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CHAPTER Vll—Continued —ll— seems to me,” put in Gaskell, as they looked at the matter from varying angles, “that we are at taching too much importance to de tails. We, as executors, have no duty to perform except the transfer of Corey Malden’s fortune to Mrs. Malden, with the definte exceptions of such bequests as are quite plain ly stated in the will. Garth, to be sure, is Corey’s lawyer, but as a close friend I feel that 1 know all about the matter and can help you see it through as well as Garth can, subject, of course, to his sanction and approval.” Carleton stared at the speaker. “Personally,” he said, “I admit I prefer to meet with and be advised by the lawyer who drew up the will, and who is also an executor.” “As you choose,” and Tony shrugged his shoulders. “I feel it was unwise for Garth to go off on that long trip just at this junc ture —” “He didn’t know this was going to be a juncture,” said Lovell, in his mild way. “Os course, we want him here at our meetings, but we can do much without him.” “Well,” began Tony, his voice a trifle harsh, “we can at least find out where we stand regarding that Richmond lawyer—Farman, isn’t It? I’m told he has something on his mind regarding the death of Corey Malden.” There was no response to this, and Stone took up the conversation. “That sort of thing is in my line, I think,” he said. “I am engaged, Mr. Carleton, to discover, if I can, the exact cause of Mr. Malden’s death. I am told that Mr. Farman has suspicions—I think that is not too strong a word —that Corey Malden was murdered. If this is true —true, I mean, that Mr. Farman suspects that —then he should tell us so plainly. If he has no suspicions of the sort, then he should inform us to that effect. When does Mr. Farman propose to come up here?” “That I don’t know. I am not his confidant, Mr. Stone.” “No, but you might know that. Does he not propose to come while you are here?” “I’ve not the slightest idea. 1 came today because I chanced to have other business in New York, and that made it convenient.” “1 see.” Stone looked at him quizzically. “Perhaps, hereafter, Mr. Carleton, you would be wiser to consider the Malden estate of greater consequence than you seem to now. Then you think Mr. Far man is of the opinion that Malden was murdered, and he has a strong suspicion of the murderer’s iden tity?” Carleton stared. “I didn’t say anything of the sort, Mr. Stone.” “You thought it, however. Do you deny that?” “How can I tell what Mr. Far man thinks? He can think what he chooses.” “Os course. Now, what do you think?” “1 can see no reason for mur der, no method that could have been employed, and no means that could have been used.” “And yet you still believe mur der was done.” Carleton looked uncertain and a little embarrassed. “If I do,” he said, “it’s only because Corey Mal den was such a healthy specimen that I can’t conceive of his drop ping dead from heart failure or from any other weakness.” “All right, then,” and Stone nod ded his head. “I rather agree with you, I think. But I don’t want you to think it was the work of an innocent woman.” “What else is there to think?” and Carleton looked sulky. “If there was no one else there to kill him, why wasn’t it his wife?” “What is your business, Mr. Carleton?” Stone said sternly. “I’m a lawyer.” “Then you must know you haven’t a case against the lady. Now, why do you want one? Why do you hope to find one?” “I don’t,” Carleton blurted out, looking with a trace of fear at Tony Gaskell’s lowering face. “Now, gentlemen,” said John Lovell, in his placating way, “all this will get us nowhere. To sus pect my daughter of murder is too absurd. I am not afraid of such suspicions, but I am afraid that the man who could imagine such a thing as that could bring harm of other sorts to her. She is not un protected, I'd have you know, and any dishonor east upon her name will be duly dealt with.” "I am interested to know Mr. Carleton’s or Mr. Farman’s theories ft* to murder,” Stone said, suavely. “Whoever or whatever did Corey Malden, his wife had no hand in it,” Gaskeil declared. “You say that;,” Carleton said, “because Corey is was your friend. He was my friend, too. I admired his wife—she is beautiful and clever. But that does not pre clude wickedness. She—” “She is entirely above and be yond suspicion,” Stone said, slowly, "but that is not what faces her; she is free from any charge of hav ing done evil because she couldn’t have done it. How could she? What was her weapon? What became of it? Why would she kill a man she loved so dearly? Yes. we know of her love for him—yon do not. We know her young, innocent girl ish character —you do not. And. moreover, we know that this das tardly hint of suspicion, aye, more than a hint, is the work of a malevolent old woman, a jealous half-demented person, who hates without cause and accuses without reason. Incidentally, we know that you, Mr. Carleton, have joined is sue