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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LEtflfBRtfi'615 DAILY HERA1D moment watt now the real MurceMu with- tlmt tbpy lay tnuuptal tlw lUw, Uu Iwk a tmtirkuM tme. his waltHooat (MK'ket, attjuMetf, took t he ttw dyoi'. ajfllJtv; off umt wrreuUtloiwlj wiped 1 Imi-k-wf fc, antunW njrilnal ne wall. "If I" should five you hatf-tiuestWHeil, inacrolle walked in, aniiUnif like A fox terrier, VIM up tlie jewel OHve maOc st-raifht'ftr cttruilm'sf wlu "JJou't Mu.v J want to kuovr mcantr it, tlmt'K till. A when Mai cuuies lu, you Jtcoplnx liur 'the (I raw i) ami wbltuim so tliat JMiircolto cotiMti't catt it .word. Antl then who GOOD DALE EMERALD I him he hnrt the sitAde mid tke llarbt ftuncJua; In a the' red bos. pulled H frow uwler coat. A rtormfMy look bto eyus be quickly oever. Tbere necklace, bracolotn, hroocb, parrlHKA and rlnfn, SIMM eerily Into the shadow. The lii all SIM! try to nrid W do. If enly 1 hml'tkw mtiBHl -Arclile "I help "You don't T cried, clitspod before mo. "Tw." hf softly. "I botlere that at the Jihirrrcd with n-Iic-f. then came over core 'you- tire jfood. Your vtiry eonfejiHloi] prorra it I sat huddled In nn urnu'lntlr. You've to' keep otit'of the clulclies of this RITA WB1MAN. 'D been watrhius thorn i la, And morniuif HS Mrs. Gooddnle through Ibe hotoi Arciilt m [icing ill her "let 'are reraem- tmtH I 'ATI return to take the CMC fo below." to a Mini, of nondmK hpt coiorttur. aad tucofupicttow, to M oae nof feed me. But my naiut la Note the flexibility ot a wow- an, TOO tec. And I'd town bpoorht n p to believe I had a rljpht to other Rooey, tbe rlallst it. iior yet after tbe f ot wnup. powerful (MritttcifiD, but wttk aa element of danger to wocws more elmim, captured. Xot the taking of a lun'g.llmHhoMi often the ri iking of my own. So before it perceptibly winited an tjie 1 my opportunity. That Mn. Archie CowW; to leare her kajr at the w of satisfying Interest That ihe did oot ced levtber box, lonztnd Cat was Out ot my chair behind the citrtctair of the writing room I drew myself with a a In triu-d of noo-be- lief. Only A few moments etifcler Mrs. GocddfUe'R French maid had bnrriwi throujfb tbe eorrMor to the street, jaunty turban far on her head, and from It, floating orer her a bliclr laco I'd atudfcd that make-up from New STork to Pttrli. from to Nsplej, XSJAM w tofts sea Erery detail of it I knew by hearaL Lltcwlae I fen civ the of hotel In lew than fl-'teen tnlnotw by tbe stock-In the foyer a trim llttlr figure, with Itlact lace vwll cov- ering face, walked up IB the Gooddale key, a he-1 demanded with nn' inward trill. Tbe clerk indifferently dra (prf hli band the rows of pigeon holw. losterted it and clapped down a key. It was aa laftlffewntly picked up. Then the bearer whisked mto'> an clerttor and wii whirred wit of eight The tenth floor reached, she stepped ant. hnrrled down the main corridor and Into'a serai-private hnll- way Jutting from it. At tbe extttauc wiel wots a door, before which she stopped, eyes The little French maid was little.me (with tpolojies for incor- rect And tliai door was Ifce sBJkito Fortune. Quick ns n flash I bad it open am'f shot apafn. locked with key and me oil the inslcle. I was in a Beyond were bed and drearing This door formed the sole entrance to the apjirtumnt; Tbe place had not yet boen ordec. It was ividcut, too, tlmt Mrs. Gooddale's JimkI had been sent out In baste on a mission tor. her natatrtVMi. For over chairs fauug silk and Ince ffanucnts, ftirag there carc- lesaly, and umon? pastes and jjmrc.is on. tbe dressing table chnos reigned. J took .Jo their nr- rangnnwnt aud furnigblng, at aj glance. the pictures in their frames with briKlRiita raped me. Flnney, the thcatiHcal rhanapw through whom Arable's .ittcntinnB CTorty Gilmore hnd Iwen agented" into a progosnl of marriage, Btoort on the surroonrtwl bj? Maaie Ln Snlle, Sirs. Gooddale's cbum on