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Scottish Rite Body Decides
on Special Convocation.
33d Degree Conferred.
Plans to hold a special meeting In
Dallas, Tex., September 24-26, 1930,
were made today at a meeting of the
Supreme Council of Scottish Rite Ma
sons of the Southern Jurisdiction in the
Scottis Rite Temple. Numerous com
mittee reports also were made as the
convention drew to a close.
The thirty-third degree, the highest
honor within the province of the coun
cil. was conferred on 101 members here
last night. The honor will be con
ferred on 116 other men in their home
States at some future date, they not
having been able to attaau the cere
mony here.
Among those present f*re Senator
Arthur Capper of Kansas, Gen. Amos
A. Fries, Samuel Sung Young, repre
sentative of China to this country;
Frank D. Kriebs, secretary of the South
Dakota Department of Agriculture; for
mer Gov. Elbert Lee Trinkle of Vir
ginia. Lucien C. Connell, superintendent
of the Masonic Widows’ and Orphans
Home in Nashville, Tenn., and John W\
Edwards, instructor of chemistry at the
University of Chattanooga. Tenn.
The following received their degrees
last night;
Alabama—John Brown Bethea, jr.;
John Wilson McCondy and William
Hand Woolverton.
China—Samuel Sung Young.
District of Columbia—Cephas Edgar
Bittinger, Amos Alfred Fries, George
Banks McGtnty and James Alphonso
Florida —Frederic Louria Jacobs, Wil
liam Montgomery Atwater, William Her
man Deuber and Chester Frederick
Georgia—Theodore Gourdin Kershaw.
lowa —Charles Wilson Domback,
Claude Fisher, William Derius Jamie
son and Hardy Lee Wood.
Kansas—Arthur Capper. Harry S.
Grier, Charles Henry Howe, Marx
Mayer Kaufmann, Derby Sharpe and
Rex Wilson Walls.
Kentucky—Charles Albert Sehroetter,
John Emil Sullivan and Isaac Thomas
Maryland—Frederic Paul Adkins,
Charles Middendorf Cohn, Charles Au
gust Crate, Alfred Edwin Booth Jones
and Earle Claud Richardson.
Minnesota—Mason Merrill Forbes,
Charles Noah Orr. Lorin Weaver Smock,
George Henry Thomas, Harry Harvey
Warner and Joseph Albin Williams.
Mississippi—Saul Cyril Hart, Harry
Otto Hoffman, James Easterling Hutch
ins. jr.; Melville Philip Schlesinger and
Luther Andrew' Smith.
Missouri—Harry Baum, Ray Bond, j
James Edward Chandler. Frank Bour- •
land Coleman. Adolph Henry Conrad, 1
Wiillam Morris James, James Lewis 1
La wry, Arthur Sampson Metzger, Ed- :
win Mueller, Perry Willard Peck, John 1
Franklin Potts and Walter Williams. 1
North Carolina—Raymond Hamilton
Bbyer. .Jospph Henry Mitchell and Ed- 1
win Walker Yates.
North Dakota —Mark Isaac Forkner '
and Albert Gus Johnson. i
Oklahoma—Rollo Bart Ross Foster, 1
Gbrdon Foster Ingle, Hal Fletcher ’
Rambo, John Starbuck Shearpr, Charles <
E.'Smith and Leslie Herbert Swan. -1
South Carolina—William Samuel ■’
Brown, Clinton Asmann Miller, Edward -
Hall Pinckney, Jacob Theodore Solo
mons, jr., and Alfred Holmes von Kol
South Dakota Johnson Grenfell
Thomas, John Hendricks Ctunbow, Rob
ert Dalzel Gardner, Frank Delbert
Kriebs and Martin Percy Ohlman.
Tennessee—Lucien Campbell Connell,
John William Edwards, Abe Lewis,
Richard Aloysius Odium, Oren Austin
Oliver, Ira Edward Parker, Harry Lee
Parrish, John Bradley Vesey and Con
rad David Walker.
Texas —James Ladd Burgess, Ephraim
Morris Goldstein and Pierce Mayer.
Utah—Sidney Watson Badoon, Charlea
Francis Barrett and Benjamin Roger*
Virginia—William Francis Bowden,
John William Estlow, John Lockridge
Manley, Joseph Augustus Ricketts, Hor
ace Shepperson, Elbert Lee Trinkle and
Frank Demorse Kesler. »
Washington Donaldson Hampton
West Virginia—Luther Hale Clark.
