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I No. 60. OLD PHENOMENA L ; OR, THE DOUBLE TRAGEDY MYSTERY. D y OLD S LEUTH. A SERIES OF THE MOST THRILLING DETECTIVE STORIES EVER PUBLISHED. j SINCLE I l NUMBER. f GEORGE MUNRO 'S SONS, PUBLISHEHS, Nos. 17 to Z'l VANDEWATER STREET, NEW YoR1t. j PRICE l 1 5 CENTS, f O l d Sleuth Library. I s su e d Quart e rly. -By S u bsc r iption, Twentyfive C ent p e r Annum. Entered at the Post Office at New York at SAcond Class Rates. -March 18, 1 893. Copyrighted in 1 891, by Geo rge Munro PHENOMENAL; OR, Vol. Irl. The Double Tragedy Mys.tery .A.N OLD-T:C:::r::v.r:E DETEOT:CVE N .A.::Ea::Ea.A.T:CVE. BY OLD SLEUTH. NEW YORK : GEORGE MUNRO S SON S PUBLISHERS 17 TO 27 VANDEWATER STREET.


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' OLD PHENOMENAL; OR, THE DO,UBLE TRAGEDY MYSTERY. Dy 01. D SLl:<.:U'I 'H. A SERIES O F THE MOST THRILLING DETECTIVE STORIES EVER PUBLISHED No. 60. J SINCLE t l NUMBER. i GEORGE MUNRO'S SONS. PCBLISHEHS, Nos. 17 to 27 VANDEWATER STREET, NEw YoRJ L J PRICE l ( 6 CENTS, f Vol. IIL Old Sleuth Library, Issued Qunrterly.-By Subscription, Twenty.five Cents per Annum, Entered a t the Post Office at New York at RACond C las H.ates.-March 18, 1893. Copyrighted in 1891, by George Munro. P .HENOMENAL; OR, The Double !ragedy Mystery. AN OLD-T:I::ht.l:E DETECT:IVE N A:e:e.A..T:IVE. CHAPTER I. ToM, di d you notice that old fellow who has been mo u sing around the body of the dead girl?" Yes, 1 noticed him." Did you notice his manner?" "Yes, I did." How particu lar he was to pick up all he eould about the finding of the body?" Y cs, I did; and I not i ced how he tried to play o1f' innocent-like." "We will follow him up. That old chap hows about thi s murder." The conversation recorded A.bove passed be tween two c ity detectives under circumstances ihat were tragic and startling. On the night previous to the one on which the talk occurred, a veiled lady had secured a room in a well-known New York hotel. Noth ing was seen or he ard of .the guest until late on the following morning, when the maid reported io the clerk at the office tha t s he there w11s something wrong with the guest JU Room 13. The watchman and porter were sent to the room, and failing to gain admittance, the y forced an entrance, when a sight met their gaze that caused them to recoil in horror and alarm. On the bed lay the body of a beautiful young woman. One glance told the tale. She was dead. Her mouth was open; h e r eyes, beautiful in life, were fixed in the stead y glare of fleath A sergeant from the station visited the room, and immediately afterward two detectives were put upon the case. The latter commenced a thorough investiga tion, and their discoveries and conclusions they kept to themselves. They were still in the midst of their inquiries when the coroner ar rived; and later on, in some myst er iou s m an ner, a queer-looking old man gained an eutrnnoe into the room, and he silently made a little examination on his own account. BY OLD SLEUTH They spoke to the coroner. The latte r mere l y said: "I won't order the o l d man away. No, cer tainly not. He m ay discover something, or may turn up as a witness." The coroner was in command, and as he would not order the old man from the room, the two detectives had nothing to say; but. they kept their eyes upon the old fellow, and agreed to follow him up, just as a matter cif precau tion. It was the general impression, from a very superficial study of 1 he surroundings of the beautiful corpse, that it was a case of suicide. No wound was found upon the body; and an other conclusion was that death had followed the swallowing of some deadly drug; and this suspicion was confirmed by the fact that there were no identification marks upon the body, no r were there any letters that would serve to indi cate the identity of the dead girl. 'fhe coroner had the hody removed in due time to the mor g ue and after having impaneled a jury, an adjournment was taken to await the revelations of an autopsy. In the me a ntime s ome very curious incidents h a d occurr ed. The two detectives who had been commenting upon the actions of the old man who had been so officious in the room where the body had been found, determined to fall to the trail of the stranger, and their mo tives in so doin g will be disclosed later on. The stranger had made a great m a ny in quiries, and appea red to be very deeply inter ested, and when one of the detectives addressed a question to him he marle an eva s ive answer and turned awa.y. He did not remain during the imp ane ling of the jury, but seemingly, after having picked up all the information he could, he turned away and left the room, and at once the two d e t ectives started to follow him, and oue of them said to the other: Tom, that was a murder.,. "That's my idea." That old fellow kno ws some t hi ng." "We'll find out what interest he has in th e matter, anyhow." I've an idea, chummie, that the o l d fell<>w is under cove r." That's just what ran through my mind." The old man meantime had gained the street, and the two detectives followed down and were on his 1 rack. They were known as two very_ cute men They were young fellows, but had considerable distinction in the way of de-I tect1ve work Tom and Mattie followed their man for some distance, when suddenly a little urchin ran up to them and excla i med, as he seized hold cit., Tom Baily: "Halloo, m i ster! you're just the man I w an& 1 to see!" "Well, what do you want, lad?" I "Pardon me, gentlemen; I've made a mis-I take You ain't the covies I thought you w ere. / I'm looking for a cop, I am;" and without an other word t he lad shot away and was lost in the throng passing along the street. The two detectives started to resume their pursuit, but their man had most mysteriously dibappeared. The officers ran forward, and then by m11tual after the exchange of a signal, separated. Ten minutes later they came w gether again, and Mattie said: J .. well, old man, that was a dump." "What?" Don't you get on to it?" Sing out. your tenor." "The lad was in it. We were fooled. It was all a trick ; but we will pick up the thread again, you bet."' j .. If that was so an our suspicions were well warranted." "You're right." Did you take any notes?"


4 "I'd reco gnize him if he were drawn from the river after having been dead seven week s But I'm hungry. Let's go in and swallow a lunch." Up' )n the lunch room they sat down at a tabl e and l'om Baily said, as he removed his mt and wiped his brow: "That wsis a 1.Jad beat, Mattie " Yes, i t was." Between you and me, this affair i s going to be wh a t they call a ce l ebra ted case " You 're ri ght it is." There has been a game." Certain." That gi rl did not commit suicide. It is a murder case, as sure as you are sitting oppo s ite m e at mom ent." "That's my idea, and it came to m e the mo-ment I set. eyes on that corpse." "You have the handkerchief ?" "l have." Mattie drew a lady's handkerchief from his po cket and pMEed it to his partner. The latter examined it carefully, and then said: See here." Matti e dir ecte d his g l a nce as r equested, and his eyes re s t e d upon a n a me a lm ost obliterated; but when put_ under a glass there was plainly reveal e d the letters which indicated the n ame, Essi e Hinsda le. That handkerchief was inten d e d to be found Mattie." Well. yes. it l ooks so." Not another identification mark was found on the body?" "No.'' Whil e t he conversation was in a very o rdinary-l ooking manone who might be set :Iown for a clerk-entered t-he lunch-roo m and took a sea t near the two detectives. The new comer gave an order, took up a paper, and ap v eared to be d ee ply interested in its contents. l'he two detectives paid no attention to the man who had entered. The latte r, however, cast an occasional glance over toward the two officers It was a ke e n searching glance. There was intelligence in the gleam of his eyes when he saw the h andkerchie f produced; and there fol low ed an expression of deep interest on his face. He was not reading; the paper was a pretense,; the man was watching and li sten ing. I t ell you. Mattie,'' said Tom Bai l y, "I am deeply i nterested in the old codger." "Did you notice how he studied the face?" "I did; and that is not all; h e was lookin g for some i r leutification mark; and, between you and me, h e knows someth i ng about that affair . I am pretty well satisfied he does." Did he know us?" "That 1 ca n t say; but one thing is certain, he was there prepared." "That.'s so." He found out pretty quick that we were on his track.; 'l'hat is dead certain." He put up a job to throw us off." "He diu; and that confirms my thnt he was unde r cover " Ten to one the coroner will make it out a case of su icide. ' "Sure." And that cuts us off." "Not much. We have our susp1c10ns re we arrived; I mean any one who would be ltkely to i nvest i gate?" '' The cl,erk to ld me that some one in some Jllys terious manner must have got into the J'()Otn .'' Didn't he see who it was?" "No." But somethi n g is mi ssing." ., What?'' OLD PHENOMENAL. When we found the body there was one ring on the second finger." "Yes.'' '' 'l'11e clerk says he can swear that there were two when the body was first discovered." Will he testify to that?" "No; I told him to say nothing about it.-" The two dete c tives completed their lunch and left the place 'T'he ruan who bad been pretend ir:g to read the paper l ef t a l so The re was a smi l e upon his face, and a l ook of keen intelli gence. He followed on the tmck of the two dete c tives, and, strang e ly enough, the two brigh t men did not tumbl e to the fact. Possi bly they we r e not on their guard-not expect in g a s hadow. The dodger followed for some distance, when he 'l'l"as joined by a l ad. The latter stole up silently, and th<: man s aid: Eddie, you see tho se two men?" "I do." The taller one?" '"Yes. "He has a lady's handke rchief in his pock et." "Well?" I want that handkerchief." "You shall have it," answered the lad, and he darted away. CHAPTER IL Well, what is your idea? Is it a case oi suicide or murder?" It was a murder." "Do you know it was a murder?" "No; but I so suspect." "Thi s is not information. I gain nothing by what you suspect." Tom Baily hesitated a moment, and then said: Young man, if you are fooling me, so muc lt the worse for you. I've seen you, I've hearQ! you talk, I've got your photograph; you caLt n e ver escape me if I need you "Why do you tell me this?" Because I've something mor e to t ell. I think it ia a murder case. Have you taken up any line of investiga tion f" That is a q u est iou I can not a nswer." "Did the g irl arriv e at the hotel alone?" It is supposed so." She did not." "Aha! you know she did not?" "Investigate that suggestion; go to the hotel; find out who went there with h er, or who ar rived just after her; who took a ro::;m near her." "Well?" Then you will make some v ery startling discoveries." What will I discover?" "You will discover that within half an hour after the ani val of the young lady at the !tote. THE two detectives had sa id the re ;vas a deep a young man r eg ist ered mystery uud e il ying the death of the s u pposed "Well ?" sui cide. They had thrown out several other You will l ea rn that the young man was as very s i gnificant suggest ions, and we will here s i gned to a room on the same floor with the say th at as our narrative prog r esses our readers young l ady. will learn that the detectives were correct in "Well?" t h e ir suspicions. Go in and examine that room." There was ind eed a deep, a very deep ancl "Well?" rom a ntic mystery underlyin g the discovery of "You may find someth in g there." the dead body, and there was a lso a de e p mys"And the n?" tery.in connection with the old man who had "I w ill m ee t you again." been seen mou s ing around. When and where?" After the brief colloq u y we have r ecorded, the I will man age to commun i cate with you. I man fell off from his pursuit, and the boy fell rsin not agree upon time and place now." to the shadow. Tom B a ily was thoughtful a few moments, The two detectives proceed ed to head-quar-and then said: ters and the lad hung around outside. Finally "Very well. I will follow up the clews you one of the officers came forth He was the hav e given me, and I will expect to meet you shorter one. The lad let him pass. Later the again." t a ller detective stepped forth t o the street, and "You will hear from me." the lad fe ll to his trail. It was evident that the detective did not note He was a n in s i gnificantlo oking littl e cuss. the man's a n s w e r, "You will li ear from me," No one would notice h im; lmt ther e was a in s t ead of "You will meet me." world of int e lli gence in that li1tle head, after "I will depend upon you." all. He was close to the men. He possessed "You can; and you will make the investiga eyes like a ferret and ears lik e a rabbit He tions at oncer" had closed in upon the two men so he could I will." overhear the first words that passed between One word more ; do not give out yet that them, and h e saw the detectil e, Tom Baily, you suspect it was a murder." produce a note,. show it tu the man he had met, Why not?" and heard him ask: "The bird may fly." "Are you the writer of that note?" "You appear to be pretty well posted." I am." I am. Keep your inform a tion and your "It i s addressed in my name?" suspicions to yourself until you make a11 ar" It is." r est." "Why did yo u se l ect me?" "Ah! I see." "I saw you at the hotel when the body of "Good-day," said the man; and he walked the g irl was found and I l earned yo u were a off with a rapid step detective. I s upp osed you \\'Oulcl have charge The detective disappeared for an in stant. of the case I had some information to imp a rt. Another man appeared a moment later. We I sen t for you." Wl'ite, "another man;" we will amend-a party vVha t i s your name ?" came forth who l ooked like another maa, but "If I tell yo u my n ame my information will his secret was betrayed by the lad who had beea stop thei:._e. watching. The latt e r muttered: "Why"'lwill your inform at ion s top there?" "Aha! a transform! But I am on to you. "Because there are reasons why I must not Mister Man!" be known in this affair." Indeed, it was the detective. who had re ap" Anything you may tell m e will he in confipeared under a tran sfo rm. He hurried away. deuce." The l ad was at his he els. The detective looked "I know that." a roun d in eve r y direction, and he muttered: "Then you must tell me yonr name." "Hang it! I'm too lat e F.ooled again, but I would g iv e you my name only there are not badly. I'm on to him! I will meet him r easons why I must not be known in thi s case. aga in l 'll r eturn to h ea d -q uarters, and then You will n ever see me again. I only intend to make a little investigation down at the hotel. give you a few pointers If I give you my I'll follow the in st.ructions of the man, anynam e my lip s a r e sea l ed how.' The detective meditat e d a moment and then Tbe l ad overheard what was said. A look of said: keen int e lli ge nce swept over hi!I cunn ing little "All right; I will waive my question. You face and he indulged a muttered remark. He need not give me your name. Give me the inmerely said: formation." It's all right. I will be in time. I'll fol" You saw the lady?" l ow the othe r chap." "I did." The lad Eddie started off. H e struck a. "What is you r opi nion ?" straight course. He did not have to go very I did not come here in answe r to your note far. He saw his !lame enter a handsome re!i to impart information I came here to receive dence on Fifth Avenue The lad noted the it. house, took some keen bearings, and then "You can aid me in impartin g information jumped on a car snd rode down -town. He soon by answering my questions. appeared at the hotel where the suicide or mur.. To a certain e xtent yes." der, whichever it wa s bad taken place. He ....,.,.... to Act Q/ in flw 11eor 1891, 1>11 GllO-l11181>. "' Uu o;lce qf the Lil>rorlan Qf c_.--W ... MngtD. C.


OLD PHENOMENAL. strolled into the office, and, singularly enough, a dose of some powerful poison. The detecive the lad had undergone a slight transform. drew a large wallet from his pocket, and, after I reckon I am a little ahead of tiwe," he carefully wrapping the vial, he deposited it in mut. tered. his book. He then recommenced his search, The lad had heard the detective say he would and in time found a few other little things that go to head-quarters. He knew about how l o ng to him seemed as proofs most it would take to go to head-quarters, and h e Well, well," he muttered, "this 1s a good made his cakulations to a second; and he was t.ory. I am very much illterested." The g:irl led you throu_gh a crevasse and brought. you out on the top of the cliff, and you,


/ 6 OLD PHENOMENAL. ,============================;:===========================7=========================== had a chance to measure your men over the ledge. Do you recollect all that?" \ The detective was amused, and he asked: What do you know about the girl?" .-"'All about her." "How is that?" "'I am the girl!" came the answer. CHA.PTER IV. THE detective was deeply interested at once. He looked the lad over more critically, and after a moment said: So you arc a eh?" There was a quizzical smile on his face as he spoke. Do look like a girl?" "No; but you said you were a girl; possibly you are under a disguise. I've heard of fellows going under a disguise." "Well, yes; I reckon you know all about said the youth. But, honest, are you a girl?" "What are you giving me?" "You said you were a girl." I did not say I was a girl." "Oh, did I misunderstand you?" I reckon not." What did you say?" "I said tlte girl. I am a boy now." Ohl Phenomenal was compelled to laugh out. ri g ht. The lad's fine '.listinction was im men8e. Inrleed, our hero had already discov ered that he was talking to one of the brightest lads he had ever met. You were the girl?" "Yes; got up for the occasion." ... And what was the occasion?" "Will you own up square?" "Bt:t what do you want me to own up?" That you are Albert Stetson." "If I own up you will not blow on me?" I'd die first." All right; I am Stetson." Good enough; now we can talk." "Y0 u say you were the girl?" '"')'es." \\'hat was the occasion?" I h a d got on to the fact that the mooners :aad r ;rn you down, so I got up for safety, and st&rtcd out to give you the pointer." \V hat were you doing in the mountains?" I was on a trail. Yes, I shadowed down a heap of those fellows.'' Come, my lad, tell me all about yourself." "There is not much to tell. I've started in to be a detective." "How did you come to form such a resolution?" "Because I thought I'd like the business bet ter than farming." what does your father say to your becom a detective?" 'I have no father." Your father is dead?" "Yes." How long has he been dead?" About two years." Have you a mother?" "No; my mother died when I was five years 'Old, and, as I said, my father died about two years ago. After he died my uncle took: me on his farm. You see, my father fell off after my mother's death and got iq.to bad habits. He lost his farm. and when he died be was a farm hand; yes, sir, working at. days' work, and he had the best blood in the State in his veins." And after his death you went with your uncle?" "Yes: my father's step-brother. I did not go with him, he took me." He was kind t.o you. then?" k .. Was be? Well, I guess not. It was not a good heart that led him to adopt me. He knew I was n good worker. He knew he'd get a man's work: out of me, and only pay me hoard and clothes. Well, I didn't object to that, but be dido 't treat me right. He let me go to school one winter, but the next winter he started in to keep me at work all the time. Said he couldn't afierd to let me go to school, and then I quit." "You quit?" "Yes, 1 did. One rainy night I skipped &Way and went to St. Louis. I knocked around thP.re a year, and then I mat!e up my mind to settle down for life. I had worked around on the levee, and I had saved a few dollars, so I came down here and started into the mount I read an item in the papers about you. I mode up my mind to follow you up. I went into the mountains and was hunting around when I fell to the game of the mooners Then I struck out and found you.'' Why didn't you tell me about yourself I didn't have a chance. You remember when you left me I was to meet you again and give you some more information." "Yes, I remember; and you didn't show up." "No." "Why not?" Those fellows nipped me, and I bad a close call.'' "How?" Well. I rather think they would have sent me dancin&" on nothing, only they didn't like to swiug a girl. I played it well, you bet, and they just locked me in a room up in a distillery. They kept me there two weeks, and then one day I gave 'em the slip. I hung around, dodg ing here and there, until I found out that you had cl9sed in on them. I started to hunt you up, and here I am.'' You are a weat fellow, Eddie." I mean busmess." And what is your intention?" I want to go in with you as an apprentice. I don't want any pay, only my board and clothes, and I'll he of good service to you." "But your uncle?" He has nothing to do with me. I'll never go back: to him. I'd put l ead in my pocket and go to the bottom of the river first." Have you any other relatives?" "I've a sister somewhere in California; but she is ten years older than I am. I haven't seen her since I was five years old. She was adopted and went away." Have you ever heard from her?" "No; I do not know whether she is living or dead." "And you want to come with me?" "Yes, as an apprentice. I am bound to he a detective, whether you take me or not." I'll take you, Eddie, said the detective; and, as we have related, our hero secured his little aid, and for two y ears he had a valuable one. He had formed a great attachment for the and the youth lmd become possessed of an experience tha t made him practically the equal of any detective in the land as far as intelli gence and cunning go. He was physically a strong fellow, alld having been brought up on a farm, was vigorous and healthy. Our hero bad visited New York on a special case. He had brought his credentials with him. He was well known at bead-quarters by repu tation, and had oace met the chief of the New York force, but he had not made known bis presence in New York at the time our narrative opens, and consequently was not known to the men on the force. Accident had Albert Stetson early knowledge of the supposed suicide, and be went to work at once to investigate it, as the business he bad in hand made it necessary for him to take in all discoveries of dead girls that might be called to his attention. He was on a search for a missing lady who had disappeared under very singular circumstances, and the lat ter was the occasion of his visit to New York:. While Albert Stetson was listening to the very thrilling narrative of his little aid, Eddie Farnam, a rather remarkable scene was being enacted at the hotel where the city detective, Baily, had been so cleverly and mysteriously laid out. When the man bad been knocked to the floor he had been only momentarily stunned. He speedily recovered from the effects of the blow and rose to bis feet, but for a moment or two he was a little dazed. When the dizziness passed away, andl be began to realize what had occurred, an oath fell from bis lips. "Willi, I got it again. Hang me if I have not struck: an influence that seems to have para lyzed me But let me see; what was the object of the rap I got?" He stood a moment, and then recalled that at the time he had been bit he held the tell-tale handkerchief in his band. He looked on tlje floor, felt in bis pockets, and at length murmured: "It's gone!" He looked, and there was his wallet on the floor. He picked it up, opened it out, and again be exclaimed: "Great Oresar!" Tom Baily remained a few moments in the room. He resumed his investigations, but found nothing to reward his search. .He finally left the room and descended to the offi.ce. He went up to the cl.erk:, and the lattei' asked: "Well, what did you make outt" No thing much. But who followed me up to that room? "No one." Who was in the office here when I was talking to you?" No one but that messenger lad." The detective started. Oh, yes! I remember the messengerboy. What became of him?" It's likely he got tired of waiting and went away." The detective also went away, and as he walked along he muttered: I'm a fool! I've been played; but one thing is certain-there is something in all this. I will see the man who met me at the Fifth Avmue Hotel. I will make that fellow open up. Yes, I will, or choke the l!fe out of him!" The detective had not gone far before he was joined by his pard, Mattie. "Well, old man, what did you make out?" I made out," came the equivocal aeswer. "Did you ever meet the writer of the note?" Yes, I did." "Was there anything in it?" I should say so." Op e n up, will you?" "Yes. I will." Tom Baily told his tale, and his pard listened with deepest attention; and when the statement was concluded, said: Tom, this beats anything in all our experi ence.'' "It does." "Who gave you the thump?" "Mattie, I'd give a thousand dollars to be able to answer that question. Whoever it was would take a lashing from me that would lay him up for a spell, you bet!" "It couldn't have been the messenger-lad?" "No; but be may have been at !he bottom of it all." "How? "He gave the information to some one else. That fellow was there for a purp0se. I now recall that be could overhear every word that passed between me and the clerk and must have dropped out without our noticing it and given the points." It's strange." "Yes, it i s very strange, Mattie, the strangest experience of my life." And what do you make out of it all?" Some deep devil has got the dead shadow on us." CHAPTER V. OLD PHENOMENiAL bad made up his mind that there was a deep mystery connected with the supposed suicide; in this he agreed with Tom Baily. He also had made up his mind that it was not a suicide, and he had made cer tain other discoveries which will be revealed later on. He 'had listened to Eddie, as has been de tailed. Having sat for a long time thinking all the matters over, he asked: "Eddie, what sort of a looking chap was the fellow who met Baily at the Fifth Avenue Hotel?" He is a villain, a skin of the first water." What do you mean by a skin of the first water?" I mean he is a cowardly schemer-a man as cunning as the devil himself, but a regular coward." How old a man?" About forty." And you tracked him?" "I did." "You say he entered a respectable house?" "Yes.'' He is the man we want to get on ,o, Eddie." "That is what I thought." "You thought something else." "Yes." "Well, out with it, my lad." It was a put-up job on Baily." "How?" He put the vial in the room. He knew just what Baily would find there.'' Albert Stetson smiled. He enjoyed the cute ness of his little aid. He was in the habit of encouraging an expression of opinion. Old Phenomenal had already reached the same con To him the matter was as Qiear 1111


