The Tribune-Progress (Mountain View, Okla.), Vol. 18, No. 16, Ed. 1 Friday, August 25, 1916 Page: 3 of 8
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THE MOUNTAIN VlfiW TRlfcUNE-PSOGHESS.
xy wACTea k.hclc
an o' JO OaAJJOT
Novelized from the Motion Picture
Play of the Same Name by the
Universal Film Manufacturing Co.
La Bella, animal queen, fatally Injured
6y tigers, dlea after giving hlrth to a
»aby. lioctnr Lund, owner uf the circus,
Da Belle’s husband, refuses to recognise
the child. La Belle Intrusts the baby to
nip, a down. Klip rears ivg as a circus
rider. Later, Doctor Lund’s second wife
determines l’eg shall not share Lund's
millions and sends a Hindu servant in dls-
joso of her. Doctor Lund sends thugs
o gel from Flip letter that proves Peg's
parentage. Lund, Jr., follows the show
determined to marry Peg. After being at
the mercy of the lions on three occasions.
Peg, while In her dressing tent, Is locked
In a wardrobe chest. Lund, Jr., In his
attempt to rescue her, Is knocked sense-
less by the Hindu, who has stolen the let-
ter from Klip.
Before he left the tent, with Peg se-
curely locked In the wardrobe chest
and young Lund lying senseless upon
the ground, Chockro fiendishly drop-
ped a lighted match into a mass of
circus posters that had carelessly been
thrown behind one of the trunks tem-
porarily stored in the tent.
Young Lund's good constitution
quickened his powers of recovery from
Chockro’s stunning blow, and he was
only prone upon the ground for a brief
space of time. As he struggled to re-
gain his feet the smoke from the
burning paper filled his lungs and
made more difficult his blind efforts
to extricate himself from his perilous
By grasping the corners of the very
chest in which Peg was locked, Lund
managed to stagger to his feet. He
half fell across the wardrobe chest
while the struggling and kicking cir-
cus girl beat with her hands and
heels against the top and end of the
Despite the stifling smoke that
would have otherwise prompted him
to seek fresh air forthwith, young
Lund realized in a dazed way that
there was something or somebody
alive within the chest. To save this
life, even at the hazard of his own,
now became young Lund’s purpose.
He wrenched with his bare hands
at the locks and hasps that held se-
cure the cover of the wardrobe chest.
Peg, frantic with fright and apprehen-
sion, kept pounding and kicking the
inside of the box, her signals having
the effect of making young Lund re-
double his frantic efforts.
But, with all his strength, try as he
might, the cover of the box resisted
the attacks of his bare hands.
Grasping the handles of the heavy
chest and its human contents, Lund
bent his strength to the task of drag-
ging the box from the tent.
The choking smoke blinded his eyes
and filled his lungs; the task seemed
at times beyond accomplishment. But
Lund stuck frantically at his work
and slowly, inch by inch, worked the
heavy chest over to the sidewall of the
tent. Then he crawled outside, where
the air was pure.
Refreshed by a few deep drafts of
pure air, bis strength revived, and
Greatly Rejoiced to Find
That It Lifted.
Jcr instant he had dragged the
Je chest free of the tent and
Bed to haul it along the ground,
fire started by the fiendish
kro had by this time communi-
l to other combustibles in the
flaming up and finally reaching
ce the canvas was on fire the
was doomed, and the summer
-a began quickly to waft the
5s right down the line, tent after
as they stood side by side, catch-
re from the sparks or large pieces
urning cloth that were carried
l by the wind;
e crowd was assembling for the
ing show and the performers
m«n«| ready for their ahare In
In the men's dressing tent Flip, the
clown, was uneasily making his prep-
arations. He wus mystified because
Peg had not put in an appearance, as
she usually did, to greet him before
she began dressing for the ring. Un-
nerved and apprehensive because of
the unusual tilings that had lately
transpired Flip decided to investigate.
When he stepped from the tent h#
was startled by the exeited cry of
"Fire!” that came to hla ears with ter-
‘‘Peg, Peg, my girl, where are you?"
Flip shouted as he dashed to the en-
trance of the women's dressing tent.
"Fire! Fire! Fire!"
The dread cry was passed along
from mouth to mouth. In an instant
the alarm had spread to every part of
the show lot, and soon reached the in-
terior of the "big top," where the as-
sembled audience echoed the frightful
Wild disorder transformed the scene
into pandemonium. The crowds
rushed, panic-stricken, from the main
tent and thronged over the circus
grounds. Employees of the show hur-
riedly formed themselves into "buck-
et brigades" in an effort to quench
With the first cry of alarm, the ani-
mal men—keepers, trainers and
huskies—set about moving the cars
and as speedily as possible they were
dragged away from the nlenagerie tent
and the big top.
