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Washington Post, The (Newspaper) - July 20, 1913, Washington, District Of Columbia THE WASHINGTON POST: SUNDAY, JULY 20, 1913. The Noteworthy Adventures of "Solid Ivory" Tierney jnr A. XOROSO. THE private detective agency of James Tierney, sneertngly re- ferred to by the police as "Sorehead Tierney, came upon anxious days there stepped from the Mauretania one Arthur Kvelyn Forrester Mr. Forrester, of course, came over first class, with abundant luggage and a man- servant, whom catted Jorkins, Tall, with a drooping blond mustache, square shoulders, and dressed in the pre- vailing baggy style of the day Jn London, Mr. Forrester passed easily as -the typi- cal, -well-to-do, well-fed English gentle- man Scotland Yard had flashed the news of Mr. Forrester's departure from England to police headquarters in New York, and headquarters had informed those private detective agencies employed downtown to guard the great wealth Of money and art treasures gathered by the prosperous of Wall street Mr Forrester made a .straight and hon- est declaration of all the dutiable goods in his possession tipped the stewards hand- somely, and ordered Jorkins to look after his bags and trunks Detective Tames Tierney was an the pier TV hen the giant liner was warped Into her berth Kelley and Ryan, of his staff, alao. were on the receptioix committee They would shadow Mr Forrester, taking turns at the task -Uso, installed at the Plaza Hotel were two very able sleuths, who the hotel livery, and who would ac- cept Mr Forrester's tips as they kept tneir upon him Jim Tierney looked over his man and whispered the one expressive word to 'Class Mr Forrester certainly had class. If his keen blue eyes picked out the detectives In the crowd, he did not seem to be either or worried thereby One of the Rler attendants hailed a taxieab for hhn. First Call at a. Bank. "Stop by the Ymbrose National Bank. Wall and William Tierney heard him direct his chauffuer. A whispered word from Tierney, and Kelley darted through the crowd on the pier to West street. Jumped Into a ma- rhlne and made a good start on the Forrester taxi for the bank named Tier- nev and Hj an took another machine, and followed their as the person investigation called these days. 's mind was busy conjecturing the reason for this trip to New York by Forrester Xo tiaoe had been secured of the famous Moma Lisa by da Vin- ci stolen from the Louvre Remember- ing the skill xvith which Forrester had once brought about the discovery of a stolen Gainsborough and the payment of the ransom Tiernev thought tt not Im- probable that Forrester had come to New Tork to negotiate for the sale of the stolen Mona Lisa But that was only a theory Jim Tier- nej b business was to keep in touch with the gentleman from England, 'and whether he camp to steal or to sell stolen goods, 1t was Tierney's duty to be read} to on him when he made a move that smacked of the criminal Tiernev was thus racking his noggin the cab ahead stopped at the Am- brose National Bank. Kellev was already there Tierney and joined him In the little throng of patrons, and the three kept close to their man Forrester asked for the cashier and presented a letter of Introduction He then opened an account with a fat let- ter of credit and sterling He ashed for and received In crisp, clean Amer- ican certificates, pleasantly, slip- ped his deposit book In his pocket, said "Fine and returned to his taxi. He paused beside the machine, strok- ing his mustache and looking with In- terest at the crowds and then up at the tall buildings 'Take me to the Hotel he said, stepping into the taxi Twenty-third street the chauffeur made his course up Fifth avenue, crowd- ed with splendid motors and carriages If Mr Forrester knew that his taxi was being followed, he did not bother himself about the matter He seemed to enjoy the parade of the rich Immensely, and frequently turned to take a second glance at some more than ordinarily handsome woman. At the Plaza he waited until the door of the taxi was thrown open by the chauffeur, paid the man and tipped him, and entered, going: directly to the reels- try desk "I'm Mr London, he said in- a pleasant drawl to'the chief clerk. "I ordered bedroom, reception room, and bawth by wireless. Has my man, Jorkins, appeared with the lug- gage' Yes? Thank you. I shall go di- rectly to my rooms A boy fairly plastered with brass but- tons escorted Mr Forrester to hla on the twelfth floor, as James Tierney and his assistants, Kelley and Ryan, took another elevator to the eleventh floor and entered a room In the center of this room two men were seated at a table with their ears cupped with little circles of gutta percha connected to green-covered telephone wires. Before each was a pad of paper and many pencils well sharpened. There were two other receivers Idle. Tierney picked up one and handed the other to Kelley. They listened in silence to the record of the dictograph. The Dictograph at Work. The stenographers employed by Tier- ney to