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RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA, CHIEF
Tine Mystery of
H Illustrated by IRWIN MYERS
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CHAPTER XIII Continued.
Ho wnK turning out (lie lights, hut
ho wna reversing Hie roiiHonultlo pro
ws. U went down the hull to tlio
light nt the oUilrwiiy lending to his,
room ami turned It out. Then ho
cmr buck, tmHt the reces In which I
Ktood, turning out lights iih lie went,
nud the last light he extinguished wnn
the our- nt the foot, of Mr. Slilncy'n
Now the tmll woh In complete dnrlc
ncss and wuh quiet. Jed. like myself,
I guessed, was In lildltiR but for whut
Then I heard the faintest stirring
neur by. It ctinio nenrcr. I tried to
keep from breathing audibly. I could
bear unotliur person's breathing. It
was Jed, beyond doubt, lie came Into
the recess where I stood. It was
only five or hIx feet deep but fully
twenty feet long. lie was nt one end.
its nearly ns I could Judge. I was nt
The sltuntlon, n product of supercau
tlon.'luid grown ridiculous and nlso n
bit ghastly. Here were Jed and I.
Btandlng In utter darkness In n smnll
recess In the hall, he not knowing of
my presence, I not knowing his pur
pose. I decided to make my escape. I had.
ns usual, my electric Hash In my
pocket. If be heard mo and challenged
me. 'I could throw the light on him.
chnllnnge him, nnd say thnt I was
on my way to the telephone to con
suit Doctor tlrowncll, nnd make him
explain. His position wns the awk
ward one. I bnd an Idea thnt even
If he beard me be would not challenge.
I made my escape without noise
or If I mndc any Jed did not Inquire;
nnd I found the ofllce door In the dnrk.
I Intended merely to use the flash. And
the telephone nnd do my errand In
the dnrk. Hut I had just flushed the
light once about the room when I
henrd a person nt the door. This wns
not n stealthy person; the hnnd that
touched the doorknob was resolute. By
thlB.tlmcnothlng rntlonnl seemed ren
Bonablc. The house of mystery hnd
so nssertcd Itself that one, hear
Ing a noise, hid. Before me. rcvenled
In tho single flash of light, was a
tnjl clock and I was flattened against
the wnll the farther side of thnt great
clock before the person nt the door
wns In the room.
The person cnrrled n candle nnd It
wns Mr. Sidney. He wns completely
dressed and wore nn ovcrcont and n
enp which enme down over his ears.
Ills hands were gloved nnd he wns
well protected ngnlnst more severe
wenther thnn thnt of this crisp Octo
Ills candle lighted the Inrge room
but dimly, nnd I felt secure, seeing Ini
mediately that he had n definite ob
ject. He went to the corner of the
room, took up n heavy cane which I
bad often seen standing there, and
with It In Iil hnnd went townrd the
door ns If hts business In the room
wero wholly done.
As he dhl so. I saw his fare plainly
In the candle light. It wns wholly
cbnnged. It Indicated ferocity, bate,
innlevolenee, n bitter sense of Injury
n terrible face, hardly recognizable ns
that of the gentle, courteous, Jovial
Mr. Sidney. He closed the door and
When Mr. Sidney had been cone n
moment. I heard him open the front
door nnd heard him close It nfter him.
I should hnvo followed him to the
I Saw His Face Plainly In the Candle
fiont door, but Jed wns somewhere In
the bnll. I waited nt the half-open
door of the ofllce. Presently I could
lieur Jed coming down the ball, care
lessly now. He nlso went to the front
door, nud I heard It opened nnd closed
I went to n window of the ofllce
which gnve a view of the lawn. I
could see one figure slowly cmfllni:
tho open space toward the path lead
Ing dovn to the river. Jed was
etindlng Just outside the shudow of
The fsi'tber rtsure Mr. Sidney, ns
IOL m lift.
m J -JV JT " "
I knew passed Into the dense blnck,
of tho thickets by tho pnth. Then
Jed stepped forth nnd went quickly
across tho open. I went to tho front
cntrnnco nnd stood on tho porch.
