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havo caused an unusual son' tion; all theso
pooplo were talking about it, and snowed tho
liveliest anxiety to get a goodplawO for seeing.
Around ino vrero heard such exclamations as
those: "Oh, Monsiour, you elbow mel" "A
thousand pardons I" "Pardon, Madame, but
your basket incommodes me P ' 'Ah, heavens,
take carol you tread upon my heel P Through
this littlo fitorm of ejaculations Bounded at
regular intervals tho deep voice of tho guard:
"Ubw, then, pass on, ladies and gentlemen 1
Alittlomore quickly, if you please." Ahead
of us, I could Bee tho people staring at a
beard hung on tho bars of the grating, be
hind -which stood tho two rows of dark slabs,
empty and tininteresting to-day. "See!
Thero is tho button!" I heard them saying.
"What, then, is tho letter upon itf "Is is a
C." T-Nq, it is a G." "Yes, certainly, it is
J heard them saying, "What, then, is the
letter iipon itf
that!" "Ah, but look at the knife! What a
curious knife! What droll characters!"
' 'Heavens I Look at the stain on it I It is the
I passd on slowly with tho crowd; I came
in jxont of tho white beard that hung on the
iron grating; I took ono look at it no, I can
not write down what my feelings were at that
horriblo moment. The thing had a hideous
fascination for me; I could not avert my eyes
from it. A cold sweat broko out over me;
my brain reeled as if in a vertigo; I believe
I should have fallen, but tho pressure of the
throng held me up. The sight made me sick
and faint, and yet I could not tear my eyes
This was what I saw, exhibited on that board
at tho Morgue: A white ivory button, about
the size of a two-franc piece, with an initial
G. upon it; under this was -written: "Wrist
btud found beside the body, supposed to be
long to tho perpetrator of the crime." Below,
along, keen-edged dagger, its hilt of lac
quered wood, its blade of dark-blue steel,
with some eastern characters graven on it,
and, stretching from the point about half
way up tha bicde, a dull stain upon tho
gleaming metal. Under tho weapon was
written: "Poniard of Japanese manufacture,
found beside tho corpse of Joseph Meissner,
with which tho fatal blow is supposed to have
leen struck." At tho foot of the board were
thoi,o words: "Any person having informa
tion to give with raect to tho murder of
Joseph Meissner is requested to communicate
with.M. R. Roguet, judge of instruction, at
the prefecturo of police "
All .this has taken thno to describe; I
seemed, however, to grasp all the details in a
single glance; it was as if these fatal pieces
of evidence burned themselves in on my
brain. You see, I recognized, or thought I
recognized, tho wrist-stud and tho dagger,
and tho possibility they suggested to my mind
overwhelmed mo for tho moment.
for breath; I strove to raise my
might press it over my eyes and
terrible testimony that stared mo
and would not let my vision go. But the
pressure of tho crowd held my arms as if
pinioned, and swept mo slowly along past tho
bars of tho outer
niofreo to mov
f rom Thouvenot in tho crowd; for this, even
then, I felt a momentary thankfulness. My
solo desiro now was to escapo from that
ghastly Morgue, to leavo it far behind. I
had como to it ns n scarcely curious specta
tor; I left it with tho frenzied haste almost of
n madman. I am persuaded that, had either
of tho skilled detectives afterward concerned
in this case Been my manner of leaving tho
Morguo, they w ould have arrested nio on sus
picion there and then.
"Whither I went after rccrossing tho bridge
I cannot now remember. I -walked on, or
rather half ran, quite aimlessly; a dull, red
mist hoenicd to hang before my oyes, and
prevent inv seeing anything distinctly. I
was unconscious of be ing looked at or pointed 1
at, unconscious of timo or of fatigue. My
one clear idea was that I must fly as fast and
as far us possible from that hateful Morgue
and its choking atmosphere of crane.
"When I came to myself for in truth I had
been for tho thno distraught I found myself
on ono of tho quays on tho left bank, in the
extremo west of tho city. Tho thought came
to mo that I must do something; that I must
think calmly of what that something ought 1
to be. Darkness had como on; the lights of !
Pans stretched in a long hue before mo down
tho right bank of tho river; snow had again
begun to fall. I sat down on the quay-wall,
looking into tho black water of the S.ine,
and forced myself to rellect. I cannot think
that any crbninal was ever more wretched
than I at that hour.
1 do not know how long I sat there, ab
sorbed in mast miserable thoughts. But at
last something liko a plan came into my
mind. Reixacnig my steps toward tho Rue
Dauphine, I stopped at a kiosk on tho Boule
vard, and bought an overling paper The
Temps. I opened it under the light cf a
street-lamp, and read this paragraph amid
tho falling snow:
'TheChueof Ciiiustmas-Dat. To-day,
thero was a considerable crowd at tho
Morgue, to inspect the articles on which tho
police must chiefly rely in their attempt to
unravel the mysterious affair of 'tho Passago
do Mazarin. No arrest has yet been made,
nor, so far as is known, is thero any ono even
undp,r suspicion. Tho daughter of Mouton,
tho janitor ut No. 13 Passago do Mazarin,
is said to havo given evidence to tho effect
that, about 10 o'clock en Monday night, tho
hour at which tho enmo seems to havo been
committed, sho saw a young man, 'tallibh,
slendarly-bunt, and light of foot-step,' glide
through 1 ho passago of the house as if on his
we. upstairs. Tho police will, of course,
niabo every effort to traco tins ycung man,
but, in tho ao'enco of clearer testimony, then
task must bo pronounced cae cf tho greatest
difficult'. Meantime, tho judge of instruc
tion has ojXKied his inquiry on tho spot : and
arewnrdof 5.000 francs has been offered by I
i nn t-tttt nsT. rT wf i inr KMfri ininniinnnn nc 7
may load to tho arrest of tho assassin."
