|Chapter Title||THE BAFFLED BURGLARS.|
|Newspaper Title||Truth (Sydney)|
|Trove Title||An Australian Anarchist|
[All Eights Beserved.]
(Ex V. L. THOMAS.)
CfiAPTEB XXIX. TEE BAFFLED BOEGLAES.
The reader bae already been informed of tbe loveliness of Sir William Samuels' residence at Darling Point as seen in tb* sonny morn. Scott telle us tbat Mel i-ose Abbey locked best in tbe midnight moonlight, but then sunshine in tbe land ?f heather is not so frequent or so beauti ful aa it is ia New South Wales, If sir
William's abode was not quite eo attrac tive as wben first introduced to tha notice ?f the reader, it, however, appeared lovely at half past nine at night. Tbe lights danced round the harbor foreshore, and tbe moon silvered the surface of Port Jackson. The rays stole through the trees and whitened a portion of tlie gravelled path, Which was suddenly darkened by two shadows, and soon after two forms moved hastily and stealthily towards tbe house. Tbey were carefully disguised. Any one could tee that they were up to no good purpos* 'Go slow, Jack,' whispered one, 'let's keep in the shadow, there may be a copper about pokin' his nose where be has no light' ' No bloomin' fear,' said the other, ' the gaffer told me before I left the office that tbere would be no danger in that way. He'd make a complaint to the inspector, ao that tbe copper would be buey at this hoar at t'other end of his beat.' 'I say, Jack,' muttered the other. 'I dos't like risky jobs cf this kini Ihe £Affer leaves all tbe risk to nfl oli&ps, and gots all that's to be m*-ie oat of it.' ' Yon ungrateful skunk to speak like that,' replied his companion. ' Hasn't the gaffer set us np for liie ? Why shouldn't we risk a bit for the man who baB done eo much for ns ? But I forgot, the pen is what you likes to work with. For my pert I likes this. It reminds me of old times — Fd better be looking after the jemmy 4nd tbe tools. Have you got the chloro form' ready, and has the boat arruv. ?Yes, .I've got the chloroform, and 1 1 saw the boat and three men in it just at - the bottom as we passed.' ' All right then ; let us get to work. I've been here before, and mapped it all out.* They advanced towards the house, and paused before a back window. From a ' pocket tbe taller and etronger man palled ent the pieces of a jemmy and screwed tbem together. He wis a thorough tradesman. Not a sound did the jemmy make. In ten minutes the window was prised open. Then the two men crawled through the entrance so illegally obtained. The silent inatcbeB, the mufiled boots, and the bull's-eye lantern proved tbat they had come fully prepared. True to the Instincts of their calling tbey pocketed a - few spoons and knives lying about 'No time to waste,' said the bigger _ man, ' 1 saw the light in the window, and tbe fellews in tbe boat must not be kept waiting. Havo tbe chloroform ready, and let's gat the business over at once, the % sooner the better. They quickly reached the hall, and were moving towards the staircase wben the light was suddenly tnrned on, and they fotmd themselves surrounded by six sl&U werth detectives a in plain cloths. ' We arrest you,* eaia twtga&nt, .'for. bgmgiUegally oa fbe premises^ After, an 'examination of tbe premiaes we ^may charge ylfe With breaking and entering, or something more serious.' Yon'd better come qnietiy, we are armed.' ' A constable placed himself on either side of tbe honse-breakers. The sergeant looked at tbem and said : 'Disguised. It's as well to see who you ?re. It will have to be known.' He nulled aside the slouched hats, and
