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The face at the window, or, Nick Carter's biggest effort
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Carter, Nick
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Ilnld Weekly. Entered as Second-class .Matter at t/M New Yori Post Office, l'Jy STREET &: SMITH, 79-89 Seventh Ave., New Yirr4. Cotyrig'11t, 1912, by STREET & SMITH. 0. G. Smith and G. C. Smitll, Proprietors. ,J'llRMS l'O NICK "CARTER STORIES MAIL SUBSCRIBERS. How to Send Money-By post-office or express money order, registered < '' (I'olf,age hee.) Jetter. bank check or draft. at our risk. At your own risk If sent by currency, . Slncle Coples or Back Numbers, St. Each. colp, or postage stamps lri ordi:,u-y letter. 3 nioriths. .,.: ................. 6qc. One year ........................... t2.60 Receipts-Receipt of your remittance Is acknowled_ gcd by proper change ol month& .................. .... ; ... 8Sc. 2 copies one year........... .. .... 4.00 of number on your Jf Df>t correct you have uot been properlr credited, 6 .......................... ..S!.25 1 copy two years .................... 4.00 and should Jet us know at once. No. 2. NEW YORK, 21, 191>2. Five Cents. ;rHE FACE AT THE WINDOW; NICK CARTER'S BIGGEST EFFORT. Edited by CHICKERING CARTER. CHAPTER I.* A TRAGEDY IN BROADWAY. Carleton Deering, once k11own as the "man from nowhere," was found dead in his law office in Broad way, .New York City. He had been shot to death while seated in his swivel chair at the desk in his private office. The bullet, a thirty-eight caliber, as was demon strated later at the autopsy, had penetrated the left side of his head above the temple and had ranged downward at an angle of twenty-three degrees and lodged inside the skull behind the right ear. Death -\vas said to have been mstantaneous. A round hole the size of a silver dollar, from which cracks and splinters branched out in every direction lik,e the radiations of light from a star, was in th.'e glass of the window located ten feet away from the desk. This window looked out upon the great thor oughfare o.f the city, and also upon the building that was opposite the one in which ]:iis offices were located. This demonstrated where the bullet had entered, and also at once established the fact that the assassin had fired it from that other building, which for obvious reasons we will name the Margate Building-because is not its name. ':fhe body was found by the chief clerk of the office when he arrived there in the morning. *'.Ihe .st.i:ange history of the man who was known as John Carleton for so many years, but whose real name was Carleton Deering. will be found in preceding issue of this weekly Two of the electric in the room had been switched on, and were still burning when the clerk made his discovery. There were many law books, opened and piled one upon another, on the desk in front of the body, showing that the lawyer had been engaged in the making of a brief at law when he was killed. Two small tables, one on either side of him, had been drawn up within reach of his chair for the accommodation of more books. The murdered man had been leaning back in his chair when the bullet was fired into his brain. His legs were crossed, the left one over the right; an open law book was on his knee; his left hand rested upon the open book with the index finger of it pointing at the beginning of a paragra:ph, as if he had been direct ing his tired eyes with it. His right hand rested upon the arm of the chair, and beneath it on the floor was a half-smoked cigar,. evi dently dropped from his nerveless fingers when the bullet hit him. Rigor mortis had set in when the body was found. The man had been dead many hours; just how many could not be determined. It was nine o'clock in the morning when the discovery was made. The clerk who found the body hqd been associated for a long time with his employer, and was devoted to him; he was also one of the cool-headed kind that have a habit of_ looking before they leap. His name was Percy Dalton. _,_,._-.......... .__.--.... {


NICK CARTER STORIES. His first impulse upon making the discovery was to surpmon the police, but Dalton knew Nick Carter. Be also knew that Nick Carter and his employer had long been close friends-particularly since a great change had come into the life of Carleton Deering, to which a slight reference will presently be made. Dalton did not sumgi.ort the police when he made the gruesome discovery. He seized upon the telephone and summoned Nick Carter. As soon as he had the detective in person at the phone he said: "Mr. Carter, can you come down here at once? A terrible thing has happened. Mr. Deering is dead. I shall keep the outer door of the office locked until you arrive, so. that no one else may enter until you do I will into the corridor to await your coming. And so it was that when the detective entered the law office, he and Percy Dalton, the clerk, were the only persons who knew of the tragedy. And now a few paragraphs in regard to the strange history 0 Carleton Deering, for it is necessary that we shot:1ld understarld something about it b!!fore we pro ceed with the story that is to be told here. Until recently Carleton Deering had been known atici:had practiced law under the name of John Carle ton. He had lived nineteen years of his life under that narpe. He had attained s uccess, eminence, and wealth as John Carleton, and had been favorably known everywhere . But his life as Carleton he had been the victim of a form of aphasia, and had possessed no me1116ry whatever of whom he had been before that time. Then, one morning following upon many da y s of clos.e appl"icatiort to his legal work he had fallen a victim to it a second time pas s ing fr o m Carleton back to the man he had been before On that morning he had encountered Nick Carter on the street with out kn o wing him at all althoug)1 Ca rletcin he had known the detective well. But Ca rleton had insisted that his name was Philip although his memory o f things, and of locali". ties, aHd' of the city of New .York itself ended ?t a time that was nineteen years before that particular morning. But he did remember persoqs a nd places that. were familiar to hini in that pre v ious existence, atid a:rn6ng fhe persons was a Doctor Parson'S who had befriended him in that long ago. Doctor Parsons was found. Through hih1 it was learned that ten years before the beginning of the career of Philip Maddox, a hoy had been found wan dering in the streets; a boy of seventeen:, who was an imbecile because of a wound that he had somehow re near the base of pis skull. That boy had been operated upon by competent surgeons. His intelligence had been restored, but n o t his memory; and to that boy, with his intelligence restored, had been given the name of Philip Maddox. Nick Carter persisted in his efforts to unravel the tangle of identities, Every kn o wn means was tried t o make the Philip Maclclox, wh orn Nick met on the streets that morping recall the of John Carleton, the lawyer and of the wounded lad wh o had been operated upon in a hospital so many years As John Carleton he had married, been blessed with a daughter then and hac:l l9st his wife ; but he remembered nothing of either of them_:...:.until that daughter returned from Europe. 'then, ever under the sympathy and love of his child, ll1el11ory had' been gradually restored. An aunt' of 11is, a sister of his mother, had bee11 found; and so ; lii tle by little, the memory of those two forgotten pa s ts can:ie back t o him. He assumed his right name, the name he had been horn with, that of' Carleton re sumed his practice of the law, took his aunt and his daughter to live with him in ci: riew h o use he had been building, and thing s had g o ne oh, evenly and smootl!ly, for alm os t a year c:tt the time of the of this awiul tragedy that has already b een partly des<:;ribed. Before Nick Carter entered the office whete the dead man wa s seated in his chair at his he ;i.sked a few questions o.f the clerk Dalt o n "\V hat time did you get here, Dalton?" he inquired. "Ori the stroke of nine Mr." Garter. I don t think it was many ninutes "after that when 1 called you on the telephone." :-._ N o It was five minute s pa s t nine when you calied. Tell me about the dis c ov er y "The. moment I unlocked the d oor I thonght that s o mefhing was wrong. I c o uld see that the lights were s till burning in Mr. Deering's private office. : 'I went int o it and found the body. Then I -telephoned t o y o u l o cked the d oo r ,' and came out here to wait Fortun a tely none o f the other employees hav e arriv ed as yet." . v VeU, remain here. Send everybody away who c o mes. I will s ummon y o u when I want you." Then the detecti v e passed inside the office, dosed and locked the door, and began his tig.ati on . CHAPTER II. . I CLOSED FOR "!'HE WEEK. '\ . The thing s that haye already been Nick Carter saw almo!lt at a .. glance when : he that ro o m of death The positi o n of the l)ody { its relati o n t o the wind o w through which the p ass ed he saw and understo o d. . _ The ver y first work that he did upon e11t_erfog .. the ro o m was characteristic. We will des<;:ribe j t, for it gi.ves. an ideci. of the thor,ot1ghness of his metho9s in a case of this sort. .: ... Remember, too, that the dead mq.n had friend; that they had kq o wn each other while was the lawyer (:rre op:,", and th,at during the la st year they h;id peen ,, But the detective cr4 s hed h_is sorrow into ground and ga v e him s elf only to the s L onal work that he had in hand. He had to Deering had been a friend .... .,. ... ,:


NICK CARTER STORIES. 3 He opened a in the desk where he knew that Deering had been in the h(!bit of keeping a ball of twine. He secured that and placed it on top of one of the piles of books near the body. He reached for the paste which the lawyer kept upon his desk, and, in doing so, discovered a piece of gum wrapped in paraffin paper, such as one gets from the machines in the subway stations for a cent. He put that into his mouth and began to chew it vigor ously V/hen the gum was softened he divided it into quarters and clipped off two short lengths of the twine. Then he fastened the four pieces of gum to the perforated pane of the window through which the bullet had passed, one above, one below the hole, and one at either side of it; and he fastened the four ends of the two pieces of twine beneath the of guin so that they crossed each other at the center of the hole. Then he cut off another section of the twine, much longer. He tied one end of it to the two pieces twine where they crossed each other over the hole 111 the window, and he drew it straight backward to the bo!'.ly-to the bullet hole _in the dead man s head. It was not difficult then for him to determine be yond any question of doubt from wh_ich window of tha-t building at the opposite side of the street bullet had been fired, and, having do!1e that to his sat isfaction, he removed the twine and the gum, and dis posed of them. Then he went to the telephone and called up police hfadquarters, having himself put into direct communi cation with the in charge of the detective bureau. "Can you account for it, Nick?" the inspector asked, over the telephone. "Not in the least, inspector," the detective replied. "You were rather intimately associated with Deerr ing, weren't you?" was the next question. "Yes. I have known him quite well almost elev.en years. For the past year we have been warm personal friends." "Have you got any theories about this case? "Not one." "Of course I will put some of my own men on the case, Nick, but I think I had better ask you to assign yourself to it, also." "I have already done that, inspector. I'll find the person who did this thing b.efore I take up another thing." "Good! We will work together, eh?' "Assuredly." "Well, I will attend to all the necessary details in the matter; the coroner, and all that. You may -go right to work in whatever manner suits you best." "AU right, inspector." I "I suppose the first thing to be done is to notify the family, eh?" "Yes. I will attend to that," replied the detective "I have not disturbed anything down here. Every thing is just as I found it." I know that without your saying so." "I may not be here when your men get here. Hustle the coroner up a bit, will you? I think the body ought to be out of here as soon as possible." "All right. You prepare the family. I'll attend to the rest of it." "There is just one thing, inspector, 'that I would like to say." "What is it?" "It has just occurred to me, since I have been talk ing to you, that there may be a clew to this thing among Deering s papers; in his safe or in his desk; or among his letters." "Possibly." "l' was going to suggest that you direct your men to leave them alone for the present, and tqat you and I come here together this evening and go over them. What do you think about it?" "I think that it is a good idea. We'll do it." "All The 1 1 I'll go to you as soon as I can get around to it." "Yes. Make it as soon as you can conveniently get here instead of waiting till evening "All right." Outside in the corridor of the building Nick found Dalton still on guard, but now he had the stenographer and two of the otber clerks for company. "I held them here till you should come out, Mr. Carter," he said. "J did not know but that you might like to talk with them." "Not at the present moment," replied the detective. "What I do want is this: You may all return to your homes, just now, or go where you will, but you are not to talk about this tragedy to any one. Remember that! You are not even to tell that it has happened: Just say that you have a day off, if any questions are asked. Understand?" "Yes," they replied in unison. "I want you all to be here to-morrow morning at nine o'clock. At that time we will discuss the matter thoroughly; and by then I will be better informed as to what questions I may wish to ask you. You may go now." They werit, all except Dalton, who lingered in obe dience to a gesture Nick made to him. Nick's first act then was to paste a placard upon the door which he had prepared while he 'Yas still inside the office. It read: "Office closed for the rest of the week. Apply at Room 1046." "Read that," he said to Dalton. "Yes, sir. I have read it." "I warit you to go into Mr. Miner's office and wait there. Tell Mr. Miner what has happened, and say that I sent you. Remain there throughout the day, and be there again to-morrow morning at nine. To all who appear, seeking Mr. Deering say that he died suddenly in his chair a t hi s desk las t nig ht and that


NlCK CARTER STORIES. you found him there this morning. You need say nothing about the murder part of it." "I understand, Mr. Carter." ''Some officers will be here presently. ;\Jmit them to the office, of course; but admit no person whomso ever, without due authority." "Very well, Mr. Carter." "You may return to the office now, long enough to call up the telephone exchange and ask for the manager. Tell hih1 that : Mr. Deering has died sud denly, and that no telephone calls will be answered from that number unless they come from police head quarters. Do you understand?" "Yes," said Dalton. "I will return here during the course of the clay. You are to remain in Mr. Miner's office all the day, as if you were in Deering's." "Yes, Mr. Carter. The detective sought the elevator. Below, he crossed the street to the building opposite and asked for the superintendent. CHAPTER III. THE WINDOW OPPOSITE. "Mr. Scisson," the detective said to the superintendent of the Margate Building as soon as he was in the presence of that perso11, "I want the number of a room on the twelfth floor of this building. It is the room into which the fourth window from the south end of it opens. what number would that be?' "Twelve-ejghteen, sir." "Who occupies that room?" "It is one of a. suite of fise rooms," \\'as the reply. "\Veil, that doesn't reply to my question." "The lease is it1 the name of a Mr. Paul Creighton. He sublets to other persons. I cannot say as to just who occupies that particular office to which you refer, although it is my impression that it is the one that Mr. Creighton reserves for himself. But you can easily ascertain--" "Yes, I know. What time do yoti close the building at night?" "It is never really closed, sir." "What do you mean by that-by not being really closed?" "There is a hallman on duty at the front door all night. Many of the tehants work at night. That is the habit all over town just now, it would seem." "But the front door, the main entrance, is locked at a certain hbur, isn't it?" "Yes, sir; at eight o'clock in the evening." "Do the tenants carry keys to that door?" "No, sir." "How do they get inside in case one of them should wish to do so ?" "There is an electric bell for the night man, sir. You would only have to press upon the button to bring him to the door to admit you." "I see; and to run the elevator, too, eh?'' "Yes." "So in case any person came into the building, last night, after eight o'clock, he was compelled to ring the1 bell for the night man, and it is likely that the night man would remember him, eh?" 1'Decidedly. More than that, too." "What more?" "He has instructions to enter upon a book, that he has for that purpose, the name and the number of the room of each tenant who enters the l!>uilcling after hours." "Oh! I see. So if any one came in last night after hours, the name of that person and the number of the room to which he was supposed to be going would be entered upon that book? "vVhat about persons who remain inside the building till after it is closed?" "No attention paid to them, sir, unless, of course, such a person happens to be an utter stranger;, but even then I suppose the night man would pay any attention to such a person if he looked respectable. The night man cannot be expected to know the faces and names of all the tenants." "Certainly not. Your night man 1s now at. his home and in bed, doubtless?" "Yes." "\i\Trite his name and address upon this card Jor me," said the de.tectivei prodticing one. "\i\Then you have done that, get the night man's book. I want 'to look at it." "Who are you, sir? You haven't told me that yet. I dG>n't know whetl1er I should show you that bopk or not." Nick told him who he was, and the book was forthcoming without delay. The record showed that only one man had entered the building after hours during the preceding night, and that he had entered it only fifteen minutes after the outer door was do eel and locked. There was no record, however, to show ,-.hat time it was when he went away again; and, strangely enough, that person was the Mr. Paul Creighton to whom the superintendent had referred as being the lessee 0 the suite of rooms of which No. 1218 was one. But Nick Carter came very quickly to the determi nation that it was merely a coincidence that Paul Creighton had been there, for, he argued to himself, if Paul Creighton had contemplated such a crime as had been committed, he would not have gone so openly to the so soon after it was closed. He would have remained inside of it, or--Well, the cletecth : e would investigate the subject, anyway; as it happened, it was destined to prove a foi::tunate circumstance that Paul Creighton had gone to his office after hours on that particular night, even if it did cast suspicion upon him for a time. Finding that the night man's book could tell mm nothing, Nick took the elevator and went to room p18. The glass of the doo was lettered and


