Newspaper Page Text
THE TIMES, NEW BLOOM FIELD, PA. JANUARY 18, 188).
TRACKING A CRIMINAL,
Paul Webber, The Detective.
" A POUND a-day," lie mil, when
J. liy himself, ami look'.iig about
the room. " But no mutter1; my wlu
iilngs at my lady's card-tables will carry
me on for a couple of months ; and If I
oau't manage the business lu that
time, I ought to be turned out of the
He passed a pleasant hour In iltblrlb
uttng and arranging his purchaHes lu
the various drawers and wardrobe lie
found In his apartment; and then put
ting on his best purchases, he strode out
of the hotel with as much confidence as
he could assume; gave orders In the
office that a hairdresser must wait upon
him In the morning, likewise a hatter
and a bootmaker ; and then, police ofll
cer agalu, he set to work to ilud a con
venient lodging for Margaret. Passing
the Abbey, and the elaborate fountain
at the corner of Great George Street, he
entered Bird cage Walk, the houses of
which have two entrances one from
Bird cage Walk, the other in Park street.
By the placarded window of one of these
houses, he found that there were rooms
to let, and at once he made inquiries.
Now, it may occur to the reader to
wonder why Webber did not (simplify
matters by taking a second suit of apart
ments iu Westminster Palace Hotel for
Margaret ; for she was passing as his
sister, and nothing could be more nat
ural than that a brother and sister
should live under one roof. If he had
gone to her, and said, " I have takeu for
you the next set of apartments to my
own," probably she would only have
nodded. It would never have entered
her head that the act of living near him
was wrong. . She had but one thought
to avenge the murdered man.
She looked upon Webber as a mere
machine, who was to direct her hatred
in obtaining vengeance. But, on his
part, he looked upon her as a living
and breathing woman. Strange that he,
who by preference had become a mere
police-office detective, strange that, in
all which related to Margaret, he showed
himself to be a perfect gentleman. He
would not allow her to live under the
same roof as that which covered him ,
because he feared she might be com
promised. This was the aim of his lifo
to bring the assassin to confession by
Margaret's influence, while she herself
should sutler as little as possible, and
run little or uo risk of losing her repu
tation during the process.
Therefore, he was very difficult to
please in findlug the lodgings he wanted.
The very first he looked at was admira
bly sultell to his purposes, but he would
not take it at once. But after hours
spent in hunting for convenient apart
ments, he came back to the first ho
The lodgings in question were exactly
suited to Margaret. This was Webber's
thought. They were on the first floor,
and consisted of three rooms a front
drawing-room, at the side of which was
a bedroom, and a back drawing-room,
to the window of which was attached a
conservatory and balcony, from both of
which a charming view of the Park was
The rooms were capital in themselves,
not expensive, and so well furnished
that while they did not look comfortless
in their grandeur, they were perfectly
fitted to the use of a lady who had been
accustomed to good society. But their
greatest charm consisted in the fact that
there were two entrances and two stair
cases to the house.
It has already been said that this
strange man's delicate consideration for
Margaret's character had induced him
to prevent her from living in the same
house where he had a lodging. From a
airullar feeling of delicacy, he saw, in
the peculiar arrangements of this house,
a great advantage iu preserving her
from suspicion. She could always enter
and go out at the street entrance. He
could meet her, when it was necessary
that he should see her, at the Park en
Then, again, if a visitor surprised her
while be was present, he would not
have to pass this person even on the
stairs; while he could retire without
being seen, even if the visitor were at
the door, for he could pass by the con
servatory and balcony to the lauding
window, which opened like a door from
the staircase leading to the garden and
the gate opening upon Bird cage Walk.
And the landlady of the house ao far
fell in with his views, that she under
took to provide him with a garden gate
key, so that he could let himself in and
out, and avoid disturbing the servants,
"Again," he thought, "I may often
have to watch him when he does not
know I am near. Now from the con-
servatory, and keeping behind the aloes,
I can see over the two drawing-rooms,
and bear'every thing if the windows are
open ; ana if tuey are not, they are
simply latched, and I can unfasten them
In a moment."
