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Logansport, Indiana
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Wednesday, May 11, 1898
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HEW YORK, N. Y. Ite Hi* by J. I*. «MIMB. BwJfthn & , *.». K«**Hiw. W. H. Pirtw eiDorter's Romance, B1( o o -*HE DEA00N* CHAPTER VIII. Paul read Uie note—or as Miss TJC- bourgeois herself suggested in her postscript, "the letter"—over thres times. It touched him deeply. The generous determination thut he should not be balked in his errand by untie* served rudeness, the chivalrous championship of his claim to be a (jrentle- Bian, the offering' of the information aj » proof of the sincerity of the writer's protestations, ail showed a delicacy and consideration alike undeserved and unexpected. At first he was inclined not to use in the Orb what Jliss Lebourgeois had written, as she must have sent the letter without her mother's knowledge; and had he a rig-lit to take advantag-eof tlieg-enerous impulse of youth and inexperience? On tha other hand, a note simply thanking her, however strong- the terms used, while declining her proffer, would be sure to be construed by so high-strung a girl as a tacit rebuke of her unconventional conduct. This thought decided Paul. Whatever else he did, ho would not for a moment allow her to think that he saw in her act anything to be criticised. After all, there waa no reason for squeamishneas. Nobody need know—no, nor even guess—that there was any connivance on her part with the publication of the description of her gown. It would ba laid to a gossiping maid. So Paul, taking up the first paper that lay ready to his hand, wrote: THE vSx. Lotas CLUB, Tuesday Evening. Mr DEAB Miss LEBOUHSEOIS—I can not express to you, and I shall not try, how deeply your delicate ki idaess has touched me. Some day possibly— though I do not count upon it—I may meet you on equal terms and thunU you as well as I can pi-rsonrilly. Should this opportunity never come, I feel sure that I can trust to the saiua generous intuition, which led 3-011 to sc fearlessly champ,un a stranger, to appreciate my sense of obligation and gratitude, which is better thus hinted at than expressed, when any expression roust be a. failure. I will simply allude to my deep regret that your mother was not in when my card was sent up, that her mosu justifiable misapprehension might have »een avoided- At the same time, since to that unlucky aciiisnt I owe what *«in)e one of the most carefully cherished memories of my life, I can only say that my regret is solely for the transiently false position in which you were placed. In case a similarly strange freak of chance should ever again give occasion for a. note from yourself, I would suggest that perhaps it had better be directed in care of my cousin, Col. Charles White, a1 the club, than sent to the Orb office. Not that it would be tampered with there, but only as a matter of absolute safety. I can only add that I shall be happy to use the information placed at my disposalcas 'inconspicuously' as possible, and that if a rare good fortune should ever put me in the way of serving you, you of course would not fail to command ruy services to the fullest extent. Very sincerely acd^indebtedly, PAUL TERBT. Paul was not entirely satisfied with this reply. It seemed constrained and i> ver} 1 marked contrast to the frank tone of Miss Lebourgeois. At the same time he intended it to be formal. Should the note ever fall into other hands, especially into those of her brother and his friend, Frank, he meant to make, sure that it should be perfectly free from possibility of misconstructing —that even a prejudiced critic could not say after reading it, that he had taken advantage of his opportunity to lay the basis for a clandestine correspondence or acquaintance. This much he owed to a proper self-respect, and this must be achieved at all hazards. From this standpoint his note seemed satisfactory. It Rtracfc Mm, upon starting- to address the envelope, that Miss Lebonr- geois had given bim no address. Hti mother, of course, could not have known that she had written It. The reply, either sect by mail or messea-' ger. would be likely to fail under the mother's eye, and lead to disagreeable questions. The mail would attract less attention than a messenger. Perhaps it was lucky, after ali, that he had written it at the'club on club paper. Iiliss Lebourgeois must have friends, if not relatives, who were members, and a letter from the club would probably attract as little attention as any in a strange hand. So he simply directed the note to Miss Lebourgeois' name, rang the table bell for a. servant, secured a stamp and bad the letter posted. Ha looked at his watch and found that it was already 11 o'clock. He had. spent a great deat soore time over the matter, than he had any idea of. He mint be back at the