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Anita Tribune (Newspaper) - June 10, 1915, Anita, Iowa THE DEVIL CHAIR A Chronicle of the Strantfe Adventures of John Haynes and His Gyroscope Vehicle THE FIRST VICTIM By M EGBERT The devilchair had become a standing headline In the American pa Each hour rumors were multi plied about tha travels of the mysteri ous desperado who had affixed a gyro scope to an Invalids chair run ning upon a single wheel at the rate of two hundred miles an was pil laging and He was report ed from from from Every strange rob every unsolved murder mystery In the eastern portion of the United States was laid to his In every city the police were searching for him cripples were arrested ropes were stretched at night across high to the detriment of many thou sand dollars worth of automobiles and horse But no sign of the des perado was no clue was ob Had the truth been public opinion would have veered as strongly toward John Haynes as It now directed itself against For it was upon the satisfaction of private feuds that lie had bent all the energies of a mind soured by Imprisonment and embit tered by Robbed of vast lands in a western slate through the machi nations of a gang of rail roaded to the penitentiary at Nokomis Fulls and paralyzed by a treacherous he had made a gyroscope In the prison machine had effected his had entered New York and ob tained five thousand dollars from one of those who had betrayed had escaped the and bent upon a clue which should bring back to him the wife and daughter whom he had never seen since the dramatic climax of the conspiracy against him five years he was hiding In the Adirondack far from trails and human in a deserted waiting for the hue and cry to die down before proceeding to Grand where he had reason to be lieve his daughter was to be He had made his marvelous vehicle out of an old Invalids chair which ho 3iad found In an abandoned and in the solitude of the he planned his movements with a pre cision worthy of the man who had es caped from the penitentiary in so dar ing a Grand Valley lay only twentyfive miles distant from where he but to reach it he must pass through a populous farming crippled and paralyzed as he he could not hope to traversa in that vehicle for which the entire coun try was So day by day he ate his heart out in long ing for the daughter whom he had not eeen since she grew to In the end he wheeled the chair to the edge of the forest hid It in a clump of trees not far from the high and crawled on his crutches by night toward his Once In Grand he might pass unno ticed but on the roadside a cripple be an object of suspicious atten The journey occupied him three nights he lay all day in hedges and He had but one clue by which to find Eleanor the name of Jack one of the least of his treach erous friend who had urged him to the duel In with an empty he the assassin whose entering his left him helpless and paralyzed below the uneasy of and growing had sold out his Interest in the plun dered property to the land and tad retired to play the part of village magnate in his native In his real estate office Jack Poole terror at two telegrams in front of A weak and corpulent old with heavy oheekbeard and apoplectic the shock of these messages had temporarily benumbed his facul They had arrived five days be and never since their arrival had lie dared face the world un he had crept from room to room of his fighting with imaginary enemies and terrors that he could not On the fifth morn ing he shaved and dressed with a strong effort of went to hie office shut up In the large room with its glass behind which his stenographers worked he read those telegrams for the fiftieth One was from Frank the Brooklyn lawyer from whom Haynes had obtained the five thousand In veiled and guarded lan guage It recounted the episode and fended with a personal The other was from an Ital ian who had served with Haynee in the It told of the mans escape and of the terrible machine to which Haynea owed his See newspapers he And on his desk the newspapers of the past five days were spread before his eyes In the black headlines Poole read his own approaching His first plan was to fly but under the stimulus of strong potations of brandy his courage At the of an hour he had mapped out his He oould not warn the for that would call attention to his own part in the conspiracy which had been to wrest the land his vie but be knew that even inGrand ConvriBht hv Chaoman Valley a sharp watch had been set Cor the arrival of the deviichair and Us devilish He was deter mined now to brnzen out the Once the confederates had put Haynes iway they could do it He slipped a pistol Into his pocket and called hia Miss Haynes he She came in Immediately a fairhaired carrying a sheaf of pa Never mind he leering at Sit I want to talk to my She shot a swift glance at him she saw that he had been drinking On such occasions her fear of him would almost overmaster She would have left him long she was his She was help ignorant of the world of business outside the Grand Jack Poole had meant to keep her Come my said stretching out his arms toward Do you know you are growing into a devilishly pretty girl Poole she said Im Please nothing ho See you havent you any grati tude in your makeup Didnt I drag you out of the gutter and adopt put you to and take you into my office when you left last year And when you