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No. 59. OLD SLEUTH, BADGER & CO. D y 01.D SLEUTH. A SERIES OF THE i\IOST THRILLING DETECTIVE STORIES EVER PUBIJSHED. j SINCLE l l NUMBER. f GEORGE MUNRO'S SONS, PUBLISHERS 17To27 VANDEWATER ST., NEw YoRK. j PRICE l t 5 CENTS, f O l d Sleuth Library, Issued Quarterly .-Br Subsc r iption, Twentyfive Cents p e r Annum. Entered at the Post Offke at NPw Ynr k '" !'\PMntl OI Rates.-D e cember 17, 1891. C o p y righted 1891 b y George Munro. Old Sleuth, Badger & Co. l3Y OLD SLE'UT::E: .NEW Y ORK: GEOR G E M UNRO'S SONS, PUBLI SHE RS, 1 7 T O 2 7 VANDEWATER STREET. Vol. III. .;


GEORGE MUNRO'S SONS' PUBLICATIONS. Old Sleuth Library. E.EDUCED TO 5 CENTS E.A.C:::S:. ISSUED QUARTERJ_,Y. A Series of the Most Thrilling Detective Stories Ever Published! The books in THE OLD SLEUTH LIBRARY contain twice as much reading matter as any other ftve cent Libr ary. ALL BOOKS IN THIS SERIES ARE COMPLETE IN ONE PART. JfO. PRICE, :SO. PRICE, NO. PllICE.:. t 1 Old Sleuth, the Detective ...... '................. lie 33 The American Detective in Russia.. . .... . 5c 2 The King o t the Detectives....... ............... 5c 34 The Dutch Detective................. ... ....... 5c 1 3 Old Sleuth' s Triumph ..... .................. 5c 35 Old Puritan the Old-Time Yankee Detective . . 5c 4 Under a. lllillion Dis1rnises ,...................... 5c Manfred' s Quest: or. The lllyster y o r a Trunk. 5c 5 Night Scenes in New York ..................... 5c '!' o m Thumb: or, '!'he Wonderful Boy Dete cLive 5 c 6 Old Electricity, the Lightning Detective........ 5c 38 Old Ironsides Ahroad....... . . . . . . . . . . 5c 7 'l'he Shadow Detective................... . ..... 5c 39 Little l31a.ck Tom: or, The Adventures o r a Mis 8 Red-Light Will. the River D etective............ 5c chievous Darky.... . . .... .. . . . . .. . 5 c 9 Iron Burgess, the Government D ,etective........ 5c 40 Old Ironsides Among the Cowboys. ............. 5c 63 Monte-Cristo Ben ........................... . 64 The Bowery ... ................ . 65 The Bov Detect.ive... ...... . ..... ............ 66 Detective Thras h the Man Trapper .... 67 E beou the Detective .................. . 68 Old Ironside s at His B est.. . . ... 69 A rchie Lhe \Vonder ............................. 70 The R e d D etectiv e . . . . . . . . . .... 71 Ranle a gh. the Lightning Irish 72 Stealthy Brock the Detective ... 10 The Brigands o t New Y ork ..... )................ 5c 41 lllack T o m in Search or a Father; or, the Further 11 '11racked by a Ventriloquist . ../. ..... ............ 5c Adventure s ofa l\lisclli"v ous Dark y ....... . 5 c 73 Phenomena l Joe ..... ........... 12 The Twin Shadowers.......... . ..... ..... .. .. 5c 42 BoaB.nza Bardie; o r. the Trt'&sure o t the R ockies. 1 3 The French Detective...... ..................... 5c 4 3 Old Tran sform, the S ecret Special Detective .... 14 Uilly Wayne. the St. L ouis Detective.. ......... 5c 144 The King or the Shado w ers .................... . 15 The New Yorlc Detective......... ............... 5 c 4 5 Ga.spa.roni. the Italian Detective: or, Hide-and 1 6 O Neil .N'.cDarragh, the D e t ective.... . ... . . 5 c Seek in N e w York ...... ................. .... 17 Old Sleuth in HRrnes s Again.................... 5c 46 Old Sl euth' Luck . .......... ... .............. 5c 7 4 L ord Harry . . . . . . . . . . 5c 175 The Silent T error............ ... ...... . . ... !>c 7 6 L ong Shadow, the Detective ..... . . .. 7 7 The V eiled B.auty.. .................. . 5c 5c 5t' 5c 5c 5c 5c oc 5c 5c 5c 5c 5c 5c 5c 5 c 5 c 1'8 l'h e Lady Detective.............. ............... 5c 4 7 The Iris h D e t ective ... ...... ................ 5c 78 Old Sl euth in Philadelphia . . . . . 5c 170 G yps1 Frank, The Long Trail Detective ... -. ... 5 c \lO The G iant Detectives Last "Shado\\ ". . . cc 19 The Yankee Detective ............... ... ... ... 5c 4 8 Down in a Co a l l\1ine . ......................... 5c 8 1 Billy Mis c h1er ; or. Always o n Deck... 5c !O The F 'astest Boy in New Y ork........... ... .... 5c 49 F nithful Mike, the Iri h H e r o .......... ..... . . 5c 8 2 Variety Jack. . . . . . . . . 5c 21 BlaekRaveo, the Georgia Detective........ ... 5c 50 T o m the Detec t ive: or, Link by Link .... 5 c 83 D asha way T o m the All-Round D e tP.ctiv"' 5c 22 Night-hawk, the M ounted Detective. ..... .... 5c 51 The Duke o r New Y ork . . . ... 5 c 84 l\1ephisto: or. The Razzle-Dazzle Detective. 23 'l'he Gypsy Detective.... . . . . . . . . . . . 5c 52 .Jack G a m eway: or. A Western Boy in New York. 5c 8.5 Detective Jack, the W imrd. . . . . ..... . ll4 Tile 111ysterie and lltiseries ot New York...... 5 c 03 A II R ound l\ew York ... . ........ ..... 5c 86 Young Thrashall; or, Waxey, the Phenomenal 25 Old Ter r ible ......................... :..... .... 5c 54 Old Ironside s in New York ................... . 5c D etective...... .... . ........ . .. ... . 5 c 26 The 8mngglers,ot New Y ork Bay... ......... .. 5c 5 5 Jac k Ripple and His 'l'alking Dog ..... . . . 5c 87 Handsome Henry Braud, the Knicke r bocke r D e -Zl Manfred, the Magic Trick Detective... . ....... 5c 56 B illy the G o v ernment Detective ..... . 5c tective ... . . : ....... . ...... ;')C 28 Mura. the Western Lady Detective......... ..... be o7 Badger 1rnd H i Shadow. . . . .. . ...... .... 5c 88 O ld Baldv. tl1e W eird Det.ec tive. . .. . . 5c 8 9 .lac k Sl e i1th. King of all Detective" ... 29 Mons. Armand: or, The Frenc h Detective in 58 Darral the D etective ....... ...... ...... N e w Yor k... . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . 5c 59 01<1 Sl euth, Badger & Co .............. . . . . . SO Lad y Kate, the Dashing Female Deteeti ve ...... 5c 60 O ld Phenomenal. .................... . .... ... 31 H1tmnd tbe Detective............................ 5c 61 A Golden Curse .... ......... ................. .. 32 The Giant D e t ective in France............... ... 5c 6 2 The Mysterious Murde r .................... . . 5 c .90 Louis Ford; or, The Great Jllystny Solved 5c 91 Young V e lv et, the Jllag-ic Dis g uise Det<1etive 5c 92 Phil Tremaine's G r ealest Detective Fea t .... 5c 5c The foregoing works are for sale by all newsdealers at 5 cents ea c h, or. will be s e nt to a ny address, postag e p a id on r ec eipt of 6 cents per copy, or five for 25 cents, by the publishers Address GEORGE MUNRO'S SONS, Publishing House, P 0. Box 17 81. 17 to 27 Vandewater Street, New York. THE BOYS' DASHAWAY SERI. ES. ISSUED QUARTERLY. PRICE 10 CENTS EACH: These book s are of a s iz e convenient for tile po c k et, and are issued witlt beautiful lithograp h ed cove r s. 1 The 1lan of Death. Capt. L C Carleton ... ... 2 Dashaway Charl e y. Illustrated. lfolse y Page .. JO 1 5 10 The Boys and Girl s o f Silv e r Cree k A cademy. W. E. Westlake.. 10 3 Eagle Eyes, the S cout. Capt. L. C. Carleto n ... 4 The Trapper's R etreat. Capt. L C Carl e t o n ... JO 1 6 10 Fun, L o v P and Adventure o n L and and \Va t e r W. E. Westlake.... ... 10 5 Dahaway Charley's S e c ond Term at Rauleigh. Illustrated Halsey Page . 10 6 Dahaway C h a rlev's Last T erm at Ranle : g h Ill n strat.e d H >tlsey Pag e . . . . . . . . . 10 7 'l'he Wild l\1an a f the Woo

OLD SLEUTH, BADGER & CO. B y 01. D S L l<:U'I'H. A SERIES OF THE MOST THRILLING DETECTIVE STORIES EVER PUBLISHED. No. 59. j SINCLE I t NUMBER. f dEORGE 1\illNRO'S SONS PUBLISHERS 17 TO 27 VAND&WAT&R ST., N E w YoRK. j PRICE l t CENTS f Vol. Ill Old S leuth Librar y, Issued Quarterly. -By Subscription. Twenty-five Cents per Annum. Entered at the Post Office at New York at !'\Arnn

4 OLD SLEUTH, & CO. The detective h a d not given the circumstances much thought, and in a superficial reading of 1 the testimony he had concluded that the young man was guilty. I He took s ome time to think the matter over, however, after t.he girl hnd made the disclosure 'of the name, and during the time the girl sat watching his face, and finally he said: "1\'Iiss, I can not 8ee that I can help you;" and it was then the girl uttered the exclamatfon with which we open our narrntive: If you will not aicl him, sir, it only remains for me to die! I CHAP'l'ER II. THERE came a sad expression over the de tective's face. He waited while the girl strug gled to repress the sobs that sought to burst from her. "Why should you utter this threat against yourself, miss? Would you wish to marry a criminal? Do you not think it fortunate that this disclosure has come befor e you were his wife? Were you married, you would come under the cloud: now it has passed over you " He is not a criminal, s!r He is as innocent as you or I. No, sir; it is a foul conspiracy I How do you know he is innocent?" He has told me he is innocent." "Certainly: he would not confess his guilt to you. What i s your name?" J My name is Mary Penham. I And you tbik, Mary, that this young man is innocent?" I ' I know he is innocent.'' I "How do you know it?" If you were to talk to him, sir, you would be convinced." But you forget his record is not good." Sir, I know what you mean. Can I tell you the circumstances under which I met this young man?'' Certainly." I was a teacher in an evening school. One night I was on my way home, and I saw a young man walking ahead of me. He stag gered, and I knew that he was intoxicated. He I fell, and I stood and watched. He did not rise to his feet. I thought he might be dead. I went to him. He looked like one who was ; dead. I sought to raise him to his feet. An officer came along. The young man recovered consciousness and, to a certain extent, his fall had sobered him. When the officer raised him, he said to me: "'Will you take him straight home? Other wise I will be compelled to take him in.' I knew that meant an arrest, and I said : I will take him I offered the young man my arm, and as I did so I noticed a glitter in his eyes-a look of amused intelligence. He accepted my arm. We walked on for a short distance, and he said: 1 You are a good gi.rl. If you had not offered to see me home, I would have been ar rested, and that would have been ruin. I am already under a cloud.' 'How can you do it?' I asked. I "'Well, that's the question I am asking myself,' he said; and then, withdrawing from hold upon my arm, he said, ext.ending his hand: I will never do it again. When I say so, I mean it.' We were standing undl)r a"street lamp at the moment. I had a plain view of his face. His is a remarkable face. He is a sin gularly handsome youth. His is a elassic face, and one who looks upon it will find it hard to believe that he is a villain I will confess that I was charmed. I am but a woman, but I was somer as he came forward and addressed me upon th

'' He must have been a weak man. and did not have the nerve to go throu g h the ordeal." Old Sleuth had pulled out his book and was making notes an d h e entered Badger s la s t an swer, a.<> record e d in full, and underlined the words" a weak man." "How much of a family had Davis?" Only a wife and an adopted child." How did he kill himself?" By shooting. " How did he s hoot?" He blew off the top of hi s head almost, by putting the pistol in hi s mouth." Mutilated himself beyond all r ec o g nition, I suppose?" "Yes.' He had nerve at the la st for a weak man." "Oh, that don t count; weak men are more apt to commit s uicide than men with good nerveB." That's so," assented Sleuth, with a peculiar gleam in his eyes. What are you up to, old man? What i s it you suspect?" 'Oh, nothing ; I'm just faying out a few points for later consideration." You are making note s '/" "Yes." "Are you going into this case?" I don t know By the bye, Badger, is it possible that young Gray can be innocent?" That man i s one of the coo l est young rogues that ever went unhung. He w ill not commit suicide; he has plenty of nerve " Have you seen him?" "No; but I've talked with some of the officers who are on the case, and they say h e is a bad one." "Badger, I want you to do me a favor." All right. " I want you to look up the record of this young man durin g the l as t year. I want to know if within a year he h as been on a race trac k, in a ga mblin g -r oom, or whether or not h e has been drunk or in association with sporting men. There was a knowing lo ok on B adger's face as he said: I'll get on to it for you." CHAPTER IV. BADGER had been out of active work for some time but had not r ea lly r etired from the pro fession, and in great case s he was ready to take a hand. The two d etect ive s h ad a n ex t ended conversation, and finally separated, a nd a few moments afte r the departure of Badger a l ady was shown into the presence of the detective. I am g l ad you have ca ll ed, madame," said the d etective. So am I if it i s a pleasure to you." "I'll tell you. Maggie, I've a case on hand." What! you propose to put on the h arness again?" I may or I may not, but a t any rate I've got a littl e job for you." I am prepared to go to work. "There is a female tea c h er in School--?" "Yes." The same gir l teaches in Night School --?'' "Yes.'' H er name is Mary P enham ?" ''Yes.'' I want to know somet.hing about h e r. "When shall I r eport? " Som e time to-morrow afternoon." She i s th e girl who i s to marry Albert Gray. " Eh, you know h e r ?" "Yes; I can re port now." "You can?" ''Yes." "How is that ?" "I've been on h er track for over a week." "You have ?" "Yes." 1 On what lay ?" The fellow Gray has put away those bonds somewhere, and he mu s t have a confederate; and who more likely to be that confederate than the girl h e is to marry? " Whai do you m a k e out concerning her?" I h a ven't made out anything yet. I can't get on to one suspicious incident She appears to attend to her duties ; her re putation is of the best; she makes no denial of the fact of her engagement." "You mean since Gray 's Y011." Does she boast of it?" "No; nor does she talk of it. But when I ran down on her she admitted she was to marry him She is a myst erv." .. What doe s s he seem like?" ' She seems to be a very innoc ent girl. She is a swee t -face d c reature; greatly belov e d by the scholar s unde r h e r care, and also by the teach ers in h e r sc hool." ' You can not get on to anything?" "No-say that s he is or was, a great deal in Gray's company." How about her dress?" She has never dressed save in accord with her position. " Any jew e lry? " I can not l earn that she has ever had any." Everything proper b etween h e r and the youn g man?" Everything, as far as I've got on to them yet." You say she is a myst ery?" "Yes." Why do you say so?" "She is so innocent looking; and yet she must b e d eep. I am satisfied she knows a great d ea l. I've run her under an kinds of tests but ca n t dra w her out." "Have you seen him't " Ye s once.'' "Have you talked with him?" Y es, under cover." "Well?" He i s a deep one." What sort of a looking ch ap?" "Very handsome. No one would suspect he was a villain.'' "Are you sure he is?" "No doubt; the evidence is too overwhelmin g "You say he is handsome?'' One of the h a ndsomest fellows I eve r saw. "He protests his innoc e nce?" Yes, of course." What ex planation does h e offer? "None at all; mer ely ssys he can't explain it himself. He does not appea r to have a theory." "You are satisfied of his guilt?" "Yes.'' "How do you account for his demeanor?"I He h as a rranged this sche me, to be exposed, and to take his pumsh ment a nd the n com e out rich ; but I re ckon he'll be pre tty old when h e comes out. They will send him up for twent y or thirty years." "You do not think there is any possibility of hi s innocence?" Re i s a guilty man." And you say yo u can not get anything on the g irl?'' "No; but I've a littl e scheme that may work." "What i s it?" The Lady P etect ive, M agg ie Everett, related her plan. Sleuth did not offer any protest against its trial, and a few mom e nts l a t e r h e was again alone. He sa t a long time lo s t in d eep thought, and ever a nd ano n h e would re fer to hi s note-book and ma"ke little m a rks, a nd finally h e muttered: There i s something s trange about all this, and we'll a ll see b efore to-morrow night. I've set Badge r to work, and Maggie i s at work. I rec kon I'll put on my coat, go out for a prowl, a nd do a lit t l e shadowing on my own account." Old S l e uth had g reat confidence in Maggie Everett, the L a dy D etec tive. She was a smart woman. She had been his a id in tim es go n e by, and h e kn ew h er judgment was goo d; and h e was not s urprised when he le a rn e d that she h ad been put on the case to hunt up t hose "There i s one thing in Mary P enham's favor," he muttered, "Maggie confirm s her s tor y. The Lady Detec tive hopes to find out something; but up to the present time she is at fault. Well, we'll see." Sleuth was soon on the street. He proceeded to h ead-q uarter s a nd as ked to see a photograph of the man D av is. A picture was hand e d to him. He scan ned it carefully, and ther e gradu ally crept ove r hi s face an odd expression. He was st ill looking a t the picture when a hand was laid on his shoulder, and looking up, he B a d ge r . ttalloo, Badger! "That's Davis s photograph?" "Yes." What do you think of it?" I think you were mistaken." I was mistaken? " Yes, you were mistaken." "I was?" .. Yea." \ "How?" Sle uth indulged in one of his old'-time and, with a peculiar emphasis and manner, said: That f e llow was not a weak man." What the deril is he ge tting at?" "111'-a Booger' s comment. .. CHAPTER V. "You'vE got a theory old man?" said Bad-1 ger, after a moment. Oh no, not specially; but you know Bad: ger, I never believe all I hear " L et u s into your ide a." "Not to-d ay-to-morrow. But you attendj to the little matter I aske d of you will you?" Oh certainly; I'll ge t that down aU right "Goodnight, Bad ge r." "You want to shake me?" "Yes. I may have a 1heory when I see yotl J again." l Sleuth went away, and Bac)ger, turning another detec1ive who was pres e nt, remark e d: That man i s a wonder. Be goes into things as thou g h h e po ssesse d s upern a tural powers." He may be in l eag ue with the devil." I'd be!Ieve so if it were not that he is toct good a man He has a heart as soft as a wom an's, and men who a re so close to th e devil are not ap t to be as go od and true as he is." "Sleuth i s a goodh eart.eel man. "You betl And if he goes into a new case, I it's his h ea rt takes him into It." Is h e on a new case?" "I don't know yet; but I should not be sur. pris e d if h e were to ge t into a case." M ea ntime, Sleuth had gone off a bout his busi n ess. He wandered up town to a well-known s porting house. It was late; but sporting m e n are not apt to turn in ea rly. The d ctecti vo j g lanc ed around, and there was a flutter. He wa s well known, a nd his g l ance over an as semblage lik e the one he was surveying might mea n something to one of them. His eye finally I fell on the man h e wanted to see, and wh e n the man came to him in a n swe r to hi s signal, he took bis arm and walked him out of the pl ace j Wha t do you want of me, old man?" You n eed not fear, Andy; I only want te I ask yo u a few questions." J I've business on hand. Can't yo u h e r e and tell me what you want?" The d etec tiv e ca me to a halt., a nd his wonde r- ful eyes were fixed on the man whom he hadj ca ll ed out. "What's the matter, Andy?" he dem anded. Oh nothin g only I've go t an engagement. Why, m an you're p a le!" "Am I ?" "Yes.,. I've been sick." "Bah! What does it me a n ? You have notl been wante d l a t e ly?" No; but to t e ll the truth, it m akes a m a a shake to talk to yo u, especially a man with my r ecord." Old Sleuth l a ughed and sa id: "Why, you goose, I only wante d to havel you go with m e a nd identify a man." Andy trembl ed lik e a n aspen-leaf. "Who i s it?" h e as ked. "An old fellow whom I've lost sight of for a'1 lon g time. He's unde r cover, I think, but yo J would know him. The man's excitement inc reased. Will it not do to-morrow?" "Yes; it i s not a n import ant matter. "All right: 1 '11 go with you to-morrow, Whe re shall I meet you?" "Oh, l'.11 find you when !want yon. I can't get my man 1reed at a ny g iv e n hour." 1 The two m e n sep ara t e d and Sleuth when once aga in alone, muttered: Well, I'll be hang ed! That was quee r ; and that me a ns something, eh? What have I fallen on to? We' ll see-yes, we'll see, I reckon. It's funny, but it's my old luck. I' wasn't lookin g for a nything there ; but, gre at; Sco tti I m be g inning to have a theory a.s surej' as guns, and it's a strange one, too. But let her 1 work I mean bu s in ess now, and no As our story pro g res ses our readers will Jeana r how important the littl e incident we have d&-1 tailed really was, and also how keen and sharp were the detective'll powers of observation) Sleuth had lost none of his original shrewdness. He was not, strictly speaking, an old man. There was plenty of grit in him, a.s '{ill bo demonstrated. He did not push his inquiries any f


