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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 9, 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.
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'"What was stolon 7" Spencer asked.
"Nn; it loiter." Lord Kunton answer
d. "Do ltotho says very little, but 1
never saw. a man so broken tip. Ho
lias left for London tonight."
"The matter Is In the hands of tbo
police, of course?" Spencer asked.
Lord Kuntnn shook his bead.
"Do Uotho took me Into bis room
mid locked the door a few minutes aft
er we bad discovered what bad hap
pened, lie Implored me to keep the
vbole affnlr from the press and from
publicity In any form. Ills whole ca
reer was nt stake, he said, and very
much more than bis career. All that
we could do was to follow Mr. Fielding
and drag him back by force if we
could. Even then be had little hope of
recovering the letter. We did our best,
but of course we had no chance. Mr.
Fielding and his daughter simply drove
off. Do Uothe Is dealing with the af
fair in his own way."
"It Is a most extraordinary story,"
Spencer said quietly.
Lord Ronton turned toward him.
"I have treated you with conlldence.
Mr. Spencer," lie said. "Will you tell
mo now why .you called at my house to
neo Mr. Fielding today V"
Spencer hesitated, but only for a mo
ment. "Certainly," be said. "I came lie
cause I knew that Mr. Fielding was
halfway to America and his daughter
la Kussln. Some friends of mine were
curious to know whom your guests
I'elham raised his bead.
"You lied to me, then!" he exclaimed.
"1 bad as much right to lie to you,"
$slKncer answered calmly, "as you had
to ask me questions. 1 had"
He stopped short in the middle of his
sentence. The faces of the three men
were a study In varying expressions.
From some other part of the bouse
there came to them tbo sound of a wo
man's sudden cry of terror the cry of
;i woman who had awakened suddenly
to look Into the face of death. Hun
combe's uplifted glass fell with a crash
upon the table. The rod wine trickled
across the tablecloth.
.UXCOMIH3 was out of the room
In a very few seconds. The
others hesitated for a moment
whether to follow him or not.
Spencer was tlu llrst to rise to his feet
siihI move toward the door. Lord Hun
ton and I'ellinni followed a moment or
two later. Outside In the ball the
house was perfectly silent.
Iiuucombe reached the library door
just hi time to llnd himself confronted
by half a dozen of the men and worn
on servants coming from the back of
the house. With his hand upon the
door knob ho waved "them back.
"Be so good, Mrs. Wooton," ho said
'to the housekeeper, "to keep better
order In the servants' hall. We could i
.hoar some gbis calling or laughing In
the dining room."
"Indeed, sir," Mrs. Wooton answered,
with some dignity, "the noise, what
ever It wa, did not come from the
servants' quarters. We fancied that It
came from your library."
"Quite Impossible," Duncombo an
ewered coolly. "If I require any one,
I will ring."
Ho passed through the door and
locked It on the Inside. In half a doz
in hasty strides he was across the
room and inside the smaller apart
ment where be had left the girl. With
n little gasp of relief he realized tliot
fihe wns there still. She was palo. aud
a spot of color was blazing In fcer
chocks. Her hair nnd dress wore a
little disordered. With trembling An
ders she was fastening a little brooch
chance bo close at hand, I should rec
ommend you to induce Sir Georgo to
lc. you search the room to which thoso
"The library," Duncombo Interrupted
quickly. "Search it by all moans, If
.you like. 1 have done so myself al
ready." Spencer was facing the house.
"The library!" he remarked reflec
lie stoOped down to light a ciga
rette. Suddenly ho felt Dimcombe's
hot breath upon his cheek. In the mo
mentary glow of the match be caught
a silhouette of a pale, angry faco
whose eyes were Hashing upon him.
"This Isn't your affair, Spencer. Shut
Spencer blow out tbo match deliber
ately. They both followed Lord Rim
tciji to the library, relbani was stand
ii,?Hn the middle of the room. IIo had
the appearance of a man listening intently.
