The invisible twelve, an Irish romance of the present day and other stories

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PLUCJ< LUC}< S t ories o f Adventure Iasued WeekT11-Bv S11bsc1iption $2.5 0 per 11ear. Entered aR Second Class Matter at the New Yo1k, N. Y., Poal Office, November 7, 1898. Ente1ed acco1 d in(J to Act of Congress, in the year 1912 in the office of the Lib1a1ian of Congress, Waslii1117to11, D. 0., by Fran/' To11ey Publisher, 168 West 23d St., New Yoik New application for 1econd-clas entrv pending, No. 745. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 1 .1, 1912. Price 5 Cents. The Invi sible Twelve AN IRISH ROMANCE OF THE PRESENT DAY B y ALLAN ARNOLD CHAPTER I. WHO WERE THE INVISIBLE TWELVE? "Remember, Justin O'Neill, if yo u join our band you must take an oath-a solemn oath-to obey our leaders in all things." Thus spoke Theodore Falvey, a young student of Trinity College, in Dublin, and he was addressing a fellow-student. They were both young men, under twenty, and they were great chums, although they were very differ ent in their dispositions. Theodore Falvey was a light-hearte d, rollicking youth from the south of Ireland, who cordially hated everything English, and who was wi!ling and ready to join any and every movement set on foot for the redemption of his native land. Justin O 'Neill, who hailed from the older north, was just as patriotic at heart, but he was a little more cautious than his impulsive friend and he hesitated to join any secret movement of the Irish patriots without knowing some of their workings, at least. The two friends were strolling in the Phoenix Park on the evening in question, and Theodore had just made the remark above quoted. "But yo u can't expect one to go it blindfolded," replied Justin oNeill. "Surely you can tell me who is to be our leader?." "That I can't, as there is no special leader in the organization. We are ruled and governed by a council composed of twelYe men who are never seen." "Then the twelve men are the judge, jury, counsel and wit n es

2 THE INVISIBLE TWELVE. "Blame s u c h l aws, I say! Oh, would that could deI passing the same spot in the cab Falvey was removing the stroy all the English tyrants on the face of the earth!" I bandage again, as he remarked: "'Tis the strange, silent lodger," said Theodore Falvey, "Well, old fellow, you passed t h e ordeals in a glorious ''and he is denouncing the English in bitter terms. What can 1 manner. What do you think of our Invisible Twelve now?" have .happened to hi m at all?" "I think that the spy or the informer who attempts to enter "I thought the fe llow had no spirit in him at all that our ranks will have a hard task of it. Is it possible that way, remarked Justin in subdued tones. "Hear how he raves you do not know any of them, Theo?" now! Something must have happened to him." I do no t I assure you. I question even i f they are known The stranger's v oi ce in the next room was raised louder to each other." than before, as he cried: "Why, they are eve n more :.nyster iou s than the secret rulers Oh, we are all sl aves-abject slaves-t o s tand such tyrants! of Venice Jn. the olden time. If a single detective or a spy Oh, my dear brother, I w ill yet avenge your death on the cruel could gain admittance he would not be able to expose them." t yrants of our father's country!" "That is the beauty of the organization. It is almost im I will go in and see what hits happened to him," said the pcssible to expose us. If I were so basely incline d, I cou ld impulsive young Irishman from the south. onl y betray five others in all, including yourself." "Just wait a little while longer," said the more cautious "And the driver outside?" O 'Neil l. Yes he is one of us. They did wait, while the stranger continued to rave bitterly. "One of the Invi3ib l e T we l ve, perhaps?" suggested young At length all was silent in the next room, and a knock was O 'Ne ill in a whisper. heard on the young men's door soon after. "Who can tell? T h e English authorities wou ld give a On op e ning the door the silent stranger stood before them, splendid reward t o -morrow if they could only get at them." with tears in his eyes and an open lette r in his hand. 'When and how do we receive ord ers from our leaders for B efore the yo un g friends could say a word the man broke I action?" out, crying: "That I ca.nnot answer, Justin. When we reach our r oom Oh, g entlemen, I have just received such fearful news, and to-night we may find a summons before us, or one may be I am almost heartbroken with grief Mld rage! fiung into the cab here before we get out." "Pray, what is the bad news, sir? asked Theodore Falvey. "And we must obey that or.der?" "Step in." "Of course.'' I have just received a letter from Canada, in which I am At that moment the back window of the cab was op ened i'!lformed that my only brother was hung in .the Northwest for and a three-cornered note was fiung at Falvey's face taking part in the Riel rebellion. Oh, poor Tom! How dear Catching it on the instant, while the window was c l ose d to me h e was! We we r e twin brothers, and we were never again, the young southerner whispered to his friend, saying: separated until three months ago. Oh! would that I could 'Tis an order from the Twelve. I cannot read i t till we t ear down the English tyrants the world over. They are the are in ou, r room." same wherever they have the powe r." The stranger was kindly r ece ived by the two you n g patriots, Theodore Falvey b e in g taken with him at once. Not so with Justin O'Neill. In a very short time the stranger gave a brief account of his life He said that his name was Mortimer Morley, and that he was born in New York, of Irish parents, who were both dead. As those parents had left the two brothers some money, his brother Tom started out for the Northwest three months be fore, and had joined Louis Ri el. "I was anxious to see the home of my fathers," said Mortimer Morley, "and I came over here a m on t h a g o. I visite d Killarney and other famous places, and I only got here t o Dublin last week. I was down on the pritish government b e fore, but I am a sworn enemy after thi s, and I don't care who hears it! Justin O 'Ne ill warned the young man to b e more careful, while h e was studying him well at the same time. The stranger from America appeared to be a young man of twenty-four, with a pair of dark, pierCing eyes, a bold, handsome countenance, and with a tall form denoting great strength and activ i ty. He wore a full dark beard and mustache. The three young men appeared to be great friends before an hour went by, a nd the American stranger laid his heart bare, as it were, before t h e two young Irishmen. When O'Neill and Falvey were on their way to the secret re,nd ezvous that night the latter said, impulsively: "On my soul, Justin, that Morley i s a splendid fellow, and he ought to be one of us very soon. "Don't b e too fast, Theo," s aid O'Neill, "in forming sudden friendships I like the young man well e nough, but we don't know enough about him yet at a ll. If the Invisible Twelve are the wise and careful men you r eport them, they wou ld not take a n unk no w n r ecruit I'll go ba il, even if he is an IrishAmerican. H e may b e an English spy or a detective." "But y ou saw the letters of recommendation he has from New Yor k "Such documents have been forged ere n ow. I don't say that his are, but we can't be too c;ir ef ul. Just wait until we see some m o r e about him." After reaching a certain part of Dblin the two young friends entered a cab, and they were driven off at a rattling pace. Soon after entering the cab Theodore Falvey placed a bandage on O 'Neill's eyes, saying: "This is a mere form as far as you are concerned, old fel low; but I must obey my o r d e r s you know." Juat hours after, and while the twQ friends were reCHAPTER II. THE NEW RECRUIT IN THE ORDEALS. The secret order was in a secret c i pher. On rea.ching their rooms, Theodore Falvey r.ead it, ex plai n ed the meaning of the characters to his friend, In subdued tones, and then burned t'he paper, saying, in the same cautious manner: 'Isn't it singular that it relates to our friend in the next room, and that we are ordered to cultivate his acquaintance, with a view to getting him to jo i n the Brotherhood, without telling him too much at the 1rnme time?" "It is singular," said Justin. "The Invisible Twelve must have known him b efore w e d id Of course, we will obey, but you must be cauti ous, Theo." I leave him in your hands, as I am ordered, old fellow, and I will not even pretend that I know anything about the Brotherhood. You must initiate him." "I will if he wishes, and it is so ordered," said O'Neill, "but I cannot imagine why I am thus selected." "I can. The Twelve consider, very wisely, that you have the most sense. Just remember one thing, will you?" "What is that?" "This Mortimer Morley in the next room must be a very important personage. "Why is that?" "Because it seldom happens that the Invisible Twelve seek recruits, unless they are persons of some co nsequence," an swered young Fal vey, in low serious tones. Justin O 'Neill pondered s ome moments In sile nce, and then said: "It may be that the young man is suspected of being a spy." "It may be so. If he is, may heaven help him .if he joins us." The two friends soon retired to b e d,. being ve r y careful that no one cou l d overhear them. Before another meeting-night of the Brotherhood came around, Justin O Neill was very intimate with the young Irish,American, who had succee d e d in getting emplo yme n t as a re porter on one of the Dublin papers. Without much inducement on O'Neill's part, Morley ex pressed a desire to join a patriotic association and he was proposed in the mysterious Brotherhood governed by the Invisible Twelve. On a certain night O 'Ne ill accompanied his new fri ends to a certain location in the city, where a covered cab awaited to bear them away. Justin bandage d the e yes of the J'OUng Irish-American as the


THE INVISIBLE TWELVE 3 vehicle rattled along the streets, and it was over half an hour before they arrived at the rendezvous. Before either of the young men could get out of the cab was also blindfolded by a masked stranger, who appeared at the door of the vehicle the moment it stopped, and they were both secured by as well. They were then led in thro'ugh a long passage with a good many windings, until they reached a square room which was dimly llght!ld, and which contained only two large arm-chairs in the way of furnitui e. Having been placed in front of each other in the chairs, the bandages and cords were removed, and then a lou,d voice, as if speaking through a trumpet, fell on their ears, saying: "Young man, known as Mortimer Morley, you wish to join the Invincible Brotherhood, governed by the Invisible Twelve?" "I do," answered the stranger, in clear, bold tones. "Do you know the objects of our organization, and do you 2.pprove of them?" "I know the objects, and I do approve of them to the letter." "Are you prepared to obey the Invisible Twelve in all public matters?" "I am." "Will you die for your country, if necessary?" "I will." "Will you slay any of your country's enemies at. our com mand?" "I will." "Even though that'. enemy may be your best friend, or even a dear relative?" "If the person be an enemy of Ireland, or a friend to English misrule, I pledge my oath to slay him at your bidding," replied Morley, in the same clear, bold tones. "Then slay Justin O'Neill, the person now in front of you!" thundered the voice through the trumpet, "as he has been tried by the Invisible 'I'welve and found guilty of high treason to Ireland. Strike!" As the last word was thundered forth a large dagger fell in front of Morley, while Justin O'Neill started in his chair as if the weapon had a lready pierced him. Without scarcely a moment' s hesitation the young IrishAmerican stosped down and picked up the weapon, as he cried: "I w!ll obey you in all things, although I must say that--" "Strike and be silent!" thundered the voice through the trumpet. "We are the judges and you the executioner. The Invisible Twelve never err. Justin O'Neill is a traitor to the cause." "They may well be called the Invisible Twelve, and no mistake, as they appear like mere shadows in those guises." The forms thus appearing were completely covered by light, gauzy substances, extending from the tops of their heads clear down to the soles of their feet, and covering the arms and hands as well. Eac h of the twelve held a speaking-trumpet in the left band, the mouth of which was held close to the gauzy lips of the invisible judges while a long dagger was raised aloft in the right hand. Having closed around the young men in compact order, the voice thundered forth again, as if eac h used the trnmpet in one breath, crying: "Take your seats again, young men-and you seize the dagger, O'Ne!ll." The order was obeyed on the instant, and tll'e voice co n tinued: "Mortimer Morley, as you call yoi.;rself, what was your true purpose in joining our secret brotherhood?" "Justice for Ireland and vengeance on her cruel enemies." "Liar!" The insulting word was trumpeted forth by all the voices in the most thrilling manner, while the twelve daggers were pointed at the breast of the young recruit. Then all was as silent as the grave. Drawing a Ieng breath, while his face -..vas flushed with agi tation, the young Irish-American answered, in calm, bold tones: "I am not a liar. I have stated the sole purpose I had i n joining your organization. t hate the English tyrants; and I would be avenged on them." "Spy! WtJ know you!" thundered forth the trumpets fa fiercer tones. The young man thus accused turned a little paler, but his voice was as firm as before, when he replied: "If you do know me you are but playing with me now, as you must be aware that I am not a spy." "Foul English detective from Canada, your course is run!" again thundered the'trumpets of the In visible Twelve. "Justin O'Neill, you must execute the spy who would betray you and your friend." CHAPTER III. WHO WAS THE NEW RECRUIT? ''It is false!" cried young O'Ne!ll, springing to his feet in Justin O'"Neill was startled anew by the strange turn ot fearless agitation. "Elven though the statement were made affairs, but he picked up the dagger, as commanded. by the spirit of the immortal Emmet himself. Every true Still pointing all their weapons at the new recruit, the pulse of my hearts beats for Ireland, and such will be my dying Invisible Twelve thundered forth in one voice: declaration. Srtike, if such is my sentence! "Justin O'Neill, we solemnly assure you that the wretch And the brave young fellow held each hand toward his before you ls an English spy from Ganada and that he has heart, while he faced the executioner of his invisible judges. come over here expressly to betray you and other true IrishA pitying glance appeared on the countenance of the young men. Will you strike?" Irish-American as he drew back to strike, raising the dagger "Justin O'Neill," cried the accused, "I swear to you that I aloft at the same moment. am not a spy, and that I was never in Canada in my life. If Before the weapon could fall, however, the loud voice rang I am condemned and executed by you, you w!ll be taking an out again, crying: innocent life "Hold a few moments, Mortimer Morley, or whatever your "I am sworn to obey the Invisible Twelve," answered the name may be Justin O'Neill, do you still assert that you are young Irishman, in determined but sad tones, as he arose from true to the cause of Ireland? Do not die with a falsehood the chair, holding the dagger a l oft, "yet I would like some on your tongue." clear proof of your guilt." "A falsehood has never stained my tongue, and I would not "Is it not enough that we have condemned him?" thundered utter one now to save my life," was the firm reply. forth the Twelve, irr one voice. "If you are innocent the dagger will not do its duty. Strike "It is. I will obey you. Give the order and I w!ll strike. now, stranger!" 1 ,And Justin drew back as if waiting the word to deal the Morley grasped the weapon with a tighter cla"Sp, and he blow, while he kept his eyes fixed on those of Morley. pressed his lips together as if to nerve himself for the fatal The young Irish-American met the g lance without flinching, blow, when his hand fell suddenly to his side, the dagger and he then turned on the ghostly figures around him, crying: dropped on the fioor, and he staggered back, crying: 'I will not appeal to you to spare my life, as I know that "l\1y hand is palsied! it must be useless if your minds are m ade u p "O'Neill is innocent!" cried the voice through the trumpet, .. -They are. You are guilty, a n d you must die!" was the "as the dagger refuses to strike. Salute our brave brother, tri,1mpet-toned reply. members of the Invisible Twelve." "But surely you shoul d g{ve some proof of my guilt besides A bright light streamed into the room on the instant, an6 mere words." then out from twelve closets, hitherto unseen, stalked as many "We will, if it were only to convince O'Neill that are ghostly figures. just. Open there to the left and beho l d! Three of the figures appeared from each of the four sides The words were scarcely uttered when one s ldEJ" o f the cf the bare apartment, and they kept advancing in silent room gave way, the lights were lowered the apartment and order until they formed a square around the two young men. a bright scene was presented on the stage to the l eft. Morley and O'Ne !ll stared in wonder at the apparitions Two life-like figures appeared on the stage, one of w h1<;h thus suddenly appearing to them, and the latter said to himI Justin O'Neill at once recognized as that of t h e c hief of t h e self; Dublin secret police, wh!l e the other bore a strl lt!ng re-


THE INVISIBLE TWELVE. semblance to the n ew recruit, the exc eption of the beard and mustac h e "Who Is the old e r man, Justin O'Neill? demanded the trumpet voi ce s. "The chi e f of t h e se cret police." "Who is his com panion?" "He r e s e mbl es this y oun g man, b arring the whiskers." "Pluck the fals e >yhiskers off and the n look" Morti me r M o rl ey held his fac e forward for O'Neill lo seize nis b eard, as h e c ri ed in i n dign ant tones: M y whiskers are not fal se and I d e f y any one to remove -tqem, exc ept with a sc issors and a razor. Tug away, friend." Justin did tug a w a y with all his might, pulling forth a handful of hair from t h e ro o t s but he could not r emove the be a rd o r ,the mustac he. While the y o u n g Irishman was t h u s e n gage d the new recruit kept staring at t h e l ife-like figure on the s tage, as he kept mutterin g betwee n b i s teeth: "Good h e av e n s, can it be? It i s so like him! What Infernal myste r y i s thi s and how can I fatho m it?" '"Th e traitor' s beard is g l ue d t o his face!" thundere d forth the trumpe t v oi ces. 'But he cannot dece ive us. ,Down with the lights and o n with t h e false b eard." The li g hts on t he stage w ere low ered on the Instant, while Morl ey cried : "My beard i s not fa l se, a nd I will stak e my lif e on the fact. Put me t o any test yo u please and see. Up w ith t h e lights!., T h e li g hts on the stage were t urne d on agaip, and then an exclamatio n of surprise burst from Justin O'Neill. The lif e -s ize figure before him was a n e xact counterpart of the n e w r ecrui t a s he the n a p p e ared, as fals e whiskers bad be e n place d on the m odel. "Justin O' Ne ill,'? crie d the trumpe t voices, "the man before you w a s trac ked to t h e offic e of the chief of police and he was ov erheard consp iring with him, as you now see them represented b y our a rtists. Will the traitor dare deny his guilt now?" I do.,." r ep lied M orley, in as calm t o ne s as e ver. "If you are the just jud ges you c l a i m to b e y ou will put me to a better test. I positive l y asser t that a r azo r h a s not touched my face for two years past and h o w the n c ould I ap pear as in the first picture? I do not know the c h ie f of police, and I was never in his office." "The n have you a brother who resembles you so much?" aske d the vo i ces. "I had a t win brothei: who resembled me, but he is dead." "Whe l'e did he die?" "In Canada, as I can prove by a letter I received a week ago." / "Is it not po ss ibl e that the report of his death was false?" "It cannot be, a s I r e cei ve d a letter written by him an hour before his execution, and it was forwarded to me by the clergyman who waite d on him, and who wrote to tell me that my brothe r di e d on the gallo w s at the time mentioned." "What was h e accused of?" "He fought unde r Louis Rie l against the English in the Northwest." "Lower the lights-adjourn!--" cried the trumpet voice on the instant. Then all was silent and in darkness. Justin O'Neill gave a sigh of relief as he dropped the dagger and flung himself on the chair, muttering: "Thank heaven, I am not called upon to take a human life! When the dim light app eared in the square room again, Mortimer Morley was standing before Justin with his arms folded on his breast, and the Invisible Twelve had disappeared. Before the young Irishman could say a word to his friend the trumpet voice was heard again, crying: "Mortimer Morley, the Invisible Twelve announce a reprieve for you. .Are you still ready to join our band?" "I am. "Will you be willing to slay your own brother if you are assured that he is alive and in league with the English tyrants?" .. "If my brother lives and is now serving England against the sons uf fre edom he will be my mortal enemy, and I will treat him as such. ''Then steel your heart for the execution, as we will present him to you for your dagger within an hour." And prove to me that he is guilty?" "Beyond all doubt! "Then I will be prepared to strike the blow, although I loved him above all on this -earth! CHAPTER IV. WHICH WAS THE BRITISH SPY? When Justin O 'Neill was left face to face with the American in the otherwise deserted apartment, only a very dim light appeared therein, and all was silent for the time. The young Irishman looked at the accused with earnest eyes, but he did not offer to speak a word to him, while his own thoughts we re as busy as pos s ible. Justin was reviewing his short acquaintance with the young reporter, as he kept saying to himself: "Can it be possible that he. is a spy, or is it the twin brother?" Mortimer Morley did not attempt to break the oppressive silence for some time, as he was also engaged in a painful mental study, while he kept muttering below his breath: "Can it be possible that my brother Tom saved tis neck in Canada by turning spy for the British government? It will be terrible if It is so, and I am called upon to be his executioner. I can never do it, and they :!re fiends ff they demand it of me." Justin O'Neill broke the sil e nce at last by saying, in sub dued tones: "Whether. you are guilty or innocent, Mr. Morley, I can assure y ou that I did not know of the charge against you when I l e d y ou to this place." 1 I believe you, friend, responde d Morley, "and I'll have no ill-feeling against you, no matter what happens, as the adventure was of my own seeking. I am not only innocent myself, but I am positive that if my brother is alive he is not a spy In the pay of the British government." "Was he as bitter against the English as you are?" "Far more so. That was the reason he joined Riel in Canada." "But is it not possible that he accepted the position in order to save his life when threatened with the gallows?" "I can' t believe it. To:-. 1 was as brace as a lion, and he was the very soul of honor as well. He would scorn to live as a traitor and informer." "Well, well," said Justin, with a sigh, "I do not know what to make of it. "Have patience and you may soon know," cried a voice through a trumpet. "The Invisible Twelve

