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TUESDAY, JANUARY 25,193S. THE DAILY COURIER, CONNELLSVILLE, PA. \ PAGE SEVEN CASE TIVE A, Most Thrilling and Unusual Mystery Serial--by LEO BRUCE CHAPTER : I cannot pretend that there was anything sinister in the atmosphere that evening. Nothing ot the sort that is supposed to precede a crime. Nobody walked about looking furtive, no' whispered quarrels were interrupted, no mysterious strangers lurked near the house. Although afterwards, as you may imagine, I, went over the events of the day again and again In my mind, I could remember nothing which might have served as a warning, nothing at all extraordinary in anyone's behavior. That is why the thing came as such an abominable shock to me. I remember, o£ course--I have good cause to remember--that we discussed it in general terms, and how could one have guessed that there was any relevance in the discussion? And I could not say for certain who had brought up the subject. Perhaps if I could have done so, if anyone could have done so, it would have helped us later to understand. For that discussion was relevant, appallingly relevant, in a very special sense. As you shall sec. But at the time--well, at the Thurslons* week-end parties, crime might be discussed, or religion, politics, the cinema, or ghosts. Any topic of general interest which arose was sure to be pretty well threshed out. That was the kind ot party which the Thurstons gave, a party at which everyone talked a great deal, shouting opinions which he would afterward have denied, and trying to shout them as cleverly as possible. I do not mean that it was all rather self-conscious and arty, like those awful parties in London at which women with unpleasant breath advocate free love and nudism. But at the Thurstons' conversation was enjoyed, and not treated ns a tiresome stop-gap between dinner and , bridge. Dr. Thurston himself was no conversationalist, though he enjoyed listening, and could put in an incentive phrase now and again. He was a big, bespectacled man, rather Teutonic in appearance, and in manner, too, for he showed a joJly German simplicity and sentimentality to everyone. He liked pressing his guests to food and drink and cigars, with booming emphasis. He had been the local doctor in that Sussex village, till he married, and although he no longer practiced he had kept on the house, because he liked it, and allowed the new practitioner to build afresh. It was understood that Mrs. Thurston had money, at all events they hod been very well oft since their marriage, and entertained a great deal. She, too, was amiable, most amiable, but not very intelligent. Although I stayed with the Thurstons many times, and must have spent hours in the same room with Mary Thurston, I cannot recall a single sentence that she uttered. She was stout, and spent a great deal of - money on her clothes, a big, blonde, rather painted woman, easy-going and quite unpretentious. I can sec her clearly enough, even it I cannot remember words of hers, beaming round on us all, filling quite a wide armchair, giggling like a girl at flattery, obviously overflowing with kindness. "The Goddess of Plenty" someone once called her, aptly enough, for as a hostess, from the practical point of view, she was supreme. The food was really exquisite, the house beautifully kept, and Mrs. Thurston had that Important gift--a memory for drinks. She was a good woman. Whoever may have started discussing crime, it was Alec Morris who did most of the talking, though he pretended to be contemptuous of the topic. "Crime?" he said. "Can't we talk about anything else? Don't we get enough of it in books and films? I'm stick to death of this crime, crime, crime, wherever you turn." Dr. Thurston chuckled. He knew Norris, and knew why he spoke so bitterly. Norris was an unsuccessful writer of novels very different from murder mysteries -- rather intense psychological books, with a good deal of sex in them. Dr. Thurston saw his chance of making Norris excited. "But is it crime in those books?" he asked. "Crime as it really happens?" Norris might have been a diver on fa springboard. He hesitated for one moment, blinking at Thurston, then he plunged. "No. I'm damned if it is," he said. "Literary crime is all baffling mystery and startling clues. Whereas in real life, murder, for instance, nearly always turns out to be some sordid business of a strangled servant girl. There arc only two kinds of murder which