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THE BOY DETECTIVE. A SERIES OF THE MOST THRILLING DETECTIVE STORIES EVER PUBLISHED. No. 65. j SINCLE t l NUMBER. f GEORGE MUNilO'S SONS, PlJ13LlSHERS, Nos. 17 to 27 VANDEWATER STREET, N&w YoRE. j PRICE l 1 f Vol. IV. Old Sleuth Library, Issued Quarterly.-By Subscription, Twenty.five Centi! per Annum. E ntered a t the Post Office at New York at Rp.cond rn..,.. ltates.-June 16, 1894. Co.pyrighted in 1871, by George Munro. THE BOY DETECTIVE; CHIEF OF CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTION. Oun story opens in the great metropolis-the city of New York. Two persons were seated upon a rustic bench, in the par k, conversing earnestly. Will you be mine, dearest, when I return from this journey?" The young girl to whom this question was addressed looked up in the tace of the speaker, with a glance of trusting confidence, as she an swered blmhingly: Yee, dear William, if you wish it so." William Wilson was as fine and noblelook ing a youth as you would wish to see-tall, and well built, with a most pleasing expression of countenance. A high, noble forehead, surmounted by curl ing, wavy hair. His mustache, drooping over his mouth, almost completely hid the expres sion of that organ. Yet the square chin, and the determined look of his eye, showed him to be of a strong mind and will; one who could not be deterred from his object by any ob stacles in his palh. His companion, Mattie Templeton, was petite in figure, with a fair complexion, and hair as dark as midnight, while her eyes, black and sparkling. fairly danced in her head as she conversed with her lover. Thev were seuted, at the time, upon one of the rustic benches in the park. It was the monlh of June, and the earth was teeming with verdure. Though heat in the city was almost over poweriug that day, yet, in the park, beneath the shade of the spreading trees, the weather was delightful. It was Saturdav afternc>on, and from where tiley were seated they could hear the strains of the band as they floated upon the still air. It was a firting place in which they might t10mmnne with ea<'h other. William held Mattie's small, soft hand in bis own as be said: "You have made me very happy by those words, Mattie. But what do you 1hink your father will say to my suit?" he l\flked, present )y. I fear he does not seem to care enough f6r me to regard me as his future son-in-law. OR, THE THE COUNTERFEITERS. Ii may he but an idle fancy, but I have thought that be seems to think a good deal of Samuel Perry, who has a large income, and who would he able to surround you with all those comforts which it is your privilege to possess." An expression of sadness crossed the features of the girl as she answered: I fear that It will be difficult to induce him to give us bis consent. But we must do what we can toward it. "As for Samuel Perry, he seems to have the faculty of reading others' characters; for by seeming to sympathize with father in bis views, and by humoring him in his weak points, he bas completely won his good graces, and he seems to think there is no one in the world ths.t is as pleasant a companion as Perry. "For my part, there is something about the man that l do not like. I have in vain at tempted to fathom the meaning or cause of my aversion to him, but without success. When I am in his presence, I endeavor in vain to throw off a feeling of dislike which will invariably come over me. His eyes remind me somehow of a snake's, they are so black and glittering; and I always dread to encounter his gaze." "Well," answered William," J know noth ing against the man; but I perfectly agree with you in your dislike for him; he has not the look of an honest man and somehow or other I feel as if he is to be in some manner connect ed with my future career." I earnestly hope not," said Mattie, with a grave face; "but perhaps we are only borrow ing trouble, inst ead of looking upon the bright side." But we must be going," spoke the young man, as h e glanced at his watch; "it will be dusk before we reach our homes." So saying, they both arose, and left the spot, continuing their conversation as they walked. Did you not say you were going to leave me for awhile?" s he asked. Yes," was the rei.ily; my employers de sire me to take a trip to Savannah to attend to some business th e re, by which, if I am ful, I shall be able to advance myself greatly in their interests." And when do you leave?" The steamer sails Monday afternoon." So soon as that?" "Yes, darling; my employers wished it sct.,. '' Then I shall not see you again until you return?" "I shall try and see you to-morrow evening and attend church with you, if you wish me to .'' Certainly, dear William," answered the girl, with a frank smile. '' And now how long do you expect to be gone upon this trip?" Well," he answered, that is a rather diffi. cult question to answer, but I think the business will take about a month to attend to." Oh, what a long time to he absent from you!" she said, with a blush. And it may be," continued the young man, that my employers will wish me, if succeS!

4 THE BOY DETECTIVE. ==========================::;==========================;=:======================== seriously, and that was the pertinacity with which the man Perry attempted to force his company upon her. He determined, however, to give no further thought to the matter, for," said he to him self, if he makes himself too obnoxious, Mat tie will surely appeal to her father, and then his impertinence will be corrected.'' He had now reached his apartments, and passed direct)y to his room. CHAPTER II. him; her will was as nothing compared to his own. Yet theJeeling was not a disagreeable onP to her: it seemed as if she were standing a'lone, while far in the distance she could hear the most entrancing mus ic. The place was one of extraordinary loveliness, flowers of th e most be witching beauty were budding and blossoming all around her; bright-hued birds were singing amid the branches; a beautiful fountain was throwing up its clouds of silver spray, as it flashed and sparkled in the sunlight. One ob ject only in the whole scene disturbed her; a THE INTERVIEW. large serpent seemed to be coiled directly in As Mattie passed the parlor, the door of her path. His body was coiled up, and his which was slightly ajar, she heard the voice of eyes, fixed upon her n ow, were emitting daz Samuel Perry in conversation with her father. zling sparks of light. She proceeded immediately to her own chamPresently a rude, discordant jar in the music, ber, and removing her wrapper, she seated her-and she came to herself. self in a luxurious arm-chair and gave herself Those evil eyes of Perry's still met her own up to thou"'ht. as be asked her, If she was pleased with the Long earnestly aid, "for I was beginning to Presently ile addressed her in a smooth, fear that be was paying altogether too much pery tone, which would cause 11. person in volattention to yon for a poor man." untarily to think of a serpent. And does being poor make him any the "Miss Templeton, I had hoped that my visit les noble?" asked Mattie, spiritedly. would have been morn welcome to you "Well, not exactly," answered her father, The friends of n1y father are always we!surprised at the vehemence of her manner; come to the house," she replied. but then you know wilat societ y would say Yes; but I would desire more; J. would about such a thing; not that I dislike the young v.-ish that my coming would be of more interman, for I deem him honorable, and all that e s t to the fair occupant of the house." sort of thing; but tilen, you know, it will be a Mattie made him no ans'iyer. number of years before he will be able to make PPrry now drew his chair to the window, much of a name for ilimself, and then, think wlirre she was seated, aLld in a ti11ely moduhow the world would talk." L1tPrl voice, be. began a conversation upon in"And am I to be governed by what tile sodiff rent subjects. called world may say concerning me?'' she '.f e was a fine talker, and his conversation asked, as her eyes flas hed. "Is the ilappiness him to be well ver;ed in th e ways of or mis e ry of two persons to be decided by the 1lte world worerry was a mesmerist. it. la vain she struggled io avert her face from She was half tempted to tell him of Perry's conduct that evening ; but she refrained, think. ing it would only annoy him while in tilis hu mor, without being productive of th e least good. Bidding each other good-n ight, he. in a grieved voice, her!!, calm, and affectiona1e they retired to tbeir separate apart.ments, and were soon lost in sleep. CHAPTER III. THE CONSPIRATORS. THE night was a dark, cloudy one the fog hanging heavily in the air as the ferry-boat Fulton left her sl ip in the East River, on her trip to Brooklyn. The passengers, what few there were at that late hour, were nodding and dozing in the cab ins, to pass the time, until tiley could reach the oth e r side. 'fhe decks were totally deserted. Did I say totally? I was mistaken; for an other g lance would convince us of the fact tilat a solitary person was leaning upon the rail forward. He wore a heavy cloak, and a hat slouched down over his eyes. For what purpose is he traveling in this stealthy manner? And who is be? Now he gives utterance to his darkly form-ing thoughts. "Let me see," he mutters, "how am I to get this Wilson out of my path, for it is plainly to be seen that I can do notliing while he is a round Curse him I he seems to be my evil des tiny; first, he obtains possession of the papers which are of so much value to me, and not satisfied with that, he must love the girl whom I have set my mind upon gaining for my wife. But never mind, young man;" and his white teeth g rated fiercely together-" never mind, you and I have an account to settle yet; but first I must have those papers you hold, and after that I will talk about revenge. Thank fortune," he exclaimed, presently, that she is out of my path. She will never trace me here by my name-'twouid be no use to her it she did, for to save my life I don't know what became of the child." '' But now for business,'' for the ferry boat was entering the slip. If I can find Jones at the old place I will be well paid for the un comfortab le trip;: and !\tepping ashore, he drew bis hat still lower over his eyes, and walked rapidly on through the driving rain. Re had proceeded on about a dozen blocks, when he came in violent contact with a person coming from the opposite direction. The sudden collision tilrew the new-comer to the ground, sn' d nearly ilie same end for Perry. Rough words were about to be indulged in between them, when Perry sudrlenly exclaimed: Why, Tom Jones, you are just the man I was looking for." Blast my eyes," said the stranger, yer needn't have intro

THE BOY DETEOTIVE. Sam now drew his chair close up to him, character. hobuled up tn the bar, and paying and seemed to be endeavoring to win him over for his refreshment s, tottered out in the dark to some purpose of his own: but Jones appeared ness to be unwilling to undertake the job. "Quite an old cuss, that, to be traveling He continued to shake his head and mutter: alon e at thi s time of night," 8aid the proprietor "No, indeed ; there's too much risk to be run; to his sleepy se rvant, who nodded acquiescence I darsn t try it." to his master's r e mark, and once more the room "Very well," said Perry; "then I have became silent. som ething to tell r,ou that will you to Upon rea ching the street Thompson remained clrnnge your mind. a few moment s in a state of ind ec i s i on, fill fin. So saying, he le a ned over and whispered ally a blue-coated guardian of the night tapped few words in his ear. him on tile shoulder, and in a gruff >oice he The effect upon the villain was mallicnl. growled out: Springing to his f ee t, and his whole altitude "Time you were at home old codger, inste ad that of a wounded animal a t bay, he drew a of standing here in the street. Must m9ve on large dirk-knife from his breast, and seemed out of this." read y to plunge it iuto the h eart of Perry. An amused expression flitted across the face Quick as his motions had been, yet he was of the deteqtive, but he merely answered in a behind those of Sam, who, with th e rapidity of thin, pipin g voice: a fl.ash, had drawn a revolver from his pocket, "Very well, very well, young man. I'm go and cocking it, had coolly laid it upon th e ing; but I would advise you to pay more re table, within rea c h of his hand, while, with spect to gray hairs." his eyes fixed upou Tom, he sternly command"Ea! ha! pretty good joke!" l a u ghed the ed him to take his seat. For a moment th e viipoliceman. But gray hairs ought to be in lain wavered, but dhly for a moment, and then bed by this time;" and he strolled off in the he sunk back upon bis seat, co111pletely cowed gloom. under the 9aze of Perry. The detec tiv e proceeded in a n oppo s ite direc.. Well,' growled Jones, sullenly, "wot are tion, and, after t e n minutes' walk, he came to a 1,.er going to do with Rll yer informa1ion ? quiet-looking hous e which stood a little back Spose you are goin' to give me up ter the perfrom the public street. li ce, ain't yer?" Glancing around him in the darkness, to see "Not if you do wliat I wish you to," he re-if any one was near, he cautiously applied his pl iPd If the job is done satisfactorily, I key to the door, and quickly entered. will keep your secret, and not only that, but As he pass ed in the hall, no appearance of will pay you a handso me sum besides." age was in hi s movements. On the contrary, Tom's eyes glittered as he heard th e mention h e was stealthy and g lidin g in all his ma of money; but ip a moment he asked, in a fa!neuvers; not a sound was heard as he ascended tering voice, ls it more-is it like what-like the stairs, and tou ching a spring, a door flew what you spoke of a-a minute ago?" open, and he entered the apartment. As he spoke, his eyes g lan ced restl essly A g l ance shows that it is his room. Hanging around the room, as it he expec ted to see a sudupon the walls are innumerabl e costumes, den apparition. dresses, etc.; one might almost fancy it to be "No," r e plied Sam, with a start; it is not the dressing-room of a theater. so bad as that, this time, unle fs "-and he Upon the bnreau in the corne r were wigs of hesitated-" unless you should happen to fail all kinds, false beards of all kind s, false mus-aud be in danger of capture; in that case, ta c h es, etc. you mus t do whatever you tlnnk best; but reH as tily closing the door behind him, th e de m e mber, if you are g \lt I will have no mercy tective pulled off his boots and co3t, and pro on you, but will aid in your prosecution. And ceed e d to div est himself of h is disguise now, is there any one whom you can take inA g l a n ce at the boots, as they l ay on the floor, mlour co nfid e nce to assist you?" he asked. reve als the secret of his sile nt movem en ts. The fter thinking a moment, his companion ansoles are covered with felt. aw ered: 'He next took off his white wig, disclosing his Jerry Williams would have hen j es t the j own raven black hair beneath. feller, brtt I don't know where to find him, so After washing the wrinkles from his face, and I I will have to do the job alone." r emoving a false spine, which had cau se d him Ver;r well," wa s Perry's answer;" and now I to assume a stooping posture, he s tood erect-! will meet you to morrow night, at.-" a splendidly formed man in the prime of life, The rest of the sentence was whispered in and about thirty years of age. His frame de-the ear of the other. not ed him to be of strong physical powers. He And now," he continued, do not fail next removed from his breast a mysterious me, or your life will be a forfeit;" and as he leather case, which he always carri ed with him, eroke, he beut a glance full of meaning upon and the use of which will be seen ere long in 'l'om which made him further from our story. him. The door through which he had entered was I shall not back out, after I sed I would a peculiar one. The knob was so arranged take the job," was the retort. that upon being touched by a person outside it And so they parted. rang a bell at the head of the bed. The lock was also constructed so that in case of a key being introduc ed into it it connected the two poles of a powerful galvanic battery, and there fore giving the would-be intruder a shocking reception. CHAPTER IV. THE DETEC'flVE, IN the next box to that in which the con!pirators had b ee n seated, and concealed from 110 ordinary view by the curtain, w11s an odd looking personage. His appearance, his wrin kled fac\ and white hair, together with the trembling limbs would denote him to be about the age of seven ty His garments, though threadbare, were scrupulously neat. A slight rep11st was spread before him, but it had hRrdly been disturbed. In fact, he had but entered the saloon a few minutes before Perry and his companion, and this strange-looking individunl was none other than Gus Thompson, one of the most noted de tectives of the day. When the voice of Perry had just rea c hed his ear, di®ardfd the meal before him, and placing himself in a listening position so that he migl.Jt catch every word that was dropped he had heard all tliat passed between them, with the exception of the secret that had causer! Jones so much nn ensiness, and a l so the direc tions wher'l the m ee ting was to be held. Sb, so," he muttered; .. I shall have to look out for you, Sam Perry. I'll bet my Ill.St dollar that you are up to some of your old tricks again. But wait, my fine fellow; I will block your game yet." Perry and his accnmplice hnJn ce Meet me hne again to-mn,. row evening, and do your best to hear moie news." I will do so if possible." answered as he turned to l eave the room. By the way," he remarked, as some thought entered his min r l I nearly forgot t o tell you something; you re member Jerry Williams tl\at you had sent up for passin g counterfeit money, and who broke jail? W e ll, he will not cause any one any further trouble on this earth, for I saw his bodJ fished out of the East River to-day. I suppost he got drunk a nd fell overboard, so there is OM r ascal less iu the world " Are ou certain it was he?" asked Thomp son. "Of course I am, for I saw the long red scar on his forehead he got at that big fight of his in the bar-room, and I could tell him J!>y that scar anywhere "What was done with the body?" asU'ed the detective. / I believe they tL>ok it to the Morgue i "And now," !'Rid his employer "be ciareful how you t a lk ; remember your characters lat the


,6 THE BOY DETECTIVE. 1===========================;===========================::;:========================== proper time, and do not get them mixed up to gether. Have you money enough?" Plenty," wa.s the reply. All right, then," said pis employer; take good care of yourself." I will," answered Butts; and in a moment more he was gone. After the boy had gone, the detective sketched out a rough plan in which occurred the names of Sam Perry, Tom Jones, and Mr. Hawkins. "Well," he muttered to himself, "I will have to let that South Carolina robbery case rest for awhile!" For a few moments nothing disturbed the stillness of the room, but the loud scratch of his pen, as it rapidly moved over the paper. I guess that will do," he said, finally, as he folded the letter, sealed and it. Sorry to keep them waitini;; but the old say ing is, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure,' and it applies in this case." So snyiQg, he threw aside the letter, and throw ing himself upon the bed, he was soon sound asleep. CHAPTER V. A MIDNIGHT ATTACK. WILLIAM WILSON passed the best part of the ight in arranging his effects, so that he might be enabled to leave at any moment. So intent was he with his packing, that he did not see 1he eyes of a stranger, who was peering through the blinds. The person to whom the eyes belonged was crouched upon a long balcony, which, ran along the whole row of houses, in one of which Wil son boarded, and was about ten feet from the ground. The man who was so clesely watching Wil was a thick-set fellow, whom face was half covered by a mask, and whose form was en veloped in a cloak. In fact, it was no less than Tom Jones, whom Sam Perry had met in Brooklyn the night be fore. Finally, Wilson had arranged his things to his satisfaction, and lying down upon the lounge, he lay for a long while in thought; finally, however, worn out with his day's exer tious, he dropped off to sleep. The eyes of the watcher now lighted up with an eager expression, and waiting a little longer, to make sure that the young man was sound asleep, he commenced bis operations. The blinds through which be bad been watching were fastened upon the inside: but Jones seemed to be a man well used to the lmsi ness. j By means of a small saw, which was almost noiseless in its operations, he soon cut out 1 wo slats. and passing his band through the open ing, he unfastened the blind. The night was pitcby dark, and favored his design to the utmo>t. He next tried to raise the window, but 1hat also was fastened. Drawing from bis pocket a small roll of cloth which wati covered with some ad!!esive mixt ure, be pressed it against the glass, ann allowed it to remain a few moments, so that it would adhere firmlv, then drawing a diamond point across the piwe, such as is ordinarily u>ed by gla z iers, he listened intently, to determine whether h is operations had aroused the sle e per. But the young man, tired and weary s!ill lept soundly. Now, holding firmly to a corner of the cloth 11 v i th one hand, with the other be pressed firmly u!!: 1inst the pane. lL was pushed in; but the hold he retained the cloth prevented it from falliug. Drawing the pane of glass through again, he liLirl it up()n the balcony. Passing his hand through the opening, he : : n1shed back the window fastening, and raising lhe window, be entered the room. No sooner 11ad he done so, than the window, which was without weights, and remained up while the burglar raised it, dropped heavily down, waking up Wilson with a start. Quick as thought, be sprung from the lounge, md grappled with the intruder. ; Not quite fully awake to the nature of the attack, be fought blindly. In the midst of the strnggle, the light which had been burning dimly was overturned and extinguished, and they were total de,rk ness. In vain the young man endeavored to floor his opponent; he was much too strong for him physically. With a sudden movement, the intruder freed bis arms from Wilson, and drawing a large knife, he raised it aloft, and was about to plunge it into the young man. But Wilson bad divined the intention, and catching bis arm as i1. was descending for the blow, the knife was sent flying across the room. Steps were now heard hurrying toward the room, and a loud, imperative knock beard upon the door. "Open! Open!" was the cry, accompanied with heavy blows upon the panels, which threat ened soon to demolish them. Keep quie1 !" sbou1ed William, hoarsely, for the villain's grasp was upon his throat, and bis breath came hard. you!" hissed the rascal, "I have failed; but you shall suffer!" and he drew a re volver, and fired. With a moan, the young man fell backward, and fainted. At the same moment, the door was burst open, and an officer sprung into the room. Without stopping to raise the window, the burglar sprung through, carrying glass and sash through with him. Running the length c>f the balcony, he threw himself over, and hanging for a moment by his hands, be dropped. As he touched the ground, another policeman seized him by the and two men held on to him. Not so fast, my beauty," said the police man; '' you might as well come along peacea bly as not." "All right," gruffly answered Jones; "I sur render to sooperior numbers." The two men let go, thinking that the police man could take charge of him alone. But no sooner were their hands off of him when he suddenly jerked himself clear of tbe policeman's grasp, and giving him a tremend ous blow on the head with 1he butt end of his revolver, be darted off. Another man grasped him by the shoulder and detained him, but for an instant only, for the wretch, placiug his revolver against the man's breast, fired, and he dropped. No one was before him now, but the whole crowd was at his heels, and no time was to be lost. Darting down the street with the rapidity of a deer, he soon reached a large lumber-yard which s1ood close to the river. The crowd was now close after him scream ing: "Catch the murderer! catch the mur derer!" They were fast gaining upon him. Jn vain he looked for s ome vlace which might offer a safe hiding-place: but be could see none. The crowd had spread out as they reached the yard, and be knew it would be useless to attempt to get out again, while every moment the cries of his pursuers sounded nearer. Finally a bright thought entered his mind, and he immediately put it in execution. At the head of the dock, and close to the edge, s tood a large and high lumber pile: the ends of the lumb e r were of uneven length, and using them for steps, Jones quietly clambere'd lo the top, and lay down flat upon it, with his eyes over the edge, to watch the movements of those b e low. The moon had now come out and by its faint gl e am he could see the shadowy forms of his pursuers darting hi1her and thither among the lumb e r in their s earch for him. He chuckled to himself as be watched them, to think how cleverly he had outwitted them, and taking some cartridges from his pocket, he loaded the empty chambers of his revolver. The crowd below had increased alarmingly. and by the vigorous manner in which they con 1he search seemed fully determined not to let him escape them again. A small knot of them gathered at the foot of the pile on which Jones lay, and discussed the ways and means best adapted to discover the fugitive. "Tell yer wot it is, Bill," said a rough-look ing fellow to his companion, "that feller was a buffer, and no mistake; blamed if he didn't do rnree tall traveling down this way." The villain above them grinned maliciously. Three men as good as killed," said another speaker. "I don't see where be could have gone to," added another; but we will never find him if we stand here talking all night." Suddenly one of them exclaimed: Perhaps he is on top of some of these lum ber piles." "S'pose yer climb up then an' see," said the first speaker. "All right," was the reply; and look out he don't get away when I tell you which pile be is on;" and he laughed, and commenced the ascent. 1 Slowly lie mounted. Not dreaming of the pos sibility of the fugitive being on top of that pile, he looked for no danger. As his head appeared over the top, he felt the cold muzzle of a pistol pressed against his tem pie, while a voice, whose earnestness be did not for a moment doubt, whispered in his ear: "Speak but one word, an' I will blow yer brains out! I'm desperate!" The man knew by the events of the last hour that he meant what be said, so he made no re ply, but clambered over the edge, and stood on top. "Now, kin yer swim?" asked Jones, gruffiy. Yes," said the man, turning pale. Why?" "Well, it is a good thing fur yer, otherwiae yer might be drowned;" and he grinned horri bly. Now," he continued, "l've no objections to tell yer wot I am going to do. I will give yer just one minnit to jump overboard in, and when yer I will boiler there he goes,' and they will think it is me, and will grab you, and while they are busy pullin' you out, I will get clear. ''Now, ready," he said, drawing a watch from his pocket with bis left band, while with his right be held the revolver at the other's head. Jump before I count ten. Now; onetwo--three-four-'' The man looked into Junes's face, and seeing be could hope for no mercy, he glanced over the edge of the lumber into the water beneath, ann just as the villain uttered five, he sprung off. "Catch himl catch him!" shouted Jones, looking over the edge, and waving his hand to the spot where the man had disappeared. The crowd, thinking it was the man they were in search of, rushed to the end of the dock, to seize him wben be should coJDe to the sur face. 1 ., s Taking advantage of his opportunity, the villain descended the pile, and stole away un perceived. The crowd at last succeeded in hauling the poor fellow out, and would have handled him roughly, when suddenly one of the m n recog nized him as 1be man who had ascended the lumber to look tor the murderer. Finally the man recovered his breath enough to gasp out: On top of pile-the murderer!" "Duped!" yelled the crowd, in a breath. Several mounted 1be lumber to find it vacant, and they slowly dispersed, cursing their luck. Meanwhile, the murderer had passed up to the fourth dock above, and pulling a small boat from its hiding .place underneath the dock, he took to the oars. and was soon far ouf in the stream, and shooting down the river. CHAPTER VI. 'fHE COUNTERFElTF.HS' DEN. TnE next day, Sam Perrv was proceeding leisurely np Broadway; and ibough he seemed to be indifferent to surrounding objec1s, yet a close observer would have known that lie was ill at eose. "I wonder," he muttered to himself, un easily, if Tom was successful last night in obtaining the papers. Cutse that Wilson; what does be want to cross my path for. and how did he come to get the documents from Hawkins?" He bad now reacl.Jed City Hall Square, and crossing it, be dropped into a small restaurant in Park Row, and called for some refreshment. While waiting for them to be brought to him, he took up the Hem/,d, to see the news, until suddenly a paragraph arrested his attention, and he perused it eagerly. It ran as follows: ATTEMPTED ROBBR:RY AND MURDER.About twelve o'clock lllh"t nig;b n. attempt was made by some unknown peh;un to rob the premises No. West Twenty-ninth Street. Being awoke by the robber's entrance through the window, one of the boarders attempted to seize him. The robber drew a knife upon him, but being disarmed, he fired at the young man, inflicting a wound which it is feared will prove fatal. A policeman who attempted .; stop his flight, was shot dead, and another one severely: wounded. The murderer escaped, but the


