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REMEMBER THE PUCE •««« •« South Side Fifth Street Opposite Postoffice CARROLL, IA, YOU WANT THE BEST THE BEST IS NONE TOO GOOD For tbe readers of THE SENTINBI,, and we nave made arrangements whereby we can give tbe beet weekly newspaper in tbe world, The New M ML Together with THE WEEKLY BBNTINB for the price of 1am SBNTINEJ, alone. No other newspaper baa so much varied and special matter for its weekly edition as THE WOULD, and we (eel that in offering BOTH PAPERS FOR $2 We are giving our subscribers tbe beat premium we oould 'offer them, Don't delay, but send in year subscription at once. Remember, The New York World and The Weekly Sentinel For Only $2 for One Year. THE SENTINEL. Carroll, Iowa. YOU CAN'T LIVE I IWPPT HOW ' S YOUR LIVER 1 LI VEKlARCVOUR KIDNEYS AURIOHT7 DOCS YOUR BACK ACHE? ARE YOU WEAK ANDTHIN? DOES YOUR SLEEP REST YOU? ARE YOU DUtU AND BILIOUS? MARVELOUS SUCCESS has attended the use of All who use It nay It is The PeerlGSS Remedy lorcurlns all ailments OF THE MM, KIDNEYS AND BLADDER, FEMALE TROUBLES, RHEUMATISM AND BRIGHT' S DISEASE. fV Suit ty all first -elites dealers. PRICE, $1.00 A fOTUe, The Dr. 3. H. McUin Medicine Co., w. unit, MO. Green Bay Lumber Company Lumber and Coal, AND ALL KINDS OF BUILDING MATEKAL. tow yards north of dwell milla OwroU, low*, CHAPTER VIII. The drama of "The Prodigal Son" was enacted over again when I returned to Marshuiiustcr. My aunts had greatly resented my sudden departure for .Paris and announced that they this time intended to keep me with them for some weekR I had uo objection to this arrangement, as I anticipated a long and laborious task in ferreting out evidence against Felix. The first tiling to be dona was to learn all that had taken place in my absence, and the information was ably supplied by Auut Jane, seconded by feer sister. I inquired about Briarfield and his fiancee. "Bellin Hall is to be shut up next week," said Aunt .Tone. "Tho Bellius are going to town and with them Mr. Briarfield." "I wonder they staid here BO long when the season was on in London," said Aunt Sophia, "but it was all that foolish Mrs. Bullin. She chose to consider herself ill and BO insisted upon remaining here. Now she can't resist the attractions of town life any longer and goes next week." "She has to arrange about the wedding, Sophia. You know it takes place in July. I wonder if Mr. Felix Briarfield will be back in time to be best man." "That I can safely say is impossible," said I dryly. "But why?" exclaimed both the old ladies, scenting news. "Well, he has gone to Italy and from there goes to the east," I answered, unwilling to tell the truth. "I don't soe how he can return in time for the wedding if it takes place in July." My female relatives looked significantly at one another. "What did I tell yon, Sophia?" said Aunt; Jane, in- a JOBS of subdued triumph. "Yes, sister, yon are right," sighed Sophia, shaking her head. ' 'Poor young man 11 thought myself he loved Olivia.'' "Who loved Olivia?" I asked sharply. "Felix Briarfleld," said Aunt Jane: ""When his brother went to America, he was always with her and no doubt loved her dearly. I can scarcely wonder at that, as she is so beautiful a girl. But he behaved very well, and when Francis came back went to the continent. "He was unable to bear the sight of his brother's happiness." ; said Aunt Sophia sentimentally. "Poor young maul I have no doubt bia heart ia broken. He actually left Marahminster before his brother arrived from America, so as to spare himself the painful sight of their happiness." I saw by this conversation that my surmise was correct. Felix bad fallen in love with Olivia while hU brother was in America, and selfishly determined not to give her up had devised the idea of passing himself off as Francis. With this in his mind be bad gone to Paris and protended to stay there, then reap- pearejl to Marshminster as Francis, alleging an earlier return from Chile as an excuse. When Francis really returned, Felix asked him to be at the Feu inn •o as to rid himself of his brother before be oould see Olivia. Whether be intended to kill Francis Or to merely explain matters I could not tell, but at all events Francis had been murdered, and I firmly believed that Felix was morally