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The Hollow .
of Her Hand
George Barr
TvuH I (M vefevV
"Thank you, Mr. Sheriff," Bhe said,
""for letting me go. I thought perhaps
there might be legal restraint." She
aent a swift glance over her shoulder,
and then spoke in a high, shrill voice,
Indicative of extreme dread and uneas
iness: "Close the door to that room!"
The door was standing wide open,
just as she had left It. Startled, the
coroner's deputy sprang forward to
close it. Involuntarily, all of her lis
teners looked in the direction of the
room, as if expecting to see the form
of the murdered man advancing upon
them. The feeling, swiftly gone, was
most uncanny.
"Close it from the inside," com
manded the coroner, with unmistaka
ble empbasiB. The man hesitated, and
then did as he was ordered, but not
without a curious look at the wife of
the dead man, whose back was toward
"He will not find anything disturbed,
doctor," said she, divining his thought.
"I had the feeling that something was
creeping toward us out of that room."
"You have every reason to be nerv
ous, madam. The situation has been
most extraordinary most trying,"
said the coroner. "I beg of you to
come downstairs, where we may at
tend to a few necessary details with
out delay. It has been a most fa
tiguing matter for all of us. Hours
without sleep, and such wretched
They descended to the warm little
reception room. She sent at once for
the Inn keeper, who came In and glow
ered at her as if she were wholly re
sponsible for the blight that had been
put upon his place.
"Will you be good enough to send
some one to the station with me in
your depot wagon?" she demanded
without hesitation.
He stared. "We don't run a 'bus
in the winter time," he said, gruffly.
She opened the little chatelaine bag
that hung from her wrist and abstract
ed a card which she submitted to the
"You will find, Doctor Sheef, that the
car my husband came up here In be
longs to me. This Is the card issued
by the state. It Is In my name. The
factory number Is there. You may
compare it with the one on the car.
My husband took the car without ob
taining my consent."
"Joy riding," said Burton, with an
ugly laugh. Then he quailed before
the look she gave him.
"If no other means is offered. Doc
tor Sheef, I shall ask you to let me
take the car. I am perfectly capable
of driving. I have driven It in the
country for two seasonB. All I ask Is
that some one be directed to go with
me to the station. No! Better than
that, if there is some one here who Is
willing to accompany me to the city,
he shall be handsomely paid for going.
It is but little more than 30 miles. I
refuse to spend the night in this
house. That Is final."
They drew apart to confer, leaving
her sitting before the fire, a stark fig
ure that seemed to detach Itself en
tirely from its surroundings and their
companionship. At last the coroner
carae to her side and touched her arm.
"I don't know what the district at
torney and the police will say to it,
Mrs. Wrandall, but I shall take it upon
myself to deliver the car to you. The
sheriff has gone out to compare the
numbers. If he finds that the car is
yours, he will see to it, with Mr.
Drake, that it is made ready for you.
I take It that we will have no difficulty
In " He hesitated, at a loss for
"In finding it again In case you need
It for evidence?" she supplied. He
nodded. "I shall make it a point, Doc
tor Sheef, to present the car to the
state after It has served my purpose
tonight. I shall not ride in it again."
"The sheriff has a man who will
ride with you to the station or the
city, whichever you may elect. Now,
may I trouble you to make answer to
certain questions I shall write out fo'r
you at once? The man Is Challis
Wrandall, your husband? You are
"I am positive. He Is or was
Challis Wrandall."
Half an hour later she was ready for
the trip to New York city. The clock
In the office marked the hour as one.
A toddled Individual in a great buffa
lo coat waited for her outside, hic
coughing and bandying jest with the
half-frozen men who had spent the
night with him In the forlorn hope of
finding the girl.
Mrs. Wrandall gave final Instruc
tions to the coroner and his deputy,
who happened to bo the undertaker's
assistant. She had answered all the
questions that had been put to her,
and bad signed the document with a
firm, untrembling hand. Her veil had
been lowered since the beginning of
the examination. They did not see
her face; they only heard the calm,
low voice, sweet with fatigue and
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"I shall notify my brother-in-law as
soon as I reach the city," she Bald.
