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Logansport, Indiana
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Thursday, January 13, 1898
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MILEAGE BOOKS. Modified Features of The New Interchangeable Mileage Ticket. Mr. E.A.. Ford. GmeralZPassenger Ageni of the Pennsylvania and Vandalia Lioee, sends out the following information regarding t*>e modified features of the Central Paanenitoc Association's interabangeafcle one thousand mile ticket: The roost important modifications are In the rule as to sizning tli e miic«re strip and IHU- ing the exchange ticket. UK der tbe new rule, the owner of an mterchansaable mileage ticket may, at his convenience and leisure, sign his name upon the back of the widest part of the mileaRH strip close to the last preceding detatohmer L Unit It must be signed with an indelible p-'DClltrlwUh ink. or It will not be honored), andean leave his ticket thus slimed with the Agent upon his arrival at a station, or send It 10 bim'by a- messenger or by the boteS porter, or In some other way. and upon life return t-> the station flnd his exchange Wcfcct readjr and his basrcage checked : provided ho has made such an advance arrangement. Therefore there need be no more delay at the station, or on the train In the USB Of the new than there was In using the old form of tu'leatte tluket, which latter form>as jjood only over the system of roads, while' the "interchangeable' is good ovor forty. The old form of Mchinge ticket la valid for continuous passaso only on a certain train and date, while the neif or modiaed form will be good on any train, (except thu "Limited"), on either the date of Issue Of the day following. This new form hai been simplified to Hinder It easy of issue and to better accommodate travelers, and th<> hindrances which accompanied ttte old for in w«l therefore be. In the •early future, entirely obllberateu. Interline tickets< from points on one Railway to points on sooti er, via through car lines and via Junctions whc re connections ate close and there are no transfers, are being prepared as fast as possible. These tickets will be Issued in .exchange for coupons from tbe interonange- ablo mileage tlck<!ft,aad baggage will be checked through, tv convenience which could not be •enjoyed by tbe une of the old,forrn of mileage ticket The modifications above alluded to have been approved by the Mileage Ticket Bureau of the Central Passenger Association, and will "be in effect on or before December 1st, or lust as soon as the ne'v forms of exchange and Interline tlokoia cs.nte printed and distributed among the tbounands of agencies of the forty different railway companies over whose linos •the tickets are Ignored, and somei Agents of the Pennsylvania Lines have been already supplied with th;im. It Is believed that these amendments to n. plan which Is ready successful and popular, will place the new interchangeable mile ;igo ticket beyond the reach Of reasonable cr; tijism. 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SEEKING FOE CLEWS. Left to themselves, the two detective remained silent until they heard thi front door stint by the squire as he anc Lewis went out. Then Mr. Barries said " Well, Tern, you are in luck—a ruys terions murder, which will, in myjndg aunt, require much skill to discover the truth. Conie, uo\v, tell me where yoi •would begiu?" "I have found a clew already," qni etly remarked Burrows. '"'Good!" said Mr. Barnes, \veil pleased at Jiis pupil's shrewdness. "That is better thun I expected. What is it?" "I think that the murderer fired from the outside through this window.' Burrows indicated a window opening on the la\vn to the east. "You see that there is a hole through the center pane. That it is of recent origin is evidenced by the broken glass on the carpet, -which also shows that the bullet came from without, since the pieces have fallen inward." "Very well reni-oned, Tom, as far as the time a.nd origin of the sihot go, bnt yon have jumped to one conclusion not as yet; warranted." Mr. Bamea •went to the window and examined it closely. "You started by saying just now that the 'murderer' fired from outside. Tha* is where yon have gone beyond your evidence. This pane of glass •with that bole and the fragments on the floor probably attest the passage of a ballet, bnt there is nothing as yet to sho-w that said bullet was firod by the 'murderer.' " "Why, who else could have fired it?" "I have heard that physicians make a diagnosis sometimes by exclusion, but it is a dangerous plan for a detective. Look again, and you will note that it is the lower sash which has the broken pane, Beiug raised as it is, the nppi'r sash is between it and the point fj'eai which you argue that your pistol was fired. This proves conclusively"— 'That the lower sash bus "been raised since the shot was fired," interrupted Burrows. "You see, I have thought of that. I argue this way: Mr, Lewis was' standing in the room when he was struck by tbe ball. He tamed and threw np the sash, endeavoriag to discover the identity of his assailant. Then he staggered from the window arid fell a few feet away, as we find him, with his head in the fireplace." "It is, of course, possible. But as he is in his nightdress it is curious that he should have been in this room where an assassin, whose presence he did not saspect, could fire upon him. There is another chance, which is thai; some one has opened that window this morning. Now, looking out, what do we see?" "A summer house directly opposite," said Burrows. "A most convenient place for a man to hide in and shoot his victim as he passed in front