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"EXPLOITS OH" ELAINE.1
"The Exploits of Elaine" was
written by Arthur B. Reeve and
dramatized into a motion-picture
play by Charles Goddard. Miss
Pearl White. Arnold Daly and
Sheldon Lewis take the principal
parts in the play as produced by
the Pathe Flayers. One install
ment of the story is appearing
in The Oregonian each Sunday.
SYNOPSIS OF PREVIOUS CHAPTERS.
The Mew York police are mystified by a
ccrles of murders of prominent men. The
lutest victim of the mysterious assassin is
Taylor Iloile, the insurance president. Ilia
fia.uhter, Elaine, employs Craig Kennedy,
tlie famous scientific detective, to try to
unravel the myetery. One of the criminals
steals into Kiaines room at night, puts her
under the influence of the twilight sleep
drus and forces her to write a letter dis
miHsiriff Kennedy. This trick falls. Later
Kennedy learns of a daring robbery planned
by the conspirators. In an effort to trap
them Elaine is captured and sealed up in
a tank, and is at the point of death when
Kennedy accidentally discovers her plight
ami saves her. In retalliution the criminals
make a desperate attempt to kill Kennedy
by erecting an ingenious death-trap in his
apartment. They then ndminster a peculiar
jiolson to Elaine, accomplishing this by a
remurkablo utilization of the wallpaper in
her room. The poison plot miscarries. But
the criminals are persistent. One of them
is seriously wounded by Elaine and she is
forced to submit to the transfusion of blood
operation to save the scoundrel's life. Help
reaches her before this experiment becomes
dangerous. Knraged at their constant de
feats, the conspirators employ two notorious
women of the underworld to lure Kennedy
and Elaine to their destruction. Kennedy's
scientific knowledge proves too much for
the assassins. He employs a vocophone in
a queer manner, its uncanny work at a
critical moment upsetting a carefully laid
plan to abduct Elaine. The criminals in
troduce the death ray and puzzle Kennedy,
but he soon counteracts its destructive in
fluence. Elaine Is trapped and left to die In a
ewer chamber, where Kennedy finds her
and with the aid of his electrle marvel he
revives her, after medical science had failed.
A. wrist watch, with a poisoned needle, is
the next lnRtrumrnt employed by the crimi
nals to destroy Elaine; the quick wit of the
detective baffles the plot.
rN your right is the residence ot
O Miss Elaine Dodge, who Is pur.
suing the famous master crim
inal known as the Clutching Hand."
The barker had been grandiloquent
ly pointing out the residences of noted
New Yorkers as the big sight-seeing
far lumbered along through the streets.
The car was filled with people, and he
plied his megaphone as though he
were on intimate terms with all the
No one had paid any attention to the
unobtrusive Chinaman who sat incon
spicuously in the middle of the car. He
was Mr. .Wong Long Sin. but no one
eaw anything particularly mysterious
about an Oriental visitor, more or less,
yiewing New York City.
Any one, however, who had been
watching Long Sin would have seen
that he showed much interest whenever
any of the wealthy residents of the city
were montiond. The name of Elaine
Dodge seemed particularly to strike
him. He listened with subtle interest
to what the barker said and looked
keenly at the Dodge house.
This remarkable criminal had es
tablished himself in a hired apartment
downtown. It was furnished in rather
elegant American style, but he had
added to it some most valuable Oriental
curios which gave it a. fascinating ap
pearance. Wong Sin, now in rich Oriental
costume, was reclining on a divan
emoking a strange-looking pipe and
playing with two pet white rats. Each
white vat had a gold band around his
leg, to which was connected a gold
chain about a foot in length, and the
chains ended in rings which were
clipped over Wong's little Angers.
Ordinarily he carried the pets up the
capacious sleeve of each arm.
