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THI 8AGUACHE CRESCENT i iii i i i i I THIZ STORY /~ Floyd Unwin and Howard o~ttington take dinner with an tllu COllege chum, Alfred Gibbons, naneial magnate. Unwln pro- q~Ces a written pledge taken by ~t~ three at eollege to help each t~aer in adversity, explaining ararat he needs financial assist- nee to educate his son Bob and- nd daughter Mary. Gibbons green to make a place for the ~aagh t e r in his organization. ry Unwin is stenographer to a vealthy debauchee, Elgar Red- Y. Calling at Gibbons' office, arranged, Mary is asked to ray her employer's secrets and Use's. Radway plans an ocean Yags to recover from the ef- :ctm of dissipation. Mary Is to > as secretary, her brother to ~COmpany her. Bettington, ~*nting on the Maine coast, is dnaped, and taken aboard Rad- aY's yacht. His clothes are ~d by Gibbs, a fugitive from flee, who dons them and goes ,Bsttington's studio, and there ds to his death. Bettington is estioned by a man known as "Boss." He is shown an ac- Unt of Gibbs' death, the body lag identified as Bettington. "Boss" intends to hold Rad- ty for $I,000,000 ransom. Bet- tgton Is told he will tm forced assist. CHAPTER Vl--Contlnued i7~ was a very serious blow to me, It's an amazing coincidence that naaster can finish what the pupil ~a. I was In luck there. Listen, At a word I can send you back sentence which will end only You die. Furthermore, I am not myself in your power. You never know my real name. I d look calmly at the very deter- Who had spent years looking for I gaze at them with a face. I will wager that you seen the face I wore for years. my bank failed, with such dis- results. I was in every paper illustrations are found. Yes. the real me. But Clements man you are looking at--is only old and his past is blameless. Beardsley a year to re-create and it will take you a few sin- to rectify one mistake." had heard, often enough comparatively new branch of which devoted Itself to the I~e had associated it with beauty and quackery in general SUddenly. he was convinced that Clements said was true. to find that he was expected to ertake some of It was horrifying. Shrank from the idea. but would Permit Clements to see it. must have cut a nerve, I found myself with this smile. It never leaves me. I haunt myself .... Some- I think I cannot go on living, the curse is removed from me. ght everything was well done. I with Beardsley before I ~a~ttlngton wondered what was the ,,~e of Beardsley's death. ea~q.e died of pneumonia," said Clem- l~ ~,as though he had read the doubt h_ is companion's mind. "It was a "q~blow to me." _tl~ e Was never strong," Bettington rUed h . Imself saying, with gravity. ^ UelUctantly Clements rose and put ~tl tl. ,,-e steward's livery coat .tU this drawer," he said, 'you' will ~q SOme of tlle most recent books on Peratlve surgery They ma refresh #~Ur m ~ "" " Y t^- , emery Take them to your w.~. v. 5ERVICI[ absinthe. Doctor Watte, , you must help me." "How?" he demanded. He was over- come with the layman's feeling of hopelessness in the presence of illness. "After all, you are a physician, aren't you ?" "Yes," he found himself forced to say. It seemed horrible to have to tell her a deliberate lie. "Then It Is your duty to go to him and tell him he's killing himself. And couldn't you see that that horrible Clements offered him drinks all the time?" She sighed. "It isn't very pleasant to have to confess that my warnings or pleadings have no longer any effect." "You wlsh me to go now?" "If you would." "I'm afraid there Is very little I can do," he said rising. "I have no sort of authority except what he gives me. If warning him ts any good, I'll certainly do that." He went below and then to the bow of the boat, feeling he was going on a useless errand. Radway looked up as though he had been expecting such a visit. Except that a purple hue was spread over his face more deep than anything Betting- ton had ever seen on human visage, he had no air of intoxication. Years before in Paris. Bettlpgton had noted how absinthe acts. It is a curious property of the spirit that its effects vary with the individual. It gave Red- way the delusion of incredible powers end predisposed him to acts of physi- cal violence. "I should like to have them all down here," he sahl in mordant tone. "I am not sure that a man has lived unless he has actually squeezed the life out of the throats of men he hates." "What particular lives do you want to end?" Bettington asked. "The Gibbons gang. Alfred Gibbons first. He and his group [lave tried for-years to hate me to death; it's quite possible." "They're succeeding apparently," Bettlngton replied, and pointed to the bottle of absinthe in the rack. *'Have you ever thought that they may all be concentrating on you to drink this stuff? I don't know any surer way of death. You better lie down, you look all in." "It's my constant headache that knocl~ me out," Radway returned, and pressed his temples as though in pain. "Sometimes it is so bad, I actually am blinded. . . ~ It's their concen- trated hate." Bettlngton turned away in disgust. The spectacle of thls