Old Sleuth, the detective; or, The Bay Ridge mystery


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No. I OLD SLEUTH, THE DETECTIVE. Dy OI,D SLEU'I'll. This Number contains a Complete Story, Unchanged and Unabridged. j SINCLE l l NUMBER. f GEORGE SONS, PUBLISHERS, 171 27 VA!
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. :1)iefe lJopuliire finb bie fJeften in bet beutfd)en ,,'!)ot bieie grote WCofle bon ei11e unberfiHfd)te w.e eine ftorfe UntmidJ!SgetoaH bet ber mminigten ibtootm ift, unb eine grote ,Pilte fiir llfmerifoner, tneld)e bie beutfd;e G.\}tadJe ftubiren, fann niemmtb Ieugnen." } 9ead1fol\lrnbe !!l.lrrfr finb in bet IDentldJen etfdJienen: 1 Der Kniser, von Prof. G. Ebers .................. 20 94 In der zwillften Stunde, van l'ri<>d Spielhagen, 2 Die Somosierra, van R. Waldmuller ............ JO und Ebbe uud Fluth, van M. Widdern ......... 10 3 Das Geheimniss der a.lten lllamsell, Roman von 95 Dit> von Hohenstein, von Fr. Spielhagen. Erste E. l\larlitt......................... .......... 10 Halfte.. .. .. .. . .. . .. . . . . .. .. .. ........ 20 4 Qu1sisana, vo11 Fr. Spiel hagen.. ..... .. ........ 10 95 Die voo Hohenstein, von Fr. Spielhagen. Zweite :> Ual'tenlaubeu-BlUthen, v o n E. ..... 20 Hli.lfte .... .............................. .. 20 6 Die Haud der Nem .. sis, 'on E A. Koolg........ 20 9G Deutsch und Slavisch, von Lucian Herbert. ... 10 7 Amtmaun' s Magd, vou E. ............... 20 97 Im Hause des Commerzien-Raths, von l\farlitt ... 20 S Vineta., von E. \Verner ........ : .................. 20 96 Helene, von H.Wachenhusen, und Die Prinzessin 9 Auf derRlimmingsburg, von III. Widdern ........ 10 von Portugal, von A. Meissn e r ................. 10 10 Das Has Hillel, von Max Ring .................. 20 99 Aspasia, von Robert Hnrnmerling ............... 20 11 Gl!lckaut I, von E. Werner ........................ JO 100 Ekkehard, v. Victor v. Scheffel. ................. 20 12 Goldelse, von E Mnrlitt .......................... 20 101 Ein Kampf um Rom, von F. Dahn. Erste Ha!fte. 20 13 "Vater und Sohn, vo11 F. Lewald .................. 10 101 Ein Knmpt um Rom, von F. Dahn. ZweiteBillfte 20 14 Die \V!lrg e r v o n Paris, von C. Vacano ......... 20 102 Spinoza, von Berth. Auerbach ................... 20 15 Der Dia111antschlei!er, von Rosenthal-Bonin ... 10 103 Von der Erde z,1111 l\1ond, vou J. Verne ....... 10 16 Jugo und Ingraban, von Gustav l<'reytag ......... 20 104 Der 'l'odesgruss der Legio11en, von G. Samarow. 20 1'I' ElnA Frai:e, von Georg Eber'I., ...... : ............ 10 105 Reise um den Mond, van Julius Verne ........... 10 18 Im Paratliese, von Pnnl Hey9" ................... :IO 106 Filrst i\1usikerj von M a x Ring ............... 20 19 In beid e n Hemisphliren, von Sutro-Schiieking .. 10 J07 Sahib, von Retch Ile. Erster Band ..... 20 :!O Gelebt mad gelitten, von H Wacbennusen ....... 20 107 Nena Sahib, von J. Retclifl'e. Z"eiter Baud ..... 20 ft Die Eicbbo fs, vou l\I. vo11 Ueichenbach ......... 10 J07 N ena Sahib, vou J. Retclill'e. Dritter Band ...... 20 21! Kinder der Welt, von P. Heyse. Erste Halfte ... 20 108 RAie nach elem blittelpunkt.. de1 Erde, von J. 22 Kinder der Welt, von P. Heyse. Zweite Halfte. 20 Verne ........................................... 10 Zl B1uf!lssele1 vou B. Auerbach .................... 10 109 Die Hochzeit, voo S. Kohn .............. 10 !t Da.a Nest aer Z1.urnkooige, voo G Freytllg ...... 20 110 Das Spnkehaus. v o o A. von Winterfeld .......... 20 25 F'r!lhlingsboten, vo11E. Werner .................. 10 Ill Die Erben des Wahnslnns. vou T. Marx ......... 10 26 Zelle No. 7, VOil Pierre Zncone ................... 20 112 Der Ulan, von Joh. van Dewall .................. 10 21 Die ju11ge Frau, von H. Wachenhuseo ............ l!O 113 Um l10hen Preis. yrm E. Werner ... ,. ............... 20 iJ.i llucheuheim, vou 'J'h. von Varnbiiler ............ 10 114 Sch>iarzwalder Dorfgeschichten, vo11 B. Auer!O Anf der Bahn des Verbrechens, vou E. A. Konig 20 bach. Erste Halfte .......................... 20 :JO Brigitta, vou Berth. Auerbach .................. 10 114 Scbwarz-wiL!der Dorrgeschichleu, rnn B. Auer31 Im Schilling8hor, voo E Marlitt .................. 20 ha.ch Zweite Hiilfte....... .. .. .. . . . .. .. .. 20 a..i Gesprenl!'teFesseln, von E. Werner .............. 10 11 Reise urn die Erde. von Julius Verne ........... 10 13 Der Heiduck, von Hans Wache11husen ........... 20 116 Casars !C11de, von S. J. R .. (Schluss vou 104) .... 20 8'I Die Stnrmhexe, von Graflu M. Keysel'ling ...... 10 117 Ant Capri. van C'.arl Detler.... ... .. .. .. .. .. 10 -8!1 Das Kind Bajazzo'a, voll E. A. Konig .......... 20 118 Severa, von E. Hartner ....................... 20 ::t. Die Brl1der vom deutschen Hause, Yen Gustav 119 Ein Arzt der Seele, von Wilh. von Rillern ..... 20 Freytae: ........................................ 20 120 DieLivergna.s, TOD Hermonn Willfried .......... 10 811. !"'rWilddieb, vonF.Gerstll.cker ............ 10 J21 Zwaoziittause11d Meilell Meer, vonJulius S8 Die Veriobte, von Rob. \Valdmilller .............. 20 Verne ........................................ 20 89 Der Doppelgauger, vo11 L. Schilcking ............ 10 122 Mutter und Sohn, voo A. Godin ................. 10 40 Die weisse Fran von Greirenstein, von E. Fels .. 20 123 Das Hans des Fa.brika.nten, voo G Samarnw .... 20 41 Hans und Grnte, von Fr. Bpielhagen ............ 10 124 Bruderllicht und Liebe, Yon L. Schucking ...... 10 ; ,;e1n Onkel Don Juan, voll H. Hopteo .......... 2C 125 Die Romerfllhrt der Epigonen, voll G. S:imarow. Markus Klloig, TOD Gustav Freytag .............. 20 Erste Hll.ltte .................................... 20 44 Die Amerikanerinnen, Ton Fr. l:lpiel-126 Die Romerfahrtder 1"pigonen, von G. s .. marow. hagen ........................................... 10 Zweite Halfte .................................. 20 45 Das grosse Loos, von A. Kilnig ................... 20 126 Porkeles und Porkelessa. von J. Scherr .......... 10 ti Zur Ehre Gottes, von Sacher, und Ultimo, von 127 Ein FriedensstOrer, von Victor Bll1tbgen, nnd Fr. Sp!elbngen .................................. 10 Der heimliche Gnst. von R B.rr ............... 20 Geschwister, von Gustav Freytag ............ 20 128 Sehone Frauen, Yon R. Edmund Hahn ............ 10 t B!schoC tllld Konig, von Mariam Tanger, und Der 12g BakcJ1en und Tbyrsostrilger, von A. Niemann .. 20 l Pirnt;,nkllnig, TOii M. Joka.L .................... 10 130 Getrennt, Roman von E. Po>lko .................. 10 41) Re1chsgrafln Gisela, Yon Marhtt .................. 1lO 131 Alte Ketten, Roman von L. Sch!lcking .......... 20 Ill> Bewegte Zeitn1 von P. ............ 10 5T Falsche Wege. von J. von Brnn-Ba.rnow ......... 10 Der Schweden-Scnat. z, von H. Wachenhuseo ... 2{l 58 Versunkene Welten, von W. Jensen ............ llO Ja7 Die Bettlerin vom l'ont des Arts und Das Bild des 00 D;e Wobnungssncher, von A. von Winterfeld .... 10 Kaisers, von Wilh. Hauf? ....................... 10 ti4l Eine Million, von E. A. Konig .................... 20 1:J8 Madelle, Hist. Ro111an, von A von Winterfeld. 20 (St Das Skelet, Yon F. Spielhagen, nnd Das Fr1ilen139 Der Krieg um die Hnube, von Stefanie Keyser 10 l1a.us, von Gustav zu Putl!tz...... . ....... 10 140 Numa Rournestan, von Alphonse Da.udet.. ...... 20 und Hnben, voo G Freytag. Erste Halfte ... 20 141 Spiitsommer. Novelle vo11 e. von Sydow, und ti't Soll uud Babeu, vonG. Freytag. Zweite H11lft. 20 Eugelid. Novelle von Balduin Mollhausen ..... 10 tIB Schloss Grllnwald, von Charlotte Fielt ............ 10 142 Bartolomiius, vo11 Brnsehnver, ttnd llfusma Cus-M Zwei Kreuzherre11, Ton Lucian Herbert ......... 20 Raliu, Novellen ,on L. Ziemssicn .............. 10 69 Die Erl.,bnisse einer Schutv.lo11en, von K. Sutro 143 Ein gemeuchelter Dichter, Komischar Roman Schiicking ...................................... 10 vou A VOil Winterfeld. Erste Hii.lrte ........ .. 20 DlUl von E. Marlitt ........... 20 143 Ein gemeuchel'er Dichter, Komischer Roman 67 Die Geyer-Wally, von Willun. von Hillern ....... 10 von A. voll Wiuterfold. Zwllf'I' Roman von G. .... ........ 2(1 611 Am Altar, voo K Werner ........................ 10 145 Novellen, von Paul Jleyse........... .. ......... JO 10 Der Konig der Luft, voo A. von Winterfeld ...... 20 146 A.dam Homo in Versen, von Paludan-Mllller .... 20 Tl Aloschko von Parma, von Karl E. Franzos ....... 10 147 Ihr einzige r Brnder, von W Heirnl.mrg .......... 10 n Schuld und S!lh11e, VOD Ewald A. Konig ........ 20 148 Ophelia, Roman VOil H. VOO Laukenau ......... 20 'I'll lu Reih' und Glied, von Fr. Spielhagen. Erste Nemesis, von Helene v. H!llsen ................... 10 HILlfte ........................................... 20 150 Felicitas, Histor. Roman voll F. Dahn ........... 10 lo R e ill' uud Glied, von Fr. Spielhagen. Zweite lM Die Clnudier, Roman von Ernst Eckstein ......... 20 Illiifte......................................... 20 152 Eine Vel'!or e ne, ""Leopold Kompert .......... JO 74 Geheimnisse einer kleinen Stadt, von A. von 153 Luginsland, ROlmau von Otto Uoquctte ...... ... 20 .................................... 10 154 Im Baune der Musen, voo W. Heimburg ...... 10 75 Das Laudhaus am Rhein, von B. Auerbach. Erste 155 Die Schwester, v. L. Schiicking ................ JO IlaiftR ........................................... 20 lfi6 Die Colonie, von Friedrich Gerstiicker.... 20 75' Dli>S Landhaus am Rhein, von B. Auerbach. 157 Deutsche Liebe, Roman von 111. Miiller ........... 10 Zweite Hli.ltte ...................... .......... 20 158 Die Rose "on D1 lhi, von Fels Erste Hlilfte ... 20 16 Clara Vere, vrin Friedrich Spielhagen ............ 10 1"8 Die Rose von Delhi, von Fels. Zvreit e Halfte .. 20 1r Die Frau DiirgenneisLerin, von G. Ebers ....... 20 lM Debora. Roman von W. Miiller ............... 10 'iS Aus eigener Kra.ft, von 'Vilh. v. Hillern ........ 20 t60 Eine ?tluttPr, von Friedrich Gerstlic:ker ........... 20 19 Ein Kampf urn's Recht, von K. Franzos .......... 20 161 Friedhofsblnme, von W. von Hillern ............ 10 80 Pri11zessin Schnee, von l\ItLric Widdern .......... JO 1 G 2 N"ch der ersten Liebe, von K. Frenzel. ........ 20 175 Das Vermi:i.chtn!ss. von Ernst Eckstein. Halrte ......................................... r,.i 176 Herr und Frau Bewer, von P. Lindau . J 177 Die N1hilisten, von J oh. ScJwrr.... .. . . .. . JO 178 Die Frau mitdenKarfunkelsteinen1vot1 E .. l\'larlitt 2U 179 .Jetta. vou George Taylor.......... 20 J 8 0 Die Stieftochter, vou J. Smith .................. 20 181 An der Heiiquelle, von l'ried. Splelhaiten ... 20 182 \Vas der 'l'odtenkopf erzahlt, von !11. Jokni. ..... 20 183 Der Zig-eunerbaron, V Oil 111. J o kai ................ Jll 184 Himmlische u. irdlsche Liebe, vou Paul Htwse 185 Ehrn, Homan Yon 0. f'cbuhin ................ : . 20 1 86 Violanta, Roman von E. Eckstein .............. 2U 1 87 Nemi, Erzlihlune: von H. Wachenhusen ........ 10 188 Straodgut. v o11 Joh. von Dewnll. Er,te !Ialrte .. 20 188 Strandgut. voo Joh. von Dewall. ZweiLe lliilfte. 2U J89 Homo sum, von Georg Ebers ................... 20 190 _von_ 190 Eine Ae1u Joh. von 10 218 Lore von follen, von W. tte1mb11rg ............. 20 219 Spitze1'. Roman 70ll P LindatA . .............. 20 2-W Der Referenda.r, Novello von Ernst Ecksteia ..... 10 221 D...; Geie:er-Evchen, Roman von A. Dom .... .... 20 2a Di e Gotterbnrg, von 111. Jokai . . ........ 20 2J8 Der Kronpri11z mad die deutsche Kaiserkrone, Yon G. Freytag.............. ................ 10 224 Nicht im Geleise, Rotnau von Ida Boy-Ed ........ 2D 225 Camilla, Roman von E. E ksein ................ 20 226 Erzahluug aus hibllscher Zeit von Geo1g Ebers.............. .. ....................... 20 '12:'1 Am Belt, Roman von Gregor Samarow ........... 20 228 Ibsen's Werke in vier jede1 Band. 20 Jn geistiger Irre. Roman von H. Kohler ......... 20 :..30 Flammenzeichen, Homan von E. \Verner ..... ... 20 l31 Der Seelsorger, vn V Valentin ............ 10 232 Der Prlisideot, von K. E. Fraozos ................ 20 233Erlachhof. Rorna.11 von 0. Schubiu............. 20 234 Ein Mann, von fl. Heiherg ....................... 20 235 Nach elm Jahren, Roman von M. Jokni ..... .. :.)I) 236 Urn dio l chre, Roman von 111oritzvon Ueichenhnch 20 237 Eine Hof-Intri1, jeder ......................... 20 chenhusen ..................................... 10 169 Serapis, Roman vou G. Ebers .................. 20 255 Louise de In Valliare, von Alexander Dumns. 80 Der goldeoe Schatz ans dem dreisaigjahrigen 170 Eiu GotteRnrtheil. R oman von E. Werner .. 10 In zwei Theilen, ........................ 29 I Krieg, von E A. Konig ........................ 20 t7J Die Kreuzfahrer. ltoman von Felix Dahn ....... 20 256 Der Mann In der P;tsern!'n Miske, von Alexander 98 Das Frlloule1n von St. Amarauthe von R von 172 Der E1be von We1denhot, von F. Pe!zeln ...... 20 Dumas. In.zwe1 Jeder .. .... . 20 Gottschal l ...................... .' ............. 10 173 Die Reise nach dern Schicksal, von K. I<"ranzos. 10 2!'fl DerFr&uenkneg, von A.Dumas. It> zwei Tlletlen, t t Der Flirst von Montenegro von A. v. Winterfeld 20 174 Villa Sch/Snow, Ronufo Ton W. Raabe ........... 10 jeder ............................................ 2iJ 9lt Um eln Herz, von E. Falk'. ...................... JO 175 Das Vermachmiss, von Ernst Eckstein. Erste 25tl Der Chevnliervon Malson-Rouge, von A. Dumas. llO 91 bet i'a ll4dJ treeub eiuer 'llDreffe 1>ortofrei uerjenbet. burd) bie llJofl billet matt uali) IJlummern 311 beflelleu. t 1 ; CSbeorge P O B ox 1 781. 17 to 27 VA.NUF.WATER STREE'l'. NEW YORK. I (

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Old Sleuth Library.' EE:O"O"'OE:C TO 5 CENTS EAC:S:. .. ISSUED QUARTERLY. A Series of the Most Thrilling Detective StAlries Ever Published l NO. 1.-0LD SLEUTH, THE DETECTIVE. A dashing romance, detailing in graphic style the hair-breadth e sc apes and thrilling adventures of a veteran agent of the law. NO. 2.-THE KING OF THE DETECTIVES. In this story the shrewdnees and cunning of a master-mind are delineated in a fascinating manner NO. 3.-0LD SLEUTH'S TRIUMPH. The crowning trium-ph of the great detective's active csrcer is reached after undergoing many exciting perils and dangers.. NO. 4.-UNDER A MILLION DISGUISES. 'lbe many subterfuges by which a detect ive tracks his game to justice 11re all described in a graphi:: mann&r in this great story NO. 5.-NIGHT SCENES IN NEW YORK. b absorbing story of life after dark in the great metropolis. All the variou s featur e s of metropolitan life-the places of amusement, hlgtt low life among the night hawks of Gotham, etc., are reali s t ic ally described in this delightful story. NO. 6.-0LD ELECTRICITY, THE LIGHTNING DETECTIVE. 1or Ingenuity of plot, quick and exciting succession of dramatic incid e nts, this gre a t story has not an equal in the whole range of literature NO. 7.-THE SHADOW story is a masterpiece of entrancing nction The woncierful exploits and hair-breadth escapes of a clever Jaw agent al'eald scribed in brilliant style. NO. 8 .-RED-LIGHT WILL, THE RIVER DETECTIVE. ID this !3plendid romance, lovers ol. the weird ex:!iting phases of life on the teeming docks and wharfs of a great city will find a mine of UU:.:,j ing interest. NO. 9.-IRON BURGESS, THE GOVERNMENT DETECTIVE. Die man1 sensational incidents of a detective's life in chasing to cover the sharks who prer upon the revenue cf the Government are ell deo scribed in a fascinating manner. Thia story will hold the reader spell bound with interest from beginning to end NO. 10.-THE BRIGANDS OF NEW YORK. l'Wo work la a stol\rtling expose of the dangers of the great metropolis, and orings to light many hitherto hidden crimes perpetrated by the cmm nals of the city. NO. 11.-TRACKED BY A VENTRILOQUIST. Jn tbh5 story the wonderful art of ventriloquism is made to play a promin e nt part, aRd by its n id many a miscarriage of justice Is avoided. NO. 12.-THE TWIN SHADOWERS. U1rougn the wonderful congenital resemblance of the heroes, the scenes and incidents of this story ass ume a weird -wd the interest fa 1D abated to the l ast line. NO. 13.-THE FRENCH DETECTIVE. !'hose 'iVf\.') MS familiar with the work performed by Vidocq Le c oq a n d other em i nent French officers will find this book fully eqUat lo any. thing written of th em. NO. i4.-BILLY WAYNE, THE ST. LOUIS DETECTIVE.. ..\ tale :>f the great South west, replete with all the stirring incidents peculi a r to th n t sec tion of the countr NO. 15.-THE NEW YORK DETECTIVE, 1 "rcnoo li.".bcr.e.. Addre!s GEO:RGE MUNRO'S .Mu1rno's PUBLISHING H
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OLD SLEUTH, THE DETECTIVE. Dy OLD SLEU'I'H. This Number contains a Complete Story, Unchanged and Unabridged. No. I j SINCLE l l NUMBER. f GEORGE MUNRO'S SONS, PUBLISHERS, 17 TO 27 VANDEWATER Sr., N1tw YoRK. 5 PRICE 5 CENTS.5 Vol I. Old Sleuth Library. Issued Monthly.-By Subscription. ll5 cents per .Annum. Oopyrlghted 1885, by George nt tbe Post Office at New York a.t Second Class R&tes .-March 8, 1885. Copyr1gbred 1812, 1680, and 1885, by George Munro. Old Sleuth, the Detective; Of, THE BAY RIDGE MYSTERY. CHAPTER I. !<; '1.81.EY MERRrl'T had been gambling all night in a little tavern locat ed on the shore road m the vicinity of Bay Ridge. He was a resi dent of Staten Island, at a point across th e bay, directly opposite to the place where he had spent the greater part of the nigh t. About two hours before daybreak, he arose from the gam ing-table, dead broke h aving lost every cent which he had had in his possession; consequent ly, as he proceeded along the beach to where his boat lay rocking on the i11comi11g tide, lie -.vas in no pleasant humor Throwing in the anchor, he leSe in his boat, look au oar, and the corpse up on the bench; and after securing his boat drew ; t entirely from the water. It was a moonless night, and rather cloudy, still be was enabled to sec that it was the body of a well-dressed man. For some moments be stood coutemplutiug the ghastly object, when his eye attracted by a littl e glistening on the bosom of tllc body, and a sudden llorri ble expression of mingled greed and furtive ter ror ovcrnprc3d bis couulcnancc, as examination proved th e sparkle to be a glittering diamond. Around his ceck, also, a closer inspection dis closed a massive gold chain, with curiously wrought links of unusual thickness. !}.. cold tremor shook Ule form of Emsley tiklnttt, as he cast a hurried and_guilty glance :Sy OLD SLEUT:Et. around to see if any was near. Being satisfied that he was unseen, be quickly un clasped the pin from the demi man's bosom. and transferred it to his vest-pocket. It t ook but n secoarl longer to raise the head and draw over the ghastly features the chain, to which was at tached a heavy driublc-cnsed watch. This also was hidden upon the of this whose motions proclaimed him an intend ed robber of the de a d. as be secreted the watch in his pocket he was startlerl. by a rnuud, and a co ld sweat broke out all over his body nt t he thought that his suRpicioi:.s ac1.ious had probably been witne..
