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A figure in hiding," murmured Frank. "I was so ashamed," confided Mr. Zatta in a tremulous voice, "that I moved away from the town where I had always lived. I even changed my name. " The Hardy boys felt sorry for the old gentleman, facing alone the tragedy of failing eyesight, and smiting under the disgrace brought on him by his worthless son. They did their best to cheer him up, and Frank explained how they planned to trap Doctor Grafton. Mr. Zatta was given the marked bills and a hiding place was prepared for Joe in a clothes closet in the afflicted man's bedroom.
Frank got a whiff of the vapor, and he, too, began to cough and gag. The boys, struggling 114 A Journey by Air 115 for breath, fell back, almost blinded by the irritating gas. Grafton scrambled to his feet. Frank made a grab for the man's leg but could scarcely see what he was doing. The next moment the doctor was running down the street. Some time elapsed before Frank and Joe recovered from the effects of the ammonia. When they did so, Grafton was out of sight. Moreover, neither of the boys had noticed a slim lad dart out from between two houses and fall into step behind the man as he rounded the corner.
Binder and Lemuel are merely the scouts who hunt up patients. The real head of the syndicate is a crook who calls himself Doctor Grafton. He is a distinguished looking gentleman but a heartless fellow. The patients interview him, whereupon he performs some sort of hocus-pocus with a promise to cure them. " Frank exclaimed. "Yes. They secure lists of persons with eye 86 A Figure in Hiding trouble and write to them, asking them if they would be interested in Doctor Graf ton's great new cure. " Fenton Hardy removed a crumpled envelope from his pocket.