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THE! OHIOAOO SJLO-UXS. ffv i v. . tt N A KM. 14 l' ?"' ytHO WAS GUILTS A VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE Mmmm)iWffimffimi CHAPTER XH.-(Contlnued.) "Now, Mr," unlcl the Inspector to me, "cnn you toll un whnt shape this nioiu-y took?" "I cnn," I replied. "There were flVe hundred soverolgnu, nml four thotiKnud five hundred pounds in llnnk of Eiigliind notes. The numlipn of tho notes mny bo written down tomuwhero on these papers." ' )t wits during this senrch Hint I made another discovery. "The will Is gone!" I cried. "The will'" sn1d tho Inspector. "My uncle's will. I sow It the night before lust." "Did you rend It, sir?" "1 did not, hut 1 know Its purport." "Any ohjectlun to sny whnt It wns, tlt'i" "None nt nit. It tnnde mo his heir." "Hut whnt would he the use of the will to the inunlorcrV" nuked thu Inspector, more of hlmelf thnn'of us. "I.enve that tofjno." It wns the de tective who spoklu for the first time. "I should like to hnvu n little private conversation with your servants, sir." "My entire household Is nt your dis posal. For licHVcn'r. snkc sift this drend fill nffnlr to the hottum. I will' reward you well." "1 do not think there will he much dWlcillty," said .the detective, with un usual modesty In' one of Ms class. "There oro..threc clews four, 1 may sny." "KourV. "Fuur. First, the money. Tho ovcr clgiis mny lie spent; not so easy with tho batik notes. Ve shall trine their numbers. Hecond, the ring. Tho mur derer holds It, nml will keep It. They never have the pluck to throw such things nwny. I shouldn't wonder," he aid, colitemplntlvely, "If he sometime" puts It on his linger. There's a fnsclnn tlon lit diamonds, sir. Third, tho cord with which tho decensed was strangled. That's a trllle, you'll sny. Not at nil. Keep It about you, mid It mny be found. Hum It, and the act may xcltu atten tion. Throw it awny, nnd it mny be picked up. Throw It Into tho wntcr, and It will llo.it. It must bo n strong piece" of cord with which tlmt" pointing to the body "wns done. It must be n thin piece. Conclusion whipcord. Fourth, Hnmucl Fleetwood. Ile.has disappeared. Kven If he were to come on n sudden among us, ho wouldn't be allowed to go away again. It's of lio use stopping here any longer. I shall feel obliged If you will write down on this piece of paper the names of every person In the house, and tho positions they occupy. I propose to sny n word or two to them." While I wroto down tho unities of all the persons in my house the olllcer put the pnpers bnck In the dispatch box nnd locked It. Then, but not In my presence, every person connected 'with my estab lishment had n short Interview with the olllcers. Even my wife nnd daughter were not spared. After that the detec tive nnd tho Inspector took their depart ure, leaving tho policeman In charge of the room. Thoroughly cxhnurlod nnd worn out, I went into the sitting! room, where tho la dles of the house, dressed now In mourn ing, were assembled. Tho ClnurounldH, to whoso ears the news of the tragedy hud already traveled, were with them, and shook hands with mo, In muto sym p,Ahy for tho trouble that hud fallen up.it us. Mr. C'lauriittald drew inu uslde, and wo exchanged!! few words In hush ed toner. "Harry told me," said Mr. Clanron ald, "that your unhappy uncle did not seem to regard him with favor. When you and I lirst spoko together about our children's affection I was not acuualnt- od with your uncle's name, and If you had mentioned It I should doubtless haw looked upon It its a coincidence. Hut ut ter hearing what Hurry hud to say, I could come to no other coucluslou than that yo,'u poor uncle mid 1 knew ouo an otfier In tho past, very, very muny years ago, urn that It wus through mo thut he did not receive Hurry with favor. We loved the sunie woman, Harry's mother, and bhe chose me. That was tho cause of our difference, nud he could never have forgiven me. I hoped to-day that 'be and I would become reconciled. 