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By E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM,
Author "Tifl Matter Mummer." "A
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Copyright, 1003, 190C, by Llttlo, Brown,
(Continued from Pago Throe.)
this 'hour. Monsieur cu'n loavo his
"Hut the doors are alt open," Dun
"I go presently nnd close them," ma
dame answered. "The careless hussy!"
Duncoiuhu produced a small piece of
gold. Madame laid down the paper nt
once. .She looked at It as though ready
to snatch it from his hand.
"Madamo would oblige mo very much
If she would ascend with me nt once,"
Duucomhe said. "I should like to
make quite sure whether tho young
lady Is there or not."
Madamo was on her feet with re
markable celerity. She accepted tho
coin and carefully placed It in a purse
drawn from somewhere among tho
folds of her voluminous skirts.
"V shall need u candle," Duncombe
She lit a lamp, talking all the while.
"Monsieur Is very generous," she de
clared. "Mile. Flossie Is a charming
young lad. No wonder she has many
friends, .ihere was one," she continu
ed, "who camo here with her this aft
ernoon, hut ho left almost at once," she
added hastily, aware of her Indiscre
tion. "Ah, these stairs! They grow
steeper for one so corpulent. At last!"
tiho pushed open the door nnd went
sideways down the narrow passage.
Directly they had entered It they had
n view of the room heyond. Madame
cried out, and Duncomhc felt all his
vague fears spring luto a terrified ap
prehension of actual evil.
The curtain before the window had
been hastily drawn, but tho lnmp
which the portress carried was sutil
clent to feebly lllumluuto tho room. Tho
tablecloth nnd a broken vase lay upon
tho floor. A fow feet off was an over
turned chair. Upon the canopied bed
lay a prostrate figure, tho head thrown
back nt an unnatural angle, the oyo-
open but glased. Duncombe dared do
no more than cast one single hsri'lilo.
glance nt It. Madnme set down the
lamp upon tho table and made the lit
tie room hideous with shrieks.
"Good Clod." she cried, "it Is tho lit
tle one who Is dead!"
Duucomhe himself fetched la the
gendarmes and waited while they took
voluminous notes of the occurrence.
The murder seemed to them and to
madnme to be ono of a very common
class. Tho ussnsslii hnd left no clow
whatever behind him. Tho poor girl's
rings had been torn from her fingers;
her llttlo stock of Jewelry ransacked:
her purso was empty; everything of
vnluo had been taken. There was not n
shred of evidence against any ono. Ma-
dame, who had seen tho man upon the
stairs, could only say that he was short
.und wore a black felt hat. The olllcer
who took down what they had to say
shrugged his shoulders as ho replaced
the book In his pocket. The affair
would puss most certainly, he feared,
luto the long list of undlscovernblc
Duncoiubc left his name and uddress
nnd enough money for tho funeral.
Then he returned to his hotel. This
was tho end, then, of the clow from
which he had hoped so much. Spen
cer's warning as to what would surely
happen to those whom ho might suc
ceed In bribing enmo back Into his
mind with sickening Insistence. In a
measure ho was responsible for tho
girl's death. After all, whnt chnuco
had he? Ho was fighting ngalnst pow
ers which, moving always In tho dark
ness, seemed able with tho moat ridicu
lous easo to frustrate hiB every moe.
lie re-entered tho hotel lit n state or
-complete nervous depression. For the
first time ho hail forebodings on his
owit account. What had happened to
Mile. Flossie might happen so easily to
A man rose quickly from tho lounge
In tho hotel as he entered. Duncombo
greeted him with n llttlo expression ot
"Spencer!" ho exclnlnied. "Were you
waiting to see me?"
Tho Journalist nodded. Ho wns not
in evening dress, and he, too, had tho
appearanco of a man who has received
something of a shock.
"Yes. The enfo Is closed, I suppose.
Let us go down Into tho Binokeroom. I
want to talk to you."
