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THE .WINDHAM COUNTY 11EFORMFR,' FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 1002.
HOW MANY ARE THERE? . One III rnry iiinn r.ui ire ommu- I A Very aerlou. blulu ul llilnj;. many re:iuy- neaituy persons are any community r bound ami all eiu top to toe, inside and outside i m titty. nnatuus nearly all Wo tut and yet luck strength. We tired mum and liody. We are .. ),.. weather without kuowhiK why. : .re "en-ly upset," "not at all well," , n-lv depressed , and have worrving ,,-i;a that kei p them ringing the doc- j . ,r 1 itll. Men complain of a wantof ! iinl urip in business. Chances to ! ;:n.niy sii j ttirougii tneir fingers. ..1 that heart failure is so common as jt.sHXt epidemic. Is it true? Cer :he papers put lish alarming cases (very day. What are the bottom J iny are": Diijt stive failure and the nfffii nine licit riniine nt. Foodfer ,,iini u'eiierates deadly gases and acids. Lite like venomous snakes und at last i iiinny death comes of it, preceded Pru.ii' ' " rlHHini ms.ui. goui, liver auuiiiu-u.-v oiaai'laints, etc. The successful rem ,lvis C'uh'urii So' rent, discovered within tlie p:it tw or turee years uyur. aiiiviu Kt uiii 'ly. of Kennedy Row, Kingston, N. Y. It is iii f , powerful and safe. It cures where no other treatment has any effect whatever. I'oii have heard of Dr. David lviiu"'y aDl know his high diameter. Tb medicine matches the man. Jlemeni. . .. .1 ...tiio. f'a Irtirtl. Rtilrriit.. i-rln II" .rr.- "' .'ht l..r.l:.v ' i u- Ut i' .I- .111. " mi UAJN S LAM. old. It AII.KOADH. TIME TABLE CENTRAL VERMONT RY. I llt'Clive June 22, o2. run- !'ave rrattIeb.io as fellows : .', .hi.. H'-ck. ilavs for Kuriiujineld and New By ANNA KATHARINE GEEEN. (Copyright, lbW, by Anna It. Rohlfi. CHAPTER XXIV. . THK ENIGMA OP NUMBERS. "When I told you that Mother Jane was out of the question in this matter, I meant out of the question for yon. She was a subject to be handled by the po lice, and we have handled her. Yester day afternoon I made a search of her cabin." Here Mr. Gryoe paused and eyed me quizzically. He sometimes does eye ine, which same I am not bound to take as a compliment, considering how fond ho is of concentrating all his wis dom upon small and insignificant ob jects. "I wonder," said he, "what yon would have done in such a search as, that. It was no common one, I assure you. lhere are not many hiding places between Mother Jane's four walls. " I felt myself begin to tremble, witli eagerness, of course. "I wisli I had been given the oppor tunity," said I "that is, if anything was to be found there. " He seemed to be in a sympathetic. mood toward me, or perhaps and thi-i is the likelier supposition he had a minute of leisure and thought he could madam worthless trinkets, as you will ! gree prepared and yet which 1 could immeiuareiy see, out "Well, well," I urged, They have been identified as belong ing to the pedlar who was one of the victims in whose fate we are interested. " "Ah, ah!" I cried out, somewhat amazed, Town. "And number 28?" "That was a carrot, and it held a really valuable ring a ruby surrounded by diamonds. Ifyou remember, I once spoke to you of this ring. It was the i property of young Mr. Chittenden and worn by him while he was iu this vil lage. He disappeared on his way to the railway station, having taken, as inany can vouch fur, the short detour by Lost Main's lane, which vft.uld lead him di rectly by Muthcr Janu s cottage." "Yon thrill me," said I. keepi" Sown with admirable sell possession my Own thoughts in regard to this matter. "And what of No. 10, beyond which he said she could not count?" . m lu was your so cent piece, ana in ! various other vegetables small coins j whose whole value was of a pitiful ! smallness. The only numbers which ! seemed to make any impression on her ' mind were those connected with these ! crimes. Very good evidence, Miss But ! tcrwortb, that Mother Jane holds the clew to this matter, even if she is not . ! responsible for the actual killing and ! putting away of the individuals repre sented by this property." "Certainlv," I acquiesced, "and if