1 urn truty, truly grieved." It was a simple explanation, and per fectly nuturul; and 1 saw no reason for telling Mr. C'lnnronald what Mr. Wil mot 1tad said with reference to him. It would only have pained him, and would servo no good end. I thought of whnt my undo had said, thnt he had only loved one woman, his sister, and I set the state ment dowu to wounded pride. "Richard," said my wife, "you are tired out. Go to your room nnd lie down for an hour. If anything occurs' 1 will cull you.'' CHAPTER XIII. It was not rest that I required, but solitude; and sorely did I feel the need of it. It was vitally necessary that I should Immediately decide whether to reveal everything or preservo silence nnd allow events to take their course, To debate this with myself I must be alone. I entered my bedchamber mid locked the door. It was my usiiul hublt when I .was mentally troubled to walk slowly this way anil that; the physical action as sisted throught; but on this occasion I recognized the necessity of keeping still. After arguing with myself tor some time I finally arrived at the coucluslou that there was no course open to mo but that of ubsoluto secrecy with respect to tho ring. Just then my eyes fell upon the piece of thin whipcord hanging from be neath tho pillow of the couch on which 1 had slept. Tremblingly I drew It. forth nnd exam ined It. Thero were marks on it which, In tho light of what had occurred, prov- ed tho fell purpose to which It had been applied. It.waH just such a cord, and, indeed, it could hardly bo doubted thut it was tho cord, with which my undo had been strangled. Then I knew that I wits in deadly peril. ' What tho detcctlvo hud said with ref erence to It recurred to mo word for word; "Third, tho cord with which do ceased was strangled. That's n trllle, you'll say. Not nt nil. Keep it ubout you, and It may bo found. Hum It, nud the act mny exclto attention'. Throw it nwuy, and it may bo picked up. Throw it into tho water, and It will float. It' must bo n strong piece of cord with which it was done. It must bo a thin pleco. Conclusion whipcord." In th'o Hence I roomed to hear tho appnlllng words. And the fatal cord Itself was In my hands, and I dared not rid myself of It. I thrust tho cord hastily Into my pocket and shuddered with tho terror of a man who Is being hunted to death There was but one sanctuary for me secrecy, There was but ono cscapo for me that Samuel Fleetwood should be arrested and proved guilty of the crime. One comforting auggertlon pre Mated "Ulf the missing money. I had It not, nnd knew not where It wis. I determined to convince myself thnt I hnd not uiicotisi'lously secreted It In my room. Cnreful nnd laborious wns tho senrch I made. I left not n drawer unopened; I looked In every possible nook nnd comer; I examined every nrtlclo of furniture; nnd I brenthed n prayer of thankfulness that I searched III vain. Then I flnnlly decided upon my course of action. I would keep tho ring nnd the cord nbout hie! not even to my wlfo would I utter one word concerning them. When Hnm ucl Fleetwood was cnught I should be snfe. Until then I must piny my part and pursue my usual way, with n dead weight of terror In my heart. Mnklng everything straight in tho room, 1 rejolu ed my family. Upon the events of the few following dnys 1 need not dwell nt length. An In quest was held, at which 1 and nil In my house were examined. The Jury re turned n verdict of wlljful murder ngnlnst Samuel Fleetwood ngnlnst the mnn I would have trusted not only with untold gold, but with my honor and the honor of those most denr to me. Hnd Were tho days. There' wns no tnlk of the mnrrlngo of Eunlco nnd Hurry. Mr. Mortlock left my house, but remain ed In the neighborhood. The police hunt ed In vain for Hanniel Fleetwood. In conversation with my wlfo wo strove to discover n motive for his crime. Ho wns n mail whom wc had nlwnys thought ab solutely careless, almost scornful, of money. I owed him. Indeed, n sum of tuoro than Titty pounds for wages, which he had begged