V X Q *T/j£. AUTHOR. OF. cuve. TO LAND of TOE. OJAN6JNO A / \f CONFESSOR WILL O-* CHAPTER 1. -The body of ^cob Benton IB found murdered on the lawn near his house. 11 111 and IV—Mioard Hendrlcka. a detective, takes up the case. He finds a notebook on the l»wn belonging to Montcast.e, a revolver near the body, a partly burned match and footprints leading but a abort distance tr-m wo body where they suddenly end. v, v 1 and Vll-Hendricks send for a bloodbound. A clock whloo ftopp«d at 2:30 a.m. Indicates rnai Monnastle left the house at that time, and nig bed has not been slept In. Miss Benti n la suipccted. Vlll-Hendrickscatchi-s Kalph Benton burning an envelope, rh* bloodhound arrives. IX-UrookB Allen declines to meet the dog and Ralph Benton seems to avoid him The doif tracks the murder only a snort distance X—It is discovered that Benton had a largo amount of insurance in favor of Kalph Mlsa HaetlnKS owns her ei g-agement to alph. Xl-HendrlckB and Dr.Lampkln consu It. Farn- hall, Benton's lawyer, is concerned about missing papers of Benton's. CHAPTER SHI. At about half after 7 o'clock that evening thu figures of two aged men mounted the steps of one of the new residences in West Thirteenth street, near Eighth avenue. Farnhall himself met them at the door, "Come in," he said, with a laugh. "I suppose it is you, though I couldn't •wear to it. I was awfully afraid you'd be late and get here after the others." "J kj.ew the train they'd take," answered Hcndricks, and then he introduced Dr. Lampkiu. "Come right back into the dining zoom," said the lawyer, shaking hands with the doctor. "I shall have to leave you to yourselves, as I must look over aome documents before they arrive." "We can manage very well," replied Hendricks. "Don't let usdistnrb yon." "I presume if my plan succeeds that you wou't object to make the arrest. I thought you would not, BO I did not inform tbo police." "It would be a genuine pleasure," answered Heudricks;'' but, as I told you the other day, I don't believe you can succeed." Faruhall looked a little crestfallen. "You don't think so? And in case 11 fail I suppose you won't let me help you iu the pluus you have in view." "Sorry, but it is impossible," said the detective. "You see, we arejin disguise, and it would not do to run the risk of adding another man. But I shall do all I can toward recovering the missing papers." "I am sure of that," said Farnhall. "Well, amuse yourselves as well as you, can. If I fail, I'll let you know in- stonily." "Be sure to do that," cautioned Hendricks. "I want to follow them as soon as they leave the house." Half an" hour later Hendricks and Lampkin heard the front doorbell ring. The detective sprang to the door of the dining room, drew aside the curtain and peered cautiously into the hall. Voices were heard exchanging greetings, and then they ceased as the drawing room door closed. Hendricks turned to his companion. "Good so far!" he ejaculated. "They are all here, e.Tery one of them. I was afraid some one would back out on some pretest or other." An hour passed. Not a word was spoken by the two men. Hendricks sat at the open fire, his hands clasped over bis knee. Suddenly he sprang up. They had heard the door of the drawing room open. The hall was filled with the sound of footsteps and voices. Then the front door closed, and Farnhall came into the room. "I made en ass of myself," he said. "That fellow Ralph is a young daredevil. He dropped on to me in a very short time and knocked my feec from tinder me. He offered to bet $1,000 that I suspected one of them to be guilty of the theft, and he laughed at the idea of the papers having been stolen. Ho said the old man had simply mislaid them and that they would turn up all right." Hendricks did not seem to be listening. "Quick, doctor!" he said. "We must t* after them. Good night, Farnhall. I did not think your scheme would work." CHAPTER XIV. When they reached the street, they •aw the Benton party about half a block •head of them. "Making for the Fourteenth street elevated station," said Hendricks, JToIa touched his richly colored turban and sauntered after the group. "That's all right. Kola will catch them a little farther on." "Kola? Who's that—your East In- "My teacher in some things—uncanny roles, for instance. He will take them in tow. I am sure of it, for he has never said he would do a thing and failed. There he is now." A man dressed