I road this paragraph slowly tin ugh; its
certainty. Hurrying up tho Rue Dauphine, I
mounted the stairs and listened at tho door of
open the door, walk straight up to my friend,
and tall mm what 1 had seen. I took off my
shoos on the threshold, aud crept into tho
room lite a thiCt,
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. . j .. v.. vi -uu iw in iC b c , goici watcnes, articles of jewelrv, and precious
weight added to an already heavy burden. I . stones cut and uncut; and sums of monev in
icaroa, nut tuar was not oncugn 1 wanted French and
Raoul-sroom. From his slow, regular respi- j instruction, to-ether with a sealed r-arcel 1 TV. V11 at w Q " deceased Jo-;
ration I judged him to le asleep; could he j containing the books and naper of themnr Mciss::er regularly dinM. His hour of
sloop, and b--! I would not believe it, would dercd man. j arrival was at G:15, and ho invariably left at ,
Raoul did not speak to me: ho must there- ' fallen from Lis chair to the cmund. Lam
Acrebe asleep. Th room was quite dark. 1 ' Jrt -! further that. t v.-ir Kvn cmA
groped ny way to the com-r whore the;
clothes v.hieh Paonl hsi! pr nm ln-r 1tv1 '
together on a chair. 1 felt for the shirt1
sleeves; 0 ono I took up tirst had tho ivory '
duk n za. ti" T-ist, round aad smooth. The 1
buttaifecaw o t3 other wure both empty: I
dropped it with a smothered groan of anguish '
then h .r.od, ditching my breath, to sets '
whetiier Raocl did net awake. He slept on.
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The button holes of the other were both
roided sotnattne paragrapnaoouttne muraer
lay uppermost; put beside it in a littlo pile all
that remained of Levi Jacob's money, and
stole softly from tho room.
I had meant to fly at once and forever
from the Rue Dauphine. But no sooner had
I closed the door of Raoul's room behind me
than tho impulse left me. How could I de
sert mv friend? Even if he were even if he
wero what I dreaded to think, ought I to
leavo him? Would ho in such a case have
abandoned me? I leaned my head against
tho damp wall of tho staircase, and, I am not
ashamed to say, sobbed to think of it. What
could I believe but that all was true? There
was that damning evidence at tha Morgue
thero was all that had happened since my
parting with Raoul at ten o'clock on Monday
night the hundred trivial details that joined
their several forces and drove the mind to
such a terrible conclusion. But Raoul? of
all men, he! Was I to trust my reason or my
friendship? A cruel alternative! I shook as
if with a fit of ague; I felt thoroughly worn
out in mind and body. Was I to go or stay!
I sat down on the staira and buried my face
in my hands.
I do not know how long I sat there; I was
careless of tho time, as of tho cold. To leave
Raoul was liko a treason; but to meet him
to face him with such thoughts in my mind !
rather anything than that! It was now late.
Seven o'clock was tho hour wo had fixed for
dinner; it must be long after that; already
tho restaurant peoplo must have sent in our
meal. Raoul might rise at any moment
might come out he must not find mo here I
I rose, staggered downstairs and rushed along
A stout man, muffled up in a great, black
cravat, stretched his arm across tho outer
doorway to prevent my reaching the street.
Almost beside myself, in blind rage at this
obstacle, I raised my arm and dealt him a vio
lent blow on the chest. He reeled back, but
as ho did so whistled shrilly and grasped me
by the sleeve. Two men rushed forward, and
in a moment held mo f at
"Ho, ho!" said the stout man with tho cra
vat; "we assault the agents of police? Wc
raise our hands against tho authorities, eh!
Here Jacquot, Bertrand! Bring tins fine fel
low under the light of the lamp there, that I
may have a look at him! . . . Short, fair,
blue eyes no, it is not our man. You may
let him go. And, young jackanapes, let me
warn you "
But no sooner had the tw o men loosed their
hold of mo than I hid fled like a coward, and,
before tho stout man had finished liis sen
tence, was half -way down tho Rue Dauphine.
To make my narrativo clear, I shall give
you, bef ore going further, tho result of the
first day's inquiry held on Wednesday, the
day of my visit to the Morgue. The judge
of instruction in this case was M. Robert
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Tho inquiry was held 'on the sspot Mhatis,
in tho very room of tho ncue No. 13 Passage
j Jean Mouton, janitor, interrogated, gave
j evidence: That he had held his present situ
, ation for more than 14 years, and that the
murdered man, Meissner, had occupied that
I room and cabinet for at least ten years. In-1
terrosatedasto the habits of Joseph Meiss--;
hot" rinMlTwl rlinr. TMncn trnrn mint niin tho
ner, declared that these were regular in the
extremo; that ho always breakfasted hi his
room; on three days of tho week went out at
noon, returning at 4, and going out again at
Gtodino; on the other days remained in his
room till 6, his invariable hour for dinner:
returning every night, without exception,
on tho stroke of 9. Had returned at 9
o'clock on tho night of Monday. Tuesday
heinc nnn of th d.-ivs on vhii;h hr nnvw
stirred out of doors till C, he, Mouton, had
not been surDrivi or alarmed bv his non-an-
pearanca up to that hour. Stated that Meiss-'
nerhadrenoatedly enjoined him to force an '
entrance into his room any day that he did I
not appear at 6 o'clock. Interrogated as to
whether he knew what motive Meissner could '
havo for giving so singular an order, replied I
that he was unable to gucs, unless it wore a !
of being murdered in his room.
