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ORTtt\$LKAr5TE!>Y rtAUBEN. \/| AUTHOR. OF. /V i cuve. TO cur\AX.' 4 f \ j •. 'ihi UNO of THE. CflAN<SJN$~J W- / \f ''"AL/^lCX5T PE.R^VAOE.C'. ,' if \ "A MUTE. C-ONFCSSOR."*" -.'•' X ETC. £TC ETC. /* Co>yr^C,MT. 1597, (5V WILL f-TH/JRC5£Ni CHAPTER 1. -The body of T acob Benton Is found murdered on the lawn near his house. 11. Ill and IV—Mlnard Hendrlcks. a detective. takes up the ca»e. He flndu a notebook on the lawn belonging to Montcast e a revolver near the body, a partly burned match and footprints leading but a short distance fr. m the nody "htre they suddenly end. V, VI and VH-Hendrlcks send for a bloodbound. A clock whien stopped at 2:30 a.m. Indicates thai Montmstle left the house at that time, and bis bed bas not been slept in. Miss Bentcn )« sunpected. Vlll— Hendrieks catcbrs Kalph Benton burning an envelope. The bloodhound arrives. IX—Brooks Allen declines to meet the dog, and Ralph Benton seems to avoid him The dog tracks toe murder only a snort distance. CHAPTEB XII. A week passed. Dr. Lampkin had not •een Hendricka since the day following the discovery of the crime. Lampkin, however, had watched the papers and knew that nothing of vital interest concerning the mystery had been made public. He beliovod that his friend was still groping in the dark, else he would have come to him to let off some of his enthusiasm. Hendricks always came jnst before a climax or when one was about to be reached. Dr. Lampkin was a very busy man on the days of the week that it was possible for patients to consult him. He had naver allowed his profession to encroach upon his freedom, and so a sign on his door read aa follows: "Dr. Lampkin may be consulted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Office hours, 9 a. m. to 3 p. m." His fame for curing nervous and imaginary ailments, drunkenness and the morphine habit through hypnotic suggestion had spread all over America, and he was often so busy that he had to have three or four assistants. Today his anteroom wan full of people waiting their turns, and Lampkiu was admitting them, examining, treating and dismissing them as rapidly as possible. They sat in a row, those nearest the office door coming first. Once or twice in looking into the waiting roam to announce tbat it was another's turn the doctor noticed an old gray headed man among the others. He sat holding a folded paper in his trembling hand and took pains to allow those who had oome later than himself to go in before him. "Afraid of me," thought the doctor, with a smile. "He looks superstitious." It was near closing time, so Lampkin ordered the office boy to shut the outer door and to admit no one else. The old man was the last patient, and the fact that he was left alone in the waiting room seemed to frighten him more than ever. When the office boy closed and locked the door, he sprang np, took hold of the knob and pulled at it escittidiy. "The doctor will see you in a minute," said an assistant, who had taken b;s hat to go out. "Sit dawn and wait for him." "I believe I'll come back tomorrow," stammered the old man. "I can wait. I'm in no hurry." "Wait a moment," urged the assistant. "Yon look nervous. Dr. Lampkin will not hurt yon. He does not even give medicine. You have nothing to be afraid of." The old man seemed only partially reassured. Ho resumed his seat, his eyes bent alternately on the outer door and the one opening into the office. The assistant sat down to keep him company, holding his hat and gloves in his hands. He tried to draw the old man into conversation, but the effort was futile. When Dr. Lampkin opened the door and motioned for him to enter, he began to tremble violently. ' 'It is your turn now," said the doo tor, smiling genially. "Come in. I •won't hurt you. What is your trouble?'' The old man made no response. His •eyeu were fixed on the floor. A close observer and H suspicious one might have noticed that the long white beard aud hair were false. Seeing the paper in his hand, Dr. Lampkin took it. ''Is this for me?" he asked. The old man nodded. "Yes," he said in a queer, piping voice. "My son •wrote it and told me to bring it to you." The doctor opened it. It ran as follows: Dr. Lampkin: DtiAU SIR—Having heard a great deal about your wonderful skill in curing imaginary diseases, I have decided to send my father to you. He l'.os the idea firmly fixed in his mind that earl;;.