days, re- on a reading table, Jn months of travel, away from the past Into H different future, the Rroma of the theatre still clang I pulled down all Uic window nnd mede for tho bureau, Intent on one object, rhfc'feel of an oblong smooth leather cnue under my hand, tbe sense that It was red. and within, the flash of the [famous Oooddaie But the bureau from drawer to drawer yielded nothing. Neither did the chlffhnfcr, or dresslnij table In the adjoining room. Bnckjo the bedroom I made raj war, groping, for things were stJH in semi-darkness. I'could not risk raising the window shades. And stepping across the threshold T rtrippwl nrer n chftfr, dragged with me the chiffon dressing gown thai: lay across it. When I .stumbled ro my fact there lay the long, red leather box. It bud been reposing afl the time on the chair under that gown! T blhiked xlittost In limbed outright at my Cupidity, and, clutching the cnac, .sprang It open. Ob, the gleam of green nre, like tbe disembodied eyes of a. Circe! I tstly, I could have rande lore tot them. Surprising the'Thief. I had snapped to ilie cascMimi made a dive for the copious handbag I'd left In the-saloa when a timid knock sounded on the duor. Not a whit! I ahnply ignored Uw knock and continued to dive. It repeated. Again no At last the doorknob was tnrned. But, of it failed to yield. I bad fit securely locked' 911 iniide, "She's here, I cimc frod without. "I her cume iu I heard the mm say. "If she's in HtirelT aught to answer." "Do You Mean to He Breathed Incredulously, "That You Meant to Stsal AM to turned and started for the union r was hanging "Do you mean to 'he breathed The wHnewtiKt lone wm Archie t4ooddale'ii ?way tlie curefiillj, wltb regard for detail, "tlmt you meant to steal'these? And at once I knew i must answer either to him or to every step he made I took a breath of relief; ami tlie hotel Half a minute Inter the door of the apartment opened the space of two inches by iltUe French maid In white frill apron. Ob, I'd come prepared for RmergntuMea. Turlwn, black Isce veil and lay tossed Into n fur corner of the room, the hiindbuff nd the red leather caac under them "Aludamc ees jn fllftT flcoenti. Then, apparently recognizing the maid And with not a tfancp in Archie's direction, "you cannot come ten now. Madame 'as only thecs moment rone out" And the door abruptly. "She didn't notice 1 heard Archie explain "ion needn't wait. I'll get bi." Ami In that Mcond came a decldttl click. wlien he Knifed into a cornerof tiie J L- a Hhrleic, so tislit was my tension keyed. Then, Impatient to be rid of him; and wish belated compunction for the irict I was playing bis short sight, 3 hurried Into tbe salon mid opened the door to the hull. 1 nodded, gulped hard. been tbe tool of I murmured. "For months IVe followed you, waiting tor Just such opportunity as presented JUelf this Oh, you don't know what It Js to be forced to this kind of thlajc acfilnst your win: I've been watching you, wife, your nnd iilfflit ever since you un, ny tne way. lie remarked, pxusing on hU way loft London. I've searculy .slept, sf-arcelv oaten. And wit, "If Mm. GotMidnle 'phones, tell her everything's all to-day mv moment of cftiiic. Y'ou'il nil gone He crossed the threshold. Than he stopped hud forgot tun to lock up: the em era his. I with sharp got into your .matter how, I suppose I peered from behind the door. A miracle hud come I didn't lock the door securely when 1 cloned H on tho to pass! For there in the ball nntsWe stood another chambermaid, l.hmird it mv heart stood AiarcelJe, vapic HS to ontltncH, but unuiislakablc the still. All sorts of pbins rnshml through my bend I InKtaitt she opened lierllps. wanted to throw myself from the 'Monsieur Gooddale, I'ave'urry'ome. We'are for- (urnwl away. A convincing sob caught in my got tu take throat. "I'm HO rlreil of It moantMl. F.ifiin you speak of, (hut's all. Let mu you men me at my la JCirlcc. Rcnwn it