eay, and be seldom went astray in his conclu filons. "Eddie," sa id the detective, "I want you to sad.ow the man you saw at the hotel." I expected you would. "Don't addre ss him; don't go too far. Jus t get on to him and his haunts. I want to take a look at him." All ri ght; I'm off." The lad left the apartment and proce ed ed direct to the vicinity of the house he had see n the man enter. He lay around all the after noon and as evening approached he jus t man aged to run into a saloon, snatch a bite, and he was on duty again. He lay around until about eight o'clock, when he saw the door of the house open and h e muttered: There he is at last, and h e has changed his make-up." Whe n the man came forth, Eddie star ted on a straight sha dow Be saw the man go to a hote l reading-room, where he looked over the papers. H e was at the man's shou ld ers, and saw that he was re ading about th e l atest sensa tion and as the man read through the lad watched his countenance. 11nd saw a look of disappointment illumin ate it, and Eddie mut tered: He's looking for something h e don't find there." The l a d was a keener, and he heard the man mutter: Hang it! he hasn t g iv e n it out yet, and he has h a d ample time He must have found the things, or he s no good." Aha!" muttered Eddie; be expected Baily to blow on his find, e h? Well, the re is good reason why Baily i s silent." As the lad made the latter remark there came n glitter in his eyes, and a smile flitted over his face. The man made several other muttered r e marks, all of which Eddie noted and put a way to repeat to his benefactor. The man at l engt h threw the paper aside and left the hot e l a nd Eddie followed at his h ee l s The man proceeded to a certain quarter of the city, and commenced to pace up and down before a fine-looking house. Eddie at first ibought that h e was pacing in an aimless man ner, but soon he made up his mind that the man had a purpose. The little detective was 11 cute watcher. He saw 11 shade rai sed in the hou se ; be saw a handsome woman appear at th e win dow; h e saw her make a signal; he saw the man he had been shadowing answer it and then walk away. The lad hnd seen the woman's face, and he knew be would reeognize her if h e should see her again. The man, after sending a. return signal, walked away, and the lad followed until h e saw his game enter a pl a ce, the character of which he did not unders tand He stood watching the -door-way through which the man had passed, until be saw a young man straggling past, and !he asked: I s that a billiard-room?" No; it's a men ager i e . "Do they keep animals up there?" "No; they onlv keep one animal up there Are you a s trange!' in the city?" ''Yes.'' '' WPat are you looking for?" .. A boarding-house." W e ll, you need not go up there, bub." "Why noU" "Because it's a ti!!:er's den." Eddie took just what was me a nt, and h e was ,al a stand-still. He knew his man would !Probably make a ni ght of it. He knew h e would not be permitted to enter the place ; boys are not admitted-and a fter taking in the .surround inga he said to himself: I reckon I' II report. Be returned to the lodglngg, where his miis'ter awaited him. Did you find your man my lad?" "I did. I followed him to No. Twenty i!econd Street. He s topp e d before a house and liif.1aled to a handsome woman." 'Aha! there is a woman in the case!" From there he went to a. place on a street },ading from Broadway." ''Well?" He went upstairs. A Well?" I think he wilt stay there awhile, so I reported back." "What makes you think so?'' It' i a Ah! I see. The man is going to get into a game.'' Old Phenomenal thought awhile, and then said: I will go and follow up th e m an-that's all ri ght-and you go and see what you can pick up about t he woman." Eddie d esc rib ed the location of the gambling saloon, and then sta rt ed out. A word to him was sufficient He w a lked toward the house where the signals had been exchanged, and was going on in a quiet manner, when he espied the detective, Tom Baily. I wonder what that man is up to now? I reckon I'll l e t the lady go for a few moments and follow him." Eddie started to follow the detective He saw him go to the Fifth Avenue Hotel. He en tered the same re ading-room where he had h e ld the former interview with the man. Eddie also entered the r eading-room. He hung around until the detective departed, and he followed him out, and was walking along on a close trail. H e kept to hi s s h adow uutil he saw hi s m a n enter a house. The lad s topp ed before the door and was t a king the bearings, when s ud denly h e was seized from behind. He found himself in a powerful g r asp, and ere one could twi ce repeat Jack Hobiuson he was hust l ed into th e hou se into which he had seen Tom Baily go He did not make a fight. He tumbled to the s itu at ion and m enta lly he mutter ed: I wasn't cute enough. After all, I've. been hook e d." 'Vhe n he found opportunity and voice, he demnnrl e d: "What do you mean? Why do you bring m e in here?" Eddie was hustled into the back parlor of the hou se, and there mt Tom Baily and his partn er. Mattie said," as he shoved ii;ddie into the room ; "Here's a nice sea-robi n I've captured." Tom Baily look ed Eddie over from head to feet, a nrl said, after a moment: S it rlown, sonny "No, I won't sit down! Why did you men bring me in here?" "We want to t alk with you," I don't want to t a lk. " Oh yes, you do. I've seen you before, my son." "I've never seen you before, and you w ill suffer for this .'' "Tha t 's a ll right, but what were you doing down to the-. Hotel?" I wasn't in the --Hotel to-day." "Oh, don t give m,e that. I saw you there. You were to meet a Rentl e man. What station do you belong to eh? I don t belong to any station "Aren't you a messenger-lad?" "No, I am not." '' Then you were only playing m esse nger boy, eh?" I wasn't pla.ying messen ge r-boy, a nd if you don't let me go home you fellows will suffe r." I fear you will never go home again." "You fellows can t scare me." Mattie P.xchange d some s i gns with his part ner, and the lat.ter nodded knowingly, and con tinuing his talk with Eddie, sa id: Young fellow, I saw you to-d ay. You were got up as a me sse n gerl ad; you were at the --Hotel; yon were waiting for a gentleman." If you know just what I was doing, why do you ask m e any questions?'' ' I think I know the man you were waiting for." "That's all r"ght; you may know all about it, but I don't." You are a very smart lad, you are." Thank you. "I hav\l to take you to the stationhouee, ' I wish you would." M aybe you are too willing, after all." I am willing." Again Mattie exchanged s i g nal s with his partner, and then said: "Tom, I think we've struck the wrong lad." "What would you advise?" I do not think we have any use for this fellow." "And shall we let him go?" ''Yes.'' You'll be sorry if you find out afterward that you've made a mi stake " I made a mist ake when I c a ptured him. We will let him go." A moment later and Eddie was free CHAPTER VI. EDDIE wasn't fooled at all. He saw through the whole game, and he knew just what the two men were up to, and he muttered: Well, when these two foxes catch this weasel as le ep, they will get up a great deal earlier in the morning." After Eddie had b ee n freed, Baity said: "You've made a mistake." "How?" That lad is the fellow we want." "You think so?'' "Yes. The lad is working for !30me ons else "I rlon 't know about that." "He will go straight to his boss." "We ll ?" The man who is working tha t l a d is the old man who was in !he room when the exa111.ina tio n took place.'' By ging e r Mattie, I believe yo u are That old man is on to this ease." Dead certain! But how about the other fellow?" "The one you met a t th e Fifth Avenue?" "Yes." "Who gave you the point.s?" "Yes.u Are you sure it is not one and th e same per son?" "I am sure the man I met at the .Fifth Avenue is no! the old fe llow." And you are dead s ure there are two me1t in the case?" "Yes." He knew what you would find in that room?" "Dead sure!" He i s not the m a n who afterward sec ured. your prize s." Then who did 11:et them?" The messenger boy communicated." And then you suspect?" "That it was not the Fifth Avenue ooap but another man, who put the lad on your track." "And that other man was?" '' In my op inion the old fellow." The above conver sa tion passed rapidly, and while the two men were keeping the lad Eddie in they had fallen far back, but held to the snadow. They were, as has been intimated a ll a lon g, two re a lly sharp men. They sepa rated, but both kept to the trail. In tlie meantime, Eddie was up to snuff, as the saying goes. He was well aware that the two men were following him. He h a d got right down to their game, and as he sped along h e muttered: "I'll give 'em a throw of!, and don't you forget. it., my dear little self." The lad wandered along in an indifferent sort of way, but his glance was wandering also. He was lookin g for a good chance to give his pursuers a clean drop out. Fortune favored him. There came an a larm of fire; an engine w as see!l rus hin g down the street; there was a. rush and scatter in every direction. H e started on a run. He ran with the engine, and he was a runner. Tile engine was drawn by horses goi n g a t a swift gallop, but our little detective kept up with them. The engine turned down a side st reet. Eddie went around in company with it. He was traveling with the speed of a de e r. He came to an alley-way. He looked over his s houlder. His pursuers were not in sight; they had not turned the cor ner. The boy made a spring, and in less time than it t akes to tell it he was over the fence. "Bully for me!" he l a ughed, and be peeped through 11 little opening. Luck favored him. The two detectives came tog et h e r ju.t opposite to where he was concealed. It was not au un expected result. "He's dropped us," said Mattie. "Yes; h e has given us the slip." Tom, we're lo s ing our heads." It seems so." Every one we strike appears to be smarter than we are." So it seems. But we are but just starting in on this game. We will come out all right yet." As our readers will remember, Albert Stetaon had gone to trail down the man who had give11 the points on the vial and other little articles that had been found in the room and which. were tell-tale testimonies leading toward a so;lu tion of the mystery. Eddie had given the detective an accurate de sc ription of the man, and had pointed oat the. P,!l9, !Ill\q 9!\i \


I 8 OLD PHENOMENAL. =-=============== ---------------=:==;:============ nomenal took the bearings. He did not enter the place at onc e, hut just took a survey; and he wa s rn en g aged when he saw the very man he was trl\iling come from the building. Aha! here we are,'' was his muttered com"wm you go in quietly with me?" Yes, i will," wus the answer. CHAPTER VII. ment. OLD PHENmrnNAJ, had fallen to a discovery The man was not alone. There was a hardwhich will be explained to om readers later on, featured iellow with him, and the two m e n pro-and it was this discovery that cau s ed him to ceeded along and were engaged in an earnest pro c eed quietly with the man who had arrested conversation. him. His discovery had led him also to a "I'd like to overhear what is passing between second very singular conclusion H a d he been thos e two men," said the detective. a man of less nerve and coura g e he would not The opportunit y, however, did not occur. lrnve c onsented to enter the house, as he was The men walked and walked, amt finally sepa-1 W<'ll aware .that, he fac<':d a great peril. The rated. latter. Lowever, was something he hacl become Old Phenomenal, when the men sepBr a ted , inured to, and he was prepared for all con s e followed :he man he had started out t o shadow. wlien he said, "Yes, I will." He paid no attention lo tlie othe r man, and after The OffiC'er again seized hold of our hero, and taking a few precautions and making a few led him up the stoop. He s e em e d to fear that straight observations, he reached the conclusion his man might attempt to run away. He did tha t 'the men had not observed his actions He not ring the b e ll, but enrered the house with a followed his man for some time, and at length night-k e y. The latter w a s au incident that, to saw him go t o a certain house and go through say the least, was very peculiar under all the t he same motions that Edctie had wimessecl circnr:1stances. The detective had not seen the handsome Once in the house, the officer released his woman that Eddie J 1 ad described. He only s itw hold nnd said: -the s i gnal mad!l by the man, but he knew there "Follow me!" were both in i t i at-ive and answering signals ex They ent e red the rear room of the house, and changed. the ofl:lr-er saicl: A moment the detective stopped and con" Sit down." sidered. and he said: Oid Phenomenal obeyed. "This is the house to which Eddie trncked A few moments passed, and a man entered IJlat man. It was here he saw the handsome the room. He said to the officer: Ofoman at the time of the former signals "You can go; but be on hand i n case I need !'here musl have been some reason why the you fellow did not enter the house. Since then the The officer who had made the arrest left the circumstances have and he has en room, and the man who had given the order tered. This man, and tnis woman whom I said to the detective: have not are in some way connected with C om e up here and take a seat opposite to the mystery. They will have a talk. I must me. I want to talk with you." get into that hone and hear what is said, and I When the man gave the order he seated himlrnve no time to lose." self at a ta b le in the center of the floor, and moSpecial detectives frequently take long tioned to our hero where to sit. The latter did chances. Our hero determined to ente r the as he was direct.eel. There was a chandelier hon; eat all risks. He had passed and repasrnd ri ght over their heads, and several burners had the house severa l times, and finally darted int.o be e n lighted. the bnt the next he felt him The man coolly looked our hero all over, and self cQJlared, a club was held menacingly over finally said: his head, and a harsh voice exclaimed: "1 do not remember having seen you be" I've got you now, my man!" fori>,." Al Stetson was perfectly cool. .. And our hero answered: "Don' t make any noiie ahout it," he said. "I do not rememb e r having seen you be" You were about to enter this house?" fore." Talk low, will yon?" are you?" demanded the man. "You will go with me," said the officer. "I am a burgh1r." "Certainly I will go with you; but don't The man did not appear at all surprised at re make so much noise about it." I The officer held our hero by the collar of his the answer, but a smi e overspread his coat and led him fortll. You do not appear to be at all abashed i;i You needn't hold :m to me." I making the confession." "Do yon think am going to let you run .. No.,, away after having made the c a pture? If .vou "Yon are not a burglar." attempt to do so, I'll shoot you down." .. Who am I?" I will not run away." That is what I mean to learn." The officer released his hold, and he led t.he .. Who are you?" way, not to the station-house, but in another "The re is no need for me to tell you who I direction. The man led him across town, and am. on the way said but litt1e, merely muttering OC Oh, you are merely seeking to learn whom ca; iqnally: I am?" I caught you good and square." .. yes." At length the man stopped in front of a I was told I was to meet the district athouse, and as he did so he again seized our hero. You will come in here," h('l said Thi s is not a police station." And do you want to go to a police-station?" Certainly." 'There is a man in here who will have a t alk with you, and then will be locked up soon enough, never fear." "You are not doing your dnty." Ah! you will give me l e ssons in my duty, "Yes" See here, mister, you may compel me to use my chrb on you. Why do you take me in here?' "This is the private residence of the district attorney. He wants to have a tal k with you." We will here remark that the policeman ap peared to be a little bewilde r ed. He did not seem to fully understand the quie t manner in which bis prisoner had submitted to arres t h u t it suited him, all the same. So he made no comment. .>-; Why do yon take me to him?" "Because 1 have orders to do so '.'You were laying for me?" "Yes." Somebody gave you informatio n." That's my business." ";But you can t e ll me." torn ev." "Who told vou that?" The fello\v who arrested me-the fraud dre sse d in policeman s clothes." The man gave a little start, and said: So you do not think it was an officer who you? "No; I am sure it was not an officer " But you came along quietly, I understand?" Certainly." Why is it you offered no resistance, knowing th e man who arrested you was not an offic er?" I wanted to meet you." "You wanted to m e et me?" came the com ment, in a tone of surpri se. Yes, I wanted to me e t you." "Well, you have met me now; what have you to say1" "Nothin" "Then w Ey are you here?" I was brought here, and it is my turn to ask why I was brought here." .i I wanted to see you." "I repeat your remark. I am here; what have you to say?" The man whom our hero w3s facing was, as we have intimated, 11. cool, det erminecil man, but be appeared t o be a li t tle discon c erted by our hero's si n g ular m anne r a nd bo l d n ess I want to ask you a few queslions," sais the maa. All right; a.sk your

OLD PHENOMENAL. his guard. He turned pal e and there came a strange, wild gleam m his eyes, and in a low tone he muttered: A.ha, I thought so!" You have not answered me," said Old Phe nomen al. What did you say? Repeat it." I said you knew something about the suidde that occurred at t.he -Hotel." I read about it in the papers." Did you see the body?" "No." All right. I am done. "No; you will go on." My friend, we do not understand each {)her yet." I am seeking an understanding." We will talk plain." "Yes.11 I do not scare. I care no more for your men there with the rope than I do for a fly on the wnll. You think I am in your power. On the contrary, you are in mine. You did not underst11nd why I came along so quietly. You 5hould be able to guess now. You should un derstand now why I said I wl\nted to see you." "And did you waut to see me?" "Yes.,, "Why'/" CHAPTER VIII. TnE detec tive, as has been intimat ed, had de termined upon his course, and he said: I had an idea tlu1t there was some one in this house who knew something about the dead girl." The man to whom our hero was talking exhibited considerable agitat ion and nervousness. He turn e d pale and and once again in an earnest tone demanded : Who are you?" "It matters not who I am." What do you know about the dead girl?" That is my T ell me what interest you have in the dead girl. " No interest." T hen the re is no need for us tao talk further. 1 will go away." You are not at liberty to go." "We will see about that. Who will stop me fl'Om goin&'?" I will. The detective rose, and the man rose also. Re drew a revolver, and at the same instant the four men rus hed into the room. Our hero had calculated every chance. He was ready. Quick as a flash he turned off the gas. The men were in darkness. It was evident the man had not calcu l ated upon such decided measures There followed a rush, and there followed also sev e ral blows, which sounded dead and heavy. And aga in there followed severnl heavy fall s like men knocked s ud denly off their feet. And then all was still. Old Phenomenal had been to work in t he dark. He lighted the gas, and a strange sight was revealed. Five men lay stretch ed upon the floor. Four of them were pretty badly hurt, as it appMred. The fifth man was able to rise to his feet. But he was covered with the muzzle of a revolver, and the detective said: "Do not move, or you are a d ea d man!" The mun did not heed the warning. He leaped forward and grappled with Al Stetson. A desp e rate strugg!e followed. But tile detect ive wa s t.he more active man of the two, and he possess ed equal strength with his antagonist. He bore his man to the floor, and held him pinned and then he said: It is useless for you to struggle against me." "You are an assassin!" "Am I? Not much. But what are you? Did you not let in those hounds on me to mur der me? You are now at my mercy. But I will not harm you. I am your friend, that is, I think you and I will be friends." I looked upon you as an enemy." I know you dtd; but there you were mis taken. Now, listen: you are cornered. I do net mean to harm you. I would be justi:iied, as an attack was made upon me." "No harm was intended." "Well, that is cool. It does not look as though any harm was intended." I bad g iven orders "What were your orders?" "To make you a prisoner." .. You are my prisoner." You are a jreat man." Thank you. If I let you rise, will you be quiet and come to a fair uuderstanding?' "I will." Then rise The detective permitted his man to rise, and the same privil ege wa8 extended to the four men who had been l a id out. You had better bid your men retire You and 1 must talk alone." The four men, all surprised, one after an other rose to their feet. Not one of them was and yet they had been knocked to partial msensibility The men,, all stated, rose to their feet. They were dazed but the man bid them leave the room They obe Jed, and our hero sa id: "We have had quite a singular little adventure." I do not understand it ; but I am accustomed to accepting the inevitable.'' A good experience. A,nd now let us talk." "I am ready." "If you will answer me one question we may reach an underst a nding." L e t me h ea r your question." "Have you any interest in the dead girl?" "I h ave." I thought so. What is your interest?" I can not tell you." One more question." "Just as I fea r e d You will now press me with questions I can not answer." It will be better for tbe dead and the Ii ving if you do answe r my questions." I can not answe r your questions." Are you a friend of the m a n who lives in the house on -Street?" "I will answer your question on one con dition." "Nam e it." I will a nswer your question on condition tha t I know who you are." The detective w as thoughtful a moment, and then said: "I see no reason why I should not comply with your condition.'' Do so." "I am a detective." And engaged on this case? "No." "Not enga ged on this case?" J have myself." "In whose mterest?" "You are pressing questions upon me now." "It i s very important that you should answer my questions." I have answered your questions more freely t-ban you have answered mine It Is your turn now ' "What is your name?" Albert Stetson." The man started and said: "You are known as Old Phenomenal?" Some of my friends call me Old Phe-nomenal.'' "And you are engaged on this case?" "I have started in on this case." And what ha\"'e you learned?" The d e tective smiled and said: This is all one-sided." "Then it is time you told me something. "I will." "Proceed." "You know nothing as to the identity of the dead girl?" "No; and now, before yol! proceed, tell me who you are." My name is Edward Kalley." "Proceed, Mr. Kalley. " It is a strange story I have. to tell." You can tell it to me." I will. I went to college with a young man named George Heath He was the son of an artist, and he was poor He WllS a manly fellow, and we became quite intimate He had a sister-a beautiful girl. He showed me hel' photograph. I graduated from college a/ea r ahead of my friend and went to Europe. did not see nor hear from him for three or four years; and then I received a letter, and in his l e tter he made a strange revelation. He sa id he had s uddenly become very ri c h, and lbA: plained hi s accession to riches by the narration of a most r ema rk ab l e and romantic sto ry. He said h e was traveling on a ste a mboat, and an old man fell overboard. He l ea ped into the river and saved the old man s life After the re scue h e gave his name to the old man, and a year l a t e r he was vi s ited by a man who paid over to him on e million dollar s jn United States bonds. He told me a lso that be was not in good health, that he had m a de a will, bequ ea th ing all his property to his s i s ter and he also stated that if I r et urned to America before his d eath he would make me execulor of the estate and g u a rdi an of his sister, who lacked two yeara of being of age." "How lon g ago did you receive that Jette!'? .. About a year ago." Did you eve r r ece ive another letter?" No, n o t from him." "Proceed." "About three months ago I received a from a lady. She said her name was Adllle Heath. She she was a sister to Geocge H ea th. She desired rue to return to America. She inform ed me that her brother was demi, and that she wished me to identify her as his sister, in order that she might take possession of his estate." There came a strange light in the eye s as h e muttered: I begin to see into this thing." "No, you can not discern what I have to rela!." Proceed." One of the most damnable plots has beeni conceived that was ever attempted by a gang o1'. conspirators. '' Go on with your narrative." "I returned to the United State, and in due : time called upon the lady who had written to me ." The narrator came to a dead halt in his story. Proceed," said our hero. "Yes," resumed the speaker, "I called upon the lady, and at once saw into the devilish scheme." "It is? Well, I will open up soon enough." CHAPTER IX. When?''THERE followed a moment's silence, and thea When I make sure I am talking to the right Edward Kalley said : party." Yes, at a glance I discerned the great "You are talking to the right party. You fraud." should be fully convinced, I reckon." Well, what was it you discovered?" '' Yes, you have performed a phenomenal ' I discovered that there was a scheme on deed in this house." foot to rob the true heiress." Well, yes, l sho uld say so as things go." How did you discover it?" I propose to t e ll my story." I had received a letter from a lady purport" That is right, and in the end it will be beting to have been sent by the sister of my dead ter for you." friend." "But first answer me: What do you know "Yes." about the case?" I called." I only know the girl was muidered." Yes." Murdered?" But the young lady was not the sister of m1 Yes." dead friend." It is supposed to be a suicide." She was not your friend's sister?" "Well, I have told you all I know about the "No." case." Explain." "How is it you started in on it?" "I saw at a glance that l was in the presence Well, it struck me there was a mystery beof a woman representing herself to be my dead bind t.hat dead friend's sister." It was this idea that led you to go into it? " What did you do?" Yes." I listened to her story, and when she eald a Do you know anything about the parties in friend of hers-a lawyer-would call upon me, the house on -Street ?" I said: All right.'" I only suspect." And this friend called upon you?" "You know something about the dead girl?" Yes." "I do." "Well?" "I ht\M been frank with you? "I opened up the truth to him." Yes." You told him it was a fraud?" 1.


