pi R9DRIGJJESOTT9LENGUI " ' I v^ IS s \ a ^J ^s •— *^f ~ ~ I AUTHOR OF "AW ARTIST 6^>OOO^XK>0-t«X«X>00 0^>^^> --» , COPYRIGHT. 1897. BY G.P. PUTMAMS SONS CHA.PTEK T— Fifteen years before the omening of the atory J ohn Lewis wont to live im a plac- called use. In New Hampshire, •with u little frirl b years old, Virginia, the daughter of bis deee ised sister. He had a son wi o ha-i been left at school, but ran away mid shipped for Cnlou. five years »l'w?r Lt'wig went w> l,ee a family named Marvel a';$o settled 'here, YOUDB Marvel met aud loved Virginia Lewis. Alice. Marvel. Walter's sinter, and Harry Lucas also met and were repor ted to be in lore with each other. A c the opening of the story a neraon purporting- t< be the rolssinfr son of John Lewis arri es at Lf«. Walter Marvel proposes for Virginia e hand to her uncle, who refuses, tellinir him that his uncle, whose name he Dears, was a villain and a convict. Young Marvel draws a pistol and shoots ftt LiswU, but his aim is diverted by Virginia, tloon after Lewis Is found diBadinhlsroomwit 1 ) two bullet koies in his body. His death occurs ilinultaneoUBly with the arrival of the maci who claims to be his son II—Mr. Bara< s, the celebrated detective and Vom Barr ws. another detPCtivc, take up the ca-o stronifly. suspecting Virginia ai the criminal. 111-Tboy examine the fro nds atioui ino house where the murder Is coin mitt' d and find footprints of a man and wo man, the woman's foot prints strengthening their suspicions of Virginia. They also ^nd two pistols, one marked "Virginia Lewis, 'the other marked "Alice Marvel." Virginia writes a letter and eoes away w th it, Barne» disguised,' folio vs her. IV—Virginia gives h^r Kittor to one Willie Everly. who posts it Barnes keeps his eye on it. gets possession of It and thus learns the whereabouts of Walter M'arvel. V—Alice Mairvel betrays knowledge o:f tie -urder, CflAPTEB' Xn. JOHN LEWIS SUPPLIES THE CLEW. Although the verdict had been anticipated by the majority of those who had been present throughout the examination, all were Nevertheless horrified, even though they admitted its justice i:n consideration of the evidence. There were some, of course, who stoutly maintained that Virginia waa innocent, but they were chiefly her most intimate friends. These proclaimed themselves to be in a position to judge better than those who did not know her so well. Unhesitatingly they asserted that her •whole life and character made it utterly preposterous to harbor a suspicion of tii crime of so heinous a nature. Said ene, "Does an innocent girl become a hardened criminal in a moment?" But Others gravely shook their older heads aad readily recalled instances where equally respectable individuals had l>een proved guilty of murder. After all, horrible as it is to take life, yet, •viewed from a certain standpoint, murder is less dishonorable than theft, One •vcho would scoria even to tell a lie wight yot in linger or under great provocation unhesitatingly soiid another to iiis last account. So respectability is scarcely u defense against a charge of murder. Tho town of Loe is in Strafl'ord county, and the county seat is Dover. Here tho grand jury meets, and here the trial would take- place if there should bo one. Squire Olncy, at tho termination of the inquest, therefore declared that Virginia must be taken to Dover on the following day, together with the record of the evidence which would of course bo pre- st;ut«l to the grand jury. It was decided that she should pass tho night at the residence of the squire, who would personally drive over with her early in; the morning. The squire in all his lifetime had uever been placed in a position so painful to himself and so trying to all his pride in the morality of his. town. It was bud enough to have a murder, but that the guilty party should be a woman, and she the most respected and admired female in the town, was' simply terrible. As soon as Mt. Barnes learned of tfoe disposition to be made of the prisoner, for such sho was to be considered now, he determined to seek rest at the earliest possible moment. Wishing to go on to Riverside and share the room •which had been provided for Burrows, he sought for that young man, bntoould find him nowhere. He was somewhat annoyed at this, as he wished to talk •with him on some of the points brought <rat in the examination. Finally, concluding that Burrows must have gone to the farm, as it was already after dark, he decided to go there also, and so started immediately. He had walked but a few rods when he overtook John Lewis and, recognizing him, said: "Ah, Mr. Lewis, ore you going to tlie farm?" "lam, and, supposing that yon would put up there for the night, I have waited to join you as you passed. I could not see you at the moment when the inquest ended, for you were speaking to the squire." "Yes. I wished to know what would be done with Miss Luwis. Sho will stay at tho squire's house tonight and be taken to Dover iu the morning." The two men walked along for some little distance without speaking, until nt length Lewis broke tho silence, and •when ho did so