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Friday, November 18, 1932 BREWSTER HEBALD mllll Black Box oT Silence By Francis Lyncle Illustrations by O. Irwin Myers ('WNU Service) '(Copyright by William Gerard C'alrma.)' SYNOPSIS Owen LaRdis, young inventor, in the little town of Carthage, has de- veloped an extraordinary "silencer," which is stolen from a safe in his laboratory. Landis tells Wally lIarkham, his chum, the only per- son, beside himself, knowing the combination of the safe, is Betty li,awson, daughter of a college pro- essor, with whom the inventor is in love. Markham takes a plaster cast of a woman's footprint, found be- neath the window of the labora- tory, and takes an opportunity to fit it to one of Betty's shoes. They ave identical. Betty tells Markham Herbert Canby, a stranger, poslng as a "promoter," had driven her home the previous night, and that she had dozed in the car. Mark- ham does not tell Landis of his dis- covery. Vaguely suspicious of Can- by's honesty, he searches his hotel room, in his absence, finding tw,, loaded autGmatlc revolvers and a complete set of burglar's tools. CHAPTER IV--Continued "The devil you say! Bert Canby a burglarT' Ormsbury ejaculated. "That'. ridlel)lous, Wally. I grant you any- thing y6twcare to charge him with in the hluesky field; he Is burglarizing the community pocketbook to the queen's taste in the promotion schemes. But 'e doesn't need a cracksman's kit to do that:. What did you do with It?" "I put it back where I had found it. It is up to you to rediscover it, if you want to. I don;t know how It got there, or what use, if any, he means to make of it; but it's there." "But see here, "ally; perhaps---" What the manager was about to say was left unsaid, for at that me. meat the office door opened to admit the promoter himself; and the leather case he laid upon Ormsbury's desk was the one Markham had so lately re- stored to Its hidin K place. "Hl]o. Markham i" Canby exclaimed cheerfully. "Glad to find you here. Two witnesses are better than one, any day in the week." Then to arms- bury, "A few minutes ago, as I was puting my grip away upstairs, I found that thing bidden in the bottom of my wardrobe. It isn't any of mine, so I'm turning it in." "What is It?" Ormsbury asked. "Search me; I haven't opened ft. Wouldn't, you know, not without wlt- nesses. It may be an infernal ma- .chlne, for all I know." "Suppose you open it, John, and let us see what it Is," Markham suggested. Ormsbury unbuckled the strups and spread the contents of the bag on his desk. Canby's astonishment was either real or faultlessly simulated. "Well--I'll be d--d l" he burst out. "Wouldn't that set your back teeth on edge? Who do you suppose planted that outfit on me?" "Where did you say it was?" queried Ormsbury, sparring for time. "Under the bottom of my wardrobe. The bottom board is loose, and when I opened the door to put my grip away, I saw that one leg of the trousers had got caught under the loose board, and when I picked the clothes up, the board came with 'em. And there In one corner, was this thing. What is it --a plart, or a Joke?" Markham was watching Uanby nar- rowly as he talked, but hls open-eyed frankness was as convincing as it was disarming. "If it Is a Joke, somebody must have a badly distorted sense of hu- mor," Markham put in. "It strikes me that the point of a Joke like that Would be rather hard to discover." "Oh, I don't know," Canby returned, with an easy laugh. "There are still a few standpatters in Carthage who are calling me all the hard names they can dig out of the dictionary. I don't doubt some of them would be ready to shout, 'I told you so!' if I should be caught with a burglar's kit in my pos- session. It's up to you, now. Orms- bury. What will you do with the stuff?" "I suppose I ought to turn It over to the police," he said, half doubt- fully. "That would be the part of a good law-abiding citizen," Canby agreed. "On the other hand, though, it would earn a good bit of unpleasant pub- licity for the hotel, wouldn't It?" "It would," 0rmsbury admitTed with a wry smile. "I guess I'll lock the bag up in the hotel vault for the time being, and wait to see what, if any. thing, develops." "That is sensible. Meanwhile, I'll kee0 an eye out for the Joker--if it l| a Joke." "Well. what do you make of It, John?" Markham asked, aft'er Canby h.d gone. "Just what you did, I Imagine. The fact that he brought the stuff here to me clears hlm. 'But that isn't all. You remomher the series of burglaries we had last winter, don't you. At' the time they were going on, we had a man and a woman who was registered as his wife in Suite Three-Sixteen-- Canby's room. About the time when the town got desperate and called in a well-known detective agency t'o work with the local police, the couple van- [shed--disappeared between two days.'