me to retain until ho hnd use for It. Ho hnd no one dependent upon hltn. He bore no grudge ngulnst the murdered man. What, then, could have been his motive? A word nbout my uncle's will. None being found. It was for me, an next of kin, to take nut letters of administration. Hut I delayed to do so, and- my wife ap proved of the delay. Wo both consid ered thnt nny sign of haste would bo In decent. Mentiwhllc I offered n largo re ward for the apprehension of Samuel Fleetwood, and tho bills Wero posted throughout the country. So things went on until n fatal dny nrrlved. It wus Thursday. It hnd happened thnt on the very dny on which my uncle met his death my hnlf-yenrly nllownnce wus due, nnd his London lawyers hnd sent It to my bank on the previous night. Thus there was to my credit n consid erable sum. Hut I was nlso largely In debt. Tho expenses nttemlnnt upon my uncle's visit nud tho charges for tho fun eral remained undefmyed. Tho accounts for all these hnd como In, nnd I resolv ed to dlu'linrgc them on Frldny. It hnd ever been n habit of mine to pay what I owed In cash Instead of by check. The bills amounted to a sum of between five nid six hundred pounds, nnd on Thurs dny I drew out of tho bank one thou sand pounds. Part of the extra money I Intended to glvo my wlfo toward Eu nice's wedding trousseau. Since tho dny of my uncle's death I had not Wen outside tho boundary of my grounds except to attend tho Inquest ami tho funeral, nnd hnd, therefore, not mixed ns usual with tho townspeople. On my way I exchanged salutations with ono nnd another, nnd It struck me thnt there wns n lack of cordiality In their greet ings; in some of my acquaintances, In deed, there seemed to bo a corlalu avoid ance. This Impression followed mo to the bank, with tho malinger of which I generally spent a few moments nl pleas ant conversation when I hnd transacted my business there. I wrote out my check for ono thousand pounds, nnd passed it across tho counter to tho cashier, who took It into tho manager's room, I vn not surprised nt this deviation from ordi nary custom, tho 'cheek being the largest 1 had ever drawn. The cashier returned, nsked hnw I would take the money, nnd paid It to me. I Inquired If tho malinger wns in, anil was informed that he wns. As he did not come out to shako hands with mo I concluded that he was too busy to sen me; but when I left the bank I wns not quite pleated. I may mention thnt I elected to receive payment for my check in sovereigns. The reason for this was thnt I thought it would please my wife If I gnve her the money for Eunice's trousseau In gold. I did not Intend to give It to her on -this day, but on Friday or Saturday. On my road home, with the money In my pocket, I met Mr. Mortlock; hu rcowled nt mo und passed on. This did not surprise me, but beforo reaching my house to which I did not go direct, hav ing something to say to a tradesman I suw him again, and this time In the company of the detective who had come to my house oil the morning of the mur der. Turning when I had gono a few steps farther, I saw both nt these men looking after me. My fears awoke; the ring nud the fatal cord wero In my pock et; they had never left my possession, As the dny waned my perturbation in creased; 1 could not shako off a presage of coming evil. Locking the door of my study, I endeavored to cheat tho gloom which oppressed mo by arranging the ac counts to bo paid on tho following day. I did not succeed; throughout my task dread possibilities presented themselves In threatening shnpo; my nerve wero strung to a high pitch of tcnalon; with a torturing fear thnt It needed an extraor dinary effort to meet wtih calmness a hidden danger, all my senses wero ab normally awake, nnd It wns duo to this condition of mind thnt I wus eunhled to detect whnt otherwise would Fmvu es cuped my attention the presenco of Homo person outside tho door of my study. With n catliko motion I slid noiselessly to the 'door, swiftly unlocked It, and threw It suddenly open. I saw