Duncombo led tho way. They found
two easy chnirs und dispatched a wait
er for whiskies and soda. Thou Spen
cer turned to his friend.
"Have you met," ho usked, "with any
"None," Duncombo answered gloom
ily. "I havo something to toll you," Spen
. cer coutlnued. "No. It Is not good
news,'' lie added hastily. "It Is more
a personal matter. It Is of something
which has happened to myself."
"(Jo on," he said.
"For twenty-two and a half years,"
Spencer said, "I have lived In Paris
as the correspondent to various Eng
lish Journals, I havo made many
friends, and it 1ms been considered
among all my fellow Journalists that I
havo had tho car of more lnlluentlal
people In politics and society hero than
any other writer. Today I havo re
signed my position."
Duncombo managed to summon up
enough Interest to bo surprised.
"I had no Idea," ho said, "that you
were contemplating anything of the
"I was not," Spencer answered grim
ly. "I am as much surprised myself
as all my friends will bo."
Duncombo was puzzled.
"I ant afraid I don't quite under
stand." he said. "You can't mean that
"No. My people havo nothing to do
with It," Spencer answered. "I have
had tho sack, but not from them. It
Is Paris which will hnvc no more of
me. I live here of course on my facul
ties for obtaining Information and my
entree Into political and social life. To
day tho minister of police has declin
ed to receive me or at any future time,
my cards of entry into the chamber
and half a dozen places have been re
voked, my name has been expunged
from the vlsltlug list of the president
nnd practically of every other person
of Importance. All that I may see of
Paris now Is from the outside. And
there Is no appeal."
"Hut whnt Is tho reason of It, Spen
cer? What have you done? How have
you offended all these people?"
'.'I don't want you to blame yourself
in any way, Duncombe," ho said. "You
could not possibly havo guessed tho
sort of thing you were up against. Hut
the fact remains that my offense Is In
having sent my friends up to tho Cafe
Montmartre on your account and In
being suspected of rendering you fur
ther assistance in your search for
those two marvelous young English
"You are not Joking by any chance,
are you?" Duucomhe asked gravely.
"The matter," Spencer replied, "does
not appear to me to lend Itself to any
thing of the sort."
Duncombo burled his hend In his
hands for several moments.
"Great heavens!" ho murmured. "Let
me think. I can't toll you how sorry
I am, old chap. Can't tho thing be ex
plained? As a matter of fact, you were
"I don't want It explained," Spencer
said, "even if it would do any good,
Duncombe dared do no more than cast
one slnalc horrified glance at it.
which It wouldn't. I should hnvo re
tired lit any cubo In less than a year,
and, as It Is, I believe my successor
Is ou his way over already. Now,
would you llko to know why I have
come here at this hour of the night to
tell you this?"
"Go on," ho said. "Afterward I've
something to tell you."
"I've come," Spencer snld, "because
I'm free now, If you like, to help you.
I was interested lu your story before.
I am ten times more Interested in It
now. If you still want mo I'll do what
I can for you."
"Wnnt you! Spencer, do you mean
It?" Duncombo exclaimed. "Want
you! Why, there's no ono I'd rather
Interest in ill affair than you."
"Well, I can promlso you my Inter
est Is pretty well excited already,"
Spencer answered. "Pin with you
right along. Now tell mo where you'vo
heeit this evening nnd what's hap
pened." Duncombo recounted tho evening's
events. Ills now ally listened nnd aft
erward smoked for a moment or two
"It Is simply wonderful," ho declar
ed. "Tho whol secret acrvlco system
of Furls Is working to cover up tho
traces of this boy and girl. Their spies
of course are everywhere and their or
ganization perfect. The first ono of
their creatures who tries to break away
Is Mile. Flossie. The poor llttlo fool
lived for only a few hours afterward.
Your bribe was high, but she ought to
havo known better."
