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VIII. NO. 43.
‘The Strange Pemberton Affair
oo . By Archibald: J Paxton
[Copyright 1910 by W. D. Loyce Co] you had 4 little professional business. all night unless J h “Any time within the hour. I give you
CHAPTER told me that if I ever found the nei contde inr and who may possibly my word t will join Yo jodge.”
see. “ “tittle light in this darkness... Please. “That is sufficient for me. Thank you,
R-R-R-RIY my dear nee Good-by.”
Gideon Bla AL nGhicon Black the signs that it. Then Gideon | hea: rd him ring
:n nown investigator of crime, st matter of extraordinary import- His seda , James, entered at that
43-4? dropped his feet from their tance to disturb inte man of fron will, who moment, earl ing & steamin of coffee
- elevated position on top of the had a reputation for cool sang anda couple ore ols.
desk in wis ate office, as Hold ‘second to none. et a at, James. I must go
out stain tonight; ”.remarked the detective.
y tel fe bell broke Ct will do 20. tmmedia tely. My ma
in upon his reflections, ‘and! shitting a cigar. his fret figure. a little inetined to “portlis bringing me a cup of coffee, ‘and in a very As he sat there sipping the hot coffee,
uth, took u re- white hair, milita ustache and few-iminutes I can be on the way. If I’ which sent glow through his frame,
who poate a personality of marked note. in seem late do not feel anxious, for there 1s. Gideon Plack considered the matter that
atter a New York society. rolling in from the sea one of the neatest was about to engage his e: espec celal aktentig on.
“Certainty Temember, judge, and often fogs I ever saw, and it may delay: prog- Thus far it did not present any e: ally
recall our Hele argument on ithe ress on all transportation line Light I new features, unless he mig fat consider the
ight. at ¢ inquire as to the nature u trouble, robbery of a a gem collector along. that. Jines
judge—just a hint to steer me in for hi e had, s his
me at mina ations While en route?” the detective know! bu ne
hi r to give informa= this four. ‘of the ‘nish, Tack and such B wen ber. o: ealthy “pousehold “proved to be
tion gratuitously. he bargain; - but it concerns the mysterious disappear- Hehe whingereds and scandal was only avert-
“I wo ould hike to talk with Gideon Black,” ns much ff you Could of a pac eke t of rubies from my private Joma
pursued the individual at the other end of la a peck of sate in the lib You may have verthele! ese the fact that this rem rk
the pued t ble, and need both counsel and such as- that Lam rather fond of Jewels—indced, nt avte man of millions should 1 gure prom
“Well, you are doing #0,” remarked the ne you can render me,” re is well known that the collect ton ot suc h ently in such a mystery gave the affair an
detective. marked the man of wealth, at the other end has become a fad with m™ ter sual interest in the eyes of the solver of
-“Oht is that you, Mr. Black? very the wire, years. Now, it Is not so he e- puzzles.
glad I found you home. . Tried to ret you ‘y to hear that, judge. I've had an cuniary valu these gems disturb: “Perhaps it may turn out to be something
half an hour ago, and they said you were exhasiatn aay, but if you think eh smpera- me, though they would probably bring a novel and out of the cofhmon. At any rate
out” see me now quarter of a million in the open market, as the setting Is. original, since one could
“Who is this speaking, please? wi yo Tnumber, Mea the mystery attaching to their vani. ni hardly select a more distinguished house
“Pemberton—Judge Gordog Dem Lerton. thr To tell you the ru ith, You can understand without my than imt of guage Pemberton for a mys
Possibly you member meeting me Black, I don't remember ever being 11 in euch more over the wire, Black. When ‘you, ave its lodgment. But it would
fret hey dince at the, home of our routs val a nervous condition hefore in all my life, come you aha AMI know all. T can look ‘fer’ have been nicer had’ he only waited until
friend, Ackerman, with “whom I bell It has upset me complet: and | Is shail not: you’ when morning for this interview.”