For thlrtynlx hours the police agent
had not slept. Now, and only now,
when he had taken, all possible steps to
prevent Slvory from discovering a fault
in the description he had given of him
self and Margaret, now, wheu he had
made all possible preparations for what
was to happen, did he feel not sleepy,
but nearly dead for want of rest.
He almost reeled back, to the hotel,
refused dinner, went directly to bed,
and falling aaleep awoke not an hour
" What Is the matter with meV" he
asked. " I can't rest, though 1 am half
dead for want of sleep. I can drop oil
easily enough upon my mattress in my
own room oft' the Strand. Why not
here V Perhaps because the bed Is soft."
He got up, pulled away the bed, and
lay dawh upon the mattress.
Another hour over, he was awake
again. This time tears were on his
face 1 At this he wondered greatly.
What ailed the police detective, a com-
mon-place man ? How came It to pass
that lie was so particular to guard the
fair name and fair reputation of Mar
garet May ter 5
On the morning following that Btrange
night of restlessness, Webber was up by
times; had seen the tradesmen lie had
directed should attend upon him, and
had breakfasted before Slvory made his
appearance. As a rule, debts incurred
over cards are paid within twenty-four
hours of their being made,and, therefore,
Webber was quite certain that Slvory
would pay him a visit. His great fear
took the shape of a dread that, by some
means, Slvory had found money suffi
cient to meet the debt, and that paying
it, he would naturally escape the wutch
the police officer sought to maintain
At one o'clock, however, the debtor
had not made his appearance. Webber
began to experience a certain nervous
hesitation a fear that hU plot would
It was not before three that his nerv
ous trepidation suddenly ceased, 'when
one of the hotel servants came to say a
gentleman wished to speak to him.
As Austin Slvory appeared upon the
threshold, Webber rau forward to meet
" Ha, 'tis you !" he said, with a slight
accent in his voice, to aid the declara
tion that he and his sister had lived in
Italy for some time ! "I am delighted
to see you I 1 suppose, after such a
night as the one before last, you were
not out of bed yesterday until the after
noon. Just like me."
" I have not slept well," said Austin,
"Why, I suppose you were over
"Yes; but, beyond that, I was anx
''Anxious! What about V Sleep ought
to master all anxiety. Ha, I under
stand ! I suppose you are in love with
one of the charming ladles we met at
Lady Pauline's. What beauty, what
wit, what elegance distinguished them
Ha, there is nothing like your real Eng
lish lady for beauty I The Italians may
be beautiful, but they do not equal
English beauties, and there.is an end of
the matter. And even my sister admits
the same thing." .
" You should not have taken your
sister to Lady Pauline's.,'
" Why not V" asked Webber, in the
mof simple and candid tone possible.
"Then you did not quite comprehend
the society in which you passed the
"In what society amongst people
who played at cards V Cards, I am told,
are coming into fashion again ; and is
not Lady Pauline one of the leaders of
" Yes, but she carries her peculiarities
a little too far. In a word, Lady Pau
line is a perfectly nice woman, but the
best people will not visit her; and,
therefore, any strangers to London com
ing to town, and visiting her in the first
place will not be very likely to get into
the very best society."
" Then you mean to say that i ought
not to have taken my sister to that
" Since you ask me the question so
directly, I reply you ought not to have
taken your sister to Lady Pauline's."
"This comes," replied Webber, "of
being over truthful, and of not making
inquiries. The best of friends said to
me, when I was leaving Rome, 'Call
upon Lady Pauline I)armer, Curzon
Street, May Fair, and say all sorts of
pleasant things to her concerning me,
She is visited by a great many nice
people, and her house is therefore one of
the most charming in London.' "
"It is a most charming house," re
plied Slvory ; "but too many parties are
given there to justify a man of your
position in introducing his sister into
"And I was quite eager to make Lady
Pauline's acquaintance, and to presen
my sister to her ladyship. Fortunately
she spoke to scarcely any one, for every
body seemed absorbed about the card
tables, and took no notice of her,
tremble at the very thought of commit
ting another social absurdity. Poor
dear sister, she recently lost a friend,
and the loss has preyed deeply on her
mind ; for already, I dare say, you have
remarked the settled melancholy upon
her face. I think, however, the Journey
to London has already done her much
good, and I hope the change will do her
more. I thought that I would at once
launch her into a little gaiety and
pleasure ; but It now appears to me that
my first attempt was very unfortunate.
