Jack Gameway; or, A western boy in New York.

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No. 52. JACK GAMEWAY; OR, A WES.TERN BOY IN NEW YORK. Uy 01.D !'iil l :IJ' t 'll. =.-;;;=-r., ; ... ,_............. ... ................ ... _. . A SERIES OF THE MOST T HRILLING DETECTIVE STORIES EVER PUBLISHED. l SINCLE t NUMBER.\ G}8 RGE l\'lUNHO, PUBLlSHEH, Nos. 17 to Z"I VAND&WATER STREET, N&w YORK. .. 5 PRI C E ( l 10 Old Sleuth Library. Issued Quarterly.-By Subscription, Fifty Centi! per Annum. Entered at the Post Office at New York at Second Oi1tRR Rates.-Marc h 28, 1891. CopyrightAd in 1685. by Georg'e Munro. JACK GAMEW-AY; OR, Vol. III A WESTERN BOY IN NEW YORK. E -YOLD NEW YORK: GEORGE MUNRO, PUBLISHER, 17 To 27 VANDEWATER STREET.


MUNRO S PUBLICATIONS O L D SLEUTH li lBRARY .A Series of the Most Thrilling Detective Stories Ever Publish e d J?B:IOE 1 O CENTS E.A.O:S:. NO. PRIC E. 1 Old S le u t h the Detective ................... .... IOc 2 The Kin!? o r the Detectives ...................... 1 0c 3 O ld Sl e u t h's Triumph ( 1 s t hair) .................. to e 3 O ld Sleuth' s T riumph (2d half) . . ......... . . toe 4 U nd e r a M illi o n Disi:tui s e s ( 1 s t half) ............ lOc 4 U nder a Milli o n Dis ?:uises (2d h alf) ............. 10c 5 Ni!?ht Scen es i n New Y o r k ...................... !Oc 6 Old Electricity t h e Li1?htnin g Dete c ti ve ........ lOc 7 The Shado w D e t ectiv e (! s t half) ................. JOc 7 T h e Shado w Detec t i ve (2d half) .............. . lOc 8 Red -Light Will the Ri ve r D e t ective ( s t half) . 10c 8 Red-Li ght W ill, the Rive r D etec ti v e (2d half) ... toe 9 Iro n Burge ss. tho Go vernment D e t ective (1st half)................. .................. lOc 9 Iron Burgess. the Go vernment D e t ectiv e ( 2 d h a lf)....... .. .. . . .. .. . . . . . . . ....... to e 10 The Brig"and s or Ne w York ( 1 s t halt) ............ lOc 10 The Briga nd s o r New Y ork (2d half) ............. lOc 11 Tracke d b y a V entriloquist ..................... IOc 1 2 The Twin Shadow ers.. .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . JOc 18 The Frenc h D e tecti vt> ............................ IOc 14 Billy Way ne, the St. L ouis Detective ........... toe 15 The N e w Yorlc Det11ctiv e ... ............ ........ lOc 1 6 O N e il M cDarragh, the D e t ectiv e.... ........ lOc 17 Old Sleuth in H arnes s A gain ........ ... .. .. .... JOc 1 8 The Lady Detectiv e .............................. lOc 19 The Y ankee D etec tiv e ...... ............. ....... to e 20 The Fastest Bo y in New York .................. !Oc 21 Black Rav en, the G eorgia D etecti ve ............ lOc 22 Night-hawk. the Mounted Detective ............ lOc 23 The Gyps v Detective.... .. .. .. ................ lOc 24 The Mysteries and Miseri e s of New York. . JOc ISSUE D QUARTERLY. NO, PRICE. 25 Old Terrible ...................................... lOc 26 The Smui:t glers or N e w York Bay .............. JOc 27 Manfred. the Mai:ti c Trick D etective .... ....... lOc 2 8 Mura, the Western Lady D etec ti v e ...... ..... . lOc 2 9 M o ns. Armand: or, The Fre n c h D etective in New Y ork .................................... lOc 3 0 Lady Kate, the Dashing Female Detective (lst half) ....... ...... ........................... lOc 3 0 L ady Kate, the Dashing F emale D etective ( 2 d h a lf) ............................... ....... .... 10c 31 Hamud t h e D e t e ctiv e ....... ................... lOc 32 The Giant Detective in France (1st half) ..... ... 10c 3 2 The Giant D e t ective in France (2d half) ...... ... toe 33 The Ame rican D e t e ctiv e in Russia... ......... toe 8 4 The Dutch D etective............ ............... to e 3 5 Old Puritan. the Old -Time Yankee Detective. (1s t half) ......................................... lOc 3 5 Old Puritan. the Old-Time Yankee D etec t iv e ( 2d half) ................ ......................... !Oc 36 Manfre d's Quest: or, The Mystery of a Trunk. ( 1 s t half) ...................................... 1Uc 3 6 Manfre d s Quest; or, The Mystery or a Trunk. ( 2 d half) ....................................... 10c 37 Tom 'l'humb; or, The Wonderful Boy Detective (I.s t hair). . . . . . . . .. .. . . . . . . . lOc 37 Tom Thumb: or, The Wonderful Boy D etective (2d halt). . . . .. .. .. . .. .. . . . . . . .. .. l Oc 3 8 Old Ironsid e s Abroad (! s t half) .................. toe 3 8 Old Ironside s Abroad (2d half) ............. .... lOc 3 9 Little Black Tom: or. The Adventures of a Mischievous Darky (1st half).. .. . . . . . . . .. !Oc NO. PRIC E 39 h i ttle Black Tom; or. The Adventures of a M is c h ievous Darky (2d half).. . . . . . . . .. .. .. lOc 40 O ld Iro nsid e s Among the Cowbo y s ( 1st h a lf ) .... !Oc 4 0 O ld Iron sid e s Among the Cowboys ( 2d h a lf ) .... 10c 41 Blac k Tom in S earch of a Fathe r ; or, the Furt h e r Adve ntur es of a Mis c hi evous Darky ( 1 s t h a lf). lOc41 Black T o m in S earc h o f a Father; o r t h e Further Ad ve n ture s ofa Mischievous D a rky (2d h alf) toc-42 Bon a nz a Bardie: or, the Treasure of the R ockies. ( !st half) ... . . . .. .. .. ................... !Oc 42 Bonanza Bardie; or, the Treasure o f the R ockies. ( 2d h alf) ...................................... to e 4 3 Old Transform. the Secret Special Detecti ve (!st half) .. ......................................... lOc-48 Old Transform. the Secret Special D etec ti ve (2d ha!O ..................................... .... toe 4 4 The King of the Shadowe r s ( s t hall') ............ !Oc 44 The Kin g o f the Shado w e r s (2d half) .... ....... 10c 4 5 Gasparo ni the Italian D e t ective; or, HideandSeek in N e w York ........................... . toe 4 6 Old Sl euth's Luck ...... ......................... toe 4 7 The Irish D e t ective......................... .... 10c 48 D o wn in a Coal Mine ........... ... ............... toe 49 Faithful Mik e, the Irish H e r o . . . . . . . . . lOc 50 Silver T o m the Detective; or, Link by Link ...... !Oc 51 The Duke of New York ......................... 10c 52 Jack Gameway; or, A Western Boy in New Yor k. lOc TO BE ISSUED J U NI 27 1891: 53 All R ound New York; or, Tip the Tumble r ..... 10c The fore g oin g works are for sale by all newsdealers at 10 cents each, or will be sent to any address postage paid, on receipt of 12 cents, by the p ublisher. 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... Dy 01,U A SERIES OF THE MOST THRILLING DETECTIVE STORIES EVER PUBLISHED. No. 52. j SINCLE I (NUMBER. f GEORGE MUNRO PVBLISHEH, Nos. 17 to 27 VANDEWATER STREET, NEW YoRK. 5 PRICE { ( 10 CENTS.} Vol. III. Old Sleuth Library, Issued Quarterly.-By Subscription, Fifty Cents per Annum. Entered at the Post Office at New York at Second C lass Rates.-March 28, 1891. Copyrighted in 1685, by Geori:e 111unro. JACK GAMEWAY; OR, A WESTERN BOY IN N E W Y ORK. CHAPTER I. "WELL, officer, what is the charge against this stalwart-looking youth?" The speaker was a judge in one of the police courts, and his words were addressed to a po liceman, who had just presented a prisoner The officer smiled good-naturedly, and actu ally looked admiringly at the sturdy frame of his youthful prisoner, as he said : I found this young man, your honor, knock ing some big fellows around as though he were in a barn threshing wheat! The judge glanced mildly at the youth, and asked: What have you to say, my young friend, to the charge?" Before the young man's answer we will briefly describe his extraordinary appear ance. He appeared to be about nineteen or twenty, a little abo11e the average height; possessed a clear blue eye, finely cut features, a rosy com plexion, and long black hair which trailed unkempt upon his broad shoulders. He was a fine, frank-looking fellow, and did not appear like one who was at home in a police court. His dress was peculiar for a young man in the city. There was no dude in his make up, as he was arrayed in a plain gray homespun suit, and_ thick shoes which were covered with dried yellow mud. In his hand he carried a regular felt sombrero, and, .upon entering the court, he had placed upon one of the benches a stout staff, over which had been hung a blood red handkerchief, which evidently contained his change of clothing, and s"erved as his trunk. What is your name young man?" demand ed the judge. "Jack Gameway," "You are a stranger in the city?" uYes sir" He had spoken in a clear, firm voice, and did not appear to be at all nervous or discomposed at the novelty of his position "Where are you froi:n?" "The West, sir." :'What part?" "I came last from New Mexico. I was born in Iowa." "What brought you to New York?" EY OLD SLEUT:E:. Business." Oh, you are a drover ?" "No, sir; I've come on here to settle, and I've come to stay. I've taken a notion I'd like to learn business, and that's why I've come to New York." "You were never in the city before?" "No sir "When did you arri11e?" This mormn O' The judge over the youth's form, and aske rl: By what train did you come?" The youth lifted one of his mud-stained feet, and answered: By the foot express, sir." "Eh?" exclaimed the judge, in an incredu lous tone. Do you mean to tell me that you have walked all the way from New Mexico?" I footed every inch of the ground, sir ; you see I didn't have any money to buy a ticket, so I just walked in. '' And now what have you to say to the <'harge made against you by the officer? He says he caught you knocking some citizens around as though they were wooden men." A quiet smile overspread the young man's face, as he answered coolly: "Well, I ain't got much to say, sir; the po liceman has gi11en it to you straight. I was kinder laying around fast, but I reckon I had a good excuse." Who were the men you were assaulting?" "That's more than I can tell you, sir; but I'll gi11e you the whole story." "Very well; proceed and tell me all about it.,, Well, sir, I arrived this morning in the city about daylight I walked down along the track of the Hudson Ri11er Railroad and that brought me out just by the depot, and I thought I'd go into a restaurant fJ.ud get a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. Well, sir, I hadn't more 1han got seated at the table when there was a smooth faced chap came and flopped right down at the same table. He was a nice talker, and I kinder took to him, and he just set in and pumped me pretty well, and he offered to take me to a man who, he said, was in want of a young man just about my inches, as a clerk. Well, your honor, I was just glad to strike a job so quick, and I felt grateful. When we came out of the place we met two other men, and my new pard said: 'Why, how luckv! Here's my friend now ;' and he introduced me to the oth e r fel lows, and we walked off to go to the man's store." I see," remarked the judge, in a com mentmg tone Well yes, judge considering I think my self pretty smart, I wonder I didn't see too but I didn 't, and I walked off with them 'easy enough and we had gone several when a nice, pretty-looking girl met us. She looked at me and looked at. the fellows with me, and then she walked straight up to me and asked: "'Young man, do you know these men?'" "A brave girl!" remarked the judge "Well, yes, judge, she was pretty spunky, as it turned out, for one of the fellows put his hand on her and gave her a shove, rough like, and she called to me: "Look out for those men, young man ; they re swindlers!' " Well, sir, as soon as .she said that, one of the fellows made for her, and raised his hand as though he were going to strike her, and I just stepped forward, and said: Hold on there, mister; don't attempt to hurt that gal!' and with that he kinder gi11e me a shove away, and then the others came up and grabbed hold of me and a suspicion just trailed through my mind that all wasn't right and I says: Now, see here, you fellows, just work your trotters, and away from here ;' and then one of 'em raised his fist and gave me a crack, and then I just broke loose and 'sailed in, and I just leveled 'em down a bit-gave 'em a little specimen of Western style, when the officer came up and caught me, while the other fellows just 'jumped the camp lively." '' Did the young man offer you any resistance, officer?" asked the judge. "No, sir; he came along with me as gentle as a babe." "I believe your story, Jack," said the judge, and you are discharged; and if you take my ad11ice, yoil will just foot it back to New Mex ico; but, if you do conclude to remain here do


not make the acquaintance of strangers unless you are introduced by a friend whom you know." Thank you, sir; as I told you, I've come to New York to settle. I'll strike a permanent <:amp pretty soon, and I reckon I've learned a good lesson." CHAPTER IL 'THE judge gave the young man some addi t ional advice and dismissed him. The officer followed the young man from the court room a nd said: "Look here, Jack, I'm going to give you some good advice; you just go to some clothing 'shebang' and rig out in city dress; it will save :you considerable annoyance." I re c kon these clothes are good enough for :a spell yet," said Jack. "They're good, to be sure; but New York' ;jg full of sharpers up to all kinds of tricks; 1 t hey're just laying' for countrymen'like you, .and some way or another they'll manage to skin :y ou out of every cent in your possession." "I ain't got much." l "No matter ; they will skin you out of all you have got " I'm much obliged to you, officer, but I reckon I can take care of the little dust I carry. I worked hard for it, and if any one at tempts to skin me out of it they'll get scalped, t hat's a ll!" "All right young man; I've done my duty in warning you. You may be very smart, but if you re smarter than these city skin chaps, you'll make your way in the world!" "Thank ye again, officer. I tell you I've <:ome to New York to settle, and I might as well learn the tricks of the hunters around here fi rst as last. I'm a sort of Rocky Mountain :grizzly and if they can take me into any of e well covered if I sticK my paw in it.'' "You came pretty near being trapped early t his morning." Do you think so?" Yes; it was a bad lot had you in tow. " Well, officer, they hadn't sprung their trap yet. The warning came in advance, and mebbe it's more lucky for them than for me." .. All right, young man, I see you are a good, honest fellow, and it 's a pity to see a square y outh like you come on to the city to get spoiled; we've bad young men enough around here al" Say, officer, you are a good man, hang it! and I kinder like you; but don t you worry abOut me; I'm too well salted and soaked in brine to spoil. Mr good mother didn't just whisper right principles and precepts in my ear -she just hammered 'e m in till the last hour of her life, and there ain't no city temptations that are going to ever make me forget what that good woman taught me." So your father and mother are dead, eh?" "Both dead. Father was a scout for Uncle Sa,m; and one day the Injuns got wood on him, and put the brave old scout's light out. I was just three years old then, so my mother told me, and the good woman started on the trail after father about three years "Have you any brothers or sisters?" I have no brothP.rs nor sisters." .. And no relatives?" "Well, I've heard mother say she reckoned s he had a brother somewhere in New lbut, at the time she died, she hadn t beard from him in thirty yea rs, so she concluded he was dead-but he may be knocking around yet, and some day l may strike his camp ; can't say, but I reckon I can get along alone, I'm used to silent trails; yes, officer, I've been ten months on one st r ea k in the wilderness without seeing .a human face-red or white-or hearin g a sound -save the sr,r eech of winds, the roar of water falls, or the howls of wild animals-I'm used to :going it alone, you bet! and I won't get lost in New York." The officer shook hands with Jack, and the two parted. The young man h ad read of New York, and its great buildings and magnificent harl :Dlled his imaginAtion for years. The city was just getting astir as Jack wan dered around, and the great throngs of people, the rush of vehicles, steaming of the elevated trains and jingle of the surface roads were all objects of great novelty and interest. It was along about eleven o'clock when Jack JAOK G.A.MEWAY wandered down toward the end of Broadway near the Produce Exchange. He was moving along with eyes for everything, when his eyes fell upon a pocket book lying upon the side walk. "Halloo!" he exclaimed, and stooped, picked up the seemingly well-filled wallet, and, as he did so, a roughlooking man tapped the lad on the shoulder, and said: Hallool What have you got there?" "It looks like a well-filled pocket-book that somebody's lost." Jack laid emphasis on the word "looks" as he made answer. The man assumed a confidential look, and whispered : "Let's go around the corner and open it." Guess there ain't no need to go around the corner." I want half of that, young man I saw it just as you grabbed it.'' "Did you?" "Yes, I did. "And you want half of it?" "Yes." "Well, let's see what's in it." The man grabbed Jack's hand to stop him from opening the wallet. Hold on, stranger; don't close your claws on my wrist." Give me the pocket-book." "Loose your paws, Johnny," said Jack. The man made a grab for the pocket-book, when Jack suddenly let out his foot and gave him a trip that let him down on the sidewalk. The man sprung to hiS feet, blue with rage, and made a dash at Jack, when the lad "broke loose," as he called it, and dealt the swindler a blow that knocked him reeling clear to the mid dle of the street before he fell, and when he did go down he was gazing at stars. At the same moment a crowd had gathered, and Jack stood in their midst 88 cool as a cucumber. What is the matter, young fellow?" de manded one of the by-standers A pleasant and bland smile played over Jack's features, as be answered: "Well, I reckon that fellow was coming the stuffed-pocket book game over me; but I didn't put my paw into the trap ; I just planted it on his jowl when he made to lay his hands on me." As Jack spoke he held up the pocket-book, which one of the by-standers opened, and the little game-an old one-was exposed. The swindler, meantime, had "made tracks," or, in other words, had disappeared. The by standers saw through the whole game, and when an officer, attracted by the crowd, arrived, the matt e r was explained to him, and he took possession of the pocket book as a trophy for the police museum, while Jack strolled on, ready for trick number two. Jack Gameway harl been a reader of weekly story papers, where all the tricks of swindlers have been so often exposed for the benefit of people living in remote quarters, and by his reading had become well posted in all the schemes of city swindlers, so that he was pre paretl to smell around before he fingered for the bait,'' as he expressed it. Jack spent the day looking at the sights, and at night cast around for a lodging-place. If he had consulted his own taste he would have camped in one of the public parks; but he was not so green as not to know that such a per formance was not permissible. CHAPTER III. JACK started on a trail to find a lodging place. He had a few dollars, and he wanted to pass a few days see ing the sights, when he intended to start in and get a job. During his walks through a certain portion of the city he bad seen a sign, Board and Lodg in gs and he made for the place, and speedily lit on to it," as he expressed it. It rriay appear strange that the young man could find his way around the city so well; and we will answer that New York, owing to its situation between two rivers, and the straight ness of the intersecting streets, is without doubt the only large city, excepting, probably, Phila delphia, where a stranger need not lose his way; and, besides, Jack was accustomed, owing to his prairie and mountain life, to taking his bearings," and, as stated, he found the lodging hou se without difficulty. There are a great many houses of the same character in New York, where one can get cheap board and lodging if he is willing to put up with the fare. Jack knocked at the door, which was opened by a fat, red-faced woman. "Can I get a room here for the night?" de manded the young man. "You can get a bed, young feller; ain't got no rooms to let out." A bed is all I want." "Well, come in!" I ain't just ready to come in yet. I only want to secure a place where I can camp when I'm ready to turn in." "Don't secure no beds here;.you'll have to come around when rou're ready to turn in and take your chances.' Oh, that's the go!" "'Yes." How much is it for a bed?" Ten cents." Good and clean?" "Well, it 's only ten cents, and you can take it or leave it." All right, I'll come round when I'm ready to turn in." The door closed and Jack wandered away. He was n youth who had been used to roughing it, and the idea of turning in to such a place was not so great a hardship to him as it would have been to a lad more delicately reared. Jack got on to Broadway, and was wander ing along enjoying the novel scene, when his eres fell upon a sight that made a deep impres sion upon his heart: sitting in a door-way fast asleep, her pale face shining white under the glare of light from a neighboring store window, was a little girl. The face was wan and weary, and the child was poorly clad. Jack stood looking at the poor child, when a policeman appeared. The officer was a power ful man, and as he passed along his rest ed upou the sleeping child, and dartmg toward the poor thing he gave her a rap on the soles of her miserable shoes .with his club. The child uttered a cry of alarm, opened her great black eyes gazed in terror on the stalwart officer and with a cry sprung to her feet and glided away. Jack ran after the child and soon overtook her "Halloo, sissy," he said, "you got beat out of your nap?" "Yes; I didn't mean to go to sleep. I just sat down to rest a moment, but I was so tired I fell off asleep." The child spoke in a low sweet tone of voice. You had better hurry home and go to bed, said Jack. "I have no home." "You have no home!'' exclaimed Jack in amazement. "No; I ain't got no home." Well, I'll be hanged! if you have no home how do you get along?" Oh, I generally make a little money every day, enough to buy food and lodging, but a boy stole all the money I made to-day and I've got to wagon it' to.night." "Wagon it!" repeated Jack, "what sort of camping is that? ' Oh, I'll get into some Dutchy's grocery wagon or under a cart." Have you had your supper?" "No sir " W here, child, here's fifty cents go and get somethir:g to eat and get a night 's lodg ings; and look out some boy don t steal your money to morrow." Jack could ill afford it, but he was not accus tomed to such cases of suffering, aiid he handed the child the money. The little girl looked well into his face, thanked him and darted away, and the very next instant Jack felt a light touch on his arm. Oh sir," came a voice from under a veil. "Hallool what's the matter now?" The veil was raised and the young man gazed upon a face th a t caused him to chill all over. It appeared as though he had been brought face to face with an apparition. "I am starving!" murmured the woman, in a weak voice. "Well, I'll be shot if ;irou don't look as if you were clean starved out !' Can you 9 ive me a little assistance?" Down Jacks hand went into his pocket, and out came a silver dollar. He handed the money to the woman, who dropped her veil, thanked him, and glided away. "Well, I'll be scalped," muttered Jack, there's a dollar and a half gone, and if I kee, on I'll be busted myself." J!lntered according to Act o/ Congreaa., in the 11ear 1885, by GEORGE M11NRO, in the o.Qlce o/ the Librarian o/ Congreas, Washington, D. c.


Within a moment a third assault was made on his pile. An old woman, seemingly nigh on to eighty, came tottering toward him with ex tended hand; her lips moved, but no sound issued from between them; although her face expressed what her lips refused to tell; she looked mi serab le enough. Down went Jack's hand. He brought forth a second silver dollar and placed it on the old woman's palm, and with the exclamation: "There, I'll be clawed by a g riz z ly if I ain't got to stop!" he moved away. Jack was a sensible fellow as well as gener ous and he knew that no matter how great his sympathy, he could not afford to give away any more money, but he muttered to himself: A bad show for a stranger's settling around here, I reckon, when there's so many old squat ters poorer than a lost squirrel when there's snow on the g round." Jack had not gone far when, just on the cor ner of a street, he beheld a sight that caused his heart to stand still: an officer came down the street having in charge a beautiful young lady, handsomely dressed and in evident distress, as she was weeping copiously and pleading with the officer. All Jack's sympathies were at once aroused. Such a sight he had never beheld before in all his life; to him it seemed like sacrilege for the officer to hold on to the arm of the beautiful creature. . "Hang it!" muttered Jack, "it's too tough; I can't stand it! I'm just going to see what's the matter." The young man followed the officer and his prisoner a short distance down a side street, when he stepped forward, and, putting his hand on the officer's arm, said: Hold on here, officer! what are you doing with that young lady?" The latter, as the officer came to a halt, clasped her hands, and, appealing to Jack, exclaimed: Oh, sir, I am innocent!-! am an innocent girl! 8ave me!" Come along," said the officer; and he grasped the girl again roughly by the arm. J.AOK GA1'IEWAY. '' Why did you not chase her up and catch her again?" "No use to chase her she bad too good a start; I'll get heragain someday, but that won't save you." So that beautiful young lady is a thief?" "Yes; one of the most dangerous criminal s in New York; but I'm sorry for you, yobng man, but I'll have to do my duty." "I'm in a bad scrape?" said Jack. "Yes; you are in a bad scrape." I re ckon the judge will let me off when I tell him the truth." He'll let you off with about two yea r s in state's prison!" "Whew!" exclaimed Jack, "what do you mean?" Just what I say; you won't get a day le ss; it's serious business to aid a prisoner to young man." "Now look here, you a in't going to take me to jail?" I must do my duty." Between man and man you know I intend ed no harm." "I can't help it, I warned you, and I must do my duty!" "You're bound to take me to jail?" "I am goin g to take you to jail and prefer the regular charge against you." "You know I meant no harm?" That's all right, but I can't help it. I must do my duty. I can't lose my appointment for you." "No one will know the difference if you let me go." There's no use talking, young man. The sergeant nipped that gal at Wallack's. He passed her over to me to take her to the station; and if I show up without her, and nothing to show for her absence, I am a goner. I'm sorry for you, and you're in a bad scrape." And you must take me in?" .. Yes." There's no help for it?" "No, sir." I might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb," suddenly excla imed Jack, and he sei zed the officer and gave him a twist and a toss that sent him whirling over on the greensward, while CHAPTER IV. Jack sped away with the speed of a frightened JACK'S blood boiled; he was smart and cute, antelope. but withal he lacked experience, and the girl When the officer re covered his feet, the young looked so innocent and beautiful he believed man was nowhere in sight. there must be some mistake, and he seized hold Meantime, Jack had put a long distance beof the officer's arm. tween himself and the spot where he had turned The latter's face flushed with anger, and, Jove r the officer, and when he felt himself safe drawing his club, he exclaimed: he exclaimed: What do you mean? Do you know you are Well, I ll be scratched by a wild cat if I interfering with an officer?" ain't been pretty busy for a short stay around "Oh, save me!-! am innocent! Do not let here! Mebbe the judge did give me good advice him take me to jail!" pleaded the girl. when he told me to foot it back to New MexShe did look pure and innocent, and, to the ico!" susceptible Jack, it did not seem possible that a Jack determined to make for the lodging being so like an angel could have committed a house and turn in before he got nipped '' and crime. lod ged involuntarily. He proceeded along and "I don't want to interfere with you," said was thinking over the incidents of the clay and Jack; "I only want to talk to you a moment." night, and lecturing himself as to his future I'll fix you!" exclaimed the officer, and course, when he felt a hand touch bis elbow. while still holding on to the girl with one hand, He turned, and an elegantly dressed lady, with he drew his club with the other and made a pass a veil drawn over her face, stood before him. at Jack. The lad from the West caught the Jack was in an irritable mood after all his officer's arm, and the policeman was compelled mishaps, and he demanded, in a sharp tone: to release his hold of the girl to grapple with "Well, what do you want now ?" Jack. "Hush, speak low, and walk along or we'll A struggle followed, and thegirl glided away. attract attention!" Jack did not attempt to strike the officer. He "See here, ,roung lady," exclaimed Jack, as acted entirely on the defensive, and the policea certain suspicion r an through his mind, I'm man exclaimed: just going to foot it alone, I'm used to it, and I'll ta. ke you in young fellow, and you'll although I'm much obliged for your company, learn it won't do to interfere with an officer!" I'm willing to excuse you." "All ri.e:ht, I'll go along with you!" Hush, and come along! I want to ask you "Do you surrender?" a question!" "Yes." As the veiled woman spoke she just drew her Well, come along." veil aside a trifle, and disclosed a face that The policeman seized Jack by the arm and caused the young man's heart to stand still. It led him along and they soon reached the park, was the face of the beautiful Belle Bryan, the across which they started to walk. girl whom the officer had denounced as the As they went along Jack said: female bunco steerer and queen of the confi" Now see here, officer, I want to ask you a dence gang. question: what did you arrest the young lady Come, walk on," said the girl, "or I'll have for that just got away?" to leave you." "Why, you fool! you've got yourself into "Good-evening," said Jack, letting forth a trouble for one of the worst women in New decided hint that he preferred that she would York! That gal is a born criminal!" leave him as quickly as she conveniently could. "A criminal!" exclaimed Jack. "I want to talk to you," said the girl: "yon "Yes; that ga l i s Belle Bryan, the queen of need not be afraid; come on, there comes an the confidence gang, and the female bunco steerofficer." er. She is a pickpocket anda thief of the worst Jack, as our readers have been informed was kind. I've been laying for her a long time, trained to take his bearings, and the necessities and to-night I had her just dead to rights only of a Rocky Mountain life had developed a won you got her away from me! derful faculty of observation, and the lad dis5 covered at a glance, to his surprise, that although it was the same girl whom he had rescued from the officer, her dress was entirely different. A change had been wroull'ht since he had seen her with the cop, and yet it was not over an hour since, through his intervention she had made her escape Jack did not fancy walking along with her He appeared to fear that he might get into SOJile fresh trouble, and be said: I did you a good turn and came n ea r get ting into a scrape myself; but it's all right ; be honest and you will be happy. " Come, come, I've something to say to you Jack walked along with her a few steps when she said: "That officer told you a terrible story about me, I suppose?" "l didn't ask him any questions," said Jack,. "I didn't stay long in his company." The two walked along in silence a few mo ments, when the g irl s uddenl y said as she hand ed a ca rd to Jack: "Keep that card; you may need a friend some day; send for me!" CHAPTER V. THE girl glided away without another and Jack. felt sorry that be bad not told her what the officer had said. There was something in her tones that led him to believe that possi b ly, after all, the policeman had maligned her ; but she bad "flit" and that was all there was about it. Jack was about to toss the card away but a restraining impulse caused him to put it. in his pocket; and we will here say that the day came when he was led to congratu lat e himself that he had kept the card. Our young hero from the West gained hi s lodgings and turned in for the night, and th e following day wandered a round the city seeing the sights; and so also the third day was passed but on the morning of the fourth day he count ed his cash, and made up his mind that it was time to seek a situation. He bought a news paper and conned over the advertisements, and cut out several which he determined to answer. One advertisement was from a large grocery house, and Jacli: went to the place and soon found himself in line with at least fifty other applicants, and an odd-looking lot they were. He was not discouraged, however, and patiently awaited his turn, and was, after two hours, usher ed' into the presence of the advertiser. The latter glanced over the young man, and mantled: Well, what do you want? "I've come to apply for the position you've advertised." "You won't suit said he, shortly; and he pointed toward the door. Jack decamped considerably chap-fallen. He had waited two hours to be sent off in two sec onds. He called at the other place, a large dry-goods house, acd, upon stating his business, was in formed that they had secured a man four hours ago. He proceeded to the third place, and was informed that they wanted a young man whC> had had some experience at the business; and SD he proceeded to about a dozen different places with no better success. Upon the following day he tried it again with no better success; and so a week passed by, and still he was without a position. "It looks kind of blue," he said, talking to himself; "but I'm here to settle, and I'm going to stav." He counted over his money. He had but forty cents left, and, as a grim smile played over his face, he muttered : I'll tarry out to-night, that' s sure! Jack spent the day looking for a job of any kind, but he met with no lu ck, and that night he slept in on e of the public parks. The night of the following day found him penniless, and again he camped in a public park. And so three days passed, and he wandered around penniless and hungry. He was too proud to ask for something to eat, and he was actually starving, and that night as he wandered through the city, he said: "Well, I reckon it's a failure, but hang me, if I don't starve before I'll beg! and I'll die a thousand times before I'll steal!" Wearied, huugry and weak, Jack sat down on a stoop to rest, and soon, despite his efforts to the contrary, he fell off into a sleep. How Jong he had been sleeping he did not know, but he was awakened by a light touch upon his face.


