Seven Keys to Baldpate ('17)

1
It all began with a "best
seller" entitled "The Scarlet
Satchel" _ _ _ _

2
Mary Norton,
 of the "Reuton News," reviews
 Magee's latest success.
          Anna Q. Nilsson.

3
Hall Bentley,
who believes that the owner
of a summer resort should be
well-posted on popular fiction.
               Frank Losee.

4
The man of the hour _ _ _ _
George Washington Magee
    _ _ George M. Cohan

5
  "What do you think of my 
latest 'Best Seller'?"

6
  "Same old melodrama ---
kind they sell in department
stores by the pound. Why don't
you write something worth while
--- life the way it really is?"

7
  "Anybody can write the stuff
this critic means. Mine is the
work of genius---real blood
curdling situations---plot
and counterplot---hair raisers!"

8
  "I could write one of those
HIGH-BROW books in twenty-
four hours."

9
  "You couldn't write ANY
book in twenty-four hours."

10
  "I couldn't? -- I'd like
to lay you a little wager
on that."

11
  "Will you cover a bet 
of $5.000?"

12
  "Now to find a quiet spot---
solitude---a place to think---
seriously."

13
  "My place---Baldpate Inn
---closed tighter than a
drum and the lonesomest
spot on earth. The season 
won't open for a month."

14
  "I'll catch the first train
--- start work at 12 o'clock
sharp and finish the book
to-morrow at midnight ---or
lose the $5.000."

15
  "You'll find your 'real people'
more exciting than my melo-
drama. Truth is always stranger 
than fiction."

16
  "Remember----to-morrow at
midnight!"

17
The arrival at Asquewan Falls

18
  "You are Mr. G. W. Magee,
aren't you? I came from Reuton
to interview you about your
wager to write a book in
twenty-four hours."

19
  "Sorry I can't stop now. I'll
give you all the time you want 
when I finish to-morrow at 
midnight."

20
The road to Baldpate Inn.

21
  "The hermit's hut -- his 
wife ran away with a trav-
eling man and it made him 
a woman hater."

22
  "He often plays ghost 
to frighten us natives
hereabouts."

23
"Well, this is 'Old Man Seclusion'
himself."

24
  "You won't be disturbed 
here --- this is the only key in 
existence to Baldpate Inn."

25
  "You're right about the Inn---
got anything that Jack London
ever wrote about, or Dr. Cook
lied about, beaten to death."

26
  "I suppose you're up here
of your own free will ---
But I can't make out if you're
a smart man or if it's the act
of a damn fool."

27
  "I've been stalled between
those two opinions of myself
for years."

28
  "You understand, you are
to return at 12 o'clock
to-morrow night and see the
finished manuscript."

29
  "287 West, and hurry it 
along, sister."

30
  "Hello, is that you, Mayor
Cargan?"

31
  "Yes, Mayor -- got the
$200.000 bribe money right
here -- in my pocket."

32
  "I'll put it in the safe --
you can get it in the morning
as arranged."

33
  "Get me Police Headquarters
--- quick!"

34
  "Perhaps, Mrs. Rhodes, you 
had better wait here until I
explain to him."

35
  "Please don't ask me where
I got it - I mustn't tell."

36
  "I was so anxious not to miss 
the story of your book."

37
  "Oh --- I left a friend waiting
outside. She chaperoned me 
here."

38
"Has she a key, also?"

39
"May I tell him why you came?"

40
  "He put $200.000. in that
safe --- bribe money for a
Mayor Cargan. There's a good
story for your paper."

41
  "Mrs. Rhodes is engaged to
marry Mayor Cargan."

42
  "May we not stay here to-night
--- so Mrs. Rhodes can meet
Mayor Cargan --- and save him?"

43
  "Do you believe in love at
first sight?"

44
  "I've written about it a
great many times, but never
believed it before - Isn't it
wonderful!"

45
  "That's not a regular ghost
- it's the hermit - Quimby
told me all about him."

46
  "There are more keys to
this blooming flat than in
a Steinway piano."

47
  "I don't blame your wife 
for running away---even with
a travelling man."

48
  "If you ladies will go into 
the parlor I'll either kill it
or cure it."

49
  "I was just going to ask 
who you are?"

50
"Where did you get your key?"

51
"Don't ask me---I can't tell you."

52
  "My husband, Mr. Hayden, is
president of the Traction Company.
He sent that money here to 
bribe Mayor Cargan for a
franchise for his road. You must 
help me get that money and save
my husband from disgrace."

53
  "You must help me get 
that money."

54
  "That woman lies - she is
not Hayden's wife! Some-
one is playing a desperate
game here."

55
  "Yes --- and it's costing me
a cold $5.000."

56
  "There are others in the 
Inn with Myra---her accom-
plices---thought I'd lay for
them here and shoot as they
came out."

57
  "Mr. Hayden, an excited
person, named Bland, insists
upon seeing you, sir."