afford fn Jv himself n li.f-1,, ,,;,., ; you mougu .o e.M.uuue nei-unci ur, iC' IUIU llOlli V"ll :i 111 II Y"lli 1 in ilv for Springfield, week (lavs for rk. in.. N i''k ilayi tor i'w 1.01111011: connects rallsfoi-Troy: at l'aliiierfnr Itost.m. hi, Week davs for south Londonderry, ii,. i Week days for Springfield and Sew in.. Week days for Xev London: con . .it Millers Falls for Huston; at Palmer toll. , Week days for Springfield and New it I'-, V'lK , ,;.o: p in.. Week days for Springfield and New V-1 k. 4 i, in.. Wri-k davs fur New London and New ,,!k vki. Nui wieli Line steamer; connects at l'.ilni. i for Jlostoii. 4.,;-, , i,,.. hailv for Springfield and New York. ,a:- j,. in., ei'K aays ioi- s-niiin i.omioimei ry e't to change without notice. F II. Fll'llt (ill. . r. ami n. -M .. St. a man. W. 1 TMMlNciS, (i. P. A., St. Allans. JJOSTON it JIA1JI1-; K. K. Sun, Mi, .Uiatijj.-iiielit. In ell'ect June 23, 11H12. Conn, and I'assumiisic Ii vision. 1 KAINS liOCNO SOCTII. a. in. a. m. a.m. p.m. p.m. p.m lJ.:i."i U.Mt 8.20 1.02 1.1.. 3.53 lit V..1S (MM 1.40 2.02 4.32 V.M .,.4,", H.40 2.0.-. :l.35 5.Hl 2.03 0.2-J 10.07 2.:i0 4.0". 5.2.", 2..V. 7.2S 11.20 3.30 5.16 C.2U a. ul. a. in. a.m. p.m p.m. p. in. I IE. IN H'.ifMl Nunrii, I,, us,- r.i '1'iuws Falls ,3.04 eN. Mon.i 6.50 a. in.'. 1 - ,; ml T.iH! 11.05 p. III. . Winil-i.r 3.,"i ex. .Mon. i 7.40 a.m., 1.05. 5.v,. U.5M p- in. ra.MNs Noam iinfMi. a. in. a. in. p. in. p. m. p. m. 112.45 fl.OT. 12.37 3.30 8.15 tl.3'.l 10.12 1.37 4. !'.2S f.'.23 11.05 2.23 6.30 '10.15 t3.02 11.52 3.02 6.20 'lO.flS i.v. it, : - r.iiis, Air r.l.if I'".". I.v. s.,.v.'i-n.m, " 1 , 1 , olili.-ltl, Aii. si-iiutr'd. Lv -pi iiiiiifld. cltlli-lll. - 1!i;ittl,-l,fo. An. IH! Fall-, a. m. a. in. p- m p. m p. iu. I RAI.VS Jaif lH ltOt'ND. Windsor 3.50. 7.24 a. in., 12.10, 12. 111. Iu iuixed p. in. ,11.50 ex. Sat.) An . Il.'llow- Falls 4.3t. a. 111., 12.59, 1.C0, Ml. CO iniixeili. p. m., 12.33 a. ill. d'aiiv ',','pt .Monilay. Haiiy. i;,,iii '- soatli. leave lrattleboro 4.35 p. m. Ar- riv.- .-I'l iiifitii-ld 6.20 p. m. P. 3. 1'I.ANHKIIS, (ien. Pass, and Ticket Afrt. s T I un p T I Excursion $5.50 II U II I i tiood jo nays. EA , RIP o lew York i S.J.oo one Way i Jnvliuliity Berth in I .stateroom. i Through th1 Sound by j 'Daylight. I Steanu'rs leave Atlas ' i Stores, ;Ki8 ("ontrress i St., Hostn'n. Wt'lmj- ! ; ihiv ami Saturday, at i P. M. Kifturniiiff I , from N. Y.. Tier of, E. ' liivT. same davs. Also : cverv week day via 1 iTnv'ideiice. 2.U0 OliJ, teH inv gtorT?' i V . L.ir U.1111 -- il'.M. Full information ' on application to CEO.F. TILTON, j City Paw. Atent, JV I.IJE. ! !H Tashits'11 St., Bssten. I Tel. 2022 Mnili. amusement. However mat is, lie mi swered me li? snyiiif; ; "The opportunity is not lost. Von bave been in that cabin and have noted. I bave no doubt, its extreme simplieity Yet it contains, or rather did contain up till last night, distinct evidences of more than one of the, crimes which bave been perpetrated in this lane. " "Good! And you want me to kuoi vrhere you fonnd them? Well, it's not fair." "Ah, and why not?" "Because you probably did not rind them on your first attempt. You had time to look and chaiiue your mind and look again. I am asked to guess at once and without second trial what, I war rant, it took you several trials to deter mine. " "Humph!" He could not help but laugh. "And why do you think it took rue several trials?" "Because there is more than one thing hi that room made up of parts." "Parts?" He attempted to look puz zled, but I would not have it. "You know what I mean," I de clared; "TU parts, 3S, or whatever the ; numbers are she so constantly mutters. " His admiration was unqualified, and ! sincere. "Miss Butterworth, " said he, "yon nre a woman after my owu heart. How came you to think that her muttering? bad anything to do with a hiding place?" "Because it did not have anything to do with the amount of money I gave aer. When I banded her 25 cents, she ! cried, 'Seventy, 28 and now Hi!' Ten what? Not 10 cents or J0, but ten" "Why do you stop!" I "I do not want to risk my reputation 1 cn a guess. There is a quilt on