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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 01, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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THE BUDDHA'S EYES
By Frank Filson
(Copyright, 1316, W. G. Chapman.)
"Yes, old Col. Hartley had quar
reled with his son, but i am not sat
isfied that the will was his. He was
not the sort of man to leave every
thing to his Indian butler."
"Ram Gus had been with him for
years. The signature has been veri
fied by all who knew the colonel."
"I shall run down to Haverham
with your permission and make an
investigation."
The lawyer shrugged his shoul
ders. James Pyne was an old Indian
acquaintance of the late colonel, and
his friend's shocking death had de
pressed him greatly. The circum
stances were as follows:
, Col. Hartley, living in retirement
near Haverham, with his Indian but
ler, Ram Gus, had quarreled violent
ly with his only son. Arthur, over
the girl whom Arthur had subse
quently married. He had cut him out
of his will. The will seemed to be
genuine. Even Pyne, after examin
ing the signature, was compelled to
accept the general opinion to this
enect.
But he believed the colonel had
made another will, that Ram Gus had
murdered him and stolen it The
colonel had dropped dead in front of
his great bronze Buddha, eleven feet
high, which occupied one end of his
uDrary. ine Juuddha was supposed
to bring sudden death to any one
who owned it. The colonel had tak
en it fromits shrine in Amritsar.
Pyne, arriving at the house, found
Ram Gus in full possession. He ex
plained briefly that he had come to
investigate the circumstances of his
master's death. Ram Gus, a surly
fellow in a turban and frock coat,
sneered maliciously.
"The doctor's certificate was apo
plexy," he said. "Am I under suspi
cion?" Yes," answered Pyne frankly.
The butler shrugged Ms shoul
ders. "Stay as long as you like," he
said.
The investigation meant every
thing to Arthur Hartley and his wife,
a pretty, brown-eyed girl, who, as
Pyne's request, had taken up their
abode in the village. Pyne spent
days investigating, with the follow
ing result:
The Buddha was set back against
the wall. There was no mechanism
He Stood Alone in the Library
by which a person, concealed there,
could discharge a bullet And the
examining physicians had satisfied
themselves that there were no marks
of violence.
The room next to the library, used
as a pantry by the butler, had been
recently repapered and painted, and
at the time of the colonel's death had
been empty, Ram Gus having moved
his pantry to a little, unused chanir
ber across the hall."
Dr. Gummidge, who, with his son,

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