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Chapter NumberLXXXVIII
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Full Date1885-06-29
Page Number4
Word Count1908
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Newspaper TitleEvening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912)
Trove TitleDouble Cunning. The Tale of a Transparent Mystery
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No other hotel would suit Judith but the Gland, where Range's portmanteau was lying, and here they had been for three weeks waiting in hope and despair for news. "Yew see," said Uncle Wash., "this London's a place that takes the conceit out of a man. Oat at home we talk about England being a bit of'an island, and London just as if it was one of our mighty oitiea : but when you come to move about in it, my dear, there seems to be no beginning .to it, and no end." * v Ah! ifs a bigplace," said Sir Robert. "Big, sir, don't express it," said Uncle Wash. "Tve been out and about ever since I come here; and whenever I think Tve seen about all of it, I keep finding that there's ever so much more. I'm beginning to think that there's a small bit o' country that yew call Yorkshire, and all the rest of England is London." "But have you no news?" " Nary bit, my dear. These private detective cbaiw is very clever at talking and making enquiries, but they never seem to ask in the light place. No wonder r London's a wonderful place, where yew might hide a thousand Arthur Lincoln Ranges away, and so one be a bit the wiser. Ifs so big—yes, it tiy not try Scotland Yard now "Don't think it would be any good, air ; dont indeed. It makes me that mad" "Stop!" cried Judith, suddenly. "Don't think me foolish, Mr. Range, but you said 4 mad' just now." "Bight,my dear—mad; it does make me mad." "It is only an idea of mine," said Judith. "That hair cut off," she continued, hesitatingly ; "don't they—oh! I cant say it— people who are supposed to be mad ?" Uncle Wash, gave the table a tremendous K Hiafs as likely as can be. Excuse for keeping .him shut up somewhere. We haven't tried that yet I'm off!" The nert morning advertisements appeared in all the morning papers. : " FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS REWARD ! " MISSING.—A young gentleman about twentyeight yearsof a^e, fair completion, well built; speaks with slight American accent. Supposed to bcre'tieen kidnapped and kept a prisoner In some private madhouse. Information to be given to Washington Range, Grand Hotel, Charing Cross, London, W.C." "We shall find him now!" said Uncle Wash., folding the Times for Sir Robert to see that morning. "I haven't shown it to ter." >. Sir Robert nodded his satisfaction, and thai breakfast was eaten ; and Judith was looking forward to another weary day of mitjng. - .She was disappointed, for Uncle Wash. Ud sprung a mine of whose power he was unaware till the post came in. Kve hundred pounds reward! It was a large sum,; and there woe a good many people who were anxious to win the prize. Jn fact, the letters came in by delivery after delivery, tiU the party in their private room looked at each other in dismay. Jfot that .they were allowed to read them in peace, for card after card was brought in. ! lfirst there were the private enquiry agents gentlemen who made enqoirieran oases fo divorce, &o.. These had (already been set to work, but one after the other came a perfect regiment of these porfesmonal gentleman seeking am interview, and promisiii? success on'the grounds that they all had been accus- . tooed to lunacy cases. ** But this is not a lunacy case," burst in Judith angrily. : : " Precisely, ma'am—assumed lunacy. In fact, I may say," continued one who may be taken as a type of the whole, " assumed lunacy has been my speciality, and if the case u placed in my nands you may rest amored -that In a very few days the young gentleman will be restored to hfi friends." Judith was for employing the professional gentlemen one by one, but Uncle Wash, was not so eager, 4 1 Very well," he said. "Find him, and faerq's five hundred pounds the day you bring him home." , " Xh&nk you—yee, of course," said one man; "I must ask you, though, for a cheque for preliminary expenses. Sir, you may consider your relative found and restored to the tiowm of his family." "Find bluntly, no pay." him, then," said Uncle Wash. Tve offered a good fee—no clue, Judith looked troubled, and waa ready to -oppose this course ; but Sir Robert sided with the American, and the private enquirers were bowed out. "It isnt tin money, my dear," said Uncle - Wash. " I tion't care how many thousand doHars it cOeta, but it's no nse to pay money ' away for nothing. If any of these fellows is : trortha oent hell take the case up on spec. Tbbse -who are not -worth a cent are of no use to ns." - - ; Jlien those were Die letters. number -of observant elderly ladies "knew where "that unfortunate young -•man was conbeaied" was astounding. They triid' always felt sure that there was some mystery about him once he was first bronght ' to the house, and they had said BO. Anyone •Mto had seat him go out with Ids keeper <«Mid tell in a moment, and all that was . BMMBary was for the advertiser to Dome : 4on: to Town or such and such a suburb, of