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BY >C OF "AW ARTIST 1R9PR1GUESOTOLENQUIJ " CRWt.,.* CHAPTER '- yaars before the 1 ®^ d, Vi««nja tho atso'settled "here" Youn>r Marvel met nod fX» Vlwlnl. Lewis. Allca. Marvel. Walter's Ulster, anS Harry Lucas also met and wore reported to be In iovo with each other. At the ) openlnff of the story a wsriion purporting to bo the missing: son of John tewis arrli-es at Leo, Walter Marvel proposes for Virginia .a hand to her uncle, who ">tuws t«' linir ^'J™ that his undo, whose namti he Dears, was a villain and a convict Young Marvel draw!« pistol and ehoots at Lewi*, but hlg aim is ui verted by Virginia. Soon (iftor Lewis is found dfadin his room with two bullet holes In h.is body. HU death occurs simultancouslr wltn t^e arrival of the man who o alms to be hia aou ll-Mr. Barn, s, the celebrated deteUI.e, and Yom Burr ws. another detect vc take up the case stromrly. suspecting Virginia a« the criminal 111-They examine tho pro ntie about ibe house where the murder fa com mitt- d and flnd footprint* of a man *nd woman. the woman's foot print* strengthening their suaoiclons of Virginia. They also fin d .fetter'to'one WUlle' Bveri.v^wbo'posts It. Barnes keeps bis eye on It. «et8 poasesslon of it and thus learns the whereabouts ot Walter Marve!. V—Alioe Marvel betrays kncwleflxo of t»e » urder. CHAPTER XL THE VERDICT. There are some individuals •whose nerves are so well trained that they can be made to sustain almost any strain without giving evidence of the tension to which they have been exposed. Virginia Lewis was of this kind. There is, however, iu all probability, no force iu nature that has not a breaking point, beyond which it is impossible for integrity to endure, and so it was in the case of thia most remarkably strong willed girl. Sho had passed through a fiery ordeal bravely, and I might say successfully, until at last the unexpected had come to destroy all her powers of control. Nevertheless she was not one to give way, like her friend Alice Marvel, and though she certainly started very perceptibly when her lover's name was jailed "she looked like a frightened animal who, though awaiting a deathblow, was yet prepared to die hard. As she stood expectant and defiant she won the admiration of all the men in tho rociu, a thing of no small conse- qucuco when it is remembered that 13 of ths.sc composed tho jury. There was a painful silence until the entrance of tho usxt witness. At last he came, and •when Virginia saw him and knew that this was no trick that was being played to frighten her into revealing that which sue had determined to conceal she could not repress a slight cry as she stepped from the stand autt dropped into tho nearest seat. Then she assumed a stolid expression, which defied the scrutiny of Mr. Barnes or any of the others. Marvel cast ouo hasty glance in her direction, and with his lips a little firmly compressed he took his place on the witness stand. Mr. Tnpper at once began: "Mr. Marvel, do you remember the day of the fete given by Miss Lewis at Riverside?" "Most distinctly." "1 believe you attempted to kill Mr. .Lewis on that occasion?" "I drew out my pistol under great provocation and in anger. Miss Lewis struck my arm, and my weapon was discharged. " "Do you mean that when you took out your pistol it was not your intention to fire it?" "I cannot tell what my intention •wan. As I said, I acted under excitement. It is impossible to say what may or what may not have happened." "But did you not threaten Mr. Lewis M you left the lawn?" "Perhaps. It would have teen but natural." "Where did you go whonyoci left the farm that night?" "Home, of course." "But why is it, then, that you were not there when search was made for you the nest day?" "I was disheartened and disgusted at the turn of events, and in sheer desperation I arose early and went off gunning." "Did you return?" "After a day's shooting I wont on to Epping, whe.ro I have a bowse, " "That place was searched u few days Inter, and no trace of you was to be found." "I only stain there one day and then vrent to Worcester." "SVhy did you do that?" "Because I knew of the plot which Mr. Lewis was forming against me." "How could you know ihnt, since you left Leo before any steps had been inaugurated?" "A friend warned me by lottcr." "Who was this obliging friend, and how did ho know where a letter would reach you?" "Before I left I told biro where I meant to go. It is immaterial who he is." "1 presume this was Mr. Everly, was it not?" l Marvel remained silent, and Mr. Tapper did not press the point, but continned: "Where were you on the night upon which Mr. Lewis was murdered?" "I was at the farm." The lawyer was pleased at this •traightforward reply. "What were yon doing there?" "Is ii; essential to go into that?" . "It Jii sear essential." . tea?. BY o.P. PUTNAM'S SON*. "Well, then, I went there to meei Misa Lewis, having asked her for an interview." "Did you see her? If so, where? "She met me across the river." "How long did this interview last?" "Of course I cannot be accurate, but I should say abont an hour. The subject which we discussed was one of vital importance to me, and I was not anxious to bring the meeting to a close before exhausting all the