The Daily Transcript (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 119, Ed. 1 Sunday, November 21, 1915 Page: 2 of 4
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NORMAN DAILY TRANSCRIPT
The Exploits of Elaine
Novel and a Motion Picture
By ARTHUR B. REEVE
The Wcll-Knouin Nootlltl and th*
Creator of the" Craig Kennedy'' Storie*
Presented in Collaboration With the Pathe Playera and the Eclectic Film Company
Copyright, 1014. by the Star Company All Foreign Rlghtu Reserved
The New York police are mystified by a
•cries of murders and other crimes. The
principal clue to the criminal Is the warn-
In* letter which Is sent the victims, signed
With a "clutching hand." The latest vic-
tim of the mysterious assassin Is Taylor
Podge, the Insurance president His
daughter, Elaine, employs Craig Kennedy,
the famous scientific detective, to try to
unravel the mystery. What Kennedy ac-
complishes Is told by his friend Jameson,
a newspaper man. After many fruitless
attempts to put Elaine and Craig Ken-
nedy out of tne way the Clutching Hand
is at last found to be none other than
Perry Bennett, Elaine's lawyer and the
man ehe is engaged to marry. Bennett
flees to the den of one of his Chinese
criminals. The Chinaman forces from
Bennett the secret of the whereabouts of
$7,000,000. Then he gives the lawyer a
potion which will suspend a..'matlon for
months. Kennedy reaches Bennett's side
Just after he has lost consciousness.
THE VENGEANCE OF WU FANG.
Elaine was still In the power of Wu
Fang. Kennedy had thwarted the
Chinese master criminal In his search
for the millions amassed by the
Clutching Hand. But any joy that he
might have derived from this success
was completely obscured by the fear
that Wu might wreak some diabolical
vengeance on Elaine.
Nor were Kennedy's fears unfounded.
Wu and Long Sin had scarcely reach-
ed the secret apartment when the
subtle Chinaman began to contem-
Long Sin was smoking a Chinese
pipe, resting after their hurried flight,
while Wu, the tireless, was seated at
a table at the other end of the room.
At last Wu Fang took up a long Chi-
nese dirk from the table before him,
looked at it, turned it over, felt its
edge. He rose and deliberately walked
across to a door leading into a back
On a couch lay Elaine, and with her,
as a guardian, was Weepy Mary.
As Wu, the Serpent, entered and
advanced slowly toward Elaine, she
crouched back from him in deadly
Slowly he drew from under his robe
the Chinese dirk. He felt the edge of
It again and gazed significantly at
It was a critical moment.
Just then Long Sin entered. "One
of the five millions waits outside," he
reported simply, with a bow.
Wu understood. It had been a pleas-
ant fiction of his that although he did
not, of course, absolutely control such
a stupendous organization, he could,
by his subtle power, force almost un-
limited allegiance from the simple
coolies in that district of China from
which he came.
Out in the front room, just a mo-
ment before, a knock at the door had
disturbed Long Sin, and a Chinese
servant had announced a visitor. Long
Sin had waved to the servant to usher
him in, and a poorly clad coolie had
He bowed as Long Sin faced him.
"Where is the master?" he had asked.
Long Sin had not deigned to speak.
With a mere wave of his hand he in-
dicated that he would be the bearer
of the message, and had followed Wu
through the door of the back room.
So, almost by chance, WTu was inter-
rupted in the brutal vengeance which
had first come to his mind. He
sheathed the knife and, still without
a word, went back into the main room,
giving a nod to Weepy Mary to guard
Wu eyed the coolie until the new-
comer could almost feel the master's
penetrating gaze, although his head
was bowed in awe. Quickly the coolie
thrust his band under his blouse and
drev forth a package. With another
bow he advanced.
"For your enemies, O master," he
said handing the package over to
The coolie started to open the pack-
age, removed the paper wrapper, and
then a silk wrapping inside. Finally
he came to a box, from which he drew
a leather pouch, each operation con-
ducted with greater care as it became
evident that the contents were espe-
ciallj precious in some way. Then he
"took from the pouch a small vial.