"He will attend to everything. Mr.
Leslie Wrandall, I mean. My hus
band's only brother. He will be here
In the morning, Doctor Sheef. My own
apartment Is not open. I have been
staying in a hotel since ray return
from Europe two days ago. But I
shall attend to the opening of the
place tomorrow. You will find me
The coroner hesitated a moment be
fore putting the question that bad
come to his mind as she spoke.
J "Two days ago, madam? May I In
quire where your husband has been
living during your absence abroad?
i When did you last see him alive?"
She did not reply for many sec
onds, and then It was with a percepti
ble effort.
"I have not seen him since my re
turn until tonight," she replied, a
hotrse note creeping into her voice.
"Ho did not meet me on my return.
Ills brother Leslie came to the dock.
He he said that Challis, who came
back from Europe two weeks ahead
of me, had been called to St. Louis on
very important business. My husband
had been living at his club, I under
stand. That is all I can tell you, sir."
"I Bee," said the coroner, gently.
He opened the door for her and she
passed out. A number of men were
grouped about the throbbing motor
car. They fell away as she ap
proached, silently fading Into the
shadows like so many vast, unwhole
some ghosts. The sheriff and Drake
came forward.
"This man will go with you, ma-
"This Man Will Go With You, Madam,"
Said the 8herlff.
dam," said the sheriff, pointing to an
unsteady figure beside the machine.
"He is the only one who will under
take It. They're all played out, you
see. He has been drinking, but only
on account of the hardships he has
undergone tonight. You will be quite
safe with Morley."
No snow was falling, but a bleak
wind blew meanly. The air was free
from particles of sleet; wetly the fall
of the night clung to the earth where
It had fallen.
"If he will guide me to the Post
road, that Is all I ask," said she hur
riedly. Involuntarily she glanced up
ward. The curtains In an upstairs
window were blowing inward and a
dim light shone out upon the roof of
the porch. She shuddered and then
climbed up to the seat and took her
place at the wheel,
A few moments later the three men
standing in the middle of the road
watched the car as it rushed away.
"By George, she's a wonder!" said
the sheriff.
The Passing of a Night.
The sheriff was right. Sara Wran
dall was an extraordinary woman. If
I may be permitted to modify his rath
er c'rude estimate of her. It is difficult
to understand, much less describe a
nature like hers. Fine-minded, gently
bred women who can go through an
ordeal such as she experienced with
out breaking under the strain are rare
indeed. They must be wonderful. It
Is hard to Imagine a more heart-breaking
crisis in life than the one which
confronted her on this dreadful night,
and yet she faced it with a fortitude
that seems almost unholy.
She had loved her handsome, way
ward husband. He had hurt her deep
ly more times than she chose to re
momber during the six years of their
married life, but she had loved him
In spite of the wounds up to the in
stant when she stood beside his dead
body In the cold little room at Bur
ton's Inn. She went there loving him
as he had lived, yet prepared, almost
foresworn, to loathe him as he had
died, and she left him lying there
alone in that dreary room without a
cpark of the old affection la her soul.
Her love for him died In giving birth
to the hatred that now possessed her.
While he lived it was not In her pow
er to control the unreasoning, resist
less thing that stands for love In wom
an; he was her lover, the master of
her Impulses. Dead, he was an un
wholesome, unlovely clod, a pallid
thing to be scorned, a hulk of worth
less clay. Ills blood was cold. Ho
could no longer wajm her with It; It
could no longer kill the chill that his
misdeeds cast about her tender sensi
tiveness; his lips and eyes never more
could smile and conquer. He was a
dead thing. Her love was a dead
thing. They lay separate and apart.
The tie was broken. With love died
the final spark of respect she had left
for him in her tired, loyal, betrayed
heart. He was at last a thing to be
despised, oven by her. She despised
She sent the car down the slope and
across the moonless valley with small
regard for her own or Iter compan
ion's safety. It swerved from side to
side, skidded and leaped with terri
fying suddenness, but held its way as
straight as the bird that flies, driven
by a steady hand and a mind that had
no thought fty peril. A sober man at
her side would have been afraid; this
man swayed mildly to and fro and
chuckled with drunken glee.