with the unscrupulous Far man, and your game is to bring dis aster to the stricken bride of the murdered man, and obtain from your helpless client ill-gotten gains for yourselves.” Part of the knowledge set forth by Stone, in his quiet but forceful harangue, was obtained from facts and hints brought to him by Bob, and the rest he had cleverly and truly deduced from what he had learned. Stone saw that many of his shafts struck home. “What’s this about the elder Mrs. Malden taking cyanide into the room of her daughter-in-law?” he asked. “I’ve heard nothing that made me pay any attention to it. Merely the vaguest of rumors.” “Rumors to what effect?” “Look here, Mr. Stone, I am not here to be quizzed by you. I am not here as a witness; I am here as a co-executor of Corey Malden’s will, and unless we get at that work and attend to it exclusively I consider it unnecessary for me to stay here. Mr. Garth should be here. It seems to me the gathering is irregular.” “It does seem so, doesn’t it?” and Stone looked around the room. “Isn’t it odd how often the wrong people get in the right places, and vice versa?” “I do not intend it shall happen again. When will Mr. Garth be home?” “He’s not coming till about Christ mas time,” Tony replied. “So, Mr. Carleton,” Stone took up his quest again, “what were these rumors you were talking about?” Carleton looked grave. “If we are to run this affair without Garth,” “I Can See No Reason for Murder.” he said, “we may as well go to it. Never mind rumors, let’s get down to facts. I can tell you, gentlemen, that unless steps are taken to pre vent it you will find the young and innocent Mrs. Malden in serious trouble —even danger.” “Danger of what?” asked Stone. “Os arrest for the murder of her husband.” “Do you know what you’re talk ing about?” “I certainly do, Mr. Stone. And so do you. The arrest is pending, i may say it is Imminent.” “Who will bring this charge?” Stone was not frightened, but he was anxious. J “Madame Malden, of course. She j has a case, without any doubt. But as I told you, Farman is the lawyer, and he will be here in a few days.” “Will Mrs. Malden, senior, come?” Stone inquired. “Sooner or later, if required. Not unless it is necessary.” “Let’s adjourn till tomorrow,” said Lovell, in his bland way, “and then see about it.” **•*•*• A small and exclusive and very delightful place to live is the village of Scottstown, not far east of Col umbus, Ohio. As Perilla’s motor party was about to start from War ren, Ohio, on Friday morning, Hil da somewhat timidly mentioned this fact. “Why, that’s where your sister lives, isn’t it?” asked Perilla, “the one who married the Hayfield?” “Yes,” and Hilda smiled. “You , see,” she said to the others, who ! were gathered on the hotel veranda, “my sister Rose married a man named Harry A. Field. As he usual -1 ly signs it H. A. Field, of course he’s called Hayfield. They live in J Scottstown and their place is Rose croft. Now, I’m wondering,” she looked appealingly at Perilla, “if you wouldn’t all spend tonight at Rosecroft instead of going to a ’ Columbus hotel. I know Rosy could ' make you comfortable —she has lots of room —” “And how will sister like a horde ; of Assyrians coming down like a wolf on the fold?” asked Garth, smiling at the impulsive invitation. “Oh, she’ll adore it! What do you ' say, Perilla?” “I think it would be the most aw ful imposition, hut if you guarantee us a welcome, I’m ready to go if the ! others agree.” Hilda clapped her hands. “I’ll go | and ask Buckle to send some tele grams,” and in ten minutes the ' whole affair was In Buckle’s capa ble hands. Perilla asked Hilda to ride in the car with her, that they might talk it over, and Jack Dunstan and Roger Garth rode with them. “You’ll love the Fields,” Dunstan said. "They never know what they’re going to do next; we’d bet ter telephone them in the afternoon, when wfe know about what time we’ll arrive.” • Telegrams from their enforced host and hostess were received en route, and were all glad hospitality and welcome. On the minute they drove in at the great gates of Rosecroft, lovely in the gathering twilight. Hayfield, a big man, and the em bodiment of boisterous good nature, checked his merriment at the ad vent of Perilla. But she, never a spoil-sport, met him halfway. Rosy. \a blond doll, pounced upon her sis ter, and sent the rest to their rooms under guidance of servants. “Back to the lounge in twenty minutes,” she told them. "Come in pajamas, if you like, but don’t waste time prinking.” The dinner was admirable and of just the' sort calculated to interest a lot of hungry motorists. “Come on, girls,” said Rosy ris ing, “we’ll have our coffee in peace by ourselves, and the men can come in when they are ready.” But before Perilla left the table Hay said to her in a low voice, “Doh’t disappear until 1 see you again. I have a word for your ear alone.” She nodded and went on to the comfortable lounge, where coffee awaited them in front of the blaz ing