arguments at my command." Mr. Barnes reflected a moment and calculated that if Miss Lewis left the summer house at 9 o'clock, granting her 15 minutes to cross the river and as many more in returning, this statement of Marvel's, that she talked with him au hour, would just fit the one which she had made to the effect that she reached the house at half past 10. This, Sherefore, satisfied him that he had the matter of time correct. "Now, then, Mr. Marvel," said the lawyer, "please tell us what you did after Miss Lewis left you." "I started to walk to theEppingroad, but before I reached it I retraced my steps." "Exactly. You crossed the river, did you not?" "Yes. How did you know?" "Never mind. Tell us how you crossed." "I meant to wade the stream and looked for a shallow place, but I stepped into a hole and was obliged to swim." "Very good. Now tell us why you were so anxious to cross the river so late at jiight." "It is a delicate matter, but as this seems to be of importance I will be frank and tell you the whole story. My first object iu visiting the farm was to persuade Miss Lewis to marry me without her uncle's consent, since he had refused to grant it At the meeting between us she would not do more than promise to send rne a definite reply the next day by letter. After she had left mo I could riot help thinking that she meant to refuse and was only delaying the ill tidings, especially as she insisted that I should go on to Portsmouth to wait for her letter, I thought of some arguments which I had not used and returned, hoping to find her still up and so make one more attempt to win her. That, sir, is the full truth." "Did you see her when you. reached the house?" "No, sir." "Did you enter the house?" "I did. I went into the dining room and as far as the (ioor of Miss Lewis' room, but as thero was no light in her apartment I concluded that she had retired, and I left the house as I had entered it." "While in the house did you see Mr. Lewis?" ' 'Before I answer that may I ask yon a question?" "Proceed." "SVhen you ask me if I saw Mr. Lewis, are you not trying to get me to make some admission which might connect me with this murder?" Mr. Tapper was a little confused at •' Pure and Sure," Only BAKING oonfuls are required— THB. First National Bank CAPITAL $250,000 A. J. MURDOCK, PBESIDBNT, W. W. ROSS, CUSHIKB, J. F. BROOKMEYER, Assr. CASHHX. "/ Killed my uncle myself!" this direct question and hesitated a mo- nwut before be replied: "Mr. Lewis has been murdered, and there are suspicions circumstances which seem to implicate you. I am only giving you an opportunity to vindicate yourself." "You are very kind," said Marvel, with a smile, "but it seems to me that it is the other way, and that you are simply hunting for the criminal. Now, if I admit that I saw Mr. Lewis that night, whether I killed him or not, I might be acknowledging myself to be The last person who saw him alive, and that might be construed into an evidence of guilt. I believe I have the privilege of refusing to criminate myself, and I will not reply to the question. '' "You are virtually admitting what you seem to wish to deny, since if you had not met him there would be BO reason for your hesitating to proclaim that fact" "You are wrong. If I say that I did not see him, that will be giving you a positive point. If I did not meet him, it would be proof presumptive that I did not fire the fatal shot. This might be helping to incriminate some other person, which I am equally unwilling to da" "Is is your duty to tell everything that; raay lead to the discovery of the criminal." "It is your business, not zninei to trace the (a.'ime to its perpetrator."' Mr. Baraes conld not but admire the I for tt =xraient, 'arid Marvel rapidly cumstances ofiiia position, ana it nasn- hed bis other pockets , but ia v:l h,. ed across his mind that Marvel and Vjr- [ «-« " .^ ^^ ^ ^ ^ ^^ gima were a well matched paw. Iq * ^ Snddenl7f ^.j be said: piqued him somewhat to notice the quiet, am a ^ and bave becn verT smile of satisfaction on Virginia's face as she sat ia her seat, never once raising her .eyes from the floor throughout the examination of her lover. She seemed to have completely recovered her sel/ control. It was a question In the detective's mind whether Marvel was shielding himself or some one else. The examination proceeded, "Did you return to Epping that night?" "Yes, sir." "How did you get there at that lato hour?" "I walked. It is but five miles." "Five miles over a country road through the snow and at night is no short walk, especially if one's clothing be wet." "Mine were dry, however." "Did you not say that yon swam across the river?" "Yes, but after leaving the farm I went to my own home and changed for a dry suit." "Then you walked to Epping?" "Yes, sir." "Why did you go to Epping?" "I expected a'letterto reach me there at that time." This corroborated the story told by young Harrison. At this point Burrowa passed to Mr. Tupper a piece of paper, oil which he suggested a question. During the latter part of the examination ha had been thinking of the story told by the station agent, and as Marvel claimed that he bad been in Worcester it seemed like a criminating admission, since the train which Mr. Skene said had brought a