A straight-out detective, or, New York under a flashlight : a tale of masks, devices and flashes

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SLEUTH'S OWN . 11, A Straight-out Detective; OR. New York Under a Flashlight. A Tal e of Masks, Devices and Flashes. Sy OLD N Jl:'W YoBI : 1 8 OGILVIE PUBLISHING COMPANY, i7 RoSE STREET.


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J A Straight-out OR NEW YORK UNDER A FLASHLIGH't. A Tale of Masks, Devices and I By OLD SLEUTH. ai,., by Parlor Car Publishing Compllf3'. All Rights R.Mervetl. NEW YORK:: .. OGILVIE PUBLISHING COMPA.M't! 67 ROSE ST.RICET.


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J JTRAIGHT-OUT DETECTIVE. OHAPTElt I A THRILLING ADVBN'TURE. "Now flash, Ike." As the command came a bright light i!llddenly illamined a dark und er g r ound apartment, revealing a very startling tableau. A lad had flashed the light, and when the illumina tion c a m e a man was revealed holding a pair c ocked rev o lver s in his hands. On the floo r lay a beautiful girl, app arentl y d ea d, and cowering behind her were two des p er a t e -loo king m e n while a third stood in one corner with a w eapon in hi s band. H erc followed a thrilling scene. But before relating wh a t occur r ed at t h a t critical moment we wih r e l a te to our the ser ies o f startling and rom antic incidents wbi1 Ii eel up to t h e event above described. S n n h weeks p ni vi o usly Detective Murray, one of the 'Jlld 8-sring detectives who ever tracked a .-rim i 11 al, r ece i l'ed a very curi ous letter, which ran as fo ll ows


6 "MR. MURRA .. Y. "DEAR Sm: Will you please oall at No. 16 --top flat, rear room, and meet one who will make a stra11ge and remarkable revelation to you. Come secretly; let uo one SE'e you; and please call after ten o'clock at night. Ask for Miss Dean. Yours confidentially, "Mrss DEAN." The detective read and re-read the letter. It was a Tery tempting bait for a detective officer, a very tempting bait indeed, and especially so at that particular juncture, as the great officer was temporarily idle and ready to take up anything that offered. On the contrary there were reasons why it was necessary tbat he should be very careful. He had many sworn enemies. He knew of one very desperate character who had openly sworn to down him, and be was aware that the man had just gotten out of state prison. There were other desperate criminals who "bad it in for him," as the saying goes, and a uote similar to the one he bad received might be merely a de c oy. Murray proceeded to the house indicated and learuecl that it was a new flat in a newly built-up quarter of the city, near the river, aud in order to reach there be would be compelled to cross several vacant lots, and pase dowu a very questionable locality. He recognized thut the flat part of it might be merely a "guy" to draw ;iim dowu by the rocks, from whiuh an enemy might shoot him down and escape without ever being recognized. As he went over the ground he became more and more impressed with the suspicion that it was intended to hw him oat. A better place for such a game could not have oeen selected; the assassin, as intimated, could shoot from the rocks, run across to the adjoiniug street, then to the river, and get away with perfect ease. Having gone over the ground and studied the part 9f


" the possible game indicated, the detective mad e a carefnhe. connoissance of the house. It was a new flat, only occupied by a few families, and as far as he could learn they were reasonably nice class of people. While watching he sawf a lad come from the flat. He hailed the boy and asked; "Do you live in that house?" "Yes, I do." ., How long have you lived there?" "Cver a mouth." "Did a young lady named Dean move in there lately?'' "No." "You are sure?" "Yes, I am." "Is there a young lady living there all alone?" "No." "You are sure?" "Yes, I am." "No young lady of any name lives there on 'he tgp 'floor, rear room?" "No." "Now, eee here, why do you want to tell stories?" "I don't want to tell stories." "But there is a lady living there." "I say tl10re ain't; no one lives on the top flat." "How about the next to the top?" "No one lives there either." \ "You are a funny boy." "Why?" "To tell me that." "I ttm telling you the truth." ?" "Yes; what object would l have in tellingalioP" "None." "Well, I am telling you the truth." "No one lives on th" +.op flat?"


8 And no one on the tlat under the top ftatt'" No." I reckon I've g(lt the wrong house." I reckon you have, for there is no y01lng Jady in the building at all. There is one little girl about twelve, and she is my sister, and we live on the second flat up. No one lives in any of the fiats above us yet, although I've heard a family is to move in." "When?" "I don't know when. I just heard one of the flaie was let. I do not know which one." The detective walked away. He was fully convinced the lad bad told the truth, and that his original suspicion was correct, and that it was a scheme to decoy him down to that neighborhood and murder him from the rocks. As Murray thought the matter over he remarked: "All right, my friend, yon shall have a chance, maybe ; at any rate I will be down your way to-night at a little be fore ten o'clock, and the chances are you may find out yon cannot catch a weasel asleep. Oh, no!" The detective returned home and made his arran gements for capturing his would-be assassin. Some of our l'eaders will recognize Detective Murray, the bright, da s hing officer who was such a friend on several o ccasions to the odd and persevering Nimble Ike, whose adventnre s w<> have related in previous narratives. Murray met Ike mid ffhowed him the letter and stated what he suspecte1l, nr01 also announced the result of his investigations. Nimblt Ike listened attentively, and finally said, with a peculi a 1 intonation: "So you intend to down this fellow instead of letting down you?" "Yes, I do." good soheme \o be on the safe side."


There was a peculiar and unreadable e>-w::. n Ike's face as be spoke. "You have an idea, Ike." "Yes, I'd be sorry to be accused of never an idiia." "What is in your be!ld ?" "All I enr knew l 've got yet." "But what do you think?" "I think you are doing the right thing." "Honeilt Injan?" "Yes, and now w bat is your plan?" "I intend to put out skirmishers and take these assassins flank and rear." "A good scheme." "I will need you. "I will be on deck." "All right; to-night, well armed, at the time named I will e around." "Good enough; you can count on me." At the time named two men and a lad met at a certain corner; the lad was our daring and tricky little friend, Nimble Ike; the men were Detective Murray and his friend, a fellow detective. Thair plan of campaign bad been arranged, and they started. Ike, well armed and fully on his guard, was to go in advance hide in the rocks and "lay low,'' to learn if any suspicious characters showed up. Murray's detective friend was also to lay off in the vicinity with his eyes open, and at a given time Murray was to walk dawn toward the flat. Everything was arranged to go off like clockwork. Signals were fixed up, including magnesium cartridges for explosion and the production of a flash-light. Nimble Ike, as onr readers know, was a great genias in t'be manufacture of all manner of oontrivanoes, and he hl\d the magnsinm flash-lights down to perfection.


Nimble Ike took his position about nine o'clock, an honr ahead of the time appointed, and he had his eyes and ears open to see and to hear anything that rnigh t occur; t110 other detective also assumed his position, and there both lay on the alert. Ten o'clock struck and Murray looked out for signals He did not receive any at first, bL't after a little did receive, not a flash-light signal but a hird-call notification that the road was clear. 1ke and his t>id bad covered the whole ground where there was any possibility for the working of a surprise attack. The moment l\furray received his sig'lal or safety :avti fioation be proceeded along down the street, going the route any man would naturally go. He wished to reach his ob jective point in the most convenient manner, and as one "ho was devoid of any suspicion l\furra.\ passed along in safety and arrived in front of the fl.8t, and there he waited, and a few moments later was joi11ed liy Ike and his detective friend. "Yon fellows did not see anything?" ''Nothing." "It's strange." "Nothing strange about it," said Ike. "How so?" "You were mistaken, that's all." ''Mistaken about what?" "'rhere is no put-up job." "But there is no girl in the house?" "How do yon know?" "!told you what the boy said." "Do' :vou accept that as final?" "No use to go in if there is no girl in the nnuse "I'll go," said lke; "I'll play Dete ctive MP"l'f"Y you app<3ar to think there is in it .:> Oartainly, l'vo thought so all along, and that is w.'.\"it


11 I ltave had in my head, along with other ideas, from the -firm. "A job may be intended in the fiat." "That's true; so you had better let me take in the in, and then we will be on the safe side." "How?" "If they are seeking to drop Detective Murray thev ,,m not harm an innocent little boy like me." "Ike, you're a teaser." "Thank you." "I'll go inside and learn what there is to it." "That's right; I'll go with you, or rather I'll go in ad and feel the way." "Go it." It was arranged tlrnt the extra detective should remain outside on the watch while Ike and Murray entered the house. The two detectives, Ike and Murray, reached the top floor of the house, and Ike, who was in advancet said, as he pointed: "See here." "Great ginger!" "We mustn't believe all we hear, captain." "You're right, Ike." "The boy lied." "He did, for there is a light in the room, and he sa}d the apartments were unoccupied." J "It is evi<1ent that there is some one in the rooms." "Yes." "And it is possible that your enemies may be there, ana then again jt is just possible the boy didn't lie. Miss Dean may have gone in there since you talked with the b o y." 'l'here is but one way to settle it, Ike." "You're right; follow instructions; I will wait here; if v.ou strike anything Gusnicions1 signal, and I will pass the


signal and join you; if I don't hear from yon I will know e-verything is all right." "Here goes, Ike." "Let her go." The de tee ti ve advanced and knocked at the door. In I 'llloment 1t was opened by a young and Ike heard 'Murray ask: "ls this Miss Dean?" Instead of answering the lady demanded: "Are you Detectiv e Murray?" "My question went out first, miss?" "Ah! excuse me. Yes, I am Misa Dean." "You sent for me?" "If you are Detective Murray I did send yon a note." "I am Detective Murray." "Please walk in." Ike overheard the conversation, saw the detective enter and beard the door clo s e behind him. Upon entering the room Murray glanced around and saw thnt the girl had evidently but just moved in. He saw notl 1 i ng that looked suspicious, and gave no signal, and realized that the lad had possibly told the truth, for he said: "You ha-Ye just moved in here, Miss Dean?" "Yes, I got in this afternoon." "And you did not ieside here when you sent me the no.te?" "No, but I knew I was coming here and I preferred to meet ycm here instead of at my oid place of residence." "Very well, miss, I am here. What can I do you? What have you to tell mer" "I have a strange and seemingly incredible tale to relate, and you must believe every word I tell you, no matter how my narratiTe may appear." "I run prepared to listen to your narrative, or yoar promised revelation."


The detective 'bad looked the girl over. She was not handsome, but a bright, wholesome-looking young lady, evidently not older than nineteen or twenty. She possessed dn houest face and impressed him from the start as a very intelligent, brave, self-reliant young lady. "I can have no motive in deceiving you, sir." "Ob, certainly; but let me ask yon one question: Ho'" is it yon selected me as your confidant?" "I read a notice of yon in one of the daily papers; they were kind enough to say of yon that you were one of the keenest and most persistent officers on the force, and that you were a thoroughly honest and reliable gentleman." "That is all you know about me!" "Yes, sir." "All right. 'l.'ell me your story and I may possibly prove that I deserve all the nice things that have been said about me, and I may also prove myself worthy of your confidence, and also justify the wisdom of your selection." "I do not doubt you for a minute; and now let me re peat, I am about to relate a very strange story, and in advance I desire to BftY and emphasize the statement, that I shall relate nothing but actual fact-every word I speak will be the truth and nothing but the truth, to the best of my knowledge." "That's all right. I am prepared to believe all yon tell me-that is, all the facts yon may state to me. Your conclusions or deductions I shall question according to my judgment, bnt your facts I am, as I said, prepared accept as trne." "Very well; now I will tell you my story."


CHAPTER II. A TRULY S.TRANGE RECITAL. As FAR us my own is concerned it is ; n o11gh. I am the daughter of a farmer up in the State of New York. I believe 1 have a talent for painting, and rn> my father is a ge11 tleman of fairly good means he de cided to let me come to the city for one winter and go under regular iustructions. I started for New York aloDe. You see I am of the independent sort. I would be willing to travel from here to Siberia, as far as courage is con '\)l'fled, and my father knows I can take care of myself aH. icrht ordinarily, but when one believes she is the selected v i c tim of a band of assassim1, then it is an entirely different thing." Odd thoughts and suspicions ran through the detective's mind as he listened, and mentally he concluded: ''She looks all rigbt, but I've seen healthy-looking ln irntfo;; in my time. I wonder if this girl isn't one of the m. r he idea of her being plirsued by a band of assa& looks pretty cranky, according to my mind." The dete c ti v o a p pearell to forget for the moment that e just been dodging a supposed band of assassins i ims e lf, but he might say, "l have reason to look for .. ii es all right." He was to learn that the w holesome0 looking young girl who was relating her experie11ce also h:111 e ason to suspect assassination. When the girl stop ped a m ome1\t the detective asked: Do you fear that a band of al:lsassins are on your track?" l hardly know what to fear at present. .All I know is tlrn t strange incidents are occurring and I propose to be on my guard."


l& "She's sen s ible enough," was the detective's final con clu s ion. and he said "Go o n with your narrative. I am getting quite inter ested. "Le t me show you something," said :Miss Dean. "All right. She drew from her bosom a card photograph an

16 '"Yon are going to the house of friends?' I answered. "'You have a place to go 1o, of course?' 'Certainly.' "'l haven't,' came the declaration. "Mr. Murray," said Miss De1m, "I have been a great reader. I had read a great deal about N aw York life and the various devices resorted to by confidence people to rob strangers. I was on my guard and I made np my mind at Q.DCe that the veiled stranger whose face I had not seen for her veil was a heavy one-was a confidence woman. I am not conceited; I know I possess a plain face and look 1ike a country girl and at once I discovered a disinclination for further talk, but the veiled lady appeared disposed to continue the conversation, and finally she asked: "'Are you going to a boarding house?' "I answered 'no.' "'Then you are going to the house of a friend?' "l was annoyed, but answered: "'I am going to the house of a friend-of a friend, that is all.' "'Does the party take other boarders?' "'Why do yon ask?' '"l will be frank,' she said. I remained silent and at length in a very timid tone she asked: '"Do you think it possible I could go to the same bouse i where yon are going, in case I pay my board?' '"I don't know,' I answered shortly, thorongl1ly con vinced that I was talking to a confidence woman, and my manner appeared to silence her, but later I became aware that she vas silently weeping and all my sympathies were :i.ronsed." Thinking that he could anticipate what was to follow, the dete<:tive said: "0011 fidence people usaally WOl'k thr-00gh their victim 'a 3ympathies."


17 "Yea, I know that; bnt somehow I changed my mind NDCeming this girl, and I spoke to her. I asked: "'How is it yon are going to New York alone and havi!I no place to put up at?' "'I could give a good reason,' she said. "'Why don't you'?' "':Because you are a stranger to me.' '":But yon have asked a stranger o take yon to her frierul's house.' '"Yes, only temporarily. But neYer mind, you distrust me, and I will do the best I can.' "'If you will give me an explanation I will aid yon, if I oan,' I said. "' J.Jook at me!' suddenly exclaimed the veiled woman, or girl, as I discovered when she raised her veil. Yes, I beheld the beautiful and innocent faoe of the original of that photograph, and do you wonder that she won my con firlence?" "No, I do not wonder that she won your confidence, bn t I reckon that yon :have since learned that confidence people never look like confirlence people. Why, Miss Dean, in my career as a detecti\'l' I have run down DMny a beautiful, innocent-faced girl, for the most serious of crimes and they are the most daring and adept criminals.' [ know all that and I knew it then, but t11at girl won 'llY confidence from the moment I gazed on l1er face, and wae prepared to take chances." "And you did, and you've paid the penalty, I sn ppose." f "Do you?" Miss Dean spoke in a very peculiar tone. :I'he detective remained silent and the narrator continued! "I made no mistake. No, that unfortuIJate. girl, SI) beautiful, so innocent, so true, still ha11 all my sympathy :and a large share of my love." "You say unfortunate girl?" "Yea."


18 "Proceed with your narrative." "I determined on the moment to be her friend and do nll for her that I coulcl, and I said: '''I will arrange fol' you to go to the same ho us e that I do and you may make arrangements to remain there _, long as you choose.' '"You are so kind,' she said, and added: "'I will not trespass on your good nature and hospita li ty for any great length of time. I may not remain in New York.' '"Will you tell me how it is you are going to New York alone?' "'Do not ask me. Yon are so kind I know you will spare me the recital of my story.' '"You appear to be in trouble.' "'I am in great trouble.' "' [ may be able to aid you in other ways,' I said. "'No, you are giving me all the aid you can in permit ting me to remain at your home until I can make other arrangements.' "I talked to the girl all the way to the city and sev e ral times songbt to draw from her the reason for her strang1:1 flight, t..s I concluded her trip to be. She was persis te nt, however, in her refusal to reveal anytliing to me, and stiH unsatisfied as to her motive I arrived with her at the Grand Central depot. Whe" the baggageman came aratml to collect the checks for baggage delivery I asked her f0r her check, when in a trembling voice she told me she no beyond the satchel which she had beside her. This confession confirmed the impression that for some reason she was a runaway. "I had sanendered my check and proposed to walk to the house where I was to abide when she askoo: '"Can we not take a carriage?' "We can,' I said, 'but I believe carriagee are expensive a;nd I know my friend does not live far from the depot.'


