The maniac doctor, or, Old and Young King Brady in peril : a story of strange detective experience


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The maniac doctor, or, Old and Young King Brady in peril : a story of strange detective experience

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The maniac doctor, or, Old and Young King Brady in peril : a story of strange detective experience
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Doughty, Francis Worcester d. 1917
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j :::i AND luNc: BRADt DErccnvrS. , I1sued Weekly-By Subscn:ptio1i $ 2.30 per y ear. l!:ntered us Second Class Ma fte 1 ' at tile Nen :fork Post Office, by Frank Tousey . No. 9. NEW YORI{, MARCH 24, 1899 . Price 5 Cents. ''Drop that knife or I'll drop you!" c r i e d Young King Brady. The ma.d doctor started back a.nd a cry of rage burst from his lips. \ f

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OLD AND YOUNG lf: ING BRADY., DETECTIVES. Is s u e d Wee k l y -By Sub sc,.ip t i n n $2.50 p e r ie a r. Ente;ed a s Second Cla s • M atter at the New y k 11' y p Entered acc01 dinq to A c t o f co;igress _in the 1 1 ea r 1899, in the offic e o f th e Librmian 1, 1899• . D . <..;.,by ft rank 29 West 26th St1eet . Ne w Y o rk. ' o. 9. New York, March 24, 1899. Price 5 Cents. THE MANIAC DOCTOR; .. -OR-A REM.A'.RKABLE AND MYSTERIOUS CASE. RAP sounded on the door of the private office of chief of the S ecret S e rvice in New York City. 'Come," invited the bead of the grea t detective anization. he porta l swung noi se l essly open, and a man of tinguishe d appearance entered. e was t all , a n d of s trong and muscular build. The sunlight streaming in through the large win w oppo site the door fell full upon this type of hardy anhood, bringing out bis strong f eature s in distinct lief, and disclosing some eccentricities in the way of stume . But his wide-brimmed, white felt hat, and his blue at, buttoned up to the high, white coll ar, with its d time stock became him well, seeming to accentuate e of his sturdy form. "Good-morning, chief,". said the caller. "Good-morning, Old King-Brady," rejoined the ,:rer. " Draw up here," be added, genially. The celebrated detective sank into a chair beside the esk, as be said in his singularly, fle'\ible voice : " Your messenger brought me your note an hour go." " And you have responded in persou ?" "Because the note said the business you wished to ee me about was important." "Indeed it is most important." Just then a light footstep sounded in the passage without. '. '; s a id he. Old King Brady smiled. . "No need of that; it's only Harry," he remarked, quietly. " Come in, lad !" he added, in a louder tone. A powerfully built young man entered and saluted the chief respectfully. He was shorter than the veteran detective. And his features, though not as prominent as those of Old King Brady, bespoke for him great strength of character and remarkable shrewdness. But.lilrn the elder detective of world-wide fame, the younger man's features were of the type which gtve mobility of expression, and enables the possessor to easily adopt himself to facial disguise. He wore a coat much like that of Old King Brady, and a wide hat rested above his keen gray eyes and broad brow. Harry Brady was Qld King Brady's pupil. They were not related by the ties of blood, but the old prince of Secret Service officers had virtually adopted Harry, and thoroughly trained him in detective work. Now Harry was, barring his teacher, the most skillful detective in the country, but of course no one could rival Old King Brady. The veteran and his pupil made a detective team that b a d never be e n equaled. They always worked together, and many desperate criminals could b ear t estimony to their wonderful skill a.nd bravery. Inde ed, it h a d come to be the saying at the head-

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2 THE MANIAC DOCTOR. • quarters' office that Old and Young King Brady never "Not at all. You're right, Harry. There must be failed. a motive, as you say," Old King Brady responded And so, when any particularly difficult case was in kindly. hand, the chief always it t.o th(( two Bradys. "And," said the chief, "the indications seem to But they were so kind and considerate in all their show quite conclusively that the disappearance of all dealings with their fellow officers that they had quite these poor, obscure men has been brought about by disarme d them of professional jealousy. tlfo same mysterious agency." Everyone connected with the Secret Service liked "Now you do interest me!" exclaimed the old d e '0ld and Young King Brady. , tective. "But go on," he added. I . More than once they had lent some young and de-I " My best men ha vc already tried to solve the mys-serving officer their assistance and said nothing tery, but in vain. You s ee, whe n some eight men of about it. Hemsted had vanished under circumstances that inSo more than one fellow officer was under obliga-dicate foul play, obscure though the supposed victo them, and got the credit they could justly tims were, the authority of Hemsted applied to me." med. "Just so. Please state how the men alluded to seat, Harry," said the chief, as the young vanished;" answered the elder Brady. in . " If I '\.PUld tell you that the mystery would be Old King Brady left word for me to fol-almost solved," said the chief. "l meant that I wish to know what has been found .) out about thesedisappearances," the veteren re-detective, "I took it for joined. e for us, and I wanted Harry to "And, of course, something must be known in that nd." regard," Harry put in. n in Europe all summer-after ier whom we nabbed and brought quite as well in touch with affairs and I can't guess what work you have ld King Brady looked keenls at the chief, say-in0 plainly with his expressive eyes: "Now get to the point." "We'll come straight to business." The chief read Old King Brady like a book as he spoke. "The case is, at first appea.rance, an ordinary one -merely that of the unexplained disappearance of a number of men of a large town in this State, Hemsted by name," he continued. -"Yes, I know the town," Old King Brady affirmed. "'So do I," said Harry. ""Well, what makes the case a remarkable one?" asked his preceptor. "You are always in a hurry to get at the meat of .a thing," and the chief smiled. "The fact is," hewer.ton, "the m e n who h a ve dis appeared from Hemsted under inexplicable and remarkable circumstances are all obscure persons-poor and honest men in the lowly walks of _ life." "Whom one would say were protected from criminals because such rascals could gain nothing by their taking off." Old King Brady suggested. "Precisely so. That's where the mystery comes in. That is the point that baffl e s me." "But there must be a motive for the disappearance .of the missing men," _said Harry. Old King Brady looked at him quizzically. "How you enlighten us, lad," said h!:J, smiling. Harry blushed, and the chief chuckled. " Don't guy me. I was only thinking out loud," said the lad, in some confusion. "Certainly. Here is a list of the men who haYe disappeared," the chief responded, as he took a paper from his desk. "The names of the unfortunates are as follows: r "Henry Smith, George Gale, Simon Ward, ames Gray, Walter Lake, Ned Chambers, Wat Dean, and Tom Morgan," he went on, reading from the paper. "My agents have learned that all these men disappeared either going to or coming from their he added. ' "Anything more ?" Old King Brady asked, with a ::::how of deep interest. "Yes-all these men were in the habit of walkir.g through a certain street on their way to and from work." "Ah!" uttered the veteran, shooting an expressive glance at Harry. The latte r ga,e a significant wink, and the chief continued: "You see, all the eight men alluded to lived in the poor tenement district of the town, and in order to reach the e-reat machine shops, for which Hemsted is noted, they l u d to go .through the one street which led to the section in suburbs where the shops are situated. Everything seems to show that the eight men all disappeared in the street noted, which i. Washington street." "Is that a disreputable street? I don't seem t o remember, though I know something about Hemsted, as I've said," Old King Brady asked. "On the contrary, Washington street is one of the most respectable streets in the town. On it there are many fine residences, and the better or wealthier class dwells there." Old King Brady contracted his brows and uttered a low whistle. In fact he was perplexed . "Am I to understand that so far as known, there

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THE MANIAC DOCTOR. 3 s not a si n g l e reasonabJe motive for the disappear-l "Wha t do y ou think of it all ?" he added. nee of a n y on e of the s e m en? P ardon me if I s ee m "I have not form e d a positive opinion." o in sist on a r eiteration," h e s a id. "And you, H arry ?" "Not a sing l e motive is kno\Yn. Not on e of the "I' m just lik e my preceptor." n e n h a d any r e a s on for running away . All were "You two are always as dumb as oysters,.unless ober, honest mechanics, and they h a d steady work I you have something important to say." 1nd good pay. Some w e r e m arried m e n and known "What's the use of babbling vague surmises?" o be devoted to their familie s. Others had swe et.. asked Harry. earts, and the last case is a particularly sad one,'' "True, you're quite right, but tell me, O l d King ' e plied the chief. Brady, will you undertake this case?" "Tell me all about it?" r e qu e s ted the eld e r officer. The chie f look e d at the old detective anxiously. "Well, the last man who disappeared was Tom Old King Brady was now a man of great wealth, forga n, a young mechanic, note d a s an all round and h e was not obliged to work at the profession if thlete, and as sober and industrious as any young he did not want to. e llow could be. He was engaged to a pretty girl Indeed, the chief was always afraid that the prin ce alled Net tie Blanchard-a saleswoman in a big dry of all the Secret Service office might at any time take goods store. On the day before the one set for the it into his head to retire from active d uty. wedding of the young coupl e Tom Morgan disap-But Old King Brady loved the peril and excitement peared. When last seen a liv e by on e of his fellow of his chosen profession, and there was no cause for workmen he h a d starte d to g o through Washington his chief's apprehension. street on his w a y home." As the chief spoke, the veteran looked at Harry Old King Brady h a d closed hi s eyes, a nd he seemed and said: to b e dozin g , but H arry and the chief knew that he "Wha t do you say, Harry?" was thinking intently. "I s a y l et's go in to get at the bottom of this m 'l Ast.he c hi e f p ause d he s aid: ter." "Since all the m e n who have disappeared are "All right, Harry." m P ' ics, I presume all were fine, muscular fel-"Good!" exclaimed the chief. "Yes, as you say, all were fine, strong men, and no one of them was of more than middle age. In f act, the m e n who have v a nished were the finest types of robust manhood-of physica l development in the town," the chief at once responde d. CHAPTER II. THE TWO BRADYS BEGIN WORK ON THE STRANGE CASE. "I SUPPOS E a ll the m e n who h a v e dis appear e d v an i s h e d b y dayli ght, s inC{) they w e r e l o s t to the world w hil e g oin g to or from their work, " s a id Harry, as the chie f pause d. "There is night work to b e don e a t the g reat shops of H emsted," Old Kin g Brady said, qui e tl y . " Y es, you are right ; for some time t h e shops there have b een running at ni ght. The m e n who work nights g o on a t six, and a r e rf;llicv e d a t mid ni ght, 'M y ou se e , a t tha t late hour, the night shift m e n must lea, e, and others com e to the shops," explai . ned the chi ef, consulting a note book. "Was it a,t night that the m e n vanished?" old Kin g Brndy aske d. "No. Tha t is to say some disa,ppea r e d at night, while going to or cornin g from the shops, Others vanish e d in broad d aylight whil e on the same route." "Strange tha t all the unfortuna t es w e r e fine samples of physical manhood-just the sort to make a good fight for their lives , " the Y e t eran commented. "So I say," the chief responded. notes of the case. Everything agents have found out." " Here are all the important that my He extended the papers to Old King Brady. The l atte r pock eted the m, saying: " I'll k ee p them for fn tu re reference." "And now one thing more," said the chief. " What is that ?" "I shall immediately call all n:i.y agents who are now at work on it off this case." "Thank you !" "That will leave the field to you." "Precisel y wha t I should have asked you to do." "I. know-you and Harry always like to work alon e.'' "Ye s , ' ' answered the elder officer, "because we h a ve a system of our own, and it would take too long to break a n ordinary officer in to understand all our s ecret methods." "When can you start for Hemsted ?" the chief asked. "To-day." "Excellent! 'fhe sooner you can get to the town, the better." "Whe n did Tom Morgan, the man whose disappeara nce was last reported, vanish?" "Last Thursday night when he was going home from the shop, which he left at twe lve o'clo ck." " C a n you g i ve me the a . cldress of his promised bri d e ? " "You will find it in the notes 1 handed you." "All ri g ht." Old King Brady got upon his feet. H arry spran g up, looking a s if he was e ager and \ anxiou s to b egin work upon this singular case.

