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Searching for a motive, the po
lice looked, up the records of the
Nowills and of Delay. This is
what they found:
No will is the middle-aged, own
er of a big manufacturing plant
at Sheffield. He is a millionaire.
Mrs. Nowill was 25 years old
t and beautiful. All her time was
' given up tcr society.
Nowill himself cared nothing
for society. His soul was wrapped
up in his business and his mil
lions. One year ago Nowill had to go
to India on. business. He arranged
to take his young and beautiful
wife with him.
On the way home from India
the Nowills met James Delay in
Delay was what the English
call a gentleman of leisure. He
inherited millions. He never
worked in allliis life. He spent his
time in idle travel and lounging
in drawing rootns.
Delay became very friendly.
with the JNowills . and returned
with them to England.
At first the idler showed an
equal preference for the society
of husband and wife.
But after his return home No -
will became engrossed in business
as usual. He went to Sheffield.
His wife remained in London. So
Thus Delay became known, as
what English society calls a
"tame cat" Mrs. Nowill's tame
A "tame cat" is a married
woman's supposedly harmless
male friend. Women of the world,
especially if they be young arid
their husbands old or engrossed
in business, amuse themselves
with these male idlers.
The phrase "tame cat" is a
good-natured joke. A woman
speaks of her "tame cat" with a
In November Mrs. Nowill and
her mother went tot Newquay
which is a fashionable seaside re
sort. Mrs. Nowill wrote to her hus
band that she had brought "her
tame cat" along. Nowill wrote
back that he was glad of it, he
cause she would have pleasant
At Newquay, Mrs. Nowill and
Delay; were very friendly. Th,ey
were together nearly all the time,
and their friendship seemed quite
What happened on the day of
the tragedy is puzzling the po--lice
and the society friends of the
- No one seems to believe that
Mrs. NowilL either committed
suicide or fell over the cliff. They
believe she was murdered.
Then who by? they ask. If De
lay were the murderer, he.would
hardly have made out a will leav
ing all his property to her before
Sidney Nowill, the husband,
was in Sheffield at the time of
Delay's suicide and his wife's dis
appearance. He could not very
well Have done it.
Yet undoubtedly the motive
for the murder if murder it was
lies between Delay and Nowill.
' The police are puzzled. En-