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-ft, -T f»l " 1 R9DRIGUESOTT5LENQUI AUTHOR OF "AM ARriST IN CRIME!', £T<:. ? COPYRIGHT. 1897. BY G.P. PUTNAM5 SON*. CHAPTER T—Fifteen years before the opening of the story John Lewis wenl to live in a plao- called bee. in New Hampshire, •with a little girl 6 years old, Virginia, the duuffhter of his dece.sed sister. He had a son who hai boeo loft at scboo!, but ran away and shipped for Cdioa. Five years Mfter Ixiwis went to u>e a family named Marvel also settled 'here. Young .Murvcl met aud loved Virginia Lewis, Alice. Marvel. Walter's sister, aud Harry Lucas also met and were reported to be in love with each other, Ac the opening of the Btory a person purporting to be the missing- son of John Lewis arrl 'es at Lee. Walter Marvel proposes for Virginia's hand to her uncle, who refuaea, tellinif him that, his uncle, whose name he Dears, was a villain aad a conciot. Young 1 Marvei draws a pistol and shoots at Lewis, but his aim la diverted by Virginia. Soon after Lewie is found dead in his room with two bullet hoiea in his body. His death occurs *lmultancciifilF wltn the arrival or the man who claims to be his son 11—Mr. Barm a. the celebrated detective, and Yoa> Ban ws, another detective, take up the case stronifly. Buspeotinj? Virginia as the criminal. Ill—They examine the s> ro. nds about i ho house where the murder Is com mitt" d and nnd footprints of a man and woman, the woman'afoot prints stronffthenmK their suspicions of Virginia. They also nnd two pistols, one marked "Virginia Lewis, 'the other marked "Alice Marvel." Virginia writes a letter and iroes away w th it, Barnes •diiiniised, folio .vo her. IV—Virginia irivos her letter to one Willie Bverly, who posts It. Barnes keeps his eye on it. gets possession of It and thus learns the whereabouts of Walter Mftrve!. [• CHAPTEB VIIL THE INQUEST. It •was decided that the inqueiit should tie continued that same afternoon. Tie eqtiire had notified the district attorney at Dover to be present and assist, and be arrived during tbe morning. All of the jurymen and witnesses were therefore notified to be present at the sqnire's house at 2 o'clock. This was at the suggestion of Mr. Barnes, who had a special reason for not going back to the farm. He ciid not wish Virginia to know that Marvel had been captured until after «he had testified. To further this end Marvel was instructed to remain in one of the npper rooms, and though he was not actually under arrest he felt constrained to obey. Mr. Barnes learned from Borrows of the strange noises that he had heard on fajs first night at the farm, but cold his young assistant that he had probably been dreaming. When informed of the singular behavior of Sarah Carpenter, !he thought that of snfficient importance to have her name added to the list of witnesses. Burrows told nothing of the information imparted by Josiah Skeue. Mr. Barnes then sought the district attorney and was closeted with him for an '-.our, <h'.ring which they arranged tneir plans for conducting the examination. ... . .-, „_„__ The inquest was to be held iiialarge room on tbo ground floor. It -was well adapted for the purpose because of the fact that th<; squiro hud allowed it to bo used us a tichoolrooru while the selectmen were haviuR the regular school- liouso enlarged »ud remodeled. Thus there was u raised platform at one end, upon which the squire and the witnesses could sit, while the rows of benches readily afforded seats for the jurymen and the spectators. News of any importance travels rapidly in a small town like Lee, and before the time set for the inquest quite a motley crowd of people had congregated about the squire's grounds. There were men and women, farmers, workmen and idlers, all more or less interested in the proceedings which were about to commence, and each had some theory, all his own, as to the identity of the guilty one. One man remembered a farm hand who had been discharged by Lewis and who had left the town, breathing vengeance. Another had met a suspicious looking tramp prowling about Riverside on the very day of the crime. Being reminded by :i neighbor that he tad spent all of Satiirday and Sunday over in Dover, he vras forced to admit that it might havu been on Friday when he had met tbo tramp; but, nothing disconcerted, ha continued to 'urge his opinion that that individual would yet b« proved to have a guilty connection with the affair. This proposition was ridiculed by another, for the simple fact that nothing had been stolen would tend to exonerate a tramp, who could not possib.ly have any other motive but theft, aud then he drew attention to the suspiciously close arrival of the man who claimed to be the son and who would now come in for a share in the property. But yet another had only that morning heard that the entire property would go ID the daughter, and so settled that theory. An old Jjidy at this juncture mysteriously announced that the whole truth of the matter hud been revealed