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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 04, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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JOHN CAREY'S BOOTS
By H. M. Egbert
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
I suspected Louise Carey from the
first, but in that I was no different
from the farmer's neighbors. John
Carey had married a second time,
late in life, when his three sons were
growing up to manhood. Jim, the
eldest, was 20; Frank, 18; Leonard,
the youngest, 14.
John Carey was rich, and Louise
Brand had been a poor girl in the
city when the elderly man, making a
business trip there, saw her working
as a stenographer in the lawyer's of
fice. The courtship was brief and
they were married after thpir first
meeting.
John Carey had been a close-fisted
man, but a good neighbor, and had
been generally esteemed. He fell
under the rule of his young wife.
His sons., resented the stranger's
presence in' the home. Quarrels be
tween father and sons ensued. There
was a bad one a week before the
farmer's death. He changed his will,
leaving everything to his Wife, with
reversion to Leonard, the youngest,
the only one who cared for his step
mother. Between the two a devoted
attachment sprang up.
The motive for murdering John
Carey? Fear lest he should change
his will again. Three ,days later"
Carey came in from the field wliere
he had been binding, in high spirits.
He had his supper, pulled off his
boots, lit his pipe, complained of feel
ing ill and lay down on the lounge.
Nobody else was in the room. When
bis wife entered, an hour later, he
was dead, his lower limbsvand body
terribly swollen.
It was like snake poison. The ex
perts said the condition of the body
resembled that of a man who had
been struck by a rattler. But there
was no rattler in the house, though
they were plentiful in the field. If
Carey had been killed by a snake the
poison would' have taken effect be
fore he entered his home.
John Carey was buried, and the
few whispers on the part of the
neighbors died away. Jim and Frank
had left the house at the time of the
quarrel. They started suit, alleging
undue influence. They had removed
their personal effects, including some
clothing, the property of their father.
Close-fisted like him, they did not
see the sense of leaving his effects
"Leonard!" She Gasped.
to Louise, and she offered no objec
tion. It was just a month later that the
second death occurred. Jim Carey
had gone to the stepmother's house
to talk things over with her. Louise
Carey was a sensible woman and
had volunteered to come to a settle
ment. According to her story they
had practically reached an agree
ment She had given her stepson
tea and he had complained that His

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