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By CHA5. 1IOWARD MONTAGUE AND C. W. DYAR * jCo.J - ar the * i nearlN the body on 11. ' ' ? ly a' ' COIK con hala. - ? i ? I my name ln tbe a very ? raas, i :. ' at th< ? i I ' IU aa you ha\ r a Boj tad of s. But I Maeb-baii .aaa that ? murd ? . . nuay wlth hia watch cfc.. "I can find no other explanation. You aaw the wouni; you r. w the man lay? Now the bollet was a tber plst-M ball lt entered at ar. of certatnly no leaa than l'i. desrees, and went apwards aad rection. 1 don't know w ,,u ob aerved any tracea of powder on the man a dothlngf" ? No." "They were there. neverthelesa. And that meana that the pistol from which the fatal ahot was nred couidn't have been held more than three feet away. At the aame t.: ::cluded it muat have been more than two. And thla, you aee. effcctuilly dtupoaea of the the ory of oosetaV "And now. doctor. I want to aak you iwo or three questiocs. In the ftrat place. lsn t it w.unn the postnbilitiea of medical s. .. now long a man has b?-en d... "Anywhere wuhin 2i or 36 boura. probably yea." '"Wuh how much accuracy?" ""Well. possibly withia an hour." "Aa cloaa aa that?'' "I believe that moat aurgr >na and phyaiciana accept the pa . of an emlnent aurg. on and chr-m.st who atated a few year* a-o that the day wlll come when we may flrat deterrrinethe genaral health of tbe aubject by exam inatioa of tbe oth-T organa.rO.nd then submit the clotted Llood ta the heart to Oslcroaco^ic taeta Tn? t.lood you know. la made up af three parta?the aerum aad the red aud whitecorpoaclea. The red oorpuscl?*a cor.taia tha life. That life rema.iris for several daya after death if the body is w::aout ditaeaae to lengt! beat tna ie red The s-i ? . a ap ? "Ha led in this I am happy to sa> mea t ' I ? ?? be ' a that . waa i! have at's a laa ' an ara lt la?natural alze. Juat aa II he scrawl he aaJ \y, you OB aa he waa hla flr.gor by tha corn- heavt neaa -he a. the h, and Onally the the u tuA denly four nias. - ree aon why he n. elf. It was c?>rtainly doue with hla N - ' ? THE SCKAU L forefioger. A careful examination of the end of tha- . s me that it had not .. blood. but thereafter drawn over a aturface wet. The diflerence in the degree uf the atain at ditlerent parts of the flnger lndir:. How far above the floor ia this artttag "Juat aaoat a foot and a half. It ls a tlnted wall. and the writing ia Imme dlately above the footboard." "Waa tbe writing horizontai? Dld ltrnn Juat para!lc-l with tbe footboard?" "Juat about." "If a man had dlrected this w. from a higher polat, Thomaa. he would have BTtttea l?a*k han.it-d. How waa I the alope of tha letters?" 'Natural.'' "Aud have you aeen any speclraena rth's handwritlcg? Doea he form hia 1- ... ?" "Ves; aa cearly aa could be expected under th> m "Then 1 ? ...." aaad thesurgeon, lialcg. "that it la more than probable that North wrote lt." "But wlth a ;.?.e that." ang geated the "death must have been inetaniaueous." "Ah. thor< you have failed to dlstln guiah between speedy death and In atantaneoua death Wbat la common ly eal:?*.-' r .>tantaaeov:a death?from a ahot in the heart. for inatasce? la by bo meana auch. A aecond ta an hour to j a dylng man. On the other hand. tbe' aeverlng of the apinal coluran by a bu! l?t would aetually cat a thought ln two. Man goes ? M?k?r insta* ln a caae llke N I take lnt aldera hehumanwill ? ha wall wn ? a man of i a>, ?-t. even at ar iu mlnd 1 * ath waa caused by Bla lucgs with blood in of air lt was a paiclesa death, > Ihave life 60 sec l??ample ' ?all. as >oa can m name Paul * had I in the writing fluid ' time u?" Baaa. 1 the writ I talk a my t a have a eaae?one of t iry ln my *!