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4 The Exploits of Elaine A Detective Novel and a Motion Picture Drama . By ARTHUR B. REEVE j e The Well-Knoton Novelist and the 1 Creator the "Craig Kennedy'' Stories | Pmeoted in Collaboration With the Pat he and tbo Eclectic Film Company Copyright, 1914. by th« Star Company All Foreign RlghU Beserred CONTINUED ■He gazed about keenly. Then he PX>k few steps to the window and |br»w it open. As he stood there he |>ok the parts of the rods he had been jarrylng and fitted them together un -11 he had a pole some eight or ten eet long At one end was a curious irrangement that seemed to contain , enaes and a mirror. At the other md was an eye-piece, as nearly as I lould make out. , "What i* that?" I asked as he com peted his work. . "That? That is an instrument something on the order of a miniature j periscope," Craig replied, still at i nork. ; I watched him, fascinated at his re- j pourcefulness. He stealthily' thrust the mirror end of the' periscope out I of the window and up toward the cor responding window upstairs. Then he gazed eagerly through the eye-piece. 'Waiter—look!" he exclaimed to pae. I did. T!iere, sure enough, was Mi chael, pacing up the loom. j : As I looked at him nervously walk ing to and fro, I could not help ad mitting that things looked safe enough ind all right to me. Kennedy folded he periscope up and we left our | room, mounting the remaining flight >f stairs. In fifty-nine we could hear the measured steps of the footman. Craig . i ♦ T Craig Reached Down and Gently :nocked. The footsteps ceased. Then he door opened slowly and 1 could ee a cold blue automatic. "It*3 all right. Michael," reassured Jraig calmly. "All right, Walter," he aided to me. The gun dropped back into the foot nan's pocket. We entered and Ml hael again locked the door. Not a ford had been spoken by him so far. Next Michael moved to the center it the room and, as I realized later, irought himself in direct line with the pen window. He seemed to be over ome with fear at his betrayal and tood there breathing heavily. "Professor Kennedy." he began. "I lave been mistreated that I have Bade up my mind to tell you all I ;now about thi3 Clutching—" Suddenly he draw a sharp breatli t nd both his hands clutched at his "wn breast. He did not stagger and ill in the ordinary manner, but eemed to bend at the knees and foist and literally crumple down on is face. We ran to him. Craig turned him ver gently on his back and examined | im. He called. No answer. Michael tas almost pulseless. Quickly Craig tore off his collar and I ared his breast, for the man seemed > be struggling for breath. As he did » he drew from Michael's throat a mall, sharp-pointed dart. J "What's that?" I ejaculated, horror tricken. -"A poisoned blowgun dart, such as 1 i used by the South American In lans on the upper Orinoco," he said lowly. He examined It carefully . "What is the poison?" I asked. "Cureri," he replied simply. "It acts ! a the respiratory muscles, paralyzing lem and causing asphyxiation." dart seemed to have toeen made ' a quill with a very sharp point, hol iw, and containing the deadly poison : k the sharpened end. "Look out!" I cautioned, as he tndled it See " Exploits of ElaineFifth Episode, In Motion Pictures, Victoria Theatre, Saturday, March 20 ~ • // * ' • HARRISBURG , STAR-INDEPENDENT, THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 18, 1915. "Oh, that's ail right." he answered casually. "If I don't scratch myself, I am safe enough. I could swallow the stufT and it wouldn't hurt me—unless I had an abrasion of the lips or some internal cut." Kennedy continued to examine the dart until suddenly I heard a low ex clamation of surprise from him In side the hollow quill was a thin sheet of tissue paper, tightly rolled. He drew it out and read: "To know me is Death. "Kennedy—Take Warning." Underneath was the Inevitable Clutching Hand sign. We jumped to our feet. Kennedy rushed to the window and slammed it shut, while I seized the key from Mi chael's pocket, opened the door, and called for help. « A moment before, on the roof of a building across the street, one might have seen a hpnt, skulking figure. His face was chopper colored and on his head was a thick thatch of mat