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By E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM,
Author of "The Mattrr Mummer." "A
Prtner 0 Stiintm," "Mutttrtoun
Mr. Sabln," "Anna the
Adventut aw," V.lc
Copyrlffht. 1003. 10OC. by Little. Brown,
(Contituiod from Pago Throe,)
"The Idea," Polhain said quietly, "la
"Willie we are on tlio subject," Silen
cer remarked, drawing the cigarette
toward him, "may I ask you a few
questions, Mr. PelhamV Kor Instance,
had Miss Poynton any relations In
"Not to my knowledge," Pelhnni uu
Hwered. "I have known both her and
her brother for n great many years,
and I never beard either of them men
"Why did she go to Paris, then?"
"To meet her brother."
"And why did lie go abroad?"
"It was a whim, I think Just n de
sire to see a few foreign countries be
fore he settled down to live the life of
n country gentleman."
"You believe that he had no other
"I think I may go so far as to say
that 1 am sure of it," Pallium an
swered. "One more question," Spencer added,
Intervening. Put the question remain
ed unasked. The butler bad opened
the dining room door and was an
nouncing Lord Uuutou.
IMincombe roo to ills feet In sur
prise. Tor the moment a sudden fear
drew the color from his cheeks. Ho
looked apprehensively toward bis un
expected visitor. Lord Itunton, how
ever, showed no signs of any great dis
composure. He was wearing bis ordi
nary dinner clothes and In reply to
buncombe's first question assured him
that he bad dined.
"I will try a glass of your port, If I
may, George," he declared. "Thanksl"
The butler had wheeled a chair up to
the table for him and left the room.
Lord Uunton tilled his glass and sent
the decanter round. Then bo turned
toward Spencer, to whom be bad Just
"Mr. Spencer," he mild, "my visit to
night was mainly to you. I dare say
you are aware that a somewhat un
pleasant thing has happened at my
lionse. My people tell me that you
called there this morning and Inquired
for Mr. Welding."
, "Quite true," be answered. "I called,
but did not see him. He appears to
have left somewhat hurriedly while I
"You did not even catch a glimpse of
"You know Mr. Fielding by sight, I
"I have seen him in Paris once or
twice," Spencer answered.
"You will not think me Impertinent
for asking yon these questions, I am
pure," Lord Hunton continued upolo-
gotlcally, "but could you describe Mr.
Fielding to me?"
"Certainly." Spencer answered. "He
is tall and thin, wears glasses, was
clean shaven, bald and limped a little."
Lord Kunton nodded.
"Thank you." he said. "I presume
' that your visit this morning was one of
courtesy. You are acquainted with Mr.
"1 have not that pleasure," Spencer
answered. "I am afraid I must con
fess that my visit was purely one of
"Curiosity?" Lord Uunton repeated.
"Kxaetly. Do you mind passing those
excellent cigarettes of yours, Dun
combe?' Lord Uunton hesitated for a moment.
Jle wjis conscious of a certain restraint
In Spencer's answers. Suddenly ho
turned toward him,
"Mr. Spencer," he said, "may I ask If
you are Mr. Jarvls Spencer of the Dal
ly Messenger, the Mr. Spencer who
was mentioned In connection with the
Investigations Into the Lawson es
tates?" Spencer nodded.
"Yes," he said; "I am that person."
"Then," Lord Uunton continued, "I
want to tell you exactly what happen
rd today In my house and to ask your
advice. May I?"
"If our host has no objection," Spen
cer answered, glancing toward Pel
ham. "None whatever," Duncoinbe answer
ed, also glancing toward Pclham. -
There was a moment's silence. Pel
Jiam' raised his bead.
"If Lord Uunton desires It, I will
Avlthdraw," he said slowly. "At the
same time I must confess that I, too,
tun Interested In this matter. If Lord
Uunton lias no objection to my pres
ence I should like to remain. My dis
cretion goes without saying."
Duncoinbe moved uneasily In his
chair, Ills eyes sought Spencer's for
guidance, but found his head averted.
Lord Uunton raised his eyebrows
slightly nt v.lnt lio considered a some-1
wlm t vu Unr curiosity, but his reply
"You lire 11 frleiul of Dunconiho'fl,
Mr. relham," lit said, "and that Is
enough. 1 have to ask not only you.'
but all three of you, to consider what
I am going to tell you as absolutely
They all signified their assent. Lord
"Mr. and Miss Fielding came to me
with letters from my brother and with
many convincing proofs of their Iden
tity. We none of us had the slightest
suspicion concerning them. Their be
havior was exactly what It should
have been. Nothing about them excit
ed remark In any way, except the tin-
usual number of telegrams and tele-'
phone messages which Mr. Fielding
was always receiving. That, however. I
was quite In accord with our Ideas of ,
nn American business man and didn't
seem to us In the least remarkable."