take down the record of dicto- graph picked up their pencils as they heard through the instrument the opening and closing of a door In the above. "Well, they heard a voice speak "Yes, sir "The luggage all Rir." "Have they given you a comfortable room'" "Very good, sir "You may unpack my afternoon clothes: I shall dress for luach." "Very well, sir." The telephone in the suite above Voice at telephone: "Well' Yes, this is Mr. Forreater. What did you say, please? Just repeat it Oh, yes. Ha, ha. Very good. Just as you say. Yes, that's quite satisfac- tory to me, y'know. Jollf day, isn't HJ Thanks; good-by Tierney signaled to Kelley. "Hop downstairs and get the number that called up! Quick! If the girt Hs- tened to the conversation, get It out of her Find out whether it was a man or woman talking to Forrester." Kelley was out of the room in a, flaafe. Voices from the dictograph: "You asked me to get you a Times, sir Here it Is." "Thanks." Through the wires, Jorkins could be heard opening and closing drawers and doors as he arranged his employer's wardrobe. Forrester must have taken a seat very close to the dictograph plate, for the listeners below heard him click a silver cigarette case tight and scratch a match. They heard the newspaper rattle as he straightened it The men around the table below -wait- ed patiently They heard a chuckle of laughter and then another. Something In the Times had amused Mr. Forrester. 'Pon my word, what silly fellows they must be, these American they heard him say finally. "The idea of people allowing themselves to be taken- in so easily. The dictograph' 'Pou my word, I say. It is ridiculous. Ha, ha'" Tierney grinned as he listened. Forrester stifled his mirth, and the absence of voices from the suite above told Tierney and his associates that he was interested in the day's news. Tiernay's Wrath Kelley returned from the telephone operator's board. "The call was from a booth In the ho- he told his chief. "A handsomely dressed woman was the party. She came in a machine and went away immedi- ately." "Did you get a chance to lamp asked Tierney "No, she waa gone The girl says' she is a stunner, young, beautiful, big pic- ture hat, hobble, diamonds, and all that." Voices from dictograph "JorkSns, go over my linen carefully and see that my evening clothes are all right "There s plenty of linen, sir." "And fsctetrr fat rbjejBX-a-rzte. V 'n .t'tiVAf Kelley mounted his ihoulders for a swift glance at the reception room of Mr. Forrester. "Yes, -guv'nor." "Beware the dictograph. Ha, ha! Be- e-e-ware of the dictograph, Jorkins." "In that guy joshing Tierney de- manded of his lieutenant, Kelley. Kelley held UP a warning flnger. "I Heard the door open and close." They held the .gutta-percha cups close to their skulls. "D'yuh get whispered Tierney. "There's a third party In the room. Ltsten The 33oor again. "Some one else has entered." But the dictograph recorded no voices. That the Instrument was working and working finely was evident from the fact that the noises made by those moving about the suite above were distinct' Occasionally would come In the most tantalizing manner possible the dry, cyn- ical laughter of Forrester, but not a word was spoken. Tierney's wrath grew gradually to the point of explosion. He waited in vain Tor a, word of the conversation that might be in progress above. Finally he tore off the receiver and left the table he said to Kelley. Foiled by Covered Transom. In the corridor he whispered to his aid: "We gotta see what kind of steer we're up against That guy Is putting one over on us. I feel It in my 'bones. He's either grot some device putting the dictograph on the. bum tie's doing all his talking with pencil _and paper. Now, when, we pass his rooms, you jump on Jny shoul- ders, and get a quick glimpse, slide down, and we'll moiey for the stairs and back down here. Yiuh got "Right." I They hurried over the heavily-carpeted floor of the corridor and slipped upstalra. Tierney clasped his hands stlrrupwise behind him, and Kellev mounted his shoulders for a swift glance at the re- ception room of Mr Forrester. In a second or two he waa back on the soft carpet of the corridor. The two de- tectives hurried to the floor below. "Well, what did you aeer" demanded Tierney when they in their own apartment. "Nothing." "Either the inside of the transom glass is covered with a white curtain or it is soaped." Tierney's men able to get traoe of the two male visUoVa to suite of Mr. Fomrirttr In the who had called at the hotel, hut whx> had con- tented herself with telephoning Forrester from one of the public booths, was still to be found; Kelley and, Ryan entered Tierney's office In a downtown skyscraper to re- port personally. "We got the two Forrester callers said Kelley, -who spoke for himself and Ryan. "One of 'em lives at the Cumberland and the other one at the Allcroft. One seems to be a Can- adian and maybe the other ona Is from Australia. They're both English, any- how, and we can't place 'em as crooks "What do they do for their living? How do