The hunter's moon wns at full, nnd
the place wns luminous In a soft, misty
I bnd tremors, frankly felt tho pros
onco of tnnglblo dnngcrs, unseen, nnd
of Intangible terrors. I never felt bucIi
oppression, doubt, distress and dismay
In my life. My patient was on n
strnnge errnnd fnr beyond any
strength I over knew him to have; nnd
Jed, whom I nlwnys dreaded, was fol
It mny be wondered why I wns not
Instantly In chnse nnd why I stood
worried nnd Indecisive. The only ex
planation Is thnt I knew, ns surely as
one could know anything by reason
and conjecture, thnt whatever wns
hnppeulng thnt night hnd bnppened
this same night for n number of years
In the past, and thnt whntever It
wns, It bnd direct connection with the
secret of the plnce which Mrs. Sidney
so earnestly desired me not to pos
sess. For these rensons, or upon this
Instinct, I ncted ns I did nnd stood
or. the porch listening to the unnatu
rally late whlppoorwlll nnd looking
out townrd the dnrk woods nnd thick
ets which stood at the edge of the
- The tension wns so grant thnt I got
n distinct shock when nut of this wnll
of darkness enmo n figure running
Into nnd across the moonlit space to
ward the houso. I knew It must be
Jed, nnd I wnlted where I stood ns
lu- approached. He barely bnd come
Into the shndow of the house when an
other figure came out of the dnrk wnll
of the thickets nnd came slowly across
the moonlit spnee.
Jed. running up the steps, saw me
nnd gasped with astonishment, but re
covered himself with wonderful
"Inside, mnn. Inside, and net natu
ral," he cried. "Come" taking my
nrm "In the ofllce."
He wan so certnln nnd so commnnd
Ing thnt I did Just what I was told.
"Into the ofllce, mnn," be said, still
clutching me. "Whnt are you doing
nhrnnd? This night of nil nights I But
no matter. Into the ofllce. nnd turn on
the lights. Turn on the lights In the
hnll not all of them, but some of
lie ran to do It himself and was all
flutter and activity. Then he or
"Into the ofllce now. nnd act natu
ral You're a mnn of genius; think of
something we could naturally be do
'ing nt this time. Think quick mnn;
It's beyond me. What are you doing
here? Good Lord, whnt are you do
ing here? I could hnve managed It
without you. Why did you hnve to be
on the scene? And I can think of
"You hnve severe cramps In the
stomnch," I snld. "It's not to he won
dered nt. considering the way you
nbuse your stomach. I may say you
are the only human being I ever was
glad to see drinking himself to denth.
You have now some premonitory symp
toms of gastritis. You hnve got me
up. If I do not have a collar and tic
on It will look more natural'
I tossed these articles nud my com
hcjilml n couch.
''And possibly If you wore less clad
It would help the Illusion."
Jed rid himself of collar, tie nnd
coat and disposed of them lu the same
"Now, I Imagine," I said, "we nre
rensnnnbly convincing as physician
and sinner. Whnt nre your symp
toms?" "You're n mnn of genius!" Jed ex
claimed. "Walt n minute."
He ran to the window, concealing
himself behind n curtain.
"He's almost here." he said, ns he
looked out on the ghnstly whlto lawn.
Then he came running back.
"The door had better be opened."
be said, and ho threw the door to
the ofllce open. Then he snt In one of
the chairs and hegnn to whine loudly.
"It's an ncute shooting pain, doc
tor," he said loudly and then he whis
pered: "Whnt ought It to be?"
I henrd tho front door open nnd
"I have often told you," I snld with
loud professional dignity, "that there
Is a penalty attached to such habits
as yours. Have you any nausea?"
"Sick us I can be with pnln," said
Jed, groaning tremulously.
"I don't mind nt all being aroused,
.I?d," I said, Just loud enough to carry
to ilu person approaching and to
sound to hlm ns If It were n norma!
tone to Jed w'th roe In the ofllce.
"Thnt Is a part of my buslnesi here."
