The Bat

1  
Can you keep a secret?
Don't reveal the identity 
of "The Bat". Future 
audiences will fully enjoy
this mystery play if left to
 find out for themselves.

2
Gideon Bell, lover of
rare jewels, owner
  of the famous
 Favre Emeralds.

3
"Send for Detective
Moletti - quick! He'll
   get 'The Bat'!"

4
"I'll send 'The Bat' to
the chair, if it's the last 
      thing I do!"

5
The lonely mansion
designed and built
by Courtleigh
Fleming, President of
the Oakdale Bank.

6
Cornelia Van Gorder, of
New York, has leased
the Fleming place in
search of peace and quiet.

7
"LIZ--ZIE!"

8
Lizzie Allen, Cornelia's 
       maid - thinks the
           Man Without a
Country isn't as bad off
as the Woman Without 
      a City.

9
"I see by the papers
'The Bat' is around.
I'm settin' a bear-trap
       for him."

10
"Who put that ladder 
in the laundry-chute?"

11
"This is the happy home 
of the Heebee-Jeebees.
Doors slam - loose feet
roam around - lights
      go out -"

12
"The lights go out 
because they're having 
trouble at the power
       house."

13
"For twenty years I've
stood by you through
Socialism, Theosophism
and Rheumatism - -
but I draw the line at
      Spookism!"

14
"THE BAT!"

15
Richard Fleming, the
banker's spendthrift
       nephew.

16
"You lost no time leasing
your uncle's house.
You'd grab money any
old way - to square
your gambling debts -"

17
"There are reasons why
that house mustn't be
occupied just now. We'll
have to frighten that
Van Gorder woman
and her niece away."

18
"Keep them off, dear -
you'll be recognized."

19
"I wonder why you're
doing all this for me,
        Dale?"

20
"Because - I love you!"

21
"Maybe he's 'The Bat'!"

22
"That Jap butler gives 
me the Willies. The
Flemings threw him
in with the lease - -
but I'd throw him out!"

23
"Auntie, I had the
Employment Agency
send you a new
  gardener."

24
"No use hirin' help. The
house is haunted - we've
 sent for detectives."

25
"Man here - say name
Brooks - - he new
    gardener."

26
"Let me look over your
references, young man."

27
"Auntie, the Agency
recommended Brooks
 very highly - -"

28
"Know anything about
    perennials?"

29
"Er - - perennials are
the ones that keep
their leaves during
  the winter - -"

30
"Any experience with
   Alopecia - -"

31
"- Urticaria -"

32
"- - or Rubeola?"

33
"Why - er - they - er -
they lose their leaves in
     the summer!"

34
"Billy will show you 
   to your room."

35
"Maybe he's 'The Bat'!"

36
"I know he's not a 
gardener. Alopecia, 
Urticaria and Rubeola
mean Baldness, Hives
   and Measles!"

37
"Dr. Wells - - Fleming
 doctor - - see you."

38
"Someone is trying to
scare me out of this
   house, doctor."

39
"Merchant - Lawyer -"

40
" - - Doctor - -"

41
"- - BAT!"

42
"Will you please fasten 
     that window?"

43
"Doctor, you didn't
    fasten it."

44
"Man here - say name
Moletti - detective."

45
"This house belonged 
to the late Courtleigh 
Fleming, president of 
the Oakdale Bank -"

46
"You may see strange 
things under this roof.
If anything happens, 
     phone me."

47
"I wouldn't look for it 
now, dear - there's a 
detective downstairs."

48
"What's your full name?"

49
"Lizzie Allen - whether
   I'm full or not."

50
"How old are you?"

51
"Twenty-two."

52
"She's forty!"

53
"When this house was
built, I overheard the
architect and Courtleigh
Fleming discussing a
    hidden room."

54
"Could there be any 
connection between the
goings-on here and the
Oakdale Bank robbery?"

55
"I believe the Bank's
money is in a hidden 
room in this house."

56
"A face with twenty
eyes - I counted 'em -
ran up that staircase!"

57
"A hidden room would
show on the blueprints.
You'll find them in
the old chest in the
    dining-room."

58
"If that money's here -
do you think I'm fool
enough to turn it over
       to you?"

59
"It belongs to the Bank!"

60
"Bank, nothing! If there's
any money here, it's
         mine!"

61
"I want that piece of
      blueprint."

62
"You go to H--l!"

63
"There's a detective 
here. If you go up 
those stairs, I'll call 
         him!"

64
"Give me that blueprint!"

65
"It's Richard Fleming!
Someone shot him from 
   the stairs - -"

66
"He's the new gardener."

67
"One shot has been fired 
  from this revolver."

68
"I fired that shot myself, 
       last night."

69
"Quick thinking, Miss
Van Gorder - but I must
  arrest your niece."

70
"You can't arrest her 
without a Coroner's
verdict - - and you'll
have to get Doctor 
 Wells for that."

71
"What became of the 
  rest of this?"

72
"Where's the torn piece?"

73
"The missing piece shows
the hidden room - -
and you shot Fleming
    to get it!"

74
"I didn't - I didn't -
     I tell you!"

