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Author of "The Qtteen of Bohemia"
"The Three Recruits," Etc.
DESCRIBES JOHN NEEDHAM'S LAST DRIVE
FROM THE CUT, AND CONTAINS A COPT
Or ONE ?V THE LETTERS EE WROTE FOR
DELIVER? AFTER HIS DEATH.
This was en Friday, this' going home to
?7-J?n Needham prepares for his last hours.
He knewthat Byles, Grant & Byles would
have to send a confidential messenger to
Dublin for the evidence of his guilt, and
that by Monday they would bo in a position
to order his arrest." He foresaw the long
train of other frauds which their discovery r
would bring to light, and he knew there
was no chance of compromise.
At first he thought of flight; but flight
demand90 energy, an 1 he was tired, beaten,
out of hope, out of spirits. Flight would
mean pursuit, and pursuit capture; bat,
above all, it meant action, energy, physical
grip, and he had lost all this with his last
move, played unsuccessfully in the private
counting houso of Byles, Grant & Byles.
The expression of surprisa in the face of
Byles, senior, and the peculiar and doubt
ing remark ot Grant bad dropped his hopes
down to zero. The ax was at the tree. He
knew it must fall. Iu short, bo bad hod
enough; he was played out; and in this
frame of mind he went home, revolving a
plan of suicide.
It was a hot summer day. June was just
merging into July. The London Reason was
waning, though to all appearance it was in
its heydey. St PaulV was booming the
hour of four as his single-horse brougham,
which he used for city work, pushed its way
through the vehicular traffic of Ludgate
Hill and Fleet street towards the West end.
The jaded banker and member of parlia
ment noted, in a dreamy way, the languid
manner of the pedestrians, so unusual in
London; but eighty degrees in the shade
was a serious tar upon street energy. At
Charing Cross he saw two parliamentary
colleagues walking leisurely to the house,
a&d in Regent street a cabinet minister re
turned his nod.-and inwardly tharked his
official stars that Mr. Needham was not
quite out of the political running, for tho
government could not. afford to make seri
ous mistakes of any kind.
tj At Piccadilly circus Mr. Needham pulled
the check-string at a druggists; and enter
ing the store asked for speedy moans of
death, as Romeo had asked of the apothe
cary in Mantua. But there. was npthing
picturesque in the banker's approach to the
London drug seller; nor did he confide to
the modern tradesman the need he had
for the mortal drugs. It was a ve|y pro
saic request that Mr. Needham preferred?
"a large bottle of essential oil of almonds."
Ho said his groom wanted it for the
horses,. ? ho? presumed. ? T< The -cbemi?? sug
gested that arsenic was the pqly drug ab
knew of that was given to horses, and then
only in very small quantities. "I think my
groom says it is for a dressing," said Need
ham, "but I shall see to that myself; my
stud groom is a very clever fellow and 1b
advised by an experienced vet" "It is a
deadly poison," said the druggist "Not
moro so than arsenic," answered Noedhom.
"They are both severe enough," said the
druggist, "but how largo a bottle do you
wish forr "About half a pint," said the
customer. Tho shop keeper conferred with
some other person for a few minutes. Tho
customer seeing, as he thought, some hesita
tion iu regard to serving so largo a quan
tity, said, "Make it up and sond it to my
house?Mr. Noodham, Portland place." Tho
name and address had their due weight.
"Send it this evening. I am going to Leigh
ton Buzzard in the morning and want to
take it with me."
Tho druggist was "a bit of a sporting
man," had ridden to hounds now and then,
and had heard of tho Needham stud. He
was, on this account, all tho moro impressed
with his new customer, and said the drug
should be sent at ence. "Mark it poison,"
said Mr. Needham "Of course, sir," said
the druggist; "thank you, sir." And Mr.
Needham drove homo. Portland place was
moro or less en fete with afternoon recep
tions, as it would be later with dinnor par
ties, and later still with gayer throngs at
evening "routs and dances," for the season
was a particularly gay one, and Portland
place was the headquarters of one of the
most showy and interesting of Oriental em
"A messenger, sir," said the butler,
shortly after Mr. Needham bad entered his
study, "with a parcel ha must deliver only
"It is from the chemists."
"Ob, yes; show him in," said Mr. Need
ham "Dick wants some oil of almonds
for tho horses. I called to order it, and it
is a strong poison, and thero is so much of
it they don't like to deliver it in a general
kind of vray. Show the young man in"
"I was only to deliver it to Mr. Need
ham," said the messenger.
