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R9DRIGUES OTT?LENGUI| \>,rJZo nr "iW ARTI5T IN CR1ML,£TC. 6 PHAFTER T—Fifteen years before the opralwot the storv John Lewis wont 10 live "na Sic'Called LOO. in New ,Hampshire with a little girl 8 yoara old, Virginia, the ^?X&&^^*%^ £>faa^ a .^l"'S^fV^' also settled 'here. Young Marvel met and fovedVirKlnla I-ewis. Alice. Marvel. Walter B Slater, and Harry Lucas also met and were reported to be In lore with each other. A c the opening ot the story a person purporting to »_ _ *i_,T:Li,,<.i«™. ar\r\ rtf .Inhn i^WlH arfi '68 »t John Lewis arrive Leo. Walter Marvel proposes for Virginia .B hand to her uncle, who refuses, tellioif him ?h°th£ uncle whose name he Dears was a vinatn and a convict Young Marve , dra ws a niBtol and shoots at Lewi*. but his aim is di™V&d I bv Virginia. Boon after Lewis is found de$fnM 8 ro r omwV two bullet hole* , to hw body. His death occurs «multancou8ly witn the arrival of the man who claims ^ be his son 11— Mr Barm 8, tba celebrated detective. fod Vom Burr WB. another detective take up the Cft-e gtronirly. suspecting \ iw 1°'* ^ the criminal. 111-They examine the pro- nds about the house where the murder is cum SuSd and find foot prints of a man and wo man the woman's foot prints strengthening theiV suspicions of Virginia. The, .also flnrt two Distole. one marked "Virginia Lewis . the nthor marked "Alice Marvel." Virginia ettor a nd s-oes away wth it, T. 1097- BV O.P. PUTMAMS SON*. Consequently mis writing refers to the first assailant. Therefore, unless it can be shown that he received a wound prior to 9 o'clock Miss Marvel did not inflict the fatal wound, if her shot reached him at all. There is a break in the plastered ceiling of the parlor, showing the furrow of a bullet. That was probably made by Miss Marvel or by Lucas. We cannot determine which.' "Mr. Barnes," said the squire, "your reasoning convinces me that whatever may have been the girl's intent when she fired her bullet did not kill Mr. Lewis. The worst that can be claimed is that she is responsible for the lesser wound, and, as you say, even that would be difficult to prove. If you take the same view, Mr. Tupper, we will continue." "I certainly agree with Mr. Barnes in all his deductions," said Mr. Tnp- per. "I am confident that we do not jearfnl of leaving £hls young man to his own society." "I believe such a thing as 'fear' Is unknown to me, so yon are far from the truth. Uo man is in an enviable frame of mind wheu a woman rejects him. Was it extraordinary, then, that [ should have wished his friend to join him at such a time?" She spoke with considerable feeling. "No, Miss Lewis, your action tinder the circumstances was very commendable. But did you not have a deeper motive? Did you not think that he might Barnes folio s her. Iv_Vir g lnia gives her letter to one Willie Bverly. who posts it Barnea keeps his eye on it. »«« possession of It and thus learns the whereabouts of Walter Marrel. V- Alice Marvel betray E knowledge of the - urder. CHAPTER X. VIRGINIA LEWIS TESTIFIES. "When Alice made the statement that she had shot Mr. Lewis, all present for a moment sat dumb with amazement. When they saw that she had fainted, all were immediately possessed by the dissire to minister to her wants, the result being, as is usual in such cases, that the prostrate form of the young •woman was surrounded, and she was deprived of all chance of fresh air. Fortunately Dr. Snow was present, and, culling upon Lucas to assist him, together they bore her from the room, permitting only a coupla of women to follow them. The squire, utterly confounded at the unexpected turn of events, scarcely knew what to do nest, and in order to gain time declared a recess of ten minutes. The jurymen started to leave their seats, but the squire requested that they would not do so and that they •would not converse about the case with the other persons present. The crowd foil to discussing the situation and a ham of voices filled the room. IMr. Barnes und Mr. Tupper arose and went on the stand with the squire. "Well, gentlemen," said the squire, "thu» t.*'<» surprising affair. What shall wo do now?" "Mr. Barnes, " said the lawyer, "you more conversant with the case. are more convcrsum wiui iu» v,«ou. What is your opinion of Miss Marvel's statement?" "Gentlemen," said Mr. Barnes, "it is evident that Miss Marvel really believes that she killed Mr. Lewis. It ia plain to my mind, however, that we «hould be most careful in accepting fsuoh .