75
"Who flung that piano?"

76
"Who are you?"

77
"Who am I? Bloodhound
Anderson - Super-Sleuth
  of Oakdale County!"

78
"Did you hire this 
     fellow?"

79
"I'm sorry to say I did -
over the phone - from
the Judkins Detective
       Agency."

80
"Did you look around
      outside?"

81
"My favorite method is
to work outside from 
    the inside."

82
"Dick Fleming? Who
      done it?"

83
 "That's what you're 
being paid to find out!"

84
"Leave it to me. I'll 
find out all right, all 
        right!"

85
"Horrible groans - -
somebody's in terrible
    distress - -"

86
"It's the house phone 
   to the garage!"

87
"Look! The shadow of 
       a Bat!"

88
"Why don't you see
    who it is?"

89
"A lot of excitement
over a moth-miller on
    a headlight!"

90
"Tell me exactly how 
 Dick Fleming died."

91
"Have you a pocket
   flashlight?"

92
"Auntie, take this flash-
light and go up the 
      stairs."

93
"- but I managed to 
snatch part of the
  blueprint - -"

94
"I tucked it in a Parker 
House roll on the tray 
       and - -"

95
"Don't worry because 
the detective suspects 
your niece. I'll attend 
      to things."

96
"Come out of there!"

97
"Brooks Bailey - - the
missing cashier of the
    Oakdale Bank!"

98
"I arrest you for robbery,
  murder, impersonation
     and - - and - -"

99
"You needn't arrest this
young man. He's in my
employ, and I'll be
responsible for him."

100
"Brooks and I are engaged.
They'd arrest him for the
bank robbery - he's here
to find the money and 
   clear himself."

101
"When you want to
fool Auntie, dear, don't
bring a gardener with
manicured fingernails."

102
"I'm in charge of this 
case, Doctor. I'll trouble
you for that bit of 
     blueprint."

103
"Wonder where that 
hidden room could
     be - -"

104
"I haven't the slightest 
         idea."

105
"The rapping leads
right into the haunted
     ballroom!"

106
"Candles won't stay lit
in here - - something
   blows 'em out!"

107
"Have you seen Detective
       Moletti?"

108
"I haven't. Perhaps 
he's on the verandah -
     I'll look."

109
"Who are you? What
are you doing here?"

110
"Ain't nothing in his
pockets to identify 
        him."

111
"You'd better look
     outside."

112
"You'd better go 
    with him."

113
"No use taking unnecessary 
chances. One is enough to
       sacrifice!"

114
"Banker Fleming is 
alive - I just saw him
  cross the roof!"

115
"Stay here, Jappy. Watch
that invalid in the other 
         room."

116
"Try that window on
the side of the roof."

117
"Don't get panicky,
Bloodhound. I'll tie the
other end around my
       waist!"

118
"I'm all right."

119
"Keep quiet - or I'll -"

120
"I want the combination 
     of that safe!"

121
"What's he lookin' at?"

122
"Stop that man! He's
     'The Bat'!"

123
"He ain't dazed - -
 he's just actin'!"

124
"When you handcuff a
man - always take the 
key from his pocket."

125
"- You put out that
candle and let 'The Bat'
       escape!"

126
"I'll settle with you -
and I'll settle good
and proper - later!"

127
"If he ain't 'The Bat',
he's in cahoots with
       him!"

128
"- and he couldn't tell 
who he is or how he
      got here!"

129
"Know me?"

130
"Ever hear of Detective
   Moletti before?"

131
"Have you a gun?"

132
"If he makes one wrong 
move - shoot to kill!"

133
"You see - - there's
nothing here. Your niece
has been imagining
      things."

134
"Somebody's going across
     the skylight!"

135
"I just wanted to get 
rid of those dumb 
   detectives."

136
"C. F. stands for Courtleigh
         Fleming!"

137
"I'm convinced that 
Dale is right. Courtleigh
Fleming's been up 
here - and we'll find 
        him."

138
"Don't open it - there
may be a bomb inside!"

139
"Courtleigh Fleming - 
        dead!"

140
"Open that satchel!"

141
"If that's the $200,000,
Fleming robbed his 
     own bank!"

142
"- - and Doctor Wells
was in league with him -
forging that Colorado 
 death certificate."

143
"- they planned to split 
the money and put the 
  blame on me - -"

144
"The garage is on fire!"

145
"If you value your lives,
  do just as I order!"

146
"'The Bat' set that
garage afire - a trick
to draw you away
from the house - -"

147
"Put out the lights!"

148
"Remember - - he's
   a killer - -"

149
"He's coming back for 
that satchel with the 
       money!"

150
"Search him!"

151
"Thought you were rid 
of me when you 
knocked me cold and
tied me up in the 
     garage!"

152 [in small type]
"I arrest you for murder,
robbery, arson - and -
        and -"

153
"I am Moletti. He locked 
me in the garage - -
stole my papers - - and
  impersonated me."

154
"Hands up - - you!"

155
"Why should I? I removed
the cartridges from that
 gun ten minutes ago!"

156
"My first lie in an
otherwise stainless 
       life!"

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