Mignon Duprez, the female spy; or, Patsy's fight for Adelina

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Mignon Duprez, the female spy; or, Patsy's fight for Adelina
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I Issued W.u.tly. By subscrij>lwn $2 .50 per year. EnJered as Second-class Malter at tile N. Y. PtJsl Office, l>y STRI!:ET .1: SMITH, '19-89 Slvmtlt .Avt!., N. Y. E11tf"ed accordi11gto Act tJ/ Ca11g-ress in tlu yearl908, in tlu Office tJftlle Librarian o.fCong-ress, Wtulting-loiJ .D. C. --------------No. 582. NEW YORK, February 22, 1908. Price FiVe Cents. MlfiNON, DUPREZ, THE FEMALE SPY; OR, Patsy's Fight for Adelina. j Edited by CHICKERING CARTER.; CHAPTER L THE: ENEMY PLOTS IN SECRf.T. Adelina de Mendoza, of alparaiso, was now Mrs. Patrick Garvan, of New York, and if you could have looked 1 into her blushing, !Jappy face, yoJ-. would have known that she was glad; that she was perfectly with her bargain. Don Carlos de Mendoza, the bride's father, gave a wonde rful reception in honor of his daughter i)nmediate ly after the wedding, and when at last the happy couple, with their servants, boarded a special train for Lial-Lial, near which place the summer home of the don was lo cated, it was a great_ party that followed therp to the station, and the quantity of rice and old shoes lhat were disposed of might have fed and shod a company of sol diers. It was then the second week of December-'-midsummer in that part cif the world, for tHeir December is equiva lent to our July-and the mountain home of the old don, which he had pJa ced entirely at the disposal of his daughter and her husband, was an ideal spot. Congratulations were showered upon the two from every side. The elite of the city of Valparaiso were there at the wedding i some of the best people from Limache, Quillota, Casa Blanc, and Santiago were also present. The president of the republic and several of his cabinet officers were there; the American minister was present with two members of his household, and the brid'e had been showered with presents from every side. The chief of police of Buenos Ayres made the trip across the country with his wife, Adelina's sister, in order to see the J wedding, and old Lafont, who adored Patsy, as Nick Carter's young assistant, came with them.* There Patsy passed the two happiest of his life ; weeks without "a care or a thought save tile tender watch fulness and devotion he gave to his beautiful bride; and they rode and walked around the $eveflty thol.\sand acres of land which surrounded the old house, a part qf was built hefore South American history, as we know Altogether it was a function never to be forgotten by those who attended it. *For the courtship of Patsy, and the scenes and which Jed to this wedding, our friends rea1 the precedmg number of this weekly. It \:S recommended that m order to get the entire l 1istory of this adventure of Patsy's, that the five precedini numbers be began. 1 And then. when the two weeks of the honeymoon were f>;ist, an rnvie!j party came out there to joJrr jll ... and so for another two weeks the old place was of festivity, of joy, and of never t() liif by those who p4rticipated in them.


1 1 .NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLy. A word of explanation is per\laps due the reader right here. }'at,sy \\'ils in South America on a special mission. A meeting of government spits from various European ,CQlJntries had been appoint-ed to be held at Buenos Ayres on the fifteenth of November. Circumstances had /frred the place o meeting to Valparaiso, and htd also de/erred it until the last da:y of the month, and the pur pose of this meeting () spies was to formulate plans by which a war between the United States and Japan could be brought about. .The United States secret service had fiot wind of these facts. Patsy, who was already on his way to Buenos Ayres, had been cabled tp, and the left in his With him on his was his .friend William and the two haa worked together to the .end that the had been driven out of Buenos Ayres before the meeting could be held. ;6qt tbey merely transferred their activities to Val paraiso, and there Patsy interfered with their plans again by traveling by across the continent, while the con spirators wer'e going around -.ia the straits of Magellan. It was on that trip across the continent that he met and to love Adelina de who was the sis.ter w of the chief of police of' Buenos Ayres, Patsy's goo friend. ""There was another woman in tbe case, too; a Senora A s she was known in tliat country ; but in real itj.; Mignon Duprez, an international spy of great promi nerjce among her kind ; a beautiftll woman, as unprin cipled and unscrupulous as handsome. This woman and one Colonel V on Huysen were the real leaders of the and they were ably sec onded by a l3aron Oe Glers, from Austria; Monsieur Lo France; Captain Pritz von Altberg, from Ger many; tw:o men named Marriott and Creighton English trim, '1-AnW others. In all there were eighteen of these conspirators. by Studley a Jieutenant of with 11-m;ma.ged to be present at the mee!ing without themselves d,iscovered; and at the of meeHng.j t was interrupted by the chief ot the Valparaiso police, accompanied b y many of his and Von Huysep, wjth aU his followeFs1 were wit4 oo.nspiring against friendly nations '<;:bilean !i9i1. 1 lrptnediatery cabled a full report of i eve,ry!Jling, that aqd, 9f. repre made W: to ilte

NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. with .his bride, he gave her daily instructions in the art of self-defense; and he found. her an apt pupil, indeed. He taught her how to shoot a pistol and a rifle, and taught her so well that she became almost as expert as he was. Studley gave her lessons in fencing until she handled a rapier like a master-at-arms, and could some times even worst Patsy at the game. Already she could ride a horse like a Comanche In dian, and he taught her use of the AmeriCan lariat, so that she became an epert at that, too. In many Adelina was as brave and as a man. She was her father's favorite child; her mother having died in her infancy, and she had beeh companion of her father for years; and ,the old don was of the school t,Jtat had always believed in teaching girls ... bow tq t;l.ke care of themselves in all emergencies. The first week in found Patsy and his wife back agiifh in Valparaiso, at the home of ber father, and it was agreed between them that they should remain an other two months there with the don, when they would all go north leaving Studley in charge of the dan's affairs; for Studley had at last found his oppor tunity as manager for Don Carlos' immense estates and business affairs. It was not known Patsy, until after the wedding, that he had married the daughter of the richest man in Chile. He had never thought a word abtftt that, and nobody had told him. But the fact remained that there were only two daughters to inherit that immense wealth; his own wife, and the wife of the chief of police of Buenos Ayres. The old don carried his riches easily. He owned im merfse estates iti the country, for the one near Lial-Lial was onry one of many ; he controlled two banks in Val paraiso, and another in Santiago; he owned warehouse&., stores, and residences without and was a di rector in almost every company of tfnportance in the country. It was the second day after their return to Valparaiso when Patsy first came face to face with any of his ene mies. He and Studley were walking down the street together toward the hotel, wben they saw approaching them on the same side of the thoroughfare, Von Huysen and the baron. Von Huysen's wound had healed, but it had left an ugly scar on the left side of face, from the corner of his mouth almost to the poirit of his eye, and it gave him a hideously sinister appearance. The recognition was mutual; and Studley said quickly to Patsy: "lt will be the baron's cheek to speak to us, Patsy. What shall we do?" "l!!nQre them totally." ".But ii they insist upon speaking?." "Ignore them." "Suppose they step iri front of us to stop us?" "Knock them out of the way, I will )ave noth ing whatever to do with them, and they may as well know it at once. If any of that bunch gets in my way, he will be thrown out of it mighty quick. Just treat them -if fbey didn't exist; as if you didn't see them at all,. I and tlien if they cro.wd-strike; and if you strike, sttike hard." They were by this time within speaking-distance, and the baron, taking off his hat, made a sweeping how, while his face became sinister in that wolfish smile which was pecultar to hinl. "We are well met, gentlemen," he said, "since we were .on our way to interview you;" and he paused, standing _..... directly in front of Patsy. He stood his ground, too, al though Patsy continued straight ahead without appearing to see him. And then 'they collided-and, as they did so, Patsy acted. I CHAPTER II. THE FEMALE SPY'S PROPOSITION. Patsy had continued to look directly over the head of the baron; nor had he noticed what V qn Huysen was ing, sav,e for what he could see out of the corner of his eye; but he could see enough in that way to know that tlie German was conducting himself toward Studley exactly as baron was acting toward him. The young detective made no reply whatever to the baron's remark, and he really supposed that when De Giers found that he intended to ignore him, he would step aside and allow him to pass. 1 1 But the baron evidently had no such for he stopped arid stood firmly in his tracks until Patsy was close' against him. An\:1 then he_ had no time to do anything, for on the in stant that their bodies touched, Patsy seized the baron by the shoulders, and with one mighty wrench sent him spinning like a top into the middle of the street ; and he spun so that at the end of it he lost his balance, and fell sprawling to the ground. And Von Huysen was treated in much the same man net by Studley, of whom Nick Carter said that, with the exception of Sandow, he was the only man had ever known as strong and p6werful as himself. \ton Htiysen's conduct was identically the same as'the baron's, save that he did not speak; but he did walk di rectly up to Studley without offering to turn aside-and the instant he did s6, Studley seized him by the shoul ders, turned him with no gentle force planted the toe of his boot where he believed it woufd fit the Hest \Vi'thct6t sci mueh as turning their heads'-' our two


I 4 NEW NICK CARTER WEiEKL Y. .f icnds walked onward ; but they had .aot .taken half a dozen stttps befure they heard some .one behind them. .and .Stuoe:q. w.ho had pl.1.1.4ld a sw,ord fr.am his cane. ho.rt m .the -DJ.a.r, a plotter; a sche!p.er; a lay.u f!Ji :tr;4i.o & is the :milotl .to ear. for he 1Will s.cheroe .and n againil.t ,uW.l he ,finds a w.ay t.o make yon su6.t'r; I ,tr,emble f nis

NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. 5 "Oh., I'll be on my gtlard. I hardly think she will try to stab me in the street. That is nbt her way." "She might throw vitriol in your face or pepper in yo4rl eyes, Of' do you some delicate attention like that." that is not her way, either." "She's a striking-looking womall, all right, isn't she?" 04Yes. Thhe are who wotttd can her ha'l'ldsome. If it weren't for the boldness of her eyes--" "She might be really beautiful. I agree with you. She is going to speak, aU right. She is working her smile on you now." A moment later they met, and MignoR Duprez stopped in front of Patsy, as the baron had done. "Good morning, Mr. Garvan," she said, with a smile, and at the same time extending her hand, whieh Patsy pretended not to see. "It is a beautiful morning, is it not?" And $he dropped the band again, but without any evidence of confusion because it had been refused. Si:udtey raised his hat and moved onward. Patsy raised his hat and replied: "Good morni ng, madam, I had supposed UJtti1 lately that yotJ had left Chile." ''nle wish was father to the thought, was -it not?" she asked maliclous1y, but with her set smite, showing her white teeth. 1'That -is qu-ite possib1e, madam." "But you should have known that I couldn't leave witJhQtiering yoo my elicitati.Qm; upol'l your new\ happiness." "l afill Jur.e wPuW vy kind of you, madam, if only it were intended I am p(i)&itive that it i4> not." .I "Are you?'' Sne !auglwd boJ.-, y.ou should guard her care'futiy very caref-ulty. There are pitaHs, even in Va1p\11"a1so, iTJto which she might stumble. I have been wondering w+tat I cottld do 1:o add 1:o her senor." "You might 1eave the country. It wot11d adrl to our happi11essJ1 you coold be pektaded to do f!.o/' ''Would it-? Rea11y? We11, I wiU bargain with yott. Ho'f much?" "What d9' jrou mean?" "How mucti would it be worth you to have me the country ?" Patsy studjed her curiously. "I wonder if you are in ht! halt to himself. J I am in eamest. I will go fOJ." a price, but it must be a hig one. I am lm)k.e, y.ou know. I haven't got a hundred dollars left to me. I couldn't pay my fare out pf the if I wanted to go; and I do want to go You .can buy me off. In fact you can buy the lot of us off. The baron out to make sueh a: proposition to you this morning. I was afraid thl!J; he would get ahead of "So; that was what he wanted, was it?'" "You have seen him, then?" "Yes. He will tell y<>u atxnrt lt. We didn't .converse, Yotlltl know." The woma-n laughed loog and 1oud. "[ can imagine ha.ppened," she ,s2hd. 41But, na!iy, Mr. do you care to talk business with me on the I ha'Ye made?" wiU think aijoot it, madam. I witt thinl( about it." "'_Then