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I / 4 OLD SLEUTH, 'fHE DETECTIVE. "A sqnare rake in what?" "this is as good a place as any. Give me the stirred to its very depths, he Dr.ct been the vie" Oh, don't try and sing an honest tenor on pin, the watch and chain and the bills; yott tim of a series of robberies Certain me, yon've got to make it a square deal, or all keep the checks, and I don't doubt but what reasons had induced him to confine the knowl: goes to the coroner, including that toy you've you'll have the biggest share then." edge of his losses within his own l:>reas\, and got in your pocket, and that watch and chain I won't make any division until we get had exerted all his ingenuity and cunning ta you've stowed somewhere ashore, and then we'll divide even." obtain some rle11 to the thief. But, after week'! While this dialogue was being carried on, "Will you hand that pocketbook over here?" of the most skil'.ful detective effort s on his own Merritt had been revolving matters rapidly in said Hank. part, he had failed, and was finally compelfod his active brain, and weighing probabilities. He "No, I won't." answered Merritt. to call in a professiol'al thief-taker, and trust to did not wish to give up what he 11ad secured, "Come now, Merritt, I ask only what is just his greater experience. Thus it was that in tlte for, unknown to his friends, Emsley Merritt, a and fair. We are entit!ed to equal shares, so op ening words of this chapter, we find Emsley elerk: in a bunking-house, was in desperate cirhand it over." }!erritt sittin!I in his private office a11ailing U1e cnmstances. The valuables were particularly "I've told you no, and I mean no." appearance or one of tbe most noted private deneces.sary for his financial sa1vat)on, and he was "Then take that," yelled Hank, and as be tectives in the metropolis, willing to take long chances to retain them. On spoke, he swung the oar around, to deal Merritt He had waited long past the hour appointed, the other nand, he did not wish to be linked in a terrible blow, but his foot slipped, and he and yet the expected officer had not come. The such :.in ignoble crime with such a notorious tumhled headlong into the water. great banker began to wax wroth. rascal as Hank Skinner, as he knew that it "Well, fortunately, I had no hand in his Twice he had come out of his inner office int ; o would give the fellow a hold on him for the rest death," Merritt muttered to himself. the counting-room and had inquired whether of his life. By the time Hauk had finished Hank sunk rapi(lly to the bottom, while any person had called for him, or whether any spealdng, Merritt had decided ou a course of Emsley Merritt seized his oars and in the dim stranger had made any inquiries. The reply action. In answer, he said: light of the early morning pulled to the Staten was, that there had been none other than the "Well, to tell the truth, I had no intention Island shore usual comers, "except that old fellow ovor of keeping these things, but luck has run there," whispered the clerk, as he pointed to a against me to-night, and I don't know but ;hat tall, broad-shouldered, country-looking old men, you and I are about ae well entitled to them a$ CHAPTER IL who alternately walked in the outer space from anybody else. If we don't take them, that slipA WlU.LTH"lt banker sat in his inner office, at the desks, or sat reading a morning paper pery justice of the peace, or some other thief, the rear of his magnificent counting-room, situ through a pair of iron-rimmed spectaclea, ov1:r will." eted in New Street. near Wall. He was a tall, which the clerks had observed him shyly glane "Of course they will," said Hank, encoumgsqu!!re man, with iron-gray hair, and a dark, ing now and then, and the keenness of hi8 gl.llnce ingly. piercing eye, and aquiline nose, and a mouth had struck them as rather peculiar for a near.. But come, old man, we must be quick, or expressive of determination and firmness. He sighted person. eome cf the fishermen will be around here to was evidently one of the class of men who can Who is he? and what does he want take advantage of the flood-tide." delay and biggie over a negotiation for weeks, inquired the banker, be deliberately eyed tbe The two men now proceeded to where the to secure the most tritling advantage. His charrustic. body lay, and Hauk was about to thrust his acter was strongly and clearly drawn upon his Well," replied the clerk, it is hard to teU. bands into the dead man's pockets, when Merfeatures; he was a cold, heartless, exwhat he wants; he has been here nearly ritt suggested that they had better fasten a stone acting, money-worshiping man, and this man-hours; he says he is waiting for some one lie to the body, to keep it a foot or two under the this wealthy, aristocratic banker-is the Emsley was to meet here, but the fact is, sir, I consider water, and tow it over towaro the other shore, Merritt of our previous chapter. his molions rather suspicious." where they would be less likely to encounter Fifteen years had passed since the night when What have you observed that looks sus t.ny interruption, and where, after they had he had robbed the dead body, which he found picious?" asked the banker. entirely throu&h the body, they could sink thumping against the stern of his bo;.i.t on the Several times I have seeu him look up fr01111 it. This plan suite Hank, and they proceeded Bay Ridge shore. the paper, when he thought himself unobserveil, 1o put it into execution. As previously related, when he arose from the and slyly watch the movements of the clerk&, After rowing some distance into the bay, gambling-tnble upon that eventful night, he had and with a keenness in his eves which is out nf Merritt, who held the oars, requested his comJost all the money he had had in his possession; place beh:nd those spectacle$." panion lo take them. After they had changed and what was still worse, that money was not The banker was a shrewd man; in an iru;ta.1' seats, he drew the body up to the surface, and his own to lose. At that time he was a clerk in the truth !lashed upon his mind. This innl! Inserted his hands into the drenched pockets, a widely known banking-house; but the demon cent-looking old fellow was a detective, who one after another. of gambling had taken possession of his mind. was taking observations before the suspicions of In the pantaloons-pocket he found a few gold Under this fearful influence, he had gone on the clerks should be aroused as to his real char. pieces, but in the breast pocket of the coat, he from step to step, until every cent of his own acter. Emsley Merritt had sagacity enough !ound a large pocket-book. Hastily opening it, had been squandered. Havinir been a con.tiknow that it was to his interest lo favor the de he discovered that it was full of bank-bills and dential clerk, he had been enahled to draw his ception, consequently he said to the clerk camchecKs. A chuckle of quiet delight agitated salary in advance, until he had become indebted lessly: Hank as J\\e rritt displayed these various proofs to t.he firm for nearly one year's advance pay. "Oh. there's nothing suspicious about that; of the richl.lCS3 of their booty. The effect upon And still the demon held his conscience, and probabl{ he is some countryman with who1n Merritt was very different, and remarkably still he pursued that ignisfatmJ,S of a gambler's some o our customers have an appointment singular. As he unrolled the large package of mind-a big stake-until from overdrawing his Those looks are merely the result of dilll checks and bills, a peculiarly thoughtful exsalary he advanced one step further on his perdeuce and curiosity." presfilon settled upon his face; at the same time ilous path, and began to appropriate money not As the banker snid this he returned into his he placed the wallet into his pocket. his own, and to wash his accounts. private office, and the business of the .. Hold on!" exclaimed Hank, as he suddenThus it was that upon that eventful night he room proceeded as nsual until mid-day; and IIO ly oeased rowing, "just chuck that down on the was a defaulter to a large amount; anr1 then the detective called. In the meantime "the old cotiltl seat, if you please, until we get a chance to devil took care of his own; and as is usually the tryman had remained, apparently aHernately take it on the square." case, exacted a more deaLlly price, by placing a perusing and dozing over his paper. At last "Ohl I iriess it's safe enough where it is," fouler temptation in his way. The ghastly \vith a y11wn he rose, stretched himself, and m replied MemLt. treasure-body lay at his feet, with the present marking that he guessed hia friend had forgot.. I gness not," replied Hank; but have you reward for an lgnoble crime in its drenched ten him, passed out. made a clean go through?" pockets. Between its posseBsion intervened the l\fatters again settled into the usual "I guess I have." meanest act to which humanity can descend, until about three o'clock, when a tall, elderly, "Well. out the body loose, and let it sink," and reqnired, also, the perpetration of one still handsomely dressed, business-like lookiug man .said Hank. more horrible. Bnt the reward was there. entered the office, and briskly inquired for M:r. Merritt unclasped a knife and cut the rope, Previous gradual surrender to wicked infiuenc.es, .Merritt. After a moment's deluy, he was shown and the body of the plundered dead sunk quiet-an imminent peril consequent upon this surinto the banker s private office, the door of Jy to the l!>ottom. As it did so, Hank Skinner render, had prepared Emsley Merritt to go any which, as he entered, he closed. The party b1i 2xclaimed: length for gold, and as related, he became a ing a total stranger. this action, e s pecially the Look here, Merritt, I want a square deal plunderer ot the dead, and finally the indirect wanner of it, did not please the banker, and lie here; you just lay that pocket-book down there of his forced confederate. was about to riil0 and reopen the door, when th.e on the seat, or else hand it over to me." Emsley :Merritt's position, a few days later, stranger handed him a card, on which was "I'll do no such thing," replied Merritt, dogenabled him to convert the checks into cash. printed" Sleuth, Detective." The little pastn ll'edly. and the amount he secured was sufficient to board explained matters at once, and the bank engage in business on his My impression was that gentlemen of yot1r company with the dead man at the bottom;" at own account. Singularly enough, this final peculiar profession were particularly prompt in the same time he rose from his seat and flourguiltiness resulted in a total eschewment of the keeping appointments." ished OM of the oars over Merritt's head. primary wicked practices which had led to it"Always!" replied the detective. "Hold!" cried Merritt; "are you going to he forswore gambling and confined himself to "Well, sir, I may have been mistaken; but if 1trike me?" legitimate busipess speculations-and none the I remember rightly, your note informed me tlrnt "I am going to have that pocket-book, if I less remarkable wss hiq sudden detestation and you would be ou haad between ten and )mve to strike you to get it." contempt of gambling and gamblers. His own it is now nearly three o'clock." "Why, what's the matter with you?" ejacuprevious indulgence and experience in the strat" Your memory is correct, sh,'said the de-lsted Merritt: "you don't want more than your egy of unprincipled sharpers had endowed him tective, deliberately, "between ten and eleven share, do you?" with a keenness and boldness in his operations was the time named. As a usual lhing, sir, I "I didn't at first; but I don't like your which wus the envy of his associates; consedo not go into explanations; but as it might movements-you're on the gouge. There's bills quently, a wonderful success attendsd his spectend to mar your confidence in me U I did not and checks there; I want all the bills; you can ulations, and now, after fifteen years, we find explain thus far, I will mecely say that I kept "have the checks." him a millionaire-a power in financial circles my appointment. I was here shortly after ten, Well, can't you wait until we get ashore?" -a rnccessful man. and remained until after twelve." "No, I won't wait a minute," replied Hank; Recently his nature had been "Ah! yes," answered the banker, with 111 W.n11 (jl-JilVllllO, '" UM 0/ u.. l.""8ricm D/ C'"llf'r#, WCHhi119km, D. c.

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OLD SLEUTH, THE DETECTIVE. o =======================:=============--=========:::======================-: knowing shrug, I understand; yes, yes -I tboug11t s o. I was not deceived; but you have in making a wonderful transformation In your appearance." the rascal, be he who he may. Is there any thing more?" That's a ll for the present," replied th e de tective; and as he passed out before the clerks, the shllrp shrewd expression which rested upon his features, while co nv ersing with the banker, had vanished, and be appeared merely like a b1isk, good-natured, well banked man of husiness. Still, strange as it may seem, right in the face of bis assurances to Emsley Merritt, upon leaving that gentleman's presence he im mediately malting inquiries, and com menced "pipmg" the character and habits of the banker's son, Emsley Merritt, jr. broad entrance to the theater. As previously stated, the conversation between the three younrr men was carried on in very low tones, and, a'; they supposed, was not overheard. In this thC) were mistaken. Leaning one of th& pillars which s upported the gallery, was a tRll. handsome. beardlc.'lS young man, whose atten tion had been attracted by the appearance of the elegantly dressed trio "Bxcuse me, sir," said the detective, short ly, "but this i s not a part of our business; gen tl,!men of our profession, as a matter of course, assume many different guises. If you please, w e will proceed to the more immediate business en band." "You are right, sir," replied the banker, as a slight fiuBh mantled hi s hard, while check; .. what I said was merely complimentary," he continued; "l>Ut, as you say, let ns proceed to bHsin.ess. Which one do you suspect?" I suspect no one." Then the result of your ob5ervations this forenoon are unsatisfactory?" CHAPTER III. "Not al all, sir," an.sw c rcil the u ctcrti e. !:mr1E!! of years ago the Variety Theater, [ merely reconnoitering lhi.s m o rLiu;;, 411 Draa J > : ay, previous to its destruction by fire, posting myself as to the routine a11u pe1so1rnet was as widely known and freely patronized by of your office, so that when 1 came to bear your Gothamites aud straugers as was the equally story, I would know exactly how to adjust lit tle celebrated Barnum's Museum. circumst.nnc<>s, and sift trifling s tatem ents. lily It is to the interior of this the ate r we wish to observations this forenoon wc re merely preparatake our readers. lt is a gala night, and unusual tory." attract-ions have been advertised to attract "Ahl I sec," said the banker; "atid I must hither lovers of novelty, song nnd jests. The say that there is a vrin of fine strategy in that. cmtuin has just been rung up, the orchestra Aud now how do you propose to proceed?" have tuned up their fiddles, and sit with their In the first place I want a succinct statebows ready balanced to l aunch forth with an rnent of the actual facts; you may then furnish instrumental accompaniment to the songstress me with your own suspicious." of Uie evening. There is a moment of expecta-'l'he banker now proceeded to r e late the cirtion, the audience is on the qui viie, and an in cumstances, as far as known, attending the stant later a wild burs t of enthusiastic appl ause Eeveral and then a dded his own susappearance of a beautifnl girl, who, picion s, the result of personal investigations. mu s ic m hand, advances to the footlights As He concluded by 11dding, that among other she patiently waited for the applause t-0 subside, articles missing W1\8 a curiously-wrought chain, a ple asant, cheery smile rested upon her beau v;hi c h he had kept in his safe as an extra pre -tiful couuteuance. At lflst the orchestra began cnution. plflying, ancl she essayed to sing; but no sooner The first move of the dete ctive was to get an bad the .first clear, sweet note thrilled upon the description of this chain: h e then pro ears of the audience, than she was interrupted ceeded to ask a number of pertinent questions. by renewed applause, so vehement in its maniAfter furnishing every littl e scrap of infestations as to drown the sound of the in st ru formntion which occmred to him, the banker ments and compel the singer to desist, and thus asked directly the detective's opinion. But again ancl again she attempted to sing, and each th.at gentleman evaded a direct answer. 'l'his time her voice w:is drowned by the unanimous hardly satisfied the banker, and he asked, rather and prolonged plaudits of the audience. The impatiently: position of the s inger now became exceedingly "Have yo:i no distinct suspicions?" embarrassing. The whole performance was "1 have a number," replied Sleuth. "I will apparenlly brought t > a standstill. How long tmce them all; and have no fears but that I th.is singular anil unusual scene might have con6hall strike the rigllt trail, finally, and run the tinned is doul.Jtful, lmd not the stage manager thief to earth. But I wish to ask you one more finally interfer ed. When the lovely creature question, the detective went on to say. "Have again attempted to sing, the enthusiasm of the you de signated every person connected with audience was held in check, and no interruption ye by it: I The latter portion of remarks was made Ji,w e not employed yon ns a father, but a bns i I while the pnrty stood at th e h a r TIJis gilded ness man. l want to tind out the thief. There saloon for the Mle of l'''.f'"l poi.aid, in rick manly tones, as he moved opposite tn them: It is unnecessary, miss, to can for help; if you request it, I will soon cattse this uumn:1lr scamp to release yon." 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SLEUTH, THE DETECTIVE. I =========<======================== feared,'' she continued, ''you were this feUow's confederate.'' During this colloquy, Merritt had released Miss Lamont, e.nd as she again seated herself -on the opposite side of the stage, he addressed ihe young stronger as follows: "Look here, young fellow, can't you mind -your own concerns, and let a pair of lovers set &le their little spats between themselves?" "If the young lady desires me to, I will; otherwise, I shall have to request you to tumble out of this stage." The stranger seemed too formidable to provoke too much, consequently the discomfited young scoundrel instantly concl utled that dis cretion was the better payt of valor, and, with many muttered threats of future vengeance, skulked out of the stage. As the door closed upon the thwarted ex quisite, Minnie turned to thank her defender, who, with a pleasant smile and in a richly modulated tone of voice, informed her that his being present to protect her was not by chance. He sahl tllat he had been at the theater, and over beard a conversation between young Merritt and so.1ne companions, which led him to believe that some mischief was intended. .. Auel," h e added, having sisters myse lf, and a perfect contempt for such eil'eminate but youths, l determined to watch their movemen ts, and, if po ss ible, prevent the con summation of their mischievous desio-u s Minnie was profuse in her acknowledgments; and was about to explain her acquaintance with young Emsley Merritt, when the stage ly stopped, and the driver called do"\Vn through the ticket trap: "'l'his stage don't go any further; Wil arc up to the stables." Then, upon the instant, Minnie became aware that during the excitement and consequent necessary explanation attending the occurrence, she had ridden far beyond the place where she usually alighted, and several blocks away from her direct route home. As a look of mingled surprise and fear stole over her countenance upon hearing this disagreeable information fur1.Jy the impatient driver, the young gen tleman at a glance took in the situation, and in a reassuring manner told her to feel no alarm, as with h e r permi ssio n, he would accompany her safely to her home. With many blushes and renewed thanks, Minnie accepted his escort. As they passed along, she availed herself of the opportunity, and rapidly related the cir cumstanccs which hitd !eel to the nssault. Minnie was an orphan, and had entered the house of Emsley Merritt, senior, as a governess for his daughter. Sile had not 1.Jeen long in the family, before Emslcy, junior, began payinD' her very marked and impertinent attentions. 'in self. defen se she had 1.Jeen compelled to appeal to his mother; in stead of secur ing eithel sympathy or protection, she was turned from the house as a de s1guing hussy. Being entirely dependent upon her own exertions for support, she had striven ohwin another situation as governess, and had failed. She then sought to obtain a livelihood by orking upon a sewing-machine, but the work proved too tr,Yiug upon her strength; besid es the constant msult she was subjected to, from companion operators, finally induced her, as a last reso r t, to take advantage of her mus ical abilities and wondP.rful voice, and go upon the stage; not from choice, but forced by circum i!lwces and n ecess ity, as I.he duties were really less arduous, and the pay comparativel y munifi cen t. For o. year subsequent to leaving the family of the Merritts Minnie had see n or heard noth ing of them, but it so happened that upon th e night of her first appearance as a singer, Emsley :Merritt, junior, strnggled into the house, iu11tautly recognized her, and from that mom ent had renewed his hateful attentions, subjecting ber to continual annoyance and dis tress .All of thr.se forts Minnie felt called upon to relate t0 bcr gnll 1wt and handsome defender, as she h ad experienre during years of struggles to kr,ow that m1my fulse interpretations might he placed upon the uffnir; and au instinctive feel mg of agHinst any po58ibl e misnp prtheusion i mpellerl her to thus immed iat e ly openly explain matters, and guard herself from a moment's suspi cion. During U1i s narration, wh ich recited hu<: inctly as poss i b l e, Minnie and her com p:.11ion had retraced considerable of the Ic.st dilltance. T .bua far the y had encounte r e d no one aurmg their walk: not even a solitary policeman; bnt at the moment they arrived at the corner of Twenty.fourth Street, a coach, which was be ing rapidly driven up the avenue, stopped, and three men emerged therefrom. The young man accompanying Minnie had been so engrossed i 11 her story, that he did not observe the coach until his attention was called to it by an exclamation from his fair companion, who, as the foremost man stepped to ward them, clutched his arm convulsively, and cried: "Oh, my God, the re he is again!" Have no fears," said her companion, hurriedly, although the least 1Jxhibitiou of nervousness. The next instant they were confronted by tr.e three men. One of them, who proved to be young Merritt, exclaimed, with an air of triumph: "Now, my gay cavalier, I guess we can cook your mutton for you. Jus t pass that young ladr o">er to my care, if you plea se!" I'll pass .vou heel s over head into the mid dle of the road, if you don't step one side, and allow this lady and myself to pass unmolested!" replied Minnie's escort, and at the same time he ess:i.ycd to step forward, when, witllout further parley, the three men sprung upon him. The attack was made so suddenly that the young man was hardly prepared for it. :Min ni e still had h(lld of his arm, and 1.Joth were pressed bade against an iron railing whi c h ran of the corner house. But this ad vantage of the three assailants was only mo mentary. Quickly disengaging his arm from Minnie's, the youug hero whispered in a low, quick voice," Don' tscre!lm, 1\fiss Lamont!" and before Minnie co::ld wink, the three young fel lows who made the attack lay sprawling in a heap upon tilr. s ide walk. CHAPTER IV. READEU, we are about to describe tlJe group ings of a picture, wherein we shall not draw upon our fancy but present Jiving characters, framed in a series of ordinary surroundmgs, which may be daily witnessed by the curious; ay, many of you daily under tile very win dows, through which the sun sends its impartial rays upon the srencs of horrid iniquity, which must cause smiles of triumph to irradiate the counteu:i.nces of approving demons. We wi s h to introduce you iuro the interior of a gnm blingden, where a day game i s played. This den is situated in the very heart of tl!e portion of