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Chapter NumberXIX
Chapter TitleA RECOGNITION.
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18892340
Full Date1887-04-30
Page Number20
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Newspaper TitleThe Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893)
Trove TitleA Long Chase
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CHAPTER XIX.

A RECOGNITION.

A great deal of time hod boon consumed by tha events, narrated, but Nick was not sorry that-dusk: should come before he drove through New York disguised as Billy.

He was afraid of being recognised and followed.

The livery man examined his horses and coach very carefully before turning over to Nick the deposit.

Evidently he would have'preferred the money to

the turn-out. ' .

Taking the bundle containing the coat, which he had left at the stable, 'Nick led Ralph away om

foot.

"Do you know any mora^uch quiet rooms as

those of yours ?" asked Nick.

" None quite so good, but I know some cheaper ones just as quiet."

" Better yet. Where are they ?"

" On University place. Attists uso them for studios. There are always some vacant.".

" Could you get possession to-night ?" " Easily ; but they are not furnished."

" No matter. Money will do that «ven as-lateas this. We must have rooms. We are going to lira together."

Ralph was right. He had no difficulty in getting

rooms just suited to their needs. '*

TÖat being done, Ralph went out to buy and bring home simple furniture, while Nick removed his disguise and became once more the Charles Hardman, who had left his valise in his room at

the hotel.

His hat and coat were not the same but nobody would bo likely to notice that.

He went at once to the hotel, paid his bill and carried his valise to the new rooms : finding on his return that Ralph had performed his task credit* ably, and that the rooms were at least comfortable^.

After that they had dinner» and when they were once more in their rooms, Nick said :

V Don't you leave here this evening, pleasdV I am\quite sure nobody knows who we are, .'but I wish to leave here a valuable parcel and will feè$ easier if I know you are here."

" Must you go out again ? You must be tired i'rt " Tired ? No ; but if I were I should go just tho same. A detective can never rest till his case is won. Anyhow that rascal whom we left tied in your room ought to bo set free. Or, to tell tho truth he ought to be hung J^but it isn't time for

that yet."

Nick now made a package of the nineteen thous- and-dollar bills and the letter he had taken from Gilbert's pocket, and whi»h we shall presently read, and threw it carelessly in one corner with the rub- bish that had come with the furniture.

" Don't burn that up," ho said, laughing, " for it's worth lots of money."

"Why not hide it?"

"Things that are hidden are always foundj" said Nick^ " If anybody should come looking for that he'd be sure to look in all the most secret places for

it." »

While he talked Nick was rapidly turning him» self into Jimmy the Bouncer once more.

" I wonder," he said to himself, "how Mansfield likes being tied up all day. Come to think, though, I gave him a pretty streng dose, and if his bonds don't hurt him too much he may be asleep yat. I£ he is asleep I can awake him easily enough, how

evens''

Nick always carried the antidote when he carved

chloroform.

" I suppose the little villain Dave went to Billy and waked him. If those fellows should ever get me foul.they'dsend me after(father."

Hisfather! .?»>.'

It was an unfortunate though, for it filled Nick's mind with painful recollections.

In that evening's paper, as he sat in the restaur- ant, he had read a sensational account of the find- ing of the body.

He did not want to read it, had a fascination for him which kc could not resist.

Afterward he had put the thought of his father out of his mind while he made his plans.

These plans made it necessatry that the arrange i meats for the funeral should be conducted in his

absence-thut he himself should not -bo recognised at the funeral, or his relationship to the murdered man suspected. AU this had been explained in a

letter addressed to the Inspector of Police ; and tko latter had agreed to depute a trusty and prudent friend to take charge of the obsequies.

The funeral was a quie,t one, according to the wishes of Nick ; and when the latter returned to the city from the cemetery ho promptly resumed his

duties as a detective.

Once more he appeared in the character of Jimmy

the Bouncer.

He hastened toward Moreland's house but his mind was so filled with thoughts of his ead bereave« ment that he failed to notice two men. who started

sudaenly at sight of him and drew back into ¿$e darkness. r »

He plissed them and they followed. v

One was large aud bm¡ly, the\ other small and wiry. ^ i

Billy and Dave. ** , »

They followed him a1*a-' distance until they saw him go up the steps of Ralph's house.

"Where that young Moreland lives," said Dave. " I wonder what he's doin* there."

" Going to seo Moreland mebby. No, by-"

Dave caught Billy by the arm in his excitement,

and whispered :

"Didn't this chap-this Jimmy the bouncer help Moreland get away with Mansfield ?"

" Must ha' been. Ho must be the-why, Davo, this Jimmy and that feller thai? was got up like mo

on t'other coach must be the same."

" Of course that"s what I mean. The whole thing's a plant. Don't you see ? This cove ain't no Jimmy the Bouncer j ho's a fly cop."

" Of course, of course."

"And can't you guess what he's coming here

for?"

"Well, I'H tell you. Mansfield's np there as sure

as shooting."

" Let us go up and-"

"Hold on, Billy. Didn't you tell me he was a

slugger ?"

" Yes."

" Well, don't yon s'poso he's well heeled ?"

"Yes."

"Well, you go pounding up those stairs and

whafllhedor"

"What will he do?"

" Why he'll down you, that's what. You let me go up and find out what he's doing. Then I'll tell

vou, and wo'll fix a trap for him." j

f

It is doing Billy no more than justice to Bay he was not » coward, still ho recognised tho truth of what Dave said, and consented to remain below.

Dave crept softly up stairs, and seeing a light tinder the front door of the apartments, tiptoed thither, and by listening carefully, and looking through the keyhole, he became acquainted with , some intereiting facts.

(To be Continued.)