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THE TANGLED WEB By Ethel Walts-Mumford Grant W f Author ol "Dupci." "While." Etc 5 &x Copyright. 1908, by Beni. B. Himpton , CHAPTER Vr. Mrs. Evelyn rang. "These mnlds are to be questioned further. Yon will keep them in tho servants' hall until I give further orders. And Vreeman," she continued, "when the detectives come, you are to oiler no opposition to whatever they may de6iro to investigate. You, we, are all under suspicion until the affair can bo cleared up." Under escort of tho butler the hysterical suspects were removed, and the ladies returned to the draw ing room. Alice, her hands in her pockets, stood before the open fire. "Well," she said dryly, "when do you wish to go through me, Mrs. Lawdon? And Mrs. Gaynor, have you had the X-rays turned on her? We may have swallowed your jewels, you know." Miss Rawlins's angry sarcasm fell upon unresponsive ears. "Where's my husband?" Mrs. Lawdon demanded sharply. "I'm not going to waste another minute not one I want the proper authori ties, that's what I'm after." A curi ous servant passed the door. "You, John, go and find Mr. Lawdon. Tell him I want him hero at once." The servant disappeared, and Mrs. Law don turned with ovll triumph upon Mrs. Evelyn. "Now, I'm going to take things in hand, and something's going to happen." "Rather more than you Imagine," said Mrs. Evelyn resignedly. "How ever, I have nothing more to say. The loss has been yours, it occurred In my house. You may act exactly us you ei.' lit." "1 hop" you happen to have a photograph of yourself wearing re galia." observed Alice. "It will' bo a great comfort to the reporters. By the way, Patty? Who do you wish to take charge of tho interviews? We w 111 bo In a state of siege by to- "LOOK! LOOK!" STAMMERED EVELYN, "IS SHE DEAD?" morrow, and some one must pay ex clusive attention to the telephone." Mr. Lawdon entered hurriedly. "I'm sorry, my dear, but all the rooms have been searched, and " His wife cut him short. "Please notify the police at once, and have the best detectives sent down. I don't want a minute lost." He shot a deprecatory glance at his hostess. That lady was as In different as ever. "You may do as you please. We can only assure you of our co-operation. You will have to notify MIncola, I suppose, and get your own people from New York. Not having ever found it necessary to do such a thing before, I can give but little advice." "Save your breath for interviews." said Alice. "I'm glad I usually look well In a snapshot." Mrs. Gaynor rose from the deep chair where she had dropped on en tering the drawing-room. "If Mrs. Lawdon will permit, I would like to retire, These scenes have been too much for my strength, I am afraid. But, of course, if you object " "You treat me as if it were I who had committed a crime," flamed Mrs. Lawdon. "I'd like to know if you'd lost a fortune like that, If you wouldn't insist on something be ing done? You haven't the right to to sneer at mo. Of course, you're not Interested. You didn't lose any thing. Don't let mo keep you up, please." Alice turned affectionately to Mrs. Gaynor. "Do go to bed you're done. If you could seo how terribly you look. It's a shame this thing should have come up now." "Do go," added Mrs. Evelyn. "I'll stay here. With me and Allco as hostages of good faith. Mrs. Law don should be satisfied." Mr. Lawdon presented his arm, kin kindly face working with con cern and mortification. "Let mo help you, Nellie." said noftly. "I'm that sorry dear me, I'd buy the lit tle girl her kit twice over if she'd only eomo to her senses. But she's too upset. You'll forgive her, won't you?" he whispered as they reached the door. "She doesn't mean any harm, but sho's all upset, and she's a perfect kid. Nellie, a perfect kid." "Oh, that's ali right," she smiled brightly. "We'll all bo adjusted In tho morning. Good night." "Good night," he murmured, "good night. Hope they didn't dis turb your finery too much in their search. We fine-tooth-combed the whole place without respect to age, sex. or previous condition of servi tude. Good night again." He with drew, and Nellie slowly moved to ward the stairs. Her hands shook as if palsied as she reached for the carved newel post, her knees weakened and she sank upon the lower step, burying her face In her hands, too weak to rise and proceed In tho search for ber sorely needed rest. After a moment of complete relaxation, she pulled herself together, conscious that the dizziness that numbed her throb bing brain might at any moment gain control. She stood for a mo ment leaning her whole weight on the balustrade, when a sudden com motion roused all her dormant en ergies. Adele's voice rose in hysterical protest. "Madame! Madame! Oh Madame!" The maid came down the corridor, spied her mistress, and rushed to her as to refuge. Behind her came Wendham. "Oh, Madame!" the girl gasped, "what do you