Haldane of the Secret Service

1
China - old in wisdom
when the world was
young -- mother of
mystery and the black
arts of necromancy be-
hind her yellow veil
    of secrecy.

2
She slumbers - unchanged 
through countless centuries
- the riddle of the world -
mistress of mysticism - draw-
ing the veil but once in ages
for him whose skin is white
but whose heart beats
in accord with the Dragon.

3
Few visitors gained
admittance to the
Chinese home of
Edward Ormsby --
and their welcome
 was uncertain.

4
Ormsby -- formerly in
the American Consular
      Service.

5
"This will help you
 explain our mission,
     Mr. Ormsby."

6
"We bankers here have 
 been hard hit and un-
 less the officials wake
 up and catch some of
 these counterfeiters..."

7
"- you and some of our
 other big investors are
 going to suffer. This --
 as one American to
 another -- is a tip to 
 you to unload your holdings."

8
In Chinatown --
A place not visited
by sightseeing
   parties.

9
Joe Ivors -- one of the
 crafty and unscrupulous
 representatives of the
 all-powerful Dr. Yu.

10
"I tell you --- we have
 nothing to fear now.
 'Silent Saunders' the slickest
 bull that ever took our
 trail has been croaked."

11
"I am not saying who
 did it --- but Dr. Yu
 said the word, that was
 enough."

12
"Hop Lee have message
 from Dr. Yu! You to
 meet at Wash'ton Square
 house t'night. Better start
 now.

13
In Washington Square, 
New York - that mellowed
stronghold of aristocracy.

14
Heath Haldane, sworn servant
of the Department of Justice -
and selfsworn to avenge the mur-
der of his father 'Silent Saunders'
Haldane, but recently the victim
of an unknown band of
      counterfeiters.

15
"Oh please, for God's
 sake, take me away!"

16
In search of
some clue to
the owner --

17
One tiny mark that would
escape other eyes ----
bringing a flood of bitter
memories -- memories of 
a father's fate, and with 
them, a fierce longing 
    for vengeance.

18
"A young woman just
 came in here. I must
 see her, immediately!"

19
"She go back door ----
 nobody home -- I much
 oblige take bag."

20
"Now will you tell her
 I want to see her?"

21
"I can't explain so you will
 understand but -- oh, I do
 so need a friend -- a real
 friend -- I mean -- and
 you looked so -- well --
 so kind that I -- I --"

22
"My name is Haldane. I'll
 do anything I can to help
 you, but -- I must ask
 a few questions first."

23
"Have you any idea
 what it contains?"

24
"Why, yes!"

25
"Have you any explanation
 to offer?"

26
"I don't think an 
 explanation is needed
 when it contains only
 ---- a few things
 every girl wears."

27
"If you will permit me --
 I shall be glad to con-
 vince you otherwise."

28
"Please!"

29
"The bag you left out
 on the street contained
 new paper money --
 counterfeit."

30
"I thought I did -- at
 first, but -- I was confused
 --- you make me say
 things I don't mean --
 you don't know what a
 terrible thing has happened
 here."

31
"If you felt that you
 could tell me everything
 quite frankly I should
 be in a better position
 to help you."

32
"My name is Adele Ormsby.
 This is the house of my
 guardian Randolph Ormsby. I
 was about to start to the
 church with Mr. Usher, whom
 I was to marry --

33
"The maid came with my
 bag and I had her place
 it on a chair in the
 hall."

34
"-- and then Mr. Ivors and
 another man called to see
 my guardian Mr. Ormsby."

35
"Then, suddenly I received
 a startling message from
 a girl friend --"

36
"I had not wanted to marry
 Usher -- I didn't really care
 for him -- but my guardian 
 for some reason demanded
 it. When this warning came,
 however, I hurried to find
 him."

37
"And I must have
 taken the wrong bag."

38
"As I rushed out of the
 house I heard a shot,
 followed by a groan --"

39
"You mean that some-
 one in there has
 just been shot?"

40
"This is Mr. Haldane whom
 I met in Paris."

41
"Burglars killed him, eh?
 Oh, I see -- he was
 guarding Miss Ormsby's
 wedding presents."

42
"A large amount of money
 and a little Chinese idol
 were stolen, were they 
 not?"

