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No. 71. RANLEAGH, 1,HE IJIGHTN,ING IRISH DETEC'l,IVE. BY "OLD S EUTH." I A OF THE MOST THRILLING DETECTIVE STORIBS EVER PUBLISHED. j SINCLE l I NUMBER. f GEORGE MUNHO' S SONS PlJBLISHEHS Nos. 17 to 2i V.uio1:wATKR STRKKT, NKw YoRi.. j PRICE l ID CENTS, f Old Sleuth Library, Issued Quarterly By, Subscription, Twenty-five Cents per Annum. Entered at the Post Omce a t N e w York at Second ClllAA Rates.-Dec 21, 1895. Copyrighted in 1894, by Geot'l(e Munro's Sons ' Vol. IV. Irish BY "OLD SLEUTH." Put up your guns, boys; you're all covered!" NEW YORK: GEORGE MUNRO'S SONS, PUBLISHERS, 17 To 27 VANDEWATER STREET.


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, RANLEAGH, 'rHE LIGHTNING IRISH DETEC'fIVE. BY "OLD SLEUTH." A SERIES OF THE MOST THRILLING DETECTIVE STORIES EVER PUBLISHED. No. 71. j SINCLE l 1 NUMBER. f GEORGE MUNRO'S SONS PCBLlSREilS, j PRICE l 18 CENTS. f Vol. IV. Nos. 17 to 27 VANDEWATER STRl:l:T, Nsw YoR1t. Old Sleuth Library, Issued Quarterly .-By Subacription, Twenty-five Cent.A per Annum. EDtered at the Post Ofllce at New Yorlr at SeCond 01&1111 Ratee .-Dec. In, 18116. Oourlgbted 1D 18114, by Georse llunro'a Soaa. I ... RANLEAGH, The. Lightning Irish Detective. . BY "OLD SLEUTH." CHAPTER I. T us nHdn't be afram, boys 1 m no ghoat !" 'the fast pilot boat No. had slipped her cable with a full com ;itement of pilots re!!.dy to be transferred to incoming vessels, and bad glided out to sea She had left Sandy Hook far In the dis tance and as night fell was far out on the ocean, skimming over the waters und e r a cloudless sky, from which shone the moon in silvery brilliance. The corps of pilots had in the cabin for their evening snack, when suddenly a 1lgure appeared in their midst, and the men as though it were an app a rition come up out of the sea; and 1t was then that the exclamation was uttered with which we open our narr a tive: "Yees needn't be afraid bo y s ; I'm no ghost!" The 1lgur e of a greenhorn stood before the amazed men-an Irishman, In appearance, who had just left the environs of Donegal. There was no such man In the crew. The latter, who were all told off, were old hands aboard, and well known and no one had seen the s tranger until a s related, h e appear e d at the fes ti v e board of the pil o t s like a s e c ond Alonw r e turn e d from the wars Pilots are ru gg ed and br ave m e n and in a moment those who beheld the appearance recover e d their nerve, and one of them demand e d : 1 Wh e re in thunder did yrm come from?" "Well, I'll be afther tellin yees whin yees hev invited me to hev somethln to ate. "Some thin g to eat? No no, Mister Stowaway, but It's oTer bosrd y'>u'll g o to feed the 1lshesl" "Faith, y ees wouldn't throw a poor boy overboard; would yees, now?" "Over you go Pat; a stowaway on a pilot boat, Indeed! We'll nip this new game in the bud. You're the pioneer, Pat, and the laSt of the class at this game I" The Irishm a n who had made such a marvelous appearance. In their midst did not appear to be at all disconcerted, but laughed in > merry manner as tie said: "Yees will feed me before yees make food of me for the fishes. Shure, it's a slim meal ye'd give them If ye tossed me over afther the fast I've had!" New York pilots are a generous as well as brave body of men, and they admired the wit and coolness of the stowaway. Will you tell us where you came from?" Whin yees come to me terms; otherwise I'll let yees thlk I'm And if yees toes me over, hungry as I am now, I'll i.-t yer boat for evermore upbraiding ;rees as the meanest crew till& ever sailed from New York harbor!' Let's feed the rascal before we drown him," suggested one ot the men The suggestion was accepted, and the stowaway was Invited to the table. There were four pilots in the cabin besides the sailing captain of the boat, and they were highly amused and entertained with the adventure, and determined to have lots of fun out of and It WM also resolved to take some of the audaeity out of the braun fellow who had )oined their company so singularly and unceremoniously. The Irishman had astonished them by his appearance; he h8d amazed them with his nerve and cheek, and he naturally astonished them when he sat down at the table "nd let out a little more. Be pitched into the solid food set before him with a lively appetite, and suddenly said, addressing the captain by name: "It's good liv.in' ye fellers hev aboard here! Shure, I'm glad to be wid yeesl" One of the pilots said: "You' re a dais y you are! but if you 1111 up that way, the Biia :vill hPv e a better meal when you go over to them than you are eonow." To the speaker's astonishment, the strange comer addressed Ida by name, and said: Faith it the 1lsh are as hunr,Y as I were whln I sat down here, they'll enjoy their meal lndade! The men stared. How did this nondescript come to know tbe captain s name? Another of the pilots addressed him, and he also was recogolml by his name, and so were the others successively, and In the IDOi& ready manner. The men did not know what to make of it, and looked Into one another s faces Inquiringly, while their uninvited visitor pUcbed Into the food. At length he drew back from the table, and coolly asked: Well, where is itY" Where Is what?" The whisky Faith, ye wouldn't toss a Dl8ll overboard wtit: out gfvin' him a drink, would yees?" "You'll getyour fill when you go over." Will U Well, it's to kape the wat.er out I want the whfsk1." One of the pilots said, In a st.em voice: Maybe you think we're joking?" Do 1'l Not a bit! Shure, when I IW&ID 011Ue yees, u ,Uililk I can't swim a.shore ag'ln?"


I RANLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. -===-===============================::::;::::::;====================================== You'll have yer chance." Will I now?" "You will." ., Well, give us the whisky, and I'll say I'm ready to be drowned." The pilots held a whispered consultation, and one of them said: I tell you, fellows, I believe this chap is a ghost!'' ''Faith, I ate loike a ghost!" It's no use throwing him over," said a second;" let's hang him w the bowsprit or string him up to the yard. I've heard you can't drown a ghost, hut you can bang him." "Faith, if yees do that, it's dead bait ye'll be givin' the fishes." The whisky-bottle was passed to the visitor. He took a good swig, and smacking bis lips, said: "Well, boys, I'm ready!" "Ready for what?" the question. "I'm ready to be hung!" came the cool answ\)r. CHAPTER II. THE pilots were nettled; they were getting really mad, and they tacitly resolved to proceed to pretty severe measures, and give the interloper a scare that would make him beg for his life on his knees. "You are ready, eh?'' ''lam.'' ''Well, COl}le along; we're ready also." The men led the visitor up to the deck. It was a magnificent \ night; not a ripple ruffled the face of the waters, and the moon never shone more resplendently. It was just the sort of night for the work in band. The captain of the boat became master of ceremonies, and asked: "Shall we the wretch a trial?" The suggestion was accepted, and the captain was selected to act as judge, and one of the pilots was assigned as counsel for the prisoner. while another offered to act as prosecuting attorney. The captain took bis seat; the crew were gathered around, and an air of sober decorum prevailed. The stowaway's hands were tilld with a rope. He was stood up In the center of the strange group, and his volm'.)teer counsel asked: "What is the charge against my client?" -"The charge is that the prisoner stowed himself away on board this boat with the intent of murdering the crew and stealing the boat." What proof have you to produce that he stowed himself away in the boat?" The crew were called one after the other, and every man denied having invited the prisoner aboard, and all testified that they had not seen him until be openly appeared on deck. "That is all the testimony fo1 the prosecution," said the pilot who was acting for captain and crew. I wish the prisoner to take the stafld," said his counsel; and when the stowaway was arraigned, the question was put: Who asked you to come aboard this boat?" "No one." "When did you come aboard?" Some time ago-at me own leisure and sweet will." ''What was your purpose in COII!ing aboard?" That's me own business." And what have you to say for yourself?" "Divil a word." "You have no defense to offer?" Di vii a word." "You plead guilty?" Di vii a word hev I to say." The prisoner maintained his cool and saucy demeanor, and the pilots looked upon his behavior as a piece of genuine cheek and bravado. Let the ca!'e go to the jury," said the counsel for the defense. The jury speedily decided. A black cap was improvised, which the judge put on bis head, and pronounced the sentence of death, using the formula of the judges so well known to all readers of the daily paper&. After sentence pronounced, the question was put: Prisoner, what have you to say?'' "Divil a word The court adjourned. A rope was swung over the yard, a noose made and over the head of the condemned man, and the crew caught hold of the line. One of the pilots stepped up to the stowaway, and said: My good fellow, this is no joke. You are to hang. Will you ex:plain why you came on board?" Di vil a word hev I to say." Have you any message to leave?" j)ivil a word." "Will you say a prayer?" "Divil a word." "Will you confess and ask pardon?" "Di vii a word." The captain stepped back, and said: I will count one, two, three, and when I say three, up with bim." The prisoner never moved. The last chance, my man. Will you beg for mercy and con:fel!s?" Divil a word hev I to say." "Onel" said the captain. A silence followed-indeed, an awful silence. "Two!" called the captain; and he once more addressed the prisoner. Will you confess?" "Divil a word." "Three!" called the captain, and the men pulled on tile rope; but the prisoner was not lifted two feet from the deck when the rope was cut and he fell down and rolled over. In an instant he was raised to his feet anC. the noose jerked from bis throat. He gave one gasp, rubbed his t!::lroat a moment, and said: Will yees give us another whisky?" The pilots were beaten. The man would not scare, and he was led back to the cabin and handed a glass of whisky. The men had come to admire him for his pluck, and one of them put out his hand and asked What's your name?" Eh Y What 0.o yees want to know for?" "You're a good man, and we forgive you .for coming on boald. You're pardoned." Am I pardoned?" "Yes." The man laughed, and dropping the brogue, said: "It was a terrible jerk you gave me." The men glared in greater astonishment .. Who in thunder JI.re you, anyhow?" "You all know me well enough." The men disclaimed all recognition. And not one of you recognize me?" The men disclaimed all knowlerlge. The stowaway suddenly removed the wig and a few other articles of disguise, and the pilots gazed aghast. "Ranleagh the detective!" they exclaimed. The 8ame, at yer sarvice, boys." What on el}rth, old man, are you up to, anyhow?" The pilots crowded around their oldtime friend. The latter smiled good-naturedly, anrl said: "You didn't make me take water, boys, but I went wen into your whisky." "If we'd only known it was you, Jacki but tell us what on earth it all means." "Well, boys, I've a job on hand out your way here." But why did you come abroad as a stowaway?" I'll tell you; I never take chances; I was watched." "But we could have stowed you aboard." "That is all right; and I hadn't time to arrange with you. so I just stowed away for a few hours, and, to tell the truth, I fell asleep, and came from my refuge later than I intended." But wh}:'. didn't you disclose yourself?" "Well, Im fond of a joke now and then, and I saw YQU fellowa meant to make me squeal, and I thought I'd ta_ke the chances." But the choking you got?" It was a wrench on my neck, I'll admit; but the joke was too good, and I wouldn't. squeal even if you had bun!? me outright." "Welf, we're glad to see you-glad that its no worse-and would like to hear what you're up to." "Well, boys, I'll tell you all about it-some day." CHAPTER III. .JACK RANLEAGH was a heroic fellow, and the beau ideal of a detective. He had beep boru in Ireland, but at an early age had been to the United States by his uncle. He received his education m the public schools, became a policeman. and later on a detective, and was detailed as a special to watch incoming steamers and other vessels from abroad in response to cable mes sages concerning escaped prisOnfilrS. He was a daring fellow, had Become an expert in disguises, and had worked more cunning and ingenious little games of their kind than any man ever detailed to his specific duty. Some weeks prior to the opening of our story, Jack had r.eceived a letter from Dublin concerning certain matters, and had been requested to be on the lookout for an individual whose appearance was given, and the evening preceding the sailing of the pilot. boat he had received a cablegram worded as follows: Traced. Left in the steamer that sailed from Queenstown on the twentieth. Look for him." It was on the twenty-first our hero received the cablegram, and at the last moment be determined upon a novel expedient. He re solved to go down on a pilot boat and board the incoming steamer, and take his observations during the day or two he might be on board while the vessel was sailing into port. He ran but little risk in sighting the steamer, as he knew the course the line took, and hit upon a boat that he thought would most likely intercept the particular steamer he was to board It was as much of a joke as anything else that led him to board the boat as a stowaway. He thought it would be good fun to appear suddenly among the pilots, with all of whom he was well acquainted; and so it proved, although, as he always afterward said, he never expected to come so near hanging again without going the whole hog." Jack Ranleagh related as much of the above statement as he thought necessary, and fell into a good tie with the pilots. Our daring pilots go way out to sea. The writer, coming on a steamer from the other side, has seen a pilot taken aboard when ove or the fastest steamers was three days from port. The pilot boat had been out three days, when one evening, just before sundown. a large steamer was sighted. There were pilot boats in sight, but the one on which the detective had taken passage was in the direct corse of the great leviathan, and the chances were all in her favor of securing the prize.


RANLEAGH, THE bIGHTNlNG"'IRISH DETECTIVE. I T:betmen were. at their glasses; wherr one of them, in answer to Jack's quest.ton, said: "That's your steam e r and we've got her dead sure!" "Who will go aboard ? "I will." "And you will take me with you?" Certainly " How will you account for my presence?" "Oh, I will tell the truth; sa y r,ou are a stowaway on our boat, and that we have no use for you. Jack shrugged hi s shoulders and said : My trilU may be just commencing. "How i!V?' rr.ay !ind use for me on the iteamer." .. Put vou io ililoveling coal, eh r "Yee! You'd rather be hung?" "I would." Well, Jack, I can fix that." With the captain?" "Yes; and the ste ward. You need have no fear." "But will you need to give me away?" I guE:SS not." It was full sundown when the steamer and pilot came near enough for the l atter to lower a boat. The detective got into the boat along with his friend, and they were socn alongside of the great The lift had been lowered from the latter, the boat drifted straight away to the right point, and the pilot and the de tective were soon on board the big ship. All b e ts as concerned the pilot were d e termined; but as to Jack, all bets were off, as none of the wagering passengers had taken him into account. The pilot exchanged a few word s with the captain and afterward with th e steward, and Jack Ranleagh was l a ter on sent forward to abide with the steer age passen gers Matters had been fixed for him, and, as far as the cabin passengE

6 RANLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. The gltl hesitated a moment; but when the detective said: "I have something very important to tell you," she glided away. Ranleagh followed her down the 11teps and looked around to see if the old man was in sight. The fellow was nowhere visible, and he followed the girl. The moon was under a clvud, and the girl nasseu along without ouestlon, and ere she passed the cabin com pan i cr:-way she was joined by our hero, who l e d her under the shadow of the gearage-room, and seizing a couple of steamer-chairs from the mck, he placed them for the convenience of both One of the ship s men came and glanced at them; but when our hero said: "It's all right," he passed along. CHAPTER V. A MOMENT'S silence followed, broken at length by the detective, who said: "You are surprised at what I have said?" I am. Al'e you an Irishman?" "I am an Irishman by birth, but I was reared in the United '3tates '' Why were you put aboard of this steamer?" "I did not come here with any view of meeting you." "You are not a stowaway!" "I am not." The girl spoke in tremulous tones as she said: You told me I was being watched?" "I did." "It's strange you should discover that fact." Why. strange?" It is strange you should take such an interest in me as would lead you to the discovery " I will be perfeclly frank with you " Please do." The first discovery I made, after coming aboard this vessel, was that there was a passenger in disguise." You are an officer?" "Do you not know that the Government sends revenue officers to sea ofttimes to board im; oming vessels?" Ah, I see." And you will then discern how it is that I come to make close observations?" And you discovered a person under dis f ulse?' "Yes.' A man or a woman?" A woman.'' Again there was a silence, broken the second time by the detect ive, who said: Miss, it. was not lack of .111.eana that caused you to take a steer age passage on fois steamer?" T)le girl. remained silent. "You are under a dlsg.uiae; you have assumed plain clothes, 9'al'lle shoes, and you have sought to conceal your natural comeliness; you assumed the brogue in your speech. But you are accus tomed to fine clothes; it is the first time coarse shoes have incased your feet ; your beauty still shines from under the daubs of paint and the false hair you wear, and it is more natural for you to speak clear English than puzzle your tongue with the brogue." The-'!lat11Hent 1rembling. Contmuing, the detective said: "You have no reason to fear me. I shall not Inquire into your reasons for assumiug tarting -for America in the steerage; If you should choose to ,tell me, it might be better for you. All I. know Is that a villain is upon your track-a man who means you harm " I do not see how there can be .any. one on this vessel who knows me "There is a man on this boat in disguise." "A man in disguise?" .. Yes.' ... Who Is watching.me?" .. Yes." "I have been it is strange I have not discovered the fact." It is a fact, nevertheless. I have not been on this boat fifty h:>urs yet, and I have discovered all the facts I have but just made known to-you." Will you describe t-he man who has been watching met" "You were a long time forward this evening?" was.'' Did you observe any one on the deck besides yourself?" 1 Several; but I did not pay particular attention to them." "Did .you observe a decrepit old man?" TJle girl gave a start. "Now that you call my attention to the fact, I remember that I saw the decrepit old man quite often." Ah! you remember now?" "ls he the one who is watching me?" "Yes." What can be his purpose?" "As I said before, you can decide that In your own mind, I reckon." And you think the man is an enemy?" I do; I think he only awaits an opportunity to do you harm." Do me harm t" repeated the girl. "Yee.,, "What harm can he intend?" Do you posaess a good nerve!" "l. do." You will not make an outcr;rt" "I will not." I trulr, believe that man awaits an opportunity to kill yoa. "To kill me?" repeated the girl, in an alarmed and trembllnt. tone. .. Yes." A moment's silence followed, broken at length by the gfd. wllo said: Are you telling me the truth, sir?" 0 I am "You are In disguise?" "I am." "Why?" "I am a spy " You are frank." There is no reason why I should not be so to you, l know, under the circumstances, you will not betray me." Can you satisfy me that vour story is true?" Which part of my sto!7f" .As concerns yourself?' "I can." "By whom?" The pilot. Listen: if you have secret enemies, the pilot CIQ not be one of them; ad if he confirms my story concerning myself, I can not be an enemy " What shall I do?" murmured the girl. You are sate, miss, as far as the man who is watching you Is concerned." How do you know that I am safe?" I will undertake to assure your safety as far as he is OOll cerned " Oh, sir, do not know what to do!" "I can tell_you." "Pray do." Confide in me." Confide in you, sir?" "Yes. " What am I to tell you?" Tell me why you are a steerage passenger on this Tee&el-why you are in disguise.'' "I can do that readily. The fact is as you state it-eimpl7 because I desired to escape all chance of recognition." On I he part of whom?" Every one." "You can tell me no more. Tell me why you go to America? Tell me why this man should seek to destroy you T He must have a powerful motivt>, and I am convinced he means you dire Jlarm If the opportunity offers." I go to seek a brother in America." Does your brother know of your CMningt" r "No; I do not know even if he is alive." "How long sinoo you saw him?" lt0s five years since h9 left Ireland." And have you never heard from him?" "Never." "Have you parentsr We are orphans." Further conversation was interrupted by the girl's awlden}J' giving a start, and whispering: There Is the decrepit old man." Too girl was sitting so she-could be seen easily by one &el'088 the deck; the detective was back in the shadow, and might e.scape ob servation. In a low, quick tone, he whispered: "Dare you aid me to uncover that man?" "How can IT" "Go back to your oabin: tomorrow wait for a signal from me, and I will have a plan arranged." "I will aid you,'' .i;afd the girl; and she rose and walked toward the steerage deck. Ranlea_gb followed her until she passed to the emigrant quar ters, when he sat. down and revolvea the matter in his mind. He had made.great.. progress in .a short time. He was &till sitting under the shadow of the <'.aptaln's bridge, when he saw a man J}a.ss. He recognized the pilot. HaUoo, Ranleagh, old man, how is biz?" All right. When will we reach port?" If this weather holds, we will be off Quarantine by sundown to morrow night. I will just catch the right tide for croesing the bar." Upon the following morning the detective was mousing around the forward deck hoping to see the old man; but he did not put in an appearance The day wore on, and Ranleagh searched the vessel from stem to stern, but the old man was nowhere to be found. He saw the girl, but she had not seen the old man. He made inquiries of the steward in charge of the steerage, but he could give no information. "Can it be,'' asked the girl, as the vessel was running inside the bar, "that the man has committed himself to the sea?" "No," came the answer It was night when the vessel lay oft Quarantine. The mysterious lady passenger was to meet our hero at a certain hour. She came not, and later on it was discovered that she too was missing. CHAPTER VL Tm:RE was the usual excitement attendant upon a steamer's arrival with a large complement of pMSengers. A specia\l>oat had come down to meet the steamer, and a great many a&rangera were put 011 board; quite a number also came down on. the


RANLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. .,, boat, and the ship was thronged as she was stopped for the visit of the health authorities. Ranleagh searched every part of the vessel, but the girl had dls 'The det.ective was bafiled, and at the same moment a sense of aeep mortification came over him. He felt that he had been nicely deceived. The suspicion crossed his mind that the seemingly inno -cent girl and the decrepit old man were confederates. And how .sq.us.rely he had given himself away! One fact was certain: If the !gild had left the vessel, she had done so voluntarily; and another :strange incident was the fact that the decrepit old man had disap ]>eared immediately after the conversation Ranleagh had held with the girl. l Tlie detective had gone upon the vessel tor an entirely rllfferent purpose than the adventure with the girl. As far as that part of his scheme went, he was all right. He had spotted his man, and was prepared to m11ke an arrest the moment the fellow left the .steamer; and the latter job he performed in a neat and clever manner. He took his surprised prisoner to head-quarters, and turned him o0ver, and the arrest was put down to his credit as a neat piece of

8 RANLEAGR,_JHE LIGHTNING IRISH "No need; I'll follow your man." "Golt. The detective hastened to the place where he had directed the driver of the cab to await him. The man was there and had all the baggage. Ranleagh jumped into the cab and told the fellow where to drive, and when he reached his destination he had him transfer the baggage to another cab. "See here, Johnny," s11id the officer, "here's your money, and I'll see you do not get into any trouble." Ranleagh gave the man thirty dollars, and, with the baggage, was driven ii;i. the other cab to his own rooms The baggage was put away, an'!! the officer came upon the street and proceeded to the point where he had agreed to meet the boy. The lad was wait for him. 'You're here, lad?" I.-"I'm here "Well, what did you learn?" I reckon the man you set me to follow is crazy "You think he's craz_y, eh?" "Yes." "What makes you think so?" "Well, he went to tlie corner of Greenwich and --Streets, and there he looked and looked, and seemed dazed, and then com menced to ask questions." What was it he asking?" "He was asking if any one had seen a cab." "Did he find the cab?" "''No." What did he do?" "He went to a hotel on Fourth Avenue." What hotel?" The lad designated the hotel, and received his two dollars He was a genuine little city gamin, and received 4is money and asked no questions Ranleagh changed his garb and started for the hotel. He reached th e latter just in time to see his man come forth, and he fell to the fellow's trail. The man proceeded dir ec t to poli c e heaq-qu a rters, and asked for a detective, and a man was assigned to hear his story He told th e tale of the lost bag g age, but our hero was near by and overheard enough to understand what the fellow was talking about. "Well," said th e officer, when he had heard the story, "that's one of the dodges." What sort of dodge would you call it, sir?" You have been 'bilked' out of your baggage." "But the man who arrested me was an officer." An officer?" "Yes." "How do you know?" He bad a badge. The detective laughed and said: A milk badge, I reckon." The officer commenced to question the man closely concerning Ule cab and the driver, and went particularly into the appearance ef the fellow who personated an officer. It's all right," he said. Can you recover the baggage?" "Yes, sir .' The manheshated a moment, and then said: "I-feel very much mortified." At being beat so nicely?" "Yes: and I will give you a hundred pounds if you return the baggage In such a manner as to avoid all notoriety The detective fixed his keen ey.p on the man, and asked: "You want to prosecute the thief, I suppose/" "No: all I want is the baggage." The man went away, agreeing to meet the detective on the fol lowing morning, .and the next moment our hero slapped his col on the shoulder, and said: Well, Tom, what racket are you up to The detective told the circumstances and Ra'nleagh said: I can save lou all trouble." "Eh? You ve got the baggage?" "Yes." "And the thief?" "I'm the thief:" Eh? What do you mean?" Our hero made certain explanations, and the two officers came to a perfect understanding. The chances were very much the man's finding the bag gage until Ranleagh saw fit to return it. Meantime, the latter started for the hotel, and now he was anxious to learn what had become of the girl. CHAPTER vrn. TnE man went direct back to the hotel, and our hero saw him enter, and was olose enough when the fellow stop))41d at the office to overhear what he said. The man ascended to his room, and the detective approached the clerk and satisfied the latter as to his identity, 1md then asked: "Who is th!it man who just spoke to you?" He is an Irish gentleman." What is his name?" He is as Henry Moreland, Dublin." When dtd he come here?" Alone?' "Ne." Who was with him?" "'A young lady." Can you describe her appearance?" "No; she was closely veiled." '" How do you know she was She is registered as his daughter. She is in the house now?" 'No.'' '"She is not here?" ''No." "Where is she?" "That I can't tell All I know is that this morning her father surrendered her room and said his daughter had gone with a friend to Boston.'' "Did you see the friend?" I did not. I was not on duty. "Did any qf your men see the lady go away with a friend?" "I do not know; but here comes the clerk who was on duty; you can question him." The clerk did not remember having seen a friend, nor did he see the girl go away." You are sure she is gone?" Her room is vacated." a "And no one saw her go?" "No. "Have you questioned the chamber-maid?" uNo.'' Will you take me up and introduce me to the maid who was on duty on that floor?" "I will." You n e ed not introduce me just point her out to me," said the. detective, as the two ascended the stairs. On the second floor was a bright-looking maid, and the clerk said; There is the girl. The guest occupied Room 30." The detective approached the girl and the clerk returned downstairs Come here, Bridget," said the officer; and be stepped toward a vacant room, the door of which was open. What do you want, sir?" "A word or two with you." See here ye can't come none of yer nonsense wid mel" ".Just come here a moment. You had charge of Room 30?" The girl turned pale. '"Aha!" thought the detective, "l see it all." Come here, Bridget." "No, sir; I'll not come." Yes, you will." The girl started to go away. The detective sprung forward ancl ireized hold of her. She said: L e t go your hold, or 1'11 scream." If you do I'll arrest you." The girl turned pale. I mean bu8iness, Bridget." '' Are you an officer?" I am an officer." "And what do you want wid me?" I wish to ask you a few questions." The girl suffered herself to be Jed into the room, and the detedive closed the door after him. "Now, Bridget," he said, ";vj)) you tell me the truthT" I'll tell ye the truth if I've anythin' to tell ye, sir." "You had charge of No. 30?" "I did, sir." "You saw the young lady after she went into her room 188': night?" I did, sir. She was a handsome girl?" She wer', sir '' Had dark auburn hair?" lndade she did, sir-genuine Irish auburn hair." "And blue eyes?" She did, sir-the loveliest blue eyes I ever see in a human head. She appeared very nervous and frlghtenellt" She did. sir." What did she say to you?" DiviJ a word," She said something?" "Nothing, sir." Did she not ask you some questions?" Di vii a word." "Did she go down to eat?" "No, sir; it wer' late when they came here." Did she go down to her breakfast?" I don t know, sir "You don't know?" "I do not." "You made up the room this morning?" "Yes, sir." Whal did she say to you this morning?" The did not answer. Bndget, you will keep out of trouble if you answer my quear-tions." I've told you all, sir. The detective could see that the girl had not told him all. Bridget, I will give you twenty dollars to tell me the truth." What does it all mean, slrT" "Tell me what you know, and I will tell you what it all means." Shure, I've nothing to tell, sir." Remember, I will pay you twenty dollars." The girl looked around lu 3 trtive manner, and again repeated her question:


RANLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE., What does it all mean, sir!" "Will you tell me what you know?" "I will, sir " You saw the g i r l this morning; what did she say!" I did not. s e e her this morning sir," answered the girl In a low, fright e ned tone "You did not se e her this morning?" ., No, sir " How ls that?" She disappeared, sir, during the night The detective was perfectly cool as he repeated: She disappeared during the night? 'Yes. How do you know?'' She wa11 not in her room when 1 went there this morning.,. She was not in her room 1" "No, sir." But how do you know she went away during the night?., She must have gone during the night " What makes you think so?" The girl once agait> looked around In a furtive manner, and then add: "The bed clothes were not mussed sir, at all." CHAPTER IX. 'TRB girl had not retired at allf" """No air Yoii are sure about that?". 1 am, sir." Did you report the circumstance at the office!" The girl very pale, and trembled violently. "Answer. "Oh, I feared trouble would come of it, sir. I never did the ;dke before in all qiy. lolfe." "IWbat did you dor' I l\oncealed the fact, sir." Why dld you do It?" Oh, sir, I must not tell." You must " I know I did wrong but I believed the gentleman her father " What did he tell you?" Ob, si r I ought not repeat ft, sir, since I received his gold sover e i g n You mus t tell me all, Bridget." .. I can't, sir." If you do not I shall arrest you." Yon will arrest me? "I will." Shure, I must tell all?" Y ou must." "Well, sir, whin I wer' in the room and much surprised to aee the bed had not been occupied, the girl's father came in the room. He wer' very pale, sir, and, I could see, very much excited, and he eald to me : "Ah; my is not here?' I said No str; where is she?' and he said: A f_riend took her away last night-a friend of ours who lives Jn Boston "Well, sir, I looked at him, and he said : .What is your name ?' "Says I. 'Me name Is Bridget,' and says he: Well, Bridget, I'll tell you I do not want .any one to know my daughter went away last night; It might appear strange; and if anf one asks you about it, say she went away this morning and heres a sovereign for you.'" The detective listened attentively, and odd thoughts were passing through hi s mind. "Well, Eir, I did not know what to do," continued the girl; "but the gentleman said it wer' all right, and it didn't seem s\range after all. seein' be wer' her father, and I promised not to say anything about It; but since then when I've bad toime to think it over it has appeared more and more strange to me." what more did the man say?" '' Notbtng, sir. " You s ay he looked pale and excited." "Yes, sir But '11,e 1he had gone'!" Of course, sir, he did." "Well, now, Bridget you did wrong." "I did sir." And thore is only one way that you can make ft right." I'll do anything, air You must not tell the gentleman you talked with me." I will not, sir. "You must not let him know there has been any inquiry about &be rlrl." "1 will not, sir .. If he asks you if there haa been any inquiry, you must say no. For, remember, there has not been, on the part of the hotel '90ple." "That Is IO, sir.'' l can rely upon you!" You can, sir. " If you do tell the man, I shall know ft." I'll never say a word sir." It will be bad for you If you do." Faith, sir, I'd rather be quiet about ft than otherwlle." .. And i& wlll be better for you." "But what doee it all mane, sir?" "I can not tell you now. But answer me: how did the ght when you saw her last night!" She appeared very frightened, sir, and uneuy." Did you see her and the gentleman together?" I did not sir "Was he i'n room to your knowledge?" "Not to my knowledge, sir; but I saw them talking together w a long time in the hall. " Did she call him father?" I did not hear what wa.s said, sir.'' Did she speak of him as her father while you were In her rooa last night?" "She did not, sir. I tell ye she did notuy three words to me. I saw that she was not inclined to talk, and I let her alone." Well, now, remember not one word of what has puaed be tween you and me, or it will be the worst tor you." I'm mum, sir." The detective paid tlte girl some money, and left the room. Be descended the stairs and wafted until well on in the aftemooa. when the man Moreland came down to the bar, and later on took a paper and sat down to read The detective took a seat near hi& pur hero was got up as a respectable-looking elderly man. A few moments passed, and Mr. Moreland said: It's fine weather you have In this country?" Fine weather for honest men," came the singular anawer, wtlll a tinge of brogue. "You're an Irishman, sir?" "I am." Have you been long in tltis country!" Twenty years." From what part of Ireland did you come!" "From Cork, sir." I am an lrishwan myself." "Ahl and I wouldn't have believed ft.'' Yes I am an Irishman " I saw you when you arrived last night," said RanlMP, "Yes; I came over on the--.'' "Were you sick on the passage?" "No, sir." And was vour wile?" "My wife?'' Shure, I saw a lady with you when you came la8' DJgh&. 1 thought it was your wife." It was my daughter." Aili vour daughter?" "Yes."' I've not seen her to day. She is not welU" "Yes, she is well; but she has_gone away." "Do you Intend remaining In New York?" "I do.'' "Did you get your baggage?" "What baggage?" I thought I heard you telling some one you had JOI& your 'lt s strange. sir. I did loee my baggage; but I do not remem ber speaking about it.'' "Well, I must have heard you speak aboi;t it or I should have known it. Your daughter went away last night after mfd. night, I think 1 heard you say?" Mr. Moreland gazed in a surprlNld manner, and answered : \ I do not remember saying anything of the kind." "It' s strange I should say so If I had not heard you make the statement." Mr. Moreland studied the face of the old gentleman who appeared to know so much of his atYe.il'6; but there was nothing In his ap to arouse suspicion. Mr. Moreland did not remain long in the barrootn, and after he bad gone away, the detective proceeded to his own home. He made up his mind to go through the baggage and learn if there waa anything to be discovered. He did so, and Indeed made a moe& remarkable discovery. CHAPTER X. THE opening of a trunk was a simple matter for a man like Raa leagh and when it was open he calmly set to examine its contents. He found 10me riclt female attire, some jewels of rare value and antique style, proving them to be family heir-looms. He also dla covered a photograph of a mere youth, and in a recees in the trunk be found a parcel of papers, and among t.hem a will. "Well, well," he muUered as he unfolded and glanced over the. articles, this is a curious find!" The detective's mind meantime Wall btUy His whole theory waa suddenly changed. He had at first concluded, after the disappear ance of the glrf, that she was a confederate of the decrepit old man on the steamer, but his discoveries in the trunk changed his aua pfcfons into another channel. Later on he found a little book. and upon opening ft he saw the Inscription My Diary," and In looking over the diary found a connected narrative which opened up to him a wide fteld for speculation. Froin the diary be learned the following facts : George Treadwell was tlte youngest son of a landed proprietor, and at bis father's death found hlmaelf comparatively pennileea. He was married and had two children, and, owing to certain family dfft'erences, was estranged from bis eldest brother; and the nen eldest brother, from selfish motivea, sided with the head of the family. George Treadwell became a clerk in the city of Dubll .. and was only able to provide In a moderate manner for hfl lamll7, oonalatlng of a wife, a eon and daughter.


110 RANLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. George Treadwell in due time died, and his wife shortly aft.erward :followed him to the grave, leaving two comparatively helpless orphans The daughter was adopted by a maternal relative and the son, a lad of fourteen, was sent to America, to be cared for by another relative. Four years subsequent to the of George Treadwell, his two elder brothers were drowned whlle on a yachting excursion. The eldest brother was a bachelor, and the younger one had no childre, as his only son, who would have been the heir, died just a few months before his father's death. Aft.er the death of the two brothers, young Philip Treadwell the aon of George Treadwell, became the heir at law to the estate;' and later on it was learned that Henry Treadwell, the next elder brother of George, upon the death of his own son, had made a provisional will, bequeathing his own small estate and large personal property to Philip Treadwell; or in case of his death, the property was to go to a cousin of the Treadwells, who also became heir at law to ipe original estate of th' Treadwells-a most valuable property Margaret Treadwell, ( the daughter of George and sister of Philip, surreptitiously became possessed of the will of Henry Treadwell, the document having been brought to her by an old family servant whQ had always remembered and loved her father George, the youngest son. Upon receiving the will she determined to discover her brother Philip, from whom she had not heard In several years. She went to a solicitor, and he communicat.ed with the American relatives, or rather, their representatives, only to learn that they were dejid, and no one knew what had beCome of the son Meantime, the cousin, one Francis Browne, had claimed the estate, and had entered int-0 possession, he having furnished proofs of the death of Philip Treadwell. Lat.er on this Francis Browne discovered that Margaret was mak ing efforts to discover the whereabouts of her brother, and that she the only proofs of his identity. One day the girl received a secret warning to look out for herself, as Francis Browne had formed a conspiracy to kidnap her in order to prevent her further search for the discovery of her brother. A few evenings later the girl's life was att.empt.ed. An 68$a8Sin ran up be}lind her when returning from church and sought to stab her to dea1h. Fortunately the knife blade was divert.ed, and she received only a slight wound, and the would-be assassin escaped. Upon another occasion, while sitting at the window of her resi dence, a bullP.t crashed through a pane of glass near where she was lltting, and thus a second time her life was attempt.ed The girl became thoroughly alarmed. She was satisfied that she would be murdered She communicated with the police authori ,les, and detectives were put upon the case; but the officers never succeeded in tracing out the author of the two murderous attempts upon the girl's life. Some weeks passed, and an attempt was made to kidnap ber; but again she was almost providentially saved-rescued at the last inoment; and still 1he detectives were baflied The girl did 11ot dare tell she suspect.ed that Francis Browne was the lnstlgator of these att.empts upon her life One day she received a myst.erious note, which ran as follows: If you remain in Ireland your life will be sacrificed. Flee to America and find your brother, and he will protect you. A FRIEND." The girl was shrewd enough to det.ermine that the secret mis alve was sent by an enemy; that it was a trap they were preparing to get her on the sea to murder her. But the note contained also a suggestion. She to go to America and find her brother If he were j alive, but sbe resolved at the same time to go secretly, and thus escape her enemies. I In order to carry out her scheme, she let it be known that she in tendea to go to England. She knew that she was closely watched, and that all her plans, if discovered, would be reported In the meantime she was secretly arranging for a trip to America She managed to send small packages by express to Cork. intend ing, when all her goods were there, to go on secretly, buy a trunk in that city, and take the st.earner at Queenstown as an emigrant passenger. Her scheme worked well, and oa the day she proposed proceed fng to Cor}t, she pretended to visit a friend in the suburbs of Dub lin, where she went, having previously provided a disguise at another place. When night came she stole forth from the home of her friend just at the moment when she was expected to appear at the dinner table. She proceeded to a mere near by and left a portion of her clothing, so as to make it appear that she had committed suicide; and we will here say that when the mere was draggp,d it was believed that such had l'ieen her fate. Instead, however, the girl proceeded to her relay house, assumed her disguise, inter eept.ed the train to Cork, and while her friends were searching for her in the lake, she was proceeding by train to the latt.er city. Arrived In Cork, she engaged a passage after having gathered all her packages into a trunk, and a few days later was safely' put on board the steamer. and no incident occurred of moment until tlJ,e time when the American detective warned her of danger The girl had kept P complete diary of all ber doings, and from it 'Ranleagh extracted ibe above facts, and he was convinced that the girl he had met on the steamer was Margaret Treadwell. As turned over the book he came to fresh entries which led him to why she had suddenly and mysteriously disappeared. CHAPTER XI. IN the diary Ranleagh read several records concerning hlmeelf evidently entries made during the course of his brief acquaintance with the young Judy. They were 1n the form of self-inquiries and answers, a;i. her opinions were gradually formed, her musings were put m writmg. The first entry appean:d to have been made fmmediat.ely after his. first interview with her, and the writt.en query was : "Who can this man be? Is he a friend or a foe?" Later on the answers were given: 1 fear this man. I do not believe his story. I will avoid him I believe he is an enemy My foes have been so stealthy, I musi be aware still there came, later, inqultjes which were pracUcally emgmas. Which of the two is my frien4-the American, or this Mr. --t What has become of the old man who was watching me! His dis appearance is strange. Is he not in league with the officer? I think my safest course is to avoid the American. Mr. M--appears,. after all, to be my real friend. I will put myself under his guid ance. He promises to save me from both my enemies-from them all I will trust him." There were no more entries, and Ranleagh sat musing over the meaning of what he had read, and at length said : I see it all. Yes, yes, she is an honest girl and she has beeo made a victim by that wretch Moreland. The man was under & disguise as the decrepit old fellow. He has removed his disfuise appeared to the girl as a friend, has convinced her that leagued with her enemies, and has induced her to place herself under his protection He managed to conceal her on the boat,. and finally succeeded to taking her oft the steamer. She has with him willing)y He took her to the hotel, and she d18ap peared And now the question arises: did that villain dispose of' her,. or did she become of him and escape? Be it either way, her baggage, the will, and her secret are in my possession and there they will remain until I find her, her brother, or somE,. of her relatives In the meantime, I must get on to the track of tl1i& man Moreland." On the following day our hero went to police head quart.ers and put himself in communication with the detective whom Moreland> had engaged to recover the baggage. He had little difficulty 1111 arranginp: with his wnfrere, and the two went to the hotel wher&. Moreland was stopping The man was summoned down to the bar and Johnson, our hero's friend, introduced the latter under the fol: lowing circumstances. He said: "Mr. Moreland, I am called away on a special job, and I have brought to you Mr. Hunter, one of our best detectives. I think this gentleman can aid you in finding your baggage much better than I can Our hero was got up under a sure disguise, and he said in a con. fident tone: "Jam sure I can recover the baggage." Mr. Moreland looked him all over, and said: I will pay a good reward to recover the trunks and handsatchels. " I can recover them if you give me the points, sir. "I will leave you two to talk matters over; I must go." Johnson went away and Mr. Moreland and our hero were lef t: alone. The latter had a game to play, and he assumed a certai11-r6le He knew that Moreland was a villain, and he determined to let It appear that he also was a little careless as far as genuine hon esty went. It was his idea that Moreland would in the end have. more use foi: a dishonest man than an honest one. So think you can find the trunks?" "Yes, I do." "Do you know the circum s tances under which they were stolen?" "No." Mr Moreland told his story, and aft.er a few moments' thought fulness, our hero said: Do you know any one who would have a motive in siealing the baggage?" Why do you ask?" I'll tell you; it looks like a put-up job to me. The cabman.. was in the game." "What makes you think so?" The man who arrest.ed you was a bogus officer. He took you away a shor1 distance and then freed you, and you hastened back to where you had left the cabman and he was gone." "Yes; he must have been in with the thief." "Can you describe the cabman?" "I can." "Do so." Mr. Moreland gave a pretty accurate description of the ca'bmo, and when he had concluded, Ranleagh said: "I know that fellow." "The cabman?" "Yes. And now, willlou describe the bogus officer?" Mr. Moreland describe Ranleagh as the latter appeared when working the game. "I can place him," said the officer; "but I've got the cabman down I will see you to-night and I will have something to tell you.'' Our hero went away, seemingly; but, in fact, he merely trans formed, and fell to a lay on Moreland's track. He followed the man around all day and was with him down in Wall Street, when a really startling incident broke the monotony of the trail. Among the contents of one of Mr Moreland's trunks wu a pho tograph of a young man; and while Ranleagh was p{pjng MoJtWid, the latter auddenly-and, u itafterwardproftd, 11M'81--


RANLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DET.ECTIVE. :11 d a young man. Moreland appeared to be taken all aback, and started to trail the young felfow. Ranleagh also was taken all aback, and at once discerned the rcause of Moreland's sudden Interest-the youth was the living of the photograph the detective had found in the trunk. "'""llore11md followed the man around for some time, when suddenly the youth most mysteriously disappeared. He evaded the vigilance of both Moreland and our hero Ranleagh dropped his trail on Moreland and started to find tbe youth, but was baffled. He spent the balance of the day seeking to catch on to the trail, but did not catch sight of the youth again; and when at length compelled to give over the chase for the time being,_ he muttered: "Well, this gets me dead! young fellow was Philip Tread well, the heir, and I never saw mortal man such a picture of a picture!" U'was night when Ranleagh went to Moreland's hotel. He found his man in the reading-room waiting for him. The detective had changed back to his disguise as Hunter. He entered and took a 11eat alongside of Moreland. "Whllt luck?" asked the laUl)r. / I'm o the trail, I think." 1 :&Ji? That's "Ye11, I think 1 i:i,.i on tJie right trail." Have you found the cabby?" "' rve found the cabby." ".AJJ.y news of the baggage?" "That depends." "On what?" l ,, "Well, I'll tell you, sir. If It was a lady's baggage you lost, I'm right." Moreland showed considerable excitement, and for a moment was thrown a lfitle off his guard. He looked sharply at Hunter, and asked: What difference does it maker' "I will know whether I am on the right lay." Explain." If it was a lady's baggage you lost, I've found it." "Well, it was a lady's davghter's traps." "Then we re all right, sif. CHAPTER XII. "You will recover the baggage?" said Moreland. I have as good as recovered it." With all the contents of the trunks intact?" ''Yes, sir ... "When you deliver the baggage to me I will pay you twenty pounds, a hundred dollars in American money." I will ha'v'e the baggage here, sir, if 1 have good luck, this very ni ht." appeared greatly pleased and saict: "Your will be ready-for you, and I may haye job for you." 'All right, sir. I will be here at ten o'clock." Our hero had arranged to deliver the trunks, but he had removed everything that would be of advantage to the vi)lain Moreland. At ten o'clock he was on hand, and had the trunks with him. The latter were carrhid up to Moreland's room. The detective was paid aud the man said: Will you come here in tl;le mornlng'l" A.t what hQr?" "Early." I wlll be here, sir." Moreland went to his room. Our hero worked a change and entered the room adjoining Moreland's. Ranleagh had secured the room under a certain disguise. In fact, the fellow had a dozen changes at command, and his trans forms were not only quicklj, made, but were perfect and complete. He got up into'his room and down to a little point of observa tion which he had while Moreland was absent. He saw the man go ror the trunks Be had no key, and was compelled to burst them open. With wild eagerness he went through their contents, and as he proceooed a shadow settled upon his face. Hang it!" he exclaimed. "There' s nothing here!" Ranleagh chuckled. He knew the man would not find what he IOUght. This trun'k has been he said, and. I wonder whether that rascal of a dP.tective went through it.? l believe he did. I know that fellow is a rnscal. I can tell rasc a ls at a glance." "You ought to be a good judge of villains," chuckled Ranleagh, "you are such a smart one yourselr." Ranleagh had picked up all the points he wanted for the night, and took his departure. It was midnight, but a strange implse urfied him to go on a stroll. 'I'd like," he muttered, "to come upon that young fellow again I'll warrant you I'll never lose sight of him again!" The detective dropped .into a gamblingplace--a well-knpwn resort-advance d to the table, and lo! the first man he beheld was the youth who had eluded him in Wall Street during the day. Our hero took up a position from whence he could study the young man's features. The lad-for he was, aft"er all, but a mere lad in appearance-bore a striking resemblance to the and yet there was an expression upon his face which did not accord with the expression of the countenance as pictured ill the earf'6-de-wi

19 R,,A.NLEA<'iH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. "Halloo, Brownie, you beret" Brownie passed the man a tip, and the two left the place together. Our hero changed bis rme and followed out of the place; but when he reached the street the pair had disappeared from eight. A moment the detective stood and considered, and at the same time he tndulged in a soliloquy. Well," he muttered, this gets me! That chap is Phil Tread well as sure as I am alive! But what sort of a brother will his sister find if she ever him! Alas! it may be better that she sltould never discover him. He is a villain. 1'11 follow him, and get on to him some other time," continued the officer; I know wht:re to find him now." The officer was starting to go away, when there came a clutch upon bis arm. He turned and was confronted by a veiled woman. Who are you and what do you want?" demanded the detective. "You are Jack Ranleagh?" The officer starled Hd. did not like that any ont should pene b"ate his cover. He laughed, and said: Who put you on that lay, my dear woman?" Oh, I kfiow you! I'd know you under any cover." Who are you!" Never mind who I am. I want you-want you!" But, madame, you are mistaken Jn your' man." "No, I am not mistaken in my man, Jack Ranleagh! I'm a woman-an old-timer! I'd knew you anywhere." "And you want me!" "Yee, I want you!" Can't you see me to-morrow! I'm busy to-night." "Are you busy?" "Yee, I am A moment the woman to think, and then she muttered: "Maybe he s already on it!" "On what, madamtf" "A.re you piping Tally -ho?" The detective started, and answered: u No.,, "What's your lay?" "I can't give my business away. You ought to know that, if you are what you claim-an old-timer." "You're right; but I've a reason for king." Who are you!" "Never mind Quick as a flash the detective tore the woman's veil aside and disclosed a pale wan face-the face of a woman who had lived a fast life and who had aged early. Halloo, Moll, is it you f "Yes; I thought you knew all the time." "I did not tumble; and what do you want?" "Can vou listen to my story!" "Yes.r' "I've been down to the MacAuley meetings, Jack." A good place to go, Moll." Yes; I've only a little time to Jive, Jack." Are you sick 1" I've been iroing to pieces a long time." ... I'm sorry."'' "I aln t, Jack; I'm a changed woman. I'm glad to go; but I've tumbled to one of Tally-ho's games, and I'm set to balk it." We will here state that Tally-ho was the eobriquet of the criminal whom our hero had seen enter and addrel!8 the young man whom he had mzataken for Phil Treadwell. 1 "I thought Tally-ho was your friend?" "No more, Jack-no more. I've no friends on earth now. I've been breakin/l up for a Jong time, as I told you. I can't live much longer, and I m set to do a little good before my light goes. I've done evil enough in my time." "Well, what is it, Moll?" "Tallyho is up to one of his old tricks." "Ahal" "Yes; he has got a splendid young fellow under his intluence, and he'll ruin tlfe boy. Indeed, he is working him for a burglary to-night, and I do not know but it is to-night when they mean to carry out the scheme." Look here, Moll, what is your scheme with meT" "I'm giving it to you straight." A moment the deteclive considered. He knew the woman well. Sbe had once been a beautiful ltlrl. It was the old story. She had come down from the country, handsome, pure and innocent. She had entered a shop; the destroyer fou.nd her out. She became, later on, notorious as one of the most dangerous decoys in New York. Ranleagh had Jest sight of her for two or three years. Upon one or two occasions he bad arrested her and once had sent her up the river. The woman had sworn away his life, as it was the only time she had been convicted. And our hero saw her upon the occasion of which we write for the first time since she had aworn to kill him. Moll, I have heard about you," ,he said, after a momet. Beard I had sworn to down you?" ,.. Yes ... Well, I did lav for you a long time." YOU did, eh ?'1 "Yes; and I am glad I never met you, or I would have fixed you. "Mebbe." "We will not talk about that now. I tell you I am a changed woman. You never heard my history?" "No." .. "I was well reared by good, Christian parents. I became bad, ae many a girl has since, and as many will in time to come-yes, as Joq u there are wicked men to drag innocent women doWD to degradation. But now my early teaching has come back to me. 1 tell you I've not long to live." Im sorry for you, Moll, if you are really sincere." I am sincere, and you need not be sorry. I am only rejoiced that I was not cut oft In my career ere I had a chance to pm wb.M I hope I hsve obtained-pardon from my God." The woman spoke in a tone of deep sincerity, and the detective' suspicions were dispelled. He said : So Tally-ho ls on a new game?" ,. Yes. u Got a young man in :tow!" "Yes." Who is the young man!" As noble a fellow as ever lived." "You know him?' "Yes." And you say he is a noble young fellowt" Yes." "How did you become acquainted with himT" Through Tally-ho." "And what Is Tally-ho's game?" The young fellow is in a large banking.house Tally-ho made his acquaintance and got him to gambling. The young fellow ta now a defaulter, and Tally : ho has persuaded him to aid fn robbing the bank, telling him that his share of the swag will enable him to square up with his employers." And when do you think they mean to carry out the robbel'J'!" "To-night, I fear." CHAPTER XIV. MoLL," said the detective, how did you happen &o tad met Were you looking for me?" ,. No .. "You ran on me by chance!" "Yes.'' What were you doing!" "Piping Tally-ho." Did you find him!!' "Yes, when l tracked him to this place!' Did vou find his young man f!' "Yee.r' Moll, do you know the real history of that young man!" I only know he was a square and honorable JOUD8 maa 111111 he fell und!lr the Influence .of TallyhO." "What is bis name?" They call him Brownie." "Do. r.ou know him by any other namef" "No.' "How do you. know he Is an honorable young man!" He stood between Tally-ho and me wh.en the brute would .... ki>led me." Did vou ever have a talk with him?" .. Yes .1 "LatelvT" "Yes.'1 What did you say to him T" I exposed Tally-ho, and warned him." And what did he sayT" He said my warning had come too late." "But you think he is an honorable young man?" I do. I'll swear he was innocent until lie met Tally-JM>. Tbl& wretch is just cunning enough to ruin any youth." "Tell me equarely; r,ou believe the young maa wu laraoceM before he met Tally-ho? "Yes." "How do you know?" He told me the whole story." Will you tell it to met" "Not now.'' "Why not?" There is no time to spare.'' "No time to spare!" "No." "Why not!" They may be working the robbe!T a& \hfa mm "Have you lost sight of Tally-ho!' "No." "You know where he isT" "Yes." ..,,,, "Where?" He and the young man are together." Together!" "You know where they areT" "I do." Where are they?" "At Cronin's.'' Why did you noi follow them!" I knew you were around." "You did?" ,. Yes ... "Who were you plpingr The man.' "Browne?' "Yes."' For what purpose!" I wished to give him a final wamblg.,. Why didn't you do aoT" l had no chance." "WhynoU"


RA.NLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. ia You were on his trail." H Why didn't you follow them when they le1t here?" It was tpo late." "You feared '!'ally-ho?" "Yes." And vou were waiting for me?" .. Yes.11 Moll, if yon have told me the truth you have d.)ne yourself a good turn. If I discover you have lied to me, It will go hard with 1ou. There ls an old charge can be raked up against you." I care not for. an old charge. I am already struck witlr death, I may live a few days, I may die in a few hours." And the men have gone to Cronin's?" .. Yea." "Yoa are sure?" "Yes; I heard Tally-ho say so." Did he me?" . I do no& knc:iw. Were you speaking to the young man Browne!" "Yes." Did you give anything away?" "I hinted tnat he was a defaulter.' Did he suspect your identity?" I do not know. "It's strange you would not know." "I had gone for him on another lay." "Ah, I see; but he may have tumbled." It is possible, after I alluded to the defalcation." And would mention it to Tally-ho?" Possibly." Tally-ho would tumbler "Possibly." "Then you have your cue; work it. And now listen: there is a chance to save that young man. But he is a defaulter!" A moment Moll was silent, but at length she said: I wonder if we could find out how large the defalcation isT" Only from the young man. "Ranleagb, you are a good and trulil man!" Thank you, Moll." "I've aome money In the savings-bank." The detective was silent. "l have relatives, but the money would be a curse to them; U is &he wages of sin." "What are you getting at, Mollf" I never had an Idea of giving the money to my relatives." Whai will you do with it?" 11ake good the young man's defalcation." Why do you do thlst" It la the best thing l Clln do with the money." What makes you think ao?" I know the young man is wo{th saving. I know that he is uturally t rue, and pure, and noble. He has confessed all to me. Be risked his life for me." "And vou wiah to saTe him?" "I do/ "What Is your plan?" "You find him; get from him his story; leam the he is ,'behind: then come to me and I will furnish the money to make the account." It may amount to some thousatJds." I can pay some thousands." Where will I aee you, Moll1" Meet me here to-morrow morning." You may dfeT" If I do there will be a messenger here with papen for you." You have fully considered, Moll?" I have fully considered. I can do no better with the money. l teH you, I would never give ft to any of my Iamfly, even though they were poor; but they are all in comfortable circumstances; thel do not need the money." 1 , I will meet you in the morning at Bradley's." "All right; let ft be Bradley's, And now, one w d: the young man must not know where the money comes from," "All right, Moll, poor girl! I always kiiew you possessed a good heart, and several times I was easy on you." Ranleagh, I wfll tell you something I never told to mortal soul yet. I have snatched three girls and two boys from the streets. I have educated them, and they are in a fair way to become women and good men. One of the ooys is a young lawyer rfslng ID bis profke: Thia lady is talking to me, officer. She is all right." "None of your lip, or I'll give it to you now. You move on!" "Just wait a moment, otllcer, and lwill explain thfn,gs." ""' I don't want any explanations or any of your lip." -readers will remember the detective was in If you will listen a moment, I'll you how matters stand.,. Move on, I say!" 1 You 're too fresh altogether," said Ranleagh. "Ehf What's that?" Then the officer made a ru.sh, and llfthtg his club over the detective's head, said: "You move on, or I'll take you In!" "No, you won't take me in. You don't knl;lw your duty." "I don't, eh?" "No." Take that!" The officer attempted to bring down his club, but there cameao" response . "You take that!" and at the same Instant the too previous policeman received a clip which knocked him reeling. He gathered 1 himself up and drew a pistol, when Ranleagli also drew one, and leveling it, said: 1 "Now look out, you fool, or you go down!" The policeman made a move as though to rap for aasistance, when our hero threw back tbe lapel of his coat and showed hfa badge, at the same Instant exclaiming: See here, old man!" The policeman glanced, and his eyes started. "You're a prett.y man to be sent around with a club.'' I beg your parpon," said the policeman. "Oh, you needn't beg my pardon; and I'd serve you right &G take you in or have your uniform stripped off; but this may prove a lesson to you. And now you move on, and consider yourself lucky. I won't even ask your number." The policeman slunk away, and the detective, turning to the woman, said: I'll walk with you to the comer, Moll." "You need not fear for me. You go to Cronin's." "Well, good-night." The two separated; the woman moved away in one direction and the detective in another. When an opportunity oftered, Ranleagh worked a change and proceeded to Cronin's. The latter was a man suspected of keeping a fence. He wu a notorious villain, and kept a house where criminals of aorta were known to congregate. It was long after midnight when our hero entered the place. He was well known to Cronin; Indeed, the fellow had good reason to fear him; but, as It chanced, Cronin was not in h!is place at the time, and our hero was under cover. There was nothing unusual in the detective's entering the place at that hour, as occasionally strangers dropped in merely to take a look at the den; and as they always spent aome money, they were welcome. Our hero espied Tally ho, Brownie, and two other men holding a consultation, and he awaited hla chance. The party soon advanced to the bar to take a drink. The detective was satisfied that no attempt would be made to rob the bank that. night. The fellows, he diacemed, were merelJ arranging their plans. When the party came up to drink, our hero, who wu gm up a plain mechanic, or laborer, exclaimed,ad

