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NORTH PLATTE SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE.
EVERYBODY SEES H
BE III FATHER
The Adventures of a Demobilized
Officer Who Found Peace Dull
CHAPTER VIII Continued.
At first he had expected some trick,
being a person of tortuous brain; but
ns time went on, mid nothing unex
pected happened, ho became assured.
His orders were to follow the mil
llonnlre, and Inform headquarters
where he was tnken to. And assured
ly at the moment It seemed easy mon
ey. Then, qulle Buddonly, the hum
uilng stopped and he frowned. The
enr In front had Bwung off the road,
nnd turned through the entrance of a
smnll airdrome. What the devil was
he to do now? Most assuredly ho
could not pursue an airplane on a mo
toreven a racer, mindly, without
thinking, he did the first thing that
came Into his head. He left his car
Ptnndlng where It was. and followed
the others Into the nlrdrome on foot.
Perhaps he could find out something
from one of the mechanics; someone
might ho able to tell htm where the
plane was going.
There she was with the car beside
her, and already the millionaire was
being strapped Into his sent. Drum
mom! wns talking to tho pilot, nnd
the sleuth, full of eagerness, accosted
a passing mechanic.
"Can you tell mo where that air
plane Is going to?" he asked Ingrati
atingly. It wns perhaps unfortunnte thnt the
nnld mechanic had Just had a large
spanner dropped on his toe, nnd his
answer wbb not helpful. It was nn
education In ono way, nnd at any oth
er time the pursuer would have treat
ed It with tho respect It deserved.
But, as It was, It was unfortunate
thnt Peter Darrcll should havo chosen
that moment to look round. And all
he suw was tho mechanic talking ear
nestly to tho sleuth. . . . Where
upon lie talked earnestly to Drum
monri, . , .
In thinking It over after, that un
happy sleuth whoso Job had seemed so
easy, found It difficult to say exactly
what happened. All of a sudden ho
found himself surrounded by people
all very affablo nnd most converwa
tlpnal. It took him qulto flvo minutes
to get hack to his cur, nnd by thnt
tlmo the piano was a speck In the
west. Drummond wns standing by
tho gates when ho got there, with a
look of profound surprlso on his face.
"One I hnve seen often," remarked
(ho soldier: "two sometimes: three
rarely ; four never. Knncy four punc
turcs all nt the samo time I Dear,
dear I I positively Insist on giving
you a lift."
Ho felt himself Irresistibly propelled
toward Drumniond's cur, with only
time for a fleeting gltmpso at his own
four flat tires, nnd almost before ho
realized It they wore away. And It
was then that the man he hnd thought
mad laughed gently.
"Is It all right, Peter?" Hugh asked.
"All safe," came u voice from be
"Then dot him ono I"
. Tho sleuth had n fleeting vision of
stars of all colors which danced be-
"He Must Bo a Popular Sort of Cove."
foro his eyes, coupled with a stun
Ing blow on tho back of the heiul.
Vaguely he realized the car was pull
lug up then blackness.
"My dear follow, I told you We'd
got here somehow." Hugh Drummond
stretched his legs luxuriously, "The
fact thnt It was necessary to crush
your blinking bus In n stray Held in
order to avoid their footling pass
port regulations Is absolutely Immii
erlnl. The only damage Is a dent In
T? dicky, but all tho best waiters
tmire'thnt. They smear It with soup
to. hnw their energy. . . . My God I
iV;re'n another of them,'
A Frenchman wns advancing to
war' s r
vnrd them town the stately vestibule
of the Hit z waving protesting hands.
He addressed himself In a voluble
crescendo to Drummond, who rose and
bowed deeply. Ills knowledge of
French was microscopic, but such tri
fles were made to. he overcome.
The Frenchman produced a note-
hook. "Votre nom, M'slelir, s'H vous
"Undoubtedly, mon Colonel," re
marked Hugh vaguely. "Nous crash
ons dans "
"He wants your name, old dear,"
murmured Jerry weakly.