Francois Bastoul, publican, gavo evidence
as to the finding of the bodiy' hi exact agree
ment with Mouton's statement to the police, j
Leon Ledru, superintendent of the bureau
of police, Rue des Saints Peres, stated that J
at twenty minutes past seven on Tuesday '
evening Jean Mouton janitor, presented I
himself at tho bureau and gave information I
of the murder. He, Ledru, taking with him '
tho officers Lambert and Regnaud, thereon J
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band, that i tracy. From A. Sapmaud, advocate, and f,., ,, f; ,, ,, tw f r,i
shut out that a friend of mine, I obtained a copy of the ,,.v .. t ...i " ...i.n i
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house No. 13 Passage de Mazarin, where thev . J "f. s thinS unusual, his neigh
fonnd thnriir Frjinoni, TW,1 iH being always very quiet Could not say
them outsido the door of thus room. Bastoul 1
assured them that tho door had been un-
opened previous to their arrival. On open- j
ing tho door, they found the dead body of
Meissner lying close by his -w riting chair, as '
u he had fallen from it on lemc struck. Tho
body was cold and rigid. Beside it was foimd
a dagger of foreign manufacture, stained
with tho initial G. on it. These articles
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wero now at tho Morgue. Had ex-K
ivirn iiiru-v- Rmi o i-.t- LiH ....n
amined tho various lock-fast places in
the room. Nearly al I of these wero open ; one
or two had their locks forced; the most had
apparently been opened by their proper keys,
a bunch of which as found hanging in one
of tho locks. Mot of the drawers, strong
Iwxe, etc, bore evidence of having beenran
sacleiltotho bottom; but if any valuables
had been removed, treasure to a vory large
amount had been left behind. He, the superin
tendent had drawn uo an inventory of articles
of value found in tho several lock-fast places
oeioo seaimg up these recioflkicles. This in-1
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eatery comprised drafts to a large amount j
on the Bank of Franco and tho Creo.it Lvon- I
rentes, thrco and five per cents: the
titles of real estate in Paris, Amiens and Pro
vins; railway and mining script; a number of
foreirn cold, estimated at not
less than 45,000 francs. This inventorv Su
perintendent Ledru handed in to the judge of
orated the tcs -nony of then- chief as to the
finding of the body. Beth agreed in the opin
ion that Moisjner had been stabbed while
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to examine the cabinet or small bed-closet off i
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w;w - ..iJ. fimr. tfc n,rl- f ,.,.
Ixx: could be traced on tho floors of both '
Dr.Cosse stated that,at tho request of Super- j
intendm; cf Polico Ledru, he had visited this I
place last night, and made an examination of j
the corpse of Joseph Meissner. Death had j
resulted frcm a stab under the n;ht shoulder-'
Diane, wnicn naa' perToratea tne lung ana
caused a copious hemorrhage. The rush of
blood to tho mouth would doubtless choke
the unfortunate man, and prevent his utter
ing any cry. Death, if not instantaneous,
would immediately follow tho infliction of
tho wound. Had been shown the foreign
looking dagger found beside" the corpse, and
had satisfied nimself that with this weapon,
and no other, the mortal blow must
have been struck. The blade of the dagger
-was three-edged, exactly fitting tho orifice in
tho clothes and in the body of the deceased.
Interrogated as to the hour when he had seen
the .orpse, Dr. Cosse stated that he had ar
rived on tha spot at about 8:15 o'clock.
Asked as to whether he could form an opinion
a3 to tho time when the murder had been
committed, replied that, from the appear
ance of tho body, he should suppose life to
have been extinct for at least 12 hours. The
fact that the blood from the wound had com
pletely soaked into the wood of the floor
made 24 hours a still more likely period.
Dr. A, de Bourdon, surgeon at tho Hotel
Dieu, concurred in the evidence of Dr. Cosse.
The fatal wound had certainly been dealt
with the dagger found beside the corpse. It
was a flesh wound, inflicted at a distance of
an inch and a half below tho right clavicle,
and avoiding all contact with the dorsal
vertebra. Death from such a wound, in the
case of an old man like tho deceased, would
probably ensuo in about five minutes' time.
Prom tho appearance of the body and the
coagulated blooo, had little hesitation in say
ing that the wound had been inflicted late on
Monday night or early on Tuesday morning.
The janitor, Mouton, recalled and re
examined, answered as follows:
Q. Your room opens from the passage lead
ing into the courtyard of this house?
Q. Zour room has a glazed door?
Q. So that one can see, from the janitor'i
room, every person who enters the courtyard
from the Passage de Mazarin, or vice versa?
A. Yes, if one is looking out.
Q. Naturally. You have already stated
that Meissner's habit was to return home
punctually at nine o'clock. Did you observe
him pass your door at that hour Monday
A. He came into the room on Monday night
at that hour to take his key and his candle
before going upstairs.
Q. As all your tenants are in tho habit of
Q. And this was the last occasion on which
you saw Joseph Meissner alive?
A. Tho last.
Q. Now, can you tell me with any certainty
what persons passed your door going into the
couru between nine and ten o'clock?
A. I am certain that no one passed between
nine and half-past nine excepting M. Stanis
las. Q. And who is M. Stanislas?
A. One of tho tenants on the fourth floor. He
came in about a quarter-past nine, took his
key, and wished me good-night.
Q. And you are certain no one else passed,
up to half-past mine?
A. Perfectly certain.
Q. Why do you say half-past nine?
A. Becauso at that hour I went out.
A. First to the shoemaker's, Rue do Biche,
to fetch a pair of boots belonging to one of
the tenants. Then to the wine-shop at the
corner of tho Rue St. Andre, kept by M.
Bastoul, where I met two of my friends, with
whom I played several games of domi
noes; returning home about ten minutes past
Q. You then closed the outer door of your
passage for the night?
Q. Your usual hour for doing so is eleven!
A. Yes, but on Monday night I was a
quarter of an hour later.
Sophie Mouton, aged 13 years, daughter
of tho janitor, stated that on tho uijrhtof
lwrl tzri nnv nnn m nlnnor flirt Ttnccnirn
besides tho tenants who came in for their
keyS) replied that sho had. Chancing to arise
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observed the figure of a man glide swiftly
aloug tho passage It took but a second for
the figure to pass; but in that second sho
remarked, or thought she remarked, that
tho man -uas young, tallish, slenderly
built, and light of footstep. Tho man wore a
Iowrown3 hat aml Vho thought, was
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wrapped in a cloak; but on this latter point
she could not speak with certainty. Interro
gated as to tho time -when this took place, she
could make no definite statement. Was it an
hour after her lather went out? It might
havo been an hour. Was it half an
hour after ho went out? It might havo
been that; sho could not say. Had she heard
10 o'clock strike? Yes, she had heard it. Was
it before or after tho hour struck that the
man went along the passage? Sho could not
moer; sue iia auacnea no importance to
h cldent; had thought tlmt the man must
Y a f nen.d "e of ho enant, f S hxm
appointment Again pressed to say
Aether - ,wa3, befo ".r J.0 - p0
mn Passed her door, the child Sophie Mouton
burst lnto Pting that she could not
remember; and so her examination closed.
adjoining that of Meissner, interrogated, gave
evidence: That on Monday night, while en
gaged on his worK as a copyist of manuscript,
he had heard a dull sound, such as might be
caused by a falling lnxly of some weight, ap
parently coming from Meissner's room. Had
thought that his neighbor must have let fall
on the floor a largo and heavy book, or
overturned somo article of furniture.