no ouo but Mile. Rosalie, who must just hnvo passed. She turned her head nnd slightly bowed. I nodded nnd locked myself ngalu In my room. There I re mained till evening, when my wife knock ed nt tho door and called to mo In u votco of extreme agitation. "It Is com ing." I thought, with set teeth, ns I ad mitted her. Her faco wns white, her hands trembled, her volcu shook us shu (poke, "Tho detcctlvo wixlies to seo you. "Rlchnrd!" cried my wife, laying her 'hand upon my arm. "What Is tho mut ter K" "Nothing nothing," I stammered. "Whnt should bo tho matter? Let tho officer como In." In point of fact ho was already In the pnssugo; I heard his footsteps there. Involuntarily my hand wnudered toward tho pocket which contained tho ring and the cord. "I took the liberty of following your wlfo, sir," said the detective, pushing open tho door, "tho business being press ing." "Leave us," I sold to my wife, Bhe obeyed, with a long, solicitous look at me. I turned to the detective. "Well?" ."An important matter, sir," said the dtUctlve. "Bamuel Fleetwood la caught." CHAPTER XIV. , "Caughtl".! echoed, my voice scarcely rising above n whisper. At that moment I felt my fato wns hanging In the bal ance. "Not exactly cnught, sir," snld the de tective, in a tone of vexation, ns though not the mnttcr but tho manner of tho Incident dlsplciu-cd hltu. "Ho has given himself up." "How did It happen?" "I wns In tho police stntlon with tho Inspector when u man catuu In, or rather staggered in. Wu hnd to catch him to prevent him from falling, His face wns like tho face of n ghost, nnd worn to n skeleton. When ho could speak lie said, hi n volco we could hardly hear, It wns so faint: '.My name Is Hnmucl Fleet wood. 1 have come to glvo myself up for tho murder of Mr. Wllmot, nt Hocombo Lodge' With thnt lie swooned, ntid wo cnlled In ,lho doctor, who gnve l. n his opinion thntftho mnn wns dyln. We restored hltn to his senses, nnd 'he In H'cctnr nsked hltn If he knew what ho had said. 'Yes.' ho answered. 'I mur dered Mr. Wllmot.', 'He careful,' snld the Inspector, 'whatever you sny mny he brought In evidence ngnlnst you.' 'I inn nwnrc of It,' said Fleetwood, nnd repented, 'I murdered h1m.' He tried to say more, but ho hadn't tho Mrciigth; so, acting upon the doctor's advice, we removed him to n room, where ho could bo attended to. Thero he signed his baro statement, which the Inspector had taken down, and then wu left him to tho doc tor." "How long ngo did this occur?" 1 nsked, drawing n deep brcnth of relief, feeling that 1 wns now safe from sus picion. "Two hours by my wntch ns I left the btntloii to come to you." "Did the unhappy mnn send for me?" "No, sir; It was my own Idea. You see, there's that reward you offered" Ho pnused. "It shall be paid," I snld, "ulthough the criminal gave himself up of his own free will instead of being apprehended." "Spoken like a gentleman begging your pardon, sir." "When I suw yon this morning with Mr. Mortlock," I snld nnd then I nlso pnused in the middle of n speech; tho question I wns nbout to usk wns Injudi cious. "Well, sir," snld the detective, tnklng up the cue, "I don't mind admitting thnt I wns then on another track." "Prompted by Mr. Mortlock?" "In n manner of speaking, sir. Ho first put the Idea into my head. You would tie. or guess it, und I mustn't say what It was." Hut I had guessed It. Mr. Mortlock, hating me nnd mine, would have Incrim inated me; It wans he whose malignant wldrperlngs had caused me to he receiv ed ns 1 hnd been on thnt morning. Hut the danger was now removed. In the light of Samuel Fleetwood's admission, he wos powerless to work out his wicked spite against me. "How was Fleetwood." I nsked, "when you left the station? Hotter?" "Worse, sir. Sinking fnist. Very lit tle time to live, the doctor snld. A cler gyman wns cnlled In, and was with him when I left." "And you thought I might like to see him?" "I thought ns much, sir, though I don't kuow whether tho Inspector will allow It." "I nm obliged to you. I should wish