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THE TIMES, NEW BLOOMFIELD, PA. MAltCH 1, 1881.
TRACKING A CRIMINAL,
Paul Webber, The Detective.
ONE morning, ft carriage, a coronet
on the doors, was pulled up at the
entrance to the. Westminster Palace
A footman leaped qulokly from the
box, stood at the door, and waited for
"Ask the hotel people," said a freU
ful but educated voice, "If a Mr. Varll is
still living here; audlf he is, whether
or not be happens to he at home."
"Yes, my lord."
The footman executed the order with
excessive promptitude, and replying that
the gentleman still lived there, and that
he was at home.
" Then help me out," said the ooou
pant of the carriage.
This was soon done, and In a very
abort time the nobleman was shown
into the rooms occupied by the detective.
Webber, seated before the fire, was
idly beating the coals with the poker
when the door was suddenly opened.
Turning he uttered a strange cry of
surprise, hurriedly got up, and walked
forward to receive his guest, saying, as
he did so, H You my lord you visiting
"Yes. Pray, what is there to be
astonished at in the performance? Come,
what has happened to all your charac
ters? I had grown to. have quite a
liking to them. Your Margaret has not
much to say for herself, and this much
must be said in her favor ; but she
seems to me a tolerably strong-minded
woman. As for Austin Bivory, he Is a
good example of the disgraceful young
men of a corrupted age ; though I'm
bound to say, nevertheless, that I find I
admire him. Well, what Is the news
about them ?"
" I have no news to give you, my
lord," was the somewhat dejected reply;
"for, during the last week, I have not
seen either of the persons to whom you
" What then, has become of your pro
fessional duties ?" exclaimed his patron.
" My professional duties in this in
stance consisted In finding a certain
murderer and I have found him." ,
" He he is trapped, is he, the scamp ?
So much the better for society; but I
rather regret he lost his liberty so soon."
" Yo naturally suppose, my lord, that
I am speaking of Bivory ?" said the de
teetlve. " Of course, I do suppose so."
" Wrong; Bivory, my lord, Is an inno
And thereupon Webber informed the
Earl of the facts in connection with
Langley and Sunflower, with which the
reader is already acquainted.
So far from showing any satisfaction
with the turn things had taken, the old
nobleman found all his romance over
thrown. " But how is it, if all is at an end, and
wound up ; if your murderer is bagged,
and Austin Bivory shown to be, no
doubt, whiter than the driven snow,
how is it I find you still playing the
part of Mr. Varll, living in a first class
hotel, and wearing clothes which are as
well made as my own ? Have we come
in for a fortune, pray? or have we
really found out our ancestors?"
" My lord," replied Webber, somewhat
awkwardly, " I thought I might as well
wear out my fine clothes; and I am
'finishing the month for which I had
unfortunately taken the rooms."-
"Indeed, my young friend 1" replied
the Earl ; "and do you really suppose
that I believe such a tale as that? No.
You are clever enough to see at a glance
that I have already guessed you secret ;
you are la love."
"Love her!" he replied, suddenly.
" I love her with the love of a man who
has never before spoken to a woman of
Varli, or rather Webber, then detailed
all particulars relative to the private
stair-case leading to the apartments of
Margaret, where he could observe, un
seen, all that took place in her room ;
"and where," added he, " I have watch
ed, and I am to watch. This, my lord,
has been my life this, my lord, must
be my life, I hold my heart with both
hands, that its beating may not alarm
"Give up all thoughts of this mad
Bebeine," replied Arlington. " The
work it was given to you to accomplish
the discovery of the murderer of Graham
Forbes has been achieved. This busi
ness is now no longer yours ; it passed
from the pollce-offloe to a court of
justice. Go back to your old work, and
your honest little garret, which you
should never have quitted."
" It is too late," replied Webber. " I
cannot go back to my old work and my
old bablte. I cannot think."
" Supposing you take a long journey ?
Make a start, and I will provide you
with a fair income for life."
" You are very good, my lord,'? said
the poor fellow.
"No, not good, but I have a certain
sort of affection for you. Well, what do
you say to my oflsr ? Do you accept?"
" No, my Lord, I deollae. I shall be
strong enough to fight through With
this buslnet ; but I should never find
sufficient ook'rage to keep far away from
"Go your wn foolish way," said the
Earl, petulantly. "Do as you like,"
added the Kail, snapping up his hat
"and go to the deuce I"
"Perhaps that is good advice, my
lord," said Webber, "and the sooner I
go the better. Will you take my arm,
Not a word was said by either as they
went down stairs; but the nobleman
parted from his godson In a very kind
and eveu touching manner, when the
old lord had been helped Into his car
" I like him better than I thought I
did," said old Lord Arlington, to him
self. " I wish"
Here the voice stopped.