>. aa put wha told j <lad; but bb >ok to aet '.. a and was ac ?d him oy a r. ? nding N The Hur^- Thomavs, made ?. ? : ious I ?' ? ' : all muat I i j ? I i oaeaal Icate, ' utary pesslon tnduced by North'a trea' i ? again, ha haatened at a i ' I . I tirr John Laaal amp a hurry. Klngman?" he 1 of a ' Uat to talk Thomau. his watrh itba frank :ight. lt North myatery, you ai I ? tho vnry rakingtho I ' ien. aa he I it. gaaaa, I know you. and you know I a that va i work U it .? we have haa . I Thomas. - ? ' stand varm waa >:itia tr:.- and at an huur wh.-n he *\r. from int^rruption. ".Not for th?- BjBT ? I'rivate pa ? have been able to asc .-rtain aLout the case. is that it is very niysterious. very complicated. and may baffle r>v*?n the BBOSt thorough lnrestigati. : Thomas pursed up his llpe, and ra | I the gas jet douhtfully. u don t think so. 88 "When i baar what Tborataa stack I 8*8 alibl ia, I ran answer you bet? ter." "Allbi. eh? So you have them examiner'a report? Good! Just what I waa after. When did N'orth ?: The reporter laB|blBg|j pariied thla guery wlth an.. ' Do you Ri;yp?.ii?e I have the doctora report on tbe auiopay in my coat pock et?" Mr. Latnm ventured to ezpreaa a abrewd auspicion that hisfrlenddid poa aaaa. by aome fortnnate chance or otber. tbe esaentlal faeta af that report. and Mr. Thomas qgt'te Justlrled that auapi eion by lr: know ln at-ict con I BS, the outoonie of h.s intervlew wlth the 8urgeon. Tbe detectiva uttered a long. low whiatie. ? Curioua! Mighty curlous!" he corn BJBBfBB. "If you'll be so good aa to glve me an opportunlty." sus^?&i??d Ihomaa. "I'i! be pleaaed to ejaculate with you." "L'a?ha! You said a moment ago. Thomaa. that your opinlon of the caae would depand upon the alibl of Thorn? ton Sta? ..house Vv"hat would you aay if 1 told you that the said gentlemao's sleewhere haa ore weak spot in lt, in vorvrng the prects** penod of time Ihau yon have nvr-?tlo?ied?" "1 should aay aotfcii.g, bat raaaaln la | hourly expeetatiun c f Thurnton Stack s arrest." "Very wc t you do aay n*th Ing. for th ;ae at preeent. i coti 'he poor John La of the cigara which sto> of his ve.st. ai:d d; the under sicie of bts ch a was tlpped baclv ia replied, that it lookb io thing that The evidence is Btrong -even all ubly. than you know?aga In liea Lamm llghted hia c "ThOaBBB, w!. . r definltion of ? 8?' of a niystery?" he sud *iVlT as he throw the match from him. "l (J l ever thoughtc! deflning i U, III tell you what mlne ls. A - "Short aud e." aaid Thoi: "1 ?'?? That's my idea. Now. n the caae. ao far know:, . Thornton Stackhouse. being tl ? ma a: all." "Ah! Aud yet .'aiulyei ? that you d Is there any fac ? sition Suilt laai "Tha - l-e suppo aition of his >; to the 11 ' ??? hy a r,,rt* ' tance .:ne the r. . >nal ? old ;>en :hen. than I tl, ? VII. ? l'BUl - i daya I Again and a had exar ever> bull'B-eye - *? B B ? va lt waa w ? . -> | a . eaae that a ef at head.. I * V ' 'Well, A f in. r, aa l two men f make any Biraata? Wh.i Have you fOBBd out ? . :. ? waa aattlad all at aea a an arreat o aus pert. or w ? ing point bb we . iaat >'"' ? r was our man." "I was Ib : he Cr.it. phaC aeem. wall U me that an a. isat. al Cie mo ment of d< mni aa. A man lsn t lik y at su.-h a tlBM to in dulge It f tical Jok "I ahoul why fBara U ba wrote lt? **Baaaaaa . stora say he . have done eum> . . ? !;at under which *u.~h B : hapiwn it atrikes | ebodj elae dt-1 M of such a repoti ta taking too ni h advantage of what muat b<* in ta ca?