THE BOY DETEO'rIVE. 't ==================::;==================T===================== police are upon his track and are confident of :success.'' Perry read this paragraph over twic e ; then .he laid the paper down an oath, mutter ing: "I'll bet anything be did not get the papers, .after all bis fighting; but he knew better than to be caught after what I told him last night. I guess he not be .so }f he knew Hawkms was still alive; but 1t snot Jikely that be will ever find that out, for even l have lost sight of where he is now." A few minutes later and a newsboy brought in a letter, and without saying a word, he hand.edit to Perry. How did you .blow my name?" asked Sam. 1.uspiciously. Well boss the :felfor wot guv it ter me telt'd me':wot of a chap yer was." i3am eyed the boy sharply, but he stood with his hands in his pockets, and dull, sleepy-look ing eyes, not half as bright-looking as. the ordi .nary run of newsboys, and he was satisfied. 'S'fi'!'Ping a. quarter in the boy's palm, he bid dlim be o:lf. He then turned >to '1.lile window to read the .note. It was written in a sctawly hand, and ran as :d'ollows: "MR. P.-Am 'in grate danger. Be keerful yer ain't follered to-'llight. Burn this up wen )'er re&d it. Yours truly, Tmi:." "Curse him! I hlunderingwork will :get me in trouble it I am not careful. He must .have been watching me this morning or be would not have known I was here. Very well; r a short space of time, and !learn the result. 1 He had not been deceived by Perry's dis :guise, for he understood su c h dodges, and he had taken in Perry'ti general appearance at a : glance. and could not mistake him He was walking a.tong, in a careless sort of manner, stopping ev e ry now nnd then to look io a window; but still keeping the same dis tance to the rear of Perry. and never once los ling sight of hmm in tbe crowd. Upon reaching Catml Street, Perry turned IDa rired tile regular outlines of her feature!> . She seemed indifferent to surrounding ob jects; only anxious to keep the man in view, ; as if to speak to him, when they got out of the crowd. Rel\ching West Street, Perry turned up, still tracked by the woman and newsboy. Jn "OSSiog Houston Street, the woman's foot sli, and she fell directly in front of a team of l orses. The driver of the team reined 11p his animals just in time to save Iler from being trampled to death. Butts sprung to her rescue: b11t she had faint ed; and they bore her tenderly to tl.1e nearest drug store. Upon examination, it was found that her :ankle was badly sprained by the tall; and she -iwas t.old that it would necessitate that she should remain quiet for three weeks, at least, if not much longer. Upon being told this, she appeared greatly agitated, and moaned pitifully A carriage was now brought, and giving the driver her instructions, she was assisted in(J:> it and driven off. Meanwhile,. the newsboy, after assisting to carry the pale lady to the druggist's, had immedi ately run back to find Perry again; but after running a long distance, and seeing nothing of him, he gave the search up in despair, and re turned to the druggist's. By that time the lady had gone away in the and the druggist knew nothing of the direct10n she had taken; those who had assist ed her into the carriage had departed, and the! newsboy, thoroughly disgusted at the manner in which he had lost his game, started back in the same direction from which he had first come. Perry, meanwhile, unaware of all that had been transpiring behind him, proceeded rapid ly along some five blocks further, till he came to a low, dilapidated frame ho11$e which stood on a corner, and which was occupied as a liquor store, and kept by a hag old and frightfully ugly. As Sam entered the place, the old woman started up from her seat behind the counter with alacrity, exclaiming: Good-afternoon to yez, Misther Burney; an' I was jist fhat had become of yez; how is yer blissid h1lth?" Oh, first rate," answered Sam, laughing; "and how are the boys?" Shure, they are all right," said the old hag, with a grin; some of thim are in the mill, and some haven't come in yit." All right," said Sam; and passing into the rear room, he pushed back a panel in the wall, disclosing to view a fiight of stone steps which led into a cellar. Descending these, he turned to the right, and stood before what seemed to be the foundation wall of the house. Stooping, he felt along till he touched a spring, when the seemingly solid wall flew back, disclosing another opening-a long, nar row passage-way. On stepping into the passage, the door slammed to after him, leaving no trace of its existence as a door. Groping along the passage, Sam, or Burney, (as we shall call him, in this capa c ity, for by that name he was known in that place). groped his way till he came to another door. Here Burney gave a peculiar rap, upon whir.h a small wicket was operred, and a voice demanded who came. Le Capitaine was the answer. ac companied with some other words in a low tone; and presently the heavy iron door swung open. A. general exclamation of: "How are ye, cap," gre e ted him as be entered the place. It. was a low, underground place. that looked as if it might have once served for vaults, as n<1 doubt it had. Seated around a long table, in the c e nter of the room, were about eight or ten of the most villainous fac e s tl.iat could lie found in a day s walk. Beforn them were numerons tools, di es presses, stamps, engravers materials and in fact everything that was necessary in rarr)' iug out their nefarious business; while up9n one end of the table lay a pile of bank-notes. They were an organized band of counter feiters, of whom Burney was the head or chief. What news, boys1" asked Burney. as he threw himrnlf in a chair and ligh ed a c igar. "Well," replied a big. burly looking fel low, who seemed to be in charge in the cllief's absence, "I am afraid that they are foll e riu u s up pret1y close; if it badu't bin for qnietin' a cop with two hundred ot the real stuff, I would have bin nabbed sure to-day; I told him tb 1Lt I got it. from a tailor, whom I did not know, so he let me off. Ha! ha!" he laughed I bet he will try to pass it himself "By tile way," broke in another speaker. "I heard to-day that Gus Thompson, the de tective, is in the cit.Ji, and trying to discover our [ang; I don't know how true it is." "The devil!" exclaimed Perry. I think you are mistaken, Phil," said an other; "for I heard as how he was on another lay, something about some bonds as was stole in Savannah some years ago." How much valyert'' asked one. Somew h ere about e ighty thousand dollars' worth," said the other; and they say tllat Thompson knows who took: them, and is watch ing for them." The chief seemed very uneasy while this con1 versatiolt was carried on, but said, finally: s I guess, boys, we'll have to keep quiet for some time, till we find out if we are really shad owed.'' He now arose, and passing to a large iron safe which stood in one corner, he opened it, and drew forth a large roll of genuine notes. He divided them equally among the men, telling them to go on with their work; but to use no more of the queer" till he gave them further orders. Then, g ivin g a few extra instructions to his lieutenant, he arose, and bidding the boys good-bye, he started off for the rende?.vous, where had had promised to meet Tom Jones. CHAPTER VII. A PROPOSED VISIT. MATTIE passed the next day after her lover's departure very melancholy indeed Seated by the window, in an attitude of deep thought, she passed the greater part of the day. Finally she was roused by the servant's knock upon the door, and bidding her e nter, the girl handed her a note, which she said had just been brought. Glancing at the superscripition, she nized it as William's handwriting. Tearing 1t I open, she soon mastered its contents. Wilson said in the note that he had been sli!!htly injured the night before in an OO counter with a burglar, but nothing at all seri ous; and not t-0 be alarmed by any news she might see in the papers There was much more in the note-lovers' talk such as we all deal in some time in our lives, and ending up by saying that circum stances would prevent him from seeing her be fore be left on his trip, but to keep up her spirits till she heard from him again," and .signing himself, your own William." Mattie read the letter through twice, and de rived much comfort frQm its tone, but the allu sion to the wound made her quite anxious; for knowing that he might fear to tell her all the particulars, she was alarmed Jest he might be much worse than he represented himself in hi11 note. Hearing a knock at the door, she hastily thrust the note in her pocket, and Mr. Temple ton entered the room. Seating himself by her side, and taking her small hand in bis own, he said: l fear my Mattie is unwell; is it not so?" he asked, anxiously. I am not fo the best of spirits," faltered Mattie. Tile father's heart failed him as he looked at her pale features, and be said, presently: I must send you off in the country for 11 short ti me, and see if the fresh breezes will not bring the ros s back agaiq to your cheeks." And he tapped 1hem playfully as be spoke "Oh!" he exclaimed, suddenly, "I forgo1 t tell you. I heard that my young friend Wil son was sever ely hnrt last Mattie asked for the particulars but her fa. ther kn e w no more about the matter than she did herself I und erstand," he continued, that be in tends to go upon his trip to Savannah, the same as if nothing had occurred. I admire his pluck. The police are on the traclt of 1be bur her cousin, Lucy Green, who had always beea to her a dear friend and sister.


t8 Mattie's father approved of her choi c e s a ying as be ki sse d hi s d a u g ht e r and rose to l eave the room, "I n o w retire to Dty library Mattie a nd I s hull writ e dir ec tly to C ou s in Luc y, and t ell h e r yo u will be on the re soon to visit her. So you m a y ge t your clothin g and wha t e v e r oth e r arti c les you will ne e d in readi ne s s ' As h e re aC"he d t h e door h e turne d a nd s a id: "Mr. P e rry i s t o ca ll this evening As it is to b e the l as t h e will sp e nd in the city before h e leav e s us, I hop e you will m a k e yours e lf as a g r eeab l e to him a s yo n did the oth e r e venin g for Sa m i s a fine y oun g f e llow. So sa ying he left th e r o om Matti e sat sile ntl y thinkin g l east," s h e tho u ght, I s h a ll b e free from th e att e ntion s o f Sa m P erry a ft e r to-ni ght.' And in t h e sec lu s i o n of C ou s in G r ee n s h o use she would be enab l e d to p ass the tim e c omp ara tively easy until the tim e wh e n Willi a m s hould return for her The n her mind we nt castle -buil d in g, and a vision o f a brigh t h o m e an d a h appy li f e to be spent with Willi am, a r ose in h e r m ind )3he was rou s ed from h e r bri e f rev e ri e by a s e rv ant nn'noun cing Mr. P e rry, a nd a m o m e nt afterw ard Sam e nt e r e d, bpwin g politel y and e x t e ndi ng bi s b a n d G oodeve nin g s T e mpl e ton h e s a id, I h o p e I find y Q u w e ll, but y ou a r e lr.okin g quite p a le he e xcl a im e d, 11fte r a c loser g l a n ce at L e r features. I am sli g h t l y indi s posed," sh e coldl y I a m v ery s orry to h ea r it, b e sa id ; a nd the n th ey r e l a psed into sil e n ce, brok e n only a t int e rv a l s b y s o m e slig ht r e m ark. It w as e>i dent th a t S a m f e rr y h a d s omethin g w hi ch res te d h eavily u p on hi s mind to the e xc lusion of li ghte r m a tt e rs. Fina lly as if by an effort P e rry dre w his ch air closer to tha t on whi c h Matti e w as sea ted, and b ega n: Miss T e mpl e ton or M a ttie if y ou w ill a l low m e to c a ll you b y th a t name, I b eg you will list e n for a few moments to what I h ave to s ay." M att ie, f e arin g th e r e sult of hi s pr e limin a r y speech. woul d h a v e restrain ed him. but seizin g hold o f h e r h a nd he w ent on r a pidly : In the l e n g th of time in which I h a v e known you M a ttie, I have f e lt a more th a n ordinar y fee lin g of in te rest in y ou, whi c h fe el ing has bee n g r a dually growing s tron ge r until it h as rip e n e d into th e deepest lov e for you. May I ask may I hope that it ha s not b e en in vain ? he s a id, fixin g his bla c k, piercin g eyes full upon her. 1 If hi s intention bad been to brin g her will into subj e ction with his own, h e had failed, for the very horror of the propo s ition had awak ened every faculty of Mattie s as sh e r e plied coldly: Mr. Perry, I h a ve always considered you as a d ear friend of my father, and am very sorry that you should ever have been l e d to re gard m e in any other light but that of a fri e nd, for mor e than that I can never be to you; let this answer suffice you." "Is your deci s ion irrevocable ? asked Perry, bi s eyes flashing as he noted the cool manner of the girl. It is," was the s impl e answ e r. May I ask, if it be not d e em e d imp e rtinent if you love another?" he ask e d, cuttin g ly. Her cheeks flushed as she r e plied: "Your question sir ls hi g hly impertinent, but l will answer it. I do love another and even were it not so, it would make no differ e nce in the an swer which I have given you " So be it, then," exclaimed P e rry, in a mean ing tone; "you hav e rejected me; on with your love. Marry Wilson (if he hves to return,") he muttered under his breath, a nd set tle down to a life of poverty." Enough," interrupted Mattie ; "you have said too much already; and only my for c ed re spect for one who calls hims elf my fath er's friend prevents me from having you forcibly removed from this house. Now go!" and sh e pointed to the door. "Very well," he said scowling darkly as he spoke, this is your hour of triumph ; but mine will yet come, remember and wh e n that time does come, do not blame me for b e ing as domineering in manner as you are now your-11elf. For the present, I bid you adieu;" and with a mocking bow to Mattie, he closed the door behind him, and departed. THE BOY DETECTIVE. CHAPTER VIII. BUTTS MAKES A REPORT. THOMPSON was seated in his room on the next evening, bu s ily engag e d in thou ght. His endeavors to find a trace of Perry the d a y before had proved unsucces s ful; l ;mt one thin g hE! bad di sc overed, and that was on e of the stolen bonds whi c h had been b y him. It h a d been sold to a brok e r who nad not notic e d the number until thP. m a n h a d g one, wh e n his cle rk c all e d his attention to it as one of the lot th a t hnd been adv e rtis e d a s stolen. He u esc rib e d th e p e rson who sold it to him as a moo of medium h e i12:ht, d ark c ompl e xion a nd h ea v y b ea rd, and who look e d as if h e w a s r ece ntl y from a s outhern clim a te He al s o d e s cribed him a s h a ving a peculiarly r e stless pair of b l ac k e yes Tho mpson h a d r e m a in e d in th e vi c inity of th e bro k e r's office for the e ntir e day; but RS the m a n did no t ca ll a ga in, h e r eturne d to hi s lod g ing s that ni ght con s id e rably out of humor with himself a nd the w o rld in ge n e ral. "I mi ght h av e kno wn," l:egrowl e d, "that th e fell o w would not c om e bnck to the same pl a ce a g ain; but if h e w s s from the South, a s the br o k e r said, p e rh a ps he did not know the bon d s h a d been a dv ert.ised." Prese ntly a loud rap at the door announ c ed the a rri va l of our fri e nd Butts U p o n ente rin g the room, he threw himself l a zil y into th e chair he h a d occupied before, and wa ited for Thompson to speak. It was on e of the p ec uli a rities th a t he n eve r volunteE)r e d th e information he possessed, but a l wa y s r e quired to b e que s tioned to bring out th e fac ts in hi s pos sess i o ? "We ll g rowl e d Thomps on, prese ntly, why don't y ou s a y som e thin g." W a itin' for you to ax m e," be in his s lan g w a y of s p e akin g and wot do yer want to know fus t; look a s if yer might b e out of humor g uv'nor "Neve r mi.qd how I look," growled th e det ec tive int e rruptin g him ; "what I w ant to know is, wh a t luck h a v e you h a d to-day ; did you find Mr. H a wkins ? "No, r e turn e d Butts ; "but I will t e ll you e x how I pa sse d the day : firs t I w ent down to the pie r wh e re th ey h a d fis h e d up the bod y of J e rry Willi a m s to s e e if I could l e arn an.v mor e particulars ; but th e re was no one around that kn e w anything ab out it. "Jus t as I w as comin g away, I chanced to look down at my feet (l was standing wher e the body had l a in the day b e fore ) and I picked up from between the planks thi s;" and he pro duced an old diary which w a s saturated with salt water and gave it to Thompson, who took it, m e rely sa y ing Go on with your story." "Well," continued the boy, "I suppose it must have been dropped from his pocket while th e y w e re moving him away, and they did not notice it. Well, I next went up Beekman Street to City Hall, wh e n a rough looking fel low tapped me on the s hould er, and asked me if I w a nted to make a quarter ; of course I told him yes, and then he gave me a letter to be given to a man that he said I would find in a restaurant in Park Row. The fellow seemed to be afraid of being w a tched, or something for he kept g a zing around him and watching every one that came near him. I started across the street before I remem b e re d that I had not b e en informed as to the man's n a me or what sort of man he Was;. then I thought of the letter in my hand, and to my surpri $ e I found it was for-who do you think ? " I don't choose to think," said Thompson, qui c kly; go on." Well answered Bu.Us, "it was Sam Perry. "The devil!" ejaculated the detective, start in g from his chair. Y Ps, I suppose he is," said the boy; but I didn't happ e n to see his horns ; however, I him in a moment, for I have heard of him and seen him before to-day. "We ll, I gavP. him the note, and he looked at me pretty sharp as me where I got it. I told him, then he gave me a half a dol lar, and I left him." What next?" asked the detective, impa tiently. If you give me time, I will tell you," re plied the boy. "I waited till he came out, and I nearly missed him, for he had disguised his tace in a heavy beard and eyeglasses, and if it had not been that I took particular attention lo his dress, he would have slipped m.t;. 1lut 1 fol lowed him. When we got as far as Canal an4 West Broad way a pale lady aho tracked him." And Butts w ent on to narrate fhe facts con ne c ted with her, which are already known to the read er. Thompson rapidly dotted dov: a shorth a nd, the boy's account. Butts finally c am e to that part of the a ccount wh e re h e described the mann e r in whi c h h e bad los t trace of both of the m. Well,'! sa id the dete c tive who was now in a much b e tt e r humor, I a m sorry that you lost the m; but y ou have done preNy w e ll tor one day, for I hav e got a clew b y whi c h I may be abl e to follow up my s ea r c h. But I'm hanged if matters are not getting more and m o re compli c ated. I wonder who holds the c l ew, f q r I s hould like to find that p e r s on The n turning to the boy, b e said : "I want. y ou t o do your b es t to-morr o w to find out whe re any one of the se parties i s li ving. I a m n o t p a rti c ul a r a s to which one it is, for I think if I ge t hold of one I will be a ble to succeed in unrav elin g the m y stery, and l a y b a re the whole plot wh a t eve r it m a y be. And n o'l7, Butts he said earnestly to the boy, if w e su ccee d in this job, it will be th e m a kin g of y ou I h a ve s tron g hop es that y ou will one of these d ay s and thitt d ay not f a r di s t a nt, m a ke a fir st-c la ss d e t ec tiv e. And I sh a ll do nil in my power to h e lp you alon g." "Tlrnnk you, guv'nor," replied the boy ; "I s hall do my b es t;" and hi s eyes lighted up wi t h professional pride "Now," said the dete ctiv e Rs he ro s e to brin g the inte rview to an e nd, lest y o u should be in dan ge r, and need a friend, take this ; an d he took from t b e draw e r a s mall 8mith & W es son "Be care ful how yo u use it, an d n ever t a k e a lif e except in seltd e ten se. Should you be tak e n into custody by any means, s'end a line to me, and you will inst a ntly be released And now, g o o d -night;" and biddin g him to call a g ain as soon a s he could report pr they parte d. Afte r th e boy h a d gon e Thom ps on sat for som e tim e thinking over what he had just h ea rd. Then he op e ned ,the diary, wl1ic h was thor ou g hly soa k ed w ith wate r and aft e r much diffi culty he s u cc e e d e d in decipherin g the last entry, whi c h was as follows : I fear that Perry will kill m e oue of theee d a ys ; be thre aten e d me that he would if I made myself known in j h e city; he seem s to be afraid that I will t e ll the truth about old Hawkins. I told him that if I was missed that I had left p a pers with a certain party in Savannah that would tell the whol e truth. But I d q not think he believed me, for he did nl\t look as if be did. Then I got mad, am! I told him that I knew his secret; and if ever I saw a man .angry in my life, Perry was then I was almo s t afraid he would kill me on the spot. H e cooled dowlll finally, and then we went to a plac e in South Stre et, and took a drink togP.the r; then-" but the rest was so blurre d by the u c tion of the that the detective could not d e cipher it. "I shall make something out of this, anyhow, he said to himself RS he car e folly closed the book, and placed it in a small saie that stood in his room "Now, I wonder who the pale Indy was tbai Butts spoke about, and what she c o uld have known about, or wanted with P e rry That is more than I cnn see through. If I only knew where she could be found, I would won sati s fy myself on that head, anyhow, "But I have one consolation; thi s is the hard est job that I ever unde rtook to unra v e l,41nd if I succeed, why, the b e tter will be my reput n 1ion when it is done. But I don't know bow l should have succeed e d if it had not been for the boy's assistance; he is indeed an invaluable: aid to me." CHAPTER IX. THE RENDEZVOUS. AFTER leaving the den of the gang, Perry started for the rendezvous where he was to meet Jones. .As he walked along be mu sed. upon the events of the last tew days. "Well, I have got one off m1 h11nds," he: muttered, savagely. It. was his own fault, though; he should not have told me he knew so much; but I should really like to know if there is any truth about the papers that he-said were in Savannah?" and his brow darkened as he thought of it. It was now nearly one o'clQCk in the mom -..,-


THE BOY DETECTIVE. 9 =====================================================::;=========================1. ing, two hours after the boy had left the detect ive to return home, for he lived in the city. Perry now quickened his pace, as if he were anxious to rid himself of the gloomy thoughts which would intrude upon him in spite of all .be could do to prevent them. Following him silently like a shadow was !he figure of a boy making his way cautiously .after him. It was Butts, who had accidentally sighted him after he had left the den, and who recog nized him instamlv. Finally Perry arrived at a house seemingly unoccupied. The blinds were off, the front door hung by a hinge, and in fact the whole house was rapidly falling into decay. Passing up a rickety tligbt of stairs. which creaked dismally beneath his feet, he finally reached the top, and giving a peculiar tap upon the door, it. swung open, and the voice of Tom .Jones called to him to come in." He was greatly changed in his appeamnce from what he had been on the night when Perry first met him, and would hardly have t>een known as the man who had such a short time before been engaged in such a desperate conflict. His eyes were sunk far back in his head, ,/lS if he bad known no sleep tor a week back; and his restless eye and anxious look showed him to be in a state of great mental anxiety. Perry noted all this as his eye rested upon him; and taking a chair, he sat down. Meanwhile, Butts bad quietly stole past, and seeing tba:t the room next to that in which Perry had gone was open, he stole in. Jones, after seeing t bat the door of his room was securely fastened, drew his chair close to that of ferry's. Are you sure there is no one near to hear us?" asked ::lam. Yes." returned Jones; for there is no one lives in this house;" but a ceriain fear seized him as !le spoke, for he next said: I guess I will go and, take a look anyhow, and be posi. 1ive." Butts had overheard this conversation, and wns prepared for the result. Slipping behind a.he door, which stood open. he placed his hand 'Upon the revolver, ready for instant use, and waited. Jones merely glanced in room, which was faintly lighted by the moonlight, and apparently satisfied that everything was all right, he slammed the door to, and returned to Sam Perry. Butts was rejoiced that he had escaped so easily, and he was now douhly safe; for they were uninvare of his proximity, and the door could not be opened again without giving him timely warning and allowing him again to get out of sight. "Everything's all right," said Jones, as he sgain entered. "No one would suspect that any person would enter this house at this time of the night; and it they did I fancy they would meet with 11 warm reception if they at-1empled to intrude." He grinned as he took his seat. He now proceeded to give Perry all the partieulars of his adventure, and of its unsuccessful termination. You see," he began, in a confidential tone, every word of which was plainly audible to the listener in the next room, I got into the room where the young fellow was sleeping, and was about looking for the papers, when the c n founded fell, and the young fellow woke 'Up, and tackled me. I would soon have got the best of him, b11t the light was knocked over and went out. The young fellow yelled so loud, finally, that I tried to quiet him with the knife, but he knocked that out of my lumd, and then l fired upon him." "Did you kill him?" interrupted Perry, -eagerly. "l don't know," said Jones, "hut he dropped very sudden; and then he described his excit iin7 escape, which the reader rcrr.embers. Well," said Perry, after a long pause. in which he seemed to be thinking, 1 beard to rlay that the police are upon your trnck, nnd I :suppose the best thing that you ran do at pres{ ent will be to leave the city until this affair blows over." Jones nodded assent to this pwpnsition. for : he lrnrl hr.en thinking the thin g himself. "I shall want you to go to Savannah; for I have a small job on band there that must be at teodP.d as soon-" What's that?" he exclaimed, as the noise l railing mortar was hearli in the next room. "I s'pose it's rats "answered Jones coolly lots of them here,' run over a fello'.w he's asleep; but I'd rather have them around than the 'cops;' they would not let me rest so quietly. Now, tell me all the partic:ulars ot the job I am to take in hand; where's the money to come from, and how much?" "There is two hundred," said Perry, draw ing that amount from his pocket and giving it to his companion: "when you have finished the job we will talk about the rest. When you get there. write to this direction," and he gave him a card. So you are not going to stay in the city," said .Tones, as he took the card and glanced at the directions. "No," replied Sam, with a forced laugh; things are becoming too warm for me here just at present, so I am going to rusticate for awhile." Well," said Jones, "I am all ready to go in the next stettmer that sails And now, what am I to get in case I am successful in this job?" "Five thousand dollars," was the reply. "In good moneyl" asked the villain, eagerly "Yes." And in case I fail, what then?" "You are to know of no such word as fail; if you do. then beware;" and he flashed a glance at him full of meaning. For a moment .Tones seemed to be cowed, but only for a moment; then he leaned toward his companion, and whispered : "If you should do that, I would reveal your secret;" and he leaned forward and whispered a few words in Perry's ear. Sam leaped to his feet, and his hand sought hi s pocket in search of some weapon. N"oae of that, said Jones; and with the rapidity of thought he drew his own revolver, and there they stood, each covered by the other's weapon. Y 011 see," said .Jones that is a game that two can play at; but you need have no fear, for I shall do nothing unless you yourself force me to it. So put up your shooter, and let's talk reasonable." Perry fingered his revolver nervously, but finally concluded to do a11 Jones bad said, and put the weapon back in his pocket. Jones did the same. They then entered into details of the intended trip, and finally Perry rose to go. At the same time the form of Butts glided noiselessly by the door and out into the street. Perry passed out, and walked rapidly away in the darkness till he reached the Metropolitan and passed directly to his room. Butts was close behind him; but as he came into the light he could scarcely be known by his own employer, so completely had he changed his identity. If any personR had been watching him, they would not have had the least suspicion that be was tracking any one; his eyes had a sleepy, vacant look, and his walk was that of one thor oughly tired or lazy. He stumbled on carelessly after he bad seen Perry disappear iu bis room, and as be passed, gave a quick, sharp glance at the number, and lazily sauntered by and out again into the street. Well," exclaimed Butts, after he bad reached the street and resumed bis ordinary gait, "the guv'nor can't say but that I have been of some use this time. Lucky I spotted him as I did, or I would have missed much valuable information;" and his face expanded into a broad grin of satisfaction. "::!'pose I must make a report this but I'm dreadful sleepy;" and he rubbed bis eyes as if to assure himself of the fact. As he did so, not seeing where he was go ing. be ran against an old white-haired man with ronsiderable violence. Butts was about to make use of some strong l'Xpressions of his opinion of the 0tber's care but only an old person before hi:;,, he checked lumself and said: Beg yer pardin, old man; but I did not see you." 'Tis partly my own fault." said the old man, in a trembling voice that denoted the ex treme nge of the speaker; "but my eyes are not so strong as they med to be when I was of your own age. I know you did not mean it, so let's shake bands and go our own ways." Butts held out his hand, while his face ex pressed the wonder be felt at such a request, and they shook. hands. As they did so, Butts gave a hasty, suppressed exclamation of surprise, at the same time peer ing closer in the old man's face as he said: Why, guv'nor! who would have thought' of seeing you here, and in that 1 "Hush!" said the detective, for 1t was indeed he; "say nothing here, but let us step inttt one of these private supper rooms, where we can talk without the danger of being overheard." After a short search, they soon found one, and giving their orders, they waited until they should be served before entering upon their conversation. Butts was turning over in his mind the thoughts as for what business had brought bis master over on that night. And as he glanced across the table at the old, feeble look ing person opposite, he could hardly reconcile himself to the fact that it was indeed Thomp son. W P.11," said Butts to himself, in an under tone, he knows the grip, so it must be the gu v'nor, anyway.'' At this moment the voice of the old man was heard as be said : "Well. nephew, and how is your mother, and how have all the folks been to home since I was here before?" But.ts r.aught the cue from him, and answered accordingly, for the waiter was there, arrang inu the table. they were left alone. CHAPTER X. PllltPARING FOR pEPAllTURE. WnEN Wilson fell from the shot of Jones, he had not been mortally wounded by any means. 'l'he ball had struck him in the fleshy part of his arm, and passed clean through it. He was then raised up, and placed upon the bed, while a physician was immediately sent for. Presently he came; and after examining the wound, and skillfully binding it up, he left, after telling Wilson that it would soon be all right again, providing he did not exercise his arm too much for the present. The young man's effects were already packed, and he ordered an express sent for, to convey them to the steamer, which was to sail that day. He then seated himself at his desk, and dis patched a parting note to Mattie, bidding her be of good cheer till he again returned home. After sealing and directing this, he drew forth from his desk a packet of folded papers; and untying the string that bound them, he spread one open upon the desk. It read as fol lows: This is to certify that on the twenty-seventh day of February, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and ljfty, George Sinclair, of New York City, and Clara Studley, of Savan nah, were by me joined in the holy bands of matrimony. (Signed) "JEREMIAH WILLIAMS, "THOMAS JONES. .. J. c. HAWKINS. } Witnesses.'' The document bore the marks of age, and the letters were difficult to deciP.her. "I wonder!" exclaimed Wilson, softly, to himself, why this paper was left in my charge, and what could have ever become of the o1d man who placed so much confidence in 1 me as to place these sealed pa.ckages in my possession, and authorized me to break the seal if I did not hear from him in six month.I from the time he gave me the documents. "Well," he continued, thoughtfully, "the time has nearly expired, and no news of him yet; but I am wasting valuable time when I should be preparing for departure." So saying, he turned his attention to his busi1 ness letters. 1 The night was far advanced ere he folded 1 and sealed his papers, and carefully collecting \ them, be placed them in a small safe which stood in the room, and locking the door, he re tired to rest. The oext morning he awoke, much refreshed both in mind and body. The steamer was to sail that day, and after settling his board, and bidding his landlady farewell, be took a coach, and was driven down to the steamer. Securing a i;asrnge. and seeing baggage was safely on board, Wilson strolle