-() 9LD = B:....:...A==. D ==G E = R-=& = =-0 =0=.=========:::::: night. He had got on to the verge of a "It's unfortunate, sir. His name may have "Never mind who it involves; tell me tit : I ; theory, and he determined to lay low and watch. been Gray. I don't know, as I never knew my story." On the day following the incidents we have father." I commenced to gamble, sir." I. described, the warden of the Tombs was seated .Nor your mother?" "You did?" in his office, when a queer-looking old country"No. sir." "Yes, and I drank a little." 1 .man was ushered into his presence. "What do you know about yourself?" "You gambled and drank?" I Good-morning, boss," said the oddlooking I was taken from an orphan asylum by an "Yes, sir." 11old fellolV. "Be you the keeper of this 'ere old farmer up in Saratoga County, New York." "And, as usual, your drinking and gambling 1 old buryin'-place?" "Did he never tell you anything?" has landed you in jail" Yes, I am the keeper." Oh, yes." The young man did not answer. Glad to see. yez. Shake." What did he tell you?" What I say is true?" added the old mau. The old man extended his hand and went on, "Well, a'Jout every day he told me I was a "It appears to be true." lazy fellow." "It appears to be true?" "There's one thing about: your old buryin'"Did be tell you nothing about your family "Yes sir" place I like. A fellow don't always have to history?" "Is it not. true?" wait so 'long for the resurrection day, eh?" "No, sir." "No sir The old man laughed, and the warden looked He only told you tli.at you were a lazy fel" Yo{i have some explanation." ''\'ery stern. low?" "I have, sir." I "Have you any business with me?" "Yes, sir." "Speak plainly to me." "Yes I have" "Was it the truth he told you?" "You are a stranger, sir." I Weil, open your business to me at once." I reckon it was, sir. I did not like fann Not so great a stranger as you may t.hink.' r "Halloo! seems to me you are in a durned work, and I did not like the farmer and bis "Yhat is your object in asking me all these hurry.'' family." questions?" "I have no time to waste, mister." "Why not?" "I have an object, and at the proper time I "Nor I, nuther." "They were coarse, vulgar people, and he will explain it : "Well, well! what do you want?" was a blasphemous man, cruel to me." "I do not think I have anything more to say 0 "You've a prisoner here?" "Cruel to you?" about myself." Yes, I've quite a number. " Yes." Come, young man, tell me all the facts; "One in particular?" "How?" you will never regret it." Which one" "He gave me but little to eat, made me work The younsman medit.ated a moment, and That's what I'm going to tell you." bard, and beat me unmercifully upon the slight during the time his handsome eyes were fixed "Be quick." est provocation." upon his visitor, and at length he said: You'll get took sick if you always hurry so, How did you come to part?" I have no friends; it makes no difference old man. Now you just take your time; I'm in "I ran away." indeed; the man who should have come to my hurry." "How long ago was that?" rescue has failed to do so. I will tell the trulh, I shall have you ejected if you don't proceed About twelve years ago." but I trust, sir, that you will not make public name your business." How old are you now?" what I tell you." Got a bouncer here, eh?" "Twenty-four. " You can 1 rust me." "Yes, I've a bouncer here." "And what have you done since?" "I was cashier, sir, in 1he house where I was 1 "Show him up. I've read about those 'ere ''.Earned my living the best I could. But brought up. The assistant cashier was a son fellows, but I've never seen one. I'd like a will you tell me, sir, why you ask me an these of one of the members of the firm; he took :run in with one of 'em. Send along your questions? Who are you?" money that did not belong to him. I discovbouncer." I will tell you presently, young man. Is ered that I was short; I did not know how it 'The warden was getting really irritated, and the farmer Ii ving yet who used to thrash you so had occurred; I got frightened and related the he said: unmercifully?'' facts to the 115Sistant.. He wai; a dashing young "I'll give you just one minute to name your "I suppose he is, sir; I haven't heard of his fellow, really good-hearted. He sympathized '.business, or I'll bounce you into the Tombs." death." with me, and suggested that we set out to make ) "That's just what I want, boss. I want to "Have you seen him since you ran away?" up the money between us. We took more go into ver old buryin' -place." Yes, sir; once." money and gambled with it, and we lost instead "If you go in, you'll stay." "Under what circumstances?" of winning enough 1o make up the deficiency, "Will I?" "I saw him get off the train once when I was and finally I concluded to stop right short. I Yes." selling newspapers around the depot." did so, and made a full confession to a member "Let her go. I'll stay." "Did he see you?" of the firm. He did not believe my story, al The warden rose from his seat and started to "No, sir; I ran away." / though I told him the truth, and I was threatapproach his visitor, when suddenly he halted, About how long was that after YJU left ened with arrest, and then his own son came g azed a moment, and exclaimed: him?" forward and corroborated my statement, He "By all that's-" "About two years." went and admitted that he was the J / "That'll do; I want to have a talk with that Our readers may think the questions recorded original thief, anrl that he was the one who ;sroung fellow Gray." all inelevant and very silly; but the detective gested the gambling, He confessed to his "Are yon on thnt case?" had a deep purpose in asking them, as will be methods, the amount he took, and the dates of I'll tell you later on." revealed as our narrative the former thefts, and the result was I was dis' How do you want to be introduced?" "You have not seen him smce?" charged from the employ of the firm on con' I've shown you." "No sir" dition that I would never reveal what had oc' Good! I'll go as your messenger myself." from him?" curred." "l'hank you "No, sir." The detective listened attentively to thil The warden proceeded to the cell of the young "When you first came to New York you sold strange but straightforward confession, and .man Albert Gray, and said: papers?" after a moment said: "There is a curious old fellow down-stairs "Yes sir" "Proceed. I desire to bear the whole of this 'Who wishes to see you." dld you do afterward?" strange tale." Who is he?" "Why should I enter into an account of my Some of your country relatives, I guess." early struggles sir?" I ve got no country relatives; but you can I'll tell you. I am an old man, and I've an CHA.PTER VIL show him up if it accor.ds with your ruleR. idea I know something about you. I've heard THERE is little more to be told," uid tile j A moment later the great detective was your name before. I want t o befriend you; young man. 1usbere

OL12_ SLEUTH, BADGER & 00. r================-===-=---=--=-:-:-7 The detective had a winning way with him. He possessed that rare quality callrd magnet i sm-personal magnetism a quality which mves the possessor great persuasive power over those with who!I) they may come in contact. 'l'he young man was evirlently under the Sl""ll of tbis magnetism. and after a moment he said: I don't care; I will tell you all." "Yes, tell me all." The prisoner proceeded and described the scene that. occurred upon the night when he first met the fair-faced girl, Mary Penham; but he went more int. o details, and repeated the kinrl and encouraging worrls that the fair girl spoke to him, and admitted that it was through her influence that be decided to stop short and make a man of himself. He told the whole story nn reservedly, and when he had concluded, the de tective said: I am glad you have told me this. And nciw tell me how you happened to secure a position in the house whose members are your accusers." I made the acquaintance of a young man who told me about the vacancy. I applied for the position, and the gentleman whose son had been the first cause of my trouble was my sponsor. To him I referred. He did not lil!:e to indorse me, but did so for fear that I might tell the whole story." Since you have been in this last trouble your previous character, I understand, bas been assailed?" "Yes. sir." Why did not tile gentleman whose son got you into the trouble vindicate you?" Because he feared to implicate his son, who bas reformed, aud who is about to marry a :rouncr lady of great wealth." "He has turned against you?" "Not actively; but by his silence he permits me to suffer." And now, young man, how about the pres-ent charge you?" '' I am as mnocent as a child unborn.'' "Who is the real culprit?" The man Davis, who killed hi'l'lself." "Were you aware of his doings? ''No. sir " Did you ever suspect him?" "No, sir. He was always very to me; and when the disclosures came, I was as much surprised 11s any one." But do you know that after his deat h papers were found inculpating you?" Yes, sir, I know that." And you are innocent?" "I am.'' But is not the testimony of a dying man ..-ery conclusive?" The yout h made no answer. You still declare your innocence?" "I do." Then how do you account for those papers?" The young man did not answer. Com e answer me." "No oue will believe me." I may believe you." He did not expect an exposure so soon " Explain. Again the young man was silent and thoughtful, and again the detective said: Come, tell me jns'. what. you think." My theory may appear ridiculous." "Never mind, let me hear you r theory." I think, sir, Davis was a cold-blooded vii lain. "Well?" His kindness to me was a ll a sham." "Well? " He was deliberately weaving a net-work about me." "How?" He intended to rob the firm, and bad he not been exposed so soon, he would have had me so involved that he wonld have put the appearance of guilt upon me. He was preparing the docu ments with that intention." This is a strange story." Yes, sir; but it i s a true story." Have you ever mentioned this story to any one?" "No sir,. "Why It would have been of no use. The man Davis is dead." That's so; but if he meant to die, why should he, a dying man, seek to inculpate you, whom he knew to be innocent?" That, to me, sir, is a mystery." And you are really innocent?" "'I am." ''And you really had no part in this robbery?" I am as innocent as a child unborn." She is an angel." There must be a large sum secreted some" Well, for her sake, as well as your own, I where." will take up this case. And now listen to me: "Yes, sir; he took honds and securities to the you must not let any one know I have been amount. of half a million." here." "Where is this money?" "I will not." "I do not know, si r. How should I know?" ";you have counsel?" But you must have a theory." There was a man co me here who offered to I have no theory, sir. It is all a very great take my case." mystery to me." Did you engage Come, you must have some idea." "No sir " I have an idea: yes, sir." "Do' not engage any counsel; l eave that all "What is your idea ? to me. If any one offers to serve you, just tell Again the young man was thoughtful, and him the court will assign you counsel. And now then sa id : mind, you must keep your own cou nsel, and you "I believe there is a woman in the case."' can be hopeful. You must not worry and lose "A woman in the case?" repeated the de-your health, for I tell you all will be well." tective. Who will pay you, sir?" "Yes, sir." "Never mind aoout my pay." "How?' "And you will really undertake my case?" I can not see ho.w a dying man would seek I will." to implicate me. His wife may have been in "Can I offer one suggestion?" collusion with him, and when he died, she may Certainly." have laid out those documents implicating me, If those bonds were found in the possession knowing of their existence, in order to get away of another, it would look good for me?" with the proceeds of the robbery "Yes, certainly." It was the detect.ive's turn to meditate a mo "If they were found in the possession of a ment, and finally he said: relative of Davis, it would look still better?" Your theory is at least plausible, for it does "It would." not appear as a probable thing that a dying man '' Then shadow that woman-the wife of would implicate an innocent man. He could Davi s. gain nothing by it." Oh, leave that to me." I have another theory, sir." If my innocence is to be established, it must Ah! you are getting up plenty of theories come from that quarter." now." "None of the m will help me, however : "_I will out the right quarter for estab" What is your other theory?" your mnocence. Never you fear about '' I will not name it. But one thing I declare;" thaTth. d t t h Id f t f rth I a m innocent . e e. ec e a ew momen s u er And do you expect to establish your innoconversat10n with young ,m,an, a nd then de cence1" parted. Before leBvmg the Jail, he held a few "No sir momenlB' conversation with the warden. Wl;at you do?" "I want to to th:it young maa "Nothing. My life is blasted." as you can, he said, I will pay all ihe ."You will make no effort to clear yourself?" exf.mses for extra .meals. "I will simp l y declare my innocence; but no "Are you on this case, old man? one will ever believe it." Yes ; and I do not want any to know yes, young man I believe you are innoI a01;, or I have been ,, cent said the detective. '"Thats.all nght;, And what 1s your idea? "You believe I am innocent sir?" f What i s yours? yes." Between you and me, it is possible it is a Who are you?" job." There a pause, and then our great ;: A old hero said: Yes. "I am Old Sleuth, the Detective." "How?" It is possible the fellow is innocent, CHAPTER VIII. THE young man started b.ack upon hearing the unexpected announcement, and stared in wild bewilderment, and after a moment, wit!.\ his handsome eyes bulging, he repeated: You are Old Sleuth?" "I am. " The detective?" "Yes." And you believe I am innocent?" "I do." And how is it you are here?" Believing in your innocence, I am deter mined to establish it." The lad grasped the old detective's hand, and, his face beaming with gratit ude, he exclaimed: '' How I you! How kind you are, and how good! sir, you can never prove my innocence." "If you are innocent, I will prove it. Yes, sir, I will establish it to the satisfaction of every one." And why should you seek to do so?" I'm getting along in years, and I'm out of the business; but my at.tention was called to your case, and I began to think it over, and it dawned upon me that there was a possibility that you were innocent; and if you were inno began to think I was the only man who could establish it; and I feel it is true, and I feel it a duty to do all I can for you." One moment, sir. Who called your atten tiori to my case?" That does not matter." "I know." "You know?" "Yes, sir." "Well, who?" asked the detectjve, with a s ;nile upon his face "Mary Peuham, sir." Did she tell you she was coming to see me?" "No, sir." ThPn why do you say she interested me!" Is it not true?" Yes, it is true." t after a ll I've had considerable experience with crimina l s of all kinds. He does not appear like a criminal to me." Between you and me, the young man is in nocent.'' I believe it possible; and, as you are on the case, I'll tell you something. A veiled lady was here. " Ahl the young girl he was to marry?" "No; a veiled woman." "Well?" She tried to play me. 'tHow?" She gave orders that the young man should have every attention, and said that she would pay the bill. I asked her who she was, and she said she was a wealthy lady ; that she pit.ied the prisoner and wanted to see that he was comfort ab l e, but did not wish s-ny one to know of her interest in his comfort." She sought to fool you?" "Yes. ''How?'' "Bah! she is no lady; she is one of 'em.' One of them?" "Yes. "Explain." "Well, I got under her veil." And what did you see?" "A woman's face." And you recognized it?" l did." Who was t"-' woman?" "Davis's wife "You knew Davis?" I knew the woman." "When?" Oh, years ago." Who is she?" l '11 tell you who she was." "Who?" The widow of --. Old Sleuth gave a start. The name the war den mentioned was that of a man who had de fmuded a bank years previously, and he had \ killed himself. His body had been found ia..


8 OLD SLEUTH, BADGER & CO. the river, but his plunder was recovered after I when the time comes, I will speak, and don't bis death. you forget it.'' This is news," said Sleuth. You are a fine yom;g man. How did you "Yes, old man: anrl I tell you they were a get into the trouble?" bad lot. Go for tlie woman.'' "Oh, I got to betting on the races; but I'1 e "You cnn rest assured I will run this nffair learned a lesson.'' down. Will the woman come he1e agaiu'I "That's good. And now let me tell you "I don't know." there is no need for you to testify." Did she fall to the fact that you had recog" No need" nized her?" "No." "No; I did not let on. What do you take Why not?" me "It. would not help his case." "And it struck you that this young man "Ent I Ece wbere you stand. You are on the might be innocent?" other side. I will :est.ify.'' Yes." You will not, if the prisoner asks you not "Does it not look bad for him -the interest to do so?" of this woman?" "Certainly I will not, if a request comes No." from him "Why not?" "You have said nothing to any one so far?" Bah! you need not ask me that question. N 0 sir I am only giving you the facts; go and work on Do' not say anything to any one unless you them." are called upon to do so." "You'll keep mum?" "I'll promise that much; but remember, I am I will, sure." ready to open up any time when it will do Al Old Sleuth departed, and as he walked along any good." he was lost in deep t.hought. He proceeded di" That is all right. You are a gooil fellow." rect to the store where young Gray had been When the detective was again alone, he medi employed. He asked for the son-the young tated. He had worked a good game when he man who had been implicated with the prisoner first went to the jail. He asked a great many in the gambling scheme. He found the ;iroung questions, in order to test the prisoner's truth-man a bright young fellow, and said to him: fulness, and in a few moments he was fully sat" Have you a few moments to spare?" istitd that the younl;\' man was very truthful; and ''Yes, sir.'' in his interview 'v1th the young man who had "Will you come with me?" been previously implicated with Gray, our hero Yes, sir." got another testimony in favor of the young The two went to a restaurant, and when they man's truthfulness. were seated, the detective asked: "Do you know young Gray?" "I do." ''What do you think of him?" '' I think he is one of the squarest young fel lows on the top of the earth." CHAPTER IX. After leaving the young man, our hero pro ceeded to his home and there remained until he received a visit from Badger. The great Wall Street Detective entered, took a seat, and said: Old comrade, you're a wonder." "I am?" "Yes." "How?" Well, you do get on to things." "Do I?" THERE came a pleased smile over the old de.. Yes.,, tective s face upon hearing the young man's re .. WelJ?" ply, and after a moment he said: I've tumbled." You believe him to be one of the squarest Have you?" men on earth?" yes.'' "Yes, I do. You're a detective, and I'm .. Well?" glad to have a chance to say so." .. Yuu're into this case.'' "I'm a dptective?" "Am Ii" ''Yes.'' '' 1 ou are '' "How do you know?" "Well?" Ob, I've been expecting one of you fellows .. You think the young man innocent." to see me all the time.'' .. Do I'I" "Then you believe Albert Gray is innocent?" .. You do." "Yes, I do; he is one of the most unfortunate .. Wllat makes you think so?" fellows on earth." Because I to think so myself." "He is?" "Yes.'' Old Sleuth smi ed. "How?" "What makes you think so?" "I've been looking up his record.'' In being accused when he is innocent." .. Well?" "He is in a bad scrape now.'' "It's a good one.'! I know it." He hasn't gambled much lately?" "He was once with your house?" .. Not for over a year.'' "Yes." "He hasn't drtink liquor?'' "He had some trouble?" .. Not a drop." Yes, but was innocent." That looks well." "He was?" yes. " It does: and I've had a talk with the men How is it that no one from your house has who are on the case." come forward to testify to that effect?" "Well?" "There bas been no trial." "They all think the lad is guilty." "No." "Oh, certainly." "When the trial comes I will go and testify." But these stories don't accord with the "You will go and testify?" facts. They can't find out that he had any "Yes.'' pals." "What will you testify to, sir?" :: Not even a woman?" ,. "Oh, it's time enough when the time comes." .. No, not even a -:voman.. ,. I know something ahout the affair in your .. And ,:ret they tlunk he is gmlty? house" Yes. "You do?" "Badger, he is innocent." "Yes" ''I thought so. Yes, I thoul;l'ht you were of do you know?" that mind, and poS!'.ibly that 1s reason I The detecti-fe related the circumtances just as looked on the ot her side of the case.' they had been told to him by young Gray; and "Ahl now you've struck it, old fellow. It is when he had concluded, the young man to whom always necessary look on both sides." he w11s talking said: "You're right. Have you seen the lad?" That's square." Yes." "What is square?" "What does he say?" 'What you say." Enough to convince me that he is innocent." Are those the facts?" There is a lady in the case?" "Yes." "Yes two" And are you ready to testify?" "Yes, lam.'' "Yes." lt will hurt you.'' I only know of one." "I don't care; I will not let the boy suffer "Which one?" by keeping mr. mouth shut. I would have The young p;irl he was to marry.'' 1poken before if it were not for my father. But How about Mrs. Davis!" Oh, she is not troubled as far as he ii con cerned. She is a poor innocent woman Yes. a very poor innocent woman.'' Halloo. old fellow!" Jl ave you seen her1" "No." "She is--.'' 1% ?" ejaculated Badger. A moment the Wall :Street Detective medi. t.ated, and then said, in a thoughtful tone: That speaks volumes." CHAPTER X. WHEN Badger, the great Wall Street De tective, said, That speaks volumes," his re mark meant something, and after a few mo ments' thought, he said: Sleut h, I've always had a suspicion about that affair.'' "So have I, Badger." It was not in n'ly way, after the plunder was recovered, to follow it up, but when you tell me that this Mrs. Davis is the widow, I lllD. a thinker.' that's all." "She is that man's widow." And did you suspect it?" I got on to it." And you have a theory?" Yes, I have." "Are you going into the case?" "Yes, I am." "Not for money?" "Suppose we recover those bonds?" That's so." "You e:o and see the losers?" "I see.'l'' Make your terms. The laborer ill worthy of his hire.' ''You bet.'' "Go." I'm off, pard." Later in the evening the sweet-faced girl, Mary Penham, was U:Shered into the presence of the great Sleuth. The girl's face was pale in deed. She showed that she had suffered a great deal since the previous evening. Indeed, anx iety maltes fearful ravages in a few hours ia one's looks. "Good-evening,'.' said the detective. The girl tried to speak, but could not, and the detective' said: It's all right." The moment he spoke the words the girl ut tered a cry and burst into tears. The detective Jet her weep. He thought it would do her good. He was a patient man, and, besides, he knew the nature df tears. At length the girl managed to say: Do I understand you aright?" I think you do." "You have investigated?" "I have "Ah. sir!" I am convinced.'' Of Albert's innocence?" ''Yes." And you will help him?" "I will." The girl fell upon her knees and grasped the detective's hand and kissed it. Take it slow, miss," said the old thief-taker. "You will aid him?" ' I will. Yes, I wlll establish his innocence." "Can you?" "Well, we'll see " And. sir, how much will it cost?" "In money?" "Yes." "Nothing." "You must not !five your time for "No, I will not. I do not understand." The detective smiled kindly down on the girl, and said: Rise and listen. If I go into this case, I shall restore the plunder to the rightful owners. They will pay me for my trouble, and in recov ering the plunder I will establish the innocence of Albert Gray. So you see it is all right." "I have one thing to tell you, sir." "Yes, tell me all you know." "I think-" The girl stopped. Go ahead," said Sleuth. "I think I have been shadowed." The detective laughed rie;ht out, and 88id: I shouldn't be surprised. But wbo hM shadowed you?" "A woman." "No one else?"