In all the excitement poor Flip, dis-
tracted with apprehension and fear for
Peg's safety, rushed around half mad,
and had it not been for his friendly
associates he would have lost his
Searching high and low among the
burning tents, dashing in amid the
flames, he was continually calling for
Peg, his dread increasing momentar-
ily. When the show people were able
to get some order out of confusion, and
as the flames died away because there
was nothing more to consume, the per-
formers repaired to the circus train,
while the workingmen continued to
move the show property that was
saved from the lot to the cars.
Flip had a faint hope of finding Peg
on the train, grasping at the straw of
possibility that she had made her way
to the sleeper during the confusion on
the lot. But the old clown was doomed
to disappointment and his grief was
pitiful as he ran through the sleepers
calling for Peg and searching in every
berth available for signs of his little
Having enlisted the other perform-
ers in the fruitless search, Flip left
the show train, determined to return
to the circus grounds in another
meager hope of finding Peg.
Meanwhile events had been strange-
ly shaping themselves within a stone's
throw of the circus grounds and Peg’s
peril was constantly increasing. The
burning of the circus provided a cloak
for some dastardly deeds.
When young Lund hauled the ward-
robe chest containing Peg from the
burning tent he proceeded, while his
strength held out, to drag his burden
toward the street which passed along
the back of the lot.
The show grounds were fenced In
on this side, and toward a gate in the
fence Lund hauled Peg in the heavy
chest. It was slow work and extreme-
ly laborious, Lund's experience in the
dense smoke, so quickly following liis
attack by Chockro, so weakened the
young doctor that he gradually suc-
cumbed to the strain.
Just as he had dragged the chest
half through the open gate in the
fenco his strength completely failed
him and he fell senseless across the
wardrobe box. Here bo was discov-
ered by a policeman who, attracted by
the fire, came running up the street
bound for the burning circus.
Seeing the helpless young Lund ly-
ing on the wardrobe chest the officer
concluded that there was work for him
to do immediately, and, without pro-
ceeding to the fire, he raised Lund in
his strong arms and carried him down
the street. Arriving at a patrol box,
he rang for an ambulance and sent
Lund to the hospital.
The policeman had not proceeded
with his burden half a block until four
rough-looking characters came run-
ning across the street, on their way
to the fire. They emerged from a
lumber yard directly opposite the
show grounds, and headed for the
"Hello! What’s dis?” said the burly
leader of the pack of ruffians as he
ran smack Into the wardrobe chest,
standing halfway through the gate.
“Dis looks worth while. Let’s swipe
it,” and they proceeded to swipe.
The four men raised the wardrobe
chest to their shoulders and, without
further comment, started with It hur-
riedly across the street and entered
the lumber yard.
Frequently halting to rest the heavy
box on piles of lumber, while they
took a breathing spell, the thugs pro-
ceeded through the lumber yard until
they reached a house, old and rather
dilapidated in its exterior. But inside,
the building was a strange arrange-
ment of modern appliances that made
It a place of mystery Indeed.
Entering directly from the yard with
their burden, the thugs deposited the
box on the rough floor of what ap-
peared to be more of a storeroom or
cellar than anything else. Boxes were
piled in heaps, planks and bits of lum-
ber were strewn about and at the
foot of the stairs, leading to the floor
above, there projected into the room
a square, boxlike structure that ex-
tended from floor to celling.
One of the thugs approached and
opened a sliding door that disclosed a
darkened interior. Into this black
hole tho nten carried Peg, who was
still locked securely in the wardrobo
When the girl heard strange voices
as the roughs discussed (lie discovery
of the chest at tho gate to the show
grounds she decided that it were best
to keep still and not disclose her pres-
ence. She could hoar voices, but
could not distinguish exactly what
Peg felt herself being raised, with
a steady, swift movement, alter the
men had carried the wardrobe chest
into tho dark hole. Soon the men be-
gan again to move tho box ami Peg
felt herself and her movable prison
suddenly bumped down, as upon a
People in the town called the place
where Peg had been taken "the house
of mystery." Located in a sparsely
settled district, on the outskirts of the
city, it was tho only house for several
blocks in any direction. It was sur-
rounded by a high fence on all sides,
except where it fronted on a corner of
the lumber yard.
Who owned the house, or why
was lumber stored in great piles in
the yard? Nobody seemed to know
or care. Certain it was, that no busi-
ness was done by the lumber yard,
and the only people who were ever
seen around the yard were a few
rough-looking individuals who held no
communication with the stragglors
they occasionally met in passing to
and from the place.