* "And you think the man was the burglar?" "I've always had a sneaking idea that he might have been--and had nothing to tie it to. This hidden tool kit knocks out the doubt, doesn't it?" grill holding a mental reservation ' two on his own part, Markham said, "Well, I suppose that clears up the mystery," and got up to go. "Not quite," Ormsbury smiled. '*It doesn't tell me why you wanted to break into Canby'a room in his ab- sence." "1 had a notion which now seems so foolish that I'd like to keep it to myself," Markham pleaded; and he had climbed into hls car and was driving home before he recalled an Incident, the significance of which he had entirely missed at the moment, namely Canby's mention of the fact that a trousers' leg of the fallen suit of clothes had been caught under the loose board, and had so been the means of disclosing the hiding place of the burglar's kit. "By George l" tl|ought Markham. "I wonder if that was his way of telling ns, or me, that he knew somebody had been prying around in his diggings. I wonderW But the wonder became unimpor- tant when, as he was passing the Lan- dis house he saw Owen waving a newspaper as a signal for him to stop. "It's come at last. Just as I said it would !" Owen said, passing the news- paper to Marlcbam. "Read that!" Markham read the news item to which Landis was po[ntlng. "At an early hour this morning the h|hablt||nts of the quiet vllh|ge of l'erthdale were electrified by tbe dis- covery that their one and only bank, the Perthdale Security, had been wrecked, actually torn to pieces as to its interior, by an explosion which "The Devil You Sayl Bert Oanby a Burglar?" should have rocked the town to its foundations. A charge of explosives heavy enough entirely to demolish the bank vault, to make Junk of the fittings and furnishings and to shatter every window in the building had been fired some time during the night, the perpetrators of the robbery getting away with cash and negotiable securi- ties amounting to over $50,000. "The singular thing about the bold robbery is the fact that the crash of the terrific explosion was not heard, even by persons sleeping directly across the street from the bank, nor by either of the town's two night watchmen. The theory is that some new explosive, noiseless in its opera- tion, was used by the robbers, and every effort is being made to ascer- tain if such an explosive is known to science." "Here's where we get actlonl" Markham snapped. "Jam a few things into a grip and tell your family they needn't look for you back until they see you. I'll do the same and come around for you in a Jiffy. If we spin the wheels we can be in Perthdale before dark. The 'noiseless explosion' settles It, doesn't It?" "No question about that. These yeggs had my box and used it." "Rlght l Hustle your make-ready or I'll beat you to it. Time is the es- sence of tile thing. We want to hit the trail wblle It's warm. I'm gonel" And with a roar of its powerful mo- tor the roadster shot away. CHAPTER V An Obstacle Race Markham spun the wheels on the run to Perthdale to such good purpose that it was only a little after dark when the blue roadster turned in at the yard of the country-town tavern. Delaying only long enough to wash off tile dust of the long drtve, Mark- ham and Landis went to the dining room. There was little to be gathered from the excited discussion of the mysterious bank robbery. The ma- Jority opinion gravitated toward the belief that some new and noiseless explosive must have been used. "Everybody's up in the air, natural- ly," Markham commented as they were leaving the dining room. "We'll find somehody who Isn't too excited to talk sensibly; somebody who can give us a little real information. I'll ask in the office." And when he came out, "Stockwell. president of the bank, is our man; lives Just armmd the corner. We'll go and hear what he has to say." They fnund tile banker easily ap- proachai)le--the more easily after Markham had Introduced himself as the son of a banker. "We saw the account in an Indian. spoils paper, so Mr. Landis and I drove over to get the facts at first- hand," Markham explained. "If these bandits have got hold of something sew. there ought to be a concerted effort made to run them down bore they wreck us alL" "Glad to give },ou the facts, but they are meager, thus far," was the ready reply. "At about three o'clock, Big. gets, one of our two town night watch- men, saw an auto come in from the east, and he supposed it was merely a belated tourist's ear passing through, as quite possibly it was. A little later he saw the car standing in the street opposite the bank, and a man had the hood open and appeared to be doing something to the motor. The next time he walked his beat, which was about an hour later, the auto was