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The Strange Case of
MARY PAGE The Great McClure Mystery Story, Written by FREDERICK LEWIS In Collaboration With JOHN T. MTNTYRE, Author of the Ashton Kirk Detective Stories. "Read the Story and See the Essanay Moving "Pictures Copyright, 1915, by McClure Publicatloa SYNOPSIS.. Mary Page, actress, is accused of the murder of James Pollock and is defended by her lover, Philip Langdon. Pollock ^vas intoxicated. At Mary's trial she ad mits she hkd the revolver. Her maid testifies that Mary threatened Pollock with it previously, and Mary's leading man implicates Langdon. How Mary dis appeared from the scene of the crime is a mystery. Brandon tells of a strange hand print he saw on Mary's shoulder. Further evidence shows that horror of drink pro duces temporary insanity In Mary. The defense is "repressed psychosis." Wit nesses describe Mary's flight from her in toxicated father and her father's suicide. Nurse Walton describes the kidnaping of Mary by Pollock and Amy Barton tells of Mary's struggles to become an actress and Pollock's pursuit of her. There is evidence that Daniels, Ma ^ manager, threatened Pollock. Mary faints on the etand and again goes Insane when a po liceman offers her whisky. Daniels testi fies that Pollock threatened to kill Mary and Langdon and actually attempted to kill the latter. IN THE ALLEY A WITNESS room, like an ocean liner. liegets strange friend ships in 11s enforced inti k maey, and also Uns this in common with the great ships, that those who come on deck only toward the close of a stormy passage, find themselves uureasonahly ostracized by their fellow passengers who have been daily sharing the excitement of the voyage. Thus the three newcomers among the witnesses In the Irin I of Mary Page were left sitting primly on a bench close to the door while the in congruous but friendly group of those who had already .testified stood near the window. The trio themselves were oddly con glomerate—a burly man in what were obviously Ids best clothes, with a col lar a size too small and a buxom wom an whose flushed face looked out from under a marvelous purple bonnet. Her hands were encased in very large white cotton gloves and she held buck her skirts aggressively from contact with the short and elaborate gown o' the over-dressed, tired-looking woman whose face was pasty with powder and hard with rouge. All of the witnesses, for that matter, from the little hell-hop to Mrs. l'age herself, surveyed this last comer with disapproval: and Amy declared suc cinctly that If "Mr. I.angdon put THAT on the witness stand—it would be GOOD NIGHT!" Langdon, however, greeted her with a warmth that more than overbal anced their chilliness, and his welcome to the other man and woman was equally enthusiastic. To him. the pres ence of these three was a triumph. It meant that he had succeeded where the police had failed, and that he had still another surprise to spring niton the Jury, in this most astounding trial. Some hint of all this crept into his tone lending it a new. almost boyish note. when, at the Itegiuniug of the day's proceedings, he rose and said: "Your Honor, and Gentlemen of the Jury: Ever since tlie beginning of this trial one point has remained a mys tery. The state lias admitted its in ability to offer evidence on this moot ed subject, and therefore I crave the Indulgence of the court to digress from direct proceedings this morning, to allow you where and how Mary Page ■pent those hours between tbe death "That would bo good night!" j»f James Pollock and her surrender to the law on the following morning!" "What!" The startled exclamation Was wrung involuntarily from the Dis trict Attorney as tie half rose from ills chair, but it was drowned in tlie stir of excitement that swept through the !«ntire room. For this had indeed lieen « mooted question and a decidedly More point with the Prosecutor—the 'whereabouts of Mary during those 'hours immediately following the mur der. "Miss Page," continued Langdon when the Judge's gavel had restored order.