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Logansport, Indiana
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Monday, January 24, 1898
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*r i v ]•--„ •> V? = 1 2 AUTHOR OF "AW ARTIST IN a - COPYRIGHT. 1897- BY O.P. PUTHAMS SON*. CHAPTER T—Fifteen years before the owning-of the story John Lewis went to live in a plac-called Use. ia New Hampshire, -with a little frtrl e yoara old. Virginia, the duuffhterof biadcoe Bed siBtcr. Ho had a son w-o ha - been left at school, but ran away and shipped for Cnlon. Five years aft*r Lewis went to Leo a family named Marvel 'also settled -here. Young- Marvel met and loved Virginia Lewis, Alice. Marvel. Walter s sister, and Harry Lucas also met and were reporwxj to be la love with each other. At the opening of the story a person purportlnR to bo the mlssinfr son of Jobn Lewis arrl'ea at Leo. Walter Marvel proposes for Virginia s hand to her uncle, who refuses, tellm* him that his uncle, whose name he Dears, was a villain and a eonvlot. Young Marvel draws a pistol and shoots at Lewis, but his aim is di verted by Virginia. Soon aftor Lewis is found dead IQ his room witH two bullet holes la his body. His death occurs ilmultaneously wltn the arrival of the man who claims to be his son 11—Mr. Barms, th") celebrated detects o and Yom Bjrr we. another detective, take up the ca'O stronifly. suspectinp Virginia as the criminal. 111-Tcoy examine the gro. uos about i be house where the murder la cum mitt, d and find foot prints of a man and wo man, the woman's foot printsi strengtbeninir their Busuiclons of Virginia. They also find two pistols, one marked ••Virginia Lewis, the other marked "Alice Marvel. ' v j r giata •writes a letter and eoes away w th it, Hnrne f di« s ulsed, tollova her. IV-Vlrglnia gives b« letter to one wjlllo JBverly, who posts it Barnes keeps his eye on it. gets possession or it and thus laarna the whereabouts of Vi alter Marvel, CHAPTER K. INTERESTING TESTIMONY, During the delivery of the statement ms.de by Sarah Carpenter there was the Btillnesa of death. Her words caused a profound sensation, and even after she ceased no one spoke, but eagerly waited to hear -what those in charge of the in vestigation would have to say. The squire at length addressed the witness: "You say it was about half an hour after you bad parted from Everly when you heard the shots fired'?" "Yes, sir," said the girl eagerly. "I am certain it was as long as that, for I •went to the house to get my things, as I said, and when I found that I did not ijave nay .key I looked all about the room first, and it was some time before I concluded to search in the barn. When I did, 1 had to get a lantern, and it was quite a long time after I got to the barn before I heard the shooting." "Then, provided yoar estimate of the time -which elapsed is correct, it must have been about 9 o'clock when this occurred?" "I am sure of it. I left just after and •went home, and it was a quarter past 9 •when I wound my watch before going to bed." "Miss Carpenter," said Mr. Tnpper, "how is it that if you suspected your friend Mr. Evcrly you did noc go to iim and ask him about this matter?" "I came over here ydsterday for that purpose, but Will had gone to New Market." " WHS it snowing when you left the farm on Sunday night?" "No, sir; it had stopped." She w;is then allowed to retire, and Mr. Tapper called attention to the fact that her evidence had corroborated the detective's theory as to the time of the •hooting. The nest witness called was Harry Lucas. "Mr. Lucas," asked the squire, "do yon recall the day on which Miss Lewis celebrated her birthday at Riverside?" "Certainly. I was there," answered Lucas. "Do you recollect the trouble between Mr. Lewis and Marvel?" "Yes, sir, perfectly." "When Marvel was leaving, did he •utter any threat against Mr. Lewis ?" ' 'He said some angry -words. I should not care to state positively v?hat they •were, J was too much excited myself at the time." "Doyou recall what you yourself said to Mr. Lewis?" "Not exactly, sir." "Did you not threaten him'.'" "I don't recollect I may have. I •was very angry and quite excited," "You have heard of the desith of Mr. Lewis, I suppose?" "I have, sir." " Were yon iii Lee on the night of the jo order?" "I •was." "Did you toll any one that you intended leaving town that night?" Lucas remained silent. "I have been told by several parties that yon were heard to say that important business would call you out of town. Was that true?'' "I did tell several people that, but it •was not true.'' "lam to understand, then, that yon told a lie?" Lucas colored deeply. "Idid not look •upon it in that way. I had good reasons for wishing people to think nie oat of town, and, under the circumstances, did not hositato to speak as I did." "Will you rell me what those circumstances were which would make you think it excusable to resort to a falsehood?" "I would rather not" .The squire nodded to Mr. Tupper, Trio