The Mystic

1
Any seventh daughter
 of any seventh
daughter can answer
 this question --

2
Every village in Hungary
 knew and loved
the happy-go-lucky
"Poppa" Zazarack --

3
Anton, his assistant -

4
Zara, his daughter -

5
"Yes, pretty soon we'll
 have no mystic - with
 such bum knife-chucking!"

6
In odd contrast to these
 simple people and
homely rural surround-
ings - a mysterious
    stranger --

7
"He has followed 
    us again!"

8
"What's he after?"

9
"But tonight we'll fix
 him! He'll follow us
      no more!"

10
"It's you he's after!"

11
"Quick, Poppa! The wire 
 act's nearly over! Catch
      the crowd!"

12
"ZARA! THE MYSTIC!"

13
"Please -- a committee
 to blindfold Zara and
 tie her to the chair --"

14
While the village
     slept --

15
"Who are you? And
 why do you follow us?"

16
"I'm Michael Nash --
 and I'm always after 
       money!"

17
"Here's fifteen thousand
 dollars - - American
      money - -"

18
"I'd like to invest this
 in a little scheme with
   you that will make 
     us all rich!"

19
"You've got the greatest
 graft there is - a subject
   the entire world is
    puzzled over - -"

20
"- but you're operating
 on too small a scale -
 you've got to sell it in 
     a big way - -"

21
"You're beautiful! You're
 dazzling! In America
 you'd be a sensation!"

22
"Now, if you'll accept
 my proposition, we'll
 go to New York --"

23
"Being Inspector of
 Police, I'm naturally
  a little curious."

24
"Oh, no, we don't did
 it! It's the spirits!"

25
"You don't mind my
 men examining the
      room?"

26
"You heard 'em, didn't
 you? They're going
 to get wise to the 
    trick panel!"

27
"Get back down there!
 Who would think you
 could come through
 that narrow base-board?"

28
"The Inspector of Police
       is here!"

29
"I heard him -- but
 we can't back out
 now -- we've got to
 take the chance --"

30
"I'm the one to worry
 if we're caught! Get
   back on the job!"

31
"You see, no one
 could come in the
 window without
 making excitements
   outside --"

32
"On the door-knob we
 put the gentleman's
 hand - - so in here
 comes nothing - -"

33
An electric current, too
 slight to be felt by
the human body, passes
through the circle of
   clasped hands.

34
"And this gentleman's
 hand - this door will
       stop up."

35
"The hands must not
 unjoin during trance -
 it is dangerous to 
  medium's life --"

36
"Now - when we make
 the light out - please
 we all sing 'Gather At
     The River'."

37
"You're killing her! Join
 hands again! You're 
    killing her!"

38
"o-o-oh! Will the --
 unbeliever -- join --
 hands -- again! JOIN
       HANDS!"

39
"A broken trance is
 dangerous - - for
 twenty hours now
 she will sleep - -"

40
"No, nothing can be
 done. Will you go 
 quietly, please?"

41
"Very well done,
  professor --"

42
"I told you you'd
  dazzle them -"

43
"You beautiful Gypsy,
   I love you --"

44
These nightly seances
  were merely a
preliminary flourish ....
Michael Nash was after
    big game ....

45
A little bird had whispered
 that Miss Doris Merrick
was immensely wealthy -

46
The same little bird had 
 whispered that Miss 
Merrick's guardian - -
James Bradshaw - - had
been losing heavily in Wall 
      Street - -

47
"Who is that woman?
 I see her everywhere
        I go."

48
"Why, Guardy, that's
 Zara the Mystic. Haven't
 you been reading the 
       papers?"

49
"I've heard that her psychic
 power is amazing - that
 people get great comfort
 from her revelations - -"

50
"Do you really think
 she can make the
   dead return?"

51
"Yes -- I do believe
    it possible."

52
So for weeks their well-
  laid plans went on -

53
"What's he up to now?
 What's he going to
 do with Bradshaw
 when he gets him
      here?"

54
"Maybe he's going to 
 let you chuck knives 
      at him --"

55
"You Hungarian
   goulash!"

56
"Poppa's eating his 
    daily dozen."

57
"Get out all the reference
 stuff about John Merrick,
  the girl's father --"

58
"Grogan, there's a clever
 crook's brains behind
 those Gypsies -- and
 I've got to know who
        he is!"

59
"Don't you see? ... What
 I'm after is a confession
 from Bradshaw - that
 he's been using the
   girl's money!"

60
"What are you driving 
   at - blackmail?"

61
"Poppa - we take Zara
 and get out of here!"

62
"We're going to do just
 what Michael says! No
 one is going to get
  Zara out of here!"

63
"Now that we all
 understand each
 other - sit down!"

64
"Bradshaw is coming here
 under the impression that
 Zara doesn't even know
       his name --"

65
Bradshaw's engagement
 was for three-thirty...It
was now three-thirty-one...

66
"From far-off spirit-land
 a voice is faintly calling -
     James - James --"

67
"JAMES BRADSHAW!"

68
"It is the voice of John
 Merrick - - John is
 coming - coming -"

69
"Go to it, John Merrick -
     do your stuff!"

70
"Yes, yes, John -
   I see you -"

71
"Forgive me, John,
 forgive me - but I'll
 make good every
   penny - -"

72
"She's here!"

73
"The little Merrick girl
 what's got the money!"

74
"Say - why go after
 Bradshaw? Let's go
 after the girl - and
     get it all!"

