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CHAPTER ONE THE girl walked past the secretary who held the door open, and surveyed

the law office with eyes that showed just a trace of panic. The secretary gently closed the door and the girl selected an old fashioned, high-backed, black leather chair. She sat down in it, crossed her legs, pulled her skirt down over her knees, and sat facing the door. After a o ent, she pulled the skirt up for an inch or two, taking so e pains to get just the effect she wanted. Then she leaned back so that her spun-gold hair showed to advantage against the shiny black leather of the big chair. She looked pathetic and helpless as she sat in the big office, dwarfed by the huge proportions of the leather chair. And yet there was so ething about her which gave the i pression of having deliberately brought about that effect. There was a hint of feline efficiency in the care with which she had placed herself, in the very perfection of her helplessness. !udged by any standard, she was beautiful. Her hair was silken, her eyes large and dark, the cheekbones high, lips full and well for ed. She was s all, yet perfectly proportioned, and well groo ed. "et there was a studied i obility of e#pression$ an effect of co plete detach ent as though she had surrounded herself with a protective wall. The door fro an inner office opened and %erry &ason walked into the roo . He paused when he had advanced two steps fro the door, surveying the girl with patient eyes that see ed to take in every detail of her appearance. She bore the scrutiny without change of position or e#pression. '"ou(re &r. &ason)' she asked. &ason didn(t answer until he had walked around behind the flat-top desk and dropped into the swivel chair. %erry &ason gave the i pression of bigness$ not the bigness of fat, but the bigness of strength. He was broad-shouldered and rugged-faced, and his eyes were steady and patient. *re+uently those eyes changed e#pression, but the face never changed its e#pression of rugged patience. "et there was nothing eek about the an. He was a fighter$ a fighter who could, perhaps, patiently bide his ti e for delivering a knock-out blow, but who would, when the ti e ca e, re orselessly deliver that blow with the force of a ental battering ra . '"es,' he said, ',( %erry &ason. -hat can , do for you)' The dark eyes studied hi warily. ',,' said the girl, 'a *ran .elane.' '*ran)' he asked, raising his voice. 'Short for *rances,' she said. 'All right,' said %erry &ason, 'what can , do for you, &iss .elane)' The dark eyes re ained fastened on his face, but the girl(s forefinger went e#ploring around the ar of the chair, picking at irregularities in the leather. There was so ething in the probing gesture which see ed an unconscious reflection of her ental attitude. ', wanted to find out about a will,' she said. There was no change of e#pression in %erry &ason(s steady, patient eyes. ', don(t go in uch for wills,' he told her. ',( a trial lawyer. , speciali/e in the trial of cases, preferably before juries. Twelve en in a bo# - that(s y specialty. ,( afraid , can(t help you uch on wills.' '0ut,' she told hi , 'this will probably be a trial.' He continued to watch her with the e otionless scrutiny of his cal eyes. 'A will contest)' he asked. '1o,' she said, 'not e#actly a contest. , want to know so ething about a trust provision.' '-ell,' he said with gentle insistence, 'suppose you tell e e#actly what it is you want to know.' 'A party dies,' she said, 'and leaves a will containing a clause by which a beneficiary under the will...' 'That(ll do,' said %erry &ason, 'don(t try that line. This is a atter that you(re interested in)' '"es.' '2ery well then,' he said, 'give e the facts, and +uit beating about the bush.' ',t(s y father(s will,' she said. 'His na e was .arl .elane. ,( an only child.' 'That(s better,' he told her. 'There(s a lot of oney co ing to e under that will, so ething over a illion dollars.' %erry &ason showed interest. 'And you think there(ll be a trial over it)' he asked. ', don(t know,' she said. ', hope not.' '-ell, go ahead,' said the lawyer. 'He didn(t leave the oney to e outright,' she said. 'He left it in a trust.' '-ho(s the trustee)' asked &ason. '&y uncle, Edward 1orton.' 'All right,' he said, 'go on.' 'There(s a provision in the will that if , should arry before ,( twenty-five, y uncle has the right, at his option, to give e five thousand dollars fro the trust fund and to turn the balance over to charitable institutions.' 'How old are you now)' asked &ason. 'Twenty-three.' '-hen did your father die)' 'Two years ago.' 'The will(s been probated then, and the property distributed)' '"es,' she said. 3

'All right,' he told her, speaking rapidly now, 'if the provision in regard to the trust was carried through in the decree of distribution, and there was no appeal fro that decree, there can be no collateral attack, e#cept under e#ceptional circu stances.' Her restless finger picked at the ar of the chair, and the nail ade little noises as it dug into the leather. 'That(s what , wanted to ask you about,' she said. 'All right,' said &ason, 'go ahead and ask e.' '4nder the will,' she said, ' y uncle controls the trust oneys. He can invest the any way he wants, and he can give e whatever oney he thinks , should have. -hen ,( twenty-seven he(s to give e the principal if he thinks that the possession of such a large su of oney won(t spoil y life. 5therwise, he(s to buy e an annuity of five hundred dollars a onth for life, and give the balance to charity.' '6ather an unusual trust provision,' said %erry &ason, tonelessly. '&y father,' she said, 'was rather an unusual an, and , was just a little bit wild.' 'All right,' said &ason. '-hat(s the trouble)' ', want to get arried,' she said, and, for the first ti e her eyes dropped fro his. 'Have you spoken to your uncle about it)' '1o.' '7oes he know that you want to get arried)' ', don(t think so.' '-hy not wait until you(re twenty-five)' '1o,' she said, raising her eyes again, ', want to get arried now.' 'As , understand your interpretation of the will,' ventured %erry &ason cautiously, 'there(s co plete discretion vested in your uncle)' 'That(s right.' '-ell, don(t you think that the first thing to do would be to sound hi out and see how he would feel about your arriage)' '1o,' she said shortly, clipping the word out e#plosively. '0ad blood between you and your uncle)' he asked. '1o,' she said. '"ou see hi fre+uently)' 'Every day.' '7o you talk with hi about the will)' '1ever.' '"ou go to see hi on other business then)' '1o. , live in the house with hi .' ', see,' said %erry &ason, speaking in that cal e#pressionless voice. '"our uncle is intrusted with a whole lot of oney, and given a discretion which is rather unusual. , take it that he(s under bond)' '5h yes,' she said, 'he(s under bond. As far as that(s concerned, the trust fund is perfectly safe. &y uncle is eticulously careful - too careful. That is, he(s too ethodical in everything he does.' '7oes he have oney of his own)' asked the lawyer. '8ots of it,' she said. '-ell,' said &ason, with just a trace of i patience, 'what do you want e to do)' ', want you,' she said, 'to fi# it so , can get arried.' He stared at her for several seconds in silent, editative appraisal. 'Have you got a copy of the will or of the decree of distribution)' he asked at length. She shook her head. '7o , need one)' she asked. The lawyer nodded. ', can(t very well give you an interpretation of a legal docu ent until ,(ve seen the docu ent.' '0ut , told you e#actly what it said.' '"ou gave e your version of what it said. There ay be a great deal of difference.' She spoke swiftly, i patiently. ', understand that conditions in a will which prevent a person fro arrying can be set aside.' 'That(s not correct,' he told her. '9enerally speaking, a condition by which a party is prevented fro arrying is considered against public policy and void. 0ut that(s subject to certain +ualifications, particularly in the case of crusts of the type which are known as (spendthrift( trusts. Apparently the trust which was created under your father(s will was one of this nature. '&oreover, you note that there is no restriction upon arriage after you have reached the age of twenty-five. As a atter of fact, your uncle see s to be given a wide discretion in the atter, and the provisions of the will as you have given the to e, erely indicate the circu stances under which he is to e#ercise his discretion.' She see ed suddenly to have lost her protective poise. Her voice rose, '-ell, ,(ve heard a lot about you,' she said. 'They say that so e lawyers tell people what they can do and what they can(t do, but that you always fi# things so a person can do what he wants to.' &ason s iled, the s ile of wisdo garnered fro bitter e#perience, of knowledge a assed fro the confidences of thousands of clients. :

'%erhaps,' he said, 'that(s partially true. A an can nearly always think his way out of any situation in which he finds hi self. ,t(s erely a paraphrase of the old saying that where there(s a will there(s a way.' '-ell,' she told hi , 'there(s a will in this case. , want the way.' '-ho do you want to arry)' he asked abruptly. The eyes did not waver, but stared steadily at hi in dark appraisal. '6ob 9leason,' she said. '7oes your uncle know hi )' '"es.' '7oes he approve of hi )' '1o.' '"ou love hi )' '"es. 'He knows of this provision in the will)' Her eyes lowered. ', think perhaps he does now. 0ut he didn(t,' she said. '-hat do you ean he didn(t)' asked the lawyer. There could be no +uestion now that the eyes were avoiding his. '!ust an e#pression,' she said, ', didn(t ean anything by it.' %erry &ason studied her intently for a few inutes. 'And , take it you want to arry hi very uch.' She looked at hi then, and said in a voice that was vibrant with feeling; '&r. &ason, don(t ake any istake about it. , a going to arry 6ob 9leason. "ou can take that as being final. "ou have got to find so e way by which , can do it. That(s all< ,( leaving that end of it up to you. ,( putting yself in your hands. , a going to get arried.' He started to say so ething, then paused to study her carefully before he spoke. '-ell,' he said, 'you see to know pretty uch what you want.' ', do,' she flared. 'Suppose then, you co e back at this ti e to- orrow orning. ,n the eanti e , will have looked up the court records.' She shook her head. 'To- orrow orning,' she protested, 'is too long. .an(t you do it this afternoon)' %erry &ason(s patient eyes dwelt steadily on her face. '%erhaps,' he said. '-ill four o(clock suit you)' She nodded. '2ery well,' he told her, getting to his feet. '.o e back then. "ou can leave your na e and address with y secretary in the outer office.' ',(ve already done that,' she told hi , arising fro the chair and s oothing the line of her skirt. ',(ll be back at four.' She didn(t look back as she walked across the office, opened the door and swept out into the outer roo . %erry &ason sat at his desk, narrowing his eyes in thoughtful appraisal, as he watched the door through which the young wo an had gone. After a o ent he e#tended a sturdy forefinger, and jabbed a button on the side of his desk. A young an with unruly hair, and a face that see ed pathetically eager, popped his head through the doorway leading fro a law library, then entered the roo . '*rank,' said %erry &ason, 'go up to the court house and find the papers in the .elane Estate. A *rances .elane was given property a ounting to ore than a illion dollars in trust. The na e of the trustee is Edward 1orton. .heck the decree of distribution, and also the will. &ake copies of the trust provisions, then get back here as soon as you can.' The boy blinked his eyes swiftly, twice. '.elane)' he asked. '"es,' said &ason. '.arl .elane.' 'And 1orton)' '"es, Edward 1orton,' said &ason. 'Thank you,' said the boy. He turned abruptly, crossed the office with nervous, self-conscious haste, as though painfully aware of the ga/e of %erry &ason, and plunged into the outer office. %erry &ason rang for his secretary. 7ella Street, his secretary, was about twenty-seven years old. Her anner radiated assurance and efficiency. She pushed open the door fro the outer office. '"ou rang)' she asked. '"es,' he told her, 'co e in.' She stepped into the office and closed the door gently behind her. '8et(s check our i pressions,' he said, 'about that girl.' 'How do you ean)' she asked. He stared at her oodily. ', think,' he said, 'that , put the words in your outh. "ou said she looked trapped or sulky. 1ow , a wondering which it was.' '7oes it ake a lot of difference)' asked 7ella Street. ', think it does,' he told her. ',n your i pressions you are usually right and you had a chance to see her when she wasn(t posing. She started to pose as soon as she ca e into y office.' =

