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EVENING BULLETIN, HONOLULU, T. H, SATURDAY, SEPT. 0, 1911.
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Br ANNA KATHARINE GREEN
Copyright, 1119, by Anna Katharine
"I Alt AN INNOCENT MAN."
ISTUUOOI.KD with my dilemma
fur hours. I linil relatives nnd
I hnd friends, come of whom
and come to see uio and gone
nway .deeply grieved ut my reticence.
I was swayed, too. by nnotlier con
sideration. I hnd deeply IotihI my
tuother, Suo wns (lend, but I hnd
her honor to thlnlt of, Should It lie
aid sho had n murderer for her aunt
In tho height of my Inner conlllct
I hnd nlmost cried nloud the fierce
denial which would arise at this
thought. Hut cro tho word could leave
my lips such n vision roo before mo
of n bewildering young face with won
derful even and n smile too Innocent
for guile nnd too loving for hypocrisy
that I forgot my late antagonistic feel.
' "I WILl, TAKB TOUIl CISC."
logs, forgot tho claims of my dear,
dead mother nnd even thoso of ray
own future. Such passion and such
devotion' merited consideration from
tho man who bad called them forth.
I would not alight tho claims of my
dead mother, but I would give this
young girl a cbaucc for her life. Let
others ferret out the fact that nlie bad
visited tho clubhouse with her sister;
I would not proclaim It. It was cnougb
for mo to proclaim my Innocence.
I wns In this frame of mind when
Charles Clifton called nnd was allowed
to see me. 1 bnd sent for hltn la one
of my discouraged moods. He was my
friend, but ho wns also my legal advis
er, nnd It was as such I had summon
ed blm, and It was ns bucIi liu bad now
come. "Cordial as our relations had
been. I noted no Instinctive outstrctsh
big of bis band nud so.dld not reach
out mine. I wna tho first to speak.
"I am an Innocent mau so far ns the
attack raada upon Miss Cumberland
goes. I had no hand la her murder. It
murder It Is found out to be. My story
which you bavo read In tho papers and
which I felt forced to glvo out, possi
bly to my own sua mo nnd that of an
other whom I would fain have saved,
la an absolutely true ono. I did not
arrive at the Whispering rines until
after Miss Cumberland was dead. To
this I am ready to swear, and It Is
Upon tbls fact you must rely In nny
defenso you may hereafter bo called
upon to make.lu my regard."
' But I saw thut I bad made no im
pression on his couvlctious. Ho re
garded me as a guilty man nnd. what
was more to thn liolnt no doubt, as
oqh for whom no plen could be made
or any rational defense undertaken.
' "You don't believe me," I went on,
fUll without any great bitterness. "I
am not surprised nt It after what the
inan Clarke has snld of seeing mo with
By hands on her throat. But, Charles,
to you I will confess that I did this
out of a wild desire to boo If thoso
marks were really the marks of stran
gling', lingers. You shall believe me
you tnust." I luslstod as I perceived
hi hsfci gaze remain unsoftened. "1
don't ask it of tho rest of' the world.
But you, It you are. to act as my coun
sel, must take this denial from mo ns
gospel truth. She was dead before I
touched her. Had the police spy whose
testimony Is likely to bang me climbed
the tree a moment sooner than ho did
lie would bavo seen that Are you
ready to take my easel"
Clifton Is a fnlr fellow, and I knew
If he onco accepted tbe fnct I thus
urged upon blm bo would work for
me with all the skill and ability my
desperate sltuatlou demanded. I wns
conscious of a great' leap of heart as
tho set eipreasion of bis features re
laxed and ho. responded almost warm
ly: "I will take your case, Banelagh.
God help mo to make 1 good against
II odds." .
l I, was conscious of few hopes, but
iome 'of the oppression under which
labored lifted nf those wprds. I bad
ssured one man of ray Innocence! Ho
was ready to speak ' before T was.
JTheu you bad not been long on tbe
aceno of crlmo when tho police nrrlv-
!dr. ' .
i "I bad been In tho room but a tew
tntnubn. I do not know how long I
rag searching tho house'
"The pollco say that fully twenty
plumes elapsed between tho time they
received Miss Cumberland's appeal for
help and, their arrival at tho clubhouse.