- in life while drinking from a brook on his farm ho swallowed n small snako. Ho believes that it has grown to bo a pretty large one and that it is eating up his food. Indeed, my father has an enormous appetite, it is hardly ever satisfied. Do what you can for him, and tho bill shall be paid on presentation to me. I feel that you can do more for him than all tho regular physicians put together. Yours truly, JAMES FRITZ LIXTOX. "Ah, I seel" said Dr. Lampkin, addressing the old man and motioning his assistant to retire. "Your son writes me that you swallowed a small snake when you were young and that it is now giving you some trouble." The old man looked up suddenly, and his eyes flashed indignantly. "Ah, he told you tbat, did he? He admits to you that I have the snake, and yet he has been lying to me about it for the last ten years. I shall go home and give him a good licking. He knows I can't read, or he wouldn't have wrote it" The patient rose suddenly, as if to leave. "Be calm," said Lampkin. "He was doing it for your good. As for myself, I believe in being frank about such things. Of course yon have it, but I can remove it without any trouble. Come into my office," "I am a little uneasy about it," Biud the old man as he followed the doctor : into the other room. "I have hiifl it so i long that I am afraid I'd be sort of— I well, I reckon there would be an empty Se sprang up, took hold of the fcnob and pulled it excitedly. place l«ft where it usually stays, which might feel rather uncomfortable, even if it does seeru to get more good out of my victuals than I do." Lampkin bit his lip and turned asida to hide a smile. "Sit in this big chair," he said. "Your trouble is a very common one nowadays," he went on, to prepare the mind of his patient for hypnotism. "I don't doubt it," returned the old man, stretching himself in the chair. "I sometimes go into a corner bar to take a drink, and one night I met three men there who claimed to have had them. I don't know what they took to get shet of them. Seems like I have tried every concoction under the sun. Joe isn't a bit particular about his diet"— "Joe?" interrupted Lampkin. "Whom do yon mean?" "That's my snake's name,"" explained the old man, raising a mild glanca of surprise to the doctor. "You see, I have a daughter who keeps company with a young man, and she didn't want me to talk snake so much before him, so I got to calling it Joe, to be polite, yon know, I don't see why a man can't talk about a snake if he has had one as long as I have." Dr. Lampkin burst into an impulsivo laugh and then attempted to disguise it by plunging at once into the case. He reached up to a shelf and took down a glass jar containing a snake in alcohol. To hypnotize a patient he found it necessary to first secure his entire confidence. "This," he began, ""came from the stomach of one of the wealthiest bankers in New York. I removed it without tha slightest difficulty." "Hub!" sneered the old man, his tone containing a tinge of pride. "Joe oan't be compared to that thing. He is ten times as large. He'd have to be quartered or stretched out like a rubber gas tube to get through my throat." "It only aeems larger to you because it is inside of you," said the. doctor, floundering helplessly. Already he was beginning to think he had come across an unmanageable patient. "If yon are going to begin such rot BS that, I shan't take a drop of your medicine." the old man blurted *»t, "? "I'll fofrc a pvf or two." ought to know more about it than yon. Have you ever seen my snake?" "No,"replied the doctor, avoiding thfl contemptuous gaze of his patient. "You've never felt of it either?" "Of course not." "Well, don't talk to me about what yon are as ignorant of as a newborn baby." Dr. Lampkin opened his lips to speak, but could think of nothing to say and remained silent. The patient grasped the arms of the chair and raised himself a few inches. "What sort of medicine are you going to give me? Joe thrives on everything in the way of physic. He seems to look on it as a sort of dessert. I can feel him wag his tail with satisfaction when he gets a dose of medicine. I believe on toy life if I was to take half a pound of arsenic he'd reach np to the I root of my tongue to receive it." j "Yon ranst not talk so much," said Lampkin, red in the face and still confined. "I shall not -us€i physic. My treatment is through what is known as hypnotic suggestion." j "A new one on me, "said the pa' tient "I don't know ae I care to mon- kej with. it. It is somethina yo.u fel- lows 'ain't quite suie 61 and' want to try it on a dog, I suppose." Lampkin stared helplessly for fully a minute. He looked at his watch and shrngged his shoulders. He could not remember ever having had such a perplexing experience. He almost felt as if the old man were jesting with him, and yet the idea was not tenable when be met his mild glance and heard his plaintive voice. "It won't hurt you a bit," began Lampkin in a tone of gentle persuasion. "You see, I simply put you to sleep, and when yon awake"—Lampkin was ihinking of a reptile of more magnifi' cent proportions which be bad la another jar of alcohol—"I'll sfeow you the snake." "I don't quite approve of the plan," replied the patient dubiously. "You see, Joe and me has been companions, so to speak, for more than 50 years, and I haven't ever laid eyes on him. Now, it don't seem to me that it would be treating him with due respect for me to be sound asleep when he makeis his first bow to daylight, don't you know." Dr. Lampkin smothered an oath with his hand, and, turning to a seat at tbe window, sat down The