now sprang upo n the det e ctive again It was evident that the two crooks meant to fini s h Old King Brady if they could. But the old detective was more than a matc h for them. He had his second wind now and m e t Dunn lik e a ti ge r. Ile s e ized the big crook by the wair.t. In anothe r moment Dunn was off his fe e t. Down he went upon the rail s with a cra sh. So hard did he fall that he lay the r e stunned and helple ss. The n Meg starte d to flee But Old King Brady ove rtook h e r in one bound. "Not so fa s t my fin e lady," s aid the old d e tective, with a chuc kle. "You have taken your la s t flight." He clu t ch e d h e r by the sh,ouldcr and brou ght her to a hal t. Then, swift a s thought, he had the handc uff s upon her. h e was h e lpless. Old King Brady now ran back and handc uff e d Dunn. The n a s the villain gained his feet he handcuff e d to h im. The g ame was up. The hard fight was over. The Brady s had won. Dunn an d M e g s aw that their game wa s at its end. The r e for e they y i e ld e d in g ood spirit. Old King Brady now turned to look for Harry and his ga me. The y wer e not in sight. Y oung King Brady had started to outsprint Joe Bentley. It was a fine race. Bentle y had once been a professiona l foot-racer. Young King Brady was an athl ete of no mean merit, but he found his be s t powers tax ed to their utmost. A c ro s s the yard went pursuer and pursued. Bentl ey turn e d into a street which ran parallel with the railroad. H e rc was a long straight stretch There was no covert or place for the villain to purs uer the slip He mus t trus t to hi s ability to &IC outrun hi s enemy. Young King Brady saw his advantage and hasten make the best of it. Every moment now was pre ciou s The youn g d e tectiv e b ega n to gain. Slowly at fir s t, but s urely, h e cr ep t upo n hi s and n e arer. Now h e was almo t at his shoulde r. Bentley h eard him and knew tha t the race wa alm ende d But h e k ept on. "You mi ght a s w e ll give up, Bentley," s aid the yo11 d e tective, te r se ly. I can outrun y ou. The race i min "It ain't won y e t, hisse d the villain. "My c hance is F g ood." Young King Brady put out his right hand and the fe llow' s shoul d e r. The result w as qui c k and s urpri s ing. Quick as a fl Ben llcy s topp ed. Young King who was unprepare d for thh. full tilt into B e ntl ey, who s toop e d and the young det e .c:' turne d a compl e t e som e r ault over him. 'l' h e n the villain c am e v ery n ear to making a fini s h Youn g King Brady .. H e gn1bbe d an iron coupling-pin which chllT'".!ed t in t h e road. With thi s dan gerous w e apon h e rus h e d urnn t dete c tiv e Young King Brady had not b '' 1 i j ured by the fi That h e was surprised goes without s a y in g But he saw the c omin g attac k of hi fo e jus t in time The next mom ent might have been his la s t, for if Ben had struc k him with the iron bar the chances were g t hat he would hav e been rendered helple ss, if not actu kill ed. H e l e ap e d half t o his fe e t. B e ntley rushed upon him and s wun g the iron bar his head. But Y oung King Bra dy, qui c k a s a flash, d between the vill ai n's l egs The bar fle w from Bentl g rasp with the force of the swing. The n almost b e fore the villain kne w it, Young Brad y h a d him o n his bac k. The handc uff s w e r e snapped upon his wrists and he hel pless. The game was up. B entle v surrende r e d. "Get on your fe e t s aid the yom 10 Jet ectivo ire1 won't rob any mor e Pullman cars ri ght a way." "We g ave you a h ard fight, said the vi llain. "I'll agr e e to that,'' said Youn g King Brady; "bu Bradys have won it." "Accept my congratulations,'' said Bentley, with a "We may turn another card in this game y et." "Not if we know it." Young King Brady marched h i s pri son e r bac k to the tion. There Old King Brady had Meg Mullins and all sec ure.