' 6 NEW NICK CARTER WllliKL Y. "How_ thoughtful of you. And what an undeserved compliment you pay the baron in that statement. You regard him as quite as ro pour peace and happiness as I am ; no?') mqdam." "And what about the others? The two Germans?:' She laughed when she asked the question. :Patsy shrugged his shoulders. ".You 01ay leave them behind or take them with you, as you plpase. They do not concern me.' "You mean, I suppose, that without the baron and nie to direct them, they would be harmless?' "Practically so." "Well, let's get down to cases. What am I offered?" "When one has something to sell, rpadatn, one puts a price upon it." "So? Perhaps you are right. Very well, I will take ten thottsand dollars, cash in hand, and agree to take the whole bunch out of tHe country within a week." "Do you think you can do it?" "I know I can; and I tell you frankly, Patrick Garvan, if they remain-if I remain in this qity, some harm will befall your wife. And you know it. I know you well enough that if it were not for her, you would laugh me and my proposition. But you have got 1'\er to con sider now. is an innocent party, and should not be made to suffer hate that is boiling against yo,u. But she will sufffr if we remaifl., and you kQ_ow it. I am not telling you this in the form of a threat; I am I telling it to you as an established fact. For me, I am thoroughly sick of the business1 We played the game against you and lost; you won. I have been an international spy since I was eighteen, ana I know the game {rom end to end. I have nothing on earth against you save that you beat me, and now you've got me flat broke ten thousand miles from home. I want money enough to get back there and to keep me in comfort until I find another job. Your private affairs do not concern me at all. I don't care a whether you are happy or unhappy. If you produce the collateral for me to get out, why, I'll go and leave you in undisturbed possession of the field. Now, that is the whole thing in a nutshell, and if you want to talk business, I'm yours to com mand." It seemed like a fair statement of the facts of the case, from her at least Patsy felt that he could so regard it. "I'll think it over and give you your answer this eve ning," he told "Why n

NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. 7 .... '"Possibly you are right. :don't like your meeting that woman--" "Ott, I'm going to take you with me. I shall want a witriei;s, -anyway; and. by that time Terrence will be here to drive us." "To drive you!" .. Ye-s. We will do the talking in a carriage. I thought it woo!d bf! better. Terrence will he on the driver's seat, where he can hear all that is said, lind you will be in the with me." "Patsy, do you think the woman is sincere?" "I think 'so; I don't know. One can never tell _about her. That time she invited me to her hous-e arid started in to make a confession about trying to kill me with I thought she was sincere. But I found out mighty soon that it was only a part o her play." "And, by the same token, as you would say in moments of excitement, this business of being bribed to leave the country may be part of a play; eh ?" .. It may be-yes." "It's my own opinion that they got something up their sleeves; something -that is big and dangerous, too. Do you rtalize that all four of them have been after us this mOrning, my boy?" ''I tertainly do. Madam's explanation of that was that they wished to get to me first with the proposition, believing that the one 'yVhO got my ear first would receive the dough, and would, therefore, be in a position to dictate to the others." "Even that may be a part of their plot-to make you the more sure that they are in earnest. I would tinue to look upon it with suspicion, old. chap." "I shall, of course.', "But do I understand you that if it is real, and if you are convinced that she will do as she agrees, you are jndined to pay them to get out?'' "At the present moment I am-on Adelina's account." "Did madam name any amount?'' "Yes. Ten thousand dollars." Studl-ey whistled. "She evidently thinks that .you value her departure highly," he said. 1'Well, to oe tnfthful, I do: I'd give ten thousand dollars right now, and do it cheerfully, to know that those four were on their way to Europe." "But how can y<>u be assured that they will go, even after you have paid over the money ?" "Oh, I have already thought out a way to fix th:it. They wouldn't fool me any after the arrang-ements were once made; They wouldn't fi9ger any of the cash till they gat started, and they wouldn't start frdtit be't'e, either." "Eh? What, then?" -r would send them across to Argentina, put them under the surveillance of my brother-in-law, the chief, and also of They wou1dt{t get a cent of the cash until they were on board a ship 'bour{d for some port .. in Europe. That is the l would fix '"Do you suppose they would agree to it?''' "It would qe that or nothing." "Patsy, I cannot disabuse rny mind of the idea it is all a plant. I be11eve it is all part of some plot they have hatched up among The very unity of action among them this morning suggests that. Then, think agllin how they hate you arid me. Think how Von Huysen must hate me every time he looks in the glass. He would almost M soon have lost his life as to haJJe had his appearance spoiled; and he was a handsome man before I marked him.'1 "There is no gainsaying tha.t." -"I don't believt!, Patsy, that he has any idea of leaving the country until he has got even us, or at least tried to do so." "Y'J ell, leave him qut of it, then, and come back to the woman. She may be sincere enough." "We'll admit, for the !iake of argument, that she is; do you suppose that Vm1 Huysen and the others are going to let her get away from them ?'1 "I fancy she will do about as sht pleases about that!' "And the baron?" "The baron considers only his comfort and the amount Of money he has in his pocket. He would not remain here a moment for the sake of revenge if he could get away with some money abdut him. The revenge could wait. He would never forget, and if time ever came to do us an ill turn he would do it; but he wouldn't stay here to do it if he could get away." "Perhaps not." "Here, where we are, he is dangerous, and so madam. With those two gone, the other-s are like Sam son without his hair-they would be practicallY, harm less." "And so you have decided? "No; I haven't decided, and I won't till I 'see that woman to-night. But on Adelina's accotmt lam now in clined to call madam's bluff." "Well, I'll be ready to go you to-night, if you want me to." ''I certainly do, Billy." CHAPTER IV. FOR THE SAKE Of ADELINA. Terrence O'Toole arrived that frqm Buenos Ayres. "It's a to aga.in, Mr. Garvan," he told. Pa.tsy; wheri the latter met him at tbe ''<\I owe me new job with the chief to you, don't I?" : .. No, Terrence; you owe that to yotirsel. )te perfectly willil).g that you should cotne to me no\v ?'"'


8 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. "Entirely so, sor. I have a !'ave of absence till you're through wid me." "We will walk to the house, Ter.rence, it isn.t far; apd :while we are doing so I will tell you what your duties will be." "Yes, sor." ?'You are appointed a. :special guardian to watch over my wife. Four of those conspirators are here still, and I am convinced that they are plotting to do some harm to her, believing that it will be the way to hurt me." "Ap<;I; faith, they'd be right about that." "Yes. Terrence, you are here for the so1e purpose of taking care of her. You may not relish the job of a woman around all day, but that's your job." "Sure, sor, I'd relish anything at all that I could d'J for you. And if it's your swate wife that you want me to take care of, I'll do that same wid all me heart.'' 11I thought yo1;1 wouldJ Terrence.'' "'I will, sor." don't you ever to leave her alone, out of your S'ight, when you are away from the house, and I don't want yott 'to leave the house on any pretext wherl. she is in it. If somebody should ask you to go on an errand around th e corner-even if she should ask you herself to do so, I want you to refuse. Say that it is against my orders.'' "I will, sor." "If she goes out, go with her. If she walks, keep three paces behind har. If she enters a store, don't wait out side, but go in with her. If she calls at the house of any o1 her friends, don't wait outside, but go into )he court and keep as near the door of the room she enters as n rides in the carriage, get _upon the seat l:kstde the dnver. If she leaves the carnage, you leave it with her. If we go out together, you tag along just the same as if I present. In a word, Terr,ence, no matter w'tw she is with or where she goes, I expect you to guard her the same as if she were alone, and I don't want you to relax your vigilance for one in stant. Even if I should send for you, refuse to come. f,woo't send for you, of course, but some one might rep. resent that I had done so." I "l understand, sor." "I will double the pay you are receiving from the de ptrtment, and you, shall have a reward besides that, at 'the end of your seryice." "As far as the reward and the pay are concerned, sor--" "We won't say any more about it at present. I'll fix that myself. Terrence." "Well, sor ?' "I have got .nither a delicate sort of an appointment for this evening, and I have been thinking that I would have you drive me so that you could be a witness if necessary, to what happens. ;, '\I'm'-very sorry, sor, but I'll be otherwise engaged. I have me juty to perform, and I'll. hot !'ave that for any man; not even you, sor." "Eh? What's that?" "Sure, sor, are ye afther forgettin' already what ye've jest been telling me? Faith, y'6ii can take wan of the city drivers or wan that belongs to ye'r father-in-law; but Terrence O'Toole has other fish to fry, so he has." "Good boy!" exclaimed Patsy, slapping him on the back. "Were you testing me a bit, sor?'._ "No. I did not mean it that way." "Have you to tqe senora what I'm here for? Does she understand that I'm to be her shadow wkerever I T she goes?" "Yes." "How floes she take it?" "Oh, she thinks i t unnecessary but she is quite willing. The hardest part if_ your job will be to refuse to do little errands for her. If she is out: on the streets, she will want you to run into another store for something she has forgotten. You are not to do those things. It may offend her sometimes, but you've got to stand that." "I'll obey orders, sor." "I know you will." "I'd like to have a look at that woman-Madam Du prez is her name?" "Yes. "I haven't seen her you know. The three men are all known to me by sight but the woman I don't know." "You can't mistake her Terrenqe. She has big, round, black e)\es that look you through and through, boldly. She has black hair and a very fair complexion, regular feature s and is what you would can a str.ikingly hand some woman. However, it isn't necessary that you should know her, for all women and all men must look alike to you in the duty you have to perform. You must consider that each one of them is dangerous until you know they are not." "That's the idea;" Terrence waS' duly installed in his_ positiop, and he won his way at once into the good graces of his mistress by saying, when he was presented to her: "Faith, senora, we ought to get along famously, for we both love the same man. If I were a woman, now, y6u wouldrr't like that, but seeing that I'm a man, I think ye'll like the better for it." "He has told me all about yoo, Terrence," she replied to him,,"and I like you much indeed already." : Thank you, seijora. Then I'm going to ask you right now, in the beginhing, not to ask me to disobey the or ders he -has given me about you. Sure, it's a lucky man Mr. Garvan is to get you, so he is."


NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. 9 "Why; Terrence?'' "Well, ma'a,m, it isn't so much the beauty av yer face, though there's none to bate it in.the worrrld, I'm think in', but it's of your soulfhat's shining through your eyes at this blessed minute." "Terrence, I'm afraid that you brought that famous stone over frorri the old c0untry with you, and that you carry it around in your pocket and take it out and i.t every time you have a "Sure, there's no blarney apout that. It's only the truth." At eight o'clock precisely that evening ,Patsy drove to the place of appointment, with his friend Studley on the seat ,l;>eside him. Madam was already there, and she stepped forward briskly as the carriage drew up at the curb; but when she saw Studley she drew back haughtily. "You are not alone," she said coldly. uN:o," replied Patsy. "I have brought Mr. Studley along to act as a witness for both of us." "And to bring me up before the courts to-morrow for blackmail, I suppose." "I had not eve!l thought of such a thing, madam." "His presence isn't necessary to our consultation." "Perhaps not; but it is my pleasure that he should remain with us." "Then the affair is off, Don Pakicio. I won't discuss it in the presenc of a third party. I won't do that." "As you please, p1adam." l "You prefer that I should remain in the city. then?" "I pre fer not to be dictated to by you. I am the one to do the. dictating, and I shall do it if we treat at all, madam." \ "Let Mr. Studley step outof the farriage and with draw out of hearing. I will enter it, and we can talk here, where we are." "Very good. I will do that." The arrangement was soop made, and Patsy found himself vis-a vis with the notorious woman spy. "What isyour deciSion about the-the 'loan' of ten -thousanq dollars ?" she asked. "'My decision," he replied at once, "is that you shall have the money in cash, under certain conditions." ''Very well; what are the conditions?" "I will say, before I name them, that you must accept them without any sort of qualification or amendment, tor I will coris edt to none." "What are they?" "First, you must take the baron away with you. The others, also, if you can do so, but I insist up<)n the baron." "I ae-ree to that. I will take them alZ." "Second, you must all leave here to-morrow morning on the train for Buenos Ayres-. -" "But that is impossible." "You will be godd enough to let me finish. You will leave< to-morro w morning on the train for Buenos Ayres. You will be received at the station, when you arrive the_re, by the chief of pOlice of that city. While you are in that city, you will all remain under his s'urveilla,nce. You will n< be but you will not be at liberty to go the c'ity limits until he escorts you aboard of a ship." "That is a very charming program you have fixed up," she sneered. ..,. "That ship," continued as if he had not hea!;'d, "will be the very first one that sails from there directly for a port-:tri'y pOrt in Europe." "Is there more?" "The chief himself will remain aboard the ship with you until she sails. He will leave it with the pilot, and the last thing before he will give you, in your haBds, ten thousand dollars in gold. Your fare across the water will already have been paid, so that will be velvet. Now, madam, is the answer to your prop osition. !fow do you like it?" "And io )!ou think I would be fool enough to accept tha,t, Patsy )Garvan ?" she answered. "I think you would be very foolish not to accept itif you have told the truth in saying that you and your friends are broke." "Why can't we sail frorp here?" "Because I have chosen to arrange it in anofber man ner." I "But there are ships that sail from here--" "I told you in the that I would quaiify the conditions I have made. You may take them or leave them, madam." "Well, you will have to qualify one oi them, or all bets are off. I simply cannot get ready to go to-mor row morning. That is out of the question." To-morrow night, then. There is a night train." "No; I must have at least until the morning of. day after to morrow." .,. "Very well. I will consent to that, if you accept the other conditions." } "Will you give me some of. the money down, before we leave here?" "Not a cent. Not a sou." "But there are the railway tickets, and other expenses to meet." "I will attend to the railway tickets; and as for the other expenses, ydu told me that you a hundred dollars. now. Do ..you or not? i{ es or No?" "Yes ...