the city, upon th e second floor of n bu ildin g, all other iloors of which are occupied by dealers and manufacturers. .Adjoin ing thia bnikling, on either side, and opposite also are the business places of various mer. who, in the exc:itement of trade, hardly realize how much mischief and misery fiuds its use in such close proximity. They are accustomed to see fancily dressed men louugiug about the entrance of this plare, aod are probably aware of what kind of business is trauencted upon t.hnt sumptuous second floor. They may frequcntlv cMnally observe all classes of men enter and paos out, generally accompanied by one or more of these slick, diamond bespangled statue s, who haunt the vi cinitv. These blcck looking fellows arc in reality human birds of prey;" and althongh they assume a nonchalant aucl careless attitude, they are really intently scanning the faces of every passer by, seeking for a gambling flock." Long practice has educated 1hem into such a skillful ue of their peculiar faculties, that one quick, apparently look is sufficient for their purpose. The e rascals know their man at a glance. Persons passing along the street who have frequently looked up suddenly, prompted by t !lat instinctive feeling which warns them that they are b e ing scrntioized, and who have en coun tered the quick. ferretlike glance of one of these seemingly well-to.do gentlemen, scarcely renlize that in that one brief flash-like look they have been meo1JU1 n,D(l weighed; little do they dream thnt those observapt and well-trnined eyes have settled the question as to their eligi bili1y to become rlupes. it would cansc the ht1ir to stand upon the h ends of even sume of our oldest anea in the habit o f m eting rltiily, disclo8e by wlrnt these ge11tleman ly looking sramps obt,in their livelihootl. Passing throul{h one of crowds of brond cloth-cl11d liuman BAu-rn we will enter I.he place and t ake a glunce at the interior, and watch for a moment their rrwdus nperand.i for plucking infatuated insnared l.Jirds. In the buck room we find a ll the sumptuous appointments of an elegantly furnished drawiugroom. Beautiful la ce curtains depend from the massiv e and gorgeo11s ly gilded cornices; sandwiched between these costly festoons of lace is a magnificent mirror which reaches from floor to ceiling Heavily carved tlivans, chairs, and sofas are arranged about the room with exqni s ite taste The most prominent piece of furniture is a grand side board. This magnificent article occupies one s id e of the room, and upon it are dip!i.yed fine ly cut decanters, splendidly tinted, long.necked bottles of various colors, and dozenti of tlninty glasses, which shine and like crvstals. There, also, in rich profusion, are all Ille most costly appurtenances of a bijou bar. A nod to one of the sleek, whiteaproned colored chaps, who hover about this tempting display, reveals the fact that there, in plentiful abnudunce, is the fal sely ca lled generous liquor, for tlrn pur pose of stimulating the courage of those who pass into the" front room and ca.st upon that treacherous faro table their earnings, somet i mea their steal ing .. and too frequently their all. As we ha,e no intention of slippiug into t he fntal vortex, we will not require any stim ulant, but proC;eed into the other room antl see what is go ing OU. At the center of the far siLlc of the iu1.J1e sits the dealer, a harclcued, impc rlnrbal.J le fellow, who has for years witne ssed, without one throb of symptlthy for the victims, the ruin of lmn dreds of young men. There a r e but tilree parties playing against the game at the time we enter, and an experienced person would h a,e at once discovered that there was r eal ly but one genuine pfoycr, the other two 1.Jeing merely drcoys. These two plnyed with an easy uoudialance uucl apparent indili'erence to either failure or suc ce>s, which presented a striking cool rust to the terrible excitement evinced by the young gen tleman whom they were thus subtly 1Pndi11g on. This young man, as betrnyed by the occasional remarks d1opped by his companions, lmd juit previously enjoyed a wonderful run of luck; \Jut now the tide had changed, and all of his previous winnings had been scooped back br the indifferent dealer. Hundretl aft(!r hundred of his original capital had rapidly disappeared also, until-the moment when we first behold him-his last stake has 1.Jeen played. A fenrful indicative of anxiety. upon his countenance, ns card after crud is slipped from the box, and the fute of hi8 still remains undecided; \Jut at kngtil the de ci ding card i s slipped and dibclodes the fatal figures which announce his lo ss. A fearfol oath burs t s from th1J lips of the youth as he snatches his watch from his pocket, wrenches a diamond pin from his shirt front and sllligs them across the table, as at the same time h e exclaims: "Lend me three hnndred on those." "Had you not better 'switch off' for this afternoon'/" blandly inquired the dealer. as a wellsimulated smile of encourngeme.ut Hnd. kindness rippled over his hideously scarred face "No, no, I'm going to smash this streak, or bust something," cried the yonth. Well did the wily dealer know that this would be the answer, as he reached O">er the amount demanded in checks. Willi a dreadful oath, the young man staked half of these checks upcm hi s fir s't play; in a moment they were raked in; when with another and still more fearful oath, which elicited encouraging plaudits for his gamcne.ss from the oth&r players, the freuzicd youth laid down all of the balance. A fc1v seconds and this, too, is ra kcd in. "You've got an awful bad streak, young fel low," observed one of the three players. You just bet I have, replied the youth, with a sickly smile; but I'm gorng to get sqnare yet," and as he said the latter, he re moved the diamond sleeve buttons from his cuffs, and at the same time plunged his hand rlow n in his cont breast pocket and brought forth a very curiously wrought massive gold neck chain. This, with the diamond cuff.buttons, h o threw upon the table, and called for more checks. As the heavy chain fell with a peculiar click upon the table, a strange and singular glitter brightened the eyes of a plainlooking old ma!l, who, throughout the whole play, had boon an eage r watcher of the game. As the eyes of the dealer fell upoa this remarkable.looking chain. he shook hiii doul.Jtlngly, and said:

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OLD SLEUTH, THE DETECTIVE. "I guess I won't advance you ally more ebecks to-day. Luck's dead against you; you had better break game until to-morrow." "That's my business," replied the youth, fiercely; "vou just give me the checks." keen old Sleuth had pu1chasedfl'om the banker's son iohile in th6 ga1nblm' s den. Minnie Instantly replied; "I think I am, but I fear my friend, Mr. Loveland, has rounded some very wild hopes ou very slender threads of ev id ence; and I am rather abashed at the idea of presenLiug the very meager facts ou which CHAPTER V. "Not to-day," replied the dealer, firmly; "you've played enouuh." 'fhis time the gambier was in earnest; n sud Q.en, nndooned reluctance bad come over him. There was something so peculiar in the forma 'tion of the links of that strange-looking chain, that a weird impression of some tragic history eonnected with it caused a superstitious repug nance to tuke such a strong hold upon him, tilat be determined not to receive it. Finall;Y" the _yoDth's persistence caused the gambler to forget for a moment his u sual imperturbability, and he replied, fiercely: REHEARSAL had just concluded. :Minnie Lathese hopes are founded, to such au experienced mont, the now famous primcidonna, was passofficer a s yourself." iag up the center aisle of the theater toward the My dear young lady, I am a warm friend front entrance with the intention of entering the of Harry, and have a very high opinion of his box -office, when s he was suddenly confronted I native keenness; the fact that he has solicited by a rather strangely dressed, but pleasant-my aid, convinces me that he has been attracted faced old mall, who arose from one of the seats, by suffic i ent ev id ence hereon to found a thcand stepped right in front of her, plainly indiory. I have heard a portion of your story from eating by h i s manner that he was about to adhim, aDd, as I DDderstand it, at the time that dress her. you r father so mysteriously disappeared, be Supposing that he was one of the usual behad a very large sum of money upon hi s per witched old fellows who are frequently seen son." "We play for money here; this ain't no -pawn-shop. This is a game for gentlemen who Ji.ave money and play for amDsemcnt." lounging about theaters, for the purpose of As Old Sleuth sa id this, h e stopped, and ran quibbing a bit with some one of the actresses, his eye keenly abou t the room. Observing that and who intende d an impertinent self-introduc their colloquy was attrnctiDg atteution, he re tion, Minnie drew to one side, and with an iuqucsti;d Minnie to step abide within the shadow dignant flush was about moving-. disdainfully of one of tile columns which support.eel th e gal by, when the old gentleman inquired in quick, l e ry. Having withdrawn beyond th e range of "So have I got money!" exclaimed the ;voutb. "Not just at thi s momeDt," he con t :t\ued; but I had a good stake when I came in. I've lost it here, and I want a -chance to get square!" sharp toDes, and in a precise manner, which illy direct observation, Old Sleuth resumed, and comported with hi s rustic appearance: said: "Have I th e honor of addressing Minnie "Had you been surro unded by friends at the "I'll give you your money back, if you're sick 1md want to squeal," said the gambler, in a tone of stinging contempt, and a manner properly cutting for tile purpose of irritating just such a nervous and inflated dispo s ition as the young player, WL.'' answered, quickly: "I ain't si c k, and don' t want to squeal. I lilffer you double security for the At this moment tile old man previously men tioued as having been an attentive spectator of $he "'ame, spoke up and said: "'took here, young man, that's a curious kind of a chaiD you've got tilere, aud as the _gentKJ.inaa d-On't want to advance on it, will you sell it to me? It ain't exactly the kind of chain a young gentleman like you wonld wish to wear, and I ha>e taken quite a fancy to it; I will buy it if you will sell it to me." Upon being thus addressed by the antiquated rnoking old man, the excited young gambler 'urned toward him and said, sharply: It will tak11 con;;iclerable money to buy that c hain, pop; are you pretty well fixed?" I guess I can raise all it is worth." W lrnt has started you on such a lay as lo want to own that chain, anyhow?" ob s erved the yoDth, suspiciously. "Oh, I don't want it particularly," r e plie.d the stranger, carelessly. "You seemed bent on shoving it with the dealer here, and as be don t seem inclined to advance on it, I liloDght prob ubly you would like to sell it, that's all!" "Will you give a hundred for it?" inquired the youth. Let me see it first," replied the prospective buyer, 11.Ud he reached over and took the chain :from off the table. .As he did so, a keen ob 'Sel"Ver would have noticed a sin!1ular gleum which for a mc.ment lighted up his eyes as h e examined the curious workmanship While balancing it in his lrnDd, as if gauging its weight, the old man looked up suddenly and .said: You have a perfect right to sell this, haven't -you?"' Au angry flush mantled the youth's cheeks, 118 he replied: If I hadn't 11 right to sell it, I wouldn' t offer it for sale. Tlmt chain is mine, and it's yours, if you have a spare hundred you are willing to !five for it?" All ri11ht,' said the old man, I'll take it," 11nd plungmg his baud into his breast pocket, he drew forth a large, old-fashioned wallet, from whiolt he took five twenty-dollar bills; at the 3nmc time he placed a smull slip of paper and a pencil before Lhe young mun, and remarked in a matter-of -fact manner, "Just give me a bill of sale." For an inatant the youth hesitated; then as he saw the dealer about to commence a new deal, he seized tile pencil and hurriedly wrote out a bill for the chain. 'fhis he signed, while being keenly watched by the buyer, Ernsley Merritt, Jr. Upon receiving the bill the old gentleman passed over the Dotes, wrapped the chain in the bill, and deposited it in his pocket book; and a few moments later, when young Merritt had again become immersed in the ex citements of the game, he arose and passed ttuietly out. That innocent-looking old man wa9 Sleuth, the detective; he had found a clew, a clew, whereby tu trace the robber of :he rich banker's treasure-vault. The most rrominent article which the banker had de as m')it U "ely to betray the thief, tile Lamont?" time this misfortune befell you, the mystery at" That is my name, sir," replied -;jfinnie, be-tending your father's might have fore s he was hardly aware of what she did. Still been so lved with l ess trouble; still there ii there was such a benignant expression upou the someth in g so remarkable about this disappear old gentleman's face, that i ustiucti vely she felt ance that I s till have hopes that we may sucthat Ile had some direct business with her. ceed in partially unveiling the mystery. If I nm Add ed to his kindly look, was the pllculiur emcorrectly inform ed, you were very young at the phas is with which th e inquiry \Yas m ade; and time this occurred." as Minnie answered, she s topp ed short, and "Yes, sir; I was but nine years old, and al gazed upon her interlocutor with a sm1Jrised though rather advanced in my st utlie s and conand inquiring look. s i deted quite precocious, still I had not suffic i en t "My name is Sleuth," sa id the stranger. experience to know how lo proceed." The announcement caused Minnie to nod in Diel no one interest himself in yo m berecognilion of the name. as the o l d man continhalf?" inquired Sleuth ued: "Yes," answered Minnie, "a lady and gen" Yo-Ung Mr. Harry 1.Jovebnd has presumed tieman, who were slightly acquainted with my upou the liberty of g ivi ng me a l etter to you." father, instituted a few inquiries, hut did not Minnie now gave evident signs of excessive succeed in getting the l east possible clew; they nervousness; to her there was something t e rri-kept me with them for about s ix weeks, and ble in the very name of Old Sleuth as he was then, having to return to Ca lifornia, placed me called; this name h>wing been associated with in an asylum, and so arranged matters that rny severa l notorious and re cent tragic events, as father could reaflily find me in case he should tbe great ferreter of the criminal 3 Although, return. From tilat day until thi s with the ex at limes, tilis name had been in the mouth s of ception of Harry Loveland, I h ave eDcountered the whole community still the in dividual himno one who took any special interest in my self was so ubi quitous that few per s ons, and affairs." only those profes8ional detectives, knew him Durinp; this statement Sleuth leaned personally, and even then there was a weird one of the columns in a thoughtful attitude. myst e r y about him which bis most inlimate When Minnie had finished, he said: associates had never been able to fathom. His "Do you rec o lle ct whether the ge ntl e man dis guises were known to be so numerous and who took temporary charge of you inGtuirccl at perfect, t.hat h e was a perfect Nemes i s and terthe bank and discovered wheth e r the checks ror lo evil-doers. Tlrns it was that the menLion your father bad about hi s person wh e n he di s of this terrible name caused Miunie lo pale and appeared had been presented for payment?" tremble :ill over. I do," replied Minnie; I went back to the We will here state that the young Harry bank with him; lh ere we ascertained that the Loveland alluded to by Old Sleuth wHs our checks had been drawn upon the sixth dav subyoung friend of a former chapter, who so sequent to the day when I l as t saw my father." brnvely and nobl y rescued this beautiful prima-A strange look passed over th e detective's donna on the night of her debut, from tile asface upon hearing the statement. He said nothsault and di sg usting attentions of Emsley Merin g, lmt wailed for Minnie to proceed. At ritt, Jr. length he inquired: Siuce that Dight th e acquaintance. begDn "Do you know whether the offirers at the under such ro mantic circumstances, bad
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8 OLD SLEUTH, THE DETECTIVE. himself that drew the money, but the loss of his s till further wnm you, that I mny not nlways "Is th at yon, Harry?" eye was such a remarkable disfigurement that a appenr to you in the same character. Upon the It's me truly, my lady Minnie," r eplied pel'iOn wh-0 once saw him could not fail to no whole, I can assure you that this, professionally, Harry, with equal cordiality and intimate frce tioe and recollect t.IJat defect. The teller ef the has been u v ery satisfactory iulervi ew. as condom. bank wns positive that the man who drew the cerns the unrnv e ling of the mystery attending Well, I am glad that you have come," said checks had a pair of glittering black eyes. My your father's strange di sappearnnce. In the Minnie; .. you seem to h ave sett l ed c.-ompl.a-Oent father had but one, and that was a clear blue." future, as now it will b e necessary our inl y into the po s ition of my guardian angel, con Have you a picture or miniature of your terviewa shall be without li s ten e rs You will fidant. and counselor." father?" frequently hear from me throu gh our mutual It is my plea san test consciousness," replied "I have a small miniature," replied Minnie; fri end, Harry Loveland; and, as 1 am an old Harry, "that you permit me to occupy eithe r "it Wll6 painted about a year before my father man, you will exc use the libert y, and e:wu lpal e of these r c latiou s tow ard you, and-" disa?peared, by an artist m California." me from any ulterior motive, when 1 Rssurc you "Neve r mind," interrnpted :Minnie, play California?" inquired Sleuth, was your that Harry Loveland is a man of honor, and one fully, don't waste your distinguished father a resident of that State?" whom you can trust and rely upon under any in trying to offer any acknowledgements. In "Yes, sir, I was born iu San Francisco; my circumstances. You Mn remember th ese words, fact/' she continued, aud the 8acl expression father was a native of New York State, and had but don't let Harry know that I have been again rested upon her countenance, "I am in always iudull:d a hope of returning to his nasounding his praises, as the boy' s modesty is a trouble, or rather I feel that there is some un tive St!ltc U".! ll Sl1ortly after very prominent trnit in hi s composition. Good seen dan ge r threatening me. I wos just think my molil e r d "l, he his property and came day." ing over a few singular circumstances that hap East for the purpose of carrying into execution For a few moments after Old Sleuth's depened within the last few days, and straightway his long-contemplated plan. That was how it parture, Minnie remained in the same position, my fears turn my thoughts toward that gallant happened he had such a large sum of money in los t in deep reflection. Ilad she been less iugentleman who once before acted as my cham his possession. He di sappeared the very aftertensely immersed in her own thoughts, she pion in a moment of great terror. So you see, noon of the day of our arrival in this city." would probably have observed a shadow which Mr. C!Jampion, I was thinking about you a mo-While Minnie was speaking she removed a was thrown upon the rear wall from behind an mcnt before, and, Joi in verification of the old gold-cased miniature, attached to a curiously adjoining column. When :Minnie turned and adage, you are here." wrought chain from her neck, and handed it to passed out, the substance of this shadow stepped "Not in the character, I hope. to which the the detective. As Sleuth took it in his hand, he from behind the pillar, in the shape of a shortadage refers," answered Harry, laughingly. gave a sudden start, and displayed a powerful haired, bull-necked man. with sharp, ferret-The reader will perceive by the foregoing con emotion, seldom permttted to so strikingly evi like eyes. In the face of Sleuth's aRsertion, as versation that these young people had pro dence itself during his many wonderful surto the privacy of their interl'iew, I his individual gressed to a position of coasiclerable intimacy; prises in the cour se of his exciting and perilous had been a witness, and had overheard t!Je ma-and a lthough Harry's handsome face was beam business. Minnie observed his unusual agitalion, jor part of the conversation. And thnt he was ing with pleasant smiles, still the startling an and immediately a pallor overspread her featthere for a purpose was plainly indicated when, nounceruentof some impending danger, coupled ures, and she was seized by a sudden faintness, in following afler '.Minnie, as she passed out, be with the sudden change of the expression upon as she exclaimed: gave a peculiar and knowing wink, as if con Minnie's countenance, caused him considerable Ohl pray sir, what s tat lkd you? Do you gratulating himself on the acquisition of some anxiety; and a moment later this anxiety w:w recognize the miniature? pleasing intelligence. betrayed, as he said, in a quick, decided tone: Sleuth's excitement but momentary; Whe n :!1-finnie mingled with the crowd upon "Has that young rascal, Merritt, been shadwhatever it wae that so suddenly startled him, Broadway, this muscular-looking rascal kept owing you again?" he liad no intention of betraying bis emotion; upon her track, and shadowed her to the very In answer to this inquiry, Minnie said: and in au instant he recovered his self-con trol door of her residence. I do not know whether he is the true source as he answered, with an attempt to assume an After h er entrance, he advanced boldly, took of my present alarm or not; but I know that I .air of indifference: a card and pencil from his pocket, noted the am being shadowed aud watched. I the "No, I do not recognize the picture: I never number, took a deliberate survey of the sureame villainous-looking face everywhere I turn. saw it before, but a fact in connection with it roundings, and then turned and proceeded rapidand I was just wondering whether I had been occurred to my mind at that instant, and I was ly toward Broadway. discovered as the da Jghter of my father; and momentarily surprised at a certain singular CO whether I am selected as an adclitioual victim. incidence." to add to the details' of some fearful and deadly Does thnt trinket furni s h you with any CHAPTER VI. my stery." 