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CHAPTER Vl—Continued — lo— we can. most assuredly. I fear you don’t altogether understand. It Isn't up to us. If the Richmond con tingent see fit to drop it all, we most certainly will be glad to do so. But if they see fit to carry on, then we must be prepared to meet them on their own ground.” “What is their own ground?” “That you are implicated in the death of Corey Malden.” “Yes, but what can they prove? Just nothing at all!” Perilla de clared. “They hold they can prove oppor tunity and motive,” was Stone’s reply. “That is perilously near the full requirements of a case. Don’t think I am trying to frighten you, but before you go. away I want you to know the danger you are in.” “I’d be in just as much danger if I stayed at home?” “Yes, I think so. That’s why I approve of your going. It will do you good in lots of ways. You’ll have a wonderful trip.” “Yes; the Dunstans are taking us to their wonderful Santa Bar bara home for a week, and I want a few days in San Francisco.” “Who are your guests?” “Alice and Jack Dunstan, Hilda Sheldon, Jane, of course; and the men are Bob and Malcolm, Mr. Dunstan and Mr. Garth.” “A good lot. And the third car?” “Alice's maid and my Sarah. Ex tra luggage, the chauffeur’s bags and odds and ends, you know. We’ll be comfortable, I think. Will Bob be on duty? At his work, I mean.” “I hope so. He can pick up a lot, I’m sure. But he’s discreet aud will give nothing away.” “What I am afraid of is the Richmond lot. Yet, surely, Mr. Stone, that incapable, inefficient Mr. Farrnan couldn’t buck up against you aud my three executors, could he?” “Your three executors are also in the same relation to Madame Mal den.” “And what of that?” “They have to do what she asks of them —to a certain extent. Sup pose she wants you—but let's talk of pleasanter things. Now, lay your plans so I’ll know exactly where to reach you at any moment. Garth will attend to such things, but- keep him advised if you make any change of plan.” “It won’t matter, his being away so long, will it?” “Oh, no. It’s a matter of time td settle an estate, and the Malden business will last for a long while. Garth will be back by the time he is needed.” “And Tony and Mr. Carleton can carry on while he is gone.” “Yes, if they will. Those two men are not heavy workers. Garth has done twice as much as either of them already. Y’ou like Mr. Carleton ?” “Oh, yes, but I saw him only once —that day in Washington.” “Your husband always spoke highly of him?” “Yes, but Corey did that of all his friends.” “I can’t help feeling that Farman is quiet only temporarily. What he plans I’ve no idea, but it’s probably something underhanded. However, you’re not to let all this worry you. If I feared danger or any real trou ble I should advise against your go ing. So put it all from your mind and have a delightful trip. Perhaps when you return I shall have mat ters all cleared up.” “Tell me, Mr. Stone you’ve looked about a bit now—do you think Corey was—was murdered?” “Yes, Mrs. Malden, I do.” “But hew could it have been ac complished?” “At this moment I have no more Idea than you have. It is probable that I shall learn soon. And I want to say this to you; it may neces sitate an autopsy.” “Oh!” Perilla looked shocked. Then she said, “It is all in your hands, Mr. Stone. Discuss any such matter with my parents and then follow your own judgment.” “Thank you, Mrs. Malden, for your readiness to trust matters to me. I admit this is a seemingly •mpossible case, but I also want to tell you that I feel sure light will break on us soon.” “You have more information?” Perilla’s eager eyes flashed into his. “No; sorry, but I haven’t. I’m hoping Bob will bring some. Think once more,” Stone said. “You are sure Mr. Malden didn’t eat or drink anything questionable that day?” “He didn’t eat anything at the tea place. We had a delicious din ner. Unless his portions were ’doc tored’ he could not have been Harmed. As to drinking, all pres ent drank the same tilings, for all I know. But this is a possibility. If some one intended to poison him. that was a very good opportunity.” “And I am beginning to think this is what happened.” She looked at him doubtfully. “I don’t know much about such things, Mr. Stone, but is there a poison that could be administered at the tea or at the dinner, which would leave him quite his usual self for several hours, and then bring bring about his sudden death — death without a sound or a quiver, merely a quick passing?” “I know no such poison. I have found no one who knows of such, but what else is there to assume?” “Why assume anything? Why not get facts?” “To do that, in this case, would necessitate a post-mortem exam ination.” “And have I objected to that?” “Madame Malden objected so strenuously that the question has been dropped.” “Then take it up again. I com mand it, if I have a right to do so. If not, I beg of you that it be done, though I regret the necessity. Ignore Madame Malden's wishes, and employ the best talent avail able for such work.” Perilla was pale but determined, and she did not waver at her own distressing thoughts. “Then,” and Stone’s voice was se rious, “if a trace of some such poison is found, you know, I sup pose, what the immediate reac tion will be —” “You mean suspicion will be strengthened against me. I expect so, but I prefer that to this en tire lack of knowledge. You must know I want his murderer found and