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THE MALAKOFF NEWS XIV---Continued --12-- She saw my wife on the bed. got her testimony to that ?" voice had Ioudened ; hel- ran~ oat of it. over at tile bed. Mrs lay very small heneath th~lt "People see what they expect I said slowly. "Arisen sew a reade of a comforter arranged bed. The room was dark- let l~er have a glance the half open door. then yon and went down to dinner." one spoke then. No one moved. You kept worrying about that tile closet. Perhaps you hadn't diamonds then --- perhaps but you realized you hadn't tok enough like a robbery. Su assault from outside. You Seeing the situation. You of opening tile window. So upstairs, halfway through and when yon were opening yon realized yon could look like suicide. So you Your wife out of the closet and her out, down into the sitruh- Perhaps you had seen the blood floor--" I had a queer feeling as wrong. I said. "I think you Seen it--hat you thought it to lock that closet till yon couhl it aver. later. You locked it and dOwn again to dinner." :l how he had come to dinner. I think we were all it. Coming down stol- saying his wife was still Going on with his meat. to Laity Van AIstyn. Were thinking y(,u could make accident or suicide an(] dinner you asked the princess up--you talked of a row be- Y0U, of her overwrought state of her hysterical threats. created the Impress~n of a neu. )onslble woman, ready for . You didn't want opened. When Mrs. Kel- housekeeper unlock it. you quick to enter. You said there there. Then they found You realized you had to it look like robbery." VOlta raw slower, raggeder. "1 know en you picked up the at the beginning You meant to make It seam tile of an outside thief. After you Upon suicide you didn't speak disappearance. But when you had rn seem robbery, then you ~t of them again." aeeu~ed to me that I had heen forever in tlmt worh] of shad. Not a word now out of Har- Not a sign from him except ~r~obila attention. know now why you pinned chain in my dress that night," ! and my voice shook over that t Were furtous at me because I of the scene at the window but you were hating Alan Deck lIlore.__ you saved out the bi~ intentionally frown the first I said. "A man might have a single stone. Your tame when you fo~md his case You stuffed the diamond the cigarettes, but you couldn't back to him at once. You 't leave It out fdr him to find the outsiders were gone. Then that he found it." suddenly, utterly spent. I from head to foot; my like Ice in my veins. We crazy- re listen to this lies?" Harrlden demanded. His tone seemed to sweep away my like a house of cards. "Dana- want this girl arrested." a terrible despair. No one believe. I had no shred of Nothing but that andlron--and on it could not speak. Nor the dead under the sheet, voice came suddenly, so fast, Harridan .... Dana. YOu've heard this story. I can a few details That handker- Was dried on the radiator in Irriden,s own bathroom." voice rumbled out, "That's liel Yon were listening to Auson." rUtme fell like a bolt upon me. forgotten Anson in my in this first tragedy. Now and their implication, was galvanizing me to life again. Mitchell gave back and was clear-cut, authoritative Courtroom voice. "The rust spots handkerchief correspond ex. the where the paint flecked off on that parttcu- on no other In the That evidence is conclusive." stepped forward, confront- first death was accidental, you tried to camouflage It others .... Anson he growled. "I never saw Yes you did," I flung out. She brought the fresh towels bathroom .... 3_'ou were In or in this one all that part That hour when An- been killed." his testimony. That heard no noise in Rancinl's "And if I had, I wouldn't have And I held fast to my little Qf a clue--my clue that I had gone astray, that had 80. by Mary Hastings Bradley* Copyright by D. Appleton- Century Co., Inc. WNU Service arms full of towels. Lavender for the prince's room. pink for these two. She carried them all into Rancinl's room. and when slte c'nne out she had forgotten the pink ones--she ~)ld me she had rm go back for them. 1 saw her go in .... Afterwards 1 went to look for those towels. I thought--" Apologetically my glance songhl the prince. He was standing there with a stupefied air, I murmured. "I thougllt