Lenox Time Table from Lenox, Iowa on April 30, 1936 · Page 7
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Lenox Time Table from Lenox, Iowa · Page 7

Lenox, Iowa
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Thursday, April 30, 1936
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LAME L IN THE ORES W.N.U. IAROLD3 TITUS * IcHAPTER XI— Continued tlmt's where he had It Jed, eh?"—stopping anil peer- |<lown at the hole. "Let's see box, Young." ferry pivoted on one foot, snug- the box ngnlnst his side, glng It nwuy from the out.... 1 hand. •tit just yet, sheriff," he said. Ijdgor gawped. lot just . . . Say,"—straighten- land whirling on Ezra —"just comes off here?" te coroner's face showed bewil- lent. |rry spoke quietly: 'luit's coming off, Bridger, Is a [ner's Investigation." fell,"—harshly—"It's a sheriff's fetigntion, now. Give me that lung rose, then. •o, Uridger. When the coroner Iflnislied, then It'll be 'time for t—" no the hell are yon to be but- Jlnto n murder case?" Irry shrugged. |m only a deputy coroner," he lepnty cor— Since when 7" grabbed the cue. lor n couple of weeks now, Fat. Inointed Young us my depitty I to have another pair of eyas tears In this country." lie sheriff scratched his hend {grunted. Tod West took a step ivo which put him close to th and leaned against it, watcl jlistening. A tin cup was there licked it up and twirled It in hi Bs. His heart was pelting hi now, but it was no momen inalvo a move, to say a word 'gs had been happening o |li ho had been Ignorant. Hi ; was to learn as much as pos i. I'cll, even so," began Bridge Iscrntclied his head again. H Ircled a course; But you had your inquest; yo Inowhere. Now., seems, to nu pot a hot lead on this case. it's up to my ollice to g |ugli with it and make til. We've got to have evidence guess I'll demand what yo |lmve found here." nd away!" snapped Kerry band and be damned to yoi |gor. Your authority isn't one three with a coroner's. G I your law." need of this. Bridger kne\ much, but on the rebuff h led hotly. Before he couli It, however, Young went on: [here's nothing about wlm found to cover up. In till tare just three hundred dollar pree bills. The serial number, pspond to those Cash dren the hank the day he wa. ere may be other Items her. will figure quite largely in pse, though." he knew, was bad judg I- He knew it before the word? 1 out of his mouth, before Wes Peel the tin cup. He did drop It rolled across the floor, list what d'you mean?" Na inded. 'e don't know yet. We've just n start. Now, you're at lib to do any investigating yoi to just so long as you don't tilings up for us. II p 1'lan," he concluded, "was ll( e this stuff in and go over ivldcnro taken at the inquest.' »t what about Stuart?" ' e ". you answer that. What t liim?" ( !»il, ain't you goin' to make ich?" 1 7 debuted. Have Holt Stuart !tl oft' to the Shoestring jail Nan's eyes? Have him there, even for no more ; few hours, perhaps, charged !<>r father's murder? . . . 0 you think tlmt's smart?" he '" a conciliatory tone, spar- >t time, ".go far as we know, s not a great deal against him And if W e keep quiet until ft °w . . . who knows wlmt'll op?" d ge saw his chance of inak- n Immediate and impressive fading. Pot so damn sure, Young, 'em in the can first 'nd in- pte afterward, I say! If he—" " you might spill the whole _of beans. Don't yon think, would be wiser to hold [certainly do! I'm not going H»« cocked on this case, Nat. IB1 9 chance to sit down and ~P, what we've got now." r j nodded once, encouraging- W Booked cov<?rtly at Tod was retrieving the tin fc . . S it with apparent cas- »a in his flngera agala The hands, however, were trembling. "What d'you think, Tod?" Nat asked. "Why, that's up to you. Me, I'd take Stuart if you've got anything on him. First, though, I'd' look this lay-out over pretty careful." "And Ezra and I." said Young, "we'd probably better be heading for town." '"I think so, too," said the old man, but his eyes were mystified: he was following his deputy's lead. "Better bring along those boards," Young suggested. "We've got that tire to change." They went outside, th«n, leaving the other three within, and Kerry put the box carefully on the seat cushion. "Stall," he whispered. "Let 'em clear out!" He looked at his right hand and rubbed his finger tips together. He touched again a smear of sticky dirt on the edge of the box and then busied himself with jack and wheel wrench. For 20 minutes he stalled for time In the changing of that tire. In the beginning a low and hurried muttering came from the cabin and then Nat spoke freely. "All right, Butch. Let's measure this thing off, now, so's we c'n tell a jury all about It when tho time comes." founds of pacings from the Interior of the cabin, observations, argument. Then, consciously Intent, the sheriff and his deputy searched the entry and the cabin's surroundings for what thev might find. Tod West remained leaning against the table until they camo out; then he followed them with n fine show of interest. "Well, mebby you're right," Bridger said finally, approaching