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Logansport, Indiana
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Wednesday, November 3, 1897
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¥ "<*». ~x. OF. •firon CLVC. TO cur\AX.' LAND of THE. OWW<3/N<5 FE.RtSVADE.&.~ MUTE. COMFES50R.-' ETC CTC ETC. 1697, (5V WILL 0-°" i CHAPTER 1. -The body of ''acob Benton Is found murdered on the lawn near hl!j bouse. 11. Ill and IV— Minai-d Hendricks. u. detective, takes u p the case. He flods a notebook on the Uwn belonging to Montcast e. a revolver near the body, a partly bumed match and foo:- prints leading but a short distance frcm the body, nhere they suddenly end. CHAPTER V. After taking a look at tbe body and having Hendricks point out the tracks in the sand and the spot where he had found the revolver tho coroner and his men went into the house. .Ralph had decided, as it would be necessary to hear the testimony of the ladies of the household, to have the inquest hfild in Jfee library. Dr. Lampkin saw Hendricks eying •3fce different members of the household •overtly aa they came in and took seats after Mr. Meynell had announced his readiness to proceed with the inquest. Arthur .Montcastle and Miss Bon ton were the last to arrive. They sat on a •Ofa a little removed from the others of their party. Charles Stanwood was the first witness called. He testified that he was •waked about half past 1 o'clock by Miss Hastings, who informed him she had heard the report of a revolver in the garden from tho direction of the north walk. He had dressed hastily and gone down stairs with Miss Hastings, who objected to being left up stairs alone. They had found Mr. Montcastle below with Miss Benton, and Balph Benton soon afterward joined them. At this juncture Hendricks, who was sitting beside Mr. Meyuell, looked sharply at the pair on the sofa and whispered something into the coroner's ear. Tho ollicer nodded and put a question to the witness. ' 'Do you happen to know which room is usually occupied by Miss Benton?" "It is directly across the hall fromj this one, " replied Stamvood. Miss Beiitou threw a startled glance 1 'GIaffly," replied the doctor. Hendricks lowered his voice to a whisper: "Go to the nearest office and telegraph Johnson to bring tbe best bloodhound I have. Then meet me here." "All right." Lampkin picked up his hat and rose. "Stay," said Hendricks, following him to the door. "While yon are out you'd better eat something, without till later." I shall do toy of tfle bard wort an'vras con(In». ally gitrin his name in the papers, while nobody recognized his- help at »11. He said he was tired of it, an if master didn't sign some paper or other he'd publish somethin about master. They almost had a fight, sir. I heard 'em a-givin each other the lie an a good deal of load talkin, an then I sap- pose master jnnsc a-Jacked Mr, Allen "I believe ha "had softenin of th* brain, sir," said Jarnagin, looking guiltily toward the door, as if from the consciousness that he was betraying the hiding place of a family skeleton. "A New York doctor was to see 'iin once, »n one of the maids overheard 'im say that if master, didn't stop losin sleep an worryin it would kill 'im. That was three years ago. Master give up work in an indifferent tone, which seemed quite irrelevant to the subject. : "Do you know, Miss Benton, who informed the police of the murder?" "My brother, I think," replied the i young lady. j '' Thank yon. That will do," said the detective. He leaned back in his chair and seemed to have bis mind on something a thousand miles away, i The coroner next called for the testimony of Miss Hastings. i "You were waked by the report, I believe, Miss Hastings?" he began. I "I was not. I vpas already awake," said Miss Hastings. Hendricks seemed to pull himself together suddenly. He bent forward and whispered to Mr. Meynell. "Wera you waked by something else, it back. or had you not gone to sleep?" questioned Mr. Mej'nell. A look of hesitation crossed the face of the witness. She glanced hurriedly at Ralph Benton, who stood leaning against the mantelpiece, and started to speak, but seemed unable to formulate a reply. The coroner