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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 6, 1907)
By E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM,
Author of "The Master Mummer," "A Prince of Sinners" "Myiterlous Mr.
nd Ends I
Sabln." "Anna the Adventuress." Etc.
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"With no one," the vleomte repeated
Impressively. '-Not oven, mademoiselle,
if 1 may venture to nuMitloii a tiiimo,
with your very persist, nt admirer, Sir
(Jooigo Dunioinho, whom I s.iw hero a
few moments since."
She sighed, ami the vioointe's face
became one of pale anxiety.
"I have not been permitted to see
lilm," she answered. "He was hero a
few minuted ago."
"It Is wiser ko. mademoiselle," the
vleomte said. "I wonder." he added,
"whether mademoiselle will pardon the
Impertinence of n purely personal ques
"1 will try." she answered demurely.
"This Englishman, Sir (ieorgo Dun
combo are you perhaps how you say,
lietrothed to him V"
A certain bluntness In the question
and thu real or affected anxiety of the
young man's tone brought the color
streaming Into her cheeks.
"Monsieur," she exclaimed, "you real
ly must not"
"Ah, but, mademoiselle," ho Inter
rupted, "so much depends upon your
"Absurd!" she murmured. "I really
lo not see why I should answer such
11 question at all."
"Yon will be merciful," ho bossed,
lowering his tone.
"I will," she answered. "I hope you
will appreciate my confidence. I am
not engaged to Sir C!eorge Duncotnbe."
Ilis sigh of relief was marvelous.
She found It harder than ever to keep
the laughter from her eyes.
"Mademoiselle." ho declared,
makes mo happy to have you
"Hcally. vleomte!" she protested
"The situation, too," he said,
comes less coihplex. We can very eas
ily deal with him now. Ho shall annoy
you no more!"
"Hut he doesn't annoy mo," she an
swered calmly. "On the contrary. I
should like to see him very much If I
"Mademoiselle will understand well
the Indiscretion," ho said earnestly.
She sighed a little wearily.
"I am afraid." she said, "that I find !
It a little hard to understand anything
clearly, but you see that I trust you
1 will not see him."
"Mademoiselle Is very wise," he an
swered. "Indeed, It Is better not.
There remains now a question which I
have come to ask."
"Mademoiselle did not by chauco
while waiting for her brother think of
examining his luggage?"
"I did look through It," she admitted.
"There was a paper there, which Is
missing now a sheet of patter with
writing on It in German. It Is not
-possible that mademoiselle took pos
session of it?" ho demanded eagerly.
"That Is just what I did do," she
said. "I could read a few words, and
.1 could not understand how It came to
be In his bag. It scorned to be part of
nn olllclal agreement between two
"You have It now?" ho cried eagerly.
"You have it In your possession?"
She shook her head.
"1 gave It to some one to take care
of," she said, "when I was over In
England. I got frightened when we
were nearly caught at Ituntou, and I
lld not want It to be found upon me."
"To whom?" he cried.
"To Sir George Dunconibc!"
The vleomte was silent for 11 moment.
"You believe," lie asked, "that Sir
George Dunconibc would guard It care
fully?" "I am sure ho would," she answered.
"Mademoiselle," he Bald, "this Is very
important. Your brother's luggage has
been searched, and wo came to the con
clusion that the paper had been taken
by those who had followed him hero
nuil may possibly ho aware that ho
bus It. If wo can get possession of It
it will be very much to the advantage
of your country and mine. I scarcely
dare say more. Will you glvu mo a
letter to Sir George Instructing him to
deliver it up to mo?"
She loaned a little forward and look
ed steadily Into his eyes.
"M. lo Vloomto," she said. "I do not
know you very well, and It la very
hard Indeed for mo to tell who are my
friends here. Can I trust you?"
"Mademoiselle," he answered, "I will
not say 'like your brother,' for It Is a
relationship I have no wish to bear.