patient sat up in his chair and stared at him critically, then stood np, reached out to a table and took possession of a cigar and a match. "If you don't mind," he said, with a snigger, "I'll take a puff or two. Just about this time of day me and Joe ate accustomed to a smoke. He's as fend of it as"— "Hang j'our impudence!" said the doctor. "Z>o you think I haven't anything to do but humor your practical jokes? I knew you the minute you began to talk and thought I'd see bow long you'd keep it up. But enough of a thing is enough." "'This anake,' quoted Hendricks, grinning audibly—'this snake is from the stomach of one of the wealthiest bankers in New York. I removed it without the slightest difficulty.' " "I give in," surrendered Larnpkin. "I have never seen you in a better disguise. How on earth did yon alter yonr voice that way?" "Got a professional ventriloquist to show me how to speak down in my throat," replied the detective. "How did yon drop on to me anyway?" "You may disguise your face and voice," aaid Lampkin, grinning, "but your humor, you know, would betray you anywhere. There is not another man in America who can get off such weak, flabby jokes. All at once a vast tired feeling came over me. I felt as if I were a sort of composite reincarnation of all the overworked sewing women that ever died, and then I knew you were not far away." Hendricks langhed. "I presume you are right. I shall not joke tonight for fear of recognition." "What's up?" asked Lampkin eager- J y- "Want yon to take around with me tonight in a good make up. I left it down stairs with the elevator boy." "Is it the Beuton business?" "Yes." "What's turned up?" "Nothing yet, but I am going to try lo make something turn up." "Are the members of the house party Itill at Orange?" asked the doctor. "All of them. Even A^len has gone back to his old room. You remember I told you that Ben ton's lawyer, Farn- ball, had missed some of the old man's papers? Well, he and I have searched high and low in several directions without success. Bnt here is the point—Farn- hall has a sneaking idea that he is something of an expert in reading character and bas invited the whole party to meet him at his house tonight. He thinks he will be able to draw them all out in conversation and force a confession from tome one." "Then he thinks that some member of the household stole the papers?" asked Lampkin. "Yes, and committed the murder also.'' " Do you think BO, too?'' asked the doctor. "Can't answer that question yet," smiled the detective. "But his idea of forcing some one to a confession put an odd idea into my head. They will be at his house at 8 o'clock, and after they leave there we'll get in our little scheme." "What's that?" "I shan't tell you. It would spoil the dramatic effect. You'll see it all in the end." "All richt. Have your way," said Lampkin. Hendricks turned to the door. "I'll run down and get that make up. It will add 40 years to your age. I want to try it on yon. We may not have a use for the disguises, but then, again, they may come in very handy. A good many people know me by sight." "But," said Lampkin, "if Farnhall should make some one own up, can you still carry out yonr plan?" "Nobody will own up," answered Hendricks. "He's a good lawyer, but a poor detective. I have made him promise to let me know if he fails, and then he is to turn the gang over to me. It was not possible for you and me to be present. He was afraid we'd be recognized even in disguise, but we are to wait in his dining room till he gets through with them." "And then?" begsin the doctor. But with a laugh the detective had opened the door and gone down stairs. SHE'S A BUSY WOMAN MEANING THE HOUSEKEEPER OF A BIG MODERN HOTEL. [TO BE CONTTNTTED.] The most obvious mams of driving ^ pnmp after the -windmill is the steam engine. 'Where, however, fuel is expensive the cost may be prohibitory, is'ert to steam come the gas or gasoline :and hot air engines. The facS seems to be, according to investigations made under the auspices of the United States department of agriculture, that: there are lew if any steaii pumping plants in Bucccessful operation for irrigating purposes on the great plains. It is also reported that but few of the gasoline pumping plants have been installed. Jfot a Figurehead Like the Clerk, but the Executive Head of a Moat Important Department—The Faties. Her Pay BBCI Her \Vorrl««. There is no single member of the manager's staff who contributes more to the success of a great modern hotel than the woman who acts the part of "housekeeper.' 