, •*! R9DRIGUES OTT9LENQUIJ OS,™™"AM ARTIST IN CRIME.', ETC. » rs before the old. l js a SON*. about 14 or 15 years since me lad was. supposed to be here. Moreover, it may help you to remember him if I tell you that it is further supposed that he ran away from school and went to sea. "I am afraid yon have been misinformed " said the schoolmaster, shaking his venerable head. "Nothing of that kind ever occun-ed here. I do not recall such a name of a pupil, but J knew a man of tbat name once and have good reason to remember him." "Will you tell me abont it?" "Certainly. Now let me see. It mus have been about the very time that you mention, though I could give you thr exact date, a gentleman called hen and wished to see tbe school. He said that he had a son whom he wished t< place in a military institution such a this His name was Lewis. After 1 ha explained our methods to him he wen away, promising to call again. This ho did and on his second visit be told me that his son had refused to go to a military academy, and that he had placed him elsewhere. However, he seemed Virirlnla confesses, presumably to real murder. CHAPTER XVI. ME. BARNES ON THE SCENT. A3 soon as it was settled beyond all doubt that the clothes and locket found tinder the dam were the ones on which the fate of Walter Marvel depended Mr. Barnes was all activity wgain. "Now," said bo, speaking rapidly, •''there is not a morndnttolo.se. We have saved the innocent, but we must yet find the guilty, and be has a week the start of us. Bow soon can I get away from this town?" "A train passes Lee Depot at 1 O'clock. Yon have three-quarters of an hour in which to catch it. My horse and wagon are at your disposal, of oonrse." . "Thank you, M:r. Everly. ion must drive me to the station. Before I go I will give you some instructions, though, on the whole, all I wish is that, yon two will not tell any one of what we have found until you hear from me JJlill \^U\s 1TAJW* s*. --- very much interested in the school and made several suggestions as to improvements. When 1 explained to him that there were no funds for any such purpose, he generously offered to pay any - again. "But while you are gone must . Walter remain iu prison?" asked Virginia. "Yes! It will not hurt him. Neither of -you must go r.o him, for if you do you might betray what I wish* kept secret. Do you promise?" "But may I not tell Alice that her brother is safe? She is desperately ill, and 1 fear that she may lose her reason if she does not soon hear that there is no danger threatening Walter." Mr. Barnes considered a moment and then said: "If you find it necessary, you rcay tell her that your uncle, Mr. Lewis, is not dead. " "Not dead!" exclaimed his two auditors in a breath. "Yes, tell her that he is not dead. That will certainly relieve her mind." "But how can I explain that when she knows to the contrary?" "You must exorcise your ingenuity. Tell her that there has been a mistake as to the identity of the corpse, or anything that occurs to your mind, only do not tell her about the finding of this bundle. I do not wish Mr. Burrows to know what I have done, for fear that he may make trouble for me and perhaps defeat the ends of jr.stioe. Now I must be off. Use your judgment, and, above all things, whatever you do tell your Bick friend, keep it from getting out. Qoodby! Trust rno I" Mr. Barnes was fortunate in finding . trains to meet hiia as he pursued his •way to New York by a circuitous route. The one which be boarded at Lee took him as far as Worcester and thence he •went on to Albany, knowing that from that point he could easily reach New York. As it was, he arrived in that city before noon on the following day. Leaving the train he hurriedly proceeded up town to Washington Heights. Consulting his memorandum book, he turned a few pages, then paused at one which contained the following address: "John Lewis, E!sq. Care T. Jamison, Washington Heights, N. Y." This he had obtained from Burrows, to whom, it will be remembered, had been shown three letters by John Lewi*, who claimed Unit they had been written to him by his futber while he was at school. Mr. Barnes made inquiries and very readily found that Mr. Jamison kept a large Iwnrding school for boys and that he had done so for tbe last 80 years. Receiving the correct address, be at once proceeded to the schoolhouse and was soon in the presence of a pleasant old man. I "Good