THE INVISIBLE TWELVE. Mortimer Morley started on beholding the face of the "We allude to Lord Bascom, prisoner, and you cannot young man, as he mentally exclaimed: deny that you are on intimate terms with that cruel wretch. "Gracious heavens, it is my brother Tom!" "I'll not admit or deny anything on that subject, as I woul d "Attention, witnesses!" cried a voice through the trumpet, be ashamed of myself if I permitted y ou to draw my private as al! of the Twelve placed the instruments to their mouths. secrets from me. All I will say is this: My acquaintance The prisoner stood on the scaffold beside the executioner, I with Lord Bascom has no connection whatever with politics." and he stared around him in some surprise, as he cried, in a "We know better. You saved his lif e in Canada, and h e in bold and defiant voice: turn saved you from the gallows, on the condition that you "What in thunder does all this mean, and why have I been would become a spy on the Irish patriots." roped in here?" "That is not the truth!" cried Tom Morley, in earnest and 'Tis my brother Tom and no mistake!" gasped Mortimer impulsive tones. "It is true that I saved his life in Canada, Morley to himself. "Thank goodness he's alive, and I'll bet my but he had no more to do with saving mine than either of life he is not an English spy or a traitor." you ghosts. In honest truth, he does not know me by my "You will soon learn, prisoner!" cried the voice through real name. the trumpet. "What is you r real name?" "Then why do you visit his house under an assumed name?" "What is that your business?" was the saucy reply. "If this 'That is my private affair, 'and I will not answer the ques -is a free country I'd like to know why I am dragged here? t!on even to save my life I tel! you to your teeth that I am who in thunder are you, anyhow?" as true a friend of liberty as either of you, and I would c hop ''That is Tom all out," muttered Mortimer Morley to him-off my right hand before I would fight against Ireland in any self. I am now still more certain that he is not guilty." way." "'l'his is not a free country, prisoner," answered the trumpet 'That is the solemn truth," cried Mortimer Morley, in voice, "but we are combined to make it as free as your own, hoarse tones. and you are working against us." "Silence!" thundered the trumpet voice. "Gag the wit" If you mean that I am working with the British governness." ment, it is an infernal lie, as I hate the English as bad as The lights were lowered on the instant, and Mortimer Mor -any Irishman in the world." le y s oon. felt strong hands s ecuring his arms and placing a gag "Were you not with Louis Riel in Canada?" on his mouth at the same time. "Yes, I was." When the place was illuminated again the you_ng American "Were you not taken and sentenced to be hung by the Eng-could see that his Irish friend had been treated' in the same lish?" manner. "That is the truth." Tom Morley started on hearing his brother's hoarse v o ice, "Then how came you to esca];le?" but he failed to r ecognize it, little dreaming that Mortimer was The prisoner hesitated for some m .oments, and then made in Ireland at the time. answer: The trumpet voice then rang out again, crying: "I don't know by what right you question me, but I will tell '.'Then you r e fuse to give us any explanation of your sus-you plainly that I cannot divulge the secret of my escape from picious movements, prisoner?" the gallows in Canada." "Certainly I do. As I said before, the movements y ou al" It i s not n eces sary, Thomas Morley," cried the trumpet lude to were all made by me on private business, which I w!ll voice, "as we know the secret already, You were secretly par-not divulge to you or to the public. If yo u are Irish patriots, doned, and a du'mmy put in your place, on condition that you y ou would despise me if I answered your questions freely." would act as a spy and an informer here in Ireland." Adjourn! The prisoner glared around at the Invisible Twelve in the The word was scarcely uttered when a ll was darkness again. most defiant manner, as he boldly answered: The two young men then felt hands on their bodies, the "If they were the last words I ever spoke, I'll tell you an handcuffs were removed from their wrists and the gags !rom to your teeth that that is an infernal lie. The British govern-their mouths at the same time. ment had nothing to do with my release. On the contrary, the authorities in Canada believe me to be dead now." "Then why is it that you were seen in consultation with the chief of the English detective force in this city?" "I went to visit him on private business which had nothing to do with politics." "You have a brother living, we continued the voice. "Yes, I hav e a twin brother residing in New York City. "Did you write te him telling him that you had escaped from the gallows?" "I did not." "Why did you not write to him?" The prisoner hesitated again, as though studying what an-swer to make. "Why did you not write to your brother, telling him that you es caped from the scaffold?" thundered the trumpet voice louder than before. 'I will not answer you another question until I know who you are. If I were in Russia I could not be tre'ated worse," answered Tom Morley, in sullen tones. ''You are before a secret tribunal of those who are com-bined to free the la:p.d of their birth and punish traitors." "And am I to understand that I am accused of treachery?" "You are accused of being a spy in the service of the English, and that your aim is to join our society and then betray us to the authorities." "And the only proof against me is paying some visits to the chief of the detective force?" "That is not all," answered the voice through the trumpet. "It is known that you are on intimate terms with a person who is known to be a merciless tyrant and an inveterate foe to Irish freedom." Tom Morley started and colored on hearing the fresh ac cusation, and then said: ''You allude to Lord Bascom!" Justin O'Neill .started also on hearing the name mentioned by the prisoner, as i t was that of the man against whom he had sworn dire vengeance. The trumpet voice rang out agajn, crying: A dim light then appeared in the square apartment, while a trumpet voice rang out, crying: "The Invisible Twelve have not as yet decided whic h is the British spy, Justin O'Neill, you will depart in peace, and your companion will remain as our guest for the present." The young Irishman was then l ed out through the -windin1 passages, and he soon found himself in the covered car with his friend, Theodore Falvey. As they rattled along over the pavement Falvey placed his mouth to the o thE>r's ear and whispered: "What do you think of them now?" "It is wonderful," returned Justin. "Nonsense, man, that is nothing to what you will see." "But what about the young Americans, Theo? I cannot believe that either of them is a British spy." "If that is the case, you may be certain that the Twelve wlll soon find out the truth, and you may be sure that they'll not be punished on mere suspicion." 'But what can the other be doing with Lord Bascom?" "How can I tell? Perhaps h e is alter his handsome daugh ter." And young Fal vey gave a merry chuckle at the joke, as the young woman in question was as ugly as sin, while it was also reported tnat she .. touched in the head." It was near midnight when the youhg men reached the lodging-house, and they were somewhat surprised on finding a visitor awaiting them in their own room. The visitor was a low-sized young man, wearing a full brown beard and eyeglasses, and he was dressed after the manner of the dandies of the city. ''Which of you is Justin O'Nelll?" asked the stranger, In abrupt tonss. "That is my name, sir," answered Justin. "Do you know Mortimer Morley?" "I do." "Where is he now?" "That is more than I can tell you, sir. "It is more than y ou will tell me, you mean, as I can see l;)y your eyes," said the stranger, in angry tones. "Very well,


6 THE INVISIBLE rrWELVE. young man. Perhaps you will answer the police better when you are arrested." And the stranger was moving toward the door, when young Falvey placed his back to it, saying, in merry tones: "Are you really Mr. Mortimer Morley..'!-". "That is my name, sir," answered Mort, as he stared at one and the other of the young students, as if seeking information. "And you are Tom Morley's brother? Hush! I hope we "No, you don't, my friend. You can't leave here until we are al! friends here." are better acquainted. Who are you, and what do you w 'ant And the young woman cast anxious glances at the young with Mr. Mortimer Morley to-night?" students. The stranger drew a small revolver and pointed it at Theo "I hope so," answered young Falvey, with a roguish smile, as he answered, in still more angry tones: "providing you have not come to hang us all." "Get out of my way, fellow!" "You be hanged! Tel! me if you are really Tom Morley's Justin O'N e ill made a sudden movement and caught the brother, sii'?" dandy's wrist, the weapon falling from his grasp at the same The young woman pressed Mort's hand all the closer as he moment without exploding. answered: "You impudent rascal!" cried Falvey, as he seized the in"I had a brother of that name, sir, but he is dead. Pray, truder and flung him on the bed, clapping a pillow over his who are you?" face to keep him from crying out, "we'll teach you to come "He is not dead, I tell you-that is, if he was not killed any of your nonsense with us! to-night. And you want to know who I am?" "Don't smother him!" cried Justin, as he tore away the "Indeed I do." pillow. "By the living Jupiter, it is a woman!" "Did you ever hear of Mad Polly Bascom, the only daughter The high hat was knocked from the stranger's head in of a lord of that name?" the struggle, and so were the false beard and eyeglasses. "I never did," answered Mort, with a smile: "Is it possible "If it isn't mad Polly Bascom herselfl" exclaimed young that you are a lady?" Falvey, starting back. 'Yes, I am; and a handsome lady at that, as your brother Justin O Neill drew back also, and the young woman sprang can tell you. What are you laughing at, you impudent monfrom the bed on the floor, while her eyes were blazing with key? Take that!" fury, as she cried: Aud the lively .creature gave Falvey a box on the ear that "Oh, you rude wretch, I'll make you suffer for .this insult! fairly staggered him. How dare you Jay hands on me in that manner!" "Gracious! ,; cried the rogue, "but I onl y wish you were Theodore Falvey was almost choking with suppressed your brother, or uncle, for five minutes or so, my lady." laughter, whHe his more serious friend addressed the young "What for? You think you would be able to thrash me then, woman, saying: "Miss Bascom, you must remember that we did not know that you were a lady." "On my honor," laughed Falvey, as he bowed and pressed his hand to his heart, "we'd kill ourselves before we'd lay hands on you if we knew you, Miss Bascom." "You're a pair of villains, anyway, I believe!" cried the young woman, as she proceeded to arrange her disguise again. "But I'll forgive you if you will tell me about Mr. Mortimer Morley." "Really, young lady," said Justin, "you surprise us very much. We are not the young gentleman's keepers, if we do havpen to lodge here with him." Bu t he left here with you to-night, as you cannot deny." "'fhat is true." "Then, has he not returned with you, I'd like to know?" Before the young man could answer the door was flung open and Mortimer Morley himself entered the room. CHAP'fER V. :MAD POLLY ON THE RAMPAGE. The young woman had completed her disguise at the moment, and when Mort Morley stared at her, she stared back i n turn through her glasses, as she remarked, in gruff tones: "Hallo! Who is this?" The two young students saw at once that she was not acquainted with their last visitor, and Falvey winked at each of l, male friends as he cried: "Why, this is the gentleman whom you were inquiring about, sir. It is very strange that you do notknow him after all this fuss." The disguised young woman spran-g at Mortimer, seized him by the hand and looked earnestly in his bearded face, a s she asked : suppose?" "I'd try, anyway. The excitable creature. made a spring for the boxing gloves in the corner of the room, as she cried: A "Let us try now. I'll wager you a good supper for the party; Tom included, that I knock you all to pieces. By the way, where is Tom?" The giddy young woman became serious again, and turned to Mort as she asked the question. "I'm sure I cannot answer you, young lady, if you are a yemng lady." "Oh, what a liar you are! You are all great liars!" "See here, Miss Bascom," cried Justin O'Neill, In stern tones, "it is high time you stopped this nonsense, and tell us what you really want." "I tell you I want Tom Morley, who is known at our house as Ferdinand Morehead. I can keep a secret." "Why did you come here to seek him?" "Because the rascals who whipped him away from me tonight told me to come here to find him. Oh, how green we are!" "Where did they whip him away from you?" "Down in the 'Cat and the Bagpipes,' where we were having supper. You know, Tom and I were out on the rampage." "May I ask you where you first met my brother, young lady?" inquired Mort. "Of course you may, but it is a dead secret that he is alive at all. Father would hang him if he knew who he really Is, you !mow. But I can keep a secret, If I am a little mad. We are all friends h e re, I am sure." And the young woman gave Falvey another gentle tap on the side of the h e ad. "Thunder and blazes!" crie d the 'lively young fellow, "but I'm afraid I'll have to put on the gloves to you if you were a lady a hundred times over. "Wait tilr we settle the serious business first, and I'll be happy to accommodate you. I met your brother in Cana d a


THE INVISIBLE TWELVE. 7 where the brave fellow saved father's life and mine at I Mort introduced his brother to the young student, while the greatest possible risk to himself. That's why I like him." Polly said: '"Then I suppose you helped to secure him from the gallows I "Tom, won't you bet that I can whip Mr. with the 11-fter?" said Mort. gloves?" "I'm not in a boasting humor, young man, and I won't "Of course, my dear, but we'll have to try it some other 11,nswer you. Where is my dear Tom?" night as it is late now. Mort, I will see you early in the "l told you before, young lady, that I cannot answer you, morning. My name is Ferdinand Morehead now." but I am able' to say that he is alive and well, and that I hope "And I am Mrs. Morehead, gentlemen," said Polly, as she you will not seek to find out where he is for the present." clasped Tom's arm. "Good-night, and joy be with you all." ''I understand you now. No, I will not, as he warned me And the couple disappeared down the stairs, while Theodore to trust in him and not make a fuss about him, no matter what Falvey clapped his hands on his knees as he said, in merry happened. Oh, I can be as silent as death! tones: The three young men were sorely puzzled at the turn of "Hang my eyes, if I don't believe she is a trump after all, affairs, although they each and all felt somewhat relieved and that she is not half aJ mad as she pretends. I say, by the crazy creature's explanations. Morley, your brothe r is in luck, if she is really his wife, as Muddled as those explanations were, it was evident to them she is as rich as any one." all that Tom Morley was not in league with Lord Bascom in "Blame me if I know what to make of it," said Mort, working against the Irish patriots. rubbing h,is head. "It seems as if I was in a dream all the The character of the eccentric young creature before night." was known to_ the two y_oung students, and they were not 1 "If you had got the cracks from her I did," grinned Falvey, surprised at anythmg she might do. "you would soon wake out of it." Polly Bascom was famed as a wild young woman, _who I I tell you what it is, friends," said the sober O'Neill, "I attended race-courses and hunts, where she ":ould at times don't like the idea of that young woman being mixed up with cut up the most outlandish capers, to the great chagrin of us, good or bad. What is this?" her father, who doted on her. The ypung man stooped down and picked up a triangular-While the young woman was full of life and mischief, not shaped envelope lying on the fioor as he spoke, while Falvey a single word was ever whispered against her fair name, as said: she was a pronounced man-hater, and she never gave the least 'Hang me, if it isn't a message from the Twelve! Let us encouragement to any of the many fortune-hunters who at-read it. tempted to seek her hand in marriage. Polly Bascom was positively ugly, and her voice manners were as rough as her unprepossessing face The young student opened the envelope, drew out a slip or and paper, and studied it for some moments ere he said: "This is wonderful, all right! Will you guess what we are Yet it was said that she could be gentle and soft-tongued at times, while more than one poor person blessed her for: the donations bestowed on them in secret. ordered to do?" "What is it?" asked Mort Morley. anything against Tom! ''Faith, no. Ha! ha! ha!" Oh, I hope it is not When Polly was a handsome girl of fourteen she met :with a fearful accident by being thrown from her horse, and then her father took h e r to Paris for medical treatment. And young Falvey chuckled at a furious rate, while O'Neill i;iaid: When she returned with him, three years after, she was a "Out with it at once and ease our minds, will you, Theo?" perfect fright, and her mind was impaired also. "Ease your minds, indeed! 'Pon my conscience, but I think The young woman was just nineteen on the evening in ques-1 our leaders have lo s t their senses, out and out." ti on. "ls it anything about Tom?" asked young Morley again.I Whatever may have been the defects in her face and mind, J "A 1;110 do you are ordered to Polly possessed a splendid form. mto the 01der. Hang me, If 1t isn t Mad Polly She was a little abo ; e the average height, and she had a pair The three young men stared at each other for some moments of arms that be envied by th'3 best of the lightweight in open wonder, until Justin O Neill tore the order fro!X! Fal-champions. vey's hand, saying: Having expressed herself as satisfied with the explanation "Confound you, you rogue, you are playing a joke on us! given her, the young woman turned to the door again, when As I live, here it is in secret cipher. Well, well, if that her eyes fell on the boxing-gJoves, and she sprang toward tliem, does not beat all! What can be their object in getting that crying: mad creature in with us?" "Now I'll try you a bout with the gloves, you impudent "To strike at her father, of course," answered young Fal-rascal, or do you prefer the bare knuckles? Oh, there's my vey, in serious tones. own darling Tom! Hurrah!" The young fellow then laughed heartily, as he continued: And the lively creature sprang toward the door of the "Oh, gracious! what fun we are going to have! Just think room to fling her arms around 'l'om Morley, who had just I of Mad Polly before the Invisible Twelve!" entered. "Speak easier, Falvey," said O Neill. "I must confess that The young fellow .eturned the warm embrace with like don't like this business at all." ardor, as he held out his hand to his brother, crying: "Why not, man? I wouldn't miss it for all the world. 'Tis "Hallo, Mort, old fellow! How are you, and when in the you who are to introduce the dear creature, Morley." mischief did you come over to Ireland? Do you know this "The mischief you say!" gasped the young American. "Friends, I'll be hanged if this business don't seem like a Mort clasped his brother's hand warmly as he replied: farce to me." "Yes, I know that .person. Oh, Tom, I thought you were "Hush, hush!" cautioned O'Neill, in lpw, serious tones. d ead "Farce or no farce, we must obey the Invisible TwelV'e. You "Not much. Speak low, old fellow, as' I am not Tom now. passed clear to-night, I see, Morley?" A ll true friends here, I trust? Introduce me." fYes and I almost wish I didn't n,ow."


