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THE TIMES, NEW BLOOM FIELD, PA. JANUARY 11, 1881.
TRACKING A CRIMINAL,
Paul Webber, The Detective.
AUSTIN BIVOItY appeared to be
deeply absorbed In the play upon
the table before him. He was looking
on, rattling the gold In bis pocket. He
seemed as though deliberating whether
lie should or should not play.
Suddenly he felt himself smartly
touched upon the shoulder.
It t as Webber, who had been greedily
watching the man ' he already looked
upon as his prey.
" I beg your pardon, sir," he said, in
a half foreign accent, "but I see you are
interested lu this business, and yet are
not playing. I am a stranger In Lon
don, and do not understand this game.
Will you play for me or rather, with
"Yes, If you like," replied Bivory,
"Many thanks. Then I will take a
seat, and put myself entirely In your
hands. I shall not look ridiculous, I
"No; you cannot look ridiculous
while you have money.
The detective laughed stupidly, mid
said, "is that soV"
" Yes; sit down."
" But," continued the detective, "I
have a lady with me. May she join us V
Bhe Is my sister."
Where Is she J"
" There, In the corner, seated on the
sofa. Bhe knows no one here, and is so
timid she Is almost afraid to speak."
Kor the first time In their lives, Mar
garet Mayter and Austin Bivory looked
at each other.
Bhe bore the glance he directed to
wards her with apparent calmness,
albeit her emotion was very great.
Webber saw that it was necessary to
compel Margaret to force herself to
speak to Austin Bivory. He walked
towards her, almost pulled her from her
seat, and presented her" My sister
" We know nobody In London," he
continued, looking at Bivory; "and
Lady Pauline has been very kind to
take us up, and recognize us in this
fashion. If we had not come here, we
should have been quite alone at our
lodgings. We have come to England
because my sister wishes to come out as
a singer not tlfat she has any need to
make a living. But perhaps I am
troubling you, Bir, with my. talk, and
you have promised to teach me this
JOnglish game of loo. Margherlja, will
you play 't No ; you hesitate. But, at
all events, you may see this gentleman
explain how this game is played."
Austin Bivory smiled, and sitting
down at a table near the sofa upon
which Margaret had been seated, he
took a pack of cards and explained the
"We want auother player at this
The voice sounded scarcely feminine,
so quick and loud was its tone. .
" I really think I'll venture," said
" I advise you not to join them," said
"Why not? Thanks to you, I now
thoroughly know the game."
" I'll try, at all events," said Webber,
who saw that the opportunity had ar
rived to enable Margaret to sit face to
face with the man she firmly believed
had destroyed Graham and to seek after
Webber turned away, and moved to
warks a table, at which the players very
readily made room for him for as he
moved, he pulled a heavy-looking purse
from his pocket, and opened it. How
ever, it should be added that this purse
was part of Webber's disguise. There
were bank notes in it ; but when two or
three small bundles of apparent bank
notes full upon the table, in reality only
the outside paper was a note the inside
The sight of these falling notes pro
duced its eflect upon those who were
seated at the table, especially the women
gamblers.. Webber saw the effect he
had created, and he began playing but
only carefully, and never venturing
more than two or three sovereigns.
r -1.1 .lll. i t .1 a
weuuer uiu not snow mac lie was a
master of the cards, as he was. He
began to play as though he knew noth
ing of the game.
There goes a sovereign, I suppose,"
he said, as he put it into the silver
saucer in the centre of the table.
However, at the end of, a quarter of
an hour, so far from haviug lost, be had
won twenty pounds.
While be was playing, almost the
whole of bis attention was directed to
the business upon which be bad entered
the room.., . . . ,
Suddenly, and at a moment when he
was taking up the whole of the pool, be
felt some ope leaning on the back of bis
" You are a clever pupil," said the
person who bad taken up this position,
"and I am not ashamed o you. You
have made money by your play."