10 NEW N'lCK CARTER \VEElen wh3t those people wanted of Jose, that they sent for him. He fled in-io the t"oontry bet'ilu5e ht Wa3 afr:OO tltey 'W'f). uld kin bim." ''Possi):>ly that is what they have for him few now. ; "No. He-i3n.'t worth the risk they nm m putting him out oi the way. NQ Wa1J,ting hi.m to do some more of tbeir dirty work. They have some \lSe for him. They know he is a rascal and win Qo anything for a few dollars. or to save his skin. All that is :w.ha.t I am going to find "What shaH I be doing in the meantime? Shall I wait here for your No: ga home itrtd keep Ade-Hna CorTtpalfJ H "Yes: and He to ht-r, f 5up-pose>, abotrt wha:t yop. are Jose enter hotel by the front door and look up to," arC)'(1.J;Jd him; al'ld 1to-\Je Of! ool badcing of the sort. _Tell h,er exac:tfy_ when! I have out wbtn. iorwas-d him. wmt I :n. I m not to do ;,Wait a momeM. jfM. ./' s-aid. "Come. 'his way a rrry. oow Of' ver. he t I t t t lk tJ yott." dtfferent from what I tell her, she II know tt tsn t tr'tllt, ... wan o a 1 d 1 b pver tq a qtu.et cornet; and and as. ,long a>s I am. a an JJQw expect W e 1


' NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. II nne for the rest of my life, she has got toget used to my lil"oing into what you call danger. But there won't be any danger in what happens to-night, or I my guess." "How soon are you going around there?" "As soon as the evening train gets in; that will be in about twenty minutes. I think I will get along up to ward the station now." "Shall I go that far with you?" "No. It isn't safe." "I'll wait up for you, anyhow." ound the other members of the party seated at a table with wine-glasses before them. It was evident, too, that they were having some sort a for tq.e faces of all were deeply serious. Von Huysen looked up and scowled when the baron ,; entered with "Jose." Madam smiled and nodded as if she had forgotten that her former servant had once betrayed or seemed to do so. They had never been qilite whether he was a traitor or not. Von Altberg scow led, also ; but as he never did anytbing else than that was not surpdsing. "I have brought him, as you see,l' procJaimed th; baron. "Then you'll probably sit up all night. I haven't the least notion that I will be home before midday to-mor row. Tell Adelina not to look for me before evening." He hurried away, toward the station, but he "Take a seat over at the opposite side of the room, took good care to go around it and approach it through Jose," directed madam. "I will advise you also listen the freight-sheds, away from the passenger-platform, with all your ears, for then it will not be necessary to re 'for it had suddenly to him that one of the conpeat things to you. We will have use for you later on spirators might be at the tl1lin to meet Jose. .-omething for you to do, and it is necessary that you He walked out along the tracks a little distance, and should oe posted regarding our plans. We are taking when the train drew slowly in toward the station he you into our c;onfidence, not because we trust you, but climbed aboard the, platform of one of the cars entered because if you do not do as we say, you will never I 1" t t 11 bo "--t, and sat down. lVe o e a ut tt. And so it happened that when the train ran alongside "May I be made acquainted with what has occurred of the platform, he rose with the others, and passed out during my absence ?' inquired the baron. Then he turned with them, exactly as if he had been a passenger on the to madam bowed. "You had not returned when I train. went out, madam." It was well that he did so, for almost the first person "No. You had been gone five minutes when I rehe saw on the platform was the baron; who was peerturned." ing anxiously from side to side expectantly; nor was he "Ah! And what said the gallant young American, long in espying the pseudo Jose. who is so ready with hk.hands? Peste! but I would like "Ah, gan;on," he said at once. And then, in Spanto pour vitriol into his eyes." ish: "It is well you came. We were afraid that you "So would we all, for that matter." might disappoint us." "What said he about the money, madam?" "Not I," replied the supposed Jose gruffly; and men"He will supply it." taUy he added: "Here is the place where I run the risk. "Good!" If I can pass muster with the baron and maqam, I'll be "But only on conditions. I have already repeated all rjgh!. And I think I can.'' Aloud, he added: "It them here, and now I will tell you about them;" and is an honor tf have you meet me, senor." with deliberation, studying the baron closely as she did "We were afraid that you might not find us easily." so, she related all that had taken place between Patsy "It is true. Well? What use have you for me and herself, tittle thii\king that Patsy himself was seated senor?" J "-ihat you shall learn later. Just now your mistress is awaiting you. Come. We will ride .... The baron had provided a carriage, and they were soon driving rapidly through the streets toward the house where P.ltsy already 'knew the four had taken up their abode. t All houses are much alike in Spanish countries, save that some are larger---br smaller-than others. The one into which Patsy was presently introduced in tfi'e guise of JOSe might have been, SO' far as the interior plan of concerned, the same that Senora Valdez had occupied at the time of the meeting of the con spirators; and in the great salon of the building, he less than twenty feet from her at that moment. "That means," said the baron, when she had finished, "that we would practically be prisoners from the mo ment we boarded the train for Buenos Ayres until we were out on the Atlantic Ocean, bound for Europe." The madam nodded. "That is precisely what he intended it to mean," she said. "And" it renders impossible the other plans we had formed, doesn't it?" "Yes; and be was shrewd enough to know that it would checkmate us in any schemes we had." "So I take it," the baron went on coolly and deliber ately, "that it is now merely a question with us whether


12 NEW NlCK CARTEIR WEEKLY. we are willing to forego oul," revenge in consideration of the ten thousand dollars, and our fare home to Europe." "You have hit the flail on the head, baron," said Von Huysen gruffly. "Precisely. Are we -to vote ut>On the questibn; colo nel? Because if we are I shall cast my vote now for ac cepting the cash and getting out." "Well, you'll vote alone, then." ''Oh, no, he will not,'' said madam quickly. "I vote with the baron." "You, Mignon?" Von Huysen started to his feet, and the scar on his face turned livid. .. "Y es1 I," she retorted. "Y Ot?would desert me, ignon ?" "No; I would take you with me. What it to stay Aere under the circumstances?" "I will stay here till I rot but what I will square ac counts with that viper!" said Von Huysen roughly. "If you and the baron wish to go, then go. uave Fritt and me half the money and ,go your way." Madam looked at him and smiled. CHAPTER VI, /I.N /I.PPARITION IN THE That smile of the madam's seemed to irritate Von Huysen even more than it was intended to do, for with a growl of fury he took one qui<;k step around the table to her side, and he seized her roughly by the arm, pull ing her to her feet before she could resist him. But then, as he did J toward him, her disen gaged hand sought the folds of her dress and flew up ward again; and Von Huysen released his hold upon her and fell back two or three paces, uttering an oath of pain and rage as he did so. "Curses on you, Mignon! You have stabbe4 me!" he said. 1 "Oh, no, I did not," she retorted. "I only pricked you. It will perhaps teach you to keep your big rough hands off me. If you get toe;> intimate, Colonel Von Huysen, I may drive that little poniard an the way in next time. Sit down, and don't act like a child." Sulkily he dropped back upon his chair ; and there was no comment upon this scene from any of the others. They had looked upon it unmoved; apparently uninter ested. ''Now, baron," sai d madam, 1'do you vote that we ac cept the money and go away, keeping to the conditions that Garvan has "It is t.he only way in which we can get the money, isn't it? By keeping to the conditions?" "Yes." "Then I vote to accept jt, an4 go." "And you, Von A It "I say, with Von Huysen, give us half the money and we will remain." "How are we to give you any of the money at all since we do not receive it ourselves until we are out on the ocean?" "You can make it a condition of your going that he gives you half-down before you start," broke in Von Huysen. "Oh, no, I cannot. I that, and he said very plainly that we should not have one cent in advance. He meant it, too." "Then I say refuse it all, and let him go to the devil with his money I" "My dear Von said the baron blandly, "speak for yourself alone, if you please. As for me, I accept the yo'-'ng fool's terms without qualification. If we all go, it means twelve thousand five hundred francs apiece for us when we reach the other side. Quite a sum in Paris, where knows how to spend it. If yctu two behind, it means twenty-five thousand francs apiece for Madam Duprez and myself. By the way, Mignon, is it a condition of the payment that we all must go ?" No," she laughed. "He cares nothing at all about Von Huysen and Von Altberg, whether they go or stay. But he 'does make the condition that you and I must go." "La-la! So? The young gentlemart is shrewder than I gave hiJn credit for being," chuckled the baron. "He has, then, no fear of our two good friends, here ?'t whatever, with you and me out of the way. He told me to tell Von Huysen that if he stayed behind, he would have him arrested for attempted assassination in the public and that he had influence enough here to have him shot for it. I think he told tne truth about it, .tob." "And our good friend Von Altberg? What did he say of him? "I hesitate to tell you. I will soften it, He said that he would have him driven from the city inside of twen ty-four hours." The expre s sion on the faces of the two Germans dur ing this dialo g ue was a study; and now Von Huysen left his chair again and took the center of the floor. "Mignon," he said coldly, "ha'Ve you gone over to the enemy? "No; but I am considering on which side my bread is buttered." "You have decided to accept this proposition, and go ?' "Yes." I "And you, barqn ?", "Yes." "That leaves Fritz and me bere with less than three hundred South American between us." "Well, nobo'dy asks you to remain. You can go with us and have two thousand five hundred dollars in gold ;


NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. IJ, or, as the baron f)uts thousand five hundred francs when we arrive in Paris." "Mignon, can you tell me how I can eat the cake and have it, top? Can you tel,l_ rve bow I can return with you, how we can all go.;.togethei, and yet not without the revenge we crave? If you can do that--" Madam raised her right hand and pointed silent\y a<:ross the room toward the supposed Jose. "Why do you suppose I sent for him?" she asked. "I'm sure I don't know, unless it was that I might cut his heart out for betraying us as he did I supposed you had brought him here to make an example of him." "Oh, no. I have brought him here to make use of him." "Tell us how." "First, then, you must consent to the plans that the baron and I have agreed upon. You must put yourselVes absolutely in my hands and let me direct this business. You know very well, 1Von Huysen, that yon never did have any brains for planning. There is no one better than you are to carry out a plan, once it is laid out for you, but to one-well, you never did it." "You are right. You and the baron are the ones for that. I am only an executive." "Now that you have curbed that ugly temper of yours and are willing to talk reasonably, I will promise you that you shall eat your cake and have it, too, as you aptly eJC;press it." "Himmel! If you can do that-" "I can and will do it, but you must be content to let me do it i'n my own way." "I will. I will." "And ask no questions; merely do as you are told." "I agree, Mignon." "Then I promise you your revenge and the money, too -Jose!" "Yes, senora." Patsy started to his feet and stood waiting, in the attitude he had often seen Jose assume. The m(ldam was silent a !Jloment, evidently selecting her words; but presently she said, speaking slowly and im "It would have served you right had I called you here to put a knife into your heart, or poison into your 'Vitals, for I am that it was you who freed our pris OIJ.er from the wine-cellar, and you who did much to us to the police. However, I have no proof of either, and the cliain and bars did look as if the prisoner liberated himself. But I have work for you to-morrow aight; work which it will not bee difficult to d9, and for which I will give you, when it is done, two hundred of your silver dollars. It is all the money I have ; or I would give you more. But if you have done everything that I direct you to do, and have done it faithfully and well, I will find an extra fifty for you somewhere." "Si, senora/ said Patsy, in a low tone. He thought that now he about to hear the details of her plot ; but he was yet to learn S@mething of the depth of Mignon Duprez's character. "Listen, then. There is a mail-train that leaves for Buenos Ayres at 12:30 each night. Do you know about it?" seiicwa." "It carries two and one sleeper. It may be that I shall want you to ride on that train to morrow night. I will not know until almost tirr.e for it to start whether I will or not ; but, hqwever, I want you to stand directly in front of the door of this house at twelve o'clock to-morrow night, and be prepared to do exactly what I shall tell you to dQ. Do you understand me?'; "Perfectly, senora." "There will tJOt be time to tell you much, but I will put an snvelope into your hl\nd which will contain money and directi