11pecial clew?" inquired Minnie, anxiously. Come, sit down, lady Minnie," said Harry, "I will lJe frank with you," replied Sleuth; IN a gorgeously furnished apartment upon the encouragingly, as he led her to a divan, "ami "it does, but I must have time to connect matsecond floor of an elegant mansion which faces give me a connected account of these sta rlling. ters in my mind; in the meantime I beseech you the well cultivated grounds of a public benevo circumstances which have caused you so much uron no account to lose sight of, or run any risk l ent in s titution, upon a damask lounge reclined disquiet and alarm. In the first place," con0 losing, tllat miniature and cl1ain." Miss Minnie Lamont, the beautiful primadonna. tinned Harry. "have you seen my friend, 01<1 The detective put a decided emphasis upon As Lamont is our heroine, we suppose as S l euth, the detective?" the noun chain-" It m a y prove an important a matter of cou rse, as writers of true facts, we "I have," replied Minnie, "and I connect link in a chain of evidence which I am gradare bounu to describe her personal appearance, the subje<.:t of my pre sent alarm with my at ually welding together. But one more ques-but we are not ahout to do any such thing. tempt to bring t!Je mystery surrounding mete tion: Is your present name your real name, or a Thousands of our readers have already recogyour friend's attention." professional nom de plume? nized the 1.ady, and have her so often upon In what manner?" inquired Hnrry, quickly. For an instant ll'linnie hesitated, and her lovethe stage, that if we should attempt to describe You know you told me to write out the deJy face evinced considerable perplexity; after a her numerous uttractions, you would accuse us tails of the circumstances as fa r as I recollected moment.. she said: at o nce of having failed in t.loiug justice both them; I did so." "ls it positively necessary for me to answer to her beauty and eminent talents. Therefore "Well, did you give them to Sleuth?" in\hat question?" we will content ourselves by nssuring those of quired Harry. "Your hesitation. my clear young lady, satis -our readers who do not re cog nize our heroine, "I did not," answered Minnie; "and here fie s me that my s urmises are correct: Lamont is or have never had the goocl fortune to see her, comes the first mishap-I carried the paper con not your real name. It is necessary that I that Miss Minnie Lamont was one of the most taiuiug those details with me to the theater a should know your real name; but you ma,Y rely beautiful women that ever behind the week ago last Tuesday night, with the intention upon my honor that I will not disclose 1t, not foot-light s; and never did she appear more of handing them to you. If you recollect, you ev e n to our friend Harry Lov eland." beauliful th1m upon the occa s i on above defailed to meet me upon thnt occasion and act as. Al?ain, for a moment, Minnie seemed Jost iu scribed, as her usually cheerful expression was my escort home. I have not seen that paper meditation. A.t length she leaned forward and tinged by an air of sadness which lent to her since that night; I fear I must have dropped it pronounced in a low, but distinctly audible features an additiona l charm. at the theater." voice, another name. Everythin g about the room which she occu-For a few moments Harry pondered, but at Upon hearing this, the old detective a second pied bore testimony to her taste and refinement. length said: time exhibited considerable emotion, which he Little article s of vi1tu were arranged here and I don't see anything remarkable about that; failed in concealing. Upon observing tJiere, and in fact, there was nothing l acking it is not probable th&t anybody who should find tJns second exhibition of surprised recognition which would tend to adorn the abode of a per-it would see anything remarkable about that of some familiar fact, Minnie excla im ed: son of exquisite ta B te. Tile arraogements all paper." "Oh, sir, your const ant surprises at little indicated that a cultured brain had guided the "Nor I either," replied Minnie; "and yN. matters of seeming non-importance canse me hands that placed each article in position. suppose, by a wonderful coincidence, tlmt paper great astonishment., and I am led to believe that As previously stated, tte expression and ttltishould h ave fallen into the hands of the very you possess some facts that you have not distude of the lovely occupant of this elegant bQU person specially interested in learning those declosed to me." doir was one of seeming sadness and anxiety ..i tails!" "Well, miss," replied Sleuth, ''I will admit Suddenly a step upon the stairs warned Min "Who could there be interestctl in learning that the several statements have been to me the aie that some one approacher!, and she immedithose details?" inquir ed Harry. greatest smprises that I have encountered in ate ly arose, and, womnu-like. summoned a It's a mystery upou a myste1y: and yet my whole professional career; but as to your cheerful express ion as she tripped across the ever since my intervi e w with Sleuth, my mind SUBpicion that I pos sess n.uy facts b e yond tho se room @d adjusted her hair before the mirror. clings to the impression that my father wn.$ wliich you have disclo sed it is incorrect; but I She had but jnst time to do this when a gentle murdered for his money. and, strange as it may will see you ag'hin. I have much to think over tap at the door announced the correctness of seem, I caa not rid myself of a feeling, that, and mu c h to u1lk to you about at a future int{'rher 3armise. H1rongh that manuscript, I have been identified Tiew; for tb e present I will leave you, with the A pleasant come in was answered by the as the daughter of the murdered man." injuuction that you must not be surprised, nor entrance of R fine-looking gentleman. who was "That is a singular impression to be founded refuse to see me at any time, nt any plare, or none other than Harry LovPliirllt!, the braveupon so light a ba s is: but tell me what are the upon MY occasion. And if I should sudden ly hearted young fellow who hod so gallantlr de direct causes which produce this appear to you under circumstimces when you fender! her from the assaults of younp: Merritt. feeling 1hat your father's murderers are 11boui, least Qxpect it, y
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! =========O=L=D;==S=L=E=U=T=H='=T=R=E=D=E=T=E=O=T=I:;=V=E=. "This only," replied Minnie:" ever since the day the loss of that manuscript, a ruf&anly 1-0okmg fellow has shadowed me everywhere." toot with such low ruffians neceSsary, but cer tain facts bad recently come into his possession of sucb. a starthng and wonderful character that the lofty man was compelled to lower him self to a ievel which he had hoped he lul.d. risen al.Jove forever. something big was up. I laid low till he drew her one side, out of ear reach; that old fellow never talks business afore anybody, and I wonder I caught him napping oo-day; but I got a posi tion where I overheard a big part of their conver sation. 1 made out that this here girl s had been murdered some-" Heie Halpin stopped, the usually calm and collected bunker, upon hearing the last clause, sprung to h.is feet, with his eyes rolling restlessly, while blood less lips twitched nervously as he clapped his hand, over his heart, and e s sayed to s pealt, bui evidently labored under too powerful emotion to do so. Upon witnessing the terrible emotion of the banker, a singular look of euger inquiry gleamed in Hal pin's eyes as he said. deliberately: Probably some scamp," ssid Harry, that this young villain, Emsley Merritt, has set to .Jog your tracks." I have tried to think that,' Minnie asserted, btrt coupling this immediate shadowing after &he loss of that document is what startles me and laads me to 1hink that there is some more deadly in this dogging of my movements." Certain discoveries had shaken his proud nat ure, and rleveloped the long-hidden, desperate quaities which he possessed, which fitted him for almost any work when his good name and personal safety were at stake. These and more were at stake now. At this moment, further conversation was in termpted by a tap at the door. Upon opening h, Minnie beheld one of the servants of the holl3Q, who handiid her a card, and stated that the gentleman was waiting below in the parlor. Minnie glanced at the card, and immediately a Gcadly pallor overspread her face as she bade the servant wait; and, going toward Harry with trembling nervousness, she passed the card to hlm, and exclaimed: Emsley Merritt, after years of prosperity and assured security, suddenly beheld at his feet a dark cliasm of terrible possibilites, which at any moment might culminate in bis ignominious downfall from the high position be bad attained. Though this high-strung man felt compelled to employ tools whose remotest contact was ob noxious, still he did not intend, if possible, to place himself in their power, or permit the least approach toward familiarity. The fellow who now stood in the presence of the bankllr was one of the very sharpest of class of villains. It had been a regular godsend to him lo have his services in demand by such a wealthy man as his present employer; the fel low had discovered at once that something very important was at slake. He necessarily had re ceived sufficient information to get a finger-nail bold, and he had now determined to get a full grasp upon the banker. He was well aware that the information he had obtained was startling and valuab1e, although he did not have the least suspicion of the full extent of its importance. Yet he determined only to disclose bis informa tion by dribbles, intending to use it as a wedge as he gradually advanced into the confidence of his employer. 'fhis is why he dared to assume the confident and familiar manner which so evi dently greatly annoyed the banker, and caused the latter to say: What's the matter, boss, you seem excited? Dido 't I tell yer I had big information?" "For Heaven's sake, proceed, proceed!" ex claimed tlie l>anker. "Well, yer see, as far as I could make out, this here murdered m:m was the gal's daddy; he had just come from California, and was murdered for a big pile of money and checks he had on his person. The rig seemed to be ou the cashing of the checks: it seems thrtt the gal was the only one who dropped on the notion that her father had been murdered, from the fact that her father had only one eye, which was blue, and the checks were cashed by a chap who otherwise resembled her father, with the exception that be had a pair of glittering hlack eyes, and-" by some singular and unexplained impulse, the fellow added, just like yours, I reckon!" "Good heavens! what can this mean?" A..s Harry took the card in his hand, and i::ead Che name. he. t evinced considerable emotion. After a mo .a be said: This 1 certainly strnnge." "Had I better see him?" inquired Minnie. Aft& a moment she ccmtinned: I can't con ceive what possible businessEmsley Merritt, the r;reat banker, can have with me!" "l can," cried Harry, "or rather," he said, stopping suddenly, "f--I-" for an instant he stammered, then suddenly seizing Minnie's arm, and looking sternly into her eyes, he ex claimed: "Minnie, can you trust me?" "Trust you-how?" cried Minnie, in surprise. Trust me so far as to arrange that I can be a witness to this interview between you and this :Kinsley Merritt." "How can I arrange it?" inquirfd Minnie, he most probably wishes to see me alone." That is where I wish you to trust me," re plied Harry. "You're a woman; you don't know-this mystery seems to thicken. Minnie, I would only ask this for your own safety, in case of some possible contingency. I connect Ill.is visit of Emsley Merritt with this villain who has been shadowing you. There ought to be a witness to this interview, to serve some future development. Minnie, you trust me-you must hide me. Receive this man in this room, and let me be an unseen listener. There may be ugly features connected wiL!t this arrangement; but as your friend, Minnie, forgive me, l speak more than friend. Quiet your repugnance to this seeming breach of propriety 11nd honor; your safety demands it!" "Oh! what shall I do?" cried Minnie. What strange significance do you attach to this visit!" It matters not now," replied Harry. For your own sake I insist that you accede to my request." Harry, I will." This conversation had been carried on be tween the two in an audible voice. Minnie now proceeded to the door, and told the SP.rvant to re<}Uest the gentleman to walk upstairs. A moment later Emsley Merritt, with the exclama tion, My dear child, I have been seeking for yo," entered the room. CHAPTER VII. UPON the same afternoon, after Minnie's in terview with Sleuth, the detective, as related, a villainous-looking fellow tracked her home, who, after having taken a note of her residence, 11tarted down town. Shorlly after, we find-him entering the office of Ernsley J\ferrilt. The great banker was evidently expecting this fel low, and upon his entrance, motioned for him to close the door, and eagerly scanned the ruf fian's face as he said: "Well, sir, do you bring me a more satis factory resuitof your movements than you have heretofore?" 'I guess I ain't no slouch, Mr. Merritt," re plied the man; "I told you to be patioot and I would fetch things out all right, and I tell yer I've just kept my word. I've got information which will make your hair stand." An indiirnant flush tinged the banker's cheeks, and a contemptuous smile wreathed his features as his visitor advanced, shrugging his shouiders and winking familiarly. Emsley :Merritt was a proud man; it was exceedingly galling to him tltat circurnstunces made con" Look here, Halpin, I wish you to remember that I am acting for another party in this mat ter, and I have no special interest in what you have to communicate on my own account. I hope you will make it part of your business to relate facts as directly as possible without trying to enhance their importance by comments; al low me to be the judge of the value of what you have to communicate." "That's all right, boss, but you know that some facts are worth more than others to parties who are seeking for knowledge. I've done a bi()" day's work to-day. I've got big information, 'i want big pay." I am prepared to pay liberally for what in formation you may have, and I don't think that yon ought to complain in advance." "It ain't the money I care so mur.h about, boss; but I don't want to go this thing blind; I want you to lei me drop a little into your game.'' If you are ns smart as you pretend to be," said the banker, significantly, "you'll pick all it's necessary for you to know in rendering me your services. I repeat to you, that I am act iug for others. We will pay you liberally, but we don't expect. to make you a confidant more than is necessary for business. Dit.l you see girl to-day?" "I did, boss; and that's the reason I wanted you to take me into yonr coDfidcnce, for your qwn sake. I don't know your hand, l>ut I tell yer that air gal is a full hand ag'in yer." "Playing a full hand against me?' cried the banker, suutlenly springing to his feet, and turuiug deathly pale, what does she know about me?" "I don't know, boss, but she's taking advice of those who know how to play every card." The banker was mystified; he saw at once that there had been some development that be could uot understand. For somo moments he meditated, while Hal pin watched him with a keen intentness, being convinced more and more of the importance of bis information: and he, too, was botltercd how much to reveal, so as to play his own points to advantage. For a full minute neither spoke; at length the banker said: I only partially understand your allusions; you had l>etter tell me a straight story of just what has occurred since I saw you last." "Well, boss. I guess that's the clearest way to get at it. I've been laying around the theater, piping this girl back aud forth for two days, and nothing unusual occurred until this after noon, when, just as she was coming out after rehearsal, she was met by a singular old gentle man, well known about town. I dropped on it at once. that something was up. Soon as I saw U1is old chap go for this Lamont, I knew "You scoundrel!" cried the banker; "if yo11 make any more such allusions, I'll smite you dead in your tracks "Lordy, old man!" cried Halpin, "it strikes me you're takin' things awfully to heart; but if you'll just hold yourself in hand a minute, I'll finish up. You see, all this was brought out from the gal by questions from the old chap that was interviewing her; he kept pretty cool, this old fellow did, till he asked the gal if she had any picter or photograph of her daddy; and yer see, she went down in her bosom and brought out a locket fastened on to the queer est-looking old chain I ever saw. And when the old fellow saw this chain, be looked like a man struck with sudden death. I never saw the old fellow excited before in my life, but I tell yer he looked wild when he took that chain and locket in his fist!" From the moment that Halpin had alluded t.o the chain, the banker bad fairly gasped, and when the narrator ceased speaking, he said, in. a httsky voice: "I'll give yon a thousand dollars if you will tell me the name, without any further circum locution, of that old man that was with Mi!ll Lamont!" Done, boss, that old fellow was Sleuth, the great detective!'' "Sleuth!" fairly shouted the banker, as he sprung to his feet and clutched wildly at space for a moment, and then fell back insensible upon the floor, as the door opened and Old Sleuth himself entered the office. CHAPTER VIII. AN ugly look overspread Halpin's bee as he rushed forward, raised the banker in his arms, and turned and glared at Sleuth. The old de tective glared also; he was surprise::l. and what is more, at fault. ile did not know Halpin, al though he at once recognized that the fellow wa1 a ruffian. Although Sleuth did not recognize Halpin, the latter individual instantly recog nized Sleuth, and murderous thoughts flashed through his mind as the conviction forced itself upon him tlrnt most probably Sleuth had over heard sufficient of his conversation with the banker to establish certain conclusions. But an instant intervened for the flashing of these thoughts through the minds of both, before the clerks, wbo bad heard the cry a't<'l fall, came crowding into the room. Sleuth quickly decid ed that it was policy for him tu withdraw. He was exceedingly desirous of fathoming the ob ject of this singnlar interview, which had such a startling termination; but his usual caution prevailed, and he concluded that it was better to defer his inquiries for the present; conse quently, in the midst of the contusion, he quick ly withdrew. As Sleuth retired, the banker began to exhibit signs of returning conscio11a ness. In answer to the hurried inquiries of the clerks, Halpin had informed them that llr. was greatly afiected by. some importam

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to OL._D SLEUTH, THE DETECTIVE. information which had been communicated to him, and the result was that he had fainted. "But 1 guess he's all right now," ol:>served Halpin, as the banker opened his eyes. When :aised and seated in a ehai r, Mr. Merritt mo tioned for bis clerks to retire. As soon as they bad left the office be signaled Halpin to lock the door. As tlle latter turned toward the banker, after having done as directed, a singular and :smile rested upon his features, as he said: It is all nonsense for you to pretend no per sonal interest in this little game. I tell yer right out, I have dropped on enough to know that you are the party most concerned." "lt makes little difference now to you who is concerned; at present I have no need of any further information. I will admit that the in formation that you have given rue is very important-yes, important to me, as far as my interest is centered in another. But for the present, I wish this interview to close-it is my place to pay and yours to keep to yourself anything that has transpired here. I will direct my cashier to ptiy you what price you may fix upon 11s proper and full ren11meration. If I want your services further, I will communicate with/ou.'' \'Vllat do you mean, bcSS ?" excluime Hal pin, roughly; "arc you gain' to hist a feller that way? There's a little thing occurred, while you was in your fit, that you ain't posted on yet; I guess it might help you in thinking over matters!" suid Halpin, abruptly. What was il ?" inquired Mr. Merritt. "Well, just the time you keeled over, Old Sleuth came m here!" May lie i::\leuth has business with me, uncon nected witll anything iu which you are con cerned. He will probably come again. I tell you, Halpin, I'll have plenty of business for you, but I wish to be alone for the present. Come here in the morning between eleven and twelve." All right, boss; I'll be here; but if you try to play double, I'll hedge. I'm awful to drop vn a double. Good-day." And with this partial warning and threat, the wily ruffian departed. the door closed upon him, the old banker muttered: "lily God! wllat is coming? am I haunted bX baseless terrors, or are my sins fiadiag me out? After a moment he continued audibly: "I ac cidentally found a roll of manuscript, while in a theater watching the wayward footsteps of my son. I read this manuscript and found it to contain the main points of a sirignlar story. There is nothing in the n1urative which bearR directly upon any circumstances in my life; and yet, shadowy terrors have pursued me ever 11ince the of that manuscript, so strange ly found. That name-that name! how should any person happen to seize upon that name in such a connection? If it was a coincidence, it is the most renmrkaule one I ever eacouutereu; ancl yet I should have attached no importance to that, llod it not been that n few moments later I beheld that young pri111ii-do11na come npon the stngc, and then-ob! my God! that strange resemblauce-that indistinct shadowy outEne of a ghostly face. Strange-strange! this Minnie Lamont lived for months nuder my roof, and thi s father's appenram:e, auu he exhibited con>irlerable nervousness as a pre monitory anticipation filled him ns to the subject of this private talk. But instead of hearing his father launch forth with some startling ac cusation, he was astounded when bis father inquired in a significant tone, which sugi;rested possibilities which the youth had not previously dared entertain for a moment: "Emsley, my son," said the father, "do you honorably and truly lov e the beautiful young Miss Minnie Lamont l" Why do vou ask, father?" "Simply,'r repli ed the father, because I have your best intere sts at heart. Some time since I received information, which induced me to keep a watch upon your movements. I will deal fraukly with you, and I expect you to do likewise with me. Tell me truly, exactly how matters stand between you and this elegant young miss." I will admit, father, that Miss Lamont has engaged a large share of my attention lately." "Have you reason to hope that your attentions are agreeab l e and satisfactory to her?" inquired the father, eagerly. "Under certain circumstances 1 have reason to believe that my attentions would be extremely agreeable." "Have you received any encouragement?" "I can't say that I have; but I attribute this to our different positions, and my not having directly proposed an honorable engagement. lt is possible she doubts the honor of my inten tions." For some lime nothing fnrtber was said: the father reflected, and the son began to feel ex ceedingly uneasy; he was not fully satisfied as to whieh line of conduct his father was most pleased with; but he was not left long in doubt. The banker at last said: If you had my approval, would you wish to make tlli lady your wife?" "lify dear sir, before committing myself, as you promised to deal frankly with me, I wish lo ask what your answer would be if I should answer your last question affirmatively?" "My answer," replied the father, would be, that, owing to certain associations which l see you have lately contracted, it would be a very pleasant relief to me to see you married anu settled. In thinking over matters I have come to believe that Miss Lamont possesses personal and mental advantages which overbalance what she lacks in social position. I would be gratified to welcome her as a daughter." "Well, father, this has come rather suddenly upon me: I slla ll want time to think this matter over. I am young yet-yet I love Minnie. I will be prepared to give you an answer to-mor row." CHAPTER IX. IT is not possible to describe the astonishment and the variety of emotions which agitat ed Minnie, when the proud old banker ad dressed her in such a fatherly and familiar man ner. Her agitation was so that was unable lo ieply, or eon extend J him ti.i: ordinary courtesy of a to he sealed. The old banker was quick to observe this, and a gratified expression at once exhibited itself upon his countenance, as he thought he recog nized this as an indication of his coming power over her. Without waiting for her to invite him, be Raid, coolly: ":My dear, ns I have come to have a long talk with you, I will be sealed." After addressing a few inquiries as to J1er hcallh, etc .. Mr. Merritt finally said, abruptly: "lily dear, when did you last 8ee my son?" "I nm not in the habit of seeing yonr son at all," replied Minnie, disdainfully, suddenly conceiving that she underbtood the purpose of the old banker's visit. In answer to lhe look of surpris e which the banker assumed, Minnie continued: I have never sufficiently valued the privi lege of beholding your son to attempt the tax ing of my memory upon so unimportant a matter." For a few au embarrassing silence prevniled: at length the banker said: Revelations which my mu has made to me letl me to anticipate an entirely diiierent an swer." "I do not know what is the nature of the revelations concerning me, which your son has made: hut," nnr l Jl.linnie's face hardened, her eyes gleamed with a defiant light as she added: His contlm : t on the few occasions in which I met him was of such a brutal characler that, had I 1,reu other than a frienclless orphan, he shoulrl lrnve been mnde to smart for it." "l\I.v clear Minnie, I have ueen terribly mis led. There exiAts some dreadful mistake con cerning the object of my visit to you, or for some unexplained reason you arc misleadfrg me.'' Sir, to me all of these words are meaning less; I have not the faintest conception of what. you mean." Well, then, let us each be more sxplicit. I We are drifting from a proper understanding of each but I will tell you plainly tlle object\ of mv v1s1t, and wLat are the circumstanc<;1S brought me here, also the purpoee I ha".ern view. You must remember that Erns l cy is my only son, the prospective ioherito.of my wealth and uame, also, that, as 11 fatller, under these circumstances I am greatly intcrestetl iu. everyt hin g concerning him. His interests are mine. Prompted by paternal anxiety, r.nd knowjng the temptations surrounding a young man in a city like New York, I was led to 86cretly watch bis movements and the class and character of his associates. By this meaus I came lo learn that he was a regular visitor at the theater where you are now en11ngcd. I visited the theater and there recogmzed you upon the stage, and I at once suspected the mo tive which led him there so constantly. I wish to assure you that I was more pleased than otherwise upon discovering the attraction which led him I was afraid tllnt it was a worthy motive. The day following this dis covery I had an interview with my son, and at length succeeded in gaining from him a confei. sion that my suspicions were correct Emsley openly avowed an honorable love for you." "Indeed!" said Minnie, in icy tones. "I was much fratified upon hearing this frank declaration, assure you, Minnie, and I hope this assurance will make yon equally frank; my son has my unqualified approval of his choice." Upon receiving thiS assurance, advanced in such a confident manner, Minnie was prom:i1ted to follow her first impulse, nnd indicate Pt. once her scorn 1111d coutempt for the bunker's son; but a recollection of the ignominious man ner in which she had been dliven from the banker's roof induced her to withhold the ex pression of her contempt until