Ezra and Young. "But I got n duty. I won't wait too long. I'll drive to .town and come to your office tonight. I'm leavin' Eiitc!i at th' Landin'. If he should got away . . . it's be just plain hell!" They drove off and when they were gone from sight Kerry dropped his wrench. "Give me those boards!" he said excitedly. "Here. . . . Come on, Ezra! Let's see what he used to pry 'em up with!" He went directly to the cache of tools beside the doorway, eyeing tins implements one by one. . . . "It's a bet!" he muttered and ducked inside and came out with a newspaper in his hands. Shielding his palms with a torn page he lifted from its resting place a worn and shining crowbar. Carefully they gathered up the! evidence: the box, the bar, the floor boards and, lastly, also care fully wrapped in paper, the tin cnp with which Tod West had busiec his trembling hands. CHAPTER XII '"p.IEY drove slowly back towar.l •*• Nan's headquarters, talking Intently. To save Holt Stuart the Ignominy of arrest, to tie together the evidence they had accumulated, to weave a net around Tod West and to discover the remainder of the money that rightfully belonged to Nan were their major objectives. In the car which preceded them had. been Intent talk, as well. West had bad little enoush to say at tliw cabin but once on the ho'meward way, with new fears, fresh doubts, even greater misgivings stirring within him, he had talked. Talked into Bridger's par, playing on the man's vanity, his jealousy of his authority, his regard for liis political fences. . . . And afler those first minutes at Downer's, with their confusion and excitement and triumph, Tod West, drawing Bridger aside, talked further. What had transpired in Mel Knight's store between Young and Bluejay had come to his ears and he passed it on to Brklger and made deductions and, In a fever of relief, let his suggestions run into demands. . . . As they rounded the bend and came into view of the Downer buildings, Ezra leaned suddenly forward. "What goes on here?" he asked, staring at the group clustered before headquarters. "That's Nat's car. ... Do you s'pose . . ." Kerry speeded tip and when he drew close to the cluster of men about the sheriff's cnr it gave way and there, white of face, his hand's manacled before him, they saw Holt Stuart! Bridger pushed his way toward Young as he opened the door of Ezra's car. The sheriff bore himself with a new importance. "Well, I guess you'll have to admit 1 was lookin' a little further "What's the idea . . ." Ezra be- .gan. "What'd you see there?" Young demanded triumphantly. "Look at the end, Ezra!" The old man peered closely. "Dirty," he muttered. "Dirt stick- in' to it." 'And what kind of dirt? Don't you get it? It's the same color and kind as that under the iloor, there! Scrape a little of it off in a clean a murder case," he said loudly, "'nfl I'm takin' you, Young, for Interferin' with a witness in that self-same case!" Cool steel encircled Kerry's wrists; the ratchets clicked. "Why, this is . the damnedest, most far fetched outrage—" "You tell all that to the judge I" snapped Bridget. "Here, you hoys, get back, now! Stand away. Butch 'nd me, we got to pet these two into n cell. . . . Stand back, boys!" He whirled to Kerry. "You got tli' guts to deny that you drove Frank Bluejay out of town this afternoon? Have you even got th 1 brass to explain that?" Young was breathing hard. Confusion and dismay lay heavily upon him. He looked from Bridger to Tod West and his lip curled. The man, with his swollen face, was glaring at him, triumphant for the mo- had paper. There! That's right. He used this bar to bust up that hard clay and make a hole for the box and he used it to pry up those floor-boards. . . . Here. . . . Give me one! . . . See? mark on the board fits exactly!" "But I don't see yet why — " Young gave an excited laugh. "Good Lud, Ezra! This old bar's as smooth and bright as If it'd jeen polished ! Finger prints will be all over It. Inside the cover of that box, big as life and twice is natural, Is a man's thumb print and Tod West stood In there for ten minutes fooling with a bright In cup!" A light of understanding dawned n Ezra's old eyes. "Spread out that newspaper," Young said. "Lay it on the ground. . . So. . . . Now we'll roll up tills >ar so the prints won't get rubbed away and . . . What the devil !" He had put the bar down and tarted to lift away the paper vhlch had shielded his hands. It tuck, peeled off slowly and U« held t up to the level rays of a sun ettlng behind the timber. Young sniffed the smear on the aper, frowning; touched ft tenta- ively with his tongue and gave a "runt, "Honey! . . . What's honey doing n that bar, Ezra? And something ticky on the box, too." They eered at one another. "And Tod Vest," he said slowly, "all swollen p. Notice that?" "I did. What you make of. that?" Kerry puzzled, stared blankly at he ground and scratched a temple. "Nothing yet," he muttered. Nothing. . . . But we've got a mess of stuff to make something Cool Stesl Encircled Kerry's Wrists. ahead 'n you were, Young!" he cried, waving a