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THE DALLY SHORT STORY
3 . "The Teakwood Cane
3' "And you are going -to set this
murderer at liberty?" asked the
r local chief of police.
" The great detective nodded.
1 He had been placed in charge of
, the case, partlyon account of his
0 deserved reputation, partly be
cause he had held office for years
5 in India.
, "It is the only thing'to do," he
t replied. "Of course, the man is
guilty, but there have been
three deaths and we cannot fasten
the guilt upon him.".
"Permit me to observe," said
, the servant, "Surendra Lai, in ex
a cellent English, "that your words
render you liable to pay me heavy
damages in a libel suit."
, The detective heeded the man
I,, no more than if he had been a
I log of wood. Surendra Lai smiled
and twirled his thumbs, waiting
Y for the vord which should set
. him at liberty.
"What can we .do?" continued
. the Scotland Yard detective.
"Considering the facts." .
. "Old Col. Lisle was prominent
0 suppressing the movement for
., independence in India. Five
5 times he was shot at once
wounded. He was retired in the
fulness of years and returned to
- England, to his country estate,
,. where he lived placidly with his
two sons and his native servant
"'that fellow there whom he had
no occasion to suspect of mur-
derous intent. Ultimately it was
,' found tnat the man was- a mem
"" ber of .the Swadeshi party and an
associate of notorious Indian an-
Surendra Lai smiled softly and
shifted his feet.
"Col. Lisle had brought back a
number of native objects, and
lived in Indian, style, with his
sons, country gentlemen. One
morning he was heard to scream.
His sons rushed into his room.
The colonel lay dead upon the
floor, his hat still upon his head,
his fingers grasping his cane
of teakwood, which had been pre
sented to him on his departure by
native sympathizers. Apoplexy
was given as the cause of death.
Within two months each of his
sons died .in the same manner, in
each case dressed to go out, in '
each case grasping the cane. The
post-mortem examinations dis
closed the presence in their
bodies of some powerful alkaloid.
"Surendra Lai was arrested.
Incriminating letters were found
in his possession from the Swa
deshi leaders, ordering him to a'c-
complish his job. What job?
Murder, of course. But what
jury would convict upon such evi
dence as that? So we judge it
best to ship him out of England
under the aliens act."
He ceased speaking and turned
to the Hindoo.
"Go, dog," he, cried savagely.
"That word is also actionable," ti
said the native softly, clapping
his hat upon his head and turn
ing toward the door.
"Halt !" -cried the'ihspector in
thunderous tones. "Take your
cane with you."
The man hesitated and turned
deathly pale. His hand hovered