' 'A hell-cat)' asked 7ella Street. then sat down on the edge of one of the straight-backed chairs. '. think she(s caught in so e sort of a trap and is trying to get out.' 'The one who has just been here)' '"es. He twisted his lips in a s ile.' he told her. just how to cross her knees and arrange her skirt. 'that it wasn(t panic)' 'How do you ean)' she wanted to know. . don(t know. think she(s a self-willed little devil who nearly always gets her own way and who has an ungovernable te per. think she was in a panic. just what kind of an e#pression to put on her face.(ve got to know whether or not *ran . He walked with nervous jerky steps. 'He wants infor ation about &iss . what did you want)' asked %erry &ason. -hen we know her better we(ll find out ore about her te per. his business. 'There(s a an in the outer office who gives his na e as 6obert 9leason. then whirled to stare at the lawyer.' he said. want to know just what kind of an i pression she ade on you.' '-hat(s he e#cited about)' asked &ason. 'she(s the type that would be good at posing. He was in the late twenties or early thirties. 9leason. 'She looked both trapped and sulky. 'and figured just how to hold her head. %erry &ason surveyed hi with patient eyes peering out fro under heavy eyebrows.' she said.elane.' 'She sat down in the chair. 'Sit down. '1ever ind the wisecracks.elane and he was very an#ious to see you about her. '8ots of people.' said 7ella Street. 'This is a law office and not an infor ation bureau.' %erry &ason(s voice did not change its e#pression in the least. '. '. The other an(s i patience dropped fro his cal anner as easily as butter slips fro a hot knife. '"ou(re &ason. .ertainly not.' 'All right. asked hi what the nature of his business was and he said it was about a client of yours. That(s why .' he told her. then turned to glance at the door and ade certain that it was closed.' &ason said. CHAPTER TWO 7E88A ST6EET pushed open the door of %erry &ason(s private office.' 'And you think she was in a panic)' asked 7ella Street. 'at least the wo en don(t. He(s frightfully e#cited. 9leason ju ped nervously to his feet. 'The girl. '.' he asked. He(s e#cited and nervous. His eyes were dark and s ouldering. told hi that he would have to give e the na e of the client and tell e so ething of the nature of the business. He was a thin an with a very pointed nose and large ears.' '"ou didn(t tell hi she had just been here)' '.' '7id she tell you the truth)' asked 7ella Street. There was so ething al ost surreptitious in her de eanor as she slipped through the door and carefully closed it behind her.' 'Are you sure. want to talk with hi . There was the rustle of otion. '-hy the secrecy)' he asked.'"es. %erry &ason was seated at his desk. slowly.' he said.' he said. '1ow. told hi that . His eyes s+uinted carefully. . 'what did you tell hi )' '.' '-hat does he want)' asked %erry &ason. A an ca e into the roo who radiated restlessness. '8et(s call her a hell-kitten. 'as though she got caught in so e kind of a trap and had turned sulky. &r.' he said.' She nodded and turned. She advanced a step or two into the roo and looked at hi .elane was here talking with you. or did she look sulky)' 7ella Street spoke thoughtfully. . ade three swift strides to the window. 'try to put on a poker face when they are in a panic and when they try to put on a poker face they look sulky. holding the door open. He see ed to be fighting so e overpowering e otion. His visitor hesitated. his voice +uick with i patience.' he said. wasn(t fa iliar with the na es of your clients$ that he would have to be ore specific concerning his business. or what)' '. He said that it was about &iss . want to find out whether *rances . 7id she look trapped.' he said. stood against the light for a o ent.elane called on you to-day. '"ou ay co e in.' '-hat did he say)' 'He said that he wanted to see you.' &ason s+uared his shoulders as though reaching a sudden decision. '1one of the tell the truth the first ti e. as though weighing her words carefully.' he said. '"es. 'Send hi in. > .' she said. the lawyer)' he asked.' %erry &ason(s face was patiently appraising.

( sorry that .' %erry &ason raised his eyebrows in polite interrogation.' said 9leason.f she has consulted e and doesn(t care if you know the fact.( going to ask you to step out of the office.elane just ca e in)' '"es.' 'And &iss . and . 'That(s all.' said %erry &ason. She(s being black ailed.' e#plained &ason. He acted as though he was trying to win a walking race.' he said. 'cool as a cucu ber.' '. .' he said. &ason looked at her speculatively for a o ent. 'send her in. 'A 6obert 9leason called on e a few inutes ago. and took out the typewritten paper containing the copy of the clause in the will of . asked you to co e in. want to know what you propose to do about it. and strode across the roo and through the door without another word.(ve got a right to know.hief. .' she said.' '"ou don(t think they et in the elevator)' 7ella Street pursed her lips thoughtfully. know she was here. the secretary slipped out through the door. hooked his thu bs in the ar holes of his vest.' The secretary opened the door. 'At least. she will doubtless find so e way of concealing the fact.elane.' said &ason.' '7o you know &iss . she will tell you. . "ou know she(s being black ailed. 'The fact that you know &iss . . . have already talked that way to you. and .' said %erry &ason. his lips twisting with e otion. . he went to his desk. His face showed that he was laboring under a great strain.' he said.' 9leason kept his position.f she has and doesn(t want you to know it. 'E#cited)' '1o.' he said.o e in.' said &ason. He was still studying this typewritten docu ent when 7ella Street opened the door once ore. when .( close to *ran .arl .' 'All right. '. '"ou know hi then)' '"es. want to know what you propose to do about it.elane see )' he asked. and you know she was here. can be of no assistance to you. She(s got her hair arranged just so. '7id 9leason go out of the office as soon as he left here)' he asked.' she said. 'but . . really haven(t ti e to discuss with you the only atter which see s to interest you.elane)' '"es. and noiselessly closed it behind her.' she said. '9ood-by.elane. dropped his head forward and started pacing the floor. '"ou can(t talk that way to e. 6obert 9leason re ained standing by the window.t would be all right to talk that way to a stranger.' said %erry &ason.' '0ob(s so i pulsive.' he said.' ? . %erry &ason closed the door gently. As *rances .elane. 'you can tell e who is doing the black ailing. "ou see.' %erry &ason ade a frank. '2ery well. 'but . setting forth the ter s of the trust to *rances . '4nder the circu stances.' she said. '. and . pulling the door closed behind her. in a tone of finality. '"es. thought that you had so e atter of legal business to take up with e. '.' The lawyer walked to the door. 'They ight have.' He got to his feet and s iled at his visitor as though the interview were ter inated. '0ut. want to know. &iss .' she said.' 'That(s final)' asked 9leason. . &r.( not a stranger.elane walked into the roo . '-hat does)' asked 9leason.' she said.' said &ason. 'and insisted on y telling hi whether or not you had been here. After a few o ents. crossed her knees and regarded the attorney fro li pid black eyes in wordless interrogation. She interpreted the gesture.' 'How does &iss . 'in just about nothing flat. '-hat(s the use of all that hooey)' he asked. there will be no necessity for you to return. sat down. think. patiently. then beckoned to her.'8et(s not have any isunderstanding about this.f she has not. suspiciously. and stepped fully into the roo . '&iss . She took out her co pact and is aking her face all pretty. '"ou(re talking about a &iss *rances . of course.' said %erry &ason.elane. '-ho is being black ailed)' he asked. and she(s trying to look her best when she co es in. As it happens.' '-hy not)' '. all you have to do is to ask her if she has consulted e. That(s all . do.elane.elane personally)' '5f course . 'That si plifies it. until he see ed to be snarling.' '0ut you can(t do it. standing there very efficient and gravely dignified. don(t think they did. '. 'And by who )' 9leason ade an i patient gesture. *rances .(ll arrange to take care of it yself. 9leason. disar ing gesture with his right hand as though the entire atter were dis issed as of no i portance. a rather busy today. 'Sit down.elane walked over to the sa e leather chair which she had occupied earlier in the day.f you(ll give e that infor ation . . 'that under the circu stances .elane.