guilty of the crime. The suppression of the letters, the substitution of himself us Francis and the dexterous manner in which lie had rid himself of the corpse, according to Merrick's theory, all showed me that I had • dangerous and reckless man to deal with. But after the clover way in which be bad bodied me in Paris by resuming his name I was prepared for any villainy at his bands. He had committed himself so tor that he could not draw back and was compelled to follow crime by crime in orda* to bolster up bis position. He was goiiig to town with the evident intention of evading wo. Doubtless he thought that, deceived by the episode at the Hotel des Etrangers, I bad quite abandoned all idea of meddling in the affair, But for Morrick I should our- taiuly have done BO. Now that Morriok saw the mutter in the same light as I did I was determined to go on, but resolved to give uo hint of thjs to Felix, When be left Miutihmiuster, I could pursue my inquiries ut leisure. Already I bad been too rash in revealing my in- tentioua, for bad I not mentioned my journey to Paris Felix would not Imve been put on bis guard and baffled wo BO adroitly. I bad at least gained one important piece of information, whlob in iteolf was sufficient to break off the mutoh. The passenger list of the Copiapo proved conclusively that Fraudsbjtduot reached England before the Oth of Juno, and this shown toOli via woiild*bow that Falix was puling himself off as hw lover. With snob proof I could stop the marriage iniw«Jiat«ly, but preferred to wait until ( guinod further evidence implicating him in tho murder of his brother. I believed Morriok's theory to be true and quite exiiuotad to find that Felix bud ridden out tu the Fan inn for the purpose of biding hit* brother's body (it one of tlw bog holi*. "By tbe wuy," I iwkod Auut Jiuie as we part*! for tho night, "how does Miai Bellin look? Liko a happy bride, ah?" "By HO moans," replied my aunt sol- Manly. "She looks Ul iuul miserable, th,ut I know thin marriage with Francis is a love match I shoulJstiy she disliked the idea of becoming his wife." "No doubt," thought I, "no doubt Olivia mistrusts Fefix already." I said good night to my elderly relative aud wont off to bed. Instead of turning in, I lighto." 1 my pipe and leaned out of tho window, thinking deeply. Could it bo possible that Olivia had discovered tho imposture? If so, why did she tamely submit to marry a man whom she must know was guilty of his brother's and her lover's death? Moreover, if she was assured of this, she must also have condemned the deception at tho Hotel des Etrangers. Her conduct seemed strange, yet I could not bring mysqlf to believe that she knew tho truth. If she did, she was as bad 83 Felix. "She must think that he is really Francis and that Felix is in Paris,"I thought. "Surely she would not willingly go to the altar with a man whom she knows to be a villain. No! He has thrown dust in her eyes and made her believe what he pleases. I must save the poor girl from such a fate. Perhaps in spite of outward semblance she instinctively feels that Felix is not Francis. Women have their instincts. I know of no other reason why she should look pale and ill." My cogitations were cut short by Aunt Jane knocking at the door and telling mo not to waste the candles. I was used to these little idiosyncrasies of my aunts, so I answered that I was going to bed and put out the light at once, but the rest of the night was passed in a wakeful state. Truly I had a bad attack of detective fever. For the next few days I kept very quiet, as I was unwilling to rouse the suspicions of Felix. At length my aunts, who entertained no suspicion of my designs, informed me that he had gone to London with Mrs. and Miss •Bellin. The coast now being clear, I ventured out and began to work out my carefully laid plans. In the first place, I went to Bob Fnn- dy to hire a borse. It was my intention to ride out to tho Fen inn and thoroughly examine the rooms, as I fancied Felix might have hidden the corpse in the house. From Fnndy I gained a piece of unexpected information. "Want to ride to the Fen inn, sir," laid he, scratching his bead. "Why, Whatever's come over that old ruin? Every one seems to be going there." "What do yon mean, Fundy?" "First Mr. Briarfield and now you," said