'was still living." l What did he say?" r-" He stormed and raved, and called me a villain. I warned him that I would defeat the conspiracy-that I would produce the real heir. ess-and he went away after denouncing me in the vilest manner." I On what ground did they seek to make it that the lady was your friend's sister?" On the ground of a most singular and re markable resemblance." Had you ever seen the sister of your friend?" "Yes." '' She knew you?'' "No; she had never seen me to know me. I had seen her photograph, and once I met her in company with her brother. They did not see me. I saw them, and her face made a remarkable impression upon my mind. I can never forget her face. '.' Have you seen her since you met with the woman who claimed to be the heiress?" "No." How is that?" I started in to find her, but one night I was assaulted, and it was evidently the intention of my assailants to murder me. They believed they had succeeded, but I recovered, and I have started in to find the real heiress and defeat the scheme of these devils." Who was f.he woman who died or comI I ,, mitted suicide at the -Hotel?" "Ah, there comes the mystery!" "You saw that body?" "I did." "And did you recognize it?" ,, No.'' And what is the game?" "I do not know. Jam not certain that the t!llicide or murder is connected in any way with the affair of which I have told you." I think I can aid you." i ''Do so.,, "The man who lives at --Street." The woman lives there." What woman?" "The woman who claims to be Adele 1Beath." And there is a man goes there?" I suppose the man to whom I denounced her." "I will describe the man." ''Do so.'' The detective described the man. he had shad owed to the house on -Street, and Edward Kalley exclaimed: "That is the man!" That is the man who called on you in be half of the claimant I" "Yes.'' "Did you know the man was in communica tion with her?'' I suspected it. I did not know it for ii. certainty." "He went there to-night?" "I suppose so." "What was your scheme in capturing me?" There was a certain man going there." Who is the man?" 1 do not know him. I put up a scheme to capture him." "And what was your intention?" I intended to force him to a confe3sion." 1 The man who called on you does visit the house?" "Yes, I thought so; but it was the other man I wished to take prisoner." "Now I have a revelation t-0 make." "Well?" The woman who lives at --Street is interested in the case of the woman whose body was found at the -Hotel." "How did you run down that fact?" The man who called on you I know is working a scheme in connection with the dead woman." How did you ascertain the fact?" I shadowed down to it; and I have fully verified my suspicions." "It is strange; but you have certainly run down to a fact?" I have; and I will solve the whole mys tery. "Is there a mystery!" I should say there was." "In what does the mystery consist?" "'fhe woman whose body was found at the hotel was not a suicide." Then she was murdered?" l There was a peculiar expression in Kalle:r's OLD PHENOMENAL. eyes and a strange inflection in the tones of his voice as he epoke, and the detective, in an equally peculiar tone, asked: "Was she?" "Yes." "What do you think?" I am anxious to know what you suspect." I suspect nothing." The detective spoke truthfully. He had proof, but did not chose to state his facts, and, after a moment, he asked: Do you know a person named Essie Hinsdale?" I do know such a person." Well, tell me about her." "Essie Hinsdale is the real name of the woman who is seeking to palm herself off as Adele Heath." It was the detective's turn to give a little start, and he ejaculated: "Aha! that's the way the wind blows, eh?" Tell me what you mean." "First I will ask you a question. Your an swer may lead to a conclusion. Would Essie Hinsdale have any purpose in making it appear she was dead?" "Yes. " What would be her purpose?" "I think they would like to make me think she was dead." "Ahl I see." "And have you reached a conclusion?" I am driving home to several conclusions. Who i s the executor of the estate of your friend George Heath?" "Isidor "And if he into court and acknowl edges thii> woman Essie Hi11sdale as the heir ess, she will get the money?" "Yes." "Why does she not do so?" That is a part of their scheme I do not un-derstand.'' Where is the girl Adele Heath?" Thflt I do not know." You believe she still lives!" That is what I suspect." Under what circumstances did George Heath die?" '' He is reported to have died of typhoid fever in a hospital while traveling with this man Isidor Alvarez." "And who is this man Alvarez?" He was George physician." "Have you seen anl one who saw George Heath after his death?' "No one who could identify him.'' Where did George Heath die?" It has been made to appear that he died in a hospital here in New York." "Have you been able to ascertain when George Heath was last seen alive by a disinterested friend?" ''No." And you have not learned anything concerning the sister?" ''No." Do you discern the motive in seeking to make you believe that Essie Hinsdale is dead?" "Yes." 'Vhat is it.?" The proofs of her death are for future use." "How?" In a trial. " What trial do they anticipate?" They feat I will come in and dispute the will." Has the will been offered for probate?" "Not in this county." Then you do not know who is the residuary legatee?" "No." The detective was thoughtful a moment, and then said: "We must trace the last positively known whereabouts of Adele and George Heath." CHAPTER X. CAN we do f .hat?" inquired Kalley, in an-swer to our hero s remark. I think we can." "I have tried to do so, and I have failed.'' I know how to go about it. And now about yourself Who are the men in this house?" They are a part of the crew of my yacht." "You are a rich young man, I suppose?" '' I possess a very moderate fortune.'' "Have you any special interest in this affair?" George Heath was my friend, that is al!, and I am a sort of Monte-Cristo. I do not wish this wrong to succeed." I wish you to make me a promise." Well?" Leave it all to me. I will report to yolit from time to time, and if I need your aid I will call upon you." I agree to that." I will see you to-morrow. In the meantime you will furnish me what data you have." Kalley produced a photograph. The detect ive saw that it was the face of a very beautiful girl, and after looking at it critically, he asked: '' Does the woman Essie Hinsdale bear any resemblance to this picture?" "Yes, there is a very striking resemblance; but the woman who is seeking to steal the fort une is older, and although as I admit, there is a singular resemblance, it would not de ceive one who had seen Adele." Have you a picture of George Heath?" Kalley produced a second The detective beheld the counterpart of' a very hand some youn$" man. "How did you come in possession of these?" 'rhe first picture I received from my friend. I saw the name of the photographer on the card. I went to him, and he had a negative of the sis. ter for a price. I secured it." "You will let me have these pictures!" "You may keep them.'' The detective held some further talk wfth Kalley, and then departed. He had been about two hours and a half in the house. He had its bearings fixed in his mind. Re found it was well on to midnight, and he determined to re turn to the house where he had seen the man Alvarez enter. He arrived in the vicinity of the house, when suddenly he was confronted by his little factotum, Eddie. Halloo, my man! Where did you come from?" "I have been playing against two Jimmies." And what brought you here?" I thought I'd run down and see what I could pi c k up." "How loni have you been here?" About a couple "And you have been watching that house?,. "Yes." Seen any one enter?" "No." Anv one leave?" "No:" No one has left the house and no one hu entered?" ''No." I reckon it is lucky you have been arouni. And now tell me about the Jimmies." Those two cops?" "Well, what of them?" Eddie told his story. The detective was amused, and said: "You are a dandy, Ed.'' Thank you; and what have you picked up?" "I have picked up a great deal, but I have not time to tell my story now. But we will wait here awhile. There may be some busi ness for you." I am on hand for any business." "I know, lad; it's all right." The two hung around for some time, and then suddenly the door of the house they were watching opened,_ and the man Alv&rez camo forth. '' Eddie said. our hero, you see thaf man?" "I do." ''.You know him?" He is the fellow we are on to." You are right. Follow him. Do not speak to him. Just learn if be goes to his house, or goes somewhere else. If he goes to his house you leave him and make for our own head quai:ters. If he does not 90 to his house stick to him and run him down.' "You can depend upon me. "I know that, my lad; and now fire ahead." The man Alvarez started away at a slow pac e and Eddie fell to his shadow. The de tective, me a ntime, determined upon the burglar game. He dodged into the b as ement and soon suc ceeded in opening the basement door Re drew his mask-lantern and looked around. Then re moving his shoes and puttiUS on a pair of moc casins, he ascended the stairs He proceeded without molestation and gained the aecond fioor, and stood opposite the door of the room


in which he had seen the glimmer of light from 1he street. He peeped into the room. A woman sat near a table She seemed lost in deep thought. The detective had a chance to study her face, and he knew that he was looking upon Essie Hins dale He rnw the resemblance to the picture he carried, but, like Kall ey, was able to discern \he difference. A moment h e stood and studied, and then muttered: "I reckon I will interview that woman!" It took the detective but a second to work a disguise. He drew a mask over his face-a regular burglar s half-face-and then, taking a pistol in his hand, he opened the door and boldly entered the room. The woman leaped to her feet, and would have screamed, but the detective covered her with the muzzle of his pistol, and exclaimed : Do not make a noise. Do not scream, or you are a dead woman!" "Woo are you? and what do you want here?" The woman spok e in a moderately firm voice \ I mean no harm." "You are a burglar?" "You are right; but I am in the wrong house." 1 "Then get out!" I will, but not in such a hurry as you ap-pear to desire." I will call the police." Oh, no, you will not." I am not alone. Assistance is at hand. " Utter one cry and you are a dead woman. I tell you I did not mean t o get into this house. I've made a mi s tak e in the darkness. I did not calculate just ri g ht, but since I am here I will not hurry out as soon as you me to. Rut you a r e safe. I will not harm you, nor will I take one thing of value away from you." "Then why do you not go?" Because I am surprised." What has surprised you?" 'l'o meet you h ere." What do you mean?" 1 ve seen you l>efore." "When an d where did yo u eve r see me?" I will not r eca ll to you recollection at prllsent; but this is a great surpri se. I r ea lly recognized you at 1.he first glance.'' "You never saw me. Now go, or I will summon aid." I warned you not to do that; I warn you again." "You say yon know me?" "Yes.,. You are surely mistaken." "No, I am not mistaken. But I thought you were dead. I thought you would come t-0 some bad end." The woman's face became deathly pale. "You thought I would come to some bad end?" ''Yes.'' You are a madman." "Am I?" u Yes." "I can convince you to the contrary." "Do so." well, how about Denver?" Again the woman turned pale, and said: There! I knew you were mistaken." "You were never in Denver?" "Never in my life. "And yo u n eve r knew Hank Clark?" N ever. I ne:ver heard tile name." "Well. well, how strange! But did you see last ni""bt's papers?" "I did." "Then are you 9Urprised that I thought you were dead?" The woman's face became ghastly. "If yo n were never in Denver, why did you turn so p a le when I mentioned the place?" "M rn. you are crazy! Yo u are some madman l e t loose." Who is the dead woman whose body was found at the -Hotel?" What do I know about the woman?" "You must know something about her." h is false." Uh, no else way is it reported that the dead woma n i s Essie Hinsdale?'' "Wha t do I know about Essie Hin sdale?" "What do you know abont E ss ie Hinsdale?" Yes; I never heard the n ame before." Then who a r e you?" "It matters not to you who I am, an'! you hsd bettet go." Oh, no, I am bound to stay now." I tell you I will summon help." "D.o so." OLD PHENOMENAL. The woman stared. You are a burglar?" Certainly; but I've fallen to something through a strange fatality. What's your scheme? I say you must count me in." "You insulting wretch!" Oh, it won't do Essie; I know you. I'd know you if I saw you in a dark room I know your voice-I know the glance of your eye. Every movement of yours is a tell-tale to me. No, ncil it won't do, and I am going to sit down till you tell me what your game is. Yes, yes, the dead Essie Hinsdale at the --Hotel, and I meet the live Essie under very remarkable conditions. I am in the dark, but you will l e t me into the scheme-certainly you will. Come, Essie, talk up." The woman was breathless with amazement and terror, and Ehe again exclaimed: "Man you are mad!" send for the police. I will not shout. Yes, if you can stand t.he coming of a cop, I can. Why, Essie, it's immense! I was way down in luck, but I am on to it now. Yes, this is a placer-a rich one. ()ome, talk up, sis. What dpes it mean?" The woman meditated a moment, and then said: "If you will let me see your face I will talk up." "You promise?" "I do." You will talk right up square?" "Iwfll." "You promise fair and square?" I do.,, And let me in to this scheme?" "Yes." Well, sis I can't show you my face to night. I've too good a thing on you; yes, I have. Well, well! to think Essie Hinsdale's dead at the -Hotel and there she is, dead to all the world but me. I am into this sclieme, or I am s ingin g out the t enor, you bet! Come, come, Essie, talk up or call th e police. I don't fear the police while I am in your company. I 've too good a tale to tell. Talk up, Essietalk up. I am bound to be in this sc heme." CHAPTER XI. TeE woman glared. She was a handsome creature, and, as intimated, her eyes blazed. "You are a fraud!" she said. Ah, don't call names; it doe s n t sound pretty. Come, come, talk up! "Man, i s i t possi!Jle I resemble some one you once k new ?" Yes, that is possible," said the disguised detective, in a very peculiar and significant ton e. The woman sh u ddered "Will you let me see your face?" "No, no; it's too good, Essie. I can not sacrifice my advantage. Great Scott! but I was way down, but I've struck it good, eh? Yes, I ha"Ve. Just to think, e h ? E s sie Hinsdale dead at the --Hotel, eh? Died b:y her own hand, and here she is, and I am talking to her g ho st, eh? Well, this does go, Essie. Who is the woman who died in the --Hotel-a twin sister? I never knew you had a sister. ;\nd, by George! here y o u are with lots of stuff, eh? All in this hou s e belongs to you, eh? Well, you have struck it but I am in with you. Yes, yes, you will t ake me in, old ga l or I squeak. and don't you forget it! A dozen varying express ion s passed over the woman's face. "You devil!" she exc l a im ed. Good enough. I am a devil." See here, man; 'f you will l et me see your face I will own up. C o me, come: you can not expe<'t me to l e t a dead stranger into my game." But yon ar e a de ad woman. Essie. Why not l e t a dead man into the game?" Why will you p e rsist ln calling me Essie HinRdale ?" "That's so. As Essie Hinsdale dead I should not call a living woman Ess i e Hinsdale. Bui I am on to it, Essie. Yes, you are not Es s ie HinRrlale, but h e r gho s t. I am talking to a g ho st. I am g oing to take a drink with a gho st." "Yon s h a ll have a drink; and then will you go?" J\'Ie hbe I will." You shall h a ve a drink." liooil eno u g h. Ge t out your bottle." The wo man rose and went. to a cupboard e1oset in the room She took down a bottle. 11 She placed the bottle, corked, upon the table. She placed glasses on the table and said: Help yourself." 'l'he man drew the cork He poured .s he g l ared a t the womau, who sat like one frozen to death. A moment and the cat stiffened out in death, and the detective said: Poor kitty!" The woman sat as though frozen into s tone. It was a tragic tableau presented at that moment, and the detective repeated: Poor kitty! But better yo u than me." This our hero spoke in a strange, weird tone. He poured out a second g lass of whisky, and a a t errib le voice, and with fiercely burning eye1, he said: "Essie, drink, or I will be compelled to be lieve you meant t .hat poor kitty's fate for me!" Man, you are a monster, a fiend!" And what are you? Are you re a ll y a ghost? tind did you learn this trick in b ell? and did you come back to earth to practice it on lllle?" "You're a fool!" "A :fiend and a fool, eh? Well, I didn't drink the liquor." The liquor would have been harmless to you." "It wouldJ" Yes; cats can not stand liquor. lt wr.s the liquor killed poor kitt.y." 1 Yes; it was the liquor killed poor kitty, and it would have killed me had I been trnst ful enough to have drunk it; otherwise prove t& me it was harmless. Come, here 1s more from the same bottle." I'll not drink-I never drink." "Oh, you never drink?" "Never."


:i2 "It's well I didn't, eh? Oh, yes, one thing is certain, you will never drink from that bottle unless you intend that Essie Hinsdale shall be dead indeed. So now come, woman, I've got it dead on you." The detecti'rn raised the body of the cat and tossed it in a pantry-way between the front and rear rooms. Having disposed of the dead cat, Al resumed his seat opposite the woman, and said: "You will not drink? It might be better if you did. But come, open up." 1 I have nothing to open up, monster." What does it mean that your dead body was found in a room in the -Hotel?" My name is not Essie lilinsdale." "You are not Essie Hinsdale?" "I am not." "It's strange." It is not strange. I know what all this means." But what does all this mean?" "It means that there lived a vile woman named Essie Hinsdale; the woman contem plated a great wrong against me; she became conscience-sticken and has taken her life." And this woman bore a fatal re8emblauce to you?" "Yes." The woman who committed auicide in the -Hotel?" "Yes." Did you see the body?" "Yes. Curiosity led me to go and see her body. I never saw her in life. I did 2ee her after h.er death." And you noted the resemblance?" I did. It was wonderfully striking " I saw that body, Essie." "You did?" I did-yes. When I saw that Essie Hins dale was dead, I went to see the body. I had known Essie. I saw the body. It was not the body of Essie Hinsdale. You are Essie Hins dale." It's false, man. I must know who you are!" "If you are not Essie Hinsdale what difier ence does it make to you who I am?" It is you who meditates a scheme. Fool! I see all now. You are not here by mistake. You are not a common burglar. You are here by design. You're a part." '' If you are not Essie Hinsdale, who are you?" "You know well enough who I am." You are right. I do know who you are. I know well you are Essie Hinsdale. Aud now I ask you who is the dead woman? Did she commit suicide, or was she was murdered as a part of your scheme?" "You villain! I am a woman at your mercy. You have penetrated my apartments after mid night. All I can do is wait, and you shall an swer for all this." "I shall?" Yes, and in the presence of the proper per sons When I am under proper protection I will answer your question as to who I am." And who is your protector?" A gentleman whose identity will not be

.. It is rosy." "You have not met that man yetY" .. I will meet him." And I fear-" "What?" "You will realize whom you have to play against." "Do you suspect his real identity1" Within a few moments a suspicion has come to my mind." "Well?" There was a man on Hank Clark's track once." "Well?" He WM a terrible man." "And his identity?" "We could never discover. He hung Clark, all the same." "Then we need not fear Clark." "hut the man who hung Clurk knows all about me." "Balli that d0es not count. He is but a man.'' "I am glad you are so confident." '' I am; and now you rest easy. We will put up a scheme to cetch the man who was here." He will come again 1" Sure; and I will be on hand for him." CHAPTER XIII. THE man Isidor remained and arranged cer tain plans with the woman, and when it WI.I! all conclutled, she said: Wi!I we ever know peace again?" The man laughed, and said: "I am perfectly happy now.'' "Yes: but in one direction where you are assured I am in doubt" Again the man laughed in a sardonic manner, and said: Favor your doubt. Leave all to ine. I will assume the whole responsibility. There is no doubt in my mind." Then it is arranged that I will communi cate with you?" Yes. I will have my watcher on hand every minute. I will hold myself in constant readiners for a summons. I do this in defer ence to your fears alone. Good night." The man after a few moments departed. He passed down the stairs. He went from the house, and was triumphant and happy. He did not know-he did.not dream, that his whole scheme bad been opened up to the keenest pair of ears that ever adorned a head. As the man passed the house and walked up the street, a little figure started after him, and that little figm-e had cbme from the same house. W lien AI Stetson left the presence of the womnn, be went straight to bis lodgings. He had done a good night's work. He was desir ous of learning what little Eddie bad done. It wns nearly four o'clock in the morning when Eddie showed up. The great detective awaited him. Well, Ed, what have you picked up?" Give me time: my bead is full." "Take your time, my little dandy." "Uncle Al, when I came to you, down in Nashville, I told you that you would never re gret taking me into your service." "I never b:ive, my lad. You are not going to discharge yourself?" "No, siree; but I've done a big stroke tonight." "You have?" "I have. Yes, I've got on to the whole scheme, and, as the woman said, if it had not been for one thing, nothing could prevent its success." And what is the one thing?" "You Visited that woman to night?" "I did." You killed a cat?" "1 did." 1 That's the incident that bothers the woman Essie." "You are on to her name?" "Yes.' How did you get it?" Thereby hangs a tale." Let's hear your story.'' "Good enough. It will take time. You said I could take all the time I needed." Take your time, Eddie; tell me to-morrow. I'll turn in." Good-night," said Ed. I'll have a chance to arrange my notes." "' Come, come; no more of this." "You want me to talk up?" "I do." OLD PHENOMENAL. I am on to a big thing. " Let's have it." "You set me to follow that man?" "l did." His name is Isidor." "Ah! I thought so." "Yes. It's the same mau who had the talk with Baily." "Yes." The man who gave the regular his points." ., Yes." "Did it ever strike you what his game was in doing that?" "No; not fully." I am on to it-yes, on to it. in full." "Go ahead." Some one is to hang." Al Stetson looked deeply interested, and he exclaimed: By ginger! I am on to it now." You know who is to hang?" "Yes." Then that fits the last link to the chain. We've got the whole business." Go on with your narrative." I fell to that man's shadow." '"Yes." He went to the tiger den." "Yes." "He stayed there a little while, .and then started for his home. He went etraight to his house. He was entering the door when a man came running toward him. The two held a few minutes' conversation, and then Isidor walked off at a rapid pace .. The lad stopped. "Goon.' What do you suppose I did? I shadowed him, and struck his hig game." Eddie, you are a brick." I begin to think so, Uncle Al. Anyhow, I am in great luck." Let's hear your narrative." The lad started in and related every word that had passed between the man and the wom an. His powers of memory were simply mar velous. He was one of the most extraordinary of lads; and here let us say that in these days there are hundreds of just such smart lads as we describe. The only advantage Eddie hsd was, as stated, his training under a great mas ter. He related the conversation, word for word, and among other things described the plan that had been arranged for an interview between the detective and the man Isidor. When the lad's narrative was concluded, the great detective said: "Ed, you have accomplished a wonderful feat." "I've got on to the (1:Rme, anyhow." "Yon have; and within twenty hours that fellow Isidor will have a chance to meet me. And now, my lad, to-morrow you must get around and lay on that man's track." I'll be there." He will probably have another interview with Baily." "Sure." fellows are on to you." A little bit. But I will fool 'em." "How?" They will look for the boy." "Yes." I'll be a girl." Al Stetson laughed, and said: That may work just once." Once will do for me." Again the detective laughed, and Eddie add. You can trust me. Even if they do get on to me they can't hold me." "Then to-morrow you will work that man?" ''Yes.'' If you are on to him you will follow him when he comes to catch me." I will sure "Then 'we communicate?" "We can." Then good night, little wonder." It was late on the following day when (ur hero stepped forth. Eddie had got out earlier. Al Stetson went direct to the house where he expected to find the man Edward Kalley. He had arranged so he could visit the man's house and on proper signals be admitted. He found his man awaiting him. I expected you." And I am here." "You went to that house?" "I did." You saw the woman?" I did, and, what is more, I recognized her." 13 "That is good. You recognized her as Essie Hinsdale?" "No; I met her under ano\her name; but it is just as good. I've got ber and her pedigree. down fine." Then our rood is clear." "You think so?" "Yes." What would yon do?" Denounce them at once." That might be a good scheme under SGmC circumstances, but not at present." "Why not?" You do not know their scheme.' "Do you?" "Yes, I do." "Well?" It is a great one." "We can beat it." You are in peril." I am in peril?" "You are." "How?" "You are liable to arrest at any moment.'' Ah! I can meet that." "I don't know about that." "I can." You were at the --Hotel the night the woman was murdered." The man Kalley looked at our hero in a puz zled manner, and asked: "Do you think I was there?" I know you were there.' I was not." "You swear it?" I do.'' And yet -they can prove by a dozen men that vou were there.'' How can they prove it when I know I waa not there?" They can." What are you giving me? What are you after?" "What l is the .truth." They can prove I was at that hotel?" "Yes.,, But I was not." I do not believe you were. I know you were not." Then how can they prove I was there?" "Can't. you see how?" "I can not." The detective was thoughtful a moment, and then said: ''They had a dummy rigged up for you.!' CHAPTER XIV. EDWARD KALLEY stnred, and said: What could ham been their purpose?" Their purpose is plain. They have played a ?.rent game." 'And what is their purpose?" "You will be arrested for the murder of Es sie Hinsdale. The plot has been to make it ap pear as a murder. They have arranged their plans to make it appear that you are the mur derer, and they have done it well." "How did you learn all these facts?" "I have a way of finding out facts." But no such conspiracy could succeed." "How little you know! You are playing against a very shrewd man. I could not see how they intended to utilize the supposoo mur der of the girl at the hotel. But now it is all plain as day." Do you only surmise this, or have yow the proof?" I have the most positive proof of their scheme.'' It could not succeed." Had it not been for discoveries that I have made. nothing could have prevented its Sll.C cess" ''I can not see how.'' This man Alvarez bears a most execellent character. He has worked plans to make witnesses-they are reputable witnesses-together with others who will swear to the rnost positive facts. I tell you it is a great game." I do not fear." You need not now. But you are liable to arrest, all the Sf!.me; or you must become a fugitive. If you run away they will surely run you down, and the fact of your having run away will militate against you. Indeed, I be lieve it is a part of bis scheme to have you be come a fugitive, as confirmatory evidence. He has played his cards well, and I am the only man Jiving who has it in his power to beat his garne." There came a strange look in the eyes of Ed


