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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (June 21, 1907)
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By E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM,
Author of "The Master Mummer." "A Prince of Sinners," "Mysterious Mr.
Sabln," "Anna the Adventuress," Etc.
Copyrltfht, 1D05, 1000, by LITTLE. DROWN, and COMPANY.
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"You can 11ml mu a table, I suppose?"
Duncombe remarked, looking routul.
"Whoro shall I sit?"
M. Alfred shook his hend slowly.
Ills hnmls were outstretched, his mau
liur snd, but resigned.
"I nui very sorry, mouslour, but to
night every place Is taken. I have had
to turn others away already," ho do
dared. "A thousand regrets."
Duncombe looked at him astonished.
The place was more than half empty.
"Surely you can find me a small ta
Lie somewhere." ho said. "I was hero
last evening, you know. If It Is be
cause I am alone I will order supper
for two and magnum of wine."
M. Alfred was Immovable. lie re
membered Duncombe well, and lie was
proud of his patronage, but tonight It
was impossible to offer him a table.
Duncombe began to be annoyed.
"Very well," he said; "I will stay In
the liar. You can't turn mo out of
time, can you?"
M. Alfred was evasive. He desired
I. Duncombe to bo amused, and tho
people who remained in the bar well,
Jt was not possible to got rid of them,
but they were not fitting company for
"There Is the Cafe Mazarln," he add
1 confidentially, "a few steps only
from here, a most amusing place. The
most wonderful ladies there, too very
rule nnd crowded every night. Mon
sieur should really try it. Tho com
missionaire would direct him a few
"Much obliged to you," Duncombe
answered, turning on his heel. "I may
look in there preseutly."
He seated himself at a small round
table and ordered a drink. The pcoplo
Jiere were of a slightly different class
from those who hud the entree to tho
supper room and were mostly crowded
round the bar Itself. At a small desk
within a few feet of him a middle aged
woman with a cold, hard face sat, with
-a book of accounts before her and a
pile of bills. There was something al
most sphinxlike about her appearance.
She never spoke. Her expression never
changed. Once their eyes met. She look
ed at him steadfastly, but said noth
ing. The girl behind the bar also took
jiote of him. She was very tall and
slim, absolutely colorless aud with
-colls of fair hair drawn tightly back
.from her forehead. She was never
without a cigarette, lighting n fresh
one always from its predecessor, talk
ing all the while unceasingly, but with
out the slightest change of expression.
a;::s;ncsi, ' srie ?!!!, sun' wuiwu fv
glancing toward htm, "but I know that
M. Alfred does not wisli him to re
main." "The devil take M. Alfred!" Dun
combe answered angrily. "I am wait
ing to speak to some one who comes
hero regularly, and I shall stay until
The woman wrote steadily for a mo
ment. Then she blotted tho page on
which she had been writing and, rais
ing her head, looked at him.
"It Is no affair of mine," she said,
"but M. Alfred has sent- for the police.
They may say that you have had too
much wine or that you owe money. In
either case you will bo removed. Tho I
police will not listen to you. M. Alfred1
has special discretion. It is no affair
of mine," she repeated, "but if I were!
monsieur I would go."
Duncombe rose slowly to his feet
and, summoning a waiter, paid his bill. '
The man produced a second one, dated
a few days back, for a large amount.
"What Is the meaning of this?" ho
asked. "I do not owe you any tiling."
"Monsieur was here with a party lust
Thursday night," he said glibly. "Ho
promised to pay the next time. I will
call the malinger."
Duncombe tore tho bill In half and
turned away. Ho bowed to the lady at
"I see that you were right," he said.
"I will leave."
"Monsieur Is wise," she answered,
without looking up.
Ho left tho cafe without speaking to
any one further. When lie reached tho
pnvement lie slipped a five franc piece
into the hand of the tall commission
aire. "You know most of the young ladles
who come here, I suppose?" he asked.
"But certainly!" the man answered,
with a smile. "Monsieur desire?"
"I want the address of a young lady
named Mermllllon. Flossie, I think, they
call her," Duncombe said.
"Th'irty-one Hue l'lgaiie," tho man
nnswercd promptly. "But she should
be hero within an hour. She never
Duncombe thanked him and hailed a
"Shall I give mademoiselle any mes
sago?" the man asked confidentially.
"I am going to call for her," Dun
combe answered. "If I do not find hot
I will return."
To drive to tho Rue Tigalle was an
affair of five minutes only. Duncombe
climbed u couple of flights of narrow
stairs, pushed open a swing gate aud
found himself In front of an otllce In
which an elderly woman snt reading.
"Can you tell mo where to find Mile.
Mermllllon?" Duncombe asked.
"Next floor; first door on tho left,"
the woman answered. "Mademoiselle
Is not often In at this hour, though."
Duncombe thanked here and climbed
another flight of stairs. He had to
striko a match to look for a bell or
knocker and then found neither. Ho
knocked on the door with his knuckles.
There was no reply. Ho was on tho
point of departure when ho noticed that
tho door was ajar. After a moment's
hesitation he pushed it open.
Ho found himself in a narrow pas
sage, with dresses nnd other articles
of apparel banging from a row of pegs
iu the wall. Tho place was In com
plete darkness. He struck another
match. At tho end of the passage was
hu Inner door, also ajar. Ho rapped
upon it and finally pushed it open.
Just then his match went out.
am very sorry, monsieur, but tontght
every place is taken,"
Once she waved the men nnd girls who
stood talking to her on one side, and
Duucombo fancied that it wus becauso '
she desired a better view of him.
Suddenly he was startled by a volco
close at hand. He looked up. The wo
man at the desk was speaking to him. ,
"Monsieur would bo well advised,','
eho said, "If lie departed."
Duucombo looked at her In amnzo-
ment. She was writing rapidly In her
book, and her eyes were fixed upon her
work. If he hud not actually heard her
It would liavo been hard to believe that
folio had spoken, I
"But why, madame?" ho asked.
"Why should I go? I am In no ono's
j wny. I can pay for what I have." J
fs She dipped her pen in the Ink, '
"I know nothing of monsieur or of UXa .
DUNCOMBE had tho nerves nnd
temperament of tho young
Englishman of his class, whose
life Is mostly spent out of
doors and who has been tin athlete all
his days. But nevertheless at that mo
ment he was afraid. Something In tho
stillness of the room oppressed him.
Ho could see nothing, hearing nothing,
except the clock ticking upon the man
telpiece. And yet ho was nfraid.
He fumbled desperntely In his pocket
for his matchbox. When he had found
It he discovered that It was empty.
With n sense of positive relief ho back
ed out of tho room nnd hastily de
scended the stairs. Tho old lady was
still in her sitting room rending tho
paper. She set It down at his entranco
and looked at him over the top of her
"Pardon, mndnmo," ho said, remov
ing his hat. "I find the rooms of ma
demoiselle are open, but nil Is in dark
ness. I cannot mako any one hear."
Madame took up her paper.
"Then mademoiselle Is probably out,"
Bho declared. "It la generally so at
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