'tf^ ?*$&/& A Gr&it toyttw Story. ' ^ Author * •**:• . I "4 ; fey fiooAR WA£LACB, [ «#li drtoh Aftshef," "tfc'e M*h tarn tm. " held the «!»(( wt $** per nea*(*, K« eyes td auguWhet- aeli of tfi« ad^rfee*. the wHUAr. id peflcl), ^a* WOlrn hoW to a faiftt Knd almost Indecipherable attiear, in th* falfl'hg light 6f a Way fiecembei 1 aft' crnoon it would have be<m difficult enough to r«att, but' to all other dig' advantages wag 'added the drtvo of •wind and i9le%t. Her 7 old coat'Wfts already saturated, 'it had been Wet before she had Walked a mile; the brim of her black vtlvet hat drooped '• She put the paper' back into her pocket and looked a little fearfully •at the grim door of No. 661 Portman Square. . This forbidding house, with its dingy atone front and blank,' expressionless windows, might hide interiors of comfort andJuxUryV but there wa's little • promise in the put* ward appearance. What would be the end of this essay, she wondered, with a calmness which seemed strange, even to herself. Would it go with the others and end in dismissal, or, what was worse, an engagement on t«rms unspoken but .none the less clearly understood? , Portman .square was empty of, pedes« Brians'. Down one side of the, open 'sWja.ce the great red busses -rumbled aJtt closed taxis and cars sped past ajFWerVals.' Drawing a long sigh, /He walked up the two steps and looked for the bell. There was none. The door v was innocent of knocker—she tap- pod gently with her' knuckles. "Who Is there?" The voice'aeemed to come from the side stone doorposts. "Miss Bedford," she said. "I have an appointment with Mr. Malpas." There was a pause* 1 and then as the door opened slowly: ,'•••-. •j "Come upstalrs-^the room ort the first landing," said the voice. It came from a small grating let Into the wall. The hall was empty. One yellow globe supplied the illumination. "While she was looking around the door closed again, by no obvious agency. ITor a second she was seized With a sudden'and unaccountable fear. Sho sought the handle of the-'door;. • there was none. The black, heavy portal Was closed upon her irrevocably. '•'••' : ..' , '. ""• ' ' Audrey's hands were trembling; cold and fear combined to break her courage—cold and fear and .hunger, for she had taken nothing that day but a piece of bread and the remains of coffee left over from the previous night. ' She looked around the hall. Of furniture there was none except an 'old chair against the wall. The marble floor wag thick with dust, the discolored walls innocent of pictures .or hangings! With an effort she controlled her shaking limbs and walked up the stone stairs. On the second landing was a polished rosewood 'door—the . only interior door she had aeen^-and after a pause to summon the reserves of her courage she knocked. "Is that Miss Bedford?" This time the voice came from over her head. Looking up, she saw a second grating in the' recessed doorway. It was placed so that any, visitor knocking would stand immediately underneath. •' .' " . I'Yes," she .answered, holding her 'jtVety in check, ptantly the rosewood door swung a n and she passed into'a broad, well- hall. Facing her was a second door, ajar. -'.'Come in, please." This time the voice spoke from the room; it was less distinct. She hesitated, her heart thumping painfully. The room seemed to be 'in darkness save for one faint reflection. Pushing open the door, she. walked in. It was a large room, about thirty feet in width and almost twice that length. The .walls, so completely draped by velvet curtaina that it was impossible to tell where the windows were hidden, ran up into gloom; the visitor must guess where the black ceiling began and the walls ended. Under her feet was a rich, deep carpet, into'Which her halting feet sank as she took three steps, stopped and looked.