10 They received him cordially, and expressed much 11.nxiet. y as to the condition of the wound ha had received from the burglar After informing them that he had received but a slight scratch, and that it would in no manner interfere with his proposed journey, he spent a considerable time in listening to their plnns and instructions. 1t was now one o'clock, and the steamer was to leave at half past two. Mr. Jones proposed going with Wilson to see him off. Arriving at thest e amer, a scene met them which is familiar to travelers. wer e blowing-cabme n shoutin g and truck-drivers quarreling. with the creaking of blo c ks and ra tling of chains. At last the hubbub g radually c e arnd. The last bale had been hoisted on board. The whe els were tnrniug, and the s team e r was only held to her dock by a few strong cables. At last the bell rang to start, tile lines were cast off, the last adieus were said. Frie nds were separated, perhaps, for aught they knew, never to meet again in this life. And slowly the noble vessel moved out from her dock. Then arose the cheers of the friends on shore, answered by the waving of her pocket handkerchiefs from those on the deck of the steamer. Young Wilson stood aft, waving his hand to his employer on the dock. Then he saw him become suddenly agitated, and then, with an exclamation of pain, he dropped on the dock. Then he saw a gentleman assist him to his feet, and he could see no more, for they were rapidly lost to Wilson stood m the same fixed position for a long time after they bad left the dock. His thoughts were busy endeavoring to ac count for his employer's manner. Finding no explanation, he concluded it must have been an apoplectic fit, and dismissing the subject from his mind, he went below into the cabin. Since the moment the steamer started a man of ugly visage had been closely watching WiJ. son, ai;id heedless of any one else. It was the face of this man that had caused the merchant's excitement. Well," he muttered, hang me if I like this business! He's a nice young fellow, and I hate to have anything to do with the jobbut five thousand is a good round sum of money, eh, Tom?" he chuckled to himself. "But," he added, "how I am to do anything before we get to Savannah, is more than I can see into; however, I'll try." So, discussing the subject in his own mind, he walked forward, andf'as soon chatting with one of the crew. CHAPTER XI. THE MYSTEIUOUS LADY. THE lady having recovered her consciousness in the drug store, ordered the coachman to drive to No. -West Twenty-sixth Street, a few doors below Eighth Avenue. She was soon driven there, and, amid the wondering gaze of those who -had gathered Bround the carriage to see what was the mat ter, she was carried into the house. As she was assisted up the steps, a gentleman in the crowd, who had been unable to pass, and with idle curiosity was gazing on the scene, suddenly exclaimed, ''It is-" Checking himself as he saw the wonclerin g looks of lhe crowd fastened on him, he add e d, "It is a friend of mine." The crowd stood there a few moments lon g er, staring at the door through which the la 1 chair near to the lounge llP''n which she was re c lining. I heard you hnd been looking for me," he said, s oftly, as he sat down. I lrnd been she answered. but-" But you heard I was dead," he interrupt eses present. As I was leavin!,l" lh e house, Sinclair slipped. a check in my hana, also the marriage certifi cate telling me: It would do to light the fire with.' "The check was cashed the next day; but wh e n I came to inquir0 for Sincl a ir, intending to tell him of the trut.h, and warn him not slight his obligations, I found he had gone to New York'." "And what clid you do with the certificate?" she asked, breathlessly "I have it, together with the dying man's confession; they are in the possession of a. young friend of mine in whom I 'Plaice great confidence." .. Where does that friend live?" In this city. I made his acquaintance short ly .after I came here. I can get the papers any time I want them." "Thank Heaven!" exclaimed the lady, as she listened to the conclusion of the Oh, sir! you have taken such a load of anx iety from my mind.'' After some hesitation, she said: I will now you some facts connected with my own hIStory, and then you will see why I W!d so anxious to discover your where abouts. For nearly a year after our marriage my husband's treatment was all that J could wish, and he seemed to love me devotedly; every wish of mine was granted and every desire gratified. Finally his manner toward me grew cold. This was the source of much trouble to me. as I could think of no way in which I had offended him. "Finally our boy was born, and I hoped that in his love for him he would again love me as of old. The hope was a vain one, for though he seemed to care a little for the child, yet his manner toward me was the same. I strove to hide m.v feelings as long as pos sible; but finally I could bear it no longer, and 1 begged him to tell me the cause of his cold ness. My question enraged him, and in a fit of anger. he told me that I was not his wife, and that the ceremony was a mock one.' '' When I remembered the pains he had taken both to conceal our marriage, and the way it had been performed, I was forced to believe him. "Do you doubt that when I discovered that the man I had loved so fondly, that he in whom I had staked my confidence, life, and reputation, had proven false-can you doubt, I ask, that such treatment should nearly mad den me? I felt at the moment as if I could strike him dead at my feet. My hot Southern blood boiled in my veins, as 1 thought of all the indignities he had heaped upon me; but my boy's figure rose before me. I rememhered he was his fa ther, and I him. "I determined to find out the man who had performed the ceremony. I had no marriage certificate, as I had not thought enough about it to get it. I had no idea that I should ever ne e d it. I found that Sinclair had engag e d a labor ing-man to perform the cerl!mony, and that the man h a d since died. Who were the accomplices who acted as witnesses, I was unable to discover. Sinclair had indeed plotted carefully, for I was powerless to help myself. I think he feared, from my temperament, that he would meet with personal injury at my bands, for he shortly after disappeared, taking the child with him. This was the last drop in my cup of sorrow; had he left me my boy I would have been con tent; but I vowed that I would follow him to the end of the earth, and give him no peace till he should give me back my child. I will pass over the story of my troubles while in pursuit of him, only stating that he continually evaded me from time to time, and I had but accidentally caught. sight of him, and was following him up, when I met with the ao cident that has laid me up."


THE BOY DETECTIVE. 11 "And do you know by what name he is "I saw that the only way to save my life rapid t-0ne of voice that had in it much cl '.leep ki:own at present?" asked Mr. Hawkins. was to keep the knowledge I possE!ssed. meaning, "I have tried t6 win you l'::! an hor> "I understand that he goes by the name of "Penf, the captain ot the band, seemed to orable manner, and you refused to li$t.en: no'# Sam Perry," she replied. think that the papers had been left in such a rememller this: I swear that you shall become Mr. Hawkins started suddenly from his seat. manner that they might be brought against him my wife. I will not see you become the 1Vife "The man who laid a plot to murder me!" at any moment, and I allowed him to keep that of another. he e,xclaimed. belief. "Do you think I could stand \i.v "And has he grown so wicked," she eaid, Will you deliver those papers to me if I and you pronounce the words that 1vouhl with a start. "I did not think he would come let you go?' he asked. bind you to another? io t.hat." 'I will not,' w'as the reply. "Nol a thousand times no! I would see you "It seems," said Hawkins, without noticing 'Perhaps we can find a way to induce you dead first." the interruption, "that the man who bad conto change your mind,' he said "Enough of this," said Mattie. 11s the fire fessed the marriage fraud to me in Savannah "'You can not,' I answered. 'In the first flashed ia her eyes. "If you have finished, r did not die as rnon as I expected he would. place, the papers you require are not in my pos-will leave you." "He rallied the next day, and hoping, as session, and if they were, what security have I "Go then, and beware! for I shall keep my dying men will hope, that he was again getting that you would do as you say?' vow." better, he sent for Perry and explained all to 'I will give you my word of honor,' he Mattie withdrew to the ladies' ca.bin, and him. said, brietly. seating herself upon one of the she "Of course Perry knew he was not while 'Your word of honor!' I retorted. 'You ponrlered long and earnestly over the sbe 1 was living, and he kept spies upon my move look well talking of honor after-" had just heard. ments. "Silence!' he thundered, as he met the gaze At first she thought that Perry's intention "He found out when I came to New York. of the men fixed on him. 'Keep a civil tongue had been to frighten her. nnd compel her by "One night I was coming from Brooklyn, in your head while you are tnlking to me.' this means to accede to his proposition; but as and had nearly reach ed the ferry, when I was "I saw he was excited, so I did not dare exshe revolved the subject in her mind, ancl re suddenly seized from behind and into a asperate him further. membered the tone and looks that bad nccom carriRge that stood near, and driven rapidly off. Will you tell me where the papers are?' panied bis words, she felt assn red that be Lad I attempted to cry out, but the cold muzzle he asked again. meant what he said, and that hereafter be oi a pistol was placed to my head, and I was 'I will not. And it is useless to ask me would be a deadly enemy. warned, if I valued my life, to keep a still further.' "But how," she mused, does be intend to tongue in my head. He then ordered a couple of fellows to put work against me? He dare not offer violence "The night was dark and dreary. me in the' vault;' a dismal cell in the corner to me." "I tried to make out the way we were going, of the room. Her thoughts then returned to Perry's words. but the curtains of the carriage were pulled And I was pushed in and left to my own I would raU1er see you dead than married down, and we were in perfect darkness. reflections, which were none of the best, I can to another man." "I knew by the sound, however, that we assure you." Perry knew t hat Wilson had been in tbe were crossing: the ferry, and then for some of calling frequently, and she feared he suspee ttwenty minutes we rattled over the rough pave, CHAPTER XII. ed the truth. ment of the city. If he does," thought she, he will do hlm "At last the coach stopped. c Ou s IN GREEN 's some harm. I must warn him ot it." I was again warned, to be silent, and then A FEW days had passed since Mattie had bid She decided that she would write to Savannah commandeil to get out. adieu to Sam Perry, who had departed, as he as soon as she reached Cousin Green's, and "They had taken the precaution to bind my said, for the West. warn him to be careful of trickery. hllnds and blindfold me, so I was helpless. She had eompfoted her preparations for her So anxious did she become upon the subject, "I was t .hen led into a house, and down a visit to Cousin Green's, and bidding farewell that she did not retire, but sat in the same posi :Darrow flight of stairs into some damp passage, to her father, who had gone down to the tion, thinking. which I judged to be a cellar. steamer "City of Boston" 'to see her off, she About two o'clock the steamer came in sight "I heard the opening of a door, and was was fairly started on her trip. of the lights of New London, and :Hattie, in drawn through a passage so narrow that my Her father had intended to accompany her order to distract her thoughts went up on deck arms touched the sides in walking. I next and see her safely there, but circumstances octo look about her. heard a peculiar knock upon a door. curred which rendered it imperative upon him The light-house on the left of the harbor was A few words were spoken; what they were to remain in the city pa.ised, and they steamed up the Thames Riv& I could not tell, aud then the cool rush of wind Mattie, however, was a fearless girl, and had to the city. that followed t-Old me that the door had been expressed so much confidence in being able to The night was a beautiful starlight one. opened. get through safely alone, that her father had There was a fleet of pleasure yachts lying at My arms were now unpinioned, and the consented, though reluctantly. anchor near the Pequod House, and their bandage removed from my eyes. Those who have ever traveled eastward on lights, reflected upon the calm surface of the "I found myself in a large, airy room under these boats know what a sp lendid .panorama is water, made a beautiful picture. ground, rudely fitted up for comfort. spr.ead before the eye in the sail round the BatStill on they passed. At l ast the dock was "A dozen or more villainous looking men tery and up the East River. reached, and amid the bustle occurring, the were gazing at me from different parta of the Forests of masts in seeiing inextricable eon steamer was securely made fast to her dock apartment. fusion, busy tugs plying in and out the whar' and was at rest. The mighty working of the In the center of the place was a lllrge table, now tugging at some ship, beside whom in size engine had ceased. upon which was strewn a great number of they seem but as pygmies. The ferry-boats ply The rattling of the trucks and carting of the dies, engravers' tools, etc. ing ceaselessly, carrying their loads of precious freight to the cars now commenced. "At one end was heaped a pile of bank-notes humanity to and from their daily toil. All The train that was to convey Mattie to her partly finished. these present a sight that once seen will never destination did not. start till 6:30 A. M., so she I could see at a glance that I was among a be effaced from the memory. Mattie sat for a concluded to lie down and rest iill then. gang of counterfeiters. lonotime gazing upon the busy scene. At six, she arose much refreshed, and after The principal figure in the group was the The steamer finally passed through Hell Gate, a slight breakfast she took a seat in the carg. captain. with its treae)lerous rocks and eddies, and was She had seen nothing more of Perry since her "At a glance I recognized the man whom I soon in the open sound. interview with him on the previous evening. had married in Savannah years before, The night air was growing cool, and Mattie After a short ride they reached Davis Cor" It was Sinclair." rose to go below to the ladies' cabin. ners, or Davisville, where Mattie was t.o get off. "Horrible!" ejaculated the lady. As she rose from her chair, a voice behind her She found Cousin Green waiting for her at "His keen eyes bad been watching mine as I exclaimed: Good-evening, Miss Templeton," the depot with a carriage. took in the contents of the room; finally he reand she turned to behold the face of Perry at Cousin Green greeted her warmly, and had marked: her elbow. innumerable questions to ask concerning her "'Well, old fellow, how do you like your "Why, Mr. Perry, this is quite a surprise," journey, etc. surroundings? Rather secluded, are they not?' she said, astonished to see him there. After a short ride tl).ey reached Cousin "I did not care to answer him, so I remained "You do not look as if it were a very pleasGreen'8 home, situated about two miles from silent, waiting to see what he would do next. ant one,'' he said, laughing. the station, and about a mile and a ha.If from "He then turned to the gang, and said: I can not say that it is." the town of Wiekford, which lay to the south Boys, this fellow,' turning to me as he A flash of anger lighted up th,e black and ward. spoke, 'has discovered a valuable secret of mine, sparkling eyes of Perry, but she did not see it; The house, which is still standing, is situated and one which will affect us all more or less. then he resumed placidly, as if nothing had oe-a little off trom the main road, and near the old "'This man holds the papers which will imcurred to disturb his equanimity: mill. plica1e us all. Pray be seated a few moments, Miss Tern It was a large old homestead, surrounded by The man who betrayed me is dead, so he pleton. I have a few words to say to you." the usual number of barns, out h(luses. etc. can tell no more tales. What shall we do with She took a seat a little distance from him, At the entrance from the road, and on each lhis one?' saying: side ot the gate stood two tall poplar-trees, a "'Shoot him; kill him!' cried the gang, as "I await your pleasure, sir." landmark to the country for miles around. they advanced toward me wi1h their knives "Do you remember a conversation I held Driving up to the door, Cousin Green sprung drawn in a menacing manner. with you not a very long time ago?" out, and Mattie to alight. 'Hold!' cried Perry, as he threw himself "I do, perfectly." Entering the house, they found the table before me, 'I do not wish you to take his life "And do you still hold to your decision?" spread, as it was nearing noon. yet. I want to get possession of the papers he "Is this all yon wish of me?" she said, cold After the dinner had been eaten, they withholds. Besides, his carcass would be an ugly ly; "if so, I will leave you I did not think drew to the "large room," it was called, thing to get rid of.' you were so little of a gentleman, as to force which commanded a view of the rond, ] P aving "And he laughed sardonically. this subject upon me again." the help to attend to clearing away !he table. "'rbe men put up their weapons at Perry's And she attempted to pass him. Seating themselves, t.hey held a lrmf: conver command, though they still cast malicious "Let me tell you then," said he, grasping sRtion, as it had been a long time since they hai.l glances upon me. her arm forcibly, and speaking with a low, seen each other before.


.. 12 THE'BOY' DETECTIVE. Mattie gave her a detailed account of all that had tran,piret.l, with the exception of her meet ing with Perry; this she withheld, thinking that it would only lead to a succession of ques tions wi bout in any manner proving advan tageous to herself. Then they strolled out into the orchard, situ ated .., the renr of the house, and from that .o the barn. Then they rambled down near thf' old mill to the pasture," as it was called, "'here the "critters (or, as we would call them, cows) were quietly grazing. Having seen all the sights that the farm afforded. they returned to the house, ru; Green said she had a lot of work to do, and :must attend to it. The ceremony wus performed last night, and if I had not known different, I would have sworn that the fellow was a real preacher, he acted his 'part so well. He would make a splen did actor if he would go upon the stage." Further on it read: Sinclair seems to be quite attentive to his supposed w'ife. I suppose he is working for the property." A year later was the following entry: Sinclair told me to-day that he fell out with C!ara, and told her the truth. He said he was almost afraid to go in the house, she acted so wild. I should not wonder if he don't find it tronl>lernme to get rid of her; these women hang on so sometimes. It would serve him CHAPTER XIII. right if she did, for he micrht haye chosen THE DIAUY. others, and had no trouble with them, if he had UPON entering the saloon, Butts and the dewanted to. He said that he was g<>Jag to leave, te<>tive took a seat a't the furthest table, where and take the gang with him." ti!r\ would not be liable to be overheard in L l d r conversation. "Ha! ejaculated the detective, starting -:'he detectiye gave his orders for "stews," from his chair, "I have struck a clew that will lin l while the waiter was bu e ily enga g ed in fillbe of some importance to me i : the order, Butts took the opportunity to re-Then he eap;crly perused the diary again. o the detective the conversation he hnd I don't know whnt 8inclair can want with o heard in the old house between Perry and the boy; he says he is r;oing to take him, too." h ;>al. e detective lfstened intentl.v, wondering A great deal of matt e r uninteresting to the g1eai ly what object Perry could have in followreader, as it has no connection with the story, iug up the young man, and of what value the was p:is>ed over, and he came to the following papers in bis possession could be to him, to cause him to run such a risk of detection Sinclair seems to be in eternal fear of his He had heard of the attempted robhery in life, for we have been continnally on the move West Twenty-ninth Street. but hfld not thought. from one city to another, and at last we are of the probability of Perry being in the least here in New York City. I suppose he is in connected with it. dread of the girl Clara Studley. as we have As Butts continued narrative, the detectheard she was on his track several times, or else ive rapidly jotted down in bis memorandum all he is afraid of the police. He has changed his the principal points of value. name, too, and is now known as Sam Perry." He could have lodged information at headquarters and ha,'e P e rry arrested at the hotel; "Ahal said the detective, rnftly rubbing but he did not to do so. his hands together; "at last 1 am on the right 'J'be trnp was not ready yet to be sprung; he track. Go on, my fine fellow, for you have would wait for further deYelopments. nearly reached the end of your tether, and then T h b d' d you will spend a few years between four stone hen s t e ws avmg een ispatcbe they walls. and society will be rid of one smart vil11eparated. lain!" It was now near morning, and the detective, Then comparing notes with his own private wearied out with bis long hours, determiued to memorandum, he discovered the following start go to an old bachelor friend of his and rest ling facts; himself a few hours, as he did not feel like traveling thi! long distance to his home. First. The person who had lost the bonds of He jumped on an Eighth Avenue car and which be was in search before he met Perry, rode up as far as Street, where he was Captain Studley, the father of the girl alighted. whom Perry had married, or, rather, pretended Turning down toward the river, he stopped to marry. at a small white house, and rang the bell. Second. The date of Perry's departure from It was directly opposite the one in which the the city of Savannah was but a few days after my terious lady was boarding. the loss of the bonds. lfo1 friend was at home, and welcomed him Third. Perry seemed to have practiced the ( ]ially. deception upon the girl for the sake ot obtain. a learning the detective's desire to rest, he ing possession oi her money. : 01\ted heartily. t: 1 ) nducting him to the parlor, where there As the detective pondered over these facts, h an easy-looking lounge, he left him, say-link by link, a strong chain of circumstantial ir:7 evidence was formed from which he knew it .. Yon will not live Jong if you do not give would be impossible for Perry to escape. nn that plagued man-hunting business-some Several things, however, now remained to be -.: eA l wilt be .. putting a ball through you one cleared up. p, these days. What bad Perry done with the boy he had We must all run rfsks at some time in our brought with him from Savannah? li, es," said the detective. with a smile, as he As for the bonds, it was evident to his mind urned over to go to sleep. that Perry had either stolen them himself or Well, you won't take advice, anyhow," hired some one else to do so. g f nnted his friend. Who could be the woman that Butts hnd seen Would you?" following Perry? Surely it must be the same Yes, if it was Clara Studley, he thought. Then get marned." For what purpose was she following him so Humph!" and the door elmt with a bang. closely? Was it for revenge? to make him 'l'he detective smiled. atone for the terrible wrong he had done to her? Fiu11lly, thinking over the facts he had late-or was it merely the instinct of n mother's heart ly heard, he dropped asleep. intent upon regaining possession of her child? When he awoke, the clock was striking six. But what had Perry done with the boy? This He suddenly thought of the diary which he was the that vexed Thompson sorely, had in his pocket that Butts had picked up, but without effect. and drawing a chair up by the window, he took The only solution that offered itself to his out the diary of. Jerry Williams from bis pockf:!t. mind was that he had odopted it out some Commen cing, at the first entry, which was where, and with this solntion he was forced to made in J 850, he read as follows. be satisfied. l He was about to return the diary to his pocket, p "Sinr1nir wants me to witness a mock marwhen his curiosity was excited by noticing that riage to lie performed to morrow night. The two of the leaves had been carefully pasted to girl is nnm erl Clara Studley. the daughter of an gether at the edges. uld eea-cuptnin. He is to give me tive hundred Taking out his pen-knife, he carefully cut dollars f r being a witness. 'l'he girl htts got them apart. 411ite a fortune in her own right, and I mp The writing was written in a peculiar manp<'!'C llf' ii after some of the cash. lL is nothner, and at first baffled all attempts to de111!! to me rn I get my money all right. Tom cipher it. J c;nes i0 n be the other witness." At last the detective muttered: "What a fool Then L llowed another entry: I have been. I might have thought of this be fore;" and rising, he walked over to the laf'l'9 mirror that stood in the room. -" I knew it," he said, in a satisfied tone, as, holding the book before the mirior, he found he could read the writing, which appeared in its proper form when viewed in the glass. It was the identical fact the detective wished to discover. It was dated four years before, and ran thus: To-day I placed the boy in charge of Mrs. Grimes, by Perry's orders; he says he doesn't want to be bothered with him any more." Then followed a full description ot the boy, his personal appearance, age, size, etc., and de scribing a large, heart-shaped scar upon the right shoulder; and the entry ended thus: I told Mrs. Grimes she was to keep him but a short time, and to send him to srhool, and that she would be paid liberally for her trouble. But if she ever sees another cent of Perry's money, then I will be greatly mistaken in Perry's character, that's all. At any rate, I am going to keep an eye on the boy, for I have an idea that I can make a good thing off my stock of knowledge l>y and by." The detective shut the book, and returned it to his pocket. "Mrs. Grimes," he mused; "seems to me I have a faint recollection of hearing that name before. I have it," he ejaculated, as a strange smile crossed bis features, ' this is one of the strangest experiences I have met with in the whole course of my orofessional duties. Btit I can delay no longer, f n r if I do, Perry may prove too smart for me. I must nab him at once, so I must be off." His host then entered the room. "Have you had a good nap?" he asked. First rate; and much obliged to you," ha replied. Pshaw! no thanks; but you must come down to supper." As Thompson rose to his feet to accompany his host he, glanced at the window. As he did so, a man passed on the opposite side of the street. The street lamps had been ligMed, and ns the man passed on, the detective exclaimed: "By Jovel it's Hawkins!" Seizing his hat, he said, hurriedly: "You must. excuse meimportant husiness-man I want to see particularly;" and he dashed out the door as if possessed. Queer business, this," said the bachelor, as he saw his friend disappear quickly np the street Glad I am not in that business; hope he will catch him. though;" and be glanced up the street to see if he could see anything more of him. CHAPTER XIV A SLIGHT CLEW. IT seems dreadful," said the lady, as Mr. Hawkins finished his narrative, "to believe that Sinclair has turned out to be such a villain. But it fa a source of thankfulness to me to know that I am indeed a wife, even though it be of such a man as he is, and to know that rny boy is not a child of shame. But, perhaps, he may have been brought up by Sinclair to be as barl as be is himself; if he bas, I shall surely die of grief. "Could I hut find Sinclair," said ehe, "I would beg of him to tell me of my child; but this accident has robbed me of all hope. I may never eee him again." "Keep up a p;oorl heart," said old Mr. Haw kins. kindly; "a kind Providence watches over us all, and though the clouds may o'ershadow us now, yet we must remember that they all have a silver lining, and in due course of time it will be revealed to us." With these and other consolatory remarks, he cheered her, nnd at last be left her in a much happier mood tlrnn when he entered. In a few moments the bell again rang, and the lady, whom we shall hereafter designate as Mrs. Sinclair, heard the voice of a man asking whethel' the old gentleman who had just left Ii ved there. The girl replied in the negative, saying he was only a visitor who had just called upon a lady upstairs. Then take my card up to her," wns the an swer. The girl left him: hut inn few moments retumed with the news that the Jany would re ceive him," and led the way to her wvm. \