OLD SLEUTH, BADGER & CO. 9 -------"Ye.i;: sev eral men, I think, have been watchag me." Yo u need not mind them." "Will they do me any harm?" "No. Am I liable to be arrested?" "No." You are sure?" ''I am." And you saw Albert?" .. !did." And he convinced you of his innocence?" h Yes." I said he would do so." "He did." "And have we reason to hope?" "Yes." And I am to pay you nothing!" "Nothing." Then I can go down to the jail?" "To see Albert? "Yes, and-" "Well?" "I can order delicacies for him, poor boy?" "You need not bother; and, what is more, do Jl.Ot go there too often. In a few days we will have him ont of there." "You will rre t him freed?" "Certainly."'' "On bail?" "No; fre ed-his innocence proved." "So soon?" Possibly-yes. And now you go home and attend to you r duties. I tell you that I believe in his innocence, and I tell you that I will es tablish his innocence. You need have no fear." After renewing her expre ss ion s of gratitude, the beautiful girl w ent away, and she carried in her bosom n lig ht e r heart. An hnnr following the in ciden ts we h ave de scribed, Badge r Sleuth, and the woman Mag gie Everett were together. They were holding a consultation, and the detective said: This case is a dead open and shut. I see fb.rough it all." Let me see your notes, pard." The detective passed over his little book, and Badger studied the notes a few moments, and then said: By g inger! but you have reasoned up to a conclusion." I have ; and now Jet's get. down to our wvrk. Badger, you must follow up this fellow Martin. H e knows something." What does he know?" A great deal." "On what lay will I take him?" "I'll give you your cue presently. And now, 111aggie, we depend upon you." Whom must I follow?" 1' Mrs. Davis." I thought so. Let me see your notes." The little note-book was passed to the woman. She looked it over, and said: '' Ah, I see. I know now how I must work it." Yes; I want to know all about that suicide." "Yes.'' '' And where the poor fellow was buried." "Yes." I want all the facts." "You shall have them." -0enainly I shall." Old man, I see your pan." "Do youf" "I do." "Well, what is it?" You will trail the living, not the deed." You''fe goot it to a dot. CHAPTER XI. OLD SLEUTH, BADGER & Co. held a long eonsultation, and each was assigned a specific part of the work. On the day following the consultation, Old Sleuth went to the town where the man Davia had killed himself, a.sit was reported and believed, and he commenced & series of investigations after a method of his own; and when he returned to New York he bad accumulated a number of facts. In the first place, he learned that the man had killed himself in the morning, as reported, and a doctor had been immediately summoned who had pronounced the man dead. He had remained but :. few moments, as there was no need for a dottor under the circumstances, but a coroner. The detective visited the doctor. He found him a comparatively young man. Ile lived in a pretty little cottage but a short distance from the house where the self-murder had been com mitted. The detective w1111 shown into a neat ==============.:================= little room, and a few moments later the doctor entered. '' Good morning, doctor.'' Good-morning, sir, and what can I do for you?" The old detective studied his man, and then said: I've come to see, doctor, about the death of the man Davis, and I wish to first exact from you a promise that you will not report my visit or its object." Who are you, sir?" I am a party interested." I can tell you but very little, sir. I was not present when the man died. He was dead when I arrived." "How long after the shooting was it before you were summoned?" They told me he had shot himself about ten minutes before I was summoned." '' Then, when you arrived, he had only been dead ten minutes?" So they told me." Didn't the body grow cold very soon? Doc tor. wasn't it a remarkable incident?" The doctor turned a little pale, and fixed his eyes on the detective, and asked: What is the purpose of a ll the&e inquiries?" I will tell you later on. Doctor, please an swer my q.o:"f!tion." Who are you, sir?" 'fhe detective passed his card, on which was written simply: "SLEUTH, D etective." The doctor glanced a.t the card, and said: "Ahl you are a detective I have heard of you." Remember, this is a confidential talk." "Yes, sir." I have your word?" Yes, sir." Please auswer my question. Was it not a singular fact that the body should have grown cold so soon?" How do you know the body was cold when I arrived there?" Oh, it is immaterial how I obtained my in formation. Is it not true the body was cold?" Yes, sir, the body was c old. " Did it not strike you that it was a singular fact?" "Yes, sir; there was a deception." "There was?" "Yes." "How!" The man had been dead many hours." Oh, he had?" "Yes." And when you arrived, they told you he bad just shot himself?" "Yes." Do you know that a pistol-shot was reallr, heard about ten miliutes before you were called f "Yes, sir. I inquired about that." "Who heard the shot?" A man who was passing the house, and who was called in. I found him in the house when I arrived " Mrs. Davis wa. alone in the house when the shot was fired?" Yes, air; she and her husband were alone." "And when you arrived, the body was cold?" "Yes, sir." Did you ever know of a case where a body grew cold in ten minutes, especially when a man in full health died a violent death?" I never did." What do you think of it all?" I have not/retended to think." Dl)Ctor, di you observe anything else that was peculiar?" I can not say that I did." After the shot and wounding, there was not that free fl.ow of blood that you might expect!" There came a pallor over the doctor's face. I had not thoupht of that," he answered. "Is it not true?' It is true, and it is a remarkable occurrence. But what are you seeking to prove?" What do you doctor?" I have not given the matter any thought." One fact is assured: you were deceived." "How?" '' The shot-the real shot-that caused the man s death was fired some hours before you were summoned? ' Most assuredly." Y Qu are sure of that?" "I am." Then there must have been ?" Yes, sir," answered the doctor, in a hesitat tone. If there is one deception that we can prove, is it not reasonable to look for greater decep tion?" Will !,Ou tell me what you are seeking to establish? I am seeking to establish a fact well known to you." "And what is that?" The body you were summoned to look at was that of a man who had been dead some days." The doctor's face became ghastly, and in a hoarse whisper, he answered: That is not fully established." The man had certainly been dead some hours'' Of that there is no doubt." "You were informed t4at he had just shot himself?" "Yes." You know that you were misinformed." Of that fact there is no question." Then there was deception?" "Yes.'' If the man had been de a d some hours, he might have been dead some days." It is more probable that the man had been dead some hours than that he shot him.self ten minutes before I was summoned." Are you not satis fied he had been dead some days?'" I did not make a sufficiently careful examination to a n swe r tnat question." "You have a suspicio n ?" Let me think. "Yes, think all you desire. T ake plenty ot time to think, aud give me a straight answer." After a moment the doctor said: "I h ave a susp icion." "Ah! I thought so. And what is your .._ picion?" I'd rather not answer." "You must." "I must?" "Yes." Then, frankly, as I now think the matter over I suspect that the man may have been de a d some days." "You were acquainted with Davis?" Yes, sir, I knew him "When did you see him last alive?" "Come to remember, I saw him the night previous to his death." "Where?" Are vou making a witness of me?" "No.'1 Will I be callE\d on to testify in court?" "Never. "I have your word?" "Yes." Again the doctor thought a moment, and a._ said: I met him about midnight. I had made a late call " Where did you meet him?" "On the road.'' "Where was he at the time?" He was going toward the depot." There came a strange smile to Sleuth's face. Did he anything in his hand P" "Yes. u "What?" I can not tell positively, but I think it ,,.. a small satchel." You met him at midnight?" "Yes." "You are sure of the time?" "I am." And he was going toward the depoU" "Yes." "Well, what do you think?" I hardly dare think," came the answer. CHAPTER Xll. THE smile upon the old detective's face broad ened, and after a moment he said: I am going to teach you to think, doctor. WM it midnight, ora little after, when yo11 met this man?" "A little after midnight.'' At what hour were you summoned to hll' house?" "At five o'clock." "He was going toward the depot?" ''Yes." "It would certainly be one o'clock before he could get back to his house and shoot himself!" "Yes.


10 OLD SLEUTH, BADGER & CO. If he had shot himself then, it would onlr be four hours later when you were summoned?' "Yes; and, sir, I see you are presenting con tradictory facts that never entered my mind." Four hours would not permit the bod;ir to be in the condition in which you found 1t at fint?" No, sir-emphatically not." "And there were other indices to prove that the man had been dead longer than four hours? " Most emphatically-yes. .. And yet you knew he not possibly laave heen dead more than four hours, unless you had made a mistake?" "Made a mistake? How?" It is possible you were mistaken, and it was not Davis whom you met going to the depot." It was Davis." ; "You are sure of that?" l "I am." Then I repeat, he could not possibly have been dead more than four hours?" "No.'' And you are sure the man whom you were called to see must have been dead more than four hours?" "I am." "Then what must we conclude?" The doctor did not answer. Come, doctor, a conclusion is presented." "Yes." "Well, what must we What do you conclude, sir?" I am asking you " I do not care to announce my conclusion." "Why not?" 8omething is on the carpet. I o not wish to become mixed up in it." "You are right, doctor. Something is on the carpet, and it will remain there until the mystery is solved. You can answer my ques tions and avoid being called in a court to an swer. If you do not answer me, you may pos sibly be compelled to answer " I know what you are seeking to establish." "Well, what am I seeking to establish?" "That it was" not Davis who shot himself." How could it have been Davis, when you saw Davis at midnight and was called to see the body of a man who had been dead some days?" This is a terrible proposition, sir." We will meet it frankly." You believe a trick has been played?" "You know, doctor, that there was deception in one instance. The man had certainly been dead lon11:er than ten minutes?'' ''Yes .,., "And yet the death-shot was heard ten minutes before you were called " So it was said." Then there was deception?" In case, yes. " That deception is established?" "Yes." "Beyond all question?" "Yes." Then we have a right to surmise that there were other deceptions?" ''Yes.'' What is your final.conclusion?" I did have a suspicion, sir "Well?" "You have confirmed my suspicion." And you are satisfied?" "I am.'' And what is your conclusion 1" I am not to be dragged into this matter?" "No." "How can you av-0id it?" You have my word. I will prove the po sition later on.'' '' The n it is my cone! usion that it was not the body of Davis I was called in to see." There is no doubt about that, doctor?" I do not think the r e can be. " Then the re must have been a trick." "Ye s." Oth e r e vidence go e s to prove that. a man previou s ly dead was made to represent the sup posed dead Davis." I had not thou ght of that before; but since you h a ve call e d my attention to so many strange and remarkabl e facts and coincidences, I am comp elle d to acc ept your theory." Is not my theory yours?" l: .... es. "lt was a cunning trick." It must have bee n. And what could be the object?" "Doct()r, you are a sensible man; you can be irusted. I will tell you-the whole affair had beell previously planned '' It must have been." That man i s in possession of half a million of stolen property, and an innocent young man is in jail." This is all very thrilling and remarkable." "It is." And what. will you do? I a!ll sure you will be compelled to call me into court." "Oh, no." How will you avoid it?" We have reason to believe that this man is living?" Undoubtedly." '' Then we will trail for the living." "Yes, I see." If we find him, there will be no need to have you corr:.e fnward and prove that he is not dead." "Yes, I see now." The fact that he is found alive will be sufficient in itself." ,.Yes." And I will find that man." "It is a ve11. remarkable case; and now, since I see that I will not be involved in any way, I will speak freely." Yes, speak freely." From the very moment that I looked upon that man I knew there was something wron&', and when I came into the house, I found his wife arranging some papers." Ahal what papers were they?" The. papers that were found on the table, and were supposed to have been placed there by the dead man." Did the woman know you saw her?" Yes, and she said to me: See, doctor, what I have found.' "But you knew she did not find them?" "Yes. I saw her go into the room with the papers in her hand. I had stopped a moment to take breath after my run to the house. "I guess we've got 'em!" muttered the de tective. CHAPTER XIII. THE detective had some further conversation with the doctor, and after again impressing upon him the need of absolute secrecy, he de parted and returned to the city. That same evening the firm held a consultation. "Well, asked f:lleuth, "what have you to report, Badger?" "I've seen the firm, and I've made a bargain." "Did you see Martin?" "Yes." What did you make out of him?" I only sounded him a lit tie." He was on his guard?" ''He was.'' Knows something?" said the great de tective That is my conclusion." "We must go very slow with him; but you want to watch him." "Yes, I made up my mirid to do that. Mar tin hasn't been in anything lately, and there is no reason why he should be so shaky." That is the view I take of it, and we will jnst narrow him down." "I'll tak.e a clean run in on him to-night "And now, Maggie, what have you to report?" I ran the widow down." "You did?" "Yes." "And what have you raked out?" '' She has plenty of money." Oh, certainly." She pulled down some very expensive sparks to-d ay." From a pawn-shop?" "No; she had them pledged with an outside money-lender "You have not interviewed her yet?'' "No; I am waiting for points." I've got them for you: but we must use them very carefully. We do not wish to scare these people yet. They think it's all right." '"Martin is uneasy." A guilty conscience that's all," said Sleuth. The latter meditated a moment, and then said: I've got on to the real game. The man is not dead. They played a big trick; but, as usual, they have left a few openings." The detective then related all the facts he had ascertained. His pals listenP-d in mute amaze ment, and when he had concluded, Badger said : "Well, it was a big iame." "It's my idea," said Sleuth, "that this maa Davi s had been dead wme time." It looke that way." His wife is a good one." She is a smart woman." "You hear that, Maggie?" said Sleuth nod ding tow ard their female partnE". '. I hear it-yes." You must look out for her." I'll take care of her." "It's the bonds we want." "Yes." If we get those, we can p!ose in on the thieves easily enough. Badger, you've E!e"...& Davis?" "Yes.'' "You are about his height?" "Yes. " About his build?" "Yes." "You have the same colored eyes?" Badger laughed, and said: Are you playing the Black Hlllllllllll' OD me?" No; we'll play it on Martin." "What do you want me to dot" "Make up." A good scheme." Can vou ?" "Yes.r' When will you be readyt" "To-morrow." "Night!" "Yes." "Good enough! Then I'll just wait and Maggie can shadow." On the night following the incidents we have described, Sleuth sat in his parlor, and in due time there came a ring at his door-bell, and the doctor, with whom he had talked the day pre viously, was ushered into his presence You are on deck, doctor." "Yes, sir. Why did you send for me? I thought I was not to be brought into this affair?" I wish to ask you a few questions, that is all. Will you wait here a few moments? I will not detain you, and you can take the 13 :SO train back t-0 your home." The detective left the room. A few moments passed and he heard an outcry. He Jll,n into the parlor. The doctor stood with bulging eyes, his face pale, and he was glaring at a mir ror as Sleuth ran into the room. The doctor ejaculated: He is dead!" Who is dead?" "Davis." "Eh?" "Davis is dead. You and I were mistake& in our conclusions." "Nonsense, doctor! What do you mean?':.. I am a strong man, sir, a man of nerve." Certainly." I do not believe in ghosts, or, rather, I did not: but I've seen one." "You've seen a ghost?" "I have." "Nonsense! you are excited." "No, sir; I saw a ghost." "Where?" "Reflected in that mirror." A ghost?" "Yes." "Whose ghost?" "The of Davis. We were mistako. The man 1s dead "You saw the ghost of Davis?" "I did." Tell me about it." I Wu.!! sitting here, when sudden y a bright light shone on tha t mirror. I looked up, and there, as plain as ill life, stood Davis or, rather, his r e flection, and his hand was ruised toward me in a warnfog m a nn e r "Nons ense, doctor! you were tired. You mus t have fallen off into a sleep. You been dreaming." "No, s ir, I wa s not dr e aming. It was a most strange, weird, and unnatural apparidon " Ah, you are surely mistaken, doctor ... I am not." You saw that man's reflection in the glass?" I did, I'll swear " This is very strange." Even as Sleuth spoke the glass, was again illuminated, and there, sure enough, WM ihe refle c tion of the man Davis. "See! see!" cried the doctor. "Yes, we will see," said Sleuth, in a calm voice. Is that the figure of Davis?" It is, as sure as I am alive."


