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J^Wfc, J'jMUMj 10 _L Tttfi AtTOONA MtRROK-TtmftSftAY, NOVEMBER ? "t*>!k THE MAN FROM MOROCCO By EDGAR WALLACE. Copyright, 1920, by The Chicago Dally News Co. Ho was turning: away when A thought struck him. "I wish you'd go In and see Lord Crolfi. He la rather under thejsumed name," It ran. "The moment weather. He will be able to tell you you arrive, come up to the house of what happened at Suba," and, with a j Sadl Haflft. I wish to see you urgent" "" " hasty word of farewell, he ran down the Htcpn nnd hurried toward the gates of the city. Ncur the street of the Mosque Is a SYNOPSIS, -dreams!" replied tho bnsha median-| small and unpretentious house, the Jam<!9 Morlnkc. v. a. fjonsiilnii. to Tan- Ucally, as he touched the notes loving- ! door of which Is reached by a flight of gler, has for ten yo purs been Investigates I ] v >h Hamon. operator of , t (he activities of Ralph VKrtoim non-ejtlstanl companies formed by his Morocoan agent, Sadl Haflz. Morlnkc inspects Hamon of (he murder of Johnny Cornford who disappeared with 100,000 pounds cash shortly after he left on a trip to Morocco. Hamon, now very rich, Is In love with Joan Crelth, and after visiting the Crdths nt their country estate, father, Lord Crelth, chartered for a Mediterranean cruise, say- Ing he has been cnlled to New York ami then unknown to Crelth plans to go to Morocco Instead. Morlake also loves Joan and fearing for her safety near Hamon's friends In Morocco he ships on tho yacht as the cook's helper. The yacht Is anchored off the coast of Morocco and while the ship's crew nnrt officers werft ashore picking up pnme crates they were Instructed to get by Hamon, II* almost deserted boat Is attacked hy some Moors who try to kidnap Joan. Morlake frustrates their attempt but Is carried off himself lie- tore, the crew could rrlurn. Movlake escapes and makes his way to Tangier where the Crtlths are slopping for ft few days, only to learn that Joan has been kidnaped and carried away to the RIQ Hills by Kalph Hamon. CIIAPTRIl I.FV. A VISIT TO THE BASHA. Hamon had spoken no more thnn the truth when he had said that Jim was in serious trouble with the authorities. But It was that. Idnd of serious trouble Which he could handle. The basha of _ „ Tangier, governor and overlord of the j tond thc n |g n t air. faithful, was at coffee when Jim was The granger was smoking a cigar, Jim wont hack to the hotel and saw r,ord Crelth, and for once that nobleman did not object to being bothered. "It is going to be difficult to Bcarch the houses where she may be hidden," said Jim. "I've got into bad trouble already. The only searches we can te, Invites Joan and her ; make are purely unauthorized. Of one !',,!,"„,.',.':::;„?„ > r;!:L'" ! *™ thing I'm certain-thai they have not gone along the Fez road. I've twenty miles beyond the place \vhcre we found the trolley, and nobody had seen such a party. They must be In the vicinity, and tonight I am going out to, conduct my investigations alone." He was Impatient to be gone, the more so as Lord Crelth expressed a desire to accompany him. The old man went up to his room to get an authority he had procured that afternoon from the international consulates, and while he was waiting Jltn stqpped out on tho balcony.' The night was chill, but a full moon rode serenely in tho unclouded heavens, and he stood, spellbound for a moment by the beauty of the scene. The broad terrace was deserted except for one man who sat with his coat collar turned about his ears, his feet raised to the stone parapet. American or Khgllsh, thought Jim. Nohody else would be mad enough to risk the ills which are supposed to at- announced by the great man's majordomo. Tho basha pulled his beard and growned horribly. "Tell the excellency that I cannot Bee him. There hns been a complaint by the Shereef Sadl Hafl/. which must go before tho consulate board to-morrow." "Lord," he said, "Morlaki sends you One word and waits your answer." "You're a fool," said the basha angrily. "I tell you I will not see him. What is the word?" "The word, lord, Is 'sugar.' " It was an innocent enough word, but the official's hand came straight to Ms bsard and plucked at It nervously. "Bring him ,to me," he said, after a while, and Jim came Into the presence unabashed. "Peace on your house, Tewllk Pa- nha!" he said. "And on you peace I" gabbled tho other, and, with a wave of his hand, dismissed the servant from the room. "Now I tell you, excellency, that v there is serious trouble In Tangier. The Shereef Sadl Haflz has brought charges against you of breaking into" -fhe lowered his voice fearfully—"his harem." "tia. la la!" said Jim contemptuously. "Do; I come here to talk of harems, TewAk? I come here to talk sugar— great cases of sugar that came to you .in the spring of the year of the rising, and in those cases of sugar were rifles, .'