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WE READ Brenda's letter, one after the other. It was, of course, several months old and couldn’t give a clue to mur ders that hadn’t been committed at the time it was written, but it was s0 pathetic in its humble pleas for forgiveness, and its childlike trust in Leighton, I had to swallow and blink back tears before I •could trust myself to speak after .handing it on. The inspector and Claire seemed • to feel the same way. At least, 'they were silent for quite a while and looked sober and touched. At last the inspector cleared his Throat thoroughly and asked Leigh ton: “Do you mind answering a itw questions?” Leighton shook' his head, and the inspector went on: “What is the ’wrong’ of which your wife spoke so much?” Leighton hesitated a moment. “It refers to a valuable necklace she—er—lost, while I was on my last trip before our divorce. A family heirloom,” he said at last, in a voice that sounded a little :hoarse. : “Insured?” the inspector in quired offhand—as though he did kot know all about it! “Yes. For $75,000,”’ Leighton todded. “I see. And you refunded the in surance money.” It wasn’t a ques tion. The inspector stated a fact. “Why?” The muscles in Leighton’s cheeks moved spasmodically. "Because she didn’t lose it. She gave it to the man of whom later *he was afraid —her murderer. From what she said then I gath ered he’d been in momentary dif ficulties and she’d wanted to help him out.” “And the money you returned was the insurance money?” “No, The sum paid by the com pany, had gone—the way of the pearls,” Leighton said bitterly. ■ I couldn’t believe it. ‘‘Don’t tell pie Brenda gave him the pearls and the insurance money!” I gasp *d. “It would seem she did,” Leigh ton told me briefly, and then turn ed back to the inspector. “I’m telling you this only in the hope it fn the long run it pays to buy a — ALL STEEL UTILITY TRAILER H_ For All Gentrol ttmulmg Pur pout Dump Type —Full Ten Cnpedlj When you buy a Karriall, you get a trailer constructed entirely of steel that won’t wear out — won’t rot. You get truck capacity and strength—save hun dreds of dollars in cost. Sides are 13 gauge steel, bottom and frame are 10 gauge. Illustration above abowa K a RELALiTJtiiityT railer fitted with stake raek*. These re. 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A matched string”of large pearls doesn’t gen erally disappear without leaving a trace.” “This one did,” Inspector Barry confessed ruefully. “You see, you haven’t exactly been telling me news. After what Miss Applebee told me—of her strange meeting and later friendship with your wife —the department naturally made inquiries about her. And so we knew all about the vanished pearls.” Leighton didn’t seem to resent the disclosure. “Then, what do you figure has happened to the string? Has it been broken up, or smuggled out of the country to some shady foreign market? ’ he asked. The inspector snruggea mitally. “I don't know, and frank ly, I don’t care. It's more im portant for me to know if the miss ing necklace and insurance money was the reason for your divorce. Leighton nodded. “It was. ^1 drew the conclusion from Brenda s action that she was through with me. And she quite honestly ad mitted she was desperately in love with this—this skunk and wanted to marry him the moment she was free.” "But she didn’t tell you the name?” “No.” Leighton said curtly. Add ing after a pause: “I realize it sounds strange I should have in sisted on learning the name of— my successor, even if he was a lowdown thief. But—I had no idea then what a child Brenda was, and how easily influenced emo tionally. I thought she’d been a bet ter pupil of her scheming grand mother than I'd given her credit for, and w>a3 so disgusted I—ship ped her off to Reno and went into the Army.” Inspector Barry remained silent for at least half a minute, in w’hich he plainly did a lot of thinking. Then he got to his feet with a deep sigh and said: “Well, I guess I expected a miracle of you, Mr. Leighton. And as miracles just don’t happen these days I'll have to muddle along without one.” Leighton got up, too, but re luctantly: “Do you mean—I was your only hope? You haven’t any suspect at all? he asked in credulously. The inspector’s face clouded. “Suspects!” he said with an an noyed shrug. “Sure I have sus pects. Jane there knows one— and thinks she has guessed the sec ond. But what good does it do?” Then he held put his hand to me. “Well, thanks for trying to refresh Mr. Leighton’s memory, Jane, and —let’s go.” But Leighton had' no desire to leave. “If you don’t mind, I’d like to stay a while longer, Inspector,” he said quietly. “Miss Applebee was the last, and probably best, friend Brenda had and—if she doesn’t object to talking about her with me, I’d greatly appreciate it.” I didn’t. And so Inspector Bar ry left without Leighton, Claire retired into the guest room after seeing him to the door, and Brenda’s husband and I sat