NICK CARTER STORIES. beneath that word was the inscription : "Entranc;e at Room 1222." Nick went to 1222. The detective counted the names' upon that door before he opened it, and he copied each one of th 1 down on the back of an envelope; then he went in side. "I wish to see Mr. Creighton," he said to the stenographer, who looked up inquiringly upon his en trance. She directed him to the proper room without rising, anq. Nick passed into Mr. Paul Creightot1's office, closing the door after him as he did so. It was a genial kindly faced gentlemat1 of that type which is generapy called the "old school" who looked up from the morning paper he was readihg ati.d greeted the detective with a cordial "G:Jod tnoi:n ing, sir." "You ate Mr. Creighton?" T ick asked, drawing a chair forward and seating himself upon it; for h e was convinced the instant he sa\v this benign o ld gentleman that no such person as he was could have had anything to do with the murder of Carleton Deering. "I am," was the reply. "I am Mr. Carter, the detective. There is tny card,'' said Nick. "Will you answer me a few questions, :ivir. Creighton, some of which may appear to be rather intjmate and personal?" "On what subject, it you please?" "I would rather not e){plain that until I have asked the questions ; but the subject v.ill be made plain to yo u before we have proceeded far." "Very well. sir. I will hear the questions; but I will reserve the right not to answer them, unless--" "Oh, certainly." "Proceed, Mr. Carter." "What time did you lea ve thi s building yesterday afternoon, Mr. Creighton?" "Between half past five and s i x Q' clock. "You returned to it again, later, did you not?" "I did." "vVhat time was that?" "I looked at my watch as I entered at the st r eet door-there is a rule here that renders that neces ary -it exactly after eight. 'l tried to arrive h e re before the door would be clo sed, but w

6 NICK CARTER STORIES. gest that another person had been into the room in your absence? "Nothing. I was the last one to leave these offices. I always am. I think it is a rare occurrence when one of my subtenants comes here at night; in fact, I do not remember such a circumstance since I have pied these offices." "How long have you occupied them?" "Seven years." .,. "To arrive at the door of this suite of rooms from the elevator one has to pass along the side corridor of the building, and thence along this one to the door. In doing so one passes many other offices. "Naturally." ."Did you notice if there were lights in any of those offices when you passed them on your -\.vay here last night?" "They were all dark. So far as I know there was not a lighted office on this floor." "Did you observe lighted offices anywhere in the building?" "I did not." "Did you encounter any person other than the night man when you were here?" "No. He was the -only person I saw at all, inside the building." ':Did you notice fron'l the outside if there was a light anywhere in the building?" "I did not." "Who was the first person to arrive here this morning?" "I was. I always am. I am an early riser. I am usually here at my desk at eight o clock in the morn ing." "Was the door locked this morning when you ar rived here ?" "It was." "Did you lock it when you went out the last time, last rtight ?" "I did; and tried it afterward to make sure. I always do that." "How many keys are there to the outer door?" "Twelve." He pulled 0pen a drawer of his desk. "I have five of them here, as you see. I carry one, each of my five tenants has one, and the stenographer has one. That accounts for all of them." "A duplicate might easily bemade from one of those keys." "Of course." "Can you give me any information _in regard to your five tenants?" "Very little. They come and go. Three of them have been with me a long time. One of the others has been with me a year, and the remaining one came seven months ago." "I have a list of their names which I copied from the door. Can you make any suggestion in regard to a1'y one of them?" < "Only this: That I consider it as utterly preposterous that any oi1e of them could have criminal knowl edge of this terrible affair." "Naturally. Are they all here to-day, do you I.tow?" -"One of them, the one who has been with me seven months, is in Chicago. I received a wire from him yesterday asking that his mail be forwarded. He is a dealer in railway supplies. Another-the one who has been with me the longest, and who came here with me from the Liberty Building, lectured last evening at the Arts Club. I know this because he asked me to be present, and because there is a report of it in this paper that I have just been reading." "There are three others-and the young woman who is the stenographer." "They are doubtless all here by this time. Do you wish to see them?" "Yes; if we can make some excuse so that they will not understand the reason for the questions." "I have one ready at hand, Mr: Carter." "Good! What is it?" "I have missed an important document from my desk this morning. I have searched everywhere for it and cannot find it: I greatly feared that it has been dropped upon the floor, and so lost. Come with me. You may leave the line ,of questioning to me. I know your wishes in the matter. They passed into the other offices together then, but we need not recount all that was asked and told in the next few moments. It was sufficient that Nick, at the expiration of ten minutes, was satisfied that none of the persons in that office, including the stenographer, had any knowledge of the frightful thing that had occurred in the building across the street. They returned to Mr. Creighton's office. crossed to the window through which the bul let must have been sped on its errand of death, and stood there for a time looking out. He could see into Deering's office imperfectly and he noticed that the officers had arrived from head quarters. He turned back into the room again. "It is a murder without a clew, Mr. Creighton," he said, resenting himself. He felt an unusual admira tion for the old gentleman. "I should tell you that Mr. Deering was a close personal friend of mine. I am interested in the case much more than in a purely professional way." "I can well understand that, Mr. Carter." "And I shall bring that murderer to justice." "I believe you will. I hope you will, surely." "Will you make further inquiries for me during the day, Mr. Creighton?" "Certainly. In what respect?" "Find out for me if any of the people who have this office has mislaid a key, or has lost it temporarily, at any time; or if the key has been loaned to another for tht purpo ses of an errand, at any time. If such a thing has happened it might help. That line of questioning includes the stenographer, of course." "Of course. Yes, I will do that."


NICK CARTER STORIES. 7 "And I will call upon you again soon," said the de tective, as he took his leave. ''Come whenever it you to do so, Mr. Carter. Good day." . 'i\Then he did not recall the circumstance to which I happened to refer, I could see that it annoyed him, .and so, as his memory grew clearer, I gradually abandoned the habit of questioning him." CHAPTER V. "I understand you. "Now, you were nearer to him, closer to him. How SOMETHIN:G THAT MADE THE DET:\!:CTIVE WONDER. perfectly do you think he recalled .the life he lived Nick Carter went by the subway to the home of as John Carleton.?" ' Carleton Deering. He had the unpleasant duty to "To tell you the truth, Mr. I d6n't believe perform of taking the awful news of what had he ever recctlled it very clearly. I am sure that he pened to the aged woman who was Deering's aunt, used to pretend that He did when he did not, in fact. and to the beautiful girl just past eighteen, who was The papers at his office told hfrn many and his daughter; who had grown up as Allison Carlet911 with their aid I am sure that lie r.ecalled and in the belief that Carleton was her father' s name, cumstances that would have remained totally forgotl:>ut -.,vho was now Allison Caiileton Deering. ten for them. B4t all the same I do hot think He found both of them at home, and we need not that his memory was ever perfect in regard to that the ordeal through which all three of them time." passed during the ensuing half hour. It .was the old "Take a more intimate view of it, Allison.'' lady ; long past seventy, who succumbed temporarily "I don't understand you." . to the shock ; Allison bore up under it splendidly. A ll of your own childhood him, he .. :was "He was a dear good father, Mr. Carter," she said, John Carleton must be_ vividly _cle

NICK CARTER STORIES. remembered that enemy as he did remember every thing that pertained to Maddox, he would have guarded against such a thing as this. If he had pulled clown his curtains last night at the office, this could not have happened Allison, did he evef talk with you about any of his life that was lived as Philip Maddox?" ,, "Never at all. He always avoided the subject." "Did you ever attempt to question him about it?" "Twice; and I will never forget the last time." "Why not?" "I made him angry; that is, he was nearer to being angry at. me than I have ever known him to be, fore or smce." "Tell me about both of those occasions." "Oh, the first one didn't amount to much. I to him one evening, when we were i11 the library together; th;t it must be strange to him to recall so vividly all of that former life as Philip Maddox, which ended so abruptly and was followed by a lapse of nineteen years." "'What did he say to that, Allison'?" "He looked at me rather cqriously for a moment he replied and, when he dip answer, I was that it was not in the words that he had intended to use. 4 He only said, very gen tty : "'Allison, I would much rather not discuss the subject with you.' That was all." "Now, tell me about the second time "I began by asking him if he remembered my mother. ""Yes," he replied. 'I remember her now per fectly, thanks to Nick Carter and Doctor Parsons, and to you.' 'There was never any othe r woman but her wa s there'f' I asked quickly. 'You never married any other woman whe n you were Philip Maddox, did you?' That \Vas what made him angry." "I don't wonder. You did not understand what your quest'10n meant, or you would not have asked it. What did he saw in reply?" "He left his chair, and he was very a\1gry. 'Alli s on / he said, very sternly 'from this time on I forbid you to refer to the subject of my past again in any form;' and with that he left the room; and he shut himself up in his study for the remainder of that evening. I remember that I did not see him even at the breakfast table in the morning. He had gone to his bffi.ce before I came downstairs." Nick Carter left the house very soon after that, pon dering deeply. ''I wonder," he said to himself, under his brea th several times. "I wonder." CHAPTER VI. I ONE MAN'S MYSTERIOUS PAST. Nick Carter and the inspector entered the private office of Carleton Deering together. The body of the slain lawyer had since been -, remo v ed. There was no evidence remammg of th e tragedy save for a spot or two that s tained the rug near the chair at t he de sk. The time was three o'clock in the afternoort, bur, notwithstanding that fact the detective drew tlie cur tains at the windows and s witched on the electric lights for he knew that there must be one person somewhere who would tie interested in keep'ing watch up on all that happened in or near that offict;-the per: son who had fired the fatal shot. "I believe, inspector ," the detective said to his cont panion, "that the safe or the desk or that filing cabinet in this office, contains the solution of this mystery." "Why?" asked the inspector, smiling. They had had no opportunity to discuss the case at all U1,ltil then. "Because there could be only one reason for the cor nmission of such a deliberate and premeditated crime as this one was, and because whatever mqtive was behirn;I it. I am convinced that it had to do with Deering's past. "Rather a complicated past, wasn't it?" the in spector remarked. "So complicated that it was pathetic." "Suppose you give me a brief epitome of that past so that I can get the threads of it together before we begin on this furniture." "Very well. A boy named Carleton Deering had P.n invalid mother who was the twin sister .of that other Mrs. Deering now at the Deering home : The sisters r'narried brothers. Carleton's mother brought him to this country from England where she haa to come for her health. The boy was mischievous and annoyed his mother, and it was determined to send him back again to England to school. . "He was sent,' in charge of another uncle named Mayhew-and it so happened that the boy stood be tween that Mayhew and an inheritance; wherefor Mayhew resolved that the lad should be lost overboard. "He was shot in the back of the head and thrown overboard from the ship while it was steaming down New Nork Bay. The boy alighted on a floating piece of piling and was picked up, and his life saved That ship, by the was lost at sea, and not a soul on board of it was ever heard from; so the boy's mother naturally supposed that he perished in the wreck. "Instead of that, he was wandering about the streets of New York an apparently hopeless imbeojle as the consequence of his injury. He was then seventeen years old. "Doctor Pardee, long since dead, discovered him, became interested in the case, enlisted the 2f Doctor Parsons and other doctors, and an was performed on the boy which restored gence, but not his memory. ,. "All of his past was an utter blank to him his name; and so Pardee gave him the nam e of )>hilip Maddox, for no other reason than that it was the first one that occurred to him. f


. \ . NICK CARTER . "Pardee and Parsons helped him after that He learned very quickly. He graduated at the College of the City of N ew York. Later worked f()r a commission house in Duane Street and received a good salary. He became more or less addicted to drink. He was an absinth drinker. "He called the day 6n which the operation had been performed on him his birthday; and so, on his birth day, ten years after the operation, he got drunk on absinth. .. "We neverknew but very little about his awakel.)ing from that debauch save _that its effect was to bring on a,n attack of a form of aphasia. He awakened with no memory of Maddox, but evidently with some glimmering of his former as Carleton Deering. for he called himself John Carleton. He studied faw, and bec;pne a: brilliani lawyer ; as John C:a. rleton and that period lasted nineteen years. _ "In the meantime he .married and Allison was born; hi s wife died. After ninetee11 years as John Carleton he had charge of an ipiportant case before the appel late division of the si,1preme court, and, in preparing it, he overworked his brain. "He-:was living at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel at the time. He worked all night at his office, then went t1o t?e hotel at six in the morning and 1eavi11g word at the office-as we afterward discovered-to called at two in the af "He awakef1ed, however, a short time before he Was to be called, but he awakened as the former Philip Maddox, with no recollection whatever of John Carle tc;m, the lawyer, and with only the memory of. that debauch of nineteen years before, which he firmly be lieved to have happened the preceding night. "He supposed that a joke had been played upon him, and that he was in the room of a stranger. He was certain that he had never .it before. He dressed and went out of the hotel-and I happened to be almost the first acquaintance of his that met him. "I met hirrt on the avenue and bowed to him. He stopped me with the remark that I appeared to reco&'-nize him, although he did not know me. "Frbm that point, inspector, we worked out what I Sttppdsed to be a gradual restoration of his .memory, not only as Carleton, but as the boy, for lie was again Maddox; but I believe now that he never had very rriuch memory of that past. He did remember some of it; enough to convince him; but the most of it was hazy, I firmly believe. ... we found out that he was Carleton Deering, an,d. he did recall his boyhood days rather clearly; but T feel : certain that he never did recall very mu ch of Carleton. "Those nineteen years lived as Carleton remained more or less a' blank with just enough light on them to satisfy others. That's all." "By Jove, Nick, I think I'd rather be dead than to have experiences like that," said the inspector. "Now, just what is your idea of this murder?" .,, ''I think that the motive for it could be due only to something that has happened while he was Carleton, or while he was Maddox." "Which?" "I inclined to the Carleton end of it until I talked with the daughter. She told me something that has made me think that it might have been Maddox, after all." "What was it?" asked him rather abruptly one evening about her mother; and then when he assured Allison that he remembered her mother, the girl asked if 0ttiere had been any other woman. He was angry-but such anger could be explained on general principles. The girl didn't know what she was talking about." "She might have hit the nail on the hea9 for all that." "That is precisely what I am referring to." "Well, what are you going to do about it?" "I have already got Chick, Patsy, Ida Jones, and Adelina at work searching the records of the bureau of vital statistics, here and in Jersey, and, in fac .t, everywhere in the vicinity. If any record of a Philip Yladdox being married is found, it will be traced, to discover if it was Carleton Deering." "And then--But I see the point." "I don't much in the marriage idea; but, in spector, suppose that at the time he forgot Maddox and became Carleton, he \vas about to be !iiarried.:._ and forgot all about it?" 'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,' the inspector quoted. "Exactly my idea. Suppose the wedding day was set for Philip Maddox to marry. some young woman he had selecteq for a wife? She would not be likely to forgive him for jiJting her as he would have to clone." "I guess not, Nick." "Then another thing." "VI ell?" "That day when I met him in front of the hotel, when he had returned to Maddox and did not know me, almost one of the first things th<:tt I told him about, regarding h .is life as Carleton, was that he had been married, and then had a daughter seventeen years old, who was traveling in Europe. See? I have thought since this has happened that if I l\ad not told him that, and so frightened him, perhaps, in his deli cate condition of mind, he might, presently, have told me about-well, about something of the sort we have been discussing." CHAPTER VII. THE AT THE WINDOW. Every receptacle in the offices of Carleton Deering was searched thoroughly by Nick Carter and the in spector Every paper, letter, document, or other writ irig that they contained, was examined. There was not so much as a scrap discovered that could throw