"What is it?" demanded Wu Fang,
as the coolie displayed it.
The coolie draw forth now a magni-
fying glass and a glass slide. Opening
the vial with great care he shook
something out on the slide, then
placed it under the lens.
"Look!" he said simply.
Wu bent over and looked. Under
the lens what had formerly seemed to
be merely a black speck of dirt be
came now one of the most weird and
uncanny little creatures to be found in
all the realm of nature. It seemed to
be all legs and feelers moving at once
A normal person would have looked
at the creature only with the greatest
repugnance. Wu regarded it with a
sort of unholy fascination.
"And it is?" he queried.
"What the white man calls the Afri-
can tick which carries the recurrent
fever," answered the coolie deferen-
A flash of intense exultation seemed
to darken Wu Fang's sinister face.
"Wait," he said to the coolie, as he
moved slowly again into the back
Long Sin had remained there. With
Weepy Mary he was guarding Elaine,
when Wu Fang re-entered. Elaine
was thoroughly aroused by this time.
Suffering is a state of mind," Wu
said in a low tone, "and I have de-
cided that it would be poor revenge
for me to harm you. You are free."
Nothing could have come as a great-
er surprise to Elaine.
"Do you—do you really mean It?"
she asked, scarcely able to believe
what her ears heard.
Wu merely nodded, and with a wave
of his hand to Long Sin Indicated that
Elaine was to be released.
She nerved herself to take several
steps toward the door. She had
scarcely crossed half the room.
"Wait!" ordered Wu sharply.
Was he merely torturing her, as a
cat might torture a mouse? She
stopped obediently, afraid to look at
"This will be the vengeance of Wu
Fang," he went on impressively.
"Slowly, one by one, your friends will
weaken and die, then your family, un-
til finally only you are left. Then will
come your turn."
He Btopped again and raised his
long, lean forefinger. "Go," he hissed.
"I wish you much joy."
I don't think that in all our friend-
ship I have ever seen Kennedy so ut-
terly depressed as he was when we
returned after the discovery of the
vast fortune which Bennett had clev-
There seemed to be absolutely noth-
ing to do until some new clue turned
up. I placed my hand on his shoulder,
but the words that would encourage
him died on my lips. Several times 1
started to speak, but each time I
checked myself. There did not seem
to be anything that would be appro-
priate for such an occasion.
A sharp ring at the telephone made
both of us fairly jump, so nervous
had we become. Kennedy reached
over instantly for the Instrument in
the vague hope that at last there was
As I watched his face it changed
first from despair to wonder, and final-
ly it seemed to light up with the most
remarkable look of relief and happi-
ness that one could imagine.
"I shall be right over," he cried,
jamming the receiver down on the
hook, and in the same motion reach-
ing for his hat and coat. "Walter,"
he cried, "it is Elaine! They have let
I seized my own hat and coat in
time to follow him, and we dashed out
of the laboratory.
The suspense under which Aunt
Josephine had been living had told on
He Felt the Edge of the Dagger and
Gazed Significantly at Elaine.
her. Her niece, Elaine's cousin, Mary
Brown, who lived at Rockledge, had
come into the city to comfort Aunt
Josephine, and they had been Bitting
that morning in the library.
Suddenly a startled cry from Jen-
nings out in the hall caused both la-
dles to jump to their feet. They could
scarcely believe what they heard as
the faithful old butler cried out the
"Why, Miss Elaine!" he gasped.
An instant later Elaine herself burst
into the room and flung herself into
Aunt Josephine's arms. All talking
and half crying from joy at once, they
crowded about her.
In the excitement Aunt Josephine
had seized the telephone and called
our number. She did not even wait to
break the good news, but handed the
telephone to Elaine herself.
We left the laboratory on the ran,
too fast to notice that just around the
building line at the corner stood a lim-
ousine with shades drawn. Even if
we had paused o glance back we
could not have seen Wu Fang and
Long Sin inside gazing out through
the corner of the curtains. They were
in European dress now, and had evi-
dently come prepared for just what
they knew was Jlkely to happen.