they get the kale'" asked Tier- ney "Both work downtown In re- plied Kelley grunted Tierney "One of 'em's a bank messenger for the Ambrose added Ryan exclaimed Tierney. "That's the bank Forrester put his money In the day he arrived "We're keeping a shadow on Forres- ter, reported Kelley. "He hangs around the stock brokers' offices and seems to be gambling in the street. He goes to the bank every day and puts In or draws out, according to the way his luck runs." The Dictograph Fails. "Gimme the last distograph ordered Tierney. Kelley handed him a dozen sheets of typewritten manuscript. "Bonehead" Tierney read every line with gathering disgust and scorn. "It's a grand report and a great help- to Jim he said with a snort of anger. "Here it says that Mr Forrester asks Jorkins for his gray vest and his striped pants and that Mr. Forrester would like to have his walking 'stick of English ash." Tierney laid the sheets of paper on his desk and threw his heels up beside them He pulled savagely at the butt of a ci- gar. "If he knows there's a dictograph transmitter in his rooms, why don't he just cut the wires and let it go at asked Kelley of Ms chief. "Because he ain't any ordinary replied Tierney. "He fs a regular gentle- man and he's got brains. If he mon- keyed with the dictograph we'd know It and it would be evidence that he had something to hide. As It Is, he acts just as Innocent as a presidential candidate." "I can't dope said Kelley, wagging his head sadly. "If he's clever enough to get along without cutting the dictograph Tierney declared. "I'm pretty sure he wouldn't carry on a conversation by us- ing pencil and paper. That would be dangerous." Forrester had been In New York two weeks when this report was made to Tierney. He had done nothing that would give the detectives reason to believe that he was planning a criminal operation, and Tierney's two men in the livery of the Plaza could only report that he was living the usual life of a man with money, who killed time by playing the market In the day and loafing about In the evenings. By means of a pass key they had en- tered the Forrester suite a number of times, while Jorkins and his master were away, and they had found no scrap of paper that gave any clew as to the occa- sion for Forrester's visit to New York, nor did they find any trace of paper having been burned. The transmitter, a round disk three Inches in diameter by a half inch in thickness, was found within the clock on the mantel, where It had been originally placed by Tierney. It had not been tam- pered with and worked perfectly under every test. Tierney pondered the mystery of the unreliable dictograph until he finally ad- mitted himself beaten. he said, pulling himself to his feet, "you and Ryan just keep shad- owing Forrester. Keep them two men In the hotel close to the job also, and have another man assigned to shadow Jor- kins I'm gonna go back to old detective methods. What's the name of this guy who works in the Ambrose National "James replied Kelley Tierney straightened out his coat, picked up nis derby, andrstarted for the door "Get back to your he ordered the two men as he for the street. "I'm gonna get busy." In ten minutes he was in the private office of President Harding, of the bank where Harrison was employed. "Well, inquired Mr. Hard- ing, pleasantly. "You got a man employed by the name of asked Tierney promptly. "Yes." "What's his "He is both clerk and messenger. We use him to accompany Mr. Bronson when the latter is sent to other banks "to get cash for us Mr Bronson has been with us a quarter of a century, and Is getting on in years We can trust him with any we send Harrison along as a guard in case of trouble or in case he should fall ill "How long have you had HarrlsonT" "About a year seems all right, and had good recommendations." "Does old man Bronson carry very large sums between banks'" "Next w eek he probably will be for In cash for us in the matter of the purchase of some first-class bonds we said Mr Harding "One hundred thousand dollars casht" asked Tierney "Yes." "What day next "Wednesday." Tierney Weaves Bis Net. Ryan, Kelley: Maxwell, and Martin, four of Tierney's huskies, entered hie of- fice, hat in hand. Tierney left ,hts chair and sat on the edge of his desk, swinging one leg and leaning over with his elbow on thigh as he looked them over "If the old man mistaken, there's going to be something doing In a little he said, (lowly, twisting his cigar far into a corner of his mouth. "Now, I want yuh to listen." The four men nodded. "This ain't no case for around with a dictograph what won't work when you want it to he said. "We want old-fashioned, work. Thia guy Forrester is a regular fellow in the crook line. He ain't going to do any at the coarse work In thle job, but he's going to have his thick-necks do that and turn pver the money to him for ipllt. D'yuh get me'" The four nodded "There's an old Methuselah going oat from the Ambrose National Bank today to collect In cold he went on. "The gent what Is the president of the