repeated his question, glancing at Heudricks as if for approval. "I was waked by voices in Mr. Benton's room," said Miss Hastings. "When was that?" asked Mr. Meynell. "About 20 minute.? before I heard Mr. Benton—Mr. Joseph Benton—go j downstairs," "Did you recognize the voices?" put 5n Hendricks, with an apologetic nod to Mr. Meynell. Again Miss Hastings' eyes crossed over to Ralph Benton, hut he was not looking at her. "Only Mr. Jacob Bsnton's," said the witness. "Could you hear what he was saying?" "Only a few words here and there." "What were some of the words?" at Hcudricks, iind then her eyes met) went ou Hendricks firmly. Montcastle's steady, calm gaze. It '^ think I heard hirn say once—it seemed to Lampkiu that it held a warning, for the girl nervously balled her handkerchief iu her hand and stared at the floor, "And which room was occupied by Mr. Montcastle?" was the coroner's next question. Miss Benton raised her eyes in a flurried way, but Montcastle leaned forward, touched her hand and whispered something to her. "Mr. Moutcastle's room is adjoining Miss Beaton's," answered Stamvood. " You were tho first to approach the d<;ad man, I think, Mr. Stanwood, wore yon not?" continued Mr. Meyuell. "I was," replied the witness. Again Hendricks suggested a question to the coroner. "Was Mr. Benton quite dead when yon discovered him in the garden?" asked Mr. Meyuell. "Yes, and quite cold," was the reply. ' 'Miss Hastings said she had heard the report about an hour before she •waked me. She did not attach much importance to it at first, but as she had heard Mr. Jacob Benton leave his room and he had not returned she finally became uneasy about him." "May I ask the witness some questions?" asked tUe detective. "Certainly, ns many as you like," answered the court. "Did you touch the body?" asked Hendricks. "I opened his shirt and laid my hand on his heart to see if life were wholly €itinct," was the answer. "When you and Miss Hastings came down stairs, you say you found Mr. Monlcastle a«d Miss Benton np?" "Yes." "Where were they?" asked the detective. "They were in the back yard, or rather they were coming in from the side versnda." "I think that will do for the present, Mr. Stauwood," said Hendricks. He turned to tho coroner. "I believe, Mr. Meyuell, I should nest call Mr. Montcastle." Moutcastle did not rise, but simply signified his readiness to testify by a nod of the head. "Please tell us, Mr. Montcastle," «»id Hendricks, a strange sparkle of expectation in his eyes, "if you heard the report of a revolver in the garden last night" "I—I did not," said Moutcastle, stammering. "Then you were not waked by it?" "No, I was not." ' Hendricks' brows came together in a thoughtful pucker, and then he aston- seemed to be whan the door was opened 3fo7ifcas£!e irhi&percd something to tier. for someone to pass out—that he would disown somebody the next day." "Can you recall the exact words?" asked Hendricks, his eyes twinkling. "I think he said: 'You are no child of mine. I shall disown you tomorrow. ''' Ralph Benton was idly examining a pipe which he had taken from the mantelpiece. He did not seem to be listening to what the witness was saying. "You say the door was opened," said Hendricks, "Did any one pass out?" "I think so, sir," replied Miss Hastings. "I heard some one descending the front stairs near my door." "Aud after that?" went on Hendricks. "After that"— I heard Mr, Jacob Benton walking about in his room for perhaps 25 min- ntes. Then he went into his laboratory and then descended the rear steps, which lead to the garden," "How long was it after he descended the stairs before you heard the report?" asked Heudricks. Only two or three minutes, "was the reply. I believe that is all I wish to ask tbe witness," said Heudricks to the coroner. Mr. Meynell told Miss Hastings that she might sit down, and then he asked Mary and Jrme, tbe two housemaids, some questions. Neither of them had been waked by the report of the revolver, nor had either heard the bell when Miss Hastings rang. They did not know she had wanted them till after th? police had been called in. Early in the evening they had been told by Miss Bentou that they need not