£i theory. In the first place I would call ttttentiou to the evidence offered by Dr. Snow. He tolls us that he found two wounds, one having passed through the •nightdress, and the other not. This simple fact proves beyoud doubt that the deceased changed his clothing after receiving the first wound. Therefore it is manifestly clear that the shot which .'Miss Marvel admits she fired at him •could not have proved fatal, for if so •tvo would be obliged to believo that the •other wound was made by the bullet •from the pistol of Lucas in order to account for thoir being two wounds, but -these shots followed in such close suc- •session that there was not time for him ;to have effected the change of clothing;. "There is, however, a bare possibility that he had already received the flriit •wound and was in bed, when, attracted •by the dog, be arose and went to the window. In that case he might have •been killed by the ball from Miss Marvel's weapon.' Thus far, however, we have no evidence that would substantiate a suspicion of this kind. Miss Carpenter and Mr. Everly would have hearo>the report if a shot had been fired •earlier. Miss Carpenter heard shots at •9 o'clock, the time when Miss Marvel discharged her weapon. There is, however, mow convincing evidence which I can adduce to corroborate me in the stand which I take. I am in doubt \rf5ther the wound which did not prove • fatal was made by Miss Marvel or not, or whether by Lucas, either accidentally, as he claims to have fired, or with •design. Bnt I am positive that neither •of the shots fired at that hour was the one which destroyed the life of tine deceased." "Yon allude to the scrap of paper of which you told me, do you. not?" asked ilr. Tupper. "I do," replied Mr. Barnes. "Bnt lot me explain to the coroner, so that he may be convinced of the necessity of continuing. 1 found upon the table in the parlor a s;heet of paper upon which was written, 'If I am dead in the morn- Ing, my murderer is'—the sentence being unfinished. This seems to prove that Mr. Lewis recognized his first assailant at least, and that, fearing death, he meant to warn us as to the identity of the person. True, the name does not appear, but the words are sufficiently significant. I presume there is no doubt «g to the writing?" Mr. Barnes handed the paper to the squire, who examined it closely ancl with great interest. After Ik moment he replied: "I recognize this as the handwriting of Mr. Lewis. I am perfectly familiar vith it, and there can be no doubt." "The deduction then is self evident," «ontinned Mr. Barnes. "Dr. Snow has testified that desth.,wjw yet know who fired the last shot. It would help us if we could discover what name was meant to complete that sentence, and if you will now call Miss Lewi's, acting upon a suggestion from Mr. Barnes, I hope to learn it." The squire then announced that the inquest would be continued, and immediately all resumed their seats and ceased talking. "Gentlemen," said the squire, addressing the jury, "Mr. Barnes, the detective in this case, the district attorney and myself are satisfied that a true verdict cannot be rendered without more evidence. Therefore, notwithstanding the words tittered by the last witness, we will proceed. I will merely call your attention to the fact that, though Miss Marvel admits that she fired at Mr. Lewis, Dr. Snow testified that he found two wounds. Miss Marvel could not inflict two wounds by firing one shot and cannot know herself whether or not she has committed a homicide. Call Virginia Lewis." Virginia entered and took the stand. Mr. Tupper conducted the examination. "Mis-a Lewis," he began, "I believe you arc the only one save the deceased who slept at the farm on the night when your uncle died?" "I believe that is true." "Did you hear any shot fired while you were in the house?" "I did not." "Then you have no idea who killed your uncle?" "Any idea that I have wonld be no proof and therefore is not worth consideration." "Oh, you suspect some one, do you? "Any suspicions which I .may have would not be evidence." "Were you in the house all the evening?" "No. sir." "At what time did you go out, and when did you return?" "I did iiot expect to be questioned and so made no note of the hours." "Will you tell us where you went?" "I will not, as that is my private affair." "No one's affairs are private when murder has occurred. However, since you refuse I will tell you where yon went. Fiijit, you met a man in the summer house, and then you crossed the livei to meet another man." The law- yar paused* waiting to note the effect of his words, tut Virginia remained impassive. "I will go further and tell you that the first was Harry Lucas, and, more, that yon invited him to the meeting. Since I have shown yon how much I know, you will doubtless see the folly Of any attempt at concealment." "Since you seem to be so well informed, I cannot see why you appeal to me at all." "We do not claim to know everything. Will you please tell us why you asked Mr. Lucas to meet you?" "I had a private commission to give him." "Do yon refuse to give ns any information as to the nature of this commission?" "I do." "Miss Lewis," said the lawyer, I have ioitimated that we have discovered the identity of one of the men whom you met that night, and it is perhaps as well to tell you that we also knew ' who the other was." "You appear to have leairned a great deal," replied