The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa on September 4, 1895 · Page 7
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, September 4, 1895
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It I 1 l V ;f ,W AuTnoR OF "THE {Copyright, 1S05, l>y American Press Associ* tion.] . . , The most effective step Would be a change of quarters. He was not likely to spend another night in the old stone house. What was done, therefore, to checkmate him must be done quickly- It is well known that the safest hiding place for n criminal whom the officers of tho law want is in the heart of the great city of New York. It Was bard to understand why this strange couple had loft so secure a concealment and taken up their residence where their chances of detection were increased tenfold. . But, for that matter, everything thus far was hard to understand. The conceded fact, as I saw it, which confronted mo was what next would bo done by them. They woro under my eye now, and if I lot- tihcm slip I would not be likely to get on thoir track again. I was glad to lincl on reaching my homo t-hut all tho folks liar! retired. I lot myself in with tho night key with whi'.'h I had been furnished and went to my room without being seen by any one. This wan fortunate, for my clothing had lost much of the neatness which marked it at first and was in need of attention. Tho f'u-mora breakfast early, and finding that Mr. Bridges intended to drive into town I rode with him, reach- in;' the station in time to catch the early trains hod I wished, but my purpose was not to leave unless tho Howards did so. I waited most of tho forenoon, but saw nothing of them. Guarded inquiries gave mo no information of tho two men of tho night before. Had I chosen I might have killed that one at tho window, but was relieved to know that such was not the case. He must have been hit pietty hard, but uqt sufficiently so to endanger his life. If there had been any feeling of conceit in my mind-and I protest there was little, if any—it was pretty well removed by what followed by my loitering about tho railway station. My intention was, if either Howard or his wife boarded any train, to do tho same and shadow them wherever they went, but 1 made an inexcusably stupid failure to carry out my purpose. I scanned every train that went toward New York and of course kept an eyo on r.hose going in the opposite direction. This was somewhat perfunctory, for I did not suspect that either of the couple would proceed southward. A Philadelphia train drew up at the •station, and from my coign of advantage I watched tho passengers as they disembarked and others got on. The stop, was brief, and just as it began moving again Darius Howard made a rush from somewhere and swung upon one of the platforms, being helped by • the waiting brakernan. I made a dash to do the same thing, but had farther to go, and the brakeman blocked my way. "Too late," ha called. "There'll be another along in half an hour." There was no help for it. If Howard saw me, and in all probability he did, he must htwo read my purpose, and therefore would be on his guard against me unless I effected a complete change in my appearance. Mi- Bridges has returned home alone, and for the" timo 1 was perplexed as to what to do. It was useless to try to follow tho wan who had gone southward, for there \v;« no saying what his destination wii*. Flo might have started on a -journey of 20 or 1,000 miles. I have referred to a game ot blutt which I had in mind. Hitherto I had been working at long range, as may be said. Now I decided upon a bold step, which injured success or failure. From tho railway station I walked to my dwelling place, reaching there just in time for dinner. I spent a couple ot hours in my room, and then, telling my friends that I might not return until late once moro set out for tho old stone building whoro lived Isaiah Bridges, the brother of my host. Of necessity I was attired u.s on tho night before, but my ornamental cano was left behind, and every chamber in my revolver had its husband been at home, so I took care to call wht=»i he -was absent, looking af^er his farm duties. "Cou'.du'tyou stopwhcnMr. Bridges is homii?" she asked, sinking into a locking chair and surveying me with distrust. "When Will he be in?" "I can call him. If 1 don't, ho will faot bo home until sundown." "That is hardly necessary. May I ask Whether you saw any of the burglars? "Mercy, no! I didn't dare look out of the winder. My husband shot at one of them, Who pretended he Was a friend. "Did he kill him?" Nothing I'm afeafd not, for We haven't found "What a pity! He Will not be likely to show himself around here again. " "No, indeed. The gun in the kitchen is loaded, and We're ready for him." "That's right. Don't let him catch you unawares. Did they attempt to en ter by Way of the door?" "No; they must have clunib one of the trees and