Thereafter had heard a noise of foot
steps in the room, and had remarked
precisely at what time he had heard the
sound of the falling body, but thought it
must have been about ten. The noise in
Meissner's room had attracted his notice be
cause it was unusual; the tolling of the bells
at ten o'clock, though much louder, had been
quite unmarked by him; he was accustomed
to it, and, busy over his mechanical work as
j copyist, paid no attention to it. Pressed to
g itu answer refuse repeating
t that ho waa quite unable to say whether the
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sound had been heard by him before or after
tho striking of ten o'clock.
The janitor, Mouton, recalled and re-examined,
stated that the keys cf the tenants hung
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each above. Tho candles were brought down I
from the upper rooms each morning; there
being no fight In the staircase, the tenants
were accustomed to light them in his room
before going upstairs at night During win
ter on3 caudle would serve Meissner for two
nights; the ono he took upstairs with him on
tho night of Mondav had lasted three. He,
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Mouton, had remarked on this in handing!
f. :. tn Mfl,-OTAr ,,. n ,Va MhJJ
o candle to Meissner making a joke about
it There was enoush left of the candle, ha 1
1 thought, to burn for perhaps an hour and a !
1 half not more. Had been shown the long
1 dagger found beside tho corpse; had never 1
, seen anv such weapon in the possession of the '
j Augusta Kosinski, restaurant keeper, Rue '
de augirard, stated tnat he was proprietor
of the restaurant at which the deceased Jo-
tho restaurant at his usual hour.
Samuel Koch, waiter at tho Cafe Voltaire,
stated that the deceased Joseph Meissner came
to that cafe ev?ry evening at about 7:30, and
sat fcr above an hour over a cup of coffee,
reading the fiuanoal journals. On the even
ing of Monaay M:isuer had left tho cafe at .
if- ??V- M:2f?
aoojt 5:4o, hzs usual h;
. Ptne judge of instructiQa
tor, Mouton. may now bo released from sur-.
veillance, ther being nothing to connect him
m any way with the crime.
After ny encounter with tha three men ft
tfw Taia Uaiitjliina. I niihl Ra nLiiIsiI'
.-. WU IAJU ZmiiiJa KJL. .li-iljllf ,-J itQ LU3A1 AXZll ;
through tho snow, down ono street, along an
other, not caring whither I went. I was foi
the time incapable of thinking connectedly.
No friendship could have been closer thai!
that oetween Raoul and myself. Since oui
first meeting, four years ago, we had literally
lived our lifo in common. He was in most
things my superior, but lie himself did not
think so. Our confidence in one another had
been perfect; I thought I knew him to the
bottom of his soul. Now that I was forced t
believe him a criminal, a murderer can yot
wonder that it should havo seemed to meal
most as if the world had suddenly como to ar
end as if a great, black gulf had yawned
open at my feet, and all the joy and beauty
of life lay now and forever behind me?
Again the thought came to me, had I done
my duty to my friend? was I doing it now'
Raoul was guilty: it seemed impossible tc
doubt it But still, he was my friend. Ht
had killed this man, but did I know the
provocation he might have received? Whal
had I intended in placing the money and the
warning paragraph on the table, that he
might see them when he awoke ? It had beer
a way of saying, "Fly, escape, hide yourseli
while there is time; I cannot bring myself tc
look you in the face, but this much I have
done for you." But was that enough? Should
not I have gone to him and spoker
and urged him to fly? Should 1
not havo helped him out of his danger'
Might not the warning I had given be ir
vain? Might it not have come too late? Great
heaven, it had been too late! That man whe
had stopped me as I fled from the house
had not realized the truth at the time, noi
till now that man was an agent of police
now that I thought of it, he had said so
Already Raoul was arrested, and througt
my fault! I despised myself; I execrated my
cowardice; I felt like the murderer of my
friend. At once, without a moment's hesita
tion, I turned on my steps and hastened baci
to the Rue Dauphins.
"Here is the key of Monsieur!" cried
Pierre after me, as I hurried past his door.
"M. Girard has gone out."
"Gone out?" I repeated, mechanically.
"Yes, with a gentleman who called for him
a stout gentleman, a friend of M. Girard's.
he said. He was upstairs with M. Girard f 01
sometime; then they went out together, not
ten minutes ago."
I did not need to hear more. Sad at heart
I went upstairs and entered our garret-room.
On the table stood the dinner from Magnjr's.
the two bottles of wine untouched. Beside
the tray, just where I had placed them, lay
the evening newspaper and the littlo pile oi
money. The drawers of the bureau I no
ticed wero half pulled out. I looked intc
them. My papers had been left; Raoul's
were all taken away.
The fire had gone out, but I did not think
of rekindling it. I did not want comforts
which Raoul could not share. For long I sat
at the table, a prey to my wretched thoughts,
until the sudden leaping up of the expiring
candle warned me of tho lapse of time. My
snow-drenched clothes made me shiver in
every limb; I hastily undressed and threw
myself into bed. There, from sheer fatigue
of mind and body, I must have slept: since I
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My encounter with the three men in the Rut
remember no more until tho servant awoka
mo next morning.
Pierro greeted me as usual: tho news or
Raoul's arrest was, therefore, net yet pub
lished. I sent him, however, for a newspaper,
that I might learn the latest dovelopmsnt of
The Figaro had a long paragraph, headed
as usual, "The Crime of Christmas-day."' It
stated that no nrrest had yet been made, but '
that tho polico wero understood to havo found
a clow and to bo now on the track of the as
sassin. It commented on the mysterious
character of tho crime. "One of the chief
difficulties of tho case," said tho writer, "is
the apparent want of motive in the proceed
ings of tho unknown murderer. No doubt tho
deceased Joseph Meissner had a dangerous
reputation for wealth; possibly, from the na
ture of his business, he may have had ene
mies. But if plunder was the motive for the
deed, why did the assassin, w ho seems to have
been quite unhurried, leave behind him valu
ables like those mentioned in the police in
ventory money, trinkets and jewels, w hich
could have been so easily carried away ? On
the other hand, if revenge and not robbery !