' she said. '.perhaps show a co ingling of trust funds with his own accounts. . '7id you tell hi that . due to the confidence which your father had in his judg ent.( entioning it to you si ply because it see s to be the only possible plan of ca paign open to us.' she said. there was so e feeling in her voice .' he said.'7id you tell hi you were going here)' he asked.' 'He(ll be here at +uarter of five. '"es.' she said. '"ou see. 'did 6ob 9leason ean when he said that you were being black ailed)' She regarded hi with wide.ertainly not. as she stood in the doorway of the office. and . we would still be confronted with the fact that the distribution of the trust estate re ains largely in the discretion of the trustee. The will and decree of distribution provide that in the event the trust should ter inate because of the death. had been here)' '.elane. haven(t the faintest idea. '-ould there be any chance.rinston.' 'There is another peculiar provision in the trust.rinston co e in and see you. 'is y uncle(s partner. . . '.' asked %erry &ason.' she said.rinston has ore influence with uncle than any other living person. He regarded his watch. '. 'and tell hi . The ad inistration of the trust see s to be largely discretionary. 'that . '.' she said. '2ery kindly. ean.' 'So eti e to. and said.' said &ason. . have copies of the trust provisions of the will. after a o ent. '. CHAPTER THREE @ . think that so ething ight be done through Arthur .' 'There is therefore. he would have it in his discretion to nullify our victory.a certain bitterness which colored her tone. . . and buying and selling stocks and bonds. can(t give you very uch hope.' .' *or just a fraction of a second there was a look of startled terror in the eyes of the young wo an.' asked %erry &ason. was afraid of. getting to her feet.' 'And how does he feel toward you)' asked &ason.' she said. '7o you want to telephone fro here)' he asked. it won(t be necessary.' asked &ason. 'said that you were being black ailed.( afraid that . 'to the effect that the discretion vested in the trustee is a personal discretion.' she said.rinston could persuade your uncle to give up the ad inistration of the trust and let you have the entire trust fund)' 'There(s always a chance of anything. 'so e possibility that your uncle ight be placed in a position where he could no longer act to advantage. '. Arthur . inability or refusal on the part of the trustee to continue to act. entioned your na e to hi .' She s iled faintly. '.' '"es.' '9leason. abruptly. but she sat cal ly placid. 'So eti e this afternoon.n other words.( going to have &r.(ll see hi .' She took the blow without flinching. '. or so ething of that sort. and the decree of distribution. '. told hi to get in touch with you if he wanted to ask any +uestions about your affairs. 'He didn(t. as being in violation of public policy.' she said. He is entirely self-sufficient. . and is so obstinate that no power on earth can swerve hi fro anything he wants to do.' *or the first ti e during the interview. for the second ti e. selling and ortgaging real estate. Then she regarded the attorney with a placid and i passive face. &ason turned to the papers on his desk. snapping the +uestion at her without warning. tran+uil eyes. '"ou don(t know y uncle. '1o. buying.' she said. could wait a few inutes.' she said. that then and in such event.' she said.orrow)' asked &ason.rinston)' 'Arthur .' she said. &ason waited for her to tell hi ore if she wished to take advantage of the opportunity.' '-hat. slowly. though her eyes re ained cal . should be able to get the provision in regard to arriage set aside.' &ason told her. 'Have you any suggestions)' asked &ason. watching her closely. 'that y uncle is eticulously careful.( sure. Even if we should win our point in court. as far as the decree of distribution itself is concerned. a afraid that your uncle would consider our attack upon the will in the light of an interference with the wishes of your father. even if .and closed the door.t(s twenty inutes past four. and with his authority as trustee.' She s iled at hi and said. close the office at five.t(s rather sketchy.' 'And who. the entire trust fund is to be vested in you unconditionally. 'That(s what . we ight ake so e legal attack upon his capacity to act as trustee . and s iled as she said it.rinston.' she said. 5f course . '0ob 9leason wouldn(t appreciate your talking to hi like that.' said &ason. also find that there have been annual accounts sub itted by the trustee. or decides that he doesn(t want to do. know that. 'is Arthur . '. waiting.' went on the attorney. They are engaged in business together. '6ob is so i pulsive. &iss . '.' '!ust what do you ean by that)' asked &ason.

in that sa e toneless voice. &ason. That is. should see her uncle this evening. '7id &r.rinston.' Arthur .A6TH46 . . we get along together and understand each other.' he co ented.' boo ed . 'a splendid idea.rinston with his steady. and said in a boo ing voice of ready cordiality.rinston. He doesn(t want any senti ent to influence his business judg ent. should)' '. 'Sit down. '*ro all . 'There(s so ething strange about this affair.elane then)' ventured &ason. '-ell.(ll pick you up at your office and drive you out there.' said %erry &ason. 'She see s to be a very cal and very poised young lady.elane very well. 'and .(d prefer to take so e ti e to figure out the best ethod of approach. -hen she gets ad she(s a hell-cat. 'Hello. "ou(d have to see 1orton and talk with hi in order to appreciate it.rinston heartily. should interview your uncle. She says she(ll ake an appoint ent.ndeed.' asked &ason.' said .6.' she said.' '5h that(s all right.rinston dropped into the sa e black leather chair which *rances .(ll ake an appoint ent with y uncle for eight-thirty this evening. 'There see s to be a frantic haste on the part of everyone concerned. He heard &iss . will you please do so then)' '"ou think . '2ery well. who would have to talk with hi on the around of senti ent. .orrow)' '1o. 'but that hardly see s logical. can hear of &r. . 'to know that you can(t tell a da ned thing about these odern young ladies fro the way they appear.rinston co e there)' '"es. scraped a atch across the sole of his shoe.' %erry &ason shook hands and surveyed .' he said.elane is on the line and thinks . and you can drive e out.' '1o it wouldn(t.rinston thinks so. dropped everything to run up.' 7ella Street opened the door fro the outer office. 'Arthur . .t(s just the character of the an. 'Edward 1orton is a peculiar chap. don(t know as it akes any difference whether it(s logical or not. '. '0y you.' &ason re arked tonelessly. . 'The young lady who was here this afternoon is on the telephone and would like to speak with you.t doesn(t ake any difference how it see s.n fact. 7on(t ever let her get her te per up.rinston shook his head. '.' he said. . A . '"ou should be enough of a judge of hu an nature. -ill that be all right)' 'Hold the line a o ent please.' he said. . ust co e in right away.' he said.' '-hat does he say)' 'He suggests that .' '"ou(ll pardon e. '&ighty glad to eet you.' &ason said into the receiver. and affable. so .' He hung up the telephone and stared thoughtfully at .' &ason frowned.elane(s voice speaking rapidly. and turned to Arthur . would think y interference would be e#actly the thing that he would resent.(ll eet you at y office at eight o(clock.rinston. The lawyer(s face did not change e#pression. *ran told e that . grinning.' &ason said. '"ou know about that)' asked %erry &ason. '1o.1ST51 was forty-five.elane. 'there(s only one person who could talk with 1orton and do any good. '"ou. So eti e to. %lease do it to-night.f Arthur .' 'That(s fine. &r.rinston e phatically. '"ou don(t know *ran . appraising stare.' 'And who is that)' asked &ason. &ason nodded and picked up the *rench telephone on his desk. &iss .rinston. Arthur . '. .' '7o you think.' said .' said the girl. yes. Again .(ll eet you at eight o(clock. she(s nearer being y niece than Edward(s niece. . '-ants to get arried pretty badly.' he said. '5n a atter of this i portance. '0y &iss . than to either *ran or yself. fished a cigar fro his pocket. &ason.rinston will tell you just what to say. '&iss .' he boo ed. 'Sure. 1orton(s character.' &ason regarded his visitor uns ilingly.t(s a fact. He(d be far ore apt to listen to you aking hi a purely business and legal proposition. broad-shouldered. He(s here now.' &ason suggested. lit the cigar and grinned through the s oke at the lawyer. only his eyes betrayed surprise.' '. '.rinston laughed. don(t know of anything that could be better.rinston. 'that anything could be done by a talk with Edward 1orton)' 'Talk by who )' asked .rinston took the cigar out of his outh to laugh e#plosively. .elane had occupied. with his hand outstretched. doesn(t she)' he said.' said . He strode across &ason(s private office.rinston shook his head.' he said. .' '2ery well.' he said. know everything about *ran. He(s perfectly cold-blooded.rinston.' said .

' -hen . have to ove around in order to ake y living.' '"es. and skilled foot on the throttle. and secretary. '*rank. .rinston had left.' 'Have you any suggestions. '5h no. Seated at her side. '. '6egular ansion. They(ve tried to cover it up. and want to take it out on the car. 1ow that suggestion of helplessness had gone fro her.(ll see if . She sla ed a foot on the brake. and you(ve got to work +uickly. . then opened the door of his office. and stepped out into the outer roo . '"es sir. . 'and . %erry &ason studied her with eyes that were intent in watchful speculation. butler. "ou(ve got to chase through the licenses to find what you want.' said %erry &ason.' he said. but swung the car around a curve at sufficient speed to bring a screa of protest fro the tires. and he likes to do a lot of night work. '-e won(t have any ore of that. 'That(s all right.rinston. sulky e#pression. Her handling of the car was swiftly savage as she sent it hurtling through openings in traffic. 'write out whatever you find.ncidentally. '. The hint of the feline power in her nature was ore pronounced. 'as to the line of argu ent . 'e#cept that .' and screa ed the car into the ne#t turn with an increased speed. co ing to abrupt stops when the traffic lights were against her. .' &ason re arked. '.(ll run out a little bit in advance of your appoint ent. and two private offices.' she said.hief.' '-ould you call the secretary a servant)' asked &ason. 7ella Street. "ou(ll find that Edward 1orton is very uch of a law unto hi self. and started for the telephone.E8A1E drove the big %ackard roadster with a deft touch on the wheel. watching . can soften up Edward 1orton a bit before you talk to hi . -hen she had sat in the huge leather chair at the lawyer(s office. frail and helpless. 6ing up so e clerk in the license bureau. seal it in an envelope. . ark it personal and confidential.rinston shrewdly. leaping into al ost instant speed as she got clear signals. and try and soften hi up a trifle.(d prefer you let e get out. . a law library. &ason walked back to his private office. %erry &ason e ployed a typist. 'Buite a few$ gardener. That girl is just plain dyna ite. reach you)' '-hen you get the infor ation.' said &ason.elane.' she answered curtly. The girl topped a hill. &ason reached over and shut off the ignition.' '-ill &iss .' she snapped. co bination stenographer and secretary.rinston said. 'when . and *rank Everly.rinston.(ll tell you what .(ll do. don(t know just when the arriage took place. would advise you not to ake any particular plan of approach.'. 'down at the foot of the hill. et you.' said . she had see ed s all. opened the door and nodded to *rank Everly.' Everly pushed back a calf-skin book which he had been reading. His private office was in the corner of a suite of offices which included two reception roo s.' he said. Her face still held a pouting.elane have any difficulty aking an appoint ent for this evening)' asked &ason.' &ason looked down the winding road to the big house which showed as a bla/e of light. and got to his feet. but probably it was several weeks ago. watching her profile with ild a use ent.hief. He(s a peculiar chap. housekeeper.' asked &ason.elane. hooked his thu bs through the ar holes of his vest. and e#tended his hand.' said . and nodded her head in a gesture of indication. arrange to have hi wait over after hours. and started slowly and rhyth ically pacing the floor. &ason paced back and forth for a few o ents. CHAPTER FOUR *6A1 . a young lawyer who was getting practical e#perience in &ason(s office. didn(t ean any offense. and put it under the blotter on the desk in y private office. 'but you certainly have issed it on *ran . turned to hi with eyes that were bla/ing with wrath. 'that a certain 6obert 9leason has arried a certain *rances . 'There(s the place.' She said. .' went on %erry &ason. He akes ost of his appoint ents for afternoons and evenings. '&ighty glad . "ou(ll understand when you see hi . "ou ight have both legs gone.' said Everly. She paid no attention to the co ent. . turned to a winding driveway in a scenic subdivision. They(ll be closing in a few inutes.' said Everly. chauffeur. think. should use with hi )' '1one at all. '&any servants)' he asked. 'he(s one of these fellows who likes to work nights. C . '1ow. and do it +uickly.' .' he said.' he said.' he said.' '5kay. get the infor ation where do . %erry &ason strode across the office to the law library. 'Evidently you don(t like hi . a stenographic roo . . He(s all coldblooded business efficiency. '. want you to do so ething for e. would. He has a regular office fi#ed up in the house. couldn(t gesture very e phatically to a jury with an ar in a sling.' He pulled hi self to his feet. strode across to the attorney. '"es. 'if you(re feeling particularly savage about so ething.f you(re going to see 1orton to-night.