6 Jack opened his eyes and bis glance fell upon a plainly dressed and lovely faced girl. Excuse me, said the girl, but I touched you because I feared you were dead, you looked so wan and white." "No, I'm alive yet, miss, but I wish I were dead. "Have you no home?" Jack became fully aroused and bis pride came to his r e scue and he walked away. The young man wandered to one of the public parks and sat down on a bench, and although a hand some-looking fellow when well and hearty, he looked miserable enough as he wearily dropped upon the park bench. He had been sitting there but a few moments, when a female came and sat b e side him, and as she did so by the light of a park lamp, the young man recognized the sam e swe e t-faced girl who had awakened him whe n be had been sleeping on the stoop. Jack rose from his seat and was going away when the girl in a sweet voice said: Do not go, I want to speak a few words with you; come, sit down." Jack could not resist the pleading tone, and he took a seat. "You are a stranger in New York?" ":Yes " where are you from?" "The West. "You have no friends in the city? No, miss, I've no friends here." "Yourrelativesall liveoutWest, I suppose?" "I have no relatives." "You have no relatives?" "Not a relative in the whole world, that I know." How strange," said the girl, "I am also an orphan, and I have no relatives that I know; but tell me, have you a home ?" Tack fixed his handsome eyes on the girl and looked at her sharply. You need not be afraid of me. I am an hone s t girl. I was passing the stoop where I saw yon lying, and since you walked away I have been constrained by a strange impulse to follow you, and I will tell you why. I came to New York from the country, poor and friend less. I had to make my own way, and as I have succeeded pretty well, I may help you." Thank you, miss; but I reckon I can take care of myself "You haven't had a bit to eat 1oday?" said the persistent girl. Jack was not a liar and he made no answer. Come with me," said the girl, and I will get you something to eat." "No, thank you " H ave you tried to get work?" Y e s." And you have failed?" "Yes.'' I may be able to get you a position where r,ou c a n earn a living, at. least, said the girl, if yo u are not too proud." '' I a m not proud. I'll work at anything that' s honest." I work in a shop, and I know that they want two or three men, and if you will meet me to morrow down at the factory, I will introduce you to the foreman.'' All right I will come to the place if you will give me the address The girl wrote an address in a little book that Jack carried, and she wrote her own name and told J ack to inquire for her when he came down to the shop. "I am much oblil?ed said Jack. Will you come ? Yes; I will go anywhere to get a job. A moment the girl was silent but at length she said : "If any one asks you any questions when you come down to the shop, you must let them think'You have known me for a long time ; tell them I am your cousin "Tha t would be a lie said Jack. "No matter; it's nobody's business. "But why shall I say that?" The girl fixed her pretty clear blue eyes on the young m a n, looked him square in the face, and sa id: "It' s all right; you will know some day, why it' s neces s ary There will be no harm in it. J ack was no fool as we have said, and a glinimer of th e truth flashed throu g h his mind I will come do'll>n," llJC said, and was about to add a n expl a nation when suddenly a police men came rushing toward them, and roughly se iz e d hold of the g irl. Without a moment's reflection, Jack rushed JACK G .AMEW A Y. madly into the worst scrape he had experienced since his arrival in New York. CHAPTER VI. JACK'S blood boiled when he saw the officer rouithly grab bold of the fair girl and drag her from the seat; and bis anger reached its wildest point when be saw the policeman shove her for ward in a brutal manner, while he walked after her with uplifted club. 'rhe lad from the West sprung forward and exclaimed, as he seized the officer's arm. Hold on there! What in thunder are you doing?" The officer did not make a reply in words, but be made a lunge at Jack with his club. The lad was beside himself at the moment, and dodging the club, he dealt the officer a power ful blow that knocked him down. As the po liceman fell, a second officer came rushing forward, and Jack grappled with policeman number two, or he would have been badly clubbed. He upset the officer and wrenched his club from his hand, just as number one re gained his feet; and in self.defense, be was compelled to use the captured club to save him self, and be knocked the policeman down a second time. Several of the usual park loungers had gath ered around, and they called to Jack to run. The girl had already disappeared, and Jack cast the club away and took to his heels . The young man was not a law-breaker, nor at all belhgerent, and yet it appeared to be his mis fortune to constantly get into all manner of scrapes He bad been in the great citv only two weeks, and had been engaged in four or five scrimmages, and every time he bad been on the side of right He ran several squares and had settled down to a walk, and was wandering along undecided what to do, when a second time he felt a band laid upon his arm; the youth, supposing it to be an officer, turned quickly with uplifted arm when his glance fell upon the fair-faced who bad been the innocent cause of drawmg him into the m elee. "You here?" demanded Jack. Yes; I followed you. " Why did that officer assail you?" "Because he was a brute, and was governed by appearances without stopping to find out the truth." "I do not understand yet," said Jack. He assaulted me because I was talking to you." "Was that a reason for assailing a young lady?" "He mistook me for some poor creature who was seeking to obtain money from you." Jack suddenly discerned the truth, and said: "Well, hang him! I'm glad I served him out. "You were very fortunate in making your escape, and there was no need for you to have got into the trouble." Do you suppose I was going to stand by and see a young lady abused?" "We poor people are compelled to submit to considerable injustice at times." I am not a poor person." "I thought you were penniless?" So I am; but I've youth and health, and I'm not asking any odds -0f any one." We will go in here said the girl. They were in froJ?t of a cheap restaurant. Jack hesitated, but the girl whispered: Come along; whatever it costs you can pay me back s o me ctay." The real fa c t was, Jack was on the verge of starvation. He had not asked to be fed, but be could not di e while food was offered to him, and he accompanied the girl into the eating saloon. The latter ordered the meal, and she ordered a good one, and Jack's heart overflowed with gratitude. Tell me your story, said the girl. "What is your name? "Jack Gameway." The youn g miss laughed and remarked : Well, the manner in whi c h you 1ook my part to-night would suggest that you are well named" 1 do less th a n take your part." Tell me your history. Jack told his s imple story, and the girl list ened with deep int e rest. While 1elling bis story Jack had an oppor tunity under the glare of light in the restaurant to study the face of his benefactress. The fair faced girl was evidently poor-a poor workinggirl. She was very plainly dressed; the material s of her clothing were of the commonest sort; hut withal she looked neat and nice; but it was not her dress that most arrested hiR attention. He discovered that she was a really beautiful girl, and yet at the first glance she did not look so handsome, and it struck Jack that there was something mysterious about her. There had been a singular transformation in her appear ance since he had first glanced at her when aroused from his sleep on the stoop. He had observed what appeared to be an ugly scar on her face, but the scar had mysteriously disap peared, and despite several other little facts which will be disclosed as our narrative pro gresses, a study of the face revealed that she was indeed a really beaut iful girl. A chill passed through Jack' s heart as he 1hought over the change in her appearance, and a suspicion passed through his mind that caused him to feel really sad. Having completed his own narrative, he said: ., .. Turn about is fair play-now what is your name?" "Marian Blair." Tell me your history." I have never told my story to any one." Tell it to me." "I will; we have met in a strange manner, and there appears to be a similarity in our ex periences; you are an orphan, so am I, and like you I have my own way to make in the world." I hope we are alike clean through!" interrupted Jack. "What do you meun?" demanded the girl. "I'll make an honest living or die!" said Jack. The girl s fair face became suffused with blushes, and it was several seconds before she found voice to answer: "And so will I; and I am glad to hear you speak as you do!" She had discerned from Jack's remark his evil suspicion, and the discovery was the cause of her dee blushes. Jack saw the blush and noted the answer, and was ashamed of himself. At once and in a friendly tone he said : Come, tell me your history." "My story, like yours, is briefly told; my fa ther was a school-teacher up in the country. He went to the town where I was born when he was a young man to take charge of the school. He met my mother, who was the daughter of an F.nglishman, a surveyor, I believe. Her father was a reticent m a n who never spoke of his own history. He was a widower when he arrived in the town, and shortly afterward died from th e effects of an accident which befell him while surveying the line of a railroad. It appeared afte1 bis death that he bad no means, and the n e ighbors could not find that he had any r e la tives, and he left only a few papers-his mar riage certificate and one or two letters from a lawyer. I believe my mother, a mere child, was adopted by a farmer, and she was living an unhappy life under the domination of the farmer's second wife, when she and my father met, and they were married. My father's salary was a small one, and they were very poor Mother died when I was about a year old; my father never recovered from the shock, and two years ago he died, and at the age of fourteen I was left alone in the world without a known relative and practically penniless, as my father's estate only consisted of the furniture in our lit tle cottage.' The girl's story at this moment was interrupted by a noisy part,Y who were just leaving th e s aloon. After their departure she resumed her narrative, after having first asked: Shall I go on with my story?" "Yes," said Jack; "I am deeply interested ; proceed.'' CHAPTER VII. '' AN administrator was appointed, and om little goods were sold and_ the sum of two hun dred dollars realized. A guardian was appoint ed and a trustee, and I was placed in care of a young married couple." "Well, I'll be hanged! said Jack. "Why ,didn't they give you the money?" Because I was not of age. They are very strict up iu country towns. You know I am to get my fortune when 1 come of age. " A big fortune to wait for!" said Jack, with a smile ; but go on." '' I was placed with the people to be treated as one of the family; but I had not been there two we e ks before I discovered that I was noth-


JACK GAMEWAY. ing but a common servant, and I was ill -t reated forth, and as they walked along Marian gave from the very first hour I was in the house." Jack full directions as to where he was to go, "Why didn t you complain to your guardand as to how he was to act on the following ian?" day, and she concluded with the exclamation: I did, and he told me it was all nonsense, Here is where liv e and that I couldn't expect to live idle like a rich "In that big house?" young lady. I stood it for two months, and Yes." then I made up my mind to strike out into the Why it looks like a gra nd hotel. world and do or die! And one night with a lit" It's a home for working-girls, and all I pay tle valise containing all my clothes and thirteen is two dollars a week for my room; it's a bene dollars in money, 1 stole away and came on ficent place for girls like me. But good-night, here to New York." take care of yourself and be on hand to-mor" You are a brave girl!" sa id Jack, admirrow." ingly. I'll be there," said Jack, intendin g to make I would rather have died than remain where good his promise, and little dreaming of the 1 was; my life was miserable. When I reached thrilling adventures which were to prevent him New York I went straight to a factory and got. from going down to secure the job. work on the second day, and I've been working The fair Marian had made one la s t effort to in the same shop ever since; my employer is a induce the young man to accept. the money, but good, kind, and upright m a n, and all his emhe had resolutely and steadfastly refu sed. ployes are well treated. I would like to ge t into Jack hall enjoyed a good meal and he felt a public school as a teacher, but, as I h ave no quite strong and refreshed; his old-time stn; n g th friends, of course that is impossible but some of and vigor had returned and he walked along these days I will open a school; that is the the street with a firm step and buoyant spirit height of my ambition!" at the prospect of securing employment in the "Can you teach?" morning. "Can I teach? Why it's wonderful how well "Halloo, o!U man! came a salutation. I have been educated; my father was a very Jack turned and beheld a fine-looking, well learned man, and he spent all his leisure time dressed young man standing before him. .fnstructing me. And now it's late and I must Where are you going in such a hurry?" de go home; it's strange how I should have met manded the stranger. you but something tolrl me when' I saw youl Jack could not answer home," as he had lyin g on that stoop lonely this evening, that you no home, and in order to conceal the fact he were a young man who had come to New York made an answer both pertinent and evasive: to seek your fortune." It's none of your business where I'm "And I'm going to make it!" said Jack, going!" with a determined look upon his face. "You needn't get huffy when a man asks "Of course you will, and some day you'll you a civil question." help me with money to start a large school." And you need not get offended when a man I shouldn't be surprised if I were to do gives you a truthful answer!" r e plied Jack. something for you some day," said Jack in a "Do you want to make some money?" peculiar tone, and there was a far-away look in I don't know." his eyes as though the mists of the future had "You don t know whether you would like to clear ed away for a moment, and had permitted make a few dollars or not?" him a passing glimpse of what was to come. It's rather a late hour to make a bargain," "You have no place to sleep to-night?" said said Jack. Mari an. '' That's so, but circumstances alter cases. Oh, I don't mind tha t; I'm used to sleep-I'm in a hole. ing in the open air. I've done it for months at Jack had never heard that particular expres-a time." sion; the fact was, the saying had just come in But you're liable to be arrested at any movogue, and the young man from the West struck ment." an idea that the stranger was fooling him, and "ls slee ping a crime, when some poor, homehe said: les s wretch finds a quiet spot to camp over"You're in a hole, eh?" nio-ht ? "Yes." 9 It is not looked upon as a crime exactly, but "Well, my advice to you is to dig out?" it i s not permitted. The city provides a place Hold on, let me explain. Come, let 's go over in the station; but you would not like to go and have a drink, there's a beer saloon over there, because they do look upon a homeless there open and I'll tell you my fix." person as a sort of criminal, as a matter of I don't know as I've any interest in your course." fix." "Well, it's kinder suspicious not to have a "Hang it! are you dumb? I want a man to home." assist me in a little matter, and I will pay him I'm sure I can get you worlt down at our well for his trouble; it's late at night, and I shop, and you can pay me back. Here's a do!-don t know where to get a man to assist me, and Jar." seeing you come along I thought I'd try and "I'll be clawed to death by a grizzly before hire you, and H' yon wish to make a five-dollar I'll take a cent!" bill it's all right, and if you don't I'll look You can pay m e again." around and try and get some one else, that's "No; I'll just camp out until I get to w0rk." all." "You must take the money. "Wbat do you want me to do?" "I won't-and that settles it; but I'll see you "I want you to help me carry a trunk from to your boarding-house." one house to another and I'll pay you five dol" I keep house, but I can't invite you to the Jars for the job." same house as it's a girls' lodging-house where I stay. Some good ladies have leased the build ing, and they let out rooms to us, and we pro vide our own meals or get them out. It's a nice plac e for homeless girls; we're safe there. But I want you to take the dollar. " I won't do it-that's square!" "It's necessary for you to be down at the factory by seven o'clock." I'll be there." '' But suppose you should be hauled in by a policeman, then you couldn't come. No, no you take the money and lodge somewhere, and to-morrow if you get a job you can g o into a boarding-house." "I won't take the money and now come along, I'll see you home ,as this m a n wants to c lose up his place." "You will not take the money?" I will not, by jiminy, I won't! and if you insist upon it I won't come down to-morrow for t he job!" You will be careful, then ? I strangely have co me to feel as much interest in you as though I were your sister." So you shall be my sister, and I will be your bro ther; but I won't take the dollar." The two orphans so strangely met started CHAPTER VIII. THE young man looked respectable, and yet a suspicion flashed through our hero's mind that all was not right The fact was, the young man from the West was a suspicious sort of a chap at best. Can't you wait until morning to move your trunk? You can get plenty of men to help you then." "I'll tell you; I have not a moment to spare I came on to New York frolll Boston to work for a firm, supposing they were honest men, but I have since found out that they are carry ing on a fraudulent business. I am afraid to attempt to get my trunk away in the day-time." The stranger bad struck the right vein for securing Jack's assistance. Our hero was a sympathetic young fellow, and the moment he learn ed that the young man was in trouble he was prepared to aid him. Are you telling me the truth?" demanded Jack. "What object would I have in tellin g you a lie?" -They were standing under a street-lamp, and Jack could plainly see the young man's face. 7 His features were delicate and refined, and his whole appearance was that of a respectable young man. I'll go and help you with your trunk," said Jack. I want you to understand that I've got to steal it away. You see, these men are terrible fellows and I am afraid of them, and I want to get my trunk away without their knowledge." That's all right." The stranger had won Jack's confidence, and as they walked along the street the young man 'told Jack quite an interesting history of him self, and our hero became enthusiastic in the adventure. '!be young men at length reached a store, and Jack was led into a side-hallway and along to a rear door, where an entrance was made into the store. The young man had a key to both the outside and inside door, and all seemed straight and fair enough and in accordanee with his story. On the floor lay a sma ll-sized trunk. Y;pu take that trunk, said the young man, an d I will take this bag, and we will get away as fast as we can." All the incidents appeared to accord with the young man's statement so nicely that all our hero's suspicions were allayed, and he seized the trunk, which he found quite heavy It's rather heavy for a small trunk," said Jack. Yes ; my tools are all in it." The explanation appeared satisfactory, and Jack shouldered the trunk. I will go out first," said the young man "and you stand in the door-way: and when you hear me give a whistle, you come out and we will go ahead." Jack stood in the hall near the door for some 1 minutes, and at length he heard a whistle, and he stepped forth, and had gone but a few steps when suddenly two men appeared. One seized hold of the trunk and lifted it to the ground, whil e the second seized Jack !md clapped a cocked pistol to his temple. "We've got you this time, you scoundrel!" sa id the man ; and ere Jack was aware, a pair of handcuffs were clapped upon his wrists and h e stood a helpless prisoner. "What does this mean?" demanded Jack, when he recovered from the first shock of sur prise. The two men laughed, and one of them said: "You're well got-up, old man, but don't attempt to come the innocent on us." Where is the young man?" demanded Jack. What young man?" The young man who engaged me to carry this trunk for him." Again the two men laughed, and one of them said, sternly: "See h e re, fellow. We've got you dead to rights. We ve been on the lay for you; we expected you, and it's no use to play the in nocent on us One of the men drew a mask-lantern from his pock et, slid the mask and flashed the light straight in Jack's face. Do you snugg '?" asked one of the men. "No; he s a stranger to me, but he s got-up well, and he's a bad 'un. He's from the West, I reckon But let's ge t along with him to the station-house." I'll take care of him. Can you carry the trunk?" The second man took a lug at the trunk and said: It's full of 'loot,' but I can get it along." "Here, I'll give you a hand. The man who held ,Jack attached a double handcuff to his prisoner locking his man to bis own wrist, and with his freed hand seized one end of the trunk and said: "Come, we'll march!" Jack began to realize the terrible. scra9e he was into, and, when too late could have kicked himself for being such a silly fool as to be led into such a trap. He perceived tbat the two men were detectives. He realized that tbe man with the nice face was a sneak-thief or midnight burglar, who had inveigled him into assisting in the removal of his "swag." "Well, well!" thought Jack, "who would ever have believed that the son of my mother would be arrested as a midnight burglar?" Addressing the men, he said: Are you officers?" Well, now that's cool!" answered one of the men. Listen to me," said Jack. I'll swear I am as innocent as you are of doing anything


8 wrong knowingly. I was engaged by a nice looking young man to help him carry a trunk." Oh, what are you giving us?" came the an swer, in a satirical tone. Jack made up his mind that it was useless to attempt to t alk to the officers, and he kept silent. He was taken to the station-house and locked in a ce ll. There was a grim humor about Jack a t a ll times, and he was of a hopeful and buoyant temperament and not easily discouraged, and as the iron door closed aga inst him he muttered: Well, this is a nice camp for a new settler!" and afte r a moment he added: I sa id I'd come to New York to stay, and it kinder looks as though I had!" Later on Jack took a more serious view of the sit uation and blamed himself for his simplicity. As he thought matte rs over, he saw through the whole scheme by which he had got into such a serious scrape, and he began to discern the dire consequences. His deci s ion was that the nice young man was a burglar-that he had visited the shop se lect ed for the robbery, had packed up the swag," and then had t aken the chances of securing an innoc ent man to get the boodle away. The scheme was a cunning one and an old trick, and the re co rds of the courts prove that innocent men h ave been sent to prison who have been s imilarly duped. Had Jack got away with the trunk to a safe place, the thief or thieves would h ave taken possession and he would h ave been sent udrift. "What a fool I was!" muttered Jack, "and I've thought mys elf so smart all the time!" Alas! the poor young man forgot that dire necessity has often got honest men into trouble. As he thought over the matter he again re marked: My version of the tale will be all nice enough to tell, but how am I go in g to prove it? I am a friendle ss stranger in New York, cir cumstances are dead against me, and I can not even tell who the real culprits were, and I'm in a bad scrape." The youth paced the narrow limits of his cell until mornin g, un able to sleep and driven almost mad as he contemplated the chances against hfm. At length he muttered: I can not help it. I am innocent; I was only seeking to earn an honest dollar, and I have one friend in heaven who will help-other wise what will become of me ?" CHAPTER IX. JACK thought himself friendless and yet a friend was to step forward to his aid from a quarter where he had least reason to expect one, and h e was to learn that, after all, kind and generous actions, as well as evil ones, ofttimes bring their own reward or punishment. At an early hour in the mornin g Jack was taken from his cell, led upstairs and placed in a priva te room under g u a rd, and after awhile the captain of the precinct and one of the officers who had arrested him enter e d the room. Are you hungry?" asked the detective No." The captain scanned the youth' s face, and, after an interval, said: Young man, you are in a bad scrape." "I am innocent, said Jack. Oh, yes; we know you are innocent; cer tainly-that's understood But come, now, open up your part in this scheme, and tell us who was with you in this job?" The speaker was the detective and his tone and manner offended our hero who answered: I've nothing to say. I've told you my story, and if you do not wish to believe it I can't help it. "See here, young man," said the captain ; I have not heard your story. Come, tell me all about it. Jack, in a simple, straightforward manner, related the facts, and the captain, who listened attentively, remarked, at the conclusion of the narrative: That's an old s tory. young m _an." I can't help it; it's the truth." "It won't go far in your favor with the judge, unless you can prove it. "l can not prove my statements unless the man who got me into this scrape comes forward to save me." There is not much danger of bis coming for ward, and the best thing for you to do is, make a 'dean breast of it and tell the truth ... JACK GAMEWAY. I've told the truth. "And you mean to stick to your statement?" "Yes, I do ; it's the truth, and I'll stick to it. " You were not hovering around that store yesterday, were you?" What store?" The store that was robbed." "No, sir, I was not." You were not looking in the window?" Not to my recollection." You were not in the neighborhood at all?" "No, s ir." "You are sure?" Yes, sir, I am sure." "You'll stick to that, I suppose?" said the de tec tive. "Yes, I will." A strange smile played over the detective's face as he remaked to the captain: He' s a bad 'un, cap; he lies with about as straight a face as any chap I ever met." You are sure you were not in the vicinity of the store?" asked the captain. "Yes, I am sure." The captain rapped on the table, a nd an offi cer entered the room. up four or five of your lodgers," said the captam. The officer disappeared, but in a few moments returned followed by severnl rough-looking men. The handcuffs were r e moved from Jack's hands; the rough lookin g men were ranged in a row and J ac k was placed in the center and a moment later a nice-looking gentleman was ushered into the room. The moment the old gentleman entered the What made you deny it? " Whe n you first asked me I did not remember." Oh, you did not remember?" "No, sir." But you were arrested within a hundredt feet of that very store, with the trunk in your possession." I am a stranger in the city; and I am not familiar with any one neighborhood I did not remember having been in that vicinity. " Oh, you did not r e member?" "No, sir. I have wandered over many a mile without taking the bearings of where I was. passing. I had enough to think of, sir.'' '' What wer e you thinking of when you pas sed along with your eyes open without seein, anything?" I was thinking of my miserable situa tion, and thinking what I should do to get a po sitioni where I might earn my bread." And you did not recognize the store that you had seen in the afternoon when you revisited it at night?" On my honor, I did not." This is a likely storv, young mana very: likely story! and 1 s uppose you expect me to believe it." "No, s ir, I do not expect you to believe it, but it i s the truth, and again, s ir, suppose I did1 look in the store window, it does not follow :i: meant to rob I looked in the windows of a grea1'many stores.'' But you were not caught coming out of the other ones with s tol e n goods," came the perti nent answer. room Jack r e membered that he had seen the old CHA.PTER x. man somewhe re, but he could not place him. "Sel ect the m a n whom you saw lookin g in JACK saw, as stated, how through a simp le your window yesterday," directed the captain. mistake he had deepened the shadow which The old ge ntlem a n ran his eye over the line, overhung his future. Indeed, he was helpless and, stepping forward, placed his hand on Jack. to extricate him se lf. He kn ew that nothing he "You are s ure? could say would ava il him. That is the sc oundrel ; I am as sure as I am You now remember being at the sto re?" standing here." Yes si r "No mistake?" you doing there?" "I could pick him outof a hundred, captain. "Nothing." I am sure. I didn't like his looks when I saw "Why didn t you admit you were there?" him eying my valuables." "I had forgotten it." That will do," said the captain, and a You recall it easy enough though when shad.)W passed over his face. we have you dead to rights with facts. A moment later and a yo un g lady was s hown "Yes, sir, I admit tha t I have made a fatal into the room. error; but I still decl a re that I have told the The moment the lady raised her veil Jack's truth to the best of my knowledge, and did not heart sunk within him and he turned pale. He inten tionally deny being at the store in the r eme mbered where he had seen the old ge ntle afternoon." mun; he remembered where he had seen the "What do you take me for young man? young lady He had seen both in a large jewelry The cap t a in here," answered Jack, innos tore. He did remember looking in at the winc en tly dow of a store on the rlay ; but when he The captain l a ughed and said: returned at night with the thief, a fter the store You do play it well; but now li sten: we've was closed, he did not recognize the place, and, got the evidence dead against you, but there being a stranger in the city wandering around were older and more experienced men behin d from place to place, he did not remember the you; thos e are the men we want. And now, if various localitie s through which he passed ; but, you will give the whole busine ss away, I will upon seeing the girl, he did remember having promise to do all in my pow e r to get you a light seen her in a store, and it came to him then, sentence. But you must make a clean b reast of when too late that it must have been the store it and tell us the whole truth." where the robbery had been attempted. "I've nothing to tell, sir." It was not a strange incident that, under all "That won t do young man." the circumst a nces, Jack had failed to recognize "I swear I am telling the truth." the place or had forgotten the fact of his having "Oh, bother about the truth! We have just been looking in a particular store window upon proved you a cool headed liar. Now, what we the preceding day, as, having nothing to do, he want is to get at your 'pals in this business; bad probably sp ent some time gazing into the and if you help us to do it so much the better windows of many stores. for you. The captain ordered the young lady to pick "I have no 'pals.' out the man she had seen gazing into the store "Just say ri ght out you're not giving any window. thing away." The girl ran her eye over the line, and went 1 '11 say anything you please so lon g as you straight to Jac k. do not ask me to tell a lie." "You are sure miss?" "Oh, no; you never tell a lie ; you are the I am sure." most truthful James I ever met," sneered the "You can not be mistaken?" detective. "But we have to help your memory No, sir." when we wish to get the truth out of you and "At what hour did you see him?" then you're ready to own up. Now, who were "It was about five o"clock." with you in this matter?" "That will do. Put the darbies on him." "I tell you 1 hav e no friends in New York, The young lady left the room and the manano acquaintances; I am a stranger." cle s were again put on J ack's hands. "And you mean to stick to that and-" The youth's soul was filled with despair. He The detective's further remarks were i nterre a lized how, through a lap se of memory, he rupted by an exclamation of surprise. An offi stood at the start a convicted liar, and recogcer in undress had just entered the room and as nized how all his statements would naturally be his eyes fell upon Jack, he exclaim ed: disbelieved. "Well, I'll be han ged if that ain't the scoun" Well, young man, what have you got to say drel after all!" now?" demanded the captain. Aha!" exclaimed the detective, do you "Nothing," answered Jack, in a despairing know him, Ned?" tone. Well I should say I did." Do you still deny loafing around that store?" Again Jack's heart sunk within him; it ap" No, sir." peared as though all the evil fates were arrayed 1