Orb office by itftlf-paut 11 at the fartli- ect, and tc do that be had no time to waste. The Colonel was probably 'busy, »ad he would not dUtnrb bim. He would leave his thanks and * good night for him with the steward or bis isajstant ui4 Blip out -unnoticed. But ftti the Dool-BlMrera were cocaine dovn- , evide'nfJy in "nigh good" h'nrnor, to judge from the general chorus of a jolly drinking song, that marked their passage from landing to landing. The Colonel's baritone was unmistakably adding its contribution. Paul did not care to encounter the crowd, and waited. Some of theja sought-, the drinking rooms. The Colonel's steps crossed the library threshold, in his wake a distinguished-looking French gentleman. "Ah. Paul," said the Colonel, whose voice was just a little emphatic and whose face was more that, a little reddened by the wine he had been drinking, "\vas afraid Miat you had gone. Mighty glad to find you. Want to present you to my friend, the Count de Fooliers, who is anxious to meet a representative of American humor that, he politely says, 'gives the same flavor to American newspapers which one finds in the Parisian wit of the boulevard journals alid in "those of no other city across the water.' Count, this is my young eousm, Mr. Terry, of whom I was speaking, who can dissect and serve up a murder or a politician with a skill and spico that makes your mouth water for more, be gad." "I am exceedingly delighted to enjoy the good fortune of making Monsieur Terry's acquaintance," said the Count, in unexpectedly good English, that was marked by no peculiarity reproducible in type. The "r" had the French roll, that was all, except a precision of accent and distinctness of pronunciation. "The subject started by our gallant friend," added the Count, "is one, lam sure, you two gentlemen will agree with nr-e in asserting, which needs for its proper elucidation 1 he stimulating incense of Bacchus. Will you gentlemen join me in pouring libations'. 1 '' ••Oh, yes, we will 'libate,' " said the Colonel; "but pray, allow me to act as j priest. 'Old Bac' would never smile on | us :>g-am if we allowed a distinguished fellow-worshipper from a foreign shore to •liba.te'aDj' more in this temple of bis at his own expense, after the ungenerous drafts already made upon him in defiance of the laws of hospitality, be gad." "My dear Colonel," returned the Count, "I must be allowed to insist upon my priority of utterance—I am sure not of thought''—but Paul interrupted him. ••I should be honored Count to share vour hospitality/' he said, "but an unavoidable engagement calls me away. I shall hope to simply defer the honoi for a more fortunate occasion." The Count was about to insist, but the Colonel tioped him a wicked, tipsy wink. "Any engagement at 11 o'clock at nisrht is inviolate bv: all the laws ol K-Tne, woman and song, eft, 2ount?" "Certainly, Mr. Terry; certainly. Colonel," said the Frenchman also wickedly winking. "Mr. Terry, I shall hope that our next meeting will be a very early one, and so early in the day that no inviolate engagements can possibly interrupt it." Paul hastily said "good night," madft his way out and caught his first Street car. He was taken with the Frenchman, whom he left matching silver dollars with the Colonel to decide which shonld be first at the libation—a reversal of the old-time custom of heathen days when the priest invariably "libated" and the people did the paying. The Count de Fooliers, as Paul saw him, was a man to make a favorable impression on a stranger. He had a fine cut face that would have adorned a cam«o. His nose was, if anything, too keenly pointed, but his nostrils were sensitive and his eyes, naturally bright, were heavy with much drinking, of whose frequency little puff balls beneath each told the plain story. His jet black hair, a little blacker than one would have anticipated considering the hazel of his e.w-s wa« naturally curly and luxuriant, but had been kept evidently carefully trimmed, as also the full beard, wbioh was of exactly the same shade with %h*» oa hit head. Tha month was Snn. without giving one an impression of stubborness. The figure w:is tall and would have been shapely, but for the abdominal fullness due evidently to too . g-ood living. Leave out certain marked traces of dissipation, and the Count would have looked the forceful man of intellect. As it was. he seemed 'ftie type of the ^ever. affable man of the worid—for hiS manners were entfaging and politeness and good breeding stamped all his words and acts. He was. of course, in evening attire and wore no jewelry to speak of. Yet his studs—of which, to quote Novelist Crawford, he wore two, to "avoid the antiquit3- of three and the vulgarity of one"—seemed curious small cameos that might have adorned an ancient Egyptian, and at which one cast stolen glances out of baited desire for closer inspection. From