14 RANLEAGR, LIGHTNING IRISH and when of the other men leaped in for a stroke he, too, was knocked over as easily as though he had been a clothes-pin. Tally-ho regained his feet. The man was considerable of a boxer; indeed, he the game well enough to understand when he was overmatched. "Come on, me friend! Ye wer' talkin' so loud a moment ago, I'll give ye all ye want ; and Ranleagh danced around like a Comanche Indian, yelling and whooping until a policeman ran in and, as usual, seized hold of a quiet and inoffensive man. He seized hold of Browne. The youth offered n<> resistance. As the police!1111;n sought to drag him off, Tally ho, however, ran forward, excla1mmg: Hold on! That young fellow took no part in the row." Ranleagh struck Tally-ho another blow, and Browne was dragged ou't. For once the policeman knew his duty; It was a put.up job on the part of Ranleugh, who had arranged for the whole little &flair, and he kept Tally-ho and his friends busy while the otD.eer led the young man off ostensibly to the station-house; but he merely marched him around the block. Meantime, Ranleagh had made a rush from the place, and he knew just where to go to find the officer and the prisoner. He came upon them, and said: "See here, officer, don't be takin' that lad in. Shure, he had ii.o hana in the row." It was a neat game the detective was playing. CHAPTER XVI. Do you say the young man had no hand in the fight!" "I do. " Well, you're late saying it." Faith, I wer" busy at the toime "I'll take him in anyhow." The young man made no protest and said not a word. You wil1 not take him in." I will. What have you to say about it?" "He had nothing to do with the fight." r You can tell that to the sergeant." ., I'm tellin' it to you." The man is drunk, anyhow "He's not ; ' "Yes, he is "Well, now lave him to me an' I'll take him." "You will!" "l will." Can I depend upon you?" "Ye can ; "Well, I don't mind, If you will take him home." I will, shure." 'the :policeman released his hold upon the youth, and Ranleagh 1eized bl.I arm : and said: 1 "Come 'Blong, now, an' shure I'll let ye go preeenUy;" IJ'he whispjfred in the young man's ear. Thetwe '1fflked 11way a l!hort distance; when Rllnleagh asked: Where.do you-, live ?" "I won't tio home Why not?" It's too late I'll to a hotel. I could not get in at my Wrdlng-house without arouaia,: every-one." "And ye will go to a hotel? Now, see here, ye will come afong wid me." Who are you?" I'm a jriend of yours." I never having seen you lief ore." "Yo did, though." The detecf ive had the brogue. The young man showed ot trepidation, and after a moment said: Yo a111Mlll 'Ofiloorf" ,. Yes, I am an officer." "A detectlvetl' + Yes, I am a detective." The. young roan was perfectly cool at once, and said in a firm Tolce: "l expected it, and I don't care." "You don't care, eh?" "l do not. So they have discovered things at the office?" "No, sir, they have not discovered your cfefalcation." Thev h11.ve noU". -"No. f Then who ordered my arrest?" You are not under arrest." "Did you not -sa)" you were a detective!" "lam." And am I not under arrest?" "No.'' "You are the man who spoke to me early f'n the evening!" "Yesj. the man to whom you told the lies." "WH'at 1iesr When r,ou said your name was Browne, and you were born in New York.' "My name-W Bro wne, and I was born in New York." You stick 'to thatl eh?" I JllUSt stick to tq'e truth "We will not talk about that now. Will you come to my rooms!" "l will to go wherever you ine."" )i'ou need not come unless you desire it." 1,.m free to go where I chooeeT" "Ya" "You have no warrant for me?" No; but let me tell you, if you come with me you are aK you will be saved If you do not come with me, you go &e niil. .. "I am already ruined "Not yet." -"I am." 1 "No, you are not." "You do not know all. "Yes, I do." What do you know!'' I linow you have been using the money of your emplioyen, m I know who got you to do lt." "Who?" Tally-ho." Do you know the amount l have taken r" "No: but I know this: Tallyho is seeking to induce you to io1t the firm. He wantslou to enter into a burglary scheme." The young man di not appear to ex:bibit any surprise as he s&ld: "You appear to have matters down pretty fine." "Yes, I have Now let me tell you something more. You will not gain anything by robbing the concern. Tally-ho will not gift you the money to straighten up your accounts. He will alump you off at the last moment and drag all the consequences of boCla crimes on you." "l have been looking for auch a result." And still ;rou go ahead 1" "No. " Have you not agreed to aid in the robbery?" "No. They have been seeking to persuade me to do IO, .. "And you have refused!" "Yes." "But how about the defalcation?" That will be known soon." "It will?" "Yes; Tally-ho has threatened to see my employers." "And what are_you going to do about it, young man!" "Nothing." A suspicion fl.ashed over eur hero's mind. He suddenly dJscoy. ered whence came all the youth's coolness and indifference. "You do not care about an1exposure?" It's too hlte to care." "But the disgrace to your name!" The young man said nothing. What will your noble relatives in Ireland say-your sia&erT'' Sl1e will 11ot hnow it." The detective had at length driven the young man to an aclmis aion. The latter saw the mistake he had made, and was going w rectify it, when the detective said : "That's all right, Phil Treadwell; I had the fac'8 down befoN you confessed." I've confessed nothing "It waa.not necessary lli'at you should; you can not eecape the disgrace to your friends by taking your own life." The young man broke up. You see I lmow what I am aJx>ut. And now Jfsfen .te me; you can .. Saved!" \ "' "Yea, saved from disgrac&-from the need of doing rash." Who will save me?" '' l will." .. You'?" "Yes.,, Why will you save me?" "I will explain In .good time-not now. But tell me,..., llaucll do you owe to your ei;iplqyers?" The youth did not answer. Answer me, Pliil." A large sum." How l&rge a sunr!'1 I tremble to think now much." "You to tell me T.he youth was to the of PhlL Thousands of dollars.' 1 "How many tliousandsT" "Three." la that all?" u Yes." " "Well, you need not fear. Make a clean breast of e.-erytlllng me, and you will be all right. I am your friend, and l lrll Aft you." CHAPTER X.VII. .. WHAT am It() tell rour demanded the youth. "Your 'l'lhole story,' answered the detective. "You called me Philip Treadwell?" .. Yes." 1 "What led you to call me by that namet" "That Is a revelation that' I will make later on. You are te tea me your story.'' ' As I said, you are the same man who first acldrellllild IM Treadwell in the restaurant?" "lam. "And you followed me?" "I did." You have a purpose in following me!" "l have." "What. is your purpose?" To save -you." Why do you Wf8h to saTe me!"


RANLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. 15 Because you ani .Philip "'I admit I am Philip Treadwell." .. I owe you nothing for the admission; I knew who you were." "' Will you not fell me how you came to know me, as I have not .relative in New York?" I will t ell you all after you tell me your story. Tell me why you deny being Philip Treadwell." "D6 yol! know anything ot my previous historyr "I know you were born In Dublin; I know you have a sister living; and I know that when your father died you were sent to :relatives in America " That is true partialll; but I have no l'ister." "You have no sister?' .. I have not." Why do you still seek to deceive me?" ... I do not de11lre to deceive you " Then why do you deny the existence of a sister as stoutly as you 'denied your own idetity?" While talking to the youth the detective had led him to his own !'OOllls. The two entered the-house, the young man oflering no objection. Once in the house the detective repeated the Why do you deny the existence of a sister?' She is dead." ... Yes .'' The detective determined to let the young man believe that he eould not deny the statement.. HQ.w do you know she is dead 1" "I will tell you When I reached 4merica l was received by !DY relatives with great joy. They had no childre, The gentleman was my great-uncle on ,my mother's side, and he and his wife were ; good, honest people, but not over well to do, although liv}ng !n -00mfort. Their name was Browne. E\hortly after my arrival In my uncle, llilr. Browne, received a letter announcing my :aister's death.'' And did you receive no lettersofrom her?'' One written just before her death." And you never answered her last letter? "'No. " Well, proceed. " My uncle moved out West, but after a year )le and my aunt -were both killed by an explosion on a lake boat, and I 'Vas left 11lone in the world. I was at that !lme in the employ of the postmaster of the town itere l Jived. He '\Y&S a defaulter, and, I learned, intended to :arrange a conspiracy so as to fiil: the guilt upon me. I fled from .iie place and camP to New York, and assumed the name of Browne, :and I managed after awhile to secure a poeitjon In a banking-house, :arul I have been promoted, until no}V I occupy a ree. ponslble position : 1 was per8uaded b): friends one, pay to enter 8i gambling-saloon. t fascinated, with the game, and soon lost all my savings. It "'I'S about this time l met Tally-ho and he led me on step by step, until now I am a forger to a large, amount.'' "You are employed In this firm under the name of Browne?" "Yes, sir." ., WhY.t" ... I I al ways feared arrest under the name of Tread well, although lam as Innocent in that matter as a child unborn.'' "you ))ave told me the whole truth?" l have.'' 1 J If yo\l had the money, could you make good your accounts?" .. 'Yes " So the firm would never you bad used any of the,fr ftlndl'f" !. > "Ye.>; I have carried a false balance, but the most superficial H&111in"1.fon wqqlcl , Tblb you expected you might be discovered as a defaulter?" "I did.'' And vou were prepared t" ... Yee.'1 4 Wl!at did you mean io l;lo?" 'The young man made no answer. Tell me," Still the young man 1l)mafned silent. I am your friend; the danger Is past; you need not fear; tell me." I should have killed myself." "So I thought. No.w, listen to me: I will lend you the money to make goo rights CHAPTER XVIII. THE young man's eyes glowed, I would like to see him brought to justice. But now, will you keep your promise?" What promise?" "You told me if I related my history you would tell me how you chanced to become interested in my affairs.'' "I will In good time. You must wait.'' "Why wait?" I have some matters to investigate; and now llaten t. me: Tallv ho is trying to get you to engage in a burglary?" "Yes.'' Why does be need your assistance?" I can point out the safe that contains th:e cash, and I can dve him other useful information, and, besides, I know for other reasons he wishes me to become one of the burglars." So do I," said the detective. The young man stared in amazement. I do not understand." I wish to catch Tally-ho." "Ah Isee" ' It you go in with them I can get all the Information u to tbelr movements .'' T.OOy do not tell me all Theywfll be compelled to reveal a part of. their plalll fO you after you agre&t.o go in w fth them. Will you do In" 'l1lle .young ll)au. he'sitated. 1 Speak rigllt out/' said the detective How do I know that It ls not a trap to catch me?" I wfll give you. the money to square your accounts. TW doell not look like a trap." ,. No.0 ..... And when you are satisfied that I am really your will you enter the scheme!" I will." .. .. Enougli; now you .can gQ t.o .ileep .until monrlng; and mark you, in a few days I will make a most wonderful revelation to you.'' , -. Upon the day following the Incidents we have described, Pbilfp Treadwell went to bis businS8 after having agreed to meet tile detective at noon-time. At the hour named, our hero met the young man. He hiid, tn the meantime, seen Moll, and had permitted her t.o advance the !Doney. The Jaiter was passed over to Phil. The young mab'a eyes filled with tears. He extended bis hand to the detecUve. and said: I I would give my life for you.'' Oh, never mind; I am your friend." r You are Indeed my friend." 1 "You will never gamble again?" "Never!" "Or drink?" "Never!" Or keeP, bad company?" "Never!' Then you may make gqod use of your experience. Meet me tonight at my rooms, and we wlll talk over our plans. Of courae, you must not let Tally ;ho know what has occuried." I am not altogether a fool!" The detective smiled, and said: "You may not tell him in words, but your manner may beUaJ something." "Ahl I see." You must be careful." "I will" The detecUre left the youth after haTing giTen him .,... eJllll. .,


16 RANLEA.GH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. lent advice, and proceeded for an interview with the iiascal More land. He sauntered into the hotel, and the first man he met was :Moreland. The latter was evidently waiting for our hero. Ahl you are here?" Yes, sir, I am here.'' l wish to see you. Come to my room." The detective accompanied the man to his room . See here," said Moreland, assuming a stern look, that will not do!" What will not do, sir?" I am no fool." No, sir; no one would take you for a fool." But you are playing me for one." "Am I?" 'Yes." "Bow?" You will please drop your air of innocence." "Mr. Moreland, you will please drop your bullying air. You are talking to a gentleman." I paid you for a service." And I performed it." "No, sir!" I was to recover your trunks?'' ., Yes." "I did." But did not recover them intact." Ah, that ls another matter." I should say It was." "You will remember, sir, the trunks were in the bands of the . thief some time." How Jong were they in your hands?" "I will not answer a question p1Jt in such a tone." "You will answer to your chief," "Ah, you threaten me?" "I do " Then I have nothing more to say. I will go, and you may teport your matter to the chief." Hold! Do not go." I do not propose to remain 'here and be insulted." "Possibly what Is mlBBlng can be found1" You had better see the chief." I owe you an apoloW." Pay what you owe. I do apologize." "Well; now, what ls the matter? Do you desire my aldf" "I do." .. wm rou pay for my services!" "lwil." What is missing?" Some papers." "Some papers only?" u Yea." What wa11 the nature of the papers?" "It la not necessary to aay." Are you sure the papers were in the trunk!'' "I am." .. It's Tery strange." What la strange?" That papers ahould be mlsefng arid everything else all rfghi." Why is it strange?" Because ordln&ry thieves do not care much about papei:e." Papers were taken from the trunk. Can you recover them?" "I may." Will yoti'f" If you wl!l tell me what papers I am to look for." You can ftnd out from the thieves if there were any papers." "I may." RecOver whatever papers there are." But. sir, I have a matter to speak of concerning those trunks. I have a peculiar tale to tell ; Moreland exhibited considerable excitement, and exclaimed: What do you mean 7" "I have a few questions-to ask you, and it may be as well to ask tMm before you irgaln threaten to go a'nd see the chief ... Ask your questions." Moreland's face was pale "Do those trunks really belong to you?" .. iYea.,. They do not bear initials that correspond with your name as iecorded in the books of the hotel." They belong to my daughter." Your daughter?" "Yes." Ahl you have a daughter?" "Yes." Where is your sir?" Koreland was tremblmg as he answered: I do not know as it concerns you." CHAPTER XIX. "HR. MORELAND," said the detective, "there is something very turlous about the affair of those trunks." "I wish you would explain just what you mean." "I dqubt that you have any right to them." "You do?" "I do 1 "You are an Impudent man." You had better hear my reasons drat.,, 1 care nothing about your reaaona." "Listen to me: you had better take me In ff you have aay Jitde scheme.'' "Sir, what do you meant" I mean I may be better as a friend than a foe in thia matter." Ahl I see." "What do you see?" "You are set to black-mall me." "You had better be sure before you make such charges.'' I think I can dispe,llse with r,our services." And report me to the chief? I will get a man to aid me who Is honest." "You charge me with dishonesty?" "I do." "iBe careful!" "You can not black-mail me." I charge you with having no right to those trunks, and I tllak I can put tbe rightful owner on the track of them." Moreland started, turned pale, and trembled. What do you mean?" I am a detective," So you claim." Men in my buslneBB, as a class, are not fools." You would seem to be one." "How?" "You are throwing away '>." "Maybe not. Listen, sir: detect v .. work sometimes cuts boCll "Will you explain what you mean?" "Yes. Sometimes we see through the littl11. games of our employers; sometimes we investigate them a bit." "You are a bold fellow "I am; and I would advise you to Jisten to my story." I will listen." Thie morning I was up at head-quarters, when a girl-or, rather, a beautiful 'young lady-came in to report the 1088 of some baggage. I had an idea flash across my mind, and I at once drew the girl to one side to Jet her tell me her tale." :MoreJand'e face '!Jecame deathly pale. "You are very pale, sir." .. Proceed." But wh_y are you so palet" Proceed with you story." The detective laughed, and said: .. I see.'' "See what?" "I am getting home on you. Yes, I eee you know the ? ,ung lad ." .l Will you please finish your story?" "I will. The lady told me her story. She said 11he came over in the steamer --. She came over as a steerage J)Ulenger. She Baid, that on the trip she made the acquaintance of a man who won her confidence, and she Jeft the steamer with this man;. that she went to a hotel In New York with him, and he registered her as bis daughter; that during the course of the night she had her suspicions aroused concerning the man, and left the hot.el." Moreland was trembling like an aapen leaf. W by do you tremble IO, sir? You muai recognize aome of incidents of my tale." "Proceed, will you?" . Cenainly I will. The young lady aid she wei,t to get her baggage, and learned that It was gone, but she couJsi not ucertain who had takeb It. She described the baggage, and the trunks answer to the descriptlon of the ones I recovered for you, and which you claim as the property of your daughter." Moreland commenced paclng to and fro acrou the room He was greatly "You'see, Tt was by a lucky accident I fell on to your sclleme," said the detective, with the utmost coolne11. My scheme!" exclaimed Moreland. Yes, sir, your scheme." How dare you!" Mr. Moreland, you opened this int.enlew by telling me I mua not take you for a fool. I now tell you, do not take me for one.'' What do you suspect?" That the trunks belong to the young lady, and that She la noC your daughter." What did you tell her?" I told her to say nothing to any one, and I would dad ._ trunks." "You oromised to ftnd her tnlnkst" "Yes.'\ "Do you mean to keep your promise!" That depends "Upon what?'" What you may propoee, eir." "You are a smart man." Thank you." You are prepared to make some mone7f" "I am, sir." A large sum?" All I can." The girl lied to you." "Did she?" Yes; but only in part. A portion of her tale is true.'' .. Ahl" She is the thief. The prl ran away from Ireland witll ltolea propert.y in her po88e88ion.' "Ahl I see." I came on the steamer to track her." "Yes, I see." J fpoled her, and won her eonftdence."


RANLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. 1'1' c:::::==============================:::::;=================================t .. Yes, I eee." "And she gave me the slip." "You did not have her confidence after all?" She was even smarter than I gave her credit for being." "Yes, I see ; and you say she is a thief?" "She is "We can catch her nicely " That's what we must do I have taken you into my confidence, and you must aid me." "I will, sir provided everything is all right Ranleagh meant one thing, the man understood him as meaning another, and he said : Everything will be all right. And now will you describe the girl's appearance?" The detective described Margaret Treadwell's appearance. That is the thief. I will catch her yet." "Yes, sir, it I am on your side." I intend you shall be. Money Is no object to me. And now about the contents of the trunks. There are some papers missing." What papers?" .. The papers the girl was paid to steal." "Who is the girl?" "She claims to be Margaret Treadwell. Her real name Is 11eagher." She stole the pa:i)ers?" "Yes; she was governess In a wealthy Irish family, and she was employed to steal the papers." "And the papers are not in the trunk?" .. No ., Maybe they were not in it!" "I am sure they were " But I do not see what object a thief woul\} have In taking them." They may have been taken ut and mislaid without any &US plcion as to their value." That is possible " I will pay you five hundred pounds to recover the papers." "That is pay." "Yes; ana now tell me when you are to see the girl?" She is to come to see me again "When?" "No time Is named "We will arrange a plan," said Moreland. CHAPTER XX. '1 'BKRB was a smile under Ranleagh 's skin, but he did not permit ft to show In hi' face. His man had run right into the trap that had been eo cunningly laid for him. "What is your plan?" "You are to aee the girl again?" .. Yes." When you do, arrange a meeting with her." .. Yee." Then come and tell me when you are to meet her." .. l eee. ,, '' I will arrange a place where you are to britJg her." Yee:.,, And yqu wlll turn her over to me." For what purpose?" If I poasesaion of her, I w!ll Induce her to return to with me.' "Ahl I see. And how much I to receive for my services?'' "You shall be well paid." .. ...,. The detective left the hotel after some further talk with More land; and once outside, he indulged his broad smile. He had. his man dead to rights. Early In the evening he returned and met Moreland. "What news?" demanded the latter. I am on the track of the papers lloreland's face expressed his delight. "Then you know there were papers?" "Yes; and you had the right idea; the parties did go through the trunks.'' Ah! I thought so." "They did not attach any Importance to the P.&pers." "From whom aid you get the information?" Tbe lady friend of the thief." Ahl I see. And did she see the papers?" .. Yes." "Did she glance at them?" "Yes." What were they?" She says there was-or what she bellevehc*srapii?" "Yes-of a young man." "Can we get that?" Yes, If we succeed In getting any of the things." "We must have them all." "We will." That same night our hero met Moll, the woman who W put him on the track of Tally-ho. "Is everything all right?" demanded the woman. I can not tell yet. 1 am to meet the young man." "When?" Can't tell exactly; I meet him under cover," 11WJ1,rT" I will report to you to-morrow, Moll.,. To-morrow It must be. "Why?" I am going away." "Where?" To Bermuda The doctor says there is a chance for me." "I am glad to hear it, and to-morrow I will report." For reasons of his own, the detective did not wish to tell the full facts to MoU. She was a woman, and women are queer sometimes; and although Moll had given Tally-ho away, she might still seek to save him from running into a trap. The detective arranged a meeting with the woman for the next day, and walked oft. The fact was he had seen Phil Treadwtill, and had made an arrangtiment with him, and a few moments after his meeting with Moll, under a perfect cover, the detective entered the gambling-saloon where he had first met PhU. The young man was engaged in the game. He was pretending ti> bet fecklessly, and in every way acting as he had upon the prevloua night; but his bets were not so heavy. Our hero bad put up the job. He was working a deep scheme. After awhile Tally-ho entered the place. He watched a chance to catch Phil's eye, when he passed him a signal. Phil appeared to be great11. annoyed, but at length quit the game. See here, .young feller,' said Tally-ho, I told you to keep oui of that game.' It was you who ftrst got me Into It." "Well, I'm tellln' you to keep out of It now." Phil Jed the way over to a remote comer of the room. where & rough-looking man was seemingly asleep In hla chair. How did you get home last night?" "The officer let me got" Who was the fellow who got around there so lively! "I don't know." Had you ever seen him beforer No." "He pretended to know 1.ou.'.' Yes, and I've.my Idea. "What's your idea?" Be's a detective." "EhT" I think he is a detective." "What makes you think aoT" "Well, it's my idea." 1 Who waa he watching?" "Me." "You?" ,.Yes. Why would he watch you?" "I think U1e fi,tm have had an Intimation, and I Wilk I eaa thank vou for it." .Yoq are young feUer; that was not a deteciift, or ff he was, he was not after you " Who was he after?" "He was on a general lay. But now, haV'e you Uiougb& OTer what I've been saying to you thtlle last few days!". "!have." ".And what's your verdict?" I don't want to go Into the scheme." "You don't want to go Into It?" "No." I' Why not?" I am sure to be suspected." See here, young feller, you might as well be killed for a...., as a lamb." 'But I am not sure this' scheme will help me." It will help you; it will get you out of your 1erape." Suppose It should fail?" It can't fail." Well, I don't want to go Into It." "That's you decision?" : "Yes." 1 "All right; tomorrow you wlll go to jail." You will not blow on me?" "I will "Will you not give me a chance?" I've offered you a chance.." Will you give me one more daf to consider!" "Time is money, young tq11ow.' "I must have more to-day." "No, ncn an houri You are up to some gauie.1 "Will you not give me a day?' "No." Then, if I must, I will go with you." CHAPTER XXI. I THOUGHT you would," said Tally-ho, aa a wlckeii deua' shone la hla eye1. "To-morrow night we wUl 'carrr eai the.