that---that if Anson trod been killed there, at that time, then the pink towels would still be there. But tlmy were not, and the maid who had taken over the room, on Anson's disappearance, sahl sile had found none. So I knew that Anson had taken her towels and gone." I raised my eyes again to Har- ridan. "I knew the pink towels wer~ for these rooms. So I asked the maid to look in here--you were downstairs then--and she did. She said the fresh towels were distributed in both bath- rooms but that Anson hadn't taken away the soiled ones. I thought that Anson might have been so nerw)us in these rooms that she had hurried away forgetfully, and gone, for some rea- son. again Into tile prince's room. where she met her death .... But that wasn't so. "Anson never left the room alive. She began to talk to you abont some- thing she had to tell at the inquest. There was something on her mind. a hankderchlef she had seen drying on a red}afar. The corner was ~ot ~orn off--you didn't tear that off till you came to pln the dicttnonds in it. She knew she had to tell about It. lmt she didn't want to. She told me that any one might have washed out a hand- kerchief. She tried to exld'fln It to yOU." Harriden's eyes were" like sheet lightning upon me. "She told you about It. She may have said, too. tlmt she co,dOn't swear that Mrs. Harridan wns on her bed when she had looked in at el~ht. She was a very atomic-minded ~irl, anx- ions to be truthful. You ]o.~t your head yOU may have tlqod to hribe Ilpr as yOU did me ilp~talrs you I~ave your al'lrnl away. And then yon jampod for her. Yon elmked the lice out of her. You looked all and dawn the hall. It was empty. Yon had only a step or two to take to Itancinl's door. You saw his rooln was elnDty. It was a desperllle chance b~t ynn had to take it. You got lmr in the room. yon thrnst liar in the closet You wiped your prints off lhe door. You went hack to your room. and no one saw you coming oat. that--you--- knew-" My voice trailed out the words au- tomatically. It was the look In Kel- ler's eyes that prmupted them. the! uneasy, worrying, disquietude. Tom Keller knew something Perhaps he had seen Harridan leaving tb~, room. Perhaps he had seen him In the hall l knew It with the strange wrought- up dlwnatlon that possessed me; I knew tt so surely that I wonhl have cried it aloud but Mitchell Intervened. "You remembered to wipe |be door knob, Dan. but you forgot Daek'~ taste in cigarettes. Laekles. When you fmlnd his ease there weren't bat two cigarettes tn it. not anonzb re hold a stone In l~laee, so you crammed it full of your own. making sura to keep the diamond at the bottom. TimtM where yea slipped -- nobody here smokes Macedonias but you. The case t~as full of Macedonias'" "And you call that evidence?" Hat. rlden sneered. The man was gath- ering his power again, full of defiant challenge, "You've turned agains~ your friends, have you. f-r the sake of--" "For the sake of a girl yon triad to blacken and a man you tried to Ilan~ your own guilt on," Mitchell flashed back. his eyes as full of war as Har- ridan's. "Evidence---you bet I'll make it stick as evidence. Yon waited till they were all around I~ck. yon prompted Letty to ask Clancy for his case. and Deck handed It over. Do you think a Jury will believe a man would do ihat if he had a diamond hidden in it--a stone that would co~t his neck? . . . He'd have taken ant soma cigarettes and passed them back. But Deck Just handed it over. Just like that. At~d Clancy ~ave It to Let- ty, and you whispered her to feel it. to tell Clancy to feel It." He swung away from Harrtden. He spoke sharply to a white face. "Why didn't you ask Dan for a snmke? You like his brand- you were smokin[ them tonight You'll have to testify he prompted you." "Oh, Dan, Dan. it isn't soP' Letty Van Atstyn's voice, overwrought, breaking with hysterical strain sobbed out at him. "You didn't ask me to say anything." "You shut up!" said Harridan lmrsh- ly. "Shut up and keep shut up. d'you hear? Let them talk their heads off. That's all there is to it--talk." "No one will believe it. Dan." she cried half crying. "No one will blame you for anything. We'll all forget it --you'll forget it. Nora wasn't worth it." "Wasn't worth it ?" He gave a dreadful glare at her, then strode to the bed and with