could baffle the police lor one second. One is that committed by a man with a victim who cannot be missed--like the recent Brighton murder. The other is the act of a madman, who murders for the sake of murder, without another motive. No premeditated murder 'could puzzle the police for very long. Where there's a motive and the victim is identified, there's an arrest." ' He paused to swallow tho rest of THE CONSTABLE and I had consulted him more tl:an once. He said now, "That may be !o. But I enjoy the game., It has, ax you say, become far mora subtle lately, and no one can guess,'the murderer till tho last few pages. .'But after all, we expect fiction to transcend life, and a murder in a book to be mere mysterious than a real'one.'' Just then Thurston, who always mlxed-the cocktails himself, rang tor sornq more gin, and Stall, the bmler, answered the bell. I had never likcif- Stall, and had I been playing what Norris called : "the ;,'ame oii, ah ot yon, know theM literary murders." his cocktail. I was watching him, thinking what an odd-looking fellow Alec Norris was--narrow in head and body, with a bony face in which jaw and teeth, cheekbones and forehead protruded, while 1 the flesh seemed to have shrunk till it barely covered the skull. ' Another guest spoke then. Young David Strickland, I think it was. 'But an arrest doesn't always mean a verdict of guilty," he said. "There have been murderers so desperate that though they knew "beforehand they would be suspected and probably charged, they took the chance. They were clever enough not to provide enough evidence." I did not look with much interest towards .Strickland, tor I knew him quite well. Ho was younger than any of us, a thick-set fellow, fond of sport, particularly of racing. He was apt to try to borrow a fiver from you, but bore no malice if it was refused. He was some sort of protege of the Thurstons, and Dr. Thurston sometimes spoke to his wife of him good- humorcdly as "your lover, my dear." There was nothing in that, however, though I could imagine Mary Thurston helping him out of difficulties. Nothing of the gigolo about young Strickland, a hard-drinking, gambling typo, fond of smutty stories. Alee Norris brushed aside his interruption. "The police will find the evidence, when they know their man," he sid, and returned to his condemnation of detective fiction. "It's all so artificial," he said. "So unrelated to life. You, all ot you, know these literary murders. Suddenly, in the middle of a party--like this one, perhaps--someone is found dead in the adjoining room. By the trickery of the novelist all the guests and half the staff are suspect. Then in comes the wonderful detective, who neatly proves that it was in fact the only person you never suspected at all. Curtain." CHAPTER 2 "Have another drink, Alec?" "Thanks. But I haven't finished my theory on literary crime yet," said Norris, the writer. "I was going to point out that it has become a mere game--fox and hounds between readers and novelist. Except readers arc getting clever nowadays. Ihcy don't suspect the obvious people, as they used to. But if the novelist has DETECTIVE NO. 1 a character who wasn't at all the sort of person to have done it, they may just wonder, by analogy. Everyone of the minor characters has been used. It has turned out to be the [amily lawyer, like you, Mr. Williams. The host himself, like you, Thurston. The young friend staying in the house, like you. Townsend," he Rlanccd in my direction, "or like you, Strickland, or like me. The butler, like Stall, the vicar, like Mr. Rider, the housemaid, like Enid, the chauffeur, like yours--what Is his name? r the very hostess, like you, Mrs. Thurston. Or else it has been a total stranger who doesn't appear till Chapter 22, though that I call cheating. In fact each of us has been overworked." He had us smiling rather uncomfortably now. "yes, what I said is true," he ended rather peevishly. "It has become a game, a mere game like chess, this writing of murder mysteries. While in real life it is no game, but something quite simple pnd savage, with about as much mystery wrapped round it as that piano ieg. And that's why I've no use for detective fiction. It's false. It depicts the impossible." Sam Williams answered him. Williams was the Thurstons' lawyer, and I had met him several times at their house. He was one of. those very clean, plnk-and-whitc, cigar-smoking men, whom you see swinging a patent-leathered foot in the cotner