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By E. FH1LLIPS OPPENIICIM,
Author "TVir .Vwirr Mummtr." "A
Prince of Sliuim." "Munltrlnui
Air. Sahtn," "Anna the
Copyright, 1905, 1906. by Little, tirown,
(Continued from Piiko Tliroo.)
"Then, by nod, you pIiiiII tell mo!" lio
wild lloroely. "Don't you know, iiinii,
that (Jtiy Iiiih been found in the Seine,
robbed mid drugged uud murdered
-without a doubt? I you want nio to
wait while something f the same sort
happens to Iier? You Hlml! tell mo
where she Is, Duncombc. I say that
you Htiult toll mo."
"Vou can do no inoro than I have
done," he said.
"Then at least I will do as much,"
Andrew answered. "I am her oldest
friend, and I have claims upon her
-which you never could have. Now that
film Ib in this terrible trouble my nlaco
Is by her sldo. I"
"One moment, Andrew," Duncombo
Interrupted. "Are you sure that It was
Guy Poynton who was found in tho
Seine? The height was given as live
feet nine, and Guy Poyntou was over
''You should read tho papers," An
drew answered shortly. "He was Irion
tilled by his sister."
"Tho papers said so," Duncombo an
swered hesitatingly, "but"
"Look here," Am' few Interrupted, "I
liavo had enough of this playing with
facts. You have grown too complex
about this business altogether, Dun
'ombc. Give mo Phyllis Poynton's ad
dress." "You shall have It," Duncombo an
Hwereri, taking a leaf from his pocket
book and writing. ''I don't think that
It will bo any good to you. I think
lh.it It'ls more likely to lead you Into
trouble. Miss Poynton is with the
Marquis and Marquise do St. Kthol.
Th.v are of tho ilrst nobility In Franco.
Their position as people of honor and
circumstance appears undoubted. Hut
nevertheless If you are allowed to seo
her I shall bo surprised."
Tho hall porter approached them, hat
"A lady to seL monsieur," ho an
iiouncod to Andrew.
Andrew rose and to k h's o.npan
Ion's arm. He se.tmly gluiceri a;aln
toward Duncombc. who I'jllowed Co
out of tho roiMii. And thoiv In the ha'l
nwaltlng them was the juuui: lady
from Vienna, quietly ri:os.,od in black,
but uiimiMakablo with her pretty hair
nml perfumes. Diiiu-Miulh watched
them shake hands and moe away be
fore he could recover sutllclently from
his llrst lit of surprise to Intervene.
Then a realization of what had hap
pened rushed In upon him. They, too,
then, had boon to the Cafe Mont
mart re, with their obvious Anglicisms,
their clumsy Inquiries, to make of
themselves without doubt the Jest of
that little uoflt of Intriguers uiiri after
ward their tool. Duncombo thought of
tho frult.N of his own Inquiries there
and shivered. Ho hurried at tor tho
little party, who were apparently on
their way lo the enfo.
"Andrew," he said, grasping him by
the arm, "I must speak with you alone
"I see no object In any further ills
fusion between us," Andrew said
"Don't be a foal!" Duncombo answer
ed. "That woman you are with Is a
spy. If you have anything to do with
her you are Injuring Phyllis Poynton.'
Mie is not here to give you informa
tion. She is at work former, own
"You are becoming more communi
cative, my friend." Andrew said,
with something which was almost a
sneer. "You did not talk so freely a
few minutes back. It seems as though
wo wore on the eve of a discovery."
"You aro on the brink of making an
Idiot of yourself," Duncombo answered
quickly. "You were mad to bring that
blundering Kngllsh detective over hero.
What the French police cannot or do
not choose to discover, do you suppose
that they would allow an Englishman
to, Hud out-a stranger to Paris and
with an accent like that? If I cannot
keep you from folly by any other
means, I must break my word to
others. Come back Into tho smoking
room with mo, and I will toll you why
you ore mad to have anything to do
with that woman."
"Thank you," Andrew answered. "I
think not. I have conlldenco In Mr.