OLD SLEUTH, BADGER & 00. 11 "We will inve,tigate this," s aid our 'hero "1 tell you, ghosts a re not subs tanti a l ; they back no reflection s fro m mirrors If tha t v:; the refl e ction of Davi s the ori g inal must be Jiere The refle c tion disappear e d from the fa c e of the mirror, but th e n ex t in s t ant the r ea l m a n walked into the ro o m a nd s tood c onfrontin g th e do ctor and the det ec tive. and hi s atti t ude was ihe s a me as it had be e n in the mirl'Or C H 4PTER XIV. THE do c tor stood and gaz e d like a man s ud denly tra n sfixe d, and the ghost, as he believed it to be, stood immov a bl e. I Who are 1ou ?" d e m ande d Sl e uth, a ddressing the apparition The r e ca m e no ans w e r The d e t ec ti ve w hisp e r ed to the do c tor ; Look w e ll a t it. Is it not a tri c k? The d oc tor ne e d e d not to be told to lo o k we ll at th e for his eyes wer e g l a rin g a t It The a ppa ri t ion g lide d a w ay W e ll th a t i s a n odd arran ge m ent!" s aid Sl euth. The doctor had sudd e nl y r ec ove r ed hi s nerv e and turning to ward the g r ea t d e t ec ti ve, he s aid: I see throu g h it a ll sir : it was we ll done." ''. What was w e ll don e do c tor?'' You are in l e a g u e with the thi eves." "What sir?" "Oh, r 'see i t a ll! " Will yo n e xpl a in ? " Y es, I will." "Do s o.'' "You a r e n e t S l e u t h; but I will r e port a ll the fac ts to th e r ea l Sl e uth. Y es, I w ill. I J>ropose to sift this m ys tery to the bott o m now." Ah I do c t o r, y ou h ave a n othe r s u s pi c ion ? "Yes, I have " E x pl a in it. "No, sir ; w ill bid y ou go odeve nin g. Y our sc h e me will n o t w ork. Tha t was n o g ho s t Y our gam e wa s well pl aye d." Do not g o away, do c t or." I sha ll go, and I s h a ll o p e n up thi s bus i ness." Wha t bu s in ess?" Y o u fell ows s us p ecte d I might t e ll m y story som e day. You ca m e t o m e to fores t a ll it, and n ow you a re m ak in g it app ea r tha t D av i s i s r ea lly d ea d a nd h o p e thereby to close my m outh for e v e r I would h ave been si.Jent, but now I s hall s pe a k." The re was a n amused s mil e on Old Sltiuth' s fa ce. The joke was a good one. H e discerne d the do c tor's s u s picion, and h e sa id: .. Doc tor I've a r e v e l atio n to m a k e that will am a ze y o u. I h ave already capture d D av is." "You h a v e alrea d y c ap ture d D a vis?" Yes, s ir. I've g ot him alive. " Wha t do you m ea n?" I'll t ell lou I've capture d a m a n whom I think is D av i s ; bu t I a m not sure. I kne w ;YOU w e r e we ll a cq u ainte d wit h D av is, a n d I desire d to have a n in v olunt ary id e ntifi ca ti o n I w i s h e d to t a k e you una war es, so y ou woul d not expec t to m ee t him. I a m satisfierl n ow I h ave the ri ght m a n We s h a ll see. C om e wi t h m e." Wher e S h a ll we g o?" "I will introduce y ou to th e g host." The det ec tive l e d the do ct.o r i n to the r ea r room, and the r e sa t a m a n in a c h a ir, with h a nd cuff s on him, a n d h e lo o k e d for a ll the world like a prison e r. The do c tor gaze d in unfe i g n ed amaze m ent, a n d the d etec ti ve whis per e d the in quiry : I s that the m a n?" "Th a t i s D av is." Yo u ca n swea r t o him ?" I ca n a nywhere." Speak to him." T he d o c t or was a ma n o f ne rve, and h e sa i d : D a vis, thi s is an unfort un ate affa ir. The m a n D av i s scow l ed o n the doc tor and ans we r e d : It w as y o u w h o gave m e awa y." N o sir; I di d not." Y es, yo u did." How r.o u l d I g i ve y ou away? " Yo u met me jS'Oing t o t h e de p ot. I did b ut. said nothin g a bout i t until I w as 1 -"Tha t i s a ll ri ght. You a re no g ood. " I a m ve r y sorry for you Dav i s I kne w it was not your bod y t h e mom ent. I look e d upon $be corpse I w as ca ll e d t o vie w in your h o us e, but I s aid n o thin g a bou t it." "Oh, that's a ll ri g ht. My time will c ome." The dete c tive whispered to the doctor: You need not rem a in h e re and endure his What are you at?" abuse." I've been wantmg to see your wife and giT e H e l e d the doctor from the room, and as the y h e r th e tip." w alke d awa y, Davi s ca ll e d : "Wha t tip ?" l\fy da y w ill com e " I tell yo u the y ve twigged the trick. " You nee d n o t fea r d oc t o r ; it will be a lon g "Wh a t tri c k ?" time b e for e hi s d a y comes." ' Th e r e i s hut one trick for them to twig, ola How did y o u m a n age to capture him s o man." soon?" D o yo u me a n to say it is su!!pected I am liv" I a m not sure y e t that w e h a v e the right inrr'I" man." ?,Yes. "Oh, yes, you hav e the right man "Who s usp e cts it?" That I s D a vis, e h ?" Old Sl e ut .h." Tha l i s Davis a nd no mi s take The m a n in the s lou c h hat gave a atazt, and "Doc!or, y ou are mi staken." in a hoarse vo ice as k e d: "No, sir I a m no t. "What a r e you g i v ing me!" "You are c e rtain it i s Davis?" "I'm gi v in g you what I s uspect." Yes." And w h a t do y ou s uspe c t ?" Go back and take anoth e r look at him." I s uspect tha t Sl e uth, Badger & Co. are on No ne e d. I t e ll y ou it i s D a vi s." the game." Com e and t a k e on e mor e look at him. " Have y ou proof ?" The d etec tiv e l e d the do c tor bac!:t to the room, N o t ex a ctly; but the other night Sleuth and sa id : ( came upo n m e ra,th e r s udden like, and said he "Now look a t him well." wanted m e t o id e ntify a m a n. " It i s D a vis," sa id the do c tor. Tha t a m o unts t o nothing. "You a r e sure?" Ah no; but s in ce then Badg e r has been i n "I a m. con s ult a t i on with the firm " The re ca n b e n o doubt? The m a n in the s lou c h hat gave a genuin e "None whate v er." shrug the n. Y es B a d ge r s aw that there bad The do c t o r turned as though to go away, been a c ounter s hadow. whe n Sl euth sa id : B a d&er h a d a talk with the firm? " Wait do c tor ; I will s how you how easy it Ye s i s for a m a n t o be mi s t a k e n " The re i s n o thin g in that. H e is the great The d e t ec ti ve s t e p pe d ov e r to the chair in fina nce d e t e ctil 'e, and the y are on the look oui whic h the s u ppose d D av i s sa t t o r e off his wi g, for the b o nd s and di s closed th e head o f B a d ge r the W a ll "It l o ok s b a d I thin k the y are on to y "'1lt Street D etect ive. The d oc t o r r eco il e d mor e wife." a m aze d a nd ev id e ntl y mo r e al a rm e d tha n wh e n Oh l s h e w ill b e g o od e nou g h for them." h e suppose d h e w as gaz in g a t a g ho st. Old "No t i f y o u ar e ca u g ht. Sl e u t h w a t c h e d a nd bo t h d e tectives smiled in ''I w on t b e caught." a n a mused m a n ne r. You will b e if yo u h aunt N e w York. I tell At l e n gth the d octo r as k e d: you Old S l e uth w ill go throu g h a ghost llO fast Wha t does thi s a ll m ea n ? 1t will m a k e your head swim.'' I will expla in," sa id S l e uth. My fri end I wanted s o me inform a tion It won't do to h e re, w h o m yo u m i s t ook for D a vi s, is a fellow-trus t to the m a il. d e te c ti ve W e propose to e nt ra p Dav i s We "But y ou t o ld us to w rite. w e re not full y sa ti sfie d as to the di sg ui s e We Yes, a1:1.d the n I saw I had made a mill. brou ght you h e r e to test it." take " It i s the most wondeiful s imulation I ever I did w ri te. Did n t y ou ge t my J etter?" \ be h e ld or r ea d abo u t "But w h a t makes you think t h e y a r e on to You think h e will pass?" the tri c k ? P e rh a p s they a r e onl y try inJ!' to get "He would be hung for D a vis, with hi s wig on t o the bonds." 1 <>n. " I've a n i dea tha t S l euth h as h a d an int e r Do c tor w e a r e m u c h obli ge d to you; and I v i ew w ith yo u ng G ray." w a nt fOU to t a k e a n othe r look with your eyes Gr a y ca n t t e ll him anythin g .An4 n ow, I op e n. Martin I've s om e thin g to t e ll you." "What i s it ?" CHAPTER XV. BADGE R r e mov e d t h e wi g and "You a r e ge ttin g s car e d too s oon. The y are not on to the tri ck. 'rhey are only after the he doctor bond s." look e d, and s aid: The s imul a tio n i s p e rfect "He w ill p ass?" Yes." A f e w m o m e n ts l a t e r the two detectives were alone, and S l e uth said: "It will do B a d ge r." Y es; it i s th e best d o ubl e I eve r worked." And old m a n we mus t go car e fully. " You ca n trus t it to me. Two hour s foll ow in g th e in c id ents we have d esc ribed the m a n Martin w as proceeding along a s id e s treet runniq g p a r a ll e l with Broadw a y, wh e n a m a n in a s lou c h h a t follow e d a fter him and t o u c h e d him u p o n the s houlder Martin turned a nd d e m a nd ed: W e11, wha t d o yo u want!" Hus h n o t s o lou d, old man," came the w a rnin g, and as the m an in the slouch b a t spoke, h e rais e d hi s h a t a nd d i sc los e d hi s f ace Gr eat Sc o t t D av is, w h a t does this mean?" Y ou r e a fo o l. " But you've tak en my b reath a w ay." I s h o ul d thi n k I had " I t hou g h t yo u were in P hilad elphia." I a m h e r e n ow " Y o u are t a ki ng big cha n ces." "Am I ?" Y es." B a h! I'm a d ead man "Are yo u ?" "Of cou rse I a m. " I don t kno w o l d fe ll ow It look s b a d " Eh? Wha t d o yo u mean?" Wh a t I say-it l o o ks bad. Have you seen your wife ?" No " I'v e b a d n ews for you." "Well wha t i s it?" The y v e t w i gged the trick." "Twie:ge d the trick?" "Yes.'' "But w h y s h o uld the y g e t on to my trail?'' "Well, 1'ha t i s a st r a n ge thing. " I te ll yo u t h e re i s som e thin g up." "It w ill a ll b l ow o ve r if we l a y low." "Will y ou see r,our wife ? "Not thi s trip "Will lou l eave to-ni:ght?" Oh, will take ca r e of myself. Never mind me." At t h a t m01; n ent a poli c em a n's ste p was h e ard. and the two men sep a rat e d An hour later Sleuth and Bad g er h a d their h ea d s together, and the y h a d been talking but a few momenta w hen tb.e w om a n M agg i e ente r e d '' S h e h as g on e t o a ball-a m asquerade," said the wom a n. W h o?" d e mand e d S l euth. Mrs. D a vi s " Eh, B a d g er, there's your chance B a d ge r h a d r e lated his little a dventure '4> the d e t ec ti ve. ."Ar e w e n o t rus hing it too fast?" "No." Y o u wan t m e to see t he w oman ? "Yes." R e m e m ber, h e is onl y as far away as PJilla.. d e lphia." "Tha t 's it exac tly s a id Sl e u t h. I b eg in to ge t on to it, old man " Ce r ta inl y. On e schem e has worked well. W e will h ave these folk s crazy in a f ewboure." Go 1 a l o n e?" "No." M ag goes with me?" ''Y es." "Good e n o u g h Lady Mag, get your to81 on." Call for m e w ith a carriage. That'a the way to tr eat a l a dy. " You r e ri ght, Ma g gie; I will." The fem a l e dete c tive departed, and once a Sleuth and Badger were alo n e


., 1:t_2 OLD SLEUTH, BADGER & 00. ========= Old man," said Badger, I am always ready to defer to you, but I think we arc going 1oo fast." "Wait and see," wa& Sleuth's answer CHAPTER XVI. THERE was a great hlaze of lights. Music :Joated on the air. There were gay groups, robed in the most i;rotesque fashion, scattered about in various directions; while in the center of the floor of the great hall 1iuns, and devils, and a.pl'..J, and fairies were whirling about in the ma.zy It was a great mask-ball, and 1>ver three thousand persons were present as dancers or spectators, and all was gayety and revelry. It was a brilliant scene, and one of great variety of sple ndor. In one corner a group en masque, who appeared to be really spectators. although in full attire for joininl:{ in the festivities. The revelry was at its height when a fresh couple came upon the floor. The male wa,s attired as a monk-singularly enough a favorite disguise for such occasions-and the lady was elegantly attired in a court dress of the fourteenth cent ury. The new-comers whirled around once in a waltz, and then retired and seated themselves on one side, and the monk, leaning over to the lady's ear, asked: "Have you found her?" u Yes.,. So have I," ca me the answer. She is over &here in that group far to the left." "You are right." Do vou know who is with her?" "We will stroll around that way." "All ri ht." The la:fy and the monk stroJled around, and they both keenly observed the group to the left, to whom attention has been caJled. Having stroJledJ)y, the man asked: "Did. you recognize any one?" "Only Mrs. Davis " She is got up superbly." .\ ''Yes." Did vou notice her sparks?" ., Yes.r' How about a woman attending a mask-ball IO soon after her husband's death?" I The court lady laughed, and said; "Whl. not work qn that lay?" I will, if I can get her detached from her party. ''We can manage that." "How?" I will draw her. away." "How will you work it?" "You watch me." "I will." "We will walk away, and I will return to the attack." All right." I do not think they have noticed us together." "No ... .. And vou will follow us?" "Yes. f The two wandered away, but in a few mo ments the court lady returned alone As she passed through different grou'ps, the gentlemen, taking advantage of their masks, addressed little pleasantries. The court lady did not notice these addres..oes, Ji>.ut kept on her way, and soon regained the group to the left. A moment she stood and watched, and then going fonvard, leaned o..-er and whispered in the ear of one of the ladies in the .group: Kate, I want to speak to you." The lady thus addressed appeared very much 111rprised. A tremor passed over hEr form. 1 Come with me," said the court tady. "You recognize me?" "Yes." Who are yoq ?" I must not show my face." You can tell me who you are." "Can't you recognize IllY voice?" No. " You will." "I don'.t now." "'Come with me." "Yes." What do you m ean?" Come with me and I will tell you. Certainly you do not fear to walk with a lady? " You may be a stranger." "Am I?" "You may be." "I know you. Are you not Kate Davis?" "Well?" "You have been re cog nized by others." "I hav e been recognized by others?" "Yes/' Wh at do you mean?" I tell you that you are in peril." This is all very strange." "It i s : but you had betler come and prome nade with me. We will not go off the floor." A moment the woman Kate Davis hesitated and then said: I have nothing to fear." Do you not fear being recognized at a pub lic ball so soon after your husb!tnd's death?" I will go with you," said Mrs Davis. The two ladies walked away together after Mrs Dayis had excused h e rself to her friends, and when they were a few steps away, the wom an said: "Now tell me who you are." "You shall know later. Be careful; we are watched." We are watched?" "Yes." "By whom?" You should be able to guess." I will not be annoyed this way." I do not wish to be recognized," said the court l ady. But you can tell me who you are." "You know." "I do not." "Honest?" I do not recognize you." Lizzi e P arr." "You here Lizzie?" Yes, I aO:: here." "You said I was in peril?" "What do you mean?" A man is watching you." "A man?" "Yes." "Who is he?" "I don't know But I overheard some strange questions." "To whom were the questions addressed?" Listen and I will tell you. A man WliS dancing with me He had been introduced by a friend. The dance over, we started to walk. A gentleman came and spoke to my partner. I overheard what was said." "Well, tell me." The man said: Do you see that lady there?' He pointed toward you. My partner answered, Yes,' and the man asked: Do you her?' "My partner said, 'No,' and the man said: It is Kate Davis; and see how she is covered with jewels.' . So, you see," continued the court lady, bow I came to recognize you, and I thought it best to let you know what I had overheard." What does it all mean?" Ahl you can tell better than I. But one thing is certain-you are recognized, and those men are not your friends " Do you know the identity of your partner?" "No." ' Do you suspect his identity?" "No; but I am satisfied that he was intro duced to me by design." What makes you think so?" I am known. I took no particular pains to conceal my identity." "Why should those men be shadowing me?" The court lady laughed ''Why do you laugh?" At the artlessness of your question. But see! Look over to the right. That man dressed as a monk. Do you mark? He is watching us, and he is coming this way." CHAPTER XVII. Where will we go?" "We will promenade." I can not leave my friends." You must come." "J mu st ? Yes." THE Davis woman betrayed considerable ex citement, and as our narrative progresses our readers will understand the cause for her trepi dation. How dare you sar, I must!" "You are in peril. "'I am in peril?" It was the monk who approached That man must not speak to me," said Kate Davis. How do you know he wants to speak O. you?" He has been watchinjl; us." Better meet him and face it out." "Who can he be?" "You c11n "'Uess, Kate. You know the firm has m e n watching you. Why don't you leave New Yotk'I'' "Why s hould I leave New York? I am not respon s ible for theacts of others." You may s ave yourself considerable annoy ance.'' "Nonsense! I will not he driven "Sway. I will liv e this affair down and do it right here in New York. ' If that is your purpose meet this manmeet them all face to face, and do not dodge any of them." But you forget." "What?" "This is very-yes, very unfortunate." What is so very unfortunate?" That I should be What difference does it make?" It. does not look well for a woman so re cently made a widow to be present at a public balI. But I h a d r easo ns for coming here." Face the music The monk comes to con fess you. I will slip away." ''No, do not go." The woman who had announced herself as Lizzi e Parr did not stay, however, but glided away and min g led in th e gay q1rong. The monk, meanwhile, approached close to Kate Davi s and. in a low tone, whispered: "You are a nice one!" The woman trembl ed, but did not make any answer, and the question came: Why are you here? " You are very impertinent," came the retort. "I am?" "Yoti are." Those jewels 1 "What of them?" "You are a fool." "A fool?" "Yes." "How dare you?" "Ob, I dare." You had better be careful, sir, whoe'fel' you are.'' I had better be careful?" "You had." It is a pity you had not been more careful. You have those jewels, and not two mooths :l widow." I repeat, you are very imr,irtinen,." "And I say you are a fool! "I am?" "Yes." "Expl11in." "It's a give-away." "What is'?" Your presenr.e here." "My presence here?" .. Yes.,. "A give-away?" "Yes.,, "How?" They are on your track." Who is on my track?" Detectives. I thought you were smarror ... "And who are you? Really, you appear Cc be very smart." Those bonds." "What bonds?" "Bahl don't you see? Can't you take it inr Will you remove your mask?" "I will." "Do so." Later on, my lady." You are speaking in a disguised voice." "I am?" "You are." "I &m compelled to speak in a disguised voice. And I repeat, in a disguised voice, that you are a fool." "I demand to see your face!'" "You will lose the bonds. Yo are giving everything away. Your husband is supposed to be dead. Do you know that the truth is sus pected ?" The woman betrayed great agitation, and the man continued: You are not to be trusted. You are tl.n much of a woman." Who are you?" l am a friend of your husband. ; "You are not Martin!'' "No, I am not Martin." Who are you?" One who will report to your hl.lllb8aQ.. I


OL_:p SLEUTH, BADGER & CO. 131 =============== ========.::===========! tell you, woman, rou are giving everjthingdead I ness way. ifhus the relations between the two away. What right have you-a widow-to women are explained. Maggie, under her come here? What right have you to wear assumed character, did not follow Kate Davis those jewels? Gray is not convicted yet. You up too closely. Them were good reasons why would kill things, and yet you are opening up she should not do so. everything." As stated at the close of our preceding chap-" I will not talk to you until you tell me who ter, when Kate Davis recovered from her sur-you are." prise after beholding the face of the monk, she I am a ghost." discovered that the man had disappeared, and "You are laboring under a great mistake, an instant later Lizzie Parr was a t her side. whoever you are .. The Parr woman was not supposed to know "Am If' all the facts concerning the death of the hus" Yes." band of Kate Davis. She only knew that Kate "You ahful know who I am was a widow, and, of course, the fsct that her Let me e your face." husband had been a criminal was known to "You shai1 see my face. But first tell i;ne, every one. So there was nothing particularly wh! did you come here?" confidential in the conversation that had taken Let me see your face.'' place between the two women. The open fact's "You shall see my face, but the instant. you permitted all that was said or might be suspec;tdo I shall disappear." eel. Lizzie Parr, in her talk with Kate Davis, You will disappear? Why?" had premised that Davis was dead; that he had "Yon will know why well enough. But really been a guilty man, and had left the those papers must be taken from your custody; plunder in the hands of his wife; and there were you will blow everything." reasons why Kate Davis did not deem it neces The woman's trepidation increased, and in a sary to combat the conclusions arrived at by the Jow tone-yes, in a whisper-she said: woman Lizzie Parr. "You say it is wrong for me to come "Who was the man?" demanded Lizzie. I do." You were right." "Are you not taking bigger chances?" "I was?" "We are not talking about that." "Yes." I know who you are." "It was a detective?" "But why did you come here? You know "Yes." officers are on your track." "Well, what came of your little talk?" I did n 'ot expect to be recognized." Oh, he sought to make out something, but "You did not?" l was too smart for him." "No." Lizzie Parr would have asked more ques "And you are Kate Davis?" tions, but Kate Davis said: And you are-" "You must excuse me; I will go to my "Never mind who I am, interrupted the friends. Uome and see me to-morrow, and we man. will t alk matters over. I must get away from You may be recognized. How dare you here." come here?" Kate Davis moved away, and Lizzie did not "You are recognized: I will not be." attempt to follow her; but an instant later she "We will leave here. was joined by a gentleman who was not en "Leave here?" masqu e "Yes. " What qid you make out?" And you know detectives are on our track?" I am at a Joss. The woman was agitated." "Why did you come?" "Yes; I have a suspicion. I told Sleuth we I heard you were making a fool of yourwere moving too fast." l!elf." "What is your sus picion?" "You heard so?" "You must find out." Yes. " Your suspicion?" "What did you hear?" "No; but if my suspicion is correct." What I heard has been confirmed." What is your suspicion?" 1t has been?" It is enough at present to merely tell you "Yes. that I have a suspicion." "How?" "And what do you wan, t me to do?" "By those sparks you are glittering. You "Follow her." pulled those things down. You should have "Well?" waited. You are going too fast. Are the "Then I will know whether 'my suspicion is papers safe?" correct or not, and I will open it up. to you." The woman made no answer. M e antime, the Davis woman rejoined her Answer me." party and announced that she did not feel well, Let me see your face." and would retire. One of the party offered to Come this way." accompany her. She de c lin e d an escort, and The two stepped aside; the man drew off his soon after 1eft tbi place alone. She proceeded cap, threw off his mask, and slipped back his to enter her carriage, which had been called, robes. The woman gazed and fell back sense-but just at that moment a man touched her on Jess against a pillar, and when she opened her the shoulder, and said: eyes the monk had disappeared. "Let the carriage go. You walk with me." CHAPTER XVIII. WE will here explain a little matter. Maggie Everett was a very smart woman, and when she started to shadow the woman Kate Davis, she cast about for a disguise that would serve her. She investigated a nd inquired, and fortunately struck upon a party who knew Kate Davis well, and this party told her that the Davis woman had once had a friend named Lizzie Parr; that she had not seen Lizzie Parr for years The party gave a great deal of information concerning the intercourse between the two women. Maggie, having other resources at command if one failed, lay around and managed to bring herself to the notice of the Davis woman. She did not introdu.!.e herself. She played a better game. She got a confederate to point her out as Lfozie Parr, and it was Kate Davis who first addressed the supposed Lizzie, who was traveling under a different name, and in this way Mag gie had partially won the confidence of the woman she was shadow in g. Lizzie Parr was supposed to be the widow of a man who in his time was a notorious criminal, and Lizzie Parr had known Kate Davis under very pe culiar circumstances, so that the real Lizzie woutl hav11 had considerable control, and tJi.e false Lizzie was utilizing her power in a busiThe woman at a glance recognized the man. She ordered her carriage away, and walked off with the man, and a dark figure followed them both. But the dark figure was but a boy-a mere lad. There had been some great changes occurring within those few moments after Kate Davis had said good-night to Lizzie Parr. As the woman walked away with her com panion, she said: Martin, of all men you are the one I most desire ta see." And I am equally glad and anxious to see. you." How did you know I was at the ball?" I just learned the fa c t. I was at your lodgings. I have been looking for you. You should not have gone to that ball." "Why not?" "You should know why not." That has been dinged into my ears enough to-night." What has been dinged into your ears?" The admonition that I should not have attended that ball." "You should have known better." "Should It' "Yes. Why did you go?" I had a woman's reason." Kate Davis told the truth. She did have a woman's reason for attending the ball, and her reason is not pertinent to our narrative. I have the most startling news for you." "What is it?" "Your husband was in town to-night.' Hush!" caut.ioned the :woman. "No one cnn hear me; but. it is true.'" My husband was in town?" "Yes. "No, no!" "I tell you he was." How do you know?" I saw him, and talked with him." "You did?" "Yes." "Under what circumstances?" The man related the circumstances which he had met the supposed Davis. "Wha t did he say?" asked lhe woman. The man repeated the conversation that hacl occurred, and when he had concluded the wom an said: Martin, you are not as bright a man as I took you to be." I tell you I saw your husband, and he is not as bright a man as I took him to be. Great Scotti he should not have come to New York under any circumstances." "You think so?" "Yes, I do." "And you really saw my husband?" "Yes, I did." What game are you working?" "No game." Yes, you are." "Why do yon say so?" Because I know you did not see Jim ._, nigbt." CHAPTER XIX. IF I didn't see Jim, I saw his ghost," said,' the man Martin. "You did not see Jim." Then I saw his ghost." No, you did not see his ghost," persistell the woman. I did not?" "No.'' You appear to know what I did not .see.,. Can you tell me what I did behold?" I can tell you." "Do so." "You saw his double." "His double?" repeated the man. "Yes.,, "Whose double?" "Jim's double." "Madame, what do you meant" Can't you get on to it?" On to what?" The woman was greatly excited. The truth." "What truth?" "The jig's up. We're in a bad way." Will you explain?" Those men know or suspect the truth." (to" l told .Jim that." "You did?" "Yes." "The Jim you met to .night?" "Yes." "You simpleton!" "Am I?" "Come, madame, talk plain United will youf" "The are on our track." Certainly they are." And they are on to our game." Certainly they are." But you do not know how." "Yes, I do; I told Jim." You told Jim" "Yes. " Man, you were fooled." Fooled?" o> "Yes." "How?" You did not see Jim to-night." "Will I disbelieve the evidence of my o'\f...il eyes-my own ears? I tell you I did see hlm.j and I talked to him." "You did?" "I did." Great mercy! but this is terrible." Come, madame, talk it out plain." "I tell you that you were fooled." Explain to me, please, how I was foolea.,. '' The man you were talking to was a cop. .. "A cop?" "Yes." "Is .Tim a cop?" The man was made up for Jim." The man was made up for Jim T"