IQ. NICK STORIES. ...... evert a ray of light tlpon the mystery which con founded them. was late in the afternoon when they began their; it was half past eight o'clock in the evening wh, en they. concluded it. Nothing doittg, eh?" said the inspector, when was finished. "N ottiing." "Suppose you show me now how you fixed upon that window in the opposite building from whence the bullet was fired." 1'AU right." Nick switched off the electric lights preparatory to doing so, in order that they 111ight be enabled to see better across the street to the other building. Then he reached out and raised the curtciih at the wirtclow through which the bullet had come on its errarid: : simultaneously with the act of ta1smg the curtain, he raised his eyes to the window opposite the window of Paul Creighton's office: and, as he did so, he uttered a sharp exclamation and threw up the window also. "What is it?" demanded the inspector quickly. did not reply to the questioh at once. He said: "Watch those windows over there on the twe1fth floor, insP,ectc;>r. If you see a face, or other sign of life at any of them, tell me That fourth from the south end of the building is the one that the bullet from. Just now, when I raised the curtain so sudgenly after tt1rning off the lights, there was a face close up to that same window; a face that seemed to be deadly white-probably by contrastwas close to the glass, so that the lights outside shone upori it. It was withdrawn instantly.1 "Are you dead sure about it, Nick?" "Yes." "Then we ought to be getting down into the street and across to that building, i11stead of standit1g here." "One of us The other shbuld rei11ain here on watch. You go !" "Very well." "When I see you before the entrance across the street I wil\,follow. If I should see anybody leave the building before you get there I'll chase along as quickly as I can." Five minutes Nitk saw the inspector atross the street at the entrance to the Margate Building. The detective lost no time in following him, and, a:; Nick had nobody attempt tQ leave that bi1ilding cl\1ring the interval, he stepped forward and rang the bell for the l1ight man. He liad intended to do that very thing atiy-Way after he should have finished with the exaniination of Deer'ing's papers, for he wat1ted to questiol1-the rna11 about the occurrences of the preceding night. ..It was some minutes before the night mart appeared, and then he admitted them at once for it so happene d that the inspector was ln uniform. "Let me see your book," Nick said to the 111a1n . "'l want to know who has entered the building sihc e you closed it for the night." "Nobody bas entered it, sir," was the reply "Have you been through the bulldi11g since you canie on duty?" "Twice, sir. At seven, and again at eight. I go again at nine." "Are many 2f the tenants still in their' offices?" "A very few, sir; a l?,alf dozen at the most" "I just saw a face at the wi11dow of room twelve hutidted and eighteen, although the rooh1 itself w a $ dark 'vVas there a light there when you made ybu.r rounds ?" "No, sir; 1iot that I remember. don't think there. was a light anywhere on the twelfth fioor." "Can you be sure about it?" "Reasohably sure, sir." "Can you lock this front doot so that nobody can get out of it unless you let thetn ollt ?" / "I can." "Do s.o. That's it . Now give tne the key. ts there any othet key to that doot ?" "No, sir." I "Is there any othe"r way out of the building at this time of night besides that door? Could a person .g0 out through the basement, or the engit?e room, or in any manner ?" "It would be impossible." "Is there more than this ohe flight of stairs around the elevator shaft to take one up inside the building?" "No, sir." .:; ."Have you got ,a g un ?" "I have sir." "Well, you stand here on guard. The i11spector ahd I are going to take the elevator to the top of the building-I'm afraid you will have to walk there later, for we shall walk down; still we can bring the elevator down a floor at a time-if any person, no matter who it may be. should come down the stairs while we are above, yott are to hold that person here, at the poiht o f your pistol, it necessary, until we return. Under stand that?! "I do, sir." ... "Is there a way from the top floor of the buHding to the roof?" ''There .is, sit, b11t it is lotked/' : :>i :--.-"You have the key to it ?'1 r.:t .. : "Yes, sir." _,_, .. "Give it to tne'. Now, yo:.1 have a different sel:Of pass-keys for each floor, I suppose, haveh1t .. "Three for each floor, sir; thirty-six in they are small ke)'.S on big rings; I cah carry, atl oh my arm. a11d still have the use of my .. "Get thei:n for me, and explain tl1eif Uses" to you have done so.';


NICK CARTER STORIES. ti The man disappeared into his clibby-hole of an office behind the elevator for a moment, returning presently with the k'eys. "Will you tell me what you are going to do, sir? the night man asked. "This is somewhat irregular, and even the uniform of the inspector would not in duce me to give up all those keys if it were not for the fact that I recognize him as well as his uniform; so I know it's all right. All the same I will have to make a report about it." The inspector answered. "Quite right," he said. "You may say in making your report that Inspector Blank and Mr. Carter were in an office in the building across the street when they saw a face at one of the windows of this building, which led them to suppose that a person, whom they are ver-y anxious to catch, was in hiding here, and that they came here to search for that person. That is all that will be necessary." "Thank you, inspector." "And the superintendent can c::.11 upon me at head quartets in regard to it if he cares to do so. "Thank you." "How many offices on each floor of the building?" Nick asked then. "Forty, sir." He led the way toward the elevator, but as he stepped into it he said to his conipanion: "It's rather a large contract to sea rch all those offices to-night inspector, but I think it should be done; d on't you?" "By all means. We can do it in a couple of hours ; and do it thoroughly, too. \i\T e'll begin at the top floor. That is your idea, isn't it, Nick?" "At the roof; then the top floor. There might be a duplicate key to he roof, too." "That's true enough." "We've got work cut out for us, inspector'." "Well, let us hope that it will produce results then," was the reply. 'CHAPTER VIII. THE, BLOOD SPOTS ON THE :FLOOR. They went out ppon the roof, and, while one of them remained near the top of the stairway, the other searched thoroughly every possible place of conceal ment that was there-but with no result. They returned to the top floor of. the building, re locked the door after them, and, by previous arrange ment in which they pad decided to alternate with each other at each floor, Nick stood at the elevator, com manding the stairway, while the inspector made the rounds Of the room. They snapped on the lights in the corridors, and each, as he entered a room, snapped on the light s with which it was provided. Rooms such as those were are easily and quickl y There_ were no closets and cubby-ho!es to examine, and no beds to peer beneath, no wardrobes to examine Once the lights are turned on in an office, there is not much of the room that cannot be seen at a glance. / When the inspector returned to Nick he had used up just ten minutes of time. They went then to the fifteenth floor, one using the elevator, the other taking the stairs, and there Nick made the rounds of the rooms while the inspector stood on watch at the top of the stairs. The time was ten minutes. And so they came finally to the twelfth floor where they really expected that something would be discov ered, although they were doomed to disappointment. It happened that it was the inspector's turn to make the round of the rooms at the twelfth, and he occu pied rather more time than had been used hitherto for each of the floors. When he returned to Nick pe said: "Before I tell you anything I want you to go to twelve hundred and eighteen and look around for yourself. I am of the opinion that somebody has been there within an hour or less, although there is nothing that I can find on the whole floor now. But go to that room and haye a look at it." Nick went. When he returned the inspector said: "Well?" "You referred to those two tiny spots of blood didn't you?" Nick asked. "Yes; on the floor under the window. What did you make of the1n." "Somebody was standing there at ..abat1t the time I saw that face at the window; somebody had the nose bleed very suddenly, or somebody bit somebody's lip till it bled; or somebody held an open penknife in somebody's hand and was startled into shutting down upon it hard enough to draw blood. Anyhow, somebody was there." "Nick, was that face y o u saw _at the window a man or a woman's face?" "I don't know." "That is why you have been using the word somebody, eh?" "Yes." "What was your impression about it?" "I couldn't get a definite one. The face was beard less; it was very white : It might have been the face of a boy-or of a girl, for that matter It was not a tall person, unless the person was stooping while peer ing out." ' I t oo k a look out mys elf while I was in there," said I the inspector. "Yes." "Has it occurred to you that a person would have to be a mighty good shot with a revolver, or even with a ,rifle, to kill a man at that distance, and in the night at that?" "Indeed it has." "The distance, up and across, everything consid ered, cannot be much less than a hundred feet." .


NICK CARTER STORIES. "About that, or a trifle less, I thlnk.11 "You could do it; I doubt if I could. I might with a rifle. Now, it isn t likely that a woman could have done it at all, is it?" "No. It isn't likely." ''And, besjdes, a woman couldn't very well get into the building-'' "A woman might stay in it. There are lots of girls and women employed in this building in one way and another." ''True. But the accuracy of that shot is what gets me. I don't believe a 'Yoman could have done it." They continued their. way through the building to the street floor without incident. They fotlnd noth ing, and they saw nothing to indicate that there had been anything to discover. They found the night man awaiting them. "We have made no discovery of any kind," the in spector told him. "We have sea rched every room in the buildii1g One of u s has stood gt.lard while the other sepdy ha s found a way to get o ut of that building o r has managed to dodge us and remain inside of it. You wait here till I can get to a telephone. I'm going to put two of my men on it for the rest of the night, and we'll wait here till they co1ne." "It's a good idea, inspector." "I wouldn't think of doing it if ii were not for those two blood Say, you don't think that the man, if it was a man, could have got out of the place while I was coming down in. the elevator across the street, do you-while you were watching at the window ? "No. I don't." "Then, by thunder! he's there yet; and there isn't a place for C\ child to hide in, either... 11There is only one explanation of the present mys tery that I can think of," said the detective. 11What is that?'' 1'We both contented ourselves, in regard to those offices where we did find tenants, by asking thern a few questions, and acce,pting their replies. As the case stands now it begins to look as if we have either seen the criminal in one of those ten per@ons, or that in one of the rooms occ:upied variously by thoi>e ten persons there was another person whom we did riot see." "That does seem to be about the only explanation, Nick Shall we go back?" "No. You go along up to headquarters. I'm going to spend the balance of the night right here. "That is rather foolish, isn't it?" "I don't think so. Anyhow, I'm going to do it." CHAPTER IX. A FORCIBLY llECE;IVED CLEW. Nick walked up and down the s treet before the big Margate Building in a quandary. H:e was going ov r thci; v

NICK CARTER STORIES. 13 down over the shoulders of the detective as he tumbled most populous street, But in a great city1 th<: easiest forward, way for a criminal to remain hidden from searching \ There, was a grand crash and a splatter of liquor minions of the law, the easiest and surest means of almost in Nick's face as the bottle struck the cernent jauntily escaping the clutches of the bluecoa,ts and pavement. At the same instant a man sprang over the detectives has been proved, one hundred times to the body of thB prostrate detective. one, to be best when the fugitive manages to get to Nick, qt.tick as a flash, shot a hand forward and temporary cover near a big crowd and then saQcily caught at tlrn leg of the fleeting assailant. and :.vith absolute calmness to walk on, without an He rpanaged to get a grip on the fellow's leg, but apparent qitalm of that rumored possession, the conthe man was power ully built, and he wrested himself science. loos@. So Nick expected that this person would come back, So tight was Nick'!t hold, however, that he r 'etained instead of running on, for fear of suspicious blue in his httnd the trouser end, which being of cloth that coats and plain-clothes mc::n, who might bt:: loitering 'faS old and dilapidated, tore loose from the rest of about for victims. the doth. Nick ti1rned to the left anct hurrieo up t4e next Nick hung onto this as it ripped, and hurried .to his square. feet, da2ed more or less by the a'' f\.tl blow which he qr hope those detectives don't get here before I geot had received at the hands of the skttlking assailant. back, or they will think I arn pretty much 0I've gqt one little foather from this bird of night," as a careful man,'' muttc::red the detective, was the thought of the detec:tive, as he tucked the piece His guess was well-founded, after all. For. he did of eloth a.way in his pocket. It seemed unimportant, not haye to wait long at the fqrther end of the big :md there i\16$ no telling; it might come in very block. The man who was running to elude the pur handy at some important time. suers, whom he expected, had a big detour to make Nick Carter saw the form of the man speeding h1 order to p<1ss through the narrow little street and down 1>treet, and he was about to Stprt after the the c ourt behind the :Margate Building to the door fellow. Then he noticed that he turned into a little behind. narrow street, which went down to the right of the \Tick Carter peered down through this portal, listen Margate Building. He had often noticed thia little ing eagerly for the sound of excited footsteps. His thoroughfare, frequented generally in the daytime by wait was rewarded, for he heard a man speeding to boys and hot sandwich men, with occasional ward him, the sound reechoing along the deserted grinder's. He had remarked to his friend courtyard. ing that thi$ seetn cl a curious little street for such a Carter stepped back into a concealed place again buainess .. Jaden part of town. and waited qitietly for the other to arrive. As he "Why, it looks like a terrific waste of s pace,''" Nlck did so, he went over the case in mind. It was a .had said. curious muddle. Deering nodded. He agreed with the detective, ''Now, I believe that this man was placed here to but told him that the land was entailed in the property get rid Qf me by foul play/' thought the detective. of some old church, and had been left open pending "The mysterious criminal inside that building does some sort of strict legislation on the matter. It led to not expect a failure in the plans, and yet, somehow, I the basements and clerical rooms of some of the big believe that this assajlant knows a good deal abottt bank bou e He had been told that it was practically the plans of the great crime. If I could get him. <:\ Wind treet, with the exoeption of a little wallt!rl secrete him safely, ancl then use the 'third-degree' entry way which led arot111d the Margate Building 111ethods clown at headquarters, \\'e would be able to C\nd its back to the other block. spring a pretty good surpris e on the person inside.'' Nick had fotmcl this out, at the amusement of his Carter waited to spring, and he had a pair of nipfriend Carleton Deering, by continual questioning. pers in his left hand in sttch a position that he <;011ltl But it was valuable information, and the manner of slip them on quickly, without interfering wlth the obtaining it \Vas characteristic of the great dettictive. <\Ctivity of his right, \vhich contained a very For he contended that no knowledge of anything in like revolver. life \va too uniinport!lnt for advfintageous use, at Silence might be a very nece$sary thing these some particular mini.1te in the hiatory of a crime. circumstances. As he thought of it, with the footsteps Nick now headed back the other way, determiued now te11 feet away, decide .cl that silence was im grimly to waylay hi$ assailant with eq\.lal roughness, measurably important. So necessary in this case, in should the ge11tleman follow the instincts fact, that he suddenly de<;ided to let the man pass by af so many of his kind by doubling on the trail. without a word. -The professional crook is up to all the little aclvan-He dropped his arms, slipped the handcuffs into his tages of a great city's cover for the criminal classes. pocket, and the revolver into another pocket. Then Ina country town it wopld be hard for one to pass he hurriedly took off his shoes and h<\d them in his umiotici:d an