I knew Mr: Sidney was sfnn-J'.ns 'n
the doorway. So did Jed. Neither of
us betrayed our knowledge until the
mrnnge apparition which we ki!jw to
he there snld:
"Up so late, doctor? Dp so lute.
"Why, Mr. Sidney V T exclaimed.
He was. Indeed, nn extraordinary
looking being. He had controlled hts
voice nnd his manner. Discipline was
lixcd In his soul. But be had not con
tinued his expression, It was of the
wildest excitement And yet how be
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tried to preserve the normnlltlcs, taken
us he wns In such Btrnngc circum
"Mr. Sidney!" I exclaimed ngnln,
nnd my wonder was not simulated,
"lou abroad tonight nt such nn hour I"
He mnde n violent effort to keep his
composure and succeeded.
"I felt so well, doctor," he snld, "and
I sec so little of the plncc I love so
much, thnt I took the only chance I
hnd this wonderful October moon nnd
my faithful physician nslccp nnd off
gunrd, as I thought to steal out n
moment. But Jed "
Here purpose took hold of htm ngnln
nud defied concealment; he became ex
cited nnd caused me to have double
drend of his tomorrow. "Jed, cnll the
penitentiary," he commanded. "There's
a convict escaped. I met him us I
wnlked down the Inne townrd tho
river. Cnll the penitentiary Instantly.
He run when he snwme, but I recog
nized him. It wns the old fellow I
saw working in the library at the
prison. Cull quickly."
Jed took up the telephone.
"Tell them he ran east toward the
mnln road," said Mr. Sidney In great
"Sick aa I Can Be With Pain," Said
ngltntlon. "ne saw me nnd rnn. But
I recognized him. There conld not be
Jed hud the penitentiary on the tele
phone. Yes. n convict, long trusted,
hnd walked out of the prison gates.
It was the old man In tho library.
They were hunting for him had been
for three hours In several different
parties not because they feared to
have him escape, but because be would
be so miserable nnd unhappy In the
open nil night, nnd, liking him, they
hoped to find him nnd bring him back
to shelter. He hud no use for liberty;
It would only torment nnd torture him,
tut some whim nnywny, the old man
"He's on my plnce," Mr. Sidney
cried to Jed In n voice I never would
hnve recognl7.ed ns his. "Wu can't
have convicts running about the
They would hnve him In a few min
utes, snld the mnn nt the penitentiary,
now that they had him located, and
he would be as glad to get back as
they would be to get him.
Thnt closed the conversntlon, nnd
Mr. Sidney, with one flash of spirit
showing In his eyes, gently and softly
collapsed In his chair with a moan.
Jed nnd I, In alarm, got him to bed.
Dr. Brownell enmo In tho morning
and found Mr. Sidney, us wiib expect
ed, in extreme exhaustion. I explained
that our patient hnd been, as iiMial
the night prior to bis alarming col
lapses, very animated nnd thnt nfter
midnight bo bnd stolen out of the
house for n walk nbout the grounds,
hnd encountered n tohvlet escaped
from the penitentiary nnd bail come
back In grent excitement
Itestorntlvcs were given Mr. Sid
ney, but Dr. Brownell snld bo respond
ed with more dlfllculty nnd more slow
ly than in other occasions. Tor sev
eral days he lay quite passive, as
nearly Innnlmntc as a living person
could be. Ills immobile features us
he Iny unconscious, were set; nnd tho
expression. It seemed to me, wns one
of hate, Indomltnbie, stendy, enduring
Dr. Brownell came once every three
dnys for two weeks, during which time
Mr. Sidney's recovery was painfully
slow. Ills mind cleared nnd became
active long before any strength enme
baCR to his body. As rsor,n ns his mind
did clenr. he wnn, In disposition, his
former self. I thought thnt tf such a
thing were possible in so gentlo a man,
he wns even gentler thnn ordinary.
I am not wnggerntlng when I soy thnt
the benignity of the mnn wns seraphic.
