The Mooreland Leader. (Mooreland, Okla.), Vol. 6, No. 16, Ed. 1 Friday, July 24, 1908 Page: 4 of 8
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By Omer Schnocbelen.
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A Mystery Story
of San Francisco
EARLE ASHLEY WALCOTT
(Copyright it**, th« licbb. Merrill Co.)
Giles Dudley arrived in San Francisco
to Join his friend and distant relative
Henry Wilton, whom he wan to assist
In an Important and mysterious task,
and who accompanied Dudley on the
ferry boat trip Into the city. The re-
markable resemblance of the two men
Is noted and commented on by passen-
gers on the ferry. They sec a man with
•nake eyes, which sends a th-'ll through
I)udley. Wilton postpones an explanation
of the strange errand Dudley Is to per-
form, but occurrences cause him to
kn w It, 1" one of no ordinary meaning.
Wilton leaves Giles In their room, wltli
Instruction to await his return. Hardly
has he gone than Giles Is startled by ii
cry of "Help." Dudley In summoned to
the morgue and there finds the dead
body of his friend, Henry Wilton. And
thus Wilton dies without ever explaining
to Dudley the puzzling work lie was to
perform In Sail Francisco. In order to
fliscover the secret mission his friend had
entrusted to him. Dudley continues his
disguise and permits himself to be known
as Henry Wilton. Dudley, mistaken for
Wilton, Is employed by Knapp to assist
In a stock brokerage deal. Giles Dudley
finds himself closeted in a room with
Mother Borton who makes a confidant
of him. He can learn nothing about the
mysterious boy further than that It Is
Tim Terrlll and Darby Meeker who are
after him. He is told that "Dicky" Nahl
Is a traitor, playing both hands In the
fame. Dudley gets his first knowledge: of
•ecker, who Is Knapp's enemy on the
Board. Dudley visits the home of Knapp
and is stricken by the beauty of Luella,
his daughter. He learns the note was
forgery. He Is provided with four guards.
Brown. Barkhouse, Fitzhugh and Porter.
He learns there Is to be no trouble about
money as all expenses will be paid, the
hire of the guards being paid by one
"Richmond." The body of Henry Wilton
Is committed to the vault. Dudley re-
sponds to a note and visits Mother Bor-
ton in company with Policeman Corson.
Giles Dudley again visits the Knapp
home. He Is fascinated by Luella and
bored by Mrs. Bowser. Slumming tour
through Chinatown is planned. The trip
to Chinatown. 'Giles Dudley learns that
the party is 'being shadowed by Terrlll.
Luella Is dumbfounded when she and
Dudley see her father coming from an
opium den. Luella and Dudley are cut off
from the rest of the party and Imprison-
ed in a hallway behind an Iron-bound
door. Three Chinese ruffians approach the
Imprisoned couple. A buttle ensues. One
The gentleman whoBe voice wag for
war I discovered to be my snake-eyed
friend. He seemed to be having dif-
ficulty with the language, and was
eking out his Pidgin-English with pan-
"There!" cried Luella with a start;
A Iteavy blow shook the walls of the
building and sounded through the
"Good!" I said. "If our friends yon-
der are going to make trouble they
must do it at once. Corson's got an
ax, and the door will be down first
"Than Heaven!" whispered Luella.
And then she began to tremble.
The blows followed fast upon each
other, but suddenly they were
drowned In a chorus of yells, and a.
volley of revolver shots sent the bul-
lets spatting against the door.
"Look out, Miss Knapp," I said.
"They're coming. Stand close behind
me, and crouch down if they get this
The band was advancing with a
frightful din, but was making more
noise than speed. Evidently it had lit-
tle heart for Its Job.
I looked into the yelling mob for the
snake-eyed agent of Doddridge JCnapp,
but could not single him out.
I dared wait no longer. Aiming at
the foremost I fired twice at the ad-
vancing assailants. There were
shouts and screams of pain in answer,
and the line hesitated. I gave them
the remaining cartridge, and, seizing
the smaller weapon from Luella, fired
as rapidly as I could pull the trigger.