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OLD SLEUTH, THE DETECTIVE. .. 1 .. alliance, but because of the leniency exercised By this time the banker had recovered both tlOward you, and for the manner in which this bis breath and nerve. He advanced toward leniency bas been repaid. You well know the Harry Loveland, his features with crime which places you in our power, and knowfury, and exclaimed: ing this, you know how much more bitter are "You scoundrel! are yon aware whom you the insults you have heaped upon me and my have assaulted?" family.'' '' I am not,'' replied Harry, '' beyond the fact "Crime, sir!" exclaimed Minnie, her eyes that I prevented the perpetration of a daring dilating and her face blanching to a sudden robbery by one whose appearance would not bepaleness. "Crime, sir!" she repeated, "what token such an atrocious act." do yon mean? What foul trick is this? Be At that moment Minnie exclained: "Oh! careful. Mr. Ernsley Merritt; although backed mercy! Harry, I've lost my chain and locket." by the power of wealth, I tell you beware! I No you haven't; fort.unately I arrived just am not a;i friendless now as when ignominiously in time to prevent your losing it." turned from your door. Don't Her dare to "How'I bow? Good heavens, who could mention the word crime to me, le s t you may want to rob an orphan of her only memorial of be called upon to prove your insinuation-lest her father?" you be unmasked-" During words Ern s ley Merritt haCi stood At this remark, lest you be unmas k ed," glaring from oce to the other with a fierce, baleEmsley Merritt started as if stung b1: au adder. ful li ght gleaming in bis eyes. He now spoke, His face became as pale as Minnie s. A look and said: vf terror for an instant succeeded the sinister "Young man, had you waited to have heard glitter of his eye. an e:irplanation of my action, you would have Minnie was too excited to notice this moacted very differently. That necklace is my mentary change iu the expression of the hank-property." e1's face, as she repeated: "It's false! it's false!" cried Minnie. "Yes, sir, b cwa.re le st you be unmasked and Al that moment Harry h an ded her the neck proved a greater villain than your son." lace. "I doubt not, young lady," hissed the bank"It's false! it's false!'' she repeated, as she er, that your stage education enables you to unc la sped the locket Behold, Harry! she assume this air of tragic indignation to throw continued, extending the miniature toward out spiteful in sinuations; but I warn you that him, ''thi s is a portrait of my p.iOr dead, mur you a re standing upon a precipice. Before I dered father. The chain i s a portion of one he knew of this infatuation of my son, suspic i on had made expressly from a nugget of gold pointed to you as the author of a certain crime. taken from a mine in California lly him se lf. I had you shadowed; I had your daily walk The other portion my poor father had on when 'piped,' as tlie detectives call it, and all my sush e disappeared. Oh, that the deatl conld s p eak picions were confirmed. I gathered proof or that the Ii v in g robbers of dead form would enough to establish a charge of crime agains t only give me, of a ll tlrny roblJed my parent, th e yon and send you t o prison. I give you but remainder of this charn. I feel-I know-I sixty seconds to reconsider; l ove for my son need it now-it may save me from mm:h suffer makes me do thi s; and if you don't recall your iug!" words, I'll crush you. I await your answer." The banker had recovered his selfpossession, "Mr. Merritt, I antl defy you; do ancl sai u : your worst!" "Well, sir, if I am to suffer from trying to that momentary glance I witne.ssed the mosi agonized expression I ever beheld, and if I ain't mistaken, Harry, I recognized the face." Good God!" cried Harry, "who was itr' Minnie Lamont," replied Dan, "as true as I live; but I've sent down lo the theater to find out if she is there or not." At the mention of the name of the lady, Harry Loveland staggered like one stricken hy a blow. At that instant a youth came rushing up to Dan Bryant, and exclaimed: Miss Lamont left the theater about twentp minutes ago." Which way did the coach go, Dan?" cried Harry. "Straight up Broadway, as far as I could see it.,, And Harry started to go up Broadway at a brisk pace, but afte proceeding a few steps, re turned and procured the des.::riptioa of the coach and driver froo:i Bryant, and then hurried off At different points along Broadway, be inquired of the police and occasional pedestrians ll.S to whether they had noticed the coach. By this means he had traced it to Fourteenth Stre(;t, down Fourteenth Street to Third Avenue. From this point he could obtain nc further trace of it; but determined not to give up the chaae. he continued up Third Avenue, makinoconstant and minute inquiries as he proceede:I, hop ing to obtain another clew. A note was placed in Minnie's band as she had just left the stage for the last time, after having responded to several encores. Hastily opening it, she read as follows: "DEAR :MINmE,-Sudden business prevents my corning for you to-ni ght; and fearing that it may be dangerous for you to go home alone by stage, I have sent a coach, with a trusty driver. You had better enter it as soon as pos s i h l e after your duties are over. I will see you in the morning. Don't fail to leave by the coach at once, as we do not kn-0w what danger you might otherwise encounter. "Yours :, HAURY." For an instant the banker cast his eyes recover my own property, it is well; but I )essly about the roo1JLas if instin ct ively observtnake the all empt," and tile bunker mov(;cl toing whether there was any possibility of his b eing 1 wu:d the door. overheard; then he admnced toward : Minnie, I "All right, o l d man, but you look out for Minn ie had never seen Tiarry's handwriting, 1md said: S l euth. I'll to him, if h e don't and ron cqnent ly was unable to dttect anything' "For your sake only I \\'ill not si:.rnk aloud; conceive them himself, and my impression is wrong by that means. It look hut an instant to lend me yonr-<:ar;" nnLl us he spok,e .he I that you'll have ,enough t o do to look out for don her &lreet attire, aucl a few miuntes after forwa.rd and wl.J.i .,oered a few hurried, rnp1d 1 yourselL Them 11 bea human sleuthhound on h:tving received the note s he passed ont. She worrio. your past wreer. You kuow whether it will sa.v a coach stn ncling at the cloor, and inquired Without a worcl, poor l\rinnie wilted, and be stnnd the te st." nf thr driver il that was the coach sent by Mr. for e foe banler could catch her, i;hc fell sensc-1 Raising bis clinched fist, and >ht!; i !. ta> he Loveland. les s upon tile tloor. wen t down lhe stairs, Emsley J\Ie1 rill !,1 tllered "Yes, mu"am," replied tlie driver, springing ___ ho;ir:;<:ly : "It 1rnuhl have been helln for you, from the box anrl opedng the couch d oor. I young man, if tho se \\orcls had never been :lfinnie entered, lhc door was slarnrncd to, the CHAPTER X. spoken rlrivc r rPmountrrl his box, anfl rirove ntf. After Tms startling result of his whispereJ com-I Oh. Harry, Ilarry!" cried Minnie, when proceeding a block and a half from the theater, munication was unexpecte d iy th e banker, and I the banker had gone, what does all this mean ? the conch drew up to the sidewalk s udden!v for a moment he com:itlcraLly frig h tene1l, :My God mystery, mystery, nothing aud slopped Before l\Iinnie could recover from but be knew that somct hing ruust be done. So 1 imt mystery anu sor 10w fot me, and I neve; her surpri'e and astonishment, tbe door was be rushed a c roi;s the room to a toilel-stan.d, and 1 harmed a worm!" opened, and a strange man entered. Minnie's seized a goblet. of water anti kneeling beside ":Minnie, darling," cried Ihrry, throwing hi s attempted scream was in s tantly smothered b a h e1-, commenced bathing h e r forehead. while I arm about her waist. am! for the first tim e im h andkerc hi ef, sat urated with chloroform, which tbu;; emplo yed, his eye sudden ly rested upon printin g a kiss upon her pure brow," feilr 11othwas thrust in her face, which produred instant the links of a curions chain which was clasped iul!;; lhP, threats of that old }Ilat! are us innocent The :rni hor <,f thi s bruta! about her neck. At the i;ight of this the expre,, 1 of mbd1it.:I as tile nrnrmur of ll!ose dead leaves outrap:e was followed> into the coach by another sion .-.f bis face :X:eamc perfectly frightful. Ile rustling on yondc.tree. You have nothing to i nrl;v idu al. Again the e :Hiol1kcu List.cning norc atlaboring unde r npparent exciteme nt. grasped her by the throat, and muttered hoarse anr! 11P11i1E!. nrinlhnromrl. he heco,me I "\'7ht's the mailer, D a n ? sai d Harry, ly: an xion<. 'flie sile nce con tinned w I "youre looking rather whil e about the gills." "Look here, miss, don't you attempt to open Jong tlui. he <:ouhl not l.Jear it. He accordingly "Harry, something very stat tliag has just that fly-trap of yours!" pJ>:;ctl fn;i,J lh, ro om where he was into th e 1 happened. I tell you, old mau, it g.11e me quiff. "Oh! p r:ty sirs, tell me, what i s the meaning hall, an.l rn ::ru:iml in'_o llie room wliere ..\Iinnic :1 5torL .\.hr;nt 1ifteen minnleing?. I was comof all I his?" nn1l tile b.in!;e! ..-en. 1 ing on <'f II!P R all, when I noticed n roarh, Yon'l! !ind out snon enogh, miss, ancl i& FurlL:11tcly he n niverl just in time to witneqg 1 driving faster than uswil, roming up town. The wo11lrln't do yon any goo(l if we was to tell yer." the atlemplod th<:ft, and prevent the wealthy rlriver Wu:> ht.shing his l10rbcS .-o liercdy that it At this moment oue uf the men slopped siid.' oh) scoundrel from secreting the trinket about uttrn<:te:l ill.I" allc;Hbn. Ju.st the coach got d eu ly, and after lisl<:>nin' a moment exclaimed: liis pcr.::on. The firmness of the grasp prevent-about opp:dtc 111e I htanl, ur tltoughl I cl;d, n "Thunder and there's a cd the ban.li:er from spea"King, and Harry sudsmothered scream, and at ll.:e instant, s tep as sure fls your name's Halpin." de:u.ly flung him to the other side of the room. the coach came undrr the f11ll glar e of our big "Some one on hi s way home only, I guess" He then took Minnie i.ll his arms and laid her light, I saw the horror-stricken face of a wornreplied the person addressed a..q Halpin. "we''Jl upon aaofa. an, just for au instant, at the coach gfass. In just lay low here a minute, and let 'em pass." i

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' i2 OLD SLEUTH, THE DETECTIVE. Minnie suddcng recollected the words of Harry: "Protecting eyes are always watching you." This con verSfltion of the two villains gave rise to a faint hope that the fact of her being decoyed hatl been discovered, and friends were in pursuit. '!'he ey e s of the villains were wpon her, an d their menacing expression warned her that it would be dangerous to attempt an outcry, yet she :ie t ermined to risk it. But the villain stopped any such design by seizing her roughly by the throat. As they listened, the steps grew nearer. Seeing no placr. where they could hide, Hal pin said to his companion, in a low, coarse voice: "lt can't be helped, llill, you will have to lay back and see about that cuss, any!low-'tain' t 110 use to take no chances." Minnie's heart fairly stopped beating as the ruffian slipped a bludgeon from under his coat, and moved stealthily back to strike down the rapidly approaching person, who was now within a hundred feet of them, and who she i11stinctively believcd was her rescuer; yet on he came, evidently unconscious of the presence of the crouching assassin, who lay in his path ready to spring upon him ere he had time to prepare for tJic danger. CHAPTER XII. WITH her heart fairly stopped, Minnie await.a., expecting every moment to hear the deadly blow struck, possibly to be succeeded by cries of distress; but instead, with a wild throb of sudden hope, she heard the clear tones of a firm voice exclaiming: "Stand! you rascal! don't move. or I'll scat ter your brains on the wall behind you," and as she jerked her head around upon hearing these words, Minnie saw in the clear starlight the gleam of the polished barrel of a pistol, which a tall old man held, pointed toward the fleeing form of his intended assailant. In an instant the person approaching was be side her. She immediately Sleuth. "Young lady, are you hurt?' he inquired, .llurriedly. I am not," replied Minnie. "Thank God i exclaimed Sleuth. "I am so thankful!" murmured Minnie, .,and-'' "Never mind, my dear mi:lS," interrupted Sleuth, "I know, of course, you're thankful; that's understood; but come, we're not safe here a min11te; that villain Halpin may have a score of c c a federates near hne." Catching Minnie's arm within his own, Sleuth led her rapidly up the rough r<>ad-way. Sleuth noticed her failing strength and the increased feebleness of her steps, and stopping suddenly, he said: "I fear you can proceed no further on foot, but we are in great peril; you must dismiss all scruples and let me carry you." As Sleuth finished, he raised Minnie 111 his arms. Just at that moment he was surrounded by several rough-looking customers, the fore most of whom exclaimed, as he flourished a blud!!Con over the old detective's head: "Put that young lady down, yer ould villain. What do you mane, stalin' a young lady right off the in that manner? Put her down, I say, ye ould rru:cal." Sleuth knew the men he had to deal with, and he answered l;y thrusting a pistol forward, and at the same time he observed, firmly: You lads be off about your business, or I'll nip one or two of you!" At this moment the party was re-enforced by a burlv, red-headed, bull necked fellow, who, as he came up, exclaimed: "What is the matter wid yez? what the divil's goin' on here?" ' Go about your business," returned Sleuth. Troth an' this is my bizness," replied the fellow. At the same time he snatched a bludgeon from one of the others and added: "Come, now, will yer giv' up the girl?" at the 1111me time he advanced nearer, flourishing the club. "Your blood be upon your own head!" abouted Sleuth: at the same instant he fired. Then with a wild yell of agony the fellow fell upon the ground with the exclam21tion: "Be jabers, boyB, l'm shot!" At this instant two policemen rushed upon the scene, and the gang, picking up their wounded companion, fled. "What's the row here1" cried the foremost. "Whe.tever row there was is over now," anthe lktecUve, and as Ule second policeman joined them Slea.th gave an account of all that had transpired. It was near morning when Sleuth reached Minnie's home with her. During the journey home he had ascertained from her all the recent facts, and had advised her as to the course she should pursue. Upon the afternoon of the following day, Harry Loveland called upon Minnie, and re ceived a statement from her of all that had oc curred. He also informed her how, through mea ns adopted by him, Sleuth was put upon her track, and fortunately arrived in time to effect her rescue. vVhile he was still there, there was a ring at the door, and an iostant later a heavy step was heard coming up the stairs. It stopped before her door, and was succeeded by a firm rap. Harry stepped to the door, and opening it, beheld a person whom -he at once recognized as an attacM of one of the police courts. The man said: -" I fulve come to see a womoin by the name of Minnie Lamont,'' at the same time he attempted to force himself past Harry into the room; but Harry placed himself in front of him so as to prevent his doing so, and said: "You must explain your business, sir, before entering here.'' That's easily done," replied the officer; I have a warrant for her arrest on a charge of tlieft." Harry turned his face into the room, and be holding Minnie standing in the middle of tile floor with he1 hands clasped and in an attitude of intense agony, he "Don't be alarmed darling, this is all for the best; 1 would rather have this matter brought to an issue in this manner than have you endangeri:d as you have been heretofore." The ;fficer at the door interrupted him by ex claiming, fiercely, Look here, young man, I just want you to move out of the way and let me attend to my business." Oh, Harry! let him come in," cried Minnie as she saw the determined look on the officer's face. In one moment, Minnie," be said; then, turning toward the officer he made a significant sign, which the man seemed to understand at once, for his whole manner changed, and when Harry closed the door and steppel'1 out into the hall with him, he made no opposition. A low, hurried coiwersatic,n ensuP.d betweei. them; Harry whispered something in the officer's ear, which causoo him to a6sume a positive air of deference. as he said: "All right! you know how it is : I didn't rec ognize you, and knucks' are up to all kinds of dodges." That's all right, officer," replied Harry; "you can just read your warrant, and I'll sec that Miss Lamont appears in to the summons," and Harr;vopened the door and intro duced the officer mto the room, when he read the warrant, and politely bowed himself out of the room. After his departure, Harry said: I will accompany you to and from the the ater to-night. You have had sufficient experi ence now to have become somewhat accustomP.Cl to sudden surprises and imminent dangrrs. The past ten days have clearly demonstrated t1 pur pose to get you out of the way by some means, and I charge you to be suspicious of everybody and everything except Sleuth and mvself, therefore, my dear girl, you must be alert and brave." I thank you, Harry for your generous de votion to my interests; you are a man, stron.,. and vigorous and hopeful; I un a woman, weak anj friendless, and consequently hopeless." "Why, Minnie, I shall get angry if you talk in this mapner; you call yourself friendless; why, my dear girl, is it p0ssible that you have not yet discovered that your interests are dearer to me than my own, or rather, that yours are mine?" "Oh! I know, Harry, that your v;enerous nature has made them so, but still that does not alter the fact that I am an orphan, without a known relative in the world." "Well, there, birdie, if I didn't know your nature, 1 should believe you were driving me to a po s itive declaration." At this remark Minnie started back, and her face became suffused with blushes. Oh, Harry, Harry!" she murmured, if I thought you beJie,ed at heart what you have just said, I would never look upon your face again." Minnie, darling. I was spurred a little by the words t.hat you spoke yourself; I thought you muat have !mown ere this that my interest in your affairs was not 1'.lllselfisb, darling. '[ love you, not as a friend, not as a brother, but with that selfish, yet tender love which a man can only once feel. I thought that yoR ought to have known this, and whGn you spoke about being friendless, I was a trUle n e ttled But you will forgive me-I know you and from hence there will be no misuurleraland ing. Don't you ever again feel that your inter ests are cherished upon such a slender basis a1 mere friendship; you are just as near and dear to me as tho1,gh the words had been spoken which shall give me legal authority in your affairs." Minnie's emotions for a moment were too ex ces he to allow her to reply; at length she mur mured, ' Oh, Barry!" but the tone and signifl cauce expressed in her manner were sufficient for him. CHAPTER XIII. HARRY LOVELAND accompanied Minnie te1 and from the theater !hat same night, according to promise, when he informed her that Sleuth woulC! probably manage to keep the previous nigl;tt's occurrence from the public, and nothing was said at the theater about the matter; conse quently none of the actors were aware of the ex citing adventures through which their favorite had passed. Upon the following day the dread realities of her present existence presented themselves in full force. Early in the day the oflicer who hail served the warrant called and informed her, i11 a very gentlemanly and decorous manner, thr.t it was necessary for her to accompany him tg court in answer to the summons. Twenty minutes' drive them in fro1:1 t of that famous building, the 'lombs. Minnie was led into the railing, and aa shu looked about the court-room from behind her veil, her eyes did not rest upon n fomilinr friendly face. There were Emsley Merritt, hia wife ana son; also a woman whom she recog nized as Mrs. Merritt's housekeeper. Beside6 them, and the officer who had accompanied her to court, there was not a face that she had ever gazed upon before. For a moment after she bad become seatcxl there was a dead silence, when suddeuly the clerk of the court called in the usual monot onous manner: "Merritt vs. Lamont-are the parties present in court?" A sleek, well dressed, elderly man arose, and announced thnt he was there to appear for the plRintiii:: 11t the same moment a man of fine presence, with a sharp, shrewd expression of countenance, de spite his full, broad face, arosr, and 11nnounced that he was ready in behalf of the defendant. After a few moments' whispered convert1Utioo between the clerk and the justice, the judge announced his readiness to proceed with the e.11amination, when the counsel for Mr. MerriU arose and requested that gentleman to take tha witness stand and be sworn. The substance of bis testimony was that shortly after the dissmissal of Miss Lamont front her position of governess, 11 chain and lock
