Cloverdale courier. (Cloverdale, Tillamook County, Or.) 190?-19??, September 06, 1917, Image 1

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    CLOVERDALE
GOOD ROADS,
GOOD HOMES,
B E S T CH EESE
VOL.
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T h e N esiu cca V alley F irs t,
L a s t and a ll the
Tim e.
NO. 6
CLOVERDALE, TILLAMOOK COUNTY, OREGON. SEPTEMBER 6,1917
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s i Story of \"Amertca
F irst.” I Tnmasking
America's Secret Foes
Novelized From the Motion Picturf
Serial of the Same Name
Released by Pat he
curv*‘. m t,hc9 r
Guy ¥ Flc Connell
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FIFTEENTH EPISODE
The Colonel’s Orderly.
I t w a3 all over.
T h e S ilent M enace w a s unm ask ed .
On th e roof of th e arm y a d m in istra ­
tion building, helpless, huddled, his
eyes closed, h is face p a rtly concealed
in th e crook of h is u n b ro k en arm , he
lay in th e c e n te r o f an aw ed group,
dying.
In th is group w as M ajo r T h o rn to n
B re n t a n d h is w ife, M rs. T h o rn to n
B ren t, fo rm erly M iss B e rth a Bonn.
Even in th a t tra g ic m om ent a gold
locket w as conspicuous a t h e r th ro a t.
A t la st h ad B e rth a com e Into h e r own
and th e in sc rip tio n on th e m in ia tu re
in th e lo ck et becom e a fa c t, indeed.
Colonel R ich ard H . D a re a n d th e chief
of th e arm y staff w e re also in th e
group, spellbound b e fo re th e rev ela­
tion they beheld.
K neeling b eside th e dying m an,
from whom consciousness h a d n o t en­
tirely tied, w as M iss P e a rl D a re an d
h er fa th e r's o rd erly an d h e r lover, T.
O. A dam s, ab o u t whom th e sh ro u d s of
m y stery h ad n o t a lto g e th e r been re ­
m oved.
T h e flag w hich th e S ilen t M enace
h a d a tte m p te d to despoil ag ain flut­
te re d In Its p lace on th e arm y ad m in is­
tra tio n building pole.
T h e dying ruun opened his eyes an d
gazed upon it in in te n se h a tre d . “I t
w ill y e t com e down !” h e grow led, a s
if fo re te llin g th e fu tu re .
A g u st of w ind shpok th e flag and
u n fu rle d its s ta r s an d s trip e s b efore
th e gaze of th e s tric k e n m an, a s if to
defy an d challenge him a n d th e w hole
w orld.
T h e dying m an tu rn e d from th e
h a te fu l o b ject of his Rigid an d b re a th e d
his la st. “T h e S ilen t M enace h a s not
perish ed !” w ere his d e p a rtin g w ords.
"A m erica, look o u t! ”
A sh u d d e r of h o rro r ra n th ro u g h th e
sp e c ta to rs.
P e a rl D a re an d T. O.
A dam s gave th e dead m an's fa c e one
Indescribable look, ro se an d w alked
aw ay, h and in han d , th in k in g of m any
things, of everything.
T h e dead m an w a s Toko.
Toko, th e D a re ch auffeur, th e fa ith ­
ful se rv a n t, th e n ev er su sp ected or
questioned.
Toko w as th e S ilent M enace.
Toko w as th e le a n e r of tn e Foreign
Alliance, th e m aster political crim inal,
th e m an o f distinguished c h a ra c te ris­
tics of bearing, speech, physical prow ­
ess and Illim itable p o w er; a ru le r, an
in te rn a tio n a l
d ream er,
superclever
an d supercuuning, a genius In shaping
events, in in trig u e , an a rc h p lo tte r fo r
crow ns an d scep tres ag n in st dem oc­
racy und p ersonal freedom .
Toko, th e q u ie t and unassum ing
j chauffeur, w as all this, th e m nn who
I shook A m erica and foiled it to th e la s t
w ith a thick black muffler.