CHAPTER VI. Hendricks went back to his chair beside Mr. Meynell, who seemed to be waiting for him. The coroner glanced at a sheet of paper on which he had written the names of the witnesses. "I think I have called them all except the son of the old man," said he. Just then they heard a groan from Ralph Benton and saw him clutching at the mantelpiece. A china cup and saucer fell to the hearth with a crash, and the young man sank slowly to the floor, faco downward. "Ob, he has fainted!" crieid his sister, and she ran to him and tried in vain to raise him np. Montcastle secured a pillow from the sofa and pnt it under the young man's head. Hendricks sprang up to get some water, and finding the jug on the table empty he ran into tbe next room. There he filled a glass from a water cooler and brought As he entered Ralph was reviving. The young man opened his eyes, smiled faintly, drank a little of the water held to his lips by his excited sister and then drowsily closed his eyea. "Is he subject to fainting attacks?" asked Hendricks. "He used to have them when he wag a child," answered Miag Benton. "Oh, I don't know what to do! It is all so awful! My poor father ie dead, and if brother were to die I don't know what I should do. Call Wilson and Jarnagin." She looked up at Montcastle. "He must be removed to his room. It has all been too much for him. I hope it will soon be over." She was looking at Hendricks. "Surely yon won't keep ua here much longer?" "Will his testimony be necessary?" asked the coroner, touching the detective on the arm. "Why, not at all," said Hendricks. "You won't find out anything else from the family and .household. We must look outside, my friend, outside." "Thank you," said Miss Benton, holding a bottle of smelling salts to her brother's nostrils and rubbing his forehead tenderly. Wilson and Jarnagin approached. They raised the young man between them and bore him from the room. They, were followed by the other witnesses, and Hendricks, the coroner and the jury were left alone in tbe library. A verdict was Boon rendered. It read as follows: "We find that Jacob Benton met his death from a shot fired by an unknown person out of the room, for he comu out cryin ! »n went to Europe. Become back look_ -i . •»• . • _._i_*_ i.i »__..'••» V.rtrf a»« 'Kn^ it: wieri '£ a TYirtY>f Yt h&tr\rf* As the jury were retiring Hendricks and a-limpin an makin threats. I Bee 'im tryin to lock in at the library windows,, but master had locked the door an gone up to his laboratory- Since then I haven't laid eyes on Mr. Allen but once. He came one day when master was out an went up to Ms room an looked over gome of his papws an went •way." "Which was his room?" asked Hendricks, scratching a match en the sole of his boot and lighting his cigar. "It's the small one, sir, right over this one." Hendricks said nothing for two or three minutes. Then be took the revolver from his pocket, went to the window and called the man to him. "Did you ever see this gun before, Jarnagin?" he asked. The servant took it and examined it closely. "I could swear it used to stay in this room behind that big vase on the mantelpiece," answered the man. "I know it by the nick in the handle. I didn't get a good look at it durin the inquest." "Whose was it?" "I don't know, sir. It seemed to belong to the house. Master always kept it loaded for nse in case of need. Seemed to me he was afraid some one would try to steal some of his plans an drawin's." "Where did he keep them?" "In a big safe in his laboratory." "Your master has been troubled with excessive nervousness lately, it seems," said Hendricks, restoring the weapon to his pocket "Never saw its equal, sir. Half the time he couldn't seem to sleep u wink at night, au then here of late he seemed to be awful hard to please. He'd been SLEEP FOR better, but it wasn't a month before he was paciu up an down the north walk again at all hours of the night an eternallv tinkerin away in his laboratory." "He has not had medical advice since he came back from abroad?" asked the detective. "I think not, sir. Miss Alice has been tryin to persuade 'im to do it, but he's been so irritable an full of fancies"— "Fancies?" interrupted