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Copyrltfht. 1913. by
I have no very clear remembrance of
what happened after that. The shock
was so great that 1 hud Just strength
enough to totter to a chair and drop
Into It and sit there staring uguely
at that dark splotch on the carpet
Two or three persons came Into the
room Parks and the other servants. 1
suppose. I heard Godfrey's voice giv
ing orders, and finally some one held
a glass to my lips and commanded me
to drink. Again, then, I saw Godfiey
standing over me.
"Feel bettor?" he asked.
"I don't wouder It knocked you out,"
he went on. "I'm feellug shaky my
self. I had them call Vautlne's physi
cian. But he can't do anything."
"Godfrey," 1 whlspeied, "whose voice
was It something about a woman?"
"It was Rogers. He's almost hysteri
cal. We'll get the story as soon as he
Some one called blm fiom the door,
and ho, turned away. IenIng me star
ing blankly at nothing. So there had
been a woman In Vantlne's life! Per-
"Look herel" he cried again,
haps that was why be had uever mar
ried. What ugly skeleton was to be
dragged from its closet?
But If a woman killed Vantlne. the
same woman also killed D'Aurelle.
where was her biding place? From
what ambush did she stiike?
I glanced about thp room as a tre
mor of horror seized me. 1 arose,
shaking, from the chair and groped my
way toward the door. Godfrey heard
me coming, swung around and. with
one glance at my face, came to me and
caught me by the arms.
He led me Into the ball, and a second
jlass of brandy gave me back some
thing of my belf control. I was
ashamed of my weakness, but when I
glanced at Godfrey 1 saw how white
bis face was
"Better take a drink yourself," I bald
I beard the decanter rattle on the
"1 don't know when I luit been so
shaken." he said, setting the glass
down empty "It was so gie Mime
so unexpected- and then Uicih i-arry
lng on like a madman Ah herd's the
doctor." he added, as the finni door
opened and Parks showed n mini In
I knew Dr. Hughes, of course, re
turned bis nod and followed him and
Godfrey into the anteroom. I heard
Godfrey telling blm all be knew, while
Hughes listened with Incredulous face.
"But ifs absurd, you know!" be pro
tested, when Godfrey bad finished.
"Things like this don't happen here in
New York. In Florence, perhaps, in
the middle uges; but apt here, in the
"I can scarcely believe my own
senses," Godfrey agreed "But 1 saw
the Frenchman lying here this after
noon ; and now here's Vantlne."
Hughes turned back to the body
again, and lopked long and earnestly
at the injured band.
"What sort of Instrument made this
' i I.
Burton E. Stevenson
v, on iflfc would jou say. Mr Godfrey?"
he questioned at Inst
"A sharp instrument w'fth two pioiivts
My theory Is that the prongs are hoi
low, like a hvpmlei mlc needle, and
leave a dtop or two of poison at the
bottom of the wound You sue. a vein
has been cut "
"Yes." Hughes assented "It would
scarcely be possible to pierce the hand
heie without sulking a oln. One of
the piongs would be sure to do It."
"That's the leasoti there are two of
them, I fancy."
"But you are. of course, aware that
no poison exists which would act so
quickly?" Hughes Inquired
Godfrey looked tit him strangely.
"You youtsclf mentioned Florence a
moment ago." he said. "You meant 1
I suppose, that stub a poison did at one
time exist there?"
"Something of the sort, perhaps,"
"Well, the poison that existed In
rioreuce five centuries ago exists here
today. There's the proof of It." and
Godfrey pointed to the body.
"But what soit of devilish instru
ment is it?" ciled Hughe, bis nerves
ghlug way for nn Instant his voice
mounting shilllj "Aboe all. who
wields It?" Then he shook himself
"There Is something supeinatuial
nbout It something I can't undei stand.
How does It happen that each of the
victims Is struck on the right hand? ,
Why not on the left Irind? Why the
hand at all?"
