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MILEAGE BOOKS. Modified Features of The Hew Interchangeable Mileage Ticket. Mr E A Ford. GenernlH'asBerwer Agent of -the Pennsylvania and Vandalln Ut.es, sends out the following information regarding the modified features of the Central Passenger Association's interchangeable one thouaand mile ticket: The most important modifications are in the mlcaa to slirmmr the mileasre strip and laming the exchange ticket. Order the new rule, the owner of an interchangeable mileage ticket mar, at his convenience and leisure, sign his name upon the back of the widest part of the mlleape strip close to the last pre- -Pdlng-detatchmont-'but it must be signed with an indelible pencil ( r>ltb ink. Or it will not be honored), andean leave his ticket thus slimed with the Agent upon his arrival at a station, or send It to l.im.by a messenger or by the hotel porter, or io some other way. and upon his return to the station iind his exchange ticket ready and his baggage checked; provided he has made SMCh an tidvance arrangement. Therefore there need be no more delay at the station osr oia the train In the use of thn now than there was in using the old form of mileage ticket, which latter form:«a8 good only over the system of roadH, while the "interchangeable" is good over forty. The old form of erchange ticket 18 valid for continuous passage only on a certain train and date, while the new or modlfled form will be good on any train, (except tho -Limited"), on either the date of issue or the day following. This new form has been simplified to render tt easy of issue and to better accommodate •travelers, and the hindrances which accompanied tno old form will therefore be, in the early future, entirely obllberated. Interline tickets from points on one Railway to points on another, via. through car lines and via junctions where connections are close and there are no transfers, are being prepared as fasta»T>08lible. These Hok«ts will be Issued in exchange for coupon!, from the interonange- able mileage tioket.and baggage will be checked through, H convenience which could not be onjoyed by the use of tb.e old;form of mileage ticket The modifications above alluded to hare been approved by the Mileage Ticket Bureau of tho Central Passenger Association, and will be in effect on or before December 1st. or lust as soon as the new forms of exchange and Interline tickets can be printed and distributed among tho thousands o:r agencies of the forty different railway companies over whose lines tho tickets are honored, and some Agents of the Pennsylvania Linen have been already supplied with them. It Is believed that i heee amendments to a plan which is ready successful and popular, will place the new interchangeable mileage ticket beyond the reach of reasonable criticism. 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Walter 8 sister, and Harry Lucas also met and were reported to be in love with each other. Ac the opening of the story a person purporting to be the missing son of John Lewis arrl'es. at T.fe, Walter Marvel proposes for Virginia s hand to her uncle, who refuses, tellln* him tlmt his uncle, whose name be oears was a villain and a convict. Young Marvel draws a pistol and shoots at Lewis, but bis aim is diverted by Virginia. Soon after Lewis is found dead In Ms room wit>i two bullet holes in his body. His death occurs nroultaneously witn the arrival of the man who claims to be his son 11—Mr. Barnes, the celebrated detec tive, and lorn Burr ws, anotherdeteciivc take up tlio case stronsly, suspecting Virginia as the criminal. CHAPTER in. FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW. The town of Lee, N. H., though cov eriug a large territory, is so sparsely settled that one might almost ride through it without meeting a half dozen persons. Indeed, it covers so much ground that the various sections where there are clustered together any considerable number of houses all bear different names, as Lee Hill, Lee Hook, Lee or Leo Depot, as it is more commonly known, because of the railroad station, and lastly Wadley's Falls. Wadley's Fallfi is the southernmost and most populous section of the town. It is in the immediate vicinity of the low falls in the Lamprey river, which rtms through the place. This river, though at times so shallow that one might wade across in many places, trams numerous mills in its course. Both river and falls play an important part in this history. A good road leads from the depot at Lee, and with a few easy turns winds it way up hill, passing the farm and homesteads of the Lewises, and on a mile farther, where the river is crossed by a bridge. Beyond one finds the Wadley's Falls postcffice and the saloon. The bridge, being of some interest to us, must receive a moment's description. Today there is a neat iron structure at this point, but at the time of which I write a wooden, ramshackle affair did duty for man and horse. It was situated about 50 feet to the south of the falls, and where the river winds under it many a huge bowlder projects, making the rushing stream the more noisy. Here also to the north is a dam, and over on the east bank stands an old rum, which is still in use as a sawmill. The Lewis farm is bounded on the east,by the Lamprey and on- the north by the road, which at this point runs eastward. After crossing the bridge it turns to the south, following a somewhat parallel course with the river, so that did oae choose he could leave the road on the south side of the bridge, and by crossing a narrow strip of land and the river be upon the Lewis farm, which covers over 200 acres. That you may well understand the deductions! which the detectives reached from the study of the grounds, it will be best for you to follow closely a description of the place with the assistance of the accompanying map: BY G.PTPUTMAMS SONS. Mr •!