?j r . . j r
was the motive, why should the assassin ran- it was a fanukar place to me, that little' of the inquiry was that of the detoctivoof
sack those lock-fast places, breaking into! shop in the Rue de l'Odcon, with tho rows of Beer Py. This ofiicer mado tho following
some, opening others overturning every- gloves in the window and on the counter, and statement: Having ascertained from tho
thing; and apparently taking nothing? Ai the faint otlor of benzine that hung about it. papers of tho dectaiswl Joseph MoiMncr that
theory to explain this contradiction has yet ba( spent many merry evenings, along with ho was a native of the town of Provins, and
to be found." Raoul, in the little parlor lehind. Now all possessed house property there, had at onco
F re was a point. I tried to think it out car'c aa silent, as if a sorrow worse proceed-Hl to that town to mako inquiries,
calmly in connection with Raoul aud his rela-1 an death had entered thpre. I entered tho Had found that the Jewish family of
tions, so far as I knew them, to the murdered room w'ith extremo reluctance, for I cannot ' tho Moissnora was well known in Provins;
man. But all my pondering was in vain; I , Dear ot a things, to see a woman cry, and I ' that only two members of it now survived,
could find no theory. Only the stern facts ' oxpected to find Gabrielle in tears. But 1 1 oamaly, the murdered man, and a n-phew of
Tho paragraph in The Figaro next went on
to describe the articles exhibited at the
Morgue, which, it seemed, wee still attract- j
ing public curiosity. "These,'' it said, "are
the real clew to the discovery of the criminal, j
The police have to lay their hands upon the j
individual who, on Monday night, dropped '
from his wrist that ivciy button in the room
of Joseph Meissner. Thef have to find, if
possible, the other ivory button that makes
the pair. In brief, they have to find the
man G , tho owner of tho dagger with
which the crime was committed."
My band so shook at I A this terrible
paragraph that I could scarcely hold the pa
per. It was I who had been the first to find
that single ivory button at Raoul's sleeve 1
audi had left it there! I, his friend! I had
had it in my power to destroy tho evident
against him, and instead I had preserved it.
Let him be guilty or not, it was not my part
to deliver him up to justice; yet thatwai
what I had done. I forced myself to read on.
"The dagger now being shown at tht
Morgue," continued tho writer, "is of sc,
singular a kind that no one who has once seen
it could fail to Identify it It is of Japanese
manufacture, the steel being specially fine,
and the lacquering of the hilt being -erj rich
and artistic. On one side of the blade is an
inscription in the Japanese character; on the
other side is the figure of a flower, with a
single word beside it, also in the Japanest
character. This word is stated, by a well
known Orientalist w ho has seen the weapon,
to mean Elusion, and to have a religious sig
nificance. M. de St Florent, the weJl-kno-c
private collector, writes us thai the dagger of
the Passage de Mazarin is not unique, as hai
been stated in several of the journals, il.de St
Florent possesses a weapon which is an exact
counterpart of the one found beside the corpse
of Joseph Meissikir." The paragraph ended
with, the statement that next day the funeral
of the-murdertd man was to take place from
I did not leaTe the house all that day; 3
shrank from dwing so. If I went out, and if
the news of Raoul's arrest were now guer-
ally known, as was pcwsble, I should be as-
sailed with miaons from tha numerous
friends of Loth of ui-oussljcns which to m
would Le torture.
1 - I Unr.?bt 1
I cculd do nothing, at
i-7 tinrTnr I --fc.-4 w ,
newspaper reports over anofoVer again, and
could devise no measure which would be oi
any advantage to my unhappy friend. In
deed, tha best service I could render him
so far as it seemed just then was to keep out
of the way. In trying to imag a possible
examination, I became aware tuat my evi
dence would not be in his favor.
This was by far the most wretched day
the cruel anxiety about my friend, the re-
morse of my own conduct-which I julated,
no aouDr, m colors unaniy dark all these heard their broken exclamations:
contributed to my misery. I lunched on j "My child! MyownGabrielleP
what remained eatable of Magny's dinner- 0h, mother, you thas loved him-called
the dinner that had been ordr d to celebrate him ycur son !"
tho accepting of tho comedy -and drank a ! "My child! I will believe what vou believe!
bottle of wine. The day wore on with mad-1 Yes, he is mv son ! he is innocent P
demag tardiness; at length evening came, j I do not sav that my eves wero dry at this
and again I sent out Pierre for a journal. , monJent. I know that I 'felt myself more of
By this time, surely, the news of the arrest 1 a guilty wretch than tho worst criminal that
must have been made pubhe. A glance at j ever stood at the bar of justice. Certainly,
the paper showed me that it had. j EaX)ul was not gaaty t had jd
J-liar5srap, va3 ieaded 'Crime oi ; d therefore it must be true. Let the evi
Chnstmas day: arrest of the Assassin," and dence be what it might, or tho police- say what
ran tnus: 0 Gabrielle had given her verdict;
An arrest has now been made in the case! it should be mine. Was woman's love to
of the Passage de Mazarin, and all the cir- stand tha test and man's friendship to fail?
cumstances point to the conclusion that the ( I cast my doubts to tho wind. I swore to atone
police havo laid their hands on the veritable J for my cowardly suspicions.
murderer. The individual arrested on sus
picion is a young man named Raoul Girard,
student of law, residing at No. 28 Rue
uaupnine, a nephew of the murdered man.
A 7? rm?uon Present w itmield .
3TrS.p(. lna Stated' howeveri ,
that the arrest was made at a late hour last '
night, and that the credit of it is entirely due
to the Agent of Police Py. There is reason tc
iS16!?? 5 e activity shown by,
this skillful and energetic officer, Girard, who
was in hiding, would ere this havo succeeded j
m effecting his escape."