Godfrey answeied with a despairing
"That Is what we've got to find out"
he said I
"We shall have to call In the police," '
suggested Hughes "Majbe they can
Godfrey smiled, a little skeptical
smile, quickly suppressed.
"At least they will have to be given
the chance." be agreed. "Shall I at
tend to It?"
"Yes." said Hughes, "and you would
better do it right away. The sooner
they get here the better."
"Very well." assented Godfrey, and
left the room.
Hughes sat down heavily on the
couch near the window and mopped
bis face again with a shaking hand.
That nasi rj lug half houi. Hughes
sat on 'the touch, breathing heavily,
staring at the Boot. As tor me. I was
thinking of my dead friend I remem
bered Philip Vantlne as I had always
known blm-a kindly, witty. Christian
gentleman. That surli a man should
be killed like this, struck down by a
mysterious assassin, armed with a pol
A woman! But why should she have
chosen Philip Vantlne of all men for
her victim-Philip Vantlne. who had
never Injured unj woman? And then
I paused, for I realized that I knew
nothing of Vantlne except what he
had chosen to tell me Parks would
know. And then 1 sliiauk from tbe'
thought Must we probe that secret?
Must we compel a man to betray his
The door opened and Godfrey came
In. This time he was not alone. Sim
monds and Goldbergc'i followed him.
and tbelr faces showed that they were
ns shaken and nonplused jis 1, There
was a th I id man with them whom 1
did not know, but 1 soon found out
that it was 1'reylinghulsen. the coio
Instead of getting to uttrk. Gold
berger walked up mid down, pulling im
patiently at his mustache and glancing
at bis watch uow qnd then He .seem
ed to bo waiting for bomo one, but not
until twenty minutes later did 1 sus
pect who it was Then the door open
ed again to admit a short, heavy set
man. with (lurid face, stubbly black
mustache and little, close set eyes, pre
"This Is Mr Lester, Commissioner
Grady," said Goldberger, and I realized
J that the chief of the detective bureau
had come up from headquarters to
take personal charge of the case. "Mr,
Lester Is Mr Vantlne's attorney." the
coroner added. In explanation,
'Glad to know you,-Mr Lester." gold
"And now. I guess, we're ready to
begin," went on tbe coroner.
"Not quite." bald Grady grimly.
'We'll excuse all reporters first and
ho looked across ot Godfrey, bis faco
I felt my own face flushing nnd
started to protest, but Godfrey silenc
ed me wltb a little gesture.
"It's nil right. Lester." he said. "Mr.
llrady Is quite within his rights I'll
nlthtlraw until he sends for me."
"You'l have a icing wait, then!" re
torted Grndy. with a sarcastic laugh
"The longer I wait the worse It will
be for yout Mr Grady." said Godfrey
quietly, opening the door and rloslnp
It behind him
"All right. Gold berger." said Grady,
and sat down to wntoh the proceed
A very few minutes sullleed for
IJughcs and rreyllnghiilsen and I to
tell nil we knew of this trigedy and
jf the one which bud preceded It.
"You've got a list of the servants
here, of course. Slmmonds," Grady
said when be bad finished tbe story.
"Yes. sir," and Slmmouds banded It
"U'mt" said Grady as he glanced
over it "Five ot 'em. Know any
thing about "em?"
"They've all been with Mr. Vantlue
a loug time, sir," replied Slmmouds
"So far as I've been able to Judge
they'ro all right"
"Which one of 'em found Vantlne's
"Parks. I think," 1 said. "It was he
who called me."
"Better hae him In." said Grady,
and doubled up the list and slipped it
into his pocket.
Parks came In looking decidedly
shaky, but answered Grady's questions
clearly nnd concisely,
"Mr. Vantlue had dinner at home,
sir." he said "It was served. I think.