.. '1.4 B _ADGER & 00. "Yes." Martin laughed. "You need not laugh. If you saw Jim, I l&W him. " We must came the answer The two walked along, au'd finally er.me to a halt opposite the entrance to a well known flat. "If I saw Jim, you saw him?" 'Yes.'' "Where?" It's no use for us to fight against the cops." "No." At the ball." "Was Jim at the ball?" J "No; but his double was at llP.W the same Jim that you did." The man looked puzzled. Explain, Kate " A monk came and spoke to me. "Yes." He upbraided me for being at the ball." "Yes." I did not know who it was." It was Jim," said Ma.rtin. Wait until I tell you all." Go ahead." The man finally let it out that I had the '"'llpers.'' Eh?" ejaculated Ms rtin "The man l e t it out that I had the papers.'' But you have n t go t the p a pers The man "We can't down them." "No." And we want to keep the money." "We do." "Jim has the papers?" "Yes." You sugg e st that we get them 1" -Yes. "At any cost? "Yes." Jim is supposed to be dead? "Yes." A man can't be hung for dropping dead man? "No.11 out a We will think it ov.er," said Martin ; and he walked away, while the woman entered the house. CHAPTER XX. ,-.ras playing you." Yes, h e was plaY.ing me; and later on he THE same evening that the incidents occurred remov ed his ma s k. recorded in our preceding chapter, Sleu th, Bad" Well ?" ger, and the wom a n Maggi e Everett m e t at the He was a make -up for Jim-a wonderful house of the former. Jnak e-up; but it wasn't Jim; and, besides, Jim Badg e r was the first to arrive, and upon en has the papers. He would not have accused me tering the presence of the great chief -of thief-of them." takers, he said: "But it was Jim." "It is just as I thought. You are a great No, it wasn't Jim." man, Sleuth; but sometimes the shrewdest men 'You are sure?" will be at fault.'' I "Yes, I am sure. Jim could never disguise "That is true. Am I a t fault ?" answered himself from me. No other man could ever Sleuth. palm himself off on me as Jim." I think so." I "Then it wasn t Jim to whom I was talk-"How?" ltur ?" W e went too fast." ?. No. "We did?" r There must be two of them." Yes.'' "No, no." "How?" f I'll swear yet that it was Jim who talked to We showed our hands too quick,'' .ne.'' "We did?" "It was not Jim." "Yes." "If it was not Jim, he was the best make-up "How?" ab.at ever lived. " To that woman. We s hould have waited." "We have the smartest men in the country "Wa ited? on our track." Y es; we opened up on lfartin. We should Yes ; Old Sleuth is after us. h ave !At the matter work Now we are a', Old Sleuth? fault. "Yes; and so is Badger, the Wall Street De"We are?" tective. ' '' yes.'' "Yes?" "How, old man Badger?" He is. " I went to the ball. The woman was silent and thoughtful a. mo" That was right. :.nent, and then said: "I played it well." If w\J.at you say is true, the whole scheme "I knew y ou would." has been op e ned up." "The woman tumbled." "It has; that is certain " Sh e did, eh?" They know Jim is not dead. " Yes "If they are working the double racket, it "To what'/" ;would appear that they did and that they'did She is not fooled. She recognized that I not." was a double We've fired a good shot in the "The n why do they work the double?" air." "They m a y only suspect, and are trying to "That is your opinion?" get at the truth." It is.'' That is so." "Tell me all about it, old man. " Then all i s not lost yet f Badge r told all that had occurred and Sleuth Ye s it is.'' {,. listen e d with a curious smile upon his face, and "How?" when Badg e r had concluded, he said: You fell into the trap. " You !J.r e sure the woman fell to your being That is so. Hang it! I talked to Jim as a double ?" :lhough I knew, as a matter of course, that he "I am.'' were alive." The great detective thought a moment, and "How did they get on to it? then said: I can't tell." M agg ie followed the woman ?" "And how is it they have waited so long? " Yes.'' "I ca n t tell." "We will wait until she reports before we "What are we to do?" decide that we were too fast.' I don't know." But see what a nice game we had in our They will lay for Jim." hands. Martin will h ave told her the story Yes.'' of his meeting with me. "Martin, do you see our way out?" Y es; but s he w<>uld not have believed him. ' No.'' It was better that she should have seen you with "I do." her own eyes.'' Well?" She did, and went through me She We must get those papers from Jim, and is a very s mart woman." If they do capture him, we will be all right." Yes, a very smart woman," repeated Sleuth. There came a strange look to the man's face. I would have played our little game later "You don't swear by Jim, I see.'' on. "We should get the papers.'' Again Sleuth meditated, and then said: How ?" "Badg er, old man, I have a definite game. Jim is de'!hl..'' I know what. I am working for. Y01!_just wait The tones in which the woman spoke the until we hear from Mag gie." llrOrds carried a fearful suggest ion A few moments lat er, Maggie joined the two "It is a good scheme. We must think it men. Badger sat in one corner, puffing away wer.'' at a cigar, and Sleuth said, in a quiet tone : "We must decide very quickly." I "Well, madame, how did you make out?" '' One fact is well established: Davis is alive ... Of that we were certain." He has the papers." "Eh?" ejacula ted Sleuth. He has the papers." Ah! I thought so," muttered Sleuth. And he added: "Just repeat all that occurred." The woman told her story-told how Martin met the woman, and related all that occurred between the two conspirators. Sleuth turned and glanced at Badger I take it all back," said the Wall Street man. "We wanted to locate those papers." Yes, I see. " I didn't think we could fool the woman, but I wanted her to open up." "I see it all now.' We know where the papers a re." "Yes.,, "We know whom to follow." "We do." They will communicate with Davis." "Yes." So will we," came the suggestive IUlllWer. "Tlrat man is under a good cover." "He is." "We will get him to New York." "Hardly." "Oh, yes!" "How?" Again Sleuth smiled, and said: Badger, old man, you ate getting jeal01111." Never of you." You heard our Maggie's story?" "I did." They know now that we are aware of the fact that Davis is in Philadelphia 'How are we supposed to know that fact?" '' Davis gave it away to you." "That's so." They know that you and I are on that man 'ii trail." "Yes." They know we underst and our '' They are smart.'' "Very." It is possible they may prove too smart. They will expect -that we will go to Phihdel phia." "Yes." They do not want us to catch Davis whii. he has those papers." "No." / They want to drop Davis out." "Yes." "If they go to Philadelphia we will know it." "Yes." They are smart enough for that." "Yes." They won t go. They will expect us to go, and they will call Davis this way, simply be cause the! want to drop him out. Recall the remark : A man can not be hung for dropping out a dead man.' They mean to down Davis.'.' "It looks that way." We will them a few pointers." "We will?' "Yes." "How?" "Lizzie Parr can work that. We are weK into their councils." "That is so; we have got the threads around them." "Yes; but it will not be many days before we will have Davis and the bonds, and we will have that innocent young man, Albert Gray, out of jail." The way does seem clear." "And you admit we were not too fast?" I admit it. "Good enough And now, Lizzie," said Sleuth, you must go over and see Kate Dallis in the morning.'' .. I will be on hand." You must move very cautiously." "I will." We are playing a sure game. I did not hope to be able to close in so soon, but we got those people." A few moments later the conference brokr up, and Badger and Maggie departed together. CHAPTER XXI. I r was afte r two o'clock in the morning when Badger and Maggie left Sleuth's home. The Wall Street Detective proceeded to accompany the woman to her home, not because Maggi e was not well able to take care of herself, but in order to save her any inconvenience. A lad,r


OLD BADGER & 00. =============================-=-1 5 proceeding alone at such an hour was liable to been idle. On th e morning following her visit n1oles tati on. The 1.wo had proceeded some disto the m ask-ball sbe was on the street. S h e had tance, and we re walkinoalong engaged in deep got herself up for the occasion, and was on the conversation, wlu. sudden ly they were conlay, and a long in the forenoon she saw a lady fronted by fhe IDl'n The l atte r were r eg ul a r enter one of our l arge dry-goods s tores. Maggie swells. They had been drinking, and were foliowed up, and getting close to th e woman, r eady for any sort of devilry whi s p e red One oft.hem steJttled forward, and said: "Kate "Hold on, mister!" The woman addressed turned. She did not Badger and the woman came to a halt, and r ecognize the party who ha.d addressed her, and the former demanded : the stra n ger again whispered: Well, what do you want?" I "Linie!" "You're a ni ce duck," came the answe r. "Parr?" My friend, s'.lid Badger, you had better Yes." ) pass on about yo:.;r bu s iness." The two women walked off to a far co;:ner "What are you doing with thi s lady?" of the Etore. "None of your business." You are under cover?" said Kate. I'll make it my husi ncss and, turning to Yes." Maggie. the fellow sa id : do you know "Why?" that scamp you are with? Here, you come "I am not anxious to be seen. I want to :alon g with me." have a talk with you. Come with me." The man made a movement as tliough to seize "Where sha ll we go? the woman's arm. when h e r eceived a blow that To the Brunswick." sent him sp r aw lin g. At once the other four I will go." men sprung upon t h e detJctive ; but it was a The two women pro cee ded together, and once !ihort scr imma ge th a t followerl. B a d ge r u sed seated in the Brunswick, Lizzi e said: his fists, and his companion drew a club, and You disappeared very s uddenl y last night." the way they l aid out those bloods was just delightful to behold. The five men were left tum"1 wanted to see you before you left." bling around to get their feet, while Badger a nd I was tired." Maggie quietly walked off, and a short tim e "Is that all?" later the w oman was left at her home and Bad" Yes." ger started to go to his own residence. "Kate, you need a friend." He had not gone far, however when his atten" 1 do?" tion was attracted by the shadow of a man, and Yes: and I am prepare d to act as your the experien ce d officer knew at once that somefri e nd. I've pick ed up new s for you." thing was going on. The man had dodged; but You've picked up n ew s for me?" hone s t men don't dodge without good cause. "Yes." The detective look ed around, and d ec id ed in Kate eyed her companion, and after a moment his mind that a certain house was b e in g robbed. asked: He was a cool h and. It was an old game for What do you want?" him. H e had kept on walking. and diti so until "Money," came the frank answer. he had passed some way a lon g, and th e n sud "You want money? denly h e turned and h e m a de hi s way back. He "Yes." crept and crawled and stole s t ealthily forward How will you get it? until he came to where the dod ge r was to be "From you. seen. The detectiv e was 1he n assured tha t hi s From me?" original s nsp:cion was well justified. He stole "Yes." forward and then suddenly made a dash, and I want money myself." in l ess than two seconds he had the dodger in "You can't fool m e K ate." his grnsp. H e did not permit the mtm to give What are you trying?" an alarm. He handc uffed and gagged him so I am on to your whole scheme. You have quickly and deftly that the fellow was powerplenty of money, and you must help me and I less ere he fully r ea lized what had occurred. will help yo u." Havin g secured the sen tin el, the d e t ec tive ap"You will h elp me?" proached the house He found that the rascals Yes." had got in through the door. He en I don t know as I need any help." tered the hou se and immediately r e moved his Oh, yes. you do . shoes, and on tiptoe, a nd with a st.ep as noise"Lizzie Parr, you can't blackmail me." less as that of a ca t, he moved ups tairs. He was Yes I can just in tim e for as he reached the parlor floor The preteno..d to be Lizzie Parr he heard a scream, and the next instant there spoke with g reat confidence and assurance cam e a heavy fall and a n outcry. "I have no money.'" Up the stair s like th e wind fle w the d e tective, "Kate, you can't deceive me." and in the hall h e ran plump agai n s t a man. "Deceive you? The two came to gether with great for ce The Yes.'' detective. however, was the first to r ega in his "Why should I seek to deceive you?" self-comma nd, and ba c k, aud a t th e "We will not discuss that; but I will show same instant l e ttin g loo se his stick, h e dealt the you why you need not do so." robber a hlow that brought him to his knees. I wish you would speak plainly." A second blow s tretched th e rasc a l upon the I will." floor. At t .he same instant a second m a n dropped Do so." clear over the balu s t e r from above He l a nded I am on to your whole scheme," came the just beside th e officer, an d he, too, received a answer. co uple of crac ks on the h ead that l a id him out g roaning upon the floor. The then leaped to the door of th e room just as a woman a ll in white appeared at th e thre s hold You need not fear, madome," called the detective. It' s all right. I am here. In a terrified voire the woman demanded: Who are you?" I am an officer Return and light the gas in your room. The woman obeyed in a sort of m ec hanical manner, and the det ective s t e pped into the room, and as the light illuminated it h e g l a nced around and saw a. man upon the floor, iind again he said: CHAPTER XXII. TRERE came a glitter to Kate Davis's eyes, and she sat silent a moment and just gazed on the face of the woman who called herself Lizzie Parr. "Yes,' said Lizzie ; "I know your whole scheme." Kate Davis was a remarkable woman. Had she been a man she would have been a leader a mon g men. "You know my whole scheme?" she said. "Yes, I know your whole scheme.'' "What i s my sc heme?" You need not fear, madame; it's all right." Explanations followed, and l a t e r on an officer wrrs summ o n e d, and the three burg lars were tnken to the s tati onh o use, and Badee r, who had appeared so opportunely, reachea his own home just at daylight. You put up this robberr, scheme." "What robbery scheme? "The little game your husband worked." "The little game my husband worked?" "Yes." "What ga me did he work?' It was l a te upon the day following the inci dents that we have described that Badge r left his home, after a most r e freshing rest, and he proceeded direct to the home of Old Sleuth, and found the great detectiv e waiting to receive woni from Maggie Everett. In the meantime, liaggie Everett had not He robbert that firm,. and you have the plunder." He robbed the firm, and I have the plunder, eh?"' "'Yes." "Well?" 1 want some of the money.'' "Yon want some of the money?" ' Ye s ." "Why s hould you have some of the money?" "To k ee p m e quiet." "Are you a fool, or do you t c ke me for one?" I am no fool. I do not take you for one." "You say you know my whole scheme?" '' 1: .. es." Everybody knows it., The detectives know it. What, can you tell? Has not everything been a featur e in the daily papers for the fost few weeks?" "I know something, all the same.'' "What do yo u know?" Shall I t e ll you?" ''Yes." I know you a re not a widow." Oh, you know I am not a widow?" "You are not." \ You mean I married very soon after m r hus b and's death? "No, I do not." 'Vha t do you mean?" "Your husband is living." "He i s eh?" "17es." H e i s living?" ''Yes.' "Have you seen him?" n Yes." Kate D av i s turned pale. I knew your husband." "Did vou?" "Yes."' "He never told me that he had the honor ef your acquain t a nce." I knew him well." "And you say he lives?" "Yes." "When did he come to life again!" "Last night. Kate, why deny it? I was watching you l as t night." "Were you?" "I was." "You were very kind. You were watching over m e to protect m e, I suppose?" "I was, and I learned something.'' Indeed? What did yo u learn?" '' I was l ay ing low. I saw the monk remove his gown, and I saw Jim Davis appear from unde r that gown." Kate D av i s laug hed, and said: "What. au idea!" It is the truth." Lizzie Parr," said Kate, now tell me just wha t you are up to?" '' I have told you I want some of the moner,.' You are laboring under a great mistake. "You have no money?" ' No. " How did you pull down your diamonds, if you have no money? "I raised a little money temporarily." "A moment ago, Kate, you asked me if I took you for a fool. I said I did not; and now you must not take me for a fool, nor must you cast me aside, or I may turn a9ainst you. I know more than you think I do.' "Oh, yes; it is evident that you know a great deal." '' Good men are on your track.'' Certainly; that's no news. " I know just how much they have got t. work on." "Do you? " Yes. I do and I can gi,ve you some good. advice." "What do they know?" "They know Jim D avis is living.'' The Davis wom a n looked annoyed, but said: They know more than I do." "No; you met your husband last night. "I did not.'' I saw him. A moment the Davis woman meditated, and said: "You are not as smart as you think you are. Now let me tell you I know the game those men are Do you think I expected to go without bem g shadowed? No, no; and I've put up a job I am striking back I'll fool those fellows. Lizzie P arr appeared to be confused, and said: Do you mean to tell me that you put .up that job last night ?" "Yes, I did; l m leading them along." "You need not tell that to me Kate; I know your husband. I can not be deceived. You met him last night. You did not expect to meet him. It was a surprise to you, and that ia why you fled away immediately sfterw&rd."


16 OLD SLEUTH, BAD<;}ER & 00. -=-=========================;:==========================;:======================== "One moment. You are so smart, why did I go to that ball, unless I had an tlbjeet? " Yes, you had an object. It was well arranged. You expected to meet your hu s band. You pas sed him a sig nal, and h e id e ntified you. I was watching that man I knew he was watching you. I did not know it was Jim Davi s but I know uow. Yes, it was a good scheme. But there is one thing you do not know." What is it I do not know?" Others were aware that your husband was to be there, and he was watched." "What an idea.!" It i s true." Why did not they seize him?" "Ah! ther e is where it comes in. They don't want Jim yet. There is something else they want." "What is it they want?" "You should know." "I don't know. "Nonsense! you do know; and it is so You may as well make a friend of me. I can save you; or, if you turn against me, I can save the other side." You say they are looking for something besides the capture of Jim Davis? "Yes." What is it?" They are looking for the bonds. CHAPTER XXIII. KATE DAvrs was &reatly agitated. She looked her companion m the face, and finally asked: "What is it you are trying to make out, Lizzie Parr?" "I want to make some money, and I can help you." "You ca n help me'/" "Yes." ''How?'' To get away with those bonds. I tell you those men know Jim Davis is a live; they know he i s in Philadelphia. They will go on to Philade lphia and nip him. He has the papers, and it is the papers they want. Once they ge t those. th ey will make short work of Jim Davis." And how can you help me?" A g ree to take me in with yon, and I will tell yon how I can help yo n. " All ri g ht. I will t ake yo u i n " And if I pilot you through, I am to be taken care of? "Yes." Rem e mber, I can g ive you away at any moment." So yo u say." It. is t .rue." "Well?" Something mus t be done. "-What can we do?" They will go Ol,l to Philadelphia." "Yes." "They will find .Jim." "One moment Snppose he is alive and in Philadelphia, can I not give him the tip?" "Yes.)' And h e can flit?" "Yes; but where will he flit to ? That's the question." Oh, he could go away off." If those men once ge t on his track, they will follow him up. Remember, it is Sleuth and Badger who are on his trail. They can follow him up. If h e i s to be safe, he must outwit them. " Tha t i s so, if h e i s alive." "We will admit, just for argument's sake, that he is aliv e "Very well." We will talk on that line. "Very well." Then I say we must outwit them." "Very good." Under the circumstances, they would not expect him to return to New York'/ ''No.'' Then, that is the best thing for him to do." I will think the matter over." "Yon must decide fJnkkly, and if I am to go in with you, I will do my part." And what part will yon play? " I will man a ge to keep you posted as to the lntention 8 of the other side." I How can you do that? 1 "That is my own secret; but I will do it." "You can?" J "Yes." "When shall I meet yon again? "Why not decide now? " I must consult wit h others." I will meet you tonight." "Where?" An,vwhere yon say." Meet me at my own lodgings." I will meet you." "At what hour?" Any h ou r you name." Make it midnight." I will be on hand." A f ew moment s later the two women separat ed, and Magg ie Everett proceeded t o the home of Old S l eu th She found the two d etect ives her. To t hem she r e lat ed a ll that had occurrea. Sleuth listened carefully, and then commenced to ask Maggie a number of ques tions, and compelled her to repeat over and over again the conversation with Kate Then he looked over his notes, and meditated, and finally said: "Maggie, do you think this woman trusts you?" Yes, as far as she trusts any one." Is it net; possible that she is playing you?" "No." You feel certain?" "Yes.'' And you are to meet her at midnight?" "Yes." At her house?" "Yes." Where does she live?" In a littl e house clown by the river." Sleuth inquired particularly as to the location of the house, a nd as ked Maggie a great many more questions. Finally ho told the woman to go and keep the a ppointm e nt. Aft e r Maggie had gone, Sleuth said: "We must look out, Badger, old fellow." "What now?" I wr,nt you here to-night at eleven o'clock." What is in your head now?" I will t e ll you at the proper time; but do not fail me." Maggie i s doing well?" "Yes, very well. She has demonstrated that Jim has th e bonds." ' She will indu ce that woman to invite Jim to come to New York1" That woman has a lr eady made up her mind to invite ,Tim to come ta N e w York. Shf:l and the man Martin h a v e their own scheme. You be here at e leven o 'c lock. After th e departure of Bad ger, Sl euth mut tered: "What fools these mortals be!" and sat for a lon g time lost in d eep thought. In the meantime, after separating from the supposed Lizzie Parr, Kate Davis went direct to her own home, and about an hour later Mar tin appeared. "I am g lad you hae c ome; things look bad." That i s the way I feel about it.," said Martin. ''Those people are de e p into our game.'' They a re." They are playing a deep game against us." "They are." Kate Davis I old of h e r interview with the sup po sed Lizzie Parr. Martin listened, and when Kate bad concluded, said: We must take Lizzie in with us." "We mus t ?" "Yes; and her advice is good. She is a long bead ed woman." "You think so?" "Yes." "You are right; she is too long-headed for us. She is working for the other side. I know that man Sleuth." Yes, he is a fiend " He is and he is shadowing me." "Sure." '' An. d the first thing he would do would be to get some one on his side who is in my con fidence." You are ri ght there, Kate." The woman he has selected is this woman Lizzi e Parr." Great guns! do you believe that?" "I know it. "What l eads you to the conclusion?" "That woman was at the ball." Yes?" She managed to get on to my disguise." "Yes?" ''She brought about the meeting between the double and mvself." '' She did ?'r "Yes." How do you kno1if?" The woman repeated all that bad occurred, and when she bad concluded, Martin said : "You are a long-heacled woman, Kat.e." I do not mean to be trapped by that woman. Lizzi e Parr." Ir does look as though she were in wit.b. them. " She is; and when she sa w me to-day she was obeying instructions. Oh, it is a beautiful scheme they are working." Are you on to their scheme?" "I am." Vi'hat is it?" I ha-ue told you all that passed?" "Yes.'' "And can't you see the game?" "I can not." "It's p l ain enough." Op e n up the scheme." Lizzie Parr advises me to get Jim to come to New York." "Yes." All right. When he comes, Lizzie will know all about it, and so will Sleuth, if I fall into. the trap." CHAPTER XXIV. MARTIN gave out a whistle, and said : "You a r e a dandy!" Lizzie Parr can not play me." It is a good scheme; I n ever would have jumpe d on to it. I'll tell you that; and, Kate, I'll tell yon more-we had better capitulate." Capitu l ate?" "Yes." "What do you mean?" '' We can never play against those men.'' I am ashamed of you." They are the two smartest det.ectives a. earth." "I don't care; I will not wilt. I will teach Old Sleuth a trick or two before I am through with him." You can't step out of the tangle every time, Kate." I can't, eh?" "No." "I'll walk them into a tangle and give them a cnanc e to step out." You will lose at that game. "Will I?" "Yes." Well, to tell you the truth, I fear Lizzie Parr more than I do S l eu th and Badger." "You do'f' " I do; and I propose to get her out ot the way." "How will you do it'/" I've snarled a tangl e for her already." What is your trick?" Kate revealed her plan. It's a bold game," s a id Martin. "Yes, it is a bold game, and we must play two or three bold games. We've got that money, and in time we can turn the papers into cash." If we were free and clear, we could." "We will be free and clear. We know their game. We will not let them play it all alone I tell you we will tangle them. I've severa l good games to play. I'll give them enough Jim Davi ses to satisfy them. I tell you, all I need at present is to get the woman out of the way." I tell you it is a bold game." "Yes, it is a bold game. Will you aid me to play it throu g h ?" "That brin gs me in. You forget you a r e already in, and if those men c l ose down on u s and capt ure Jim, you and I will go up th e river with him." Tha t 's so." And that means death for me Martin." "Death. for you?" "Yes.'' "How?'' I'll never go to jail for a term. It's a life or death battle with me. We have some ready cash, and all we need is to get the papers." '' Yes.'1 If we s ucceed, we can skip "We can; and I'd like to skip to-m orrow. "They m ean to capture Jim?" "Yes." "The y want to get him to come ou to Ne1r York? " So it appears " And then they will nab him!" "That's their game." "They have played the double game!' "Ye.s.,,