stranger had come from that city. Mr. Tupper next asked: "Mr/Marvel, will you tell us how you were dressed on. the night of your visit to the farm?" "I wore a disguise that I bought in Worcester." Mr. Tupper bad not quite understood the object of the question, but the reply at once arrested bis attention, and he pursued the subject. "Why were you disguised?" "To avoid being recognized. I did not care to be arrested, and, as you know, the authorities were seeking for me on the charge trumped up by Mr. Lewis." '' Describe the dress which you wore." "I bad on a suit of my own clothing, but over it I wore a long, dark colored ulster which completely concealed my other dress." "Did you attempt to change the appearance of your face in any way?" "I wore a false beard." This answer gratified Burrows. Mr. Tupper went on. "What did you do with this disguise when you changed your things?" "As they were all very wet, and, further, because I did not wish to leave behind me any evidence of my visit to the house, I made a bundle of the whole lot, and as I crossed over the bridge I threw it into the river." "Do you mean- the bridge between Riverside and Wadley's Falls?" "Yes, sir. I crossed the river again, as that is the shortest way from my house to the Epping road." Mr. Tupper now sought information on another point. ' 'Mr. Marvel, did you ever see a medallion locket owned by Miss Lewis which contains her portrait?" Marvel colored considerably at this question and seemed confused. After a moment, however, he stammered out: "Y-e-s, sir, I have seen it." "Wheawas the last time that you saw it?" Marvel seemed more than ever troubled, and even Virginia changed her position and, raising her eyes from tho floor, seamed all anxiety. Marvel remained silent so long that Mr. Tuppei at length repeated his question. Marvel hesitatingly asked: "Why do you wish to know?" "Come, come, Mr. Marvel 1 That is not to the point. Answer my question. Is it not a simple one?" "Well, then," desperately, "if I must I must. I confess that I did what many men have done. I stole the medallion and"— Virginia uttered a cry and started up as though about to speak, but the squire qnickly said: "Sic down, Miss Lewis. You must not interfere now." And she obeyed with a groan. Mr. Tupper turned to the witness, who was evidently amazed at this little episode, and resumed: "You had your nams engraved on the medallion, did you not?" "I had my initials put on." "Precisely. Kow let us return to the question. When did you last see this locket?" ' 'I cannot say exactly. I have it about me at all times.'' "Have you it now?" Virginia made another movement as though to interrupt, but the squire again stopped her. Marvel promptly replied: "Why, certainly." "Please let me see it" Marvel at once put his hand in an inner pocket of his vest, but after a moment's search be drew it out again 'with a cry of surprise and exclaimed: ."I have lost it!" There was a silence careless. I remember now that when I changed my clothes at home, after leaving the farm, I did not think of the locket, so ic must- be at this moment at the bottom of, the river." "Ah! Then yon admit that you had it with you that uight?" "Did I not tell you that I have always had it with me since it ims been in my possession?" "Would you recognize it again if you could see it?" "Certainly." "Is this it?" He banded Marvel the locket given to him, by Virginia. Marvel took it and after looking at it replied: "Yes, this is the same. Where could you have found it?" "Can you not surmise?" "No!" "Well, then, I will tell you. It was found iu the closed fist of the murdered man!" "Great God! It is impossible!" "It is true! At least it is true if we can believe Miss Lewis, for it was she who found it." "Miss Lewis found it? This is terrible!" The silence which ensued was most profound. Every one could plainly see the importance of this latest development and how, by accidental circumstances, the nee was being drawn around the witness. Mr. Barnes himself was considering how strange it was that this young girl, who had not hesitated to destroy evidence which might implicate some one, presumably her lover, should, by the merest chalice, have been the very one to produce the most criminating proof against him The thoughts of all were suddenly disturbed by the voice of Virginia herself, who stood up defiantly and with the mark of strong resolve stamped upon her features. She spoke iri measured words, aixl her voice seemed dead to all sense of feeling. Indeed it sounded only like au echo of her natural tones. "Stop!" said she. "Thishas gone far enough!" "What do you mean?" asked the squire quickly, foreseeing that some startling development was at hand. I oieau that you are wrongfully weaving a. web arcmml au iui.uieut man!" "Ah, then you know who is guilty?" "I do! 1 killed my uncle myself!" This statement naturally caused the wildest excitement. Only two men present seemed not to be surprised. These were Marvel himself and Mr. Barnes. The former dropped into a seat and buried his face in his hands, giving vent to a passionate outburst of grief. The latter remained almost as unmoved as Virginia herself, who stood like a marble image. 