- "did not herself know exactly what was happening. As always fol lows an attack of repressed psychosis, the mind of the sufferer was like that of a patient coming out of ether—a flnsh of recollection and a stretch of blank unconsciousness; therefore, it is not until now that 1 have succeeded in piecing together the story of tlmt night, and I- shall call ns my flrst witness. Kate O'Neill!" Kate proved to lie the buxom woman in tlie purple bonnet who gave her age as "round about thirty-five" and Iter occupation as "a cook, and a good one" to the delighted amusement of the spectators. "Miss O'Neill." said Langdon after the preliminary questions, "you say you are a cook. Where were you lust employed?" "In the boardin'-honse of Mrs. Wat son." she answered with a strong Hi bernian accent. "And the very ould dlvil of a Job It was, too!" "That is on the same street as the Hotel Republic, is it not?" "Sure! and it's but two doors away, and what wid the dancin' and tbe mu sic goiu' ou there, and the phouygraph at the Club back, 'tis never a quiet moment we had the whole night through." "But your duties at (lie hoarding house kept you up pretty late, anyway, didn't they?" "Sure an' they did then. What with hot bread two days a week, and me cake-bakin', 1 set up every night till 'most cock-crow." "Now. Kate." Langdou's voice was very friendly, almost coaxing, in fact. "I want you to tell me if you ever went out into (lie alley or street that ran back of the boarding-house late at night." "Go on wid you!" she retorted, bri dling. "Didn't I toll you that?" "I know you told me. but 1 want yon to tell tlie court. You had a friend who was watchman for tlie block, didn't you? Denny by nanie." "He was not me friend, he was me finance!" she responded with dignity. "And some nights when it would he cold, and I had made mysel' a sup of hot tea or uiaylie coffee. I would take a ijit out to Denny. It's weary work watching houses In tlie dark." "Of course your mistress knew noth ing of tills?" "Sure, and what would 1 tell that ould snoopin' dlvil for? It weren't none of her business!" "On tlie night when James Pollock was shot in the Hotel Republic, you had been up lute, bud you not?" "Yes. sor. I had set tlie dough for bakin', and seelu' as liow tlie fire was hot. I thought I'd fix up a bite for Den ny when lie made Ills rounds." "Will you tell us please, what you saw when you went to the hack gate with the— er— bite for Dennis?" ' "Well. then, it was this way. I shlipped out and opened the gate. Just a bit at a time, for sometimes it would get tlie ould Nick in It ami squeak fer all the lard we put on it. and I took a look out fer Denny. There was a man utandin' in the shadows so near I could have put my hand on him. but I knows It wasn't luy man by reason of the nnr rer shoulders, so I stood waitin' fer him to move on." "Did lie seem to be watching for anyone?" "Yes. sor. He was starin' up at the Hotel Republic, and I thought he was watchiu' a man who was on the flre escupe. Then I decided it weren't a man I saw. but just a shudder, and suddenly a young Indy, all dressed up In evciiin'-clotheR, climbs out of a win der and starts down the fire-escape and the man says. 'Thank Gawd! She was slow enough!' " "Were you near enough to recognize the young lady?" "Not then, no sir. All I could see was the shimmer of her dress and the light on lier face when she passed the winders. She was walkin' kind of queer aud unsteady, like as though she might have been drunk or sick, and when she reached tbe street she just stood there dazed. She had no coat nor bat and she was drawln' her breath like a bit of.a childer that's been cry in'." "Did the roan who was waiting speak to her?" "Yes. He said, 'Where in - have .you lieen? 1 lieen waitin' a good half hour. Anil believe me. this alley is no cozy corner to lounge in.' But the girl didn't answer him. She Just leaned against a wall and mouned like. At that he took hold of her arm and shook it and told her not to git cold feet, that lie had it all fixed to git away safe. He culled her Sadie, but she didn't seem to recognize the name and she i wouldn't go with him. Then he took j hold of her and dragged her along | right past me. so near I could bare J touched her." Were you cloe* enough to recognise her then?" _________ . I "Yes. sor." "Was it the defendant. Mary Page?" "It was. sor. Though she looked ter rible sick and different, and there was an awful lookin' bruise on lier shoulder like somebody had hurt her bad." "Could you see where they went?" "Yes. sor. Sure und I slipped out the gate and followed them a Dit to see where they would go. But