, .. I against him ; the officer in undress uniform was the fellow from whom he had rescued the queen of the confidence women. Who is he, Ned?" asked the detective. He is a pal of Belle Bryan, the queen of the confidence gang." "Ahal" ejaculated the detective, "I thought we d get his pedigree, and he smiled all over with triumph. Yes, he s the villain who rescued Belle from me when I was taking her in, and it's through him I'm suspended at this moment." J ack's face was pale as a ghost. "How is that, young fellow?" said the de tecti ve. I did help a young lady to escape from the officer." "You helped a young lady to escape! Oh, you innocent lamb! you high-souled gallant and champion!" said the officer in tones of satirical contempt It did appear as though everything was turn ing dead against Jack. "You didn't know her, you had never seen her before, I suppose?" said the officer. "Never before that moment!" affirmed Jack. "You thought she was some innocent lamb lik e yourself whom the officer was dragging off to jail?" I did, sir." Well,. you are about as muchly injured a youth as I ever came across; you are innctcence itself. But up you'll go, my darling, and it will be a long time before you will rescue any more pretty dears from the clutches of the police. Dear me, what an unfortunate cuss you are for s uf'h a jerk of innocence! You snatch a thief from an officer, thinking she was a weep ing beauty ; you get caught stealing a trunk of jewelry-caught in the act; you are convicted as a downright liar, and yet you are a in the city, and a simple dupe of a more active thief You rascal! I'd serve you right if' I clubbed yo u to within an inch of your life!" I'll make you take back all you're saying some day," said Jack, turning red with shame and anger. The detective laughed as he answered: Oh, m y dear, there are a dozen fellows up the river who have the call on you in that game of vengeance on me. Yes yes; there's tougher men than you who have sworn to get square with me when they get out; but they ain't out yet, an d you ain't m, but you will be, and I feel as safe as a king loved by his people for a little while yet. But now come, young fellow, we've got you dead to rights, but there's one chance to make t hings easy for you." I a m not asking any chance." YOU had better take him and mug him," said the captain. He's a bad 'un, but I don't think we've got his picture in the gallery." Jack' s blood ran cold. He recognized that the term mugging meant having his picture taken for the Rogues' Gallery, and oh, what a prospe c t would remain for him in life after thll.t! Indeed, it were better for him had he died e 'er an evil fate ever turned his steps toward New York! "Come, young fellow, you've one more chance." What do you want me to do?" asked Jack. '' Make a clean breast of .it; tell who was with you in this job." "And if I do?" I'll get the district attorney to let up light on you ; get it down so you will not get over ten years at the outside." Jack's heart stood still; it did seem as though there was no hope for him. He could not see how he would ever be able to establish his inno cence ; the most singular and tragic series of in ciden ts combined to testify to his guilt. I wish I could tell you something," said Jack. Oh, give over that kind of talk, young fel low, you can't cram me, and you might as well take a tumble.' " I've tumbled far enough," said Jack, and he cas t his eyes down on the manacles that bound his wrists "You're dead set. ain't you?" I've nothing to say." All right, it will be too late when yoU' do make up your mind to 'squeal;' but I tell you if you will open up,' I'll do all I can for you, and I'm a man of my word." I've nothing to say; I've nothing to tell," said Jack. "That" s your decision, eh?" "I couldn't decide otherwise if I wished to; I never saw the man before in my life who got . JACK GAMEWAY. me to carry off the trunk, but I'll tell what I'll do ; let me go free and I'll find him; yes, I'll find him if it takes me day and nil?ht for a year, and l m a good fellow on a trail!' "Tell me you are innocent!" said the girl. And will you believe me?" Yes .n You will accept my simple word?" "I will." 9 "You are a cool un; yes, you beat 'em all! said the detective, and he rose and grasped poor Jack by the arm. The young man from the West, the brave, high-spirited, honorable youth was led to the official photograph gallery and "mugged" for the Rogues' Gallery, and from the photographer's he was taken to the Tombs and placed in a cell and again as the door closed on him, he muttered : Thank you; I am glad there is one person who will believe me; but tell me have you read the evidence against me ?" "I have." And you are still willing to believe I am in nocent ?" "lam.'' Whence arises your faith in me? " I have been thinking the whole matter over and I can readily see how you may be innocent Ten years! Yes, I reckon I've come to stay!" Tell me just how you mto this scrape." CHAPTER XI. Jack told his story ma simple and JACK was a resolute fellow, and, conscious of forward manner, and when he had his innocence resolved to be resigned to his fair Marian said : fate. Muttering to himself he said: I believe every word you say." "Something must turn up in my favor; every Thank you; but, miss, it will be hard to thing has turned up against me, and now it's make a judge believe my story.'' time for the trail to make a turn. I am inno" 1..will admit that you are in a desperate posicent, and an innocent man can not suffer long, tion." that's sure.'' "Yes; there is no hope for me. Jack was furnished food, and he eat with a "Have you consulted with a lawyer ?" good appetite, and when night came he stretched How could I employ a lawyer ? I have not himself upon his bed and slept the sleep of the a cent in the world." innocent. "Has no lawyer been here to offer his servUpon the following morning he was taken to ices'/'.' court for a preliminary examination, and was Not a soul has been near me save you." compelled to stand and sit before a crowd of A moment the beautiful visitor was silent, morbid people who always crowd the court-rpom but at length she said: to gratify their curiosity. Something must be done ; an in:nocent The evidence was dead against him; the de young man must not be sent to jail! tective testifie;! to the arrest, and th'.' pr0;:::etor "Saltpeter won't save me," said Jack. of the store and his daughter ga>e testi" But you must have a lawyer.'' mony. The officer also testified to J ac k's res"No: I do not need one." cue of the famous criminal, Belle Bryar. The ; And rlo you mean to be sent to jail without captain of police also testified to Jac,, s false ... ing a stmggle to save yourself? hood concerning his presence the store at a This is tte last jail I will ever be confined certain honr of the same evening of the attempt in," said Jack. ed robbery. The girl lowered her voice and asked tim The case against the youth was clear enough ; idly : but the judge asked him what he had to say "Do you mean l to try and escape?" Jack's answer was "Nothing," and he was "Yes." formally held to await the action of the Grand "I do not see how it will be possible. .) ury, on the charge of and house-"Oh, I know a way to get out.'' bret1king-one of the most serious charges, save "You will only be recaptured or become a the charge of murder, known to the law. fugitive the rest of your life, and be driven to When Jack was returned to the prison he commit an actual crime in the end." made up his mind that it was all up with his I'll never be recaptured.'' prospects in New York. He could plainly see The girl caught the expression of Jack's face, that the evidence was so dead against him that and appeared to discern his intention, and she conviction and sentence were certain. exclaimed : The young man s spirits fell under the bur: "No; you must not do that den of his misfortunes, and he came to a des" Do what?" perate resolve. "Commit suicide!" I will never go to prison! I will never "Who said anything about suicide?" stand trial! he muttered. I have tried to be "I fear that is your intention. Now listen to honest ; I have no one; and yet here I me: I have one hundred and fifty dollars in the am in jail as a criminal, without a cent of bank; you shall have this money and we will money, without a friend in the world-why get a lawyer." should I live?" Jack gazed at the girl in astonishment. The last words betrayed his determination "What do you mean?" The poor goaded youth saw but one way out of "Just what I say. his troubles, and he calmly resolved to take his Do you suppose I would permit you to own life. waste your hard-earned savings on a lawyer?' The determination was not only foolish, but Yes." wicked Escape by means of death by one's Marian will you tell me why you take such own hand is always a poor, mean cowardly interest in me ?" mode of escaping the ills of this life, and there '.' I can not tell." is no truer proverb than with life there is "Is there any reason that you could give?" hope;" and Shakespeare has well said, in" Ham-"Only that like me you are an orphan, and let," "Fly to ills we know not of." that you came to New York alone and penniless Jack, however, was young, inexperienced, to make your way in the world." and without good or friendly counsel. It did You are a good, kind girl, and you will be appear as the chances were all an angel some day ; you are an angel on eartb. him and that his case was hopeless and 1t was now, but alas! you can not aid me. I am young a terrible thing for a young man to look for and inexperienced, but I am no fool! a lawyer ward to ten or fifteen years of priSO!'.! life and would take your money and do nothing for me ; association with criminals of the worst sort. no one can aid me, unless the villain who got Jack sat in his cell thinking calmly over the me into this scrape should come forward and method by which he should release himself declare my innocence and accept the punish from his present ills by way of the grave, when ment for his own crimes. his cell door opened and a vIBitor was announced. It is not likely he will ever do that." When Jack' s visitor raised her veil, he recog' "No; and, therefore, my case is hopeless. nized Marian Blair. The fair girl's face was But you must not think of killing your self. pale, and she appeared anxious and sorely disSomething may be done." tressed. "Nothing can be done to save me now. "You can stay twenty minutes," said the "Will you make me a promise? keeper as he closed the ce11 door and locked the What do you want me to promise?" fair girl in with the prisoner. "Promise to do me a favor." "You here!" exclaimed Jack. What is the favor?" "Yes; I read an account ol your examination "You must trust me and make the promise in the papers, and I. came to see you; surely you blindly .'' are not guilt.y?" I will," said Jack. Do you think I am innocent?" "Yes." Jack laughed in a sort of sardonic manner, and the young girl gave a start and fixed her "You will really give me your promise, and lovely eyes on him in an earnest way. keep it?" CHAPTER XII.


10 .JAOK GAMEWA.Y. "If I give my promise I will keep itJ1 I "Can your friend do anything for you?" "I wi s h you to promise me not to kill your "No." self until I see you again." Well, I am your friend, and I will do some" You are so good, I am bound to give you thing for you.". my promise." "What can you do?" "And you will swear to keep it'I" "I don't know yet, but I'll get you out of It is not necessary for me to swear; when I this scrape, if it costs me my life." pass my word, it' s law. But now, mark me, "You a re very kind, but I do not believe you you must make me a promise." can do anything for me." It is no more than fair that I should." That is because you do not know me I And you will keep your promise?" could get you all the lawyers you might need, "Yes, I will keep my promise." but I do not think a lawyer can do you any "You swear?" good; the case is too positive and dead against "No, I will not swear; my word, like yours, you; but you shall not go t0 jail. is good." What can you do?" "All right. Now, I wish you to promise me I mu st have time to think the matter over; that you will not spend one cent in my behalf; but you make up your mind that you are not the money would only be thro w n away." going up the river. I've taken a fancy to you, I am sorry you compel me to make that a nd I'll save you: an1 when I say that much it promise." means something. In the meantime you make You would only spend your money and do yourself comfortable here. It will be some time me no good. tell you all the lawyers in the before your trial comes off, and we will have world can not save me; unfortunately, the eviplenty of time to lay our plans." dence is de ad against me, and yet I am a s inno-The girl drew from her pocket a roll of bills, cent as yourself." and extending them toward Jack, said: At this moment there came a rap at the door "Here, you take this money and fix the keep-and the youn g peop!e saw that the turnkey had ers, and send for all the comforts you need.'' come to lead the VIS1tor away. "I can not take any money said Jack Remember your promise," said Jack. "You ca n not take any "I will, and you will remember yours?" "No" 'I will." "Why not?" The young girl was led away. I do not need it. Late in the afternoon a second visitor was "Bah l you want something besides prison shown into Jack's cell; the new-comer was a fare. veiled lady also, and Jack concluded th.at Marian "No; the food I get is good enough for me." had returned ; but he was greatly surpnsed wh!)n "But you want to fix the keepers t he visitor spoke .. The V?ice was rich, The keepers treat me well enough." sympathetic, but it was not the "You are easily please d ; but you must take voice of Marian the money, all the same." Well, you are in a bad scrape," said the No I will not take it visitor. A mounted his vi;itor's face as she said Y e8, I am in great trouble." Do you m ean you will not take it "What are you going to do?" me?" "Who asks the question?" "I have refused money from my other "Do you not recognize my voice?" friend." "I do not." / "r'care not for your other friend you must I will s how you my face, but you must not take the money." betray any surprise or pronounce my name." I will not." A weird suspicion s hut through Jack's mind. "Take it as a loan." The her veil, Jack was. on How could I ever pay it?" the pomt o_f uttermg anex?lamat1on of "One word, Jack G a meway; do you think l b_ut a was raised, he remamed am offering you stolen money?" silent. HIS v1S1tor was the beautiful queen of The young man could not tell a lie a nd he the confidence men, the woman whom he had made no a nswer. rescued fr?m officer and bJ: that act I will swear the money is hone s tly mine I f wait and see what can be done!" Jack had already made one promise to that effect and he willingly assured Belle Bryan that he would wait. A few moments passe d and the step of the keeper was heard. The woman dropped the veil over her face and said: You must not let any one know that I cam e tb see you." "You may depend upon me." An instant later the keeper opened the cell door and announced that time was up. Belle Bryan rose and followed the turnkey out. Any chance for your friend?" he asked. The woman slipped a twenty-dollar bill into the keeper s hand, and said: Look well to his comfort." Oh, never fear ; he's a nice young fellow, and I've taken a great fancy to him. I'll see he's well taken care of, you can depend." When alone, Jack sat and thought over the strange incidents of the day. He had entered that cell, as he supposed, a friendless man; but within a few hours he had learned that he had two friends who would go any lengths to serve him-and, strange enough, both the se new found friends were beautiful young women About half an hour after the departure of his last visitor the keeper appeared at his cell door bearing quite a number of little delicacies. "I say, young fellow I've brqught you some thing to feed on, and I've brought you a few books to read and the daily papers. Now, you just make yourself as comfortable as you can, and I reckon it will come out all right for you in a few days." Jack thanked the keeper, and recognized to whom he owed thanks for the little attentions he was receiving About half a n hour subsequent to the inter view which took place in Jack's cell, a noted de tective was up Broadway when he felt a light touch upon hlS arm. He turned and recog nized that the touch had come from a veiled lady who stood at his side. The detective, who was none other than Phil Tremaine, the famous Gypsy Detective, was not at all abashed It was not an unusual incident for him to be addressed by a veiled lady "Well, what's up?" he inquired From the manner of the veiled woman he quickly discovered that she was no timid novice. Are you busy?" Not just at present." "Can you spare me a few moments?" Who are you?" "Take a walk and I'll tell you." "You're a cool 'un; where will you go ,?" We'll drop in at the Central." All right, I'm with you." The Central was a little hotel which had as sumed the name of a more grand hostelry. As they walked along a few words were ex changed, and the veiled lady led the way to the hotel named She appeared to be at home there, as she proceeded direct to a private sit ting-room and closed and locked the door


"Now, then, sis," said the old-time detect ive in his manner, "up with your veil!" The woman raised her veil and disclosed the beautiful face of Belle Bryan the so-called Queen of the Confidence Men. " Halloo!" ejaculated the gypsy; "so you are the party, eh?" "Yes. " I am sorry you brought me here, Belle "Why?" I've a warrant in my pocket for you." The woman smiled bitterly, as she said: That is not strange." Have you brought me here to surrender yourself?" No; and you will not take advantage of my present business to arrest me." I won't, eh?" "No." "Why not?" "I know you." "Do you?" ''Yes." Well?" I have thrown myself into yom bands; I have put trust in you, and Gypsy Tremaine is not the man to take advantage of the circum. stances. " I am compelled to do my dutr, Belle." "You will first hear my story? "Sail in." "You heard of the arrest of a young fellow who was caught carrying a trunk full of swag' from Meyer's jewelry store." "Yes; I read about the case." The young man who w&s arrested is as innocent of that robbery as I am.'' The detective smiled and said: That's good. " Well, as you are." That will do." The case is dead against him." Is it?" "Yes." That's bad for him." But he is innocent." Yes, all those fellows are innocent." Phil Tremaine, I know you are a just and kind man." Thank you. Go on." "I want to establish tha t young man s innocence. "Who is he, Belle?" I wish to ask a favor of you." All right.". Go and see him, and then come and talk to me. Let him tell you his own story." CHAPTER XIV. "WHERE is he, Belle?" asked the detective. In the Tombs." What is your interest in this young man?" He did me a service." Ah, I remember now; he snatched you away from an officer-yes. He is one of your pals, eh, and you have the impudence to come here and as k me to aid in getting him clear of justice?" I have done no such thing." "What do you want me to do?" Establish his innocence." "And suppose he is not innocent?" Then let him suffer the C'onsequences of his crimes.'' "That's fair But how about you, Belle? I've a warrant for you." Burn it up. That will not do." Go and see the young man. "It's teo late to get into the Tombs to .night." Not for you. I know you can get in there a ny time." And you want me to go and see this young .aian ?" "Yes." And then?" "If you are not as deeply interested in him as I am, you can serve your warrant on me and let him take his chances." And when shall I see you ?" "To-night." "Where?" '' Here.'' At what hour?" At any hour you name." I will be here at nine o'clock. I am some what iq.terested in this case already as it' s a lit tle out of the usual line." You will be more interested after you have seen the young man in the Tombs." JACK GAMEWAY. "All right; I will go and see him And now, Belle a word about yourself." "What about me ?" Why don t you turn over a new leaf ?" A bitter smile played over the girl's face as she answered: "You have a warrant for me? "Yes. n On what charge?" "A sneak thief slipped a roll of bills down in one of the banks." Well?" He has been identified as an old pal of yours "And on the strength of that a warrant has been issued for my arrest?" ''Yes.'' Gypsy Tremaine, do you know I am nn of the worst persecuted women on the face of th earth Y" You have only yourself to thank. "You think so?" "Yes." "Phil Tremaine lis ten to me: as sure as you are sitting on that chair, I never committed a in all my life The beautiful woman spoke in a tragic tone of voice, and her eyes i>leamed and her bosom swelled with deep emot10n. The detective shook his head "You do not believe it?" Belle, I know better." "What do you know?" "I know that although you may not have actually committed the crime yourself, you have been a party to a great many crimes." You know that to be a fact?" "Yes. I do." Of your own knowledge?" "Yes." Phil Tremaine, I've a great surprise in store for you." I It will be a g reat surprise if you prove to me that you are an innocent woman." I am an innocent woman." "And you never consorted with crimin a ls?" I never did. " That settles the whole business. There is no great surprise in store for me." "You do not think it possible that I can be innocent?" I know it is not possible. l know of crime s in which you were engaged, and once I 'piped you when 7ou worked a game right under my own eyes.' "Right under your own eyes?" "Yes." You can swear it was I?" "Yes." "All right: your surprise will be all the greater when I see fit to open your eyes." "I am surprised now, Belle." "At what?" That you would for a moment think that you could fool an old hand like me." "We shall see. But now we have other business in hand; there is an innocent and true young man in j a il. We must get him out. We must set him free." If he is not better able to prove his inno cence than you are, Belle, I am afraid there is but a poor chance for him." We shall see. You will visit him? "Yes." "At once?" "Yes." "And you will meet me here at nine o clock?" I will; but remember, Belle, if you are put ting up any job on me it will go hard with you. I know you are a. very beautiful woman and know your power and influence in certain direc tions; but don't attempt to play any game on me1" Phil Tremaine in calling you into this case, I have done you honor, and some day you will admit it. I've a strange and startling story to tell you when the time comes; and, despite what you have seen and what you have heard, and all that you think you know, I will prove to your entire satisfaction that I am an innocent and abused woman-as innocent, in one respect, as a babe unborn!" "Do you mean what you are saying, Belle? "Yes, I do." All right. I have known strange things to happen, and I have been witness to some strange developments in my time; but, if you establish to me that Y,OU are an innocent and abused woman, I will call it the strangest and most thrilling

12 right. Answer me a q u estion: what is your idea of Belle Bryan?" She is a mystery to me, sir." And she takes a wonderful interest in your fate. "Yes, Air.'' She first called my attention to your case." She i s very kind." An "dd kind of a young woman for a no tori ou 1 ri:ninal." Do you know, sir, that I've an idea that she is not a c riminal." That's because she is your friend." "No, sir. I have watched her face. She does not look like a criminal." "My dear boy, some of the worst criminals in New York to-day are the most innocent-looking people you can weet." I don't know anything about it, sir." Well, now answer me : do they make you comfortable here?" Yes, sir; ever since Belle Bryan was here." Ah, I see! And now, again: have any law yers been to see you?" 'No, sir." "They'll get the cue and come to-morrow ; but you must not have any thing to say to them." You can depend that I will not. JACK GAMEWAY. '' When he knows the chances are dead against him he can be induced to exonerate young Gameway." 'A good idea." "You can secure Seeley?" "I think I can Aud now one word: what is your interest in this young man ?" My only interest in him is that he is one of the most straightforward and brave young men I ever met-a real good--hearted fellow. He saw me in trouble and ca me to my res c ue, and now I am going to do all that I can to get him out of trouble." "Suppose Seeley has left the city?" That is what I fear." What will you do then ?" Send for him " Who will pay the expense ?" "I will." "Good; but suppose we fail to find him?" Then we must do something else. " What would you suggest?" We will try and find Seeley first." Belle, you promised me a surprise?" "Yes." When shall I be surprised?" When the time comes." I am ready now." A moment the girl was silent, but at length she said : Now is as good a time as any." I see you are a very resolute young fellow, and that you mean what you say when you speak, and one word of caution is enough to you." "Yes, sir." CHAPTER XVI. "You must not talk with any one." "YES," sa id the detective, in a meditative I will be as silent as a deaf and dumb tone, now is, indeed as good a time as any." grizzly." I would like to have you for a friend." "That's good; and now good -ni ght. I will You can make me your friend." see you again tomorrow." "How?" The detective left the prison, and a t the ap "Prove that vou are a n innocent woman." pointed time was at the hotel to meet Belle I can do it. r, Bry an. The strange, beautiful criminal was not It will be a wonderful performance." on hand to make good her appointment, and the "I ca n do it." detective, after waiting an hour, started out, And then I can at once become your wondering what had become of her. friend." At the door he met Helle. ' I have often thought of appealing to you." Come in," she said. It i s never too late to carry out a good resoHe followed her into the house. lution." The woman was excited, deeply agitated, "Tonight I will convince you of my inno-and appea red greatly exhausted. cence; but first let me ask you what evidence Oh," she murmured, I can not stand this you have against me?" mu ch longer!" The most positive a man can have." ."What has occurred? " Will you name the facts?" I came very near being arrested. I was fol I was trailing a certain well-known criminal, lowed by an officer, a mean fellow connected and one night I managed to get into asecret con with soine private agency; the man has caused clave of counterfeiters, and whil e there I saw a me much trouble." certain person." "I a m sorry for you, Belle. Why do you "Who?" not g ive up your old associations leave New You." York, and change your course of life? A sad smile played over the face of Belle "I will leave New York when I have accomBryan, as she said: plisbed my mission ; and as to rq.y associates, I Seeing me there was not evidence that I was have no associates." one of th em I may have been there involun .. You still persist in declaring that you are tarily." an innocent woman?" "I will admit that, but I watched you and I I do." saw that which made me understand that you Would that I could believe you r s tatement were really one of them. as true." Because I ap peared to sympathize with and "You shall believe it. But drct you visit the participate in their schemes?" young man ?" Yes." "Yes. "What did y ou do while you were there? " Well, what is your idea ?" "You've got me on that point!" suddenly I am satisfied that he is an innocent man." exclaimed the detective "He told you his story?" "While you were there you pretended to be "Yes. one of them ?" ".(\nd you believe his statements?" "Yes." I do." Perforce ?" "Well some day you will believe mine; but "Yes." now we must give our whole attention to his "May I not have been acting also?" case." It is possible ; but l a ter on I was trailing a The chances are dead against him. certain desperado, and I know that you aided Yes; and there is but one way to a id him." him to escape me. Your action that time was "And what way would you suggest ?" voluntary." The arrest of the guilty man." You saw and recognized me upon the latter .'Ahl you know who the guilty man is ?" occasion?" "From his description of the man who hired "I did. him to carry the trunk, I think I can place "Then there can be no doubt !IS to my crimhim. inality?" Who is the man ? The detective was silent. Dick Seeley." Silence gives consent,' according to the You know Seeley?" adage." I have seen him." Belle, said the dete c tive, "you are evident" And you declare that you never have ly seeking to get me on a string." associated with these people!" I swea r I am not. "And I repeat my declaration." There is no better-known criminal in New A.nd you suspect Seeley as the real hurglar?" York than Belle Bryan." Yes." And you doubt my power to convi nce you Do you think .any one was in with him? that I am an innocent woman?" I.ca n not tell." Again the detective was silent. Now, what is you idea ?" Phil Tremaine, I told you I had a great sur" To catch Seeley." prise for v,ou. I will prove my innocence." And th!ln 1 " As I 'told you before, if you do, it will be one of the most extraordinary surprise s of my w bole life. " Go out and secure a carriage I wish you to accompany me." "Where will we go?" Place you r self under my guidance." "You wish me to go with you blindly?" "Yes." A moment the detective was silent, but dur ing his silence h e fixed his calm keen eyes upon the lovely woman before him, and then he said: Am I not too old a bird to be snared? Da' re you try this littl e scheme on me?" I intend no scheme." I am go ing with you, Belle Bryan. I never yet was known to back down I want you .to understand that; but I wish you to understand also, that I go with my eyes open. I am not deceived." Yes, you are deceived. "How?" '' You think I am seeking to lead you into a trap You are mistaken." "I hope I am. " I have puromised to prove to you tha t I am an innocent woman ; I will make good my word." You may think yourself innocent but ca n you prove yourself innocent before the law ?" Yes [ can. Go and get a carriage, and to night I will furnish you the g re atest s urpris e of your life. Yes, I will prove to you, sir, that there stranger things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in thy philosophy,' " I will !!O and get a carriage. ''Do so.Y' The detective went out. Half an hour assed, and he returned. I am ready," he sa id Belle Bryan had arrayed herself for the jour ney, and Phil Tremaine, at her suggestion, had adopted a disguise. The two were just passing from the room when at the threshold they were m e t by a rough-looking ma.n. "Hallool" cried the latter "I'm just in time!" Do 3ou wisil to see me?" asked Belle "Yes." rfhe detective stepped back into the ro om and was followed by Belle and the rough-looking man. Who i s that fellow ? " Non e of your business." "Don't be sassy, miss." "Name your busin ess." "You' re in a hurry?" 1 am." I've a little billee doo for you." "A note?" "No; a warrant." Are you an officer? " That's my calling." Let me see your authority." "Never mind the autho rity we' ll come right down to business." "Proceed." I ain't a bad fellow I've had considerab le trouble to run you down to this place, but you can fix things easy and I'm off." "You want money?" That's the size of it. "How much?" About a hundred." "I have no money. " Drop a glitter' in my hands and it's all right. "I've nothing to give you." Then I must pull you in." You will arrest mef" "Yes." The Gypsy Detective stepped forward and said: I reckon, m,y friend, it's time for you to leave here. "Oh, you do?" "Yes." Who are you ?" My name to you is Git.' The man drew a revolver from his pocket coolly cocked it, and said : "Are you inviting me to sail in ?" Quick as a flash Phil Tremaine drew a club, and the weapon was knocked from the man's hand; the thing was done so deftly and quick ly that the man could but stand a moment -and gaze in dazed astonishment. "Who are you, anyhow?" he demanded, after an interval. The Gypsy drew his own official badge from hiS pocket, and said: See this: my n ame, as I told you, to you, i s Git.'