>e a remarkable coin eidence " happen." said the chlef. ahor Hut ln nine hundred and nlnety-nli ,,f a thousand, lf a murd-?r andeaverod U> throw us off hy aneh a r taa, the mediral examiner would disrov r the tnck at a glance. and denouno- the writing as a fraud." "Even ao Mow do you know what North had la hia miad to write? He might have at artai in to deelare 'Stack houae la my ??xeeutor." or 'Stackhouse lnherlta my roperty,' or Siarkhouae la?' anythiiv elae you may yieaae to imaglne." "True," aai : Applebee. douhtfuliy. "And then . ^ain. we are not unqnea tlonably snr- ual the wrltlng ls lntend Bd for Stackr ? i*e. are we?" "After two tiours of lnspectlon and expcrlment. 1 arn fnlly j-ersuadec* that it cannot be an: hing els "And kow .oc-s Stackhouse himaelf lmpreaa you" ' Coafound he man! He pnzzles me I had a long taH with him this morn Ing. He ci -tea a 32 caliber platol. There are p signa of its having been raontly dlachavaaaLM "I presun: he kl own how to clean lt," said the hief in*fc.c-.:tor dryly. "No doubt and how to flre lt, too. But what goci doea that do us? I ta* ths caae to t m plalnly. I aaid: Stack houae. thia ls aa time for conventionali tles. People are beglnning totalk. Bet ter elear lt ap at oace by glving me an allbi.' Shoot aae. if he dlda't aay thai between elght aad nine, when Jarrett aaya North wu ahot, he waa walkiag in j tha Puhlia t*aralea aiaaa. aaaofctng a I atgac." "Looka aad." "So lt does. But the queereat thing is that he is oot Uvlag at nome. Where did Th ireton . end last night? At his l aeh v.h<re the women folh aly be ex pectt ' a time as thla, of all tinie*>? No, sir. At the A hoii: trouble in the fan "Ai Totible. Men quar ougn, but .ances as V?" her sonses. and she is a tartar. She aeemed to tak. as a p? rsonal d pro you intend tohiader Jaal i can. or to aotp it?' gaid I. Its rot province to do either.' ahe sald. with a defian- I shall 1< tice take I can forglva a younK. ?al. but there' a thittg aa hlgh and mlghi ? imagine what made her ?. ? her father's death till | that she'a not bis daughter ufter ali." what ar iry Homo uen she waa a "Wateh that woman " .1." "How aboat th "She's his owu daught idn't stand ahe was ?? ar fa ther'e dea yeara old. and I doubt if sbe could help aa at all." ' all this d what haa So far you h:: ? new *aeta - I j than any rnan ? 7 ? ? and wal, oilstakiM: in th the woman and rer. was th<- -bat any . North aaaaa i^ "I think ao." 'han the ? |n4 - "She could not have f orth ha.i b?*n ailk had no pati in I >he garo no aUrm- h?s "lt a> "An leasa. 1 I <?.*sion 8 That plat. Marl!' without ri: i tra "That has an . "Bu? wlth a DBaaal ;if car I ;he man was shot T! r was - ? i'orfant.' ougb has I "i did p.ot ta two BB coal hlns and examlncd tha a in dotaiL Stackhou afford us any 1. ua evtry ttoy v? haa been tbaoroogh. Tb there " it only rcma. who that woman waa." "So j "Have you i. "Ju3t one." ?vhat nature?" "A ;? To ba suro. there ls a handkerrhief. but lt is unmarkod and 1 bave inquirrd at thf BwQtbb abaia they aell ati( h IbtBga, to no purpose. I toU you where and when I fourd tha' lace It waa apoa tba ? the second and thlrd floors not a . many atr?pn fr.>;. and it had not been lyim; tar>reany flf tean daya. whlch i.? the itrgtb of time the famlly have !ve<?n away." "How do you know?" "Bless you. I t.;ok lt to a cherolst. He assured me that to be ae fresh aa that the perfume BBBBl have been a;. withln two daya at the lo.T^ost. Itlaone of thoae volattln preparattor.a that aoon lose their "treagth." "I don t aee l>ut your cbaiu ls cona plete, then. so far as it goea. No man ever carried that handk.nhief It must have been dropped by a woman. The woman waa seen coming away after the kour at which the crlme waacomraltted. Yoa uaven't forgotten that perfuuie, 1 truaL" "Assuredly not. If I ever get near enough to tbe woman