the bed made up of innumerable pieces. There 1 is a pavement nuder foot of neatly laid i brick" "And there is a Bible on the stand whose leaves number many over 70." I "Ah, was it in the Bible you found" His smile put mine quite to shame. "I luufjt acknowledge," ho cried, that I looked in the Bible, but I found nothing there beyond what we all seek when we open its sacred covers. Shall I Colorado The way to get the best ac commodation is via the GREAT ROCK ISLAND ROUTE. II V ! It is the only direct liue to "lor.iilo Springs mid Manitoii. li i- lie- popular route to Henver. It i:i- tin' l.i t Dining Car Service. It im- the line-reciiiiptiieiit nnd most , ri-lai-lory schedule and in the Rocky Mountain Limited "'I-T- the best train, only one night, t liii-ano to rolorado. It I. aves ( hietifro daily nt 5.4.) p. in., i.il arrives at Denver at 8.4" p.ni..C'ol r.i'lo springs (Manitou H.M - "l. Another indiieeine'nt to u.-e the Jtnck ' ').,? will he the round trip rates of '-!" Chicago to Colorado and la Mi--'niri Hiver points to Colorado cf- 'i e this summer by that line. Ask I- tail- and free books. Cn. I. -r the Turquoie Sky" gives tne -t l'a-i-itiatinir ilecrit'n "f Colorado. ( aiuiiing in Colorado" has full de tail- l,,r eainners. P. A. I. L. LOOMIS, N. 26 School Street, E. Boston, Ho was evidently bursting with pride. : You would think that after a half ceu ' tury of just such successes a man would ! take his honors more quietly. But pshaw! Human nature is just tho sauie j iu the old as iu the young. He was no more tired of compliment or of awakeu ; iug tlie astonishment of those be confided in than if he was out on his first great case, (if course in presence of such weakness I could do nothing less than give him a sympathetic ear. I may bo old myself some day. Besides, his story was likely to prove more or less inter- esting. "Tell your story, "I repeated. "Don't you see that lam" I was going to say "on pins and needles till I hear it," but that is a vulgar expression for a woman like myself and might prove I was be coming deteriorated by the business into which I bad been pushed more or less against my will ; so I altered the words happily before they were spoken into "that lam in a "state of tho liveliest curiosity concerning the whole matter? Tell vour sti iry, of course. ' ' "Well. -Miss Butterworth, if I do it is because I know you will appreciate it. Y'ou. like myself, placed weight up on the unmbers she is forever running over, and ytm, like myself, have con ceived the possibility of those numbers having reference to something iu tho one room stio inhabits. At first glance the extreme bareness of the spot seem ed to promise nothing to my curiosity I looked at the floor ana enoouutereu im tho Kuollvs mansion last : night you would probably have found ) upon her some similar evidence of her j complicity iu the last crime of this ter- rible jerics. It.would needs have been i small, as sHly Rufus, as I take it, ' neither indulged iu tho brass trinkets ! sold by the old pedlar nor the real jew- , tlry of a well to do man like the youug j westerner. ' ' 1 "Silly Rufus?" "He was the last to disappear from 1 these parts, was ho not?" ' ) "Yes, madam. " "And as such should have left some j clew to his fate in tho hands of this old crone if her motive iu removing him , was, as you seem to think, entirely that of gain. " "I did not say it was entirely so. Sil ly Rufus would be tho la-t person any one. even such a nun cmnpiis mentis as Mother Jane, would destroy, for hope of gain." "But. what other motive could she bave, and, Mr. tiryce, where could she bestow the bodies of so many unfortu nate victims, even if by her gn.i strength she could succeed in killing them?" "There you bave us, " said he. " We have not been able as yet to unearth any bodies. Have you?" "No," said I. with some little show , of triumph showing through my disdain, "but I can show you where to unearth one. " He should bave been startled, pro foundly startled. Why wasn't he? I asked that of myself over and over in tho one instant he weighed his words before answering. "Yon know something then, definite, ly," he declared. "Ymi have come ; across a grave or a mound which you ; bave taken for a grave. " I shook my head. "No mound," said L Why should I : not play fur an instant or more with his i curiosity? He had with mine. "Ah, then, why do you talk of on- ! earthing? No one has told you where yon can lay hand on Silly Rufus' body, I take it." "No." said I. "The house Knollys is not inclined to give up its secrets. " He started, glancing almost remorse fully first at tlie tip, then at the head of the cane he was balancing ill his band. "It's too bad," ho muttered, "but j you've been led astray, ili.