a single gesture he tore the sheet away. Nora Harrl- den's still face lay before us. We saw the loveUness of her profile, llke chis- eled marble, the rigld, tinted lips, the, Then. for one unforgettable second. It seemed as if the dead had moved, and chill terror gripped us. but it was the soft. (lark hair stirrin~ in tl~e air from the witltdrawn sheet "Not worth It?" the man thandered. "She was worth the whole damned lot of you! I'd rather have her little lin- ger than any woman's body. If 1 can't have her--" His voice cracked, recovered. "rll never get over hc~. And I'll take this out of the hide of every one of you. Out of you, you interloper," he shot at me, "looking in at windows, anti out of you," and he thrust his mot- tled face towards Deck. "running aft- er another man's wife. writing your damned rot to her beauty---" He burst out. "She dldn't want you. She was playing with you--trylng to plague me .... You couldn't have held her for a week .... She was my girl, mine! And you leave me with her. Clear out. all of you. Leave me alone with her while I've got her. , , Clear out. Clear out." CHAPTER XV m We went. Incomprehensible as it may seem, that terrible, that ext~aor. dlnary scene ended with our stream- lag out of the room. like dismissed children. We left Harrlden alone with fits dead. The world seemed to go to pieces about me after that. I was as weak as a rag. The tears on my face were tears of tiredness. Unseelngly I l)hm- dared through the group at the head of the stairs; I tmard a voice. "Miss Seton--" It was Donahey. tie said slowly, "About that and- Iron--how do y~u know---" "The cat licked it. You can have it tested, but I'm sure. You heard him say, 'If you know---that--you did It." " "The cat--the cat put you on to It?" He stared at me again. "I'll have to get that andiron," he added glumily, "'at once." I ~ot away from them then. I went downstairs where a knot of police- men tn a buddle told me that the ex- citement above had bt~en having Its repercussions here. ! let them stars;. "What Do They Want Me For NOW ?" I walked through the glass doors un- der the branching stairs, into the lounge behind the hall and there I curled up in a corner of a huge dl. van and soaked a pillow very thor- oughly with my tears. I didn't h~ar any one coming till a voice said. "Here she Is." and I looked up to see Manly Mitchell and Alan Deck standlng beside me. I sat up and brnsbed the hair out of my eyes. I said helplessly, "I haven't any pow- der," and Mitchell said cheerfully, "Neither have I." but Deck told me to look In the drawer of a writing table, and I went over to IL There was per- fect field equipment In that drawer. I needed It; I looked to myself as if I had been left ant In the rain a long time. "'Keep your powder dry," Deck ad- vised gaily. "We never know when the shooting may begin again." He seemed In high spirits, "What do they want me for now--" I was beginning and he sald blithely, "They don't want you--we want you." "What you want is coffee," Monty Mitchell cut in, "and we'll have some if any of the impeccable staff of this establi~hment are about." Briskly he went to the wall and rang a bell dan- gling in a tassel at the end of an old embroidered strip. "Grant," he remarked, as that func- tionary appeared, his white-vested per. faction rebuking our everyday attire, "Grant, is there any coffee to be had?" "Ther~ will be, sir. In Just ten min- utes." "Good. And sandwiches, Grant. Not anything delicate, you understand. Some[hing with plenty of bacon In them or ham and slabs of firm. yel- low cheese. Plenty of sandwlches, Grant." "Yes, Mr. Mitchell." "And'somethlng handsome In drlnks --and not in. ten minutes, either. I'll show you my idea," he added, and dis- appeared with Grant through the serv. lee door. strength had gone out of me. I dldn' reach even to his exhilaration. "My God, how did you do it'?" he demanded. "Thar was the most snlasiv ing accusatlon--" I Interrupted, "Did yon get your let tars?" "Every one. Aml barned tl~em. The last one wasn't there -- she hadn',~ kept it." 