ted hair. He looked like a South American Indian, In a very dilapidated suit of cast-off American clothes. He had slipped out through a door way leading to a flight of steps from the roof to the hallway ot the tene ment. and, like one of his native ven omous serpents, worked his way dowa the stairs again My outcry brought a veritable bat talion of aid. The hotel proprietor, the negro waiter and several others Pulled the Collie Into the Room. dashed upstairs, followed shortly by a portly policeman. Craig took the policeman into his confidence, showing him the dart and explaining about the poison. The offi cer stared blankly. "I must get away, too," hurried on Craig "Officer, I will leave you to take charge here. You can depend on me for the inquest." The officer nodded. "Come on, Walter," whispered Craig, eager to get away, then adding the one word, "Elaine!" I followed hastily, not slow to un derstand his fear for her. I Nor were Craig's fears groundless. In spite of all that could be done for her, Elaine was still in bed, much weaker now than before More than that, the Clutching Hand had not neglected the opportunity, either. Suddenly, just before our return, a stone had come hurtling through the window, without warning of any kind, and had landed on Elaine's bed. Below, as we learned some time aft erwards, a car had drawn up hastily and the evil-faced crook whom the Clutching Hand had used to rid him self of the informer. "Limpy Red," had leaped out and hastily hurled the stone through the window, as quick ly leaping back into the car and whisking away. Around the stone was wrapped a piece of pap«r on which was the om inous warning, signed as usual'by the Hand: "Michael is dead. "Tomorrow, you. "Then Kennedy.. "Stop before It is too late." Elaine had sunk back into her pil lows, paler than ever from this seo ond shock. It was jußt then that Kennedy and 1 arrived and were admitted. "Oh, Mr. Kennedy," cried Elaine, handing him the note. Crai.t took it and rpa d "Ml#* Dodge," he said, as he held the note out to me, "you are suffering from ar senic poisoning—but I don't know ret how it ia being administered." He gazed about keenly. Meanwhile, I had taken the crumpled note from : him and was reading It. Somehow, 1 had leaned against the wall. As I j turned, Ciraig happened to glance at | me. "For heaven's sake, Walter," I heard ' him exclaim. "What have you beea i up against?" He fairly leaped at me and 1 felt him examining my shoulder wbere I had been leaning on the wall. Some ! thing on the paper had come off and : left a mark on my shoulder Craig j looked puzzled from me at the wall. ; "Arsenic!" he cried. ; He whipped out a pocket lens and ! looked at the paper. "This heavy, fuzzy paper is fairly loaded with It, powdered," he reported. Kennedy paced the room. Sudden ly, pausing by the register, an idea seemed to strike him. 1 1 "Walter," he whispered, "come down ' cellar with me." "Oh! Be careful!" cried Elaine, anx ' ious for him. 1 "I will," he called back. As he flashed his pocket bull's-eye ' about, his gaze fell on the electric meter. lie paused before l» In Kennedy Discovers the Secret of the Poisoned Room. spite of the tact that it was broad daylight, it was running. His face puckered. "They are using no current at pres ent in the house," he ruminated, "yet the meter Is running." f % He continued to examine the meter. Then he began to follow the electric wires along At last he discovered a place where they had been tampered with and tapped by other wires. "The work of the Clutching Hand!" he muttered. Eagerly he followed the wires to the furnace and around to the back. There they led right into a little water tank. Kennedy yanked them out. As he did so he pulled some -1 thing with them. "Two electrodes the villain placed there," he exclaimed, holding them up triumphantly for me to see "Y-yes," I replied, dubiously, "but what does It all mean?" "Why, don't you see? Under the in fluence of the electric current the wa ter was decomposed and gave off oxy gen and hydrogeu. The free hydrogen passed up the furnace pipe and com bining with the arsenic In the wall paper formed the deadly arseniuretted hydrogen." He cast the whole Improvised elec i trolysis apparatus on the floor and dashed up the