of a light in a room at night." "I see," said Mr. Barnes, "what-we may be most grateful for, and that is fresh snow. We must extend our investigation presently in the direction of the summer house and search for footprints." He then turned toward tte body. It was lying on the right side, thus plainly exposing a mass of blood which surrounded the wound. The burned condition of the head, owing to its proximity to tho fire, has been mentioned. There was upon one finger a massive gold ring set with diamonds, which ring, Mr. Barnes thought, would necessarily be known to the dead man's family, and besides he found the name " John Lewis" embroidered npon She nightdress. ''Evidently not the work of a burglar," he remarked, pointing to the diamond ring. "ls v o," replied Borrows, "'forliere on the mantel are a handsome gold watch and chain." ".Notice, Tom, that he is in his nightdress. In connection with later discoveries that may prove a very significant fact. At present it puzzles me, for I cannot see why a man should be so dressed in his parlor and murdered without a sip;u of nny struggle. The latter f aict seems to strengthen your theory. " "There is a door," said Bin-rows. Let us seo if it leads into his bedroom. In that event, he may have come here for any trivial purpose and so have afforded the murderer the opportunity for •which be was waiting." The younger man led the way, followed by Mr. Barnes. Ho opened the door and both entered, when they at once started back surprised. A young woman was sitting at a writing desk, a small upright cabinet, with one of the drawers open. This she hastily closed as the two men appeared. There was also a letter, sealed and addressed, lying on the desk, which L'he nervously concealed in the bosom of her dress as she hurriedly rose and turned toward the intruders. This last motion caused a small object to drop from her lap and roll h«lf way across the room, where it rested, The eyes of all three were attracted toward it The woman moved forward to recover it, but Mr. B*rnei, 1837- BY G. P. PUTN«MS SON*. thinking it a thimble, 'with a quick "Allow rae," stooped and picked it up. He was about to return it when, suddenly realizing what il; was, he looked the woman straight in the eyes, still holding the object between his thumb and forefinger, and said: "Madam, pardon me. Yon are, I presume, Miss Virginia Lewis?-" "That is my name. But who are you, and why do you enter my apartment unannounced?" "I assure you that when we entered we had no thought of disturbing any one, least of all n lady. We came to the house with Squire Olney 011 business with your uncle. In the parlor we discovered"— "My uncle's dead body." "Then you know"— "I found him two hours ago as you have seen him. I was naturally shocked and unnerved and have been in here ever since trying to collect my thoughts." "Miss Lewis, • we are detectives," said Mr. Barnes, and making a brief pause in order to watch the effect of his words he noticed a slight tremor pass over her form, but it was barely perceptible, and hfi concluded that she was a woman of great self control. Nev- Brtheless be detected an involuntary, instantaneous glance in the direction of the writing cabinet. Having gained this point, he continued: "We came herewith the squire at the request of your uncle 4o discover if possible the whereabouts of his assailant, young Marvel." This time she showed no emotion. "As your uncle is dead the squire has asked us to investigate. It was while making an examination of the premises that we came in here, and I again ask your pardon for our intrusion. " Virginia bowed, and silently awaited his next words. Mr. Barnes felt that he must retire, but was determined to venture once more an attempt to learn something from her, He would have liked nothing better than to hold her in conversation, that he might study her manner as much as her words, but; ho saw clearly that he could not force ber to talk -long. "Pur- and Sure." BAKIftG P0WH>ER> "Absolutely the best-"'and most desirable baking powjief manufactured.^ GEN. S. H. UrfRST, late Ohio Food Commissioner. Miss Lewis has dtstrnycd or removed another clew." Lewis, I am aware that thi:i '^Interview must be painful to yon, and if yon will allow me to ask on? or tw> simple questions we will withdraw." Receiving a sign chat he might continue, be asked: "Can you tell me whether your uncle owned a weapon or whether he had any cause to commit suicide? Some disease, for example, which he may have thought incurable? 1 ' ' "My uncle did not own a weapon, to my knowledge, nor do I know of anything that would have induced him to take his own life. ' ' "Did yon hear a pistol shot during tbe night?" "I did not." Mr. Barnes left the room, followed by Burrows. Once more in the parlor, where lay the corpse, he said: "Torn, did we discover anything :iu there?" "Yes, I think so." "Well, as yon are the younger at this business, I am arixions to give yon the chance to think for yourself. I suggest ;hat you give me your views and dednc- ;ions from the different points that earn up before yoa hear mine. " "Very well. Let rae specify what I think we gained by going into the .nest room. We learned that we were not the first to find the body. Miss Lewis <td- mits having been in this room, so sine must have raised the window, which is specially prohable since, as no other window is open, tbe room would have been full of the odor of the burned body when she entered " Mr. Barnes nodded acquiescence. "She hid a letter when we went in. I think she •wishes tbe name of her correspondent kept secret By the way, she must be a woman of singular temperament to find tbe dead body