<fvhlch went out to the pretender." " "God give you grace!" groaned tho "basha. "What can 1 do? If Sadl makes a complaint I must listen to him, or my authority Is gone. AH to the sugar " "We will not talk about sugar," said Jim, sitting down on a cushion in front of the basha's divan. "Wo will talk'about a lady who has been taken from this town through the agency of Badl Hafiz," "If you can prove this—show it." ^ "What proof is there in Tangier?" •aid Jim, scornfully. "Where you may • jbuy a thousand witnesses for ten beae- tas on either side! You know Sadl, •STewflk! he has been your enemy " '• "He has also been my friend," said ^Tewflk uneasily. . i "He is your enemy now. A week ago he sent word to the sultan that you had been plotting with the Spaniards to sell a railway concession." •i "May he die I" exploded the basha. "J'dld no more than give a feast to a distinguished Spanish excellency " ..v Again Jim stopped him. '••' "This much I tell you, that you may 'know how you stand with Sadi. Now give me authority to deal with him." The basha hesitated. "He is a very powerful man, and tho Angera people are friends of his. They day that he Is also a friend of Raisull, ' though I doubt this, for Ralsuli has no friends. If I do not- take action "How can you take action if Sadl Haflz is In prison?" asked Jim, quietly, and the basha jumped. "Prison? BlsmallahJ Could I put a man of his importance in tho kasbah? You're mad. Morlake! What crime." "Find mo a crime at the right moment," said Jim. He took from his pocket a thick bundle of thousand-peseta notes and threw them into tho lap of the governor of Tangier. "God give you peace I" ho said as he rose. ind Jim sniffed Jts fragrance and found It good, but Crelth appeared at that moment with the authorization. "I'n afraid it Is not going to help you much, Morlake," he said, "but In such places as acknowledge the sultan you will llnd it of assistance with the local authorities." He held out his hand. "Good luck to you," he said simply. "Bring back my girl—I want her, and I think you want her, too." Jim pressed the hand of the old man In his, his heart too full for words. Dropping his hand on Crelth'a shoulder, he nodded, and then gently pushed him through the glass door into the lobby of the hotel. He needed solitude at that moment. He stood for a moment, his eyes on the old man, as, with bowed shoulders, he walked up the carpeted corridor; then, turning abruptly, Jim made for the steps that led to the beach road. Ho was on the point of descending when a voice hailed him: "Hi!" • It was the smoker of cigars. Thinking that he had made a mistake, he was going on. "HI! 1 Come here, Morlake 1" Astounded, he turned, and went toward the lounger. "As you know me well enough to call mo by name, I feel no diffidence in telling you that I'm in a great hurry," he said. "I suppose you are," drawled the man on the seat, crossing his legs comfortably. "What I want to know is this: have you seen anything of my friend Hamon?" Jim stopped to get a better view of the man's face. It was Capt. V^ell- ng! stone steps flush with the house. He mounted the steps, knocked at the door and wns Instantly admitted. Nodding to the Moorish tailor, who sat cross- legged at his craft, he went into the Inner room, taking off his coat as ho went.' Presently he appeared in the the arrange- doorway. "You hfive made all mcnts?" he asked. "Yen," said the tailor, not looking up from his work or ceasing to ply his busy needle. "They will wait for you on the road near the English doctor's." Jim was Ktrlpping off the waistcoat, when he heard a snore that seemed to shake the ancient house. He looked up to the square opening against which the top of a worn ladder rested. "Who is there?" he asked from the doorway. The tailor threaded a needle nearsightedly, but with extraordinary quickness, before he answered. A man lives there," he said unconcernedly. "He has the roof which the water-seller had. Yassln the Jew could not find a tenant because the water- seller had small-pox, so he gave it to the Inglczi for six pesetas a month. I pay fifty, but Yasslm knows that I can find no other shop, and my fathers lived here since the days of Sullman." There was a stir up above and the sound of a grumbling voice. "He smokes," said the tailor. "He will go now to a cafe where the hashish pipe costs ten centimes." Jim wondered whether it was the characteristic of all lodgers to be addicted to unnatural cravings, and as he wondered, a ragged shoe felt tremulously from tho top rung of the ladder. The ankle above the shoe was bare, the ragged trouser leg reached halfway down the calf. Slowly the man de- cended, and Jim paused, taking stock of him. His hair was a dirty gray and hung over the collar of his shiny coat; the nose thick and red; the mouth a slit that drooped at each end. He woro a stubby and uneven red beard as though ho had trimmed it himself, and he turned his pale blue