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THE BRADYS' HARD FIGlfi'. 31 fot" .ere 1ra a quick consultat ion as to what had better be All got lon g sentences to Sing Sing, where they may b e e. Anothrr train going east would not be along for to-day. two hour The Bradys, on arriving in New York telegraphed Mr. The det L ccided to take the hand car and go back a nd Mrs Warr en D e lancey, of Phil adelphia, and they a n d pick up J:L... where they had l eft him with the railroad e merged from their temporary concealment. They were men. glad to know that the crooks had been run to earth. Th i s was don e The detective s met Mr. Pullman in the office of the The railroad m e n it i s needless to say, were glad to see t h e detectives and to know that they had been s ucce sful. The rest of the story may be bri efly given In due time the Pullman car crooks were lodg e d safe in the Tombs in New York. Chief of t he Secret Service The Bradys received a large reward. And this ends the story of the Brady s' Hard Fight. THE END. 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WORK AND An Interesting Weekly for America. 32 PAGES. C OLORED COVERS. PRICE 5 CENTS. ISSUED EVERY FBID!l Every number will contain a well written story, detailin g t h e interesting s t a r t li n 1 humorous adventures of FRED FEARNOT, a bright, hone s t independe n t sort of c h a p1 has made up his mind to make .his own way through life, and in d oing so see everything. seen, do all the good t h a t c a n be done, and have all the fun possible. Not h i n g will be al, i n these stories that can give offense t o the most refined m inds, and we fe e l assured that tl ,i a s well as young will find both plea "ure and profit in following t h e harmle s s adventures o . brigh t young man who always tri to do right a t the same time u sing every. effo r t to k e t op. JCT L READ ONE. AND YOU WILL READ THEM ALL. 1 Fred Fearnot; or, School Days at Avon. 2 Fred Fearnot, Detective; or, Balking a Desperate Game. 3 Fred Fearnot's Daring Rescue; or, A Hero in Spite of Himself. 4 Fred Fearnot's Narrow Escape; or, The Plot that Failed. 5 Fred Fearnot a.t Avon Again; or, His Second Term at School. 6 Fred Fearnot's Pluck; or, His Race to Sa.ve a. Life. 7 Fred Fearnot a.s a.n Actor; or, Fame Before the Footlights. 8 Fred Fea.rnot at Sea; or, A Chase Across the Ocean. 9 Fred Fearnot Out West; or, Adventures With the Cowboys. 10 Fred Fearnot's Great Peril; or, Running Down the 11 Fred Fearnot's Double Victory; or, Killing Two Birds With Stone. 12 Fred Fearnot's Game Finish; or, His Bicycle Race to Save a m:u t For sale b y all n ewsdeale r s o r w ill be sent t o any address on receipt of pr1 6 cents. Address TC>"CJSE:"'Y', :E>u. b1isb.e:r 29 WEST 26TH STREET, NEW YO

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SECRET SERVICE OLD AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DETECTIVES. H {WARD WALK R.-.1 ; WCONGRFSS S T --Who has not heard of'' Old King Brady," the celebrated detective, who has un eled more mysteries than any sleuth eve:r "heard of. In the series of to be r lished in SECRET SERVICE, he by:>a. young man kno-wn as ''Ye King Brady," whose only aim in life is to excel "Old King Brady" in dangerous cases and running the criminals to earth. How well he ddes so wiJ fully explained in the following stories published in SECRET SERVICl \ Colored Covers. Issued Wee 1 The Black Band: or, The Two Kin. g Bradys Against a Hard G9 An Interesting Detective Story. 2 Told by the Ticker; or, The Two King Bradys on a 3 The Bradys After a Million; or, Their Chase to Save an Heiress. 4 The Bradys' Great Bluff: or., A Bunco Game that Failed to Work. 5 In and Out; or, The Two K ng Bradys on a Lively Chase. 6 The Bradys' Hard Figh o After the Pullman Car Crooks. 7 Case Number Ten; Qr,-The Bradys and the Private Asylum Fra 8 The Bradys' Silent Searc or,-'l'racking the Deaf and Dumb Ga I For Sale by All Newsdealer s or will b e Sent to Any A ddress on Receip o f Price 5 C e nts Per Copy, by, FRANK TOUSEY, P ublisher, 29 VY est 26th St. New York


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