Hendrickg. "Yes, sir," said the coachman. "He thought all of ns, even his own children, was plottin to ruin an kill 'im." "Have you ever heard him say anything on that line?" asked Hendricks, carelessly knocking the ashes from his | cigar and looking to see if it were burning. "I heard 'im accuse Mr. Ralph Miss Alice the other day of wantin t get 'im out of the way so they conl handle his money an the income on hi inventions." "What did they say to that?" aske tbe detective, scratching a mateh an* holding it to his extinguished cigar. "It made 'em awfully mad. Mr Ralph swore at 'im, an Miss Alice wen to her room cryin." Hendrioks stood up and yawned lazi ly. He put his hand into his pocket an took out a $5 bill and gave it to Jarna gin, "Here's something for you, my good man, bnt mind you don't say anythini about this conversation. It would offenc the family, you know." Jarnagin'B eyes sparkled. "I know my place, sir. You needn't be afraid Besides they'd discharge me if they knew I told you anything." flendricks went to the door and look ed otit. "I see my friend Dr. Lampkin com ing across the lawn. Send him to me hero." [TO BE CONTINUED.] SKIN-TORTURED BABIES And rest for tired mothers in a warm I»U> •with CCTICI.-KA SOAP, an J asiiigleapplicatiou of CCTICCKA (ointment), the great skin cure. CUTICCILA REMEDIES afford instant relief and point to a speedy cure of torturing, disfiguring;, hmniliaimp, itehinp, burning, bleed- Ing, crusted, scaly skin and scalp humors. with loss of hair, -when all else tails. POTTM UEDO AKD OXM. Sold thitrachouttSt »orid. Co»r., SntePrew- BMW. MT ••How»Cut«SkiD-Tortn SKIN SCALP ud R»ir BMUb'ttd by KEEPING ROOTS. 'Wh.ichwas his room?" as?;cd Hc'ndricks. quarrelin with everybody—Mr, Ralph .,,«_,. . tohed Dr. Lampfan by saying, "That j st p thac she and Mr _ Montcastle will rir\ \}-t* Ain»»*-/>octlo " on/3 •flion <-rt i . _ . . . will do, Mr. Moutcastle,"and then to the coroner, "Please call Miss Benton next" The young woman started to rise, but Montcastle wbJsnered something to her, and she sank bwk on the sofa, looking pale, fatigued and excited. "Did yon hear the report of a revolver in the garden last night?" asked the detective. "I don't think—no, I did not," was the reply. "You could not have been awake when it was fired, then?" said Hendricks interrogatively. "I don't know, sir. I presume"— Th« girl's eyes met Montcastle's, and •he did not finish. Hendricks bit his lip arid pulled his beard. Then he surprised Lamckin by asking • <meatioa were going to finish a game of chess. Miss Beaton had promised to see to the lights and close the house. The coroner called for the testimony turned to Mr. Meynell. "What were the contents of the dead man's pockets?" he asked. The coroner opened a brown paper parcel on the table. It contained a notebook, a purse of §45, a penknife, a leac pencil and a watch and chain. "Looks ns if nothing were taken,' said the detective tentatively. "No; robbery was not the motive evidently, Mr. Hendricks. Yon can safely bank on that." Hendricks uoddad thoughtfully. "I should like to keep these things along with the revolver if you have no objection," said ie. "They may suggest an idea for operation. For the present I am at sea in a very poor craft.'' "Mystery to me," said the coroner. "By the way, I presume I did right in letting the undertaker look after the body. I see they are bringing it round to tbe drawing room." "Perfectly right," replied the detective. "Oh, I say, Meynell!" as the coroner was turning away. "I presume we have seen all the people who usual ly live in the house, haven't we?" "Well, no, not' exactly," replied the coroner. "There is a Mr. Brooks Allen, an elderly man, who has been for years associated with Mr. Jacob Benton in his scientific work. I was told by the chief of police that he lives here about half his time, though he has not been in East Orange for a week or so." Hendricks pulled his beard reflectively. "There is one other thing," he said. "I'd like to have the clothes in which old Benton was found. Please have them done np carefully for me. I may have a use for them." "Easy enough," answered the coroner. "I'll speak to the undertaker