refused to live in my house and went to that cheap boarding place I stood for I left your when your wife left she answered with I could not have stayed un der the circumstances you must know suppose you did have to con ciliate these narrow people in Grand he is that any rea son why you should refuse to act as my ward Aint you the same as a daughter to me And havent you re fused to be seen with me in or to have dinner with even at a restaurant Poole ho Im mighty tired of this He checked himself upon the mouthing of a vile The devil What dyou suppose Ive fed you and clothed you and educated you for all these years Aint you going to show any sense Now see he rising and staggering toward Im going to end this Youre going to have dinner with me in a private room at Bezards next Friday at and after Ill tell you what when we meet And if you defy you can look for another And let me tell you you wont get one in Grand And I suppose you havent saved up too much money on that five dollars a week he Now you think it he grum You neednt show yourself here again at If you act sensible and meet me at youll come back to my house and live in luxury If you dont youd better get out of And therell be a new stenographer in your place She had pale and terrified she moved toward the Poole would have detained but into his drinksoaked brain there stole the shadow of his those fears which he had forgotten in the excitement of his He grunted and turned back to his with a he tore the telegrams into small pieces and burned them In his He called across the partition Miss see that no more news papers are put on my desk until I tell Im tired of dont want to see any Im sick of this devil chair he muttered drunken as he put on his hat and staggered into the He did not notice the crippled man who slowly thumped his on along the street behind If he had done so he would not have remembered though the cripple saw he had no concern with him Just then he was striving desperately to keep in sight that little figure that moved dejectedly along Main How long djou want a room for asked of 27 Grand looking suspiciously upon the cripple at the He was not over well he had no and under his long overcoat was a bulging package shaped like an enormous Just for two or said the cripple Im a work ing he seeing her glance at the instrument which he was carry a Im on a job In town and I got separated from my suit But I can pay you in he and I wont want to alt at your table unless youd like Itll be four dollars for the weeks snapped I only rent by the and if you stay part of a week that counts as a whole And my tables She re ceived a proffered five dollar gave him his and conducted him up the a shade more You can have the large room on the she not that heres a young lady in Take your said the Take your in j getting up them Youll pardon me if Im a bit short at know were all scared to death about the She watched her roomer into his and then tapped at the door youve got a neigh Miss she Hes a how ho mechan ics with both his legs helpless beats he seems a quiet sort of and hes only going to stay a few so you wont mind She looked keenly at The girl had been The landlady for she felt certain that some man must be the t She had a profound contempt for and rela tionship to she was well was something it was not al ways discreet to Thompson sniffed more and so passed out of It was on a Thursday evening that the cripple stopped at Miss Haynes He had made her acquaintance during those two days of suffering he had known his child at once when he saw her leaving the office of and had pondered long how to dis close On tills see ing the door he Elean or came out she looked and she had Been crying A rush of anger swept away his hesita Who was the man who dared to make his daughter cry Youre in Miss he Isnt there anything I can do she holding out her hands You dont know how I appreciate your Wont you come In a moment she when he ac cepted her invitation she con tinued half hysterically It must seem strange to asking a stranger youll think me but you re mind me of my dear If there were any hope that he was 1 should believe you were my she went But what nonsense Im I dont know what youll think of Im In and not quite She broke off in Haynes seated himself quietly at her Your father ia dead he She began to cry He was with my in that ter rible accident to the excursion boat at five years It was a ter rible shock to me I had not even known that they were aboard until their bodies were identified among the burned victims in the hold of the My father and mother were English he had brought us to America to claim some large landed and his lawyer sent him an urgent tel egram to bring my mother to the steamship office before the boat They had to verify some deeds at 111 up the before I was out of the house at the time the message and they could not wait for I never saw them Haynes felt the muscles of his hands contract The plot had been blacker than he had While they had lured him away on that last morning of his the scoundrels had also con trived in some way to separate the Doubtless his if she still believed him and her daughter Gradually he drew from her the story of her He partly from what she told part ly by having separat ed the the conspirators had determined to keep the girl in such a state of tutelage that she should be unable to prosecute a search for her case she suspected or learned