Shortly after Peg had been carried
into “the house of mystery” a big au-
tomobile was rapidly driven down the
road that separated the lumber yard
from the show grounds. The flames
from the burning show property illu-
minated the immediate surroundings,
and with the moon shining brightly
know is wny did yon put this incrimi-
nating language in a tetter, Juques?"
And Mrs. Lund addressed herself to
the man who had been the loader in
the gang's operations since they dis-
covered the wardrobe box at the gate
leading from the show pounds.
"Well, it's a fact, boss,” said the
crook addressed as Jaques. "We are
having a hard time shoving the monoy
wo mako here, and I, for one, am about
dono with the game. You can pay
me my price, right now, and I’m over
with tho Job."
Ilia companions Indicated that they
were of the same mind, as well.
"You are a tine lot of counterfeiters,
you are." said Mrs. Lund, her voice vi-
brating with scorn and rage. "You got
frightened at tho least little thing.
But if you really insist on quitting I'll
try to compromise with you."
Taking a big roll of bills from her
handbag Mrs. Lund counted out a
liberal shure for each muii und hand-
ed it to him.
"Take this on ueeount. stay by the
game, and you needn’t pass any more
of tho 'queer stuff until your fright
wears away. But I want you to stick
with me and I’ll pay you Just the same
as though you were passing counter-
feits for me. Hut if any of you don't
want to lie reasonable—well, you'll
wish you had been, that's all I've got
“Now I'm going to the machine
raom to see the foreman. You men
are through until Uhockro gets hero.
I'm going hack Irtnne, right after I see
the foremun, hut Chockro will lie here
in a couple of hours. So all of you
come back and get your orders from
Then Mrs. Lund passed from the
room, and her hirelings went back to
investigate the chest they had brought
in. They wero so busy talking to
"their boss" that they neglected to
tell her about bringing in the box.
There was a surprise in store for
the crooks when they lifted the lid.
Save for a few circus dresses, tiie box
was empty. As they held these two
or three costumes aloft Jaques said to
his puzzlpd companions:
“And we lugged dis box clean here
to git something none of us can use."
"Well, that's a lino joko,” said one
of his companions.
“Aw, never mind the skirts; let’B
beat it over to tho fire and see if we
All Four Pounced Upon Young Lund.
over all, the lumber yard was almost
as bright as day when the machine
turned in and threaded its way
among the piles of lumber until it
stopped before the house.
From the machine stepped—Mrs.
Lund, wife of Doctor Lund, the owner
of the circus. What her thoughts had
been when she saw her husband's
property in flames were not displayed
or even indicated by her actions or
anything she subsequently said.
Clearly she had other and more im-
portant matters in mind than the safe-
ty of her husband's property. There
was a fiendish look upon her face and
her eyes gleamed through the heavy
veil that well concealed her hardened
She went straight to the door
through which Peg had but a few mo-
ments previously been carried, and
climbed the stairs to the first floor.
She was evidently not expected by the
occupants of the place, for there was
no one in the room when she entered.
Mrs. Lund passed through the par-
lor to a door that led into a hallway,
and from there she passed upward an-
other flight to the room in which she
discovered the four thugs working at
the fastenings of the wardrobe chest.
They had just broken the last one of
the fastenings when Mrs. Lund sur-
prised them with her sharp command:
"I want you men to come down to
the parlor and listen to what I’ve got
to say!” snapped the woman in loud
and imperious tones.
. “Hully gee, der boss is here!” said
one oi the toughe, drawing a long
breath as he completed the exclama-
tion. "What do yowee t’ink of dat?"
Hie eoBspeakma, equally surprised,
expressed »o opiakm, htrt followed
their leedef downstair® to- th* parlor,
where M r» Land arrived ahead of
them and steed waltiae by the table.
“Yon mea will have te %» mere care-
ful,” said Mr*. Load, "** we will all
land la JalL Tb* am tWbf l want to
can pick up something that’s worth
having,” said a third.
And, evidently of the Opinion that
the suggestion was worth acting upon,
the counterfeiters descended the
stairs and left their den by tho door
they had entered.
When Peg discovered that the ham-
mering on the fastenings to the box
which held her had suddenly ceased
she cautiously tried to raise tho lid.
She greatly rejoiced to find that it
lifted readily under tho force of her
pressure from within.
She heard voices below, and with
great caution descended the stairs and
listened. She heard the woman and
She listened as they passed through
tho parlor and slammed the door bo-
hlud them. Then, very cautiously,
Peg opened the cloBot door and
stealthily proceeded to the parlor.
