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[Illustration: HE WAS STEADFASTLY WATCHING THE GIRL]

Ashton Kirk Criminologist

BY John T. McIntyre

Author of "Ashton Kirk Investigator," "Ashton Kirk Secret Agent," "Ashton Kirk Special Detective," etc.

ILLUSTRATIONS BY RALPH L. BOYER

THE PENN PUBLISHING COMPANY PHILADELPHIA 1918

COPYRIGHT 1918 BY THE PENN PUBLISHING COMPANY

To my friend Edward W. Mumford

INTRODUCTION

It is always a task of much difficulty to select an experience of Ashton Kirk's from among the many which have been set down in the records under his name.

A maze of episodes in these records attracts the mind, and one finds there a train of singular adventures, any one of which would make a book. The experiences which go to make up the volume "Ashton Kirk, Investigator" were chosen because they dealt with a rather arabesque murder, the hidden features of which were brought to light in an extraordinary way. In "Ashton Kirk, Secret Agent," the elements seemed uniquely mixed, and shed an unusual light upon the windings of European diplomacy.

In the third volume, "Ashton Kirk, Special Detective," the note of horror was rung shrilly, and the confident talents of this extraordinary young man were brought smartly into play. It may be that the appearance in this history of the detective's big, good natured, strong handed friend, Bat Scanlon, had something to do with its finding a place in this series. In the present book this engaging personality has again a part in the drama.

But aside from this influence, the episode makes a powerful appeal; the brilliancy of the criminologist's work in the case treated here would surely have compelled a place for it in any list of his experiences.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE GATHERING CLOUD 11

II. BAT SCANLON IS SURPRISED 21

III. THE CLOUD GROWS DARKER 32

IV. ASHTON KIRK MAKES ONE VISIT, AND PLANS ANOTHER 50

V. THE HOUND AND THE SCENT 68

VI. ASHTON KIRK ASKS QUESTIONS 79

VII. SOME NEW DEVELOPMENTS 88

VIII. SCANLON MAKES A NEW ACQUAINTANCE 100

IX. A PLACE OF FEAR 113

X. THROUGH THE WINDOW 124

XI. DENNISON TALKS ONCE MORE 132

XII. A DOUBLE SHADOW 142

XIII. SOMETHING UNEXPECTED 157

XIV. ASHTON KIRK VISITS HEADQUARTERS 170

XV. SCANLON STATES HIS POSITION 179

XVI. "CONFESSED!" 192

XVII. THE WATERS ARE TROUBLED 203

XVIII. NORA GOES TO STANWICK 216

XIX. IN THE DARK 225

XX. QUEER INTELLIGENCE 234

XXI. WHAT THE BURGLAR SAID AT GAFFNEY'S 243

XXII. WHAT DANNY SAW AT QUIGLEY'S 260

XXIII. A WOMAN! 270

XXIV. MR. QUIGLEY IS INTERVIEWED 285

XXV. NORA TALKS AND SCANLON LISTENS 297

XXVI. CONCLUSION 309

ILLUSTRATIONS

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HE WAS STEADFASTLY WATCHING THE GIRL Frontispiece

"EVERY CHAMBER LOADED" 74

HE LIFTED THE BLADE ONCE MORE 146

THEN THE DOOR SWUNG OPEN 294

CHAPTER I

THE GATHERING CLOUD

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