We were admitted by the faithful
Jennings and almost ran into the li-
"Oh, Craig!" cried Elaine, as Ken-
nedy, almost speechless, seized her by
For a few seconds none of us could
speak. Then followed a veritable flood
of eager conversation.
"Won't you come and stay with
me a few days up in the country,
dear?" urged Mary at last.
Elaine thought a moment, then
turned to Aunt Josephine.
"Yes," considered her aunt, "I think
it would do you good."
Still she hesitated, then shyly looked
at Kennedy and laughed. "You, too,
Craig, must bo fagged out," she said,
frankly. "Come up there with us and
take a rest."
Kennedy smiled. "I shall be de-
lighted," he accepted promptly.
We chatted, then left a few mo-
ments later so that Kennedy could
Around the corner from the labora-
tory, as we dashed out, had been, as
I have Bald, Wu Fang and Long Sin
looking out from the limousine. No
sooner had we disappeared across the
campus than their driver started up
the car and they sped around to our
Cautiously they alighted and walked
down the street. Then, making sure
they were not observed, they entered
and mounted the stairs to our door-
way. Long Sin was stationed down
the hall on guard, while Wu Fang drew
from his pocket a blank key, a file and
a candle. He lighted the candle and
held the key in its flame until it was
covered with soot.
Then he inserted the key into the
keyhole, turned it and took the key
out. He filed the key, trying it again
and again. Finally he finished and
opened the door. Beckoning Long Sin,
he entered our room.
As they stood there Wu Fang gazed
about our living room keenly. He was
evidently considering where to place
Finally his eye rested on the tele-
phono. It seemed to suggest an idea
to him and he crossed over to it. Care-
fully holding down the receiver on the
hook, he unscrewed the case which
holds the diaphragm, while with his
clever fingers he held the rest of the
instrument intact. Then he removed
from his pocket the vial which the
coolie had given him and placed its
contents on the diaphragm itself.
Quickly now he replaced the receiver
and, having finished their work. Long
Sin and Wu Fang stealthily crept out.
A second time, as we approached
our apartment after the visit to Elaine,
we were too excited to notice the
limousine in which were Wu and Long
Sin. But no sooner had we entered
than Long sin left the car with a
final word of instruction from his
Upstairs, in the apartment, Kennedy
began hurriedly to pack, and I helped
him as well as I could. We were in
the midst of it when the telephone
rang and I answered it.
"Hello!" I called.
There was no response.
"Hello, hello!" I repeated, raising
Still there was no answer. I worked
the hook up and down, but could get
no reply, and finally, disgusted, hung
A moment later, I recall now, it
seemed to me as though some one had
stuck a pin into the lobe of my ear.
We had scarcely got back to work
when the telephone bell jangled again,
and a second time I answered it.
"Is Mr. Kennedy there?" came back
a strange voice.
I handed the instrument to Craig.
"Hello!" he called. "Who is this?"
"Hello, hello!" he shouted, working
the hook as I had done and, in my
case, there was still no answer.
Neither of us thought anything of
it at the time, but now I recall that I
did see Kennedy once or twice press
the lobe of his ear as though some-
thing had hurt it.
We did not know until later that in
a pay station down the street our
arch enemy. Long Sin, had been call-
ing us up and then, with a wicked
smile, refusing to speak to us.
It was about a week later that I
came home late one night from the
Star, feeling pretty done up. What-
ever it was, a violent fever seemed
to have come on me suddenly. The
next morning when I woke up I felt
a lassitude that made it quite hard
enough even to lounge about in my
bathrobe. Finally, feeling no better,
I decided to see a doctor. I put on
my clothes with a decided effort and
The nearest doctor was about half
a block away and we scarcely knew
him, for neither Kennedy nor I are
He sounded me and pounded me,
talked a little while on generalities,
diet and exercise, then walked over
to a cabinet, and emptied out a few
pills into a little paper box.
"Take ono every hour," he said
"Cut your cigarettes to three a day,
and don't drink coffee. Four dollars,
I paid him and went back to the
apartment, my head soon in a whirl
from a new onset of the fever.