"We can play it; we can show them Jim 9avises all over the country. "Madame, you are a geni11s." But the first tJiing to do is to get rid of this Parr woman." I can see where t:hat is a necessity." And you will help me to carry that scheme through?" It is a dangerous game." I know it. But it's our best move now." I am in with you." "Will you complete arrangements?" "I wiil." A.nd in the meantime I will arrange with Jim. You bet I will m a k e t h ose men bit e the dust, smart as they are. Kate Davis has fooled them and got away with them, and she will do it again." If nerve counts for nnything, you will." I d'lpend as much upon my discernment as I do upon my nerve. They can not fool me, and Old Sleuth will have a good opinion of me when this little game is over." "The woman is to be here at 'midnight?" "Yes." A.re ;you sure she has not tumbled?" She 1s laughing in her slee1e at me. I will laugh to-morrow if you do your part well." If we carry out your scheme, those two men will get down on us." "Good enough! It will be a diversion, and in the meantime we can work our scheme with Jim." TbaCs so." ,., One of us muRt go on to Philadelphia." "We can't do that." Why not?" "They have us both under the shadow." That is all ri ghl. But when I work my game, the shadow will be lifted." "The woman game?" "No; the .Tim Davis game. They will be chasing the ghost, and while they are we will get over to Philadelphia." "Who will go?" "I will." That is correct." And I will get those papers. Jim : Davis is no good." You don't like that man?" I like you, Martin." The two exchanged glances. You do me proud, Kate." "If we get away with those bonds, we can go to South America Yi,m are tired; I am tired. We can settle down, and I promise New York will never see me again. It's a great town, but I can get along without New York." "A.nd New York will not sink if we both stay awav." "No.'r I am tired of scheming, Kate." So am I; and we will run this little game, and then we will live in peace." You are set to down Jim?" If we get the papers, he ca n float." He may trouble u s lat e r on." "Nonsense! he is too lazy. I worked all this game. He was only my tool." ''I know that.'' It will be a glorious thing if we can carry it throuo-h." ''We can.'' We must look out that they do not get a clinch on us individually." "We will look out fo1 t h at. We are not im plicated yet. "Not as matters stand. But this game tonight?" You need not be in t .hat." All right; I will make my arrangements. Be careful as to your men." Oh, you can leav e it all to me." The two discussed their plans still further, "nd then separated. They were indeed about to play a bold game. CHAPTER XXV. IT was just at midnight when Maggie Everett appeared at the home of Kate Davis. She was ushered into the woman's presence, and Kate said: ''You are here.'' ''Yes, I am here.'' I have been thinking over what you said to me to-day." And I trust you have reached a proper con clusion.'' There are several matters I do not under1tand." Possibly I can explain." ''Yes, you can.'' "I "Nill. It I can't understand the little arrangement at the ball." "What. about the ball?" You were into scheme." "What schcrne?" Oh, it is no use for you to attempt to come innoc e nce over me. There was a scheme, and you were into it. You were in communication with the man who was under the disguise of a monk." Mag;:;ie said, after a moment's thought: "Of course I was. I saw that he was watch ing you, and I gave you warning-." "But you bad a little chat with him before you gave me warning.'' The laRt remark was a stunner for Maggie. Sh e had hoped she had not betrnyed that fact, and she still trusted that it was only a suspicion. '' Yes, I spoke to him. I wanted to draw him out. You know any one can speak to an other upon such an occcasion. Kate, ;y-ou want to go in wiLh me. I want to aid you.' Then you must be perfectly frank. You are false, or you are playing a double game. That man was a detective." "I know it.'' And you knew how he was got up under that disguise. You are in with those people: and now 1 wish to ask who are you, anyway?" Maggie became aware that matters were be coming very interesting. "You know me well enough," she answered. "I am not sure that I do. I have a suspicion." "You have a suspicion?" "Yes, I have." What is your suspicion?" I suspect you are seeking to entrap me.' Ent rap you?" "Yes. You are playing in .with the detectives." "What nonsense!" Is it so?" It is nonsense." If H is nonsense, you can prove it?" Certainly I can." "Will you?" "Yes." "Do so.,, How shall [ prove it?" 17 get me into trouble. You will prove lhat yo'll are really Lizzie Parr, or-well, you shall prove it.." " I will prove nothing." Kate Davis su<.ldeuly rose from her seat. leaped forward, and seized bold of Maggie. "Unhand me, Kate:" Kate commenced to pull and tear, and off came Maggie's wig, and a struggle between the two women followed; but it did not last but a second, as a man rushed into the room. He came prepared, and clapped a chlorofQrmed handkerchief to Maggie's mouth and nostrils, and he struck her several blows on the back, and poor Maggie fell over helpless and in sensible. Kate stood over the unconscious woman, a. sardonic in her glittering black eyes, and she exclaimed: "Well, I've been too much for you, missy!" You did it well, madame," said the man. I think so. Have you your carriage ready?" "We have." Gag her quick and get her away." "No hurry, madame. "No hurry?" "No; don't you see your advantage?" "What advantage?" She will talk now-talk plain-own up." "You were listening"/"' Certainly I was-that was my orders." '' Your idea is a good one.'' We' ve got the game all in our own hands. You are the one to talk to her." A. few moments, and Maggie revived. Kate Davis stood gazing at her with a look of tri umph in her eyes. "Well, you did try to play a nice game. Maggie made no answer; but at that illoSt.ant Sleuth's words ran through her mind. I've got you." said Kate. Still Maggie made no answer. "You had better own up now, miss." Still Maggie maintained silence. "You've nothing to say?" "Xothing," came the answer. "You thought you'd play me, didn't yout But you did not know who you were playing. I had no reason to fear you. I've no reason to fear any one(but I bate a traitor;" and turninc to the man, Kate added:." Take bet away." Strip," came the answer. Maggie began to tremble. Rhe saw that inCHAPTER XXVI. deed she was under a dire suspicion. THE man administered a second dose of Come, Lizzie Parr, you claim to be my chloroform to the woman, and then a second friend. I will believe it when you prove your J man entered the room. The two men seized identity." Maggie and carried her down stairs. A carriage I do not understand you." was at the door. Ma.ggie was placed in the car" Shall I speak in plainer riage, and the two men were about to follow Yes." her, when suddenly two other men appeared "You a re not Lizzie Parr. How is that?" upon t be scene. The two men who had come I am not Lizzie Parr?" from the house each received a crack from a "No, you are not. Lizzie Parr has been dead club and rolled over in the street, and the two eight months; you know and I know it. And other men who had appeared entered the car now, who are you, and what is your game?" riage, and the driver whipped up his horses and The two women eyed each other, and then drove away. A. few moments later he drew followed an awkward silence, broken at length his horses to a stand in front of the elegant by Maggie, who said: residence of the great detective. Sleuth alight" You amaze me." ed from 1he carriage, and Badger passed out the Do I?" woman, who had not fully recovered conscious Yes." ness. She was carried into the house, laid on a "I'll amaze you s till more. I know who you sofa, and after a few moments, under the maare." nipulation of Sleuth and Badger, fully revived. "You know who I am?" "Where am I?" were her first words Yes." You are all right. " I know you do," ca.me the answer. The woman the voice of Sleuth I know you are not Lizzie Parr." Have I been dreaming?" she asked. If I a m not Lizzie Parr, why should I claim Hardly. to be? Later on, Maggie fully recovered, and recalled "You are a card in a game. Let me tell you all that had occurred uo to the moment when something. I am a widow. I do not fear you, the last dose of chloroform was administered. nor Old Sleuth, nor Badger. They are set to "What does it mean? she asked. persecute a lone woman. They have some big You are all right." scheme You are in the scheme with them. "I am safe?" You are the company of the combination. In Y cs." ot.11er you are Maggie Everett, and I "This is your home, Sleuth?" know 1t. Yes." "What an absurd suspicion!" "Who brought me here?" Is it an absurd suspicion?" Badger and I bn)ught you here." Yes." Wh:\t has happened?" "'You can prove it?" "We are waiting to hear your story." '' Of course I can.'' The woman related all that had occurred, and Do so." then Sleuth told his story. He said he knew But I'm offended." that the woman was on to Maggie, and was put. "Oh, are you?" ting up a job, and he had arranged with Badger The last remark was made in a very satirical to defeat the game, and ha

18 OLD SLEU'rH, BADGER & 00. But that woman?" CHAPTER XXVII. came along and assaulted my brother, and oar lt's all right." Two or three days passed. During that time friends mi s took you for the man we were seekSleulh arranf?ed for Maggie to r.emain at his Badge r had been to Pl.iil adelph ia His purpose in9, to .. house for the mght, and turned her over to the was, under Sleuth s direction, to beat tJ.w bushes .. were !10. t very vahant. ladies of his home, and hE: and Badger h e ld a and start up the game. "I will admit that, Ion& talk. In the meantime, Kate Davi s wa s a The detective did not find the game, how. I am very :;orry, miss, that I happened .te wila woman ever, and he had a!Joul coucluded to rel urn.to J I will confess I have m ade a mis The two men who had been so neatly knocked New York and take a prowl, when, one uight, . ove r by Sleuth and Badger ree nte red h e r house. as he was walking down Chestnut Street he Yes, you have mad e a gra' e mIStake, and :Both were bleeding, anrl the woman asked : observed a woman walking in advance of him. it would been bad for you had au officer -What has happened?" Old, experienced detectives appear to acquire an near ?" "That's what we want to know. Did you in s liuct as r e marka!Jle as that of a sleuth-hound, You wi)l fo_rgive i:ne put up a job on t1s?" for at a glance Badger detected tlmt he had seen It httle difference whether 1 The two men told their story, and after a few the woman walk b efo re ; h e r gait was familiar not; but will.you accompany me to momen ts departed, and later on Martin apin his eyes. T.he was take n aback by this smgu peared. The man was greatly excited He had "Great Scotti" he muttered, "what have I met the two men, and had heard their story. struck?" Y?u w18h m e to accompany you to your dK d d home? He foun \.ate m a esperate moo The detective had overtaken the woman and .. yns " W e.11, madame," said Martin, your first d h h d t h d t 1 tangle was a failure. ,, suppose. s e a no seen 1m, an. i was us .. Why?" .. I t was.,, conclus10n that he had matters all Ins own way. .. You have given evidence that you can pro-He kept up?n her track, and. saw her enter a tect a lady. I am afraid to go alone through I tell you one will have to stay up all night house ?n a side st reet. wait e d and the streets at such an hour." io get ahea d of Sleuth." felt qmteself-sat1sfied, for 1t seemed to him that .. I will be very happy to accompany you." I will get ahead of him." he had finally struck a clew. He hung around .. You are a brave man." So y1.1u do not give it up yet.?" house for fully half an hour, and saw a The two s tarted to walk together and the d.6-" No, 1 do not." >e1led come forth. He started to tectiv e said: We have the cash?" shadow agam. The. woman walked. along to.. Miss, this is very stran1re." "Yes." :ward th e was comparatively emly "What is very strange'I'"' Then why not get away with that? Let us m the evenmg-and finally he beheld the worn" This request on your part." quit." an. come to a.h.alt a t a street cori;ier. She was .. To accompany me?" '' Quit?" evidently waillr;ig to keep an appomtment. Yes." Yes." Some ten mmutes passed, and a Il)au ap" When we reach my home r will explaia When I do, it will be when I am rlefeated. peared upon. the and the woman engaged why I asked you to accompany lt looks as though you are defea1ed now." m conversat1?n with him. . The detective calc ulated that another scheme It may look so to you, but I am not defeat-The ?etect1ve thought over the s1tuatlo'.1 and was about to be put through, but he was up to oed by any means. I have made one step for determmed upon a bold move and as he did so, aE manner of schemes, and prepared to take all ward." . . chances. "You have? lt may little game-a little mislead, It was after eleven o'clock when the two "I have." but I am ready. reached the house from which the detective had ' How?'' He walked along until he came close to where shadowed the woman. That woman is out of the way. She will the man and woman were standing. The man Will you come .in?" she asked. not trouble me any more as Lizzie Parr." wore a slouched hat, and evidently sought to Badger was taken aback. "That is true. conceal his face. Badger walked up and ran "Do you really mean it? he asked. Yes, it is true. h d h d'd k k d ff I d H I k d .. But Sleuth?" t e man, an as e i so noc e o "Certainly. o. ave not as e you tel his hat, when, quick as a wink, four other men come in?" "Bah! what care I for him?" leap ed from a place of conrealment where they The woman that the detective had first fol .. He is on to your game." had been lying in wait. 1Jnrler ordinary cirlowed to that house was Kate Davis. He had Is heY" cumstances, and with an ordinary man, it would recognized her at a glance. The woman who "It would appear so, madame." have been" all day, as the saying goes. But had come from the house was not Kate Davis, What fools you men are! Of course he is the detective had remarked he was prepared, and that also the detectfre had discovered; but -0n to my game. He bas been on to it all the and so it proved, and that olci club of his, acting upon the supposition that Rate Davia ume. But he i s in a great sweat now." had done service in so m a ny previous ternble was not aware of his presence in Philadelphia, "In a sweat?'' scrimmages, was brought into play and down he had followed the party who led him into the "Yes.' went two or three of the men so quickly it adventure we have described. His suspicion "Why 110?" seemed as though a li g htning-bolt had be.en was that she was going to deliver a message, He knows I am on to his game." playing around and the other men just sk1ppl,ld and his conclusion was based as stated, on the There is in that. in a hurry. They had caught a Tartar. belief that his presence was not known, and it Martin, we are not beaten yet; indeed, we men who had been knocked. over got U? their was not singular that for the moment he was a have won a good, sullstantial victory. We have feet and scrambled off as qmckly as their legs little bewildered. blocked those men at all their points so far. could carry them. The dete c tive and the worn' "What is your scheme? he asked. "I can not look at it in that light. an were left alone The whole fracas had "My scheme? "You can 't?" transpired in a minute at most, and the woman "Yes." "No." had stood and looked on without making any "I have no scheme. I desire to ask you a l'll show you." effort to escape, and the detective, when all was few question s " Do so." over, turned toward h e r and said: Ask them htre." They started out to fool us on the double. Good-evening, madame." "No; there are reasons why I desire that yo "They did fool but they did not fool me, "You're a ruffian! How dare you speak to should come into the house." !ind they know it: me? "I will enter," said Badger. I re c kon they do. Don't be offer.d

OLD SLEUTH, BADGER & 00. 19 JJ.Ut Street, and you followed me to this house. Your story to me was a blind." You had been following me, and I went out, "Yes, it was having previously arranged to have you pun" And what now?" ished You are a valiant man. You van "You have been fooled." quished my companions_ and I have now de" Have I?" termined to appeal ti) you directly. You must You have." me why you have thus pursued me." "How?" The det ec tive was getting on to the scheme, I mav as well let it all out." lDd he said: "Yes;'let it nil out. "I have been following a lad}', but you are I am no t the woman you followed from not the lady." Chestnut Street." You admit following a lady fiom Chestnut I knew that all along." Street to this house to -night?" I went from this house to mislead you." I do " That. is true." I am the lady you followed, and I demand I succeeded." an explanation." :You did." ''You are not the lady I followed from Chest-, "You' re beat as the &"ame stands." nut Street to this house." "It would so appear. "I am not?" "You can search this house." "No." "I do not desire to do so. You are too will" Who was the lady?" ing to have me ''Probably you know as well as I do.'' ''I am looking for money.'' ., Mister Man, this is all very strange. You "Indeed?'' are either deceiving me, or you are laboring I am prepared to se ll out-to peach. There under a great mistake I am the only lady in is no money for me the other way." this house-only young lady. You are at lib"You go straight to business?" erty to go 1 hrough the house and sea rch for Yes, I do." yourself." And you can give me information?" I have no desire to go through this house. "Yes. I know more about this scheme now. I will admit I have made a mistake. Your I was not let into the business fully by the other word is sufficient for me." side "You will admit you have made a mistake?" "Who are the real parties on the other side?" Yes." The woman you followed from Chestnut "Are you satisfied that you are mistaken?" Street is one of them." "Well enough satisfied to ask your pardon." Badger was a little bewildered. He knew Will you tell me the name of the lady you that a game was being played, and he muttered mi s took me for?" to himself: I can not do that." What in thunder is this woman up to, any" Ca n I feel assured that I will not be anhow?" noyed any more?" ''You can.'' I will accept your word; but if you have any doubts. you are still at liberty to go through this house." I do not desire to go through this house, and having asked your pardon, I will bid you The detective rose to go, and the woman said: I wish you would make a confidan t e of )e." 'Why should I?" My curiosity is aroused. I will admit that believe you made a mistake, and I am anxious flo know why you should follow any lady as you have followed me." A moment the detective pretended to meditate, and then said: I will trust you with my secret I am in love." The woman laughed, and said: . If that is the way in which you mean to in trust me with your secret, you need proceed no further. I know you are not telling the truth." "You know I am not telling the truth?" "Yes." Then I will not attempt to proceed." I want you to proceed. " You must excuse me. I will go." "You are looking for a man, not a woman; and if you will make a confidante of me, I may put you on the track of that man." If I make a confidante of you, I will gain an aid?" "Yes." Are these your only terms?" "No." "What further terms will you offer?" "You a1 e a detective." "Am I?" "Yes." How do you know?" What I state i s correct." Then what you told me before is false." No, s ir. I have just reached the conclu sion that you are an officer. You are looking for a reward. You can afford to pay me for any good information I want money, and I am prepared to earn it.'' "And yon can ghe me information?" 4 Yes." "Thoo you must know the man I want?" "Possibly I suspect." "Can you l ead me into that man's presence ?" "I can." Who is the man?" His name is Davis." The detective again was taken aback. He )toked at the woman sharply, and finally said: You are a schemer." "Yes, I am." You are a bold woman." "Yes,lam." CHAPTER XXIX. THERE followed a moment's silence after Bad ger's comment, as recorded at the close of our preceding chapter. and it was the woman who broke the spell with the remark: I will not pretend to be too good to make a few dollars. I need money. I am under no obligations to Kate Davis." Badger jus t stared. I played you. Yes, I en t ered into the scheme, but I had an eye to business on my own account when I did. I can surprise you." Can you 'I" "Yes." "You have a lready surprised me.'' "I have a greater surprise for you.'' Proceed." '' You are a very smart man in your profes sion but you have been working in .the shade for the last three days.'' "Have I?" You have " And can you remove the shadow?" "I can open your eyes a bit.'' "Will you?" I will." "Do so." "You left New York by the New Jersey Central three days ago, on the afternoon train. When you arrived in Philadelpha, you went direct to No. 200 -Street, and you have been floundering around in the dark until to-night, when you ran across Kate Davis, and you fol lowed hr.r to this house, and then you followed me. How is that? And here you are." The detect.ive listened with a feeling of amazeme nt, and was also great ly mortified. He saw that he, an old detective among the most experienced in the profession, had been shad owed most successfu lly, while he had himself been at fault. Yes, he was greatly chagrined. You surpris e me," he said. "I knew I would." There came a smile to the detective's face, and he said: You are a rretty smart woman." The woman did not answer. "You interest me. Now I will tell you some thing. I intended that your friends should know I came to Philadelphia.'' "You did?" I did." The woman did not look so well pleased Why did Y,OU desire them to know you were coming to Philadelphia?" I wanted to draw them on h e re, and I Ruc ceeded. I openly went to 200 --Street. How is that?" And what have you made out?" "Ah! now you ask too much." "You have not got your man?" "Not yet." You were pretty near to him." "Was I?" 0 Yes." "When?" When I l ed you away." "Ah, I see! There I was beat I will admit." He is not here now?" Oh, no, certainly not." "I know where he is, sir." "You do? "I do "Well? " I am willing to give the whole busiaell away.'' "You are?" "Yes." "Proceed. I will be much obliged." I do not turn traitor for fun." Certain l y not." I want money." "Certainly; how much?" Two You shall have it .: "When?" As soon as you earn it." That will not suit me." That is the best I can do." "I want the money now." "You will have to want, as far as I llll 0011 cerned." If you do not catch that man within the next twenty-four 'ltours, you will never get him." Then I will never get him." "He is almost in your grasp now." "Is that so?" "It is; but he will never be caught -1esa you arrange with me." I'm prepared to arrange with you." Pay me the money and I will put y!111 00. the track of t)l.e inan." The detective meditated a moment, and then said: Will you take a part of the money?" I may be satisfied t-0 take a part of the money. How much will you pay down?" "Two hundred and fifty." "Make it five hundred." "Two hundred and fifty is all I will give.'' Will vou pay the money now?" "Yes. ,r "Give it to me." "First, give me an idea that you can earn it." You lay me two hundred and fifty down, and promis(;l to pay me twenty-seven h1mdred and fifty when the man is caught?" "Yes." I will accept your offer. The maa was ia this house when Kate Davis entered here tonight." He was here then?" Yes." Where is he now?" Pretty near New York." '' And you can put me 6n his track ia New York?" I can lead you right int-0 his pre!!enoe.'' And will you?" If you enter into the agreement." The detective drew out his wallet, count.ea two hundred and fifty dollars, handed the money to the woman, and asked: "When will you go to New York wit.h me!" To-morrow." There is a train to -night." "You would not ask a woman to travel lit two o'clock in the morning?" "Why not?" There will be nothing gain ed." "At what hour will you go?" We will take the first train aft.er sevea o'clock.'' The detective pretended to consider, and said. at length: It would be better to take the first train." "No. I mean to put you on this man'll track; but we must go slow. I can r .ot walk right in on him " Then you will 90 on the first train imme diately after seven o clock?" H res." ' Miss, you are a very smart woman. You ha'!e won my confidence I admire your pluck. It is a good game you are playing-to look out for yourself." That is just what I mean to do." '' If you deliver this man to me, you shall re ce iv e your money on the spot." I shall expect to. I am taking chances.'' I will meet you at the depot."