'Tm glad." I wa~ glad. too, for Harrtden's sake. Hard enough to know that iris wife was in love witl~ another but harder to know that sl~(, had been thrown aside, repudiated. I said, "I did go In after the cat. But when I saw the ease there, I op- ened It to look for those letters for you. IIe caught me at it." His arm whlch had been lying alon~ the top dropped about my shoulders with a quick caress. "You darllngI" I didn't feel like a darling. I didn't know that I even wanted to be his darilng. His arm dropped so readi!y about shoulders---It had about Lett~ Van Alstyn when he wanted her to coax Dan down from his room. But his voice had taken on a new gravity. "I've never met any one like you, Lella Seton. I'd be a better man If l had. You're all loyalty, all cour- age. I told you you looked like a fair saint when I met you In that gallery, and I'm taking you as my saint. My bright salnt." Mitchell came out, carrying three tumblers of amber liquid on a tray. I saw his quick eyes taking us in, b~'lt if bis ex'~presslon changed, his voice was cheerfully unheeding. "Here you are. Hot toddies. Sugar? Lemon?" "I'm telling her what a wonderful girl she Is," said Deck gaily. Mitchell put the tray carefully on a little table before the sofa and sat down on the other side of me. "She's a thorougll fool of a glrl, to trail Into that room after a cat--to open that case for your letters--for I suppose t~tt she was looking for your lettera~ Knowing all the time how grave the e~ldence was against her .... A thor- ough-going fooL" he insisted firmly, "but--an endearing one. I grant you that.*" I smiled over the top of my glass at him. "Mercy, not justice, Your Honor !" "I hope you never have to say 'Your Honor,'" he replied, soberly. Deck leaned forward, across me. "How do you think It stands, Manly? You've Just been talking with those fellows. Is there enough of a case?" "To hold him---yes. To nmke it stlck--no. Not unless somet)ling more turns up. Unless he makes more of au admission than he has (lone .... Leila, here, just did a brilliant bit of guesswork. It was overwhelming when she poured it all out---and it fits. But how much of it can be proved--" He broke off, taking a drink. "About that scene at the whldow." he re- sumed. "Dan probably thinks Lella Is prepared to swear to him now--but are you?" he asked of me suddenly. I shook my. head, perplexed. "I can swear to myself that I know It Is so ---but I couldn't swear to a court that I recognized him." "But don't say that yet to Dana- hey," Monty counseled, "Our hope now Is for some admission," . . . He went on to tell u~ that he had been work- ing on estimates about that gruesome pool of blood, about the time it must have taken to form. He said, "That was why I was a little unexcited about Ranclnl or Letty--I couldn't persuade myself that either of tllem had had time enough for that. Now you, Alan, when you were upstairs, had Jus~ a little more time---" "Thanks for nothing," said Deck warily. Grant came, bearing a silver tray with coffee pot and cups. Behind him was Graft with another tray of sand- wieties. "Splendid !" sold Mitchell approv- Ingly. "I'll pour the coffee. Lella. en- gulf thls cheese sandwleh. You look another gir~ already." "The bacon sandwlches wlll ba ready In a moment, Mr. Mltchell." That food was marvelous. The ba- con sandwiches, when they came. were crisp and appetizing. We all ate as If we were famished, and under the stim- ulus of food and drink the talk went eagerly back and forth. Mitchell went on to tell what else he had been working on---the time it took rust stains to form. The re. dlator had not been rusted; there had been tiny flecks In the paint on which the linen had touched unstained met- al; and for rust to form, In those conditions, required more time than the interval in which Deck had ab- sented himself from the table. "I've been pointing that out to Don- ahey all along," he said. "You couldn't have left the handkerchief and re- trieved, it afterwards for you weren't In Harrlden's room afterwards. Only on the threshold of Nora's, Your ab- sence gave tlme for radiator marks but not for rust. And Lella found rust in her tests." Deck raised hls coffee cup. "To Latin---my salvation." "Oh, you aren't saved yet," said Mitchell drily. We talked about everything as It came Into our minds; I remember asking about the crescent and Its strange appearance In Anson s dead hand and Mltchelrs saying "It was Just one of those things. 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