43
"Nothing is missing --
 fortunately."

44
"The police have been
 notified, of course?"

45
"We had just finished
 telephoning headquarters
 when you entered."

46
Realizing that he is
surrounded by
desperate criminals --
pretending no further
interest in their 
    affairs --

47
"I've had a message
 from Andrea Drayton
 and I -- I refuse to
 marry you."

48
"This house is full of
 mysteries -- things like
 that in there -- I don't
 know what it means and
 it frightens me."

49
"Please don't look at me
 like that -- oh, can't
 you believe me?"

50
"I -- I don't know
  what to think."

51
Then within the hour --
again the house of
mystery at No 12
Washington Square.

52
"I'll tell you about the
 image. It belongs to my
 guardian. It came into his
 possession in a -- er --
 peculiar way in China."

53
"No -- no -- to steal
 the image of the Sacred
 One means death!"

54
"Get it! Get it,
  I tell you!"

55
"Master!"

56
"While the fete is on
 you can enter the
 temple unobserved. Dr.
 Yu has sent money and
 you will be well paid."

57
"I found this note ----
 in there where the dead
 man lay."

58
"May I keep this note?
 It means more to me
 than I can explain now."

59
"Yes -- if you return
 the image to Mr. Ivors.
 Follow him when he
 leaves and please --
 be carefull. For some
 reason, he thinks you
 are trying to harm him."

60
"Why did you say 'please
 be careful'? You didn't
 mean exactly that, I'm sure."

61
"Yes -- I -- think I did.
 And by the way -- we
 are sailing on the 'Cavania'
 in the morning so this 
 is my last chance to thank
 you --"

62
"What are you doing here?
 I thought I heard voices."

63
"You know that only Ivors'
 friends have this kind of
 money."

64
The crime of narcotic
smuggling - to be
added to those of
counterfeiting and
     murder.

65
"You know what to
  do with him."

66
With the shock of
cold water -- one
thought suddenly
crashed through his
brain -- the girl
had betrayed him!

67
"Man overboard!"

68
As the 'Cavania' dropped
down with the tide in
the gray hour before
        dawn --

69
Aboard the tug -- a
mystery to the crew
who had rescued him.

70
"Get me to the 'Cavania's'
 dock before she sails
 and I'll pay you whatever
 you ask."

71
"Too late, boss ---- she's
 bustin' the bay wide open
          now."

72
"I can explain everything
 --- please let me have
 some dry clothes."

73
Haldane's identity was
confirmed by wireless -
and the night before 
they docked at Glasgow -

74
"I know why he's here.
 He's following Mr. Ormsby
 to arrest him! Mr. Ivors
        told me!"

75
"I believed your
 story and followed
 Ivors to the ware-
 house -- they tried
    to kill me."

76
"That isn't true - Mr.
 Ivors told me you
 refused to give
  him the idol."

77
"They took it from
 me and threw me
 into the river."

78
"I can't believe you 
 are in league with
 them - yet you know
 what I found in
  the black bag."

79
"Because they caught
 you spying upon them!"

80
"I have been following
 a rainbow -- and even
 the pot of gold now
 seems to be counterfeit."

81
"You found nothing --
 you tricked me - lied
 to me to gain my
 confidence! Why
 are you following
 me now? If I were
   a man I'd -"

82
Lack of passports caused
delay at Glasgow and
the trail was lost.

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 The city of Hull, 
England - and Haldane
following the clue of
the address he had
noted at the warehouse
   in New York.

84
The Drayton home 
in Hull, England -
used as a meeting
  place by the
   smugglers.

85
"Ormsby doesn't know that
 I got this. Keep it here
 --- we can get a fortune
         for it."

86
"What's the girl, Andrea
       doing now?"

87
"Over in Paris playing Apache
 at the Cafe Diable -- and
 putting our stuff into cir-
 culation as usual."

88
Ah Ling in Drayton's
apartment - convincing
Haldane that he is on
the right track.

89
"Explain what you're up
 to here or I'll turn you
 over to the police."

90
"Six months ago
  in China -"

91
"You swine ---- who
  got the image?"

92
"Ormsby paid Song Gee to
 steal the sacred image.

93
"Ah Ling, go find the
 image of the sacred one
 and fail not -- or the
 spirits of thy ancestors
 shall know no peace."

