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Chapter NumberV
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Full Date1891-08-14
Page Number1
Word Count2213
Last Corrected0000-00-00
Newspaper TitleEvelyn Observer, and South and East Bourke Record (Vic. : 1882 - 1902)
Trove TitleO'Neil McDarragh, The Irish Detective; Or, The Strategy of a Brave man
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OllAP'TEt V. M-UDarragh was not a man to be deterred from a purpose, it there had been a dozen a Indian Jacks uvpn his track, in place of one r vagabond. a After theoauntrymen and village settlers had gone away, he arranged for a room in J the tavern, and was shortly alter shown to it. n Once within the apartment al!otted to him, hoglanced at his watch and saw that it was just a quarter to eleven o'clook. SUHe made no movement as though he in. tended to retire. d On the ooatrary, he opened his esatcel and conmmenced ohaging his clothes, indantinog that he had some purpose in view beforo the appioach of the coming dawn. \Yucile thus engaged to changing his dress, howould oeaaeionally mutter to himntclf,t r low, ulmostinaudible tones. Duritng lis solitqay, the detective come. t plated his change, and beiore the looking. glass in the room there appeared, in place ofat I the seeming Irishman who had enterod,an ordinary loqking farm Ilesd. olrl had translerced htsweapous to thie now olothes he had assumed, wblohich indioated, I als., that tee anticipated tie porssibility of an encounter before hie return. Iraising a window cautiously in Iris room, i he discovered that it opened upon a abshed. Oxutiously stealing across the roof, O'Neil found thalt it adjeincd another shed, and the roof of the letter alanted down to within six feet of the ground, Ooeo down in the yard, our' hero moved stealthily along until hee reached the fecno whobich bordered the road. Afew mom olts later he was moving swiftly along the latter. O1er the road he went, oosionally pase. Ing etraggling rcsidenoes, from tho cpper vindows of which glimmered a taint red light. At length he oame to a dense patch -o woods through which the road he was tra vereicig wound its way. IIt had passed ftar into the woods,.and was moving amore o autiously along, oing to lack of knowledge o tihe locality and tliode,. saty of the dearknee, when suddenly he came to n dead atop. While moving along he had heard a cough, which evidently came from the lipe of a man. Uli had heard Indian Jack ,prak but a few words, but so keen was his observation that he thougdht i actulolly rooegnised the"o aen'a voice by hie cough. ,a . -, - -' ' ' Yemetthlfdireetiion which 31'Dairaghhad received, he ilt eati:lied that he was in the near vicinity of Ilidge Grove, and the latter was thle point of hes de?linatin when lie started. Ilnd Ml'Dlrragh been acquainted with the localty he would have known better what to do, Ile was, however, not only at the disad Svantage of beingl on a road which iee had not travelled before, but he was also lost in the darknces. Slowly he moved along, when onto again he heard a eoue4h. Th'lli tiome the paraon who coughed seemed to be only a yard or two distant. -' - moa:nnts passed. Thol deteotet,. u net dare to move a slip. 1'lnallyho became impatient,and dropping on ilis haods and knees determined to creep t forward. l:fore doing so, however, lhe drew ilia pistol fronm his pocleot and ourried it between hit teeth, reselvod to be ready for any emer. gency. lie had jait onomenced to crawl forward when lho was ugtin brought to a lhlt by a varey startling iceident. The surrorunding stillness was broken by a sbhill whistle. "Abh I" whispered 31MDarragh," that tells the story." The occasion for eis remark was the fact that the whitleo indicated that the man he had been following was there by appoint. ment, Accepting the conclusion that the fellow was Indian Jack, aLd recognislng that the appointment was in the veoieniy of MIldge O':ove, great algnilicance could be alttethed to ilte whistle call. ' .... The mcment lheheard the whlel O'Neil laid low. . A moment pissed, when the shrill whistle again broke the lstillneses. M'D.rragh once moro comoenced to creep forward. Ile felt certain that something wasin pro. grees that neolud watchlng, whether Indian Jack were the whistler or not. Toes calutiously he crept forward until ire reached a peoltccn whore he could sao the outlines of a ml. ' After ii aemant'aeareful survey, he de. torlhined ej?pq tkling a long and desperate obanel The pian which ON il ~1lid lrrnghe deter. mined to put into cdautliun waes to cscae a long detour around, and creep up witliu ear. ahot, lle had Juet resolved to attempt this plan, when he ooscrved a lgoure coming down tile road, To his actoishment lee saw that the Ileure was clat of a womenv'. Q lokly hlee rose to his faot and strucle into the woeds to til le t; of the road. Aftler going ar enllough lie made a second tiur, and ctusled acll oat field. Te grino w.e iq tile ligh, and after walk. Ing upright for senue distane hce dril pt on his hands land klece alld era lhd ltowted tile p.ilet whero ioe ueld dihcern tile two liJuror etardhlig. Ioe was now complelled to naove with the O utmlt care,, lie Ilt thiet no btter vplportunity would a, uver -'1or to neocollee falceli. Again he c lilt thate , eIe ilyoungL Tirelideall had e bli l IeIeUer e v eclIe, lll ct e erobably the e ljcc t Le this ll'eetinllt wallh ht, Vuina Wnloiinlt wans to lae plelen for c elleu Lillle c ilcg? a Lte clid ais*c. I u.ealiily, lclt cu: ely, )O '; il crept util lheo I hel rauhced .ae point cetice t wenly feet of p 11ei o 1 c O 'icnl to l e i1\1 . In AlthoIi h th(0 p ritic'n ?nl ic ll n low tone, Ie hI e atc'd di tie-tly hear their voicEc , aid by tc a.ieno Itehll cI l c ic tll e11t'I t6i 1j..