We Play For Great Stakes
Bellamy, travel-stained and weary, arrived at his rooms at two o'clock on the following
afternoon to find amongst a pile of correspondence a penciled message awaiting him in a
handwriting he knew well. He tore open the envelope.
DAVID DEAR, - I have just arrived and I am sending you these few lines at once. As to
what progress I have made, I cannot say for certain, but there is a chance. You had better
get the money ready and come to me here. If R. could only escape from Streuss and those
who watch him all the time, I should be quite sure, but they are suspicious. What may
happen I cannot tell. I do my best and I have hated it. Get the money ready and come to
Bellamy drew a little breath and tore the note into pieces. Then he rang for his servant.
"A bath and some clean clothes quickly," he ordered. "While I am changing, ring up
Downing Street and see if Sir James is there. If not, find out exactly where he is. I must
see him within half an hour. Afterwards, get me a taxicab."
The man obeyed with the swift efficiency of the thoroughly trained servant. In rather less
than the time which he had stated, Bellamy had left his rooms. Before four o'clock he had
arrived at the address which Louise had given him. A commissionaire telephoned his
name to the first floor, and in a very few moments a pale-faced French man-servant, in
sombre black livery, descended and bowed to Bellamy.
"Monsieur will be so good as to come this way," he directed.
Bellamy followed him into the lift, which stopped at the first floor. He was ushered into a
small boudoir, already smothered with roses.
"Mademoiselle will be here immediately," the man announced. "She is engaged with a
gentleman from the Opera, but she will leave him to receive Monsieur."
"Pray let Mademoiselle understand," he said, "that I am entirely at her service. My time is
of no consequence."
The man bowed and withdrew. Louise came to him almost directly from an inner
chamber. She was wearing a loose gown, but the fatigue of her journey seemed already to
have passed away. Her eyes were bright, and a faint color glowed in her cheeks.
"David," she exclaimed, "thank Heaven that you are here!"
She took both his hands and held them for a moment. Then she walked to the door, made
sure that it was securely fastened, and stood there listening for a moment.