cellar steps. "I've found it!" he hurrying ! into Elaine's room. "It's in this room ! —a deadly gas—arseniurettei hydro ! gen." He tore open the windows. "Have her moved," hr shouted to Aunt Josephine "Then have a vac uum cleaner go over every Inch of j wall, carpet and upholstery." Standing beside her, he breathless ly explained his discovery. "That wall paper has been loaded down with arsenic, probably paris green or Schwelnfurth green, -which is acetoar l senite of copper. Everj minute you are hore you are breathing arseniuret ted hydrogen. This Clutching Hand is a diabolical genius. "Think of it — poisoned wall paper!" No one said a word. Kennedy | reached down and took the two j Clutching Hand messages Elaine had received. "I shall want to study these notes, more, too," he said, hold j ing them up to the wall at the head i of the bed as he flashed his pocket 1 lens at them. "You see, Elaine, I may be able to get something from study ing the ink, the paper, the hand writ ing—" Suddenly both leaped back, with a cry. Their faces had been several Incheß apart. Something had whizzed between them and literally impaled the two notes on the wall. Down the street, on the roof of a carriage house, back of a neighbor's, might have been seen the uncouth fig ure of the shabby South American In dian crouching behind a chimney and gazing intently at the Dodge house As Craig had thrown open Elaine's window and turned to Elaine the figure had crouched closer to the chimney. Then with an uncanny determina tion, he slowly raised the blowgun to his lips. I jumped forward, followed by Doc tor Hayward, Aunt Josephine and Marie. Kennedy had a peculiar look as he pulled out from the wall a blow f* dart similar in every way to that which had killed Michael. Craig!" gasped Elaine, reaching up and laying her soft, white hand on his arnl . ,n u ®d' B ?uised.fear for him, "vou THE FIRST SERIES OF THE CAPITAL STOCK OF THE KEYSTONE STATE FAIR & INDUSTRIAL EXPOSITION ' It NIK Bail; Off si Mi at Par —$10 Par Share The Keystone State Fair and Industrial Exposition is a corporation chartered under the laws of the State of Pennsylvania, with an authorized capital of $1,500,000. The corporation will be conducted by able busi- The President is W. M. Hawthorne, of Cam * nesS men in a business-like way. bridge Springs, who is also a director in the Home „ ... , . . > , .. . National Bank, Union City, Pa., director of the There mil be no appropriations from the State. Erie and Pennsylvania Railroad Company, The corporation will be a dividend-paying proposi- President of the Pennsylvania Underwriters' Com tion, to which an appropriation from the State pany of Pittsburgh, and an extensive land owner. would be unconstitutional. Associated with him will be a large and efficient Its officers and directors are men chosen for board to assist in the successful management of the their known integrity and business ability. company's affairs. Title has already been taken to 211 acres, and options are held on 199 additional acres of ground between Harrisburg and Middletown. On tliid site it is proposed to locate a State Fair of which Penn sylvania may well be proud. One of the important features on which it is desired to begin work quickly is the construction of The Largest Automobile Speedway in the World It is to tl*e construction of such a speedway that like of which, according to the Census Bureau, is the proceeds from the sale of the first series of not known in so small a radius in the United States, stock will be applied. - The Harrisburg Speedway will be thoroughly This speedway will have a larger track and seat- , modern in every respect. 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KEYSTONE STATE FAIR & INDUSTRIAL EXPOSITION EXECUTIVE OFFICES Rooms 705-706-707-708 Kunkel Building and Market Streets HARRISBURG, PENNA. —you must give up this chase for the Clutching Hand!" "Give up the chase for the Clutch ing Hand?" he repeated in surprise. "Never! Not until either he or I Is dead!" There was both fear and admiration mingled in her look, as he reached down and patted her dainty shoulder encouragingly. To Be Continued Next Week WIFE CHATTEL OF SPOUSE Latter Entitled to Her Earnings, Says New York State Judge New York, March 18.