Her faC expressed curiosit.y as to the object of his visit, but she politely asked him to be 11eated, and waited for him to state his errand. The detective, like all his class, was a man of few words. and came to the point at once. He simply Will you be kind enough. madame, to furaish me with the address of the old gentleman who left _you a short time ago?" "For what purpose?" she asked, quietly. I desire to obtain some information from him . You will see froru my card that I am a detective." "Does the business of which you speak con cern one Si nclair, who now goes by the name of Sam Perry?" In spite of the detective's stolidness of conn tenauce, acquired by long practice, he 1.::ould not help & momentary exclamation of surprise at the question. "Howl do you know anylhing concerning him?" he quickly asked. "Yes," she replied. "I know much of him, to my sorrow. If you wish it, I will give you all the information I possess." Indeed, I do wish it." She tben related to him the same story she had told Mr. Uawkins but a short time before -the marriage, desertion, etc., which the de tective listened to with the greatest interest. One link in his chain of evidence was still in complete, for Mrs. Sinclair did not think that Perry knew anything about her father's bonds, nor where they were kept, nor had suspicion ever rested upon him concerning them. However. he felt satisfied in his own mind that the story that Mr Hawkins had told was true, and as for the papers held by him, be rightly guessed what they were, and foresaw that it would be of the utmost importance to get possession of them immediately, Jest Perry should be already trying to again obtain posses sion of them. But Mr. Hawkins had told Mrs. Sinclair that the papers were now in the keeping of a friend of his. Who was the friend? and where was he to be found? or where could he see Hawkins? Mrs. Sinclair was unable to answer these questions; it was doubtful when she woulcl see Mr. Hawkins again; but he had promised to call when he heard more news, wllich might be in a week, and might be more than a mollth from that time. But she promised eitller to send him to the detective, or find out his ad dress, as she felt convinced he would be glad to sec him, as they were all working for the same end. The detective could not reasonably ask her to clo more than this, and shortly after he de parted. How strangely," mused she, is Provi dence working to assist me. What I, iu my blindness, esteemed to be a trial, has proved instead to be a great blessing. "Had I not fallen and sprained my ankle when I did, I should have missed meeting Mr. Hawkins, and then I could not have learned 1he truth in to my marriage; and had not Mr. Hawkms called here, the detective would not prohal,ly have seen him. Hereafter, I will strive to believe that everything works together for our own good; and let come what will, I will remain content to believe that. it is a ll for the best!" So she reasoned as so many reason when they are able to see the result; but how few there are that can so reason when the dark clouds of atlversity sweep across life's pathway, when all our hopes seem blasted, and life but a hollow mockery. Ahl then is the time for them to trust in Providence, and in the hope ot a bright pros pect ahead. Though 1.rou!1les deep nno trials steep Should plunge us into sorrow, Then don't give way, a brighter day Wil1 dawn upon the morrow. 'Twill do no good, nor ever would To give way to repining, Though gri ef o'ershroud, the darkest cloud Conceals a silver lining." Pardon me, reader, I am digressing from my isle. CHAPTER XV. PERRY MAKRS A THREAT. IT was Hie next. day after Mat.tic's arrival at her cousin's, and she was seated alone in a TH. E BOY BETEEJTIVE. 13 --------------------small arbor at tile foot of th e orchard, 'neath l_I_t_w_a_s_a very pret t y place, indeed, with the gnarl ed trunk of an old apple-tree. trees all in bloom Rnd clinging to the rusti<: The sort summer played with her porch, while an ai r of perfect cleanliness pu-. hair, and kissed her blooming cheeks, causing vaded the entire place. 1 ) her to look more beautiful than ever. Aunt Sally, as the boy called htr, came to tho Already the influence of country air and door as she saw a stranger approaching. f:he Cousin Green's society had commenced to work was not over thirty years of age, with a <'fm a change in her appearance, speaking volumes plexion as fair as in the days of her childhr-od, in favor of her father's judgment in sending while the neat and closely fitting dress of bh :ck: her there. proclaimed her to be a widow. So abstracted was she In reading the book Had old Weller seen her he might have h :1d which she held in her hand, that she heard not good cause to warn Samivel to beware fl{ a light footfall on the g r ass until it was close the vidder," for the Eight of her rosy cheekS' beside her, and looking up, she beheld the crafty and hazel eyes were enough to cause a commoeyes of Sam Perry. tion and flutter under any man's waistcoat. "You here!" she exclaimed, in astonishPerry quite taken aback at the sight, as ment. For what purpose, sir?" she continshe opened the door, for it was not Aunt ued, haughtily, "do you thus persist in your Sally" as he had pictured her in his mind, by unwished-for 11ttentions?" any means. To win you for my wife," he said, coolly. : Aunt Sally," shouted the boy, "I It is useless," she said, for you to pursue brought yer_ a. boarder;" and without stopping this subject further; and I assure you, sir, if to say more, he scampered off. your persecutions are carried on any longer, I Sam bowed politely, saying: shall take immediate measures to protect my" The young gentleman told me I would be self from your annoyances by the aid of the able to find board here for awhile. I am from law. Now leave my presence, sir!" she said, Philadelphia, and am desirous of spending a with dignity. few weeks in the solitude of the country, and Sam's eyes blazed with the passion be could was recommended by an intimate friend to not suppress, and with a voice of the deepest this village. May I hope to be so fortunate as terrible meaning, he hissed: to secure board in such a cosy nest as this place "Very well. You have said the word, and is?" from this moment I am your enemy. So be"I did not desire to take a gent.leman," ware of me, girl. for when yon least expect me Aunt Sally, blushing"a little, "and though you I shall make myself known to yon, for I will seem to admire the appearance of my humble not rest until I have you in my power. home, you must remember that I have never "You have refused my love, and you have known you before; it would be hardly right to yet to learn what a man can do when driven to -to "-she stammered-" to take you without an extremity; you will yet see the day when proper references." you will beg of me to make you my wife, and "Oh! as to that," quietly answered Perry, then we will see who triumphs. As. for your in an oily manner, "I can fully satisfy you; lover he is already out of harm'g way-" my name is Percy. I am a merchant doin11: "What menn you?" she cried; "what have in Philadelphia, and for references,'! you done with him?" can refer you to some of the most in fluential Oh! I see you misunderstancl me," he men of that city, if you choose to take the laughed. "I me ant that it would be useless trouble to telegraph or write." for you to write to him; for befqre lie could re-Ee rightly judged that she would not "take turn to your assistance, you would be safely in the trouble." my power "Oh, there is no need," replied t.he widow, "Enough," she said; "you liave already in a reassuring tone, as Ehe conducted him inte shown yourself in your true chiimcter, and the tidy little parlo r. henceforth, thanks your warning, I shall Perry put on his most agreeable manners. for know how to deal with you. Bewarl' of your he was very fascinating when he plea8ed to be. lite, should you atlempt personal violence to They conversed quite sociably for rnme time. me;" and rising from her seat, she walked off Ee found her to be a woman of thorough edutoward the house cat.ion. t Perry's eyes glittered like those of a serpent Her husband had died about a year before. as he hissed between his set teeth: leaving her in possession of the house and quite "So, my fine lady, you defy me, do you? a sum of money in the village bank. Very well; you will see yet that I am not to be The widow was much impressed with Perry'! defied with impunity by a. woman. I will yet distingue appearance, and once or t wice found humble that proud spirit of yours, so that you herself wondering whether or not he was a sin will beg of me to make you my wife and save gle man. you from shame. Finally she arose, and excusing herself, with And now for my plans. How am I soonest the remark that she must attend to her duties, to nccomplish my object?" she left the room. He stood there a few moments while his Perry now turned his thoughts to the main brain was rapidly concocting one of the most object of his journey. wicked schemes of his life. Surely he was a He would go up to the d epo t the next morn-trne emissary of the Evil One. in g and meet his pals, and through the day they Finally he came to a conclusion, and with a would r econno iter th e house for the purpose of wicked, self-'llltisfied expression playing over arranging the best plan to carry out their nc his features, he strode rapidly away in the farious design. direction of the depot. He inten ded to carry out the job as quickl,After a long, tirsome walk be reached it, as poss ible, after his preparations we re ail just as tbe station-keeper was locking up to go made. home, as no trains were to slop there for two At last he seemed to have a definite or three hours. marked out in his mind, for his brow cleareil, Perry stated imaginary business, and and taking up a book from the center table, lie sent the following dispatch to New York: endeavored to pa!'s away the time in its con Come on with another man-will meet you at the depot. "BURNEY. "To--. Care of :Mrs. Grimes, No ....:.. West Street." After paying the man, and something extra for his trouble, he walked back from Davisville, past the road that led to Cousin Green's house, and on toward the village of Wickford beyond. Sauntering carelessly through the village, he asked a small boy whom he met if he knew where he could obtain boa.rd for a few days. "Waal," said the boy," I guess you can git board at Aunt Sally's. I heerd her say the other dn-7 as how she would like to take a boarder.' "All right, then," answered Sam; "show me the way." The boy walked on with him till he came to a lit lie low cottage that sat a little back from the main street. tents. After dinner he sauntered out through the village. Stepp in g into the druggist's, he made several purchases of drugs; among the rest he obtaineu some chloroform, which was his main object in buying. as he had only bought the rest of the drug!. for a blind to avert any sugpicion from him. The supposed him, from his converention, to be some student practicing chemi1try, and dismissed the subject from his mind altogether. He next proceeded to a place where he ob tained the me of a horse nnd carriage, and re quPsted to be shown the stock. The man, proud to exhibit his horses to OJ:)e who seemed to be a good judge, took him into the stab le s Perry's eye was instantly attracted to the one that stood nearest to him as he ente red. It a coitl-black, of build. and evidently possessed of great speerl .. He then stated that he wished to engage that


14 one for the next afternoon as he desired to a t tend a party to be held at a house some five miles distant, and it was not lik e ly that h e would b e back for som e days, but that he would see the h o rse well taken care of in the m e an time. m a n seemed to hesitate about lettin g the h ') r&; w an entire stranger, but Perry, by skillful talkin g and the exhibition of plenty of money, and off e ring to leav e a large security for the hors e finally won his confirlen ce, and he agreed to l e t him take her. He had but one carria g e tha t was in good order the stable-ke e p e r s a id and P e rry was to use that. The carria g e in que s tion was a light cov e red one c a p a hle of holding but two, and that exact ly suited P erry's purpose. :Makin g all the arrangements as to the time b e was to call a fter it, Perry departed, chuck lin g to himself as b e thought of the good fort une he had m e t with in his arrangements thus far. That eve ning he p a id to his l a ndlady a month'R b o atd in advan ce, tha t he al w ay s made it a practic e to do so. This a c t of its elf rais e d him s till more in the widow's es tim a tion, and she thought, a s they conversed to ge ther that e venin g how nice it would be to h a ve him alw a ys with h e r. It seem e d th a t she was not one of those kind of wom e n who b e li e v e that bec a us e their first lov e is for e v e r gone t.ha t they mus t n ece s s arily go on the r e m a ind e r of their lif e in a n uncom fortabl e s t a te, and h e rein sh e show.ed h e rs elf to be in reality was, a wom a n of sound common sense. The y p ass ed the e ve nin g v e ry pl easa ntly, and th e widow bid h e r guest g ood-ni g ht, with til e us showin g the fall ac y o f human judgment 1' hen not r e n g th e n e d by e xp erie n ce. And P e rry's pl a ns were working we ll. CHAPTER XVI. THE BOY DETECTIVE. the stre a m and satisfyin g himself that he had him safe enough until their 1 arrival a t New London, he went forward and amused him s elf with watching their progress through the water Tiring of this amusement, and learning that they would not reach their destination before morning he went belnw to hi s berth and turned in, d e t e rmined to obtain a short nap if possiblP., as h e knew not how far he would have to tra v el. I wond er," thou ght he to him s elf, as he lay in hi s berth, what that ch a p is up to now? Some mor e mfachi e f, I'll bet, and I'm going to find out wh a t it is, too, b e fore I am done with him, if I h a v e to go to Greenland." Butts both e re d hi s brain in vain endeavor ing to s olve the mystery, but without avail; and, finding his eyes were growing heavy, he turned over, and was soon fast asleep. While h e w as sleeping, P e rry had been hold ing an interview with Matti e upon the upper de c k and thus he lost one gna t point in his chas e and one whi c h would have served him w e ll in discov e ring wh a t game Perry was up to. But so it ev e r is in life-chance s that are just within our gras p are lost through our own shortsi g htedness, are lost forever, and we c a n never a g ain recover them, and, showing how true it is in the detective's life at least, that he should sleep with )ne eye op e n. h e jumped on, and rode to the next station. Ht then got off again, and made inquiries as whether any one of Perry's appearart:e had got off th e re. and found there had not He then w ent tO the operator, and hurriedly said : I wish to eend a message to several stations alon g the line, and find out if such a has st q pped at any of them,'' giving at the same time a description, etc And who might you be that comes in the office orders so loudly?" s a id the clerk, superciliously. "Who is the man to you?" Butts had a story ready and as he pulled out his pock e t-book, he said : "My f a ther left New London in the 6 :30 train, and as he has not r e ached home, we fear that he has been attacked by one of his fits of insanity, to which he is subject, and got off at the wrong station This explanation seemed to satisfy the opera tor, and the messa g e was sent. An answer finall y came from Davisville Station that a man answerin g to that description had been seea near the depot a short time t>efore. Butts waited as patiently a s he could for the n ext train that was to stop there, and, at last, to his joy, the way fre ight came along, and he got on board of that and was off for Davisville. CHAPTER XVII. wa s awak e n e d from his n a p by the tramplmg of fe e t overhe a d and other s ounds J O N E s co N F E s s E s tha t d e noted tha t they had alre ady anived at IT is sunrise on the Atlantic. th e dock A few moments to the scene connected with H e rapidly dress e d, a nd ran up on d e ck. our story. After a vigorous s e arch, he fina lly found Perry Before us stretches a long, low sandy beach; a s he was gi v ing the b a gg agemast e r dir e ctions at a distance a group of men huddled together concernin g hi s trun k. around a small fire, whic h they have made, en-This fa c t show e d Butts that h e h a d m e di d e avoring to keep warm; n ear them s t a nds t a t e d a s ta y a nd that all hi s pl ans had been oth e rs, whose eyes are bent upon a form arranged b e for e h a nd, for h e kn e w he had no s tretched upon the s ands. trunk with him w h e n he first saw him Off in the distance, clearly d e fined against Perry w ent b ack to the st ea m e r a ga in. the ri s ing s un is seen a wre ck', and at a glance Che c k tha t trunk in th e ba ggage -room; it we r ec o g niz e th e s team e r, whi c h a short time B UTTS SEES SOMETHING is to be s ent for," he heard the b ag gage-master b e fore, l e ft New York for Sav a nnah, b e aring LET ns now r eturn to Butts sa y to his as s istant. two of the ch a ract e rs in our stor y 'Tis the Afte r l eaving the d e t ective a t the sa loon, he "He mu s t h e uncertain as to wh e re he is old story o f Hatteras and its dan g ers repeated. st a rted to g o holll e thinkin g, as h e w e nt, of bound, thou ght Butts ; "else h e would ord e r L et u s a p pro ac h n ea rer, a nd tind out, if we all the n e w s h e had h ea rd in the old hou se. hi s trunk c h ec ked for s ome pl a ce." can. the e xplanation of the s ad s c ene. He d et ermin e d to go qo w n and see the Butt s n ext p asse d to the tel egraph station and Ye s th e y are all there not a man missing; steamer off whe n s h e sail e d. sent the following m essa g e; hut one, at least, is injured e v e n unto death. As he h a d n o t s e en the c ompanion of P e rry, p Wil A g l a nce a t his fa c e reveals to us that it is h e kn e w th a t h e w ould not b e ab l e to r ecog niz e "On the trail of --. 1 report as s oon Jones-the tool tha t P e rry had sent to waylay him without h e c h a n ce d to h ear him spea k, as po s sible. BUT T S." Wilson. and the proba b iliti e s of s u c h a fac t qacurrin g It was dire cted to Thomp s on's r e sid e nce. The group of shipwrecked mariners have were, to suy the l e a s t of it, v ery doub tf'!5.1. H e expe c ted that Perry would b e off in the g a th e red closer around the dying man Butts h a d g one th ere a t the appointed tim e to fir t t train, but s oon foand out he was mistak e n, He is fa s t failing now, and it is only by see h e r d e p a rt; h e had b e en st a ndin g by th e so stood on the g an g -plank watching the oth e r the o c casional use of a stron g stimulant that gang-pl a n k,' when h e h e ard a gruff voice ex-passeng e r s a s they hurried ashore. the la s t faint s p ark of lif e is kept burnin g claim: So the tim e p asse d until mornin g and th e re Youn g Wils on sat by the b e ad of the dying "Handle that trunk easy!" m a ind e r of the p a s sengers w ho w e re to take the man, r e ady to take down his last words. The word s w e re enou g h Butts knew the 6 :30 tra in w e re bu s y with their pre p a rations 1 a m r ea d y," sai

And he bowed his head in grief at the recollection. "Ye11," continued the dying man. "It was your daughter, but I did not know it until I heard you ca lled by name a day or two ago, and then I knew you were the father of that unfort unate young lady. "Well, Sinclair," as I said, an ac quaintance with your daughter, and not con tent to win her, he planned and carried out a mock marriage ceremony.'' The captain's head was still bowed beneath the weight of sorrow that had fallen upon him. At the time the ceremony took place I was ignorant of the fact of its being other than a lawful one, and it was not till some time after that I found out the truth in regard to it. MyseH and a man named Jerry Williams were the witnesses." Hi8 voice was growing weaker rapidly, and they gathered still c loser around him that they might not lose a word of his confession. A year or more assed, and Sinclair had a son born to him. 8oon after this he tired of her who thought herself his wife. "We made preparations for leaving the city, :and Sinclair thought of the marriage certifi cate, whi c h was in the possession of the pseudo minister. The certificate of itself was of no value, but Sinclair feared that the man might keep it for blackmail. He sought out the residence of the man he had engaged to perform the ceremony. The man had died; but Sinclair discovered that before dying he had made a full confession to a clergyman-a Mr. Hawkins. Sinclair was now fearful of an exposure :and arrest, unless he took immediate steps to prevent it. ' He wl\S ignorant of the fact that the man !had died a. long time before, and supposed, from his informant, that it had occurred lately Then he determined to obtain possession of the paper at all hazards. Wiith this end in view he found out the clergyma-n'a address, and called upon him. Bribes. persuasions, or threats were all use1ess. The minister clearly expressed his de 1ermination to expose the whole scheme. 'f he cle r gyman also intimated that he pos sessed knowledge which if Sinclair did not publi c ly marry the girl, he would bring in!o notice before the public. "What lhat knowledge was he did not say, but grew uneasy about it. That night Sinclair made an attempt to rob :the house and procure the papers, but was un :successful. The next day the clergyman dis appeared, and shortly after Sinclair, fearing an "xposure from some unknown quarter, took his child l!nd cleared out, taking the gang with him. The woman whom Sinelair had abandoned tracked us to several of the principal cities. Sinchir, however, proved too smart for her, and baffied all her attempts to reach him. "One day I saw her in Washington, but she did not recognize me, having never seen me but once. She hfl.d a wild, startled look in her eyes, such as you sometimes see in the insane, aad had shr. then met Sinclair I would not have an swered for his life. We did not st ay in Washington long, as times were very dull and the detectives were too sharp. After a long consultation with the rest of the, Sinclair concluded to make New York our headquarters. When we reached the city we found to our dismay thfl.t the girl had found it out, and was again on our track. In order to throw her off the scent, Sinclair changed his name to that of Perry-Sam Perry we then called him." "What name did you sayf" interrupted Wilson, excitedly. Perry," replied the man, faintly; but if 'YOU interrupt me so I shall not be able to finish my story, for I am fast going now." Wilson tenderly raised the dying man's head, while one of the by-slanders gave him a draught of hrandy It revived him considerably, for he continued 'his story with more clearness: "After we had been in New York for some time, Perry found an old broken-down house in West Street, and after a little time we had it .suitably altered for our business. "We then went on with onr old work. THE BOY DETECTIVE. Things went very smoothly for awhile. Perry still had the boy in his possession, but he seemed to care nothing for him. There was evidently something on his mind that disturbed him greatly. He had in his possession a large number of bonds thfl.t he never made use of If any of the boys made a remark about them, he would turn it off with a laugh. One day I found out what they were. They con sisted of bonds, title deeds, and other valuable papers relating to property situated in or near the city of Savannah, and made out in favor of Captain St.udley." I expected as much," e.jaculated the cap tain, sotto voce. One day Perry came in much excited. He had that day seen old Mr Hawkins, the clergyman of Savannah, and the man who held the papers he wanted so badly to gain pos session of. A plot was laid by which we were to capt ure him: and bring him to our den After meeting with numerous difficulties; for in a large city a thing of that kind was not easy, we at last succeeded. \ "However, our work was comparatively use less. for old Hawkins had not the papers in his possession, nor would he tell where they were. "We tried every method to make him prom ise to produce the papers, but all without avail. "Finally, after keeping him locked up for awhile without effect, the captain, as we called Perry, concluded to frighten him and see what he could do by that means. He was given to understand by the cap tain's orders that we were going to murder him in cold blood, whereas, we only intended to take him to the dock and duck him several times, and then bring him back to the den The old cove proved game to the last, and we blindfolded him and started for the dock "When we had nearly reached the river a cop bailed us, and thinking he might ask more questions than we cared to answer, we dodged one side, and waited for him to pass us. As we started out again we met him com in g and be fired. In self-defense we returned the fire and ran. I think our prisoner must have been bit for as I let go of him, he dropped like l.ead to the sidewalk. "We afterward found it out to be true, and that he h a d revealed to the police all that he had seen in our den; but as they knew nothing about the location, they were un ab l e to find us "We could not aga in get trace of Mr. Haw kins, but Perry, by some means, found out that the papers he desired were in lhe hands of a young man named William Wilson, the man who is now sitting by me writing." Wilson nodded a silent assent. The crew of the vessel were listening eagerly to this strange recital, and a strange scene was presented to the view. The bleak coast, the wrecked vessel in the distance, and the g roup gathered around the man who was so soon to appear the bar of judgment, all made a scene of deep and thrilling interest not soon to be effaced from the minds of those present. The dying man continued: Perry fell in love. or professed to fall in love, wiLh a young girl, Mattie Templeton, the daughter of a rich merchant of that city." Wilson set his teeth together hard, but he said nothing. The captain exc laimed softly: "My broth e r-in law!" unheard by any one but the young man. It eeems the young lady did not care for Perry, and as much as told him so. This only made him the more determined to win her for his wife. Wilson was also in love with Mattie, and was the more fortunate. This increased Perry's h at red for him, and he determined to get rid of him forever if pos sible. He found out where he lived, and gave me orderj to go to the house one night and pro cure t'he papers in the possession of this young man; but I was unsuccessful. You may have read of the affair in the papers, but they did not know my real object. "However," he said, now addre ssing Wil son, Perry heard you were to sail iu this steamer on some business for your employers so I was ordered to track you and get the pap ers at all hazards, and "-with a faint smile you all see the result." .... ... ---------...... 15 For a few moments he lay with his eyet closed and said not-lting. "The boy! What of the boy?" asked Cap tain Studley. "The boy," said Jones, slowly," was given in the care of Jerry Williams, to be taken and left in the care of some one ; but Jerry disap peared soon after, and I never found out what was done with the little fellow, whom v;e all lov e d, if our heart..q were wicked." The man's breath came in short, quick and the ominous death-rattle in his lhroat told more than words could utter. "The paper!" he gaf.ped. Quick-till-I -sign." It was pRBBed to him, and the pencil placed in his stiffening fingers. Slowly, and with a painful effort he traced his name benealh the statement he had made. "Now I can -die-easier," he said, as they laid him back upon the pillow. See," he exclaimed, raising himself up on his couch and his long, bony fingers in 1he air-" see! she 1s coming-and accuses me of stealing her child-I-" His muscles relaxed, and with a dull, heav.r sound he fell back a corpse. And t!te soul of Tom Jones had gone before its Maker to be judged. CHAPTER XVIII. A CAPTURE. WHEN Thompson left the house of the lady, he took the cars for the terry, intending to re turn home directly, so as to learn what newa Butts had discovered since he saw him last. While in the cars, he again drew out the diary, and to pass aJVay time and to fix facts more firmly in his mind, he again ran his eye over the contents. One circumstance still annoyed him greatly; he had been unable to find the whereabouts Of Sam Perry as yet. The detective already held evidence enough against him to insure the world against any more plottings by him in the future What scheme Perry had on hand was still t9 him a myst e ry for he knew nothing whatevoc concerning Mattie Templeton. The detective's theory was that Perry's eag erness to obtain the paper was to secure himself by destroying it, so that nothing could be done with him by the woman he had wronged so shamefully. Thomp s on chuckled grimly to himself as he thou ght what would be Perry's astonishment and dismay when he should ascertain the truth of the m a tter. # In his own mind a conviction had been grow/ ing, gaining strength rapidly, as proof multi-. plied on proof, until it ammnted to a certainty. How s trange," he mused, are the ways of Provid e nce, and how true are the words of the good Book. Vengeance is mine, and I will repay.' Blind mortals that we are, we can not see the workings of a divine hand g uiding our ways." What the discovery was that the detective had made will be s hown in the denouement. His refle ct ion s were cut short by reaching the t e rminus where the cars stopped. Walking down Fultol\ Street, he crossed the ferry, and was soon comfortably E eated in his own room. He had still some to wait before he could reasonably expect Butts to call, so being tired out, he threw himself on the lounge to take a short nap. I Now, the dete c tive did not mean to drop off /' in a sound sleep but human nature proved too strong for him that time, and when he awoke i. again it was midnight Butts had not called, he knew, for the alarm / h a d not Rtirred. Grumbling something about neglect of orders," he again dropped to sleep and slept till day break. Rising earlr., he made his toilet, and break: fasted, and st!ll Butts was missing. : Time passed until the middle of the aft11r noon, and Thompson began to grow impatient and angry. 1 Giving up all hope of seeing hic. before night, he prepared to go out A knock was heard at the door, an:l the voice of the landlady, saying : 'Ere's a hoy, Mr. Thompson as has got a telegraph for you." The detective took the message, which was the one Butts had senHrom New London. .,