14 'ward Kalley. Our hero interpreted the look, and said: If you think I am exaggerating my position in the matter, you are mistaken. I have ob 'tained other evidence.'' "Well?" I know that Adele Heath still lives." Is she in their custody?" ., No.,, "Where is she?" "They do not know." "And how about her brother?" I have no proof, but I have reason to be lieve that he also is alive." That is what I have suspected all along." "As I said, you are liable to arrest' for mur der." What nonsense! Essie Hinsdale is not dead." That is true." Then how can I be accused of her mur der?" '' They will prove that she is dead. They will prove that Adele Heath is alive. Adele Heath will testify agai:BSt you." What does all this mean? Are you in the scheme with them?" That is a mean query but I will answer you. If I were in the scheme, why do I come to you and expose their plans?" "But your statements are so amazing." I know it. But they are playing a 9reat game. Now let's go over the ground. rhis woman Essie Hinarlale will come into court and swear that she is Adele Heath." And I. will swear that she is not." "Then you will be asked as to your intimacy with Adele Heath. You will say you saw her once in the street with her hrothe.i.:., and against you eight or ten reputable witne sses who have been purposely deceived, will come forward and swear that this woman is Adele Heath, that they knew her intimately. Cases in court on identity are decided hy the preponderance of evidence. They will swear you down, ten to one. You saw the girl once on the street. They will swear they have known her intimate ly fc : t li d not think of all this." yon did not. Fortuna t e ly, I came in at tJ p roper time, and will upset them. Bad I no : ome into the case nothing would have save. 1 you, and you would have been hung for murde r as s ure as you sit there at this moment." But they would have to prove a motive." "They have arranged for that." 1 "How?" They will make the charge of conspiracy against you-conspiracy and blackmail." The re is my previous character." Which will not weigh against the terrible array of evidence that will he produced.' is all very embarrassing." It is. I do not see but you will he arrested. I should not be surprised if regular officers were already on your track. I tell you the game is a great one The mine of evidence they have arranged is certainly very ingenious." What would you propose?" For the present you must avoid arrest " Then I had better flee away and leave the whole matter to you." For the present you had better remain here. I do not know whether or not the y are on to your present whereabouts. It is a great game we must play." "It is." .1 "They are in possession. This man Al varez, as executor, has all the advantage We can explain your innocence, but that does not recover the property. It does not convict the real conspirators. We have a great game to play." But if you do prove the conspiracy against me?" I might do that, and yet fail at present to convict them As the real conspirators, they are well fortified." It look s bad." Oh, no: it is only a question of time. 1 al ways get there in the end. But do you not see this man is the executor, as I said? He holds the property. We can only hurt them by find inll the real heiress, or, better, the real owner." I begin to see through your plans." I might prove your innocence; but they may prove that the real Essie Hinsdale is Adele Heath. That once proved in the courts, if we showed the real Adele, they would have all the advnntage. '' That is so." L I have greater hopes. I expect to run down OLD PHENOMENAL. George Heath as a living man, and then we have got them." I begin to realize that you are a wonderful man.'' I am aided by a greater wonder." In what form?" I will introduce you to my wonder some day; but not now." "And you think George Beath lives?" "I do." And where can he he?" I think this schemer Alvarez has put up a great tame all through. He is certainly a very smart man. Be has deceived very good people whom he can have as witnesses. We can only prove that George Heath is living by producing him." And his sister, what of her?" I'm on to the possible facts there." What are they?" These people evidently had her in their possession, and she bas escaped. They do not know where she is themselves." I do wish you would tell me how you ob tained all this information." By detective strategy. I have been through some veil startling scenes. Ere to-morrow morning will go through some more startling scenes; but I am forging ahead all the time, and I will reach to the bottom of this whole mystery." Do you suspect the identity of the woman at the hotel?" "N'"o." How will they make it appear that I was the murderer ? I will let you into the scheme: They secured a dead hodv somehow." How could they?" There are a dozen ways. This man Al varez is a doctor." "I see." Some poor g i rl may have committed sui cide. The fact may have suggested the whole scheme to him. And now I will tell you the facts: On the night the girl registered at the hotel, a little later a youn g man registered also He had a regular showman's trunk. In that trunk could have been concealed the body of a dead woman. This young man took rooms ad joining the girl's room." "I see." "Well. he had the body. The live girl was smuggled from the room and the dead girl's body placed there." "Yes, I see Oh, what a scheme!" These are the real facts "You know them to he the facts?" Yes, to a certain extent, and beyond that I am dependent upon conjecture; but I will bet my life on the truth of my conjecture. It i s a scheme that could easily be worked by cool headed people." Who was the live girl?" The real Essie Hinsdale." "And who was the youn.,. man?" Ah, there's the rub! But one thing is cer tain." What is certain?" They will prove who the young man was." Edward Kalley turned pale. Aud they will prove I was the young man?" and there are reputable witness es who will positively swear to your identity, and all have proof in abundance to establish the young man's connection with the case; an(l those proofs are in the hands of regular detectives, men who believe them to be real indices." "How did they get that big trunk away?" Easily enough. In sections; it was made for the purpose." Indeed they have played a great game." Indeed they have, and, as I said, if I had not come into the case they would have hung you " But you are on to it.?" I am, from beginning to end; but I must obtain evidence in order to prove what I know." "Can you?" I can and will." The detective held some further comersation with Kalley, and then departed, saying he would call later and arrange as to his plans as against an arreet for murder. While the incidents we have narrated were in progress, Tom Baily, and Mattie, .his pard, were greatly exercised. The two men were really quite bright fellows, and yet, for the first time in their lives, they had been beaten at every point. As is known, the body of the d{;ad girl h!M{ been taken to the morgue. The excitement following the first discovery of the body had somewhat lessened The case had come to be known as the --Hotel Mystery, and occa sionally au article would appear in the paperi announcing this and that, as is customary, and as has occurred a thousand times. At th e time our hero was holding his colloquy with the young man Kalley, Tom Ilaily and his pard Mattie were also holding a colloquy '' It seems to have come to a dead stand Oil us, Mattie." It does seem so. " I had a talk with the chief this morning." "Well, what does he say?" He int.imated he might take it out of out hands, and go to work on it himself." "Bow far have you reported?" Almost everything except our discomfit ur es.'' There is some very smart man playing against us. "Theie is." "I can't see what has become of the old man who was in the room at the time the first inves tigation was made." Can it he possible that the man who gave you the points and the old man are one and the same, a fter all?" The one man gave me the points, put me on the evidence, and then the other man closed in on me and secured the evidence." What can be the man's game who first gave you the points?" He is seeking to drop some one." And the man who b ea t you?" He.is seeking to shie ld some one." '' Then you feel certain there has been a murder?" I am as certain as I am that I am speaking to you at this moment." Then one represents the murderer?" "Yes." And the other?" The devil knows." The man told you to inquire about the young man with the big trunk 'I'' ''Yes." "Re did not g iv e you any name?" "No." "Nor did you get on to any clew whereby you might trace him?" "No." It':> bad. What part does that smart lad play in the case?" Be plays a big part. That lad is a little imp " Be was too much for us how.ever." He was that, dead sure." we may get on to him again." "We may." When we do we will hold him." As long as we can, with one hppe." And that is?" "Be will draw out the man who is behind." In the meantime we must find the man whs gave you the points." That should he our objective point." "We will go and lay around for him." I am in with you. We will try it. But how can we find him?" It all depends, of course, upon our finding him " Let's start right in." The two detectives went to the hotel where Tom had first met the man. They hung aroumi for hours, and were about ready to give it up. Indeed, Mattie said: I reckon he will not show up to day." So it appears." "I wish we could run across that boy." So do I Mattie." "We have no clew at all on the old man." "You mean the fellow who was undet cover?" "Yes." Tom, I tell you I think they are one and the same." '' There is no connection between those twl!' men. I tell you they are playing against each other." "Are you sure you would know him?" "Yes, I am; a nd there he is, o1'l man!" CHAPTER XV. As the detective spoke a man entered the \luroom. Be did not look at all like the man whom Tom Baily had met; but the detecUve was on to him.


"Yes," he said in a low tone to Mattie, there he is." "You are sure?" "Dead sure; and you skip if you mean to work your scheme l'lattie glided away, and Tom lay around. 'The detective was under a complete tran s form. He i n tended to take his man at a disadvan tage. As state d, Baily laid around and watched his man. He soon fell to the fact that the man he was watching was also on the lay for some -0ne. I reckon," muttered Tom, I ll just keep my eye on him. I may get something good." The man went to the bar, and drank a ginger ale. He then stepped over to the readin g -room and sa t down. Baily felt well assured of hi s -disguies and in good time slid into a seat near b.is m:an. A half hour passed, when another man entered the r o om. He glanced around in every direction until his syes fell upon the man Baily was watching. He cautiously a pproached. and a n instant later the two men exchanged signals. 'Then the man number two sat down beside numlJer one, the fellow the detective had been shadowing, and Baily wtts near enough to overhear what h a d passed. "Well, Kalley, have y-OU got on to him yet?" "'No " We will find him." "But we are losing time." Ca.u't help it." "There is a new man in the case." "Who is he?" .. I've not seen him yet, but he is a .error, so .I hear.' who met him?" "Well, some one met him." "Is he in with our man K--?" Ile must be." "Then it i s n

l "Yes." On what theory?"_ They argue you want to throw the thing on some one else; but they have ciphered down, and they think it will be the right thing to pipe you. That's why they arrested you." And you freed me?" "I did." "And to spite them?" "Yes." You had some other reason." "Did I?" "Yes; and now, what is it?" You appear to know." I want you to tell me." 11 : .. I can't." 1 "Why not?" [ 8ay, mister, you are free and clear." k "Will those men me again?" I I can't tell; you had better lay low." Boy, if you will come into my employ you will make big money." The boy laughed, and said: "You have not stolen enough money in all your life to pay me!" The man lost his temper He was a strong man, and he said: "Hold on! You iire getting impudent." "That's JllY failing." You are a rogue." Thank you. You can not prove it. I can prove you are a scoundre l and I will some day." The man made a strike at the lad, and the next inst ant he lay sprawling on the ground, and Eddie had sped away. Eddie was the wrong lad for any man to at tempt to hurt. He was as strong as an ordinary man and as spry as a cat; and, besides, he was always on his guard and armed with a peculi a r sort of defensive weapon which e nabled him to do wonders in the art of downing men larger and stronger than himself. Having downed the man Alvarez, Eddie skipped away, while Isidor rose to his feet, feeling a little dazed. As his senses fully re turned, he muttered: "Well, this is a go! There is something very strange going on here. And yet th a t boy told me the truth, after all-yes, I am sure h e did. I remember now, while I was t a lking to Baily, two other men were lounging around. and it may have been a put-up scheme, and it i s in de ed pos s ible that they are on to my trail, und e r the s uspicion that I am a murde rer. Well, well; let it go. I will act quickly now. Yes, Mr Kalley, I will put them on the right track!" It. will be r e memb e red that Mattie l e ft the man Alvarez under the care of his pal. Our readers will also recall th a t the wonderfu l Ed die downed the pal and led the man Alvarez away. Mattie was working a scheme, and after half an hour he returned to the room where he bad left his prisoner. He found bis pal s itting around in an odd and dazed sort of manner, and t he prisoner bad disappeared. Halloo, Cronin! where is your prison er?" ''Gone.'' Where has he g one?" "With the devil, I reckon, or I've been dreaming." "You may have fallen over. You've been asleep." "I've been pretty near my l as t long sleep, I reckon." Come, man, talk up. What has hap pened?" I ca n just recollect." "We ll, what do you recollect, old man?" I was sitting there." u Yes." Suddenly I received a terrible rap, and over I went." ''Go on." "Then I saw a lad slip the darbi es off the prisoner, and the two left the room together." Why didn't you interfere?" I I was paralyz e d by the blow." : And yo u say it was a lad?" ,1 ''Yes.'' "But. what sort of a lad?" That is all I can recall. I know he stole up behind me and gave me the rap, and I know be -released the prisoner, and that is all I do know." And the prisoner is away?" He is gone. J Mattie was mad, and with an oath he left the room, and a few moments later he wa.s talking to his pard Ilally. He said: OLD That boy again." What do you mean?" Mattie told his story, and Baily said : There is a big game going on around us, Mattie." Sure enough; but now it s our turn to play. Now we must find out the identity of all engaged in this scheme." "We will." It no eaay job." We can t run it down." We will try: and the first thing we must do is to catch the lad." I will undertake to do that." Good enough. I leave the job to you, and I will get on to the name of the man." Then let's start right in." "We will." The d e tectives held some. further talk and then separated During all the time the incidents that we have narrated were tran s piring, Al Stetson was not idle. After leaving the chief, Al went to see sev eral old-time pards, with whom he also held a long talk, a nd it was well on towartl even in g whe n he returned to his lodgings. He found Eddie lyin g asleep on the l ounge, but the in stant Old Phenomenal entered the room his lit tle pal was on bis feet. "Halloo, Uncle Al! you are here?" "Yes, I am here." "What have you to report?" "Eh? What have I to report?" demanded the great detective, a smile on his face. "Yes; what h ave you to report?" Nothing particular, chief. What have you to report?" I" ve been lazy." "Did you run down your man?" Yes, and I knocked him down afte r I had down ed another chap." You have been actively engaged." Well, I have; and I've picked up a little news, too. " L e t 's have it." Eddie proceeded and told his tale of woe." CHAPTER XVII. WHEN Eddie b a d concluded the narrative of his adventures, Al said: "Eddie, you re a good one, but you must be careful." That' s just what I am. I was careful to down that fellow and not l e t him down me." There was a scheme in arresting that man.'' "Sure. " They were going to frighten something out of him." "That was my idea, and as I thought it didn't agree with your plans, I just set in and l e t him ge t away." It was a good idea; but; lad, you are runnin g a g reat ri sk. "Do you want some fun?" S ing it out." Why don't }'ou m a ke up for Alvarez?" "And then? " Let tho se fellows take you into confidence. You may l earn something.'' "That is a good scheme, Ed. We will think of it later on. ln the meantime I want an in terview with this sweet Isidor mys elf." "Call on Miss Essie She will signal, and I s idor will a pp ear. He wants to me e t you, and he will have you ne a t and handy." "Tha t is the scheme I mean to carry out to ni ght." "There is one thing you must look out for." "And that is?" "Baily and bis pal are after that fellow." ''Yes. '' They may s trike his trail and follow him to the home of Essie." I've thought of that, and I must have you near me when [ run in on t.he lay." "I will be around, sure " All right. I will run in on the woman as I did before, mask and all." And she will signal." All right. " They may re-enforce for you. How will you arrange for that?"' I reck on you and I can manage their re-en forcements." "We may; but it's better to be on the safe side." It was just a little before midnight when a man and a boy met near the residence of the woman Essie Hinsdale. "Well, Ed, how goes it?" was the question. There's a young fellow laying around wait for a signal." We must take care of that young fell-0w fOI' a few moments.'' I will take care of him easy e nough." Better set right in, and then be on the lookout." "I will; you wait the bird signal." "Yes.'' When the man shows up." "Yes.'' Good enough. If alone it will be a call, with the echo; if there is any one with him, a call for each man, a .nd no echo." is plain enough." And now I will go and attend to th e fellow in waiting" "Go it!" Eddie glided away. The nerve, address, coolness of the lad were simply marvelous He walked along, w e ll got up for the busin ess he had in hand, and approached a young man who was seated on a stoop. The lad stopped oppo site his man and stared until the fellow said: Who are you l ooking at?" "You!" came the answer. Well, you start." "No, I won't. "You hear wh a t I say?" "Don't go too fast, mister. [ think I am looking for you." What do you mean?" "If you are the man I am looking for, some one else wants to see you." How will you find out whether or not I am the man?" His name is Alfred." The young man gave a start, and asked: "Who sent you to find me?" "Then your name is Alfred?" Maybe it is." If your name is Alfred come with me; if your nam e is not Alfred, don't come with me, that"s all." Where shall I go?" There's a man wants to see you a mom e nt. " What sort of a looking man is be?" Eddie described I s idor. "whe re is the man?" On the corner of --and --streets. He will wait for you there. He wants to see you just one minute, that's all." Alfred started away, b'l.dly fooled, and Eddie chuckled as, a few moments l at.er, he Raw Al St e tson enter the house where Essie Hinsdale resid ed Eddie the n glided away to a place of cover and a good wigne d'adi!mitrige. A few moment s passed, and the youn g man returned, and he was looking around for the mysterious lad who had sent him on a fool's errand. Ed was watching, and had a second quiet little laugh A few moments passed, and our little pal sa w a signal from the hou se. Alfred saw it a lso, and glided away. Al Stetson entered the house. The great de tective g lid e d on tiptoe up the s tairs. He went thus silently, although not at a ll averse to hav in g his pre se nce known, for lie believed his coming was anticipated. Al arrived opposite the door of the room He peeped in, and there was the woman. She eat at a table, and was r eading a letter The de tective saw a look of resolve and determination upon her face Al only waited and watched an inst ant, and then he boldly entered the room. H e wore a. mask, and look e d very much as b e b arl ap peared upon the occasion of his former visit. The woman did not appear at all discon certed upon beholding the intruder; indeed, she said: So you are here, l\llr. Burglar?" ''Yes, I am here. ' What is your errand?" "I came to h ave a littl e talk with you, Essie .. You have ha.d tim e to think, and I deemed it' possible that by this time you bad m ade your mind to take me into your scheme." So you think I will take you into my scheme?" "Yes.,, You still indulge the idea that I have a scheme?'' "It is no idea with me; it is a dead certainty." You are certainly very confident." ''I am." The woman arose from her seat. Sh e wen -t: to her mirror, look ed at her really handsome face, arranged her hair, and said, 111 a jaunty tone:


This is very novel, and charming because of its novelty." "To what do you allude, Essie?" To your presence here, and your hallucina tion. What fa my illusion?" That I can not say. But one thing I will say: You run a great risk; vou are at this mo ment in great peril." How is that?" I expected you." Well?" "You will not have it all your own way this time." That's good." The detectivrtune. '' The man Alvarez langhe

18 CHAPTER XIX. TnE scene presented was an interesting one. The man Alvarez looked ghastly; the woman :a lso showed signs of great fear and terror 'There was something awful in the coolness and direc tness of the man whose face was concealed :tiy a mask, and in calm tones the detective pro ceeded, and said: "Yes, Baily had his susp i cions aroused, and he sttlrted out on a little shadow. He started to shadow the man who h a d g iven him the information-tbe man who had led him to believe that the murdered woman was Essie Hinsda l e -and it was not lon g before Baily made two rem:!rkable and singular di scover ies. He learne d that the dead woman was not Essie Hinsdale. He l earned that the dead woman was not Adele Heath. He l earned that the man who had put him on the track of the little :n -dices was the intimate friend and co-worker with the womttn Essie Hinsdale." Indeed, the appearance of the two auditors -of the detective was a study as he laid down the facfs we have recorded He came to a dead pause and asked: "What do you think now, Alvarez?" Who was t hi s man?" 'The voice of the inquirer trembled be put the question. "You sho uld know who the man was." "1 do not." That's strange. 1 do, and you know even better." I begin to see the depth of 1his conspiracy :now." But you forget Baily did n o t seek this man. 'The man sought him, and di l not know he was -playing with fire. And n o '.v l e t me tell you I have a proposition to mak<,." Proceed. I will fotcu just. for my amuse .ment." "My proposition is tllis: h a ul off, and we will call it a draw." "What do you mea n?" I mean that a grea t sche me is on foot. I did not know t h e plans were ;o well l a id. But :they will not succeed." Do you accuse Baily of being in a ny \ICheme?'' "No. Baily has been imposed upon." "By whom?" The man who met him and gave him the information. All in good t.ime I will reveal the identity of that man to Mr. Baily." That is fair; but your services will not be needed. Mr. Baily knows the identity of the man full well." He may think h e does." The detective smiled under his mask. He saw tll.e game the man was preparing to play, and recognized that the fellow was full of re sources. You say he may think he knows his man?" "Yes.'' "Well?" He has been deceived." "How?" "I'll speak plainly." ''Do so.'' I see the drift of your little wordy mas querade.'' What do you see?" I expect to hear you say that Baily discovered tllat I am the man.'' How well you h ave it. "Baily has been fooled." "How?" I have a double." That's not uncommon." "I've been aware of it for a long time. This double is playing us, as h e thinks. lt is a very deep game, but I will match him." Tllat i s good for you, if what you say is the truth; but let me ask you one question. Is it you .or your double who is intim a te with this lady? For there is no doubt as to her identity. .She has no double." "Whom do you claim this lady to be?" I claim this lady is the re a l E ssie Hinsdale." Yo u are deceived. The de tective laughed, and said: "What a fool I am getting to be! But now listen: your game won t work on the man. " On what man?" "Baily." "Yo.u a r e Baily." "'I have not said so." ":: am to presume you are." "If I am Baily I can identify the man who pn Baily the information." OLD PHENOMENAL. Suppose you see the douhle." "I'd like t o see him, and I'd like to see this lady's double, for then I cou1d put the real peo ple, as you c l aim them, in j a il or hanlf them." Matters were working down to a cnsis. The face of th e man Alvarez became livid. He looked over at the woman, and he said: '' Tllis afl'nir--th i s farce has go ne far enough.'' So I think." ''I mus t see your face I will know who yo u arc." "Suppose I refuRe to remove my mask?" I will r emove it for you." The detective uttere d a l a ugh, and sa id: Do not go too fast." "You have spoken strange words. I mustI will know who you are." "If what you c l a i m i s true, my words are in deed strange, and you should call the police at once." "I will," came th e answer. S uddenl y two men entered the room. They s prun g upon the detective, bnt a little, lith e fig ure l eaped into the room The two men were armed with clubs. They h ad ev id ent ly r ece iv ed their orders. But ere e ith e r one could st rik e a blow, both were knocked to the tloor so quickly that it seeme d like m agic The littl e figure dow n ed th e two men and dis appeared. He h a d appeared lik e a tlash, nnd like a flash he vanished, b11t there l ay hi s vic tims on the tloor. The detect ive had le aped to his feet just in time to behold the figure vanishing from the room a nd for once in his lif e the attack had come in an unexpected manner. Al l ooked at the two men and th en at the man Alvarez, and after a moment he said: "We ll well, what a night. will bring forth! What have you to say now, Mister Man?" "I do not know wha t it means. I suppose it i s some fa r ce you have got up for our benefit." "Oh! that is you r idea, eh?" It is my firm be l ief." "You a t e a lll11U of resources You are a very smar t man, an exce llent sc h e m e r ; but for once yo u a r e overmatched, my friend. A few moments ago I gave you some good advice." I forget it." Possillly you will assume you did, but nevertheless my advice was good. And now let me tell you something. You desired to see me; you have succeeded .I do not think you '.iave enjoyed the interview; and as to your whole scheme I ca ll you to a halt., and I de mand now that you tell me where I will find George Heatll." You will find what i s l eft of him in his grave." "Dare you claim, after what has occurred, that you are not up to some scheme?" Dare you accuse me of being engaged in any s<'h eme?" "I dare." I l a u g h at you. I am m ere ly seeking to circumvent a sc heme." "And then, what meant thisjwell-played plan to murder me?" "You are mistaken; it was mer e ly a plan to learn who vou are." I r eckon you know who I am. But I will bid you good-morn ing. I hav e g iv en you every chance. You appear to be d ete rmined to go on with your scheme. I n0w warn you: I am on to every mov e I know every trick you inte nd to play. I will play aga inst you. I will h a n g you if George Heath is in his grave. I w ill hold you re spo nsible for his d ea th. If Adele H eath is not forthcoming, I will hold you re sponsible for h e r death, a nd I will prom your guilt. And if the dead girl at the --Hotel was murde r ed, I will prove you her murderer." You are takin g a big contract." I have the bulge on you, Alvarez." I do not fear you. I can see how well planned i s the conspiracy, but I do not fe a r you." The two men l y in g upon the floor showed signs of revivin g, and for reasons the detective determined to go away, and h e left the room. The man Alvarez and the woman stood gazi n g in each oth e r 's faces, !incl finally, in a very tremul ous voice, the woman said: What did I t e ll you? I s he not a terribl e man?'' Bah! He had the advantage. He was prepared." How is it he wns p; epared? How is it he knew your moves, Md was able to circumrent you?" That is a mystery I can not explain." "You heard what h e said?" "I did." H e knows all your moves." That was an idle boast." Who is Baily?" He is a man I am u sing." '' How is it this man knows all your moves so w e ll? "That is a my s tery l tell you, I can n o t ex-p lain." "But he certainly expected you here." "Ahl there fo the mystery "Oh, I sfdo r, m y heart i s filled with terror!" You need not fear: it will all come right." I can not see it in th a t hght. The r e is a terrible man on our track. You heard all he sa id?" I did." He said he would hold you responsible for George H eath s murder; he sa i d he would hold yo u respousillle for Adele, an d for the dead woman found at the -H0tel." "Bah all idle threats. The next time we meet I will be so prepared that he is already a doomed man." CHAPTER XX. TsF. two men revived while the conversation we have narrated was in progress, and they were ordered from the room w i thout explana i ion, and t he conversation between Essie Hins dale and th e man A lv arez continued: I s idor, sa id th e woman, "we are docmed." "Hush, woman! you h ave l ost your head. Where Is your old-time courage and nerve?" But this man?" I can beat him. l \\'ill make a mo,e t.hat will settle this whole matter. Listen to me, Essie: I am determined to win. I am not beat en; I am onl y temporarily foi l ed. I am a little dazed, as I d id n ot antic ip ate what has occurred; but next time I will be ready. I will have a man on that fellow's track who will run him down-who will go nnder his mask." You are sme it is not Baily?" "I am." "Then this man must be working in with Baily?" "No. I am myst.ified; but I will get at the bot tom of the whole affair. I !ell you; all is clea r yet, and we will win at the last. I have cards to play that. are sure ones. I do not fear; my confidence i s not shaken. I am only set back a iittle, bnt now I am myself again. I know what I have t o encounter; t .hat is all I ever ni:ed. I will be on to this man's tratk iike a .Nemes i s; I wiil remoe him from our path. 1 will move rapidly now " You do not appenr to comp r e h e nd.:' "Comprel: eud wha.t'I" The singular fact of tliis man's knMvledg e. He knows me; he knows you by name; he knows all abou t George Heath; he knows the object of the h0tel trick. Indeed, I ask, what i s th ere this wonderful, teni ble man does not kno\l?'' "lt can a ll be explained." It can?" "Yes." "How?" ,... He is some fellow Kalley has employed. I will soon be on this Kailey's track, and th en all will be well. You can trust me I alwayi win; I never lose. I am in to win; I will not lose the game. You do not know me yet, that is plain." But so far you h ave been overmatched." .Not so. I have o nly hall something opene d up to me. I now know just h ow to act." The conversation continued between the man and the woman; and while it was in progre ss a little talk was going on between our hero and his sharp, active a id, Eddie. Al Stetson left the house and gained the street. He had go n e but a few steps when he was join e d by Ed, who glided alongside and asked: What a re the orders now?" Eddie, you saved me." Did I ?" "Yes; for once I was taken off my gnard." 1 gave you the s ignal." ' I h ea rd it and und ers tood, but I did oot expect the attar.k to come just in that sllape. I was on deck." "You were, and jus t in time." I !SW the two men enter the hous e with the man Alvarez. I had no orders, but I thought it wou ld be a. good scheme to follow them ia and g iv e you the other signal from the insi