—A husband is entitled to all his wife's earnings unless he makes a contract with her to the contrary, Supreme Court Justice Morschauser so decided at White Plains yesterday. The action which brought forth the decision was one to set aside a transfer of property, 67 Biverdale avenue, Yonkers, from An dre to Mary iHopke, on the ground that the transfer was made to defraud the creditors of Andre. Hopke alleged his wife worked for several years, earning enough to pur chase the property in question. For convenience sake, he alleged, the title to the property was taken in his name. When he got into iinancial difficulties he transferred the property to his wife, alleging that, as it was her money, earned by her, that had bought it, the property 'belonged to her. The court j ruled: "Unless there is a specific j agreement or contract between them. ( allowing the wife to engage in a sep- | arate 'business and keep her earnings, j the hustjaud is always entitled to all i of the earnings of his_ wife as well as her services duri'aj marriage." SL ANDER COST HIM DIME Woman Gets Minor Damages From Lebanon County Jury Lebanon, March 18.—Miss Carrie M. Kshenhower, a Palmyra confection er and dealer i>o women's furnishings, yesterday won a verdict of 10 cents damages frodi a Lebanon county jury. •Miss Kshenhower had sued Frank Mover, a Palmyra business man, for 95.CCK) damages for slanderous state ments which she alleged injured her reputation and business. Moyer souight to justify his statements concerning Miss Kshenhower, but failed. Watch Your Children Often children do not let parents know they are constipated. They fear some thing distasteful. They will like Rexall Orderlies—a mild laxative that tastes like sugar. Sold only by us, 10 cents. George A. Gorgas WEIL DENIES BRIBE OFFER Pittsburgh Attorney Testifies in West Virginia Rate Appeal Wheeling, W. Va., March 18—A. Leo Weil, chief counsel for the Manufac turers 1 Light and Heat Company, took the stand yesterday in the bearing be fore a special master of the appeal of the company from an order reducing its rates. He denied that he had ever author ized an offer of money to members of the West Virginia Public Service Com mission to testify in the present appeal and said he had not authorized Charles D. Elliott or Guy Biddinger, a detec tive, to offer rewards to Commissioners H. N. Ogden and C. H. Bronsou after the commission had ordered the reduc tion in rates. Weil said he had em ployed Elliott, a former State Adjutant General, and Biddinger to get admis sions from the commissioners after El liott told him he could do so. He ac cused Biddimiger of " double-crossing" him and revealing conversations with the commissioners to Governor H. D. Hatfield. Weil was on the stand when the hearing adjourned until to-day. Get Kid of Lingering Colds, Coughs and La Grippe Spring finds many afflicted with lingering, hacking coughs that weaken | the system. Slush and wet cause more j colds than zero weathers Croup, bron j clytis, and pneumonia are prevalent, i Every family should have a safe and j reliable cough' medicine ready for use. i Foley's Honey and Tar Compound con ! tains no harmful ingredients. It eases | a cough, checks a cold and relieves in flamed and congests I membranes. Tt clears the air passages and soothes in flammation. Geo. A. Gorgas, 16 North Third street. —Adv. $3,000 FOE MINER'S DEATH Maryd Coal Company Settles With Widow—Five Other Cases Pottsville, March 18. —Mrs. John Solinsky was paid $3,000 yesterday by the Maryd Coal Company for the killing of her husband. Solinsky and five other miners were pulled over a shieve wheel ami fell to death May 2 9 last. This is the second victim of this accident whom the company has settled with outside of court. The miners killed were being hoist ed to the surface after a day 's work. 50 Talk on Municipal Pride York, March 18.