"The telegrams were delivered th rough
n neighboring olllce?" Spoucor usked
lnid her blouse as he entered. A rush
f utght air struck him from a wide
"What has happened?" ho called out.
"I have been terrified," she answer-
I'Ui 1 tun niiii 1 illicit uui. 1 cuuiu
not help It. A man came here through
the window. IIo talked so fast that
I could scarcely hear what be said,
but he wanted that paper. I tried to
make him understand that I had not
got It, but he did not believe me and
ho was rude."
Duncoinbe shut down the window,
swearing softly to himself.
"I cannot stay with you," he said,
"Just now. The whole house Is alarm
ed at your cry. Listen!"
There was a loud knocking at the
nt IIT .1 ..1 tit.t.. ff jliltlit.1 ill.,- I twtlllil '
Duncoinbe turned hastily'
"I must let them In," he said. "I
will come, back to you."
She pointed to the window.
"He Is coming back," she said, "at
"Do you wish 1110 to give up the pa- sages, and it seemed perfectly reasou
per?" he asked. able."
"No." Spencer nodded.
"Very well. I will be with you when ".lust so!" he murmured,
be com es-be fore then. I must get rid ' "This morning." Lord Uunton con
of these men Urst." I tinned, "Mr. Fielding rather upset our
lie closed the door softly and drew plans. We were all to have spent the
the curtain which concealed It. Then !
he opened the library window and a
moment afterward the door.
"Come In, you fellows," he said. "I
scarcely knew what I was doing when
With a little unup o) relic) he realized
that the xi'iih there still.
I locked the door. I fancy one of tho
housemaids has been seeing ghosts In
the garden. I saw something white
among the shrubs, but I could litid
nothing. Come on out with me."
Spencer followed with a perfectly
grave face. Lord Hunton looked puz
zled, relhtun did not attempt to leavo
the library. Spencer drew bis host a
little on one side.
"What a rotten liar you are, George,"
he said. "I don't think that even Uuu
tou was taken In."
"I suppo It sounded n little thin,"
Duncoinbe answered coolly. "Put It
this way, then, so far as you are con
cerned: The shriek occurred In my
house. I've no explanation to offer to
"I like the sound of that better, Dun
combe," lie remarked. "Hello! What's
the matter with Hunton?"
Lord Hunton was calling to them.
"You've had a visitor who was In a
hum', old chap!" lie remarked. "Send
for a lantern."
Duncoinbe concealed his annoyance.
"I don't want to alarm the whole
household," lie said. "I've a little elec
tric torch in my study. I'll fetch that."
Ho brought it out. Tlio progress of
a man from the road to the small win
dow, toward which Duncoinbe glanced
every now and then apprehensively,
was marked by much destruction. Tlio
Intruder bad effected his exit either In
great haste or In a singularly unfortu
nate manner. Ho had apparently miss
ed the gate, which at this point was
only a small hand one, mid in clam
bering over the fence he. had broken
tho topmost strand of wire. IIo lnul
blundered Into 11 bed of wallflowers,
which were all crushed and downtr.Hl
don, and snapped off a rose tree In tlio
middle. llclow the window were din-
tlnet traces of footmarks. Lord Uun-
ton, who held the torch, wns becoming
llltKllj.nlilllik ' ltr ct.it.1 "ttw.t.i lei tiridl.l.
1 'tlllKMIIMl , IIU Nl llll-lV l.-l fUHIl. 1
thing which I have not told you yet. I
have bad numerous reports In about
the car and was able to trace It as far!
as Lynn, but they all agreed in saying'
that It contained only two persons the1
driver and the man who called himself
Fielding. What became of the girl?"
"I have no Idea," Duncoinbe answer
"Of course not." Lord Uunton con
tinued. "Put don't you think It possi
ble that -without your knowledge, of
course she may be hidden somewhere
about hen;? That cry was not like tho
cry of a housemaid. Let us have tho
whole place searched."
Duncoinbe shrugged his shoulders.
"As you will," be answered. "I am
certain, however, that It will be use
less. There Is no place here where any
one could bide."
"Your servants may know some
thing," Uuutou suggested.
J have already questioned them,"
'Come a'lom:, Mr. Spencer," Lord
Uunton exclaimed. "Lot us search the
Spencer shook his head.