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4 THE MANIA C DOC T O R. Then he and l Tp.c o l d detecti ve lighte d a big cigar. Harry bade the chief good-day. A few moments later they w ere i n the street. Old King Brady puff e d at the fragrant w eed b e twee n his teeth in silence. H arry knew his moods and said n e v e r a word as h e walked along with his grea t prece p t o r . The big c igar was about h a lf c on sume d whe n the vetera n s udd enly r emove d it from hi s lip s . They w a lked on . In a short time they a rriv e d a t their rooms. "We'll t a ke .the 1 2 : 4 0 t r a in for Hemste d , " Old King Bra d y . H e had consulte d a r a ilway time -table. I s a i A little b e for e the t im e for the d eparture of tb train m e n t ion e d ; Old K i n g Brad y and Harr y vval ke into the Grand C e ntral station on Fortysecon street. "Harry , " said h e, "we have tak e n a bi g c ontract in this Hemsted case. " "The r e is no doubt of that. It's away o u t of t h e But no on e woul d h a v e t a k e n t h e t wo famo u s oft ce r s for w hat t h ey reall y w ere. . ,, They w e r e di sguise d . common run of dete c t 1 ve cases. A d t l l 1 "That's it. Now , if t h e person s who disappear e d Olnd 1 /-eir mBarnd up was c e v er. d t d :i...mg r a y now appea r e a s a s u r y ml had mon e y or val uabl e s on the m w h e n they vani s h e d, 'I cll a 1 d 1 b d t 1 d 1 f t l . . . n c , a n ie a m e a m orp 1osc us ace so 1a o r were p ersons lik ely to h a v e d es p e r a t e e ncnn e s it l i e lo 1 d tl b b t t ' . ,, o rn younger 1an e was y wen y year s . wo ul d be hke othe r c a s es . H e wore a blue fla nnel shirt, a c o a t and o ve 1 "Of c ourse.' . . a ll s. On his h ead w a s a n old c a p. His f ee t w e r e e 1 "But why in t h e name of everythmg tha t IS won s d h 1 d 1 1 d 1 k d 1 . c a e m eavy s 10es an ns 1an s oo e roug 1 a n derful, any criminals should wish to make w a y with a . , grimy. lot o f p oo r workin g m en, gets m e . ' " Then for o nce y ou have no theory ?" Harry was gotten. up for the occasio n in muc h tl s ame fashio n. "Absolutel y n on e . Y o u see I'm f .t:ank w i t h you , Harry?" No o n e -not eve n the S ecret Service chie f, wl ; " Yes. B u t yo u reinem ber what the chi e f s a id-knew them so well-could possi b l y have eithe r of the great detectives. that the indicati ons were that all the missing disa:ppeared t hrou g h the agency of the s a m e p erson Wigs a n d s ecre t . chemical preparations had bee or person s . " use d b}1 the m to c onceal thefr identity and the l o oks o f their fac e s compl e t e l y . " Yes. Let me l ook at t h e note s of the c a s e . Whe n the train the y wante d was about to pull ou Ther e be something definite in the m on that \ the two disguised d e t ective s ente r e d the smoke r . head. " Presently they w e r e s p ee din g northwar d o ver t l " So I thin k . " stee l r a ils. Old Kin g Bra.dy pull ed o u t the note s which the chief had given h i m . A b rie f examination led him to what h e w a nted. "Here it is, " said h e , pausing . There was no on e .near, a nd h e procee ded to read alo u d from the notes of t h e sin g ul a r c a s e made b y other detectives, as follows : Old Kin g Brady s a t a nd smok e d i n profound si l ern for s om e time . H arry took his c u e from hi s prece ptor's m ood , a r did n o t interrupt the v e t e r a n ';; m ed itations. At l e n g t . h , having g l ance d around a n d no t e d th: the near by seats w e r e unoccupie d, Old King Brae s a id in low tone s : " I t seems t hat we may accept it a s most. lik ely that t h e missing m e n a ll ow e their disappearance to "I've got the opening of ou r ga. m e in Hemste the sam e parties, bec a use a ll have vanished unde r mappe d out. " s imilar c ircumstan ces, a n d i n t h e s a m e street. " " Let's have your plan," said Ha;rry " Bah! t here i s noth i . n g defi nite in t hat !"' exc l aimed Then the other went on to spea k in l o w , a n d c a' O ld Kin g B rady i n disgust. tious tones. "No!" e x c l aimed H a r ry. When he had fu ll y unfold e d his scheme , Harry e ; "An y n ov i ce co ul d make such a g u ess . " claime d : "I'm disappo inted. I ho p ed for a clew." "Good! Y ou are a d a nd y ! I h ave a n idea th: " It's strange t hat the c hi ef did not know we w oul d 1 we s h all get on to someth i n g worth our while l for m t hi s idea t h e mome n t he told u s the facts abou t wo r ki n g the dodge y ou h a ve proposed." _,,,,,, --' t h e cas e . T his does not h elp us, Harry. " "Bu t before w e g e t through, if my sche m e su 1 " No. I hop e d for somethin g more d efinite. " c e eds , w e are lik e l y t o b e pl a c e d in deadl y p eril. " '"\ Ve have g o t all t h e work to do for oursel v e s . " "That circumsta1ice don' t troubl e yours truly "Yes. B u t we h a ve got some cl ews to work on, bit. " though they are onl y those t h a t are known to the " Harry, y ou ' r e a ll right. " g e n eral public . " "Now, wh e n w e get to H emste d, w e mus t act: "Right; a n d while I don't w ant t o b elitt l e the ef -if w e we r e tota l str a nger s , " the e id e r offic e r c ontinu e forts of the offic ers who have b ee n on this caf>e, I " C erta inl y . " must say that I c a n not se e that they have done any " We'll m ee t a t the old gate house a t five o : clo c thing worth m e ntionin g . " Do y ou know the place? You ough t t o." "Tha t ' s so, " a s s e nted H arry. "Of course I know it. I h a d to g o t h ere mo

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' an once when we were after the Hemsted grave ' a litt.le sign at the corner, he saw this was the street bbers some years ago." I on which Miss Blanchard lived. "Very well; don't fail to meet me." This he had learned from the notes of the case. "l will not. But, I say, I wish we could spot Brad Seeing no one near he walked faster. ster, the old gTa.ve robber, and the only one of the And presently he was at the young girl's side. nd who escaped us, when we worked the case "Miss Blanchard, I believe," said he. ainst his gang." The girl started, and looked at him closely. "I've always thought that Hester would come But she was evidently reassured, as she saw he ck to his old stamping grounds some time. We looked like an honest mechanic. ay spot him, after all the yea.rs, since he gave us the 1 "I am Miss Blanchard, but I do not know you, sir," ip, if he has dared come back to Hemsted," an-1 she said, quietly. vered Old King Brady. 1 "I am a stranger to you, miss, but I want to talk In due time the train rea.cbed Hemsted. to you about Tom." The two Bradys alighted. "Oh, do you bring me news of him?" she cried. Then they separated. "lam sorry that I have to saJ.: no to your quesOld King Brady walked up the main business street tion." • t1rn city. Harry struck crosstovvn, and soon entered Washgton street. While he proceeded through this long thoroughfare iat had been a fata, l way for so many unfortunates, it seemed, Old King Brady reached a great dry oods store. "This is the store in which missing Tom Morgan's Yeetheart is employed," he muttered, having con lted the notes he had in his pocket. At that moment a pretty young girl, who looked , t' "r:.d ill, came out of the st<}l t. CHAPTER III. OLD KING BRADY ON THE FATAL STREET, THOUGH Old King Brady had not received a decription of Blanchard he had a premonition hat he now saw her. The young girl walked away slowly. Old King Brady hesitated. For an instant he was undecided as to whether he hould follow h e r or not. As he paused another girl came out of the store. "Nettie ! Net tie Blanchard !" she called. The other gkl tu1ned. "Wait a moment and I'll walk to the corner with ou," said the last speaker. "Thank you, miss. You've settled a question for. e," thought the old detective. ie two girls proceeded in company. Old King Brady went in the same direction. At the next corner the girls paused. But having exchanged a few words they separated. Of course, Old King Brady followed Nettie Blanch-urd. 1 But anyone who might have observed him could not haYe told that he was doing this. Indeed, he did not seem to notice the girl ahead of him. At length, she turned into a short street. Looking at the name of it1 which was inscribed on "Then what have you to say about my lost one?" "Grant me an interview." " Certainly. Come to my homo." "Lead on. I 'll fall in you. I do not Wish to be seen in your company." "Why not ?" surprised. "I'll explain presently." "Very well." The young girl walked onward at once. Old King Brady followed at a little distance. Presently Nettie Blanchard entered a neat cottage. Thedetective was inside of the dwelling a moment later. Nettie led him into a neatly furnished room. "I live alone with my widowed mother. I have no secrets from her. She, too, will hear what you have to say about iy poor Tom," said she. "By all means." "Mother!" Nettie called. A pleasant-faced, elderly woman entered directly. "This stranger has something to say to us about poor Tom," said Nettie. Mrs. Blanchard's face showed eager interest. " Oh, I hope he brings some news of the lost one," she said, quickly. "Ladies," answered the veteran, whose wonderful skill in character reading had now told him the mother and daughter were discreet and capable of keeping a secret, "let me say at once that I am a detective." " I already suspected that," replied Nettie. "We have had so many of them here," the mother added. ,, "But the officers have learned nothing about poor Tom's fate, or regarding the disappearance of the other men who have vanished," said Nettie. Old King Brady saw that she had lost faith in de-....,. tectives. "I am Old King Brady-the Secret Service detective," he said. The two ladies looked at him in surprise. And Nettie's face seemed to change m expressionto brighten instantly. "Oh, if you have undertaken to solve the deep mystery I shall hope once more," she exclaimed.

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6 THE :VlANIAC DOCTOR. "I have come here to do my best," the detective I "Now, for the next move I have planned,'' rejoined. I added. "Now, I want to ask you to tell m e all you can I Quickening his steps he proceeded to Wasbingt about the disappearance of Tom Morgan," h e added. I street. "Yes, yes,'' said Nettie. It was with a curious sensation that he entered t Then she went on speaking rapidly for some time, street that had proven a fatal highway to so man but when she concluded Old King Brady was no wiser poor m ec h a ni cs . than before. He felt as if he was treading a pathway of hidde The young girl gave him no new information. mystery. But the veteran began to question her. Very slowly he proceeded. "Do you kriow if Tom had any bitter enemy ?" he And h e kept his keen eyes open, carefully inspectin asked. each dwelling as he passed it. "I am sure he had no enemy,'' she answered. Yet so covert was his scrutiny that it seemed hi "What? Can it be that he had no rival for your manner was not likely to attract attention. hand?" Presently, as be observed that only dwellings of th "No, I never received the attention of anyone but better class ' lined each side of the broad and well-kep Tom.'' 1 street-dwellings that seemed to be "Had he any future prospects. Was he likely ever I places of the wealthy and respectable townspeopl1 . to inherit any money?" ; who could not be suspected of crime-the old detec "No, Tom was an orphan without relatives. He ive ' s mind became troubled. boarded at the Mechanics' Hotel. Everyone there It seemed the mystery was even deeper than he ha will tell you he was a favorite with all who knew supposed. him." At length, about midway down Washington stree t "Then the motive for his abduction or murder is he came to a residence that stood in the of sp b3yond all conjecture." cious grounds. "Yes." At one side of it was a beautiful flower garden. "Have you a photograph of Tom?" the rear was a grove of fruit trees. "I have. " A tall wire fen::e shut in the grounds frO{D . "Will you lend it to meP" street. "Certa.inly." As Old King Brady was passing the gate he saw A moment and Old King Brady had the pictu r e of man standing just insirl e it. who had last disappeared in Hemsted in his This person was A very distinguishedrlooking. hand. ' He was tall and thin, of more than middle age. H i He saw the pictured face of a handsome young felface was singularly intelectual of expression, and h iow, whose honest face was a testimonial to his char-had a pair of the most brilliant black eyes that th acter that could not be doubted. officer had ever seen . . Putting the photo in his pocket, Old King Brady I His hair was as white as snow . said : It fell in wavy masses upon the collar of his blac " I need scarcel y tell you that it must be kept a Prince Albert coat. His face was clean shaven, an profound secret that I am at work on this case." his whole attire was black and professional in its sug "I understand that. " gestion. "You can rely upon us not to say a word . " "A remarkable-looking man.'' So said Nettie and her mother. So thought Old King Brady. aGood ! I know I can trust you. And now I m ust But he was much surprised the next moment. go, but you shall hear from me again." The man at the gate spoke to him. "Can you give us .any hope ?" asked Nettie. "I "Good-day, my good man," said he. have read of your great successes, and feel that if it is "Good-day, sir," answered the detective, sto ppin \vitbin the power of man to do so, you will get at the and doffing his cap. truth." "I take it you are a mechanic, my good fellow,' "Miss Blanchard, I never hold out false hopes. 1 the professional-looking :man went on pa tr n.i.z1 c.l.> i can only say, as" I have already done, that I will do but in very pleasant tones. my best. " "That's so, boss . " " That is sufficient . I will hope anew now," said "Well, I have a little job for a mechanic, and yot Nettie. can have it if you like. But the work must be don( Then the detect. ive said good -day to the .mother and at once." daughter. Old King. Brady's every sense was keenly on th! In a moment he was again on the street. alert now. "Well, I made one point, I've got a photo by means lhe thought even came to him that he might bE of which I can identify Tom Morgan, if I ever find destined to stumble upon the key to e dark mysters him alive, and though I 'find him dead I shall know of Hemsted then and there. his bod _ y if the face is not disfigured," he thought. "I hain't got me tools with me, said he.

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'l'llB MANIAC DOCTOR. 7 "I will supply you with them. Come in; you shall be well paid for your work." The speaker opened the gate as he spoke. Old King Brady entered the yard. "This way," invited his gentlemanly employer. But just then the officer heard a bell jingle in the house. The gentleman gave a surprised start, and ex claimed : "Excus'e me for a moment!" With that he rushed into the house, but only to reappear directly. "You must pardon me for taking your time. I did not know it, but my housekeeper had the work I meant you should do attended to yesterday," he said, ha.stily, a.she conducted the detective to the street. But the latter saw that he looked intensely frightened. CHAPTER IV. \ ' THE MAN IN THE OLD GATE HOUSE. . I "ALL boss. No harm done," said Old King J3rady, as\he professional looking man pushed him through the gate. '"' Btlt the other made no reply. ' : the contrary he hurried into the house. The detective walked on . But before he did so,he made a startling discovery. :!:t was Of\t1 that thri}led him. And was. unexpected it was all the more impressive. But what did he discover ? Just as he. turned from the gate be caught a glimpse of the face of a man behind a lace curtain at a small window in the front door of the house of the professional-appearing gentleman. No wonder he was thrilled. Despite the fact that the lace curta,in somewhat obscured his view of the face beyond it, Old King Brady was almost certain that he recognized it. "Great Scott !" he exclaimed to himself; "if the face at the window isn't that of Brad Hester, the old grave robber, then that king of criminalshasadouble, that's all!" The face had disappeared as the detective glanced at the door. He did not pause to try to see it again. "..", rry's wish is likely to come to pass. He hoped we might spot Brad Hester in Hemsted," Old King Brady reflected. Of course what had just occurred gave him for startling conjectures. Brad Hestflr was really one of the shrewdest and most desperate criminals that he had ever encountered. As already indicated, the rasca,l had once been the chief of a daring band of grave robbers. But Brad Hester wa,s also a burglar, thug and all round crook, and he was wanted for a murder which he had committed years previously in New York. Brad Hester had eluded Old King Brady longer than any other crook had ever done. The detective. bad heard that Hester bad boasted among his associates that Old King Brady would never capture him. , And the great officer knew that the old grave robber had taken an awful oath to murder him. The supposed and indeed almost positive discovery of the great criminal in the house of the eminently respectable gentleman did not cause Old King Brady to change the plans he had i mind. He proceeded on through WaiShington street. At last he came to the end of it. But on the way he met with no further adventure. Leaving the street which seemingly held the dark secret of which he meant to find the solution, he proceeded steadily for some time. At length he came in sight of the great machine. shops of the Hemsted Manufacturing Co. As he came into the yard he saw some men at work piling up old iron. At a glance he observed tha, t one of those men was a very intelligentlooking workman. Going up to those men he looked at the intelligv.-ouc....-.... faced one, and said : "Any chance fer a job here, mate?" "Maybe, are you a mechanic?" "Well, no, not a journeyman, just a handy man.'" " You better go to the office . " "I will." "Say, friend, you're a stranger, ain't you?" "Yes. " "I thought so." "Because you did not know me ?" "No. But I reckon you came through Washington street just now alone." "Why, of course I did." "Maybe you're lucky, that's all. You see we men who work at these shops have got scary, an' we only go t .hrough \\Tashington street in twos or threes. Never one of us goes through that cussed street alone no more." "Why not?" "Where have you been all summer that you don't know?" "Out West. " "Well, friend, the fact are eight men who worked here have disappeared in Washington street and never been heard of since . " "Partner, you give me a shock. I'm glad I got through that street all right. " "Well, there comes the foreman." "Then I'll strike him for a job without going to the office." The foreman came up. Old King Brady spoke to him. 'l'h e result was what he wanted. He got a job as a laborer about the shops. The detective said he would come to work next day. Then he walked away. As he was leaving the yard of the shops he saw a r