bank sends along with him a young- er man to protect him That young man knows Forrester. When the old whiskers has got all this money in his handbag the young gent is going to choke the gizzard out of him, grab the coin, and hop into a taxi that will run alongside the one the bank hires. Got All the Lines Laid. "t said the four in chorus "The young guy has a chauffeur for a Tierney resumed "There ain't been a big taxicab robbery pulled off in six months, but the last one was so easy that I feel sure somebody is go- Ing to take a chance for this big wad to- day Now, I've got all the lines laid to land the bunch that tries to pull off this one, and we want to be sure to get For- rester He's the one we want most, for he plans the big jobs When the yoiing guy sticks a gag in the face of old whiskers and makes a break for the get- away with the money, we'll be around with a 60 horsepower closed car to fol- low." Tierney reached into a drawer of his desk, picked up a billy and a pistol, and stuck them in handy corners of his clothes. "You fellows heeled'" he asked .They smiled as if the question were superfluous, and then the five men left the ofnce and piled into a machine at the curb. It was 11 o'clock when old Bronson, with his empty grip, stepped into a taxi In front of his bank, with Harrison fol- lowing As the taxi got away, a long, low-hooded, underslung machine swung behind it from William street and fol- lowed west on Wall The taxi pulled up at the Eagle Na- tional Bank, and Bronson and his young escort entered the Institution, in a minutes they returned to proceed to the Attme National Bank. In a radius of flve blocks, making up the heart of the business section of New York, the old bank messenger collected and or- dered the chauffeur to return to the Am- brose National At Barclay street, the taxi stopped for a second and Harrison jumped from It, carrying a big handbag He hopped into a machine alongside, as the low-hooded car moved up. In the taxi, old man Bronson lay stunned by a blow on the head Harrison's new chauffeur was as skill- ful as he was bold. His machine jumped into the tangle of traffic and ffcMr ped through It. He jockeyed otear of the heavy vehicular traffic ttntU he reached West street, when turned north In a few minutes thle car the low-hooded car following were qpnrs- I ing up West street at dangerous apeod. Mounted policemen were dltitaftoed, and record time waa made to the-naw Pennsylvania station. Aa the machines pulled op, ftre oapre piled from the pursuing of them (Ryan) jumped to the running board of the first car ae Harrison: left it. Ryan flashed a pistol, and held the chauffeur helpless in hia aeat. <wlth his hands up. Tierney, Kelley, Maxwell. BJkrUn joined the throng entering the station, almost elbowing Harrison aa he li ahead with the handbag. An express train was to start for Philadelphia In three minutes Hfentoon turned to one of the leading to the trains Forrester waa watting for Mm He held in his right hand two tickets. He signaled to Harrison, and extended the tickets ao that the gwteman might punch them Not stopping to show their badces, Tierney and his men bowled over the gateman, and fell upon Forreeter and Harrison When the two thieves got to their the bracelets were on tltelr wrists, and Jim Tierney, panting, was .to charge of the money bag. "I got yuh, Mr. he Wurted out. "And I got yuh In the Sign Lanpufe. When Forrester and Harrison and their chauffeur had submitted to the camera and measurements and finger prints of the Bertillon at police headquarters, they were placed In the the same being a eell where prisoners are not afforded the uiual station 'house of Tombs privilege of talking with counsel or friends. Tiernev. once the etolen money was safe, in charge of the police and counted, sat down for a little chat with the In- spector in command -of the plain clothes men of iNew police department. "This guy Forrester has given me a lot of worry he explained to the successor of hla old chief. Jim McCafferty. "I'd like to know just what he's telling the other two down In the Barrel "There'll be no trouble about the tnepector Informed hfm "Since you left the force we have adopted many new and valuable modern aids in detection." inquired Tierney, tf half- bored "Oh, the inspector want on with an Indulgent smile. "Just take this and listen" He held out a dictograph re- ceiver "Nothing doing on the Tierney "D'yuh know yuh might sit here for two weeks and yuh wouldn't pick up nothing from them guys in the Barrel "Are they wise to the the Inspector asked "Yep." replied Tierney "Soon as any one finds a wav to catch the thief he gets to work to find a w ay to beat you at It I want to get a place where I can watch Forrester and is two pals without being seen "There's a peep hole in the elde of the replied the inspector me to said Tieraey. "I got something on my mind I got to get off or I'll go bug pretty Tierney went down to the Barrel, found the peep hole, and glued his eyes to It. if For a minute he watched patiently. Not a sound came from him He stuck to his point of vantage over the crooks for another and for a. third minute Beads of perspiration spangled his knobby brow At last he drew av. ay and tiptoed up the iron, winding stairs to the inspector s office The inspector was at his desk holding the dictograph receiver to his right ear "Put that thing in the Junk sug- gested Tiernev with a broad grin "What's troubling you, tha inspector asked "Into the junk pile for the replied the Bonehead "Them crooks is doing all their talking In the deaf and dumb their digits D'yuh get using their fingers If yuh got a. cop what's deaf and dumb and Understands this flnger talk make him beat It to the peep hole and we'll get what we're after, if he keeps his eyes sharp (Copyright. 