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OLD SLEUTH, TRE DETECTIVE. "You will please state what further knowl edge you have regarding the Joss of the chain!" As soon as I learned that the chain was missing, I suspected Miss Lamont, and began making inquiries as to whether auy of the serv ants had seen the missing articles; I theu ascer tained that the housekeeper had seen it in Miss L!lmont's possession." only relics Ebe had of her father, who was murdered-" witness stopped. Go on," said Minnie's lawyer, what more did defendant say? click, as if the door had been closed and locked,' but felt that it was hardly possible that thi could be the fact, as any person dving it de signedly must have known that the sJigLlcsi out .cry would have brought hundreds to the room, and also thflt at any moment persons were likely to come. She said it was part of a chain which her fatber had bad made expressly; ancl that the balance he wore when he disappeared. That will do, madame," remarked the plaintiff's counsel. "One moment," said Minnie's lawyer, wbo for tbe last few moments bad been conversing with Minnie. Questioning the witness, he sa:d: .111adame, do you ever recollect ha viag seen iliat chain worn by Miss Lamont while a mem" One more question. Did you not once, at the lunch-table, call Mrs. Merritt's atteution to that chain and its history?" The witness now was completely gone: if she had been schooled for her part, she had evi dently forgotten her instructions; the last scene had spoiled her, and, after a moment's hesitation, she answered: "I did call Mrs. Merritt's atten tion to the chain." Tuming about, she said, in a clear, firm voice: "\Yho is here?" At that ins tno t she heard the rustle of silk near her: and at the same time a band was placed upon her shoulder, like a person reanh ing out in the dark. As the hand came in con tact with her shoulder, Minnie heard a voice Is there anybody here?" her of your household'!" No, sir," replied the witness; I nevm saw tltat cltain before in my life, 1 saw it hme in court." Did Mrs. :Merritt request to see it?" "She did." Did Miss Lamont show it to her?" She ossession. That will do," remarked counsel for the Jllaintiff; you can step aside, madame." "Not yet," cried Minnie's lawyer. "When where did you see that chain in the posses J ; ion of Miss Lamont?'' I was in her room one evening when she volYHntarily shQwed me the chain and locket, statilll9 that the portrait was one of her 'father." What more did she tell you?" Witness hesitated. "That's and I object," exclaimed )\fr. Merritt's counsel. Your honor, this witness admits that the ilefenfainti.ff when he came aud tried to wrench it from her person while in an unconscious state -unconsciousness being the result of thtJ plaint iff's own violence and brutality. We will prove, your honor, that the really guilty party is the plaintiff, who, for reasons of his own. is anxious to obtain possession of the trinktJt now in possession of the court. We will prove that lie was caught with it in his hand, while in the very act of wrenching it from the unconscious form of defendant Ifs. bcmb-shell had exploded in court, it could not have produced a greater excitement than did the present phase of this remarkable case. After 11 few ruomeuts' consideration. the judge decided the question regular, and directed the wit ness to answer. "Wlrnt did Miss Lamont say to you npon that ocrasion ?" She said that that chain and locket were the Did Mrs. Merritt say anything nt that time about the chain being her own property?" She did not." When did she first tell you that that chain was hers?" The day before yesterday." I hope your honor is allowing all this to be impressed upon your memory; here is the clearest development of the most monstrous con spiracy that ever came under my observation I don't think there is any necessity of proceeding further with this exammation on the strength of the testimony of pluiotitI's own witnesses. I de mand defendant's discharge." There is certainly something very strange and mysterious about this whole affair. For strange suggestious, it is the most remarkable examination I ever held. I am sRtisfied that w!Jerever the mistake may lie, if mistake it be, that the defendant is innocent-inaocent be yond a doubt, and I hereby honorably discharge her, with an expression of my sympathy for the inconvenience and annoyauce to which she has been subjected." "Your honor," said Minnie's lawyer, as Harry Loveland entered the court-room, and offered his arm to escort Minnie out, "your honor," he repeated, for reasons, we will not request at this time warrants against certain parties for perjury and conspiracy; for the present the result of this examination have been entirely satisfactory." And, happier than she had ever been before, Minnie was driven to her llome. CHAPTER XIV. FoR two days succeeding the examinRtion, nothing occurred in Minnie s experience of an exciting character; but upon the third evening, in company with Harry, she attended a grand ball given by the Protective Order of Elks. Late in the evening Miss Lamont arrived, ac companied by Harry Loveland, and, as the couple appeared upon the floor of the ball-roorn, a buzz of admiration ensued, and Minnie was at once universally pronounced the belle of the evening. I am 80 fri .ghtened," said ti..te strange lady. "Do please light the gas, I am almost frightened to death I am trembling all over. Excns:? me hut do let me cliag to you, or I shall fall, I so nervous." The tones were so natural, and the circum stance so conducive to just such a condition that.Minnie's suspicions were completely allayed' and with the stranger still clinging to her, felt about for matches: While doing so, she felt the hand moving uervously over her neck and shoulders, and although it caused a disagreeable sensation, still attributing it to tile lady's excited condition, she paid no attention, but groped about in search of the matches. In a moment she secured some, and with the stranger still clinging to her, moved toward the center of the room under the chandelier. Upon finding it beyond her reach, the stranger said: "I wiil .,.et yon a chair to upon." In a moment Minnie felt a chair Rhoved ngaill8t her. Arranging it under the chandelier, she stepped upon it, struck the match aud lit the gas just nt the moment a party of ladies entered the door. As she stepped down from t!Je chair, she turned around to see who the person was who had been in the room with her, and was aston ished to find that beside herself and the party who had just entered, there was not a soul in the room. A few moments later the truant Harry turned up. On their way home in the carriage Minnie related the strange circumstance to him. Harry came to the same cone! usion as the others. n nd assured her that it was merely a freak of her imagination, owing to her state of mind, anrl to the depressed condition of her nervous system. At this moment the carrif1ge stopped in front of Minnie's door. Passing up into her room, Harry turned on the gas at the moment Minnie threw ofI her opern cloak. As she stood in the bright light, Harry turned toward her with a bantering phrase upon his lip, when suddenly his whole countenance changed, and he ex claimed: Good heavens I Minnie, where a re your chala and locket?" Minnie raised her hand to her neck, and not finding it there, said, deliberately: "It's gone; the matter is explained; the ghoRt has my locket and chain." CHAPTER XV. Shortly after supper Harry excused himself for a few moments, and left Minnie conver;ing wi\h another lady. Shortly after his departure, the lady with whom she was con versing was Jed away by her partner, and Minn!e was left alone; but considerable time passed and Hurry had not EMSLEY MERRIT'!' sat alone in his office. The returned, and she began to grow uneasy, and wealthy, proud, hard man of the world looked finally commenced making inquiries. much older than when first introduced to the Passing rapidly across the room, she was snit she h.e>ird a l il 'es. One of tlwm. a low fellow, but very

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ii4 OLD SLEUTH, 'r_HE DETECTIVE.-I ahrewd and sharp, the other day addressed to me a very singular and startling remark. He said, It will stand you in hand, Mr. Merritt, to look after that kid of yours.' This is a very vulgar expression, Emsley, but it is fraught with -a very weighty meaning. Now, young sir, I wish you to tell me frankly, and to borrow this low fellow's phrase, I will say that it will stand .you in hnnd to tell me precisely the ground which induced the detective to make such a singular remark." "I have nothing to confess," replied Emsley, doggedly. Are you a gambler?" inquired his father, abruptly. I have played, but not enough to call my self a gambler." "And you met with losses-and robbed me to make them good." For a moment the old banker's emotions com pletely overcame him. The hardened, ambitious financier really loved his son. Seeing his father was thus overcome Emsley was compelled to make an open confession, and he said: Father, if you will forgive me, I will con fess everything." "Do so, my son, do so! and if the past will only prove a warning to you, I sha ll not be en tirely hopeless. I am ready and willing to for give you. if you disclose everything, and sin .<>,erely promise amendment. I am willing lo make allowances for your youth. Answer me uuly, did you misappropriate money belonging to me?" Yes, father, I did." "Did you take that chain out of my safe?"' What chain, father?" There was but one there, a massive, curiously wrouirht chain-did you take it?" Yes, sir, 1 did." "What did you do with it?" "I pawned it." "In a regHlar pawn-shop?" "No, sir, I pawned it to an old gentleman whom I met in the gambling-saloon; I was broke nt the time and wanted to get square. I offered to pledge the chain with the dealer, when this old gentleman, who had seen me lose heavily, volunleered to make me an advance upon it." What kind of a Joe.king old man was he?" inquired the banker, as the old look of terror gettJed upon llis face Emsley described the old man, when the banker staggered back into bis chair, exclaim ing: "Good heavens! as I suspected-it was Sleuth! My son! you sold that chain to my deadly enemy! I am a ruined, disgraced man!" At the name of Sleuth young Emslcy trem bled. The great detective," continued bis father, "he knew well who vou were. He was dogging vour steps ; he entered the gambling-saloon because you entered it-he was watching you-be wns looking for that chain." At thnt moment there was a knock at the office door. Emsley unlocked the door under his father's direction, when one of the clerks in formed the banker that there was au old man who wished to see him privately. Show him in," said the banker, hiding all signs of his previous emotion. A moment later, Sleuth, the detective, entered the banker's pri vate office. As he entered the door, young Emsley whispered hurriedly in his father's ear, My God! father, thnt's the man!" CHAPTER XVI. As Sleuth entered the office he said, shortly: Good-day, sir." At the same time he glanred keenly about the room. and finally fastenerl his eye upon young Merritt. There was a peculiar twinkle in his eyes as they rested upon the youth. I expected to have seen you before, sir," taid the banker. "I was not ready to make any report-I am not now unless we can be alone," and he nod rled his head significantly toward young Mer ritt. Young Ernsley reached over, and whispered ill his father's ear: Let me offer to buy the chain back; he co1.Jlcln't refuse to resell it under the circum .e&ances. '' Mr. Merritt merely answered: 11\ever mind, leave that to me," and then 1:iotioned for his son to leave. Emsley obeyed. As the door closed upon him Sleuth arose and said: "If you have no objections, I will turn the key in the door. When I disclose my business I don't im ag ine that you will desire to be inter rupted any more than I do." Sleuth turned the key in the door and re sumed his seat. As he did so he said: Mr. Merritt, your last directions to me were, when you put this robbery case in my hands, that I should follow any clew that I ob tained, no matter where it pointed. I did so, and I have been successful. I have found the thief." "Ah, I thought you would; a man of your reputed keenness is not apt to fail. Have you arrested him?'' "I have not," replied Sleuth. "I wished to consult with you first. The guilty party is one 1vhom you would never have suspected. I didn't know exactly how you would wish to proceed." "Well, sir, who is he? The person is your own son, Emsley 1tfor ritt, Jr." Not a muscle of the banker's face changed upon receiving this announcement. Sleuth now again strongly suspected that, after all, the hanker knew whom he was about to charge with the robbery. The banker made no reply, and after a moment, Sleuth said: "Were you prepared, sir, to hear your son charged with the robbery?" I was not," replied the banker, nor do I believe it now, upon your simpie statement; you must furni s h me proofs before I believe my to be a thief." "I have the proofs, and th e y are positive." "What are they'/" I found some of the stolen property upon his person. I purchased the chain, which you descr;bed, from him, b a gambling place-he was offering to pledge it to the dealer, who refused to take it, and I bought the chain." "Why did you not bring it to me at once? If you have it with you I will refund you what it cost you-of course it belougs to me; I am sur prised that you did not retum my property Moner. But probably you have a sufficient ex cuse to offer." "Yes, I have," said Sleuth. I suppose you are prepared to return it now, and by doing so convince me of my son's guilt-when of course you will have earned yonr pay." "It is not necessary to produce the chain to by eternal justiw, I swear that I wi!l gmber the evidence, link by link, until I forge a chain strong enough to suspend their bodies 0n the gaJIOl\'S!" How dnre you come into my office and use such language to me?" "I am ready to depart any moment that yoq request me to; I htLve only said what cfrcmn stances warrant me in saying-." "Were it not that I belic\e you honest., and governed by proper motives, I should scad for an oliicer and have you arrested at once!" I was fully pre-pared to assume the responsi bility of anything I should say when I said it. I know that there are strauge developments yet to be made; every moment convinces me that I a.m on the right track for solving a great mys tery. I will go now; when I see you again I will have more minnle particulars of a tragedy which occurred sixteen years ago. just about the time this cllain came into your possession.." The detective moved as if about to out when the banker stopped him by saying: "One moment; I would rather have you !If: I\ friend than an enemy. I will give yGu five thousand dollars for that chain." "Why dcin 't you offer the one that your tools stole from Miss Lamont the other night at the ball to boot?" "I have nothing further to sny; to save scan dal for my family s sake, 1 oITered you a high price-you declined it; you Jiu ve fit lv enter into a conspiracy nguin s t me for the pu pose of extorting money. I see you have se\ your price too high, I now defy you-do your worst, and if this game uin 't turned on you 1 'm no phlyer, with the advll.ntnge of right on my side again s t fraud." I will go now," said Sleuth, and when I come again I shnll have 11. little toy familiarly called bracelets; and they' re of bl eel. Good-day," and he passed out. A moment later }Ir. }lcrritt was conversing with his clerks in a serene and manner; but, underneath his a s sumed quiet, strange, stormy, wicked thoughts agitntetl his breast, and the subject of them no good to the great detective, CHAPTER XVII.
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OLD SLEUTH, THE DETECTIVE. 15 proceeded to remarks upon his personal ap-1 tered, "That's Emsley Merritt's first play ont-Finally, glancing city ward, she observed, pearance, and finally be"'an discussing his chargood! I've seen his hand, and when I 'lead awny in the di s tance. the approaching ferry.'lctcr and business, evidently intending to pro-back' I'll take every trick." boat, and aro se. intending to retrace her steps, 'l'oke him to some kind of retort to enable them Upon the following day Sleuth made a tour so us to rrac h tl1e ferry in time to take thi s boat to make a pretext for a personal assault. The among the m any well-known res orts of the on its r eturn trip; uut a t this moment h e r eyeg old gentleman evidently saw the drift of their numerous desperate characters who now and re s t e d upon a lonely little gnwe-yard in win c h little game, and paid no attention to them. At then figure prominently in the poli c e gii F tened in the rays of the afternoon sun a few length :in 3 of the three men bought an installlie was picking out the cards from which to solit ary white head-stones. Curiosity impelled t of checks and entered the game. The old select a" hand "to play against Ems ley :Merritt; her to proceed toward this isolated lio me of the 1gentleman .had placed quite a pile of checks we will see anon how well he succeeded. dead, and for s ome time she was inte rested in upon a certuin card which won. The dealer * * reading the 8evcral in s criptions upon the rude, immediately leveled the pile of checks with the "Miss Lamont, I would be pleased to have whit cwns licd sl a bs. Having about as winnings, w 'hen the fellow who had last come you nrcornpany me upon a little pleasure excur-much lime as she thought s he could spare, she into tlie game reached over and "raked" down sion I propose to make to-day." was about turning lo leave, wlien lier eye was the whole pile. For the first time the old man 'I'liese words were addressed to Minnie by a attracted by u head-board more prominent than spoke: beautiful woman, who had recently become an the othe r s Ad v ancing toward it, s he com" Look here, my friend," said he; "that was inmate of the house where Minnie boarded. menced rearliug the inscripti on. when suddenly ruy bet-those checks are mine." This lady, who was about thirty:, represented she gave utterance to a startled scream, and "You are mistaken! that was my first play I" herself as a wealthy French widow, and her then exclaiming: Oh, my God! what is this?" The old man appealed to the dealer, who repersonal appearance comported with this claim she fell headlong upon the grassy mound. Oc rlied with a bland smile: as far as her nativity was concerned. From the casi o nally she g ave utterance to cxc l a mativus o; Settle it itmong youiselves, gentlemen. Set first moment of her introduction to Minnie, she of wonder and in c red u li t y. Oh, my fath e r, 1:0 it among yourselves." had given e\'iden c c of feeling great admiration my father!" she murmured: "what strange, "Bt1t you know," said the old gentleman, for the latter, aud bad consequently made hertragic fate could have befallen thee! Through .. that it was I who laid that bet." self particularly agreeable. So pleasant and what weird circumotances comes it, that here, "I can t s:.iy, sir, that I do. I wasn't paying cordial were her manners, and so apparently after many years. I find tliy grave with t!Jy particular attention, although it strikes me that disinterested her friendship, that she liad sueuame inscrib e d in full upon lhb rude s lab; anll the gentlem:m wllo cnme in last covered that ceeded in making a deep impression on )fomie yet nil the inquirie s se t 1>1loat to di sc over thy oard." who thus far hnd nothing but that which whereabouts, or thy fate either living or dead, "I can sf and to be insulted," said the old elicitecl unreserved confidence. brought no tidings of thee? gentleman, rising, "but not to be robbed." Upon several occasions our lleroine had Rising to a oitting position, and l e aning her "Who is robbing you?" cried the fellow who spoken of her new acquaintance to Harry Loveback against the head-board, she continued, in had appropriated tile checks. laud, but it had so happened that, up to tliis a so liloquizing tone: "So me unseen, mysterious "You are trying to, but I don't mean to let time, he had never had the good fortun e to meet power s e ems to be leadin g toward the unravelyon." her. Upon each occasion when he called. she ing of this strange series of mysteries." "You gray-headed, lying old rascal, what do was either out, or otherwise so engaged as to Minnie wa s so wrapt in the intensity of her you menu t" prevent au introduction. thoughts, that she had become totally oblivious "This is what I meant" said the old gentleThe clay previous to the one when l\11s Obitz to the flight of time, nor did s he observe that man, quickly, but in a very determined man-had proposed the excursion to Minnie, Harry the mellow rays of the declining were now ner, a s he thrust a formidable pi s tol within a had cailed with the express intention of arrangfalling aslant the gabled roofs upon the opposite fow inches of the fellow's head. "I mean that ing for an interview, as from numerous little shore. All her sen s es were conc e ntrated upon I w :mt you t<:> 1ay those checks on the table I" indications he began to suspect that she espethe one fact of tilis s trange and my s teriou s discially avoided him. CO\'c ry of th e grave of her father upon this luue CHAPTER XVIII. It had been his intention, during this call, to Hhore, with this stereotyped record: "Floaterl drop n hint to Minnie of what was passing in his a shore." Half hidden by gras s was some nddi mind, and instruct her to a c t so that an introtional lettering, stating that from papers found "LooK hern, old man, lay down that barker, duction would either be brought about. or the upo n the body. it wa s suppo s ed to be the r e or we'll' you," shouted two or t!Jree of widow driven to the giving of an un e q uivocal mains of the person whose name wa s in sc rib e d those sitting around the table, including tile intimation of a desire to avoid meeting him. ther eon. dealer. Harry was drtermiued to di s cover wh e th e r The s un had now sunk beneath the horizon, and "I'll lower the barker when the checks that this lack of opportunity came from a series of the lingering twilight was being s ucceeded by belong to me are replaced upon the table," reaccidents, or was the result of studied de s ign. the silv e r rays of the full moon, which waR jus t plied olcl man; and there was not a quaver Unfortunately, a few moments after his enrising above the opposite hill s and s till M:inuie In bis 'l oice as he spoke. trance a number of professionals made a friendly lingered at the grave of h e r pnrent. Sh e h n d At that ins tant, the old man, glancing sudcall upon : Minnie, and hatl remained until im-just risen to go, and had cast a pnrting glance denly across the room, beheld, reflected in one perative business compelled Harry t<> offer his upon the dear name as it shone out in the foll of. the mirrors, the form of a man evirlently excuses and depart. Owing to this obrays of the moon, when she was startle d by the directly beniud him, who held a glittering knife staclc at the time Mrs. Obitz made her proposal sound of an approaching step. Turniug with a fo his band, poised ready to plunge it into his Minnie had rccei ved no intimation of any cau s e s urprised start, her eye r e sted upon the mo s t s in-11eck. "\'Vith the bouncl of a panther, Sleuth for suspicion, nml it required but little mgiug, gular and (l'rotcsqu e -looking man s he had ev e r .(for tt was he) leapetl to one side in time to on the part of the fasciuat.ing widow to win an beheld, the circums tauces of the lonely the de s cending blow, and bracing his back acceptance of her invitation. An hour later, situati>in g a ve the figt1re a n increased against the wall, shouted: two ladies alighted from a private coupe, and Upon b e holding this strange obj e ct, Minnie w11s "Hark ye! yonder villain has lied; my busiwent on board the Staten Island ferry-boat. almost overcome with terror. S h e ess a y ed to ness he.re hacl nothing to do with the game, but Upon theit arrival at the lower lacding, the s c ream. but was so frightened that she had lo s t to lay on for that scoundrel who has 'pitt up!' two ladies di s embarked, when Mrs. Obitz re-all control of her voi c e. For a moment, the two, this job-. I chum the protect-ion of this house. quested Minnie to remaiu at the ferry while she thus singularly brought together, stood and A 'pull my lay, but in two seconds, if went to secure a conveyanre. Twelve o'clock gazed at each other without either of them utneces B ary, I can call ou a reserve from where I came and passed, and no Mrs. Obitz returned. teriu g a word. The man was the fir s t to break stand: if 1 do so, it is because I am forced." Minnie now began to feel a little uneasy and this painful silence; steppin g from before Min-Thc se woids httd a visible effect upon the pro-her uneasiness when another half hour nie, s o that the rays of th e moon might strike prietor, who acro s s the room, and, plac passed, and still her friend did not come. At full npon her features. he said: fog n ear Slenth, and while a dangerous l ength, unable to endnre the suspense, and "This iB a late hour and a lonely place for a cxp r e;;s ion res ted upon his strongly marked featprompted by a feeling of resllessness, she deter-young lady.'' he saiil: mined t o take a stroll along the beach, and thns In ans wer lo remark, Minnie said: "There's been enough of this; just put up beguile the time. The continued absence of "unexpected circumstances are the cause of your shoot e rs now. I'm just able to take in all :Mrs. Obitz struck her as remarkably strange, my b eing here." tiisputes in this house myself," and tuming to-and for the first time a suspicion crosaed her At this moment the strange r advanced clo.er, ward the f e llow 1\ho had volunteered the inmind, concerning the integrity of this new-founrl and for a few seconds peered in1eutly in .M:in:Cormation concerning Sleuth's intentions, he friend. This continued absence upon such an nie's face. Upon witnessing this strange action,' :raised his fist, and shaking it meauingly, he conoccasion, to ;ay the least, was very strange, and she experienced a slight return of her form e r '\iuued: resulted in Minnie's coming to the determination alarm, but again she was reassured when he I think you're a fraud, and if you ever not to proceed further with her, but to make spoke and said: eome into my place again, to put up a job on this unexperted delay the excuse for returning "You must not be afraid of me, miss, I am any of my customers, I'll kick you out." to New York. well known; everybody knows me hereauouts. This turn of affairs convinced tlie three ras-Thus ruminating, she continued to stroll along I would not harm any one, but the sight of your cals, who \\'ere evidently hired assass in s, that without thinking how far she was proceeding; face arouses strange memories; 1 luu1e see1i you their game was up; and as is u sual with such but at lengt'h she bethought herself as to the di s b efo1e. ctIBlomer s with indi stinct mutters of dire vengetance she was traversing. Looking at her watch "Where do you tb.iok you have seen mef" -auce they sneaked toward the door, when a she saw. that it was half pas t one o'clock; she iuquirec1 Minnie, with aurpriFe. hint from the dealer caused the proprietor of had started at half past twelve, and conRequent "That I can't tell you, miss. I ain't what I Ule place to exclaim: ly had heen walking an hour. Upon lookin