to her in a vision, tut just what it was she declined to state "till the proper time comes." So they ai'srued and talked over the situation, till at length ilr. Tupper, the district attorney, appeared, walking with Mr. Barnes. All then knew that the investigation would at once begin and forthvrith pushed their way into the room which was to be the scene of the inquiry. The proceedings began promptly. The •quire entered, followed by Mr. Tapper and tie two detectives, aad took a seat in a leather covered chair, which had been brought from his library and placed opon the S'tand, a similar one awaiting the witnesses. Mr. Tupper and Mr. Barnes tcok chairs at a small wooden table in front of the squire, and Bur- xowa went to a seat among the crowd. The jurymen were called, and, as they responded to their names, were directed to places on. benches placed laterally beside the stand at tbe end nearest to the witness chair. It is worthy of re- •tark that, though this was in a small, Isolated country town, the cornpoaition of this Jury was far above the average to'be met with in large cities. Here all were men of families and identified with the interests of the community in which they lived. Each, as he sat, was tbe embodiment of earnestness and sincerity. Rough garbed though they were, they possessed shrewd minds and good common seu.se and therefore would make admirable jurors. The preliminaries over, the examination was begun. Mr. Barnes was asked to take the stand, and he testified to the discovery of the crime, and the position and condition of the corpse as first seen by himself, when he accompanied the squire to the house on Monday morning, and to other facts which have been already told. Tbe next witness was Dr. Snow. The squire interrogated him. "JDr. Snow," he asked, "have you prepared a report of the autopsy made by yon yesterday upon the body of the deceased?" "I m»de a thorough examination and have notes of all that I discovered which could, in my opinion, be of the least assistance." "Very well. What then do yon find to have been the cause of death?" "The man-was shot. The ball is of large siiie. I am not expert enough to give the exact caliber, but think it is a No. 33." "Did you succeed in finding the ball?" "?es, here it is. " He passed it to the squire, who in turn handed it to Mr. Tnpper. "Dr. Snow, 1 " said the latter, "can you tell how long the deceased lived after the shooting?" ' 'I found the bullet lodged in the heart; therefore death must have been instantaneous." "Did you find any other marks of violence?" "lu addition to the wound which proved fatal I found another, which was only super'Scial." "Did yon find that ball also?" "No; it only passed a short distance through the body and emerged again." "Can you describe the direction which it took?" "From the front toward the back.''' "How was the body dressed?" "In a. nightdress, and it is a.notice- able fact that though there are two wounds there is but one hole through the garment." "Did the fatal ballet pass through "It v;ould seem that it did, but as the nightdress is a loosely fitting garment it is impossible to say, as the two wounds are so close together." Mr. Barnes vrhispered to Mr. Tapper, who then continued: "Wai! this last wound above or below tbe other? What I wish to know is, was it high enougii for the bullet to have come from a pistol fired from the lawn aud through the window?" "Yes. I thought of that point, and therefore measured the height of the window sill from tbe ground and from the floor inside. I found by these measurements that the sill is about five feet from the lawn outside and only two, feet above tbe floor within. The wound which we are now considering is above the fatal one, though only slightly so, and is iio located that if the deceased had been standing it would have been about four feet above the floor, and so two feet higher than the window sill." "Then, in your opinion, that wound may have been made by some one on the lawn?" "I am sure that it would have been possible. Of course it might depend on how near Mr. Lewis stood to the window. '' As the doctor was about to withdraw Mr. Tupper stopped him by asking: 1: Will you please tell us if you found any marks, scars, you know, or birthmarks, by which the identity of the corpse might be established?" "Nothing whatever. The face and head have been burned beyond all possibility of recognition." "Were these bums of such a nature tbat they may have been the cause of death?" " "I should say not but of course if a man were burned as badly as tibat he might subsequently die, though not so quickly." Mr. Tupper, addressing the squire, said: ' 'I suppose there is no doubt as. to tbe identity of the body, but in the i'ace of the fact that the features are so much disfigured it would perhaps be us well to seek some evidence in this direction." "I have no doubt," said the squire, "that Miss Lewis may be able 'to help us better than any one, though I will say this much myself: 'When I fijrst