Quickly glancing around the room,
to discover tho nature of Its furnish-
ings and uu avenue of possible escape,
Peg’s eyes feJI upon Mrs. Lund's hand-
bag us It rested on the table whero
tho "boss counterfeiter" had placed
it after paying off her gang.
Peg picked up the purse, opened It
and took out a letter. On the envelope
she rend the superscription: "Mrs. F.
C. Lund, Sr . No. 1410 Wllshire Street,
City." Before the astonished girl
could open the letter she heard Mrs.
Lund'B footsteps approaching.
The girl dodged behind tho piano,
having first stuffed the letter into her
blouse, and hid herself from view by
crouching low against the wail. Mrs,
Lund entered (tie room, picked up her
huudbag and passed through a door,
which Peg observed slid open Instead
of working on binges, as doors most
Peg held her breath, frightened at
her narrow escapo from discovery. In
a moment site heard an automobile
start up and by tho decreasing sound
she surmised that Mrs. Lund hud
driven away from tho house.
Then Peg read tho contents of tho
letter she had taken from Mrs. Lund's
purse: "Dear Madapi: The secret serv-
ice Is wise to our money. Almost
impossible to get rid of any more.
You had better coma at once.
Mystery deepened mystery In Peg’s
mind. She listened for some sound;
but the house seemed empty and ut
Surely this was a mysterious place;
and the more Peg pondered the more
was she perplexed.
Finally she flung herself into
chair in the middle of the floor. The
poor girl’B nerves were becoming un-
strung, and she felt a strange nerv-
ous tremor. Sho»bit her lips nervous-
ly; she stamped her feet upon the
floor petulantly—and in an instant Bhe
felt the chair upon which she sat
move downward, almost ns though the
floor had been dropped, Blowly, be-
And such, indeed, was the case.
When Peg stamped her feet upon tho
floor her chair was resting in tho cen-
ter of a secret trap. The noise Peg
made with her feet upon tho boardB
attracted the attention of the fore-
man of Mrs. Lund's counterfeiting ex-
perts, who wero working in the ma-
chine Bhop underneath.
The foreman pressed an electric
button, the trapdoor upon which
Peg's chair rested was electrically
lowered and Peg soon realized that
she was descending into some un-
known depths. Reaching out, frantical-
ly, with her arms extended, Peg
caught the edge of the opening and
held on with her fingers as the trap
continued to descend, leaving her
dangling in the air with her chin
held even with the parlor floor through
main strength of her wrists and
When young Doctor Lund opened
his eyes, he was, for a moment, dazed,
as he lay upon a couch in the hospital
trying to figure things out.
Then, in a flash, it all came back to
him; how he had heard Bomeone
pounding and kicking within the
chest, how he realized that a life was
at stake—but he knew not who it
was. The last thing he recalled was
struggling with tho heavy box, drag-
ging It across tho ground.
His returning strength and aroused
vitality asserted itself. Lund grabbed
his coat and cap. Just then the door
opened and a hospital attendant en-
tered. Lund flung him aside, dashed
through the door and was out of tho
hospital running up the street in a
His brain was clear now; he no
longer felt tho effect of his fall, under
Uhockro's sudden blow, or the strain
of the struggle in stifling smoke that
had so quickly overcome him.
Lund surmised that the glare
against the sky was tho burning cir-
cus, and as ho ran along his suspi-
cions were confirmed by others who
joined him in his wild flight.
He ran toward the fire, using the
street that led between tho show lot
and the lumber yard. Ho turned in at
the gate, which ho now recalled, and
was soon mingling writh the excited
crowd tiiat was rescuing the show
property as best it could.
Lund dashed around, kicking
her gang in loud conversation, but I
could not clearly understand the sub-! Against the sides of all sorts of boxes
ject of their discussion. i in the vain hope of getting some re-
The Btairs she descended led into a sP°nse. 4 he fact that he did not know
short hall, with a door opening oppo-
site the foot of the steps. To reach
this door was Peg's resolve, but in do-
ing so she must cautiously pass the
open door that led Into the room
where Mrs. Lund and her gang were
Peg deftly sneaked along the wall,
keeping her eyes on the occupants of
the room, and as they were in spirited
discussion she managed to cross In
front of the opening without being dis-
covered and safely reached the door
at the end of the hall. She tried the
knob cautiously, opened the door and
passed through, to find herself in a
pitch dark closet.
At that instant Mrs. Lund passed
into the hall, on her way to see the
foreman oi tk* counterfeiters' work-
shop. Peg had Jur* time to Bwiftly
close the door that hla ker from view,
safe in the stuffy closet. The girl
found, by feeling carefully areend
with her hands and feet, that she was
in some sort of a storeroom, filled with
boxes and barrels.