The effect was instantaneous. With
a succession of howls and curses the
band broke and ran—all save one
man, who leaped swiftly forwa-d with
a long knife in his hand.
It would have gone hard with me
If he had ever reached me, for he was
stumbling over the name of Dodd-
ridge Knapp. I determined to keep
the Incident of hlB appearance to my-
"I don't see how he worked It," said
Corson with a shake of the head.
"They don't like to stand against a
white man. It's a quare tale he must
have told 'em, and a big sack he must
have promised 'em to bring 'em down
on ye. Was it for killln' ye they was
tryin', or was they for catchin' yez
"They were trying to take us alive
at first, I think, but th<* bullets
whistled rather close for comfort."
"I was a little shaky myself, when
they plunked against the door," said
Corson with a smile.
While Corson was attempting to ex-
plain to Mrs. Bowser the nature of the
blackmailing bands of the Chinese
criminal element, Luella said:
"Please get us out of this. I can't
I had marveled at her calm amid the
excited talk of those about her, but
I saw now that it was forced by an
efTort of her will. She was sadly
"Take my arm," I said. "Mr. Cor-
son will lead the way." I signed to
Porter to go ahead and to Barkhouse
and Wainwright to follow me. "It's
very close here."
"It's very ridiculous of me," said
Luella, with an hysterical laugh, "but
I'm a little upset."
"I dare say you're not used to It," I
Luella gave me a quick glance.
"No, are you? It's not customary
In our family," Bhe said with an at-
tempt at gaiety.
I thought of the wolf-figure who had
come out of the opium den and the
face framed In the lantern flash of the
a'ley, and was silent. Perhaps the
knocked down. Giles begins tiring.
"There's one fellow there," I said.
"But it's the one I knocked down."
"Can't you see the others?" inquired
"No more in sight," said I, after a
bolder survey. "They've run away."
"Oh, I'm glad." said Luella. "I
should have seen them always if you
had killed them. Why did they at-
Before I could reply to Luella's ques-
tion, a tattoo was beaten upon the
door and a muffled shout came from
the other side. I stepped down from
the Btalr to listen.
"Are you hurt?" shouted Corson.
"What's the matter?"
"No damage," I returned. "I drove
Corson shouted some further words,
but they were lost In a sudden mur-
mur of voices and a scuffle of feet that
"Look out!" cried Luella peremptor-
ily. "Come back here!'
I have said that the passage opened
Into a little court, and at the end a
lamp gave light to the court and the
As I turned I saw a confusion of
men pouring into the open space and
heading for the passage. They were
evidently Chinese, but in the gleam
of the lamp I was sure I saw the evil
face and snake-eyes of Tom Terrill.
He was wrapped In the Chinese
blouse, but I could not be mistaken.
Then with a chorus of yells there was
the crack of a pistol, and a bullet
struck the door close to my ear.
It was all done in an instant. Be-
fore the sound of the shot I dropped,
and then made a leap for the stair.
"Oh!" cried Luella anxiously; "were
"No, I'm all right," I said, "but It
was a close shave. The gang means
"Well, tell me something I can do,"
I gave her my small revolver.
"Hand that to me when I want It,"
I said. "If I'm killed, get up the stairs
and defend yourBeif with it. Don't fire
unless you have to. We are short of
ammunition." I had but three shots
in the large six-shooter.
"Are they coming?" asked Luella,
as the wild tumult of shouis stilled for
a moment and a single voice could be
I peered cautiously around the cor-
"There's a gentleman tn a billycock
hat who's rather anxious to have them
lead the way," I said; "bua they seem
to prefer listening to lighting."
rge and powerful fellow, and my
last shot was gone. But in the dark
and smoky passage he stumbled over
the prostrate body of the first des-
perado whom I had been fortunate
enough to knock down, and fell sprawl-
ing at full length almost at my feet.
With one leap I was on his back,
and with a blow from the revolver I
had quieted him, wrenched the knife
from his hand and had the point rest-
ing on his neck.
Luella gave a scream.
"Oh!" she cried, "are you hurt?"
"No," I said lightly, "but I don't
think this gentleman is feeling very
well. He's likely to have a sore head
for a day or two."
