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"Oh, whtt is b going to dor Miss
Imogens began to whimper. "Oh,
please. Lord Croyland, won't 70a let
him go? He's my friend. We let him
la the library window, and if yon tie
him op everybody will know all about
It Ob, era. ohr
Once more (harp symptoms of hys
terica threatened to develop, and Miss
Harriet1 a moat persuasive powers were
taxed to avert an alarming outbreak.
"Hash. dear, bush!" she whispered
soothingly, then turned to Richard.
"Lord Croyland." abe said, "there are
circumstances connected wltll this
strange affair which prevent me from
explaining fully. Tomorrow, when Imo
gens and I are less nervous, perhaps
ws can make yon acquainted with the
reasons. For the present I beg you to
let this man go quietly. Ws have
nothing more to fear from him."
Richard hesitated, glancing from
If Isa Harriet to the prisoner.
"Of course. Miss Renwyck," he an
swered regretfully, "I must bow to
your Judgment, though in my opinion
yoif would better allow me to turn this
fellow over to the police. I imagine
they would be inordinately glad to see
him. But just as yon like. There Is
one more little matter, however, wbtcb
I must Insist upon." He turned to the
prisoner. "This young lady." be said,
quietly pointing to Miss Imogene, "has
paid you a somewhat exorbitant price
for her own rightful property. Oblige
m by returning the amount"
"Oh, no, no; let him keep HP' begged
the victim, but Richard was obdurate
upon this point
. Mr. Roderick Fltxgeorge, having ac
complished the real object of his vis
It wss glad to be released at any
price, especially ss the disposal of the
letters was merely a device for enter
ing the house and holding the ladles
while his confederate rifled the safe.
Without more ado he took the money
from his pocket tossed. It upon the
Millard table and turned to the library
"One moment" Richard demanded.
' "Miss Renwyck, turn this light upon
: aim, please. Thank you. Now on me.
I want this gentleman to know me If
we chance to meet again."
After moment's silent scrutiny the
Texan spoke in stem but level voice:
; "My friend, I am forced to let you
! fs this time, though sadly sgalnst my
I lacllaatlon. Ton owe your release to
;tse kindness of the ladles. The next
jttme the affair will be mine. If you
-.ever molest them again in any way
Til settle with yen in a way we make
use of in Texas. Tou understand?
Too are marked, my friend. I'd know
year bad eye in Jericho. Tea, and I'd
follow you there, too, for the pleasure
ef wringing your worthless neck. Now
apologise to these ladles, then gitt"
! Ia Richard's present tone there was
a suspicion of an English drawl, and
Harriet marked it joyously, though half
incoasclously, for the strain of fear
sad anxiety was now beginning to tell
apoa her nervea. Miss Imogene was
ready for complete collapse, and the
two stood trembling in each other's
The burglar mumbled a stumbling
apology, then passed Into the library
through the door which Richard open
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ed for bis exit He lost no time in
stepping through the still open win
dow and In a moment more was skulk
ing scross the lawn.
"Lord Croyland," began Miss Har
riet who had followed from the bil
liard room with Imogene clinging hope
lessly to her arm "Lord Croyland, I
want to thank you for"-
Tbe words died suddenly upon her
lips, and she leaned for support against
"Who's there r called a roles la the
darkness from the stairs in the halt
"Quick!" whispered Richard to the
terror stricken girls. "It'a your fa
ther! Oo back into the billiard room
and slip upstairs when you get the
ehance. There! If s all right Leave it
He gave them no chance to disobey,
but pushed them through the door,
while he spurred his brain for some
good excuse to sccount for his presence
in the library at this unseemly hour.
"Who's therer Mr. Renwyck called,
and this time Richard answered back:
"Hello! It is I! WU-er-I mean
Croyland. Is that you, Mr. Renwyck V
He grabbed a book at random from
one of the shelves, then drew the hall
portieres aside, to discover his host
revolver lu hand, on the dim lit stairs,
arrayed In a long white night robs,
which made him look more gaunt and
angular than ever.
