happiness was to be wrecked, and the man she loved and was to marry
branded as a criminal?
A LETTER FROM MURRAY.
The girl opposite him looked up from the card before her. The lines of
her face were softened by the suggestion of a contented smile. "My
gracious!" she exclaimed. "What's the matter now? You look as though you
had lost your last friend."
Jimmy quickly forced a smile to his lips. "On the contrary," he said,
"I think I've found a regular friend--in you."
It was easy to see that his words pleased her.
"No," continued Jimmy; "I was thinking of what an awful mess I make of
everything I tackle."
"You're not making any mess of this new job," she said. "You're making
good. You see, my hunch was all right."
"I wish you hadn't had your hunch," he said with a smile. "It's going
to bring a lot of trouble to several people, but now that I'm in it I'm
going to stick to it to a finish."
The girl's eyes were wandering around the room, taking in the faces of
the diners about them. Suddenly she extended her hand and laid it on
"For the love of Mike," she exclaimed. "Look over there."
Slowly Jimmy turned his eyes in the direction she indicated.
"What do you know about that?" he ejaculated. "Steve Murray and Bince!"
"And thick as thieves," said the girl.
"Naturally," commented Jimmy.
The two men left the restaurant before Edith and Jimmy had finished
their supper, leaving the two hazarding various guesses as to the reason
for their meeting.
"You can bet it's for no good," said the girl. "I've known Murray for a
long while, and I never knew him to do a decent thing in his life."
Their supper over, they walked to Clark Street and took a northbound
car, but after alighting Jimmy walked with the girl to the entrance of
"I can't thank you enough," he said, "for giving me this evening. It is
the only evening I have enjoyed since I struck this town last July."
He unlocked the outer door for her and was holding it open.
"It is I who ought to thank you," she said. Her voice was very low and
filled with suppressed feeling. "I ought to thank you, for this has been
the happiest evening of my life," and as though she could not trust
herself to say more, she entered the hallway and closed the door between
As Jimmy turned away to retrace his steps to the car-line
contemplated invasion of these holy precincts.Page 7
As Dirty Eddie was, physically, the cleanest member of the band the youth wondered how he had come by his sobriquet--that is, he wondered until he heard Dirty Eddie speak, after which he was no longer in doubt.Page 10
Dopey Charlie and The General did not, however, follow the example of their chief.Page 14
Before he reached it the bell rang, and when he had hung up the receiver after the conversation the theft seemed a trivial matter.Page 16
Possibly it was only Abigail's added misfortune to have disappeared upon the eve of the night of Reginald's murder.Page 17
The Sky Pilot, ignoring the screaming Charlie, thought only of the loot which had vanished with the Oskaloosa Kid.Page 18
For an hour he continued walking rapidly along the winding country road.Page 20
"Let's hurry," and he started off at a half-run toward the dirt road.Page 23
A half dozen steps he took when his foot struck against a soft and yielding mass.Page 26
"Quick!" called Bridge.Page 38
"Please! Please!" he cried.Page 43
" At the suggestion the kid started for the door.Page 45
"I'll lam ye! Get offen here.Page 50
"I haven't done anything wicked, honestly! But I want to get away so that they can't question me.Page 51
Bridge was in the lead, moving steadily forward that they might put as much distance as possible between themselves and the detective should the latter chance to explore the wood.Page 75
on Broadway; but at heart he was not happy for never before had he realized what a great proportion of his anatomy was made up of hands and feet.Page 82
"He ver' bad, ugly bear," she said brokenly; "but he all I have to love.Page 86
After that it all happened so quickly that I could scarcely follow it.Page 93
"I couldn't marry him.