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  • The banks have discovered that there are counterfeit bills in circulation. Lambert Chase, the famous detective, is brought into service and he learns that the only bank whose notes or bills have not been counterfeited, is the Reliance Bank. Upon further investigation, he finds that their largest cash depositor is one Rochester, who is proprietor of a large department store. Detective Chase starts with this clue and instructs Walton, Chief of the Secret Service, to secure a position in the store as a manager of one of the departments. With strong recommendations, Walton has no trouble in becoming an employee of the store. He soon finds out that Rochester is making larger daily deposits in the Reliance Bank than he is taking in at his store. Chase visits Rochester's place as a building inspector. Showing his badge, he is allowed to inspect the building. In the cellar he discovers a part of it partitioned off by brick walls, with no evident means of admission. He concludes that the entrance must be from the top, through Rochester's private office. He bores an augur hole through the floor of the office, through which he runs a combustible fuse. He ignites it and hurries upstairs to the private office and calmly talks to Mr. Rochester on the defects of his building. While they are talking, smoke is seen coming from the floor. Walton, also present, feigns surprise, says the place is on fire. Rochester, greatly excited, throws aside a rug from the floor, opens a trap door and is about to descend, when Chase draws his revolver and tells him to halt. Walton arrests Rochester on the charge of counterfeiting. Lambert Chase goes down through the trap door and there discovers the counterfeiting plant. When searched, several of the counterfeit bills are found in the pockets of the accused man and his guilt is undeniably fastened upon him.


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