OLD SLEUTH, BADGER & CO. I will be on hand." "You will not try any tricks?" "No. I want the money. A little lat e r the detective departed from the house, went direct to a telegrapll office, and sent a cipher di$pHtC'h to Sleuth. And the dispatch, when interp1eted, read: Come on at once." Within an hour from the time Badger parted from the woID6n, Sleuth was on his way to Philadelphia. CHAPTER XXX. BADGER was an old-timer, and, next to Sleuth, probably as keen a man as there was in the pro fession There are many very shrewd men, in deed. The business develops men, if there is anything in tl!'"m to be developed. In some cities very iuetlkient meu are sometimes ap pointed, but the majority of those who attain to the po sition of specials are able men. Badger wa s not only an'able man, but one of the most experienced men in the business He was but a trifle behind Sleuth. He was not attached to the regular force, but was a worker on his own account, and he only took hold of very intricate, difficult cases. He had been fooled, however, in spite of his great experience. He now realized that he had taken too much for granted. He did not go to Philadelphia openly, but sought to go th ere secretly, and when the woman let him know that he had been trailed and shadowed, he was really very muc h chagrined, and he h ad mad e up his mind that he would get down to his old time gait, and take heed that he did not get outplayed a second time When' he told the woma n he had left New York openly, that was merely a sharp corner. He proposed to turn; and when he left that woman's presence h e was on to her scheme, or, at least, was det e rmined no;; to be caught napptbg. He was sure to be on deck for any emergency, and he went to work the right way. A.s stated. he t e legraphed to New York for Sleuth. The two men had arranged a cipher, and Badger could have told volumes almost in a few words, and he did communicate consid erable and really very startling information. At the time set, the detective was at the depot, and the woman, who called herself Jennie Franks, did n o t shclw up on time.. Badger walked up and down at the depot for over an hour, and still the woman did not ap pear "I do not like this," he r e marked. "Can it be poss ibl e that I have been given the s lip again? Hang it! if I h ave been played, I'll sell out and go into some other business." The d etect ive anot h e r hour, and the woman did not show up. and he started to go away, when he caught s i ght of a lad who appeared to be watchjng for a n incommg train. "Well, I'll be shot," muttered the old crimi n a l s hadowe r, if that doesn't get me! Well, well, miss, \Yhat is your game?" It did not 1uke the detective long to discover the trick, and he again muttered: "You are mart, but this time I ll fool you." Badger did not go and address the di sg ui sed woman and unmask her. No, no; he had too good a lay for that, and he was too old a bird. He paid no attention to heT a t all, but he did not l eave the depot. At length the train from New York arrived, a nd a crowd of passengers alighted, and among them was a man to whom the detective sent a s ignal as the crowd passed out from the depot. The detective had not, as it appeared, to one of them, nor had h e seemed to take any interest in the passengers. He did not l ook as though he were looking for an arrival. He hung around for another hour inde':ld half an hour after the pretended lad had gone away-and then he sauntered from the depot and went to the hou se at 200 Street. He hung around the home for abOut half an hour, wl!en he espied a woman coming down the street. He recognized her as she Ap proached him, and when she came close to him, the detective said: Wcll, ma r lame, you played me a nice trick." I was at the depot." "You were ?" "J was." It's st!"$i'.ge I did ::..-.t see you, and I have be;;,.i there for at least three hours." I was there." We were to m eet a train that leaves Phila d elphia.. shortly after seven o clock." "1 know it; but I overslept myself, and hurried to the depot as soon as I could." I fear ynu have fooley. You did me up I fear." "No sir" "And you intend to go to New York?" "I do, sir." And earn the balance of the reward?" "Yes, sir; and, to tell the truth, it is about as well that we did not go on the morning train." "It is?" Yes. I told you, when last we met, there was no hurry." You are up to some game." "I am?" "Yes." "What game could I be up to, sir?" I see through it all." "You do?" "I do." The woman smiled, and said: You are really a very smart man, but you are mistaken for once." It may prove bad for you, this trick." What trick?" 1'he trick you have played on me." "What trick have I played?" '' You >are Ullder contract t-0 keep me here in Philadelphia. That man is in New YorK. He will have a chance to skip away, while I am being fooled here by you." There came a pl eased look to the woman's face. The detective observed it, but gave no sign. "You are mistaken," said the woman. "Do you intend to go to New York?" uYes." "When?" Any time you name." "And you will meet me at the depot?" ''Yes.'' "And f"ive me another wait?" "No; will be ready to go." On what train s hall we go?" We will take an afternoon train." And you will be on hand?" "I will." You nre ready to go?" "I am." "At once?" "Yes.'' Then we will spend the time together until the train starts. "You suspect me?" I do." You need not; I will be on hand. "But can we not spend the time together?" "No." "Why not?" You are a very entertaining man, but I am a dull woman." Oh, you underrate yourself." I will meet you." "Sure?" "Yes." "No more foolin.,.?" "No." b I shall take the train named, whether you appear or not." I will be on hand." All right; I will take your word. Do not fool me again." I will not." Badger walked away, and as he did so, he muttered: I reckon I was the s martest this time." CHAPTER XXXL BADGER was on to the woman's game. He had been fooled, and be did not mean to get the throw-out again. He did not wish to spend the time with her, either. His proposition was a misleader; and when be walked away, he just wandered around and kept his eyes open, and when an opportunity offered he worked a trans form. He was among the princes of change detectives and could do the act as deftly and as comp letely as any man living. Having worked his change, he took a walk down past the woman's house, and luck fav ored him. She was just cominoforth. She m e t the detective face to face. i1e was on the lookout.. He passed on, and muttered: That's all right. I reckon I'm under a good cover." The detective continued on his way, walked down to the river, then jumped into a car, and rode to a howl i a remo0 "'U"t of the city. He slighted, glanced around, ccmcluded, ns cnted by an exclamation, th a t it was r.11 right, and entered the l!otel. A b1 business-like lookin g man sa t in th e 1e1llling-room, looking over a paper. Badger did 1 ot address the man, but took up a paper himself and pretended to read. and after an interval he turned toward the other man and r1 marked: "I see wheat has taken a tumble." Yes," came the answer. The two men were soon engaged discussing affairs about the Produce Exchange in New York, and suddenly discovered that they had met before Then they drew 1heir chails to gether and commenced talking in a very low tone, and the man who had been in the readingroom asked: "How is it you didn't go to New York?" They're smart." "Yes; they're a cute lot." "She made an arrangement to go to New York with me." "And didn't up?" "She did, and she didn't. She c:ime in dla-12:uise to watch me." Y 11 Aha!'' Yes; she fell to a possibilitf"." I see." She is off the track now." "You are sure?" "I am." "When do you go?" On t.he afternoon train " And what is your idea?" He didn't go to New York." I reckon not." He is here. "Yes." He will come from his hole." I see.,, They think now that I'm the only repre sentative from New York." ''Yes." They mean to get me back to the city and let him out of his hole." "And then?" It is my id ea he means to sk\p." Have you got on to him?" "No; but I've an idea." "Well?" He will take a boat." That is a good supposition." He will think 1 he road is clear "Yes." "You will know wh e re to look? "I will." '' They, meantime, will fool around with me in New York." They are playing it cute." "Yes; but I know we are on to the whGle scheme." I think we are. There is no idea of my presence here?" "No." \ Old Sleuth laughed and said: "They will see me in New York." "When?" "Well, they saw me an hour ago." Badger laughed, and said: -"You are the d evil himself." I anticipated this trick." '' They will be doubly sure that. you are not here." I tell you they will see me in New York." A few moments later Badger and Old Sleuth separated. and a little later Sleuth was in the street. He proceeded direct to the main tele graph office. He held a long talk with the superintendent, and a secret order was sent out to send word to the office if a cipher dispatch arrived from New York under certain con ditions, and also if a dispatch arrived with a approximating a meaning to any of the lists of warnings that were furnished. Havmg fixed up for a clew at the telegraph office, Sleuth took a stroll about the city. He went down to several shipping offices, and each time had a talk with the chief in charge. He obtained a list of all the passages that had been engaged for boats going in various directioDB, and after leaving the last one, be remarked : He h11s not secured his passage yet." Sleuth returned to his hotel. His lines were all out for a bite, and it would be a smart Davis who woul\l get away in face of the precautions the great thief-taker had taken. Meantime, Hedger was laying around, and at the proper timEI he appeared at the depot, and the woman, Jennie Franks, showed up on time. It's a go this time?" said Badger. Yes, it's a go," answered the womac. And I am to see the man?"


OLD SLEUTH, BADGER & 00. Yon are.'' "When?" "This very night, in all probability." Q{Jod enough." The parties boarded the train and were soon rushing towal"d New York, where they arrived a little before seven o'clock. "Here we are," said Badger as they alighted from the tr ain "Yes, sir; we are here." "And now, what is the programme?" "I must arrange matters." Well?" I will meet you at midnight." "You will meet me at miduight?" "Yes." "Madame, what is your game?" I mean to earn that money. .. You can?" Certainly. ' "And at once?" I must arrange matters." "You know where the man is?" "I will know." "You don't know now?" "No; of couIBe not. I enly know that he is in New York; but I will know where he is within an hour, and I will me et you to-night." Where?" The wom a n named a place. You will be on hand?" "Yes." "Very well, s o sha ll I." ,\nd now I've a condit ion to make. You must not cross in the same boat with me." "Why not?" "It is my conditio n. "When can I cross?" "In the following -boat." Badger l aughed, and said: "That's all right." CHAPTER XXXII. WE will h e r e indicate how many points a good d etec tive is compe lled to watch, and how much thoughtfulne ss it requires to successfully conduct a s hadow Badger did not know that the woman would request him to wait over a boat : but be did a n ticrpnte that in some way she would seek to ev ade him, and he felt compelled to prepare for suck a contingency. When the train arrived, he exchanged s ignals with a man who h ad met the train at N ew Brunswi ck. The det ect ive and this m a n had exc han ge d c ommunications unknown to the woman who was in his com pany, anrl' when the woman proposed that he should wait over a boat, he saw the wisdom of his little precaution, and when he said, That's all lie meant, sub rosa, that it was all right m two ways He was ready for the play. You must not suspect me," said the woman "Suspect you?" "Yes." "Howt" I want you to fully understand that I mean to keep my contract.'' That will do." 1 mean nothing when I ask you to wait over a boat." I've no objection to wait over a boat." I may be watched." Ah! I see." They may not hsve such perfect confidence tn me-as I might expect." u I see." That is the reason I ask you to remain over." "All right; I am agreed. We meet at mid 1111?.bt?" 'Yes." 1 will be on deck. And, madame, do not attempt any little game." "I know better than that. "You will slip up, if you do " I know with whom I am dealing." "All ri g ht. It will be but child's play for me to kick e v e r any little trickery." You ne edn'tlear." "No. I do not." The tw o parted. The conversation we h a ve rer.ord ed passed in a few moments, as they w e re from the landing platform to the boat The woman went aboard and Badger Btll.yed b e hind, and stood on in full sight, so the woman could plainly see that he was keeping his word, demon st ratin g that it. was imPl'SSible for him to reach New York as soon as she would When the boat was well out in the slip the lighted a cigar and walked away, and it was fifteen minutes later when he arrived in New York. He proceeded direct to his room In the meantime, the woman went dir ect to th e liome of Kate Davis She gained admit tance, and was greeted with a kiss and an em brace. You a re here ''I am." And where is Badger?" H e is here als o " He came on with you?" "Yes." Did r,ou follow all directions?" "Yes.' I'm satisfied it is a ll right. The other man is here in New York. I saw him with my own eyes "How late?" I saw him as late as five o'clock." Ne one came on the train to Philadelphia?" "No one." "You a r e sure?" ''I a m.'' Then the road i s clear?" "It is. Now te ll me all that occurred." The woman told a ll that h ad occurred. She went over a ll the facts tha t are alrea dy known to out r eaders. And you are to meet him at midni ght?" ''Yes.'' The woman, Kate D avis, laughed imd sa id : It's a ll right. I said I would tangle them up. I'm about to play the biggest scheme ever conceived in a human brain. They are smart men, but a hundre d years from now they m ay know how they were beaten by a poor little woruan." I s your dummy ready?" "He is." And I will earn the money?" "Yes." He may not pay it to me." He will; those men al ways keep an agreement, and you will keep yours." I will keep mine?" "Yes." "What do you mean?" "Just what I say." "But I've promised to show up Davis " I know it." He will !!O through your dummy." "Will hef' "Most certainly. We can not fool men like Badger." "\Ve have foaled them." Just a little." "We will fool them again, and this time fool them completely." "What am I to do?" Fultill your contract." "How?" The man will be there?" Open up the game." You are to meet this man at midnight?" "Yes.'' ' You are under contract to point out the man Davis?" '' That. is it." "You wil'J.T" I will point out the dummy." "No; you will point out Davis." I don't understand." "That is what you have agreed to do!" "Yes." When you meet him:, tell him you are to meet Davis. "Yes." Agree with him that you will engage in conversation with Davis." "Yes. "He is to come up?" "Yes." It will come as though you are surprised." I see : He must think I am a traitor." Yes; and you must be permitted to go away." "Yes.'' And after you have gone away he is to fol low up his man." I see " That is all you have to do Leave the rest to me." I can do my part; but how about the money he is to pay me?" "You will earn your money, and he will pay you." But he will go through the game." "You will ge t your money. All you have to do i s follow my "And shall I not insist upon the payment of the "No; all will be right." Do you mean to use me and let me lose tht money?" "No." I can not see through 1our game." You will see through 1t all right in the end, I tell you I am playing the biggest game thtU was ever played. I will even win the love and r espect of those two men, I will tangle them so comp let ely." "Very well; I will trust your word " You cau. We will be all right, and toni ght will practically e nd the whole business. There will b e s ome fine work later on, but to ni ght will do the business. Yes, those men sha ll be fooled as men were never fooled be fore." CHAPTER xxxrn. BADGER, as has been state(!, crossed the ferry leimrely and proceeded to his and there he sat aud awaited a report from his aid. It was well on toward nine o clock when his aid returned. "Did you shadow the woman?" "I did." "Where did she fetch up?' " At tl.Je hom e of the wow an, Kate Davis." "What did you make out?" I could not get on to their conversation." "They held one?" Oh, yes; I cou ld see through the windo1111; but that woman is sma rt. " Yes: she is a smart woman." She had watchers outside." The det ect ive meditated a moment; and the asked: Are yo u sure?" "I am." I don't like that," he muttered. She is a daisy, and she is glad about some -thing" "Is she?" "Yes." "How do you know?" I could see s he was smiling all over." The detective smiled, and said: A.II right ; it is better to laugh last." It was midnight when the detective met the woman Jennie Franks. She was promptl1 Oii hand and she said: You are satisfied nowt" "How?" That I mean business." So far-yes." "I will show up that man to nigh*-" That is what you promised." How about my reward?" That will be all right." But the plan will not permit you to pay IM right down unless you trust me." What is the plan ?" I have made an arrangement to meet Davis I run' great risk.'' You are to meet .him?" "Yes. "When?" "Within the hour." "Well?" "Y.ou are to follow me up. You will find me t.alking with a man who will be under cover. The man you will see Irie talking witll will be Davis." Good enough." He will know immediately afterward \AM I have betraJ.ed him." Yes, if 1t is the real Davis." "You can see, then, what a poeition I will be in." What position?" My life will not be worth a rupee; thu woman, Kate Davis, wm kill me." You need not fear " Oh, it is easy for you to say I need not fear, but you do not know those people as I do, sir. I mu s t get away immediately." "No need to get away." "Why not?" If you show up Davis, you will have noth to fear from him for the next twenty years." But his wife? " She will be out of way for doing la.rm also." If you pay me my money now, I know I will be a ll right." "That will not work You can not receive any mor e money until I have seen Davis wi!Jl my own eyes." "After you see him?" "I will p ay you the money agreed upan.'" "I can depend upon your promise!' "You can."