who ur-es lt?but that's the troubiaS I'm afrald ahe'a not apt to pay me a vlsit." "Tou must visit ber. then. Meanwhlle, what about the threatenlng letter which waa wrltten to Nortb a week or two pre vlous to the erim"?" "Bleae me! I had nearly forrotten lt. Bat what are we to do? The decoy letter la atill unclalmedat the poelol.lce." "Pat an erpert on to tbe handwrtting. Oet aamplesof tho 0hlrt-.jrr3.phy of every Lody who la li>.ely to have suffered by I tha operatlon of the flrm." Tbe idea wna ao feeeitle that Inspec tor Applebee datarmiaed to nut lt ln ef fact at oaea Ha iteft head ?artcra and I hurried to tho ofllce of BTorth A Stack? house. where he hoped to flnd the Junlor partner. the crape on the J which kept away less !mportant visitore. Inapector Applebee rattled at the han dle. and was quletly admltted by old i who aeemed to have the ou'er ill to himself. The old i raa wlth hla left hand ,f fh... ofllce. Applefce> underatoodvthe iu man. Ol!" ho thoupht; "he tbiuk-> and that 1 am here to Bl hia employt r Well. may be I sball. aome day. But not yet -aotyi >r and went ln with-- my. Thoruton Bl 10 from the desa at which he had been writiug, his face flusbed. his manner a The ins; | some w- ? 'f nothlng duse drew a full T H K ? waiti H The , \m. Ir.K I tran. ? Ing pap*>r U ? Inward ejjai Meanwl. ' -r probeble. lf H wlB examina ;? a matter of han.!* . on avallable? I aupposed as mu< h He I h all | ? . ? ? Iwillh:i ' ln hand?riting s. until after the funeral ofllce for a day or t\c . tualiy all tracea of Sta< kh He a pani? r into the oatar of waa sent a: !. and uad ab at last. :i the flrst rea text, I of the wa- i tun he had a large head and his ha>. f the writingcxpert the Inapec :>>r did not 111 ? v corupar ing. arranglng. aeaxrchlag a:; was only on i ?-. ?? -e and a little mucil.i a reetora'i the WBOla And this was the it. ? "Oh. Marion! Oh, my beautlful and crnel wife! I wlll not aak you to have pity ou me. for I know yon hate and de apiae me. I will not a u\ you to think of my suftering aad despalr. for I know you have made up your mlnd tbat 1 de aerve tha worat ml-?fortune that a gullty conacience can lnflict. But, eh. for your own aake. I beg of you to tell me what tbat wlcked and unscrupuloua woman, whoae name waa upon your lipa when we parted, has told you! If you knew what her purpose la, how she exiata by blackmall and crlme. you would becare ful how you put falth ln her. Perhapa abe presented what aeemed to be proofa. Remeuiber proofa can be manufactr.re i " "Pshaw!" grumbled the inspector. hugely dlsappolnted; "tt's nothlng buta wheedling love letter to bis wife!" TO BE CONTINUED. PORTSMOUTH UBCRTY POLE Oae ln Kav Hampahire Town Haa Had Ooutinuoua Exietaaoe for BTeariy 140 Teaaa. The clty of Portstnoutb ia the only ona ha New Kngland. it la betievad. that aUlt ' malntalna a Uberty pole. At that platee. oaoe knowa aa Swtng Bridge. on January ?. 17M. the flrst no atamp" flag waa ralaed in what ia aow ' the United Statea. ha 1731 the town gave eertala peraoaa psrBuaaion to build aeroaa tha aaouta j bf tha cove. which in later yeara waa known aa Puddle dock. a brldge which lt was apecified should be provided with a holst or draw to allow the paasago of vessels luto and out of the cove, Judgicg by the name glven 10 the brldge. the draw must have been put in to awing sidewaya. There is no reooro. ao far as known. aa to when Swlng brldge ceased to be a drawbrldge. Swing bridge came into prominence on January 9. lltirj. anu on tbat date tbe name waa changed to Liberty bridge. On tbat day a large number of ihe people of the town. headed by Capt, Thomas Mannlng. John Davenport, pa Gaina and others