I was readmg this paragraph with feelings J
that may bo imagined, when I was startled
by a knocking at the door. I say "startled,"
uwttuso x was appreuensive at every
moment of a visit from tho agents of police.
This time, however, it was only Pierre.
"A lady desires to see Monsieur," ho said, '
and ushered in Madame Dumaine, tho mother
of Gabrielle. j
One glance at her face showed mo that she j
,,,, , , .... sewing; come in and talk to us for an hour.'
M. Marsal," she said, "come with mo at ot to-night, dearest,' he ai; 'I havo work
race! For pays sake don't refuse! I said, to do, and friend Paid is sitting up for me.
that I would bring you-that I would not Good night-don't forget Now Year's Day
come back without you. I beg I implore oi our walk round the Boulevards!' Then !
yu to come!" 1 j g g gj to hn niid aud ho kiise.l
But wherof'-I had a confused notion that I ma Oh, mother! M. Marsal! can you think l
she wished me to go with her to Raoul-"to. that he went from me straight from me, 1
the house of detention?" th that j hs hps-to murder tho
rso, noi it is uanneue weo sent mo to,
bring you. 'Go to M. Marsal,' she said, 'go,
dear mother, and say to him that Gabrielle
Dumaine is in distress, and must see him to
night!' Ah, Monsieur, say that you will
"I will come, siuce Mademoiselle wishes it
"That is enough," she said ; "let us not lose
a moment I -was unwilling to leavo her
even to come to you. The agents of police
were with us this afternoon. Ah, it has been
I felt the poor lady's hand shake in mine as I
led her down the dark stair. At tho outer'
door I gave her my arm; it was now freezing j
hard, and the pavement was liko glass.
Neither of us spoke another word; with the '
thought that was in our minds, what, indeed, !
could bo said?
As we left the house, No. 2S Rue Dauphine,
a man w ho had been standing in the shadow
of a passago opposite crossed tho street and
followed us. I noticed this, and, taking tho
chance of looking back at the street corners,
Eaw the man always behind us, keeping us in 1
Ho to '-thT cr)prs'" rl'o of the Rue
de l'Cdcon, ai-1 v s nl-o t cb east of in
when wo res hcd Moda.o Bumaine's door.
There ho wa.ud very slowl , aim sfc stop
ping. Evidently tho police were taicg an ,
intelligent intcie-t in my movements.
Mad:mo D;nnalnr"s eix.p was Zro S Rue da
l'Odcon; oer tho door was pa'nt d in white
letters "Glove Cleaner." M Lui e was of a
respectable family; her late husband, a mer
chant in the Faubourg St. Konore, had met
with losses; at his death his widow had found
herself poor. Obliged to earn a livelihood in
somo w ay, sho had taken a littlo shop in the
Rue de 1'Odeon, w ith a parlor behind, and
had struggled hard to form a connection as
glove cleaner. Tho strugglo had not been
very successful ; 2Iadamo Dumaino and her '
daughter, neat-handed and industrious
as they were, liad to starvo themselves
in order to pay tho rent. Then Ga-
briello went on the stage. Sho was a singu
larly beautiful girl, and I Ixilievo might havo '
made almost a Kreatactress. Beginning w ith
soubrctto parts m one of tho Boulevard
theatres, sho was earning a salary of 35 francs
a week when first she met Raoul Girard bo- I
hind tho scenes. R-oul was writing theatrical
critics for Le Drame, henco his presence
there. I think they fell in lo o with each t
other at first sight; I know, at all event,
that Raoul did. Gubrifllo had many admir- '
ers; but she was as good as sho was beautiful, '
and when sho accepted Raoul sho at once left
tho stage. I know that Raoul had not asked 1
her to do this, as he said to mo himself lie had
no right to demand such a sacrifice; it was
her woman's instinct tliat led her to mako it t
They hail been betrothed now for nearly two '
years, and wero to be married as soon as 1
Raoul had passed hi3 final examination for ,
the bar, and was making an income that could '
at all bo depended on. j
was wrong. j ais, nameu uirara; ana that otranl was a
She came forward to meet mo without giv- j student of law in Paris. Struck by tho coin
ing mo her hand, and looked mo straight in adduce of the initial letter of this young
the eyes. Her face was pale, but boro no man's name with the letter on tho writ
traces of weeping. She carried herself i Jtud found beside tha body, and also
proudly, like queen; there wa3a touch al- j by the fact that the young man,
1 taU ffl U
uwuuifl irvv r
She carried herself proudly like a qvteen.
most of defiance in the glance of the dark
syes and the curve of tha red Up , never be
fore had Gabrielle Beemed tome so superbly
beautiful. She reminded me of Rachel; but
I fcaw that there was no acting here.
Her steadfast gaze held me captive; it was
first inquiring, th&n accusing. I had to lower
You, tool' was all 3he said.
"My child,' 3id lime. Dnmaina, "you are
unjust to M. MarsaL as you have been to
Mother, I shall bate yoa if yoa say itl
What? beBeve that of rav Eaoull
& he-no, I shall spsk to no a?
tbinfefU Bofabw to him if you wflL but I
i12" bstrcJ iaau you wm, uai 1 f
iS2Ui JTO VJ LLu-L, CiiU. Sauu A JM3 J " " t
ihzr trr him. if they will le? 12 aad tell i
them He is innocent as. x am myseii 1 limow
what you think both of you though you
iarenot say it! Shame upon you both M.
Mnrdt you are not his friend ! Mother, yoa
are notyou are not my mother 1 Oh,mother,
forgive me I My heart is breaking forgive P
The proud voice passed into a sob, and she
threw herself at her motheris feet and buried
her face in her lap, weeping.
She has not wept before," Mme. Dnnaroo
aid to ma simplv. I turned my back upon
mo'Iier and daughter, with the feeling that
to look upon such grief was to profane it I
"Forgive me, M. Marsaylheard Gabrielle
say; "look round, and fay you forgive niep
I looked round and saw her kneeling by her
mother's side. One hand was held iu Mme.
