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COPyPlOHF. 1915. & WPICHf A.fWTERSO'
Novelized From tho Motion I'lctura Drama of tho Hume Naniu. Produced by tho
Universal Film Manufacturing Company.
Kitty Gray, newspaper womnn, finds In
etirfo shop Imlf of n broken coin, tlio
mutilated Inscription on which arouses
her curiosity and lends hor, nt tlm order
of lirr innnuKltiK editor, to ko to the prln
rlpnllty of UretxholTen In iiIpco out thi)
story HUKRcnlFd by tho Inscription. Hlie Is
followed, und on arrival In tlrctzhoffcn
her ndventuren while chasing tho srerut
of tho broken coin begin.
"Mademoiselle glvo it to mo! Let
ub end all this."
Tlio volco of Count Frederick was
agitated. For onco lio had mot a sit
uatlon aufllclent to Bhako him from his
Kitty Gray mado no answer, m nho
shrank back, tho coin tightly clasped
In her hand. Sho cast on him a look
eo full of womanly anger as might
hate Bcorched him nn ongor now de
void of fear. Caged, trapped, left with
out rcflourco, helpless In tho hands of
her enomy, still sho seemed deadlier
than that enomy now.
"Will you not?" Tho man's volco
bad in It now something almost of
pleading. Count Frederick felt some
thing of shamo at his own part In this.
"No!" Bho answered at length, her
own volco low and oven, panting out
the wordB. "No, I will not. Como and
tako It from mo If you daro. You have
dono that onco, why not ngaln?"
He turned away with a sudden ges
ture, his faco red In chagrin over tho
Justice of hor taunt.
"You remembor that?" said ho.
"What remains? MuBt I bo yet more
rude with you? It Ib not that 1 like
the part, madomotsello; bo sure of
that. It was not myself but my man
who laid hands upon you that other
"He Is still your man. You yourself
tilt are willing to persecute a woman
and a stranger. You are no better
"Suppose I am not, then. Does It
look as though you would gain much
by defying me? Come, now. Tho coin
la nothing to you; It Is everything to
me. I awear It 1b more than I thought
It ever would be. It is life and death
for me, and more than that, mado
molsollo. Would you stand between
mo and an ambition such aa that? I
would ropay you a hundredfold In any
way you needed, If you would but lis
ten to reason. Hut porhaps a woman
does not know tho word for reason."
"No, I do not. I remember only one
word, and that Is hato for you! When
my chanco comes I Hhall still remem
ber that. In turn I will put you be
hind tho bars It ever tho opportunity
oomoH to mo. And you shall stay thero
alwayfl for nil of mo. I hnto you!"
Count Frederick smiled grimly.
"Thero Is comfort in that word, made
molBollo," said ho. "Hnther that than
loaden-oyed indifference, nt least. Hut
as for mo, I do not hato you, neither
am I indlfforent toward you. I only
at least, mademolsello, I try only to
think of tho coin and what It means
"If It belonged to you, monsieur, It
would havo gono to you long ago. If
you over owned it you would own it
A sudden chango camo over tho faco
of tho nobleman aa ho caught tho con
viction In theso words. They touched
for him somo consciousness long left
"What do you mean?" ho asked In
a low volco. "What Is it thnt you
mean when you say that?"
"When Frederick, Count of Grctz
hoffen, deserves this coin; when ho
cams it; when ho gains tltlo by vlrtuo
of right thoughtB and deeds, then por
haps it will como to him; surely not
boforo. This coin," sho held It now out
boforo her In her hand, "It will como
oventually to that placo whero it bo
longs. It Is seeking for that placo now.
Tho peoplo really own It. They ask
freedom and Justlco and liberty. Aud
now you ask mo why I cling to It;
why It clings to me. I supposo It is
becauBo something Impels mo, com
pels mo to do what I have dono."
Count Frederick turned to compose
himself to a situation of greater com
fort As he did so, and about to seat
himself upon tho lower stair, some
thing foil from tho pocket of his coat;
soraothlng which ho bad brought with
him from his room, in tho hopo that it
bad not been observed thero by this
woman. It fell now faco upward on
the 8talr between thorn, and ho saw
that Bho had Boon It. Ho accepted tho
fact, and at first did not attompt to
pick up the llttlo picture, for It was
tho llttlo plcturo which ho had brought
with him from his room.