"Waste of time, Lord Uunton." lie
answered. "If you really want to dis
cover the whereabouts of this missing
young lady and she should by any
"Yes," Lord Uunton answered, "but
they were all In code. I happen to
know that, because the postmaster
brought the Urst one up himself and
explained Hint be was afraid that he
must hare made some mistake, as the
message was incomprehensible. Field
ing only laughed and gave the man a
sovereign. The message was abso
I lutely correct, he declared. lie told
me afterward that whenever he was
! speculating he always coded his mes-
day at the dukes and dined there,
There was a big shoot for the men, as
you know. At breakfast time, however,
Mr. Fielding announced that he had a
man coming over with n motor car
from Norwich for them to try and beg
ged to be excused. So we had to go
"De Hotho was staying with mo, as
you know, and just before we started
he had a telegram that a messenger
from the embassy was on his way
down. He hesitated for some time as
to whether he ought not to stay at
home so as to be here when be nr
rlvcd, but we persuaded him to como
with us and promised to send him back
after luncheon. When we got to Chos
tow, however, the wind had become a
gale, and it was impossible to shoot
decently. De Uothe was a little un
easy all the time, I could seq, so bo
and I and a few of the others returned
here, and the rest went up to Chestow. '
Just as we arrived Kidding passed us
in a great motor car. with his daughter
behind. When we got to the house De
Uothe inquired for the messenger. IIo
was told that he was iu Mr. Welding's
sitting room, but when we got there
we found the door locked, and through
1 the key hole we could hear a man
groaning. We broke the door in aim
found Do Hothe's messenger half nn-
conscious and a rilled dispatch box
upon the lloor. He has given us no
imliitt-itiir ncemillt of wllllt llllS 1)111)1)01-
ed yet, but it Is quite certain that he
was attacked and robbed by Mr. l-ieiu-ing."
to nn CONTINUKD.
MANY NEBRASKANS VICTIMS.
Federal Grand Jury to Investigate
Colorado Land Company.
Denver, July 29. The News prints
a story to 'the effect that tlio federal
grand Jury will bo asked to Investi
gate the methods of a land company
which, it is alleged, fraudulently se
cured a long time lease on coal lands
In Houtt county, this state, and subse
quently sold $40,000 worth of stock,
mostly in Hamilton, York, Seward,
Clay, Filmore and Saline counties,
Nebraska, which stock, it is alleged,
was disposed of by misrepresentation.
According to tho Nows considerable
of the money paid by the Nebraskans
for the stock has since been returned
to tho purchasers by persons con
nected with the land company, who, '
after discovering tho alleged fraudu
lent character of the company they
themselves being Innocent of any
wrong-doing made restitution be-1
cause they felt that It was their con-'
I nectlon with the concern that induced
I many to buy stock. It Is claimed by
' tho Nows that, an ox-presldont, n form
I or secretary of agriculture, a leading
j railroad lawyer of Nebraska and a
I well known banker of that stato nro
involved in tho exposure, though Inno
cent of any wrong. In addition ta
theso, two prominent politicians ol
Colorado, one formerly holding state
office, and several others aro mixed up
in tho affair and aro said to bo respon-
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Troops Sent to Belfast.
Belfast, July 31. That tho author
ities view seriously the local situation
arising from the strike of tho dock
laborers for Increased pay and shorter
hours, which has been aggravated by
the revolt of the police, who aro de
manding more pay because of tho ex
tra work the' strike entails, Is evi
denced by the arrival hero of the First
battalion of tbe Cameron Highlanders,
with a Maxim gun, and a detachment
of cavalry. In addition the Thirteenth
Hussars are now on their way to Bel
fast. It Is expected that a total of C,
000 troops will be in Belfast within a
few days. The Btrlkers were very ac
tive and a number of dock carts wero
England Faces Railway Strike.
London, July 31. Lord Hamilton,
chairman of the Great Eastern rail
way, and Henry Bonsor, chairman of
tho Southwestern railway, speaking at
the annual meetings of their respec
tive companies, botli emphatically re
fused to recognize the Amalgamated
Society of Railway Sorvants, tho exec
utive committee of which had demand
ed the right to represent tho railroad
employes In an effort to settle their
alleged grievances. This, it Is feared,
may result In momentous labor trou
bles next mouth.
King Frederick In Iceland,
Reykjavik, Iceland, July 31. King
Frederick of Denmark, accompanied
by Prince Harnld, Premier Christen
son and forty members of the rlgsdag,
arrived hero from thu Faro islands.
Great crowds welcomed tho iiarty.
Ills majesty has appointed a commis
sion to arrange for legislation to de
fino tho constitutional status of Ice
land, consisting of members of tho
Danish rigsdag and tho Icelandic al-thing.
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