&ason heard her voice rattling in swift conversation with 7on 9raves. guess . He won(t see us at all. well dressed. .' he said.( not showing off to you.' she said i pulsively. don(t you dare<' %erry &ason(s tone was al ost casual. who stared at the with a bland.elane said. that 7on 9raves stared at hi with a curiosity which he ade no atte pt to conceal. 'A inute. '. was in a hurry.elane led the way across an outer office which contained a stenographer(s desk.' &ason told hi . '7on(t try to show off to e. which she opened with a latchkey. a flounce of skirt. don(t want you to interfere with e<' Suddenly she s iled. thought you knew that.' she said. '&r. '.f we(re as uch as five inutes late. . she turned back to the road and started the car. Edward 1orton did not waste a single second in idle talk. .' said &ason cautiously. D . wordlessly. cal ly.' 'Then.' he said. and he paused to stare at the . His bow sufficed for an acknowledg ent of the introduction.( acting like a spoiled child. thought at first she ight have been right. .t isn(t at all necessary. '.' '7id he tell you)' '"es. yellow haired and brown eyed. e#pressionless countenance.' he said.' She whirled to face hi with half parted lips and startled eyes.' he went on. and so e papers under his ar . 7on.'7on(t you dare to touch this car when . think now it will be easier for e to e#plain certain things to you. have. '. 'if . The secretary said.' She ade no answer. 4ncle Edward. '.' '.rinston told e.' he said.' he said. don(t give a da n what you think. 0oth his physical pose and his anner indicated physical and ental tension. "ou look sulky when you(re frightened. two telephone instru ents. 8et(s go. 0ut she wasn(t. that(s all.' she said. '1ot over a inute. a great deal is left to y discretion. or just about to start running.' she said. you(re just in a panic.' 'And y secretary. %erry &ason. &ason. that(s all.' &ason got out.' She had braked the car fro high speed to a dead stop. '. an adding achine. "ou(re not sulky. 'is si#ty seconds. He held a stiff-backed stenographic notebook in his hand. we(re all through. 'let(s go get it over with.' '. '4ndoubtedly you have looked up the ter s of the decree of distribution and the trust.' He e#tended his hand. 9raves.' she said. She pushed open the door of an inner office without knocking and %erry &ason found hi self facing a tall an of fiftyfive. '!ust long enough to introduce you. 'told e you were sulky. a battery of filing cases. '. can do you a great deal ore good.' '. a safe. . he(ll receive you.' '. 4ncle Edward.( driving this car. "ou never would accept y word for the . and sat down. was wrong and . 1either of the said anything ore until she swept the car up the driveway and braked it to a swift stop. The an said in those precise. 'This is y attorney. &r. %erry &ason. 'by risking both of our lives. The lawyer followed her. the secretary. the lawyer. a . . don(t want to be late for our appoint ent. A an was just co ing out of a doorway.f you(ll go in.(ll be running along and leave y future in your hands.' said *rances . There was about hi a certain alertness.' she said. '-ell.elane. didn(t. 'until . '6ight up the stairs. a very glad that you have consulted counsel. The secretary was slender.' &ason re arked co placently.( driving it<' she stor ed. would say a very great deal. '-ell.' He followed her to the front door. '"ou don(t intend to be present at the interview)' he asked. 'and .' &ason bowed and noticed as he did so. %erry &ason nodded his head.( very pleased to eet you. As she closed the door of the private office. but you have got a te per. '7o you hear e.' She s iled at the and left the roo .' %erry &ason said nothing. &r.' 'He shouldn(t have.' *ran . haven(t you)' '5f course . e#pressionless tones. . '. *ran . get there in one piece.' she bla/ed. but turned to the lawyer. The girl pushed on past the secretary. Her lips were pressed into a thin line of deter ined silence. . She whipped the car door open and ju ped to the driveway with a flash of legs.' said &ason. They walked up the stairs and turned to the left. shook hands. 1orton is e#pecting you. '"ou are fa iliar with the )' '. have. a file of card inde#es. '"ou are late. Then. with a rapidity of utterance which ade the words see to tread each on the heel of the other. 'That(s all right.' said the girl. ' y uncle(s secretary. as though he were just about to break into conversation.o e on.' she said. this is &r. you understand. '. 1ow she took her hands fro the wheel as she turned to the lawyer with bla/ing eyes. '*orgive e. a very glad to eet you and very glad that you have called upon e. typewriters.

'.' The door of the private office opened. '.' said %erry &ason. '"ou rang sir)' he asked. 'that phase of the discussion is entirely out of order. 'that is pri arily what . &ason. '"ou understand y position in the atter)' asked &ason. say what . . a tired of the .' '. a ringing.' said 1orton. She is not receiving a penny. 0ut . He also reali/ed that leaving her any large su of oney ight turn out to be the worst thing he could do for her. '. eh)' said 1orton.' said 1orton. a the trustee of this estate. take it y niece has asked you to secure so e specific odification of the provisions of the trust)' '1ot necessarily.ertainly. a concerned. '.' '7on(t you think.' he said. da ned please concerning those rights<' Edward 1orton reached out to a button and pressed it with his bony forefinger.' '1o. '"es. The gesture was utterly devoid of e otion.' said 1orton dryly. . consider it would be very uch to her disadvantage to give her the oney. until now the a ount of the trust is far in e#cess of what it was at the ti e it was created. perhaps. standing spread-legged.( here representing the rights of *rances . '. 'for the butler$ who wild show you to the door.' &ason pushed back his chair. but y niece has one of the ost ungovernable te pers in the world. want you to understand that in the event . His voice was as cold as that of the other. high-strung girl. shared his views.' 1orton stared at &ason with cold eyes which contained no trace of cordiality. 'Therefore . treating this niece of yours as though she were a chattel or a lu p of clay. "ou will confine yourself to a discussion of the legal rights of your client under the trust. despite the econo ic readjust ent of values which has taken place in the last few years. '. with a wooden face. 'that a legal atter has a lot of angles. to accusto her to the handling of larger su s of oney by gradually increasing the a ount which she receives) And don(t you think. 8et(s talk about the way you(re going to use your discretion. have in ind. 'that she has not confided to you the e#act situation.' said &ason. . think to have a certain a ount of latitude. She(s a highspirited. and .' 1orton interrupted.n fact. '.' said &ason diplo atically.f you(ll just look at this thing fro the hu an viewpoint and consider.'And . 3E . continued to face 1orton.( glad that y niece has consulted an attorney. don(t know where you get the idea that she(s being black ailed.' &ason re arked. and got to his feet. in cold. . and yet thoroughly lovable. '. level tones. . shall do it only because . he said. will talk about and what . choosing his words cautiously.' &ason(s face showed surprise. .' said 1orton. and she refuses to tell e who is black ailing her. have ad inistered it wisely.' said &ason. and would like to know your possible reactions in the event she should do certain things. all around.( not binding yself to give any particular advice. Her father considered it. and that was the reason this trust was created. "ou will pardon e. '.' '. consider it. 'She would like. 'Her father reali/ed that she had to be protected fro herself.(ll take y fee fro her and .' '-ell. however. we ight consider that as one of the possibilities. a satisfied that another few days will force the situation to a head. selfish. 9reat riches. have every reason to believe that y niece is being black ailed. 4nder those circu stances. s iling affably and keeping his te per. 'upon no atter other than the +uestion of the legality of the trust and the interpretation thereof.' '. will allow you to be heard.' The butler put a fir hand on %erry &ason(s ar .' Edward 1orton said coldly. 'that is one atter which is not open to discussion.(ve always found. The lawyer shook hi off. and the secretary too.elane.' said Edward 1orton. 'we do so consider it.(ll say anything . '"es. have deter ined to place it out of her power to ake any cash donations to any black ailer.' %erry &ason planted his feet wide apart. . '-ell. with a te pera ent such as hers. have heard the until . 6ecently .' &ason(s eyes were cold and appraising. She is also i pulsive.n the event she should arry.' he said. instead of whether you(ve got the right to use it.. a fa iliar with all those argu ents. that arriage ight e#ert a steadying influence)' '. . propose to see that a sufficient a ount is forthco ing fro the trust fund to furnish you a reasonable fee. burly an.n the event she has not. want you to i press upon her ind that she is legally powerless to do anything. have entirely cut off y niece(s allowance.. savagely. '"ou(d better ring for two butlers. and y client. a glad to report that the trust funds have shown a steady increase. e#ercise the discretion given to e under that trust.(ve got to say< '"ou(re aking a istake.t(ll take all of the to put e out of here before . and disburse the oney elsewhere than to y niece.' said 1orton. . and a broad-shouldered. 'show this gentle an out. . "ou probably don(t reali/e it yet. have asked her about it. fre+uently lead to great suffering. or what specific indiscretion she has co itted which gives a black ailer an opportunity to collect oney fro her.' '1o. ask what is the reason for such a step)' '. '. ca e here to discuss.' said 1orton. the discussion is ter inated. . bowed fro the hips. '.' &ason ad itted. won(t talk about. . . She is a veritable tigress when she is aroused. see.. 'that it would be uch better.ertainly.' '1o.. ean nothing personal. . He knew that . &r. . didn(t know that you had cut off her inco e entirely. . say si ply what . So far as . your niece. '&ay . headstrong. but if you have any such idea. don(t know if she has ade arrange ents for your co pensation.( not accusto ed to having people tell e what . yet no trace of hostility. .

