THE HOUR AND MINUTE
By George Munson.
(Copyright by; W. G. Chapman.)
Singleton's was -the acutest mind
not connected with any regular po
lice bureau, as everyone knew. But
Mary Harrington did not believe that
he could save her husband, Charles,
from dying an atrocious death. This
was the situation, as she outlined it
Saw a Pale-Faced, Meager-Looking
to him in the parlor of the lonely lit
tle country house:
There were three brothers, Henry,
James and Charles. The two elder
ones were unmarried. The father
had left his money equally among
the three, but, after the two elder
ones were dead, it was all to vest in
the youngest, Charles. If he died
childless, it was to divided equally be
tween the widow and Stephen
Barnes, a step-brother by a second
marriage, whom old Harrington had
hated. Stephen was a ne'er-do-well,
and held a position as jeweler's as
sistant in the little nearby town.
Three months previously, at 7:37,
the body of the eldest brother had
been found, blown to pieces, upon the
footpath of a field leading from the
town to his home. The time of his
death was indicated by his watch,
which was found fairly intact beside
him. Whether he had been the vic
tim of an assassin's bomb or what
had happened nobody could ascer
tain. After some weeks of investiga
tion the matter ceased to be one of
immediate public interest.
Exactly two months later the sec
ond brother died. A violent explosion
shook the house in which the family
lived. The body of James was found
in his bed, with a gaping wound in
the abdomen. The evidence given by
Mary Harrington at the inquest
showed that he died at five minutes
That was all, except that Charles
was momentarily expecting the same
Singleton thought for about eight
minutes, resting motionless in his
"Will you let me see your watch?"
he asked of Charles at the end of
Charles Harrington gave him his
watch. Singleton took off the case
and examined it under a microscope.
"You haven't had it regulated late
ly?" he asked.
"No. It is strange you should ask
me that, because my stepbrother
Stephen is always anxious to regu
late it for nothing when I go into
"Ah! You don't suspect him of
complicity in this affair?"
"Good heavens, no!" answered
"He had regulated your brothers'
watches before the murder of each?"
"Now, that is odd," answered
Charles. "He certainly had, but
you don't suggest there was a bomb
inside the watch of Henry or
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