I ought to have asked ray friend more
particulars concerning Lady Pauline.
But he had no Idea that my sister whb
" My dear sir," cried Austin eagerly,
"pray do not make so much of this
little accident. No great harm is done."
1 True, true ; very true," replied Web
ber, rapidly. " Margherlta must not
hear a word about all this, for I am very
particular about her so particular, in
deed, that I will not even have her
remain iu an hotel, so while I am here,
she is at a house in Park Street, and
facing your St. James' Park. I assure
you, it would pain me fearfully if she
came to know what ft fault I have com
"No doubt," replied Austin. "But
I have done myself the honor of this
visit In order to"
Webber cut in with these words: "To
settle a little money affair there is
between us. Pray do not speak of the
" Bather let me trust that you have
done me the honor that we may
strengthen our acquaintanceship, so
pleusantly begun. As for the little sum
I was so fortunate as to win, put it pray,
on Bouie side-table or the mantle-piece,
and let us continue talking."
"The fact is-"
Here Slvory stopped ; for embarrassed
and 111 at ease as he was in the presence
of his creditor, he became the more so as
he remarked the want of Importance
with which he referred to the debt of
" The fact ls-whatV" asked Webber,
in a light, careless voice.
" I find that I must remain your debt
or for some days longer. In conse
quence of several turf and other losses,
I am, just at this moment, very hard
pressed for mouey."
" Kealiy r'.askeU tue detective, in a
tone of voice which would be used by a
person who would be astonished to hear
that one could be in want of so small a
sum as that owing by Austin to the
supposed Mr. Varll.
. " In fact, Mr. Varll," continued Aus
tin, in a fallen voice " I am come to beg
you to remain silent concerning this
debt, which is but a question of a few
days, and to give me a week's or even a
" With all the pleasure possible," cried
Webber. " Take what time you like.
A week two three a month. No
doubt your affairs are such that you
cannot realize when you wish ; all that
Is very natural. Indeed, if I hesitated
for a moment, hesitation would come
with a very bad grace from me, who am
myself about to ask a favor, aud of
" Yes; but pray permit me to explain
" I am quite at your disposal, Mr.
" You yourself have been in a position
to see how utterly unfitted for the every
day world I am," began Webber, in
that candid, frank voice, the value of
which was known to no one better than
himself. "I have really no experi
ence of London life, and I am exposed
to trip at every step I take in it if I
have no one to guide me. Therefore, I
need not say that, I look upon having
met such a man as yourself as a very
great advantage. I therefore venture to
ask you to help me with advice, and
give me your experience."
'Tray command me," said Austin,
and in a tone the eagerness of which
delighted the watchful detective.
Now the offer made to Austin was too
good not to be accepted. He already
dimly saw the possibility of having no
longer to trouble himself about a debt
the knowledge of which during the last
twenty-four hours bad very much dis
" I thank you beforehaud for your
kindness," said Webber. " However, I
warn you not to offer to do too much for
us. ltemember, I am not alone, and
that I am accompanied by my sister.
As for you and me we shall get on to
gether swimmingly, and I hope to make
myself not altogether a burden upon
you ; for some of your tastes are mine,
and I will force myself into liking the
rest. But do not forget that lu under
taking to look after me, you undertake
also to pay some attention to my sister.
It is to her moat of your kindness must
be shown, while you will find her far
more difficult to please than I am my
"How is that V" asked Slvory. "Dur
lng the short conversation I had with
your sister, she appeared to me a very
"No doubt she is very amiable amongst
those she knows; and, Indeed, before
she experienced the loss to which I have
already referred, she was remarkable for
her liveliness; but now she Is changed,
and, indeed, you may find her at limes
almost morose, aud looking at you, and
addressing you, as though your very
presence was an abomination. I simply
put you on your guard, my dear Mr.
Austin. Don't, therefore, think for a
moment that you will owe me any
thanks If I cau make things agreeable
to you ; for in undertaking to look after
my sister aud myself during our stay in
London, you place us both under a deep
debt of gratitude."
"As you will," replied Slvory.
" Capital ; and be sure I shall put your
oiler into operation without thinking
long about It, I can assure you."
" Ho much the better."