went to the house of George Meeerve. on Vaugban atreet. and demacded bis commislaon as atamp agent for New Hampehlre, just received by him from England. Mr. Veserve. who had some time pre viously decllned to BCCOpt the positlon. gave up the document. which was borne aloft on the point of a sword at the head of a procession of townspeople to Swing bridge. tints aa to what was done there wlth the document dlflVr. oue belnaj, that it was burned amld tumultuous rejolc 1 L.U: Ing and d^flaut ahouta. another atory belng tbat It wa ta and the piecea ca>: surface of the la, so that the ocean and wafted acrosa ta to let the kin^ aee how the people of Portsuioutn regardcd his scheme for taxing th. Baaa. Another and I .int of the ?Ma poslt. "i;t l? tbat tbe leadera on this oecasion. after nia ture d d tbat tbeir ao tion would b?' B the crown, lf. inatead of doetroyiug lt ahould return it to tbe power that la Bued it. which later was 80088, througtx tba mediumship of a shlpmaster aho> waa aworn as a a; MOBgar B> deliver it to tbe mlni*ir>rs of iga. ln the proceeaion to the brldge waa carrl.-d a flag bearing the motto. "Lib? erty. Proparty * amp." After a lofl> been erected near the bridge. the work of but a abaal I these bardy men many .?xperts ln tbe bandlma :1hk waa boiatvi Its top. at: <- was renamed daa. It hai ba ed as far as known. that thla aaa the gret 81 many libertj , tbat were set up ln dlfforent Noa land towns b?*tw??en that tlme and the Ibreaking out of the ? .arywar. A new poie bearing a U the motto of tho nrst I July 4. B of July 4. IT78. ' that Declared Our Emancipauon frona . Tyraunv and Qave I lvllegeeof i Freemen a the s-arue apol aa I the origlnal one. :. i th aa '?se by ayor of t;.. Th.' .. the plaoe of one that was dedlcated July 4. 1824 and * though tahea dowa an.i rapalrad aaef ly as possible in 1872. had beoome ao weakened by aga and decay aa to be regar.: .^afe. The original pole was removed to makr room fof tliis one of 1824 and th* make room for tbe ot.< 18y? That the spot haa been occupied by a liberty pole alnco the flrst one was put there by the "sors of liberty.'* long before the nvolution. aeema aa aasured fact. The subserlption llst for tbe p? | 1824. the ropaira of 1871 th.- poaaaf 189:), and the flags that have at different timea been provided are in poaseselon ?of th> ;an of the flag." who. on the day of the funeral of any sub acribrr to the funds displays the flag at half-mast On all bolldaya and apecial occasions worthy of tbe honor. he flies the aame at the lofty mastbead. That a liberty pole baa had a eontln uous exiatence ln this town and city for nearly 140 yeara la aomethlng that the citlzena point to wlth pride. CT\ar.ty in Real Life. "Now." said tha kind womaa. "I have procurad some nice atockings for your two daughters. Won't they be glad to get them?" "Well. I don't know. mum." replied the poor lady. "Mag an' Lix la purty pertlcular. Ia they openwork atock lnga. mum?'?Chicago Sun. Art Note. Mra. Byllie?My huaband Ukas a deep iaterest In art Mra. Oldar?You aurprise me. Mra. Syllie?Well. It waa a aurprlae ta me. But 1 heard him telliag Jack Rownder last alght that lt was a good thing to atudy your hand before yoa draw.?Cleveland Leader. Right, But Left. Miss Bute?Oh. yaa. I feel pretty aura ef him. I rejected blm when he firat proposed becauae I waa poaitlve he would try again. Mlaa Koy? Yon were rlght; be did try agata and I aecepted him laat alght?Phlladalpbta Preaa. Met tbe game. "Too aeeoa alwaya to he bard up ainee you are married?" "Yea; that'a e?." "But yoa have tba aame tncoma yoa aoed to have. bavaa': you?" "Yaa but not tha aame outgo."?ttous toa Daily Poet.