"Oh, docs he?" Hugh beamed on
the gendnrme. "You priceless little
bird! My name Is Captain Hugh
And as he spoke, a man sitting close
by, who. hnd been an amused onlooker
of the whole scene, stiffened suddenly
In his chnlr and stared hard nt Hugh.
It was only for a second, and then
he was once more merely the politely
Interested spectator. Rut Hugh hud
scon that quick look, though he gave
no sign ; nnd when nt last the French
man depnrtcd, apparently satlslled, he
leaned over nnd spoke to Jerry.
"Sec that mon with the suit of
hnnd-mc-downs nnd the cigar?" he re
marked. "He's In the game; I'm Just
wondering on which side."
He was not left long In doubt, for
barely hnd tho swing doors closed
behind the gendarme, when the man
In question rose nnd cume over to
"Excuse me, sir," he said, In n pro
nounced nasal twang, "but I lienrd
you say you were Captain Hugh
Drummond. I guess you'ro one of
the men I've como ncross the water
to see. My card."
Hugh glanced at the pasteboard lan
"Mr. Jerome K, Green," he mur
mured. "What a Jolly sort of name."
"See here, Captain," went on tho
other, suddenly displaying n budge
hidden under his cont, "That'll put
you wise. That hndgo Is tho badge of
the police forco of the United States
of America; nnd that samo forco Is
humming Borne nt tho moment." Ho
snt down beside Hugh, nnd bent for-
ward confidently. "There's n prom
inent citizen of New York qlty been
mislaid, Captain; and, from Informa
tion we've got, we reckon you know
qulto n lot about his whereabouts.
What about Hiram 0. Potts?"
"What, Indeed?" remurked Hugh
"Sounds llko n rlddlo, don't it?" .
"You've henrd of him, Captain?"
"Few people hnve not."
"Yes but you've met him recently,"
said tho detective, leaning forward.
"You know where he Is, nnd" he
tapped Hugh op tho kneo Impressively
"I want him. I want to take him
back In cottonwool to his wife nnd
That's why I'm over on'
this side, Cnptuln, Just for thnt ono
"Thorn seem to me to bo a con
siderable number of people wander
ing around who share your opinion
about Mr. Potts," drawled Hugh. "Ho
must be u popular sort of cove."
"Popular ain't tho word for It, Cap
tain," snld tho other. "Have you
got him now?"
"In a matter of speaking, yes," an
swered Hugh, beckoning to a passing
wnlten "Three Martinis."
"Where is he?" snapped the detective
"Being wrapped up In cottonwool
by somebody elso'8 wife and daugh
tcrs. You w,cre a Httlo too quick, air.
Green; you may bo all you say on
the other hand, you may not. And
these days I trust no one."
The American nodded his head In
"Quito right." ho remarked, "My
motto and yet I'm going to trust you
Weoka ago wo heard things on the
other side, through certulu channels',
as to a show which was on tho rails
"Then lllrnm Potts got mixed up
In It; exactly how, wo weren't wise
to. Hut it wns enough to bring mo
over bore. Two days ago I got this
cable," He produced u bundle, of
papers, and hnnded one to Drum
mond. "It's In cipher, as you seo;
vo put tho translation underneath."
Hugh took the cablegram nnd
glauced at It. It was short und to
"Captain Hugh Drummond, of Unit
Moon street, London, Is your mnn
Ho glanced up ut the American, who
drained his cocktnll with tho air of a
man who Is satisfied with life.
"Captain Hugh Drummond of Half
Moon street, Loudon, Is my mnn," ho
chuckled. "Well, Captain, what nbout
It now? Will you tell mo why you've
como to Paris? I guess lt' something
to do with tho business I'm on."