tried to git into the back winder. They had a quarrel among themselves, and one of 'em fired off gun or pistol, and then my husband, h fired, too, mid tho man groaned and jumped up in the air. So he must hav been hit purty hard." "Undoubtedly. I will take a look a the room and window, please. ^ know it is necessary that I should secur all the information I can." "Mercy, 1 fan't allow you to do that 1 tt pwloftgea and annate the interior and outside. to to noted, and I knew snob would be the fact the moment 1 crossed the threshold, for although this was a tear oom it waa not the one which the East ndianshad attempted to enter. That vas to the left and could be Breached only by passing out again into the hall. Still it served my purpose not to let her know for the moment that I saw the clever trick she had played i on me. I pressed my examination, and then, with :he Window raised and my head partly out, 1 turned quickly toward her: Is this the Window Which the burglar tried to enter?" "Well, that is-didn't 1 tell you I didn't see any of 'em?" . I repressed the smile that tugged at iny mouth. Here was an old lady so conscientious that she Would not tell a falsehood to save her life, yet neither would she betray those whom she believed it her duty to protect. Instead of answer ing me she parried my question. "Come here one moment," I said kindly. . , , .. . _. Sho obeyed timidly and stood at iny side. I drew back my head, leaving the sash raised, and replaced my derby< "Now, it doesn't look reasonable to me that two or three burglars would have tried to get in this window when means of doing so. Of ladder about the band not myself date pnfc foot inside of it " '"Nevertheless I shall do so, find you must not try ro stop me. " I took two steps forward and grasped the handle of the door. 1 e&pected to have it locked in my face, but it was not, and shoving it vigorously inward 1 stepped across the threshold and almost stumbled ovet MfS. DariUS C. Howard, who calmly confronted me with the icy question: "Well, sit, What do yoti waflt?" XVlt Tho room which I had entered Was one of those broad* old fashioned apartments such as ma? be found ih almost any large dwelling built 40 or 50 years ' J= . . ... ^^-i-j without a CHAPTER XVI. The good old lady was horrified my suggestion, but I forced matters. "You know tho punishment for obstructing an officer of tho law in Ins duty?" I added in my most impressive manner. "No," she replied faintly. 'What is it?" "Well, it is not hanging," I answered, with a smile, "but a heavy fine or imprisonment. I have my suspicion who those burglars were, and by examining the marks they have loft may be able to 11" i 1 they had no course you have .. premises, but they did not make use ot it " '"I don't think they did, for it is in the barn, where it has been for weeks. ' "Exactly. Then how could they get up to this window from tho ground?" "How many of them was there?" sho asked in turn. "Wo understand there were three. "Well, couldn't one of them stand on tho other's head and then let the third climb upon his head?" she demanded triumphantly, as though her answer solved the question. Under the circumstances it was an ingenious reply, and my respect for her cleverness rose. "I declare I did not think of that, but how do you account for the fact that they left no signs behind them?" "I'm not 'counting for anything. You pretend to be an ossifer of the law, and if you are as smart as you think you can answer the question yourself. My eyes ain't as good as they used to be, but mebbe I can see where you can t. And, stepping forward, the "good gray head" leaned out of the window and peered through her spectacles at the old stone wall and the ledge as if she expected to discover a written ex planation of the whole mystery. Not only that, but I saw her chip : piece of mortar with her thumb nail from between the stones just below the It was a cool, brisk autumn afternoon, and tho sen was Binning. Any effort at secrecy would have been idle, and I walked with a confident stop up the long lane, which had been tho scene of move than one stirring occurrence within thin preceding 34 hours. Without hesitation I stopped upon the broad porch and sounded out a ringing knock with tho old i'ashionod contrivance which must have penetrated to every recess of tho building. The summons was answered by Mrs. Bridges, a sodoto old lady, who wonder- iugly surveyed ,m,ft. through her speota- oles and waited for the announcement ot my business. "Good afternoon, Mrs. Bridges, I am an officer of the law, bat don't be alarmed," I added, noting her slight start. "Something occurred hero last night. Burglars I believo tried to effect an enhance, and n pistol shot was fired,' Sho stood as if hesitating what to do n say. Assuming that I was welcome, I steppocl aside, removing my hat, _ "I would like to make a tew i«- nuiries, and wo can do it better inside