log fire. When the men came in, Hay, go ing straight to Perilla, led her off to his own small den. “You see, it’s this way,” he said, after he had made her com fortable and closed the door, "I never knew your husband, but it chances that two of his friends are my friends also. At least, they have always appeared to be. But l am beginning to doubt one of them.” “Do I know these two friends?” asked Perilla, fearful of what the answer might be. “I think you do, but I’m not sure. One is Richard Carleton, who is, I think, in New York tonight, and the other is Roger Garth, who is here with you.” “I can understand the idea re garding Mr.' Carleton. But we should be sure. Is he the one you are doubting?” “Yes; there is also another. Do you know Mr. Carmichael?” “Yes, I do. He was one of my husband’s dearest friends.” “And I know nothing about him, personally. But I only want to warn you to be careful how you take up with men pretending to be friends of your late husband. They may be sincere, and they may not.” “Mr. Field, for the last week or more I have been continually warned against this man, that man, and the other man. I am obliged for these warnings, I am willing to obey them, but what can I do? I have not been subjected to any dis respect or rudeness from them.” “Haven’t you run up against Carleton?” “No, I have never seen him ex cept at his own house, the day we went there to a tea. Don’t you think I am almost too watchfully taken care of?” “You are in a dangerous po sition, and while you are in the hands of capable advisers and as sistants, they don’t seem to get you anywhere.” “Where do I want > be got to?” “Where you will be free from the slander and lies of that poi THE OOOLTDOE EXAMINER r son-tongued old woman, Madame Malden.” “You really think she wants to annoy me, then?” “Not only annoy you, but get you accused of your husband’s mur der, and then get you convicted.” “But why—why does she want to torment the girl who loved her son and whom her son loved?” “That’s just it. The old woman really believes you killed Corey. She is not making believe; she is in • earnest. You must quash that lie. and if your lawyer can’t accomplish 1 it for you, then you must try other lawyers.” “Who told you all this? I ex : pect to see Madame Malden on my “Who Told You All This?” return home and find out the exact truth about that woman.” “That’s more like it! All I ask of you is ordinary precaution, and from those men the same.” “Do you know Madame Malden?” “I have met her, but it was some time ago. She was sane then—l think she is sane now, except on the one subject of her son. It is not unheard of for an old woman like that to idolize an only child, and to read into the simplest condi tions an intention to injure or kill him. Mrs. Malden, you can’t al together deny an appearance of evil.” “Don’t you suppose I know it? Don’t you suppose that’s what’s driving me mad*! I know it bet ter —far better than anyone else. Nor do I blame the old lady for be lieving it, if we grant she is a little demented. But sane, she couldn’t act like that.” “Now, that’s the real point. Can you honestly subscribe to that? For there are sane people ready to be lieve that your ‘exclusive oppor tunity,’ as it is called, brings about suspicion o? you.” Perilla raised a piteous face to look into Field’s eyes. "I can’t help feeling,” she said, “that I have enough to bear in the loss of my husband, without the terror of this monstrous accusa tion. But since it is in the air. it must be reckoned with. I thank you for telling me frankly, as you have done, the danger I am in, and I hope it may be averted.” "Now here’s what 1 want to tell you. Don’t take this thing lying down. Buck up, and fight fire with fire. You have able lawyers—Garth and Gaskell are wizards. And then you have the famous Mr. Stone; surely he will find out anything that seems to us mysterious. From what Hilda tells me of your fa ther, I gather he’s a fine backer, and if you hold your head high and show no fear of anybody, I’m sure all will be well.” “You’re awfully kind, Mr. Field, and’l do appreciate it. And truly. I’ve been keeping up a bold front, but in the last day or two I’ve felt disheartened. Now, your good advice will help me, I’m sure, and I shall do my best to follow it.” “Don’t call me Mr. Field. My sister-in-law was your bridesmaid —that makes us related.” “So it does—Hay.” And Perilla gave him one of her old time smiles, j “Now, let’s go back to the crowd.” j “Well, for the love of little pan cakes,” cried Bob. who seemed to I be patrolling the corridor, “I thought you’d never come out of conference.” “All over, Bobby, come along, this is our dance,” and Perilla, tucking her hand through his arm. led him to the lounge where some dancing was going on. “Garth is hunting for you,” he whispered as they danced, “but you can’t go till this dance is over; you said it was mine, and it is.” (TO HE CONTINUED) The Flash of Lightning A flash of lightning lasts from an