14 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. I he reached out his hand, seized Jose, jerki .ng hi111 into the room, leaped out of it himself, pulled the door shut after him, cleared tine railing with a bound, dashed across the patio, and was out of the building upon the street before those he had left behind him could get the door open. An empty hack was passing at the moment, and leaped up beside the driver. "Drive!" he said. "Quick! Turn the first corner!" and he seized the whip himself and plied it with all his strength so that the horses broke instantly into a run. "Bueno!" he said, when the corner was turned. "You will earn five dollars if obey me. Turn your horses around and drive back slowly the way we came. J. will get inside. not stop for anybody." He sprang to the ground and got inside the hack wh!le the horses were turning; and then, as ( the man .drove slowly back past the house that Patsy had just so hastily, he saw the baron and Von Huysen .-ush into the street-and pause. They looked up and dowtT the street for a moment, and then they turned and slowly reentered the house; and instantly Patsy left the and :liollowed them, after paying the promised su to the driver. "You may wait down there arou Cl the corner for me till I come," he said to him ; and then he glided past still sleeping portero, climbed over the rail that tan around the balcony, and presently arrived again at the door of the room wherein he had posed as Jose. .There were painted gla;;s windows in the doors, and with his knife he carefully scraped away a portion of the paint the size of a dime. Then he applied his eye to it. \... He could see into the room, but he could not hear anything that was said. Only the murmur of voices came to him; but he believed that he could judge very nearly of what was said by what he saw. Jose was the center of the group, now ; the others Sur rounded him, and Patsy knew that the man was telling about the telegrams, and that the others had already guessed .who it was that had personated him. Finally he left the house and returned home. CHAPTER VII. THE SPY'S DUPLICITY. \ Patsy would have succeeded in his plans against the four conspirators, if only Jose had remained at Lial-Lial, where he belonged. But the man had played double, and by appearing wheh he did, had effectually put a stop to Patsy's further plans. The young detective, ho,wever, had learned enough to know that madam had some plot by which, as Von Huy sen had tersely it, they "could have their cake and eat it, too." She had not said enough to give Patsy any idea as to how she intended to carry out her schemes; he only realized that she had formulated some plan by which she hoped to abdu<;t Adelina; but wliat she intended to do with her after the abductlOI,), there was no way of find ing out. The woman had talked as 1if Adelina was to be placed in charge of Jose, to be taken somewhere, and the mere idea of it seemed preposterous, for Adelina was not a chifd to be led around by a string and made to do what ever she was told. He dismissed the idea of their getting of her, almost at once, and gave his thought to wondering what they would do, now that they knew he had been present at their cons1,1ltation. Would it necessitate a change in all their plans, or would madam find some way in which to brazen it out? he asked himself; but he had himself driven directly home anQ at once went into consultation with Adelina herself and Studley. Terrence was also called in to hear what was and to offer any suggestions he might think of. He was not surprised when quite the following morning Jose appear(d at the house with a written message for him, from madam. He had more than half-ex pected that she would send for him ; in fact, she had said as much at the consultation the preceding evening. "I think it is quite necessary that we should have interview at once," madam wrote "The arrangement was that we W!!re not to see each other again until we met at the station to-mdrrow morni,ng, but there were_,...things that happened last night which renders it necessary that I should have another talk with you before that time. 'Will you come to the house tci see me? Or do .you prefer that I should meet you on the street, as we met yes terday? You may send word to me by Jose." He thought ll moment, and then he said to Jose: "Tell madam that I will call upon her, where she is living, within an hour; and, Jose!'' Si, senor." "If you happen to remain it\ the city later than twelv e 9'clock to-day you will sleep in prison to-night, and for many nights thereafter. Go! He had intended, when he sent the reply to madam's message, to take Studley with him to the appointed in terview, but he found that Billy had already gone down town with the don, and so presently he started out al9ne to keep the appointment. A_rrived at the house, he entered boldly and presently tapped upon the door of the library. Madam opened the door in person, and she smiled as cordially as if they were the best of friend;>. "Enter, Don Patricio," she said. "I wondered if you would have the to come alone." "The courage?" he replied. "It did not occur to me that it was an act of courage."


NW NICK CARTER WEEIugllfy?'' "-I suppose you d'o."' 1'T can. twist him around my LiUle finger ami all the time lead him to believe he is having his own way:" "I can q..Utc believe that." "Last night I felt tha.t i.t was neas!.wy that I him. out o the c:oliUW")I with \15; that l shoUld take him and Von Altberg, as well as the baron, but I knew the man. well enough to understand thad: he would not stir a peg unless he was led to believe that in some way he should ha.:ve his aiso. Mr. Garvan, ht trusts me If I told. him that I would the. moon to him at midnight to-nig,ht, he would ex.pect the moon served up at the appointed tinie." "Once on tbltt. ship,. and a.t sea, thine w()tdd be: no getting back for him.. He WQ.UlQ. then ctD&-. tinue on the. to the trouble was to get on.l1Qar4-.tpe. "GQ on, please." him as I. f realized that there -was one wa.y i_n .w.hich that task be plished. That w3.3 why I stnt foT Jose. That W&$ .. w1\y I hie by your wife .could be abducted and taken av.tay in tare. 1 can; you that there was nothing in it save for the effect it the decision of Huysen; and you saw how readil,JC he ae,Pted !DY "Yes. Your &tO{y is -very p)ausible. madam. I qnly wish I it." "Your own convince xou. of its truth." "POisibly:' .How could I hQ_pe to ab up to YOW' ahooi the moacy, .$Pte had disappeared,. w.ben would kn_ow positiv;dy 1. or were rnp(:mailbk: tbt Doesn't it all seem ?>I "I will admit. that it does." "So you see, oo you all my p.lotting:anft p!aJ:t:nic was oot a.gainft )OU,. bui Was Ofdy to me two German,s to go ahoard the ship with "1 am bltginnin:g to bei:ieve that yt)U are .. the truth ; or, at f@l" the salcef of the argmnent and.-the tuation I am w-illing w regard it the truth." "Thank You also, don't you, that the fat i! in the m-e no'tt, bt!JiltrSe yo'l11" itt hete ?" "'H:fort't knew, l'm aure, You're doing the frying; r am not." "Well, it isn't pleasant to have grease spattered all about when one rs frying: things, aoo that is rneta phoricalfy did fagt night." "W'nat is tne purpose o intetview, maflam,?'' "First. to tell yqu what I ha-ve already saiAi; seCOnd, to ask you if ,-ou are still -prepared to Cclrrs out your agreement with mer \ "We are to leave. hee; ihen, as auartged, by the morn ing. trairt to-I'l'lQrrow r' "Yes."' "May I ask w1Io Wt11 accprnpany us to Argentina?, ''No. You wiU rtot pe-made awar:e artybody is accompanying 4c. s001ething to compel the attfntion of your unknown escort." J wlt the. fainte9t syggestiop of a appe<\rec!_. j9r an on lt e.v.j.dent, that shedid n0t J.i,ke


r6 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKI..Y. There might be one man irt that unknown '\\SCott, arld there '-might be several, but she was not to kp.ow who they were at all. "Don Patricio/; sht: said): and: there was a'dmiratio11 in her voice-and her eyes, also, as she looked at him, "y1,:m snould have been chief o:ver a. department of the secret se rvice. you would have become famous. you have the qualities, and the curtning." "Tha:nk you. Am r to t:m?erstand that you are pre pared to carry out your part of the agreement for to morrow : "Yes." "AnSelf and the baron; as if in his last ;J;la,tsy had somehow foiled thern again, and she was teiling the l>aron ip that laugh o hers: told you so." But he shrugged his shoulders and went on, well with what he had done. His route took him past the office of the chief (rf po lice, and lie stopped there a moment, saying to that official, when he saw him: "I wish you would have your men look about the to-day and find out what has become of the two Ger mans, Von Huysen and Von Akberg. I have reason to believe that they have gone into hiding somewhere for a timf;l, and f would like to root them out if they have dc:me so." He had long ago withdrawn his letter of credit from the ba!1k in Buenos Ayres, and had deposited it, instead, with one of the banks controlled by hi's father-in-law; so now he took his way there, and in passing thtough on his way to the private. office, stopped long enough to dra'Y a check for some reftly cash that he wanted in his pockets; and as he passed it in at the window, the teller said to him: "I hope, Senor Garvan that you received that other thousand dollars all right, this m9rning ?" "What's that?" asked Patsy. "What other thousand dollars?" "Why, for the check you sent here by a messenger, ju5t as the bank opened this morning." "I sent no check here by any messenger this morning," said Patsy. "What are you talking about?" The teller looked frightened. His jaw dropped. "Wait a moment," he said; anp he began looking among his canceled checks nervously. .., Pt:esently he found what he was searching for, so he passed it through the winoow to Jhe young defective. "Th t is it," he said. "It was brought here by a mes senger as soon as we opened, this "'orning. Indeed it was the vel'f first check I cashed to-day. Do you mean to say, sir, that you did not send it? That it. is a forgery?" 1 ) "I certainly did not sign that check, arid therefore it )s a forgery," said Patsy. "It is a clever one, too. I don't k'now that I blame you for cashing it, under the circumstances." It was certainly a bold one, too, for it was made paya ble to Fritz Von Altberg, had been indorsed by him, and underneath his name on the of it 'fete written the words : "Indorsement cortect ;" and again the sig nature of Patsy had been cleverly reproduced. "That rather a bold move on their parts," he mused half-aloud. "I will deduct it from the ten thou sand I intend to pay over to madam, and let it go at that, I think." To the teller he 'added:


REW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. 17 "Don't give yoU(self any uneasiness about this' mat ter. I think knC)W\ how to get it back all right, or the equivalent for it. r will ask you to say nothing what ever about it for the present. Let it go exactly a! if it were really my own check. But hereafter don't pay out ahything on my check unless it bears this mark." ..:\nd he. made a private { mark upon it that was unmistakable, although not noticeable. Then he passed on into the But after a little he returned to police headquarters and aga_in interviewed the chief, to whom he said: "I have about made up my that you won't find those men to-day, chief. It is evident to me that they have looke9 up a tQey believe they will not be discovered ;" and he related the episode of .the forged check. "You se<:," he concluded, "Von Altberg, who is, of course, the forger, would never ifave written his own name on that check if he had not pretty certain that he could defy me. I know the man. He is a great coward, and the fact that he had committed an ;tct of boldness is proof positive to me that he has a secure place in which to hide-for the present, at the least." "But neitl;ter of tho$e men can be far away-yet." "True enough. And I don't think they are. Find them, if you can, by all and arrest them l!oth when fuund. And now want to borrow two of your best men to tal.ie a trip to Buenos Ayres for me. They are to act as escort to the baron and Madam Duprez," and he expl(\.ined exactly what it was he wanted. "They shall be at the vain half an hoar. before ing-time to-night," said the chief; and with that assur ance :Patsy left him ai\d returned to his home. Nor did he leave it again until after dinner that evening; in fact, it was nearly ten o'clock when he called Studley to him and said : "Now, Billy, are you ready to go with me? I want you to help me see those two people off." "Sure thing, Patsy. I for one will feel easier when they are well out of town/' A$ they were about to leave the house, Ade)ina cami and put her arms around Patsy's neck, and she whis pered in his ear : "Do be careful of yo)lr self to-night, querido mio. I shall wait up for you until you you know." "What nonsense, dear. It wil! be after one o'clock before I can possibly be back here. You had best go to bed411d to sleep." "No," she replied. "I shall wait up fot you." As he was passing out at the door, he said to Terrence, who' S!Ood there: vrm uneasy to-night, Terretl:e. I feel as if something was going to happen. I want you to be especially on your guard I retum_ ; will you ?" "Always on guard, : sor." Satisfied with that assurance, he and Studley went away. .. They walked as far as the where they lingered a while, ut;rtil Patsy thought it was as wei) to go to the station and keep a watch out there. It had occurred to him that, after all, the two Germans, having possessed themselves of the thousand dollars, might seek by that same train to get over the border into Argentina, or might even now to go aw?y with the baron and madam. He was willing that they should do so,. for he meant to deduct the thousand from the moner he was ultimately to pay th; woman. }lis oply desire was to get them out of the countr}', where they would not be an hourly menace to Adelina. But there was no sign of any of at the station when he arrived there. At twelve o'clock the two detectives in plain clothes ar an