1'1 "'l will pay for the carriage,' she said. "'It is a useless expen

covered that she owned the most costly jewels, and I also loamed that she had a large sum of money in c11sh witl. lier." Miss Dean stoppeal. a moment and then resuming asked: "Ia it not a strange tale I am telling you?" "Yes, it is a very i;itrange tale. I am anxious to hear !the denouement." "The denouement is a very startling one." "Did she make a display of her money and jewels?" "No, I only had a glimpse of them by accident, butt ltave bad a chance since to count the money and closely examine the jewels." "That was when you became better acquainted with her?" "No, the money and the jewels are iu my possession now." The detective's face assumed a very thoughtful expres sion and for a moment he made no comment. Finally Miss Dean asked: "Why do you look so thoughtful?" "I have reason to look very thoughtful." "You are indulging some weird suspicion." "It is hardly a suspicion; to my mind it is a dead cer tainty." "l do not understand." "Yoo say you have perfect confidence in this beautiful girl." "I have." "And no suspicion has entered your mind?" "No, sir." "What is the young lady's name?" "Rose Inness." "8he is very beau tifal ?" "Sho is." tc And vou remember what I told you-that some of the


oa0St dangerous confidence women are both attraetite aa.t b eautiful? "Yes, you said so." "I fear--" the detective stopped short. Tell me what you fear." "One mom e nt. Just think onr all the yomself; y ou are a very bright, shrewd girl." "I h ave thought ev&rything over many times." "And no s uspicion has yet entered your mind?" "None whatever." "Well, your beautiful friend, Rose Inness, in my opin ion, i s worse than a mere confidence woman. She is, I b elieve, a fem a le criminal of the most dan ge rous sort." Your opinion doe s not shake my b e li e f in her innoceuoe." "We wi!l g o over your story, incident by incident." "All 1 i ght. "You met her on the oars?" "'Yes ''She was veile d P" "Yes." 'he appealed t o y ou fo r assi s tan ce t o secure her a 'r'" Yes." "Everything ind i c a t ed tha t she was a fugitive?" "'Yes." "8he refused t o give y on a ny info r ma t ion about he.l'aelf?" 'Sho did." "She was dressed handsomely?" "She was." She had plent y of money?" "Yes." "She fear ed being seen? She would not even walk witll y ou to your boarding house? " We d i d ride iu a carriag-e."


"At her snggestiou ?' ''Yes." "And at her expense?" "Yes." "And she admitted it would be dangerous to her t.G walk?" "yes.,, "Yon have not told me yet, but I know tlis lady has disappeared." "Yes, and I will tell yon all about it." "Yes, yon shall conclude your narrative later <>n. Since her mysterious disappearance yon have been followed bJ assassins." "I have been followed by men who act in a very stranger manner." "Arnl you believe those men are assassins?" "I know I am very much alarmed." "They am not assassins." "' You know them?" know that they are detectives." Madge Dean turned very pale. "Detectives?" she repeated. "Yes, detectives." "Then you know something about the case?" "Only what you have told me; but my long me to draw conclusions, and as I said, th e youn g 1ady, Rose Inness, is undoubtedly a cu1rning criminal, and ;rou are in great peril." "1 am in great peril?" again repeated Madge. "Yes." "From deteoti ves ?" "Yes." "Will yon please tell me why I have reason to fear de. tectives?" "Yon have stolen goods in volilr possession."


"I have stolen goods i n my po ssessio n ?" rep ea ted lfa Q ge :Oean in trembling tones. "You have, most certainly." "Why do you thus accusp me? Is it possible I am suBc of having anything to do with the disappearaoce of tl03e? Do you, sir, believe I am a criminal?" "No; I believe you are the victim of a criminal." ;

"Yee; but, my good girl, yonr 1iory ia an e:xtraordin&I')' one; yon will be compelled to pr-0ve it." "Prove "Yes." "1 ean swear to its truth." "No donbt; but that will not count. Yon must prov e your statements, and there is bat one way that you ca:n d o so." "Name the way." "Yon will have to produce Innellll. If yo'Elr st ory is true that woman has played a very cmrning trick o n you. She has put you in a position to suffer the cons eqnenoes of her crime, so that she can escape." Madge Dean looked really handsome as a look of alarm and thoughtfulness settled upon her honest face, and afte r a moment she s aid: "Yim appear to doubt my story." "Why do you say that?" "Yon said, 'if my story was une.'" "That is a mere professional mod e of speech." "Do you b e li eve my story is true?" "Yes, I b elie v e your story is true." Can I not make the other officers believe my story?" "I do not think you can without absolute proofs. With them it will b e all business and no sentiment; they will require absol u te proof." ".Bat they w e re running down the real criminal, ym1 say." "That is true." "Thtiy mast know her identity." "That may be true or \t may not be trne; it depend s 8lJOD the circumstances under which they fell to her trail .. and then again they may class you aa a confederate." "0an you adrise me what to do?" I must have time to thin 1< the matter over."


"And in the meantime what shall I do with the laOOCIJ the jewels?': -"Is there a large sum of money?" "I never counted it; I believe thel'e is a large amomi& of money." "And the jewels are very valuable?" "I believe they are very valuable." "Would yon 'trust the money and jewels with mef "Certainly." "Produce the jewels." Madge went to a large trunk, opened it and brought forth a fail'-sized satchel. She unclasped it and the de tective beheld a compartment packed with bi11s. "We will count the money," he said. "Do as you think best; but see, here are the jewels." The detective was really dazzled by the display of rai'0 and precious stones. "They are indeed of great value," he said; and after a moment be added: "If your story is frue it is indeed fortunate that you sent for me." "You still don bt my story?" "No, I do not as a man, but professionally I must doubt your story, and I will proYe its truth and save yon in the end against all consequences; but you must not b6 caught with this treasure in your possession." You can take it away." Upon counting the money the detective learned tt1a1.1 there was sixty thousand dollars in money. A majority the bills were of large denomination. The jewels, of course, he could not estimate upon, but he said: "The beautiful thief certainly made a rich haul. Ever) possible means will be used to recover this 'swag,' and .its great amount makes your position more perilous. Wa m nst act very quickly; if you are once arrested it will ba


bad; before the law stories and statements are not accepted; everything mui>t be proven; yes, proveri beyond all quea tion." You are satisfied, then, that Rose Inness is 2 thief?" "I am \Lid g e was thoughtful a moment, and then said: 'I am equally certain that ;;be is not a thief. I am positively as:;ure d of her innocence, and I can advance very subtle arguments in favor of my faith in her, and be sides l know she is an mnocent girl-as inno'.lent as she i;; beautiful." ''Will you advance one argument?" "l will." "Do so." "ii tl1080 men are detectives why didn't they capture c1 :in d t he s wag,' as JOU call it? If they are de ., h d id 11't they arrest m e ? 'rhey pursued me, !.;tu-.lly ";1.a <..well' m o but thuy have uot arrested me." "lfodc r :>ome uircumstances your argument might raise '' ii11<:iti 1m, hut the re is som ething very mysterious about t n i<: rolii1c 1 y u s will be developed, and their reason will be t"'1 :1i.;:d why t he y did not act as you suggest; but I will t ;':i bottom of the mystery, and I desire that you t l r. 't'l'l' yon resided before you oame here." i n W i\'ig to tell yon everything. I have nothing t r:i'a.!. ( only hiding from those men who are .: 111 rnc-nc o ne els e." ;' yo n can rest assure d, are and . il! not yo n they are convinced that you ;.;:i 1f-dern e the thinf, Roso Inness." : 11< .. c o[ h e r as as a thief.'' "! c n <;I.ill b eli e v e i u h e r inuocence?" 4 f <'Ge" a i; "a1 m 1 L f.\li" has e vid ently bewitched you." ;-. did not beT"itf''h l'QI> I am not one that can be


1'rewitohed. You will learn that I am very level-headed an'Cl brave.'' Madge Dean proceeded and finished her story She told how she and Rose had resided for a few days only th11 boarding house when the latter proposed that they should hire a room. Hose furnished the money to furnish and ttrny had lived in peace and quiet for sever:ll weeks. Indeed Hu:ie bec<.Lnrn quite cheerful, but never confidential .i,; 1.ora;cr1rnJ the mystmy of her previous life and the causes u1Hlt lt

many times of Ike's remarkable gifts, and had made maay snccessful oaptnres. In faot the two had become, as it were, sort of partners or pals. Murray had great confidooce in Ike and relied largely upon him. Nimble Ike, our hero, was, as our title indicstea, !! abaight-out dete c tive. Murray related to Ike a ll the oir > Cumstanoes as they had been told to him by Madge and when he had concluded he said: "It's a remarkable caee, Ike. It has been a confidenc e robbery. I have the 'swag' and I shall hold it until the aftair is all cleared up." The two had proceeded to Murray's lod,iiD,8 rwd. IJr-. sitting down said : "Yon have a photograph of the thief?" "Yes." "Let me see it." Murray h a nded the picture to Ike; the latter scanned it eritical1 y and there came a thoughtful look to llis face, but he mad e no r emark "What d o you thi n k of her picture, Ike? She i s beautiful cri mina l. "Yes, i t is t he picture of a beautiful face What sort of a faee hag the girl Madge? The d e t e ctive des c r ibed the appearance of Macilge Dean. "What do you t h in k of her?" 61 She is an honest girl, but I shall identify her aH the same." "And this is a photograph of the thief?" "Yes." "Captain, it is a greater my11tery than you think. Yea n@ver had a more complicated 08lle to work oui." YOU think SO?" I do." "Wen, Ike, it is a simple cue." "It is?"


/ "'Y.i' "We differ." "In which direction!" "We don't agree." "We don't?" "Ne." "Where do we differ?" "Yon say Rose Inness i1 a tbieff" "Yes." "Ha-ve you proof?" "No absolut6 proof beyond the indications; tbef are absolute." "I don't agree vhh you. I am in agreement with Miss Dean. "Toa am?" "Yes." cc Bow?" "Boee Inness ie not a thief. If either of them is a criminal it ill Madge Dean. I would be sure she was a erimi11al if she bad not surrendered 1io you the 'swag,' llut-" Ike stopped short. "Go on," said Murray. There may be a game under that." "A game." "What game oould there be?" "She may have only surrendered to yoa a part of the { swag.' H that is true it is a great of curiniag some of the women are very cute, you know, very." "Yes, I know that; but, Ike, you are oowitohed." "Am I?" "Yes." "By whatf" 'hat pio tu re." *Oh, you think &o?"


"I do." "I'll wager you all I've ever accumulated, oap, that Rose Inness is an innocent girl." ''If your conclusions are correct, Ike, it is indeed a mysterious case." "It is a mysterious case. I tell you tbe most myster1.ons case you ever had on hand, but we have a straight road to verification of some matters." "'Yes." "What is your plan?" asked Ike. We will first learn who MancCeAded in learuing that Madge and Rose had arrived at tlw


31 hoarding .aouse just as the girl had stated. He bailod ttt where they had started to keep house, and, of course, his quest ended. He could go no At midnight Murray returned. 'rhe two met in the deteciive'a rO'l'l'fil by agreement, and Ike asked: "Well, captain, what did you make out?" "I verified Miss Dean's narrative conwrning heraelf tlrn letter. How did you make out?" "I succeeded as well as you

"'rbey have." "Miss Dean, we will look after them now. Yon ooed fear nothing. We will set in to solve this mystery." "Are you satisfied now that I told you the truth?"' "I am." T lie n you have verified my aiatements." "Yo n are a very shrewd girl." "1fot necessarily, because I discerned tbat yon woul1t it will require coolness and courage on your part." You can depend upon me for the display o:f boih quai ities."


"When did you see those men laet?" "'Yesterday afternoon." "Where?" "Walking past this house." "Did they look up here as they passed?'' "There was but ona man." "Did be look up at your wind<>ws?" ''No.'' "Are yon sure of your reoognition ?1' "lam." ''You have not been oui; in the street?" "No." "All right; we will try our first trick; I wish to locate tho s e meu.'' "You oan eal'ily do so. Wait here; one of them, I am sure, will show up." "W c will not wait for him; we will trail him." "You wish me to go to the street?" "Yes." "And you will follow me?" "I will." "I see through your plan." "And you feel strong enough to risk )t?" "I do. Knowing that you will be at hand, I will go anywhere yon direct." "All right. I will go forth; wait a fall hour, and thea p rococd to the street. Act as you have always done sinae vou h ave been aware that those men were on your look a bou t furtively; act as though yon were seeking to dodge some one, but do not dodge any one. Take a good walk. I will be at hand, and if auy one starts on your track I will discover him. You will probably meet me when you least expect me. You will only know mo by signal. I will teaoh you my signals and now, mark me we-JI-if you receive 1hat signal from one who looks like


34 the dtivil or Torn Walker, do 11oi fear; it will be me OJ' a representative, and you will know a friend is at lrnn

39 after the first t1'o. We use the ,,.oqds "silealinc alroag" as it deecribea partioularly the motions of the toor "Hello!" muttered Murray, "what doei this nHoo? Great ginger! have I been mistaken? ls it possible Ike is right? Am !to learn that the beautiful Rose is not a thief, it, indeed, a greater mystery than I had dared predictl'" The deteotive thought onr the matter, and again quized: "They may not be deteotiv01, and, hang it, I belien ene part of the mystery is explained. 'fhe robbery may have been committed by a gang; the girl ROBe may haye tried to 'bilk' her pals and they are seeking to get back the 'swag.' That will explain the statements and argu ments of Madge Dean. Yes, I am on to it now; I sei> through the whole thing; but, hello! what's going now!" One of the Itlen had advanced and wal!! speaking oo .Madge, and the detective was :forced to acknowlooge th.e girl'11 .flreat nerve and confidence. He had told her 11ot $& fear tmder any circumstances-thltt he would. be at handi and the oool manner in which she was talking to the ma1' p : toved that she had perfect faith in hie asau:nmoe. Murray approaohed nearer to where Madge stood talkin8 with the man. He saw the others approaching-actually stealing forward-and his quick eye discerned that some Jcheme was in contemplation. He had his club ready. discerned that there was to follow a fight. He feared he bad let matters go too far. He drew quite clOt!e, and Rt was lucky, fm suddenly the man leaped forward He seized Madge and clapped, as it proved later on, a 11ilk handkerchief saturated with chlo r oform to the girl'e nos trils At the same instant th0 othe r three men r!Ul ward; but our hero was on band as quiok a1 the assailants. lie struck the man who had hokl of Madge, who let f:J") his bold, and the gir l fell t o tha gronad. A combat


lowed; all four me11 made a combined assault the detectiv e, but the latter was an old hand at the bu.sine.!!s. He was as quick and skillful with his club as an expert swordsman is with his weapon. Crack! crack! desoende

j( And yot t are now convinced that Rose is not & ';hielf' 'l'he detective did not anwser. "Come; you are a man; yon do not wish-., .dmit whfllt JOU are wrong "That is 110t it." "'fhen tell me." "I do not wish to disappoint you." "How disappoint me?" "You believe Rose Inness is an innoceni )10rl0Bp;ot "I do, and I think now it is proved." ''You are mistaken." "Those men were not detectives." "No." "They i ntended for some reason to abduct me." "So it would appear." should they attempt to abduct me?" "l do not know." "I c a n t e ll you." "Do so. "Becanse I know all about Rose." "Wo ll ?" "That i s con vin cing." "To you yes ; not to me." "The n w h a t is their purpose?" "Shall I t ell y o u ?" Please te ll m e." "They are p art of the gang." "Wha t gang? "'rha gang of thieves of which Rose Inness is a membQ 'dhe evident l y g ot away with tbe 'swag.' She has escaped. 1fow tliey t hink you have the 'swag,' and they wish tG Sllcure you that's all." "Th1:1t i s y our opinion; like all men yea do nol wish t. admit that you are wrong .Murra.v was amr...sed by the vivacity and Might persist-


18 ence of tho girl. He bQgan to think she was really bMtcl. eome; her animation and liveliness atoned for the lack to other directions. "I am compelled," he said, "to adhere to a theor1 that ill so well supported by evidence." "One thing you will admit-I am in peril." "No, I will not admit that." "Not after what has just occurred?" "No, not after what has just occurred." "Then you think those men meaut no harm." "Yes, they meant to abduct you; that is oortaia. "They will try again?'' "Yes." "And yon still say I am not in danger." "I do." "Then you are joking. "W-. 4 you explain?" are not in peril simply beoan se yon are nnder m1 pro tee ti m." "At iiresent, yes; but you will not always be at hand to t>rotec1 me." "l will take precautions, however." "Those men have trailed me to my new :residence? "Yes." I' hen I am in peril." ''You will change your res. ence again.,, \ "I cannf t afford to go round paying rent hl advaooe. l I 1'ill return to my home in the colitltry "Then yo1t will be in peril.,, "I will?" "How?" "Th@y wih follow you there and can more 188ily eat their schemes."