For a few momonts Hugh did not
reply, nnd the American seemed In
no hurry for nn answer. Some early
arrivals for dinner suuntered through
the lounge and Drummond watched
them Idly ns they passed. The Amorl
can detective certainly seemed all
right, but. . . . Casually, his
glance rested on a mnn sitting Just
opposite, rending the paper. Ho took
In the short, dark beard the Immacu-
lale, though slightly foreign evening
clothes; evidently u wealthy French
man giving a dinner party In the res
taurant by the way the head waiter
was hovering around. And then sud
denly his eyes narrowed, and he sat
"Arc you Interested In the psycholo
gy of gambling, Mr. Green?" he re
marked, turning to the somewhat
astonished American. "Some people
cannot control their eyes or (heir
mouth If the stakes are big; others
cannot control their hands. For In-
"Righto, Old Bean!" Returned the
Walter, "but Don't Hope for Too
stance, the gentlcmnn opposite. . Does
anything strike you particularly with
regard to him?"
The detective glnnccd across the
"He seems to like hitting his knee
with hlH left hnnd," he said, after
u short Inspection.
''Precisely." murmured Hugh. "That
Is why I came to Paris."
In Which He Has a Near Shave.
"Captain, you have me guessing."
The American bit the end ott another
cigar, and leaned buck In his chulr.
"i'ou sn' t,mt swell Freuchmun with
the wulters hovering about like fleus
round n dog's tall is the reason you
enmo to Purls. Is he kind of friend
ly with Hiram C. Potts?"
"Tho first tlmo I met Mr. Potts,"
he remarked, "that swell Frenchmun
wiiH just preparing to put a thumb
screw on his second thumb,"
"Second?" The detective looked up
"Tho first hud been treated earlier
in the evening," answered Drummond
quietly. "It was then that I removed
your millionaire pal."
The other lit his cigar deliberately.
"Say, Captain," he murmured, "you
ain't pulling my leg by any chance,
"I am not," said Drummond short
ly. "I wns told, before I met him,
that the gentleman over there was
one of the boys. ... He Is, most
distinctly. In fact, though up to dute
such matters hnve not been much In
my line, I should put him down as u
sort of super-criminal. I wonder what
name he is passing- under here?"
Tho American ceased pulling at his
"Do they vary?1
"In England he Is clean-shaven, pos
sesses a daughter, und uuswors to
Carl Peterson. As he Is at present I
should never hnve known hlm, hut for
that little trick of his."
"Possesses n daughter I" For the
first tlmo tho detective dtspluyed
traces of excitement, "Holy Smokut
It can't ho him 1"
"Who?" demanded Drummond.
But the other did not answer. Out
of tho corner of his eye ho was watch
Ing three men who had Just Joined
the subject of their talk, and on his
faco was u dawning amazement. He
waited till tho whole party had gone
Into tho restuuruut, then, throwing
nsldo his cnutlon, ho turned excitedly
"Aro you certain," he cried, "that
that's the man who has been monkey
ing with Potts?"
"Absolutely," said Hugh. "He ret
ocnlzed mo: whether ho thinks I. rec
ognized him or not, I don't know."
"Then what," remarked the de
tective, "Is he doing hero dining with
Hocking, our cotton trust man; with
Stelncmnnn, the German coal man;
hnd with thnt other guy whose face
Ih fumlltnr, hut whose name I can't
place? Two of 'cm at any rate, Cap
tain, have got more millions than
we're cverllkoly to have thousands."
Hugh stared at the American.
"Lust night," he said slowly, "he
was foregathering with a crowd of
the most atrocious ragged-trousered
revolutionaries it's ever been my luck
to run up agnlnst."
"We're In It, Captain, right In the
middle of It," cried the detective, stop
ping his leg. "I'll eat my hat If that
Frenchman Isn't Frnnklyn or Llb-
steln or Baron Darott or any other
of the blamed names he calls himself. '
He's a genius; he's tho goods. Gee I"
he whistled gently under his breath.