"Quite right," said tho banker. "I sup
pose there is enough to poison tho whole
"Yes, sir," said tho messenger. "I
brought it myself that there might be no
"Thank you very much," said Mr. Need
ham, taking the bottle; and then turning
to the butler he remarked, "We will lock it
up, eh, Johnf1
"In my desk."
Mr. Needham handed the bottle and the
toys to the butler, who placed it In the
desk, locked the' desk, and returned the
keys to their owner.
"That is well," said Need ham, as the
door closed on butler and messenger; "I
begin to feel better already."
He unlocked his desk, took out the bottle,'
removed the stopper and Email od the deadly
"Enough to poison half the town," he
said. "Well, the stir it will make will be
just as great as if it had done it"
Then he replaced the bottle in the desk,
opened the window, sat down in on easy
chair, and neither spoke nor moved for a
Presently he rose, closed the window, and
paced the room, then sat down at bis desk
and did a very unusual thing?began talk
ing to himself in a loud whisper.
"No, John, not to-night?to-morrow?lot
me say to-morrow. You must put things
straight for your brother, and write some
letters-^you must see Nolan, too"
Nolan was a confidential friend and
"Are you going mad, John? No, coming
to your senses, ehf You have been mad
for five years, mad and miserable. Now
you are to have rest and peaco. Ah, John,
if poor men only knew the bliss of an
honest life they would never desire to be
rich. If I had my time to come over again l
Why couldn't I have had a dream years
ago, like that old man in the story, and
have awakened in time to turn back, to re
form, to follow the other road?"
He arose and looked at himself in a mir
ror, sat down again, began to write, then
leaned back in his choir to whisper again to
himself like one in a dream:
"To-morrow night, John, when they are
all abed?midnight You can walk to
Hampstead or take a cab. Somebody will
find you the next morning when tho bells
are ringing for church. Why not here, in
your own house? No, on Hampstead heath?
I walked there one day last week to think?
it was very peaceful, and the air was sweet
?walked to think and think, and I saw the
end?the end as it will be to-morrow night,
and Sunday morning. Now, pull yourself
together, John, and b:> a man."
He paced the room again, then sat down,
and wrote letters for an hour, sealing each
letter with black wax. When he had fin
ished he did not pface them in the box for
post, but locked them in an iron safe that
was built into the wall of the room.
This was one of the letters which he locked
away with the rest:
"My Dear Brother?To what a slough
of infamy have my steps directed me, and
now there is no going on or retreating. I
am a criminal of the worst class, the cause
of the nun of thousands, many of them
widows and orphans, all of them persons
who have trusted to my honor.
"At this moment (and indeed for a
long time have I felt it) I am deeply
sensible of the misery and wretehed
uess I have caused and shall cause. I
could, bear any punishment, but not tho
wretchedness of being a witness of all
the trouble that is about to tall on my
dupes. It is best that I should not live; for
though I might escape to some foreign
country I should die of remorse, go mad per
haps; I certainly could not live, my crimes
being ended and discovered.
"I am alone guilty. I have had no con
federate. I have cheated and swindled on
my own account. Nolan and the others con
nected with me have no knowledge of my
deceptions, my false deeds, my forgeries,
all committed in the hope that I might re
trieve my losses.
"Afc, my dear brother, it was a cad day
for all of us when I came to London.
"You and my first political friends will
now know why I threw them over and took
office; it was a last desperate chance to re
trieve myself, and if I dared have waited
and been patient it would have succeeded.
If I could have lived my embarrassments
down until I had become secretary of the
treasury my frauds would never have been
known; I shoolAhave put all straight. Now
it will be with difficulty that lean even
leave sufficient information behind me to
let you all know tho extent of my defalca
tions and robberies. . ?
. "I authorise you to take possession of all
my papers, and you will find written mem
oranda that will help the solicitors to some
kind of understanding- of them. When I
have written this latter, I shall go round to
the club and take any dinner in pence for
the first, $tme?>;for.j^ars. . I remember the
pride, with which-I first walked into the Re
form Club, the false pride; I have dined
there every day these last two years when
in town, and having no private engage
ments at home or elsewhere, and to-night I
go to take leave of it and my friends?some
of them already look askance at me. After
wards I shall come back to my room to make
my last notes for your guidance I am
writing to Nolan to meet me hero to-mor
row at twelve for a last conference with
him; then if I could go to chapel and to con
fession, and if the penitent thief on the cross
conIJ be forgiven, surely I can; surely,
"Oli. that I had never left Ireland! Oh,
that 1 had resisted tho "first temptation to
speculate! Oh, being in financial difficul
ties that 1 had had the courage to stop and
confess! Oil, the folly, the misery of the
first fraud! Oh, the difficulty thero is to go
back! Onco launched in crime tho dovil has
the ]K wer to hurry you on and on, as ho has
"If I had had more solid firmnoss, loss
tjdent, less ambition, I might havo been an
honest, happy and prosperous man, ad
mired and beloved of you. I might havo
lived to blo3s my father and mother in
their old age, instead of bringing down
their gray hairs to the grave and blasting
forever tho wretched name of
"To my brother, Henry Need ham, of The
Firs, Comity Mayo."