saw the body lying by the chimney and leaned over it, I noticed that there was a name on the nightdress in large letters." "I saw that also," said Dr. Snow. "It is in indelible ink and done with a stencil plate. As might be expected, the name is John Lewis." "That in itself seems almost (soneln- sive," observed the squire, "but we can asfe Miss Lewis about the matter when she is called.'' Dr. Snow was then allowed to leave the stand. "Sow," said Mr. Tupper, "'if we can we must try to discover the time of the crime. I believe, squire, you are the one who last saw ilr, Lewis alive. Can yott tell at what hopr that was, as near as-oossible?" A "I went to see Mr. Lewis on tbe night of the murder and was in the parlor with him nearly an honr. I mnst have gone about 8 o'clock, for it was but half past when I reached my own "Then, of course, he was alive at that hour. The detective, Mr. Barnes, has described to us the tracks which he found in the snow and also the discovery of the two pistols. These, he thinks, were fired at the time when or immediately after the siiow had ceased falling last night. Whether either of these shots caused the death of Mr. Lewis or not, at least it is possible that one of them made tbe flesh wound which Dr. Snow has described. It will be well, therefore, to fix the time when the snowstorm oeased. " Jef Harrison was then called and swore to the facts which he had related to Mr. Barnes, and added that he had again questioned his daughters and that they substantiated the opinion which he had given. The next person called was Sarah Carpenter. She came in from an adjoining room, as did all the witnesses, it having been considered important that one should not hear the testimony of the others prior to being examined. Miss Carpenter sat down rather stifily, and it was evident that she was a reluctant witness. "You are a servant at Riverside farm?" asked Mr. Tupper. "I assist Miss Lewis in taking care of the house, but I do not call myself a servant," was the reply. The lawyer had evidently gained her ill will at the outset, but he took no notice of the asperity of her manner. "Are there any servants at all?" "I suppose so." "How many?" "I don't call any of them servants. There are four men who work on the farm and a boy to do the chores, " "Do any of these sleep in the house?" "No; they all sleep in a separate outbuilding." "How far is that building from the main dwelling?" "It is on tbe other side of the road altogether. Mr. Lewis bought the farm opposite his own about two years ago, and ever since he has had the men sleep there." "And where do you sleep?" "In my own house," answered the girl with an indignant toss of her head. She jumped off the, stand and burst into tears. But her temper affected Mr, Tupper as little as though he had been made of stone. With perfect composure he continued : , "At what time do you leave Riverside for your own home?" "When I feel inclined." "Come," said Mr.Tupper with just a little sternness, "answer my question." "I did answer it." "Answer it again! What time do you leave the farm?" "When I get through my work," she answered sullenly. "Ah! That is better! Now, then, tell us about what time that is usually?" "Ican'ttelL I have not kept track of it." "Well, then, at what time did you start for home on Sunday evening?'' "Look here I What right have you to ask me all these questions?" Then quickly turning to the coroner she continued, "Squire, have I got to answer everything this man asks of me?" "You mnst tell all that you knew," replied the squire. "And what if I won't?" "Yon would be guilty of contempt." "And what of that?" "I could have you confined in jail and kept there until you were willing to answer the questions." She pondered over this awhile and then, turning to Mr. Tupper again, said sharply: "Tell me at once what it ia you are trying to get out of me?" "I want to know at what 'time the shot was fired that killed Mr. Lewis." "How should I know?" "You would have heard the report if you had been in the house." "And how do you know I was in the house?" "That is what you must tell us." "Well, then, I was not in the house." "If net in the house, where were yon when the shot was fired?" But she was too shrewd to be caught in this trap and replied: "I did not say I heard the shot." "Yon said you were not in the house when the shooting took place. How could you be stire of that unless yon heard it from some other point?" "You said I would have heard it if I had been in the house," replied the girl triumphantly, but Mr. Tapper quickly went on: "Ah! Then you mean to say that you did not hear the report?" "I don't mean to say anything of tibe kind," she retorted with similar rapidity. This was a trick of Mr. Tapper's to get his witnesi excited and then by rapid questioning: to surprise her into such an admission as she had jnstsiade. The words were (scarcely uttered before she saw their imjon, and she continued savagely: "Yon are making me say what I don't mean. Why don't you