Ifal.scy, to-murrov.' at twelve, unii I'll see if I can't lind some- thing for you.'" I glanced tip al him in quick suspicion. Of course wouldn't go to hi.s In but he cleverer than 1 thought? Was this :i lie added hu.stlly, interrupting my loolr. will safe-with-'mtv- I give yon my word no cue .shall ever know of it." He pxiemlud his bund Hnd I bent my bend over It In mute tuoiitfli tt-arful gratitude. The Broken Appointment. hu remludett .me, off the apron, speared on my hut and -picked up jiny biiiid- bug In rapid succession. And on I could'TCfid the smile of complacent sclf-satfoffiction that inva- riably creams the milk of human kindness; Of course Unit to-morrow never in one sense.' My brother Bill look me to dinner the'following, night at the Waldorf. It's a way we have of either eelelmirlnj? a big coup or forgetting a big disappoint- ment, i.ittngproiiii if you like. Jlut, ihen, risk rapidly becomes meal, and drink to one who depends on it for both. you'd never have nio as I paused nonclmlniitly in tbe doorway of the rose colored room. Dressing up to look to maoner born la a'dts- Bufsf; I've cnltiviit.etl like many women not in mv pro- To-night J wore motnishlnu with yj-een lighw Jn It, .iml.a black picture hat swooping down my eyes. -Albo under the last was a tinge of'shadow- not cast by the the red my Ijps bad come not exactly through biting them. Yes, I (loiter myself J did louU (he lady as I stood waiting for Bill ami the miiltrcd'UotRl to decide on a table. .Suddenly I turned, hand laid tightly on my brother's arm. I'm going And there, with Will calmly ordering dinner while I wanted to shriek to Arehlu to keep ulUiiico nil Mrs. GoocMrtlo gradually drew fortl tlie story UK a dcntiHt. H protest Ing, lldgotlng iind rpluntaiice on tbe part, of the pa llent. When she liad fiulnbed .1 was clinging with both hand? to my chair like a to the UlHSt. "Archie Gooddnlc." ahe Aivuly. you were n fool when you man-tod me. Now I kuou you mtiHt have been the oclufuHl one. Lord, you inaiie me there hurt itstoulahuiwnt La Archie's "no hurnt's "And you didn't even have her ahe -choked. "Searched? Why, no. The mucrnlds all right. You saw for this morning. W.hat would kavt been I lie use? The prwr "Give me the key to tlmt boxT' Mrs. (roxxldalc in- lerrnpted swiftly. ''Ilorcafter I'll look after Jewel And the next day slw left her himband. The pnper.s were full of It. Under the direction of John Flnney, her former manager, she going hack on the stage, and would uppeur lo vnndcvilte wwirlnj; the famous emeralds Oootitlule hnd prtvicnted to her on their marriage. Such was the During the three monti.; that followed those emer- alds were manipulated by her press agent until mipbt have been entwined, chained, in them, just as the billboards pictured her. For It was generally un- derstood that; a dazzled public would rush to sec tlm Jewels rather than to hear uie soiijrb'r'l. Even hi shoir Klrl days iMrs. UootUiale's voice hftd never rivalled her .slmuiders. TtJor Archie fled town to escape pcpslatent reportera. lint from the absolute UidliTcrenci} to his wife's dosut- tlou 1 judgcHi freedom bad not. beon unwelcome, even nt tbe sacrifice of.family juwelff.. rmmetlltitcly uftcr our dinner at the Waldorf brother Hill, too. bad left the city "on urgent business." So I kept out of sight nnd amused myself following; Hid press of Mrs. proereise. But three days before the lady's dfibut, blazon'.'d brilJlantly on the first piige of an evening paper-WCBC tbe hcudlluen "Fatuous Kmeralds Bets oh the Emeralds. Of course no one believed It. though rewards wcra offered broadcast for their return. It was just pos- sible, the management explained, that they'd been lost. A day passed and no results. Added to the re- ;ward came a promise of "no questions asked." SUM another day went by. Then tbe opening was post- poned a. week. At last the public, begun, to take no- tice. It be possible that the story was