19H by McClure Ncwtpapcr 8yn- CAPTAIN ROALD AMUNDSEN After Careful Preparation, the Party of Five Selected to Make the Dash For the Pole Gets Away Four Sledges. in AT last we got away, on Octo- ber 19 The weather for the past few days had not been altogether reliable, new win- dy, now snowing, now clear, regular spring weather, la other words That day It continued un- settled, it was misty and thick In the morning and did not promise well for the day but by 9 30 there was a light breeae from the east, and at the same t'me it cleared There was no need for a prolonged in- quiry into the sentiments of the party "What do .you think' Shall we start'" "Yes, of course, let's be jogging on There was only one opinion about it. Our coursers were harnessed In a jiffy, and a little much as to aay, "See jou were off. I don't be- lieve Lindstrom even came out of doors to see us start "Such an everyday af- fair what s the use of making a fuss about if' There were five of Wist- Ing, Hansel. Bjaaland. and myself. We had four sledges, with thirteen dogs to each At the start our aledgea were very light, as we were only taking supplies foi the trip to 80 dogreex where all our cases were waiting for us, we ooukl therefore sit on the aledties and ttauriith our whips with a jaunty air. 1 sat astride on Wisting'H ftladKe, and any one who had seen us would no doubt have thought a. polar journey looked very In- viting Down on the sea-Ice stood Prestrud with the cinematograph, turning the crank as fast aa he could go aa we went past. "When we came up onto the Bar- rier on the other side he Waa there again, turning incessantly The last thing I saw, as we went over tha top of the ridge and everything familiar disappeared, was a cinematograph, it waa coming inland at full speed The Going Excellent. I had been engaged in looking out ahead, and turned round nuddenTy to throw a last glance Jn the direction pf the spot that to MS stood far all that was beautiful en earth, I caught eight do yeu think? A cine- matograph "He can't be taking anv- thing but air now can neT" "Hardly that The cinematograph vanished be- low the horizon The going was excellent, but the at- mosphere became thicker as we went Inland. For the first 12 miles from tha edge of the Barrier I had been sitting with Hassel, but, seeing that Wistlns's dogs could manage two on the sledge better than the others, I moved. Hans- sel drove first; he had to steer by compass alone, as the weather had got thicker After him came Bjaaland. then Hassel, and finally, Wisting and I. We had just gone up a little slope, when we saw that it dropped rather steeply on the other side; the descent could not be more than 20 yards long I sat with my back to the dogs, looking aft, and was enjoying the brisk drive. Then suddenly the surface by the aide of the sledge dropped perpendicularly, and showed a yawning black tfbyss, large enough to have swallowed us all, and a little more A few inches more to one side, and we should have taken no more part in the polar journey We guessed from the broken surface that we had come too far to the east, and altered our course more westerly j When we had reached safer ground, I took the opportunity of putting on my ski and driving so; in thla way the waight waa more distributed. Before very long it cleared a little, and we saw ona of our mark-nags straight ahead, up to it; many momoriea c'Mny to the and slaughter pf (logs. It was there we had killed three pup- plea on Hie Ittai trip. The First Camp. We hadvthon covered 17 miles, we camped, well pleased with the flrut day of our long journey My belief that, with all in ona tent, we manage our camp- ing and preparations much better than before was fully Justified. The tant went up as tf it arose out of the ground, and overj, thing was done aa if we had had long found we had ample room in the tent, and oar worked splendidly the whole time. They were as follows As soon as wa halted, a hand at the tent. in ,the' valance the tent driven in, and Wisting crept inside and planted the poler while the rest of ua Stretched the guy ropes When this was done, I want in, and all the things that were to go inside were handed in to bags kit bags, cookers, Everything wag put in Its plaee. the Primus lighted, and the cooker filled with snow Meanwhile, the