'A slight smile of satisfaction, however, seemed to play about his features. Burrows, who kept his eye intently on the face of his superior, while immensely astonished himself, was convinced of the fact that Mr. Barnes had only beard what he had all along expected. As soon as the commotion caused by Miss Lewis' statement had subsided somewhat Mr. Tupper resumed: "Miss Lewis," said he, "you have just made a most astounding confession. But you may not know that you are not the first who has done so today. This beiug the case, however, we cannot hut accept your words cautiously." "Do you mean that you doubt my veracity?" "How can I be sure that yon are telling the truth when you accuse yourself of murder?" Virginia bit her lip and was silent. "Come," continued the lawyer, "take the stand again and repeat under oath what you have just declared." " What use to be sworn?" replied the girl scornfully. " Yon would not believe me any more." "Do you refuse to sweai?" 1 Oh, no, since you make a point of it," She stepped upon the platform again. • 'She will stop at nothing to save her lover," muttered Mr, Barnes under his breath. Mr. Tupper asked: "Do you still persist in your statement that you killed your uncle?" "I do." "How did it occur?" "When I returned from my meeting with Mr. Marvel, I attracted the notice of my uncle, who, coming from his room, knocked on my door and called me into the parlor. I went in, and he asked me where I had beers. I told him, he became violent, and we quarreled. My pistol was on the mantel where I had left it, and in a moment of rage I grasped it and fired." ''How was your uncle attired?" "As he was found, of course," "Did he die instantly?" "I do not know. I left the room at once." "How imany times did yon fire?" "Once," "In making this statement yon dace to be believed?" "Ida" "Then show me the pieosof paper on " " your uucle yrote _ the name of Si's murderer and\vhicn' I am" sure yon have about you." If Mr Tnpper expected her to refuse, he was doomed to disappointment. Without a moment's hesitation she drew it out and handed it to h]m. He read it and seemed puzzled. Then, turning to Virginia, he said: "This paper reads, 'If I am dead in the morning, my murderer is \valter Marvel!' How does that agree with your confession?" "You forget that there ore two wounds. My uncle wrote that after receiving the first!" Mr. Tupper had not expected tins reply, and the possibility of its being true disconcerted him. "How do you know this?" he asked. "During the quarrel which I had with my uncle he told me of the wound be had" received from the lawn and charged my lover with the crime. DIRECTORS: A.J. Murdoot, W. H. Bringhuwt, flennli CW, a. S. Sice. B. 2. TantlB. I M. Sinrood. W, T. Wilson. Banking in all its Department* promptly and carefully done. Safety to Customers and stodtuoWar no9ght for. Strong Eeserve Fund Maintained, It was at this moment that, overcome with auger, I shot him." "When did you find the paper?" "In the morning. I think I have said enough and will retire!" She stepped from the stand and resumed her seat on one of the benches. "There is no more evidence to be brought before you, gentlemen," said the district attorney, addressing the jury, "and no more witnesses. Therefore the next step is for you to consider wnat your verdict shall be. However, I should like to detain you a moment that I may point out one or two things •which I think should' not be overlooked in rendering your decision. 1'iist, there is the matter of tho locket. If Miss Lewis tells the truth, how did that trinket come to be in the hand of the dead man, when Mr. Marvel admits that it was in his possession on that night? It is plain that Miss Lewis was ignorant of this latter fact, for otherwise she would have suppressed that, as she evidently at first meant to do with the paper. This brings out mother point. It must, be remembered that her first and her second stories are widely different and that the second was not offered until she saw how compromising the medallion hud proved to her lover, Mr. Marvel. One more point — her pistol has but one empty chamber iii it She claims that, it was on the mantel. Mr. Lewis wus seca to fire some weapon from the window. If it was not this one, what has become of the one which he did use?" The squire addressed the jury in a few well chosen words, especially warning them to think well over their verdict and bidding them to be most careful in charging the commission of so foul a deed to any one without thoroughly weighing all (he evidence that had been brought before them, much of which, indeed, he declared, was of a most conflicting nature. Finally he sent them into an adjoining apartment for deliberation. In abont an hour's time word was brought ia that a conclusion had been reached, and, the jury having returned, the foreman announced the following verdict: "We find that the deceased, John Lewis, came to his death from a gunshot wound at the hands of his niece, Virginia Lewis, the latter having openly confessed the commission of the crime." _ jT^" ~ [TO BE CONTINUED.] Snow Soak half a box of gelatin in a cup of cold water for one hour, then add a cup of boiling water and 2 small cups of sugar and stir until dissolved. Add the juice from 2 large lemons. 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