( 16 It did not seem to enlighten him much, how ever. "On the trail. wm report soon," he mut tered, as he read it. "Well, that's clear, I'm sure; about as clear as Jersey mud. Who can he be tracking out there? Is it Hawkins, or Perry, or the Queen of England, or who? "What good does he suppose those few words are going to do me? But," said he, I suppose I might as well exercise patience, as I will find out just as quick by doing so. "And now for Twenty sixth Street, till I see if I can learn anything further of Mr. Hawkins, though it will be doubtful-very doubtful, in deed Upon reaching the house, he found that Mr. Hawkins har! not called since be had been there last; so after a little desultory con s ultation he left. crossing the street to his friend's house, from the window of which be had first caught a glimpse of Mr Hawkins. His bachelor friend welcomed him with his accu s tomed cordi a lity, and afler supper they had a quiet game of whist to themselves. They b a d been drinking wine from time .to time, and Thompson had grown so excitecl in the game that he had not drunk with his usual prudence. and the consequence was that his brain was not as clear a.luntly: Seating herself, unGonscious of danger, she I believe there is some rascRlly plot here, leaned her head upon her hands, and indulged and I am going to prote c t the girl for I am in a lone: train of reflections. sure she is telling the truth, and that you have Thinking of the happy days in store for her been lying to me." in the future, and pondering over the question Perry replied with a fresh supply of lies, but of the strange manner that had revealed to her bis purpose was now different; he did not ex the true character of Sam Perry, and how bard pect him to believe them at all, nor did he have it would be to make her father believe the truth that intention of one in whom he had reposed so much confi-Darting a quick glance at liis nccomplice, dence. who evidently was waiting for it, he gave hilll<. It is an old saying that if you think of'anya wink which was answered by a nod, and in. body but his satanic majesty, he will appear hea moment both men sprung upon the station fore you. keeper, and bore him to the floor. It would rnem to apply in this case, for if The noise of the approaching train was now Mattie had turned her head at that moment she hear.d in the distance. would have seen the malignant face of Perry "Quick!" cried Perry; "a rope!" peering through the darkness. The other d!'ew a cord from an insicle pocket,. Slowly and cauliously be crept, lest by the and with it they bound the prostrate man. least sound he should startle her. Perry then gagged him, and taking the key Suddenly he sprung upon her, and wif.h a of the station from his pocket, he dragged Mat quick movement, ere she bad time to scream, l tie outside with him, and locked the door. he had thrown a heavy cloak over her head, He then threw t.he key away. thus mufiling her voice. The train thundered on and came to a stand-The surprise and fright had been too strong still at the depot. for Mattie, and she fainted "No one at the station," said the conductor, Perry raised her easily and carefully in his as he saw it was shut up. arms, and bore her a short distance to the road. "All aboard," he shouted; and Perry ancl Taking a silver whistle from his pocket, he the companion who was with him hurried the blew a shor t shrill call upon it, and a covered girl on the cars. was rapidly driven to the spot where Mattie was so stupefied with horror at tbehe stood. scene she had just witnessed, that she knew not Placing the inanimate form of Mattie in it, what she was doing. She acted like one in a he sprung in himself, and taking the reins in dream. his hands, he said to the man who stood holdThe cool audacity and daring of Perry had the horse: given her a still deeper insight into the reckless You and :Mat go ahead to the depot so as character, and she deemed him capable of any to be rear-'l there should be any trouble," be villainy. said, and giving the horse his head, he drove After they were off he drew from his pocket rapidly off In the darkness. a time-table of the road, and found that no train Mattie had recovered from her swoon, and would stop at Davisville before nine o'clock thee. Perry seeing this had removed the cloak, allownext morning, and by this time he would b&. in g her to breathe more freely. safe from all harm, even by the wires. At the same time he cautioned her against Mattie once thought of appealing to the conmaking any outcry to attract attention. ductor, but he was such a cold and stern-look. "What mean you, sir, by such conduct?" ing man that she feared to do so. she demanded, imperiously. What a long, weary rid e that was, and how Stop the carriage and let me out instant she longed for a chance to communicate wit.a ly," she said, with flashing eyes; and she made some one who would rescue her from the vil. a dash at the reins in P11rry's hand.a. lain who so coolly rode beside her! .,


THE BOY DETEO'l'IVE. Abe looked around the car in hope of seeing A little before the appointed time he called some friendly face. at the stables, but what was his dismay upon But the passengers were too taken up learning that Perry had been gone a full half with their own thoughts, at least what few still hour. remained awake, while the greater number He was shown the road that be had taken, were resting with their heads on the seat and started on, althouglt he despaired much of boards, and snoring profoundly, and even the being airain able to find him. lights in the car blinked sleepily, as if they A slippery cuss he is," he muttered, as he had tl1e infection. strode on. But all nigllts, h_owever long, must have an On, on, through the gloom of approaching end, and tnis nigllt was no exception to the night he went, past houses whose lights had ($eneral rule, and just as the darkness merged been extingui s hed for the night (for they go to m the gray dawn of !l gloomy morning, the bed early in the country), past the road that led train reached New York and ran into the to Cousin Green's, with his ears alert to catch depot. any sound of carriage-wheels, but witho-:it. sucAll was now bustle and confusion; the sleepy cess. pR.SRengers started up. and in a half-dreamy He had passerl his game. way began to hunt up their baggage, and d e He reachec:. -Devil's Rock," where tradition parted as if re g retful at the interruption to states that his satanic majesty once stepped, and their dreams by the reality of life. shows, in proof, his foot-prints on the surface of Mattie. half dazzled and bewildered by the the rock. confusion, was hurrie d out of the depot by Butts pamed irresolutely; the thought came and rushed into a carriage that stood in to his mind that perhaps Perry had turned off wa1tmg. in the road he had passed. It was rlriven so quickly that the carriage door The conviction grew upon him so strongly slammed to ere she !lad time to remorn trate that he was right that he turned to retrace his Perry called out some directions to the driver, steps. and they were driven rapidly off. He had proceeded but a few hundred yards Matti e said nothing, knowing that anything when his quick ear caught the sound of car she could say would not alter his determinatbn riage-wheels approaching. in regard to her, and she wirnly kept s ilent All right," he exclaimed, joyfully, as he The carriage window was down, as the mornstepped to one side in the shadow of the bushes. ina was close and The carriage dashed by, and instinctively They were just turning a corner when Mattie Butts knew it to be the game he was, and saw the blue coat and brass buttons that sprung after it, intending to jump on behind nate a poli ce man it. Qui c k as a flash and ere Perry had a chance The horse was making iplendid time, and the to divine her intentions or stop her she had young detective found it was no easy matter to thrust her head out of the window and uttered catch it, as he had atfirstsupposed,it would be. a loud cry of Help!" Still h., kept on a dead run. Perry uttered an oath as he rurlely grasped He had the reputation of being a fast runner, her arm and drew her back: but she had fuland after running awhile, and getting his filled her intentions, and now awaited anxious"second wind," as he called it, he went on Jy for the result. with comparative ease. The driver of the cab, who was one of Perry's The horse, howeV"er, was steadily gaining on gang, on h ea ring the cry, immediately whipped him, and tinally was out of his sight altogether. his horses to their utmo s t speed. Finally Butts reached a place where the road "Faster!" yelled Perry. excitedly. forked. "Stop, or I fire!" yellerl the policeman, who He knew that one of them led to the depot, endeavor e d in vain to overtake them and was and that Perry would doubtless take that one; rapidly losing ground. but he had neglected to note particularly which A loud, tantalizing laugh broke from Perry's road it was when he had first traveled it, and lips. as, tL1rning a corner, they lost him to view now found himself sorPly puzzl e d. altogetlier. Finally he concluded to keep straight on, "Anotller time he hissed, "and it will go and did ao for a short time, when the thought bad with you; I want no trifling!" struck him to look for marks of carriageMat1ie did not condescend to answer him; wheels. she saw how completely he had her in his, There were none, and blaming his own power, and she determined that it would be stupidity in not thinking of it before, he re-unwise for her further to exasperate him. traced his steps and took the other road. Perry had closed the windows anu drawn By his mistake he had lost much valuable down the curtains, and she had no opportunity time indt:ed. of telling where they were going He had already missed the carriage a second She could tell by the easy riding of the cartime, for it had been driven back by Perry's riage that they were running on the city railconfederate while Butts was retracing his steps road tracks, but further than that she could to the forks. rliscover nothing; and leaning back on the cush-The boy, however was ignorant of all these ion, she endeavored to plan some means by facts, so he trudged patiently ahead till he at which she might be able to escape from Perry's last 1eached the depot. clutches. Arriving there, he found the depot as silent After a ride which seemed to her interminaas the grave. ble, Perry uttered an exclamation of: "Here The train had been gone some time. we are at last!" and the coach came to a standButts leaned against the rloor, and hegan to 'still. reflect as to what would be the best move to Mattie looked around, but saw no one; the make next, when he heard a faint moan inside street was totally deserted. the station. CHAPTER XX. THE rnAIL LOST. THE trnin stopped at Davisville, from which point the message had come, and Butts, full of eagerness, jumped off Upon inquiring of the ticket-seller, he found that the man answering to his description had been seen going off in the direction of Wick ford. Evading the questions of the agent, who seemed curious to know who the man was he was after, he started off down the road toward the village. Pursuing his inquiries in a manner thnt was not calculated to arouse suspicion, he finally, after much trouble, traced him to the village. At last he tracked him to the livery-stable, where he learned of the arrangement that Perry had made about the horse, and what time he was to for it. Being now quite hungry, he went to one of the eating-houses, or oyster-houses, as they should more properlr be called, and had a good equare meal as he expressed it. At first it startlerl him, but after a few mo ments he came to the conclusion that it must have been the wind. Presently be heard the moan repeated, and this time he was sure he was not mistaken. Some one was inside, and evidently in pain. Again he heard it, and there was a faint cry or help. "Foul play here somewhere," sllid Butts to himself; and h e endeavored to force open the door, but without effect. He then procured a light rail off the nearest fence, and tried it as a battering-ram; but the door was too strong for his efforts. Seeing the outlines of a house a short distance off, he concluded to seek help. Walking up to the house, he approached the door and rapped loudly. He was answered by the barking of a dog, who was, however, chained fast. In a few moments a night-capped head was thrust out from a window above, and a shrill voice asked: "What are you disturbing peaceful folks for at this time of uightT Go way, or I'll set the dog on you." 17 I want to get into the station," replied Butts. Who has the key? and where does. the keeper Jive?" I don't believe you," grumbled the '\\1lmaL to herself, though Butts overheard her. Then aloud she said: "You had better clear out if yon want !o see the station-master; ;y:ou will find him 11t the second house above. And the window came down with a slam. "S'pose she thinks I want to cut her throat and rob her," grinned Butts, highly amused, as he started on to the second house above. Arriving there, he found that the station master had gone on to the depot some time age and had not returned. And likely," remarked his wife, he bas gone to sleep there.'' Butts did not wish to distress her by telling her what he suspected, so he merely bid her good-night, and started off. Re proceeded to the next house, whe-re be succeeded in awakening the farmer and bring ing him down to the door. A few words sufficed t'o explain to him hiir suspicions, and in a few moments the farmer was ready, and they etarted off together for the depot. Slightly suspicious of the boy, the farmer took the precaution of putting in his pocket an old horse-pistol that hung over the sh<>lf and which looked as if it might have seen service in the Revolution. Butts smiled HS he noticed the movement, but he said nothing. At last they reached the station, and lisfening: a few moments they again heard the moans, but fainter than t hey had been when Butts first heard them. Pickiag up the rail that Butts had vainly used, they attacked the door, and in a few mo ments it flew open. A strange scene met their eyes. On the floor, bound. gagged, and helpless. lay the station -mast.Pr. His struggles to free himsflf must have beeR great, for the strong cords had cut deep in his wrists and ankles. Cutting them loose, they chafed his limbs,, and he slowly r eco vered For awhile his ]>rain seemed to be too con fused to answer clearly, but he wi.s finally able to explain his situation and the way he came to be placed in it. The description of the man had confirmed But-ts's original suspicion that it was Perry's work. He also saw that Perry would immediately return to Ne\ York . "Can't yon telegraph to New York and stop him?" asked Butts. "No," was the reply; "he has go there b,Y this time, and is now safe beyond reach, and 1t would be useless." Butts inquired0when the next train woul!I stop, and wus iaformed. But look here, young man," the sta tion-master; "didn't you say, when I saw yoa last. that he was your father?'' Here was a quandary; it was plain that that story would not do, and he did not wish to ten the truth about the matter, but he saw that he would be compelled to do so or have trouble. He then told the whole truth in the case And how are we to know you are telling the trut.h now," said the farmer; "it's a strange story-a strange story, indeed." "Weill" replied Butts, "if one of you will go as far as Groton with me on the next train, I will tele graph, and satisfy you for your time and trouble." The farmer finally agreed to do so. nnd in vited Butts to come to the house with him until after breakfast, which he did. At last the time came for the train lo arrive, and the farmer and his charge took their seats, and they were off for Groton. Arriving there, a message was sent to Thomp son's nddress. In an hour or so an answer came back: "Thompson is not at home; dou' know where he is." This did not satisfy the farmer, and lie took Butts over to New London with him, and left him in charge of the sheriff till they were able to hear from Thompson. "A queer go this," said Butts, with the business. "I suppose if Mr. Thomp son has gone off on 11 week's trnmp, I will have to wait his pleasure here, and meanwhile Perry will go on as he likes; but we'll see."


1.8 And the way he shook bis head showed that he meant something more than he said. ) CHAPTER XXL SAFE AT LAST, c>R a few moments the passengers Etood ..1king at the man who had just yielded up his Jl'e to his l'llaker, and then they silently dug a I i;rave there on the sands, while the captain, in a few impressive words, said the burial service over him; tbe11 the grave was filled up, and the body of Tom Jones was laid away from sight, never more to appear till the last trumpet shall sound and he shall be called to the bar of judgment for his sins on earth. This done, they turned their attention to the task of rigging some means to escape from their position. Accordingly, under the captain's directions the boats were got ready for service, and after serving out what few provisions that were left equally among them all, they emharked on their voyage. They rea( hed Beaufort without accident, and -the next day took the-steamer for Savannah. Arriving there, Captain Studley invited Wil .son to be bis guest while be remained, 1md the -Offer was accepted. Seated in the parlor that evening. Wilson ex :plained to the captain all that he knew in relation to the matter. And as for the papers, I Jlave them all safe," returned the young man Might I ask if one of them is the marriage cert.i ticate in question?" ''It is." "How!" interrupted the captain, eagerly, you say it is. Did you manage to save the paper?" I did," answered Wilson: and as be spoke 'be drew from an inside pockEt an oilsilk packet closely tied. Unfast e ning it, they found the papers bad not been at all wet. You see," said he, as he did so, "not kno'l">ing what might happen ere we reached here, I thought it a good plan to secure them in this manner, and when the vessel was in such -y friend Be is a true anrl noble man, and 1 have known him for a long time. I wonder aow th ey came to use his name in the transac'on, and how he managed to gain possession of Jie paper afterward." I "I think 1 see it all now," said the lady. ... There nsed lo be a clergyman in this city by .,__ name, who bad a son that was saiu to be wild 11.nd a grent trouble to his father; this must be the man. His son bas doubtless been prevailed upon to perform this ceremony, and the father, hearing of it, in some manner be-come possersed of the certificate to hide it from '1Ml world." THE BOY DETECTIVE. You are doubtless right," said Wilson. As I have sometimes beard him speak of bis son that was dead, but always with so rrow, and a desire not to cast a reproach upon the name of the dead has been one of the reasons that in duced him to keep the paper secret." "Did you say that he is now in New York Ci1y?" He was, when I last saw him, and bad been there for some years." "How did you come to get these papers?" He came to my house some months ago, and had a long talk with me. He told me that an attempt bad been made upon his life in order to gain the papers, and asked me to take cl\arge of them, no one would then know where to find them. I promised him I would. He then gave me instructions to make them public if I did not again see him in a stated time, as I told you before. The time is nearly up and I have not yet seen him. His last words were: If you do not see me within three days after the expired time, take these papers and place them in the hands of the police. They will explain all.' "By the dying man's confession, you have seen that Mr. Hawkins's precautions were of no avail. He may even now have been mur dered by some of Perry's gang, even as that. man made the attempt on my life." How long will it take you to transact your business here?" asked the captain. That I do not know until I investigate it a little," replied the young man. ''I intend to return with you and see this Mr. Hawkins, if he is still living; if not, I shall help to investigate the matter." That is the best plan possible under the circumstances," Wilson answered, after think ing for a moment. It was thus settled, and sho1tly afterward they separated for the night. CHAPTER XXII. THE DETECTIVE PLA YB A GAME. WHEN Thompson again came to his senses be found himself surrounded by a swarthy, villainous-looking set of fellows, whose faces seemed to designate that they were uaring and reckless enough for any kind of wickedness in existence. Involuntarily (for he bad been unbound) he thrust bis hand in his inside pocket to draw his revolver. It bad been taken from him. The ugly faces of the men around him were drawn in a grin of delight as they saw the movement. Guess your days for doing us mischief are about over." said the man who acted in the capacity of leader in Perrys absence. How do you like your new situation?" And he laughed loudly. It was obviom 1 that the best plan would be to say nothing so as to avoii;l exasperating them, so Thompson kept silence "Won't speak, hey," said the man who first addressed him. Well, I guess you will be fore we have got through with you Turning to the gang, he saiu: "Show him to bis room, boys-the place where we kept old Hawkins, you know." Ha!" thought Thompson, then this is Perry's gang of counterfeiters, is it? Well, if I don't make something out of this, if I ever get away, then my name ain't Thompson, and I'll up the business altogether." Hts face lengthened, though, as be glanced around, be saw the small chance there was for his success. They then thrust him in a low vault opening from the room, and slammed anj bolted the door outside, and he was left iu perfect dark ness. "Now, to find out what sort of a trap I am in, he said, groping cautiously around. His bands touche,d the sides; they were cold and smooth Iron," be muttered, It was evidently a vault where they hid their implements if they had any fears of the police, for the door was rn ari anged that it could not be distinguished from the rest of the wall on the other side. Groping around in the darkness, lie found an old cot in one corner, and seeing any c hance of escapina: was useless, he threw himself upon it to reFt himself. What a fool I wu," he mused, to drink when I bad so much at st11ke; but this I swear, if ever I get out of this accursed place l will never touch the poisonous stuff So saying, be dropped off to sleep, When be again awoke, some one bad brought in a plate of foou and a candle, and placed them on a stand by his bed. Well, whatever they intend to do with me it is evident that they do not mean to me," he said, as be saw it. He made a hearty meal, and when the man came in to remove the dishes, he ventured to in4uire as to what dispnsition they intended to make of him. The man would not answer a wora, as he probably had received or

THE BOY DETECTIVE. 19 Lt was life or death with Thompson now [ besirles your other duties, l!o you will lose nothThe scene changed, and through her half:aud knew it. ing by obeying my orders. Is the north room closed eyes she saw a shipwreck. Then she saw As e man raised his revolver he dropped ready to receive her?" the form of one clinging to a spar with the on one and the bullet whistled harmless" Ye8," was the reply, spoken as if she had courage of despair. ly over his head. accidentally let it. slip from her mouth in the It paEsed, and in its stead she saw: a Jong, low 1 A.t the same moment he fired at the man who effort to nod her head. stretch of sand, and a silent form covered with 1tood in 1he door-way. "Then conduct her there immediately, and a piece of boat-sail. -lJ' >im was true, and the man dropped to the see that the door is kept securely locked. Also Then the scene changed more rapidly, every floo me that she has nothing about her by which one, as they appeared, seeming to loosen some Springing at the remaining man, he struck she can injure herself, for it may be that she imaginary cord that bound her. At last a sweet :him with the butt of the pistol, knocking him will have one of the violent fits to which she is feeling of peace and security came over her, 11enseless to the floor. subject, after I am gone. And now lead her the book fell from her relaxed grasp to the As he did so, the men came running up the there, and be careful that she does not by any ttoor, and she slept sweetly and serenely. with knives and pistold flashing means prove too smart for you, and rn escape." When she awoke again the afternoon .sun was One man, unsuspicious of anything unusual, Mattie sat and listened 10 this conversation shining brightly through the windows, flooding 'Was in the act of entering. like one in a dream, for 1he events of the past the room with its wilden beams. Ere he had time to think or act, the detective had followed one another in such rapid succesThoughts of her lover occurred with her had given him a heavy blow in the stomach sion that they seemed like the shifting scenes waking, and the dreams or visions of the past which aoubled him up completely, and darting in a drama rather than the stern, cold realities hour returned to her with startling clearness. -0n, he ma along West Street, closely pursued of t!very-day life "Oh, what will William think when he finds by three of the gang. Perry walked over toward her, and bending that I am gone?" she sighed. "Will he have l<'inding that they could not overtake him, down, whispered: any suspicion of the truth and hunt me upT" one of th e m fired at him, but without effect. "It will be of no use for you to attempt to Her eye rested upon a copy of the Herald of a The detective 1urn e d partly around to return escape me, or to say anything concerning the late date, and the thought occurred to her to it, and as be did so, the fellow fired again, and little game I have been playing upon you, for look among the arrivals at Savannah, and see if 'Thompson dropped like a. log to the pavement. it would not be believed; besides, the woman is perchance he bad yet arrived there. The three men ran up and bent over him. in my pay, and dare not betray me if she knew The following item caught her eye, and she "I've finished him this time said the man it to be the truth." read hurriedly: who had fired, as be pointed to his temple now This be said in a moc;king, tantalizing tone, "The steamer 'Star,' from New York to covered with blood. "He's done for now, and adding, as a last bitter sting: "I will be Savannah, was wrecked on Wimble Shoals two sure." hack again soon to see you," be took up his hat "Well," said another, "he was a sharp one, and depar1ed. days ago. The passengers and crew have not and no mistake; just to think how he got out "Come. said the woman to Mattie, gruffly. yet heen heard from, and fears are entertained -0f 1hat vault. and how cool he was about it. "C'ome on. I'll conduct you to your room;" for their safety." .As lon g as I have been in the gang, I never and she seized her by the arm. The papet had probably been seen by Perry, \IlOticed that it had-a wooden ceiling." For a girl of Mattie's frame, the attempt to and placed there that she might also read it, He stole Mother Grimes's pistol," said a strugg le with such a powerfully huilt woman and to see that she was now comp l ete ly under third one as he rolled the body over with bis would have been sufficient to have given a co lor his control; and as she reali2 e d that she now foot, and discovered the revolver in his rigid of truth to Perry's statement, and she was sen had no protector to save her from this human grasp; but smart as he was, his days are now sible enough to perceive it, so she merely said: fiend, her feelings overpowered her, and she <>ver. I wonder what the captain will say when Lead on., and I'll follow you." sunk back in a dead faint. he gell> back again?" "No you don't!" replied the woman, with a No one was near to assist her, and she lay for So th ey stood and looked a1 the man they had cunning leer in her eye;. "You can't play a long time like one in her last sleep. Finally 11hot down so murde rously, wit.h no compuncany of your mart crazy tricks on me I'm too Nature reasserted itself in the exhausted tion in their hearts for the horrible deed they old a bird for that. You expected to he able frame, and she slowly recovered consciousness .had committed. to out of the door and escape, but I don't William dead!" she moaned, as she recovFinally they turned and walked away. see i1.' ered her thoughts, "buried beneath the dark About a half hour afterward, a policeman She bad divined Mattie's purpose exactly. of the fierce Atlantic, and I helplessly in came sleepily along, and nearly stumbled over "Now, you go on ahead, and I'll follow," the power of this man! Oh! what is life to me the body. said she, quoting Mattie's words. now; would that. I could leave this world of He uttered a cry of horror as he did so, and Seeing it was usel ess to parley further with sorrow, and join William whither he bas gone. rapped for assist.ance. such a woman she made no reply, but ascended What shall I do? What shall I do?" The roundsman and another came to his help, the velvet-carpeted steps, followed closely by Tired Nature again asserted itself, and her and to gether they carried the inanimate form her new jailer. eyes again closed in sleep. The mellow glow io the station-house, and the tragedy was ended. This is your room," spoke the woman, as of sunset illuminated the room with its beauty, they arrived on the top landing and throwing spreading a veil of golden halo over the fair open a door as she uttered the words. Then face of the beautiful sleeper, around whose pushing her in, she passed in herself, locking mouth lingered the lines of a deep sorrow, the door behind her, nnct placing the key in her Truly she was being tried in the furnace of CHAPTER XXIII. MA'l'TJE A CLOSE PHISONER. "TRE hou se before which the coac h contain1ng Mattie and Sam P e rry bad s topp ed was a large brown stone edifice in one of 1he uptown streets. Perry sprung out, and grasping Mattie by the arm, rud e ly forced her to alight. V a inly she glanced up and down the streets, in th e hope of seeing some one to whom she might appeal for protection; but no one could .she see. ,, Asc e nding the steps, be rang the bell. It was answered by a smart and tidy-lo!king young gill. your mistress i wish to see her," he said, tossing her one of his cards. Tne girl 'picked it up and walked off. Perry then ushered his prisoner into the drawing-room, and coolly invited her to be seatrd. The woman of 1he house soon made her ap pearance. H e r personal appearance was not by any means Her features were coarse, her eyes sly and cunning, and taken altogether, her face wore a most forbidding aspect. She bowed to Perry as she entered, then glanced slyly from under her he11.vy eyebrows At Mattie. It was bu1; a glance. but she seemed to disicover the situation immediately. "I have brought you a patient," said he; '' and I wish you to take charge of her, and use 1ler well. She is slightly deranged here," and ibe tapped his forehead significantly. The woman nodded. I want. vou to see that all her wishes are at

20 THE BOY DETECTIVE. that was laughable to those out of bis clutches, of the candle in bis hand, was purple with rage This is going to be a cool place, at any and unendurable to the smaller fry that was in at this slight upon bis authority, and carried rate," said he, as he placed his feet upon the tnem. away by passion, heedless of his personal ap-frame that formed the brakes, while he threw It had been some comiderat>le time since he pear:rnce, he started after the flying figure of his right arm around one of the pieces that held bad been able to show his aut-!Jority, and h e th e boy. the trucks tog e ther. t!Jerefore unlmrd.-ned mind by keeping a As Ire did so, his foot slipped over the rack, After the train had starte