I thought I biiw a change of mood
lh hlftt. There wns. If I wns right, n
less Insistent claim upon life. There
was a yielding, an nppenrance of phys
ical nnd splrltunl ncceptnnce of the
law of thro? score nnd ten. It I were
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not deceived by little and Impressive
signs I noted.- Mr. Sidney wns substi
tuting complacently the will to die for
(he will to live which had been In him
On Dr. Browncll's last visit, bo con
firmed what wns In truth n fear.
"Has Mr. Sidney, to your knowl
edge," lie nsked, ''recently found n su
preme satisfaction In nny event?"
"None thnt I know of." I snld.
"He's chnnglng. Ho Is different now
from nnythlng I ever know hlm to bo.
I always have believed thnt his case
was out of our province, nnd that life
nnd denth, for him, depended upon
resolve and thnt the resolve hnd n
purpose. You hnve not found things
wholly normal here, hnve you?"
"No, I hnven.'t."
"There is something here." snld Dr.
Brownell. "I don't know whnt It Is.
You don't know whnt Itls. but de
pend on It. something of Importance
to Sidney bus happened. It mny uot
have satisfied his life's resolve, but
I think It has. For the present be
does not n,ced me possibly never
Jed observed the clinnge In Mr. Sid
ney. Afterwnrd I knew thut he was
n much more ncute observer thnn I,
for tho good enough reason thnt his
observation hnd a background of
knowledge which I lacked. There wns,
no doubt directly ns the consequence
of this, nn unbelievable change In
Jed. He was very fond of Mr. Sidney.
In our unhappy experiences with him,
we bnd overlooked this fnct nnd hnd
fulled to use If ns we could hnve. Ills
nffectlon for Mr. Sidney wns tho ono
thing greater than his cupidity nnd
self-love, with their attendant trnln
of malevolence, violence, surliness,
brutality nud treachery.
He was convinced thnt Mr. Sidney
wns nbout to die, nnd the thought
affected hlm tremendously. He be
came gentle; he nbnndnned his rasp
ing manner which, Indeed, lie never
hnd cnrrled Into Mr. Sidney's room,
but which wns nn Intermittent provo
cation elsewhere. He was more than
ever with Mr. Sidney, nnd each eve
ning, nfter the others hnd gone, they
hnd n bottle of wine which Jed drank;
hut he did not go singing down the
hnlls afterward. He was quiet and
considerate, courteous to Mrs. Sidney
nnd thoroughly friendly to me.
October went nnd the brown month
of November took even the whlte-onk
leaves, nnd the woods stood In mono
chrome. Isobel nnd I rode every
morning, nnd Just before the enrly sun
down we usually took n short wnlk,
to rustle the brown leaves underfoot
nnd enjoy the sweetness of crisp nlr
tilled with the odors of n seemly de
cay underfoot. Soon after sunset we
were In Mr. Sidney's room. He great
ly enjoyed to have the fnmlly nbout
him, not engaged In entertaining hlm
or waiting on him. but occupied In
nny nmuement or 'work thnt could be
undertaken by bis lire.
Jed bnd a cot moved In nnd spent
the night with hlm. He did not want
the nurses to have this ofllce, and as
he was perfectly competent, I con
sented. It wns nn Intensely hnppy nnd In
tensely unbnppy experience for" me.
Mr. Sidney. I was convinced, would
not live to the bepatlca season. Iso
bel had permitted hlm- to follow the
changing seasons from spring to win
ter by bringing hlm flowers, and bis
delight at seeing the first hepntlca
had been as great as here in bringing
It to hlm.
Isobel could not renllze that her fn
ther wns dying. No one would have
been so brutal ns to tell her or would
it hnve been brutal? But Mrs. Sid
ney knew, I knew, Jed knew und Mr.
Sidney knew nnd wns hnppy.
The day before Christmas camo with
n driving snow which set In with nn
enst wind early In the morning. It
wns n renl Christmas snowstorm,
heavy, persistent and driving, but not
In the nfternoon Morgan of the
Metropolitan agency came, driving
with dlfllculty through the drifted
banks of snow in the roads, to seo
me ngaln. I wns full of apprehension
ns I told Jed to show him In. Ills
mood wns different from whnt It bud
been before, when he almost raged out
of the house. It seemed to me every
body's mood was changing.