" I think s0; but I did not signal as we had :a.rran"ed; I did not have time, so I acted." And you acted just right, and just in time." I reckon I did. And now, how does tile stand 'I What do you want me to do?" I think we can haul off for to-night, and in ;a few days I will set you on the trail of your .life.,. "I am ready always." "Yes, you are always ready. You are a :great man, Eddie On the day following the incid ents we have ;narrated Al Stetson made up his mind t-0 work :a great sc hem e. He was an inventive genius, nd he wns very fond of working great schemes. He went to the house of the man Kalley. "Well, you are here?" "Yes, I am here ; and, old man. I am on a .cl ose sturly, and I need your help." I am at your service." "They worked a dummy for you once?" "Now I am mystified." He worked a dummy at the hotel." "Yes." I mean he shall arrest a dummy." "And who will be the dummy?" "I will." "I begin to see into your scheme." "Yes; I will make up for you." "What a huge joke!" I enjoy jokes when we can secure good re -sults from them." The detective went to work in a very deliber :ate manner to make a study, and then he retired to another room and after half an hour he ap JJeared before Kalley. The latter stared in .:amazement, and exclaimed: Great guns! it's magic." "No, it's all right." "You had better gfre up your present busi ness and go on the stage; you will make a fort'' The art serves me better in my business." If Alvarez meets you, your life will be in _peril." "How?" That man intends to murder me." "So much the worse for him. But I think he has another scheme; at least I have, and a far reaching one-a scheme that neither h e nor no one else can beat: and I will a l s o have my Jittle joke. But you think my disg uise works well F' It i s simply marvelous. Had I met you unprepared, l should have run away from myself." .And this man Alvarez knows you well enough to recogniz e me?" He does-yes." Good enough.'' I would like t-0 be present when the mask ls thrown off." "You shall hear all about it, and that will oServe just as well." While our hero was arranging his plans, the man Alvarez was also arranging a plan. He devoted a long time to consideration, and final ly ejaculated: Yes, I am satisfied it was all a deception. How the information was o'btained I can not tell; th[\t i s indeed one of tile my8teries; but it makes little difference. I have reso lv ed upon my course, and I will cnrry it out. It needs bold play now, and I am the man to play a bold game when necessity demands it.'' While our hero was holding his t.alk witll 'Kalley, Alvarez was showing himself in order to invite an interview with Baily. The game bad commenced-a great game between two men of genius, the difference being that one man was exercising strategy on the side of right, and the other was scheming on the side of Wl'OnO' hero left Kalley, as sta ted, and proceed .ed to meet his little aid, Eduie, and to the latter he said: Ed, I have an idea in my mind, and I have business for you. I want you to get on the trail of Alvarez, and do not leave him until you bring some news." What news do you expect, master?" "He 1nity hold a little talk with Baily." "Ah! I see." And I want you to listen." I catch on." A few moments after t .he conversation record-ed, Eddie was out on a hunt. The lad had re ceived a hint, and he went straight to the hotel where Alvarez and Tom Baily bad held several mterviews. As ou r readers will remember, through the interveation of Eddie, Alvarez had been reOLD PHENOMENAL. lessed. The two detectives were well assured that the lad had a hand in the affair, although under whose inspiratidn they had not deter mined. Baily 'l.nd Mattie had a talk, and the former said: "I want to meet that man again." "You will not meet him, 'rom." "Why not?" "He will Jay low now." I am of a different opinion. I think he will seek me." "Ah no!" He' has reason to suspect that I had a hand in his arrest." "I don't see on what you build your theory." He has a scheme to work through me." And what will you do now?" I wil) be governed by circumstances. One thing is certain. I do not believe he had a hand in the murder, but I do think he has a game to play." "And where are you going now?" To the hotel. Be has been looking for me.'' "You have received an intimation?" The intimation I received was born in my own mind; but I feel certain, all the same." Tom Baily n nd Mattie walked to the hotel, and a lmo $ t the first man Tom's eyes fell on was the man Alvarez. "Aha, Mattie! do you see?" "By George, it's strange!" I've reasoned well eh?" "Youhavc." The two men had changed their appearance. As our old-time r e iiders know, a certain c las s of detectives are always prepared to make their changes. The. two detectives separated, and Bally lay low, and in good time he booked on to his man. Halloo," he said, are you looking for me?'' Aha! rllP.nged again." Yes; in onr buPiness we rhange.' "That was a nice little job you put up on me.'' I do not understand." The arrest." "Who arrested yon?" "We wi111Pt that pass. I promised you some in formati\>ll t' "You did "You seek the murderer of Essie Hinsdalei" ''I do." "I can open up the mystery to you; and I will on one cond ition. "Name it." I shall not be called on, or in any way im plicated until the time of the man's trial. If so, I will give you all the information you need.'" Those terms will suit me," was the answer. CHAPTEk XXI. I WILL tell you a tale." "Do so." A young man was my patient. I am a physician. He was a very wealthy man. He had no heirs but one sister. At his death he ruade his sister his sole heiress, and I was made his executor and trustee. He had one friend, or, rather, there was a man who claimed to be his friend, but he was really a designing r ascal. This fellow, whose name is Kalley, secured a girl who, as he thought, resembled the s ister of my dead patient. There were facts that en cournged a fraud. 'I'his fellow determined to practice a fraud, and he induced the girl to join with him. It was his intention to introduce her as the real heiress and secure the estate. I discovered his intentions; I frustrated them, and in order to convict him I induced the g irl to make a full and complete confession. I intended to u se her as a witness. She told the rascal what she had done, and what she in tended to do. He became terror-stricken. "As it now appears, he had already secured a second party to use in his fraud, a girl who i s a singular and striking double of the real heiress. If the girl confessed and appeared as a witness against him, his scheme would fall through, and he would probably go to jail for life, as he had committed several gross for geries. But one thing remained for him to do : he must get the girl out of the way." Baily listened with deep attention. "What wns the girl's name?" he asked. Essie Hinsdale." That was the name of the murdered girl?" "Yes." 19 And he did murder her?" That you are to establish. It is my opiu:ion the man will confess when once arrested. At any rate, I can give you the most conclusive proofs: but, as I say, l mu s t not appear In the matter until the last moment." That is all right." The fellow has sec ured several to join with him. There see ms to be a regular band ot con spirators. They will swear to enythin"', but, fortunately, I can bring the proper proof to re fute them. They will try to establish that the real Adele Hen th is Hinsdale." "Why did you not tell me all this before?" There is one man-a very dangerous man -engaged in the conspiracy, whose identity I wished to establish." Have you succeeded?" "No; and I am afraid of my own life; so I determined to make a full confidant of you." Who is the lad who appears to be engaged in the affair?" 1 do not know." He released you?" "Yes." What did he say when he released you?" "He gave me no explanation. Indeed. he was insulting. I meant to seize him and force him to a confession, in the most sin11:u lar, rapid, and mysterious manner, he knocked me down and disappeared.'' The detective recalled how he too had been knocked down in a rapid and most mysterious manner. Do you know where to find the man Kalley?" "I do not; but I believe be is here in New York." Can you furnish a description of his per son?'' I can do more. I can g ive you a good photograph, secured under the inst antaneous process.'' Alvarez showed a picture. I never saw the man," said Baily, as he glanced at it. One word. Show that photograph to the clerk at the hotel where the murder occurred." For what. purpo se?" "He will identify it as a picture of the young man who registered at the hotel a short time afler the g irl registered who was murdered." If you can prove this, why should we es tablish the identification 'I" "I can not prove it. I have been working on a theory. What I told you were suggest.ions prompted by what I suspected his plan would be." Then you can not prove he was the No. If the clerk at the hotel identitie s that picture, how will that count?" It. will hang the original." "That is what I believe." How about the fellow you call the mysterious man?" I can not get on to his identity at all." You have seen him?" "Yes: but he was uuder a cover." "What was his appearance when undOl' cover?" Alvarez gave a description. I think I've seen the same man." He is a very smart man-deep and secret." "You are sure it is not Kalley?" I think not-indeed I am snre." Can you give me any clew as to the possi ble whereabouts of this man Kalley?" I can not, more than the fact that he is somewhere here in New York." Where i s the real heiress?" She is under my protection." fras any attempt been made to do her harm?" "Yes; and what is more, they have laid a. plan to prove she is Essie Hinsdale." "What is your name?" I am Doctor Alvarez, and I can prove my respectability.'' After a few words, Alvarez said: The mysterious man is on my track." ''Yes.'' I fear he seeks to do me harm. If I were out of the way they would have clear sailing Sor the carrying out of their scheme " "Yes." "He must be in constant communicallio.. with Kalley." "I see." He haunts me like a shadow." "We will find him, and we will haunt him like a shadow. And now, when will I you?"


2{) To-night; and we will put up a scheme to :find this man." At what hour?" "Say ten o clock. " Where?" ''Here.'' I will be on h and." The two meu separated. Alvarez went away, and Baily rejoined his partner Mattie. Well, old man, what did you make out?" I am on to the whole business. All m y theories have been fully confirmed_" Baily rel aterl to his partne r all that h ad occurred, and when he bad concluded Mattie said : It looks fair enough, but there is a slight possibility.' "What is the poss1oility?" "He may be the conspirator." It is pos sible_ I have thought of that; but. our road is open " What is your idea?" We will secure Kalley. "Yes." "We will bear bis s ide of the story." I have a theory, Tom." What is your theory?" "I will not give it out now; but we will follow out your plan." There is one thing bothers me_" "Well?" '' The mysterious man-the tale he tells about him sounds queer." Yes: and the strange fellow who i s dod g in g around does not act like a criminal. He i s playing too bold a game." Baily and Mattie made their plans, and whil e they were so arranging, Eddie returned and joined his partner. 'well, young man, I see by your face you have some t bing to report." "I have.,, Ed related all that h ad pa sse d between Baily and the man Alvarez_ Al Stetson listened, and a smile overspreacl his face. "So, so; that's their game, eh? Good enough; I will have some rare sport Eddie received his instru ctions, and Ola Phe nomenal arranged some other plans. At ten o clock the great game opened, and our hero sta rted in to have his fun. Alvarez appeared at the hotel on tim':!, and Bail y a lso was on hand. The two men met. "Did your myst erious man sh ow up?" asked Tom. "No.'' Then we h ave nothing on hand?" "Yes, his shadow, the lad; that littl e devil who knocked me down." Then you conc lude that he i s working in with Old Mysterious? ' "Yes; I had anothe r run in with him." "When?" "Not twenty minutes ago.'' "Under what circumstances?" I was on my way h e re, when suddenly that lad ap p ea red before me, and in a n off-hand manner exclaimed: '' Halloo, doctor! Where are you going?' he asked. Look out for that man Baily; he is laying for you, and will hook you again!' Having thus warn ed me, he ran off." They appear to have your movements down fine." "They do; and that is the remarkabl e part of it." You say the real heiress is unde r your care?'' "Yes." I'd like to see her." "You can." ''When?'' After we have got on to the track of the num Kalley." How is it they get on to your movements so well ?" I said that is a mystery I can not fathom. " I'd like to see tha t lad." "We will put up a game to catch him." "We will." He or the man he serv es will show up." "What m a kes you think so?" "I am now fully convinced I am being shadowed all the time." "And then?" Some one may show up_" A.ll I I see." The two m e n continued their talk for some time, g-0ing over the ground concerning the murder, when suddenly Alvarez exclaimed: l "Great Jupiter! there he is_" OLD PHENOMENAL. CHAPTER XXII. AT the mom ent Alvarez uttered the exclama tion a man bad entered the hotel reading-room The doctor had turned v ery pale, and spoke in an excited ant.I tremulo us tone. Who i s it?" asked Baily. Can you not recognize him?" "Wh e re i s he?" "There!" The pointed to the man, and the de tective also betrayed a little excitement as he said: "It's KallEy." It' s th e very man." "This i s all I want. Leave the affair to me now I'd lik e to have a talk with him alone. Will you gran t me th a t privilege?" It's a strange request." "I can draw someth in g from him; he is a weak man: you n eed not fear him. One thing, doctor, I will t e ll yo u now : we will get at the bottom of this whole affair." That is what I wan t you to do." I've changed my plan. Do you think that m an has recognized yo u ?" I think he must have done so; he has evident.ly followed me here." That shows somet -hing. But my plan is this: you go from here; he may follow you; it is eviden t he is seeking to have a word with you." He m ay intend to murder me " You n eed not fe a r while we are around_" You will close in on him? "That depends upon circumstances. We will wait a nd learn what develops. Do not g o away straight. Linger around; ac t as thou g h you were not aware of any one s presence. We will be on ihe watch and at the right moment you saunter away. We will follow." Do not make a formal arrest. Your plan to watch is good." "Go now we understand our business_" If you arres t him now you will make a mis take." "If we conclude to make the arrest we will not make a mistake. l do not believe we will arrest him. We w ill run him down, aud pipe for testimonies." The doctor moved away, and Baily join e d Mattie. He t o ld his pa1tner the si tu ation, and M a ttie said: Do not make an arres t. "I have no idea of makin?, an arrest." A few moments passed. rhe two detectives conversed and watched, and finally Baily said: "Now we go." As stated they h lld talked and watched, and they saw Alvarez l eave the hotel but s trang ely the man Kalley did not follow him. ttalloo! we are off somewhere. The bait does not attr act the fish." '' So much the better. We will have tim e to study our m an." "Suppose I make his acquaintance?" "Go it." He does not know me. He m ay have you down fine." It is possible. I will walk away, and lay around for signa ls." Baily hung around for a few moments, and then sauntered away He entered the bar-room and engaged in convesation in a conve ntional way with two or three men whom he knew. The man Kalley a ll the time appeared to be tot a lly uncon sc ious of all the planning and sch em in g go in g on around him He walked over to a seat or sofa and drew a paper from his pocket. He commenced to re ad. Mattie watched his chance. He had often made chance acquaintances in hotels. He knew just how to work it, a nd in good time he took a seat beside the m a n he was piping. He looked at him $harply a moment, and ti nally said: I s your name Kalley, sir?" That is my name. I do not recall ever h av in g met you." "Were you ever in Paris ?" I have spent several years in Paris." I reckon it was in Paris I m e t you. It is not strange you do not recollect me, and it is not strange that I should remember your name, for it i s a very peculiar one." "Yes; I reckon it was originally Kelley, and was changed by some of my ancestors a long way back." ".Are you residing in New York?" ''Yes." "You have a family, of conr8e? "No; I am a bachelor." How long since you were in Paris?" I left Paris abont a year ago." "And you have been in New York ever since?" "No; I've only been in New Yo1k a few months. That was a strange affair at lhe -Hotel the other ni ght?" M att ie gave a start. "Are you interested in any of the parti es?" "I think I kn e w the lady." Mattie was t ak en de a d abac k "Do you think the woman was mmd e red ?" K a lley m e ditated a moment and then sa id: I should say s he was murder ed." It's strange," muttered Mattie, in a low tone. "What is strange?" That you should be int e rest ed in this case." "I am not intere ste d in it in the way you ap pear to suspect." Mattie was perplexed. He talked a few min utes longer in a conventional way, aud then bid K a lley good-day. He passed to the bar-room, signaled Baily, and walked out to the great cor ridor, and when joined by his comrade, he said: I am taken all aback. "How?" There is some mystery in this affair." "How?" He brought up the matter of the murder." "Yes." He did not exhibit any concern. H e talked as coolly as you or any other disinterested citi zen would. He did say, ho wever, that he thought he knew the identity of the dead wom an." Then he is very deep aud is playing a point." Certainly; I recogniz e that fact. And what point is he seeking to make?" "What do you think?" He d oes not act or talk like a crimiaal, or like a man who fears a nything. H e did not shirk the subject. Indeed, I was amazed, as I say, at his coolness." "What do you propose to do?" I propo s e that we now lay on to thi s man's tra il and pipe him down before we do anything rash." Whil e the two detectives were t alkini;they saw K a lley a dvancin g down the corr idor. They determined to follow him. K a lley passed to the street. Baily had not been see u by him, al! the men supposed, and he started on th e s had ow. Mattie l ay back and worked a comp l ete tra n sfo rm, and he a lso started on the d euble shadow. They followed their man from place to place until finally they saw him enter a well-known re s ort. Mattie lrnd made himself knowr; and when the man entered the p lace he join ed Baily and sa id: "Well, what rlo' you think of it?" We can not find out anything unl es s we make a move." Arrest him?" "Yes." "You're wrong." "No; it's our best course. We will ac cuse him of the murder directly, and see what he has to say, watch how he acts." I am with you. " When he comes out of tha t place we wiH close in on him." All right." The two d e tectives lay low, and it was fully half a n hour before the man Kalley cam e forth. When he did he walked slow l y down the stree t. When suddenly Baily and Mattie pounced upon him, Kalley appeared greatly surprised, and asked: "What does this m ean? What do you men want? Why do you stop me on the public st.reet?" Both men showed their badges. "What am I to understand?" '' You are under arrest. '' All right ; I offer no resistance." "It would not be well for you to do so." I will be take n at once before some one t(!) whom I can offer an explanation?" We will see about that." A carriage was passing, Mattie hail ed it, and all three men entered. Kall ey was quiet and unresisting. The carriage drove away, and when it stopped, Kalley was directed to alig ht. He was led into the same house wher e Eddie ilad been cross-examined and to which the man. Alvarez had been taken. The prisoner still re mained passive, and did not offer any protest,. and :Mat.tie whispered "We've got a strange customer_" "Yes, we have."


Kalle y was led into the house and to that rear .J'Oom where several very strange incidents had occurred The three men took seats You take vour arrest coolly," said Baily." "Yes, I do.'1 "HaYe you the leust idea a.s the charge against you?" Tha t i s not for me to say I "Yo u a.re arrested for the murde r of the woman who was found dead in a room In the -Hotel." Yes ; I thought that wa.s the charge." What have you to say?" "Nothing. "What do you know about the ca.se?'' "Wha t do you know about it?" We are not here to answer questions We will li s ten to what you may have to say I I am not here to answer questions, either." "You admit your guilU" i.No .,, I What do you moon?" I mean that I do not answer the ques\ions -Of irre s ponsible parties." CHAPTER XXIII. Do you know that we a.re officers!" I suppose you are." Do y ou know that we are treating you very kindly? " H o w?" "We are giving you a chance before turning you o ve r to the authorities. At pre sent you are only under s uspicioa. It may be you can re lieve yourself of the suspicion. We will be 9lad if you will. We are not enemies of yours.' "You are young men. You haTe a great