"If we could only lay hlm by the
For a while ho stnred In front of
him, lost In his dream of pleasant j
anticipation ; then, wKh a short laugh,
he pulled himself together.'
"Quito a few people have thought
the same. Captain," he remarked,
"and there ho Is still drinking high
"You soy he was with a crowd of
revolutionaries lust night. Whnt do
you, mean exactly?"
Bolshevists, Anarchists, members
of the Do-no-work-and-hnve-ull-the-money
brigade," answered Hugh.
"But excuse me a moment. Walter."
A man who had been hovering
round enme up promptly.
"Four of 'em, Ted," said Hugh in
a rapid undertone. "Frenchman with
a beard, a Yank, nnd two Bodies. Do
"Rlght-o, old beanl" returned the
waiter, "but don't hope for too much."
He disappeared unobtrusively Into
the rcstnurant, and Hugh turned with
n mugn to the American, who wns
staring at him In amazement.
"Wlio the devil Is thnt guy?" asked
"Ted Jermngham son of Sir Pat
rick Jerningham, Bart., and Lndy Jern
Ingham, of Jerningham hall, Rutland,
Englund," answered Hugh, still grin
ning. "Wo mny be crude In our
methods, Mr. Green, but you must nd-
mlt we do our best. Incidentally, if
you want to know, your friend Mr.
Potts Is . at present tucked between
the sheets nt thnt very house. He
went there by airplane this morning."
He wnved a hand townrd Jerry. "He
was the pilot,"
The American was shnklng his head
a little uazcuiy, "we've got to get
busy on what your friend Peterson's
little worry Is; we've then got to stop
It some old how. Now, does noth
ing sort of strike you?" He looked
keenly nt the soldier. "Revolution
aries, Bolshevists, paid agitators last
night; International financiers this
evening. Why, the broad outline of
the plan is as plain ns the nose on
your face; und it's just the sort of
game that man would love. . .
The detective stared thoughtfully at
the end of his cigar, and a look of
comprehension begun to dawn on
Hugh's face. i
Great Scott! Mr. Green," he said,
"I'm beginning to get you. What was
defeating me was, why two men like
Peterson and Luklngton should be
mixed up with last night's crowd."
"Laklngton ! Who's Laklngton?"
asked tho other quickly.
"Number Two in tho combine," said
Hugh, "and a nasty man."
"Well, wo'll leave hlm out for the
moment," snld the American. "Doesn't
It strike you that there are qulto a
number of people In tills world who
would benetlt If England became n
sort of second Kussln? That such a
thing would be worth money big
money? That such a thing would be
worth pnylng through the nose for?
It would have to be done properly;
your small strike here, and your small
strike there, uln't no manner of use.
One gigantic syndicalist strike all over
your country that's whut Poterson's
pluylng for, I'll stake my bottom dol
lar. How he's doing It is another mat
ter. But he's In with the big finan
ciers: and he's using the tub-thump
Ing Bolshles as tools. Gadl It's a
big scheme" ho puffed twice at his
cigar "a duraed big scheme. Your
little old country, captain, is, saving
one, the finest on God's earth ; but she's
In a funny mood. She's sick, like
most of us are; maybe she's u little
bit sicker than u good many people
tli Ink. But I reckon Peterson's cure
won't do nny manner of good, except
ing to himself nnd those blamed cap
Itnllsts who ' are putting up the dol
"Then whom the devil does Potts
come In," said Hugh, who had lis
tened Intently to every word the Am
erlcan hnd said. "And the duchess of
"Pearls I" began the American, when
the restaurant door oppned suddenly
and Ted Jerningham emerged. Ho
seemed to be In u hurry, nnd Hugh
hnlf rose In his chair. Then ho sat
back again, as with miraculous rapid
Ity a crowd of Infuriated head waiters
and other great ones appeared from
nowhere and surrounded Jerningham,
Undoubtedly this was not the way
Nr a waiter to leavo the hotel even
it he had just been discovered ns nn
impostor and sacked on the spot And
undoubtedly if he had been a waiter,
thlft large body of scnndillzed beings
would havo removed him expeditiously
through some secret buttery-hntch,
and dropped him on the pavement out
of a back entrance.