When the writer of this "last dying
6peeoh and confession" returned from bis
"last dinner at the club," ho was in a
different frame of mind to that in which he
bad designed the means and manner of his
own death, fixing it to take place on tho
'Hopel" ho 6aid to himself, as ho smokod
a cigar in bis writing-room prior to going
to bed. "What a horriblo idea to associate
with Hops! And yet it l.eapod into my
mind the moment I spoke to him; leaped
into my mind ready armed, as it wore; not
beautiful Uke Venus starting up from the
froth of the sea, bu* tike a fiend springing
out from tho flames of helL"
Ho strode about tho room thoughtfully,
and then walked quickly to and fro, now
smoking furiously, now laying down his
"Have I drunk more than usuair he
asked himself, answering m tho same
breath "no; and yet my cheeks are burn
ing with' excitement, my hands are .hot;
not with fear, for I had settled all calmly
enough, God knows, when that imago of
my wretched self crossed my path. What
does it mean? Am I dreaming? Did I see
him; talk to him; ask him to come here?
Yes; and he will come."
Then he sat down at his desk, sorted
papers, wrote several letters, stamped oue,
put the rest away, walked about again,
rang the bell, told the ssrvant he might go
"Don't fasten the door; I am going out
"Very well, sir."
He went out, carrying this letter with
liim, walked to the nearest postoffico and
put it into the bos, walked along Oxford
street, walked quickly, walked for minutes
without any other purpose but to walk?
and think. -. ~ .
' If there were such a fiend as the in
triguing gentleman in the opera of "Paust"
moving along with him and inspiring his
thoughts, one couU.imagine such a.liephis
topheles pausing now and . then to rub bis
It was a bright summer night, with a
lofty, far-away sky, in which a few stars
shone brightly. Needham walkoi as far
as the park, sat in a seat for some time, re
turned along Oxford street, and back to
Portland place, opened bis door with his
latch key, went into bis room again, and
flinging himself into -his chair remained in
an attitude of intense thought
"Many a man comes to London," he said
presently to himself, "and is heard of no
more. He is on his way to a foreign land;
it is thought ho has gone thither, but he re
mains in London; sometimes he is dead and
sometimes he lives. People are missing
daily; thoy are advertised in the papers;
they don't wish to return; they are dead,
or wish to be thought so. A man leaves
home to go to America, Australia; he is in
earnest, but doesn't arrive; or if he does, it
is months beforo ho can be beard from;
months must elapse if no letters come be
fore he can be foliotvod up. What is one
life more or less, his or mine, or anybody's?
Life is a battle; it has its wounded, its
killed, and its missing."
He paused, and ligbtei another cigar;
the one in his hand was only half consumed.
He sipped a little brandy and water.
"Why did ho toll mo so much about him
self? Why did everything he said seem to
drive a noil into my first thought as if to fir
it into my mind?a nail in his coffin? I
asked myself a while ago before his exis?
tonce was made known to mo if I were mad,
and the conclusion I arrived at was that I
had begun to come to my senso3. I had
been mad^I thought?mad to do what I had
done, mad to forge, and lie, and cheat, and
now that I had resolved to end it all I was
sane. And now? Is it tho demon that ha?
possession of mo, or a guardian angel? I
once read a German legend of a man who
was two, one invisible except to himself,
and that they were never separated. Is it
I, alone, who have seen this other self? No,
other men at the club talked to biin. Why
did I keep away from him until I found on
opportunity to bo near him?he in the light
of tho lamp, I in the shadow, so that tney
should not see the likoness? It is a mystery.
I was already in tho valley and shadow of
death?is ho one of the mysteries of the
valley? Wo have our doubles In the spirit
world, theysay?a familiar like ourselves,
who, if seen, would be our very image. Is
this my spirit materialized, my familiar
come to my rescue?"
The cloclc of an adjacent church struck
two. He paused on this last thought to
"Two," he said, and looked at his watch.
'Til sleep on it?if I can, if I con."
He heard tho same clock strike three, and
four, and five, and fell asleep at last, to
dream that he' bad taken poison; that it
had paralyzed all his physical powers; that
he was laid out and conscious of the prep
arations for his burial; saw his brother
and his father and his mother stand by
him; heard thorn say it was better thus
after all?better than transportation for
life; hoard tho voices of a great crowd out
side the room bellowing for his corpse?for
tho scoundrel who had ruined them, for the
fiend who had robbed the widow and the
orphan; and thoir cries awoke him.