ask for what you want to know without so much beating round the bush?" "Well, then, come to the point Did yon hear the pistol shot on Sunday You know what is in it. The only baking powder having a statement of its composition on the label is (Cleveland's Baking Powder This is a satisfaction to housekeepers and a safeguard against adulteration. Cleveland Baking; Powder Co., New York. But tne girl kept silent awhile ana then jumped off the stand, and dropping into a seat burst into tears. Mr. Tupper and Mr. Barnes talked iu low tones for several minutes, and then the former whispered to the squire, who called to the stand the workmen alluded to by the last witness. The squire himself questioned them, while the lawyer and detective consulted. The witnesses appeared separately, but their testimony shed no light ou the matter, as the four older men had spent the evening at the saloon, while the younger had retired to the house across the road and had gone to sleep at 7 o'clock on the evening in question, and he declared that he had heard nothing during the night. By this time Sarah Carpenter had recovered from her emotion and was sitting quietly on the front bench. Will Everly was then called and took the stand. As he did so Sarah seemed much agitated, and with difficulty kept her composure. Mr. Barnes, who was watching her, noticed her discomfort and smiled to himself as one conscious of being correct in some surmise. Mr. Tupper proceeded. "Mr. Everly," said he, "I believe you are a friend of Mr. Walter Marvel?" "I hope so, sir." "You are under some obligation to him, I believe?" "Yes, indeed. He saved ray life, " "How wus that?" In reply Everly related the incident in detail. Mr. Tupper continued: "You consider then that you owe your life to this young man?" "I do, most emphatically. I should hesitate at nothing to do him a service." "I have heard that you have repeatedly said that you would risk your lifo for him. Is that true:" "It is. Did he not risk his life for me?" All through the above Burrows, who was watching Mi'. Barnes, was surprised to notice that Mr. Barnes was keenly scrutinizing the girl Sarah Carpenter, who was in evident distress, and he at length suspected that this examination of Everly was really in some way aimed at the young woman. Mr. Tupper continued: " Were you present when Marvel quarreled with the deceased?" "He did not quarrel with Mr. Lewis," answered Everly with some heat, "He simply did what any man would—he resented a gross insult. " "I think he fired at Mr. Lewis, did he not?" Everly was a little confused as he replied: "He was very much excited and took out his pistol. I don't think he would really have fired it, but Miss Lewis struck his arm and the weapon was discharged. I think it was an accident." "But did he not utter threats against Mr. Lewis as he went away?" "He only said what was natural under the circumstances—that he would get even. But I know Walter, and I doubt if he remembered what he had said as long as the next day." "Mr. Everly," said the lawyer impressively, "it is very worthy of you to defend your friend, but be careful lest in doing so you damage your own cause." And Burrows saw Sarah Carpenter shrink closer into the corner, vainly endeavoring to appear unconcerned. "Why, what do you mean?" asked Everly. "I will be candid with yon. You have just admitted that you woald imperil your life to serve your friend. You knew, after the quarrel between these men, that John Lewis would ever be a barrier to keep Marvel from marrying the woman of his choice. Do you see your position now?" "Not clearly! Go on!" said the witness hoarsely. "Unless you can prove that you were not at Riverside that night, it might be thought—I say it might be—that you committed this crime." Everly hung his head as he replied, "I was at the farm." This statement was followed by a suppressed cry from the comer where Sarah Carpenter was sitting. All those present looked grave, for the words, as Everly spoke them, sounded almost like a confession of guilt Mr. Barnes alone seemed not to be surprised. "What were yon doing at the farm?" asked Mr. Tupper, resuming the examination. ' 'I went there to see Hiss Carpenter." He blushed deeply. Are you in love with that lady?" The women present thought this a merciless question, but though the color deepened on his cheek Everly straightened .himself up as he replied: ' 'Miss Carpenter has promised to be my wife." This caused quite a sensa- It jvf* tolfirabji we.ll know* they'were fond of eacb other's society, but every one had considered it a. "boy and girl" affair, as the two had grown up together and had been schoolmates. "How long were you at the farm that night?" continued the lawyer. "From (i until half past 8." "You went at that honr?" "Yes." "Before you did so did you meet Mr. Lewis?" Everly hesitated a moment, then replied: "I think I would rather not answer that question." " As you choose. You need not criminate yourself. When you left Riverside, where did yon go?" "I