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No. 46 SLEUTH'S Uy 01.D A SERIES OF THE MOST THRILLING DETECTIVE STORIES EVER PUBLISHED. j SINCLE I 1 NUMBER. f GEOlWE lllU no, PlJilLl SHEH, Nos. 17 to 27 VANDEWATKR STREET, NEW YORK 5 PRICE 10 CENTS.5 O l d S leutb Librar y, I ss ued Q uarterly.-By Subscription, F ifty Ce ntA per Annnm Entered at tbe Post Offic e at New York at Seco n d Clas Rates. -Septm ber 2r., 1889. Copyrighted in 1588, b y George M u n r o. Vol. III. OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK; DAY OR, AND NIGHT IN NEW' YORK. A STARTLING NARRATIVE O F HIDDEN TREASURE. B-Y OLD SLEUT:S::. NEW YORK: G E ORGE MUNHO, P UB LISHER 17 TO 27 V ANDEWAT E R STRE ET.


. MUNRO'S PUBLICATIONS. OLD SLEUTH LIBRARY. A Series of the Most Thrilling Detective Stories Ever Published! ISSUED QUARTERLY. PB:::CCE 10 CENTS E.A.C:S::. The Following Boolcs are No-w Ready. Othe1s of" thi!!f Se1Jes hi Prepa1ation. NO, PRICE. 1 Old Sleuth. the Detective ................... .... lOc 2 The King of the Detecti ves ...................... lOc 3 Old Sleuth's 'l'riumph Ost hair) .................. JOc 3 Old Sleuth' s Triumph (2d half) ............... lOc 4 Unde1 a Million Disguises ( 1st half) ........ ..... 10c : 4 Under a Million Disguises (2d half) . .......... JOc 5 Night Scenes in New York ...................... !Oc 6 Old Electricity, the Lightniug Detective .... .... lOc 7 :J'he Shadow Detective (!st half) ..... .... ........ JOc 7 The Shadow Detective (2d half).... ........... lOc 8 RedLight Will, the River Detective (!st half) .. lOc 8 Red-Light Will, the River Detective (2d half) ... lOc 9 Iron Burgess. the Government Detective ( 1st half)..................... .. .................. lOc 9 Iron Burgess, the Government D etective \2d ...... ..................... .............. 10c 10 The Brigands of New York ( 1st half) .... ........ !Oc 10 The Brigands of New York (2d half) ............. lOc 11 Tracked by a Ventriloquist ..................... 10c 1 2 T h e Twin S hadowers ............................. !Oc 1 3 The Frenc h D etective ............................ JOc 14 Billy Wayne. the St. Louis Detective ........... !Oc 1 5 Tbe New Yorlc Detective . ..................... !Oc 16 O'Neil M c DarraJ?h, the Detective ................ 10c 17 Old Sleuth in HA mess Again ................... 10c 1 8 The Lady Detective .............................. lOc 19 The Yankee Detective ........................... lOc 20 1'he Fastest Boy in New York .................. 10c 21 Blac k Raven, the Georgia Detective ............ lOc 22 Night hawk, the Mouuted Detective ............ lOc NO PRICE. 23 The Gyosv Detective ........................... JOc 24 The Mysteries and Miseries of New York .... . lOc 25 Old 'l'errible.... .. . .. .. . .. .. .. .. . . ...... lOc 26 The 8m11gglers of New York Bay .............. JOc 27 Manfred. the Magic Trick Detecti ve ............ lOc Mum, t'be Western Lady Detective .............. lOc 29 l\lons. Armand; or, 'fhe French Detective in New York... ................................ 10c 30 Lady Kate, the Dashing Female Detective (lst h a lf) ....................................... lOc 30 Lady Kate, the Dashing Female Detective (2d h a lf) ............... .......... ........... ..... 10c 31 Hamud the Detective ............................ JOc 32 The G iant Detective in France (1st half) ......... JOc 32 The Giant Detective in France (2cl half)..... .. lOc 33 The American Detective in Russia ............. lOc 34 Tht1 Dutch Detecti ve ...... . .. . . . .. . .. . . 10,, 35 Old Puritan, the Old-Time Yankee Detective. (1st half) ......................................... !Oc 35 Old Puritan, the O ld-Time Yankee Detective. (2d .... ............................... 36 M anfred's Quest; or, '!'he Mystery of a Trunk. ( !st half) ...................................... 10c 36 Manfred's Quest; or, The Mystery or a Trunk. t2d half) ....................................... !Oc 37 Tom Thumb; or, The Wonderful Boy Detective (1st half)..... .. .. .......................... lOc 37 Tom Thumb; or, The Wonderful Boy Detective (2d h alf) ............. .... ...................... JOc 38 Old Ironsides Abroad (1st half) .................. 10c NO PRJCE .. 38 Old Ironsides Abroad (2d half) .................. 10c 39 Little Black Tom; o r The Adventures of a Mis chievou s Darky (lst half)...... ....... ....... lOc 39 Little B lack 1'om; or, The Adventures of a Misc hi evous Darky (2d half) ...... ................ lOc 40 Old Ironsides Among t h e Cowboys (1st half) .... lOc 40 Old Ironsides Amonl? the Cowboys (2d half) .... 10c 41 Hlack Tom in Search o f a Father; or, the Adventures of a Alischievous Darky tlthalf). 10c 41 Black Tom in S earch of a Father; or, the Further Adventures ofa Mischievous Darky (2d half). !(Jc, 42 Bonanza Bardie; or, the Treasure of the Rockies. (1st half)........ .. .......................... lOc 42 Bonanza Bardi e ; or, the Treasure of the Rockies. (2d half) ... ................................... 10c o 43 Old Transform, the Secret Special Detective (1st half) ........................................... 10c 43 Old Transform, the Secret Special Detective (2d half) .. ........................................ lOc 44 The King of the S hadowers (]st half) . .......... lOc 44 The King of the Shado w e r s (2d half) ............ lOc 45 Gasparoni. tbe I talian Detective; o r Hide-andSeek in New York ............................. lOc 46 Old Sleuth's Lnck ........................... ... lOc To be issney. Price 25 cents. 1 Hazel Kirke,', 1. The World,, etc. Price 2t> 2 THE ROCK OR THE RYE. (Afte r "The Quick o r the Dead. > By T. C. DeLeo n. Price 25 cents. cents. MARRIAGE. Bi MarJ?aret Lee, Author of "Di 10 LEONIE LOCKE; OR, THE ROMANCE OF A vorce," etc. Price 25 cents. BEAU'rIFUL NEW YORK WORK.ING-GIRL. By Laura Jean Libbey. Price 25 cents. 3 SHADOW AND SUNSHINE. By Adna H. Light-7 LIZZIE ADRIANCE. By Ma r garet Lee, Author of ner. Price 25 cents. "Marriage," etc. Price 25 cents. 11 By Laura Jean Libbey. 4 DAISY BROOKS. By Laura Jean Libbey, Author 8 MA DOLIN RIVERS. By Laura Jean Libbey. Price 12 IDA CHAI,ONER'S HEART. By Lucy Randall of "Miss niiddleton' s Lover." Price 25 cents. 25 cents. Comfort. Price 25 cents. Others "VVill follo"VV a.t short intervals. The above works are for sal e by all newsdeal ers, or will be sent by mail to any address, postage prepaid, on receipt of tile price. Address P. 0. Box 3751. GEORGE MUNRO, MuNno's PUBLISHING HousE, 17 to 27 Vandewater New York. GRA HA Jl'l'8 JNVJGORATJN G PILLS PltODUCE GREAT BOt>ILY STRENGTH. Plnper. 1'1ice Cents. Old Sleuth is the most popular author o f detective novels in the world. His stories are as full of advent ures as,\ Monte-Cristo.,, "THE SHADOW DETECTIVE," one of Old Sleuth' s j?reat stories, is now offe red in an attructive volume for fifty cents. Thousands have heard of this w onder ful story, and it will be fonnd fully to merit its great popularity as a serial. Address GEORGE MUNRO, MUNRO'S PUBLISB!l!Gc HousB, P. 0 Box 3751. 17 to 27 Vandewater St., N. Y.


Uy OLU Sf,EIJ'I'll. A SERIES OF THE MOST THRILLING DETECTIVE STORIES EVER PUBLISHED. No. 46 S SINCLE t f GEORGE MUNRO, PC'BLISBEH1 Nos. 17 to 27 VANDEWATER STREET, NEW Yo1tK. 5 PRICE { i 10 CENTS.) Vol. III. Old Sleuth Library, Issued Quarterly.-By Subs c ription, Fifty C ent p e r Annum. Entered at the Post Office at New York at. Second Class Rates.-SeptPmber 28, 1889. Copyrighted in 1688, by George Munro. :_. OLD. SLEUTH'S LUCK; OR, DAY AND NIGHT IN NEW YORK.. A STARTLING NARRATIVE OF HIDDEN TREASURE. :SY OLD CHAPTER I. "COME and save her! come quick, or she will be mur dered!" Old Sleuth, the greatest of all detectives, had not been engaged on a case in a l ong time. Indeed, it was sup posed by many that he had retired from the detective busi ness; but such is uot the case. 'fhe great criminal trailer is always ready, when other detectives are baffi.ed, to take a great case in h and. As stated, the detective had been disengaged for a long time. He was walking along Broadway one evening, when suddenly a hand was laid upou his arm. He turneil and looked down-for the touch had come from a little, pale faced girl, poorly dressed, and very sickly looking-and as she caught the detective's eye the little girl uttered the words with which we open our narrative. The child's eyes glared wildly, her liLtle features were convulsed with exc itement and expectancy, and her voice was tremulous. At a glance the great Sleuth saw that the girl was in earnest, and in deadly fear. What is the matter, my child?" said the detective, in his usual kindly voice when speaking to children or to the oppressed and terror-st ri cken. Come quick!" she answered "or sister will be mur dered!" Come with me, little one." The detective led the child along, intending to turn down a side street to escape observation, as he saw that the episode was already attrac ting attention. They reached the corner, and he would hav e turne d toward the west, when the child e xclaime d, as she tugge d at his hand: "Come dis way! come quick!" She drew him toward the east side of the great thoroughfare. Once away from the crowds which at all hours throng Broadway, the detectiv e said: "Why do you come to me, child?" I have been looking for you." "You have been looking for me?" Yes, sir " Do you know me?" SLEUT:::S:::. Yes, sir." "I do not know you; who am I?" You arn Old Sleuth, the great detective." The officer was surprised, and he asked: Who told you l am Old S leuth, the detective?" "Micky O'Reilly pointed you out to me one day." "And who is Micky O'Reilly?" He is a bootblack." And he told you I was Old Sleuth?" "Yes." "When did he tell you?" "Oh, a good many months ago; and I've seen you often since." And you were looking for me to-night?" "Yes." "And some one is to be murdered, you think?" Yes, sir, sure." "Who?" My sister "Where does your sister live?" I will show you." "Who is goiug to murder your sister?" Some bad men." Some bad men?" repeated the detective. "Yes." "Why are some bad men going to murder your sister?" "My sister will tell you all about it; let's hurry, or we will find her murdered when we get there!" "Where?" '' At our house." The dete c tive did not attach much importance to the child's s tatements. He thought it was some n e ighbors' quarrel, and that the child, knowing he was a d e tective, in her childi s h fear and excitement had run out to find him. Little did he dream that he was on the verge of the great est ca s e that had ever attracted his attention or taxed his cour age and ingenuity. The detective from habit was always on his guard, how ever, and even upon the most trivial occasions fell back upon his habitual cunning He believed there was noth-


4 OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. ing in the case, as has been stated, and yet he was prepared to admit other possibilities. Caution had become a life long habit with him, and having concluded to go with the child, he decided to work a transform. The child had recognized him as Old Sleuth, and he thought it just as well to come one of bis lightning changes merely as a matter of precaution in case there should be anything in the case. "My child," he said, "can you read?" ''Yes, sir." "What street is thatF" The detective pointed to the half-faded little board sign on the side of an old corner house. I can't see from here," said the child. "Go by the light," said Sleuth. The child stepped away about ten feet, her little eyes fixed on the sign, and, as it fortunately chanced, there were no passers-by at the moment. The child could not decipher the sign, and she turned to rejoin Sleuth when an exclamation fell from her lips, carried in tones of deepest distress and disappointment: "He's gone away! He's run away from me!" muttered the child, "and sister will be murdered!" A man stood near the spot where the child had last seen Sleuth. She approached him and said: "Did you see a gentleman go away from here?" "What sort of a looking gentleman?" asked the man. The little girl described Sleuth as he had appeared, and the man said : Who was the man?" A good friend of mine," answered the child. What is his name?" '' I do not know his name.'' Sleuth was pleased. He saw that the child, even at the moment of her wonderment an:i distress, was cute and wary. ''I saw a gentleman here-yes." Where did he go?" "Do you want to find him?" "Yes; and I don't see where he went to. I just looked up there a moment, and when I turned he had gone away. Which way did he go?" man was Sleuth the detective," came the answer, and He is here!" came the added declaration. CHAPTER II. A 1 BRIGHT look came to the little girl's face, and she clapped her hands gleefully and exclaimed: "Ob, I know!" What do you know?" "H's wonderful!" cried the child, testifying involun tarily to the great detective's skill as a transformist. You have worked a change." Sleuth laughed at the child's betrayal of a knowledge of the professional technical term. Little one," said the detective, "you are a very smart girl. Now listen: you must not call me Sleuth; you must never let any one guess who I am. You can say I am a missionary if any one asks you." Oh, I know," said the child. The detective and the little girl resumed their journey toward the child's home. She led the officer along a few squares toward the river, and then came to a halt opposite a court, lined on either side by the walls of two great fac tories, while in the rear, and facing the court, appeared the glimmer of a light. Sleuth knew the place; indeed there is not a section of the city that is not well known to him; and he remem bered that at the termination of the court stood a dilapi dated tenement-house, a plaee that in its time had been the scene of many a fight, and upon one occasion, many years ago, a terrible tragedy had occurred in the old place. It was rumored that it was haunted, and many families had moved suddenly out of the tenement, giving as a rea son that they had seen strange sights and had heard strange noises. The old house was part of an estate that was in litiga tion, or it would have been torn down, but the dispute as to title had resulted in its preservation; but, as Sleuth after learned, the matter had been settled, and the house was doomed, and the latter fact accounted for certain incidents that were immediately brought to the detective's attention. The ch ild had come to a halt as she arrived opposite the court, and she glanced around furtively. "What is the matter?" asked Sleuth. I'm looking to see if any of dem are around." "Who?" "'rhe burglars., .. "Is that where you live?" "Yes." ''And who are the burglars?" Sister will tell you." We will go and see your sister." The two moved along the court and soon passed beyond the line of light radiating from the street-lamp upon the sidewalk. The child moved very cautiously; the detective fell to the spirit of the strange ad venture and also moved along cautiously, when suddenly there came a smothered scream from an upper room in the old house. The child clutched the detective's hand convulsively, and in a low voice of terror, exclaimed: "They're killing her! Come quick!" The detective leaped forward; the scream did suggest the possibility that there was more in the adventure than he had at first supposed. He ran forward quickly, but the child glided even more rapidly and was ahead of him when they passed the entrance and reached the tumble-down stairs. The girl started to ascend, when Sleuth caught her and drew her back, and bending his lips to her ear, he whispered: Hold! come back! Some one is descending the stairs." The detective had heard the old stairs creak, and he knew that some one was cautiously descending; and, draw ing the child back, he said: You run back there in the hall. Do not move or speak, no matter what happens, until I speak to you, do you understand?" ' Yes, sir." "Remember, now, I am Sleuth; all will be well, but keep silent; even though some one is killed, don't scream until I tell you." Suppose you are killed?" asked the child. "Never mind; do not move or speak, even if I am killed,unless I speak to you." The chi ld ran back in the hall, and Sleuth started to as cend the stairs, but he did not do so until his wonderful in stincts informed him that a man was but a few steps above him. The latter had come to a halt, and Sleuth banged right into him, and at once there followed a series of oaths and curses, and a struggle, for Sleuth had seized the man, or rather the two men had made a joint attack. The detective was a man of g iant strength. He was yet under fifty, and his thews and sinews were as firm and elastic as when he was but twenty. He was up to every trick in wrestling and sparring. Old Sleuth was an expert in every art, and at that moment hard to match either mentally or physically in the way of his singular peculiari ties. The detective got the best grip and dragged the man down the stairs, and together they reeled through the doorway to the road-way of the court, and then the stranger exclaimed: "Let go of me! What the --are you clinching with me for? Let go, I say, or I'll hurt you!" "What did .JOU catch hold of me for?" said Sleuth, as he bacjrnd the man toward the entrance to the court. It was you who clutched me," said the man. No, you got at me first," said Sleuth; and he kept backing the man toward the main sidewalk. "Let go, l say!" cried the man. Yes, I will. Sleuth had backed the fellow to the street and had him under the street-lamp, and managed to get a good square look at his face. Will you let go?" said the man. Certainly I'll let go." Sleuth did let go his hold of the man, and at the same time asked him: "What were you doing in that house?" What is that to you?" I am the agent of that property. I was going to call on one of my tenants when you grasped me by the throat." Blntered according to Act of Congress, in the 11ear 1888, b11 GEORGK lllu11ao, in the offi c e of the L>brarian of Oong""8s, Wiuhington, D. O.


OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. 5 It's a ll right,'' said the man. I was loo king for a I friend of mine whom I thought lived there." "Oh, is that all? Well, all's well that ends well; but I you're lucky." "It's you who are lucky," retorted the man as he walked I away. Old Sleuth returned back to the entrance to the old hou se, and an instant later was again confronted by the lit tle girl CHAPTER III. SLEUTH always had a purpose when he made a move, and at the time he backed the man ou t to the street -lamp h e h ad a design. As usual he desired to get a good square look at the fellow's face, and when the detective once got those t e rrible eyes of his fixed on a face the features were indelibly photographed upon his m e mory. He would know that man years afterwa rd, and if he wanted him he would find him As described, after a good look at the fellow, he let him go and returned to where the little girl stood, and the latter at once exclaimed: That was one of them." Eh! what do you mean?" demanded Sleuth. You will understand when sister explains all to you; but we must hurry upstairs." Why didn't you go up before?" "Oh, I was afraid to go What will I do if siste r is dead?" We will see," said Sleuth, and h e followed the little girl up the stairs The latter was accustomed to ascend i ng the rickety stairs, and bes ides, she was very eager, and she ran up ahead of t he detective A moment later there came a shrill scr eam, and the little gir l with a lamp in her hand r an to the stai rs, shouting : "She's dead! She's dead! They've murd ered her!" Sleuth went up with a bound, and into the room on the top floor, the door of whi c h was open, and there upon the floor, clearly revealed although in but a dim light, lay the form of a young girl. "She's deadf She's dead!" murmured the littl e guide. Hold on and we will see," said Sleuth. He caught the lamp from the c hild's hand and advan ced and knelt over the prostrate form lying upon the floor. One glance was sufficient. He saw that the young lady had onl y fainted, and he ordered his little guide to bring him some water Re applied the cooling liquid to the girl's brow, and kneeling down close to h e r face, holding the lamp so as to clearly see her features, h e made a mo s t strange and singular discovery. The prostrate girl was plainly dressed, and looked like a very plain person, save that she possessed singularly regular features Her complexion was horrid," as the girls say; but t h e detective, upon a c loser examinati on, made a startling discovery. He saw at a g l ance that the girl was disguis ed, and at the same in stant he reached the conc lu sion that in fa c t she was very beautiful. Sleuth cont inued his efforts to restore t h e disguised lady to consciousness. At l ength he had the sa tisfaction of seeing her move her lips and murmur, feebly: "Maggie-Maggie!" She is not dead; she is ca lling me!" cried the li ttle guide. Are you Maggie?" "Yes sir." "And what is your s ist er's name?" Gussie After c0ntinued efforts o n the part of the detective, Gussie opened her eyes Sleuth had seen that she was about recovering, and be started up from beside her and caused Maggie to kneel in his place, and when the young l ady's eyes opened fully they re ste d upon her little sister. ls it you, darling?" Yes, sister, I am here." Oh, Maggie, that m an was h ere." "Did he come?" Yes. You need not fear, sister. He has gone away, and S l euth is here-Sleuth, the great detective Gussie raised up and exclaimed: What do you mean, Maggie?" "You must not scold me, sister; but I brought him here." Brought who?" Sleuth, the grea t detective." Why did you bring any one here?" "He will save you; he will not let the man kill you." At that moment the girl's eyes fell upon the officer, and the color reddened her face, as she said : Maggie had no bu s iness to trouble you to come here." In that kindly and reassuring voice which the great de tective could assume when occasion required, h e said: "That i s a ll right, my p o or child; I wanted to come; your litt.le sister i s not to blame. Now come, s it up and tell me a ll about it." Gussie did rise, with her little s ister's assistance, and seated herself in a c hair, she did not speak, she merely looked around i n a dazed sort of way. Come," said the detective, "tell me all about it." "What shall I tell you, s ir?" Sleuth was a very c unning man, as our readers know, and he well knew how to get around to an object when he had a purpose in view, and he said : Do you know we found you l y ing insensible upon the floor?" "Oh, I was so frightened!" cried the girl, involuntarily. "What frightened you?" asked Sleuth. The young girl cast down her h ead and appeared reluct ant to speak, when Sleuth said: Come, do not fea r, tell me what frightened you; I am your friend '' You are a stranger to me, s ir, and if Maggie asked you to come here s h e had no ri gh t to do so." It is well Maggie did ask me to come, for I met a n evil fellow on the stai rs, and we do not know what hi s purpose might have been." "You did meet him?" "Yes." "Then I was not deceived," cried the girl. "I did see a face." Certainly you did; and now, tell me all about it, my child Sleuth spoke in a very kindly tone, and the g irl said: "I was sitting h e r e alone when sudden l y the door opened, and I l ooked over just in time to see the face of a man, and the next mom en t I knew nothing. If you met a man on the stairs I mu s t have seen him." "Why did you doubt having seen a man?" "I have been so nervous l a tely. When I recovered, and when you asked m e what had happen e d I thonght that pos s ibly my imagination bad played me a trick." "No; you undoubtedly saw the man's face, and Maggie and I h ea rd you scream; and now, my dear child, you must tell me all about it-tell me w by you feared this man; in deed, tell m e your history." I fea r e d him because I was alone in the house." "No, no; you must not deceive me. You must tell me all, tell me the truth, for I know you have a reason for fearing the presence of this man. My c hild, you must confide in me." The girl sat still, and did not answer CHAPTER IV. "MY child," said the detective, after waiting a moment, "you may as well tell me the truth; tell me all, for I know you have a revelation to make, and it ma y b e that if you r efuse to confide in me, you may, when it is too late, regret your J ack of confidence " T e ll him all, Gussie, and he will not l et the bad men kill you." The girl gave a sta rt, and Sleuth quickly said: "You h ear. M aggie admits you have a revel ation to make "J: must have time to think, sir." "No; you must tell me now; tell me all. Listen, I will tell you what I know. Maggie is not your s i ster Sleuth was a keen reade r of phys i ognom ies, and he had discovered that Maggie and Gussie were not sisters No, Maggie i s not my real sister, but I love her as mu c h as though she were." .. "How long bas Maggie li ved with you as your sisteri'" "For three years."


6 OLD SLEUTH1S LUCK. Come, tell me how you came to adopt Maggie as your I sister." The detective felt satisfied that if he could get the girl to I tell her own story, he would succeed in gaining her full confidence. "I do not like to tell the tale," said Gussie. I Let me tell him all about it," cried Maggie. ''Yes," said Sleuth; "let Maggie tell me all about it." I 'l'here was great magnetism in Sleuth's presence. He had a wonderful way of winning confidences, and he was such a great, good-hearted man he inspired respect and j trust almost immediately. Shall I tell him?" asked Gussie. "Yes," ani;wered Maggie, tell him all. He will be your friend, and will not let the men hurt you, and he will find the treasure, and find out all about what Lhe burglars were talking about, and he will see that the man who fol lows you does not follow you any more." "Hush, Maggie!" cried the elder girl, in a terrified tone. "No; I will not hush, Gussie. If you do not tell Sleuth all, I will tell him." Sleuth desired to work toward the revelation gradually, and he said: "Just tell me about your first meeting with Maggie." The girl, who possessed a rich voice and a very charming manner, despite her seeming indigence, hesitated a mo ment, and then said: I was returning from work one cold, bitter winter's night when a little child, blue with the cold, in a feeble and pleading voice ran to me, and said: "'Come to my mamma. She is dying!' I did not hesitate a moment, but followed the child to a tenement-house, and I was led up several flights of stairs until ushered finally into a room on the top floor. On a miserable bed lay a woman evidently dying-yes, she was in the la3t stages of consumption-bnt she bad strength enough to speak when I rea c hed her bedside She told me she was the widow of a soldier, that she had been cheated out of her pension by a man in whom she had confided. She said 1 would find some papers under her pillow, and she asked me to see that her child was put in some orphan asylum. She had but strength enoucrh to give me some other directions and reveal to me a few other facts when she died. Poor little Maggie! her heart was broken, and I 1 sought to console the child as best I could, when she threw her arms around my neck, and cried : 1 Take me to your home; Jet me be your little child.' In an instant I decideil. I was myself an orphan; I had lived a lonely life; I determined to make a companion I of Maggie, and I said to her: 1 1 You shall be my sister,' and ever since that time she has lived with me, and we call each othP.r sister. She is a brave, good child, and I love her as dearly as though she really were my sister. I paid the expenses of her mother's funeral, and I have been amply repaid in holding the dear child's love. 'rhat is all, sir." I am very much obliged to you for telling me this story, and now tell me something about yourself." 1 have nothing to te11, sir." Ah, but Maggie has betrayed you "Maggie has a very lively imagination, sir. She im agines I am a great lady in disguise; but, sir, I am only a poor girl, born of humble parents-an orphan-left to earn my own subsistence by daily labor " I do not see why you refuse to have confidence in me." I have confided in you, sir I can see you are a kindly gentleman, but I fear Maggie has unwittingly imposed upon you. Surely, sir, I have nothing to tell you " My child, listen to me. I am a detective. 1 have had great experience. I am not now in active employment, but 1 still enjoy doing detective work, and I do it without pay. Now listen. I may be of service to you if you will confide in me, and the service will not cost you anything. You need not fear me. I am an old man and well kqown indeed. I have a great reputation." 1 have heard about you, sir." Then you know you can trust me." But, sir, I have nothing to tell." "I am disappointed," said Sleuth. "1 had hoped you were a truthful young lady." I am, sir." "And yet you tell me you have no revelation to make?" I have not, sir." My child, you compel me to tell you something. 1 do not do so with the purpose of annoying or alarming yon, but you have a secret; I know it. There is a mystery con nected with you-that I know also." As I said, sir, you have been misled by remark s made by Maggie, and her statements are founded upou creations of her own imagination " I know beLter," said the detective, in a decided tone. The girl gave a start, and Sleuth added: "I met a man on the stairway; I had a struggle with that man; I saw his face; it was the face of a villain. What was that man doing here?" I do not know, sir " Then wliy did his pre s ence cause you to swoon away?" I am alone in this house, sir. The other tenants moved away a week ago. I intend to move away a s the house is to be torn down. My month expires in thl'ee days, and the l shall move. It frightened me to see the man, and alone in the house." Very good; but now listen, miss. I still claim that you are withholding a revelation from me." Why do you so insist, sir?" "Bec ause yozt are di s guis ed!" came the startling answer. CHAPTER V. WHEN the detective uttered the words "You are dis guised," the young lady gave a st.art; indeed, for a mo ment the detective fear e d she was about to go off in another fainting spell, and he has tened to r e assure her, saying: You need not fear, I assure yon. I am your friend, aud it is fortunate this child brought me, for I am con vinc e d a great peril threatens you, and why should yon uot trust m e ? I repeat, I am your friend." '' I never saw you until to-night, sir.'' I know that." Why should you be m y friend?" I will tell you. I have had great experience. I know this world is full of crime and criminals; indeed, the true state of society is appalling to one who knows all that I do I can not stop the great tide of evil that sweeps on ward, but here and there I can snatch some poor innocent victim from the black, whirling current. I believe you to be an innocent girl. I believe danger threatens you+-1 belie,e evil persons meditate doing you harm. It will be a great pleasure to rescue you, and be of any other ser>ice that I can You are not the first youug p e rson I have aided, and those whom I have protected heretofore were strange rs to me, as you are, when I set out to J.o them a service." The detective's words evidently madE' a deep impression upon the girl, and, after a moment's reflection, she said: Why do you suspect I am disguised?" I know yon are." How did you discover it, sir?" "It matters not how I discovered the fact; 1 am accus tomed to such discoveries, however, and let me tell you your disguise takes the form of a disfigurement of your face. Will you tell me why yon resorted to such au ex pedient?" The girl did not answer, and the detective continued: Do not think me offensive, but you are a very good looking young lady, or you would be if it were not for your voluntary disfigurement." I am a working-girl, sir "Yes, so I understand 'Vhere do yon work?" "I am a lady compositor " And you have fom1d it necessary to conceal your good looks?" The girl again appeared lost in thought a few moments, and when she broke silence she spoke in a slow and hesi -tating manner If you insist, sir, I will tell you my story." Yes; tell me your story." It is a terrible tale, sir." Tell me the story." "My 11ame is Augusta Thatford My father lived in a lonely hut near the beach, down on Long lsland. Be pre tended to be a fisherman, but I never knew him to apply himself to his occupation, and yet he appeared to have plenty of money. I recall this now, although 1 was but