A little Chinese girl, also in native
costume, entered and bowed deferen
tially. "A Miss Mary Carson," she lisped in
It would be difficult to analyze just
what the fascination was that Long
Sin exercised over Mary Carson. But
as the servant left the room Mary
bowed almost as deferentially a3 the
little Chinese girl. Wong merely nodded
"Now," he began at last, breaking the
silence, "I'll show you just what I want
you to do."
He went over to the wall and took
down a curious long Chinese knife from
a scabbard which hung there con
spicuously. "See that?" he asked, holding it up.
Before she could say a word he had
plunged the knife, apparently, into his
"Oh!" cried Mary startled.
She expected to see him fall. But
nothing happened. Wong laughed. It
was an Oriental trick knife, in which
the blade telescoped into the handle.
"Look at it," he added, handing it to
Long Sin took' a bladder of water
from a table near by and concealed it
under, his coat. "Now, you stab me,"
Mary hesitated. But he repeated the
command, and she plunged the knife
gingerly at him: It telescoped. He
made her try it over, and she stabbed
Ihim more resolutely. The water from
the bladder poured out.
"Good!" cried Long Sin, much pleased.
"Now," he added, seating himself . be
side ber, "I want you to lure Elaine
I had been amusing myself by rig
ging up a contrivance by which I could
make it possible to see through, or,
rather, over, a door. The idea had
been suggested to me by the cytoscope
m t 1 i
which physicians use in order to look
down one's throat, and I had calcu
lated that by using three mirrors
placed at proper angles I could easily
reflect rays down to the level of my
Kennedy, who had been busy at the
other end of the laboratory, happened
to look over in my direction. "What's
the big idea, Walter?" he asked.
"Well, you see, Craig," I explained,
"you put the top mirror through the
transom of a door and "
Kennedy interrupted with a hearty
burst -of laughter. "But suppose the
door has no transom?" he asked, point
ing to our own door.
I scratched my head, thoughtfully.
I had assumed that the door would have
a transom. A moment later Craig went
to the cabinet .and drew out a tube
about as big around as a putty blower
and as long.
"Now, here's what I call my detecta
scope." he remarked. "None of your
mirrors for me."
"That," he explained, "is what is
known as a fish-eye lens a lens that
looks through an angle of some 180
degrees, almost twice that of the widest
angle lens I know -of."
Elaine was playing with Rusty when
Jennings brought in a card on which
was engraved the name, "Miss Mary
Carson," and underneath in pencil was
written, "Belgian Relief Committee."
"How interesting," commented Elaine,
rising and accompanying Jennings back
into the drawing room. "I wonder
what she wants.'
"Very pleased to meet you, Miss
Carson," she greeted her visitor.
"You see. Miss Dodge," began Mary,
"we're getting up this movement to
help the Belgians, and we have1 splen
did backing. Just let me show you
some of the names on our committee."
She handed Elaine a list, which read:
Belgian Relief Committee.
Mrs. Warburton Fish.
Mrs. Hamilton Beekman.
Mrs. C. August Iselin.
Mrs. Belmont Rivingtoi.
Mrs. Rupert Solvay.
"I've just been sent to see if I cannot
persuade you to join the committee
and attend a meeting at Mrs. Riving
ton's," she went on.
- "Why er," considered Miss Elaine
thoughtfully, "er yes. It must be all
right with such people in it."
"Can you go down with me now?"
"Just as well as later," agreed Elaine.
Elaine and Mary had gone downtown,
talking animatedly walked down the
avenue toward Mrs. Rivington's apart
ment. Entering the hallway of the apart
ment. Mary rang the bell.
The servant opened the door and
Elaine and Mary entered. He closed the
door, and almost before they knew it
was gone into the back room.
Elaine gazed about in trepidation.
But before she could say anything,
Mary,- with a great show of surprise,
exclaimed: "Why, I must have made a
mistake. This isn't Mrs. Rivington's
apartment. How stupid of me."