1 In the eyes of the unthinking transient guest the day clerk and yet more the night clerk may seem of far greater importance, but in reality these functionaries are in a sense only figureheads, whose chief value lies in their power to make themselves personally agreeable to the hotel's patrons. But the housekeeper is one of the three or four executive heads who really "run the hotel." The responsibility of making the guests comfortable' and contented rests as heavily upon her shoulders as it does upon the steward or the chef. The duties of the housekeeper are pretty accurately described by her title. She keeps the house in order. In some of the smaller hotels she supervises what is known as the "back of the house" from kitchen to garret, but the new big establishments in the great cities are so vast that the task of looking after the details of the whole would be beyond the power of any one person. This will the more readily be understood when it ig remembered that the THE HOUSEKEEPER. THE CHAMBEP.MA7D. employees of such a hotel number several hundred and that the administrative machinery of the house is as elaborate as the most extensive mercantile establishment. The housekeeper of one of the largest and best known hotels in America has direct charge over her chambermaids, the hall girls, the scrub women and the laundresses, several score in number all told. Besides the women a good sized group of men are directly responsible to her. They are employed to clean 'windows, take up and beat carpets, take down beds and move furniture and do the heavy work around the bedrooms. They are known as the house men. They are selected by the manager and then handed over to the housekeeper for her approval. If she likes them, they are engaged, but not otherwise, and if they fail to do their work properly a word from her will insure their dismissal. The housekeeper has no jurisdiction over the girls employed in the kitchen and dining rooms. They are hired and discharged by the manager and are under the supervision of the proper department heads. All the women in her department are hired and discharged by the housekeeper. No one else has any control over them whatever. She looks into the references of every one before taking her on. When she discharges a girl, she simply makes a formal report to the manager so that the pay roll can b« changed when the naw girl comes in. A certain number of girls is allowed for each line of duty, and when one is discharged another is taken on. The cause of the discharge is never known by any one but the housekeeper and there is no appeal from her decision. In fact, she is absolute in her dominion. Nominally the housekeeper is on duty from 7 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon, but she is likely to be called upon at any and all hours of the day or night in case of emergency. Her first duty every morning is to make a tour of inspection. She must have personal knowledge of the condition of every guest's room in the house, since, although the chambermaids are responsible to her, she is responsible to the management. Of course it is not possible in one of the greater hotels for a single person to inspect everything individually every day, and the housekeeper of such a caravansary must rely upon the report of the girls to some extent, but their reliance can only be partial at- the best. The details of this inspection duty are almost infinite. Every room must be kept supplied with every requisite. The bed linen, the towels, the carpets and the crockery must always be in apple pie order. The newly arrived guest, must not find a cracked water pitcher, a nicked glass, a torn curtain, a damaged carpet or broken furniture in | his room. Not a day passes in any of the greater new hostelries that some articles rendered useless by the ! carelessness of guest or servant does not liave to be replaced, and even if it be impossible for the housekeeper to visit every part of her realm each day no day must pass that she does not personally go over some part of it. The shrewd housekeeper will of course keep her subordinates in constant expectation of her inspection, as this helps in discipline and makes for thorough work on their part. j Through the constantly recurring ine- cessity of renewals and repairs l;he housekeeper is daily brought into personal contact with a number of men about the hotel who are not directly under her control, yet who must obey her orders under given circumstances. Those are the upholsterer, the carpenter and the painter attached to the and the man in charge of the supply room. These men are supposed to be able to make good almost any breaks in woodwork or damage to furniture and paint. Somewhere in the hotel, perhaps away up under the roof, perhaps away down in the basement, the painter, carpenter and upholsterer have a shop which is fitted with all the tools of their trades, and the supply room is a regular magazine of furniture, carpets and rugs, curtains and material. It is the business of these men promptly to make any and all repairs and renewals the housekeeper may order, and a good part of her time is taken up every day in giving instructions to them. If she has time after the guests' rooms have been inspected and thoroughly set to rights, the housekeeper should go through the quarters of the "help" every day, or nearly so, since she is as responsible for that part of the bouse as any other. 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