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8 'l'HE M A NIAC DOCTOR . gentleman come out of a neat brick building which he's one of the most highly-respected citizens we had the sign "office" over the door. have." Old King Brady spoke to this gentleman. "Nice man, eh?" said OJd King Brady, as he drank Then the latter led the way into the office. the glass of soda, which the clerk had drawn, and The superintendent, for such he was, t", ook the defound there was a very strong stick in it. tective to his private :quarters. Then Old King "Splendid! He's done a heap for this town. Now-Brady introduced himself. adays he's puttin' in his time inventing something in And he said: the medical line, which he tells me will revolutionize "I want to act as a workman here in order to get the whole system of medical practice: " the views of the men about the disappearance of their "Family man, ain't he? Have one with me, an' fellow mecha.nics, and I'm working on the chance that don' t forget the stick." the clew I seek may be found here." "Thanks, I ' ll go you. This is' a temperance Mr. Brooks, for such was the superintendent's town. Mum's the word about the stick. No, the name, agreed to help and favor the detective's prodoc ain't a family man. He's a widower, never bad ject. any family . Has a housekeeper an' a manservant or. And he promised to keep his secret. two." A little later Old King Brady was on his way back "Here's lookin' at you." through Washington-street. "Same to you." Shortly after he e ntered the suspicfous street, he "Well, I'll toddle on . Doc Brown, you said ? " met a couple of workmen who were going toward the "Yes. Good-day." "Same to you, partner." The detective said to them: "Straight tips were those the drug clerk gave me, "How are you, men?" I have no doubt. " ll right . • , How's yerself, stranger?" was the So reflected Old King Brady. roug i and ready answer. And he bad other thoughts in mind, as he made his "I'm looking for a house with big grounds and a way toward the northern end of the town. fine flo'l'ver garden, where I've got a job, but I can't It was now approachin g 5 P. M. remember the number , nor the gent's name what He had not forgotten his promise to meet Har • lives there," contin .uecl Old King Brady. the old gate house at that hour. "He must meanJ)oc Sandoval's place, eh, mate?" The veteran finally pass.ed the last house at the said one of the men. north end of the town. "That's right)' " '. Then the road led through an open woods. "Fer Doc's place is the only one what's got big Old King Brady proceeded along the w )ods until h e grounds a .nd a flower garden to brag on." came in sight of a small, dilapidated old house. "I guess that's the place," said the detective. This building stood close to the road. "Well, it's about half way up the street on the It was the old gate house. left." But it had been abandoned long since. Then Old King Brady knew for certain that the oc-And toll was no longer taken on that highway. cupant of the house in which he believed B.rad Hester When he arrived at the old dwelling Old King was when he entered the yard was called Dr. Brady saw that all the windows were closely boarded Sandoval. I up. The workmen walked on. And he observed that the front door had been re-And Old King Brady did not ask any more ques-I cently repaired. tions of them. J However, as the indications were that the building But he meant to find out more about Dr. Sandoval. was unoccupied, he tried the door. He soon passed the house with the flower garden. Much to his surprise, he found it was fastened by a But he saw no one in the yard or at any window. heavy lock. At the encl of the street, right on the corner, there Going to a rear window, he pried off a board and was a drug store. looked in. Old King Brady went in. What he saw astonished him. "Where is there a docto r near here, boss?" he He discovered a man lying on the floor face "'" 1n, a; ked of the clerk. and he noted that his arms were bound behind his "The nearest is Dr. Brown up on Tenth street." back, while his legs were tied together with heavy "Ain't there a doc right below on Washington rope. street?" "There's foul play here," muttered Old King "Yes, Doc Sandoval lives there. But he's retired. Brady. He's a mighty rich man, and he won't answer a call." I "An old time resident of thi s berg, ain' t he? Gimme a glass o' soda with a stick in it." "Yes, Doc Sandoval has lived here for years, an' CHAPTER V. THE-BRADYS' CLEVER STRATAGEM. OLD KING BRAPY was always ready to help any one who was in need of assistamce.

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THE MANIA C D OCTO R. 9 He did not hesitate now. "Several men are at the front portal, I think," Old But, pausing long enough to replace the board King Brady whispered. hich he had taken from across the wmdow, he then "No doubt. They probably belong to the gang of ent to the front door. the two rascals who left me a prisoner here." From his pocket h e (,ook a peculiar little implement. "Ha! They are in the outer room." Probably this had never been in honest hands be-"Yes," said Harry. re. "We'll give them a surprise," Old King Brady re-Indeed, he h::..cl taken it from a burglar. joined. Now Old King Brady made use of the cracksman's He and Harry leveled their revolvers at the door of mplement. the room. By means of it he picked the lock. It was a very small apartment. Then he entered the house . In fact, it was scarcely more than a closet. And he was 'careful to relock the door. The detective meant when the door was opened to Already he lutd a theory which prompted him to order the met: who appeared there to throw up their ake this precaution. hands under penalty of being dropped in their tracks The truth was Old King Brady was now anticipat-I if they refused. ng a most important denouement. But while the officers were counting upon surpris-Though the light was obscure in the room where he ing the rascals there was a surprise in store for themad seen the bound man, he made out something that selves. ave him a start. Suddenly, while the two Bradys waited in silence This was that the bound man was dressed in the for the door to be opened, a most remarkable and unough garments such as mechanics usually wear at expected thing tra.nspired. heir work. All a.t once the floor gave way under the detective ' In a moment he went through the outer room, and feet. nto the one in which the bound man lay. Down they went into the cellar of the house. It was dark inside. _ Fortunately neither sustained any serious hurt. n e boards that covered the windows shut out all I But Old King Brady whispered to Harry and they he light. set in to work a ruse. , Old King Brady did not have a lantern with him. Presently a light shone down upon them. But he had wax matches in his pocket. It camP; from a lantern. One of these h e lighted as he entered the rear Looking up they saw that the whole floor of the room. closetlike room was really a great trapdoor. The next instant he turned the bound man , on his Four men were peering down at them through the back. great opening through which they had been dropped. Then of course he saw his face . At a glance Old King Brady and Harry recognized _ "Harry ! By all that's wonderful, it's Harry!" the one of the rascals who held the lantern. So exclaimed Old King Brady as the light of the ' He was Brad Hester, the grave robber and desperburning match disclosed the face of his young pupil ate all round criminal. and pa.rtner. It flashed , upon the minds of both the officers that There was a gag fixed between Harr.is teeth. I possibly in some mysterious manner Brad H ester and Old King Brady lost no time in removing it. his comrades had discovered their identity. And with a few strokes of his knife he cut the ropes But they were still sure that no one could penetrate that bound the younger officer's hands and feet. their disguises. Harry got upon his feet at once. J The light of Brad Hester's lantern showed the offiH e looked a little shamefaced. cers that there were no stairs leading up out of the But he said: cellar. "Well, I got here a little sooner than I expected." And they saw that there was not a single window "So I see,'' answered Old King Brady, smiling. in its walls. Tell me all about it,'' he added, seriously. As the light streamed down into the cellar Harry "So I will. But put out that match and give me began to groan. one of your revolvers. They took mine." Old King Brady lay motionless with his eyes closed. Old King Brady dropped the match and put his ' They had concealed their revolvers. foot on it. "Hello down there !" called out Hester. 'l'hen he placed one of a brace of seven-shooters " Oh, oh ! My leg is broke! I'm near dead !" that he carried in Harry's hand. moaned Harry. "I feel better now," said that cool youth, as he "What's the matte-r with the other spy?" asked clutched the wea.pon. the grave robber, in exultant tones. :.u. "Now for your explanation?" "N eek broken; lie's dead,'' said Harry. "Hark !" "Whoop ! That's the best news I c er heard ! Both listened. Whoop! I've don e the trick at last, boys ! The fall They heard footsteps at the outer door . killed Old King Brady!"

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10 T H E M ANIAC DOC T O R . And so the grea. t detective knew, amazing as the thing seemed, that Brad Hester knew him despite his 'Perfect disguise . "Now, Harry Brady," continu ed Hester, "we'll come down and finish you!" " Oh, spare me ! I'm wounded and helpless, un .armed, and at your mercy, and if you will let up on me, I'll never trouble you again." "You're right you won t," sneered Hester. "I say, Brad, these two will make two more fine tiffs fer the old man to use," said one of Hester's men. "Yes." "An' we ought to git a good price fer 'um. This is easier than opening graves or decoying--" "Shut up, you fool," cried Hester, savagely. "All right. You needn't git cranky. " "You al ways talk too much." "I meant no harm. " "I know that; if I didn't, well, there would soon be a third stiff here, that's all," said Hester, in ugly +ones. "Now, boys, get the ladder," he went on . "Right you are," assented the man whom he had a.ken to taslc In a moment a stout ladder was thrust down into the cellar. Down it climbed Hester. Another came close behind him . . The other tiwo men did not attempt to descend the ladder. The thugs_evidently thought two of their number were enough to make way with one wounded man, w110m they supposed to be unarmed. Strangely enough they evidently overlooked the probability that O l d King Brady might have given Harry a. weapon. ; And it is a fact that the shrewdest criminals some-times make ju,st such bad errors as this. Hester reached the cellar. . , But he obeyed Old King Brady's stern comman And so did his companion. But the two ruffians who were looking down thro the trapdoor start.ed to draw their weapons. Old King Brady saw them. "Hold !" he cried; "if you chaps pull you r g we'll let daylight through Hester and his pal her Hearing this, the rascals above hesitated. "Tell them to get out of the house instanter, Hest or I'll drop you in your tracks!" continue d Old Ki Brady. "Curse you! You e got me foul. Go ahead, m get out of the house !" said Hester, sa.vagely. The two ruffin.ns at the opening in the floor wi I drew muttering. I But the sounds of their receding footsteps told t officer tha, t they had passed out of the house. "Now, then, Hester, you are my prisoner," s Old King Brady, presently. The succeeding moment be had snapped the han cuffs on the wrists of the grave robber, and Harry the same t ime secured the fellow called Simon in li manner. Then up the ladder s prang the two officers . CHAPTER V L IN THE DARKNESS WITH DESPERATE THUGS. OLD KING BRADY gn.ined the floor above in a m mcnt. Harry came close behind him. They paused then as they heard sounds outside. "Quick; up with the ladder!" said the elder office He and Harry seized hold upon it. And t l'\e.Y sought to draw it up. But the ladder would not yield . All was darknei in the cellar . His comrade stepped off the ladder afttr him. The detectives looked down through the openin ' "I don't lmovt whether to knife him or put a bullet but of course they could see nothing. through his heart," said Hester, as. he pointed at As Hester's pals had taken away the lantern, t Harry with a murderouslooking dagger. I whole interio r was wrapped in gloom. "Better give him a bullet," said the other. "It seems that Hester and Simon are holding t "vVell, I will . " ladder," whispered Old King Brady. "That will be sure work." "But we handcuffed them," answere d Harry. "You're right, Simon." "I can't understand it. It do es not seem possiti Hester was in the act of drawing his revolver when that they have got the h:wdcufl's off." Old King Brady suddenly leaped up and vered him l Again the detective tried to draw up the lad er. with his seven-shooter. But the attempt failed . At the same instant Harry started up on one knee At that instant a peculiar noise sounded at t and lev e led the weapon which his preceptor had given outer door. him. Harry sprang across the outer room. The deadly tube was pointed straight at the breast Reaching the street portal he tried it. Qf Hester's comrade. "Fastened ! We're locked in !" he exclaimed. "Throw up your hands!" cried Old King Brady, Instantly Old King Brady reached Harry's side. i•tha. t terrible voice of his, which had struck terror "This is another attempt to trap us," said he. to the hearts of so many outwitted criminals before As he spoke the two officers were startled by th:1t day. sounds of stealthy footsteps in a room next the one A frightful oath escaped ' the l i ps of Hester. which they were-a room at the side of the closet.

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THE MANIAC DOCTOR. 11 The slight creaking of a door was heard. "It served my purpose." The ensuing moment stealthy footsteps sounde'd in As they spoke they heard the ruffians in the house the very room in which the officers stood. rushing about, swearing and evidently becoming con-The keen ears of the detectives told them that more vinced that they had been tricked. than two men were in the room. Presently a light was reflected from the open door, "We don't know how many men the two who went through which the officers had come. out have brought back with them," whispered Harry. 'fhen a man rushed out. "No, and we have got to fight here in the dark for The sun had set. But through the twilight the our lives, or break out through the door or a boarded 1 officers saw Brad Hester and Simon rush out of the up window." house. "And the least sound we make will enable the 8ix other men followed them. thugs to tell where we are. Then they'll fall upon us. Of course, the latter had freed the two villains from Or blaze away on the chance of hitting us with a the bandcuffs. bullet . " "They haven't had time to go far. We must hunt As the last whisper passed Harry's lips a voice out 'em down before they reach town!" the officers heard of the gloom cried : Hester say. "Now we've got you! Surrender, or we'll rush ye "What's our game now ?" whispered Harry. teronct! We'resixtotwo! Yehaven'tgotaghost For answer Old King Brady sank down in some of a show!" bushes. Just then Old King Brady's foot came in contact Harry did the same. In a moment the band of with a three-legged stool, the only piece of furniture Hester went by them. in the room. The party hastened to the road, and p1:oceeded "Speak to 'em, Harry. Say anything. I want a along it on a run. minute to fix for a ruse," said Old King Brady. "They take it for granted we have made for to. wn. And of course his voice was scarcely above a Now, Harry, it's our best move to follow them," said breath. Old King Brady. "Suppose we give in?" said Harry, . aloud. "We'll spare your lives," answered the rough voice from out the darkness at the other side of the room. "Do you mean that ?" asked Harry. Just then Old King Brady grasped his hand. "It' s all right. Move with me along the wall. Make not a sound," the veteran whispered. At the ame time the thug answered Harry: "I mean what I say-; but I don' t want no more talk. Will ye give in or fight?" Old and Young King Brady stole along the wall. Noiselessly they traversed the whole length of the side wall as the spokesman of the thugs waited for a reply to his l ast remark. Suddenly a crash sounded where the two detectives had stood when the parley began. '"l'hey are tryin' to break the door!" shouted the leadel." of the thugs. "Come ! charge them, men !1 ' Across the room from the inside door, through which they had come, dashed the r;.1scals. next instant Old King Brady and H;trry flitted like shadows through the portal which the thugs had unguarded. He crept away among the trees with Harry at his heels. The officers did not venture out into the road, but glided along in the deepening shadows of the trees be. side it. The road was full of turns, and the thugs could not see the highway very far ahead. So they kept on, no doubt thinking all the time that when they rounded the next bend in the road they would sight the officers. But they came to the beginning of the to, wn, and of course they saw nothing of the two BraAys. The latter were now behind a hedge very close in the rear of the thugs. • "We want to shadow them to their retreat," said Old King Brady. "Certainly," Harry answered. But almost the succeeding moment a shrill, peculiar whistle sounded from the lips of Brad Hester. Looking over the hedge the two Bradys saw a two horse covered wagon as it was driven out of a lane. Into this vehicle the officers saw Hester and his In the next room they found a small out!')ide door men climb. wide open. The wagon was then driven swiftly away into the A moment subsequently they were out o( the house. I town. They sped away and took position behind a couple Instantly the officers leaped the hedge. of tree trunks that stood close together. Then they ran after the vehicle. "How did you make that noise by the door after But it quickly distanced them, and they soon lost "e left it?" asked Harry. sight of it. "I merely fixed a hook at the end of a ball 0f twine ''Well?" said Harry, as he and his old preceptor on a leg of the stool by the door, and when we had came to a halt. gained the .:>ther side of the room I gave the cord "The chase ends here for to-night it seems. I'm a jerk and over went the stool with a era.sh." sorry, but it can't be helped . We'll take a rest here, "A good trick." and you must tell me how you came to be in the