others fed their dogs and let them loose Instead of the we shoveled loose anow around the tent; this proved to 'be auffldent dogs re- speoted It. The bindings Were taken on all our ski, and either stowed with other loose articles in a provision case or hung up together with the harness on the top of the ski, which were lashed upright to the front of the sledge. The tent proved excellent In every way; the dark color subdued the light and made It agreeable. The Dogs That Failed. Neptune, a fine doc, was let loose when we had come 6 miles over the plain; he so fat that he could not keep 'up. We felt certain that he would follow us, but he did act appear. We then supposed that lie had turned back and made for the flesh potsV but, strangely enough, he did not do that-either. He never arrived at the station; It la quite a mysterjf what became of him. Rotto, another fine ani- mal, was also set free; she was not fit for the journey, and she afterward ar- rived at homfe. Ulrik began by having a ride on the sledge, he picked up later. Bjarn went limping after the sledge. Peary was Incapacitated; he was let loose and followed for a time, but then disap- peared. When the eastern party after- ward visited the depot In 80 degrees south they .found him there in good condition. He was at first, but by degrees let them near him and put the harness on. He dfd very good service after that. Uranus antf Fucha were out of condition. This was pretty bad for the first day, but the othera were all worth thelfr weight In gold, (During the night it blew a gale from tha east, but 11 moderated In the morn- IntT, 89 that we got away at 10 o'clock. TMe weather did notvboid for the wind came again with renewed force from the same quarter, with, thick driv- ing snow. However, we went along well, and paused flag after flag. After gelng J91-4 miles wa came to a beacon that had been erected at the beginning of April, and had stood for seven months; it was still quite food and solid. Thin gave ua a good deal to think about; so we could depend upon these they would not fall down. On Dangerous Ground. From the experience thus gained we afterward erected the whole of our ex- tenalve system of tieacona on the way south. The wind went to the southeast during the day; It blew, but luckily it had stopped snowing. The temperature waa degrees Farenneit, and bitter enough against the wind. When we stepped In the evening, and set our tent had Just found our tracks from tha trip, they were sharp and clear. theugh six weeks old We were glad to flnd them as we had seen no flag for pome time and were beginning to get near the uglv trap miles from the house, that had been feund on the last depot journey, so we had to be careful The next das, the 21st. brought very thick weather, a strong breeze from the southeast, with thick driving snow. It would not have been a day for crossing the trap If we had not found our old tracks. It was true that we could not see them far, but we could still see the direction they took. So as to be quite safe, I now set our course northeast by points east was the original oourae. And compared with our old tracks, this looked right, as the new course was con- siderably more easterly than thp direction of the tracks. One last glance over the camping ground to see whether anything waa forgotten, and then int-o the blizaard. It was really vile weather, snowing front a'bove and drifting from below, so that one waa quite blinded. We could not see far, very often we on the last aledge had difficulty in seeing the first. Bjaaland waa next in front of us. For a long time we had. been going markedly downhill, and this was not in accordance with our reckoning, but In that weather one could not make much of a reckoning. We had several times passed over cre- vasses, but none of any size. Suddenly we saw Bjaaland's sledge sink over. He jumped off and seized the trace. The sledge lay on its side for a few sec- onds, then began to sink more and more, finally disappeared altogether. Bjaaland hud got a good purchase in the snow, and the dogs lay down and' dug their claws in. The sledge sank more and this happened in a few moments "Now I can't 'hold It any. longer." ing and just come wp. He waa holding on convulsively, and resisting with all hia force, but It was no Inolj by Inch the aledgo deeper. The dogs, too, seemed to understand the gravity of the situation; stretched out in the snow, they dug olawa In, and resisted with all lUeir strength But still, inoh by inch, slowly and aurely, it went down into tha abyaa. Bjaaland was right enough when said he couldn't liold on any longer. A few seconds more, and hla aledge and -thirteen dogs would never have seen the light of day again. Help came at the last moment. Hansgen and Hasael, who Uttle In advance when It hap- pened, snatched an Alpine rope from a aledge. and came to hia assistance They made the rope fast to the trace, and two of an4 now able, bv getting a good purchase, to hold the sledge suspended. First the dogs were taken out, then Hassel'a aledge was drawn