think John John, the second man, said to me? Oh, ma'am, ho nudged up to me and said: 'I saw you, my girl, when you went into that room. Now, I haven't peached, and you divide with me.' That's what he said, ma'am. He accused me, ho did, and ns God sees me, Mrs. Gay nor, It Isn't true. I was asleep there all tho time. I was, I was. Oh, you don't believe him. ma'am, you don't oh, say you don't!" Mrs. Gaynor swayed, clutching at the banisters. "John says ho saw you go In?" Her voice was sharp with something more than surprise. Wendham caught her by the arm, and leaning over, gently pushed back tho woman's arms that sought to cntch and cling to hor mistress' knees. "Don't, my girl quiet, quiet calm down now. Don't bo frightened." Ills voice soothed tho terrified eiature like magic. She raised her head Iking her tear ful eyes upon his. Her tension relaxed suddenly. "John probably thought you did rob Mrs. Lawdon and just took a (Iyer to see If you'd weaken and divide with him If you had. You must control yourself. Mrs. Gaynor believes in you, I know sho does. Re calm now." His eyes held hers as If fascinated. Slowly she drooped forward. "Come, come," Mrs. Gaynor's voice broke in. "Adelo, what non sense. You mustn't allow people to frighten you Uko that. It's just as the doctor says. Of course, we know you're innocent. Go back and stay with the others, since Mrs. Lawdon wishes it." The girl rubbed her hand across her eyes and rose unsteadily. "Ycs'm," she said. "Please excuse me, I was all took back." "Its all right, Adelo." Mrs. Gay nor's voice had regained its former gentleness. "Go back, and don't run away like that again. If any thing more is said, insist on seeing me. Good night." The servant turned and went slowly away. "Nellie," said Wendham slowly, "for Heaven's sake go to your room before anything more happens! I cannot bear to see you in this con dition. It breaks my heart." He raised her unresisting hand to his lips. "Come, dear, come." With his help sho mounted the easy stairs and crossed the hallway to her room. At the door she paused and turned to him. "I'm not worth your kindness, really, I'm not. Oh!" she cried pas sionately, "I wish I were dead, I wish I were dead! but I haven't the courage. Good night, and thank you." The troubled household was at last at rest, but Wendham found sleep Impossible. "Let's sit it out, Cass," he suggested. Mr. Evelyn Jumped at the suggestion. "A night cap and a chat I need soothing." Settling themselves in casychairs before the fire, they remained silent, each deep in thought. Evelyn spoke suddenly. "I've got o.ie piece of news for you, Boyd and I'm sorry It's what it Is!" Wendham looked up anxiously. His host recrossed his legs. "I learned something a little while ago. You remember when Vreeman called me to the door? Well, John, tho second man, wanted to see me; said he had something to say; excused himself for not Bpeaking before, but ho hat ed to peach on a fellow worker and all that sort of rot. Upshot of it was, he says he saw Adele, Mrs. Gaynor's maid, come out of the Law dons' room when wo were all at din ner, and beforo Mary camo up to prepare the rooms. Direct contra diction of what she says, you see." Tho scene in the hall when tho Incensed maid had flown to her be loved mistress with her story came clearly beforo Wendham. That tho girl was truly and frankly resentful was evident; that sho spoke in all slmpleness of bou! had been equally obvious. This story, then, what was It? Had the man, knowing that his intended victim had onco told of the whole oncounter, deemed it saf er for himself to seek equal public Uy and stick to tho Rtnrv? it deemed eo, and yet, might not this bo part of an ovcrsubtle scheme to divert at tention from hlmBoIf! Wendham's reverie lasted so long that Evelyn was annoyed. "You don't seem Interested In my latest information," ho said at length. The physician started. "I wonder I wonder " again he was lost in thought. "Do you know," he said suddenly, "I'd question that man very carefully. Have him hero." He glanced at the clock. "It's very late, never mind," he added. "What's the odds?" said Evelyn. "Ho and Vreeman are siting up guarding the suspects, at Mrs, Law don's request." He rang. "Send John here," he ordered as the butler appeared. CHAPTER VII. A moment later the valet entered the room. His face was sullen and determined. "Yes, sir, I'm here, sir." "John," ordered Evelyn, "tell Dr. Wendham what you told me." "Yes, sir, certainly, sir. I came up with the ice-water trays, sir, about nine, as It might be, and Mrs. Gaynor's young woman, Adele, sir, was just leaving Mrs. Lawdon's room. She crossed ahead of me. 'Good evenin',' says I. She goes right on as if I wasn't there. 