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An Artist In Crime

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{Copyright, 1896, by G. P. Putnam's Sons.J '"'OhTyes, yon do. Yon are not snch a fooi as all that. Now, my girl, yon inay as well bow to the inevitable. Makeyourself comfortable till 12. Read the paper if yon wish. There is an interesting acoonnt of the nmrder caee- the woman, yon know, who was killed in the flat up stairs. Have you followed it?" "No, I have not," she replied snappishly. "That is t-trange. Do yon know, I took ou to he jast lbo rersoii -jjq ■would have a deep interest in that kind of thiiig. " "Well, lam not." For the next two hours not a word passed. Mr. Mitchel sat in a large armchair and simply watched the girl with an aggravating smile upon his face. In fact, the smile was so aggravating that after enconntering it a few minutes Lucette did not look at him again, bnt riveted her gaze upon the opposite side of the street. At last the clock chimed 12. Instantly the girl arose. "May I go now?" "Yes, Lucette, you may go now - and do your little errand - that is, if it is not too late. And by the way, Lucette, Miss Remsen asked me to say to you that she will not need your services after today. " "Do yon mean that I am discharged?" "Not exactly that. I said yon would not be needed. You see, Miss Remsen thinks that you come into and go dut of rooms with too little noise. She is very nervons, and it startles her to find you in her presence without having heard you enter. ' ' "You are a devil!" replied Lucette in a passion as she darted through the door, which Mr. Mitchel had unlocked, and ran down stairs and out of the house. "I was right, " thonght Mr. Mitchel as he sat down once more. Lucette hurried across to Broadway and went into the district telegraph office at the corner. Hastilyscribbling a few lines ou a blank, stíe asked for a boy, and gave him a coin with the inBtrnction to "hnrry. " She then went down to Madison square and waited there - I was abont to write, patiently - but really the word would not apply. She sat on a benen, jumped up in less than five minutes, walked abcut for awhile, and then sat down again, repeating this over and over, till it was plain that she was in a bad humor - a very bad humor. At last she saw a man approaching her, and hurried to meet him. It was Mr. Barnes. He, too, looked excited. "Well.what isit? Why areyouhere?" he asked. "I am discharged!" "Discharged? Why?" "I don't know why, but that devil Mitchel is at the bottorn of it. He locked me up for two hours this morning, and then told me Miss Remsen would not need me any fnrther. I feit like scratching his eyes ont. " She then told the story to the detective, winding up with: "From what I did catch of their conversation last night I think he has made a confidantof his sweetheart. He asked her to help him, and jnst as he was abo;H to teil her what to do somehow he s:w rué una closed np like a clam. I thiük now it had something to do with the child. " "By heaven, you aro right. I see it alL I had just returned from tlmt house when I got your note and caree upheré; I went to the school this moraing pretending that I wished to place : child there. Theu, after awhile, I as-.ked if my friend Mr. Mitnyel's dangbter Rose was not at the schooi. ' Yes, ' replied the woman in charge, "bnt she lias just left us. ' 'Left you,' said I; 'when?' 'About ten minutes ago. Her mother called for her in a carriage and took her away. ' Don't you see, whilo you were locked in that room, Miss Remsen went down and removed the child. " "But Miss Remsen is not her mother?" "No, stupid. Haven't you any sense left at all? Are you going to be a buugler all your lifeï This comes of your disobedience. You let Mitchel see you in the elevated train, and now you find out how smart you were. ' ' "Nonsense; henever recogïiized me. " "He did. I was a fooi to trust such an important matter to a woman. " "Oh, were .yon? Well, that woman is not snch a fooi as you think. I have that button back." " Ah ! Good ! How did you manage It?" "They all went to the .theater last night, and I jnst hunted througli Miss Remsen 's things till I found it, in one of her jewel cases. Here it is. " Saying which she handed to the detective the carneo button which he had found in the room where the rnurder had been oromitted. He eaw tbat it was the same, and was Bomewhat comforted to have it back. "Has Mr. Mitchel made Miss RemBen any present lately?" he asked. "Yes, he gave her a magnifieentrnby last night. Miss