18 RANLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. scheme," be continued; "aud you must come with me now and learn just how we mean to operate." Phil Treadwell appeared t.o be very much agitated, and he mut "I do not know what will become of me!" Oh, you are all rigl1t. And now, let me tell you somet.hlng : I am your friend. The gang did not want you to join in this thing." Then let me retire from ii." "But, listen: in favor of killing you; and, if you had aot decided to go In with us, they would have killed you." "Why?" Because you were on to our racket. I persuaded you to go in -with us to save your life, and if you weaken i;iow it will cost yon :your life Our fellows never spare a 11q,uoo.ler. Tbef d hang nther than let off a man who has once squealed on them. The man who had appeared to be asleep in his chair managed to pass Phil a tip, and the young man left the gambling-saloon with 'Tally-ho. It was long after midnight a young man entered the :rooms of Ranleagh. The latter was at home; be had been waiting. "Well, my lad, is all arranged?" "Yes. lt iij put oft, however until the night after lo-morrow." "How many in the scheme?" "Four beside!! myself." ... Well, you gave them all the information they required!" ... I did!' "' And every thing is arranged!" '''Yes.' "Whal a,re the plans?" "I not to get them all complete, as arranged, until to morrow ai ht." went slow?" .. Ldid. I They have no suspicion of a give-away?" .. Not the least." "You are all right at your office?" Straight as a string, and just in time, as to morrow would 'have Jed to a discovery. There is not an error In the book-keeper's accounts, and they are going through all the books. My defalcation would have been discovered; but for you I would have been a dead man now." I thought you had some such scheme; and under all the cir 1 cumstances you are a 1 ucky man." "And you were a .If.ind man to loan m:e all this money." "Phil, did you ever see the woman who is known as Tally-ho's 'Wife!" "Yes, poor creature! One night, when he was mad with liquor, lie would 9aye killed ht:r if it had not been for .me. "Do you know, young man, that evil courses always brlng"their punishment?" "I do." And virtue is not always alone its own reward. Virtue is oft rewarded, and in your case this is the fact You made a friend of Moll." I know that she was the first one to open my eyes to the real character of Tallyho. She prevailed upon me to refuse to go into \the robbery scheme." She is a dying woman." .. Yes, I fear she has not long to live." She has become a reformed woman." I aba glad of it" She is seeking to atone for some of her paSt life." I do not see how she in her nondition." "Let me tell you something: Moll advanced the money I let you ha"e to stralghtP.n out l.our accounts." The young man exhibited considerable surprise. "She advanced the money!" he repeated. S,he did."-... This is strange." 4 Yes, It is one of those wonderful life romances we aomethnes meet with." I will able to pay her." ... Why not?" will not live to receive the mQney." ""She wil! get her {lay, you fear." And now, sir, wifl you tell me about myself-what you know?" Not now; wait until after the robbllry. '' Do you meian to let the robbery proceed?" I mean to get the dead wood on them. I mean to let them Into the bank and get to work, and then I will close in on the whole gang, and I will have all the necessary evidence to rid New York of their presence for a long time." Upon the day following the events we have described, Ranleagh was looking at the morning papers, when an advertisement met his eye that caused him to utter an exclamation of satisfaction. The advertisement read as follows: Wanted, by a young lady from Dublin, a position as govern688 In some gentlemaq's family. The advertiser Is well educated, fully capable, arid more desirous ef a home than wages. JI. T., this office." "Well, I've her!" our hero, and at mace he went .ut. He called on a merchant frjend who lived fn a fine up-town reeidence, and made certain arrangemellts with him, and then an .answer was dropped at the newspaper office. That same evening Phil met Tally-ho, all the arrangements for the robbery were disclosed, and later on all the facts were opened >Up to Ranlcagb. young man asked for information concerning his own "Not DOW, Pall" Something may haP,pen." What can happen T "We can not tell." "If anythicg happens to me, I have ll)ade arrangements u far u you are concerned. If anything happens to you, it is just well nothing were revealed." Upon the following day our hero went up-town to his friend' house. He was got up as an elderly gentleman of very respectable appearance. The servants of the house had been properly fa. structed as to bow they were to act under certain circumstances. hour passed after the detective's entrance into the houe, when there came a ring at the door-bell, and a veiled lady asked: ls Mr. Case at home?" He is, miss." Can I see him?" "Walk in." The lady was shown into the parlor, and a few momenta let.er our hero, as the respectable looking elderly gentleman, en'8rei &!Mt room. "You are Mr. Case?" "That Is my name." "I am the advertiser for a position as goTerneea. "Ah, yes! And what is your name?" Margaret Taylor." Are you from Dublin, Miss Taylor?" Yes, sir." f How long have you been in America?" Not long, sir; but I am fully capable." You are well up in the .English branches?'' Yes, sir." Can you teach French?" Yes, sir." And music?" "Yes. sir." And diplomacy?" The girl hesitated. I do not understand you, sir." The gentleman laughed, and said: I will explain. It is not an American custom for ladies tit keep their veils drawn down when seeking for a position." The lady raised her veil and disclosed the face of Margaret Tre.d well. CHAPTER XXII. ALL the features of the steamer disjtllfse were removed, and Mar garet appeared as a remarkably handSome Irilh lady-and some ol the latter are truj.y beautiful. Have you the proper recommendations, Miss Taylor?" I have not, sir." Have you no recommendations?" I can only ask you, sir, to communicate with friends in Ire-land." The gentleman appeared to betray considerable eusplcion, and .s&fd: 1 You will find it difficult to secure a po.ltion under 1uch clz-. cumstances.'' Yes, sir, I fear I will." "Did you bring no letters wiutyouf" ' I unfortunately lost my baggage; sir." "You lost rour baggage?" "Yes, sir.' How was that?' "1 can not explain now, sir." "You say your name ia Taylor?' "Yes, sir." Margaret Taylor?" -r The girfheld a handkerchief in her hands, and the keea eyee.ef Ranleagh made a certain discovery .. I fear you are deceiving me, mlae." The girl blushed, and said: I not trouble you further, sir; I see that m.7 JAck ot recommendation is a barrier to my employment." Do not go, miss. But see here!" The detective deftly snatched the girl's handkerchief from her hand and fixed his eyes on the name, 'fhe girl turned p&le and trembled. ' M. T.," said the detective, and added: Margaret Treadwell" He then fixed his eyes on the girl, and said in a severe tone: You are deceiving me." .. I will go, sir." "No, you shall not go, Margaret Treadwell. Yes, that la tile name, miss. I think I know who you are." The girl treqibled like an aspen leaf. The detective continued: .. ' I am connected with the police department, and a gentle named Moreland has reported the loss of a young lad7 named Treadwell "Sir, is it possible?" Yes, miss; we must inquire into this." "Oh, i;ir1 I am not the party." Then why are you so anxious to hasten away?" I have other calls to make." "Miss Treadwell, you must excuse me, but I must \rouble = to tell you the truth: the man Moreland has claimed that is a thief.'' A thief, sir?" -"Yes," It is false!" Let me tell you what he claims. Be says you were a go...-


RANLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. 19 I In a family In Ireland, and that you ran away, stealing a will and certain other Important family paper's; that you were bribed to do so." "Sir, the story is false, or he alludes to some other person." "I am EOfry, miSll, but appearances are against you. Yes, you hotograph was In the trunk." I remember you found it." "Here It Is." , Oh, sir, I am so glad! And you really think he llfflr' I know the orlglDal of that picture liTeS." You do sir?" .. Yea." The girl became deeply agitated. Let me tell you I heard the fact from Moreland." '' Does Moreland know my brother livest" "Yes; he has seen your brother." Then my brother is doomed." "Not yet." That man will kill him." l "Not while I am around. need haTe no fear, I ell JOll. I have Moreland In my grip, and when I get a man In my grfp, it' bad for him when I squee:r.e.'! Why did you arrange this plan to capture me!" llargtua asked. "I will tell you; I feared to ldve you a chance to slip as you did on the steamer. Ana now, where are you stayin:gT "I am stopping at a boarding house." "I wish to ldTe you a piece of advice. I think now you will act on my advlce." "I wlfi." Return to your boarding-house, and do not leaTe it uaUI. you receive permiailioii from me," 1 But, sir, all my drafts were in my trunk." I You fo"rget that all your drafts are in my poeaellllion; yoa are indepenrlent now." I had but a small amount In money. I must 11.nd a poeiUola, and with your 1 may succeed." The detective laughed, and said: You need have no fear. You forget again that 1 told J'OU I was on the track of your brother, and that be need not fell' oro land. I will accompany you to your boarding-house." The girl appeared to 00. cOlltused. "One word, mlas: If you still doubt me, ""'I'" "No, sir; I do not."


RANLEAGR, LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. I =========a 10 Then you must act abtlolutely under my "But will you not tell me about my brother?" 1 can tell you nothing now; not until after we have hacl an ln. terview with Moreland." Do you propose for me to meet him?" I do. I like a joke, and I propose to play a practical joke on that man. Indeed in his presence I prorose to put you in po8'Je8-1lon of your property. I propose he shal then confess to you how he stole your trunk, and we will have him " I see your plan "Yes, and I will carry my plan through ; never fear but I will." The detect .Ive reassuumed his disguise and started with the girl to her boardine;-house. On the way he made arrangements for com municating with her, and also instructed her how she was to act under certain contingencies. Having reached her home, he bid her good-bye, and proceeded 1o meet the rogue Moreland. He found tlie latter waiting for him as usual. "What luck?" demanded Moreland "Well, sir, I've seen the girl again." "You have seen her?" "Yes, sir." "And you have arranged to deU.ver her into my hands?" "l have. ' Good, you are a jewel! And how about the papers that were In the trunk?" I shall recover them " You are sure of recovering them?" I am; and here is the proof I have had this returned." The detective handed over the photograph of Philip Treadwell. But U's the papers 1 w:ant," said Moreland. J HAPTER XXIV. "You will have the papers in good time, sir," said Ranleagh. .. And how about the girl?" "Well, she tells a strange story." "Ahl what does she say?" She says you are a secret assassin." "What nonsense "She tells a 8'range story indeed " What story did she tell you? The detective related the tale he had read from the diary. More land listened with a changing expreaalon of oountenance, and when the detective had concluded, he said: Do you believe that tale?" "It la not for me to say." "It is not for you io say?" "No, sir." "Why not?" Ber.auae I am in your employ; but I've news for you." What news?" _. The girl, I think, hu found a powerful friend." A friend?" r iyea., n "Who?" "A tletective who be1ieft8 her lltiol'f." What la his name?" Ranleagh." Koreland gave a start. Has she met that rBBCalT" "Yea; do you know him?". I do; he ls a villain. He is really abetting the girl." "Ah. that's the case eh?" i Well, all 'I have to aay la that he la a dangerous man." "Bow dangerous?" "Well, when he gets into a thing he goes straight ahead." But be ls a rogue." I' never heard he was." You know him?" I know his general reputation on the force." He believes the girl's story?" "Yes." i "And what Is he going to dot" ;.. He has set out to find her baggage," He can't do that." "I don't know ; the girl suspects you 1 auapects me?" .. Yea." ."Of whatt" Of having stolen her baggage." "Nonsense!" She-has given your description to Ranleagh, and has told him where you are stopping." The man turned pale, and said: n .. He has not been here." . He ls piping you, probably. He will find the baggage in your and then you wm go to jail" But the girl is a thieL" You had no right to get her baggage, all the same." "What would you advise?" I would advise that you remove the baggage; it is of no value ioxou." That Is so." "Better let me take it away?" .. Do 80." I will, aa I think it is the safest plan." "And now, how about the girl?" Well, what do you propoae?" I wish her In my po6Se88lon." "Do you think It Is safe for us to trap her when she has a friend like Ranleagh ?" I..et me once get her In my po6Se881on, and with your permiBsion. I'll see that I keep her safe." Remember, you have the detective watching you." You do your part and I will arrange about that." A carriage was called and our hero removed the baggage. Be had reasons for desiring to Ket the baggage in his posse68ion. Later on Ranleagh met Philip. It was the night when the robbery was to take place Phil was at the hoWJe. Be was excited and nervous. Having regained his honor, he lost the coolness that had distinguished him when our hero first met him. "Well, my boy, are you ready for to-night's adventure?" I am; but I feel very sad." "Whr sad? " I thmk to night will finish me " Eh, finish you?" "Yes; those fellows will keep watch on me, and the moment trouble comes I go down." My dear boy, you need not have the least fear. I do no& dD business that way " I think they suspect me." Eh, that is bad. What makes you think sot" They have been piping the place all day " Ob, that's in the way of business No, no you need have DO fear." "I have, all the same." It will be all right And now I have a few words to say to,... I understand you think your si.8ter Is dead?" The youth exhibited great excitement, and said: What are you to reveal?" You must keep perfectly cool." "I will "Your sister lives." "Lives?" ''Yes.'' "You are sure?" .. Yes." '!On what do you found your statemeoU" She bas c ommunicated with me." Communicated with you?" "Yes." My sister?" "Yes." "For what purpose!" She is seeking her brother." And why have I not heard from her all theee yea?&!" I thiQk you are both under obligations to an enem)'. Tew letters, I believe, were intercepted." "And she live1T" .. Yes.,, "You are sure it is my slater?" .. You once asked me how I came to knoyr eo much .t yaar affaini Does not the fact that 1 do know 10 llhuch proTe llM I& II your sister?" And where is she?" She bas started tor America." "'She has started for America?" 'Yes. "And does she know I live?" ''Yes." Will you tell roe how you came to identify met" I had r,our photograph, and recognized you the fin& mo-.& I saw you.' "This is wonderful! " I have more wonderful new s for you. Boih _1our ulldee aN dead.". Both my uncles are dead?" ",Yes; and you are the heir to the Treadwell ..ta&e. Ko eDe stands between you and its po11e1111ion; ao r.ou eee )loll' cUncee for being repayed are pretty good, after all "1 will not engage in this "1falr tonight : Oh, yes, you wlll." "No, I can not." "You will to oblige me?" You will not ask me to do it under the c!rcumstance1." 1 knew all the circumstances when I did ask you tO do it, I have been a gQOd friend to you Where would you have been bu& for me?" Say no more. I w!ll do as you direcl" Yes; and remember what I say. Further, I repeat, ao barm will come to you, and you w!ll atone for all your wealtne11 by aiding me to capture these men." "Will I not be compromised?" "No; I have talked the whole matter over with the dilbict attorney and chief of police." I am at your service." "Yes; and you must not flinch. You will do justice a ll'fllll senice." CHAPTER XXV. THAT same night Treadwell went down and met Tall)'bo The gang were in the low resort and were in a jolly mood. All their plane were complete, and they calculated upon carrying oui a grand scheme which would result in the eecurlag of an lmmeme boodle. Phil joined them, and Tally -ho called him io one aide, and aid: "You're dead set to go in with us?" "You have compelled me to join you."


RANLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. 11 "Well, young fellow, I've eomething to tell you. I've received word that you'Ye been very busy with a stranger lately." Who told you f" "Never mind who told me. Is it true?" Yes, it is true." Who was the man?" "A lawyer." "A lawyer?" repeated Tally ho. Yes " What business have you with a lawyer?" I am a witness in a will case." "You are a witness?" "Yes." "Well, just listen to me. You may be telling me the tTuth, or you may be lying. If you are lying, so much the worse for you, for if anything goes wrong to night, you'll never testify in any will case. We'll knife you so quick your light will go out as though you were struck by apoplexy!" Why should 1 be held responsible if anything goes wrong?" "You're not one of the gang, that's why. And now listen: if we are sent up, there'll be enough of the 'skids left to settle your case. Bad luck to us to-night is your doom under any circumstances." I can n ot help it.' I did not go into this thing willingly, and I am willing to draw out now." "You are willing to draw nowf" "Yes." A amlle played over Tally-ho's face. "Do you want to draw out?" "I do And you will?" "Gladly, It you will consent." "Well, lad, 1 don't consent. We need you to night, and if we don't gel the boodle, you are a dead man; that's all there is about it." "It's an unfair position to place me in. I will not join you." "You won't join us?''. "No." Tally-ho dniw a pistol from bis pocket, deliberately cocked it, and said: Say that again!" There was no mistaking bis Intent. "You compel me to join you?" "Yes." And bold me responsible for the success of your scheme!" If we fall you die." "All right; I wlll have to take my chances." "There are no chances to take if you do your duty. Our plans are complete." "At what hour will you visit the bank?" "Between three and four o'clock. We will go there singly. I will go first and you wlll join me, and then the others wlll come on after you and I are lo. And now, you are sure about the night wstchman?" The regular watchman told me be would not be on duty to-night." Eh?" ejaculated Tally-ho. The regular watchman told tne be would not be on duty." A gleam of suspicion shone in Tally-ho's eyes. He told you be would not be on duty?" U Yes-." "How did be come to tell you that?" "l don't know."" Did be say why he would not be on duty?" Yes; he said be was going to a wedding." "A.ll right, we understand each other. Remember, if we win, you're all right; if we fall, you're a doomed man!" Tally-ho proceeded and opened up more of bis plans to Phil, and the time passed until one o'clock, when Tally-ho called .Phil aside, and said : "lam going now. I will meet you at the corner of -Street; be there exactly at two. If you fall, I'll think you're going back on us .1 I'll be there if I can." "If you can?" "Yes.,, What will stop rou f" "I do not know.' Why do you say It you .can f" "I may drop dead." .. You will 1f you are not there. Good-night for a little whlle, 10noy. You be there!" While Phil was lo company with Tally-ho and bis pals, Ran leagb wu hovering around He was standing on a corner near the rendezvous, when a woman came along and touched bis arm. "Come with me," she whispered. The detective recognized Moll. Hallool I thought you were on the sea?" "No; I am not going until the next steamer." "What made you stay over?" "I'll tell you some other time. Come with me. The detective walked a few steps down the street, and came to a halt. What are you doing here, Ranleagb ?" I'm on a lay." .. Do you know that young fellow Brownle Is going to work with the gang tO-nightf" "Do you know ltf" Yes.,, "Well?" I tnow your game." "You dot" "Yes." And that Is why you stayed over?" "Yes." "What is my game?" "You mean to arrest Tally-ho to-night." The detective made no answer. I know what you mean to do; no need to admi& it, 1 willing." "You are willing?" "Yes. If I meant to give the thing away, don't f011 ...., 1 would have done ii before this?" "Well, what is on your mind?" "That boy "What of him?" You're letting him act as a decoy." "How do you know?" "I've put certain facts together." Well what of It?" He not do It." "Why not?' "There is a scheme to murder him." How do rou know?" " I've got 1t straight." "I'll take care of him." "You know of the scheme?" "I suspect It." "What are your pl.ns?" No harm will come to the lad." "You are sure?" I do not generally make mistakes on such subjectl. 1 Are you running this thing alone?" "Why?" You will be beat if you do." "What makes you think so?" The fnen mean murder. They're in a desperate conditioe." Ranleagh laid bis hand on Moll s arm, and said: Have no fear. Go home, and to-morrow we will have aome strange news for you." "Ranleagh. one word : do not spare Tally-ho on my account." "You have turned against him?" but I would not raise mx band to save him. He fs" one of the meanest and most heartless villains In New York." "You're right, Moll, and he Is well l>ut of the way, and he will be. Now go; business commences. I see. some one coming wllo brings me news. I've big work on band to-night.'' CHAPTER XXVL MOLL walked away, and a few moments later ourberowujola by 1ouog Treadwell. Does the game go on tonlfibU" demanded Ranleagh. "Yes; everything is settled. "You were warned?" .. "You did not scare?" I did not." Phil Imparted to the detective all the plana, and dlsappearM. At the hour n!imed younN Treadwell met Tally-ho. A.ha, you are on hand! "lam here." You are late." The men were standing where they could eee the face of &be City Hall clock. Only five minutes late." Tally ho proved himself to be quite a phlloeopher by remarkbut: .A. conspiracy that would destroy a State could be hatched fn. :five minutes." Phil made no remark, but be saw that it WM neoeuary for him to be on bis guard, as be was suspected, and the men mlgh' tab advantage of the first Indication of treachery to lay him out. "Come with me," said Tally-ho. The two men proceeded down the street and stopll8d before a small building which was surrounded on eniry side by loNer edltlces. . Tally-ho listened a moment, and then said, in a low tone: I bear a step His eyes, shining in contrast to his pale face, were fixed upoa Phil. It may be the patrolman." "No; at this hour he should be around on -Street. U he la here, be bas a point. Come." The two men walked down the street, and a few moments palllled. when a policeman cam'e sauntering along. The officer, singularll' enough, stopped before the very store where Phil and Tally.ho had been standing. Tallyho grasped the youth's arm, '1 said: Do you see that?" Phil was cool, and answered: "Yes, I do." What does It mean f" "I do not know." Tally-ho's face was pale, his eyes glittered, and hla Yolce,,.. as be said: "We have far to be bilked' now. That cop is on a Jar He's had a tip." Phil did not speak. Something must be done," continued Tally-ho. The officer still stood In front of the building. "Brownle," said Tallyho, "there's a ;job on hand f JOL "What am I to do?"


RANLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. Tally-ho drew his pocket a glittering blade. Go up there and engage that cop m conversation, and when a chance o1lers, drive this knife through his heart. We can no\ be 1et back now; we've got things too fine for success." Phil's blood ran cold. A terrible alternative was presented. "You go and drop him, or I will drop you!" came the fierce declaration. I Qid not agree to become a murderer." "Don't give me any slack! Go! down the cop!" At that moment the policeman moved away. Tally-ho stood h.im a moment, and then said: "We will wait and see If he comes back." Phil earnestly prayed that the officer would not return. Some moments passed, and the two men again appeared in front of the little house. All was still, and Tally-ho stood listening and watching. Suddenly the side door of the building was opened on a crack. Tally-ho uttered a low signal and the door opened. Come," he said, quickly, and be darted within the door, followed by Phil. Once inside, Tally ho asked: Is all right?" Everything is all right," came the answer. How many are here?" You are the first arrival." There was a cop outside." "Yes; I saw him." "Do you think he's got a tip?" "No; he alwars comes to a halt right out there; it's his stop ping-place. He IS the fellow I call Old He stops at just euch places and walks at just such a pace." Then you think It's all right?" Certainly, it's all 'right." "How's the aperture?" "We've got a dead open and shut for pitting next door." "Have you been through to explore?' "Yes." And everything is clear?" "Yes." 1 Any watchman on duty?" "No." You bad that point down right, young feller, I see," said T!llly-ho, addressing Phil. .. P.hil made no answer; indeed, the youth was very uncomfort able. He knew his peril; if anything should happen to Ranleagh, bis friend, his chances were bad indeed. Half an hour passed, and there came a signal outside. The man who had admitted Phil and Tally-ho sprung to the door and opened it, and a moment later another of the gang entered. A short time passed, and there came another signal, and another of the gang was admitted. And 8o, in time, all hands were aaembled "Now, boys," said Tally-ho, "we're ready for business. This is a good night for us; we're in luck. Follow me." The men descended to the cellar. Dark-lanterns were produced, and an opening was disclosed leading from one cellar into the>ad joining one. The foundations of the two houses had been bored One after another of the men crawled through until all were m the cellar of the building that was to be plundered. Slowly they ascended the stairs, Indian file, to the counting-rQOm. Phil accompanied them, but his heart was in his throat. He ex pected every instant that Ranleagh would disclose himself; that a fight would commence,and then it would be time for him to look out. hideed, he considered himself a doomed man. He did not see how by any possibility he could escape, as upon the instant that treach ery was discovered the men would dispatch him. They were sworn to do so. Once in the counting-room, the gang deliberately set to work. There were several safes in the office, and Tally-ho called to Phil: "Here you are, Brownie, old man! Now, where do we com mence? Which safe coJitains the boodle?" Phil hesitated. Look out, sonny; don't now. Which is the safe that's got the boodle?" Still Phil hesitated. "Will you 11peak or diet I'm thinking." "Thinking ahout that?" Trying to remember which safe has the boodle." Phil was really seeking to gain time. Be did not understand Ranleagh's plans, and thought that he was not on hand. Come, come, old man; think quick, or I'll bleed came the command. CH:A.PTER XXVII. PHIL said coolly in answer to Tally-ho's threat: "You wouldn't have me point out the wrong sate?" "No; but we're losing time; and if we are to get along without your help, we will," and as ihe villain spoke he clapped his hand on the butt of a pistol Phil did not know what to do. That's all we brought you along for, young fellow." Phil had delayed as Joni? as he could, and pointed to a certain safe. "The money is there.'!" You are sure?" I am sure." Good enough; boys, let's bore for the boodle; we're in luck." Phil stood to one side as the men dumped their tools on the fioor, -.d the mechanics of the gang set to picking out the particular loels for their purpose. Tally-ho appeared to be only a director, and his eyes, as Phil .... iMd, were constantly flxefl oo him. The men commenced dri111ng the safe. Their work had pro ceeded along pretty well, when suddenly there came a moat thrilling and startling interruption. A noise was heard other than tba& made by the tools of the burglars. "Hark, boys! what's that?" insuired Tally-ho. The men all listened, and a thrilltng picture was presented at thal moment, and could a photographer have caught them as they as sumed their different attitudes, he would have pursued a fine study. "Douse your glim, boys!" said Tally-ho. The men were in darkness, and Phil took the opportunity to steal away from their near vicinity. A moment passed and all was still. A false scare, I reckon, boys," whispered Tally-ho. Tum on your lights and ge& to work." The lights \'Vere turned on, and Tally-ho looked around. He could not see Phil. Hallool" he muttered between his teeth, "where is he!" "Brownie!" he called in a low tone. There came no answer. How Phil came to refuse to answer will be explained later. "Hold on, boys! I don't like this.'' At that moment there came a voice, saying: !Yes, hold on, hoys!" In an instant the men were all on their feet, and each man drew a weapon. At that moment there came a voice again: "Put up your guns, boys; you're all covered!" The men stood with glaring eyes and bated breath, and an in8'ant; later Ranleagh stepped forward. Good-morning, Tally-ho," he said. When the detective spoke, he had his man covered with Uut muzzle of a cocked revolver "Who are you?" demanded Tally-ho. "An old friend. And now, lads, throw up your hands! 1 did not come alone this morning. I've got you all dead to rights!" The burglars were at bay-; indeed, they were dazed, the bulge had come upon them so suddenly. "Your jig is up, boys. You can start in on a little scrimmage: ff you choose; in fact, ft would suit me, and 1aee tM 'State llOf1W' i:penu "We're done!" said Tally-ho. "But let me ask you a que. tion." "Ta},)!:. fast.'' Who let you in on this thing?" My boy, you can thank yourself for coming face to face justice at last. Had you treated Moll like half a man, yoa wouJd. ha ye been all right for awhile, I reckon." A shadow fell over Tally-ho's face as he demanded: 1Did Moll let you in on this?" !She did.'' "Do you know Brownle?" "I've got the ribbons on the lad; but I didn't mean to harm him.. You worried the 11 into this job.'' "And Moll gave the thing away! I wonder where she got her points?" "I reckon she was laying to get a point on you. And now, lads, how is it-shall we have a little fun, or do you throw your bands?" Three or four officers stepped from the shadow. The burglan; saw that they had walked right into a big trap. The jig was in deed all up with them. "Come, Tally-ho, old man, what do you say?" "We're fools, cap." "That's the way to talk it." The five burglars were handcuffed and marched oft to head quarters. It had been one of the neatest jobs that had been ex ecuted in a long time. Five of the worst cracksmen In New York were captured, and the evidence was so dead against them that theT a.11 knew there was no need to plead. They were all good for fifteen or twenty years . They had come to the fate at last that surely awaits every evil-doer. No criminal ever escapes. Sooner or later in some way he is brought face to face with his crime, and often it overtakes him just as Tally-ho and his pals were overtaken. in the manner we have above described. At the time the lights were extinguished we have recordCd that Phil moved away. He had not gone but a few steps when a voice whispered in his ear: "It's all right, Phil.'' The young man's heart thrilled He came near making an ottt cry. "Move away, Phil, and have no fear; the jiggers are ourl! sure. EveVJthing is all right .'' Phil did move a.way, and that is the reason, as namt.ed, that he did not answer Tally-ho when the latter called his name. After the men were locked up, Ranleagh returned to his lodgings. He found Phil there awaiting him. The youth was very nervous and greatly excited "Have you secured them all?" he asked. "Yes; they're all caught.'' "They cursed me, I suppose?" "No; they do not think you are the party who gave them away.,. "TheX don't think it was me who gave them away?" "No.' "How is that?" They think it was Moll." "Poor Moll, they will kill her!" No they will not harm the woman. in the t plaee, tbef' will all go up the river sure. There's no doubt o hat poiat.,. "But some of tlleir friends may do her harm.'' No fear ali>out that. Those people don't llerNw tnaW. 4lall


RANLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. way acept on special occasions; but even if they had ft In for )loll.:.. she Is all right." "HOW?" "She sails away a day or two, and it is doubtful whether she ever returns to N York. The woman is really dying ".New willy tell me all you were to tell me?" "Not now. e need sleep. To-morrow, my dear boy, I will make a very nderful and startling revelation to you." CHAPTER xxvm. ON the day following the Incidents we have described, Ranleagh directed Phil to go to the bank, as usual, and not let on, by word or look, that he knew anything concerning the attempted robbery. Going down in the cars, t.he young man read an account of the affair. The reporters had got the whole business from head-quar ters, and the larger papers had got the account in their columns On the train the a!Iair was the principal subject of conversation. Arrived at the bank, all was excitement The managers of the bank were on hand, and an examination was made of the attack on the safe. The implements of the burglars had been removed by the detectives. While the public were discussing the suhject of the robbery, the man who had done the public, in truth, a great service, was hold ing a thrilllng conversation with a very innocent and beautiful girl. Ranleagh proceeded to the house where Margaret Treadwell was boarding He was admitted, and the girl came down to the to receive him. She looked beautiful indeed, and the detective felt proud in having been of service to such a lovely woman. "Have you read the morning papersf" asked Ranleagh, after the usual salutations I do not read the papers, sir. American papers contain little to interest me. The detective smiled, and said: That is a proof of how little we know, at times, of what is of interest to us." What do you mean, sir?" "You have a brother?" The girl turned pale Oh sir! have you news of him?" I have found him "Found my brother?" "Yes.,, Tke girl's agitation became great. "You are sure she demanded, in a trembling voice, "Oiat it ii really my brother?" I am sure it is your brother." Where is he; sir?" He Is safe." And win you take me to him P" "Not at tliis moment ; but you shall see him soon." "This is wonderful, sir-th st I 11hould find my broth.ir so soon." Ranleagh felt like putting in a word for himself, and he said : It is more wonderful that you should have met me, miss." It is indeed wonderful I should have met so good a friend. I owe much to you, sir, and I shaU always be grateful " Will you, now?" said Ranleagh, letting bis speech run into the brogue. "I 11lways shaU." You do not know yet the magnitude of your obligations to me." "Yes, I do." "What wilJ you say when I tell you that bad it not been for me 7our brother at this moment would have been a corpse?" The girl uttered a cry. Ah, you need not be afraid. He is all right and in good health." "An1i here In N8iai-York?" "Yes." Oh pleaEe take me to him at once." "Not at present; some matters are to be arranged first; but let me tell you a story." Please do, sir." "I told you I found a photograph in your trunk?" "Yes, sir." I concluded at once that it was the picture of your brother. I had read your diary." Oh, sir, how could you?" It was a matter of business. I might have saved your life had it been in immediate peril." I see. You are forgiven." Having read your diary, I knew the whole story. I was piping Moreland one day, when we came upon a youth who resembled the picture, and it is a singular fact that Moreland recognized the lad at the same time that I did. Moreland started to follow him, and I followed Moreland, but in some way the young man gave us the alip." But you have found him since?" I have; and I have met him under very singular circumstances.'' "Where?" 111. a gambling hell The poor girl uttered a cry of anguish. "Yott have a harrowing tale to tell me/ Oh, possibly it were bdter if he were Indeed dead!" "No, he ls all right ; you need have no fear. I have a tale to tell you; but your brother is all right. He is savtld. His life is saTed, and his honor." "'And you saved both?" ... Well, I think I did." J!foble man! What do I not owe yoat -11Mae teU TOii mr "'f." "Yes; proceed.'' The detective then related all the factlf we have alread1 11arrated 1 to our readers, and when he had concluded, the girl in a momeni of unrestrained enthusiasm and gratitude threw her arms around Ranleagb's neck and kissed him. Alas! she fixed the detectiTe-. with that one kiss. The man had never loved In his life, but when those bright., Wl'rm lips were pressed to his cheek. his blood was thrilled, and yet the action was but the outgrowth of grati tude. She was besiae herself with joy upon Ie8rning that herbrother was saved. Ob, how much we owe to you-how much we owe to you!" ,_ the girl kept repeating. "Well, don't say any more about that just now; your broUler 11., saved " And I shall see him?" "Yes." "When?" "Some time within. the twenty-four hours." And we will sail for Ireland in the first steamer?" "You wllJ, certainly. You may, miss, but I do not think roar brother will." The girl looked at the detective in surprise. "What do you mean?" she asked. Your brother and I have some business to settle before be san.. for Ireland." I do not understand. Is there something you haTe revealecl to me?" "No; I have told you all "Then why can not my brother sail with me?" "I tell you we have some business to settle.'' What can your buslnel!S be, sir?" Moreland." "What of him? You tell me you have the will!" ''Yes.'' "My brother's identity can be established?" Certainly; but a great deal of trouble can be saved if we llaw the man Moreland on 01lr side." I would not trust him." "Nor I." Then how can he be of service to us?" I Intend to get a hold over him. I intend that he lhlD ... written confession." He will never do that." The detective smiled, and answered: "I reckon he will.'' "Never." "Will you aid me to compel him to do so!" l do not see that we need his assistance.'' "That is because you are a woman; you do not 1lDdenclmd U.. tricks of the Jaw." "And do you think he could make trouble?" He could keep your brother out of his right.a for JeU'I; bm l will see that he does not." CHAPTER XXIX. THE detective proceeded the presence of Margaret 'l'read well to the hotel where Moreland was stopping, and was compelled to wait some time before the man came in. When ihe Iauer arrived, he asked, abruptly: "Well, have you seen the girl?" 1 have, and she tells me a strange story.'' SbP. told you a strange story before?" .1 Yes; but a much stranger one since. She tells me she eal!le t. America to find a brother who is heir to a large estate in Ireland.,. "A.hi she is trying to gull you with that tale, eh?" She can not gull me, sir; 1 believe her story." "You do?" "Yes, I do.'' "Well?" She wants me to aid her in finding the young man." "She desires to start you on a fool's errand?" I do not think so, sir." "What do you propose to do?" I came to learn what you propose t.o do." A moment Moreland was thoughtful, but at length he Ilk!:: "Have you recovered the papers?" "I have.'' "Where are the7?" In my possess10n." "You will pass them over to me!" Nut at present." "Not pass them to me?" "No ... "Why not?" I wish to study up this matter a bit. I think there Is -. thing in this little life-drama for me." "You are a villain!" "And what are you? Come, let's have a complete understand. I'm not a fool. I've got too much information; I've got down too :fine. Let's say we're both villains-that there Is a pan of us-and we may come to a better "You are a deep fellow!" 1 Yes, I am pretty deep." "You have Jed me into a trap.'' I think you trying to lead me into a trap. :e,& let-S Wis plain now What's your game?" "How much do you know?" I've got the whole business.'' "You have the story the girl gave yoar' "Yes, confirmed by her brother.''