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12 THE MANIAC DOCTOR. power of Hester's gang," the elder detecLi ve answered. The two officers became seated under a tree by the roadside, and Harry said : "When we parted directly after our arrival in town, I set out for the machine shops as we planned. I went straight to Washington street. I was going through that street when I sighted a m:m ahead of me, and it struck me at once that there was something familiar about the fellow. "In a moment I knew it was a slight limp that characterized his walk, that made me think of some one . Then it came to me that the fellow walked like Brad Hester. "After that, of course I set in to follow him. He didn't seem to notice me. But I now know that he spotted me, for he led me into an alley. "Do you see the red circle on my neck?" and Harry turned his coat collar down as he paused. "Yes. It looks as if you had been choked v>ith a noose," replied ' Old King Brady, as he looked at the red circle on Harry's throat. "I was lassoed!" said Harry. "How?" demanded Old King Brady. ceptor paused. "Here is a singular coincidence, for I thmk the large grounds in which there is a flower garden, and the house occupied by Dr. Sandoval, of which you have told me, is the very place into which I was dragged at the end of the noosed rope or lasso." "Perhaps." "And since you believe you saw Brad Hester at the window of the doctor's house my idea is strengthened by that fact." "So it seems. Now we'll take a walk." They arose and proceeded into the town. Old King Brady l ed the way directly to Washington street. The detectives did not pause until they arrived opposite the residence of Dr. Sandoval. Harry looked the place over from the street for a moment in silence. CHAPTER Vh. KEEN AND DEEP DETECTIVE WORK. PRESENTLY Harry said: "There is no doubt about it. I am sure I was dragged into the grounds of Dr. Sandoval's ho t s •. ' "There is an alley at the east siC.e of the grounds," answered Old King Brady. "Let us enter it." "As I entered the alley a,fter Hester, a lasso was skillf ully cast over my head by a man who was perched on a wall 'at the side of the narrow way. I was jerked to the ground and strangl ed into uncon ciousness. But before my senses deserted me, and while I vaJ.nTy struggled, I noted that I was dragged throug-h a gate in the wall, a .nd I saw a fine house in " Come along." large grounds,' a part of which is devoted to a beau. They passed into the alley. tiful flower garden. I barely noted this when my rrhe night had now fallen, and though the street be-senses entirely deserted me. When I next knew that . I 1 . d I b d d d d . d k fore the doctor's residence was well lighted the alley i ve , was oun an gagge an m a ar room. . ti 1 d . was m 1e s 1a ows. I now know, of course, that I was m the old gate j B t tl 1 1 d th 1 . ,, u 1e s <.Y was c car, an so ere was ight house. . . enough for the officers to see their way. When Harry Kmg Brady sai. d : A wall bordered the alley, and going along it they "Can you surely identify the grounds mto which came to an iron O'ate that led into the doctor's d cl?" e you were ragge . ()'rounds. "I " e . can. " ,This is the place where I was lassoed, I am sure "Good! Now, Harry, I don't pretend to under-of it," Harry said, as they paused near the gate. stand why you were taken to the old gate house. but Just then Old King Brady saw a piece of h I thank Heaven that you were conrnyed there, else I paper on the ground. might.not have He picked it up. "That's so. But it looks to me as though the gate Harry watched him as he unfolded it. house was a rendezvous of Hester's gang. Evidently At once he saw the face of his great partner and he has a new gang.". teacher assume an expression of anger and surprise. "Y cs, but Im puzzled to tlunk how he knew us de-"This is a teleoTam and it was sent fron spite our di sguises." I York to-day befo;e we' left for Hemsted " said Uld "That point ba:i=ies ,me. you note what he said King Brady. ' about our becommg fine stiffs for the old man to Then he read the dispatch. use ?' " It ran as follows: "Certainly. And so I conclude Hester is up to his old game of grave robbing-body snatching, you know. No doubt he sells the dead bodies to doctol"s and medical colleges, as he used to do, to be used on the dissecting tables." "That's my idea," Harry answered. Then Old King Brady related his own adventure. "Great Scott!" exclaimed Harry, when his pre-"OLIVER 0LBERT-HEMSTED : "Look out. 0. K. B. and Y. K. B. leave f0r Hemsted to-day. They are made 1.lp as mechanics. 0. K. B. wears old vehet cap. Y. K. B. wears corduroy cap. MAX." "That means there is a clever spy of HPster in New York who must have been an eavesdropper at

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'l'HE MANIAC DOCTOR. 13 our rooms, and now I think of it, we heard some time And of course the detectives did not seem to be since, that Hester had been heard of in the South acquainted. under the name Oliver Olbert," said Old King Brady, After supper a card game was started among \Vhen he had read the telegram. the boarders. The two officers conversed for a few moments Old King Brady was asked to sit in to make up longer. a game. Then Old King Brady t , rierl the gate in the wall. He assented. It was locked. The game had proceeded but a short time when But the veteran said: he discovered that Ol}e of the mechanics was an ex" I'm going inside. Give me a lift." pert card sharp and cheat. Harry stooped down. Old King Brady, with his Indeed Old King Brady found out that this man assistance, gained the top of the wall. had a patent hold out machine fixed in his sleeve ' 'Wait for me, Harry," said he, then. which enabled him to cheat all his fellow players, un" Of course." detected by anyone save himself. Then the elder detective dropped down inside the "This chap is a professional blackleg and gam-wall. bler,'; decided Old King Brady. Harry looked through the iron bars of the gate He bad already learned that the fellow was called and saw his preceptor stealing-toward the house. Harmes-Nick Harmes, to give him his full cognomen. There was a light in a side window. And the officer had heard Harmes say be worked Harry noted his we?t to it. / at the great machine shops as an unskilled laborer. And he saw him cautiously look m at the portal. Old King Brady began to take a new interest in For some time Old King Brady stood there. Harmes as soon as he . discovered he was a profes -But at length he came back to the wa.U. sional card sharp. Near the gate lay a short ladder, such as is used But it was not his purpose to give him away th1;1t. tor.each the low limbs of kees in the pruning season. The shrewd old Secret Service ferret had a deeper Old King Brady placed the ladder against the alli and so gained its top. aving kicked the ladder down, he dropped into the alley. "What did you see?" asked Harry. "I noted that you looked mat a window of the house." game. On the way to the hotel he and Harry had made one of those quick changes in their disguise for which they were celebrated. Their costumes were-real;y trick garments, somewhat after the order of those worn on the stage by "I saw a large room fitted up as a laboratory, lightning change artists. and I observed Dr. Sandoval at work in it. He had Nov Old Kit)O' Brady and Harry did not look at all curious machine-a sort of gas pump I should as did they. struck the town. say, he _to be pumpmg the ;as through I Since Brad Hester had spotted. them in their first a,n opemng m the s1de wall. seemed be _a 1 disguise a change had become necessary. number of small holes with slides m I We should say, too, that the alteration which they the wall, besides the openmg through Vhich the doc-had ma.de in their looks was not confined to cloth-tor was pumping the gas. " I in . "vVell, that does not concern us." t H h d h d h' k "So it a,ppears." 1 ow, arry a gray air an w is ers. "What we want to find out concerns Hester." And Old King Bradl had blonde hair and a big "Yes. We wish to learn how that villain came to yellow mustache. be in Dr. Sandoval's house." The old detective was fixed to look much y ounger "The doctor is such an honorable and respected man it seems that Hester must have gainecl access to his house under false colors." "Well, let us go. We shall learn more of this matter later on perhaps." As he spoke Old King Brady started to lead the way from the ail.ey . Harry walked at his side. "Now, we'll go to the Mechanics ' Hotel and get supper, and we'll turn in 1 ;here for the night," the veteran proposed. "I'm hungry enough to eat like a workingman, but we must not show up at the Mechanics' Hotel in company," said Harry. than Harry. Harry, too, was in the game in which Old King Brady had taken a hand. 'l'he old detective reasoned that a rascally cheat who would rob his fellow workmen at cards, was none too good for other Some way :t seemeC. to him also that there was a note in the voice of Harmes' that he had heard be fore. So Old King Brady set in for one of his shrewd and deep games. Pri'sently he began to cheat, when all but he and Harry had drawn out of a poker hand, and he and his partne r 'rnre raising each other's bets. Half an hour later Old King Brady entered hotel alluded to. A little later Harry came in. the l He s;tw that Harmes saw him get a card out of his sle eYe as he meant he should. Then he gave Harry one of his secret signs, and

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14 THE MANIAC DOCTOR. the latter at once jumped up, hurled his cards in . his I this is like good luck for you. Maybe the boss c partner's face, and cried out: use you. " "You're a rascal and a cheat! You got a card out "I hope so," answered Old King Brady. of your sleeve!"• Nothing further of importance passed between "That's a lie!" roared Old King Brady. J and that night, and they soon went And he, too, jumped up. to their hotel, and there separated. "You're right ! Old graybeard is a liar ! You didn't Old King Brady went to his room at once. git a card out of your sleeve!" cried Harmes, giving --Old King Brady a wink. But Young King Brady rushed at his preceptor, and they clinched and struggled until the others sep-CHAPTER vm. arated them. Then Harry went out of the card room, and he THE GRAVE ROBBERS IN COUNCIL . called back from the door : "I'll fix you for this yet, Ben Cambert !" NOT long after Old King Brady went into his Ben Oambert was the name Old King Brady had Harry slipped into that apartment. assumed at the Mechanics' Hotel. The \wo conversed. "You keep out of my way, old chap, if you know And before they finally separated for the night el.11 when yer well off!" retorted the elder detective. had fully laid their plans for the next day. Bis pupil had given at the hote l the name Jack At seven o'clock Old King Brady went to the sho Splay, and when he had gone, and the card players along with Harmes. had given up the game, Iiarmes invited Old King Harry proceeded there in company with some Brady to have a drink. the other mechanics. < He agreed. The bar was in a rear room. Since Old King Brady retained the make-up The two repaired to it. which he had gone to the hotel he had to go throug When they had drank, Hannes said : I the form of getting a job over again. "Let's take a walk outside." Harry, too, got work at the shops "All right," assented the detective, and he thought laborer. things were working as he wished. The day passed and neither one of the detective On the street Harmes said: dropped to anything to help them much. "You're the right sort, but you were dead slow But Old King Brady learned something that awak gitting that card out." ened a startling suspicion in hls mind.-The shrewd detective laughed. He was eating bis dinner from his can with a part) And he began to boast of his skill in cheating at 1 of the workmen when a conversation that intereste l, cards, and hinted at darker deeds that he had done. him ensued. Then he led Harmes into a saloon. One of the men said : Then they had several drinks, and Harmes got to "Tom Morgan was last by Nick Harmes." be confidential. "That's so," assented'.'Harmes, who was prese "You're a stranger, but I've taken a fancy to you, "You started to go through Washington stn and I 'll put you up to a thing or two that there's with Tom when you two quit at midnight?" 'J money in when we get to be a little better ac-"Yes. I've told all about it a dozen times." quainted," said h e at length. "Well, I haven't heard the story," said Old King And just then it came to Old King Brady wit;h ab-Brady. solute certainty that h e had heard this man's voice in "How did you happen to esc pe when Morgan dis-the dark room at the old toll gate. appeared?" he added: Of course this discovery pleased the detective, and "Oh, I had to turn back." he meant to u se Harmes later on. "After you entered W ashington street?" "Why not open up now. I'm dead game fer any-"Yes." thing," he said. "Why did you do that?" "I can't open up to-night. You see, there's a "I forgot my dinner can and cam ., back 1 gang of us. I'm under oath not to trust anyone When I struck along Washington street fifteen minwithout the consent of the boss of the gang. I'll utes later maybe I saw nothing of Morgan." ""' see him soon and tell him you're all right." "And no one bas seen him since, as everybody "Good enough, pard !" knows. It must have taken more than one or t'v "An' if the boss says so I'll give you the tip, powerful men to git away _with Tom Morgan," sai an' you can work in with us. But say, are you another workman, as Hannes paused. afraid of dead men?" I "Maybe he was decoy e d into some house, a "Nix! Not much! A man bas got to be a live locked in, afore h e suspected anything," suggest and kicking to scare me. I used to work for the another. boss grave digger of Chicago." "That may be, I don't know anything about "You're handy at grave digging, then? Well, though," said Harmes.

