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current name, "but we are looking for a couple who are 
in your house here. We're after a runaway girl. We 
don't want to make any disturbance merely to get her 
and take her away." Mrs. Davis paled and opened her 
mouth. " Now don't make any noise or try to scream, 
or we'll have to stop you. My men are all around the 
house. Nobody can get out. Do you know anybody 
by the name of Cowperwood ?" 
Mrs. Davis, fortunately from one point of view, was 
not of a particularly nervous nor yet contentious type. 
She was more or less philosophic. She was not in touch 
with the police here in Philadelphia, hence subject to ex- 
posure. What good would it do to cry out ? she thought. 
The place was surrounded. There was no one in the house 
at the time save Cowperwood and Aileen. She did not 
know Cowperwood by his name, nor Aileen by hers. 
They were a Mr. and Mrs. Montague to her. 
" I don't know anybody by that name," she replied, 
nervously, fearing that she was to be made to pay severely 
for her unwitting part in a private tragedy. 
" Isn't there a girl here with red hair ?" asked one of 
Alderson's assistants who had been on guard, and who 
now pushed forward. " And a man with a gray suit and 
a light-brown mustache ? They came in here half an 
hour ago. You remember them, don't you ?" 
" There's just one couple in the house, but I'm not sure 
whether they're the ones you want. I'll ask them to 
come down, if you wish. Oh, I wish you wouldn't make 
any disturbance. This is terrible." 
" We'll not make any disturbance," replied Alderson, 
"if you don't. Just you be quiet. We merely want to 
see the girl and take her away. Now, you stay where 
you are. What room are they in?" 
" In the second one in the rear up-stairs. Won't you 
let me go, though? It will be so much better. I'll just 
tap and ask them to come out." 
" No. We'll tend to that. You stay where you are. 
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