Fnndy. "Blest if I can understand it, though, to be sure, he rode there at night, and yon go in the daytime." ' "Did Mr. Briarfield go to the Fen inn at night?" I asked, seeing I was on tbe eve «f learning something important. I had not forgotten Merrick's theory. "That he did, sir. He rode then two nights over a week ago. V "Curious," said I, with assumed carelessness. "It is not an attractive place. I dare say he only rode a little way out of the town." "No, sir." said Fnndy decisively. "He went to the Fen inn. He told me so himself, as I noticed his borse was done np. Look here," added Fnndy, opening bis daybook. "See, on tbe 10th of June he had a horse and on the 1 itb. Both at night and did' not return till midnight," I mounted my hone and rode away, j thinking deeply. If Felix bad gone to the Fen inn on tho 10th, then I felt sure that be had actually murdered bis brother. Hitherto I believed that Streut was tbe guilty party, but now. thanks to the evidence of Fuudy, I saw that Felix had committed the crime. He bad also ridden to the inn on tho llth iu order to conceal tbe body. Memok's theory was thus proved to be correct./ Link by link I was putting the chain together. I had proved that Francis had not arrived in England till the Oth of June aud so made certain of the identity of Felix. I hud discovered that Felix was at tho iuu ou tho fatal night, and also that he had concealed tho body. Now I wished to discover how the murder was committed. Tho Fun iuu was quite deserted and as evil looking as ever, In spita of my searching, I discovered no signs of tho dead body of my friend. The alothoH, which I hud soon folded on tho chair beside tho bed, were also gouc, and there was not the slightest thing loft to excite suspicion. ".He must have hidden the body in the marshes," I thought after a vain search. "I'll see if he has loft a trail." Struck by the feasibility of this irtoo, I wont out at tho trout door and examined tho ground. It was moist and muddy owing to tbe incessant percolation of marshy wuter, Tho path loading from Marabmiustor was niurkud confusedly with horses' hoofs, so it was quit a useless to look for a trail iu that direction. Looking from the door of the iuu, thu path trended to the right, but ou the loft, where there was no pitch, I noticed boot murks; also that tho lush grass was trodden down. "llore is the trail," said I, mounting my horse. "He took tho. body to tho left," Following the trail carefully, and it was plainly dhsooruiblo owing to the duwpuws* of the ground, I rodu a&aigut one jor some ouusldwubJe distance. Tho spungy niaroh jutted bluok wulor '.udur tho foot of the harso, and it aoamod im though I were iu danger of bulug hogged. NovwtLoloas, us the trail coutiuuwl iu t.of uw, I fpjlowod it. Wuqro Fell*. could go 1 could follow, fie had evidently placed the body of his teotber Borons his saddle mid ridden with it in thia direction. 1 wondered At the nerve of tho Fconmlrel. Unexpectedly the trail turned off at tight anglpt and led toward a broad frond of wuter slimy and snUeii in up- punrttnoe. On the verge of this the trail ceased, and then I knew that I saw before me the tomb of Francis Briarfield. Into these black waters the murderer bad hurled his victim, and doubtless if the pool were dragged the borly Wottld be found. This I determined to do before taking further steps in the matter. "Then, Mr. Polls Briarflold," said I, riding back to the ilia, ' 'then we will see how much your astuteness will avail you." Following Ihe trail carefully. It was late in the afternoon when I got back to the inn, and the cold vapors of the marsh made me shiver. As I am subject to rheumatism, I was afraid of future sufferings, so, having some brandy in my flask, determined to light a fire for the purpose of heating water and comforting myself with a hot drink. There was plenty of fuel about, and I had matches iu my pocket. I began to rake the dead ashes out of the dining room grate when I disturbed an oblong piece of flint, which rattled onto the hearth. All ideas of lighting a fire were forgotten as I stood with that in my hand. It was an arrowhead. I handled it gingerly, for I knew well that it was steeped in poison, and that witb this Francis had been, murdered. I saw at once what had taken place. Felix had