A If j-pu were ttiero that long"
i "i cannot say. Momenta are hours
, at such a crisis. I"
J My emotions were too much for mo,
ind ' t confusedly stopped. lie wna
iurrejrlng me with tho old distrust.
In a moment I saw why.
I "You are- not open with' me." be
protested. "Why should moments bo
hours to you previous to tbe Instant
when you stripped those pillows from
tThls was a poser. I bad lld my
lf open to suspicion y one thought
m admission, nnd. what was worse,
was but tbo beginning In nil prob
ability jdJHany otberosMb!eiu!:
I.u.e 1 bail i. m ,. . .,ii- triMinU
to measure inv wniiH, nnd. 1 1 wliole
truth being iini.iilili I mveatfnrlly
mutt make n slip mm- nnd then, lie
had tx'tlrr be warned of'lhls. I did
not wish lilm to undertake- tny cause
blind folded. He must understand Its
difficulties while believing in niv Inno
cence. Then If he chose to draw back
well nnd good. I should have to face
the situation alone.
"Charles," snld I ns soon ns t rinild
perfectly control my speech, "you arc
quite jut In your remark. I am not
nnd cannot bo perfectly open with
you. I shall tell you no lies, but be
yond thut I rnnnot pVnnilse. I nm
cnttght In n net not nllogethcr of my
own weaving. So far I will he frnnk
with you. A common question may
trip me up. Others llnd jno freo nnd
ready with my defense. You have
chanced upon one of Ibp former. I
was In a turmoil of mind from, the
moment of my entrance Into that fa
tal house, but I can glvo no reason
"You say yon cannot bo open with
me. That means you have certain
memories connected with that night
which you ennnot divulge."
"Illght. Charles, but not memories
of guilt of active guilt, I mean. I
nm perfectly Innocent so far ns Ade
laide's death Is concerned. You mny
proceed on that basis without fear
that Is, If you contlnuo to tnko nn In
terest In my case."
"I have accepted tlw case, nnd I
shnll contlnuo to Interest myself In
it." he assured mo. with n dogged
rather than genial persistence. "Hut
I should like to know what I nm to
work upon If It ennnot be shown that
her call for help camo boforo you en
tered the building."
"That would bo tho best defenso
possible, of course." I replied, "hut
neither from your standpoint nor mine
Is It a fenslblo one, 1 have no proof
of my nssertlou. All I know and can
swear to nbout tbo length of time I
wns In that building prior to the ar
rival of the police- Is that It could not
have been very long, since she was
not only dead nnd burled under those
accumulated cushions, but In n room
some little distance from the tele
phone." "That will do for me." said he, "but
scarcely for those who are prejudiced
against you. Everything points ao
Indisputably to your guilt. Tho note
which you say you wrote to Carmel to
meet you ut the station looks very
much more like one to Miss Cumber
land to meet you at the clubhouse."
It wns thus 1 flrst lenrned which
part of this letter hart been burned off.
it wns the top portion, lenving the rest
Come. come, my darling, my llfel She
will forgive when all Is done. Hesitation
will only undo us. Tonight at 10:30. I
thall never marry any but you.
It was also evident that 1 bad f ail
ed to add those expressions of affec
tion linked to Carmcl's name which
had been In my mind und awakened
my keenest apprehension.
"Otherwise," pursued Clifton, "what
could hnvo taken her there? These
lines aald 'Como" nnd she went, for
reasons which may be clear to you,
who were acquainted with ber weak
ns well as strong points. Went how)
No one knows. Uy chanco or by In
tention on her part or yours, every
servnnt wns out ot the bouso by 0
o'clock, nnd her brother too. only the
sister remained, the sister whom you
profess to have urged to lenvo tbe
town with you that very evening, nnd
she enn tell us nothing may die with
out ever being nblc to do so. Some
shock to her feelings you mny kuow
Its character nnd you may not drove
her from u state of apparent health
Into the wildest delirium lu a few
hours. It was not your letter If your
story Is true about that letter or she
would hnve shown Its effect immedi
ately upon receiving It that Is, lu tho
enrly evening. And she did not Hel
en, one ot the maids, declares that sho
caw her nouio time after you left tho
house mid that she wore anything but
n troubled look: that. In fact, her coun
tenance was beaming and beautiful."
Carmel, beaming nud beautiful at an
hour I had supposed her suffering nnd
full of struggle! I could not reconcile
It with tho letter she bad written me.