"Now, my man, you'll have to brace
at 7 o'clock He must have finished
a little after 7:30 I didn't see blm,
for I was straightening things around
up In bis room and putting his clothes
away But he told Rogers"
"Never mind what he told Rogers,"
broke In Grady. "Just tell us what
you know." '
"Very well, sir," said Parks submis
sively, "it must have been half past 8
when I heard Rogers yelling for me.
I thought the bouse was on tiro and 1
came down In a burry. Rogers was
standing out there in the ball looking
like he'd seen a ghost He kind of
gasped and pointed to this room, and
I looked In and saw Mr. Vantlne lay
ing theie Then I telephoned for Mr.
Lester, and that's all I know"
"Very well." sold Grady; "that's all
for the present. Send Rogers In."
Rogers' face as he entered the room
gave me a kind of shock, for It was
that of a man on the verge of hysteria.
He was a man of about fifty, wltb Iron
gray hair and a smooth shaven face,
ordinarily ruddy wltb health. But now
bis face was livid. Oils checks lined
and shrunken, bis eyes bloodshot and
"Get him a' chair." said Grady, and
SImmonds brought one forward and
remained standing beside It. "Now.
my man," (Jrady continued, "you'll
have to brace up. What's the matter
with you. anyhow? Didn't you ever
see a dead man before?"
"It ain't that," gasped Rogers. "It
ain't that. It was that woman done
It 1 knowed she was up to some
crooked work when I let her In."
Thp Woman In the Cats.
IT was coming now. The secret,
however sordid, however ugly,
was to be unveiled.
"Now. Rogers," Grady began.
"1 want you to take your time and
tell us In detail everything that hap
pened here tonight"
"Well, sir." began Rogers slowly as
though ' carefully considering bis
words, "Mr, Vnntlne came out from
dinner about half past 7 maybe a lit
tlo later than that add told me to light
all tbe lights In here and In tbe next
room. You see there are gas und elec
trics both, sir. and I lighted tbcm all.
He bad gone Into thp music room on
the other side of the ball, so I went
over there and told blm the lights
were all lit He was looking at a new
picture be'd bought but be left it
right away nut) came out Into tbe ball,
" '1 don't want to be disturbed. Rog
ers.' be tjald and came In here and
shut tbe door after blm,
"It was mnybe twenty mlntftes after
that that the doorbell rung, and when
I tjpened the door there was a woman
standing oti tbei steps."
"Did you know her?" questioned
Rogers loosened bis collar with a
"No. sir. I'd never seen her before,"
he answered hoarsely.
"Shp wore d heavy veil. sir. so that I
couldn't see her very well; but the first
thing I noticed was ber eyes they
were so bright they seemed to burn
right through me Her face looked
white behind ber veil, and I could see
how red hec lips were I didn't like
her looks, sir. from the first"
"riiiw was she dressed?"
"In a dark gowu. sir. cut so skimpy
that I knowed sbe was French before
"Ah!" said Grady, "She was French,
"Yes, sir; though she could speak
some English. She asked for Mr. Van
tlne. I told ber Mr. Vunttne was busy.
And then she said something very last
about bow she must see blm. and all
the time sbe kept edging in und in. till
the first thing I knew she was Inside
the door, und then sbe Just pulled tbe
door out of my bnnd and shut it. '1
must see Mlstulre Vuugtine.' she says,
very fast 'I must see Mlstaire Vuug
tine. It Is most necessalre that 1 see
"Just then Mr. Vantlne opened the
door there and came out Into the ball.
" 'What's all this. Rogers?" be says.
Who Is this party?"
"But before I could unswer, tbut
wildcat had rushed over to him and
begun to reel off a string of French so
fast 1 wondered bow sbe got ber
breath. And Mr. Vantlne looked at
her kind of surprised at first, and
then he got more Interested, and finally
be asked her In here. nnd shut tbe door,
and that was the Inst I saw of them."
"You mean you didn't let the woman
out?" demanded Grady.
"Yes. sir. thut's Just what I mean.