"Oh, lt'a you!" aald Mr. Renwyck la
great surprise. "I thought I beard a
noise a ahot or something and got up
to Investigate. Why in the name of
heaven aren't you in bed?"
"I'm awfully sorry to have disturbed
you," the Texan answered easily. "I
I stumbled over a beastly chair in the
dark. Too bad, upon my word! Tou
see," he exr&lned, "I couldn't sleep, so
I came dov. There to take a liberty and
Mr. Renwyck glanced at bis cos
tume, which, with the exception of bis
dress coat which had been exchanged
for a house jacket was the same his
guest had worn earlier In the evening.
The financier thought for a moment
then descended the stairs, entered the
library and switched on the electric
light The first thing to catch his eye
was an open window, wbtcb Richard
In his baste had failed to close.
The Texan Interpreted the blank as
tonishment so clearly written on Mr.
Renwyck's face and proceeded to en
"Fresh air," be murmured easily;
"it's so beastly warm, you know. I
rather fancy I'm a bit feverish, really."
Mr. Renwyck frowned thoughtfully.
"Lord Croyland," he asked, "did you
open that window yourself?"
"To be sure." lied Richard suavely,
while he screwed In his ever rendv
monocle, thanking God that he hud not
laid it aside. Somehow the thing seem
ed to give him confidence .now. It
was something to cling to. "No harm.
"Well, no," returned Mr. Renwyck
slowly, "only I don't understand why
It didn't raise a hullabaloo. I'm posi
tive I set the burglar alarm, and"
He took n step toward the wall. "By
fjeorge! It's turned off!"
Now, Ilk-hard knew nothing what-
4SI 11 IT mellow
rht that Is very grateful
rvrfect student or family
ever about the burglar alarm and be
gan to feel Icy beads of perspiration
gathering on his brow, the more so aa
Mr. Renwyck waa gaxlng at him in 111
disguised and Increasing suspicion.
"Oh, thstr he laughed. "I turned
the lever before I raised the Bash.
Miss Renwyck explained it to me yes
terday. Jolly little contrivance, 'pon
my word. I ahould like Immensely
to havs the system Installed at Croy
The bogus earl looked innocent to
the point of childishness, and the mys
tified host was forced to accept the
very Inadequate explanation of the
episode. Without comment he closed
the window, set the alarm once more,
switched off the lights and allently,
not to aay grimly, led the way opstalrs,
meekly followed by the Texan, glad to
have escaped further Inquisition.
"I'm awfully sorry to have caused
yon all thla bother," Richard apolo
gized again aa they reached the npper
landing. "I'm no end of a nuisance,
"Don't mention It 1 beg you," an
swered the financier, with forced cour
tesy. "I hope you will sleep now.
Good night" Then the two parted
and entered their respective rooms.
"Strange," muttered Mr. Renwyck
aa be pulled the sheet about his chin.
"A peculiar lot, these Englishmen. But
I dare say I appear just aa peculiar to
"Lord Croyland," he tuked, "dlil you
open that window yourself t"
them. He acted so strangely, too.
about that check the other night. One
hundred thousand dollars! Humph!
I wonder if he has a hundred thousand
dollars. I begin to doubt It doubt It
Meanwhile the Texan reached bis
room, mopped his brow and bunted for
his brandy flask. It seemed to blm
that he wanted a good stiff drink aa
be wanted nothing else In all the
world. He failed to And bis flask In
Its accustomed place and surmised ac
curately that if be found Wooiscy
BlUs he might strike Its trail. The
valet's sleeping room wss next his
own, so without ceremony the msster
pushed open the door, admitting a flood
of light He did not find bis flask, nor
did he And his servant either, for the
room waa deserted, and the bed had
not been occupied.
"A hi" observed the Texan thought
fully. "Bre'r Fox bss changed mas
ten for the second time. Humpbl A
little awkward to explain for me, I
On Reatmors a heavy alienee fell
again, which was broken, as before,
only by that antique clock and Its soft
chime as It struck another quarter
hour. Then two dim, ghostly figures
crept slowly up the stairs and entered
Miss Harriet Renwyck'a room. In a
little while tbey were aafely tucked In
bed and lay whispering In each other's
"Oh. Harriet darling," breathed Miss
Imogene, "wssn't he er just splendid
when he told that bouncer? I don't be
lieve he's an Englishman at all."