"I git," said the fellow, as his eyes rested upon the silver emblem of a high special detect ive. "Well," said the Gypsy, "he's off." Yes, alid I have been hounded by that fel low." That fellow is a snide.' " I know it; and there are hundreds of them in this city. "You're right; but we fixed that fellow any how. " Now we will go." The two proceeded down to the door. Not a public hack, but a private coupe with a pair of stylish horses awaited tl1em. "Are we to go in this carriage?" "Yes." "It is a private team." And yet a great many criminals have been drawn by that pair of steppers Without a word Belle Bryan entered the car riage CHAPTER XVII. You have not told me you are going," Sliid the detective. "Let him drive to Hamilton Ferry." Phil gave the order to his coachman, followed Belle into the carriage, and they were drhen rapidly toward the ferry. When they were crossing the river, ffle detect ive asked: Where do we go when we reach the Brooklyn side?" Belle gave him the necessary directions "You are going to Greenwood?" "Yes.,,_ One word, Belle. For your own sake, do not attempt any game. Remember, I am suspi cious, and I am not to be taken unawares." .. y OU need not fear; I will make good my word and prove my innocence." Phil Tremaine was greatly puzzled. He did not know what to think, and he kept revolving the matter in his mind, and at length a suspi cion of her real purpose was suggested. The ciimme_r of .a. dark tragedy shadowed over his ttiscermng VlS!On. Belle," he s!\id, you are a wondrously handsome woman. : Spare all your idle compliments, sir." "My compliments are not idle. You are not only beautiful, but you are talented; and no matter how sinful your past life has been, you can commence even now and become a brilliant, happy, and honorable woman." Will you please keep your counsel until after I have vindicated myself?' It may be too late then." Wait and see "Frankly, Belle, do you mean any harm to me?" If you fear harm to yourself, order the driver to return." No, I do Iiot fear harm to myself ; and now, again, frankly, do you mean any harm to your self?" Will I harm myself by furnishing proofs of ruy innocence?" "No. " Then be patient." Do you really hope to convince me of your innocence?" "Yes." "And you are going to Greenwood to do it?" u Yes." "Why to a cemetery?" W a1t and see. The carriage was ilriven very rapidly, and half an hour brought them to the rear of the great city of the dead. "We will alight here. Bid your man wait for us." "How long will we be gone?" Not over an hour. Come." The night was very dark, but the strange queen of the confidence men led the way as though it were under a noonday sun. The cemetery is surrounded by a high picket fence, and, as they drew near, she said: "We will have to scale the fence." I reckon we can do that. With a bitter laugh, the girl said: "The darkness will cover the uulady-like act, as far as I am concerned." They reached the fence and managed to climb over. Belle declined the proffered assistance of her companion. We will here explain that it was well on toward midnight, and at such an hour a surreptiJACK GAMEWAY. tious entrance was necessary, as no one is ad mitted after a certain hour. The girl led the way, walking rapidly, and the detective followed in silenee. At length the strange beautiful guide came to a halt at the entrance to one of a long row of vaults built in the side of a tjdge. "What are you going to do?" Enter the vault," said the girl. '' This is a dangerous proceeding,'' suggested the detective. Do you fear to follow where I lead?" Yes, I fear to do that which is unlawful." "I swear to you I am doing nothing unlaw-ful; see here." The girl produced a key. "Ah! you have a key to the vault? " l .... es." It took bt a moment to open the outer door leading into the vault, and a second key served to open the inner door; as the latter swung back the strange girl pr0duced a masked lantern. Ah, you have come prepared ? " Yes." 'Phey stepped within the vault, the doors were closed, and the woman removed her veil. Her face was pale, and we are fain to admit that the color had forsaken the dark handsome face of the Gypsy also. He was not a coward, but the circumstances were strange, weird, and unusual, and he would have been more than human had he not yielded to just a little agitation The eyes of the detective rested upon a casket and at a glance he saw that it had but recently been placerl in position. In a solemn voice the strange girl said : I promised to prove to you that I am an in nocent woman?" "Yes." "I have taken an extraordinary method to do so?" "Yes." You have been bothering your brain all this time to know why I brought you here? "Yes." You thought I intendeq possibly to kill my self?" "Yes." I brought you here because this is the only place where I can prove to you that I am not the queen of the confidence men." The girl stepped to the casket, and it took her but a moment to open it, as it was one of the latest style o:f patent metallic cloth-covered coffins. As the casket was opened and its cold marble faced occupant revealed, the detective uttered a cry of astonishment, and he was more greatly agitated than ever before during his whole career. Yes, for once the Gypsy was knocked clean out, and he stood and gazed in silent amazement, paralyzed under a strange spell which held him speechless until the girl spoke. 8he pointed toward the calm beautiful face of the dead, and in a solemn voice demand ed: Answer me; was it I that you saw in the haunt of the criminals, or was it the dead woman before you?" The detective gazed, but remained silent. Indeed, he could not speak, and it was the most wonderful event of his whole wonderful experi ence. The girl stood pointing to the dead, beautiful face, while her eyes were fixed on the detective, and after a moment she asked : Will you now declare that I am a guilty woman?" What myst ery is here?" demanded the de tective. No mystery." The dead face was a perfect counterpart of the living face of Belle Bryan. Death had not destroyed the wonderful and fatal resemblance. "Tell me," said the living girl, are you still prepared to swear that you saw me in the haunts of the criminals?" "I tell you, here is a wonderful mystery!" "Have I not proved my innocence?" "You have proven to me that it is possible thatlou are innocent." swear I am innocent." "And who is this?" That is the corpse of the dead queen of the confidence men." And her relation to you?" My sister-my twin sister." Aud why have you not vindicated yourself before?" She has been dead but two weeks." "Under what circumstances did she die ? "I do not know." "What do you suspect?" Shall I tell you?" "Yes." CHAPTER XVIII. :t.3 A MOMENT the lovely Belle Bryan w as silent, and her face displayed the deepest emoti on, but at length she managed to articulate: I think she was murdered." "By whom?" A rival-a jealous rival." Under what circumstances?" Poisoned." How comes it that one so beautifu l s hould have become a criminal?" I have a terrible story to tell you ; but first see here." The strange girl handed the detective a photo graph, and held the dark lantern so it s light shone full upon it. "This is the picture of the dead or the living?" "The dead. "How old was she when she died ? " Twenty-three "This was taken some years ago? "Yes." "Have you a picture of yourself?''. "Here." The girl handed the detective a secon d photo graph. There is a slight difference in your a ppearance, and yet the resemblan c e is wonderful.'' "Yes." Tell me your story." Not now and here; we will go. The two passed from the vault and h a d little difficulty in making their way back to the car riage, wheutheyweredriven to New York. Ar riving at the house, the girl said: I will see you to-morrow, and you shall hear my strange narrative " Good-night," said Phil, but befor e I go I must say one word. "Speak." "You have made good your de clarat ions; you have given me the greatest surprise of my life "Do you believe I am innocent?" "I believe in your innocence; good-ni ght." The detective entered his ca.rriage and was driven away, and later on, when in his own elegant bachelor apartments, he sat thinking over the startling revelations of that night. Upon the morning following the incidents we have described, the Gypsy Detective went to the Tombs and held a long interview wit h Jack Gameway. He found our hero quite cheerful and hopeful, and during the interview J ack ex claimed: It' s sort of a good thing to get into trouble after all when a fellow who was absolutely friendless before finds so many ready a nd will ing to serve him. " You owe my interest in your behalf to Belle Bryan." A shadow fell over the young man's face, and he said: It' s a pity she is a wicked woman and a criminal! I think she is the most beautiful creature I ever saw and her impulses all appear to be noble and generous." Possibly she is not as 'bad as she s paint ed,' remarked the detective in a peculiar tone. she a girl, and is the story I heard about her a he?" eagerly inquired Jack. '' We will t alk about that some other time ; at present we must attend to your case." The purpose of the detective's visit to the Tombs was to inquire particularly about the fellow who had induced Jack to c arry the trunk. Onr old-time readers know that, nei;t to Sleuth, Phil Tremaine is the most skillful and experienced detective in New York; and proba bly no man living bas a better acquainti_mce with the identity and personality of criminals. It was the Gypsy's idea that the man had taken a '' flit;'' but there was a possibility that J1e still lingered, and, if such were the case the. Gypsy was sure to nab him. Belle Bryan had expressed it as her opinion that the real robber was Dick Seeley, a fellow whom the detective knew to be one of the most slippery rascals in the state, and bis interview with Jack confirmed Belle's suspicion. From the Tombs the Gypsy proceed e d to the district attorney's office Phil was inti m ately acquainted with that offic ial. Proceedin; to his private office, he said: I am going to get a lawyer to mak e a mo tion to admit one of your prhoners to


14 .JACK GA.MEW A Y. Which one?" What do you know?" Young Gameway. " She can prove an alwi no matter what your "I' ll w .ant heavy bail for that fellow." eviden c e may be; but I say this to you in confi You will eh?" dence. So go slow; but do not give away wh a t I Y e s." have just told you "On what ground?" Phil, I do not know what to make of you! " He is a most dangerous man-a youn g des I am generally pretty straight, I rpckon. peracl.o who has come on h e r e from the West And it' s that which puzzles me now, when a nd I'm going to send him up sure-cut him I hear you make such wild declarations." off right at the beginning of his operation s in "Don' t issue a warrant for Belle Bryan s ar New York; we've enough fellows like him rest for a few days-not until you hear from around here already." me." "You've got his pedigree ? "That is an odd request. "Yes." "You will be glad, some day, that you took Who made out the report?" my ad vice. "Nickerson." "A will issue the warrant. "Ah, I see; the chap who made the arrest? "Tha t is all right. You keep your hands Ye s." off; you re being' played.'" I'm sorry for Nickerson ; he s a good officer "How?" and very ambitious; but he's made a mistake.'' "The c omplainant is working on an old "Made a mistake?" charge, and this forgery charge is to be supple" Yes mented.'' "How? " How did you discover that fact? "He has arrested an innocent man." That' s my business; only I'm telling you if "He has arrested an innocent man ?" this man wants to arrest the girl let him do it Yes." on a charge direct through a judge; do not let "Who told you so?" him play you through your pigeon-holes.'' "Phil Tremaine. "You must know what you're talking about, The last remark was a sort of settler ; there Phil." was not a man in New York engaged in criminal I uo. prosecution who would dare go against the calm The detective reached over and whispered a positive opinion and judgment of the Gypsy few words iri the district attorney s ear. The Detective. latter exhibited considerable astonishment, and "Hav e you read over the testimony given at exclaimed: the examination? "Do you know that to be a fact?" Yes." I know it for a certainty.'' "Ain' t that positive enough ?" "Phew! but this is a strange state of affairs." "Pretty positive, I'll admit ; but still the "We'll let this thing run, and you will see young m a n is one of the most hone s t lads I've some fun in a few days." ev e r come across. "But one of my men saw Belle Bryan yester It' s evident he s won your sympathies, day." Phil.'' Did he?" Ye s he has; anll only because I know he is Yes.,, innocent." Then you know the guilty man ?" I'll bet you ten thousand dollars he did not : I think I do.,, but the bet must not be proven until after she has been arrested.'' Will you ask for Gameway's discharge ?" I won't bet against Phil Tremaine; but it's No ; only I want him admitted to bail.' all very strange " Who will go on his bonds?" "I've had a good deal of experience, and it's "I will.'' The district attorney looked surprised and the strangest romance that ever came to my ex c l a im e d : knowledge; but I know I am right. " That settles it. "It a tradition here that you "Now about the ;young man, Gameway ? wouldn go on a bail bond for your own you say you will go his bail?" br?.th e r . "Really, but not seemingly; I will send a I a m gomg on the b a il bond of Jack Game I man up to bail him and you must not ObJ"ect to way'' "And the young fellow is really innocent!" the real secunty, and Ill execute the :A.s innocent as you or l ; and there is no bo d" doubt a bout it." "That' s right; when will you bring the "It' s a curious case then?" matter up? "No it' s as plain as day." "In about two hours.' He ls a friend of that notorious woman Belle Have you seen the judge ? Bryan and between you and me there is a "I'll get you to fix that business; have him to clo s e up that dangerous woman s in court about half past twelve." career t "You are the only man in New York I would What have you struck now ?" do this t.hing for, Phil." . I think I've got her dead to right s at last. "Do it for me; I on the side of rou H ave you arrested her? know I would be th!l last man to let a cnmmal "No but I am about to issue a warrant.'' go free.'' on' what chargeY" I know that, and I'll do it." "Fo r gery." At the. hour named G a mew a y was Who is the complainant ?" brou_ght. mto co!lrt; the was made to The district attorney mentioned the name of to ball; the dIBtnct attorney offered a well known millionaire a man who bore an no obJect1on. A man stepped forward and went honor e d name, but was known as a great patron on the bonds.and Jack of all m a nner of sporting events from a prize The detective was at his side. fig l 1 t t o a walking-match. :: Come!" he. said to our hero . ,, When was this forgery attempted ? Are you going to take me to Within a week" "No, my dear, you are not gomg to jail, you "Was it actually committed? are going with me.'' yes The youn g man had not understood the pro" Within a week ? ceedings, and gazed !n am!lzement. yes " Come along," s a id Phil. is the evidence?" Jack followed the detective from the court. '' There is only one link lacking and I've got Once outside, Phil said: the thing sure." Jac k I h_a ve taken a great i!lterest in you. The detective sat with his eyes cast down, lost I am your friend, and I am gomg to see that in deep thought, and the attorney said: you g et a se.nd off. I am a queer fellow I suppose you think she is innocent also ? and I do not hke ifs nor an?s, so what I tell you Well, I do," came the answer. to do you must assent to without a word, or we quarrel." I do not wish to quarrel with you, sir CHAPTER XIX. HA VE you lost your head, Phil? ed the attorney. If you do just as I tell you, it will be all demand ri g ht; and now I want you to come and get a decent suit of clothes on your back.'' "No." And you declare Belle B ryan s innocence?" ''Yes. '' And you know nothing about the circum stan ces? " 1 know something about Belle Bryan.'' I have no money, sir, to buy any clothes.'' Here, no kicking; I did not ask you if you had money." "How can I get clothes without money ?' : I will get them for you." I am much obliged; but-" Do you wish to go back t o jail, anti forfeit my friendship ? "No." "Then not a word Listen : you are not free -you are only out on bail; you have not been tried, and you may be arrested at any moment." Jack turned pale. It's all right if you will do just as I say and you will never go to jail again; but if you kick,' I tell you I'll llrop you.'' "I'll do just as you say. "All right. Now, then, let me tell you that, in order to save you, it's necessary to catch the real bur g lar. "I'd like to catch him, and have him in my grip about five minutes!" "What would you do?" I'd l e ave him with the impression that he had been having a s c rimmage with a grizzly bear. The detective smiled as he watched the fierce light in the eyes of the young man from the West, anll he made up his mind that Dick See ley would indeed get a shaking up if Jack once got a chance at him Phil took

He had in his time performed acts of self-denial that were heroic, and every time his good deeds had returned to him leavened with the bitter ashes of ingratitude. He was, however still noble, self-denying, and generous, and he had reached that happy position from whence he could take humanity for just what it was worth without bitterness or regret. At the time we write, the Gypsy Detective was forty. He was still a strangely handsome man, and a bachelor. Twice during his career he had indulged two really serious attachments, and each time, through some adverse fate, he had encountered disappointment, and he had determined to travel the balance of life's road in sin.e;le harness. "Have you taken any step to secure Jack' s release?" asked Belle "He i s free!" "Free? "Ye s out on bail " that is but. letting a caged bird stretch his wings around a room. He will soon be put in prison again, brought to trial, and convicted, for the evidence appears to be very positive. ' '' You need not fear; I will look out for him Tonight I set in to capture Dick Seel e y. Jack will act as my aid. And now you will recall what business brought me here to see you." "You came to tell me about Jack?" No; I came to listen to your story. "Did I promise to tell you my story? "You did." A sha dow fell over the face of Belle Bryan as she said : "My tale is sad indeed!" When I hear your story I have a startling announcement to make. " I can anticipate your announcement." Are you sure? H Yes." "Do so." "I am to be arrested on a serious charge?" Indeed, yes; have you received informa t ion ?" "No; but an enemy has pierced my mask, a nd has awakened to his own danger. On what charge am I to be arrested?' From that quarter have you reason to ex pect a n arrest?" "My enemy is a man named Foster." That is not the name of the map. who makes the charge against you." His name, I suppose, is August Meyer?" "Yes; Gus Meyer is the man who is plotting against you." When you hear my story you will under stand how he is not the real instigator of the charge." I am anxious to hear your story at once." "My fatlier was a German the son of a wealthy merchant and large land-owner in his native land. My father's name was MeyerPhilip Meyer. He was a student at Heidelberg, became involved in a duel, and killed his an tagonist, and became a fugitive. He roamed around the world, and at length came to Ameri ca. He was a poor man, and believed himself to have been cast off by his family He had two elder brothers, whom, he understood, in herited between them his father's estate. At the time he reached America he had not heard from his family for twenty years. He wrote to his brothers and his letters were not answered. He became satisfied that his relatives wished to be lieve him dead, and he never again sought to communicate with them "At the age of forty he married an accom plished American lady, and at the time held a position as bookkeeper in a large manufacturing establishment in the interior of this state, and, while thus engaged made the acquaintance of a country lawyer a shrewd, sinister, wicked man. To this lawyer he told his story, and placed in his keeping many papers. My father became greatly attached to this man Foster, who was a cunning and insinuating schemer, and during their many talks and long associa tion my father made the lawyer acquainted with every incident of his life. After I and my sister were born, my moth er's health began to fail, and when we were two years old she died, and my father killed himself over her dead body. Father was alone with mother at the last moment, and when the room was entered the poor man was found lying across the dead body of his wife, with a bullet through his brain. He was an impulsive, affectionate, and passionate man, and momentarily crazed by his affliction, he had killed himself." The detective was an absorbed and interested listener to the strange narrative He had listJACK GAMEWAY. ened to many strange, weird life histories in his time, and he was fully prepared to believe all the incidents that were being related to him at that moment "After my father's death it. was discovered that he had died penniless. He was an extrava gant man in his habits, as far as his income was concerned, and his little effects but served to pay the funeral expenses and his debts. "Mr. Foster, the lawyer, had been regularly and legally appointed guardian and trustee of the two children; and he, after administering upon the estate, brnught us children to New York and placed us in an orphan asylum " The old, old story," muttered the dete,ctive. The strangest part of my narrative is yet to be told," said the lovely narrator "Proceed." "We were pretty children, and were, after a few years, adopted out and cruelly separated .'' How old were you when you were separat ed?" "We were nine We had been in the asylum nearly seven years." You were old enough to recollect each other?" "Yes; and I remember both our little hearts were almost broken when the separation came -indeed, the manner of putting us apart was cruel and inhuman in the extreme. We were not even told that we were to be separated My sister was selected and taken away and only when I missed her was I informed that she had gone never to return. For days, weeks, and months I mourned for her. Nights I would awaken from a troubled sleep and she came not ; but at length time healed the wound, and, as I grew older, a suspicion settled in my mind that my sister had died, and that they had told me a lie concerning her." A terrible experience!" muttered the de tective. Alas, the more bitter experience is to comet Would that my suspicion had been correctwould that she had really died, and had never lived to become Belle Bryan, the queen of the confidence gang! CHAPTER XXL FoR a few moments the lovely narrator gave way to her deep emotions, and the detective walked to the other side of the room. He was deeply affected. After an interval the girl resumed her nar rative. About six months later I was adopted by an old couple living in the interior of the state, and as it turned out, I was exceedingly fortunate in having been adopted by the good people who took me to their home, as it proved they were childless and without near relatives in the world, and they made me as though I were their own daughter. I was sent to the best schools and provided with the best masters in every branch that serves to add to the accom plishments of a young lady of wealth. "I lived happily with my adopted parents until the hour of their death. They died within a few weeks of each other, and after his death it was discovered that my adopted father was a far richer man than any one had supposed. When his will came to be opened it was discov ered that his estate had been divided into three parts: one third was devised to me; one third part was devised to his distant relatives, and the remainder was bestowed in charity, save a sum set apart for the erection of that tomb which we visited in Greenwood Cemetery last night." As the detective listened he was compelled to admit that all the features of his present ad venture were indeed the most remarkable and peculiar of his life. "I was just one-and-twenty at the time the will was made, and found myself the possessor of two hundred and fifty thousa!)d dollars " The will was not disputed ? "No; the devisor had provided that in case any of the legatees sought to break the terms of the will, that they should forfeit their whole in terest in any of its the executor was a wise and just man and to him was confided the duty of building the tomb which was to be placed m fee to me " There was not a protest against the proba tion of the will?" No, sir ; and now comes the strangest part of my experience. I had long wished to visit Europe, and I determined to carry out my de sire; and after traveling around a great deal I settled in Germany and one day I encountered 15 a strange adventure I was visiting an old town and was passing with my maid through the street, when we encountered an old man, who the moment his eyes rested upon me grasped my hands, fixed his eyes upon my face and gazed at me long and earnestly. "I thought he was some harmless old mad man and I let him gaze to his heart s content, and it was some time before he spoke, when he said : 1 Come!' " I asked where he would take us. His only answer was come " I speak German fluently. I am fond of ad venture, and not at all timorous, as you are aware, and I decided to accompany the strange ly acting old man. He led us to quite an imposing house, opened the door, and guided us to the interior and to a large room, which in this country we would call the parlor The old man s actions were very mysterious, and I expected quite an amusing termination to our adventure; but I was destined to encounter a great surprise.'' The detective was becoming more and more deeply interested in the strange narrative. As a rule he could anticipate a stor.y; but for once in his life he was all at sea; he could not even discern a glimmer of the final de nou e m e nt. In the room," continued the narrator, was a picture over which hung a cloth. The old man removed the cloth, when a portrait was disclosed, and I and my maid both uttered ex clamations of the wildest amazement. The old man watched our excitement; and when I turned to him for an explanation, he said : "'You never sat for that picture ? "'No. ' And yet it is a counterpart of your own face!' Indeed, such was the fact. The likeness between that picture and myself was so striking that one would, at a glance, imagine it was a genuine portrait. How old are you?' demanded the old man I am twentytwo.' Ah, yes; and that portrait was painted sixty years ago.' '' I will not go into the details of my talk with the old man; but he told me a story which convinced me that the picture was a portrait of my own father's mother." Did you recollect your father?" "No.'' You knew of his history?" "No." "Not at that time?" No. It was later on when I learned my father's story-learned who I really was, that I was enabled to determine the relationship be tween myself and the original of that painting. "One word," interrupted the detective. What is your real name ? " I bear the name of my adopted parentsGertrude Gameway. My real name is Gertrude Meyer At the mention of the name Gertrude Game way, the detective uttered an exclamation be traying more unguarded surprise than he had ever before displayed during his whole life. In deed, it was some time before he recovered from his agitation. "Gameway, Gameway!" he repeated. "Yes. " What strange mystery is this?" "One mystery is explamed." "Your singular interest in the young man? ' "Yes. "What do you suspect ? " That he is the nephew of my benefactors. My dear father often spoke ofayoungerbrother who had gone West, and from whom he had never heard. He said the family believed him dead, but that at times a feeling came over him that this brother or some of his representatives might still be living, and in his will he left one hundred thousand dollars to be held in trust for ten years, while inquiry should be set on foot to hear if any one by the name of Gameway could be found, and whose identity as an heir of the lost brother could be established The sum named was independent of the other division of his property and at the expiration of ten years, should it become void as to its original intent, it is to revert to me with accumulated interest. " Well, this is a most wonderful tale indeed t" "I have a still more remarkable tale to tell." "Can it be possible that you have not finished this thrilling romance? " I have not; and let me tell you here, that when myself and my sister were put in t."lle


16 J .A.OK GAME"'r A Y. orphan asylum by the man Foster, he did not I "Yes. I have a young lady who re enroll us under our real names, as it was his semblesJ'ou in such a remarkable manner that evident intention to destroy our identity ; we it is har for me to believe even now, that you were to be lost to our real seles as far as our are not denying yonr own identity.'. family history was concerned, forever!" "'I am not, sir. And what is the name of "And this man who -put you in the asylum the lady who resembles me?' sti ll lives?" I do not know what her real name is, but Yes. she is known as Belle Bryan. I am a physician Where?" I was called to attend her once, and my sympa Right here in New York." thies were aroused in her behalf.' "What was his purpose in seeking to thus "'Aud the young lady lives in New York?' treat two penn iless orphans? "'Yes.' A strange look came in Gertrude's eyes as she And I can find her?' said: 'Yes; as she is well known.' "Ile had learned that we were not two pen" The train came to a halt at that moment, niless orphans, but the heirs of a large estate, and the geutleman bade me a hasty adieu and and his purpose was to rob us; and he succeeddeparted. ed!" "That was the first intimation that yon had Great Scott! what am I to hear now?" that your sister was still living?" ejaculated the detective." Yes, sir." The strangest scheme of robbery that was Did you then suspect her real character ?" eyer told, came the answer. "No; but I was greatl,r troubled, fearful lest she were not all that I might desire in a sister." CIIAPTER XXII. PttOCEED with your story," said the Gypsy : I remained a year in Europe A suspicion was running through my mind that there was some connection between myself and the orig inal of the picture I had seen, and I determined to investigate my own previous history." "Did you go to the orphan asylum to make inquiries?" I did, and at first I could gain no informa tion; but one day an old employee called upon me, and when I promised her money, she told me that my real name was Gertrude Meyer, and that I had been placed in the asylum by a man named Foster." "Did you return at once to New York? "No. I wish [ had, as I might have saved her." Proceed." Did she tell formation?" I reached the town where I was born, and set about making inquiries. I found many peo ple who remembered my father and my mother, and I learned their history-or, rather, much of their history-enough to satisfy me that I was honorably born. I had about finished my inquiri es, when one day I went to the cemetery where my father and mother were buried, and I was standing near their graves when I heard a step, and a few moments later a very old and seedy-looking man appearecl before me. The moment his eyes fell upon me he uttered a cry you how she obtained her inof astonishment, and at first seemed inclined to Yes. She told me that she was matron of the ward in which I was placed, and that among our effects she found two little handkerchiefs oh whi_ch were marked the two names Gerty a nd Minnie Meyer. Her susp i cions were aroused. She knew we were ente red under different names, and she determined to investi gate. She had seen the gentleman who brought us to the asylum, and had heard the tale he told as to our identity and she remembered )).is face ; and once when he came to the asylum to inquire about us she fo1loweci him when he left traced him to an office and following up her investigations later on discovered 1.ha t his name was Foster, and that he came from a small town in the interior of the State of New York." This little fiict illustrates," said the officer, the value of keeping a memorandum of seemingly unimportant incidents." "Yes; it so proved in this case. She gave me some other information, and I paid her well for her trouble and started for the little town in this state, and it was while on the train that a most startling incident occurred. I had been seate!l in a palace car when a man entered who came right to me and addressed me by the name of Belle.'' "Phew!" ejaculated the detective I had never seen the man before in all my life, and I considered his address as an intended insult." "'Do you not remember me?' he said. No; sir,' I answered, 'I never saw. you before in all my life!' Is not your name Belle Bryan?' "No sir!' The 'gentleman appeared to be a sincere and kindly man, and when I said my name was not Belle Bryan, he said: "'You need not fear me, my child; I would not deliver you over to harm for all the world!' '' Sir,' said I you are really seeking to in sult me or you are laboring under some great mistake!' '' I am not seeking to insult you, and it does not seem possible that I can be mistaken; but tell me, what is your name?' Gertrude Gameway.' And can you establish your right to that name?' "'Yes, sir.' "'Where is your home?' I named the town where I had lived with my fos ter-father so many years. I must be mistaken, miss. But it is the most wonderful resemblance I ever encoun tered.' Suddenly an idea flashed through my mind, and I asked: 'Have you ever met any one, sir, who re sembles me?' flee away. I spoke to him and he halted, but did not speak. He continued to gaze upon me with dilated eyes. I realized that there was some sort of recognition on the part of the old man, and I spoke to him in my kindest and most reassuring tones. At length he found voice and asked: What is your name?' "'Gertrude Mever.' 'I thought so!' he exclaimed, and asked, where is your sister?' ' Ah, you knew my sister?' I knew your father and your mother well; I remember the night when you and your sister were born. I would have known you as your father's daughter where ver I had seen you; and now tell me, has justice been done you?' How do you mean?' "'You are rich; you wear fine clothes a nd diamonds?' '''Yes.' 'l'hey are your own?' '''Yes.' And you came honestly and honorably by them?' "'Yes.' You are rich?' "'Yes.' l am glad then. Foster must have done you justice at last!' Ah! do .you know Mr. Foster?' I was his clerk.' And you knew my father?' I knew him well. I aicied in the scheme to get the property, and I have been a miserable man e:ver since. The money Foster gave me I gave away to the Chu rch; and had I known where to find you, I would have sought you out and confessed years ago. But, as Foster has done what is right, I am satisfied. It was a terrible thing to do.' I saw that I had fallen upon a man who could tell all I wished to know ; and I said to him: '' I do not know Mr. Foster. I have only heard of him as the executor of my father's will. ' And he has not done you justice?' He has not.' "'Then he shall. Yes, yes, he shall!' I am really Gertrude Meyer?' I said. "Oh, I know who you are; it is not necessary for you to tell me who you are. I knew your father well-and you are a perfect image of him. He was a handsome man. Yes, yes; I know who you are.' Can you tell me my father's history?' 'I can; and his was a remarkable history, I tell you.' Where do you live?' Over there.' 'Can we not go to your house?' Yes. I live all alone. My wif e and only child lie in this cemetery. We can go to my house ' And you will tell me about my father?' I will tell you about yourfather and about Foster's villainy.' CHAPTER XXIII. CONTINUING her story, Gertrude said : "The old man led me to his home-a miser able place in the outskirts of the village." "What is the old man s name? "Henry Gruber." Proceed." The old man procured me a seat and told me his story. He said he had once been a law yer of good standing, but. had taken to drink and became a miserable town nuisance when a young man named Foster came to the p lace and set up as a lawyer. 'He found out that I knew more about law in one moment than he knew in an hour, and he took me as clerk and se t to keep me from drink. 'I had been with him a year when your father came to the town, and he and Foster became acquainted, and after your father's mar riage he told his history to Foster. I overheard every word that passed. I had an idea that your father would be a rich man some day, and I laid around and made notes of all that passed between them, and so I heard your fathe r s his tory.' Continuing, Gertrude said; He told me the history that I r elate d to you; and I have since verified all his state ments,." "But where does the man Foster come in?" Ah, I come to that now. I will not tell you in the old man's words, but relate the story in my own way. Mr. Foster secured all my fa ther's papers. It appears he suspected that there was a fortune somewhere, and after put ting myself and siste r in the asylum he went to Germany and set to making inquiries. He did not have much trouble; but made a most wonderful discovery. All my father's family were dead, and a large fortune had been left in trust for my father or his heirs. The money was to be held so many years, and at the expira tion of that time was to be disposed of as direct ed. Mr. Foster learned all these facts and cun ningly set to work to carry out a scheme to se cure the money. He called on the justice and represented himself as the guardian of one A u gust Meyer, the son of the lost heir." The son of the lo st heir?" Yes." "Had your father a son?" No. Let me explain this man's deep and cunning game.'' Proceed." "Foster told an ingenious story, and, as sub sequently transpired, his statements w ere be lieved. In the .first place he possessed an inti mate knowledge of my father's previous history, presented photographs of my father which were recognized, and when he had arranged everything he returned to America and cast a.bout to find a youth who resembled my father "Ah, I see!" ejaculated the detective. "You know with all the world to choose from it is an easy thing to find a young man who would bear a suffic ient reaemblance to pass as my father's son; you know how oft en the trick has been played in regard to lost heirs to kingly thrones ; notably the case of Mr. Will iams, who it was claimed was the lost. Prince Louis XVII., and who it was admitted bore a startling resemblance to Louis XVI. Mr. Foster succeeded in finding a young man whose re semblance to my father is simply wond e rful. "Have you seen the man?" "Yes.'' And he really does resemble your father?" He resembles the photographs and portraits of my father, and, ind eed, resembles me so closely that he might a nd will be accepted as my brother.'' This i s indeed a strange story!" And it proved a successful scheme Mr. Foster took the young man to Europe, proved him to be the heir, secured all the property, and returned to America a rich man." "He had made an arrangement with the false heir?" "Yes." And how about the man Henry Gruber?" He signed false documents, and testified be-fore the German consul-general in this city, and aided in the scheme.