anything When In the bitterness of her she found as she alone In the the scoundrel Poole had adopted taken her hundreds of miles from Nokomis to this remote town near the Canadian and put her to When she he had taken her into his terrified by the character of the place In which she found Eleanor Haynes had attempted to rather than lose sight of Poole had given her a position In his keeping her salary so low that she could save nothing nor every hope to leave Grand But her beauty and ingenuous In nocence had attracted For mouths he had pursued her with his attentions every repulse only accen tuated his resolution to win so desperate had his pas sion that he had risked all on a single He had threat ened her with hoping to win her through since by love he could not do When he had drawn out this story from her Haynes nerved himself for the He took her hands in she allowed Miss he in chok ing your troubles with Poole Bttem very big to But they are nothing to the troubles that confront of us as we grow Can you lie brave enough to hear what I am to tell you without emotion And do you trust mo She looked steadily into his I would trust you she I only have to Inok nt your eyes to know Had people have coward ly eyes yours are quite steady and il will be n he an ever so nerve yourself to bear You tolil me I reminded you of your 1 inn your She looked at him a moment nnd then she tiling her arms round his neek ami burst Into passionate 1 knew it all the she cried 1 knew It I wouldnt trust my but I knew you Arid her calm acceptance of his statement he read an infinite courage bu uiso an infinite trustfulness that made him And for long they talked of the and he revealed himself by many little reminiscences that would have convinced her be yuiid had she ever And ho kiss ing her do you know you have not asked me where your mother is If you wanted me to know you would have told she dont tell my I know know that she is In the strength of this new happi ness of hers she had not even ques tioned The silently as it had been had numbed her Hut now she began to ques tion and Haynes told Ho told her how he had been in veigled away to lifiht a duel with the fellow who had Insulted her being assured by his false friend 1nole that the custom of America de manded it when lying paralyzed by the he hail been earried to a low quarter of the town and placed beside the boily of a man how he had been tried as Pete a gang by a corrupt judge and through the machinations of a corrupt automatic Ills plan was so clear that lie km It eotild not If It should if Pnole refused his chance to n new his then the nihii should go llayms in the leave the issue with That night Poole slept well for the llrs time since he had received those fateful telegrams His terror of his enemy had abated a week or so had and surely had no further cause for dread If Indeed Haynes ivre pursuing his it was im probable that he would seek him out perhaps he would lie caught at his tirst if such there should and why hould Haynes seek out the lesser when the leaders re mained unharmed He could not guess that the spy the man who had shot had In terror of of Eleanors presence with In that remote He thought thai he knew human na ture lie was assured of it beyond ca vil when he met Kleanor outside the restaurant at the appointed seeing lie chuckled and for in plaee of the girl he knew was a woman bold nerved to her part by that instinct which llaynes had awakened in her and Ioole mis took all this for self They entered the little dining place behind the curtains which had been reserved for anil Kleanor even her repulsion for the man driven down by her completely patted her Yon look positively he said I always thought you were such a timid little And you were devilishly to hide yourself from me like So you always meant to Eleanor nodded And you were holding out for some thing rope of pretty or a diamond eh Kleanor nodded and He grew more familiar as the din ner advanced and he became lushed YOU RE IN HAYNES HE STAMMERED iSNT THEBE AHY THING I CAN DO sentenced to the penitentiary for 14 years how he had escaped and come to search for But he did not tell her about the He had detached the gyroscope and brought it with him into Grand but he saw now that he would be un likely to need when she un folded her a new plan had taken possession of This ven geance upon Poole must now be doubly And because he had struck at the daughter as well as at the ho would use Eleanor as the instrument of his If the man had been wholly sane he would have spared her that if she had his senses would have come back to But when he told her all ho was amazed at the revelation of her The timid girl became a daughter possess ed with the resolution of vengeance for her fathers The fan tasy of a universal revenge on all who had been privy to the plot com municated Itself to her with double She did not know he meant to kill each of his enemies her confidence in him was so profound that she ac cepted blindly the task which he im posed upon Yet Haynes knew well that Poole must and that he would be the first of his He would not use the law personal ven nurtured in his prison had become a madness In his You will meet at the res he told the And after dinner you will accompany him wher ever he shall Have no fear I shall be waiting outside the build You have Eleanor she smiling up at That with the strength of the mighty mucles of his