they stop ped just beyond me on tlie alley mid the man gives a whistle. Just three notes, like i. might have been tlie echo of the band at the hotel, but somebody was listenin' for it, and I heard a win der go up in one of tlie houses across the way. "At that the man sings out in a whisper, i got Sadie down here, let it down quick.' Then 1 saw something cornin' down like a bit of white on the end of a rope, and I could hear it slap, slappin' tlie side of Hie house ns It hit." "Could you see what It was?" "Not then. sor. except that It was something on the end of a rope." "Did the man say anything that you could hear, to the girl—Miss Page?" "Yes. He said, 'Larry is up there. He's all right, hut don't blub too much. m "Then I looks up and I says nix, hs's a gumshoe crook." and don't give him a peep at the shin ers. Keep close till 1 git back. I won't be long.' At that the girl seemed to wake up. as if she was coinin' out of a dream, and she clutched at his arm and began to cry, 'James!' she says. 'James Pollock!' And the man he laughs. 'So that's what's ealin* you, is it.' he says. 'Well, fergit It. My Gawd, you ain't guilty just because you was in the hotel. They can't connect It up with you. 1 give you my word.' 'Oh. thank God. thank God!' she whispers, and begins to cry harder than ever, and the man shook lier again. 'Cut out the water works.' he says angrily. 'i|nd get Into this seat, unless you want the bulls to pull you in.' " "What did he mean by 'this seat'? Could you see?" "Yes, sor. The ro|ie that the man had let down hud a sort of a swing at the end of it. and he made the girl sit in that, then lie whistled again and the other man pulled her up and she disap peared in a winder." "What did tlie man do?" "He waited till she was gone, then he went on down the street and round the corner. Thon 1 saw Denny cornin' up the other way and I went to meet hlm. and I found he'd been wutchin' too. That was why I couldu't see him when I come to the gate." "That is all. thank you. Miss O'Neill," said Langdon; but tlie Judge leaned forward with an arresting gesture. "And having seen all this," he said harshly, "didn't you read the papers the next morning? Didn't you see that n girl was missing, or connect lier in any way with the occurrences you had witnessed?" "Well, I ain't sayin' but what 1 had my suspicions." she admitted readily. "Then why didn't you tell someone?" "Huh!'' she retorted. "Aud let that ould dlvil of a Mrs. Watson know 1 was meetin' Denny and maybe givin' him a bite, and lose me job? 1 guess not!" "Theu why," persisted his Honor, "have yon told now?" "Sure, and it's me that's bein' mar ried this week, yer Honor, aud I'm after lavin' Mrs. Watson last Satur day," she said amid a stifled gale of mirth from spectators and jury alike. Even the prosecutor smiled, waiving his right to cross examine, for tbe mo ment at least: and Langdon. with a cheery aud encouraging nod towards Mary, called the second of his three new witnesses: "Dennis Gallagher." Denny, whose collar seemed to have shrunk to even more torturing tight ness during the interim of waiting, took his place on the stand with a face the hue of his fiancee's bonnet, and cleared his throat noisily between each sentence as if the linen baud about his ii,vis were somehow pressing his vocal chords. lie was, he admitted, a private watch man who had most of the block near the Hotel Republic, and lie usually paid a visit to the hack gate of tlie Watson hoarding-house once or twice during tlie course of his rounds. lie verified all that the buxom cook had already told, since lie himself had watched proceedings from a dark cor ner a little further along the alley, but bis account was amplified and more definite as to detail. "Did you." asked I-angiloti. "know who resided in tlu> house into which the girl was lifted by means of the rope swing?" "I did. si r," he answered. "It was Barker's, tlie gamblin' place, you know, sor. They kep' it dark in tlie back and in the front. Imt it was bright enough Inside, begbrra." "Were you watchman for tlmt build ing?'' "No, sor. They had tlieir own man to keep an eye out for tlie bulls, lint it was that very night they were pulled. Tim. Hu- policeman at tlit* corner, had wised me up to it only an hour before. "'Stick around. Denny.' says he. 'there II lie Dig ilniu's soon. They're coin' to raid Barker's.' sez lie. 