"Come back here," said Luella In a
peremptory tone. "Those men may
come again and shoot you."
"I don't think so," said I. "The
door is coming down. But, anyhow. I
can't leave our friend here. Lie still!"
I growled, giving the captive a gentle
prod in the neck with the point of his
knife to emphasize my desire to have
peace and quiet between us.
I heard him swear under his breath.
The words were foreign, but there
was no mistaking the sentiment be-
"You aren't killing him, are you?"
inquired Luella anxiously.
"I think it might b'j a service to the
country," I confessed, "but I'll save
him for the hangman.''
"You needn't speak so regretfully,"
laughed Luella, with a little return of
her former spirit. "But here our peo-
The ax had been plied steadily, but
the door came down with difficulty.
At last It was shaking and yielding,
and almost as Luella spoke it swayed,
bent apart, and broke with a crash,
and with a babel of shouts Corson,
Porter, Barkhouse and Wainwright,
with two more policemen, poured
through the opening.
"Praise the powers, you're safe!"
cried Corson, wringing my hand, while
the policemen took the prostrate Chin-
ese in charge. "And is the young lady
"No harm done," said Luella. "Mr.
Wilton is quite a general."
I called my men aside and spoke
"You haven't obeyed orders," I said.
"You, Porter, and you, Barkhouse,
were to keep close by me to-night.
You didn't do it. and it's only by good
luck that the young lady and 1 were
not killed. You, Wainwright, were to
follow Tom Terrill. I saw Terrill just
now in a gang of Chinese, and you
turn up on the other side of a barred
Porter and Barkhouse looked sheep-
ish enough, but Wainwright protested:
"I was following Terrill when he
gets into a gang of highbinders, and
goes into one of these rooms over
here a ways. I waits a while for him.
and then starts to look around a bit.
and first I knows I runs up against
Porter here hunting for an ax, and
crazy as a loon, saying as how you
was murdered and they had got to
"Well, just keep close to me for the
rest of the night and we'll say no more
about it. There's no great damage
done—nothing but a sore knuckle." 1
was feeling now the return effects of
my blow on the coolie's chin.
"I don't understand this, Mr. Wil-
ton," said Corson in confidential per-
plexity. "I don't see why the haythen
were after yex."
"I law—I saw Tom Terrlll." said I,'
SlBF THET ectI2f/G?'ASKED ZOELZ4.
thought of the scene of the passage
had come to her, too, for she shudder-
ed and quickened her step as though
"Do you want to go through the
theater?" asked Corson.
"No—no," whispered Luella, "get
me home at once."
"We have seen enough sights for the
evening, I believe," said I.
Mrs. Bowser was volubly regretful,
but declined Corson's offer to chap-
eron her through a night of it.
On the way home Luella spoke not
a word, but Mrs. Bowser filled the
time with a detailed account of her
emotions and sensations while Corson
and his men were searching for us and
beating down the door.
At the door Luella held out her hand
"I wish I knew whom to thank—
but I do thank him—for my safety—
perhaps my life. Believe me—I >am
grateful to a brave man."
1 felt the warm clasp of her fingers
for a moment, and then with a flash of
her eyes that set my blood on fire she
was gone, and I was staggering down
Doddridge Knapp's steps in a tumult
A Deal in Stocks.
The wolf-face, seamed with hatred
and anger, and hideous with evil pas-
sions, that had glowered for a mo-
ment out of the smoky frame of the
Chinese den, was still haunting me as
I forced myself once more to return
to the office. Wednesday morning had
come, and I was due to meet Dodd
ridge Knapp. But as I unlocked the
door, I took some comfort in thy
reflection that I could hardly be more
unwilling to meet the Wolf than he
must be to meet me. •
I had scarcely settled myself in my
chair when I heard the key turn in
the lock. The door swung open, and
in walked Doddridge Knapp.
I had thought to find at least some
trace of the opium debauch through
which I had gained the clew to his
strange and contradictory acts. But
the face before me was a mask that
showed no sign of the experiences
through which he had passed. For
all that appeared, he might have em-
ployed the time since I had left here
two days before in studying philoso
phy and cultivating peace and good
will with his neighbors.