Dumaine's, tho other she stretched forth to
me. I took it and kissed it, and murmured
something about the forgiveness coming from
"No, no," she said; "I know that all tho
appearances m Qgainst him-I know that
men reason, where women only feeL But
there are times when you may trust a woman
who reasons with her heart Believe me,
Raoul neVer did this-canuot havo dono itf
i believe it," I cried; "I swear to yon
never to doubt! again."
"Only think, how could ho have done it?
On that Monday night he came here; he
tapped at tho door; I knew it was ho I ran
to open. 'Only a word, dear,' ho said; 'just
to see you and hear your voice, and then
good-night, for it is late.' 'Won't vou come 1
in, Raoulf Isaid to him; 'mother and I are
0id man for his money? Oh God, what evd
will people not behove?"
"My darling, we do not believe it? Wo 1
think as you do is it not so, M. Marsal P '
I could see that Mme. Dumainc's belief was '
not so firm ns sho would havo liked it to
appear. But for my part, after such advo
cacy as Gabrielle's, the court of assizes could
not have altered my opinion.
"Mademoiselle," I said, "it is truothaM
suspected Raoul at first. I do not seek tu
defend myself; I think of it with shame.
The evidence is against him just now
strongly against him; that cannot be denied.
Well, let us wait meanwhile; he himself will
explain it. If his explanation needs proof I
will find it; I pledge myself to that, befors
the Virgin and you I"
j ''Thanks, my friend," sho murmured, again
holding ou- her hand to me.
I "Do not grieve, Mademoiselle. Rnoul is
innocent; therefore ho is safe. I shall see
I him, and tell him what you said to me to
I night: that will give him courage."
"And vrm mil lioln liim!"
"While tho breath is iu my body, and a
sou in my purse! I devote myself to this it
i is a reparation, an atonement! Mademoiselle,
I thank vou. You have kept me from utterly
betraying my fnVnd."
I sought to comfort tho tw o women, and to
somo extent succeeded. When I left them
Gabriello was moro calm.
"Do you really flunk V faltered Mmo.
Dumaine, as sho 02X!iied tho shop door for
"Madame, I cm certain. Your angel of a
daughter is right; let us tako our inspiration
Tho j)oor woman sighed; I noticed tho can
dlo shaking hi htr hand.
"If they find him guilty sho will die." sho
said; "good-night, M. Marsal, und thank you
for all your goodness."
I w as followed homoward, as I had lieen in
coming. On reaching the Rue Dauphine, I
found Pierro in a state of frantic excitement
and his wife in tears; sho bad an uffction for
Raoul. Everything, v. as known now; I'ierre
was to give evidence at tho inquiry; ho had
been visited during my absence by an ngant
"Ho is upstairs now," said tho servant to
me "ho has- been waiting for Mwrtieur
more than an hour. Ah, Monswur, can you
Iwlievo it? M. Girard, who would not hurt a
fly? surely it is not possible!"
"You are right," I said; "it is notposwble."
And I went upstairs to face tho agent of io
lice. CHAPTER VTI.
Hero I interrupt my narrative, to give an
account of the remainder of the preliminary
inquiry, taken as before from tho notes of tho
judge of Instruction. As explained before, I
had access to theso notes, or rather to a copy
of them, at a later stago in the proceedings.
The first evidence tiken on theeeconddaj
though In Paris, had not communicated with
tho police on the newB of his uncle's death be-
I isgmade public, had docidwl to follow up
thl3 clew, iian found tn young man u noma
j and address in tha books of the Ecole do
i Droit; had gone to hia placo of residence. No.
j 23 Rue Dauphine, late on the evening of
I Wednesday, the SCtlv and there had sur
prised Girard, In bed and asleep. Had found
j at the wrist of his left shirtsleeve an ivory
button with an Initial G on it, now pro
' duced; tha button at the wrist of the other
I ileero waa wonting. Had rearcbed tho
J room, which was shared with Girard bren-
Other law ftudent, a friend of his, named
Marsal. Had brought away tho papers tx
longing to Girard. consisting of n&U on lo
gal subjects, draft of newspaper articles, on
unfinished comedy and a few letters. Had
arrested Girard on suspicion.
Raoul Girard. arrested on Hupidoa, wa
' Q. Your name is Eaool Girard?
Q. Your domicile 20. 2S Rae Daupbme!
Q. Your profession I
A- I am a student of law.
Q. You are a relative of the deccavsd Jo
A- Yes; he was my uncle.
Q. Can you tell nio what was tho lart oc
casion ou which you aw your uncle, Joseph
A. The last oocaii'3n on which I s.w hia
alivs -n-aj almost exactly a year ago; itwai
about the Christmai of last year.
O. "Wbv do voa ar 'th ! rlnn m
j which I saw him aHver (Here Girard thowed !
socas eraottea, whxh ho feemtd to repnsa
j with an effort,)
j A- Because Ifawhim again last Monday
t nighr, when bo was dead.
! Q. Yoa mm to my that oa the night of
' Monday you fw the corpse of Juwph
a. i;auiij room Ijiz there (pointlec '
VJ WiZ .n;n 03 laC UVBT CU1 f y i0 tmifi I
cf th murdtstiS raami
''Tcs; in this room lying thcrz?
Q. At what time was that?
A. About half -past ten; perhaps a few
Q. "What was your object in visiting yonr
uncle's room at that hour!
A. I was in straits for money, and (hero
tho aerused hesitated).
Q. And you meant to borrow from himf
A. No, I did not mean that, I know that
what I am about to say must seem almost in
credible, but it is tho fact. My uncle owed
mo money , 1 came hero to ask it back.
Q. How did you gain access to tho roomf
A. I entered by tho window of tho cabinet,
ha in;j clubbed up f rem tho court below with
tho aid of tha trellis-work.
Q Why did yeu adopt this means of enter
ing your undc'd room.'
A. Because ho liad previously refused mo
admission, and had ordered tho people of tho
house to expl mo if I ever showed myself
Q. AVell, and what after entering tho cat
inetl A. I opened thn door, and, looking into this
A. (After a moment's hesitation on thepart
of Girard, who betrayed ccnsidorablo hesita
tion) I saw the corpse of my uncle lying in a
pool cf blood in front of hw writing table.