started back, crying, ' Heavens ! tbe messenger at the Cir ramlopntian Office, and one o£ tbe tem porary clerks. There mnit be E«me mistake.' ? -;Not a bit of it,' said the sixth of the l»w officers, who was no otbsr than our eqr old friend Hogsn ; ' the messenger at tbf Circumlocution Office is Cockney Jack, one of tbe. most daring burglars ever knows In .London.; the temporary clerk is Cilvertail Steve, a forger noted for his ' jBxpertneBS with the pen. I heard of them ' when I served in London, and have fished up tbeir records with, some trouble, since ' X first saw .tbem at Bankside,' * Then,' said the sergeant, drily, « we can f ut on the bracelets without compunction. t's bud to tell where onr toff Civil f&vants come from in this democratic ?ge.* . Tbey were scarcely, handcuffed, wben there was a knock at thfe front door. Grimsbaw and Morton entered, with Dr. Scbweiner between them. The latter stepped out^ and ranged him self beside the housebreakers. The bigger one whispered: ? Well, old party, they've took yon, tee ; tmt we'll get oat of it 4 we've a mend in a Ugh place, yon know.' ' Nonsense.' said the old foreigner ; 'we're caught in the act, and there's our ceroids. . It' e my opinion that onr friend So a high place 'wanted to get rid of us. 'We knew too much, and he led ns into this trap. When a man gets np in the world be likes to get rid of old pals, (especially when they are of no farther use .—and, be Bide, know awkward things be'd ; jikO'tO HH«i0fo!5girttMi/ - , -',** Cockney Jack whistled and paused for a few minutes, as if is deep thoqght, and
?crape, I'll tell yoa something about the IWatson case ihafll surprise yen, and then ?23Lget even with the fillew who trapped sne, for tbe old 'un is right — we have been trapped. Ife aa old game of his ; I've knownbim-do it to others. I was a mug gut to see it before.' , Sir Morton said, 'Hegan, here's a stylo graph and a note-book ; you'd better take ' /Sown what be bas to say, and tbe sergeant rjjjoan witness it,'. PB do my best to get tbe :?t ^wo.of you oufrof this scrape.' v -' : After being oaotionod in the -mual way, fieekaeyJaakaaid; ^ . 'The copper there has said I'm a wrong . 'an. Well, I've iiad.my bit e' trouble and - done my bit e' time — aa Charles Oobofn WBed to eing ; bnt I'm aot as bad a oneas tbe Hon. ttMig* Marker, tbs Cabinet JSiuisUr, whom Line* in the Friae* Gate brigade of th* LoMenSabraiien Army.' ' Kow. Mr Horton, yoo want to knew . vbaffl beconwofftasob Paal tfce private ?eccetaiy. ?Sow, then* never waa such a ?erson- I waa nnltd tai Watohad, aad AB daype^ed tfcnagk ttefcjphfl&aad mw it ml.* Goorgo Mukm and mnow Paul wm the «u» I don't kaow wfastiur Aft MtnWtsr «ute4 to wm iMMminr «iU- miwit^irW ' %
lean batter what wae going on in the world and moved about as aeecond part)'.' 'Anyway, by disguising bimself he be came Francis Paul.' ' Now as to the poisoningcase. I swore , all right Marker as Pas! did leave the office, and I went over to Madame's house to tell him and came back as Marker had directed me early in the day. Wben I got to Madame's I stole quietly and got under the veraadab, and peeped through ! the window. I always peeped when I got tbe chance, for I was puzzled in Ur Paul. Well, Paul wasn't there. It was Markei chatting to Watson. I knocked. It was Paul tbat come to tbe door and told me to wait outside for a few minutes. Well in a few minutes be came out and we returned to the office, and after Paul went in Marker came out as if he bad never been at Madame's house. It's my opinion that Marker shoved a dose of poison into the glass of grog that Watson had in front of him.' ' I can make a little statement toe, Mr Morton,' said the second burglar, 'yon know at Bankside when yon get a forged letter from Mr Grimshaw bore, 'twas I who forged it at George Marker's dicta tion. 1 hope you'll pull me through, for I'm not robust to stand gaol like Jack here.' Their statements taken down and witnessed, the worthies were borne away, Sir William Samuels turned to Dr Scbweiner, and ssmI : 1 What can I do to repay you, 1 under stand from Mr Morton that it is you who have frustrated their horrible plot' 'Nothing.' was the reolv. 'but -rou