I thought If Mr. Vantlne wanted to
talk witb ber, well and good; that was
his business, not mine. So I went back
to the pantry to help the cook with
the, siher. expecting to hear the bell
every minute. But the bell didn't ring,
and after maybe half an hour I came
out Into the ball again to see Ifitbe
woman had gone, and I walked past
the door of this room, but didn't bear
nothing; and then 1 went on to the
front door and was surprised to find it
"Maybe you hadn't latched It," sug
"It was a s.nap lock, sir. When that
woman slammed it shut I heard It
"What did you do then?"
"I closed tbe door, sir, and then come
back along the hall. I felt uneasy,
some way. and I stood outside tbe
door there listening. But 1 couldn't
hear nothing, nnd then I tapped, but
there wasn't no answer. So I Just
opened the door and looked In, and tbe
first thing I see was bim. I was so
scared I couldn't scarcely stand, sir.
But I managed to get to the foot of the
stairs and yell for Parks, and be came
running down, and that's nil 1 remem
"The woman wasn't here?" I
"Did you look through the rooms?"
"No, sir. When I found the front
door opened 1 knew she'd gone 'out.
She badnt shut tbe door because sbe
was afraid I'd hear her."
"That sounds probable," agreed Gra-.
dy. "But what, makes you think she
"Well, sir," answered Rogers slowly,
"I guess I oughtn't to have said that.
But finding tbe door open that way
and then coming on Mr. Vantlne sort
of upset me, I didn't know Just what
I was saying."
"You say you never saw the woman
"Had sbe ever been here before?"
"I don't think so. sir. The first thing
she asked was if this was where Mr.
"Would you know this woman'lf yon
saw her again 7"
"1 wouldn't like to say sure, sir," ho
answered at last. "I might and I
"You say you didn't search these
"No. sir; I didn't come inside tbe
door. I was jjf raid."
"Did Parks come In?"
"No, sir: I guess be felt tbe same
way I did."
"Then how did you know , Vantlne
was dead? Why didn't you try to
"One look was enough to tell me that
wasn't no use." said Rogers and glanc
ed with visible horror at the crumpled
form on the floor.
"There's one thing I don't under
stand." said Grady, "and that Is why
Vantlne should want nil these lights.
What was be doing in here?"
"I couldn't be sure, sir, but I sup
pose he was looking at the furniture
bo brought over from Europe. He
was a collector you know, sir. Tbqro
are five qr six pieces In tbe next
Without a word Grady arose and
passed Into the room adjoining, we
after blm. only Rogers remained seat
ed where be was. I remember glanc
ing back over my shoulder and noting
bow he huddled forward in his chair,
as though crushed by a great weight
tbe Instant our backs were turned.
The Inner room was ablaze with
light, and the furniture stood haphaz
ard about It, Just as I bad seen it car
rier In tbe day, Only one tblng bad
been moved. That was tbe Boule cab
inet It had been carried to tbe center
of the room and placed In tbe full
glare of, the light from tbe chandelier.
It stood 'there blazing wltb arrogant
beauty, a thing apart
Who Mad helped, Vantlne place t
thcro? I wondered. Neither Rogers
nor Parksnd mentioned doing o. I
turned, back to the ontor ronS( I
could feel Rogers Jerk with nervous
ness as 1 touched him on the shoulder,
"I Just wanted to nsk yon -did yon
help move nny of tbo furnlthre In the
room yonder?" I wild.
"No, sir; I haven't touched nny of It,
"That's all right, then." J, said, and
turned bark Into the Innpr room.
Vnntlne bad said that be Intended
examining the ca billet In detail at the
first opportunity. He and the woman
had entered the anteroom together.
He hnd closed 'the door, nnd then-
Like a lightning flash, a thought leap-
cd into my braln-a rcason-an ex-
plnnatlou wild, Improbable, absurd,
but still nn explanation. Fa'sclnated
as by a deadly serpent, 1 stood staring
at the cabinet. There, 1 felt certain,
lay the clew to the mystery!