The lawyer proceeded with bis pres
entation of my caso as, It looked to
"Miss Cumberland comes to the club
house: so do you. You bavo not tbo
keys and so go searching about tbe
building till you Hnd nn unlocked win
dow, by which you both enter. There
are those who say you purposely left
tbls window unfastened when you
went about tbo house (he day before;
(hat you dropped the keys In her bouse
where they would bo sure to bo found
and drove down to tbo station and
stood about there for a good half hour
in order to divert suspicion from your
self afterward nnd create an alibi (n
case it should be wanted. I do not
believe any of tbls myself, but tbero
are thoae who do. Your passion for
Carmel, while not generally known, has
not, passed unsuspected by your or
ber intimates, aud this In Itself Is
enough to, give' color to theso suspl
clons oven If you bad not gono so far
us to admit' Its power over you and
tbo extremes to which you were will
ing to go to secure tbe wife you .wish
ed. Bo much for tho situation as t
appears to, outsiders. Of tho circum
stantial evidence which links you per
sonally to. this crlmo we bavo already
spoken. It, Is very strong and appar
ently unassailable." '
"Charles," I asked, "bow do tbey
account for tbo cordial that was drunk
tho two emptied glasses and the
flask wblcb wero found n tbo adjacent
"It's one of tho affair's conceded In
cnngruttlas, ,MlM Cumberland wns n
well known tt-uiperance woman, Had
tho llask and glasses not como from
her homo you .would get up. one to bfc
llcte that tTue hHil1iu3iifiylliliig to do
with them. Have you any hint to
give on this point) It would be n wel
come addition to our case." .
"Coroner Perry speaks of n third
nnd unused glnss which was found
with the Mask," I ventured tentatively,
"He seemed to consider It an Important
"It is a curious circumstance. I will
make n note of It. You have no sug
gestions to oiler on tho subject?"
"The clow Is n small one," he smiled.
"So Is tho ono offered by tbo nrray
of bottles found ou tbe kitchen table,
yet tbo latter mny lead directly to tbe
truth. Adelaide never dug thoso out
of tho ccllnr whero they were locked
up, and I'm sure I did hot Yet I
suppose I'm given credit for doing
v "Nnturnlly. Tho key' to tbo wine
vault was tho only key which wns
lacking from tbo bunch left nt Miss
Cumberland's. That it was used to
open the wlno vault door Is evident
from the fact that It was found In
"You may add this coincidence to
tho other." I conceded. "I swear that
I bnd nothing to do with that key."
Neither could 1 believe that It hnd
been used or even cnrrled (here by
Adelaide or Carmel, though I knew
that the full ring of keya bad been In
their hands nnd that they had entered
tbe building by means of one of them.
So assured was I of their Innoccnco in
this regard that tho Idea which nfter
ward assumed such proportions In nil
our minds had at this moment its flrst
dawning In mluo ns well as Its first
"Some other man than myself was
thirsty that night." I firmly declared.
"We nro gettlngon. Chnrlcs."
Evidently he" did not consider the
pace n very fast one; but, being n
cheerful fellow by nntnre, ho simply
expressed his dissatisfaction by an
"Do you know exnetly what tbe
clubhouse's wlno vault contained?" he
"An Inventory was given me by tbe
stewnrd the morning we closed. It
must be In my rooms."
"Your rooms have been examined.
You expected that, didn't you? Prob
ably this Inventory has been found. I
don't suppose It will help any."
"I will seo you tomorrow any time
tomorrow," I said. "Meantime I will
give you n commission which you are
nt liberty to perform yourself or to In
trust to some capable detective. The
letter, of which a portion remains, wns
written to Carmel, and sho sent me n
reply, which wns banded moon tbe sta
tion platform by a man who was a
perfect stranger to me. I bnvo hardly
any memory of bow tbo man looked,
but it should be an easy task to And
blm, and If you cannot do that tbe
smallest, scrap of tbo noto be gave me
and which unfortunately I tore up and
scattered to tbe winds would provo my
veracity In tbls one particular and so
inako It easier for them to believe tbe
Ills eye lightened. I presume the
prospect of making any practical at
tempt In my behalf whs welcome.
"Ono thing more." I now ndded.
"My ring wns missing from Miss Cum
berland's hnnd when I took nwny those
pillows. I bavo reason to think or It
Is natural for mo to think thnt she
planned to return It to me by some
messenger or lu soroo letter. Do you
kuow If such mesxengor or such letter
has been received ot my apartments?