NieK t.ARTER STORIES. and not let anything look to the person in sonal spite-from source close at hand to Deer the building above. Nick wanted to let the rascal give ing's own life-and consequently most likely from a whatever signal of success he desired to give to the person who recognized Carter easily in that moment mysterious possessor of the face at the of exposure. At the same timi, he pulled the dark collar of his The detective had it all worked out to his partial coat up about his jaw and draped 'his face, with a sati'()faction, at least. He watched silently the man black silk handkerchief, from over his forehead, in who had him the terrible blow, and, as he felt order that hardly a speck of white could be visible to the throbbing of the painful stroke, which even the the man. padded service cap had not entirely prevented, Nick's This was a very crafty thought. One who has been impulse was to wreak vengeance at once. walking in the dark gets extremely acute and able t o "But no-he' ll hang himself, if I give him enough see things very plainly. Nick knew this, and guarded rope," Nick thought, and he restrained his against it f>O cleverly, with his hands held behind his The man walked leisurely across the street, and, as back, that when a tall, ambling individual slipped o,ut he did so, Nick espied him adroitly adjusting a fahe of the doorway to th e inner court-scarcely ten feet mustache 'and a large soft black hat which altered his away from him-and breathed a sigh of relief, as he loo)

NICK CARTER STORIES. 15 .:-'.'. j m1tde fot a, larger man. Nick to the illu sfon 1oosening hfs belt, twisting his trousers a lit tle, and turning them up fro m the bottom. Then he scribbled a, little note oh his card, using a pencil, a ,nd the pasteboard .. ori the wall ot the building. It inerely said: '1Watch' the entrance until thE; detectives c ome : YOU get reward of twenty-five do1Jars if y o u pre\rent escape of person inside.-N. C." He hurried now, pretending to hobble along the street in the manner of a rheumatic old tellow shuffiing his feet and twitching his knees in a painfol lo,aking manner. It \ y ould have fooied any one. It. certainly fooled the watchman of the building who was looking out of the locked door grating as he passea, and qulckty shoved the card inside to the man. "Well, 1111 be jiggered! If that's the detective I never seen anything tike it, muttered the watchman . rubbing his eyes. The writing was a good tip just the same,' and it would cost him nothing. So he re .. m:ained by the door dutifully. Nfck had never lost sight of tlie easy-going inal ahead of him, and he followed oh as slyly as a cat. The inan turned to the right, down onedeserted block, and then to the .left for three more blocks. He .was gradualty taking his coutse to the East' Side of the city. .Here, in the old buildings and ramshackle struc tures, .Nick felt sure the follow woulddodge foto sotne secret door.way -or etltry to the headquarters of the gang. Such me11 invariably herded together, and Nick was sure that now he was on the -right track ot the murdeters of his friend "If i can only catch the rascals in their lair, and then hustle back to round up the otle who c::trried out the acttta1. deed, it would be a splendid night's work." The quickened. his hobble, or. pace, as it wot1ld be better described. His footsteps gave no wan1ing to the man in front, and, needless to say, Nick dodged now and again in such a manner as to no suspicion. Nick's guess was realized, for suddenly, almost in front of his eyes, the man ctlsappeared into a dark entryway. "Quick action now, Carter told himself, and he tip to be as near the door as possible, before "the i"han get very far 1nside. Nick reached the doorway to find it shut. He quickly felt the knob and the keyhole beneath it. Nbw, if the reader has ever noticed locks mlH:h he will re.{i1.en1ber that a variety of the most newfangled paterits has a round disk i in which is a very small slit f\:':cifri<;iusly made key1 almost impossible to imitate, or fu"::UsFupo"n the lock without the exact duplicatiop of its little angles, was necessary for the opening of this one, which seemed oddly out of place on an wooden d oor which seemed so antique tf.iat bne w6u1d think it only necessary to "slap" it to n1a:ke t_he' boii,rds cave in "1'11 get in here quickly enough," muttered Nick, and he dre.v out Of his pocket a bunch of keys. ''It's a hard one, but should yield to re a s on. Now, give eyex:y every key." He had noiselessly slipped about ten keys into the little curious slqt, when suddenly he was given one of the biggest st1rprises of his life. A woman had slipped up behind hiin, and she was silently and cruelly twisting a silk handkerchief about his neck. .He did not try to call for help, for Nick Carter never wasted much time in ca1ting for help He dropped to the ground, and in this way the noose of silk, held by the woman's hands close to 11er waist, was pulled upon in the easiest .part fo r extrication. Nick gave his head a backward jerk against the woman's body, and. pe \Vas out ot her bonds before she realized what had happened He was lying on the groutid. He gave three swift atid determined kicks against the door as though he were sending a inside. At the same time mysterious woman, who was evidently one bf the gafig, screamed with atl her ll11ght fo save her companiohs: .1 "It's the cops I cops!" Bt1t before she eve h enttrn;:i

18 NICK . sault with intent to kill of them, with the stolen articles, was enough tci send them up for a long term. . He had m?lde a good capture, but was i;iow con vinced that the attack on him was just an ineident, and in no with the mysterious murder of his friend, and Nick hurried on back to the Margate Building, for fear that something had developed since he left it. In this he was agreeabll disappointed. CHAPTER X. I NICK CARTER REASONS IT OU'f. The great Senator Ingalls, of Kansas, once wrote the greatest thing thaf has ever been written by any man's p$!n, in t _he humble opinion of the compiler of these records. The subject of that achievement was "Opportunity." But there is another quality which goes hand in lfand with opportunity-if it may be called a quality--:-and it is; if we may bestow a some, what trite name .. upon it, Intuition. . In animals less than man it is called instinct; but whatev er one may decide to name it, the Q.efinition of it might be given as follows: The latent ability that is born of experience which bestows the power to see and recognize an opportunity. Nick Ca rter's detective wbrk throughqtit all his career, which has resulted in so m;my great successes, has been based upon his ability t9 group facts, to focus his attentionupori them, to cast aside the worthless, and to make the most of the valuable,'and to recognize in a flash ofthought the relation of one fact t6 another. Throughout the various careers of Carleton ing, as reviewed by the detective since the mur der, the one point of it all. that stood out most prominently in the mind of. the detective was Deering's pe'riods of foi:getfulness. Now, Deering had been foully he had been shot down without remorse and in the most cold blooded and deliberate manner, and the very appear ance of things in connection with the crime demonstrated, to Nick Carter's tnind, that the assassin had undergone a long period of preparation for it befo re the commission of the crime. Nobody could deny that fact. There was first, on the part of the assassin who awaited an op1'ortunity to commit the deed, the knowl edge that Deering was in the habit of working nights at his office when eJ:?.gaged upon the preparation of an important case at law. There was the knowledge that he did not draw the curtains at his windows at such times, but sat at his desk in his private off1ce in a blaze of ele

NICK CARTER STORIES. under the rule of recapitulation, point four must neces sarily pfovide that the woman, or the man who had committed: the : deed in behalf of some woman, n ; mst be one who was familiar with the interior of the Margate building and who had ready access to it; whose comings .and goings would attract no attention at all; whose presence there was an established fact; whose identity there was so well known and so well recog nized tha she would attract little or no attention from the tenants and frequente r--s of the building no matter what she did. Point five took up the inspector s statement in regard to the actual shooting. Ability to hit a target does not belong to man alone ; women have demonstrated that they are quite as capable in that line as men over and over again; and what woman whohas -the nerve to determine some day to kill a man \vi th a bttllet, could not learn to shoot wi. th a riflta or with a pistol, or wit}} a long-barreled revolver that is provided with an adjustable skeleton s tock to fit against the s}l.01:1lder. ? Point six comprehended the sea rch that Nick and the inspector had made of the building, which had been thorough indeed as we know, and it resolved itself into this: Either that the person, man or woman, had c reated a hiding place som6vhere in the bl:lilding that. was so well that even the searchipg eyes of those two men had overlooked it, Qr she-or he-had actually been inside of one of the offices that they had searched-in one of the suite s variously occupied by the ten tenants they had found there. Point seven was the indisputable fact that Nick Carter had seen the face _at the wipdow of ro om 1 218, that the face had and that du6ng sub s equent search for the owner of it there had been n o face seen that even so much as re s embled it. Of course, the view that Nick Carter had of the face was imperfect and brief; of course, he could not at that distance and under th os e circum s tances have identified it e v en if it had been one that should have been known to him; but he had seen en o ugh t o know that there had been certain a s pect s ab o ut that face which would hav e made him recognize it in s tantly if he had encountered it again during the sub s equent search of the building. Point eight was the certainty in the detective s mind that that person had not been able to lea e the build ing since he had seen the .ace at the window. nine was the conviction in the detective's mind that the night-or a11 events before in the morning-the ten tenants who were then at work, in the building would take their several .arid woul9 leaye it practically untenanted s ave by the the person whom Nick Carter.:.. s0ugh t. and" the last one, was the belief that there would be st1fficient time after the last of those ten tenants had gone, to make another search of the building before it should be t.hro wn open for another day's bt1siness; the knowledge that he would have two of the inspector s men to aid him in that search, and the conviction that the assassin could be found there, .must be found there, and could not escape him now : That is why he chose to remain stanoing in front of the Margate Building when the inspector took his departure to return to headquarters; and that is why he was standing illmost upon sa me spot whet1 the two men summoned by the inspector arrived. During that interval seyen of the ten tenants ins ide the building had gone away, and Nick had permitted them to pass without so much as making his presence known to them. Two mor. e came out and went : away \vhile the de tecti_ve was the affair with the two men from the central effice. The tenth and last one came out within half an hour afte.r that. The tendent did not sleep in the building, and, therefore, so far as the kppwledge of the petective went ; \here was then no other person remaining inside the building than the night m an oh' duty. CHAPTER XL 1 ,.A, After Nick Carter building to .be de sa ye by th<;!. watchman," he had preferred t<;:>. There was still the that that other known person might now believe the coast to .be cleared and so to go away. But the night deepened and no one else came out; the hours pa s sed until it got to be nearly three in the morqing, and then Nicic Carter pressed the electric button -at the door again-and wolce up the watchman \Yho came, to admit them. '" "You are back again," he said, not very pleasantly; but then he had been disturbed of his rest. "Yes," replied Nick, smiling. "Sorry to wake you out of your beauty sleep." "Huh!. I wasn't asleep." "Of cotir s e not. That was a joke of mine. We're going to make a second s(!arch of. the building. Your life i s n o t safe here alone, and with a murderer con cealed somewhere on the premises." "If you couldn't find him before, it isn t likely that you can do it now, is it?" "Vie can at least make another effort." "I do1/t know about that. I don t know that I have any right to penpit it. The inspect& ain't with you now." '"These two gentlemen will shoi\v their shields and th, erefore their authority.',' "Oh, well ahead if you want to." "We will take you with us this time said Nick. ''The four of us will begin at th:e top of the bilding and work down when you haye locked that front door. The watchman, \\ : ho had recO\ ered his good humor,


.. 18 NICK 1CARTER STORIES. did as directed. Then the detective sent the three n1en into one of the elevators, and from his pockets pro duced two boxes of talcum powder for which he had dispatched a passitig wanderer while he Was waitirlg outside the bttilding for the men fr9m the central office. He sifted some of the contets of one ot the boxes over seven of the lower steps of the firstflight of stairs, and thorottghly over the floor of the hall to111 stairs to the and aromid in front of the elevators; l.11 fact, everywhen; that a person Wottld. be likely to step if shold descend during their ab sence ... -. . ':f.he. ren1ainihg bo.N he carried with him, and he stopped the elevator at each floor afid ttsed niote af the powdfr in .. the Sf.irr1e manner: Frotn the top floor they went a t once to roof with the same rest.1lt as upon the first visit there; but in leaving the roof after it had searched Nick used more of the powder on the steep stairs that led to it. and along the floor at the bottom ot those stairs. ;>:Descending floor by floor in that manner, they gave ;;itten.tion to the offices meri had been occupied by some duty or other on the occasion 0f first visit but even in these rooms they discovno signs that suggested the presence of an persot\. . At each il.oor, before they descehded to the 01-Je. l)eath it, they exailiined the talcum powder tha. t had been sprinkled about, for any sign that a person had passed that way duriqg their absence-and found no sigp. And so they to the street floor of the again; so they the lower tegions of the build ing; so they returned to the place f tdm whence hctd begun the search. .. 'It's rtb use, Mr, Carter," said one of the from ". f:1 I .. r headquarters as he lighted a cigar when the search wa s over. "I'll take my oath that there isn't a inside of this building other than ourselves .. "A.nd I'll take rny oath thete is 011et replied Nick." alive, where is he?" don't kno"Y." '.'.Y (JU for yourself'--'' "I saw for myself. I know there is a person liere, because I saw that person, and beGause I know that it. has been impossible since thert tor him or her ta leave.the without n'ly kttowledge." "Then it was one of the ten tenaJ1ts/' "I don't think so. I am satisfied to the contrary/' ., ..... ,._ ; !. '! The h1an from headquarters siir'Ugged. h'ls> sootif ders as if to say that there was llo: use wha:te\rer in continuing that form. of argimiertf. : :. i : v -"Well, we're utider orders, Mt. Carter. That's what we were sent dow11 here for. What ate \Ve to do , '. t.l. "Wait/' T "Right here ?" "' f, .. ). "Ye$." / He turned to the-watchman-1: "What .. time do you op!!rt the front dool' ?l'-. he asked ; t:'Afsix. We tised it at' se.vei'l, until about two years ago. .. Then Mr. treightori< applied to the owners and had them open ifat six. "'Fle gets down before seven, and sofilehfues at -si:x; even." "Mr, Creighto'n j eh?" Nick looked at his watch. "It \\rill be six than an-hour,'1 he said. "W e'U use up the l-it:ne in 8h10klng ahd chatting to gether. I want to be here wllen the buildii1g' is opehed / .. :.r. "Perhaps yoti expect to the tnufderer comirtg in/' ventured -'one of the foen froni headquarters; Nick replied coldly : "This is hardly a time for fac'etiouness, sit y OU are here otderS.1 .. ;,I beg your he 1 rep1fod "But, honestly, it_ doesn't seem to be possible that any persot) could l;iave been 11idihg in this building without bur finding hitn, in the thorough seatcb that we have made." ,. ' \ I know. I do11\ blame you. f probably feel the same way if I had been sent h.ere as you were sent, and had to .. depend : upon the .. word of. another man for a seemingly impossible .. "1 Jidn't niean that I doubted yout word, Carter.". "No; what you mean now, is that you think I might have deceived myself at the titne I saw that face at the window. Isn't thM it?". "Frankly it is. The lights in streets-a.J;ld refl.ectlort and refractio11 somet lmes play strange freaks might given you that' impress1on sc:i: that--" ; "Never mind the argument. I;i:tt face. I k11ow th!lt the of t1J_a;1 fac e the bt1ilcling. That is atl there is abot1t it. H .the. other -n;ian; cpap that the watchman was abou,t;---isn't he th,e, OJ)e ..... .... ..i ... .. w _Q9 occtiples roonft\.\'.elve hu. nqred an,d ?J_1 "Y"'s.'1 . \,., .," ::o: .;. .. 11And that's the room from which the shot was