sheet of paper truculently. "I guess, mebby, the sheriffs office can still be depended on to follow Its best judgment for the people of this county !" "Yeah? Just what do you mean?" Kerry asked, evenly. "Moan? I mean I was right all along! This lad Stuart is the man we want, Young, and I wasn't a second too soon, either. I guess mobby there's be'n things goin' on about this case that nobody but you 'nd him understood! I'll count Ezra out because lie's . . . he's an old man. "1 don't s'pose you knew he was packed up, ready to haul, did you?" "Holt, you mean?" "Yes, Holt!" Tod West was edging ii)) behind Bridger, frowning, nudging the sheriff, "Yes, Holt Stuart! I'ack sack 'nd suit cases 'Nd I come on him writin' it to Nan be'n away today. all strapped up. writin' this . . Downer, who's Listen to this!" He read: "'Dear Nan; It looks as if I'd stayed on here too long, now, arid, by staying, risked all kinds of disaster. . . .' "He'd got just that far when I busted In on him. Now, you got any eock-'nd-bull story to explain that?" "Why should I have an explanation?" "I wondered!" — edging closer with an expression of craft which Kerry, in that moment of confused thought, did not detect—"I wondered, Young, after I heard you done your best to drive the state's chief witness out of the country this—" "Here! What the devil!" Young grunted as he began to struggle. Butch, the deputy, had him from behind. Bridger had grasped one wrist In both his hands; Tod West stepped In to secure him, to help hold him despite his first amazed struggles. "What comes off?' 1 Kerry demanded. "What's the big Idea, Bridger?" The sheriff was reaching for handcuffs. A leer came about his mouth. "I've got Stuart as a suspect In mont, because his agile mind turned events off that course which, had It been followed, might have overwhelmed him. "Yes, try to explain that, If you can i" West growled. Kerry squared Ms shoulders. "I'erbaps I can, Tod West, h said slowly. Perhaps I can! Tc morrow's another day, remember. Arid handcuffed with Bridge Jerking him toward the open torn ing car in which he was to ride a prisoner, in to the county seat, h laughed bitterly, defiantly. Old Ezra, nervous fingers twist ing strands of beard, came close a Stuart was helped into the had seat, and Young ordered in besidi the driver. "Hold everything, Ezra!" Kerr. said. "You sleep on that stuff! Uri dcrstand? Guard it with your life f f necessary. See me in the morn ing and . . , and take care of Nan ! ! His voice dropped on this las and lie averted his eyes from tin doctor's face. Tip, still sitting on the seat o. Ezra's car, watched with stiff ears as tliis other automobile movet away. The crowd, after that de larture, began to buzz loudly. Doc .or Adams carefully gathered the jieces of material evidence thej iad found and carried them int< Nan's ollice. The dog whined a little, staring it the way his master had taken Slowly, almost tentatively at first 10 took (he road; stopped once and sniffed the air. Then, nt r •oiling lope, he disappeared heyoni the sawmill, headed for Shoestring The ride into town was one long succession of unsuccessful at: empts on the part of Bridger tc make one or the other of his pris oners talk. "Just where were you all da,\ Thursday, Holt?" he asked in i patent attempt at ingratiation. "Go to blazes!" "Now, that ain't no way. Mebbj it'll he best for you to tell me. could do a lot of good if—" "Oh, shut up!" Bridger shrugged and smiled U himself. Car tools, loose on the floorboards at Kerry's feet, clankec and rattled ns (hey took the bumps "Now, Young, you'd ought to come clean for Holt's sake, aboul why you run this 'breed—" "Tell him to go to hell, Holt,' Kerry chuckled. Again and again as they progressed through the dusk, Nat made his inadept attempts to worm in formation from the two. After a time whenever he opened his lips, the two chanted in solemn measure: "Go to hell!" "Well then," Bridger finally snapped, "If there's any goin' to hell to be done by this gang I'll leave It to anybody with eyes to see who's on the road!" They swung through town, around to the rear of the jail and entered by n side door. Butch and Bridgor took their possessions from the prisoners and ushered them into the bull-pen. "Pick out your own beds," the sheriff jeered unpleasantly. 'You'll have the place to yourselves, likely. And I hope you like it, botli of you!" It was not long before excited citizens commenced to arrive. They clomped up the front steps and through tin; corridor and cast self- conscious glances into the dimly lit apartment behind the bars; went into the sheriff's office and congratulated him boisterously and came out more boldly and hung against the steel door of the hull- pen and peered through. But Kerry on a bunk in a cell, and Stuart on another, kept out of sight and made no response to the advances. Bridger was in fine spirits. His talk rose high and higher. He became almost hysterical in this, his moment of largest triumph. At late evening the stream of callers had petered out. 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