Remsen told me that it is worth a fortune, and it looks it. " "How was it set?" "It's made into a pin to be worn in the bair. " "Well, I have no further use for yon at present. Qo home, and be sure yon keep a still tongne in your head. You bave done enough mischief already. " "Haven't I done any good? I think you are very mean. " "Yes, you have done some good. Biat yon will flnd that in this world one failure counts against three successes. Remember that." CHAPTER IX THE DIABY OF A DETECTIVE. It was the morning of the New Yeax. Mr. Barnes was seated in an armchair by his own fireside at his cozy home on Staten Island. In his hand he held a diary, whose pages he was etudying intently. Before peeping over hisshoulder to read with him it wijl be best to give a slight insight into the state of mind which led him to take np the book ou this particular day. After the clever rnaiiuer in which he had discovered that a younggirlexisted whose name was Rcse Mitchel, and who was supposed to be the daughter of Mr. Robert Leroy Mitchel, and after the equally clever trick by which the girl was removed beyond his ken, Mr. Barnes had come to one conclusión. This was that it was neqessarj to keec such. a strictwatch upon Mr. Mitchel thatif he had not already committed the crime about which he had wagered he should not be able to do soandavoid detection, for Mr. Barnes began to have some feeling in the matter beyond the mere fulfillment of duty. He was being thwarted by th:s man at every turn and this made him ii-.,ubly deterrnined not to allow him to w u that bet. Theref ore he had removed Wilson from the post of watching Mr. Mitchel, and had replaced him by two men who were thoroughly ikillful. Wilson and another he set to Bpy upon the movements of Miss Remsen, for he hoped to find the child through h-. Being the lst of January, and therefore the last day upon which Mr. Mitchel could commit his crime within the conditions imposed, always Eupposing that he had not already done so, Mr. Barnes wished once more to go over the reports sent to him by his various spies in order that he ruight be assured that no mistakes had been made. He began to read at : "Dec. 15.- Mitchel left his hotel early and went over to Hoffman House. Remained there two hours, and came out accompanied by Thauret. They walked up to the White Elephant and spent the morning playing billiards. Dined together at Delinonico cafe and separated at 2 o'clock. Mitchel then went to his livery stable and obtained a horse and light wagon. They are his property. ï)roe slowly along Madisou avenue and Btopped at Thirtieth street apartment house. S . "No sign of Miss Remsen all morning. She has a new maid. Her girl Sarah returned yesterday, but her mistress refused to take her back. Evidently she recognizes that the girl was bribed to go into the country and to recommend Lucette ashercousin. About 2:80 Mitchel drove up in his light wagon. According to orders, I prepared to follow them, that they inight not visit the child, eluding us by driving. Obtained a cab and was waiting in it as the two turned into Madison avenue and started up town. Easily kept them in sight without exciting suspicion. but learned nothing, as they siinply drove up through the park, along St. Nicholas avenue and home again down the Boulevard and Riverside drive. He remained at the Remsens' till 10 o'clock. Then went straight to his hotel. W . ' ' Dec. 1 6. - Mitchel spent his morning at his club; afternoon in his hotel; ovening at Miss Remsen 's. S . "Miss Remsen and her sister spent the morning shopping ; the afternoon paying calis; the evening at home. "Dec. 17. - Mitchel's actions same as yesterday, except that Thauret called on him at his hotel duriug the afternoon and was with him an hour. S . ; "Miss Remsen, her sister and two' other young ladies went to Brooklyn in the afternoon, but simply visited the large stores there. At home in the eveuing. W . , "Dec. 18.