JACK GAMEWAY. And did he receive his share?" An instant's silence followed; and a second He was well paid; but, as I told you he time the beautiful Gertrude gave way to a fit of gave his share away in charity-bi's conscience weeping. The detective waited until her emodrove him to do so." tion had subsided, when agaill' he said : "Is' this old man living ? "Come, tell me the story of your sister.'' "Yes." "Notto-day." "When did you see him last?" "Why not to-day ?" About two months ago." I am excited and weary. To-morrow I will Has he a recolle c tion of all the papers he tell the story." signed?" I As you please; but I have known a lost day He has copies." to pre c ipit ate great disasters." "Good! we will know how to go to work." 11 ''You fear what my e nemy may accomplish?'' Can that man be made to disgorge?" I do. He will resort to any desperate Well, I think it would be strange if he scheme to get you out of the way." could not. Yes, I will attend to him, and prom"To-morrow I will tell y ou all." ise you your fortune But now tell me about All right. And now tell me, what do you you r sister.'' spspect concerning our joint protege Jack Game. When I returned to the city I commenced a way?" sea rch for Belle and,, in searching for "I believe h e is the lost heir, the nephew of her, I became acquamted with many rough my de a r kind parents by adoption." cha racters." It would be a strane:e and romantic in c ident "This explains one mys tery." if such should prove to-be the fact." "How?" "It would, indeed ; but I have not the least It was a surp;ise to me,,that you should doubt the fact. The name is a know the fellow Dick Seeley. peculiar one and as I have told you I heard I have seen him often in my search for my my father of a younger brother ,;ho went siste r I sometimes took advantage of our wonout West many years ago; and the fact that one derful resemblance to pass for her, and I have hundred thousand dollars was to be held for ten many strange yeard is an indication of his belief in the I thmk you had. And did you find bility of some such denouement as the appearyou r sister? ance of Jack on the scene." One day I met her accidentally. She sou ght To-morrow, then, I shall hear the balance to evade me but I h ad come upon her too sudof your tale? de nly." Yes." '' Do you mean tell me that your sister At what hour shall I meet you?'' sought to evade you? Name the hour yourself," Yes." Remember said Phil Tremain e "if any" This is s trange. thing occurs I h ave warned you : '. It is a fact." ,, In my case, one day can make a great S he knew of your ex1$l enc e ? deal of difference." She learn e d of my existence after I com I trust not. Good-day." menced a search for her." Phil returned to his lodgings expecting to "One would have thought she would have find Jack but the young man from the West soug ht you." was not hand. As our readers will remem It appears she learned all about me ber Jack started down to find the shop where '.'.A nd refu sed to meet you!" hi s 'fair friend Marian Blair employed He YWehs. , found the shop, and td the office, in y? quired for his friend. Do not force me to tel! you m

18 you appeared when you first came to New York." We 'vegot the clothes, but my bairis gone." "Is it? What's this?" T he Gypsy held up a wig which look ed as t hough it might have been mad e out of Jack's own locks. The young man donned it, and loo ke d in t he glass. Well I swan!" he ejaculated; "that's me right back again, dead sure! Why, even that old grizzly I bad a tussle with once would recog nize me!" I've kept your old clothes." "You have, eh? Well I'll look as I used to was, just like a mice.' "We'll bait Mr. Seeley." Yes, sure; and then, I suppose, I can have a ch a n ce to give him a good whaling." The detective proceeded to instruct Jack just how he was to act Phil proposed to play a smart game on Monsieur Seeley. He under s tood his business well enough to know that the mere arrest of the fellow would not go far. He must have evidence, and the Gypsy was noted as an evidence obtainer. 'H avi ng instructed Jack thoroughlY. as to the part he was to play, the detective said : 1 "Jac k, I want to have a talk with you about something else." Sail in, sir!" Rave you any relatives? "I don't know, sir, of a relative I have in t he world.'' "What was your father's name ?" "John Martin Gameway." A pleased smile passed over the detective's face. Where Wl\8 your father born ?" "In Massachusetts.'' How long has he been dead ?" About ten years." "How long had he lived out West? "About thirty." "Did you ever hear him speak of any rela t ives?" I was too young when he was kiUed to have re membered; but I've heard my mother say that it w as poss ible that we had a few relatives, pos sibly down in Massachusetts." "Have you any papers?" Whs t do you mean?" Did your father leave any papers, any let ters, fro m his relatives? Have you an old Bible or of that sort?" Yes, I ve a whole box of letters and papers, a nd an old Bible." Did you ever look at any of the letters and papers?" "No, sir." Where is the box? " I left it with an old friend of my fathers?" And do you think it is safe now? " I rec ken so." "Can you send and have the box brought he re to New York? " I reckon I can." Do so at once." What is up? Wha t do you want of the t rash ?" I will tell you afterward." I'd like to know now." "Jack, I've taken a great fancy to you, and I'd like to put you along in the world. I've heard of a family by the name of Gameway and it may be that they are relatives of yours, and they have lots of money." They can keep their money Do you sup pose I'd go and ask them to help me? No, sir! I've youth and health and strength, and I pro pose to make my own way in the world." "That's right, my son ; but when you are rich you'll like to call on some of your father's folks, and there is no harm in knowing where to find them." That's so." "And you will send for the box?" ' I will do just as you direct; but tell me, who are the people you think are my relatives?'" I will tell you all about it in a few days; our first duty is to get you out of the scrape you a re in; remember you are only out on bail." That same evening Jack. Gameway, just as he appeared upon the moming when he first ar rived i n New York, entered the low groggery where he had at an earlier hour met Dick See ley. There were quite a number of men in the place, rough-looking characters of all descrip tions. Jack went to the bar and called for a cheap cigar. It was given to him At the same instant the young man heard an exclamation of JACK GAMEWAY. astonishment: he turned and beheld Dick See ley the burglar, sea ted in the far end of the room Our hero did not look at the man as though h e had ever seen him before, and upon getting the cigar, turned as though about to le ave the place, but ere he reached the door a hand was l a id upon his shoulder. Jack turned and recog nized the burglar, but he did not permit the burg l a r to perceive that he h a d been recognized. Halloo, young fellow, where did you come from ?'' asked Dick What's that your business?' "Don't you recognize me?" No, I don't, and I ve no desire to make your acquaintance." Oh, you haven 't, eh?" 'No." "And you never saw me before?" "No sir" '' acquainted with you.'' That can't be." "Oh, yes, I am; I knew you out West." "Where out West?" The other side of St. Louis." ''If you ever saw me before it was a long distance the other side of St. Louis." Were you ever in Denver? "That's my business." "You don't appear desirous of renewing old acquaintance.'' "No, sir." "Why not? "That's my business." The burglar approached close to Jack, and said: You' re in trouble, Jack." "Am I ?" "Yes." "How do you know? "Well, I know ; and if you get off your high horse, I can be of some service to you." I am not asking services at the hands of strangers. ' I am not a stranger." I don t know vou." "Ye.s, you do.'r I ought to know. " You would know me if I were to tell you who I am." so." Come into the little room there, and I will soon make myself known to you." CHAPTER XXVI. MATTERS were working nicely, but Jack was determined not to be too ready to give himself away. I don t see as I ever knew you, and that is enough." You will know me when I tell you who I am." Well who are you?" Come in the back room and I will tell you." See here, my friend, do you think I'm a fool ? You can't play any game on me." I don't wish to play any game on you. I tell you I can get you out of a scrape.'' What scrape am I in sir?" ' Bah don't I know you were in with a fel low on a burgl ary scheme? Come into the rear room there and talk matters over with me. I know who you are." '"You know who I am, eh?" "Yes." l "Well, who am I?" Oh, I know." "What are you giving me, anyhow? Do you think you can poultice me and draw me out with guff?" Since Jack lfad been knocking around New York he had picked up a number of slang phrases, and availed himself of his acquirement in talking to the fellow Dick Seeley. "I don t want to draw you out for harm to yourself, but I tell you I know who you are. "Well, who am I?" I've read the papers.'' "You look like a chap who has spent his time in reading -r ooms," said Jack. "What's the use; come in the back room." "Have you anything to say to me, old man?" "Yes." Well, sing out your tenor " Come in the back room." "On one condition; you say you know me; name my name and I will go in the back room with you." Your name is Jack." "Then are a good many Jacks around New York; mebbe your own is Jack?" "Your name is Jack Gameway. Jack pretended to start and be very muc h surprised, and Seeley appeared greatlr, please d. You see, I've got you down well. All right, I'll keep my word; come into the back room." The two men entered the rear room. The little apartment was already occupied. A man lay on the floor in a drunken sleep, and a second miserable-looking tramp was stretched out on a bench-the latter also sound asleep. Dick Seeley closed the door of the room and motioned Jack to take a seat at the opposite side of a rickety table, when he said: "Now, then, Jack, tell me how you got ou t of jail?" Will you tell me how you come to know me, and know so much of my affairs?" "That's easy enough. .. w en, tell me. please. " I'm an old rounder." Yes, I should say you were." "I'm always hangin g around the courts, and sometimes in the station-houses I was in the station-house when vou were first pulled. "Ah, you were?'r "Yes." "And that's how you know me?" "Yes." Jack appeared to be satisfied with the ex planation, when Seeley repeated his question : Come, now, tell me how you got out of jail?" "Well, old man, that's my business. I di d not come in here to give information; you wer e to put me up to some points." So I will, but I want you to answer my question first." Well, I'm out, that's sure." "Yes." It don t matter much how it came about. "Yes; it does." "I can't see how." "Well, I'm in to do you a service, Jack. I've taken an interest in you." I feel highly flattered." You would if you knew who I am." "That might be, but as I do not know who you are, I ain't so flattered after all." "You would like a friend in need?" Every man or boy appreciates a friend i n need." I want to do a friendly act tolou; now tell me, did you jump the cell or di some frien d step forward and bail you?" A gentleman went bail for me." Did you know the man before you were in trouble?" "No." And a stranger went bail for you?" "Yes. The burglar was thoughtful a moment ; but at length asked: "Why don't you skip?'" What do you mean? "I mean, why don't you get out of New York?" Forfeit my bail?" "Yes." ' And leave the good gentleman to pay the money?" "Yes." "That is your advice?" "Yes." And is that all you called me in here for? "Yes." Jack fixed his eyes keenly on the burglar and said: "You appear to know me pretty wellr "Yes." "You say you've seen me before?" "Yes." 8ee here," suddenly exclaimed Jack, "it rather strikes me that your face is familiar to me; not your face so much, hut your-voice.'' Seeley turned a little pale, and rose as though abdut to go away, but Jack called: Sit down, I Wlint to talk with you. I begi n to think you're the man I'm looking for.' "Who are you looking for?'.' The man who engaged me to carry that trunk the night I was arrested." Did a man get you to carry a trunk?" Yes; he did." And :you're looking for him, eh."?" Yes.' I What good will it do you when you find him?" That fellow can get me out of this scrape." "How?" He got me into it." "How can "he get you out of it?"


" He can come forward and swear I am inno cent." He'd be mighty innocent to do it." "See here," said Jack, "I know you now, you're my ruan!" ''Nonsense!'' I swear you are the man! I thought your voice sounde d familiar ; I place rou now!" "You' re crazy, young man!' "No, Iamn0>t crazy. I tellyouiknowyoul" And you think I am the man who got you to carry the trunk?" "Yes, I do." Are you sure? "Yes, I am." Well what are you going to do about it?" "Do yo u own up?" The man laughed in a merry tone, and said: Yes, I do, Jack, I played you a nice trick." "You did play me a nice trick; and now I want you to set me right." "Ho w can I set you right?" Come forward and tell the truth." CHAPTER XXVII. A MOMENT'S silence followed Jack's appeal. Seeley looked the young man over in a super cilious manner and laugh ed. Yes," repeated Jack, I want you to tell the truth." "Well, you are a cool 'un, young fellow." I want you to tell the truth, repeated Jack. "Good clothes make you sassy." .Tack did not understand the man 's allusion, as he was really got up as he originally appea r ed in New York. Our young hero however, was quick-witted, and it came to him that the fel lo w had tumbled to the two identities I w ant you to tell the truth," simply re peated Jack. "And putmyself in your place?" ''Yes.'' You must think I'm a fool." Yon must do it. The man laugaed and said : "So y ou have been looking for me eh? "Yes ." "Who set you to find me?" The judge." The j udge?" "''Yes." He tol d you to find me? ''Yes.'' "Did he name me?" "No." Did you?" "No ', The n what do you mean telling me any such story?" I to l d the truth to the judge, and he said to me, Find bail, young man, and then find the fellow who got you to carry the trunk; and when he co rroborates your story I'll believe it.' ,, Dick Seeley laughed out quite merrily. And you think I'm going forward to own up that I $,Ot you to carry the trunk?" '' You aid get me to carry it. "And don't you know why? No." "You're dumb, then, that's all. I got you to carry the trunk so that if any one was caught it woul d not be me! "You a dmit that much ?" "Yes, I do, certainly." And you admit I am innocent?" Certainly; but what odds does that make ? I won't admit it in court." And you mean to let me suffer for your acts?" "No need for you to suffer. You're out of jail, all you have to do is flit.' my boy; yes, 'skip; you're a lucky do g anyhow." It would be impossible to convey an idea of the tone and innocent manner of Jack as he deftly d rew the above admissions from the bur glar; in fact, Seeley was charmed by Jack's in nocenc e and enjoyed being beguiled into the ad missions "What is the use of my skipping? I'd only be captu red and brought back and I want something more than my freedom." What do you want more?" I wish to establish my innocence." You never can do that, sonny." I can. with your aid." Again the man Seeley laughed and said: "Well, you are a sweet boy." Look here, old fellow now come, honor bright, I in to serve you!" JACK GAMEWAY. I know you did for five dollars. I was giv ing you big pay for a small service, and you knew I couldn't pay that sum unless there was a ieason." I o ught to have known it. "Yes, I was jrist simple enough to game on you." "What's your game ?" I mean to put you in my place. "You do, eh?" "Yes." Certainly you had; and now you can t come and ask me to put my neck in the noose for you. " But you ought to aid me all y ou can." CHAPTER XX VIII. 19 w ork a What do you want me to do '/" DrcK SEELEY glared at Jack in a malign an t I want to establish my innocence I told manner. Our hero's whole manner had chan ged. you." So you mean to put me in your place, eh ?" You can never do that. " Yes, I do." Oh, yes, I will." "See here young fellow, I gave you a bit of How?" advice." Through you." Did you?" "Through me ? "I did." Yes." Well, what was your admonition? " And you think I will go forward and pro I told you not to threaten me." claim myself the real robber?" Seeley, you think I'm a simpleton! " Yes, I do. "I think you're a rogue!" Again the burglar laughed merrily and said: "Oh, you do ? " Jack, you are the most simple fellow I ever Yes, hang it; you're in a scrape and yo u met I like you ; it's refreshing to hear a man a r e going around to fix your burden on some like you talk." other fellow's s houlders!" "Yes, I'm pretty simple and innocent, but "You' re right Seeley the burden don t be-I'm going to establish my innocence." long on my shoulders, and I'm going to shi ft it ; "Through me, eh?" yes, I'll put it just where it does belong!" .. Yes." Young man, I was disposed to be your "You think you can persuade me? friend, I humored you for fun." "Certainly I do; an innocent and simple fel -"You humored me, eh?" low like me can do a great many things." Yes A sudden look of suspicion shot over Seeley s "How so?" face. He said : "I made you believe that I was the man who So a simp le innocent fellow like you can got you to carry the trunk." do a great many things, eh?" Yes; you made me believe so. "Yes." "All nght; now listen to me: if you don t "What can you doi" change your tone toward me I'll hurt you!" "I have made an appeal to you." "You will hurt me?" "Yes, you want me to make a fool of my"Yes." self." What will you do? "I .want you to do me justice." "I'll lay you out!" There was a change in Jack's tone and man "You will?" ner, and a suspicion flashed over Seeley's mind Yes." that Jack might not be such an innocent chap "Well, get to work, old man! after all Seeley s manner changed and he Seeley struck at Jack, but the young ms.n said : avoided the blow and dealt the burglar a strolie "Look here, young fellow, don't you attempt such as might have been dealt by a grizzly s to threaten me!" paw. "I have not threatened you yet." Jack was a powerful young fellow indeed, a "Well, just understand one thing. perfect giant in strength, and there was a grati What am I to understand? fied look on his face as Seeley went down "That you' re a fool! And see here, I've only Still the two men slept on, the noise had not ap been having fun with you." peared to disturb them. "You've only been having fun with me, Seeley leaped to his feet and drew a revolve r eh?' but it was snatched from his hand by one of the "Yes; and I've had fun enough, and I don t sleeping tramps who had most opportunely want to listen to any more of your foolish awakened. chat. " Halloo, old man what were you going to "You've had fun enough with me?" do with the' pop?' " Yes." Seeley was just about to utter a cry for assist Do you think it was funny business to get ance from the adjoining room when the tram p me into this scrape?" said : "I did not get you into any scrape. What are "Hold on, Dick, don't call!" you about anyhow?" "Who are you? " You didn't get me into any scrape, eh?" "Don't you know me?" "No." "No." "You are not the fellow who got me to carry "Well, it does seem as though rer.o$"nitions the trunk?" were not flying around to-night ; but, Dick, the Why, young man you're crazy; go West bov s got you; he played you well." "No; I am not going West. I came to New r. Played me?" York to stay." "Yes." "You did, eh?" "I'll be hanged if I wouldn't like to know "Yes." who you are!" "Well, the chances are that you ll stay in the "I thought you were smarter, Dick; you've state fifteen or twenty years, sonny, unless you walked right into it. take a fool's advice." The burglar turned pale; it began to glimmer "And what does a fool advise me to do?" in on his mind that he had indeed walked righ t ' Skip your bail." into it; and again he essayed to utter a call "I ain't taking your advice." when the warning came: All right, do as you please; but see here Don't holler, old man it won't do you any young fellow, I've played you; I never saw you good, and you may get hurt." before. The second tramp had awakened and was "You never did, eh?" taking a lively interest in the talk. Never." What does all this mean? demanded That's strange." Seeley. Is it?" It means that the simple, innocent lad "Yes; you recognized me easy enough when whom you got to carry the trunk has' countI first came in here. ered on you." "Just for fun, young fellow, just for fun!" "And you are-" "But I did not come in here for fnn," said I am Phil Tremaine, the Gypsy Do you Jack. want to holler now? And there's a friend of "You didn't?" mine by the name of Wayne. He has been tak" No sir ing a little int erest in the game." "What brought you in here? "I'm a goner!" ejaculated Seeley. "I knew you were here." "I reckon you've sized it, old man." "Aha, you knew I was here? "It's a put-up job!" ''Yes. ' ''You're right again.'' "You were tracking me?" "You can't take me out of here, Tremaine." Yes ; I was simply tracking you." Oh, yes, I can, but I want a little talk wit h See ley 's face became flushed with rage. you fir s t You're g one and you know it, and "You've been working a game on me ?" now it's come down to a question of your


20 chances, and the latter depend upon how you behave now." I tell you this is a put-up job!" ''Certainly it is a put-up job " I never saw that fool before. He s misled you when he says Tm the man." "We didn't take any stock in what lie said ; we took our bearings from your own lips when you were amusing yourself with that simp le and mnocent young man. You enjoyed his sim plicity and innoc ence to s uch a degree you gave up the whole business. So it's too late to crawl now, you may as well own up." You heard all that was said?" That's what we were here for, old man." And you too k in all the taffy I was g ivin g the boy?" Yes; but we a re not taking any more sweets. We've got you 'dead to rights,' and you might as well come ri ght down to business." Well, I have been played," moa n ed See l ey. Yes, sir; you have." I own up." Of course, you own up. I knew you ould d o that as soo n as you took in the situation." The man put out his hands for the '' darbies. ' He knew indeed that it was no use to m ake a kick," as the say in g g oes The manacles were slipped on his h ands, and as h e looked toward Jack b e sa id : man, you're in luck." "Yes; it's time I h ad a little show. Luck has run against me until within the last few days; but it's taken a short turn I reckon An in nocent l a d as I am was in good luck in run ning the second time aga inst a sharp fellow like you." You're all right now." I hope so." "You ain t as simple as I thou9ht yo u were, y ou were pretty cunnin g after all. Thank you, I've picked up a few points from the Injuns. " I should say you had. I re ckon it would have run better for me if I'd taken a li ttle more st o c k in Injun trainin g an d not r ecko n ed west ern smartness so low down. "You re right, old m a n we d on t set out to know everything out West, but we've got a few po ints for fellows up this way like you." Yes ; you've pointed me down well ; I wis h I'd been raised West! "You might have been an honest man if it had been your luck to h ave been raised west of St. Louis." '' There s one thing that I want to say, Jack." Sing out your tenor." '" I had no grudge against you." No, I am not giving you credit for a grudge." I like you, lad." Thank you." T he Gypsy Deteetive enjoyed the conversa tio n and would like to have listened to more of it, but he was not a man to waste time. Seeley, are you going to make things long?" h e asked. When Tremaine's got his nippers on me it's no use kicking!" That' s a sensible view to take of it." I thought I was smart, but I see I'm too fond of a joke. I thought it a good thing to gu1. that boy from the West. So did I," quietly answered Jack. Dick Seeley was t ake n to the Tombs, and on t he following day Phil Tremaine had an inter view with the district attorney Later on the city c ounsel visited the Tombs, and after a n in terview with Seeley prepared the n ecessary papers and took proce e din g s to have the young man from the We st fully cleared and exoner ated CHAPTER XXIX. WHEN all t h e l ega l formalities were settied and Jack was declared a free man the news was a nnoun ced to him, a nd he was correspond ingly deli ghte d The Gypsy Detective and our hero were seated in the former s a partment on the day following the formal release of Jack, w hen the latte r said : I do not know, sir, how I can eve r repa y your kindness to me." "Would you like to repay it?" Yes; and I will some day." J ac k spoke in a very ea rnest m a nner You will some day e h ?" ''Yes, I will.'' ''How?" JACK GAMEWAY. The detective spoke in his peculiar quizzing tone I do not know now; but I think some day I will be able to repay a ll your kindnes s "You ca n p ay me very easily, Jack; but tell me what are your plans-will you stay here or return West?" I came here to settle." Oh, you did ?" "Yes." "And you mean to stay?" I do. "What are your plans ?" "I don t know yet but I do not mean to h a ng around and enjoy your bounty." "That's all right ; but what a re your plans?' / I m ean to ge t work. "You've h ad a pretty fair edu cat ion, Jack, for a fellow born and raised on the plains?" ,. Yes." "How did you secure it?" My mother was a Yankee woman; s he had a go od education a nd she spent many days helpin g me to pi ck up a little learning.'' So you are go ing to ge t a job?" I'm go ing to try. " And s ome d ay you will pay me ?" "Yes. " You can pay me now. " l ean?" "Yes." How?" I ll tell y ou. I understand you intend to re m a in in N ew York?" "Yes, s ir." "Well, soo ner or l a ter a lad of you r parts will meet with success." Thank you, sir, I think a good deal of that comm e nd a tion coming from you." Wh y from me especially? " Be ca use I know you a re a good a nd true man." How do y ou know I a m ? " I've the best reason s for knowing it "Well, Jac k let m e tell you somethin g l was a n orph a n like yourself, and I was com pelled to make my own way in the world "Your example is good enou g h for me." "And you wish to repay me?" And I will." "And now I will tell you how you can; as ye t you know nothing of the temptations of a g reat city like New York. " I've had a pretty li ve ly ex perience though, sir, for a s hort stay." Yes, you have." I s uppose I've a little more to learn yet. "Yes; you've considerable to learn ; and now l e t me tell you plain out how you can repay me for any kindness I may h a ve don e you." "Proceed si r." I like you " Thank you." 'I wish to be your friend." Again thank "you." I know that now you are a virtuous and honorable young m a n " I was truined to be that sir by my: mother. "Good; adhere to your mother's te ac hings under all circumstances, whether you meet s uc cess or disaster, and you will repay me for any go od service I may have performed for you. Yes Jack, remain the same honest, straightfor ward youth you a re now, and I will always be your friend." I will sir." Suppose you s hould become rich?" Well sir?" "You will encounter many temptations tha t do not assa il you now." I reckon I know what you m ea n. " All ri g ht; as I said, in disaster or success a lw ays maintain your inte g rity. I'll tell you something and what I tell you comes of a n ex perienc e such as few men hav e enjoyed. No young man ever came to New York and mad e a s uc cess unle ss h e struck out for an honorab'le career and m aintainerl his principles from first to last I have tra iled a thousand c riminals in my time and I have le a rned the history of most of them, and in a majority of cases they all started out with fair prospects and only struck the downward path when they d ev iat ed from the path of honor and morality ; virtue and honor a re the only mottoes for a young man in a great city." I am re a lly thankful to you, s ir for a ll you have said to me! " And wh a t is your determination ?" To preserve my honor and integrity under all circumstances." "You will remember you r promise 9" "Yes, sir." So far, s o good; and now one word I wish to become your adviser." "Thank you again, sir!" "You accept me as your adViser?" I do with gladness and thanks." I will want a few days to think over your case." All right, sir." In the me a ntime do not attP,mpt to start in on anything." "And must I live a t your expe nse? " For the present, yes ; do n o t rebe l aga inst a good thing." "No, s ir " L et m e do the kicking "All ri g ht, sir." "And now, Jack, you have a secre t from m e?" Jack turned red. "Come, boy what i s your ra c ket ? " It is not exac tly a sec ret s ir." Then out with it. " I will as k you a favor, sir." ''Do so.'' "Let me k eep my sec ret until to m o rr ow." "Do you think it bes t?" I think it b est." The Gypsy was a pe<'uliar m a n and h e said: All ri g ht. I will not insi s t upon a revelation now, but look out that you do no t run into fresh trouble. " I will look out, sir." "You've h a d some experience ?" Yes, sir, and it shall be a l a m p to g uide my feet in the future." All right, but l e t me into your lit tle racke t as soon as possible for your own sa k e " I will sir Jack left the presence of his frien d a happy l a d in one sense, but very a nxious withal As our r ea d e rs will rem e mber, th e young man had gone down to ask conce rning Marian Blair, a nd he had learned of that strange girl's s in gu lar abse nc e from her work. An idea ran th rou g h his mind that possibly some harm had c o me to her ... Our h ero was g rateful to his new friends, but the ir good offices did not cause hi m to for get the fair girl who had first com e to h is aid and assistance. He wa s determined to fa thom the mystery of the g irl's disappearance . "She was g ood to me,'' he muttere d "yes after a ll, as far as s he was able my bes t friend. She was unde r no obli ga tions to me when s he offered m e a ll h e r savings, and since t he n I've not seen her. I'll find her, or, as I live I'll die in the attempt! CHAPTER XXX. JACK proceeded. to the establishm ent where Marian Blair had been employed He entered the office and made inquiry as to her p resence in the factory The owner of the b usiness called J ac k into his private office and sai d : "You a re looking for ,Miss Blair?" x-es, sir.,, "What is your name?" I do not know as it is necessary to te ll my name sir.'' What i s your business with the you n g lady?" I do not wish to be impertinen t, s ir; but tha t is my business.'' It i s tha t you should come here looking for Miss Blair, and be unwill in g to furnish your name or reveal your bus iness. Are you a relation?" I do not know as I am bound t o a nswer that question." If you wish to ga in any inform atio n from me yo u will a nswer all my questions." Jack remembered that Marian h ad told him to say that he was a relative. It was an inno cent rlecep tion and there were reaso ns under all the circumstances why it was excu sable to per mit a misconception to prevail. I a m willing to answer your ques tions, sir." "Unless you do a nswer my question s we can not talk further." What do you wi s h to know, sir ?" I wish to know whether or n ot you a re a r e lative of Miss Bl air." We will say, s ir, I am a r e lativ e A moment the owner of th e s hop was silent. He looked Jack a ll over and wh en he did speak sa id: "You look like an hone s t young m an." I am a n honest young man." And y ou are re a ll y a nxious to d isc over the whereabout s of Marian?"