22 I will be the accused?" I feel certain you will be tried for murder." The man Alvarez laughed, and the prisoner eaid: "Gentlemen, you are noting this talk?'' "We are." Remember every word, please." The detectives nodded, and the prisoner pro ceeding saicl: "Yes; if the girl at the hotel was murdered, you may be called upon to answer for two mur ders." Indeed Y ''Vho is the second victim?" Well, there may be some inquiry as to the Identity of the murderer of George Heath." Alvarez laughed and again he said: You are indeed cool." Let me tell you a tale " I am willing, if these gentlemen have the patience.'' I will answer for the gentlemen." How much you assume." I have a George Heath is dead?" "Certainly.' You were present when he died?" "I was." Who besides you?" I am not bound to tell you." You will tell the court." I will, if ever called upon to do so." Where is Adele Heath?" She stands prepared to prove how great a villain you are." And Essie Hinsdale is dead ? " I have every reason to believe that she is dead." If she is living I would have no motive in murdering the girl whose body was found at the --Hotel." Ah, this is all a farce." "Is it?" It is. I am not bound to answer yo11r questions." But you are !llY accuser." "I am not." "Yon gave the information on which I was arrested." The man did not answer. "I will give you a bit of advice: You had better order my release." I have nothing to do with your a1Test or release." You deny that you gave the information whioh led to my arrest?" "I may have told what I knew orsuspected. The officers, I see, have followed up the clews, and no doubt they have obtained evidence that warranted your arrest." "And yon will not order my release?" "I h a ve nothing t.o do with it.." '' I may make an accusation that will lead to your arrest." "Of what will you accuse me?" "The murder o"f George Heath!" Alvarez laughed, and said in reply to Kailey's (leclaration: You can accuse me as soon as you choose." will sta .nd to you accusations against me?" ' I lrnve not accuse d yon." "'Ve will see But one thing is certain : you identify me?" "I do." Kalley again turned to the detectives, and said: I ask you gentlemen to note every word thiit was said here." "You did.'' I wish you to watch everything that oc curs.'' "We will " This man told you a certain tale. He put you on the track of finding the young man wl10 6Ccupied the room adjoining that where the dead body was fonnd." The detectives did not answer. "You need not answer; but you know what I cl!t.im is true. I answer the d esc ription of that man. This fellow here bas identified me. A new theory will be advanced to you l ate r on, and that is why I wish you to note well every thing that occurs. You are two smart young men, but you have been led off on a wild chase by this fellow, and I wilt prove it." Alvarez turned to the two detectives, and said: .. wm you leave me alone with this fellow !l moments? I think I can force him to a eon fessfon. )'lie two detectives at once retired from the OLD PHENOMENAL. room, and the moment they were gone, Alvarez said: "Kalley, your game is up. You have played it well, but I have you fast and tight; and now I will mnke you a proposition: If you will re turn to Europe I will so you can escape: otherwise you will go to jail now, and you will hang as sure as your name is Kalley!" Kalley laughed, and said : "You are a cool rascal. Now let me tell you something I have a propostition to make you: Stay just where you are in your sche me, and if there has been no real crime committed beyond the attempt to steal an estate, I will let up on you." "We ll, you are the coolest villain I ever met in all my life " Why, man, there is a revelation to come right here, unless you own up, that will cause your hair to stand." You can not scare me." ''"That woman Essie Hinsdale is well known. Her identity can be proven " Oh, no doubt you have a woman to repre sent Adele Heath; but I have you watched on that end of it." "If George He_ath is dead, his death will be traced down to you "Well, you have a cheek!" Will you stop short now?" I will not stop unt ii I bang you." You bad better C(lll in the detectives." You refuse to take ad vantage of this opportunity?" "No; I shall take advantage of it in a way you little dream." It is your last chance to escapE'!.'' I shall never attempt to escape. I have got things too fine on you." This is a game of bluff." "It is, eh?" It is." "Let me see how well I know your scheme: You have played a dummy; it was well worked -a dummy to represent me-and you have your pipes all well laid. But you have only been watching one hand. There is another game being played-a game to circumvent you, and I will throw back your words and say this is your last chance." "My last chance for what?" Your only cha.nee to restore the fortune." "It is my chance to 8ee you go to jail." And you will so order?" "I will." Good e nough! Call back the officers." Alvarez hesitated a moment. He evidently did not feel comfortable. He looked around, and then in a hesitating way, said: I would like to save trouble, and escape scandal and notoriety." "Ah! vou woulrl 'i" Yes, r would; and there is a way to do it." "How? The man lowered his voice to a whisper, and said: "We will effect a compromise. You have got up a good scheme. You want some of the money in order to save trouble. I am willing to consider you." "How?" '' I will pay you a certain sum of money." "And what am I to do?" asked Kalley, in an eA<>"er tone. You are to sign certain papers and go to Europe.'' "Will you let me see the papers?" No; you must sign them in blank." "Will you tell me the trnture of the papers?" I will tell you nothin g. I have but one purpose: to avoid scandal and notoriety." There came a strange smile to Kailey's face as he said: I will take my chances you villain!" "Hold! do not call names or I may !'efuse to treat with yo u at all." I refuse to trea t with you." "You absolutely refuse to treat with me?" I do. Call in the oflicers." CHAPTER XXV. ALVAREZ appeared reluctant to call back the officers, and Kalley said: It's no us e; you may as well call in the officers. Let them take me to the Tombs, and in less than an hour they will be after you." I fear nothing. I can prove my character and yours. I tell you, the proofs of your guilt are absolute." Ca ll in the officers." You refuse to treatY" I've answered you a dozen times.' "You are young to die on the gnll ows." Oh, hold your non s ense! Cail in the: officers; if yo u don't, I wiil." Alvarez stepped to the door; bis back: was to> the prisoner. He called in the officers, and ail' they advanced he turned round, and then stool! and gazed aghast, actually paralyzed-and no wonde r A sight met his gaze wh ich under the: circumstances, would have paralyzed any man. A most singula r and marvelous chaRge taken place-a complete and absolute meta morphosis. The man Kalley had vanished in., thin air, and where be had sat there sat an en tirely different man. The two officers alSO> looked amazed, and the three men all gazed aghast when the man who had undergone the change sa id: "Gentlemen, it'E all right. I told you to note everything that occurred, and now I ask that. f'dSCal there if he recogni7.es and identifies me?"' Alvarez stood and gazed in speech l ess amaze ment. ''"Come, men," said Old Phenomenal. speak. Who am I?" 'T'he men did not speak. Gentlemen," said our h ero, "you hear d him positively identify me as Kalley. Whe am I?" "Who a r e you, indeed?" demanded Mat tie. I am not Kalley; and as you have made a mistake, of course I am at liberty to depart." "Do not l et him go!" Alvarez managed tc articulate. We can not hold h im," said Bail y. "Pu t the handcuffs on that man! You have the rea l murderer now!" Baily looked toward Mattie. The latter ap peared perplexed, but at length said: We hud better hold the man." Gentlemen, do not come to any such de cision There is the man yon should hold." We bad better hold both of you," sa i d Mattie. "You can not ho l d me.'' "We will.'' And that man?" We will hold him also." Let's hear what the doctor has to say," s u ggested Baily. '' Gentlemen, you know you duty. You ha vs the proofs There is the real murderer." It is an embarrassing position," said Mat tie. Old Phenomenal evidently had en j oyed him self to bis heart's content He did not propose to sit there and have these men holding an ante mortem exam i nation over him. Suddenly he leaped to his feet, and in less than two seconds three men lay prostrate upon the floor and the great detective quietly left the room and the house. The three men were a discomfited-looki n g crew when they regained their feet and looked at one another. Mattie was the first to speak. He said: "Well, this is a go!" "You are satisfied, gentlemen, now, I trust? said Alvarez. Mattie passed a signal to his partner. Ideas were running through hi s head, a nd he said: I a m satisfied we were served out in fine style." We were not looking for it," sairl Baily That man is the confederate of th e man Kalley." He bas made a goo d point on you for fut ure use." "I will take cnre of t ,hat part of it." "Would it not b e well for you to open up the reo.l facts. doctor?" "You ge ntl e men do not appear to realize "'Ve do realize tlrn there i s a mystery here. That man does not nc-! likP. a cold-blood ed crimi nal. 'T'here arn cYi:Ie nt l v two s ides to this case." "We will find the r ea l Kalley." "One word, do ctor: If you arc up to any you ar<:; beat e n, tliat's a ll. The IUP.11 wll.0 aowned us will prove too much for you." "Ge ntlemen, I shall employ a man on thts case who knows better bow to act." "We ll, you bad better do so. We are 12ot employed by yon." "I am verv much obliged to you, gentle men, for haying done your duty as far as you knew." "Ah, thank you!" He went away, and Baily and Mattie again were alone, and Mattie said: "Well, Tom, we are a pair of ninnies. We are getting it in the neck every time.''


"Oh, come off!" "We are coming off. But what do you think &fit?" What do you think of it?" "I have an idea." "Well, I've an idee.. Let's hear yours, and tee if we agree." The old man-" The old man who was hanging around in the room where the dead girl lay?" "You think there is something very deep un-oer all this?" I was never so beat in all my life." Let us change our tactics." "What shall we do?" Go straight and alone for this chameleon." How will we do it?" I have figured a bit." And what 1s your sum?" The old man had a point in letting the doc tor run at large." That seems the explanat.ion." Then the lad and the old man are working in together, as we at first supposed." Our road is clear." "How?" We can at least catch the boy." "What can we make if we do?" "We can hold him." "Well?" His mentor will look him up." "Well?" "We can then watch and 1'1ll'l down the men-tor." Your idea is a good one." It is the only thing we can do." "'This fellow Alvarez is a dead beat. When he left here, a little time ago, he was all broke up." He was-sure." The other man who traveled as Kalley walked off at his leisure." "He did." "Now, -why should he assume the r6le of Kall ey ?" He had a purpose." Yes; and I have an idea as to what his pur pose was. He knows what he is about, and I tell mu I am on to it all." '"And what is your idea?" it is a double scheme of villainy. We are right to catch or run down either party. There is a big steal somewhere, and our first dut:y is to find that lad and hold him as a prisoner.' "We will do it." If we once get him we will get on to the man who is behind him." We had h!m here." "We did, that is true; and, hang it! we've been knocked over like men of straw several times." I feel humiliated, Mattie." "Humiliated! I am the most mortified man in New York. If the truth were known at bean-quarters we would be laughed off the force." "We will redeem ourselves." I trust we will." I do not trust that doctor." "Nor I, now." We cnn pretend, however, to lay in with him. We can pretend to believe all he says, and get our information from both sides. '1 What is your plan?" 1 have no set plan, but I will arrange one as I go along." You want to be very careful." "I will." Do so; and ere to morrow night we will have made some progress, you oetl" CHAPTER XXVI. HAVING run the role of Kallf1y, our hero pro ceeded to his lodgings. On the way he was joined by Eddie, who had heen on the lay for him al I the time. Well, Ed, anything new?" new." I've an idea, Ed." "Go it." I think we might scare the woman into a confession." What is it you "fish to establish?" I ha'le an idea-a strong idea-that George Heath is alive." I am ou deck every time." "I've another idea. You must look out for Baily and Mattie. They arc going for you." "Oh, I will look out for them. And now, boss, I am going to bid you good night." Where are you goingY" OLD PHENOMENAL I am on the trail of my life. I've an idea I can find out something about this missing George Heath. You can trust me?" I can, certainly." You know the old adage: Strike while the iron is hot. " Well?" You had better not interfere with me tonight." Al Stetson had great confidence in Eddie,rand he determined to let him go. Eddie did have an idea. He knew that Al varez had been in the house with the two fel lows Baily and Mattie, and he had made a cal culation as to what he would do when he parted from his chief. He ran straight back toward the house where the remarkable interview de scribed ha d occurred. He did not reach the house, however, before he came to a dead stand, and he dropped to a cover. He saw the man Alvarez. The latter had just left the house. Eddie on his shadow, and he soon mut tered: ,Just as I thought." The lad had concluded that the doctor, after the interview, would go to the house of the woman Essie Hinsdale, and the direction the man took was a confirmation of his suspicion. The doctor arrived opposite the house. A light was burning in the window. He uttered a signal whistle, and there came a ref.urn sig nal, and the doctor entered the house Ed was close by; he shed his shoes, glided up the stairs, and reached the second floor just as the woman came from an adjoining room and joined the man who had signaled. "I am so glad you have come," said the woman. Did you expect me?" "No; but it is well you are here. I think I will have great news for \\'hat has happened? That mnn who was here-" What of him?" "He is a very devil!" I thought you did not fear him?" "I thought so, but I've changed my mind. He is a terrible man to play against. I will have to call in your aid." "Well what can I do?" He ;ill come here again. You must be ready for him." The woman meditated a moment, and then said: You assign me too great a task." All depends upon getting rid of that man, or he will beat us." I have thought of that; but I tell you he is a terrible man." You could allure him." I will think the matter over." "Remember, we have succeeded: everything is all right; and if we can get rid of two parties, we have no more to do; the game is all our own.' "You have met that man?" "Yes." He got the better of you?" He did. He played a great card on me to night." . Tell me about it." The doctor told all that had occurred, and when be had concluded, the woman said: It's strange that h e should be able to make up for Kalley so as to deceive you.'' "He did; but you must remember I have never had any real intima cy with Kalley." If he can deceive you, I sho!lld be able to deceive him." I think you can." At that moment there came an interruption, and the woman said: Now we will get some news." There }1ad come a signal from the street. Ed die, who was on the watch and listening, had not heard the signal; but from the woman's words be knew that something was up, and he got on to it when the woman stated: That is Alfred." "Well?" He brings some news." The woman went across the room and made an answering signal, and Eddie got away. A few minutes pas sed, and the young man Alfred the sta irs. He entered t he room, and Eddie was b ack at hi s place. The boy did not appear to know what th e sentiment of dang er meant. He taking chances that were Teally dangerous ones. Our readers iu merely r ea ding about the acts of our little hero can not fully realize the risk that he ran. Very terrible tragedies oo-23 curred in New York. They are occurring every day and night, and the number of dete c tives who have been dropped out has been considera ble. The strangest and most tragic incicents.. are hourly occurring, and while we write these lines, schemes, counter-schemes, plots, counter plots, terrible tragedies are taking place that will only be known when they culminate, and then the real incidents underlying them will never be known. A.s the lad got back to his post he saw Alfrea take a seat, and the woman, in an eager tone, asked: What news do xou bring?" I've succeeded. The woman's face lighted up with a gleam of" triumph, and she said, turning to Can you Hot guess?" I am not a guesser." "We've found her." Found whom?" A.dele." The doctor gave a start. "Yes; we've found her. You hear what Alfred says." Tell me a bout it." Give me a moment to take breath." It. was an odd scene presented at that mo ment; and a little later Alfred said: Two days ago I saw a lady in the street. She was veiled. You had set me to run down the girl. I've been following veiled ladfes for weeks, and only to be disappointed, until tonight." "You have found Adele?" demanded the: doctor. "I have." You are sure of her identity?" I am-yes. As I told you, I met a veiled lady. I followed her to a house ou --Street I've been watching that house ever since. To night my vigil was rewarded. I rnw a lady come to the window. I had a good look at her. and it was Adele Heath. I will risk my life on her identity." "Where is the house?" It is a little twostory frame house on Street, near the river. A wellknown man lives there, and she is either a guest or a boRrder; but Adele Heath resides in that house. I say her to-night. There is no doubt as t o her identity.''. This is great news," said Alvarez. It. is," responded the woman, with a triumphant look on her face. CHAPTER XXVII. EDDIE overheard all that had passed, and he also had his little smile of triumph, as h e mut-tered: I reckon my head was level when I followed a bird's advice that whispered in my ear." Alfred told some more facts, and after receiv ing high commendation returned to an upper room in the house, and Alvarez and the woman. were once more alone. Eddie had a narrow squeak of it, as the young man left the room unexpectedly; but the 111d got to a cover, and. was back again in a moment to listen to what. occurred. He had been there but. a minute, however, when suddenly there citme an outcry. It came from up the stairs. Eddie dashed over to the lower hall, Alvarez and the woman rushed from the room, and Alfred came down all ex citement. What is the matter?" demanded the doc tor. I was coming downstairs to tell you some thing that I had forgotten, when I will swear I saw 1he shadow of a man." Where was he?" At the foot of the stairs here Alvarez drew a pistol, t'11rned up the gas, and commenced a search. He passed into all the rooms on the floor, and fhen descended the stairs. He at length returned upstair s, a.nd said: Alfred, you were mistaken." I must have been; but I thought I saw the shadow of a man." We will not tell what a narrow chance of it Eddie had; but he did not leave tke hou se. He was determined to chance it out, and learn, if be c-Ould, the plans of the man and woman; and, in sp ite of all that had occurred, he was speedily at hi s post ngaiu. After entering the room the man and woman had exchanged a few words, and Eddie was on deck just in time to hear the woman say: I fear there was a man there. " It is utterly impossible, Essie, that th!Jl't,


24 could h11ve been. Alfred is a nervous young !ellow, and only imagines he saw a shadow." "Suppose there was some one listening?" Who could it be?" "That man; and he would have overheard Alfred' s disclosure." "You can 1est easy; thare was no man in the house." Tbe woman suddenly lf'..aped to the door and flung it wide open. There was no one there Eddie had been like e mouse in his quickness. "Will you give up th11t idea?" I am so nervous "Essie, if Alfred's information is true, we are all right. In the first place, one very important fact is established." "And what iB that?" "The girl is not under the protection of that mau Kalley." We mu.st act at onre." "No need. We have got her located, and can prepare to take her .'' "How long will you wait!" Only until to-morrow night. I will make some arrangements during the coming day to secure possession of her." If we secure her we are all right." "Not at all. We will not be all right until we have made away with those two menKalley and the man who has been on our track. I will take care of Kalley, and you must dis pose of the other man." I will do the best I can. After a little more talk Alvarez departed. Eddie lay low and left the house after him, and he muttered: This will do for to.night. Tomorrow I will have a heap of business on hand." Eddie retired to his lodgings. He found the great detective asleep. The latter, who always slept wi1h one eye open, made sure it was his little pal, and when the latter said: We will talk in the morning," Old Phenomenal turned over and soon fell off into a sound sleep, leav ing Eddie to keep the one eye open On the following morning our hero and his little p!ll held their talk. "Well, Ed, what did you make out?" I want to ask you a. question." G

aghast, and the younger one acted as though she were about to faint. A momeut passed. The two women ex changed glances, and the elde; one finally murmured: "This is t errible!" H's a ll right," said Eddie. "Will you explain what you mean?" "You have enemies." "Who are my enemies?" "Doctor Alvarez is your enemy." Who are you? demanded the young l ady, seizing the pretended beggar-girl by rh e shoul der. "I am your friend." You are my friJmd ?" Yes. I drove that young man away." Who is that young man?" "He is the spy of Doctor Alvarez_ They have run you down; they mean to kidnap you. Now yon know that I a m your friend." And who are you?" "You do not deny that your name is not Em-ma Smith?" 'Wby are you here?" As your friend." "And who are you?" Look and see," came the answer; and there followed a tram formation The elder and younger woman gazed aghast, and it was some time before either could speak; but at length the elder said: "What does all this mean?" I know all about this ) oung lady." "You do? " I do; and you appear surpris ed." We a:e surprised. Will you explain?" I will r:ot, but her real friend will." Who is her real friend?" A great det .ective." What does it a ll mean?" exclaimed the younuer lady. f ou know you are in peril?" "At whose hands?" The man who is seeking to steal your fortune. You mus t go with me." Where will you take me?" To meet the great detective." This is all very strange. It is the most remarkable adventure of life; but I will go with you_" "You shall not go!" said the elder l ady_ I am now satisfied I have been dogged and followed for weeks." You have. said Eddie. Your enemies are on your track. If they once get you under their control, :your life is not safe They mean to steal your fortune. I do not know how much you suspect of the sche me to rob you, but a game is being played to rob you of your !ortune. Another wom a n claims tQ be Adele Heath. Come; I have told you eno u g h. You must !O with me." "She shall not go!" Then, if evil comes, you will be responsi ble," sa id Eddie. It is a game to trap her." "Her enemies certainly would not invite you. It is open day. 1 will take yo u to the presence of the great detective He will rell you al]o\ tell you how h e happened to hear about you, a nd how h e became int e re sted in your case. He will tell yo u facts that you do not know. If you do n o t go with me you will regret it all t4e rest of your life." l am resolved to go," said Adele. Do not fail," returned Eddie: and he re sumed his rag-picker garb. He held a few mo ments' further talk and disappeared from the kitchen. He w ent to the street, munching his piece of bread. Eddie had given Adele and h e r friend full instructions, ,md he knew he had time to go and meet Old Phenomenal. He proceeded to his lodgings. The great d1>tective a waited him. Eddie told his tale. Lad, you have done well." Yes, and I have earned the right to go on with my game." "You shall." We will go now and meet the ladies. We have made a great advance." "We have." That girl must not go back to her present time. " We will see. Go, now." Eddie dropped into a new disguise and went to the street. He went direct to the pl ace where he was to meet the two ladies. They were on hand, and in a few moments Al Stet son appeared. He was introduced. He held a long talk with the elder lady. He succeeded in OLD PHENOMENAL. 25 convincing her as to all the facts, and she ac"You are sure you hea.rd the words as you companied him to his lod g ings. In bis rooms repeat them?" he fold the two l adies a Jong tale and fully es" I am; and I thought I should die right tabli s hed hi s own identity, and it was arranged there." that Adele should not return to the house. The I "Did she declare her motive?" e ld e r lady did r e turn The l atter had been "I beard a l o n g talk between the m, and Ade le's nurse. She had later on ma-ried. At learned that they det ermined to rob me of my pre sent she W-8 8 a widow Jn a certain moment fortune." of peril and darkness Adele h ad come a.ccide:i-"Did they disclose how they meant to do it?'" ally npon her old nmse, and had claimed her "Yes; the scheme you have developed was; protection. After the elder woman Mrs. the one they discussed." Smith, had gone, our hero held a long talk with "Tllis woman was to represent you?" Adele. He aske d the lovely girl a great many Yes." questions. And what were they to do with you? "What do you know," he asked, "about the "The doctor said h e could destroy my mind dea th of your brother?" -turn m e into a driveling idiot." "Nothing. I have the word of Doctor Al"What a terribl e sc heme of rascality! varez aione." "I heard the whol e plot discussed and at IV here diJ your brot .her first meet him?" that moment a terrible suspicion cro s sed my My brother was a monomaniac. He had mind." an idea that he had consumption. He spent a "What was the s uspicion?" great deal of mon ey consulting specialists. He I suspected that my brother was not dead." met this m an Alvarez; the man won hi s confi"And-" dence. The man prevailed upon my brother to That they were Peeking to turn him into a make a trip. They were gone some weeks. driveling idiot. Indeed, they may h ave sucThey went to t he southern part of California. ceeded." I received a dispatch one day to go t-0 a town "You had no proof of your brother's death?" in California The dispatch stated that my Only what this m an told me." brother had been taken with hemorrhages-that "Have you any suspicion as to the identity he was dying. I startd at once. I reached the of your anonymous correspondent?" place eight days a fter the receipt of the dis" No." p atc h. The doctor met me, and with tears told "What did you do?" me my brothe r was dead. I had no reasons to "I returned to my room, trembling wi t h fear .. doubt or suspect the man'B statements. I was but resolved to escape from that house. taken sick: the man took care of me. He was "Did you do so at once?" like a brother. In good time 1 recovered and "No; I made a play for my life. I suddenwe came East. He showed me my brother's ly discovered a courage and determin atio n in will; told me how he had been appointed ex-my own disposition I had never before supect ecutor and guardian. I had no reason to doubt ed. It is possible that the knowled ge of my his word. And so matters until I received great peril developed the courage." a n anonymous l e rter. It was d e liv e red to me "Yes, it is so; and it is well you had the by hand. The let1er Slated tha t my brother quality to fall back upon. And what rlid you was not dead; that the docto r was a fraud, and do? Did you ever s how the man t h e letter?" intended to rob us of our fortune. I would I did not. I treated him as though I sus have shown the letter to the doctor-I so inpected nothing. Indeed, there was no change tended to do-when a most thrilling and startin my demeanor. I waiied a chance to escape, ling incident occurred." and at l ength it came. The doctor was called CHAPTER XXIX. OLD PHENOMENAL knew most of the fa c ts the g irl was reciting, but he was deeply inter ested. Arlele was a chaJming girl. She was very prett.y: iodeerl, might b e e;alled beautiful. She was a brie:ht, brave-faced girl, and a most interes tin g reciter. "Proceed." h e said, "and tell me all.'' As I told you, I did not think much of the anonymous letter. I had perfect confidene;e in the doctor. I believed him to be my fri e nd. On our return from California he took me to his home. A lady whom he introduced as his cousin was his housekeeper. I saw but lit tie of 1he lad v She appeared to ham conceived a dislike for me, and I kept my room s The doctor bad so ordered, he stated, because of my health. My meals were sen t to me. When I receiv ed this letter I started to g o to hi s office. I reached the door and heard loud talkin g. I wo11lrl have run hack to my roomit was at night-but I heard my own name mentioned. An impulse I could not restrain caused m e to Rtancl siill. Then the voices be came lower. I stepped ne a rer the door. anrl unrousciously bent my ea r to the k ey-ho le. Having heard my nmne mentioned, I was anx ious to learn why I should he the cause of a quarrel, and so I little dream ed of t he t e rrible words I was to overhear. The woman appeared to be weeping, and I heard her say: "'You must forgive me, I s idor, for having suspected you. I then he ard the man say: "'Essie, I am hurt. How could yon ever s uspect me of bE'ing unfaithful to rou! No, no; I love you as I love my own life. When I heard these words a suspicion flashed through my mind. I h eard the wom an ask: "'What will you do? Why not poison the g irl at once and hn.ve done with it.' " What a nsw e r did the man make?" The man sairl: 'It is not to kill her. We can re move her from sight as we have her brother We can m ake it appear as we rlesire, and not take her life. We will not take life unless it is absolut .ely necess11ry.' If yon let th e girl live, she will also be a menace to you,' said the woman away, and that same night I stole forth from his house. I had a little money, and l deter mined to go into concealment for awhile, and the n go to Ualifornia and investi gate the cir cumstances of my brother's death. A week lat.er I was in the s treet when I met Mrs. S milh . I told h e r my sto ry; I 1Yent to her home with her. The tnuble preyed upon my mind. I became ill. I had jmt recovered and had deter mined to go to California and would have s tarted within a week, but the incidents of to day occurred, and now I am subject to your ad vice.'' "You are a wise an d sensible girl. And let me tell you, I believe your brother lhes. There came a sad look to tlie girl's eye as s he: said: "As an idiot?" 1 do not b e liev e he has carried out fiend i s h desip:n yet. I think you h ave e1'crything to hope. But we will see. I am on that man'lil track, and will run him down. He can not es. cape me and I think I will get on to his secret when he l eas t expec ts it. I a m gainin g g round. on him very fast." As our re ade r s will remember, by his in p:enions device Eddie sent the fellow rnnning like a deer. The man discovered that the officer was on his track, and h e hurl a nurrow e s cape. He went straight to a place where he was to re port to Alvare7:. He found the doctor awaiting him, and he said: I've had a n arrow escape." How is that?" Alfred told hi s story. 1 The doctor meditated a moment, an