8 THE INVISIBLE TWELVE. "Come, come, friends,." said Falvey, "there's no use in our crying over the matter. You may be certain that the Invisibles have good reason for what they are doing. As for my part, I can assure you that we will never be ordered to do a mean action by them. As you see, they gave your brother a fair trial and he is free. It must be he who left the order here." "That's true," saici O'Neill, "unless it was Polly Come to think of it now, I have heard that she is a rebel, and that she oppo ses her father in politics." "Oh, gracious, what a joke!" exclaimed Falvey. "To think of Mad Polly Bascom being in ytith us." "Of course you are." "Then why not tell me what all this row Is about?" "Those young men are under arrest under a serious charge, sir, and they are resisting the officers, as you see." "What Is the charge against them?" "High treason." "High fiddlesticks! My lord, I will go their security, as they are friends of mine. Let the officers retire." The young woman then whispered a few words to her father, who stamped his foot impatiently, saying: "Officers, you will retire, but see that you guard the street door." As the officers were retiring down the stairs, the disguised young woman turned to Mort Morley and his friend, saying: "Are you speaking of my daughter, sir?" cried a fierc e voice, as the door was flung open and a tall, stern-looking man of fifty stood at the threshold, while half a dozen police men were ranged behind him. "Put up your pistols, as we will not have any bloodshed en-to-night. I will accommodate either of you in the morning, if his you like such fun." Without waiting to answer, young Falvey fiung the velope and the secret message in the fire and clapped foot thereon, while Justin O'Neill exclaimed: "Lord Bacom, by all that' s wicked!" "Yes, Maste r O'Neill, and I am here to arrest you and ym.:r friends on a charge of high treason. Seize them, officers!" CHAPTER vr, l\IAD POLLY TO THE RESCUE. Theodore Falvey put away his pistol, as he laughingly replied: "That cannot be, as we never fight with our true friends." Lord Bascom was still fuming with rage, as he felt certain that the young men knew his disguised daughter, and he said: "You will not. be in a position to fight a duel in the morning, I warrant, my Impertinent young gentleman." The versatile young woman seized her father by the ai;m and drew him out of the room, saying: "I have often told you that you go too far, sir. Good-night, sirs, and do not rest in peace." Mort Morley drew back on seeing Lord Bascom and the She then led her father downstairs and out into the street, officers, but Justin O'Neill advanced to them, as he sa1d, while Falvey hastened to the window, saying: with great d'ignity: "That means that we had out, my friends, if we "I you, Lord Bascom. You fear that I would do not wish to be lodged in prison. Egad! I see that the poavenge the cruel death of my father, and you wish to get me lice are moving away!" out of the way, but you wlll be disappointed. Stand back, Jastin O'Neill sighed wearily, as he said, In bitter tones: officers, and hear me." "I knew that I was a marked man, but I hoped to be able "What, sir!" exclaimed Lord Bascom, in furious tones, "do to remain In Ireland until I struck a good blow for vengeance you dare offer resistance to the officers of the law? Use your and for liberty. Now I suppose we must fiy to escape the weapons en the young rebels, officers! dungeon." "Kill me, if you will," cried Justin, folding his arms on his "I can't see why we can't remain here in spite of the ty-breast, "but you can see tha_ t I do not resist the officers. Oh, rants," said Mort Morley. "The Invisible Twelve must have would that I had the power! Lord Bascom, as.sure as you are good hiding-places. Besides, what is to hinder us from dis-a living man, your day will sodn come!" "And his hour has come now! cried Theo Falvey, as he drew a revolver and pointed It at the tyrant's head. "Advance a step, officers, and I will put a bullet through Lord Bascom's bead on the instant! Back with you!" "And I'll stand by you!" cried Mort Morley, drawing a revolver at the sam'e moment. "If you miss him, you may be certain I won't, friend!" Lord Bascom drew back on the instant, as he cried to the police: "Hold on, or they will murder me! You young rascals, you will suffer dearly for this insolence-and you cannot escape!" At that moment Mad Polly forced her way through the police and pushed into the room in her male attire, crying: "What's aq this row about? Hallo, my lord! What are you doing here?" Lord Bascom stared in surprise at his daughter, and then said: "I beg you to retire, sir, as this is no affair of yours." The man had recognized his half-crazy daughter, whom he both loved and feared, and he wished to get rid of her without exposure. But the self-willed young woman was not to be put off so easily. Advancing to her father, and speaking in jovial but hoarse tones, she cried: "See here, my lord, am I not an old friend of yours?" guising ourselves?" "That's the ticket!" said Mad Polly, entering the room again and closing the door after her. "You must disguise your selves and hide for the present, as the governor is bitter against the three of you, and O 'Neill here in particular. What does he hate you so much for, young gent?" Justin hesitated to reply, and then the young woman went on: "Oh, It doesn't matter, If you don't wish to tell me. I suppose you belong to a rebel family?" "That I do, young lady. Yottr father hounded mine to death." "Indeed! Then you must hate the governor very much." "You may swear to that." "I am very sorry for it, as the governor is not a bad man, although he is a little bitter against tne Irish rebels. Now, it happens that I differ with him on that point." "We should judge so, from the kind way in which you acted to-night, said Justin, In warm tones. "Oh, that was nothing, as I often stop the governor from going too far. Now, I want to make a bargain with you all." "What is the nature of the bargain, young lady?" asked O'Neill. "If you are not all sworn to punish my father, you soon w!ll be, as he Is going for. you in spite of me. If you will promise me to spare his life I will swear to warn you and rescue you when in danger. Is it a bargain, gents?


THE INVISIBLE TWELVE. 9 Justin shook his head and loolted at the others, as he replied: 'I cannot promise anything of the kind, as your father is the sworn enemy of our country and mine also." "Nor I," answered Falvey. "And I am with you, friends," replied Mort Morley, "al though I would like to oblige the young lady." The young woman pondered for some moments, and then turned to Justin, saying: "Very well, and what of it? Do you suppose I am leading you in to a trap?" "I will not suspect you, but--" "But you think it is very strange to lead you to the prem-ises of the man who is hunting you down?" "That is the truth," ahswered O'Neill. "Why, you block-head, that is the last place in the world your enemies will think of looking for you. This back building is fitted up as my gymnasium, and none ever enter "I cannot well blame you, but my own father. Who are the speaking about as I entered?" I must not join you against here except with my permission. Tom Morley is in here now, Invisible Twelve you were I believe, as he was anxious about his brother when he saw the governor and the officers going to lodging-house. The young men exchanged significant glances, and Justin answered: "It Is a social club of that name that we belong to." "Well, all I've got to say Is that you plot against the government at your meetings, and my father knows it. I am certain that he has a spy among you." "It would be very difficult for a dozen true Irishmen to get together without their talking treason, young lady," said Justin, in carele ss tones. "As to their being a spy among us, we do not fear him." "See here, gents, I'd like to join the club you speak of, and then I'll wager that I detect the spy. I hate all spies and cowardly informers, you must know." Justin O'Neill smiled at the proposition, and then said: "We may initiate you, but we must first know that you are a true friend of the cause. But I forget that you are a lady." "Then keep on forgetting It, as I can act the part of a man Come on, and fear not." Being thus appealed to, the three young men followed the mad creature into the hall of the dark building. Polly soon procured a lantern,. and then led the way up a broad staircase, which was covered with handsome carpet. Entering a large, well-furnished room, she then cried aloud: "Are you here, Tom?" There was no answer to the question, but they cou l d all see the form of a man reclining on a sofa as if asleep, and the young woman sprang forward, crying: "The lazy rogue has fallen asleep while waiting for us. That is not like Tom. Arouse yourself, you rascal!" The young woman shook the supposed sleeper for a moment, and she then sprang .Jack with a horrified expression in her eyes, as she cried: "Heavens alive! his hand is as cold as death! He is dead!" Mort Morley sprang forward, and bent over his brother for a few moments, feeling his hands and breast in the most as. welJ as any of you, and as to my patriotism, I am going anxious manner, as he exclaimed: to give you another proof of it." "Gracious heavens! my dear brother is dead! "In what way? asked Justin. "You are certain to be arrested to-night If you remain here. Come with me now and I '?'ill place you ail in a safe hi0ding place. Will you come?" As the young woman asked the question a furious knock was heard at the E>treet door. Young Falvey, who was looking C?Ut of the window again, then cried: "The police are back in full force, my dear friends." "Then come with me and I will save you yet," said the young woman, eagerly, as she advanced to the door. "Don't hesitate, or you will soon be in 1)rison." The young men did not hesitate, as they all followed the disgUised young woman, who at once led them down the back stairs and then into the yard. Mad Polly made her way across the yard and over a wall as if familiar with the locality, and the three young men followed h e r in silence. The police had gained the lodging-house in the meantime, and they were making a great fuss in searching for the young men, Lord Bascom urging them on in very loud tones. Once over the wall, the fugitives gained a small lane, and from thence they got' out into a back street. The adventurous young woman, yrho wallrnd beside Mort Morley and chatted with him In a pleasant manner, then led them along through several well-known streets until they reached another lane or alleyway, which was. at the rear of a fashionable square. "Will I. see Tom again to-night?" aslrnd Mort, as they stopped tiefore a gloomy building in the lane. To be sure," was the reply, "as we are at his lodging$ n ow." The young woman was about to open a door with a key, when Justin O'Neill interrupted her, saying: "If I mistake not, we are now at the back of Lord Bascom's mansion?" Woman, this is your work, and you will suffer for it!" As the young American uttered the threat he made a dart at the young woman, but she flung him aside with great violence, as she cried, in frenzied tones: "Fool! fool! to think that I should slay the man I love jo distraction, and my own husband as well. Oh, Tom! dear Tom' you are not dead! Open your eyes and speak fo me!" And the impulsive young creature flung herself on the cold body and sobbed over it as if her very heart would break. CHAPTER VII. WHO KILLED TOM MORLEY? After a careful examination on the part of Justin O'Neill and Theo Falvey, they both came to the conclusion tha,t Tom Morley was really dead, yet they could not perceive any outward signs of violence on his head or throat. As young O'Neill was a medica. l student of some promise, he gave it as his opinion, from a certain odor pervading the plac e, that the young man had been poisoned. Strange to say, the agitated young woman was the .first t o recover her presence of mind, flingiI)g a cloak over the form of the man she loved, she beckoned the young men t o follow her another and smaller apartment, which was fitted up as a bedroom. Pointing to some chairs, the young woman addressed Moi:t Morley in subdued tones, saying: "I have said your brother was my husband, and that Is the truth. We were' married in Canada after he escaped from. prison." "It is ali" a mystery to me," said the young American, a deep sigh. "Why did my brother never write to me?" ".For several reasons. In the first place, h e w a s s u pposed


10 THE INVISIBLE TWELVE. to have b ee n executed, and my father knew that he was an outlawed rebel." "May I ask you, young lady, if it cou ld be possible that my brother was a secret agent of the British government?" "That is out of the question. Your brother hated the British government as much as any man living. "Then why did he vjsit the chief of police here?" "He visited that official on private business, in which he and I were alone intere3ted, except the man we were after Now I have it. The young woman sprang up excitedly and paced the floor for i:;ome moments ere she exclaimed: '"It must have been t he villain we are after who poisoned poor Tom." "May I ask you tne name of that villain?" asked Mort Morle y "No, no, you cannot ask me as yet. I must first find out But there was no response to her cries. A joyous light then appeared in the young woman's eyes as she cried, in merry tones: "Oh, you great rogue, you are playing tricks on us. Come out and show yourself at once, or I will box your ears. Justin O'Neill noticed a peculiarly shaped envelope lying on the floor at the moment, and h e hasteued to pick it up, as he muttered to himself: "It is a message from the Invisibl e Twelve. What can be the meaning of all this mystery?" Taking the lantern from the young woman's hand, while she continued to address her unseen husband in playful tones, Justin proceeded "to read the secret cipher contained in the envelope. It was a message from the Invisible Twelve, and it contained the following strange order: that he is the guilty one, and then for vengeance on him. If the lady with you would learn the fate of the man she "Did your father know that my brother had made you his loves, and who attempted to murder him to-night, she will be wife?" secret as to what happened and follow your guidance here" Not he. He knew that I was partial to a certain Mr. Moreafter." head, but he did not dream that the gentleman was the Canadian rebel." The young American looked earnestly at the young woman a s he said: "You will excuse me, :oung lady, but could it be possible that your father was instrumental in the death of my poor brother?" ImpoEsible! My father is not an assassin, if he is regarded a s a tyrant by certain parties here." The mad creature then t u rned her eyes on Justin O'Neill, a s she continued: "Perhaps you can enlighten us as to the murder, sir? What about the Invisible Twelve? Was not my husband in some t r o uble to-night?" These were leading questions, and Justin was not prepared t o answer them. It was true that he had been thinking of the mysterious body in connection with the death of Tom Morley, but ne could not bring himself to believe that the Invisible Twelvtl would thus remove an innocent man. Hesitating to reply for a few moments, Justin then said: "Young lady, you spoke to-night of a cer tain spy in our cl ub. Do you know that spy?" I only know that my father got information of the existence of a se cret band of patriots from some conversation which his spy overheard in the park one night." "And you do not know that spy?" I do not, but I would soon find him out if I thought he b ad anything to do with the death of my husband." Having read the paper, which was signed by the peculia r mark known only to the initiated, Justin handed it to young Falvey without uttering a word. The merry woman before them then the paper, and she sprang forward as if to read it as she cried: "What ls that? What is the meaning of your serious faces ? V/he re is Tom?" Justin O'Neill took the yo ung woman by the hand and d rew her away from Falvey, as he replied: "We hope that Tom M orley is alive, but we cannot say fo r certain at present. Try and have patience for awhile." "Patience, indeed! Don't talk to me of patience. What has become of Tom? What is the meaning of that paper?" As the young woman uttered the last sentence she made a dash for the secret document and tore it from Falve y's grasp. Then holding the paper to the light she examined the characters written thereon for some moments, as she cried: "What in the mischief is this? It is all Greek to me." Justin O'Neill looked earnestly at his companions ere he replied: "That is a secret message from some true friends of ours. Please read it for h er." Young Falvey read the secret message in low tones, and s o that they cou l d only be overheard by those close to him. Justin O'Neill watched the effect on the excitable young woman, and then whispered into her ear: "Before we say any more to you on this subject, it will be necessary for u.s to know that we cannot be overheard by "When my brother was in Canada was he disguised?" asked any one." Mor t Morley. "Then you are afraid we 'may be overheard in here?" "Of course he was, or my father would have recognized him "I am, as r cannot account for the removal of our young h ere. Hush! Diel you not hear some one moving in the friend, dead or alive." other room?" "He must b e alive, and he must have walked out of his own As the young woman spoke she stole to the door of the accord," said the young womai:i, "as he i s the only person who apartment where the body was lying. and holding the lantern cou l d get in or out of here without my permission. before her she p eered in cautiously. "He must be in this building yet, if he did no t walk out," Then, starting back with a joyous exclamation, she cried: said Justin. "Dear Tom is not dead at all! He has left the sofa! Come The young woman with the three friends then prnceeded to in! Come in!" search the building, which consisted of two stories only, with The agitated young woman sprang into the large apartment, three large rooms on each floor. f ollowed by her three companions, as she cried: There was a door leading to her father's mansion in front, "Tom! Tom! Where are you?" as well as the one by which they had entered from the lane, They all sprang toward the empty sofa, where the large botli of which were secured by strong spring locks cloak was still lying, but the body had disappeared. The windows of the rooms were all secured by shutters and "Tom! Tom! Where are you?" cried the woman again, as strong iron bars, whic h gave the place the appearance of a she fia.<1hed the light of t h e lantern around the r oo m. comfortable prison, when viewed from the inside.