'or should be. '"ou(re ore than a treasurer.' she said. He left the elevator. and *rances .' she said. in a low. 1ow you understand the necessity for taking legal steps. knew. He called the address of 1orton(s residence to the ta#i driver.' she said.. She looked at &ason with black eyes.elane. tried to e#plain to you how utterly obstinate y uncle was. So ewhere a clock struck idnight. .E8A1E T55F 54T A &A66. you would never believe e. 'you(ve got the wrong nu ber. '&y uncle has just been urdered<' 'Has just what)' 'Has just been urdered<' she said. He prowled around through the library. but is this &r. He interrupted his reading to go to the book case and get a volu e of the %acific 6eporter.' &ason took a deep breath.elane and said. and stalked rigidly fro the roo . &ason continued to glower at the an behind the desk.E7 . &ason s iled echanically. but it(s going to have just the opposite effect. which gave the effect of being e#pressionless.ES . '%lease. welco ed the opportunity to let you find out firsthand. &ason frowned and paid no attention to it.' he said. '5f all the obstinate.' he said. 'Hello. his eyes hard and steady. beg your pardon. About fifteen inutes past one o(clock in the orning the telephone rang. i peratively. '!ust a inute. crossed the lobby of the office building.' 'All right.' said the voice..o e where. studying intently. then started taking other case books fro the shelves. turning to cases. . 33 . '0een working rather late. &ason. the lawyer)' '"es.' he said. want to say. '. and give her a break.' said &ason. that an is the worst<' She looked up at hi and laughed. The essage was signed with the initials of the law clerk.E1SE 51 THE *546TH 5* 8AST &51TH. He read the reported cases for so e little ti e. know you(re trying to do e a favor. have had an opportunity to say what . '"ou(ve done all you can do. 'Feep the throttle down to the floorboards.' He ripped it open and saw a notation in *rank Everly(s handwriting.' CHAPTER FIVE %E66" &AS51 let hi self into the office with his key. silent concentration. &ason turned to *rances .' said %erry &ason.' A voice said. &ason held the telephone. '5kay.A9E 8. She should be able to look to you for.' he said. then hooked his thu bs in his vest and started pacing the floor of the office. with a face that see ed pouting. and sla ed the door. %erry &ason left the office without pausing to switch out the lights.o e out to the house. oving efficiently and tirelessly.elane rushed into the roo .arked cases. THE" -E6E &A66. 'They think they do. %lease don(t. or is going to throw e out until . &r. started reading.' she told hi . gri ly. and why)' he asked.. &ason uttered an e#cla ation. He worked in cold. pulling down various books. So . '1o rest for the wicked. &ason)' '"es.852E67A8E 51 THE E. al ost surreptitious voice. his face without e#pression. The night watch an brought up the elevator and &ason pushed his way into it as soon as the door was open. &ason. took down a volu e of '.9HTH.1 .' said the drivel. '. '. '7o they know who did it)' he asked. turned. but %erry &ason kept on working. turned to the telephone and picked up the receiver. sir. The pile of law books on the table grew larger and larger. 'we(ll take the . The butler sla ed the door shut behind hi . '&r. ran diagonally across the street to a hotel where there was a ta#icab stand. arked '. The telephone continued to ring insistently. then the voice of *rances .' she said. haven(t you)' said the watch an.' '"ou ust co e at once. irritably. have ever et.o e at once<' and the line went dead as the receiver slipped into place on the other end of the wire. and heard a swift whisper.f that girl is being black ailed.' he said. 'that if . After a while he swung into the law library. '. you(d better act like a hu an being instead of a cash register.. '-hat(s the trouble)' '. *re+uently he book.' The girl tugged at his ar . There was an envelope under it. 650E6T 98EAS51 A17 *6A1. 'is going to show e out.. cold-blooded.'1obody.yc' dealing with wills. &r. and placed the to one side.' she said. 5nce in a while he ade a brief note. walked to his desk and picked up the blotter. buddy. &ason.' There was a rustle of otion. unsy pathetic icebergs . 'please.onfidential. %erry &ason stared at it for several inutes.

and .' 'How was 1orton killed)' asked &ason. '. walked to the house. then hurried into speech '"ou know 1orton is a night owl.' '7o you ean she(s i plicated in any way)' &ason de anded.&ason was sla ed back in the cushions. &ason discharged the ta#icab.' %erry &ason stared thoughtfully into the half-darkness of the shadowed hedge. persuaded %urley to drive e out here in his car. '-e started up the road toward the boulevard. He fre+uently keeps his office open until idnight.' he said. . He said it didn(t ake any difference who was driving it. but 9raves. 5nly when the ta#i swung off to the driveway which sloped down the hill. and . The big house was illu inated.s she going to get i#ed in it)' asked &ason. the chauffeur. . He was sending 9raves after so e i portant papers. 1o atter what happens. '-ell. they were papers that .rinston shrugged his shoulders. . so .(ll have to tell it to you when we(ve got ore ti e. 'that(s where 7evoe slipped up. 'that(s all taken care of.' he said. not at all. .rinston.' '7id they find the club)' the lawyer asked. "ou see.' said . want to see you before anybody else does. !ust as we started to drive away.' . . called up to 1orton to send 9raves down. had agreed to get for 9raves . and she(s got the devil(s own te per. . and there were plenty of the . He said he had seen the figure of a an standing in 1orton(s study$ that this an had a club.' '.' 'Arrested)' e#clai ed &ason. '!udge %urley ran the car to a place where he could turn around.t was so ething he(d seen plainly. How about the urder) 7o they know who did it)' 'Apparently. got drunk and killed hi in order to get so e oney. and .' said . and into the shadows of a hedge. anticipating it would be all right. by that ti e was at the door. the three of us rushed into the house and up the stairs to the study. So !udge %urley drove back to the house. though his eyes were s+uinted in thought. and before 1orton(s death. can(t just get the straight of it. %ersonally . His pockets were turned inside out. don(t know just how.' 'Then that ust have been after . and wanted hi to go with us to save ti e. 'forget that. 'should 1orton have accused his niece of stealing an auto obile)' 3: . To-night he had an appoint ent with e.t(s +uite a story. He didn(t think the police would search the place. .' said . -e don(t know yet e#actly how serious it is. want you to pro ise e that you will stand by *ran.' '-ell. 7on 9raves actually saw the cri e being co itted.' he said. was late getting things cleaned up with %urley. "ou know how it curves and twists around. and begin to take an interest in the surroundings.rinston hastened to assure hi 'but she(s a peculiar individual. He insisted he was right. The police ust have ade a istake. Shortly before his death. The prints were of very large feet. %ete 7evoe. 'this is a serious business. she had his 0uick sedan out driving it. '8isten. not e#actly that. 1orton opened the window on the upper floor and called down to ask e if . . and ore than a do/en auto obiles were parked in front of the place. "ou(ll get the facts of the case when you go in. going pretty rapidly. and %urley said it would be all right. 'but he wanted her disciplined in so e way. So . . the police discovered the cri e a lot sooner than anyone thought they would. '-e notified the police right away. 'Spill it fast. He took the club and hid it in a closet in his roo . or that(s what the police clai . and the police think now that 7evoe probably put a large pair of shoes on over his other shoes. According to the police. but 9raves insisted he couldn(t have been istaken. did &ason lose his air of abstraction. see that she doesn(t get i#ed into this thing. and had swung it down on 1orton(s head. '-hy. There(s one place where you can look back and see into 1orton(s study. only had to see 1orton for a few inutes. and he ran right out and into the auto obile. He tried to ake it appear that burglars had broken in fro the outside. '&ason. "ou see. '1orton was lying across his desk with the top of his head s ashed in. over a strip of lawn. "ou see. and there were footprints outside in the loa . '"es. '-hen we got there. 'According to the police.' &ason said. Edward 1orton telephoned the police station and wanted his niece arrested. every window was a bla/e of light. 1orton telephoned in that the sedan had been stolen and wanted the police to pick up the car and put the driver in jail. because he tried to ake it appear burglars had broken in fro the outside.t was a essy job.( glad you ca e. '.rinston ran down the three steps to the ce ent. '1o. . She(s i#ed up in it so ehow.rinston took a deep breath. can(t believe he wanted her arrested.' said &ason. think it(s all a lot of hooey. His wallet lay e pty on the floor.' he asked.rinston. '. His face was unchanging. . 1orton had his faults.' said &ason. He thought 9raves ight have been istaken. would ind taking 7on 9raves with e. left here. 'it was at eleven fifteen.' He took the lawyer(s ar and led hi across the ce ent driveway. no. as the car lurched forward. but he bungled the job. The grounds in front were also illu inated. and saw the bulky for of Arthur . 1ever once did he glance at the scenery which whi//ed past.rinston. He let out a yell. asked !udge %urley if he had any objections. He hit hi a frightful lick.rinston silhouetted against the lights on the porch. had an appoint ent with &unicipal !udge %urley.' . 9raves happened to be looking back.' '9ive e a +uick outline. 'There was a window in the dining roo which had been ji ied open. '7evoe beat his head in with a club. and wait for e.so e docu ents relating to so e of our partnership business. but he loved his niece in his own peculiar fashion. '1ot if you stand by her. ran in and had y conference with 1orton and then ca e out and started away with !udge %urley. in order to leave those prints and fool the police.