Have you beard anything nbout (bis
ring? It was a notable one and not to
be confounded wltb any other. Any
one who knew us or who had ever re
marked It on ber band would bo able
o Identify It."
"I have heard tho ring mentioned."
be replied. "I have oven beard that
THKKK WAS A BMC1HT RUBemU.
tbo police are Interested In flndtng It,
but I have not beard that they have
been successful. You encourage me
much by assuring me that It was miss
ing from ber band when you first saw
her. That ring may prove our' most
valuable clew." '
"Yes, but you must also, remember
that sbo may bavo taken It off beforo
she started for tbo clubbouso."
"That Is very true."
"You do' not know whether they have
looked for It at her homo?"
"I do not. I will take good care ot
your Interests from now on. Bo hope
ful nnd show a bravo front to tho dis
trict attorney when he comes to inter
view you. 1 hear that bo Is expected
home tomorrow. If ydu nro Innocent
you can fuco hliu aud bis whole olllce
with culm ussuruncu."
"You nre free," snld I. "I nm not
Miss Cumberland will be burled before
I leave these four walls. I bate to
think of her going to her grave 'with
out one token from the man to whom
she, has been only too good. Charles,
a few flowers, white.' no wreath. Just
a few which cn he plnced on ber
breast or In her hand. You need not
ray whom they nre from. It would
seem n mockery to any one but ber.
Miles, Charles, t shall feel bnpplcr to
know that I hey nre tbero. Will you
do. this for' mo?"
"Thnt Is nil."
Instinctively he held out his blind. 1
dropped mine In It. there was n slight
pressure, some few more murmured
words, and, he was gone. I slept that
' A CHANCE! I TANK IT.
1 SLEPT, though a question of no
small Importance was agitating
my mind, demanding Instant con
sideration nnd n deflnlto answer
before I ngnln saw Clifton. This was
my plan. 1 would acknowledge to
baring seen n horse nnd cutter leave
the clubbouso by the upper gateway
simultaneously with my entrance
through thy lower one. I would even
describe tlic appearance of the per
son driving this cutter. No one by tho
greatest stretch ot Imagination would
bo npt to associate this description
with Carmel. but it might set the au
thorities thinking, nnd if by any good
chanco a cutter containing u person
wearing "n derby list nud u coat with
an extra high collar should have been
seen on tbls portion ot the roud, or If,
as I earnestly hoped, tbe snow bad left
any signs ot another horse having
boon tethered In the clump of trees
opposlto the ono whero I had con
cealed my own, enough of the truth
might be furnished to divide public,
opinion and' start fresh Inquiry.
That a woman's form had sought
concealment under theso masculine
habiliments would not, could not.
strike anybody's mind. Nothing In tbe
crlmo bad suggested a woman's pres
ence, much less n woman's active n con
ey. Thn suspicion which bnd nnturnlly
fallen on myself ns tbe ono nnd only
person Implicated would In shifting
pass straight to another man nnd. If
he could not be found, return to me
or be lost In a maze of speculation.
1 was ready wltb my confession when
Mr. Clifton next came. I hnd even
forestalled It In n short Interview
forced upon mo by tbo assistant dis
trict attorney and Chief Hudson. That
It, seemed to have made a mora favor
able Impression upon tbo lattor than I
had expected gavo mo additional cour
ago when 1 camo to discuss tbls new
line of defense with the young lawyer.
"I bare beard of no new discovery,"
he said. '"If another cutter besides
yours passed tbrougb tho clubhouse
grounds at tho- time you mention It
left tracks wblcb all the fury ot tbe
storm would not nave entirely obliter
ated In the fifteen minutes elapsing
between that time nnd the arrival of
"But a witness can ccrtnlnly be
found who encountered thnt cutter
nnd Its occupants somewhere on tho
long stretch of open road between
tbo Whispering Pines and tbe resi
dence district," I said.
"Possibly. .It would help. You have
not nsked for news from the Hill."