Then they went to the windows. Be
hind the curtains they were barred and
looked out on a blank brick wall in a
"Oh!" cried Mary, wringing her hands,
stricken in mock panic. "Oh, I'm so
frightened. This may be the den of
Chinese white slavers!"
Just then the Chinaman entered and
stood a moment, gazing at them. They
turned and Elaine recoiled from him.
"Oh, sir," cried Mars', "we've made a
mistake. Won't you tell us how to get
"No speke Englis," he said, gliding
out again from the room and closing
Elaine and Mary looked about in de
spair. "What shall we do?" asked Elaine.
Mary said nothing, but with a hasty
glance discovered on the wall the knife
which Wong had already told her about.
She took it from its scabbard. As she
did so the Chinaman returned with a
tray on which were queer drinks and
At the sight of Mary with the knife
he scowled blackly, laid the tray down
and took a few steps in her direction.
She brandished the knife threateningly;
then, as if her nerve failed her, faint
ed, letting the knife fall carefully on
the floor so that it struck on the han
dle and not on the blade.
Wong quickly caught her as she
fainted and carried her out of the room,
banging shut the door. Elaine followed
in a moment, loyally, to protect her
supposed friend, but found that the
door had a snap lock on the other side.
She looked about wildly, and in a
moment Wong reappeared. As he ad
vanced slowly and insinuatingly she
drew back, pleading. But her words
fell on seemingly deaf ears.
She had picked up the knife which
Mary had dropped, and when at last
Wong maneuvered to get her cornered
and was about to seize her, she nerved
herself up and stabbed at him reso
lutely. Wong staggered back and fell.
As he did so he pressed the bladder
which he had already placed under his
coat. - A dark red fluid, like blood, oozed
out all over him and ran in a pool on
Elaine, too horror-stricken at what
had happened even to scream, dropped
the knife and bent over him. He did not
move. She rose quickly and ran through
the now open door. As she did so
Wong seemed suddenly to come to life.
He raised himself and looked after her.
then with a smile sank back into his
former assumed posture on the floor. I
.When Elaine reached the other room!
sne found Mary there with the Chinese
servant, who was giving her a glass or
water. At the sight of her the servant
paused, then withdrew into another
room further back. Mary, now appar
ently recovering from her faintness,
smiled wanly at Elaine.
"It's all right," she murmured. "He
is a Chinese Prince who thought we
At the reassuring nod of Mary to
ward the front room, Elaine was over
come. "I I killed him!" she managed to
"What?" cried Mary, starting up and
trembling violently. "You killed him "
"Yes," sobbed Elaine. "He came at
me I had the knife I struck at
The two girls ran into the other room.
There Mary looked at the motionless
body on the floor and recoiled, horri
fied. "Ugh!! exclaimed a guttural voice be
hind. It was the servant, who had come in.
Even his ordinarily impassive Oriental
face could not conceal the horror and
fear at the sight of his master lying
on the floor in a pool of gore. Elaine
was now more frightened than ever, if
that were possible.
They quickly ran out into the hall.
"Go quick!" he urged again, "and
hide the handkerchief in the bag. Let
no one see it!"
He shut the door. As they hurried
away Elaine breathed a sigh of relief.
Meanwhile, in the front room Long
Sing was on his feet again, brushing
himself oft and mopping up the blood.
"It worked very well. Sam," he said
to the servant.
They were conversing eagerly and
laughing, and did not hear a noise in
the back room.
A sinister figure had made its way
by means of a lire escape to a rear win
dow that was not barred, and silently
he had stolen in on them.
They turned at a slight noise and
saw him. Genuine fright was now on
their faces as they looked at him, open,
"What'3 all this?" he growled. "I
am known as the Clutching Hand. 1
allow no interference with my affairs.
Tell me what you are doing- here with
With a low bow, Wong spread out
his hands in surrender and submission.
"I will tell you, honorable sir," he
said at length.
"Go on!" growled the criminal.