" Oh, not much," replied the detec
tive. " Not muoh I You have at least a
hundred pounds before you."
"A hundred pounds; well, yes, per
haps there's a hundred pounds. But I
look upon a hundred pounds as rather
an insignificant sum."
" Very well, then, If you are so care
less about winning, you will not be
vexed that I come to Interrupt you with
a message from your sister."
"Ah, you have a message for me I
What Is It?"
The lady wishes to go home, and she
requested me to let you know that she
desires to leave at once."
Whereupon there was a geueral cry of
regret round the table, and all eyes fol
lowed the hands picking up the well
" Going V Impossible t The evening
has only just commenced. It Is not yet
Buch were the cries which greeted the
detective from bis new companions.
Making no answer, somebody said,
" You have won so much that you have
scarcely the right to leave."
Another laughingly said, "The gen
tleman is probably afraid to lose."
At this moment, Lady Pauline ap
proached. "Going, my dear Mr. Varll'i"' she
cried. " I am so sorry to hear it. I
hoped we should have your company all
Webber saw clearly that it would be
an unwise movement at once to leave
the house, and that he must not irritate
these people, by mixing with whom he
hoped to hunt down Austin Bivory.
" Ladies and gentlemen," he said, in
a pleasant voice, " I must see my sister
home, for she has nobody but me to do
her this service; but if you will allow
me to leave my money on the table, to
keep my place for me, I will bo back as
soon as 1 possibly can."
Nothing could be more just, and the
detective received several smiles as he
bowed, and then moved from the table.
" Well miss i"' asked the detective, as
they were going down the staircase, arm
" I have met him, as you said I
should," she replied, "but shall I see
him again V"
" Beyond all doubt. If you were not
to see him again, of what use would it
be to see him once 1"'
" When am I to see him t I have no
desire to meet again in this bouse, I do
not like the people who come here."
" Nor need you come here again."
" Then what scheme will you put in
' I have none at present, but I shall
find one; trust to me; I shall find one.
May I ask," continued Webber, If your
convictions in reference to Austin Bivory
have been shaken by the conversation
you have had with him V"
"They have not been shaken, cer
tainly. -But nothing has confirmed
By this time they bad reached the
door, where the carriage had been wait
ing for them more than an hour.
" I must return to the house," said
Webber, as Margaret entered the ve
hicle. " By all . means ; I can drive home
''But are you not afraid? Let me
attend you ; the carriage will bring me
back in a quarter of an hour."
"No thank you. I know how hard
is the work before me, and at pnoe I am
ready to overcome so trifling a matter as
driving home alone. I must familiarize
myself to strange positions and stranger
" I shall do myself the honor of call
ing to-morrow, and submitting some
new plans to you. Good night."
Bhe echoed bis words, be gave the
coachman bis orders, and while the car
riage rolled down the street, Webber
turned in at the open door, and ascend
ed the staircase..
He bad, however, looked after the
carriage, as a strange expression came
upon his face. . He swept his band over
his features, chased that something
away, and entered the bouse.
" The first step is taken," be thought,
as the house-door closed behind him ;
"but what of the second ? If, this very
night, I do not, manage somehow to
link myself and this Bivory together, be
will escape me. What can I Invent that
will not put him on his guard ? I must
find some means by which I can see
him again, dally and hourly."
Half-way up the stair-case, he started,
said something balf-aloud, and then
continued lightly up the remainder of
the stairs he had to mount. " Eureka I
I have found it. Fortue will not aban
"I have comeback," he said, as he
entered. " My sister has gone home
alone in the carriage. I see you have
kept my seat." ,
He was welcomed as though be had
been an old friend.
It was now about half-past three In the
morning. During Webber's short ab
sence, Austin Bivory bad Joined the
players, choosing Webber's table, and
already fortune bad favored him, there
being quite a heap of notes and gold
under his hand.
The people at tLla table were now
playing at unlimited vlngt et-un.