'What's your grouch?' says I; but she'd gone down tho corridor." "How far away were you?" In quired Wendham. "Oh, quite the length of the hall, sir, and the lights were low, only tho far electroliers being lit, sir. But I couldn't bo mistaken, no sir." "Could anyone have impersonated her walk, do you think?" The man shook his head emphati cally. "No? Well, tell mo and your em ployer here, what did you mean by going to her nnd telling her you'd seen her, and that If she'd divide you'd keep quiet?" Evelyn, who knew nothing of these developments, sat up suddenly with an exclamation of surprise. The valet reddened, but was evident ly prepared for tho question. "I was hopln' to get a confession, sir," ho answered glibly. "Then I'd a had the whole thing in mo hand, and no doubt Mr. Lawdon would have rewarded you understand, I'm not graspln', Mr, but I thought as If detectives and police were com In' " "What did she say what did the woman say?' Interrupted Evelyn eagerly. "Up in the air like a colt, sir. Wouldn't 'have none of it. I'd Insult ed her, and she'd go to her mistress an' sho did," he added ruefully. "Then I came straight to you, sir." "Wendham. do you hear that?" Evelyn exclaimed. "I was there when it happened or rather, ' when sho ran to Mrs. Gaynor with the story. She was, as John says, up in the air." "What did Nellie say?" Inquired Evelyn. Wendham's face clouded. "Mrs. Gaynor Isn't strong, as I've told you. This evening hns been terribly hard on her. I was afraid that this final complication would prove the last straw, but she pulled herself up like a thoroughbred, told Adelo that she had absolute confidence in her, and then ordered hor back to remain under Mrs. Lawdon's supervision." "What do you make of It?" asked Evelyn. Wendham hesitated, and his host read his wishes. "You may leave us, John. Thank you. Good night." The servant bowed and retired. "I don't know what to think," said Wendham, reverting to the last question; "but this I do believe, that girl is as Innocent as you are. She was beside herself with shame and indignation, and it was genuine. I'm far more inclined to suspect John." It was Evelyn's turn to fall into a brown study, from which ho emerged with his friend's words upon his lips. "I wonder I won der. That would bo a foxy game, wouldn't it? But has he the sense? Supposing this man did see some one, and that one wasn't Adele? Who could it he? If a man, then small and slender enough to dress and pass for a girl; if a woman, one who was either in our employ or who dressed as a maid. It's beyond me. Suppose the things were stolen by some one in the house Adelo, let us say, or John what would they do with them? No one has left the place, the robbery was discovered so soon." ' "Of course," said Wendham, "they'ro hidden, and, of course, in a place that would not be likely to be thought of, at least In any super ficial search, such as we made to night. This has been planned, Heaven knows how long ahead, and the receptacle chosen. If John Is the guilty one, I would incline to the garden an old well, tho cellar. I once heard of a butler who put stolen diamonds Into a bottle of port, corked it, and resealed It, marked it, and put it with the other bottles. Unfortunately the very next day tho master happened to take out that bottlo from the back row and there you are. It was mere luck. We may bo as fortunate. If, on the contrary, It's Adelo, there's no tell ing. If that girl is clever enough to He with such absolute appearance of truth, Bho's clever enough to out wit us all, and our only hope Is that she'll be too clevor and raeot us half way round tho clrclo again." "Oh, well, what's tho ubo? Let's go to bed, old man. I'm down and out." Evelyn rose, stretched him self, nnd suppressed a yawi "l.nnk here comes the dawu. Was evei i ny thing better than that? Corot is a back number, as Alice would say." The great plain far below tho hill was wrapped in blue night, grading to purple. A thread of scarlet touched its uttermost rim, while above the clouds melted to tones of opal. Higher yet, tho almost white sky was limpid as a moon stone. Tho two men stood by tho window a moment, then simultane ously turned away. "Good night excuse ' me, good day, old man. Thanks for your help and your pleas ant company." "Don't mention it," said Wend ham. "There's something stewing at the back of my brain. I think I'll have an Idea soon. If I do, I'll let you know. They've not been of much use so far. Good day." They sought their rooms. Wend ham's brain was too active for sleep. Instead, after a cold plunge, he seat ed himself, wrapped in a heavy bath robe, by the window and watched tho miracle of morning. Suddenly the inward self, as If after huge and hidden labor, up Illed a recollection. Apparently It was not connected with the case in mind. It seemed rather, in the ef fort to reach tho thing desired, the dlslodgmcnt of another memory from Its cell. "Why, of course, Mrs. Wimbleton was tho woman whom the famous French specialist had once named as the most gifted hypnotist of his ac quaintance." Yes that was the name. He had