Quickly Wong rehearsed what had
happened from the moment the idea ot
blackmail entered his head.
Adventuress Mary had hurried back
to see that all was right. This time
Mary was genuinely scared at the for
bidding figure of which she had heard.
"It is all right" pacified Wong.
"Henceforth we work with the honor,
able Clutching Hand."
Kennedy and I were still in the labo
ratory when a knock sounded at the
door. I went to the door and opened It.
There stood Elaine Dodge.
It was a complete surprise to Craig.
There was silence between them for a
moment and they merely looked at each
other. Elaino was pale and woe-be-gone.
At last Kennedy took a quick step to
ward her and led her to a chair. Still
he felt a sort of constraint,
"What is the matter," he asked at
out: "Craig I-
I have never
Craig's face. I
then suddenly burst
-I am a murdress!"
seen such a look on
knew he wanted to
"You a murdress?" vet
laugh and say,
he would not have offended even her
self-accusation for the world. He man
aged to do the right thing, and say
Then she poured forth the story sub
stantially as I have set it down, but
without the explanation, which at that
time was not known to any of us.
"Oh," expostulated Craig, "there must
be some mistake. It's impossible im
possible." "No," she asserted. "Look here's my
handkerchief all spotted with blood."
She opened the bag and displayed the
blood-spotted handkerchief. He took it
and examined it carefully.
"Elaine," he said earnestly, not at all
displeased, I could see. that something
had come up that might blot out the
past unfortunate misunderstanding,
"there simply must be something wrong
here. Leave this handkerchief with me
I'll do my best."
There was still a little restraint be
tween them. She was almost ready to
beg his pardon for all the coolness there
had been between them, yet still hesi
tated. "Thank you," she said simply as she
left the laboratory.
Craig went to work abruptly without
On the laboratory table he placed his
splendid microscope and several cases
of slides, as well as innumerable micro
photographs. He had been working
for some time when he looked up.
"Ever hear of. Dr. Edward Reichert,
ot the University of Pennsylvania, and
his wonderful discoveries of how blood
crystals vary in different species?" he
I had not, but did not admit it.
"Well, he went on. "there is a blood
test so delicate that one might almost
say that he could identify a criminal
by the finger prints, so to speak, of his
blood crystals. The hemoglobin, or red
coloring matter, forms crystals, and the
variations of these crystals, both in
form and molecular construction, are
such that they aet apart each species of
animal from every other, and even the
races of men perhaps may even set
apart individuals. Here, Walter, we
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I looked through the microscope as
he directed. There I could see the
crystals sharply defined.
"And here," he added, "are the crys
tals of the blood on Elaine's handker
chief." I looked again as he changed the
slides. There was a marked difference,
and I looked up at him quickly.
"It is dog's blood not human blood."
he said simply.
I looked again at the two sets of
slides. There could be no doubt that
there was a plain difference.
"Wonderful!" I exclaimed.
"Yes, wonderful," he agreed, "but
what is the game back of all this
that's the main question now."
Long after Clutching Hand had left.
Wong was giving instructions to his
servant and Adventuress Mary just how
he had had to change his plans as a
result of the unexpected visit.
"Very well," nodded Mary, as she left
him, "I will do as you say trust me."
It was not much later, then, that
Elaine received a second visit from
"Show her in, Jennings," she said 'to
the butler, nervously.
Indeed, she felt sorry that every eye
must be upon her. Even Jennings
would know of her guilt soon.
Anxiously, therefore, Elaine looked
at her visitor.
"Do you know why the servant al
lowed us to leave the apartment?"
whispered Mary with ' a glance about
fearfully, as if the walls had ears.
"No why?" inquired Elaine anx
"He's a tong man who has been cho
sen to do away with the Prince. He
followed me. and says you have done
his work for him. If you will give
him $10,000 for expenses he will attend
to hiding the body." t
Here, at least, was a way out.
"But do you think that is all right?
Can he do it?" asked Elaine eagerly.