of her uitcle and then go into the nest room and write a letter." "Exactly, and. it may be of the utmost importance for us to learn the address of that letter and its contents if possible. Anything more, Tom?" "Yes, but first tell me what it was that you picked up from the floor. She dropped it from her lap as she stood up. Why did you keep it?" "I thought; ii; was a thimble till I held it in njy hand, and then I found it to be — the eropty shell of a cartridge," "No wontjijr that yoa kept it Now, see this." He handed Mr. Barnes a small round brush, attached to a twiisted wire handle. ' 'I took it from the wash- wand." "This fits my theory exactly," said Mr. Barnes. "This brush is still damp and slightly blackened. It has recently oe«n used to clean tbe pistol from which this empty shell was taken. That pistol is in her cabinet. I ana satisfied of that by her glancing in that direction when she heard me declare that we are defectives. Follow one the trail of ac- licn and you will see why, with all her self possession—and she has so much that I fear we shall not again surprise her into betraying herself—she could not resist a hasry glance at the drawer which she. had just quickly closed on seeing UP. By her own admission she knew of this murder before any one, as far .as we now know, except tlie furderer. She retires to her ovHC room ana at once proceeds to destroy an important clew—a recently dis- . charged weapon. Remember that this | man was more than her uncle in tbe ordinary setisa of that relationship—she was his adopted child. She must have had a powerful .motive for carrying out i;uch an act. What wonder, then, when she has just effected her purpose, that, 'being suddenly confronted by the announcement that detectives are already on the scent—what wonder, I say, that her eye should instinctively seek the place where she had hidden the pistol, especially when she knew that I had the empty shell between my fingers? But, as I said before, she is on her guard now, and whatever she wishes to conceal from us we shall need all our skill to discover. She will determine on a plan of action and adhere to it.'' ' 'Would we not have the" key to the mystery if we could learn her reasons for acting as she has?" "Not necessarily, though of course it might be so. For ex-ample, suppose she has committed the crime herself?" "Why, do you suspect her already?" "No. I should not make so serious a charge against a woman, even to myself, on so little evidence. Nevertheless, in a case 'like this, we must, consider all things as possible. By her anxiety to j' destroy a clew she proves that she does not wish the murderer to be known. This may be accounted for in two ways: First, that she would hide her own guilt, and, second, that she might be shielding some one else." "That some one else must be one in whom she is deeply interested," said Burrows, thinking over Mr. Barnes' proposition. Thcu suddenly, as the idea came to him: "What if it be her lover, roung Marvel? He would have a motive for killing Lewis." Mr. Barnes smiled approvingly at his companion's quick perception of what he himself was thinking, but he replied: "Not so fast! We have nothing against him yet except the'motive.' Many a man may have good and strong reasons for wishing another dead and yet not stain his hands with blood. Besides, remember that the same motives which yon attribute to Marvel might equally well actuate the woman who loves him. However, at present I do not think that Miss Lewis committed the crime.'' "If not she and not Marvel, whom, then, do you suspect?" "I must have more evidence before I suspect any one. It is a different thing, however, to think one 'not guilty,' and at present I believe Miss Lewis is innocent. Later I may find in her the criminal, but I cannot think so yet.'' "Surely you are not influenced by her sex; you are not going to be sentimental—you, a detective?" Mr. Barnes smiled faintly. He was amnsed and yet a little troubled at his companion's ardor. Why should not a, detective have sentiment? Because it is his business to seek out and punish the criminal, must he necessarily be without a heart? He could not accept such a theory, although he knew it to be one esteemed by the members of his craft. The majority of these men hunt down a criminal as a matter of business. A :rime committed gives them work to do. A man found to fit the circumstances of that crime, and the detective's work is completed. It was not so with Mr. Barnes. He had a heart, and this very fact, though unrecognized by his superiors, made him the keenest man in the employ of the Pilkingtons. He did not work simply to fit a crime on some one's, any one's, shoulders, but rather that it should not be fitted to an innocent man. He sought diligently for the right man, that the wrong man might not be made to suller through the accident o£ implicating circumstances. Replying to Burrows, he said: "5fo, I would not think of her sex. A true detective should consider the evidence only. There is always danger, however, of onr mistaking it, or rather to what it points. The evidence itself is always dumb witness of tbe truth. Tin- forttmately our ability or skill too often fails to connect it, Now I will tell yoa why I think Miss Lewis innocent "lit is plain, from the charred condition of the body, coupled with the fact that the fire has entirely burned out, that the man has been dead some hours. If Miss Lewie had done she shooting herself, the probability is that she would have cleaned her pistol earlier. Still, she might have been disturbed, and, dropping her weapon in a hurried flight from the scene of the crime, she might hare returned