wreck, drifting toward destruction and blaming others for his disaster, seemed pitiful. "DOn't go." Radway said querulous- ly. "Stay here." Bettington paid no heed to him. Mrs. RadwaY was waiting for him anxiously. She could not rid herself of the feeling that this voyage was to end in tragedy. "Were you able to do anything?" she demanded eagerly. For the moment he did not answer. He wanted to ask her a question and did not desire her to feel the humili- ation of having to endure his gaze as he asked it. "Have y~ any reason," he said gently, "to fear physical violence from him In this state?" There was a perceptible pause be~ fore she answered. "The possibility exists, but It's most remote." "If you like," he said, "I'll take one of these forward staterooms to be near ' proved of no benefit to How-~ tT1m." ettin gton. ]'lieir Idioms were/ tie hoped she would construe this to his comprehension He put | mean that he was merely exhibiting )ks aside and went out on deck. | the pbysiclan's readiness to be at his I{adway was sitting In a chaise I patient's side in danger. He did not . writing letters. Se looked up] want her to realize that Radway's :ttington and smiled as he | safety meant nothing to him. He felt. ..... ....... ~* . ,~ i.~he would be;f~tghtened to learh"fhat am driven to writing letters to] his only concern was to protect her e I have almost forgotten I'm'| from the violence of a man almost this is ver insane going to be a y dull | n, doctor.', | "I think there is no ~eed for that," ! I aWing children? I youth. ; Other night," Mrs. Radway be- [ "I hardly realized the child was so t ~as aa a frlen ' d I spoke to beautiful," he muttered. I '. felt you were friendly to me." [ "She's in love," said Mrs. Radway. . d, you were right, he said[ I don t think she has ever been in L!y., , |love before. She has found a new V lt a to the doctor I am speak- I heaven and anew eartlL" ~e hoped his face did not show I Clements passed by. !rm and disappointment. "It's[ "There's the man Captain Hallett ~r, Radway. I am horribly dls- [ particularly dislikes," Mrs. Radway ted in his behavior. He came i sald, when he had gone. > get himself into good physical I ' "Don't you?" Bettlngton demanded. atolls hu given way to ~ Mrs. Radway hesitated. "Is never quite sure. He is so eourteom! and has such an agreeable voice.., and yet, I sometimes feel afraid. Perhaps it is that settled smile which pre- Judices one. His features are good. Yes, it must be that smile." Bettington wondered what the real Clements had been like. The voice had been cultivated to avert suspicion that the face gave rise to. And now the face was gone and one had been created to match the voice. "Why do you sigh?" Mrs. Radway asked curiously. She noticed that there was a look of sadness, almost of despair, on his face. He was far too good looking, she had often told her- self, to have escaped the attentions of her sex. "Something has upset you, doctor," she exclaimed. He realized suddenly that he was nervous. Suppose the role he bad set out to play was one beyond his ability o~ courage, lie thought of Sam and Metzger and Leery, aud tile lesser men they controlled. Somehow he felt that Clements was only money. mad and could be satisfied only with money. But Metzger and Sam l Metz- g~r who liked what he called "class," and Sam who loved youth. Even at tills moment Sam, enormously broad, prodigiously strong, and In his heart free from all sentiments of pity, was crossing the deck slowly, watching Crosby Todd leaning over the side talking to Mary. Bettlngton wondered if there could be a better example of a beautiful woman, beautifully gowned and ex- quisitely cared for. than the lovely "You'd Better Lie Down--You Look All In." Mrs. Radway. She had never been deprived of the luxuries of her class and country. Everything about her was beautiful and rare. What a morsel for Metzger l Bettington was musing on this when he felt a hand on his shoulder. It was Sam. Sam was looking In the dlrec- tion of Todd. His great fiat face was distorted with rage. "I seen him kissing my gel," Sam growled. Bettington shook himself free of the sailor's grasp. "He's young and good looking, and you're not." Sam paid no attention to .this. He was still glaring at the retreating wireless operator. If murder looked out of human eyes it was focused on Todd then by the deep-chested sailor. Bettingtou was glad he had an ex- cuse to get away from the angry brute. "i must change my clothes for dinner," he said. They had to wait for Radway. Bet- tingtJn hoped that the owner would not come to dinner. Mary Unwln was plainly nervous. Mrs. Radway showed no fear at all. She was playing a bright little dance by Chamlnade when Radway came in. His face was still highly con- gested. Clements met him with the inevitable cocktail. It was toward the end of dinner that Radway made his one remark. It was addressed to Bettington. There was a mocking politeness in his voice. "Is ft part of yo~r contract to dlne with your employer?" "Unfortunately it is," BetUngton re- turned instantly. There was silence nntil Mrs. Red- way and Mary left. Bettlngton, who had risen