of a First Class railway carriage. He had thick white hair, always Soau- tifully brushed, a young man's figure and an open face. He.dressed vell and moved smartly. He had the reputation of being a first rate solicitor while it had a luxurious array of deep settees and armchairs, with gay boft cushions in them, to distract the eye from the reproduction furniture. I remember its air ot conventional warmth, light and luxury, as that of a very expensive hotel. In fact, that is what it was all rather like--a good hotel. Nickel taps running hot water in your bedroom, reading lamp: to switch on wherever you were sitting, drinks whenever you, wanted them. Most pleasant for a week-end, but rather an insipid background for a longer stay. That's as near as I. can get to portraycl of it--it seems so of mystery," Stall would have been long ago, now, that we were all my .first guess. There really was something sinister about his lean bald head, and narrow eyes, and silent movements. But he was an excellent servant. Mary Thurston stopped him, as he was leaving the room. "Tell Fol- lowcs I want to speak to him," will you?" she said, and added to her husband.- "It's about those rats "dear. I'm sure I've heard them again. I think" they're ih-tKe apple room. He must do something about it." 'Well, don't let him put poison down where T'ang would get it." T'ang was Mary Thurston's Pekinese. "No. A trap would be best," she said, and went out into the hall to speak to Fcllowcs, the chauffeur. It was a Georgian house, simple and dignified in architecture, with the flat front and four-square look of the period, rows of long ond dignified windows, and high carved ceilings. But I was not altogether surprised to hear that Mrs. Thurston had heard rats. I remember' thinking it rather silly, but not unlike her, to mention it in front of her guests. Not that the interior ot the house gave the impression of possible rats, or even of mice, it was too well kept well cleaned. It was only its age which made that seem possible to me. Its rooms were high and centrally heated, its inside walls painted in, with vivid water-colors hung on them, its floors qarquct, THE AUTHOR there. "One more!" Dr. Thurston was begging us, as he went round with the cocktail shaker. "Just half of one!" And we had our glasses filled up. ·· "You seem to have a "down on writers of crime stories," said Williams, across the hearth to Norris. Only because theu\ books conform to type." 'Have you never thought of writ- tog a crime story yourself?" The question seemed to startle Norris. "I? No!" he said. "HI ever did' anything ot the sort it would be a study of the state ot mind of a criminal. It wouldn't be a blasted drawing room game of clues, and false clues, and alibis; tricks of time and place and method and motive, which have no relationship with real life. I might try one day to depict a man's agony as he made up his mind whether or not to commit a murder. And his agony afterwards ." he added slowly. 'But surely," Williams said, "Dos- toievskl did that for all tune, didn't he? In 'Crime and Punishment', I mean?" "Nothing is done 'for all time'," said Norris sharply; "every 1 murderer is a little different from the rest. Though your-crime writer doesn't seem to realize It." Just them the first gong sounded, and we rose to go upstairs to dress. Williams and Norris were still talking as we left the room, though I followed no more of their argument. I must have been the first, I think, . to reach the hall, and I found Mary Thurston finishing her instructions to the chauffeur. Fellowes was a rather good-looking young man of 30, or so. He had one of those keen intellectual faces, with frank eyes and a good profile, which seem to occur often enough among the mechanically minded of his class. He was well built, too, and standing stiffly in his chauffeur's uniform he made his- mistress, in spite of her clever clothes, look rather flabby. He left as we emerged, and when Mary Thurston turned toward us, I noticed that she was flushed, and seemed to be controlling emotions such as one would scarcely have thought would be aroused by a discussion of, rat traps. However, she smiled to us, and preceded us up the wide staircase. (Continued on Page Eight.) Police Find $13,26O In Currency at Home Of Woman WPA Worker Ey Unlud Preo. POCATELLO, Idaho, Jan. 25.