THE BOY DETECTIVE. the voir.e of Captain Studley exclaiming in his us any delay, for the business is already setea.-: tied." "A penny for your thoughts, my boy." "Settled!" said Mr. Jones, with a look of "I was just thinking," replied Wilson, with astonishment. "How is that?" a smile. of the folks at home, and the sur" Why," returned Wilson, "the arraoge prise is in store for them by my return meats are all completed. I saved the papers, lY ;ie. and everything has been settled. I am to com. Yes, I suppose it will be somewl1at of a mence work in a few weeks." sr'l'prise," returned the captain, smiling; "but Seeing that Mr. Jones still looked astonished I ;,;m inclined to think it will be an agreeable and incredulous, William detailed to him all one to one person at least," with a meaning the particulars of the affair, including the part glance at the young man as he spoke. Captain Studley hud acted in it by furnishing "But I hope that I also may meet with a him with the requisite capital. surprise by finding the whereabouts of this Mr. I am much indebted to you," said Mr. Ha .. k ins when we get there. I de n't know .lon es, turning to the captain, "for the kfod exactly how it but I feel a strong presentiservice you have rendered this young man; and ment that he is the one to again restore happiif you will but state the flIDOunt, it shall be im ness to me, and I feel the strongest desire to see mediat e ly refunded to you, with our deepeft him and learn from him all that he knows." thanks for your kindness "Well," repli e d William. ":;: also wish to "That I shall not do," said the captain, see him, and h ave this affair cleared up, as much "for I wish the amount to remain to the young as yourselt. How it is to be done is more than I man's credit. I have an object in this, which I can under stand; but Jet us h ope for t.11e best, shall not now reveal to either you or the young Captain Studl e y, let us hope for the best," he man." said, cheerily. The merchant saw that he was in earnest, and Slowly seemed the days to pass that were ocreiterating his thanks for his kindness, he cupied m their passage: each was busy with dropped the subject. his own th.oughts, and all conversation, no They were preparing to leave, the y rung man matter on what subject commenced, would intelling his employer that it he had no occasion variably turn to the same mystery for hi s senices then that he would like to have of the papers and Mr. Hawkins. the day to himself, and receiving the assurance It was a still, clear day when they passed that he might have all the time he wanted until Hatteras Light The sea was calm and the steamer returned, when a noise was heard smooth, and nothing gave token of that terrible on the sta irs, and a moment after Mr. Perkins night, so r ece ntly passed, wh e n they battled for entered the room, hi g hly excited, and holding life in its treacherous waves, and conquered. a newspaper in his haud. The sights r eca lled to their minds distinctly "Good news!" he exclaimed, holding the the dreadful srene, and prominent among the paper tow a rd Mr. Jones, and in his excitement rest arose in their thoughts t.he picture of that ignoring the fact that there were strangers pres man brea thin g his la st. upon the barren sands, ent. Good news! The r.rew and passengers of .and the small h e ap of sand which now marked t he steamer have been reported safe. Here is his ; sting place, if perchance the re s tless sea the Ravannah paper, with a full account of the haL1 not already swep t it out of existence, and particulars, just on by the steamer." claimed again the victim who had been wrested Then for the first time seeing the two gentle-from its grasp. 'm e n present, he slopped abruptly. At last th e trip was ended, and the s teamer Wilson had his back turned toward him as rapi r lly approached tbe great metropolis. he entered, but as h e ceRSed speaking, he turned Sandy Hook light was made and passed, and around and said, pleasantly: steaming slowly up the harbor, the wharf was "A fine day, Mr. Perkins reached, and after much puffing and exertion The gentleman gazed at him a moment in of the steamer, they were finally made fast to speechless astonishment; finally he found his the dock, and the bustle of landing was com-voice, and grasping the young man warmly by menced. the hand, tJXclaimed, heartily : They concluded to go to a hotel for the pres" Why, where in the world did you come ent, until they were able to look around and from, and how did you get here?" find a quiet boarding-house; and so they left I came from Savannah, and upon the same their trunks on board the steamer, with in steamer that bron9ht the paper that you have strnctfons that they were to be sent for when, just brought in:' and then he narrated the required, and hailing a cab, they stepped in, facts as he had before done for Mr Jones 's beneand were soon comfortably seated in a room at fit. the Met ropolit an. After arranging their toilets they immediate ly wended their way to the office of Perkins&; in order that Wilson could report the sucress of his mission. Afrer much delay In crossing the crowded streets, they at last reached the office, and ascended the stairs. They opened the door and entered. Mr. Jones was seated hy the window reading. He raised his eyes carelessly from the paper as his visitors entered. My Farst" ejacu l ated the old gentleman, as his eyes rested on Wilson. "Where in the name of conscience did you come from/ I had given you up for lost;" and he shook his hand warmly as he spoke. Wilson introduced the raptain, and they sat down together to recount the story for the bene fit of )fr. We heard," said the old g':'ntleman, "that the had been wrecked, and all hands lost." Whi c h was partly true and partly false said Wilson in reply. "I suppose yon are sat that I am real, and not an inhabitant of the spirit world." "You l ook natural enough," rejoined Jon s, laughing; "but now for the story W ilsi furnished him with a detailed account ()f i1 is known to the reader. Mr . fon e s seemed greatly agitated when he mentior l the name of the man who had been buried L the sand; but he subdued his fe e lings by a powerful effort, and it was attributed to naturnl emot.ion only. This misfortune will put us back considerably." said Mr. Jones after hearing him through. When will you be able to start again, Wilson!'' You are mistaken," said tile young man. "aoout the affair, as it will by no means cause CHAPTER XXVI. NOT DEAD YET. THE policeman who had heard the report of the pistol fired at the detective hurried to the scene. but when he had reached the spot., he could see nothing of any one. Finally his eyes rested upon what seemed to be a dark object stretched upon the ground, and he hastened to the scene. The detective lay in a pool of blood just where he had fallen, and seemed, to all appear ances, dead. "A bad bad easel" muttered the policeman. Another man sho t and no clew to the murder W e ll, he 's finished, I suppose;" but in -Order to satisfy himself, he placed his h11nd ovn the region of his heart, but could distinguish no mov e ment. 'Twould be a strange thing if he could live after having a hole .there," he said to the police man who had answered to his rap, and now stood lookiug on. Then the ronndsman joined them, and with their united help they conveyed the body of the detective to the station-house and laid it down. "Send for the doctor," said the captain. It is of no use, 1 know, but I would rather have it done, so as to leave no room for talk from outsiders." It was done, and what was the surprise when, after a careful examination, he reported that the man was still a live. He was then lifted up and placed upon a soft mattress, while the doctor went to work to discover the extent of his injuries. After procuring some warm w a ter and soap. the doctor pronounced the wound a mere scratch; the ball bad struck the temple, glanc ing off, and doing no further injury thnn plow ing the skin and knocking him senseless. 21 An eight of an inch nearer," said the tor, and he would have been as dead as a door, nail. But look; he is coming to!" It was so. Even as he spoke, the detective slowly opened his eyes and gazed around him in bewilderment. My eye!" exclaimed a new-comer, who had just entered the room and seen his face Ifs Gus Thompson, as I Jive! I wonder what scrape he has been in now." The mention of the detective's name caul!ed a general excitement among those present, who had lon g heard of him by reputation but who had never before seen him. Their conversation was cut short by the doc tor, who ordered that Thompson be kei>' pet" fectly quiet for a time, till he had a chance t.o collect his scattered senses; in the meantime, he suggested that they all keep perfectly quiet about the affair, as it might do a great deal of harm to his plans if it should be known of his condition. All this time Thompson had lain perfectly quiet, his watchful eye first looking at the doc tor and then at the others, hut he seemed too weak to make an effort to speak. The doctoi:'s face expressed grave doubts as he returned to the man's bedside afLer the room had been vacated. Approaching the patient, he took one of his hands in his own, an<;l looking him in the eye, he asked, kindly : How do you feel now, Thompson?" The man, hearing his name called, turned a vacant look upon the doctor, but made no an swer. Another question being put to him, he sud denly broke out with: '.'Yes, there th<>y come; they thii;ik they are gomg to catch me, but they won't. Didn't I fool them nice? Ha! ha! ha!" and he laughed immoderately. The doctor's fears were verified; the man was temporarily insane. The shock of the bul let, though not sufficient to kill him, had been sufficient to '10nfuse his ideas. It was diffic ult to say how long it would be ere he would recover his lost faculties. He had known of cases where it had only lnsted for a few days, and he had read of others where it had taken months. However, he prepared him a soothing drink, and left him, with orders that he was to be / kept perfectly quiet and free from excitement, and with these instructiQllS, he left him to the care of a competent man. For reasons best known to himself, the chief of police, afte r hearing a report of the affair, and visiting the detective, gave orders that a full account of the case be sent to the papers, differing only from the real truth of the matter in one particular, and that was that they re ported him as dead. Whereas the reader knows to the contrary. The chief's reason was this: He re asoned that if Thompson had some game in pursuit at the time he was shot, that they would be altogether thrown off the scent when they read of his death in the papers. Consequently, if Thompson recovered his senses, as they expected, he would be able to take up the trace again wit bout the least trouble. So the long days passed. Every care that the imagination coukl was bestowed upon the unfortunate de tect.i ve; but far they had been without avail in accomplishing the much wished for result. His mind seemed to be in a cloudy state; not enough indeed to interfere with his knowledge of what was going on at the present time; but the faculty of memory seemed entirely to have left him, and he was unable to remember what had been said five minules after the words had been uttered. He was also quite weak still from the loss of blood. In the counterfeiters' den the gang had congratulated one another that their powerful enemy, whom, perhaps, they feared more than any other person livin g, was now at last unable to inflict further harm upon them. Yes," said one of the p:ang in 9'Plr. to an1 other who had just addressed him, 1t was a good thing that we finished him. If he had got away from us, we would have had the whole force down on us in an hour's time." "But," chimed in another, who would have dreamed of his getting away from us in that style; he must have served his trade al car p e ntering However, if he had been searched at first, as be ought to have been, he would not h ave had even that chance. However, it's all over witll him 'now, and we might as well d:op r


THE BOY DETECTIVE. the subject. It's all well enough to talk now here depends upon your own will, for the matsuch a villain as be is! Shure, I know about what should have been done, but the ter re s ts in your own bands If you choose to about him. It shall never be said that Mary thing is now to b e careful in the future about become my wife, you can leave here as soon as O'Connor refused her aid whin 'it was wanted what we are doing." the ceremony is comp l e ted; but if, on the other "Shure, I fell in love wid your purty face These sensible remarks were looked upon hand, you refuse this offer, you will stay here whin first saw ye, and I made up my mind witli favor by the rest of t he gang, and the con until you do come to this opinion; only I warn that there was some mischief up. Yersation ended. yo u that I am not the most patient man in the "They told me when I started up here not to I s 'pose we <'an go on with the cir cu lation world, and if you persist too long in remaining moind anything that ye might say, fur. they oi the queer, now he's gone; can't we, left en obstinate, then I will take other measures which sed ye was mad; but I gues s I can see as far ant?" said one of the gang, addressing the man I shall not now explain to you, but which, I through a mill-stone as any of thim." who offici a ted in the absence of captain Buram sure, will be str ong enough to induce you God bless you!" murmured Mattie, as she ney, better khow to the reader ail Sam Perry. to change your tone; but whether I shall be as listene'1 to the hone s t avowa l. "You shall lose You know," continued he, "that the del enie nt to you as I am now it's another question nothing by your sacrifice if I once get clear of tective was 'trui cause of our stopping, as the altoge th er. But you knew this before, so I this house I had al most despaired of ever be captain seemed to be afeared that he was on will not repeat it. I leave this subject in your ing able to leave until-" our track." hands." And she covered her eyes at the recollectioa Yes," put id another, "there's no one Then," replied Mattie, spiritedly, I shall of Perry's words. knows enough to catch us now except the stay h e re!" And l}y the determined m anne r in There, now," said the girl, soothingly, "it Bowery Detective and b e has r eti red from which she uttered the words, they were enough will be all riht. Now whisht till we see what business." to conv in ce him of the fact that she meant is to be did.' Well," said the man addressed, '' I am go-them. My friends will find me, though it They then arranged a plan for action: ing to wait until the cap t ai n1comes, and let him s hould take months to do so, and I shall yet be It was agreed that Mary should steal up to give bi8 own orders. I am not ,going to take al3le to free myself from your unwelcome presthe room at twelve o'clock that night with the the responsibility on my s hould ers, by any ence." key, as she knew where it was kept. means. I might not please bil)l if I did-" '' Very well he said, r epress in g his anger by As M ary would of course be unable to retain Before he had finished speaking, Perry en,a st. ron g exertion; but I warn you that you her place afterward, she was to leave with. tered, and was g r eeterl with loud exclamations 'Will not find the position as easy as you expect. Mattie, and ,go with her to her own residence, of How are ye, cap?" and other words of 1t will be a us eless waste of p a tience on your where she would be well taken care of. a like character. part, as for the chance of your friends find-The arrangements were finally settled, andL Pretty well, boys," answered Perty, as h e ing you here, I ca n assure you that there i s not the girl r emo ved the tray and returned agaiJL threw himself in a chair. How Lave you the l east possibijit.y of such a thing occurring. to her accustomed duties. been getting along since I left you some tim e Rememb e r you were missed from Rhode Island, Mattfo sat down to await with what patience ago?'' ' and no one would dream of searching for you she could the hour fixed upon for her departA chorus of voices was raised to answer him h e re." ure. but be gently waved them quiet by bis band, Mattie sa w the force of his reasoning, but Many were the varied thoughts that' weresaying: she bravely faced him though b,er heart was sur,ging through her mind during those few re" One at a time, if you please ; it will last heavy as lead maining hours. Wha t would Cousin Greea longer Det me liear what my luff has to say." Perry's voice assumed a much more tender think of h'1r sudden disappearance? she thought. The individuar addressed gave the chief a manner t]lan be had yet used, as he continued: And now she regretted that she had not taken full account of all that had transpired during "Besides, Mattie," said he, as he arose and her fully into h e r confidence, and then she his absence, and concluding with the capture, advanced to take her band-" besides, I lov e would have had a clew by which tliey escape, and death of Thompson. you, and would do all in my power to make have found her. "Good!" said Perry, as 4e rubbing you happy if you would but g ive me the op-But the thought that caused her the most pai his hands together, as if he were highly pleased portunity to do so. Only say that you will was the anxiety and grief it would cause her with the news. Tha t is one goo d deed done, marry me, and I will have the ceremony perfather when be heard the news. for he w as the only man that at a ll bothered formed h ere this evening that will make you There were many sad thou,ghts that occupied> me. And now boys," addressing the gang, I my wife." her mind, and tended to m a ke her still more guess we had better P.roceed to busine'ss, and What a strange ly pleading tone be bad! anxious to escape as the hours drew s lowly on: shove out sCime more. But I am tired out, Either the m a n was a most c onsummate actor, ere the momentous time should come. boys, for I, h ave been out on a long, long trip, or one of those strange specimens of human To her the moments seemed lengthened into and I am pretty well used up. So I will leave nature that sometimes perplex us to place them. hours, and glancing at the clock upon the manyou and see if I can noCget a few hours' sleep, Matti e answere d him scornfully', and defied tel she sa that it was only t e n. which I much stand in n eed of." him to do bis worst. Slowly, slowly crept the hands around the Saying this be arose, and bidding them good-His manner changed to a savage dial, as if Time had also got 'tired of his duties. night, he ) e ft scowl. Eleven o'clock---<>ile hour more between her There was much curiosity 1I)anifested in their "So be it!" slowly, an with a cruel em-and liberty. faces as to where he had been that had tired phasis on each word. "So be it, my proud, Patience, Mattie patience! him out so, and fdr purpose, but none of beauty; and I swear 'that you shall be mine. Five minutes of midnight, and the stealthy them had courage enough to ask him. Your lover i s already out o-f my path; you can sound of a key turning in the lock was heard. Some of them shook their neads and said: not call on him for ass i sta nc e!" "What if it should be P(jrry?" thought Mat--"Business is pretty h eavy on the c apta in ; be In the excitement of the moment Mattie had tie with a m o mentary thrill of alarm. is. working too bard, and ought to have some forgotten the blow she had so l ate ly received; She was r eass ured, however, for as th e door rest---<>r else he bas something else updn his but now it re curred to her with redoubled swung noiseles sly open the honest face of Mary mind outside." torce. O 'Con nor greeted her. And they turned their a'tlention again to their What a cool, calcula1ing villain was the man H e r features exp ressed fear and anxiety, forwork. ' now as be stood watching for the effect his she half doubted the success ot the scheme. --words produced, as Mattie sunk b ack in her "Are ye all r eady?" she asked, in a shrill CB.APTER XXVII. 41 If seat and tightly clasped her bands to her ternwhisper. ples without speaki n g. "Yes," was the reply, in a low voice. PLANNING ESCAPE. Perry's la:>t shot had bit the mark. His words Thin follow me." THE :first liayS' of Mattie's captivity bad near had opened afresh the wound in her heart, and And s lowly and cautiously they began to de -ly passerl away, an d st ill Perry had not ca ll ed; she moaned bitterly. s<;end the but as the day was fast drawing to-a close, and He stood wat c hing her for a few moments They had nearly re ached the bottom; only a as the band s of the c lo ck pointed to half past l onge r ; ll.nd seeming l y satisfied, he gave vent to few more s t eps between them and freedom, five, he was announced anq permi11Sion asked !I s a vage laugh, and left the room, locking the when-if he cou ld see her for a few 'moments. dooi: b e hind him. A broad glare of li gh t upon. them. Of course, as I am in his power, he is at Mattie sat for a l ong t im e buri ed in grief, un from an open door, and the harsh voice of the perfect lib erty to come, as I can not prevent til she was arvused by the ent r ance of a girl -housekeeper exclaimed, as she roughly grasped him," sb,e said, bitter l y, in reply to the servant with her supper Mattie: who brought the message. It. was not the same person who had b1ought ""You don't escape from me as easy as that, His step was now heard upon the stai rs, apd her her meals on former occasions, but the one young woman! And as for you," turning to in a few moments the door was thrown open, who had opened the door for Perry when they the t e rrified Jl:[ary, "I will attend to your caseand he entered the room ha'd first arrived at thii house. after I have settled with this one. His personal app e arance was mucli improved The g irl cl).st a glance upon "Now come on!" she exclaimed, pushing to what it had been when she saw him last. Jvlat1ie as she saw the traces f her recent Mattie on before her, who, totally unnerved by The look pf al).xiety which he had worn then grief. t failure of her plans, hacl. not the heart to had now disappeared, and in its place was a Mattie instinctively felt that she would be say' one word either of expostulation or en- self satisfied smile that augured ill to Mattie1 ab l e to find a friend in the person of this girl treaty. and she felt it so. if she made the lffort. The virago saw her again safe)y locked in Have ou no word of greetii;ig for me?" he As soon as the d o or bad closed she iold )ler her room, and then muttering to h erself imasked, softly. as he bowed, and seated himself a rapidly, and in HS few words as possible, of all precations upon the head of the offending little distlmce1from her. .<\ ''t.he indigrrities to whir-h she had been subjected Mary, she started off to find her anci vent bee Mattie cast a look of w ith ering scorn upon at. Perry's bands, and the poor girl li s t ened anger on her umesisting head. him as, ignoring bis question, sb.e asked, attent iv e ly stopping her every now and then haughtily: I till she went to the door to see if any one was How lon g d.o you intend to keep me conontsirle listening. fined in this house?" "Will you help me to get away from here?" "Pray do not treat me in such a cool man'asked Mattie as she concluded. nelt'," he answered, coo ll y. "Let me talk to "Be aisy," replied the girl, in a rich full you h1 a sens ibl e manner." brogue. "It's not the loikes of me that would "That would be impossible," she retort ed. be afthe r seein' a fellow-crather in distress and L "So.ftlyl Do not interrupt me. Your stay not help thim out. :Sad cess to the master for I CHAPTER XXVIIL AT A LOSS. THE first thjng that Butts did a fter reaching the ciry was to go to a hydran t and wash pis face, and then he went and bad, as be e::< pressed it, "a good square meal." A


THE BOY DETECTIVE. t1emrible proceeding, the reader will admit, for and be wrote a note to the superintendent stat\"'hO is able io work upon an e mpty stomach? ing his belief. and gave it to Butts, saying : Thea, with a rue ful countenance, as h e "I can give yo u no more information further thought upon the non-succ ess of bi s mission, than that which you have already read in th e he started off for the re s idence of bis employer paper. But h e re is a note to the superintendWhat was his astonishment to find that ent; perhaps he may be willing to tell you Thompson had not been home for some days more_'' The news rather startled him at first, but be-Butts thanked him, and taking the note, he ing quite a philosopher, he reasoned: bid the c1tptain ndieu, and started down Mul" If the governor ain't able to take c1tre of berry Street to the superintendent's headquar bimself, then there is no one e!Se that is able to ters. take care of him, and I guess he is all right He found the gentleman in, and in as 1ew Perhaps he has gone off on a hunt. If be bas. words as possible be stated to him bis business I bet he won't have the bad luck that I have and gave him the note from the captain. had, for if be starts after any'one they are sure The chief thoughtfully perused the note, and to be nabbed then closely watching Butts's countenance, he I wonder bow the sh eriff feels this mornbid him go on with his story. ing?" he chuckled, as the scene came distinctly He listened attentively as Butts told him of up before his mind. I guess if I bad waited the business that had lately engaged his time, for that dispatch, I mi .e:bt have waited for some of the trip in the country, and of its unsuccess tim e judging by present appearances. ful termination. He also wished to know more "But now for my next mov e. I suppose fully the nature of the business; bnt this the Perry is in the city somewhere; but how am I bol. positively refused to reveal at present. to find him? That is what I would like to Do you not know that I have the power to know. simply ring the bell, and in two minutes you "And now for it," he said to himself, detercan be placed under arrest?" minedly, as be turned away from the house. Butts replied that he/did but he could not by All day long b e walked the streets of the city, such means find out what he wished to know, tired and foot-sore, but still resolute. His was as the secret did not belong to him. not a nature to be overcome bJ-<>bstacles; they "Yon are a 8afe man for a detective," be rather served to stimulate him on to fresh exsaid at last, seemingly pleased at Butts's close ertions. ness on the subject. .. And now," said he, Up one street and down another, strolling .. I will tell you the main points that you were into saloons, bar-rooms, and restaurants; wherh,untiag up." ever there seemed to him to be even the most And turnin g to a large file of papers, be took remote liability of finding his man or bearing one off, and assured Butts by its contents that any news of bis whereabouts. the whole business was known to him up to the Toward evening he dropped into one o1 the time that the boy had left the city and the de Houston Street tree-and-easys, and threw himtective had met with his unlucky adventure. self wearily on a chair. Then he said to the boy: His attention was attracted to a knot of men "J believe your words, and I also believe who. were discussing the l a test n ews. you can keep a sec!ret, so I shall now confide "Did you be a r of the shooting affair in West one to your )ieeping. Your master is not dead, Street?" asked one of them but "-checking the exclamation of joy" No," was the a nswer. "Who was it?" "he might as well be for all th e use he will "Why, it was the shootinoof the famous ever be to him self or others hereafter." Brooklyn detective. He was killed instantly-He then explained to Butts the detective's had a hOle clean through his head condition. Butts's heart leaped up in his throat, and his P e rhaps the s ight of me will bring back his head grew dizzy as he he1trd these words, but memory," said Butts, as the chief tinisbed. by a strong effort he controlled himself and The chief approved of the idea. listened to hear more. He rang the bell and a man appeared "How did it happen?" some one asked of "Sei;id the doctor here/' he ordered; and the the man who bad first spoken. man withdrew to obey him. "Well, I got my information from the News. He presei;itly entered the room, and to him It seems it was done in this way;" and then the chief bnefly the of the case. )le explained the matte r as it was reported to be. I The. decided that 1t was at least worth What was his name?" asked a rou g h-lookthe tnai. . ing fellow who stood listening to the co The chief was deeply. interested m the case, tion. nversa a!1d the do ctor professionally so, and they de" He was generally called the Brooklyn Decided go tective, but his name was Thompson. I guess T a km g a carnage. they were driven to the we have all heard of him some time or other ; hou se "."here was but he will trouble none of us a!!:ain-quite a They f?und the ot th!l1; search sea! ed loss to the police force of the city. N m a chair by the wmdow,. l1st.essly tu.rmn.g An expression of general satisfaetion that over the leaves of a book which he held m his they hRd one powerful enemy l ess was visible hand. d on the faces of those present as they he d th As they entere the r90m, he looked up and story ar e saluted them, askrng them to be seated. But Bu.tis turned pale and weak a s be listened to n?: the least of them appeared on the conversation The governor gone! Killed! countenance-note when Butts grasped Vould it be possible? And stagge ring to his feet h1?,I by t!1e hand and said. like a drunken man, he walked out of the barDon t you me, governor? Don t you room in a h a lf -dazed condition, like a man iu a re?.1ember . dream who knows not whither be i s O'Oing Butts,. said the detective, S?ftly._ as he "' were turnrng the name over rn bis mmd, Mere was now his hope of fut1;1re, and "Bulls! That's a queer name. No; I never who would he have n?w to adD?omsh !um as to he ard it before. Who are you?" his best co.urse? His best friend was A look of pain crossed the face of the boy as shot down m a moment, and he was l ef t friendhe saw his l a t e guardian in such an unfortunJess alone. ate and ch ildi sh position, and be made seve ral Commg to a stand, he bou ght a more attempts to to the detective's recol copy of the paper m question, and after .a short J ect ion, but all without avail. sear ch, he found the paragraph to which the Thompson wouh.l seem to make the attempt man bad allud.ed. but some obstacle would interpose, and It was a. bnef merely. as reported would give it up as hopeless. by !he police, an d gmng the stationhouse to The exper im ent bad proved a failure, and which b e h ad been tak en. Butts left the house disheartened Butts, to bear more the details, I want to see you again," said the chief to ) next bent !u s 11teps toward the statwnhouse. him as they separated; "I want to talk more Arriving the re, be inquired more minutely wilh you upon this s ubject." for particulars. Butts promised him that be would do so, and The captain in charge looked at him suspibe left him. ciously, and asked him what he bad to do with He had no definite object in view now, so he Thompsom, and what business it was of his waited until night, and tlien he went to the Butts replied that be was bis Rid, at which theater in order to pass away the evening. the captain laug hed heartily, seeming to con-The next day he was off in another part of sider it an exce llent joke the city, in the hope of finding P e rry. To all further inqniries Butts gave no an -Walking slowly, bis watchful eye taking in swer, merely reit erating bis original statement. everyt hin g and everybody at a glance, he at The captain finally came to the conclusion l e ngth saw a form ahead ef him that he seemed #lat tllere was something in what the boy said, to recognize. 23 It was Mr. Hawkins. Butts quickly overtook him, and lightly tapping him 011 the shoulder, said that be should like to have a few words with him in... private, if be would kindly consent." The old gentleman seemed surpriSfld at s uch a request from an entire stranger; but looking in tbe boy's face closely,, he seemed assured and acceded. They then slowly walked on together. Butts explained to him bow Thompr. bad wished for a long time to see him, as be wished. to confer with him upon an important matter, a nd that they bad for SQme time past been en deavoring to find him. "What did he want of me?" asked the gen tleman in some surprise. I believe he wished to warn you against Sam Perry, whom be bad beard was endeavor ing to lay a plan to murder you," said the boy. But let us stop in this restaurant for a few moments, and then I can better explain it all to you. CHAPTER XXIX. MR. HAWKINS SURPRISED. SLOWL.Y passed the days to Mrs. Sinclair, confined to the house by her mishap She had seen nothing more of Mr. Hawkins; since her first interview, and now she grew daily more impatient at the restraint put upon her. Her physician had informed her that sbe might go out in two or three days, provided she did not go far from the house, and she chafed at bis delay At last the term of probation was over, and one pleasant morning she !ltarted out to see if possibly she might discover anything of the matter which weighed so heavily upon her mind. She walked for some time, until warned by her ankle that her strength was failing. Then she returned home, with her purpose no nearer its accomplishment than it had been when she first started out. On her return, she was vexed to find that Mr. Hawkins had called in the interim, and had left his card, saying, however, that be would call again to-mouow. .,functual to the minute, he came. He gave her the information that Perry was somewhere in the city, as Butts had told him, and a lso told her that be had a lady with him, but as to bis precise locality be had no know! edge, as they had been totally unable tO dis cover it. He also told her of the state of the detective s mind, and that so far they had been unable te r e store his senses or find the cause of bis acci dent, and telling her that all they had to depend on now was his aid, a youth of fifteen or sixteen, but who had the unbounded confidence of the chief of police, and was exceedill'gly smart: The lady was quite overcome as she listened to these details, and it seemed to her as if Provi dence had once more forsaken her and left her to fight out this battle alone in her weakness. And to her the future looked dark and gloomy. What shall I do now?" she asked, appeal ing to Mr. H awk ins in her distress. There is but one course left open to us, and that is to see if the detective will remember us. It is the opinion of the physician that the only way by which be will recover bis memory will be by the sight of some person or persons he seems to have upon bis mind. Suppose we go and make him a visit?" The lady consented to the arrangement, and in a few moments she was re ad y, and they were off for the detective s residence "I do not know as he will remember me," said Mr. Hawkins, atter they b a d sta rted, "forit is some years since I last saw him." : He was no: aware ot the fact that the detect ive bad seen him. The last time I saw him was just after I bad been so roughly bandied by Perry's He had a consultation with me to see 1f he could get any clew to the gang, but I believe he was unsuccessful, as I have never heard of their capture." They had now reached their destination. But a few moments sufficed to convince them that their errand had been as fruitless as Butts' s had been. The d e te ct ive did not recognize either of them by word or look He sat by the window, in the same positio11. he had occupied on the former occasion, looJG.. d