when the ladles did, dropped in his chair again and stared at the financier. He felt he had never de- tested any living being so much. This was the man who had married beautl. ful Evelyn Whiteburn and had made her miserable. This was the man who had promised her so much and had done so little. He wondered what violent passages there had been in their lives. She had admitted that there was a possibility of danger for her when he was in thts state; and it was no new thing for him to be as he was now. He watched Radway rise, this time not steadily, and go to his quarters. Bettington made his way to the after quarter deck. It was Clements who interrupted his unhappy meditations. Clements pre- sented an unusual appearance of haste. "It's Radway," he cried, "you'd bet- ter come at once. 1 don't know what's the matter." Radway was lying on the, floor in- sensible. "No wonder after what he's drunk this week," Clements said. "Abso- lutely dead to the world." lie watched Bettington stoop down and carry Radway to tile bed. "By. Jingo, but you're strong!" he said. "l don't think this is drink alone," Bettington said. "1 don't like it at all." Clememts had' no susplclon that Bet- tlngton was not a skilled pllystclan. It chanced that tiarr.wgate, the cele- brated painter, lind just such a seizure as this in the studio he s!lared with Bettingt(m In Rome. The doctor who attended hhn put Harrowgate's feet In hot mustard and water and applied Ice to his head. Clements saw Betting- ton loosen the senseless man's cloth- ing and then Uegin the treatment. After a while Radway opened his eyes. "I remember failing," he sald pres- ently. "I must have knocked my- self out. I'll be all right in tile morn- ing." In a sense he dismissed them peremptorily, s They heard him bolt the door when they were outside It. "Clentents," Bettlngton said with convlctlon, "you've helped him to kill himself. That man's very ill." "Nonsense," Clements said. "You're a surgeon and this sort of thing Isn't your line at all, It's like asking a racehorse to pull a~ huckster's van. As for my helping him to kill himself, that's absurd. What that man has wanted he has taken. The whole world knows that." "I suppose so," Bettlngton ad- mitted. After all, neither he nor a steward had any control over Rad- way's appetites. "1 want you to meet the other men," Clements said. "I've seen them already," Betting- ton returned. "You are to meet them on a dif- ferent footing this time. They feel you have no right to be supercilious. There is only one boss among them, and I'm he. They are to be in my stateroom within a few minutes. For your own good, I advise 0u to seek their goodwill." Bettington looked at him squarely. "If you think I'm going to make a bosom friend of men like Sam and that hangdog Hamner, you are mis- taken. I did not elect to come on this trip and I shall behave as I choose. I signed on as ship's surgeon. Very well, I'll play the part, but whenever did you know of a ship's surgeon mak- ing a companion of a deck hand?" They traversed the length of the ship in silence Bettington felt cer- tain that C;ements was enraged at what he supposed to be insubordina- tion. "I will not have my plans imperiled," Clements said, in the safety of his stateroom. "You must be careful not to risk any quarreling with them. They are hot-headed and feel you are reveling in luxury, while they work hard." "You are thinking of Metzger?" "Particularly of him. He is a Jealous Literature for Blind Before Braille System One of the earliest ~ystems where- by the blind might read originated in Peru, where the alphabet was formed by knots on a length of string. In the Sixteenth century Franeesco Lutes, a Spaniard, engraved charac- ters on wood fop the blind, and in 1640 an arrangement of movable metal type was used in France. This plan failed through lack of funds and the blind had to revert to the wooden let- ters and pins stuck In cushlqns. Other devices for the blind were Doctor Pin- seaux's frame with a small handle Into which metal letters could be In- serted, and a German scheme with letters cut in cardboard. Then Val- entln Hauy realized the possibilities Wisdom of Antonlnus For a man can lose neither the past nor the future; for how can one take from him that which is not his? So remember these two points: First. that each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle and that It signifies not whether a man shall look upon the same things for a hundred years or two hundred, or for an'infinity of time; second, that the longest lived and the shortest lived man, when they come to die, lose one and the same thing.