down on the sofa before the fireplace. Once we were alone, though, he plainly didn’t know how to begin his talk about Brenda, and I had to help him out by saying: “Shall I start with her last days—or at the beginning?” He looked grateful and^ relieved. “Anywhere you please,” he told me, a little hoarsely. “I just want to hear more about her. Her life, her friends if any—everything. And there’s one thing I’d like to find out particularly: What made you like her, even after you’d learned she'd sneaked her way into your sister’s house?” “Not ‘even’. Only after I'd learned it,” I corrected. “To be honest, she irritated me that first night. I resented her—well—her lack of humor in handling what I considered a minor misadventure. I began to like her after I’d found out Elmpoint had been her home— and she’d wanted to see it so much that any way of getting into it was all right with her.” Leighton looked puzzled. “But —that’s the queer part of it. Brenda didn’t like Elmpoint. I can’t understand why she should have wanted so much to see it again.” “She may not have liked Elm point, but she liked her rooms. The furniture in them had been specially designed for her, hadn’t it?” I reminded him. “I’m not just guessing. She told me she came back for a look at her things. But that she was glad they were gone, as it kept her from doing you another ‘wrong.’ Any idea what she meant?” He shook his head. “No. It ; makes it more of a puzzle. The whole thing seems too carefully planned and full of expert lying for Brenda. She couldn’t lie. When she did, it was written all over her face.” “Then you think her visit to Elm point was planned for her—by her murderer?” I asked. “By him or someone else. But why? What can be the connection between that crazy stunt and the first two murders?” I couldn’t answer the question. It nad stumped me for two inter minable, horrible weeks. And so I said, “I don’t know,” and changed the subject by delving into an ac count of Brenda’s last days: her joy when she'd heard he was on his way to her, her confidence that his arrival would solve the murders and end all her troubles besides. “If only I could have made her tell me the name!” I mourned at the end of my story. “But she in sisted it would mean another ’wrong’ to you, and—I just couldn't budge her.” “I know,” Leighton agreed un happily. “The man must have threatened her with heaven knows what, until it became an obsession with her, this—doing me a wrong.” It certainly had been an obses sion. A wrong she had done her husband. . .A wrong she was glad she couldn’t do him. . .A wrong she wouldn’t do him— “And still, it would all have end ed well if she’d lived—if that friend hadn’t been so horribly clever,” I thought out loud. “You mean we’d have remar ried,” Leighton interpreted my re mark correctly. “You’re right, we DAILY FORTUNE FINDER To learn your "Fortune” for today from the itars write 'n the letter* of the alphabet corresponding to the numerals on the line of the astro logical period in which you were born. You will find it iun. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 * 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 IS 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 AtCDEFOHIJKIMNOPQRSTOVVtXrZ JAN. 22 m.» FH. 21 MAR. 20 MAR. 21 APR.20 APR. 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But I’m not so sure it would have been a happy solution. A marriage cannot work out if it’s one long separation. And that’s what it had to be in our case. Brenda was a hothouse plant and simply couldn’t adapt herself to my kind of life. Nature in the raw frightened her. And I think I did, too, when I came back to the camp nights, tired and dirty and raven ous, after digging holes into moun tains. I honestly believe her loath ing of all things primitive did more to make her ill than her lack of pigmentation.” Hours, or so it seemed, after Leighton had left Claire came into the living room. ‘‘What did he say? Did he spill anything he kept back in front of the inspector?” she asked. “Not a thing," I told her. “And —the inspector was right. Brenda had shot her bolt. Her happy days were over.” (To Be Continued! Many Typhoid Clinics Scheduled For County The following schedule of typhoid clinics for 1946 was announced by the city-county health department yesterday: Friday, May 31 and June 7-10 a.m. Middle Sound; 2 p.m. Kirk land; and 3:30 p.m. Middle Sound Negro school. Frida, June 7, 14, 21 and 28.— 2 p.m. Mrs. Stanland's residence in Winter Park. Monday, May 27 and June 3— 10 a.m. Murrayville; 12 noon Is land Creek; and 2:30 p.m. W’rights boro white school. Monday, June 3, 10, 17, 24.—10 a.m. Bradley’s Creek school; and 2 p.m. Vance building, Maffit Vil lage. Tuesday, June 4, 11, 18, and 25.— 10 a.m. Mrs. Edward’s store, East Wilmington; 10 a.m. Mrs. Otto way’s residence, Masonboro; and 2 p.m. Mrs. Bill Lumsden’s resi dence, Masonboro. Wednesday, May 29 and June 5 —10 a.m. Castle Haynes station; and 12 noon, Corbett’s mill. Wednesday, June 5, 12, 19 and 26.