arrived and had gone up to bis brother's room. Holding the flint with the razorlike edge outward, he had shaken hands with his brother and so wounded him. A quarrel had ensued, but Francis, not thinking he was poisoned, never dreamed of his danger. Then be bad fallen dead, and Felix, placing the body on the bed, had returned to the dining room and flung the poisoned arrowhead into the fire. The most astounding thing was that 1 bad not been awakened by the outcry of Francis, but I suppose I was quite worn out by i»y walk and iu too deep a Hoop. -Nevertheies* it waa utruugo that I had beard neither the arrival of Felix nor the struggle which must have taken place. Possibly I hud been drugged. Witb this damning piece of evidence in my pocket, wrapped up in paper, for I feared tho poison for myself, I rode back to Marehminster, wondering how Felix bad hit upon such • terribly ingenious fashion of removing bia brother. So for as I knew, be bad not traveled much aud would not be likely to have any savage weapons in bis possession, yet he oould not have owned a flint arrowhead in the ordinary ran of things. This puzzled me greatly. I returned the horse to Fuudy without making any remarks, and thoroughly tired out wont early to rest, still puzzling over that arrowhead. Before dawn I solved tho mystery. In tho entrance ball of tbe Boiling' bouse a perfect urmoyy of savage weapons was arrayed against the wall. There were clubs, arrows, bows, mats and grinning heathen gods. Doubtless Felix, knowing tbe arrows to bo poisoned, had token tbe flint bead of one in order to put bis brother to death. As early as I oould I wont to Bellin Hall to satisfy myeolf on this point The ball was u show place, as it possessed a fluo picture gallery, so I had little difficulty in gaining admission from the woman in charge. Requesting nuiwjion. to examine tbe warriorliko implements patterned against tbe hall wall, I narrowly observed tbe arrows. It was as I thought — one of tbe arrows was missing, and Felix bad stolen it iu order to kill his brother. I did not take much interest in tbe pictures after snob a discovery, and the talk of tbe housekeeper foil unheeded on my ears. Finally I gave her a sovereign and left tbe bouse, impatient to be alone and think over my dincovedos. I bud MOW Hufflyiout evidence to prove that Foli;: hud killed Francis and suf- floiuut to warrant buviug him arrested. If tho pool were dragged, thu body would bo found witb tlie ragged wound of tbe fliut arrowhead on tho right hand. I could prove lite finding a? tbe arrowhead ill tho (when aud bow it had boon taken from Boiliii Hall. Fuudy could give tivideuco tu Felix having taken a horse to tho Fwi iim on tho JOth and also on tuo Uth. Aud altogether tbe evidence against Felix was alwirJy Bufti- oiout to hang him. Btill I did nothing raably, aud bofovo talcing further proceeding* returuod to Loudou to. consult Morrick, Bis advice, I know, would be Judicious. _ ^ CHAPTER IX. Pr. Merriok was delighted to see mo again so speedily u.ud nsaurod mo That bo bud thought of nothing also but the lane iuu crime. Tbu peculiar circuui •tttttoes of th* ease fusoiuutod him greatly. "Duoidodlyl should boa detwtivo," ho said IwugliluKly. "I have bum inventing ull laud* of theories iu oouuuo- tiou with (bis matter. J3y tfta vuy, tuy ide» of nearuhiug the, shippiug U«t was "laid, ei» 414 wtf fttt'Jve to ««l*W* Wttl 6th of June?" "No! TherefdJe ftWasFfttncld wh I met at the Foil iuu, who was by his brother, and It is Felix Who l passes himself oft to Olivia Bellin M \ Francia." "Does she not guess the imposture)" "No. So far as t can see, elie firmly J believes Felix to be Francis. You were-1 also right about the hiding of th* J corpse." "You don't say Ho?" cried Merriok, highly delighted "Did Felix ride out to the Feu inn and hide the body, as t surmised?" "He did. I have the evidence of th* '•=,livery stable keeper to prove that he hired u horse on the llth and did not return till midnight." , "During which timo he disposed Of' $ his brother's body?" ' 'Precisely. I tracked his horse's hoot marks to tho pool wherein I am convinced the body lies hidden." "Egad! You are a wonderful man,. Deuham. Did yon have the pool dragged for the body?" 1 'Not yet. I wished to tell yon all my discoveries before doing