And throughout that day his lord
ship's servants found their master very
About this time, a man, still young,
and of very distinguished appearance,
might have been seen almost every day,
towards six In the evening, gravely
purchasing a bouquet, at the end shop
in the avenue of Covent Garden Market.
The bouquet being wrapped In blue
paper, the purchaser took it up carefully,
and then walked away always In one
The individual who so watched would
have also had the opportunity of re
marking that this gentleman was closely
followed by a small, frail, and far from
good-looking man, who followed the
first about twenty paces off, and who
did so until he turned up the passage
leading from Birdcage Walk.
At this point he continued on, past
several houses, where he let himself in
at a garden gate, which he closed after
him. He then entered the house by the
And these proceedings taking place in
February, it need not be said that it was
dark, when both men entered the same
house the one by the front door, the
second (one half a minute after him) by
the garden entrance.
The first man entered a lu'llllantdra vy
ing room, where was seated a beautiful
woman, who received him with a emile.
The second man, with noiseless step,
stole up the staircase, opened the door-
window on the first landing, thus reach
ed a balcony, and crept along until he
was hidden amidst the shrubs with
which the wide, long balcony was filled.
From this point he could see into the
back drawing-room, where the beautiful
woman was always seated waiting for
A brilliant fire blazed cheerfully, and
the scene was lit by a great lamp.
These persons were, as the reader
knows already, Austin Bivory, Margaret
May ter and .Paul Webber.
Austin and Margaret sat near each
Bhe was still in deep mourning ; but a
close examination of her toilet would
have shown that faint attempts had
been made to modify the severity of the
costume, while Margaret's very beautiful
black hair was not worn so plainly as
when first she was Introduced to the
reader. On the particular night at
which we have now arrived, a sprig of
white lilac lay In her hair, it was Austin
who had brought that lovely flower.
" Dare I believe you ?" said Margaret,
continuing a conversation already com
menced with Austin. " Dare I give
implicit faith to your oaths ? Do not
all men believe that a promise made to a
woman is not binding ? I have already
been the victim Of a lover's treason."
It was impossible that Margaret could
avoid admiring this man, whose almost
feminine delicacy but enhanced his
Bhe did not perceive that Austin had
drawn nearer to her that even one of
his hands touched hers as it rested on
the sofa, neither was she surprised as
Bivory said :
" I love you I love you with the
whole force of my life 1 Have pity on
me! I am dying because I see you
dally, and that I dare not press you to
my heart I Am I to die or live V"
From his hiding place Webber uttered
a sudden piercing, despairing cry.
Nor Margaret nor Austin beard the
They did not notice the rustle of the
evergreens in the balcony.
He was fleeing, for he could endure no
What should he do to save himself
This was his one thought as he rushed
through the night air.
eWultber, he neither knew nor cared
LANG LEY'S TRIAL.
The Third Court at the Old Bailey was
crowded, for it was expeoted that a very
Interesting trial would be heard that of
Langley, the ex-convlot.
When the prisoner was brought In,
there was a low murmur of interest, as
his colossal size and powerful make were
Upon the table before the judge were
the objeots to . be used as secondary
evidence at the trlal-a long, thin dagger-knife,
a red-covered pocket-book
open at the page upon which Graham
Forbes had written his last direction
" Margaret avenge it was " and
various other objects.
The Jury had been already sworn, and
the clerk of arraigns read the Indict
ment, which charged Abel Langley with
the wilful murder of Graham Forbes, on
the 27th of October, 1800, at a place call
ed TBggart's Inn, Strand, London.
We are not here going to give all the
particulars as set out by the barrister,
because most of them are known to the
The counsel then dilated on the con
fessions as made to Webber; the state
ment made by a woman suppose to be
the prisoner's wife ; and finally devoted
some time to clearing away any slight
contradictions which appeared to clash
with the evidence he should adduce.
The first witness called was Paul Web-
ber, who deposed to the interviews he
had had with Langley and the woman
The reader Is lu full possession of all
the facts to which Webber would nat
The next witness called was Margaret
Ponsonby Mayter, who deposed to the
finding of the dead man, and to those
other particulars with which the reader
is already acquainted.
The counsel for the prisoner refusing
to cross-examine Miss Mayter, she re
quested to know if she might leave the
Bhe was told she might, and she did
so, after having been recalled to be asked
this question : " Do you know the pris
" I never saw this man until to day,"
was the reply. .