gone and the bank was a wreck." "And he had heard nothing in the meantime?" Markham queried. "Not a sound; and neither did any- one else, so far as we can learn. An explosion that ought to have aroused everybody within the town limits didn't arouse anybody." "It was the watchman who discov- ered the xobberyT' "Yes. Passing the bank on his later rounds he found broken glass all over the sidewalk; the front windows had been blown out. tie gave the alarm and came and called me. I could l|ardly believe my eyes when I saw what had been done. The interior of the building is a complete wreck, showing that an enormous charge of explosive must have been used. Even the concrete walls are shattered." "Tl|is auto that the watchman saw," Markham went on; "has there beell any effort made to trace it?" "We have done what we couhl. Nothing delinite has come of It. The roads are full of cars craning and go- ing at all hours of the day and night. We couldn't very well authorize tndis- crlmhlate arrests on a mere suspicion. All we could do was to try to trace a car which had, presumably, passed through Perthdale at a certain hour of the night. Such a ear has been found and traced, but the occupants, three business men of Louisville, on their way to look at a western mine were able to give a perfectly clean bill of health." "You say this car fitted the watch- man's description?' Landis put in. *'Where was It seen last?" "At Terra Haute---passlng through at about seven thls morning. The three men had breakfast there, and that is where they were questioned. As I say, they produced a clean bill of healtb and had the documents to show for it." "You got this by wire?" "Over long distance, from the sher- iff. He said the men laughed and in. vited him to search them and their ear. Said they hadn't robbed a bank yet, but they might need to before they got through with their mining venture." As they left the banker's house Markham said, "Well, what do you think, Owen? Are we on the trail of your black box?" ':here isn't the slightest doubt, in my mind. Wally, I've simply invented a new horror, and these scoundrels. whoever they are, are using it. God only knows what they'll do nexti" "What about this Terre Haute clew --which seems to be no clew at all?" "I've been thinking about that. While Mr. Stockdale was talking it struck me all at once that those three men might have been running a bold bluff. It would he the cleverest way of throwing everybody off the track." "That's so," Markham acquiesced; and then, abruptly, "Are you good for an all-night drive, Owen?" "Anything to get action." "All rlgl|t; we'll go. It's a long chance, but it seems to be about the only one. We can take turns driving and manage a bit of sleep that way. It will probably prove a wild-goose chase, but we'll mae it." A(icordlngly, half an hour later, tbe blue car took the road again, follow- ing the trail to the westward. Driv- Ing and sleeping by turns they reached Terra Haute early in the morning and Markham ordered all the morning pa- pers. When they came, they both went through them painstakingly, and found nothing. If the Perthdale ex- ploit had been repeated elsewhere, the news had not reached the press wires. "Rather leaves us up in the air, doesn't it?" Markham remarked. "As- suming that the three men we have traced' this far are the Perthdale bank wreckers--and that's stretching the probabilities a good bit--we don't know which way they went from here. I suppose there is nothing for it but to wait until the lightning strikes again somewhere." "With the weapon they've got, the bandits who are using it won't stop with the looting of a single country- town bank." "You still think they have your black box ?" "There can't be a doubt, In the light of what we learned In Perth. dale." "We'll hunt up the sheriff who tele- phoned Mr. Stockwell. Maybe he can tell us which way the men in the black touring car went from here." As it turned out, the sheriff couldn't tell them the thing titey needed to know, though he could, and dld, give them a fairly good description of the three, coupling it with advice of a discouraging nature. "You fellows are barking up the wrong tree," was the form the advice took. "I put those men through the mill yesterday morning and they came clean--clean as a hound's tooth. Why, they gave me the addresses of a dozen prominent people in Louis- elite, and offered to stop over while I wired about 'era!" "You didn't wire, did you?" Lan- dis put in. tTO m 'COITZ.UBD.) TALES OF THE CHIEFS Editha L. Watson SPOTTED TAIL A cow is the most inoffensive ani- mal that walks the earth, yet site has been the cause of 'ii plenty of trouble. A " cow started the Chi- i cage fire, and a cow was the reason for the killing of Lieuten- ant Grattan's detach- ment. The Chicago cow was probably something of a pet-- the oil|or bovine wits un old one aban- doned by emigrants Spotted Tail and taken by a Brule Sionx. Grattan was sent to nrrest the In- di'tn for his salv'tge of the cow. The Hrule lhought this procecding rather IHgh-lmnded, and the battle began, with the result that Graltan's detach- meat was destroyed. The cow had probal)ly become Indian sustenance hmg before the fight. I'rominent in this engagement was a yotmg Indi:m who l.