morning, Mr. Jamison, began Mr. Barnes. "I am looking for a man who has recently inherited some property, but he cannot be found. He is supposed to be dead and probably is. The case therefore stands thus: If ho bad a son, that ,son would inherit, but if not the property goes elsewhere. I have heard that he did have a son, who \vas for some time at your school, and •o I have ventured to trouble you, hoping that yon iniigbt be able to assist me." , .. "I am at your service, and H yon •Will give me tlhe name I will look over my books and .seo what I can find." "Ibe nauw ia Johu.Le^i% nsd_.U if , bills that might be incurred. I protested at first, but he persisted. He even came here himself to superintend tbe alterations." "You say that he lived here a short time?" "Yes, about a month." "Canyon tell rne whether his mail was received here?' ' "Oh, yes. He waa a stranger in the city and had no other address while he was here. So of course his letters came to -ibe academy. " "While he was v.'ith you did bis son ever come to visit him?" "No, I never saw the boy, but he constantly spoke of his son, and if he is the party for whom you are looking 1 havt. no doubt that he has or had a son. Thai seems to be the fact which you wished to substantiate, I believe?" "Yes that is all that I wish, except that I would like to find the son. However as you cannot aid me there, I bi(. yon good morning, and I thank yon for your courtesy. ' ' Leaving the academy, Mr. Barnes walked as far as the nearest station of the elevated railroad and went down town to Grand street; thence he walked to- the office of the Norwich line of steamers. Addressing the clerk, belaid: "Do you keep & passenger list?' ' "Well, hardly that, in the strict sense of the term. B~ut we keep the names of all who tako staterooms." "Can you let me see that list for last Saturday night's fiteamer?" The list was handed to him, and he carefully ran his finger over the column until it rested on the name "Walter Marvel " He copied tbe number of the stateroom assigned, and left the dock with a smile of satisfaction. "I -think I may have some dinner now," said he to himself, and he entered a restaurant where he partook of a substantial meal, after which he went to police headquarters, asked for the inspector and was at once shown into the private office of that official. "Good morning, inspector, said Mr. Barnes. "I would like to ask whether there has been a report of any one^ missing in this city during this week?" "Why, yes, there has!" The inspector eyed him keenly. "Mr. Barnes, what do you know?" "I am working on the Lewis murder case, inspector; up in Lee, N. H., you know." _ The inspector nodded, and Mr. Barnes continued: "I have left the Pilkingtons because ••First, tnen, tell me how long your nsband has been in New York." "We arrived about two weeks before he disappeared." "You say 'arrived.' Am I to under- tanil that yon came from abroad?" ' Yes. We have been in Europe for nany years." . "Had your husband any special rea- ran for returning to America?" "Yes; but 1 cannot explain that to -on further than to gay that it is a purpose which for many years he has wished to accomplish." 'Why, then, did he delay the matter so lon^?" . I must not tell you that." She colored deeply. . I do not desire to appear too inquisitive madam, but if you wish me to accomplish anything you must give me more information. Tell me this: Do you suppose that it is in pursuance of this purpose that your husband has gone out of the city?" "I fear so." "You fear so? Is there any oanger, then, that he risks?" I The woman bit her lip at this slip and said: "There might be. I do not kuovr. "Has he gone in search of an enemy?" "I cannot say." She seemed decidedly mneasy at the questions of the detective. The latter paused a moment, considering, and then asked: "Do you know the name of this man who is your husband's enemy?" "I did not say that it is a man or that my husband has an enemy." "You did not, but that is evidently the case. Now, do you happen ever to have heard of John Lewis?" The woman started up in dismay and excitedly exclaimed: "What do yon know of that man? "Then yon admit that you. know him?" "I know who he is, but what is it that you know, and why do you mention .bis name?" "I know, madam, that your husband left this city for the east on Samrday night last and that on the following night John Lewis was murdered." ''My God! This