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A Author of "A Chain of 11. TILE IX(L)i:ivST. We.xt morning the inquest* was proceeding. The great living room each class found ample to satisfy its motive. The mere fact of be ing within that exclusive home, within those heretofore inaeessi ble doors, was enough to thrill and dalight many, and observa tion and scrutiny were as well re paid as was the listening to fhe astounding revelations that were poured into their ears. Coroner Seofield's jury was composed of intelligent men, wlio were eagerly receptive to !r- ap- the curiously bizarre bits of evi dence that became known as the witnesses were questioned. Hr. Stanton told of his lining called to the house, and his dis coveries and conclusions. He ad mitted that he assumed de:«ili was caused by the blow 011 the head, but claimed it was a pardonable error in view of the fact that such a blow had been given. affirmed, and Dr. Moore corrob orated it ,that the autopsy showed that death was caused bv aconi- Pauline was called next, and a little flutter of exci.tement in the audience greeted her appearance, i,n- the Exceedingly dignified, but of a sweet, gracious mien, she at once received the silent approval of the crowd. Her bla,ck gown, its collar of sheer white organdy slightly they almost disconcerted him and then, hidden by veiling lids, whose long lashes f^ll suddenly ais if to* couceal further disclosures. uP**t 188 £ot 8^J»tevI Nt^riteiifrbu discovered herin the 7m iiy pip«r h»W i»6ld«fcbjr -O. CURVED- CAROLYN WELLS Eviv a ii I to 1 1 iv a a I in ix at. (Jarden Steps was crowded with i1'0""' near In*r il she were- alive— iistvners drawn hither by syiripa-'ol" conscious—or sd pov.rr to thy, interest or curiosity.* And S(,,,'uni 1 1I1^I,u^l«,i palliug facts narrated to them and ''round the neck of. the victim T(e t. O" the. whole Pauline was not'the witness, it certainly succeed a satisfactory witness. She told,! ed.* Pauline Stuart turned even *n a most straightforward way, of whiter Mian she had been, and she leaving »the breakfast table to go caught her br«ath quickly and, to her aunt's room and of finding audibly as she\flashed a fright there t%. dead bojty. She told ened gjance at Gray Haviland. It clearly all the circumstances of was by no.v means*a% acsusing ray, the skilled powder' glance, though many who saw it, Jf1" ,*~® eccentric garb of Miss eager for a direction in which to Harrington herself. But question^ cast their suspicions, took it for as to her opinion of th«e facts1 such. Drought little response. But Pauline controlled herself asked Coroner SeofieidT think, J°tte 'i And her jewels! jk«r» st." ti^Krnjs^ffl^a At** 3 *, r" The (J old lint/, W A a be ii I a it iv it 1 it to lor help. Any one know- mg my aunt's fear and horn anything reptilian will agree this." "It seems evident," said the coroner thoughtfully, "that some intruder entered Miss Carring 1011 room at or near 1 o'clock. That this intruder in some man ner induced Miss Carrington to swallow the poison, whether con scious of her act or not. That the subsequently, am ome reason, placed the snake and, later still, brutally gave her a stunning blow with'the black- jack which was found, and there- why. my aunt sbould be so elab-.-: Stanto" inB?" of to jor by fractured her skull. Granting •,natlc these assumptions, can vou, Miss:t,lat *he Stuart, give us any information that would lead to discovery of opinion or suggest a theory that tine poison, administered either __ by the deceased or another at an|m,£'lt account for such strange hour not earlier than 1 o'clock 1 happenings, at least, in part?" Pauline replied tranquilly. Evi aiui probably soon thereafter. The "No," said Pauline slowly, "I dently she had fully recovered terrible blow that had fractured have 110 the skull had been given after life had been for some time extinct. Dr. Stanton asserted emphatic ally his late patient's detestation *f drugs br medicines of arty sbrt, adducing thereby the extreme im probability* of the poison having been self administered. More over, the temperament and dispo sition of the late Miss Carrington eutirelv evinced a love of life and desire to prolong it by means of, any device or assistance the doc- clothing makes tor might give. ¥ea n.or whole condition of the body andl^or "and, too, what. would "We are establishing the facts of the proceedings, not the sense niuS hair and eyes. Today her eyes! "At least," he went on, "we seemed fathomless. At times, gaz- have the facts and the approxi ing intently qt the coroner until mate time of the crime have you. I.ll0v nlmna+ 1.1... -1 Di..—a. a Carrington at immediately. "Certainly* not." .he mid coldly. "That is, I can have no suspicion of the murder er's identity. It was, of course, a midnight intruder of the crim- returned Pauhne? "probably at 15 or 20 tunutes put 12—I am not sure." 1- '4- •'When I left my aunt she was ^rearing her pjearfa and the other jewelry she had worn "with her iveoing dress. Some brooches and bracelet*" ««r °«T dressed?''