"Cnrmcll" I cried. "Sbo is worse
"No. She's not worse and she's not
dend. But tbo doctors say It will be
weeks beforo tbey can allow n ques
tion of any Importance to be put to
her. You can see "what that will do
for us. nor testimony' Is too Impor
tant to the case to be Ignored. A de
lay will follow, which may or mny not
be favorable to you". lvnm Inclined to
think now that It will redound to your
Interests. You nro ready 'to' swear to
the sleigh you 'spenk' qf-thnt. you an w
It leave the clubhouse grounds and
"Quite ready, but you must not ask
me to describe or In any wny to Iden?
Ufy Its occupants. I saw nothing but
tho hat and coat I hare told you
about. It wns Just' beforo tho moon
went under n cloud or I could not
have seen that much." ,
I supposo my voice fell, for bis
glnnco became suddenly penetrating
nnd his voice, slightly sarcastic as bo
"Thoso clouds obscured more than
the moon, I fancy. I only wish that
they bad not risen between you and
mo. This is tbe blindest caso thnt has
ever been put'ln my bands."
"Tell me," I broke in. "of Carmel'
condition, of the sort ot nurse wbo
cares for her and bow Arthur con
ducts himself under this double af
fliction." "I was there last nlgbt. Miss Clif
ford was lu the, bouse 'and received
mo. She told me tbnt Arthur's state
of mind was pitiful. Ho wasnever a
very affectionate brother, you know,
but now they cannot get blm nwny
from Carmcl's door., He alia, or stands
all day Just outside tbo threshold nnd
casts Jealous and beseeching looks at
those wbo are allowed to enter."
"Doesn't ho grieve for Adelaide? I
always thought that ot the two she
bad the greater Influcneo over him."
"Yes, but they ennnot get blm tp en
ter tbo place whero sbo lies. His duty
Is to tho living, be says. At least bis
anxiety Is there: He" starts nt every
cry Ca rmel utters of 'Llla-Llla P Noth
"Docs bo Arthur mention me nt
"Arthur feels very hard toward you
and Insists upon your guilt."
, "Does the doctor-Dr. Carpenter, 1
presume venture lu say how long Car
Mel's present delirium will hold?"
"He cannot, not knowing' Its real
caiiso Carmel fell JM before jueuows
oilier "ilalcFs "aealb arrlvBt ut "the
bouse, you remember. Somo frightful
sccno must have occurred between tbe
two previous to Adclaldo's departure
for tbo Whispering Pines. What that
cena was can only be told by Carmel,
and for her account we must wait.
Happily you bavo an alibi which will
serve you In tbls lustanco. You wore
nt the station during tbo time wo are
"Has that been proved?"
"Yes; soverol men saw you there."
f"And the gentleman who brought
me the ber letter?" It was more than
difficult for me to. speak Cnnuol's
name "Uo has not como forward?"
"Not yet; not to my knowledge, at
"And tbo ring?"
"The nurse you have lotd mo noth
ing about her," I now urged, reverting
to the topic of gravest Interest to inc.
"Is she uny one wo know, or nn Impor
tation of tho doctor's?"
"I did not busy myself with that.
She's n competent womau, ot course.
I supposo thnt Is wbnt you mean."
Could I tell blm that this wns not
wbnt, I meant at all that It was ber
qualities as woman rather than ber
quallllcatlons as uurso which were Im
portant In thin case? If sbo were of a
suspicious, prying dlsjiosltlon what
might we not fear from her circum
spection when Carmcl's memory as
serted Itself nud she grew 'mure pre
cise In tbo frenzy which now exhaust
ed Itself in unintelligible cries or the
ceaseless repetition of her sister's
na'me? I passed tbo matter over wltb
the final remark:
"Watch her, wntch them all, and
bring mo each nnd every detail of tbo
poor girl's sickness. You will tievcr
regret humoring me In this. You or
dered tbe flowers tor Adelaide?"
"Yes: lilies, as you requested."
"Tbero will be no autopsy, the papers
My; tbe evidences
of death by stran
gulation are too
"Very true. Yet I
wondornt their lax
ity In this. There
were signs of some
olbor agency hav
ing been at work
also. Those two
empty glasses smell
Ing of cordial-Innocent
"Don'tl I con bear
no more today. 1
shall be stronger
A n o t li o r fecier
turned nslde. His
A LONO NIOI1T or
chock showed bis dlsuleasure, but tbe
words were kind euougb wltb wblcb
be speedily took bis leave and left me
to solltudo nud a long nlgbt ot mad
"And f ou still bold blm?"
"Yea. but with growing uncertainty.