THE INVISIBLE TWELVE. 11 Boxing-gloves, fencing-foils, dumb-bells and various other The _trumpet voice then rang out as before, crying: articles for athletic practices were strewn around the apart"It has become known to us that a spy has entered the band, ments, while the bedroom was fitted up in a luxuriant manner. who has been giving information to Lord Bascom. Can you After a thorough search, Mad Polly turned to Justin O'Nllill give us any information on that point?" with a smile, saying: Justin reftected a few moments, and he remen;ibered the "I am now satisfied that my dear Tom is alive, and tliat he words of the young woman the spy, when he has left to go in search of_you all, not knowing that we were answered: In the bedroom at the time. "I heard that a spy was in Lord Bascom's employ, but I "But how do you account for hi3 being In that death-like cannot tell you who h e is." trance?" asked Justin O'Neill. "I cannot account for Jt. Can you account for receiving that mysterious document?" "I cannot. But I would sincerely advise you to keep secret on the subject, young lady, and follow the advice therein given." "I will keejT the secret, and I will follow the advice. You "Who gave you that information?" The young man hesitated to answer, as he did not feel dis posed to betray the young woman who had befriended them. It then occurre d to Justin that they had been drugged by the young woman for some secret her own, and he replied: "The person who gave the information was one whom you must not imagine, from what you have seen of me to-night, advised us to bring into the band. that I am a silly creature. I.may be playing a part, but I can "You allude to Lord Bascom's daughter?" be sensible and serious when I please." Believing in the sincerity of the young woman before them, the young men consented to remain there that night. Having furnished them with cake, wine and cold meats, the young woman, who still retained her disguise, prepared to leave the building, saying: "Rest here In peace while I go in search of my husband, as I cannot rest until I learn something about him." Seeing that it was impossible to detain the warm-hearted young woman, except against her will, Justin O'Neill led her to the door in the lane, saying: "I do." "What did she say about the spy?" "She said that he had heard some of our members talking in the park about a secret band, and .that he had carried the secret to Lord Bascom." "Who did he overhe:ir?" "I cannot tell." There was sile nce for some moments, and then the trumpet voice rang out, crying: "It is feared that you and your friend, Falvey, were over heard, or else why did they attempt to arrest you last night? "For goodness' sake, do be careful, for your own sake, If You must be more careful in the future." not for that of your husband. Justin bowed as if in response to the rebuke, and then "I will! I will!" was the am1wer, as the active woman sprang out of the door, closing the spring-lock after her. The three young men then sat down to partake of the refreshments, as well as to discuss the strange events of the night. After receiving the cipher message, they all agreed that the Invisible Twelve had something to cio with the disappearance of Tern Morley. The young men did not drink more than three glasses of wine each, when Justin O'N e ill put his hand h is head, as he in feeble, stuttering tones: "I fear the wine is drugged, as I feel very queer indeed." The words were scarcely uttered when the young student fell from his chair on the floor and became insensible. In less than ten seconds after his two friends were l ying beside him, and there did, not appear to be a single throb of life in either of their bodies. Justin O 'Neill was the first to recover his senses again, when he found himself in a somewhat familiar apartment, which was but very dimly lighted On looking around and finding himself alone, the young student muttered aloud, saying: "Is it possible that I am in the chamber of the Invisible Twelve again?" As if in reply to his question, a trumpet voice rang out, saying: "Brothers, you are required to give evidence again before the Invisible Twelve. You will answer the questions put to you." The young student rubbed his eyes, and then looked around again ere he asked: "May I know how long I have been in an insensible state?" "Several hours," was the reply. "The day has passed since you were before us. You will now answer the questions put to you." "I am ready," said Justin. the voice continued: "It is true that a spy has crept into our ranks, but he will be discovered and dealt with before he can do any more mis, chief. Lord Bascom is after you especially, and it will be necessary that you disguise yourself for some time and keep in hiding during the day. The time has come for you to act against your cruel enemy. Are you prepared to carry out your part against him, as ordered by us?" "I am," wa':l the firm reply of the young student. "May I ask a question?" "Yes." "Then I would like to know if Lord Bascom's daughter is to be prosecuted?" "She is not, if she is true to us. We do not war on the children of our enemies." "Then I am prepared to open war on Lord Bascom in any manner you please." "Then drink to the 'Wild Justice of Revenge,' and death to Ireland's foes!" c ried the voice, as a masked figure appeared before the young student and handed him a goblet. Justin drank on the instant, and he had scarcely swallowed the liquor presented to him whel). his head felt dizzy again, and he fell on the ftoor Insensible. When the mystified young man opened his eyes again he found himself in the gymnasium to which he had been con du cted by Mad Polly, and young Falvey and Mort Morley were stretched b eside him. They were just recovering from a long sleep, and they were both rubbing their eyes as young Falvey growled forth: "Confound that young woman, she has drugged us What in the mischief can Mad Polly be up to?" "I am here to answer that question," said a soft voice, as a beautiful young woman appeared before them. The young men recognized the voice on the instant, but they started In surprise on beholding the owner, while Theo dore Falver exclaimed:


'.12 THE I NVISIBLE TWELVE. "Who in the mischief are you, young lady?" imagine that I am most interested in the fate of my brother. "I am the person you just called Mad Polly, you saucy Now please tell us how long we have been lying here, and rogue!" said the charming young creature with a sweet but a what y ou have been doing in looking for Tom?" sad smile. "What a long sleep you all had! Oh, poor Tcim! The young woman hesitated a few m oments to reply, as if poor Tom! I cannot find him at all. I fear he has been really collecting her thoughts, and then answered, in calm to nes: murdered, or he would never desert me." "You have had a very long sleep of it indeed, gentlemen, "I hope not," said Falvey, as he continued to stare at as it is now night again. As to what I have been doing, it the bright creature in surprise. "Is It really true that you were better that I gave you a brief account of our acquaint-/ are the same young lady whom I have seen at the races?"' "Yes, yes, it ls true. I looked like a fright then, because I was a lways disguised in public. But I will tell you the story hereafter. Oh, where can I find Tom? Is he alive or dead?" Before any one could reply a strange voice was heard, crying: "Join the band governed by the Invisible Twelve and you wi!J l earn, young lady." CHAPTER VIII. THE ADVENTQRES OF A ROMANTIC GIRL. The three young men sprang from the floor on hearing the voice of the invisible speaker, who spoke with trumpet tones, wh!le the young woman started and cried: "Who are you that speaks, and where are you now? In mercy to me, whoever you are, tell me what has become of the young man who disappeared last night?" There was no answer to the appeal. The young woman listened very impatiently, and so did the others, when she raised her voice again, crying, as she sprang Into the larger room: "Confound me if I know what to make of this! If it is you playing tricks on me, Tom, I will never speak to you again." The young men followed Mad Polly into the larger room, and they all looked around eagerly, as if in search of the unseen speaker, but no one appeared to them. The young woman then became alarmed for her husband again, and she turned appealingly to Justin O'Neill, saying: "Oh, sir, if you can explain the strange proceedings, do so, in mercy to me." "Would that I could, young lady, but I assure you that I am a s much puzzled as yourself, and perhaps more so." The young student then thought of his last unaccountable visit to the chamber of the Invisible Twelve, and he asked himse lf: "Is it possible that I have been dreaming, and that I did not leave here since we fell asleep?" Then, turning to the young woman, he said: "Young lady, do you know anything of the drugged wine you gave us?" Mad Polly flushed up on the instant, and replied, in angry tones: "I assure you, sir, that I did not give you any drugged wine. When I left you here last night I went in search of my husband. When I returned in the morning I found you all lying asleep -On the floor, and as I could not rouse you, I suppos ed that you had taken too much of the wine." "We only drank about three glasses each," said Justin, "when we all fell on the floor, insensible. I do not care to ac cuse yo u, but it was the wine you gave us that did .the work." The young woman look ed around the bedroom as if In search of some of the wine which she had presented to them the night before, as she replied: "Then it must have been drugged without my knowing it. What does all this mystery mean? What has become of my ance before showing you the position r am placed in ... "I am sure we will be very glad to hear it, if we only had something to eat and drink," said young Falvey, in pleasant tones, "as I am almost famished, for one." "I have thought of that, gentlemen, and here is a supper ready for you, with wine that I am certain is not drugged. While you are eating I will give you a little of my remarkable experience, as I wish to gain your full confidence in the mysterious work that we may have before us. While you eat I will talk." The three young men were soon hard at work on the good food placed before them, and they all ate and drank without entertaining the slightest suspicion of treachery on the part of the young woman before them. In truth, the more they a!J saw of her the more convince d they became that they could place full reliance in her honesty, notwithstanding the very suspicious circumstances of the previous night. While the young men were thus eating the young woman addressed young Falvey in particular, saying, with a smile: "You knew me as one of the most hideous around Dublin?" "I wouldn't say that, but--" "We'll have no buts about it, as it was the truth. As some of you may know, I received severe injuries by a fall from a horse when I was a young girl. "I was wild enough at the time, goodness knows, but I had sense enough to understand and hate a man to whom my father had promised me in marriage, and I was determined to escape from the hated uniQll at all hazards. "When my father took me to Paris to consult physicians there about the hideous scars that appeared on my face, a romantic idea entered my mind, and it was this: If the scars could be cured, well and good; if not, no occasion for ,the plan. "The were perfectly cu;ed, but no one was the wiser except the eminent French physician who tended to me, and my confidential My father to this day believes me. dis figured forever. "You'll surmise the object I had in view. I wanted to disgust the man who insisted on the carrying out of a promise made by father when. I was a small girl." The romantic girl turned away for a few moments so that the young men could not see her face, and when she appeared before them again she was a perfect fright. "You now see me, gentlemen, as I have appeared to all the world of late, except my dear husbann. and my faithful old nurse. I had some flesh-marks made in Paris, and this is one of them. The French and my nurse alone knew who intended to wear them." "And did that face .drive away the man that was after you?" asked young Falvey, with a sly smile. "This face and my w!ld actions did. When I returned to Ireland, I soon acquired the name of Mad Polly from my furious freaks and capers. I succeeded in driving away the man that was after me, and I have been laughing at him ever since." ":Segorra," said -Falvey, "he wouldn't laugh much 1f he knew the trick you .had played on him. 'Tis the queerest joke I ever heard of in my Ufe." "And how dld you become acquainted with Tom?" asked husband?" "We cannot tel1," answe red Mort Morley, Mort Morley "Did he know that you were such a good-looking "You must girl when ht') was making love to you?"


THE INVISIBLE TWELVE. 13 "Of cou 'rse he did. I made up my mind that whenever I met a man whom I could really like that I would appear to him in my natural face. As to when and how we met came about in this way: We were traveling in Canada when the Riel rebellion broke out, and my father denounced the in the harshest manner. We were both taken prisoners, and some of Riel's half-savage followers were about to put us to death, when a brave young American saved us at a great risk of his own life. That young American was acting as a spy for Riel at the time, and he was thorough disguised, so that he could enter the English lines." "That was just like my brother Tom, said young Morley, "as he was always clever with disguises from boyhood." Disguis e d or not," said the young woman, with a smile, "I fell in love with him, and I soon found an opportunity of showing him my real countenance." "Then, of course, he fell in love with you at once," said Justin O Neill. !'To be sure he did. Well, the poor fellow was taken prisoner, and they were going to hang him as a spy. Did your father not assist }'.OU in saving the man who saved your life?" asked Morley. "Not he, as he hates rebels of every kind. My father today firmly believes that the man who rescued us was hanged in Canada, and he believes that Mr. Ferdinand Morehead is a young American gentleman of fortune." "When and where were you married?" asked Mort Morley. W e were married in New York City soon after his escaping from Canada." "Can you tell me why mY brother never looked me up?" "He did look you up on the quiet, but he found that you had left New York City, and he did not know where to addres s you. Besides, it was a matter of life and death that he should not be known ev-en here in Ireland." "Young lady, said Justin O'Neill, In very serious tones, "can you tell us why your husband visited the chief of police here in Dublin?" The young woman hesitated for a few moments, and then replied: "That is a secret of mine and would injure us very much If such was known, but, as I fear Tom has got Into trouble, and as I believe you to be friends of ours, I will tell you." "Do not," said Justin O'Neill, "if it is a private affair." "I prefer to tell you, as I know it will serve poor Tom if he is still alive. Yau must know that I am mistress of a large fortune, but my father can deprive me of It on certain c ondi tions, which Is unnecessary to state. That fortune would come into my possession in two weeks were it not for the loss of some important papers. Those papers were stolen from me and I fear that my own father had a hand In the transaction." "Then I presume,' said Justin O'Neill, "that It was in looking for those papers that your husband visited the .chief of police here?" "You are correct, sir. As Tom was a stranger in Dublin, he could not set about in the aid of the work very well, except with the help of a detective. It was to procure aid in that way that he went to the office of the chief of police." "If your father was the means of stealing those documents," said Justin O 'Ne ill, "would he not have destroyed them ere baffie my father whenever I can, through the means of certain famil y secrets which I hold. I know that my fathe r is hated by the Irish patriots, but he has been very kind to me in the main, and I could never become his euemy, except I was cer. tain he made away with my husband." And then, as if inspired by a sudden idea, the young woman exclaimed: "Good gracious! what if my father has made away with Tom, after all? What if he should discover that he ls my husband?" The anxious young woman then placed her hand on her throbbing forehead as if lost in deep refiection for some mo ments, while the young men watched h e r with deep attention as they exchanged meaning glances among themselves. Lqwering her voice to a whisper, the young woman then drew Justin O'Neill toward her, saying: -.. I am certain that m y husband has been made away with by my father and his agents, or e lse by this secret band of patriots called the Invisible Twelve. Something lmport'ant occurs to me now. "Pray, what is It, young lady?" "Two days ago my father requested me to give up this build ing, which I have used as a gymnasium, and wl_lere I have been enabled to meet my husband in secr et. I refused, a nd a dark frown passed over his face I felt that he had b ee n watching me, or having me watched closely ever since. Oh, if I was. sure that he had anything to do with the making away of my husband, I would forget that I am his child and avenge-' The excited young woman had raised her vo i ce while uttering the last exclamation, and before she could proceed further the trumpet voice fell on their ears, crying: "Join the Invisible Twelve and you will know the truth." The startled young woman was about to reply, when the door leading toward the front mansion was flung open with a bang and h eavy footsteps were heard on the stairs. The three young men sprang: to their feet and placed thei. f hands involuntarily on their pockets where they kept their revoivers. The weapons were gone, as they had been taken from them while in the deep slumber. The young woman had just prese n ce of mind enough to put her hands on her fac e to note that the ugly fiesh ?laslt was properly adjusted when her father burst into the room, followed by half a dozen men, all wearing masks. Striding up to the somewhat startled grou p Lord Bascom r exclaimed, in excited and angry tones: "And so this is the use your gymnasium is put to, enter talning a 1ot of rascally rebels." One glance at her father's eyes told Mad Polly that hel' father was prepared for and even sought a violent quarrel with her, and she suspected the cause of it. Hitherto he had treated her with marked indulgence, even when she was caught in far wilder scrapes than entertaining a f e w young men, and she said to herself:: He wants an open rupture, s o that h e may put me in a madhouse. He seeks the quarrel, and the consequences be on his own head." Then, raising her voice to the loudest pitch and grinning fearfully at the same time, the young woman cried, as if in now?" surprise: "He would not, for the reason that they are just as im"Why, governor, what i s the trouble with you now? Is it a portant to him as they are to me. To explain that I would crime for me to entertain a few young gentlemen in my have to go into a private family history that you would nGt gymnasium?" care to hear." "It is when these young gentlemen are rascally rebels who "It is b elieve d, young lady," continued Justin, "that you do are hiding from justice. Advance and seize the dogs, men!" not agree with your father in national affairs." "Stand back there, men! Father, is it your purpose to "Indeed I do not. I am a thorough Irish woman, and I treat roe with disrespect?"


14 THE TWELVE. "It is my purpose to teach you how to behave yourself here-., "Do not stir just yet, young lady, and all will be well ror after. Advance, I say, and seize the rascals!" you." The masked men were about to rush on the young fellows, I "Oh, in mercy, tell me of my father?" when the lamps were suddenly put out and then a trumpet "you sbouid not bear any love for the cruel man whom you voice exclaimed, as if coming from the stairway: call father, but you will hear of him, and of one who ls far "Rush to the rescue of your friends, dear boys. Do not in-' dearer to you, if you follow Justin O'Neill's advice to-nig).lt," jure the young lady, but down with the tyrants! '1 replied the trumpet voice, as if coming from the hall below. CHAPTER IX. THE INVISIBLE TWELVE AT SERIOUS WORK. Justin O'Neill was not of a suspicious nature, but when Lord Bascom and his men appeared he felt convinced that the young woman had been playing them false all the time. That opinion altered a little, however, when he perceived the bold stand she took against her father, and beheld a light of anger flashing from her eyes. The young student was about to call on his friends to make The young woman then turned to Justin as if for informa l tlon, and the voice continued: "You will all four disguise yourselves in costumes which you wllJ find in the lower rooms, and then leave this place as fast as possible. Young lady, be silent and you will learn the fate of your friends. Follow Justin O'Neill to-night. No more at present from the Invisible Twelve." Being all amazed at the proceedings, as well as the sudden disappearance of their friends and enemies, neither the young men nor the young woman uttered a word for some moments. The brave O'Neill was the first to break silence, as he turned to the young woman, saying: "If you fear your father hereafter I would advise you to a bold dash for liberty, when the trumpet voice rang on their follow the advice just given." ears, and then Justin felt that succor was at hand, through Then lowering his voice to a whisper, he said: the means of the Invisible Twelve. Then tliere was a rush of feet, the sounds of blows and of "I will confess to you, young lady, that I do belong to a patriot band; governed by a body known as the Invisible bodies falling on the floor, while high above the tumult rang Twelve. It is evident that they wish you to appear before out the trumpet voice, crying: them ... "Rescue your friends and down with your foes! Bring the young lady and her father with you! Then Lord Bascom would yell for aid while he struck about in the dark, little caring whether he hit friend or foe, so long as he would be able to reach the doorway leading out to his mansion. Mad Polly drew back to the side of the young men when the rush was made, and she seized Justin O'Neill by the arm, as she said: "For goodness' sake, do not Jet them slay mY father, bad as he is,!" The noise of the struggle in the dark soon subsided, the. young men keeping together in the meantime, being somewhat bewildered as to how they should act in the unlooked-for struggle. Not hearing her father's voice raised aloud when the struggle was evidently over: Mad Polly cried to the young men: "Oh, mercy! mercy! Have they killed my father?" As neither of the young men could answer, they remained silent, listening intently all the while. The young woman listened also. They could all hear the shuffling of feet, the retreat of the footsteps down the iotairs, and the muttered given by the leader as if for the treatment of the prisoners. And then all was as silent as death. Still standing near the young men, Mad Polly cried out, in earnest tones: "Oh, this suspense is horrible. Will not some oe light a lamp and see what has happened?" Agitated as the young woman was, she never alluded to her husband, although she felt very well assured that that secret was exploded, so far as her father was concerned. Justin O Neill soon succeeded in lighting a lamp, and they an then glanced around the apartment in surprise. Not one of their late visitors, whether friend'S or foes, appeared in either of the rooms. "Then I will appea-r," promptly answered Mad Polly, in cautious tones. "Let us hasten away from here, or some o! father's may come here to intercept us." All four then hastene9. down to one of the lower rooms, whei:e they found an assortment of male attire, such as may be worn by mechanics and laborers, and also some wigs and false beards. Mad Polly selected one of the suits and hastened up into a bedroom to don the disguise, while she muttered to herself: "If father has found out the secret of my marriage, it w!Il be war to the knife between us, indeed. What has become of Tom? What is the meaning of their wanting me 'before their secret body?" In the meantime, Justin O'Neill found a message directed to him in cipher. which read as follows: "You will appear before the Invisible to-night, bringing a new recruit with you. The cab will be in waiting at the appointed place at the usual hour." After another hasty consultation between the four friends, It was agreed that O'Neill and Mad :,Polly should keep together until the appointed time, while the others went in a different direction. They then left the building by the deserted alleyway, and Justin and the young woman proceeded to a tavern not far distant. The young student was thoroughly mystified over the pro ceedings of the past few days and nights, and he asked himself, as he looked back at the gymnasium: "Can it be possible that there is a secret passage leading from there to the trial hall?" Curbing his impatience, however, Justin O'Neill endeavored to assure his companion that her husband was stlll in the land of the living, and that it was not yet certain that her father Some _overturned tables and chairs, a torn mask or two, and had discovered the secret marriage. a few ugly clubs were the only evidences that appeared of the Under these assurances the lively young woman recovered late struggle. her usual gayety, and chatted away on the topics and inci-The young woman was about to rush down the stairs in dents that puzzled them. search of her father, when the trumpet vo ice rang out again, They spoke in whispers, however, and avoided police ofll-crying: cers as much as possible.


