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Avis' was at home on a vacation.
He arrived there July 1, but a few
days later Miss Edmands tele
graphed, asking why he did not
write or come to her. "-This tele
gram was exposed. When he dis
covered that others knew its con
sents he left for New Hampshire.
Miss Violet Edmands, the heiress
; to whom "Richeson engaged'
himself while plotting the
murder of Avis .Linnell.
' ,Ten days later he .returned to
Thje girl was distraught in fear
( of aTshameful exposure and it was
during this visit, according to the'
Linnell family, that Richeson
secretly made Avis "believe she
was his. wife. It was his desperate
bid for more time. He was deter
mined to marry the other girl.
That wasi impossible with Avis
alive. . j
"Holding her trusting hand in,-,
his, he himself pronounced amar-rj
riage ceremony. 3
His moral fiber had been torn
The promising young clergy
man of yesterday, gifted for theq
noblest calling among men, had?
degenerated into a cunning fiendJJ
with soft voice polluting the sac
red marriage rite, his. trust, andIT
with tender hand caressing the
woman who so madly loved him,
but who would fall dead from a
cowardly blow by that hand with
in 90 days. , "
If is inconceivable that in the!
dark of night some pang of re
morse did not gnaw at his cort- ,
science, or when he bade goodb$
to Avis, after the mock marriage ,
and returned to New Hampshire
to continue his vocation. ..
The man who made as his life j,
study the questions of right and
wrong was himself lusting inno
cent blood and fate of his own .
making was luringhim on and onl .
He hid behind the jeloth he. j
stained. The limit to which his .
confidence in his cunning extendi
ed was shown when, after his.
name had been published in ctonJ
nection with the supposed suicide
of Avis Linnell, he calmly, abso
lutely denied to Violet Edrnands
mother that ne had ever had anyr. .
thing more than a passing acj'
quaintance with the girl. And hej9rj
easily convinced Mrs. Edmands
her husband and their daughter. jj
When Avis returned to Boston
in the. fall Richeson met her ana