to seo tho unhappy man; ho might con fess to mo the motive fur his crime." "It's my opinion, sir, he's confessing to tho clergyman. Thank you, sir." I had sllppcj n couple of mverelgiis Into his hand. "There's something thnt ought to be got nt, if tho man 1s really dying. The money, sit, the five thnus'':d pounds thnt wns taken out of die box. Ho wns nsked about it, and all the answer be gnvo wns n strange smile. Ho could hardly have rpeut It In the time." "Was there none found on him?" "Thero wasn't n brass farthing found .on him; nud, what Is more, his clothes wero In rags, and tho doctor said thut ha must hnvo been without food for more than two duy.4." . "It Is Indeed strnnge:" I remarked. "I will go with you to the stntlon." I suw my wife before I left tho house. I told her whnt I hud learned from tho detective of tho condition of Samuel Fleetwood; and she wlil-peied thut It would be merciful 1f ho were to dlo be foro his trial, and thut sho hoped nnd prayed he would die repentant. I did not share her hope thnt Fleet wood would die In prison. It wns my wish that he should be brought to trial nud found guilty; after that I should he content thut he should die beforo the just sentence of the law wns cnrrled out. Hut at tho prison my Inexorable wish melted into thin air; it wns destroyed by a higher than a human judge Samuel Fleetwood wns dcud! "He died quite peacefully, sir," snld tho Inspector, "with n smile upon his lips. Ho must hnvo been In a queer state of mind after whnt ho did, to say, almost with his last breath, 'I go to join my beloved wife!' " "Did lio make no further confession!" I nsked, confounded by the news. "I believe he did. sir," replied tho In rpector; "the clergyman will produce 1t nt the inquest, which must, of course, be held on him. When hu left the pris on I understand he was going to your house." "We did not meet him," I snld, looking helplessly nrouudj "wo enmo straight here." "It's no use worrying, sir," said the Inspector. "With Fleetwood's eonfcwlon nud dentil there is an end of the affair." Nodding, I retraced my steps, und on the lawn In front of my house I was uccosted by Mile. Rosalie. (To be continued.) Tho IntelllKont Juror. It Is n common nml natural practice of lawyers In iwhtresslui; Jury to kIiikIo out ono member who seems to them tho most ItitelllKcut, nnd to de liver their nppenU to htm. They usu ally feel that If they cnn Impress hltn, his Influence will bo valualilo In Its effect upon tho other 'members. If they make a mlstaUo they rarely dis cover It, says tho Now York Sun. Hut tho HtetioKtiipher of ono division of tho Supremo Court tells an Incident of a mlstukn that was found out. All tho testimony In a casu had been taken, tho lawyers fpr both Hides had Bummed up and the Jmljjo had charg ed tho Jury, when up rose tho lutein Bent juror whom both counsel hud sltiKleil out as tho recipient of their Impassioned nnpeuls. Ho wanted tho court to kIvo him some Information. "I havo been bothered n good deal," said tho Juror,- "about two words tho lawyers uso hero all tho time." "What oro they?" nsked tho court, expecting to bo called upon to ex pound res Inter alios acta or a fortiori, or souio other dead terms. "Why, 'plaintiff' and 'defendant,'" said tho juror. "I don't 'know what they mean." In Anothor World. John W. Gates says tho auto Is just tho thltitf to put new life Into a tired man. Wo should say it depended upon what bis career bad been la tbli vorld. Post-Intelligencer, "Rjtfii' '1 IIMfiiTf "tVV-X.,'.v-ylN.i?B- Z. R. CARTER. Z. R. CARTER & BRO., Wholesale Dealers in Grain and Hay Halsted and 16th Sts., Telephone Canal 27. "w: M. P. Byrne Construction Co. MMUCPAI CONTRACTORS Sewers. Water Workt. Conduits, and lectrlc Plants, a Specialty. ROOM 30, 88 East Washington Street. J. J. VANDERBILT DEALER IN Hay, Grain and Feed Baled Shavings and Salt Washburn-Crosby Co's Gold Medal Flour WHOLESALE AND RETAIL. Corner Michigan Avenue and 112th Place. J. 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