-Police today found $13,280 at the home of Mrs. Jeremiah Burrell Williams, an elderly woman who worked 'or the WPA, and in the bed where she died Saturday night, they found · man whom they described as "dead drunk." The man, Frank Groom, 51, was held on a charge, of drunkenness. He also had a large sum of money in his pockets, police said, and he worked for the WPA. Mrs. Williams' death at first was attributed to apoplexy. Today, in view of the discovery of the money, an autopsy was ordered. Serial numbers of the . irrcncy were checked hurriedly to determine if they had been paid in a kidnaping ransom. Police said that none of the ' numbers appeared on lists published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, however. Six years ago, Mrs. Williams killed her husband, "Scotty" Williams. A coroner's jury freed her on the gioundr of self-defense when she admitted shooting him between the eyes "because I had endured all the atuse I could take." Police went to Mrs. Williams' house last night to look ovsr the scene of the woman's death, not quite convinced that It had been a natural one. Groom, who was a boarder at the house, was found "lying dead drunk on the woman's bed," the offlccis said. They looked through the house and found six bundles of currency. Ei'ch had a two dollar bill on top and the bills in the piles ranged in denominations from $1 to $1,000. " Chief of Police Robert Pugmirc said he found a place where a seventh bundl? appeared to have been hidden, but instead of xnonty the cache contained a pile of wrapping money. The search of the house continued today. Mrs. Williams had appeared to be In needy circumstances for many jesrs. She was regularly enrolled as a WPA worker. Groom also received WPA support and seemed to be in need. The basement of Mrs. Williams' home was well stocked with canned goods, police said. The money wai tu-ncd over to Probate Judge S. S. Callis, who said a sister of the dead woman, whose he did not recall, was supposed Greensburg Board Accepts Resignation GREENSBURG, Jan. 25,--Resignation of Paul Seaton, commercial teacher, was accepted by the Greensburg School Board which elected Wendell Stiver, » graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, to his position in the high school. Mr. Stiver, a resident of Ohio, will' receive $1,300. I Mr. Seaton had asked the board to release him from his contract so he could take a post at Shippensburg State Teachers College, a more lucrative job. As Others Think Continued from Page Four, naping is a crime which requires preparation and complicity. It is complicated and therefore it is open to various approaches and likely to break at one point or another. We have said repeatedly that if a kid- naping is not cleared up it is because there is something wrong with the police or other authorities. If there is a real will to discover and punish, it will prevail. But too often even where there is no influence checking thorough and competent handling, effort relaxes after pressure of public interest fades out. The G-men are not more competent than police In many communities arc. But they keep going until they finish the job. It is an immense aid to successful police work to acquire the reputation of "getting your man." It is an immense aid to respect for law and discouragement of crime to establish through competent and faithful enforcement as near a certainty of punishment as honest and energetic administration can produce. There are very few, if any. crimes that cannot be cleared and punished where there is real and persistent effort to do so. Stork Given Princess. SOESTDIJK, the Netherlands, Jan. 25.--A farmer has presented a live stork to Crown Princess Juliana who soon expects to become a mother. to live somewhere in Canada. The autopsy was ordered to learn if Mrs. Williams met with foul play, Pugmire said. DAY IN WASHINGTON BY DAVID LAWRENCE Continued from Page Four, justmcnt of the conflicting issues. But the President did not do to. He permitted the indictments to be brought and to stand against men who cooperated with his own Administration. Under such circumstances, does any business man In America today dare to take the risk of that informal cooperation which might be called price mediation or price adjustment in conference with government officials? Not long ago, Mr. Roosevelt proposed such a plan at his press conference. Business men will look askance now nt any such conferences, /or they may Uy themselves open to possible criminal indictments. Even the assurance by a cabinet officer or a government department that there will be no p,rose- cution