|ter attained l almost the prominence of lied Cloud. I lle, too, was self-made, and bcshles being a leader among vfarriors, he had fonght a duel with a subchief for the hand of his wife, and had won. When the head chief died, Spotted Tail was chosen over the heads of ohler men to succeed him. After the battle over the discarded cow, which led to depredations on the Oregon trail and subsequent pun- lshment of the tribe by other troops, Spotted Tail and two others were commanded to give thmnselves up as murderers. Much to the surprise of the soldiers at Fort Laramie, this was promptly done, and the three braves, dressed in their war array, marched In, chanting their death: songs. This bravery had an effect in their favor, and Spotted Tall event- ually was freed. In 1865, when the Sioux under Red Cloud opposed the building of a rail- road into Montana, Spotted Tall fa- vored the treaty, although he did not sign it. He did, however, sign the treaty of April 29, 1868, In which the Sioux reservation was accepted and the road to the mines abandoned. Later, gold was discovered In the Bh|ck Hills. Not knowing exactly how the white men valued this metal, Spotted Tail visited the miners and prospectors In their camps to find out. As he sat before their fires, he listened to talk of wonderful mines and rich ore, given a greatly exag- gerated value by the lnmglnatlon of the prospectors--a habit which has not ceased to this day. His untutored: mind gained the idea that the Black Hills lands were extremely valuable, and that a price commensurate with this value should be paid to the Sioux. The treaty of 1868 had taken away from the chiefs the power to make treaties for sale of lands. On this account, commissioners were sent to the Sioux to find out what price they demanded. Spotted Tail had spread the news he gathered: the lands were valued by the Indians at $60,000,000. Naturally, no such price could be paid. Further negotiations must be entered into, but for the time af- fairs were at a standstill. The troops, feeling that later on the territory would be opened, began allowing miners to pass in without limit. The younger Sioux, who hoped with their elders that a large price would be paid, saw this influx with alarm and anger. To a man, the young warriors on the reservation Joined the hostiles, of which Sitting Tail nnd Crazy Horse (a nephew of Spotted Tail) were leaders. Spotted Tall, who had been to Wash. ington, where he was made much of, had become much friendlier to the white people than some of his broth- er cldefs liked. Big Mouth, in particu- lar, had considerable to say about this, and was managing to turn the Brule against Spotted Tall. There was one sure way to cause Big Mouth to be still; Spotted Tall went to his lodge, and called him out. As the talkative chief appeared, two warriors seized him, and before he culd resist, Spotted Tall shot him dead. The Sioux uprising has been dis- cusd elsewhere in these articles, and its outcome told. After the Custer disaster, Red Cloud was suspected of disloyalty, and Spotted Tail was made chief of all the Indians at both his own agency and Red Cloud's. Crazy Horse had separated from Sitting Bull, and engaged in a des- perate battle with General Miles and Iris troops. Spotted Tail negotiated with his nephew, and in the following spring (1877) Crazy Horse surren- dered. The great Sioux uprising was at an end. The Brule chief, now a man of mid- die age, still preferred an active life. lnter-trlbal feuds remained to be set. tled, and Crow Dog, another Sioux, was one of the marked men. Spotted Tail gathered a war-party and started out to spill some Indian blood. They met near the Rosebud agency In Sout.t Dakota, August 5, 1881. Crow Dog felt that he was in a dangerous position, and prepared to defend him- self. A shot rang out--more than one, to doubt, but this shot reached its mark in the heart of Spotted Tall. The Brnle chief lay dead. (). 1932, Western Newspaper Un|on.) Relief From Neuralgia In Few Minutes I ' ,._ :: = - -- --: -:'-- :."-'-'_ ........ ====================================== :!:i:i!  i i i i iii i i:i:i::::':::i:i:i:i:!:iii! .: . :.' , .. ,,.....:..... ,::: .: ........ :.!:::::..%:. ...... :::::.i!:ili i!ii i! . :::::: ',:::; . "!!il!!i!ii!i!iilili!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii:i?" 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