is terrible!" cried the woman, as she sank into a chair and covered her face with her hands. Mr Barnes waited a moment for her to recover from her surprise and then said: "I will tell you more. An innocent man has been arrested for the crime and is in prison." "How does all this interest me? ^^^/A * Pure and Sure." (ievel and 5 ^^^ BAKING POWDER-, XHK First National Bank Biscuit, cake, pot pies and buns, Dumplings, puddings, Sally Muffins, waffles, griddle cakes, The very best it always make? CAPITAL 1250,000 A.. J. MUKDOCK, PRBSTDKKT, W. W. ROSS, CASHIXR, J. F. BROGKMEYER, they permitted another man to interfere •with me. If my theory be correct, I must trace a man from this city to Lee." "Jf yon have left the Pilkingtons, said the inspector, "I will helpyon. A woman reported here yesterday that her husband has been missing since last Saturday and that she feared foul play. I pntn man on the case, and he has traced him as far as a sound steamer; so he is probably down your way." "Is any name given?" "Yes, but as you must be in a hurry, take the papers with you. I intrust thei whole matter to your judgment." Mr. Barnes thanked the inspector for this mark of confidence, and then left; the building. Half an hour later he wasi at a fashionable up town hotel and hacl sent his card up to the woman named,In a few minutes more he was in her presence. "I see by your card that you are a detective,""began the woman, "and I suppose that you have brought me newis of my husband." "f have found out that he left the city last Saturday night. Did yon know of bis intention to do so?" ' 'I did not, but it does not surprise me that he has done so. Where has he gone?" "I came to see if you can help roe oa that point All I know is that he went away on a sound steamer. Have you any "idea of any object which would call him. east?" "Yes, hut I may be wrong and •would prefer not to commit myself. I might be betraying what he wishes kept private." "Will yon answer a few other questions?" < "I will answer all that I think ihould." Of course it shocked* me to hear so suddenly that oue whom I knew has been murdered, but further than that -what is it to me?" "That is what I am trying to find out. Was Mr. Lewis a friend of yours? "Afriend? Far from it," she answered almost fiercely. ,, ., f "Ah! Then it is not his death that troubles you?" "Who says that I am troubled? "I do, and I think it is because you know or think that your husband went to that town expressly to kill Lewis. "He did nothing of the kimV she answered quickly, losing her self possession in her excitement. "My husband only wanted to recover his child, whom that man had stolen from him." "At last we have it," said Mr. Barnes with satisfaction. "Your husband, then, is the father of the girl. In that case you must be her mother, and therefore Lewis' sister?" "His sister? Her mother? You are mad." "Explain it, then." Mr. Barnes was puzzled. "I will explain nothing. You have got more out of me now than I should have told." "Then I will hunt for your husband, "or he must be the man who killed Mr. Lewis. Let me tell yon that I have tracked him backward from the scene of the crime to this city. Another detective followed his trail from the murder, hut he did not succeed in apprehending him." "Then, thank God, he is safel ' 'You are wrong. The other detective failed, but I will not." 'You dare to tell me this and want my help?" : We must think of the innocent. What do I care for the innocent: I do not know them." Let me tell you who they are. There is the girl, the daughter of your husband." "Ah! Is she accused?'" "She is thought to be an accessory." "Good! I am giad. And the othe:r, who is that? You spoke of a man." ' 'The other is thought to be the murderer. It is Walter MarveL " "What! Young Walter? This is worse than I could have imagined. _Well, so be it. I care nothing for him either." "Madam, have you no heart? Would you see the innocent suffer for the guilty?" "The innocent? How do I know who is innocent? Yon say these people are j accused. The authorities must know what they are doing. There must be evidence against them, and most likely they are guilty. Why should I do auy- ;bing. and what can I do anyway?" All I ask of you is to give rne the information that I wish." "What information?" "Tell me the exact relations which exist between your husband and John Lewis?" "I will tell yon nothing." "You are determined?" "I am! Do your worst!" "Very -well, madam! Perhapa I may yet find a way to make you suffer for your stubbornness." How dare you threaten me? I'll have yon turned out of this hotel!"