-s Butter- j worth, excusably, i acknowledge, quite excusably, but yet in a way to give yon quite wrong conclusions. The secret of the Knollys house But wait a mo ment. Then you were not locked up in your room last night?" "Scarcely," I returned, wavering be tween the doubts ho bad awakened by his first sentence and the surprise which bis hist could not fail to give me. "I might have known they would not to likely to catch you in a trap. " he re marked. "So you were up and in the balls?" "I wasnp, " said I, "and in tho balls May I ask where you were?" He paid no heed to the last sentence. "This complicates matters, " said he, "and yet perhaps: it is as well. I under stand you now, and iu a tew minutes you will understand me. You thought it was silly Kufus who was buried last night. That was , -t!cr au awful thought, Miss Butterworth. I wonder that you look as well as you do, madam. Truly you are a wonderful woman a very wonderful woman." "A truce to compliments, " I cried. "If you know as much as yonr words show of what went on in that ill omened house last night, yon ought to show some degree of emotion yourself, for if it was not silly Rufus who was laid away under the flower parlor who, not but think false for all his quint sell assurance, 1 stolidly replied: I "Since you say it was a dog, prove that. It. will be tinm enough for mo to j talk when your supposition is proved j untenable. " j "Madam" ho was not angry; fob : I low feeling for the disappointment he . jonsidered me a pr. to mane mm very gentle to me "manii ii. if you know it ! was not a dog, say so 1 do not wish to j Waste my time. " "I do not know it. " ! , "Very well, then, 1 will tell you why : I think my supposition true. Mr. Knol-, lys. as you probably have already dis- j covered, is a man with a secret passion for vivisection. " "Yes." said 1, "I have discovered that." ' "It is known to his family, and it U known to a very few others, but it is : not known to the world at large, not J even to bis fellow villagers." i "I can believe it, " said I. "His sisters, who aro gentle girls, i feel dreadful about it. They have '' tried iu every way to influence him to abandon it, but unsuccessfully sf far, ; for he is not only entirely unamenable ' to persuasion, but has a nature of such brutality be could not live without some such excitement to help away his lift in this dreary bouse. All they ciiu do, then, is to conceal these cruelties from : the eyes of the people who already exe- i crate hint for bis many roughnesses and the undoubted shadow under which he lives. Time was when I thought this shadow had a substance worth our in vestigation, but a further knowledge of bis real fault and a completer kuowl- ! edge of his sisters' virtues turned my inquiries in a new direction, where 1 have found, as I have told you, actual reason for arresting Mother Jane. Have you anything to say against it? Cannot you see that all your suspicions can lie explained by the brother's cruel im pulses and tho sisters' horror of having those impulses known?" I thought a moment; then I cried out boldly: "No, I cannot, Mr. (.