:a.ANLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. Moreland started. Do you know her brother?" "We have become acquainted " That ill, you have become acquainted with the friend whom ahe J.aa decided to call her brother." "Oh, let go!" said the detectiTe "Bow let go?" "Do not try to gull me; come right out and talk buaine11." What do you call buslneaaT" Do you want me to open it up r" .,, Yes, I.do.". "I can do It." "l wish-vou would." "I will.'' .. Do so." "You want to get brother and sister out of the way. You are spending Francis Browne's monev Moreland betrayed considerable excitement. He iaced the room, and for some moments did not speak. It'1 no use," said the detective ; "we must start out in this buaine1111 on a square basis "You are taking advantage of me," at length said Moreland "And you wish to take advantage of an innocent gkl and her brother Do you know that I've got the whole history? I've told ;you so. .. And ho)V will ,,OU act?" That depends. Upon wha .tY" The terms .'' "What terms?" The terms you make with me to se"e you " What terms do you desire?" Money " Bow much? "Well, I've worked a long time, and I haven t struck a fortune I'd like to strike one now." "I am not a rich man." "But you will be if you beat those orphans out of their estate." "Will you name your terms?" I want ten thousand dollars." And what will you do for that amount?" "You must. first Jet me know what you want me to do." Again Mor e land walked the floor; his face was pale, his limbs trembled under him and he showed other signs of great mental excitement After a moment, he In a husky voice : "Have brother and sister met yet? .. No." Does she know her brother is alive?" "'Yea.'' "Where heist" .. No Does he know of his sister's existence!" ''Yee. ,, "Where she is?" "No." Aud you have both in your power!" :Both of them." "They have your confidence?" .. Y,,a." Could they be disposed of, do you thinkt; "How?" Can you not s uggest a way to dispose of them?" Do you mean to have them strangled Of drowned!" Either riddance would answer " How would it do to put the girl in a lunaUc asylum and the :young m11n in jail?" "That would not do.'' "Why not? " They would be likely to appear at any time." But you would have been paid for your services." "That would not do. You want them fixed T" ... Yea." It is a cold-blooded murder you propoeef" "I want them out of the wa.r,." "And how about the terms?' Your terms are accepted.'' But bow do I know you will keep your word with met-you -are a stranger.' I will keep my word." Oh, yes, you say so; but that is no guarantee for me. This is airlous business you propose." "The money will be paid.'' "Will you sign a contract to that effect?" "On one condition You will surrender the papers when the .dlloney is paid." That 1s satisfactory to me. I will draw up a contract at once." "But bow will you accomplish the work?" I will send a man to you who will do It." Send a man to me?" .. Yes.0 But you were to do it." I am a detective, not a murderer. But I will supply one; and I will put him on the track of both bis victims. It Is an easy job. The girl is unknown in New York and will not be misled, and the Joung man Is comparatively a stranger." "You have all theiacts down pretty well?" I have." I And :you will send me a man?" "Yes. What will I han to pay him!" "About a bundred dollars in each Cale." "Are al!BU8ibs so cheap in New York?" They are an imported article, like thoae who employ U..., a But tell me, do you wish one?" CHAPTER XXX. RA.Nt.EAOH was playing a deep game. Moreland had lCUlecl the detective of getting him Into a trap; bnt our hero wu pUing him into a worse trap. "You mean to deal fairly?" said Moreland "l do,'' came the answer In an emphatic tone. Will vou permit me to see the girl? "Yes.'' "Alone?" "Yes." "When?" Any time ; but we must complete our arrangements flnt." Will vou send me a man T "When?" I thought you needed one and I have a man ready." "Can vou not make the arrangements with him?" "No.'r Why not?" "On principle. I am a detective, not a murderer." I can not see where the distinction comes In when. you aN willing to provide both assassin and victims " There Is a distinction "Where?" I do not propose to do all your work-assume all the relpOllllbility, and let you slump me at the last moment." "Ah, I see. Well, I will make my own bargain.'' "You must. "You say you have a man?" ''Yes." Have you let him into the secret? "I've let him know his services might be requlreL" "What countryman Is he?" A Bohemian "When can you have him here?" Within an hour." I would like to talk with the man." You can.'' Bring him here." Ranleagh went bis way The detective was chuckling within himself. He found the man Moreland aii easy gudgeon to ca\ch In about an hour the detective returned He had a mean look Ing specimen of manhood with him, whom he Introduced &o More land as Mr Carl. Moreland looked the man over. Indeed, the fellow had eYeJT appearance of an assassin. You are a poor man?" said Moreland "Yes.'' You want to make some money?" .. Yee." A large sum 't" l The man's eyes glisiened as he aDl!Wered with a drawl: Yes." "You will do an y thing for two hundred dollanif" Anything " And when vou get the money?" I go awav.'' "Where?'' "I no tell." We will not enter into all the details of the bloody contract. Suffice it to say that Moreland deliberately made a contnct with the man to commit a cold blooded murder-indeed, a couple of murders. After the contract was made and twenty dollars paid fa advance, the man went away. Moreland was very nervous, and during the whole time had drunk freely; indeed, he was partly intoxicated. "So far, so good," he said "Yea; you have a good man for your work ; and now make :roar contract with me Ranleagh drew up a brief contract. Moreland had had enoua liquor to be reckless. The clerk of the hotel was called In to wl'ness the signing of the contract, without knowing anything u ie Its provisions. Rauleagb put the paper in his pocket, and said: You desire to see the girl?" .. Yes." "Under what circumstances?" Can you arrange for me to meet her In some omce where we can be alone?" Yes, I can arrange that well enough." "That Is what I most desire.'' The detective had his contract, and had led Moreland Into malt Ing a contract with the murderer, and he left the man, promlalng to make an arrangement for a meeting that night. When left alone, Moreland threw himself upon his bed, and 1lept for some houni When he awoke be was sobered up, and he began to think over what he had done. He saw that be had placed him self absolutely in the power of the detective, and a suspicion crossed his mind that the detective bad put up a job on him," u the term goes. He determined to wait until night, and see whether the officer kept bis word as concerned the interview with thl'I girl; and at that moment the man was I' attempt a plan that bad long been running in his head Meantime, the detective returned tQ lodgings, and IBM PJall by appointment.


RANLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. 25 "PJ11l," he said, I will now make a revelation: I will take you to see your sister Margaret . It -.Yoa'd be hard to depict the young man's excitement and delight. Our hero sat down and told the whc;e story to the young man related to him all the facts which have already be en detailed to our readers. The young man listened with distended eyes, and when the de t.ective had concluded, he said: "How much we owe to you I" "Young man1 you owe all to a Higher Power than me. It was tortunate for you and your sister that I met her on that boat, or both your fates would have been sealed ere now." And I am to see my sister?" ,. Yes." "When!" "At once. We will go now, as I have a plan to arrange with your sister and yourself. I've got this man Moreland fn my grip at last l've got him good and tight. But come, we will go to your sister's." On the way Ranleagh asked: "What occurred in the counting-room?" It was strange how coolly the managers of the bank took the affair " They were prepared for it. I had been in communication with them." "Did they know of my implication In tb.e matter?" "No. "Tally-ho may connect me with it." "No; he will be silent." It may come out some day "No, it is all right; you need not fear.'' "}.f I hqd not met you, I should have been a dead man now." "You had made up your mind to kill yourself?" "I h11d. "You now have learned a le s son that will last you all your life." "Yes, I have. But does my sister know of my adventures?" Yes; I told her all." "Was there need to tell I thought so." The two proceeded along, and reached the house where Margaret boarded, and a moment later brother and sister were in each other's arms. Explanations followed. The detective left them alone for two hours-ga ve them an opportunity to talk everything over, and then he appeared before them. Both attempted to thank him, but he said: Wait; we are not yet through. When you are ready to sail, you may swing me your thanks in the wave of a handkerchief." Ranleagh held a long interview, and arranged a plan with the brother and sister. CHAPTER XXXI. ON the day following the incident previously naTrated, Ranleagh met the man Moreland The latter appeared quiet and dejected. lam here." said Ranleagh, and l have arranged for you to meet the girl Margaret Treadwell." When am I to meet her!" To-day." "Where?" At a hotel on -Street." "A private hotel?" "No hotels are private." "I mean where I can have a private interview?" Yes; I arranged for that. I thought you would like to see her without interruption." At what hour am l to meet her?" "At two o'clock." Good I And now I wish to ask you a question Hunter." Our readers will rememtier Hunter was the name under which Banleagh had been introduced to Moreland "Go ahead; I am readr, to answer all questions.' \ Are you playing me? How playing you?" "You act very strangely." "I do?" "Yes.,. "Howt" "You do ot surrender the papers.'' .. I will In good time." "Why not at once?" I wish to see how this affair comes out." "I will tell you one thing.'' "Proceed." It will not be well for you to play me false." Please do not attempt to threaten me, sir "I wish you to understand I am an Irishman, and we are a race :not accustomed to let Injuries pass unavenged." I would propose that we all this talk until after your interview with Miss Treadwell.' "All right; but there is one thing I wi11h you to well under-stand-no blood must be spilled until I give orders." That is all right." ',' I may see flt to annul my contract with you." Th&L is all right on one condition: you will have to ma'!te a money compromise with me." The detective's answer was a cute one. At .two o'clock the detective and Moreland met, and the 1or.ner led hfl aan to the hotel where he was to meet Hargaret. Go to Room 20," he said, knock at the door, and you will be ushered into the presence of the girl." Does she know I am to meet her?" She knows that a gentleman is to meet her." Moreland proceeded to the room and knocked, and the summons came: "Enter!" The man entered the room, and he and Mari8ret once more stood face to face. The girl uttered a scream. She had been inatructed how to act. Is it you I was to meet?" es, Margaret; I come as your friend." You my friend?" "Yes" It's false!" Will you listen to me?" What can you say to me?" "I have much to say. Will you listen to met" I ought not to listen to one word!" "Why not?" You are an enemv; you sought to betray me. I admit the fact.;, "You admit the facU" ''I do." "And dare come here and ask me to listen to you!" "Yes." "This is impertinence!" "No, it is not. Will you listen to me?" "1 may. Proceed.'' I will admit I was your enemr,. I was employed by l'raaek Browne to put you out of the way. "You dare admit this?" "Yes, I admit it.'' "You admit you were hired to murder me?" "No, not murder you.'' What then?" I was to prevent your meeting with your brother." "And rou were hired to do this?" "Yes.' "By Browne'!'' "Yes." How dare you com& here and confess it?" "You will understand when y-ou hear all I have to eay. I WM your enemy; I am now your friend.'' You are now my friend?" "Yes." ";what makes you my friend?" "I am convinced that your cause is just." "Didn't you know it was just?" "No; Franics Browne Jed me to believe that you were aa impos. tor. lam now convinced that you are not." "No thanks to you, sir, for the admission. I have a proposition to make .! You need make none to me." With my help you can regain your brother's rights; my help you never can.'' "And what do you propose?" The man hesitated a moment. Ah, I see your offer of friendship is no't wholly disint.ereMed. It is not; and I will speak plainly. I love you.'' 1 The girl laughed, and repeated: "You love me?" "Yes." "This is nonsense!" "Listen: I am a man of good family. I am posaessed of mod erate DJ.e&ns. my wife, and your f>rrother will gain his estate.'' "And if I refuse?" I become your enemy, and he will die a beggar! Indeed. neither he nor you will ever see Ireland You threaten in I am merely pre!!enting the case." "I refuse to become your wife! I despise you!" Thin]f; over what I have said before you speak.., "I have thought it. all over." And vou refuse my offer?" "I do.'' "Then I tum against you!" "You can do me no more harm than you have already." You will never see Ireland again!" "Let me ask you a question: do you know my brother llftlr "Yes." How is it you know that he lives?" "I have seen him." "You have seen him?" "Yes. n "Lately?" "Within two or three days In a cold tone Margaret said: Well, I guess that is all I need." "What do you mean?" I mean that you have had your turn; it is now mine." The man turned pale, and said: "You threaten me?" "No, I do not threaten; I mean to put my plan into exeCulioa.'": "Put your plan into execution!" r "Yes.,, What do you propose to do?" "Arrest you.'' Arrest me?" "Yes.''


26 LIGHTNING IRISH For what?" Stealing my trunks." 'The man laughed, and said: This is nonsense!" "'' Ot, no, you will find ft is not nonsense." I know nothing about your trunks ., You know a man named Hunter?" !do." ..tle was employed by me. CHAPTER XXXlI. MORELAND gave a start and turned pale ; his knees knocked under him. What is that you say?" he demanded. "Mr. Hun ter the detective, is in my employ." In your emplo y ?" u Yesa" The man recovered his nerve, and attempted to laugh in a con temptuous manner. You only think he is in your employ." I know he ls sir "I employed Mr Hunter to find you and your brother. I em ;ployed him to tell you all the s tories he has told you You have :been deceived. The mon e y of Fra n cis Browne has been p a id to this man Hunter. He pretends to be your friend, but is really working again s t you; indeed, he has olfered for a certain sum, to put you in a mad house and send your brother to j ail." Margaret turne d s li g htl y p a l e On the face of his statement there was a possibility ot it s being true. The girl knew the power <>f money. She knew she had none to ofter cash down ; she knew :Moreland had The latter saw his advantage and said : "You have proof of that man 's treachery to you He arranged t his interview. He will do as I say You are in my power The girl for a moment was set back. There came a remembrance how the detective had saved her brother : she also remembered that .she knew his real name, while to Moreland he was known as Hunter. 1 am still ready to be your friend M a rgaret "No, sir; 1 do not desire your friend s hip You are a traitor, a mean, contemptible man! You have belled my best and truest friend; but he is here to speak for himself." The door opened and Ranleagh entered the room. "Ah, I am glad you have come," said Moreland. 1 Yes, I am glad to be here." [ ; 1t is time to lower the mask, Mr. Hunter." t I think it ls," responded Ranleagh I This poor deluded girl can not understand how you are in my employ I That is not strange, since I have led her to believe I was her frleJ:. ibe idenm1 Gf Phil Treadwell. re And if I do, I will only escape jail in America to be sent to jail in Ireland." "No." "How can 1 escape!" You need not. go to Ireland." And you will not prOSt'Cute me beret" I will not, on condition that you make all the reparation ID your power." "But 1 have property in Ireland "Mr. Treadwell wlll agree to purchase all your property." Francis Browne owes me large sums " That is your matter with him." I am a ruined man." Not necessarily; you can become an honest man evea aow." "Ohl why was I ever t.empted to enter into this affairt I aro. ruined! " You should have thought of that before you did enter into it. But listen : Browne will not make a fight Your confession will not be used; If it is not, you can return to Ireland or England, and, as far as we are concerned, no one will know what a villain you really are." Wiil rou give me time to think this matter over!" "Yes.' I will go, and you can come and see me to-night." No, no; we do not do business that way, under tlae clrcuJDo stances.'' CHAPTER XXXIII. Tm:RE was a pleasant smile on Ranleagh's face as he made the remark "What do you want me to do? Am I already under ansr "Yes, you are already under arrest." "Do not drive me too fast." "I will drive you until you do what is right." What do you call right!" You will all the papers at once "And then!' "Then you are free to g() and come " I will be glad to do so; I have not had an hour's peace slace I e tered Into this scheme. And I want you to bear in mind that I said no harm was to be done to either Margaret or her brother until I gave orders I never intended to give the order." "We wlll not talk about that. You are a lawyer. We have pen and paper right here ready. Draw up your statement." The man was compelled to sit down and draw up a full state ment. There was a carriage at the door and he was driven to the orece of the British consul, where all the papers were eigned; then the party left the office. "Will you come to my hotel and see me to-nighU" deman ded Moreland. "I will come; r_es, sir." Bring Phil with you." I will come." The men separated, and Phil and the detective returnell to the house, where they joined Margaret. The brother and sister started out to be very profuse In their expression of thanks, but the oftl.cer cut them short, and said: "I supp<>se you intend to return immediately to Ireland?" "Yes.' "Do you need my services?" A blush mantled Margaret s face as she said : I intended to ask you if you could make arrangemen'8 to accompany 'us." l can I am about to resign from the regular force, and 1 have a chance to enter a private agency. I want to see IrelanC. old Ireland-and I will go with you." We will pay you well for your services." "We wlll not talk about that now, but I will say, as Master Phil is a rich man, he can refund to me mx expenses.' That same evening Ranleagh and Phil called on Moreland, and the latter said: I am about to furnish you certain letters and information that will be of service to you. I have all Browne s letters to me, con taining his instructions; those I propose to give you "You are doing wisely." "l .llve a favor to ask: my connection with this at!alr ls not to be made public unless the necessity arrives?" "No, sir.'' Then I am all right. These letters will compel Bro'ft'lle to ab dicate at once and aclcnowledge the heir. The letters were secured, and Ranleagh and Phil returned to Ute detective's quarters. On the day following the incidents we have deecrlbed, pta11a,19


RANLEAGH, THE LIGHTNING IRlSH DETECTIVE. 11 was engaged for Queenstown, and en the the party I :sailed for lrel11nd. Ranleagh was quite a happr, man. The Idea of visiting Ireland -was the real fulfillment of a hfedream. He also enjoyed the com !Pany of Margaret, and while the weather remained good they were daily on deck. Oa the fifth day out, however, a terrible storm arose. The ship was held to her course and met the storm well: but as the gale -increased In violence, even the sailors went about their work with pale faces. The passengers were all ordered below, but Ranleagh had man-:aged to remain on deck, and when the gale was at its height he went below. He met Margaret; the latter's face was pale. She was sorely frightened: she did :10t wish to die. She hoped to live to reach her home and see her brother once installed as master of the Treadwell estate. Her face wore a look of terror and despair when Ranleagh joined her in the cabin. None of the/arty was ) troubled with mal-de-mer. AB the detective approache her, the girl saw he was smiling, and when he came to her, she said: "You smile?" "Why not?" he answered. It's a jolly storm." "But we are doomed!" "Doomed, is it?" cried RanleAgh, assuming the brogue. "Why, my dear girl, yer as safe as though ye were already playing croquet .on the lawn of Treadwell Manor." Banleagh's magnificent courage inspited the girl. 4 You think there is no danger?" Well, there may be a bit of danger; but this ship is going 1hrough all right, and don't ye forget it!" Before the followfog day the storm abated, and upon the second day the good ship was sailing through a comparatively smooth sea, and the passengers were promenading the deck as happy as people ought to be who have passed through a terrible storm at sea and know that they are approaching land. It was a clear moonlight night. Margaret and Ranleagh were 'sitting on the deck, and the former said: What a strange experience mine has been!" Ranleagh liked to assume the brogue, and he answered: lndade, but It has been, as ye say, a strange experience, and l'm hopin' that more may come of it than yerthlnkin'." There was a merry and hopeful twinkle In Ranleagh's eyes as he iSpoke. When I started for America I felt myself the most friendless lleing on earth, and ere I reached the American shore I met a good friend. ' "Yes; and ft was a scurvy trick ye played him." I tremble when I think of the danger Into which I ran." "You did run into danger, and your peril wn greater than you imagine, and you are not entirely out of danger yet." Again there was a merry twinkle in the detective's eyes. I hope we will have no trouble in gaining my brother's rights." "I thfnk not." And Ranleagh involuntarily commenced humming the tune of the "Pretty Maid Mllkinp: Her Cow." The air ls set to of. her words, which had a direct bearing upon the feelings .of lhe Irish-American at that moment. "Were you born In America?" asked Margaret. "No; I was born in Ireland." Then you are an Irishman?" By birth; but I was a mere rhild when my parents emigrated, 1Uld I have no recollection of the fatherland." "You have relatives there?" "I believe I have; liut I've never been In communication with them." "You would not like to settle In Ireland?" I would not. I love the land where I was reared.'' Ranleagh remembered the conversation with M11.rgaret, and etpeclally her last question, and on the latter he based a fulfillment of. certain hopes that had arisen in his heart. "-few days later and the good ship was anchored oft Queenston, uid our party shortly after ent Ranleagh was delighted. He flipped pennies to the boys until It ..eemtlC! as though he would expend a fortune. CHAPTER XXXIV. UPON the day following their arrival, the party reached Dublin and put up at the Shelbourne House, and, for reasons, Phil and his .sister registered under assumed names. Ranleagh, meantime, had his directions, and filter a day's rest, be started for the Treadwell homestead. The detective enjoyed surprises and all manner of curious doings, and he determined to make his advenflnto the presence of Francis Browne as startling and romantic as circumstances would permit. Ii was a handsome house In the suburbs of the city where Francis 'Browne resided; the building was a part of the Treadwell est&oo. It was night when our hero reached the house. Got up io the garb of a poor old man, he sought admittance to the house, and after some trouble was shown Into the library, and after a good long waft, the master appeared. He was a mean-looking man; he had been overseer on the estate, and was harsh and fruperious in his manner. Looking over our hero, he demanded: "Well, what do you want? Your face Is not familiar to me. I oppose you have come to make a complaint, or beg off from pay mg your rent?" "Well, sir, If I hevt" said Ranleagh, In an humble tone. You can get oft about your business!" "And wfll you not listen to me story?" I'll not listen to a word! They hlid no busfu.ess to admit you ....... "Ye area hard man!" "Hold! I'll take none of your impertinence; l'ft .. toe much of that from others already." Ye will listen to me, sir?" "Not a word! And now off with you about your buslnea" I'll not go a step." You will not." "I will not." Old man, I'll take you by the collar and throw you from Ille door!" You will not! and It's glad I am to discover ye are 1acla a hard-hearted man, as I'll hev less compunction In tellin' me &ale. Browne walked over, and said: "You'll go out." I'll not! And don't ye attempt to put yer hand on me or 7e'll get hurted." Browne's eyes flashed, and he reached forth his hand, when Ran. leagh rose with !lashing eyP.s, and said: "Howld, ye villain! I've warned ye! Don't ye darer You call me a villain?" lndade I do, and I am here to prove ye one!" The boldness of the words momentarill paralyzed What do you mean, you scoundrel?' "I mane what I say. I'm not here to ask a favor of ye. Shure. and If I had a favor to ask, I'd go to the true owner of this prop erty, and not come to you!" Browne cooled down at once. He took a seat, and aald in a toae of forced pleasantness: I'll humor you, old man." lndade ye will." Browne was a shrewd man, and he discerned that the vfaltor had come with a purpose. Will you repeat what you aald ?" he asked. "I will. I said if I'd a favor to ask I'd go to tke reel e....of these fine lands." You would Y" "I would." Where would you go to find him.!" "Not far." "You wouldn't go fart" "No, sir." "Not out of Ireland?" "No, sir." "You are here with a purposer "lam." "Who are you?" That's my business." "You will not tell me your nrunet" "I will not." And you are here to talk buslnemr "lam." Browne looked around furtivel7. Are you sane, man?" "I am." "You know what you are talking about!" "I do." "Suppose I send for a \>lfcemant" Ye may If ye choose.' Browne laughed, and said: " \ You amuse me. What have you to sayt" Are ye ready to surrender this property to the true lallrl" "I am." Now ye talk like a man." "Yes; I will surrender ft to the mu lldr." The man emphasized the words tnu lldr. ''I wouldn't ask ye to surrender it to any one else." .. You are very copsfderate. And who, pray, la the trae llllrt" Philip Treadwell.'' 1 Are you Philip Treadwell?" "I am not" "Who are you?" I am his friend." And you have come for the propen7!" "I have." "Will you take It with yout" .. It's joking ye are; but I'll take the joke out of 79. llr. P1aD1p Treadwell ls ii) Ireland." Ia he Indeed?" "He Is." "Why didn't he come with you?" He'll come to-morrow, sir, when you are moving out. "To-morrow, when I am moving out?" "Yes, sir." Then he will give me time to move ouU" "Not much time." "My friend, don .'t you think we have joked enought' "I do, sir." Then you quit." "No, sir; I've a message for you." "Ah, indeed! What Is ft?" "Mr. Philip wants to know when you will surrender.' "He wants to know?" "Yes." r "Let Mr. Philip come in person." He'll come, sir, soon enough, and you will recognize Illa I& a glance." ''Thie ls a nice little scheme of yours." "Do you think it's a scheme?" "!do." "Mebbe you think I do not know what I am talkfDg u.&f' "That's my Idea." "Would you like to go to jallt" )