"Do it! Why, those tong men can do
anything for money. Only one must be
careful not to offend them."
Mary was very convincing.
- "Yes, I suppose you are right,"
agreed Elaine, -finally. "I had better
do as you say. It is the safest way
out of the trouble. Yes, I'll do it. I'll
stop at the bank now and get the
They rose and Mary preceded her.
eager to get away from the house. At
the door, however, Elaine asked her to
wait while she ran back on some pretext-In
the library she took off the re
ceiver of the telephone and quickly
called a number.
Our telephone rang in the middle of
our conversation on blood crystals, and
Kennedy himself answered it.
It was Elaine asking Craig's advice.
"They have offered to hush the thing
up for $10,000." she said in a muffled
She seemed bent on doing it, and no
amount of argument from him could
stop her. She simply refused to accept
the evidence of the blood crystals as
better than what her own eyes told
her she had seen and done.
"Then wait for half an hour," he an
swered, without arguing further. "You
can do that without exciting suspicion.
Then go with her to her hotel and hand
her over the money."
"All right I'll do it." she agreed.
"What is the hotel T'
Craig wrote on a slip of paper what
she told him "Room 509. Hotel La
"Come on hurry" he urged.
We must have made record time in
getting to the Coste. It was an ornate
place, where merely to breathe was ex
pensive. We entered, and by some ex
cuse Kennedy contrived to get past the
vigilant bell-hops. We passed the tele
phone switchboard and entered the ele
vator," getting off at the fifth floor.
With a hasty glance up and down the
corridor to make sure no one was about
Kennedy came to room 509. then passed
to the next. 511. opening the door with
a skeleton key. We entered and Craig
locked the door behind us. It was an
ordinary hotel room, but well f ir
nished. Fortunately it was unoccupied.
Quietly Craig went to the door which
led to the next room. It was, of course,
locked also. He listened a moment
carefully. Not a sound. Quickly, with
an exclamation of satisfaction, he
opened that door also and went into
"Watch here, Walter," he directed.
"Let me know at the slightest alarm."
Crair had already taken the brace
fand bit from the bag and started to
bore through the wall in room 511. se
lecting a spot behind a picture of a
Spanish dancer a spot directly back of
her snapping black eyes. He finished
quickly and inserted the detectascope
so that the lens fitted as an eye in the
picture. The eyepiece was in room 511.
Then he started to brush up the pieces
of plaster on the floor.
"Craig." I whispered hastily, as I
heard an elevator door, "some one's
He hurried to the door and looked.
"There they are." he said, as he saw
Elaine and Mary rounding the corner
of the hall.
Across the hall, although we did not
know it at the time, in room 540, al
ready Wong Sin had taken up his sta
tion, just to be handy. There he had
been with his servant, playing with his
two trained rats.
Wong placed them up his capacious
sleeves and carefully opened the door
to look out. Unfortunately he was
just in time to see the door of 509
open and disclose us.
Kennedy mounted a chair and applied
his eye to the detectascope. Just then
APH7L 18, 1915.
Mary and Elaine entered the next room,
Mary opening the door with a regular
"Won't you step in?" she asked.
Elaine did so and Mary hesitated in
the hall. Wong had slipped out on
noiseless feet and taken refuge behind
some curtains. As he saw her alone he
beckoned to Alary.
"There's a stranger in the next
room," he whispered. "I don't like him.
Take the money and as quickly as pos
sible get out and go to my apartment."
At the news that there was a suspi
cious stranger about Mary showed
great alarm. Everything was so rapid
now that the slightest hesitation
meant disaster. Perhaps by quickness
even a suspicious stranger could be
fooled, she reasoned. At any rate.
Wong Sin was resourceful. She had
better trust him.
Mary followed Elaine into the room,
where she nad seated herself already,
and locked the door.