"You saw, madomolsollo?" said "ho.
"I had hoped that you would not."
"Yes, I seo It now; I saw It thero
In your room," answered Kitty con
temptuously. "You ask why I venture
Into your apartments now and then.
Havo I not tho right? May I not claim
my own property? I am not familiar
with tho laws of Grctzhoffon. Indeed,
It seems to mo thero aro no laws in
this land. Not knowing how to re
plevin my property by process of law,
what shall I do wult and loao It, or
tako my own when I find It?"
Count Frederick Btnllcd at this.
"You claim tho ooln also by that
Iaw7" said ho. "Very well, I claim
my picture by that law. I'osBosslori 1
nlno points of tho law of any land.
Will you trndo this for that?"
"Thero Is no bargain concluded,"
suld ho. "Bo then I suppose wo will
wait hero until doomsday "
"Agreed, then, mademolsello. With
your permission, may 1 light a clg
aretto? Till doomsday! I would rather
spend my tlmo horo than any placo I
Meantlmo tho agencies of tho law
went In chargo of another situation
which but now had arisen In tho des
tiny of tho dynamic Grctzhoffon coin.
There had been murder dono but now
over this coin. Tho city was exerting
all its forco usually employed In tho
preservation of llfo and property.
Swiftly a cordon of troops and of the
local gendurmerlo had been summoned
Into action. Tho exits or tho town
wero guarded. Tho gendarmes tilled
tho streets nearby, somo guarding tho
crossings, others converging toward
tho point of greater lntorest, whonco
tho alarm had come tho Rltz hotel.
"What Is this, monsieur?" demanded
tho ofllcor, as ho approached tho desk,
his quick eyes glancing over every do-
tall about hi in. "Remain hero, all of
you. Let no ono attompt escape. What
Is this, then?"
"We do not know, captain," began
tho clerk, who acted as spokesman.
"This maid brings tho alarm; she de
clares a man haa been found killed In
ono of our apartmcntB."
"What room was it, monsieur?"
"That belonging to a young Ameri
can woman, a Miss Gray."
"Where la Bhe?"
"I do not know, captain. She was
here but now. We did not see her en
ter, but saw her leave. Sho and her
man come and go often somowhat
mysteriously, I must admit."
"When was sho here laBt?"
"Within tho hour, I waa about to
"And who was with her?"
"Hor man, whom I havo Just men
tioned They came In, apparently
from tho country; apparently from
travel. They camo In at tho rear en
trance, so it seems. Soon nftor her
arrival a gentleman Inquired for her."
"And whero Is that gentleman?"
Tho clerk looked about him. Count
Sachlo by HiIb tlmo had approached
tho door, nnd would havo been glad
enough to pass out. Detained by tho
porter for a time, ho now had met tho
gendarmes, who allowed no ono to
leave tho placo Tho captain ap
"Monsieur, you must Join us for a
time," nnd led him toward tho desk,
whero ho resumed his questioning of
tho hotel force.
"Is this tho gonllomnn?" ho Inquired
of tho clerk. Tho latter nodded.
"What did this gontleman say?"
"IIo asked mo whero was tho charm
ing young woman, tho Anierlcnn Ho
said ho had known her boforo."
"Has nnyono else inquired for tho
young American lately? Has anyone
elso been In her apartments?"
Tho clerk considered for nn Instant
"Ono other, monsieur lo capltalnc,
"Who w lion waa It?"
"A gentleman whoso namo I dislike
to speak In public."
"Speak; it Is tho law."
"Very well, then, It una Monsieur lo
Counlo Frederick of Grctzhoffcn."
"Tho Count Frederick, whon was ho
"Ah, that was boforo tho roturn of
tho young woman from an nbsenco of
Tho officer turned to his men.
"Thoso of you who romaln," ho said,
"will guard all theso whom we havo
questioned hero. Prevent all from
leaving tho hotel. I must go to find
tho Count Frederick himself and bring
him horo. Porhaps through him wo
may find something of tho where
abouts of tho young woman herself.