} inal class. I have no individual 8°w» she had worn dttr-, acquaintances who use or possess Jng the eyemng. ithe weapon'that was*emp)kyed in 'this-crime.1' "Theblackjaclt is an auxilia#^ only. Th§ pdistn may have been administered by one not vers&l in a bracelet*. nals. You admit that,il suppose*!" not so much as she had I "It ia no doubt true," said •fAll ll .* »»_ .t a^atDuit for me wllo« suehLsde with Pauline icily* "that poison maybe given by a person not helokguig to the orimibsl classes. I fail to seeM however, hbw that fiiet if- the 01*e orately arrayed and seated in an f°r love it is improbable easy chair in front 01 her mirror, that she 'has ever done any one It is contrary to all her customs or 8UCh habits.j deed in revenge as to gain', if you "Could she have been killed wean pecuniary gain, all the lega first and could the jewels and tees mentioned in her will may adornments have been added aft- said to have that motive." erward?" as^ced the coroner of! Pauline's manner and tones the doctors. I were so impersonal, so scathingly "No," replied Dr. Moore "the ^ron'c IcejiTing fTie poisoning and malting jit appear that the blow caused the death. There den*al of them," returned the coroner a made. Did you, little testily, for he was at his after leaving your open at the throat, well suited her wits' end even to make a begin- midnight see or hear anything pale, beautiful face and her dark *n this strange case Miss Stuart, any suspicion of who the murderer'can be?" *The question was shot out sud denly. If its intent was to startle the ways of professional erimi- she was fond. I offered to take down her hair and put away her jewels^ but she declined those services, and bade mo leave her." "She was^wearing, when yon left her,Houly the jewels she had worn during the eveningf" *•. seems to me 110 other way to account for the con ditions that confront us." A silence followed this. Its truth was patent to everybody. Cle irly, th'e poisoner had deliv ered the blow, lor no one else would attack a victim already dead. And a phiusible reason would be the hope that the poi soning would pa: unnoticed in thought should overcome time elapsed for a successful get away to be made. Nor would the burglar have been at pains to ,.'ov^" UP hls ,lavi"g woulcl ,lave bor*v»- ls as ])e\ obscure the hand that wrought this' "What could it have beent" havoc?" asked Pauline, her composure re "Not any," and Pauline raised 'gained, her voice low and even, her great eyes a moment to Sco-! Seofield looked at her. "It is field face and slowly dropped Miss Stuart, th&t the only them again. motives for murder are love, re "Then can you not express an venge ai,y might account for such strancre your aunt?" one can I imagine her who could have killed my wrong as to call for such a 88 a11 clothing makes such a theory I suggesting it made it seem so far practically impossible." removed from possibility that it "Quite impossible," added Dr. 'was# far more emphatic than any view of the other apparent cause of death. "And it points to the work of an amateur, went on ScoiiI.d rington often angry with you?" "a professional criminal, would Indeed, y(.s as she was with know that the autopsy would dis- everybody." close the earlier crime. 1 auline lost her nerve. 1 don own experiences. You prepared know anything about, it she a night luncheon for vour mis cried. and sank bade into her seat, tress?" her face buried in her hands. "Yes, sir," and Coroner Seofield was a man of tact. It. is entirely natural, AIiss apprehensively. Stuart," he said, "that. this I "What you. But w0 must, realize the fact that the theory of a professional bur glar is practically untenable, be en use nothing was stolen. A bur glar's motive could be only rob bery. and this did not take place. Nor can we think that la burglar was frightened away before he could appropriate the jewels. For, after giving the poison and before the blow was given, sufficien 1 poisoning work for, achieved his end, he secured his booty and eseaPe- So, it is evident motive not being rob- yet unknown, and may and complicated." or gain. Can you imagine these directed toward poise. "lT "c ,__o I can think of no to amount to a disclaimer the legatees. Her way'of could have been. sense of such a proceed- as But Coroner Seofield was unmoved as his witness. "Quite so," he said coolly "and therefore inquiries must be unusual or suspicious?" "What do you mean'by un usual or suspicious?" "I mean did you see or hear any*hing, Before answering Pauline looked in turn at all the members of the household. Haviland slowly turned his head as if (to look at something across the room, "and as slowly brought it back to its previous position. "I did not," said Pauline, look ing, straight at the coroner. That is all," said Seofield briefly, and th'e^neet witness was called. This was the maid, Estelle. Her eyes were red with weeping, but she was not hysterical now, or in coherent. She answered tersely questions as to Miss Carrington's habits and as to her words and actions during the maid's last in terview wjth her. I lfft her at aboiU 12:45," the witness deposed "I had given her the Oriental negligee, of which Ml 'W, boudoir robe die bade me replace tauch jewels as! had alreaily takaa ^inteiition of 0o*]S«5lX, 2d I* 1,1 Miss Stuart,1 aunt soon after anything at all that you could not explain to yourself as being in any way connected with the traredjr we are investi gating?" W her eremng gown for the pearls while I changed her cos tume." "And then sh* dismissed you for the night?" 