_ "Stop a minute! Yon forgot that I tun a detective. If you ring, I will ar- • -Ton are an accessory beiore tbe tact. You knew thai your husband went out of the city with a murderous intent. Therefore I think that in this state, under our penal code, you could be indicted as a principal." "Curse you, you are a demon! Mr. Barnes considered a moment, and then said: • -I have half a mind to arrest you any- vcn~V '*' "Do so if you wish! But I will tell yon nothing, though I should be kept m prison forever." "I haven't time to wait in the cuy, or I would try the experiment. As it is, I must be sure that I can get you when I want you." So saying, Mr. Barnes stepped up to the electric call and pressed the button. A moment later a bellboy knocked at the door. Mr. Barnes opened it and said: ' "Call a district messenger^ and bring me some writing materials!" "What do you mean to do?" asked tbe woman. "You shall see." In a short time the bellboy returned, and with him the messenger. Mr. Barnes took a piece of paper and wrote as follows: Send me your best shadow. Important. BARKBS. Placing this in an envelope, he sealed it and addressed it to the inspector whom be had seen at police headquarters. Handing it to the messenger, he said: "Deliver that as quickly as possible. Here is an extra quarter for yourself." He then sat down and commenced to read a newspaper. The woman said nothing for a time, but at tbe end of half an hour, during which the imperturbable detective had not raised his eyes from his paper, she jumped up, •walked to the window and stood looking out Mr. Barnes may not have seen her • move so little notice did he seem to take. After a few minutes at the window she went in the direction of the door, but apparently with no special object in view. Suddenly, with the ability of a cat, she made a dart for tbe knob and grasped it. Still the detective made no sigu. She turned the knob and gave the door a pull, but it did not open as she hacl expected, and after a few futile attempts she turned on Mr. Barnes like a fury: "How dare you lock my door? "Is it locked?" „ "Of course it is, and you locked it. "You are mistaken." "How is it fastened then?" "You said it is locked, did you not? I have not examined it." "How did it get locked?" - anvinnR to TrriO'W 1 yon. I asked the bellboy to turn the key on the outside.'' Why did yon do that?" -Yon nave? >vno is ne? Ten me at ° n -[t is the man who has passed as your cousin." "Mv uncle's son.-" "No not your uncle's son, though tfaatVwbat bo called himself.^ must find him at once. Where is he? DIRECTORS: A. J. Murdoch W. H. Brinshum, Unl. a. S. Kice, B- F. Yantia. I 11. Sarwood. W. T. WilBOD.. _ BanMns in. all ita Department* promptly and carefully done. Safety to Customers and noeght lor. Strong Reserve Fund Maintained. him to the end of the earth He BCC escape me. Where has he gone? "We do not know. I told you, when I last saw you, that ho would pass ibe night at the squire's, but it seems that be must have retired to his room after the funeral, for he was here at break- PECK'S \ Goon! Goou!" The detective was impatient . "After breakfast he again went to hi« room. We saw nothing more of him until dinner time. Then I went m to call him. but he was not there. He has not been seen since." . 'Perhaps he went to the squire s. 'I went over to see Alice this morning and learned that ( no one had seen him since tbe funeral." "Too late! Too late after all my trouble!" moaned the detective. He leaned his head on his hands and seemed almos; about to weep. Virginia did not know what to say to him; so think- inr it best to leave him to himself sho noiselessly left the room. Mr Barnes remained in one position for fully ten minutes, but suddenly he jumped up and seemed all animation again. _ Miss Lewis! Miss Lewis:" he cried in great excitement. At the sound of bis voice Virginia came hurrying in and was astonished at the change in his demeanor. . Miss Lewis," said he, speaking rapidly, "yon say that he went to his room and has not been seen since?" ^ Ye= he must have conic out — Never miud that. Tell me, is it the same room which he occupied when he slept here on the night after the murder?" " Yes. Thinking that he was my uncle's sou, I gave