NICK CARTER STORIES. 19 fir e d i s n t it? Well, if this was my funeral I'd take him up to headquarters and put him through the third degree ; just a gentle one, you know I re c kon he knows more about this affair than appears on the surface. "You won' t a v e that opinion yo u ha v e seen him and talked with him-that i s i f y ou were made a detecti v e because of real ability." "Huh! I don't know about that. "It never does any good to suspect innocerit p e rson s unle s s 1 you create the suspicion for a definite rea so n ; becau s e the person is supposed to have knowledge o f who might be guilty But Paul Creighton ha s n o s uch knowledge-that he is aware o f." "Why did you make that remark in jus t tha t man per, Carter?" "Didn' t you e ver po s sess kno wledge o f a fact without realizing that y o u pos s ess#f it?" the detecti v e a s ked . I don't think so." Can you stand where ou a re n ow, wit h out m ov ing, and tell me of e very s ingle article that i s now contained in your right-hand trousers pocket ? Everything, coins and otherwise? " Well, perhaps not. "Yet you put e very th m g t h e re th a t i s there, didn' t y ou ? And if yo u sh o uld concentrat e your mind up o n that subject l ong enough in the e ffort t o r e call all of it, you would be able to do so H o wever that is onl y an argument. We' ll drop the s ubject now. I want t o d o some c o ncentrating. There was scarcely a word s p o ken after that until the time arrived when the watchman announced th a t he wou1d open the front d oor for the day. C HAPTER XII. T H E MISSING KEY. The detecti v e turned a t once to the two men wh o had been sent t o him b y the inspector to aid him. I w ill gi v e you your directions now, he said. "I want e ach of y o u to follow them out literall y n o matter what your pri vate opinion s may happen to be. Unders tand that?" Y es,'1 the y replied together. I "Coogan, yo u will wait h e r e at the d oo r, n o matte r w h ether I remain here or n o t jus t half ct'n hour. At t he end o f half an hour you will go to the top floor o f the building, and thence to the roof, taking the key to the roof door :with you." "\Vhat am I to do up there?" You are merely to examine the condition of the talcum powder that I spread upon the steps that lead to the roof. If you find footprints there, you of course, return a{ld report to me at once. If you do not find any you will remain on the top floor of the building, having again locked the door that leads to the roof, and you will watch that door until you. are called awa y from it. Is that clear? " Quite." "Brogan, you will remain here also. lf any tenant enter s the building or any person enters it who is not kn o wn t o the watchman, you will go up in the elevator with that person and trace him to his office, making a note of where he went. Here cbmes the elevator man now, I suspect." Yes, said that watchman "That's' him." "What are you going to do Mr. Carter?" one of the men asked. "My actions will depend largely upon circum s tance s Just now I am the appearance of M r. Creighton; and it shall be my added duty to watch here for any per son that may be leaving the building." Looking fot 'that face that you saw at the window?" Yes:" It wa s a quarter to seven o'clock when Mr. Paul Creight o n came in at the wide doorway of the Margate Building and stopped to greet Nick Carter whom he in s tantl y recognized. Both of the officers frotn headquarter s had disappeared. I am glad that I found you here, Mr. Carter,'' s aid Creighton immediately after the greeting that lie b e s towed upon the detecti v e I want to discuss that matter a little further with you Were you waiting for me?" "In part, yes.'' I ha v e been doing some detective worK myself, Mr, Carter," said the old gentleman. "Will you come to m y office while I tell you about it?" Tb.ere are reasons why I prefer to remain liere,' replied the detective. "You can tell me about it here " jus t as well.' .Perhaps. May I ask if you are waiting here be cau s e you suspect that the person who committed that c rime may be c o rning in pre s entl y ?" "It i s becau s e I s u s pect tha t per s on t o whom you refer may be g o ing out soon . "Oh! Then yo u : s u s pe c t tha t the murderer is here in the building now?"


20 NICK CARTER STORIES. I "Yes." "I assume, then, that you havt! f:ieen here some time, sir?" "I have been here practically all night." "Indeed." "Now, what is it that you have to tell me? What is the nattue of the detective work that yon havf! beeu endeavoring to do, Mr. Crtiighton ?'' "When you left me yesterday I gave myself \lP enp tirely to the consideration of all that you had told me. You seemed certain that the cri111e was committed from iny office-from the window of. it. You made a cursory examination of the office, but not what I would call a thorough one. You did Maddo:l\." "Oh, well, the name may be rnerely a coiQcidence. Maddox is not an uncommon name."


NICK CARTER STORIES. 2I "No; it ls quite a commem one. I have several acquaintances by that name who are not related to one another." "How old was she, when she worked for you, should you ?" "She might have been anywhere from thirty-five to forty-five. She was one of the sort whose age is uncertain. She was certainly approaching middle age, however.'' HDo you know where she is now?" "No.'1 11Have you ever seen her since she left your employ?" "Several times ; on the street. 1How lately? When did you see her last?" "Less than a week ago. t "Where .was that?" "Directly in front of this building. I was go'ing out of it on my way home; she seemed to be passing it perhaps on her way home also. 1 "Did you speak with her ?" "I t9 her, thqt is all."' "What was her address when she was in your em ploy?" "I searched for it yesterday and could not find it; and I have forgotten what it was. That is as much as I can tell you in regard to her, Mr. Carter ; but I have other things to tell you.'.' 'Well, sir ?" "I determined in my own mind that that woman took those diam6nds and the missing key. She is the only person who has had an opportunity to observe me when I have been in the act of opening my safe, but she was frequently there when I did it. She might have secured the combination easily in that way. And I recall now tnat when I saw her on the street recently, she was constrained as if she wished to avoid me. I did not notice it particularly at the time, but in the light of these developments I recalled it. Then I be gan to think over certain habits that she and I to look further. CHAPTER XIII. A WOMAN WITH RED HAIR. "You are interesting me very deeply, and I-" The detective ceased speaking abruptly1 for at that moment the detective he had sent to the top of the bujldi:ng to the stairs to the roof stepped out from the elevator and came rapidly toward him. "Wait just a moment, Mr. Creighton," Nick said quickly. 11Don't go away. Well, Coogan ?'1 Coogan drew the detective aside. "You were right,'' he said, with some excitement in his tones. "Somebody was here all the time, though how--.'' 11Never mind that. Tell me what you have discov ered." "Somebqdy has come down those stairs from the roof of the building to the top floor, since you sprin kled that talcum powder up there," Coogan replied. ' Somebody has trodden upon that talcum powder and has left marks there, but discovered the fact and tried to rub out imprint there was "Oh, I see! It was not swept up, then?" ''No." "Well, did you look along the floor of the corridor for further marks left by the powder? It must have been tracked beyond that point." "If it was the tracks had been rubbed out in the same manner." "Just rubbed out, eh? There had been no effort to sweep up the powder?" "No." "Go back up there and keep watch until I call you off. It is just possible that the party may return to sweep up all of the powder although it is not likely. Don't permit any person not even the supei:intenclent of the building1 to go to the roof." "All right. I was thinking that--" He stopped. "What?" "That the owner of the face at the window might try to leave the building, now that we know--" 111'11 look out for that. Get to the top floor without delay." Nick returned to Mr. Creighton. "You were sa y ing that then you began to think over certain habits that the woman had in rder to look farther into the matter ," he said. "What did yQu do then? "I began a thorough exaininatiolJ of the I began with the wastebasket, although I knew that it had been emptied since the morning1 though possibly not since the murderer in that room . I found this, Mr. Carter." He thrust a hand into one of his pockets and drew forth the shell of a cartridge of thirty-eight caliber. "Undoubtedly that once contained the bullet that killed Mr. Deering," he said. "Yes. But it does not help us in this affair." 'Wait. It helped me-and in this affair, too."


22 NICK CARTER STORIES. "How?" "It reminded me of an o ther incident that I had totally forgotten. I d o n o t remember trivial things as I did when I was a younger man." "What was it?" _, \ "The discovery of this cartridge shell in the waste basket brought back to my mi{ld that it not the fir s t time I had disco v ered cartridge shells in the same place; and the other time was when Miss Maddox was in my employ " Oh, I see! By the way, was she Miss Madd ox?'' "Yes. She was not married; or, at least, that is what she told me." "Now, about those other shells that you found, long ago : When was it? "I don't remember the date, or the year even; but it was some time before she left my employ." "And what was the circumstance?" "I was searching in the wastebasket for s o mething that I wished to rec o ver that had been thro wn int o it, when I came upon some shells. There were fiv e of them. t regarded them curiou s ly. They w ere unu s u a l things to find in my wa s tebasket. I said : W here in the world did these come fr o ni-?' o r word s tci that effect. Miss Maddox wa s at h e r desk, t y ping. She looked up to see what it was that I referred t o flus hed a little, and replied that s he thro w n them there "I asked her how she came t o ha v e such thing s in her possession, and she replied that target practice with a pistol was her favorite pa s time. 'But you do not keep a pistol here, do y o u ?' I asked her. "She told me that she did not, but that s h e fo und the shells in her hand bag and had thrown them int o the basket. That is all there is of that incident." "It is sufficiently significant, however, Mr. Creigh-ton." "Yes ; I thought so. Now, there is one more thing." ''Well?" ''I made, as I have said, a thorough search o f the room. On the floor, over near the washba s in, behind some bundles of papers where it had fallen, I foun d this hairpin. Those bundles of papers to w hich -I re fer, on the floor were dropped down there temp o r arily, just three days ago; and the hairpin, as y o u see, is practically a new one." "Yes." "In the cabinet over the washstand I had two clean t owels-I supply my own towels, and do not patronize . th e t o wel-ser vice companies. I had not used either of th ose t owels, but one of them had used, and re folded afterward. It was not so when I put it there the morning of the day preceded the death of Mr. Deering ." "But we are certain now that the woman was there; or practically so. This is only an added proof, Mr. Creighton. "Clinging t o my brus h wa s one long red hair. Mis s Madd o x had red hair that wa s beginning to get gra y One of the habit s I referred t o a m o ment ago wa s that she kept a of her own in that cabinet and I ha v e seen her make u se of it a dozen times in da y ; just a s troke o r t w o at a time. I used to smile at her and think that she did it in order to cover the gray hair s That i s all Mr. Carter. "Is there n o information that you can give me concerning her? "No ." "Was s h e a c o mpet e nt st e nographer?" One o f th e best I eve r empl oy ed. She could trans late in to Sp anis h Frenc h and G er man too." Then it i s likel y t hat she i s s till employed in the sam e line so mewhere in the city, particularly as you saw her ori th e s treet so recently." I think so " A nd it i s n o t unlikel y that s he i s employed in this ver y building '/ "Still y o u ha v e n o t s een h e r in the building, and you w o uld b e likel y t o d o so, d o n t you think?" "On the contrary I \ vould be extremely unlikely to see her. "Why ?" I rarel y leave my office after I enter it in the morn ing UI).ti l I lea v e it a g ain t o r eturn t o m y home at even ing I never g o o ut fo r lunche on; and my eyesight i s n o t so g ood a s it wa s forty y ears ago." I wonder i f yo u are young en o ugh t o d o a s ervice for me that w o uld help me v ery much indeed? Nick asked. "Indeed I am in a matter of thi s kind; although I sh o uld be s o rry t o belie v e that a woman c o uld have c o mmitted that crim e."' I ha v e tho ught all al ong that it wa s done by a w o m a n," said Nick. "'What i s it that yo u w i s h m e t o d o for y ou?" "It i s an immen s e t as k fo r o ne o f your ag e Mr. Creighton Still I believe that y o u can do it:" (' "What is it?" "I am assured that the woman we ha v e been talk_..___


' .. NICK CARTER STORIES. 23 ing abo1tt is inside 6f this building at the present mo ment; 1that she is. in one of the offices where she is em pldyed; I am equally sure that you would recognize her if you should see het." "Witho1tt doubt?" "Do you think you couid stand it to go from d .oot to door of offices ih the building, and to penetrate fat enotigh to get a view of the stenographer, or of the working force in each office? I don't care if it takes you hour s to do it, you know.'1 "Yes. I think I can do that. But---" "You can make any" excuse that occurs to you at the moment for entering an "office. '1 "But, if I discover her, what shalt I do then?" "Appear not to have noticed her, if that is possibie. Get out of Hie office a$ sbon as y ou can and return here to me, and te1l 11!.e where she is to he found." "I wili undertake the task, Mr. Carter.1 . "Thank you. I woulq advise t _hat you begin _at the top floor. It 1s my impression since I heard what that man had to tell me who interrupted us a few moments ago, and you have told n1e, tnat she is employed one of the floors above the one on. which your office is located. It may be that you will not have to look through more than a small part of the buildirtg." "Shall I begin at once?" "Yes." "And I will find you at door, if I have anything to teport ?" "Yes." "Tben I will get about it." Just as Creighton walked away toward the elevator :Brogan rnade his appearance. "They are begihning to come in too swift for me to chase them to their rooms now," he said. "Two or three have got away from me as it is." '\ "You may abandon that part of it now," Nick re. plied. "I want yot.t to stay here in my place for a while. that I did not see the face at the win dp'\Y,,. 'ii reiiiember. Just stand on guard. If a woman with hai r that is turning gtay-which tliay be qujte gray by thiS' time-attempts to pass out of the buii'dirtg', speak to het and ask whb she is. Detain het if you can until 1 retuth; if you cartnot, trail her." "Rather a large order." .. :!or women going out of the building -at this hour of the day.'' 1Al1 right." "You saw Creighton, didn't you?" "Yes." "If he appears here again say to him to wait; that I will be back The detective hastened to the elevator then and ascended to the top floor. He had determined to in spect the roof again.' CHAPTER XIV. THE WOMAN WHO DID IT. was at bis post on the top fldor when Nick got there. "Nothing doing," he said, by way of greeting. "Two or three have inspected that powder on the floor rather curiously, but that's all. Look at it for your self." Nick did look, and he saw what Coogan had al ready described to him. It was precisely as if a pef son in passing down the stain; that communicated with the roof had made the discovety that footprints had beert left behind to betray the fact of a human pres ence the 're; as if the individual had taken a handker chief ot a cloth artd had deliberately obliterated the footprints. There had been no attempt to clean up the powder entirely; si.1ch an attempt would have been unavailing anyway without the r since you have been here, Coogan?" Nick inquired. "No; nor any white horses, either." "Well, stay here till I return. I'm gomg to the roof." "What for? I've been up there." The, detectiv.,e did not reply, but continued on his way to the roof; and the moment he 'arrived there he discovered one thing that was not as it had been when he made those former visits to that part of the bilding. Nick Carter, as we know, had been all his life trained to close observation. It was a habit that had become second nature. In passing a window on the street he might not have been able to tell you every thing that the window contained as some persons claim they can do, but if he returned past it a little later, and if anything had been removed from or added to the contents of the window he would dis cover that fact instantly. The moment that he went out upon that roof, there-