( ; ; RANLEAGH, TH.E LIGHTNING IRISH DETECTIVE. Not this year." You will go if yer not careful." I do not feel like standing any more of your insults." "Do you remember a man named Moreland?" Browne turned pale. "Ahl I thought _l'd take the coldness out of ye. Yes, air, you do know a. man named Moreland." I do not." You never knew him?" "Never." You never wrote to him?" "Never." "I might belave that only for one thing: I have the letters you wrote to him." Browne leaped to bis feet, and exclaimed: "You have the letters?" Yes." "Where?" "I bev them here, sir." Ranleagh struck bis band against bis pocket. Browne sprung across the room and seized his visitor, and a struggle commenced & desperate struggle. CHAPTER XXXV. BROWNE was a. powerful man, but our hero was the more pow erful individual of the two. He bore bis man to the fioor, and quick as a. wink afterward clapped handcuffs on him, and then said: "Now, air, you may rise." Meantime a servant ran into the room. "You can go," said our hero, and lie pointed to the handcuffs. The servant did not know what it all meant, but he left Browne gazing in amazement. He was too dazed to speak for some moments, but at length he demanded: Whai does this mean?'' It means yom time has oome." Our hero had dropped the brogue. "Will you explain? This is very extraordinary." "Do you think so?" "Why am I put in irons?" That is what you deserve; but listen to me. Moreland bas eonfessed. Margaret Tread well and her brother are in Ireland, and I have all your letters giving instructions for the murder; and each letter is attested by the man to whom it was written Browne was stricken dumb. "We've got you, sir, where you can t even squirm." You are an American." "Am IT" "Yes/' "How do you know?" From vour speech." "We11?'1 "I've one word to say." "Speak a dozen if they are of the right kind." I will buv you!" "Buy me?'' "Yes.0 lVhat with, sir?" Money-gold!" You are not speaking the right words. And now listen: I can aot be bought." "What do you seek?" I will show you my documents." '.};'he detective proceeded, and showed his man all the proofs, and, tnaeoo, told him the whole story, or that part it was necessary to tell. "I am ruined!" muttered Browne. I think you are." "I am lost!'' "You are, sir." Will you do me one kindness?" "What shall I do?" '...Blow out my brains, or release me, so I can do it myself." No, sir; there is no need to do that." "I am a prisoner." But you can be free." "Free?" "Yes." "How?" ,. "Surrender this estate, welcome the true heir, and no one shall ever know what a. villain you are. You can appear as an honor able man; you can claim that you voluntarfiy surrendered the prop rty the moment the true heir appeared." Ancl those papers will be burned!" "No; but *ey will never be made public." "Where is Philip?" "Never mind. Do you surrender!" "I do." "Do you accept the terms?" "I do " And you will not attempt \o make any troublef" It would be useless for me to do so." That Is what I think." "I will do anything you say Ranleagh removed the irons, and said: "I've a proposition: accompany me to Dublin, and acknowteclp the heir at once." "I am ready "You will go?" "l will." Some time later the two arrived in the city. The evidence fm nished by our hero bad been overwhelming, or Browne would not b'.lve surrendered so easily. A few moments after their arrival at the hotel, they stopped exchange a few words. Who are you, sir?" I am an American detective." Does Philip know of the letters and evidence!" Yes." Our hero led the way int.o the J>arlor, where :Margaret and Pldtlp awaited his Margaret recognized Browne at once. Where is Philip?" demanded the man. The ;young man stepped forward. "Will you forgive me?" he said. Silence followed. Speak, Phil said our hero. "What shall I do?" "All's well that ends well, my boy. Your relatives acknowledge your claim; you can agree to forgive him." But his attempts against my sister?" Let it all pass." To me your words are law; your advice I can always take." In a. few days matters were all arranged. Francis Browne hacl been environed by the detective in such a manner that surrender was all that was left to him. Phil Treadwell took posaession ot his estate, and was cluly wel comed and recognized on every band as the true heir: after a month had pass ed, our hero, who had been his guest, announced his intent ion to return to New York. On the following day Ranleagh and Miss Treadwell were walk ing together, and the girl, who bad been in a meditative mood, said: Mr. Ranlea.gh, my brother has not yet settled with you for yov services." Ranleagh smiled, and said: "Well, miss, it's not bis fault; he has tried several times to pt me to name the price as a. reward for my services "And why do you not do so?" Well, I'll tell you; I was waiting to have a litUe talk with JOL" 1 A talk with me?" -"Yes/' The blushes reddened the Irish girl's cheeks. Ranle11gb fell off into the brogue as he said: "How do you loike America?" The girl did not answer. Do you think ye could ever reconcile yersel' to UYe Uierer' America. is a beautiful country." "It is; and do you lolke a sea voyage?" "I don't know; but I will ask what has all this to do with the matter of my brother's obligations to you?" Well, I'll tell ye when ye answer me questions." I like America." And could ye make up yer moind to live theret" /, If my brother should conclude to remove to America I coubappy there." "Ah! ye wouldn't go widout yer brother?" I might," came the answer. Ranleagh smiled all over; his heart was full. ''I've one more question to ask ye : could ye be happy there wi4I me, as my wife?" The girl blushed and did not answer. I'll tell ye, I wer' of a moind t.o ask yer brother for his sister as settlement in full of my claim." Margaret placed her hand In Ranleagh's. "You are a true and brave man. Do you ask me t.o beco your wife?" "I do." I will be proud to marry you." A week later Mr and Mrs. Ranleagh sailed for New York, ... the Lightning Irish Detective resumed his profeaion.. TDU., I JO


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. t)iefe popu!iire finh hie beften in bet beutf d)en 'Gpracf.Je. 'c>ief e grobe IJJlaff e bon eine unberfiiffd)te un'D eiue ftade Untmid)tsgetoalt bet SDeutfd)en bet !BminiQten <5taaten 1ft, unb einc grobe ,Piffe fiir mtmrifanet, toeld)e hie heutfd)e 6.rad.i'e ftubiten, fann niemanb leugnen." I !nacf)fol11enbe mlerfe linb in ber 1>eut!d)en et[cf}ienen: 1 Der von Prof. G. Ebers .................. 20 94 In der zw!ilften Stunde von Fried. Spielbagen, 175 Das Vermii.cbtniss, von Ernst Eckstein. z,,.eite ll Die Somosierra, von R Waldmfiller ...... ... JO und Ebbe und Fluth, von 111. Widdern ......... 10 HiUfte ......... ......................... ..... 20 3 Dae Geheirnniss der alten Mamsell, Roman voo 95 Die von Hobenstaln. von Fr. Spielhagen. Erste 176 Herr und Frau Bewer, von P. Lindau ......... 10 E. . . .. . 10 Hii.lfte. . . . .. . .. .. . .. . .. . . ......... 20 J'i7 Die N:hilisten, vou .Jo h Scherr............... .. 10 4 Qufsisana, von Fr. 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Erste Halfte ... 20 22 Kinder der Welt, von P. Heyse. Erste Haifte ... 20 108 Reise nacb dem Mittelpunkte der Erde. von J. 191 Sanct Miobael, von E. Werner. Zwelte Hii.lfle. 20 22 Kinder der Welt, von P. Heyse. Zweite Hii.lfte 20 Verne ................. .......................... 10 192 Die Nilbraut, von Georg Ebers. Erste Bii.lfte .. 20 23 Barfllssele, von B. Auerbach .................... 10 109 Die sill>eroe Hochzeit, von R Kohn .............. 10 192 Die Nilhraut, von Georg Ebers. Zweite Half.te. 26 2t Das der Zaunkollige, von G. Frey tug ...... 20 110 Das Spukehaus, von A. von Winterfeld .......... 20 193 Difl Andere, von W. Heim burg ................... 20 25 Frllhlingsboteo, von E. Werner .................. 10 111 Die Erben des Wahnslnns. von T. l\1arx ......... 10 194 Ein armes Mii.dchen, von W. Heim burg ........ 20 26 Z"lle No. 7, von Pierre Zacone ................... 20 112 Der Ulan, v o n Joh. van .()e wali .................. 10 195 Der Roman der Stiftsdame. von Paul Heyse ..... 20 27 Dit> juuge Frau, von H. Wachenhusen ............ :.!O 113 Um hohen Preis. vfln E. Werner .................. 20 196 Kloster Wt'ndhusen, von W. Heimhnrg .......... 20 28 vcm 'fh. von Varubfiler .. ......... 10 114 Schwarzwli.lrler Dorfgeschlcbten, vou B. Auer-197 Das Vermachtoiss Kains, von Sacher-MaS<>Ch. 29 Auf der Bahn oppelgii.uger, von L. Sch licking ............ 10 122 und Sohn, von A Godin ................. 10 206 I>as einsame HanR, von Adolf !:itrecktuss ....... 20 4 0 Die weisse Frau von Greifenstein, von E. Fels .. 20 123 Das Baus des Fabrlkanten, von G. Samarow .... 20 207 Die verlorf'ne Handschrift, von Gustav Freytag. 41 Hans trnd Grete, von Fr. Spiel hagen ............ JO 124 Brudertlicht nod Liebe, voo L SchUoking 1 ..... 10 Erste Hii.lfte ...................... : : ......... 20 42 Ollkel Don Juan; von H. Hopfen .......... 211 125 Die Romf'rfahrt der Epigonen, von G Samarow. ll07 Die verlorene Handscnrift, von Gustav Freytag. 43 M arkus Kllo'ig, von Gustav Freytag .............. 20 Erste Halfte .................................... 20 Zweite Hii.lfte ....... ................ : ....... 20 4 4 Die schiinen Amerikanerinnen, von Fr. l:lpiel-125 Die Romerfahrt der Epigonen, von G. Samarow. 208 Das EnlenhanS'!' von E Marli!.t .................. 20 hagen ......................... ... ........... 10 Zweit Hii.lfte .............. 20 209 Des Herzens Golgatha, 'l'On H. Wacbenhusen ... 20 45 Das grosoe Loos, von A. Konig ................... 20 126 Porkeles nod Porkelessa. von J. Scherr .......... 10 210 Aus dem Leben meinur alten Freundin. von 46 Zur Eh re Gottes, von Sacher, und Ultimo, von 127 Ein Friedensstorer, von Victor BIUtbgen, und w. Heim burg .............................. .. 20 Fr. Spielhagen .................................. 10 Der hf'imliche Gast, von R. B.\"r ............... 20 211 Die Gred, Roman von G. Ehers. Erste Hlilfte. 20 47 Die Oeschwister, von Gustav Freylllll: ............ 20 128 Schone Frauen, o n R. EildPr, von Joh. von Dewall 10 54 Dame Orange, von Hans Wacheobusen .......... 20 l34 1.Jm den Halbmood, von Gr. 8amarow. Zweite 218 Lore von Tolien, vou W. Heimburg ............. 20 55 Johaonisnacht, on M. Schmidt .................. 10 Hiilrte .......................................... 20 219 Spitzen. Ronum voll P. Linda.11 ............... .. 20 56 Angela, von Fl'. Spielhagen ...................... 20 135 Troubadour-Novell"n, voo P. t!Pyse ............ 10 220 Der Referendar, Novelle von Ernst Eckstein .. ... IQ :: : : : gf; 2(l 221 Das Oeiger-Evchen, Roman von A. Dom ........ 20 I 2:2 Die Gotterburgo, von 11!. J okai ............... .' ... 00 59 D:e \\'ohnnngssnchtlr, von A. von Winterfe d .... 10 Kaisers, von Wilh. Hanft ....................... 10 2!3 Der Kronpri11z und die deutsche Kaiserkrone, 60 Eioe lllillio11, von E. A. Kenig .................... 20 J:JS Mode lie Hist. Roman, vou A. von Winterfeld. 20 von G. Freytag ............................... 10 61 Das f;kelet, voo F. SpielhRgeo, und Das Frlilen-139 Der Krieg um die Hnube, vo11 Stefanie Keyser 10 Nicht im Ro111a11 von Ida Boy-Ed ........ 20 haus, von Gustav zn Pntlitz.. .. . ,; ..... 10 140 Numa Ronmestan, \ "On Alphone Da11det ........ 20 Camilla_, Roman voo E. E I< stein ................ 20 112 ioll und Hahen, von G. Freytag. Erste H .. lrte ... 20 141 Spii.tsommer, Novelle von U. vo11 Sydow, und 226 Josua, ..,;rzii.hlung ans biblischer Zeit von Georg 62 Soll und Ruben, von G. Freytag. Zweite Hii.lft. 20 Enge lid. Nov elle von Balduin llli.illhausen ..... 10 Ebers ................. :......... .... .. .. . . 20 '63 UrUnwaJd1 von Charlotte Fielt ............ 10 142 Baroolomii.us, von Brusehnver, und l\Iusma Cus64 Zwei Kreuzherren. von Lucian Herbert ......... salin, Novellen von L. Ziemssien ............. 10 65 Die Erleb11isse einer Schutzloseo, von K. Sutro143 Eill gemeuchelter Dichcer, Komischer Roman Schllckiug ....................... ............. 10 von A. von Winterfeld. Erte Halfte .......... 20 66 Das HaidPpriuzesschen. voo E. nlarlitt .......... 20 143 Ein gemenchelter Dichter, Kornlscher Roman 67 Die Oeyer-Wall.r, von Wilhm. von Hillero ....... 10 von A. von Winterfeld. ZwPite Hii.lfte ......... 20 68 ldealisten. von A. Reinow ...................... 20 144 Ein \Yort, NenPr Roman von G. Jl:bers ............ 2!1 69 Am Altar, vou K Werner ..... .................. to 145 Novellen, von Paul Jleyse........... .......... JO 70 Der Ktinig der Luft, voo A. von Winterfeld ...... 20 146 Adam Homo in Versen, von Paludan-Miiller .... 20 71 Moschko von Parma, von Karl E. Franzos ....... 10 147 Ihr einziger Bruder, \'OD IV. Heim burg ......... to 72 Schuld und RUhne1 von Ewald A. Konig ........ 20 148 Ophelia, Roman von H. von Lankenau .......... 20 'ia In nm! Oliea, von Fr. Spielhagen. Erste 149 Nemesis, von Helene v. Hfilsen ................... 10 Hii.lfte ........................................... 20 150 Felicitas, H1stnr. Roman von F. Dahn ........... lO 13 In Reih' uud Olied, von Fr. Spielhagen. Zweite 101 Die Claudier, Roman von EroRt Eckstein ......... 20 Hii.lfte .......................................... 20 152 Eine Veriorene, vou Leopold Ko111pert .......... 10 14 GeheimlliSst' einer kleinen Stadt, von A. von 153 Lug-in sland, Rflman von Otto Roquette ........ 20 Winterfeld .................................... 10 154 Im Banne dPr l\fosen, von W. He11nburg ...... to 75 Das Landhau nm Rhein, von B. Auerbach. Erste Hi5 Die Sch wester, v. L. Schilckln11: ................ 10 Hii.I r"te ....................................... ... 20 156 Die Colonie. von Friedrich Gerstii.cker ......... 20 "15 Du Landhaus am Rhein, von B. Aue! Ein Held der Fedt'r, Roman von E. Werner ...... 20 249 Freie Bahn!, R oman von E. Werner ............. 20 250 Gii.useliesel. Eine Hofl'eschichte YOD Nataly voo Eschstruth.......... ......................... 81 Die zwtlite Fran, VOil E Marlitt. ............... 20 163 Gehannt und erlOst, von E Werner .............. 20 82 Benvenuto, vou F'aony Lewald .................. to J61 Ublenhans, Roman von Fried. Spielhagen ....... 20 251 Die drei l\1usl l:'chatz aus dem dreissigjii.hrigen 170 Eio Gottesurtheil. Roman von E. Werner ...... 10 In zwei Theilen, ..... '" ................. 20 KrieJ!, \'Oil E. A. Konig ........................ 20 171 Die Kreuztahrer. Roman-von Felix Dahn ........ 20 256 Der Mann in der eisernen Maske, von Alexa11;ier to Das l"rii.11leia von St. Amaranthe, von It. voo 172 Der Erbe von Weidenhof, von F. Pelzeln ....... 20 Dnmas. In zwei Theilen, jeder ............... 20 Qortchall.. ................................... 10 173 Die Reise nach dem Schicksal, von K. Franzos. 10 257 Der Frauenkrieg, von A. Dumas. Io zwei Theilen, 91 Der Flir4 von l\Iontenegro, von A v. Winterfeld 20 174 Villa Schonow, Roman von W. Raabe ........... 10 jeder ....................................... 20 91 Um cin Herz, von E Falk ....................... to 175 Das Vermii.chtniss, von Ernst Ecksttlin. Erste 2.'i!! DerCbevaliervon l\1aison-Rouge, von A. Dumas. 20 98 Uardn, vo11 Georg Ebers ................... ..... 2C Hii.lfte ................... "' .................... 20 259 Neues Leben, von Berthold 4nerbach .......... 20 .,1>ie '..Detttld1e l'ibrarl)" ifl bei nllen .Beiht11R\lbii11b!ern AU bnben, ober mirb gegen 12 opelnummcrn, ttAd! flgrnb einn lllnreff e portofrei nerjenbet. l8et !Beflell1111g burcf) bie ll!ofl bittet man nad) 9?unumrn 311 beflellen. Gl>eorge ..sbera.u$geber. P O. Box 1781. 17 to 2 7 V A N U E W ATE R STRE E'I'. NEW YOBI.-,


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