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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 16 1936 THIRTEEN BLOODHOUNDS WALTER S. MASTERMAN MAD THIS FIRST: J««k Keld. only witness to the nwder «f Sir Henry Severing in «w ekap«l «f 10. aacleat Abbey, is » M'«r-d«-well who hit* been pos- a* an itinerant painter. In the el to steal a Jeweled cross, MUM raise no alarm at the of the murder for fear of In- crlmlnatlne himself. Richard Selden, summoned from Scotland Yard, questions Lady Hilda, the victim's widow, and Eric Colin- dale, acent for the estate who is in love with her. He also talks with Mrs. Thornton, the housekeeper. The bloodhounds of Colonel Graham, a neighbor, have traced Sir Henry's body to the coffin of his father. Announcing he is going to London, Selden urires Jack Reid to communicate with Sylvia Lawrence. Inverness of the two Sev- erlnte children and have her move her room and the children 1 * to another part of the house. Reid relays the detective's warning to Sylvia whom he secretly admires. talking to her from a tree near her window. The Severing^ lawyer reads Sir Henry's strange will to Lady Hilda and Colindale in which he leaves everything to his butler, James, except an allowance for his children and widow PROVIDED she married Colin- dale. Lady Hilda and Colindalr are shocked by the contents of tht will. The asent (roes off to find Sylvia and the children. Colindale and Lady Hilda have words as they discuss the future. Reid is impressed with the funeral services for Sir Henry. Colindale. sayinir he is foinr on a Ion; vacation, before returninp to marry Lady Hilda, offers Reid his post as acent. NOW GO ON WITH THE STOR1 CHAPTER 24. The relations were departing from the Abbey, singly and in groups, having satisfied their hunger and curiosity. Lady Severinge had retired to her room, but had instructed James to have the place thrown open so that the relations might have a chance of B.O- \ ing over the ancient building, a j privilege that the late baronet had never allowed. A morbid desire to view the scene where a murder had taken place induced some of them to remain i and visit the chapel and fine library. A handsome old lady. shabbily dressed, but with the distant, haughty manner of the aristocrat, was inspecting the rows of books through a pair of horn- rimmed glasses, when she wa^ joined by a female of a different type. Slim and rather tall, the newcomer was evidently doctored to look younger than she was. "It is a very fine library," she remarked to the .other, and received a cold stare. "I am afraid I haven't the pleasure," the older vvoman said. "I am Lady Fothergill—Sir Henry's second cousin. I suppose you . " The younger was quite unabashed at the reception. ''Of course, who does not know the wife of the distinguished scientist? I am afraid I am not a blood relation, but I married Sir Henry's second cousin on his mother's side. My name is Holden—-Kitty Holden." Lady Fothergill slightly unbent. "I have heard the name. Forgive me. but or.e has to be careful heir —I was so afraid there were some of Lady Severingc's dreadful re r lations here." Mrs. Holden smiled, showing * fine set of teeth. "I am afraid— or shall I say I am glad to say?—I do not know them. I happened to be staying with Lord Grinstead near here, and thought it only right to pay my last respects, even though I had merely a very small acquaintance with Sir Henry." Lady Fothergill unbent still more. "My dear, I am glad to sec one. if I may say so, of our class here. Some are mere vulgarians, but what a household!" They were strolling along the length of the library, the books forgotten, and soon Lady Fothergill was busy in her favorite pas'.- ime of taking away people's characters and recounting scandalous tales. She had small difficulty in the case of the Abbey household. "Of course you know, my dear, about that dreadful agent man—1 fhould not be at all surprised to hear that he was arrested for the murder before long." "It rather struck me," Mrs. Holden said vicaciously. "that the wii' \vhich we heard read was rather a blow to Hilda. It was strange that the butler was made the residuary legatee, as I believe it is called." "Believe me"—Lady r i. ..3rgill j took the arm of the younger woman and spoke in a confidential, sepulchral voice,—"there is more in that than meets the eye. You know, of course, '.hat this man James has been with poor Henry since he was quite young—they have been all over the world together—and I should not be surprised if this is not a case of blackmail. He msy have known some secret about Henry—bigamy o- something, and made him leave everything to. him." "And then perhaps murdered him?" Mrs. Holden said questioningly. "I should not be surprised; but, good gracious me, here is the very man!" James had entered silently, and looked hastily round to ascertain whether any of the visitors were still in the library. Lady Fothergill beckoned him imperiously, and the butler came to them deferentially. "Old humbug," Lady Fothergill muttered. "I suppose you wish us to go," her ladyship asked, scrutinizing the butler as though he were a specimen at a museum, "Not at all, m'lady, there is no