^ open-eyed. In the far corner of the room a man sat at a desk, pn which a green- shaded lamp .afforded the only illumination the gloomy chamber possessed. A strangely revolting llgure. His head was narrow and bald; his yellow face, innocent of hair, was puckered In a thousand wrinkles and aotuns; the nose was big and pendulous. His long, pointed chin moved all the .time as though he were talking to himself. "Sit in that chair," he said hollowly. The chair she saw. when her eyes grew accustomed to the darkness; it stood behind a small table, and slowly and painfully she sat down. •"'I have sent for you to make your fortune," he said in his mumbling th« jUUMfe tfiad* he lock- and flhu< button 16 fOUnd e'tt some- hldeou* Chinese aftist. ' gafted steadily .. .. "von the tabie^lowki" h* Me must ,hav» jMftMtd-* oil the table,, fdr itMUfttl? --. Herself sitting, the focu« of ft ful yeitofr light that fell frtttn shaped shade aMVe and threw a clS of, bfight radiance 'On th«, •'.,— around her. .And then she saw on the table a thin package of money> , "Take it!" he Bald. . • After a second's hesitation she stretched out her hand and took the notes, shivering ftdm head to foot. The light above «as slowly dimming. Presently It faded altogether and she sat in the darkness, hef hands uh- conseiolifcly gripping the Wealth that had come to her. And a key—she did.Mot realize that Until he referred to the fact. •:' •' • ' J i ", ~ "Audrey Bedford. That Is your name?" ,- • ".:'.' v '8He made no reply. . .' '.';•• ' "Three weeks'ago you were released from'prison, where you served a sentence of a year, or nine months of a year, |or. being accessory td a rob- b«ry?'f ' "Yes," said the girl Quietly, "1 should have told you-that In any event.. I have invariably told that when 1 have applied for work." ' "Innocent,' of course?" he asked. There 1 Was no smile :tm* his expressionless face and she could not Judge whether his tone wets Ironical or not. She guessed it was< "Yes: 1 was innocent,"' she said evenly. * ' . "Faked charge—a frameful, eh? Elton had It all fixed for you. You knew nothing of the robbery? Just an innocent agent?" ," He Waited. "I knew\ nothing of th» robbery," she said quietly. . ". "Did you say that at the trial?" Sho did not answer. He stvt so 'still that she could have believed that he was a Waxen figure, worked.by some drug-crazy artist. , "You are badly dressed—that offends, me. You have money;, buy the, best. Come .this day week at this hour. You will fine a key on the table; this will unlock all doors—if the control is re- lease'd.',' " Audrey found her voice. "I must, know what my duties are," she said, and her voice sounded dead and lifeless in tHat draped room. "It Is very good of you to trust'me with ) Of £ frffpfiferliftttf Rllfivti Afnx het> syst tfo m» ulil««»» ef he Worn and In* retiriielifttl faMof landlady, it requftea tttert thaft an dinary effort t3;«*> tfils. HuAgeY #f Moraines the ffhest ftatuPe and «m was faint for tte Want 6f food. H« spoke sloWljr. . ''Your talk, is to Weak a i»afl y « heart," *e said. SNe almost laughed. . 1 i"That sounds rath** alarming, YOU are not serlotls?" •. He offered n> reply. She felt a cbt* draught behlftl her, and, turning, ,*x- perlenced a little thrill of fear to see tfie.doo* opening. \ N "Qpod'nlght." The figure at the end of the f&bm waVed a hand toward, the'door,, The interview was overi % . . "' . . She had put 6n« fo'ot on the stairs When th« door cWsed' agalBJHtnd she went ddWtf to Mil* hail, her mind in a state of chaos; The front .daor was not open; evidently he expected her to use the key. With trembling fingers she tried to press it; Into tile microscopic silt which, after a search, she d«cov« Crea. In her haste th'e key. slipped and fell. It was so small that she could not jftnd it at first. The force of her pressure 'had Se'nt it into a corner of the hall.. She found it after a search.and found something else, too—a pebble*,' the size of a nut. Attached was a blob, of red sealing-wax and the clear impression of a tiny seal. It was so unusual an object that she forget for the moment her very urgent desire to,^get out of the house. The blsarre has a fascination for th* young, artd therli was sbhiething,'very, unusual about that'common piece'of.stone so carefully sealed. ' • Audrey lobked up the stairs, hoping to see' the old man and ask htm if this queer find of her had any interest 'for him. Then she remembered that she would see him again, in a week, and she'dropped the pebble into her little han'd-bag. 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