Nevertheless a child's fancy enrae
Into my mind. Outside wns the storm
through which traveled flcrco nnlmals
of northern forest, nnd here, out of
the storm, enme tho Werewolf.
"Doctor," said Morgan, "wo hnve
done a great deal of work since I
saw you. 1 told you we would, be
cause the case Interested mo. Wo
hnve traced Mr. Sidney through every
known operation nnd net so long o.a
we enn find hlm ns Mr. Sidney. Evpry
act Is honorable; many of them arc
nets of astonishing charity nnd kind
ness. That Is so far as Mr. Sidney
(TO UE CONTINUED.)
Frolicsome Birds and Fishes,
The crane will amuse ItRelf setuft'
times by running round In circles an(
throwing small pebbles nnd hits ot
wood Into the air. Other water-birds
enn any time be observed at their
frolics, cleaving the water or diving
after each other.
FORT IN TREE
Human Monkey Is Finally Shaken
Out by Firemen After Other
GIVES PEOPLE SCARE
Inisne Man Sleeps In Tree, Chatters
to Himself and Apparently Derives
Much Pleasure From Im
promptu Tol.'et Aloft
Denver. Colo. Fred Burns, nn es
cuped patient of the Insane ward ut
the county hospital, gave residents In
the neighborhood of Third avenue, und
Acomn street ample proof that It Is
quite practical to emulate tho troe
cllmblug proclivities of the Inhabitants
of Jungle land.
Burns wus discovered shortly before
eight o'clock In the morning perched
In the topmost branches of a tnll tree
by Arthur G. Seavers, In front of
Seavera' home nt 315 Acoma street. He
was chattering to himself nnd up:mr
ently deriving much pleasure out of un
Spends Night in Tree.
Apparently Burns had spent tlie
night In the tree. He was dressed
only In trousers nnd n shirt, wns bare
headed und without shoes. An extra
pair of pants nud u tottered coat, had
been pressed Into service lu lieu of n
mattress. He appeared perfectly com
fortable In his primeval habitation.
Senvers notified the police. Patrol
man Henry Sellers and a squad of as
sistants were dispatched to the scene.
Their efforts for over an hour to coix
the deluded man down from bis dizzy
perch proved futile. They were Joined
by a hook nnd ladder company of the
tiro department An ambulance wns
summoned from the hospital.
Fenr thut any attempt to forcibly
bring the man from the tree might
cnuse lilm to become violent cnused
tho housewives of the neighborhood to
bo pressed Into service. Armed with
cupof steaming coffee, griddle cakes,
candy, fruit and other tempting food
stuffs they Implored Burns to Join
them in breakfast.
"Not n chunec, not nchnnce.".wns
his reply. "I know you hluckhundcrs
and you'll never get me now."
Shake Him Out.
Despnlrlng of their efforts to Induce
the mnn to descend from the tree
peacefully, the police nud firemen
pluced a second bidder against the
"Not a Chanec," Was His Reply,
tree. Policemen mounted to the top
armed with ropes. Bums scampered
far out on n limb und amused himself
by tossing twigs at passing motorists
wlillu plans were made to bring him
A net was thrown across the street
to break the full und the rescuers nt
tempted to throw a rope over the bodj
of the "monkey-mini." Suddenly he
screamed shrilly, threw both bunds In
to the nlr and leaped.
Burns wn snfely caught In the net
nnd wns not Injured by tho fall of
25 feet. Ho wns quickly overpowered
and louded Into the ambulance nud
was returned to his cell In the county
Died Preparing to Operate.
Springfield, .Mo. Dr. Walter A.
Camp, sixty-eight years old, was strick
en with apoplexy while preparing to
perform nn operation on a patient in
a hospital, trud died u few minutes
Judge Rolled Dice With Crap Shooter.
Chicago. "Thirsty" Smhljly, negro,
crap shooter, lost $1 and costs when
Municipal Judge Stewart rolled the
lice with hint for a Ono In a Chlcuga
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