t8 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY: nme thousand, instead of ten, aboard the vessel on which you ,sail,." "Then I go_." "As you please; but I think you will ... She shruggeq be'" shoulder.s. In a moment she in-quired j '.'Who are-to be m:J jailers, $eilor ?" "Your jailers, madam?" "Well, our escort, then ? Wllo are they ?'1 the brakeman, and her nainmen, J possibly. Here is a lettl!r for ;xou whith you may de-li\"6 ia. perso.a to tbe t:hi.ef of at Buer!(}s Ayres whelil yQAI urwe-the!-e. I wild. tell you !WW that it wiLl Mt wwtb y'lur w"hik to w:rite a new one to replace it, {Qt the reason tbat a cCIP,y of this one 1has abeacty abead of yw by: mail. I antieipated tbe faet that it might oceur to to. destroy this ldter wr:ite a new tP t:l.fet' him in its are a ,verY: far-seeing young gentlemaJll,. Mr. Ganran." <.s.J try to "lAta-} :F Js a skip then, ready to. take us ;Away ?' "That I do no.t know M)t the cltie:,. l -will attend to. a.JJ, those inci:den.tala'' "And if we are pbliged to remain a time in the dey, where are we to stop and what we to: ?It I is not inthe agreement tOOt we should be. rent reason fclr the sen sation. he grasped Studley by !Pie and hurried him onwa'<1. S() tb:U thy at last auived at the door which e>pmed upOD the court., at a TeTy rapid pt. To their ast-0n.ishment, the cloor, w-hi'h shmlld ha.ve: b.een closed at boar, stood open, and as Patsy stepped through if, he stambled O!VH' the: hudclled 'D.My oi the l)ing all!OOst across it, is. the dattk, i.msidr. .. A gla.nee anc;l a toum told Pmy that the. man was and a call ta Studlt.y he leaped over the prostrate figW'e and ran wi.th aU speed fat' the room. where he knew that Adelina should be awaiting him He knew in that that the plow he had dreaded had fallen. \ CHAPTER IX. A MURD EROUS ATTACK" IN' TEI.It ll"fGHT. l'l\e room was-trot empty, aitn()lfgii Adelina n.et But Terreoce O'Toole was there, lyirrgt {mlne 1!f>OH his back, to. all appeat!ance m

NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. 19 He was breathing yet, however, and Patsy saw that the blow had been a glancing one, not necessarily fatal ; he realized, too, that the only source of information as to what had happened dwelt in t4e unconscious Irish man, and so he at once gave his attention to bringing him ar.ound as speedily possible. "Telephone to the police, Billy," he directed, "and then go to the 1don's room and see if he has been dis turbed. Look into Anita's room, also, and find out if she was taken away with her mistress, fot there is no doubt that Adelina has been abducted." It was strange how cool he was in the face of this aw ful emergency ; but his brain seemed to work with un usual clearness, and while he toiled over Terrence in the effort to bring him back to consciousness, he found himself thinking out plan after plan fdr overtaking the abductors and rescuin\ his wife. He knew instinctively that this was more of the madam's planning; knew that she had done it so cleverly as to clear her own skirts of participation in the act; knew that the forged check for a thousand dollars was connecte? with it, in order to supply them with the funds necessary to carry out their purposes; knew that at the moment of his yarting with the madam at the station she was laughifg at him, unQ.prstanding in advance about what he would find awaiting him when he got home; knew that the baron had been .mocking him when he raised his hat and waved his hand, and delivered him self of that wolfish smile as he boarded the train. Then, as Studley returned to tell him that the don had been le{t undisturbed, and that Anita was also gone with her mistress, Terrence opened his eyes and gazed wonderingly up into Patsy's face. Another swa llow of the brandy brought him around quickly, now that consciottsness was returning and in a moment he sat up, putting his hand to his head, but drawing it instantly from the rude lrandage that Patsy had placed around the \ wound. His eyes were red and and, in spite of his efforts to keep them open, they closed. "I wish.hey'd killed me!" he muttered. "Sure I never thought that any such could get the best of Terrence O'Toole." "If you can tell me what has happened and just how it happened, Terrence, I wish you would do so without delay," said Patsy, with all the composure he could master. "Ies mighty little I know about it, sor, save that that scoundrel Jose wan of thim," he replied weakly. "I could have guessed that. Tell me all you know ] about it, Terrence." I "It was after eleven, sor-about half-past, I think," I he replied. "I was sitting in this room with the missis at the time. had called me in half an hour before that to get rrie to tell her all about what happened in Buenos Ayres when you were there. "You know, you had promised her the story many times, but she1 said you had never told her all of it, and. she wanted to hear it." "Go on. Go on. Get down to cases, Terrence." "Let me tell it in me own way, please, sor. Maybe then you won't blame me so much." "Hurry, then." "The woman Anita was here wid The missis told me to sit in that chair over there by the dure, and I had been there, as I say, about half an hour, mebby, when there was a rap agin' the gla,ss of the dure. Just a low rap, stJ:h as the would give, if you seMt a message home, and he was bringing it in to us." "'I understand. Go on." "That's what I thought it was, I remember. Onyhow, I rose up an opened the dure ; and, sor, as I trun it open, one of them divils outside dashed a handful of red pepper into me two eyes." "Red pepper', eh ?" "I suppose I staggered back a little. I dunno if I did or not; but a71yhow 1 for him with the next in stant, and I got me two hands 9nto him-by the throat it was, and it made him holler. And then it was that I recognized thd voice av that fellow Jose. was choking the life out of him to the quane's taste, when I a clip side of me head that made me see all the stars that ever were-and that is all I remem ber about it." "You did not see any of the men to recrizc; them, did you?" "Faith, I didn't see anything at al( sor. Wid the pnp per in me two eyes, I couldn't. But I heard that voice. I know that feller." "Did you hear any other voices?" "Not one; only, of course, the .missis let out a scream when the pepper was trun ihto me eyes. I think, j-ust as I was falling. that I heard a pistol-shot, but I can't be sure of that."


20 NEW NICK CARTER. \VEEKL Y. "Do you think you can stand on your feet now and walk, Terrence ?" "Sure I can. sor. I'm a little wake in the knees, but that'll pass prisint l y ." "There is a doctor just around the next corner to the south. Can you walk that far and have your wound properly attended to?" "I can,. sor; but oughtn't I to stay here and help you, sor ?" "You can be more help to me after you are patched up. If you can get to the do c tor's by yourself, go at once. If you cannot--" "I can, and will." Don Carlos had rushed into the room in the meantime, and had heard the latter part of Terrence's statement. He was calm and self-po,ssessed, and, although he was very p_ale and rigid, he spoke with calmness. He s h owed himself then to be the braveSt: of a brave man. "My son," he said to Patsy, ''how did they enter the The portero was at the door, was he not? And he ha$ been ever faithful." "He was not uitfaithful this time, sir,"' replied Patsy. "They have killed hiJ:.O." "Killed him r f'Yes. My idea is that two of them came to the outer door, and, while one of them rapped upon it and then stepped back awa.Y from it, the other concealed himself just outside; and then when Pancho stepped forward to see what was wanted, after the dooi:, the con cealed man reached around and stabbed him to the heart. That is the only way in which it could have been accom plished without giving Pancho time to raise an alann." "And then-?" "Why, then, with the red pepper, the rest was com paratively easy. They came to this door and rapped. When Terrence went to the door they blinded him with pepper. Tae whole mistake was in his, not remaining at his post, outside the door. If he had done that, this could not have happened.). I';But who has done it?" "My enemies." "And they have taken my daughter away? They have taken her away? Alas! to what fate?" "Be calrlt, sir. We will rescue her." It was at this moment that the police arrived on the run and assumed charge of things. The chief was with them, and he listened to Patsy's story with deep interest; particularly that part of it which related to Jose. "I have suspected ever since we arrested that fellow and frightened him into a confession that he was one of a fanner band of bandits who used to infest the moun tains above Lial-Lial," he said-. "If I am it is safe to assume that he has enlisted some of his former associates in this enterprise." "And in that case they would make for the mountains with their prisoners, would they not, chief r asked Patsy. "I don't know about that. Since you came 'to me this morning, to ask me, to be on the lookout for those two Germans, \ I have thought that I did not look in the right direction." "What do you mean by that?" I "I mean that they did not leave town by any of the roads that lead out of it. If they had done so, I would have discovered the fact.' "Then they were stiil in the city ... "No; for I have scourea it fJl?m end to end, and I would have found a trace of them if they had been in hi ding." "Then-,. "There was only one place where I did not search, Mr. Ga rvan; the one place where I should have searched, too:" "And that was-?'' harbor." "By Jove !' Patsy started to his feet. ; "The very thing!" he exclaimed. "The very place they would select for hiding would be aboard some vessel, if they could get on one. Neither of those two men would take to the mountains. They are city bred, and city broke. The mountains would be literally a wilderness to them. Chief, let us lose no time in making An inspection of every in the harbor which is the suspicious, for I believe on my soul that that is where they have taken my wife. We must overtake them, somehow, be fore a day passes." "Come, then," replied the chief. "Don Carlos, wi.ll you accompany us, or will you remain here ?" "l would only be a hindrance to you, gentlemen," said the old man. "I am too old a man to be of aid. No ; I .vill remain here and content myself as best I can until you brineme good news. My son?" "Yes, sir.''


NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. 21 "Heaven bless and aid you in yor efforts. Go now." It was a few minutes past two in the morning when the chid of police, witb. two of his men, and accom panied oy Patsy, Studley, and Terrence, who had insisted upon being allowed to go, entered the police launch for their tour of ibspection; and it was daylight when they returned again to the wharf, disappointed in their search. While the others were attending to the launch, and while the chief was giving his men some further orders, Patsy strolled up the mole alone, very much dejected in spirit. The men had stolen away his wife, and had left no trail behind them. There was absolutely no anywhere as to the direction they had taken. To the west of him was the wide expanse of the Pcific Ocean, and to the north and south and east, a limitless country. He did not know which way to turn. He had to confess himself badly puzzled. He was not conscious that any one approached him until suddenly he heard a voice at his elbow, and that it was saying; -"I beg your pardon, sir ; but I take it that you are an A.inerican. Well, so am I, and I don't know how to speak this lingo down here. I'm a sailor sir, afore the mast, and I had a berth on the Frauline Berger that was at anchor out yonder last night. She was a Dutclunan, to be sure, sir, but I shipped aboard of 'her at 'Frisco, for want of a better chance. And yesterday, sir I got shore leave, thinking she was to lay here for a day or two, and ooow she's pulled up her hook and gone off in the and left me. That's the truth, sir, and I'm flat broke in a country where I don't know the lingo. I ain't got the price o a breakfast, or a drink, or a pipeful of baccy. I thought maybe help me a trifle, sir, or get me a job somewhere, seein' that you're an American." Patsy listened silently to the end o the tale; then ab stractedly he took some money from his pockef, and gave the man a bill. "Tell me about the Frauline Berger," he said. "You have interested me." CHAPTER X. A FAS'JI' CHASE DOWN THE COAST, The sailor looked at the bill and gasped; then he said! "Say, mister, you didn't look at what you was givin' did you? This here bill is a ten-spot.'' "Very well; you may keep it. You will probably need it all ; only be careful of i1, and don't blow it all in at once. Now, tell me about the that braught you here." "She ain't nothin' but a, German tramp, sir, aw' d her captain is the biggest brute I ever shipped with. His name's Von Huysen, and.....--" "What did you say his name is?" "Captain Hans Von H11ysen, sir. A big brute of a man he is, tao, always ready to knock one -of his men galley-west, if he happens to feel in the humor to do it." "And when did you reach portt "We dropped anchor yesterday morning just at day light, sir; out there off that point, It was pretty well out, but I heard the old man say that we weren't to stay here but two days. The mate dropped the idea among the men somehow fhat the dtp'n had a brother some wheres hereabouts, that he wanted to look up; but I guess the brother found him first, for yesterday morning about two bells-that's nine o'clqck, sir-there were two men came aboard of us, and one of 'em was a dead ringer for tlie old man, only for a scar he on the left side of his face." Patsy wheeled in his tracks and called aloud. "Chief, come here!" he said. "And you, Billy. Come alpng, } Terrefl.ce; we have got a 'Clue at laa-t. Now, my man"-to sailor again-"you shall have three or four more bills just the same as that one if you can help us out. What did those men do when they went aboard the ship you were on?" "Well, the one who looked like the cap'n-him afld the cap'n embraced each other like a couple uh wimmin, and then they went below. About an hour after 'that the cap'n came on deck again and had himeU put aahore in the small leavio' the two wi11iton in the c.bin by themselves. The old man was gone about two hours, when bac:k he comes with a greaser chap, I'd call him, and they took him into the cabin, too. after a while, the dago illlf-they're llll dago's to me, sir-come up smiling as if he was mightily pleased about something, and the eap'n made me and an other sailor put him ashore over there behind the point.'' "Thiit must have been Jose," said Patsy to the chief. ''Without doubt. And when he was put ashore he went to find some one to help him in the work that was done last night. Go on, sa.ilorman." "There ain't nothin' more to go on about, sir. 'Long


