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THE ONE QUESTION.
By Gertrude Mary Sheridan.
The flashlights of the camera
men boomed from every angle of
,the courtroom. There was a sup
pressed cheer following the sol-
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"We Can Never Tell What We
Owe You," She Said.
emn announcement of the fore
man of the jury:
It was an impressive scene.
The strain and suspense had
come to a climax, and to a death
like stillness succeeded quick
sharp breathings of relief and a
, low hum of approbation. Then,
taking advantage of the dramatic J
activity of the moment, the news
paper men focussed their cameras
for a picture to their story in the
Cameras and eyes sought one
especial corner of the place. It
was where a dignified, fine-faced
old man had sat all through the
trial where he sat now. He was
the accused, Robert Dayton. A
faint expression of gratification
crossed his face. Then it softened
down to extreme tenderness. Ev
elyn, his daughter, his constant
companion during the trying or
deal of the past few days, had
thrown her arms about his neck
and was sobbing out her joy upon
"Not guilty!" she gasped. "Oh,
father, did you hear?" .
"What else could it be, my
child?" replied Mr. Dayton proud
ly. "I expected it."
"It was so unjust, so cruel!"
murmured Evelyn. "How dared
they bring that dreadful charge"?
And against you you dear good
father, whom everybody loves
and respects !"
Evelyn did not exaggerate in
her filial statement. It had been
a nine days' wonder to the little
city when, one week aftef the de
struction by fire of the unused
plant of the Dayton Manufactur
ing Company, two former part
ners of Mr. Dayton had accused
him of burning down the prop
erty. There had been friction and lit
igation between the three part
ners, so severe that. Mr. Dayton
had closed down the works. He
had offered iris partners a fair.