punished, and if my going on this trip will in any way retard your work I will gladly call it off —” “No, oh, no. And my notion that we may find some evidence of poi son is so slight as to be practically negligible. I am not despairing, you understand, I haven’t the slight est doubt of ultimate success, but there are so many obstacles that must be overcome. Go along on j-our trip. I’d much rather you were already gone when Farman comes, if he does come.” So preparations for the journey went on. Perilla brooded -more or less, but not when it might distress others. Bob came home. Stopping only to see his mother in Philadelphia, he went straight to Fleming with his report. “Bad business all around,” he said succinctly. “Farman is on the warpath. Madame Malden, of course, is behind him, prodding him if, when and as he falters. She is getting really nutty now, or she seems to be. The Washington man, Carleton, is the aloof sort, hard to get at, and unsatisfactory when found. Mr. Carmichael, another friend of Corey’s, is much pleasant er and I wish he’d been an ex ecutor instead of Carleton. Now, I’ve no business to say this, maybe, but I can’t help thinking there's some jiggery-pokery going on to re duce the net proceeds due to come to Perilla under that will.” “That’s all to the good—what you’ve deducted, I mean,” and Stone looked approvingly at young Coles, “but, just now, stick to the rumors about Mrs. Malden and her husband.” “But those are so Indefinite. Boiled down they amount to this: she had motive and opportunity, therefore she did the deed; or, she was alone in the room with him, so it must have been her work. They consider the motive settled; simply that Pril wanted the money and not the man; they consider the opportunity perfect; the method they refuse to consider, but hold that it might be one of several. Why, that unspeakable Farman says he thinks Perilla used a hypoder mic needle, with poison in It! Now, the devil of that is, it sounds so d—d plausible!” “What became of the instru ment?” asked Stone. “Elementary. She could have hid den it in a hundred places, or passed it over to Sarah, or to Boyn ton —by the way, where is Boyn ton?” “His whereabouts are not un known. Why?” “Nothing. But the servants at Malden House seem to have some thing on him.” “Go on; what else?” “Well, not much else, only that Farman is coming up here next week, and Carleton will come when you advise him to do so. They have nothing to do with each other, out wardly, you understand. But I did a small bit of shadowing and caught Farman trotting in at Carleton’s back gate now and again. Then they’d be closeted in secret session, and I, calling on Mr. Carleton, had to wait until he could see me. 1 didn’t talk real business with him—you told me not to —I just made social calls and flirted with his wife. And I like Mr. Carleton; he’s merry and bright; but there's a yellow streak in his make-up some where.” CHAPTER VII << A ND when is Farman to put in an appearance here?” asked Stone. “Soon, in a few days, I fancy, though I couldn’t find out exactly. I think he means to feather his nest right well out of the Malden mil lions, aided and abetted by friend Carleton.” “Corey Malden was always too fond of his friends,” Stone ob served; “he could see no fault in them. What did you make of Car michael?” “I didn’t see much of him, but he seemed to me to ring true. He ad mires Perilla immensely, but who doesn’t. He’s not on good terms with Carleton, though lie pretends to be. He doesn’t like Tony Gas kell, either. And he has a grudge of some sort against Mr. Garth.” “I’m glad to get these hints, Bob. I think I shall go to Washington as soon as Perilla’s California party gets started, and what you’ve told me will be a help. You’re going on the trip?” “If you don’t want me here.” “No, I want you there. You’re to keep a general watch out and give an alarm if anything is alarming. I fear something may turn up, but I may be over-apprehensive. I’ll hold , the fort here, and of course, they’ll have meetings of the executors, which I shall manage to attend— one way or another. Now, I want that expedition to start as soon as , may be. Better run up there and see Mrs. Malden. I’m giving a stirrup-cup party the night before you go, so tell her I’m ready for that when she is.” Bob found Perilla in, and she summoned Mr. Buckle, who was to “Farman Says He Thinks Perilla Used a Hypodermic Needle.” attend to everything in any way , pertaining to the trip. They decided to go the next day but one. They would spend the first night in Warren, Ohio, and the sec ond in Columbus. It was decided that Stone’s party the next evening should include only those going on the trip, Perilla’s parents, and a few others at Perilla’s discretion. Perilla, herself, began to waver a little as to the wisdom of her plans. She said so to Tony Gaskell. “I wish you were going, Tony,” she said; “you’re always so dependable and reliable.” “Lots of things I’d rather be called than those two,” and Tony made a wry face. “Here, you, Bob! let that bottle alone. I'll give you a highball.” Bob grinned and took the modest drink offered him, reinforcing it at first chance. “You must stay overnight, Tony,” Stone said; “you have, to be here tomorrow.” “All right, Stone, I mean to stay over. But if you’re crowded I'll , go to a hotel.” “Not crowded a bit. Nobody here I but Coles and you and me.” “Very well, then, I’ll stay here, . and mighty glad to