Wyoming—Marshall Stark Reynolds
and Albert Douglass Walton.
Called to Attention of Capper by
Blease—-Code Violation to
Be Determined.
Chairman Capper of the Senate Dis
trict committee is planning to write
to District Attorney Rover to call his
attention to a novel, which was turned
over to the District committee by Sen
ator Blease, Democrat, of South Caro
lina, with a request that the district
attorney determine whether its circula
tion in Washington is a violation of the
District code. «
Senator Blease said the book was ob
tained in Washington. He said he did
not read all of it. but after reading a
portion of it, called it to the attention
of the District committee chairman.
Holz, German Author, Dies.
BERLIN, October 26 (JP). —Arno Holz,
German author and poet, died today, at
the age of 66, after a long illness. He
has been mentioned as a candidate for
the Nobel literature prize for this year.
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Veronica and Tom end their thrilling
adventure at Silworthv Cove, where
thev find Mrs. Seabroke fast asleep in her
husband s car—part o> Veronica's clever
scheme to account lor their absence during
the night. Veronica tells Soule and Somrr
deld. when thev arrive in response to a tele
phone message, that she. her mother and
Tom discovered some one stealing the speed
boat and trailed it to Silworthv, where the
thief abandoned it. Thev do not Question
her story- but later that dav Somertield
comes to the Orenolen home, convinces Tom
he knows the truth and then reveals star
tling news —that Prof. Laxton t# close on
Tom's trail and that Laxton, not an arche
ologist, is a — detective.
SOMERFIELD’S discovery that
Laxton was a detective was no
great surprise to me.
"That’s been worrying me ever
since he came,” I told Somer
field, although my suspicions of the
man's real profession were more recent.
"Then the people at the British Mu
seum.” Somerfield asked, “how ?”
"Oh, that's quite easy. Laxton must
have been on the watch for news of
Pell. As soon as Pell's name appeared
in the Times that day, when it said I
was taking a drawing of the new fresco
to the museum, Laxton or his superiors
must have fixed up the trap with the
museum people. Sunday night, when
he took me down to the cloisters, po
liceman was written all over him.”
"Os course, he was after Pell.”
“It looked like that. But why?”
"At least three people could tell us
that, Grenofen.”
"Yes, I know.” said I. “But I won’t
ask Veronica. I don't think ’twould be
fair to ask Mrs. Seabroke. And if I
asked old Seabroke —well, you can easily
guess ”
Somerfield nodded. “It's awkward,”
said he. “But. you know, it may have
to be done. If the professor gets wise
to what happened last night, he won't
have any mighty compunctions about
asking. Will he, now? Spiriting away
the man he was after for the murder
of Pell! Have you realized it?”
My perception of reality was befogged
by Veronica.
Somerfield, looking on from outside,
was able to precipitate the confusion
a little. He had an analytical mind. All
these disconnections, he said, had to be
linked up somehow, and the only link
he could see was Laxton.
Old Fotherbury’s excavations had
brought Pell down to Blackwater. Then,
there was a get-away by a convict. The
convict arrived at Blackwater, and on
his heels —Laxton.
Pell was murdered in the act of re
vealing a ghost and when we look for
the ghost we find—Laxton.
“Something in the background." said
Somerfield, "between the Seabrokes,
Pell and the convict. Something that
even Laxton can’t see, for he doesn’t
seem to have brought the Seabrokes
into the picture yet. Therefore, what
ever his knowledge, it begins later than
the Seabrokes’,”
"No floubt about it,” said I. “Lax
ton begins with some connection be
tween Pell and the convict. The Sea
brokes begin much further back. You
remember that, immediately before
Laxton came to Blackwater, he’d been
in Devonshire. You remember the un
explained absence of Veronica from
London that Saturday and Pell’s ab
sence at the same time. You read that
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a woman and a car, as well as a male
accomplice, were concerned in the es
cape. Think of Sunday night: Veroni
ca's strange return, my encounter in
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Laxton's knowledge that some fellow
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"I've been wondering,” Somerfield
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was trying to stop it. By the way,
Grenofen. Laxton’s not come out as a
policeman yet. Why? He’s still running
the antquanan stunt.”