-iryce.. Tho "If yon bad (he handling of one oi those ropes, you were nearer tho heart of this business than I. Is that why yon decided it was no human being you were burying?" "In a measure, yes. Having some skill iu these disguises, especially where my owu infirmities cau have full play, as in case of this strong but half bent woman, I had no reason to think my owu identity was suspected, much less j discovered Therefore I could trust what 1 saw and heard as being what Mother Jauo herself would be allowed to tee or hear under the same circum stances, If, therefore, the Knollys and this old crone had been, as you seem to think they are, iu league for murder. Lucetta would hardly have greeted me as sho did when shecauio down to meet me iu the kitchen. " "And how was that? say?" "She said: 'Ah, Mother Jane, we have a piece of work for you You art strong, are you not?' " "Humph!" "And then she commiserated me a bit and gave mo food which, upon my word, 1 found hard to eat, though I hud saved my appetite for the occasion. Be fore she left me she bade mo sit in tin ingle nook till she wanted me, adding as she went out to Hannah, who thai moment came in; 'There is no use try ing to explain anything to her. Show her when the time comes what there is to do and trust to her short memory tc forget it before she leaves the house, she could not understand my brother'! propensity or our shame iu pandering to it. So attempt nothing, Hannah. Duly keep the money in her view.' " "So, and that gave you uo idea?" "It gave me the idea I have imrjurtec to yoo, or, rather, added to the idea which had been instilled in me by oth ers." "And this idea was not affected by what yon saw afterward?" "Not in the least rather strength ened. Of the few words I overheard one was uttered in reference to yourself by Miss Kuollvs. She said: 'I have hxked I appreciated this and" took my time. Presently I said: "I have a confession to make. Up to a certain moment I never had a thought but that it was silly Rufus they held imprisoned in William's room and who died there, uor uni I quite sure that I am yet ready to embrace any other the ory ; but, Mr. Ciryce, iu tho minute I took to look about tho room from which tho victim had been so lately carried I saw standing iu ouo corner a pair of shoes that could never have been worn by any boy tramp I have ever seeu or known of. Neither could they have been tho property of any one I had evir met in tho Knollys house. Loreeu and Lu cetta both have trim feet, but these wero the shoes of a child of 10,, very dainty and of a cut and mako worn by women, or rather, I should say, by girls. Now, What did -he-i wunt (1 yu lliako (jf tlmli"' ! Ho did not seem to know what to make of it. Tap, tap went bis finger on his seasoned palm, and as I watched the slowness with which it fell I said to myself, "I have proposed a problem to him now that will tax even Mr Gryce's powers of deduction." And I bad. It was minutes before he ventured an opinion, and theu it was not, you may s'Ul find them there. One of them, I know, you will not find. Ho pulled it off of bis wheel with his whip the afternoon he drove me down from the station. I tan see the sly look he ga.ve me ns he did it. It niado no imprca sion on mo then, but now" "Alndani.-yriu have got it. That car riage was the old coach to bo found now in the Knollys stable, and its phantom appeaijauce was due to its noiselessness, which you have now in a measure ex plained; but, .Miss Butterworth, if they went to the length of winding rags around the carriage wheels to make them noiseless, even tying up the horse's feit for the same purpose perhaps, they must bave had it motive dark enough to warii iit your deepest suspicions. And William was not the only one involved. Simsbury, at least, bad a band iu it, nor does it look as if the girls were entirely inuoriut of a foreknowledge of what was likily to occur. " "I cannot com :dcr the girls," I de clared. "I can no longer consider the girls." "No," said he, "we must do onr duty. We must find if any child alight ed from the cars at the mountain sta tion that night or, what is more prob- at with a shade of doubt in bis tone that I i able if sinister results were expected, from the little station at C, five niileg farther up in the mountains." "And" I urged, seeing that he had still something to say. "We must make sure who lies buried under the floor of the room you call the flower parlor. You may expect me at the Knollys house some time today. I shall come quietly, but in my own prop er person. You are not to know me and unless von desire it need not appear in the matter." "I do not desire it. " "Then g d morning, Miss Butter worth. My respect for your abilities has ristn even hi)-bir than before. We part in a like mind for once." And this be xpected me to regard as a compliment. . (TO KECONTlNUED. ) I SlIItASK A STEP ITWAHD. 