-.NICK CARTER STORIES. he discovered a short ladder that leaned against one of the three water tanks that the roof held, and he knew that the ladder had not been there during either of his two former visits to th e r oof He lost no time in mounting that ladder, you may be sure-but it was to find that the tank into which he peered was full nearly to the top of water. He climbed d 9w n again and carried the ladder to the next tank, ascended it again, to make the same dis covery. "Strange," he mused. Then he took the ladder to the third tank. In the daylight he noticed then so!I\ething that had not attracted his attention in the dark, for it had been dark when he was on the roof the two other times. This third tank was new , and had been lately although the paint was dry He took note of these things while he climbed ladder to the top of tank. And then he leaned for ward and looked inside of it. "Well, what do you think of that!" he muttered to himself; and in s tantly he rai sed himself to the rim of the tank and dropped down inside of it, for the tank contained no water. What it did contain-the thing tl1at he instantly seized upon the second he alighted at the bottom of the tank was a thirty-eight-caliber revolver, with a long barrel such as is used for target practice, and it was provided with a skeleton stock that could be fitted against the shoulder when the weapon was fired, thus affording the firm and s teady aim that a rifle gives to one wh6 is using it. I The chambers in the cylinder of the weapon were empty, but there were powder marks against the front of the c y linder around one of them, and the l o ng bar rel when he held it up to the light and looked through it, showed at once that the weapon had l;ieen lately dis tharged. There was a woman's tortoise-shell comb there, too; such as is worn in the hair to keep stray hairs in place; and there were a dozen stumps of smoked-out ciga rettes. Also there were crumbs galore, as if the per son who had been there had taken a supply of sand wiches along. Nick climbed out of the tank again with the aid of the spikes that had been driven into it for that pur pose, to be used when the tank had to be cleaned; and he took the revolver and the comb with him. "The thing is working itself down to a fine point now," he told himself, as 0he went toward the hooded stairway and descended to the top floor of the build mg. He was certain now the woman he had seeking all the night had been inside that empty tank all the time when the two visits had been made to the roof during the night. It was her place of conceal ment, and it had never occurred to the detective that any one of the tanks might have been empty. That only shows h ow ,easily the mqst expert will at times overlook an important fact. It was apparent that the woman had somehow pro vided with a key that fitted the door that le

NICK CARTER STORIES. was happening in Deering's office; and she had too long.-until Nick Carter snapped off the lights and raised the curtain suddenly to show the in spector the window in the opposite building. She had been seen, anq she knew that she had; and she had fled to her hiding place in the tank on the roof; and there she had spent the night--o\two nights altogether-waiting until the hour when she knew that the building would be thrown open. Then the guilty woman had out of her hid ing place, had unlocked the door at the bottom of the stairs to the roof, had discovered that the corridor was deserted, had started to flee to the office where she worked, but had been brought up with a round turn by the discovery of the talcum powder. All these considerations through the mind of the detective while he was descending from the roof to rejoin Coogan, who waited for him. The officer from headquarters espied the target gmi at once, and exclaimed about it; and Nick stood there with him while he related his discoveries on the roof. They were over near the stairway to the roof, far removed from the elevator shafts, and while the de tective was talking he saw a man leave an elevator that had ascended, and dart rapidly along the corridor at the front of the building and disappear. He ceased speaking in the middle of a se ntence and s tarted forward hastily. "vVhat now? asked Coogan. Nick did not reply, a\ld Coogan followed him. The corridor at the front of the building was va cant, and Nick stopped, wondering into which room the man that he had seen had disappeared; for that nian had been Percy Dalton, the clerk in the office of the dead Carleton Deering. But while Nick was still wondering, a door far down the corridor opened and Dalton appeared again, almost running, so hasty were his steps; and he literally ran into the arms of Nick Carter, which reached out for him. "We'll go back there to that office, Dalton," Nick s aid coldly. "That is where the woman is employed who Mr. Deering, isn't it?" .l)alton nodded. He seemed unable to speak. "What is that woman to you, Dalton?" Nick de pausing for the reply. "She is my aunt. But it's all up now. She's in there . I tded to keep .her from doing it, and thought I had, but she did it the same. There's an old guy in there now, talking to her, and she has con fessed the whole thing to him." "I'm afraid, Percy, that;it will go hard with you for your connection with this affair, although I do not believe you approved of it," said Nick. Dalton remained silent and Nick and the officer from headquarters entered the room where they dis covered Mr. benign old man that he was, pleading with her; and she was crying and sobbing her heart out to him, telling him all about it; telling him much more clearly than she would have told others, perhaps. It was fortunate perhaps that her employers had not arrived as yet, and the only persons in the room were therefore those that we have named. So this is the end of the story. The woman who committed the deed was Agnes Dalton, the maiden aunt of Percy Dalton, and she had taken the name of Maddox because it was the name of the man she was to have married one week from the day of his mysterious disappearance, twenty years ago. She had mourned him as one who was dead, until years afterward she believed that had discovered him again in the person of John Carleton, a married man with a daughter. Then she had determined to have his life, but Percy Dalton had argued her out of it. But when the discovery was made that Carleton was ri.ot only Maddox, but Deering, and when such of facts had been aired in the papers, she had made the determination anew, with the consequences as we know them. In that one respect, at least, she crazed, and J;ier case never came up for trial, for she was taken to a State institution for the criminal m sarie. THE END "A Fight for a Million; or, Nick Carter Straightens a Tangle, i s the title of the story that will be found in the next issue of this weekly. In this story a cousin of the woman who murdered Deering claims that she married Deering when he was Maddox, and that her son is

., NICK CARTER STORIES. THE NEWS OF ALL NATIONS. Looking fqr an Arctic Rou.te to S iberia Celestial kingdorr1 are working out on Percy A telegram was recently received from Field, the regular athletic grounds of the Spitzbergen stating that Nansen on the university athletes under the direction of yacht Veslemey, is at present working on Frank Sheehan, assistant trainer to the the northern coast of the archipelago near Cornell t r ack and cross-country teams, and the. from which t h e Norwegian exsays they are making V\'.ry satped1t1on u nder Hoel and Staxrud recently 1sfactory progress. Some of the Occidental set out to explore the coast. athletes had never worn spiked runn ing r apid wo r k wi t h t h ei r pla11s for harnessing the power of the "Pot oinac. The aim is to uti lize the fal l s for gene r at ing electric lighting and power for Washington and the numerous s u burban rail ways running in and out of t he District of. Columbia. The Russian expedition commanded by shoes : and Rusanoff and Kutchin, the oceanographe r some d1ffic:ulty 111 gettmg them upon their left Green Harbor after exploring the westtoes" but 111 the try-outs they work very em coast of Spitzbergen They are going creditably for amateurs, and sev.eral north to Nova Zembla and as far east as equaled the best performances that have possible. They hope' to reach Solitude been made at this i:neet last year, when the Island in order to examine into the possiCornell men got third. F alls Thr e e Stories; Unhurt. 'While standing in a rocking-c hair at open window of her home A l ice Coghan, 3 years da ughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Coghan, of Boston, lost her balance and fell three stories to the grou nd, escap i ng with only a shaking u p and slight bruises. bility of open ing up a new line of com munication between the Siberian rivers arid Eur ope: .. The Russian expedition is prepa r ed to r e main in the arctic regions through the winter. TO!> Much for Him! Following a tempestuo u s session in his c during the hearing of an elec tion frau. d case brought by Socialists, fist i cuffs being engaged in and weapons drawn, Judge Thomas Jam es, of Tampa, Fla. droppe;d dead from apop l exy. Judge J ames collapsed immediate l y following a personal encounter between Dan Robinson, defeated Socialist qmdidate for mayor, and Mitchell McKay, a brother of Mayor D. E. McKay, who was the successful opponent of Robi11son. The trial had been one of tlie sensations whic h drew a crowd which filled the cou rt room to s u ffocation and overflowed into the street. The fight between l\obinson and McKay followed a recess taken by t h e cour t immediate l y after W J. Staffo r d one of the accused election i nspec t ors, attemp t ed to assaul t S a witness for the prosecution, while Camparetti was testifying. lm1J1ediate l y O{l coiviseJ f? r the commenced arguing a mo tion t o d 1sm1ss the defendants, when Judg e Jam es collapsed. He was hurried t o his h o m e near by where he died a few minu tes late r. New York National Gua rd lVJay Have Aeroplane s "Aerop l anes may become an adjunct to the New Yo r k State National Guard Adjutant General Verbeck says He exp l a i ned that the joint mili t a r y maneuvers would be g i ven addi t ional interest by establishing headq u a r ters for Governor Dix near .Bridg e port, Conn., a t which the milita r y c o m m i ttees of the legislature would locate A u g u s t II to 13. A t t!i iii t ime Beckwit h Havens, an expert aerop l anist, will demonstrate the uses of the machine i n war and four regular army expert s w ill t ake' part. A Chlacae Track 'I'eam a t Corn e ll. f, C o n1e ll has a C h inese track team, and if it dQesn't _win the championship at the in tercollegiate conference of Chinese stu dents to be held at Williamstown, it will not be because they have no t trained hard to make gooq. S e ve n teen athl etes from the Say s H ayPauncefote Treaty Voidable. Hannis Taylor, former minister to Spain and a writer on international law, published an open letter contending that the HayPauncefo t e treaty is voidab l e because qf the s it uation arising from Panama's ceding the Ca n al Zone to the United States. "There i s no room for hair$pli t ting on that point writes Mr. Taylor. "Within the Canal Zone the United States is sov ereign for all the purposes of international law. Under that l aw it is well settled that a treaty becomes voidable, no t void whenever a change has taken p l ace in t he funda mental conditions existing at the time it was made." The wri ter quotes Hall, an Englis h authority on in t ernat i onal laws, in suppor t of this contention. M r Taylor r efers to Russ i a's repudiation in 1870_ of port ions 9f the t r ea t y of Pans relating to the Black Sea, and contends it set a precedent upon whic h the United States may act. Arrest the Whole Town. Constabulii r y arrested a large proportion of villagers of Lucan, Ireland, charged with helping to tear down a nearly completed con suqiption sanitar iu m beca u se they o b jec t ed to prese;nce _of consumptives, The chi l d was picked u p by a neighbor who saw he!' fall and ran out expecting to find her life l ess on the grou nd. The neighbor carried the littLe girl into the which was the first intimation her pa r ents had of her remarkable escape .New Squadron J9J4. Such progress has been ,made i n increases in the Gert!'lan naXiy, voted efect!ves from gauge work at the falls g,p.d many othe r Marryiog t d_etail s connected with the survey of the London has some 50,000 pe r ;sons w h o s i te have been comp l eted by_the topograph i will be within 'SCClpe ef the cal. survey corps of States ge o mental bill, a government. meas lo g tcal su_rvey, 1 t 15 beheved that the u r e whi ch. the co u n t y c o u ncil apprehends army eng111eer5 will be able to make very is to be passed this year. '.,fn .. ?..t! r :_


cumstances the council are anxious that their re c ommendations may be in corporate d in the proposed legislation of whi c h th e council generally express approval. A report on the bill by the education com mittee has : been drawn up, and will be considered by the council at its next nfeet ing. The measure contains the following clause by which for the first time, an effort is to be made t o eliminate the unfit : "If any person intermarries with or at tempts to intermarry with any pers o n whom he kn o ws to be defective within the meaning of the act, or if any person sol emnizes or procures or connives at any marriage, kn o wing that one of the parties thereto is defective he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor." The county council, which will have to administer this new legislati o n will thus have the duty of deciding what pers o ns are marri ageable and tho s e who are n o t Apart fro m the people who are declared to be lunati cs and wh o are maintained in the asy lums the c o uncil n o w m a intain s ninety schools for mentall y defici ent chil dren, and at present there are 700 su c h children on the roll. These children c os t the ratepay

