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THE TIMES, NEW BLOOMFIELD, PA. FEBllUAllV 1, 1881.
TRACKING A CRIMINAL,
Paul Webber, The Detective.
S IVORY wan no longer the man the
reader lias seen camly feucltiK with
a magistrate and explaining away sus
picion after suspicion the police formed
Against hlra. Then he was utterly upon
ills guard, and no heat, no passion, no
eagerness betrayed Itself. Now the blood
coursrd through his cheeks, his eyes
spoke as eagerly us his Hps ; movement,
life, were spread over his countenance,
and gave It a marvelous charm. For
the first time in bis life, perhaps, Austin
truly existed, absolutely comprehended
what It Is to live. Love bad changed
him from a cold, calculating man, into
an ardent unreflecting human being,
eager, young, and revelling in his
He was about to speak again, to lay
bare his very heart, when a summons
was heard at the door, and Webber was
A mere glance, and the detective com
prehended, what had happened. - He
walked towards Margaret, a smile upon
his lips, asked bow she was that morn
ing, und then turning to Slvory, he
added nfTecllng great good-humor la his
voice, " Bo you ate here, are you V And
here 1 have been waiting at my hotel
for you the last hour aud more."
Austin repeated to Webber the excuses
he lird made to Margaret. Then Bivory
still overcame by his emotion, felt he
was too much weakened to sustain a
mere trivial conversation, and rising
upon the pretence of urgent business, he
took bis leave of the supposed brother
" Don't forget that you dine with me
to-day," said Webber.
Austin had reached the door when
these words struck upon his ears. He
turned, and was seeking an excuse to
prevent the meeting, when by chance
his siht fell upon Margaret, still lean
ing agulnst the white marble, her elbow
upon the slab, her face partly shadowed
by her right hand, and apparently lost
in thought. Margaret appeared bo mar
velously beautiful, that he had not the
power to refuse himself the glory of
again seeing her that evening.
' " Quite true," he said, " I shall be
Bivory had been gone some moments.
Margaret remained silent ; Webber, silent
also, watched her curiously. It was as
though be were endeavoring to read
her very heart; and that, as he pursued
this work, his strong life and soul were
tora within him. At last this silent
agony probably became too terrible ; for,
suddenly, he came forward, and he said,
Bhe started, looked at him, and then
said, In a repellent voice, " I beg your
pardon ; I did not know you were in the
" I thought so," he replied, with a
bitterness be could not conceal. " Here
I am no longer worth a copper ; for you
want my help no more, since I see you
can carry on the plot without it. At
worst," he said, "something of Import
ance has resulted from this long inter
view with him?"
" Nothing," she replied,
" Then we must begin again."
" No, no, no!" she replied, eagerly.
Astounded by this reply, he was ques
tloning her with a searching look,
when, suddenly, she abandoned her
position, came towards him, and Bald,
" Do you know that what we have been
doing is villainous V"
" How so V" he asked.
" Because he loves and suffers."
" Ila 1 is that so ? He loves you, and
has told you so."
"And you believe him "
"I do believe him."
" Well, where is the difficulty?"
"I hove no right," she replied, "I
bave no right to let him suffer as he is
He looked at Margaret, fixedly, and
said, in a low, hard voice, " Do you
really believe you have no right to cause
suffering to the man who killed Graham
" But if he did not kill him ?"
" Oh ! then you have doubts now ?"
"I doubt," she leplied, as her head
fell, and her face reddened with, shame
for her weakness. "When he is not
here before me," she continued, "it
seems to me that he is guilty ; and then
the one desire or my life is to revenge
myself upon him. But when he is near
me, I believe no more in his guilt I
" There must be an end to all doubt
ing. This life must not continue."
jno," sne replied; "iue lire we are
enduring Is living death."
" He must," cried Webber, "give us,
once and for all, an utter proof of his
innocence, and then my task will be
ended. But he cannot do that. I
am certain that be will yet betray him
" It is not enough to say," returned
Margaret, "tbat he must betray himself.
What means have we of making him do
" I bring a means," he replied, draw
ing from his pocket a long, narrow, fiat
object, wrapped In paper.
And as she stared at htm In astonish
meut, he asked roughly, and without
any of that preparation which would
only have been commonly merolful in
such a case, " Do you know .with what
kind of a weapon the assassin took the
life of Graham Forbes?"
"A knife or a dagger."
"A knife, and one you may have seen,
for it belonged to Graham. If you did
not find it amongst his property, it was
simply because it was In possession of
" And what of this kulftf ?" she asked,
becoming pale, and casting her eyes
upon the something Webber Still held
In his hand.
" The magistrate that you saw gave
an order for the weapon in question to
be handed over to me ; here it Is."
" Bhe drew back, aud asked, "What
would you do with it ?"
" Put it into his very hands, and then,
perhaps, he will betray himself. I
think you will do well not to be present
when I try the experiment."
" On the contrary, I should not do
well were I absent. It is my duty to be
near when you make this trial."