'and I'll bet we pull a few big bugs, or in.v name is nmd.' "So I was kind of hangln* around waitin' when I see this other fellow posted in the alley. First off. 1 sez. lies a plain clothes man. Then I looks at Ids feet and I says nix. he's a gum shoe crook, and then the girl comes down the tire escape." 'When tlie girl had disappeared Into Barker's, what did you do?" "I Joined Katie and says to her. said t. 'it's goiu' to lie a big night, and that irl Ims jumped out >>f the fryin' pan 'it" the tire.' And begorra, sor. I'd no more than said it. then I heard tlie sig mil blow and saw the blueeoats march in' up the alley and ne ross the street at tlie end surroundin' the place. 'Good night to Barker's.' says I; and we watched 'em hatter in the door and march up stairs, it was then that I fell the oilier man tiiggin' at me arm.' "The other man?" It was more an exclamation than a question and Den nis nodded. "Sure the feller that had been stand in' soiqe place in the shadows. 'Wot are the perliee after?' lie says all hoarse like. 'Who are they lookin' fer —the girl?' 'Not on your life.' says I, 'they're raidin' Barker's.' 'Barker's?' ays lie. as if he'd never heat'd of the place. I- I tbought the trouble was ;n the hotel. I—i—heard a shot." 'Then.' says 1. 'you've got one on me. fer with nil these nuttyinobilcs hangln' about, the man that kin tell a bullet from a tire lias some ears.' 'You're right.' says he. 'It was probably a tire.' And he laughs; then he slunk away, as if he didn't like the perliee even if they weren't doin' anything but raid a gam blin' Joint." "Fan you describe that 111 : 111 ?" "No. He was kind of Cattish, and short. He looked like tlie sort of a fel ler that hits 'em up considerable, but I didn't take particular notice, sor." "Did yon aud Miss O'Neill remain In the alley after he had gone?" "Yes, fer tin; police, had run up the shades and we could see right Into Barker's place. Then 1 seen the girl again." "Do you mean Miss Page?" "Yes, sor; leastwise. I suppose it was her. She was staudin' with her hands over lier face, and one of the police men jerks 'em down and turns to an other one and says, says lie. Ts this the girl?' 1 could hear plain even down In the street, but the other bull seemed puzzled. 'It looks like it might tie.' he says, 'especially tlie glad rags, but Rhe ain't got Maggie's ear marks.' Then he grabs the girl by the arm and Rays, 'Wot's your name?' But she didn't answer, just moans, and at that he laughs aud says. 'Playin' dumb, eh? Same old game. Now I'm dead sure you are Maggie Hale that bums around the restaurants and hooks the suckers. Well, if you won't talk to us. you can tell It to tlie judge.' And with Hint he marches lier away where we couldn't see her." ".lust a minute. Mr. Gallagher." In terrupted l.iingdoii. "Let's return to that fnttlsli man in the alley. Did he come up the street with tlie police?" "No. sor. lie whs alongside o' me by Hint time." "Then he came from the other end of the street ?" Dennis scratched his head. "Not as I seen, sor." lie admitted. "Would you have seen him had he come from the corner beyond tlie Hotel Republic?" I.nngdoii's voice was vi brant with eager excitement and the spirit of It swept through the court room in a shivering whisper. "Yes. I'd a seen nnyboily coinin' from either end of the street. I 11 Hus could when I stood at the gate with Katie, fer there's a big arc light they have to pass under and you can see them plain -is plain." "Oue moment." Langdon swung about to tlie court clerk. "Read out the testimony of Kale O'Xeill begin ning with the question. 'Did lie seem to i>e watching for someone?''* " 'Question: Did lie seem to Ik- watch ing for someone?' Answer: 'Yes. sir fie was staring up at tlie Hotel Itepuh lie. and I thought lie was watching a man who was on the tire esc:i|ie. Then 1 decided it wasn't a man that I saw bat just a shallow, aud suddenly a . oung lady all dressed up in—' " "That will do. thank you." interrupt si Langdon. "Now. Mr. Gallagher, if that was a man whom Miss O'Neill saw on tlie fire-escape, would you have seen him come down?" "No, sor. I wasn't lookin' at the hotel." "But that is the one place lie could have conic from when he Joined you. lan't it?" (CONTINUED NEXT WEEK.) j I -, I SHE SPOILED HEB DAUGHTER IN THE RAISING Somewhere in the suburbs