T h a t he died a m adm an th e re w as
not th e slig h te st d o u b t; fo r no san e
person, no m a tte r how revengeful o r
desp erate, would have h azard ed dis­
covery w hen he m u st have know n th a t
every secret service m an in W ashing­
ton w as search in g fo r him . F u rth e r­
m ore, his language and ap p earan ce in
d eath in d icated th a t the m an h ad gone
I en tirely out of his heud.
And now a curious change w as ap ­
p a re n t in th e dep o rtm eu t of T . O.
A dam s. B efore leaving th e roof w ith
| P earl h e approached B ren t and Ber-
I th a, briefly c o n g ratu lated them and,
not as a su b o rd in ate add ressin g his su ­
p erio r b u t a s a n equftl, h e requested
the m a jo r to b rin g his w ife to the
j Im res ns soon as possible; an d he also
| asked th e colonel if he w ould try aud
a rra n g e to be a t hom e a t an early
I hour.
B oth th e colonel and B ren t took it
th a t he had som ething f u rth e r to tell
about th e S ilent M enace and agreed
; to h is w ishes. B erth a did not. know
w h at to th ink. A prep o stero u s notion
h ad com e in to h e r m ind, b u t it w as so
prepostcit>u3 th a t it was dism issed a t
once, leaving h e r blank.
A dam s and P e a rl w en t to th e ho s­
p ital In w hich Toko had been placed
on th e day of th e n ig h t th ey becam e
p riso n ers on th e ship of th e S ilent
M enace en ro u te to th e can al. H ere,
to th e ir am azem ent, alth o u g h th ey now
clearly understood, th ey lea rn e d th a t
cn the sam e night T oko h ad been taken
from th e h o spital on a w ritte n order
p u rp o rtin g to come from Colonel D ure,
n o thing stra n g e being th o u g h t of th a t.
T his cleared th e la st b u t one o f th e
only tw o m issing link« in th e m ystery
of Toko, th e o th e r being seem ingly Im­
possible of solution.
I It w as th is : H ow did Toko learn
| (h a t th e C anal D efense Dlans w ere con-
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ceaied u n d e r th e left sh o u ld er stra p
an d th e chem ical w a fe rs lu th e w uteh-
fob locket of C ap tain R alph P ay n e on
th a t day in Ju ly w hen th e la tte r le ft
th e se c re t counclt cham ber of the geu-
erul arm y staff, th e ouly person outside
of th o se in th e session to whom th is
secret w as know n? Aud w as the G ra­
n a d ia n am b assad o r m u rdered by T o­
ko?
“ Som eone m u st have told T oko!"
declared P earl, perplexed, a s they h u r­
ried hom ew ard. “Y et not a soul had
le ft th e council cham ber w hen C aptain
P ay n e reached h is hotel uud found
T oko's w a rn in g ." .
“T hen you n o w ’ th lp k th a t C ap tain
T ayne w as en tirely in n o cen t?” queried
A dam s, curiously.
“I am positive, a s you a re 1" b u rst
from th e girl.
“T h ere Is no telephone connection
from th a t council cham ber, is th e re ? ”
“ No connection of any kind w ith th e
o u tsid e w orld.”
“ And no one in th*» ch am b er knew
w hat w as to be done w ith th e plans
uud th e w a fe rs w hen th e m eeting w as
called?”
“ Not u n lit th ey assem bled did any-
one except th e ch ief of th e arm y staff
know, not even flint th e re w ere such
plans an d w a fe rs.”
A dam s laughed lightly. “T hen th e re
Is only one a n sw e r to th is puzzle!” he
exclaim ed. “ P ayne m ust h av e been
gu ilty o f fo rg in g hie own h an d w ritin g
on th a t n o te o f w arning and of telling
Toko— or th e G ran ad ian am b assad o r—
th a t th e p riceless se c re t w as on his
person—an d w here. T h a t's all th e re
is to th a t. P e a r l !”
She looked a t him question! ngly.
“You do n o t believe th a t! Do you?”
H e laughed ag ain . “W h a t else is
th e re to believe?”
She fell silent, sighing, and he said
nothing m ore on th e su b ject Ju st theu.
A s soon a s th ey reached th e D are
residence, an d befo re they en tered the
house, A dam s very gravely requested
P earl to go w ith him to T oko's q u a r­
te rs over th e g arag e. She eagerly con­
sented.