70 one POR SALE ! signs or any aisruroauce uuwuk i.. then, was it? JNo one tor wnom tears place iu those symmetrically laid bricks con)(1 0pC.uiy De shed or of whose death public acknowledgment could be made, or we would not be sitting here talking away at cross purposes the morning aft er his burial." "Tears are not shed or public ac knowledgment made for the subject of a half crazy man's love for scientific in vestigation. It was a dog you saw bnried, madam a favorite dog which Mr. Kuollvs loved, but which for all A valuable piece of land con taining some ii acres, situated CT.roskethe late residence of O. 1. Miner in Centerville, will be s"M as a whole or in building loi to suit. Prices right. fnr years. Yet I counted up ro i way and 28 the other, and marking the brick thus selected began to pry it out It came with difficulty and showed me nothing nnderiieath but green mold and innumerable frightened insects. Then 1 counted the bricks the other way, but nothing came of it. The floor does not appear to have been disturbed for years Tnrniiiff mv attention away from the floor, I began upon the (piilt. This was tnatcOT,i,i"not escape that half monster's a worse job than the other, and it took pilssjon for vivisection." me an hour to rip apart the block 1 set- "You are ujayiug with me, " I cried auAiety, the f.-.u. which 1 saw depicted ou those sisters' faces for days might have some such explanation perhaps, but tho knot of crap.- cm the window shutter, the open Bible iu tlie room of death (William's room), Mr. Ciryce. proclaim that it was a human being for whom tucetta's sobs went up, aud so shall I continue to think till investiga tion has proved my mistake." "I do not follow you," he said, moved for the first time from his com posure. " What do yon mean by a knot of crape, and when was it you obtained entrance into William's room?" "I have points to relate." was my quiet retort, "as interesting ns anything you have told mo of your investigations at Mother .lane's cottage. Did you think I simply walked on the outside of things, Mr. (iryce?" "I should not have done you that in justice. " "I have pierced, as 1 think, deeper than even yourself into William's char acter. I think him capable but do sat isfy my curiosity on one piriut first, Mr Ciryce. How came you to km w as much as you do about, last night's proceed ings? You could not have been in the house. Did you succeed, then, in mak ing Mother Jaue reveal on her return what it was she took part in?" The tip of his cano was up, and he frowned at it Then the handle took its place, and he gave it a good natured smile. Miss Butterworth, " said be, "I bave Miss Bntti-rworth again iu her room. If she accuses me of having done so, I shall tell her our whole story. Better he should know the family's disgrace than imagine ns guilty of crimes of which we are utterly incapable.' " Well," I "cried, "you heard that?" "Yes, madam, I heard that, and I do not think she knew she was dropping that word into the ear of a detective, but you may differ with me." "i am not ready to say so yet, " I re plied. "What else did these girls let fall in your hearing?" "Not much. It was Hannah who led me into the upper hall and Hannah who by signs and signals rather than words showed me what was expected of me. However, when, after the box was lowered into the cellar, Hannah was drawing me away Lucetta stepped up and whispered in her ear: 'Don't give her the biggest coin, (live her the little .one or she may mistake our reasons for secrecy. I wouldn't like even a fool to do that, eveu for the moment it would remain lodged in Mother Jane's mind. ' " "Well, well," I cried again, certain ly puzzled, for these stray expressions of the sisters were iu a measure contra dictory not only of the suspicious I en terlaiued, but of the facts