of New York live 11 man aud wife, happily mar ried, with one child. The husband has a job that brings in a fairly good in come and the wife keeps the house ami takes eare of the baby. Botli are well bred, lie was a southern gentleman; she is the daughter of well-to-do par ents, went to hoarding school, is hand some and accomplished. She learned everything a girl should Know but the j one essential tiling, how to make n home. Her mother had lier maid. Tli - daughter's clothes were always ready I and her mending done. Her youthful -, years were spent in having a good tinn I and learning the art of being a Duly. Bln ï» inn rrieil. Now sin must run :. home . »Slit loesn't know how. Her hush: uni i. riv es her $125 a month for the li (»use. \U 'cause she net er learnt •tl to cook a n«t Vi in't afford : i cook, tint must take tl îeir dinners out. Then -fore Mr. I lush;, ml conies limne, takes rni re of Iho 1 m hs wli ile Mrs. Wifi i* rushes half a mi le to u hoarding inn use, eats lie. <1 i ii nt t in î i It urry and rush es back; then lit' hurries h: ilf a mile to the boar ding lioust - and gt ■is li ist fag-eni 1 dinner. Her generous allowance is gone when the month is up and it lias brought 110 satis faction. They have no "homey" meals together; they Illume tlie baby-—they ought to blame the mother. Ilnd this wife lieen brought up to be a woman instead of just a Indy, she would take that thirty dollars they spend every month for boarding house meals and get two meals a day for two that would make tin- hoarding house dinners look like a ten-rent lunch- But she doesn't know how. She doesn't study her job. She can't save lier en ergy. Tlie time and effort spent to got to tlie boarding house and buck, tlie dressing, tlie annoyance mid the worry Would more than get tlie meal, and a better one, and clear it away. She does n't want to be merely a lady, she would rather be a woman. Now it's too lute— site's spoiled. But it's not altogether her fault. She wasn't trained right. She is a parlor ornament mid not 11 thrifty wife. She can't manage. She can't plan. She can't save. She can just be sweet; but sweet ness never runs a home. It's good for dessert, tint a home is made of beef steak and potatoes and pies and pud dings that ''touch tue spot," and tin old saying is as true now ns ever, that "tin- way to a man's heart is through his stomach," and lucky the woman who has found it out. Don't spoil your daughter in the raising. Teach lier to look upon house keeping as an art—a science, worthy of a place in the school curriculum, and absolutely essential to tlie comfort mid well being of a home. If the wife is a woman, she will In- a lady, hut she ran be a lady and only a big doll. LITTLE HALF WORN SHOES God bless the little feet that never go a stray, For the little shoos are empty, in my closet laid away; Sometimes I take one in my liuiid. for getting till I see It is 11 little half-worn shoe, not large enough for me; And at once 1 feel a sense of bitter ■ loss and pain, As sharp 11 s when two years ago it cut ! ■ my heart in twain,. Oil, little feet, that wearied not, I wait for them no more, For I am drifting on the tide, but they have reached the shore, Aud while the blinding teardrops wet these little shoes so old, I try to think mv darling's feet are treading streets of gold. Ami I lay them down again, hut al ways turn to say, God bless the little feet that now so surely cannot stray. And while I thus am standing I almost seem to see The little form la-side me just as it used to be; Dear little fare uplifted, with sweet and tender eves; All, me, 1 might have known that look was horn of Paradise. I reach my arms out fondly, hut they grasp tlit- empty air, There is nothing of my darling hut tlie shoes he used wear. Oh, the bitterness of parting can not lie done away Till I nieet.my darling walking where his feet ran never stray; When I no more am drifted upon tlie surging tide, But with him safely landed upon tho river's side. Be patient, heart, while waiting to see the shining \vx*, For the little feet in the golden street ran never go astray. > —Unknown. A clean town needs to adv fact. It spreads. •rtise the Pioneer Day Excursions Via Oregon Short Line (Union Pacific System) _ v July 22, 23 and 24 Low rates between local stations in Utah and Idaho except west of Bliss, Idaho, and to points