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VOL. XXVlll. NO. 8.
CHICAGO, lLL.. ‘sATuRl5AiF." FEBhUARY 24]
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OF A v
ay morning in idsu
this story begins, when a card was laid
before him on his desk. The card bore
“Ellis ill’-alnha ." V ‘
"And whois Ellis Mninhall?" mused Fin-
castle. " ‘Viclentl ' is an al‘l . and
it he he deserves special consideration
‘ Ill I 8. owing B. lit e V 0 (rang rs "
He studied the card critically. “Good stock
and 0 prl tin ," he murmured. "Mr.
Ellis Mainhall, uhoever he a be. has the
goo t to use a gentleman’: card. vi hetl’l-
er e gen eman or not. u t take
n1Y chances With him.
. fess recent events are
nerv u J’. ' . .
He touched 5. bell at his side and sum-
oncd A clerk from the outer otnce.
ames." he sa.id,"'sboiv lit‘. Mainhull
making me a little
ulalnhall was a manor thirty-five.
‘ sleek. smooth-shaven. well-dressed and en-
tirely the master of
he directed in his capacity’ of . slmerlnten-
. d . -
“Ah, Mr. Mainhall," he began. formally.
as he studied the race of h'a visitor care-
y ‘(I do not think 1 ev r saw you
it not," and there was an unplea-
sant; metallic ring in the stranger’: voice.
"but I have seen )‘bu heftvre, Mr. Fincnstle."
Fincasllo started. '
" ’hei-e " k --when?"
. . , . . ailwu
ny. To can in as you X will state that
was present. ostensibly as an assistant
. u troubl
. how you proposed
, pie-you though
he nger paused and azed search-
, ingly into the face 01’ the superintendent.
“And what did I think'.''’ asked Fincsstle,
wearil . t ' .
"You thought he could be bought orr."
The suverintt-ndent started.
I sur rlsed you? Well, Presl-
Lutshaw was nearer right than you
about that matter."
to deal with Dentun Mar-
-- ow so
. “He told you you could not buy Denio
Marple. Money will never swerve that ma
rrom his plans. is run made up Once.
and he she: right ahead. considering nei-
rnnnd his attention?"
1 this '
"What does he seek then?" ‘
"Simply the grutlrlcuctlon of his Dun
"That is to ruin the P. Q. 8:. iii. 3. rtailway
in)‘. He has no dearer wish than
"D ycflsn-:.w hiln well?"
"Yes. intimately. 1 am the only man who
could-‘say any noalaihlllty-turn him trom
his niursc.': “
" ml how could you do that?
)1 have a hold on him!"
BY MARO'O. ROLFE
"in What way?"
Ant to know too much on A short
you about at to not yet here, but
could hasten it, Mr. Fincastle; you could
hasten il materially." -
“B the use 0! money!"
Fincastle looked at the man suspiciously.
Then e mot oned lm t a seat, B civility
he had not helore thought at extending to
I , .
judge you are Willing ta have it. luhx,
confidential talk. Mr. Fint‘astl9," remarked
with In S and made money by the trans<
action." . r
%’Innis' And you know-"
"All about it, e n to the smallest dr-
tail. The fifteen hundred (lullnrs you g ve
vcd you more than nfty times that
sum an 'au now I."
Flncastle looked at the man wulldel-ingly.
"And what is your tip?" he nsked.
1. unless I prevent it or
The ivnrtls broke
bring to naught. his well nigh illiwivss
“ hvre is this disaster, this murderous
rvutrrige. planned to take place?" Asked
"I ‘Vi tell you that until the rut)-
men! for final 5. d successtul nctln nir-
I You annot prev it nithmlt y
help, and." with 3 blan Sm e, "nly hell)
will cost you twn thousand dollars in lid-
CHAPTER ll. ‘
THE LADY AND THE LETTER.
John Fincnstle was silent and lhoulthliul,
did not r iih he i a of being held up
for two th sand doll a by n chu-
l nt and aff like Mr. liiainhail. Yet there
. an e and a I linunciul
value being in the balance .
