Custer County Republican. (Broken Bow, Neb.) 1882-1921, November 03, 1910, Image 6
MNEHART 6Y itat OY 6to&fru SYNOPSIS. Miss Innen , spinster and cunrdlnn of Gcrtrtidw mid llulsoy. established suiiH mer lipiidciunrler at tiuiiiivaldo. Arnold Annulrons will found shot to death in tlio hall. Gertrude and her llanuo. Jack Halley. hml conversed In the billiard room Hlturlly before the minder. j > etec > tlvo Jumleson accused Miss lime * of hold ing back evidence. Cushlor Uallcy of J'au Armstrong' " ! Imnlc , defunct , wan arre.stud for liinhcKZlument. Puul Arinstionns clentli wiw nimounecd. Italsoy * iluncep , Louise Armstrong , told Ilulsey that whllo nhn Hlill loved him , she WHS to marry an- othor. It developed that Or. Wull.or WUH the man. Loulso was found unconscious U the bottom of the cln ular staircase. Bho mild Hoinothln ; , ' had brushed by her In the dark on the Htiilrwuy and she fainted. Unllcy Is suspected of Arm- Blrons'fl murder. ThoniiiH , the lodsokoep- cr , v/iis iViund dead with a nolo in hit pocl.'ct bcnrlnK the naiuo "Luclen Wal lace. " A Inddor found out of place deep- etm the mystery. The stables xvcro mimed , nnd In tins dark Mini Innes mtot nn Intruder. IlilBoy mysteriously tllsup- peiircd. Ills auto waa found wrecked by a freight train. It developed ll.ilsey had nn arKiimont In the library with a woman before hla disappearance. New cook ols- nppcars. MIsH Innes learned llulsoy WUH nilvo. Dr. Walker's face becomes livid at mention of the imtno of Nlni : Carrlng- ton. ISvldenco wan secured from a trump thnt a man , supposedly HiilB'-y , hail been bound nnd gagged nnd thrown Into an 1 rmpty box car. Gertrude wns missing. Iluntltu : for her. Miss limes ran Into a man and fainted. A confcdfrutn of Dr. Walker confessed Ida purl In the mys tery. Ho Htuted that tlio Cnrrlngton wo man had been killed , that Walker feared lier. nnd that ho believed that I'ntil Arm- rtrontj had been killed by u hand guided by AVulker. Ilalsoy was found In u dis tant hospital. Paul Armstrong wns not dead. Miss Innes discovered secret rooms In which the Traders' bunk trenmiro was believed to bo , MrH. Wntson. dylnic , said nhti killed Arnold Armstrong , who years before hnd married hev sinter under tlm nllHH of Wallace. Luvlon Wulluco was born of the marrlnge. CHAPTER XXXIII. At the Foot of the Stairs. As I drove rapidly up to the house from Casanova station In the hack , I saw the detective Burns loitering across the street from the Walker placo. So Jamloson w is putting the BcrewH on lightly now , but ready to give them a twist or two , I felt cer tain , very soon. ! ' The house was quiet. Two steps off f- the circular staircase had been pried off without result , and beyond u second end message from Gertrude that Hal- soy Insisted on coming home and they would arrive that night there wns nothing new. Mr. Jnmleson , having failed to locate the secret room , had cone to the vlllngo , I learned after wards that ho called at Dr. Walker's , under pretense of nn attack of acute indigestion , and before ho left had In quired about the evening trains to the ( city. Ho said ho hnd wasted a lot of tlmo on the case , and a good bit of the mystery was In my imagination ! The doctor wns under the Impression that the house was guarded day and night. "Well , give a place a reputation like that , and you don't need a guard at all thus Jnmleson. And sure enough , late in the afternoon , the two private detectives , accompanied by Mr. Jamloson , walked down the main street of Casanova and took a city- bound train. That they got off at the next station nnd walked back again to Sunnyside at dusk wns not known at the time. Personally , I know nothing of cither move ; I had ether things to absorb mo at that time. Llddy brought me some tea while 1 rested after my trip , nnd on the tray was a small book from the Casanova library. It was called "The Unseen World" and had a cheerful cover , on which a half-dozen sheeted figures linked hands around a headstone. At this point in my story , Halsoy always says : "Trust a woman to add two and two together , and make six. " To which I retort that if two and two plus X makes nix , then to discover the unknown quantity is the simplest thing In the world. That n houseful of detectives missed it entirely was because they wcro busy trying to yrovo that two and two make four. The