' 22 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. about the midd le_ of the afte rn oon I asked for permis sion to go ashore, e xpect in' it to be r efused, and I ought to have kn owed by the way it was give to me that they I wanted to get rid of me. .. 'All right,' says the old man when I axed him. 'You kin go, only be back by eight bells to-morrow morn ing.' I ough t to have susplcioned someth in g, but I didn't." "And you went ashore at did you?" "Yes; and filled up chock-ab lock, more's the .pity. But wasn't so full but what I knowed that dago chap when I him, along about seven bells of the night watch." '\ "That would be eleven o'clock. Where did you see him and who was with him?" "I was just com i ng out of a saloon a little ways up there from the waterfront, and I sighted him and two other chaps skinnin' along the stNet toward up-tow n. And a little ways astern of them was the two chaps that had gone aboard the Frauline in the morning. 'Ahoy, there !' I sung out to them ; and the big feller that looks like the cap'n came over to my side of the s'r eet and fetched me a S\fipe on the jaw that sent me I wasn't any too steady on my pins, anyhow." "Did you see any of them again, after that?" "Aye, aye, sir; I did that." "When and where?" "It wasn't more than an hour afte r w a rd. I was so. bered a little by that time and was trying to do some chinnin' with a couple of these Valparaiso girls, but as they couldn' t understand me, and I didn't know a' word they said, we didn't get along very well. But while I was c h i n nin', or tryin' to--it was up there on that cornerdown the street comes a keerage, and when it got here / where we are standing now, out climbs me two coveys-the same wot called on the old man, you know-and I sees 'em lift something out of the keerage and put it into the small boat that was waitin'. And then they takes out a sec ond bundle and does the same with it; and then the gals I was tryin' to chin with ketched me by both arms and made me take 'em in and treat 'em.'' It wotild be impossible to give an idea of the ness and the impatience with which Patsy listened to this sir." "Where were you cleared from ?" 'Frisco." "And for what port?" "Plumb around to New York, sir. 4astwise, that is what I was told." "Is the Frauline a fast ship?" "She's the siow)est old .tub I was ever in in all my life, sir. She couldn't make more'n eight knots td-,save her life." ,., '\_ "Ch ief"-Patsy wheeled upon the officer-"my wife and her maid are aboard that ship. They are in the power two fiends. My father-in-law in fluence with the government. Out yonder lies a Chi1 lean torpedo.boat. Don't you think you could get the Minister of Marine, at Santiago, on the telephone, and from him secure the loan of that torpedo-boat to over haul the Frauline! Try it, won't you? And in the meantime.. I will have myself put aboard the torpedo boat and will explain everything to the officer in charge of her. In that way, if he happens to be a good fellow, we will be ready to start the minute you get back here with the order. Do you think it can be done?" "I'm sure of it, particularly as the Minister of Ma rine happens to be my very good friend. You may tell Lieutenant De Costa that I will return with the order all right. He may make his preparations." Patsy flung another bill at the sailor and turned and ran toward the launch which was still at the wharf; and twenty minutes later he was climbing aboard the tor-pedo-boat. 1 And here he was surprised and pleased to recognize in Lieutenant De Costa one of the guest& at his wed ding; one whose face he had particularly liked, and it did not take him long to relate all the dreadful incidents of the night, and the result of them. "I won't even wait for orders," said the lieutenant. "I know that the chief will get them, and if you say the w0rd I will anticipate them and go right ahead without bim." But already they could see the chief waving at them from the pier, and the launch was sent back to bring story; but when it was t;nished he was ready with his him out. q uestio ns. / "Now, my man," he said, "your ship had no cargo to put off or take on at this port, did it?'' In less than an hour from the time when Patsy discov ered the torpedo-boat in the harbor and thought of ma king t:se of it, they were skimming like a mackerel I .,


NEW CARTI!:R WEEKLY. hro u g h the water in put!ruit of the German tramp that he sailor blld dEscdbe(t, "If the Frauline got under way as soon as .V(In Huyen returntd aboard of htr with his prisontrs," satd atsy, t.,e litutenant, "they should have tarted between one and two o'clock morning. It s how eight o'clock, and that would give her at ix hours' start of us. J f she make's no tnore than tight nots, as the Bailor said, that woUld take lber abOut lifty iles the Yott say we have a llpted of wenty-two knot!t ?" '*Yes. that .A trifle more, I think." "Call it twenty, to be on the safe side. That will take us eighty miles in four houtll; and four hours more wm be ten houra out for the Frflim, which would take her eighty miles. Lietittinant. we ought to overhaul them at noon." ''I was }U!;t that same ,.mg ''Tpe captain might have notiCed the torpedo-boat in the harbor, arid befng fearful o and its conse quences have insisted that he would not carry them farther than here. 1n that case yott"iwm hatte an over .. Iaild chase now; and if yoo dh; you will find a brother of mine ; Jiving at San Pedro; three miles inland, who will lend ) ou horses and render you all the aid in his power. He was also at the wedding-and will recognize you. Now, I am to stop that ship and search her. Will you go aboard with me, sir ?1 "'If you think r had better use the tirne."'' "I do, by aB means. We must be satisfied that your wife is not on board." The torpedo-boat swamed directly across. the bows of the big tramp and discharged a Small gun, as an order ior her to bet engines. "We will, too, or bt-fore that." "What will you do when you overtake her?" But kept on, as if she would run the 'Lay across her bows and order he'f tg l>top her dJ little craft down, until the Heutenanl, with in gines and permit tne to go aboard oi her. That's 1 band, called out: I'll do." :Back your engims, there, -yoo and Itt "And if refuses, pointing to his German flag." me come aboard of y(}U, or I'll sink you." "Mr. Garvan, if he flies the flag of every nation m There was that in the. voice oi the young man wfricb Europe, I'll go aboard of her. No vessel shall come told the Getman that he had better .obey, and into a Chilean port and carry off women in that fa.shin another moment the big ship was backing watey-; and ion." ten rrtil'ltttes later Patsy and Lieutenant I)e climbed Word was sent below to give the torpedo-boat all the aboard of her. eeond officer IJf the power she would stand, and she seemed fairly to fly with them. through the water. the !jpeed s,low enough ho Patsy, anxious as he was o'Yer the possible fate of his klved one. It was a quarter past eJevm when sigl1ted a O&el ahead whkh they had no doUbt was the ship tq were pu:rswing; but even as they disc.(jye)cd her, she rounded a point of land wbkh Heutenlnt said was Point Totr1ewhat older and was abo without the livid scar, might readJly have been mistaken for Von Huysen himse1f. He began to sputter about an outrage on the high 5eas, .but the lieutenant stopped him1 had some pa5omgers--fou.r this sllip when you left Valparaiso.," "WheJe are they?" "I had no passengers, but one. He is here now/' was tht-reply. And evert as he spoke, the burly figure of Von Altberg came wt of the cttbin-door. He walked !:.' wiftly aft toward Pauy, and as ar>prm.chtd hfrrt suddenly right han-d, pointed a full at Paty's heart, and puttied the trigger. But Patsy was quicker than he. He saw the act, artd on the rnlide one of those wonderful snap:-ihots Clf delivering tt btfore Von Altberg had qutte pttlled


24 NEW NIC.K CARTER WEEKLY. the trigger, and sending a ball through Von Altberg's ..... wrtstJ "Captain Von Huysen," said the co4lly as if nothing had happened, "you are under I will leave this officer aboard to you back to Val-' ... .paraiso." CHAPTER XI. THE CHASE TOWARD THE MOUNTAINS. It did not take long to determine the fact Von Huysen and the two women had indeed been put ashore at Navidad Bay, but that Von Altberg had utterly re fusep tp a,ccompany him. He had evidently had and was only to get away from that part of the world. But when Patsy Ftppeared so suddenly aboard the ship on which he w11s a passenger, and he realized that he was caught, after all, a nd must be returned Val paraiso to stand trial for his crimes, he made the effort already recorded to shoot the man he hated, and only succeeded in getting ta ball through his own wrist a consequence: The_ lieutenant placed his second officer in change of the tramp and ordered her to return to Valparaiso, esr carting her with the torpedo-boat, and Patsy and Studley, with Terrence, were put ashore at the spot where Von Huysen and his captives were landed from the Frauline. It developed during the questioning p rocess that Jose and another of his I;,nd were with Von Huysen, and it was likely that they had voll!nteered to guide them across the mountains. "Don't forget one thing, Mr; Garvan," the chief, atJ moment of parting, for he had to return to his duty in the bity, "and that is that Jose, and probaply the other man who is witq him, knows e'lery by-path in these mountains. He has been a monn taineer his life, and a ban.dit most of the time.Take my advice when y,ou get ashore, and gq directly to the brother pf Lieu-. ten11":t .De H,e_ will supply you with and luck It was the longest three miles that Patsy had ever the to San Pedro, but it was .cov at two in the afternoon of .

NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. i.e has his prey well in hand, he can afford to wait. 'l'hat is your security-and hers, Patsy." "'If he has offered her \an instftt in any form," Patsy ground out between his teeth, "I will--" "Hush, old chap He has not-as yet. He has rtot had time. Only-we must overtake them befo're they get to the mountains." On and on they rode. pushing their animals to the limit of their speed and toiling up the incline of the foot-hills which lead to the high mountains beyond. were alxeady in a region that would have been called mountainous in any other part of the world; btit when one looked at the lofty peaks beyond, tnese seeQled but mole-hills on a plain. At six, they stopped to water their horses and to let them breathe for a few minutes. _Iy was mid summer, remember, in that part of the worfcl, and there was yet almost two hours of daylight ahead of them. But even while they rested, Tranquilino scouted out ahead of them, returning when they were ready to mount, and "We should come up with them in two hours more, at the rate we have been gaining,. senor." "Are you sure of that?" asked Patsy. "Si, senor. But we will them in a bad place; a place if they know that we are approaching, they can ambush us easily, and pick us off at their It is my own opinion--" "Well?" :'That it would be better to hold back a,d so give them a chance to go into camp ; then we could sfeal upon them silently, and--" "No, no. I will not hear of any delay." "It shall be as the senor says." Again the human bloodhound took : the lead and led them as erst as their horses could travel along the trail that the fugitives had followed. After a little, Patsy rode up alongside of him. "What sort of a place is it, where you think we will overtake them, Tranquilino ?" he "It is the beginning of a pass through the mountains, although you would not think so to look at it, senor. It is a freak of nature. Some time the ground was torn up fight there. It is as if the Almighty picked up millions of tons of rocks in His band, and then threw' them down to earth again in a confused heap ; a,nd the trail winds through there, as a snake crawls, and up above, to the right, high over the heads of all, thete is a straight and narrow path along the very edge of the cliff. It is called the false hope, because in coming this way travelers who do not know better sometimes follow it." "Well?" "It is only to find that it ends in the air, and that there is no way of getting down-that is, with a horse. True, a man may climb down or up, if he is agile; but a horse, never." A little more than an hour later pointed ahead of him. "There," he said. "Do you see those mighty cliffs, senor?" "Yes." "It is the place I desJribed to yoti. And now-do you see those specks, just moving toward the rocks?" "I do. I d6." "If we ride out upon this plain now, they will see us, senor, and know that they are followed." ''Let them it, then. !" And he urged his horse forward. It was half an hour of rapid running across the plain that intervened between them and tUe beginning of the cliffs, and in all that time they did not get another: view \ of the fugitives. Indeed, that one glimpse of them that Tranquilino had pointed out to Pa\sy, was the only sight of them th'"y qad at all until afterward. But they were soon to discover that they themselves had been seen, scarcely had thex daihed the which at the mouth of it was nearly half a mile in width, when the crack of a rifie and the whine of a bullet following closely it, informed them that the enemy had discovered them. "That was uncomfortably close," said De Costa, smi "I think it went within about an inch of my right ear. Hello! There is another. Look out-AhJ" One of his own inen, he wh0 had followed Tran quilino, reeled in the sad9le and would have pitched out of it had not his master caught him. "I think, Mr. Garvan, that we'd better hunt cover," he called out, as he lifted the man tenderly in his arms and carried him behind a mass of rocks that was near I at hand. But Patsy did not hear, for he had already dashed for-' ward toward the place from which the shots had : proceeded, and although there were several other report s in


NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. _, quick succession, and the bullets whistled uricdmfortibly dose to the young detective, not one of them touched him. Patsy fired twice with his revolver, as he rbde l:or ward, each time at the spot where he saw a little pnff of smoke; and his own shots must have gone clos-e, for the firing of the enemy was stilled. Sttdden1y he heard the clatter of hci-se's hoofs on the hard rock ahead of him, and, coming at that moment lltounci' a sharp turn in the trail, he saw two horsemen up the canon ahead of him, and he saw that they were driving in front of them a third horse on which was a woman. He raised nis revolver quickly and fired at the man that was nearest to him; and he saw him sink down in _,. the saddle and then slide out of it to the ground, while the horse, now riderless, gal1oped onward. And then the other man did a strange thing. He leaped from the saddle to the ground and let his horse. go onward while be himsetf took to thE! rocks, thus deserting his prisoner, whom Patsy knew to be the woman, Anita-Adelina's and duenna. But where was Adelina? He pulled his horse up sharply just as a cry from her out sharply and clearly along the reeky walls. 4'Patrick! Querida mio! Aqt,i! Aquit'-Patrick Sweetheart Here Here In her excitement she called to him in Spanish. Patsy looked in the direction from whence the cry came, there, high up above his &!aa, ctingi?g to the bare face of the cliff while he made his way along a narrow ledge that gradually mounted and higher, lie saw Von Huysen. 'The German was Adeiiaa ih his arms and holding her so that she afforded a for and Patsy could see even at that distance that his sweetheart's hands were bound together &nd th'at she was helpless to resist the man who held-her. With one quick leap he left the saddle and ran toward the rocks, crying out as he went: "Courage, Adelina I am coming;" and then he began to wOrt( his w:ty up the face of the after Von Hti'ysen. A.s he climbed, he heard rifle-shots behind hirri. He was that flattened the rocks neat hitn as lie: advanced, but he was totally indiiteJ.u. G1l on!" Then there were more shots behind and below him, and th,e sound of galloping horses, and then all was sb.1l save for the noise he made as ire climbed, and the rattt1ng of loosened stones down upon him, by Von Huysen in his mad efforts to rtach th-e top 'of the cliff. But all the time Patsy never for a moment lost Sight of the man he was after, and of the burden that man was carrying. CHAPTER XII. THE TRAGEDY ON THE CLIFF. Patsy gained steadily upon Von Huysen, and ytt the Gennan's lead was so great that the young tktective saw that he must arrive at the top long before he could hope to overtake him. What would he do then ? Was there a way for him to make good his escape after he should have scaled the cliff? Or would he turn about and" try to throw rocks down upon Patsy, who had so nearly overtaken him? Patsy asked himself these questions, but although he realized the seriousness of the last one, he did not relax his efforts to overtake the man. The narrow ledge which offered so frail a support to him, extended diagonall_y along the 1ace of the cliff. In places it was wide enough so that he could leap from rock to rock; but there were many spots where he h ,ad to cling like a fly to .the projections, and he could not hetp wondering how Von made it at all with the burden he carried. the man should fall, wiJh Adelina in his arms ? He did not think to ask that question till he was half way up the cliff, but then it occurred to him with sudden terror, for he knew that such a fall would kill them both. From below he could hear an occasional shout of en-from De Costa, but he heard no word from Studley. He did not know that was fifty feet below him, climbing also and using his great Strength he had never used it before, in a mad effort to overtake his friend and to be with hiin in what" was to come. Looking up always, with his eye! upon Von Huyser\


NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. and his burden, he saw the man at last pull himself over upon a wider ledge than the otqers. A narrow place enough, but nevertheless where he could sta_nd up right for a moment. He saw Von Huysen use his right hand to loosen a bit of rock, and then hurl it down the side of the cliff at him; but it whizzed harmlessly past him, ten feet away. The German's aim was poor. He evidently thought so himself, for he did 'not make a second effort, but with another look around hi111 he began to cllmb again. And now the way was for hi!TI, and he made more speed. He was approaching the top of the cliff at a rapid rate now, and Patsy knew that he must soon be there. Patsy reached the easier portion of the climb just at the moment when Von Huysen pulled himself to the fop of the cliff and stood upright. The young detective heard him laugh He saw him put Adelina down upon her feet and then push her roughly back so that she was sent reeling from the edge of the cliff out of his sight. He saw Von Huysen reach now for his holster, which until now he could not get at because of the burden he had been carrying. He saw him draw1 the revolver from the holster, raise it, bring it to a level, and take deliberate aim at himself-and for an instant then Patsy believed his time had come, for he knew Von H uysen to be a dead shot if he had time to aim. He was a practised duelist. .......__ And then a thing that was wonderful happened. J>atsy was dinrly conscious of the rushing forward of a slight figure behind the man who was taking such deliberate aim at him. She ran with her arms outstretched in front of her, bound together as her wrists were ; and she planted both her small hands directly in the middle of Von Huysenj back with all the force that her slight weight could to them; but it was sufficient. She struck him just at the instant his finger was il:lg the trigger, and the force of the impact sent him flying headlong out into spac;e, over the brow of the cliff. One shriek of mortal terror he gave; then his pistol cracked, even as he was in mid-air; and then down, down he plunl1ed, striking a rock here and caroming to other one there; rebounding again to still an other, until at last he struck the bottom of the gorge within fifty feet of where Fernandez De Costa was stand ing, gazing at the scene. "You saved your husband's life that time, girl!" Patsy called out to her ; and he struggled on upward toward her again. But even as he did so he heard her cry out again in affright, and for an instant he caught a glimpse of the savage face of Jose as he seized her in his arms and bounded away out of sight beyond the brow of the cliif: He knew now why Jose had abandoned his horse in the canon below. The rene'gade knew of. an easier way to the top of the cliff, and he had hastened there believ ing he would be in time to go to the aid of his emplayer. :t{e had not, however, been in time for that, but lie had been in time ,to seize upon the pri e himself, and now--With one last mighty effort Patsy ached the top of the cliff and pulled himself over. ... A hundred -yards away, running like a hare and with Adelina tightly d asped in his arms, was Jose. He was making toward an in the rocks through which he evidently hoped to escape; beyond which there was doubtless a path that he knew well. But as he ran, and as Patsy, out of breath as he was by his long climb, started after him with aJl the speed he coul<;l muster, there came still another figure upon the scene. Tranquilino dashed out from between other rocks far ther up the brow of the cliff, and ran forward to in tercept Jose and his burden. He was rather nearer to the opening in the rocks for which Jose was making than was the renegade, and Jose saw it; saw that he was headed off, and that now there was. but little hope that he escape. But he was resourceiul even in that extremity, for with a shout of defiance he leaped aside into a hollow space in the rocks, shaped not unlike a shallow letter U; and then he turned about, holding Ade1ina in front of him, and drew his knife. "Back Stand back!'' he called out in Spanish. "If eithe\ of you come a step nearer I'll bury this knife in her hfart ;" and he held th e murderous 'Yeapon ready to carry out his terrible threat if he was not obeyed. Patsy stopped stock-stili and so did Tranquilino. It was a moment fraught with awful consequences:


NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. Patsy called out suddenly to. the man. "If you will release captive and let her <:orne to me, I pledge yoti my word that you sha11 be permitt-ed to kave here and go your way unmolested ... "Ha of You 'fesptmlied Jose. "But what of him? What of Tranquilino Lun11.? Will he promise as mdth ?" For the space of a mirmte the!"e was utter silence while Patsy tooked inquiringly at Tnnquft.il'lo; and after the 1'l'l()ment was the man dropped hi-s chin upon his breast, and replied: ""St, senor; I wiU promise, also." On the imstant he hear.d that, J

NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. .2g NEW YOU, 22, :t9QS. 'TI31tM.S TO NICK CARTBR W13BKL.V MAIL SUBSCRIBERS. CPH/(lp ,Jfne.) Slajlle CopM8 or s.dt NWQbeu, lk:. &cia. 8 UlOnthe .,_ I Qne year ..................... ;.l>O JllOnth8 sz;o. 2 OOllilll! oue ;yll!lr .. ........... 4.00 6 months 1 oopy two ye&l'S "-.00 I Bow lllODeJ'-liY poat.o.flloe or money order, l'tlglstAlrlld l&Wlr, ba,nk ohook or draft, at our risk. ,At your own risk 1f eent itY oWTenoy, or l!tatnpe In ordinary letter. B&Qelpt.a.....Rooetpt of ;your remittanoe is &()knowledged by proper >Mange of 'PU'lllber on-your label. .lf not correct lfOU llave not been propetly .arolllted, let us knDlW at onee. t STRE13T A SMITH, P.ubllshe r&, 79 Seventh Ave-, New York City, [ TALKS WITH OUR READERS. One who was an engineer in the Dark Continent has the ifpllo.wing sb:angt: story to tell our boys : "'Aq, but that's a big, ugly baste down there!' .said my r:eman one no .do11bt that fhes.e creatur:es are tremel y .SIIl'P.llg. JLMQUis, my fir.eman, the t;uard, and 1 wer<> two hours getthat ;t1:ack 111ep&i.t;etl":beofore I dared run over it. "About a week later the section men reported tnck n up agam in much same way; a.nd a few days afte.r a t a passenger--train was nearly derailed The next ng Mr. Sawyer, an offiCill.l of tbe line, and two ofher came .@wv on our tra: itl, armed with guns, to t for ,thf mis.chief-mak.i.o,g 1'h.inocer o s among U1e1 swamps down lake-shone&. \ '']be..y did not M.d hw. Mr .fiawy.er was emrWnc.ed, llttw that the animal was a dangerous one to trafiic, and my next tr.ip he gave me his gun, with eKpr.ess tltat H I saw the rhinoceros I was to stop my train :and try' to shoot ;it. "There were then but three trains over that part a the road, and the rules were not quite as strict as if it had .been a hundred-train line. "A lo.comotive-.cah .is no place for firearms;; ,but we J?Ut our elephant-gun in the tool.Jmx, .and .carried it there for a we.ek or m6re. _Hollis wa.s on the lookout, .and at last one .day, on our outward run, he spied the quarcy agaiq, this time down among the sloughs toward the lake. 'There she is !' exalaimed, in great .,sle.e. cannot .say /that I was -verf enthusiastic; but orders are orders. I tile .train. "Hollis had bro.ught out the .gun. J took it from him, tried the lock, and. looked up .my ..extr.a 'Hollis, you y,Ollng oieoundrel,' I said, :ynu'.JVe got to help me in this rhinru;eros.Jtuntil}_g, so come -on I' "We stqrted down thrDllgh the swamp The thinoeeros had sc.ented the ttain and made oft ; hut we .went round to windward through bog-gra&;, .mud, and w.atar for half a mile or m6re, peeping ahead and listening all :the .time. "'Ther.e ib:!' suddenl:Y whispor.ed t Halli e.xcibldly. "SuO! enough, we .caQght a glinwse oi the black back ov.er some reeds. l .wam t particulaclc' for the running was bad if the ,brute should cbaqre us. "Hollis was in .a perf.e.ct e,.re r of exaitenumt, but dared not .even whi:{per. I determined to risk a ihot. "'Stoop. down, and ru ,rest the gun your back,' I whispered to my .fireman. rHe looked at me .with pretty wide-Dp:en eyes, he 1was game, and did .afi I told him. "1 then tried to aim at a point )just back of the rhitwc.eros' fore shoulder ; and I shall .,u.eY.Qr how Hollis' hair stooo up as he sguat.t&d tihere ..w.iili that big gun a-cross his hack, .for me to shoot. I must do him the Justice to say thft .h'e ..kept quite .&till. "I fired \ The recoil of the big gun nearly knocked us both Dver. We .heard a ier.ri fie inDrt, folloWed by. a hoarse, baw!itlg .noise, as if of ,rage ; then :we turned and bolted like two madmen for the railway. "Some parts of the way we were knee-deep in mud,, but we never stopped until we were 'bQck in the locomotive and up .in the .c;ab. wanting 't() 'be chatted, 1 told HoHis to say nothing of the adventure ; but the guard of the train must have told, for Mr. got wind rof it a_nd chs:ffed me unmercifully. He scoffed at the idea that 1 had done the rhinoceros any .hann, and I did not much tbelieve so mysf!H. "But on :fue return run, days later, a5 we passed the p1ace, we saw thi-toty to fifty hyenas down ;in the swamp, and knew well enough from this circumstance that the body of some 1arge anima1 was lying there. 1 concluded that it was that of the rhinoceros, for we never saw her again.'' 1 Details of a safe robbery which easily puts to shame anythin .&' in that particular !We ever credited to progressive American "y._eg,me.n" were brooght";tt New York recently by John L. McPherson and Simon Grant, expent .tli\>6t't, who returued ir.om }Jaiti on the Atlas liner .Gra:eow. Tbef made lliturov.ery that a 11afe, containing valuables worth $so ; ooo, 'had 'been stolen froryt tbe admiral's quarters in tlile Cret w which has 'been Qn I