'Ah, Wilton." <ie said, affably, rub
bing his hands with a purring growl.
"You're ready for a hard day s wcik,
"Nothing would please me better."
I said cheerfully, my repugnance
melting away with the magnetism of
his presence. "Is the black flag up to-
He looked at me In surprise for an
Instant, and then growled, still In
." 'No quarter' is the motto to-day "
And I listened closely as the King
the Street gave his orders for the
"You understand now," he said at
the end of his orders, "that you are
to sell all the Crown Diamond that
the market will take, and buy all
the Omega that you can get below one
"We'll feed Decker about as big
a dose as he can Bwallow, I reckon,
said the King of the Street, grimly.
"One thing," I 8ald, "I'd like to
know If I'm the only one operating
The King of the Street drew his
bushy brows down over his eyes and
scowled at me a moment.
"You're the only one in the big
board," he said at last. "There are
men In the other boards, you under-
I thought I understood, and sallied
forth for the battle. At Doddridge
Knapp's suggestion I arranged to do
my business through three brokers,
and added Lattimer and Hobart to
Wallbridge, and Bockstein and Epp-
Bockstein greeted me affably:
"Velgome to de marget vonce more,
Mr. —, Mr. —"
"Wilton," said Eppner, assisting his
partner in his high, dry voice, with
cold civility. His blue-black eyes re-
garded me as but a necessary part of
the machinery of commerce.
I gave my orders briefly.
"Dot is a larch order," said Bock-
"You don't have to take it," I was
about to retort, when Eppner's high-
pitched voice Interrupted:
"It's all right. The customary mar-
gin Is enough."
Wallbridge was more enthusiastic.
"You've come just in the nick of
time," said the stout little man, swab-
bing his bald head from force of
habit, though the morning was chill.
"The market has been drier than a
flsh-horn and duller than a foggy
Lattimer and Hobart, after a polite
explanation of their rules in regard
to margins, and getting a certified
check, became obsequiously anxious
to do my bidding.
I distributed the business with such
judgment that I felt pretty sure our
plans could not In any way be ex-
posed, and took my place at the rail
in the board room.
The opening proceedings were com-
paratively tame. I detected a sad
falllng-oll in the quality and quantity
of lung power and muscular activity
among the buyers and sellers In the
At the call of Confidence, Lattimer
and Hobart began feeding shares to
the market. Confidence dropped five
points in half a minute, and the pit
began to wake up.
There was a roar and a growl that
showed me the animals were still
The Decker forces were taken by
surprise, but with a hasty consultation
came gallantly to the rescue of their
stock. At the close of the call they
had forced it back and one point high-
er than at the opening.
This, however, was but a skirmish
of outposts. The fighting began at
the call of Crown and Diamond.
It opened at 63. The first bid was
hardly made when with a bellow Wall,
bridge charged on Decker's broker,
filled his bid, and offered a thousand
shares at 62.
There was an answering roar from
a hundred throats and a mob rushed
on Wallbridge with the apparent in-
tent of tearing him limb from limb.
Wallbridge's offer was snapped up at
once, but a few weak-kneed holders
of the stock threw small blocks on
These were taken up at once, and
Decker'b brokers were biding 65.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
WANTED GOVERNMENT'S CON*
8ENT TO NOMINAL FINES.
John D. Archbold Sent to President to
Arrange Compromise of
Washington—The Standard Oil com-
pany, staggered by the imposition ol
the fine of $29,000,000 imposed upon
it by Judge Landis of Chicago, and
fearing a similar outcome to othet
suits still to be tried, has been beg-
ging for mercy.
Thus far It has been turned dowD
by the administration, both President
Roosevelt and Secretary Taft having
agreed to let the case come to a final
iecision in the United States supreme
court. It did not become known until
Friday that John D. Archbold, vice
president of the Standard Oil com-
pany, visited the White House, before
President Roosevelt retired to Oyster
Bay, and made application for a com-
The Standard in effect proposed
that the government should consent
to a nominal fine in each one of the
cases, on the principle that this was
the firBt offense, or at least that it
was the first case to be publicly prose-
cuted. The administration's reply was
Dr. Hemphill Found Guilty.