in the costume of the East Indies emerged from the dark doorway of an uninhabited apartment house in the middle of the block and stepped in front of the Benton party. Hendricks drew his companion into the shadow of a wall and held his breath. Kola seemed to he talking to them earnestly, and they seemed to be hesitating. After a few minutes the group moved on, and Kola came toward Hendricks and Lampkin. They heard him laugh as he drew near. "All right," he said in his strange, musical accent. "They will go as soon as I join them again. I made a pretexf *fi leave to speaJc to you. Go on to my house and wait for me. I'll he there with them." "Good," said the detective. "Glad you put on those togs. Such things •work on the average American mind." Kola touched his richly colored turban and turned and sauntered on after' the group. Hendrioks drew Lampkin j round and hurried him toward Ninth avenue. "I am completely at sea," remarked the doctor as they turned the corner and started up town. The detective laughed. "It's all on the programme," he said. "It would spoil your fun if I were to let you into the secret just now." Heudricks smoothed out his long beard with both hands. "Blasted hot, these things," he muttered. "I say, doctor, did you ever investigate the psychic powers of the East Indian adepts?" "No," answered the doctor. "Do you believe in their so called supernatural powers?" Dr. Lampkin reflected. "I am forced to believa that they are much more deeply versed in psychology than we are," he admitted. "Kola is a marvel," said Hendricks. "The other day when I decided on getting him to help me in this matter I sat down and wrote him a note telling him what I had in view. After I had finished it I laid it aside to write some other things, intending to send it by a messenger, I give you my word that as I was going out half an hour later I met Kola at the door. His face was beaming, and the first thing he said was: 'I am glad to do it, Mr. Hendricks. I am ready any moment to aid you.' "I stared at him in surprise, and then the fellow began to blush like a schoolgirl. " 'I forgot,' he said, 'that you hays not yet told me, but I already Imew.' " ' you knew that I had written yon?' I asked in astonishment. " 'Yes,' he replied, and then he told me exactly what I had written. I asked him how he did it, but he made no reply.'' "I have heard that East Indians are able to do such things," remarked Lampkin. "I am a'wfully glad I met him. I want to get at the troth about some of the things that I have heard of his people." "He could lay your hypnotism in the shade," jested the detective. "He told me he could convince a whole room full of people that he had cut off his own head," "I don't doubt it," replied the doctor. "What did he say to the Beuton party?" "Oh, he gave them some song and dance about having received some message from the stars. He'll then persuade them, through fair means or hypnotism, to come to his house on Twentieth street. He has a queer place there. He must have money. I think he owns the house. It is one of the old residences. It had been closed for ten years before he took it." "Ah, a light breaks in on me!" cried Lampkin. " You are going to hold some sort of seance." "Yes, a see-ance that is a see-ance," laughed Heudricks. "I would be more explicit, but I want you to see it from the standpoint of an outsider. Are you proof against hypnotism?" "I think so." "Well, only be sure that what you behold is not imagination," said the detective, with a knowing laugh. CHAPTER XV. Kola's residence was a three storied house. It was very old styled in appearance and was the only building in the block which stood back from the street. It had a garden in front protected by a massive iron fence 20 feet in height. Hendricks unlocked a side gate, went to the door and rapped with the old fashioned knocker. Lampkin had noticed from the garden that there were no lights in any of the windows, and when the door opened on its creaking hinges the absolute darkness within was an additional surprise. "Hello! Here we are!" said Hendricks, addressing some one behind the door. "Standhere and waitforMr. Kola. He's behind with the party. Come on, doctor." Hecdricks caught the arm of his friend and drew him down what seemed to be a dark hall As they nicved along Lampkin heard the massive doo» close with a little puff of escaping air, and then, as ail sound from i the outside was instantly excluded, be ' knew that the doors and windows had i been purposely padded. 