him my uncle's room." "Your uncle's room? Of course. It is a? clear as day. During that first mpht Barrows heard mysterious noises. He came down into this num's room and found it empty. Burrows sat by His door all night to ask him where he had been, and, although he did not pass him, nevertheless in the morning the man was in tbe room. Do you understand."Not clearly." ' "It is very simple! There is a secret apartment in this house, and tbe murderer is at this moment concealed in it. "A secret room! It is impossible!" "Anything else is impossible, yon mean This is not the day of miracles, and a man cannot disappear in this way in broad daylight." But how will yon find it, if it ex- '"It will be easy enough to find it if CURES-* Nervousness. Nervous Prostration, Nervous aad Sick Headache, Indigestion, Loss of Appetite, Rheumatism, Neuralgia, Scrofula, Scrofulous Humors, Syphilitic Affection*. 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After reasoning for a moment, as Burrows had done at the Bpping house, he said: "I have it. I will go straight to it Burrows heard this man in the secret apartment, and Burrows was up stairs; so I am sure that the place of which we are in search is above. Now what is its I m potency, Loirt Vitality, V.rioo0.l..l'rou, c htoa1>yahu.« ; ercesses and indiscretion., or by iievere menUl "rain, close application to bu«in«i or •*« work- DR. PERRIN'S Revivine l. th* only remedy ">at ha. ever b«n dl» covered that will positively Cure »«•* pect"you "toTnow'where she is when I exact location? It must be accessible to ask yon for her. Do you understand?" "I do." "Good morning." No. 56 left tbe apartment. "Now perhaps yon will explain what this room, and yet the room which Burrows occupied is as large as this. Now observe that the closet in tbe corner projects out into the ball. In yonrroom there is a similar closet. On this floor, this means " I in the hall, between these two projec- "I was abont to do so. Understand tions f or the closets, is the little passage that if you make any attempt to leave lead j ng from the main halljntotbe rtin- the city that man will prevent it. ' " -^-—^ "--* R.»jvln. brin improvement and effiecU cur ' IthMCuredth AND WILL CURE YOU. I Yon "Arrest me? And pray what charge you make? I am not easily frightened."" "I will charge you with complicity in the murder of John Lewis!" "That is farcical. I have been in Yoxkoaljr," He saw the. great mastiff lying on the, floor wthtn. may change boarding places as often as you please, but remain in the city That is all. Good morning." Before ghe could Kay a word he bad gone. Mr. Barnes went directly to th- Grand Central railroad depot and start ed for Lee,, where he arrived early on the following rooming. Beaching th farm, he feund Virginia in the parlor Sbeadvs&ced to meet him -with » cor dial greeting. . , "I am so relieved to see yon back What news have yoo?" diqcpiered the murderer. again. ng room. I have noticed that up stairs here are no closets and, of course, no gnch passageway. Therefore tbe space x:cupied by them below indicates where he secret room is to be found on the next floor." "But how shall we get in? "I think it will be difficult for you to do so. for I expect that tbe entrance is hrongh the ceiling of the closet in this •oom. I will now loot." Mr Barnes opened the closet door, and then started back as he saw toe great mastiff lying on the floor within. The dog arose and went up to Virginia, whining pitifully. Then he went back into the cloret, raised himself upon his bind legs, rested bis fore paws against the wall of the closet and with head upturned howled in a horribly suggestive manner. , Do you see," said Mr. Barnes, tne brute knows that there is something wrong up there?" Virginia coaxed the dog away from the closet, and the detective stood on a chair and examined the ceiling. In a moment he announced: "I have it Here is the trapdoor. A minute later he had drawn himself Tip through the aperture and disappeared. Very soon, however, he returned, and as he dropped to tbe floor be said: "He is up there—deadl Suicide, I rospecfc You must go at once for the equire. Pardon my not doing so, but I have a reason for wishing to remain •with the body until it be turned over to the coroner. Virginia gladly hurried away upon an errand which she knew promised the gpeedy release of her lover. 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