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'l'HE MANlA C DOC TOR. 15 "You ought not to have left Tom. You know it I At about nine o'clock Harmes sauntered out. 1 , s agreed among us men that none of us should go A moment later Old King Brady went out by an-ough that cussed street alone," answered one of other door. w 'Ilen. Harmes was in sight. Ft Y"ou needn't blame me." The old detective saw him walking rapidly away. Yell, I do blame you. " He looked around closely, and saw a m a n standing-sil , laybe you think I put Tom out of the way ?" behind a tree. itT , don't say that, but I don't; think you are a As he passed this tree, going after Harmes, he m ; i man." whispered: ' ' hat's that?" cried Harmes, fiercely. "Now, Harry, we'll set in for a double shadow." " . l heard what I said." "All right," answered the man behind the tree. olcX r it that Hannes is a square card player. I watched 1 1 1 1 t . ht ,, same distance in the rear of his partner. 1s p ay c ose y as mg . H d'l h t "Y , , . ?" . H armes walked on stea i y, unt1 e came o a. es, and) ou cheated me, cuss ) e. cried arry 1 11 b . 1 h th b b . . . sma r1c < ouse m e su ur s. Brady, who had JUSt JOmed the group. . . . H d 1 l h d l l . . d Then he paused, looked. about, and evidently seemg ,....__ armes an t rn man w 10 a spo rnn llS mm so t d t th d f th b l '""' 1 t d no one, ven ure o rap on e oor o e nc ree y sa own. d ll ' we mo-. And Old King Brady rushed at Harry and gave him It "' 1 t b f th d . . was scarce y a momen e ore e oor was , push that sent his partner sprawlmg. d " I ' t' l h Cl t W opene ve a no ion to t 1ras you. ear ou . e Old K' B d t th t t tl mg ra y was a a momen on rn op.on't want you around here. If you don't keep a . . . ;. 1 t h d I'll fi ,, . d th ld pos1te side of the street m the dark entrance of an. \!IVl m ycrnr . ea x you, sa1 e o alle . 'etect1ve. Y tween them: Harry got up and walked o'.r mumbling threats. As Harmes entered the big house Harry began to ' A little later, wheri he was alone with Harmes, Old close up. ng Brady said: In a moment or so he was at the detective's ''I wish 1that chap, Jack Splay, didn't work here. Harry had already heard from his partner all that .e's mighty sharp at cards, and he's likely to spoil had passed between the latter and Harmes. 1ur ga.mes. Of course, I mean as you do, to win As he came up Harry said : money from the men." "I guess he's gone in there to see Brad Hester." "They a .re easy marks after pay day." "No doubt." "So I suppose. I say, Harmes, we ought to get rid "I wish we could eavesdrop on the rascals." of Splay." "It's too risky to try." "Maybe we can make it so hot for him that he'll "Of course you are sure Harmes is one of Hester's: leave his job?" gang?" "No. I'm sure he won't scare worth a cent." "Yes, I'm about dead sure of it, since I heard "Well, maybe he'll leave all the same." Hannes' voice in the dark room at the gate house. "What do you mean ?" " I presume Harmes will ask Hester to take you "I may tell you later. I shall see the boss of the into the gang." fly gang that I told you about. I'll meet him to-"Likely-and, Harry, I think some. plan may be night.." hatched aga.inst you. You know Harmes thinks I ...,,. "All right. I twig." want to get rid of you, so he and I can swindle the ' Just then the whistle sounded, and the detective . mechanics at cards without fear of being exposed by \ nd Harmes had to go to their work. you." al}y importance 'happened that Hester's 1 After supper, at the Mechanics' Hotel, Harry went gang to show their hands," he added. u t . . "I understand. Since we begin to suspect that L Old King Brady remained and watched Harmes. I they are concerned in .the mysterious disappearances,

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16 THE MANIAC DOCTOR. you think that if they try to get rid of me, we may find out just how the vanished men were served." " That's it." "We'll watch the house and see what comes of it," Old King Brady added. If he could have looked through brick walls just then, he would have seen Brad Hester and six ruffians besides Harmes in the house across the way. Te gang was there when Harmes came in. "Well," said Hester. "What about the two strangers who have gone to work at the shops?" "All right." "You will have things ready?" asked Harmes. CHAPTER IX. OLD KING BRADY ENGAGED TO HELP MAKE WAY HARRY. Harmes was the man addressed. "YES, we'll do our part," said Hester, in reply to "They are woikingmen all right, and one of 'em, Harmes' last question. who is Ben Cambert, is a card sharp and ex-crook, "Good! I'll turn the trick on Splay. It will be judging from his cond1_1ct an' talk." 1 easy. I'll go with hiln 1thr'ough Washington stre-3t Hester look e d surprised. to-morrow night." . "T other chap, whose name is Jack Splay, is a I "That's understood." meddling fool, an' _likely to spoil my graft of beating "And now about the other stranger." the men out of their money a1 . cards. He and Cam-"What more about him?" bert have quarreled and fought. 'rhey are dead sore I "I want you to let him join us." Qn each other." "All right. We'll take him into the gang, but not "Well, what's that to 'us?" until we have tested him." "I think Cambert is a good man fer our gang, an' "How do you propose to test Cambert ?" he cin' I want to git rid of Jack Splay." "If he's our sort he ought to be willing to work "What! Do you mean you w:mt Splay to go the in with you to get rid of Splay." road that eight men have already taken never to "That's so." -come back?" asked Hester. "Well, then, you shall put him to that test." "That's it. The old man will pay for another sub-"I'll do it." ject, I take it, though he said he should not need a "Good!" new one until next rnonth." "And now, what's new that you have on foot?" "Well, Splay is a stranger, an' his disappearance "Nothing. We mean to lay low as long as we won't cause much of a stir. If it wasn't for one thing suspect the detectives are still in town." . I'd agree that be shoulq disappear." "Hester, I have always had one fear." \\.,. "What's your objection?" "What is that?" "You know Old and Young King Brady are after I "I never believed in trusting women." They are proba?ly here in town yet. I "Oh, you are hinting at Nell Simon . " , kick myself every tune I thrnk how they shpped I "What's wrong about my darter?" demanded the through our hands at the old gate house." ruffian, called Simon, blusteringly. , "You are afraid of the detectives! Bah! They "N otbing that I know of," said Harm es. -can never solve the mystery of the disappearances. [ "You meant something." Come, I'll work against this Jack Splay just as I did "I only meant that women in general can't keep a when Tom Morgan disappeared. The main risk will secret, and I'm afraid we have trusted Nell too far." be mine." "Nell will never go back on us." "Do you mean that?" j "Well, I hope not." "Certainly I do." "She's got a soft snap as housekeeper for the old "Well, men, you have all heard whatHarmessays. J man. She knows which side her bread is buttered What do you say?" . on." "Let's do our part and git another five hundred I "Maybe. I hope so." <>uten the old man for a new subject. It beats grave "Nell would never go back on her own father," said robbin' an' sellin' the stiffs fer twenty-five dollars," Simon. 1 said one of the gang. "No. But suppose she should find out that you a-i-e He was the fellow called Simon. not h e r father?" And he was really a sort of lieutenant to the chief villain. The other men signified that they agreed with Simon. "A.ll right. We'll call it settled. We'll make Splay disappear," said Hester. ' "The boss said Splay was to go on the night shift that goes to work at midnight to-morrow night," anHarmes. "Hush! Don't speak of that! She must never even suspect such a thing." "There is no danger that Nell will ever learn the truth," said Hester. "I suppose not. I was merely supposinga case. You all know Nell has a temper of her own, and that she is as smart as any of us. If she should learn how Simon has duped her all these years, she would turn on him like a tigress."

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'l'HE MANIAC DOCTOR. l '1 . "We. won ' t borrow trouble on that score," said I he bade Old King Brady and went S11non, m uneasy tones. to his own room. "Woman, though she is, and a beauty, too, tha;t When alone the old detectivesaid to himself : would not save her if she tried to go back on us," said "I may b e wrong, but I have a theory that the H ester, in threatening tones. next twenty. four hours will witness mcst important "I say," said a man who had hitherto remained developments in this case! ' ilent, "1 think the old ma, n is sweet on Nell. Say, : In the morning Harmes to0k Cld Kmg Brady aside, it would bG a great game if she could get him to and said: marry her." "I say, Cambert, I've got good news .. , "So it would!" cried Simon. "What is it?" asked the detective. "Then we should only have to make a stiff of the "I've seen the boss of the gang .. " old fellow himself, and Nell would inherit his wealth," "What did he say?'; he added. "He said he'd let you join us if you proved to be a "By jove, that's worth thinking of: I wonder if good man." Nell would go in on that game? It's like giving the " How am I to do that?" old man the double cross, but everything goes with "Easy. You just work in with me to-night to make us when it means money," said Hester. Jack Spla' vanish.'; 'l'h ere was some further talk on this head. "I'll do it. But it's dangerous work. So many Then Heste r remarked : men ha Ye disappeared that the police must be alert." "Now, men, the orders are for every one of you to keep looking out for the detectives. We have to spot them, or they will ferret us out in the end." Each man vowed he would do . his best to try to locate the two officers. The n there was some more talk, which was of lit-tle importance. After that Harmes left the house, and Hester pened the door for him. Old King Brady and Harry were still on the watch. They saw Hester let Harmes out of the house. Then the elder officer said : "Now we have spotted the retreat of the gang." "And so we can congratulate ourselves on a good night's work," replied Harry. Tl].en the y shadowed Barmes once more. U: ndetected they tracked him. He 'Went to the hotel. Old King Brady and Harry were alone in the room of the former later on that nig)\t. "Harry," said the veteran, "I have been thinking that I had better call on Dr. Sandoval." "Why so?" "Because, since he is a man of the highest standing, it appears he must not know the real character of Hester, who is, it seems, received at his house." " You mean to warn the doctor against Hester?" "The indications are that I ought to do so," answered the king of Secret agents. And as he spoke he shot a strangely quizzical glance at Harry. But the latter was not looking at him and so he did not notice this. "Well, you and I do not go to work until midni ght Of\ the mqrrow, so you can call on the doc tor during the day if you like." "I think I 'll do so." "And we must pipe the brick house. Suppose you get into a new disguise on the morrow and shad. ow the place?" added Old King Brady. Harry assented. "That's all right. When you have taken the oath of the gang you will know. how slick the disappearances have been worked." Old King Brady was elated when he heard this. Here was the admission that as he suspected Hes? ter's gang ,were at the bottom of the mystery. "Now, I'll post you on to part of the game of how we'll work to-night to fix Splay, when he's on his way through W ashingLon street." ' "Go ahead." Harmes spoke at some length, and the old detective became more elated than ever. He believed he had obtained valuaole information. After talking with Harmes for some time he went to breakfast. About ten o'clock he left the hotel. Meanwhile, Harry had gone out in an entirely new disguise. As proposed, Harry meant to shadow the brick house. After Old King Brady left the hotel he went into an e.r;npby barn near by, and there opened a bundle. It contained a new disguise. This the d etective donned. He hid the clothes which he had taken off, and then left the barn. Now the officer was attired in professional black. He wore a silk hat, a.nd a big black beard adorned his face. "Now, for Dr. Sandoval's,'' said he, a.s he proceeded. Having reached Washington stireet, he went along it until he came to the doctor's residence. he had no suspicion of a fact which, had h known of it, would have astonished him. This fact was that a man of Hester's gang saw him come out of the bar n, and had skillfully shadowed him thence. This fello . w was Simon. The truth was, the gang to which he belonged had some stolen goods hidden in the empty barn, and Simon was secretly watching the building to see that

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18 THE MANI.A C DOCTOR. no one removed the plunder, when Old King Brady issued from the building. "Ha! That man is just about Old King Brady's size, and I'll wager his beard is false. By all that's lucky, I believe I',e spotted the great detective!" mu<;uered Rimc r.., as he stol e a,ft.er Old King Brady. , Vllrnr. the detective reached Dr. Sandoval's house he rang the bell . Presently the po'rtal was opened . A remarkably handsome young woman stood before the officer. "Good-morning, sir," said she, as he bowed low. "Good-morning. Is the doctor in?" " Yes, sir. Who shall I say?" " Professor Pencross.'' "Walk in.'' The girl ushered the officer into a reception room. Then she left him, saying she would inform the doc-tor of his presence. Scarcely had she gone from the room when Old . King Brady was startled by a voice that seemed to come in a }Jeculiarly . muffled way from a room at the 1 of the reception room. Ile s t ole across the floor. In a moment he reached a door in the rear wall. It was not secured. Softly Old King Brady opened it. Then he looked into the room which he had inspected by looking through the' window on the night when be and Harry encountered the gang of Hester at the old gate house. A strange machine stood in the center of the room. It was this unique mechanical appliance, which he had seen Dr. Sandoval use, as if it were a sort. of gaspump. Aud once more the detective saw the round pieces of metal set in the rear wall of this room, which he believed to mark where there were holes in the wall, since he had seen one of them open, and observed the doctor pumping gas into that hole. There was no one visible in the room. But even as he stood looking into it the strangely muffled voice reached him again. Then all was still. Vainly he list. ened for a repetition of the mysterious voice. He did not hear it again. But he heard footsteps in the hall. Instantly he closeq the door of the la.boratory, and crossed room. He had barely sank into a chair when Dr. Sandoval entered the reception room. CHAPTER X. OLD KING BRADY IN THE DEADLIEST PERIL OF HIS LIFE. "GooD-DAY, sir. P . rofessor Pencross, my house keeper said," remarked the doctor, pleasantly, as Old King Brady rose and bowed, saying : " Yes, doctor, I am Professor Pen cross, of New York. You may have heard that I am interested in a.11 new medical and scientific .developments?" "I don't seem to recall your name. But, no matter. You are welcome. How can I serve you?" "I hear you are inventing something that is destined to revolutionize medical science. !should b e glad if you would tell me something about it for publication." "I am not ready to make the matter public," answered the doctor. And then, as his remarka.bly brilliant eyes began to flash while his features worked in a strange convulsive manner, he continued: "But maybe you have not come here in good faith. Ha! I suspect you! Maybe you are one of those who want to steal my discovery. I know they are afte r me all the time. I he<1r their voices in the air. Ha, ha ! They all want the great secret. But they shan't have it! They shan't rob me of the fruits of toil, of study, of great risk! No, no! I'll kill, kill, kill , until I have killed them all. No one shall be king of life and death s:.we Ramus Sandoval!" As he spoke thus wildly and incoherently the doctor strode up and down the room, gesticulating fiercely. "Yes, the world shall crown me king of life and death when I make known my grea.t discovery," ht went on. But at that moment a bell rang in another part o f the house. Old King Brady saw the doctor start, just as h e had done on the occasion of their previous meeting, when the officer was disguised as a mechanic, and the bell rang. And instantly he darted out of the room. "Well, well ! here's a denouement, sure enough ! I have found a madman. There can be no doubt that Dr. Sandoval is upon the subject of his hobby -his great discovery," said the surprised officer. "I guess he'll come back," he added. So he decided to wait. If he had followed Dr. Sandoval he might have gained some information that would have enabled him to escape the most deadly peril. When he dashed from the presence of the officer the doctor ran to a rear room. In tha t room the bell that the detective heard had been rung. And Simon, the thug of Hector's gang, rang it. He had followed Old King Brady to the house and he was admitted at a rear door by the girl who an swered the officer's ring. She w a s Nell Simon, the girl of whom we know the gang a t the brick house had spoken. And for a year she had acted as housekeeper for Dr. Sandoval. As soon as Simon entered the house he sa!_d to Nell : "Where's the doc?" "In the reception room with a stranger." "Nell, that man is a spya detective." The girl turned pale to the lips.