94
"-- and so, I come America
 -- take job Ormsby home to
 bring back sacred image."

95
Adele Ormsby ---
married, a year ago;
and she had been 
about to marry 
    again!

96
Yet somewhere, an 
insistant voice --
telling him over and
over that she can
explain - pleading
with him to believe.

97
"I find those papers
 while hunt sacred image."

98
"Tell me where Miss
 Ormsby is now. I must
 see her."

99
"She go London - house
 Fuh Wong --- Chinese
 Prince."

100
"Very hard get in house
 Fuh Wong. I go first -
 you come next day.
 I help you - you help
         me."

101
London - with Haldane
hot on the trail.

102
Westminster Bridge --
and an appointment 
with men from Scotland 
       Yard.

103
"I am going into Fuh Wong's
 house tonight. Have the
 place surrounded and if
 you hear a pistol-shot,
 break down the doors."

104
At a fashionable 
London Club --

105
In the heart of London -
the exotic home of the 
wily Fuh Wong, who
intrigued the jaded idlers
of the city with his 
fantastic originality.

106
"Look here, Ormsby. We
 are fools to pay Dr. Yu
 half of all we get. Send
 him word that none of
 our money is coming
 through --- that the
 plates are not finished."

107
"I will sell the image
 to the highest bidder
 and divide with you,
 if you will help me to
 double-cross Dr. Yu."

108
"So he wants me to
 help him double-cross
      Dr. Yu?

109
"Who'll buy a dance?"

110
"Miss Ormsby is here
 and asked for you,
       sir."

111
"The stranger is known
 to the master. Ah Ling
 advises that you swing
    wide the door."

112
Fuh Wong -- the
emissary of Dr. Yu -
clothed in all the
craft and sinister
cunning of the Far
      East.

113
"I'm looking for someone
   by the name of --"

114
"Names are not used
 in the house of Fuh
 Wong."

115
"Who'll bid on a dance?"

116
"Partners for the next
 dance will be auctioned
 at the Love Boat when
 the moon is full."

117
"I'm sorry to find you
 here. I believe you
 were forced into coming
 -- and I mean to
 take you away."

118
"It's not on my account
 that you've come here.
 You suspect my guardian
 of something and you're
 spying on him."

119
"I am trying to save you
 in spite of yourself --
 and you won't let me."

120
"I must talk with you
 alone -- away from
 this mob."

121
"Not about friendship,
       I hope."

122
"Yes, about friendship,
 if you will, and
     about --"

123
"I insist that this young
 lady auction at least
 one dance before leaving
     the ballroom."

124
"And I refuse to
 permit it -- is
 that sufficient?"

125
"To displease even I,
 Fuh Wong, the humble
 servant of the great
 Dr. Yu is -- dangerous!"

126
"Place him in the
 silent room and
 await my coming."

127
"Hold on! My men
 surround this house -
 a shot is the signal
 for them to break
 down the doors! You'd
 better think this over!"

128
"It may be what you
 Americans call bluff,
 Mr. Haldane - but the
 matter can be settled
 later. The servant of
 Dr. Yu will remember!"

129
"Is your husband still
 living, Mrs. Drayton?"

130
"I don't understand --
 that is my name on
 that paper -- but it's a
 forgery - I've never mar-
 ried anyone --- never
 thought of marrying
 until I met Mr. Usher."

131
"How long have you
   known Usher?"

132
"Perhaps a year. We
 met at the house of
 my roommate at the
     convent."

133
"Mrs. Usher has been
 like a mother to me 
 -- and my guardian
 urged the marriage
 -- in fact, made it
 seem impossible for
 me to escape it."

134
"I never loved Mr.
 Usher -- in fact, I
 never really cared
 for anyone, until - -"

135
"I cut this out of the
    evening paper."

136
"Why! This explains --
 those men who chased
 me that night in
 Washington Square!
 They thought I had
 the other bag with
     the money."

137
"Ivors and Usher belong
 to this gang of counter-
 feiters and Ormsby, your
 guardian, is their Chief!"

138
"Miss Ormsby get letter
 -- maybe go Paris --
 Cafe Diable -- Ah Ling
        go too."