later to : nearer it 1 "But. while I consider her a person Sfc great wiTT power—from a pnysical standpoint quite capable of conceiving and executing a murder—yet, having done the deed and accidentally having left her weapon, I doubt her having the nerve power to return for it after several hours had passed. She might within a. short peried of time, hut in that case the cleaning would have occurred then and not have been left for the morniiis, for had she premeditated the killing she would also have premeditated removing this evidence. But, remember, this is reasoning, not proof. The most spacious reasoning may be— nay, often is—disproved by the facts." "But you must think she has some knowledge of the crime?" said Burrows. "My theory is this," replied Mr. Barnes. "Miss Lewis entered this room this morning, perhaps opened the win. dow, and then discovered the dead body, the weapon and perchance more—at any rate, enough to make her suspect young Marvel. Here let me point out that the fact that she does so is not sufficient reason for our suspecting him. It was not necessary for her to know him guilty for her to attempt to shield him. It was enough for her to entertain suspicion. Convinced of even the possibility of his I guilt, she might try to save him from the consequences of tbe act." Burrows had listened quite attentively to all this and was much impressed by the reasoning. Alter thinking a few moments in silence, he asked: "Do you think that the letter which she wrote is to her lover?" Again Mr. Barnes was pleased to note that Barrows followed his line of argument. He replied: "Yes, I think the letter is to Marvel, bat her writing to him might be a sequence in either case. Whether she committed the deed herself or thinks bim guilty, she would probably write, to him.'' "It would be well, then, for us to get that letter?" "Well, indeed! It would at least show us bis whereabouts. But how to become possessed of it? That is the question. We need not expect to obtain it 'ill it has left her custody, and be sure she will be very careful how she forwards it.'' "If we could get the pistol, might we not be able to Jlud out who is the owner of it? That would be something perhaps." "Assuredly, Besides, it is proha'ble that, though cleaned, one chamber may still be empty. We have the shell and evidence of the recent-cleaning. As soon as Miss Lewis leaves the bouse, as she will do to start her letter on its way, I will get the pirtol from her cabinet." "Is there anything more Sbat wo can discover in this room?" "Let us lock," To approach the body they walked around a small table, which stoocl in front of the fireplace. On this were scattered loosely some papers. A drawer stood partly open, and a large cut glass inkwell uncovered. Mr. Barnes glanced at these things as he passed, and his eye was attracted by a half sheet of paper, with a bit of writing, which protruded from under the other clean sheets. He picked it up, more from curiosity than interest, but after he had read it his manner showed at once that he thought it important. Burrows looked at him inquiringly, but for a moment Mr. Barnes did not heed him. He was looking at the table before him and seemed studying the situation. At length he spoke: "Miss Lewis has destroyed or removed another clew. See this." He banded the piece of paper to Burrows, who took it and read as follows: "If I am dead in the morning, my murderer is"— The word "is" was followed by a tinge blot, as though tbe pen had spluttered at that point. Burrows looked at Mr. Barnes in silence, and the latter continued: "Mr. Lewis was not killed outright. He even saw and recognized his murderer. He attempted to warn his Mends and insure justice. Fearing death before aid would reach him, he wrote that. Evidently excited, perhaps already growing weak, as he reached the name of his assailant his hand trembled, his pen spluttered and be threw it from him. Here it is, lying on a piece of paper, which it has blotted where it fell. However, he essayed again, and this time he succeed^, for see, he has placed the second pen carefully, the point on the edge cf the inkwell, proving that he finished his note of warning. Miss Lewis uodoubiedly found it. She read the name. Whose was it? Her own or Marvel's? If any other, why should she remove it'?'" "What would Miss Lewis do if you showed her this paper and demanded the other?" "I cannot telL She might deny having it She might admit taking it and refuse to yield possession of it. She might treat me with scorn and deny my right to question her on the subject at all. However, I may conclude to test her. I may ask her tbe question." Burrows stood thinking and looking down, when suddenly he noticed something OB tbe floor which attracted his attention- He stooped to examine it and then called Mr- Barnes, who was atill absorbed in the table and its contents. Mr. Barnes joined biro and; looked at what Burrows picked up— nome bits of plastering. Both nrnulta- jeous«" -ScJcec! upward and saw Just over their heads a small bole in th« ceiling. "The mark of a bullet," said Mr. Barnes. He walked over to the window, where he stood for a minute, alternately looking out and at the bullet hole in the plastering, "That shot came from without, passed through this window and struck as we see overhead. The 'summer house there is just in the line- Evidently there was more than one shot fired, for that ball could not have passed entirely through the body and then have continued upward." "Shall we examine the grounds now?" said Burrows. "Yes. I think we have learned all we can at present in here." 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