Grady, Slmmouds and Goldberger ex
amined the room minutely. I beard
Grady comment upon the fact that,
there was no door except the one open
lng Into the anteroom, and saw them
examine the window catches. .and family.
"Nobody could raise these windows vVm. Sonner and wife and Nat Tan
without alarming the house." Grady neh, and wlfe t Sunday evenJ )g.
sold, and pointed to a tiny wire tun- wth Robert Fails and family,
nlug along the woodwork. "There s a .
burglar alarm." I Mrs A- R- Williams entertained the
SImmonds assented, and finally the following guests Friday. Mrs. T. M.
trio returned to the anteroom. i Wilkin, Mrs. J. D. Booth, Mrs, Nat
"We'd like to look oyer tbe rest of TannehiU and Mrs. James Lelnlnger.
the house." Grady sajjl to Rogers, who LesHe Eyler) of New Market) spent
was- sitting erect agaTh. looking more Sunday wlth naro,d Sonner
like himself, and the four tnen went ... . , ..
out Into the hall together. I remain- Mlss Ethel Williams is slcic.
ed behind with Hughes and Freyllng- Miss Jby Illzer, of Ullfsboro, has
hulscn. They had lifted tbe body to been spending the past week with her
the couch and were making a careful sister, Mrs. Walter Barshbarger.
examination of it. Heavy at heart. II M and Mrs L L d
sat down near by and watched them. a. . , w , . , ,
That Philip Vnntlne should have Saturday night and Sunday with
been killed by enthusiasm for the hob-, f r,ends at Hollowtown.
by which had given him so mucli I James Lelnlnger and -family spent
pleasure seemed the very irony of fate, Sunday with 0'. F. Roberts and wife
yet such I believe to be the case. Frey- at Sugartree Ridge.
Hnghuisen's voice brought mo out ot
"The two cases are precisely alike,"
he was saying. "The symptoms aro
Identical. And I'm certain we shall
find paralysis of the heart and spinal rf w ere the guests of the former's
Zt nlCJlt?tu .v h Pents, Benton Kesler and wife, re
other. Both men were killed by the t,
same poison some variant of hydro-. cen'
cyanic acid. I fancy. Tho odor indi-1 Revi Clark and wife, of Ray, Aaron
cates that, but It must be about fifty Kesler and wife, ol Harriett, and A.
times as deadly as hydrocyanic acid Is." , W. Lucas and wife took dinner with
They wandered away into a discus- William Stethem and wife Tuesday,
slot, of possible variants so technical , Mrs Frank K f BerrySvlUe
nnd besprinkled with abstruse words . . . , ,. , ,,
and formulas that I could not follow ,sPent Wednesday with home folks, r
them. The two detectives and the Ray Boyd spent Thursday with his
coroner came hack while the discus- mother, Mrs. John Bojd.
slon was still In progress and listened Mrs. .W. A. Elliott spent from
in silence to Freyllnghulsen's state- Thursday untn Saturday with Rev.
ment of the case Grady s mahogany B E Wrlghtand wlfei ot Marathon,
face told absolutely nothing of what .
was passing in his brain, but Sim-1 Miss Josephine Roush, of HUlsboro,
monds was plainly bewildered. So, 1 and sister, Mrs. Jim Burnett, called
suspected, was Grady, but ho was too on Mrs. Ella; Burnett Friday after
self composed to betray it noon.
The coroner drew the two physicians Mrs. Flo Boyd and children and Mrs.
aside and talked to them for a few F Spruance called on Harley
xnoments in a low tone. Then he turn- Suters and famly Saturday evenlng.
ed to Grady.