1 Dr. Lampkin heard Hendricks sliding iis ringers aTOng trie walT for arjofit 20 feet Then they paused, Hendricks took bold of the knob of a door and opened it Boundlessly, and when they had passed through it closed softly into its padded frame. "Now we are all bunky dory," remarked Hendricks. "Stand where you are. I've got to get yon into another disguise. They must not recognize us as the two old codgers they saw at Mme. Ringsley's—I mean in case a light should be struck. I don't know Kola's plan exactly." Hendricks stooped and began to feel about on the floor. "Here we are!" he exclaimed presently. "Take off that beard and put on this cambric domino. It will be cooler." , Dr. Lampkin obeyed as well as he could in the darkness. "Where in thunder are we?" he asked as he took off his false beard and handed it to his friend. "In the room Kola has arranged for the manifestation. Have you got the rig on? Can yon find the eyeholes?" "I'm all right and a great deal more comfortable," replied the doctor. "Sit down here,"said Hendricks. "I have picked out this place for yon. You can witness not only the show, but can see the spectators. Sh! I hear something. It was a key in the door." Lampkin heard Hendricks' feet gliding on the thick carpet as he glided away in the darkness. Then the roar of the city sounded through the house, and he knew the front door was open. "Come in. You have nothing to fear," sounded the strange accent of the adept. "You are perfectly safe here." "By Jove!" drawled Montcastle. "Do yon expect us to go into a house as dark as a cavern -with a man we never saw before?" "You may stay out if you like," answered tbe adept. "It is not for me to urge. ' 'The revelation is only for you. My master sent for you. I was to know you by—but I need not tell you that." "Of course we will go, now we have gone so far as this," spoke up Stanwood. "I am not afraid. Are you, Benton?" "No," replied Ealph'a voice. "I—I was only thinking that the ladies"— "There will be a light presently," said Kola, still in his placid monotone. "But yon must decide now what you are going to do. Every minute lessens your chances of getting a strong psychic revelation." "Come on," said Ralph. "We are ready. Dispose of us." "I think, perhaps"— began the weak voice of Allen, bnfc the closing door interrupted it. The nest minute Lampkin heard them entering the room he was in and the adept giving them seats. "Now be perfectly quiet. Speak under no circumstances," said the adept impressively. Then he raised his voice and asked: "Is the master here?" "He sleeps, bat awaits an awakening," sounded a deep, solemn voice in the distance. "Tell him the people holding the eternal sign of death are in the audience chamber in accordance with his desire." "Oh, brother"—began Miss Beuton, but the adept leaned forward and interrupted her. "Be quiet. You will spoil ifcall," he whispered. From somewhere in the rear came a soft, mellow sound like one of the lower notes of a flute. "It is the master's signal. He is awake," said Kola impressively. Then the house was as quiet as a, tomb. A train passed on the elevated road near by. It rumbled in a faroff way, as if it were underground. "Be still now and look into the darkness ahead of yon," said Kola. "The master will not present himself to view nor speak, but he knows your desires and will give a psychic demonstration that vrill interest you." When the adept ceased speaking, the flutelike note sounded again, and then profound silence fell. Lampkin heard some one breathing heavily, but could not make out who it was. He felt a band grasp his own, heard a step on the carpet and knew that Hendricks had passed him, going he knew not whither. The black robe he wore blended so thoroughly with the darkness that he had become a part of it. The doctor heard Miss Benton cry out softly, and then he saw a square of grayish light appear in the ceiling. It grew lighter till it was exactly like a glimpse of the sky on a dark night. Now and then a star could be seen under thin, filmy clouds, which seemed to be driven along by a high wind. "Wonderful, by Jove!" exclaimed Montcastle's voice. "I have"— Instantly the scene vanished. Only the most intense darkness remained. Kola bent toward Montcastle. ' 'It was because yon spoke, kind sir," he said. "If you