"' 30 NEW NICK CARTER WEEKLY. the bottom of Gonaives Harbor for five years. Haitian officials were astounded at the disovery, and could not find the slig h test clue to the identity of the subma r ine thieves. That the job was done by Americans, who had learned of the treasu re, was the suggestion of certain Haitian authori ties, but the two divers repudiated the questionable compli-ment to American enterprise. McPherson and Grant went to Haiti early in April, to explore Gonaives Harbor and recover, if possible, the safe's treasure and several hundred guns which sank with the ship. They are employed by the Larkin Wrecking Company, of Jersey City. The Cret La Perriot got in trouble five years ago with a German g_l!nboat, the Panther and her end came forthwith. The Haitian craft held up a German merchant man during revolutionary troubles in Haiti and seized guns a.nd ammunition. A short time afterward the Panther got after the Haitian ship and fired on her. The captain of the latter craft, rather than let his ship fall into foreign hands, explode d a .c",harge of dynamite in her caused her to sink almost instarttly. Several persons were killed, but .the cap tain escaped. It was known at the time that the safe in the admiral's quarters contained money and valuables amounting to upward of $so,ooo, but nothing was done toward recovering them. The authorities explained their delay by saying that time would not change the location of the wreck or desfroy the valuables, and added that when they them they would send divers down after them. McPherson and Grant had no difficJ.t-lty in finding the sunken gunboat or in locating the admiral's room. But when they sought the1safe they found that it had been taken away. The condition df the walls where it had stood indicated that it had been removed recently. A thorough search of the entire surroundings was made, but no trace o:f the tr easure vault wa' s found. The only conclusion was that thieves had taken it. While on the bottom of the harbor, a few days afterward, the two divers had a thrilling experience, resulting trom an earthquake-shock. THE WRECK A T PINNOT RIDGE. BY W. L. SUMMERS. All day the wind had been howling round the house. We enjoyed the fire in our "den" at home too much to venture out after school into the storm. In the midst c f our preparation for next day's lessons, a hurried knock ::t the hall door was followed by the entry of a fisherman from the village. Father was wanted-..-a vessel was among the rocks at the extremity of Pinnot Ridge, and was sendiqg up sig: nals of distress. Books wete hastily flung away. Dick Weston-who altyays worked in the evening with me and I followed father aut into the pelting rain. "Keep out of mischief, boys," father e xclaimed; and he strode on against the wind, leaving usar behind. It was as much as we could do to st nd against the wind, which seemed every moment to i crease, and it was with great difficulty that we reached the beach. There we found all the fishermen congregated in small groops about the boats. Old Tom Batesut that the boat had been up set, and two of the crew injured. "Have they sent to Porton for the rockets anq boat?" I inquired. "Yes; but they won't be hete in time. Another hour will see that craft broken up on the rocks. Like epough, too, the boat at Porton is wanted elsewhere, for the whole coast will be strewn with wreckage to-morrow." Tom described the position of the wreck to-us, but the 6 the night rendered it invisible'. A small brig had run on the rocks at the farther side of the Devil's Leap. Pinnot. Ridge j\111ted out into the sea in a long, irregular neck of land for nearly a quarter of a mile. At high water its extremity was covered by the tide, but when the water .was low two large rocks were revealed, separated by a narrow channel of water. This strait, it was popularly supposed, Satan J:eaped one day in sport. The brig had between these rocks, and was grinding itself to p!_eces. It was too far from the ena of the promontory for any o the crew to along the Ridg.e, even if it had been possible to get ashore from that point. But it was believed to be impossible to clam ber out from the cliff along the Ridge to the "Leap, on account of the difficulties offered by the precipitous and slimy rocks. Nevertheless, Dick and J, after making 1several un successful attempts, had; on the previous Saturday afternoon, managed to reach tpe land side of the "Leap." But we nearly lost our lives while getting back after the tide had risen. Of this adventure we said nothing to our elders, fearing that we should incur blame rather than praise for our hazardous feat. "I say, Fletcher, why shouldn't we carry out a rope to those fellows? We can climb along the rocks, as we did on Saturday." "It's easy in calm weather and in daylight," I an swered, "but I wouldn't trust myself on those rocks to night fot any amount." 7If assuredly won't be so done tq-night," he swered. "But, to-day, we may save lives, while on Sat we only wanted to prove our pluck." He proposed to descend the cliff by the rough path we httd made, and get rounfio the Head ortto the lower Here one of us must stay, while the other went his peril .. ous way along the rocks. While speaking, he picked up a coil of cord that had been brought down to the shore ready for use. I agreed to accompany him to the Head, which was tolerably easy to reach, as the cliffs protected us from the wind; but the darkness compelled us to feel our way cautiously. At the Head we had to pick our way down by the slight projections of rock until we reached the lower ridg_e. We were still sheltered from the gale, but, on putting foot beyond, the wind m.)1: us so fiercely that we nearly lost our balance. "It can't be dorie," I gasped. Weston looked pale, but was determined to proceed. "I am going to try, and I hope to be So saying, he slipped off his sister, arid fastened one end of the cord round his waist, telling me to let it out freely as he went. In another moment he disappeared from sight, and I


NEW NICK CARTER WEEiq..Y. -could only judge oi his progress by the cord that I was letting out. About ten minutes bad passed when a .loud cheer from the shore made me wonder whether Dick's attempt had been discovered. The cotd .became slack, and lthere was no further pull upon it, until, afraid lest my comrade had fallen into the water, I tugged gently, and was much relieved when it was immediately p9fled forward. Weston was safe so far. The douds were beginning to br-eak up, and the moon appeared through them. The light was sufficient for me to discover Weston resting on the narrow ledge. A shore-boat, manne.d by fishermen, was stntggling in the waves, 'and Dick was waiting to see whether they would render his errand The rescuers, pulling pluckily, had approached quite tlose, when the wind turned the boat completely over. L>ud -cheers on shore told me, a few moments later, that some, if not all, had esc1lped. The attempt having failed, Weston turned and signaled to rrie to let out more rope. t uncoiled a good length of the cord, 'for I remembered that the narrow ledge, by which alone we had been able to. make our way, ran down. When Weston and I returned on Satur day from our, hazardous experiment1 this was nearly under water. The tide Wl!-S now higher, and the huge breakers would mgke that portiO{l of the journey dangerous. Watching his opportunity, Dick for a huge wave to recede, and then ran swiftly down the ledge until it rose above the level of .the water, but not before a couple of waves had nearly washed him his hold. T.he ledge now ascended, and, as soon as fie was be YQnd the reach of the foaming water, Dick turtw!d and waved his hand to me. When he reached the highest' the wind had full sway upon him.' For a ment he staggered under the force of the blast. His cap off w.,a. s tossed about on the swirling waters. Three times he tried to climb up and walk along the narrow ridge, but the wind was too powedul. and the third time a terrific blast threw him off his baiance. He must have fallen into the had he not fortu tely caught hold in desperation at a sharp .. -ptoiestion .tliat must torn his hands terribly. Almost before I had realized danger he was up 1W3-in,. making a fourth attempt. This time threJ one leg over the. -ridge and settled himself firmly astride, his scad streaming out on the It seemed hours before he r:eached the end of this narrow path, and was able to descend again by some smaU lesiges, until he was partially from the wind. ltere he. paused a while for breath, and then started anew. After a of minutes' easy progress, he came to the great difficulty that had almost baffled us in our previou s trial. A break in the ledge occurred, and a deep gully sepci rated Dick fr:orn tpe res.t 9f the prQmontory. .It was pot nry wide-that the difficulty. But, jp to Ftoss, we had had to clamber down the perpenrlicular face of the rock to a.nan:ow platf()rm,:. frotn which we to narrow-ledge opposit e; The featwas most ha:aardo1.1s; but we accmpplished still d ,ay, there comparative ease b .dging the gulf. W1th the wmcl hlowtng a tornado; 1t was impossible to calculate one's leap, and an inch too tpus,h"or too ,certain death to Dick. He pau.U ag&il1 when ht at this plad!; but time The vesscl might break up at any moment, and the crew be lost. f;Ie clambered down and disappeared from view. I waited to see hini rtapf>ear on the other side. The tope remained loose 'in my 'b1nds for several minutes. With a thrill of thankfulness l felt the rope become taut and Dick dimbin.g up the precipitous rock. He had trossed The main difficulty during the remainder of the journey kly in the extrtme t>f tht roeks. He had now reached the which, at water, was com pletely covered. T9e and green moss tttade the foothold .very precarious. Stumbling and slipping, with many tans, he made his way to the futhtr end of the promoqtory. The moon was again obscured by scudding clouds; so that I could no longer see but the rate at which he pulled out the rope me >that he had reached the extreme edge of the artd wa's pulling in the cord in order to coil it t& fling on board the wreck. For the first time I began to think of success in <:omiection with our mad undertaking. It would not be difficult to throw oord a distance of thirty feet-and J imagined that vessel could not be at a greater the moon shone ou. t, and 1 obtained Q good view of Dlck standing on the rocks, poising h.is CQil o rope. The first throw fell short, and Dick plumped do,wn on the ridge while he pulled in cord. The second time he threw with more_ vigor, but the wind the coil beyond the vessel. At the effort rope dropped across the deck. It was my turn to do something. Chttchillg tightly the preciotls cotd, 1 retraced my sttps to the-bacli. The nshermen were prj:!paring td launch a boat: r shouted to them to wait. "Why you call?" they demanded. "We have put a rope I" I antwaec.i, showing the cord in my hand. The men quickly attached a stouter cord, and that 1drf}Wn aboard., a $.trong rope ey means of which the ctew might get tq .lana. A. ba" sket was strung on, with and a dozen strong arms drew it to and ftom the.hrig. Before the first man had landed, a cry arose that the vessel WM radly breaking up.. ren:m:ining !riast broke short off, ''*d tell the A sp1mter struck Dick on th'e forehead, -and for a moment stunned him. regaining eonseiousness, he availed himself o his only chance. Cut off by the tide. he could not return by way he haQ come. He .made a rush for the :edge of the "Leap," undaunted by the spray and water. He attempted to alorig the falleo mast, ,bu*, when he had neady .the wreck, the wind -and, waves proved .too m\teh fqr him:. He relaxed his hold and fell into the surging His 11enseless body was :flung unceremonioUsly .. against the side o the wreck; and was drawli on board by one of the sailors. As soon as the basket 'fetutn:edi was placed in .it and pulled qUickly astror-1!: f:cther's prompt attentiot:I and surgical knowledge iSOoil'-brought him round, a:nd we had the satisfaction of seeing otne last man llafely landed .before the roeket;:apP-fira.tus IU'ri\Taf frdm Dick and l were theile.f.oes o t.lle'bour; Dick.


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