took the witness. "Mr. Lucas," said he, "was it not because you intended to visit Riverside farm that yon spread the story of your absence?" Lucas made no reply. "Did you not go to Riverside that night to meet a lady?" Mr. Tnpper •poko slowly, and Lucas started and looked caafased, bot still persisted in bis silence. The lawyer continued : "Did y<ra not meet a lady in the summer boose, and was not that lady Miss tewis?" "How clid you know that?" blurted oatthe vjrtaesvat last JKCSS^ and evidently amazecU ' Air. Barnes smiled slightly, "How I know is of small consequence," said Mr, Tupper, "but I will tell yon. The detective has been all over the "place, and us fortunately there Se seemed a lUtU nervous as he saw the mark, was no snow oti the ground the imprints of your feet left no room for doubt that there was a meeting between a man and a woman in that gammer house. All that was left was to discover their identity," "And how have yon done that — that is, if you have done so?" "Do you deny that you and Miss Lewis met at that place and on that night?" "I neither deny nor admit it" "Perhaps you will later. Yon say you were in Leei. If not at the farm, where were you?" "1 was out for a time and then went home." "Mr. Lucas, did you hurt yourself that night?" ' 'I believe not. How do you mean hurt myself?" "Did any accident happen to yon?" "I don't recall any." Mr. Tupper litooped and picked up a small paper covered parcel, which he unrolled, and talcing therefrom a man's white shirt handed it to Lucas and asked: "Do you recognize that as year property?" "I can't be unre," faltered Lucas, "It has your name on it, " suggested the lawyer. "Where did you get it?" "Never mind that Just toll us if it is yours. " "It looks like one of mine." "Exactly. Now, if you please, how did you get the blood on the wristband?" Lucas examined the garment more closely and seemed a little nervous as ! he saw the blood mark. "I don't know how it got there, " said he, and then w:ith some anger added, "I won't answer another question till you tell me how you came into possession of this shirt." "It was sent to your washerwoman on the day following the murder, and as she had heard of the crime she kept the blood stained garment." "Do you mean to say that you accuse me of killing Mr. Lewis?" "I accuse no one, but I will remind you that it is l;be duty of every honest tnau to help and not to hinder the machinery of justice. If you are an innocent man, you should not hesitate to reply to my questions. That we may have no more evasion I will tell you at once that I know how the blood got on yonr shirt." "How should yon know, when I tell yon I do not know myself?" asked Lucas incredulously. "The blood is yonr own. You were bitten by a dog," continued the lawyer. Lucas started in surprise. "Yen went to Riverside, mid you were attacked by the mastiff. " "You seem well informed. " "I only state what is a fact" Then suddenly producing the pistol, "Do yon recognize this weapon?" At last the young man showed signs of distress, as he replied more humbly, "Yes, sir, it is mine. " • 'It was found at the farm near the summer house. Will you admit now that yon were there?" Lucas made one last effort: "I may hare dropped it there at any time" — "In which case," interrupted Mr. Tnpper, "it would have been covered by the snow." Lucas now seemed to recognize that further attempt at concealment would be useless, and Burrows en thoughi; that he seemed relieved, as though, iu fact, he had been previoasly playiag a pare which little pleased him. "You have the best of me," be replied. "Go on. I will answer yonr questions." "Very well. You admit, then, that you went l;o the farm to meet Miss Lewis and that you did see her?" "Yes, sir." "At what hour was yoar appointment with the lady?" "A quarter to 9." "Miss Lewis left yon at the summer house and went toward the river, did she not?" "How do yon know that?" Lucas was plainly very much surprised at the knowledge displayed by the district attorney, who, of course, had previously been postal by Mr. Barnes. "Footprints," said Mr. Tupper terse- IT. "Oh, \v<01 ! You are right "" "When did the dog attack yon?" "As soon as Miss Lewis left me I started for home, and the brute came forma" "Yes, sir, 'on the ann." "Drsrwlirg -up his sleeve, he showed chat his arm was bandaged. "Ah! Then that accounts for the blood on the shirt, as I supposed. Now, then, Mr. Lucas, there is another matter. This pistol of yours has an empty shell in it How do you account for that?" "I used the pistol to defend myself against the do?, but he was too quick for me, and before I could aim at him he bad buried his teeth in my arm. The •weapon was then discharged." "You are sure,"said Mr. Tnpper, speaking with great deliberateness and looking Lucas straight in the eyes, "you are sure that you. did not fire this pistol first, and that tne noise did not attract the dog and make him attack you?" "What should I have fired at?" asked the witness. "Mr. Lewis