Q. What did y ou do then?
A. I was horror-stricken, and for somo sec
onds could uvt niovo a limb; I felt as if para
lyzed. I advanced Into tho room, which was
lit by ono candle, then almost expiring. Mv
unelo'sbody lay ail in a liuip, tif heluJ
fallen from his chair on Ixuug struck f.vui
behind. Blood still oozed from his mouth,
but he was quite dead ; of that I ossurvd lay
self. A dagger lay beside tho corpse, with
blood still wet upon it.
Q. Would you recoguizo tho dagger whlrt
you say you found lying basido your uncle'i
corpse, if it wero shown you ugain?
A. Yes, I could identify it with case.
Q. Is that the dagger f (lloro tho accused
was shown the poniard found besido the body
of Meissner, und lately exhibited ut the
A. Yes, that is the weapon I saw.
Q. Had you ever seen the weapon before?
A. Ihadsoro, if not this weapon, at all
events ono so ckoIy rwvjmbling it tliat it
would bo ditllcult to difatlngtuah between
them. My uncle on otio occasion gavo mo a
Japaneso daggrr which was an exact coun
terpart cf tho ono I found lcsido his corpse.
Q. When did ho give j-ou this dagger?
A. About two years ago, as nearly as I can
Q. What !s become of it now J
A I told it slwrtly after it crime into my
Q. Tho dagger which you say wai riven
you by your uuelo had a hhenth; can you de
A. Tho sheath was nuulo of green idlk and
dark lacquered wood, :utd in shupo reeetnbled
u tlobfd fan.
Q. Itwa. then, liko thtoJ (Hero the ac
cused was shown ix hboHtc of n dagger taken
from tho private collection of M, do bt.
Florent, an exact counterpart of tho woapou
used in the murder of Meiwier).
A. Like tlmt, exactly.
Q. After finding, as you wiy, tho corpse of
MciSrfner lying before the writing table, did
you disturb nuy of the articles In ihrtom?
did you open any of tho drawer, or ronnno
anything from tho lock-fast places.'
A. Assuredly not; after seeing my uncle's
body, I liad but one iinpoK' to uwnjx frcn
the room us quicUy a jiOMfMe; tliat in, 111
soon &3 I had recovered from the shock of tho
Q. How long do you bu;ijqw you were in
A. I should imegino, for wveral minutes
,. Awl you kft it, bowf
A. By tfce same way that I had entered It
by the window of the cabinet; I clnuilxtml
lown the trellis-work and tlwm hastemdfrom
' Q. You no this Ivory writ-tud which has
) baen ltanded to mo by the dttectlve oflker Py.
I Do you recognize it a your property t
A. Yes, I believe it to be my projorty.
Hero tiw autul Raoul Girard requested
permission to innke a ttatonoeiit, end did bo in
the following terms:
"Monsieur the Jndgo, I shall recount to
' ynu in a few word my connection with th
dreadful affair. I ha 1 to explain tliat my
late uncle, Joseph Mfismsr, never treated mo
1 with kindnws. I was brought up at Provm
in the house of tite brother of Jcjpb, Himixm
1 Moisfflor, now dead. He wa by trade a
clockmoker, and was yary jioor. I auuu to
Paris five year agj, and very noon had jnt
S all tho inony left me by my father; both my
j parents had died while 1 wan yet u child.
After ray money wo gotw I had to earn a
precarious JlvJug by my p. Muanvbilp.
my uncle 8imoa Mubnner fell 111, and woi
' unablo to work; I eat hira the
httio moner I could tcrapo together;
thtn he bade ids go to his brother
Joseph, and ak bip from him. Obco ar
twico I received rauill Hum of money frra
, him tery ntnail sums, given grudgisgly;
more often he would give me some article to
I soli; itvr&ano of Ins j;ctdiarftl3 that he
! could not bring htmmtf to part with mua-y.
One morning I found him in a remarkably
g'od humor, a n-b foreigner, ia Usnporary
difficulties, had gene only a few mfttaWs b
I toro I arnrwi ; and foreigners, rich aad In
temporary difllcultiej, were, he said, tb sort
I of ciiecU he preferred. That day he gave
mo a dagger of Eastern manufacture, Raying
; that I might dIpoe of it, as be did not want
to keep web a thin? about him. I had Uk
dagger In my powomon for several wtAi
b-fore I sacfi.ti ia uAlktf, it, which I did
I at s to a cuaJer m curkltifje In tha I'aiau
I Itoyal, for a bandrwd aad twatr francs.
Next time I rintl sy uode he atked mo
bow mach I had got for the dagger. I t&W
him. aad be ttm rnry angry at tie tbght
of having pvtod -with a toing of that tbJb
After this I ftxmd it unjrjfibU u extrarj
from him either mooey or iacsey worth
All that I Tr rerw,J from Lfcn wrat V
my uncle SmvxT I kept not a centime t
myself; minx than have dene h I woald
have starved. Wb'ss Skaeoa MeUssar died I
ws at the very 1Msmi al my purvs. I
wihed to ko to irovias to bury him. I
Aked my vtsrkt Jyeph for nxAsttmoa. Jlr
refuted to give me asythisg at the tsotsec!
but bade m ; to Provins to tee to th.'
funeral. prrjmii3g to refund me whatever I
might expeod. I borrow td money where? f
I could, csd west, on my mnm Joaji
Mei&ner mfuii to give a tingle sou, and
when I reminded hrn of hi promise di&Ud
that he bsd ever made U. lie iadted me
most croeiJy, declanajj that I bad 1mi
living in Mlerytw en hn hard-arsed game,
and draining hm of hit xaocay aArr lalta
pretences. I naiur!! rvUtrt!, h 8w lato
apasnoUfCr f-r 1 todos, aad Am me
never jcrrj ku iLt n. 4d ajam. Aa I ytiS
down iti-r h rr.-al iomsIu niutr utt.
calling me 'boxsar ' gcc-foc-&!aes nal
other xivrjx of tfcitkiad; fleaSy b slanutJL
lor Lbo janitor, una vzia. uaa
StSii MJSt XiW U, i r..wii "
I carfccJf thero azam. I a-crti fcim jixt ti