"Have you the money there?" she
"Yes," nodded Elaine, taking out the
package of bills which she had got
from the bank during the half-hour
All this we could see by gazing al
ternately through the detectascope.
Elaine handed Mary the money. Mary
counted it slowly. At last she looked
"It's all right." she said. "Now. I'll
take this to that tong leader. He's in
a. room just across the hall."
She went out.
Kennedy, at the detectascope. was
very excited as this went on. He now
jumped on the chair on which he had
been standing and rushed to the door
to head her on.
To our surprise, in spite of the fact
that we could turn the key In the lock,
it was impossible to open it!
It was only a moment that Craig
paused at the door. The next moment
he burst into 509, followed closely by
With a scream. Elaine was on her
feet in an instant.
There was no time for explanations,
He rushed to the door to go out, but
it was locked somehow on the outside.
The skeleton key would not work, at
any rate. '
He shot the lock and dashed out, call
ing back, "Walter, stay there with
Mary had just succeeded in getting
on the elevator as Kennedy hurried
down the hall. The door was closed
and the car descended. He rang the
push button furiously, but there was
Had he got so far in the chase only1
to be outwitted?
He dashed back to the room with us
and jerked down the telephone re
ceiver. "Hello hello hello!" he called.
There seemed to be no way to get a
connection. What was the matter?
He hurried down ' the- hall again.
No sooner had Elaine and Mary ac
tually gone into the room than Wong
and his servant stole out of 540, across
the hall. Somewhere they had ob
tained a strong but thin rope.
Quickly and silently Wong tied the
handle of the door of 511. in which we
were, to the handle of 540. which he
was vacating. As both doors opened
inward and were opposite, they were
Then Wong and his servant hurried
down the hallway to the elevator.
Down in the hotel lobby, with his
follower, the Chinaman paused before
the telephone switchboard.
He was listening eagerly and also
watching an indicator that told the
numbers of the rooms which called as
they flashed into view.
Just as a call from 509 flashed up
Wong slipped the rings off his little
lingers and loosened the white rats on
the telephone switchboard itself.
With a shriek the telephone system
of the Coste went temporarily out of
The operators fled to the nearest
chairs, drawing their skirts about them.
There was the greatest excitement
among all the women in the corridor;
Such a display of hosiery was never
contemplated by even the most daring
Kennedy had succeeded in finding the
alcove of the floor clerk in charge of
the fifth floor. There on his desk was
an instrument having a stylus on the
end of two arms, connected to a sys
tem of magnates. It was a telauto
graph. Unceremoniously Craig pushed the
clerk out of his seat and sat down him
self. It was a last -chance, now that
the telephone was out of commission.
Downstairs In the hotel office, where
the excitement hid not spread to every
one, was the other end of the electric
It started to write, as Kennedy wrote,
"House detective quick hold wom
an with blue chatelaine bag getting out
The clerks downstairs saw it and
shouted above the din of the rat-baiting:
The clerk had torn off the message
from the telautograph register and
handed it to the house man, who pushed
his way to the desk.
In the meantime Wong Sin had re
covered his precious and useful pets.
Life in the Coste had assumed some
thing of its normal aspect and Craig
had succeeded in getting an elevator.
It was just as Mary was led in,
threatening and pleading in turns, that
he stepped off in the lobby.
. There was, however, still just enough
and a motion
excitement to cover a little pantomime.
Wong Bin had been about to slip out
of a side door, thinking all was well,
when he caught sight of Mary being
led back. She had also seen him and
bt-tran to struggle again.
Quickly he shook his head, indicating
for her to stop. Then slowly he se
cretly made the sign of the Clutching
Hand at her. It meant that she must
She obeyed instantly and he quietly
"Here." cried Kennedy, "take her up
in the elevator. I'll prove the case."
With the house detective and Ken
nedy. Mary was hustled Into the eleva
tor and whisked back as she bad es
caped. In the meantime I had gathered up
what stuff we had in the room we had
"Wh-what's it all about?" inquired
Just then, out in the hall, we could
hear loud voices, and that of Mary
above the rest. Kennedy, a man who
looked like a detective and some bell
boys were leading her toward us.