58
  "--- then he locked me in 
a room and I'm afraid he'll
get the money."

59
  "If you'll get that money for
me to use as evidence - I'll
publish a story that will wipe
out the Traction crooks and
prevent Mrs. Rhodes from
marrying a thief."

60
  "I'll get that money for you
or die in the attempt!"

61
  "Don't forget that I'm in
on that --- and I'll take my 
share now."

62
  "If you ever try your 
dirty tricks on me -
I'll kill you."

63
Magee surprises the new 
arrivals _ _ _

64
  "Get to Reuton with the
money as soon as you can.
When you get there phone me
--- I'll hold these bandits until
then!"

65
  "I won't ask you where you
got this - I know, you prom-
ised not to tell."

66
  "Never mind my book. So
far as the bet is concerned
I can lose that and still be
repaid a million times over -
-- I've met you --- Now go!"

67
  "We're going to sit right 
here until that phone rings
--- though it's all night to-night
and all day to-morrow."

68
  "Confound it, sir, I'm
president of the Reuton-
Asquewah Railway Company."

69
  "I wouldn't care if you were
president of the National
League --- sit down!"

70
  "Say, president, meet your
wife - Mrs. Hayden who came
here to save you!"

71
  "You tried to double-cross
me - I'll kill you for this!"

72
  "Cut out the rough-house
and act like ladies and gentle-
men. Sit down!"

73
  "There's no law against 
killing ghosts---so sit down
and be a good little hermit."

74
  "Get me a taxi---anything
---I must get to Reuton at
once!"

75
  "Put this package in
the safe - I'll be back for 
it later."

76
"I fell asleep, too."

77
  "You don't like this bunch 
any better than I do---watch
them while I get this message.
Kill the first one that makes 
a move!"

78
  "I just heard a shot and 
a woman's scream at Baldpate."

79
  "You're a damned good 
shot, Max --- she's dead!"

80
Magee created such a noise 
in the basement, the crooks
let him out to keep him 
quiet.

81
  "This is murder---you're
all guilty---I heard every
word and will swear to it
on the witness stand."

82
  "You killed her all right ---
better plead insanity, old man."

83
  "I'm sorry for you, young 
fellow. I tried to knock the 
gun from your hand but I 
wasn't quick enough."

84
  "No--no--gentlemen--you can't
get away with it. It's good
melodrama, but old stuff. I've 
written it by the yard, myself."

85
  "Bad business --- this
carrying guns. Who was the
woman---your wife?"

86
  "I heard a shot and a 
woman scream. What has
happened up here?"

87
  "I charge these men with 
murder - it's your duty to 
arrest everybody here -
including myself!"

88
  "He shot a woman a few
minutes ago---been raving
ever since and accusing the
rest of committing the crime."

89
  "The body is upstairs in 
Room Eight."

90
  "I heard them accuse you 
so I hid the body in the cellar."

91
  "What are you trying to do -
trap me in the cellar."

92
  "Search the cellar for a
woman's body."

93
"I've lost the money!"

94
  "She has $200.000. that
belongs to me, Chief,and---"

95
  "I don't know how I lost it -
We went to the Commercial 
House - I fell asleep and ---"

96
  "Yes, Chief, two women were
here - one left a package 
with me."

97
  "There's a package on its
way up here that may clear
things up a bit."

98
  "I stole the money from this 
girl, but it was to save you, 
Jim Cargan, from disgrace!"

99
"No body in the cellar, Chief."

100
"Did you search thoroughly?"

101
  "Say, if this turns out to 
be a bunch of cigar coupons
you're all going to jail."

102
  "Hello, Betty, someone has 
just handed me $200.000
- Pack up and catch the
first train for Canada - I'll
join you there."

103
With so many greedy eyes 
on the $200.000, it was
surprising nobody noticed
the old hermit snatch the 
money and throw it into 
the fire!!

104
  "This suit of chain mail
caused the bullet to glance
and save my life."

105
  "They don't suspect a thing
--- now is the time to strike."

106
  "My name is Langdon---of
the U.S. Secret Service. I've
been after Kennedy and these
crooked officials for some time
--- sorry to have interrupted 
your writing, Mr. Magee, but
this is government business."

107
  "Why, this is just the material
I've been looking for. I might
have written it myself."

108
  "No---Miss Barclay is one
of my cleverest assistants.
She had to work hard to land
such a slick article as you."

109
  "This is my world --- just
the people I write about ---
all true --- even 'love at
first sight'."

110
  "I must hurry back to the 
office. This will be the big-
gest scoop The News has had
in years."

111
  "You wrote all that in
twenty-four hours?"

112
  "Didn't hear a sound since 
you left me last night."

113
  "Yes---just finished---no---
same wild, terrible, horrible
melodrama as usual --- just
what the public wants---going
to sell over a million copies."

114
  "I'll stay here for the rest 
of the night. Send me up
something to eat---I'm starving!"



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