"Nonsense!" the other laughed. "Of
course he's sn Englishman. Now try
to go to sleep."
It would be discourteous In the ex
treme to stats that a lady had been
guilty of another "bouncer," but at
any rate Miss Harriet clasped a drowsy
little figure to ber breast, thought of
Texas and smiled Into the darkness
ATT o'clock the next morning Mr.
I Renwyck bad s telephone call
from bis partner In New York.
It was of such a serious na
ture as to cause blm to dress hurried
ly and leave without waiting for his
breakfast, though Mrs. Renwyck fol
lowed blm to the front veranda, beg
ging him to wait for a cup of coffee.
"No; haven't time!" be snapped as
he climbed Into the waiting trap. "Go
alone. Walters. Whoa! Walt a tnlo
its. By George," be excluluied, with a
frown of annoyance. "I forgot about
those jewels!" He fumbled In his
pocketbook. produced a memorandum
and banded It to bis wife.
"Julia," be said hurriedly, "this Is
the combination of the safe. Telephone
to Michael, will you, and ask blm to
come over before he leaves for town?
Get him to unlock the safe and bring
the diamonds with blm to my office.
I'll put them In the safety deposit
vault There haven't time to explain
any more. My train is due in three
minutes. Good by. Now, Walters, let
Molly hsve ber head."
In a moment the trap had whirled
through the open gates, and Mrs. Ren
wyck. marveling at what could take
her lord away so suddenly, turned and
went Into the house, where she obe
diently telephoned ber husband'a mes
aage to her brother Michael.
Breakfast was late that morning, as
two at least of the Inmates of the
house showed unmistakable signs ot
loss of sleep.
"How lovely!" exclaimed Miss Har
riet as ahe glanced through a delicately
tinted note, then turned to Richard.
"Such a dear friend of mine is coming
out this morning to stay over Sunday.
I know you will be charmed to meet
"Delighted, I'm sure," drawled Rich
"Who Is It Harriet?" Mrs. Renwyck
Richard's indolence departed In
stantly. The name recalled several
"Er beg pardon," he questioned, "la
the lady rather tall and blond ah-twenty-two
or thereabout with a rip
"Why, yes!" cried Imogene delight
edly. "Do you know her?"
"Well, no, not exactly," returned the
smiling Texan. "She has er been
pointed out to me." He screwed In
his monocle and picked up a letter
from Lord Croyland'a mall which lay
beside his plate. "I'm swfully sorry
that I shan't be here when Miss Semp
ton arrives, but I find I shall have to
go to New York this morning. Too
"But you haven't even read your
letters yet chirruped Miss Imogene,
"Can you tell from the outside that
It's some horrid business?"
Richard nodded sadly and tapped a
formidable official envelope.
"Too true," he murmured. "It's
business and, aa you aptly express It
In one sense the Texan spoke the
plain, unvarnished truth, for business
of an unpleasant character called blm
In several directions. He bad entire
ly forgotten until the mention of Miss
Bempton's name recalled It to him
that be bad a smashed automobile on
his hands, not to mention a prospec
tive lawsuit from a Justly Irate farm
er. Then, too. It would be tnoBt awk
ward to bave the charming Miss Semp
ton extend ber band and say, with a
most engaging smile: "How do you
do, Mr. Peter Wilson? I knew you
were not a chauffeur, How many oth
er names do you bnppen to possess?"
Yes, "horrid business" called him away
from Irvlngton at once and bade fair
to keep blm away until Miss Sempton
"Woolsey and I," he muttered to his
Inward, disgusted self, "must seek se
clusion In some faroff, happier clime."