which had seemingly come to my attention. Mr. (iryce, who was probably watch ing my face more closely than the move ments of the cane with whose move ments he was apparently engrossed. tied njiou as tlie suspicions one, uu m I all came to nothing also. There was no hidden treasure in the quilt. Then I : searched the walls, using the measure ments 70 bv 28. but no result followed these endeavors, and what do you think I did then?" You will tell me, " I said, "U l give j yon one more minute to do it in. ' i "Very well," said be. "I see j not know, madam. Having yon do searched "outrageously aud inexcusably playing with me. A dog laid away iu such secrecy and with such a degree of feel ing as I was witness to? Yon must think me in my dotage, or else" "We will take the rest of the sen tence for granted, " he said. "Yon know that I can have no wish to insult your intelligence. Miss Bntterworth, and if 1 say dog I must have ample reasons for contradict tuose reasons not succeeded iu making Mother Jane stopped to give a caressing rub to the at any time go beyond her numerical knob of that same cane before sayiug : monologue. But you have been more , "One such peep behind the scenes is successful." Aud with a sudden marvel- ' worth any amount of surmising on the ous change of expression, pose aud man- wrong side of the curtain. I let you ner bo threw over his bead my shawl, , share my knowledge because it is your which had fallen to the floor in my as- j due. Now if you feel willing to ex tonishmeut, aud, rocking himself to and plain what you mean by a knot of crape fro before me, muttered grimly : on tho shutter I am at your service, "Seventy I Twenty-eight! Ten I No madam." 1 more. I can conut no more, (io." Then I told him, and as I talked I "Mr. Ciryce," 1 exclaimed, "it was saw his face lengthen and doubt take the theu you I "saw" i place of the quiet nssurauce with which "In Mother Jane's cottage with Mr. he had received my various intimations Knollys," he finished "Aud it was 1 up to this time. The cane was laid aside, and from too action ot nis ngut forefinger on the palm of bis left hand I judged that I was making uo small who helped to bury-what you now de clare, to my real terror aud astonish meut, to bavo been a human being. Miss Butterworth, what about the knot of crape? Tell me. " it. Can von i U MAV Dn-il CcfuTO fliront helow and around me, I next turued my r yon know it was a man that was f. mm, IIGQI uoiuib mttantim overhead. Do you remember bnried there last night? If yon do, there M ! the strings and strings of dried vegeta bles that decorate ine Drains "I do," I said, not stiutiug any of , the astonishment I really felt ' Well. I began to connt them next, and when I reached the seventieth onion Gesuaie stamped C C C Never sold in bnlk. from the open doorway I crnsbefl I it w Bfcware of U 41r who tries to sell n mv fingers and this fell out is no more to be said, or. rather, there is everything to be saiil, for that would give to the transaction of last night a very dreadful and tragic significance which at present I am not disposed to ascribe to it. " Taken aback, almost overwhelmed by a statement for which I was in no de- CHAPTER XXV. TRIFLES, BfT NOT TRIFLING. But I am methodical even at the most critical instant, as those who have read "That Affair Next Door" have had am ple opportunity to know. Having heard him make this startling declaration, I could not proceed to establish my stand point till I knew a little more about bis. " Excuse me one moment," said L impression on Jus mind. nen i uaa finished, bo sat for a minute silent; theu he said: "Thank?, Miss Bntterworth; yon bave more than fnlfilled my hopes. What we buried was undoubtedly un man, aud the question now is who it was and of what death did this person die. Yon think it was silly Rufus." There was a weak acknowledge to have felt some pride putting there. '"They were Lucetta's shoes. The emotions under which you labored very pardonable emotions, madam, con sidering tho circumstances aud the hour" "Excuse me, "said I. "We do not want to waste a moment. I was excited, suitably und duly excited, or I would have been a stone. But I never lose niy head under excitement nor my sense of proportion. The shoes were not Lucet ta's. She never wore any approaching them iu smallness since her tenth year. " "Has Simsbury a daughter? Has there not been a child about the house some time to assist tho cook in errands aud sc. on?" "No, or I would have seen her. Be sides, how would the shoes of such a person come into William's room?" Easily. Secrecy was required. 