He's oue of those fellows who affect
your Judgment In spite of yourself. You
may t-xcapv the fascination, probably
will, hut nt least you will understand
my present position nnd why I tide
pboncd to New York for nn expert de
tective to help us on this Job. 1 wish
to give tbv son of my old friend u
The man whom Coroner Perry thus
addressed leaned back lu bis chair nnd
"You're right not because he's the
ton uf your old frleud. n handsome fel
low nnd all that, but for tbo reason
that every man should have bis full
chanco whatever tho appearances
against him. 1 lay greater stress than
you do on tbo two or tbree minor
points which seem to favor his latest
declaration that a man bad preceded
blm in bis visit to this lonely club
house, a man whom be had himself
seen teavlug the. grouuds in a cutter
Just as be entered by the opposite
driveway." - " P'
"Ah!" came In quick ejaculatlou from
the coroner's lips! "I like to benr you
sny thnt. Tbo pollco did find traces
ot a second horse and cutter' having
passed through the clubhouse grounds.
Hexford und Clarke saw them In time
to satisfy themselves that they ex
tended from the northern Hump uf
trees to tbe upper gateway, where
tbey took the direction of the hill."
"That la not all. A gripsack, packed
for traveling, wna lu Mr. Bnuelagh'a
cutler, allowing that his story of an
Intruded Journey was uot without some
"Yes. Wo have retained that grip
sack! It Is not tbe only proof wo have
of bis Intention to Icavo tbo city for
awhile. No one doubts that be plan
ned uu elopement with the beautiful
Carmel. Tbe questlou Is, Was his
disappointment followed by the mur
der of tbo woman wbo stood In his
District Attorney Fox quietly remark
ed: ' "
"I suppose that no' conclusion, can
be drawn" from the rondltlou of the
body when our men reached it 1
Judge that It was still warm.''
"Yea, but ao It 'would have been It
she bad mot bor fate sorcral minutes
earlier than was aupposcd. Clnrko and
(Iextord differ nbout, the length of
time which Intervened between tbe
'moment when the former looked Into
tbo room from the outalde and that ot
their Una I entrance: Let us tako up
something more tangible."
'"Very good. Hero It Is. Of the ali
bottles of spirits which wore aurreptl.
tlously taken from tbe clubhouso'a
nine vnult four were found standing
unopened on the kitchen table. Where
aro the other two?"
That's It! That's tbe question t
have put myself ever slnco I Inter
rogated the steward and tumid him
ready to xwear to the correctness ot
his report nud the dlsuppcnruuce ot
I beau two JhiUIos. .Hiiiiclngh did not
empty Mem "Or tho btiUIca Themselves
would hnve been found somewhere
nbout the place, Nov, who did?"
"No ono within tbo clubhouse pre
cincts. They wero opened mid emptied
elsewhere. There's our clew, nnd If the
pan you'vo got up from New York is
worth bis salt bo has his task ready at
"Would you llko to seo him?"
"In a moment. I want to clear mv
mind In rcfcrcnco to these bottles. Only
some one addicted to drink would
drag those six bottles out of thnt cold,
"Yes, nnd n connoisseur at thnt. Tbe
twt missing bottles held tho choicest
brand In tho whoto slock. They wero
kept far back, too bidden, as It were,
behind the other bottles."
"What wns In tho four bottles found
on the kitchen tnhlc?"
"Sherry, whisky and rum two bot
tles of rum and ono each of sherry
"Tho thief meant to carry them all
off, but bad not time."
"Tho gentleman thief. No common
man such as wo nre looking for would
make choice of Just thoso bottles. So
tbero wo aro again. Contradictions in
"Those bottles, full or empty, "must
be found. You know tho labels?"
"Yes, nnd the shape nnd color of the
bottles, both of which aro peculiar."
Tbo door opened, and Mr. Clifton
was ushered In. Well nnd favorably
known to both men, be bad no diffi
culty In staging his business and pre
ferring his request.
"I nm here in the Interests of El
wood nnnejngb," said lie. "He Is
willing to concede, and so nm ,1, thnt
under tbo circumstances bis arrest
wns Justifiable, but not bis prolonged
detention. He. has little excuso, to
offer for the mistakes bo has made or
the' various offenses of which bo has
been guilty. Ho vows that ho hnd no
hnnd In tho murder,' and In 'this re
gard I feel, not onty bound' but forced
to'bellevo him. I hnve come to en
treat your nld In "clearing up one or
two points which may nffoct your own
opinion of his guilt.