" Yes sir "So am I." Sir!" ejaculated our hero. 'I am anxious to find the girl. I tell you frankly I fear some evil has befallen her." Jack turned pale, and the owner of the shop observing the pallor, said : There is something very mysterious about this affair." "Will you tell me all about it, sir?" "You are really a relative?" I a m at least a friend, sir, who would do anything to save her from harm.'' "You would do anything to save her from harm?" "Yes, sir." "The n tell me frankly, are you a relative?" "No, sir I am nQt!" Are you her betrothed?" "No, sir I am not; I am simply a friend. I am under deep obligations to Miss Blair I would do more to aid her than I would for any other living mortal!" "You say you are under great obligations to her?" "Yes. sir .'" W ill you explain how?" Jack he sita t ed, and the gentleman said: "Young man, I take great interest in the fate of M iss Blair. You say you are her friend ; so am I, and there must be perfect confidence between you and me if we expect to unite in solving t he mystery of her disappearance. r My name sir, is Gameway." "Jack Gameway?" "Yes, sir.' You are the young man who was recently arrested for being engaged in a burglary?" Y es, sir. "And you were honorably acquitted?" "Yes sir" Jack and related how he had ar rived in New York; told the story of his first meeting with Mis s Blair ; teld of her noble offer to aid him by surrendering all her earnings to procure a lawyer for him. He told his story in a free, fe eling aud ingenuous manner, and won the hea r t of the great manufacturer. When Jack had concluded the gentleman said: I am glad you told be all this franklf,." Sir, I believe you to be a good man. "Thank you ; I have always tried to do my duty, and to that fact I attribute my success in life. And now let me tell you, I am greatly alarmed c oncerning Miss Blair." You think she has come to harm?" I do not know what to think; but I must Jay she has the most regular employee in my establishment. She had charge of an important department, and I do not believe she would re main away without good cause." She may be sick, sir." She would send me wqrd. She has been sick several times and I have always received a not e from her." "Do you know where she boards?" I do "Ha ve you made inquiries there?" I have, and she has not been to her home for several days; indeed, she left there to come to her work, and has not been seen since." Did she work that day? JACK GAMEWAY. luck favored, he found the Gypsy Detective at home You told me thi s morning sir, that I had a secret?" Yes." How didlou kndw? " I am use to reading the human face. "And you read the fact in my face ?" "Yes.'' "Well, sir, my face betrayed me; and now I have come to speak out plainly." I thou ght you would come to me." "I may be asking too much of you, but you know one good turn deserves another," sug g ested Jack, in a playful tone. All right; tell me your story." Jack proceeded and told the story of his meet ing with Marian Blair and when he had con cluded the detective said: Well, how can I serve you?" The girl is now in trouble. "The girl is in trouble?" Yes, sir.'' "Eh? has she been arrested for stealing ?" "No sir " What the trouble?" She is missing." "Missing?" ejaculated the detective. ''Yes, sir ." Tell me all about it." Jac k concluded his story, and the detective re marked : "I am glad you came to me, my lad !' CHAPTER XXXI. I AM under great obli ga tions to you, sir al re ady," said Jack. Never mind." You will serve me in this matter?" "Yes, I will serve you, my boy. " All right ; and some day when I become a rich man I will pay yon for all the trouble you have h ad." So you expect to pay me ?" "Yes, sir ." When you become a rich man?" "Yes, sir ." And you think you will become rich?" "Yes, sir." "How will you make your money?" By hard work. "A good way to start in, Jack." Yes, sir ; I've a notion that honesty, virtue, and energy with a little will go a great way with a young man m New York." "You're right; and as on those principles you are pretty sure to become a rich man, and as I'll take your determination as a guarantee of future payment, I will take the case in hand.'' What is your idea about it, sii?" A shadow fell over the dark and still hand some face of the detective, as he said: I fear it is the old, old story." What is the old, old story? The detective appeared reluctant to answer but said: Never mind, I can tell better after I have had an interview with Mr Marvin.-" I wish you would answer my question; you treat me as though I were but a boy "Yes." And the di sa ppearance occurred after had left her work?" ' Yes.'' You are but a boy." And you have beard nothing from her?" I '' But I've had some little experience in life, she and some people may find out I'm quite a man within a few days. Seeley changed his idea of me mighty quick.'' "Well, I'll tell you, Jack, I fear she has loved and has been deceived-that is the old, old story." I have not. I put the matter in the bands of the police, but I do not believe the y have paid much attention to it." I have a friend who is a detective one of the m ost wonderful men in America; I will send him down to have a talk with you." I wi s h you would. I tell you I am very anxious about the girl, and I always had the highest regard for her; indeed, I am willing to spend money to solve the mystery." Do you suspect anything, sir?" I d o not know what to think." Do you know of any enemies she had?" "No." Have you questioned your g irls as to any acquaintances she may have had? " I h ave not as yet, but if you will send your friend the detective down here, I will talk the matter over with him; it is time that decided steps were taken in this matter." I will send my friend to see you." Yes do s o at once." He shall come this afternoon." Jack returned to his temporary home, and, as A terrible look shot over Jack's face, as he said: '' If this proves true. I am converted into a relentless avenger, and it will be a sad duty to the man who ever did h a rm to that fair girl.'' We will hope for the best Jack. Until I have seen Mr. Marvin, you know, we can not tell about these affai rs." The re is one fact, sir, that leads me to fear the worst. "And what is that, Jack?" She promised to come again and see me." "And sh!l did not come ?" She did not.'' You have not seen or heard from her since the time of.her visit to you in the Tombs?" N No, sir." "Would she know where to find you since your release? "No, sir. " Is it not possible that she called at the Tombs after your release ?" No, sir. She did not ca.II there." How do you know ?" 21 I have m a de special inquiry "All right; we will talk the matter over after I have been down to see Mr. Marvin." Will you go to-da;y ?" I will go at once.' One more word sir ; remember, I will pay you some day for all ;i;our trouble ; I will never forget the obligation. The detective smiled, and said: That's all right, my son; I understand it Never mention the matter again until you are rich; in the meantime, increase your obligation s as fast as you please The Gypsy Detective had an appointment with Gertrude Meyer, and he determined to call upo n her before proceeding to investigate the case of Marian Blair. Upon reaching the house where he was to meet Gertrude he proceeded to her room and was arrested by hearing voices He had an arrangement with the young lady which per mitt e d of his honorably becoming a listener, and he did not enter the room, but proceeded to an room from where he could take quie t obse rvat10ns The room had been arranged for the purpose and our detec1ive glanced into the more public apartment. Gertrud e was in the room, and with her was a man of singular presence. The latter was a large-framed man, and. his face ex pressed the smooth-tongued, cold-blooded rasC!f.l. There was a wick ed gleam in the m a n's e yes as the detective caught a view of his villainou s face, and at the moment he was speaking to Gertrude He said : I've the most positive proof of your guilt.'' There came a low cry of alarm, and the de tective, who was, as our readers know, one of the keenest men in the bus iness, discerned Gertrude was playing a part; the cry of alar m was a little guy." She had become a superb actress; and our detective passed a little signal. Sir," said the lady, in a piteous tone, why do you pursue me thus? Why should you haunt my steps? why should you seek to prove m e a guilty woman?" The man glared in an ugly manner and said: I am not pursuing you; I am seeki!lg to save you.'' I do not need your aid ; all I need i,s that you should go your way and let me go mine. "I must bring matters to an issue, gil'I." Will you explain why you pursue me thus? " I am not going into any explanations, and I tell you there is only one way for you to es cape." Escape what, sir?" The consequences of your crime." I have not committed a crime." _. There is but one way for you to esca p e," repeated the man. '"'But I am an innocent woman." "You are innocent?" I am innocent." .. To save argument I will say I do not care even though you may be innocent." A moment's silence followed. The man glanced furtively around as though to make sure that there were no listeners. Sir this is a conspiracy!" Call it what you please. " And you admit a conspiracy?" I admit nothing, l deny nothing ; I only tell you that you are in my power. You are surrounded with perils on every side. I cou ld put you in jail, I could see you carried to your grave " It is strange, sir, that you should come here to terrify an unprotected girl!" It matters not who I am, I repeat there is but one way forl.ou to escape I am a terrib le man. As I sai you are in my power and there is but one way for you to escape. "You should tell me who you are, sir!" "'Bahl you have an idea as to my identity, and you have experienced an intimation of my power." I can not think who you are.'' It matters not. You are in danger; there is a way for you to escape, and you can only es cape at my will." And, sir, will you not tell me who you are?" It matters not who I am. "Can it be possible ?" suddenly exclaime d the lady. Can whatbe possible ?" Is your name Foster?"


22 CHAPTER XXXII. WHEN Gertrude pronounced the name "Foster" the visitor gave a start, and a pallor over spread his villainous face, and in a low, husky voice he asked : What name did you mention?" "Foster." Where did you hear the name of Foster?" The woman laughed, and said, in a sneering tone: The name appears familiar to you, sir 'I Where did you hear the name?" Well, I have heard of many men by the name of l<'oster, and one in particular whom I know to be a great villain." You know a man named Foster who is a great villain ? "Yes." What did he do ?" "He robbed two helpless orphans of their fortune.'' The visitor's face turned blue as he heard the sta rtling declaration There is one question I'd like to have you a nswer miss ; who ever told you of a Mr. Fos ter?" It does not make any difference who told me <>f a Mr. Foster. There is one fact I will tell you; I have been seeking a Mr. Foster for a long time." "You have been seeking him ?" "Yes.'' Why did you seek him?" He appears to have been the evil genius of my family." Of your family?" "Yes.'' To what family do you belong?" Mr. Foster can foll you," said the girl, in a significant tone. And what do y01t know about this man Foster?" I am not prepared to tell you at present." "You are not prepared to tell me? "No, sir." Why not?" The time has not come, but the hour is fast ap proaching when all will be revealed.'' ' When all will be revealed?'' repeated the man. Yes." What will be revealed?" The villainies of the man Foster. As the spoke she fixed a piercing glance on her visitor. Bow did you learn all this you cl a im to know about Mr. Foster?" I will tell you how I learned all I claim to know about that man; I've had detectives on Jiis track. '' The visitor gave a start. "You've had detectives on his track?" I have, and they have made the most won de rful discoveries.' '' They have made the most wonderful discoveries?" "Yes, sir." "Who engaged these detectives? " I did." You engaged them to track Mr. Foster? "Yes, sir ." "What led you to engage detectives? " Certain discoveries that I made induced me to desire to know all about that man." And you made some wonderful discoveries?" "I did." What did you discover?" I discovered that he was the man I was after." Why were you after him?" He was the villain who robbed me." Robbed you?" "Yes." How. did he rob you?" He is the man whom my father trusted, the man to whom my father revealed his history, the man to whom he confided his children, two helpless little girls, and I have learned how treacherously Mr. Foster betrayed the trust!" The visitor's face was a study as he de manded: Who first set you to make these discov eries?" The girl fixed her eyes upon him, and said: '' I can not tell you unless you tell me who you are. If you are Mr Foster, I will tell you all." I a.Ill not Mr. Foster " Then I can not tell you more." But I know Mr. Foster." You know him?" JACK GAMEWAY. "Yes." And you are not Mr Foster?" No." It's strange." "What is strange?" That you should come here and threaten me and not be Mr. Foster." The Gypsy Detective was a listener to all of the foregoing conversation, and he was amazed to discov e r what a clever and level-head ed girl Gertrude Meyer had proved herself to be. She was leading her visitor on in the most skillful manner. In answer to Gertrude's la st remark the visitor said: I know Mr. Foster, I tell you and I s hould like to hear all that you have learned concerning him.'. "I have heard of all his transaction s-every one of them," came the answer. Some one has been making sport of you." "How?" By leading you to believe that you were an heiress." I have not yet said that I am an heiress." "I knew your father " Did you, sir?" "Yes." And he was a grand, good man." He was a scamp!" "Ah, you got your information from Mr. Foster; but never mind I can wait." Will you sign the papers I have brought with me?" No, sir ; I will not. "You may be sorry ; it is the last chance you may have." I do not fear; and then again I am acting under orders.'' "You are acting under orders?" "Yes." "Whose orders?" I am acting under the orders of the detectives." "You are, eh?" "Yes, sir." What are the detectives up to, I'd like to know?" "They are on the track of Mr. Foster." Again a pallor overspread the face of the vis itor What do they say they have found out? " They have found out who Mr. August Meyer really is; they have found out how he got his fortune, and they are weaving a web around Mr. Foster that will bang him or send him to jail for the balance of his life And now, sir, to be plain with you, I know why you came here You came with a lie on your lips I ex pected you; I knew of this charge that was to be made against me-a lie which even you have admitted since you have been here is trumped up against me." "You say you knew of the charge?" Vertainly I did. I am posted concerning every move Mi;. Foster and his protege, August Meyer may make, and I will have both men in jail soon-and possibly I may put you there also, sir!" The man gazed aghast. The woman laughed. "You see," she said, "I am dropping my mask. I am not half as much alarmed as I per mitted you to think, I was merely drawing you on; and, what is more it is now time to tell you that I recognized you the moment you entered this room." The man continued to gaze with dilating eyes. Mr. Foster, are you prepared, you scoundrel! to do me justice-to restore to me the stolen fortune?" The visitor still continued to gaze in silence. "You are greatly amazed, I see. Well, sir, I could open your eyes still more if I elected to do so. Yes, I've your record down for every act of your life smce you set in to make a dupe of Philip Meyer!" "Young lady, you are crazy!" "No, I am not crazy. You came here to scare me; but now it's my time to scareloul 1 feigned fear; you are almost frightene out of your wits! And now, sir take my advice and get away from here, or you may be caught." "Caught?" ejaculated the man. Yes." "By whom?" One of the detectives. I think they are about ready to close in." CHAPTER XXXIII. THE man actually trembled. Gertrude en joyed his trepidation and said: "Yes, sir; at last you are to be brought face to face with your crimes." A sudden change came over the visitor, and he said: .i You do not mean what you say?" Yes, I do mean every word I have spoken." "You say I am Mr Foster?" "Yes. " Y:ou said you would tell Mr. Foster all you had learned?" l have told him all, and besides he knows of his own acts there is nothing for me to tell." Girl, you do not know what yo u are do ing!" The visitor rose from his seat and moved to ward the door. Yes, you had better go," said Gertrude. The man made no answer, but depar ted from the room, and the next moment Phil Tremaine stepped into the presence of Gertrude "Ahl what do you think of it?" That man was Foster?" "Yes." "Under what plea did he come here?" He came here representing himsel f as a de tective, and told me horrible stories as to his power and all that he could do, and then asked m e to sign some papers.'' Did you sign them?" "No." "Did you look at them?" "No." "Do you suspect their purport?" "No." The man threatened you?" ''Yes." What did be threaten?" He told me I had been detected in havin g committed a forgery "I must have arrived near the bCJginning of the conversation?" "Yes." You caught my signal, and knew I was in the other room?" ''Yes.'' Was it wise to let him know that you recog nized him? "Yes. " All right; we will talk about tha t matter later on. I came here to-day to listen to the balance of your wonderful story." There is but little to tell " I am interested in your narrative." I told you that I met my sister on c e, and she acted very strangely-did not appear at' all glad to have met me, and parted from me with a promise to see me on the succeeding day; but she did not meet me-on the contrary she left New York. I at once commenced a search to discover her, and, in the course of my investiga tions, became acquainted with all the members of the gang with whom she was associated." '' Your sister was really the queen of the con fidence gang?" "She was certainly associated with a gang of criminals, and she was herself a criminal, poor creature! But there is an excuse for her-yes, yes, she is not to be blamed for her career." Here followed a return of Gertrude's de ep agitation, and it was some moments befo re she resumed her narrative. In order to discover my sister I put myself in communication with several very prominent criminals, and several times came very near be in g arrested as the queen of the confidence gang, owing to the wonderful resemblance existing between my sister and myself-indeed, I be came a fufitive, until I resolved to go under a disguise changed my appearance and con tinued my search, but without success. " It was strange your sister should evade you." '' No, it is not strange; when we did mee t the mystery was all explained, and her action went to prove that, after all, there was an underlying goodness in her character.'' She had the reputation of being a very des perate woman, one of tlie smartest an d most adroit female criminals that ever attracted the attention of the metropolitan force!" And I believe she was fairly entitled to her reputation," came the tearful answer Proceed with your narrative," said Tre maine. "My experience has been exciting Some times I would appear without disguise hoping that my sister would see and recognize me and upon these occasions I almost always got into selious trouble. One night I was walking along Broadwaywhen I saw a handsomely dressed lady reeling along in the custody of an officer; I moved forward, the woman was veiled, but a


strange misgiving warned me that it was my sister. I boldly approached and raised her veil, and, alas! it was indeed my poor sister for whom I had been searching so many months. The officer did not appear to have reco g nized he r as the great confidence queen, but had merely arrested her as an intoxicateil woman, a nd I s oon managed to fb: him, and at last my un fo rtunate and lovely sister was to me. I called a carriage and we were driven to my home." Here? "No, I have an elegantly appointed hou se of my own up-town ; this place i s merely my busi ness office." Proceed." When I reached my home I led my sis ter into the hou se. She was indeed help lessly drunk, or as I afterward discovered, 'drugged.' I put her to bed and set myself to watch over her, and it was far into the succeeding day ere she awoke fully recovered from her stupor, a nd when she saw me sitting beside her she burst into tears and reviled me, and it was a l ong time before I could quiet her. At length I succeeded, and after s he had taken refresh ments I asked her to tell me why she had avoid ed me her only living rel a tive a nd loving sis ter " 'You are pure,' she said, 'and I am glad. 1 am a wretch and unworthy to live in your sight.' 'My dear sister,' I said, I love dou, and you shall turn from your evil ways an become good and pure.' Never!' she answered. But I will love you, and you shall lov e me. I am rich; there is no need for you to sin more.' You do not know all,' she murmured. I know enough, and I care not what your past has been you shall from this time out live with me virtuous and h appy.' "'Never!' she answered, in a despairing tone. 'But tell me yonr history,' she I proceeded and told her the story of my life from the time we were parted in the public in stitution. When I h ad concluded, she moaned: "'Ob, that the good man had taken us both! Would that we had never been separated!' "'It matters not, dear; we are together now, and death alone shall separate us.' No, no; I can not stay with you! I must go aw_ay!' Will you deliberately go back to your wicked life?' I must go bac k to Mm.' To whom? I dem a nded. Do not ask me But I can not stay with you; and when I go away, we part forever. We must never meet again on earth. But, ah! how like we are to each other! she suddenly ejaculated. Yes, we are indeed sisters, and you must-you shall remain with me!' No, no; I can not!' Why not, m:y de a r? "'It is useless to talk to me; I shall go away. I can not-no, no, I can not stay with you!' "'And do you not love me?' "'Yes.' I will divide my fortune with you A strange light suddenly shone in my sis-ter's eyes and after a moment she said: "'You will divide your fortune with me?' "'Yes.' How rich are you?' "I told her. And you will divid e with me?' "'Yes.'" CHAPTER XXXIV. A MOMENT the narrator stopped and silence prevailed, while the tears flowed down the lovely cheeks of Gertrude The detective at length said: I am sorry to urge you to recall all these sad memories. " No, no, it matters not. She is at rest now, yes, she is at rest now; but her,s was indeed a sad fate." Sad, indeed, and it is a pity you could not have prevailed upon her to remain with you. " I think now it is for the best that she is dead. She was of a highly sensitive nature, and she would never have been happy; the memory of her previous life would always have shadowed her existence." What did she say when you offered to share your fortune with her?" JACK GAMEWAY. She said in an eager tone : And I s hall have it in my own right?' I answered: Yes, if you so desire it and will promise to remain always with me.' '' A moment she appeared lost in thought, and at len gth she exclaimed: 'No, no, I will not do it! I will not take your money! I would only deceive you, and he would soon get it all away from me and waste it! No, no, it can not be!' '' Who is the m a n of whom you speak?' l demanded. Do not ask; I can not tell.' I s he your husband ?' I asked. "Husband! Ah, sister!' sbe moaned I can not tell you; I can only say I am mad I am mad! and I am lost!' T e ll me your story?' I said. Oh! it is a sa d tale; it is better that you should not hear it !' Yes, tell it me,' I said. '' It was very unfortunate that the man who took me from the asylum was a villain; it was my face won him to take me, and he trained me to become a thief. Yes, sister I am a regu larly educated thief!' Where is the man who tonk you away from the asylum?' "'He is dead.' How did h e die ?' My sister at the question shot a look at me that sent a thrill of horror to my very soul Do not ask me,' she sa id. Yes, tell me.' "'You will know?' 'Yes, I will know.' He was murdered!' Murdered?' I ejaculated, as a cold chill shot through my heart "'Yes, murdered, I say;' and my lovely sis-ter laughed like a beautiful demon. "'Who murdered him?' And you will m ake me tell you that?' "'Yes.' 'I murdered him! murdered him in cold blood! I planned his murder for weeks, and when the opportunity a rrived I killed him, and I a m glad of it; he was a devil!' Oh, sir!" moaned Gertrude, "you can im agine my feelings when l heard this terrible confession! It appeared, as I le a rned from my sister, that the man who adopted her was, as she had said, a villain. He was a criminal, and he ed ucated my sister to become a c riminal and when she was but a mere child he committed against her the greatest of wrongs, and made her a criminal, and at the last commenced to ill-treat and abuse her, and it was then she killed him ; and if there is such a thing as killing in self d efense, her case is an example.'' And could you not persuade your sister to remain with you?" "No; but I was determined to keep her with me, and I had made up my mind to abduct her out of New York, and if necessary put her in an asylum; but, alas! she was too smart for me -managed to escape just as all my plans were completed, and I did not see her again." "Then y ou did see her again?" "Yes; when she was dying she sent for me and then I learned why she would not live with me." I can already guess," said the detective "Possibly, yes; and now y

'Ye s .'' A re you in ready communication with the party?" "Yes ." G ood ; then you must l e ave the matter to me ; I c an find a person on a description far bet t er t ha n you can " I am willing to leave it to you." G ood; and now let us talk about this man Fos ter He is a bad fellow, and he must be comp ell ed to disgorge. I think we 've got the wood on him." Yes; we can bring him to terms " But we must be very careful, the man is a dan"erous schemer. " 'I k now it, but I have prepared a surprise for him." What surprise have you prepared for him ?" I have sent for the man who furnished me a ll the i nformation concerning Foster. "The old man lives ?'" Yes. Y ou are sure?" Y es; I heard from him only a few d a ys ago." T hi s is a good scheme ; we will have Mr. Foster a ll right but still it i s necessary that you s hou l d be very careful." Whom must 1 fea r ?" Foster; tha t man left here with a scheme in hi s head." What scheme could he have ?" W e ll, we must fintl out; I've got the fellow s ized d own. I"ve got his mug,' and I'll lay on h is trail and investigate. " Y ou think he left here with a scheme in his mi nd ?" Yes and it is lucky I was present and over he a r d the interview, or smart as you are that man w ould beat you." t Never .'' Y es, because you are a woman. He i s a desperate character; the chances against him now a re terrible, and he will stop at nothing. He i s a bad man!" I k now he is a bad man " T hi s sending for old Gruber is a good scheme." ' Y es, and let me tell you I have all the other proo fs a gainst this man Foster." "What p roofs have you ? " I c an prove that he wa s the man who put my sister and myself in the asylum, and all I need now is to find the woman who murdered my si s ter "Why do you need to find her? " She robbed my sister of an ivory miniature of my fa ther, and she now has it in her posses sion." H ow c 9 mes it that your sister chanced to be in poss ession of such a souvenir?" M r. Foster, when he put us in the asylum, gav e our little box of clothes to th e manageress, and a mong our goods was found the miniature and when my sister was adopted out the matron placed the miniature around her neck." We will find that woman and recover the trink e t," sajd the Gypsy. "Yes, it will prove invaluable to us as evi den ce in case Foster should attempt to make a fight." He will not attempt to make a fight, I reck o n after I get ready to go for him ; and now tell me can you find the W t.1 m who led you to y ou r sister on the night of the latter's death?' "Yes." "Has she ever seen the murderess?" S h e will not admit that she ever has seen her. " I h ave a good way of bringing out admis sion s, and I will interview this woman ; the mini a ture shall be found. And now, one word: Do you wi s h me to aid you in this matter?" "1 do. " Then y ou must act under my advice." "I will." S trict l y ?" "Yes ." T hen do not make a move until you hear fro m me Do not seek to find the woman who has the miniature-do not seek to find the man Foster." I promise." G o to your private home. "I will." "Will give me your address?" C ome with me to my home." "When?"' "Now.'' I wil l. The de t ectiv e pas s ed from the room and secu re d a c a b, and in a few moments proceeded JAUK GAMEWAY. I with Gertrude to her home. He was charmed with what he saw and learned; and, as it prov e d later on, it was a fortunate incident his visit to the home of the strange, wonderful woman whose career had been such a succession of romantic events. Phil gl a nced a round and said : You have inde e d an elegant home." "Yes." Was it here you brought your sister ? Yes. " And was it from here she escaped?" "Yes." Gertrude, said the detective, I have had lar ge experience a s a detective but 1 must say that never in all my career did I come upon a stranger life history, and it is also remarkable that Jack Gameway should have been the youth to rescue you. " Yes ; it is strange. "We must have a long talk about that young man " Where is he?" U oder my care." "I am glad." The detective remained only a few mom e nts at Gertrude s home ; he had a purpose in his visit and a short stay served his purpose. From the home of his friend he proceeded to the shop where the girl Marian Blair had been employed, and entering the office he was intro duced to the proprietor. The latter led the de tective into a private room, and when seated said : You are a detective ? " I am.1 A regular officer ?" I am." "Your name i s " Phil Tremaine." The famous Gypsy ? " I a.!11 called the Gypsy Detective by my compamons." I am glad you are interested in this case I have heard of you and I believe a great crime has been committed." CHAPTER XXXVI. "You think a g reat crime has been committed ? repeated the detective. Yes, I do, sir. "What makes you think so ?" Miss Blair is a very handsome girl-indeed, so pretty that, in self-defense she has been compelled to mar her beauty. I have watched over the girl as far as I could; but I live out of town, and I have a large family of my own, in cluding several daughters." The detective studied the face of the pro prietor of the shop, and speedily reached the conclusion that he was an honorable, high minded gentleman What have you observed lately in the con duct of your pretty employee? " On her own part I have not observed any thing out of the way. She has 3lways acted m a modest and proper manner; but since her dis appearance I have heard a strange story " l!'rom whom have you heard the story?" From one of my other empl pyees." A man or woman?" A young girl." "And what did she tell you? " She told me that an elegantly dressed lady has loitered around the shop, just before the hour of closing, for weeks, and that she one day stopped her, and made a great many inquir ies concerning Miss Blair.' Did Miss Blair have any male friends to your knowledge ? " I never saw her in company with a young man." The man spoke in a hesitating tone ' But did you ever hear that she had a male acquaintance?" I did, yes." Ah, now we are getting at it. Under what circumstances did she permit the acquaintance?' Probably you know, sir, as well as I do." "How so?" "You are well acquainted with the young man who appears to have been her friend "Do you allude to Jack Gameway?" "Yes." He is the only male friend she is supposed to have had?" "Yes, sir, as far. as I can find out; and now, Mr. Tremaine, mayi: ask you a question?" Certainly." Do you know this Gameway well?" "I do." You have perfect confidence in him ?" Yes, sir." ls he the missing girl' s lover?" "No, sir. " Only a friend ? " A friend only. And as far as you know s h e had no other male friend ?" As far as I know she did not. '' You say there was an elegantly dresaed lad y who appeared interested in the girl? .. Yes." Did you ever see the lady ? "No, sir." "Has she been described to you?" "Yes, sir." "By whom? " The young girl of whom the lady made the inquiries." Is the young girl still in your employ ?" "Yes sir She'is to-day ?" "Yes, sir." What is the charact e r of the girl?' Good, as far as I know. " Will you send for her? "I will. llfr. Marvin left the office, but returned in a few moments, leading a modest-looking you ng girl. The detective passed his observing glanc e over the girl, and noticing that she appeare d frighte ned, said: You need not be afraid miss. "I am not afraid, said the girl ; but her trembling voice belied her assurance. You were acquainted with Miss Blair ? "Yes sir" W e;e very intimate with her?" ''No sir not intimate? " No sir " Did have any intimate acquaintances in the shop? "No, sir. " She was about as intimate with you as with any other of the girls? " Yes, sir; a little more intimate with me In deed, she was just becoming better acquainted with me when she disappeared." Ah! I see. And now answer me : you saw a lady loitering around here?" Yes, sir." When did you first observe the lady?" About three weeks ago. " Was she a young lady?" About thirty I should say. " Did you ever see thi s young lady talkin g to Miss Blair? "No sir" ;aw her speak to her at all? ''No sir" Did Miss Blair ever speak of the lady?" ''No, sir." "You are sure? " Yes, sir." She never even mentioned observing the strange lady hanging around? "No, sir.'' The strange lady spoke to you?" Yes, sir." At this moment one of the other girls entered the office and spoke to the manufacturer ; the detective glanced at the girl and discontinued hi!! questions until she had gone away. What did that girl want?" "Nothing particular," answered Mr. Marviri. She wanted to know what was going on ?" I think so. " Is it generally known that Miss 1;3lair is missing?" There has been talk in the shop, yes sir." A moment Phil was thoughtful; then turn ing to the girl he asked: Would you recognize the lady if you should see her again? " Yes, sir." "You say she was elegantly dressed? "Yes, sir." Young or old ? About thirty, I told you, sir." "Did she wear diamonds?" "Yes, sir." "Was she naint.ed ? "Yes, sir.'' She was altogether a very showy-looking woman?" Yes, sir." "Did you think her a lady?" "She was dressed like a lady. " Did she impress you as a real lady ? "No, sir." "Did she come here afoot or in a carriage?


