UNION JACK · New series · Issue 605 · 15/5/1915 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE ABBEY MYSTERY; OR, THE TREASURE OF THE TRENTS
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter) · Illustrator: W. Tayler
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); The Bogus Policeman (featuring Detective Spearing) by Anon.
Notes: Sexton Blake is living in an isolated property in Chelsea, hiding out from three murderers who want him dead before he can give evidence against them. His friend, Richard Gale, receives a summons to Cadgestone Abbey in Cornwall where his uncle has just been murdered. Blake accompanies him and, at the abbey, they are informed by James, the manservant, that Gale is the heir to the estate, which, unfortunately, is almost bankrupt. During the night, Blake investigates the library where Sir Everard had been bludgeoned to death. There, he is attacked by an intruder who then flees. Further attempts are made on his life, though the perpetrator always remains hidden. The detective learns that there are two books hidden on the estate that contain a secret guide to a hidden treasure. After locating the first volume, he summons Sir Richard Losely to help him find the other. Upon its discovery, Blake sets a trap for Sir Everard’s killer. The man arrives with the three murderers in tow, enabling the detective to round them all up at once, though he takes a bullet in the leg in the process. With the identity of the principal villain exposed, Blake is able to discover the treasure without further interruption, making Richard Gale a rich man.
Trivia: Blake’s refuge in Chelsea is reminiscent of his Messenger Square hideout that featured in the PENNY PICTORIAL stories of 1907-1913.