'He(s y attorney. '1o. eant that father had created that trust only because he wanted to see that the oney didn(t go to y head too uch. The partnership that 1orton and . '. '"ou ean about her private affairs)' asked &ason. he did.' said the officer.' persisted &ason. wanted to know if you felt there was danger of her getting into trouble. 0ut you know how a urder is. 5h well.' 'All right.' She spoke in a voice that was a low onotone. '. been talking to you all this ti e without giving you any idea at all of what . *or heaven(s sake. her dark eyes staring at the face of her lawyer.' said . . figuring the car business ay have had so ething to do with it.'%robably a isunderstanding. don(t know very uch about it. and also the personal attorney for *rances . beca e just an auto aton. They were working on that when they were advised of the urder.t see s strange 1orton would have wanted her arrested.' he said. understand it. there(s no use speculating about that anyway.' 3= . she couldn(t have.rinston snapped. She(s ad itted having taken it out. 8et(s get in the house. or else you(re keeping so ething fro e.rinston. and that isn(t likely.t isn(t the urder. 'All right. He was trying to ake a chattel of e and break y spirit.' '"ou certainly don(t think that she has anything to do with the urder)' asked &ason.' .' . '. told hi that that wasn(t what father wanted.' he said. 0ut she wouldn(t have had the physical strength to strike such a blow anyway. '. %erry &ason stared down at *ran . in the first place. 'unless the police got the wrong na e. it(s the incidental things that ay co e out in connection with the investigation.( just telling you. 'Have . There was that about her which indicated she was warily watchful. ean about everything. '. She sat in her bedroo on an overstuffed chair.elane. want you to get in touch with *ran and keep her out of the co plications.' said . '-ell.' &ason stopped still and turned to face . '9o ahead.' said . . just didn(t want to isunderstand you. then hastily added. And if she had had an acco plice. '"ou see to think that the girl can(t stand too uch +uestioning. because it(s all foolishness.rinston obstinately. 7evoe is the one that(s guilty all right.' asked &ason insistently. 'that she won(t stand too uch +uestioning.' '5f course there is<' . '"ou ight just as well be frank with e. had a fight with 4ncle Edward after you left. She(s got a te per and they had +uite a fight after you left. she won(t stand too uch +uestioning. as . .rinston. CHAPTER SIX *6A1. . '.( driving at)' '-hy.rinston said. and that he was being false to his trust. and then there(s +uite a bit of oney in the trust fund which will go to the girl without any +uestion.' An officer stood at the front porch and +uestioned &ason.E8A1E wore a short sport outfit.' said . the attorney for the estate. '"es. *eet were constantly pounding the boards of floors. no. and ake e too wild. and she(s a spitfire when she loses her te per.' he snapped.' '2ery well. 'and tell e e#actly what happened. He didn(t intend that 4ncle Edward should grind e down so .rinston grabbed &ason(s ar . '.rinston. .ES . So they(re aking in+uiries.rinston said. She hasn(t got the te pera ent for it.' '-hat did you ean by being false to his trust)' asked &ason. as well as for the girl.t(s going to bring out a lot of co plications. with a blue and gold sweater which set off to advantage the spun-gold effect of her silken hair. want you to step right in the saddle as attorney for everything.' said .' '5f course.' he said. . as though she ight be reciting a part that had been learned by rote. don(t know. had has so e assets.' said . 1ow you get to her and keep the police fro asking her +uestions. The drone of voices sounded as a distant ru ble. with her knees crossed.' &ason said. 'won(t she stand too uch +uestioning) 7o you think she(s i#ed up in the urder)' '. He was i possible. e#pressionless and thoughtful.rinston.' . and stand between her and too uch police +uestioning. and pushed on ahead of hi into the house. She see ed to be listening. 0ut *ran is a peculiar girl. and telephoned the police.rinston. 'As far as co pensation is concerned. Act as attorney for the estate. that(s all. because they got the right car nu bers. don(t think 1orton had any idea his niece was the one who had the car.' '7o they know that his niece had the car)' asked &ason. He just knew the car was issing. '5f course..rinston(s jaw snapped forward and his eyes et those of the attorney in a ga/e that was every bit as steady as the ga/e of the steely eyes which stared into his. 'you folks that live here can go in and out. waiting for so ething to happen. and don(t let her get i#ed up in this thing. starting once ore for the house. 'He(s all right.(ve got confidence in you and .' .rinston.elane. talk with her.o e on. of course not. . but you understand that you(re not to touch anything. '. 7oors ade noise as they opened and shut. All about the the big house echoed with sounds$ creaked with a suggestion of packed occupancy. or interfere with the evidence at all..' said &ason. "ou can(t tell what she will do. 'there(s going to be a big difference now that 1orton is out of the way. hallways and stairs in an endless procession. '0ut either you think she(s i#ed up in it.

went to the garage. ca e downstairs and decided that . was going to have to ove the 0uick anyway. '"es. could take the .(d taken. 'what did your uncle tell the )' 3> .' '1ever ind that. .(d ake a istake if . .' she said.' 'All right. .' he told her. still in the sa e toneless voice. He(s one of those big. ean how long before you returned the car. 'what akes you think that 7evoe told your uncle)' '. 'As high as .that is. %erhaps he heard e drive away. think so e of the other servants heard it. wanted to drive a car. . don(t know. .' 'And while you were gone your uncle discovered the loss of the car . . was out about an hour and a half.' 'The 0uick was your uncle(s achine)' he asked. about that long. So .' '-hat ti e was the telephone call)' '4ncle called the police to report the car theft at about a +uarter past eleven. . got things packed up as though . .' '7id you do anything unladylike) That is.' she said dispiritedly.' she said. 'what did your uncle tell the police)' 'All . taking curves as fast as .' he said. 'How did 7evoe know)' '. '5f course that was pretty fast. . cursed.' she said. and then . .' he told her. . was angry.(ve got a bad te per. knew any reason why y uncle should have reported the car as stolen. cu berso e fellows who can(t think a thought of his own. didn(t want to go out and walk. 'then what happened)' 'Then. '.' said &ason. got ad. 'but . just drove it around. '7id anyone know of the +uarrel)' '. . and has it greased every so any iles. did you curse)' She said. . 'Everything.' '-hen did you leave with the car)' he asked. guess so. think that 7evoe ust have told hi . guess. never did like 7evoe.' she said.' '-ell. have it repaired.' 'That was when you took the car)' asked &ason. guess. should go back for y %ackard. .' 'So you took the 0uick without your uncle(s consent)' '"es.(ve never used it uch. . He babies it along a lot.' %erry &ason ade a dry co ent. ran away. . and didn(t see any reason why . .( co ing to that. '7id you raise your voice)' he in+uired. get over it. ust have returned ten or fifteen inutes after the urder.' 'All right. but goes through life aking otions. knew that .' 'That was pretty fast)' he asked.t was the ti e of uncle(s telephone call. run it until so ething gets to sounding funny. was going away.' 'Ten or fifteen inutes.' 'And when did you return)' 'So ewhere around +uarter past twelve. and then .' she said.' '-hat do you do when you get ad)' he asked. . '7on 9raves knew about it. '1o. -hat happened)' '-ell. and went out to the garage to see what car .' 'And where did you drive it)' '. . '"es. would run away and leave Edward 1orton and his oney and everything. 5ne of the detectives talked with e and asked e if . keeps records of the ileage and the oil and gas.' she said. could. think the police records show that it was e#actly eleven fourteen.' she said. 'Then you(d had the car for half an hour before your uncle reported the theft)' '"es. he discovered that the car was issing.' '1o. can reali/e when . but after . '. . .s that right)' '. and the oil changed every so often. . think it was. don(t bother with y %ackard that way.' she told hi . tell you.' he said. ca e back to the house a little while before the police arrived here. don(t know. .' 'All right. and then decided not to do it. did want to get so e air.' he said. 'About ten forty-five. oved the 0uick.' she said. 'is what they told e. . 'How long were you gone)' '. 'He didn(t allow you to use it)' 'He(d never forbidden e to use it.' 'All right. . wanted to drive a car fast.' she said. guess. '.'All right.' '-hat ti e did the police arrive here)' 'About an hour and a half ago. '5f course . don(t know. 0ut .' she said. can understand how you could keep your ind off your troubles by driving fast. know. '. 'go on. so . don(t know. just wanted to get away. and all of that.(ve ade a istake. co enced to cool off a little bit. if you want to put it that way. &y %ackard was in behind the 0uick and .' she said. And . always had hi figured for a snitcher. 'you have to do so ething to get your ind off your troubles. .

fi#ed appraisal. '.' 'How do you know that)' she asked. that there weren(t any burglars.' said &ason. '5h yes.' he said. 'the trust ter inates)' '5n his death the trust ter inates. '-ho told you that) Have you been talking with so e of the servants)' He countered her +uestion with another. '"ou ca e to e with a proble . '. "ou didn(t tell e the truth when you first ca e to y office.' she said. '-hat do you want e to tell you)' she asked. And he described it. "ou haven(t told e the truth. 'now so ebody knows that secret.' 'The police see ed to take that e#planation all right)' he asked. 'That(s none of your business.' he told her.' he said. and her tone was i personally thoughtful.:&. with license nu ber .' she said.' 'Then if he can(t e#ercise that option.' she said. 'that would be y interpretation of the will. "ou(ve got to tell your lawyer and your doctor the whole truth. and she stared at hi with eyes that were wide and round. don(t know. 'Then.' 'And on his death. and the police officer. 'now that y uncle is dead. told hi e#actly what happened.' he said. That . 'it(s so ething in your anner.' she said. took the car out about +uarter to eleven. '"ou were arried)' he asked her. '"es. '.' 3? .' said &ason.' '-hy)' he asked. '1ever ind that. . hadn(t asked y uncle(s per ission. . and brought it back about twelve fifteen. '5f course it(s y business. 'they(re likely to be i portant.' She heaved a sigh of relief. '. '-hy. '"ou(re not telling e the whole truth about this thing. it doesn(t ake any difference whether . wouldn(t. understand. @A?>ED=.' she said. think he was cut off or so ething. don(t know. '1o. "ou can(t gain anything by lying to e. guess they call hi a desk sergeant.' he said.' she said. held the telephone for a inute until 4ncle Edward got another connection. .' '7id you tell the detective that you had the car)' he asked.' he said. but stared at hi with eyes that were coldly speculative. &ason paced up and down the floor. re e ber the provisions of the will.( arried or not)' '5ffhand. you know it. does it ake any difference if . y uncle telephoned the police and said that it was Edward 1orton talking.' '-hy didn(t you tell e that before)' '0ecause we were keeping it secret.' She pursed her lips and stared at hi . Suddenly he whirled. and said that he wanted to report a cri e . ean.' 'All right.' '-hat do you ean by that)' she wanted to know. so what(s the use of y telling you)' '"ou are arried then)' '"es. "ou can trust e. 'As .'-ell. '"es. She showed no resent ent whatever in her anner. ' ake very any co ents about that. '.' she said.t isn(t that. '-hy then did you think that .' '-ell.' she said. 'They have discontinued working on that end of the case. "ou had been arried already.' she said.' he said. 'according to what this detective told e.' Every bit of color drained fro her face.' 'They(ve about concluded now. At first they thought that perhaps the burglars ight have stolen the 0uick for a get-away. a arried)' His eyes regarded her in cold. don(t betray co unications ade by y clients. Answer e. 'That(s right.' she said slowly. young lady.' said &ason.' she said. There is so ebody black ailing you.the theft of an auto obile. just feel that they ay be i portant. 'it doesn(t ake any difference whether anyone tries to black ail e or not)' &ason(s eyes stared at the girl as though they would rip the ask fro her face and probe the interior of her soul. but that . 'your uncle is given the option of turning the oney over to charity in the event you arry before you are twenty-five.' '"ou see to re e ber those figures pretty well. Then there was a delay.' she said. any ore than you could by lying to a doctor. had been talking with the servants)' '. and stared at the girl.' She e#tended her right forefinger and started pushing it along the ar of the chair. 'The truth. and that he had a cri inal atter to report. 'About wanting to get arried and all that. a 0uick sedan.C=>. '4nder the will. '-hat is there in y story that doesn(t hang together)' she asked. what do you ean by that)' '"ou know what . . s+uir ing it around every irregularity in the cloth. '7o the servants know about it)' he asked.