about them at once. I wish yon luck, Mr. Hendricks. I'm sore you are the right man to throw light on the mystery." "As yon go out," said Hendricks, frowning down the compliment, "pleasa send that coachman to me. I'll wait here.'' In a minute Jarnagin entered. Hendricks smiled at him reassuringly. ' 'Thought yon might help me a little, Jarnagin," he began. "Hold your tongue, and I'll see that you don't lose anything by it." I am the sort that can do it, sir," gaid the coachrmia, already at his ease. "I kcow that, Jarnagin," said the detective, throwing himself into an easy chair and biting the end of a cig:ir. "You see, I want to know something of Wikou, the gardener, and Edward ! about the people who live in a place Jarnagin, the coachman. They confessed to having drunk a good deal of beer the previous night, which perhaps had made them sleep more soundly than usual and caused them not to hear the revolver, though the room they occupied OTer the stable, in the lower part of the grounds, wi« nuar enough for the report to have reached them. The coroner was asking them some unimportant questions when Hendricks rose and tiptoed acron the room to Lampkin. "Will yon do something tor meF" he asked. . . where a crime has been committed. Every one can help a little by a suggestion here and there. Now, I have seen an Miss Alice an Mr. Montcastle. He couldn't bear that man in his sight, sir.'' "Was it because his daughter seemed to prefer Montcastle?" asked the detective. "I suppose so, sir. Anyway she likes him, an he is after her if ever a man was after a woman. They met each other at Newport last summer an have been correspondin ever since. Mr. Ralph invited 'im to the house party. His sister got 'im to do it. Master raised a awful row when he heard what the young folks was up to, but it was too late to stop it. Miss Hastings had already started, an Mr. Moutcastle was some place where Miss Alice couldn't reach 'im." "How long have yoti been in the family, Jarnagiii?" "More'n 20 years, sir." Headricks doubled his beard over his fingers and put the end between his teeth, liampkin had seen him do it when he was in deep thought. Suddenly he pulled himself together. "I presume Mr. Ralph and this Boston girl like each other?" he said. It looks very much like it, sir," said the coachman, "though she hasn't been showin it much, because Mr. Ralph is a pretty wild youngster. It looks like she's afraid to trust herse'f to 'im, Mr. Ralph is always in debt an has given master a lot of trouble in one way or other. You see, sir, Miss Alice an her was in college together, an Miss Alice told her all about Mr. Ralph before she met 'im, an Miss Hastings was prepared to meet a pretty rapid fellow. She's gone on 'im, though, as I've told Mr. Ralph more'n once. She can't hide it. She pretends to be interested in what tbe others are savin or doin of evenin's, but if Mr. Ralph misses his train an can't get home on time she gets so restless she can't sit still.'' Hundricks deliberately changed the subject. "Has Miss Alice had entire charge of the household affairs?" he asked. "Only since her a,unt went away, sir," returned Jarnagin. "Her aunt? Who's she?" asked Hendricks. "Miss Martha Benton, master's old maid sister," explained the coachman. 'They sent her off two weeks ago to a mind doctor in Philadelphia. She's there now takin his medicine." "What ailed her?" asked the detect- ve. "She had a mighty morbid disposition, sir. She's always savin she didn't want to live an the like. Mary told me they had a hard time not long ago to keep her from killin herse'f. She An Inexpensive Plan For Keeping* Root* For Feeding Fnrpoueii. An Illinois fanner, being desirous o! possessing a root cellar for keeping mangel wurzels and other roots for the winter feeding of stock, applied to Country Gentleman, for advice. He wanted an inexpensive arrangement and one that required no skilled labor in its construction. Following are the suggestions elicited: Dig a hole 4 to 8 feet wide and as long as may be necessary to contain the roots; preferably it should be dug into a hill or rather in ground which slopes moderately. 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