• Vr T. F. OoistKm, r, B. ar, KeMttm* W A A-GaMs. B—Paved walk. C C C—PiazzES. D—Hall. E—Parlor. F—Virginia's room, G —Library. H—l.nvi.5' room. I—Dining room. K—Kitchen. L—Bait landing. M X—Two parts of STiiimicr house. O—Window through which ;i shot was f-upposed to have been fired- p p p—Chimneys with fireplace openings. E— ple tree, s'S S—closets. The piano:' the house, us here given, is out of proportion 10 suvrounding grounds, Viut is enlarged that it may be more readily understood. The footprints found liy the detectives are represented by the doited lines, and are numbered as ilr. Barnes numbered them. The arrows show the direction. A beautiful prussy lawn is separated from the road by a ueat pnling fence, in •which 'there are two gutes ; one opposite the main entrance to the dwelling and the other opening into the grounds, about, a couple -of rods to the east (A A). Passing through the first of these a brick path (B) leads the visitor to a piazza (C), three steps above the ground and extending the full width of the building. Entering, one finds himself in a spacious hall (D), which on the first floor divides the honse in the center, doors leading into the rooms! on either side and into one at the farther end. To the west is the library (G), back of that I^wis 1 bedroom (H) and beyiMid, again, the kitchen (K). On the east side and facing the lawn and river is the parlor (E), wherein the corpse was discovered, then Virginia's apartment (F) and t.be dining room (I), which is >s -wide as. the parlor and halL It will'be Seen 'by consulting the plas that Virginia's room communicates wi.th parlor, ball and dining room, which latter has a door leading on to a small piazza, and thus is approached readily from the lawn. P P P represent chimneys, each serving for two rooms, and O is the window looking toward the summer house (31 N) alluded to by Borrows and through which he thought the fatal sbot had been fired. The various dotted lines represent the different tracks or footprints in the new fallen snow, but further allusion will be made to these later, as this diagram is a facsimile of the one made by Mr. Barnes and used by him in his study of the case. It will be remembered that just before leaving the parlor Mr. Barnes stood for a moment looking from the window. While there he noticed the piaiiza with which the dining room communicated, and he deemed this a suitable 1 way to get out on the lawn, so when in the hall he looked for a way to reach the room into which he judged that the door on the piazza opened. Seeing the door at the end of the hall, he at once entered the dining room and went thence out to the porch. Before descending the steps he stood a moment and looked about him, Burrows at his side. At length he said: "Tom, I think we are in luck, for here we have a fresh fall of snow, and plainly there have been several people about, since I see footprints in every direction." ' 'How can they help us? They may have been made by the servants, or"— "Exactly. They may have been, but were they? That is the question, the solving of which may throw considerable light on this mysterious affair. I intend to follow, as far as 1 can, the different tracks before us from beginning to end. That will at least show me the ground traveled over by those who have been here, even though it tell bnt little of the object or personalities of the visitors." "Well, since you say you will trace these footprints from beginning to end, we can commence here, for this seems to have been the point of departure for two people. See." Burrows pointed to the ground before them; Mr. Barnes stepped down from the piazza, beius careful not to destroy any of the impressions already in the snow. He examined the footprints closely a minute and then said: "As you say, here are two tracks. Which would you trace first?" "The smaller," answered Burrows, after a little consideration. "Why?" ' 'Mainly because it leads to the summer honse, which is what we intended to examine when we started out. Then, again, I noticed that these two sets of footmarks are very different. One is so large it must be that of a man, and equally the other is so tiny none but a woman's foot could have made it." "And you would follow the woman's footsteps" first, eh? What did you say awhile ago about not considering sex? But shall I tell you what you are thinking?" Burrows looked up inquiringly, and Mr. Barnes proceeded impressively: "Tom, you are making a great mistake, one which I cannot too much warn you to avoid now and all through life. You have already formed your opinion of this case, and unconsciously perhaps yon are ready to fit to your theory any evidence that turns up." Burrows attempted to disclaim any such intention, but Mr. Barnes continued: "I don't blame you exactly. Yon have youth and ambition as your excuse, and I am sorry to say I have known older and more experienced men drop into the same error. They are so anxious to discover a criminal—a criminal; mark the words." "But, really, you are mistaken. Yon misjudge me. I"— "I am afraid not. I don't wish to stay your zeal either, but in cases like this it is wisest to make haste slowly, as the proverb has it. Now let me show yon what you have done in your own mind. First, you find a hole in a pane of glass, and because you can weave enough evidence to show that it is of recent origin yon conclude that the fatal shot passed in that way. The fact is, all that evidence proves is that :i bullet passed through the glass hi.