75
"But the note from her
 father's ghost said not
 to let her know - -"

76
"Well, her father's ghost
 is going to change his
         mind!"

77
"Now, Poppa - bring 
 in the baby lamb for
   the sacrifice!"

78
"Guardy, have you been
   using my money?"

79
"Then it's true - what
 my father's spirit
    told me - -"

80
"And my father's spirit
 told me to demand all
 my earthly possessions!"

81
"My father's spirit told
 me not to live under
 this roof another night!"

82
Bradshaw made good
 every penny ... Then
things happened that
further opened his 
    eyes .....

83
"- but the mystic Zara
 and this fellow Nash
 are with her every 
       day --"

84
"This man Michael Nash
 is the cleverest crook
      in America."

85
"Then why do you advise
 me to turn over jewels
 and securities to my
 ward - for him to get?"

86
"Because we've never
 been able to get any-
 thing on him - and if
 that's his game, we've
       got him!"

87
At the hotel apartment
 where Doris was
 now living - -

88
"Now your worries are
 all over - I'll take charge
   of everything --"

89
"I want to keep this
 locket with me --"

90
"It's my mother and 
       father."

91
"Daddy! Daddy!"

92
"It was the spirit of
 my father! Didn't
   you see him?"

93
"It was your imagination -
 you were looking at his
      picture --"

94
"No, it wasn't! He was
 standing beside you --
 and he was smiling --"

95
"Now I know he was
 happy - happy because
 I have a friend like you -"

96
"If it hadn't been for
 you and Zara, I'd have
 lost faith in everything!"

97
"I can never thank God
 enough for giving me
  a friend like you!"

98
"I wish I could be all
 that you think I am!"

99
"Zara - my father's spirit
 came to me here - in
  this very room --"

100
"This time I could
 see his face - he was
     smiling --"

101
"I felt the influence of
 your father all day.
 I knew he'd come 
     to you."

102
"What did you do?
 How did you make
 her believe she saw 
       him?"

103
"I didn't do anything -
 it was on the level!"

104
"Then let's take this
 stuff and get out of
        here!"

105
"We're not going through
        with it!"

106
"You're falling in love
 with her! I'm no fool!"

107
"I suppose I don't count
 against a chance to grab
 her and her money -"

108
"I've done a lot of rotten
 things - but I'm not
 going to touch her or
    her money - -"

109
"Well, I don't believe 
        you --"

110
"And is he going to
 take care of your
 jewels and securities
       also?"

111
"The banks are closed,
 Doris - so I'll leave these
 downstairs in the hotel
  safe till tomorrow."

112
"Doris, I'm glad you
   trust me - -"

113
Michael Nash had
 trained his Gypsies 
well .... trained them
    too well ....

114
"In other words, you
 think you're going to get
 'em all for yourself."

115
"No, I'm not! And no
 one else is going to
     get them!"

116
"Go ahead - try to
 double-cross us - we
     like it - - "

117
"Nash - he tried to
 find out where Zara
 go - I no tell - -"

118
"Miss Merrick has
 checked out of the
 hotel - she's on her
 way downstairs now -"

119
"I'm sorry - you must
 excuse me - I'm moving
 tonight, to live with
    my friends - -"

120
"Well, well - - now
 we'll see who's the
 best double-crosser!"

121
"Meet me around the
 corner from their house
 in ten minutes - -"

122
"Zara, these are real -
 not fakers like yours -"

123
"You mean you brought
 your valuables here?"

124
"Now we'll see what
 his game is with that
        kid!"

125
"All right - all right --
 then we'll get out of
         here!"

126
"Give me those and
 I'll give them back
      to her."

127
"So you can marry
 her and get them
 all for yourself?"

128
"That's a lie!"

129
"It's the truth! And
 I'm not going to let
 your blind jealousy
      stop me!"

130
"You're not fooling me -"

131
"Zara, you've got to
    believe me --"

132
"You love me - damn
 you! - and I love you!"

133
"If you love me, prove
 it by robbing her of
 everything she's got!"

134
"You're going to believe
 I love you without any
        proof --"

135
"You're going to do
 just as I say - because
   I tell you to --"

136
"We're going to do
 just as you first 
     planned!"

137
"Go ahead and shoot!"

138
"You can't shoot because
  you know I'm right!"

139
"Zara, you can't tell
 me you don't believe
        me --"

140
"No, you don't! I want
       my share!"

141
"It ain't so! He's lying!
 It's just a trick so he
 gets them for himself!"

142
"Give her that gun!"

143
"Please don't steal them!
 Give them to me and
 I give them back to
 that little girl --"

144
"Please don't, Zara -
 he's making a thief 
     of you - -"

145
"- but he was going
 to give them back
    to her - -"

146
"So he fooled you, too!
 You've been in the
 hands of a mighty
  clever crook."

147
"Is that so? Well, I
 happen to know who 
  framed this - -"

148
"You see - what I
 told you - he's taken
 everything - and
     gone - -"

149
The law decided that
 the Gypsies were
merely dupes in the
hands of Michael Nash -
and ordered them
    deported --

150
"If you'd told the police
 sooner about that secret
 panel, they'd have
 caught Michael Nash -"

151
"Your boat sails at
     day-break."

152
Back in Hungary ....
 back in the flickering
shadows of a Gypsy
  camp-fire.....

153
"Then I followed you ...
 And today I met your
 Poppa in the village
 and we planned to
   surprise you."

The End

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