W hen th ey en tered th e chau ffeu r’s
ro#m it w a s a p p a re n t th a t Toko had
been th e re recen tly . T h e floor w as lit­
tered w ith torn-up pieces of le tte rs and
envelopes, on w hich th e ad d resses, sig­
n a tu re s an d d ates, as w ell as th e post­
m arks. w ere ren d ered undecipherable.
T h e re w as n o t a stite h o f clothing o r a
single perso n al effect o f th e chauffeur
in th e place, n o t even a tru u k o r vnlise.
“H e cleaned ev ery th in g out, didn’t
he? B ag a n d baggage!” com m ented
Adam s, disap p o in tm en t w ritte n on his
face. "W e shall probably n ev er know
who T oko w as.”
“ W h at’s th is? ” questio n ed P earl,
(laying little heed to h is rem ark s, a b ­
sorbed in a discovery she h ad m ade.
Tie xed on th e back of th e door w as
n plain, bulky envelope, sealed.
“T . O. ADAMS,”
th e a d d re ss read.
“T h a t's w h a t I’ve been r a th e r ex­
pecting to find. P earl 1" A dam s cried,
w ith an en th u siasm a t w hich she w on­
dered g re a tly . “May I have It, please?"
A cu rio u s depression rarn e upon
P earl as sh e looked from th e nam e on
th e envelope to the ow ner, w hose face
w as w reath ed in sm iles o f real joy.
She banded it to him w ith o u t rem oving
h e r eyes from his. T hen an unfinished
conversation a t th e arm y a d m in istra ­
tion building flashed lDto h e r m ind.
“D o you recall th e u n an sw ered q u es­
tio n s I ask ed you, A dam s, several
h o u rs ago?” she Inquired, quickly and
seriously, com ing q u ite close to him .
"Y es, F e a rl,” he rep lied In low,
te n se tones.
“ Will
you
now
a n sw e r
them ,
please?” sh e continued. In a pleading
w ay ; “so th a t t i l m ay be c le a r b e­
tw een u s—so th a t th e re m ay be no
hidden m y stery to cro p o u t in th e
y ears to pom e a n d —a nil spoil o u r h a p ­
p in ess a n d co n ten t a n d m utual tru s t.
Is yo u r n am e really T . O . A dam *? Do
you come from M onk's C o rn er. N eb ras­
ka, o r w h erev er th a t o u tlan d ish place
m ay be? Did you know th a t Toko w as
th e S ilent M enace? Yon w ere not In
any w ay In league w ith him , w ere
you?”
"M ust you h av e y o u r a n sw e r to sll
th ese q u estio n s now ?” h e Inquired In
a stra n g e , th ick voice.
"A s you w ish ,” *he rejoined, n o t
w ithout a tin g e of Im patience.
“I am n o t T . O. A dam s o f M onk'«
C orner, N eb rask a," h e A nally ad m itte d
in hollow tones.
T h e sta te m e n t did n o t seem to su r­
p rise h er. S he m ade n o com m ent, look­
ing dow n a t th e tip o f h e r slip p er,
w aiting.
“I am n o t th e m y n terlo u s In v en to r
of th e C anal D efen ce p la n s o r th e
'jxem ical w a fe rs.” he co n tin u ed In th e
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sta te ,_i, a trill'’ m ore compost'll.
• I *i> ¡ho > paper-; t xplain th e disup-
I"unm et» <,i' A dam s oil th e aftern o o n
¡lie d e f e n s e plan s a n d w a fe rs w ere
slolou froqi Payne?"
P e a rl w as q u ite h e rse lf ag ain. I t
w as ev id en t th a t she m ean t to fo rce
from th is mnn every shred of in form a­
tion lie possessed. It w as also p lain
th a t h e w as loath, fo r som e reason, to
com e o u t w ith th e w hole tru th .
“T hey do,” ho presen tly ad m itted .
“A dam s w as not strick en w ith p a ra ly ­
sis a s Ihe arm y surgeons believed, l i e
w as d ru g g ed by th e Silent M enace. He
recovered consciousness, und— must I
go on, P e a rl? " h e cried w ith sudden
d istress.