NICK CARTER STORIES. ties concerned if they left as quickly and children's handiwork for exhibition in Joas quietly as possible, hannesburg; will pack and send the same "I could not absolutely turn them out to the exhibition without expense to the at once, for an agreement is an agreeme nt ; exhibitor, and will make all necessary arsb I judged i t better to use polite measures rangements with those in charge of the -at first. However, the Mormons, seeing exhibition for their free return. All ma how things were going, judged it wiser to terial submitted for the purpose will be streets and showing no visible means of support. retire at once, and I returned their rent entered for award, and the commercial to them." museum will distribute such awards to ex On being questioned by the police, h e could give no details of his life before or after May 23. To all questions he re plied: "He who has fo r bidden me to speak has. crossed the ocean and the police will find him ." Woman Wedged in Mine T unoel JS Houts. Wedged tightly in a small turtnel of a Si l ver Mountain, Colo., mine, through which she tried to follow her husband and brother, Mrs. A. A. Clampsky, a wealthy New York woman could not move for 18 hours, and kept the two men prisoners in the hole into which they had crawled ahead of her. The husband and brothet were forced to work with their bare hands on the rock to 1 release her. She fainted three times. The party had gone to the mine, an un worked one, with the intention of gating it for investment. M rs. Clampsky has decided not to inves "Be Kind to Your Horses0 Signs in Boston. Between 50 and 100 signs bearin/1 the in scription ''Be kind to your horses' w ill be placed upon electric light poles throughout the c it y by President Francis H Rowley, of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in Boston1 if proper arrangemehts can be made witn the elec ttic light company, according to an an nouncement made by William A. Leahy, Mayor Fitzgerald's private secretary. President Rowley called at the mayor's office and offered to place the signs on the poles at his own expense, and Secretary Leahy assured him that the mayor and street commissioners would give him 1 the necessary permission,} there .is no objec tion on th e part of me electric companies, which own the pbles Shocked to Death Through Cake of Ice. Peter Polus, thirty years old driver for an ice company, was killed in a peculiar manner in Pittsburgh. Polus was carrying a block of ice on his shoulder. In the basement of a saloon the ice rubbed a wire from which the insulation had been re moved. Polus fell dead. The coroner's physician found that Po lus was walking on a wet floor, his clothes were wet, and that when the ice touched the w ire hi s body grounded a circuit of 2,200 vo lts. The Mayoress of Johannesburg. Johannesburg, the commercial metropolis of South Africa has entrusted its city government to the leadership of a wbman, Mrs A. M. Ellis, who bears the title of "mayo re ss." Mayoress Ellis is planning a compete tive intern ationa l exhibition of handiwork in October and the consular corps in Johannesburg to the club, to be known as the Creator; it is, consid e ring the advanced the King's Cup. It is to take the place of state of our capillary knowledge, an irony, a the cup presented by the late King Edward mockery, a paradox. M M ill erand has a VII in November, 1905 The club has been fine head, because he has plenty of hair. asked to r etain the King Edward trophy as Would he be as handsome if he were bald? a memorial of the late ruler of Great He should reject this headdress and create Britain. another more in conformity with the legitiT.he same conditi o ns will apply to the new mate aspirations of a progressive people cup as governed the old one, the chief provisions being that the trophy shall be held Bartender Wins Scholarship. forever by the New York Yacht Club, to J o hn Larson, nineteen years old1 em-be sai l ed for ahnual -ly, preferably off Newployed in his father's saloo n as a bartender. port, during the cruise of the New York has been selected by the Princeton Club, of Yacht Club. Chi cago, for a scholarship, and will have Any yacht belonging to any yacht club in. his expenses paid for four years at llie uni the United States in good standing is eliverslty by that club. gible to enter for the races. The name of Larson graduated from the Evanston each yacht winning it and the name of her Academy in June, paying his expenses out owner \v)ll be inscribed upon the cup, and of his own earnings. It was his h,abit to eac h winning yacht will receive a suitable do considerab l e studying afte11 the1l saloon medal to commemorate her victory. was closed at r o'clock in the mdtning. As a student at the academy Larsen made Case of Hypnotic Suggestion, a go o d r e cord. In addition to l eading his A curious case of hypnotic sugge s tion is classes, he was a good baseball and {oot reported from Turin, Italy. For some davs ball player. After an investigation o( the a chauffeur has been wandering roun9 the boy's habits and home life he was selected


as a "man of all -aroun d ability." The cl u b selects one man each year upon whom to bestow a scholarship at Princeton. St evenson Reli c to be Sold. For the benefit of the literary it has recently been announced that the Casco, in which Robert Louis Stevenson made his first cruises into the romantic seas of the South Pacific, is to be put under the hammer, and it is of equal interest to shipping !Yen to .know that the Casco is one of forty \essels, all owned by one company, which are now for sale at Victoria. The entire ileet of the Victoria Sealing Company is to be disposed of, because of the treaty entered into between the United States, Canada, Russia, and Japan, whid1 puts an end to sealing for the next-fourteen years, and consequently throws a big flotilla of sealing schooners out of commission. Twelve of the fqrty ships in the Victoria fie .et have been under American registry and may still sail under the Stars and. Stripes. Several o! them, ranging from forty to IJO .tons, were pretentious yachts in their heyday and have histories as interesting and picturesque as the old Casco. P i u s X. H e Would Not Ctleb ta t e N in th A nniversary of El e v ati o n Shattering the widely accepted belief, in which he himself shared, that he would not live to celebrate nine anniversaries of qis elevation t-o the Vatican throne, Pius X. recently completed the ninth year of his pon tificate. The odd belief that he would die before the anniversary was based on the manner: in which his holiness' entire life has been divided into periods of nine years. He was ordained a priest in 1858, and serv _ed as curate for nine years. Then followed his promotion to the post of parish priest at Salzano, where he remained for nine years. Next came nine years as chancellor of the diocese nine as Bishop of :\Iantua, and nine as Cardinal and P atriarch of Venice. So firmly was he convinced that this NICK CARTER STORIES the sand w ill be examined. Roc k fo r ma-the llf ord, wh i ch arrived at Philadelphia tion ca n be studied and sk e tc hed. The derecently signer says the boat is a m arvel of sim Chief Officer W. F. Bassett was on the P!icity. In the keel lil1e, forward and aft bridge when he sighted the body. A lifeot the mathinery, a trough is made the boat was lowe r ed and it was found that a sides of which have been painted b lack life preserver w a s fastened around the to screen .the r eflection of the water. The body. Ther e was fo und a watch with the vessel will be driven by a gasoline eng in e in itial s eng r aved on it and pe r so n a l efof twentyfive horse power, capab l e of defeds of val ue, whic h the stewa r d had evi veloping a speed of eigbt knots an hour, dently collected just before the vesse l went with auxiliary plants. According to the down. scientists who have designed the boat, it His official papers were found waterwould have been of great value in the soaked in his pocket and it was from these Titanic catastrophe. They believe it would that his identity was ascertained. The solve t h e q uestio11 of what was the final body was buried at sea. fate of the s unken l iner. The best informed believe tlia t the big vessel, owing to the great depth in which she went down, does not rest on the ocean's bottom, but floats below the surface of the water where the pressure equals the ship's weighl Mr. Eliot Says "Equ a l lor Women." "Equal immigration for women," was the substance of a proposition broacl1e Bot tom. the collector's protest against the use of A glass-botto. med steam 1acht is being seals stamped "Frisco" on bonded govern-built at Mathis' shipyard, Cooper's Point, ment goods. Three-cent Bounty on Ra ts at Galvatoo. Camden, N. J., for scientific purposes, in The government finds that "Frisco" lacks Recently the Galveston "first rats of the order that persons interested in the mysdistinctiveness and dignity, land that there season." numbering twenty-four, each worth teries of the sea may get a glimpse of the are several villages of the name of Frisco. a bou nty of three cents, wete brought to ocean bed It is the first vessel of its the office of Commissioner V. E. Austin, kind ever built in this country. The b o t United States to Help Refu gees. who sent both the catcher and their rats tom will be made of French plate glass one The destitution of American refugees to the city incinerator plant to l eave their inch thick, in sections, divided by steel from Mexico, now quartered at El Paso, re-catch and get pay slips. The honor 0 frames. An ingenious arrangement fo r suited in the passage by the Senate ot a first catch goes to Arthur Peterson, mes providing illumination so that the explor-resolution author izing the war department senger for the Mackay Telegraph O:rmpany. ers can see under the waves has been con, to spend $100,000 in transporting them to bis catch yielding four rodents for whic h structed by the introduction of submarine such points in the United States as they a slip upon City Secretary John D. Kelly radio light for the purpose of making viswish to reach. for twelve cents was given him. Hatdly ible the bottom of the seal and bringing Senator Bailey declares the refugees were had young Peterson gotten out of Corn obj ects resting or floating t iere into clear in dire need, and in most cases were unmissioner Austin's office before a second view. For certain kinds of work one or more able to proceed beyond that city. contribution was brought in by Loui s large incandescent lamps will be dropped Brooks, a co1ored driver, to the n u mbe r 0 from the bottom of the boat to the vicinity Body of Titanic St e w ard Found, twenty. He, too, was to the incinera-of the wreck or other object to be in'l'he body 0 W F. Chiverton, the c hief tor receiving a slip for the sum of sixt y spected. Especial attention will be paid by steward of the Titanic, was found in lati-cents tor his night's work. those who have given their time and spent tude 49.o6 north, longitude 42 .51 west, by It ls expected that before the week is out their money to the study of the habits of the British steamship Jlford, bo und from every householder on the island will have sharks, porPQises and other marine crea-Galveston to Hambu rg. The finding of the traps and various brands of poisons worktures. Old wrecks, partially imbedded in body was reported by the chief officer 0 ing overtime. The boys between eight and -----.. -----


30 NICK CARTER STORIES. .. fourteen years old ; looking upon the payment of rat bounty as a lucrative work, and are determined to make a large part o{ their pocket money from the work. ing as "a disease and a menace to health 'plate! I know for a fact that when he was and So much in earnest are going good it was not necessary for him they that they are preparing a bill for the to pitch any curves. That fast one ,always next legislature which aims to prohibit the had a beautiful hop on it, and it was impractice. possible to connect with it. Leaves $200,000 to Daughter She Abaadoned. The physicians of Boston do not take the "Ed Walsh was another great one with A legacy of $200,000 has been left to matter so seriously. Doctor George B. that spitball of his. I have seen all kinds Miss Marion Goodale Strong in the will of Shattuck, president of the Massachusetts of wet balls, but Walsh had one which her mother, who refused absolutely during Medical Society, when asked his opinion of takes the cake." her life to have anything to do with her the proposed law, said: "My ideas on the daughter. Miss Strong is living with Mr. subject are not for public consumption. and Mrs. George E. Congdon, former resiYou should go to some more expe.tienced dents of Syracuse, at their home near man." Trumansburg. Doctor Walter L. Burrage, secretary of When she was J days old her mother the society, was more explicit. "Of course, ordered that she be taken from th.e house kissing is not a he said. "It is and the parent never willingly saw her a natural act or process ; and is not in gen daughter after that. The girl, talented and era! a menace to health. Indiscriminate attractive, was an exile from the palatial kissing is liable to pass disease, such as home of the Strongs in Babylon, Long tonsilitis, diphtheria, influenza and certain Island. blood diseases. But kissing is essentially a The first six years of Marion's life were family practice, and as such cannot be pro passed with a relative and no effort' was hiliited by the body politic. Such a law made to bring the mother and datlghter towould be more in place like Germany, gether. M rs. Strong had declfred her diswhern everylrody, men and all, kiss indis like for the child repeatedly and consecriminately quently Marion's name never was men' tioned in the household. Did the Cat Steal the Money? Mrs. Strong, who was a member of the A question that will puzzle the Mercer wealthy Goodale family, of Peconic, L. I., County grand jury as soon as it convenes died April JO in Babylon, leaving a large is whether Mrs. Mary Kercsen, of Trenton, estate, which inherited from relatives. ' N. ]. stole $z65 from a boarder, as charged, The property is in the hands oj the execu-or whether a mother cat committed the tors, who will render an accounting about theft. Mrs: Kercsen protested her inno September I. Egbert B. Strong, Marion s cence. father, is living in Babylon. The relaResting comfortably in their nest of tions between father and daughter are said greenbacks, the missing sum to a dollar, to be friendly. a litter of kittens was discovered in a Although Miss Strong who is 24 years closet in the Kercsen house. The mother old, has been practically homeless since cat sat proudly on bundles of $10 bills birth, she says she never ceased to love watching her offspring. Mrs. Kercsen re her mother. Three fruitless attempts were ported the disc9very to the authorities. Policeman Makes Wonderful Catches. Patrolman August Toelke, of the Phila delphia force, recently entered the class of Gabby Street. On a wager he caught three baseballs thrown from the nineteenth story of the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. Five balls were thrown in all. Toelke missed the first two owing to the wind. The distance the balls dropped was 290 feet. Left Moaey Only for Women. After bequeathing $100,opo each to two sisters and a niece and various other sums to other female relatives, Anna Margaret Hayes, a wealthy Millbrook woman, said in her will: "Any legacy whatever left to any woman should be for her own sole and separate use forever, and free from the control or interference, and not liable for debts of any husband she may ever have." Mrs. Ha:yes' will was filed for probate Her estate 1s valued at $soo,ooo. American Admirals Praisf: Germany's Advance. made by her father to bring about a recon ciliation. Until a few years ago it was supposed by friends and neighbors that the Strongs were childless. The father was a yachts man and automobilist arld the two usually spent winters in Florida. Admiral Edwards and Commander Todd. who left Berlin recently, homeward bound via London, expressed b .efore they left in an interview their wonder at and admira tion of Germany s gre,.at technical advance in the last decade. They declared the y were carrying back to America the most Yoshihito's First Proclamation, valuable information. Yoshihito, the emperor of the new era of Admiral Edwards was particularly enTaisei, read his first proclamation befor an thusiastic over the Charlottenburg Tech immense gathering of officials and reprenical High School. sentatives of all branches of the service. "It is the most complete I have ever The emperor said: seen," he declared. "Its equipment, ar"The death of the former emperor has rangement, and plan of study are exernNew Express caused great sorrow to the nation, but the plary. Neither in the United States nor in The United States Express Company has 'throne cannot be left empty and the stat@ England is there anything comparaW!e to it. raised a novel contention fn answering the administration cannot be neglected, even for We shall take many of its features as an complaint of :tl.f. Rockefeller. of Sheepshead a day. We, therefore, immediately asexample in the institution which has been Bay, L. I., before the public service comcended the throne and will administer the planned for Annapolis for the technical mission, that he had been overcharged for affairs of the country under the protection education of our marine engineer aspir the delivery of a box shipped to him from of our imperial ancestors and under the ants." St. George, Staten Island. The carrier provisiQns of the constitution. Admiral Edwards praised the German asserts that the commission has no jtirisd.ic"In this administration we hope not to system of applying the results of scien tion, as the Staten Island ferryboats pass : be misled. We shall endeavor to sustain tific research to industrial undertakings, and through New Jersey waters, and the shipand fur-ther the great work done and unsaid he thought that Germany's continuing ment accordingly became an interstate shipdertaken by the former emperor. industrial developments was the surest ment, subject only to the jurisdiction of the "You, our subjects, do your best for your ll'uarantee of peace. interstate commerce commission. country as you did for the former emAt the offices of the commission, howperor and be loyal to us." Says Love Stories Will Disappear. ever, it was said that assuming that the The proclamation of the new emperor Of late there has been noticed in Fren'cl1 ferryboa! passed over waters of New York pays a lengthy tribute to Mutsuhito, the plays and novels a tendency to avoid the B ay, which are west of the boundary Jim: dead ruler. interminable "domestic triangle," which for be!ween New York. and Jersey, the ;years, in some modification or other, has shipment would not mvolve interstate comSays Rusie and Walsh Best Pitchers. been the theme of most French fiction, in merce. Under the agreement between the "I found during the long time that I was either book or dramatic form, but there has States of New York and New Jersey, en-in the big league that Amos Rusie and Ed now arisen a French novelist who prbclaims tered into in 1838 and approved by ConWalsh were the hardest pitchers for me to a reaction against love itself. gress, New York State has exclusive juris:'. hit," says Willie Keeler. "I have gone H-e is M. Pierre Hamp, the author of diction over all the waters of New York through a season without striking out, and many short stories, who in the preface to Bay. Rusie and Walsh have the distinction of his latest boo!: declares with a sort of petu- . making me fan twice in one game. !ant ferocity: These Doctors Say Kissing a Bad Malady. "Amos could shoot them over. He had "I have been drawn into writin'g a love Kissing is not so serious a malady as the more speed on his curve ball than some of story. It is a miserable job. intel Milwaukee Physicians' Association would the present day pitchers have on their fast lectual decadence consequent on 'efotic prehave us believe. acc o rding to officers of the one. When the big fellow, who was with occupation is beginning to arouse the sus Massachus e tts Medical Society. The Milthe Giants, was going right he was a wonpicion and disgust of a virile generation. waukee doctors have declared war on kissder. How he could buzz them -Rver the Love stories will disappear like drinking


