“Hands up!” The terse command came from the inky blackness of the night. ‘Neath a dimly-lighted lamp on a deserted path the figure of a man halted, as if petrified. His arms automatically reached skyward. The misty light pronounced the grotesque proportions of the man’s frame. Beyond, where the scant light pierced the darkness, lay blackness, enveloping miles and miles, unendingly. Suddenly, a sinister form shaped itself in the ill-illumined circle, terrorizing for a moment the already affrighted man.