"What am I to do?" "Remain under my proileation. I will provide a hidina" place--for yon." "And I must hide?" "Yes., "l came to New York to study; if I cannot dt M !' must return home." ".Miss Dean, you are a very sensible person; yes, a Vfll1 shrewd young lady." "Thank you." "Let me call your attention to one fact: we have in our possession money and valuables aggregating over a hon dred thousand dollars, I amsure." "You have." "I merely bold them as custodian." "Well?" "It is lrlolen property." "So you say; I do not agree with you." Yes, it is stolen property." "'rben why has not the fact of the robbery be1ome public?" "'The detectives are keeping it silent." "The detectives are at fault then, for they are not on 'be track of the thief, if your theory is correct, and the rascals are." "There is a great mystery about the affair." I "So it appears, but I have no time to stay here and sohe '\he mystery." -'One question: Suppose your theory iS right." v What theory?" : Suppose Miss Inness is really innocent and notathlet. "Well?" -"As a woman you certainly will be willing to aid m and rescuing her." Madge was silent a moment and then asked


Oan I aid you t" "Yes." "HowP" "Very materially." "How?" "I cannot tell yon now, but yon may be of great aid.,. ; "If you would be frank and admit that Rose is innocen ... I might be willing to aid you, but if she is a thief I am not a detective, and I have no motivc. for aiding in the napture of a thief. I have surrendered to you what you oall the 'swag.' Yon are an officer; you have all the evic t!lence I can give you; nothing remains for me to do," The detective meditated a moment and then said: "I will admit that there is a possibility that Miss Innes!! is not a thief, and if it so proves it is one of the most mys terious cases that ever came under my observation, and in order to solve the mystery it will require all the aid we can secure, and yen may prove a great factor in solving the mystery." "Yon wish me to become a detective's aid?'' "Yea, and let me tell you some women have proved wonderful detectives, and I will promise you that if in the end there is any reward yon shall have an equal share, a11d I will add that the chances favor a very large reward." "Why didn't you hold one of those men?" "Why didn't Paddy hold the greased pig?" "Because he couldn't." '"That is my case. There were four of them, and y0;-.

I 41 sswhat will yon do with me?" "Between us now, Miss Dean, it is a matter of business." "Ver3 well." "We must solve this mystery." "I trust you will succeed." "Are you not anxious to rnscue Rose Inness?" "lam." "Very well; from this time out yoli: live at the of Mr. 'Swag.'" "Who is Mister 'Swag?'" "The satchel that contains the money and jewels. No matter who the rightful owner may prove to be our pay must come from that bag. So you will have no delicacy when I insist upon paying all expenses for the present. Your studies must cease." "For the present." "Yes." "How long do you think I will be compelled to play hide-and-seek?" "I do not believe more than a week or two." "Yon will solve this mystery in that time?" "I hope to do so." "What is it yon propose?" "I will find a borne for yon where yon will be perfectly safe and also always at hand when we need your aid." The girl was thoughtful a moment and then said: "This is a very strange and novel position for me, a poor Donn try girl." "I admit the fact, but strange oircumetances have made yon a factor in a very etrauge and starting incident. Yon ooufess to a great interest in the beautiful girl, Rose Inness. I will soon know whether or not she is innocent, and if it proves that she is yon will find ample satisfaotiol! in aiding one so beautiful and unfortunate; yes, one ot your own sex."


Madge started for her home and the detective totlowei oohind. The girl reached her home without furthw ad venture, and the deteative, having workoo a transform, A little later also entered the house. He opened up his plan to Madge, and she agrood to )leeome for the time being the active aid. Ike Albro called at the house> and was introduced oo the gil-l. Murray had a twofold object in in trod acing Ike, and it was arranged that between the hours of nine and ten Madge should go to the home of a friend, a detective. Her rooms were to remain as they were. The detective had fixed upon a great scheme, a!ld when he and Ike were alone he asked: "Ike, can you make up for Miss Dean?" "I can become her d OU ble." The detective had related to Ike all the incidents at tending bis adventure, and lkb had said: "My view of the case is being confirmed. You will have to come to my idea. Rose Innesft is not a thief." "Ike, if she is not a thief, or thc. pal of thieves, how did she chance to be running around the country with a large treasure in a satchel, biding from her own shadow?" "I tell you it is a great mystery, and we will have the job of our lives to get at the bottom of it." "We will do it, Ike." "'I hope we may succeed." "Have you a theory, Ike?" "No, the circumstances are so remarkable I cannot build "What bothers you?" The treasure." Murray laughed and said: "Ike, that i.s a dead sure index that that girl is a thief." .:. Then where are the detectives?" "They will show up."


Then who are these men?" "ft is for us to learn." "You saw their faces?" "Yes, I did, and, by ginger! Ike, it just strikes me tW 'those men were under cover." "Aha! bow about that?" "It is mysterious, Iks." "What am I to do?" "We must get their real faces." "Bow?" "You set to work to make up for the girl." "Madge?" "Yes." "And then?" "I will open up my plan." ''I know your plan." "Oh, certainly, yo ti can go through anything. What do you think of it?" "A good one." "How long will it take you to make up?" "I can be ready by nine o'clock to-night." "Good enough; wo may have an exciting night of it, Ike." "It's time we had a little fun; we have been quiet quite a time now." We will get stirred up to-night." : At nine o'clock that same night a boy entertld the house where Madge dwelt, and a full hour passed; then a female came forth and started to go toward one of the great ave nues, and one who was watching saw a man start and follow the lady; the man had been laying around for over an hour. ., 'fhe watcher did-not follow far; be returned to the house. lie entered and a little time after a gentleman .and lady came forth from the house. It was a remarkable


I 44. faet that the lady was 1he same one who had left tho hoase &lone some time previously. How on ea1th she re-en tered that bouatl was a mystery. Well, dear reader, she had not left the house. A great game was on, and will be duly opened up as our narrative p1oceeds. As the lad y and gentleman proceeded along the latter remarked: "Well, we will give them the dead 'shake' this timb, and the lady remarked: "It is a wonderful trick. Do .you know, I really think I shall enjoy this detective business. I have always liked excitement." "We have just started in, Miss Dean; you will have heaps of e;xcitement and adventure before you get through." While our hero was 1eatling Madge to her new home we will follow her double, the Madge who appaTently issuea from the house. Our readers will appreciate the trick without further explanatian. A double was employed to draw. away any possible watchers, while the rnal female was spiritfld, as i!Jdicated, to her new home. Meantime a "shadow" had been i n progress. The double, who, as our readers have discerned, was our nimble friend Ike, had kept moving. J!_e had his instructions, if ever there was a person who carried out instrnctiom. to the letter that party was Nimble Ike. He walked around and in a most perfect manner acted his role of a young lady. He knew he was playing a great game. Ike bad disoovered that a man was on his track, and t-0 him his present role was an old trick, and it was play he enjoyed.


OHAPTER V. THE Cl DOUBLE" DOUBLBS U'P A ROGUE. IKB fin ally walked down to an unfrequented neighboy .. hood H e knew t he man was tracking him. He stopped in front of a tenem ent house and acted as though he were looking for a c e rtain number. He drew a card from his pocket, raised h i s veil s tepped to a ga s Jigl1t, seemingly to read bis card. He knew his every movement was watched. He pretended he had gotten on the wrong street. It w as his trick and he started down to one of the lower av en u es tow ard the river, so as to pass to a very lon e ly n e ighborhood, and as he picked his way he pretended to fall, and ere he could rise to his feet the man was up1m him. "Can I b e of any service to you?" demanded the fellow, who had b ee n on the "shadow." The latter spoke in tones and with a p r e ciseness of language astonished Ike. He bad e xpe cted to be addressed by a very common man, '1'hen indeed the party w}:io spoke to him appeared to be a "No, thank you," the disguised lad said. "You are looking for an address1., "I am." u I may aid you in that direction." "Do you live around bereP" "No, but I am acquainted with the neighborbetNl.n "Possiblyyou can aid me. "I will if I can." "I am lo oking for a young lady." ".Ab! her name?" Patterson."


4 6 "I do not know a lady by that name, but thil i a v911 lonely neighborhood." "Yes." "It is not a safe place for a young lady to be tranUnt ulon e." "Oh! I can take care of myself You may be very brave_, but suppose some man shouhi accost you?" "I do not fear a man." "Yes, I say you are very brave." "Yes, I am able to take care of mysel.f." "You think you can take care of yourself?" "Yes." "You are sure?" "Yes, I am sure." The two were walking at the moment on the edge of an embankment and Ike could see that there was a ditch fill"d -with water below. "What would you do now if a man should aceost yo right h e re?" "Ohl I know what I would do." "You would scream, I suppose." Ike had managed to catch a glimpse of the man's face as they pa s sed a gaslight. "No, I would not scream." "Oh yt;s, you would; all women scream when they are :,;!tred." "Do t he y ? A l ways." Ike wa s talking for beans. He was making a 3$ h e carried o n the talk anil framed his answers so SB to vite further q ue s tions. "I would n't scream." "What would you do?" "Oh, I know what I would do


41 The man laughed. Ike had come to a halt for reaaons which will be indicated. He did not wish to walk beyond the embankment. "What would you doP'' "0111 I know." "Show me." "W:hy should I show you?" "Just for fun. Yon really amuse me; you appear so .iel!-oonfident." "I am confident." "Suppose I assail you?" "Assail me(" "Yes; what is to prevent?" "l thought you were a gentleman.'I 1

48 "All right." "Show me what you would do if r. man were to aooost yon here." "You show me how a man would accost mEf." The stranger leaped forward and attempted to seize thei waist, saying as he did so: "'l'his is what he would do." Ike leaped back, then turned a remarkable landing bis feet square on the man's stomach with th9 remark: "That is what I would do." Ike's words rang in the man's ears as he went over the embankment, and as the declivity was very steep he coula not slop himself and went over until he plunged head first into the ditch, and when he struggled above the surface he found himself in water to his waist, and down through the darkness came a merry laugh and the words: "Ain't it funny! Now you know what I would do. Good-night, mister; don't accost ladies in future before you know in advance just what they would do under cer tain circumstances." Ike moved away and an instant later met a man. '"l'here he is," said Ike; "now go for him." 'fhe man advanced and arrived opposite the point where the accoster had gone over the bank just as the latter started to climb to the top. The man, as our readers have discerned, was Murray, and he oalled: "Hello! are you in trouble down there?" No answer came, and the detective again callen: "Can I help you?" 'fhe man did not answer, but slowly climbed 1i1p the embankment, and soon, all wet and dripping, he confronted Mnrray. "How did yon fall over, sirl"' asked Murray. 41l don't know."


.,,. u T1>u must have lost your footing." "Yea, I lost my footing." "Oan I be of any service?" "No; you are very kind but you cannot aid me.,,. "I will do what I can." "Yon arll very kind, but I am all right now." "Lucky the water wasn't very deep." "It was deep enough for me; I went under." "Indeed, it's lucky you were not drowned." "YesJ it's lucky. Did you see a young lady go along here?" \ "Yes, I met a lady running away. I addressed her, but she appeared to be in a very merry mood and did n&t answer me." ) She has cause to be merry." "Did she push you over?" "No, but it was in trying to save her from falling ove1 that I went down myself. She might have waited to learn if I was drowned or not." "I can't aid y0ti ?" "No, I am much obliged." "l will bid you good-night, s ir," said Murray, and walked away. A little later he was joined by Ike. 'l'he / latter had discarded his female "rig" and appeared as a little gamin. ''I've marked him,'' said Ike. Yes." "Do you need me "No." "You are on to his track?" "Yea." fi "I've got his 'm ugg' in case you lose him. He is not a. Nngb; he appears to be a gentleman." "Are you sure he is not a detective?" lf e is not a detective."


"Good-night, Ike; you may lay around for me. "All right, cap." Ike moved away and our hero started to follow the ma'M who went over the c]ifi'. He bad little difficulty in k eep ing on the man's track, for he left a trail behind liim been soaked to the skin. It was after midnight when Murray appeared borne. He found Ike awaiting him. "Well, how did you make out?" "I am ashamed, Ike." "You are?" "Yes." "How so?" "I got the lose." "You did?" "Ye s." "'rhe man threw yon off his trail?,, "Yes, and in the most remarkable manner.,, "I will have to lay for him next time." "I reckon you can beat me, Ike. I am good at plimnitt g but you have the knack of hanging on to a man's trait best." "'That is bec:1use I am so small; but tell me about i t." "I followed the man, who acted like a rabbit seeki n g \ o lead tlie dogs away from his burrow, and soon he was joine d by another man, and the two walked awhile and then they were joined by a third and soon after a fourth man jo in ed in and they walked until-hang it!-tbere were seven of them, and they all were dressed alike, looked alike, an

"That would indicate that number one discovereti 6ai you were on his track." "It would appear so." "All right,'' said Ike; "I will try my hand at him." "We may not be able to get on to him again." 1 "Ob, I will; but I wonder what he thinks of Miss and the way she sliowed him how she would act in case a man accosted her." Murray and Ike both laughed heartily, and then Ike said: "Cap, you have that photo?" "Yes." "You had better start out to find the original." "We will; but first iet us learn, if Wll can, how it wag she became a fugitive, with so much money in her posses sion." Oh I" said Ike, in a sarcastic tone, "I thought yoll knew." "Knew what?" "Knew that she stole "Ike, you are a rat. Hang you! things have developP.d which lead me to believe it possible ';bat after all she may..._ not be a thief." "I '11 tell you one thing, cap: Miss Dean is a very smart girl." "She is." "She is satisfied that Rose Inness is not a thief. I will' travel a long way on Miss Dean's judgment. She associ ated with this missing lady for quite a time." "Well, you may be justified, Ike, and to-morrow JOU can start in and get on this fellow's trail." "I will, and now mark my words: this is, as I said from the atart, a greater mystery than you dream of, and a won derfal development will come when we suoeeed in sohin& the affair."


On the day following the incidents in which all handi had participated Ike stal'ted out on a" s11adow." He hung sroand hotels and all manner of public places and finally entered the bar-room of a well-known hotel. Two me lwere stmiding at-the bar and at a glance Ike discoTel'ed f-hat one of them was-under a disguise-a very close dis guise. He did not recognize any particular point in the' 'man-only recognized that the man was disguised, and he had a Jittle curiosity to see the fellow uncovered. Be learned that the men were not friends; there had been a mere ()rdinary meeting and they had become engaged in a political discussion. Ike was about the only chap who would have conceived of the novel method he determined to adopt to go under the man's disguise. He was a great reader of the human face. He saw that the man who was not under a disguise was a very man, ready to fight for anything, even ilU opinion. Oar old-time readers know that Ike was a marvelous ventriloquist. He could beat the woman who astonished all Europe within the last ten montl1s by making it appear that she could cause the dead to talk. Ventriloquism is now used for other schemes than mere amusement and Ike was a phenomenal expert. He took up his position. He had determined npon business and amusement. He watched for an opportunity and then the man undtlr a dis guise said, or appeared to say to his companion: "Yon lie" 'l'he man seemingly addressed moved back and "Did yon call me a liar?" "No," said the man. "My ears must have deceived me." "Well, you are a liar, if that suits you," the disguised man appeared to say, and the qnick-temperl:ld man did n-0t ttop to inquire again. He drew off and without a word of/" warning struck the diaguised man a powerful blow. Tl

latter fell, but was on his feet in an instant, and in hia rage he appeared to forget that he was under a disgniee{ and he made a rush at the man who had knocked him down. A sti:ff fight followed; the men plugged eaoh other and finally clinched in a terrible struggle and soon there followed a startling denouement. A wig came off of one of the combatants, and as the blood trickled down his face and he w iped it off there came a stain with it, and Ike stood and gazed in triumph. He had been deceived. He had not anticipated any such denouement, but the disguised man whon partially unmasked stood sufficiently revealed to betray to Ike that it was the man whom he had sent rolling down the embankment on the previous night. "Great ginger\" was his exclamation. "Well, we are in great luck." :Meantime the men had been separatetl and no one ap p eared to notice, save our hero, that the wig and the disool -oration of the face was a disguise. "Why did you strike me?" demanded the wigless man. "Because you called me a liar." The man had made a good fight indeed. II& had got a l i t tle the best of the encounter. "I did not call yon a liar." "If you hadn' t I wouldn't have hit yon." "I swear I did not call you a liar." "Then I must have lost my wits." "I think you have." Ike thought it was his turn, and stepping forward a well-dressed youth, and as it appeared the only one who l iad been near at the commencement of the fight, he said: "Will you excuse me, gentlemen?" Both men looked at the youth and Ike said: "Possibly I can explain the mystery." "What mystery?'' ;'The mystery about the lie."