'I know something of this game,"
said Webber. " Is It limited ?"
" No," replied Bivory, who held the
cards ; "but any player can put upon
his cards up to twenty pounds, and
finish the board at once by challenging
"Twenty pounds," said Webber,
calmly putting the money near the card
whose face be had not seen.
"Game closed 1" cried Bivory, (the
leader) flinging another card to Webber,
and taking one himself.
Webber looked at his cards.
" Enough I" he said.
" Enough I" Bivory repeated.
The cards were flung down.
" Twenty," said Bivory.
"Twenty-one," replied Webber.
Bivory winced. His was the best
number but one. The next best, twenty
one doubled the loss. In a moment he
had lost forty pounds.
He paid over the money very quietly,
while Webber said not a word.
" Stake Btake," said Slvory, dealing
one card to each person.
' I will not stake this time," replied
Webber calmly getting up and taking a
cup of tea.
Now it Is one of the peculiarities of
vlngt-et-uu that if the dealer has moder
ately good cards he must win, for all
ties" pay him; therefore, the greater
number of players, the greater his
chances of making money.
Three hands of vingt-et-un were then
played, and Austin won perhaps ten
Webber now approached, and. laying
twenty pounds down, challenged the
game. Bivory, with certain marks or
impatience, cried, "Game closed," flung
down a card to his opponent, one to
himself, and waited.
Enough," said Webber, though he
bad only two cards.
The dealer looked at his two, now laid
upon the table. The pips counted fif
teen. He must take another card. He
did so. It was a seven, and that, added
to the fifteen made twenty-two, one over
the vlugt-et-un, or twenty-one, and he
had to pay the ten pounds to Webber.
" Why, you are only fifteen, sir ; If I
had not drawn, you would have had to
pay the tie."
" I should have had to pay you the
tie," said Webber, in a grave voice.
The people began to look at the stran
ger with admiration.
" I throw up the deal," said Slvory.
Bivory had lost fifty pounds In less
than as many seconds to the strange,
quiet, Italian gentleman who spoke
English with so odd an accent.
" I will take it if you like," said Web
The place was at once conceded to
him, and he placed before him about
two hundred pounds in notes and gold.
Now in gambling, a cool head and
large capital are sure in the long run to
make head-way. Webber's was a cool
head, and certainly he had enough cap
ital before him to justify bis hopes of
At the end of five minutes he had
largely increased his gains.
As Webber won, Bivory lost; and as
he played without prudence and with a
sort of rage, it soon resulted that he was
quite deprived of money. Then hap
pened what frequently occurs at gam
bling parties that Bivory played upon
trust upon his word.
This was exactly what Webber want
ed ; and at once he accepted the pro
posal. And now something very singular
occurred. Bivory was a clever man , but
upon this particular night be lost his
money, simply because he played rashly.
No sooner was he brought to a sense of
the danger he was In, in consequence of
having to play upon credit, then all his
caution and ability were with him, and
In a few minutes he had won nearly
fifty pounds. These rapid gains induced
him to believe that his good fortune had
returned. He continued to play, and he
lost all he had won in less time than it
toqk him to amass it, for he played un
scientifically. He had no chance ; for he
was fighting against a man who was
cool, knew his business, and who now
had his large winnings to back him.
Gradually Webber maddened him
The detective's pleasant voice and cool
behavior grated upon his senses. The
man's very politeness seemed an insult
He knew nothing of the officer's real
intentions could not possibly guess at
them ; firmly he believed that he had
just arrived from Borne, and that he
was only partially English ; but never
theless, his conscience would persist In
whispering to him, " Beware beware I
He Is an enemy 1"
But when be persuaded himself that
the way to take his revenge, upon this
enemy was by the road of winning bis
money, he was upon a wrong track
Webber was too oool a baud to lose
money at cards.