his fob dangled a small seal, provoking the same curiosity because a cursory look seemed to indicate that it was something •unique. On the little finger of his right hand was a snake ring, the only really conspicuous piece "of jewelry on his person, which seemed in its writhings to iave wriggled beyond the knuckle. Its •uby eyes, forked tongne, and raised head' appeared at anj monjejit ta tnreatentne ttncolllng or tne folds »nd a. sudden dart upon some unsuspecting prey. These folds, by the way. had a very snake-like appearance, being made up of a fine network that crossed and repressed itself most intricately. and produced a very different effect from the plain gold band of the ordinary* snake ring. On the whole, Paul decided that the ring gave its owner an uncanny, if not a sinister, character. The Count would have made a mueh pleasanter impression on ths casual stranger ' had that snake ring not been worn. "Yet what a fool I am to let such a thing '.nfluence Jny judgment of » man!" said Paul to himself, as he climbed the stairs to the Orb office. CHAPTER IX. Archer was not in the crowd of reporters vrhom Paul found loafing near Abe's desk, waiting for the signal of departure. Archer was alloxved an independence of the ordinary rules, strictly -enforced on the rest of the staff, because of his superior value. All the others acquiesced in it as a matter of course without a murmur. Abe aid not detain them long. As soon as the clock struck its first stroke of lz, he said, "Gentlemen, you can go home." Two victims stayed behind, those assigned to the "late watch."' One wended his way to the Chestnut street station, where SUKK3NOERJ police news from all over the city was immediately reported by telegraph after 10 o'clock in the evening. The other took vip an exchange to while away two hours that were sure to prove tedious, unless a belated fire or murder turned up to make an exciting race against time. Paul had still three-quarters of an hour before his engagement with Archer. He passed it in taking a hmch —a roast-beef sandwich and a glass of iced-iea, his invariable midnight re- pust—at an adjacent all-night restaurant, and in tulkiue theology with flie cashier, a' devout "believer In the non-jjospel of TJob Ingersoll. Paul, who had at one time expected to be a parson, and who then had read quite widely for a young fellow in both skeptical and orthodox controversial writings, liked no better fun than arguing down the crude statements and Inferences of this modern boss infidel. He broke up the debate in time tojreach tneChestnut street station at "12:45 sharp," but did not have a cha/ace to enter, or ia fact to get within a block of the building. . Just as he was crossing a streetabove Chestnut he heard a voice, say, "Ah, Mr. Terry, glad to see you so prompt. This way, pleuse." ,It was Archer, of whose approach Paul had no inkling. "I wanted you to be on time," added Archer, "for I intended heading- you off 'about half way up, and did not wish to miss you." They walked back and boarded a north-bound car in silence. It carried them' only a block or so away from "the square," where an electric light was casting moon-green rays over the silent Leboursreois mansion. A drwr store. wliose mate he had ensconced Paul, ba palled back a curtain which covered >. skylight and took a look r.t the night "When it is day," he said, "I sit under this to read, where no prying eyes cam possibly watch me, as I have here the only entrance to the roof and there are no nearly adjacent blocks. When it is a bright night, and I have nothing else better on my mind, I like to watch the stars and fancy I am an ancient Egyptian priest. There's my guide,"' he added, 'pointing to an astrological chart, that hung opposite the book-case. "Have a drink? Xo? Well, I don't care for anything myself." "You are the first member of the Orb staff who has ever been in my den," Archer went on. "I had intended asking you before what happened today, which made me think we might pull together in a little matter. I knew you had the true gentlemanly instinct which appreciates another gentleman's private eccentricity, and would not vulgarly blazon the thing abroad with wonder-wagging tongue. Perhaps some day I will tell you my story, but not to-night, for it will be late before we get through talking— you will be my guest, of course: that is, if you can sleep here (Paul did not see where). So let us plunge in medias res at once, to quote a hackneyed scrap of Virgil, in whose smooth lines. by the way. I find much to nurture roundness of style, and not a bit of the monotony which Bulwer ascribes to him." The surroundings were wierd enough to suit the strange man and his oddly mixed t-aik. The flames blazed high from the brightly burning, constant crackling wood. They shot fantastic shadows over the dead fed wall, and twist«d around the serpent andirons in sibilant