Mr. Barnes noticed that he spoke very earnestly, as though the subject concerned him nearly. At first it seemed to the detective that this interest was more than was natural, but then he recalled to mind the fact that the girl was a relative, and as such •\rould of course attract his sympathy. "Mr. Barnes," began Lewis, "what do you think of the result of the inquiry?" As I have already stated, Mr. Barnes was most careful in forming definite opinions, and he was still more so in giving expression to them. He felt a double need of caution at this time and determined rather to discover what his companion thought than to commit himself by any direct reply to this leading question. •"Well," he.responded,'"what other rerdict could you look for under the circumstances?" "I suppose none! Nevertheless a . lias been jolaoed on thjsit «trt stie does not deserve. At'Jeast," he continued quickly, "that is my opinion." "You mean thatyou think Miss Lewis is innocent?". "I do decidedly." "Will you tell me your reasons?" This was exactly what Mr. Barnes most desired; that some one ghonld defend this girl to him. Therefore if in the subsequent conversation he seeme to be accusing her it was no evidenr that he himself thought her guilty, but only that such a course was the one best calculated to draw out the strongest arguments in her favor which might occur to Lewis. Mr. Barnes waa wise enough not to underestimate the ability of any man.. "Very often in hia experience most valuable hints had been given to him b3' persons from whom he had least expected assistance. "I will try," said Lewis in reply to Mr. Barnes. "Of course I-was present at the entire inquiry. I was not needed on the witness litand, as all that I could have testified to would have been the discovery of thei body, and that wan not deemed of sufficient importance by the squire. As the deceased was my own father, ic is bat natural that I should take a great interest in seeing the crime avenged. I therefore listened mosit attentively to all that waa brought oat in the examination of the several -witnesses. And it is just this that makes me feel so sure that Miss Lewis is actciated more by a desire to shield some one else than by any other motive." "Ah, but who is she shielding? You must remember that she is doing a very dangerous thing when she accuses herself." ' 'Miss Lewis is a much cleverer woman than you may believe her to be, and she knows well enough that she is in no real danger. She has confessed. What of that? When she is made to appear in court, sbe will retract this confession. Then how will you convict her? What evidence is there against her besides her own words? Shs will tell yon that she was excited, that she <jj< not realize what she was saying. Vv. will yon be able to do? She is a woman, There stood Burrow's examining a pistol. and the sympathy of the jury will be in her favor. American juries are proverbially lenient toward her sex. She will be acquitted, but where will your real criminal be? In some foreign land." Mr. Barnes listened with considerable interest to all this, for it was precisely what had been passing in his own mind. He very well knew that a confession of so grave a crime as murder would not by any means Sissure a conviction, and he had by no means underrated the girl's ability as; a bold plotter. Still, he would not dismiss from his mind the possibility that, after all, she might be guilty. The story which she had told was a most plausible one. Moreover, its very simplicity se«med to prevent a suspicion that it hail been manufactured. Besides, it fitted so well all the most complicated po:iuas in the case. Then, how did she know that there were two wds? Neither the doctor nor Burrows would ho.vti told her, and as she was the last witness to enter the room she could not have heard the previous testimony. Addressing his companion again, he said: "All that iii very true, but suppose that Miss Lewis does not retract?" "But I tell yon she will. Why should she allow herself to suffer the penalty— and such a penally—when she is innocent? As soon as the real criminal has bad time ro )?et; away safely she will tell an entirely different tale. You will see.'' "Why an? you so sure that she is acting a part?" "Why did she not tell the truth at once if it was her intention to do so?" "Ah! Who can be sure of the workings of a human mind, and of the motives which acnufite any given course?" "In this case it seems to me quite simple. When she first testified, she thought that the murderer was safe." "Whom do they suspect, then?" "Can you be in doubt? Walter Marvel, of course. Whom else but her lover would she risk h<>r life ro save?" "But the dead man was her uncle, her adopted father. Did she DOS love him enough to refnse to leava him for this very lover? Then -why should she not wish to avenge his death?" "Granted thai: sho loved him, he is dead- -wfaiJa hot lorer is aljhra» She.