"Go ahead and do so." "It was a man out in the corridor calling another ma;n a lia1. This gentleman did not use the word 'lie,' and it's a pity you knocked off his wig." .All hands had been so excited they had not noticed the loss of wig. Ike had done a great job. He did not, as has been inti\ mated, have any idea but a desire of having a little fun when he started in on his ventriloquism, and in a most astonishing manner be had brought about a very singular denouement. The man picked up llis wig. It was a to the. enlookers w by be wore a wig. Ile did not look like a man w!io needed one. In the meantime the man who had struck the blow said: "My friend, I am very sorry for what has occurred. You called me a liar, as I thought, and I was bound to resent it." The owner of the wig answered: "Oh, it's all right; I like a little shindy once in awhile; it starts the b1lood." He could well say so, as he had served out biil antagonist. in pretty fine style. The men shook hands and wine was ordered and they became quite friendly. Ike lay around. He was on to 'his game and he meant to run the man down, and he tnJttered: 1 "I will something to tell the cap when I meet him,i, but it was a strange thing-my getting on to the man as I did." The man .remained some hours drinking and 'chinning,' as the saying goes. The men really became very lofing a&. they began to feel the eiTects of the Ike enjoyed the ecene, but there was one fact he had observed: th& owner of the wig only pretended to drink. He would lip


}tis wine and then toss it away; the other man, bowenr, drank his down and was fast becoming really intoxicated. It was after dark when the man left the hotel bar-room. He staggered away like one under the influence of liquor, but Ike knew the stagger was all put on for effect. He knew the man was perfectly sober. He was not a looking man and he had a very shrewd, sharpface, proving him to be a person of great courage and determination. His manners were good, also his language, and in appear ance he did not indicate a ruffian. Once outside the man straightened up and walked at a. brisk rate. Ike followed until he saw his game enter a well-known club house. ''He will be there some time, I know," muttered Ike. and he added: "I 1eckon I will go over to one of onr sta tions and make up a bit. He is a wonderfully shrewd chap. He saw me in the hotel and he may fall to my identity. Pll work a change." l!'ifteen minutes following the disappearance of the man in the club house a rather feeble-looking old man appeared in the vicinity, and Ike had judged well, for it was well on toward midnight when the man forth from the club house. Ike fell to his "shadow" and the man entered a car. Ike had gained a position on tbe upper crossing and when a car came along he saw his man enter it. Ike took the same cat at the upper comer. He, as our readers know, was disguised as an old man, and in taking hie seat E the car he chanced to crowd a dudish-looking young fellow-a regular puke, as the old-time New Yorkers were accustomed to designate the modern dude. "Say, old man," said the yonng fellow, "you are too fresh." Ike laughed exactly like an old man. Seeing that the passengers were attracted toward him he said: "The car jostled me an d I f e ll into the 2eat. I am not


as ye>T:ng and fresh as I used to be when I was about yout budding age.'.' "Who are you talking to?" Ike glanced over his spectacles and said : "I was addressing you." "Well, hold your tongue; don't speak to me again." "See here, my young friend, that is not the way to talkt to an old man." "Old men are nuisances." "Are they?" "Yes." "So are pukes." Ah1 what's that!" "You said old men were nuisances. "So they are. "And I said pukes or dudes were nuisances. ':Who do you call a puke?" "No need to call you one." "Eh! what's that!" "No need to call you a puppy; all I'd have to do is whistle and you'd come." .., Ike during the whole talk maintained the character of an old man to perfection. "You are insulting, said the dad,e. "Am I, indeed? " You are, very." "I wouJd have said nothing to you it you had not first spoken to me. I would merely have had my fun at yon." I "Laughing at me?" "Yes." "I'd like to know why you would laugh at me?" "You look so funny. They didn't have your kind when J was a young man; people wouldn't raise 'em in thQSe .Gays."


The people in the car laughed audibly and the dnda bogan to show signs of anger. / "If you weren't an old man I'd warm your cheek." "Eh!" "If you weren't an old man I'd warm your cheek tor your impudence." You would warm my cheek?" "Yes, I would, if you were not an old man!; "Why, du die, you could not warm any one's cheek. All you 're good for is to suck on a nursing bottle." "Shut up, I tell you." "No, I won't." "You won't?" "No." "Hang it! I can't restrain myself much longer; old at you are I'll teach you a lesson." "You will?" "Yes." "What will you do?" "That's what I'll do, you impertinent old fool." As the young mall spoke he knocked off the pretended old man's bat. OHAPTER Vl . A DUDE GETS A SlJRPRISE. THE people in tbe car cried shame, but they werw \mshed in a moment when the seeming old man dealt the dude a ringing slap on tbe face, and then there followed a remark able E cene: the dude, maddened beyond all self-control, made a strike out to return t1rn blow when the old man seized Lim by the collarof his, lifted him out of hi.a


68 'leat and with an agility that was phenomenal he jerk-4 Ile fellow toward the door and sent him w birling out on platform. The people in the car applauded and tho le seized his hat and leaped from the car. One oveI' ring sneak had been well served out. Ike settled down,.. apaper and commenced to read. He had not once v uked at the man he was trailing, but when tlie man left the car our hero rose, and a little later also dismounted. The man had ridden uptown almost to the Harlem river, and he started to walk in the same direction along the car route. "Hello!" muttered Ike; "has tbat fellow tumbled? 'vhy didn't be stay on the car?" 'rhe man crossed the Harlem Bridge and kept on his way. He walked for over a mile and finally turned off, aud our hero saw him at length enter an old colonial stone house. It had been a very difficult matter to "shadow" the man, and our hero had to depend upon a great deal of keenness in order to keep ont of sight and hold his "shadow," and he was fully five hundred feet away when the man entered the honse. Indeed the lad was compelled to guess that ha had done so. Ike did not follow the man right up. He lay around a lon g time. He did ,haw nearer to the house for a closer 0hserrntion, aud be was able to see the man come forth .look around in a furtive manner. "l3y ginger!" muttered the boy, "that man did see me or he is ete-rnally on the lookout for a 'shadow.' He is cunning. All right; I am patient; I can afford to wait until he is Ratisfied and then I will go forward and 1nvesti gate. I am determined to know who is in that house and what is going on in there, and 1'11 take big ohanooo." Ike cast of'E bis old man's uniform and appaarod m.ore 1i1'o circus gymnast than anything else. He was dresaed


19 a tightfitting soft bucksk i n suit i n o rd e r t o get the achantage of all his native sup1Jleness and in order t o be ready f

ment. He was a slow moYing lad when extreme delibera. tion was necessary and s very quick one when celerity was required, and after getting into the cellar he lay low, standing stock still as well; as the girls say. He did not dare flash bis light. He had a rem a rkabl e lamp of hi s awn manufacturn-one that would have brou ght him a fortune had he applied for a patent. He did not think that; he had only made the lamp for his own convenience and use. It was a wonderful lamp, however; with it he could shoot out a slender narrow shine of ligl1t, and fix it on any one given point, or he could broaden the line of light, or if need be give a bright prevailing flash, suffi cient to illuminate a good-sized apartment. He did not use this lamp at first, but just stood and listened; then in good time he made a step forward and tripped, but he did not fall. He always moved slow in the dark. He came to a halt, reached down and f elt; it appeared that he touched a box; he ran bis hand over it like a blind man :Kieling for identific a tion, and then his blood ran cold. He was a brave lad, but be was human and subject to super stitions fears when brought in contact suddenly with any thing uncanny, and be had made, as he believed, a very startling discovery. He bad marked the outlines of a coffin and the conviction sent a chill through him, and it was some moments before he felt like flashing a light to con firm his suspicion. Ho did, however, and sure enough the object he bau tripped over was a coffin. He waa on to lmsinesa and immediately and perfectly cool. Ike was :l born detective and when anything opened up to him th a t was out of the way he settled right down to careful inve s tigation. Before investigating the coffin 'Ike glanced around th e cellar. He MW that it was walled ofi from the othe:r por tion of the house cellar, but the1e was an iron door :iig into the other subterranean chamber. He looked


61 areund for evidences 9f there having been an oceupaat o! the coffin; be saw nothing; then he set to study the casket and discovered at once that it was almost brand new. Tl!e inside trimmings were all there and unsoiled; the wood ..which it was made was but newly polished. The lad stood and consire were many things in the cellar, but only such various a rticles as one might expect to find. He put on a stronger 1 1:.{ht 1md it failed to dh;close anything of !!peoial interest ; ti. e n he for a way to aimend to ibe floor 1 1ve and he was well aware that the real riak in


" i.ate Jetter undertaking wa1 to he encountered. He foan.t au open 11tairway leading to the apartments above, and front his lilurvey of the house he concluded that it opened into the hall "hich divided the old house in the center. Slowly and listening at every move he advanced to the 3teps and put the fastenings of the door under his flash light; one glance was sufficient. He had his bearings an d knew that he could easily open the door, whether it were loqked or not, and after ascending the step he extinguished bis light and listened. He heard no sounds and after due deliberation he attempted to open the door, and succeeded, and found himself, as he concluded, in the great hall. Here he stopped and listened as before, and in due time let the single ray creep around, and he got an idea of the whole interior of the house on the lower floor, and while he still gazed he heard a step, a Yery light step, but unmi11 takably a step, as though one were coming down an uncar pated stairway. Out went Ike's light and at the same instant the door of a room opened and there shot forth a bright glare of light; and here is where the lad's wonder fnl caution saved him, although he had a very narrow escape from discovery. He stood near a recess and he slid back out of eight just in time, and by a fortunate accident possibly saved himself. He did not dare peep out, but be was aware that some one had descended tbe and thal a second party had opened a room door on the first floor . ud an inst1.1nt later he heard a voice inquire: "Is that yon, my child?" "Yes, papa," came the answer, in a charmingly sweet voice. Ike at that moment wonld have given a big sum for one peep, but the risk was too great, and be lay low. He could not but be could hear. "Why are you not in bed, my dear?" "'o-:i, papa, I am so nervous; I have been alone all UM tTtniBg."


a Alone, my child?" "Yes." "How is that?" "Kitty went out this afternoon and has not retftmed. 1 was in a terrible state when I heard your signal annom:c" 1fog your Tisit, but yon did not come up and see me." "I thought Kitty was with yon and I believed the aoce of my presence was enough." "Papa, how long must we stay here?" "I cannot tell, my obild; my business may be through almost any time and then we will return to our home abroad." "Ob! papa, I do wish we were going to-morrow!" This conversation was in progress as the girl crossed the ball and joined her papa at the door of the lower room, and our hero heard a kiss, and later the door of the room closed and darkness prevailed once more. Ike lay low for a minute only; he was set to take great chances; be desired to overhear more of the conversation; he advanced to the door of the room from which he had seen the man isi:me, or rather he had concluded he knew the room, and what was more he did recognize the voice of the man, and the conversation had really been very sug gestive. Ike was a wonderful peeper, and ibe old house with its old-fashioned locks furnished excellent op11ortnnity. He stood a moment with his ear to the keyhol e before peeping in. He was acting with his usual cat.tion, guarding against the possibility of surprise; a momontf later he peeped, and a sight met his eyes that fairly s tag gered him fo1 an instant and he exclaimed aimost audib l y : "Great Sootit what does it mean! was the cap right, after all, and is Rose Inness a thief or companion of thieves?" Wben Ike glanced into the room be saw the man whom he had sitting at a table. The man looked


very comfortable and He was smoking a grant cigar and a glass of wine was before him. At t'he same table, opposite to the man, sat the young Jady whoae voice our hero had overheard and that young lady was the original of the photograph that had been shown to Ike as a. portrait of Rose Inness. It was not strange that be was taken all aback, for there was no evidence l'.lefore him o f dnrance in the attitnde of the young lady. She bad called tlic man papa. She sat there looking at him in a laving manner, with every indication of confidence aud trust. }ke could ovel'hear the conversation and as be listened he became impressed with the fact that the mystery was growing in density. "Oh! papa!" he heard the girl say i "it seems so shange for me to cooped up here in this old house." "It will not be for long, my child." "But, papa, I have been here some weeks already." "I know it, my child." "Why can't we ret11rn to Europe where we were eo happy?" We will, my child." "':Vhen, papa?" ''.as soon as some business is settled. I need money, my child. I am expecting to get it; a!! soon as I get the nHmey we will return to Europe." Ike had reason to ponder. He wondered bow mach money the man needed, as the girl Rose, his daughter, had >un away and left behind her money and jewelR valued at JYer sixty thousand dollars. As intimated, the mystery dee pened. Ike could not understand it at all. He looked i md looked at the girl, and sure enough it was Bose-at least the original of the portrait. He felt there was no don ht in that direction. Meantime the conversation cone tinned and Ike became more and more b&wildered. "I thought you were rich, papa."


65 "l was rich, my child, and really I am rich now, lirnt I need ready money." "Oh, I wis h I had some ready money to give you, ppll." The man smiled and Ike could see the smile on hit fooo. I wish you had, my child." "How much ready money do you need, papa?" "Why do you ask, my child?" "l have a little money." "You have?" "Yes. "How much?" "I think I've got nearly 11 hundred doll1us." Again the man smiled as he said: "So much, my child." "Yes." "Well, my dear, you are very kind in your innocence te offer to loan me your money, but I need at least twenty thousand dollars." "Twenty thousand dollars, papa," ejaculated the girl. "Yes, twenty thousand dollars." Ike stared. There was more than twenty thousand d0l ]ars in the satchel, and again he examined the face of the fair girl. There was no mistake-it was indeed the orig inal of the picture, and the original of the picture, Rose Inness, h ad di s appeared and left over sixty thousand flol Jars in v a lue with Madge, and that money at the moment was in t he pos s ession of Detective Murray. "It gets me,'' muttered Ike. "Oh, papa" said the girl, "where will you get twenty t housand dollars?" "I expect to get it, my child." "How, papa?" "Don't ask me. When I get it we will return to EnrOJI' and now I think you had better retire." "I am so neifvous." .1


"Yes, my child; but it is far into the morning. See-ft i1 alm.ost one o'clock." "I wish Kitty was here." "You need not fear; I will not go away in the until after Kitty returns." "Papa, do you know I've got a strange preseutimen t.71 "You have, my child." "Yes, papa." "Well, drive it away." "I do not believe we will ever return to and io --....... our beautiful home, where mamma lived with us." "Yes, we will, my child, and we wiH return yery sooo; I will return for your sake; and now retire to your room. We will talk it over to-morrow." Every word that was spoken but deepened the mystery. The gi.!!l did not look like a thief; the father did IIOt loolc like a bad man, and he evidently idolized bis child. girl appeared to be a simple-minded person, very simp}P. minded, and very timid, trusting and loving. So hr her character accorded with what Ike had beard 8bout Rose, but there still remained the mystery of the money. II the father needed only twenty thousand

61 "Papa, each day my presentiments become darker and liarker. I wish we had never left France." "We will soon return, my child. Yes, we wiH return." "N ev<:ir, papa, never." "You are very low-spirited just now, my child, but you will get over it; if I did not believe so I should go Com e uow, go to bed." The girl r ose, went round to her papa, kissed him in a loving mauuer, and then said: "I will try to be cheerful, papa. Yes, I will try, for your sake." Ike could not remain longer and he dflrted away. CHAPTER VII. THE MYSTERY DEEPENS AND DEEPENS. iKE got to his hiding-place. He heard the door open, .md listened when the fair g i rl spoke hel' final goo9.-nigh.t. He heard the kiss .Jpon her cheek as he said good night, and then tne door closed and all was dark again. Ike waited. He was nut ready to leave the house. He believed it would pay to watch the man. He hoped he might do a little soliloquizing, and in a soliloquy one is at 'times likely to betray more than in a direct conversation. In due time Ike crept back to the door and peeped in once more. The man was reseated at the table and he was in a meditative mood. He sat lost in deep thought for a iong time, but at length, as Ike had anticipated, he began to "think aloud." said in an audible tone: "Oh! that it were all over with l I am taking atteat eh1mces, my scheme may fail and then-well, well, it's


terrible to think of. What will I do!" The man wae eilent again, but at length resumed speaking, and th era was a wild look upon his face as he said, slowly and distinctly: "Yes, if I fail I will put a bullet through my brain." He started, glared an instant and then said: "No, no, that will not do-no, that will not do. I cannot leave my child, my beautiful, innocent, trusting child, and then, alas! if I fail I am a criminal. I may be put in jail! my poor child, it will be worse for her then. Yes, better l were dead! better .I were dead!" Again he stopped, and finally in a husky voice said: "Yes, yes, there will be nothing left for me to do. I cann o t leave my child to the world. I cannot go to jail. I will kill her, thenJdll myself, and we will both be at rest. We will join her whom we both loved. Oh! if I only had a few thousand dollars! but I may have struck for too big a stake; that may lose me my game. Yes, that may m o my game. Ob, for a few thousand and I'd flee to France and leave all this trouble behind, and start on a surer road to fortune; but I have cast the die! I do not know wha t number will come up! I have crossed the Rubicon! I d o no t know that I shall ever reach the opposite shore. It's a ll getting very dark to me. Clouds seem to be tll ng d own upon me, but I have the same coffin; I can use it again-yes, use it again, and pnssihly to better purpose. l c an put my child beyond all possible suffering and I can 'follow h e r. Yes, and if I fail that is what I will do. ) Come what may in the hereafter that is what I wi11 do if I fail-if I fail." "fhe man repeated the words, "If I fail," several times. A few moments later and Ike discovered that the man in t ended to leave the room. He did not desire to be caught and he slid away and later crawled hack through ti1e cellar and made bis way to the open air. He had had


a great night of it. He had seen a great deal, heard a great deal and learned muob, but, alas! th& mystery was deeper and more dense than before. He walked back to ward the rail way terminal and as he did so he indulged in considerable thinking, and he muttered: "Well, well, for once in my life I am all at sea. I never encountered, heard or read of such a singular complication of strange and remarkable incidents. It beats all the ex poriences that ever came under my notice of myself 01 others. That man does not like a confirmed vil lain. He is a man of courage and evidently has great affection for his daughter Hose, and she appears to be a. timid, loviug girl; they are both well educated and evidently very refined in their tastes. He needs money, and y et his daughter was in possession of more than double the su rn lie claims be needs to make him perfectly happy; in" deed, to save him from a deed of murder and suicide. The girl appears perfectly frank and yet talks as though she knew nothing about the money, or else under her display of love and deep affection she has some deep design in ,. concealing tho fact that she has all the money; and it if possible she has a purpose; if she has then she is a mag nificent actress, and as subtle as Satan himself. I do not understand. I am perplexed. I am in a maze of bewil derment, but we will watoh, wait and study; this myster: must and shall be solved." 1 It was well on toward morning when our courageous ilittle ad venttlrer showed up at the home of Detective f 1fonay. He found the latter just J.'eturned from a Detectives have no regular hours for sleep or anything else. Their success depends upon eternal vigi lance, and in sunshine and storm, day or night, they must hang to a trai11 and when on a shadow there is not for them either food or rest unless a momentary opportunity 'Jffers.