THE L VISIBLE TWELVE 115 Justin then became convinced, that while the young woman I The young woman then heard soft footsteps stealing away had hitherto regarded her cruel old father with som e love, she from her. was folly prepared to go against him if he had injured her j The dim light appeared soon after and, to P oll y's surpri se, husband. she found herself surrounded by the twelve figures, w h o were At the appointed hour the young man and lively woman ap; completely shrouded i n a light, gauzy substance, eac h hol di n g peared at the spot where the cab was in waiting for them. j a trumpet in its right hand. Then Ma,d Polly went through the whole program as exJ Thoroughly bewildered by the s trange app a ritio n s a r oun d perienced by the young student on a former oc cas ion, until her, she could onl y stare at them until s h e was addressed b y she was led blindfolded into a square apartme nt. j one of the trumpets, sayi ng: The bandage on her eyes was then remo_ved, a dark mask I "Young person, if you wish to rescue the man y ou lo ve and was placed on her face and, when the dim light appeared, she struggle against the cruel man who pretends to be your found hersel f seated in the middle of the apartment and a 11 father, you will join the secret band governed by the Invisibl e trumpet voice was heard, crying: Twelve. Will you take the oath this night?" "Young person, if you wish to learn the fate of those you Being fearfully agitated by the ECene she had witnes s e d as love most do not open your lips except when you are spoken 11 b i d th. h h I we as emg ncense agamst e man s e a d l ooke d up o n to." her father, the brave young woman readily responde d : The young woman bowed in acknowledgment, and then the 1 "I will join you without any hesitation, provi d ing you voice was heard again; saying: prove to me that your statements are t rue." "Do you c laim t o be a true daughter o f Erin?" "Did you not see and hear your husband ?" asked t he v oi c e. "I do," answered Polly. The ready-witted girl remembered Mort Morley, and she "Are you prepared to struggle in the freedom of our land, answered: even so far as contending against him who has claimed you as I "It h b h" t b th p h h" d ht ?" may ave een 1s wm ro er. r o ve to me t at m y 1Ts h aug er h t d t 1 h th husband is in a horrible dungeon as that appea r ed to be a n d e young woman es1ta e o rep y, w en e voice I that my father is the cruel wretch you state he i s, a n d I will was heard, saying: slay him with my own hand!" "If it should be proved to you that Lord Bascom is not f th d th t h h bb d 0 and otherwise in-'That is enough at present," cried the Invis i b l e "We w ill : our a e.r. an a e as ro e Y u prove it. Adjourn!" JUred you m the mo s t selfish manner, would you then contend against him?" "I would." "Would yo u take h is i'ife with your o wn hand if it was also proved that he killed the man you l oved best?" "That I would," was the prompt response, given in fierce tones. All was darkness again, and Polly did not hear a sound for some time. After some minutes, and it seemed an age to the impatient and anxious woman, one side of the square apartment was lowered and a raised stage appeared above. On that raised stage a dungeon scene was represented, and The lights went out on the instant, and Polly f ound h erself sitting in the dark apartment. CHAP T E R X. THE MAN WITH MANY FACES. It was night, and Lord Bascom was seated i n h is private library with his bead resting on h i s breast, as if l ost in de ep meditation. then a chained prisoner appeared lying on the floor. Matters were not going o n well with the crue l man who Polly could not restrain a cry on perceiving the prisoner, as would tyrannize over his f ellow-beings, and wh o b e liev ed in it was her own well-beloved young husband who appeared to I treating the Irish patriots in the same manner as Ki n g G e orge be lying there in death. treated the people of America before the Revo l utio n. Suppressing her emotions, and hoping that the scene before While thus lost in meditation a slight knock was heard and her was but the part of a mimic play, the brave young woman the tyrant started, as he cried: awaited developments in silence. "Come in!" Rising as if in a dream and shaking the irons on him, the The door opened on the instant and a man e nter ed, with a young man in the dungeon ar_ose, and muttered aloud: broad smile on his face, as he said: "How in the mischief did I get here, and what is the meaning of this sc ene ? Ah! I remember now, Lord Bascom, the old villain, led m e into a trap and he then swore he would let me rot in a dungeon for having married his daughter." As the young man was speaking the light on the iitage grew dimmer and dimmer, until it was perfectly dark, and then the side of the room closed again. The half-frantic Polly raised her hands in supplication and attempted to call out, when she found that there was a gag attached to the mask on her face, and she was powerless to address the man she loved so well. Another deep silence followed. Polly then found a hand gliding over her face, as if to remove the mask or the gag, while a voice whispered into ht;lr ear: "Be brave and obey the Invisible Twelve. Y our father has learned the ,secret o f y our. marriage, and it was lte who ab ducted your young husband." I wili," wh ispered P o lly, I n repl y I am punctual, my lord." "I s ee you are, Parson. Be seated, and let us t o b u sin es!!. What good news have you to-night? Any wor d of t hat confounded girl?" And the anxious lord glared eagerly at his v isito r "I have no account of the girl as yet, my lo rd, b u t I hop e to have But I have other news of importance. "What is it? Is it about th!s new band of rebels?" "Yes, sir; about the Jnvisible Tw e lve." Lord Bascom brightened up on the instant and r u bbe d hla hands with evident satisfactio n as he asked: "We ll, have you managed to get into the inner ring yet, you clever rascal?" "Not yet, my but I hope to very soon It I s a ve r y difficult job, I ca n tell you." "Nonsense, man! You are o n l y trying to rai se y o u r price Once in the order it should be a n easy matter f o r a cl eve r man like you to ferret out the who l e bu siness o n t h e dou b le q uick."


16 THE INVISIBLE TWELVE. "I assure you that it is not, my lord, as you would know full in the dark until I got a blo,w that knocked me senseless. Oh, well if you had my experience." wouldn't I like to have the rascals in my power!" "Well, well," said L-0rd Bascom, impatiently, "let us hear ''And we will, my lord. After you found yourself iD the what you have really found out." cellar of the gymnasium, you told me, and your men were all Thus appealed to, the spy commenced: with you?" "You know that the first information I got was from the "That is the solemn truth. All the officers were bound and two young students in the park that night. In less than a gagged when I came to my senses, and none of them could week after I was before the Invisible Twelve as a candidate tell how we got down there. for admission. All I could then learn was that it was a power-The detective looked around the room for a. moment or so, ful organ'ization, and that the son of your old enemy was a and then went to the door and looked out, as he remarked: member.: "That wasn't much, .. interrupted Lord Bascom. "You can't tell where the meeting-place is, or give me the names of any of the Invisible Twelve." "That is true, my lord, but I am compelled to "{l'.lOVe very slowly. If I were to try and rush things, suspicion would be "We can't be too careful, my lord, as I fear you have spies in your own household. Now, let me whisper to you." Having closed the door again, the spy placed his mouth to Lord Bascom's ear and whispered: "I believe ali the officers with you last night are memb'ers of this secret society governed by the In visible Twelve." at once aroused." "Impossible, Parson!" "Pshaw! they'll never suspect you. Have you not been "It is not impossible, sir. Now, let me ask you if either or already imprisoned as a pati'iot? and are you not hand-and-them received a bad hurt in the scuffle in the dark?" glove with all the leading rebels?" did not, I must confess." "That is very true, sir, or I would not have been introduced "But you received a blow that stunned you for the time?" to this order. If it were once suspected that I am a detective "Yes, they did give me a severe crack, confound them." from Scotland Yard my body would soon be floating in the "Well, don't you see, the officers were simply overpowered Liffey." in the dark, as it were, but they were not injured. The fight ''Who is to suspect it? You can never be recognized while was a farce all through." "Confound it all, when I come to think of it, I believe you are right, Parson. The rascals didn't receive a scratch, although the fight lasted some time. Oh, if I were sure they are traitors, wouldn't I punish them in short order!" you keep up your different characters as well as you do. On my honor, I did not know you when you were arrested at the royal meeting the other night, you clever rogue." And Lord Bascom laughed heartily as he clapped the detective on the shoulder in an approving manner. "You flatter me too much, my lord," said Parson, with a grin. "It is true that I can wear many faces, but I can tell you that I have now to deal with menwho are not to be easily hoodwinked. So far I have gained very little information, but I hope to bag them all ere long." "Were you not asked to the place of meeting after the first night?" "I was not, my lord." "That is very strange." "It is one of their rules, sir, as I understand, that new members are not to attend the meetings until they are notified by an from the Invisible Twelve." "I see. Then all you. really found out as yet is that Justin O'Neill and Theodore Falvey belong to the band?" "That is about all, but I strongly suspect that the young American also belongs to the order." "We'll give it to them in good time, my lord, but at present it will be well to let them imagine that you do not suspect them at all. Now about this young fellow in prison." "You mean the scamp who had the impudence to marry my daughter?" "I mean the young fellow who married the young lady you call your daughter, sir, if you please. In dealing with a confidential detective it is just as well to be as plain as you would be with your lawyer." Lord Bascom glared angrily at the fellow for a moment, and then smiled bitterly on him as he said: "You are a clever scoundrel, to find out all my secrets. Well, go on with what you were saying." "Yes, my lord, it is my business to discover family secrets, and I have discovered that Lady Mary is not your daughter at all. She is your niece." "Well, confound you, have I not agreed to pay you well for keeping my secret?" "You mean Morley?" "That is true, sir, and I am satisfied with the bargai n, but "Yes, sir. Now, if you please, we will speak about Lady I want you to understand that I cannot work in the dark. Mary." Now, as to her husband. It would be well to hav e him released "Yes, confound her! She is giving me a great deal of at once." annoyance," said Lord Bascom, with a deep frown. "There "What! After all the troubce we had in arresting him?" is no doubt that she is the wife of that other blasted Amer-lean." "Not the slightest, my lord. They were married in New York. It was while watching her that I detected the young men in the gymnasium last night. I wish to speak about that affair." "Don't you want to get the young woman in your power again?" "Of course I do. I mean to clap her in a private lunatic asylum." "Well, it will be hard to catch her while her husband is in prison, and jf you let him go we will soon get her." "Then I hope you can throw some new light on It, Parson, "r think I understand you now, you cunning rascal.,. as it is a .perfect mystery to me." "Don't flatter me too much, my lord, or I will be claiming "I hope to, my lord. Now please let me ask you a few more from you. If this young American is released h i s wife questions." will be certain to go to him, and then we can take her and "Go ahead, and welcome." "You said that you were in tp.e act of arresting the three young men in the gymnasium when you were attacked and overpowered by a party of masked men who dashed up the stairs?" "That is the truth. For my part, I fought as well as I could get him out of the "You will undertake that? How will you get rid of him?" "By having him put to death as a traitor by the Invisible Twelve." "Can you do it?" "I can and I will. He is already suspected on account of his


THE INYISIBLE TWELVE. 1'1 visits to the chief of police, which I took good care to have I fellow like me should take a notion to such a frig h t a s .Lady reported.,. Mary. But you must l 'now that every eye forms its o w n Lord BaEcom frowned in an ominous manner as he said: "Hang the young rascal, he deserves death for interfering with my plansr See here, Parson. If you succeed in all you propose your fortune is assured." "I will succeed, my lord. But I have not yet t o ld you w hat I expect if I accomplish all I promise. "What do you expect, you rascal?" "Let me first state what I expect to do, and then I will tell :rou "Go on, and be quic k, as I expect a young niece o! mine from Galway at any moment. Confound her, I wish she had stayed at home at present." "To whom do you allude, my lord?" "A daughter of my sister in Galway is corning here to see me to-night, to spend a week or so w ith me I rece i ved a telegraph dispatch from her this afternoon. She was then out i n Athlone, but she said she would be here' to-night-th e nuisance; but you go on while we have time." 'Well, my lord, you know that I have been the mean s ol rendering you some important favors, not the least o f which was the purloining of important papers belonging to Lady beauty, and--" "But she has a husband," gasped forth Lord Bascom, finding words to express himself at length. 'Yes but I propose to get rid of that h usband ver y s oon. Is i t a bargain or not, my lord? Lady Mary and half h e r f ortune for me, and I will guarantee to rid you of a ll your e n e mies. The man with many faces never yet failed, in arty e nterprise he undertook, and he will not fail now. What say yoo?" 'It is a bargain, answered Lord Bascom, as he seiz e d t h e rascal's hand and shook it in a warm manner. "If y ou do all you say you shall have Lady Mary and half her fortune." Before the two men could utter another word the door was flung open and a servant announced: "Miss Matilda Bodkin, from Galway." CHAPTER XI. THE YOUXG LADY FR0:11 GALWAY. Mary." No fairer v1s10n eve r appeared to mortal view than the "Well, confound you: have I not settled with yo u for that young creature who thus appeared before L o r d Basc om and business?" the detective with many faces. "Very true, my lord, but I am still engaged for you o n very After greeting her in a friendly manner; Lo r d Bascom important and very dangerous work. looked earnes tly at the young woman, as he remark e d, with a "Come, come, Parson, don't exaggerate your services. Hunt-sigh: Ing down a gang of rebels is nothing to a clever rogue like "How Ii ke my dear sister you are. My own w a yward girl you." would be like you now were it not for that u n fortunate a c ci" I tell yo.u, my lord, that death stares me in the face eve r y dent. Be seated, my dear. This ls Mr. Parson, a friend or )Jour I live, but do not imagine that I quail at all. I onl y want mine from London ., to have a strict understanding with you as to my reward." The young girl from Galway bowed to the detectiv e as she "Well, well, what do you want?" remarked: "I want to show you what you want. first, my lord "Well, well, go on." "In the first place, you want me to get Lady Mary in a private lunatic asylum, and get her husband out of the way?" "That is the game. Go on. "By the way, where is my Cousin Polly?" Lord Bascom sighed heavily as he replied, i n sad tones: "I am sorry to inform you that my unfortunate d aughter is not well at present, and I have been compe ll e d t o s end her to an asylum for a time. "Then you want me to crush a certain young man named Justin O'Neill, so that he can never troubl e y ou.". 'How sad that must be!" said the y oung g i r l. I did hear that Lady Mary was a little touched, but I di d not dream that You it was as bad as that. say at home t h a t I am a little "That is true. I hate d his father, a .nd I hate him. must get him out of the. way forever." wild." "I will do it, ,sir, but I must have my own way abo u t it. And the young creature chuckled to hersel f as she cast a It was a mistake to attempt his arrest the other night. charming glance at the detective. "Well, admitting it was. Go on with the full catalogue Then Isaac Parson sighed and cast an admiring glanc e at "Last of all, you want me to expose and destroy the secret the beautiful young creature, as he said to himself : organization g ov erne d b y the Invisible Twelve?"' "It is a pity that Lady Mary is not as handsome. Ah, me, "That I do -abov e a l l. I have -rearnn to know tha t the rebel this is an enchanting creature, indeed! Hang m e if I don't s coundrels have sworn to d estroy me, and I only. wonder make love to h e r anyhow!" that the y ha Ye not attempted to assassinate me before this." The detective was a handsome young man of thirty when "Perhaps they are waiting to punish you in another way, he appeared in his proper form, as he did at present, and he m y lord,'" suggeste d the spy, with. a sly grin. "However, it is could be very agreeable and entertaining when it suite d his en9ugh for me to know that you wish to crush them, and I am purpose. going to do it. Now, for my reward, in case I should succeed, He then set himself out to please the young lad y from Gai-as I will, in all my endeavors. way, and he flattered himself that he succeeded in m aking '"What do you want? Speak out at once, ant! no beating more than a pl easant Impression on her when h e arose to about the bufh. ,. talte his departure. The spy grinned again, as he replied, in blunt tones : As the rascal reached the street he turned to look back at the "I never beat about the bush in dealing with a gentleman mansion, as he said to himself: like you I want the hand of Lady Mary in marriage and half I "Hang me, if I don't go in for that young girl, a s she 1s her f ortune as well!" just stunning. I can bleed the old fool enough without marry If the fellow had given Lord Bascom a blow in the face at ing Lady Mary, and I'll work him and go in for the beauty the moment that person could not have been more surprised. He was fairly dumb with amazement, and he kept staring a t the deetctive, who kept grinning away, as he continued: I see you are a little surprised, my lord that a handsome from Galway." When the detective left the house Matilda Bod k i n drew her c hair toward Lord Bascom, and her whole manner changed at once as she said, i n t he most abruot t ones:


18 THE TWELVE. "Lord Bascom, I want to have a serious with you." The man was sc:newhat sur prised at the words and manner of the young girl, but he answered, in pleasant tones: "Well, my dear, what have you to say to me?" "I saw Lady Mary this evening, and I am in her confidence." "The mischief you say! Where did you meet her?" "That I canr:ot tell until we have had a thorough understanding, sir. I am here now as her agent." Lord Bascom looked at the beautiful girl with uneasy eyes, and he was visibly agitated as he remarked: "You surprise me very much indeed. What does the mad girl propose?" "Lady Mary is not mad, sir, but she is very angry with you, as she has a right to be, I think. She is now aware that you are not her father. "Confound it all, who told her that. silly story?" "No matter who told her, sir, but she is aware of the truth. She also knows that you have been using a portion of her fortune for years past, and she is determined to have her rights." Lord Bascom glared at the young girl for a few moments, and bis face was purple with passion as he asked: "Did she send you here to defy me, young lady?" "She sent me here to warn you that she intends to have And the angry man stamped on the floor as if to intinate that he would crush his unseen foes beneath his foot. The young lady arose from the chair and moved towanl the door, as she remarked, in the same calm tones: "Well, Lord Bascom, as this is your answer, I have nothing more to say. It only remains for me to warn you that you will now have to deal with those who will not show you much mercy." The young woman was about to retire from the room, when Lord Bascom sprang at her and seized her by the shoulders, as he exc laimed: uI don't believe you are my niece at all, but an agent of this infernal band governed by the Invisible Twelve, and I arrest you in the name of the Jaw. Help, there-help!" The angry man dragged the young girl toward a bell-rope as he spoke, and pulled at it in a furious manner as he kept glaring at her. Hurried footsteps were soon heard in the halls, and then four policemen rushed into the room. "Arrest this young person! cried the excited man, as he flung the girl toward the oflicers. "See that she does not escape, while I make out a warr!int." The young woman was still as calm as possible, and when one of the officers l;;tid his hand on her shoulder shFJ only smiled at him as she remarked: justice. She also asserts that you have imprisoned her young "Do not fear that I will run away, officer. Lord Bascom, y ou husband without just cause and she asks for his instant re-will regret this outrage on the daughter of your sister!" lease." "You are an impostor, and no relation of mine!" cried the "And if I don't see fit to grant it, what then?" "Then she w!ll proceed against yo u as fast as possible. She is anxious to spare you, if possible, but she is determined that you must act in a just and a lawful manner." Lord Bascom sprang from his chair and fiung it on the floor at the same time, as he cried, in a fearful rage: "You can tell her to go to the mischief, for me, and to do her worst. Is there anything else she requires of me, youn' g lady?" The question was asked in sarcastic tones, as the excited man paced the floor. "Yes, sir, there ls," was the young lady's calm response, "but as I see you are excited, perhaps I had better defer the proposal until--" "No, no! Go on. I am not excited, but I am indignant. Do you believe all you have heard from the mad girl?" "Every word, sir. I am convinced that Lady Mary could not utter a falsehood even to save her own life." "Then you are prepared to act with her and for her?" "I a111, sir." "What else does she "Lady Mary proposes that you r elease her young husband at on ce; that you will give her up the fortune left to her by her father, and that you will cease to prosecute those who are struggl!ng for the redemption of their native land. That is all she requires." excited man. "What do you want nere, sir?" I man dressed in the height of fashion, and wearing a full red beard and eyeglasses, entered the library at the moment, and it was to him that the last sentence was addressed: Advancing to Lord Bascom, with a polite bow, the newcomer said: "Excuse me, Lord Bascom1 but I have an important message for you from the castle. Ybu will understand." The stranger gave a sign that was not perceived by any save Lord Bascom, and that nobleman drew him into a corner of the room on the instant, as he asked, in whispered tones: "What ls it, Parson?" "My name ls Darling now. let the young lady remain. Dismiss the officers at once, but I have very important news for you. Calm yourself, sir." Lord Bascom then turned to the officers, saying: "You can retire for the present and leave that young peri;;on I with us." The young girl took a chair in the coolest manner possible as the officers retired from the room, while the detective drew Lord Bascom into an ante-room, as he whispered to him: "You are in great danger at the present moment, sir." "How is that? Have I not ample prote.ction at hand?" "Protect!o"n of the oflicers will not avail you, as you are sur-rounded by desperate sp i es The agents of the Invisible Twe lve surround the house." "That is all she requires, indeed!" thund.ered the angry "Then I will summon more aid at once." tyrant, as he glared down at the young girl, who was st!ll as "No, no! Take my advice, act in a calm manner and we calm as if engaged in the most common-place business of life. will defeat them, Do you know who that young lady is?" "And if I refuse, what then?" "She says she is my niece, but--" "Lady Mary desired me to inform you that, in. case of your "She is your niece. Lord Bascom, do not start, but that refusal, she w!IJ be compelled to act against you, and with young lady is really Lady Mary herself!" those who have sworn to crush you to the earth. You inay "You are mad, Parson!" imagine, she said, to whom she alludes." Hush! My name is Darling, and you must thus introduce "I do, I do. The wretched girl alludes to this new band me to her. I assure you that she is the young lady whom of rebels governe d by the Invisible Twelve. She has chosen, you called your daughter, and she is now in league with the through the rascal she calls her husband, to ally herself with a Invisible Twelve, as I will soon prove, if you will let me have band of assassins, but she must not imagine that I fear them. my way with her." On the contrary, I defy her and them, and you can tell her so "It is simply. ridiculous. Why; Lady Mary is as ugly as--" for me. The wretches! "That young. lady ls beautiful. St!ll, I am telling you the


THE INVISIBLE TWELVE. 19 truth, as I will soon prove, if you let me deal with her. Will you do it, sir?" "Certainly, but I know you are mad to think of such a thing." "We will see about that, sir. Introduce me as Mr. Darling, ::i. gentleman connected with the government." CHAPTER XII. THE DETECTIVE IN FULL PLAY. Lord Bascom was fearfully agitated at the suggestion that the young person who pretended to be his niece from Galway was no other than the mad, wayward creature who had passed for his daughter since her childhood. Glancing out at the beautiful young woman, he turned to the keen detective as he said, in subdued and peevish tones: "I'll bet that you must be mad to think of such a thing. It would be a miracle if she could be thus transformed since last night, Parson." "Try to call me Darling, if you please, my lord. Yes, it is a sort of a miracle, I admit, but I have very good reason to b elieve that I am not at all mistaken. That young person out there is no other than Lady Mary herself." "How will you prove it?" "Leave that to me. All I ask is a ,formal introduction to her, and the rest will follow in proper order." Lord Bascom hesitated, as he was a little bewildered to how he should act in the crisis before him. The fact that the agents of the mysterious Invisible Twelve surrounded the house served to add to his embarrassment, although he was not a coward by any manner of means. On perceiving that Parsons was so certain of his game the perplexed man took him by the arm and l ed him out to the library, where he presented him to the young lady from Galway in due form as "Mr. Darling, a gentleman connected with the English government." The young lady received the Introduction in a playful manner, saying: I am a rebel, and I hate all English officials In Ireland." "I hope you w!ll make an exception to the rule in my case, Miss Bodkin, as I assure you that I am in favor of Home Rule, if I dare to oppole Lord Bascom here for the time." Lord Bascom frowned at the assertion, and the detective whom you are deeply interested also. If you will cut me, yo11 will place your friend in great danger. Please allow me to say a few words into your private ear." Giving a signal to Lord Bascom, the latter withdrew into the ante-room. The spy then approached the puzzled young lady, and speaking to )ler in whispered tones, he said: "I allude to the young man who is your husband, Lady Mary." The young woman started in surprise, and her eyes glared on him in an angry way as she responded: "You are altogether mistaken, sir, as I am not married." "Very w e ll, young lady. You will please to remember that I warned you, however. I have good reason to know that you are married, and I also know your young husband's real name." The young woman started again, and her face grew pale as she asked: "Give me the name, but say it in a whisper, for goodness' sake!" "Thomas Morley, who is a fugitive under sentence o'f death," was the low and solemn reply. "If you defy me, I wlll have him sent back to Canada for execution right off. Ha! ha! I now see that the mask is ofl' your face at last." The mask was torn from the young woman's face and that fair countenance was piteous to behold, while its owner stag-gered as If she would fall In a swoon. 1 Springing to her assistance on the instant, ti;i.e cunning detective clasped her around the waist as he whispered into her ear in earnest tones: "Fear not for him, if you will but trust to me. Lord Bas. com has not heard a word, and I wm keep him in profound ignorance if you will place yourself under my protection." The young woman rallied on the instant and withdrew herself from the spy's em brace as she answered: "I will trust you, whoever you are, but woe to you if you betray me! Have you told Lord Bascom who I am?" "I gave him an intimation, but he did not believe me. I can easily deny my former assertion now if we can come to terms. Will you make a solemn compact with me, young lady?" The young woman hesitated to as she felt a dislike for the mysterious man who had thus thrust himself upon her. kept on: Yet she felt that it was necessary to conciliate the fellow "I learn, Miss Bodkin, that you have incurred my lord's for a time. suspicions, and that he accuses you of being an agent of a She was now aware that her young husband was ln a certain treasonable society." strong prison, where he had been sent by Lord Bascom, and The young woman laughed in a pleasant but defiant man-if it were known that he was the condemned Canadian spy ner ere she replied: "Yes, my very wise uncle has seen fit to declare that I am an impostor and a spy as well, because I came her to tell him some unwelcome truths, sir; but it is a family affair, and--" "Yott would say," interrupted the spy, "that it is no affair of mine. That is where you are m!staken, young lady. Ao;; I am Lord Bascom's pei:sonal friend, as well as his associate under the sanction of the government, I qo not see why I should not interpose my advice. Are you really what you pretend to be?" The young lady stared at the impudent fellow in a very indignant manner ere she replied: "You are insolent, sir, and I decline to say any more to you." "Then you will be very foolish, if it were only for the sake of one in whom you take tbe greatest Interest." As the detective spoke the meaning words he gave the young woman a glance that was very expressh; e, indeed. The young woman lowered her tone a little, as she asked: "What do you mean, sir?" "Simply this, young lady. I know you, and I know one in his fate would be sealed. Under the protection of the agents of the Invisible Twelve he may be able to \}efy Lord Bascom and the 111an before her on her own account, but could thus save the man she lov ed? She feared that she could not, and she therefore answered: "I will confide in you, sir, if you will keep my secret. May I ask who you are?" "I am an agent of the Invisible Twelve and I am here as a spy on your uncle; but do not mention the !act or you are lost, and so is your husband. Place yourself in my hands and all will be well." "But how will you deal with me before Lord Bascom if he suspects who I really am?" "You will soon see. He is most anxious to seize you and pl.ace you in a madhouse, but I will baffle him. Do!!'t contl'a dict me now, but pretend to be very u"iiected at the exposure I will make. The young woman pretende d to agree t o p!'oposal, and


20 THE TWELVE the spy called Lord Bascom back into the library, saying, with a merry laugh: "My lord, you will excuse me for the ridiculous suspicio n I put forth. This young person is not your niece, but she proves to be an old a cquaintance of mine in disguise." The young woman covered her face with her hands and pretended to sob bitterly, while Lord Bascom stared at her and at the spy, as h e asked, in per plexed tones: "Confound it all! what will happen next? Who and what Is this young person, sir?" "She happens to be a very clever actress with whom I be came acquainted In London, my lord, and who Is at present acting in the interest of Lady Mary, who was clever enough to impose on her with a silly story, and induce her to come here in the character of your niece from Galway "Then, why in the furies did you assert that she was Lady Mary herself?" "I made the ridiculous assertion because I could no t plac e her at first, and there was something in her voice that reminded 1:Jle of Lady Mary, my lord." "It was. ridiculous! Young woman, are yo u aware that you are liable to s evere punishment as an impostor?" "Pardon me, Lord Ba,scom," interposed the spy, in the most plausible manner, "but as the young person has consented to lead me to the h iding-place of your erring daughter, I am certain you will pardon her. She Is very sorry for having been l ed into such an error." "As you say, sir; but will sbe lead us to the hiding-place?" "I am assured that she will, si r If you will place her hi then, my lord, and I am certain you will soon find that they are in league with the Invisible Twelve. I will l eave you n o w .,. Offering the young woman his arm, the cunning rascal withdrew from the mansion as he whispered to her: "Give our friends the signal that all is well and come with me. I assure you that (am your true friend." Mad Polly did not have a n y faith in the man, but she felt inc lined to humor him at the moment, and she gave the signal, as r e quested. The agents of the Invisible Twe lve dispersed on seeing the signal, and only one of them followed the pair as they walked along the street. That one person was Justin O'Nei!l, who followed them at some distance, as he muttered to himself: As I do not know the man with the young lady, I feel that it is my duty to watch over her. He may be the spy who is giving us so much trouble." CHAPTER XIII. MAD POLLY ANO TIIE SPY. There was not a braver woman in Ireland than Mad. Polly, and she was as cleve r as she was fearless. Having been convinced that the man who claimed to be her father had treated h e r in a scandalous manner, she had made up h e r mind to link her fortunes with the secret society gov-my hands." ern ed by the Invisible Tw e l ve and to work against Lord Bas-The spy then drew Lord Bascom aside as he whispered: com to the bitter end. "Leave the whol e affair in my hands and I will certainly She knew that the man she lov ed s o well was in prison, succeed in all the promises I made to-night. This young per-and that his life was in danger. son is a spy of the Invisible Twelve, and I will work on h er. She was well aware that her uncle had robbed her of a I hold a secret--" "You hold to6 many infernal secrets altogether, I fear!" "But I never betray any, my lo rd, unless to serve a good purpose. This young woman will be In my power, and she w11! aid us materially, if you will let me have my own way with her. "Take care that she does not lead yo u into a trap. There was a dangerous gleam in her eye awhile ago." "Pshaw, my lord, I can lead h e r as I please, you may be sure. I will go with her now, and--" "But how am I to deal with the minions of the Invisible T welve outside?" large sum of the money left to her by her father, and that the tyrant was plotting to grab the remainder. As she was patriotic to the core, she also knew that her uncle was an enemy of the land of h e r birth, and she had learned to hate him on that score. Polly had good reason to know that Lord Bascom would be put out of the way at a lmost any momept by the agents of the Invisible Twelve, if i t were d eemed advisable, but she als o knew that his d eath was not desired at that time, as it was their intention to punish him in another manner. They would crush him to the earth through her instrumentality. "They will disp erse when they see the young woman going The young woman had several reasons for joining the secret out with me. With her aid I will entrap the whole gang ere organization. they can trouble you again." In the first place, she desired to rescue her husband. "But will they not suspect yo u on l eaving here with her?" She wished to punish Lord Bascom, and thus serve the "They w!Jl not, as I have already led her to believe that I cause that was dear to her heart. am one of them. Besides, I ca n soon change my face, you know." "Hang me, Parson, if I don't believe you'll make a jumble o f 'the business with all your cleverness." "I'd like to wager a big stake on it, my lord. As it i s, if I f ail, it will be the last of me, and I should think that I have reason to be careful." "Where do you propo se to go with that young person now?" "To Lady Mary's hidingp l ace. Oh, by the way, see that the young husband is not released at present, or till you hear from me again. "Very well. Go ahead with the undertaking, but let me warn you again that you are engaged against men who are not fools The affair last night warned me of their power for evil." "Keep a stric t watch on ail the officers who were with you And she was also anxious to discover and punish the spy who was giving information against the society. As the young woman walked along 'the street, arm-in-arm w ith the man who appeared to know so much she asked herself: "Is this fellow the spy who is watching us so closely, or is he really what he says he is? Well, well, I will soon find out, if I am not a fool. Parson did not utter a word until they were some distance away Crom Lord Bascom's mansion, and h e then turned his eyes on the young woman, saying: "Well, youn? lad.Y, where will we go now?" "To my l odgings, of course, sir,,. was the ready reply, given in a merry wa;Y. I did think of going elsewhere, but it will be as you say. Are WEl, going tO be friends, Lady Mary?"


THE INVISIBLE TWELVE. 21 "Certainly, sir. As you seem to know so much, It is not for I seized her by the shoulder in a very rough manner, as he me to quarrel with you. Besides, you are one of us and I must I continued: hav e faith in you." "You wili now come along with me, and we w ill see if your "Your faith will not b e misplaced, I can assure you. I have friends of the Invisible Tw e l ve can save you. If you raise a good reason to hate your uncle, as he has wronged me sorely. single cry I will d enounce your husband. I am your friend Besides, I am a thorough Nationalist, and he Is English to the for all that, and I would save you for your own sake." core." The agitated young woman was about to cry out for help, The young woman cast a winning smile at' the fellow as she hoping that some of her friend s might be close at hand, when rejoined: a man sprang out at them and dealt Parson a stunning blow on I can readily see that you are a very clever man, but I the side of the head, ashe cried: would really like to know how you discovered me?" "The lady's friends are at hand, you infamous wretch. "That Is my secret, young lady. I will not give you my full Now you will see that you cannot insult her without geting confidence until you confide in me fully." what you deserve." "And if I do not?" The blow felled the spy to the ground, and before he cou ld "I will be compelled to inform Lord Bascom that your hus-recover from its effect Justin O'Neill had secured him in the band is the famous Canadian spy." "Well, now, that is a strange way for one to speak who pretends to be a true friend of Ireland. I fear that you are one of Lord Bascom's tools." most effectual manner. CHAPTER XIV. As the young woman uttered the words she withdrew her THE SPY BRAVES IT OU'l'. arm and turned on h e r companion in an indignant manner. Although Justin O N e ill made short work of it in dealing Parson laughed merrily, and seized the young woman with Parson, the spy was not altogether crushed by the stun-by the arm as he said: ning blow he had received. "See here, young lady, if I were what you accuse me, what He was more put out by the sudden disappearance of the was to hinder me from denouncing you to your uncle at once, young woman and her rescuer, who were not to be seen in ant and then placing you under arrest?" direction when he regained his feet. "Because you know that the step would be attended with Isaac Parson was a man of many resources as well as mariy great danger. You knew that my friends would rescue me faces, and he was not to be baffled by the mere fact that the at all hazards." young woman had escaped from him at that trying moment. "But your friends are not at hand now. What Is to hinder Hi_(! first idea was to return to Lord Bascom and tell him me from making you my prisoner now?" what had occurred but b efore he gained the mansion an inci-They had stopped on the sidewalk when the young woman dent happened which induced him to change his plan for the withdrew her arm, and one glance around told the man that time. they were alone in the deserted spot. The spy was in the act of passing the alleyway behind the When he put the question to the young woman she fell back mansion when he saw a man and a woman gliding along the a few steps and drew a revolver, presenting it at his face, as I dark passage leading toward the door of the gymnasium, she calmly replied: where they stopped as If to gain admittance. "This w!ll hinder you, treacherous spy! If you attempt to Drawing back in the shadow of a building to watch them, lay a hand on me I will blow your brains out on the Instant."' the cunning fellow muttered to himself: The spy did not flinch an Inch on seeing the deadly weapon "Hang me if it Isn't Mad Polly and the fellow who r esc ue d pointed at his head, but he laughed again, as he replied, in her. Can it be that the gymnasium is her hiding-place? i:"f jocular tones: it Is so there Is a big point gained .. "Fire away, young lady, but you must remember that you The pair did enter the gymnasium, while the spy hastened are about to kill one of your best friends. How can I convince to change his appearance, as he continued to mutter to'himyou that I am your sincere friend?" self: The man spoke in such an earnest manner that Polly was "The capture of Lord Bascom and the officers puzzles me. thrown off her guard and she lowered the weapon. Can it be possible that the meeting-place of the Invisible The cunning rascal seized her wrist on the instant and se-Twelve is somewhere along this lane, and that there is a pascured the weapon, as he cried: sage leading to It from the gymnasium?" "I will put this out of harm's way, and I will now Inform Parson remained in the doorwa y some time meditating on you that you are my prisoner. A few months In the madhouse the point thus presented to him, and the more he meditated will cool you a little." the more convinced he became that be had struck on a warm As .the fellow spoke he laid a strong hand on the young scent in hls pursuit of the Invisible Twelve. woman's shoulder and commenced to drag her along. The spy then remembered that was a small theate r Mad Polly was paralyzed for a moment by the sudden at-or ly_ceum up the alleyway some doors from the gymnasium, tack, but her courage soon revived, and she struck out at the and that It had not been in use for some time, save when now fellow in a furious manner, crying: and then engaged by some private theatrical company. "Oh, you treacherous hound, I knew you were Lord Bas-Stealing along the alleyway in the direction of the building corn's spy! You will never take me to a madhouse while I mentioned, the daring spy proceed ed to watch the door of the have life and strength to defend myself." old theater as well as to keep his eye on the g.ymnasium, Parson chuckled to himself as he grappled with the excited chuckling to himself as he continued to mutter: creature, and he then drew her wrists together in the most "Now, hang me if I don't feel in my heart that I have struclc scientific manner, as be said: on a big secret. If I am right, what is easier than to surround ''Now you are powerless, you mad creature, The bracelets the place and capture them all on some night of meeting. fit you nicely." Perhaps they are in session now this very night. As the fellow uttered the last words he slipped a pa.Ir of J!Jven as Pauson muttered to himself a carriage stopped at handcuffs on the wrists of the young woman, and he then the other end of the lane and three persons alighted from it.