eyes upon the visitor with an insolent stare. "Good evening," he said wheezlly. • "English I" said Jim in surprise, and disgusted by the unwholesome appearance of the man. "Brlttanic—don't look so infernally sick, my good man. Honesta mots turpi vita potior! I can see that noble sentiment in your eyes! By your damnable accent y6u are either a colonial or an American, and what the devil you're doing here I don't know. Lend mo five pesetas, dear old boy; I'm getting a remittance from home tomorrow." Jim dropped a Spanish doura into the outstretched paw and watched him hobble out into the night. "Faugh I" said Jim Morlake. "How the sheet of paper It contained. f"i thought you were arriving yester- "If you get this before registering, day?" , you had better sign the book by an as- "We were held up at Lisbon. There - •• — • had been some political trouble there. What did you want?" she said. At the last minute Ralph had changed his plans and • had gdne on ahead of her, leaving her to come overland to Lisbon, while he went on to dHb- ly. Under no circumstances will you tell anybody that I am here." She read the letter, and walking across to the fire, dropped It into thojraltar. , blazing coal and watched it till it was | At a signal from Hamon, Sadl. Haflz consumed. Then, with a sigh, she j withdrew, noiselessly, pulling the cur went back to tho reception clerk tains to hide the ugliness of the prlson- "I want a boy to guide me up to the .like door before he made his exit. >k," she said. "Lydia, you've got to know I'm in "Has madam had dinner?" bad," said Hamon. "If what this girl Sok, 1 "Has madam had dinner?" She nodded. "Yes, I dined on the ship." • He bustled Out into the street. Presently he returned with a liminutlve boy carrying a lantern. Apparently the clerk had told the boy where she wanted to go, for he asked no ques- , tions leading her back to the little tells me Is true. I've made 1 a very bad mistake." "This girl?" she asked quickly. "I'm talking about Joan." "Joan? Is she here? Where?" "Never mind where she Is—s^he ts here." advertlslng their wares. "Oh, yes!" The tension In her face •laxed. "How you frightened me, candle I Ralph! Of course, the yacht Is in the bay; they pointed it out to me as we •using ineir wares. i »•*? > "i=j J/UL...V— .. «-. ..«,..^ want the house of Sadl Haflz," came in. You have seen her?" she said when they were Hearing the "She is not on the yacht, if that is top of the hill, and without a word he j what you mean," said Ralph roughly, turned off and, coming to a stop be- "She is in one of Sadi's houses, twenty fore the forbidding door, hammered ' miles from here. She is doubly •neces- 1 sary to me now. , She is my hostage. with his clenched fists. It, wqs a long time before the call , was answered. 'Wait for me here," she lood over his head. The door opened, and the keeper of he door scrutinized her for a moment by the light of her lantern, and .hen shuffled in front of her to the lous . Before she could reach the loor, Sadi, resplendent in a blue silk >obe, was coming down to meet her. "This is a great honor you . have done to my poor house, Miss Hamon," le said in English. "Is Ralph here?" she asked, cutting ihort the complimentary flow. "No, he has been called out of Tan- tier, but I expect him back very soon." He led her into the room where Jim itorltike had searched and clapped his land., vigorously. Half a dozen servants camo running to obey the sum- ana. "Sweetmeats for the lady in English CHAl'TBIl I.V. THE LADY FROM LISBON. "What on earth are you doing here?" "Inviting an attack of rheumatism," grunted Welling. "You're In a hurry; anything wrong?" "Lady Joan has disappeared," said Jim, and briefly told as much of the story of tho girl's adbuctlon as ho knew. . ... Tho old man listened thoughtfully. "That Is bad," he said. "I heard thero'd been a shindy in tho town, but didn't got the hang of It. My Spanish is very rusty, and my Arabic Is nil. Not that Arable Is ever necessary to a traveler in Morocco," he said. !'Lady Joan ! By gosh, that's bad 1 are you off to? Where "I'm going to look for her," said Jim "And may he give you many happy touches." brllly. "I won't stop you. No sign of Hamon?" Jim shook his head. "Ho Is in Morocco, of course. You know that? I trailed him down as far as Cadiz. Ho camo across on thu 'Peleago 1 to Gibraltar. There I missed him. Ho illtted from Gibraltar, leaving no trace." The news took Jim's breath away. He had not seen Hamon on the dhow or subsequently and ho made a quick calculation. "He may have got here," he said, "but I haven't seen him. I've gotten tho supposition that Sadi Hafl has been responsible for all the arrangements made to date, but It is quite possible that Hamon is somewhere in the background, putting in the fins long has he been here?" "Five years," said the tailor, "and he owes me five pesetas." "What i« his name?" "I don't know—what does it