perhaps," continued Mr. Tnpper iu the same measured tones. Lucas seemed about to make an angry retort, but controlled himself and answered: "The whole thing occurred as I have related it. As soon as the dog opened his jaws again I ran for my life, and as I did so I thought I heard two shots in quick succession." As this seemed to corroborate the story told by Sarah Carpenter, Mr. Tnp- per paused in his inquiries, and the equire asked: "Did you see who fired those shots?" "No, sir; I did not think of looking around. I was too intent on getting a way.'' "Can you say about what time this shooting occurred?" "I met Miss Lewis at a quarter of 9, and we talked till about 9, I should say. It was a few minutes after when I started to leave." Mr. Tupper resumed the examination. "Can yon tell me who it was that Miss Lewis went to meet on the other side of the river?" "Did she cross the river?" "Her footprints were found over there and also those of a man. Now, you must know who that man is?" "I don't see how that follows." "Why did Miss Lewis have you meet her at so late an hour?" "I do not think that this is my secret I would prefer to have you ask the lady herself." "I think we may do that, Mr. Tapper," said-the squire. "Yes, yes, squire, that will do quite well," replied Mr. Tupper, and with a nod the squire dismissed the witness. He then called, for Miss Marvel. The young lady appeared and plainly showed that she was very nervous over the prospect of testifying. ."Now, Miss Marvel," began Mr. Tupper, * 'we ate sorry to trouble you in this matter, but it is so very serious that we are compelled to examine every one who by any possibility may be able to throw any lighf on the terrible crime.'' "How should I be able to do so?" asked Miss Marvel, already alarmed. "V?e do not"know that yon can," replied Mr. Tupper, hastening to reassure her. It was plainly evident that if anything was to be learned from this witness it would be by dint of the greatest care, "But," continued he, "if you do know anything we feel certain that you will not hesitate to inform us at once.'' "But I tell you I do not know anything about it, except what I have heard." "Perhaps even that may prove valuable. But stop a minute," for she was about to interrupt him; "let me ask the questions, and you answer. That will be the quickest way _of proceeding. To begin, then, when did yon first know of the murder?" "Monday morning. Virgie came and told me." '' You are sure yon did cot know of it sooner?" "% 7 irgie found me in bed, so how could I hear of it sooner?" "I said'know,' not'hear.'" "Well, know, then; it is all the same." "Were you at home on Sunday night?" "Why—why—of course. Where else should I be?" stamn.. red tb>s girl. "You toldmy daughter that you were going to drive with Mr. Lucas," interrupted the .squire in his kindliest tones. "Mr. Lucas could not keep the appointment." "Do you know why?" asked Mr. Tupper. 1 'I suppose he had some business. In fact, he told me so." "Did he say that it was out of town?" The girl started with surprise. "Yes, sir. How did you know'" "He told the same thing to others. Do you know why he should have told BO many people that he was going out of town and then not have gone?" Alice in great perturbation looked appealingly toward Lucas, but the latter avoided her glance. Very hesitatingly she answered: ' 'Mr. Lucas could tell you better than L" Her equivocal reply made Mr. Barnes conclude that she knew the reason, which, it will be remembered, Lucas had refused to give, and he gave the lawyer a sign to press the point. "The question has been asked Mr. Lucas, but we want to hear what yon know about the matter. Have you seen him since Sunday, when he told you thai he meant to leave town?" "That is the last time he called." "But have yon seen him?" Alice was evidently troubled by the question, and the lawyer determined to come to the main point at once. He continued: "After he left you on Sunday where did yon go?" "I did not go anywhere," stammered the poor girl. "Come, you will best serve yourself and your friends by telliag the truth." "The truth! Why, what do yon mean?" She seemed greatly agitated, if not positively alarmed. I "After ha left you," continued Mr. Tapper, "you went to Riverside farm. Yon went there not to :iee jour friend Mi« Lewis, but 1 .'