do so.” Perilla took Jane and Hilda and , went home early, and not much i later Malcolm and the Lovells went home. The three men left in Stone’s apartment sat in silence for a time. “I do like Mr. Lovell,” Stone said; “he’s level-headed, and he’s ■ as devoted to those two children as if they were his own. Malcolm’s a good sort, too, and he sure looks after his sister.” “What a lovely thing she is,” said Gaskell, fairly blurting out the words, as if unable to repress them longer. “We all agree to that,” said Bob. with a sigh. “Well, me to bed. Come on, Gaskell, let’s leave our host to check up his notes of this eve ning’s doing.” ! “Wait a minute,” Stone held them; “who are the Dunstans?” “Nobody in particular,” Bob told him. “Old friends of the family, THE fWHiTDOE EXAMINER going along rather as chaperons, ; think. And now, me for bed. N« more—er —liquidation, I assume?” “No!” and his host scowled “I’ll put you in Buckle’s care. Bob and if you hit it up you’re to be sent home. See?” “Yeppy. I’ll be good, don’t worry.” He went off to his room, and Tony said, slowly, “Such a nice chap, but headed wrong.” “Oh, he’ll be all right; I’ve my eye on him. And he’s always care ful when Mrs. Malden is around. Now, when can you get us a real meeting of the executors?” “Almost any time. Give me a bit of advance notice, and I’ll be on deck. Is there much doing yet?” “Not much, until we get more sta tistics from the banks. But I want to be ready for this Farman per son. You know, I suppose, he means war to the knife? And the circum stances are so—so —” "So definite and so incriminat ing—” “Yes, though I didn’t mean to put j it so strongly. Yet it’s the truth A really disinterested investigator would pounce on Perilla as the ob vious suspect.” “I know.” Tony drew a deep sigh. “That’s the reason I stayed home from the trip—to fight any such investigator.” “You gave up a month’s pleasure in the company of the woman you love, to be here on the mere chance of something turning up?” “Os course.” Gaskell looked his surprise. “Wouldn’t you?' I have loved Perilla for years, long before she knew Corey. But I’ve no in tention of bothering her. And it’s all too soon yet. If the time ever comes for me to tell her, very well; if not, then, very well, again.” Gaskell’s handsome face looked moody and distressed, but in a mo ment it cleared, and he smiled. “Never mind all that,” he said. “I did want to go motoring with them, more than I ever wanted any thing in all the world, but I had a hunch I could do more for her here. So call on me for anything you want." “I’ll remember that. Now that Bob’s gone, have a nightcap." This program was put over, and the perplexed detective was glad to get to his room, where he could be alone to think. Bob and Tony were at Perilla’s early the next morning. Gaskell drew her aside, and then into a small reception room and closed the door. “Don’t be frightened,” he said, smiling at her startled gaze, “I only i want to whisper a word of warning, j You know I was Corey’s best man. j now I want to be yours. And I mean only to warn you against one j or two things. Don’t be too kind j to Garth. Oh, I know this sounds | like the babble of a jealous fool, and I don’t say I’m not that, but if you want to or mean to smile on Roger Garth, wait till you get home again to do it. There’ll be time enough then. And don’t be angry with me for saying this—” “I’m not angry, but I fail to see what right you have to dictate my behavior. You were Corey’s best man, but that doesn’t mean you are mine!” “I know. Forgive me, Perilla. I truly meant only to speak for your own good. Oh, darling, if you knew what you mean to me!” and unable to restrain himself, Tony clasped her in his arms. Just for a moment, though, and then, letting her go, he said, “Now you know—and I’m not sorry. T promise never to lose command of myself again and you’re going to forgive me this once, aren’t you? Tell me—l can’t let you leave me in an uncertainty.” “Well, then I forgive you this once, on condition that never again—” “Come along, Pril,” called Mal colm, through the door. “Buckle is here, and you’re needed. Hurry! We’re bound for California.” Tony followed Perilla from the room, and set himself to work in earnest, helping stow away small bits of luggage and special belong ings of Perilla. He could not wait for the actual departure, nor could Stone, who stopped in for a mo ment to say good-by. The first car held the redoubtable Buckle, driving, also Sarah, and Mrs. Dunstan’s maid. The second contained Perilla, Hilda, Jack Dun stan and Bob. This was driven by Bailey, Perilla’s own chauffeur The other car brought up the rear, with Alice Dunstan and Jane, Mal colm and Roger Garth, driven by Garth’s man, Hopper. About the time the party was emerging from the Holland tunnel into the New Jersey sunshine Gas kell received a telegram from Rich ard Carleton, saying he would be in New York by noon, and hoped to have a meeting of the executors that afternoon, as he had to return to Washington on a night train. Tony called up Stone and also Mr. Lovell, the latter advising that the meeting be held at his home. This was arranged,\ and at three o’clock a conclave was held for the discus sion of Perilla’s fortune. (TO BE CONTINUED) The Mexican Flag The ensign of Mexico is a tricolor of green, white and red, with the arms of the country imposed upon the white section. 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