0 must. I My uh erstan impo-
Marple even if I cannnt induce him 0 re-
linquish the I ea. u W pen-rive. M
Fin 9. that I lam in line to he on
tui to you rind the interentn you torre-
"But you should prevent the crime as A
matter oi’ duty. ure . you would not
stand bark and permit scores. may be hun-
dretis. of men and women to be killed or
me me .
Ellis Mainhall shrugged his shoulders.
responsibility is wholly on you. how do you
I know you (‘nu d
and do rlothim: you say you have in your
power to du?"
"Dnn'tgetsen1imHll'rl.l esneerrcl. “Thin street about a b
r. r rise. an
(self in withholding it? NOW that th "We hm
hall spoke with t
. ess, “liai rig pal me this retainer,“ and ‘
"ivhat 1: I should have you arrested?" he shot the o thousand dollars down
“Then you would be powerless to save the to a conienlent rucket. " must leave
Iocltot Express or anybody or anything: this business in my hands must have
abour ‘ ly own way in eventhing an y u must
"1! l should give you the money how do Id me exactly as l direct. Any other
not make yourself scarce
. Flnrastle looke
Yuu have your experience With Innis as
9 nothing to talk about " linin-
coursc on your part uoulli defeat our ob-
lock to A bank. which he
u just 11 manor oi’ bust reius to do entered, closely xollcme-3 by Muillh.<ill.- lie -
anything to protect those llws unless I g t e the tie)’ a “it out any he-six tlun
e two tho tloll. am B obs . laid it in i-lls can-l anion is outstretthrd hand. '3
tie in the us n your hdxing those ped- o all appearances th transaction was
plt-‘s lives. and t at 1' tie sum at man y is only one or the most ordinary business .
e earls by “men 3 u can convert me character. . . '
into an lnrllspenullzle aid and carry on "No he said. “con-I9 bavk In my m‘‘lc‘-=
' ou Justily arid 2 will talk about details." ‘ .
he mos: exas era: coo - '- . '!
d at the man blanklil as
urerrrirnl That ought to give you con- Y pursued Mainhall.
lidevlce lhls me." ‘hat you are o trust me implicitly. I
llesldes," went on Fincaaue. after rt hope that proposition does not stagger
little thought. “there may be no hi: you." n
2 all. You may be trying to trighten me “But it does."
into git ng tin the monev ou want-to b “Val. you'll have to get over that with-
plain. your whole story ma hi -' out any protrac ed cou Se at reasoning.
-< t yuu prefer to think so i hate nothing There ls no urne e t rrmn away. You
ru her to and we may as well ron- ght. ack to your regula business and
wider every nz 011." ’ at three lhls o ternoon me at your
50 saying, Ellis liialnhall arose and put . t rorth every err r to be
on his hat. lie “'33 on t e point of turn- there on time: He? that T u GT9. (00 Mean-
irll: away when the superintendent checked while. i will see “hat I n o u Den- .
hi a motion or hls hand. tori Marple. it i fall “ith hlm. then I "
"well he said. “i yield. sit here and I shal
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"i am Mrs. Graham" she replied.
will go out (or Ihe currency.
required. the superintendent hurried up the
don't appear ll: like checks. Mr. Innis ln- it may be accomplished
ulsled on the currPn<'y." '1 As he spoke, the two had. descended the
"Yes, i want currency. but, psrdorr e.1 high steps leading (rum 1 ‘ bank to the
villi not sit h and v. (or you. ‘I will sidewa k. nca tle made n reply. ey
slang with y u it you should be setting sl ply nodded and Fincuslle Went quickly
some trap I r me you W uld be t e Worse back toward his mince Ellis liainllull
olr for it. to be sure. but 1 i t he, too, w ked slowly down toward in. he” cg
n hum.-“ways, and I prefer not to take the town. Neither looked ba
Yl’fj['?"5> , " I ' to see ‘ u. a no ced a
Very vu=ll,'"nsserted Flnclastie. "Come clerk. as the suvellnwndent entered the
ulth me. then. ain 011168 of . Q. A . 5. Railway
uni:-kly liinlz outncheck lorthe amount romlmny. “I gave her a seat in your ‘
game and explain to you. in due time, how