OLD SLEUTH'S LUOK. 7 seven years of age when the tragedy occuned which made me an orphan." Ilad you no mother?" demanded Sleuth. I never saw my mother, sir." Well, proceed." My father was certainly a man educated above his con dition in life, for he devoted a great deal of time in in structing me and at the age of seven I was singularly well educated; I could read and write." Such precociousness is not of uncommon occurrence,'' said Sleuth. I have frequently met childr1m who could read and write at seven and eight." ''Yes, sir.'' Continue your narrative,'' said the detective. As I said, my father lived alone. There was no other residence within several miles of our hut, but I was very happy, however, with my father, as companion." "Do you recall or r e member wheth e r your father was au American?" "I think he was an American, as I r eca ll a memory of him to-clay." Proceed." "My father often spoke as though he expected some one to come to him from over the sea. I did not pay mu c h at tention to the fact at the time, but within a few days I have had occasion to remember the incident; but the party never came, and who it was he expected I do not know." But yon suspect?" I will first tell you my strange story, and th e n speak of what I suspect." '' Proceed." One night my father appeared to be very n e rvous and anxious. 1 remember it well, as I came to him several times to kiss him after starting for my little b e d, and that was the last time I ever saw him alive." The detective was deeply interested, and the girl, pro ceeding, said: I do not know what hour of the night it was I heard a voice at my bedside, but upon openiug my eyes I saw a man sta n ding over me with a maRk on his face I screamed, I rem e mber also, when the man placed his band over my mouth and bid me be still or he would strangle me. I was terrified and dared not scream agaiu; and the man, who held a light in his hand, sa id: Get up, little girl, and dress yourself, something ter rible has happened.' The man placed the light on the table and left my room, and I got out of bed and commenced putting on my clothes I seemed to be in a dream, ano yet I vividly remember all that occurred on that f ea rful night. As soon as I was dressed the man entered the room and led me out, and as I glanced around our little sitting room I saw my father lying on the floor His eyes were starting from his head, his hands were npliEted and clinched, his face was ghastly white, and he lay motionless. I shall never forget that sight as loug as I live." Did you know your father was dead?'' I seemed to have an instinctive idea of the truth, aucl I would have gone to him, but the man in the mask led me across the room and through the door. It was a cold, rainy night, I remembei', and I was wrapped in a blanket by a man who stood outside. He raised me in his arms and cal'ried me along toward an inlet that ran in from the sea. The man did not speak. I was ca rried to a boat, which was moored to the sho re in the creek. There were two men in the boat, and the man who had carried me said to them: 'Keep her until 1 return;' and I heard him whisper: 'Be careful what you say. She is a very bright child, and may repeat all she h ears.' I do not know how long a time passed, but ere the morning light broke two men came to the boat. They carried with them a trunk, which was put in the boat. I had never seen the trunk before. As soon as the trunk was put in the boat the men rowed out to the sea, which was about a mile from where the boat had been moored, and soon the boat was run alongside a large vessel. I was lifted on to the deck, and taken to the cabin, and that is all I saw that night. The ne x t morniug when I was l ed on deck the vessel was far out on the sea, and-" The girl's narrative was interrupted at this moment by the sound of footsteps outside the door. CHAPTER VI. THE moment the detective heard the step outside the door, he raised his hand warningly to 1.he girl, and a t the same mom ent qui c kly extinguished the lamp. "Do not move,'' he said in a whisper; and quick as a flash h e drew his ever -r eady dark-lantern, and sliding the mask, flas hed the light on a mere boy, who cowered at the foot of the steps. "Halloo! What are you doing here?" demanded the detective. Nothing, sir." You were up stairs?" Yes, sir." What were yon doing up there?" "I was going to bunk up there till morning, sir." W e ll, you clear away with you; and if I catch you around here again I will hand you over to the police." The boy darted away and the detective was satisfied the lit tle would-be bunker h a d told the truth. He returned upstairs, relighted the lamp, and reassured the two girls telling them it was only a l ad who thought the house was unoccupied, and then he said to Gussie : "Proceed with your narrative; I am deeply interested." Resuming her narrative, the girl s aid: Breakfast was given me, and the man who claimed to be captain of the vessel commenced asking me a great many questions, and then he told me that he was an old shipmate of my father's, and be said he had received a l et ter from my :father asking him to come to him, as be de sired to' place his daughter in my charge Your faLber,' added Lhe man, must hav e known h e was going to die.' Is my father d ead?' I a sked. Yes I found your father dead whe n I got there. He mu s t have di ed in a fit. So all I could do was to take you in c harge, and I will adopt you, as I thought a great d ea l of your father.' "I was too young to question or doubt 1.he man's story; and he was very kiud to me; indeed, he appeared to have learned to love me from the very start. The vessel sailed away over 1.he sea At fir s t I was very sad, but I was s o kindly treated, and so very young, I soon b ecame resigned to my fate I b e lieved the story that had be en told to m e ; I believed the man was really my father's fri end, and his having said my father had die d in a fit explained what I had seen as I passed through our little sitting room on that terrible night." nut how about the ma s ked man, who stood beside your bed and awoke you that uight?" asked Sleuth. I once asked my adopted father about that man in the mask, and he laughed aud told me I was deceived, having just been awakened out of a sleep. He said there was uo man in a mask that night." "And you believ e d him?" Certainly I was but a child, b e tween seven and eight years of age, aud, as I have said, I was kindly treated, and the man had won my confidence. I learned to believe all he said to me. I do uot know how many days passed at sea, bnt one morning I came on deck and fouud the vesse l at anchor in a river, aud later on I was taken ashore by the man who called himself my adopted fathe r, and I remem ber how he brought me to a neat littl e house, and present ed me to a woman whom he called wife, and when Ehe asked who 1 was and where I came from he took her to one side and talked to her I did not hear what he said, but afterward she came to me, kissed me, and said 1 was her little daughter." "Was she kind to you?'' "Yes, sir, as loug as she lived she was lik e a mother to me, and my adopt ed father was very kind. The old trunk I had seen put in the boat on that fatal night I afterward saw up iu the garret of the house, and one day I raised the lid and peeped in and saw 1.hat it was full of clothing and papers and little boxes; indeed it contained quite an assortment of curious things." "Where is that trunk uow?" "I do not know; but I wish I had possession of 1.hose papers, :for as I have told you so much I will also relate an extraordinary revelation that has come to me through Maggie. "When I was twelve years of age my adopted mother died,'' continued Gussie, and my adopted father appeared to mourn for her very much; but ere her death a very


8 OLD SLEUTH'S L UOK. strange incident occurred. She was sick a long time, and I "as never allowed to be alone with her; but one after noon 1 found the door of her room open 1 look ed in; there was no one there with her. She saw me from the bed and she beckoned me to enter the room. I did so, and she drew me down beside h er on the bed and hurriedly wh i spered: Come and see me some time, Gussie I have some thing to te11 you; and when I am dead run away from your father, and-' She coulcl not say more, as at that moment my adopted father c ame iuto the room. He spoke angrily to his wife as he bore me away in his arms. A few months after my adopted mother's death, my adopted father took me to the city of Philadelphia and placed me in an orphan asylum and 1 have never seen him since." You have never seen him since?" cried Sleuth. "No, sir " How long ago was it that you were placed in the asy lum?" I was nearly twelve years of age when I was placed there, and I am now nineteen." ''Well, well," muttered the detective, "this is indeed au extraordinary tale." "I have sti ll more vronderfnl incidents to relate," said the girl. CHAPTER vn. RESUMING her story, the youthful narrator said : "I r emained in the asylum for two years, and received excellent instruction. I think I was quick to learn, and my teachers took spec i a l interest in me, as I was educated far beyond the establ i sted standard in the asylum. At the age of fourteen it was annou!'.lced to me that I was to be bound out to a gentleman who had visited the asylum and had seen me The proposition filled me with terror. I had become quite a r eader, and managed to get hold of books unknown to the matron, and 1 had learned a great deal from my readings. I resolved to rnn away and start in the world for myself, and I was aided by a young gi rl who was a maid in the asy lum. She had formed a great friendship for me, and she loaned me money aud c lothes, and I agreed to correspond with her secret l y if 1 succeeded in escaping " What has become of the gir l who aided you to es cape?" asked S l euth. "She i s married now and lives in Philadelphia; and I still correspond with her." Proceed "When I escaped I came right on to New York, and I was very fortunate from the start. There was a lady on the train who had a littl e girl with ber, anci. I took quite a fancy to the child and amused her during the trip. The lady made my acquaintauce and asked me a great many questions, and 1 told her I was going to the city to secure a place as child's nurse. S h e asked me if I had references, and I showed her a reference my friend had give n me, and the result was I assumed my friend's name and was engaged as the child's nurse. I remained with the lady two yea r s, and during that time saved every penny of my money. Her husband was a printer, and when I told the lady I pro posed to go away and learn a trade she r epeated what I had said to her husband, and he proposed that I should l earn to be a compositor I l earned very fast, aud soon became quite an expert compo s itor "You are a very brave and deserving girl," said the de tective. It was necessary that I sho nld earn my living, and I d id." Are you still in the shop with your friend?" No, sir." Why did you l eave himi'" "I come to that now, sir. I kept my prnmise, and did furnish my address to my friend, who is now Mrs. Bland, and I corresponded with her for some months, when one day I received a letter from her, saying that there had been inquiries for me at the asylum. A man had come to the matron and had offered large sums of money to gain any information concerning me. The matron was suspicious, and l ed the man aloug until she could learn something about him. She employed a detective, and learned that the man who was seek ing me was a notorious criminal, and she gave him no information. Mrs. Bland wrote to me to be careful, for she had heard facts that led her to believe the man who was searching fo r me had an evil purpose." "Did you ever see this man?" "No, s ir; but it appears that in some way he must h ave traced me up, for my employe r one day ca ll ed m e into his office and asked me certain questions, and from his ques tions I l earned that some one was on my track. I evaded all my friend's quest ion s, and never appeared in his shop again I left without any warning, and secu r ed a position in another shop; and in order to hide from this man, who ever he may be, I disguised myself, and I have lived in tenement-houses, where I would be l ess likel y to be discov ered "Why have you bidden from this man?" I will tell you, s ir. Afte r I g rew older I thought over a great many incidents in my ea rl y life, and I reached the couclnsion that my poor old father was murdered 011 that fatal night when h e was said to hav e died in a fit; and later on I procured proofs that h e was r ea ll y murdered. "How?" In a most singula r manner. One day I read in the paper abot1t a crime that bad been committed, and in the account it was stated that a s imilar crime was committed o n the same spot some years previously, when olu Thatford was most mysteriously murdered. I r ecognized the n ame, and as the papers stated the lo ca lity, I went down on Long Island to the place, and the place was fami liar to me. The house was still st.anding where I had liv ed with my old father. I remembered the place well, and I made a great many inquiries and l earued that old Thatford, as he was ca ll ed, was found murdered one morning, and his child-a littl e girl-was car ri ed away; and it was also statBd and be lieved that my father was a miser and had a great deal of money in his possession, ancl that he was murdered for his money, as those around asserted Indeed, I l earned facts that fully convinced me that the traditions partly true; and I was ab l e, with what facts I had gained down near my old home, to make out quite a tragic series of in cidents by adding other far.ts following the events of that terrible night." You a r e quite a detective," said Sleuth I did not stop ruy detective work there, continued the g irl. "I took a week's vacation, and visited my home clown in New Jer sey, where I had liv e d with my adopted father, and there I learned facts of the most startling char acter. I learned t hat the man who represented himself as the friend of my father was a bad cha ract e r. His ne i g h bors suspected him of being a smuggler, and it was stated that in his earlier years he bad been a slave-trader; but all these facts were discovered after h e had married a fisherman's daughter, born in the town by the sea shore where this man came and settled I learn ed that after his marri age h e became very poor and l aid around drunk a ll the time, but that suddenly one day h e disappeared and was gone away two weeks, and when be returned he brought a little girl with him; that he from that time had plenty of money, and gave out that his brother h ad died, makin g him his heir and the guard ian of his child. Later on it was said bis wife died and be went away, and that after he h ad gone away rnmors wer e rife that his wife hacl l earned some terrible seoret, that she was an hon est woman, and that, fearing she would r eveal his sec r et, he bad poisonecl h e r and had cleared out with the child, and had never been seen since CHAPTER VIII. HAVING proceeded so fa r with her narrative as r ecorded'. to the close of o m preceding chapter, the n arrator suddenly stopped short and looked around in a furtive manner. "] heard a noise," she said "Oh, it's n othing," said the detective; "only a rat. I've h eard the noise for some time. Proceed with your strange story." After a moment the girl resumed, and said : As I proceeded in m y investigations I was enabled to supp l y facts to facts, and managed to make out quite a well-connected narrative of a dark and terrible crime." Do you think the man who is searching for you is the man who proclaimed himself your adopted father?" "No; he i s not th e man. I always thought he was the man, but within a few hours I have learned the con trary.


OLD SLEUTH'S LUOK. 9 "Have yon established the identity o.f the man who is J>ursning yon?" I have not established his identity, but I have learned to establish the fact that the man who is on my track is not the man who committed the murder. 'l'he man who claimed me as his adopted daughter I have rea son to believe is dead." You believe he is dead?" Yes, sir." "II ad yon learned those facts before you were questioned by your employer with whom you learned your trade?" "Yes, sir; and that is the reason why I fled away and went into hiding." But you found Maggie three years ago?" Yes, sir "At that time you were living with your employer?" "No, sir; I only resided with him six months after I had commenced l e arning my trade. When I adopted Mag gie as my sister I set up in rooms by mys elf." Ah, I see," sa i d the detecti vc; and now proceed "Last night there was a meeting between three burglars down stairs." "A meeting between three burglars?" exclaimed the detective. "Yes, sir; and little Maggie here proved herself to be a little heroine, and one of the bravest little g irl s in New York, and, strangely enough, my name was mixed up in ithe conversation between those three m en." "I am amazed," said Sleuth. "You will be still more amazed, sir, when I tell my 'Startling narrative and relate Maggie's thrilling experience; : and I will add that those men confirmed the fact that the old man whom I believed to be my father was really mur dered." Then old Thatford was not your father?" "I always believed him to be my father until Maggie -Ove rh e ard the talk between the three burglars." Proceed; I am impatient to learn the facts." Tho girl was about to proceed when suddenly the door <>f th e room opened, a man stepped over the threshold, and in a rough voice he asked : Where are the people who used to live on the floor below?" Sleuth was surprised The man had evidently ascended the i;tair s and had reached the room without having been heard, and bow much he had overheard was a ques tion. The fact was, f::Heuth bad been so deeply interested in the narrative of Gmsie, and she had been so absorbed in the telling of her story, neither had beard a step Sleuth glanced at the man and discerned instantly that his question was a guy." Are you lookin g for the family who used to live down stairs?" asked the detective: Yes, I am. "Which family do you wish to find?" asked the de tective. The family that used to live in the rooms below, I said Is not that plain enough?" You need not get so huffy about it," said Sleuth Our hero had the appearance of a poor old man. He had assumed that as a disguise when he worked his trans form before rea c hing the tenement-house under Maggie's guidanc e This is the third time I'm telling you I want to find the fami l y that used to live on the floor below." "What family?" persisted Sleuth. The man looked confused, but said: "Hang it! can't you under stand English?" Yes." "Well, there used to live a family on the floor below, din 11 t t h ere?" Yes." That's the family I want to find." "Which 011e?" again asked Sleuth. "You're guying me." "No, I am not. Now see here; what is the name of I the family you want to find?" What business is it of yours?" There were two families. How can we tell which one you want to find?" See here, old man, it's my idea that you're very in sulting. "Well." "I don't like the way you talk. What are you doing here anyhow?" Is that your business?" Yes, it is." As the man spoke he made a step toward Sleuth, and glancing closely at Gussie at the same instant, he remarked: "I think I've seen you afore, young gal." Gussie ro s e to her feet in terror, and would have run from the room, when Sleuth stepped forward, and sei z ing her arm, said: Wait, my child, I will turn this ruffian out." CHAPTER IX. THE great detective saw that the man was only foraging around. He was merely on au information "lay," seek ing to pi c k up a few points for some one e lse. Sit down, my child," he continued, addressing Gussie, and I will see what this man is up to. He will make his business known or 'git '-that's all." There came an ugly grin to the man's face as he sur veyed the seeming old man over and over, and he said, in a sneering tone: "You're quite a protector of a fellow, ain't you?" "I think you're drunk," said Sleuth, "and you've no business here." "Ah! go long, or I'll h ist you out of the room. You just 'git.' I've got some business with this 'ere gal, and it don't concern you. So you just run home t.o your old wife. Git,' I say, or I'll h'ist yer-yes, yes, I will." The old -tim e smile came to Sleuth's face as he advanced toward the man, and said: You're drunk, I tell you." "Am I?" "Yes." 'l'he man leaped forward and made au attempt to seize hold of the detective, when the latter shot his arm forward and the fellow went reeling. Sleuth did not appear to make the l east effort It was a short-arm thrust, but, as the boys say, it was a" stinger," and it knocked the ruffian clean over. The fellow quickly sprung to his feet, and a more amazed man never recovered from a sudden blow. Sleuth had, for re asons, assumed the disguise of an old man. It was his favorite role; he could play it well, and it enabled him to work his plans as a rule, with greater nicety. As stated, the ruffian was amazed. He had looked upon the detective as a feeble old fellow, whom he could thrust aside as he would a chi ld, and, lo! he had himself been brushed aside as though he were a fly. 'l'he man for a mo ment did not speak; but at length he said: "For an old fellow, you're a good 'un!" "My friend," said the detective, "I don't think you have any business with me." Hang me if l ain't r eac hed that conclusion myself!" You had better lea7e." I guess I will. " Go!" The man moved toward the door as the detective ad vanced a step toward him. "I'm going," he said. The fellow rea c hed the door, backed out, and disap peared; and Sl!mth, turning to Gussie, said: "It seems that I am just in time, as my friend Phil Tremaine somet imes remarks." '' It is fortunate ff'r me, sir, that you are here." What do those men want?" I do not know, but I fear they mean some evil to me." You have grounds for your suspic ion?" Yes, sir." "Proceed and tell me. Finish your narrative You were telling me that Maggie overheard a conversation " It is a remarkable story, sir, and you may not be lieve it.." ' I am prepared to believe a great deal after what y ou have told me." '' It iR a tale of buried treasure." Indeed?" "According to what Maggie overheard, the treasure be long s to me." We can judge of that when you tell me your story." "Last night, sir," began the gir l "Maggie went to the store to make a purchase for me. As she was returning


10 OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. she saw a light in the lower room. She knew the room had been vacated, as the house is to be torn down. Her curiosity was excited, aud she stole around to the rear door and entered the room." She was a brave little girl," remarked Sleuth. "Yes, sir; s h e showed great courage, as you will learn. Upon entering the room she beheld three men seated at a table, which had evidently been left in the room, and the men had made two benches, on which they sat. On the table was a candle, and the men were drinking from a bottle.'' What made Maggie think they were burglars?" "From a remark that fell from the lips of one of them, who said: I tell you, boys, this is a room, but it is gfltting too small for us. That last job of ours is making consid erable noise, and the police are going to get down to work, and the first thing we know we' 11 be nipped." "Maggie overheard them say that?" "Yes." There came a thoughtful look to Sleuth's face. He knew that several daring robberies had taken place, and the burglars in one instance had nearly killed a gentleman who had detected them in his house. "Proceed with your story," said the detective, after a moment's thought When Maggie heard the man speak the words I have rep : mted she be c ame alarmed She at once concluded that they were burglars, and she was about to crawl out of the room, when she overheard a remark that caused her to re main, as one of the men said : I tell you, lads, if I could find a certain gal named Gussie Thatford I'd give you all a fortune, and we could retire from business.' " They mentioned your name?" said Sleuth. "Yes, sir; and when Maggie heard my name mentioned she was amazed, and determined at all hazards to remain and hear what more the man had to say, and her courage was rewarded by overbearing, as I have intimated, a re markable narrative. The man who had mentioned my name continued and said: You rnmember the Thatford murder?' The two men nodded their heads affirmatively, and the burglar continued: 'You remember the little girl?' "One of the men said: 'I remember there was a little girl that was carried away that night. What became of her?' Old Seth Black took the gal,' the man answered; and the other remarked: 'He was a sly old cuss; but he's chipped me in, I believe.' Yes,' answered the first speaker. And what about the gal-what became of her?' 'That's what we don't know; but I've been looking for the gal, and, between you and me, lads, I think I'm on her trac k There was a gal escap e d from au asyium in Philadelphia, and she took the name of one of the nurses. She came on to New York, and went to work as a child's nurse; and then Ehe learned the printer's trade, and she has been living in New York ever since.' But what has the ga l who ran away from the asylum to do with Gussie Thatford?' asked one oi the men. 'Ah!' answered the man who had s[arted in to tell the narrative. I've preLty good proof that the ga l who ran away from the asylum and Gussie Thatford are one and the same.' "How was Maggie able to recollect all this conversa-tion?'' asked Sleuth. "Maggie has a most excellent m emory." Turning to Maggie, the detective ask e d: "Did you remember all that was said?" Yes, sir, I did." And did you see the men's faces?" I did." And will you know them when you see them again?" "Yes, sir, I will." "Proceed with your story,'' said Sleuth. "I will not attempt to repeat word for word all that passed; I will just give Lhe outlines of the burglar's narrative." "Then he did explain just what he meant?" "Yes, sir; and I will now tell you his story." "Yes; proceed and tell me the burglar's story." CHAPTER X. To relieve our readers of any weariness, we will condense: the strange story told by the burglar. From what h e s tated to his companions, Maggie was enabled to gather the following facts: Old Thatford was a seaman; he had been a sailor from early boyhood, and had sailed the world over in variou;; ships, and among his shipmates was a man named S eth Black. Twenty yea.rs previous to the ope ning of onr narrative Seth Black and old Thatford were in the same ship Thatford was mate of the vessel, and when the ship had been a few days at sea it was rumored that he1 cargo was principally treasure that had been accumulated by one of the passeugers, an American, who had liv e d many y e ars in Australia. It was at Melbourne that the passenger had. come aboard, and there ha.d been considerable mystery in the taking of the cargo. The captain of the vessel was a brave and honorableman-a man who could keep his own counsel. The re puted owner of the treasure was a middle-aged man, who was reported to have lost his wife through death a few weeks previous to the sailing of the ship, and when he came aboard he brought an infant child, who was cared for by a nurse, an elderly woman well adapted to her duties. Whiln the vesse l was a month out Thatford discovered that Seth Black had been among the crew and had induced the majority of them to join in a plan to mutiny and a conspiracy to murder the captain and the passengersthere being two of the latter besides the reputed owner of the treasure, and his c hild and the nurse. Tbatford a lso learned that the men determined to murder all the officers of the ship except himself, the first mate. It was a boy on the ship who had l earned of the conspiracy and who bad reported the intended mutiny to the mate. When That ford learned of the facts he at once went to the cabin and reported to the captain, and advised that immediate meas ures be taken to beat the scheme of the mutineers. As events proved, Thatford's ad vice was the best. His. prophecy proved correct, and the delay cost the captain, the passengers, and all the officers of the vessel, save Thatford, their Ii ves. Upon the night following the mate's discovery, the men suddenly rose in mutiny. A desperate fight followed, but. the mutineers outnumbered the officers of the sh ip and the few men who were not iu the conspiracy, and eve r y man was murdered who was not with the assassins, and the lat ter were soon in possession o.f the ship For some strange reason the mate's lif e had been spared, as Black wa,s fully capab le of sailing the vessel; still, orders had been i ssued that he should not be killed. He was. seized before the fight commenced, and bound and gagged, and when released Black was in command of the v e ssel. The triumph of the mutineers, however, was but shortlived; for within two hours after the outbreak of the mutiuy, and before the bodies of the victims had all been cast into the sea, a man of-war was seen bearing down upon the ship. Indeed, a fog had prevailed, and the manof-war was almost within hailing distance when dis c overed. The men were seized with a wild fear and they took to the boats, every man of them, and pulled away from the ship. 'rhatford had managed, iu the confusion, to escape observation, and remained on the ship; and a few moments. later the fog, which for a short time bad cleared away, s ettled down again thick and impenetrable, and the man-of war was lost to view. So also were the men who had run off in the boats, and the good ship sailed along with a c r e w of one man only. Night fell over the waters, and all Thatford conld do was to stand at the helm of the littl e brig and let her sail. And so through the night she kepL upon her way, with the solitary man aboard of her at the h e lm to keep her up steady as she glided along. The day following the fog cleared, and, as good l nck would have it, 'rhatford discovered a sail. His signal was. seen, and the two vessels headed for each other. Again good luck fell to the lot of Thatford, as a uead calm settled over the sea, and a boat was sent from the vei;;sel he had met. Thatford was overjoyed to recognize in the man commanding the boat a n old shipmate. The men from the boat b oarded the abandoned ship, and. were welcomed by Thatford, who told his story He did not mention, however, the fact of the treasure being on the vE:ssel. He merely told the sto ry of th&


OLD. SLEUTH'S LUCK. 11 mutiny, and the boat returned to the other ship, and the man reported all that he had learned from Thatford. It was a r e markable tale, but there were evideuces of its truth, and, after due consideration, the captaiu of the friendly ship determined to send a few m e n on board to navigate the brig, it being arranged that 'l'hatford should act as captain. The men were put on board, and the brig was hE)aded for San Fraucisco, although her original destination had been dire c t to New York While the m e n were r epo rting to their captain, Tbatford descended to the cabin of the brig, when h e was attracted by the cry of a child, and then there flashed over his mind a recollection of the nurse and babe. He found the surviv ing passengers. The child was about eighteen months old. As it turned out, the terror and shock of the mutiny had brought on a brain attack, and when the nurs e was found she was dying, and indeed while Thatford stood by her side she breathed her last, and the old seaman was left in charge of the infant. Thatford was a kind-hearted man, and he determined to save the child's life, and at once fed the little orphan, and soon gladly saw it fall away to sleep. The crew from the other vessel came aboard, and in due time the brig reached San Francisco, and news of its arrival was telegraphed to the New York consignees. Thus far Maggie beard the strange narrative, but just as the burglar reached that part of bi s narrative, there came an interruption, and Maggie heard no more. Old Sleuth had listened to the extraordinary stor y with a feeling of deep interest, and -when the girl concluded her statement, be sa id: This is a wonderful story, and you must let me think it over." CHAPTER XI. SLEliTH Rat for some time thinking over the strange story he bad beard, but at length he said: I am astonish e d, as I said before, that a child like should be able to recollect all she heard." l'he incidents are so tragic," said Gussie, I do not think it strange." "You have told me all she heard?" "Yes." "Had the burglar concluded his story, or did the inter ruption cause him to postpone it?" I thiuk the interruption caused him to postpone it, sir." "He gave no intimation as to what became of the treas ure?" No, sir." There i s no positive proof that there was any treasure on the ship?" "No, sir." But there is an indication," said Sleuth, from the fact that old Thatford was murdered, and also from the fact that the men are looking for you." I have merely related to you what Maggie heard." Your name was mentioned?" Yes, sir." And if the burglar's narrative was a true one, the in dications are that yon are the child of th e passenger who was the owner of the treasure?" "Yes, sir." Seth Black was the uame of the man who took care of you after the death of old Thatford?" Yes, sir." And old Thatford was the man whom you al ways supposed to be your father?" Yes, sir." "And he was murdered?" There is no doubt of the fact that old Thatford was murdered." "And Seth Black was the murderer?" I have every reason to believe that he was the murderer." He i s dead?" So it is said." "Has Maggie ever seen the man since who told the story?" No, sir." Turning to the child, the detective asked: Would you know the man if you were to see him?" _ ''Yes, sir." "You bad a good look at him?" Yes, sir "How old a man do you think he is?" '' Less than fifty." Was the man who was in the room to-11ight one of the three men ? " No, sir " Did you see the man w ith whom I had th e scnffie when we first came h e re?" "No, sir; I did not see bis face " What was it caused the bur gla r to end his story so abruptly?" Another man came into the room." "And from what you saw, they dia not want him to hear the story?" That is what I think, sir." Did the m e n say anything that led you to think they knew your sister was in this hou se?" ''No, sir." And they had no suspicion of yom presence?" No, sir." What did they say that leads you to think they meant to murder your s ister?" "The man who told lhe story, before commencing his narrative, said h e would settle her if he found her." Again the d e tective sat for some time lost ill deep thought, and when b e broke silence be said: My child, there is no doubt but these men, for some reason, intend to take your life." Gussie shuddered, but made no answer; and the detective added: 1 propose to take up your case. I propose to solve this mystery. There may be something in the burglar's narrative, and there may not. I am inclined to think it was a trne story be told, and it is possible that there is somewhere a large amount of hidden treasure that really belongs lo you." I care not for the treasure," said the girl. You care not for the treasure?" "No, sir." What do you care for, my child?" I do not fancy being purs ued by these bad men." You need not fear these bad men. You are now under my care. I will see to it that these men do you no harm." You are verv kind, s ir, but I can not become a burden upon you But -you can do me a kind service." '' I can do you a kind service?" Yes, sir." "Row?" I am determined to leave New York." "Why will you leave New York?" To esca pe those men." Where will you go?" I have not de c ided." You fear they will find you?" "Yes,sir." Listen, my child. They have a purpose in finding you." It so appears." And you have n::> desire to find the treasure?" No, sir " Why not?" It would prov e a useless search." '' I do not think so, my child Listen to me. 1 all an old man and I have had a g r eat deal of experience. Ther o may be something in that man's narrative, or there may not be. I am determined to find out." "How can you, sir?" Ah, that i s a matter 1 must settle in the near future. In the meantime you must act under my advice until my investigations are conc luded. If there is a fortune belong ing to you somewhere, we will find it. If there is no fort une, then yon can decide upon your course; but either way I am your friend, and you must follow my advice I will take you to my home; there you will be safe while I am looking into this matter." I can not leave Maggie, sir." I do not mean that you sha ll leave Maggie. She is too good and brave a girl to be l eft But just mark ruy