so." ,. "Many thanks. I am so interested in- \ this case that it is a great pleasure for • me to follow it step by step." i ' 'I wish no thanks from you, Merriok, ttr \ said I heartily. "It is rather the other] way, as your reasonings have led me t these important discoveries: First, Felix was in Paris; second, that Francii did not arrive from Child till this mouth,,/ and, third, that Felix liimself bid the\ i i corpse. By myself I should never have discovered wo much. But I have made >, one most famous disco vary." "Yes? And that is?" "I know how the crime was commit-; ted and by whom." "You don't say so!" exclaimed Mer-'/J rick in much excitement "Have yon. 1 - '' seen Streut?" , "No. It was not Strent who killed • Francis Briarflold.'' "Yon don't mean to say is Was Rose Strent?" ,J(| "No. It was Felix himself." ''if Merrick, uttered an exclamation of surprise and remained silent for a few minutes. . "But you said yourself that Felix never came to the inn on that night,.", he objected, "So I thought, but it appears that I'. was mistaken. Fundy, the livery stable- '$ keeper, told me that Felix hired a horse • from him on the 10th aud llth of June. On both occasions ho did not return till 1 midnight. Now, Francis was murdered.. ^ On tho 10th, and his corpse disappeared.'^! on tho llth. Felix is therefore responsible for both the murder and the concealment of the body." "That is purely circumstantial evidence." I laid down the arrowhead on the- 4 <^j table. "This is proof positive," I said tri- ; nmphantly. "With that piece of flint Francis was killed." \ , "Really," mid Merrick skeptically^ nicking up tb« nrrowhend. ' '"With suck t clnumy instrument bo must have 1 gled tho job considerably.,',' , "Not at all. That arrowhead i> i ed in virulent poison." The douce!" sried Merrick, dropping it hastily. "Why did yow not , warn me of its danger? I might bav» , " out myself and gone the same way a* ! poor 'Francis Briaftflold. How do you, know the murder was so executed?" I told you about the discolored, wound in the palm of the right band." Merrick nodded. Well," I continued, "that was ' L ~~ }*i cause of death, as there was neither •oratoh nor violence on any other part ,' of the body. I picked up that arrow- bead in tbe fireplace of the dining room '? of the Feu iuu, where it hod doubtless, •• been thrown by Felix after tbe com- ' •Aittal of the crime. " "Where did be get the arrowhead?" "That is just what puiwlod me for •>. long time, Fortunately I remembered.-.., that the entrance to Bellin Hull wa«-, decked with a perfect armory of savage • weapons. I made an excuse of looking •t the picture gallery and so gained admission to the halL " "Did you find anything likely to con- ,,, firm your suspicious?" "Yes, I found that an arrow had been removed from the wall " "How could you tell that?" "Because the weapons were arranged in patterns, and one of tho patterns was incomplete. Moreover, on comparing! that arrowhead with those on tho wallf I found it was precisely similar iu »pj pearauce. "Humph," said Merriok thought* vS . fully. "There is only one deduction to '"' be taken from all this. Felix stole the arrowhead, and knowing it to be poisoned rodu to tho Fun inn to kill bin brother. Ho is u clever scoundrel, " ' 'Very clover indeed, ' ' I answered dryly, "But for you, Merrick, he would have bailloil nip altogether. ' ' • 'I think you hiivo him this ti»e, ' ' said ;-l Merrick, laughing. "Now, what do you/ if intend to do nost?" ^ "Have thu pool dragged for the body and Folix Bviarilold arrested. " / "Before doing HO it would be advisa, J bio to (iud Hose SU'eut or her father. " . \l '•Why so?" ~ ' "Bocuuue they only can give evidence us to the committal of crime. Fulling them, Felix may fHp* through your iuigoiv. " "They won't SHOW WPOT dcuoo for tliojr own sake. " "Iu that case they n»u»t bo foam} forced iuto uoufassiou, " said the quickly. "Awfl wb»t »bout Felix, Kiss Boiliu?" ^ "They wo now Kiss Belliu iu Swansea square au4 lix ut his chambers iu Jwmyw ' "I wonder if Felix in still ia nioatiou wit)) BOJO Btrgut," o Aforriok half to himself. "It's uat iujjwmaulG. StTCUti/wiW OJP is, she it not « maid, I believe nouw unites the puir, wd Roee. iu his wottttdrejjy aohwagi ou| a lorn" wtf

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