than on the porch, if you have no ob- Sho led the way into the wide, plainly furnished parlor, her nmnner showing that she w«s doubtful as to the y?u- jLeuou of the stop. Evidently she hud received lustrum tioua from her boarders, and even my pretended business did not fully reas- S ° My original, ptau, M I *»™ «»*? was to pretend to be an assessor who "Is this the 'window which the bimjlar tried to enter?" fix the crimo upon them. You certainly wish to give mo all the help you can. "Yes, sir, but"— "Nonsense! Come on." Having gone thus far, it would have been fatal to hesitate. She had some powerful reason for preventing my going up stairs, but sho did not dara state it and was awed by rny assumed character. , I started at a brisk pace up the broad winding Ktairway. Was I mistaken, or did I catch the sound of light, hurried footsteps along tho upper hall? She was moro deliberate of movement, and at tho lauding above I waited for her with an apology for taxing her strength so much. It was easy to tell from the location of the rooms on the second floor which was tho one to bo examined. Not desiring to betray myself too soon, I opened the door on my right. It was a bedroom, neat, clean auc simply furnished. A glance showed tha it was occupied, for the signs wer everywhere present. _ _ "That isn't what you want, sho said, breathing fast because of her exertion. "That is a front room.'' "I beg pardon; but, you see, I am not acquainted with your house." "I wish you would let me lead tho way and not be in so great a hurry." This was said with an impatience which showed that she resented tho way I had taken matters in my own hands. "I beg your pardon, but I am younger than you and presumed on your strength." "It seems to me you are presuming on a good many things. How do I know you are what you claim to be—an ossifer of the law?" A very proper question, and I answered it by drawing from an inner pocket my shield, which showed that I was n member of the detective police of New York This of itself was proof that I was not what I had claimed to be—an officer ol Union county, N. J. I had not stated that, but I gave the impression. Hac her husband been present he doubtless would have been quick to detect the de oeption and would have quickly endet my visit, But fortunately he was absent, auc the trick served me. She was impressed and made no further protest. But, simple hearted and honest as she was, she showed 8 cunning that sur- prjsed. we.' Having stated that I tmd entered the wrong room, she led the way to another apartment, whose windows opened at the rea? of the bouse. That, too, w^s an occupied bedroom, but the fnrnitvire was much plainer than in the other. J decided that it was the one used by herself aad husband, while the other belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Howard. "Now we shall see what we can lea?n ( " I remarked in a businesslike way, stepping to one of the rear wjn- flows, raising the sash and examining the window sill wnrt the stones beneath, hero," J quickly a04ed. ledge. "Someone must have done that," she remarked, scrutinizing the mark with interest. "What do you think of it? "I think it was removed by you thumb—in fact, I saw it done—though of course, you did not know it." "Is that trueV" she asked as innocently as a child. "Well, I must be more careful. They could have come in this winder the way I said, couldn't they?|' "Probably they could, but I don t think they did." "Why not?" "That isn't the way with burglars. "Do you know much about such folks?" "Madam, my business brings me m contact with them," I remarked, with all the impressiveuess I could assume^ "and it is my duty to study their ways." "That's the way you learned, eh?" "Exactly, and in no other. I am convinced that neither one of those criminals attempted to enter this room by tho means you uamu." It was quite clear that sho meant to keep me from entering the right one, and I was determined that neither she nor any one else should do that. I lowered the window and slowly walked across the room and out of the door leading to the hall. My head was bent as if in troublous thought. "Wait," sho interposed, hurrying to place herself in front of mo. "It would ho more polite if you would let me lead." . . . "I must beg your pardon again, but I wish to relieve you of all tho labor I can." , . "The best way to do that is by It-ay - eg tho house.'' "I will be glad to do so when my work is completed." It was no fancy this time that I heard a soft footfall and saw the door opening to tho room slightly ajar. Some one was on the other side, stealthily watching us and listening to our words. The ago. It was plainly carpeted, any pictures ott the Walls, With a stove at one side, a number of chairs and a long flat table, which stood between the two windows, beyond which, had not tho shades been lowered, 1 Would have seen some of the trees in. the