139
"Secret entrance -- Cafe
 Diable -- kiosk under
 Eiffel Tower -- knock
 -- man open."

140
The Cafe Diable - the
subterranean haunt of
the underworld of Paris
- one of hundreds of
distributing points used
by the counterfeiting 
        gang.

141
Andrea Drayton --
Adele Ormsby's
friend of convent
days - now a willing
and useful tool of
the counterfeiters.

142
"My pets are waiting
 for those crisp new
 hundred franc notes.
 Did you bring them
 from Sainte Ceil?"

143
"The rest meet at
 Sainte Ceil -- to-day.
 You will go back
     with me."

144
"Let me see the idol
 you have. Ivors is
 waiting at Sainte Ceil
        for it."

145
And then to Sainte Ceil -
finding little else
there but an ancient
     monastery.

146
Ivors -- in the guise
of a monk! The entire
band masquerading
in the habiliment of
    Godly men.

147
 "Go tell Tony to
lock the doors -- no
more visitors today.
Climb out of that rig
 and get to work."

148
"We're just making a
 new plate. It's a
     knockout!"

149
"A dame by the name
 of Ormsby is waiting
 in the tap room, Mr.
 Ivors."

150
"She nearly took Usher
 away from you, Andrea.
 You'd better see her
 and get rid of her
      quick!"

151
"What is wrong, Andrea?
 Why have you changed
 -- why did you send
 me that cablegram
 warning me not to
 marry Mr. Usher?"

152
"Because I intend to
  marry him myself?"

153
"But - you are married."

154
"I borrowed the name
 of one of my friends
  for that venture."

155
"Yes, mine is the name
     you borrowed."

156
"What does all
  this mean?"

157
"It was for you, Raoul --
 don't you understand --
 so I'd be free when you
       want me."

158
"That time shall never
 come. As far as I am
 concerned, I'm through
      with you."

159
  "A day of reckoning 
will come for you too, Mr. 
Ivors! I have been blind
- a fool -- until two
nights ago when I learned
what you all are from
Mr. Haldane."

160
"This is better luck
 than I'd hoped for,
 Haldane. I've waited
 a long time for this
       moment."

161
"A moment is a short
 length of time, Ivors.
 You'd better make the
     most of it."

162
"Then you know that I'm
 the son of Silent
 Saunders. That ought to
 be a warning to you!"

163
"Warning! Don't make me 
 laugh. I'm the man your
 father trailed for two years
 and I left him in the alley
 muck behind the vilest
 joint in Shanghai -- --"

164
"-- -- drilled full of holes!"

165
"If you care for me
 now -- if you ever
 cared for me -- go
 and save Haldane
 from that beast!"

166
"Adele you're a spy --
 'dead men tell no tales'
 and the same applies
      to women."

167
"Get out before
  I kill you."

168
"A woman has lodged a
 charge of counterfeiting
 at the office of the
 prefect. It is to be
 regretted, Monsieur but
 I must investigate."

169
"Surely, from the good
 people of the village,
 you will learn of the
 great work we are
 doing. I shall gladly
    go with you."

170
"My brothers here will
    confirm my --"

171
"That man is the leader
 of the most dangerous
 counterfeiting gang in
 the world! Put them
  all under arrest!"

172
"I'm James Fenton of
 the U.S. Secret Service!
 Doesn't look much like
 counterfeiting, does it?"

173
"Pardon me -- my business
   is with Mr. Ivors."

174
"I come as an emmisary
      of Dr. Yu."

175
"What do you, Fuh Wong,
 know of my dealings
    with Dr. Yu?"

176
"Your time is so short,
 a secret is safe with
        you."

177
"Fuh Wong and Dr.
 Yu are one and the
       same!"

178
"You tried to double-
 cross Dr. Yu -- and
 you know that is
 death to traitors!"

179
"Wait -- for God's sake 
 wait -- I am innocent
 -- Ormsby is the
     traitor!"

180
"Ormsby!"

181
"Yes I'm Ormsby --
  you traitor!"

182
"Ungrateful dog! Many
 men have died at my
 command for less
    than this!"

183
"Deliver these plates to
 the Prefect of Police. I
 shall report to him in
     the morning."

184
"I want to go back to
 America the happiest
 man in the world.
      May I?"


THE END

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