- Marcus Aurelius Antonlnu~ (121-180 A. D.). "Meditations." of embossed paper. It was at this school that Louis Bralll~ was a pupil and he saw the superiority of the point system over the many others, including Gall's Moon type, that were causing confusion. His method is now world-wide. :The Koran has been tl~nscrlbed into Braille, and the sys- tem adapted to Chinese and Arabic. Fearsome Creature Maud Rex Allen says: "As known In Japan. the conception of the dragon Is undoubtedly derived from the prod- ucts of the imagination of the early Chinese, who were especially fond Of evolving supernatural forms by com- bining parts of various animals. It Is essentially a serpent, with horns of a deer, the head of s horse, eyes like that of a red worm, scales like those of a carp, ears like a cow, paws like a tiger and claws like an eagle. It has flamellke appendages on shoulders and hips. On either foot are three, four or five claws--the Imperial dragon of China has five; that of Japan three." .Pretty Collese Custom Horace Mann began the custom of the "May walk" at Antioch college In the early days of the college. It is an annual walk through the glens to Clifton. The sceDery, l~ ~nusually beautiful brute, as ready wRh a knife as with his tongue. He complains that you glare at him offensively.~ ~And shall continue to do $o.~ "Do you mean to defy me? Have 7ou forgotten that I hold your life in my hand?" "Have you forgotten that the master of Beardsley will some day hold your lfe in his?" There was a subtle change in Clam- ants' bearing. "We must not misunderstand one another. Yes, I depend on you; I ad- mit it. We are using these swine for our own purposes, but we must not let them know it nor get out of hand. I think I hear them outside now. For the success of the venture, unbend to them." The cook, who walked majestically and had the alr of one who has cooked but for kings, was introduced a~ An- tonio Perelra. "A very skilled user of the knitS,~ Clements said. "lie would be in a palace kitchen now but for It. He has all the villainy of the world at hi~ fingertips." Antonio Perelra bowed as one might who had been introduced as the great- est muslclan of his time. "Graumann," Clements went on, "Is the greatest 'peteman' out of Jail. I bare uses for him later, afff0ng the ports of South America. Kenzte tins no special attributes except his skill as all engineer and a preference for crooked paths. Krause"--he indicated a bh)nd man, almost bald--"Krause has tile newspaper instinct. He is an expert at listening posts. As a news gatherer he has few equals, These four ~en, doctor, know their Jobs." Bettington bowed to them amiably. He longed to transfer their faces to cahvas. Each one a different type and t'et each wholly villainous. The cook was the most picturesque ; Hamner the one lm most disliked. Graumann looked like a wolf without disguise. Tile meeting resolved itself into a kind of committee meeting in which accounts of tile past week's business was demanded by the chairman. There was no wild, incendiary talk. When the others had gone Betting- ton turned to the steward. "I'm anx- ious to know when you plan to lot Radway discover how things are." "Not for a long time. It will be two weeks more, let us say." CHAPTER VII An Ocean Tragedy Bettlngton was glad when he en- tered the main saloon next morning for breakfast that Radway was not there. He rather dreaded that false, pre-prandlal heartiness and he was not anxious to have to be amiable toward a man whose qualities he despised. "Radway isn't up yet.'* It was Clem- eats' voice. He had not seen the steward steal to his side. "He doesn't answer when I knock." Bettington put down his cup. He could swear trouble brooded in the other's eyes. "Think it's anything serious?" "You know you were frightened of his condition last night, doctor. I think you'd better find ~ut if any- thlng's wrong." Radway's door was locked, but Clements had a master key. Betting- ton closed the door behind him. He had seen enough in one brief glance, Elgar Iladway was dead. It was plain, even to Bettin~on, that he had been dead many hours. The two men looked at one another and said noth- ing. To Bettlngton the thing seemed the hand of Providence. It meant that the Albatross must put about and run for New York. It meant that the two women would never know the peril in which they had been placed. Evelyn was now doubly safe. Safe from the violence and cruelties of the dead man, as well as from the lusts of Clements' crime crew. "This means ruin," Clements said slowly. Bettlngton shrugged his shoulders. "Wllat will be, will be." "A fool's creed!" cried Clements. "Was that what you felt In San Quentin? You know It wasn't or you would never have killed a guard In order to escape. The only death which will ever beat me will be my own." "Mrs. Radway must know," Betting- ton reminded him. Clements nodded. "All right. It comes better from you." Bettlngton found her on deck. "Have you seen Mr. Radway?" she asked. He thought there was an air of coldness about her, an hloofnees that was strange. Evelyn Radway, although all vestige of affection for her husband had long since disappeared, was actuated by what she felt to be duty to him. She had realized with a start that her life on board would have been unutterably dreary without Doctor Waite. She was conscious of a quickening of her pulses when he was with her and a loneliness when he was away. Even after schooling herself to be cool, in- different and aloof, she could not help being glad when Howard Bettlngton came to her side. Few girls marry their ideals; she had not. 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