tear of the yard. Oil this table Were a number of Vessels, mostly of glass, a retpft, several jars, vials, small delicate tools and fully a dozen little contrivances the like of which I had never seen, and which will not attempt to describe, except to say they were constructed of glass. Some were spiral in form, while others had oclrl, twisted shapes, evidently understood only by the persons who had brought them thither and made uso ot them. The rotra was closed so as to permit no ventilation. Tho heat of the stove intensified a peculiar, subtle perfume, which, at first pleasant, after a time bo- came nauseating. I knew when I turned the knob of the door that some one was within. I did not believo it was Mr. Howard, tor I had seen him leave the railway station several hours before. Therefore, when I almost collided with his wife, I was nerved for it. She was standing in the room, near the door which I pushed quickly inward, and confronted mo with he question: "Well, sir, what do you want? Jovel wasn't she a beauty? I had seen ler before, and, as I have said, was braced for the meeting, but when I looked at that superb figure, with the matchless black eyes, abundant hair, olive complexion, perfect features, small white teeth and fascinating form, I was almost overwhelmed. I could well understand how almost any man would have been overcome by merely such a vision and would drop his weapons as if in the presence of death itself. Surely she must have made many conquests by the very momentum of her marvelous beauty, which was sufficient to make a man forget duty, honor— everything but his mad ihthrallrnent for Bh-e treated this impudence with 6cofn it deserted. "It soft of looked that Way* to* aft the Jersey City station you avoided each other, not sitting, even io the «»» 0 **» though you were ffiendiy enough, whew you left the train at ftahwsy and rode to this place in a cab. . "However, all that is you? own bttai- ness and of ho particular interest to me. Some days ago your .hwbajd told an Immense jewel, which he called .X&u Sahib's ftiby, to a gentleman in New York. Mr. Howard received the pi16e be asked, but on the very night of the purchase, the buyet was fobbed oj the stone, and 1 am seeking to find out the tf tith about It." , 1 vvatdhed that fascinating faceclose^ ly While uttering these Words. I expect_J !«„* »•„ bhni*r silfrtirisfc When told 01 peared", 16 IhaS, no m^tef place, toe tfime can be Ww home to neither unless the thief employed should turn state's enc "if yoti understand that?" She nodded her head. "Before giving any explanation please wait until 1 ask tot it." "It shall be as you say. Do yon know anything about the robbery of the fnw? Fof the first time since we had ad- dfessed each other bet lips patted that dahgojously fascinating smile. PLANfet Stw* the ed her to show surprise when the theft of the ruby, *<*•»' * how could she know anything Circumstance? But nothing of that nature lit tip her face. She demanded with the Coolness of a judge: "Why do you come to toe? "Because 1 am sure you Call give me the information." "Your words are What 1 might have expected from you. On what night did this robbery, if there Was any, take place?" "Last Tuesday, the 13th— excuse me, you are going to say that you and your husband were not in New York that night, which is a fact, as I learned for myself. If tho charge was made against either of you, therefore, you could prove an alibi. I presume you know the meaning of that word?" She paid no attention to this slur, but calmlv looking at me uttered tho single word '"Well?" with the most splendid circumflex inflection conceivable at the end. "You know that sometimes several persons are concerned in matters of this kind It is safer to employ an agent. Whoever took that ruby from Mr. Baud- husen's room at the Windsor did the cleverest job of the year. Now, if yo« will tell how it was done, I will let up on you and your pretended husband. Come now!" •,• 4. I doubt whether a man pretending to Be Professo* Ledge* of London, Whose" series of Gfeshiiin astronomy lectures be a detective over did a more audacious •"** i i i • i.W«« 4-Viia "Knocks In Theif Relation to Astrono- mY" has been completed, in his last discourse pointed out that the universe, instead-of being fixed, is alive With motion, each star With its attendant plan^ ets hurrying through space. If star were to knock against star the intense heat and fierce fire generated by the enor* molts velocity and vast momentum of the two masses would bo such as to pass human conception, It niavbo that the sun was formed ty the collision of two stars. The effect of two such bodies attracting each other and meeting would bo to reduce then! to a violently agitated guseofla mass, which would oscillate, first inward, producing inconceivable heat, and then out- Ward'again, ultimately assuming the condition of the Him. The general result