12 OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. words Suppose you do come into a fortune, how much you can do for Maggie!" Alas, sir! I do not believe there is a fortune. What ever fortune there might be has already been secured by these men. '' '.l'hat is possible; and yet there are some features in case that l ead me to believe that possibly the bulk of the fortune is yet to be secured." '' You are very kind, sir, to take such an interest in my affairs, but I fear it will be time lost." "Leave it all to me; I will take the responsibility," said Sleuth. CHAPTER XII Gussrn THATFO.RD was a brave, self reliant girl, and until within a few hours she had not attached as much im portance to the narrative Maggie overheard as its remark able incidents warranted. She had thought the story over :afte r it had been repeated to her by Maggie, and not for

OLD SLEUTH'S LUOK. 13 I Some time passed, and the man came forth, and S l euth lay low, and the fellow passed close to the detective, lost in a brown study, and he muttered, when close to the officer : "Haug it! I want to see that gal. It would prove strange if I were to stumble right on to her." Again the dete c tive mentally exclaimed: He's my man, by ging er!" The man started down the street, and Sleuth followed at a safe distance until both had passed the corner of the inters e cting street, whe n the detective whistled, as though signaling for a dog, and a little ragged girl answered the ca ll instead of the dog. "Do you see that man going down the street, Maggie?" That's him, sir." You are sure?" "I can't mistake him-that's the man, sir." Have you seen any of the others?" "No, sir; but that man was up to our room." "Did he enter the old house?" "Yes, sir; and he went up to our room and tried the door." "How do you know?" "I rau round to the house in the rear and I saw him through the window. You know there is a window at the end of the hall in the old house." And you saw him try the door?" I did." Did he attempt to force it?" No, sir." Well, that is all I want of you to day, little girl. You go home, stay in the house, and say nothing to any one." Not to sister?" "No, not to sister. I will make all explanations." The child skipp e d away, and the detective started to follow the burglar story teller. The latter walked very slow ly, and when do_wn near the river entered a low drinking place; and a few moments later the detective also rolled into the place-we say rolled, for he had asssum e d the dis guise of an old sailor-and, always up to his role, he struck the sea-dog's rolling gait. The burglar had seated himself at a table, and had called for a drink, and the detective sat down at another table and, also calling for a drink, fixed his eyes on his man. Some minutes passed; the watched man became conscious that he was being pretty closely scaunded, and he thought to throw off the other's gaze by flinging back a savage glance; but Old Sleuth just kept his eyes fixed on the fellow, until the latter exclaimed: Look here, old man, I reckon you'll know me when you see me again "'rhat's what I want to do," came the answer. Well, you just take your glance off me, will you?" "No." The detective looked like a very old man, and his bold ness was characteristic. "What are you lookin g at/ me so sharply for, anyhow?" demanded the man. I ain't hurting you, am I?" ' Yes, you are." Hurting your feelings, I suppose." You annoy me." Sorry, but I can't help it." The man's eyes began to brighten with anger, and bis face reddened, as he asked : What are you looking at me for, anyhow; will you tell me?" "No." Are you crazy?" A little." I should think yon were." "They call me crazy, my shipmates do-yes, sir; and sentimentally I may be, but when it comes to the business of the ship I'm there every time, ancl they know it." What ship are yon on?" "No ship now; I'm taking a vacation ashore " Where did you sail from last?" "Liverpool; and now see here, shipmate, didn't you fol-low the sea once?" Yes, I did." I thought so." Well, what of it?" ''That's why I'm looking at you, that's all." You and I never met before." "That may be so; but I think we have met, shipmate." Sleuth was playing an old-time game. OHAP'rER XIV. THE man appeared to be greatly amazed, and suddenly be rose from his seat, crossed over to where the detective sat, fixed his eye s upon the pretended old sailor, and eying him closely and well, said, at length: No, sir, I never met you before-that settles it." "Well, now, see here," said Sleuth; "you don't remember?" No, I never saw you." That's possible, but it don't change it." Don't change what?" ''The fact.'' "What fact?" That I believe I've seen you before." You never saw me." That's possible; but, 11ow, see here. I'm an old man. I've been around the world a great mauy time8, and st r ange things have come to my knowledge. I've a wonderful memory, I have, and it strikes me that J've seen you b'e fom, although you've grown a good many years older. I'm a daisy, though, shipmate, in getting clown on old faces." And you think you've seen me before?" ''Yes, sir." "Where?" In Melbourne, nigh on to eighteen or nineteen years ago." The man gave a start. "You think you saw me in Melbourne, eh?" "Yes." "Under what circumstances?" "Well, I'll tell you. You were with an old shipmate of mine. I spoke to him, but not to you. I saw you, but may be you didn't look at me." What is the name of the man I was with?" "Well, there you've kinder got me. You see, I'm all right on facts, faces, and incidents, but when it comes to remembering names I'm weak-yes, my memory goes back on me, and that's why I was looking at you so sharp I'd an idea that by looking at yon I might recall the name of my old shipmate, and I want to ask about him, as may be you've seen him since, for I've never seen him since that day but once." Can't you remember bis name?" Let me see,'' said Sleuth, in a thoughtful manner. "AB 0 DEF-Oh, hang it! Sometimes I get names by going over the alphabet, but I can't somehow get on to the name of the man I saw in Melbourne." "Was it Brown?" demauded the man. "No, sir; it was not Brown, but I've got it now-you just garn me the clew-it's Black, that's what his name was-yes, Seth Black; and he was a good sailor So you knew Seth Black?" "Yes; and weren't you with him in Austra lia?" "Yes, I was; but I do not remember being ashore wifa him; but it was a good many years ago. Do you remem ber the name of the vessel Black was attached to at the time?" "No, I do not remember her name, but it strikes me it was a brig I heard him say." Did he ever tell you what became of the brig?" ''Yee.'' "Diel be tell you anything that happened during that voyage?" Yes. But see here, what has become of Black?" "He's dead." Sleuth fell off seemingly into a fit of reflection, and his actions were perfect as intending to deceive Indeed, be was playing his game well. He was a fine player when on a "lay." After a Jong reflection, as it appeared, the de tective said: I cou ld tell you some pretty tall tales about old Seth. We were on a slaver together." Sleuth lowered his voice as he spoke. He had struck the business at random on a mere chance, but, as it hap pened, be stru c k it well. I d heard old Seth had been on a slaver," said the man. What may your name be?" asked Sleuth.


14 OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. My name is Bigelow. "Bigelow," repeated Sleuth, reflectively. "I never heard it-no. But you were a friend of old Seth Black's?" "Yes, sir." "Well, give us your paw, old man; I'm glad to meet you L et's grog it together, eh?" Drinks were ordered for the two men, and Sleuth kept rep eat ing, So old Seth is dead. Well, well! I suppose it will be my turn some day. I tell you, Bigelow, Seth was a schemer. He was "--Sleuth lowered his voice to a whie per, and continued-" he was a great fellow He al ways had it in his mind to mutiny. He wanted to command a ship; and, as he could run one, he always had it in his mind to t ake command, and once he came pretty near do1 ing it. You see, he per suade d me to h ead the affair, but we never go t the first blow st ru c k, and it went through." You say that you saw Seth once?" Yes." did you see him?" "In Philad e lphia; and he had som e wild scheme in his head then. But he was so drunk at the time I did not pay much attention to him. He was talking about some hid dern t r eas ure and other i10nsense, an d I did not pay much attention, yon see, for he was al ways talking about hidden treasure and treasnre-ships; and, you see, he was full of grof at the time, as I And he was talking to you about hidden treasure?" "Yes." "Wha t did he say?" He sai d he had got on to the secret at la st, but he could uot trust any one; but he knew he could trust me, and he wanted me to go in with him; and he gave me some papers which h e said carried a chart of the place where the treasure was hid. Why, yes; hang it! he got off more non senee than 1 ever heard him get off before, but, you see, I was used to it, and it made no impresssion upon m e." "He gave you some papers?" said the man Bigelow, in a nervous tone. ''Yes "Did y ou keep them?" "Yes, I think I did." "Did you ever look at them?" "Look at them? No! What would I waste time on such nonsense for?" Old Sleuth was, indeed, playing a wonderful game lt looked as though he were guided by some supernatural instinct that caused him thus to fabricate a tale; and as our narrativ e proceeds, our readers will learn how singu l arly and strangly he went right straight to the mark in his random shots. You say you have those papers?" said Bigelow. "Yes; I've got 'em somewhere." "Old man, may be you've struck a fortune!" came the startling announcement. CHAPTER XV. SLEuTH pretended at first to be greatly surprised, but after a mom en t he said, in an indifferent tone: "Bah! I don't take much stock in anything old Seth Bla ck said." "Did he tell you anything of his adventures?" "Well, yes; he did tell me a wild, harum-scarum story; but I knew the man, I tell you-he was a great blow e r, especial l y when foll of grog." What's your name, old sh ipmate?" asked Bigelow. "What's my name? Well, it's funny, but my name is Brown, Alec Brown; and our shipmates u sed to call us the firm of Black & Brown, and sometimes they called us the consignees." Will you take some more grog?" I reckon not. I can't stand grog as well as I used to when 1 was younger." Bigl:low look ed around furtively, and then said: t:lee here, Mr. Brown, if you will come along with me I will let you into a big secret." No need to go a way from here. I'm comfortable, and 1 ca11 't get around as handy as I use d to when I was youu ger " l '\TB got an important communication to make to you.'' Sail in, my port ear is open." Big elow reached over and whispered: Some one might hear what I've got to say I have to talk loud, as I see you are a little deaf." Well, I am, but I don't like to own up to it. You see, it ain't pleaeaut to get old and know that one is losing his faculties." I want you to come with me." "You won't go far?" "No." All right. I'll scud along a lit tle way with you, but I'm no land-lubber to walk much." The two men left the saloon, and Bigelow l e d the way to Tompkins Park, and, selecting a seat in a remote corner, he said: I want you to tell me just what Seth Black told you." I thought you were going to tell me something?" So I will. But I want to commence my story where you l eave off." You want to commence your story where I leave off?" "Yes. " I have n o story to tell." "But you met Black?" I did." "And he told you a strange yarn?" "Yes, he did; but hang it, old shipmate, it was too extraordinary a yarn to repeat!" "You don't know about that;. How are you fixed?" "How do you mean?" "What provision have you made against old age?" "Do you mean what have I stored away in a bank lockei for future comforts?" "Yes." "Not much." You expect to go to sea again?" "Yes." "Wouldn't you rather settle down and live easy?" You mean to go to Sai l ors' Snug Harbor?" "No, I don't." "I'll have to do that or go to sea again. I've nothing to lay up on-no, sir. I've lived easy always spent the money ashore 1 earned afloat " That's a failing with us sailor fellows." "Yes, it is, you bet." I've an idea that yon can be a rich man." I can be a rich man?" "Yes." 'rhe pretend e d old sailor laughed, and sa id: When I'm a rich man the crows will sing." You may be a rich man." "Why, are you going to pass over a fortune to me?" "I may." "See here, mister, you're talking sort of queer. You may be like old Black-a romancer-and he could beat the world." If you had a few thousands you could use them, couldn't you?" Could I? Well, yon just wt go all your sails and sleep on the bowsprit if I couldn't I'll tell you something, old man. I once had a sister-as good a gal as ever livedwho stood ready to welcome a sai lor brother home from sea every trip. You see she was twenty years younger than I, and she married a sailor, and she had one daughter born to her. When her husband was lost at sea it broke her heart -good wife that. she was-and she died, leaving a little blind orphan child. That child is now a young lady, and she's poor and helpless; and if I had just a few hundred, it would make me the happiest man on earth to lay the money in the lap of my blind niece, and say to her, Here, darling, is a little present from your old uncle.' " You can do that. " 1 can?" "Yes." Well, you are a strange fellow, and you are quite a joker, I see." "How?" "Raising the hopes of an old man. No, no! I will not take any more of your guff l'm no landsman; but be tween you and me, it would have been better all round if I had put aside a dollar or two now and then, and I could have made one little, lonely, sad heart to beat with joy. -'' You ca n yet." How, I'm asking you?" Old Black told you a story?" "He did."


OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. 15 Repeat it all to me." I te11 you it was a wild, nonsensical tale. It was Just like one of Black's usual stories, and he was full of grog." 'l' e ll me the story. No harm can come of it even if it was a romance." "We ll, let me see. He told me that he was on a ship a brig-that carried a passenger from Australia, and this pass e ng e r had chartered the ship to carry his treasure to the U uited States. On the passage there arose a great :storm, and the passengers and crew took to the boats, but old Bla c k was down in the cabin and did not go off in the boats. The brig, however, outlived the storm, and after twenty hours he found himself alone on the vessel. Then there came a calm, aud he went below and found that the ship really had treasure on board. lle sailed through two days, and m e t another vessel, and they sent a crew on board, and he ran the vessel to California But he said nothing about the tre asure, and managed to get away with it, and in time transported it to New York, and he hid the treasure, expecting the owner might turn up some day; but the owner never turned up, and then he hand ed me some papers, and said there was a chart among them, and that if ever anything happened to him I could get the money. That's what he told me, but he was full of grog, you know, and he al ways imagined all kinds of things when he was full. lt was a wild, unreasonable story, you .see." Bigelow listened with a great deal of interest to the old man's c unningly constructed tale. Old Sleuth, as our readers will see, did indeed tell a cun ning tale. He did not let on that Seth Black admitted a crime, and yet his tale was in a certain sense parallel with th e real facts, and he had briefly run the parallel up to the time when the deeds occurred in the story to which Maggie .had listened. At length Bigelow asked: Did you ever look at those papers?" "No." But you have them?" Yes," came the answer; I have them, somewhere, I know." CHAPTER XVI. BIGELOW again devoted a few moments to thought. 'The man did not know just how to work his scheme. He was seeking to evolve out of his mind a plan; and afte r a time he said: I'd like to look over those papers." "You can't." Whv not?" Weil, Seth told me never to let any one see them. "And if anything happens to you,' said he, 'destroy them.'" But you said Seth's story was all a big yarn." I know I did." Then what harm is there in showing the papers?" I promised. " According to your idea they are like so much waste paper." I did not say what my idea was, shipmate." You said all that Seth told you was one of his big yarns." "That is what I said," replied the detective, with a 1augh. Aud d.id you mean it?" "No." Bigelow was taken all aback, and said: I don't understand you." '.'I see you don't." "You are ca lled C razy Brown?" "Yes." "I begi n to think you are a little off." "Well, may be I am." As Sleuth spoke he laughed in his peculiar mauner. The fact was that as the little game progressed its real : finess developed more c le arly You told me surely you took no stock in the story?" I did." "Then of what value can the papers be?" I'm playing for a lead." "I don't understand." .A.gain Sleuth laughed, and sa id: "I'm crazy, but no fool, do you see? " I am a ll at sea. Again Sleuth indul ged a laugh. "Do you speak plainly, old man?" Seth Bla c k gave me those papers." Yes." I told you I diun't take any stock in his story." YOU did." I'll explain." "Do so." "I didn't take any stock in the story, as he told the slaver business and the desertion of the ship by its officers, passengers, and c rew, and all that nonsense. No, no, he should have known better than to attempt to crowd all that guff' down my throat." Big elow began to perceive something He was getting on to the drift of the old sailor I see," he said. "What do you see?" What you meant when you said you didn't take any stock in his story "You see, Bla c k was a born mutineer, and if he thought there was trea s ure on a ship, and could get enough men to join him, he would make all hands that went against him walk the plank. He was a bad man, Seth Black was." Aud you are a very strange man." Well 1 suppose I am." You thought to deceive me." "Did I?" "Yes." "Honest Injun! so I did!" Bigelow's eyes ope ned as he ejaculated: What were you after?" '' Information.'' What information did you want?" I'll tell you; I recognized you when I came in here, and I said to myself, there is a man who knew Black, a man I reckon who sailed in the brig with him, a man who knows th e true story, and I'll go for that chap and pump him." You are perfectly frank now." "Yes, I am." What started you in to be so frank?" I've learned all I w ant to know." "What hav e you l ea rned?" That there is something in what Black told me, and I m ea n to get the treasure, for l'm convinced now there is some gold hidden somewhere, unless Black root e d it up be fore h e died." "May be you did." No, sir; that treasure lies buried yet." Then you think there is some treasure?" "Yes." How many know about it?" Only two." You and I?" "Yes." There won't be many to come in on a divide." "No." ::lo you really think there is treasure?" I know there is treasure." And do you know where it is?" "No; but I am piping dow.n to its hiding-place." "You are?" "Yes." "The n may be you don't want a 'pard' in the game?" 'l'hat depends." "Upon what?" How mu c h you can contribute." You're playing cunning now." Yes, I am." "AH right; you nm your game, I'll run mine, and whoever finds the gold first will own it a11." "We may work together." I do not know as I need a 'pard,' said Sleuth. Bigelow became uneasy . \Ve might as well work in together. You have the chart." "May be I have." "You said you had not looked at it." "Well, I don't mind what I say I had a good bringing up when I was young, but going to sea made me careless; you know sailors are given to big yarns."


16 OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. "And you think Seth Black told you one?" "YP.s, I do." "He did." "Aha! you know he did, eh?" "Yes." "Were you on the ship with him?" "Yes." And there was treasnre?" Yes. "Then there was some truth in what Seth told me?" "There was a good deal of truth in what he told you; but it was not all true." I see." Can you put your hands on those papers?" '' I r eckon l can." Old man, let you and I go in together." I'll find out first what you can contribute,'' said the disgui sed detective. CHAPTER xvn. THE detective got back on Bigelow, giving the man his own methods, and the latte r was not slow to observe the point s made on him. I can contribute something,'' he said. "All rigllt; show up, and we may go i n together." As our r eaders will ohserve, the detective could not h ave played a neater game His great knowledge of human nat ure enabled him to make a stra ight move toward the king row every time. He had skillfully driven Bigelow into a po s ition that compelled the man to tell his tale-the true tale-to finish the story that had been partly overheard by Maggie, and he h a d made his approaches by the only possi ble successful methods. "I hardl y know what to do,'' said Bigelow, after a moment, i11 answer to Sleuth's last remark. You're so sly." "'.l'hat's so; !mt remember it's a play for big money." "You admit you're sly." Certainly I do." Auel you've been working on this thing?" A littl e." "Have you told m e all Seth Black told you?" Yes, I have." "Did he m e ntion any loca liti es?" W e ll, he did." Diel Seth Black mention any names?" "No." "Did you ever know of a man named Thatford?" ''Did I? Well, you b e t I did! And he was a shipmate of Bla ck's." "Did Black mention his nameF" "No." Did you know Thatford was on the same ship with him?" The pretended old sailor seemed lost in deep thou gh t, but at l engt h he said: Thatford, although a friend o f Black, was an entirely different man." How?" 'fhatford was not a man to go into any schemes, and I reckon he kept Black out of a good deal of mischief be times." When Black was talking to you he did not mention Thatford's name?" "No." "And you did not know Thatford was on the brig?" I did not." As I told you, he was, and, knowing that fact, what do you think now of 13lack's story?" I doubt it all th e more." "You see, I've told you something." "Not much " I can tell you more." '' I reckon you can." Bla ck lied to you." "That's no real news. l calculated he did." "You say Black was a born mutineer?" Yes, he was." You' re right." "I begin to perceive,'' said the disguised Sleuth, who was inwardly chuckling, his remark having a double mean ing. He said, "I begin to perceive," and what he was beginning to perceive was t h e fact that he was about to get on to the r ea l story.'' I can tell you something, as I said." "May be you can help me." .May be I can. " Will you?" "Possibly, yes; what is it you are after?" "l'm after the tru e story." What true story?" ''You admit Black lied to me?" "Yes." "You know the real facts of the case?'' What facts?" How h e cam e into possession of th e treasure." "I am not sure h e ever came into possession of it " I am," said Sleuth. Bigelow gazed in amazement. You kuow he did?" I don't know it; but I s u spect." If h e eve r got on to the hiding-place, you and I need look no further." Oh, yes!" ''Will you explain?" l'll tell you I believe, although he had the chart, he. never found the treasure." "But h e gave you to understand he buried it?" ''Yes, and that is where he gave himself away, and led me to doubt his whole tale." It's strange h e gave you the chart." You think so?" "Yes." '' H e only loaned it to me." Ah, I see." "I was to me et him, and return it to him; but l never saw him again. I nev e r knew what became of him, and a week l ate r I shipped aboard a vessel going to China " And you really hav e the papers?" Yes; I told you I had them." But you have admitted you have not told me the truth every time. "So I did ; but I have the papers, and we can get right down to business, if you will open up." "Open up?" "Yes." "How?" I will understand the papers better if I hear the true story of the brig." But, old man, you may be playing me. " If you think so, keep your mouth shut To tell you.. the truth, when I m et you I was looking for another m an, who I know was on the brig." What i s his name?" "There's where you've got me. If I knew his name I'd find him." ''And you met me accidentally?" "Yes." "And you want to hear the true story of the brig?" "Yes." I'll tell it to you,'' came the answer CHAPTER XVIII. BIGELOW proce e d ed, and related all the incident s as they were overheard by Maggie up to the point where the vessel arrived in San Francisco, and from this point, or rath e r, beyond this point, the burglar aud ex-seaman continued his narrative, and Sleuth was a delighted and triumphant listener, for h e bad played a most successful game to r eac h the re c ital. Continuing the narrativ e after th e arrival of the brig_ in San Franeisco, Bigelow said: "Old Thatford may h ave been honest, but he was a cunning old cues." He was surely honest,'' said Sleuth. W e ll, I reckon he was too honest by half, and his ; hone sty in the end cost him his life." Cost him his life?" exclaimed Sleuth "Yes." "How?" Black murdered him." Black mnrdered old Thatford?" "Yes." Why, they were fast friends


OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. 17 "Yes; but you see 'rhatford went back on Black. But let me tel I you all the facts." Go ahead." "You see, as I said," conti n ued Bigelow, "old Thatford was very cunn in g, and when the vessel reached Sau Franci co he managed to discharge the crew, finding money to pay Lhem olf, which he said was seut to him by telegraph froru the owuers in New Yo rk. And once alone in posses sion of the vessel, Thatford removed eve ry ounce of the treasure, and theu telegraphed to the owne r s in New York, and they did te l egrap h back for a San B'raucisco house to take charge of the vessel, and the cunniug old 'l'hatford turn eel over everything intact less the treasure." "How dicl you learn a ll these facts?" asked S l euth. "We got ou to a diary that the old fellow kept, afte r h e was killed." Were you one of the mutineers?" "No, but 1 pretended to go iu with the gang, in order to save my life, as I knew every other man on board would b e murdered " And you w e r e one of the party that left in the boats?" Yes; I' did not dare r emain on board " How did you fellows escape?" "We were picked up after two days by a vessel, and we told a story oi shipw r eck and were treated lik e heroes." "But were you never r ecognized?" "No; as we did not give the name of the brig, but the name of a vessel that we m anufactured, and it was always supposed, and is to this day, that we a ll perished, because we did not r eturn to New York until ten yea rs l a ter. "Do you know of any of the others of Lhe crew still living?" Yes, one." Where is he?" "In New York here." Aud does h e kHow any of the facts of the treasure?" Only what I told him." And h ave you told him all?" "No." Go on with your story." It was ten years after the murders on the brig that I returned to New York." Did you return alone?" "Yes, and almost the first m a n I m e t was Black, and h e told me a wonderful story. He said that, some days previou s ly, he had been in New York, wh e n he m e t That ford. 'rhe two m e n recognizP.d each other and had a long talk, and Thatford ordered Black to l eave the country, say in g that, if he did not obey, information would be lodged against him." Thatford threatened him?" "Yes." "And Black did not heed the warning?" Yes, he did, but not in the way Thatford inte nd ed You see, Black promised to l eave the count r y but instead h e sec r etly followed Thatford and discovered that the old man was living in a fisherman's hut on the south s h ore of Long I s land, and he also discovered t hat the old man had a littl e g irl livin g with him who w as s u pposed to be his daughter. But Black concluded that the g irl was the dau ghte r of the passenger who h ad owned the treasure and who had been killed in the massacre on the brig Old Sle uth's blooLl boiled as he liste n ed to this terrible tale, but h e mana ged to con ceal his feelings, and liste n ed attentive l y to a cont inuation of Lhe startling narrative, and h e sai d : His conclusion was correct?" "Yes." The child r ea lly was the daughter of the passenger?" "Yes. " What became of the child?" She is still livin g " She is st ill livin g? cried Sleuth. "Yes." Then she is the real owner of the gold?" "Yes." Do you know wher e s he is now?" "No; l have been tryin to find her." You have been trying to find h er?" "Yes." ''To tell h e r about the fortune?" ( "Well, I might tell her," answered the man, with a cold smile upon his wickerl face "What is the g irl's name?" innocently asked Sleuth. he goes by the uame of Blood, so I und e rstand, and she h ad auother name-Gussie 'l'hatford." Go o n wiLh your narrative." "Well, you see, as I sa id, I struck Black just after his meeting with Thatford, and he was in mortal terror; and he told me that I would be discovered, and that we would both hang; and he bid me come down to his home and see him." Did you go?" I did." Let's h ea r the rest of your yarn." "I am going to tell you all; but first let me say that I had nothing to do with what followed. I am no t a mur derer, and I had no hand in the death of Thatford." "Go on and tell me about 'l' batford's death," said Sleuth. Cl:IAP'l'ER XIX I WISH you to r e m e mber l had nothing to do with that affair " That's all right. " You see, Black said to me that all he intended to do was to take Thatford a prisoner and hold him until he took an oath not to betray us, and it was with that under standi n g I went into the scheme Black chartered a fish ing-smack, and one night four of us went aboard, a nd we sailed to an inlet near the spot on the coast where old 'l'hatford dwelt with the littl e girl." "What did you say the littl e girl's real name was?" saio1 Sl e uth Bigelow permitted a strange light to suddenly gleam in: his eyes, and for the first time evidently a suspicion :fl.ashed through hi s mind, and he sa id, in a fie rce tone: "You appear very anxious to l e arn the real name of the child?" '' Yes, I am anxious. "Why?" Her name has considerable bearing upon the papers in my possession The answer was an in spi ration, as it appeared to banish Bigelow's s uspicions as suddenly as they had arisen. "To tell the truth," he sa id, "I do n o t know the girl's real name; but you will find her re a l name when you look over those papers." "Ah, yes; I reckon now I've an idea of her name, so go on with your story." Let me see, I reached the point where we sailed to the inl et?" "Yes." Now, rem embe r, I had no idea as to what was to occur, for had I known 1 would not h ave gone into the scheme, and had I l earned la ter what his game was I would have protested." That's all ri ght." "Certainly, it is all rig h t, for 1 am not a murderer." But didn't you take a hand in the fight on the brig?" "No, sir; I only pretended to do so." Oh, you were very particular." The disguised dete ctive made the r emark in a tantalizing tone. "I don't ca re what you think," said Bigelow, "I am giving it to you straight." All right." "Black h ad the bearings for Thatford's cottage, or cabin, and he led us straight forward, and we soon saw the g limm e r of the light from the windows, and then Black ordered a h alt, and h e sa id: "'Yon fellows wait here. I will go forward and hav e a talk with the old man, and may be I can bring him around; if not I'll g ive you the s i gnal and you fellows ca n come alollg, ancl we will make him a prisoner and take him on board the sloop." "He went forward alone," continued Bigelow," a nd w e three fellows waited for the s i gnal; and I r eckon fully ten minutes passed. W e heard no noise, no alarm of any kind until Black came out of the cabin and tipped u s the signal, and then we went forward. I was the first one to enter the place. .'rhere was a light in the room, and a sight m et my gaze, I tell you, that mad e my heart stand still Sleuth uttered au exclamation; it was a sort of running


J 18 OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. comment and meant nothing, and the man Bigelow went right on with his narrative. "Yes," continued the man; "it made my heart stand still. It was the most ghastly sight, under all the circum stances, my eyes ever gazed on. Yes, sir; on the floor lay old Thatford. I recognized him at a glance, although he was as dead as a door nail. He had evidently been strangled. As I looked upon him first, as 1 said, I ut tered a cry, turned b ack, and saw Black standing by me. I shall never forget the expression of his face, as he said : 'I had to do it-yes, I had to do it. The old man showed fight. He went for me. I did it in self-defense.' "'You lie, Black!' I said. The man flashed a terrible look out of his eyes upon me, and I thought to myself, Rave a care, old mau, or be will have to do it for you.' Bigelow rested a moment in his recital, and Sleuth asked: Were there any signs of a struggler': No, sir, there was not." Then you do not believe there was a fight?" '' There was no fight If there had been we would have heard something. No; it was not done in self -defense." It was a cold -blo oded murder?" That's what it was, sure." "Go ou with your narrative." l may as well tell you now," resumed Bigelow, that I had made au enemy of Black by my remark. Yes, he was dead against me from that time out." Did he harbor evil thoughts against yon afterward?" "Yes, he did; but I did not get on to his enmity until some time afterward.'' "Why didn't you denounce him?" I wanted to get on to his secret." The secre t of the buried treasure?" "Yes." Go ahead." "Well, sir, the man was dead, and that was a ll there was about it; and in a room off the main room we found a littl e girl in bed. One of the men said, Let's strangle her too.' " Let's strangle her too?" repeated S l euth "Yes; that's what the man said," continued Bigelow. "Then the other men were well into Black's confi dence." How?" 'rhey knew he intended to murder Thatford." "How do you know that?" "One of them said, Let's strangle the ch ild too?' "Ah, I see; I did not think of that before," and at the same instant another idea appeared to run through Bige low's mind, or rather his original suspicion seemed to return, and he fixed a keen, searching glance on the detect ive. The latter, however, gave no sign, but said, as a mislead er: "It's lu cky I held on to those papers, and I think you and I can make a big thing out of this affa ir; but go ahead with your narrative." There is not mu ch more to tell. The child was not killed, but sent aboard the sloop. Black protested against any harm being done to h e r and the re followed a sea r ch of the cabin." What was found?" asked Sleuth. I'll tell you. Between you and I, it was in order to get rid of me that Black spared the c hild's life, lea stwise that i s my suspicion. I was sen t with the c hild to the boat, and ordered to remain in care of her until the balance of the party joined me. So you see I was not present when the search was made. Later on, one of the men joined me, and we rowed out to the sloop with the girl, and he returned with the boat for the rest of the party." "Aud did you l et him go?" "Yes; I was under Black's orders, and I did not dare protest." Didn't you learn afterward what was found?" "I did; but it was a long time afterward-indeed, after Black' s death." Go on and tell me what was found." In the first place, they found a big sum of ready money." And didn't you get your share?" "No, sir, I did not. And they found a black trunk, ::i.nd in that trunk was some papers, and among the papers was a diary kept by Tbatford. And from that diary Black learn ed all about the movements of Thatford after be had been deserted on the brig." And what became of those papers?" Some of them fell into our hands after Black's death, but one very important paper we never found." And what paper was that?" asked Sleuth. It was a chart giving the bearin gs as to where ten mill ions in gold is buried," came the answer. OHAPTEH. XX. OLD SLEUTH had worked down to a pretty clear state ment, and he was in possession of certain facts previously obtained that enabled him to measure pretty accurately the statements of the man Bigelow, and when the latter said the chart indicated where t e n millions in gold were bmied,. there came a peculiarly pleasant gleam to the detective'E eyes. 'ren millions in gold!" he exclaimed. "Yes, sir." "liow did you learn the amount?" "Well we got orr to it. You see, as I learned afterward, Black did get on to a good deal of mon ey, and he gave all the men who were with him some but me. He just went cold on me." "What became of the papers that were in the trunk?" I've got some of them, and they a re divided around, but I rockou you've the valuable papers You see it wasn't until after Black's death that we got on to a strange fact." And what was that?" Bigelow did not answer immediately, but said: Are we in together?" How do yon mean?'' "Have I given information enough to entitle me to form a partnership with yon?" "I don't see any reason why we should not go in to gether to hunt up this treasure." Well, I'll tell. The chart, as it turned out, was sewed up in the skirt of the ch ild's dress, ancl that little paper is worth ten millions, and now th e question i s, did Black ever learn this secret a nd get the chart, or did he only learn the secret, ancl fail to get the chart?" Are yon sure the story of the chart is not a misleader?n "No, sir; that chart was hidden in the ch ild's dress." How did you lemu t hat fact?" After Black's death we made an exc ursion down to the house where he bad lived and we made a search, and we came upon some papers. The old rascal had hidden them, but we found them, and among them was t h e diary. And the n we found a l etter of instructions. The letter was ad dressed to a lawy er." "What was the name of the lawyer?" "A fictitious name bad been assumed by the lawyer." Possibly he knew the sec r e t and has got the money." "No, sir; it was evident that old 1'halford feared some evil. He may have had a premonition of comiug evil, and started in to write the l etter. The letter was n eve r fiuished and never delivered, and, from its character, it is eviden t the lawy er was nc.t into the secret." How did you learn the name of the lawy e r was fictitious?" "We hunte\i New York to find the lawyer." Who bas that l etter?" I've got it." "By George!" cried Sleuth, with t h e letter s you bava and the papers I've got, we'll get t.hat money." It is possible Black got it and hid it a second time." "No, Black never got it." "How do you know?" S ince you have b een talking, I've put certain facts together, and I've rea c hed certa in conclusions." And you think Black never got the money?" He never got it." '' And haven't you the chart?" Well, I must look over my papers and see." "Do you think the gal got th e chart?" asked Bigelow. No," answered Sleuth, quickly Bigelow gave a start, and exclaimed: "You appear to be pretty certain!" "Yes, I am." Then you have seen the girl?" "We won't say anything about that; but the girl did not get the chart."


OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. 19 Then Black may ha>e got it." "I don't think he did; but you and I will meet again." "Eh?" We will meet again." "Are you going?" Yes." "But see here, you've em plied me and you haven't given me anything.'' "Is that so?" yawned Sleulh. "That's so, dead sure." "But I've nothing to give you "Tllos e papers?" They're all right." And you're goi1Jg?" "Yes; but you and I will m e et again." See here, shipmate, lhis ain't at all satisfactory to me." "Is that so?" I tllink you've played me." Bigelow, at length, had g rown very suspicious, aud wilh the suspicion thare arose a feeling of anger in his heart. Ile stepped close to the Jetective, and, bending his lip to the latter's ear, said: '' Yon meant to play me.'' "Go 'long-you're foolish!" "I t e ll you, olJ man, you've got to open up; you've pulled me clear out." "We'll me e t again." "When?" 0 h, i 11 good ti me. " You think you got all out of me?" "No." "You didn't. The most important matter I kept back, and that is something concerning the gal." Sle uth felt a twinge when it came to him that possibly he ha c l not carried the game quite far enough, but then as qui c kly he remembered that be had secured a good deal to work on, and other developments would come in their turn. In the meantime Bigelow's suspicions had become more keenly aroused. The wildest kind of fancies ran through bi s mind. The fellow felt that he had been played as mortal man had never been played before, and in his mind he had settled upon a certain plan; indeed, he mentally muttered: "You think you've got me, old man. Well, we shall see." "I will go now," said Sleuth. "But yon did not say when you would see me again?" I will let you know." You will let me know?" "Yes." But how will you send me word?" "I'll find a way to send you word," said Sleuth, and started away, and from that point a great double strategic game commenced. CHAPTER XXL WHEN Sleuth separated from him, Bigelow s tood a moment watching the retreating form of the pretended old sailor, and then there fell from his lips the muttered ex clamation: "I've been played!" As Sleuth walked away, strangely enough he muttered: I played him well!" Bigelow though he had been playing a good game His game was what tile brokers ca ll a future,'' and from bis stand point he had worked well; and had the facts been as he believed them to be at the time, his would have been a good game. In the first place, Bigelow believed Sleuth was an old tar, the detective had acted the role so well, and then again Bigelow believed Sleuth possessed considerable knowl edge as to what bad occurred. We will so far as to say that Bigelow did not believe be was givmg the pretended sailor any new fa c ts; his part was to let the supposed Brown believe that be was putting great confidence in him. Bige low's confidence had an object. He was working on the old adage, confidence begets confidence, and as be saw Sleuth departing it came over him that be bad been fooled, and he whipped himself accordingly. If Bigelow bad really through he was telling any new facts to the pretended sailor he would have been as dumb as an oyster; buf:, as intimated, be though Sleuth was feigning ignorance, and availed himself of the chance to betray his own knowledge. The real fact was Bigelcw hall never been on the brig, and be had c ome to a knowledge of all the facts throu g h an a cquainta11c e with an old sailor, who had told him the story in all its cle lails, and Bigelow was assuming the r o le of the rnilor, and that is why he told his tale so readily, be lieving Sleulh did have the papers. He desired to mako himself solid with lhe old salt, secure the paper8, and then-well, the chances are that, had Sleuth b e en what ho pretend e d to be, his acquaintance with Bigelow would haYe l ed to his death in the end Hang me for a fool!" again muttered Bigelow. I believe that all I told that fellow was news to him. Now that I recall, I gave it all to him. He gave me nothing. Yes, I've been played; but I'll get square with Mr. Man, you bet!'' Slculh continued on his way. He had a litt.le s cheme in his mind He had ascertained just how Bigelow stood, and! he wanted to get possession of that diary and other docu ments he had rea son to bel:eve Bigelow had in his posses sion Armed wilh lhe papers, the detective was set to make a sear c h for lhe buri e d trea s ure. He wanted to read that diary over. He had no h o pe of ever finding the chart; but when bis well-train e d mind onc e digested the papers, he calculated he could form some idea just how to go to work. As stated, lhe detective kept on his way, and ae he walked he also muttered: "I think that fellow suspects me. The r o le of Brown is played out for the present. I must get at him under another cover." Sleuth, as our old-time readers know, was acquainted with New York from one corner to the other. He kliew every inch of the city, and just where every dim was located; indeed, be bad things clown finer, as far as New York is concerned, than any living man. He kept on his way, and soon fell to a fact, and again he muttered: "It is as I suspected-that fellow has his suspicions aroused, and he is trailing me. It is a case of the trailer trailed," added the detective, with a laugh, and a moment later he added still further, I'll run him a good chase The detective at length reached a point toward which he had been forging, and he enter e d a saloon The proprietor was a German, and as Sleuth entered be auvanced to the man, and said : Halloo, Metzer!" "Eb! I vos not know you. Halloo!" The detective reached over and whispered in the man's ear : Sleuth." There came a startled look to the German's face and a change over his manner. Eh? Vot cau I do?" "I'm trying to give a lad the shake." "Oh, yes; I see vot you vos up to now." Quick as lightning the detective worked a transform. The sailor disappeared, and iu his stead there stood a re spectable -lo oking German -Ameri can citizeu before Metzer's bar. The transform was done so quickly that the owner of the place uttered an exclamation of amazemeut; but ihe fact was Sleuth had prepared himself to work a dozen changes if necessary. So great was his skill that be cquld have made a fortune on the s tage as a change artist Having worked his transform, he stepped to a table, sat down, ordered bis beer, and said, in German : "I'm not here, remember." "Oh, yes; I get on to it,'' responded the German The words had hardly l eft Sleuth's lips when a man en tered the place, and the detective did experience a start of surprise; but he had the adYantage. Bige!ow bad also worked a good transform; but Sleuth went through the man's cover. Would Bigelow go through his little change? As the burglar entered the place he let his eyes stray arou11d the room, and, as it happened, there was no one in the barroom but the disguised detective aud the keeper of th e place. Bigelow took a seat, ordered some refreshment, and, as the proprietor waited on him, he asked: Where is the other man?"


20 OLD SI,EUTH'S LUCK. Eh?" ejaculated the proprietor. Sit down here." The landlord sat down, Sleuth pretended to be reading a German paper, and Bigelow continued, iu a low tone: "'rhcre was a customer just ente red here ah e ad of me?" "Yes," said the ready-witted German, there were two or three customers in and out." In anil out?" "Yes." The last man who came m ahead of me did not go out?" No, I guess not." Where is he?" I don't know. I can not remember who goes in and (JUt-there are so many in the cou rse of the day." Bige low nodd e d toward Sleuth, and asked: How long has that man been here?" Oh, dat vas mine fnendt. He was come in two hours ago He generally stays half the day mit me." There was another man came in." I don't was see hiru Bigelow describ e d Sleuth as he appeared under the cover -0f the old salt. Dat man was not in here," said the keeper of the :place. "Oh! may be h e went in n ext door." Yes, he must haf done dat; he go in next door." Bigelow finished his drink, and ri sing, went out, and the German, approaching Sleuth, said : Dat vas der man?" "Yes." "Did I throw him off good?" Yes," answ e red Sleuth. Sleuth mid yes, but he well knew Bigelow bad not been thrown off, a1id he muttered, mentally: "That fellow is smart; I must look out; it will take nice work to fool him now." The detective had reached the conclusion that Bigelow had not been dceeived, and he could also perceive that the fellow had a cted just right under all the circumstances; and Sleuth was correct. Bigelow had not been deceived. He had not recognized the detective, but he had put certain facts together, and he had reached a conclusion. CHAPTER XXII. WE have intimated that Bigelow reached a conclusion, and such is the fact, and the words he muttered after leaving Metzer's betrayed the truth. Ile said, in a low and a mocking soliloquy: "Did my eyes deceive me? No, I do not let my eyes deceive me. I saw that man enter the saloon; I did not see him come out. There was but one man besides the keeper in the place. A live man in the flesh can not go through a solid wall. If the man did not come out, he must have stayed in; and if he did stay in, h e must have 1 been there when I ente red; and as there was but one man in the place besides the keeper, as l said, he must be the man I am trailing. But, again, did my eyes deceive me? No, my eyes did not deceive me. And a change had come over the man He was giving me the slip He must have J fell to the fact that I was following him. Good! That <>pens up a big game. I've been play ed. The man went under a transform, e h? What does i t all m ea n? We shall 'See. I'll lay for him; I'll lay for M etzer's friend-that's what I'll do!" Big e low's little soliloquy justified Sleuth's conclusion J that Bigelow was no fool; and, indeed, as ihe detective thought matters over, he began to discern h o w it was the f.ellow had been so confidential, and the d e tective muttered: "Well, it's all the same; he gave me the information. I know that what h e told me was pretty near the truth, and now the question is how to give him the shake' and then get on to him again." Our readers have possibly discovered that Sleuth desired, as he said, to shake Bigelow. He wa11ted to shake him as Brown and get on to him again as 3omebody elise. The detective was so.rry the man had fallen to his little transform business, for the detective was well satisfied the fellow was on to him in that direction. Sleuth r emai ued in the saloon folly ihree hours There was a bare chance that he might give Bigelow a "throw off." At length h e said to Metzer: Do you know a lad who can ca rry a message for me?" Yes; there is a lad comes in here sometimes " Cute?" "Yes, sir; he's a dandy." Can you get word to him?" "I'll see." A few moments lat er a littl e girl entered the place to buy something, and the man Metzer whispered a few words to her in German, and she took her can aud went out, and a few moments later a lacl entered the place He also car ried a can Sleuth called the boy over to him, asked him a few questions, and made up his mind that he was all right. He then gave him certain directions and the lad went out with his can, and an hour passed and then a man entered the place. The last comer glanced around, and Sleuth passed him a signal. The signal was answered, and the man took a seat at the table mar the detective, and there followed a whispered conversation, and after a few moments the man left the saloon Half an hour passed, and another man entered the saloon. He did not wait for a signal, but went straight to Sleuth, and, sitting down, said : "He is there!" You took a good l ook at him?" "Yes." "He's on the straight watch?" He is, sure." "Let me see," muttered Sleuth, musingly; "we might arrest him and get him out of the way in that manner." "I will do it if you say so." Not a good scheme Quite a number of men were now coming and going out of the place, as it was after six o'clo c k I've got it," said Sleuth; follow me." The detective exc han ged a few words with M e tzer, and then led his friend out of the saloou A few moments passed, and Sleuth and the man returned, and after a short interval they again l eft the place Sleuth walked up the street, and the next minute, Bigelow dodged out of his hid ing-place and started to dog the detective, and at the same instant the man who had come to Sleuth's aid uttered a laugh and the words: "Aha! I've fooled him." We will l et our readers into the secret at once The great detective had worked one of his marv e lous games When he and his pal, whom he had sent for by the l ad, l eft the room, they worked a mutual transform. S l euth got up as his pal, and his pa l got into the di sguise Sleuth had worn. So when it appeared that Sleuth left the saloon first it was not Sleuth, but his pal. And it was Sleuth who laid back and watched the game, and gave utterance to the exc lam ation, "I've fooled him at last!" While the detective and his pal were making the trans form, Sleuth let his man into the game, and gave him his dir ec tions, and so whe n the man Bigelow started to follow the supposed Sleuth it became a double shadow. Bigelow thought he was trailing S l enth, and the detect ive knew he was trailing Bigelow, and the r e stood the difference. The detective's pal was a man well up iu his business, and, haviug received his hints, h e kuew just how to work the game He walked along down-town and soon disap peared in a regular sailors' boarding-house. Bigelow had followed, and when he saw his man e nter the boarding-house he was taken all aback, and exclaimed: "Well, I'll b e shot! That gets m e!" Sleuth was near by-indee d, near enough to ove rhear the exclamation. Bigelow stood a moment, and then said: "Well, I've got him holed. I know where to come to look for him, so that's all squa re. It might not be safe io run into his lair to-night. He's on the lookout for me; but to-morrow I'll get down on him I'll b e a sailor just from sea. Sleuth had got down so as to hear every word Bigelow spoke, and there was a faint smi l e on his face, for he saw how he really had his man dead to rights. Bigelow, after a moment, started to walk away, and Sleuth fell to his i:ail.


OLD SLEUTH.,S LUCK. 21 CHAPTER XXlll. SLEUTH had made up his mind to rush his shadow right alorw, and, iu order to get ou to his man, worked a most radigal change in his appearance. He bad one little incident in his favor. The man Bige low had, as he supposed, tracked Sleuth to a certain resort, and he would be congratulating himself on his smartness and would not dream of the fine trick that bad been played on him. Sleuth's purpose was to shadow the :n;ian to his home. The detective calculated that the papers, 1f there were any, would be there, and it was with a determination to hold on to his trail that he kept the man's steps in sight. BiD"elow proceeded toward Broadway, and was walkmg along leisurely when suddenly he made a turn and seized hold of a yonng fellow whom he met in the street. 'l'he detective was near by at the moment, as the two men moved to the edge o.f the sidewalk and stood under a street-lamp, he had a good chance to view the young man's face whom Bigelow had hailed. The detective was deeply interested. at there was something very strange and startling m the 111c1dent. The young man was a very handsome not over three and-twen ty, and he seemed to be labormg under great excitement and trepidation, and Sleuth also, with his keen, discerning eye, detected the fact that the young man was evidently anxious to separate from his compan ion, while Bigeloiv was equally determined and anxious that he should not. Sleuth managed undei: the darkness to get near enough to overhear a part of the conversation that passed between the two men, and the conversation he overh ea rd was very startling and "You did not meet me last rnght as you promised, Frauk." The young man answered, in a stammering and hesitating manner: No, I could not be on hand last night." "Where were you?" I remained home last night. I went right home from the office." "Hold on, that won't do. what are you giving me?" It's tho truth. " No, sir, you were seen; you were into the game last night, and you were a loser." "No. I swear 1 went straight home from the office." Then you have a double?" I don't know about that " You were seen "If any one thinks they saw me I must have a double." ''There is a man who saw you." Then it is some one who looks like me." Where were you going to-I}.ight?" Now here." "Come with me." Where do you want me to go?" We'll take a look in at a game "I can't go now " Why not?" I've au appointment." "Who with?" I can't tell you." "How long will your engagement detain you?" I don't know." Can you meet me at midnight?" I don't know " Will you?" The young man appeared to consider a moment, and then, in a desperate tone, said: Yes, I will meet you "Now see here, Frank, old man, I've a good scheme to pull you out of the hole you are in Meet me, and I will open up the whole business to you." I don't think l can ever get out of the hole l am in." "Yes, you can; I am a friend of yours, but you won't believe it. But you will meet me?" "Yes; I will meet you." I have your word?" "Yes. ".And you mean to keep it, old boy?" "Yes; I will meet you." Sleuth was deeply interested He had :for med a certain i dea. He bad encountered d u ring his long career so many cases similar to what he judged the one to be yhat was at tracting his attention at that moment. "Now mind, Frank, 1 tell you I've a big schemea sure thing I know you've suffered a great deal, but I'll pull yon out if you will meet me. Good-night." Bigelow walked away, and the young man still stood under the gas-light, and the detective overheard him mutter: "Yes, you'll pull me out a heap! It was you who got me into the bole, you scoundrel! But I'll meet you. Yes, I'll m eet you; but it is the last time we'll meet. I'll take one more chance, and then-" The young man stopped short; but, after a moment, added: "Yes, yes; I'll meet you-and the meeting will be my last, for it will be on the verge of the grave. Yes, yes; an open grave yawns before me. I'll meet him!" A moment the detective was in a quandary. He did not decide on the instant whether to follow Bigelow or get upon the track of the young man; but after a few moments' thought he reached a conclusion, and muttered: I'll just follow this young fellow. I may be of use to him tonight, and I may pull him out of the hole." Old Sleuth had a great partiality for young men-espe cially when he considered them good and noble at heart. He had decided that this young man was good at heart. He could see that he had done some wrong, and he dis cerned also that the young fellow suffered, not from fear altogether, but from the consciousness oi having taken a false step The young man walked down t he street and Sleuth fol lowed. Soon the youth turnecl 1 and proceeded toward Union Square Park; and, rea ch il1lg a certain point, he com menced to walk to and fro. Sleuth was at hand. He had \ a way of concealing him self and it was au easy matter i!il the present instance, as the 'young fellow was so deeply absorbed he had little tion to give to his surroundings At length the detective heard him say: Will she come? 1 hope n t. Oh, why did I confide in her? 1 have but caused her eep anxiety; and yet, why should she be anxious on my ace unt?" "Ah!" muttered the detective}," so there is a woman in the case;" and little did the dream of the startling deno1f.ement that was t<\.follow his shadow of this troubled youth. ' CHAPTER XXIV. THE young man continued to pace to and fro, and the interest of the detective increased, and so matters proceed ed until the youth exclaimed: '' She will not come! It is well Alas! I shall never see her again, for I can not endure this agony any longer!" The young man was about turning away when suddenly there appeared, walking very rapidly along the path, a young lady The latter's face was concealed behind a veil, but the youth saw her approaching and recognized her de spite the veil, for he exclaimed: '' Alas! here she comes.'' A moment later and the veiled lady had approached near enough to speak, and she sail: 1 have kept you waiting." When Sleuth heard the voice he gave a start, and his heart beat rapidly as he muttered: "Great Scott! that voice-what does it mean? Can it be-No, no, it can not be!" Meantime the youth had answered: It does not matter." "1 could not help keeping yon waiting, and I iegret it very much." It's a ll right." "What has happened, Frank?" Nothing." "There has been no change?" "No." "Oh, dear! 1 wish I could he l p you. But you must hope; help will come from some direction "I do not look for help now. 1 mnst face my doom. Yes, the consequences of my crime confront me, my sin has found me out!" It was a sin, Frank, but it was not a crime." Ah, I can not cloak ityes, it was a crime


22 OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. But you will never do so again, and relief will come. You can conceal it until help comes." I have concealed it as Jong as I can." "Frank,'' sudden ly exclaimed th:i veiled lady, "I can help you, I think." You can help me?" "Yes." Sleuth was amazed. "Great guns!" he muttered. "What does this mean? There can be no mistake. I know that voice. What does she do here? Who is Frank, and what has been his crime, and how can she help him?" There followed a moment's silence, and the young man asked: "How can you h elp me?" I have four hundred dollars." Yon have four hundred dollars?" "Yes." "And you propose to lnan this money to me?" "Yes." You are a darling girl a brave, good, kind hearted girl, but I can not take yur money." You must take it "No, no; I will not." But you must-you can pay me back. It may appear strange that I did not tell you about this moHey b e fore, but some day I will expfain all to you." I will not take yout four hundred dollars." I "You must take it, \ and, 'a s I said, some day you can pay me back." \ No, keep you r money." '' No, no, Frank, it is )'.ours as a loan." "You compel me to a confession." "A confession?" Yes. The amount is ot sufficient for me." The veiled girl uttered( a sudden cry of pain, and exclaimed: Oh, Frank, I fear!" "What do you fear?" "I dare not tell you." 1 Yes, tell me. Let it a ll be plain and direct between us now." You have broken yotir promise to me." Broken my promis!i!'?" "Yes." I "How?" '' When you fix st re\Tealed this matter to me, you said amount less than iour hundred dollars, and now yotf bay :.>'.1,\ 'lmndred dollars is not enough to cover your indebtedness. You promised me you would not increase the debt?" "I did." And you have broken your promise?" "Yes." The young man spoke in a tone of great desperation. Oh, how could you do it, Frank?" I can not exp lain now. I may some day." "Those men got hold of you again?" Well, yes. " You hoped to raise the amount the same way you lost?" I admit that what you charge is true." I warned you against those men." I know it." They are only seeking to get you deeper m the mire." I know it." And why d1d you yielcl to them?" "I am mad I have lost all my manhood-all power over my will. I am a wreok." "Oh, Frank, it i s terrible to hear you talk in this man ner l" Sleuth heard every word that passed, and he was amazed -yes, amazed; for rea sons that will appear. The young man was silent for a moment, and then he said: Gussie, how is it you take such a deep :io!lterest in me?" Frank, you know well." Sleuth's suspicions were fully confirmed. When the veiled lady had first spoken he thought the voice sounded familiar, and as the conver sation proceeCied his suspicions grew stronger, and, at la s t, all doubt was The young man had addressed the veiled lady as Gussie, and the detective knew it was Gussie Thatford who was a party to this strange dialogue Gussie 'l'hatford was the veil e d lady-the incognita. The detective did not know what to make of her presence there at that moment. He had left her in his home. He had given h er strict injunctions not to go forth upon the street, and she had disobeyed him, and s h e had l et it be betrayed that she had a deep interest in a young man who was a confessed criminal. "There is some strange mystery here," muttered the detective. Ile admitted a mystery, and yet he pretty well discerned one phase of the strange incident. The young man had asked: "Why do you take suc h a strange interest in me?" and the veiled lady bad answered: 'Frank, you know well,'' and here was the mystery. There followed a few moments of silence-yes, minutes actually pass e d before the young man spoke again, and then Sleuth detected deep emotion in his voice, as he said : Gussie, under different circumstances I would have something to say to you, but as things stand l will be silent, and will only say that I thank you for your deep in terei;;t in me, and right here, and now, I propose to bid you good-bye." "You are going away, Frank?" Yes, I am going away." "Where are you going?" It i s a secret, Gussie I am going away to escape ar re st and exposure." Frank, your resolution meets my hearty approval. It is wise for you to go away, since danger menaces you. Yes, go away And in time you can earn money and clea r yourself, and in the meantime I will work and save my money, and we will soon have enoug h ; but if you stay here you will get deeper and deeper in debt." Little did the fair girl dream of the bourn to which the young man intended to go. CHAPTER XXV. SLEUTH suspected the young man's purpose, and he was on the alert. Meantime the veiled girl sa id: You must let me hear from you and keep me posted as to how you get along, and 1 will write to you, aud when we get mo1Jey enough all will be well." ''How kind and hopeful you are, Gussie. But listen to me: you must forget that I ever lived; let all recollection of me pass from your memory We will never meet again." Oh, Frank, do not speak in such a hopeless manner!" Yes, the truth must be told, Gussie, I told you once I loved yon. I do love you. Yes, love you as fondly as man ever loved woman; but when I first met you the shadow was already overhanging me. In a desperate moment I confessed the truth to you. 1 should not have done so, but now, l et nie tell yon, the amount 1 owe is so great we can never hope to pay it, and again when I go away my crime will be diseovered and my name forever covered with dis grace and obloquy. You are a brave and noble girl. I have wronged you-yes, 1 have done you a great wrong. I confess it, but you must forgive and forg et, me When we part to-night, we part neYer to meet again." "You must not go away, Frank. Promise to see me once again." No, there is no use." "Yes, Frank, yon must promise A moment the young man stood silent and irresolute, then st-iddenly he exulaimed: "I will end it all here and now! Gussie, forgive me." As the youth spoke he drew a revolver from his pocket and clapped the muzzle against his temple, but ere the weapon exploded it was dashed from his hand. A man had l eaped from the neighboring clump of trees and had seized the pistol, and to the young man he said: "Fool! what would you do?" The whole startling incident had trans pired in a few seconds. 'rhc veiled girl stood mute, and the young man gazed madly at his rescuer. An instant later the detective approached the veiled lady and whispered: Go to your home, miss." "No, I can not leave him. He is mad; he will destroy himself." Sleuth reached down, and putting his lips close to the girl's ear, whispered:


OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. 23 "Gussie, you can go home and leave him to me. 1 am Sleuth The girl drew aside her veil and looked appea lingly in the d etect ive's face, aud be repeated, still bending close to h er ea r : 1 '' Go home at once Lea.Ne all to me 'fhe girl turned and walked slowly away. Meantime Frank h ad stood as motionless as a statue. He had not heard the words that passed between Gussie and the detective. In fact, be little cared for the mo m e nt. He was mad-yes, stark mad. As the g irl walked away Sleuth slipped his arm in Ji'rank's and said: Come with me, young man." The youth appeared to r ecove r his senses, and, attempting to r elease him self from the detective, said : Who are your" Come with me and I will tell you who I am." I will not go. "Yes, yes, come along "1 am your friend." "Yon are my friend?" r e peated the young man. "Yes, I am your friend, and you must go with me." Where will you go?" I'll show yon." ''I can not go.'' "Listen, young man: I am not only your friend, but I will prove myself the man to get you out of your scrape." The youth gazed aghast. Yon will ge t m e out of my scrape?" he repeated. "Yes." Sir, what scrape am I in, pray?" Come along, and I will tell yon all about it." I never saw you before, sir "That is all right; but I've seen you. "Yon have seen me, sir?" "Yes." "When and where?" "I've seen you with a man who is not your friend, and who willl lead you to ruin '' Ah! I see,'' said the yon th. Yon are Bigelow's friend. I know now how it was that you were near to i prevent me from killing myself." My young friend, you do not know anything about it. I am uot a friend of Bigelow, and my presence h ere is ac cid e ntal, but it is fortunate. Come You are in a bad way; I know that, but I will get you out of the scrape." Yon will get me out of the scrape again?" repeated the youth. Yes, I will." Yon do not know what you promise." "Yes, I do." "Aud you know my trouble?" Yes, I do. " What is my trouble?" You are a defaulter "Yes, I am," came the abrupt adm i ssion. "Now, yon see, I know what I am talking about, and I will help you." "Why should you help me, sir?" I will help yon because I am a friend of the young l ady with whom you were just talking.'' CHAPTER XXVI. THE young man expressed considerable surprise when the detective mad e his statement, and exclaimed: "And do you know that young lady?" "Yes, I do "And will yon tell me who you are?" "Not at present. I must first hear your story; and now, come; you promised to go with m e." I will go with you, but I have an .appointment. Will I you return my pistol?" No, sir "You need not fear; I will not again attempt to do my self harm. " 'I hat will not do; and now, listen: you have an ap pointment with the man Big elow. " How did you know that?" I do insist. I have told you I am interested in you, and I will get you out of trouble." How do you know I am in trouble?" "I told yon once. Yon are a defaulter, and I told yon it was my secret. Now, come with me." "I will go," said the youth, and he slipped his hand in Sleuth's offered arm, and the two walked away to ge ther The detective had made a study of the young man, and the result of his observation was the conclusion that Frank was a pretty good sort of fellow who had been misled Sleuth led the way to a lunch-room where he was well ac quainted, and, taking a sea t in a private supper room, said: Come, now, t e ll m e about yourself." I do not desire to tell my story." "You must." Will yon tell me who you are, sir?" Sleuth thought a moment, and the n, knowing the power of bis name, said: "Did yon ever hear of Sleuth, the detective?" The youth gave a start, and, in an alarmed voice, answered: Yes, sir." I am Sleuth, the d e tective." "And I am lost!" cried the youth "I see it all." What do you see? "You have been on my track, and that i s how you were present to prevent me from k illing myself." "You are mistaken, my son. I did not know of your existence until to-ni g ht. But you will find it a very lucky circumstance that I did run across you." I do not und ersta nd it." I will explain. I am a good fri e nd of the young lady who was with you a short time ago. She is stopping at my house." Stopping at your house?" "Yes. "That is strange," said the youth. "Yes, it is strange; and now tell me, did that young lady ever tell you she was an h e iress?" "No, sir. She i s a working girl "You have known her for some time?" About a year." "Ah!" muttered Sleuth; and an instant later he added-. Tha t was a nice little game yon attempted to play " What game?" "Bah! you can not deceive me. I know all about it. You wis h to desert her, and your attempt was but a piece of acting; but 1 thought I'd let it pass as real for the time being.'' 'rhe youth stared, and after au interval sa id: What do you mean, sir, when you say I intended to desert h er?" Oh, I know." "You are mistaken, sir sadly mistak e n I never did Gussie a wrong There is no r eason why I should desert her. I did t e ll h e r that I loved her, and I do; but at the time I told her of my position. Sleuth felt great reli ef. He knew the young man was telling the truth, and his darkest su sp icion was dispelled. And if yon love her, why did you attempt to kill your self?" The youth did not answer, and the detective said: If you are wise you will confide in me." I will tell yon all, sir; it will mak e no difference now. ''Yes, tell me all.'' I am e mployed in a large dry-goods house." "Well?" I am cashier." "Go on." One day I went down to the race s." Ah, I see. '' Yes, sir, it is the old story-I bet and lost The man Bigelow gave me the 'tip' and indu ced me to bet I lo st." The money was your own?" Yes, sir, the money I lost the first day was my own " And in the end you used your employer's money?" Yes, sir." "But how did yon happen to keep up your acquaintance with Bigelow?" Oh, I am a mind-reader. I know many things. You have plenty of time to go with me. You can meet Bigelow afterward. ' I hope you will not insist upon my going with you." I met him every time I went to the races, and one night he accused me of being a defaulter, and told me if I


24 OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. did not give him two hundred and fifty dollars he would inform my employe r s " You gave him the mon ey?" "Yes, sir; and since then I have given him more. And I have l ost a great d ea l of money at the faro-table, and I b elieve Bigelow divides up the money with the man who runs it." "How mu c h are you behind?" "Between five and s ix thousand dollars." Old Sleuth was thoughtful a moment, and, then said: Young man, you can be of great service to me." CHAPTER XXVII. WHEN the detective made the statement, "Young man, you can be of service to me," the youth asked: "How?" Wait. I must h ea r all your story, and then I will tell you how you can be of service to me." There is l ittle more to tell, sir. Those men have been upon my tra ck. They have terrorized me, and it was my fear of th e m that led me on to take sum after sum belong in g to my erployer s They led me to gamble, saying I could win and settle up my debt, and so it went on. I became deeper and deeper in debt, and now I am ruined." "It i s the old, old sto ry," r emarked the detective, re fiecti vel y; yes, it has happ ened often and often before. I hav e met many cases just like yours. Your case is heral ded in this city almost every week. Sometimes there follows exposure At other times the defaulter escapes or di sappears, and the robbed employe r s say nothin g of their los ses; and, young man, l et rue tell you one thing: all these cases fiud the ir rise in drink or gambling Usually the drink comes first, and then the betting on horse races fol lows in time, and disgrace closes the game. It will b e a wise deed when race-track betting is made a felony, and when gamb lin g Jn every form is abolished, for the victims each yea r can be counted by thousands." "Yes, sir, that is true,'' said the youth. "If I had never made a race bet I would not now be in the cond iti on 1 am, and I would have stopped whe n I lost my own money if it had not been for this man Bigelow." "Yes, young men shou ld eschew every man who advises them to bet. No r ea l friend will ever seek to induce a young clerk to try any ga mes of hazard." "I am sorry," said the youth, "you prevented me from blowing my brains out, for had you let me alone, now all would be over." "We ll, young man, you speak from little knowledge; but you are more fortunate than you dream." I could not be more unfortunate, sir." Yes, you could." How, sir?" You would hav e been more unfortunate if the girl-Gussie Thatford-had not been your friend " It is there the great misfortune comes in, sir." As vou see it." As it is." Let us see how. In the first place, I am a friend of Miss 'l'hatford, and through my interest in her I am your friend also. "I am very thankful; but, alas, you can not aid me now." "We shall see. Did 1 not tell you I was your friend? And when I am your friend you are all right." I am all right?" "Yes." f "But, sir, I owe six thousand dollars; even more!" Is that all?" "Why, sir, it would take me seven years to save up that ,money!" Seven years, eh?" Yes, sir." Then your salary is about a thousand a year?" Yes, sir." Frank, where did you first meet Gussie Thatford?" Do not ask me that question." I have already asked you the question, and you must give me an answer." '' I first met her on the street." Under what circumstances?" She will tell you." "No, you tell me." "A man assaulted her, sir, one night when she was re turnin g from work. I came along and knocked the man down and protected her." You were a good fellow." '' I could not do less, sir. She is an innocent and virtuou s girl." Yo u love her?" The young m a n blushed. You have told her of your love?" The young man did not answer, and the detective asked: You told her of your love?" "Yes." "And did she not confess to a return of your love?" She has not, sir. But she has shown g r eat interest and sympathy." "How did you happen to meet her to-night?" I r eceived a message from her." "when?" To-day." And you had already made up your mind to kill yourself?'' Yes, sir." "You were a fool, young man." "You do not know, sir, what it is to be in my condition; I am mad." I know something as to the cond ition of your mind; and now listen to me: I will save you." You will save me, sir?" Yes, 1 will." But the money?" If it is paid you 'will never gamble any more?" "Never, sir." "Suppose I pay the money and you give me your notes and start in and pay the amount by in sta llments?" Ah, sir, am I dreaming?" "You are wide awake; it is no dream, and I mean just what I say. I will pay the money and you shall give me your notes and pay me by installments." "Oh, sir, this can not be real! Do I dream?" "No; you are wide awake, and, under all the circum stances, very lucky." Oh, sir, did you bnt know the agony I have endured!" The wrong-doer al ways s uff ers agony. Sin i s accom panied with suffering, soon e r or l ater, every time. And now l et's see-it is near ruidnight?" Yes, sir." "You have an appointment with Bigelow?" Yes, sir." You must keep your appointment." The young man 's face fell, and he said, in a sad tone: The n you will not help me, after all?" Yes, I will h e lp you." "And pay the money?" "Yes." Then I will never me et Bigelow again, and if he comes near me I will knock him down!" A good idea. But 1 will reveal a secret to you. I am on Bigelow's track. He is a professional burglar You can aid me to bring him to just ice." I do not fully understand." "You are to ent e r my service as an aid, and I will pay you well for your service, and in that way you can pay off the debt you will owe m e " And resign fr o m my position?" "Not at once; but li ste n to my plan. I will pay your indebt edness to-morrow; indeed, the first thing I will do in the mornin g will be to give you the full amount yon owe, and yon will mak e good the d e ficiency; so on that score you can m ake your mind easy." What am 1 to do?" Keep your appointment with Bigelow, and later on 1 will explain more fully my plan s He will open up some scheme to-night. You li s ten to all he has to say Pretend to go in with him, and then report back to me." CHAPTER XXVIII. THE young man suddenly brightened up; he became quite cheerful, and there returned to his face the old-time, resolute expression which it was evident accompanied his natural temperament. It was his sin tha t had made a coward of him, as it "makes cowards of us all;" but when there came a prospect of immediate release from the conse-


OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. 25 quences of his sin, he experienced a return his old-time courage. I will do anything to serve you," he said, adding : I am no coward, naturally, and I'd brave anything to bring that scoundrel Bigelow and his pals to punishment." "You can do so; but you must act entirely as I ad viEe." I will, sir." "In1a day or two I wi11 make a most wonderful and startling re\'elation to you " I will be proud, sir, when you make me your confidant." Ancl you will then better understand why I have be come your friend, and why I am on Bigelow's track. I will explain this much to you: millions are concerned in my successful trailing of this man." Indeed, sir?" "Yes; and now, you see, if you aid me, the payment of your deficiency will prove but a mere bagatelle." "Oh, sir, how really fortunate I am!" I rather think you are more fortunate than you cl ream. Yes, sir, to-night I more folly realize the truth of the legend that, 'rhere is a destiny that shape our ends rough hew them as we may.' " My heart is filling with courage." "That is good; and now, listen to me: Rememoer, no matter what may occur, you have nothing to fear as to the consequences of your defalcation." "Oh, thank you, sir." No matter what Bigelow may threaten, you need not fear.'' I will defy him." No; I am only telling you what you will know; but you must let him still think you are in his power and at his merc.y.'' '' Ah, I begin to see." "As far as to-night is concerned you will go with him, and if he asks you to gamble do so. Yon will probably lose, and you must act as though you were desperate ancl almost ready to blow your brains out." l have no money to gamble with, sir I made up my mind to-night that I would not take another cent, come what might-exposure, death, ruin. Yes, sir, I had made up my mind to defy Bigelow and bi11 gang. " I am glad to hear you say so. But you must enter into the scheme all the same." "How can I, sir?" SleLlth handed the youth a roll of bills. "There's yonr ammunition," he sa id. Do yon propose to have me throw all this money away, sir?'' "No; but you can lose it ancl still it will not be lost." I clo not understand, sir." It is not necessary for you to understand that part of it, and now again, I will arrange a signal with you so you will always know when I am near But you must be very careful not to give me or yoLlrself away. Do you fully understand?" ''Yes, sir "You are free from the consequencee of your crime, but you must act as though still overshadowed by those conse quences." '' I see, sir. "We have a great game to play. I think you are just the man to aid me, and I think the circumstances favor yonr being of great aid to me." The detective explained more fully his plans, and then told Frank to go and keep his appointment. The youth started to go away. His face was radiant, when the detective called him back, and asked: What is your name?" Frank B rnmac k. "Frank Brumack?" repeated the detective. Yes, si1-. "If I do not meet with you to-night you meet me here after you part with Bigelow." Yes, sir." You must see that you are not followed." Yes, sir. ''Now go." Frank started out and the detective quietly worked a transform. In fact, Sleuth conlcl work half a dozen in one evening when once he went forth previously prepared to do so. As Frank Brumack walked along the street at the still hour of midnight his heart was light. There bad come a compl ete change over the spirit of his dreams, or rather the dark dreams had vanished, ancl brighter dreams and had come in their stead As he walkecl along he muttered: Am I really awake or do I still dream?" The answer to hi s self-questioning came in a most startling manner, for even while he walked and talked there came a tremendous thwack upon his back, and turning he found himself con fronted by Bigelow. "Halloo, Frank! you're on hand, I see!" "Yes. " Young fellow, I've good news for you!" Indeed?" "Yes, sir; you're all right. " No; 1 am not all right. " Bab! nonsense; what are you talking about? You are all right; you're a good fellow I've made up my mind to see you through, and I will.'' "No, sir, yon can not save me now." I can't, eh? You don't know what I can do I've got matters all arranged It's a go this time; no faro, but a dead open antl shut." No, faro, eh?" "No." "You've got a tip, I suppose?" Nixcy I've got on to a flat, and we'll get your money back to-night Yon see, there is a fellow come on h e re from out West who has got some thousands with him, ancl he wants to get into a game of draw. I've got on to him, and I've made him think he's got a fl.at, do you see, and we're to get in to a game The first night you're to let us win; and the next night we will just go for him ancl take his whole pile." It was a genuine night scene in New York as these two men stood under the gas-light to arrange their plans. CHAPTER XXIX. FRANK BRmrACK for a moment was at a loss as to how he should act; bnt it came to his recollection that the de tective had told him to agree to everything th.at Bigelow proposed, and he determined to obey orders. But it ap peared that the detective feared he would not, and the young man got a tip from a quart.er he didn't expect. A passer-by ran against him, ancl as the collision occurred there fell upon his ear the words: Go it!" By ginger!" thought the youth, that detective is a wonder "-for he knew at once from what quarte r the tip had come In the meantime, as the collider passed on, Bigelow asked: "What do you think of it old man?" "I clo not know what to think. " Have you got any money with you?" "Yes; but I tell you this can not go on much long er. I am deeply in debt." Oh, certainly; but we'll pull you out. This is a good scheme " I've made my last clip." You have?" Yes." There came a curious expression to Bigelow's face. "This scheme must go through for a winner, or I'm a goner!" You will come out all right. If this little game fails we have a last card to play.'' I fear this will be our la st card." "Nay, old man, never say die. But come, we will go and m eet this fellow." Frank was led to a low dive, ancl introduced to a fellow gotten up for the occasion. The young man would have fallen to the game, even if he had not already been prepared for the trick by Sleuth. We will not weary our readers with a detailed descrip tion of what occurred. These scenes have been fnlly de picted so often in our narratives and in all the incidents follow about the same lines 'rhe little game was carried out. Frank lost all the money Sleuth had loaned him, a mounting to several lum-


2 6 O L D SLEU TH'S LUCK. dred dollars, and when it was all gone he sudden l y ex' claimed: "I'm broke!" It was the stranger and not Bigelow who was the winner, and when the game was over the man c oolly put the money in his pocket, and fixing his eyes on Bigelow, he said: Old man, you thought you were playing me, didn't you?" No, sir." "Bah! I knew your game all the time. You thought to skin me, but I've skinned you. We don't play any more This little boodle is mine. You can whistle. I was up to your game-a sort of double fiat game, but you are the fiat. Good-night The man walked out As the fellow who bad captured the boodle reached the bar, he said : "Tell Bigelow I'll wait for him at Jinsey's." There was stai1di11g at the bar at the time a miserable looking old specimen cf humanity, and the miserable speci men overheard the man's remark, and whe n the man went out the miserable speciment followed him. The winner proceeded a few squares and reached a dark street, when suddenly the miserable specimen appeared in front of him with extended palm. Halloo,! What do you want?" A stake." You want a stake, eh?" "Yes." Well, old fellow, you git or I'll bust you." "You will? You give me a stake or I'll bust you!" came the answe r The words had hardly left the lips of the miserable specimen when the winner made a strike for him The i ntended blow was warded off, and a counter blow sent the man r eeling As he fell, a curse burst from his lips, but h e rece ived a kick that silenced him for the i nstant and the miserab l e specimen was upon him, and as the latter rose from off the prostrate man, he whispered : It's triple flats The miserable specimen spoke, laughed and ran away, and the man who had been knocked down rose to his feet His hand went to the pocket in which he kept his wallet, and i n the same wall et he had placed his night's winn i ngs, o r more properly speaking, his night's "skinnings. " By all that's strange and magical," he cried, the m oney's gone!" and the laugh he had heard the m iser ab l e speciment utter still rang in his cars He r e's a go," he resumed. "By my beard! but what will Bigelow say? There ll be a jo ll y row, you bet, for I know Bigelow s broke Mag skinned him out of every doll ar to-clay. That woman r e quires a million a month to keep her running I 'll go back and report at once," the fellow cont i nued Meantime Bigelow had remain e d with Frank, and as the winner d i sap pea red the youth said: There goes the l ast of it " Not by a long shot, Johnny "Yes, sir, that is the l ast of it You hea r d wha t that man said?" "Yes, he did come it over me. " I thought you were a sport " So did I, but I take a back seat But now, see here, young man, I've a good scheme." "Yon musn't give me any scheme to night; I'm w ild!" Is that so?" "It's the truth." Something must be done "Nothing can be done." "Yes; I will have a scheme for you to-morrow." You have had scheme after scheme "I know it." "None of them ever amounted to anything. I've lost right along on your schemes." But t.his is a good 011e, it is a sure one, and you will see it at once It will lift you right out of the whole business " That is what you have told me all along." Well, you meet me to morrow night." where?" "Here. " I will have no money "You need bring no money with you." "This is the first time you ever let me go without telling m e to bring a stake " I see. But it's a d i fferent game I'm on now. It w ill not require any money." '' I am glad you are on a scheme at last that does not require money You've played me, Bigelow "Meet me here to-morrow, and, as sure as you are a live man, I will open a scheme that will pull you out, and you will see how it can be done at a glance." ]'rank left the room and ihe place, and a moment late r Bigelow's pal entered to report his loss, and there followed a mad scene from the ''Rogues' Opera." OilAP'.l'ER XXX. As the man entered the place, Bigelow exclaimed, with a chuckle: Tom, we did that well; but it's our last pull." Is it?" "Yes. And now give ns our rake." There came a rather odd expression to Tom's face as he said : It's gone." What's gone?" 'rhe money." There came a fierce light in Bigelow's eyes as be said: So you mean to play me ior a flat, eh?" "I.'m telling you the truth. " Are you?" Bigelow spoke in a very significaut tone "Yes, I am " It won't wash, 'rom, old man, if you're iii earnest, and, if you're joking, give over, for I'm in no mood to joke." 'rhe money is gone "Hand over!" It's gone, I tell you " How did it go?" Tom told his story Bigelow at length perm i tted i t to get fixed i n his head that possibly Tom was telling the truth, and he asked him to tell his story, which Tom did, and when he had conc lud ed, Bigelow said : There's something under all this." I reckon the r e is," said Tom. The man who came for me l ooked like a poor, weak, helpless devil, but his thump' was li ke the kick of a mule Bigelow soon after left lhe place, and he was l ost in deep t h ought; and as he wal ked along he i ndulged in a low sol i i oq u y "I can't unde r stand this," he sa i d; "there's something wrong. An old man, a regular t r amp, was hanging around that p l ace and peep i ng into that room It looks bad, I say There's a detect ive o n that young fool's track. The firm have tumbled to his l ift, and they're stagging him, that's what's the matte r And Bigelow, old man, that cop may have seen you, and may be on your track Aha! we're traced We'll crawl; yes, we'll get to cover, but play the game all the same; and Mag shall come i n and take a hand The man at l engt h reached quite a respectable little house He d i d not ri n g a bel1, but entered with a night key, and as the door closed behind him a man stepped from the shadow of a tree and muttered : "Mr. Bigelow, we've run you to your burrow, after all." The speaker took the bearings of the house, and turned and walked away; and half an hour later entered the place where Old S l euth, t h e detective, had held his talk: wilh Frank Brumack It was well into the morning, but. the restaurant was an all night house, and Frank was th ere awaiting the return of the detective The young man was a little lierrnus, as he feared be had lost the money in a quarter from which it could never be recovered. So you are here ahead of me?" said the detective. Yes, I am here But the money is gone." "Yes, as far as you are concerned But it's all r ight " l lost it at-" I know how you lost it. You had a little game of bluff That's all right. I played another game of 'draw,' and I've got the money all right." "Do you mean to tell me you have the money?" "Yes; I have every cent of it." ThA young man was really speechless with amazement. "How did you get it?" ''Oh, that's my secret a n d l et me tell you I want y ou


OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. 27' to meet me in Wall Street to morrow at exactly half past nine o'clock. Be the re on the minute I am a sort of Monte Cristo as concerns punctuality. Do not fail to be there on time." I will be there. But I have not reported what passed to-night." "No; 1 know all that passed. You were robbed." "Yes. "Aud I've got money back, and you are to meet Bigelow to-morrow." Yes." "And h e is to open up a sure scheme to you." "Yes." "Have you any id ea as to the nature of his scheme?" "I have not." Sleuth l aug hed and said: lt is a sure one, as be told you " And you know his scheme?" "I think I do." What is it?" "You can't guess?" "No. "Re intends to compel you to enter into a scheme to rob your emp loy e rs out and out." I 'll n eve r do that." "Yon n eve r will?"' "No, sir." Oh, yes, you will." The young man for the first time felt a thrill of r ea l suspiciou flash his mind." I never will,' h e said "We will wait until to-morrow, and then we will talk it -0ver,' said Sleuth. CHAPTER XXXI. THE detective arranged specifically for his meeting with .Frank on the following day, and after a night of strange adventure the two m e n sepa rat ed 'rhe detective rea c herl his home and manage d to secure a few hours' sleep, and on the succeeding m o rning he h e ld an interview with Gussie Thatford. The girl had been waiting to meet him, and there was a look of trepidation in her eyes when at l engt h the detective sent her word to appear in his library: As our renders know, Sleuth was a m a n of considerable wealth, and he lived in au elegant mausion, surrounded by every comfort. Wbon the gid entered the room she ex pe c ted to see a frown up o n the great detective's face, but instead, Sleuth rose, and extending bis hand kindly, led her to a seat; and asked h e r a few general questions in order to give h e r au opportunity to fully regain her self possession; but at length he asked: "Well, my chi:d, how do you feel after your strange ad venture last night?" Oh, sir, you will permit me to exp lain all to you?" Certa i nly I will permit you to explain all to me." First, sir, let me ask you what happened after you sent me away?" It's all right." "What is all right, sir?" The young man will not harm himself "You are angry with m e Mr Loveland, for having dis obeyed you aft e r you had commanded that I should not leave your h o m e." "You certainly did a very rash thing." "Yes, sir, 1 know it; but the circumstances are so strange; indeed, it appears as though 1 were destined to be the vi cti m of all manner of ad ventures." "I reckon you will settle down to a quiet life some day." "Before t e lling you certain facts, may 1 ask you a ques tion?" Certainlly." "Do you really think, sir, that I am an heiress?" The detective was thoughtful a moment, and then said: I can not give you a po s itive answer. One thing is certain. I have got on to some strange facts, as the de tectives say, and it is possible-yes, just possible, that some day, after a long time, 1 may secure a fo1tune for you." You can not hold out any definite hope, sir?" No, I can not at present." Can you tell me just how probable the chances are?" "Not at present. But now, tell me your story-tell me how you came to disregard my request for you to remain within doors for a few days." The young man whom you prevented from killing himself last night is named Frank Brumack." Ah, yes; so I understand." Then you had a talk with him?" '' I ascertained Iris name.'' Suddenly Gussie's b eaut iful face assumed a deatilly hue There came a look of terror to her eyes and a wild anxiety in her voice, as she exc l aimed : Oh, sir! I just recall-" "What?" "You are a great detective?" '' Yes, so they say." You w ere present last night?" Yos." You were there to watch Frank-vou did not follow to -to watch me?" The gi rl's voice was husky as slie spoke, and h e r d e licate and graceful form trembled. Yes, I was following the young man." "Oh, sir! i s he under arrest?" "No." Thank you. But, sir, you know concerning him?" "Know what?" Concerning his crime?" "Frankly-yes. " And you were trailing him?" We will not talk about that now. I will assert that I do not mean to arrest him at present, aucl possibly not at all. I desire to learn of your association with him." "You wis h me to t e ll you how I first met him?" "Yes." "Sir, you know I am a helpless young lady Well, in the s hop where I was then working was a man who ap peared to hav e discovered that I was und e r a disguise, and h e commeuced to persecute me, and I loft the shop. He followed, and learned where I lived, ancl one eve ning he assailed me on the streeb;, and h e would have done me personal violence had not a youth ha stene d to my rescue. The rescuer was Frank Brumack, and from that mom en t we became friends He punished the man who assailed me, and made the fellow b e have. Then I changed my residence and managed to avoid a meeting with my assailant. Meantime, occasionally Frank called to see me. I learn ed that h e was a clever and able young man, a youth of good education and fine feeling, and, like myself, he was au orphan. Well, he visited me quite often, and I soon discovered that there was some trouble on hi s mind, and one Su nday I went to walk with him iu the park, and he seem ed particularly low-spirited ancl de pressed, and I urged him to confide in me, and at length be did. He told me hi s story Do you know the facts?" I do." "After I learn ed his story I kept thinking in my mind how I could devise some m eans to aid him, aud on the day previous to my meeting with yon, I had written him a note to meet me, and then I was brought here and I knew he would be waiting for me, and at the la s t moment I deter min ed to keep my appointment Did J do right?" No; I can not say that you did "What should I have done, sir?" You should have confided in me "I can see now that I should have done so. But, all things considered, 1 was laboring und e r great excitem ent. " Yes, I clo uot blam e you." There followed a mom ent' s silence, broken at l ength by Gussie, who said: I am about to make an extraordinary requ est sir " Proceed " You are a rich man." Well?" Sleuth assu med a rather sharp tone, and the beautiful girl gave a start. I hardly dare proceed, sir." "Yes, proceed. " I have a few li.nndred dollars." "Well?" I thought-" The girl spo:-:e hesitatingly What do you think?" "If you, sil', will put a few hundred to what I possess we could pay Frank's indebtedness to the firm, and I will


28 OL D SLEUTH'S LUCK. assume the debt. I will work and turn over all my sur plus earnings until the money is repaid to you, aod Frank will turn over his also, and between us, in time, we will pay every dollar." There came a peculiar gleam to the eyes of the old det ective, and be asked the quest ion: Suppose I agree to aid you?" Oh, sir, it will be such a great deed of goodness." "But what guarantee have you that Frank will not steal again?" Oh, sir, do not call it stealing!" Well, what guarantee have you that he will not borrow his employer s money again?" He never will, sir!" 'rhe g irl spoke with g reat decision. He never will?" "No, sir." How do you know?" I will guarantee, sir, that he never will." But how can you g uarantee it?" I cau, sir." Bnt how?" The gi rl blush ed to the temples as she answered, in a low tone: I will pledge my lif e, sir, that he never will take what belongs to another again! I will pledge my life on it!" CHAPTER XXXII. "You may pledge your word," said the dete c tiv e; and one who knew him well would have d etected a st rain of tendern11ss in his tones. "I will pledge my word," said the girl. But bow can you g uarantee your pledge?" I can!" "How?" I will watch over him day and night." But how can you?" The girl's voice fell to a whisper as she said: I w1'll become his wife!" Then followed again a moment's silence; and this time it was the detective who first spoke. "Do you love him?" "Yes.' And now comes another point. Have you ever promised this young man that you would marry him?" "No, sir; h e has never asked me to do so." Have yon auy guarantee that he will permit you to watch over him as you propos e?' Yes, sir. " W e ll, I will not press my questions further in that direction. And now, what do you want me to do?" Loan us the money." "Have you any idea as to the amount you will need?" Yes, sir." "Well, what is your idea?" Possibl y more than one or two thousand dollars." "My child, it will take seven thousand dollars "to free Frank Brumack." 'rhen all is lost!" Hold on-all is not lost." "Can I hope, sir?" "Yes, you can hope." "That means muc h when you say it, sir." "Gussie, I have had a long talk with Frank." You were really trailing him?" No; I was trailing another man, and, strange as it may seem, the man I was trailing is the burglar who told the story of old Thatford. It is rather singular how your and this young man's lines of destiny cross." It is strange, sir." "But I have a stranger revelation to make. The burglar's name is Bigelow, and this Bigelow who is seeking to find you is the man who first led Frank Brumack astray." The girl gazed in wonderment "Does he know of Frank's a cq naintauce with me?" I do not think he has any accurate knowledge of you. But let me tell you; I had got on this man's trail, and, after a method of my own, I got him to finish the story, a part of which Maggie overheard." Oh, sir, this is strange indeed." Yes, it is strange, and I am satisfied that you are the child of the wreck .'' 'rhe daughter of the passenger who entered the ship at Melbourne?" "Yes. And what i s more, I am satisfied that old Tbat-ford really did have a fortune in trust for you." "And will it ever be recove r ed? " That we are to l ea rn. It is buried treasure." How strange, sir, is a ll this. It seems like romance." It is real romance. But let me proceed. I got on to this man, as I said, and I was following him up when be met Frank. I ran c lose to them and overheard a part of their conversation, and I heard this man make an appoint ment with Frank, and then ther e arose in my mind an in terest in the young m an and I concluded to follow him. I did so, and you know what followed." Did you recognize me when I joined Frank?" "I