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THE MANIAC DOCTOR. 19 "We must warn the doctor ! " she gasped. "Yes!" exclaimed Simon. ['hen he jerked the cord attached to the bell. "Oh, father, I fear the day is coming when the ful truth will come out about us-about--" "Hush! Don' t be a fool! You know how savage e doc is against those whom he thinks want to steal invention?" "Yes." 'Well, though only you and I and the rest of the ng know it, the doc is a m aniac,'and at times he is ost dangerous one. He would kill anyone whom believed had come to steal his invention." "I know that." "Our safety demands that the detective who is now the house should die." "Must it be so ! Oh, I am tired of this life of me." 'Hush . . Don't weaken now ! We must prompt the c to kill Old King Brady." "Old King Brady! Is he the man whom I admit-?" "I firmly believe so." " Then the chances are he'll escape ! That man is iost supernaturally You've always told that." \s the girl thus spoke Dr. Sandoval rushed into ..r ' room. ' H a . You here, Simon ! Who rang the alarm 1? Who rang it, and why?" he exclaimed, excit-y . ' 'I rang the bell," Simon answered. 'Why? Why?" 'Because there is a spy in the house. The man u just left has come here to worm the secret of your at discovery out of you. He has sworn to get it. " 'Never ! Ha, I suspected this ! H e asked me to 1 him something for publication in regard to my ret. But he shall not trifle with me. Ha! Ha! shall f ee l the power of Sandoval and die!" 'Tha 's it, doc, that's the only s afe way." 'I'll do it ! 8imon, do you hide behind the laborry door." 'I will.'' 'I'll lead the spy into that room. You strike him vn . Then he shall be used in the cause of sci e.'' 'Just as you say, doc." Gu to your post. I ' ll go bade to the spy. Ha! ! H e has the king of life and death to deal with " he maniac
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20 'l'HE MANIAC DOCTOR. Indeed, no one even suspected that the doctor was On the contrary, he acted instantly. of unsound mind. _ Making a flying leap he shot down through the trap And aS' Old Kfr1g Brady had learned, Dr. Sandoval . His movement took the maniac doctor by surprise was highly respected and almost venerated by the He dodged back. peop le of Hemsted. But he was not quick enough. Before he became insane, and before he retired Harry alighted on his shoulder. from the practice of his profession, he had been The heavy contact hurled the doctor to the floor. famous for his skill and philanthropy. I Harry was on his feet before the doctor could ge Thus be bad made a host of friends. up. As soon as Simon bad gone out of the laboratory I The young detective thought it best not to tak Dr. Sandoval took off his coat and rolled up his any chances. sleeves. So he brought his clubbed revolver down on th Then he took a long-bladed, terrible looking knife doctor's head. from a case on a stand. The blow was a heavy one. Advancing, be stood over Old King Brady, knife in Dr. Sandoval did not regain his feet. hand. Uttering a deep groan as Harry's blow fell upo At that moment when it seemed that no human his skull he lay still. power co uld save his life, Old King Brady regained •'Knocked out! Oh, my old partner, I was just i his senses and opened his eyes. time!" cried Harry. As he saw the maniac doctor standing ove _ r him H e snatched up the great knife, for it bad dropp with the terrible knife in his ha,nd as if about to plunge from the doctor's hand. it in his heart, and realized that he was bound and A few strokes of the knife enabled Harry to set O wholly at the mercy of the madman, the great de-King Brady free. tective gave himself up for lost. He sprang from the table. "You infernal spy !" gritted the mad doctor. And for a moment his strong emotions almost ma 1 "I'll send you to another world directly . . I shall first tered him as he wrung Harry's hand. stab you to the heart, and later on dissect your "Now, we must not. tarry here," he said. body." "I should say not, since I know that the n .. t; With that he raised the knife yet higher. Hester's gang called Simon is in this house," Ha H e was almost in the act of stril•ing, while Old answered. King Brady was dumb with horror, when suddenly a "Come," cried Old King Brady. trapdoor in the ceiling was dashed open, and Young No one attempted to detain them. King Brady looked down through it and pointed a re-They left the house by the street door, and volver at the doctor. way out they saw no inmate of the dwelling. "Drop that kmfe or I'll drop you!" cried Young Having walked a short distance, Old King King Brad.} ' ' said: The mad doctor started back, and a cry of rage "Harry, how did you get into the doctor's hous burst from his lips. and what prompted you to do so?" ;; As I was going toward the brick house I spott CHAPTER XI. HARRY BRADY ON HAND JUST IN TIME. OLD KING BRADY'S heart leaped to his throat in a great bound of hope as he saw and heard Harry . It seemed to him almost miraculous that Harry should be there. H e supposed, of course, that his pupil was then shadowing the brick house. But the present was no time for reflections on Old King Brady's part. The danger was still eminent, for the maniac doctor evidently did not mean to los e his intended:victim. Though he started back as he saw Harry, and beard his words, he almost instantly advanced toward the helpless detective. Harry knew he had to act 'promptly now. That it rested with him alone to stay the hand of the murderous doctor was clear to him. And he did not hesitate. ' Simon, and I followed him." "Ha ! Did Simon shadow me?" "Yes." "Where did he fall to my trail?" "He spotted you when you came out of the barn your new disguise I couldn't warn you without gi ing myself away to him. So I shadowed him as he f lowed you." "Good boy, Harry ! It was destiny. My time h not come yet and I thank Heaven for it." "When I saw Simon go into the house b.); a r door, after you were admitted to the doctor's ho at the front entrance, I got in to the y a rd. You member the big tree at the rear corner? Well climbed it, and going out on a limb that reached L window 1 crawl ed in at the portal. A little late found the trapdoor that opens through the ceiling the room in which you were. You know the rest.' "Well done. And now, Harry, I have found out tl Dr. Sandoval is a dangerous lunatic." "He certainly looked like a madman, as he st over you. How did you get into such a fix?"

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THE MAN I AC D OCTOR. 21 .Old King Brady explained. :Then he said: "The general public is ignorant of the startling uth that Dr. Sandoval is a maniac." "I am sure of that." "Harry, it begins to look as if Hester and his gang ,td t aken ad vantage of the mad doctor's mania, and mdered to it. There is a mystery about the con1ction of the gang with the doctor, however." "Yes; but certa,inly you suspect now that the in , ne physician is concerned in the strange disappear-1ces." "Yes, and to-night I hope to get at the truth." "How?" "You forget tha, t to-night, in the character of Ben nnbert, the mechanic, I have a .greed to help Barmes ake you vanish while you are on your way through r ashington street?" "In the disguise of a mechanic-in the character of 'ck Splay," sa. id Harry. "But, Harry, there is, of course, a chance that I ay fail-that I cannot save you as I mean to do, 11ile I let the plot against you go on far enough to 1rn how men are made to mysteriously disappear on ashington street." "I am willing to take the risk. " "Yo are a brave lad. Now, this I promise you: f _.arm shall come to you this night unless the gang st outwits and kills me." "That they will not do," and Harry's tone conveyed •solute confidence. bas not opened up to me so that I know lly just how you are to be dealt with. " "Well, we shall both be ready for anything." Again they proceeded after the last remark was ade. Presently Harry said: "I suppose I had better go to the brick house W ?" "Yes, and I must get under cover-get into the ;;guise of Cambert at once." " You '11 go to the empty barn ?" "Certainly, and there I'll reassume my mechanic's tke-up. " A few moments later the two officers separated. Old King Brady was in the barn a few moments ber that. He set to work, and soon got into his former dis ! i se . The officer was just about to lea,e the barn when ome n suddenly entered and confronted him. At a glance. Old King Brady knew them. They were members of Hester' s gang whom he had otted at the old gate house. These men had come to remove some of "the plunde r iich we have stated they had concealed in the barn. r11ey had been drinking. A.nd it seemed they were in an ugly mood and sus :ious of the detective. 'What are you doing here in my barn, you hobo?" d one of the ruffians, in threatening tones. As he spoke he and his pal barred the detective's wa,y to the door. "I'm not doing any thing," said Old King Brady. "Yer a liar ! Yer come here to steal l" cried the ruffian who had first spoken . "That's it l Now, hobo, you just own up or we'll thrash the life outen you!'' said the other rascal. ''Don't hurt me, men," whined the detective. "Oh, but we will just smash ye. Come, now, out with the truth about what yer here for," continued one of the thugs. , Meanwhile, at the sight of the two rascals for whom he believed he was more than a match, Old King Brady had decided upon a daring plan. This was what prompted him to act as if he were afraid of them. But he was watching and waiting for a chance to surprise and down them. The opportunity came as the last remark was made. Then the two hugs closed up to seize Old King Brady. But they did not succeed in doing so . Instantly his long-reach, muscu lar arms shot and he caught each of the villains a blow that felled him. Then the detective seized them and knocked their heads together. When they were stunned, the officer coolly hand cuffed them together. Then he picked up a rope that lay among some straw on the floor and bour.d the two men hand and foot . As he concluded the task the two rascals became conscio us, and one said : "See here, hobo, we were only joking. Let up on us an' we'll give ye a fiver to git boozed on." Old King Brady did not answer. Calmly he began to heap up the loose straw that littered the floor . While he worked, the two helpless rascals continued to beg off. But they c oul d not get a wo1 d out of the detective. "What are you heaping up all that straw for?" one of the men asked presently. And his tone evinced vague apprehension. For answer, Old King Brady took a matchbox out of his pocket. "Good Lord ! He's goin' to set fire -to the barn !" almost yelled one of the ruffians then. "And burn us up alive!'' exclaimed the other ras-cal, in tones of abject terror. "You've struck it !" said Old King Brady. "Oh, don't do it!" "We'll give you our money, our watches, everything!'' "Yes. We'll give you all our valuables, only
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22 THE M ANIA C DOC' l'OR. Then he looked at the villains , and said sternly: "There is only on e way that y ou can save your lives." "What is that?" "Yes. Tell us! Tell us!" "Reveal to me the secret of how the men who have disappeared here in Hemsted were m a d e way with," said Old King Brady, sternly. Then he struck a match. "Hold !" cried on e of the rascals, "I see it all now; you are a detective, and you have us foul. I'll die before I squeal on my pals.'' "Then here goes to set the fire," said the officer. "Wait a minute. The gang will kill u s if we open up to you." " I will n eve r reveal that you told me anyth ing, so you n eed have no fear of the vengeance your evil confederates," said Old King Brady. "What do you say, Gigby ?"asked on e of the men, turning to his p al. CHAPTER XII. STARTLING INFORMATION FROM AN ENEMY. THE fellow called Gigby did not hesitate over his l reply to the question of his pal. "I say self-protectio n are our game now, mate," he said. "Well) then, I'll open up," the other stated. "A very sensible decision," commented Old King Brady. Then the ruffian went on, and made a statement of a startling character. Old Kmg Brady listened with his keen eyes fixed on the speaker's face. He was seeking to tell if the fellow spoke the truth. Whe n he had concluded, Old King Brady was in poss essio n of information which, if true, would e n able him to make advance preparations to work that night so as to save Harry, and yet prove the truth or fa l se hood of what the captured thief had told him. When the latter had concluded it seeme d that he had made known how the disappearance of the men who had vanished was ca.used . Of course Old King Brady was elated. H e was inclined to think the thug had told the truth. Bnt, of course, he could not be really sure of this until he had put the information he ha , d received to the test. "lVIen," said he, when the thug had concluded, "if you have me -the truth I'll set yo u free when I come back." With that he left the barn, haYing first taken the precautio n to gag the ruffians. Old King '.Brady was going to the Mechanics' Hotel whe n he saw a girl on the street whom he recog niz ed. She was Nell The mad doctor's housekeeper passed the detectiY Then he set in to follow her, and he said to himsel "I suspect tha.t girl is in league with the crimina who have , as I believe, taken advantage of the il'r sponsible state of the maniac physician. " It was with the idea that he might learn somethin more about the gang that Old King Brady after Nell Simon for some distance. At last she wept into a rude hut that stood in grove by the roadside on the way that led to the o gate house. A strange, hag-lik e old woman let N ell into tl ho ve l. When the door closed Old King Brady crept up . Having reached the hut, he ventured to p ee r in: the uncurtained window. H e saw Nell Simon seated near the old crone w had opened the door. The backs of the ill -assorted pair were turned tot window. One of the small panes of glass in the sash w broken, and so Old King Brady could hear what w said in the hut. Nell Simo n spoke first. The handsome girl said : Sheba, what did you mean when you to me not long since, when you read my fortune in cards, tha. t wealth and station were my rightl\ 11 heritance ?" "Did I tell ye that, gal?" "Yes, you did-you know you did !" "It was only a fortune, my pretty. " • "I know better, and don't you think that I rea believe you can tell fortunes that will come true. me tell you I stopped and listened outside the d that day when you told my fortune." "Oh, hot Did ye overhear me say anything asked the hag, anxiously. "I did . That's why I have come to you now . " "What did ye hear me say, my pretty ?" "You said to yourself, ' I ' ll tell the truth to N some day. Fll tell her how to claim wealth and good name that belongs to her.'" " H a ! You did overhea r me, pretty. And I lieve the time has come when I should tell truth. I'll do it." " rhank y ou, Mother Sheba. Then the old woman dose to N ell. And for some t ime she whispered in the y01 girl's ezx. The latter swayed by strong emotions listened. . But Old King Brady was unable to hear a wo r the hag's whispered revelations. When she had . concluc!ed N en buried her face in . hands and burst into a storm of weeping . "Don't cry, my pretty l Don't cry. I t will come right some day/' said the hag. She put her hand on Nell's shoulder. "Don't touch !" cried the young beauty, ing up.