Gradually also that peculiar drunken.
ness of play the most dangerous of all
the shapes of intoxication took posses
sion of Blvory's remaining senses. The
cards were before his eyes no longer
cards, but weapons with which he was
attacking the unknown enemy. But
the other side knew quite as much about
these weapons as did Bivory himself;
and, as we have said, he was perfectly
At five o'clock that morning, Webber
held Blvory's I O U's for 274.
He had allowed the other players at
the table to regain their losses against
Bivory he was implacable.
The entertainment was over. These
people, after their eager night's play,
looked terribly worn, aged and weary.
' Good morning, Mr. Varll," said Sl
vory, bowing slightly as they moved
towards the door. May I ask where I
shall call to pay you the money I owe
" Bee ; here is my temporary address,"
giving him a card. " But do not worry
yourself about the money. Pay It quite
at your leisure, my dear sir. My sister
and myself will be glad to see you when
ever you think fit to call upon us. Good
They parted at Lady Pauline's door,
and went different ways.
Slvory asked himself, "Why do I hate
that man ?"
Webber going his way, said, "I hold
him if he is guilty; he cannot now
Webber did not take a cab. He felt a
desire to walk free and alone in the early
morning air, hugging himself with the
idea of the clever way in which he had
trapped the suspected man into his con
fidence. Nevertheless he was fearfully
fatigued ; his head was heavy, his eyes
were burning, and all his limbs ached.
Strange It was that, though Webber
was completely exhausted with the long
night's watch he had maintained over
his victim, he experienced no desire for
sleep. He was thinking to himself,
" Bivory is at my mercy as certainly
my prisoner as though I bad gnt a war
rant against him, and the handcuffs
were on. He shall betray himself he
shall speak. With lha money I have
won, and backed by my lord's promises
to help me if I want more money, I can
live his life partake of bis pleasures
follow him step by step and sit oppos
ite him at an hotel-table. . And I can
hire a brougham, too; for if J can win
money one night I can another.
The air had already done him good,
and he went forward lightly and spring-
Uy, like a man anticipating pleasure.
He knew Margaret was waiting to see
bim ; she knew that Webber would
come direct to her when he left Lady
Bhe had not been to bed, but she bad
changed her evening-dress for the gown
in which she was habitually clothed.
She looked terribly pale and worn.
As he came in, Webber nodded, and
then, both sitting down, he made Mar
garet acquainted, even to the faintest
particulars, with all that occurred after
her departure, up to the moment when
Webber took his eyes off Austin Bivory,
These particulars were uttered in t
very rapid voice. Suddenly the words
came slowly and carefully ; he was de
tailing, not what had been accomplished
but what was to be done.
" Once agree to meet Slvory as often
as I can bring you together ; and then
of course, I need not tell you that you
must take fresh lodgings. Will you
authorize me to find you rooms ?"
" What part of London would you
" It matters very little. All you have
to do is take the rooms, and let me
know the address."
" You shall have it this evening."
Leaving Margaret, Webber, careful
even of the smallest details when prose
cuting his business as a detective, went
to a second-hand uniform shop near St.
Mary's Strand, and bought a couple of
traveling trunks, which still bore the
railway tickets of half the capitals In
Europe, and which bad evidently be
longed to a person of some consequence,
These be filled with whatever he found
in the shop that would be useful a
dressing case, with a crest on the lid
one or two expensive walking sticks
some exquisitely fine linen, and some
very fine and scarcely worn clothes,
He felt that these portmanteaus would
serve his purpose well, showing that he
had recently been traveling. Calling a
cab, he drove to the Charing Cross Ter
minus, had his boxes carried to the
waiting room, and then, a quarter of an
hour being passed he declared to the
luggage-room porter that he had chang
ed his mind and would remain in Lon
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called, the driver of which, if asked any
questions, would naturally say that . he
had taken up his passenger at the
Charing Cross Terminus, where people
coming from abroad mostly end their
ourney, and then be drove to tlm Wmt.
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questions were put to the cabman. How
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established in a suite of rooms on the
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