“Is he? Seen him lately?” I asked.
“Yes,” said Somerfield. “This after
noon I met him coming away from
Newplace—in a dirty mess, earth all
over his boots and clothes. Just taking
leave of Marling and the cub. Said he'd
been exploring with them. He walked
along with me as far as the Lord Nel
son. Fact is. Grenofen, that's what '
made me come on to see you.”
“Did he say anything about me ]
then?” I asked.
“Yes. Asked if you were home from i
Ha 11am Bay. Whether I'd met your
cousin. Whether you were specially
friendly with Fotherbury. He’s got his
eye on you, Grenofen. But that wasn’t
the most remarkable thing.
"He harked back to what happened
in the library the afternoon Pell was
killed. Then he asked me whether I
saw you or anybody else take a book out
of the shelves that afternoon.
“He said Fotherbury had missed a
book. It was in the library Friday.
Tuesday, it couldn't be found. And Mr.
Fotherbury wanted i.t badly.”
"What book?” I asked.
"An old illuminated book, with a
manuscript history of the abbey. Lax
ton said he wouldn't be surprised if it
was what had put Fotherbury on to his
“Nobody touched a book that day, so
far as I remember.”
“I didn't see anybody touch a book.
But it's not the loss that interests me
—it’s the fact that Laxton's so curious
about it.”
“Yes, that's rather queer,” I ad
“I’d give almost a dollar to know
whether Pell was in the library on Frl-
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The “keyhole murderer” intends to kill not Pell—but Marling!
day and whether Marling knew he'd ;
I been there.”
j "Marling!”
“Well—think of Marling a minute.
! Hated Pell. Why? Suspected him.
I Think of Marling in the cloister Sunday
night. The Monday afternoon —you
couldn't miss Marling's face when Pell
went for him. It was Marling who was
going to see the ghost, if you remember.
If Pell had taken the book, and Marling
knew it. suppose the book contained the
instructions for conjuring up the ghost,
“I can't see how a book in Newplace
library could have anything to do with
conjuring a ghost out of a convict pris
on." said I.
“Did it every occur to you that Pell
might have been shot by accident?”
Somerfield put the question almost
casually. It made me sit up.
"You mean—why, Somerfield. you
can only mean one thing! That ”
"That the shot was meant for some
body else. In fact, it’s perfectly clear,
Grenofen. Did you look through the
keyhole? A man who was going to fire
through the keyhole couldn't possibly
have aimed at Pell, who wasn't in the
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! line of fire except for one instant ”
j "Os course! I hadn’t thought of it.
i The man who fired the shot was blind
at the time; he couldn't fire and see the
“Yes. and only one man could have
been shot through the keyhole—the one
who sat in the direct line of fire.”
"And he w f as ”
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L. Applebaum, New York patent attor
ney, formerly connected with the Patent
Office here, was revealed yesterday as a
death trap to any one who sought to In
vade It, according to accounts reaching
here. . ,
Diabolical arrangements of triggers
and cartridges, denned to explode by
the mere turning of a key In a lock
or the opening of a shutter, and tubes
of acid placed so that their contents
would squirt on any one who trod on
them, were only discovered after two
detectives, sent to search the apart
ment. had suffered severe Injuries from
splintered glass and shattered wood
when attempting to gain entry.
Detectives Near Death.
That Detectives John Ross and Joseph
Ryan came within half an Inch of
death Is not an exaggeration. Had the
38-cablber cartidge inserted in a bored
hole In the woodwork of the door been
placed a little deeper the bullet would
have penetrated the panel. Instead, it
merely shattered It. * . .
Upon examination it was found that
about 6 inches below the lock was fast
ened a steel hammer attached to a
strong spring, held back by a clip. To
the clip was tied a light steel wire with
a loop, hooked around the knob of the
spring lock on the inner side of the
door, m which. Just below the knob,
the cartridge was inserted.
When Ross turned the knob by twist
ing the key In the lock, he pulled on
the wire, released the hammer and It
exploded the cartridge. Similar ar
rangements were found on each door
and window of the apartment.
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in the floor. It was disclosed later that
the acid had evaporated, so that these
traps were rendered harmless.
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day morning at the office of Applebaum
at 41 Park Row, New York, following
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to the attorney for patents. When these
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Italy has abolished entrance fees to
all public museums.

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