not been ablo to place it no wonder. Who would have con nected Mrs. Gaynor with a science as rcmoto from her interests, or with any one so devoted to It pursuits? Wimbleton the name on tho en velope entrusted to his care, had use lessly haunted him. Tho strange, In sistent, relentless personality that dwells in us all, pushed aside his conventional wondcrlngs and thoughts. He found himself sud denly confronted by tho vision of tho maid as sho clung to Mrs. Gaynor's knees of tho strange relaxation of her body, when with gentle, forceful firmness ho had or dered her to bo quiet. Ho recalled tho anxiety of her gaze. Ho had no thought of compelling her will, other than his wish to spare tho woman ho loved a painful scene which might break down tho slender barrier of self-control that still protected her throbbing nerves -no thought but tins great desiro. With astonIshlnu readiness the girl had bent to his suggestion. Ho recalled tho sharp, almost frightened tone in which Mrs. Gaynor had mentally seized and shaken tho prostrate servant, freak ing the spell his voice and presence wore closing about her predisposed personality. She know then sho re alized what was happening what might happen! "Am I insane?" ho said aloud. He thrust back tho tum ultuous thoughts that lashed and seared In brain and heart. Again he was forced to see and to fit another piece into tho puzzle. Mrs. Gaynor had spent nearly a year abroad In Paris, threo years ago, whllo he was following his medico psychical research in Vienna. So much Calvin Mortimer had told him. That was the time when Mrs. Wimbleton had studied with Beril llan. They must have known each other there. It was fair to suppose "WE CAN CUT WORDS FROM A NEWSPAPER." then that Mrs. Gaynor was familiar with a subject so successfully, if erratically, followed by her friend. This girl, this Adele, had accepted her mistress' fallen fortunes and ac companied her. "This is sheer nonsense," he ex claimed, "sheer nonsense! There wasn't evidence enough to cast even a suspicion. Tho whole thing was natural. It was the peculiar mani festation of extraordinary conditions nothing more. It is my own state of mind that is disordered. For God's sake, man, be sane! Walk off this madness!" Dressing himself hastily in his tramping tweeds, ho traversed the silent house, and selected a heavy black thorn stick from the hall rack. At the door a pallid, red-eyed ser vant barred his way. "Pardon," ho murmured respect fully. "Mr. Evelyn requests no one to leave the house." Wendham sighed. "Right, Alfred; I hadn't thought of that." "Besides " tho man opened the door slightly, giving a glimpse of lawn, drive, and distant spangled hills; In the foreground a young man In puttees and heavy traveling homespuns, was busily taking photo graphs, "That's tho first of 'em, Blr," said the servant grimly, "and I know whnt P Is. s!r. T wnp v.-! Mr lOlwell-KtuH' when Muster l!"i ,11 UMU 111)1." Wendham reddened angrily. "Have htm sent off at onco, tho beg gar!" "What's tho use?" said tho ser vant, wisely resigned. (To Do continued.) APPABSTOSJ SHOW SEX Experiments with Sexophone Soem to Bear Out the Claims of Its Inventor. London. How to determine sex be fore birth has long puzzled scientists especially tho sex of a bird while still In tho egg. An Englishman has Invented an apparatus which, it is Bald, will do this. He calls tho ap paratus tho sexophone, and declares that with Its aid he can determine the eex of any living creature. Recently some experiments wero tried with the sexophone at the home of W. T. Stead, the well-known pub licist. Tho Inventor had stated in describing the apparatus that If it were held over a male the pendulum would gyrate In circles that grow wid er and wider, while If it were held over a female the pendulum would swing backward and forward. The sexophone was shown to be a pendulum of copper wlro and a plcco of highly magnetized steel, ending In a pith ball. It was held above tho subject by means of a wooden handle with a copper core. Various tests were made at Mr. Stead's house not only with human beings, but with eggs, a rabbit, a hedgehog, a guinea pig, and a pigeon, and in every catfe the instrument re sponded according to the sex of the subject as the Inventor said It would. Besides Mr. Stead, among those who watched tho proceedings were Major Gen. Sir Alfred Turner. The former expressed himself much interested nnd said that he intended to go furth er into the subject. ELIZABETH GURLEY FLYNN, THE "SOCIALIST JOAN OF ARC Three years ago Elizabeth Gurley j Flynn, a girl then fifteen years old, i was heralded In New York as "a new Joan of Arc." She made Impassioned speeches from public platforms In the Interest of socialism. Afterward she spoke In other cities. Although a radical and fiery speaker, she was per sonally quiet, modest and simple In her every-day life. 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