OLD SLEUTH'S L UOK. 29 The detective was a man who, when he had anything to do, kept right at it Upon leaving Frank the detective "got up" in proper disguise, and went down to the sailors' boarding-house, wbere his pal bad gone as a misleader on the previous day when the detective was seeking to throw Bigelow off his track Sleuth entered the boarding house, and there, sure enough, was Bigelow, and it was not long before he had given the man an" agency," as the detectives term it. Sleuth knew well the keepet of the sailors' boarding house, and he had set his pal to make certa in arrange m e nts. So it was all right when the detective entered the place. In fact, the first thing he did was to exchange cer tain signals with the keeper of the sai lors' boardin ghouse, and the road was clear for a good game. As stated, Big e low, after a time, managed to engage in conversation wit.h th e detective. The fellow was in dis guise, and, as our old hero had learned, the man was pretty good in going under cover." Bigelow talked around for awhile, and then said, in a careless way: There is a fellow hanging around here by the name of Brown?" S l e uth laughed. Why do you laugh?" I'll tell you. I reckon that old lunatic has got you on a string." Got me on a st:ing?" "Yes." What do you mean?" "Well, you're asking about B. T Brown, I reckon?" I don't know what his initials a r e." "You don't, eh?" "No. " I' 11 explain. We call him old Buried Treasure Brown." You do, eh?" "Yes." An odd name. '' Yes. But he has earned it. He is off on the subject -0f buried treasure." Where is he?" 1 don't know where he is just now. But he will be here pretty soon, I guess." What particular form does his lunacy take?" He is looking for a man." Looking for a man?" Yes, some man who sailed in a brig from Melbourne a good many years ago." Did he eve! mention the man's name?" "No; but he has told his story to almost every one, and I s uppose he has mentioned the man's name to some of them; but never to me " Do you know him well?" "No; all I know about him is that he asked me a g reat many questions one day." When i s it a good time to see him?" Well, about now, I should say. Did you ask the landlord about him?" "Yes." "What does h e say?" He says the old man is in and out-that's all." Is the old man getting yon on a string about his treasure?'' "Not much." "Between you and me, I've sometimes thought there might be something in that old man, after all?" "I reckon not," said Bigelow. Why are you seeking him?" Oh! he is th e friend of an old shipmate of mine, and I have a m essage for him." If you do not see him, you can leav e your message with me." "Thank you," said Bigelow "Will yon wait for him?" "Yes." "All right. I think he'll be in soon." CHAPTER XXXIV. 'l'HE detective had a little purpose in his talk with Bige low, and his design will hav e a bearing upon the future incidents of our narrative. After his la st remark to Bigelo1Y the detective departed, and he went direct to the hous e to which he had tracked Bigelow on the previous night. Arrived at the house, the detective took a survey, and was still sudying the place when a woman came forth and sallied up the street. The woman was e l egan.tly dressed. "Halloo!" muttered the detective; "there she goes un der foll sail!" It just suited our old h ero to have the woman to shadow, and he fell to her trail, and spent an hour or two watching her movements. All his little shadowings were merely pre parato ry to a plan he intended to carry out later on, and he put in the day in various ways until the hour arrived for him to go and meet Frank. The young man was waiting, and his face was radiant. Is it all right?" Yes, sir, it is all right; and the rescue came j nst in tim e." It did?" "Yes, sir; there came an unexpected draft to-day, and had the seven thousand been short, the draft would have been drawn out, and the whole matter would have been explodP-d. ' "If often happens that way," said Sleuth, and he add ed: But now we'll settle down to business. Yon are to go in and aid me, and it may be possible that you will not appear at the store to-morrow." I will have to send a not e then." 'l'hat is all right We will arrange for that; and now as to my scheme. I tell you I am on the track of this man Bigelow. lt is a very important matter, and I am not folly sa tisfied in my own mind j nst how to proceed." And he is to open up his scheme to me?" "Yes." Had I not better take in hi s plan and report back to you?" "Yes, that is my idea; in fact, I had decided upon that course, and now you must play your cards well, and not give the least intimation that yon are out of your trouble." You said he would make a proposition of robbery to me?" "Yes." ''Shall 1 so?'' go into the scheme, or rather pretend to do "No; you must hold off. Tell him yon want to think it over, and then come and report the whole matter to me; but you must be very ca reful that he does not dog you." I will loo k out for that." "I'll tell you what you'll do. When yon leave him just walk through 'l'ompkins Square, and yon will get a hint "From whom?" That i s all right; the hint will come, and you will un derstand it well enough, and you must act then Sleuth gave Frank certain other in s trnctions, and then went to his home Miss Thatford was on the outlook for the d etect ive, and the latter found an opportunity to say to h e r: It is all rig ht In the m eaut imc, Frank was compelled to pass the even ing in various ways until the hour arrived when he was to meet Bigelow. .A complete change had come over the feelings of the young man. All his old-time light cheer iness and antici pation had returned. 'l'he world and the faces of his fel lows assumed a diff e rent appearance to him. He did not star t at the sound of every strange voice nor tre mble when some man looked at him rather sharply No, no! And more, he was a free man, as good as any on e and could look any man boldly in the face. His great change from the abyss of despair to the ga r dens of love and happiness had come about within a few hours and under circum stances the most wonderful and extraordinary Frank was at the appointed place when at l e ngth he was joined by Bigelow 'l'here was a blank look upon the bur glar's face Matters bad not gone well with him. He was in a whirl. He hacl been balked in various directions; in deed, as matters stood, he was a knocked-out man So you are on hand," he said, in a surl.v tone. Yes, I am here. " Got any money?" "No. " See here, young man, don't you put on high a tone with me.".


30 OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. Frank's blood boiled._ If he had followed his inclination at the moment he would have knocked Bigelow down, but he had his orders, and merely answered: All right; when you get ready, speak." "How much are you behind in your accounts, young fel low?" I hardly dare think." No doubt you know what you are going to do about it?" I don't know " You can't conceal your little game long." No, I can not." "I guess you'll go up " You are the last man IV ho should say so to me." See here, you're impudent The perspiration started out of Frank's face. He drew his handkerchief from his pock et and as he did so a note fell upon the floor. Frank was so excited he did not notice the falling of the note, and it lay open at the leg of the table near which he and Bigelow were sitting. The latter glanced down at the note, and suddenly there came a strange, wild look in his eyes. He had read the signature. The note was signed Gussie Thatford." "Halloo, who is that?" asked Bigelow, suddenly, and he pointed behind Frank. 'l'h e latter turned to look, and Bigelow picked up the no te from the floor a nd hurriedly placed it in his pocket l!'rank had not noticed the m ovement, and as there was nobody behind him, he asked: Who is it you mean?" "Oh, he's gone now; but yon wait here a moment. I'll be back, and t h en we will talk matters over." Bigelow went into the rear room and glanced over the note, and a stra nge ; puzzled look sett led upon his face as he muttered: "Well, I'll be hanged if this don't get me." 'l'he note ran as follows : "DEAR FRANK,-! will meet you Tuesday evening at ten o'clock in union Squa r e Park. I have something very important to say to you. Please meet me. Yours, GUSSIE THATFORD." "Well, of all the strange in cidents!" again muttered Bigelow. "Hang me if that fellow ain't a jewel! I'm right on to the gal whom I've been looking for the last two years!" With an oath Bigelow passed into the room where Frank awaited him. CHAPTER XXXV. As has been indicated during the course of our narrative, the man Bigelow was a pretty shrewd sort of a fellow and withal a fellow of considerable courage in his way. Upon returning to the presence of Frank l3rumack, he sat clown and said: "You had au appointment last night, so you told me, when I asked you to come with me." Yes, but 1 met yon later on." "I know yon did But who was it you met before you met me?" It does not matter. I met yon later on, as I agreed." Bub, you can't do anything underhand with me. I know who yon met " All rigb t." "Yon met a lady.' Diel I?" Yes, and I know the lady." "Do you?" "Yes-or rather I used to know her and between you and me, if that lady is a fri e nd of yours, she can get yon out of this scrape " How?" She does not know how herself, but I can tell her." "Do so." "I will; but the fact is, I do not know just where to find her at present. Where can I find her?" "1 do not know." "Yon do not know where I can find her?" "No. " See here, young man, you are deceiving me. " No I am not." Yes, you are; and you had better be ca r eful. I am a friend of yours, but I do not mean to stand any nonsense. If l turn against yon, why, you are lost, that's all." You forget that it was acting under your advice that I got into th i s scrape." "Nonsense, don't say that to me You are a man; no one can mislead you. I reckon you knew what you were up to all the time. Yon played to win, and you lo st; and, like all losers, yon are looking around you for some one to blame. I had nothing to do with your present position; but I think you are a pretty good fellow, and 1 am willing to help you out of you are game enough to be helped." "How can you help me?" "Your circumstances are desperate You are a thief. That's about the size of it." 'l'he language the young man was compelled to listen to was very humiliating, but he kept his temper. He was serving the man who had r ea lly done him a service. In answer to Bigelow's la s t statement, Frank remarked: "Yes, ruy circum sta nces do appear d esperate." lf somethi ng is not done, you go to state's prison I think so." "If anything should happen-anything real startlingthey would not suspect yon." "What are yon gettin g at?" "I'll come right down to my proposition I'll speak plain. I've been thinking your case over. There is but one way out for you: we must go it whole hog or none. Yes, we must rob your e mploy ers right o ut ; there is i10 other way to save you. Nf>w, see h e re: you know tile day when big collections come in-when they have big money in the safe?" "I say I never will enter into any such scheme!" "I said I'd talk plain to you." "Yon have talked plain enoug h for me." If you don't go into this s c heme, I will call upon your employers." ".And you call yourself my fri e nd, and you coolly threaten to turn lraito:?" It will be all right if you come into the scheme." "There are several reasons why your scheme will not work." What are they?" It is not more than once or twice a yea r that there is enough cm;h in the safe to cover my deficiency." "But you can make it appear that th ere is on the night the little job goef. through. Yon can leave what money there 1s on hand in the safe, and you can pretend, after the discovery is made, that there was a great deal more there. Do yon see? Aud in that way yon will pay your d e bt, and at the same time make a stake of a thou sa nd or two. It is an easy job if you go into it " 'l'hen you confess yourself to be a regular burglar?" "I can act the part for the occasion," said Bigelow I'll not aid yon to do so." Oh, yes, you will." See here, Bigelow, I must have time to thiuk this mat ter over." "All right, you can take time to think the matter over; but do not talk with your gal. When will you see me aud give me an answer?" To morrow night." "All right; meet me here to-morrow night." Frank was glad to get away, and he started to keep his appointment with the detective, and Bigelow started to dog him, with the remark: "I'll just track that lad; !here is something in all this I do not und erstand." Frank was all unconscious of the fact that he was being followed, fand proceeded along, when a man suddenly jostled against him, and the jostler whispe red: "You're being followed; but it is all right Keep right ahead to the park, and then switch, and meet me where we have made the rendezvous." The m an got it all in by speaking very rapidly, and then pass e d on, while Frank kept on his way, as directed. A moment later, Bigelow came stealing along, when sudde n l y he received a thnmp on the back from b e hind The blow nearly knocked him off his fee t; but gathering him self he turned and saw a rough looking man standing near him "Halloo, pardl" cr i ed the stranger. "Who in thunder are you?" Don't you know me?"


OLD SLEUTH'S LUOK. 31 "No, I don't." Look sharp." I don't want to look." Oh, you don't, eh? Well, you can take it for granted; and now see here, I'm broke." And you almost broke my neck." "That's all right ; bnt give us a stake." Bigelow was angry Ile want e d to follow Frank. He had no time to lose, and a scene followed. CHAPTER XXXVI. "You'RE broke, eh?" r e peated Big elow. "Yes, I am." "Well, you git!" See h e re, you ain't going back on me, pal?" Bige low whipped out a pistol. He planted the muzzle against the stranger's face, and said: "Now, l tell you, git!" The production of the pistol had been intended as a scare; but the owner of the weapon ditl not know his mau, and the barker was lmo cke u aside, and Bigelow received a blow that seut him to the sidewalk He attempted to r e gain his feet, bnt rec e ived a second c lip that for a mom ent stunned him, while the stranger, who had knock ed him down q nietly walked away; but when Bigelow had r ecovered from the effects of the blow and had rega ined his feet, his assail ant had di sa ppeared. 'l'he di sconce rted burglar stood and gnas h ed his teeth in a ra ge and he muttered: That was a p r econcerted game played on me. There's somethin g up! All ri ght. ; it's my turn to play back, and to-morrow night I'll work a scheme that will call a blow on a few facts." Meantime F!'ank bad proceeded to the r e ndez,7o us, and a few mom en ts later was joined by the great detective. Well, lad you are here?" Yes, l am h e r e." You w e r e not on the lo oko ut, as I told you to be." "How so?" That man was on your trac k, but l downed him," and the d e tectiv e related what had occurred, and then asked: D id he open up his scheme?" Yes." Well, what is his game?" Yon were right in your guess." Robbery, eh?" Y cs; and h e told me it was Miss Thatford whom I went to meet the other night when l postponed au engagement with him." A minute the great detactive meditated, and then reI mar keel: This is very strange." "It is stran2'e, sir; and he seemed determined that I should brin g Miss Thatford to him "Did yon ever mention her name to him?" "Never." And you have no idea how he learned of your acquaintance with her?" l have not the slightest idea." 'rhis is all very important, Frank." "He told me he could give her a point that would en able her to aid me in case she desired to do so." And yon have no idea how he learn ed of your acquaintance with her?" "No, sit." Y 011 received a note from her a day or two ago?" "Yes." Wh e re is it?" Frank felt through his pockets, and after a thorough I search, exc laimed: I 've lost the note." Sleuth's face brightened, and he said: I see how it is. That fellow bas got the note." "How could he get it?" "Which pocket did yon put it in?" "Here." And your handkerchief in the same pocket?" "Yes. "Tell me just what occurred when you m e t Bigelow Frank rel a ted every incident in detail, and when he had concluded, Sleuth, who had put every incident together, said: "Yon drew it out with your handkerchief, and that fel low got hold of it." "Jt does not amount to anything anyhow. I am a free man, owing to your kindnsess." That man will bend every energy now to discover through it the whereabouts oE Miss Thatford." But why is he so anxiouss to find her?" You will learn some day I can not tell you more, but he must never find her; and now he will l et matters rest until to-morrow, ancl then you will meet this f ellow again." How about the proposed robbery?" He may make a proposition for you to go somewhere with him, ancl you must go." "Am I not likely to compromise myself?" "Not whe n you are obeying my orders R e member, you are all right with the firm." The fellow may call on them." Let him ca ll; I will offset anything h e may say, and they will find your cas h all right " Yes, sir." "Have your books in s uch shape that they will not notice that there has been a deficiency " An expert might find out that there had been but one it em. It i s doubtful if the seeming discrepancy can be ex plained." It will not come to an examination by an expert If it does, I can pull you through. I'll matc h these fellows if they attempt to p eac h on you, but I do not think they will. It i s all threat on their part "1 am to meet you to-morrow?" "Yes; and you must have no fear; but trust everything to me, and all will be wel 1." lt is strange, sir, about that fellow's anxiety to meet Miss Thatford.'' I ca n explain all that. I know what his game is, and I will tak e care of her. And now you go to your hom e and to-morrow go to your business, and after bu s iness hours me e t m e here, and l will open up our plans for th e night." Sleuth rea c hed hi s hom e in good tim e and the following m orning held anoth e r talk with G u sie Thatford, and ex plained to her that Frank was a free man. Later on he started forth for a1tother day's strateg ic work. We will here say that the detective was gathering a great;. deal of information which it is not necessary t o r e lat e at. this period in om narrativ e; but as our story progresses, the little facts he had accmnulated will be recounted as they have a bearing upon some parti c ular incident. It was well 011 in the afternoon when Slenth met one of his pals. 'I'o the man h e gave certain in s truction s and the officer strai g htway started to carry out his orders The man Big e low, following his enco nnt e r w ith I.he great detective, had kept up a good line of thin king, and he was at his usual haunt whe n a man entered and took a seat near him. A little trick was on lhe carpet. CHAPTER XXXVll. THE aid whom the detect ive had sent to ca rry out a little scheme was an able man. He had received his training as a detective at the hands of Old Sleuth, and be Lad the busiuess down fine. He entered the place where Bigelow sat, as stated, and did not make any pretense of acquainta1t c e s hip. He just. seemed to be a stroller who was l aying around with nothing particnlar to do. His advent attracted some attention, a s the place was a notorious criminals' r esort, and most of th e men who gathe red there were distinguished in one branch or another of crime Bigelow was ever on the alert. The man had reached the conc lusion that a game was being played against him. He had sought the mau Brown again and again, and had never b een able to find him, and had at l e ngth de c ided that Mr Brown was a myth; and that being the cas e, he natu rally concludesl also that iu that interview h e had been nicely played, as detectives say The result was Bigelow had learne.d to be on his guard, and, as intimated, he close ly watched the man who had entered the haunt, and ill good time he approached him and said: I do not want to drink a lon e; will you join me?" I don't ca r e if I do."


---------------------------------32 OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. "You are a stranger around here?" The man made no answer, but winked in a significant and knowing manner. The two men sat down near to each other, and Bigelow returned to the attack. '' I've never seen you around before," and again the man winked. "What's your game?" asked Bigelow. The man reached over and whispered: Business " Eh? Can I ask your business?" The man looked Bigelow all over, and after a moment said: Possibly you can help me." "Help you?" "Yes." "How?" "I'm after a little information." "Well, what do you want to know?" "You will keep what I say a secret?" Yes, certainly." Did you ever see a young man lounging around here that looks like-" The man proceeded, and in the most. accurate manner described Frank Brumack. I've seen such a young fellow around here, yes." "What do you think of him?" He appears to be a pretty nice kind of a young fellow. " Did you ever see him do anything out of the way?" "Will you tell me who you are, sir?" Oh, I am a friend of this young man." "What is his name?" What name do you know him by?" demanded the stranger. "Frank Brumack." "Does he come here often?" Only occasionally." "And what are his general habits?" See here, my friend, you are making very particular inquiries." "Yes, I am." Will you tell me why you are so particular in your in quiries about this young man?" I am very particular." "l can give you some very important information about him." Of what nature?" I know all about him." Then you are just the man I am glad to meet." "I'm yonr man if you are seeking any information about young Frank Brumack." I wish to learn all I can about him." Then you must tell me who you are." My name is Smith." That's all right, Mr. Smith. But why are you seeking an this information?" You say you are a friend of this young man?" Yes, an acquaintance,'' answered Bigelow, guardedly. "You might repeat to him what I say to yon?" "No, I will not, if you desire secrecy." 'rhe fact is, sir, this young man is engaged to marry a young friend of mine." Is she a relati v'e of yours?" No, only a friend." "Why do you take such a deep interest in her affairs?" "Well, sir, she is a helpless orphan. Her father was murdered some years ago in a cabin down on the beach." Bigelow gave a start, and mentally he exclaimed: "Great Scott! what have I tumbled against?" Then aloud, he said: "Her father was murdered?" "Yes." "Who told you her father was murdered?" She told me herself." Did she tell yon all the circumstances of the murder?" "No; because she was very young when it occurred." '' And this young lady is engaged to be married to young Brumack?" Yes, sir." I think I know the young lady "You do?" Her name is Thatord." The man gave a start, and exclaimed: "Well, I declare!" That is her name?" Yes, sir." You do not desire to see her marry an unworthy man?" 'rhat is the truth, sir." "And that is why you are making inquiries about young Brumack?" Yes, sir." "You are wise to do so, and no man in New York knows more about him than I do." "How fortunate that I should meet you!" "Yes; but how is it you come here to make inquiries about him?" "I hardly like to tell." "Yes, you must tell me." "Well, sir, I've been, as the detectives say, shadowing him." And you have shadowed him to this place?" Yes, sir." "When was he here last?" Ile was here last night, sir." "At what hour?" The stranger named the hour Bigelow looked the man all over, and after a moment said: You' re a sneaking fraud." The man leaped to his feet, and made a movement as though to rush from the place, when Bigelow seized him and said, with a laugh: "Hold on; I've something to tell you." CHAPTER XXXVIII. BIGELOW, in calling the man a sneaking fraud so abrupt ly, had a purpose in doing so, and when the man slatted to run away with such well-assumed terror and alarm, Bigelow appeared to be satisfied, and he, as related at the close of the preceding chapter, called the man back It was in a very hesitating manner that the man resumed his seat. "You must excuse me,'' said Bigelow. But you are very rude, sir." I will explain later on. And now I wish to ask you a few questions." I am afraid to answer any questions, sir." You need not be afraid to answer any questions. You will find, in the end, that I will give you some very useful information-some very important information; but I must first be assured that you are really a friend of Miss Thatford.'' Ah, you de know her?" l know of her, sir "Will you take me to see this young lady?" 'fhe man pretended to think a moment, and at length said: I would hardly dare do that." "It is very important for her .that I should see her." '' I will ask her, sir, and if she consents I will take you to her." Go now and ask her at once!" I will." Then you will meet me "Yes. " where?" Here, if you say so." "Yes, let it be here. But if Brumack should be here yoL' must not speak to me nor let him know that we are acquainted If he is here I would not dare enter. I do not wish him to see me here " I do not think he will be here. I only desired to warn you against a possibility." Smith went away, and Bigelow started to follow him, and a few squares off Smith met a lady-a young lady, evidently-who wsa closely veiled. He exchanged a few words with her, and the two walked off together, and finally Smith put the girl on a car Then turning round he walked straight in a certain direction, coming upon Bigelow, and pretending that the meeting was accidental, he exclaimed: Halloo! How funny that 1 should have met you. I wish I had met you a moment sooner, and I would have i n troduced you to M iss Thatford


OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. 3 3 That was Miss Thatford you placed on the car?" "Yes. '.I'o tell yon the truth she was very anxions as concerm ed my inqniries abont Brumack, and she was wait ing for me all the time 1 was talking to yon The man spoke in snch an innocent aud frank, s traight forward mann e r that he disarmed even the snbtle Bigelow of any suspicions he might have entertained \\' e can follow h er," said Bigelow. No, that will not do." Did you ask about the interview with me?" "No, I did no t; but I am to meet her l ate r on I have another appointment, and 1 was unable to give her any more time at present." You are to meet her later on?" "Yes; and then I will speak to her about the interview with you. I have no doubt she will be as anxious to me e t you as you are to meet her." "And where will you meet me?" Wh e re we agreed to m eet And now, sir, I must bid you good-day Bigelow would like to have followed the young lady, but the man Smith while tallCmg had actually h eld him. The car got far away, and several cars had passed since. The two m e n separated, and Bigelow disarmed of all suspicion, did not follow Smith, and returned to the rendezvous. Smith soon l ea rned that he was not being shadowed, and proceeded direct to where he was to meet the detective, and, when ente rin g the latter's presence, he merely remarked: "It's all right." CHAPTER XXXIX. THE dete ctive and his aid h eld a long consultation, the latter explaining all that had occurred; and when he had cone] uded, Sleuth said: I have arranged the other end of it, so it is all right. We will have some rare fun. When are you to meet him?" "At six o'clock." "All ri ght; I will keep matters moving while you carry out the little game." At the appointed hour the man Smith met Bigelow, and was greeted with the remark: "It is well you came." I promised to come." "That is all right. And how about my seeing the girl?" You really have au important communication to make? " I have." 'rhe young lady will meet you." When shall we start?" 1 will meet yon at nine o'clock." At nine o'clock Smith appeared at the appointed place, and led the man Bigelow to a plain little house located on a street near to the East River. Before entering, Bigelow said: I must see the lady alone." "Yes." "For whom must 1 inquire?" Miss Thatford; but I will tell you she will open the door h e rself, as she expects you." There is one thing," said Bigelow: if there is any funny business in this matter it will go hard with some one." The man Smith made no reply, and a few moments later Bigelow rang the bell of a modest appearing little house, and the doot was opened by a vety plain-faced young lady. "This i s Miss Thatford?" said Big elow. Walk in," said the lady. The latter showed her visitor into a neatly furnished little parlor, and asked him to take a seat. "Miss 'l'batford," said Bigelow, "I have a very important comm unic.ation to make to you." So I have been informed, sir." Before making the comm uni cation I must be as sured that you are really the lady entitled to it. You must furnish me some evidence that you are Miss Thatford." If you have come here fot information you will go away disappointed. I have no informat ion to give, and I will be perfectly frank with you. It was with a great deal of relu ctance that I consented to this interview." "Indeed! Why?" "I am assured that I have a secret enemy here in New York. " You are assured that yon have a secret enemy here in New York?" rep eated Bigelow. '' Yes, sir." "Your friend, Mr. Smith, did not say anything to me about a secret enemy.'' ''No; simply because I have never made a confidant of Mr. Smith." "And he doesn't know thaL you have a secret enemy?" ''No, sir." Ancl you confess to me you r fear?" Yes, sir." Why?" "I want you to know that I am ou my guard, and that I hav e taken all necessary precautions to defend and pro tect myself." "Miss Thatford, I am your friend." Indeed, sir, I nev e r saw you b efore." That is true; but in the encl you will understand why I am your friend. But tell me about this secret foe." As I h:we said so much to you, l will coufess more. My father was murdered." ''Your father was murdered, miss?" "Yes.'' "Well, well! And what has that to do with you secret enemy?" "I can tell you no more; but I have reason to believe that the man who was my father's enemy is mine also." Wh ere did your father live?" On L o ng lsland." "Aud what were the circumstances of his death?" '' I was but a mere ch ild at the time of his death, and it is only recently that I came to know, or rather to suspect, that he was murdered." You were but a child?" "Yes." What do you remember concerning your father?" "Very little; only that he was kind and good. It is terrible to think that he was murdered." Have you any suspicion as to who n:.urderecl your father?" ''I have nothing to say on that subject." "Did your father l eave any property?" Certainly not. He was a poor fisherman." He was a poor fisherman, eh?" "Yes, sir." And he left no estate?" "No, sir. He had nothing to leave." "Miss Thatford, you did not understand when I told you I was your friend." No, sir, I did not." You will understand better when 1 tell yon that I was your father's friend." Indeed?" "Yes, your father was a sailor, and I sailed with himsailed with him as man and b oy. I lov ed your father He was al ways a good friend to me." He was a good, kind friend." "Indeed he was. And was because I loved him s<> well, and was under so many obligations to him that I con sidel\ myself your bes t friend. I hare a rev e lation to make." So l was Jed to b elieve " Yes, I h ave a great revelation to mak e." I am ready, sir, to listen to any revelation you have t<> make." "You will be amazed. The young lady remained silent, and Bigelow repeated: Yes, you will be amazed. You think your father died poor?" '' Yes, sir." You have no idea that he left you any property?" I know he did not, sir." Yon know he did not?" Yes, sir." My dear young lady, you are mistaken." The young lady gazed in amazement, and Bigelow said: "I knew yon would be amazed Listen to what I alone am able to reveal. You are a g reat heiress-yes, miss, the heir to millions!" There followed a moment's silence, broken at lengLh by Bigelow, who reiterated the startling declaration: Yes," said h e, you are heir to millions, and I am the


'34 OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. only man who knows it and who can put you in possession ed old Thatford to be your father?" "Well?" '' I possess the proofs of your real identity." Why no t furn i sh them to me at once? Why waste time?" 0 ur interests are one "How so?" You get nothing but through me." You clairu to be my friend?" I am more tha n your friend." The girl pretended to start in surprise, and permitted a look of amazement to radiate her face "Speak-speak!" she c r ied I am speaking." "But tell me the truth. " What do you suspect?" Are you my father?" The man laughed. "Yon are not my fathe r?" "Your fathe r ? Nonsense! I am but a few yea r s o l der than yourself. "Are you my brother?" "Well well ; this is a st r ange q u estion! What makes you think I am your brother?"