Two or three other witnesses being
called, the porter at Taggart's Ian, the
locksmith, and the first policeman who
appeared upon the scene, the prosecut
ing counsel said, " Call Adela Coulton,
alias Mrs. Langley, alias Sunflower."
"Stop this," cried the prisoner; "I
admit I did It. I killed him. Sentence
me to be hanged, and don't call her!
Don't don't call Sunflower!" But the
judge had her summoned.
The first question put by the cross-
examining counsel was:
" Has anybody told you," asked the
barrister, "that a wife cannot bear wit
ness against her husband ?"
" Now, take care, because, perjury is
no joke, and you may find yourself
present at another trial, where you will
be in a less interesting position than the
one in which you are now placed. I
ask again, have you been .told that a
wife cannot bear witness agalnet her
"Yes, I have."
" Then you know that if you were
this man's wife, your evidence could not
' After a long pause, she replied, "Yes."
" Then, now I ask you, are you this
A still longer pause having been made
she replied, " No, I am not his wife."
With a terrific oath, Langley cried,
'She lies I We were married in Ire
" Where ?" asked the judge.
Langley thought for a few moments,
apparently in an agony of effort, and
then he replied, " I can't remember. It
was a long name, and we went by rail
from Cork. I should know the place if
I saw it. And we was married in false
names, because we was afraid her father
would stop it all. But we are man and
wife, as true as I've this hand."
"What do you Say to that?" asked
the judge of the witness.
" I never was in Ireland, and I am
not the prisoner's wife. And that is all
I have to say."
The cross-examination therefore went
on as though the woman was not his
wife. Bhe did not at all contradict her
self as to the particulars she bad given
So far, the prisoner had said no word
after Sunflower had left the box. But
his eyes were upon her. The woman
had taken a seat room being made for
ber near a very handsome and gentle
manly man, apparently a juryman in
Langley's eyes were still upon his
wife and, doubtless, wife she was when
the counsel rose for the defence. This
defence had been pieced together hur
riedly during the trial. It was not,
therefore, perfect. It ran as follows :
" My Lord, and gentlemen of the jury
I appear for the prisoner, and I main
tain that he is innocent of the charge
brought against him in the Indictment
The opening counsel attributed the pris
oner's silence to remorse ; I attribute it
to despair despair of love, desolated
and broken love. He says he la guilty;
I say he Is not. If you condemn this
man, gentlemen, you will be the accom
plices of self-murder. This you cannot
do this you dare not do."
The counsel now descanted upon the
nature of the evidence apart from the
witnesses themselves; and he very clev
erly urged that the last words written
by Graham Forbes could not have refer
red to Langley, because it was impossi
ble to suppose that two such differing
men could be known to each other.
" Throughout the whole of this busl
ness," continued the counsel, "there is a
mysterious, strange something, to the
heart of which I confess I cannot
Then the counsel turned to the prison
er, and said ;
"Speak; declare yourself not guilty;
explain the mystery which haugs over
your mad confession. If you have no
mercy upon yourself, have mercy upon
Langley's heart was good. This ap
peal was quite effectual.
"I'm not guilty I" he cried.
The emotion now experienced by those
present was terrible.
The judge looked up, calm, if pale.
" Let there be silence In the court."
His words were followed by a com
." Prisoner," said the judge, "if you
are Innocent, how came it that in the
first place you would not plead at all,
and in the second thatr you declared
yourself guilty ?"
" I said t was guilty," he replied, "be
cause I thought I was."
" How thought you were ?" asked the
judge. "A man does not think he is
guilty of murder. He is certain either
one way or the other."
" I killed a man that's true enough.
Why, you can easily guess; but It was
not your Graham Forbes."
" What was the name of the man you
killed ?" asked the counsel for the de
fence. "I don't know, but I'm sure it was
not Graham Forbes."
" Why, that gentleman," pointing to
the counsel for the prosecution, "has
been talking hour after hour about
blood which came from the man's
wound ; about the knife with which he
was killed ; about a room, and a bed
room, and a heap of things that had
nothing to do with him and me. I hit
him down with this fist; and I hit him
down as he was going in at his own
door in Taggart's Inn, in the Strand."
" This is nonsense," cried the prose
" I fear, prisoner, you have condemn
ed yourself," replied the judge, "for no
other man was killed on that night, at
that spot, except Graham Forbes."
Suddenly there was a cry in Court.
" What noise Is that?"
" My lord," replied an excited voloe,
" I must speak I will speak I I see it
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