—10 a.m. Myrtle Grove Presby terian church; and 2 p.m. Mason boro community building. Thursday, June 6, 13, 20 and 27.— 10 a.m. Carolina Beach first aid station and 2 p.m. Carolina Beach old Negro school. Vote For The City Bond Issues Hay 29, 1946 Your Support of These Issues Will Make Possible the Following Improvements: 1. Extension of water facilities $325, 000. This includes approximately 100,000 feet of 6 inch to 12 inch water mains and 110 fire hydrants in the City, and the purchase of the Sunset Park water and sewer system. 2. Extension of sanitary sewers $300, 000. This includes approximately 127,000 feet of 8 inch to 18 inch pipe and 356 man holes now required in the interest of health and sanitation. 3. Extension of storm sewers $35,000. This involves the laying of storm drain lines to improve drainage conditions in the City. 4. Extension of fire alarm system $23,000. This includes the installation and integration of 84 fire alarm boxes in the new areas of the City and 27 in the older parts of the City. 5. New fire fighting apparatus and equipment $20,000. This will provide two new, fully equipped pumpers, one to be stationed at Third and Willard Streets and one at 17th and Dock Streets. 6. A broad street paving program $300,000. This will provide funds for the surfacing of various streets in need of paving throughout the old and new parts of the City. Careful estimates agree that amor tization of these bonds can be carried out without an increase in the City tax rate. New water and sewer income together with other income from the City as a whole will provide sufficient money for the purpose of providing these facilities and retirement of these bonds. Support the City Bond Issues and There ^°Vlde Fu.nds for These Imoortant and Necessary Improvements for the City Survey Shows Famine-Plagued World’s~ Food Output Will Be Short Of Needs WASHINGTON, May 25—(A1)—1The | Agriculture department reported I tonight that a spring survey indi- \ cates the famine-plagued world will produce more food this year than last but that total supplies will be below pre-war levels and short of requirements. Hence, it said, effective conser vation and distribution of supplies, internationally and within deficit producing countries, will be neces sary throughout the 1946-47 season if another critical food shortage is to be avoided next spring. Reports from this country s agri cultural attaches abroad show that, as of mid-May, crop conditions in nearly atf parts of the northern hemisphere thus far have been favorable than a year earlier. A significant increase in acreage is j expected and yields should be bet-1 ter than in 1945. The department said, however, that acreages in most of the war torn areas are considerably below normal and improvement of yields is limited by shortage of fertilizers and the shortage and poor quality of seed, work stock and equipment While the introduction season in the southern hemisphere is six months later than that of the north ern hemisphere, some expansion in food output was reported likely. The department said the prospec tive total food output in continental Europe for the consumption year of 1946-47 may now be estimated at between 88 and 90 per cent of pre war. Output in 1945-46 was said to have been probably only 80 percent, or even somewhat less, compared with the 1933-37 average. Europe’s prospective increases will be confined, the deDa said largely to grams arfd ^ with possibly a slight mcrease £ Over-all prospects in the r East also favor some exp:, ta‘ acreage, the department sam ? production of food crops will ^ considerably belo ,■ pre-war' “ dally if increases in the pop’ulatfnt are taken into account. In China, the name of s5nt Claus is Lan Khoong. which , . a ‘ nice old father. n‘ PORTRAITURES COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY BOB HODGKIN Studio at 103 x/i Princess 6627 —Telephones— 2-1331 It’s Really True! SHAW PAINT & WALL PAPER jr •s. Is Giving Away Absolutely FREE A *250 <l"— "maar Paint Job To Some Lucky Home Owner In Wilmington AXB HERE IS THE STORYt There are no strings to this ... no obligation of any kind ... nothing to buy ... no contest... no puzzle to work out nor is there a quiz or guess ing contest. ABSOLUTELY FREE On Friday night, May 31st there will be given to some homeowner a jam up $250.00 home paint job. Here is ALL (and WE MEAN ABSOLUTELY ALL) You Have To Hoi Visit the new home of the Shaw Paint and Wall 'Paper Company located on Front St. in the Wilmington Hotel Building and register. Simple. Just put your name and address on a card and drop it into the registration box. You do not have to be present when the paint job is awarded. The name of the lucky home owner will be announced in the Wilmington newspapers on Saturday, June 1st. SO IT IS NOW YOUR TURN . . . JUST DROP IN DURING THE NEXT FIVE DAYS AND GET IN ON THIS FINE PROPOSITION ... IT CANNOT COST YOU A PENNY.