26 near the river. Further up, and on the streets running noth and south, there are many house s -large tenement houses or flats.'' Did that policeman see you well enough to fully identify you if he sl10uld see you agaiu?" "I can not tell; I think not." "And how about the rag-picker? What is your theory?" I think there has been a sneak thief in tlrnt neighborhood. I think the girl didn't identify me; but, see ing me hanging around, concluded I was the thief." I do not like the incident but we will see about it. You meet me to-night and we will arrange for a little sche me I shall carry out. In the meantime I will complete my arrange ments." Alvarez went to complete his arra ngem ents, and Al Stetson, with a feeling of triumph in his heart, went to call on Kalley. He found the young man, who had strictly obeyed orders, and he was glad to see the officer, and asked: '' When will this embarg o on me be re moved?" Pretty rnon, I reckon." Our hero repeated certain incidents and developments, and then sa id: I have a great surprise for you." "1s it a pleasant s urprise ?" I reckon it will prove so." I am anxious." "I have made a capture." "You will not tell me that you have found George Heath?" "No; not quite as good as that; but I have found his bea utiful sister." .Kalley gave a start. and ejacalated: Is it possible? Where di I you find her?" "That does not matter: hut she's now under my cRre and prot ect ion, and I have told her of .the obligation she is under to you." I did not expect you to do that." I did it on my own responsibility, and I will tell you now she has fully confirmed every wurd you told me. How fortunate, under a ll the circumstances, everything has turned out so far!' Yes; an d we will beat this great conspiracy, and we will owe our success to you alone.' But you were already in th e scheme." "I never could h a ve go t on to the real facts 1f i t had not been for you. Indeed, your inte r. est in the affair l et to the incid e nts which, as we .know, brought me into the case." '' When am I to see t.his g irl? As a friend of her brother, I am very anxious to m ake her ac .quaintance. '' In goo<\ time you shall meet her. And now, having foudd the girl, we will carry on ,our searc h for her brother, George Heath." ''If you find him, we settle the matter." "We do without any publicity, and that is .my purpose." "Have you any clews?" "Not yet; but I have a genius on the shadow -a wonder-and if he fails we may as weli give up the job." Alvarez, as stated, went to make his arrange ments, and later he called to talk a little further with the woman Essie Hinsdale. Upon meet mg her, he said: "All goes well. We will have the girl tonight, and if we could only get rid of that fellow who is the terror we would be all right." What will you do with the girl?" Bring 4er here for to-night." "The terror comes here at will .. Well ?" "He may come to-night and find the girl here." I think not. I've let Alfred lay on the lookout. And now, a great deal depends upon you." That man may come at any moment, and I -am ready for him; I am courageous nuw; I will strike; but the presence of the girl will complicate matters." She will only remain here one day and night. I have no other place to take her at present." There came a strange 11mile to the face of the as he said: You do not know my game." CHAPTER XXX. WHILE the other parties involved in the inci -0.ents which make up our narrative were busy arranging their plans, our little hero Eddie, was not idle. The lad' was arranging for a great game; and his only motive was one of revenge 1;tnd a love of fun. OLD PHENOMENAL. It was the midnight following the incidents we have rel a ted, when a man appeared at the corner near the little frame house. He stood and waited for some time, when a second figure ap peared in the person of a man who approached with a steady step. Is that you, Alger?" came the question from th e first man "Yes." Where is your comrade?" He is at hand." "Have you given instructions?" "Not yet." "Why not?'' I have not had the house pointed out to me.' We will walk down the street." The two men did walk down the street. They pas sed th e little house a nd one of them ssid: That is the house." It i s easy to get in there." Certainly. What more instructions do you want?" ''No more. I will now go.'' '' That is good. Your pay will be ready when the girl is safely delivered. And you arc. to make no explanation to any one." "Oh. you can depend upon met" The two m e n separated, aud the one who had received hi s instructions proceeded along to the higher street, and there met a pal. "It's a n easy job, he said. So much the better. And the pay?" "No trouble about th a t ; it's pay on delivery." It was just three minutes after two o'clock when two men appeared in front of the little frame house, and, afte r looking up.and down the street, one of th e m said: The road is c lear." The third man passed them. Is a ll ready ?" came the question_ "All is re ady." "You will remain here on the watch?" Sure; but it should not take over ten min ut es." "Not. a minute longer. It will be the old signal?" "It will." In les s time than it takes to tell it, the two men climbed to the roof of the porch. A mo ment they liste n ed All was still. Deftly one of them rai5ed the window-sash, which was not f as t e ned, and s ilently he crawled through into t11e room. The second man waited outside. and after a short inte rv a l the first man came to the window from within the room, and whispered: It's all easy; the gal is here and sleeps like a top." Again there passed an interval, when there came a strange ,scene. The man who had en t e red the room again appeared at the window, and in his arms he carried the form of a girl. The figure of the girl was handed down from the low roof of the porch. The men followed, and they started across the open lot bearing their burden; and, strange to say, the girl made no noise nor attempted any struggle. The men chuckled as they lift e d the form of the bound girl into the carriage. They fol lowed themselves, the driver mounted his box, and one of the men said: That was the neatest job we ever worked "You are ri ght." Alger, I've an idea "Well?" "We don't know what we are up to." "Bah! Are you weakening?" "No; but signal Billy to come to a halt W e want to talk." "Go it." The carriage was brought to a halt, and the man Alger said: "Now,_ what is it?" We are going too fast." What do you mean?" ."We do not know what we are giving away." I think I catch on." There may be bigger money in it than we think.'' That idea did run through my mind." Suppose we hold the gal until we find out, and take t.he gal to the rendezvous?" ''Yes.'' We will have Mister Man meet us there. "I see." We will say we took bigger chances than we expected." I see." "We will make a big demand. If he don't come down we will say that we will hold the prize uniil we find out who are on the qther side "You are a genius " How does it s trtke you?" "It's big." Then that is our game?" ''Yes.'' "And if he comes down all right, we wm turn her over." That's the way to work it." "Then you skip here, and I will drive on." One of the men left the coach and started to go to the house where the captive was to have been taken. He arrived ne a r the house, and gave the preconcert ed signal, and i was an swe red, and from out the darkness stepped a man Is that you. Alg er?" I am here." Did you succeed?" "Walk with me; I 've something to say," The man Alvarez started to walk with Alger, and he sa id: "Now explain." WEI were watched." "By whom?" I do not know; but we did not dare drivs h e re .'' Ob, I see. Ann i s the girl?" "We have her all right." Din you not take precautions to throw the spies off your trail?" ''Yes." 'fhe n what is the matter?" We can not t ell that we succeeded." "And what do you want me to do?" Come with me." "No need for all this circumlocution. You fellows are up to some game." .. r am not." Th, en why not act and deliver the girl?" "We might lose after winning, if we deliver; that i s all we agreed to do." This is all nonsense, and contrary to con tract; but I will go with you." That i s all there i s to do." The two men proceeded, and soon arrived in front of a house where a ll the blinds were closed, and where all looked dark. She i s here." The two men entered the house and in !' room where there was a n appearance of a club bar sat Alger's pal. He was all smiles and very pleasant when Alvarez entered. "What does all this mean?" demanded the doctor. It's a ll right doctor." But not according to contract, and I sh"ll cut down the pay one half." "You will?" "I will." I a m sorry you sa id that" .. V\"hy?" It cha n ges things." "How?'' You break your contract." "No; you fellows h ave liroken your contract." "The contract is off, doctor. Yes, on your own proposition." What are you rascals up to, anyhow?" "Nothing. You have declared the contract off. We are agreed. We will not detain you, doctor; I reckon w e can make a bargain in an other direction." Will you tell me just what you mean?" l will make it plain," "Do so." I If you want the you will make a new contract; the old one i s off " You are talking now like a fool." "You agreed to pay so much money; you have since said you would not pay it. 'fhat breaks the contract. If we deal now it will be on a new basis. " Deliver he girl to me, and I will pay the original sum agreed upon." "Oh nol" What do you mean?" I've made myself plain, I think. If you 1 want the girl, it shall be a new deal." You mean to take advantage of me?" "Not at all; we did our part and you kicked; that released us ; and now it's a new deal or DQ deal." "You have the girl?" "Yes." "Deliver her, and I will pay y:>u the original sum named." "Not to-night." "How m11ch do you demand?" Five times the sum originally agre(lc;l poll," -


" All right; do not deal with a crazy man, doctor; you may be right." CHAPTER XXXI. THE doctor saw that he bad been tricked. He knew the men well whom he was dealing with, and when too late he fell to the fact that he had made a mistake and had played into their hands. Come, boys," he said; I see your game; let's come to a fair understanding." "We have made a reasonable demand." I will double the original sum named." "We have put our price; it is your fault we .have chan$ed it." You did not fulfill the original contract." Circumstances prevented; we will fulfill the new one." "I will double the amount first named. It is an unreasonable demand; but you have done well, and I will stand it." I have fixed the sum." See here, I treble the amount." Oh, you are coming up all right; but not ne cent less." It's a big sum for a small service of three llours." '.'We will judge of that. But the girl is 'here," said Crummie, comin$ again to the point. "She will be delivered without any words?" "Yes; we will right in the carriage with you and drive straight to the house." "Do so, and yon shall have the money." "We have the bulge now; you will have it tthen." You do not trust me?" In our business we can not trust any one. We d ea l for cash." You fellows have the advantage "Now-yes." "I will accede to your terms; but there must be no ml)re fooling." I tell you what we will do: You go and llave the money ready; we will appear at your 1io\13e with the girl, and you need not pay until she is at your door." "' I accept that." it's a go?" '"Yes. A.-lvarez departed, and tlie two men who had pla!ed the game executed a dance. A lucky thou"ht, Crummie, old man." "Yes; but we did not strike high enough. 'There is a big game under all this." I Will you make another strike "No; we have done well eu::.ugh. But I've an idea. We will deliver the girl as we have agreed.'' Good enough." "'We will get that money." 1. what then?" "''We will steal the gal on our own hook." "It's a good scheme." "'Xe will make him come down heavy next time "We' ve got him pretty heavy this time." "Yes; but we will take him very heavy next time. I tell you there is a big game under all this." "Call up the carriage A few moments later the carriage appeared at the door. The capt ive was taken down and put in the carria ge, bound and gagged, and the carriage was driven to the house occupied by the woman Essie Hinsdale. Within the later house was the man Alvarez. He was excited, and paced the 11.oor, and the woman shared his nervousness. Will they fail you?" she at length asked. "I can not tell; they have played me a great :game already." I dread the outcome of this night." It will all be well. When once I have the girl in my possession, I can defy them." They are here," suddenly cried the woman. as she bent her ear in a listening attitude. I .bear a carriage coming." Your ea :s are good." Listen; it is at the door." The man l eft the room and ran down the mirs. Alger was at the door when he opened it .. Have you brought your prisoner?" "Yes." Bring her in at onre." "We have some preliminaries to settle." "You forget you imperil my interests and your own." "How?" j "''.Some may be on the watch." OLD PHENOMENAL. 27 ''We can settle matters in a moment. the money I want." It's I I was told an insane woman would be brought here to me-a woman violently insane. You do not look as though you were insane. I think there has been a mistake made, and that is why I ask you who you are.'' The money is ready." Give it to me, and the prisoner shall be delivered to you." The doctor handed the man a roll of bills. "'!'he amount is here?" It is." lf you are deceiving me, all the worse for you." /"Every penny agreed upon between us is there.'' A few moments later the form of a girl was carried into the house. The prisoner was wrapped in shawls; her head was covered. She was carried to the front room on the second fl.oor. The men who had brought her went away in the carriage, and the doctor and Essie Hinsdale were alone with their prize. The doctor advanced to bis victim, removed the wriippings, and started back with a curse as he exclaimed: Great Cresar! tricked at last." He disclosed the face of a girl, but it was not Adele Heath. The girl was bound and gagged. The man and the woman stood and gazed aghast, and finally the man said, in a low, grinding tone: '' This is a nice trick.'' The woman went to him, and whispered: "Hold! do not speak so loud. It may all be a mistake, after all." How-a mistake?" They may have captured the wrong girl." "No: it is a tri ck. I have been robbed.' Alfred will be here in a moment." "What does he know about it?" "He knows all about it." How comes that?" I feared a trick. I sent him to watch. H e will know whether or not they brought the girl from the right house. The victim does not know where she is. We can return her to the vicinity of her home and l e t her go. She can never identify us or the place to which she ha s been brought, if we mana ge it right." But 1; e have lost Adele." "We can not tell yet. It is my idea that a very funny mistake has ocrorred; we can rec tify it." But I have paid those scoundrels." "Never miud: we will rectify the mistake. It does not matter as much as you think; and here is Alfred." The young man entered the room. He was led to an adjo inin g room, and the doctor asked: Were you watching those men?" "I was." "Did they 90 to the right house?" They did. And you saw them bring the girl forth?" I did." Then it i s a trick," said the doctor. "How?" They have not brought Adele here. They changed prisoners when they went to that other house, and they have my mopey." Essie said: "You have the girl here "Yes, and what will I do with her?" You can find out if it is a trick or not." ,. How?" Force the girl to tell." "And in so doing, give her :i. clew as to our id ent ity?" "Not necessarily." "How can we avoid it?" "You can claim you rescued her. You can go into the room in disguise. She never knew a thing more than she does now. Stop; think a moment. You can make up a tale to tell the girl.'' T4e doctor worked a change in his appear ance ( He then entered the room. The girl lay in the same position on the sofa as when first placed there when carried into the room. The doctor removed the gag from her mouth, and asked: Who !Ke you?" The gi rl struggled to' speak, but the gag ap peared to have momentarily paralyzed her. The doctor waited, and at length repeated his ques tion. "Who are you?" "Why have I been abducted from my home?" "Will you tell me who you are?" "Unbind me, and I will answer your question." No, I can not unbind you." "Then you are responsible for this outrage?" I know nothing about it. I am a physician. What is the name of the insane person who was to have been brought here?" "I do not know.' It was a worn.an, you say?" "Yes.'' "And you do not know her name?" No. And oow tell me who you are." "I know who are," came the startling declaration. How is it you know who I am?" Oh; I heard those men t alk. They thought I was insensible, but I beard every word thfly said. You did not expect an insane woman here. You agreed to pay them five hundred dollars to hring me here, and after they had stolen me from my home they thought they could make morP, money, w they did not fulfill thei r agreement as at first arranged, but took me to another house. They stuck you, how ever, and then brought me here." A more surprised man than Alvarez never listened to a statement. He juEt gazed aghast, and listened with ears. "You overheard them talk?" "Yes." Then th ere must be a mistake." 1 do not think they made a mistake." "Will you tell me who you are?" "No; but I know who J'.OU are, and those men know more than you thmk." :rhe girl, while talking, was reclining on the sofa and she was still enveloped in the shawls that had been thrown around her at the time she was first taken from her borne. '' I tell you, young lady, there bas been some mistake.'' "No; th ere has been no mistake, and I tell you those men know more than you think." If Alvarez bad been talking with one risen from the dead, he could not have been more perplexed. CHAPTER XXXII. As stated at the close of our preceding chap ter, the man Alvarez was perplexed; indeed, it was the perplexity of his life. Here was this girl, a prisoner, but as.cool as a veteran actor on the stage, using slang phrases and acting a part. Yes, acting a part-that was his conclu sion, at least. "What do Y.OU think of those two men?" They are villains; c they stole me from my home." "You think they are villains?" I know they are. I know them, and I know you." Well, who am I?" Oh, it's time enough to tell who you are later on." Will you tell me what those men said?" I'll tell you one thing they said." "Do." "They said, 'He is a duffer. We will play him for all be is worth.' " They said I was a duffer, and they would play me for all I was worth?'' "Yes." Girl, this is all very amazing to me; there has been a mistake made." "How?" You are not the party who was to have been brought to me." 'l'hen there was a party to have been brought to you.?" Yes, an insane girl." Don't I talk like an insane girl?" You appear to recite facts." .Certainly I do. Why, doctor, those men are on to your whole scheme "What is my scheme?" Oh, I heard what they said." What did th ey say?" They said you were seeking to steal a fort une-rob an heiress. They sai d there was big money in it, and that they were going to have their rake in. Yes; they said you had commit ted one murder; that they bad you there, and that you were in to commit a second murdeT, and then they would have you dead to rights." A more amazed man than the doctor :aever to strange and startling revelatioDB. His eyes fairly bulged with wonder and amaze ment. Who are you?" be again demanded. Oh, you know who I am. They said .ro


28 murdered my brother, and that you intended to murder me." I never saw you before in all my life." They said you had murder ed George Hea th. that you were trying to bang Edward Kalley, and ihat you would murder me." 'Will you tell me who you claim to be?" I am Adele Heath; and I warn yo u to be ware.'' "I will know who you are," sa id the doctor: and as he spoke he l eaped fotward, evidently intending to seize hold of the g irl, but he re ceived a blow from some mysterious in stru ment. He fell over, and before he could regain his feet, the girl had disappeared. The maa arose to his feet just as Essie Hins dale entered the room. "Where is she?" demanded the woman. The man for a moment was dazed, but finally he answered: She has gone." You let her go?" "She fled." What has come over you?" "Essie, I don t know; ifs the mystery of my life." What do you mean?" They did not deliver the ?irl Adele to me." Whom did they deliver?' I do not know. I am a ll at sea. I must have time to gather my thourrhts." The man stood awhile thin'king, and at length he said: These men have turned against me; th ey have the real Adele; they delivered a disguised co;mtcrfeit to me." "What will you do?" I will do You must act at once. "I will." The doctor l eft tha house. He proceeded dire c t to the house whe re the man Alger h ad mad e terms with him, and said: If you men do not fulfill your contract with me, I warn you it will cos t you both your lives." "What do you mean?'' "You know what I mean." "I do not." This will n ot do. You know very well you delivered a counterfeit girl to me.'' "We did not." "I tell you that you are dealing with a des perate man. Alger, I h ave you in a grip of iron. If you do not set matters right, I will use my advantagq." We did deliver the gal we took from that hou se, and if anything is wrong, the job was put up there at the house I the gal acted strangely; but we were obeymg orders. We got what we were sent for, and delivered what we A new idea Pntered the doctor's mind. But why did you tell tlle girl my purpose?" We told her nothing." And what. did she tell you?" "She told us nothing." And what do you know?" "We know nothing." The doctor thought the matter over. He re called many strange incid ents. He thought over probabilities and improb ab ilities, and fin ally he was forced to a certain conclusion, and he muttered: Great Scott.I I see it all now." As our r eaders have discerned, the wonderful Eddie had played a great sche me. He had made up as a girl, and allowed himself to be kidnapped, or, rather, abducted. He had ter the doctor, and at the proper moment h ad downed Alvarez and hnd escaped; and in all this he had an object. He was see king to de ceive a.nd bewilder the arch-conspirator, and he had succeeded. On the morning following the incidents we have narrated, Eddie h e l d a conversation with Old Phenomenal. The latter asked: "Well, Ed, what were yon up to last night?"' I worked up a littl e scheme." "Will you tell me all about it?" "You are so impatient." I'll wring your neck, l ad." The detectiv e spo ke with a smile, and the acttve and agile Eddie squared in a pugilistic attitude, and said: "Come on, uncle! come on!" Will you tell me, boy, what you have been up to?" I've been bewildering the doctor." Not a bad scheme." The doctor had put up a job to capture the cfrl Adele.'' OLD PHENOMENAL. "Well?" He captured her." Come, come; tell your story." The boy told his tale, The detective listened, and finally said: "Yott took big ehances." Oh, yes! But I nm here." "Yes, you are h e re, but you mi gh t have been somewhere else. And 1 do not see that the game was worth the play." "\le n ow have this man rlead to rights. You have the gir l. You h ave the proof of his villainy. Indeed, you have all you need. Why not close in? We have not got George Heath yet." He i s dead." "I think you're wrong." '' You will see how far wrong I am in the end." '' We can close in at any time." "That's so; and that part of it you can take care of." I think so. But you must have given the doctor a g reat surprise." "You bet T did!" what mns t b e his theory?" "Re has concluded that the two men sold him out." Could you recognize the men when you see them?" "I've got 'e m both down fine." Ed, there is one tlling we must do." "\Vell ?" "We must find the man George Heath." ' Then you want me to shadow in a ceme t e ry e h ?" "No; that mnn lives, and you have picked up almost everything else. You must secure a clew for me that will lead to hi s discovery." "You stick to the idea that he lives?" I am sure he liv es."' Does the woman know about him?" I think she does." I can play her." If you do, without too great risk, you will l earn something." I will start out late this afternoon. I wish to arrange my plans for the woman." All right; but remember and your eyes peeled." "I always do, uncle." While the above talk was in progress, the doctor and Detective Baily were h o lding a con ference. CHAPTER XXXIII. "BAILY, there is a de e p and well-laid scheme to work out a terrible conspiracy." Alvarez rel ated many facts, or, rather as s umed facts, acco rding to hi s own coloring, and conclu ded with the statement: "As I said, it i s one of the deepest and most ingeniou s ly l a id plans ever concocted to cheat an orphan out of h e r rights." Aud you are sure the murdered girl was Essie Hinsdale?" lam." "Where is the gir l Adele Heath?" "She i s unde r my charge?" If the livin g gir l i s under your care, I can not see how they cRn stea l the fortune." I have stated to you their plot. And now J e t me tell you, tl1e real conspirator has em ployed a really adroit man to work in his in terests." "So it would appear." '' And this m an h as in his employ a lad or an imp-at. any r a te, a young rogue who is a per fect devil. He is a !itt le fiend." The detective assented . Catch that boy, and you will learn a great deal." .\.s the boy appears to be in some way con nected with the murder or suicide, I propose to run him down." "And then communicate with me?" ''Yes.'' "I will await your summons. I know you will succeed. And when this case is all settled there is no reason why I shall not, in the way of a substantial reward, pay the obligation I will be placed under by you.'' "We will wait until the obliga tion is incurred before we talk about remuneration." Alvarez then left the detective, and later met t he young man Alfred, and said: "I have run down the whole business." "Well, what i s it? " The girl has gone. They must have in some way got knowledge of our plan." "Well?" "That ragpicker girl-" "Yes?" I think she was in it." The doctor had reached the conrlusion some. time pr e viously. If the rag-picker girl was in it, some one must. have run you down." That is what l believe. Anyhow the girl has gone." How do you know?'' I've been in the house. I've been in her room She has fled away." "You bungl e d th e case." I did the best I could." "No doubt; but we will wait and see; you lay round and watch ; report to me to-night" When Baily left the man Alvarez, h e r-tarted to walk away, when a man approached him-a. bright, smart-looking man. The stra nger walked straight up to the detectiv e and s11id: "Your name is Baily. You are the man I wish to have a talk with." "What do you desire to talk about?" "A very important matter." Start m; I am listening." I do not desire to stand here on the public street." "What would you propose?" "That we go somewhere and sit down and take it easy." The two men proceeded to a little out of-the way place-a drinking-place-and a moment later were seated over two glasses of ginger-ale. Well, sir, now start in." "Who was that man you were talking with just before I accosted you?" What intere s t have you in him?" "Is his name Alvarez?" That is his name." What was hi" business with you?" Excuse me, but you are a littl e cheekr,." "I am about to talk business with you. "Before I answer your question I mu s t know the naiure of the business you wish to talk over with me." I wish to talk a bout the de11d girl whoJ body was found at th e -Ho tel." Baily could not restrain a start of surprise Who are you?" I will say I am a doctor " What else have you to say?" I would like to know what the man had to say with whom you were just talking." Do you know of his connection with the matter?" Not to speak of. What does the man claim? Does he say it was a murder?" "Yes." What do you say?" I have thought it possible it may have been a suicide." Ruppose I were to tell you it was neither?" I should say you were mistaken." You are not a doctor?" "No; I am only a detective." You only made a superficial examination of the body?" I made a very careful examination. "You do not claim to have knowledge that a physician might possess?" "No." The woman entered the hotel alive at about nine o'clock iu the evening?" So it has been established." Her body was found the following monaing?" "Yes" saw it at what hour?" "At about ten o"clock." "Then if she had been murdered, o r h.-1! committed suicide immediiltely after her en trance into the room, at the time you saw her she could not possibly have been dead more than thirteen hours?'' What are you getting at, my friend ? " The chances are she did not commit suicide, nor was she murdered immediately after her entrance into the room." The chances are you are corre<'t." What would be your theory if I wer e to tell you that at the time you saw the body the woman had been dead at l eas t two days?" The detective stared, but did not answer. That would change all your theories, I reckon." It would, certainly." And shake your confidence in the story of the man who was just talking to you?" "What nonsense is this you are giving me?" "And now, suppose I should prove that Jlis.. j sie Hinsdale is alive and well to-day?"