I managed to get back into my bath-
robe, and threw myself down on the
divan, propped up with pillows. I had
taken the pills, but they had no more
effect than sugar or milk. By this
time I was much more delirious and
was crying out.
I saw faces about me, but I did not
see the faces which were actually out
by our hall door. Wu Fang and Long
Sin had waited patiently for their re-
venge. Now that they thought suffi-
cient time had elapsed, they had sto-
len silently to the apartment door.
While Ling Sin watched, Wu listened.
"The white devil has it," whispered
Wu Fang, as he rejoined his fellow
How long I should have remained
in this state, and in fact how long I
did remain, I don't know. Vaguely, I
recall that our acquaintance. Johnson,
who had the apartment across the
hall, at last heard my cries and came
Somehow or other I knew the state
I was in. I knew it was Johnson, yet
it all seemed unreal to me. With a
great effort I gathered all my scat-
tered wits and managed to shout out,
At about the same time, up at Rock-
ledge, Kennedy and Elaine, with her
cousin, Mary Brown, were starting out
for a horseback ride through the hills.
They were chatting gayly, but Ken-
nedy was forcing himself to do so.
In facl„ they had scarcely gone half
a mile when Kennedy, who was rid-
ing between the two and fighting ofT
by sheer nerve the illness he felt, sud-
denly fell over in half a faint on the
looked inside. Then he looked closer.
There was something peculiar about it
and he picked up a blank sheet of
white paper, dusting off the diphragm
on it. There, on the paper, were in-
numerable little black specks.
Just then, outside, Doctor Godow-
skl's car drew up and he jumped out,
swinging his black bag. Not being ac-
quainted with what we were going
through, Godowski did not notice the
almond-eyed Chinaman who was
watching down the street.
"How do you do, doctor?" greeted
Craig faintly, at the door.
"What seems to be the difficulty?"
inquired the doctor eagerly.
"I don't know," returned Craig,
"but I have my suspicions. I'm too ill
to verify them myself, so I've called
on you. Look at Jameson first," he
While Godowski was examining me,
Craig managed to get out his micro-
scope and was looking through it at
the strange black specks on the pa-
per. There, under the lens, he could
see the most remarkable, almost mi-
croscopic creature, all legs and feel-
ers. a most vicious object.
Weak though he was, he could not
help an exclamation of exultation at
his discovery, just as Godowski had
finished with me.
"Look!" he cried, calling the doctor.
"I know what the trouble is, Godow-
He had started to tell, but the ex-
"Look!" Said Kennedy, Turning to His Microscope.
horse's neck. Elaine and Mary reined
up their horses.
"Why, Craig," cried Elaine, startled,
"what's the matter?"
The sound of her voice seemed to
arouse him. He braced up. "Oh, noth-
ing, I guess," he said with a forced
smile. "I'm all right."
It was no use, however. They had
to cut short the ride, and Kennedy re-
turned to the house glad to drop down
in an easy chair on the porch, while
Elaine hovered about him solicitously.
They summoned the country doctor,
but it took him some time to get out
to the house. Suddenly a messenger
boy rode up on his bicycle and mount-
ed the porch steps. "Telegram for
Mr. Kennedy," he announced, looking
about and picking out Craig naturally
as the person he wanted.
Kennedy nodded and took the yel-
low envelope while Elaine signed for
it. Listlessly he tore it open. It
Care Wellington Brown,
Rockledge, N. Y.
Jameson very ill. Wants you. Better
The message seemed to rouse Ken-
nedy in spite of his fever. His face
showed keen alarm, which he endeav-
orded to conceal from blaine. But her
quick eye had caught the look.
"I must see Walter," he exclaimed,
rising rather weakly and going into
How he ever did it is still, I think, a
mystery to him, but he managed to
pack up and, in spite of the alternating
fever and chills, make the journey
back to the city.
When at last Craig arrived at our
apartment, it must have seemed to
him that he found me almost at
Ill himself, Kennedy threw himself
down for a moment, exhausted. "When
did this thing come on, Walter?" he
asked of Johnson.