Troy, Mo.—W. A. Hemphill, accused
of complicity in the death of Lizzie
Gleason, the young school teacher
whose deathbed statement Incriminat-
ed the physician and the Rev. Clyde
W. Gow, was found guilty of man-
slaughter in the second degree Satur-
day. The verdict of the jury carries
a penalty of three years in the state
Mr. Taft to Join a Union.
Hot Springs, Va.—When Judge Taft
goes to Cincinnati to be notified of his
nomination for the presidency by the
Republican party he will receive notice
of his election as a member of a labor
organization. He has been elected a
member of the International Society
of Steam Shovelmen, of which T. J
Nolan of Chicago is president.
A Returning Absconder.
San Diego, Cal.—When the steamer
St. Denis arrived from Ensenada at
6:40 Sunday morning she had on board
William F. Walker, the New Britain,
Conn., absconder, who was in custody
of State Superintendent of Police Egan>
of Connecticut and H. J. Hoffman, a
Wheat Moving to Market.
Wellington, Kan. — The Panhandle
division of the Santa Fe is beginning;
to handle the new wheat from the
south end of the Hutchinson & South
Englewood and the Wichita & West-
ern branches at the rate of 50 cars a.
day. Most of the output is being sent
to Kansas City.
effect of Sun Batr*.
"The taking of sun bathB If aue of
the most healthful things in the
world," said Evan T. Roberts, of Cin-
cinnati. "Several years ago I visited
Germany, and while there was taken
iown with nervous prostration. I
"ailed in the best specialists of Ber-
lin. They told me I needed more ex-
ercise, more fresh air and more sun-
light. The first thing they made me
1o was to take sun baths. I stripped
and would go out in the yard every
morning and lay for 40 minutes in the
broiling sun. It was not so hot, but
felt so to me, as I was unprotected.
Well, sir. in a few days I began to feel
better. In three weeks I was pro-
nounced a well man. The sun baths
certainly did the trick for me."
Ohio Politician Dead.
Newark, N. J.—Howard Douglas ot
Cincinnati, one time a supreme court
judge in Ohio, several times a candi-
date for maypr of Cincinnati, and once
for governor of the state, died here
Friday night at the home of his broth-
er-in-law, George P. Day. He was CJ
years of age.
Mrs. Eddy is 87 Years Old.
Newton, Mass.—Mrs. Mary Baker G„
Eddy, founder and head of the Chrisr-
tian Science church, reached her
eighty-seventh year Thursday, but be
yond congratulations from members
of the household and officials of the
church there was no observance of th«
One Dead in Oklahoma Wreck.
Hickory, Ok.—W. E. Goodrich, fire-
man, was killed, and Thomas W.
Byrne, engineer, was dangerously in-
jured in a wreck lure when a spread-
ing rail ditched a fast cattle train oil
the St. Louis & San Francisco rail-
road going north from Sherman. Tex.
"Wichita Bank's New President.
Wichita, Kan.—C. W. Carey, cashier
of the National Bank of Commerce,
has been elected to the presidency o£
that institution to succeed A. C. Jobes,
who recently accepted the vice presi-
dency of the First National bank ia
Showers Put Out Maine Forest Fires-
Portland, Me. — A succession of
drenching showers have served to put
a stop to the great fires which have
wrought damage amounting to hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars in the
Maine woods during the last two.
Line Pays No Dividends.
The coach line that Alfred Vander-
bilt has established between the Hol-
'and house. New York, and Ardsley on
the Hudson is not a paying business.
All the fares received in one season
would not buy one of the eight Ken-
tucky blooded horses that draw the
coach. Tbu round trip fare is (5.
Prof. Frazier to Leave K. U.
Lawrence, Kan.—Prof. Edward G-
Frazier, formerly of the department
of public speaking and debate at the
University of Kansas, has resigned to
accept an assistant professorship im
Roch ■-*« - university, Rochester, N. Y.
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