would be that the two bodies vroula revolve around their common center ot gravity—that is to say, around each other—creating a double star. Lord Kelvin has calculated that if .29,000,000 solid globes, each of the mass of tho moon, should be scattered over a spherical surface 100 times tho radius of the earth's orbit, they would come together and be raised to a temperature o* 100,000 degrees. They would oscillate outward and inward, reaching to a less distance each time, and ultimately settling down into a sphere. The nebula? we see around us may, Professor Ledger suggests, have been o and seemingly absurd thing than this. We have all heard of the profane farmer who, when confronted, by an unusual cause of provocation, simply held bis peace because he could not do justice to the theme. It must have been something of the same with Mrs. Howard, for she looked at me and remained speechless. My next move required explanation. I set my chair away from the door and the nearest, corner, which was only from tho door. I never •«Jhj gentleman left no trace that oa« be of any bcip tq w- 10W toy the °^' "Well, sir, w'Kft #f you want?" door itself was less than sis feet distaut and almost before me, J acted as if J saw it WQt, but uothiWS escaped Wf • . ' "ji you want to go en the roof, " sh^ asked, "and look down, the pbimbley?" "That wowld be hardly worth while, but there is another apartment Q» this floor, and it is that which the iwglui to wtw last night and which. sternly fit * I stood a minute, staring vacantly with open mouth and wondering eyes, and then I could no more keep back tho words than I could stop my respiration: "Heavens, I never saw so wonderful a woman!" "Idiot, you have not answered my question 1" she said in a freezing voice, which ought to have stricken me to the floor, though I kept my feet. Neither of us stirred, but in the bewildering moment I was conscious that Mrs. Bridges had closed the loor behind me. I was alone in the presence of the beautiful fury, and duty whispered in my ear: "Have a care or you are lost!" By a supreme effort I pulled myself together. It was useless to quail before this being, for she had no mercy. If I shrank or faltered, she would crush me. Behind that regal form crouched the mystery of Nana Sahib's ruby, and naught but boldness, daring, audacity, inercilessuess, would avail mo. In a minute I was myself. * "Madam," I said, with a bow, I am an officer of tho law. You heard me tell Mrs. Bridges my errand"— "But it was a lie!" she broke in with a sweep of her right arm and a step forward. "Leave this instant, or it will be the worse for you!" This threat and the biting words nerved me still moro strougly. I became calm, cool, self possessed, on the in stant. , "I will leave when I am through with tho business which brought me here and not one second before. You and your husband and all the miscreants from India cannot compel me. I am armed and will defend myself even against you!" Strange words to utter to a woman, whose strength could not have surpassed that of a child, A strong man like me ought to have been abashed at the sound of his own voice when they were spoken, but I was in for it and meant to maintain a bold front to the end. That my reply was unexpected was shown by her manner, She never removed those piercing eyes from me, and once I believed, when I saw the delicate fingers nervously working, that she meant to leap at my throat, She breathed short and fast, but did not change hep superb poise. ««Pray be seated," I added, with assumed courtesy, as I placed my hand on the back of -,the nearest chair and set it down beside her, "With your pormis, sioa I will do the same, I Wish a few words with you," My own chair was placed so close to the door that had J inclined it to the year it would have rested against it. I eat down with my hat in niy lap and toobed expectantly at her- She didBot stir a muscle, bet remain- in five or six feet removed my eyes from the woman while doing this. As I resumed my seat I drew my revolver and rested it loosely across my knee, in which position I could use it with the quickness of lightning. I suspected the occasion for such use was at hand. • "Don't be alarmed," I said, looking in her face. "If you intend no harm, you will receive none, but if anything is attempted against me God help you! "What do you mean?" she asked, with a slight recoil. ed lifee a Ptate-e. and it teemed flame of those eyes, would tm through. "j m a detective and have watching you aad y sometiffle "i upright as * CHAPTER XVIII. . "Since I entered this house and came up stairs," I said, with my gaze still fixed upon that marvelous countenance, "your husband has returned. He is outside this door and hears tho words that lam now speaking. He is seeking.a chance to kill me. Ho was figuring from the sound of my voice my exact position in front of the door, so that he would bo sure of