depression due to my visit to the hospital loft mo at the prospect of Boeing Ilalsoy again that night. It was about flvo o'clock when Llddy left mo for a nap before dinner , hav ing put mo into a gray silk dressing- gown and a pair of slippers. I listened to her retreating footsteps , and as Boon as she wna safely below stairs I wont up to the trunkroom , The place had not been disturbed , and I proceeded at once to try to discover the entrance to the hidden room. The openings on cither side , as I have said , showed nothing but perhaps three feet of brick wall. There was no sign of an entrance no levers , no hinges , to give a hint. Either the mantel or the roof , I decided , and aft er a half-hour at the mantel , produc tive of absolutely no result , I decided to try U > o roof. I are not fond of a height. The few occasions on which I have cllmbpd a step-ladder have always left mo dizzy and weak in the knees. The top of the Washington monument is as Im possible to mo as the elevation to the presidential chair. And yet I climbed out on the Sunnyside roof without a second's hesitation. Like a dog on a scent , like my bear-skin progenitor , with his spear and his wild boar , to mo now there was the lust of the chase , the frenzy of pur- cult , the dust of battle. I got quite a little of the latter on mo as I climbed from the unfinished ballroom out through a window to the roof of the east wing of the building , which was only two stories in height. Once out there , access to the top of the- main building was rendered easy j at least It looked easy by a small vertical Iron ladder , fastened to the wall ont < mle of the ballroom , and per- hapa 12 foot high. The 12 feet looked short from below , but they were dif ficult to climb. 1 gathered my silk gown around mo , and succeeded final ly in making the top of the ladder. Once there , however , I was complete ly out of breath. I sat down , my feet on the top rung , and put my hnlr-plns In more securely , whllo the wind bel lowed my dressing-gown out like a sail. I had torn a great strip of the silk loose , and now I ruthlessly fin ished the destruction of my gown by Jerking It free nnd tying It around my head. Luckily , the roof was flat , and I was able to go over every Inch of It. But the result was disappointing ; noHrnp- door revealed itself , no glass window ; nothing but a couple of pipes two Inches across , and standing perhaps 18 inches high and three feet apart , with a cap to prevent rain from en tering and raised to permit the pas sage of air. 1 picket ! tip a pebble from the roof and dropped It down , listening with my car at one of the pipes. I could hear It strike on some thing with a sharp , metallic sound , but It was Impossible for me to toll how far It had gone. I gave up finally nnd went down the ladder again , getting in through the ballroom window without being ob served. I went back at once to the trunkroom , and , sitting down on a box , gave my mind , as consistently as I could , ( o the problem before mo. If the pipes in the roof were ventilators to the secret room , and there was no trap-door above , the entrance was probably in ono of the two rooms be tween which it lay unless , Indeed , the room had been built , and the openIng - Ing closed with a brick and mortar wall. wall.The The mantel fascinated me. Made of wood and carved , the more I looked the more I wondered that I had not noticed before the absurdity of such a mantel In such a place. It was cov ered with scrolls and panels , and fin ally , by the merest accident , I pushed one of the panels at the side. It moved easily , revealing a small brass knob. It is not necessary to detail the fluctuations of hope and despair , and not a little fear of what lay beyond- with which I twisted and turned the knob. It moved , but nothing seemed to happen , and then I discovered the trouble. I pushed the knob vigorous ly to one side , and the whole mantel swung loose from the wall almost a foot , revealing a cavernous space be yond. I took a long breath , cloned the door from the trunkroom Into the hall thank heaven , I did not lock It and pulling the mantel-door wide open , I stopped Into the chlriiney-room. I had tlmo to get a hazy view of a small portable safe , a common wooden table and a chair then the mantel door swung to , and clicked behind mo. I Htood quite still for