The detective greeted Ike warmly and said "Well, lad, you've had a night of it." "Yes, I have." "And what have you made out?" "Nothing." "You were beat, eh?" "No." "What then?" "I've had a great night of it. I've learned some very wonderful facts, dnd yet we are deeper in the dark than ever. Yes, captain, this affair beats anything we ever struck, and dou 't you forget it." "Did you get on to your man?" "I did, in the most remarkable manner and under the most singular circumstances." "Let's bear about it." Ike told of the manner in wbioh he hacr by a mere chance unmasked his man, and the detective laughed heartily and said'. "Yes, lad, that was an odd incident." "It was." "Did yon follow him?" "I did." "Go on and tell ns your adventure." "It was an ad venture, indeed." Ike proceeded-told how he had dogged his man, told nf the stumble over the coffin in the olu house, and then. stopped . "Go on, Ike; I was never niore int

71 "No, with a liying faoe." "Great Scott! lad, you do not mean to suggest that you liave found Rose?" l "I'll tell you the story after I have seen the picture." Murray produced the photograph and Ike studied it very carefully and finally he m!!.!!tered audibly: Well, I don't know." "What is it, lad?" Ike finished his story and Murray listened with un amazed look upon his face and exclaimed: "Was it Rose Inness?" "As far as appearances go it was, but--" "Well, go on." "There are some things I do not understand. The girl was Rose, according to this picture, but then the conver sation-the need of money-I cannot explain it. I cannot suggest a theory, can yon?" "Honestly, Ike, I am at fault. Can it be a l'esem blance?" "We might say so, but there is the fact that this man ia shadowing .Madge, and it was from Madge that Rose waa abducted, or from whom she ran away. If it were not for all the associations we might say it was a resemblance, but facts appear to point toward a positive identity." "How will you solve the mystery?" "To-morrow I will have a long talk with Madge aud h \ may be that I shall start in on a very strange adventure. iOne thing is certain-the mystery must be solved." 1 On the following morning Ike oalled upon Madge. Be carried the photograph with him. He found the girl bright, cheerful and clear in all her perceptions. To her he told story, after h a ving first inquired parlicu]arly at to the eoJ.qr of the eyes and hair of the missing girl, and both agreed with the appearance of the girl whom our hero had een, a,.Q then he told her, as intimated, a pad ef the


story of his ptevious night's adventnree, and when he ha4 ooooluded Madge said: "I do not believe it is Rose." "But a resemblanoe so complete and perfect eoul not be expected.!' "That is trne--it is in some way conneoted with but from your description of the manner and way of talk 1 ing of the lady you saw I do not believe it wail Rose. My friend was quiet and timid-like in her 11ctions, bat nndet all there was a latent spirit of courage and determinat.ion." "That is what I believe and this statement confirms the fact that it is Rose, and don't you see it accounts for th e girl's being a fugitive, and having all that money, and it' s my belief that herein lies the mystery. She did not wan t her father to have the money. He may be a wild specu lator or there may be a hundred excellent reasons why she desired to keep a knowledge of the money away fro m him; and the girl I saw looked like one who co u ld app e a r simple and innocent and yet possess nerve and determin a tion. I believe you have solved to a certain degree the mystery." "But why should she run away and leave thtJ money with me?" "She knew you were honest, and it is possible she may have desired to satisfy her own conscience when declaring that she had no money." "H is all very strangt1," said Madge. "Yes, it is, indeed, all very strange-the strangest n<1 venture of my life." "I wish I could see this girl," said Madge. "That is what I have been thinking, and you can see her if yon have the nerve and con.age." "I have both." "You will run a little risk." "l don't care. I'd run a great deal of risk; indee

"It can be arranged." "How?" "You and I can go to the old house." "Let's start at once." 3 "Oh, no; we must act with a great deal of caution. We do not know yet where this adventure will lead us. We must go slow." "I mnst see her." "You shall." "When?" "You can work a disguise under good instructions?" "I can." "We can disguise and go together, but we will have to go at midnight." "Oh! that will be great!" "But, one moment-we must change characters." "Change characters?" repeated Madge. "Yes." "How?" "I must become a girl and you--" "What must I become?" "A boy." There came a doubtful look to the bright face of Madge. "Is that necessary?" she asked. "Yes." "You want me to go disguised as a boy\l" "Yes." "Why?" "We will be traveling ahnidnight." "AU right; yon will be with me." "Yes,-1m t if I am a boy-girl I can aot quicker and better in an emergency. As a girl I may draw an insult and you will escape; they do not insult boys at night-they insult ladies." "l no boy's attire."


Ike laughed and said: "I have." "But how about a fit." "Yon can leave that to me.'' "And what will we do?" ( "Go to that house, go through the, step over t"offin and take all the chances." "I do not mind that part of it," said Madge. Ike had drawn the picture to test her. "Yon will not be scared ?" "No." "You will not scream if something comes on us f}Uickly ?" "No." "I can depend upon you?" "You can.'' right; I will be -around here again in about twtJ hours, and we will practice on your disguise. I think you will make a bully boy." Madge looked at Ike's handsome face and said: "I think you will make a girly girl." "Thank you." Two hours later Ike appeared and he carried with him a b.oy's suit which he thought would serve the purpose. He went into details with Madge, explaining to her how she must herself, and he added: "After you are rigged out come down and we will rec bearse; I will see when you look like a boy whether or not you can act like a boy." 'fhere was an amused smile upon the face of Madge as she said: Y s, we shall see.'' Ike sat in the sitting-room of the house waiting for :Madge to don the boy's oloilhes. Some time passed and the girl failed to show up. Our little adventurer was be.


ooming impatient wh en the lady who kept the house en -tered the room and said to Ike, whom she knew well, for she was a relative of Detective Murray: f "Ike, there is a boy at the door who desires to see you a :moment." 1 Ike smiled. He saw the trick he supposed .Madge de (!ired to play on him, \lut when he went to where the boy( stood on the stoop, instead of seeing Madge in the clothes he had provided for her he beheld a little street gamin. "You'e Ike Albro?" said the boy. Ike stared. "Yes, I am Ike Albro." "Sure?" "Yes.'' "Den I'se got to tell yer dat dere's a gentleman named Murray as wishes to see you right away." "Where is he?" "He says you'll know; dat's all; good-day." The lad started off and Ike returned to tbe room. He wished to see Madge before joining the detective, and he hecame quite impatient because the girl did not appear. FuJJy ten minutes passed and Ike was about to summon the mistress of the house and leave word for Madge when a nobby looking youth came down the stairs. "Great ginger!" cried Ike, "I thought you'd never come." "How do I look?" ''You look all right; but I am sent for; I will go and etlt rn in little time; 1\f urray wants to see me." "Did he send for you?" "Yes." "No, 110 did not." .!ke s t ared. "You can't go, Ike. We must have a rehearsal." will be back in a little time."


76 "And you want me to sit here and wait in this boy's rig?" "Yes." "I can't; let's rehearse." "The cap sent for me." "He did?" "Yes." "Who did he send?" "A lad." "He did?" "Yes." Madge smiled and said: "All l'ight, go ahead. I guess we won't need a re hearsal." Ike was no fool and he gazed in wild astonishment. A weird suspicion was finding lodgment in bis mind, but the possibility appeared too marvelous. "You 's Ike Albro?" said Madge, adopting the slang of the little gamin. Ike just shouted as he said: "You're immense, Madge. It was a great trick; I give you credit; no, we do not need a rebearsa1. You are a boy of boys, 7011 are." Madge again laughed in a merry manner. "Did I do it well, Ike?" "You did." "I thought I'd test myself." "You did." ".And I did it well?" "You did." I'll make a boy P" "You are a boy." "Then let's rehearse and see what sort of a lad I will make in good Qlothes." "Go it."


'ro Ike's amazement Madge fell to a regular breakdown step. She did it well and every way imitated to perfeotion the manners of a rollicking young blade. "Say, Madge," said our hero, "I was to proteot you." "Yes." "No need-on the other hand you will have to protc me; but tell me-how did you get on to this quiok ?" "Ike, I always was fond of mischief, and I've playt>J bhe boy before. I pfayed the role on the stage up in our town in an amateur theatrical company." "Well, you'd make a hit in a regular company. Ye>a are just immense, you are. You take the cake." "Thank you; and now when do we start?" "l will be here about half-past ten to-night." "And I am to be in this rig?" "Yes." "And you?" Well, I won't rig yon as you did me. f 'll appear here as a gay girl." ''Come early, Ike.'' "Why?" "We may have to rehearse. Yes, l'ehearse you as a girl. n Ike laughed and said: "I reckon it's all right. I've girl before. Rea member I made np for yon a couple of nigh ta ago.'' "At ten-thirty I'll look for you." "Good enough." Ike gave Madge more fnll and complete iustrnetion1:1 anq then departed. Later he met Deteotive Murray au

At half-past ten Ike up and he found Madge all ready to go with him, and a little later they appeared on the street. As our readers know, Ike could come the girl or young lady to a nicety, and as the two walked toward the corner where they were to take the Ike said: 4Now, Tommy, remember no one must insult me." "What shall I do, Sissy, if some fellow gets imperti<. nent?" "Luy him out with a said Ike with a laugh. "1'11 do it," came the answer, "and if I get a goed one back you jnm:ti :in and scratch his eyes out, will you?" "I will, sure." A oar came along and the transversed adventurers boarded it, and strange to say they ran right into an ad venture-one that is liable to be encountered at any time in a great city-and it was very singular though that after their joking that our two masqueraders should have fallen to a peculiar coincidence, though one of hourly occurrence. On the car was a foreigner, a man exquisitely dressed, but with a pair of eyes well adapted to flash the insolent stares that ladies are continually compelled to face in trav eling about New York, day or nigl1t, for these rascals who have no regard for the decencies appear to be ubiquitous, Madge in her male attire was but a slender-looking pro teotor and Ike, being veiled as a mater of course, attracteO. and aroused the curiosity of the impudent fop.. \ngner. A moment passed and then the fun commenced. /


'l9 OHAP'rER VIII. IKE MAKES RARE SPORT IN A CAR. 1HE man fixed his eyes on the veiled lady and sough t l tly every expedient to attract her attention. 'The lad ticed the man's movements and also discerned the character of the chap, and he determined to do one good turn for the fair and defenseless sex whose plumage he h!ld stolen for the time being. He. submitted some time to the man's steady g.aze and then, as though by accident, raised his veil and disclosed a0glimpse of a really very pretty face. 'itke possessed very delicate features, and when he made up for a female he could make himself look very attractive, and besides he only permitted the fellow, as stated, to catch an instant's glimpse of his :face. The rascal's curiosity. however, was whetted. l;!e evidently desired to see more of that face, and again he flattered himself that its beauty had been disclosed for his special benefit. His conclusion was correct, but the underlying motive he was to learn later. The party sitting next to Ike left the car, and the man instantly stepped over and occupied the vacateci seat. There were people in the car who saw the movement and looks of indignation settled on their faces, but as the 1nan had committed no really overt act they could not protest;:, later they learned that the veiled lady could take care of hersslf. Ike, as the man took the seat beside him, ros-t and changed to the seat the foreigner bad just vacated. ".rhe passengers laughed; th13J enjoyed the pretended girl's spirlt and pluck. The rvue, however, was very much an noyed and, as it proved later on, he was ll beld-f.aced, iu eolent rascal, and when the seat beside Ike was vacated


8@ again he deliberately changed back and once more planted himself beside the supposed veiled beauty. Then Ike de manded: "What do yon mean?" "I can sit where I choose," came the reply. "Yes, but you need not follow me arotind." "I am not following you.'' Ike winked to Madge, and the latter made a movement aa though abont to protest, when Ike said: "Oh, never mind him, Bob. He doesn't amount to anything. I believe he is a pickpocket, but I am watching him; he will not steal anything from me, and Pll request the ether piwsengers to be careful." Well, the foreigner's face flushed with anger. Where he had thought he excited admiration he disoovered that be was being denounced as a common pi-Okpooket. He was m11d and he said: "You are very saucy." The man spoke fairly good English ., Do you think I am saucy?" "Yes, I do." "Well, see here, Mister Masher; if you had acted like a gentleman you would not have found out that I was saucy, and I repeat I believe you are a pickJlocket." "You had better be careful." "Don't you dare to threaten me, sir." "I do not desire to speak to you." "Then hold your tongue-" I am at liberty to talk as mneh as I see fit.,, "Not to me.i "Yes, to you." "Don't you address me again." "I will say yon are a person who should be put off the oar." '.Pbe bad but left the man's lips when his hat


81 flying off his head; by a deft swing of his arm Ike had sent it tumbling to the oar floor. The man became furious. He made p. dash to pull aside Ike's veil when a loud whack on his cheek resounded through the car and the man's fury increased. He went up beside and actually sought to grapple with the supposed female As it after ward proved he was a native of a land where the blood boils and people will go any length when in a rage. But in this case, as it proved, the rascal tackled the wrong girl. Ike was a youth of phenomenal strength and he slung the fellow over quickly and deftly, causing him to stretch right out on the floor of the car, and then our hero and his protector passed out the front door. The wild man arose to his feet. He had seen Ike and Madge go out the front door. He uttereg incoherent cries of rage, followed, and a t the same instant the car stopped and the passengers weie tre ated to a novel sight. The "masher" followed af ter I k e, when the latter actually leaped on bis shoulders a n d w h ooped it up with hoop-las. The majority of the m ale p assengers sprang froni the car to see the fun. Their amaze ment was great when t bey saw the veiled girl, a s they believed her to be, get down from the man's back nnd comme nce pummeling him in true fis tic and the w e re puissant, as the scoundrel was knocked around liko u wooden man, as the saying goes, and Ike was losing all t h is ti m e and going tlirough the scene simply in the inte r e sts o f poor unprotected women H e fina ll y let the fellow go, and with Madge walkeil /awny as he heard one of the men say: "The g i r l is taking care of the dude. That fellow wae n o help t o her, but she did lay out her insulter well." Ike and Madge meantime made their way along until anothe r qar approached, which they boarded and and soon er6ss e d the bridge and went afoot toward the old house. As they walked along Madge said:


82 "It's strange, but do you know I heartily enjoy all this.'"Yes, you are a great girl,. Madge. You would make a female detective.,, "Hardly; and what would my people at home say , they saw me in the midst of this adventure?" "They'd 1my hoop-la!" In due time the two arrived in sight of the old house. Ike placed Madge where she could lay low and went for ward to reconnoiter. All appeared quiet in the house and a light appeared to shoot forth from one window only, on the second floor. Our detective walked round the building several times, and was deeply intent on his stndy of the surroundings, when suddenly he heard a step and turned just in time to dodge a blow from a club. He took in the situation instantly. The man bad discovered him, had armed himself with a club, and had come forth to knock him out. As intimated the lad dodged the stroke of the club and sprang upon his assailant; the as sault was sudden and took the man unprepared. He was borne the ground, and ere he could o:ffer any resistance Ike had his hands caught in a rope loop of his own con struction. The man was helpless and still less dange1ous when Ike caught his feet also in a loop. Having his m,11,n secure Ike demanded : Why did you attempt to assail a woman?" "What were you doing around my premises?" "Suppose I was around your premises, couldn't yon 1uestion a woman without seeking to knock her down with a club?" "Who are you? what were you doing around here any way?" "I did not know the house was inhabited. I wae to meet some one near here." "You were?,, "Yes.n


"And you came here prepared to make a prisoner?" "I am always prepared to make a prisoner." "Yes, you are not a woman." "We will not discuss that matter, mister, and I have ne time to waste in talk. I will let you lie here until I meet my friend and then I may come back and talk with you." Ike did secure the man so he could not even move and then he went and secured Madge. "Come quick!" he said. Madge was ready and the two hastened to the house. Ike, kaowing he had the master all right, did not take the trouble to go through tl.o cellar, but forced his way by the front door. He and Madge passed to the large hall and they discovered a light in the same room where the man and girl were when the conversation passed tween them which Ike had heard on the previous night, and there came a voice asking: "What was it, papa?" Here Ike's wonderful imitative abilities came in. He 1mid: "Shut the door, my dear, and wait where you are for a few minutes; it's all right, and I will soon be with you." The door of the room was closed imprndiately, and Ike whispered to Madge: "You go and peep through the keyhole." Madge did as directed. She gazed long and intently, finally rejoined !ke, who stood a few feet off in attitude. "It's wonde rful, Ike." "Is it?" "Yes." "What is wonderful?', "The resemblance." "The resemblance?" "Yes."