—Fifty of York's most prominent men of all professions talked in 170 public school rooms yes terday, on subjects calculated to pro mote municipal pride. It was a novel scheme of the York Chamber ol' Com merce to bring better citizens out of the school*. I CHICAGO HAS 789,041 VOTERS t Women Registered Number Made Gain Tuesday i Ohicaigo, Maren 18. —Chichgo has a total registration of 789,041 men and women voters, including 1*23,135 names enrolled Tuesday. It is, by a ' wide margin, the largest registration ' ever recorded in the city. Of Tues day's addition, 55,223 are men and 67,91)2 women voters, the grand total includes 5<N2,417 men and 286,624 . women. There will be reductions, un der revision prpcess, which mav cut | off 25,000 to 50,000. One of the first probable results of ' this increase in the nitirtber of voters will be a redistrictinig of the city and 'the addition of many more precincts. That will add largely to the already heavy cost of primaries and elections and probably will not be done until after the April election. Women improved their opportunity to increase their voting strength. GOULDS OUT OF ANOTHER Texas Pacific Declines to Re-elect Rep resentatives Upon Roard New York, March 18.—Gould repre j sentation in another railroad with ' which the family long has been identi | fled was reduced yesterday, when Frank .1. Gould, Edwin Gould, E. T. Jefferv, Joseph L. ISlocum, John I'. Munn, Pin [ ley J. Shepard, O. D. Huntsman, Thomas.J. Freeman and E. F. Keorney | failed of re-election as directors or the , Texas Pacific at the annual meeting yesterday. The Goulds retain a very large inter ' est in the property as does John I). , Rockefeller, but Wall street bankers hereafter will dominate *he property. Thomas L. Chatfbourne, counsel for the Goulds, was elected vice president, and will continue to serve in that capacity until an operating official is elected. Fortune Awaits Brothers Bethlehem, Pa., 'March 18. —Chief Burgess J. M. Yeakle has received a communication from a firm of lawyers in St. John, N. S., who inquired the whereabouts of two brothers, Hugh J. and James F. Ready, heirs to a $50,000 estate left 'by their father, the late James Ready. The heirs are supposed to reside in this vicinity. Harrlsburg Clergyman at Marietta Marietta, March 18.—The Rev. Harry Nelson Bassler, pastor of the Second Reformed church, Harrisburg, preached yesterday in the Marietta Reformed church before a large con gregation. He was the gaiest of the Ijoyal Men's Bible class. The choir furnished special music for the occa sion. MODERN RIF VAX WINKLE - "Comes Back" After Seven Years of Sleep—Elected to Office i Tarrytown, N. Y., March 18. — Hv -1 man Levy, after being asleep for seven > years, like Rip Van Winkle came back i into his own Sleepy Hollow Tuesday, i when he was elected trustee of the vil lage of North Tarrytown. 1 Eight years ago, Levy who was one j of the leading [toliticians and most widely known business man in North Tarrytown, had his leg injured. He worried so much about it that his mind E bec-ame a blank. He did not know his ( t most intimate friends during all those ( years, until one day last summer iie , asked to go camping with his sons. ■ While at the camp his mind cleared, i he grew stronger aind in a few weeks 1 he was his old self. At the recent election he got up his own ticket, to 6how the inhabitants that he could "come back" like Rip Van Winkle. When the results were an nounced Levy and his ticket had won by a big majority. : HAVE DARK HAIR :[ AND LOOK YOUNG s j Don't Stay Gray! Nobody Can Tell '' When You Darken Gray, Faded Hair With Sage Tea and Sulphur • I "" ; | Grandmother kept her hair beautiful- I ! ly darkened, glossy and abundant with . a brew of Sage Tea and Sulphur. Whenever her hair fell out or took on that dull, faded or streaked appearance, this simple mixture was applied with , wonderful effect. By asking at any drug store for "Wyeth's Sage and Sul -1 phur Compound," you will get a large 1 bottle of this old-time recipe, ready to use, for about 50 cents. This simple • mixture can be depended upon to re -1 store natural eolor and beauty to the ■ hair and is splendid for dandruff, dry, itchy scalp and falling hair. A well-known downtown druggist says everybody uses Wyeth's Sage and Sulphur, because it darkens so naturally and evenly that nobody can tell it has been applied—it's so easy to use, too. You simply dampen a comb or soft brush and draw it through your hair, taking one strand at a time. By morn ing the gray hair disappears; after an other application or two, it is restored to its natural color and looks glosay, soft aud abundant.—Adv.