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'l'HE MANIAC DOCTOR. "You knew this guilty s ecret all these ye ars, and i d not t e ll me ! You let me grow up as the d aughter f a criminal ! You let me g e t to be a woman, al ways , e li eving I was Simon.'s daughter! You have wronged 1 e, and I'll never forgivP. you," she added. The old woman whined a nd muttered. Nell paid no attention to her, but strode from the 1Ut, her face flushed and tear-stained, and her great eyes blazing. The detective vvatched her go. H e had heard the indignant words which she ad r essed to Mother Sheba. "That girl has just learned the secret that she is e aJly the daughter of wealthy a n d respectable peo 1 l e , I am conv in ce d, " reflected the detective. For an instant he lmd an impulse to speak to foll. But he thought better of that. Nell retraced her steps, and following her Old King lra,dy saw lier enter Washington street. Then the officer left her trail. He went to the Mechanics ' Hotel and there waited o r Harry . After noon H arry came in. Old King Brady made his young partner a secret i g n . 1 i n the veteran went up to his room. Not long after Harry glitled into that apartme:1t. H ewing closed the door, t h e lad said: "Well, I watched the brick house and found out o mething. '' " Good ! Let me hear your report in full." 'When I got near the house I s a w H este r at a win . ow, The s hade was partly drawn, but I saw that h e old grave robberwa::s engaged in mending a large, 1eculiar-looking bag. I t s eemed to be large enough o hold the body of a man." ''A b a g used .by the g rave robbers to carry d ead 1 o dies in, perhaps," s uggested Old King Brady . "We ll, I w anted to m a k e out certa inl y wha t w a s :oing on in Hester's house, I got to the r ear of G . You lrnow it's a detached building?" "Yes." " Luck f avored me. While I was hiding in the b ack 1ard, ou t came one of the gang. H e l e f t t h e d o o r 1 p e n and 1vent to a .barn a t the rear o f the yard. I eached the door as soorit as the fellow w a s out 'Jf I s a w no one in the ba ,ck r o om ancl I no iseles sly ntered. Then I crept into a p assage . A door there to o d ajar. In a moment I b eard H e s t e r s a ,y: "'I've got the bag all fix e d. H a rme s will c a ll for G.' "'An' h e an' Cambert us e i t o n Jack Spla , y o -night,' said another of the grave 1 obbcr's g ang. "'Yes . The usual dodge which has worked so 1ell h ereto(ore, will b e worked on S p l a y . No w , I'll 1ut the chemical powde r with which the old man su p1lie d us, in the bag,' continued Hester. "'Ha, ha! The old doctor knows his business! ' hat po\\'der will make the man over whose head t he bag is placed lose consciousn ess instantly,' the other cried. "'Yes, the instant a man breathes in any of that fin e , almost unpalpable powd e r he becom es sense l ess,' assented Hester . "Just the n I heard the thug who had gone out coming along the board walk tha t l e d to the barn. H e walked heavily and for that I was obliged to him, otherwise I might not have heard him. I managed to reach the kitchen and hide b ehind a door. The man from without came in and passed to the prese nce of the other villains . The n I s lipp e d out of the house and lurked about until it was time to co me here for dinner, but I le arned nothing more,'' concluded Harry. "I know now that the rascal I captured in the barn told me the truth!" excl aime d Old K ing Brady. " I don't understa nd,'' said Harry. "I'll explrin. " Old King Brady went on to do so, t e lling Harry how h e had c aptured the two thugs in the unuse d barn. Harry laughed heartily w h en he ha.cl heard the story. But he beca me serious as his partner went on to relate how he had terrified his prisoners, and so induced on e of them to tell the secret of the method employed by Hester's gang to cause the vanishment of the men w ho had mysteriou s ly disappeared in the town. In conclus i on Old King Brady said: "The fellow who made the confession in the barn, s a i d a bag impregnated with stuff that knocked the victim s e nseless instantly was a lways use d b y Hester's gang on the man they had marked to dis appear. " "Now we have the case well in h and," said Harry . "Yes, and to-night 1 hope to take' the gan g redhanded, otherwise I should raid the brick house with the police at my back.'' "Of course, it's better to take them in the act of trying t h e disappearance game on me." " Certainly.'' "'I'he confession of the fellow you captured is a most amazing one." "So it is. But now, Harry, I want yo u to see the chief of t h e local police for me.'' " All right." Old Kin g Brady wrote a note and gave it to H arry, s aying: " This will cause the chief to have some of his m e n secrete d at a certa.in place on Washington street, at midnight.'' " I comprehend. You mean to call the poli ce to h e lp s ecure Hester's gang if necessary?" "Certainly.'' "I'll go to see the chief at once." "If yo u please,'' Old King Brady assented. H a .rry went out. The n the old detective ignited a cigar a n d passed to the street.

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24 'l'HE M A NIAC DOCT O R. CHAPTER XIII. OLD KING BRADY SAVES A LIFE. IT seemed that Washington street possessed a n irresistible fasc ination for Old King Brady now. Almost unconsciousl y he proceeded to that street. Suddenly he paused and seemed to reflect. The truth \vas, he had the impulse to go to Dr. Sandoval's house and seek secretly to verify some of the statements which the captured thugs had made conc erning the state of affairs there. A moment's thought decided him. Proceeding swiftly, he soon entered the alley at the side of the grounds about the maniac doctor's house. Reaching the gate in the wall , he peered through the iron bars. Seeing no one in the garden, he tried the gate. He was rather.surprised to find it unf::JStened . A moment later he glided through the gate. Then he crept to the house. The kitchen door stood ajar. Voices. reached him from the kitchen. H.c stole toward it. In doing this he availed himself of the shelter of a hedge. When he was near the door he paused. Peering from the hedge he saw through the opening of the door. Two persons became visible to his eager eyes. They were Nell and the thug called Simon. "What brings you here again so soon?" Old King Brady heard the girl ask. " I came to see you, 1gal," r e plied Simon. Old King Brady thought there was a threatening note in his voice. "What do you want to see me about?" answered Nell. "Gal, don't play with me. " "I don't understand. " "Yes, you do!" "But I say no ! " "You lie!" "See here, I 'll not stand such language even from you. " "I want you to know, gal, that I know Mother Sheba told you a great yarn about yourself to-day. Little Dan, the old woman's grandson, was on the couch behind the curtain. H e heard all :md brought me word, cause h e knew I'd pay him. Now I tell ye the old woman is crazy, and she just imagines a ll she told you." "I know better." "What, you really believe her yarn?" "I do." "You're a fool, gal!" "I have been a fool for years. But I'll be a fool no longer." "What will you do?" "Turn my back on you and y our criminal associates f orever. " "By Heavens, gal, we won't let you do that "How will you stop me?" "Nell, you know our secrets. 'Therefore, you ca never desert us." " I will. M y heart h a s long revolted against t evil deeds you and your friends ha.ve done. I can n o endure to' b e pour accomplice longer." " You must, or--" The villain paused. "Or what?" demanded Nell. "Or die!" "So. You think to intimidate me?" "I want to show you it won't do to go back on u I swear you are my daughter." "Then you swear to a lie. But let that pass. shall go away from here and seek my real paren from whom you stole me in childhood. " "I tell you again you cannot go." . "We shall see." "Nell, I don't want' to hurt you. But you rn drive me to it." "I'm not 'afraid." "Well , well. We can't afford to quarrel. won't give away any of the secrets of the gang,\ you?" " I t is my duty to do all I can to retrieve my m guided past. The cause of justice demands t should tell all I know of your guilty schemes. heart has lately been awakened to reaJize this." " Well, tell me, did t h e docto r finish the detecth I left the house after ,,;e got Old King Brady o n , operating table. " Nell seemed to hesitate for an instant. Then she said : '' Yes, the doctor killed the detective." "V\There is the doctor now?" "Gone uptown. "Where's Sam, the gardener ?" "Gone to market." "Then you are alone here with me." N e ll uttered a startled exclamation. " Ha ! you see I've got you, and now have g to swear on your knees that never desert and the gang, and never reveal one of our secrets, I'll cut your throat here and now," hissed Simon. Nell made a leap for the door. But Simon was too quick for h er. H e caught her by the \rm and dragged h<>1 ba Then he whipped out a knife. Forcing Tell upon her knees, he said, fiercely: "Now you shall take the oath or die." "I cannot take a wicked oath like that." "You must, I say." "Don't make me do it." "Girl, my safety and that of all Hester ' s gang mands that I should compel you to take the oath.' "But 1 have vowed to save the poor prisoners the mad doctor." " H a ! Then you have sealed y our o w n fate. N I cl are not let you live." "Grant me a moment."

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'l'HE MANIAC DOCTOR. 25 ; hat for?" have something important to tell you." ell, speak out." ou and the gang of Hester covet Dr. Sandoval's th." es. I admit that." ell, I know where he has a large sum of money en." ell me where to find it?" run. Wh\>7i you leave this house you shall go to a prison cell." A few moments later Old King Brady and his prisoner were in the cellar to which Nell had conducted them. Nell indicated a heavy plank P.oor. 'l'he detective saw it was provided with a lock and key. Opening the door he discovered it led to a cell-like will if you will spare my life." room. e listening detective had now glided up close to Ha.ving thrust Simon into it, he closed and locked d the door. oor. t t N 11 With the key in his pocket he followed Nell up out e mean o save e . e and Simon were now only a few feet from the , of the cellar. . . d As they entered the kitchen Dr. Sandoval came open oor. , t d t th through a door that led to the front of the house and nd at this moment Simon s back was urne o e f t d tl con ron e iem. ;al. "Who is that man?" demanded the doctor of Nell. This scene hiLs gone far enough. This poor g'irl ,ns to do right in the future, and I'll spoil Simon's derous project," said Old King Brady to him-st as N e ll uttered the last words which we have rded, the detective made a leap. carried him through the door. e alighted close beside Simon and the girl. e former wheeled like a flash. ut at the same instant Old King Brady fastened an grip on his throat with one hand. ith the other hand the officer clutched SiII).On's ,e arm at the wrist. mon uttered a howl of pain as the officer gave his t a terrible twist. nd the knife fell from his grasp. ell snatched it up and bounded to h e r feet. nting and wildly excited she stood staring at on . Numbe r one on the list of men arrested for comty in the disa.ppe::i.rance of Tom Morgan and rs," said Old King Brady, grimly. e held Simon off by the throat for a moment 1er. ren he released his hold upon the rascal. fe latter sank upon the . floor half trangled. l d King Brady drew a pair of handcuffs from his ;{et. instant later they were on Simon's wrists. You are a detective," cried Nell. Yes." ' ood. You have saved my life." "Only a workman." " What is he doing here?" "I called him in to fix a pipe in the cellar." "Yes, boss, and I've fixed the pipe all right, only a joint loose," said Old King Brady. "What's the charge, my man ?" "Half a dollar, boss." Dr. Sandova l p a id the detective the amount, and then the latter left the house. Nell followed him to the door, and as the doctor w a s still present, Old King Brady merely whispered to the g'irl : "I'll come bad{ soon." H e did not leave the yard. And presently, from behind a hedge, he saw Nell in the open kitchen door. He raised his head and motioned to her. She understood, and joined him. Scree n e d by the hedge from the sight of anyone in the hou se, the officer and the girl, who had been reared among criminals, but who came of a good family, conversed for some time. Finally Old King Brady stole away, going into the alley, and thence to the street. Nell a t once re-entered the house CHAPTER XIV. THE PLUNDER OF THE THUGS. MTill you do me a favor in return? I overheard NELL had revealed some secrets to the old detective r talk with Simon, and so 1 feel that I can trust ' during their conversation. " Later on he expected that what the girl had told iY es, you can trust me. But what do you want him would enable him to accomplish a most impor-o do ?" tant task. Show me where I can lock this rascal up in this What this was we shall learn as we follow the ad-;e where his pals won' t find him." ventures of the two King Bradys. Follow me," answered Nell. As Old King Brady left the neighborhood of Dr. l d King Brady brought Simon to his feet with a Sandoval's house, it occurred to him to go to see if , saying : the rascals whom he had left in the deserted barn Come along, you rascal, you r criminal race is were yet there.

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26 'rHE MANIAC DOCTOR. He hardly thought that they could release themselves. B1:1t he did not oveylook the chance that Hester, or some other member of the evil gang might visit the barn and release his prisoners. And if they escaped they might s poil his pla ns. Ere long, Old King Brady was approaching the barn. •He had almost reached it when he saw Harry com-ing. Old King Brady made a signal. Harry saw it. A moment and Harry was at his preceptor's side. "I saw the chief of polic e and gave him your note." "What did he say ?" "He said he would have a dozen of his men on h and to-night at the place you mention in your note . " " Good ! To-night will witness the successful wind-up of this case, I b elieve." "Here is a note which the chief gave me)or you." Old King Brady took the missive and read it. 'l'hc communication ran as follows: "OLD KING BRADY : "DEAR Sm :-Your instructions for to-night shall be carried out exactly as you wish. I congratulate you in advance on making a wonderful success ir. the case which has baffled me and my men. "Yours truly, " ROB HANFORD. " Chief ot Police." "A generous and square man that," said Old King Brady, by the way of comment. Then he said to Harry : "You just loiter arouncl here a bit, while I look into the barn yonder." "All right." "If you see any of Hester's gang approaching, give me warning." "I understand." Old King Brady then went forward and entered the barn. In a moment he saw that his two prisoners were yet there. The two men were still secured precise ly as he had left them. Assured of this fact Old King Brady was about to leave the barn. But he suddenly paused. Just then he heard a low, peculiar whistle. 1 "Ha! That's Harry's signal!" h e exclaimed. Quickly putting his eye to a crack h e pe e r e d forth. At once he saw Harry sauntering along on the opposite side of the street. And a t the same time he observed Hester and one of his pals approaching, The old grave robber was clev erly disguised. But Old King Brady recognized the rascal. It was his slight, peculiar limp that enabled the officer to do this. At once Old King Brady glide d to his prisoners; lo ose ned the cords on their legs. Then he said : "Get up and follow me." The two men arose. With their h ands bound and the gags still in tl mouths, the detective marched t h e m into the r room of the barn. There h e made them lay down in a corner. The n b e quickl y heaped some straw over them. "If you stirTJl finish you," said Old King Bra At that instant he heard footsteps in the m room of the b arn. Noi se l essly h e stole to the door and peered throt a crack. H e saw Hester a nd hi s pal. . "Let's make sure the swag ' is all right," the otll heard H e ster say. "I'm half a fr a id some of the may git drunk and take some of the stuff and p it. To-morrow I'll send it to the fence in York." "You ought to have don e that before this, fe any of the stuff is pawned h e r e it's likely to be spo as belong-in ' to the fellers what have disappeared. As Hester's p a l thus spoke the detective saw chief v ill a in stoop and lift up a loose board in floor. Thenhe took a box out of the space under t and opened it. The detective saw him handle a number of h silver watches such as m echa nics carry, and i some inexpensiv e articles of jevrnlry, such as soc badges and the like . "The stuff i s all right," said Hester, at l ength Then h e put the lid on the box and returned i its hiding place. This done he and his companion passed out of barn. Old King Brady then went back to his priso and ordered them to get up from under the stra They obeyed. Then he bound their limbs and left them in the , room. Afte r tha t he secured the box of plunder and the b arn. He carried the box under his coat. Harry saw him come out of the barn. As their eyes met Old King Brady quickly poin in the direction of the hotel. Harry took the hint and walked off. Old King Brady followed. A little later they were both in the room of elder officer. "Lock the door, H arry," directed the veteran. Harry obeyed. The n Old King Bra d y placed the box on the ta In a few words he r elated how he had found it. And h e repeated what he bad overheard Hester about the contents of the box. Openin g it Old Kin g Brady spread the sil watches and other articles out on the table.