tongues of fire. They lit up ihe skeleton's grin and sparkled between the coils of tb« festooned hangman's rope. Paul could not help looking away from the fire in nervous unrest at skeleton and rope, to only look back again and watch the iire-tongue* embrace {.he ^ seo>«n,ts teat twisted wltH a tftKMpkovMMt pl*** °*«r O* night-bell pwll, brought them to a halt Up a pair of stairs leading to tlie floor above, they (or ratker Paul) stumbled in the dark, and, after making- an unexpected turn into a side hallway, up another Sight, which led directly into a room, like tho»e that conduct to the iodge of some order, which was Archer's apartment, although then Paul only guessed it. Standing still, our hero—if such he i s _waited, after his companion had admitted 'him with a night key, in what seemed Egyptian darkness, until an electric lighter attached to the gas fixture suddenly flashed brightness over a most curious place. It was papered in cardinal red. with cnrtains and furniture to match, while tne border was a wide and deep black, the trimmings of furniture, etc.. being also black. In fact, ,no colors were visible anywhere except red and black. There we're apparently no windows. These, as Paul later learned, had been shut in by thick inside shutters, and curtained ES described. On one side was a well-filled book-case, with the curtains half pulled back. Quaint pictures adorned the walls in red cherry frames and black velvet mat*. A skeleton grinned at you from one corner, und the 'inkstand on the black-folded center table -was fashioned out of a skull Across one side was a common-looking rope festooned in crape. The skeleton was a murderer's, Archer asserted, whose arrest he had secured and whose hanging- he had written up, and the rope was the one that had broken the skeleton's neck. The inkstand was that murderer's victim's head. Some burg jal "s tools, a faro layout, even a press once used in manufacturing "the queer," trophies of police raids, were the curious memorabilia of that curious room, secured by hook or crook, despite the law. Archer had long stood in well with the police powers that be. A.t soon as the gaa was lit he touched off a wood fire—the fire dogs were a couple of snake* fashioned by the industrious patient of an insane asylum—took out a couple of cigars from a drawer in his desk, which wt.s of the blackest of ebony, lit one and handed the other to Paul. Before seating himself in a "sleepj-hpllovr' 1 easy cbai^jut tnemselves almost out of their reacn- Paul enjoyed a good cigar and the one he w>as smoking was excellent. A glance at his companion seemed to show that Archer was trying to find a clue to something in the quickly-falling ashes. '•I don't know where to begin," said Archer. "1 don't know whether to tell my story frontward or backward. 1 might lei.d you up to a startling denouement, the newspaper way: or commence in the business way by telling you first why I want you to listen to the tale at all. I think the last the most straightforward and shall choose it. So prepare to be surprised at the outset. The matter in hand intimately concerns Miss Lebourgeois"—Paul dropped his cigar and started from his vihair. but Archer apparently did not notice it. "She is engaged to be married to Cotmt de Fooliers"—Paul started again even more suddenly, but composed himself in an eye-wink. "I believe," continued Archer, "that the Count de Fooliers i» no Count at all. but is in fact a valet who is guilty of robbing an estate, if not of murder. I am sure that you have an entree in the Lebourgeoia family, if you care to use it, which will enable me. if you choose to help, to unravel a foul conspiracy and save an innocent girl from a fate that must always shadow her to the grave. I am convinced that you have that entree from the letter you received from Misa Lebourgeois this evening. She would, I am certain, never have written that note had she merely met you in your capacity of reporter. From what Jeanings told me of your unwillingness to sro to interview her about £•» DaH dress, I gathered taat tttere were special reasons in the matter beyond the mere disagreeableness of the assignment. I know that you are a Yale man. I know also that you must have been there about the time Frank Lebourg-eois was in college. You two were very likely acquaintances, are very possibly friends. You were afraid of being recognized as some one more than a reporter. You were recognized, or else Miss Lebourgeois had never written that note to you. Am 1 right in my inferences and conclusions?" Paul did not assent or deny. He simply said, though much struck by the ability of this man to put two and two together. "Please go on." He was determined to hear all there was to hear. Perhaps now might come his des'ired chance to serve Miss Lebourgeois. (To be A Clnbhonse For Girls. 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