talk, the master will retire.'' Silence and blackness reigned for five minutes. Then the flute note sounded, and the view of the sky returned. For awhile it was as it hai been before. Then one of the stars, which had appeared so indistinct as to be unseen at times, Began to blaze fiercely. Now and then it would seem to have some sort of internal eruption. It would burn red and blue and throw off bits of fire, which floated downward and slowly expired. One of the sparks, instead of going out, grew brighter and brighter as it descended till it took the form of a letter "B" and .then melted away. The nest spark formed the letter "E," and the letters of fire continued to form and fall till the word i "Benton" had been spelled. The last letter went oat with a bright flash, giving Lampfcin a vague view of the large room and the Benton party about 20 feet in front of him. The next irjitant the room was totally dark. It remained so for two or three minutes. Then the flute note sounded again, and a large, square of light appeared ahead of them. It looked as if it were half a mile from where the spectators sat Slowly it began to take the form of the Interior of a, room. The walls, pictures Ind curtains came mto'view, and men the furniture, a desk, a man sitting at it. Alice Benton stifled a scream. It was her father. He sat writing. He leaned forward and dipped his pen in the inkstand. The spectators saw the movement of his hand over the paper and heard the scratching of his pen. He turned his bead, looked at them and then rose deliberately, laid his left hand on his breast and pointed steadily at them. Bis lips moved, but no sound passed through them. Then Dr. Lampkin heard EOtue one gasping for breath and a heavy weight fall to the floor. Instantly the room was dark. "A light!" cried Ralph Benton's voice. "Turn on the lights! Something has happened to Mr. Allen." "What has happened?" asked the adept from the darkness. "Mr. Allen has fainted," replied Ralph. "He was not well and did not want to come here anyway. Why don t you turn on the lights?" Dr. Lampkin feh some one touch his elbow and the warm breath of the detective on his ear. "Remain where you are," whispered Hendricks. "Blast his ugly picture!" "Give us a light, I say!" cried Ralph angrily. "See, he—your Mr. Allen is waking," said the adept. 1 ' Waking ?" sneered Benton. '' Do yon think that's the way he usually retires?" The darkness was lifted slightly. How it was done Lampkin could not tell. Montcastle and Ralph could be seen standing and supporting Allen between them. "The door is open," said Kola. "You'd better all go out into the fresh air." Montcastle and Allen were groping toward the door, led by the adept Suddenly Ralph, who had not moved, raised bis voice: "I don't intend to leave till I know what this infernal business means. I say, Montcaatle, give me a match!" "Curse the young daredevil!" exclaimed Hendricks, still near to Lampkin, and the doctor heard him take something from his pocket which rattled like pieces of metal. "I'll pay him for this.'' Then the flute note sounded twice. "The master wants us to retire," said Kola, "Who the devil is 'the master?'" sneered Ralph. "This thing touches my own family, and I am going to look into it.'' "Don't be a fool," cautioned Stanwood. "The ladies are here, and they have already had enough"— "For my sake, come on, dear!" implored Miss Hastings. "We don't know where we are, and"— "Montcastle," commanded Ralph, "take the ladies out. I am going to look into this. It's all a trick to work on our imaginations by that infernal Hendricks." Lampkin heard the metallic clicking in the detective's hand and saw him glide suddenly forward. He had no sooner reached Ralph than another clicking sound was heard. There was a struggle, a rattling of a chain, aud an angry oath escaped Benton's lips. "What do you mean?" he cried, turning on Hendricks and raising his handcuffed wrists threateningly. "You are under arrest for the murder of your father," said Hendricks. He whistled shrilly, and a light was turned on behind a screen in the rear. Its beams partially lighted the long room Bounded Kola's voice"rronrtSft nan. "If so, he is here." "He may wait out there," replied the detective. "I don't think Mr. Benton is going to give us trouble." "No; I'll take it all right, I promise you,"said Ralph, with a dry laugh. "I couldn't fight a cat with these things oa. I