Just opposite Hugh ha halted, and
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In a clear voice addressed no one in
"You're spotted. Look out Lcgder
Then, engulfed once more In the
crowd, he continued his majestic pro
gress, and finally disappeared a little
abruptly from vlow.
"Cryptic," murmured the American,
"hut some lad. Gee I He had that
The ledger nt Godalmlng," said
Hugh thoughtfully; "I watched Peter
son, through the skylight last night,
getting gny with that ledger. Tm think
ing we'll have to look Inside It, Mr.
Green. What about n little dinner at
Maxim's? I'm thinking we've found
out all we're likely to find, until wo
caa get to thnt ledger. And thanks
to your knowing those birds, Mr.
Green, our trip to Purls has been of
TJie American nodded.
"I guess I'm on," ho remarked slow
ly; "but, If you tnke my advice, cap
tain, you'll look nippy tonight. 1
wouldn't linger around corners admir
ing the mud. Things kind o' happen
But on this particular evening the
detective proved wrong. They reached
Maxim's without mishap, they enjoyed
nn excellent dinner, during which the
American showed himself toie a born
conversationalist, as well as a shrewd
mnn of the world, And over the cof
fee nnd liquors Hugh gave him a brief
outline of whnt had taken place since
he first got mixed up in the affair.
The American listened In silence,
though amazement shone on his face
as the story proceeded. Only when
Hugh had finished, and early arrivals
for supper were beginning to till the
restaurant, did he sum up the matter
as he saw it.
"A tough proposition, captain d d
tough. Potts Is our hlggesj; shipping
man, but where he comes on the pic
ture nt that moment has me beat As
for the old girl's jewels, they don't
seem to fit in nt all. All we can do
Is to put our noses inside that ledger,
and see the book of the words. It'll
sure help some." v
Apd ns Hugh switched off the elec
tric light In his bedroom, having first
seen that his torch was ready to hand
In case of emergency, ho wns think
ing of the detective's words". Getting
"A Tough Proposition, Captain
D d Tough."
hold of the ledger was not going to be
easy far from It; but tho excitement
of the chase had fairly obsessed hlm
by now. He lay In bed, turning over
in his mind every possible und Im
possible scheme by which he could
get Into the secret center room at The
Elms. He know the safe tho ledger
was kept In; but safes are awkward
propositions for the ordinary mortal
to tackle. Anyway, it wasn't n thing
which could be done In n minute's
visit; he wpuld have to manage nt
least a quarter or half an hour un
disturbed search, the thought of which,
with his knowledge of the habits of
the household, almost made him laugh
out loud. And, at that moment, a
fly pinged past his head. . . .
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
France'a Firat "Zoo."
Tho "Menagerie du Pure" at Ver
sailles, founded by Louis XIV, re
ceived many animals from Cairo, it
was maintained for over n century,
during that time furnishing valuable
materlnl to French unatomlsts and
naturalists. Gradually It decayed
and In 1789 was. almost extinguished
by the mob. The Paris museum ot
natural history was re-established by
law In 1703 and Buffon's Idea at
taching a mcnagerio wns carried out
The latter still survives ns the collec
tion In the Jardln dea Plautes.
Grateful Son Says His Father
Looks Like Different man
Since Taking Tanlac.
"My father has Buffered from
chronic stomach trouble for over
twenty years and has paid out thou
sands of dollars for medicines nnd
doctors," oatd G. W. Slayton, a well-
known Cobb County furmer, living n
short distance out of Atlanta, Ga.