22 OLD SLEUTH, BADGER & CO. I see one thing; you do not believe I will keep faith." I believe nothing until I have the actual proofs." "You will have the proofs; but, let me ask, will you arrest the man at once?" That depends." I will offer a suggestion." "Do so.,, "You want the bonds as well as Davis?" Yes." By arresting him to-night, you will not !leCUre the bonds. He will not have them on his person." "Well?" The woman will outwit you." You were to offer a suggestion." "Yes. ''Do so.'' '' Spot him, and then shadow him. When you once have your eye on him, there is no need for you ever io lose sight of him." "That shoula be so." What will you do?" I shall decide later on." And you will pay me immediately after you are convinced that I have kept my contract!" "Yes." The time approaches." When you are to meet this man?" "Yes.'' "Remember, it. will be bad for you if you attempt any tricks." I will not attempt any tricks against a man like fou. I know you are prepa red." am." It is a square deal. I am to show up the man, and you are to pay me. " That is the understanding. Where are you to meet film?" "You must shadow me, and the man you will see me talking with will be your man. You must arrange it so it w ill appear that you were on his track, and give me thereby a chance to dodge." That is a fair request." You will work it that way?" Certainly." "I may have to wait. some time for my man." All right." ":Meantime, you must l ay low. I will t ake care of that part of the game." "You must be very careful." "Certainly." He will be on his guard." :Most likely. " I will go at once;" Go it, madame; and if you do not give anything away, you may depend I will not." The woman started and walked away. The detective started slowly to follow her, and in the meantime he passed a signal. did not know just what the game was. He baa calculated upon two plans. He intend ed to be prepared for e ith er. He thought it possible the woman might h ave a dummy made up. He was ready for that little game. Be thought again that it was possible that the peo ple would be rash eno ugh to attempt to down him. He was ready for that scheme They knew they had a desperate case and might at1empt desperate chances There was one thing he bad no faith in-the fidelity of the woman Jennie Franks. He knew she was up to some trick. The woman walked very slowly, and the de kept her in sight. She at l ength came to a halt in a remote corner of Tompkins Park. The position selected by her was a good one, as it affor ded the detective a good chance for seek ing a cover She paced to and fro; and finally the detective, thinking that possibly she was really to meet a dummy, managed to pass her, and as be did so he said: "Talk wifh your man and leave him. Let me follow him up; it will be better for you." The plan snits me," said the woman. "Yes; and it will establish your

OLD SLEUTH, BADGER & 00. 13 "And I am not the man you took me to be?" "No.,, B adge r had cast aside all attempts to play the drunken man. "You've go t sober very quick." "Yes I am sober" wer"! running in on me?" "Yes." "Well?" "You are not the man 1 want to see. I've a friend here in New York under cover. I've big news for him. I've been on the lay for him. I thou ght you were my man, but I'm away off. I beg your pardon." It was the man whom our hero had uncovered who showed s igns of perplexity. So you are looking for a friend?" "Yes." Y 011 thought I wa.e your friend?" I diery deep. Oh, had I only known what his plav would be!" ,rwm you explain?" It is not Da>is those men want alone. They want those bonds. Badger is a deep man. He did not expect to see Davis, arid when he did h e was taken aback. But he is a good one, he is. He recovered from his s urprise, and he h as played it well. He led off for a blind, a.nd he started in to trail Davis It's the bonds he wants." "Yes; a nd if h e did as you say, he has trail ed Davis to this house." That is so, and that is bad. Davis should have known better than to come here." '' I did not know what to do unde r the cir cu mstances," sai d the man. That is so. I shoul d have been on my guard for a game like this. But it is a ll right. He will want you. Yes, I will know how to fool him. Now let him dog you. That is just the It will suit as well as though he had worn:ed the othe r trick." A moment the three people were s il ent, and then Jennie said: "We don't know yet just what their game is.'' "We ca n soon find out. That man is watch ing this house now. He knows Davis will not remain here." "Suppose h e is?" We will fool him. "How?" Davis must go out. The man will folio"'. to shadow It's the bonds they want. You can follow, too-a double shadow, and you will prove my conclusion." It was arranged that Davis s hould go to the which he did, and the woman Jennie slipped out for a double shadow. Davis walked alo'11' openly, and Jennie stole after him; but no .tladger turned up, and in due time Jennie returned and so reported Are you sure no one followed him?" "lam." This is something I do not understand." I has a bad look." "It has." '' It can not be possible that he has tumbled." "If he has a game, he is going in deeper'than I ean fathom." They are wonderful men." "They are; and if you had found Badger following Davis I would have been encour aged, but now I do not know what to think. I am all at sea." Can it be possible?" Can what be possible? " That I was fooled, after all " When and where?" In Philad e lphia." "How do you m ean?" '' Can it be possible there were two of them there at the same time?" '' It i s possible. But then again, remember, I saw Sleuth in New York." What will you do now?" "Go to bed." And then?" To-morrow I will put matters to the fvll test. We are to win or to lose to-morrow." I fear," said Jennie. What. do you fear?" That we have already lost. Yours was a great scheme-it seems to have failed." .. r do not admit it has failed yet." Upon the day following the incidents we h ave described, Bad_ger was on the street, and in due time he met Jennie Franks. "I am glad I h ave met you," said the woman. Are you?" Yes. I have earned my reward. I am liable to be discov e red at any moment; I am already suspected." "You are?" "Yes." .That's bad. " I kept my cont ract did I not?" It would appear so," answered Badger '' Do you mean to bilk me that way?" "How?'' You a re playing off already." "Am I?" "Yes.'' "How?" '' I asked you if I had not kept my coallncC." "Yes." '"You answer: 'It would appear so."' That was my answer." "And what do you mean?" "Just what I say,'' "/!'h e n I have really ea rned my money?" It would appear so." '' Did I not put you on the track of It would appear so." "Will you speak plainly?" "I am speaki n g .plainly." You say it would appear so." "Yes.,, Do you mean to imply that it was not Davis whom I pointed out to you last night?" It would appear that itrwas the man Dinis." "You knQw it was Davis?" There came a peculiar smile over the detect iv e's features, as he asked: Which Davis ?" CHAPTER xxxvn THE woman gave a start when the detective asked the s tr ange question, ''Which Davis?" a nd when she recovered her breath, she said: "You do not intend to pay me now?" "No." The two separated, and B{ldger smiled as he muttered: "Oh, no, gals; you can't work that on me." While the incidents we have described were in York, Old Sleuth was busy m Ph1ladelph1a, as our readers will remember. He had t aken ce rtain precautions, and in due time he received a note inclo s in g a telegram, which read as follows: NEW Y 01ut. Road clear. Go. [Signed] P." "Ahal" ejaculated the great thief-taker, as he read the telegram and permitted a pleased gleam to shine in hi s eyes. "Yee, yea." M


OLD BADGER & 00. !!aid: "the road is clear; but, Johnny, I reckon I will be at the gate as you pass The detective had got bimst up in good form. He bad studied up the pedigree of the man he was after, and at the time knew all aboL.t his past history, and bad l earned who bad been his most intimate associates. Having read the telegram, he started out upon the, strMt, and went down to the shipping offices, and be kept moving around from one to the other. :fie bad made bis arrangements, bad several aids on the lookout, and was pre pared for a signal at any moment No signal came. The detective had spent the whole da7 on the lookout, and started to return to his home. He was greatly disappointed, and muttered: "I wonder if I have made a miscalculation? I think not." He was still thinking over the situation, and while doing so be walked toward the depot. He knew it was about time for a train to arrive from New York. The train arrived on time The dete ctive stoo d watching the passengers from a point where he could not be seen, and he saw an old l a dy alight from the train She as ked seve ral questions of a porter, and then shuffled away. Sleuth1 saw the old lady the mom ent she stepped off the train, and he muttere d : Good enough! I thought ft possible.'' The old woman, as stated, shuffled away, and the detective stole after her, and again he muttered: "You are a good one; but I am on to'YOU, madame. It i s just as I thought it might be, and now I've got you." The old lady pa ssed from the depot and took a s tre et-ca r. She rode along a few squares and alighted. The detective was on hand. She started to walk, and played h e r game well, act ually stopping to ask questions. And again the detective communed with himse lf, saying: I wonder if she fears being followed h ere? I thought she had the road clear. Well, well! she doe s it finely, but she can't fool me." The old woman made her way down toward the river, and finally a house in a low quarter. The d e tective was on hand, and as the woman disappeared h e stood a moment, teemingly lost in thought, and then h e made a motion which to an observer would appear as though he were s uffering from a sudden ver iigo. But the motion meant something. A man passed along, and as he arrived opposite to where Sleuth stood, the latter said: ' When the woman comes out, I will follow her." All right, sir." "You will lay around here?" "Yes, sir.,, If a man comes from that house, arrest him. " All right, sir." Make sure that no one leaves there and ateps by you." I will look out, sir." Good enough." The man passed; he had not even stopped while receiving his orders. He had merely walked slowly, and had pretended to be look ing for a certain nUII1ber. Our readers will observe how little a real firstclass officer can take for granted, and how necessary it is to be on guard at every moment and at every point. As stated, the man passed on, and Sleuth went to cover. He lay around for fully three hours, and during that time waa as silent as a statue. It was an old game for him. He had learned patience and endurance, and he could have gone on waiting and watching for days had it been necessary, but after three hours he was relieved. Not the old woman, but a young woman came forth from the house, and again Sleuth muttered: '' By ginger! how easily those women would fool a young man; but, madame, you can't fool me. I've been there." The woman pas sed along the street, and the detective, before proceeding to follow, worked one of his changes, and then he fell to 1he shadow. The woman was very wary. She went up one street and down another, and the detective did not follow he1 too closely, but was very particular to guard against her giving him the s lip, and he muttered: She does act. as though she knew some one was on her track. If she does not suspect, she is taking the most wonderful precautions, that's ,all. tt I At length she started in one direction and held to a straight course, and again the old de tective '.ISSured himself with the remark: "New it's a go." And, inde ed, go it proved. The woman went straight to the house, 200 --Street, and she entered it. The detective h a d knowledge of this house. He had improved a n opportunity to study it well, and the woman had not been five minutes in the house ere Sleuth bad gained an entrance. He looked in the parlor, and then passed up the stairs, and with his wonderful power of observation, decided upon which room the woman was in, although both doors were closed. The detective entered the adjoining room, and he did it so noiselessly that he would not have startled a mouse. Once in the mom, he set himself to watch at the key-hole of the door between the two rooms. He saw the woman. She was seated in a chair. She was evidently very much fatigued, and he heard her mutter: It is all right so far. I will look out for myself. I have taken chances enough." She spoke in a very low tone and sat for ful ly ten mittutes without moving, and then again muttered : "l wonder where Alice can be ? Can it be possible she will not return until well on toward morning?" The woman appeared to consider, and finally said: It is just as well. It may not be safe for m e to remain here. I will go." CHAPTER XXXVIII. IT was evident the woman believed herself to be a lone in the house. She had determined to go away. The detective decided t-0 interview her before she made a change, and he opene d the door and stood before h e r. The woman ut tered a suppressed scream. "Don't sc ream sis," said the detective "Who are you? Robber leave at once, or I will summon the police. " All right, Kate. Summon the polic e if you want to go back on an old friend that way: but I've come to tell you some very sad news." You have come to tell me some very sad news?" "Yes." "Who are you, and what have you to tell me? / Jim haS been run down." Jim has been run down?" "Yes; Jim led the cops to his lair. He be lieves you betrayed him It looks that You got the papes, and the next moment after you leave him he is nipped. I got away by the skin of my teeth; but when he knew all was up he ordered me to come here and get the papes back from you." The woman's face was a study, but she was cool. She was, indeed, a woman of great nerve. Who are you T" 1he demanded. "Ob, I am a friend of the family." "Let me look at your face You are under cover." "Certainly I am under cover. Do you sup pose I've been hiding with Jim all these weeks, to be nipped at the last moment?" The woman approached closer and closer, as though desirous of peering more closely into the man's face. Her own features were set, and on them was to be witnessed a look of des perate determination. She got close to her vis itor, and then suddenly leaped forward. In her hand was a poniard. She made a stroke But it was Old Sleuth with whom she was dealing. He, like Badger, had been there be fore. It would take, mpre than a woman to get a knife into his heart so easily. Indeed, he had read her purpose and he permitted her to approach. He was ready to let her strike, and then ward off the blow at tbe Inst moment. Ile was prepared, as intimated, and as she made the stroke he steppe d to one caught her wrist, gave her a rm a twist, and the poniard fell from her g ra sp, as she utter e d a cry of pain. ' That is not the way to treat a friend, Kate.'' "Curse you!" muttered the woman, between her C'linched t.eeth. "Why should you curse me?" I know you." "Do you'!" Yes, curse you!" As you know me, I need not announce myself." That chicken-hearted fool, Jim, has be trayed me." "No; you betrayed Jim." ,,., "It's false!'' Oh, yes, you did. I was at the train when. you arrived." "You were?" "Oh, yes! I saw the feeble old woman alight. It was easy to follow her, she was so fe eble." You are not Badger?" "No." Who are you?" I am not Badger." What do you want?" I want those papes." "What papes?" l'he ones you just got from Jim." I told you Jim had betrayed me." "No, you betrayed Jim." But he squealed." "l'fo." You can not fool me Who are you?"' It doe s not matter. I'll lilave those papes." The woman l a ughed and said: "You may have me, but you have not got the papers yet, nor will you get them." Oh, yes; I've you and the papers also." "No, sir. But who are vou?" "Oh, I'm one of them.,, You will never get the papers, unless-" The woman s topped shor t. "Speak out." "Unless you make terms with me." What terms would you make?" "You can make a big haul." "Can l?" Yes, for yourself." "How?" "I will divide with you. We will skip to-gether "But we can't turn the papes into money." ''Yes, we ca n.'' "Have you arranged for that?" "I have." There is on e thinli in the way of aay arrangement, madame.' "There is?" "Yes." "What?" "I'm Sleuth." The woman started, and then stood and glared like one suddenly stricken. You are Sleuth?" I am Sleuth." It's false!" The detective worked a change, and the wom an groaned and exclaimed: "I am undone!" You are all right; but you must pass the bonds." I have no bonds. You are away off there. I was too smart for you." '' Do not let us make any mistake, madame." What do you mean?" There was deep meaning in the tones of th& old detective's voice, and there was a t.errible gleam in his eyes. "Do you wish to know what I mean?" ""'ies. ,, "And what I am prepared to doT" "Yes.,, I will search through every inch of clothin on your body right now and here. Madame, I mean business." "A thousand curses on your head!" "That's all riRht, as far as you are coacerned, madame I recall the curses." All right " I throw myself upon your mercy." That ls Give me a few thousands." The detective looked at the woman. He ad mired her. She was in his estimation, the smartest woman he had ever met in his life. Kate," he said, I am sorry for you." "Thank you. Do you know my history?" "Well, yes." I was a good and pure girl once "I do not doubt it." Let me tell you my story," said the woman. CHAPTER XXXIX. THE woman told her story, and it was thP. old. old tale. She had loved, and the man whom she married had corrupted her; and when once turned from a conscientious course, she had be come, a s is usual, even more desperate than the man who had lured her to a criminal career. When she had finished her narrative, Sleutll said : Why do you not reform t"


r OLD SLEUTH, BADGER & CO. 25 "Bah! I care not for reform. But, Sleuth, I am a woman of some sense " I know (YOU are." A criminal life doesn't pay.' It doesn 't." I have succeeded several times as nearly as any one con Id. " That is true." A criminal life brings misery, and trouble, and fear. There is no happiness, even in suc cess.'' That is true." "I will become an honest woman, simp l y be cause it doe sn't pay to be dishonest. Give me a few thousands and I will go away, and you will never hear of me again." "How abo1it7our husband?" "Ht&ng him i you can. He" deserves to be hunc:r." "'ii.as he ever committed a murder?" "No; he is too big a coward. He is a schemer, and, bad it not been for me, he could not have carried through any of his schemes." How did you work the suicide scheme?" Easily enough. We knew a man who was dying He was one of our o-ang. He had but a few days to live. made an arrangement with his family that when he died we were to have the body. He was brought to our house. He died t here. We intended to work the sui cide act sooner. Had we done so, we would have been all right; but we were delayed. The man had been dead over twenty-nine hours when we worked the game. The doctor discov ered the trick and gave us away; I know that." "No, the doctor did not give you away." AnaSleuth told how he was led to suspect the truth. The woman turned over to the detective three hundred thousand dollars in bonds. "Where are the rest? demanded the detect ive. "Jim has them." '' Good enough. I will visit Jim, and if I re cover the bonds from him, I will see that you are paid five thousand dollars", Kate, for I am satisfied you are prepared to become an honest woman.'' I am; and when I &et the money, I will leave for Mexico You will never see me again; but do not tell Jim where I intend to go." "You need not f ea r Jim. He will go up for the rest of his life, sure." "And that will free me from the marriage? " Yes; if you take the proper proceedings. Who, besides yourself and husband, is involved in this matter?" ''No one.'' "How about Martin?" He is as innocent as you are. I took him into my confidence after the deed was done.'' Kate, I will come here in the morning and see you, and you need fear nothing. I will make good my word, and pay you the five thousand dollars." "Sleuth's word is good enough for me any time." "Ies, and your confidence will not be mis placed. I will find you here in the morning?" "You will." The detective went away. He proceeded direct to the house into which he bad seen the woman enter when disguised as the h e lpless old creature. He found his man on guard. "Well, how is it?" "No one has come forth yet The detective had received certain informa tion from Kate, and he entered the hous e He ascended to the second floor, opened the door, and a m a n leaped to his feet. The n ext instant there came the report of a pistol, and the man fell bleeding to the fl. oor. Sleuth was at bis side. "Darn you, fool!" exclaimed the detective. Why did you do it?" "Bah! I knew the game was up. I was waiting for you." Sleuth ran down and summoned his aid, and the man was dispatched with a message With in twenty minutes the chief of police of the city, a notary, and severa l others were at the side of the dying man Davis was indeed a dying man. Later on his wife arrived, and there were half a dozen people in the room when, just at daylight, the man expired. The detective had been cool, however, and ere he summoned help, he had secured the bal ance of the bonds. 811mth and the woman left the house together _!lll0 proceeded to 200 --Street. On tbe way ihey exchanged but few words, but once in the )&>use, the woman saiC : I did not believe he had the courage." Kate, you a re responsible for his death." "I am?" "Yes." "How?" "You discouraged him." "I toid him the truth . " What did you tell him!" '' I told him the chances were against hiin. I asked him to divide with me, and said I would take care of myself, and h e must take care of himself." "That man believed you betrayed him." "He knows better now, if he knows any thing. l did all I could to carry the scheme through." "You did." "What w ill you do now?" asked the woman. The re is no need to establish your husband 's identity as Davis.'' "Can you avoid it?" "Yes.,, And save young Albert Gray?" "Yes." That man is innocent." "Yes; I have all the proofs.'' And you can arrange to have him honor ably acquitted without proving the identity of Davis?" "I can." '' Then let it be so." Sleuth had arranged a story that Davis was really a native of 1'hiladelphia that his real name was not Davis. The detective had only given out his real name, and as the coroner bad been summoned, and had taken his ante -mort em statement, the subsequent inquest the following day was but a mere formal matter. S l euth remained three days in Pliiladelphia, and, with the woman Kate, was one of the mourners at the funeral. It was a genuine sui cide the last time The man preferred death to a Jong term of imprisonment, which would probably have been for life UHAPTER XL ON the fourth day after the suicide, Sleuth was prepared to return to New York, and at the depot he was met by B a dger It was Badger who had been on the woman's trail and who had let Sleuth know that he might look for her in Philadelphia. Kate went to h e r home She was dressed in mourning, and looked but little like a woman who had led a criminal career. Sleuth and Badger proceed ed to the former's home, and there the two de tectives talked over the affair, and made all proper explanations. Later on two gentlemen were ushered into tbe great detective's office, and to them was told a tale that caused them to follow it with running comments and ejaculations of wonder. The two gent)emen were the principa l members of the firm that had been robbed and the stole n bond s were returned to them, with other va lu able papers. The four men discussed at l ength a plan for keeping the whole tragic ending of the g rea t robber7 a secret, and the district at torney and one o the judges of a criminal court were summoned, iind the six men finally agreed upon a plan. Upon the day following, the detective held a long with Kate Davis. She was known as Kate Davis, but her real name, as our readers have been informed, was a different one. Kate readily entered into the plan, and that same evening the old detective received a visitor-a l ady who e ntered his office veiled. You may remove your veil, Miss Penham." The girl removed her veil, and the face that was disclosed betrayed the mental anguish through which she had passed. Mary," said the detective, "it is all ight." What do you mean, sir?" The innocence of Albert Gray has been es tablished, and to-morrow he will be a free man The girl fell upon her knees, but the old de tective at once raised to her feet. "No, no!" he said. "No need to thank me. It is but justice that is to be done." Oh, sir, you are so noble, so good! And to-morrow I will bring you my money and pay you." "No; it will cost you nothing. All the stolen plunder has been recovered, and I have been paid." Let I11e add what I }lave to the reward you have received." The detective smiled kindly, and S6id: "No; there is nothing to be paid. And now let me tell you s omething: Albert will be re stored to his position, and that will establish to all the world the fact of his innocence." "Oh, sir, that is so good-so good!" "Yes; under a ll the circumstances it is grand. You will become his wife?" We are engaged to be married." When will you marry?" As soon as Albert is able to a.sk me to give up my position in the school." That means as soon as he i s able to support you?" Yes, sir." The answer came with a blush. The firm feel that they owe something t-0 Albert for all that he has suffered.'' Oh, it is enough that they have deee him justice at last." J They will indemnify him." "No need, sir." They will present him with a holtSe and lot, and pay him a sa lary adequatE! to the main tenance of a home " Oh, sir, this is like a romance." Well, it is pretty considerable of a romance, take it a ll through said the detective Yes sir, it is." "All this the young man will owe to you." "No .no!" He' should never forget the debt of gratitude." He never will forget his debt of to you, sir; and never will I, either, sir." Say nothing to any one, and come here at. this hour to morrow." Can I not go and see Alb ert at the jail?" "No; you will come here to-morrow. And now go away; I have business on hand. The day following, the detective went to the jail. He had a long talk with Albert Gray. He explained everythin& to the young man, and, as can well be imagmed, he had a happy list ener. You will observe one fact," said Sleutlt. "You owe all this to Mary Penham." I recognize the fact, si r. "And you will never forget it?" "Never." You are a very 1 ucky young man. " Yes, sir, in having come out of this affair when all looked so black and hopeless." I do not mean in that way." What do you mean, sir?" I mean you are a lucky man to have wo:a the love of such a true and noble girl :is Mary Penham.'' I fully realize that, sir." "You think you do?" "Yes. sir." Well, never forget it, for I repeat, had it not been for her, you would have been a ruined man.'' I fully realize it." And you will al ways bear it in mind?" "I will, sir." Later on the young man was brought before t,he judge, who had been summoned with the distric't attorney to the detective's home. An: affidavit was read from the woman kJ1.own as Kate Ddvis, the wife of the suicide, James Davis, and she surrendered all the bonds and what there was of the plunder. Young Gray was formally discharged--honorably dis charged; and in the court the parties who had been robbed announced their satisfaction, and also the fact that, to prove their belief in his innocence, he should be restored to their employ. The matter was legally closed, and Al be rt was a free man, and his honor was re s tored to him. He left the court-room between Badger and Old Sleuth, the men whose wonderful skill had led to the proof of his innocence. At the time named, the fair girl, Mary Pen ham, arrived at Sleuth's house, and the ive said: "You read the evening papers?" I did, sir." "Then you know all about it?". With tears streaming down her face, she answered: I do. But where is Albert'/" Go into the parlor," sai d Sleuth. The gir l went into the parlor, and what passed shall be the sec ret of those most concerned. Six months following the incidenti we have narrated. a marriage occurred, and the papers contained a simple announcement, and we will only add that Sleuth, Badger & Co. aUende& the wedding. THE END.


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