84 "Is it only a resemblance?" "It is only a resemblance." "The girl ia not Rose?" "She is not Rose." "You are sure?" "I am sure." Dead sure?" "Yes, dead sure.'' "Let me peep an instant." Ike did peep and returning beside Madge said: "Yee, it is the same girl I saw the other night. Sb1. bears a wonderful resemblance to the photograph."' "She does, and t'!he hears !Ii wonderful resemblance to the living Rose." "And yet it is not Rose?" "No, it is not Rose." "There is no possibility of a mistake on your part?" "There is no possibility of a mistake. The girl in that room is not Rose Inness." "And yet her father is the man who has been 'dogging' you." 'It is a strange mystery, Ike. indeed, I am bewildned, hut not confused so as to be mistaken. I I am certain, yes, certain, beyond all possibility of mistake, that it is only a resemblance; it is not Rose Inness." there is no need for us to remain here. This mystery mu .st be approached in another direction." I .ke led Madge back to the place where he had first left her, Hien he returned to the spot where he had left t h e man bound and gagged. He dragged the man to the hrge hall door and said: "Your daughter is inside. She will hea1 yon oall will come and release you." "Hold on," said man. "WAU."


85 '"'Will you explain your presence here?" "No; maybe Jou know enough of your own doings to g uess the cause of my presence. We may meet again. I h ave np mme to say to-night. Good-evening Ike darted rapidly away. He did not stop to wateh. ',Ile gained th!:' place where Madge awaited him and asked: "Are you tired out?" "No." "You are not anxious to go home at &n6e?" "No." "You can await me here awhile?" "All right, if necessary." "''I may get an opening flash-light on the mystery." I will wait here for you." "I m a y be gone hours." "No ma t t er; go Ike m a de a change. He appfJared once more in his gre ased suit-the same he had worn the night previous, m1d he returned cautiously to the house. The man had been released. Ike made bis way to the cellar entrance an d s te p ped once more over the coffin, and as upon the for me r adventure he moved forward and then stopped and liste ned, and so he proceeded until once again he found l i i m s elf in the great wide ball. He beheld a gleam of light shooting from u nder the door of the room and he advanced -.

, 86 "No, my child, I must wait a few days; I mast leam what will develop, and now you retire; Kitty awaits you.'' "I do not like to leave you, papa." "You need not fear for me, my child." ''I do fear, papa." "It will be all right; to-morrow will decide the matterv / and we may return to France." f The girl started to leave the room and Ike got out o f the way, but he returned almost imm e di a tely and foun d the man still sitting by the table, and a s upon the previons night he commenced after a time to speak audibly. H e said: "I do not understand it. I bad prepared to play a great game. I believed a fortune was in my grasp and here i t appears I am being dogged and shadowed ere the crime is committed. Who has gotten on to my scheme? Who. has learned in advance my intended great play-or what does it all mean?" The man became silent and then resumed: "It is possible I have overreached myself. The adverse play appears to have set in against me ever since I made au attempt to get possessiorr of the girl. Probably by try ing to make my game too absolutely safe I have invited a danger." Ike overheard every word and he was more and more mystified and tried to think out the meaning of the weird words. Again the man spoke: "Let me see," he said; "I may as well proceed; if I do not go on it's death to me and my child; if I go on and fafl it is only death; there is no reason why I should not proceed. Hang it all! bat I would like to know why I am 'shadowed.' I am fully convinoed now that some mysterious person in the garb of a woman is playing a game aiainst me. I will start in to-morrow to leant if I


8't .can whence comes this opposition play, and at the same time I will complete all my plans for the carrying out of my scheme. The doctor is prepared to do his part any time. The whole scheme was his I will go and see him to-morrow. We must act quickly now-but 1he is such a fool outside of his own craft. As a magician he is immense, and. his knowledge of subtle drugs exceeds tlfat of any doctor in the world, but when it comes to the business end of it he is not there. To-morrow I will go and see him; I will see what he proposes. We are both getting out of money. We will be beggars soon. We will not have money enough for the carrying on of our scheme. Yes, I will see l1im to-morrow, and I will not surrender all hope until I do see him; but who is that wonderful woma n, or man in woman's attire, who deals with me as though I were a mere child?" As intimated Ike overheard every word, and he muttered: "Well, I am not there yet, but I am getting there." The man continued his soliloquy for some time but he did not reveal anything; on the contrary his words only deepened the mystery. Our detective wait e d unt il he recognized that the man was about to retire when ha escaped by the way he had eutered. Ike returned to where It!Iadge still awaited him, and the girl asked: "Did you learn anything, Ike?" "No, the mystery is becoming more complex at every turn, ht it is just possible I am on the lead for a very ren'ta1ka ble discovery." "I cannot disnuss rrom my mind the remarkable resem4 blance." "Oh, that is the simplest matter in the whole affair; rnoom blances are very common." "Bnt such a remarkable rudemblance."


"Y-0n will not have to go far to find many a pair of girl!f. ho are unrelated and who boo!' a resemblance so close they might be taken for twin sisters." "But remember, besides the resemblance comes the fact that this man is in some way connected with the fate of Rose." "That is the only remarkable incident in the affai r. Yes, this startling resemblance coming in connection with the other facts makes it very remarkable." A little later and Ike had resumed his female attire. He did not wish to go through the streets in his suppl e uniform, as he called his greased suit. It was well 0:1 toward morning, or rather two hours after midnight, whe n the two started to return to the city They trudged alon ;; talking over their adventure and were unmindful of their when suddenly they met-be it sa id to thtl disgrace of a great city-a policeman who had no reganl for hifl duties. He beheld a veiled girl and a slight-built youth passing along at a very early hour in the morning and he thought he would amuse himself, without any re gard to tile feelings or rights of the late pedestrians. H& approached them and in a rough tone demanded: "Hello! what you doing out here at this hour?" "We are going home," said Ike. Yau are?" -'We are." strikes me you are going home at a very late hon: ' A Better go home late than not at all." "'Don't be saucy to me, miss." 'Why not?" "Don't you see I am an officer." "Yon are what?" An officer." re yon? Well I thought you were a fool." '':Ehl what's that?"


. ;_qo, it's what you are." --. See here, I'll take you in.'' 1 Will yoa ?" "Well, I'll be blamed if you ain't the worst I war heard. See here! don't yoa think you can sooce me lJe. cause you are a woman." "I am not a woman." "Well, a girl, then." Look out!" cried Ike. The officer made a leap into the air as lie heard a doR bark and smip at his heels. He turned with drawn club when the dog appeared to have got around him to his rear again and was barking like mad; the policeman turned round and round; having drank several hot whiskies he got dizzy and went re eling liead :first on his nose and theu Ike and Madge da1ted away. The officer could not rise imm e diately. He rolled over on his back av.d lay there, and when he did reoover from the blood swirl in bis head he ejaculated: "Well, hang me, if that don't beat the devil. Thel'!i was a dog and there wasn't a dog. I heard him but i didn't see him, hat hewer' barking at me heels and kept me turning until I wer' half drunk. Hang me, if l think I've rats in me head." CHAPTER IX. IKE AND MURRAY ENCOUNTER SOME STlU.NQE AW)) WEIRD ADVEli!TURES. IKE and Madge reached the latter's home withon'..,.. ..iountering any further adventures on the way. After 1ke's great trick with the policeman Madge said:


u That was the mos t r e m a rkab l e use o f vent riloquism I e v e r w i t nes se d. " Oh, H's easy enough." "It is a wonderful gift, Ike." "It has stood me in hand s e veral times, and by its aid i've got out of mauy a b a d scrape." "You got us out of a ba_ d one to-night." "Oh, that was an easy one-a very eas y on e I saw the officer had a head full of whi s k y and I made up m y mind to give him a few turns, k nowing what the resul t would be." "You succeeded in the most remarkable manner." "Well, yes, I did." When our hero entered Murray's room he found the detective asleep on a lounge. '.rhe thief-taker awoke im mediately and demanded: "Well, Ike, how did you mak'-1 out?" "Mo re myster y." "More mystery, eh?'' "Yes." "'Was the girl you saw last night Rose Inness?" N o." "A. r esecn blan c e, eh?" a remarka ble res emhlance." ' M I thought when you told me the story last nig ht..,, "I bad a s u sp icion in that direction." J Ike proceeded and related all that had occurred and Murray sat for a lo n g time lost in deep thought; fin a ll y he asked: "Ike have you a theory?" "No." "What do yon propose to do?" "Follow that m a n i n the morning when he pays a visit 'i;.o tne doctor." A good scheme, and if you get on to a talk between


91 d&em J9ft will make great progre ss t o w a r d a s o l u t io n o f the mystery. I h a ve been at w o r k o n this ease, and we aT e not the on l y people who are hunting for Rose Inness. What is more, I do not believe there is any connection between the men I am trailing and the man you are ;fraeking." "What is your theory?" "I have no theory; it is the strangest case and presents the strangest features of any case I ever undertook. I am all at sea." "How about my getting on to the other party?" "No, you follow up the man whose daughter resembles Rose; I will take care of the other, but I am satisfied of one thing-there are two parties on t h e lay for Madge Ike was thoughtful for awhile ; a theory had run thro ugh. his m ind after he heard tbe .;tatements and details from }lurray, and he determined to fo llow Murray's advice and run down the man on whose track he had been. Ike lay down and had two or three hours' refreshing s leep, but a little after daylight he was up and away. He proceeded t;) the vicinity of the ol d house and lay around for a long time. At length he began to think that he had lost his game, when he saw the man come forth with the beautiful girl, Grace, leaning on his arm; they took ::i long walk; Ike followed them although convinced that the father was merely taking Iris daughter out for an airing, and this conclusion proved correct, for after an hour or two they returned to the o ld house and the man entered with his daughter and did not reappear during daylight, ancl poor Ike was compelled to lie Around all day and until Dearly ten o'clock at mght, when at length bis patience w as rewarded. He saw the man come forth and t he lad fell to his trail, little dreaming of the wonderful discl01rnres that were to follow. Ike followed the m&n downtown and saw ilim ent&r a


-.ery respectable-looking house, on which was a sign beal'o ing the name, "A. Oredo, M.D." "Aha!" muttered our hero; "we've got our doctor, and now for the talk between those men." Ike walked several tim9'1 by the house, which stood alone although there were houses twenty feet distant on either : side and an irvn rail fence showed that' the house Ike'al man had entered stood in the midst of a garden; and we will here remark that in the city of New York to-day there are many houses which if suddenly unroofed and their mysteries displayed there would follow discoveries that would make people open their eyes; the world over. Ike walked around the square to the rear of the house and discovered, as he suspected, that the grounda ran thr0ugl1 to the neighboring street. He determined to attempt an entrance from the garden and he leaped the high iron fence set in a stone coping. Once in the yard he fell at bis old tactics of going very slow and stopping at every few steps to peer and listen, and in this way, with out encountering any opposition, he arrived to within fifty feet of the rear of the house. Here 110 halted and sat down at the trunk of a tree. He waited, watched and listened, and finally, apparently satisfied, he approached closa to the hou1Je. There were lights in the house; all appeared open and as the boys say, "on the square." There was a rear porch and Ike approached close to it, and after a time ascended and approached the window am l peered in through the blinds. He beheld a well-furnishe d room; enrything appeared all right; he saw nothing that he might not expeot to find in a house of its seeming cba r ecter. The gas was turned low; there were books on the table, a chair stood before it, and everything appeared as though ready for i& master, or aa H would appear if a mastom, and finally he


proceedetl to the hall window that opened on the porch and with little effort he succeeded in opening it, and then he stepped in, having previously, while in the garden, oas t aside all but his supple suit. He was ready for business r ea dy for a s truggle or a nimble escape. The boy, as our readers know, could move around wit h t h e noiselessness of a oat, and be moved to the door of t he room, which was open. He glanced iu and, indeed the room was vacant. He bad a good chance to gl a nc& around; everything that he _saw bore evidence of the occu p a ncy of a ph y sician engaged in considerable practi ce. H6 moved to the front room; all was dark there; the door s between the front and rear pal'lors wer e closed; be s t e pped into the room and c areful:y and very cauti o u s l y sh o t the gleam from his remar : :.'.Jble mask l0ntern around, an d he w&c amazed and oon! n sed; was that came u nder his glance calculated to ex-.:ite sus p icion. He b e h e l d an elegantly furnished parlor, but not 1 1 tted with an y g r eat e r magnificence than one might expect to behold in a b o nsa of its pretensions. Ike examined everything very carefully, and, as inti mated, saw nothing to excite suspicion. He sati sfied him s elf and then returned to the hall and ascended to the second floor, and with his usual care and precaution finally opentid the door of a room. It was a handsomely furnished bed room. He did not remain long in this room, but passed to the rear apartment. He found it furnished as were all {the other rooms he had entered-fully :In accod.ance and as one might expect in any first-class house. ascended to the third floor, entered all the rooms there, a:i:id so on to the fourth floor, and nowhere had he seen a living soul, and in only one room was there a light and that was in the rear parlor on the first floor. Ike finally de-acended the stairs and passed down to the basement; there were no aervants in tbe house, no lights on the basement


floor, and yet everything be l!aw indicated a perfect eqt1ip. ment for housekeeping, but there didn't appear to be any housekeeping, and as Ike facetiously remarkeu: "The house appears to be keeping itself." Other passed through the bc.y's mind He h_ad seen his man enter that honso; there was evidence o( the very rerent occupancy of tho rear parlor, and ye t it was deserted; the gas was turned low; all looked ordEJrly and oorrect, but there was no one in sight. "This gets me," muttered the lad. He sat down on the lower step of the front hall stairs and meditated He said: "This gets me. That man surely came into this house and he met a man here-the doctor. Now where are they? I have been in every room in the house. Those men must be on the roof or in the cellar. Hang it! why didn't I go down in the cellar! I will risk it now." Ike was really perplex \ ed and it did seem as though he ran from mystery to mystery. With his usual caution he passed to the basement and then commenced an experiment displaying the real science of detective work. He found the door leading to the cel lar, then he drew his mask lantern and flashed its strongest rays down on the floor, and bis keen eyes glanced where the light flashes fell, and finally he ejaculated, but in a very low tone: "' "Great Scott!" Ike got :Jown close to the floor and made a closer exa.,.. ; iuation, and then he attempted to open the door; it was bolted on the inside toward the cellar stairs. ''Another proof," be mu.ttered, and he added: "Yes, Mister Man, yoH and the doctor are in the cellar." The lad felt a little uncomfortable, and in a low tone be muttored: fear this will lead to some lNnible discovery, but I