"Now not a word of who stie is in
BLAME FOR DELINQUENTS
IS PLACED ON PARENTS
Peter Mcintosh, Juvenile Court Probation Officer, Declares That Majority
of Offenders Are for Pranks Many Good Citizens of Today Have Done.
By PETFR MINTOSH,
Chief Probation Officer of Juvenile Court.
T no doubt will be surprising to
know that at least TO per cent of
all cases reported to the Juvenile Court
are settled out of court as informal
cases and no record made against the
child to be brought out at some future
occasion. Why is this done? Children
reported as delinquents in most cas!s
are only unfortunates.
Supposing, for instance, they weri1
never found , out. as the majority of
cases are not, I believe they would
make as good citizens as the average,
providing, of course, they are being
brought up under the proper parental
care. Nearly every man can look
back on his boyhood days and remem
ber many things that would have in
volved him in serious trouble, but back
in those days there was no Juvenile
Court, motion picture theater, automo
bile, paved street, or. In fact, hundreds
of other things which seem to me now
cause a boy a great deal of trouble.
The telephone is the handiest noti
fying instrument to call the police
whenever a bunch of boys congregate
on the streets and become too noisy
or start a game of baseball either in
the street or on some empty lot and
knock the ball over some fence and,
in their excitement to return it quick
ly, probably to prevent a home run,
run over someone's lawn or garden. Or
when they accidentally break a win
dow, after a few minutes have elapsed,
who appears but an officer making a
report of the matter, names and ad
dresses, and then the matter - is re
ferred to the Juvenile Court.
Officer Often Peace MMsenver,
For these reasons and many others
we try t ) settle as many cases as pos
sible out of court. The probation of
fleer calls on those who have been com-
plained against and makes a careful
investigation, then, drawing all parties
concerned together, a settlement is
made, damages paid for. neighborhood
quarrels settled, stolen articles re
turned or paid for and boys watched
carefully until they give up the use of
tobacco or some such habit. '
Five years' experience has taught
me that the boys that make good are
the ones whose troubles have been
settled outside the influences of the
court. The boy or girl given this
chance usually appreciates it and es
pecially so when you tell them no of
ficial record will be held against them.
The neighbors or their children will
not even know their names were men
tioned and should an) one Infer that
they were before the court on an In
formal charge, we will personally no
tify such parties that we consider only
cases that are brought before the
court as ones where names and rec
ords ara held against children, and
then only as long as the court sees tit
to keep such a record as Judge Ga
lena, Juvenile Judge, had a law passed
two years ago which gave him the
power to destroy all court records
against minors, when, in his opinion,
these minors ceased to be delinquent,
and up to the present time he has de
stroyed hundreds of records, which no
longer will stand as a blot on their
I can point out the origin of nearly
every gang organized by boys in this
city in the past five years. And the
whole thing in a nutsnell is. if they
were given a chance outside of the
court on their . first, second or even
third offense, conditions might have
Kane Kept Fron Public.
When we find it absolutely neces
sary to bring a boy before the court.
we do all in our power to keep the
boy's or girl's name from becoming
public, so that the neighbors in the
immediate vicinity will not become fa
miliar with the trouble or even know
the child has been taken before the
court. We publish no names of chil
dren who have erred.
When children find out that theii
names have been heralded throughout
the neighborhood that they are wards
the papers, McCann," Kenndy was say
ing, evidently about Elaine. "You know
it wouldn't sound well for La Coste. As
for that woman well. I've got the
money back. You can take hiT off
make the charge."
As the house man left with Mary I
handed Craig his bag. We moved to
ward the door and as we stood there a
moment with Elaine he quietly handed
over U her the big roll of money.