Lloyd, my friend here, and I havo
none In you."
"I speak as I fool!"
"Loavo mo out of tho question. It
Is Phyllis Poynton you will harm. I
see that your friend Is listening and
madomolsollo Is Impatient. Make your
excuses for ten minutes, Andrew.
You will never regret It."
The detective, who had evidently
overboard everything, stepped back to
"You will excuse my Interfering,
sir." he said, "but If this case Is to
; remain In my hand nt all It Is neces-
1 sary for mo to hear all that Sir George
Duncombo has to say. Tho young lady
1 will wait for u moment. This case Is
dlllli'iilt enough as It Is, what with tho
Jealousy of the French police, who
naturally don't want us to Oiul out
what they can't. If Sir George Dun
combo has any Information to glvo
now." the man added with emphasis,
' "which he withheld u few minutes
ago, I think that I ought to hear It
I from his own lips."
i "I agree entirely with what Mr.
Lloyd has said," Andrew declared.
Duncombc shrugged his shoulders.
He looked around hint cautiously, but
they were in a corner of tho entresol,
and no one was within hearing dis
tance. "Very well," he said. "To save you
from danger and Miss Poyntou from
further trouble I am going to break a
confidence which has been reposed In
me, anil to give you tho benellt of my
own surmises. In the first place, Mr.
Lloyd Is mistaken in supposing that
the French police have been In tho
least puzzled by this double disappear
ance. On the contrary, they are per
fectly well awaro of all the facts of
the case and could havo produced Miss
Poyntou or her brother at any mo
ment. They aro working not for us,
but against us!"
"Indeed!" Mr. Lloyd said In n tone of
disbelief. "And their object?"
"Hero Is as much of the truth as I
! dare tell you," Duncombo said. "Guy
Poynton while on tho continent bo-
"Amlicw," lie mic, iirtisplnij hha by thf.
arm, " must upcnl: Willi yim ulonc."
came the chance possessor of an Im
portant state secret. He was followed
to Franco by spies from that country
wo will call It Germany mid tho
young lady who awaits you so lmpii
'tlently Is, If not one of them, at least
one of their friends. At the Cafe
Montmartro he gave his secret nway
to people who are In some measure
allied with the secret service police of
France. He was kidnaped by them
and Induced to remain hidden by n
trick. Meanwhile diplomacy makes
use of his Information, and foreign
spies look for him in vain. Ills sister,
when she came to search for him, was
simply an Inconvenience which those,
people had not contemplated. She was
worked upon by fears concerning her
brother's safety to go Into hiding. Both
have been well cared for, and the re
port of Guy's death Is, I firmly believe,
nothing but an attempt to lull the anx
.Icties of tho spies who are searching
for him. This young woman hero may
be able to toll you Into whose bonds
he has fallen, but you may take my
word for It that she Is greater In need'
of information than you are and that
she Is an exceedingly dangerous per
son for you to discuss tho Poyntons
with. These aro the crude facts. I
have only known them a few hours
myself, and there Is a good denl which
I cannot explain. But tills I honestly
and tlrinly believe. Neither you nor
I nor Mr. Lloyd here can do tho slight
est good by Interfering In this mutter.
For myself, I am leaving for England
Duncombo, like most honest men, ex
pected to be believed. If ho had enter
tained the slightest doubt about It, he
would not havo dared to open his
mouth. The silence that followed ho
could understand. No doubt they were
as amazed as he had been. But It was
a different thing when he saw the ex
pression on Andrew's faco as ho turned
to his companion.
"What do you think of this, Lloyd?"
"I am afraid, sir," tho man answered,
"that some of tho clever ones havo
been Imposing upon Sir George. It
generally turns out so when amateurs
tackle a Job like this."
Duiicombe looked at him In astonish
ment. "Do you mean to say that vou don't
believe me';" ho exclaimed.
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"I wouldn't put It like that, sir," the
man answered, with a deprecating
smile. "I think you have boci misled
by those win did not wish you to dis
cover the truth."