a moment , In the darkness , unable to comprehend what had happened.Then I turned and beat furiously at the door with my fists. It was closed and locked again , and my lingers In the darkness slid over a smooth wooden surface without a sign of a knob. I was furiously angry at myself , at the mn'ntel-door. at everything. I did not fear suffocation ; before the thought had come to me I had already seen a gleam of light from the two mnnll ventilating pipes In the roof. They supplied air , but nothing else. The room Itself was -shrouded In blackness. I must have dozed off. I am sure I did not faint. I was never more composed in my life. I romcmbct planning , If 1 were not discovered , who would have my things. I know Llddy would want my heliotrope pop lin , nnd she's a fright In lavender. Once or twice I heard mice in the par titions , and so I sat on the table , with my feet on the chair. I Imagined I could hoar the search going on through the house , and once some one came into the trunkroom ; I could distinctly hear footsteps. ' "In the chimney ! In the chimney ! " I called with all my might , nnd was rewarded by a piercing shriek from Llddy nnd the slam of the trunkroom door. I felt easier after that , although the room was oppressively hot and cnc-rvatlng. I had no doubt the search for me would now come In the right direction , and after a little , I dropped Into a doze. How long I slept I do not know. It must have been several hours , for I had been tired from a busy day , and I waked stiff from my awkward position I could not remember where I was for a few minutes , and my head felt heavy and congested. Gradually I roused to my surround ings , and to the fact that in spite of ventilators , the air was bad nnd grow ing worse. I was breathing long , gasping respirations , and my face was damp and clammy. I must have been there a long time , nnd the searchers were probably hunting outside the house , dredging the creek , or beating the woodland. I knew that another hour or two would find mo uncon scious , nnd with my Inability to cry out would go my only chance of res cue. It was the combination of bad air and heat , probably , for some inade quate ventilation was coming through the pipes. I tried to retain my con sciousness by walking the length of the room nnd back , over and over , but I had not the strength to keep It up , so I sat down on the table again , my buck against the wall. The house was very still. Once my straining cars seemed to catch a foot fall beneath me , possibly In my own room. I groped for the chair from the table , and pounded with It frantic ally on the floor. But nothing .hap pened ; I realized bitterly that If the sound was heard at all , no doubt it was classed with the other rapplngs that had so alarmed us recently. And then I heard sounds from be low me , In the house. There was a peculiar throbbing , vibrating noise that I felt rather than heard , much like the pulsing beat of fire engines In the city. For one awful moment I thought the house was on fire , and every drop of blood In my body gath ered around my heart ; then I knew. It was the engine of the automobile , and Ilalsoy had come back. Hope sprang up afresh. Ilalsey's clear head and Gertrude's Intuition might do what Liddy's hysteria nnd three detectives had failed in. After a time I thought I had been right. There was certainly something going on down below ; doors were slamming , people were hurrying through the halls , and certain high notes of excited voices penetrated to me shrilly. I hoped they wcro coming closer , but after a time the sounds died away below , and I was left to the silence and heat , to the weight of the darkness , to the oppression of walls that seemed to close in on me and stifle me. The llrst warning I had was a stealthy fumbling at the lock of the mantel-door. With my mouth open to scream , I stopped. Perhaps the sit uation had rendered me acute , per haps It w.as instinctive. Whatever It was , I sat without moving , and someone ono outside , In absolute stillness , ran his lingers over tlio carving of the No Trap-Door Revealed Itself. mantel nnd found the panel. Now the sounds below redoubled ; from the clatter and Jarring 1 know that several people were running up the stairs , and as the sounds approached preached , I could even hear what they said. "Watch the end staircases ! " Jamie- son shouted. "Damnation there's no light here ! " And then n second later. "All together now. One two three " The dopr into the trunkroom had been locked from the inside. At the second that It gave , opening ngalnst the wall with a crash and evidently tumbling somebody Into the room , the stealthy fingers beyond the mantel- door gave the knob the proper im petus , and the door swung open , and closed again. Only nnd Liddy al ways screams nnd puts her fingers In hnr ears at this point only now 1 was not alone in tlio chimney room. There was some ono else in the dark ness , some one who breathed hard , and who was so close I could have touched him with my hand. I was in a paralysis of terror. Out side there were excited voices and In credulous oaths. The trunks were being Jerked around in a frantic srarch , the windows were thrown open , only to show a sheer drop of 40 feet. And the man in the room with me leaned against the mantel-door nnd listened. His pursuers wore plain ly battled ; I heard him draw a long breath , and turn to grope his way through the blackness. Then he touched my hand , cold , clammy , death like. > like.A A hand in an empty room ! He drew in his breath , the sharp intaklng of horror that fills lungs suddenly col lapsed. Beyond Jerking his hand away Instantly , he made no movement. I think absolute terror had him by the throat. Then he stepped back , with out turning , retreating foot by foot from The Dread in the corner , and I do not think he breathed. Then , with the relief of space be tween us , I screamed , ear-spllttlngly , madly , and they heard me outside. "In the chimney ! " I shrieked. "Be hind the mantel ! The mantel ! " With an oath the figure hurled Itself across the room at me , and I screamed again. In his blind fury he had missed me ; I heard him strike the wall. That ono time I eluded him ; I was across the room , and I had got the chair. He stood for a second , listening , then he made another rush and I struck out with my weapon. I think it stunned him , for I had a sec ond's respite when I could hear him breathing , and some one shouted cut- sldo : "We can't get In. How does it open ? " But the man in the room had changed his tactics. I knew he was creeping on me , Inch by Inch , nnd I could not tell from where. And then he caught me. Ho hold his hand over my mouth , and I bit him. I was lelpless , strangling and some one was trying to break in the mantel from outside. It began to yield some where , for a thin wedge of yellowish light was reflected on the opposite wall. When he saw tha't , my assailant dropped me with a curse ; then the opposite wall swung open noiselessly , closed again without a sound , and I was alone. The Intruder was gone. "In the next room ! " I called wildly. "The next room ! " But the sound of blows , on the mantel drowned my voice. By the tlmo I had made them understand , a couple of minutes had elapsed. The pursuit was taken up then , by all except Alex , who was de termined to liberate me. When I stepped out into the trunkroom a free woman again I could hear the chase far below. I must say , for all Alex's anxiety to set me free , he paid little enough at tention to my plight. He Jumped through the opening into the secret room nnd picked up the portable safe. "I am going to put this in Mr. Hal- sey's room , Miss Innes , " he said , "and I shall send one of the detectives to guard it. " I hardly heard him. I wanted to laugh and cry In the same breath to crawl into bed and have n cup of tea , nnd scold Llddy , nnd do any of the thousand natural things that I had never expected to do again. And the air ! The touch of the cool night air on my face ! ( TO BE CONTINUED. ) Worried Over His Trousers. The humors and tragedies of Now York East side life are delineated by Frank Marshall White in an article In Harper's Weekly. Master Jacob Ros enberg , eleven or twelve years of age , was suffering from a broken leg , "Ills supreme agony came , however , when Dr. M. ripped up one side of the Juvenile trousers with a pair of scissors to make room for bandages. 