"Yesterday, I think, as nearly as 1
can find out," replied our friend.
Craig was decidedly worried.
"There's only one person in New York
to call on," he murmured, pulling him-
self out of bed and getting into the
living room as best he could.
"Is that you, Godowski?' he asked
over the telephone. "Well, doctor,
this is Kennedy. Come over to my
apartment, quick. I've a case—two
cases, for you."
Godowski was a world-famous scien-
tist in his line and had specialized in
bacteriology, mainly in tropical dis-
As Kennedy hung up the receiver
he made his way back again to the
bedroom, scratching his ear. He no-
ticed that I was doing the same in
"Has Walter been scratching his
ear?" he asked of Johnson.
Johneson nodded. "That's strange,"
considered Craig, thoughtfully. "I've
been doing the same."
lie turned back into the living room
and for a moment looked about. Fi-
nally his eye happened to fall on the
telephone and an idea seemed to oc-
cur to him.
Ho went over to the Instrument and
unscrewed the receiver. Carefully he
citement of the journey and the exer
tion were so great that he could hard-
"Here—look—on this paper," he
cried. "From the telephone—"
He had risen and was handing the
paper to the scientist when his weak-
ness overcame him. He fell flat on his
face on the floor and dropped the pa-
per, spilling the contents.
Godowski, now thoroughly alarmed,
bent over Craig. But the delirium
had overcome Kennedy, too.
Unable to make any sense out of
Craig's broken wanderings, Godowski
lost no time in taking samples of our
Then he hurried away to his labora-
tory in his car. As he did so, however,
Long Sin leaped into a taxicab which
was waiting, and followed.
In Godowski's laboratory, where he
was studying tropical diseases, the
bacteriologist set to work at once to
confirm his own growing suspicions.
From a monkey which he had there
for experimenal purposes, he drew off
some blood samples. Then, with the
aid of his assistant, he took the blood
samples he had obtained from
us. The monkey's blood, under the
microscope, seemed full of rather
elongated, wriggling germs, of a pe-
culiar species. In and out they made
their way among the blood corpuscles,
each like a dart aimed at life itself.
Then he took the samples of our
blood. In them were the same germs
—carried by that gruesome tick!
"The spirillum!" he muttered. "They
are infected with African recurrent
fever. The only remedy is atoxyl, ad-
ministered intravenously, after the
manner of Professor Ehrlich's famous
Godowski had rung the call box has-
tily for a messenger, when Long Sin,
who had managed stealthily to creep
up to the doctor's laboratory window,
scowled through at the action—then
While his assistant gathered the ap-
paratus, the doctor wrote:
Miss Anne Septix,
301 W. th St.f
Please go at once to the apartment
of Craig Kennedy, Claremont
Ave. Surgical case.
GODOWSKI, M. D.
The boy arrived finally and the doc-
tor gave him a generous tip, to hurry
with the note.
He had turned the corner, however,
when Long Sin appeared. Subtly he
played on the boy's cupidity to get
him to deliver a note of his own—
even offered to deliver the boy's note
for him. The flash of a five dollar bill
made the rest easy.
As the boy disappeared on a fake
errand, Long Sin, with the real note,
hurried downtown, smiling wickedly.
"They have discovered the fever,
master," he reported in the den.
Wu was beside himself with rage.
Before he could speak, however, Long
Sin spread out Godowski's message.
"But I have this," he added.
It took merely a glance to suggest
to Wu a new plan of action. He rose
and moved quickly into the back room.
"Come," he ordered Weepy Mary.
"You must dress up as a nurse—im-
mediately." Quickly she donned oni
of the numerous disguises, while Wu
planned his campaign.
"Here," he directed when sl*e was
ready, handing her a little vial. "You
must infect every instrument the do©
tor uses on Kennedy and Jameson—
She nodded, and a moment later was
on her way uptown.
Meanwhile Godowski himself had
arrived at our apartment, much to th«
relief of our friend Johnson, and waj
unpacking his instruments.