would' aid me awfully in a certain pro ject if you presented me . with the cloak which your daughter wore after the theatre la9t night It's costly, but J may soon repay you, for it's far mere to me than you can imagine.' 'I'd gladly let you have forty such,' said Sir William. In a few ininntes tbe old man shook hands with Morton, and, carrying a bundle under his arm, stepped into tbe little bant at tbe bottom of the garden, saying in French : 'Now, my boyB, pull away.* Meanwhile, George Marker is pacing impatiently along the deck of the yacht anchored below Garden Island. Heloeks at his watch and stamps, as he mutbers : ' They should soon be here. Ton half sorry that I allowed that German, doctor go with them, still the anarchist .fellows who make up the crew would insist on having him because be is one o£ them selves, and I had to give in. Moreover, he seems a respectable old fellow, and I felt some qualms abont leaving a beautiful girl alone and unconscious witn the others, whose characters I know to be bad enough for anything. I 'wanted to wait out in the harbour farther down, eS Watson's Bay or Shark Island, so as te clear out with the leatt possible delay ; but they seem to think it's better to remain here. Anyway, it will all be soon over now.' He paced up and down impatiently, and resumed his soliloquy. 1 Yes, to-morrow, I should be well ont at sea with hor. The next edition of my rag will give a substantial account of tbe elopement, mentioning no names, bat putting tbe matter so clearly that the very children of Sydney will know it all I have gold enough below to keep as in Sonth America or one of the South Sea islands for life, even if I cannot return to civilisation.' He paused and sighed. _ ' Won't there be a row in a week hence, when the state of the Labor Bank and the Circumlocution Department accounts are known ? How the Premier will tremble wben be finds me gene ! Shall 1 ever again have se much amnsement and profit as I had out of him ?' The splash of oars caught bis ears.
'Hal' said be, 'there it comes at last No ordinary rowing boat wonld bs abont here at this hour.' ? He strained bis eyes and looked ^bore wards. The clenas had dimmed the light of tbe moon, bnt he plainly discerned a boat approaching. He muttered ex citedly ' There tbey are ; the two escapees rowing, and the eld German fellow at tbe stern. Have they got ber with them ?' He could see the movements of tbe oars, and tbe progress of tbe boat responding. In a few minutes, which te him seemed years, they were alongside. 'Ha!' he triumphantly cried, 'they've got iier; I know the oloak. Tbere she lies, at the old fellow's feet* His eyes gleamed like the eyes of a tiger, about to bound on bis prey, as be cried : ' Well dene eld party. Whan the boat is made fast, bring your precious burden aboard, and then follow me dawn into tbe cabin.' He went below and lit the lamp. Dr. Scbweiner soon followed, slowly bearing a lifeless form, attired in tbe cloak wbich Sir William Samuels bad loss than an hoar before given bim. Elated Marker said : 'Yon can place yonr burden on the sofa, and take a glass of wine. Then go up stairs and tell them to. get out of the Harbor as quickly as possible. Steam is op.' The eld man pretended to go towards a small buffet, while Marker approached the lifeless form and lifted the cloak. 'Great God,' he gasped, 'what's the meaning of this fraud V It's a dummy fignre in ber cloak.' The old man turned round, and, drawing bimself np te bis full height^ exclaimed : * Ha ! Met with a disappointment Can't recognise tbe face. Perhaps yoa can recognise this.' He quickly removed the sleached hat and false beard, tbe wig, and the spectacles. ' Great Heaven,' shrieked Marker, 'Am I mad? VaUambresa! What brings you. here ? '
He swooned. ' The eld tnan pnt bis bead ont ef the -cabin and said something in French. Two men entered and handcuffed the lifeless osrfase. The* th«y bare it away. For onwAntrchy^had^umjphed 'bvtjr ufcr and order. '' Within a few miles of his 'office a New Sonth Wales Cabinet Minister was ironed and imprisoned. (TO BE CONTIlnTTO.)