"(Jeorgo," lie ndod sharply, "what Is
on the north side of this room?"
"The wall!" Duncoinbo answered.
"And beyond V"
"A passage and the billiard room "
Spencer .seemed dlssatlslled.
"I fancied," lie muttered "but I sup
pose It must have boon fancy. Ho the
women servants use that passage?"
"Of course! Fpoii my word," Dun
combo added, with a nervous little
laugh, "you all seem to bo trying to
make my house Into a Maskeyno and
Cooke's home of mystery. Lot us go
Into the dining room and have a whis
ky and soda."
"Not for me, thanks," Lord Ronton
declared. "I must go back. The "real
object of my coming hero, Duneombe,
was to see If the Mr. Spencer who
called at Runton House today was
really Mr. Jarvls Spencer, and If so
to ask hlni whether lie would help
"To what extent, Lord Ruutou?"
Spencer asked quietly.
"To the extent of recovering or at
tempting to recover the papers which
wore stolen from the Itaron do Rot he,"
Lord Ronton said. "The baron was a
guest In my house, and I feel the oc
currence very much. He will not let
mo even mention the matter to the po
lice, but I feel sure that he could not
object to Mr. Spencer's taking the mat
ter In baud."
"I think you will llnd," Spencer said,
"that Do Rotho has already placed the
matter In the hands of his own peo
ple. The German secret service is
pretty active over here, you know. I
have come in contact with them once
"Nevertheless for my owu satisfac
tion," Lord Runton continued, "1 should
like the matter Inquired Into by you,
"I am not quite sure whether I am
free to help you or not," Spencer said
slowly. "May I come and see you to
"If you prefer It," Lord Runton said
doubtfully. "Come as early as pos
sible. Good night, Duneombe! 1
should like to know who your noc
turnal visitor was."
"If lie comes again," Duncombo said,
"I may be able to tell you."
IIo walked to his desk and, taking
out a revolver, slipped It Into his pock
et. Then he rang the boll for Lord
Runton's carriage. It seemed to Dun
coinbo that there was a shade of cool
ness In bis visitor's manner as be took
his leave. He drew Spencer a little on
"I want you to promise to come and
see me in any case tomorrow morn
ing," be said. "There Is something
which I should prefer saying to you
in my own bouse to saying here."
"Very well." lie said, "I will come. I
can promise that much nt least."
Lord Runton departed. I'elhnin went
off to bod. Spencer and bis host were
left alone In the library.
"ISllllnrds or a whisky and soda In
the smoke room?" the latter asked. "I
know Unit you are not a late bird."
"Neither, thanks. Just a word with
you hero," Spencer answered.
Duncombo paused on his way to the
door. Spencer was standing In a re
flective attitude, with ids hands be
hind his back, gently balauclng him
self upon his toes.
"I am very much disposed," be said,
"to accept Lord Runton's offer. Have
you any objection?"
"Of course 1 have," Duneombe an
swered. "You are working for me."
"Was working for you," Spencer cor
rected gently. "That is all over, isn't
"What do you mean?" Duneombe ex
claimed. Spencer stood squarely upon his feet,
lie looked a little tired.
"My engagement from you was to
find Miss 1'liyllls roynton," ho said
softly. "You and I are perfectly well
aware that the young lady In question
is well, a few yards behind that cur
tain," lie said, motioning with bis head
toward It. "My task Is accomplished,
and I consider myself a free man."
Duncombo was sllont for a moment.
IIo walked restlessly to the window
i and back again.
"How did you llnd out 1 1 ' was
bore?" u) asked.
Spencer looked a little disgusted.
"My dear follow," be said, "any one
with tbo brains, of a mouse must have
discovered that. Why, Lord Runton,
without any of the Intimations which
I have received, is a llttlo suspicious.
That is merely a matter of A, TJ, 0.
There were dltllcultlos, I admit, nnd I
am sorry to say that I have never solv
ed them. I caunot tell you at this mo-
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