— <f HowTio you." know I did not goto see Virgie?" interrupted Alice excitedly- "You did not go to see her, because you had discovered that there was to be a meeting between her and Harry Lucas." "It is false 1 How can you say such a thing?" "You went int;o the summer house and hid there, so that; you might overhear what passed between the two." "It's all a lie—a vricked lie!" cried the girl, hysterically sobbing between the words. "I did not go near the farm, and I did not go after Harry—and—it's all made up—and"— Here she broke down utterly, sobbing so that it was necessary to delay the proceedings till she could recover from her agitation. Lucas, much disturbed, arose and addressed the coroner: "Squire, is it necessary to continue the examination of Miss Marvel?", "If it could have been avoided, I should not have called her." "But can you not let it drop now, since you see that she knows nothing?" "She knows whac passed between you and Miss Lewis in the summer house," said the squire sharply. "If I c«ase questioning her, will you give us the information which we want?" "It is impossible," said Lucas de spoadently, "and I doubt that Miss Marvel knows anything about it." " We will let her answer that ques tion; she seems to be recovering her self possession.'' Lucas reluctantly returned to bis seat. As soon as Alice had sufficiently regained her composure Mr. Tupper resumed: "Now, Miss Marvel, you see that prevarication is useless. We are fully informed as to your movements on the night in question. What we want you to tell us is what passed between Miss Lewis and Mr. Lucas." A great weight seemed lifted from Alice's mind, and she replied quite readily: "Oh, if that is all, I'll tell you the whole thing." Lucas barely suppressed a groan, "Before I go any further I must tell you how I came to be at the farm. Mr. Lucas came to me on Sunday and told me that he could not go driving, as we had planned, because ho had to go out of town. Of course I believed him and was satisfied. After ho had gone I found a note on the floor, and picking it up knew that Mr. Lucas must have dropped it from his pocket, for it was addressed to him. I shonld never have thought of reading it, but I recognized the writing and knew it came from Virgie, so I read it at once."' Lucas started id surprise, but did not speak: Alice continued: ".When I saw by the contents of the note that Virgie invited Mr. Lucas to meet her at night in the summer house, I determined to be there also. I did so because"—here she seemed a little confused, and her rich blood mantled her cheek—"well, because Virgie is engaged to my brother, and for the minute I conld not; understand why she made an appointment with another mau." Most of those present smiled at the girl's naive explanation. "I reached there first and hid in one side of the appointed place. Not long after they came. I heard nearly all that passed. " "Tell us, please, as much as you can remember." "They talked quite awhile, and then she left. What they said was all about ray brother. It seems that he had written to Virgie, in the care of some friend, and asked her to meet him that night down by the river and tell him whether she would marry him. He said that would be the only way he could come back after what Mr. Lewis had done. Jnst at this point the dog commenced to bark, and they spoke lower, perhaps because they thought the dog had heard their voices, and they were afraid to attract attention, and, in fact, after a minute, the brnte did stop his noise, but it was hard for me to hear the rest of the talk. At any rate I made out that Virgie was afraid that Walter would be angry if she did not go away with him at once, and that, she said, was out of the question. She asked Mr, Lucas to meet my brother after she had seen him, so as to prevent him from doing anything desperate." "What did you understand her to mean by 'desperate?'" "I think she was afraid he might commit suicide." "It did not occur to you that she might be afraid he wonld kill her uncle?" "No, of course not!" Ooce more she seemed e-vcited. "You surely do nol think— My God, whac have I been saying?"' "Come, come, Miss Marvel, there is no need to be worried. No one accuses your brother. Let us come to another point While yon were at the farm did you hear any pistol shots?'' She looked at him and! trembled violently, but uttered not a word. The lawyer then produced the weapon with her name on it "Is this yours?" he asked. Alice covered her face with her hands and groaned. "Miss Marvel," said Mr. Tnpper, after a few moments'pause, "pray calm yourself. A great deal depends upon Alice swayed and fell in a swoon. yonr testimony. A man is in danger of being accused of this great crime unless yon can threw some light on the subject M big She seemecTdazed 'as sfie asked"almost ia a \vhisper: "Who is be?" "We found a pistol, vrith one chamber empty, lying near the summer house." She "shivered. "That pistol hears the name of Harry Lucas." "Is he the man \vhoin you accuse?" "Ic will depend on yonr evidence whether we do or not His pistol is empty, and he admits having fired it there that night"— The girl made a superhuman effort and spoke rapidly: ''And you think that he killed Mr. Lewis? It is not true. I know to the contrary, for I saw Mr- Lewis alive •when Harry was running from the place." "Ah! Now, are you willing to tell us how that happened?" She hesitated u moment, but she had gone too far to stop, and besides her fear for her lover spurred her on. "I was still iu the summer house when I heard the growl of the dog. I looked out and saw the beast attack Mr. Lncas. 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