“ M ust you go on?” she rep eated ,
w ith rag e. She w hipped out u pocket
pistol. “If you do not do so, and If
you fa lte r w ith th e tru th , I give you
'air w arn in g 1 shall not h e s ita te to use
Ids. Go on!”
"W ell, h e killed th e n u rse set hy th e
S ilent M enace to w atch him —"
"T oko?”
“T o k o ; yes. H e hid h e r body in
Ids tru n k , c a rrie d th e tru n k down th e
hack s ta irs of th e cheap hotel In w hich
he w as stopping, fouud a w heelbarrow ,
took It to th e ra ilro a d depot and w »s
uh o u t to d e p a rt fo r M onk's C orner,
th e re .to b u ry th e h-iJy secretly and re ­
tu rn , w hen new s of th e P ayne case and
th e m u rd e r of th e G ranadian am bas­
sa d o r filtered th ro u g h th e press. F ol­
low ing this, h e w aited and took th e
mi e train w ith P ayne, Intending to
-no and talk w ith him. T hen cam e th e
reek In w hich he reeeived m ortal tn-
iries. As I have said before, lu* fell
n my arm s dying, Just aide to tell me
enough to in te re s t me and d ire c t m-
mw to h ‘a rn all. I hurled the dead
nurse, tru n k an d all," he tersely con­
cluded th is astounding revelation. ”1
enn ta k e you to th e very sp o t and
prove th is sta te m e n t w-Mr*- •
sam e tones.
She loolo'd up at tP •• t. h er face
show ing pain and su rp rise.
"I never said th a t 1 w as!” he con­
| tinued.
quickly,
in te rp re tin g
le r
I thought. “ 1 said th at T . O. A dam s w
and he w as. .A n d h e w a s from M onk's
C orner, N eb rask a.”
i She seem ed to he p u z z le d at th is ex ­
p lanation, which w as not an e x p lan a­
tion a t nil, so f a r as sh e could see.
" I did not know th a t T oko w as th e
Silent M enace, alth o u g h I suspected
It, and I, of course, Was not iu league
w ith him in any w ay. Now, a re my
an sw ers sa tisfa c to ry ? "
“ No!" she exclaim ed, candidly, s t e p ­
ping back a pace. H e r voice w as co<»l.
“W ho, mny I ask, Is th e m an to whom
I have given my love and pledged my
life? W hat h as become of T . O. A dam s,
whose nam e and c h a ra c te r you have
assum ed—I m u st adir.lt, so w ell?”
“Adam s Is dead, P e a rl,” th is strange
person sta te d in accen ts so h arsh w ith
em otion th a t she becam e startle.! an d
ouly by sh eer pow er of will re -tra il, d
n Im pulse to liy fiom ti huuuluig, uu-
lellned te rro r und—him .
“ H e died in my a rm s," th e enigm a
w ent on, speaking in a d isjo in ted wuy.
“H e b reath ed his se c re t to me, not
know ing m ine” Me paused heavily, rt
pouting a fte r aw h ile; “N ot know ing
m in e !"
“W here did A dam s’ d eath occur?"
she dem anded in it shrill voice w hich
shocked th e e a rs of h e r listen er.
“H e w as killed in th e railro ad
wreck. lie w as on th e sam e tra in and
n th e sam e Couch w ith C aptain R alph
Payne. As w as 1," tin* im p o ster In­
form ed h e r in a m u tte r.
"You w ere with C aptain P a yne ? ”
H e nodded solem nly. “ I w as.”
“You knew him w ell? You w ere his
friend?"
“ 1 knew him w ell a n d tried to be
Ills frien d .”
Toko W i i th*
"You w ere su re o f his Innerenc®—
absolutely su re? It w as P a y n e jo u
set out to clear, not— A dam . - 1 ’
“ Yea; for A dam s w as engaged, on ’
hi* own account, on th e sam e m p slo n .
He le ft paper* to th a t effc t In his
hand g rip . I have those j ipers,” be
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Silent Menace.
atone known. I didn't w an t to m ake, for
It In crim in ates a w ell-m eaning fellow ,
though he I k dead.”
P earl shu d d ered and sm oothed h e r
fevered brow .
“Oh, Adam*!” she
w alled, unconsciously using th a t nam e
C ontinued on last page.
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