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permost in the minds of the mem--hers
of the Los Angeles detec
tive bureau for two weeks. They
Jhave searched and hunted and
scraped up every bit of procura
ble evidence in regard to the girl's
pas, life, and yet they cannot
find the answer. They are be-
f inning to think they never will
nd the answer.
The girl herself, frail and ded
icate, lies in a cell in the co'unty
jail. tShe spends most of her time
-there lying on her cdt, reading
W staring up 'at the ceiljng with
mnseeihg, faraway eyes.
She displays no grief oyer the
killing of the iftan whom she her
self has described as her only
friend in all Lbs Angeles. She
aloes not seem to realise that she
'is charged with the awful .crime
of murder. She is like a child
whose thoughtless act has' caus
ved some great calamity, bijt who
is quite incapable of understand
ing the terrible result of her
Only one question ever has
aroused her to a display of emo
tion, and that is the one, which,
answered one way, might save
-her from death on the gallows or
-a lifelpng term in the peniten
tiary. When she first was taken be
fore the chief of police, soon after
"the shooting, she was cold and
2 "How did this thing happen"?
"asked the chief.
5 "It -was an accident," said the
"How did you manage-to kill a
inan-by accident ?"-asked the chief
' "Why, the revolver "just went
off. I don't know much about re
volvers. I suppose 1 was care
"How did you happen to have
the revolver in your hand?"
"I had just taken it out" of my
handbag to show him." '
"You went to this man's hortie
two hours after .you bought the
revolver. Isn't it tr.ue that you
bought tthe revolver to kill him,
and that you went to his home to
'"No. I just went to -visit him ;
to see him for the last time." He
had been rriy friend, and I was
going to kill myself."
"Why were you going to kill
"Because I was tired of work
ing so hard for so little money,
of haying no pleasure, and of see
ing no chance for pleasure or rec
reation in the future."
"If you bought the revolver in
order toommitt suicide, why did
you ask"the man who sold it to
you to put TWO bullets in it?" '
"I thought I might'bungle the
job the first time I fired, and I
wanted to have a second bullet so
I could make sure."
, Then the chief answered the
question, which, answered in the
affirmative, would free Viola Car
ver of the black- charge of'rur
der in the first degree" before any
jury of American men.
"Tsn't it true," he askedK and
jeaned forward and "searched the
girl's fate keenly, "isn't it true
that Edge was your lover? Isn't
it true that -he had betrayed you,