cftmne hinging the money, and ' the suspense would be at an end. Judith's eyes sparkled as she heard the • tot of these letters read. When she had . jheard the others written in a similar strain, eW looked at Sir Robert in a pnzzled way. " No good, my dear," said the oldgentle- ; his head. i not/' said Uncle Wash, in assent. **Seeni8 as if we've only got to offer a big enopgh-reward, and we can find anything -We want." Poet after post brought in letters, and for bovriland hours Judith and' Uncle Wash, -read and destroyed some as absolutely useless, * Inade extracts; and aogholed others as being worthy Of farther notice. . At the end of three days they found them- .eelves with investigations to make that would, if fairly conducted, last them for three months. For the man they sought was kept a prisoner in Scotland, in Jersey, in the northwest. of Ireland, at an old manor near Oomer, down in Cornwall, at a lunatic < -asylanl in Angleeea—in short, he was everywhere. There was no doubt abont it—every correspondent had found him; and the only thingto settle was where to go first. "•What do you say. Uncle, dear?" said Judith; " we ought not to waste time." , •" No," said Sir Robert: *' so I say let's get back to Helmthorpe. We shall do no good in running after moonshine." "Oh, uncle!'' cried Judith pitifully. " What do you think, Mr. Range ."No use to waste time ana money over one of those letters," said the old man, shaking his head. -" But we must do something," said Judith. "It is such terrible work sitting here and .knowing that he may be watching and waiting for ns to come day after day." , - "Let's have dinner," said Uncle Wash. "Lean think better then." - Jndith looked at the old man with horror and disgust as he crossed the room, bat before he reached the bell the door opened, and ,the waiter with a profound look of disgust upon his countenance, produced by the number of callers he had shown up, and letters he had brought, handed a card upon a salver. "Reverend Frederick Farleigh," read Uncle Wash. " Says his business is of great importance, air." • "Show him up," cried Uncle Wash, grimly. "Perhaps we may get some truth from a member of the Church." - The waiter withdrew, and a few minutes after returned to usher in the curate in charge of North alt He looked quicsly round and bowed to Jndith. " Mr. Washington Range ?" he said quickly. " That's me," said Uncle WaBh. " Yew've come about the advertisement?" he continued, sharply, for he was hungry and exasperated by weariness and disappointment. "Exactly." - " And yew've seen a gentleman somewhere who answers to the description V "Oh, yes." "Well, sir, we've got two hundred and fourteen who answer exactly to the description, and when we've seen all then we 11 come and lcok at your man, but I don t think you get the reward." ' "Reward!" cried the visitor excitedly. " I want no reward. I can show you where Mr. Arthur Range, the gentleman who was •laying at this hotel, is now detained. "Here, stop!" cried Uncle Wash. " How did you know he stayed at this hotel ? _ " He gave me his card," said the visitor. -"For heaven's sake, gentlemen, don't treat lie matter so cavalierly!" "Oh! uncle—Mr, Range—pray listen to ^^ii^M^Miss Nesbitt?" cried Farleigh eagerly. W* Yes," said Jndith, starting up. "He begged me to write to you and Sir Robert Fanahaw." . " Then—hang it all, sir," cried .Sir Robert, starting op," why didn't you ?" "Seomse I was blinded by the specious

representations of the men who'are with him —his brothers." "Brothers!" cried Uncle Wash. "Why, he never had no brother. Here, this will do. Where is he?" " Not a dozen miles from here, gentlemen." You can take ns to the place 2" " Certainly. You need not look doubtful. The poor fellow is kept prisoner. They declare he is a—is not in his right mind." "I shall soon be not in my right mind," cried Sir Robert, bell, which he rang furiously. It was answered directly. " Here, put back our dinner for two hours," he cried. " Cab to the door at once. Now, Mr. Farleigh, are you ready ? Shall we take a policeman ?" " I hardly think it will be necessary," was the reply. " You know how those are armed whose cause is just." " Bight," cried Sir Robert No, no, my dear, not now." " Yes, uncle, I mu*t go too." "No, my dear," said Uncle Wash. "This time we must go alone. There, you shall see us {again to-nigkt, and please God we won't come alone." Judith gave way, for a sudden dread had assailed her. She had been all eagerness to help and discover Range; but now the discovery had been' made, an intense desire came over her prompting a retreat. She wanted to get back to Helmthorpe. She could not meet Arthur Range. What would he think of her if he found that she had been so eager to trace him ont? Animated by these quite novel feelings, she stood listening as the door dosed, and then ran to the window to look out and see the little party enter a cab, which was driven quickly away. "l s p'ose, said Uncle Wash., " there'll be no need for me to use this." He took a revolver from his pocket, and examined the charges. "Not the slightest, sir," said Sir Robert, rather stiffly. " We keep police here to do our fightingfor us. All we nave to do is to find out where our friend is, and the law will do the rest."