Virginia coldly. " Vf'o have found out something, bnt not all that we wish to know. You met Mr. Lucas. Your conversation was overheard, and we therefore know that you sent for him to ask his aid. Yon expected to meet Mr. Marvel." Mr. Tupper spoke in his nsnal measured tones, and both he and Mr. Barnes watched Virginia closely, but even at this name she did not flinch. JUr. Barnes wondered how she would act when, they would produce the man himself. Mr. Tnpper continued: ' 'Yon had been notified that he wonld await vou in the woods across the stream that night, and yon were to determine whether or not you would elope with him. This you concluded not to da Therefore yon feaired that he wonld become desperate, and yon decided! to have bis friend, MJT. Lncas, opportunely meet him after yon left him, to see that he did no harm. Now •srill yon itell us what you. feared he would do?" "I see that yon have managed to iiis- cover all that Miss Marvel, knew. "Will not that suffice?" become desperate enough to take life "I admit that I did." ' 'Whose—yonr uncle's?" "No, no! I thought he might commit suicide; he is passionate and impulsive. I thought that in a moment of despair he might raise his hand against hiraself. He would never take another's life." '"He attempted to do so once before, I believe?" To this Virginia made no reply, but her face assumed an expression of the utmost contempt. "Miss Lewis," continued the lawyer, "will you kindly tell us about how long you remained at the interview with Mr. Marvel? I don't expect any exact reply. An approximate one will do." "I cannot tell very closely, though I know about when I reached the house again. But I will not answer unless you explain why you wish to know." Mr, Tupper had recognized at the oncset that Virginia was not to be frightened into anything, and he determined to deal with her openly. "I will do so willingly," said he. "We have found that you left the summer house at or near 9 o'clock. Soon after several shots were fired, one at least at the deceased. We are not sore, however, that either of these killed your uncle. Now, if you can give us the time when yon retained, it may be the means of proving whether he was alive or dead at that hour. These matters of time often prove of inestimable value." "Very well, it was half past 10 when I reached my room." "Thank yon." It was his cne to conciliate her as far as possible. "When yon. went in, did yon pass through the parlor?" "No, sir. I entered my apartment by the door opening into the dining room." Mr. Barnes believed that this was true, for he had traced her footprints from the steps of the piazza by the dining room, and returning they reached the same place. Thus she must have entered the house at that point, and naturally passed through the dining room to her own chamber. Resuming the examination, Mr. Tupper asked: "During the night did you hear your uncle moving about?" "No, sir." "Now let us come to the discovery of the crime. You will recall thai; when the detectives accidentally disturbed you in your room, the morning after, j-ou admitted that you had already found out that your uncle had been murdered. Thus yon were the first to do so. Is that a fact?" "I believe so. At-least it is true that I knew of the death of my uucle at that time." "Exactly. You had gone into the parlor, and you had found the body, which you recognized as that of yonr uncle, or I may say stepfather, before the squire and the others arrived?" . "Yes, sir." "Did yon take anything from the room?" ' 'Yes, sir; I took a pistol." "Where did you find this pistol?" "On the-floor." "Why did yon take it?" "Because it is mine and has my •name on the stock, and because if found by any one else it might have been unpleasantly suggestive." "I believe it showed evidence of having been fired off, did it not?" "That was another reason why I was anxious to have it. zszxsrxxzss = I ~ 1 Es£F' M ass=srs=S S"sc r^ra. s ,uonwas: I Barnes had found in the parlor of the mn ,„ MM*,™ — «-t S J S5 5.«2!-i- B Sff^ •was and why you took it: 5 nrst naii 01 m . ... ! l-«^ T r^rtl- ^i-.^iv..^.^ o ~ J -J held it up before her eyes and said: "Did you ever see this before?" This was so unexpected that Virginia was thrown off her guard. At the first •lance she smothered an exclamation hurriedly put her hand to her find that she appeared about its possessioa. The next question was: • 'It was a medallion locket. I took that also because it is mine." Mr. Barnes now understood why she had admitted taking something, since it was not the paper. He was nevertheless curious abonc this new point. "Where did you asked Mr. Tupper. find this locket?" I noticed that my uncle had his fist tightly closed, as though holding something, and, forcing it open, I removed the locket.'' "Have you it with you?" "Yes, sir." Taking it from her bosom, she banded it to him. Mr. Tupper examined it closely and opened it. Looking at the portrait which, it contained, he asked: "Do yon know whose likeness this is?" ' 'It is mine. It was taken when I was quite a child." Mr. Tnpper was about to pass the trinket to the squire, when, as he closed aud breast THE. 