95 gannot turn back; I must move and solve the myatery, ng matter how horrible the discovery may be." As stated, the door was looked on inside and a diffi, aulty was prnsented. Ike knew he could bore throngh and slide the bolt, but there might follow reaaons why it, would prove best to conceal the faot of any one's pres\!Me.{ He meditated awhile and then passed out to the rear He had little difficulty in doing so as he was proceeding kom the inside. Once in the yard he made an examina tion, and at once exclaimed, "Eureka!" He found a rear eelar grating, as he had expected, and it took but a mo ment to loose the fastenings and open it; then it became necessary to coMider. He looked at his weapons. He had an idea that if he encountered any one it might a desperate man brought to bay. "l reckon there's no going back now," he muttered, and an instant later added: "I wish Murray were here, but he is not, and I must go it alone. 1-.w_q_nder where I'll fetch up." He raised the grating and leaving far over the edge peered down and finally let himself coal platform. He then "hunkied" until he could see into the cellar. All was dark and not a sound broke the stillness. He let himself down and stood in the cellar, and here again be stood and listened; then 110 drew his wonderful lamp and, as above stairs, he only beheld what one might expect to tiebold in the cellar of any ordinary house. "Well," he muttered, "I am got again. I'll be shot whh baked beans if I understand any part of this busines s I am knocked out dead." The lud moved along slowly holding his light, and he pa11sed to the foot of the stairs leading down from the basement hall. At the foot of the stairs he made a aareflii-l examination. His wonderful lamp here did great work, for he was able to discern unmistakable imprints of


human :eet, and he dropped to his hands n i l knees and followed very carefully until he came to a pgrtion of the .rea r w a ll, and there he found an iron door; it was unlocked; h"' p a ssed into a sort of vault dug out under the yard 'liJe vault might have been used for almost any purpose Here he commenced a study and found very singular evi denues of some strange mystery, and finally be discovered indications of a closing to an opening. 'ro our readers it may all appear simple enough, bnt in fact it required great experience and shrewdness to m n ke the several discoveries as Ike had succs11ded in doing. H& had little difficulty in effecting an entrance to the ve ry c lo s e stone-lined passage in which he found himself af t er r e m o ving the obstruction, and here he ;;:ame to a halt. He fe l t a ss ured that tl10 mystery of the absence of any occupa n t s of the house was solved. He believed he was prn ceedi ng t o a secret underground cham'ber, where he woul d find t he man he was trailing, with the doctor al so. He ex ti nguis he d his lamp and with great can tion until h e bad gone at least seventy-five feet, when 110 be ile1d the g li m mer of a light, and he mattered: "Here I am at la st." On be wen t with great caution, and after a li t tle came to where h e coul d g l a nce into a room, and there h e beh eld tbe ma n h e was s l rndowing also another man with a pale stullent-li k e face; I m t th e surroundings in the room, as .far a s I ke cou l d see them, were very startling indeed. He h ehe ld ske l e to us r ange d around on the walls and all man" F .. 1e r of article s re t orts and instruments, such as one might expec t t o find in a c hemi st's laboratorJ. Ike s tood a moment in the passageway, but discovered t lrnt there was a s ort of corridor or half-corriuor around the eh amber where the two m e n were sitting. The doctor w a s in wo1:king garb and appeared to be going on with his while the newcomer sat at a table talking. Both


97 men appeared to be cool and unconcerned as far 1111 any fear of discovery was c<>ncerned. Our hero crept forward and managed to gain a positi;::;n outside the roon1 near a sink, and he saw that the apact ment was lighted with gas; seemingly it was well ventilated and there were water connections. We will here state, in rorder to save future explanlltions, that thtire was l tion with the chimney of the building in the yard-the building Ike had passed when making his way to the rear of the house, and there was an opening between the room a nd the sink, and by getting down under this sink Ike c ould peep in, and had a full view of the room. He beheld many various, curious objects, and the uses of the most of t hem he well understood, for our hero was quite a skillful c hemist himself. He saw nothing that might be called contraband-no evidences of any unlawful proceedings, and the only thing really out of the way was the secrecy of the workshop and the secret passages leading to it, and e yen that seeming mystery could easily be and a ccounted for. At that moment, however, it was the con versation of the two men that most interested om hero. He heard the doctor say in an inpatient tone: "All right, Sh & lton, if you wish to give up the scheme 1 am willing." "I don t wish to give it up, but it appears I will be J ompelled to give it up." "That is your own affair." \." 6 I do not like the way yon talk, doctor." not?" you who got me into this scheme and all the money I had left I turned over to you. You have never made any accounting, but you say it has all gone for ex p enses. Now, I do not see what very extraordinary ex p enses you could have bad." "Have .vou come here to upbraid me?"


98 "No, hut if thiJ matter fails you should return me so!Df of the money I gave you; at least enoagh to return tci Europe." "I have no money to return; it has all gone for ex 'lenses." "You have nover given me an accounting." 't "Do you think drugs cost nothing? Do you think ex: periments can be made without cost, and the care of the girl has cost me a large sum, and bribes have taken money. No, I no money to return, and furthermore I do not wish you to say that I got you into this scheme. I did not. You proposed it to me and I agreed to aid you. I agreed to produce the corpsi;i and the proofe of death after you had effected all the insurances on the party. You succeeded." "Yes, I succeeded." "What is the total amount of 'he insurance?'' "One hundred tlrnusand dollars." ".And you have all the witnesses?" Yes." "And I am prepared to do my part of it. I never played a better game in my life. I have reputable witnesses to come forward and testify as to the cau:,;e of death when the death takes place. My end of it is all right al'ld we mm easily secme the hundred thousand dollars." "But J tell you some one is on our track." 't Oh, you are a nervous fellow." No, I am not a nervous fellow, and I believe that in\ following your advice I attracted notice to our doings. You told me to secure the other girl so there would be ]lo possible witness against us, and in attempting to secure her I have drawn upon us this espionage." -" J did adYise you to secme the other girl after you re fused to let yoiw own daughter go through the ordeal. l warned you then that we were taking risks, but youj


tears prdmpted you to insist upon getting some one else for me to make a corpse of, and when you met that girl who resembled your daughter in such a remarkable man11er you became crazy. You seized her and I consented tliat she should become our subject, then you were not con tented; you insisted npon getting possession of the othc1 girl, and now you come and tell me we are 'shadowed. If we are it is your fault, but I have one more fact to tell you: the girl whom you abducted and deliV&!'cd over to me is really dead. I did not tell you the I told you I had all the witnesses. Now, I tell you she is really dead and I have been preserving her body, expecting every day you would be ready. As you have given up the scheme I snall consign her body to the tomb. Poor, beau tifol girl-grief and terror killed her, and I regret ever having engaged in the scheme." Ike overhead every word of this really thrilling dialogue, and 110 perceived just what the game had been. It was a great deal to defraud an insurance company, or several companies possibly, and when the man announced that their victim was dead Ike concluded that he alluded to beautiful Rose Inness, and he felt like springing out upon tbe two men and wreaking ' engeance upoti them then and how Murray had attempted tu follow Shelton after Jke tossed him over the embankment. He recalled how Shelton had given Murray the slip and how he had met several men all dressed alike, as Murray said. Ike's solution of this mystery was that Murra_y had lost track of his man from the start; and in

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100 tome singularly remarkab le and coincident manner Y1ad got mixed in some other game. Our hero concluded that Shel ton hud really nothing to do with the seven men. While revolving the above in his mind Ike was listening the continued dialogue between the two men. "So you say the girl is dead?" "Yes." "l doubt your word." "You do?" "Yes, I do." "very wen; that is your privilege." The doctor was very cool. He appeared to be one of those cold-blooded, impassive men whom nothing could disconcert. "I think I see your game," said Shelton. "Ob, you do." "Yes, I do." "Well." You have discovered there is a reward offered for the girl. You are going to take the reward." "'rhat is your opinion?" "Yes." "You have a right to your opinion, and now I will ex cnse you. I am very busy "I will not go until you return my money." ;, I ilir:e no money belonging to you." "You have." "Well, what are you going to do about it?" "Expose you unless you return it." "You will expose me?" "Yes.'; "What have you to expose?" "1 can lead the police to this apartment." "Well, do so; there is nothing unlawful about my having a laboratory here. I am infringing no health requireme11ts.

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1 am on my own grounds. Go and show the police. I will lead them to my workshop after you have brought them to the house, but look out for yourself or you will never return to France. You forget that I can retaliate, unr 1 for you there is no escape. You are guilty of abduo:,u, aud as the girl is dead you may be held for murder ;. have taken cam to have witnesses to the fact that you brought the girl to me for treatment for nervous trouble. I can prove I knew nothing about her until you brought her to me, and as I have never had anything to say to the insurance companies I may prove to them that you were putting up a fraud on them, and that you attempted to make me a party with you, and I have arranged everything so that l can easily prove everything; so, Mr. Shelton, yon must go very slow or you may run up against a snag." "Credo, yon are a devil." "Yes, a devil, but not the devil." "You and I cannot quarrel." "No, it will not be wise for us to quarrel." "What shall I do?" -"Do you ask my advice?" "Yes." 5 Return to France." "I have not the means." "Oh! yon can raise the passage money." "I cannot; you will at least advance me the passagt. .noney." "No." "I may anticipate you." "Anticipate me?" "Yes." "How?" "I may earn the reward." "What reward?" "1.'here is a reward for the discovery of the girl whom re abducted."

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102 "No; whom you abdncted. I had no hand in the abduction." "I can spoil your game." "Oh, do not threaten!" "I am becoming desperate." "Possibly, yes." "l may resolve to kill myself." "A good plan." "You think so?" "Yes." "You may change yqar mind." "Oh! yes." \ "Especially, when I tell you that I may leave evidence of your guilt behind me, to be used when I am beyond all fear of punishment in this world. Remember, doctor, I b'ave one last resort-the resource left to desperate men who have been betrayed." "Come, Shelton, lrnve we not had wrangle enough?" "There is nothing else left to me." "Yes, there is." "What?" "You are resolved to kill yourself." "I am." "Act like a man first." lHow?" 5 Go on with your scheme. Go to the companies am' announce the death of your daugbter. We will show up the corpse. There may be a lawsuit, but in !ihe end we must win, or failing that, when indeed all hope is gope, we can both die a quiet and easy death; and I will furnish the way and means. Come, be a man; let's go on and get that hundred thousand dollars; suppoi!e people are on your track! Our game has been played well. We can defy them all. We can put a bold face on the whole matter. We can hold our owu against all odds and in the ead get

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103 the monrv. Just think of it! fifty thousand apiece in hard cash. You need money-I need money. We have gone so far the money is at hand, no matter if there are 1' thousand people on your track." "Doctor, if you were only a square man." "l am a man, but l saw you were in a mood, and I thought it a good i;hing to stir you up a little; and now listen-even at the last moment yon need not kill yourself." "I'd rather die than be penniless." "You will not be penniless. If we fail I know a way to get money-enough for all of us to escape to "Europe; but we wilt not fail. Our plans are too well arranged. You have grown nervous, that's all. Our plans are perfect. Go ahead to the end, .:is you have done thus far, and we are sure to gain the hundred thousand dollars." Shelton appeared to meditate and after a moment he said: "Doctor, yO'U gave nie a great shock." "I find shocks very useful at times to stir men up." "And you really only intended to stir me up." "That was all." "And yon do not mean to prove false to me?" "A man is not fahe who is trying to gain one hundl'ed thousand dollars; but tell about this shadowing!' Shelton proceeded and related all that had occurred when he had concluded the doctor said: "I can see through it all." "Yon can?" ., Yes." And do you not perceive my danger?" "No." "Explain." are looking for the girl you ahducteil, and in ,some way they have fallen to you llS the abducto1

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104 "Hut how could they fall to me?" _.You are '?ery stupid." "How?" "You were seeking to secure the other girl, so as to get her out of the way, and she has discovered the fact and }las got
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soome here." "You do not wish me to go to Madeleine's house ? "No, come here. "And we will proceed together?" "Yes." "All right; I will be here." 103 Now go, and leave me to my work." Ike had overheard enough. He had all the points, be got along that passage in a nimble manner, and, indeed, ho had thrown the flash-light on one of the most d i abolical schemes ever conceived in a great city to gain a l arge sum o f money He got to the cellar and passed ou t through the open grate, and soon got to the street. He had tbe bearings of the house down an right, 80 he went to thti street over the rear fence, and then almost on a run h e hastened to meet Mu rray He found a note from Murray requesting him to go to a certain place. Ike proceeded and found the detective awaiting him. He had no time to tell all he had learned, but was dumfounde d when M:array said to him: lke, Madge bas been abducted/' "Madge has been abducted?" ejaculate d Ike. "Yes." "How did it occur?" "It appears she had some start ling information for me, 111d sta r ted to come to me. She d i d not i each me." "And why are you waiting here?" "I expect information." "Fro m who m ? "Arthur Budd." "He i s on to something?" "Yes, his wife f-e ll to a suspicion; her husband oame home and be went on the trail. He may nve SQmething for us." Even as Murray spoke a man came along. Ho gave

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106 Mmray some very startling information, the detective saitf, as soon as his informant had moved away: "Ike, we have a great lay on hand; are yon ready? "lam." "All ready for a big fight(" "Yes, cap, ready." "Then here goes. Come, it's only a chance, but I thinli. we are on the right lay. We may be thrown o:ff, but I've got a dozen men out. We will have that gir1 before daylight yet, if human ingenuity and quickness count." Ike and M un: ay cros.;ed to Brooklyn and by car ceedec'l to East New York, and from there to Oanarsie, and from there they chartered a big boat and were soon sailing out on the bay, and within twenty minutes th& captain of their boat pointed to a sloop corning through the inlet. "By ginger, Ike," said Murray, "we are on the rlgllt track." He gave orders to bis captain and when the sloop ran in to the shore on the bay side, near Hockaway, Murray and Ike saw them and they saw, or believed they saw, as far as the search through the night would permit, a sight which told them tllat indeed they were on the right track. The boat in which Ike and Murray sailed was nm to the shore and the two detectives sprang out-actually wading to the beach in their eagernSS, and they trailed HJrn 1 sleuth hounds until they came to a house that stood alone I :r;ot more than three hundred yards from the beach. Here we are, Ike." "Yes, sir." "How rnauy men did you see, Ike?" "Three." "No more?" "No more 1 That answers to my count. They ar@ desperate fel-

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10'7 iows; they will turn li'ke rats, Ike. I have thought mat. te:rs over. I cannot endanger your life. I will go alone in t0 that house." Will you?" Ike, I will." "Not this morning, cap, some other morning." The house was closed, but a light gleamed from what may be ca1led the kitchen. Murray and Ike not stoJ to knock at the door, but with one powerful kick Murraj sent it crashing in, and be leaped into the low-ceiled room; one man sat before the fireplace filled with blazing logs. ''Hello! cap," cried Murray, "good-evening." "How dare you dash in my door that way!" "We were in a hurry, pop." "You will pay for that door." "'fhat's all right, pop, but you have some visitors to night ?n. "You lie!" came the defiant response, in a savage tone. "Here! here! ltO nonsense." "I am alone here. I am aways alone. 1 do not tain people here, and if you follows are on a lark yon must go somewhere else. You can't get anything here.n "Don't waste time, cap; where are your visitors?" "I tell yon there is no one :Oere; do you understand me?" Tke pointed to a trap-door. "'fhere they are, ... -ap," he said. "R11ise it," called Murray. rlie old man rose to Lis feet,. seized a gun and c1; "Hands off there! don't raise that trap!" The next instant the old man lay bleeding on the flou r with a gash in his hear1 from Murray's club, and at the same instant Ike grasped the ring of the trap-door and up came the cover, disclosing au opening and a dark s:pac" below.