hitting me if he fired through the panel; hence my change of position. He can't do it now without first opening the door. That will give me as good a chance as he can have, which is all I seek. "But," I added, with a meaning Which could not be mistaken, "if he or any one of the wretches in his employ fires a shot at me while you are within range, I swear by the Eternal I will shoot you dead as you stand there. Your husband hears these words. Let him govern himself accordingly. Won't you sit down?" , , For 1»a first time after my repeated invitatfous she seemed to become aware I that the chair wtvs near her, Sho glanced at it, hesitated an instant and then walked to the stove. She seemed to be looking after the fire within, and I suspected nothing, but that beautiful fiend outwitted me. She did a thing winch I did not see, and whose meaning did n<at come to me until afterward. She threw something among the embers of the wood and the ashes left by the sticks that were burning there before I entered the room. Then she came back to where she had been standing and sat down in tho chair, three paces away and facing me. I have spoken of a singular odor I noticed npon opening the door and which at first was rather pleasant, but it became more marked as the heat of the room increased and was oppressive almost to the point of nausea. How I longed fop a breath of the cool, pure, bracing air from the outside, put there Y?as not a orevice through which it could reach we- > "What are all those things?" lasfc>fl flirting my head toward the long table OH which lay the articles I have referred « f j do not choose to answer that question, " . I was listening intently; f$F , . that the East Indian was still ,»n the pU outside aed heard every word passed. I spoke in a eleaj tow, fqr I was talking to Mro m produced by the knocking together of two great bodies rather than by the aggregation of many smaller ones. The collision of two huge suns would thus lead to rejuvenescence and the.formation of new systems. Phenomena indicating that something very much .in the nature of a collision had occurred are the outbursts of temporary stars such as those observed by Tycho Brahe in 1572, by Kepler in 1604 and those of 1848, 1866, 1876, 1885 and 1892, the last being the new star Auriga, which declined through ten magnitudes, 'or became 10MOO times less bright in two months. The groat increase in the light of a comet as it approaches the sun may be due to a tidal disturbance in the bodies forming ' it, causing them to knock against each other, and thus generate heat and light. In the same way the twinkling of the stars may be caused by the knocks of the molecules of the atmosphere on the ether, whoso undulations carry their light to us. The excessively great and the exceedingly small are all interdependent, and the past, present and probable future of nebulous bodies all hinge on the relations they bear to the knocks of tho molecules of their gases, whilo the knocks of immense bodies depend ultimately on the knocks of their constituent atoms. w e Book Bound In Gold and Silver. The only gold and silver bound, diamond incrusted book in the world was lately enshrined iu the holy Mohammedan city of Isnan-Ruza, Persia. The book is of corn-so a copy of the Alkoran and is a gift from Abd-iu'-Bahman, ameer of Afghanistan. The covers of this!, unique volume, the sides of which are 9^ by 4 inches, are of solid gold plates , one-eighth of an inch in thickness, lined . with silver sheets of the same thickness. The centerpiece, as well as the corners, is a symbolic design wrought in diamonds, rubies and pearls. Thocpjiter figure is a crescent with a star botweea its points, the whole design being oom-A posed of 109 small diamonds, 167 pearls \ anil 183 rubies. The diamonds on each \ corner, which are almost hidden in their \ golden setting, and the orange colored \ lacquer with which they are fastened, ^ are each worth about $5,000. The book itself is on parchment, entirely written by hand. It is valued at $136,000. There are said to have been 'over 100,000 visit-' ors present in Isnan-Ruza the day the holy relic was enshrined.—St, Louis Republic. . Soap Bublrtes. M, Izarn has communicated to the Academy of Sciences a'new method for ' obtaining soap bubbles lasting a wrtiob- ,, longer time than those obtained from-'; ! the soap water generally wed, fie. few 1 y eoourse to a resinous soap made by toe • oUowing fornwla; Pulverize tp 10 grams <jf pure rosin and 10 of carbonate of potash i add }00 water and boil until g W« obtain in this way a which maybe kept to s.tpoktobedjiud use with from ftw'to five> nijfeelyevea\yben ,,, r ,., ,_ ,„...... bnjbpjee produced are very pej?^ consequently cm he; shdy ol phenomena - • - & making spisp" it v'f^TO s *&"!* Gay yyorfls, things &«* there no yowf " JWPWM* <?**"•& ,/%4§;$£ vMM^VA- II-

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