22 THE INVISIBLE TWELVE. The spy had his eye on -them very soon, and he could tell by the movement of one of the party that he was being led along, blindfolded, by the other. it was discovered by the Invisible Twelve that a spy bad gained entrance into their ranks. One of the keen-eyed Twelve had tracked Parson to Lord To the spy's great joy, the three stopped in front of the side Bascom's house that night, and then an order was at once door of the little theater, and they all entered on the instant. sent out for his arrest. "There goes a new candidate," muttered Parson. "Haug me, If I don't get in through one of the back windows, and try to find out what they are at. Then I can summon the police and soldiers and nab them all. .It is a risky game, but itwill be great if I suc ceed. But, in the first place, I shall see what the couple are at in the gymnasium." On looking up at that building, Parson could perceive that there was a dim light burning in the upper room facing out on the alley:vay. That light could not be perceived from the mansion in front, and the spy felt assured that those then present there were no t friends of Lord Bascom. As the confidential spy had the run of Lord Bascom's house, The sp.y was as brave a fellow as ever entered the camp of an enemy, but he did not relish the Idea of being brought before the mysterious body who proved themeelves able to penetrate into disguises which had baffled so many other clever persons. When he had learned all that he wisheil to know Parson stole down the stairs again, and he was in the act of passing out into the dark hall when two figures appeared before him in the doorway, while a grutI voice demanded: "Who comes here?" "A friend," promptly re-plied the spy. "What Is your number?" Parson then saw that he was in for lt now, and he made a having occasion to pay visits there at all hours of the night, sudden rush at the two men at the door, dealing them blows he bad a key opening a gate leading into a garden on the side with each hand, as he cried: of the gymnasium. "One! two!" With that key he soon reached the door of the gymnasium He was a powerful man and a clever boxer, and he dealt his !Eading out into the garden, but on attempting to open it blows with great force and precision. quietly he found that it was well secured from the inside. The two men fell on the floor, one of them Yelling : He then stole around to the other door and, somewhat to his "Treachery! Help!" surprise, he found that it was partly open, as if other visitors Parson had just gained the door when it was shut and bolted were expected very soon. by invisible hands, and he received a blow on the head that After hesitating a little while, the daring rascal stole lnto felled him in turn to the floor, and before he could make an-the hallway and listened attentively. other movement he was seized by several strong hands, a Then he could hear subdued voices in the room at the head saturated handkerchief was placed to his nostrils, and a husky of the stairs, and h e stole up as he muttered to himself: "If it proved to be the fellow who knocked me down, I'll serve him the same way and secure the .young lady." Stealing up the stairs, the spy listened attentively at the door, and he soon recognized the voices of those within. One of the speakers was Mad Polly and the other was Justin O'Neill. voice over him said: "I have been watching the fellow for some time back, but now we will see who he is. Drag him Into the-light." The spy was not yet fully insensible when he was dragged into tbe light. In the struggle in the hall the wig and false beard were torn from his head and face and then the same husky voice "They should be here soon now," said Justin. exclaimed: "I hope they w!l1 soo n come," returned the young woman, "Hurrah, boys! I'll be hanged if it the very fellow ln anxious tones. "When does the meeting commence to-we are after to-night. It is Martin O'Connor!" night?" The spy was listening for the answer, when he heard steps in the hall below, and then a voice called out: "Is that you up there,_ old' fellow?" Pai;son struggled as well as he oould, but he was overpowered footwithout much trouble, while the chloroform was also work ing on him with slumbering effect. He could not tell how long he stayed in a state of uneonThe speaker was Theodore Falvey, who was accompanied sciousness, but when he recovered he found himself seated on by Mort Morley. a chair in that remarkable square apartment, in which a dim The sly spy had just time to slip into the other room when light was burning. Justin opened the door and called on his friends below to On attempting to move, the. spy found that his arms and legs come up. were secured to the large chair by some mechanical con-The three young men and the young woman were soon in trivance, but he was not deprived of utterance l)y a gag. earnest conversation, and a very interesting conversation it He had scarcely recovered his senses when the light glared proved to be, to the spy at least, who was soon listening at up a little, and then a trumpet voice fell on his ear, saying: the door again. O'Connor, or whatever your real name may be, you Parson then learned a piece of information that caused his are accused of being. a traitor and a spy. Are you prepared heart t o beat alternately with joy and fear. to answer the charge against you?" The Invisible Twelve had ordered the arrest of Lord Bascom, Parson felt that his only chance for escape was to deny all who was to be brought before them for trial that very night. charge s to be brought against hlm, and he braced himself as The cunning rascal also learned that his real identity had he bravely answered: been discovered at last, and that he was to be brought before "I deny _that I am either a traltpr or a spy, and I defy any the mysterious body to stand his trial as a spy and a traitor one to bring proof against me." at the same time. "What were you doing in Bascom's gymnasium to-night?" Whatever may have been the real name of the adroit spy, "I was watching two people whom I saw enter there in a he had figured in Dublin during tl'le past year under the title suspicious manner." of Martin O'Connor, and he had played the part of an ad"Did you know those people?" vanced patriot in public taverns and meeting-halls. "I did not." As the rascal had borne forged letters from Irish Nation"Then why did you watch them?" alists in London, he was not looked upon with suspicion until "Out of a spirit of curiosity, I suppose."


THE INVISIBLE TWELVE. "Why do you travel around in disguise?" "Decause I know that British spies are on the alert in Dublin at the present time." "Did you not visit Lord Bascom this evening, and say there to a certain young lady that you were a Mr Darling, in the employ of the castle?" "I did visit Lord Bascom, and I made the assertion because I desired to befriend the young lady in question and get' her out of that tyrant's power." "Did you not give Lord Bascom information regarding the society now governed by the Invisible Twelve?" "I did not give him any information concerning the society." "Then what was your business in visiting him?"' "As I know that he is a tyrant and a foul foe of Ireland, I wanted to punish him by compelling to restore certain papers he had stolen." "Did you not assist him, in stealing those papers?" "I did not." "Then how did you become informed that the papers were stolen?" "From the fact that certain inquiries were made for them, and that it was to Lord Bascom's interest to get them into his possession." ''Do you positively deny that you are a paid agent of the government and serving under Lord Bascom?" "I deny it. "What is your legitimate bi'tsiness?" "I Ulade money in California, and I am now living on that money. "When you joine d the society you said you had a personal grievance against Lord Bascom. Is that the truth?" "It is the truth, as I then asserted. He caused the death of Lord Bascom had braved many dangers while working against the patriots of Ireland, and he had often been threat ened with assassination, but he had never quailed before what he thought was his duty for England. He was one of those Englishmen who believed that Ire. land had no rights. at all, except those extended at the point of t h e bayonet or sword. He had succeeded in crushing many rebellions and plots in Dublin and elsewhere, but now h e felt that he was confronted by an organization that he could not crush by any means before used, and he therefore had learned to fear It somewhat. After pondering for some moments, the tyrant determined on sending for fresh guards of police, fearing that an attempt on his life would be made that very night. He was also tormented by the young woman who claimed to be his niece from Galway, and who had so openly accuse d him of robbing the young woman whom he had off s o long as his daughter. On the arrival of the fresh policemen, the perplexed tyrant sent three of them out into the garden to guard against an attack that way, while the others were ordered not to admit any one who was not perwnally known to his lordship. While he was still ruminating over the situation a slight commotion was heard in the garden, and then one of the policemen led a woman to the door of the library, saying: "Lord Bascom, this young lady claims to be a relative of yours, and she insists on seeing you." Lord Bascom started up in some surprise on seeing his visitor, for it was Mad Polly who stood before him. The young woman wore the flesh-colored mask, and pr.e sented the scarred face so well known in the neighborhood, my only brother, and I have sworn vengeance against him. while her voice had the old ring, as she addressed Lord BasIt was to carry out that purpose that I managed to become com, saying: acquainte d with him." "Are you prepared to act and testify against him now?" "To the very death." "You will soon have an opportunity. Did you not also visit him under the name of Parson?" 'I did." "Were you ever acquainted in New York with a young g entleman named Mortimer Morley?" The spy paled a little when the question was asked, but he soon recovered his composure and replied: "I do not remember knowing any person of that name." "You are a liar, Lu!;e Jackson!" cried an angry v oi ce be hind him. The spy turned his head on the Instant, and his face paled again as he r ecognized the speaker, who was seated in a chair close behin,_d him. The speaker was Mortimer Morley, and there was a look o! vengeance in his eye, as he met the glance of the accused and then crie d, in indignant tones: It was this vile rascal who had my brother condemned to death as an English spy in Canada, and he has him clapped in 'Pardon me, sir, for intruding on you, but it is necessary that I must have a serious convcrsa, tion with you this very night." Lord Bascom motioned to the policeman to withdraw, and h e closed the door after him ere he addressed the young woman, saying: "What brings you here, you rebellious and brazen creature?" "I came here to demand the release of my lawful husband, and to insist on a s ettlement with me, sir." The man's face flashed with anger, and he seized the youn g woman. by the shoulder in a very rough manner, as he ex c laimed: "I'll settle with you as you de se rve, you mad hussy. I'll have you in a strait-jacket, and in a madhouse cell in less than an hour." With a quicl' effort the young woman flung off the grasp, and the n drew back, saying: "Then you are resolved on refusing me common justice? You know in your heart that I am not mad, yo u desire to put me in a madhouse for the purpose of robbing me. I now warn you for the last tim!l that I will have justice. Refuse prison here also Luke Jackson, you boasted in New York me at your deadly peril." that you could never be detected by the Fenians, but you are A scornful laugh burst from the tyrant, and he sprang a t caught at last. I denounce yo u as the. most treacherous ana the young woman again, as he cried out: dirty spy that ever trod on this .earth!" CHAPTER XV. LORD BASCOM BlU.VES IT OUT ALSO. Lord Bascom became very uneasy after the spy and young woman left the mansion. The hint thrown out by Parson, to the effect that the police around him were in league with the Invisible Twelve, served to i ncrease his agitation. "Help, there, officers! Arrest this young woman!" Although the tyrant yelled forth his order hi loud not a single officer appeared to obey him. tones, Two strangers did appear in the apartment at the m oment, and each of them seized the tyrant from behind, drew his arms back, pressed a pair of handcuffs on his wrists, while one of them hissed in his ear: 'Tyrant, your hour of trial has come!" Mad Polly sprang forward also, and pressed a wet 1ponce I


24 THE INVISIBLE T'NEL VE. to her uncle's mouth and nostrils, as she said, in low and daughter, and whom you have robbed of more than half the solemn tones: fortune left to her by the murdered man. "I gave you the last chance I could procure, and now you While the prisoner was hearing this terrible accusation, must answer for your cruel and treacherous acts." beads of perspiration streamed down his face, but making The amazed man was readily o verp owered, and he fell vio lent effort at self-control, he raised his voice in defiant sense l ess on the floor, without making the least disturb-tones and cried: ance. "It is a lie! A base lie! My brother died a natural death When Lord Bascom recovered his senses again he found him-in Australia, and who are you that dares to accuse me of his self in that dimly lighted apartment which served as a sort murder?" of a prisoners' dock for the judges of the Invisible Twelve. "I am one who witnessed the deed,,. rang out the trumpet While he was secured to a chair in the same manner as the spy a gag was also placed in his mouth. A very dim light was burning in _the apartment but no sooner did Lord Bascom give signs of returning consciousness than out stalked the shadowy forms of the Invisible Twelve. One of their number held up the trumpet and addressed the prisoner, saying: voice As the invisible judge spoke he flung down the trumpet, tore off the gauze on his face and then advanced with measured steps, crying, in. his natural tones: Stephen Bascom, do you dare deny the murderous charge now?" The accused gasped for breath .as he stared up at the face "Lord Bascom, you desired to know something about the before him, and he then exc laimed, in thrilling tones: Invisib le Twelve, and your wish will now be gratified. There Oh, heaven! it is my murdered brother!" is not a n:ian here present who has not suffered from your cruel and unnecessary tyranny, and we are all prepared to deal with you as you so justly deserve. But as it is our rule to give all prisoners a fair trial, we will not deny it to y ou. Are you prepared to defend yourself against the charges that will be brought against you?" The gag was removed on the instant, and the prisoner re plied in firm and dignified tones: "I deny your right, lawless wretches, to try a lord of Eng-. land in this manner. Yet will I, for form's sake, answer any charge that may be brought against me. I presume that I am in your power, and that you are capable of assassinating me, but I scorn to quail before you." Another of the Invisible Twelve then raised his speakingtrumpet and thundered forth: CHAPTER XVI. THE INVISIBLES APPEAR. Lord Bascom was completely prostrated by the sudden and unexpected appearance among the Invisibles of the brother he had believed to be dead for so many long years. The guilty man bent his head on his breast for some moments and moved about in agony, while the injured brother stood o ve r him without showing a gleam of pity in his glaring eyes Dead silence reigned in the square apartment, the other members of the Invisibles standing aloof from the accuser, as if willing to leave Lord Bascom's fate to the decision of his brother. "As you have deprived us of just laws in Ireland, it be-After moaning for some moments the prisoner looked up at hooves us to take the scal es of justice in our own hands at his brother with a haggard face as he gasped forth: times. You are accused, while acting as an officer of England, of persecuting our people in the most unjust, merciless and cruel manner. What is your answer to the charge?" I carried out the laws as they were made by our English law-givers," was the scornful reply. "'Did the English law ever call on you to persecute and hound to death your private enemies?" "If those enemies happened to bE; Irish rebels I would never spare them." Did the English law call on you to rob a young lady who had b ee n p l aced in your charge by her dying relative?" "The person who makes that charge against me is a fit sub ject for a lunatic asylum and it cannot be proved that I ever robbed her of a shilling." "Did the English law call on you to commit murder?" manded the speaker, in still more loud and thrllling tones, while the trumpet trembled in his veiled hands. On hearing the dreadful charge thus put forth, Lord trembled a little, and he then exclaimed : Murd e r, you say! It was not murder to put the enemies of England to death according to law." "And just as the laws in Ireland are," continued the speaker with the trumpet, "they never countenanced you in commlt1'.ing private and wilfiil murder." The prisoner's limbs trembled more, and his voice was a little husky as he replied: "Who does accuse me of private and wilful murder?" "I do!" thundered the accuser, in louder tones than before. "I solemnly accuse you of murdering your own brother, the father of the young lady whom you have brought up as your "Oh, 1nercy, mercy, brother! That apparent crime was an accident. I did not intend to hit yo u when I fired the rifle, I swear to you!" "You know that it was not an accident,': retorted the accuser, In clear, cold and m erciless tones. "Did I not see yo u pointing the deadly weapon at me, and did I not call out to warn you?" "I swear to you that I took you for one of the African sav., ages." "You did, indeed! You knew full well that there were no savages within some miles of our camp when we weht out together to hunt that morning. You knew that I was not a blaclt savage when you approached me to note the effect of your shot, with your rifle ready to fire at me again had you not felt certain that I was dead already." "I thought that you were dead, I swear, but I was so shocked by the accid ent that I could not do anything but hasten back to the camp for assistance." A scornful smile appeared on the face of the accuser as he retorted: "Yes, you hastened back to the. camp and asserted that I had been sho t by the savages, but when Y Ou hastened back to the spot with assistance you found that the body had disappeared. Then you asserted that it had been taken off by the cannibals. Would you like to learn how I did escape death?" Oh, yes, yes, and I will make all the amends possible." "What amends can you ever make to me for my long years of captivity and torlure among the savage tribes who captured me that morning when I had recovered my senses after you had shot me do;wn in cold blood? For seventeen weary years I was a slave and a drudge among them, while you were enjoy-


THE INVISIBLE TWELVE. Ing my title and estate, as well as robbing my daughter of the fortune left to her by her mother." "Thank heaven," groaned the prisone r, "that you have es caped! In the proper place and time I will give you a full explanation. I have been grossly maligned by my enemies, who have poisoned your mind while you were laboring under the mistake that I meant to kill you." "Liar, tyrant and assassin! I have not been misinformed. You attempted to murder. me, in order to gain my title and my estate. Can you now refund all the funds of mine you have squandered at gambling and other vices?" "I will do my best. "Your best, indeed! Did I not always warn you, when parading as an English bigot, that you were a born Irishman, and that you should be true to the land of your birth?" 'Our political principles were never the same, I "I will answer for you. The man I allude to suspected you of having murdered me, and he accused you of it. In order to silence him you offered him the hand of my daughter in marriage, as well as her fortune. The brave girl drove the rascal from her in disgust by pretending to him and to you all that she was a fright, while in reality she is a beauliful young woman." The accuser made a sign and one s id e of the apartment was lowered, presenting the small stage well lighted. On that stage and facing them stood Lady Mary with her disfigured mask on. "Is that the young woman you believed to be your niece?" asked the accuser. 'Yes .. At a sign from her father the young woman withdrew the mask and bpwed to the audience with infinite grace, as she "No, for you were a merciless tyrant at heart, and a rene-remarked, in merry tones: gade to your country. Show me the man who Is false to the I "To be sure I am his niec e Miss Matilda Bodkin, from Gal land of his birth, whateve r that land may be, and I will show I way." you one who is capable of committing all the crimes possible Forgetting for the moment the position he was in, the pris But I am wasting time in preaching to such an infamous oner stared at the fair apparition with deep emotion, as he wretch. Look at the gentlemen now before you exclaimed, in excited tones: As the accuser spoke the words each of the 9ther Invisibles "This Is wonderful indeed! And so you were wearing a tore away the gauze masks and presented their faces to the mask all those years, you cunning creature?" prisoner. I Lady Mary bowed and smiled again ere she answered: The prisoner stared from one to the other of the faces "In more ways than one, my beloved uncle. I was watching thus presented to him, and a deadiy chill pervaded his who.le 1 you while you were robbing me, pretending all the time that frame. as he recognized all the Invisibles in turn. I was thoroughly ignorant in l:>Usiness matters. I knew that The first man he recognized was young Justin O'Neill, whose I you were giving a certain Mr. Morris large sums of money father had been hounded to death by him. out of my fortune, but I did not know until to-night that it was As he continued to gaze from face to face the wretched being hush-money to keep a deadly secret, after I had thoroughly r ecognized in each person one whom h e had deeply injured l disgusted the gallant by my face and conduct. I now know. in sortl:e form while carrying out his merciless popcy as an that Mr. Morris, Mr. Parson, and even Mr. D.arling are all one agent of the British government. and the same person." "Gaze at those men, .. continued his chief accuser, "and The young woman then advanced forward a step or two and ansv1er me if they are common assassins, banded together I said, in earnest tones: for the mere purpose of stabbing their political enemi es in I "Father and gentlemen all, I beg of you to be merciful. My the dark. You know in your heart that there is not one uncle deserves death, I know, yet I crave mercy for him, as he among them who would commit a mean action." I was very kind to me save in the matter of taking my money 'Then V.:hy re you banded together, if not for the purpose and imprisoning my husband." of slaying your political enemies?" asked the prisone'. as he I "Daughter," cried Lord Bascom, "we will show. him all the felt that all those present were opposed to the Engl!sh rule mercy he deserves. Retire with your husband now. in Ireland. I "Her husband!" exclaimed the prisoner, as he stared at we are banded together for the cause of Ireland, and for the young man who advanced at this moment to lead the the wild justice of revenge as well, but we are not assassins, young woman off the stage. "Why, he was in prison this for all that." evening, I am certain." Gaining a little courage, the prisoner the n asked, with a "But he has been released,,. answered his brother, "and without your o rder. Oh, wretch, you little know the power not mean to kill held by the Invisible Twelve. Have you any more to say grim smile: 'What was I brought here for, if you do me'?.. ere sentence is passed on you?" ''That I will soon explain. Were you not warned that you "Yes, yes, wait a few moments. That Parson-where is ha would incur o i1r wrath if you did not cease persecuting those now?" whose only crime was their devotion to the land of their "Turn and you will see." birth?" The prisoner turned his head and saw Parson on a chai r I received so many such threats in my time that I paid behind him. little p.eed to them. You cannot say that I am a coward." "You are both doomed!" cried the real Lord Bascom, "but "You are worse than a coward, as you assail ed the helpless you have not yet heard what your fate is to be." with the strong pow ers at your command. You did not spare women or children in pursuing your cruel work of destroying the Irish people who would not bow to your yoke. But we will to the point. Did you not refuse, even twice to-night, to do some simple acts of justice?" "You allude to my treatment of Lady Mary, I presume? I w ished to curb her, as she is touched in the brain." "Fool, fool, that argument will not servo you. Why did you wish to give my daughter in marriage to one she hated?" The prisoner did not answer, and the a ccuser continued: "Before we do," said the condemned brother, I beg of you that you will answer me a few If we are to die. it will not Injure you for us to know some of your secrets." 'Go on, then. "Where is this place of meeting?" "In the old -theater in the lane, near the gymnasium." "Does it connect by a secret way with the gymnasium?" "It does, and with the mansion you occupied, as well." "Do the police who guarded my house belong to your scr ciety?"