wonder.(ve told the facts so often now.' she told hi . .rinston had !udge %urley with hi in the car.' She twisted her fingers together and asked. want you to represent y interests and y interests alone. there is no necessity for paying an attorney forty thousand dollars to protect your rights. have received that a ount fro the inheritance left e by y father. '1o.( going to need so e one to protect y rights.' '8isten. guess you saw enough of y uncle to know how he would feel about that seven inutes. '7on 9raves saw the urder co itted. he would be detained less than half an hour in all. stubbornly and steadily. 'co e down to earth. 9raves opped his forehead and s iled at the attorney.' He regarded her for a few o ents in silent speculation. will pay you forty thousand dollars if you protect y rights)' she in+uired. '0ecause.' she e#plained. . his voice now showing a trace of i patience. Suppose you try to be fair with e.' 3@ . . the fact that .' &ason said. 'They tear you to pieces and doubt everything you say. certainly a glad that . '. if the car started fro the house at eleven thirty. 'They ight have tried to pin it on e. ' y pro issory note to pay to you the su of forty thousand dollars as soon as .' he said.' '%ete 7evoe urdered hi . returned the car and found hi urdered. had the car out when the urder was co itted gives e an alibi. and !udge %urley wanted to get ho e. which she signed with a flourish. and .' said &ason. si ply ade that co ent.' '"ou ean that . they know .rinston had an appoint ent with y uncle for eleven o(clock. "ou see.' '. 'how that fi#es the e#act ti e of the urder. He started away fro the house pro ptly at eleven thirty. 'if the police should stu ble onto that theory of the case. He re e bers because he looked at his wristwatch and . '%erson. ean when . speaking rapidly.' said &ason. 1ow.' &ason folded the note and dropped it into his pocket. a going to pay you a fee of forty thousand dollars. and he was seven inutes late. &r. you see. 'they aren(t annoying e at all. .' he said. And . '. nervous stride. all right.rinston kept urging !udge %urley to (step on it.( going to co e into a large su of oney. 'if you(d ind giving e an outline of just what you told the )' 9raves sighed wearily. 'that you had an e#cellent otive for urdering hi . then said. pulled a piece of paper to her and scribbled out a docu ent in pen and ink. .' he said. it would have taken about three inutes to get to the point in the driveway where 9raves could look back and see the persons clubbing y uncle.' he said. it would show a ost e#cellent otive for a urder.everything.t would ean. shrugging her shoulders. '.' said the lawyer dryly. still don(t see. also ention that if there is any litigation about the inheritance.' he said.' she insisted. .' she said. 'That(s a lot of oney to pay a person to protect your rights if there(s nothing to be done. 'that .' '%ersons)' he asked. 'Are you going to argue with e about that)' '1o. '. and regarding hi with enig atical black eyes. dropped into a wicker chair in front of a writing desk. believe so e co ent was ade about the fact that he had been here less than half an hour.' '-hat do you ean by that)' asked &ason.rinston pro ised !udge %urley that if the judge would drive &r. "ou understand)' 'All right.t was about eleven thirty-three or eleven thirty-four. 'Have the police +uestioned you in detail)' he asked.rinston out here. will pay you ore. and if you have to do any work about getting the trust fund. . &r. 'you si ply borrowed your uncle(s car without his per ission and went out for a ride. say that .' he told her. 'what do you want e to do)' '. wanted you to understand the facts. "ou(re going to be well paid for everything you do for e .' he said in a low steady onotone.' he said. that is. '"es.( all the way out here. 'They ight say that %ete 7evoe was an acco plice.'-hy)' she asked. '.' '.' '-ell. 'All right. 'They ight. 'Here you are.' he said.' she said. &r.' she a ended +uickly.' '"ou understand what . wouldn(t know what took place in the house at the ti e of the urder.' she said. . '. She got up and crossed the roo with +uick. a going to pay you ore.' she agreed.(ve heard about you. see. '. . . That is. '.' '-hat ti e was the urder)' he asked. '1ever had such an ordeal in y life. 'They can fi# that very e#actly. think &r. wasn(t here.( hoarse. "ou see. work like going to court or anything. urdered hi )' '. CHAPTER SEVEN %E66" &AS51 encountered 7on 9raves just after that individual had been released fro police +uestioning. know you(ve got a wonderful ind.' 'How do you ean)' she asked.f.' he said. . .

sir. saw through the window. guess so.rinston says that . but 7on 9raves kept his eyes averted. . 'there isn(t very uch that .rinston had asked !udge %urley.' %erry &ason ade no co ent.rinston. but . got there. '&r. was sure of. don(t tell the ore. said . but wouldn(t think of detaining a unicipal judge for as uch as ten seconds. and now the police are ju ping on e because . '. and e#ceedingly disagreeable. '.rinston had only been gone a inute or two when &r. think . '&r. &aybe it was just curiosity. 7on 9raves did not answer for a o ent. There wasn(t any sense to it. saw one person raise his ar and strike another person.' '-hy not)' asked %erry &ason e#plosively. Then &r. could see into the study.rinston talked about with hi . can tell.&ason took the young an(s ar and piloted hi uns ilingly through the dining roo to a solariu . saw. He told e to wake up 7evoe. .' '"ou saw the urder)' asked &ason.' said 9raves wearily. don(t know what pro pted e to look back through the window at the house. 1orton said. 9raves sighed his relief. He was si ply furious. %erry &ason held a atch to the cigarette. aybe it was so e sense of what was happening.rinston had an appoint ent for eleven o(clock. was looking back through the rear window of the car. At first. so . They were having so e violent difference of opinion.rinston refused. and see to think . if you pressed that line of in+uiry too far. &r. He said he(d pro ised !udge %urley to leave at eleven thirty. where there were so e chairs grouped around a wicker table.( not certain.' said 9raves. '"es sir. that . '. . when .(d rather not state. e#haling twin strea s of s oke fro his nostrils. should drive out with &r. and think nothing of it. he started the car.rinston had been discussing. 0ut &r.rinston was sitting up in front with !udge %urley.' said 9raves. .' 'That you were sure of)' said &ason. either to you or your client.' &ason looked at the young an searchingly. '"ou were.' said 9raves. if . (Hurry up. . . 'S oke)' he asked. were you. Then he took a deep breath and said slowly.rinston did. so e distance away)' asked &ason. 1orton ade so e sarcastic re ark that .rinston(s house and pick up the agree ents. . and was standing beneath the window. .rinston a few inutes to get the docu ents. '. He showed it by being cold-blooded. and . and .( So . . . efficient. . saw people in the study. that(s the chauffeur. and a an swinging a club. . . . 7evoe could have driven e there just as well. 1orton suddenly got the idea that if . and the chauffeur would take a little ti e dressing and getting the car out$ so 1orton thought he could save ti e by having e go in with &r. . 1orton suddenly decided that he didn(t want to wait. talking with &r. '"ou know the way the road winds around up the side of the hill. &r. and you know how that would affect 1orton. ran right across and ju ped into the achine. .' said 9raves. '.good and ad.rinston got into the achine at just about the sa e ti e. 0ut it was going to take &r. of course. heard . 1orton. That is. and just as soon as the door sla ed. ention it to show how e#cited 1orton was. think &r. '5nly one that . 9raves. 'Then &r. 1orton wanted hi to stay. don(t know what . that it wasn(t of any particular advantage.rinston said to e. saw the urder being co itted. think . '. but wanted the right away. 1orton ca e out and told e that he wanted e to rush out to .' 'How any people)' asked %erry &ason.(d go into that.rinston got out of the achine and walked back so that he stood under the window to hear what &r. The way 1orton felt. and get hi to drive e out to . '.rinston and %urley were just about to drive away. He intended to have 7evoe. e#tending a package of cigarettes. started hot-footing down the stairs.(ve been ha ered around so uch now that .' said 9raves. 9raves nodded eagerly. and at just about eleven thirty . started their car. '. .rinston to wait a inute. They were so e agree ents that he and . . the chauffeur.rinston. when . s+uir ing unco fortably. -ell. . at any rate.elane unless so ebody specifically +uestions e about it. . That(s the trouble with it. 'Anyway. . was cra/y because he clai ed . and &r.rinston(s house and get so e papers. He was in one of those cold rages.rinston had pro ised to send the to 1orton. and then he had so e trouble with his niece afterwards. got down. '0ut you ight find. 'that . after . . The police want e to tell too uch. '9et started. was in the back seat. .( holding so ething back. 'At that ti e. but . couldn(t have seen all that .rinston was pretty uch e#asperated when he decided to leave. was so e distance away. and he(s in a rush to get ho e. see. He had pro ised !udge %urley that he would leave not later than eleven thirty.' said %erry &ason softly. got into the achine before &r. 7on 9raves said in a very low voice. *rankly. co e in and pick e up. knew right away there wouldn(t be any objections. . 3A .rinston ca e out of the inner office. heard 1orton ask if it would be all right for e to ride in with the . didn(t want to waste a second. '-ell. They had. don(t think. !udge %urley thought that . '. was sure of. He was ad.( not to ention that trouble with *ran . 'So &r. believe. 1orton was very uch e#asperated over several things that had happened one of which was your visit. .' he said. all right . and just as it rounded the curve where .rinston would keep hi waiting seven inutes. &r. '-ell. 1orton raised up the window in his office and called down to &r. '!udge %urley had the engine running.' '. or aybe we got in together.' 'There ight have been another person present)' asked %erry &ason. '-ell. . '"es. could save a little ti e. don(t know what . and was seven inutes late. think that .(ve pro ised !udge %urley that he would leave here pro ptly at eleven thirty. .rinston was late for his appoint ent.rinston say that he(d go over and ask !udge %urley if there were any objections.