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16 OLD SLEUTH, THE DETECTIVE. accident to which ;J'.OU allude, I was but a child, total blank. Some three or four years ago I and resided in California." began to give evidences of returning sanily; "Possibly so-possibly so; but I may have when I had recovered my reason suffici en tly, I known your father or-" learned these facts which I have just related. It What, did you know my father?" inter. appears that at the time I was found I had that rupted Minnie, suddenly pointing toward the ring in my possession; as no other claimant was name upon the grave-slab. ever (ound, it was preserved and returned to ls that your father buried there?" me. 'l'wo yeArs subsequent to the partial refi'l "It is," replied Minnie; "did you know turn of my reason, I was one d:iy wanderincr him?" listlessly along this beach, when I was "It's strange-strange!" muttered the man. by this retired grave-yard. Curiosity led me Did you know the party who is buried into it, and then, for the first time, I discovered here? or do you know any of the circumstances thi s grave, beside which we are standing, and connected with the finding of the body, for recognized the similarity between the name ensee-" added Minnie, like the others, it floatgraved upon my ring, and that inscribed upon ed ashore?" this slab. I at once inquired the fate of the "How do you know that was your father?" person here buried, and learned that nearly a "That wns my father's name-my father was month my resru e his body jlon.lrd n8/wre. lost years ago-the dnte of his disaPl'earance acRumors, unfavorable to me, have alwnys been cords with the date when this body was found." connected will! the finding of such a valuable Do you know that since I fust saw this upon the person of one known to be as grave it has been an object of strange interest thriftles s as myself; but owing to the condition to me? I have sat here by the hour studying of my mind, no decided steps were ever taken that name. It seems to be the dividing line be-to unfathom the mystery, and now the facts tween the two periods of my life. I know that. have evidently faded from the minds of the the person buried th.ere had some connection people hereabouts." with my former career." :Minnie listened to this tragic narrative with "How do you know it?" inquired Minnie. breathless interest; and upon its conclusion, I will tell you," replied the stranger. See with a thrill of horror the impression fastened this," he added, as he extended his open 'hand itself upon her mind that for some purpose, toward Minnie. In his palm lay a ling, upon through some weird and mysterious guidance, which was set a sparkling gem, whose brilliance upon this clear moonlight night over the grave rivaled the moonlight. In the inner side of of her murde red fa!lwr, she 1vas conversing with that ring," he continued, is engraved a name one of his which corresponds with that upon the tombslab." "My God!" exclaimed Minnie, trembling like an aspen l eaf, as she reached forth and took the ring. After a hurried examination, she added, with increased nervous excitement, I nize this it was once the property of my father. For Heaven's 11ake, tell me quickly how did it come into your possession?" "That is what I can not tell; there my memory fails; but I will tell you the strange accident which befell me, and you may suggest something whi c h will assist in revivifying my lost faculty: Previous to about fifteen or sixteen yea:rs ago I was a rather wild and reckless eharacter; th.is I learned from othera. They don't seem to recollect that I had any known relatives, although l had lived, for the ien years previous to the time when the great accident befell me, the bay, earning a subsistence by alternate fishing and farming. From them I learned that I had not been seen for a few days, when one morning I was brought to the lower landing on the Staten Island shore, by a party of young yacht.;men, who stated that th e y were sailing close under the shore in the dim light of early morning, when they saw a sudden fl.ash, succeeded by the report of a pistol. At this moment, they were rounding a point which jutted out from the shore; straining their eyes m the direction whence the flash wllS seen, they beheld, a few hundred yards distant, a s mail boat. Owing to the state of the wind, it would have been nece ssa ry for th e m to have made a wide tack to rea c h the spot with the yacht, and instead, they came-to, and low ered a small boat, and dispatched it to investigate the affair. As they n ea red th e s pot, they beheld a boat, in which was a single oarsman, pulling away. At the same time, they saw the arms and he a d of a person evident ly struggling in the water. Guided by a sense of humanity, they pulled toward the latter with the intention of res c uing him before following Ui.e man in the boat. They arrived just in time to rescue the drowning man; when, upon drawing him into their boat with exclamations of horror, they discovered that he was grievously wounded, and had a rope about his neck wh.icb, they e.t once surmised, had b ee n attache d to some weighty object inte nded to ho! t the body to the bottom; but evidently the rope had slipped, and the wounded man had come t-0 the surface. During the time occupied in effecting thi s timely r escue, the author of the tragedy, whom they conceived to be the man they had see n pulling away. had disnppeared from sight, and in the horror and surprise of the moment, instead of pulling in search of him, ihey return e d to the yacht, and bor e down to the landing for the purpose of procuring medi cal aid for the victim. Nothing was ever found leading to a discovery of the intended murderer. Upon my recovery, after a protracted struggle between life and death. my mind was gone, consequently I could give my11elf of the events which led to the trngedy. As I had previously told you, for twelve years suc ceeding this feanul horror, my memory was a CHAPTER XIX. "You have never succeeded then, in learning any further particulars of the death of my father," inquired Minnie, "beyond the fact that bis body floated ashore?" "I have not been able to obtain any further facts," replied the man. I have made thorough inquiries in every direction; the villagers know nothing beyond the facts which !have related." Have you ever had the courage to inquire whether your life, previous to the morning of the tragedy, was such as to warrant the suspi cion that you you r self would have been likely to have been engaged in any murderous enter prise?" I must confess that I have not had the cour age to ask that question. There is something so strange as regards the ring that I have not dared to." Aro you well assured of your present in clinations?" inquired Minnie. I am; for the last three years I have been governed by higher motives than mere personal impulse.'' I will tell fou frankly," said Minnie, sol emnly, "that have laid the basis of a theory which reflects severely upon your previous in t eg rity; but your present state of mind, your frankness and fairness, have extinguished any bitterness that I might otherwise feel against one toward whom suspicion pointed as one of the destroyers of my father. As his daughter, and the only living injured party, I assure you that I freely furgive you for any part you may have acted in this dreadful work, upon condi tion that you fairly render all the a ss i stn nce in your power toward the solution of this horrible mystery." As Minnie ceased speaking, she extended her band as a pledge of the s in cerity of her words The stranger seized it, and removing his slouched hat, extended his arm, and lifting his eyes toward the heavens, he said: "I solemn ly swear that no price will be too high for me to pay for the privilege of making restitution I will render you assistance in this matter, even to the sac rifi ce of my life; upon statement you may rely, for I swear it." I believe and will trust you," said Minnie, and I think I have a friend who can not only assi R t you in recalling events, but can put every little ite m of fact togeth er, 3nd eventu a lly fur nish, in detail, each in cident aR it actually oc curred in thio fearful drama. You mut come to me to-morrow in New York; you must h :1ve an interview at once with Sleuth, the great de te c fjve." At the mention of the name Sleuth, coupled with the appellation uetective, the stranger gave a frightened start. Mmnie noticed this, and added quiddy, "Sleuth is my friend. int erested in this matter not as an ofticcr of the law, but in ...my private interest. I will as s ure you frankly that it is not my intrntiou or desire thnt any punishment greater than that which you have already suffered shall be visited upon all I wish is to uufathom the mystery. 1 ask neither restitution nor vengeance, except if you believe tI1is riug is mine, let me have it. To ind e mnifv you against any mistake, I will pay you its full value in mon ey." 'l'l:.e ring ts yours! you shall prty me noth ing; a 1reacly do I rnel new light breaking in upon my mind. I feel that there is but one link wanting to establish a complete chain o! memory. lf I could accidcutally hear the name, or e ven place my eyes upon the face o f that man who pulled awav aio11e in the boat, in th e dim light of that eariy dawn, upon that fatttl morning, I would recall all. There is au indistinct, shadowy, ghastly countenance c on stantly iloating before my mental vision I am lookin g for that face i"n t!te jlesli. I know I shnll find it!" "God grant that you may!" excla im ed Min nie, I, too, believe that you will. If anything should happen," Minnie added, prompted by a sudden thought, that! should not see you my self again, do not fail to see k Sleuth; he is kind and good, and my friend. I will give you my address, and you must give me yours." Just as Minnie opened her satche l to find a card and pencil, they were both startl e d by the sound of voices, and the grinding of approach in g steps in the bed of gravel which lined the shore The coming party, whoever they were. were not yet in sight. They were hidden by nn immense bowlder from view. The approaching footsteps caused Minnie delay for a moment her search for the pencil. A moment later, two men and a woman passed from behind the bowld e r, and Minnie at oucu reco gnized the lady by her dress as Mrs. Obitz At the same moment that Minnie caught s ight of them, they also beheld her and her compan ion, and Mrs. Obitz exclaimed: "Good Heaven! there she is, and some one with her;" and as she spoke, she started and ran swiftly along th e bench, and upon a rrivin g at the grave where Minnie was standing, she ac costed the l atte r with the words: Good gr11ciousl my dear, what a fright you: have giveu me; what on earth has kqit you away so lon g, and what infatu ation brou ght yo1t to such a l one ly out-of-the wny, hobgoblin place as this? Phew!" she added, in a s hrill voice, at the same time her shoulders vigor ously; "what a horriole place, a grave-yard hate grave-yards!" and thus she contiuuccl. rattling along for some moments, without giv ing Minnie any chance to reply. In the mean time the two men had approached to a point tile beach opposite to where the ladies stood. At l ength Mrs. Obitz was compelled io sto.i; from pure exhaustion, when Minnie said, coldly: "There i s much to be exp l ained, l\Irs. Obitz. I believe you have heard a part of my history. Accident brought me to this place, bnt in thii> lonely grave-yard I have found the grave of my father. How I cnme here I will tell you at some future time. This latter startling fact ex plains why I have lingered so long." "Mon Dieu !" cried Mrs. Obitz; "my dear child, I fear you have lost your senses. Ho\V ridiculous to think that your papa sho u ld be buried in such an outlandish place a s this." I am ready to depart, said Minnie, al though I shall ever feel that your prolonged absence, after l eaving me at the ferry -house, was a very fortunate circumstaucc I must say, that for a lime I felt somewhat indignant." I feared that you would, my dear," repliecl Mrs. Obitz, quickly; "but you shall hear what a strange acc ident befell me. Yes, I have a. funny story to tell you." During the whole time, since Mrs. Obit z'g arrival, Minnie had noticed that her strange companion, the old man, had gazed at the Frenrb lady with a strange, startled expression of countenance. While the latter was Spaking he was constantly making some kind of signifi cant sil?nals, as if desirous of attructing our heroines attention, and intimating that he had something to communicate privately When Mrs. Obitz finally concH1ded with ti .:. remark, "But come, my dear, l et us get away from thisplace," anti started down the the o ld man came close up to : Minnie, while knelt for a moment upon the grave, and whis pered, in a low, hurried voice: Do you know the character of the woma1t who seems to be your friend?" I do not," r epliecl Minnie, turning uu011 him a lonk of sucprised inquiry. -"She i s a "Oh, my God!" exclaimed Minnie, audiblr; what grounds have you for sayUi,r sot"

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OLD SLEUTII, THE DErrEOTIVE. 17 That woman has been tried for her life. She was accused of murdering her husband. She escaped by some one of the many iutricate points in the law, still there is not a person ac quainted with the circumstances who does not believe her besides, she is intimately acquaintell with a notorious gambler and bondrobber." taken in the pen;on is the fact that, a moment ago, he addres se d me by a n:.ime which, I assure you upon my honor as a lady, I n ever heard be fore. But allow me to introduce you lo my friends, who kindly volunteered to act as my escort whe n I came out in search of you. Mr. Henry Lawrence, Miss L n mont; ll!r. Wiseman, Miss L a mont. said: "Miss Lamont, we can't afford to foo\ any lon ger; accompany me quietly aml you will not be harmed: make the l east outcry and I'll have you choked to in sensibility. .For tb.e pw: ent, it' s to my int erest to keep you for awhile ont of the City of New York; that t>ld 8Cotrndrrl the r e told you the truth; for the present you area prisoner, my name is Lizzi e --. The l ast. words sounded upon unconsciou a ears; jlinui!J bad fainted; at the instant steps were heard running along the beach. "Oh my God!" murmured Minnie "what shall I do?" as she observed 11Irs. return ing and beckonin g for her to come. I am coming in a moment," called Minnie, in answer to the summons to "hurry out of that horrid place;" then, turning to the old man, she in quired in a low voice: What would you advise me to do? I certainly can not leave her thus abruptly." :Minnie acknowledged the salutations of both gentlemen, when the one introduced as liir. '' Where does she propose to take you?" asked the old man. "Why, we intended to return to New York of course. but I suppose it i s too l ate now, and we will have to stop in the villa ge overnight." If you reach the village in safety you are all right. I fear that is not the intention; that woman will not return to th e village. Her friend owns a house not a quarter of a mile from here, allhough its a mile walk around the bluff to get there. If h arm is intended you, the in tention is to invei g le you into that house. If you once get the re, God help you." Again :Mrs. Obitz calling impatiently, ::\Iinnie moved slowly toward her. As she did so, she said to the old man: What is your name?" "Skinner, Hank Skinner." "Well, Mr. Skinner, you must accompany me. I will claim you as a former friend, and refuse to go anywhere but to the village." "That will do," said he, and they s peedily joined Mrs. Obitz, who, seeing Mr. Skinner ac. companying her, said, in a sharp, insolent man ner: What man is this? why does he come with you?" This gentleman is a former friend," replied Minnie ; "our meeting was unexpected but fortunate We have important bm : ine ss to gether. He will accompany us to the village, and go with m e in the morning to New York." "But, my clear, you are not goin,,. to the vil lage to -night; where on earth would-you stay after you g o t there?" At this moment Mr. Skinner spoke up and said: "It is handi e r for this young lady to go to the The accommodations there are excellent. 1 would suggest that she insist upon going to the village."' "You are a strangn to me, sir!" exclaimed Mrs. Obitz. facing Mr. Skinner; at the same time, tossing h e r head disdainfully, she added, Miss Lamont is under my charge. I am re sponsible for her safE>ty. You have no business to make any suggestions. Mi ss Lamont wiL ac C'1mpany me, and I must request that you pro ceed 11bout your business for the present." "My business for the present, Lizzie--, is to see Miss Lamont safely to the village, and from thence to New York. It is as well to be frank; I h a ve disclosed your real character to this young lady; your game, whatever it is up?" At the first utterance of the name by which Skinner adclre sed Mrs. Obitz, her face unde r went a complete change. Her comely features became swollen with rage and h e r black eyes glittered with the baleful light of an excited cobra, as she exclaimed. "We will see!" and at the same moment she called to the two men who, during all this tim e, h a d been amusing themselves by skippfng peb bles over the moonlighted waters. Upon hear ing Mrs. Obitz call, they both hurried up to ward ilie party. As the men aJ!proached, she exclaimed, pointing toward Mr. Skinner: Gentlemen, that lying rascal there has been filling my friend's ear with horrible stories con cerning m e Why, 1h11t. ol'1 fellow," replied one of th e men, is crazy Hank G k.inner he's a lunatic. I hope the youug lady, h e added, bowing toward Minnie, ha s Mt been frightened by any of the crazy ex:aggerntious of this bedh1mite. \Vby, miss," he continued, that old man has u t spoken a sane word for fift een years: any of the vil;a,,,ke the vixen. if she screams." Then advancing clorn to Minnie, who was now perfectly subdued by surprh>e IUld I.error, she Take her in your arms," eried Mrs. Ohitz we must not be here." Taking the uncon sc 10us girl in bis arms, tl.Je mau glided up through the b u s hes which. lined the bank, followed by the other two, and sue ceeded in passing beyond sight, as two fisher men hurried around the bowlder, and with of couslc rnation and surprise came up to tha pros trate form of Mr. Skinner. CHAPTER XX. THUNDER and lightning! this young lady is an awful l oa d if s h e i s l rnndsome!" exclaimeLl man who bore Minnie in hi s arms, as h e ar rived panting and blowing, at the top of the hill. With the assistance of both men, the party were enabled to be a r Minnie along rapidly through the bushes until they arrived at a littla stream of water which trickled over an adjoin ing l edge. Here they stopped. Mrs. Obitz. made a pillow of her shawl, and she and one of th e men began bathing Minnie's t em ples with the coo l water. Minnie quickly exhibited sign!! of returning consciousness, a nd, after a few sec onds' application of the water, opened her eyes. The fir s t object they encountered was the pale determined features of the French fiend wh<> bad been in strumental in entrupping h e r t<> Staten Island. "Yon have had a terrible fright, my dP.ar," murmured Mrs. Obilz. ... Where am J, and where have you brought me to? inquired Minnie. "We were on the way to the vill agc," rep lie d 111rs. Obilz, "in c was prepar ing to attack yon also, when Mr. Wiseman was com12.elled to fell the to the ground; at that moment ym1 fainted." Minnie bad now ri sen to a position. Like a flash, a reco llection of all that h at! occurred came to her mind, and above all, the confession a t the critica l momcut, I am L iz zie--. ..,., She recognized, al so, tha t 11Irs. O!Jit7 was trying to put an entirely different complex ion upon what had or.curred. but it was now toe:> l ate lo attempt any further deception. In answer to the false statement Q,f Mrs Obitz, Minnie said: "Madame, it is unnecessary for you to at tempt to deceive me further; you unmaked your intention when you confessed yourself Lizzie--." I have no desire to d ece ive you Miss L a mont; I confess that I en trap ped you to Staten Island for a purpose. I am paid to amuse you for awhile, but what I have just told you about the occurrence with that luna tic i s the ab solut a truth!" "That has little to do wilh my future pros pects. Whnt object had you in making me a prisoner?" A big bank account, my love " You are an instrument of Emsley M erritt." Not exactly, my d ea r ; but I b elieve he is the man on whom I make mv checks. \Ve have net intention of doing you any personal injury. You may never give me the credit of it, but I have been the means of saving your life Your enemies were willing to pay a high frice to have you put out of the way entirely. "\ ou are p e r fectly safe with me, if you offer no res.iolance l" That is," replied Minnie as she ro -e to brr feet, '' if I will permit myself to be sacrificcc.l to gratify your greed! I will take my bon net, if y o u please," s he added, ext ending her barn l to take her bat, which Mrs. Obitz had rcmcve1, and was idly Rwinging in her handR. Upon receiving it, she adjnated it as delibet stely RR though she was standing before her own toilet-gl11SS; at the same time she waa