"As his counsel I hnve been able to
extract from blm a fart which he has
hitherto withheld from the police. It
"Tho ring which Miss Cumberland
wore sb tbo sign and seal ot her en
gagement to him was uot on, her hand
when be camo upon her, as he declares
ho did, dead. It was there at dinner
time a curious ring which I hnvo of
ten noted myself und could nccurntcly
describe If required. If she took It
off before starting for "tho Whispering
PJn'cs It should bo cosily found. But,
If sho did not, what a claw it offers'" to
hdr unknown assailant! Up UU'now
Mr. Itanclagh has been anticipating
receiving this ring back in' a' letter
written before sho left tier home. But
bo has heard of no such letter and
doubts now If you have. May I ask
If be Is correct In tbls surmise?"
"We know of no such letter. Nono
has como to bis rooms!" replied tbo
"I thought not. Tbe whereabouts of
this ring, then, Is' still to be determin
ed. As Mr! Ilanclagb's legal adviser
I am, very anxious to havo that ring
"We'll search for tho ring. Mr.'Cltf
ton." "Meanwhile will 'you cast your eye
over these fragments ot r' rioto which
Mr. Itanclagh says he received from
Miss Carmel Cumberland while wait
ing on tho station platform for her
Mr. Clifton drew from his pocket
two small scraps of soiled and crum
pled pnper, ono of which wns the half
of'un envelops presenting very pearly
tho following appcarancn: .
As he pointed this out ho remarked:
"Klwood Is uot ao" common n baptis
mal name that tbero can be any doubt
as to tho pei'sou addressed."
Tbe other scraps, also written In
pencil nnd by the sanio hand, contain
ed but two -or three disconnected
words, but one of those words was
"t aieiit an hour and a half In the
yards adjolnlug' tho station before I
found thoae two bits," explained tbe
young lawyer. "I offer them lu cor
roboration of Mr. Itanclagh's state
ment that. tbe 'Come!' used lu tho par
tially consumed ' letter found In tbe
clubbouso ckluincy wrn nddresced to
Miss Carmol Cumberland mid not to
Adelaide mid that the place ot meet
ing suggested by tbls word wns tho
station platform and not the spot since
made terrible by.dentu."
"You nre ncquuluted with Miss Car
mel Cumberland's handwriting?"
"If I. am not the town Is full of peo
ple who arc. I bellevo theso words to
bavo boen written by Carmel Cumber
land." Mr. I'ox placed tho pieces back In
their onvclopo mid laid tho whole care
"We nre obliged toyou." said bo.
"You can catirel the obligation," was
the quick retort, '"by discovering tho
Identity of tho man who. In derby bnt
nud n coat, with n. very high collar,
left tho grounds of the. Whispering
Pines Just ns Mr. nnnelagh drovo Into
them'. I haTo no facilities for the Job
and 'no desire to undertake It,"
He had endeavored to speak natu
rally. If not with an offhand air, but
ho failed a.imehow. clso why tho quick
dunce- of startled Inquiry which Dr.
1'rir.v vent him from under his rather
"Well, wu'll undertake I bat, too,"
promised luodlitrlct attorney.
"1 lull lie,'. I,,, wore. relumed
t'hnr!i' '! in. it-tin-? til depail. "Tim
(Kiifiiiining or that man with Cnnc
I :th wl',1 1,-iu.ie tin littrr lu inneil
h'- llpt. Ilefci-i' j tin hnve finl.vlicd
t.'li lay illenl yuu will esteem blm
t'lii'li inure hlj-lily than ymi do now."
Onli!i Itwi'elwnlrr uf the New York
police I'i'pnrltiii'iil, whn entered tho
ni'im nfttr I'JIfluti departed, wns no
henllty. lie wns plnlli featured tn the
l"-l'ii nf ugliness. His receding chin
,-in-l far ton projecting nose were not
lively ti rente ii fiiviirnblclmprrsslon
o:i one Ignorrnt of hs cheerful, mud-
eat, wlnionie' disposition.
"Mr. Rwrct water." jrnld the dlslrlr
nttnrney, "we have some doiihln If tin
ittjtti we have lu li.md Is Hie mnn wt
really wnnt, But, ilrst. hmv much di
yiiil l;;tiiw nbout thl- ease?"