10U : were net to be disturbed ; so shoes were ! taken off that quiet might result." ' "Was Lucetta shoeless or William or S even Mother Jane? You have not told ! me that you were requested to walk in : stocking feet up the ball. No, Mr. , Ciryce, the eIio- s were the shoes of a i girl. I know it because it was matched ; by a dross I saw hanging up in a sort of wardrobe. " "Ah ! Yon looked into the wardrobe?" "I did i!iid felt justified in doing so. It was after I had spied the shoes." ' "Very good. And you saw a dress?" I "A little dress; a dress with a short ' skirt. The Misses Knollys do not ride a ! bicycle, I take it, and this could only Le tho dress of one who did or of a child. It was a silk dress another ; anomaly and the color, I think, was ; blue, but I cannot swear to that pi .int. I felt very hurried and took the brief est glance. But niy brief glances can be trusted. Mr. t iryce. That. I think, you are beginning ti .1 iow. " "Certainly." s:iid he, "and as prool of it we will mv act upon these twe premises tbat the victim in wuose bur ial I was an innocent partaker was 8 human being and that that human be ing was a girl child who came into thai ; bouse well dressed. Now where did thai girl come from? The town, so far as Wf know, has lost none of its inhabitant lately. " "That you should know," said I. "A visitor But no visitor could en ter this house, without it being knowr. far aud wide. Why. I heard of your ar rival here before I left the train on which I followed you. Had we allowed , ourselves to be influenced by what the ; people about here say we would have turned that Knollys house iuside out a week ago. But I don't believe in put- ; i ting too much confidence iu the preju- ; dice of country people. The idea they j ' suggested, and which you sugge-st with- 1 ont putting it too clearly into words, it mnch too horrible to be acted upon ; without the best of reasons. Perhaps we ' have found those reasons, yet I still feel , like asking where did" this girl come ' from and how could she have become a 1 prisoner in the Knollys house without ; the knowledge of Madam, yon bave met Mr. Trohm?" The question was so sudden I had not time to collect myself. But perhaps it ; was not necessary, for the simple aflir- j mation I used seemed to satisfy Mr. Gryce, who went on to say : "It is he who first summoned us here, ! and it is he who has the greatest inter est in locating the source of these dis appearances, yet he has seen no child ; come here. ' ' "Mr. Trohm is not a spy, " said I, but the remark, happily, perhaps, fell unheeded. "No one has." he began. "We must j give another turn to our suppositious." j (Suddenly a silence fell upon us both. I His finger ceased to lay down the law, and my gaze, which had been searching ! his face Inquiringly, became fixed. At the same moment aud in much the same tone of voice we both spoke, he saying, "Humph!" and I, "Ah!" followed by a similar "I have found it." "The phantom carriage, " explained I. "Which rolled so quietly into Lost Man's lane the eveuing preceding your arrival." "It was no phantom," I went on. "Two saw it, and I" here I could not suppress a slight toss of my head "re member now a petty circumstance which I dare you to match in corrobo ration of this new theory." "You have had advantages, " he com menced. "And disadvantages," I finished, de termined that he should award me my full meed of praise. "You are probably not afraid of dogs. You could visit the stables." "And did, madam, but I saw noth ing" "I thought not." I could not help the interruption. It is so seldom one can really triumph over this man. 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