(lleiet,11c, Ia le:t If Mi'nt eYc c? d, 'l'hi dlc'c tiv had hie rd c ie i '. 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'" Ta: you have not had ycur ears open I 't \Vhy, what do you mean?" eoxlaimed - the woman in a terrified tone of voice. " I mIuni just what I say." " You wils us to beievo that suspicion has boen directed towardsTllrncr and myself, y no As to mske your acrvices appeor of greater value." " You are mistaken; I have only told you the truth." " From what quarter did the talk arise1" S " It t common talk all over the city of Sydney." it Is false I I have cauned the most diligent inquiriees to to made, and it is the general impression that Trendall has run away I'.' IawDorragh overheard this remark die. tinatly, as unimportant as it may appear to the reader, it caused a thrill to tremble A through O'Neil's veins. It revealed a certain possibility to him, and on0e again was thi marvellous keen note ol his powers of observation demon. etrated. In answar to the woman's assertion, Indian Jack said: " I heard Jonathan Turner named in con. nection with his diasppearance only this night I" f y whom " A inumber of gossips at the tavern, and, what was mtore, a man in disguiso asked me directly what I knew about the murder of Trendall I' "A mn in disguise, you say 1" " Who was he 1" " I do net know I but, between you and me, there are detectives on our track, and that sl why thll business that you want done to.morrow will be so risky." Tue woman, after very aloes questioning, finally gaid "Tnia matter for to.morrow must be postponed, in the meantime it ls better that r you should bho scars around hero until mat. tere settle down a bit." " I must have money I" " You shill: I will meet you to.morrow in Sydney " "All right, Where shall we meet 4" The woman nasmed a certain house in a I well.known locality, and'g twe the half.breed 0 other directions, all of whloh were distinotly a overheard by the detective. At length hey separated. The woman leaped tie fence nimbly, and Smovol rapidly up the road towards the large house that loomed in the ditaunco. Indian Jack stood and watchud her until she had pssed beyond sight, when hae mur. mured to htimellt: r ' Don't like that woman. Some day when I she gets through with Indian Jack, he wall be missing like all the rest that stand in her way I?' O'Neil overheard this remark, and made up his mind tihat some day he would take a Advantage of Jack's mean opinion of the o woman who had employed him to carry out her nicked weor,. niu thesoe brief momenta, also, the listening oulicer h?d an oppo:tunity tonu over several i, matnle is inie wind. a 01 en thing he was convinced-Mlre. Jonathan Turner, the young aod handsome Swile of the reputed owner of iIhdlo ??lj i it was an adventure, 4 an noir reoivereation with Indian Ja:ck she had esho? an intiomate nenquaintance with ,d certain erupiciou loolahtit in the city of So Sydney, winuch would have been unknown to San nhonorable womnan. S W\\'hil stil thinking over there matters, he saw the Indian move away. is Having learned all that toe wished to for to thetime being, ihn concluded not to follow the hsaltbread. d. When the latter had passed from view, the of detective crawled from his place of conceal 00 meat and started down the road through the woods towards the hotel where he had taken in lodeins for the niglhtl. Ever and anon,as he walked along the dark ad road, he would whisper in a low tone to him. self. \e have before intimated that his com. panious in the lorce bad come to the conclu. si u tbhat he was a enae who had all et xraor. -t, r.- history \which had never bhen made known. - ' S ue years previous to his Ik;o appaeaorant in the oily, iM i).rragh ihad opa?nt two years in n Now South \Vales, engaged in prolesaional duties. It was durinig the two years mentioned dthat he acquired a knewledge of faces and a localities, whiolh upon aevral ocoosions had aotonivhl d is foellows, who looked upon himn as a stranter, Ilis comrades had come to speak of him as a the man of mystery. " la Georgo I" muttered lM'Darragb, as he t proceeded on his way upon the oventful night of a hich we are writing, " it is strange that in taking hold of tile mnatter of this nmlesing bridegroom I should be led right on t the track of the business which brought me here to Sydney. at thise moment our hgro's thoughts wpro i otiraupted b~'thp soulIdoa a fallrin log. Sie enn'e to'a hallt and lltned, HII kney that 'ome'pne was near by. W\hethr it was Indian Jack or not lie could not tell. . He felt 'the did not wish to be discovered by any one.s, P Muttering to himself, he said: *1I have discovered so much,it might stand me in stead to still keep upon the track of Sthat fellow." ' Having thus resolved, he moved stealthily s forward, when he once again hearO that tell. ° tale eough. This time the sound seemed to come (rom a quarter which quep to shlow that tile half. hbred was in the woods direutly oppasite the spot wt.ero the Ciliter stood, The latter sttpped noroes a gully, and moved towntd tl'o place from vlwhenc tlih sound had coms, and again caie to a halt and listenedt. It was till so dark, that when mnvinf', the doteotiveo as literally compclled togrope his way. \lter lilstenlng a moment or two, he again heard thie cough, and thi timeo it onundtd further .away, proving that the hlfllbrhed was nuakir l his way deeper into the woods. Again the detective started in oautious pur. 'A few telia brought hhn to ia fence. O r i this lielilll'ocd, and at once found Ihilhuas amitdes a thick underlliuwth of brnmble. A certain usp'oolon had through c ON:iail 'D1.arralh'a mind, annd it wes with t igh hoIpes of matking an ilnportnit disl novery, that with t1o uitmost oareon mnoved alonr g.