an infinitely small part of a second i for a single flash, to even a full second or more for a flash made up j of several branches. The total; length, too, of a streak of lightning | varies greatly. When the discharge is from the cloud to the earth, the length of the path is seldom more than a mile and a half, but when the discharge is from <>ue cloud to another, the path is more curved and bent, and the total length ai times probably six, nine, or even twelve miles. :hos7>re: ■ tfcp^m j DR. JAMES W. BARTON J Talk, About O Opinions on Dinitrophenol DURING the war many cases of dinitrophenol poi soning occurred among French r munition workers. The poison r inf? which was often severe and j sometimes fatal was of such com . mon occurrence that a special inves r | tigation was undertaken by three French research workers. The workers found that dinitro i phenol increased the amount of oxy gen needed by the individual to ten times the usual amount, that | heat was increased inside the body Iso that sugar was taken in great [ quantities from the liver and mus jcles. In 1933 Mrs. W. C. Cutting. | H. G. Mehrtens, and M. L. Tainter I stated in the Journal of the Amer ; ican Medical Association that they had found that in addition to the burning of sugar from the liver and muscles, fat in the body was burned also. As the drug thus burned up sur plus tissue a num- Sber of expe rl - were made in reducing weight by the use of di nitrophenol. The dose was given ac cord in g to the weight of the indi vidual, and the rate at which the body processes work was increased from 20 Dr. Barton to 30 P er cent the first hour. After 24 I hours the rate at which the body j processes work began to decrease [again and was down to the nor mal rate by the third day. No 111 j effects were found in the eight pa ; tients even after giving dinitrophe nol for two months. Results of Experiments. The drug was then given to nine other patients for prolonged pe riods, all of whom lost weight with out cutting down on the amount of food usually eaten. In these nine cases no ill effects were noted. These research physicians thus concluded that dinitrophenol would be useful in the treatment of obe |sity or overweight. However, because of the possible | dangers of the use of the drug in patients, they suggested that the j drug be used only under controlled conditions. Warning was also is j sued by the Council of Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association, and by ed itorials in the Journal of theAmeri- I can Medical Association against | the uncontrolled (not under medi cal supervision) use of the drug. Despite these warnings dinitro phenol has been used extensively j in the treatment of overweight and [not always with the necessary pre cautions. It is estimated that 4,500 | patients in California alone were treated in one year and that prob jably 100,000 persons have used the drug in North America. Big Demand for Drug. Naturally there has been a big de mand for a* drug that will reduce weight without cutting down on the food intake and with no need for exercise. However, the other side of the picture shows that many individ uals are “Sensitive" to the drug and are afflicted with skin erup tions more or less severe. And un fortunately there does not seem to be any means of knowing before hand if the drug will cause trou ble because skin tests are of no use. Other disturbances due to the drug were itching, swelling of the lining of mouth, nose and throat, loss of smell and taste. “Up to the present time six deaths from dinitrophenol have been re ported. In two of these cases espe cially large doses were taken, but in two others the amounts used were not larger than those recom : mended by Doctor Tainter and his co-workers.” When Death Occurred. “In most of the cases death oc curred within 24 hours of the onset of the symptoms of poisoning which are dizziness, breathlessness, fa tigue, fever, and perspiration.” It is therefore strongly advised by research workers that the use of the drug be limited to carefully selected cases. Patients with dia betes, inflammation of the kidneys, and diseases of the liver and heart, should not be given the drug. In Germany an official warning regarding the danger of dinitrophe nol has been issued. * * * » High Blood Pressure TN A study of 182 high blood pres- A sure cases Dr. D. Ay than found an increase in both physical and men tal activity. They are dynamic over active persons with a large and steady output of energy. They are sensitive and quick-tempered and that would appear to have been j born in them. The point then is that high blood pressure, while more frequent in overweights, is quite common in those of normal weight who are overactive, sensitive, high-strung, nervous. The treatment of course is to try to acquire a “calmness of spirit” by developing a philosophy of life by means of religion or by other methods. © —WNU Servic**. 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