She heard the thugs pass upstairs
and come down again, after having
discovered the empty wardrobe chest
who was in danger made him none the
less anxious to release the prisoner,
if someone else had not already done
Finally Lund gave up the search
and helped with the salvage of the
But as tho flames began to some-
what die down, and the work of sav-
ing the circus property seemed to be
progressing as well as might be ex-
pected under the circumstances, Lund
disconsolately gave up hope and wan-
dered aimlessly off the grounds.
He went in the direction where
there was the least crowd, wanting to
be alone with his thoughts, to formu-
late some definite plan of action. So
he wandered off the show lot, through
the very gate where he had fallen
senseless in bis efforts to move the
chest t'nd Hi human contents to a
place of safety.
As he strolled through the gate he
gazed across the street to the piles of
lumbc* that were revealed in the glare
of flame, ar well as by the bright
moonlight Thing* looked quiet over
there, and Lund crossed the way, en-
tered the yard and aooa found ; com-
fortable apot to rest upon a pile of
He was barely seated when he heard
voices approaching from a general di-
rection back of him. Lund thought It
would be discreet to hide and await
Four men were In the group, and as
they came nearer to him Lund canght
threads of their conversation that
made him alert in an instant
"JaqueB is certainly a fine chooser,"
said one of the men. “He picked us
a good load to carry and nothing for
"Well, you guys can say what you
want, but that cheat had more than a
Revolver in Hand the Hindu Stood
for a Moment.
few skirts In It when we swiped It
from the circus lot, and that 111
"Sure it was heavy enough to have
more in It than a few Bhow rags," said
a third member of tho group as they
passed on, out of further hearing, to-
ward tho street.
Lund, however, had heard enough to
stir his blood. He waited until ths
men were well out of sight and then
dodged among tho lumber piles, going
in the direction from which he had
heard voices approaching him.
He soon reached the house, stand-
ing In a flood of mellow moonlight, but
with every window darkened and not
a sign of life.
Cautiously Lund reconnoitered un-
til he found the door ajar, which the
counterfeiters had not closed behind
them when they passed out. Entering,
Lund looked around, making his wsy
carefully in tho gloom among the
boxes and piles of lumber.
He investigated as closely as he
could the hallway, and found It led to
stairs that connected with the upper
floor. Retracing his steps, he had
scarce time to slip through the door
and into the semidarkened room he
had first entered when he heard the
outer door being opened by a hand on
In a flash Lund had dodged behind
a pile of barrels and boxes, and
scarcely breathed as the figure of a
man passed him and entered the door
that led to the dimly lighted hall.
Lund could scarcely suppress an
exclamation of amazement as he reo-
ognlzed in the faint light Chockro, the
Hindu. The man passed up the stairs,
but after Lund had moved, thinking
the Hindu well out of the way, Chock-
ro stopped abruptly and retraced his
Revolver in hand, the Hindu stood
for a moment in the door, and then,
with a quick movement of his empty
hand, pressed a button by the door
and flooded the place with light.
Lund stood revealed, with Chockro’s
revolver leveled at his breast.
“As long as you have been kind
enough to call, sit down and stay
awhile,” Bald the Hindu, sure of his
advantage and with complacency that
made young Lund's blood boll.
Still holding his revolver leveled at
Lund, the Hindu returned to the room
he had just left and motioned Lund to
Without a word Lund found a place
to sit down. He eyed the Hindu in
Bilence, watching for some chance to
even up the advantage and at leaBt get
another opening for a rough-and-tum-
ble contest with his familiar adver-
sary. Lund searched his pockets for a
match, after he had taken a cigarette
from his case.
“Here's a light," said the Hindu,
sarcastically, approaching Lund with
a match in one hand and his revolve^
"covering" Lund, in the other.
Lund reached for the match, but in
the same motion, quick as a cat, he
struck the revolver from the Hindu’s
band and instantly grappled with him.
How the bout might have ended
neither antagonist was to know, for
on the instant that Lund was gaining
an advantage the four counterfeiters
entered the door, returning from the
show grounds for their orders from
In a twinkling the thugs had re-
sponded to the Hindu's hall of dis-
tress. All four men pounced upon
young Lund and by sheer weight of
strength in unequal numbers, bore him
struggling to the floor.
“Now that you have him, tie him
safe and take him into the yard," cried
the Hindu to his henchmen. And.
having bound him hand and foot, the
four ruffians raised Lund to their
shoulders and carried him through the
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