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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 25, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 20',
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only pattern. And, examined sep
arately, not the smallest divergence
could be found between the thumb
prints of Richard Halstein and those
of One-Lamp Ike.
There was only one thing to do.
Here were two men, one of whom
must have committed the ' murder.
There was no possibility of collusion.
There was no further evidence. We
acquitted the prisoner by direction of
the court and he left the courtroom
a free man. .
He married Mildred James the next
day and they went west, where they
are reported to be doing well. One-
Lamp Ike came ino a lot of money in
some mysterious fashion a little
while later, and was found drowned
in a horse trough into which he had
fallen while intoxicated.
I was frankly puzzled by the coin
cidence. That some trick had been
played seemed more probable to me
than that the two men in a hundred
million had really been found in the
same town. It was about five years
after that, being then a resident in
a southern town, I met Fellowes, who
was practicing in some other place.
We became intimate, and in a burst
or connaence ne 101a me tne iacts.'
"Richard Halstein did kill his un
cle, he saw, out it was only nomi
cide. Murder is what you would have
found in your verdict The appear
ances were so much against him that
it would not have been safe for him
to have told the truth.
"Lewis Halstein had sent for him,
in the hope of inducing him to give
up Mildred James. The uncle had
become almost insane over the mat
ter; his quarrel with James had been
a bitter one, and his mind was prob
ably weakening from old age. He
drew a revolver and threatened to
kill his nephew.
"Richard grasped It, and the men
fought in silence for several seconds.
Then his uncle, who was a strong
old man, got his finger upon the trig
ger. Richard swung the revolver
around just in the nick of time. Lewis ,
Halstein pressed the trigger, but the
bullet went into his own brain.
"Horrified at his actionr Richard
went away hurriedly. He wavered
between confession and denial. That
was a fatal policy, for it brought the
rope within an inch of his neck."
"And the thumb-print?" I asked.
He shot a keen look at me. "Quite
simple," he replied. "I don't mind
telling you now. One-Lamp Ike was
not such a fool as he looked and he
was quite willing to risk his neck for
$20,000. You know, I used to study
medicine? Well all that was neces
sary was to remove the outer cuticle
from Richard's thumb, remove the
same thing from Ike's and graft the
cuticle from Richard's thumb upon
that of Ike. Of course, in time the
pattern would reassert itself, but not
until the cuticle had become connect
ed with the flesh beneath. Mean
while, Richard's had. grown again.
That's all but if ever such a trick
was justified, I think it was to save
an innocent man."
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