"All llmt'ij In 'tin papers."
"Very little. I've not been In towt
nbove nn hour."
"Are you known here?"
"I don't think so. It's my flrst vlsb
"Then you nre ns Ignorant of tin
iK-opli" ns they nre of ymi. Well. Ilia)
has Its dlsndvnntngrs."
"And Its advantages, if yon will per
mlt mo tn any so, sir I 'have no preju
dices, no preconceived notions, 1(
The eye of District Attorney I'ox
atolo toward that of Ids brother oOl
"tin sboiildn't bis i;abo to find,"
clal. but did not mec.t It, Tho coronoi
bnd turned his attention to tho tnbli
again und. while, betraying no cm
barrnssment, wns not quite Ida usual
self.- The district attorney's hand1
stolo to his chin, which he softly
rubbed with his- lean forellngcr ns bo
again addressed Sweelwntcr.
The story which followed Is too well
known to us for rcHtltlon. Sweelwn
tcr listened with snapping eyes to nil
thnt wns said, and when he bnd been
given tho various clews Indicating the
presence of n third nnd ns yet uu
known party on the scene of crime
he rose excitedly to his feet nnd, de
daring liat Itjwas almost promising
case, begged pernilssleii to mnke hi'
own" liivestlgntlunK at, the Whispering
Pines, nftcr which he would lie quite
read.-tn, U-plli his search for the mnn
iu tun uerny list ana iiiguenni collar
whose love' for wine wns so great thnt
hechoso nnd carried off.the two choicest
bottles thut-tho clubhouse contained.
"It bo exists and Ihe whole story If
not aipuro, fabrication of the eiitrnppcc
ltanelngh ho shouldn't bo bard to And,
Continued Next Saturday)
billion concerning which Ihcro hat
been some criticism; Hawaii folder
may be found In trio racks ot over
Secretary Wood's weekly reimrl t(
the Promotion Committee says:
ItcgmMIng our Pad do. Const distil
hotel of nny consequonco along tin
Pnclflc Coast ftom Vancouver to San
Diego na well as at all nf the Tourist
Bureaus and In all railway nnd steam
ship offices us well ns ut tbo olllcei
of all of tho Pacific Roust Agcnd'ei
of. local firms. , Woiihavo uh .well
Mandlng ndvortlacmontH In throe ii
uu- ii-uiyiig railway anil uiurini Riiiuu
hooka nnd hnve spc-cial representa
tion at every1 tourist tlckot validat
ing office. '
Concerning nnr Hpcclnl work f In
Southern. California, Mm. M. S, Whit
ney of this city kindly allowed mo io
reaci a icticr recently recoived from.
n friend of hers in 1-os Angeles In
which appeared (ho following state
ments: "1 havo watched tho work of tho
Hawaii Promotion Commltto for somo
years and havo recently become uc
qiuilntcd with Mrs, Hcnillcc, their
rcprcscntntlvo. Mrs. Hcadlce Is u
booster for Hawaii nnd overybody
hero seems to know It. Sho Is cer
tainly a conscientious, and hard work
er for Island Interests. I hnvo been
surprised at tho accuracy of her lec
tures on Hawaii boforo she went
thcro but slnco her extondoil visit
they huvo been oven holtor. The U)J
Angeloa Chamber of Conimorco Is, wi.
you Know,, prouulily the boat equipped
organisation of Ha kind In Iho world.
Thby aro ull frlenda of Hawaii there
nnd tho half hour Iccturcx given dally
by Mrs. Hcndlco nro appreciated by
ill who nro forunato enough tn hour
iheni. It Is not only In bor offtco nud
Chamber of Commerce work that Mrs
Hcadlco la doing go woll hut ns you)
unow iio is in cnnsianv'nomani"rnr
Women's Club entertainments " nnd
addresses boforo various organlzi
tlons." Wo havo displayed on Iho Pacific
Coast ut tho present tlino about fifty
enlarged cciplca of Cm (ley's. Ilonlue's,
Pcrkln'g und Williams' best woilt and
ns fnst as funds permits nro addlngl
tn the number. I am hoping hnwevor.
that wo may yet. he able to arraugu
fur placing nbout twenty-five of our
Kiosks of colored transparencies nl
various points nnd will look Into tho
mutter during my trip to tho -Coast.
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