"In the first place, I have quite a
crowd of small inquiries to make. We
shall certainly remain In London all the
winter, and we want to pass it as agree
ably as possible. What must we see V
Where shall we go V And when may I
present you to my sister in her own
drawing-room, not Lady Pauline's ; and
in a manner more suited to your station
and hers, than that in which you came
to know her the night before last V"
" 1 cannot be presented to Miss Varll
at too early a date."
" Then let us say to-morrow."
" So be It to-morrow."
The newly made friends separated at
the end of a quarter of an hour. Webber
was delighted with his morning's work;
while, as to Slvory, he was not at all
displeased with his day's industry. In
fact, he could scarcely account even to
himself for the extremely pleasurable
anticipation of the morrow which he
Three weeks have passed since that
meeting at the " Westminster," and in
that time Slvory and Webber have
become inseparable companions. As to
Austin, his life appears to have merged
into this daily process. He gets up,
carefully dresses, and makes his way to
the Westminster Palace Hotel, where
generally he breakfasts with the detec
tive, who has now been so long playing
the part of a rich Anglo-Roman, that he
Is perfect in the part.
" When I have finished and completed
this mystery of Taggart's Inn, and made
it as clear as day," he wrote to the Earl
of Arlington, " then I shall occupy my
self with my own family ; for I believe
that I must be descended from a good
stock, I have so readily taken to the life
of a gentleman. For my part, I begin
to fancy that I am come down from a
"And what if you are descended from
a duke, you imbecile r"' wrote the Earl,
In answer; "you are still only a de
This arlstocratlo answor was accom
panied by a handsome check, which
with the detective's winnings at Lady
Pauline's, enabled Webber to calculate
that he could carry on his present style
of living through two or three months,
if that length of time should be neces
sary to complete his inquiries.
Webber spared no expense when Si
vory was present. There was scarcely a
meal set upon the table at which cham
pagne did not appear, while the dishes
consisted. of whatever was rarest and
richest in the kitchens of the hotel.
It is, however, only just to the detec
tive to declare that, apart from his guest
le was very economical, and even sor
In fact, Webber appeared to revel in
this dual life in being one moment Mr,
Varll, from Rome with an unlimited
amount at his banker's; the next being
Webber the detective, looking after that
case in Taggart's Inn.
As a rule, it was after a late breakfast.
followed by an early cigar, that these
two friends discussed as to how the day
was to be passed.
" Well, 'mlo caro,' " said Webber, one
morning, and puffing forth a mouthful
of blue tobacco smoke with all the aris
tocratic ease possible, "what of the
famous plan we made for visiting all the
wonders of London together V We seem
to have forgotten it. Now just let us go
over what we have seen, shall we ? In
the first place, you have taken us down
to the Crystal Palace to dinner or rather
you took me, for Margherlta would not
go you remember that T"
" Unquestionably I remember It ; and
what then V" asked Slvory, laughing
" Why I did my best to make you
drink more than enough champagne
and you only drank enough, and you
kept as cool as a cucumber, and as quiet
as a summer wind. I could get none of
' your secrets out of you."
"And how, my dear Varll, can you
tell that I have any secrets V Really
do not think I possess any such tress
ures." Continued next week.
jyjUSSER & ALLEN
Now oner the public '
A HAKR AND ELKQANT ASSORTMENT OF
Consisting st all shades suitable tor the aeasoi
It LA CK A LP A CCAS
A SPECIALITY. '
BLEACHED AND UNBLEACHED
AT VAIUOU8 PRICES.
AN ENDLESS SELECTION OK PRINTS'
We sell and do keep a good quality of
SUGARS, COFFEES & SYRUPS
And everything under the head ot
Machine Needles and oil for all makes ol
To be eonrlnced that our goods are
CHEAP AS THE CHEAPEST,
19 TO CALL AND EXAMINE STOCK.
" No trouble to show goods.
Don't torget the
Newport, Perry County, Pa.
(A Medlelae, aat at Drlak.)
BOPS, BUCHU, MANDRAKE,
A KB TBI PmasT ASP H RUT M ET1IC A L QUALt
TIKI OF ALL O'lUSB DlTflK.