Duiicombe turned sharply on his heel.
"And you, Andrew?"
"I wish to do you Justice," Andrew
answered coldly, "and I am willing to
believe that you have faith yourself in
the extraordinary story you have Just
told us. Hut, frankly, I think that you
havo been too credulous."
Duncombo lost his temper. He turn
ed on ills heel and walked back Into
"You can go to the devil your own
way," ho declared.
PKXf'KU tried to rlv from his
sofa, but the effort was too
much for him. Pale ami thin,
with black lines under his eves
and bloodless lips, he seemed scarcely
more than the wreck of his former self.
Ills visitor laid his stick and hat upon
the table. Then he bowed once more
to Silencer and stood looking at him,
leaning slightly against the table.
"I am permitted." he asked gently,
"to Introduce myself?"
"Quito unnecessary," Spencer an
swered. The baron shrugged his shoulders.
"You know mo?" he asked.
The shadow of a smile flitted across
"By many names, M. Louis," lie an
swered. Ills visitor smiled. Debonair In
dross and deportment, there seemed
nothing In the air of gentle concern
with which he regarricd the man
whom ho had como to visit to Insplro
mistrust. Yet Spencer cursed tho lan
guor which had kept him from recover
ing the revolver which an hour or
more before hud slipped from under
neath his cushion.
"It saves trouble," M. Louis salri.
"I como to you, M. Spencer, as a
"You alarm me," Spencer murmured.
M. Louis shrugged his shoulders.
"You aro pleased to bo witty," ho
nnsworeri, "but, Indeed, I am no such
terrible person. It Is permitted that
"Certainly," Spencer answered. "If
you care for wine or liqueurs, pray
ring for my servant. I can assure you
that It Is not by my own will that you
find me so Indifferent a host."
"I thank you," M. Louis answer
ed. "I think that we will not ring
the bell. It would bo a pity to dis
turb an Interview to which I havo
looked forward with so much pleas
ure." "I.'affalro Poynton?" Spencer sug
"You have perhaps come to complete
the little affair In which so far you
have succeeded so admirably?"
"Pray do not suggest such a thing,"
M. Louis answered deprecatlngly.
"For one thing, I should not per
sonally run the risk. And for another,
have I not already assured you that I
come as a friend?"
"It was then," Spencer answered,
"that I began to bo frightened."
M. Louis smiled. He drew n gold
cigarette case from his pocket and
calmly lit a cigarette.
"Since you permit, mon ami." he
said. "Good! I speak better when I
smoke. You are not so ill, I see, but
that you retain that charming sense
of humor which your rentiers have
learned so well how to appreciate."
"Tho dose was scarcely strong
enough," Spence'r answered, "or per
haps by good fortune I stumbled upon
the proper antidote."
"I see that you like plain speaking,"
M. Louis continued, with a gentle smile.
"Permit me to assure you, then, that
the dose was quite as strong as wo
wished. Extremes aro sometimes nec
essary, but wo avoid them whenever
"I wonder where It happened," Spoil-
cer said reflectively. "I have been on
my guard all the time. I havo watch
ed my wine and coffee at tho cafes,
and I havo eaten only In tho restau
rants that I know."
M. Louis did not seem to think tho
"It was bound to happen," ho salri.
"If you had been like your friends
the English baronet and the last two,
who are even more nmuslug perhaps
It would not have been necessary. But
you understand you were beginning
to discover things."
"Yen," Spencer admitted, "I was be
ginning to get Interested."
"Exactly. Wo were forced to act. I
can assure you, M. Spencer, that It
was with reluctance. Tho others of
whom I have spoken Sir George Dun-!
combe, M. Polham and his Uv detective
forgive aio that I smile walk all tho
time In tho palm of our baud. But
they remain unharmed. If by any
chauco they should blunder Into tho
knowledge of things which might causo
us annoyance, why, then there would
be more Inva'ltls In Paris. Indeed,
monsieur, wo do not seek to abuse our
power. My errand to you today is
one of mercy."
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