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18 OLD SLEUTH, THE DETECTIVE. ing a rapid survey of the surroundings. She I "Goocl Heaven!" cried Harry, bis face knew that to yield quietly was indefinite immo-blanched by a sudden paleness; "isn't she Iation, and possibly murder; and she bad no here?" idea of thus quietly surrendering without mak" She is not, nor bas she been here. This is ing one brave struggle. the first time Miss Lamont ever fail ed me," reStepping quickly a short distance away, she plied the manager. t11rued, and, facing J\'[rs. Obitz, said: Harry was a strong man, but at moment "You are engaged in a hi gh-handed crime; I a child could have pushed him over, so feurful wi.11 not accompany you another step; if I am w .ts the effect of this infornrnLiou upon him. to be your prisoner, you must take me by I.e stood gazing at the mau::iger when tllat funcforce." tionary repeat e d the question. "Tut. tut, J\Iiss Lamont, you are talking now "Don'1 you know what detains Miss Lamont like a heroine, not like a New York girl; if you to-night?" wish to avoid decided and measures yon "would to Heaven that I didn't," replied will put aside your tragic airs at once. A Harry; "and I would feel l ess iilarwed." month or two's rustication in a country villa "Pshaw! arry, you are taking a trifling will benefit your health after the arduous labors circum lance very much to heart. There are a of yO'Ur profession." hundred little that could have oc. Vvithout matdng any reply. Minnie moved curred to have prevented her return." sway. Suddenly Mrs. Obitz withdrew her band "Possibly," said Harry, as he turned and from the folds of her tlress. In it was a cocked passed out on to Broadway. From the theater pii,Lol. She l eveled it at Minnie, and said: lie proceetled direct to Minnie's home. When "Utter one scream, and you die; 1 am not to the door opened in answer to his ring, he in be trifled with; I bave gone too far. Go with quired eagerly, "Has Miss Lamont returned?" us quietly, and you shall be unhurmed. When "She has not," returned the servant; "and we reach the chateau, I will be really to li s t e u the mis tre ss is very muc h alarmed about her. to any propositious you have to make. Possibly Tell your mistress I would like to see her in I t1m willing to back out from my partic ipation the parlor." in this matter, lmt not at this moment.'' A moment later, as the lady of the house en-. Minnie still continued moving away, when terec! the parlor, she said: 1'1rs. Obitz cried: "Stop, or l shall fire!" "Have you been to tile theater, Mr. Love-.. If I can not escape from your grasp, t!Jat is land?" the greatest hoon you can confer upon me." I have," replied Harry. At that moment the sound of voices was And Mi ss Lamont i s not there?" J1eard. Seized by a sudden impulse, Minnie ut"She i s not; nor has s he b ee n heard from by tered a loud screa m. At the same instant the any one attached to tile theater." rnport of a pistol sounded upon the air. Like "How strange; do you really think that any antelope bhe started and ran in the uirection thing could have happened to her?" mid l\11s. whence the voices had been heard. Grey, a s she tl'!rued 11p the gas. "I was Sflme" Seize her!" shouted Mrs. Obitz to the two what worried," she added; "hut thought that, men, '"or all is lost!" having been detained later than she expected. As J\Iinnie tlew along, she gave utterance to a :Miss Lamont had gone to the theater direct from succession of piercing scream s. The two men the ferry. Do you think that anytl1fog serious were now in hot pursuit of her, followed by has happened!" Mrs. Obitz. Minnie felt that everything de"Who i this Mrs. Obitz?" inquired Harry. penJ.ed upon lier keeping beyond their grasp for "I know about her, beyond what she a few Reconds l o n ger. She was assured that her herself represented. She came here to board, iicreams bad been heard, and that assistance was saying tha t she bad been directed he1e l.Jy oue coming, But c lo se r and closer and closer came of my former boarders." '1 her p1ll:suers. In an instant it must be rescue "Have you noticed anything peculiar about "Or capture. As one of the men, who was close her?" upon her, r eached forward to seize her b e "I have not," replie d Mrs. Grey. "But tripped. This accident, owing to the speed wi1h would you like to see her photograph?" which he was running, threw him forward as if "I would," said Harry. shut from a c.atnpult, and he came tlouudering "l have one, which she accidentally left upon foll tilt againf Lhe men took hold of .ilim and him over upon his back: as he did so, and the full light of the moon s h one upon his pallid featmes, both men exclaimed, Why, it's crazy Skinner!" The one who had moved him brnshed the clotted grny hair back from hi s urow, dioclosing an ugly gash, which must h a ve bcrn <"nused lw a blunt fostrnme nt. After sollle iittle t1ouble, they H1c.:ceeueJ. iu getting the wounded man down to 1he point where they had left their boat, and had j11st fixed him comfortnble in the bottom, when they were both Ria rt led hy a succession of piercing shri eks, evidently uttered by a fem a le. "By jingo, there's more of it! cried one ef them. us h e uroppcd fo e :.:tlCLor u;:,n ihc \Jead1. "Let the old man lie," he added, "and follow m e; we might as well see this thing I hrOU[t'h I guess there's 1.Jlood_v work going on all 1iroundt" Wheu about half way lo the poi11L from whence they judge d the screams had come, they met three young fellows, the snmr tlm,c that Mrs. Obitz Imel so drcchcd con cerning the cause of Minnie's S".'renms. What i s going on up inquired one of the fishermen. It's hard to tell," answered one of the tlu'ce men. "We just h eard a succe>sioo of screams a few moments ago, which came from j11Rt above here; we somebotly was getting killed, but upon gettmg up there we ouly fouud a handsome woman all aloue by said tilnt she hnd been frightened by her o"i\n shadow!" "Well: we found something a little more serious tlrnn that down 011 ti.Jc lJeach '' suimain tl1erc until the return of the rest of the party. Tl.Je fou r men now returned and made a more thorough exHu1im1tion of the grouutl. Step by step they advanced, until, when about a hundred yards distant, the whole pa1 ty were summoned together again by ae ex clamat ion from one of their number. Upon gathering around him they were i;howu 11 small pocket pistol w!Jich he had found upon the ground, one of the barrels of which had e\i denlly but recently been discharged. }fore thorou ghly and cautiou sly the Fearch was now renewed. Each momentarily expected to come sudden ly upon the ghastly and mut ilnted remaine of a victim. But nothing fur1her rewardPd their i1westiga tiPns, only 1he finding of a lady's glove and a shre.d of dress, which had evidently bee n tom off by a branch of pricklr brier. Upon return in g to a point in the v1c1nity of the boat, tl1e three men directeu the fisherwan to rcjoi n hh

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qLD SLEUTH, THE DETECTIVE. 19 co mr>anion, and carry the wounded man to the village; at the same time one of them furnished their names nnd address, telling the fishermen to notify the nearest justice of the phce of all lhat had occurred, and giving him their address, ataUng that they were willing to come down from New York a t any time for the purpose of their testimony in case of any future aevelopments. Twenty minutes' rowing brought the fishermen, with their charge, down to the village landing. As they pulled in beside the tlock, with the inten tion of running their boat on the beach, a sail-boat, containing a single indi -vidual, rounded the dock, heading from New York, and rau in close beside them. While standing on the beach undec ided, owing to the lateness of the hour, what immediate steps to tnkc, the strange boat ran up alongside of them, and a rather m a n sprung from the boat, and tossed his anchor upon the beach. "Halloo! my hearties!" he cried, as heapproached the two fishermen," what's up?" At ihe s11mc lim e noticing the man lying in the bot tom of their boat, he added, suddenly: "Hallool what h a ve you got there ? a co rpse?" "Not exaclly," answered one of the fisher men; "but where do you hail from, stranger?" "I've just sailed over from the Ridge; l had -a little business over thi s s ide; but come, what's the matter with the man in the boat?" He's been hurl. " How did he get hurt?" "Well, that's jus t what we haven't dropped on yet We were up on the b eac h and heard a kind of scuffle; upon getting up there we saw nobody, but found this oltl man lying there with a hole in his head." "L1t me take a lo o k at him: bring him out." "Well, I suppose we might as well," r e plied the li!hermao, "we can't leave him here 1111 night in the boat. '!'hat man wants a doctor, sure." During all this time the wounded man l ay in n kind of stupor in the bottom of the boat. With the assistance of the stranger, the fisherman got him upon his feet on the bea ch, and the third man advanced, placed his bands upon Skinner's shoulders, and scanned his face with a sharp, critical look "Think you know him, stranger?'" inquired the fisherman. "I never saw him before." You to be mightily interested in his face." .. "Well, I thought I mi ght know him; but "" come, if you know where there's a doctor, the q uicker we get the poor fellow up there, the better." As the stranger sail thi s he placed his hand on the wound and examined it with au intelli gen t sigaillcancc. which bardly com ported with his rough garb. I guess we'd better take him up to the tavern," said one of the men, and then se ntl for tl!e doctor; the ne a r est M. D. around here lives just opposite the tavern: but then th e rub i s, who'll foot the bill? This chap ain't got no money, and we.can't pay nothing for him." Well, we can't see a human c reature die for want of care," S!\id the stranger. "I've got a few odd dollars r11 iay out on hi1;11, until t h e county or so me ncher chap steps rn. Do you know the man?" "Ob, yes, we've known him for fifteen years; he got in a scrape like this fifteen years aRo, and he 's been kiud of half-witted ever since.' Arrived at the tavern, it required consider able rappins-and thumping to rouse the land lord. Finally he shoved his head out of the window over the portico, and shouted: Who's there?" I and Gabe Jones, and another man," replied one of the fishermen; "we've got crazy Hank here. The poor fellow has been clubbed hy somebody, and we want to get him a bed, and sentl for a doctor.'' ''Take him down to the jail," replied the landlord_ "You'll let a room and bed if you get good parwon't you?" 'Yes: but who the d-l's going to pay me? not those chaps with you there; they ain't got no money to chuck away." "I'll pay you your own price ; get down (!nick and give us a chance to get this man to bed; I don t know but what he's past all bope uow, for the want of proper care; it's a healh .enish lot around here anyhow," muttered the 1>tranger .A.t that, moment, as they heard the bolt slip ping from behind the door, the man who had so gen11rotl8ly offered to pay, directed one o.f the :t\shermen to go after the doctor, and as the door opened, he led the injured man into the bar room As they enti:red. the landlord thrus t his candle into the face of the s tranger, and said: Look ahere, old man, I want you to plank up two or three dollars afore I put this old <;hap to bed; this county won't see me righted for taking care of town paupers; I want my money as I go." wounded man he sauntered for some time abou t the village. stopping in at the cloifferent bar-rooms, and picking up what little additional scraps of information he co uld. Here you arc," said the stranger, thrusting a ten-dollar note underthelandlord s no3e; ''no more growling now, get this poor f e llow to bed." 'rho doctor arrived shortly after, and made a ha sty examination. He slated that the wound was a bad one, but not necessarily fatal; aocl a fler dres sing it hurriedly, he I er t a few direc tions and went off. The landl ord and the ok of int e lli gence illuminated his features, and ns he c l osed I.tis fis t nervously h e uncon scious ly mutte1ed. "By ginger, that's him as sure as I'm alive." From that moment not a movement of Zeh Crosby, nor an expression of hi s face, eocapeil this last comer's keen wat c hfulness. In the meantime the two fishermen were relating the particulars of the previou s ni ght's adventure. They a ls o surrenclercd iuto the haods of the justice tbe glove, pistol, anrl remnant of dress found ia t he vicinity of the place where the strauge womari h11d been seen. As the pie ce of dress was handetl up Zeb C ro s by 's face became pale, and his hand fairly trP.mbl ed as b e r eac hed forth to receive the fragments from the h a nd s of the justice's clerk. who pa,sed it to him for examinat ion at hh request. H e also exn.mined th e glove and J?is.tol. fo the inner lining of the glove he discovere d the initial lette rs of a name, and it was evident to the man who was wn.tch ing his every movem ent that he at once re cog nized the piece of dress and glove. The examioa1 ion was now brought to a close. The jus tice stated tha t a rigid examination would be made by the prop e r officers, am! a thorough search instituted for the perp etrators of the assault upon Skinner, and the di scovery of any further criminal acts wlairh might h ave been perpetrated. Upon the of th e jus tice's remarks the crowd The man who represented himself as Z e b Crosby went direct to the taverp where Skinner was ly ing. Thither he was followed by the party who had kept him under such strict surveillance since the first moment hi s glance r es ted upon him. Zeb found Skinner in the snme wand er ing ik, mounted a h orse, whieh he Jmtl evi d ently left tbere, and ga ll oped r apid ly out of town. In th e meantime Zeb had arrived at the point where th e body of Skinner was found, and now all the rustic ity antl greenness which h atl h erc tofc re distinguishctl his manners vanished, aULl his whole manner changed, e-very movement denoting in telligence and s h rewdnes s From tbe point where the scutilc had evident ly t aken place he truced tlie steps bac k to the grave-yt1rd, and by the time he had reacbed thereby some method of reasoning peculiar t o h imself-he had succeeded in dete1 min in g ex actly how many persons had comprisl!d the company While studying the severa l indications his eyes sudden l y foll upon the inscription on the t ombstone, which had previously nttrncted Min nie, and resulted in such violent emotion. Cros by, also, exhibited considerable surprise and wonder. He evidently recognized the n ame, and for full five minutes after having first be held it, he stood without motion, lost in intcu R e thought. At lenglh he resumed his inrnstign ticns; nod evidently conv i nced that 1he party had gone no further in thuL direction he reLrnced his s1eps to the place where the strugglo had taken place, and with the sagacity of an Indian traced eJch clew, \rntil he founcl tile exact spot whet e l he party that bore Minnie away had gone up the bank to avoid the approaching fishermen. Step by step he followed this trail, up to the spot where JUiou i 0 had been l a id beside the brook n.nd restored to coosciousne5s. Crosby spent nearly half an hour in a close scrutiny of this point, before he rlecided upon th e right cou r se to follow. .A.t length he struck a path and slowly proceeded :dong. A half hour's walk brnught him to no opening, where beyond he hehelcl a old building. The condition of the yard and shrubbery thcrc al.Jo,1t convinced him that the old house had been dese rt ed for a long t ime. As h e proceeded toward t he porch he discovered unmiotakable s igns of recent vis it ors. Going lo the door he seized the o l d-fashioned knocker, anrl gave severa l furi ous raps; but th ere was no response beyond the echo, as the sountl reverberated through the vacant rooms Again Crosby rappctl, more furiously than be fore, but only received the same response. Ile now resumed his examination ubont the housl' In the front porch where he was sluuding. his keen sight convinced him that pu1 lies had lately en ter ed, but he could not fincl the leflst in dien. tion of their h aving departed by the sa me en trance; but go i ng to the rear he soon found e,'1denc es of a hurried departure. Dropping upon his hands and knees he clrew a small pocket-rule, and measured, one by one, the difl'ercnt faint indications of foot-prin ts. At lenith he came to one whil!h he mrnsured over a o a over again and examinerl tho roughly; seemingly sntigfied, a g lad expression illumina ted hi s face as he rose to his feet and muttered: "Thank Goel! there's lieeu 110 murde r com mitterl yet. J uRt as I tl1c1ught, at pre.'ent, im prisonment on l y i s w h at that old vilbin des ires. After a moment h e added: It won't be any h a rm to take a look inside of thi s old bu ilding. They've maccupation; in fact, there were hut few aiticles of furnirure there ai n il. Pas in g on into the p a rlor Crosby raised 1 h e winrlow, threw open the shutters, and l e t thP full of th e nftc rn oon B u n blaze into the r oom Here he found unmistakable of very r ecent occupation. What few thi ngs there were in the room w e re thrown about in {!rP:li disorder. Going upstairs, he was r ewa rded or_ findini a sinall article belonging to a lady 1

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20 OLD SLEUTH, THE DETECTIVE. 'Wardrobe. He bad obtained more evidence than be bad anticipated, and was well satisfied wiLb his first day's labors. As he emerged Lbrough the kitchen window be observed an old negro crossing a field some dii.'tance below. A halloo brought him to a ball. In answer to Crosby's inquiries when the latter join!>d him, the negro said that many years ago the old building had been occupied by the Merritt family, but that 111r. Merritt had since become very rich, and was now living in grand style in the City of New York. Since the former proprietor moved to the city the 11ouse had been let to several different parties, but for the last two years it bad been vacant, excepting occasionally when temporarily occupied by some parties from New York, whose movements seemed to be shrouded in a great deal of myiitery. Have you seen any indications of its having been occupied recently?" inquired Crosby. "Well, I supposed it was about to be, as a few uew things were moved into it about a week ago, but since the clay these things were brought up, I haven t seen anybody about the premises. But what makes you so curious about dat ole house?" "Well, I'm looking about to buy a farm, and I've taken a kind of fancy to this place." During Crosby's absence from the village the suspicion excited by his interest in the circum stances had increased, and some of the more in fiuential people had consulted with the justice of the peace, and reC anybody but myself. I should like to ask your honor the reason of this excitement, and wlty I am arrested and subjected to this examination?" "You are aware," replied the justice, who was impresserl by Crosby's straightforward aud frank air, '' that a man was beaten nigh unto dentb upon the beach last night, and there is reasoa lo believe that some evil work bas been going on. You are a stranger here, and I must say that, for a stranger, you have shown undue interest in tltis circumstance, so much so, that your movements have excited suspicion. I regrot the necessity, but 1 consider that circum stances warrant me in holding you to await any future development." Can I see your honor alone in your private room for a few moments?" Certainly," replied the judge. Officer, take Mr. Crosby into my private office, and remain at the door in case 1 should want your services." Crosby was led into a room ofI of court, where he was joined a moment later by the justice. a document from his pocket Crosby banded 1t to him. The judge glanced over it, and in a moment his whole manner changed. Extending his hand cordially he was just pro nouncing a name when Crosby hissed warningly, and said: On no account mention that name, it will ruin all my cilances for ferreting out the busi ness upon which I am engaged. Thi;; arret, al beet, is very unfortunate for me, as it will call more attention to my movements thnn I desire. You must contrive some war that no significanre will be attached to my d1SCharge." "That is easily manRged," said the judge. "I will have you committed temporarily, and give out thnt you have furnished me with ref erence which I will pretend I wish to invcsti_ pt.e. r will subsequently release you ill such :i. manner that all interest will be allayed as far as you are concerned." Upon returning to the court-room the judge ordered Crosby to be committed, and iu answer to tile inquiries of several of the prominent vil lagers he told them that be guessed there was nothing the matter with Crosby, that he knew nothing about the affair, that he had given sat isfactory accounts of himself, and had furnished references as to the truth of his stalement. As soon as I investigate this matter myself," added the justice, "1 shall most probably order his immediate release." That night Zeb Crosby, after again visiting the tavern, and leaving additionul directions concerning Skinner, went down to the beach, fouud his boat as he had left it, entered it, raised his sail, aud shot out into the Bay, under a foir wind. But instead of p;oing toward the Ridge from whence he had sa id he c!lme, he headed straight for the city of New York. CHAPTER XXIV. MINNIE felt that any attempt at further re sistance would only bring upon herself personal abuse, and she allowed herself to be led away, as she supposed, to certain death, with a full knowledge that she had been wrenched right from the very grasp of a friendly rescue. The two men did not halt, but hurried her along brush and across fields, until they came m sight of an old mnnsion. Toward tins they directed their steps, and upon their arrival entered. One of the men still held Minnie, while the other struck a light. At the same moment Mrs. Obitz also entered the room, and helrl a hurried whispered conversation with the men. Upon its conclusion she came townrd Minnie and said: My dear, I hope we have overcome auy further necessity for violence. I assnre you, and I swear it, that I would rather lose my own life than that any harm should come to you, unless you bring it upon yourself, in efforts to escape." Advancing closer Mrs. Obitz pretended to he wiping the blood from a slight wound on Min nie's temple, when she whispered: "When I have an opportunity I will con vince you of my sincerity; l have au agreeable surprise in store for you, and I only ask that you will exhibit apparent acquiescence; in tile encl yon will find me your friend." Mmnie observed numerous evidences tending to indicate that the old nouse where she had been brought bad not been occupied for a long time, and that veryrecent additions had been made to the furmture, proving that prepara tions had been made for, at least, temporary hribitation. Mrs. Obitz inquired of Minnie if she would partake of any refreshment, when she replied that she would not object to a cup of tea. This was provided, and Minnie was shown to one of the upper rooms, and an inti mation given her that she had better rest while there was an opportunity, as, in all ptobability, at daylight they would depart for anot.ller local ity. Upon entering the room an instnnt's survey satisfied nur heroine that that room had beeu preprired purpo>ely, so as to serve as a prison if required; and she required no positive confir mation of its purpose, as far as she was con cerned, when she heard the key turned on tbe outside, when Mrs. Obitz left her. Minnie had come to a state of dogged resig nation: her watch told her that it was long past midnight. The excitemeuts aud physical exer tions of the day had complotely worn out her strength, and she felt really grateful, in spite of the uncertainty of her fate, at having this op portunit y for rest. When Mrs. Obitz returned down-stairs after locking Minnie in the room, she found the two men sleeping upon such extemporized beds as they could arrange from the few nrticles of fur niture in the room. She herself now determinen 10 also snatch an hour or two's rest Thus unlil daylight everything remained quiet in the house, but at the first signs of approaching day Mrs. Obitz awoke, anrl after having as s ured her5elf as to the safety of her she aroused one of the mrn an I must reassert my total ignorance of their our pose or meaning." Then you po > itively deny, eir, that you arc the real party in this affair?" "I must beg of you, madame, to be more ex plicit. Several times you have spoken about this affair. What alfair do you allude to?" '..i I allude to the abduction of Miss Lament. I have positive reasons for knowiug that you nre the real party interested in her temporary if not final removal." "If you not a lady, and evidently lab or ing under some gross mistake, I should send for an otlicer and have you arrested for an attempt at blackmailing." "You are at perfect liberty to do so, if you thit1.k it is for the best. I am so confident of the correctness of my information that your im plied threat does not occasion me the lca3t alarm." Well, madame, I shall at least request that you rid me of your presence; if you have been employed in any criminal work at the instiga tion of any one of my customers, I certainly have nothing to do with it, and you drive me to a statement which regard for your sex would otherwise have restrained rp.e from making. The check which you presented to me for pay ment is a raised check; the face of it at presen' calls for four times the amount for which it was originally clrnwn. Raising checks is" criminal net. Had I so wish1d, I could have retained it, and had you arrested on that; as it is, I will say nothing about it, but you mustn't think for a moment that I am deceived; you have the priv ilege of destroying that check, and of t'blaining a genuine one from the original maker." I don't wish, sir replied the lady, ti:; have any further dealings with the maker of that !'heck. In this business l desire to dea" with the principal. I raised tilat check simply because I was not satisfied with the amounl originally inserted." "You are a very bold woman to thus openfy avow an act which would send you to prison for a number of years." "This avowai is not indicative of any more boldness than the admission of having abducted a y r rnng lady. And I will go still furlher-as. her abductor, I am not any more liable than tb& instigat.or." "I have nothing to do with a!J this,

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OLD SLEUTH, THE DETECTIVE. 21 you are certainly laboring under some strange hallucination; your innuendoes have no mean for me." 'Then it is probably a mistake all around," -Haid tlie lat!y, rising. "I have no personal ob ject in restraining Miss Lamont from her lib I shall release her at once, and claim her clemency upon the ground of disclosing all I know about the instigators of her abduction." This la st declaration was evidently a contin .gency which the banker had not anticipated. The veiled lady made a movement toward the
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