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Jand deserted you for another wo
man?" v . .
For the. ffirst. tune duringMthe
questioning'the color flamed info
the girl's face. Her hands'cierich-,
ed, and her' voice" rcfse high and
shrill. - " v"
"No," she cried. ; "fhat is not
true. He was ndt my "lover. He
never wronged me. He '-was .a7
good mdn and the only-friend I
had in all Los "Angeles." ' t '
Then she becameMead "wh'ite
again, and her answers to" the
other questions were given in a
dull 2nd spiritless voice.
The sordid explanation. of the
shooting first sought by the po
lice, the usual explanation When
a young girl, who- works for her
living shoots a wealthy man, has
not bee,n-confirmed.by.-the cir
cumstantial evidence in the case.
So far. as the police- ,can find
out, Edge and Viola Carver met
only on raYeoccasioni, arid (hen
always there were others present.
Usually it. seems. the girl sought
out the man. She seenjstp have
turned to him whenever she was
lonely and tired and. depressed.
"He was njy one friend in Los
Angeles," she explains.
Viola Carver's parents live, in
Tacoma. -They are well-to-dp.
She left home for Los Angeles
one year "ago, saying 'that she
wanted-jta be independent.-
"In these - days," she toll her
mother,, "the woman wjho cnnpt
-earn her own living is at the
mercy of circumstances. If you
and father were f to Ipse your
nipney and die and leav me-alqne
in the world, what would I do?"
$0 shq, came to Los Angeles.
Ever s.ince she arrived here, she
has. stayed at the home of Mrs.
L. V. iChapman. . Here is what
Mrs. Chapman -'says of her: 3
"The police theory is 'all wrong.
Viola is a goodgirl. She never
Was out of the house after 10
o'clock during all the time she
stayedwith me. .
"When she went out in the
evening at all, which was rarely,'
she always told me where she
was going, and then, when she
came back, would tell me where
she 'had. been, and what she had
been dping. She was just like
one of. the. family. N ,
"I met,Edge once. He struck
me as.,anice man. He seemed
only to" have a friendly interest in
the girl. . -
"Viola talked about Edge some
times. She said he was the only
man whomever had been kmd to
her whom she could trust. SKe
never,said she loved -Edge. 'She
never-spoke as if she loved him.
' ' "Why, ' look at heV' clothes !
Aren't they proof enough that she
is" a good girl ? She has not a sin
gle thirig that she .did not" buy"
herself out of the pitiful' wages
she was paid at. the music house.
HerActoth.es are almost pitifully
poor. 1 " "
"I gave herVpresent of a lace
coljar once. She thanked nie,
"but asked -me not to do anything
like that-again. - s
" 'live set out to eatfj my own
lining,' she said, 'and I, want, to
do it truly. I want to earn" every
bite I eat, and every ragI put on