s . z A CHICAGO
The House in the Mist’
By‘ ‘Hermann Bacher Deutsch and Robert J. Casey
an'.iinds the place wrecked." Oh, I don't
know what to do, I don‘t know what to
d " -
THE DELIRIOUS CAT.
TRIED to calm myself as I mounted
the stairs at lllrs. Brennan's. It
o. , -
. “What happened . to the note you
brought up here?’ I broke in. being not
would ha,-diy do to let the whole at all concerned with Mrs. Brennan‘.-3‘
hoxuseslee tthalt something was wrong. a "”;]‘::"“‘;fre$v”“'“e 9‘ :,“w"';'Orne
n e alway a servant burnpe subbed. .1 guess ".5 them
into 1119- She Was 3 new One-an 1111- In the corner indicated by the nod of
couth-looking girl. probably 18 years her head, found a crumpled ball o
old. and despite my agitation I noticed paper. A2 I spread it out on the Wlndaw
sill I saw many -things.
that she was frightened at the sight of
me. Attributing this to the state of my
nerves as reilected in my face, I at-
tempted to act naturally.
"I am Mr. Bradshaw," I said. "Would
you please ask‘ Mrs. Brennan if she
would be kind enough to send a glass of
milk and some crackers to my room."
She nodded and disappeared like a
surprised burglar and I bolted up the
."Come wit‘ Rocco," I declphered in a.
sprawling uneducated and. “I ain't
urt serious but need help.‘
This Wns the trick which she had seen’
thru at was a consolation to
know that the crock had felt himself
orced to resort to ii. ruse to obtain her
assistance-and yet t was her
stairs. empted to use his name a lure.
I do not know exactly what. I had been "What 33' id the automobile go?"
Iearin ' ked 1‘ '
Generally the proposition of impend-
ing harm to Janet had stood out before
everything ultho I had not attempted to
visualize what that peril might be. I
had no sooner reached the upper hali-
way that I knew that my agitation had
bered because he use to live out
on that side 0' town " -
"Yo let yourself. Mrs.
been well-founded. “id 9"” '1“ ,
p . I d I p .3. x l
-73"?” '30" 5390“ 0199“-. A 5”“ 395 roaa V 58:11. II“ Igglgrgtogorhz
jet showed that it was empty save for
Mrs. Brennan who sat beside the bed I went out
“What's the matter?" I inquired sharp-
ly, altho Heaven knows I dlilri need to
be told A broken chair. an overturned
known for several years and succeeded
in renting a car without a driver for the
Then I passed on into my room to get
a raincoat for the rirst oi the storm was
already pattering against Janet's win-
Had I not become so accustomed to
ho‘hhs taken ho:-r'."' I demanded.
V The Story From the'Beginning ' T
The famous Everett diamond.
In a strange
manner'the almost priceless gem
came into the possession o
JAMES lJR.‘DSHA‘V. -B. traveling
salesman and story writer. who had
come North from Oklahoma and
taken an apartment in Mrs. Bren- .
nan’s rooming-house. In fu
e was a. spot of blood
on the sleeping suit. In an adjoin-
ing room he found -
TERRY llIGGIN'5.whose hand was
cut and bleeding. Bradshaw aided
the young man, who was not ser
ously injured: and. getting no ex-
planatlon from Higgins, returned to
a neighborhood park
with Mrs. Brenl'lnl'l‘s girl roomcr.
as he was known at the rooming-
ghouse. On their way to the park
the pair met apuspicious character
known to the girl
Dog-man could explain
hereabouts of the missing Ev-
ADSHA‘V decided to make
try for the twenty-live hundred ‘dol-
gg ns Wins later found
having been killed by
“nII’PI-IR,” the huge bulldog. Brad-
dlckens did he get free?" -
,'I.‘his story began in No. 3 the Ledger
for, Jan. 15. Back copies may be ob-
tained from our agents or newsdealt-rs.
THE HOUSE IN THE BIIST.
HAD no time to investigate the death
of a cat, aliho I was sorely puzzled.
subconsciously I connected this latest
enigma with the others that had found
a beginning in this
"Th 1 ti. t bil h "‘ "““
wa”ed'"'“..‘fh:';,“fne';n fknsog lifeless ha nister meaning that
they do." .
