The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, March 18, 1915, Page 4, Image 4

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The Exploits of Elaine
A Detective Novel and a Motion Picture Drama
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
■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
; 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
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
-"A poisoned blowgun dart, such as 1
i used by the South American In
lans on the upper Orinoco," he said
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
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"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,
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
"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
"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
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
Suddenly both leaped back, with a
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
' 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. It will be a two and one
ing capacity than the famous Indianapolis Speed- half mile track, 100 feet wide, of vitrified brick,
way, and will enjoy more favorable conditions. laid in solid concrete, and will have a fire-proof
- The Indianapolis Speedway enjoys an annual grandstand of adequate seating capacity,
attendance of 130,000 to 150,000 on May 30th, and Work will be started on this speedway just as
has returned to it stockholders more than a million soon as sufficient stock is sold to the pur
dollars in the past five years. pose being to have the speedway completed by Fall.
Harrisburg enjoys greater attendance possibili- Following the sale of the first series of stock,
ties than. Indianapolis. Within a 300-mile radius additional series will be offered to cover the erec
there are eighteen million people to draw from, the tion of buildings, etc., for the Fair Grounds.
Buy Now Before Premium Prices Go Into Effect
The shrewd investor who posts himself on the If the 220,000 farmers in the State were each to
history of such enterprises will buy stock now, be- fake one share of the stock there would be an over
fore the subsequent series are reached. subscription of $700,000 on the entire authorized
The proposition is a small one for a State like ta P^tal.
TJ i . , . , . You will see, therefore, that if you want to get
Pennsylvania, with resources, second to but one in on the <, roimd floor on the initial * ou
other State m the Union. mus t accept promptly.
Manufacturers, large and small, business inter- Come to our office in the Kunkel Building and
ests. and individuals throughout the State, who ap- familiarize yourself with the whole proposition. Or
preciate what a State Fair Means, will be quick if that is impossible, write for literature and we
to subscribe. will be glad to send you full information.
Rooms 705-706-707-708 Kunkel Building and Market Streets
—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
There was both fear and admiration
mingled in her look, as he reached
down and patted her dainty shoulder
To Be Continued Next Week
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."
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
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.
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.
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*.
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.
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
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
- "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.
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.