26 THE INVISIBLE TWELVE. "They do. Some .of the best men on the force are members, I A deep groan burst from the speaker's brother, while a and it was so arranged that our friends were placed on guard murmur of approval was heard from the other members of in the mansion to-night." I the band present. "You amaze me, I must say." The lights were then lowered, the members put on their "We have amazed others as well, yet our contrivances are gauzy head-coverings and retired in silent order, and the simp l e enough when they are understood." i gagged prisoners were left a lon e to their gloomy thoughts. "On the night I was initiated I saw scenes on the stage I * that were true to life. How do y ou work it?" Two days after the solemn trial took place a man was found "We have hired this place as a private theatrical company, wandering through the streets of Dublin who acted in the and we have several clever actors among us. When it is most idiotic manner, and who was soon arrested. necessary to impress new candidates with our power, or to That unfortunate was Parson, the spy, who is doomed t o test their sincerity in joining us, we present scenes they are end his days in a madhouse. familiar with, as we know in time." I On the same day it was announced that the real Lord Bas" By Jove, but you are clever fellows, and no mistake! .. cried com had returned from Africa, where he had been a prisoner Parson, in the coolest manner possible. I have a proposition among the savages for many years, and that the exile had to make to y ou." j claimed the title and estates so long usurped by crue l "What ls it?" brother. "Let up on me and I will become one of your band. tell! Then it became known that the younger brother had re-you, I am a clever hand, and I w ill be as true as steel. I will ce!ved such a shock by the unexpected return of the los t one let you into a good many secrets of the government." that he was bereft of his reason forever, having become a A roar of derisive laughter greeted the proposal, and then hopeless maniac the real Lord Bascom replied: i The former tyrant was removed to a private lunatic asylum "We are not such madmen as to put our lives in the hands at the expense of the brothe r whom he had sought to murder. of such a fellow as you are. Besides, we do not admit swinSome days af'ter i t was announced that the famous Mad dlers and murderers into our ranks. You are both doomed Polly Bascom had eloped with an American, an'd that she had Brother Invis ibl es how are we to dispose of the wretches?" left the country with h e r husband. "We ieave that to your judgment, worthy leader of the I In the course of two weeks after the elopement a handsome night," respond ed one of the judges. j young couple appeared at the Bascom mansion as guests of its "Mercy, mercy, brother!" gasped the cruel hypocrite. "I as-owner, and it was said. that the charming young lady was sure you that I am not prepared to die!" the lord's n iece, who had been residing in France and that "Then we will giv e you time to prepare for Now she would be his heiress on his death. listen to your doom!" I To the great surprise of the English party in London, Lord Then Lord Basc9m commenced, in cold, clear tones: I Bascom soon declared that he was an Irish Nationalist, and "Before pronouncing your sentences, I wish to explain the an advocate of Home Rule, and that he intended to d evote his object and origin of the society in a few words. life ancl fortune to the cause of freedom. "I originated the order and it is so formed that it is I Justin O'Neill became Lord Bascom's private secretary, and scarcely possible for a traitor to betray us, as Mr. Parson the young man intends to become a member of the Irish Par-will testify, I think." I liament about to be established in Dublin. Th dd d 1 d th 1 t' d Young Falvey continues his studies, and he hopes to gradu-e spy no e m approva an e spe a rnr con mue : h 1 1 '"The object of this society is to encourage Irish freedom, I ate wit_ ionois, ere ?ng. t i h t t d d t h 11 t t h Mortimer Mor,ey still res:des in Dublin, where he has gamed o pun s rai ors an spies, an o crus a yran s w o perI t I th f th 1 a lcadmg position on a mormng Journal. secu e persona enemies m e name o e aw. "B t hi! t d t .,, I In view of the prospect of an early triumph of the Home u w e we are sworn O vengeance, we o no use vue t th d f th d h t Rule champion2, the Invisible Tw elve do not meet at present, pis 01 or e a gge r o e assassm, an never ave recourse o 1 bl d h d All th d' 1 but they are prepared to orgamze for efl'.ect1ve work again ess oo s e ose mcurnng our 1sp easure are b h t h f f i t 1 d th 11 d th d should the English bigots refuse that free dom to their country roug ere or a a r na an en pums e as ey e : which is enjoyed in Canada and in other colonies s erve. I Mad Polly and her young husband reside with Lord Bascom "As our precautions are so well taken, we a r e able to defy still and the wayward creature sometimes amuses he rself the and if we should be discovered we have three_ by ;utting on her ugly mask and riding through the streets of means of J Dublin. "So for our o:ganization-and now for your punish-. "THE BOY SCOUTS I Next week's issue will contam OF THE m e nt. STJSQUF.HM)INA; OR, THE YOUNG' HEROES OF THE "During my forced residence in Africa I became acquainted: WYOMING VALLEY." By An Old Scout. I with the powers of a drug, made from herbs, to be found in i ---------------------------that country. This drug is very powerfu l in its effects, but it SEND POSTAL FOR OUR FREE CATALOGUE. is not deadly unless a la.11ge dose is given. A small dose will h ave the effec t of making a perfect idiot of the most strongI SPECIAL NOTICE.-All back nu.mbers o f this weekly except minde d man, and h e will never recover his senses again." : the following are in print: 1 to 25, 27, 29 to 36, 38 to 40, 42, 43, The speaker's voice became very impressive, and he raised 4!' to 51, 53 to 55, 57 to 60, G2, 6'> to 69, 71 to 73, 75, 79, 81 his right hand and pointed at the prisoners as he continued: 84 to 8'G, 88, 89, 91 to 94, 98 to 100, 102, 105, 107, 109 to 111, "You know full wel! that 'you each deserve death, a nd a 116. 119, 122, 124 to 126, 132, 13'1!, 140, 1 43, 163, 166, 171, sudden death at that, but I will be merciful to you. You will 179 to 181, 186, 192, 212, 213, 215, 216, 233, 239, 247, 257, have twenty-four hours to prep&re for the dread hereafter, and 265, 2G8, 272, 277, 294 If you cannot obtain the ones you want then you will each partake of a dose of the drug brought from from any newsdealer, send t h e price in money or postage Africa. After that, and until death e n sues you will be he l p : Etamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 168 WEST less idi ots. Such is the sentence of the Inv isible Twelve o n 23D STREET, New York City, and yo u will r e ceive the copies those who would destroy and betray a just cause." J'OU order by return man.


PLUCK AND LUCK. 2':' One reason or Jack's aversion was the fact that Barke r THE BLACK POOL. professed to be deeply enamored of his sister Louise. J ack would seen any fate overtake her than to wed Nat B y Col. Ralph Fenton. I Barker. .. A fearful rumor had gained circulation in Wakefield But Lo_mse had no or the fellow, and had One 0 Ifost prom inent citizens had mysteriously disaprefused his smt 111 firm and peared. I Barker, ho wever, had made up his mmd to possess her, .T ohn Crockett was the president 0 the First National a _nd he was not the sort 0 fellow to be hindered by any Bank the trustee of several valuable estates and a man in; hght obstacle. every one had placed unlimited I matters stood that the Crocketts had gone His indorsement upon a note, or his word of honor in down m the world so suddenly, Barker seemed to bloom any transaction was equivalent to certain fulfillment. Yet forth all at once with limitless funds and fine clotbe2. He i n an evil hour he had fallen victim to the tempter. i at once came down to the home of t he family, and Or a? least so it was beli eve d. Certain it was that he pro.fessed the deepest 0 fnenclsl11p. had vanished from Wakefield, and with him had also 1 "If there is anything I can do to h elp you b ea r your disappeared sixty thousand dollllI's of the bank's money burden," he declared warmly, "I shall be only too glad to in greenbacks. I do so." This had caused no end of a scandal, and the family, 1 But somehow none could seem to ;meet his cor consisting of Mrs. Crockett, Jack, the son, and Emma and: dially. There seemed a la ck of sincerity and an air of Louise, the

2 8 PLUCK AND LUCK. 1'Don't get excited, boy,'' said the fellow, coolly "I acted upon the license accorded my profession in looking over yopr shoulder. I am a detective, and on the same scent .that you are. Henri Ferrit, at your service. I have been trailing the confidential clerk, Barker, for several I was right behind you when you picked that map up; and would have picked it up if you had not ;"W' ell, this is a surprise to me But if you are on the same lay that I am, we will be foolish to quarrel. We had bettgr co-operate." The ;result was t -at in a brief spell the two fraternized, r, were discussing the map in an interested manner opinion was expressed quickly. "It is my belief," he declared, "that this villain of a clerk has made this map of the place where the money is hidden "The money!" exclaimed Jack. "Then you think that Barker is the thief?" "I think that he is an interested party,'' said Ferrit, evasively Jack turned squarely about and faced him. "Come," he said, bluntly "You are one of those wh o believe my father guilty. Now, I tell you that he is the victim of foul play. I know that he is innocent, and I fear that he was murdered.'' ":Murdered!" gasped the detective. Then he recovered himself and said : "We will not aTgue, my boy. Let us act Plans were quickly laid 'rhe result was that the next

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The Liberty Boys at Tri u i ty Fi 1e ; or, Capturing a Dangel'ous Spy. li94 '.fbe Liberty Boye' Girl Recruit: or, ::>pying on General Howe. 595 '.l'he Liberty at tlw \Yhlpprng-Post; or, Punishing the Rioters. 602 603 604 The Liberty Boys Greatest Battle; or, ( 609 The Liberty Boys llelplng \\':i.sllington; or, Gl'eat Work at White J\larnh. 596 Liberty Boye' Hal'd Luck ; or, Dick Slater's Despair. 697 The Llbel'ty Boys Storming the Re doubts; or, A Week o! Danger. l'olling the Hdcoats. ( The Liberty Boys Grief; o r Dick Slater 610 Wssing. I The Liberty Boys' Young ::>cout: or, Fightmg the l{edeoat Haiders. The Llbe1ty Boys' Deep Game; or, The Spy of Stony Point. 611 The Liberty Boys in Frog Swamp; or, General Dal'ing Deed. "SEC RET SERVICE" 700 The Bradys Singular Rearcll; or, GU3 The Bradys and the Pack or Caras; or, Mystery or a 1'lteamer. The Hunchback's Terrible Secret. 701 The .Bradys and tll> SkelPt<>n Club m-. 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Th B d ,.. di 'l' 1 'l'h \1 698 T ll e Bradye' C blne1e 'frap; or, The 1 e ra ys ,:,n ess rai : Ol'. YB ()plum Smugglers' Revenge. I tery or the Voodoo Queen. 6 9 9 The Bradys and Captain Brown; or, Ex 706 '.fbe Bradys and the Missing Mise1; OL', posing An Army Mystery. A Hot for J\lillions. 712 The' nradys and the 'ire Fiends: or, Trailing the Tenement Gang. 698 699 700 701 702 iOS 704 -===========-==---========== "WORK A N D W I N 705 Fred Fearnot' s Curlons C urve; or, Get-712 F earnot and Rob": or, tlug Onto r\ew Tricks. Backing a Uoy Champion. Fred Fearnot and the River Pilot; or, 706 Fred Fearnot's Sul'e Shot; or, The Aim Fre d l'earnot and lhe ltowdy Player; Downing the MlsRissippl Blacklegs. 'l'hat Saved 11 Life. or, W:J.l'W \York on tbe Diamond. Fred Fearnot fn the Box; or, 'l'he 714 l 'eurnot iu \'audeville; or. l!elpT hrow that Won the Game. 707 Fred Fearnot's Hnrd Hitting; or, Bat ing (Jut an Old I riond. Fred Fearnot n s Fire Chief; or, S11v1ng ting Out a Victol'y. 715 b're d Fearnot and the Face of Fire; or, a Town from the 708 Fred Fearnot' s Canoe Race; or, Six Day The Grcut Cl!tr b'red Fearnot Behind ttie Bat; or, at a Summer Camp. 716 b'red l'earuot's Young llackstop; CH', Bringing Home the Huns. 709 Fre d h'earnot's Daring Swim; or, The The Best Game of tbe Season. E're d 1"earnot at tlle '.fhrottle; or, Ueat-i\lystery of Wbl ilpuul Hapids. 717 Fred und the Tippler; or, Reing t h e Train Hobbers. forming a lJruukal'd. Fred 1"earnot Striking it Rich; or, The 710 h 'red l 'eal'not's !lase Uunniug; or, Fast 718 Fred 1"earnot's Lite 8avcrs; or, Lively New l'ind at Coppertown. Work on the lJiamoud. Times at tlle Beach. Fred Fearnot and tlle Cattlemen; or, 711 li'red l!'earnot's H uut fol' a Wild Man; 719 Freel Fearnot's l'ost ti eason Games; or, Hot Tlmes at Canyon Castle. or, 'l'he Tenor of tllc \Yoocls. Winding Up the League. __ K-= L='l:=.= .. ilion l n Diamonds ; or. Tlle T =re= a = s = u = r =e==S=5= 7 ='I='o_w_,=-tt-ie-, .:::A_r_ip...:_re_ n_t-ic_c_; -'I-'h...:e=Y=' o=u=n=g=1=1e-= of the Ulddcn Valley. chanic Who Made Uis :'.lark. 8'1) A J,ucky E rrand Boy; or, Working HI 352 Sam, ::>peculator; o r Playing the 358 A uaukel' at 17; or, 'l' h e Wall Street Way to b'o 1tune. Wall 8trect Uoys tiyudicate. 846 Little Johnny Brown; or-, How a Smart 353 A Horn l:>howman ; or, The Boy Who 359 The J\lystlc Chart; or, The Tl'easure o f B o y Made Money (A Wall street Hau a Circ us. the llig Caves. story.) Aftu a Golden Stake; or, Breaking a 847 Finding a or, The Mystery o! "Bncket-8llop" Combine. (A Wall 360 \Yorkiug tlle .\.loney Market; or, The the old Bell Tower. Street l:>tol'y J Deals of a Wall 8treet Boy. 8 On t h e Stock Market; or, The L ur,ky 1 kl 361 Tile Boy Gold King; or, The Greatest Ventures o( a Wall Street Messenger. 3::;5 Bound to be a .llannger; or, u a ng Mine in the World. 349 Three Copper Cents; and How Tbey 'Money in B:i.seball. 362 A Y oung Brnkel's :lloney; or, Trapping Made a Waif's I'ol'tune. 356 A Doy Broker's Oollal'S; or, Tlle the Sllarpers Of \Yall Street. 3 5 0 The Old Trader' s and What His of a Money V:i.ult. IA stol'y of \\'all 363 Dollars and Cents; or, l'rilm Cash Boy O ffice Boy Did With It. Street.) To 1-'artner. --:WILD W:ES T WEEI{:::. Y'' ::;07 Young Wild West c=o=,=.n=e=:t.=ed=b=y=A=p=a:c:ll=e=s=,=. hlex:cau 1102 Y o ung Wild West and the or, Arietta and the 1-'olsoued Arrow. The Silver Mine Dispute. K i d;" o r Fi&btlng For a Gold C laim. 508 Young \\'ild \ Yest and "Innocent Ike"; 513 Wild \Yest at the Widows 5 0 3 Wild West and the Hedskln Ol', Trapping a Tricky !lustier Claim; or, Arietta's Brave Defense. Rustlers ; o r Savini; tbe Cat 509 Young \Yild West's l'rail'ie l'Ul'SUlt; or, 514 Young Wild West and the 1taui;e tie Arietta :i. Captive. or, Crooked W ol'k at tlle J. 504 Young Wild \Yest's vigbt on the Mesa; 51::i Young Wild West Caugllt by ::>avages; or, Surrounde d by Greasers 510 Young \\"ild \Vest nnd the Texas Cow or, Ariettas Uariug J..\i;!Stue. t05 Young Wild \\'est Leading a Haid; or, boys; Ol', 'flle ::>cnmwagu wnl.i the 516 Young \\'lid West and tlle :llexican Arietta aud tlle Dars of Gold. Slleepmcn. 'l'he l:>llootmg .\latch l\06 Young Wild West at Yankee Camp; or, 511 Young Wild West Washing Out Gold; or, 517 Young \Yild \\'est at Hard Luck Camp. A Fourth of July on the Border. Arietta's Lucky Discovery. or, Arletta and the ::>tream oi Uoiu. 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