"I am going to make the trial this
" This evening so be it. But," con
tinued Margaret, "how will you be able
to explain your having possession of
this weapon ? To show it is to betray
us as well as him."
" No, it Is not so. What mutters It
that he does know who we are, If once
he has betrayed himself? Have you
not said the life we are leading must
come to an end ? Has it not been agreed
that this trial shall be the lust, and that
If he comes out of it triumphantly, he is
to be watched no longer ? Do you wish
not to lose sight of him ? Do you seek
to make him your friend ?"
"No, assuredly," she replied.
" un me contrary, u tins, trial con
vinces you of his guilt, why should you
care whether lie learn who you are or
not ? for I swear to you he is then as
good as dead."
The expression with which the police
detective uttered those few last words
could not be described. At one and the
same time his voice betrayed hate, agony
Margaret was terrified, and now, for
the first time, she thought of looking at
Webber, the police detective.
What did she learn? Whatever It
may have been, she made no reference
to any discovery. Bhe said, simply,
"You will call for me in the evening.
" Good morning," he said, confound
ed ; and turning, his head fallen, he left
TUB LAST TEST.
In the case under consideration, Web
ber's desire was to make the principal
hero of this story betray and unmask
himself; and firmly he believed he had
the means of achieving this end, by
putting into his hands the very weapon
with which the mysterious murder in
Taggart's Inn had been committed.
All he had done led up to this trial,
one which he had contemplated from
the very beginning, but which he bad
never put in force, because he knew the
proper moment had not arrived.
And now, when at luBt he was deter
mined to make the great trial, after a
friendly dinner, and the victim seated
opposite the woman in whom bla life
was bound up. Webber was bo desirous
to leave no act undone which should aid
him, that he actually choose as the place
for the dinner In question, the very
restaurant Verey'e in Regent street
at which Bivory ' had confessedly dined
on the evening of Grahatn Forbes mur
der. At six o'clock that evening, Bivory
called for his friend.
' Margherita is to join us," he said,
after complimenting Austin upon his
" Indeed !" Bivory said, eagerly.
Half an hour afterwards, the two men
received the lady at the door of the
room In which the dinner had been
Bhe met Austin with forced calmness ;
he took this key-note from her, and the
dinner began gravely, and almost in
silence, for each of the three was over
whelmed with fears and anxiety.
Webber was the first to master him
self ; and with a view of at once com.
mencing to throw Austin off his guard,
be began talking lightly about a thou
sand things. As, however, the dinner
went on, this strange man, absolutely
learned, in his way,became more serious
in his style of conversation ; and by the
time the dessert was on the table, the
servants withdrawn, and they were
alone, be had brought the cpuversatlon
to strange questions of crime and wick.
" You cannot imagine," he said, in
after-dinner tone, and looking at Mar
garet and Austin in the most amiable
manner, "how very ourlous I have
always been about criminal trials and
Investigations, especially those in which
there Is any degree of mystery. I believe
I have read the details of every great
trial known to history, Do you know,"
be added, addressing Austin, "why, the
moment I beard your name, I took a
decided liking to you ?"
" Really, my dear Varll, I can't tell."
" The idea is absurd, ridiculous, I
admit, and I bave no doubt you will
owe me a grudge for It, but"
" Go on ; I am quite sure I shall not
feel any ill-humor about you."
" Well, then, because your name was
familiar to me easy to pronounce, be
cause It scarcely differs in pronunciation
from that of a celebrated criminal,
known to all men in Italy one Rene
Bavarl, a Duke of Rovigo, whose me
moirs I know almost by heart."
11 It Is very fortunate for me my name
" Oh, you bave qualities which should
make you liked, and I found them out
almost as soon as I came to know you.
But I confess candidly it was your name
at first attracted me."
" My name never did me a greater
service," replied Bivory, frankly.
Webber nodded as pleasantly, and
continued with his usual volubility :
" Police cases, murders, are my passion.
Is there a day passes that I do not ask
you to take me to your prisons, your
law courts, and your Old Baileys ? And
that reminds me that I was determined
to wait no longer without seeing the
outside of the Old Bulley and your Boot
land Yard at least. Bo after leaving
you this morning, I asked my way to
both places, and I am willing to make a
bet that I can describe them quite as
well as yourself. At the Yard, a civil
policeman offered to show me about the
place, and I Looked him at once. I have
seen everything that may be seen in
Bcotland Yard, and more than I expect
ed. Beelnga half-open door, I asked
my guide what was beyond it.
" ' Oh, that is the evidence-room,' said
"'Whut evidence?' said I. 'May I
" He nodded, and led the way. Papers
on every side, and small parcels, and
heaps of boxes, portfolios, and bundles.
Never saw so much rubbish and so
much dust in the whole course of my
" Here was a complete museum of all
the objects that bad, or might have bad
anything to do with undiscovered crimes,
especially the gloves which, In Eliza
Greenwood's case, nearly banged an
innocent young man. Here you find
the weapons with which murder has
been done the bat the murderer has
left behind him the blooded handker
chief found upon a suspected man
sometimes the clothes of the murdered,
and often a stolen watch, for which
there Is no owner in fact, ail what the
police, they tell me, call substantial
evidence. When they are wanted, there
they are; and the murderer who has
escaped the course of justice through a
quarter of a century (nay, more), may
be quite sure that the evidence against
him is still waiting at Bcotland Yard.