went straight to the saloon." "Do you know ac what time you reached there?" "At a quarter to 9. I had an appointment with a friend at that hour and just kept it." "SVasyour friend punctual also?" "Ho was waiting for me. That is how I fis the time so accurately. He claimed that I was late, and we compared watches." "Could you prove this by your friend?" "He lives near here. You can send for him if you wish. It is Mr, Harrison's son, Joe." Mr. Tupper requested the squire to send for this mail at once, and a messenger was dispatched for him. Mr. Tupper continued: "Do you own a pistol?" "Yes, sir." "Can yon scud for it?" "I have it with me. " Taking it from his pocket, he banded it to tbe lawyer, who examined it closely and then said: "I see tbat one Nirrel bas been fired off. Did you discharge it?" "I did." "When?" "I prefer not 1o say. " "What is the caliber of this weapon?" "It carries a No. 32 cartridge. " "Did you ever see the weapon which .Mr. Marvel had on the night of the trouble at the farm?" "Yes, sir." "What kind of pistol is it?'" "It is of the same pattern as this. There are five, to my knowledge, in Lee." "Can yon tell us who the ow:ners of these weapons are and how it happens that they are all alike?" ' 'Besides mine there are four, owned respectively by Walter, Harry Lucas, Miss Marvel'and Miss Lewis. Each has the owner's name engraved on tbe stock. About two years ago the ladies expressed a desire to learn to shoot, and Harry Lucas bought tbe pistols. The four would frequently meet and practice at targets. As to mine, I saw Walter's, took a fancy to it and got one." "I suppose you all are fairly good shots?" "All are experts." At this moment the young man who had been sent for arrived, and Everly was allowed to leave tbe stand. The newcomer took his place, and Mi. Tupper questioned him. "What is your name?" "Joseph Harrison, commonly called Joe." "Do you remember where you were last Sunday night?" The witness hesitated and glanced toward Everly. To reassnrei him, the lawyer said: "It is all right. You need cot hesitate to speak. It was at Mr. Everly's request that yon were called." At this he seemed much relieved. "Ob! Very well! I met Everly by appointment at tbe saloon." "At wbat time did he reach there?" "At a quarter to 9 by his watch, but 10 minutes to 9 by mine. We compared watches.'-' "Was there any special object in this meeting?" Again did Harrison let bis eyes wan-^ der toward Everly, but the latter held* his head bowed on his breast and gave no answering sign. The question was repeated and the witness answered: "Yes, sir. He wanted me to take a letter for him." "Did he have it already written when he entered the saloon?" "No, sir. He wrote it after I met him." "Where did you take this letter?" "To Epping." "Why could he not have sent it by mail?" "Well, you see, I don't suppose as how it makes any difference, now that Mr. Lewis is dead. But at that time, they were trying to fed Walter Marvel, and Will was afraid, if he sent a letter by the post.,-he might be putting the authorities oriffee right track.'' "This letter, then, wae addressed to that -Yes, sir." "Did vou. deliver it to him night?" " . "No, not till nest morning. I put ap at the hotel, and then bunted him up in the morning. " "Where did you find him?" "His mother owns an old house down there. It is out of repair and ain't been used for years. But Walter keeps on« room fised up, so's when bo goes hunting he can stop overnight, and it was there I found him." "Did Mr. Marvel read the letter before you, and did he make any remark?" "Yes, and he said, 'Will is a good friend and hus done more for me thaa many would.' " At this point Sarah Carpenter caused considerable excitement by jumping up and exclaiming: "You are all going on the wrong track. Let me go on the stand again, aud I will prove it. " Mr. Barnes smiled quietly, and Burrows knew from the expression of his face that this was just what he had been counting upon. Her request being granted, the girl did not wait for the formality of questions, but spoke rapidly : "I am sorry now that I did not tell all I knew awhile ago. I did hear the report of a pistol — yes, and more thaa one. I did not tell before, because I was afraid it was Will who had done the shooting. But now I know it was not He left me at half past Ji o'clock to keep his appointment, and I went into the house to got my things on. We had been up at the barn. When I w T as ready to start for home, I found that I had lost my key. Thinking I must have dropped it in the barn, I went there to look for it. While there and fully half an hour after Will had left me I suddenly beard the report of a pistol, and then another, and I think « third, though I can't be sure. I know, though, that I ran to the door of the barn, and saw a man ran across the lawn and down the road. I don't know why, but it struck mo it was Will at the time, and that is why I have been so troubled ever since. 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