- Mitchel and Thauret together in the morning. Mitchel and Miss Remsen out walking in afternoon. Mitchel and Thauret at club in the evening. I bribed doorman and succeeded in getting in disguised as one of the servants. Mitchel and Thauret played whist, playing as partners. They lost about $100 ; went home together. S . "Miss Remsen indoors all morning. Out on Fif th avenue with Mitchel in the afternoon. During their absence Thauret called. W . "Dec. 19, - -Mitcbel and Thauret played poker all afteruoon in oue of the rooms of their club. Both lost. There were four others in the game. One of these won heavily. I have discovered that this is undoubtedly the man whc was Thauret 's whist partner on the night when Randolph thought that he detected them cheating. He also answers the description of the man who left the jewels at hotel in New Haven. His name is Adrián Fisher. In the evening Mitchel and Thauret were in a box at the opera with the Remsen family. "The Miss Remsens gave an afternoon tea. Mr. Randolph called and remained after supper. Went to the opera with the ladies in the evening. W . "Dec. 20. - Mitchel in his hotel all day. He and Thauret went driving iu the af ternoon. I Collo wed them in a light wagon. At the roadhouse in the park they alighted and had a bottle of wine. Talked together earnestly. Saw Mitchel tcive Thauret a roll of mouey. In the evening theyplayed whist as partners at ! the club, and again they lost. S . "No sign of the Miss Remsens till afternoon, when a yonng lady called and the three went to matinee at Daly's. Evening they spent at home. W . "Dec. 21. - Mitchel attended worship at St. Patrick's cathedral with the two Miss Remsens. Afternoon remained in his hotel. Even&g at the Remsens. S- - . ''Miss Remsen and her sister at St. Pïtrick's caihedral in the niorning. At home the rest of the day. W . "Accordiug to instrnctions, I have made inquines about Adrián Fisher. He is a man of good family, but poor. Belongs to two fashionable clubs. Plays cards for money freqnently. Is a good player and seems to earn a living off of his friends. Has no relatives living, except a sister, who is a cripple. He is very fond of her and treats her with great kindness. It is a mystery bow he manages to support her as corufortably as he does. They. live together in a small flat at - East Fiftieth street. Itwas he who introduced Thanretat the club and had him made a member. He was out of town from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4. Q ." At this point of his reading Mr. Barnes laid down his book and thought a moment. These questions occurred to him: "Is this man Fisher the tooi of Thauret? He is poor and a card player. He is well born and haH a sister to support in a style suitable to her birtb. Has Thauret, induced him to play, that together thqy ruay fleece the other members of the cleb. It looks like it, but why this sudden intimacy with Mitchel, or is that less sudden thau we know and have they been long acquainted? Again, is Fisher the man who received the eatchel from one of these men, and then took it to the hotel in New Haven? He was out of town at the time. Why did he place the satchel in the hotel and then abandon it? After securing the plunder, why did he thus lose it? Was he suddenly overtaken by his conscience, and, becoming aware of tbe fact that Thauret was using him as a tooi in a piece of criminal work, did he take this method of clearing himself, and of allowing the jewels to be returned to their owner as soon as found in the hotel? This would account for Thauret's having left the train at Stamford, intending, perhaps, to return to New Haven and meet his confedérate. Fisher meanwhile having abandoned the scheme and returned to New York, Thauret was thwarted. But who killed the woman?" Mr. Barnes resumed his reading. "Dê"c. 26. - Mitchel arose early and called for Miss Remsen at 11 o'clock. Together they went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. "Van Rawlston, at Fifth avenue, uear Forty-eighth street. They remained nearly an hour, and then separated when they came out. Mitchel ate luncheon at the Brunswick, where he was joiued by Thauret. They went to the club in the afternoon and played whist. They lost money. Mitchel paid for both and took an I O U from Thauret for his sbare. Randolph was in the game. There is a growing coolness between Randolph and Mitchel. They barely speak when they meet. It is evident that do love is lost between Randolph and Thauret. In the evening the three men were in the Remsens' bos at the opera. S . "Miss Remsen accompanied Mitchel to Mrs. Van Rawlston 's in the moruing and left him when they came out. She made several calis mainly upon well knowu fashionable society leaders. Something is rvidently on the tapis. It occurred to mo that the missing child might have been placed in the care of the Rawlstons. Therefore in the afternoon I allowed R to follow the young ladies on a shopping expedition, while I interviewed the policeman on the beat. He is acquainted with Van Rawlston's maid and will send a report to you tonight. The ladies wen opera in the eveuing. W (Tofte continued.)