Let mo say llko the person to whom
your welfare Is dearer even than his
I'liyllls felt her lips curve Into a
smile. Despite Ids, youth and inanncr,
which seemed to her a little affected,
'hero was nevertheless undoubted ear
nestness In the admiration which he
took no pains to conceal.
"Very well, M. lo Vleomte." she said.
"I will give you the letter."
State It." Duneonibe
mo hear what Is lu
CI I APT Kit XXX.
JTIIKY came face to face In the
hall of the Grand hotel. Dun-,
combo had Just returned from
his call upon the marquise.
Andrew was leaning upon the arm of
a dark, smooth shaven man and had
apparently Just descended from the
lift. At the sound of Duncombe's lit
tle exclamation they both stopped
short. Andrew turned his heavily
spectacled eyes In Duiicoinbo's direc
tion, but It was obvious that ho saw
"You here, Andrew!"
"Yes! Why not?"
The tone was curt, almost discour
teous. Dunconibo understood at once.
"Let us sit down somewhere and
talk for a few minutes," he said. "I
did not expect you. You should have
lot me know that you were coming."
Andrew laughed a little bitterly.
"I scarcely see why," In said. "To
tell you the truth, I see no advantage
to either of us In any Intercourse."
Duncombo took him by the nrm and
led him toward the smoking room.
"Andrew," he said, "perhaps I Imvo
behaved badly at least from your
point of view, but remember that I
warneO you. Let us sit down here.
Who Is your friend?"
"Never mind," Andrew answered.
"You can say what you have to before
him. He Is In my confidence."
Duncombo glanced around. The man
had taken the chair next to them and
was evidently prepared to listen to all
Unit was said. His clothes and bear
ing and quiet, unobtrusive manners all
seemed to suggest truthfully enough
his possible identity an Kugllsh de
tective from an advertised olllee. Dun
eonibe smiled as he realized the almost
pitiful Inadequacy of such methods.
"Come, Andrew," he said, turning to
his friend, "you have a small griev
ance against mo, and you think you
have a groat one."
"A small grievance," Andrew mur
mured softly. "Thank you, Duneonibe."
"Go on, then,
Andrew raised his brows slowly.
Twice he seemed to speak, but at the
last moment remained silent, lie was
obviously struggling to control himself.
"There Is this In my mind against
you, Duncombo," he said finally: "I
sent for you as n friend. You accept
ed a charge from mo as my friend, and
you betrayed me."
Duncombo shook his head.
"Listen, Andrew," ho said. "I want
to remind you again of what I said
just now. I warned you. No, don't in
terrupt. It may have sounded like non
sense to you- I meant every word I
said. I honestly tried to make you un
derstand. I came here. T risked many
things. I failed. I returned to Eng
land. LTp till then you had nothing to
complain of. Then, heaven knows
why, but the very girl whom I had
gone to Paris to seek came to Uuiitou
In the guise at least of an adven
turess." Andrew lifted Ills head quickly.
"You admit It at hist, then?" ho
"Yes, I admit It now," Duncombo
"You lied to me there to mo who
had no eyes, who trusted you. What
was that but betrayal, rank, Inexcus
able betray ill?"
I "Listen, Andrew," Dunconibc said.
"She told me that she was not Phyllis
1 Poynton. It was enough for mo. I
disregarded my convictions. Her word
was my law. She said that she was
not Phyllis Poynton, and to me she
never was Phyllis Poynton. She was
afrnld of you, and I helped her to
avoid you. I admit It. It Is the extent
of my falling In our friendship, and
you were warned."
' "I am hero now," Duncombo said, a
I little sadly, "because I lovo her and
1 because I cannot keep away, lint she
will not see me, and I am no nearer
solving the mystery than over. On tho
contrary, I know that I am In danger
here. It Is possible that I may bo
driven to leave Paris tonight."
"You know where she Is now?"
Androw leaned suddenly over, and
i Ills grip was on Duncombe's shoulder
llko a vise.
(Continued ou Fato Six.)
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