-r night. Anything further is merely ti matter of circumstantial possibility, rr pehaps in this case I might go so far ;;~ to say probability. Second, yon rimi ..; woman who is certainly acting #v: ;. : cionsly. I don't say you actually arm-her, but yon incline to such a jr.fii. ment Third, these footprints. Haviri in yonr theory settled that the s-L came from without and deeming it possible that a certain woman commitiec'. the crime, you would examine the woman's footsteps first and if possible prove thereby that the woman whom you would implicate! was in the position to fire through the window. Thus you would strengthen your theory." Burrows seemed confused, as though detected in a mean act. In truth, he was to himself considering the chance of discovering the murderer by his own individual efforts, thus, if possible, forestalling the man with whom he wa.s working. He was therefore not a little astonished at the accuracy with 'which his companion had lead his thoughts. "I am afraid yow hit the nail on the ," sale na, "anal am asDameo: to be forced to confess it. But rell me. which of these trails do you decide on tracing first?" "The same as you selected, but for this reason: Notice that here the direction is toward the summer honse, as you just now said, while on this side the point of the toe shows that the owner of the foot returned to her starting point. Unless we find another trail leading from the boose we have here proof conclusive that this party has remained within doors." ' ; Kowso? I don't see that." "Yet it is simple. Notice that tbe steps away from the honse are very indistinct, while those coming toward us are, on the contrary, clear and sharply defined. The woman left this spot while "This was a place of meeting," said Mr. Barnes. it -was yet snowing, so the snow filled up the tracks somewhat. Wherever she •went, and that -we shall find out perhaps by following the trail, she did not start for home, or, to be accurate, she did not reach here till the snow had ceased falling, as the clear marks testify." "Mr. Barnesi, you are a genins. Why, all we have to do is to find out when the snow ceased to have the time of this young woman's promenade." "Why do you say young woman? You are smarter than I if you can tell her age by these," pointing at the ground. Burrows seemed a little abashed as he replied: "Surely, since you proved that the woman is still within the bouse, who else can it be bnt Miss Lewis?'' "Hermaid, perhaps," said Mr.Barnes, with some curtness. Of all things, he abjured conclusions which were too hastily and therefore illogically drawn. "Come," he continued; "we will follow this trail as far as the summer house." He started, his head bent and his eyes fixed scrutinizingly on the snow. Burrows followed in silence, fee.liug rebuked and just a little resentful. The tracks led in almost a direct line to the summer house, which they discovered to be divided into two parts. It seemed that the unknown person whose movements they were tracing had entered the southern half. "This was a place of meeting," said Mr. Barnes, "for notice that still another set of steps leads here, evidently a roan's, judging from the size." "Then you think the woman came here to meet, some man?" " Yes, and, furthermore, the man arrived first, for his footprints, or at least those leading in, are more obliterated by the falling snow than are hers. Similarly, arguing from the impressions which they have left for our examination, it is evident that they separated here, for the woman plainly walked off toward the river, whereas the man returned, as he bad entered, through the little gate yonder.'' "Mr. Barnes, as there seem to be so many sets of impressions, would it not be well to make a drawing of the grounds and the general direction of the tracks, for convenience as well as reference?" "A good suggestion. We will act upon it at once. But wait here a moment. There is a man going along the road. I will question him about last night's snow." Mr, Barnes hurried over to tho fence, where he found the man awaiting him, having been attracted by a call from Burrows. "Good morning, friend. Do you lire about here?" "Yes, jest over the bridge. " "Then perhaps you can tell me about what hour it .stopped snowing last eveu • ing. It may seem a trifle to stop you about, but I have a good reason for inquiring and hope you won't mind my troubling you." "No trouble 'tall, net the least in the world. Le'me see, I don't know as I kin tell you for sartin. 'cause I weur ter bed airly last night. But stop :i minute. Come ter think, I kin find out purty nigh an kin give you seme notion myself.'' "I shall be much indebted, and hope yon can fix the time as near as possible." "Well, as I said before, I went ter bed airly—7 o'clock, in fact. 'Twas Enowin hard then, an I 'lowed 'twould keep up all night. I slept purty sound, but was waked up by the noise my girls made comin in from a visit ter a neighbor's. You know bow 'tis when a man's woke up. He's kinder crasty an, more 'an all, can't tell whether he's slept ten hours or ten minutes. So, as the girls -went by my door, I growled out, 'Ain't you pnrty lat« gittin home?' 