1 "Yes, sir." "Where was she then? Sitting before the mirror?" "No, sir. She .stood in the mid dle of the floor." "'Was she in an amiable lnood?" :^v-v "She was not. Because I offered to assist lie.r further she al,5Ti All, in anger. Was Miss Car- --Confine had asked of them. "An overdose of bromide may be fatal," parried the coroner, not answering the question directly. "Why did you do it?" "I didn't do it," and the French girl shrugged her shoul ders. "Why should I poison my mistress? She was quick tem pered,, but I was. used to that." "Don't be stupid," said the cor oner "the bromide didn't poison Mjss Carrintgon, for, in the first place, she didn't take it. The glass of milk was found next morning untouched, though the sandwiches were gone. Therefore, the bromide in the milk was found. Why did you put it in?" "I didn't do it," reiterated the maid. "Look higher up for that!" What do you mean?" I mention no names, but some body must have done it if bromide was found in the milk." "But yoi#tried "to get the glass away- next morning without being seen." "Who says I did?" "Never mind that you were seen. Why?" ."Well, sir, if I thought anybody was going to get into trouble be cause of it, I was only too glad to help, if I could, by removing it before it was noticed." Estelle spoke slowly, as if weighing her words, and her furtive glances at Pauline bore only one signifi cance. It was palpably apparent that shes suspected Miss Stuart of the deed, and out of kindness had tried to remove the incriminating* evidence. Pauline stared at her with a glance that went through her or over her or around her, but oracrt'd 1 y( trom tin- room in remember that we relatives ami sir," and now Estelle's voice trembled and her eyes rolled was What was it?" "Two small sandwiches and a glass of milk." "What sort of sandwiches?'' "Caviarre, sir." "Ah, yes. And why did you put a large done of bromide in the glass of milk?" "Did it kill her?" and Estelle screamed out her query. Pauline and Anita looked at one another. It was the same question Estelle e(j your answers to your gave not the slightest attention to the speaker. "Did you put bromide-in your aunt's glass of milk, Miss Stu art?" asked the coroner^ and Paul ine said, calmly: "Certainly not." Mr. Seofield sighed. It was a difficult matter to get at the truth when the witnesses were clevei' women in whose veracity he had not complete confidence. Hp gaye up Estelle. for. the mo ment, and called Gray Haviland. The young man's appearance gave every promise of frankness and sincerity. He detailed ttie circumstances precisely Pauline had told them. He denied having heard or seen anything suspicious during the night. He referred to the' coroner's fist «f motives for the crime, and added that he, agreed with Miss Stuart that the present case eoftld scarcely b(e ascribed to love or revenge. If the murder was committed for gain, it was, of course, a formal necessity to question all the bene ficiaries of Miss Carrington's will, bat he was sure that all such in heritors were quite willing to Jbe questioned. For his part he be lieved that the criminal was some enemy of Miss Camngton un known to her immediate house hold, and he suggested that* sneh a one be searched for. "You've got'that«love," here minded," that wvs formd Clasped in the hand of the murdered woman. »Why not traee that or endeavor to learn in some ^w'the reaaon for the* many pecullff cirT eumatances or discover, at least a way to look for further evi dence rather than to vaguely sus pect those who lived under Miss Carrington's roof?" "I am not asking your assist ance in conducting this inquiry, Mr. Ilavilaud," and the coroner spoke shortly "but pursuing my own plan of obtaining evidence in mv own way. Will you kindly answer questions without com ment on them?" O a a a O friends are just as much interest- jn clearing up this mystery as you are, and we want to help, if Ave can be allowed to do so in telligently." Asked again if he saw or heard anything unusual in the night, Haviland replied: "You said 'sus-j picious' the other time. I did see something unusual. I saw Estelle go stealthily downstairs at 3 a. m. That's unusr.al, but I don't go so far as to call if suspicious." (Continued Next Week.) "gpj Offered Peacc