'My now pants' My now pants ! He's cutting my now pants ! ' Jacob shrieked , and almost wriggled himself out of the grasp of the policeman and the driver in his efforts to prevent the mutilation of his raiment. All the wiry to his homo In the ambulance the boy bewailed his mangled trousers more than he did his broken leg. We think that preachers ought to gay more about hell lire and brim stone' ; people are feeling altogether too easy about themselves. NEBRASKA IN BRIEF. News Notes of Interest From Various Sections. The scarlet fever scare has been revived at Suttou by reason of uow cases. Tliocorn show nt North Bend waa it great succesH and tle attendance was good. Sheriff James Chlrusldo of Jeffer son county prevented several prison ers In the county pall from breaking out. Peru now has a Jail , which has just been completed. It is built of cement blocks , with a steel door , concrete floor and reinforced concrete roof. The Monte Chrlsto cafe , ono of Me- Cook's well known hotels , passed from Mrs. Viola Ballew's management Into the management of S. D. McClaln. The bricklayers of Alma have Just about finished their work on the ? 18- 000 Everson block nnd will begin work on the Carnegie library building next week. Henry McCullom of Alma , who was shot by a drunken man on the train at Chester , while en route homo from Iowa , is recovering and will l/o brought home near Alma , soon. A petition signed by 434 names has been filed with the county clerk of York county asking that a vote be taken at the coming election to change the county government from commissioner system. Mayor Henry Schuff has recently opened the New Vienna in Grand Is land , whicn Is one of the finest Euro pean houses In the state .having a Beating capacity for 125 guests , divid ed in three apartments. While ditching for tiling purpo.-iea on the George C. Blessing farm north of Homer , the workmen excavated a skeleton of a large elk. The bones were in a perfect state of preserva tion and were found at a depth of seven feet. John Llcb of Pender has been ar rested for attempted criminal assault. Ho is accused of taking two little daughters of C. Bowling into an emp ty Ice house and making indecent pro posals to them. Pending a hearing , ho is out on ball of $2,500. J. W. Bergers of Omaha has ap pealed to the supreme court from the judgment of $10,000 against him , awarded F. N. Phelps for the aliena tion of his wife's affections. All of the parties to the suit reside in Ouia- ha. Phelps sued for $25,000 , and was given $1CGG7. This was afterwards reduced by the court to $10,000. Roy Chadwick , of St. Joseph , was placed under peace bonds at Kearney upon complaint of his wife and when lie could not find bondsmen to go the $500 bond was sent to pail for ono year. Chadwick recently came to Nebraska In search of his wife , who is teaching school near Miller and af ter locating her threatened her life. Coroner Peters of Springfield took charge of the body of John Shlmm , who committed suicide by hanging himself in a barn about a mile south of Bellevue , Sarpy county. The body was found danKliiiK from the rafters in the barn of Richard Vale , by a couple of boys , Shimm had been liv ing on an- island in Papio creek , farmIng - Ing and fishing for a living. Sheriff Walter Gammons and Dep uty Sherltf Bede Laughton of Buffalo county arrested four men , all strang ers In Kearney , for stealing dry goods from a local merchant. The men were found in the possession of $110 worth of silk goods , suits and over coats. They were shadowed for two days before being arrested and were then trapped and evidence against them secured. John Wehmer , the six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Woluner , who live one mile west of Sterling , died as a result of an accident which befell - fell him. The boy had climbed upon a corncrib and a board broke , allow ing him to fall to the ground. Ho alighted upon his right arm , breaking the member in three places , the bone protruding through the flesh. Blood poisoning ended his life. William Wilhelmy has prepared a large tract of land near Nebraska City which he will devote to the rais ing of ginseng. Ho claims that txs much as $100 per acre can be made in raising the plant , the dried root of which is sold to the Chinese as their cure-all and It demands a big prlte. Dave Gourlay , a prosperous ranch man near Rushvllle , had a close call from being burled alive. He was working In a ditch eight feet deep in the yard of his new residence proper ty , when the ditch caved in as he was stooping down. He was burled three feet under the dirt , but was dug out