Quickly he improvised two operate
ing tables and placed one of us on
each. Then, with his assistant, he put
on his white robe, mask, gloves and
other precautions for asepsis, setting
out the apparatus for the Intravenous
administration of the drug that would
kill the spirillum.
They had finished their preparations
and were waiting for Miss Septlx,
"She ought to be here now," muttered
Godowski impatiently, looking at hit
Just then a cab drove up outside.
"Perhaps that Is she!" he exclaimed.
"It must be."
A few moments later the door of
the apartment opened. His face showed
his disappointment. It was a stranger.
"Miss Septix is ill," she introduced,
"and sent me to take her place."
The doctor looked about. "Very
well, then," he said briskly, seeing his
preparations. "Are you ready to go
She nodded and threw ofT the coat
that covered her immaculate whits
The specialist plunged whole-heart-
edly into his work of saving us now.
"Hand me that needle, please," he
directed the false nurse.
She moved over to the table near
by and took it up, pausing only long
enough to dip it secretly into a vial
she carried with her.
"Please hurry," repeated the doctor.
She turned from the table and hand-
ed it to him. He adjusted it aad al-
ready held it poised for the thrust
which was not to cure but to poison
"Weepy Mary!" cried a frightened
voice at our door.
Elaine had been deepiy alarmed by
the sudden illness of Kennedy and the
message from Jameson. No sooner
had Kennedy gone than it flashed over
her that Wu Fang had predicted some-
thing like this.
"The threat!" she exclaimed, seek-
ing her cousin. "Mary, I must go to
the city—right away."
On the next train, then, she had
been speeding back to New York.
One glance at the improvised hos-
pital was enough to alarm her. But
the sight that had transfixed her was
of a woman whose face she remem-
bered well, though Kennedy and I had
never seen her
"Please, Miss," began Godowski's
assistant, trying to quiet Elaine, while
Godowski turned in vexation to his
"No, no!" repeated Elaine. "This
woman is no nurse. She is a crim-
Godowski paused. It was true ha
did not know the woman. He gazed
from Elaine to Weepy Mary in doubt.
The game was up. Weepy Mary
dropped a piece of gauze which she
had soaked in the solution from the
vial which Wu had given her and bolt-
ed for the door.
So sudden was her flight that no
one was quick enough to stop her.
The excitement, more than ever,
alarmed Elaine now. "Tell me," she ap-
pealed to Doctor Godowski, "what is
"In some way," he replied quickly,
"they have become infected with the
bite of an African tick which carries'
Godowski raised his hands in de-
spair. "I was just about to start," he
cried. "Everything is ready. I can't
send for another nurse. Every min-
Elaine had thrown off her coat arl
hat. Her sleeves were up in a mo-
ment, and before the doctor knew what
she was about she was scrubbing her
hands in the antiseptic wash.
"Only—show me—what to do," she
cried. "I will be the nurse!"
Several days later, when he had re-
covered sufficiently from the diaboli-
cal attack that had been made upon
us, Kennedy was again at work in
the laboratory, while I was writing.
Our speaking tube sounded, and I
knew that it was Elaine and Aunt Jo-
"How do you feel?" inquired Elaine
anxiously, as she almost ran across
the laboratory to Craig.
"Fine!" he exaggerated, brightly.
"Really?" she repeated anxiously.
"Look!" he said, turning to his mi-
He turned some blood from a test
tube in our electric incubator and
placed a drop on a slide. It was some
of the blood infected by the germs car-
ried by the tick.
"That is how our blood looked—be-
fore the new nurse arrived," he smiled,
while Elaine looked at it in horror.
Then he pricked his arm and let a
drop smear on another slide.
"Now look at that—perfectly nor-
mal," he added.
"Oh, I'm so glad," she exclaimed ra-
"Normal—thanks to you. You saved
us. You were just in time," cried Craig,
taking both her hands in his.
He was about to kiss her, when sho
broke away. "Craig," she whispered,
blushing and looking hastily at us.
Aunt Josephine and I could oujy
smile at the disgusted glance Craig
gave us, as he thrust his hands in
his pockets and wished us a thousand
miles away at that moment.
(TO BE COy"TNUED.)
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