OLD SLEUTH1S LUCK. 35 "I do not know; but your words are so suggestive " I may be your brother." There came a thoughtful look to the man's face. An :idea evidently was running through his mind-he had re -ceived a s uggestion. But after a moment he said : I am not your brother." Then how is it you are so identified with my interests?" I have told you I possess the secret." You can reveal it?" I will; but first I will make a confession." "Do so." Gitssie, 1 love you CHAPTER XLI. UPON hearing the man's declaration the girl leaped to lier feet, a look of consternation overspread her face, aud she was seized with a fit of trembling. Your declaration is that of a madman." "Not when you look at it in a proper light." "But, sir, you have a wife." The man started. I have a wife?" "Yes." "What do you mean? What do you know about my "But do you forget when you asked me to come here you told me you had a wife, and she would receive me?" Dill I tell you that?" You did." It's all right. I may have told you that in order to _get you to come here; but if I had a wife I would not tell _you I loved you." I am sorry you have told me." "It makes no difference ; it is true; and had I not loved you I would not interest myself in your b e half. I will tell you something. This fortune of yours i s already in my possession. Now you see what a miserable man I am. If you will become my wife we will be rich and happy. We will g o to Europe and live like prince and princess. I will devote my life to you. The fortune is yours already." I can not wed you." Oh,. yes, you will." "I mnst have time to think." Y 0L1 need no time to think. 1 will have a clergyman bere t o-night. You will become my wife, and all will be well." Sir, your proposition is preposterous." Non sense! People have married at s ight under less remarkable circumstances. The conditions demand that we marry at once." Aga in the girl showed signs of astonishment, and ex .claimed: "But I must think and talk this matter over with some <>ne else." Mr. Smith, I suspect?" "No. " This young man Frank?" "'No." "With whom?" A friend." "' I thought you had no friends?" I have one." "'Who is it?" "A lady." The man laughed, and said: Y 011 can make up your mind at once "' 'rhe n I refuse to become your wife!" "But you must!" "Why, sir?" l have revealed my secret to you. No one else shall ben efit by the secret I have maintained so many years Re memb e r, I have searched for you the world over, and during Lhis search I have carried your image in my heart." "ilow could you, having never seen me?" Yes, I did see you once "When?" When you were a little girl. All these years I have _pictured you as yon grew to womanhood, and each year my love became more and more intense, until now I love you madly and wildly. I can not, I will not give you up!" I may learn to love you in return "You must, you shall love me!" But I must have time." You mu s t become my wife to-night." Suddenly the girl changed the conversation in a most singular manner. She asked: Where did you get that trunk?" The man started and quickly demanded: "What interest have you in that trunk?" I have seen it before "Where?" '' It belonged to the man whom for years I believed to be my father." "You rememLer it?" I do. " Did you ever see it anywhere else?" "Yes." "Where?" In the house of the man who later on c laimed to be my adopted father." Then you kuow I have been telling you the truth, that indeed I am well acquainted with all the facts of your his '' It would appear so." "And now you see why you must become my wife!" I can not. " Yo'u will compel m e to speak plainly." I desire that you should." '' You become my wife or my prisoner." "Your wife or your prisoner!" exclaimed the girl. "Yes." "What right have you to present such an alternative?" "I have told you The I've held for years I have revealed. I love you, and the fortune I have preserved iE by right partly mine. Will yoL1 marry me?" "No!" came the answer. OHAP'rlm XLII. BIGELOW merely smiled whe n he received the emphatic no, but after a mom ent he said: You will think better of my proposition later on." "I will never think better of your proposition. I am now convinced that you have deceived me. You have in veigled me here for some purpose of your own; but I do not fear you I shall go away. You say I have enemies; you will learn that I have friends, also." "I am you r friend." You a .re my friend?" "Yes." Then open that door and permit me to return whence I came." You can not leave here until you become my wife. I love you!" '' Nonsense please do not mention yom ridiculous love again." "You consider my lov e ridiculous?" "I do. And I demand that you open that door!" "Listen! If I do, you will lose a fortune." I believe your whole tale to be false." "What object would I have in telling you this story?" "I do not know; but I am convinced you have some scheme of your own." Scheme, do you say?" Yes; I say scheme And again I demand that you open that door." The gi rl moved toward the door, when Bigelow leaped to his feet and grasped her by the arm. She spruug away and cried : Do not dare to touch me!" You forget." "What?" The fortune. The secret is mine alone. If you do not accept my proposition there are others who will." You should have gone to the others first." One word: everything I have told you is the truth. " I do not belinve one word you have told me." If I convince you, will you become my wife?" I will make no bargain." Ah, you pretend to be very innocent. You say what I have told you is false; but a suspicion runs through my mind that yon have not been truthful. You have spoken falsely." "I care not what you believe. Open that door!" That door shall be opened when you change your tone


36 OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. toward me, and you may as well know the truth now. You can not leave this house. You shall never leave it unless you become my wife. I have spent all these years looking for you. I have held the fortune intact. I do not mean to surrender it " Then you confess that it is the fortune you love?" I love you, and I am determined to have the fortune." The n take the fortune without me." "You surrender the fortune?" I have no fortune to surrender." The man approached close to the girl's ear and whis pered: There is more to save than the fortune-your life is in danger!" Ah! you threaten my life?" "No; but you need a friend Should your enemies dis cover your whereabouts, they would kill you. Yes, your life stands between them and the fortune. Think well; do not make an enemy of me, or I may tell them where to find you." You can tell them what you choose." "You do not know what you say." "I am willing to abide by my declaration. I defy you! Open that door!" No; you are my prisoner." I shall call for help." I will not permit you to call for help." "You can not prevent me." I will!" The girl made a movement as though to sound an alarm, when a second time Bigelow seized hold of her, and with a show of greater violence than before. "Unhand me!" cried the girl. The man drew her face toward him. He bent toward her; his lips closed for a kiss, when suddenly he fell back; a cry issued from his lips; he staggered an instant, and then rolled heavily to the floor. The expression upon the girl's face had changed. 'l.1here came a gleam to her eyes, and her beautiful features worked with excitement. As the man fell she ran to his side, at the same moment drawing from her pocket a pair of handcuffs. These she placed upon his wrists, and as she deftly inserted a gag iu his mouth; and then she sat down a moment and waited. She did not wait long ere the man's eyes opened, and as he glanced around there came a dazed look to his eyes. He sought to move his hands, and learned that he was manacled, and also realized that he was securely gagged. "Yon thought to take advantage of me, eh?" came the question from the girl. She laughed in a sarcastic manner, and going to the man, took the key of the room from his pocket, and again she spoke: I can leave at my leisure now." The man made a motion with his manacled hands, and there came a pleading look to his eyes. "You want the gag out of your wouth?" The man signified with his head that he did. Will you promise to keep quiet?" The man signified in the affirmative. First let me tell you something," said the mysterious and resolute girl. "I have assistance at hand. You've tricked yourself, and you may as well make the best of it. But remember, if you attempt an alarm it will be bad for you!" The girl removed the gag and for some minutes the man was unable to articulate, but at length he managed to ask: What does this mean?" That is the question I was about to propound to you." Who are you?" Again the girl laughed and said: I am certainly a match for you." "I have been tricked!" c ried the man. You sought to trick me." Who are you?" "Guess." "Tell me who you are!" "I don't think you ever saw me before. The information would not he! p you." Tell me what it all means." I will on one coodition." "Name your condition." j "You are to tell me what all this story about a fortune means. You are to tell me who Gussie Thatford is, and why you are so anxious to commit bigamy. You see I know you." But first let me know to whom I inake the revelation." '' Tom Bigelow, the detectives have long been on your track. Yon are caught at last. We have your record." The man's face assumed a ghastly hue as he exclaimed: You are a decoy?" "That's what I am," came the answer. CHAPTER XLIJI. THERE followed a moment's silence, and during the in terval strange and varied expressions passed over Bigelow's face. The man was sadly perplexed He could solve in his own mind the mystery He saw that he bad misled himsel.f, and in the end had been sadly misled by some mys terious personage. "On what charge have you been running on me?" he at length asked Old man, there are a dozen charges against yon. Bnt we have been closing in on you for the la st little job. We've got all the facts .'' Can I buy you off?" "Yon put it straight; but what will you buy with, old man?" I might raise the dimes." Oh, if you were only a bachelor!" said the girl, with a smile. Just to think of it, I've got a genuine offer of marriage at last, and you've been loving me all these years. But com\), tell me your story. I may go in with you Bigelow's mind had been busy, and as he thought mat ters over he began to discover that there was some c01rnec tion between the girl who had so wonderfully duped him and Gussie Tbatford. Indeed, it began to run through his mind that he might really be talking to Miss Tbatford after all; otherwise, how was it that she had known certain facts? for she certainly had betrayed a knowledge of cir cumstances that she would not have caught on to within a few moments, as the detectives say. You fooled me once," said the man at length. "Well?" "You can not do it again." "I am not seeking to fool you; it was you who sought to fool me. Come, tell me about that fortune." I've nothing to tell you." "You refnse?" "You know it all." I know it all?" "Yes." "What an idea!" I've been fooled once; I can not be fooled again. You can get no information from me. But there is one thing certain: 1 told the truth." You told the truth?'' "Yes." About what?" I am the only man who holds the secret as concerns the fortune." What fortune?" Oh, it's all right. You are not running Tom Bigelow on his little record. You're in with the gang who are seeking to get on to my secret. I've got the whole busi ness now." "You think you're got the whole business, eh?" Yes, I have." Anci I've got you I can tnrn you over, and you ge> to Sing Sing. How about the secret then? ' The man's face assumed a hang-dog expression as h& answered: I can keep my secret all the same." You told me I was your prisoner?" "I made a mistake; I own up." You are surely my prisoner, and I make no mistake; and now see here, Tom Bigelow, if you want a chance to get away and breathe free air for the next twenLy years just open up and teU me your story." I'll tell you nothing." All right, I'll investigate. I've an idea that I may get the proof of some of the crimes from that trunk 'l'he girl pointed to the old black ti-unk, and :Bigelow's evident consternation encouraged her


OL;D SLEUTH'S L UOK. 31 '' You can open that trunk if you choose," he said, in .an indifferent tone. I propose to open it; and now let me tell you some thing. We've been on your track for a long time. We've _got all your pals located. We've got all the proofs, and I will tell you frankly there is but one way for you to save yourself from going up." What can 1 do?" Tell me all you know. Give me all the points on this fort 1rne business." I thought yon knew nothing about this fortune?" Can't you see I am trying to get some information?" Yes; and I see it is on that business you have been me. Some one has been on my track, I admit, .and they have play ed th e ir game well. But I can't talk to you. Send your principal here. I'll talk to him." Yon will talk to m e!" Not another word." Th e girl went to the door of the room and opened it, and in walkec2 Mr. Smith. And when Bigelow's eyes fell upon that quiet individual he winked and blinked in the mosL amusing manner. Well, well!" exclaimed Mr Smith, in his aforetime well-assumed tones of meekness. Bigelow glanced at Old Sleuth's aid. "Well, well," repeated Smith, "what does this all mean?" "It m eans," said Bigelow, "that you played your game pretty well. Bnt you have not made anything out of it, yet, nor will you Yes, you've played your game, but I've a card or two left." "Don't talk about cards, sir. You shock me." Even Bigelow smiled-the man acted the meek and hum ble so well. "Sit down, Mr. Smith," said the girl. Smith sat down and looked as meek as a genuine Uriah H eep "Now then, Mr. Bigelow, op e n up," said the gir l. I've nothing to say," came the answer. "You've nothing to say?" N othi11g." Mr. Smith can become aroused." I 1 uleed !" "When he does he is a lion." J\ h, is it possible?" Big elow was what the detectives call a "dandy. He wa s a very young man, and he had become in his tone and man11er as facetious as the young lady who had tricked him .\30 nicely. Mr Bigelow, Mr Smith can become aroused, and ii he does be will take yon to the Tombs." What can I do to keep Mr. Smith in a tame condi tion?" Own up everything." I've nothing to own up." '' You s tand on that?" '' l do." "Mr. Smith," said the girl, take him away, and I'll .attend to the trunk. CHAPTER XLIV. IN his meek manner Mr. Smith said to the man Bigelow: I will assist you into the adjoining room Bigelow writhed in spirit-if facia l exp re ssions serve as indexes-but he evidently knew it was useless to protest. Cnrses rose to his lips, but they were not spoken The man realized that he had been tricked by some secr et shadower, who had made every move with exact precision. He was l ed from the room, and the girl was alone. To our readers we will here explain a seeming mystery. The whole series of incidents we have recorded were ar ranged by Old S l euth. The girl, as we have designated the female who played so well h er part, was a famous female detective We say famous, but will modify, and say famous among the secre t service detectives She was known as the Countess, and her soubriquet followed the fact of her name, which was Lecount. Belle Lecount had led a varied career At an early age she bad been left a hapless orphan, and was cons i gned to a public institution, where she recei ved her education, and from which, in time, she escaped, starting out in the world to make h er own fortune She had been a variety actress, a chorus singer in an opera company, a female circus rider, and lastly a detective's aid and decoy-and in the latte r vocation s he had proved herself a re.markable genius. She was hand some, brave, and, for a woman, singularly strong-indeed, a perfect female athlete. She was well used to the han dling of weapons, versed in the art of di sg uise, and in every way a most singular and remarkable woman. Sleuth had employed the Countess on many occasions, and she had always proved hers e lf bright, efficient and faithful, and when he needed a woman to carry out acer tain scheme in the case he had on hand he called upon the wonderful little lady whom we have described. When the Countess started in to gain an entrance into Big e low's house she had ouly exp ecteil to shadow a r onnd and pick up a few points--just see how the land lay in the burglar's dove cote; but once in the house, after having cast her eyes upon that mysterious black trunk, her whole plan of operations was changed. Sleuth had told her the story of Gussie Thatford so she would know in what direction to search, and, as stated, when her eyes fell upon the truuk she concluded she had fallen upon a great link in the chain of evidence that was to lead up to the discovery of the hidden treasure. The moment Bigelow was led from the room tho Count ess set to work. The trunk was securely lock ed, but a lock on a trunk was but a small barri e r to the skillful woman She drew a little cartridge from her pocket, inserted it in the key opening, punctured it with a str,el, and there followed a s l ight explosion; but the lock was shattered, and the trunk lid was easily raised. The ne x t instant the explorer was delving int o the midst of quite a collection of old papers and manuscripts. She did not stop to read them in detai l, she merely glanced them over, and learned that some of th e m at least related to the history of the girl Gussie That ford, and others to a history of the hidden treasure. Having satisfied herself as to the latter fact, the Count ess gathered up all the papers i nto a bundle, and muttered: "Now 1 r e ckon I'm ready to depart in peace." The Countess proceeded to the adjoining room, where Smith held watch and ward over the man Bigelow, and ad dressing the l atter, she asked: Are you still ready to marry me, Bigelow?" The man's eyes flashed with rage as he answered : "It has been your turn; my turn will come!" "And what will you do when your turn comes?" Wait and see." '' So you threaten me, eh?" ''Wait and see. "Well, good day. I will wait," and addressing Sm ith, she said: "At your l eisure, Mr. Smith, you can follow me I will await the madame at her own home The Countess passed from th e room and the house, and after an interval Smith said, addressing Bigelow: "My friend, I am going to take the lib erty of advising you." I do not n eed o r desire your advice." You may not desire it, but you need it, old fellow." Mr Smith's manner had changed. I neither n eed it nor desire it, as I told you. And, let me add, my day will come " Yes; your day will come if you are found in New York after to-morrow noon We give you that time to get away We have reasons for letting you 'git,' but if you remain we will send you in another direction. Don't make any mistake, old man; we've got your record, got you dead to rights, but, as I said, there are rea sons why we will l e t you go if you so e lect. "Ah! yon have r easons for letting me go?" "Yes." I think I know the r easons " Possibly you do." You 'Yant to get me out of the way." That is about the size of it " I won't go." As you please. If. you don't go, we will take you. Now mark well what I say: if you are found in New York after to-morrow noon, on go the nippers for the rest of your natural life." Smith, at the conclusion of his r emarks advanced and r e moved the handcuffs from the prisoner's wrists, and sa id: You see I propose to give you a fair chance."


38 OLD SLEUTH'S LUCK. No, than ks." I am not looking for thanks. I am not letting yqu go for your own sake; but it matters not; yon can do as you choose. If you do not go, as I said, we will seud you ou the journey laid out for you by a criminal judge. Don't be a fool, old man. Y 0L1 know what your record is, and when you know we are on to it you will understand what is your b est course, but you can take chances if you so choose." "I've a word to say." Pitch in." "That woman has been through that trunk?" "Yes." The breaking open of that trunk was a burglary." Smith merely laughed. Oh, you need not fear. I do not propose to ruin that scheme." I should hop e not." All 1 hav e to say is that the most important papers are not in that trunk." All right." I have the papers." well?" You fellow s can d e al with me." "We have had all the dealings we desire with you, old man.'' Are you the principal iu this case?" Suppose I am?" "I do not believe you are." "Suppose I am?" I have a proposition to make." Sail in." "Let me into the and I will give information that will lead to the dis c overy of the gold." Smith was thoughtful a moment, and then said: I will report what you say." "And when will I see you?" "I will call on you. We have you shadowed. Good night." CHAPTER XL V. AN hour following the incidents we have described, Sleuth, the great detective, was seated in the room wher e he had appointed to meet his aid. He was lost in deep thought when he was disturbed by the entrance of Lhe young man Frank. Well, young man," said the detective, you are on hand." Yes, sir." Did you meet Bigelow?" "I thought I would see you first." "Probably it is well you did Sit clown; I am expecting a report." A few moments passed and Smith entered the room. He glanced at Frank, and Sleuth said: It's all right. Talk as though he weren't here." "'rhe Countess is a trump. She has carried though the scheme." She met the man?" "Yes." Tell me the story." Smith related all that had occurred. And where is she?" asked the detective. She awaits you at your home." Good. I will go there." The detective bid Smith and Frank good-night, and pro ceeded toward his home. In the meantime, Frank had been revolving a certain proposition in his mind. There carue to him a remembrance of all he had suffered at the hands of the fellow Bigelow. Smith had stated that he would report back to the burglar, and, after a moment, Frank said: "You are to meet Bigelow?" "Yes. " Can I act in your place?" What will you report?" "Whatever you direct me to say." "You have a purpose?" I desit-e to meet him." Can you do it?" I will take the chances." "All right. You can tell him that Mr Smith says w& have no further use for him " That is all I am to say?" "Yes." "All right; I will carry the message." You mus t be on your guard." "You need have no f ear." The boss may not approve of your design." He understood me. "You think so?" I know it." "All right; when h e approves you can not go far astray. But again let me warn you, be on your guard. Big elow is ; a dangerous fellow." "So much the b e tter. I know him well, however." It was fully two hours later when Bigelow entered th& resort where he was wont to meet the young man Frank. He had been there but a minute when a boy enter e d, ap proached him, and a s ked: "Is your u ame Bigelow?" The man did not answer as to his name, but put a question in return: What do you want?" A gentleman wis h e s to see you." "Who is th e gentl eman?" "His name is Smith." Where is he?" I am to le a d you to him." The burglar thought over the matter a moment. He had been fooled so often, and had been run into so many snaps, as he called them, he had learned to be a little cau tious. Why didn't Mr. Smith come here if he desired to seeme?" He told me to tell you that if you desired hi s report you must come to him." There's some game in this," muttered Bigelow Will yon come?" demanded the lad. "No. If Mr. Smith wants to see me he must come here." "It's all right; he did not expe c t you to come." Be did not expect me to come?" "No." Did he say it to you?" "Yes." To whom?" He was talking to himself, and he muttered, He will not come So 1 know he did 11ot expect you." "What more did be sayi'" Oh, I heard him mutter he did not care whether you came or not." Again Bigelow studied a moment, and finally said: 1 reckon I will go with you." I guess you'd better," said the lad. Go on; 1'11 follow." "All right, sir; come along." CHAPTER XLVl. THE lad led the way to a remote corner of a well-knowD> park on the east side, and said: "Wait here, and your man will be on hand in a few moments. Bigelow felt rather uneasy, and paced to and fro in a. restless manner; and after some few moments had made up his mind to steal away, when he saw a figure approaching. 'rhe latter appeared to be a man under the influence of liquor. He staggered right along until he came abreast of Bigelow, when he came to a full stop, and, while swaying from side to side, appeared to be seeking to discern Bige low's identity, and fiually he exclaimed: "Well, I'll be shot!" Bigelow at first did not recognize the man, and the latter at 11mgth exclaimed: What are you doing here? I'm glad to meet you." '' Who are you?" Ha, ha l You ought to know me." Is this Frank?" It is." "What are you doing here?" "I'm walking it off.';'' "Walking what off, old man?" Desperation."


OLD SLEUTE.18 LUCK. What are you desperate about?" You, of all men, ought to know what I am desperate about." Bigelow laughed, and said: So you're desperate, are you?" Yes, I am." Desperate men do wise things sometimes." I know they do. See here." Frank displayed a roll of bills, and Bigelow's eyes g listened He approached c los e to the young mau, and sa id: Been knocking down, I see. "Yes, and I'm going to do some more knocking down." "That's right, my lad! Now you're l earning good sense " Yes, I think 1 am learning good sense at la st." Don't get huffy." "I'm not huffy, I'm delighted-yes, delighted to m eet you." am I glad to meet you. May be you r emember-" I owe you something Yes, I do rem ember that, sir " I suppose you will settle?" "Yes; I am prepared to settle accounts with you." There was a singular s i gnificance to the young man's t ones, and Bigelow lo oked at him sharply Haud over,'' he said. I will hand ornr in good time. But, Bigelow, I've something to tell yon first.'' Talk quick." "Why?" ' I am to meet some one.'' "Ah! you've plenty of time." Don't talk to m e in that way. I know my bu r iness." 'l'he appearance of intoxi catio n suddenly vauisbtcl, and Frank said: "Bige low, you're a villain!" Go slow, young man. I am not taking that talk from any one." "You must take it from me. You are a villain. You set out to ruin me." "Well?" And I propose to settle with you." Oh, you do?" "Yes. " I may ruin you yet, if you give me auy of your nonsense." What will you do?" "I'll interview your boss." Will you?" I will." Dear me, how you scare me!" Bigelow began to grnw a little uneasy. He remember ed that desperate men sometimes turn and rend those who have wrong ed them. Look here, Frank, I do not wish to quarrel with you " But I am here to quarrel with y ou I am here to tell you that you are a villain." All right; l et it rest at that." '' You're a miserable cheat, a liar, a fraud, a conspirator, a bnrg lar, a scoundrel of the worst type!" Now you must feel real good "How do you feel now?" demanded Frank, and as he spok e, h e dealt Bigelow a light blow upon the cheek. An oath escaped Bigelow's lips, and he sprung at the youth, when h e received a blow that knocked him clear off his feet. Like a ca t he leaped from the ground and made a rush, when h e received a second knock-down blow-a rap given with suc h force as ca used him to roll over and over as he fell, aud h e was more slow in rising to his feet, and a lso more slow in adva ncing for a third attack, but Frank did not wait for him. He closed in on his man and dealt him a snccession of powel'ful blows; indeed, his onslau ght was terrifi c Bigelow could make no effective defeuse, and he was considered in pugilistic parlance, a pretty able fel low, and whe n he finally fell he lay still. Frank gave the man a few parting kicks and walked away, just as a policeman came running forward. The latter went to Bigelow and raised h i m to his feet The burglar was badly brui sed and cut, but he had sense enough to say: It's all r ight. I got the worst of it. " 'Vas it a run in?" "Yes." "No robbery?" "No." The policemau assisted the wounded man to a bench, and Bigelow said: It's all right-leave me " What was the trouble about?" "It's all right." The policeman chanced to be an old-time rounder, and he did not faucy the trouble of an arrest He walked away, l eaving Bigelow to hi s sad meditations, and they were indeed sad By ginger!" he muttered, I'm gettiug the worst of it all r o und. Those fellows are too muc h for me. Some thing is up or that young fellow would not have dared to assault me. He does not fear me. 1 must look out I reckon I'd better not went around to see Smith. I 've seen his shadow; I've had a full report; I'll get Meantime, Frank walked away, well sat i sfied with the re su lt of his interview with the man who ban come so near to forciug his ruin. A,; our readers will rem embe r, Slenth, upon receiving the papers from Smith, proceeded to his own home. He had dete rmin ed to go over all the documents, and s e arch for some clew that would l ead to a discovery of the hirlden treasure. His preliminary work was all accomplished; wbat was to follow was a direct searc h for the gold. The detective spent the b a lanc e of the night r eadi ng the pap ers, and during the time he came upon some startling revelations. CHAPTER XLVJI. THE r eve lations of the pa])ers were very interesting. The detective found a diary written in the Frenc h language, and he conclud ed that Bigelow, unable to read in the langua()'e bad failed to solve the secrets of the diary. We will not repeat the m atte r of the diary in detail, but merely fornish our readers with a brief outline of its records. From the papers it appeared that one Pierre Franston, the son of a French father and English mother, had gone to Australia and had b o ught a claim. He had worked it. for years with poor success, but one day struck a rich l ea d, and from that moment he began to accumulate gold rapid ly. The man had married a beautiful woman, who died just as he was prepared to r et urn to his native laud with. his great wealth. The loss of his wife affected bis mind so greatly that he de c id ed to go to America instead of England. The diary gave all the details of the ing enious= m ethods for concealing a knowledge of his wealth, and was carried on np to the time that he embarked on the ship where h e m et with such a tragic fate. The reading of the diary satisfied the great detective as to the existence of the treasure, and after having finished the reading of the diary of Pierre Franston, he commenced reading a re cord mad e by the old man Thatford. The journal of th e old sailor did not diff e r from the statements already known to our readers beyond the point that the identity of Gussie Thatford was fully establiEhed. I have not gained much actual information, after all,,,. muttered the detective, when h e had concluded the read ing, and it is strauge that the old man did not leave some indices as to how he disposed of the money." The detective was seated in his library. It was far into the morning, but daylight was some hours distant. Sleuth had determined to give over the reading for the night, and after quietly laying the papers away he ext inguished his light and l eft the ro om, and was about to ascend to his sleeping-chamber, whe u he thought h e heartl a sound. "Halloo!" he muttered, as h e came to a halt. "What. is that?" The detective a lways carried his masked la n tern with him, and as all the lights in the house were extinguished, he put his hand ou his old timer and s tood and listened. A few mom e nts passed and all was still, and he had about concluded that he had been dec e ived when again a light sound fell upon his ears, and he advanced toward his parlor door. Again he listened, and was at length convinced that some one was moving about in the par lor. Stealthily he groped along until he rea c hed the center of the large room, when sudd e nly he E l id the mask of his lantern, and its bright light as it shot forth revealed to him a female figure; and a cry of astonishment rose to his lips, but it


40 OLD SLEUTH'S LUOK. did not find utterance, for the detective never let such cries pass his well-controlled lips. He advanced directly toward the figure, and recognized Gussie Thatford. "My dear young lady," he demanded, what does this mean?" "Oh, sir, you will forgiYe me?" What have I to forgive?" I did not mean to disturb you, sir." "Yon have not disturbed me. Come with me to my library." The detective took the girl's hand, and led her to his library, where he once again lighted the gas and bid her take a seat The girl obeyed, but she was trembling like an aspen leaf. "Now, then, my dear chiln,'' said the detective, "tell me why 1 found you wandering around the house at such an uns easona ble hour?" 1 could not sleep." And were you merely wanderi1;g around because you could not sleep?" No, sir." Tell me the truth." "1 knew you were in your library." And did that knowledge keep you awake?" "No." What did keep you awake?" I desired to come and speak to you." And why did you not do so?" l did come to your door, but 1 was afraid to enter your roon1." "Why did you not knock?" '' I tried to summon sufficient courage to do so, but I could not." Why did you wish to speak with me?" You will not laugh at me?" Certainly not." I had a dream-a strange drea'll." A frightful dream, I suppose?" said the detective. "No, sir; only a strange dream; and I dreamed the same dream twice." What did you dream?" I dreamed I saw you sitting in this room." "'Vell ?" I dreamed those papers concerned me." The detective smiled, and said: "You must have had some intimation, and that explains your dream; and, indeed, I was engaged in reading some papers, and those papers did concern you." "What have you learned, sir?" '' I have l e arned that there really is a hidden fortune that in right belongs to you " Where did you get the papers, sir?" "From the old trunk." "What old trunk?" The trnnk that was taken on board the smack the night old Sailor Thatford was murdered." You have possession of that trunk, sir?" I have possession of its contents." The papers?" "Yes." And what do they reveal?" I found a diary written in :French." "By whom?" '' Your father. A moment the girl was silent, but she gave evidence of considerable emotion. "You have heard my real name?" she said, at length Yes, l have heard your real name." And there is no doubt as concerns my identity. '' None whatever." And my name is-" Franston-Gussie Franston." So much I suspected." So much you suspected?" Yes, sir." "What led you to the suspicion?" First let me tell you about my dream." '' No, tell me what first led you to suspect your name was Frnnston." I have a curious paper, sir." "I've got it!" cried Sleuth. "Got it at last CHAPTER XL Vl Il THERE came the old-time look of satisfaction to the de tective's face. Many times had he undertaken the solution of mysterious cases; many times had he been successful, and now once again victory had perched upon his banner! And how had he won? By a careful study and considera tion of what may be termed the minor incidents of the many that had been presented to him! While studying the papers a uring the silent hours of the ni ght, he was convinced that there was a missing paper-a paper that would prove a key to the whole mystery, and there the fair Gussie at the last moment, and, we may add, at the right moment, makes the announcement that she holds that missing key, for the detective was so well trained that he needed not to be told that the paper she mentioned was the very one he was searching for, and as has been stated, a look of satisfaction came to his grand old face. So you have a curious paper at l ength?" exclaimed Sleuth. "Yes." Let me have it at once." "First let me tell you of my dream." "Hang your dream! Let me have the paper." But the paper is connected with my dream." "I care nothing about your dream." M v dream was a very curious one." "So you said; but it is more curious that you should have that paper. Let me have it at oncfl." It is upstairs." Go and get it." The fact is confirmed that I am really Augusta Franston?" Yes, you are Augusta Frans ton "Then 1 am the pai'ty to whom the paper is addressed." Certainly you are. Go and get the paper." "A11d you will not listen to my dream?" I will listen to your dream afterward. Go and get the paper, and I will believe the mystery is solved." I will go and get the paper." A few moments later Gussie returned to the room, and she handed to the detective a small piece of parchment." It was sewed in an article of clothing. I found it one day long after I had been taken from the home of Thatford, after his death." "'And you preserved it?" "Yes." "Whv did you not tell me about it?" I forgotten about it altogether. I sewed it into the lining of another garment, and to-night I dreamed that I had done so, and. I awoke with the dream deeply im pressed upon my mind, and then I remembered; and 1 also remembered that I had kept the bit of clothing in which the parchment had been hidden. I rose and looked for it, and I found it just where I had placed it years ago." Gussie, you can return to your room, and now you can dream on; and to-morrow I will have a glorious awakening for you, 1 think, or 1 am an old fool." The detective had glanced at the writing upon the parchment, and what had been Greek to Gussie was plain English to him; for he had read the other papers and knew just what to expect The girl returned to her room, and Old Sleuth sat down to read over-or rather study over-t4e paper that had been given to him under such remarkable c ir c nmstances, and a paper that was so all-important to the solution of the great mystery Sleuth succeeded in reading the riddle-for the little piece of parchment was a riddle-and it revealed to him facts that led him to prepare for an immediate excursio11. It is not necessary to the real interest of our story to interpret the paper, beyond the fact that from it Sleuth learned that certain papers had been deposited in lhree different places. The papers he had were dup!icates, and could any one of the lot be found all the secrets of the old man Thatford would be made plain and clear. lt was just daylight the morning following the incidents we have described, when Sleuth appeared on the sea-shore near the remains of the old house where Thatford had lived. Sleuth sat down near the ruins and thought for a long time, ever and anon drawing from his pocket the little parchment. Then when the sun was fully up, he rose and