before life was gone. Copies of general order No. 20 were received at Beatrice from Adjutant General Hartigan of the Nebraska na tlonal guards by commanders of the local military organizations , com manding Vernon H. Randall of Com pany C and'Glen Beaver of the llrs machine gun company to appear be fore the general court martial which will convene at Lincoln , November 15 to answer charges of dlsobedieace and violation of orders and abscence without leave from the recent mill tnry encampment at Fort Riley , Kas. The Syracuse Woman's club had ai unusual program for its meeting the ether day , styled "Political day. County option and Initiative and ret erendum were discussed and a regula primary election was hold , using sam pie ballot to vote , with Judges , clerks and booths. Nicholas M. Farrard of Burt county was granted an unconditional pardot by Governor Shallenberger. Farrard waa sent to the penitentiary for man slaughter. He waa convicted on cir cumatnntlal evidence entirely. He ha served eleven months In prison ant ua3 an excellent record. I want cTCty chronic rheumatic to Uiroflj liniments , all war all medicines , all llMlM * . nnd l e MlJtTZON'B IIUEUMA. CISM HEMBDT a trial. No matter what rour doctor mar ear. no matter wbal onr frlcnda mar ear , no matter low irejndlced yon mar bo against nil aave > Ised remedies , ro at once to yonr ornp- clat and get aT > ottfe of the linEUMA- IriBU KEMnDTT. H It falls to give eatl - Cactlon.1 will refand yonr monoy. Muajop Remember this remedr contains no aaU ferlle acid , no opium cocaine , morphine or other tnrmful rfniKS. It Is put up under the cnarantco of tte Pnro Peed and Drue Act. . ITor oalo br all druggists. Price , aSc. 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"I don't see any'difference between you and a trained nurse except the uniform , " said her sick husband. "And the salary , " eho added , thoughtfully. Harper's Bazar. The Family Growler. "Why are you weeping , little boyf * "I broke do pitcher. " "Well , there's no use crying ; over spilt milk. " "G'wan ! Dls wuz beer. " Louisvtllo Courier-Journal. Easy for Her. An extremely corpulent old lady 77aa entertaining her grandchild at lunch eon when she found occasion to repri mand the little girl for dropping SOLDO food on the tablecloth. "You don't ace grandma dropping anything on the table , " she said. "Of course not , " replied the child ; "God gave you something In front to atop It" Deadlock. "Who Is that man who has been sit ting behind the bar day after day ? " Inquired the stranger In Crimson Gulch. "That's Stage Coach Charley. Ha'a In a peculiar predicament. He went to town last week and got his teeth fixed. Then he came here , and , beln' broke , ran up a bill on the strength of his eeven dollars' worth of gold flllln * . Charley won't submit to bavin' th nuggets pried out an' the proprietor won't let him git away with the col lateral , and there you are I" WISE WORDS. A Physician on Food. A physician , of Portland , Oregon , has views about food. He Bays : "I have always believed that the duty of the physician does not ceasa with treating the alck , but that wo owe It to humanity to teach them how to protect their health , especially by hygienic and dietetic laws. "With such a feeling as to my duty I take great pleasure In saying to th public that In my own experience and r also from personal observation I hav found no food equal to Grape-Nuts , and that I find there Is almost no limit to the great benefits this food will bring when used In all cases of slck > ness and convalescence. "It Is my experience that no physt * cal condition forbids the use of Grape- Nuts. To persons in health there la nothing so nourishing and acceptable to the stomach , especially at break fast , to start the machinery of the hu man system on the day's work. "In cases of Indigestion I know that a complete breakfast can be made of Grape-Nuts and cream and I think It is Dot advisable to overload the stomach at the morning meal. I also know the great value of Grape-Nuts when-th * stomach la too weak to digest other food. "This Is written after an experience of more than 20 years , treating all manner of chronic and acute dlseasec , and the letter Is written voluntarily on my part without any request for It. " Read the little book , "Tho Road to Wellvlllo. " In pkes. "There's a Reason. "