In 1917. From German Democracy Bulletin. The Berliner Tageblatt on November 22 reports the following from Munich: "The pross is again spreading the idea today that not one of Germany's enemies during th'e world war had made a peace offer. In opposition to this report the Bavarian minister of finance. Professor Dr. Jaffe, has asked the Beriiner Tage blatt to give out the following remarkable explanation of the preliminaries to peace: "In order to avoid obscuring the facts. I hereby declare through the Berliner Tageblatt that in the late fall of 1917 I personally transmitted a peace offer from the government of the United States, handed to me by the confidential repre sentative of President Wilson into the hands of Secretary of «tate vs. Busche. The latter promised me at that time to hand It to Secretary of State von Kuehl mann. A few weeks later a correspond ing peace offer, from the United States to AustriaJHungar.v was given to Count Czernin. lri spite of many inquiries on the part of the people entrusted wirti the mission, neither Germany nor Austria Hungary feplied to the offer. How Bocwell Old It. From the Detroit News. How pleasant it is to know that Bos well. who we have always thought was meivly a kind of animated notebook, was a droll, vain, bibulous, Warmhearted creature, a good deal of a Pepys. Here is one of his own blurbs, which we quota from Mr. Newton's book: Boswell, the author, is a most ex cellent man he is of an ancient farfl ily in the west of Scotland, upon which he values himself not a little. At his nativity there appeared omens of his future greatness. His parts are bright, and his education has been good. He has traveled in post chaises miles without number. He ls fond of seeing much of the world. He eats every good dlBh, especially apple pie. He drihks "Old'Hock."* He ha£a very fine temper. He is somewhat of a humorist and a little tinctured with pride. He has a good manly counte nance, and he owns himself to be amorous. He has infinite vivacity, yet* Is. observed at times to have a melancholy cast. He is rather fat than lean, rather short than tall, rath er yourig .than oldr His shoes are neatly made, and he never wears spectacles. Thisv brings the excellent Boswell very close to us' indeed he might almost be a member of the Authors' League. Es pecially apple pie, bless his heart! Only Strong Survive. From the Marshal Ito wn (la.) Times Republican. The newspaper directory for the United States shows 42 less dallies and 864 less weeklies for the year 1918 than existed before. A total of 1,954 publications gave up" the ghost during the year, while 776 new enterprises were Started. Almost prohibitive cost of paper and war wages coming upon an Industry wtlich could not ®ti.. prices, readjust its selling except gradually, swamped those who^dtd not have a strong cash reserve to withstand the period of convulsion. Demobilization is sending many printers home from the army to lind their former places of employment abandoned. One dally where there were two or three reduces the number of jobs. People here after are going to read fewer newspapers, but many more people will read the sarfie newspaper. One setting of type, one' editing and one gathering of news muet serve nore people. The presses win Iongermtylt printers will not be so much is demand. The Senate amendment to the war rev enue.bill, levying a tax of 10 per cent upoa products of child labor entering In terstate commeice and designed to have 'the same effect a» the chiltf labor act recently, declared unconstitutionally the •uvnikie «court, was adapted by Senate Howe 'conferee*. The wife and youngest son of Dr. Lieb JfDMht, head of the Spartacans, who were vrresfcd when»Liebkpecht's house was surrounded by soldier* and marched, have been Mbesated. Many Incriminating bol skevist documents were seised. Lleb kneekt's eldest son Is still Iik the of the police. Secretary Glass wrote Chairman Kltchin, of the House ways and means committee recently that he win shortly recommend extension of(the privilege or cenverting Liberty bonds of the first and second issue te bonds bearing Interest at the higher rate of 4^ per cent. Trimi^e Tjas paid the memory of Col Tlieodeve Roosevelt by members of the National Boft & Shoe Manufacturers' As sociation at tne banquet in New York* /They rose and stood In silence for 30 seconds out of respect to "our great de parted American of Americans." Resolutions ^rotestfng^ against the an nexation of Korea by Apan and °-nnr President WUson an&the .Ajiiertcan peace delegates to apply, the principle self detersninatlon tA that country hava sent by'the New Korea Association UMMint and members oBthe relattensa committee of ooUcress. State foresters'atf reporting many an. plications from returning soldiers for out. door work. Flint, Mich., and Sheboygan. Wis.. hav» oadh and severally entered upon a oTm. jMOsn^make themselves MO per cent run s,rf •f'ff Sh- sen ve beoo to fttetjft 1 7.