OLD S LEUTH'S LUCK 4 1 walked round and round the spot several times, and then started o[ in a bee line. Few men could have gone through the simple movements of the detective with such results as followed his singular t ramp. He walked for a mile, and then came to a big r ock He had gone as direct to the rock as though there had been a line drawn from where he started to the point where he halted. The ro c k was locatP.d on a little knoll, and around it grew four trees whose roots evidently inter twined beneath it The detective had come prepared, aud taking from his pocket a garden trowel, he s et to work, and after a few moments, his trowel struck something hard. I've got it," be cried, and after a few moments further digging, he drew forth a little oak iron-bound box. "Here we are," he muttered, and at the same instant, 1 a hand was laid upon his should e r, and a second voice ex claimed: "Yes: here we are!" The detective leaped to his feet and found himself con fronting a stalwart and villainous-looking man The de tective was gotten up as a very old man, and the f e llow who sto<'ld before him said: Just hand that over, old fellow." "Hand what over?" "See here, I don't want to hurt you, old man, but you can't rob me." See here, young fellow, this box is mine, and there's nothing in it of value but the bill of sale of a s c hoon e r 1 bought." "You can't play that on me." The detective started to walk away, when the young fellow leaped forward and seized hold of him. Come, young fellow, let go of me." The young man laughed, and said again: "I don't want to hurt you." Thank you." "So just hand over the box." You want the box." "Yes, I do." "And you're determined to have it?" Yes, I am "Well, take it!" said Sleuth, and as he spoke he dealt the stalwart youth a clip alongside the ear that caused him to reel and fall as though knocked down with a club CHAPTER XLIX. THE fellow had indeed got his box, and such a good one that for au instant he lay where be had fallen in the sand; but in a moment he came to his feet, and made a rush upon the detective. Sleuth bad laid down the box, and was prepared for the fellow's onslaught, and he went for him. Down the fellow w ent again, and he lay where he fell. Sleuth, meantime, seized his box and walked away; and when behind a hedge, he worked a transform; then he hid the box and returned to the place where the man had just risen to his feet See here, young man," demanded our old hero, "did yoll see a man around here?" "What sort of a looking man?" Our hero described himself as he had appeared when dis covered. Yes; I saw him "Where is he?" I don't know; I reckon he's skipped up there The young fellow pointed skyward. "Nonsense! He is a harmless old lunatic." A harmless old lunatic?" "Yes; he escaped from Flatbus h last night, and I've tracked him to somewhere about here "He's a lunatic, eh?" "Yes. " Regular crazy?" "Regulat crazy-well, I should say so! He has an old 1 box which he has buried a dozen times; and then he goes aud digs it up every time he gets away, and goes and buries I it somewhere else. I see he's been digging here." I "Yes; andhefoundhisbox." "He did, eh?" I "Yes; and he's strong as an ox." You bet he is; but where did he go?" I d on't know where he went; but he's a devi l i f he is crazy!" "Yes; it's lucky for you he did n ot kill you if you came upon him when he was digg ing." I did " And didn't he go :for you?" Yes, he dirl.." "Well, you're lucky he did not hurt you. And now see here; if you com e across him, you bring word to the asylum and yon'll get tw e nty-five d o llars reward." If I see him I'll let you know." 'l'he man went over toward the creek and entered a boat, and the detectiYe r e turned to where he had hidden the box, sec ured it, and made his way to New York, satisfi e d he had made a good story to account to the fisherruan for bis singular mi sad venture lt was after middav when the detective reached his house, and then he set fo work to open the box. He found first some valuable family jewels and then the papers, and the latter contained full and explicit information on every point; also a will of old Thatford, bequeathing everythiug to his dear adopted child, Gussie Frauston. The papers revealed the fact that two hundred thousand dollars had been deposited with a certain banker. The latter's rec13ipt for the money was in the box, and all the necessary papers for a full identification. "And now, child," he said, "I will go and see this banker. I know him well. He is an honorable man, and I am satisfied your fortune is all safe." The detective left the house, and by appointment met Frank, and to the latter he revealed all that had occurred. The young man was simply dumfounded, and he said: So Gussie is au heiress?" "Yes, young fellow, and you are very lucky "How?" You love her, you dog." But she does not love me "That is possible. I did not think of that. We must know about that at once. You go to my house and see her; it will not take yon long to find out." "No, I will not go. " Why not?" "She is rich now, and will not want to see me "Don't make a fool of yourself-go. A few moments aft e r parting from Frank the detective met Bigelow The fellow bad been brought to a certain place by one of the detective's aids Well, old man," said the detective I've got you at last .'' Who are you?" "I am Sleuth The moment the man heard the name of Sleuth he turned pale. "See here, Bigelow, you're a pretty smart fellow." "Not smart enough for you." Haven't you found out by this time that roguery don't. pay?" Yes, I have." "I'll give you ten thousand dollars if you will leave New York and become an honest man, and with this honest money you can s ucceed if you try." Do you mean it?" Yes, I do The detective entered into full explanations with the fe1Iow Bigelow, and the man expressed h i s gratitude at the opportunity for turning round to become au honest man. The detective proceeded to the banker's office and made himself known, and told all the facts and presented all t.he documents, and an hour later returned to his home to inform Gussie that she had two hundred and fifty thoum11d dollars subject to her draft-the fifty thousand b e ing the accrued interest on the original sum of two hundred thousand Reader, our tale is told. We could go on, in the u s ual style of closing novels, and tell what became of each char acter; but it is suffi c ient to say that Gussie as a ri c h girl did not deny the love that had grown in h e r h eart whe n nothing but a workwoman, and she became the wife of Frank, ancl her little adopted sister so remained, to be loved and cheri s hed until she too should meet with a Frank who would claim her under a dearer tible. THE END.


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(150 Illustrations) .. .. 20 1061 Little Mr. Bouncer and h i s Friend Verdant Green ..... . 10 Adol P,he Belot's W orlis. 845 The Stranglers ........ ..... ... 20 876 La Grande Florine ............ 20 882 The Panicide .................. 20 934 Dacol.ard . f'. Sequel to "The Parr1c1de ............ ...... 20 1021 The Parisian Sultana .......... 20 1036 The Thirst for the Unknown. A Sequel to "The Parisian Sultana 11 20 1057 The King of the Gamblers .. 20 1078 The Black VenuR. A Sequel to "The Thirs t for the Unkno\vn '' ..... .... 20 1111 Article 47 ...................... 20 1191 The Woman of Fire ........ 20 1353 ::lfarguerite Lacoste; or, Fleurde-Cnme. Part I. .......... . 20 1353 Marguerite Lacoste; or, FleurdeCrime. Part II ............ 20 Ii: Be1ier's Works. 1178 Charles Auchl.'ster ......... ,,. 20 1188 Counterparts; or, The Cross of Love, 1st half .............. 20 1188 Counterparts: or, The Cross of Lov e 2d half ........... .... 20 Walter Besant n n d James Rice's Works. 236 Shepherds All and Maideus Fair .............. ........... 10 800 By Celia's Arbor .............. 20 880 The Go lden Butterfly . . ... ... 20 441 'Twas in T rafalgar's Bay ...... JO 446 When the Ship Comes Home .. 10 700 The Seamy Side . . . ......... 2 0 VO'Z Sweet Nelly, My Heart's Delight ................. ........ 10 726 Ready-Money Mortibo.v ....... 20 909 "Over the Sea with the S>tilor 10 1104 The Chapl ain ef the Fleet ..... 20 1167 The Captains' Room .......... 1 0 1 297 The Revolt of Man (by Walter Besant) .................. ..... 10 1340 They Were Married!. ......... 10 1433 All Sorts and Conditions of 1448 :: i8 1482 "Let Nothing You Dismay" (by Walter Besant) ........... 1 0 1487 The Humbling of the Mem blings (by Walter Besant) 10 1492 The Monks of Thelema . 20 1623 The Ten Years' Tenant ..... 10 1732 All in a Garden Fair. The Simpl e Story of Three Boys and a Girl (by Walter Besant) 20 1748 A Glorious Fortune (by Walter Besant) ......... ......... .... 10 1749 Uncl e Jack (by Walter Besant) 10 1754 J,ove F inds the Way, and Other Stories .... ...... 10 1858 Dorothy Forster (by Walter Besant) ...................... 20 1918 In Luck at Last (by Walter Besant) ............... ........ 10 M Betham-Edwnrds's Work s 893 Forestalled.... .. .. . . . . . 10 1200 Exchange No Robbery; or, Fated by a Jest ............... 10 1414 The Sylvestres; or, The Outcasts .............. .. .......... 20 1470 Kitty ..... .......... .... ..... 20 1706 "Disarmed I" ........... ..... 10 1714 Pearla; or, The World After an Island ........ ... .......... 20 1891 Doctor Jacob................ 20 1902 Love and Mirage; or, The Waiting on an Island .... 1 0 B jo1nstJerne Bjornson's W orks. J359 Railroad and Churchyard .... 10 1480 The Wedding March .......... 10 1546 Captain M ansana . ........ 10 1630 Synnov6 Solbakken. A Nor-wegian Tale ....... ....... 10 William Black's W o rks. 13 A Princess of Thule ... .. 20 28 A Doughterof Heth ......... 10 47 In Silk Attire. .. . . . . 10 48 The Strange Adventures of a Phaeto n ...................... 10 51 Kihneny. . .. . .. . . . . . 10 53 The Monarch of Mincing Lane 10 79 Madcap Violet (small type) . 10 604 Madcap Violet (large type) .... 20 242 The Three Feathers .......... 1 0 890 The Marriage of Moira Fergus, and The Maid of Killeena .. 10 417 Macleod of Dare .............. 20 451 Lady Silverdale's Sweetheart. 10 568 Greeu Pastures and Piccadilly 10 816 White Wings: A Yachting Romance ................ ........ 10 826 Oliver Go ldsmith .............. 10 950 Sunrise: A Story of These Times ......................... 20 1025 The Pupil of Aurelius ...... 1 0 J032 That Beautiful Wretch .... 10 1161 The Four MacKicols ........... 10 1264 Mr. Pi$istratus Brown, M.P. in the Highlands ........ .. 10 1429 An Adventure in Thule. A Story for Young People .... 10 1556 Shaudon Bells .......... 2( 1683 Yolande ............ .... .... 20 1893 Judith Shakespear&: Her Love AH'airs and Other Adventures 20 2013 White Heather ... . ........... 20 };, Owens Blnckburn e s Works. 954 The Glen of Silver Birches . 10 1080 The Love that Loves Ahvay ... 20 1571 The Heart of Erin. An Irish Story of To-day ............... 20 1618 A Bunch of Shamrocks ..... 10 R. D. Blackmore' s Wor k s 126 Erema; or, My Father's Sin . 20 535 Lorna Doone ........... 20 660 Cripps, the Car1le r ... 20 754 Mary Anerley ... ..... 20 769 Clara Vaughan ........ ...... 20 932 Cradock Nowell (lst half) ... 20 932 Cradock Nowell (2d half) ...... 20 984 The Maid of Sker ......... . 20 1131 Christowell ................ 20 1236 Alice Lorraine: A Tale o f the South DGwns .............. ... 20 1836 The Remarkable History of Sir Thomas Upmore. Bart., 111. P., Formerly known as u Tommy U.pmore ". 20 Georiie Borrow's Works 1368 Lavengro: The Scholar-The Gypsy-The Priest ........... 20 1879 The Romany Rye. (A Sequ e l to Lavengr o ) . llO Misa M E. Brad d on's Works. 26 Aurora Floyd.. . . . . . 20 69 To the Bitter End ..... ....... 21J 89 The Love ls of Arden .......... 00 95 Dead Men's Shoes....... ...... 20 109 E lean o r s Victory ............ 20 114 Darrell Markham .... ..... ..... 10 140 The Lady Lisle ............. ... 10 171 to Fortune.... ..... 20 190 Henry Dunbar .......... .. 20 215 Birds of Prey ................. 20 235 An Open Verdict .............. 20 251 Lady Audley's Secret ......... ro 254 The Octoroon. .. . .. . . 1 0 260 Charlotte's Inheritance....... 20 287 L eighton Grange .............. 1() 295 Los t for Love... . . . . . 20 822 Dead Sea Fruit ................ 20 459 The Doctor's Wife ... ....... 2Cl 469 Rupert Godw i n ....... . ....... 20 481 Vixen .......................... 20 482 'rhe Cloven Foot .............. 20 500 Joshua Hag!!"ard's Daughter .. 20 519 and Weft ............ 10 525 Sir Jasper's Tenant ... ..... 20 539 A Strange \Vorlu.. . . . 20 550 Fenton1s Quest ...... o. 20 562 John Marchmont'sLegacy . . 20 572 The Lady's Mile ............... 20 579 Strangers and Pilgrims ........ 20 581 Only a Woman. Edited by Miss M. E. Bradd on . .... . . 2G 619 Taken at the Flood ............ 2.n Death . 10 618 Madolin's Lover ... 00 656 A Golden Dawn .... ... 1(Y 678 A Dead Heart. . . . . . 10 718 Lord Lynne's Choice .......... 1C 746 Which Loved Him Best? ... 2L 846 Dora Thorne ........... .. 20 921 At War with Herself . . ... 10 931 The Sin of a Lifetime ........ 20 1013 Lady Gwendoline' s Dream ... 10 1018 Wife in Name Only ........... 2Cl 1044 Like No Other Love. ... ...... JC 1060 A Woman's War .... ......... 10 1 072 Hilary's Folly ... ...... . ..... l tl 1074 A Queen Amongst Women .. 10 1077 A Gilded Sin ......... ........ 10 1081 A Bridge of Love.............. 10 1085 The Fatal Lil ies .. ..... :W 1099 Wedded and Parted.. l(l 1107 A B ride from the Sea . ....... lill


IOharlotte M. Braeme's Works (CONTINUED.) 2110 A Rose in 'rhorns ........ 10 1115 The Shadow of a Sin. . . . 10 1122 Redeemed by Lov e ..... .... . 10 1126 The Story of a WeddiogRing. 10 UZ7 Love's Warfare ............... 20 1132 Repented at Leisure ..... 20 1179 From Gloom to Sunlight ...... 20 1209 Hilda. .. .. .. . . . 20 1218 A Golden Heart ............... 20 T'l66 Ia,gledew House ............... 10 1288 A Broken Wedding-Ring ... 20 1305 Love for a Day.. . 10 1357 The Wife's Secret ............. 10 1893 Two Kisses .................... 10 1460 Between Two Sins............ 10 J640 The Cost of Her Love ........ 20 l664 Romance of a Black Veil ... 20 1704 Her Mother's Sin ... ... 20 1761 Thorns and Orange-Blossoms. 20 1844 Fair but False, and The H e ir-ess of Arne ................... 10 li83 Sunshine and Roses ...... 20 1906 In Cupid's Net.. ............... 10 1970 My Sister Kate. . . . .. . .. 10 1999 A Bitter Atonement ...... .... 20 2013 The Earl's Atonement ..... 20 2014 A Woman's Temptu.tlon ....... 20 2015 Under a Shadow ....... ........ 20 2016 Between Two Loves ........... 20 2017 A Struggle fo r a Ring ... ...... 20 2018 Lady Darner's Secret .......... 20 2019 Evelyn' s Folly ... .............. 20 2020 Thrown on the Worl d ......... 20 2021 Put or, Lady Castle-rname s Divorce .............. 20 2038 Her Martyrdom ............... 20 2046 A Fair Mystery ............. ... 20 2059 The Heiress of Hill drop; or! The Romance of a Young Gi r 20 2060 For Another's Sin; or, A Struggle for Love ................. 20 2072 Set in Diamonds......... .. . 20 2073 The World Between Them .... 20 2

Dumas s Worll.8. :44 The Twin Lieutenants . . . 10 11:1 The R ussian Gipsy; or, The Palace of Ice.. . . . . . . . . 10 155 The Count of Monte-Cristo .... 20 160 The Black Tulip ............... 10 167 The Queen's Necklace ......... 20 172 TheCbevalierdeMaisonRouge 20 184 Countess de Cha my ........... 20 188 Nanon; or, Woman'sWar .... 10 193 Joseph Balsamo; or, Memoirs of a Physician ........ 194 The Conspirators .... 10 198 Isabel of Bavaria ........ 10 Catherine Blum .......... 10 223 Beau 'l'ancrede; or, The Marriage Verdict (small type) .... 10 997 Beau Tancrede; or, The Mar-riage Verdict (large type) .... 20 228 The Regent's Daughter .... 10 244 The Three Guardsmen ....... 20 268 The Forty-Five Guardsmen ... 20 276 The Page of the Duke of Savoy 10 278 Six Years Later; or, Taking the Bas tile ............ . . .... 20 R83 Tw enty Years After ........... 20 298 Captain Paul. ................. 10 306 Th Strong Men .. ...... .... 10 318 fogenue ........................ 10 331 Adventures of a Marquis. 1st halt ............................ 20 331 Ad ventures of a l\Iarquis 2d half.. ........................ 20 342 The Mohicans of Paris. Vol. I. (small type) .......... .... 10 1565 The Mohicans of Paris. Vol. I. (large type) .... ..... ..... 20 1565 The Mohicans of Paris. Vol. II. (large type) ............... 20 1565 The l\Iohicans of Paris. Vol. III. (lnrge type) ............. 20 1565 The Mohicans of Paris. Vol. IV. (large type ) .............. 20 344 Ascanio ....................... 10 608 The Watchmaker ........... 20 616 The Two Dian as ............... 20 62-.t Andree de 'l'averney ........... 20 664 Vicomte de Bragelonne. 1st Series ........................ 2 0 664 Vicomte de Bragelonne. 2d Series ... ...................... 20 664 Vicomte de Bragelonne. 3d Series ......................... 20 664 Vicomte de Bragelonne. 4th Series ....................... 20 688 Chicot, the Jester ............. 20 849 Doctor Basilius ............... 20 1452 MobicansofParis." Vol.I ... 20 1452 Salvator. Vol. II .............. 20 1452 Sal vator. Vol. II I. .... ....... 20 1452 Sal vator. Vol. IV. . . . . . . 20 Salvator. Vol. V ........... 20 1561 The Corsican Brothers ... ... 10 1592 l\1arguel"ite de Valois. An Hist orical Romance ............. 20 18.'l7 The Bride of Monte-Cristo A Sequel to "The Count of Monte-Cristo ... ............ 20 Geora e Ebers's "\-Vorks. 712 Uarda: A Romance of An cient Egypt. .............. 20 756 Homo Sum .................... 10 812 An Egyptian Princess .... ..... 20 880 The Sisters.................... 20 1120 The Emperor .................. 20 1897 The Bwgomaster's Wife. A Tale of the Siege of Leyden . 20 1594 Only a Word .................. 20 2022 Sera pis: An Historical Novel. 20 Amelia B Edwards'& Works. 18 Barbara's History ............ 20 134 l\Iy Brother's Wife. . . . . . 10 145 Half a Million of Money ....... 20 157 Hand and Glove .......... ... 10 472 Debenham's Vow .... ........ 20 743 In the Days of My Youth ...... 20 829 Lord Brackenbury. . . . . . 20 867 Miss Carew .............. .... 20 1770 Twice Saved: A Story of To-Day ......................... 10 Mrs. Annie Edwards's Works. 148 A Blue Stocking ............. 10 154 A Point of Honor ............. 10 361 A Vagaborid Heroine .......... 10 387 Jet: Her Face or Her Fortune? 10 471 Leah: A Woman of Fashion .. 20 594 Archie Lovell ............... 20 655 Ought We t o Visit Her? ...... 20 679 Vivian, the Beauty ............ 10 825 Philip Earnsclifl'.e; or, The Mor-als of Mny Fair .............. 20 1351 A Ballroom Repentance ..... 20 1585 Susan Fielding ........... 20 1807 Steven Lawrence ........ ... 20 Pierce Ea:an's Works. 480 Quintin ............ ... 20 1108 The Poor Girl. ................ 20 1180 Hagar Lot; or, The Fate of the Poor Girl.. . . . . . . . . . 20 1271 The Scarlet Flower ...... ... 20 1600 The Fair Lilias. Part I ........ 20 1600 The Fair Lilias. Part II. . . 20 :iooq The Fair Lilias. Part III. ..... 20 Mrs. C J, Eiloart'11 Wo1ks. 411 The Love that Lived .......... 20 923 The Dean's Wife ... . . ... 20 . :: : : : : : : : : 'l'HE SE A SIDE LIBRARY-ORDINARY EDITION. lieoriie Eliot's W o rks. 7 Adam Bede .... ............. 20 11 The Mill on the Floss (smaJl type) ..... . .......... 1 0 941 The Mill on the F loss ( large type) ........... 20 15 Romola .. .................. . 20 35 Felix Holt, the Radical. . .. 20 58 Sil a$ Marner. . . . . . . . 10 70 Middlernarch ............ . 20 80 Daniel Deronda ......... 20 202 Mr. Gilfil's Love Story ........ 10 217 Sad Fortunes of Rev. Amos Barton .......... ............ 10 277 Bt"Other Jacob .............. 10 309 Jan.,t's Repentance ......... 10 527 The Impressions of Theophrastus Such ................... 10 1276 The Spanish Gypsy: A Poem . 20 Erckmann-Chatrians Works. 212 Brigadier Frederick .......... 10 1924 The Polish Jew................ 10 Violet Fane's WorkB. 1174 Sophy; or, The Adventures of a Savage. haif ........... 20 1174 Sophy; or, The Adventures of a Savage. 2d half ... ....... 20 B. L. Fa1:ieon''" Wo1ks. 96 Love's Victory ................ 10 105 At the Sign of tt.eSilverFlagon 10 107 Bladeo'-Grass ...... .......... JO 113 Golden Grain ......... . . ..... 10 133 The Duchess of Rosemary Lane...... .. . .. .... .. .. . 10 139 London's Heart .............. 20 149 Joshua Marvel.. ........ ...... 20 248 Bread and Cheese, and Kisses" ...................... 10 324 Shadows on the Snow ... . .... 10 670 The Bells of Pen rave n ......... JO 992 119 Great Porter Square ....... 20 1196 Grif ........................... 20 1511 Johnny's Christmas .......... JO 1682 The Sacred Nugget ............ 20 1774 Little Make-Believe ........... 10 F. W. Farra!"'s Works. 711 The Life of Christ ............ 20 722 The Life and Work of St. Paul Jst half ..................... 20 722 The Life and Work of St. Paul 2d half ................... 20 G IUnnville Fenu's 'Votks. 468 A Gilded Pill ............... ... 10 693 Goblin Rock ................ 10 1068 The Clerk of Portwick ......... 20 ll43 The Vicar's People .......... . 20 17 83 The Rosery Folk ........ ...... 10 The Hon. !Urs. Fetherstonhan&h's "\-Vorks. 496 Lil, Fair, Fair, with Golden Hair'' ....................... 10 1456 For Old Sake's Sake ........ 10 Susan Edmoustone Ferrier's Works. 1273 Marriage ....................... 20 1285 The Inheritance. Vol. I. . . 20 1285 The Inheritance. Vol. II.. .... 20 1290 Destiny ; or, The Chief's Daughter. Vol. I. .......... 20 1290 Destiny or, The Chief's Daughter. Vol. II .......... 20 Octave Feuillet's Worlis. 120 Romance of a Poor Young Man 10 428 A Woman's Journal.. ......... 10 885 Onesta. A Story of Venice.. 10 1040 Jeanne; or, The History of a Parisienne. . . . . . . . . . 1G 1114 Life and Adventures of Pnncb-ine llo ...... .................. 10 1966 Led Astray; or, "La Petite Comtesse . . . . . . . . . . 10 'illrs. Forrester's Works. 395 Fair women ............. ... .. 20 431 Diana Carew. . . . . . . . 20 474 Viva ......................... 20 504 Rhona ..................... .... 20 538 A Young Man's Fancy ........ 10 556 Mignon ................... .... 20 5n The Turn of Fortune's Wheel. 10 600 Dolores. . . . . .............. 20 620 In a Country HousA ........... 10 63'i Que"n Elizabeth' s Garden .... 10 858 Roy and Viola ................. 20 894 My Hero ...................... 20 1163 My Lord and My Lady ........ 20 1471 I Have Lived and Loved .... 20 1588 From Olympus to Hades ..... 20 1726 June .......................... 20 1871 Omnia Vauitas: A Tale of So ciety ......................... 10 Jessie Fotheriiill's Works. 661 Probation .................... 20 840 The Wellflelds ........ . ... 20 1079 "One of Three" ........... 10 1083 Made or Marred ............. 10 1129 Kith and Kin .............. .... 20 1911 Peril. . . . ... .......... 20 De Ln :tnotte F ouque's Works. 1oog Undlne ... .................... 10 1106 Sintram and his Companions. 10 R. E. Franctllon'e Works. 178 Rare Good Luck. . . . . 10 644 Pearl and Emerald ... 10 718 Esther's G love. . . 10 904 Queen Cophetua .. 20 924 Unde r Slieve-Ban ....... 10 1327 Jack Doyle's Daughter ..... 20 1478 The Man With Eyes ... 10 1484 By Day and Night ............ 10 1513 Quits at Last. An Account in l:;eveu Items ............. 10 Irt6 A Great Heiress ....... 19 1796 A Real Queen .......... 20 1916 Face to Face: A Fact in Sev en Fables ........ .......... 10 1953 Ropes of Sand. . . . . . 20 Gustav Freytnii's Works. 1408 Debit and Credit. 1st half .... 20 1408 Debit and Credit. 2d half ..... 20 Jnn1es A. F1oude's Wo1k.s 780 John Bunyan .................. 10 974 Cresa r ........................ 20 1277 Thomas Carlyle. A History of the First Forty Years of His Life. 1795-1835. Vol. I. .... 20 1277 Thomas Carlvle. A History ot the First Forty Year:; of His Life. 1795-1885. Vol. II ..... 20 1613 Letters and Memorials of Jane W e lsh Carlyle. Edited by James A. Froude. 1st half .. 20 1613 Letters and of Jane Welsh Carlyle. Edited by James A. Froude. 2d half ... 20 Lady Georiiinna Fullerton's 'Vo1ks. 442 The Notary's Daughter. From the French of Madame Leonie D'Aulney ............. 10 765 Rose Leblanc ............. 10 864 Rosemary. . . . . . . . . . . 10 1304 Eliane. (T ranslated from the French of Mrs. Augustus Craven) ......... ................. 20 Emile Gaboriau's "\-Vorks. 408 File No. 113 ................. 20 465 Lecoq. 1st half . . 20 465 Monsieur Lecoq. 2d halt ..... 20 476 The Slaves of Paris. 1st half .. 20 476 The Slaves of Pat'i:;. 2d half .. 20 490 Marriage at a Venture ......... 10 494 The Mysterr, of Orcivttl. ..... 20 m .. i.iie::: 515 The Widow Lerouge ......... 20 523 Th" Clique of Goid .... ..... . 20 671 The Count's Secret. Part I. ... 20 671 The Count's Secret. Part II .. 20 704 Captain Contanceau; ur, The Volunteers of 1792 ........... 10 741 The Downward Path; or, A House Built on Sand. (La Degringolade.) Part I. ...... 20 741 The Downward Path; or, A House Built on Sand. (La Degringolade. ) Pa rt II ...... 20 758 The Li tile Old Man of tile Bat 778 rn 789 Promise of Marriage ........ 10 8J3 The 13th . . . . . . 10 83! A Thousand Francs Reward . 10 b99 Max's Marriage; or, The Vicomte's Choice ...... ........ 10 118! The Marquise de Brinvillien> .. 20 Edwnrd Garrett's 01kB. 1333 Family Fortunes: A Domestic 1521 i8 1946 At Any Cost. . . . . . . . . . 10 'lllre. Gnskoll's W orks. 125 Mary Barton. . . . . . . . 10 127 My Lady Ludlow ............. 10 128 Cousi n PIJillis ............... 10 208 Nort. b anct South .............. 20 282 A Dark Night's Work ...... ... 10 1113 Cranford ................. .... 10 1281 The Grey Woman, and Other Tales ......... ............... 10 1308 Libbie Marsh's Three Eras, and Other Tales. . . . . . . 10 1372 Lizzie Leigh, and Other Tales. 10 1413 Wives and Daughters. 1st hal f 20 1413 Wives and Daughters. 2d half 20 Vuuniugham Geikie's Wo1ks. 717 The Life and Words of Christ. 1st half ....................... 20 717 The Life and Words of Christ. 2d half ............ ......... 20 Charles Gibbon's Works. 682 Queen of the MeadO\V ......... 20 690 Robin Gray ......... ........... 20 751 In Honor Bound ......... 20 776 For Lack of Gold .......... 20 1173 A Heart's Problem ........... 10 1871 Of High Degree ........... 20 1495 What Will the World Si.y? ... 20 1503 The Golden Shaft ......... 20 1620 In Pastures Green .... . . 10 172"2 A M a iden Fair, ..... ,. .... ,. JO 1914 By Mead and Stream ..... 20 Theodore Gift's Works. 425 Maid Ellice ............ .... 20 1028 A Matter-of-Fact Girl.. ....... 20 1088 Visited on the Children ..... 20 W. S Gilbert's W o rks. 489 Bab Ballads (139 illustra tions), on which the Comic Opera H M.S. Piuafor e Is founded .................... . 20 1539 The Pirates of Penzance, and Other Original Piays.. . . . . 1 0 1555 The Wicked World, and Other Original Plays ................ 1 0 1566 H. M. S. Pinafore; or, The Lass that Loved a Sailor, and Other Originai Plays.. . . . . . 1 0 1574 The Sorcerer, and Other Original Plays ... . ......... 10 Mrs, G. W Godfrey's Worke. 1033 The Beautiful Miss oche . 10 1575 Unspotted from the World . . 20 Jn1nes Lrrnnt's Words. 216 Legends of the Black Watch .. 10 245 Jack Manly ................ 10 290 Dick Rodney. . . . . . . . . 10 321 The Captain of the Guard ..... 10 335 The Queen's Ca

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