She took It, with surprise Ft ill writ
ten In her bis blue t-yec. "O thank
you I might have known It was only a
blackmail scheme." she cried eagerly.
Craig held out his bund and Hlie took
it quickly, gazing into Ills eye. Craig
bowed politely, not quite know ing w hat
to do under the circumstances.
If he had been less of a scientist lie
might huve understood the look on her
face, but. with a nod to me, lie turned
As she looked first nt. him, then it
the paltry ten thousand In her hand,
Elaine stamped her little foot In vexa
tion. "I'm Clad 1 didn't say unytliing
more," she critd. "No no he shall beg
my pardon first there !"
(To Be Continued.)
of the Juvenile Court, they soon find
that they are not allowed to associate
with the neighbors' children and nat
urally they make the acquaintance of
boys who have court records. ThU
is where the police and Juvenile Court
officials find where the gangs become
If anything goes amips in the neigh
borhood tlie blame is given to the boy
r boys who Is a ward of the Juvenile
Court. If every police officer in the
City of Portland would study Juvenilo
Court methods and make it his busi
ness to settle as many cases as poKt
ble out of court, reporting the matter
to the parents, and to show he is per
sonally Interested in each und every
child in his district, it would do more
to stop juvenile delinquency than any
thing 1 know of.
MajurHy Indinereat o Children.
But as It is now, three different of
ficers change places each day In each
district, and the majority of them do
not interest themselves in the welfare
of children and take only an uclive
part in their troubles, then usually
take steps to make them more troublo
by writing reports to their captains,
giving names and addresses along with
Often one will seo these matters
published, for the reason that the
newspaper reporters have free access
to these reports. Naturally everyone
in the neighborhood is then Informed.
But where the boys are habitually on
the streets after curfew hours the po
lice officer should file complaint
against the parent for allowing hi.i
boy this privilege. There is a clty
ordinance which Is aimed directly nt
the parent, after he has been warned
once for its inlraction.
Personally I believe the parent Is
responsible for the existing condition
of many of this county's delinquent
children. As it is impossible to pun
ish the parent for the acts committed
by their children, the only solution I
know of Is to educate the child, with
the assistance of the public and trade
schools and special influence brought
to bear by social workers, whenever a
child becomes delinquent, and, when
dependent, to work directly In the
home, to Improve Its condition, with
the object in view to teach the chil
dren so that when they be'oine parents
they will have every advanta;o to
make them fit properly to bring uj
SONS LEFT HALF MILLION
S. Weir Mitchell, Author und lMiy-l-clan,
Had Stocks and Komi.
PHILADELPHIA, April 7. The es
tate of Dr, S. Weir Mitchell. noted
physician and writer, who died January
4, 1914. has been appraised at 44,bti2.U3
by the executing John K. and
Langdon E. Mitchell, sons of the de
cedent. The first accounting of the r-K-tate
has been filed with the KejriKter of
Wills for adjudication by the Orphans'
The executors set fortli in the ac
count that $5312.25 has been expended
In settling the estate and that the bal
ance of $478,749.78 is in their posac-n-clon
for distribution among the heirs.
The bulk of the estate was devised by
the will to the two sons who are ex
ecutors. Included among the investments of
Doctor Mitchell are the following se
curities: 03 shra. Penna. Co. for Inaurances on
I i . -. anH r n V annlilllb. C ' T. U, ill
374 ahra. United (las Improvement Co. :im,!'4?
V i thra. Hankera l runt Co 4l.3i.
ahra. Keal Katate Truat Co. (com
loo ahrs. Phlla. Rubber Works m.r
210 ahra. penna. K. K. Co J l,f--0
Citizens' Street Railway. Indlnnapnlls 24,8"J3
Iteadluir Co.. Phlla., and liuudiug Coal
Iron Co irt.!12
T-ehlsli Valley It. K. Co 'Jil.-.vi
Phlla.. Hallo. A Wellington R. It. Co, l.:ir.
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