" Then who was the woman whose dead body '\Vas round?'' "Oh, that is an after matter. I now tell you that Essie Hinsdale is alive, and that the woman whose body you saw at the --Hotel had been 41.ead at least two days when you first saw her remains.'' "What reason have I to believe that what you say is true?" You can prove it." "How?'1 You will Ste this doctor again?" "Yes." '' He will allude to his story again?'' "Yes." Lead him on, and when a chance offers, ask bim how he accounts for the fact that the worn .an bad been dead at least thirty hours befor e she could have possibly committed suicide, or have been murdered. When you give him this, watch him." Suppose I am convinced that what you say is tnie?" '' I should think everything would be plain then." How, plain?" "What nonsense! The man told you a story. If you prove one part of it false, the whole goes as no good" '' There is something in that,'' was the de teetive 's answer. CHAPTER XXXIV. THE two men held some further talk, and finarJly Baily said: You appear to know a great deal about this affair." A little." What part are you playing in the game?" "You had better take what you get, and go no further." "Wliere did yon get your knowledge? You must. Jet me know who you are." "Ah, no. You had bet le r not quarrel with me. I've given you some good points. You've been on the wrong scent all the time. See the laurel s you will win when you uncover this thing, clear up the mystery. You can have all the credi t. Do not quarrel with the man who put you on to the real facts." "I am not satisfied yet that I am on to the real facr.s." "You are." "I may not be." Then no harm is done." But I will know. You made the attempt. to deceive me." That will not harm you." But I am after the real facts." Good enough." "I know a great deal, my friend." Indeed?" "Yes; I am satisfied you are giving me a f-alse steer. " What object would I have?" It might be a part of your game." "You're off. Better invesligate before you do anything rash." "You claim to have put me on the right track?" ''Yes.'' Then there i8 no reason why I should not know to whom I am indebted for the informa tion." It is the information you need." "You know something about the murder." "Well?" I am j ustified in arresting you." '"Go slow." "I know my duty." So muc h the better for you; policy is your game now." "I think you are deep in this matter." Possibly I am." It may prove that your information is false, antl I must be prepared." "For wh a l ?" I must know who the man is who tried to give me a steer." "Well, get to work." What do you mean now?" "I mean that it you find out any more than I ohoose to tell you, it will be a force game." A force game it will be unless you open wp." "I defy Baily suddenly drew a pistol. He pointed it at the stranger, and said: "Throw up your hands!" The itranger did Uu:ow up his hands, and. he OLD PHENOMENAL. threw them forward, and they landed on Baily's face, and the Jatwr we.at over out of his chair, as though kicked by a mule. The blow was struck quickly and deftly. As the m an fell the stranger leaped from his seat and was upon him, and quick as lightning he disarmed his man. and l eaning over, whispered in his ear: Take things cool, or I will make a show of you. I will see you afte r you have proved my information. Don't act foolishly now. It's a ll ri ght. I am your friend. I am making for you fame and fortune. When I rlo uncover you will be glad. Good-day. I'll spare you, but mark well my words!" The stranger, whom our r eade rs have already recogniz ed as Old Phenom e nal, l eft the place. Whe n Tom Baily arose to his feet he was quite crest.fallen, and he muttered: "It's strange how I get it all round. I to think I am young; but my e;res are wide open now. I believe that man did put me on the right track. I'll test his information; and one thing is certain-l've been in company with the mystery, but no one shall know it. This little adventure shall be the secret of my life; and now I am on to a new trail. Essie Hins dale Jives, eh? I've never shadowed this doc tor. I'll do it now; and by all that's strange, I believe I'll prove that man's words true!" Our hero determin e d to lay on his oars awhile and let matter work. He met his little man Eddie, and to the latter he said: "Ed, I am going to put you on a new lay." All tight; I am getting a little rusty." "How?" "Well, I've been laid off." "For a few hours, eh? Well, it does not take you long to rust.'' That's because I'm so bright. Again the detective smiled, and said: l 've had an interview with Baily." There is a perfect understanding between you at last?" "Hardly." 'I'he detective related a ll that had occurred. Poor Tom! ejaculated Eddie. "If he plays against us he will learn something." "Yes, he will. But now, do you see what I am up to, my lad?" "You want me to watch Baily?" "Yes." "You think he will go for the doctor?" "Yes." I'll be with 'em." "Don't get caught.." "Not if the court knows its e lf; and it does." I do not want any unpleasaatness with Baily." "I see." Eddie ran away, and he appeared to move like a bound on a sme scent. Within an hour he harl run down Tom Baily, and he soon fell to the fact that Baily was on the lookout for some one; and when the detective went to the hotel where he h a d held severa l interviews with Alvarez, Eddie was at his heels. Baily Jay aro und for some time, and at length Alvarez appeared. I go t your message," said the doctor, and I am here. I did not expect you would send for me so soon." You weie to put me on the track of the murderer?" Yes; and I have." "You are sure the g irl was murdered?" "Iam.n Aud she was a lady named Essie Hinsdale?" ''Yes." Aud you can establish her identity?" "!"can." So far so good. And now, one more ques tion: It was on the --when the murder was committed?" "On the night of fhe --; yes." Then, when the body was discovered fhe victim must have been dead about twelve hours?" "Yes. The doctor became very uneasy, and Tom Baily was watching him. In this line Baily was good. Then followed a moment's silence, and then the doctor asked: Why do you ask these questions?" "They will have an im}:lOrtant beari!lg upon the case." "How?" As I told you, I have been making some very close investigations." Certainlv." The evidence points to suir.irle." "No; the woman was murde.red." 29 You appear to be confident a.s to all the facts." "Yes." You are sure the girl was murdered on the night of the --?" I am, most certainly." It's strange." What is strange?" A certain suggestion of a medical exam in er.'' The dbctor's face assumed a ghastly hue, and Tom Baily's eyes were upon him. What is the suggestion?,. One that will have a very important bear ing upon the case." In what way?" '' As to the length of time the woman must have been dead?" "Well?" ''You saw the body?" "I did." You are competent to give an opinion?" "I arn." It's strange." wm you explain?" The doctor's face was ghastly, and the de tective was already half convinced of the truth of the information he had received. It is suggested that the woman, when found, had been dead two days." CHAPTER XXXV. OLD PHENOMENAL was fully confirmed : the doctor's trepidation was pronounced and decid ed. He was so excited that for a moment he could not speak, and Tom Baily took in all the symptoms. At length the doctor managed to ejaculate: "From whom does it come?" A physician whom I employed to deGide the matter." Who put the idea into your head to make this examination?" Oh, we detectives go into ever:ything; it is necessary; but the suggestion appears to disturb you very much." It is so absurd." Why are you so anxious to a. murd e r "!'' Because it was a murder. " As I read it, all you nee d do is establish the fact of the death of Essie Hinsdale.'' "I suppose, at least, thatisfullyestablished?" \Vell, no." Again the doctor started. "What do you mean now?" he demanded. \'You told me this Essie Hinsdale was a woman about thirty." The last. shot wus an original suggestion with Baily, and it proved a good one. "Well?" "The dead wom a n could not have been more. than one-and-twenty.'' Alvarez was terribly confused; but he said: I must have been beside myself." How old was this woman Essie Hinsdale?" I should think about twenty." "And bow old was Adele Heath?" I should say about twenty-sev.(ln." The doctor h a d good r easo n for saying about twenty-seven; but the affair was taking an un looked-for course, as far as he was covcerned or had anticipated. Then it would appear that the identity ol the dead woman was not established." Then you doubt my word?" "It is my business to doubt everything I hear, unless the statements can be well authen ticated Now, you told me Essie Hinsdale was about thirty. You claim the dead body was that of Essie Hinsda le, and yet I have proof that it was the body of a girl not over one and twenty, as I told you. Again. you say the had b een dead about twelve hours. There is a doctor-an expert-who will swear that at the time the body was found the girl had been dead at least two days." "And what do you make out of all this?" That some one has rirnde a grievous mis take, or there has been au attempt to make t hings appear as they are not." Again there followed an interval of silence, broken by the detective, who said: If it can be proved that Essie Hinsdale is really dead, you may be all right; but suppose the other side comes into court, and claims that Essie Hinsdale is not dead?" I expect them to do that; it will be a part; of th,eir scheme.'' Well, the court will go into the whole busi ness. A motivi one Wll'J or the .mu.M lie


30 established. I teil you that the case will hang upon the identification of the body." But the body of the dead woman is past tne possibility of identification." "No. Good photographs were take n. They have been shown to people who claim to have known Essie Hinsdale. "By whom?" "By me." 'Why did you show them?" It is my duty to learn the absolute truth. I can not conside r you or any one else 1 am trailing down the murder, if it was one, and I must and will learn the exact truth.'' "You may go too far." "What do you mean?" I mean you go so far in the wrong direction that you will miss the truth." I will take care of that. But I thought it best to talk with you." What will you do now?" Await your movements." "My movements? What am I to do? " Show me girl Adele Heath A few moments after the intervie;w described, the two men separated, and a more uncomfort able man than Alvarez did not walk the streets of New York. He walked away thinking and muttering, and Baily also indulged a little thinking and mut tering; and he did more, as will be related as our narrative progresses. He was still muttering when he was joined by Mattie. Well, Tom, old man, I see you had a little talk with the doctor." I did; a very important talk." "And what did you make out?" I've been thinking the last few days. It etruck me we were runnmg on the wrong scent. It struck me that it would be a !food idea to work up t.his man, the doctor, a bit. That is the conclusion I've reached, and I've been working him." W'hat have you struck?" The dead woman." "Well?" We' ve been on the idea that she was one Essie Hinsdale. "Yes.,, It struck me that there was a possibility that certain clews we had picked up were, after all, well-arranged misleaders. If those little clews were purposely arranged as misleaders, there is something a little awry all round." "Now you are coming around " Ever since I first looked upon that dead girl a shadowy possibility has been running through my mind." "Well, was there anything about the appear ance of the dead woman that struck you as peculiar?" '' Yes. I mwer believed she was murdered." "What do you believe?" That it was a case of suicide." "When did the woman commit suicide?" Some time during the night, of course." The night preceding the morning when we first looked upon her dead face?" It struck me that the dead girl looked as though she had been dead longer than twelve hours" By all that's strange, Tom, I had that idea! It's been running my mind." It has through min e; and, putting all the facts together, I thought I would investigate in that direction." "Well. what have you struck?" "I'll tell you. I saw this man Alvarez. I came at him cautiously. I asked him a great many questions, and worked round to the one prod, and I asked: Are you sure the dead girl was Essie Hillsdale?' He said he was. I got him well commit ted, ad then I fired out: I've an idea that you are mistaken. I 've an idea that the id e ntity is not estitblished. I've an idea that Essie Hinsdale is still living. "How did he take it?" "Well, he acted and looked like a man who had suddenly been confronted with the ghost of his dead mother-inlaw." "Well?" I said to him, boctor, suppose it should be proved that the dead girl had been dead two jays?' " Great Scotti and what did he say?" I thought he would faint away in his traeks." We will shadow for the woman Essie Hins Ga.le ... OLD PHENOMENAL "Now we are on the right track." I think we are." "And what is your idea?" "We' ll go slow and await revelations. One thing is certain-there is a big ga me going on." How about th e man who is playing so promin e nt a part?" It may be a double $:ame." "I see And what will we do?" We will run down the middle and defeat both sides." CHAPTER X:XXVI. h was about nine o'clock in the evening when Eddie met Al Stetson. "Well, lad, they haven't corraled you yet?" "No; I m still on deck." Did you pick up anything?" I fell to Baily." "Yes?" He was laying for some one." The doctoT?'' Yes; and I was at hand." "Well, it's working right now. We will bother the doctor a bit." Our hero gave Eddie some directions, and asked: "Can you work it?" 4 I can.'' All right ; get on to your work." Most men have a hanging-out place. Gentle men at their clubs; some men-a few men-re main home; others lay around, according to their seve ral fancies. Baily and Mat.tie were hotel ghosts, and, as a rule, they were generally within hail of each other. Eddie went to their feedingground, and he was not compelled to wait very Jong before one of them showed up: and our little hero showed up also. He had a little plan in his mind. Later, Baily showed up also, and suddenly Mattie said to his pard: Look there!" It's the boy." It is." "We've got him." Good enough. I'll go and cover." '' A good scheme.'' Baily took his chance and got away. Eddie had one eye open, and fell to the drop out; and he muttered: They are up to a game. Good enough! I am ready." It did not take Baily long to work his trans form. and it was v ery complete. It might have deceived even Eddie under ordinary conditions. Baily lay around, but finally approached the wonderful boy. "Halloo, lad! Are you engaged?" What do you take me for? A song-and dance man?" No; but if rour time is your own, I'd like to employ you.' My time is my own." Can you carry a note for me?" "Where to?" "A lady." "Why don't you ring for a messenger-boy?" That's a fair question. I'll tell you: I want a bright, smart fellow who can act in a confi dential capacity." "Then I'm your man; but I want big pay." Yon shall have it." "Where must I take the note?" "To a lady." "What is the lady's name?" "Well, you are v e ry impertinent." "Am I? Good enough-I am! Is the lady Essie Hinsdal e?" If Tom Baily had been struck wit!I a brick, he could not. have had a greater set-back. "Who are you, anyhow, my lad? "Oh, you know me, and I know you." "Who am I? " You 're Tom Baily, the detective." Again Tom was taken all aback. "What makes you think I am Tom Baily, the detective ?" Oh, it's all right. I saw you when you went to get under cover. I'm up to all these little transforms, I am. But, say, is it Essie Hinsdale to whom you want to send the note? " Do you know a lady named Essie Hins dale?" "Do I? You bet! Why, Tom, you think she's dead, but she ain't dead. 1 That was a fly away you got, that the dead woman who was found at the --Hotel was Essie Hinsdale. You got that as a misleader. But she's not dead." The detective was amazed. but all he could do was run right along with the wonderful lacl he was talking to at that moment. \\'here did you get all this info1mation ?" Oh, I'm a :"1indreader." You must be, lad." I am. Do you want to send a message t. the lady?" I must have time to think. But, I say, boy, you know Essie Hinsdale--nly, and ask her who she is." That can be done." I And then you will know just how to work.'.' CHAPTER XXXVII. THE wonderful lad had laid out a pretty com prehensive scheme; the detective grasped the whole idea, and he said: "You and I will work together awhile, I reckon "We will investigate that woman's house to night."


" That's my idea." "And when will we start!" About midnight." Eddie went away, and a few moments later Mattie joined his pard. "You had a long chat with the lad?" I did. and he's a dandy. That boy beats any one I ever met; and, Mattie, wonders, it appears, will never cease: but I think I am at the bottom of one mystery." "Well?" "You remember the old man who was ir. the room at the time we were looking at the body?" "!do." That man is the mystery, and the lad is working in with him." "Has he heen against us?" "Well, a little; but now he's ready to join hands." I'll stake my reputation." "We haven't much reputation of late. We've been getting it in the eye. "We have; but we'll come out all right yet. The lad was perfectly open and square. We've been dumped several times, but I've not alto gether lost my cunning. I know that this time we are all right." 'f'om Baily repeated t-0 Mattie all that had occurred, and Mattie said: It looks as though it was all right." It is." Eddie met Al Stetson, and repeated to the great detective all that had occurred. The lad had followed his instructions to the letter, and Old Phenomenal said: You have done well, and I think it will be you who will find the missing George Heath." I will be able to tell after to-night what the chances are.' At midnight the lad was on hand. Baily awaited him. The two left the hotel, and proceeded toward the house where the woman Essie Hinsdale lived. Say, boy," remarked Baily, "I am on to you. I've got it down fine, so you may as well own up." "If you've got it down fine. why do you ask me to own up? You have lots to learn, Baily. When you travel with me a bit, you'll know something more." You gave it to me good once." "Well, you learned something tpen, didn't you?" "I did." "Have you outlined a plan now?" "I have." Let's hear it." Tom Baily opened up his plan. Eddie list ened, and when the game was explained, he merely said: "That will do." Eddie pointed out the house to Tom. He did more; he showed him the little game he had for gaining admission, and he posted him consider ably the woman he was to meet. There was a ,ight in the woman's room, and Eddie said: It is possible the d0ctor is there." The latter conclusion, as it proved, was the correct one. The doctor had visired the woman immediately after his interview with Tom Baily'. He had entered her presence with a gloomy look upon his face, and the woman had said: "You are down in spirits?" "I am for once. I admit I am gloomy." What has turned against you?" The mystery. He is close upon us. He is giving me much trouble, and if he were only removed I'd be all right; but he has commenced a fiank movement. He has not been here?" "No; I've seen nothing of him. I'm ready for him." "Eh what's that?" If he comes here, he will trouble yon no more.'' The two held some conversation, and Alvarez departed, saying he would return ere midnight, and he hoped to have a plan ar ranged by that time t-0 strike a decisive blow. As recorded, Eddie showed Baily how to en ter the house. Eddie entered also, and was about to steal up the stairs, when suddenly a hand was laid &n his shoulder. "Halloo, Mattie! is it you?" said Eddie. "So you know me?" Yes I do. See here, Mattie, this little game il closing; there are no close secrets in this business between Baily and myself; you had better let me go in." The two entered the house by the basement. OLD PHENOMENAL. Eddie, as our readers know, had a way of enter ing the house. He held an open sesame to be used at will. The moment they were inside Mattie suddenly fell over, and quick as thought Eddie gagged and bound his man, then dragged him to a rear part of the hall and left. We will here say our little hero had not un derrated Tom Baily. The latter was well fitted for the job he had in lrnnd. He left Eddie and the stairs. He had the lay of the house. He was well up in the business he had in hand. He arrived opposite the door of the room, and he knocked. Come in," came the summons from the in side. Baily knew he would be taken for an, her. He entered the room; the woman Essie stood before him. Ah! so you have come to torment me again?" "No." Then why are you here?" I am looking for a lady." What is l1er name?" Adele Heath." "You need go no further. I am Adele Heath. What is your business?" CHAPTER XXXVIII. THEN you are the lady a number of wicked conepirators are trying to make their victim?" The woman laughed in a satirical manner, and said: 1 And you are the generous rescuer who will protect me against the conspirators?" "I am, if your claim is 'true." What claim?" You claim to be Adele Heath." "And in what way does all this concern you?" "A tragedy occurred at the -Hotel." llow, and by whom?" It is claimed that the dead woman was one Essie Hinsdale." "Well?" It is also claimed that this Essie Hinsdale was one of the conspirators against you." "Well?" It is claimed, on the other hand, that the dead woman was .A.Ve will agree on that." I know that Essie Hindsale lives." And you know where to find her?" "I have found her." "Has she confessed to her identity?" "No." "You have proofs as to her identityr' "I have." Will you explain them to md" "Why should I?" 31 Because this woman Essie Dtnsdale has once sought to personate me.'' We will talk plain. I came here on ccrtaia information.'' "Well?" '' I came here prepared to find Essie Hins-dale." "Is she here?" I think she is here." "Where?" "I think you are Essie Hinsdale." "That is what I anticipated your aBBwer would be,'' said the woman. '' You anticipated that would be my answer?" Yes; and you are a villain. Ab, at lal!t I have ;vou!" Quick as lightning the woman's hand shot up from under the table, and the detective fell over, totally blinded. The woman laughed in a hylrterical manner as the detective fell over, and drawing a long poniard, she ran round to wbere he lay. The dagger was upraised, and an instant later it would have descended, and poor Tom Baily's career would have closed then and there; but tbe little wonder was at hand. The lad, as the weapon was raised, pushed the woman violently over. She fell upon her side, and so powerful had been the push, she rolled over. Eddie seized a pitcher of water standing on the table and dashed it in Tom Baily's face, and aided the officer to rise to his feet, and tendered him a towel which be found at band. He had just time to do as described, when the woman rose to her feet with a scream. She sprung forward. The lad then grasped her more tightly, and threw her upon a sofa, and in less time than it takes to tell it. he clapped a pair of handcuffs on her wrists, and she sat there helpless, the knife lying at her feet. You are a splendid specimen of an heiress. You are indeed the gentle Adele Heath," the youth said, in a sardonic manner. Meantime, Tom Baily had managed to clear the fine black dust from hi.8 eyes. He was cool as he looked around and said : "Well, young man, you did arrive just in time." The boy drew close to he detective, and said: "Now is the time to run down the curtain." What do you mean?" "Leave her just as she is. We will go.'' Eddie and the detective left the room, and as the;ir descended the stairs, Tom said: I do not know, after all, as this is the right thing. I may force that woman now to tell something." "You will not get a word out of her. We have worked it well. We will get our inform ation from the doctor." All right. I will let you act as captain." They reached the basement fioor, and EdcYe said: Come this way." He led Tom Baily to where the great, strong Mattie lay bound and gagged. Great guns! What does this mean?" I had to do it. He was interfering," said Ed. It did not take Eddie long to release Mattie. The latter rose to his feet and made a spring at the boy, but Baily caught and held him, sayisg: Hold on, Mattie. What are you up t.o now?" "I'll murder that little devil!" "Wait, my man. Wait until we e'l:plain." Explanations followed, and Mattie was appeased. The three got out of the house, and walked away down the street, when Eddie said: "Now, gentlemen, I must leave you. Go to your homes. Nothing more can be done to night; to-morrow you will have a long talk with the boss, and then matters will be explained and onr plans laid." The two detectives would have talked further, but Eddie glided away. Tom Baily then explained to his partner all that had occurred; and said: ' If I had succeeded in keeping tbat lad away, you would have been murdered." Yes; but one thing is plain to me now." "Let's have it." There is a secret special on this case. He has let us run while working his game. He has used us, and we did not know we were be ing used. But we are in it!" What are we to do now?" Obey orders." "Then let's go." The two proceeded to their lodgings, "''hi.le


II .... 32 Eddie harl another scheme on bR.nd. When he left the two men he merely doubled in bis and returned to the house wl!ere the 'leene W3S enacted that bas been d esc ribed. CHAPTER XXXIX. "VVE will here explain a seeming mystery. Our mai l e rs may wonder at the facility with whic h our littl e hero entered the house where the woman lived. There were no servants in tbe house afte r ten o'clock R.t night. Knowing what might. occur in her house at any time, and desiring the utmost secrecy, the woman only employed day-servants, and 8he took t a ble hoard away from her own house, consequently then was no cooking going on. Eddie bad re ason to believe thR.t the doctor would put in an appearance. He had over Jieard enough to know that he would most likely appear for a report. The l ad, as it pro,ed, calcu l ate!! we ll for the doctor ente r ed the house in l ess than ten minutes following ll:ddi e s second entrance. The lad followed close upon the man's heels up the stairS. He was on h and whe n A lv arez entered the room, and overheard his cry of astonishment when be beheld the woman sitting on the sofa like an upri"bt dead body. "Grea t mercy!" be cried; "what has bap11ened?" Rel ease me," said the woman. Who bound you?" .. The fiend who is on our track." Explain." The woman t old her story. The man li s t ened, and said, finally: There ha s peen a mistake here." OLD PHENOMENAL. die moved forward. He was to right on to the two men. Suddenly he leaped forward. Al varez receiYed one, two, three blows, and he fell insensible to the ground. The second man stood amaz ed and paralyzed-too amazed to utter !lU outcry. As Alvarez fell over, Eddie said, turning to the man: "Your n:ime is George Heath?" 'l'he man ale for scheme; but I have another." over a mont.h. He the n proposed our return to ''Let me hear it.'' New York. l'pon onr r eturn to New York I We can get the man and carry him away. was tnken to a private hospital. I have been We can hold him and force him t o sign deeds th e re ever siuce, and this man has been in atconveying to me at l east one half of his esl at.e." tendance upon me a ll this ti me. I have been That is the best scheme. But be will repuve1-y weak. I had a man nurse with me day diate the transaction." and night. "Not after it is done my way." "What has been the nature of your illness?" How will you carry out this l:ist scheme?" asked the detective. "We can r emove the man to the country." "Only weakness owing to the shock follow You for?et the men are on our t rack. They ing the supposed death of my sister; but I now wnl fi11d us. indul ge a certain suspicion." "Not if we manage it as I propose. You We will not weary our r eaderS with further will g" in male attire; ;r will go in female atexplanations. We have indicate d the scheme tire. lt will take them a long time to get on of Alvar


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