THE BOY DETECTIVE. iog every no1v and then in the street, as if ex man. And that you may not know where the captain on a visit to Mr. Templeton ani pe<:tiug some one. the house is locat ed. I must bandage your eyes Mattie. He 1.Jad looked up expectantly as they enfor the present; but I assure that no harm is He found the household' in a state of the utbut 11eeing who they were, he turned away meant to your own person." most confusion, and Mr. Templeton in a state ;his head again with a strange, disappointed lHr. Hawkins at first objected, but finally bordering upon distraction. Jooit upou his features. consented to the arraugcment, and his com-Upon seeing Wilson he gr!lsped his hau-1 He kept continually mumbling Romething panion blindfolded him. 1 warmly, and endeavored to tell him everythio. .about the captain," but so indistinctly that The stranger was expert at his business, and at once, but his feeling-a were so strong, that he f nis own, and the you,ng frustrate it, or, would it be better that he rehis usual composure, and glanced the other way, man to .gloy ers office. course of time the night and the following day. "She has contrary fits at times, but she will Neither oft.he firm was JD he r eached Punctual to bis appointment, the stran ge r apbe all right again in a few days, and 1 shall send office, a!-1-d employed peared with a carri for you again. For the preseut, take this, and by out JDto Street with its everMr. Hawkins was ready, and no time was after the affair is concluded 1 will make it chanipng scene o! forests of masts conumed in wai'ing; and seating himself by more" and he pressed a crisp bank-note i to his off view of nver, the buss: trucks the side of his companion, thty drove rapidly hand: n and to1l1Dg sailors loadJDg the merchandise that away. His compnnion again subjected him to the was to g? to of g l obe, the Why it waR that thoughts of the time when blindfolding process, and conducted him to his newly arnved s h1ps, with their Pe1Ty had trapped him would come into his carria()"e and he was again driven back to his of teas .a':1d spices from the Indies, the bustle :minrl, be could not tell; !mt, do what he woulil, home, to' cogitat e upon the extraordinary manner and activity everywhere. . the recoll e ction of that time would continually in which he had been put upon the track of what He was recalled from this scene by the openmg -reur to him, and several tim es he felt as if im-he had 80 aruiously been seeking for the l ast few of the office door, and Mr. p c lied to open the carriage door and spring out; days. He was very glad to see Wilson, and after and once hi8 lrnnd even sought the knob with 5haking hands, he sat down beside him. that intentio n bnt. something within seemed to They spoke for some time upon business subrestrnin him, and he determined to see th e CHAPTER XXX jects and other matters, and at 111st the conversa-matter through at nil hazarrl s WILSON I .EARNS 'l'BE NEWS. tion turned upon the late shipwreck. "It will be neceSi'ary," saiil the strnnger, wilson referred to the stmnge manne' in "that you put on this maFk now." producing The next day after Wilwn' s arrival nnd inter which Mr. Jones had acte d when it was ne a.s he spoke, aud putting it !ln the cle1gyview with his employers. he itarted forth with related to him, and asked the cause, and al.s9


THE BOY DETECTI VE. 25 ==============>==============:=::;:==============================-..:==:=================================1 what bad bappenerl when the steamer left the d o ck Mr Jones mis visibly embarrassed, and h e stammered out something about a familiar face he thought h e had seen, but which he h a d since thought h e had been mistaken in. It was evident that the subject was a painful one to him, and the young m a n ava r e ot the cause-; but h e deemed it to be hi s duty to t ell all and h e r e l ate d the confession ot the dying man upon the sands, and d esc rib e d his personal ap p eara n ce. The young man h a d the impression in hi s mind that this man was his emp l oyer's son of whose wild ways be had h eard so much, and who had caused his fathe r so much anxiety During the recital, old man pressed his b ands to his throbb i ng temp l es, and moaned "Oh, my son! my son!" It was ind eed true; the man whom if lie had chosen, might lrnve been well taken care of, had in ea rl y lif e fallen intQ v i cio u s h abits, and feel ing ash&.med to come back and ask pardon oi one who would on l y be too bappJ. to grant it, h ad chosen the other course, and bowed bi s father's bead in grief by hi s conduct. 'J'.he you n g man 'laited till the paro xys m of grief had s ub s id ed Hi s h ear t was filled w i t h pity for his sor ro w, but h e knew that his sympathy would be misplaced so be did not offer it Finally his employer turned to him, and in a brok en voice a s k e d: You have to l d no one of what you have sus pected, h ave you?" William assured him on this point, telling him that no one would dream of there being any connection betwe e n them, as the confess i on said nothing about i t at a ll "And what do you in tend to do with the con fession?" he asked. For certa in r easons it h as become of the ut most necessity that it be r evea l ed, in order that a famous and notorious rasca l may be ca ught." So be i t then. And now, William, in a few words I w ill to you his hi story: At the age of thirteen he g r ew im patient of home restraint and ran away to sea. For l ong years we h eard nothing of him and hi s mother gr i eved for him, unti l she di e d brokenh earted. Afte r that I beard that be WllJJ in Savanna h. I sent for him, but he would not come to me; if h e .had, he wou ld not now be lying in the sands on the s h ore o f th e At Jantic. ' I h eard no more of him u util the day of your departure in the steame r wh e n I saw him upon the upper deck, and it wa s that that ca used my agitation. "It grieves me sore t o think that my son s hould h ave acted so terribly " Do not fear," sai d t.lie man: "your secret is known only to me, and it is safe in my k eep in g " Thank you for t hat ass urance." fee lin g ly repli ed Mr. J o nas I know you to be true and trustwo r thy. The young man bowed in ac knowledgm ent of the com plim ent, and was about to reply, wh e n Mr. P e rkin s entered. H e greet e d t h e young man as warmly a s hi s partner bad don e before him. wnr m ex pl a in e d to them that, as h e was not to go back for two weeks, h e would lik e to hav e a we e k to hims e lf, as h e b a d a littl e a.J:Iair of bi s own to attend to. It was readily granted, a nd as h e rose to l eave, the e lder partner. Mr. Perkins, addressed him in th e following words "I hav e something to tell you, Willi a m be fore you go. You have been m our service for a long term of years; in all that time, we h ave alw ays found you to be truthful, r e liable, and hon es t Knowmg the valu e of s u e b qualities .in a young man (I am speaking now in a strictly business point of view), and foresee ing that you will prove to be a solid, r e liable bu s iness man Mr. Jones and myself had a consultation about one month ago, and the result of it was that we came to the conclusion to take you into partn e r ship with us. The news we inte nded to make known to you before but for various r easons it was delaye4. "Hereafter, the firm will be known as that of Perkins, Jones & Wilson.' You are to carry on our business and look out for our interests in Savanmili, as a bra n c h partner and I feel assured that in taking this step we have acted wisely, both for your int e r ests and our own, which wrn her eafte r be id e ntical For some moments William was too muc h overcome by his emotion to say anything. It affords me great pleasure, said he, to fiad that my employer! think so highly of my humbl e e ffort s in th eir b t half. lt has a lway s been my aim to do my whol e duty for th ose who emp l oye d me, and I fee l hi g hly gratified that my efforts hav e m e t with so mu c h approbation from you as to mise m e to such a hi g h position: and rest assured, dear s irs that I shall not prov e un g rat e ful to you for it As 1 h ave l)een in the past, so shall I also endeavo r to b e irt the future, ever watchful of m y e mploy e r s inter ests who h ave acted so gen ero u s ly toward me, for which 'I again thank you.' He became so affected that be could say no more. "Nor i s thi s a ll that i s to be don e for you," now said Mr. Jones. "As I am w i t hout livin g r e la t ions in world, and wishing some one to profit by my w ea lth, I do now intend to make William my heir-" "No! no! keep q uiet," as Wilson to say somet hin g. 1 h ave thougl1t a lon g time on this mat te r an d do not act h ast ily, as you are now thinking I do. "I h ave watched you very closely for some time, and a m convinc ed that you h a v e con tract e d non e of th e vices which rui so m any young men of this d ay Neither am I afraid t hat so mu c h good fortune will turn your head or mak e yo u vain of your ab ilities." 'l' b e young m an pro teste d aga in st thi s offer, as h e w as afra id t hat the s udd e n acq ui s ition of so muc h wealth would be to him a burden, but hi s protests were of no avail. A l awye r was sent for, an d upon his arrival the necessary p a rtn e r sh ip papers were drawn up, and William was duly in sta ll e d in the duties of his n ew po s i t i o n . The financial basis of the firm was well known to him as h e h a d exam in e d the books for them just prev iou s to hi s d e parture for th e oouth, and he kne w the firm to be soun d Hi s instru ct i o n s as to hi s mode of conducting the busin ess were give n bim a ud as he h a d noth in g furthe r to d eta in him, h e bid bi s n e w p a rt ners" good .day," an d l eft t h e m. Pleasant thou g hts occupied his mind as h e walked b ac k to the ho te l. H e would now be ab l e to marry Mattie with out objections on h e r fatl 1 e r 's part; but as b e of h e r h e r e memb e r ed s h e was missing and oark, bitt er thoughts ca me in bis mind re garding P e rry. It would h ave fared b a dl y with that individ ual b a d the yo un g ernn m et him in bi s present state of exc i te m e nt. R eac hing th e hot e l h e found Captain Studley a t l e i sure, a nd to him h e imparted th e good fort une that h a d befallen him. CHAPTER XXXI. AN IMPORTANT ARREST. We hav e see n how M att ie was defe ct e d in her attempt at esca ping and l1ow it was fru st rated; a lso of the subsequent of P erry to force h e r into m a rri age whi c h r eq uire s explanation. P erry, a fter being convinced that it was a hard e r matt e r to ta m e h e r th a n h e had at fir s t s upposed and fear ing, from h e r brave manner, to attempt viol e nc e le s t s he inight hav e some w ea pon about her which s h e would not sc rupl e to use, had at length re s orted to other measures. Knowing much of th e n ature of drugs from past studies, he had prepared a powder, which was mixed with lier food. By m ea ns of this, which tend e d to dead e n the facultie s and to get her wi t h bis own mesm e ri c pow er, which was great, be bad hop e d to s u ccee d in controlling her It was his wis h that the marri age shou ld b e genuine, for he hoped that in the position in life to which it would raise him h e would be better ab l e to carry out his nefarious work. ln order to prevent another attempt on her part. he bad sent Mary O'Connor away. In order that s he might not m a ke the nature of the case known to outsiders she was also closely watch e d. Hi s was a brain that took every precaution aga in st surprise It seerr.s that the drug had not been stron g enough to overcome the excitement that Matti e l a bored under, and she was fully a live to her danger, though too muo h und e r influence to do anything to avert it until the final moment; and to P e rry 's vexat iou and rage l;le saw his efforts had been futile. P e rry w ell kne w that s he would never consent while she w as in the po s s ess i on of h e r complete sens es: but he was not a man to be balked by one failure He had Mattie conducted to her room again. and then he tried the effec' of another drug. more active in its power, as he was determined that in the next trial he would have no difficulty. His id ea of the minister who had attempted to officiate w as a peculiar one, but, owing to his point of view, he was not to blame for mi sjudg, \ in g him He deemed him to be one who either troubled himsel f littl e about the matt er, or else he was one of those men that we find everywhere-men who ca re not what they engage in so long as they are well p a id for their services. It is difficult to sa y wh a t would hav e been his thoughts had h e known the cler gy man 's r ea l ob j ect and hi s id e nti ty. Having sat i sfied himself that the lao use was secure for the ni g ht, and giving inst.ructio ns t.o bis houseke epe r, be left and r et urned to his deu. in W est Street. H e was loudl y g r eete d by the ga n g as he enter ed. They were busily e n gaged at t h e ir w ork, a nd the tabl e wa s l oaded with papers, dies, ink a nd otber m ateria ls. No questions were asked as to where he bad been in his absence; their faces exp r esse d re presse d c urio s ity but there was a look in P erry's eye which always checked imp e rtin en t questions. Besides, they had s o much confidence in ability that they did not wi s h to auger him in any way, l est h e might abandon them, and they could not possibl y do a nythin g without him. P erry n eve r sat i sfie d them by any exp lana tion of hi s m ovements, for he felt that it would. lo we r his di gnity to do so. H e now busied himself in examining plates, designs, etc., an d by hi s quick eye detecting e r r o r s in a m oment, and s h ow i ng by bis jud gment that he was exper i ehced in s u c h matters. Some of th e men were boast.iug in hi presence of the easy mann e r in which they h ad disposed of a l a r ge amount of it. "Be care ful, boys," said P e rry, "or your reckl ess n ess will be the v ery me a n s of get ting: you int o trouble. 'Slow and sure' i s always the best motto in this in sta n ce." ''I g u ess there i s n o d a n ge r," s pok e one, now th a t Thompson h as ki c k ed the bu c k e t." And I h ea rd to-day," put in a noth e r "that the c hi ef of p o lic e h ad e nd eavore d to get J emmy Pulcher to work up th e j ob, but b e r efused, tha t h e had r etire d fr o m business, a nd did 1 not wish to go in to it again; so we h ave no one to fear." The question was eagerly discu sse d for some time, and P()rry d eta il e d som e of hi s m e n to act as amateur d etect ives, a nd find out all that was. being don e at h eadq uarters. This b e bad often done b e fore, and reduc e

After a carefol-examination he at length select i W a suit that 1 fitted him) and tendered in pay ment a one-hundrec;ldol:lal' bill. 11 It is needless to say it WM a counterfeit: The carried it up to the cashier's desk, who it narrowly, and then :pronounced it to lnworthless. f'ipeakiDg in a low tone of voice to one of the he counted out the change slowly, and J ;sied himself in making out a bill, which, for ::i1J. experienced penman, certainly took a long time in writing. 1 The clerk meanwhile had walked carelessly out of the store. This movement was unperceived by the coun terfeiter, who otherwise would have taken .alarm. At last the cashier had made out the bill, and, counting out the change, gave it to the clerk, tiaying, as he did so. Be ready, Charlie, if there should. be any trouble." The clerk gave him a wink, signifying that he understood him, and walking to where the man titood waiting, he gave him the change. The man leisurely counted it out, and placed it in his pocket, the clerk watching him narrowly snd forming his own opinion upon his coolness. Then taking the bundle under his arm, he walk -ed ou't. As' he stepped out of the door a heavy hand -was laid on his shoulder, and a voice coolly said: ''You are my prisoner. Make no resistance." In an instant he apprehended his danger, and a fearful blow from his fist sent the policeman .reeling to the ground. Dropping his bundle, he started to run. It was :a failure, however; for as he did so a heavy club descended upon his head with crushing forc e, -causing him to reel and stagger And before be

I A dark lantern was brought into requisition, -and they again moved forward. Reaching the door, the prisoner hesitated for a moment, but the grasp on his arm tightened, and -giving a peculiar knock, he whispered the word "Fulton!'' ':f'ne next instant the P.oor flew open, and the po_ J sprung irito the presence of the astonished {, 6 1'hey were seated at the table, bnsy at their -work, and were completely taken by surprise. Seeing their position, they sprung to their feet, ;and their pistols. "Traitor!" exclaimed the lieutenant in charge, :aiming at the unfortunate prisoner, who bung his head. Hold!" shouted the detective; and the faces or the gang turned white with fear, as, stripping -0ff his disguise, the detective stood before them. '' The first man that raises a hand to fire a :shot, dies!" said he. "Better death than capture!" said the le ade r; :and quick as thought be :fired at the detective. His aim was unsteady, and the bullet went wide -0f the mark. Butts raised his arm. A flash, a loud report, :and when the smoke cleared away, the form of the leader lay still in dealh! The bullet had pierced his brain! "Let's fight it out, boys!" shouted one of the gang; and simultaneously they made a rush for the polic e. Then ensued a scene that beggars description; knives and pistols being used in profusion. At the first indication of resistance one of the police had sprung to the door, shutting it, and placing hi s back against it, thus preventing the possibility of any escape. The advantage was on the side of the police, as by their sudden appearance they had taken the gang by surprise, and many of them without :arms. They had no inte ntion however, of yiekling; for they knew if they were taken 1hat their doom was sealed. They fought like d emons, making frantic at t empts to cut their way through, and open the door to escape. One burly ruffian, with a drawn knife, sprung ,_'n the detective, who was already engaged in with another. "Take that!" he shouted, with a fearful oath, as he raised the long bl ade for a heavy stroke. Even as he said the words, a bullet from the revolver in Butts's stretched him out, and his arm fell harmlessly. The fight was fierce but of short duration. The poli ce were well disciplined, and in a short time the whole gang was h andcuffed, and with broken h eads and bloody faces, prepared to l eave the d en. Two of them had been killed outright, and several more were badly wounded. The polic e had re ce ived but a few slight wounds, and. the detective slightly cut in his right arm. He thought nothing o f it, howev er, and in fact had nnt noti ced it until his attention bad been called to it by Butts. He was filled with exultation at the complete 5UCCess of his plans. There was only one thing wanting to complete his satisfadtion. Perry, the chief of them all, and the man above all others that h e wanted to get hold of, was absent, and he feared that be would be too sharp to walk into any trap that might be laid for him. A phm was already form ed in his mind, which he intended to put immediately into execution, .and in which he had a reason ab le hope of success. The next. thing to be done.was to examine the --11ined the lock..


28 But it resisted all her endeavors to open it, and ahe gave up the attempt in despair. Thehouseke epe r then came in with her meal. And you arc grpwing sulky, are you?" said she. "Don't want to become Mrs. Perry, eh?" as Mattie still r e mained silent . "vVell, I'll tell you, young woman, you ought to be thankful that h e is willing to do that much for you, and I would advise you to be more c ivil to him for be is not one that would h es itut e to do as h e likes, if h e bas an object to gain. H e has got money enough to sati sfy even s uch a lady as you make out to be. To my knowledge, hi s safe down-stairs ;s stuffed with bank-notes, and be spends them freely too." Mattie li ste ned in silence to this Jong harang ue, and d ete rmined as a last r esou r ce to make one more appeal to h er, and see if she had onE soft 'spot in her hard ):tea.rt. "Woman," snid s he, rising and lookin g h e r fairly in the eyes, "would you 'visb me to perjure myself? would you have me marry a man whom I can not even respect, much leSs l011e? A man whom I hate with all the strength of my soul I Do you suppose I conld for one moment live under the same roof with him as his wife. Are you a woman, and ask me to yield to him? Put yourself in my place, and ask yourself w]lat you would do under the same circumstances. Nol soone r than do it, I would hurl myself through that window, and be picked up a corpse on the stones benchtb !" The housekeeper seemed di sconcerted, her eyes turned to the window apprehensively, as if s h e feared Mattie would make good her threat, and when she spoke again, it was in a more con dliatory tone. "It's nnt as bad as you think it is," $aid s h e "Mr. Perry is a gentleman; to be sure, he is a little fast, and a l so savage at times if he happens to be but other men are all the same, and L know you would feel very bad if you thought you were never going to h e married. You are only nervous, and what you require is r es t and food; this that I have brought you is some that was prepared under Mr. Perry's own direc tion s He seemed to be very auxious about your wel fare, aud said he hoped it was but a sli!Jht in disposition that you would soon get over. The words aboutthe food recalled Mattie's suspicions, and she felt that she had hit the truth. She saw from the woman's words that her appeal had been in vain, a nd her hope s s unk. 'But what is the matter with you?" exclaimed the woman, as she sprung forward and caught the girl in her arms, just in time to prevent her falling to the floor. Mattie had fainted. After a great deal of exertion, she finally suc ceeded in restoring h e r to consciousness, and what little of womanly sympathy still r e mained in her heart, was brou ght to the surface, as she saw the pale, sad face resting so helplessly upon her shoulder. It was enough to h a v e touched a heart of adamant. When s he again spoke, it was _with a much more gentle tone than she had ever before u sed toward her. I am sorry that you take it so to heart," s li e said "and if you keep on in this way, you will make yonrselfvery ill ; and I would advise you, as a friend, that yon keep your strength as much as possible. It will be for your own good. I see that you understand my meaning." As she rea c hed the door, she turned, and, in a low voice, as if she feared the effects of the in telligence on Mattie's already overtaxed strength, she said: Mr. Perry says you to be ready for t h e ceremony by half p11st t e n to-morrow night." "Ob, 8ave me! cried Ma. ttie in despair ; help me to escape from this terrible l\'ry father is wealthy, and will rewartl you handsom e ly. Do not leave me in the clutches of this man! "Stop!" exclaimed the woman, glancing ap prehensively toward the door, as if she feared some one were listening there. "Don't talk to me in tha.t de spairing way. It would be dan gerous for me to do as you wish me to. Mr. Perry holds a secret of my life, and if I shoulc;l even nttempt to aid you. he would have a fearful revenge upon me. Besides, even did yon reach the door, you could not possibly go fur ther. There is a terribly i]erce dog running loose in the yard, that even I dare not go there. There is also a man constantly on watch before the house, by the master's orders; so you see that I could not help you, if I tried. I have thought of. \ate that some one has been dogging my foot steps, lest I should make an attempt like the one Mary O'Connor failed in, but I am much too cowardly to do that when M holds such a power THE BOY DETECTIVE. over me. And now, dry your eyes, miss, seeing that crying will not help you in the least, and plan what you may for to-morrow night;" and stoaping over her, she whispered: "If I see a good chance then to help you, without involving myself in trouble, I 'vill do so." God bl ess you for even those few words," breath ed Mat.tie, ferv e ntly, as the woman closed and lock ed the door behind her. As Mattie sat thinking, she felt a strange apathy creeping over her. She no longer seemed to care for the future, or what s h e had already passed. Strange, weird shadows seemed to dance before her eyes. What could it m<"an? The truth flashed upon h e r mind: she bad been drugged he av ily lest she might escape. It was in vain that she endeavored to rise and shake off the feeling of drow s ine ss, but it was too 'late, and after a few more in effec tual at tempts, sbP, sunk back upon the sofa in a deep sleep. CHAPTER XXXIV. the least error on the part of the detective wJ: worked up the case---such an error as I or an one else might have made---the wrong man wa taken and hung. "This last narrow escape of mine bas confirmed my resolution to give up the business, a with the means I have I shall be able to setti down comfortably for the rest of my days. ,., But you know that I never leave undone, and therefore I must finish whiit busi ness I now have on band. I have seen Captain Studley, from whom the bonds were stolen that I am searchin: for. He is now in the city. and I h ave been introduced to him; but he did not know that I was the one that had the business in hand. I know who has the bonds, and in a few days I shall have them placed in the owner's hands_ "As to{our s uggestion of entering into other business, think it is an excellent idea, and s hall as soon as practicp,ble, steps to secure you a goo d position where you may become a useful member of society." "Thank you for your kindness," said Butts, with a pleasant express ion, taking the place of THE BIRTH-MARK. the former dejected one. After leaving the rest of the p a rty, the detect" But," said the detective, "I wish to question ive started down-town, crossed the river, and you now with regard to a few other points went to bis own room r eferring to other matters, which I would like He was unpe rceiv e d by the landlady, and so you to explain. In the first place, I will ask you, be evaded a scene that would have ensued had do you r emember anything of your parents?" she seen him, for she b ad heard the report of A blush uf shame mantl ed the fair face of the his death, which was the first intimation that youth, as he replied: she had of his real character; but still feeling "I do not." undec ided about his identity, as there were so "Do rou r e memb e r who put you in charge ol many of the same name, she h ad left the room Mrs Grimes?" intact, and he found it exactly the same as it "Yes," r ep li e d the boy, "and that was the was when he had last left it. same woman I frightened so a.t t.l1e den in West He now busied himself in summing up the Street; but s h e did not r ecognize me. A man ev idenc e that he had already collected, named Jerry brought me to lwr. I think his last This h e proceeded to do immediately, for he name was Williams-Jerry Williams-but I am had not much time to spare, as he would have to not positive." return immediately, so as to be ready for an "Why did you leave Mrs. Grimes?" emergency. "Because s he wanted me to stea l for her, and "Well he said soft1[ to hims elf, afte r be becaus e I refu se d she u se d to beat me. had fini s hed his task, feel satisfied in my "Did s he eve r say anything to you to intimate own mind that the end is fast that she knew either of your pare nts ?" Perry can not esca pe me now and the net 1s N d closin&'. around him rapidly. Little did I think, o; but s he ha a small box which she kept when 1 fir s t saw h_im, that he h ad so much to do always lo c ked and one day I suddenly surprised I h I h d b b f I her as she was looking in it. There was a baby's wit 1 t e case. a a jo e ore thought dress and other things. and a small chain and of him, or knew he was in the city." Looking at hls watch, he was s urprised to see a locket attached. She put them away in a hurry that it was nearly eight o'clock. when she saw that I was there, and that was the last that I ever saw of them." "Pretty nearly time for that boy to rnake bis "w th b 1 l'k b' ?" ked appearance, I think," said he tying up the paas e 0.x any! ung 1 e t is one as pers carefully together and placin them in bis di s playmg,,one a.she s poke. pocket. "I am particularly anxious that he, one, .the ?oy, after should not disappoint me to-night.. exammmg it closely, but lookmgm vam for the A.. peculiar rap announced t!:e p0resenc e of the . ". individual who had just occupied his thoughts. l e d etec tive it aga:m, anxterior, he the case you speak of, I know all the, soon won her heart. He proposed and was ac thoug:h I was not engaged in it, a nd I had no cepted, r.nd now comes in his villainy. Not. doubt in my mind of the man's guilt when he wishing to be encumbered with a wife. and yet: was hung; since then I learned the truth. and by wishing to obtain a share of her father's wealth,,.