All Diseases of thePtomarh, Bowels, Tllnod,
Liver, Kidneys, and Urinary Organ, Ker
voasness,BleepleB8nes8 and especially
8IOOO IN COLD.
w.u v. .... -. .... ... -in . 7!r-.
help, or (or anything Impure or Injurious
found lu them.
As roar itrupnHt for Hop Mitten and try
them before you sleep. Take uo other.
D t. C. la an absolute and Irresistible cure
urunaenuess, use 01 opium, touacco
Sura roa Cibctlab.
All aber. foM br amrKitt.
H. Miter MAr. Co., KochMt.r, N. Y.,A TornnlA, Out,
HORSE AND CATTLE POWDERS
Will euro or prevent Disease.
No noma will die of Colio, Hots or tvxa Fa,
Tia,!f Fouta'i Powders sre asedlntime.
Knutr's Powders will euro and prevent iioaCnoLisa
Foutt'f Powders will prevent Gapis in Fowls.
Foutll Powders will Increase the quantity of milk
and cream twenty par cant, and nuks tlu batter firm
and sweet, fa,
il'oaU's Powders will ears or prevent almost avaar
Dihaa.b to which Horses and Cattle are subject.
FUOTZ'S POWDKBS W ILL IVB BATlarAOTIOV. ,
fiold svs rywhere, Q.
v DAVID E. FOUTZ, Proprietor.
AWFnr Pale by 9. B. Smith, New Bloomfleld,
Ferry Con nty, Pa. 4 ly
THE Executive Committee of the Perry County
Temperance Association, hereby gives notice
to all concerned, that the names of all applicant
and signers for hotel and restaurant license, win
be published this year, as usual.
JOHN 811 EATS,
49 3m Chairman.
1 1 f I n Yourselves by matin? money when a srolden
H a- I levbauce ia offered, thereby always keeping
lleaal Hverty from your door. Those who alwaya
take ailvant iire of the ko'k! chaocea for makliur money
that are offered, -rener.lly become wealthy, while those
who do not improve such chaucea remain in poverty.
We want many men, women, boys and iriria to work for
ua rhfht in their own localitiua. The biiMineas will pay
more than ten timea ordinary watfee. We furnish au
exeiisive outfit and all that you need, free. No one
who eu-ratfee fails to make money very rapidly. You
can devote your whole time to the work, or only your
apare momenta. Full information and alt that la needed
cut free. Addreaa ST1NUON k CO., Portland, Maine
"The Newport Tobacco Company."
WE, the undersigned, have obtained License,
and organized ourselves Into a Company
with the foregoing title, for the purpose of buy
ing, packing, curing and selling LUAK TO
BACCO, and will do all we can to encourage the
cultlvailou of the plant in Ferry aud Juniata
BILA8 K. FSHI.EMAN.
II. H. BKCHTKL.
MILTON U EHHLEMAN
P. S. Persons having Leaf Tobacco ready for
tale, will please give notice to the Secretary
Newport, Dec.7. 1830.2in) I Di. B. tauLSMAK.
A Large Farm for Sale.
A GOOD FARM OF ABOUT THREE HUN
DRED ACRES mire or leas In Ferry
County, Fa., heavily set with Fine, White Oak.
and Koctc Oak Timber, toiiether with cholca
fruits. Mountain water conveyed, la pipes to tna
door of the dwelling.
. For further particulars call at this office.
August 10, lS80.tr
A -f JK Outfit furnished free, with full Instructions for
IM couducuuK the lutw-t pmhUhle buaiueea that
i9aav anyuue can eiuratre iu. Tue buaiuesa ia easy to
learn, and our lnatructioua ao simple and plain, that
any auecau make irreat profits from the very atari. No
one can fall who ia wiIIluk t work. W oineu are aa auc
reesful aa rauu. lioys aud Kirla caa earu large, auuia.
Many have made at the busineea over one hundred
dollars iu a -Muftie week. Nothitiv like it ever known
before. All who eUKaa-e are aurpi-hMxl at the eaa aud
raitidttv with which they are able au make uiotiey. You
can eturaire iu this busiueea dunutr your spare time at
irreat profit. You do uot have to fnvoat capital in it.
We take ail the risk. Those who need ready money,
should write to ua at once. AU turniahed free. Addrv-aa
'i iU k It CO.. Auauata. Uaiue. 1 ly.