true? -Curiosity was amused, conjee til ro stimulated, the usual assortment of crun-kK came .forward witn then- rios. The case, was discussed in hotel corridors. .111 .street corners. It became an absorbing topic of In- terest. Archie's friends In club wjinloww Fifth jtvtmiie Iflfd bets on the oufcome. .laded old New York took to wondering whether this.press titbit had been actually served with the relish of truth. And speculators began lo ask ten dollars a .seat fur tlm nljfht of Mrs. (Jomldale's Urst appvaroTiL'i.1. Then came the Hash of the expected after T.li? G'jodnle emeralds had been found! by a poor old senmtitress whose family was on the verpe oC Rlnrratlou. A bcautlfnl-. oh, pathetic to the point of tears. But just here a doubling news- paper launched forth. it adviswl its none too delicately ihat during last week's uproar Mrs. Oooddale's jewels had probably1 been reposing In a safe deposit vault. It published letters by tbe score. And at length came terse, tu the point. "How i.s a poor bewildered public to cynical writer Inquired, "that the GooddaUi jrems nre the veal thing after all? Why has her hiw- hirtul made no eifort to recover them since bar un- ceremonious leave hiking? The answer Is, they're probably made of paste." At once the newspapers seised on tho question and flmmtcd It. Certainly it offered a sensational solu- tion of the-whole affair. The emeralds fake! Tha bare possibility of It made smack. An army of press representatives visited Mrs. Archie at hotel. She rose up shrieking defiance. "How dared she stormed. She let them send nn export. She'd have, the stones examiner! before witnesses. She'd prove to them, to every one. She'd sue for libel. For, naturally, doubt as to the reality of her star drawing L-aril mean fiasco. A meeting was arranged m connoisseur lectod to test the precious stones. Reporters of other papers were invited to be present. I put, on a thick veil and a brisk, Tririnnnliln and to that meeting I went. H was held in Mr.JobnFlnnny's top-of his big vaudeville thuutre. Unlike other rooms of the tobacco stained and lined in was a stunning place. A multitude ot signed photographs covered tlie gold t hi ted walls. On a dull green nig in the centre of the room stood u huge, flulj mahogany desk. At tbe man- ager. 'Reside him, in Iiigli back chair, Mrs. Gooddale re- clined lilce a queen holding court, her manner that of delicate disdain, but in her eyes a sparkle that told she realized the advantages of the situation. On ths a HU leather box. Obviously tbe scene hud been arranged with care cal- culated to prove tho climax of Advertisement. We were ushered In with the ceremony of a Fifth avenue reception. I half expected to have my nams inquired. Wonder which I'd have given. But no ques- tions were asked: In I walked, one of last to i A., group of reijo'rtur.s lulled near a window "through1 which tbe sun streamed. Some strolled about I examining pictures. 'All- were hut mildly thrilled ntjlie proceeding. That smile iu Mrs. eye was enough to dispel any doubt. Hut she vouch- safed no word, and when the expert burriud In con- tinued to sit silent, while Flnney handed him red leather case. Ho snapped it open. The emerald eyes gleamed, winked, coquetted. It lit the gunfire played with theirs. He pulled down one of the several nhartes. The Ktoncs glittered brilliantly. He lingered them, carried them to window facing a side street cut off from strong light. Silence, a glass from his pocket, examined thorn closely through it. Again be ran fitMisItlvc lingers over necklace, bracelets, ear rings and rings, taking tip each in turn. A rlpplu of excitement stirred tlie air. Mrs. Archie gin need at the tinged with impatience, tit 'was handing the jewels again, stlil more carefully. Presently he loukud across thorn at her, something like a question in his eyes. She half rose, replacing the early sovereign poise. the doM-of open. Jn my baste I'd ;