Onco wo find her wo havo found the
solution of this crlmo."
"Who was tho victim?" ho demand
ed of tho clerk.
"That wo cannot aoy. This maid
alono has seen."
Stone Walls Do Not a Prison Make.
Roleau, guardian of tho fortunes of
his mistress, had remained at that
portion of tho palaco which seemed
to him most useful as a coign of van-
tago In watching against Intrusion.
Ho had not been awaro of tho quiet
advance of Count Frederick when tho
latter had been summoned by tho elec
tric bell sot off by Kitty's presence In
his own apartments. Ho know noth
ing of tho dovlco by which tho count
I:a6 managed to tiap -'jo Intrudes-;
know nothing of tho causo of tho long
sllcnco on tho part of Kitty, whom he
had left alone In tho count's apart
monts. As for tho attendants of tho palaco
itself, no alarm camo from them. In
truth, they nil woro In tho front part
of tho building, grouped near tho great
windows or tho street door, whither
they had been called by certain alarms.
They had Been hurrying troops, had
heard tho challenge of tho officers of
tho law. That challcngo camo closer
to them. A llttlo group of men march
ing hurriedly, men In uniform, now
ascended tho great stairs. A loud rap
ping camo at tho doors of Count Fred
crick's palnco. "Open, In tho namo of
tho king!" camo tho summons.
The servants, terrified, lacking the
command of their master, not know
ing whero that master was, know no
nltemntlvo but to obey. Tho door was
opened Tho captain of gendarmes
and his squad entered.
"Tho master of this placo," ho de
manded of tho men who mot him.
"Whero Is ho? Is ho at homo?"
"We do not know," stammered the
major domo, tho first to speak.
Holeau caught somo sonso of what
was coming on, saw tho men approach
ing, nnd darted back to warn his mlfl
tross, whoso long delay ho could not
understand. Ho hurried swiftly, on
tip-too, along tho halls ho know so
well, and naturally met no opposi
tion. Ho reached tho door of the room
whero ho had left Kitty, glanced with
in, and found the room empty. Ho
turned this way and that, not knowing
what to do, and fearing to turn back
toward tho main stairway, passed
dcepor to tho rear.
All at onco he heard the voice of
Kitty, loud and clear: "Roleau! Hol
eau! A mol! Vlto! Vile!"
He hastened on down tho hall,
knowing that his mistress waa once
moro in somo desperate plight, and so
found himself at length faco to fnco
at tho foot of tho staircase with tho
Count Frederick, who turned to meet
"Kh blon. Roleau?" amllcd tho lat
ter. "What, again?" You aro most
faithful, shall I say most industrious,
in tho sarvlco of this lady? I would
you had been bo devoted In my own."
"Ab you ploaso, master," replied
Roleau, with aplomb. "Hut where la
"Sho 8ceniB safo," said Count Fred
erick coolly, and waved a hand.
Roleau came front to front against
tho iron grille doors which barred
egress for the Inmate of the little
prison. He shook at the bars In
frenzy aa be saw her. She approached
him, her eyes wide with Joy at bis
"So then, thla waa why!" cried Ro
leau. "Open thla gate, I Bay." In hia
passion he forgot hia own position
and turned on hia master, ordering
him aa though Count Frederick him
self were tho servant In thla place.
"Roleau, you will yet exhaust my
patience. This la my homo. I have
had almost enough of your running
back and forth in it as you liko. Thla
Is tho last tlmo. Out of here, you fol
low." "Is It so?" grinned Roleau savagely,
his own mind upon tho main situation
of menace to his mistress. "Thero
Kitty Is Surprised In Frederick'
Apartment by the King's Sweetheart
and Then by Frederick.
aro things which oven matters Quick
ly, muster. Out as for this, I won't
argue now. It la your own Bafoty de
mands it. Listen, tho men are com
ing tho officers don't you hear
"Who aro coming?"