Her bitter thoughts were not of the
dead man back there, but of the ltve
years that she was to bury with him;
years that pould never pass beyond
her ken, that would never die. He
hud loved her in his wild, ruthless
way. He had left her times without
number in the years gone by, but he
had always come back, gaily unchas
tened, to remold the love that waited
with dog-like fidelity for the touch of
his cunning hand. But he had taken
bis laBt flight. He would not come
back again. It was. all over. Once loo
often he had tried his reckless wings.
She would not have to forgive him
again. Uppermost in her mind was
the curiously restful thought that his
troubles were over, and with them her
own. A hand lesB forgiving than hers
had struck him dead.
Somehow, she envied the woman to
whom that hand belonged. It had
been her divine right to kill, and yet
another took It from her.
Back there at the inn she had said
to the astonished sheriff:
"Poor thing, if she can escape pun
ishment for thlB, let It be so. I shall
not help the law to kill her simply
because she took It In her own hands
to pay that man what she owed him.
I shall not be the one to say that he
did not deserve death at her hands,
whoever she may be. No, I shall offer
no reward. If you catch her, I shall
be sorry for h'er, Mr. Sheriff. Believe
me, I bear her no grudge."
"But she robbed him," the sheriff
had cried.
"From my point of view, Mr. Sher
iff, that hasn't anything to do with the
case," was her significant reply.
"Of course, I am not defending
"Nor am I defending her," she had
retorted. "It would appear that she is
able to defend herself."
Now, on the cold, trackless road, she
was saying to herself that she did
have a grudge against the woman
who had destroyed the life that be
longed to her, who bad killed the
thing that was hers to kill. She could
not mourn for him. She could only
wonder what the poor, hunted, ter
rified creature would do when taken
and made to pay for the thing she had
Once, in the course of her bitter re
flections, she spoke aloud In a shrill,
tense voice, forgetful of the presence
of the man beside her:
"Thank God they will see him now
as I have seen htm all these years.
They will know him as they have
never known him. Thank God for
The man looked at her stupidly and
muttered something under his breath.
She heard him, and recalling her wits, '
asked which turn she was to take for
the station. The fellow lopped back
In the seat, too drunk to reply.
For a moment she was dismayed,
frightened. Then she resolutely
reached out and shook him by the
shoulder. She had brought the car
to a full stop.
"Arouse yourself, man!" she cried.
"Do you want to freeze to death?
Where Is the station?"
He straightened up with an effort,
and, after vainly seeking light In the
darkness, fell back again with a grunt,
but managed to wave his hand toward
the left. She took the chance. In
five minutes she brought'the car to a
standstill beside the station. Through
the window she saw a man with his
feet cocked high, reading. He leaped
to his feet In amazement as she en
tered the waiting-room.
"Are you the agent?" she demanded.
"No, ma'am. I'm simply staying
here for the sheriff. We're looking for
a woman say!" He stopped short
and stared at the veiled face with
wide, excited eyes. "Gee whiz! May
be you "
"No, I am not the woman you want
Do you know anything about the
"I guess I'll telephone to the sheriff
before I "
"If you will step outside you will
find one of the sheriff's deputies In my
automobile, helplessly intoxicated. I
am Mrs. Wrandall."
"Oh," he gasped. "I heard 'em say
you were coming up tonight. Well,
say! What do you think of"
"In there a train In before morning?"
"No, ma'am. Seven-forty is the
She waited a moment "Then I shall
have to ask you to come out and get
your fellow-deputy. He Is useless to
me. I mean to go on in the machine.
The sheriff understands."
The fellow hesitated.
"X cannot take him with me. and he
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will freeze to death If I leave him In
tho road. Will you come?"
The man stared at her.
"Say, Is It your husband?" he
asked agape.
She nodded her head.
"Well, I'll go out and have a look
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She stood in the door while ho
crossed over to the car and peered at
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