say, Hendricks, enough of a thing is a glorious sufficiency. Take 'em off. I know it's all a joke. Yon are trying to get even for my obstinacy just now." Hendricks ignored the remark. "On second thought," he called ont to the adept, "tell the policeman to take Mr. Benton into the back room until I order a cab." The policeman came forward and conducted Ralph to the small room at the end of the hall. Kola approached, and Lampkin, at a signal from the detective, came forward. "Come back there with me," Hendricks said to the doctor. "I want to talk to the fellow. By the way, Kola, you did your part well. The cold chills ran up and down my back like mice in a revolving trap." "Did it answeryour purpose? That's the chief thing," replied the adept. " "Can't say yet," replied the detective. "It won't do much harm anyway. The women stood io beautifully. I was afraid they would go iuto hysterics." "They are always auxions to understand psychical things," answered the adept. "It was Mr. Allen and Mr. Montcastle who objected most to coming. To tell the truth, Mr. Hendricks, the arrest astounded me. I should think"— "Don't think just yet," interrupted Hendricks, with a lauph, and he led them back to the little room in the rear. ' (TO BE OONTDfUED.] NUOCETft IN THEIR GIZZARD* Montcastle and Kalph could be seen standing and supporting Allen. and revealed a strange sight. Hendricks, his long beard and wig suspended round his neck and as red in the face as a lobster, stood holding a revolver in his hand and grinning at his prisoner. "You are under arrest for the murder of your father," he repeated. "The rest of your party had better retire." Ralph's manacled hands hung down before him. For a moment he seemed speechless. Miss Hastings leaned toward him excitedly and put her hands on his arm. "For God's sake, be brave, darling!" be said. "It's all a mistake. It will be cleared up at once." He turned to the- detective. "I know too much to struggle against the law," he said. "What do yon intend to do with me?" "Lodge you in the police station till it is decided whether you can get out on bail," replied Hendricks. Ralph laughed- "It's all a joke," he said, turning to Mass Hastings. "Julia, go home with sister. "I promise yon on my honor to be home tonight Have I ever told you a falsehood?" "No," said Miss Hastings. She started toward him, but Stanwood drew her to the door, where Montcastle stood trying to calm Miss Benton. "Come along," he said. "It is no doubt as he says. Benton will come on later." Miss Hastings covered her face with her hands and drew back irresolutely, but at a sign from Balph she joined the Others and went out of the house. The front door closed. "Did you want * tk» Chlok«n« of tk* Worth' •MK to Have Developed Klmdldti* Late developments Indicate that tto« ohtekena throughout this regk* h»T8 taken the Klondike fever, and •ns gobbling up all the gold they can find. On Saturday last Henry Everding sold a coop of chickens to George Giustin, who keeps a market. One ol Glustin's employes, in dressing some at these chickens, found la the gizzard of one of them six pieces of gold, which a jeweler told him were worth $3. Th« chickens came from Rowland, eight miles south of Brownsville. Tuesday Mr. BTerdlne sold another coop of chickens to Giufltin, and in th.e "innards" of oue of these a piece of gold was found the size and shape of a pea bean, and quite smooth, the value being Jl or more. Th« "nugget" wae taken down to Mr. Everdlng's store and was on exhibition there yesterday. Mr. Giustin confirms the statement of the finding of the gold by his employe, and Is of the opinion that under the planks In the back yard of his market, where chickens are dressed for sale, there could be found many pieces of gold. The gizzards of chickens are generally opened by the seller or purchaser.who, even if not aware of tie medicinal virtues of "gizzard -peelin's," utilizes the muscular part of this digestive organ; hut the craws of the fowls are seldom examined, and it is to be feared that millions of dollars have been lost on this account. Persons buying fotrls hereafter should insist on them being delivered undrawn, and a careful examination should be made. The last coop of chickens in which gold was found came from G. T. Catton, Lebanon, which is not so far away from Rowland, but nearly in the same direction. 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