"We tried nearly everything trying
to cure him nnd he went off to the
Springs, thinking maybe tho water
might help him, but It Just looked
like nothing would reach his trouble.
Then ho tried dieting and Hved on
liquid food until ho almost starved,
but even thnt failed to do him any
good nnd ho Just kept going from bnd
"I don't guess there ever wns a
case as stubborn ns his, and if there
ever was n confirmed dyspeptic bo was
one of them, nnd I guess ha would
have been one yet if It hadn't been
for this Tanlac.
"Tho first wo heard of this medi
cine was when my father saw an ad
vertisement In tho papers from parties
ho knew In Tennessee, who were
friends of his and he knew whnt they
said about It was the truth, bo he got
It right away and began tuking It
Well, sir, 1t acted Just like magic
everybody notices the chnnge In fa
ther. Why, he Is Just like a different
mnn nnd sits down to tho table nnd
eats like a farmhand. Only yesterday
he ate pork und turnips for his dinner
and ate so much wo were actually
afraid he was going to overdo the
thing, but he lnughed und said nothing
hurt him now and that he was hungry
and expected to eat and make up for
"Now, when a medicine will do
things like that I think people ought
to know about It, nnd I want to say
right now thnt I would not give ono
bottle of Tanlac for all Urn other
medicines und health resorts In tho
country put together."
Tanlac Is sold by leading druggists
"I don't like these 'pay-as-you-leave
"Why is that?"
"If you accidentally become ac
quainted with a young lady on them,
you aro always under obligations."
Pennsylvnnln Punch Bowl,
I! You Need a Medicine
You Should Have the Best
Have you ever stopped to reason whr
It is that so many products that aro ex
tensively advertised, all at onco drop out
of sight and are soon" forgotten? The
reason is plain tho article did not fulfill
the promises of the manufacturer. This
applies more particularly to a medicine.
A medicinal preparation that has real
curative value almost sells itself, as like
an endless chain systam the remedy is
recommended by those who have been
benefited, to those who are in need of it.
A prominent druggist says "Take for
example Dr. Kilmers Swamp-Root, a
preparation I have sold for many years
and never hesitate to, recommend, for in
almost every case it shows excellent re
sults, as many of my customers testify.
No other kidney remedy has so large a
According to sworn statements and
verified testimony of thousands who have
used the preparation, the success of Dr.
Kilmer's Swamp-Root is due to the fact,
so many people claim, that it fulfills al
most every wish in overcoming kidney,
liver and bladder ailments; corrects uri
nary troubles and neutralizes tho uric
acid which causes rheumatism.
You may receive a sample bottle of
Swamp'-Root by Parcels Post. Address
Dr. Kilmer & Co., Binghamton, N. Y.,
and enclose ten cents: also mention this
paper. Largo . and medium sizo bottles
or sale at all drug stores.
"Aro you suro thut your career has
been distinguished by unselfishness?"
"I am," replied Senator Sorghum;
"I've worried myself Into brain-fag
over tho people In Europe, not one of
whom could come out nnd vote for me
even If I offered to pny his expenses."
Important to Mothers
Examine carefully over; bottle of
OASTORIA, that famous old remedy
tor Infants and children, and seo that It
In Use for Over 80 Years.
Children Cry for Fletcher's Castoria
A larger number of suicides take
place In May than In any other month.
June also Is another month of ninny
suicides. January ordinarily has very
few, yet tho statistics of n leading
company show a rnto of 7.7 per 100,
000 Industrial policy holders for Jan
Every department of housekeeping
needs Red Bross Ball Blue. Equally
good for kitchen towels, table linen,
beets and plllowcaseB, etc.
"Still thinking of buying a fnrm7"
"No, I've always prided myself on
taking a cheerful view of life."
"What has that to do with your buy
lag a farm?"
"Judging from tho kind of talk I
ear m rural communities, I wouldn't
own a farm more than six months be
fore Pd be a confirmed pessimist
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