"Tho gendarmes. Thero is a charge
of murdor. They aro after you, they
are coming to search this house. If
thoy find you with her, trapped,
what will they do? Open, master,
quickly, I beg of you. It la for the
sako of her and yourself."
" I do not run," said Count Freder
ick, slowly. "If thero Is such a chargo
aa this, certainly we shall meet It,
for it is our purposo as well as theirs
to find who nra guilty.
"Como now," ho turned to Kitty bb
ho drew tho key of tho lock from his
pockot, "you havo onco moro, by vlr
tuo of this exigency, mademolsello,
conquered mo! I must Bet you frco
for a tlmo. Fata seems to fight with
you. Lnter wo will resume our argu
ment, but now I think what Roloau
says lias Justlco In It Wo must not
bo found hero thus."
Ho Hung open tho iron grille. Kitty
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Frederick, Roleau and
sprang down the steps, clung to the
arm of Roleau. A flush camo to Count
Frederick's faco aB ho saw how sho
avoided himself. There was, how
ever, no time for further speech. Tho
sound of rapid footfalls camo down
tho hall. Tho captain of gendarmes
and his men wero at tho door.
"Messieurs, welcome!" said Count
Frederick. "Hut why aro you here?"
"Monslour le comto, wc ask pardon
for the Intrusion, but wo must ask you
to Join us," replied tho officer. Ho
was impressed by tho calm dignity of
Count Frederick, aB had been moro
than ono man before his time.
"For what reason do you dcslro our
company, monsieur captain? Is thero
any charge against ub?"
"Thero is a charge of great severity
to be laid against someone, monBleur
le comte. Wo ask your aid to deter
mine who that one may be. This
young woman, who is Bhe?"
"I am Miss Kitty Gray of America,"
answered the object of hia suspicion.
"This la my Bervant, Roleau. Who are
"We are of the Imperial police,
mademoiselle. A murder baa been
done In your room at the Rltz hotel.
Naturally aomeone 1b under suspicion.
Lot mo caution both you and Count
Frederick not to speak. What you
aay may be used aa evidence."
Count Frederick turned suddenly
toward Kitty, a warning In his eyes.
Sho stood, therefore, silent, looking at
"Mademoiselle Is In no case respon
sible for nny of this," said ho to tho
officer. "Wo will all go with you and
conclude this matter aB quickly as
possible. Wo must bo rolcascd at
onco from detention."
Tho officer turned, beckoning to
them to follow him.
Tho llttlo group passed along tho
walk to the open curb of the street.
It was Roleau who hesitated here, ad
dressing tho captain of gendarmes.
"Monsieur captain," said ho, "I seo
that you guard all tho escapes possi
ble to any guilty man. You will
thercforo allow mo to step to tho cor
ner to summon a carriago for theso
The captain of gendarmes hesitated
for a half-Instant, frowned, und then
"Nnturally, you only do your duty,
monsieur captain," suggested Roleau,
"but excellencies llko these must not
walk. Excuse me, then?"
Those who lingered for nn Instant
saw Roleau walk leisurely toward tho
corner, ralso his hand bb though In a
signal, nnd then brenk Into a run.
"Walt," exclaimed Count Frederick,
as ho saw tho plan or tho quick-witted
servant. "If you leavo us wo also
might run away. Wo will pick him
up, no doubt. Do you tarry hero with
In fnct tho captain of gendarmes,
seeing his own party reduced by di
visions to no moro than a couplo of
men besldo himself, hesitated, and
turned to Bocuro tho safety of his
moro Important captives. Whllo they
paused thoy heard tho quick wheels
of a taxlcab which drew up uororo
them. After all, It was an open ques
tion what had been Roleau'a intent,
for certainly ho had ordered this vehi
cle to como hither. Making the best
of the matter, tho captain of gend
armes motioned for his prisoners to
enter tho car
Kitty turned to the silent man who
sat at her side. Count Frederick laid
a finger to his lips, counseling silence,
and gazed straight on ahead.
Thus, Bllent and aloof, thoy arrived
as prisoners at tho grand entrance of
the Hotol Rltr.