*;!! c;ire rcore'ior the living fban"fhe~aeao. The uncle cannot be restored; therefore the lover must not be sacrificed. Do you kaow what she will do? She will exert erery effort to save him, and then she will still refuse to marry him. She is a slirange •woman!" "How do you know her character so •sveil?" said the detective sharply. Lew- isrsrarted slightly, but replied quickly: "I do not know. I am simply telling yon ray opinions, formed on the little tibat I have seen of her," Mr. Barnes was satisfied with this answer—at least he (lid not let it appear il ! he was not—and, resuming the thread of their discourse, he asked: "Have you any special reason for thinking that Marvel is guilty?" "If not guilty, how did his locket come to be in the possession of my father? It is very evident that, even if Miss Lewis tells the truth, she has not accounted for that mystery. This is a point that Mr. Tapper mentioned." "I mean to investigate that matter, of course, but I have seen stranger things than that explained away." "Well, then, lee me call your attention to another point. Do you remember the story that the squire told us of the row at the birthday fete?" "Certainly." "Very good. If you do, you will recollect that the squire said that my father kept Marvel's pistol. Now, what has become of that weapon?" Mr. Barnes saw at ouce ths value of this, and it had certainly not occurred to him. He was tbankfu.1 for this conversation. "We have not looked for it," he replied. "You may not have done so, but I have searched everywhere, and it is not to be found." "Perhaps the squire may have it." "I have asked him, and he assures me that my father would not part with the evidence of the assault -which had been made on him. More than that, the squire told me that he kept it locked in a drawer in the parlor." "How, then, coald Marvel have obtained it?" ' 'My idea is this: I think that after his interview with Miss Lewis across the river Marvel, as he admits, came to the farm. I think he sought an interview with my father; that they quarreled, and that my father took up the pistol, whereupon Marvel got it away from him and shot; him." Mr. Barnes shouk his head. "There is no sign of a struggle. Besides,-if that is the truth, how could your father have written the name of Walter Marvel on the slip of paper?" Lewis thought a minute and then replied : "I have it. When my father heard the barking of the dog outside, he took Marvel's pistol and fired ac the man whom he saw there. At the same moment, a bullet struck him. This was either from Lucas' pistol or else was the shot fired by Miss Marvel from the isummcr house, ;>s she declared. Then, when Marvel came, the weapon may have beer, on the table right at hand, for as father -was wounded he would scarcely have thought of locking up the weapon again. As for the writing, that rnav be as Miss Lewis guessed. My father thought Marvel had fired the first shot and so wrote a line to that effect, not realizing to what extent he had been wounded.'' "But what about the empty shell in Miss Lewis' weapon?" "Perhaps her first statement was correct, and she had previously tired it, or, again, my father may have fired it at Marvel in self defense,'' A silence followed, and Mr. Barnes did not speak for several minutes, during which time he -was thinking deeply. At last, however, he said: "You are right; it is of importance BO find this missing pistol. But where can we look for it? That is the question." "I think I can guess that, too," said iLhe other eagerly—a little too eagerly, ithought Mr. Barnes—although he reflected that when a novice is working out a mystery of a great crime he is usually impetuous. Lewis continued: Marvel himself described his movements 'on leaving the farm. First ho went home; then, making a bundle of his wet clothes, he threw them into the .river, and, lastly, he went to his old .bouse in Epping. Now, either he threw •the pistol in the river, or else, remembering that it has his name on it, as young Harrison testified, he was shrewd enough to take it -with him and hide it in the Epping place.'" "Your reasoning is very good, and it may be as well for me to go to Eppiuy in the morning." "Do so, and while you are gone I will have the river dragged, in the hope of recovering the clothing!" Mr, Barnes stopped, looked at Lewis a moment; then slowly and distinctly he said: : 'Mr. Lewis, I would prefer that you go with rae to Epping." " Oh," said Lewis quickly, "I should like that, but I thought you detectives preferred to work alone." ''We do, as a rule, but I will make- an exception in this case," returned Mr. Barnes dryly. By this time they had reached Riverside, and both at once retired to rest. Mr. Barnes awoke early and called Lewis, who was stall a.bed when he entered his room, and together they went to Squire Olney's house, where Mr. Barnes explained tL*- something had mined up which would prevent his ac- x companying him to Dover. With Lewis, he then hastened to the depot, where he was just in time to ca;ch the train which passed ac 6:30, and getting aboard they reached Epping a few minutes before 7 o'clock. After a little tune spent in inquiries Mr. Barnes learned the locality of the house of which he was in search and at once repaired thither. Arrived at the place, -which was about