matter?" Jim agreed. The dingy man had scarcely left the shop) when a woman'came slowly up the toad, guided by a native boy In a narrow brown jellab. He carried a candle lantern in his hand, and if this method of illumination was unnecessary in the main streets, it became vitally essential when they struck tho labyrinth of narrow alleys and crooked streets which lay at the back of tho poatofflce. Behind her a' porter carried two grips, for Lydia Hamon had come ashore from the Portuguese Wes African packet that occasionally sets down passengers at Tangier. Presently they camo to the well-lighted guests entrance of the Continental hotel am she dismissed Iter guide and porter and, after a second's hesitation, wrote her name In the register. "There is a letter for you, Miss Hamon," said the reception clerk, and took down an envelope from the rack. It was in Ralph's handwriting, and she dreaded to read the message. In the itecluslon of tho writing room she tore open tho envelope and took out said In Spanish. "1 shall be returning." for'one thing. Morlake Is in Tangier She did not speak; she was staring wildly at him as though she could not ' He grunted, blew out his candle, be- ng of an economical turn of mind, you mean—have you ind squatted down, pulling his ragged force?" believe her ears. You have Joan Cardton! What do taken her—by ,ea," he said. quickly!" "Also bring cigarettes, The room was very dimly Illuminat- He nodded. "Oh, my Godl mad?" Ralph, are you ed. One electric lamp, heavily shaded for good." in a pseudo-oriental lantern, supplied I " T " M "" all the light, and more than half of he apartment was in shadow. "You will ait down and refresh yourself after your long journey?" he said. 'Your brother will be with us soon. . "Are you sure he is coming?" she asked suspiciously. "I'm not staying lere—you understand that?" ."Naturally," he said with a touch of asperity in his voice. "My wretched home is not good enough for your lady- "I'm very sane," said Hamon. He fumbled in the pocket of his clothes and, finding, his case, lit a cigarette. "Yes. I'm very sane." '"You—you haven't hurt her?" "Don't be'a fool," he sdld roughly, "Why should I hurt her? She is going to be my wife." "But, Ralph, how can you hope to escape punishment?" she almost walled, i "It isn't so much hope as knowledge," he said. "There is no law in Morocco, fix that in your 'mind. The country is chronically at war, and the European governments have no more power than that." He snapped his fln- ger. "They're so Jealous that they will not move for fear of giving one another an advantage. You ' needn't' worry about me. And, Lydia, I'm here the-house before't left. Ih faftt, 1 sold everything e*cept Crelth. I want to keep that for my' children." "But I have affairs that need settling, Ralph," she said, desperately, "I can't stay h,ere. I'll come-back if you wish me to " "You'are not going," he said. "Now listen, Lydia." He sprang to her side aa ahe Keeled arid shook her violently. "I want none 6f that nonsense," he growled. -"The'success of my scheme dependa 6n Sadl Haflz. It ia absolutely vital that I should retain his friend- ship'and his support. My life may depend upon it—get that? I don't know how much Welling kribws and how much^waa bluff on Joan's part, but if he knows half aa much aa ahe says he does, I'm booked tot the drop." "You—you haven't killed anybody?" she whispered. "I've been responsible for at least two deaths," ha said, and she aank under the shock. "You've been living your artiatlc life In Paria, getting acquainted with Count this and Countess that—on my moneyi Did it worry you how it came, or where 1 got it from? Not that I ever gained a penny from Cornford's death," he said moodily, "but I shall—I shall! That is what • decide.4 me to stay here. It doesn't , matter what they know then." She got up unsteadily. "Ralph, I'm going home," she said. | "I can't stand any more." ! She held out her hand, but he did | not take It, and then, with a little sigh, she walked to the curtains and pulled them back, turning the handle of the door. It did not, move. "Locked," aald her brother laconl-> cally. '"You're going home, are you? Well, this is your home, Lydia—this and Sadi's house in the hills. _ I've made a good match for you." She stared at him incrediously. "You mean—you want me to marry a Moor? Ralph, you don't mean that?" "Well, I don't know what else I 'mean," he said, "Lydia, you've 'got-to . make the best of things. Thia house is rotten, I admit, but the other place In the hills ia wonderful. And it'll be good for Joan to have a woman handy like you." He chuckled. "That'll swamp a little of her pride, having Sadl'Haflz as a brother-irt-law." The thought seemed, to please him, for he chuckled. •• She was trapped—As mlldh trapped as Joftft Cjarston. She knew that It was useless to* make any appeal to i him. 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