"Why, of course! Tho theft of her
poor llttlo Jewels was only a blind. It
was to deceive tho public, for as a
matter of fact her murderer would
havo boon perfectly safe If ho had
strolled Into tho nearest police station
and made his report. She was killed
because she was going to give you
"Great heaven!" ho exclaimed. "Tell
me, Spencer, who or what can ho at
tho hack of all this? Guy Poynton
was simply a healthy minded, not over
intelligent young Saxon, unambitious
and passionately fond of his homo and
his country life. Ho had no friends
over here, no Interests, no ties of any
sort. Ho was abroad for the first tlmo
of his life. He regarded foreign coun
tries and people simply with the toler
ant curiosity of the untraveled Hrltlsh
or. He appears In. Paris for one night
and disappears, and forthwith all the
genius of French espionage seems to
hnvo combined to cover up his traces.
It is tho same with his sister, only as
she camo afterward it was evidently
on his account that she also Is drawn
Into the mystery. What can be tho
meaning of It, Spencer?"
"My young friend," Spencer said, "I
will bo frank with you. I hnvo not the
least Iden. I only know that somehow
or other you're up against a big thing.
In a week, perhaps a day, I may know
more. Meanwhile I want you to go on
your way precisely as though you and
I had not discussed this matter."
"Wo may not work together, then?"
"Certainly not. You are a mnrked
man everywhere. Every door Is closed
to you. I shall nominally stick to my
post. You must bo content to be tho
actual looker on, though you had bet
ter not abandon your Inquiries alto
gether. I will put you up at the Cerclo
Anglais. It will serve to pass the
time, and you may gain information at
the most unlikely places. And now
The liftman thrust a penciled note
luto his hand as ho ascended to his
"From I do not know whom, mon
sieur," ho announced. "It was left
hero by some ono. Whom I cannot
Duncombo opened It In his dressing
room. There was only ouo sentence:
"Monsieur would bo well advised to
leave Purls tonight."
N tho most unlikely places," Dun
combo murmured to himself ns
ho bowed to the Frenchman
whoso name his friend had men
tioned. "I am very glad to meet you
again, M. le Huron," he said aloud.
They were lu tho covered garden at
the Itltz. Duncombe had accepted the
pressing invitation of an old college
friend whom ho had met ou tho boule
vards to drop in and be Introduced to
his wife. And tho third nt the tea ta
ble was M. Louis, known In society ap
parently as M. lo Huron de Suers.
Lady Iladley, his friend's wife, smil
ed lnnguldly upon them both. She was
a frail pink and white llttlo woman,
with tho reputation of a beauty to sus
tain, wherein lay her life's work.
"You two know each other, of course,"
she remarked. "Paris is no larger than
London, after all."
"Sir George and I havo met once at
least," the baron said, smiling. "I am
glad that he docs mo tho honor of re
membering tho occasion."
Duncombe felt himself no mntch for
his companion with the foils. He let
tho conversation drift and waited for
his opportunity. Presently some moro
guests arrived, and Duncombo drew
his host ou ono siuc.
"Hndley," he said, "how long havo
you known the baron?"
"Met hi in at Dorset House about
tWo years ago, I think," Hadley an
swered. "He was doing a round of
country houses. I'm not sure that ho
didn't stay at Sandrlngham. Ouo of
tho real old French families, you know,
tho Do Suers."
Duncombe nodded. There did not
seem to bo much that be could Bay.
Ho mingled with tho other guests and
obsorved his social duties. Hut he
watched tho baron, and ho took care
that they left together.
"Are you going my way, baron?" ho
asked as they stepped Into tho Place
"I was going to tho Cerclo Anglais,"
the bnron answered. "Do you bclomr?"
to be coktinusb.
Then Thore Was a Row.
"Now, sir," Bho commanded, "look
mo In tho face nnd deny, If you dnro,
that you married mo for money I"
Tie raised his oyos until they wero di
rected to her countenance nnd fultered:
"Well, I think I earned tho cash,
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