Ailhi) there waslittle tangible thought
in Mrs. Brennan’.s hysterical informa-
where Illgglna had dropped it. and that
his policies in the matter were likely to
prove more vigorous than those of the
"Will you tell me. Mrs. Brennan," I
asked. "just what all this is aboutml>e-
ginning at the the beginning? you must
remember t at on’! know the first
thing or what you,are trying to talk
She stopped weeping thenmsavn for
occasional isolated tear-storms-and be-
gun to blurt out a mar
this ugly man with the black eye asked
me to bring a. note up to her. what else i
been damaged in the hrs! rush
of our conflict. ‘
"lie give me the note," she went on.
"an' I carried here?" She
-paused again as a step sounded on the-
rs. Brennan,’ s 1 me. ‘Mrs. -
Brennan. what did the man look like as
this?’ I told her an‘ she sez, ‘
‘Mrs. Brennan. you tell in won't
work. Just tell him -that--“It won't
work." ' dvlse me to think up some
an’ that I knowed he didn't
“But he only laughed. He Just shoved
me aside ’ we on upstairs." Here
to the lower regions ot ‘ .
"I heard sounds of a light." Mrs. Breri- msiit-nu Sick,’ say. He."
rian went on excitedly. “I came up hero
ound the door closed, but they was surprises that I expected them as E mat-
smashln' things inside aomethin' fierce. ter of course, I should have been bowled
"Then pretty soon this black-eye fel- of! my feet with astonishment at what
' -lah comes out with Miss Roberts in his I saw when I opened the door.
arms. i In the center of the door was a. black
.“'She‘u sick,‘ he: he, ‘I'm agonna take ‘kitten waltzing about ilk
her to a doctor's.‘
"'She ain't sick,’ I 1192, ‘An’ Ialth if E doleful. alheit rather drunken wall.
you go t2kIn' her out 0' here you'll go 1 Cullid "Oi l'9""3mb9Y' 9V?’ hRViflK seen
to 5 doctor youraelff e cat before and could Blippi
“Just thin the -girl opens her eyes. l’“"“""’“ “ "’ “OW “
7 5””. any right, “,1 nmnnanvv she room un as it had followed the new
saysllkc nothln' matters much. ‘It’: all "h5"‘b“""3“l 35 “"5 P“’“KM UP my
right. I'll go to the doctor’! with him.’ l"Ml'=0"<
Then he carries hr-rKdnWnstairs an’ out
into the automobile an’ I comes in hers times; then
spun around dizzliy a fgw
dropped dead at my feet.
and nearly all motor cars. way
The motorcycle policemen
B 1 did
not think he would he attempting much
speed. Believing that ho had eluded ms,
‘an element of danger. for any
he would take no chances on being
brought back to the city by an inquisi-
Gilmore road was twenty miles to the
north. At an average rate f fifteen
miles an hour, which I didn‘t think
would dare exceed, a’ won d arrive
there an hour and a. quarter after his
departure from Mrs. Brennan‘s. At fort)’
in‘ es an hour. barring accident, I could
catch up With him before he reached
The speed. however. was impossible to
maintain. Once I had turned into Perry
boulevard, I was compelled to slow down
to make fast travel advisable .
So I swept across the northern bound-
ary.of the little behind schedule.
The boulevard led thru a region of largo
estates and save for its concrete surface
Which came over the windshield to meet
me. were thrown thru my clothing with
a biting force. -
I held on as a forlorn hope. determined-
ly. doggedly and perhaps rather foolish-
l . Yet for all ‘my determination I
. might have stopped long enough
raise the neglected top when I noticed
-a light ahead of me
In E moment I identiiled it-it’c.-ime
. fr 111 .an automobile traveling without 3.
tail-lamp The g are I saw was the re-
Aimost immediately it disappeareclw
but I knew that I was close on the trail.
Three of four minute: later I crossed
Gilmore r a
I was compelled to slow down a
mission depended upon my turning 01'?
at the right one. I
Woods. forest of 51. sort one would
hardly expect to rind close to a ity.
thickly grown 1vith'underhi-ush and
pressing close to the edge or the road.
7 had succeeded the rolling estates com-
on zi few miles bac , ' .
So suddenly that I almosit shot by It.
9. break appeared in the white l"lIiI fence
Rocco had spoken of-its very seclusion
argued tha 4
Without hesitation I turned in.
The way was tortuous and not without
ilist knows the diiiiculty of ke?P”“7
a little clearing and I saw the house in
the mist for the first time.
The rain. driven thru the forest ‘by 3
shrieking wind, hail become a gauzy
cloud that enveloped the house like 8
s r u .
It was a small house-six eight
rooms perlinps. and lights, seemlM.'iY in
‘every window. made :i lnu a
to penetrate the mist. Ever
floor and um alike.
turned the car around so
he 'nilntile quickly. extinguished the
lights. throttled down the engine so that