a mile beyond the more densely built portion of the town, he found it to be, as descoribed, in a terribly dilapidated condition, and, recessed considerablt .from ths road, is " I prefer Cleveland's Baking Powder," said the lecturer, ' " because it is pure and wholesome, it takes less for the same ba.king, it never fails, and bread and cake keep their freshness and flavor." •was'almost hidden ainic an overgrowCn of trees and shrubbery. Without any hesitation the two men entered the place, but scarcely had they crossed the threshold of the door when Mr. Barnes uttered an exclamation of astonishment, for there in front of him stood Torn Burrows examining a, pistol which he held in his hand. [TO BE CONTINUED.] NEW BUSINESS. NUOGETS IN THEIR GIZZARD* the Chlck«na of the NorthwMt 8«em to Have Dove£ope<I Klondlciti*. Late developments indicate that even the chickens throughout this region hare taken the Klondike fever, and are gobbling up all the gold they can Cad. On Saturday last Henry Everding sold a coop of chickens to Gecrgu Giustin, who keeps a market. One of Giustin's employes, in dressing some of these chickens, found in the gizzard at one of them six pieces of gold, which a Jeweler told him were worth $3. Tim chickens came from Rowland, eight miles south of Brownsville. Tuesday Mr. Everding sold another coop ot chickens to Giustin, and in the "innards" of on<> of these a piece of gold was found the size and shape of a pea bean, and quite smooth, the value being $1 or more. The "nugget" was taken down to Mr. Everdlng's store and was oa exhibition there yesterday. Mr. Giustin conflnns the statement of the finding of the go!d by his employe, ami Is of the opinion that under the planks la the back yard of his market, where chickens are dressed for sale, there could be found many pieces ot gold!. The gizzards of chickens are generally opened by tie seller or purchaser.-wbA even if not aware of tie medicinal virtues of "gizzard peelin's," utilizes tha muscular part of this digestive organ; but the craws of the fowls are seldom examined, and it is to be feared thai millions of dollars have b»en lost oa thin account. Persons buying fowlf hereafter should insist on them being delivered uadrawn, and a careful examination should be made. The last coop of chickens in which gold was found came from G. T. Catton, Lebaa- on, •which Is not so far away from Rowland, but nearly in the same direction. It would not be practicable to use chickens to pick up the gold In Klor.- dlie, because the lumps are too large, bnt a herd of ostriches might do good «rvlce there after they were accllmaJ/ •d.—Morning Oregonian. T»ln« ftad Uiei olt Cottoa-S««d Wait*. "Cotton-seed waste, which a generation ago accumulated at the gin- houses, filled up ihe streams, rotted in. the fields, ajld became an irritating nuisance, is now worth about thirty million dollars a year," writes William George Jordan on "Wonders of the World's Waste." in the Ladies' Home Journal. "Every bale of cotton leaves a legacy of half a ton of seed, which, it is said, brlags toe planter nearly as much as his cotton. The oil ia us«d for finer grades of soap, as a substitute for lard, and Is so near olive oil that an expert can hardly detect the difference. The hulls are fed to cattle, make an excellent fuel, are valuable Jis paper stock, and when burned the ashes make a fertilizer which is mout efficacious. It has recently been discovered -^hat cotton-seed oil, with the addition of eighteen per cent of crntte India rubber, makes an imitation. •wtlch cannot be distinguished from rubber." Umil Hired to Functors Bicycle t« Help the Bepalr Shops. N«w York 3un: There Is already a diatruit among wheelmen of the road* Aouses which have repair shops running in connection with their blcycl* rmcka, and there is one place In particular which has come to be ragarded with iuspiclon by persons who have had their wheels suddenly fall victim* to Incapacity when lea»t expected. Onu philanthropist who WM ansious to ascertain if the grounds for his distrust were good several times »ubmitted hi« wheel when it was in perfect condition to the care of the boys in charge of ths racks. Every time It was injured. On Sunday one man found a cut plainly made with a sudden slash of a knife In A tire at this same place, and there were, within the experience of a very email circle of persons, several accidents of the same character. The re- •uJt was that the man in charge of tha repair shop was busy all day, and thert was not a bicycle under his care that had not been handed over to the charge of the boys who watch the wheels left there by the gue*ts. There are already a number of patrons ot the place who are convinced th».t the boys In charge of the racks have SOTBB interest In setting the repair shop vroiper. This !• conducted by a young man who run* It entirely on his own responsibility. With the tack fiends supposed to i>« it work on the approaches to the cycl« path and the other parts of the suburbs beset with little danger to wheels, bicycling is taking on new terrors. 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