back, and placed the nar- rowest part of the crevasse, Where we could see that the edges were solid. Then, bv our combined efforts, the sledge. Which dangling far below, was hoisted up as far as we could get It, and made fast to Hassel's sledge bv tlie dogs' traces Now we could slack off, and let go, one sledge hung securelj enough bv the other, Wa could breathe a mere freely. The next thing to be done was to get the aledge right up, and before we could manage, that-it had to be unloaded. A man would have to go down on the rope, cast off .the. lashings of the cases, and .attach them "again for drawing up. They all wanted this job, but Wisting had it, he fastened the Alpine rope round his body and went down. Bjaaland and I took up our former positions and aoted as anchors; meanwhile Wisting reported what, he down below. The case with the cooker was hanging by its last thread, it was secured, and again saw the light of day. Haafeel and Hanssen attended to the hauling up of the cases, as Wisting had them ready. These two fellows moved about on the brink of the chasm with a coolness that I at first with approving eyes. I admire, TBprage and have contempt for danger. But the length to which they car- ried it at last waa too much of a good thing; they were simply playing hide- and-seek with fate. Wisting's Informa- tion from the cornice they were standing on was only a few Inches not seem to have the slightest effect on them; on the contrary, they seemed to stand all the more securely "We've been said Wistlng; "this is the only place where the crevasse Is narrow enough to put a aledge across. If we had gone a littje more to the left" looked eagerly In that direc- of us would have escaped There is no surface there; only a crust as thin as paper. It doesn't look very inviting down below, either; Immense spikes of Ice sticking up everywhere, which would split you before you got very far down." This description waa not attractive; It waa well we had found "such a good place." Meanwhile Wlatlng had nnlahed hla work, and was hauled up. When whether he waa. pot glad to be on the surface again, ha answered with a smile that "It waa nice and warm down there." then .hauled the Bledge up, and for the time being all waa well, Crevassea Everywhere. aatd must be care- ful going along hare, because I was just on the point of going in when (Hanaaen and I wera bringing up the sledge He smiled aa though at a happy memory Haaael has that It was beat to be careful There waa no need to look for crevasses, there waa literally nothing else to be seen There could be no question of going farther into the trap, for we had long ago come to. the conclusion that, in spite W our precautions, we had arrived at this ugly place. We should have to look about for a place the tent, but that waa easier said than dene. There was no possi- bility of finding a place large enough for both the tent and the guy-ropes the tent was set up on a small apparent- ly soljd spot, and the guvs sti etched across crevasses in all directions We were beginning to be quite familiar with the place. That crevasse ran there and there, and it had a eide nssura that went so and like schoolboys learning a lesson. Meanwhile we had brought all our things as far as possible Into a place of safety, the dogs lay harnessed to reduce the risk of losing them Wist- ins was just going over to his sledge- he had gone the same way several times suddenly I saw nothing but his head, shoulders and amis above the snow. He hag fallen through, but saved himself by stretching his arms out he fell. The .crevasse was bottomless, 'like the rest. Wo went into the tent and cooked lobscouse. Leaving the weather to take care of itself, we made ourselves as com- fortabla aa we could. It waa then 1 o'clock in the afternoon. The wind had fallen considerably since we came in, and before we knew what was happening it was perfectly calm. It began to brighten up a little about S, and we went out to look at it. A Dome-like 'Mystery. The weather was evidently and on the northern horizon there was a sign of blue sky. On the south It was thick Far off, in the densest part of the mist, we could vaguely see the out- line of a dome-like elevation, and Wiat- Ing and Hanssen went off to examine it. The dome turned out to be one of the small haycock formations that we had seen before in this district. They struck at It with their poles, as they was hollow and revealed the darkest abyss. Hanssen was positively chuckling with delight when he told us about it. Hassel sent him an envious glance. By 4 p m It cleared and a email re- party, composed of three, started to flnd a way out of thla I waa one of the three, so we had a long Al- pine rope between us; I don't like tum- bling In, if I can avoid It by simple means We set out to tha di- rection that had brought us out of the broken ground we had not gone more than a few paces when we were quite out of it. It was now clear enough to look about us. Our tent stood at the northeastern cor- ner of a tract that waa full of hum- mocks; could