apparently cannot be accepted as a guarantee of Immunity. The only assurance of immunity that a citizen may really rely upon are those in which fie violates the Federal corrupt practices act by purchasing Democratic campaign books with the President's autograph thcic- on. This Is a plain violation of tho law, but the Department of Justice, with the approval of ''President Roosevelt, will condone these so- called "technical" violations because they bring money into the Democratic campaign chest. No more flagrant case of immorality in the conduct oC government could be cited, but not a single Indictment hns ever been brought. So far as principle is conc'u/ied, there isn't the slightest difference between one federal law and any other. The violator can be hauled before a grand jury and, after a case is prepared by aggressive government prosecutors who narrow the Issue to a technicality, the jury has no choice but to listen to the charge that a law has actually been violated. They cannot take into account all the extenuating circumstances surrounding the cooperation of government and business which the Department of Interior encouraged, for Instance, in respect to the oil industry. Ihc jury can only look nt the law Ilier- ally and the evidence literally. Proof of this attitude can be gotten from reading the proceedings on the long struggle which the oil defense had been tiying to get into the record a copy of the It-kes letter. Government counsel fought this strenuously--they didn't want the jury to consider anything but the technical iviult of the work of the committee of business men appointed originally at the behest of the Department of the Interior, Surely, business proRicss. v.ill not be helped by what has happened, because business men can itghlfully s.iy they do not know what the rules Sneaking Into Movie Theatres io Be Broken Up; Widely Practiced Police are conducting an investigation into the charges of local theatre managers that boys are gaining admission without purchasing tickets. The usual procedure is to have one boy buy a ticket and then open the rear exit doors to permit his companions to get in free of charge. Others use the fire escape. Seven youths were found guilty for a similar practice in Uniontown recently and were sentenced to three days in jail. It was said that any who were caught would be prosecuted severely ns theatre managers do not Intend to let the practice go unmolested. MT. PLEASANT FIREMEN ASK NEW ALARM Assert Present System Inadequate; Not Able To Hear "It. CITIZENS WILL HEAR OF MATTER Armament Race Growing. LONDON, Jan. 25.--Immediate construction of 1,000 additional war planes and the manufacture ot 25,000,000 gas masks was decided upon by Soviet Dictator Josef Stalin to meeting with Russia's "defense council," the London Daily Express reported. * · - are. The'anti-trust laws have been variously interpreted by judicial decisions and by the Department, of Justice itself. It will be recalled thtt Colonel William J. Donovan, hero ot the "fighting GOth," in the World War, was chief counsel /or the oil men, was an nssistnnt attorney general in the Department ol Justice a decade ago, and he advocated a policy of letting business men come to the Department, state frankly what they planned to do, and learn whether what they had in mind was n violation of law. Tills policy was never accepted by the succeeding Administrations. So a business man who wants to comply with the laws on the exchange of information relative to existing surpluses or on murkct conditions docs not know how far he really can go, and tho only way he cnn find out is to take n risk--nnd, if it lands him in jail, well, the government says, "it's just too tad, we can't help It.' The manifest unfairness of such tactics is not a stimulus to ·" ^b confidence nowadays in time v Business recession. The business man who goes to Washington to tall: with any government ofllcials, therefore, should familiarize himself, or through his attorneys^ with what happened in the oil ciibus if he wants to keep his family name from being besmirched by a possible conviction in a federal court which usually takes years to erase. And when innocence of criminal wiongcloing is finally established, thr Ions interval in between has usually done dnmnRC to m- reputations is beyond repair. MOUNT PLEASANT, Jan. 25,-The Mount Pleasant Volunteer Department will soon begin a campaign for a new flre alarm system. The present system is not satisfactory