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THE MANIAC DOCTOR. 27 nd the two detectives c a r e fully" examine d them. "Tha t I c annot do now, as it would spoil my. plans. hey found ini t i als and monog r ams on three of the But I pro mi se y ou that your lov e r sha ll be restored tch es. t o yo u t h is night. Expect m e to bring him here t oAnd c on sulting t h e list of the n a mes of t h e missin g ni ght after twelv e o'clock." ien which h e h a d m his pocket, Old Kin g Brady N ettie s eemed wild with joy. '-, tid: She and h e r mother thanked the great in "Those initia ls and othe r markings cl early pro_ve a heartfelt way, and the n Nett.i e said: aat these watch es b elonge d to the mis sing m e n. "Tell m e how y ou found out the truth, how ) 'OU e r e is a bsolute proof again s t H es t er's gan g . " learned that Tom y e t liv es." "Yes, and if we s h o uld fa . il to catch the m r e d-I "I will expla in all that whe n I bring the missing nde d to-ni ght, t h e r e c o v e r e d w atches ma. y b e u sed 1 m a n t o y ou," s aid the detective, smiling. excellent evid e n ce t o convi c t the r a scals." The youn g l a d y did not press him to satisfy h e r "Exactly. But no w , H arry, I have great news for curiosity further the n, and he presently took leave of m." the two l a di e s. "Wha t is it?" eag erly. Old King Brady relate d bow he had gone to Dr. Lndoval's house and save d the life of Nell. He also told his young assistant how he had locked mon in the room in the cellar of the do ctor' s r esi-mce. And, in conclusion, he made known the substance ' the conversation which he and Nell had in the rounds. "The girl told m e that Tom Morgan y e t live s , als o tat a ll but one of the other m e n who h a v e dis apiared are yet alive . Further, N e ll r e vealed a grea t cret of the doctor's house. This will enable me to •' he unfortunate men after we have taken the a.n g in the act to-night, as one may say." "Bravo ! This n ews will r e joic e the hearts of the iv es, mothers and sweethearts of the vanishe d men." "Yes. And now tha t I have suc h grand n e ws for I'm going to see N ettie Blanchard, Tom Mora.n's promis ed bride." "I should do so, by all means." "The poor girl has suffere d all the agony of doubt !ld suspense regarding her lover's fate for a long me." "And so you should not allow her to thus suffer, ow that we know that Tom Morgan lives." "I'll go to call on the young girl now." Old King Brady put on his h a t and l e ft the room. He proceeded to the street, and in le s s tha n ;1 quarof a n hour h e was in the prese nce of N ettie Blan!lard and her mo t h e r. But because of the n e w disgis e which he now ore the y did not reco g nize him. He made himse lf known at once, however, and the th r and daughter welcomed him warmly . et t ie then asked eagerly : "Have you any news of Tom?" Her voice tremble d, she se emed to fear that the de ctive might be the bearer of e vil tidings. "Miss Blanchard, I h ave good news for y ou. Now n't get excited. Remember joy is dangerous somees. The fact is, I know that Tom Morgan yet ves." Nettie uttered a joyful cry . Mrs. Blanchard e choed her daughter's utterance. " Oh, bring Tom to' me, or l e t me go to him at nee!" s a id Nettie. Bes id e s the satisfaction of unmasking desperate criminals, Old King Brady had great pleasure in the thought that h e was to bring joy to many a loving h e a.rt, throug h his success in solving the great myst ery of Hemsted. H e was in a decidedly pleasant frame of mind as he r eturne d to his hotel. Meantime H armes was getting ready for 1 , he att empt again'st Harry, which he had plotted with Old King Bra d y . And a s y e t no suspicion of the identity of the two detective s h a d dawne d upon the villain. It seemed that the plan to catch the band of Hester red-handed would not fail. But while Old King Brady was at the house of N ettie Blanchard, a scene was in progress at the residence of Dr. Sandoval which we will look in upon. CHAPTER XV. THE WRONG MAN IN THE BAG-CONCLUSION. SINCE Dr. Sandoval had recovered from the blow with which Harry had knocked the maniac senseless, strangely enough he seemed to have lost all memory of the events which immediately preceded the blow. Indee d h e did not remember anything about the call of Old King Brady. And s o the m a d doctor had no occasion for alarm, and he experienced no fear of the consequences of his attempt upon the life of his caller. Nell talked with the doctor, and so learned that he had no recollection of the visit of the pretended Professor Pencross. At about the time when Old King Brady was at the home of N ettie Blanchard, Dr. Sandoval was alone in his labora.tory. The strange m a chine which we know seemed to be a sort of g a s pump stood where we have already seen it-in the c enter of the l arge room. Attached to the machine was a long rubber tube , which w a s provide d w ith a silver nozzle. The mania c doctor busied himself about the unique gas pump as h e mut t e r ed: "Now to g iv e the subjects their regular supply of <

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28 THE .MA NIAU DOCTO R . the wonderful gas o f life, which I alone hold the secret me-that you are afraid of rne !" cried the cunnin@ of. My experiments are progressing well. Already maniac. I have demonstrated that tbe gas will sustain life; And his tones betrayed anger and disappointment that men can live on it without food or drink. I have Nell was now in mortal terror of her maniac lornr yet to demonstrate that the gas will pre,ent all waste She meant to flee from the house. Suddenly she of tissues, and keep men in a condition of perpetu a l darted out of the room. youth. I b e lieve my great discovery will do this; I But Dr. Sandoval rushed after her. beli eve it is indeed the gas of lif e !" "'You shall not run away, my beauty! If yo Presently the maniac physician carried the free e nd will not accept my love you shall a t least help m. of the long rubber tube, which was attached to the experiments. Thus far I have had only ma.le sub gas machine, across the room. jects. I want to try my wonderful gas on a woman Then he pushed aside one of the circular pieces of You shall be the one I'll test the gas on!" he cried. metal which Old King Brady had noticed in the wall. In the hall Nell stumbled and fell. A round hole was disclosed. Instantly the maniac pounced upon her, an And as the metal slide was drawn a human voice dragged her to her feet. sounded from the place to which the opening led. "Help ! Help!" screamed Nell. But the voice was faint, and it seemed the speaker And she struggl_ed with all her might. must be suffering great weakness. But the madman held her fast. "Be quiet, my good fellow . Do not complain; you Despite all her efforts to free herself, he dragge' are contributing to the cause of science. And if my the terror-stricken girl to a room in t h e rear of th experiments fulfill all my expectation s, I'll make you laboratory. live forever," said the madman. The n he touched a hidden spring in the wall. Then he placed the nozzl e of the rubber tube in the A hidden door opened. hole which it fitted tightly. Through it the maniac forced the struggling girl. This done he went back to the machine. I The door was closed, and Nell's captor secured it. Taking hold of a handle in the side of it he began to She found herself in a small, dark cell. work it up and down. "Oh, I am in one of the cells into which the mani At the same time h e watched a great glass globe. can pump the gas through a hole in the wall 6f' 1\hi:.:li was,set in the middle part of the singular rna-laboratory. This is the cell meailt for the next m chine. -who disappeared in Hemsted," muttered Nel "Ha! The pump works! The gas is going out of "This i s retribution. This is my punishment fo the globe along the tube faster than ever. Theim-aiding the madman and the gang of criminals wl provement I made yesterday is a success!" cried the abducted the men who have b ee n missed from Her madman, in delighted tones. steel," she added. He continued to pump for some time. For the moment Nell was in despair. The n h e removed the tube from the hole in the wall Then she uttered a joyful exclamation. and cl osed the slide. "Oh, I had forgotten that I told the great detect But as he did so not even the faintest sound came ive all. He said that to-night he would come and se from the poor, hidden victim of the maniac's strange all the mad doctor's prisoners free. I will not dE experiments. spair, for I know Old King Brady never fails," s]j A little later the doctor left the laboratory. added. Nell confronted him in the adjoining room. The time wore on after that, and ni ght came. His blazing eyes seemed to devour the young girl Still the maniac doctor did not visit the cell of hi with looks of admiration. fair captive. And Nell felt a secret fear of him, such as she had * * * * * * * frequently experienced of late. When night came Hannes approached Old Kin "My beautiful maid," said the'mad doctor, tying Brady in the reading room of the Mechanics' Hote to take her h and, which she did not permit him to "Come with me, pard," he whispered. grasp, "you must know that I love you. I did not "All right," assented the detective. ,..,._ mean to tell you until I had made uiy final experi-Harmes l ed the way to his room. 'Q'}ents with the gas of J , if e , and could so prove to you The detective entered the apartment with him. that I am the king of life and death. But I can keep Having closed and secured the door, Harmes too the secret of my love no longer. Will you be my the large bag which Harry Brady had seen at tl1 , wife-my queen?" brick house out of his trunk. Nell retreated to the door. "I got this from the chief of the gang," sai There she paused, and said: Harmes, holding up the bag. "This is very sudden. I did not expect such a dee Old King Brady saw it was made of the heavie1 laration from you. You must give me time to think tent canvas, and that a heavy rope served as a dr about it before I answer." string at the opening of the bag. "You know your own heart. Oh, ho, you cannot Harmes explained the use of the bag just as Harli fool me. I read it in your eyes that you don't like had heard Hester do.

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THE MANIAC DOCTOR. 29 Then he said : alley to the gate in the wall. The others follow ed. "We'll throw the. bag over Splay's head, pull it All but Old King Brady and Harry e ntered the lown to his feet and jerk the rope draw string tight. doctor' s grounds after the men who carried the man the fellow is our game safely bagged." in the bag. "Excellent!" exclaimed Old King Brady. "I'm Inside the gate Hester and his men paused. ure it's a neat way to fix a man." The old grave robber produced a dark lantern, and They continued to converse. it on t h e bag as it was drawn off Harmes. Harmes produce d c igars and a bottle of whisky. "The wrong man! We've been duped again!" And h e and Old K ing Brady drank and smoke. howled H ester, as he saw that the man in the bag it should be said that very little of the liquor was Harrnes. eally passed the l ips of the detective. "Who did this trick?" cried another one of the Finally Hannes proposed cards, and they played astonishe d ruffians. ntil he sa.id: "Old King Emely !" shouted a voice that Hester "It's time we off to lay in wait for Splay. " I knew and feared, and at that mometrt the great de" Yes," said Old King Brady lookin g at his watch. tective dashed through the gate. "I'll show you the place and then come back, and Harry and the poli ce m e n followed him. :o with Splay through \\Tashington street." In a few moments the gang of H ester was over-" All right," said the old detective. powered and all were h a ndcuffed. They went downstairs and procee d ed to the street. But they did not surrender until they had been Harmes le d Old King Brady to the entrance of the pretty roughly handled. .lley at the side of Dr. Sandoval's grounds. Leaving several officers to take the prisoners to the "Wait h ere, keep the bag and be ready to use it police station, Old King Brady led the others into I come along with Spla.y," then said Harmes. the house of the maniac doctor. '111111111 H e thrust the bag into Old King Brady's He was scarcely in s id e the rear door, which he .nd added: opened by means of a key that N e ll had given him, "Presently Hester and his men will be in the en-when Dr . .Sandoval rushed into the kitchen. r, C P o f the alley on the opposite side of the street "Arrest him ! H e is a dangerou s lunatic !" cried on Pf'., n ' whe n I give one shrill whistle they will the veteran detective. ush over, and ca,rry off the man we get into the The police seized the doctor, and two of them h eld ba.g." him while Old King Brady led the way to the room "I understand," said Old King Brady, and Harmes back of the laboratory. Lasten ecl away. J Of course, Nell had told him a ll about the secrets In a few moments the officer saw six dark figures of the house, a .nd that there w a s a row o f cells be.teal into the entrance of the a lley across the street. \ tween the two rooms, which were occupied by the men So he knew the men he meant to trap were at their I who had disappeared in H emsted. 1 ost. That is to say, a ll save one of them,"'who had died Glancing alon g the alley in which h e stood, he saw I in captivity . . ome objects crouching along the wall of the doctor's Old King Brady hastened to open the doors of the ;rounds, and he knew those forms were really men-1 cells by touching hidde n springs which Nell had told he policemen whom he had as keel the chi ef to him how to find. When h e opened the door of the first hem. cell Nell spran g out. Old King Brady was as cool as a n iceberg, though In a few moments seven of the e i ght men who had Le knew that the grand climax of the case in which 1 so mysteriously disappea.red in Hemsted were released 1e had worked so skillfully was now almost come. from the cells, and among them was Tom Morgan. He had not lon g to \.Vai t for the coming of Harry The police cheered as the lost men appear ed . . nd the v illain called Harmes. And presently Old King Brady made an expla-Prese:itly the two men were passing the entrance nation. , f the a lley. The nearest street iamp had b ee n put H e said: by Hester. I t was quite gloomy on the street be-"From a confession which I terrified one of Hester's ore Old King Brady's hidin g place. gan g into making, I learned that the gang had ab-As Harmes and Harry came along, the old detect-ducted a ll the men who were missing, and sold them ve d arted forward, and knocking off a big s lou ched to Dr. Sandoval for fiv e hundred dollars each. Hester 1at that Harmes wore he threw the bag over Harmes' and his men knew the doctor was insa n e, and that he 1ead, pulled it down, and jerked the rope dra,w string wanted their victims to experiment on-to test the ightl y about the rascal's legs. power of a wonderful. life -sustaining gas, which he The n he pull.ed off Harry't cap and thrust Harrnes' fancied he had invented. All the men whom we have i'ide hat down on the young detective's head. released have been made to bre<1the the strange gas The succeeding moment he gave a .shrill whistl e . which the doctor pumped into the several cells through Across the street care Hester and his men. In holes in the library wall. " he gloom they took Harry for H annes, and two of Old King Brady paused. he m lifted the man in the bag, and darted along the , Then Tom Morgan said :

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30 THE MANIAC DOC1'6R. "You are quite right, sir. And but for this good old life behind me fore,er. I go to live as a good and girl we should all have died of hunger and thirst. honest woman." She gave us food and water secretly at dead of "Good-by and good luck to you," said Old Kin night. The doctor would not allow us a morse l of Brady, and the next moment Nell passed out of th food or drink. He said we should live on the gas house, to be seen no more in the town of Hemsted . he pumped into our cells. The madman really be-Late that night there " ere scenes of great rejoic lieved that the gas would sustain life." ing in the homes of the rescued men. Tom Morgan indicated Nell as he spoke. Old King Brady and Harry went with Tom Mor And all the young mechanic's rescued comrades gan to the abode of his promised bride, and they wit said that it was true that they owed their lives to nessed the joyful reunion of the lovers. her. Then the old detecti\e and his young partner re Nell said nothing. paired to the deserted b arn. 'rom Morgan spoke again presently. The tw.o men whom Old King Brady had capture . The young man said that was captured pre-I' were not there. Amazing as it appeared, they ha c1sely as Harmes had meant that Harry Brady escaped. should be secured-by means of the bag impreg-But next day the two Bradys recaptured the tw nated with the subtle powder which produced in-I rascals and they went to join Hester and the other sensibility. : in prison. Simon had been taken from the cel1ar o The other men said the same. While they were talking the chief of police, who had led his men in person, said to Old King Brady in a whisper: " Since this girl here did not reveal the secret of the whereab()lth of the missing men, she is an accomplice of Hester's gang. And I shall arrest her as such." the doctor's house, and he shared the fate of the otn ers. The gang was to trial in due time, and a were convicted and sentenced to long terms of t:mpri onment. Dr. Sandoval was adjudged insane by a commissio in lunacy, and he was committed to an asylum. As soon as Old aIDd Young King Brady had acco plished their great task in Hemsted successfully t "Oblige me by not doing so," answered Old King returned to New York. Brady. The chief of the Service congratulated Then he explained that Nell had repented of having warmly on their success, and so did their fellow o helped the criminals, and he told the chief that she cers. was stolen as a child from wealthy and respectable It seemed that the two Bradys had earned a goo parents. rest, but in less than a week the Secret Service chi "Well, since you wish it, and she has really saved assigned them to aN.other case, which was even rnor the lives of the imprisoned men, I will let her go," difficult than that of the maniac doctor and the 1niss then said the' chief. ing men of Hemsted. 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