on the Salt Lake Route and Union Pacific in Utah. Limit, July 25th. See Agents for rates and further details. RESOLUTION NO. 194 RESOLUTION DECLARING THE INTENTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BLACK FOOT, IDAHO, TO LAY CERTAIN CEMENT SIDEWALKS IN THE SAID CITY AND TO AS SESS THE COST THEREOF ON THE LOTS AND PARCELS OF LAND ABUTTING, FRONTING, CONTIGUOUS OR TRIBUTARY TO THE STREETS AND ALLEYS TO BE IMPROVED; TO PAY THE EXPENSE OF SUCH IM PROVEMENT: DECLARING ITS INTENTION TO CREATE LOCAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 1!', INCLUDING ALL THE PROP ERTY FRONTING, AND ABUT TING ON, CONTIGUOUS OR TRIBUTARY TO THE PORTION OF THE STREETS AND ALLEYS TO BE IMPROVED BETWEEN THE POINTS NAMED; FIXING A TIME IN WHICH PROTESTS AGAINST SAID PROPOSED IM PROVEMENT MAY BE FILED WITH THE CITY CLERK. AND ORDERING THE PUBLICATION OF THIS RESOLUTION. Whereas, tlie City Council has deemed it advisable to lay certain cement side walks in said city in accordance with law, and that such sidewalks are a pub lie necessity; and, Whereas, the cost of such improve ment to be levied and assessed upon the property benefited and upon tlie lots, blocks and parcels of land front ing, contiguous or tributary «11 and to such streets and alleys so to be im proved; provided that the expense of laying such walks at walk intersec tion!', and the spaces opposite alleys and street crossings or cross walks shall be paid by tlie City of Blnekfoot; Now, therefore, be it resolved bv the City Council of the City of Blnekfoot, Idaho: Tlmt tlie City Council of tlie City of Blnekfoot,' Idaho, does hereby declare its intention to have certain cement sidewalks laid within the corporate lim its of the City of Blaekfoot, Idaho, as hereinafter more fully specified. That the names of tlie streets in which walks are to lie laid and the points between which said improve moots are to ih* made are as follows: A five-foot cement walk on the north side of Judicial street from the east side of West Main street to the east side of East Main street; A five-foot cement walk on the south side of Bridge street from the east side of West Main street to the east side ot' East Main street; A eemeut walk eight and one-half feet wide along the east side of West Main street from the north side of Ju dicial street to a point two hundred and five (205) feet north of tlie north line of Alice street; An eight-foot cement walk along the west side ot West Main street from the north side of Sexton street to the south side of Francis street. For the purpose of constructing tlie improvements mentioned herein it is proposed to establish Local Improve ment District No. 1!», which shall in clude all the property fronting or abut ting on, contiguous or tributary to tlie streets and alleys to lie improved be tween the points named in this Resolu tion to the distance back from such streets, if platted in blocks, to the cen ter of the blocks; if platted in lots, only to tlie center of the lots; aud if not platted, to tlie distance of one hundred und twenty-five feet. The general character of tlie proposed improvements is us follows: Gement sidewalks. The estimated cost of the above im provement is $4.2(1(5.511; that of the total estimated cost of said improvement $5,802.40 shall lie assessed against the property abutting, fronting, contiguous or tributary to said improvement. $404.10 shall be paid by the City of Blaekfoot from its Improvement Dis trict fund. That Tiiesoay, the 1st day of August, A. I). 1 DIG, at the hour of S o'clock P. M, 011 said day in said city, the City Council will consider any protests against the said- proposed improvement which may he filed in the office of the City Clerk prior to that date. That the City Clerk be and he is here in- ordered to cause the publication of this Resolution to lie made in the offi cial newspaper in at least two consecu tive. issues of said newspaper at least ten days liefere -the time fixed for filing protests as herein set forth. Passed by the City Council of the City of Blaekfoot, Idaho, this 12th day of July, 1916. Approved this 12tli dav of July, 1916. K'. T. PECK, « Mayor. Attest: J* Roy ,S. DeKav, City Clerk. First publication, July IS, 1916. Last publication, July 20, 1916. -- '■* No matter how dark the clouds may be, there's a world of cheer on the other side. Break through.