decide beyond a doubt that this was the dreaded trap con- tinued a little way to the east until we eaw our course clearly, and then re- turned to camp We did not waste much time in getting things ready and leaving the place It waa a genuine relief to find ourselves once more on good ground, and we resumed our journey southward at a brisk pace. Braving the Hummocks. That we were not quite out of the dan- gerous aone was shown bv a_ number of small hummocks to the south of us extended across our course at right an- gles We could also see from some long but narrow crevasses we crossed that we must keep a good lookout When we came into the vlclnitv of the Una of that lay la our courae. Each Sledge Is Drawn By 13 Dogs. The Gravest Danger Minimized By the Cheerful Author of the Narrative. we stopped and dtfecussed our prospects "We shall save a Jot of time by going straight on through here instead of going said Hanssen I had to admit this, but, on the other hand, the risk was much greater "Oh, let's try he went on; "If we can't do It, we can't I was weak, and allowed <myself to be per- suaded, and away we went among the haycocks. I could see how Hansaen was enjoying himself, this was just what he wanted We went faster and faster Curiously enough, we passed several of these forma- tions without noticing anything, and be- gan to hope that we should get through Then suddenly Hanssen's three leading dogs disappeared, and the others etopped abruptly He got them hauled up without much trouble and came over. We others, who were following, crossed without accident, but our further progress seemed doubt- ful, for after a few more paces the same three dogs fell in again We were now in exactly the same kind of place as be- fore, crevasses ran In every direction like a broken pane of glass 1 had had enough, ttnd would take no uiora part In this death ride. Leader Calls a Halt. I announced decisively that we must turn back, follow our trucks and go round it all llanssen looked quite dis- appointed he said, "but we shall be over it directly "I dare say we I replied, "but wa must go back first This was evidently hard on him, there was one formation in particu- lar that attracted him. and he wanted to try his strength with it It was a press- ure mass that, far as appearance went, might just as well have been form- ed out in the drift ice It looked as If it formed of four huge lumps of Ice raised on and against each other We knew what it contained without .exam- yawning chasm Hanssen cast a last regretful glance upon it and then turned back. We could now see all our surround- ings clearlv This place lay, as we had remarked before, in a hollow; we fol- lowed it round and came up the rise on the south without accident Here caught sight of one of our flags, it stood to the east of us and tijius eon- our suspicion that we had been mB too far to the weft We had one more contact with the broken ground, having to aome crevasses and pass a big hole; but then it was done and we could once more rejoice in having solid ice beneath ua. Hanssen, however. not satisfied till he had been to look into the hole. In the evening we reached tfic two mow huts we had built on the last trip, and we camped miles frem the depot. The huts weW drifted up with snow, so we left them in peace, and as the weath- er was now so mild and fine we preferred the tent Finding the Depot. It had been an eventful day and we had reason to be satisfied that we had come off so easily The going had been good, and it had all gone like a game. When we started the next morning It was overcast and thick, and before bad gone very far we were in the midst a southwester, with snow so thick that we could hardly see ten sledge lengths ahead of ua We had intended to reach the depot that but if this continued it, was more than doubtful whether we should find it. Meanwhile we put on the pace. It waa a long way on so there was rio danger of driving past it. During this while it had remained clear in the ze- nith, and we had been hoping that the wind and snow would cease, but we had no such luck- It in< reased rather than dropped Our best slt-dge we know we could depend on Wist- ing's sledge, therefore he had to check the distance At l 30 p m he turned round to me and pointed out that we had gone the exact 1 distance, I called out to Hansaen to use 1 his eyes well. Then, at that very mo- ment, the depot showed up a few lengths to the left of us, looking Ilka a regular palace of snow in the thick air This was a good test both for the sledge meter and the compass We drove up to it and halted There weie three Impor- tant points to be picked up on otir way south, and one of them was found; we were all glad and in good spirits. Ninety-nine Miles From Home. The 89 miles from Framheim to this point had been covered In four marches. and we could now rest our dogs and giie them as much veals flesh as they nere capable of eating Thug far the trip had been a good one for the ani- mals, with one exception, they were all in the beet condition. Thia exception