THE BOY DETECTIVE. he planned and carried into execution a mock Mr. Templeton, the detective, Mr. Hawkins, tnarriage." and Captain Studley, met at the house of Mr. The boy's eyes flashed, and his teeth rlinched Templeton to discuss their final plan of action. fiercely together. Wilson had been away on a search, and now "Restrain yourself," said Thompson, "till came inepale and tired, to report his failure in l'Qu :ir all. the attempt. a mistake on the part of one engaged in They wished to send for the lady, but the de"'1e plot, or rather by the compunctions of con tective objected to this, saying that he would science, as he was nearly dying, a real minister produce her at the proper moment, and he was substituted, unknown to Perry, and consewould rather allow her to remain quiet until quently the marria"e was in all respects a per-that moment should arrive. fectly legal one, and the proofs of that marriage It was agreed that he should have his own are still preserved, and ready to be produced at way in the matter, and they dismissed the sub-the proper time. ject. "Your father, finding that he Cfluld not sueThe detective then explained to Captain Studceed as well as he had hoped witl.i his father-inley that he was working up the case of his stolen law, shortly after committed an act which renbonds, and that he had succeeded in obtaining dered it necessary that IJe should make himself them, and would turn them over to him when scarce for a tiri'fe, and he left, deserting your he caught the thief, which he soon hoped to do. mother, whom he informed of the-as he sup-The captain expressed himself as satisfied with posed-illegal and taking you, though the arrangement, and it was agreed that they still an infant, with him. He went from Savanshould all hold themselves in readiness to be nah to various cities, still followed by your called at a moment's notice, and he thought that mother, whose only desire was to get possession it would occur that night, as he anticipated that of you, whom she loved with all the ardor of a Perry would be anxious to finish the job as mother's affection." quickly as possible. The boy's eyes grew dim ad misty as he Just then Butts entered the room, his face listened, and he nodded his hend to go on. radiant with exultation. "Reachin!J New York, he kept you for "I have found the house," he exclaimed, awhile, but finally tiring of you, in the excite" for I have seen Perry, and tracked him to it; ment of something else he was engaged in, he it is No. 454 West-Street." finally left you in charge of Mrs. Grime1:1; nor This news raised a great excitement in the did he seem to have taken any trouble to have company, they all being-with one exceptionyou found when he heard yo1.1 had run away anxious t!iat they should immediately proceed from her. there and make the arrest. "You will see by this that he is a man of "Softly" said the detective. "You know very evil ways, and, in fact, a man if not the kind of man you have to deal with. brought to bay, and I have that d1sagreea):>le Should we there in broad daylight, we should duty to perform; so do not look for perfection. only give him warning in time to escape us and in when find him_." ,, perhaps he may not be there now, anyway.' We I care n.othmg for. lum,. said the youth; must Jet him plot on and not spring the trap till for, after the manner m he has treated we are sure of him. Let everything go on as my and myself, I wou,d be before, and now that you know the number of human 1f I now have any the lrouse, we shall have no difficulty. When I my for hun. But you say he is now III send you word, drive immediately to his house, the city? I will see to the rest. I m:n fully as anxious as "He is." you are to take him, but I want to go about in "And my mother-what of her?" the right way." As I before told you, she. tracked your They all saw the force of his reasoning, and father from place to place, but without success, then Mr Hawkins Butts and the detective de-for Perry was kept info_rmed of her 'Whereabouts; parted. ' and when he feared discovery, he would leave l\fr. Hawkins went to his home, and the de and _go somewhere else, and so he eluded her tective and Butts went to the lady's house and contmually. . got her to go to the house with them, that she i::i:owever, _she tracked hnn the and might be ready when the occasion required. !11s spie_s lost of her at Ph1ladelplua. She -At th q est of the detective she wore a lS now m the city, and I have seen her. e. re u .d w h h "You must not ask me any more questions at veil, as he d1 not is er to be re.co9prescnt, for I shall tell you the rest at the right nize t:ap we laid for him at the den, the Ion day wore awa which I tl11nk 1s improbable Y d d They left the house together upon their erThompson ha provi e a la who was to rand, Butts, meanwhile, relating to his master message kto party when the the particulars of his trip in the country, and time ai nved._ and ept by h_ m. the ill-success he had met with. Mr. Hawk!ns passed the day III read1I1g, and You did right," said Thompson, after laughtoward ten o ?lock th!3 sharp peal. of the do? r ing heartily at the description of the exciting bell roused him to his !eet, and 1I1forme? h_1m h b ti e she ff B t as usu 1 Pe . that the moment for action had at last arnvect. c ase .V 1 n u a uy Look' "'o t of the window he saw a co ch proved himself too smart a tactician to be caught. m" u a What a pity that such splendid talents should standmg at the door. have been misdirected! He might have been a man The mght was a dark one, a fit mght for the of position to-d3y had chosen the right course; work proposed. but so it is, boy. Though they may meet with man '.' ho had called on him at the first success for a brief season, yet sooner or later occas10n agam entered they must invariably meet with their deserts at '.'.Are ready?" he asked. the hands of justice." I the as he took up lns They had now reaclled the door and found, as hat. How 1s. the mght? asked the clergy-the detective had anticipated, that no one had man, as he tl1e lamp from the. center been there since the capture. table and placed 1t the man!el, where 1t could T!iompson then took Butts into the vault that be seen by detective opposite. he had been confined in, and showed him the lt was the signal that had been upon. manner in which he had made his escape through He pu:posely_ delayed _as long as possible, that the ceiling, and drawing himself again through they might gam more time, a.t last announc-thc aperture he emerged again into the bedroom ed that he was all ready. which deserted. "Then come on;" and they descended the Butts followed him, and they walked out, steps and took their seats in the carriage. somewhat startling the men on guard, as theyBut a few words were exchaugr-d between were noL looking for their appearance in that d1-them; the minister was 1Very busy with his own rection. Thompson explained it to them, and thoughts, and his companion seemed equally having nothing further to detain him. he and occupied. Butts posted off to the house where the detect-The same operation of masking and blindfold ive had taken board, and whicll stood immediing was gone through with before the carriage ately opposite the residence of Mr. Hawkins. stopped, and when the mask was removed he CHAPTER XXXV. SPRINGING THE TRAP. No appeared thnt night to take Mr. Hawkins, and the next day a party consisting of stood in the same room that he had been ushered intc on his first visit. Then they retired to the room where the scene had occurred before, and the persons present were attired the same as on the former occasion, with the exception of the bride, who was now 29 attired in white, and wore a bridal-veil over her mask. She seemed to be oblivious of all that was transpiring around her, anti her eyes, by some strange magnetic influence, were fixed upon Perry, whose black, glittering ones glowed like some beautiful but dangerous serpent. Perceiving the clergyman standing there, he said: Proceed with the ceremony, sir, if you please," but he did not remove his gaze from the bride. Mr. Hawkins opened the book, and occupied some time in looking -for the proper place. His purpose was to gain time. "Are you going to be all night about it?" angrily exclaimed Perry. At the sound of his voice Mr. Hawkins started suddenly, and accidentally dro:Qped the book. After a short time spent in finding the place, he again began, in a slow, solemn, measured tone, to read. His mind was full of anxiety. Could it be that they had by any accident been detaiii.ed? And how should he act it came to the point, for, to go through with it, he was determined he would not. you take this woman to be your married wife, to have-" Hold!" exclaimed a clear, cool voice, as the door fiew open, and the detective, l'ollowed by his friends, entered the room, cutting off every avenue of escape. The minute the bride saw the new-comers slile uttered a glad cry: William, dear William!" and fainted in his arms. ''Trapped I" muttered Perry, under his breath, and his hand stole stealthily toward his inside pocket. The detective sa"f the movement, and draw ing his own revolver, warned him to de8ist. Perry saw it w.ould be madness to attempt it while the detective's eye was upon him, and with a bitter ltmgh he asked what they meant by their intrusion. It means," replied Thompson, that first of all we forbid the bans of this marriage, as vou are already a married man." 'Tis false. I call for the "You sliall have them: First, Mr. Hawkins, whom you once attempted to murder." Perry turned pale, as the clergyman, remov ing the mask as his name was called, revealed himself to the astonished eyes of the stricken man. "Again," sa. id the detective, "your wife is present, and your boy." The lad;y raised her veil, and Butts, who now saw through the whole scheme, with a glad cry of: "Mother! thank God I have found you at last!Y sprung into her arms and embraced her' tenderly. The mother's heart answered to his own, and the scene was deeply affecting to all except Perry, who still stood defiant. '' The woman is not nor never wa:: my wife," said he, disdainfully, as he held the idea that this was the only charge against him, and he grew bolder. "It is false!" said Mr. Hawkins, confronting him. I am the man that performed the ceremony." And he briefly stated the particulars of the time and place, and which proved that he told the actual truth. "And now," said the detective, watching him narrowly as he spoke, I arrest you on two charges. The first, of stealing bonds to the ex tent of twenty thousand dollars, from Captain Studley, whom you will doubtless recognize," and he pointed to the gentleman named. "The second charge is a graver one. I ar rest yon as the chief of a band of counterfeiters, whom I have long been looking for. The gang I have already in custody, and now I take you." Perry seemed to be paralyzed at this sudden attack from all quarters, when he had de emed himself secure. 'l'he detective advanced to seize him, when with a quick movement, which was altogether unexpected by the company, he snatched a pistol from his breast and fired at the detective. The bullet passed harmlessly over his head, and ere Perry had time to fire another shot, they had in upon him. He fought fearfully, d!'aling his blows righll and left with tremendous power. I


I 30 With a sudden bound he cleared himself, and darted for the window. Quick as thought, Butts put out his foot, and tripped him h ea vily to the gro und. Ere he could re g ain his feet, the d etec tive had jumpe d upon him, and snapped the iron s on his hands and feet, and he was fast in the toils. Then the d etec tive bidding the party good bye, seized P erry by the arm, and saying h e would call and see them to-morrow for a gen eral explanation, he bore away his prisoner in triumph, and placing him in t he carriage he had brought, he drove to headquarters * * * And now kind res:der, our story is ended. A few words more as to the after history of the characters who have figured in it. Perry was bro,ught to tri a l and out of pity for his long lost daughter, Captain S tudley did not appear on the charge of the stolen bonds, which had been restored to him. Mattie also pitied the wretch in his abject misery, and the consequence was that the only charge under which he was indicted was that of counterfeiting; and the evidence produced not being of ihe strongest nature, he received a sen tence o f twenty years. THE BO Y D ETECTIVE. His spirit was broken, and, after te n years of l a bor he was, throug h the efforts of hi s fri ends, discharg e d and taken home ; but he never had the ambition to retri eve his name a nd ato n e for the past, and, after being taken care of for three years, h e di e d. A fit ep itaph for his grave wo uld have been: Here li e the as he s o f a lif e misspent." William Wilson and M att ie were married, and after a short time they returned to New York, from whence they soo n after sa il e d for Savan nah, their future home. The r e they a re now r esid in g, and two beauti ful c hildr e n have blessed their union. Captain Studley's influence e nabled him to advance rapidly in busine ss, and in a few years he has become one of the most prosperous men in that city. His r ea l name, reader, I will not disclose, lest it might make him more conspicuous, and I wish him to rest on hi s own merits. '' Butts," the hero of our story, but now known under the stylish name of Sinclair was taken under Wilson 's instruction, and promises yet to be as successful as his employer. He combined hi s father's brilliant qualities with a noble heart, and as these talent s were used in the right di rection, it stands to reason that he should suc ceed. THE END. As for Thompson, the detective, he retired from business, as he said he would, and remov ing to Virginia, h e bought a place and sett l ed. down. He would h ave preferr e d to remain in the eity, but h e f ea r e d for his life after the last grand haul h e had made in capturing the gang, and, as h e said: "He did not wish to die before he had a. chance to enjoy life ; he pre f erre d to l ea ve the scenes of his exploits," he emigrated to a State wh e re he was unknown. Rumor h as it that h e afterward removed to another s t a te, n a m e ly the sta t e of matrimony. How true the report is, I can not say as I have not seen him for some years But little more remains to be told. The gang. were all convicted, and sent to prison, and thus: the community was rid of one of its greatest evils. Many were the threats uttered by the gang the detective, as to their revenge UJ>6n. huu when theyshould be released from prison, but the detective, by his removal had outwitted them and escaped harmless. Mr. Hawkins still continues to reside in t h& city, engaged in the good work. And now, reader, our story is ended. 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Spielhagen .. ................. 10 '9'5 Die von Hohenstein, von l"i'r. Spielha:;en. Zweite 178 Die Frau l {a.rf1mkt'lste111eu,von llJ. .6 Oartenla.uhen-Blilthen, von E \Vernt-r. ... .. 20 Hi.lfte ....... .................................. 20 179 Jetta, vo11 Uorge ........................ 0 '6 Die Hand d e r Nemesis. von E A KOni g . ...... 20 P6 Deutsch und v o n l.11ciau lit>rbert .... 10 lSO IJie St.ieftoChu .. r, vou .J. Srn i t 'h...... .... .... 7 Arntmauu's Magd. von E Marlitt ..... .......... 20 97 Im Hause des Comrnerzieu-Rath, v()ll Marlitt ... 20 I S An der H e1lquelle. v oll F ried. Spielhage u ... W '8 VHleta, vou E \\1erner ........................... 20 98 Helene, v o n und Die Prinzessiu Ht"2 \Vas der'l'odtt:"ukopf t'rziiltlt. von M. Jokai. ..... :W 9 Auf der Rilmmingsburg, von .Iii. Wlddern ........ JO von Portugal, von A M e issner ................. 10 1 83 Der Zh:eunerbaro n v"n M. Jokai.. .............. 'IQ 10 Dl\9 Haus Hille l, voo !\lax Ring ......... ... ...... 20 99 .Aspasia, V Oil Rober& HarnmPrling ............... 20 184 Himmlische IL irtlische Li ebe, vou Paul Heyse 2 0 11 Glilckauf!. v o n K Werner ........................ 10 100 Ekkehard, v. Victor v. Sche ffel. ... .............. !lO 185 Ehre, H.omau von 0 Rchuhin .... ................ 20 12 Goldels<', vou E. Marlitt ................ ......... 20 101 Ein Kampf um R om, vou F. Dahn. Erte Hal ft 20 136 Violantl\, Roman VOil E. Eckstein ............... 20 1.3 Vat('r unu Sohn, vou F L ewald .................. 10 101 Ein Kam pt um Rom, voll F. Dahn. Zweite Hiilfte 20 187 Nemi, Erziihlunt? von Jl. Wacl1enhusen ........ 10 14 Di e \Vilrl!'('r vou Paris, voH C. Vl\cano ........ 20 ]()';?Spinoza, von Berth. Auerbach ................... 20 188 Straudgut. v o n Joh. von Dew,.11. Erte Hall'te .. 21) 15 l>e r von Rosenthal-Bonin. . 10 103 Von d e r ., Moud, von J. Verne ....... JO lt!B Strandgut, von J o h von Dtwall Z\\'eite I ialfte. : !ti 16 lngo uud I\igraban, voo Gustav Freytag ......... 20 lOt D e r 'J'orlesgrus uer Leg1on e n, von G Salllarow. 20 189 H0mo sum, vou G<'org .................... :W 1.7 Eintt Frn!{e, voll G, von J. R e tcliff e. Dritter Band ...... 20 191 Sanct Michae l, von E. Werne.r. Erste Hiilfte . HO 2z Kinde.r dt>r Welt, von P. Heyse. Erste Hal rt., ... 108 Heise nach dem Mittelpunkte der Erde. vou J 191 Sanct Michael, von 1. Werner. Zwaite HiiUte !Ill 22 Kinder der W e lt, von P Heyse. Zweite Hlilfte. 20 Vrrne ........................................... IO 192 NObrnut. voo Georg Ebers. Erste. lllilfte . \Hi 28 BarfUssttle, von B. A11erbach ................... 10 109 Die silherne Hochzeit, von R. Kohn ............. 10 !D2 Die Nilhraut, von Georg Ebers. Zweite Hiilfte. l'O 2 & Das Nt'8t der v o n G. Frey tug ...... .00 no Das f\pukelrn .us, V Oii A ' OD \Vinterfeld .... 20 198 l>iA Andere, V Oil ,V, Heimhurg ................... 25 Frtthli-tlgRl> oteu, von E Terner .................. 10 111 Die E r h e n dt'S 'Wahnsto11s. v o n T. Marx .... ... .. 10 19. 4 Eiu arme s :Miidchen. von ,V, Heim burg ..... .... 26 Z('lle N o. 7, v o n Piene Zuco11e .......... .. ....... 20 112 Der Ulan, von J o h. van Dewall ................ 10 195 Der Roman d e r Stiftsrlame. von Paul Heyse ..... i!ll '.27 Di e juuge Frau, v o n H Wnchenhnse u ............ :IO 113 U m h o h e n Pr<'i. von E Werne r ....... ........ 20 196 Kloster Wendh11sen, von W Heimhurg ... ....... 00 28 BuchenhPim, rnn Th. von VarubUler ............ 1 0 lit Schwarzwiilder D orfgeschichteu, von B Auer197 Das V ermiichtuiss Ke.ins, von Sacherlllas oc b 29 Aur der B ahu des V erbrech ens. von E. A. K onig "'() bnch. Erste .H&IFte ........................... 20 Erst.e Hliifte .................... . ............. ill) 30 Bril'{itta, von n .. rth. Ane rlu-..h .... . ............ 10 114 Schwarzwiilrler Dorfgescbichten, VOil B. Aue r-197 Da s Verm& chtniss Kai us, VOD Sacher-Mru;och 31 Im S chilliugsh o r, von E M&.. litt................. "'O i>ac h. Z" e itP Halrte ........................... 20 Zweite H&lfte .................................. 32 GesprengteFesseln. von E. W erne r .............. JO 115 Reise nm di" Erde, von Julius Verne ....... .. .. 1 0 198 Frau V enus. von Karl Frenzel.. .................. 2 G 33 Der .H('iduck, VOii Hans Wacheuhusen ........ . 20 116 ca-al'S 111tle, V Oil s. J :rt .. (Schluss VOD 104) ... 20 199 Eille V ie rt..l&tuude VatPr, V O D F. w Bncldander JO 34 Die StnQnhexe, vou Gr&flu nl. K Ayserliug ..... JO 117 Ant Capri. voll C'arl IJetlet. ....... ... .... ... . 18 1l()() H eimatklnng, von E Werner .................. JC 35 lJu.s Ki1uf\Bajazzo's, v o n E. A K 011ig .......... 20 118 Severa, von E. Hartne r ................. : .. 20 201 H erzeuskrisen, Rf)nia.o von w. Heim burg ...... 36 Uie JlrUd e r vom. d eutschen Hause, von G u sr.av IJ9 Ein Arirene Handscnrirt, von Gustav Freytag. 48 lllMkus Konig, von Gustav Freyta1; .............. 20 Erste Hiilfl., ........................ ........... 20 Zw e ite J liLlfte ........... ............ : ........ 20 44 Die schOneu Ame riki:,.uerinuen, von Fr. l:)p.'e l125 Di e ROm erfnhrt der l!!p igouen, v o n G. Sa.marow. 20 208 Das Eul e r ihaus von E. l\1arli1.t .................. t,'{) 1 hage n ....................... .. .. .. 10 Zweit" Hii.lft e ...... .. .. .. ........ 209 D e s H erzens Golglltha. von H. Wachenhuse n . 20 45 Das grosse T,oos, von A. Konig ................. 20 126 P orhles 1111d Porkelesa. von J. Schrr .......... 10 d('m Lebeu meiuo r a.Jten Freundin. VOil 46 Zur Ehre Gottes, vou Sacher, uod Ultimo, von 127 Ein FriedensstO rer. von Vi c t o r Blilthgen, und w H eimhnrg ......................... ....... l!() t Fr. Spielhagen .................... ............. 10 D e r hei1111iche Gnt. von R. B .rr ... ......... 20 211 Die Gred, Roman VOil G. Ebers. H&l(te .. 20 Geschw1s t er, von Gustav Frerta11:-. ........... 20 128 Schone Frauen, vou R. Edmund Hahn ............ J O 211 Die Gred, Roman von G. Ehers. Zwelte Hii.lft o 20 Blschot undKouig, 'Oil Mariam 1 'anger, und Der 129 Bakch e n uml vou A. Niemann ., 20 2J2 Trudchens Heirath, von Wilh. Heim burg ........ Pirate nkou\'j von M Jokai.. .............. .... 10 130 Getreuut, R o m a n vou E l'nlko ................. 10 213 Asbe ill. von Ossip Scl rnbiu ....................... 2C Reichsgril.fln is ela, voll Marlitt ................. 20 J 3 1 Alte Kett e n Roman von L. Schiickint? .......... 20 214 Die AlpenfP v nll E. Werner.: ................. 20 Bewegte Zeitell, von Leon Alexandrowitsch ...... J O Ueher die Wolk<' II, von Wilhl'lm JenS<'n .......... 10 215 Nero, VOil K Ec&steill Erste Hlilfte ...... .... 20 Um Ehre und Lelleo, VOil E. A Konig .......... 13.1 Das G.:ild des Orion. v o u H. Rosenthal-Bonin .... JO 215 Nero. von E. Eckste in. Zweite Hiilfte .......... 20 ,152 Aus eioer kl eiue n Stadt, von Gustav Freytag .... 20 Ia! Um ctn I!albm ond, VOil Gr. 8amarow. Erste 216 z ., ei Seelen. von Rud. Lindau ....... ... ......... 20 53 Hildeg .. rd, von Ernt von Waldow ........ .... 10 Hiilfte ........ ................................ 20 217 Mallo\ e r -11. Kriegshilder, von J oh. von D ewall 10 154 Dame v o n Hnns \Va clieohusen .......... 20 13! Um d e n IIalbmond, von 'Gr. Sama.row. Zweite 218 Lore von 'l' o llen, von '\V. Heimbnrg ............. 20 M Johannisnacht, von i\ f. Schmiut ............ ..... JO l!iilrt6 .. .. ....... ............................... 20 219 Spitzell Rolloau von P. Lindau . . ............ 20 li6 Angela, ,on F r. Spielhat?e n ................... 20 1 35 Trohadour-Novellen, von l'. H<'yse .......... 10 220 Der Referendnr. Novelle v o n Ernst Eckstein ..... 10 57 Falsct1 e Wege. von J von Brun-llarnow ....... . JO 1:11; t)er SchwP<\en-Sc111itz, von H. ... 20 !lf l Das Geie;e r-Evcben, Roman von A. Dom ........ w 58 Versn\1kene Wdten. von \V Jensen ............ 20 J37 Die Bettlel'i11 vnm Pont d Arts nnd Das Bild des "2.!2 Di e Gotterburg-, von M Jokai ................... 59 n;e \Voh..D11ngssuche r v o n A.. vou ... 1 0 von 'Villi. Hauff ....................... 10 2!3 D e r Kro upri1 1 z uud d ie deutsche;;;erkrone, .. .:,;,d :!O rn .. ill 2"24 "ii .... .......... : .. .. .... 152 Eine e r O rt'ne, v o n ..eopo ompNt .... .... '14.l Di e Erbta.nte, Roman von J ohann<'S vau.Dewali 20 1 4 .. ei nttr kleiue n Stadt, von A. von Lugins land, h n rnan von Ott o Roquette ... ....... 20 2o \ Vinle ifpld .................................. 10 l M Im Ba.nne dPr Jtlusen, von w. Heim burg ...... 10 G loria. Roman von Schubin ....... D La 11 Rh B A b h E t l'5 D" < t -s hU k 1 0 243 Bravo rechts!, R o m a n von Osip Schubin ....... 20 7 6 Olara Vertl. VOil Friedrich Spielhagen ............ 10 1 58 Die R o s e von Ddhi, von Fels. Zweite Hiilfte .. 20 l!4 i e omuuianten es ens, von aurus 81 "' D F 1 3 G Eb 20 9 D b R w .lllUll lO 247 Schl e i e r der .lllajn, Roman von E Juncke r ....... 26 '/7 i e rau .. rm<'t st.erm, von e r s ..... . 15 e o r a o m a n von er ......... ........ 248 Ein Held d e r Feiler, Roman von E. Werner ...... 20 Aus e ig+:>uer Kr:li t, vo11 \\-ilh. v. Hillern ....... .. 20 160 Eine Mutter, von Friedri c h ...... ... 2g 249 Freie Bahn!, Roman von E. Werner ............. 20 rg Ein Ku.mpf Ull' H echt, v o n K. Franzos .......... 20 1 6 1 Friedhofsblume, von W. von i ern ........... l G&nseliesel. Eine Hofgeschichte von Nataly ,.011 BO Prln z,.ssi n Sd111e e voll Marie Widdern .......... 10 l&l Nach der e rsten Lielle voK. Frenzel. ........ Eschstruth .............................. ...... 2o 81 Die zw('ittl Frau, von E. i\larlitt. . ... ...... .. .. 163 Gehannt und e1st, von E. Werner ............. "" 82 B ellv ennto, VOil Fn1111y Lewald .................. ro 1 6 1 U hlenbans, R o m a n VOil FriPd. Soielhagen ...... 20 25 1 Die drei Musk'eti e r voo A l exander Dumas. 83 J>e8"i111istt>n. vv11 vo n Stengel. ............. .... 20 16.5 Klytia, Homan von G Ta:vto r ................ .... 20 J o zwei The ilen j eder ........................ 20 .g4 Die H0Ma1111 cler Erzherzogin, von F. von Witz166 Ml\yO. Erzi>blung vonP. Lindau ......... ..... JO Zwanzie: J&hre nachber, von Alexander Dumas. leh"n-Wendel< t.eiu ............................ lO 1 67 Herrin von Ibic hstein, von F Henkel ...... 20 In d rei 'l' heil e n j e der ....................... 85 Ein \'iert""lja.hrhundert, von B. Young ......... 20 lt>S l>ie Snxoborussen, voo r Dumas. j D e r _i:oldene Schat z a u s dem dre1ssig JILhngeo 170 Ein Gottesurtheil. Rom no von E. WH'tler . 10 In z w e i The il e n. jeder . . . . . il(j Krieg, von E. A. Konig ....... : ............. 20 1 7 1 Die Kreuz rahre<". R oman von Felix Dahn .... ... 20 256 D('r Jl!_ann in d e r M!'ske, von Alexande r Das Frii.111e1n von St Amarnuthe von R. von 1';"2 D e r Erbe von W eid!'nhor, von F. P('lzeln ...... 20 D nmru; Jn zwe1 T1te1len. Jeder... ... 2() G<>ttschall ........... : ........... '. ............. 10 173 Di" Reise nac h dem Scb.iclesal, von K. J lranzos. 10 25 7 Dn Frauenkrleg, von A. Pumas In zw<'i 'l'heilen, J Der Ffirt vou M ontenPgoro von A. v. \\"mterreld 20 174 Villa Schono w, R oman von W Ral\ber. ..... . 10 jede r ........................................ ._. 26 Um ein Herz. VOil E Falk'. .......... ....... ... 10 175 Das Verrn&chtniss, von Ernst Eckstein. Erste 251! Der Cbevatier v o n ll!aison-Rouge, v o n A. l>uma:s : 24 \J'!Lrda, von Georg Ehers............ . . . . . 2 0 Haltte................. .. . .. .. . ......... 20 259 Neues L eben, von B erthold Auerbac h ......... 20 ,,'Ilit SDentiifJr if! bci n!lrn A U l!abrn. ober mirb grgrn 12 fiir rin!art1e \J1nmmrrn, obr r 25 Q:wteorge xim.'"nro'$ _.!Dohne, ..sherausgeber. P. O. llox 178!. 17 to 27 VANmmATER STltEE'l', NEW YORK.


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