" She left her carriage to wait for her a block away." "How do you know? " I took measures to find out." "What measures did you take?" I followed her the first time she questioned me.'' Why did you follow her?" I was curious to know more about her.' "Did you have any suspicion?" The gi rl blushed but did not answer, and the detective did not repeat the question. The lady came in a carriage, you say?" "Yes, sir." "You saw the carriage?" Yes, sir." "A private ca rria ge or a hack ?" "I should say it was a private carriage." A shadow fell over the face of the detective CHAPTER XXXVII. EvmENTLY a very disagreeable suspicion crossed the rletective s mind; the shadow"-'hich fell over his handsome face was sadly sug gestive. Resuming his questioning, he said: "You think it was a private carriage?" Yes, sir "A liv eried coachman? "Yes sir" the style of the livery?" He wore a drab uniform, very showy." ".And the horses ; white, brown or black?" A brown and a gray." Again a shadow passed over the dete c t.ive' s face. Was it a close coach or an open Victoria?" "It was a landau." '' Did you remark the of the coa c h man?" "Yes, sir; be was an Irishman." A large or small man; young or old ?" "Young and very tall, and quite good-looking." Did the l ady come veiled?" She al ways came veiled." But she removed her veil when talking to you?" Yes, sir, once ; unconsciously, I think." Did you see the lady the day Miss Blair disappeared ?'' "No, sir." "The day Yes, sir." And when was it she spoke to you ?" The last time I saw her she spoke to me." "And when was that?" The day before Miss Blair i:lisappeared." Had she spoken to you before?" "Yes sir " did she say the first time?" "Her in quiries we.re general." She spoke of Miss Blair?" "No." When did she speak particularly of Miss Blair ?" The rlay before Miss Blair disappeared." What did she ask you about Miss Blair?" ''Her name.'' Did she only ask her name?" No; she asked where she lived ; how long she had been in the shop; where she came from, and whether or not she had any relatives or in timate friends in New York." What answer did you make to all these quest ions ?" I did not answer at all." "Why not?" I did not lik e her look.S." How did you get out of answering the questionst" / I disclaimed acy knowledge of Miss Blair." "Did you ever g ive her name? "I did not. I said I was not acq uainted with the girl at all." You say you did not like the woman s looks?" "I did not." What was there in her looks you did not like?" "I can hardly tell; but I conceived a prejudice and a suspicion." What was the nature of your suspicion?" The girl blushed, and did not answer. No answer was required. Phil Tremaine as able to judge the nature of the suspicion So you evaded giving the woman any in formation?'' "Yes, sir." Did she appear to discern that you were evading her?" I think she did JACK GAMEWAY. "Did she question any of your shopmates 'I" I do not know. "You say her veil was raised once ?" "Yes sir" And would reco g nize her aga in wer e you to see her?" Yes sir ." Can you describe her appearance?" I think I can." "Try." 'fhe young lady proved herself to be very cute and observing. She furnished the detect ive a most complete and accurate description of the mysterious woman. You have not seen this woman since the disappearance? "No, sir ." "Now, one word more ; you appear to be able to hold your tongue ?" "I can sir " Your' may ask you some questions." "Yes, sir." They must not rec e ive any information." I understand." "Mr. Marvin has your address?" "Yes sir" "YoiI will be re ady to attend me if I need your services?" Yes, sir. " And now, miss, what is your name ?" Kate Locke." Kate, if I need your services you shall be well paid for your time. " I will do anything to aid in the recovery of Miss Blair without pay. " That is all but I am to understand you hold yourself in readiness to answer my call ?" Yes, sir." "That i s all ; you can go." After Kate had go ne the manufacturer said : "Well, sir, what do you think of it ?" It has a bad look, sir." Ah indeed so I fe a r " I think I the lady in the fine clothes." "And who is she?" I will not s peak now, not until I hav e inquir e d further. " You never saw Miss Blair ?" ''No sir" very handsome g irl. "So I have be e n led to beli eve Hav e you a photograph of the girl?" I have not." All right; I will see what I can do, and I will call on you later; and now, sir, you must leave the whole matter to me." I am very g l ad to leave it to you." "If any one should call here you must g ive no information, you must not say the case is in the hands of a detective, nor must you mention my name." I will not, sir." "Good-day; I will report at the earliest mo ment." The detective left the office of Mr. Marvin and s trolled up Broadway. He was lost in deep thought and was revolving many possibili ties in his mind From the description he felt positive he identified the wom a n who had been making the inquiries and if he was right then it became a puzzle what her interest could be in the missing gi rl. The woman whom the detective suspected was the wife of a well-known gambler and sporting man. She was not known to the police as a crimina l but she had the reputation of being a very fast woman. She attended ra ces and bet freely-" bet like a man." She lived handsomely, kept a fine turn-out and led altogethe r a very gay life. She could often be seen riding in the park, genern ll y alone but sometimes accompanied by a gentleman who was not her husband "I'll see this woman was the detective's resolve. CHAPTER XXXVIII. PHIL knew where the woman lived but de termined to" pipe" for her just the same las though he had no knowledge of her a t all, be lieving that in so doing he might tumble to some sort of a clew A day or two passed. He saw the woman once or twice but no chance offered to strike a regular trail, until one day he piped her to Stewart's. The detective waited awhile, and th e n saunte red into the great dry goods palace, and after a few moments came upon the lady in 25 the department where ready-made apparel is sold, and at the moment the detective came upon her she was examining an elegant dress. "Ahal" mutte red Phil, as he sauntered to ward her "I reckon we were right. This looks like a littl e give-away The detective wandered off to a part of the store where an opportunity offere.d, and he wrought one of those lightning changes in ap pearance for which he was.noted, when he again approached the spot where the wom a n was mak ing the purchase, and arrived just in time to catch on to a wrinkle." The woman had critically examined the dress, and, as Phil drew near, she remarked : '' I am very particular in sele c ting this dress, as it i s not for myself, but for a youn g lady who is stopping at my hou se." Phil h a d piped the house, but had seen no signs of a young lady ; but the remark set him to thinking over again, and he said to him self: I'll go closer in next time." The woman finally purchased the dress and ordered it sent home and the detective followed her around, and was witni:ss to the buying of a compl e te outfit for a young lady ; and the .. things .. were of the most fashionabl e and costly character. It was w e ll on toward even in g when the wom an, who had given her name as Mrs Hummell, started to return to her home. The d et ective followed her, and lay around waiting for a c hance to carry out a little scheme that had formed in his mind. A few mom e nts passed, and he exclaimed: "Aha! I thou ght sol Here she comes!" The remark was occasioned by the approach of a young woman toward the hous e the de tective had under surveillance. The woman ca rried a lar ge box, and was evidentl y a shop girl. Phil approached the girl, and, having changed his appearance back to his ordinary character, he touch e d h e r on the a rm and said: Halloo Kate!" The g irl turned, with flas hing eyes and a n swered: M y n ame i s not Kate!" What is your name ?" "None of your business! and see here, mis ter, you had bette r march off, or you w ill get into trouble! "Oh you wouldn't ge t me into trouble!" "You go 'long, now, and don't bother me The detective took the girl's measure. He saw th a t she loved dress as she had on p lenty of cheap finery. See here, sis you are no fool." "No; I am not a fool." "You would like to make a new dress for yourself eh?" See here I'll call the police, you in s ulting rascal!" "No; you will not call the police. All I want out of you is a little informati on, and here's a twenty-dollar bill for your trouble The detective displayed a twenty-do llar note. The girl's eyes glistened. What do you want?" A little information. " Is that all?" "Yes." What do yo u want to know?" "You're taking a dress home?" "Yes, I am." "To that house there?" and the detective pointed to Mrs. Hummell's residence "What number is that house?" Phil mentioned the number; the gir l gl anced at a card and said : Yes ; that s the house." Here is a twenty-dollar bill, sis, " What, is the money for me?" "Yes." "I won't take it!" "Why not? "Oh, you go off about your business!" "You will take the money?" Why do you give it to me?" I want a littl e information." The g irl repeated: Is that all?" "Yes. " Well what i s it? "You taking home a dress?" ''Yes. "To that house?" "Yes." Here, take the money, and I wan t you to answer me a few questions." 1 .. .,


26 The girl took the money and the detective said: "Now, then, are you a smart girl?" "I don't know." You can keep your eyes about you?" ''Yes. " Espe c ially if you ge t another twenty-dollar bill?" Ah I I see," suddenly excl a imed the g irl. What do you see?" "I know who you are?" "Do you?" "Yes." Who a m I ?" You are a detective. "Well, never mind whether I am or not, I've another twenty-dollar bill for you if you do what I want you." A comple t e change had come over the g irl's manner when satisfied in her own mind that the man was a detective. "I'll do what you want," said the girl. A ll right ; I want you to note everything you see in that house. "I'll do it.." You are to see that dress tried on?" "Yes." When you come out I want you to be able to de sc ribe the young lady to me. " I'll do it." I want you to mark and remember all that is said." I'll do it." If you do as I tell you another twenty -do Jar bill s hall be yours when you come out.' Tell me are you a cop? "Never mind." What's up, anyhow?" "Never mind." Is it a scheme to steal the dress?" That is for you to find out; all I want you to d o for me is what I have told you." "You can depend upon me, sir." Yo u must not mention to the l a dy about meeting me." Ah I I know better than that." You look like a s tnart girl." You can depend upon me." "Mark what I say; if you play me double for a new stake,' it will be bad for you. " You need not fear." "I will make trouble for you if you go back on me. " I knoV( my business." You understand?" ''Yes." Once more, if you go back on me, I'll find it out "You need not fear, sir; I'm a ll ri ght. "Well, go ahead, a nd I ll wait for you." The gir1 proce ede d toward the house and the detective st arted in for a long wait, but in stead ca ught a surprise. CHAPTER XXXIX. THE detective had discounted the trying on and fitting of a dress, and was prepa red for a lon g wait, but the girl came forth in a few mo ments and started to go up the st reet without waiting to speak with the officer. The latter ran afte r her, overtook her, and sa id : "Halloo! where a re you goin g so fast?" Back to the store." I thought you were to bring me some infor mation?'' Let me go on." But this ain't according to our agreement." Let me go, please." What does this mean?" It means that you must let me go on ab out my business " But you were to bring me some information." "I've nothing to tell you." "Ah, I see, you got a tip,' eh ? "No, I didn t." "Did you see the young lady?" "No." How is that'/" The madame took the dress from me, a nd let me wait in the parlor." "What a re you g iviu g me?" The truth." Then why were you in such a hurry to get away?" I had nothing to tell you " I've got a fifty-dollar bill lying loose." I can not ear n it." "Why not? " I have told you the truth. I saw no one but .Mrs. Hummell." JACK GAMEWAY. "That won't do. " It's the truth." And you did not see the young lady?" "No." How is that?" I did not see her. " What occurred ? What did Mrs. Hummell have to say?" Nothing." It's strange s he said nothing to you." She sa id nothing." Did the dress satisfy her ?" 1 suppose so. S he kept it, and did not send back a ny message." The detective fixed his keen eyes upon the g irl. She did not stand the gaze well, and Phil suspected something wrong. I'm afraid you made a mist ake, sis." ''How?'' "Well, you'll learn soon enough. I think you've bee n a little too smart; you would have done better to stick by me." I do not understand what you me an." You understand me well enough." I have told you the truth." "You did not try on the dress? " No, I tell you Mrs. Hummell took it from me." "And went upstairs?" "Yes." She could not have been gone long." She came right down. " And sent you off?" "Yes." All right ; I ll take your word, but I ll find out whether you sold me out or not." How ?" In less than ten minutes." 1 guess not." "You've made a mistake I intended to give you a hundred dollars." The color left the girl's face, and she said: Oh, you ca n not fool me!" Ah, I see it a ll, sis. Well, all right; a gal don't have two s uch chances." r did not give you away, but you would not be able to find it out even if I had." I'll know in ten minutes." I'll swear I didn't say a word, but the lady asked me a question." What did she ask you?" She asked me if any one spoke to me. "She did?" Yes." That will do, miss ; I see through i t all now.'' "I told her No.' "Oh, yes; you told her 'No,' but you were in a big hurry to get away. She gave you fifty, mebbe, but I intended to g ive you a hundred." I did not say one word to the lady, and when she asked me the question, I told her no one spoke to me. "All ri ght; git along. You can talk now as much as you please; you are the loser." The g irl w a lked away, and the detertive moved back tow ard the house. A moment he waited, and then ascended the s toop and rang the bell, and when the servant came he said: "I want to see Mrs. Hummell." Will you send in your name?" Tell her it is a gentleman from Stewart's dry go ods s tore." The girl returned in a few moments and showed the detective into the parlor and after a long wait Mrs. Hummell appeared. What is your business, sir?" '' l; ou bou ght some clothing for a young lady to-day" W e ll, sir?" Is it a ll satisfactory?" If it is not, I will in good time make my complaint." The woman looked at the officer suspiciously. Can I see the young lady a moment, mad ame?" Can you see the young lady?" "Yes." Why, this i s a very ast oni s hing request." I wish to see her, nevertheless." "If you will explain why you wish to see her I will consider your proposition." I will answer y ou frankly, madame; I am looking for a ce rtain young lady." It is very ex traordinary tha t you should come and tell this to me." "Why so, madame?" Wha t have .J to do with any missing young lady ?" The woman spoke in a calm manner and did not b et ray any trepidation. The detective had s poken out frankly ar.d abruptly, hoping to cause the woman to betray herself by her manner, but she was perfectly cool and gave no sign. Madame, you have a young !adv staying with you?" "Yes.'' .. Then why is it strange?" It is strange s imply because the young lady staying with me is not a missin,q young lady." The detective was compelled to go slow; there was a possibility that he was on the wrong track, a possibility that the two young ladies were a coincidence. But you admit the fact that a young lady is in this house? " Your questions are very extraordinary, very singular.'' ''Never mind madame. I repeat, there is a young lady staying with you?" Yes, there is a young lady staying with me." "Do you object to my seeing her?" I do, certainly. " I must see her, madame." "You must see her?" "Yes." A moment the lady was silent and thought ful; but. at length she said : "If you can give a satisfactory reason I have no objection to your seeing the young lady who is stopping with me. " Madame I have a confession to make. "This is all very stran ge, sir. Are you sure YO)f

"No, madame." I thought so; indeed I knew it." "Yes, madame, I give you credit for k now ing this is not the girl I seek." It is very strange, sir, that you should come here to seek the missing girl." The detective rose to go. The look of triumph s till shone in the wom an's face as she accompanied him to the door, but a pallor overspread her face as the detective turned and said in a meaning tone: Madame, beware! Let no harm come to Miss Blair, or it will go hard with you." I know nothing of Miss Blair." Then pay no heed to mr, warning, and you need not take it to h art; still, I repeat, beware that no harm comes to Miss Blair." Without a word more, the detective left the house While Tremaine was following the clews leading to the unraveling of the mystery of the dis appearance of Marian Blair, he neglected call ing upon Gertrude Meyers. He had arranged with the girl to communicate with him at once, if anything occurred, and, as he had not heard from her, he concluded that everything was all right. Jack, meantime ; was becoming very restless. Each day he had inquired of the Gypsy as to his success, and the detective had given very un satisfactory answers. Phil Tremaine, as our old-time readers know, was a very reticent man, and, like all detect ives, was averse to giving information until his purpose was accomplished. Jack had asked permission to try a little de tective work on his own account; but his friend had said: "No, Jack; you just leave this matter to me." How shall I put in the time ?" "New York is a big city; go around and amus e yourself." The detective had furnished Jack with con siderable money. Our hero had hesitated about takin g it, but Tremaine had managed to carry his point; and having nothing else to do, Jack wandered around, and, indeed, found plenty of amusement; but all the time one thought was running through his mind, and Marian Blair was the subject of his cogitations. J ack had visited all the museums and some of the thea t e rs, and to him all was new and novel and fas cinating. On e day-indeed the very day when Tre maine was running up the game on Mrs. Hummell-Jack took a stroll in Central Park, and he was sau ntering along in one of the side paths when he encountered a scene which in the end led to a thrilling and very startling ad venture He came upon a handsome-faced i?irl talking to a gentleman, and as he approachea he heard the girl say : Help me, or I will throw myself into the lake I am starving! Jack was deeply interested and s at down upon a bench, and, without pretending to do so, watched the scene. "You are starving?" said the man, a trim, nice, ge ntlemanly looking fellow. I am starving!" came the answer. How is that?" "I have a sick father at home. I have been unabl e to work, and all our money has been spent. Our landlord has a bill of sale of our furniture, and now threatens to turn us into the street! The man appeared to think a moment, and then said : If I could believe your story I'd help you. "You can believe my story; do I look like a n im postor?" "No you do not look like an impostor!" The girl turned about and approached our hero an d said: Will you help me, sir?" The young man w ould have done so, but Tremaine h a d warned him to be very careful. The young man to whom the woman had first ap pe aled, approached, and addressing Jack, said: What do you think of it? do you think the woman is an impostor?" Gen tl e men, said the woman, "if I were asking for myself alone I d go and throw my self into the lake before I'd accept a cent from a living soul!" I rather think the woman is honest," said the young man. Jack remained silent. He had made up his mind to help the poor creature, and, as it turned JACK GAMEWAY. out, was to learn in the end the full force of the detective's warning. "You say you owe for your rent?" said the young man ''Yes." And you have no food in the house?" "Nut a crumb of bread!" "Well, here, girl, I'll t a ke your word that you are not a fraud, and here's something to help. Jack Gameway was treated to a most won derful surprise CHAPTER XLI. THE stranger drew forth a well-filled pocket book, and countiog out twenty ten-dollar bills handed the money to the girl. The latter fell upon her knees and expressed h e r thanks while the tears streamed down her cheeks. Jack was deeply impressed; it was the most bountiful bestowal of alms he had ever wit nessed The giver of the money said as he assisted the girl to rise: "There, there, that's all right; go along now, I am satisfied you are a needy person, and you are welcome to the money." The girl rose and yielding to the generous man's commands slowly walked away. J ack' s heart opened wide to the man who had been so generous, and he said: You are a good-hearted man." The stranger laughed carelessly and said: Oh, that amount is nothing to me. I only wanted to make sure that the girl was honest and really needed the money." I reckon there is no doubt about her hon esty," said Jack. "No; I'm satisfied. You see, I m a stranger in New York." So am I," said Jack. You are a stranger?" "Yes.'' Where are you from!" Out West." "Well, so am I. My name is Tom Freeling. What' s your name?" My name is Jack Game way," answered our hero. "Never heard of your name," said Freeling. And I never heard your name," said Jack, "but I think you're a good fellow!" That's my ide a about you ; we're well met, hang it I'm g lad to meet some one from the Rockies!" As we have said, the stranger's geoerous gift to the begging woman had opened Jack's heart wide; the stranger had struck him in the right spot for a warm liking, as our hero was a sym pathetic fellow and the very soul of generosity. Jack Gameway was a shrewd fellow, but the very shrewdest men are liable at times to b e im posed upon, and despit e our young hero's shrewdness he lacked experience, and was thus open to imposition. The two walked on together and both ap peared delighted, and they were ; but the s ources of their deli ght were ditterent. .. You must have plenty of money?" said Jack. "Oh, ye s; it comes easy and goes ea sy." "What i s your business ?" I ain't in any bus iness; my father left me a fortune, and I just go in for fun and I have plenty of it." "You can't afford to be as g enerous every time as you were to that girl?" "No, but I took that for a re a l case of need; but come, let s go down town, I've had enou g h of the park for one trip." Jack was ag reeable, and the two men went down-town, and the young man led Jac k to an office where he said h e wished to call on a friend. Our young hero was all un s uspicious, and proceeded with the young man to a dingy office in the upper part of a lar ge building, and was introduc e d to a man whos e appearance did not strike Jack favorably. Freeling anq his fri e nd ap p ea red to be very familiar, and, at length the latter said: "When do you r e turn West?" To-morrow, I reckon." The n you'll want some s tuff ?' " Yes." I've a d a isy lot in hand just made." Jack did not tumble, and sat there innocent as a lamb, and the owner of the office went out a moment, when Freeling turned to the young man from the West, and said: "Jack, I'm going to let you into a secret." 27 Thank you, answered our hero "You saw me give a couple of hunared to the gal?" "Yes." "I'll let you into the racket that will explain how I can afford to be so generous." A suspicion at length d aw ned across Jack's mind. His friend's whole manner had changed; his langua g e was different; he used slang phrases, and altogether appeared, as stated, en tirely different. As the suspicion came to Jack a shudder ran t4rough his frame; his heart sunk, and he made up his mind to excuse him self in time and ge t away-indeed, he dreaded his new-found friend's exposure ; he preferred to think of him as he had taken him to his con fidence on first impressions. I reckon I ll go," said Jack. Why, what s the matter ?" I feel ti red. "Nonsense, boy! I'm going to do you a kindness.'' I'm much obli ge d. "You're not going away from me? Jack' s good impressions were fast fading away, and he began to recognize that his quondam friend was after all, a cold-blooded swindler. As this conviction forced itself upon our hero's mind, a complete change came over him. He began to perceive that, after all, he was being played for what is commonly called a sucker." His pride was tou c hed, and other considerations entered his mind. The young man from the West was a brave, daring chap, and he remembered that his best friend was a detective, and he thought that he might pick up a few points. Quick as lightning all these thoughts pa s sed through his mind, and he resolved to enter into the racket, appear to be "played," while in reality he meant to play the players. He did not drop his mask at once, but, in fact, assumed a more innocent and confiding demeanor. What do you want me to stay for?' asked Jack. I'm going to let you into a secret." What secret? "Are you rich?" "No." "Are you in business? " No.'' Well, I'll let you into a business. See here. The young man exhibited a big pile of g reen backs. Jack' s eyes glistened, and so did the schemer' a ey es glisten, for he saw that his bait was tak ing "You'd like to make money, Jack?" ''Yes.'' You d like to be able to help a poor girl once in awhile, old boy?" "Yes." W e ll I m going to let you into the racket. " So I can make money ?" "Yes." Make it honestly? " Why, to be sure." Well, I'm in to make money. " Certainly you are," said the vulture and his eyes danced. CHAPTER XLII. "I'M coming a game over this man who ke e ps the office," said Freeling. I thou ght he was your friend ?" "So he is." "Then why do you want to come a over him?" I'll tell you; there are only a few men in his secret, and he don t want any more let in, but I like you and I'm g oing to let you in!" "Thank you," s aid Jack. You see," said Freeling this man has a fri end who is a great engraver and they hav e m a de some bills so perfect that they are taken at the bank s and it will b e a number of years b e fore the trick is discover e d I" "Counterfeits!" ejac ul a t ed Jack. Hush, boy, don t speak so loud ; look here, are those counterfeits? Freeling handed Jac k a number of twenty dollar bills. Jac k looked a t them in real wonder, for he believ e d th ey were counterfeits, not because he was an expert, but because of the c ircumstances under which they were shown to him. "Are thos e counterfeits?" "I don't know." "You ought to know." They look like good bills."


28 J.AOK GAMEWAY. "Well, they are good; good enough for ihe Jerry put on a worried look and said: "I must?" banks to take, and you can have them ex"Iain'tsellingtostrangers." "Yes." changed anywhere." "But this is a friend of mine! "But I do not wish to return." But it is against the law!" But he is not a regular customer." You must, or you can't have the queer.' "The law be hanged! there's no risk!" ''He may become a regular customer." "Then give me my hundred No risk?" repeated Jack. "I don't like to do it." "No, sir." None whatever. I've land an sassy in here or I'll put you out." do not mean to be swindled." "Yes." Jack changed his tone. He feared he would "You're a swindler yourself." "Didn't I help that poor girl?" lose the evidence he was seeking to get, and he "Am I ?" Yes." said: "Yes; you have been trying to buy counter" We don't rob any poor people." "I do not wish to be sassy." feit money. rm a detective." "You don't?" "That's all right." No; it's the government that loses, and I We're letting you into a good thing. guess Uncle Sam can stand the loss of a few "Thank you dollars." But we must be sure that you are all right " Hang it! I'd like to make a few dollars." "But am I to get nothing for my money?" "Well, get out your money." '-'Well, we' ll see." "I think I've a hundred. "You will give me my money back?" "I'll put five hundred to your hundred, and "We'll see. Now look here, where do you Jet it all go in one satchel." come from?" No; not that way." "New Mexico." "Why not?" "How long have you been in New York? " I'd rather have my money separate." Only a few weeks." The schemer shot a glance at Jack; but the "Have you any relatives in New York?" young man from the West looked as innocent Jack was cunning, and said: as a complaisant Chinaman. l've made acquaintances." "You can have it that way if you like." Who are they?" That would suit me better. " A couple of females." "All right ; when my friend cnmes in I'll "Ah, I see. Well, what brought you to make the bargain for you. Maybe I can get New York?" four hundred for your hundred." I came here to make a living. The friend opportunely entered the office. "Well, now, see here, I'm willing to let you "Jerry, my friend would like to buy a little into this game on one condition; you must start of the stuff. back for New Mexico." CHAPTER XLIV. JACK turned deathly pale. He was in a nother scrape seemingly, and equally serious as the one from which he had just escaped, and indeed a worse scrape, as, technically, he was a g uilty man. He had really agreed to purchas e feit money. His purpose was all right b ut that he could not prove, and his heart sun k within him. The two schemers saw how their point had taken ; they enjoyed Jack's evident d iscom fiture and laughed heartily. "You see, young man, I've got you dea d to rights." You are a detective?" "Yes, and I've got the' wood' on you, and no mistake and l ve a witness; but, see here you're not the fellow 1 want, and I'm going to let you off." "You are going to let me off?'' Yes ; I'll tell you, I ought to arrest you, as