He started up in affright, leaped from
tho bod, stood panting in tho middle of the
room, went to the window and looked out.
A party of ladies and gentlemen were leav
ing the opposite house in masquerading cos
tume. There had been a fancy boll, and
the last of the merry guests were being
banded into their carriages.
how the doubles meet, as related in a
letter written by john nobbury tc
"The New Hukhums Hotel, London. 1
"Saturday Afternoon. j
"My Dear Sister?Tho day of sailing
of the Ocean Queen from Liverpool has been
altered from to-dV :::tU Monday, owing to
some slight acvid ? :hkV occurred to her
when she was le~vmg dock. I am rather
glad of this, as it enables me to remain in
London a fow. hours longer, and to take
some letters to a judge in New York and, to
a high state official, which ore to bo given
to me by Mr. John Needham, M. P., who
was recently one of the lords of tho treas
ury, a very amiable gentleman, and: the
image of myself.
the doubles meet.
"Is not that strango? You have often
said there is nobody in the world like me,
and there is?my height (nearly), my hair,
eyes, figure, complexion and stammer (never
knew I had a stammer until I heard bim
speak), and a bachelor. Dick must look
? out, for I shall assuredly have my double
at Braraley House when I come home, and
as you are so fond of your foolish old brother
you will be sure to fall in love with Need
bam. You have said that I have lately bad
' on orpression in my eye3, a tired look, and
that I was paler than usual. And the Hon.
[ John Needham, M. P., etc., is like mo even
in this?very odd, is it not?
"I met him in this way: Charles North
field, our North Derbyshire member, in
vited me to dine at tho ReUurm. I wont to
keep the engagement a little early, and as I
was waiting in tho lobby I had a curious
surprise. I thought there was a gloss at the
end of th<3 corridor, and that tho person ap
proaching was myself?my reflection, you
know; but it was auother man! Meeting
balf-wny we both paused and looked at
each other, the person with a straugo staro
of surprise, I with, I suppose, an amused
smile. When we had passed each other he
turned and came after me.
"'I beg your pardon,' ho said with
slight hesitation in his speech (natural like
mine), 'havo we met before?'
,;'No,' I said, smiling, nnd with a voice
that sounded like an echo of his own. "No,
or we s-hould never havo forgotten it; for
when first 1 saw you at tho end of the cor
rtdor I thought you were my'reflection in ft
" lleally' be said, "and how very strange 1
Ton 6eemea to me so mach like myself that,
fearing the way la which I btared at yon
might seem an impertinence, 1 pause to
" 'It is not necessary, I assure you,' I
"Then with a emila he said: 'Don't yen
think under the circumstances we ought to
know each otherr
'"With your permission,' I satd. Tes,'
and banded him my card.
And our initials are the same,' he re
plied, rummaging in his' pocket book for a
"'Very odd, they are,' Irepliod, as I read,
'Mr. John Neodham, M. P.'
" 'Do yon dine here ?' he asked.
" 'Yes,1 I said ; 'and here is mv h03t'
" 'Oh, Mr Charles Northfleld,' bo said, as
C. N. came up. 'Then we shall meet again.'
'"I hope so,' I said ; and Northfleld added,
'By aU means.'
"'In'the smoke room?' asked Needham.
" 'Yes,' said Northfleld. '
"' An hour from now ?'
" 'With pleasure.'
" 'Then au rovoir,' said Needham.
"'A very able man,' said Northfleld,
'rather embarrassed, it is thought, but only
temporarily, and may yet live to be pre
"Wo met in the smoke room later, and
Mr. Needham promised me some valuable
introductions, two of which he has already
sent me early this morniuc; ; and I am to
dine with him to-night at Portland place.
A mild sort of adventure, is it not? but
very interesting to me. and I feel as if I had
made a new and valued friend. Am much
better this morning; shall leave for Liver
pool first train Sunday morning, have a
quiet few hours in the train to read Dick
ens' new book, and then write you a last few
lines before I sail for New York. London
is very lively just now; and what is more
important in your estimation is the fact
that I feel much better. My love to Aunt
Dorothy, to Dick (when you sea him), and a
good, loving kiss for you, from your de
voted brother, Joe."
Miss Norbury received this lotter on Sun
day moruing as the bells of th3 village
church were chiming in the valley.
The tragic events that were enacted while
the welcome missive had been traveling
down to Wyodale must remain for narra
tion in a succeeding chapter.
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