Kitty found herself face to face with
a largo man in full uniform, a man
with a heavy beard nnd merciless eye,
who now addrossed hlmsolf to his
"As to this man," ho domanded,
"why havo you taken Count Freder
ick of GrotzhofTon?"
"Merely ns ultimate suspicion,"
stammered tho captain. "Wo found
him in company with this young wom
an, in whoso room tho crlmo was com
mitted. This other" ho pointed to
Count Sachlo, "also scorns to have
known this young woman."
Kitty, Arretted for Murder.
"Who aro you, then?" demanded the
prefect of Count Sachlo.
"1 am Count Sachlo of Grahaffen,"
replied tho latter, none too happy at
tho situation in which ho found him
seir. "Might I suggest to monsieur le
prefect that wo hasten," Interrupted
Count Frederick gently enough
Tho prefect had seen many women,
not all of thorn innocent. Ho smiled
grimly enough now as he noticed tho
beauty of tho young girl, who stood
palo aud not wholly collected in ull
this turmoil. Tho girl now turned to
him, and for tho first tlmo spoko.
"Monsieur lo preset," snld she, "you
cannot muko guilt out or Innocence.
I can prove to you by this clerk and
all theso others that I wbb absent
from tho hotel for several days. When
I came back it was but for a short
time. I was absent when this crime
waB discovered. How can you con
nect mo with It? Rather connect with
it those who havo had access to my
room during my absence."
The official turned toward her
thoughfully, then to tho captain of
gendarmes. "Have you searched all
these persons?" he Inquired. The lat
ter shook his head.
"So you do not know what evidence
has been destroyed. Come, then, per-
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lorn. m uuiy "".- ",",,; I
find upon the persons of these Individ
uals. Tho woman first
Without hesitation Kitty presented
her handbag, drew out from it her llt
tlo portemonnalo, even turned Inside
out tho pocket or her frock. Count
Frederick watched her closely as she
did so. Ho saw that none of tho offi
cers discovered tho pleco of coin. He
suspected, although ho did not know,
that Kitty had palmed It under hor
thumb as sho spread out her hands
asking them to certify themselves.
Tho gendarmes, their captain, tho
prefect of police, turned away non
plussed. Tho prefect hesitated as he
faced tho calm dignity of tho noble
man. "Your excellency," said ho at length
"I dislike to ask of you the right of
search. 1 comply only with formal
Ulea. If your excellency "
"Certainly," said Count Frederick
and threw open his coat.
Tho prefect of police turned to hh
men. "Wo havo not yet found all o
thoso parties who may bo concerner
with this crime. Wo have not ye
held our questions on the scene of thi
They turned, all of them, now, am
approached thu stairway which led t'
tho floor upon which wero locate"
Kitty's apartments. Their number
quite filled the hull as they advanced
preceded and followed by gendarme
Hut Fuddenly, ns they approached th
spot they Bought, tho captain of gene
amies touched tho arm of his superlo
nnd pointed ahead.
"That Is tho man who escaped,
exclaimed ho. "Roleau, hero ho h
and coming from tho room Itself l Bu
who Is that with him?"
The Body of the Crime.
It had been easy for Roleau, onco
ho was frco of the Immediate presence
of the officers, to spring Into tho near
est alleyway and quickly pass from
sight. While the officer, in chargo of
his moro distinguished prisoners, was
passing In tho car toward tho front en
trance of tho Hotol Rltz, Roleau him
Belt waB speeding thither almost as
quickly through devious passageways
which led to tho rear of tho hotol. I
Attaining entrance at tho rear, he
sped up the back stairs, and found
himself once more at tho apartments
of Kitty Gray.
What ho saw caused oven his stout
nerves to quail for tho time. On tho
floor beforo him, with faco half turned
and arms outilung, lay tho victim of
tho last ndventuro connected vlth the
mysterious GrotzhofTon coin
Holeau did not know this man at
first, hut ho seemed not of Gretzhor
Ten. Rather his garb betokened him
to como from tho kindred kingdom of
Carefully, yet using that speed
which ho knew was Imperative, Ro-
leau oent over, malting such search
as ho could of tho silent ovidenco of
tho crime. It seemed to him almost
certain that ho had seen this man
Bomowhero, but ho could not bo nure.