were it not for fellows like you, these sharps couldn t play their game. You fellows who buy the stuff' are as bad as the men who make and sell it." "You'te right there," said Jack, reflectively. I think you are a green hand, but I mean to let you go." Jack tumbled back again. He perceived that the fellow was letting him go too easily, and he made up his mind that the detective scheme was only another dodge for getting away nicely with his hundred dollars. You will let me go?" he asked. Yes, I will, this time." "That's all right. I'm much obliged, Jerry, bnt I do not mean to let you go with my hun dred dollars." The two schemers permitted a more serious expression to return to their faces. "Look here, young fellow, if you talk that way I'll take you to jail." All right, I'm ready to go." "Hang it, you're a fool!" "No, I ain't a fool-not fool enough to let you get away with that money!" what money?" "The hundred dollars I gave you." "You didn't give me a hundred dollars?" "I didn't." "No, sir." "Well, I see you fellows have dropped your masks ; now look here; don't have any trouble; just hand me back my money." What money?" "The hundred dollars I gave you." "I tell you, young man, you're crazy; you didn t give me any hundred dollars." Yes, I did." Tom, did this man give me any money?" I didn't see him give any money. "You are a nice' pill, "said Jack, fixing a look of contempt upon his whilom friend I thought you were a gentleman," said Freeling, with the brassiest cheek imagina ble. And I thought you were one; but now un derstand, I see through your whole game." What game, young fellow?" "No use to waste words; hand me back my money " I've no money belonging to you, and now I want you to stand aside .'' "You fellows do not know who you're deal ing with." "I reckon we do," said Jerry. "And now will you stand aside?" No, I will not until you give me my money." "You mean to make trouble?" "I mean to have my money." "No one has any of your money, and I tell you to leave this otfice." Give me my n:oney, and I will 'quit.' Jerry went down in his pocket and drew a revolver, and cocking it deliberately, said: Will you get out of that door?" Jack went down in his clothes and drew a knife-a formidable-looking weapon with which he had settled many a grizzly. The two men turned pale; they had thought to frighten the young man from the West, but it suddenly dawned upon them that he did not scare for a cent." An awkward silence followed, broken at lenpth by Jack, who said: You may as well give me that money.' "I have no money of yours." Jack made one step forward, with his knife held firmly in his hand. The villain recoiled. "Why don't you shoot?" said Jack. "Fellow, you're crazy! I'll call for the police." "I thought you were a policeman yourselfa detective?" The man made no answer. Jack laid his knife oil the palm of his hand. The villain trembled. "What are you going to do?" he asked. I'm going to have my money, or drive this knife clean through {ou. I've stuck many a grizzly, and I. reckon can down you." "You are a ruffian! This is a scheme to rob me of a hundred dollars!" That's all right; but I don't mean to be robbed of a hundred myself, so shell out, or here goes!" Jack drew his hand back, when Freeling made a spring to seize his arm; but Jack let his foot go out, and Freeling received a kick in the pit of the stomach that doubled him up on the floor, JACK GAMEWAY. as though he were suddenly taken with a vio lent cramp. "Hold!" cried Jerry. Give me my money." "Give it to him!" moaned Freeling. "Aha! you've come to your senses, have you?" said Jack. Jerry appeared still reluctant to surrender the money, when Jack said: "Old man, I'll give you just seven secqnds to hand over that money, or I'll send this knife clean through." "Give him the money?" moaned Freeling. "Yes, give him the money!" echoed Jack. The man put his hand in his vest-pocket and drew forth the roll of bills. "Yes, that's my money; hand it over." Put up your knife." "No, no, John; you do not play me again. My knife stays ready until the money is in my hands.'' You shall have your money." "Hund it over!" The man advanced and extended the money toward Jack; and, as the latter reached forward to get it, Jerry made a stroke with his pistol to knock the knife out of Jack's hand. But the youth was prepared, and once more that terrible foot came into play and Jerry was doubled up on the floor. "You would have it!" said Jack; but he had seized the money as he kicked. "Now, then, gentlemen, I will bid you goodday," said Jack, "and next time show more sense in getting your man." Jack walked out of the office, and as he did so a cunning scheme entered his head. CHAPTER XLV. JACK and the detective met at their lodgings. "Well, Jack," said Phil Tremaine, "how have you passed the day'l" I came pretty near being beat today." Aha, you have been experimenting?" I ran into the adventure unaware." Where's your hundred?" I've got it all right. " Ah, you did not run in on some skinners then?" "That is just what I did do." "Let's hear about it." Jack proceeded and related his adventure, and when he had concluded the detective said: "Well, Jack, you're a gamey fellow!" I was thinking I was a fool." "No, you played a pretty good game." I was working to get hold of some of the stuff,' as the fellow called it." "It's the saw-dust game; you struck the panel racket, but as you had only a small amount of money and handed it over, they didn't work the panel." I handed over my money too soon." "Well, yes; but it would have come out all the same in the end." "Have y;ou made any discoveries, sir?" I will tell you better' in the morning." "You have a clew?" "Yes." What is it?" "Can't tell you anything, Jack, until morn ing.'' Phil Tremaine had his ideas and he meant to follow the clew he had been working. He had not been thrown off. He was too old and ex perienced an officer to be cast down by the ex pedient that he was satisfied had been '' played '' on him. That same night at an early hour he returned to the vicinity of Mrs. Hummell's house, and he had been on the watch but a little while when he saw a man walking down the street studying the numbers of the different houses. At once a suspicion fl.ashed through his mind and he started to meet the man, and the two came face to face just opposite a streetlamp, and the detective recognized the stranger as an Englishman-a shrewd-faced man. Phil Tremaine passed on up the street a short distance and then turned just in time to see the Englishman ascend the stoop of Mrs. Hum mell s house. Well, I'll be shot," was his ejaculation, if I don't believe I've struck upon another of those wonderful mystery cases." Few men would have reached the detective's suspicion on so slight a foundation, but the latter was a man whose mind traveled over pos sibilities like an American yacht over a rough sea before a forty-mile wind. 29 Phil Tremaine had heard Marian Blair's his tory, and a certain little discovery had caused him to anticipate a certain possibility. He re turned down the street and passed the Hummell house just as the Englishman was admitted. The detective, as our oldtime readers well know, was a daring man, and it never took him long to decide upon his course of action. He descended to the basement door and rang the bell. The door was opened by a servant Quick as thought the officer clapped a saturated handkerchief to the girl's mouth and nostrils after having asked her just one question, so as to catch the tones of her voice, and as quickly a gag was fixed in her mouth. She was hand cuffed and bound and placed in the little vault under the front stoop. The whole operation did not occupy over one minute until the detective stepped in the house and closed the door after him, and at the same moment a voice called down the kitchen stairs: Katie who's there?" Only i beggar, ma'am," ascended the an swer. The detective was a wonderful mimic, and it would have taken the girl herself to have de tected the fraud, so perfect was the vocal imita tion. There came no other questions from upstairs, and the detective stealthily made a tour of the kitchen, and reached the conclusion that Katie was the only servant at home that night. Phil Tremaine removed his boots, and with stealthy steps, ascende(l the kitchen stairs. He listened and heard voices in the front parlor. A moment he waited, and then, with a cat-like step, stole into the rear parlor and took up a position from where he could overhear all that was going on. There was a dim light in the front parlor, but none in the back room, and, as the detective mentally expressed it, everything was lovely for a pipe." Madame, I received your note," said the visitor. The detective congratulated himself that he had arrived in time to overhear the opening con versation. Well, sir, I will proceed direct to the point of my business." Please, as my time is limited." You must make up your mind, sir, to give me all the time I need, for I have a surprise for you." "What can it be?" "Can you not guess?" "I can not." "You are an Englishman." That is no secret, madame." "You came to America with a purpose." The Englishman uttered an exclamation of surprise. You came to America as I said, with a pur pose Sir, I know the purpose of your visit to America." Will you name it?" "Yes. You came here to find a young lady, the granddaughter of a man who left a large fortune." An oath escaped the Englishman's lips, and he said: This is most extraordinary." Am I right?" demanded Mrs. Hummell. I'm right," mentally e!eclaimed the secreted detective. We will here say that Phil Tremaine was at a loss all the time to fathom the motive that had induced the well-dressed lady to kidnafl Marian Blair, and in lieu of any other motive he had been forced to a terrible conclusion; but light was let in on the motive and he congratulated himself upon having the truth, and his heart beat more freely. He began to see through the whole game. "Yes, it is extraordinary, but true,'-' said Mrs. Hummell. May I ask, madame, from whom you re ceived your information?" It matters not, sir." "Madame, I'll give you twenty pounds if you will tell me if there is another party here on the same business?" Sir, you insult me!" "How?" "By offering me money." "Excuse me, madame; but you do not know; this is most extraordinary. Will you tell me is there any one watching me, any one from Eng land?" "First tell me, am I right?" Well, I've admitted that, madame." Y:ou are looking for a girl; now, then, will


30 you tell me all the circumstances attending your search for her?" "Madame, I can tell you nothing." "Oh, yes, you will tell me all!" came the as surance. CHAPTER XLVI. "MADAME, you appear to know so much of my business, possibly you can tell me the name of the young lady whom I see k ?" "Marian Blair." The Englishman leaped from his seat and again ejaculated: This is most extrao rdinary. The detective ventured to peep around the door casings and he saw the smile of triumph on the woman's face Well, there was also a smile of triumph on his own face. Madame you know the name o f the girl, you possibly know where she can be found?" "I do." "This is most extraordinary!" "Yes, it is most extraordinary! repeated the woman, but it is true. I know where to find the girl.'' Madame, will you please let me know how you ascertained all these facts?" 'No, sir." What is it you propose?" You wish to find the girl?" ''Yes." You wish to get possession of her?" I wish to communicate with her." "No, sir, you wish to get possession of her!" 1 do not understand you, m adame; I tell you I wish to communicate with her." "No sir, you have conceived a plan to rob her of her fortune." The visitor turned deathly pale and remained silent. "You see, sir, I know your game c lear through." "Madame are you a fiend incarn ate?" No, I am only a smart woman." "Yes, you are smart; but how on earth did you learn all you are revealing to me?" That is my secret It i s s ufficient that I know ,your game." While the detective listened, our hero made up his mind to give the woman a bigger sur prise than she was g iving her visitor. You want possession of Marian Blair," said Mrs. Hummell. "How do you know, madame?" "You must come right down, sir, and talk business, or you might as well say good-night and go." "What is your proposition, madame?" How much money will you pay for the surrender of the young lady into your charge?" Can you surrender madame?" "I can." "When?" As soon as we come to terms." '' Madame, I think my course is plain." "Do you?" "What is your course?" An appeal to the police." The woman laughed and answered: You will never appeal to the police." "You appear very assured, madame, as to my course." The Englishman was assuming a v_ery lofty tone. Listen to me, Mr. Leverich; if your purpose had been honest, you would not have proceeded in such a secret and underhand manner to learn of the identity and whereabouts of Marian Blair! Now, then, let us understand each other. I will see you to the door, and you shall make an appeal to the police, and I will know how to act." "How will you act, madame?" I will make an appeal also." "To the law?" "No." "Where?" "To the English Consul General in New York. I reckon he is the proper one to whom to surrender the girl when it comes to an appeal to the law." Again the visitor's face paled. I am up to your game, sir. I know you through and through, and you can not act with out my aid." Madame, am I to understand that you seek a. bribe?" "Yes.'' "What is your price?" "Name what you are willing to pay." A hundred pounds, madame." JAOK G .AMEWAY. The woman laughed in a jeering manner. '' How much money do you expect, ma dame ?" "Five thousand pounds! "Five thousand pounds, madame?" repeated the visitor-" twenty .five thousand dollars American money ?" That is just the sum I demand." Madame, make it one thousand pounds, and it is a bargain." One thousand pounds would not pay me. " And the sum at stake, madame will not warrant the payment of five thousand pounds." I fear we can not deal." What will y-ou do, madame?" Take the girl to Englqnd." Take her to England?" "Yes. "And then what will you do ?" A woman who has trailed you so well will not be l ong in finding out the truth.'' The Englishman was silent a few moments but, at length, in a :ow, husky voice, he sa id : "Madame, a genuine certificate of the girl's death would be worth five thousand pounds!" "You must attend to that part of the busi ness; I will merely surrender the gi rl to you.'' "When?" As soon as the money is paid!" Madame, I will pay you one thousand pounds to-night in money and give you a draft for one thousand more, and I assure you I am paying a large s um, considering what I am to make out of the affair, and the ri s ks are great!" Make it one thousand five hundred cash, and a draft for one thousand five hundred and I will agree!" I will make it one thousand cash and a draft for one thousand five hundred!" "A city draft?" Yes madame "And to-morro'.w you will stop it?" "You know better, madame!" How do I know better?" If the draft was not paid you could expose me." That is true." You will be perfectly safe." I will accept your terms "How.will the irirl be delivered to me?" As you desire."'' One word, madame ; what assurance have I that you will surrender Marian Blair?'' You have her photograph." "Well, well!" exclaimed the Englishman, this is indeed most extraord inary. CHAPTER XL VII. "You have the photograph?" repeated the woman. Yes, I have the photograph." "And you are sure that the original of that photograph is the person you seek-the daugh ter of Henry Blair irnd Augusta Seney, the daughter of Archibald Seney, a n!J.tive of Lon don ?" Madame, this is indeed extraordinary, the most marvelous incident of my life!" "But it is all true? " Yes, it is all true." Then you will know whether or not the young lady is the one you seek?" I will at a glance." "Now, sir, when she is surrendered, what are your plans?" "Has the young lady any f!iends in New York?" I did not think she had, but I have le arne d to-day that one of the most !lXpert detectives in America is searching for the missing girl." "The missing girl, madame?" Yes; she is missing from her usual haunts." "Will you tell me aoout her?" "You know her story; she came from S--; she obtained work in New York, and has be haved herself in a beceming and worthy manner." "She is handsome, madame?" A very handsome girl, indeed." A strange look came over the Englishman's face. You might marry her," said the woman. Again the visitor exclaimed: "This is most extraordinary!" "Now, sir, let me tell you that you must kidnap the girl." "Madame, how can I m anage it?" You must pretend to be a detective, present an order of arrest, and pretend to take her to S--, but in reality take her to Canad a and in the meantime arrange your plans." The woman fixed a meaning glance upon the man What charge can I make her?" "Claim that the parties who sdopted her made a charge of theft against her and for her own sake offer to take her back secretly, and assure her the charge amounts to nothin g and that you will see that she is cleared." "A mos t excellent scheme, madame, and shall w e carry it out to night ?" "Certainly, if you have the money. " I will go and get the money." '' All right and return with a carria?e.'' I can depend upon you, madame? "You can depend upon me." The visitor left the house and the detective stole down the stairs to the kitchen. He went to the vault and whispered in the ear of his prisoner: "My poor girl, it's all right; you ne ed have no fear. In a sho rt time you will be rel eased." The girl could not move or make an swe r and the detective re-entered the hourn. As he afterwa rd learned fortune favored him at the time; the cook, the woman whom he had served so roughly, was the only servant in the house the waitress was sick and off on leave of absence. An hour passed, and it was just half past ten o clock when a carriage drove up to the door. Meantime the detective had resumed his posi tion, and while the Englishman was away some startling developments occurred. Mrs Hum mell entered the parlor, followed by Marian Blair The detective secured a glimpse of the gir l and his heart bounded; but one thing as him-the girl appeared to be a volun tary lodger in the house. Later on the mys tery was explained. '' Marian,'' said Mrs. Hummell, '' under all th.e c ir cumstances, as your friend, I have de c ided to remove you from New York It i s most strange, this persistent determination on the of your enem ies to get you into trouble.' "Madame, you have indeed been m y friend, and I shall a lways feel grateful; bnt l do not know whyI should be hunted in this manner as a crimrnal-I, who never comm itted a wrong knowingly in my life." '' It will all be right in a few weeks my dear. I am pushing my investigations and it is lucky I discovered you, or who knows what might have happened?" The mystery of the girl's voluntary stay in that hous e was partially explained; the detect ive saw that she had been tricked by some foul tale. The conversation was in progress when, as stated, a carriage rolled up to the door, and with a look of simulated terror Mrs Hummell ex claimed: Who can that be?" Marian Blair also turned pale. There came a ring at the door-bell, and Mrs. Hummell said: I will open the door myself." The Englishman entertd the hall, and, in a loud tone said: "You have a young lady here named Marian Blair?" Mrs. Ilummell utter ed a little scream and ap peared to foint. She fell back upon a lounge. Marian ran to her side, and said: Madame, do not fear ; let worst come to worst, I am inno cent." "Ah!" exclaimed the Englishman, "you are Marian Blair?" That i s my name, sir." I am sorry, miss, but I must do my duty." What is your duty, sir?" I have a warrant for the arrest of Marian Blair." "On what charge, sir? "Theft." I am innocent." I am satisfied, miss, that you are innocent ; but the warrant must be serve d, and you must answer to the charge." I am ready and willing, sir." Mrs. Hummell had recovered. This must not be!" she exclaimed, rushing toward Marian and casting her arms about the girl. "Madame, do not fear; I am innocent." I will go with you, my child." Madame, you are v ery kind." Officer, can 1 not give bail?" asked the woman. "No; I am not permitted to accept bail."


" And can you not wait until to-morrow to serve your warrant?" "No. I have been two weeks searching for Miss Blair." "But you can ieave her with me until morning? I will be responsible for her custody. " I can not leave her, madame. The woman whispered to Marian: ' Step into the b!lck room, child, I will see if I can not persuade the officer to leave you here until morning at least." The girl stepped into the back parlor, and the detective was compelled to cower very low to escape detection. The woman advanced to the Englishman and said: "Have you the money?" ''Yes." "Give it to me." The man passed over a roll of bills_ The woman had stepped into the hall. She looked over the money-thousand-dollarbills. "Have you the draft?" Yes; here it is." The woman stepped into the parlor and called: "Maril\n!" The girl returned. I can not persuade the cruel man to let you remain here until to-morrow." At this moment the detective stepped into the room and said: I will see what I can do to persuade the cruel man. '' CHAPTER XL Vlll. IF a bomb had exploded in that room its re port could not have occasioned greater conster nation. Mrs. Hummell screamed and fell faint ing upon a sofa. Marian Blair also uttered a cry of amazement and the Englishman glared. "You did not expect me here at this critical moment, madame," said the detective, fixing his calm glance on the woman. The latter had tried to faint outright, but, alas! the faint wouldn't come. The woman made no reply, but if ever a face expressed dis appointment and rage her countenance did. Turning to the young girl, Marian Blair, the detective said: Miss, you need not fear, I amyour friend; there is no warrant for your arrest, but there is a conspiracy against you, and I am here to de feat that conspiracy." Sir, I do not understand." "You will, miss, when I tell you that the story told you by this woman is false, her whole tale was a lie." ''Who are you, sir?" Marian Blair was perfectly cool and calm. I am employed by Mr. Marvin to find you. I must call your attention to the fact that you disappeared very suddenly and very mysterious ly from the observation of r,our friends." And who are you, sir? That I will explain later on; Mrs. Hummell knows who I am ; and now, sir," continued the detective, addressing the Englishman, who are you?" I am a friend of Mrs. Hummell." Oh, you are?" Yes, sir." "Well, what is your business here to-night?" That is none of 7our business?" Ah, it is none o my business?" "No sir" said Phil, had you not better give your friend a cue?" The man is not my friend." He is not your friend?" "No." "He claims to be your friend." He has no right to claim to be my friend." "He came here to see you on business?' r "Yes." "What is the nature of his business?" "You know well enough," said the woman. I know well enough?" "Yes." Why do you think so?" I know you have been here and overheard all that passed." Well, yes, I did overhear a little bargain between you and this gentleman, and I've a question to ask him." I'll answer no questions," said the English man. "Oh, yes, you will." I will not; but if you wish to see me, call at my hotel." JACK GA1YIEWAY. The detective laughed, and the Englishman made a movement to go toward the door. Hold on, sir." I beg your you can find me at my hotel." "Can I?" "Yes." Where is r,our hotel?" Find out. Take it cool, sir; do not get excited." I have been led into a trick here I see." "Yes, you have been led into a trick, a bad trick and I reckon you will lodge in the Hotel de Station-house to-night!" "Eh?" ejaculated the Englishman "You are my prisoner!" "Your prisoner?" "Yes, sir.,, ] reckon not!" "You are my prisoner!" You1' prisoner? "Yes, sir, my prisoner!" Are you an officer ?" I am an officer." And I am your prisoner?" ''You are.'' On what charge?" I will make the charge soon enough, and in proper time." "You will show your authority; I know something of American laws." I will show my authority." "On what charge, I repeat, a m L arrested?" The charge is all proper." Be careful what you do ; I am a British subject." "That js all right, sir ; but British subjects should not break American laws." What law have I broken, please?" "You say you are a British subject?" 'lam.'' "You can not be a British subject and an American policeman; not even a country con stable." What do you mean, sir?" The charge against you is personating an officer." I personated an officer ? "Yes, sir, you personated an officer and told this young lady that you l;lad a warrant for her arrest. If you told her the truth, produce your warrant and I will surrender the girl to you, and it will not cost you a thousand pounds either." The Englishman stared in blank astonishment, and a look of dismay settled on his face. 1 Come, sir, produce !our warrant." I have no warrant.' "Ah, I thought you had no warrant. Now, that is the charge on which I arrest you, and then I will make another charge afterward." "Another charge?" "Yes, sir." IWhat other charge can you make?" "The charge of conspiracy to abduct, and it's a very serious charge, sir, under American laws The look of dismay deepeneil upon the En glishman's face, but in a moment a resolute ex pression succeeded. "Have you a warrant for my arrest?" I do not need one." You shall not make me a prisoner without a warrant!" The Englishman was a large, powerful man, and the Gypsy Detective was a comparatively small fellow; but, as our old-time readers will remember, he was a man who grew very fast when there was a scrimmage on hand. Phil Tremaine advanced to place his hand on the man's shoulder in order to make his arrest official, when the Englishman made a terrible lunge at Phil; he had anticipated the blow and was prepared. He avoided the stroke, and let ting his own iron arm shoot forth he dealt the schemer a rattler which brougli.t him to his knees. The man was evidently sui:prised in the first place. He was not a practiced athlete and he discovered that he was pitted against a man who was. Phil raised his arm to strike a second blow when the schemer threw up his hands in a ple a ding tone, when quicker than a wink he detective drew forth a pair of handcuffs and clapped them on the man s wrists. "I reckon you are my prisoner now," said Phil. The Hummell woman stood silent, while Marian stood and gazed agl;last. 31 Mrs. Hummell would have left the room but Phil called: Do not go, madame, or I'll put the darbies on 1ou.'' What does this all mean?" murmured Marian. "You will see what it all means in a few mo ments, miss," and addressing the manacled man the officer said: "Now, sir, do you realize your po s iti on?" The answer came : I do." CHAPTER XLIX. A SATISFIED smile played over the face of Phil Tremaine. He saw that he had his man dead to rights. '' You see sir, that your scheme is a fail ure?" ''I do. "I have all the facts on you; Mrs. Hummell is now my witness." "I see it all; I have been caught by a sharp Yankee trick!" You hav e been caught, but not in the man ner you suspect. And now sir, you and I will talk business, and this whole matter can be set tled right here and now. " I am not prepared to talk now." I do not care whether you are prep a red or not. I talk with you now or I send for the En glish consul; and if I send for him the matter is out of your hands, and you will be held for punishment. And your crime is a serious one.'' If I make a clean breast of the whole busi ness what will you do?" Let you go." Very well, I accept your terms. That young lady is heiress to twenty-five thousand pounds in cash. It comes to her through her grandfather, who was the son of a rich Loudon merchant 1 have all the proofs of her identit y, and will only ask a reimbursement of expenses, including the money I paid to that woman." That money will be returned, and I accept your terms." One more mystery was explained. Mrs. Hummell had a brother a lawyer, residing in the town where Marian was born. The brother wrote to his sister all the facts he had learned, and the sister set out to turn an honest penny by finding the heiress, to whom she told a story representing that she was wrongfully accused of a theft by the people with whom she had been placed after her parents' death. Marian knew of Mrs Hummell by her maiden name, and was led to believe the story that wa s told her; and, indeed, was delighted in finding, as she supposed, so good and true a friend The Englishman went into a detailed account of all the facts of Marian's inhecitance. He had secured all the proofs of her identity, and made it plain that the money could be secured without any trouble. The detective insisted upon Marian accom panying him from the house of Mrs. Hummell, and on the way to the quarters he had secured for her, he went into a full explanation of all that had occurred since she had been in hid ing. When the detective reached his own quarters he had a long talk with Jack, and suddenly the young man exclaimed: "Y"ou have found Marian?" Yes, I have found her. " Where is she?" She starts for England in a few days." Starts for England?" '' Yes. ' With whom?" Some friends." Is she an English girl?" "No, not exactly." Then why does she go there?" '' Well, her grandfather was an Englishman, and some of her father's relatives want her to go over on a visit." I want to see her before she goes." "Impossible!" Impo s sible?" repeated the young man "Yes." "Why?" I can not explain now." And shall I never see the girl to thank her? '' YOU may see her Some day after she returns." Jack sairl nothing, but kept up considerable thinking. The fact was, the detective had reasons of his own why he did not wish Jack to see Marian, and as he is a pretty long-headed


32 man we must conclude that his reasons are all right. On t he following day our detective had an other interview with the Englishman, who, as intimated previously, was a lawyer. The lat ter, whose name was Ramsey, having been detected in his little game of grab, becam:e quite anxious to make all the amends he could. The Gypsy Detective, as our old-time readers will remember, had a most intimate and trust worthy friend a lawyer, and it was arranged that the detective's friend should accompany Mr. Ramsey and Marian to England, and on the third day succeeding the little adventure in the house of Mrs. Hummell, Marian sailed for England. Meantime, Jack had been very uneasy and restless, and upon several occasions had ex pressed his dissatisfaction with his present mode of life. I will have time to attend to your case in a few days, my young friend." "Well, make your few days short," said Jack, "or I will go back to the Rockies; I'm getting si c k of living in New York doing noth ing." "It will all be right in a few days, Jack. I'm thinking over your case, and will put you in active bus iness soon enough; so rest satisfied." The detective had meantime been trailing a few fa c ts in the case of the supposed queen of the confidence gang, and one night he went to the house where Gertrude resided. A carriage stood at t he door. Well, what does this mean?" ejaculated the detective. At the same instant a dark figure glided up to his side. Well Billy," said Phil, "what's up?" Something is up, sir "Who' s in the house?" Thre e men." The two detectives were some distance away from the house. Our Phil had, with his usual precaution, come to a halt in good season. Three men in the house, eh?" Yes, and a pal on the box "That makes four." "Yes, sir." Who are the men?" I don t know." Let me said the Gypsy, it won't do to enter the house from the front.'' "No, sir.'' "We must get in all the same "Yes, sir; and l 1 can manage it." "How? " I know the man who lives directly in the rear." Ah, that will do. How long have these men been in the house?" "About ten minutes." They have just arrived, eh?" Yes, sir." All right; we will get in there also." The two detectives passed around the square, were permitted to pass through the house of BUly's friend and scaling the fence gained an entrance into the house where Gertrude Meyers resided. "I was just waiting for you when you appeared," said Billy. "You had sent for me?" "Yes." "Well, it's all right." The two men gained the rear door, Which was opened by force, and upon entering the base ment the first object they discovered was the servant bound hand and foot lying upon the floor. She was securely bound and gagged, and the detective determined to leave her in that condition for a reason. The two officers removed their boots, and on tiptoe ascended the stairs and gained the second story, when the sound of voices fell upon their ears Well, it's lucky we are here," whispered Phil. I should say so," responded Billy. The voices were heard in the front room and the two detectives crept into the rear room, and Billy lay low while Phil stole up to the door of the first room and peeped and listened. A sight met his gaze that caused his heart to beat fast. CHAPTER L. GERTRUDE MEYERS stood in her room, pale and excited, and confronting her were three men, a nd one of them held a cocked revolver in JAOK GA_MEWAY. his hand, and another a naked knife, and the third a bludgeon. One of the men was Mr Foster; the other two were faces the detective had never seen be fore. Foster was speaking as our hero put his ear to the key-hole "Now, then, let us understand each other," he said "You will sign those papers or go with us. " I will sign no papers," answered the girl, in a trembling voice ; "and I bid you leave my house, or I will scream, be the consequences what they may." "If you attempt to scream we will kill you! The mere movement to scream will cost you your life. We have come here in full force, and we are prepared to carry out our undertaking." Then you had better proceed." You refuse to sign ? "I do." "Listen, girl ; I am sorry you have been led into this fraud, but I am willing to let you es cape; but you must sign the papers to do so." "I would rather die than sign the papers!" The man advanced close to Gertrude and said: A fate worse than death awaits you, and there is no escape!" The girl's face became ghastly, but she still asserted : I will not sign any papers." A moment's silence followed, broken at length by Foster, who said: '' Just one more chance.' I will not sign." "Officers, do your duty, saiu Foster. The two men with Foster advanced toward the girl, when Phil Tremaine, with a pair of pistols in his hands, stepped into the room. The two men came to a halt, and Foster, turning to the Gypsy, demanded: "What are y o u doing here?" Obeying orders." "Obeying orders from whom?" Well, you issued the order ,"I did? "Yes.'' "What was my orrler?" Officers, do your duty.' The villain turned pale, but said : "You ruffian, this is no joke!" "No, you villain, it is no joke!" '' Who are you?"' Don't you know me?" "I do not." '' Probably you may know me by reputation.'' Who are you?" "Well-but suppose you answer a few ques tions : What are you doing here?" "You want to know what I am doing here?" "Yes." I am arresting a fraud." Y 011 are, eh?" "Yes. " Well, I am here on the same business." Foster's face became ghastly; he began to see the writing on the wall. Who are you?" I am Phil Tremaine, the Gypsy Detective." Foster uttered a cry of alarm. "And you are my prisoner, Mr. Foster. Your little game, so long and so successfully played, is at an end, and you will have plentr, of leisure to think over your wickedness in jail the balance of your life." "How dare you talk to me in that tone?" See here, Foster, the mentio n of my name and my presence here assures you that ;vour game is up; so come down Your good friend, the false Meyer, is already in custody, and he has confessed." Foster uttered a yell, and, drawing a knife, sprung toward the detective. Phil struck the man a blow on the head, and at the same in stant Billy, his pal, ran into the room. The two men made a dash for the door. Shall I drop 'em?" called Billy. "No," answered the Gypsy, "let them go; we have all we want here." The handcuffs had been clapped on Foster "Mister Man, the jig is up; I've got all the points on you\" The prisoner remained silent "You wanted this lady to si?n some papers; now I've some for you to sign.' Foster was all broken up. He sat silent, and with a fearfully woe begone expression on his face. Will you sign?" "Will you let me go?" "No." '' Will you give me six hours' start if I sign?" "No." Will you give me one hour?" The detective was thoughtful for a moment, and said: "Yes. " I'll sign. A regular notary was summoned and Foster signed a full confession which the detective had carried all prepared, and then he was permitted to depart. The next day young Meyers was captured, and he caved in when he saw the signed con fession of Foster. Our narrative draws toward a close. Some weeks later Gertrude established her rights in the courts, and came into possession of all her property ; indeed, the man Meyer made a legal transfer of all in his possession, and the courts transferred in regular form all the property that showed in the name of the man Foster. Three weeks later Jack Gameway was placed in a large mercantile house, and ere two years passed Jack became quite a good and useful clerk. One evening the young man found a note on his table at his boarding-house The note was from the Gypsy Detective, who had been ab sent in Europe for three months. The young man hastened to the detective's house, and when shown into the parlor was greeted by a handsome young lady Why, Marian!" exclaimed Jack. Yes, I am Marian, and I have just returned from England to thank you for your efforts in my behalf two years ago." "Why, hang it, I have been waiting two years to thank you!" Jack spent a pleasant evening, and at a. late hour returned to his lodgings. The next day he met the detective Corpe up to the house," said Phil. No I will not come "Why not?" Marian is there." "\Vell, that s the reason I want you t o come." "No, I will not come.'' "Why not? " She is a rich woman, I am a poor young man; I've no call there." ' Oh, come along! don't make a fool of your self!" Jack did go, and he got to going pretty regu lnr; and, at length, matters progressed so far that the young man one day sent for Phil. Well, what do you want?" "I'm going to leave New York," said Jack. "You are?" "es." "Why?" Jack confessed, and our readers can well guess what his confession was. "Jack," said the detective, with a merry laugh, "you're all right, but you're making this confession to the wrong person." "To whom shall I confess but you, my friend?" "Confess to Marian; she has a right to the confession .'' "Never!" not?" I am a po or man. Phil Tremaine had a long talk with Jack, and that same night Jack confessed to the right per and Marian received his confession with delight. And confession being the order of the day, she made a confession also; and our readers can well guess the nature of both con fessions. And now a few words more. Phil Tremaine had established Jack's right to the money left by Gertrude's adopted father, but he determined not to let Jack know anything about it until he had proved him worthy to in)l.erit it; and in the talk he had with Jack he told him all; and our hero was not a poor young man when he pro posed to Marian. She thought he was, how ever and did not learn her mistake until after the marriage. Reader, our tale is ended, and we will only add, there are rumors concerning Phil Tremaine and Gerty Meyers, whether true or not we will not say. It depends whether or not Phil can ever forget a heart-history of years ago; and as our incidents are of recent date, dme-a brief time-must solve the question. THE END.


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