Breakfast was scarcely over when
Mr. Corrlgan was announced. He en
tered with a cheery good morning to
every one, then went with Mrs. Ren
wyck to the library. Miss Scbermerly
strove with all her crafty wiles to
lure Lord Croyland away for a morn
ing walk and a chat on the superior
advantages of being a nobleman, but
the nobleman In question met guile
with guile and pleaded an excuse of
having to catch the next train.. He
aald he would walk to the station,
especially as on foot he might dodge
Miss Sempton if she happened to come
earlier than expected, and startod
across the lawn.
On the lawn he lingered in the hope
of seeing Miss Harriet once more, for
he did not wish to leave Irvlngton
without confessing bis deception and
declaring himself ber bumble worship
er from the Lone Star State. He had
almost given up bope when be spied
ber coming from the house toward
him. 8he, too, bad been dodging dlffl
cultles In the path of a meeting with
him alone. And now as she tripped
scroes the grass be saw In ber eyes s
light, on her cheeks a color which
caused bis heart to bound, while the
warm blood tingled through his veins.
"Lord Croyland," abe said, "before
you go I want to thank you for what
you did for Imogene and me last
night It was splendid of you to take
the blame, and"
"But bow do you know what I did?"
be asked ber laughingly.
Because, she stammered, "we we
didn't go upstairs when you told us,
Ws stayed In the billiard room and
and listened." Hbe flulxhed with a
violent blusb, which made ber irresist
ible In the Texan's biased eyes.
"Oh!" he laughed. "I see."
Miss Harriet did not join In his mer
riment She looked up earnestly and
"Why didn't you tell the whole truth
and explain to father?'
"Explain to father!" be echoed, mis
taking ber meaning. "Good Lord!
How could ir
Miss Harriet nodded, smiling hap
pily. "1 think I understand. Yon wanted
to save ber?"
"Of course," answered Richard, re
lieved again. Really, these sudden
shocks almost broke bis nerve.
'Now, tell tne one thing more," con
tinued the girt. "You are not an Eng
lishman. I suspected It before, and
last night I knew It. Who are you?"
Richard gasped and took a backward
step, while the hot blood mounted to
bis cheeks and tinged the dnsky
"Wbo am I?" be repeated earnestly.
"A man who loves you with bis heart
and mind and soul a man Who bas
deceived you only that be might be
oear you, to toucij your band and look
Into your eyes a uiuu wbo bas fol
lowed you from Tex"
"Harriet. Harriet!" came a cry of
shrill distress from tue frout verauda.
"Harriet, the diamonds! They are
Mrs. Renwyck clung limp and di-
heveled to the railing, while Mr. Corrl
gan strove to hold ber up and at the
same time murmur words of comfort
In ber ear, a task In which he was
greatly bandlcupped by shortness of
stature and disproportionate rotundity.
"GoneT cried Harriet, whitening to
the lips. "Gone where?"
Mrs, Renwyck Immediately forgot
family traditions, etluuette and every
thing else beside the crushing loss rod
ber rising Irish blood.
"Don't lie 11 fool!" she shrilled. "How
jo 1 know where they've gone? Do
rou thluk I've got 'em In my pocket?
With this drnmntic finish Mrs. Ren
wyck promptly fainted, sinking down
Into a huddled heap aud dragging little
Uncle Michael with her.
The household waa already In an
uproar. With Klcharu s assistance
Mrs. Henwyck was laid upon a sofa.
and smelling suits were administered
In such generous quantities that she
returned to consciousness with gasp
ing protests and gusts of rage. Miss
Bchermerly offered consolation lu the
form of various questions and was so
offended by the answers she received
that she retired to her room lu right
eous Indignation. Miss Chlttendon
crept close t the edge of the circle of
excitement and listened as one In a
frozen trance. Both she and Mlsa Har
riet to say nothing of Itlcbard himself,
bad worked out a solution of the prob
lem by the simple process of deduction,
and three hearts sank to the utmost
depths of despondency. Uucle Michael
sdded to the depression by a cheerful
statement which gave at loast a clew
to the robbery.
"I'm not a bit surprised at this," be
said, "and It's all Jacob's fault for
being so puffed up and bullet beaded,"
which was truly an Irish mixture of
"What do you mean?" demanded
Mrs. Renwyck, Instantly taking the
side of her abused husband.