Let suspicion but fall upon the man,
and the chain may be completed at
" But,' said 1, 1 if you were to keep
everything that has bad, or may bave,
any connection with a trial, you would
want an entire parish for their accom
modation. " True,' replied my guide ; 'but where
a case has been tried and finished, value
less things are burnt, or returned to
relatives', and articles Of value not
claimed are kept for some time, and
then they are sold, a correct account of
the sale being kept, so that at any time
a claimant would receive the sale-price
of the object, even if the object itself has
" ' How often are the sales ?' I asked.
" Once or twloe a year. Why, to be
sure', there is one on to-day.'
" Whereabouts ?' I asked.
" ' Near here,' was the reply.
" I need not say I requested to be
taken to the auction room. Where it
I was, I do not know ; and I suppose that
when we reached the room, the sale was
progressing; and, to end a story which,
perhaps, my dear Austin, you may not
find so interesting as I do myself, within
a quarter of an hour, I was the proud
possessor of a very singular object."
"A stolen watch ?" asked Austin.
"Something more precious than that.
And, without farther preparation, he
thrust before Bivory 's eyes the very knife
with which Graham Forbes had been
murdered. This weapon he bad been
holding below the table for some mo
ments. Margaret, pale and trembling, half
fainted, leaned forward, and eagerly ex
amined the accused man's faoe.
As he placed the knife under Bivory 's
very eyes, he rose from his chair, and
when bis hand quitted the weapon he
Such was the group ; Webber, watch
Ing his vlotlm sternly; Margaret ob
serving him, almost with shame at- the
part she was taking In endeavoring to
trap a perhaps innocent man; Slvory,
his eyes upon the steel implement before
At last the truth was to be learned.
If Slvory were the murderer, it seemed
Impossible that he could avoid betray
ing himself by a cry, a word, move
ment, or even a slight shudder, when
bis eyes fell upon the most material
object in connection with the murder.
At-flrst Bivory manifested a certain
repugnance to the weapon placed before
him. Then he took it up, examined it
carefully, and replaced it upon the table,
saying, " 1 should advise you not to use
this old knife; it is as rotten as steel
Webber was stricken silent with won
derment. All his calculations were blown to the
four winds of heaven.
He turned to Margaret, while Slvory
who had laid down the knife, moved to
Margaret's attitude remained as before.
But she was less pale than she had been
an instant previously, and a strange,
sad smile wandered on her Hps. It
might have been said tbat she was quite
indifferent to the result which had been
" The game is not yet lost," Webber
said to himself. " The test to which I
bave put him is not yet complete. It is
just possible tbat in the heat of exasper
ation a murderer may turn upon his
victim the first weapon which comes to
hand, and even without looking at it,
and that consequently, if seen after
wards by blm, it will not recall the deed
be accomplished with its aid. I will
complete the test."
He took his guest by the arm, walked
him up and down the room once or
twice, and then brought him to the
table, and therefore in the full glare of
" Bo," said Webber, when they were
once more seated, and pointed to the
knife, "this knife would really be no use
if I were attacked ?"
"I think not," replied Bivory; "the
point is quite blunted. Look at it your
self." "True," replied Webber, pretending
to examine with great care. " It is
evident that the point must have struck
against a rib of the victim."
" Why, has this knife really been used
against a human being?" asked Bivory,
in a quick, horrified voice.
"Yes ; and the wound was mortal."
" Who told you so ?
"My guide down in Scotland Yard
Do you suppqse I should buy these ob
jects, and give a price for them unless
they were warranted. This knife is
now historical, and I know every frac
tion of the history attached to it. It
belonged to a young man who was
assassinated last October in Taggart's
" This young man was called called
I have forgotten the name ; I shall
remember it directly. He was called"
The name was pronounced by Slvory.
It was now Webber's turn to start.
"You know all about that affair,
" Certainly, I do ; for I was directly
mixed up with the frightful business."
"How mixed up?"
"I was suspected by the police of being
" Yes I. You may now easily com
prehend my emotion when you referred
to that fearful crime. Why, I believe I
have not yet overcome the shock. Yes
I can see in the glass that I am as pale
as death. Kindly pass me the water
bottle." Webber obeyed, Bivory swallowed half
a tumbler of water, and continued.
" You cannot imagine the trouble, the
vexation into which this half-accusation
plunged me. Can yon believe it? I
only narrowly escaped being arrested."
" Is it possible ?" cried Webber.
" Possible and only too true. How.
ever, I managed to escape." Then turn.
ing to Margaret, he continued : "Pardon
me this excitement, Miss Varll. I am
quite aware that agitation and emotion
are almost unpardonable in the presence
of a lady ; but when I recall my fearful
sufferings, I am no longer master of
myself." Continued next week.
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