right Barnes worked over hlu with Shu let him hold her hand and press his lips to It she listened as he unveiled his propositions to She was to come back to of and as soon as he obtain ed his divorce they were to be mar as his she was to live in Ills house they would return that very evening for his chauf feur was walling The chauffeur was John with In Ills Pooles real chauffeur was waiting at the rail road station to taka tho night train to New York But how was ioolo to know that In tho dark drunk and Hushed and bearing Hayneu daughter on bis arm and leering and he said and settled hack in thu Ills eyes blinked ho muttered then Ills head fell on El eanors shoulder and he began to Tho want of sleep had told on him during those days of fear he had shrunken into a haggard old horrible to look This simplified John Haynes with his crippled he had doubted his ability to copo with the should his suspicions become slowing the he leaned and abandoning it for a whispered Have you found what I spoke of my he heard her whis and through the darkness she stretched out one In it was the pistol which Poole had carried since he had put his terrors behind him and resolved to face his fate John Haynes twisted the automobile Into the middle of the road and drew his automatic Leoger from his pock et He placed It In Eleanors Slip It Into hln he and she nhej fe ling the dead weight el the man on her shoulder as he cellaiM d ilrunketily with the spring of the machine He sl pi so soundly that it was not until Ihe mills from that he aw akeiietl Aint we home ho muttered atul opened his r en wheie tli ill have taken tool lie shunted I ilnni see no ligbts inn Where is this The Mr he Haynes and limped heavily lo the KiiMind lie motioned his daugh ter confronted him IIn know me1 he He saw the drunkard peer eagerly at him as he stood leaning upon his crulch In the light of tin acetylena lamps He saw the drunken vacuous ness pass from his and a looK of terror 1 see yon said Suddenly with an 1oole whip ped out the revolver from his to tliiii the cripple covering llaynes hand did not he was bowed heavily upon his Pnl it back in your lie man You know what I waul to In abject fear Ioole trembied SO that he could not You dog said trembling now sn that his pistol month described wide circles lull Poole was too terrl lied to notice Ibis dog What have you to They used me as a muttered the lerritied old man Meyers and and Frank Why should I bear the blame Ill give you back what 1 You wont lake tho tile of an old man What of my Haynea hobbling forward and presH Ing his enemy back againsl the wheel of Ihe Yours was Ihe hired me u what you thought would be my you whom I could hate lnulijou fought like a man for jour 111 gotten You sent that false telegram which lured my wife Where ls she In the extremity of his terror Poolo found sense to make a I 1 he Hut why should 1 tell you if 1 am go ing to a 1 havent been all had 1 fed and cared for your girl all this even it 1 did lose niy head over her at Oilier men bave done that with oilier he babbled You wont hold thai against the money Ive spent on her Now listen a Ill tell you how lo find your wife and give you back Ill have to mortgage my home to do It and youll me go Im mi old man Ive got to die soon its ho use having mur der upon your Haynes regarded shrinking fig ure willi awful sternness his pistol did nol waver he Id hale to kill a thing so mean as Id hate to send your naked soul shivering Into tho lires of hell before your time had I give you your and your I shall get from tho chief Here are tho conditions you tell me where my wife Is and you play fair with If you try It will recoil on I 1 shrilled Poole Chauncey knows shes living and and thats all 1 can tell Go to Chauncey In and piny the same trick on him that you have play ed on tell you make Shes God exclaimed John and as though overcome by his staggerd letting bis pistol There came a spurt of tha crack of the seeing his enemy had fired at him point Eleanor ran seeing her father straighten himself upon his crutches and and point to the automo She followed his gaze Jack Poole lay on thu steps of the He was quite for the bullet from the reversed Lueger had gone clean and straight through Jila right eye into his John Haynea had not worked over It by bis own the first of tho conspirators caino to Ilia llaynes flung tho body into the road and placed his daughter In the auto stepping among tha he drew out tho devil chair and deposited it In the tonneaii tho detached He looked at We can catch tho Chicago train at Purfleld in an hour and a El he You will go on Hero are He placed the bills In her You must bo my and play your wom ans game like a confiding in no passing as a stenographer from the eager lo llud Place your funds In four different get a and wait till you hear from mo at the General It may be In one week or not for u You are not afraid she and though her face was white her voici waa steady and He kissed her fervently then limping into his he drove furiously across the country toward their At he hid the chair under the bought his daughters ticket to and help ed her aboard the train he waited till the read lights had vanished down the Then he drove Into the wil derness removed the plate with Its hid tho machine In the depths of the fastening gyroscope to the invalid en tered It and whirled away
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