Ho stooped, hesitated, and then swift
ly sprang asldo and sought conceal
ment behind tho hangings of tho room.
Ho was sure that he had hoard somo
ono move in the rear room of the
Ho had no moro than concealed him
self before ho had full ovidenco of
tho Justlco of his suspicion. Ho heard
a rustling behind tho curtained door,
heard tho slight shuffling of a step,
and saw cmergo from tho concealing
curtains a faco which ho know well
enough; ho could not mlstako that
cunning, ratltko chin, the shifting
oyos, tho almost silent footfall which
curried him forward. Yes, Roleau
know him, knew him well enough. Ho
had met him not so long before in
combat at tho lodgo of Count Sachlo,
hud saved tho lifo of her excellency
from this very man. Ho had fought
him again In his own den In tho slums
of Uretzhoffcn hero. Yes, It was Ulako,
tho renegade king of the apaches
Ho stooped over tho body and knelt
by Its side, thrust a hand into the
pockots of the coat, and at length
drow out u folded paper, which ho hur
riedly crowded Into his own pocket.
Then ho was about to ariso, but at
that instant ho felt tho tigerlike
weight of tho giant Roleau upon hia
own back. A hand caught his arm
back of his, crowded it up toward tho
back of his neck, strained It into n
position or excruciating pain. An arm
camo around his neck, choking him.
Ho waB helpless.
"Got up," said Roleau, at length,
grimly. "I know you. So, you did
thla? Como along with mo."
Now it was this strange apparition,
of Roleau marching Ills prisoner bo
foro him, which gavo pause to tho
procession of tho law as it advanced
toward tho scene of tho crlmo The
prefect of tho city, his officers, Count
Frederick, Count Sachlo, Kitty Gray.
all these others, paused now.
"What is that?" domanded tho pre
fect Imperatively. "Who are you, and
what do you do with this man?"
"IIo Is tho guilty man, excellency,"
said Roleau stoutly. "I took him but
just now in our apartments. Ho was
bending over tho dead man there
when 1 saw him. I sprang upon him
nnd took him, as you Bee. I know this
man well enough. He Is a robber and
a chlof of robbers; ho Is tho loader of
tho apaches of thla city."
"What you say may be true," said
the prefect, aa he cast a swift glance
at tho prisoner; "but we can Jump at
no conclusions. Retain him, retain
"Do you know thla man?" he de
manded of tho clerk.
But the latter shook his head. "I
never saw him," Bald he. "Out all
these things rouse additional suspi
cion of this young woman. Sho la too
mysterious; she haa too many Btrange
fr(on(g , teU you monsour ,0 pre.
I feet, sho is tho one who knows all
1 about this! Sho knows tho victim,
whoever ho may havo boon. Depend
The prefect, had ho mado llko ques
tlon of Count Frederick or of Kitty
herself, might havo heard that thoy
both had seen beforo now this latost
addition to the list of captives. Hut
that oillclal, for the tlmo, wan engaged
In larger matters
"Thero Is truth In what you say,"
in assented to tho last remark of the
Count Frederick Detains Kitty While
Roleau Demands Her Release.
Icrk. "Now all tho avenues are
loscd and all tho suspects are as-
nniblcd, I tako it. We will boo what
he room Itself holds. Wo will enter."
"No, no," cried Kitty, In Budden tor-
ror at the thought of what Bho feared
io seo. "I cannot. I know nothing of
this; I don't know who tho man waB.
I don't know who did this."
"What, mademoiselle! Yon fear to
ico what thero may be to witness?"
-.aid tho prefect. "As to you, monsieur
lo comto "
"Tho law will tnke Its course," said
Count Fredorlck coldly. "You have,
beforo now Been fit to doubt mo. Take
matters Into your own hands, mon
sieur lo prefect, nnd let tho law go
Tho prefect himself flung open thu
door and entered tho mysterious room.
Tho room, so far as any victim ol
a crlmo was concerned, wan entirely
empty. Everything was lu order ns
beforo, There was no dead man thecJ),
(TO BI3 CONTINUED.) "
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