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JOS OH.APTER X. jl(IJ AND .MtTRRAY HAVE A SHARP FIGHT WITH THE Air OF A FLASH-LIGHT. llE will here state that we have not gone into details ot the pursuit. It is sufficient to inform our readers that Murray and Ike knew just what they were about when they plunged through the dashe11-down door into that cabin, and when the opening was dieclosed the elder detective said: "Stand aside, Ike, and let me go down." Ike did not obey, but without a word he dashed down through the darkness without any regard to step or ladder .As it proved, there was neither steps nor l arlder to impede his desoent. As he struck bottom, as the swimmers say, he called out: "All right, cap, lei; her come." Down dashed M nrray and as be struck bottom be ca11ed: "Now, Ike, flash your light." Ike cast a born b to the floor. lt was an article of his own manufacture. .As has been intimated, be was wonder in the use of chemicals, an
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the glare from the born b; one of the men leaned over the girl, or had been so leaning when the flash came, and he crouched in an attitude of amazement. As the light flashed one of the men in a hoarse, husry -woice cried out: "Don't shoot; we surrender." "Down with you on your faces," cried Murray; "down, I say, or I'll blow every one of you into eternity." One of the m e n held a pistol in bis hand and another a knife, but they were not of the same stufl' as the terrible man who confronted them, and besides Murray bad had experience; a scrii:n mage to him was an old exercise. The men appeared to comprehend, and down they ped on their faces. Indeed, the situation did not admit of any palaver; the men klnew it was down or fight or die; they preferred to go down and they did. 'l'hen Murray said: "If you fellows are not principals in this abduction you may be all right;" and turning to Ike he said: "Clap the darbies on 'em, Ike." Ike did as commanded and then om hero advanced to glance at the insensible girl. Ike had drawn his wonder ful lamp and its ligllt was fl.ashed square on the girl's pallid features. "It's Madge," said Ike. "Yes, it's Madge; fortunately for he.r she is nncon .. .. -.Jious." "She has been drugged,'' said Ike. "Are yon sure?" "Yes, sir, no mistake." "What had we better doP" "Get her out in the fresh air as soon as poeeible." T he detective did not appear to mind the three men ll
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llO The lad made a spring and an instant later was in thE! kitchen where the old man still lay, either insensible. or pretending to be. Murray hauled up the girl 3ud Ike carried her to the open air, and as he al ways carried certain antidotes witl:i him he determined to experiment, hoping to restore her to consciousness, but his efforts were not needed, as the girl began to show signs of returning con 13ciousness, and Ike said to Murray, who had joined him: "She is corning around all right." "Good enough; you attend to her and I will see what I can make out of those scoundrels clown there in the cellar." "We may learn something from :Madge." :' 'rhat's all right; but I've more to learn from those rascals there.'' Munay returned to the cellar and Ike continued hi11 efforts to bring Madge around to consciousneiss. After a time the girl appeared to shake o:ff the e:ffects of the drug; Ike had given her a stimulus and when sh@ opened her eyes and pleaded: "Oh, please have mercy,'' our hero said: "You are all right, Madge, I am Ike." 'rhe announcement appeared to put new life into the girl; she started up and gaze
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111 that it was all right now. Be went into full details and as the girl more completely revived she began to compre hend the situation. "Now tell me," said Ike, "what befell you." "It is as a dream to me, Ike." "Well, you remember up to the time the dream cof'1 dnenced." "Yes, now I recall." "'I' Len tell me all about it." discovered that tbe men had trailed me down to my new home. I dete1'IDined to go and inform Mr. Murray. I started out and bad gone but a few steps when 1 was seized and then became unconscious. I remember no more until I found myself here and you leaning over me." "W eJI, it's all right DOW; strange incidents haye occurred." ".And have yon solved the mystery?" "No, but we are well on its track; one part of it istiolved. I have not yet had time even to tell Murray. You shall learn it all later on, and now how do you feel?" "I begin to feel right. Where are we, Ike?" "Oh, we are in an outlandish place, but daylight is coming on and we will soon return to the city and you will be safe. You need not fear another abduction, and you would not have been captured this time if you had obeyed Qrders." "I thought it was important for Mr. Murray to know immediately that the men had discovered my abiding place." "That is all right, but yon should have sent some one to infOl'm him. You should not have attempted to do so yourself, but all's well that ends well." While Ike was talking to and consoling Madge, Murray was having his turn with the three fellows who bad accom plished the abduction. He returned to the cellar, and

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112 with Ike's flash-light illuminated the place. He had th\' men at his mercy, having even put the handcuffs on the old man whom he had knocked over by the fireplace. He
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"Yes." "And J6U think I have been fooled?" "Yes." 118 "You fellows will all go to jail for a long term. You are the chaps who haV"e been fooled. The man who set you to io this job is not the girl's father." "Eh! are you sure of that?" "lam." "Well, he made it appear that he was." "That will n')t save you fellows, but you ean save your aelves." "How?" "Put mo on to the pretended father who put up this job." "We can do t1at." "You were to he paid for this job?" "Yes." "How much?" "Two hundred and fifty." "The man won't pay you now." "Well, I suppose you know a nd we are out our time." "Yon can escape the penalty of your crime on oDe c-0 d ition, aud also get the two hundred and fifty." "How?" .Prove your story." "Prove that the girl's father employed us?" "Yes." I ca n prove he pretended to be her father." "That will answer, but you can do it in one way omly. He ca n never pay you and your enly chance now is ie give him a w ay." --------"We'll do it." "Will you work in with mo to d-0 it?,. 4'Yes, I will."

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114 Now mind, if you attempt any didos you are a gon e chicken." "Oh, I am an old lrnnd at the bnsiness. I know when I've got a dead set back, but I will convince you. We thought we were all right and committing no crime." "Do that and you are all right, and you shall get your two hundred and fifty from me in good hard money." "I will put you ou to the man who employed us." "That is all I want, old man." Ike led the fellow np etairs, but still kept him handcuffed, although there really was no need, as he was too much for the abductor nuder any circumstances. Once upstairs Murray consulted with Ike. After ing exchanged a :few words with Madge he said: "My lad, we've done a good night's wclrk. I believe we ate on to the whole business." "Your end of it, that's all, cap. I've a revelation to make that will make even an old-timer like you open your eyes." "I will return to the city, Ike, but I will leave you here t;o watch two of these iogues until I can send yon word." "What will we do with Madge?" "She shall go with me." "How long must I remain here?" "Daylight is coming apace. Two hours after I have left you here you can follow me." "Shall I release those fellows?" "No, let them work oat of their cuffs themselves." Murray explained to Ike, and then taking Madge and fellow who was guide and general director, he went to the boat. Ike knew he could leave the place by train some hours later and he was con tent. A stiff breeze was blowing and Murray with Madge made a quick passage across ihe bay. On the way over he

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115 talked with Madge and also listened to some strange and startling revelations from his prisoner. 'l'he story will be ievealed to our readers as we open up the details attending the solution of the complicated mystery. Later, the detective arrived h1 New York, and on the r;trength of the i.nformation he had received from his pris i oner he determined to await the retum of Jke, who hsl knew would be in the city some little time following his &wn arrival. Madge had been returned to her home and was informed that ahe need have no fear, as the abductors were now themselves abducted, as the detective put it. In due time Ike arrived. He went direct to Murray's home and there found the detective, who held his man a prisoner. The fellow appeared to consent to be held and offered no prn test. He had been informed that if he made his si.ory eood all wonld be right for him, and the .fellow acted as though he felt assured ':hat he could make his story good. When Ike returned he related to the detective his own experiences, and Murray was compelled to exclaim: "Well, Ike, this hlls been the case of my life. It has been a comedy of errors or rather a complication of crimes throllgh mistake!!, and now here we have it: Some muu, tlHl Rrnn w horn wo will 'be on to' in a few. hours, is anxiouB to capture Rose Inness, ana these men in stealing Madge away really believed they were capturing Rose. 'l'hes6 men had nothing to do with the fellow Shelton. Did you flver hear of such a singular mixture of crimes and such u' atrange fate for one very pretty girl to be mixed up in?'' "Have you learned any of the facts connected with Rose?" "No, I have only learned that some mysterious in di vi
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116 while he has been seeking to abduct her for one purpose Shelton has really abducted her on ha1 resemblance to hia daughter. Th.e .whole affair is mixed, but we will untangle the web." OH.APTER XI. OONCLUSION, IT had been arranged for Da1b, the man who was guide and general director of the party of abductors who had been so cleverly captured in the old house at Rockaway, to meet the man who had employed him. He did so, and Ike was at band and overheard the whole conver imtion. 'fhe dialogue would prove of little interest to our readers, and we will only say that Ike discovered that the man who had arranged the abduction of Madge really believed he was abducting Rose Inness. He had succeeded in trailing Rose to her 11ome and then had pointed her out to her abductors. At the time she was veiled. The abductors lay around and saw Madge, who was also veiled; they got on her trai a11d still be lieving it was Rooe hung upon her track from place to rlace until they sucoeaded. The whole affair was a blun dsr m::d one that could have easily occurred. The man I Henning believed it was Rose who had been captured when he was talking with Darb, the abductor, and it was finally arranged that on the following day Darb was to lead Hen tiiug into the presence of the girl who, he claimed, was his daughter. Having all the points Ike returned and met Murray and related to him the resuH of bis ''shadow," saying: The man Henning is not an experienced rogue; he ia

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117 a guardian or relative who has made up his mind to rob Rose. He can be easily settled after we get posse11sioD o1 ihe girl, and he shall have an interview to-morrow, I reckon, and we will have a g1eat su rprise for him, or my oalculations will all go astray; that's all." At the hour named Ike was on hand at the residence oi I Dr. Credo. Murray and one other detective were also at band. Shelton arrived on time and a little later Credo and his partner came forth, and Ike fell to their trail. The meu proceeded but a short distance and entered a nry respectable-appearing house. Ikti gave a signal and Murray and his partner came. "Now is our time," said Ike; "we've got 'Bro; let's strike w hlle the iron is hot." The men went to the house openly. Ike rang the bell; the door was opened by Dr. Credo in person; the man looked -scared when he saw the men at the door; the latter did not stand on ceremony but forced"rtheir way in. }lurray seized the doctor and had the irons on him in no time; the other dete ctive went into the parlor and there met Shelton. The latter attempted to draw a pistol. He had :fallen to the situation partially. He was too late, how '0Ver; club knocked the weapon from his grasp. While the incidents described were in progress Ike had .started though the house. He entered the front room on the second floor and on a bed lay a human form, and cnr cains were drawn around it. He peeped in and flashed his light and took in the situation. Credo was playing a game. He had utilized a certai'n Indian secret for making the girl temporarily appear like a corpse. Ike was well up on the Indian mysteries, and had suspected all along that such a trick wou14 be played, especially after ovel'beariBf: the talk between Shelton and Credo. He had the antidote. He knew it would take an hour to bring the girl ai:oonj to a normal condition. He ran downstairs, directed llar-Y wlaai to do, and then retnrner1 to the roorn.

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118 The two ro g ues were w e ll secured; :Murray left the hou&G 1md in l ess than au hour be returned; Madge was with him. To the girl the detective had explain e d tbe whole situation, and she was fully prepared to act her part .Madge was led up to the room She glanced at th e 'sleeping beauty and at once exclaimed: "Yes, it is Rose." "Sure," responded Ike. He directed Madge what to de. and left her alone with the victim of a fata l re s emblance. An hour passed and Madge summoned Ike to the toom. She met bim outside the door, and Ike asked: "Has she come round?" "Yes, she has been all right for three-quarters of an. hour. She revived very shortly after you left me with her. I have explained everything to her and she is now prepared to tell her story Murray was summoned. Rose, looking beautiful, waa sitting in a big easy-chair .After being introdu9ed to the noble meu who had done her such great service she thanked them and then told them her story. She said: "J\.1y tale is a simple one. My father was an invalid He came from California. He had a large sum of money deposited in a bank up the country when he died After his death tbe president of that bank sougbt to force me to mRrry him, and theu he started some very wicked storie& about me. With the connivance of the cashier of the bank I drew all the ready money and fled. The cashi e r did uo t know it was my intention to nrn away. I was terroriz e d because that man tolfl me terrible stories about mv father. 1 the ti m e I was abducted I had boon to the }Jost-office to get a l etter from the cashier, to W horn after a long time I had written. When I read his letter I saw how need less} v l had been terrified, and had determined to ieturn ltome, w hen I was seized, thrust into a carriage ant1 hur ried to tl!is house, where I have been kept under the oarE.t -0f a worrrnn, and a doctor attended upon me. They told me I had been found unconscfous in the street, and prom ISed as soon as I was restored to health they would comnnmicate with my friends. From day to day they tem

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nn _.orL:ed with me, and from what :\fudge has told me I am sabffied I have been constantly under tbe influence of some su Ltle drng." mystery was explained and, a usually happens, it was a atfoir after all. Ho,;e 1\ n taken f,o tlw !muse w her.; Madge resided, and Dil the following morning Darb, acting under instructions, led lbrniug to the house to show him his victim. 'fhe mr.u 1 as ldt in a room aud a few moments later Hose 'll tm ed. We \'till not repeat all the mnn suitl, but in the midst or a threat )lnrra,Y, Ike, ar.:1 M:atlge walked into the room, followed by Darb. Henning was dead beut. A conforence followed, and for the sake of Rose it was .letermiue
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H2RE W E AOAIN With Another Good ADVENTURE AND DETECTiVE STORYJ SPR GGS, THE' CRACKS Mp;! ffl .th By HEADON HILL Ordinarily Spriggs was a cracksman, but thE> nrn.t1on he gained while at work one night ;:,0 prise d him, that he forgot to "burgle," antl then :inf:! thert:: decided to get busy on a job that mea11t a cka;,. np of a $60,000 diamond. It led him a pe1ilcrns cliar;0 in w ltich the native priests and followers of hidden hand in India showed him some things iwt '3een on t11e "Sfraw1." He also has trouble awaiting him on his return to E11ghm1. His heart is in the right place, however, r little kindness, s;ympathy and help ha l een all that o;;-,-e;e required to change his attitude oward humanity, n.nd he is able to show his gratit::dc at a.n cpportuua Z':G.OH!ent. A STlRR!Nu9 ENTERTAINiNu, SPELL,.,,BJNDiNO STORY r The hook contains 345 solid pages of ieading mat.> ter, bound in attractive paper cover printed in colors. For sale by booksellers and newsdealers eww.vwhere, ox sent by mail, postpaid, on rnceipt of pl'ice, 35 centfJ, J. S. OGILVIE PUBLISHING CONPL1NY', P. 0 J:':ox "Ii!.'/_ 57 ROSE STP.EET. 1fi:W YO:a.K._

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'THRILLS! SHIVERS! EXCITEMENT! will be your portion if you read cf the following RATTLING GOOD --.----. -DETECTIVE SIORIES )y popular authors. Away from the hackneyed and ordinary and brushing aside the conventional, these marvellous stories by well-known and skilled authors, mark a new epoch in Detective Literature. They will keep you guessing from start to finish and you will thoroughly enjoy them. The following is a list of selei"'ted from our famous RAILROAD SERIES THE MAN FROM THE WEST ............................ .A WALL S'l'REll'l' MAN MACON MOORE, The Southern Detective JunsoN R. TA.YLOR TEN 'fRUE SECRET SERVICE STORIES.................... D. B. SHAW ARSENE LUPIN, Gentleman Burglar_:-_ . .... MAURICE LEBLANC ARSENE LUPIN versu:; SHOLMES ........ .M .LEBLANC THE CHINATOWN TRUNK MYSTERY .................. OLivE HARPER, SHERLOCK HOLMES DETECTIVE STORIES ........ A. C. DoYLt ,SPRIGGS, THE CRACKSMAN ... ................................................. HEADON HILI I i SOPHIE LYONS, QUEEN OF THE I,vot'I,: \ BI,AIR, The Western Detechve .. ___ ... JUDSON R TAYLOll These books contain 250 to 350 pages bounl' ; in handsome paper covers printed in colors. For sale by Newsdealers e verywhe re, or sent b y mai l postpaid o n rece i p t of 35 cents. J. S. OGIL V IE PUBLI SH ING COMPANY S1 ROSE STREET NEW YORK

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Eureka Detective Series A ll of the books in the Enreka Se ries are clever detective s t ories, and ear: h one of those m entioned bel ow h as r eceived the heartiest recommendation. Ask for the Eure ka Se rie s detect iye books. 26. A Rogue's Life . By Wilkie 27. The King s Talisman By Sylvanus Cob b Jr. is. The Double Duel By Sylvan u s Co bb, Jr. i9. The Captive Bride B y Svlvanus C ob b Jr. 30. A Dark Plot By Syl van us Cobb, Jr .31. The Old Mill My<>tery By A W. Mar chmont 32. Five Sherlock Holme s Stones Bv A. Conan Doyle The Man i n Black By S tanley J Weym a n 34. The Famous Burdick Case. 35. Myste r y No. 13 By Helen B. Mather!:' 3 6. Macon M oore, the Southern D etective By Taylor 37. Monsieur L ecoq By Em;Je Gaboriau 38. The Honor of the Name By Emil e Gabori an 39. The Widow L erunge, By Emile GaLoriau W. The Clique of Gold By Emil e Gaboriau n. Captain Contanceau By Emile Gatoriau 42. The Thirteenth Hussars By Emil e Gaboriau 43. The M ystery of Orcival By E m i l e Gaboriau 44. The S ilent House By Fer g u s W. Hume 45 A Crimson Stai!"' By Annie Bradshaw 46. The Trage d y of Brinkwate r By Martha L Moodey 47. The M ysterious Mr. Jarv is By Frederick R Giles 48. An Unpardonable Crime By Arthur D. Vinton 49. The M ystery of North Fortune By George Douglas SO. A Fool and His Money By Warren Smythe See other advertisement for other list of titles in the Eureka S eri e s You can ohtain t h e Eureka Series books wher e vo u bought this one, or we w i ll mail them to you, postpaid, !or2 5cents each. Address a ll orde r s t o J. S. OOILVIE PUBLISHING CO., 57 RosP. St., NEW YORK