NICK CARTER STORIES. songs. Good form will soon dictate that president of the organization dis one should love as 01Je eats and drinks-posing of his interest. that is as matttr of cout:se :<1nd without :Both Gaffney and Ward Were at the any L @ ve humanity Polo Grounds, and when int<;rviewed by<:l less a lt: will considered reporters, all Mr. Ward had to say was as a.o shame fol djsease ,: a oj criminal that he had sold out. It is understood madness." : ,., that M,r. Gaffney has bought, or will buy, the interest held by Mr. Carr.oil and play ; Piltlbulrh Neqia LaboNn, the ownership game with a : lone hand. He From"'r!j:,ooo to: 5,bcio laborihg jobs are to go to Boston and will going begging in Pittsl:i 4 rgh.' There is become the president of the club. '.1 of usk,illep Asked wpether he intended to retain 111 th1sc. section at present than at any time Johnny Kling as manager, Mr. Gaffney tlie boom of lg07; C 6 nser\iative est!said he did. One of his illOVS will place .needs of lhe at be to try to get new players, and he will 4 000 men, while m some qu artets tt is asvisit Buffalo to have .. a talk wi!h Managers s erted: t!:iat as lfigh as 7 ,000 additional Dunn, of Baltimore, and Stallipgs, of Buflaborers could dbtain employment in the falo, with a view to picking up young talent. mills manqfactpries, and .railtoads in this "I hope to make a success of the club ," s ection. v said Mr. Gaffney, the only way to do Within the paSt few wee"ks the ivages that is to hustle. So I ant gomg to. begin o f the laborers have been adv u .. Beans mstead of peef was rerriedy Mr. Hathaway didn't think it was strange business, with an authorized Cl\pital of ?,Y Doctor R E. Doolittle that he, at seventy-two, sh o uld want to $1,054,350,534 aiid outstanding circulation pure fo q d head of .the bur. ea ti of c h em1smarry a "girl. of thirty-nine, and, further-secured by bonds of $72.1,623,148, according try of the dep';-of agndt)tur_e. . more, he remarked, ''it's n o ne of anybody's to a statement issued by the secretary of. "Eat beans. 1f beef 1s to o exp e nsive,' said business." the treasury at Washington. .... D?ctor Doohttle, "Beans are the best sub-"Isn't thi s a free country?" he added. During the month of July th. ei'e were stltute for b e ef. One ,shold_ ,not eat A man has a right to do as he pleases as twenty-eight applications of or.ganiaed na anyway, more. than once. da!ly long as he hims elf ancl obeys the tional banks r e ceived. Eighteen applica uf coyrse, upo11. the Nnt ... Canned of A statement of comage for Jhe .$onth all k1J1ds are n o t as, &:ood as : Sin,tng io lYli\P We,at. of Jly shows 385,0QO gold piei;:es, vajued ''Other substJtutes f or.. of Doctor Johp B. Murphy, of Chicago, at $3,320,':JO, and 70,tl>O half and high protem value._ are p eas., all kmds f<:1mous surgeon, in a cablegram from, Paris, l,('joo,opo dimes. nuts cheese, and milk. predicts a i::emarkable future for surgery nqt. recomm e nding a He sees a cure for diabetes, the prev.ention lodJan Runner. Gets OvilJiPll. veget;.mail diet as the ,..only best diet of rheum11tism, conversio11 of weakly per. Andrew Sockalexis, the Penobscot In but tot me11t . Sugai:, too, sons into strong beings, the making of dian. back from the \ Olympic .. games at is Oattn .e11l some ff,t,, dwarfs into giats, and prevention of many stockholm, : where he finished fourth in the but genera!Jy, <:1re diseases. Marathon, was tendered a great reception starc!l .Y?, ',. ,. . . . . , .. . . . Dootor Murphy's attention was called t.o on his arrival in his home city. ; .. "' .. : the case, of an English boy: who

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The Nick Carter Weekly ISSUED EVERY SATURDAY BEAUTIFUL COLORED COVERS W hen it comes to detective stories worth while, the N ICK CA;RTER WEEKLY contains the o nl y ones that should be con s i dered They are not overdraw n .ta l es of bloodshed. T hey r ather show the w o rkings o f o n e of the finest minds ever conceived by a writer. The name of Nic k Carte r is familiar a ll over the wor l d and the stor i es o f his adve n t ur es a r e r eaq e age rl y by million s, i n twenty different languages No othe r stories have withstood the severe tes t of time so well as those con tained i n the NICK CARTER WEEKLY. It proves conc lusively that they are bes t. We give herewith a list o:f all th e ba c k number s in print. Y o u can hav e your n ewsdea l e r order them o r they will be sent dir ec t by the publishers to any address upon receipt of the price in money or postage -stam ps. 510-The Las t of the Outlaws 501-The P r incess' Last Efl'ort. 667-T h e Air-s h aft Spectre 746-The S ec r e t Ent rance. 5 1 2 A Battle of Wits. 592-Th e T wo Lost Crit t ende n s. 668-T h e Brok e n Latch. 747-T h e Cavern Myst e r y. 513A Game of Five Millions. 593-Mig u e l, the Avenger 669-Nick Carte r's Sudde n Peril. 748T h e Disappearing Fortune. 514-Codma n the P o i so n e r 594-Eulalla, t he Ban d i t Queen. 670-Tbe M a n with the Missin g 74 9 A V oice fro m t h e Past. 5 1 5 T b e Plot o f the P o i so n e r 595-The Crystal Mystery. Thumb 752-The Spide r s W e b 516The M ec h anical Giant 596-A B attle o f Wit and Sklll. 671-Feltman t h e "Fe nce." 7 53-Tbe M a n With a Crutc h 517Dori s, the Unknow n. 597-Vanderdy k e n the Million aire. 672A N ight w i t h Ni ck Carte r 7 54-The Rajah's Regali a 519-Ma dge Morley's G h os t 598-Pa tsy's Vacatio n Pro bl e m. 673-In the Ni ck of Time. 7 55 S a ve d fro m Death. 520-An Autom obile Mys t e r y 599-The King's P r i so n e r 674T h e Dictat o r's Treasure 756-The M a n Inside. 521-Tbe Myst erious Stra n g e r 600-A Woma n t o the Rescue. 6 7 5-Pieces of E i g ht. 7 57-0ut for Vengean ce. 522-Tbe White Arm o f a W oman. 601-Nic k Carter in J a p a n 6 7 6-Behind the Mask. 7 58-The Poiso n s of E xil!. G23-Tb e M a n in the D oorwa y. -602-Tallka, the Ge i s h a Girl. 677-Tbe Gre e n Patch. 759-Tbe Antiqu e V i a l. 524--Tb e Plot of the B a r o n 603B y Orde r of t h e Emperor. 6 7 8-The Drab Thread. 7 60-The H o u se of Slumber. 525-The Passenge r on the Night604-The Co n v i ct's S ec r et. 679 -The Live-wire Clue 761-A Double Identity L oca l 6 0 5-The M a n in the Dark. 6 80-The Vampires of the T ene7 62-"The M oc ker's" S trat a g e m. 526-A Double Mys t ery. 606A n Anarchist Plo t m ent. 7 63-The M a n t hat Ca m e Back. l527-C lar! ce the Countess. 607 -The Myst erious M r P e t e r s 6 81-The P o licy King B afile d 7 64-The Track s in t h e Sn o w. 531-A Blackmaile r's Paradise. 608-A Woman at Bay. 682-The Madm a n's G i g. 7 65-The Babbing t4 5-The a y nl!rd ":oman s D oub e 620-'l' h e Fatal Javelin. 694-Th e C hemi c a l Clu e 77 8-A Six-word Puz zl e A gamst Fiftee n. 621-The G h os t o f Ni c k Carter. 695-The Priso n Cipher. 779-Dr. Quartz. >47-A Myst e r y of Two Passengers. 622A Stra nge Coinci d e n ce 696-A Pupil o f D octor Qu artz. 7 80-Dr. Quartz's Oath. House of 623-Pauline-A Myster y. 6 97-The Midnight Vi sitor. 7 81-The F a t e of Dr. Quartz. 000-The Lost Jla t]k Preside nt. 6 24-A W o man of Plo t s. 698-The Mast e r Crook's M a t c h . 7 82-A Woma n s Stratagem Bolt o n s Plot. 625-A Millio nair e Swindle r 609-The M a n Who V a ni s h e d. 7 83-The C lifl' Castle Affair. Dare -d evil Crnok 626-The Mo ney S c h e m e r s. 700-The Garne t Gauntle t. 7 84-A Prisone r of the T o mb l'io3-A Myst e r y f r om the Klondyke 627-0n the Trail of the M oon. 7 01-Tbe Silv e r H air Myst ery. 7 85-A R esourceful F oe. fr? m the Grav e 628T h e House o f Mystery. 7 02-The C loak o f Guilt. 7 86-Tbe H e i r of Dr. Quartz. o5o-The RaMl:t ery M a n o f 7 -Up629-The Disappear a n ce o f Bnttl e for a Million. 7 87-Dr. Quartz, the S econd . .1 n s i eur Ge r eaux. 704-Writtc n i a R e d 788-Dr. Qu artz IT. a t Bay. B a d M a n of M onta na. 6 30-An H ei ress to Millio n s 7 0 :1-The Co ll o d lo n Stain. 789-Tbe Grea t H o t e l Trage di es. llf a n t om Arizo n a 6 31-'L' h e Man in the Biog raph. 7 0 7 R og u es o f the Air. 7 9 0 -Zanoni, the Witc h Curry s Last Stand. 632-Tbe T i m e -l oc k Puzz l e. 'i'OO-The B olt fro m the Blue. 7 91-A V e ngeful Sorce ress. ,1;:i9-A 633-The Mo vi n g Picture Mys t ery.710-The Stockbridge Afl'a i r 7 92-The Prison D e m o n fi60-The N1h1ll s t s S econd Move. 6 34-The Tiger t a m e r 711-A S e c r e t fro m the Past 793-'Doctor Qu artz o n E a rth A gain. 5 61-The Brotherhood of Free 6 35 A Stran ge Bargain. 71 2-Pla ) ing the Last H and. 794-Doctor Qu artz's Last P lay. Russia. 636--The H aunte d Circ u s. 71 3-A S li c k .<\,rtic l e. 795-Zanoni, the Transfigure d 562-A White H o u se Myst ery. 6 3 7 -Tbe S ec r e t of a Private Room. 714-The .r n xlcab Riddle 7 06-The Lure o f G old. 563-The G reat .. S ify System 638-A Mental. Myst e r y 715-Tbe Knife Throwe r. 7!l7-Tbe M a n With a Ch est. 564-Th e Las t of "Mustushimi. 639-The Seal e d E n ve l o p e 716-Tbe G h os t of B a r e-face d 7!l8-A Sha dow e d Life. 56_5-S ec r e t s of a H aunted House. 640-The Message in Blue Jimmy. 799-The Secr e t A gent. 5<16-'\ My s t ery in India Ink. 641-A Drea m o f Empire. 717-The Master R og u e s Alibi. 800A Plot f o r a Crown. 267 -'lhe Plot of the Stantons. 642-The D e tectiv e s Dis a p p earance71 8-The Di p l oma tic S py. 801 -The R e d Butto n. 068-The Crimina l Trust. 643-Tbe Mi dnight M a r aude r s 71 9-The D ea d L etter. 8 02-Up Agains t It. S yndicat e o f Crook s 644-The Child o f the Jung l e 7 20-The A ll erto n Millions. G old Ce rtifi cate. 5 1 0-The Orde r o f the P ytho n 645-Nlck Carte r's Satanic Ene my. 7 21-A Plav for Place. 804-Jack Wise's Hurry Call. 5 71 T r i e d for. His !Me. 646-Three Times Sto l e n 7 22-The Fio u se o f Whis p e r s. 8 01\-Nlck C arter's O cean C hase. 5 7 2 A B a rgam Wit h a Thief 6 47-The G reat Di a m ond S yndicate 723-The Rine R oo m Myst ery. 806-Nlck Carte r and the Broke n 573-P e t e r s, the Shre\Vd Crook. 648-The H o use of t h e Y ello w D oor 7 2 7:__Th e G reat Pool Room S yndiDagger. 574-Tbe Myst ery of the Empty 649-The Tria n g l e C lu e. cate. 807Nl c k Carte r s Advertise m ent. d Grave. 6 5 0 -The H ollingsw orth Puzz l e 7 28-The Mummy's H ead. 8 08-Th e Kre g ofl' N ecklace. <>7 5-The Y e ll o w B e r y l. 651-The Affair of the Missing 729-The f;tatu e C lue; 8 0!l -The Footprints on the Rug Dead M a n o n the Roof. Bonds 7 30-The Torn Card. 810-'rhe Co pp e r Cylinde r . 577-A D o u b l e -barr e l e d Puzz l e 61'i2-The Gree n Box Clu e. 7 31-Unde r D e s p e r ation's Spur. 811-N l c k C arte r and the Nihilists. 578-An Auto m obile Due l. 61\3T b e T a xi c a b Mys t e r y 732-The Connecting Link. 812-Nic k C arte r and the Convic t 579-Jasp e r Ryan s Counte r Move 6 54-The Mystery of a Hote l Roo m 733-Tbe Abductio n S yndicat e Gang . 580 -An Internatio n a l Conspirac y 6 55-The Tra g edy of the W e ll. 7 34-The Silent Witness. 813-Nic k Carte r and the Gmlty 581 -Plotte r s Agains t a N ation. 656-The Black H and. 7 35-A W o m a n o f My s t ery. G ov ernor. 5 82-Mig n o n Dupre z, the F e m ale 6 5 7 -The Black Hand N e mesi s. 7 36-The Toils of a Sire n. 814-The Triangle d C oln. Spy. 6fi8-A Masterl y Trick. 737-The M ark of a Circ l e. 81fi-Nine t y -nlne-and One 583-A Jlfystery of Hig h Soc i ety. 65!l-A D ange r o u s M a n 788-A Plot Within a Plo t 816-Coin Numbe r 77 5 84-A M0illlon Dolla r s R eward. 6 6 0-Cast o r the P o i soner. 739-The D ead A ccomplice 817-In the C anadian Wilds. 585-The Signal o f S e v e n Shots. 661-The Cast o r Riddle. 740A Myst erious Robb e r 818-The Niagara Smuggl e r s. 586-The "Shadow." 662-A Tragedy o f t h e B o w ery. 7 4 1 -The G r e e n Scar a b. 81 9 -The Man Hunt. 1\87-A D ead Man's S ecret. 6 63-Four S c raps o f P a p e r. 742-The Strani;est Case on Recor d 1\88-A Victim o f Mag i c. 6 6 4-The S ec r e t o f the Mine 743-A Shot in the D ark. 589-A Plot Within a Palace. 661\-The Dead M a n in the Car. 744-The S eve n S c h e m e r s 5 9 0 -The Coun tess Z eta's D e f ense. Carte r s Jlfast e r Struggl e 745-Tbe Hidde n Crime Price, Five Cents per Copy. 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