'No. pop; it's just 9 o'clock,' come the answer, Seein as how I bad a good night's rest before me, I felt a leetle mite cleasanter, an in a' easier tone I said, 'I s'pose the snow's pnrty deep, aint it?' 'Not very,'says one on'em. 'It stopped awhile ago, an the moon's out now.' That's all was said. Bnt you see that shows it didn't snow after 9, though, ef you want it nearer, mebbe I ken find out from the girls." "I should thank yon to ask them. Will you please give me your name?,'' Jef Harrison's my name, an auj one'Il show you my house ef you care ter come up an speak ter the girls yourself." am much obliged, Mr. Harrison, and perhaps I'll accept your invitation il be glad ter see you. But, say, there ain't uothin^wrong, is there. Siothiu speshul, hay?" No," replied Mr. Barnes, not deem- in" it wise to toll of the death o;E Mr. Lewis, lest he be kept from his investigation bv further talk. "You ain't got track of youag Marvel yet, is you?'' "Not yet." "Well", good day ter you. Hope ter see yon np't-er the house by an by." Jef Harrison walked off slowly, evidently reluctant to leave. As he passed on he'muttered tohnnself: "Guess he's the detective they told about down ter Lee Depot. Guess he's a cute one. Am t much of a baud at ausweriu questions. A doggoned sight better at askiu em. Wonder why he wants ter know when the snow stopped. Them fellers km make a miahty sight out of durued little that's" what I think." And so he trudged on. still wondering at the pres- |[ t-uce of the detectives and what it all j portended. Mr. Barnes rejoined Bnrrows, and they followed each set of footprints thoroughly, the elder choosing his and assiguiug'the others to his companion. Then the two men returned to the parlor, where Mr. Barnes tore off half a. sheet of paper from some which lay on the center table, and upon it made a careful drawing. This completed, they discussed the situation. "Well," began Burrows, "now that you have finished your map of the movements of the several parties who were about these premises last night, what do yon learn from it?" "We found four sets of tracks," said Mr. Barnes, "besides the dog's, which latter may prove of value. Two of these we think were made by women and two by men. For convenience I have numbered them 1, 2, 3 and 4. I will consider number 4 first. " " Why not take them in the regular order?" "That is what I mean to do. But, whereas I have numbered them in rotation as I discovered them, I will trace them in the order in which they were made." "You don'i pretend that you can do that?" said Burrows incredulously. "I think so and commence with number 4. This was made by a woman. Unfortunately I can find no distinct continuation of any of the tracks outside the gates, for passing teams have obliterated them. We find the first of number 4 at the little gate. The woman went directly to the summer house and into the northern side (M). That she was the earliest on the scene is evident, because the tracks which she made going iu are almost entirely destroyed by the snow which fell since. I even got BO far as to venture the opinion that this woman suspected a meeting and came to this spot as au eavesdropper." "Now you are going rather fast, are you not?" asked Burrows sarcastically. "I will give you reasons for all my deductions. The summer bouse faces the west, and the northwest wind last night drifted considerable snow in through the doors; enough, at any rate, to show me that this woman sat quite still in a corner all the time while she was inside, for the mark of her foot shows it. Had she moved about more the snow would have been more trampled. I even think she sat on one foot, as many women do, for there is but one imprint near the bench where she must have sat, and that is exaggerated out of all shape, as though in her impatience at the slow flight of time she had nervously kicked this one foot about and into the drifted snow." How much you make out of little things," said Burrows admiringly. She came probably to bear what passed between the man and woman in the nest compartment. Certainly she sat as close to the partition as possible. She staid until after they had gone. This she would naturally have done to avoid detection, but I have stronger proof in the fact that near the gate I find an imprint from the foot of the man, and across it is one of the woman. The latter is plainer than the first and was consequently made last. By plainer I mean that the outline of the sole is easily traced across the larger footprint, which it obliterates where the two cross. There is another thing worth noticg. Observe that this woman went almost in a straight line from the gate into the summer house. In departing she came out in a straight line toward the house and then turned and went to the gate. Just where this turn jccurred she stopped for a moment." "Why, you stem to discern a great deal. How do you deduce that?" "Very easily and almost certainly. If one walks or runs, the footprints muse be single and about equidistant. At the point where I say that she stopped I find two imprints nearly side by side. So she stopped, but why?" "Can you also tell that?" "I think that I could make a very shrewd guess. But we will leave her for the present and take up the next set, No. 3, a man's. He evidently bad an appointment, for he, too, entered by the small gate and went directly to the summer honse. He returned as be came, which strengthens the theory that his sole object in coming was to meet some one at this place. 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