"Why, simply this," said the little
lawyer coolly. "There was a cock eyed
vagrant noiiK around the place sev
eral days ugo, aud I warned Jacob to
place a detective In the bouse while
the diamonds were In this toy safs of
his, but he wouldn't do It"
Harriet flushed and bit ber Hps. Imo
gene gave evidence of approaching
hysteria, and Richard llsteued, while
Ice cold shivers frolicked up and down
his spine. The Texan could place the
"cock eyed vagrant" and also feared
be could place the confederate who bad
evidently helped himself to the con
tents of tho safe while Mr. Roderick
Fltzgeorge eugnged the ladles In the
billiard room. It was all so simple, so
pitifully simple! The diamonds were
gone, and so was Woolsey Bills.
Richard's trip to Now York was now
out of the question. He must stay
and face the music, though the price
he must pay Uio fiddler was a question
he dared not dwell upon. Ho could
only bope Miss Sempton would not ap
pear until It was all over. He was
now burning to get bold of Harriet
and confess everything and then to
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shout out tbe truth from the very
While not personally responsible for
tbe loss of tbe dlnmouds, the Texan
was morally responsible lu view of tbe
fact that he had allowed Lord Croy
land'a valet to remain under the Ren
wyck roof when be knew In advance
that tbe man was not a character to
be trusted. The real master had want
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his klnd-stlll It wss bis duty to hsvt
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Truly, the humor of the situation was
In much the same condition as the
With a very solemn face, but with a
good deal of Inward pleasure, Cncle
Michael telephoned to Mr. Renwyck.
He had glveu sound advice, and Jacob
had derided him, hooted at blm, laugh
m1 him tn scorn and bad finally sug
m.Hiwl that ha look under tbe bed for
a burglar. Mr. Corrlgan by all Chris
tian precepts should have oeen sorry
tar his lirother-lii-la w. hut the plump
little Irishman was uot. On the con
trary, he was glad with a gladness
which tilled Ulm witn aeunous cuue
kles when no one was looking. He
was eveu with Jacob at last! Hs
meant to be more even before the day
"Hello!" he called over the wire.
v..h 1 want Mr. Reuwvckl Hello.
Jake! Good morulug! Wha-yes, Cor
rlgan! Me! Don't you mow my mu
sical voice? Yes, yes, of course I
know you are busy! But say! I vs
got something Interesting to tell you.
You remember that follow with a cast
In bis eye tbe one you laughed at me
about? What? That's It-the tramp."
Here Mr. Corrlgan covered the mouth
piece with bis band and released tne
ni..rrlinfnt that was struggling; With
his Insldes. Then he took up bis Joy
ful narrative. '1 looKeu unaer me
iu.il for lil in Inst ulutit. but he wssn't
there. Do you know why? He llept
lu your little toy sare. got up eariy
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No! nonestly. It Isn't a Joke. I'm
. .- , . ... , i.i
telling you tne wuoie uiwerauie,
wretched truth. Your safe has been
mliliml rwkeve made a dean sweep.
what? What? Oh. Jacob. Jacob, you
shonldu't talk like that! It's sgalnst
the rules of the Telephone Bxcnsnge."
The rest of tbe conversation was
more serious. Mr. Corrlgan advised
his brother-lu-low or the true conai
tlmi nf itTnlra and offered to do any
thing lu bis power to help matters
along. Mr. Uenwyeii, wuiie very rauco
niriiirml over his liiirbor scheme, con
cluded tn drop biiMliH't H for the morn
ing anil hasten out to Irvlngton wits
teo e.uTteti cd detective?.
"CikhI!" iiiilniiiled I'nile Mlchaol.
"The ni'iiv the merrier. I lielleve I
run furnish these p-ulle:ne;i with sev
eral uilunble clews. I hute t suy
Told joii ho!' Juke, but If you bud
listened to me you- what? No, I wou'tl
It's hut ell"""'! 'i'" hen'. Ilnodliy."
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