and the whistle on the borough building is not loud enough to be heard in all parts of the town. President Frank Ollnger will op- point a committee to make plans-foi; presentation to the matter to the public. Windows Blown Out. Two windows were blown out at the Third Ward school building during Monday's storm. No one was injured by the flying glass. A window in the William Andrew home- :n Church street, was also shatetred, To Continue Revival. Owing to the increased Interest In the evangelistic services that have been conducted at the United Brethren Church they will be continued again this week, begmnig tonight, and continue through to and including Friday. The pastor, Rev. E. G. Sawyer, will preach. On School Paper Staff. Virginia Geramun of the freshman class of Ramsay High School has been chosen to represent that class on the Ramsay "Beacon" staff. To Address Wmcn's Club. Rev. Lawrence E. Bair of Grecns- butg will be speaker at the regular meeting of the Women's Club of Mount Pleasant townhip, (o be held on Thursday evening in Hurst High School. In Frlck Hospital. Oliver Stairs of Howard street, Mount Pleasant Is a patient at Frick Memorial Hopital for treatment.. TAKES THE ITCH OUT OFJCZEMA You do not have to continually suffer from tho 11 cry itchlnjr of cczcm.i, Just otic application of Ice Mint, \ihtcli you can Ret at any drug store, will xivc quick relief. Ice Mint Is a pure, -inow v.hltc medicated cream, and to relieve the itching torture of eczema, H is fine. It i*. pleab- ant to Ubc. and one jar ujH InU for v.cck!., even If used two or three UmCi A day. It doen clve quick relief. Good for iU'hlnj: betHivn the toes. too. Try it jnd you w i l l never be without i l -- A d - \crtitemcnt. K, of P. Officers Installed; Jewel Given J. R. Hauck Newly elected officers of Fayette Lodge, Knights of Pythias, were installed Thursday night in Odd Fellows Hall with District Deputy Grand Chancellor William Farr of Dunbar In chaige. The officers are: Past chancellor, J. R. HcucJ:. Chancellor commander, G. W. Whipkey. Vice-chancellor, R. W. DoBolt. Prelate, J. H. Bowman. Master-ai-arms, William Addles- bcrgcr. Keeper of records and seals, A. C. Chapman. Master of exchequer, R. M. McCormick. Master of finance, E. H. Corkran. Inner guard, E. C. Louden. Outer guard, C. L. Shannon. Auditing committee, C. L. Shannon, J. R. Hauck and W. B. Carson. Master of work, 'J. R. Hauck. Representative to Pythian home at Harmony, A. C. Chapman. ' - Chancellor -Commander . G. -Wr Whipkcy presented on behalf of the lodge a past chancellor's jewel to Mr. ' wilo-- · wtfo who U lovable for thrw wc*k* of the month --but · hell-cat the fourth. No mutter how your back aches-- no matter how loudly your nerves icream-- don't take It out on your husband, For three generation! on* woman ha* told « Mother .how-to so-i'iaflinB-throuzb"- with Lydla E. Flnkbam's Vegetable Compound. It helps Nature totio up to« «y»tcm, thus l«oen- ,1ns the discomfort* from the functional disorders which women raurt endure. *_ Four members who were on trie sick and injured list were^ reported as improving. - · Michael Wcldlnecr's Funeral., The funeral for Michael Weidinger was held Saturday morning. Requiem high mass was celebrated nt Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. Henry Gelbcl, pastor, as celebrant. Pallbearers included W. H. Soisson, Jr., Joseph Soisson, J. Whitney Soisson, Demetrius Soisson, C. F. Donnelly and John Irwin. Interment was in St. Joseph's Cemetery. i When you suffer the nerve- racking pains of neuralgfa Capudine brings comfort In lust o few minutes. Being Uv llduld its Ingredients ore already dissolved,- ready to -act. Capudlno quickly ' clours the head and soothes shaky nerves. No narcotics. By the dose at drug- store fountains or In 30c and 60c bottles. Use thtrliquidSemedy CAPUDINE Confluence CONFLUENCE, Jan. 25.--Mrs. Jess Bryner and sons, Bailey and Robert, of Ohiopyle were visiting friends in town on Saturday. Mrs. P. D. Weyand was a recent visitor to Connellsvllle. Mrs. J. W. Mitchell was-a visitor with friends in Cumberland Saturday. Mrs. Frank Wass, who recently underwent a severe operation at Frantz Hospital, is improving. John Davis has returned from a few days* visit with friends in Con- nellsvllle. ! Miss Gertrude Dold continues to improve from a recent operation at Frantz Hospital. Frank Fearer and son of Markleysburg were among the recent business visitors here. 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