"Freyllnghulsen thinks there Is no
necessity for a postmortem," he said,
"Tbe symptoms are in every way iden-.
tical with those of the other man who
was killed heie this afternoon. There
can bo no question that both of them
died from tbe same cause. He is
ready to make Ills return to that ef
fect." "Very well." assented Grady. "The
body can be turned over to the rela
tives, then," i
"There aren't any relatives," I said;
"at least, no near ones. Vantlne was
the last of this branch of the family.
I happen to know that our firm has
been named as his executors in his
will, so, if there is no objection, I'll
take charge of things."
"Very well, Mr. Lester," said Grady
again, and then he looked at me. "Do
you know the provisions of the will?"
"In the light of those- provisions, do
you know of any one who would have
nn Interest in Vantlne's death?"
"I think I may tell you the provi
sions," I said after a moment. "With
tbo exception of a few legacies to his
servants, bis whole fortune is left to
the Metrppolltan Museum of Art"
"Have you ever learned that he had
"No." I answered instantly.
"Ho was pever married, I believe?"
"Was he eyer, to your knowledge, In
volved with a woman?"
"No," I said again. "I was astound
ed when 1 heard Rogers' story."
"Thank you! Mr. Lester,"tand Grady
turned to SImmonds. "I don't see that
there is, anything more we can do
here," he added. "Tnere's one thing,
-though, Mr. Lester, I will have to ask
you to do. That is to keep all the serv
ants here until after the Inquest If
you think there is any doubt of your
ability to do that wo can, of course,
put tbem under arrest"
"Oh, that isn't necessary," I broke
' In. "I will be responsible for their ap
pearance at the Inquest"
"I'll ha,ve to postpone It a day," said
Goldberger. "1 want Freyjlnghuisen
to make some tests tomorrow. Be
sides, we've got to identify D'Aurelle,
and, these gentlemen seem to have
their work cut out for tbem in finding
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Estate of George W. Darrere Sr.. deceated.
Granville Barrere has been appointed and
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ueoree wi uarrere sr
county. Ohio, deceased
leorpe Wi Barrere Sr., late of Highland
Dated this letb day of January A. D , 1914.
J. B. WOHLKVl
Probate Judge of said County.
The Highland county Board of School Ex
mlners IierebT elves notice that exatnlna.
amlners hereby gives notice that examlna
Hods of ADDllcants of Ortlflcatpn will talrr
Hods of Applicants of Certificates will take
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lllsboro, on the first Saturday of every
Patterson examinations will be held on the
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adv W. H. Vance. HUlsboro, Vice Pres.
H. B. Galuett. Lynchburg, Sec
January 19, 1914.
George Lelnlnger, of Wilmington,
spent Thursday with James Leinlnge
January 19, 1914.
TTamntnn Ifpslp.r and fatnllv. nf FTar-
D. H. Roads and wife, of Harriett,
spent Saturday night and Sunday with
his sister, Miss Margaret Roads,
Clarence Cowgill and family, of
strlngtown, were the guests of R L.
. WattB nrt faml, s.tl,,rt.v nlrht, -nri
Mrs. Norman Overman and sons,
Vernon and Robert, of Strlngtown,
spent Saturday nighf and Sunday
with R. R. Watts and wife.
The oyster supper given by the Odd
Fellows for their families and friends
was well attended Saturday night.
A. W. Lucas took dinner with Gatch
Spruance and family, Sunday. v
Homer Lucas and Bister, Rosetta,
took dlnnerwith their sister, Mrs, L.
T. Dick, and family Sunday.
D. A. McCall and wife, of New
Petersburg, spent from Friday even
ing until Spnday with the latter's.
parents, Thomas Elliott and wife.
Rev. Clark and wife, ot Ray, and A.
W. Lucas and wife took supper with
Mrs. Ella Burnett and family Wednes
The SundaylSchool Convention was
held at the M. E. Church last Sunday
afternoon. An' interesting program
was rendered and a large congrega
tion was present.
Miss Maude McCoppln was the
guest of her parents at Carmel Sun
Jim Creed and family called on
Harry Wright and family Sunday af
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