hurry; but I thought perhaps the place was empty." They were sitting on a seat in a fine recessed bay window that ran the full" height of the library, filled with stained-glass escutcheon of the Severinges between slender stone pilasters. "I suppose you won't be a butler here much longer?" Lady i Foihersill said rudely. j "That I cannot say; m'lady," | James said with a bow. Kitty Holden intervened. "This is a gorgeous old library. James. Did Sir Henry use it much?" "Not a great deal, madam," James replied with a slight lift of the eyebrows. "He was good enough to allow me the use of the place, and when he required any special book he would send me to fetch it." "You are, then, a butler with literary tastes." Lady Fothergill said with thinly veiled contempt. "And what is here?" Mrs. Holden said, tapping the paneling at the end of the room where there were no books. "1 beg your pardon, madam; oh, you mean the other side of the wall. The ante-room of the chapel is on the other side." "Fancy! It's very,old, I expect," Ktity said in an interested man- .ner. ^ "The chapel, madam, dates from the thirteenth century. It is in Gothic style brought over from France; I believe the monks who built it were from Caen, in Normandy. The library is later—early Tudor, in the perpendicular." "My word, you should bt a lecturer James," Lady Fothergill said with a lauRh. "Of course, we are more interested in this terrible affair than in styles of architecture." James bowed again, somewhat abashed at the snub to his descriptive efforts. Lady Fothergill rose. "I am afraid I must be going. You have your car. I suppose, or shall I give you a lift?" "Lord Grinstead lent me one of his," Kitty said with a laugh. James went to the door; and Kitty stood up and examined the carved woodwork of the paneling, CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH Let colored lights give your home the Christmas spirit... inside and out, Decorate trees and shrubbery with strings of colored lights to make a fair)' pattern against the velvet black of holiday nights. Light up the Christmas tree with strings' of colored lights and watch the youngsters gaze enraptured ... thrilled to the core at the play of rainbow hued brilliance. Twine colored lights in holly and mistletoe. Festoon them over mantles and trail . them to every corner of the room. Many new ideas for Christmas lighting —indoors and out—have been developed. There are new type Christmas tree lamps that eliminate hunting for burned-out bulbs—others that look like old-fashioned candles—and many other novelties to makeyour Christmas more joyous. See them at your dealer's. 0 And be sure to get your Christmas lights early, so that no one, especially the youngsters, will be disappointed. Call for a free booklet, "How to Light Your Home for the Holidays" PEOPLES GAS AND ELECTRIC CCI-iZAN which was divided into sections by ribbed wooden pillars that met in arches as though each partition might have;held a portrait. In fact, the center one 1 did contain an ancient, life-sized painting—now very dingy and cracked, of some old Severinge. They passed out into the corridor and Mrs. golden halted. "Goodby, Lady Fothergill. I am so pleased to have met you. I do hope we shall meet again some time." The stately dame extended a thin hand, and. smiled frigidly. "We must make a point of doing so, Mrs. Holden. I am to be found at the Ladies' Carlton." She moved off down the corridor, and Kitty turned to James, who was holding the door open. She smiled at him. • "Stuck up old cat, isn't she, James? And I was getting very interested in what you were saying. I' wonder whether you would have time to show me the chapel— now that it is empty," she added with a shiver. "Certainly, madam.'' He led the way through the ante-chapel and past the steps going down to the grisly crypt. The chapel was now silent and deserted, but beautiful in the afternoon sunshine. "That is- a very fine organ there," she said, almost in a whisper, for the place had a solemn effect. "Yes, madam," James said, with the voice of an enthusiast, "It is good of you to say so, for I was the player.- It has been my hobby, if, I might say so." "How delightful! James, you are no mere butler, I can see. But how does one get to it—the organ- loft is up there." She : pointed to an embrasure to which there was no apparent access. "There are steps leading to it," James said with a slight note of embarrassment in his voice. "I see," Kitty said carelessly. She turned from the chap el, after a deep bow of reverence to the altar, whereon the glorious jeweled cross of the Severinges gleamed. James walked with her to the gateway; he liked this pleasant woman.- without any "swank" and who was interested in art. She slipped a half crown into his hand, to his amusement, and smiled a farewell. He saw her get into her car and hurry off down the drive. (To Be Continued) Mystery Is Solved in Hurtling Object REEDSBURG, Wis., (UP)—For years the Henry Thiemann family wondered what caused a hole in the lawn at their home here. ; They could only recall that the hole appeared suddenly one-morning after a thunderstorm. 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