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ter left the house, and walked one
black away from it.
Then Wilson stopped and
turned upon his- daughter. His
face was ashen ; his Voice hoarse.
. "I "believe there is something
something wrong," he said. "Let
us go back."
Father and daughter returned
to the house. They searched
through every room in it from the
first floor up, and they found ab
The daughter suggested they
go to her home, and there await
the reappearance of Mrs. Wilson.
"Mamma has probably gone
shopping," she said.
Wilson at first agreed with this.
But as he was going out, on the
very doorstep of the house, he
again stopped. This time his
face was like a death's head.
"I know there is" something
wrong," he said. "Let us ga
So they went back into the
house, and this time Wilson led
the way straight into the base
ment. At the door of the basement he
stopped for a moment and peered
around. His eyes were bulging
from his head.
After a moment, he walked
over to the darkest corner of the
basement. There was a big pack
ing case there. It was overflow
ing with excelsior.
Wilson stopped before the
packing case and stretched out
a shaking hand.
"Look!" he cried. "Look!"
The daughter looked. She saw
a human..foot sticking out among
the excelsior in the far corner of
the packing case. She screamed
The father did no faint. ,He
stood as if stunned foiTa moment;
thenmadly tore the excelsior
from the case. t -.
He uncovered the ghastly, mu
tilated body of his wife. She had
been dead for three days.
Wilson called the police. Their
investigation showed that Mrs.
Wilson had been struck on thex
head, and then strangled with a
Wilson behaved 'like a wild
man. He raved around the house.
He cursed the police. He smash
ed the camera of a newspaper
The police could find no one
who had actually seen Wilson get
off the train on which he said he
had c6me to Denver. They found
out that he and Mrs. Wilson had
quarreled bitterly at times.
They also found out that a few
days before she was murdered
Mrs. Wilson had secretly made
out a new.will.
The contents of this will could
not be found out at the time The
only man who had seen Mrs. Wil
son make out the will,' and who
then had it in .his possession, had
left for Europe shortly before.
Suspicion fell upon Wilson.
There was the motive for Mrs.
Wilson had more money than he.
And there was his peculiar action
in not going directly to his wife
on arriving, and the still stranger
intuition which led- him directly
to the packing case in which was
the murdered body, the intuition