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I have been told that my mother had it made specially for my picture, and it has been in, my possession, except lately, for as long as I can remember." Mr. Tnpper pondered a second, but said no more on this subject at that time. Nor did he pursue the point about the piece of paper directly, but determined to approach that by another method. "Now, then, Miss Lewis, we will go back to the meeting across the river, if. you please. Did you meet Mr. Marvel? But stop—you have already admitted as much. Tell us whether you left him on the other side or whether he crossed over with you." "We separated before I rowed back to the farm." "Then yon left him across the river?" "Yes, sir." "Did he say where ho meant to go?" "To Epping." This seemed doubtful to Mr. Barnes in the face of the fact that he had found Marvel at Portsmouth, but then he remembered that Joseph Harrison had testified to meeting Marvel at Epping on the morning sifter the murder. Mr. Tupper continued: "Did he say where he would go after that?" "He did not lay out a route and furnish me with a complete plan of his movements for the future. He did, however, mention that he would return to Epping, from which place he had come that night." "Do yon think that he proceeded to Instantly, however, her agita- ttoTp'assed, and she replied quite calra- No. Sever." I believe yon, for had yon aone so it would never have reached my hands. Now please take it and examine it " "shTdid so, and then said, "It looks like my uncle's writing, and it would seem that lie tried to communicate to us the name of his assailant." "Precisely, aud, more, he made another attempt and—succeeded. Miss Lewis, the second paper is in your possession." , .. , "You. are mistaken," she replied C °-/'am not. I say not only did you take that paper, but yon have it secreted about your person at this very minute." ,. , , Virginia answered by a half scornful smile Mr. Barnes showed some little excitement He \vas accustomed to deal with wary criminals, but had never met a woman so provokingly self possessed as this one, "Come, Miss Lewis," said Mr. Tupper, "it is useless to deny what I say. I set a trap for you deliberately, and you were caught, in spite of all your strength of will. When 1 showed you that paper, I well knew yon had no idea that it existed, aud therefore my object was to see what you would do, believing that yonr first glance would make you think it was the other paper. As I expected, yon at once feared that you had lost it and instinctively felt for it in the bosom of your dress." "Did I?" with a shrug of the shoulders. Mr. Tupper looked at her a moment and then, with his eyes still intently upon her, he said, "Call Walter Marvel." DIRECTORS: W. H. Bringnuwt, ITU, K. S. 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"I nse it constantly, and therefore it is quite possible that I fired at something on Saturday." "That is, the day before the murder?" "Yes, sir." '•How did it happen to be out of yonr possession on Sunday night?" "I had it when I started out, but changed my mind about taking it with me, and as I passed through the parlor I laid it on the mantel." This answer suggested the possibility that this was the pistol used by Mr. Lewis when he fired at Lncas, as had been testified by Miss Marvel The nest question was: "Now, if you please, will you. explain why, if you were so anxious to avoid suspicion by hiding the pistol, you should now be so ready to tell the whole storv?" 'I never intended to conceal the fact that the weapon was found by me where it was, but I thought that if I offered it in evidence myself I wonld avoid the suspicion which might naturally enough have been aroused had any other person made the discovery." Mr. Barnes knew this was not true and that her first intention had been to destroy all trace of the use of lie pistol, as was plainly proved by h(!r having cleaned the barrel. He knew also that she was at present following out the plan which she had formed after she had seen him pick up che cartridge cap in her room, the first step in which had been to replace the empty shell by another. Her examination wsis con- tinned. "Did yon. remove anything else from the zoom where the corpse lay?'" "I did." that place immediately after leaving you?" Virginia was very cautious, now that the subject involved information about her lover. ' 'How should I be able to reply definitely?" said she. "Do yon know, then, whether he crossed the river and visited the bouse after parting with you?" "I should say not, as I took the boat." "Do you mean to say that you did not see him after you left him at the maple tree?" "I mean to say that I have not seen him since then." 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