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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 13

Mason City, Iowa
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Monday, February 9, 1931
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FEBRUARY 9 1931 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE MADLAUGHTER A THRILLING MYSTERY STORY*" by MILES BURTON READ THIS FIRST: The famous diamond necklace i Jfdy Hadway Is stolen by Thomi Merrldge, a notorious crook In Ixm don:, Slinking-;alon£ the street afte the robbery, ijerridgo Is accosted b two men, who handcuff him, tak the diamonds and promise to tak him to Scotland Yard for tfiestion uig. On the way, the burglar slid denly leaps -out of the car an escapes Into the tog. -To free him self of the handcuffs, Herrlrlp makes the home of. Ginger MurdoVI another crook. He'stumbles Into policeman. Herridge, explains th handcuffs by saying be had wor them on a bet The policeman, how ever, takes him to a police station A. sergeant there does not/recogniz him. Herridge tells a story of havin a wife and children in WJgan; n sub urb, aitho his dialect is Londoi cockney. The sergeant summons In spector Brooks, who recognizes Her ridge. Later Dick Penhampton i called to the Scotland Yard office o Sir Edric Comvay, assistant polic commissioner, to tell of the robberj of Inspector Brooks. NOW GO ON WITH THE STOR\ HAPTER 5 "I'd better begin by explaining who I am," said Dick Penhampton "I'm Lord Hardway's brother-!n law; he married my sister Daphne 10 years ago. They live in one of thosi old-fashioned houses in Woodbridgi Square. I don't suppose I need tel you anything about Hardway, Inspector. You probably know al about him." The inspector nodded. Lord Hardway, tho never forcing: himself into the public eye, was a fairly well- known man. He had held one or two minor parts in the government, anc his speeches in the house of lords were always listened to with respect Socially, Lady Hardway was a very popular hostess, and she and her husband were always to be seen at the more exclusive functions. While not overpoweringly rich, they possessed enough to gratify their excellent tastes, and to contribute largely to 'such charities as appealed to them. Seeing the inspector's nod, Dick continued, "As you probably know, my sister entertains a gooti deal. The house is usually full of people and that sort of thing. But, as it happens, they had no engagements last night, and rang me up to come and dine with them. I had better explain tiiat I am a bachelor, and live in rooms just off Jermyn street. They dine at a quarter past eight, and I meant to reach the house just before them. As a matter of fact, I was a few minutes late, owing to the fof'»We did not sit down to dinner tlfl twenty-five minutes past. After dinner, we went into Hardway's study--my sister usually sits there with him when she is alone-and stayed there for the rest of the . ,ayenin£J.j,ef t. : th,e house before midnight and walked "home.' "Now," among the Hardway possession Is an extremely valuable, and, to my mind, exceedingly ugly diamond necklace. It is supposed to contain some of the stones of Marie Antoinette's famous necklace, which was stolen by the La Mottes. They, you remember, took it to pieces, and sold many of the stones In London. This necklace is kept in a concealed safe let into the wall in my sister's bedroom. There are two keys to this safe. One Hardway keeps on his bunch, the other is deposited at the bank. "Last night, when my sister was dressing for dinner, she borrowed Harway's key and opened the safe to take out some other jewelry. The necklace was there in its case, and was seen by both my sister and her husband, who was in the room at the time. Hardway himself closed the safe and locked it, under my sister's eyes. This would be at about a quarter to eight." Inspector Brooks, listening attentively, formed a very good opinion of Dick Penhampton. He had a gifti of stating the essential facts, without burdening his story with a mass of irrelevant detail. "My sister went to bed a few minutes after I left the house," continued Dick. "It was about half-past twelve when she put the light out. She noticed nothing unusual in her room. She was called by her maid at eight o'clock this morning. On the maid drawing the curtains, she noticed tha{ the hasp of the window had been wrenched open, and told my sister. Hardway immediately opened the safe with-his key. The necklace and its case had gone: Nothing else had been touched." "Lady Hardway heard no disturbance in the night?" suggested tho inspector. "None whatever," replied Dick. "And, as it 'happens, she is a very light sleeper." "Then the necklace probably disappeared between eight o'clock and midnight," remarked Brooks. "The fog was at ita thickest between eight and nine, during which period the burglar might have got into the house unobserved. Well, sir, if I may say so, I think it would be best for me to go round to Woodbridge Square at once." "I'll take you round there now,' replied Dick. The two men took a taxi, and in a short time were closeted in the study with Lord Hardway, who showed himself most affable and ready to help. "It's an awful nuisance about this necklace, inspector," he said. "It's not so much Its intrinsic value--it's insured, of course--but its sentimental value. The stones have a history, and no others could have the same interest. You'll put me under an eternal obligation if you can trace it for me." "I'll do my best, my lord," replied Brooks. "I should like to ask a few questions if I may.'; !|Fire away," said Lord Hardway. "In the first place, how many eople knew the secret of the safe?" jegan Brooks. Lord Hardway smiled, rather ruefully. "It's difficult to say. The safe sn't exactly secret. It is rather hidden, as you will see presently when show it to you. I've no doubt all the servants know of it; there are seven of them; Phelps, the butler, wo footmen, and four maids. Several of our friends have seen it too, I wouldn't say how many." "Have your servants been with 'ou long, my lord?" inquired the nspector. "It's an amazing thing to be able o say these days," replied Lord Hardway, "but we haven't had a new servant in the house for the ast four years. Four years ago :ne of our housemaids left us to oin her sister in South America ind we took another in her place, he daughter of one of my gamekeepers in the country, whom I ave known since she was born. The est of them have .been with, us ince we were married." "You employ no casual labor bout the house, charwomen and so orth?" asked Brooks. "No. The regular domestic staff eem able to cope with the aitua- ion,"-replied Lord Hardway. "The nly stranger we have had in the 3lac« was a very decent fellow ailed Clarke. A couple of months ago one of the footmen had to go way "suddenly to his father, who 'as very ill. This man Clarke came ound, looking for a job, and I took im on. "Phelpg was very pleased with im; he did all the donkey work bout the house, and turned out to e a very handy man. I might ave taken him on permanently, but fter he had been with us about iree weeks he came to me and told ne that his brother in Wigan, who ad a shop, wanted him to help /Ith the business. We were all cry sorry when he went." Something like the ghost of a mile passed over the Inspector's (Turn to Paifo 1C, Column tt. When to Be £!®sicha!ant By CLIFFORD McBRIDE Humorist whose midget golf gag was turned down by editor tells him he has a swell Austin joke! rm m i n i :im.. Jujj.umuimiiiiiiiiB/ig "SURE? A. KIPPER ts A HERRING =· OWLY IT'S GOT AM BlGU'SU AQCEMT.H KlPP£RS YOU KWoW" A FISH?. SURE, w/e v~^32 V*Jrc«~- *Tt^ ^tr-sr^f* 'yS J'^L J ... HAS KIPP6RS l^^^^, i KiPPEfcS* CopynpJit, 1881. by Centva! 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