'.' At that o ent. So far. have not entioned to anyone that . and striking a blow. that there is so ething very peculiar about this. '"ou understand. 'do you say that)' '-ell. say wide open.' '&eaning)' asked &ason.rinston have inti ated to e that y client ight be in so e danger. did you see anything that would identify that person)' 9raves spoke very softly and. a going to answer +uestions truthfully when .' 'Sure. understand that if you tell your story a few ti es without entioning the wo an. could see +uite clearly that so ebody was standing over so ebody else. 'she wasn(t here.' 9raves said with dignity.' asked the lawyer.onfidentially. of course not. and if . 0ut it certainly would be sufficient to lead us to keep her na e out of an investigation which could only be abortive at any rate. she was not anywhere near the house at the ti e.n the event that you saw anything which indicated that there was another person in the roo .' '5ne ore +uestion. '.' %erry &ason(s voice was low. 'and . .' said &ason dryly. in strict confidence.' '. of course. &ason. did say that.ould you say that there were only two people in the roo )' asked &ason. stared at &ason. when they in+uired about what you had seen)' '"es. ean wide open. 9raves. '. 'when . '7id the police take down.' said &ason very softly and al ost o inously.elane.(d rip you wide open. &r.' '0ut. or reported in the press. . then shifted his eyes to 9raves. only had a flash as the car was swinging around the curve in the road. ight tell you. 3C .t isn(t as though you had a photograph of it. 0ut you will also understand that every one of us is e#ceedingly loyal to your client.' said 9raves. couldn(t see the entire roo . one can(t trust one(s i pressions in a o entary gli pse like that. '. there(s a otive which ight be attached to her. because . wouldn(t want you to co it any perjury.' %erry &ason stared steadily at 9raves.' '7o . '.' went on %erry &ason. 'And did you see that other person fall)' '.( trying to ake.' '2ery co endable. 'have you been absolutely positive and e phatic in saying that you did not see such a person)' 9raves et his eyes.' he blurted. said that if there had been another person in the roo that . couldn(t be sure of it. o inously. if there was another person in that roo . 9raves took a deep breath.' &ason said slowly.' said 9raves. 5n the other hand. and added after a o ent.' said &ason. &ason. '.' &ason told hi gri ly.' said 9raves. saw such a person. have tried to tell the truth. that person was a wo an.' said 9raves. because y glance was riveted on the an with his ar upraised. . didn(t say that either. 'And you didn(t ention anything about a wo an at that ti e)' '1o. 0ut of course . and that story is recorded in shorthand.( trying to protect her against any insinuations which ight be ade. 'to the police.' said &ason. have answered in such a way that the in+uiry has taken another turn. then asked. '. and then you should subse+uently be placed upon the stand and asked specifically if you saw a wo an or had the i pression that a wo an was there. 'That(s the point . And yet there(s so ething that(s etched on y brain that .elane was not in the house at the ti e.' said 9raves. . 'that such a loyalty would lead you to protect her against a urder charge)' '1o. ean by that. that person would probably have been a wo an.' said 9raves. '. saw that wo an. . it would naturally have been i possible for her to have been in that roo . and . '. "ou understand that . '&eaning &iss . as being present in that roo . that.' 'Then you did not see a wo an in the roo )' &ason asked. and beckoned. 0oth you and . that inas uch as &iss .' said 9raves eagerly. it was +uite a distance away. haven(t entioned .to the police.' said 9raves slowly. And . but you will. 'when you did a plify your story to include a wo an. if . a prepared to ake so e sacrifices in order to protect the good na e of &iss .' said 9raves frankly. it wouldn(t do you such a great a ount of good. get on the witness stand. don(t think so. you understand.ould you identify that wo an)' '. '.elane. 'there is in y ind a ore or less confused i pression of a wo an(s head and shoulders showing o entarily in one corner of the window. 'it would not. with obvious reluctance. '8et(s not isunderstand each other. had seen. "ou know.' 'And.' '. "et. 'She isn(t. '1o. an answer which tended to change your previous story wouldn(t do y client such a great a ount of har . in shorthand.' 'That(s right. 9raves. &r. get on the witness stand. the answers which you gave to the +uestions they asked you. 'And. would not care to ake any identification.' 'Then how could she be in any danger)' asked &ason. . apparently. understand. readily. because.' 'And what do you ean by that)' pressed the attorney. a door opened and a detective looked into the roo . whenever the +uestion has been asked e.' '-hy.ould you say that you only saw two people in the roo )' &ason in+uired. 9raves.'How clearly could you see)' &ason pressed.

'"ou won(t ind answering these +uestions)' asked the detective. 'should you want oney fro her and fro e)' '0ecause. 'And you are inti ating. you(re going to get a big slice of it. 'that you can assist her in being careful)' '. ay have charge of handling the estate. .' 9raves looked at &ason with eyes that were suddenly apprehensive. and the eyes black and snapping . Then.' said 9raves. '"ou(re the lawyer. but .' she said.' he said tonelessly.' '. unfolded it and e#a ined it with thoughtful appraisal. capable and self reliant. want so e oney. Then he took her ar and led her to the far corner of the roo . lowered her voice. you see ed to have evaded answering one of the +uestions.t will be distributed to her by an order of the court under the provisions of the trust. . the nose distended at the nostrils. cautiously. The outh was a straight line. . presu e it is possible that . -hen you gave your state ent.' said &ason. points. don(t know e#actly what y duties will consist of. &iss . think you(ve got y idea. but not particularly fat.elane doesn(t have to e ploy an attorney to collect that oney for her. '"ou(re the housekeeper)' he asked. as well as the weak. . &ason looked at her with eyes that were steady in their scrutiny. The forehead was rather high.highly polished eyes that glittered as though they had been huge. The paper was *rances . She was short and broad.( &rs. She said. see. yet see ed to take in every detail of the wo an(s appearance fro head to foot.' 'And your husband)' 'He acts as gardener and general an about the place. CHAPTER EIGHT THE wo an slipped in through the door of the solariu and stared at %erry &ason. and said. 'it isn(t 1orton(s estate that . intense voice. ' y husband and yself.' &ason laughed. 'E#actly what. and . .' '1ever ind that. sir.' asked &ason. as he turned.' he said. '"es.' he said. &ayfield.' So ething in her tone caused the lawyer to glance over her shoulder to the door of the roo . 'but .' he said. She see ed heavily uscled and big-boned$ a wo an of i ense strength. the wo an(s for struck his vision.f you think you can deal e out on this. %erry &ason pulled a paper fro his pocket.( %erry &ason. 'that atter is all taken care of by a decree of distribution ade onths ago.' said the wo an. the thick ar s. but his eyes were patiently watchful and very hard. %erry &ason continued his pacing for several seconds before he sensed her presence. was called in at the re+uest of &iss . . slowly.' 3D . There are one or two +uestions we want to ask you.ndeed.' &ason si ulated surprise.ould you be ore e#plicit)' '. want so e fro you.' '"es. '"ou(re an attorney. and in her eyes was a glitter of greedy vitality. take it. 'do you have reference to)' '. you don(t get it. '6eally. want to talk with you. studying a new star for the strong.' asked &ason. -hen the door closed behind 9raves and the detective.' said &ason.' '!ust why. the chief thinks that you did. don(t know what you(re driving at now.' said the wo an. . '.( talking about the trust oney. 'you have got to e#plain. She(s going to get a lot of oney. don(t get it. "ou(re not in business for your health. &rs. 'was it about oney that you wanted to discuss with e)' The wo an said in a low. have reference that if she ain(t careful she don(t get any of that oney at all.' he asked. the black dress which covered the rugged lines of her body.' 'E#actly what do you ean by that)' '!ust what .' she said. 'E#actly what. 'if . watched hi pacing back and forth. you(ve got another think co ing. following hi with her eyes.' he said.' she told hi .'9raves.elane(s pro issory note for forty thousand dollars. live here. Her features were rugged$ the chin rounded and heavy. '. '-ho are you)' '. &ayfield. '1ot at all. and want so e fro her. stretching under the nose and calipered at the ends by wrinkles which ca e fro the nostrils.' she told hi .elane. studying every otion.' '. There was a keen concentration in the intentness of her ga/e$ she ight have been a otion picture director.' &ason stared at the broad shoulders. a laugh that was utterly echanical. uns ilingly. '-hy. Things have been happening rather rapidly to-night. '"es.' '"ou(re not fooling e any with all that line of talk.' said the wo an. &ayfield.elane. say.' said the wo an. 'we want you back upstairs. and he ca e to an abrupt pause. "ou(re representing &iss . &rs. don(t know whether or not there was a will. 'and what was it you wanted to talk with e about)' She took three steps toward hi . . don(t know that that conveys anything to e. The lips were not thin. '&oney. but uncurving. and walked fro the solariu .' he said. '. now that your state ent is being read over. and when she gets it. That is.' '. black glass beads.( talking about.

ndeed.' '"es.elane.' said the wo an. '. you(ll co e to it.n other words.' '.' she said.o e. 'And.elane is the best little liar in the world. '.' said the lawyer.elane. and stared at her. co e. 0ut that was so ething entirely in his discretion.' 'The girl(s arried. &ister 8awyer.' She said. '"es. without directly answering his +uestion. "ou(ve got to give e ore particulars of what you(re driving at. Therefore. and .' she said. '. 'Suppose there should be so e evidence like that)' '-e(ll cross that bridge when we co e to it. 'there certainly isn(t any evidence that he did.' 'That(s hardly possible.elane.' '5h wasn(t he)' said the wo an. &ake her ad and then see what she says. "ou go ahead and ake your own investigation.' said &ason. vigorous strides. &ason suddenly turned.' '-ell. still don(t get what you ean.' she said.' '1obody)' he asked.( not going to stand here and have you high hat e with your lawyer talk. you ight look up what 0ob 9leason was doing at the ti e this urder was co itted. 'And then again . understand that &r.' said %erry &ason. ain(t trying to frighten you . don(t get you. 'E#actly what do you ean)' he asked.' she said. His eyes were clouded with speculation. '1either you nor the girl. . '-as he)' asked &ason.' said &ason tonelessly. '. 7on(t think that you(re dealing with an ignorant wo an. but you ay be guilty of a very serious cri e. '*ran . &ayfield. &rs. %erry &ason stared at her broad back until she had left his field of vision. '"ou will. in his best courtroo anner. nobody gets any oney. because you ain(t.' she snapped.elane left the house before eleven o(clock and didn(t return until after the police had arrived. if you want to ake any insinuations against &iss . ean.' said &ason. 7on(t listen to her. you haven(t. a veritable bundle of energy.' '.' '7on(t be too sure he didn(t do anything about that trust. ight find so ebody that would pay e. '-ell.elane and her uncle had a big fight after you left last night) And suppose that he then and there told her he would give her five thousand dollars of the oney. 'if you don(t do business with e.' '.' '6eally. '. advise you that you are not frightening e in the least)' '. and giving the balance to charitable institutions.' she said.' said the housekeeper. you are guilty of a cri e known as e#tortion.' said &ason. '. 'you should be ore e#plicit. y wo an. arching his eyebrows. tilted her chin upward. 'Suppose.' said the wo an. and in a case of this kind it ight be a very serious cri e.' And the wo an turned and walked fro the roo with +uick. "ou talk with *rances .' '-hat things)' he asked. don(t know whether it(s ever occurred to you. 'that(s what the evidence shows. 'Ask your *rances. 'when you(ve ade *ran . have talked with &iss . take it that everyone wants oney.(ve told you what .( too s art for you. 1orton had the right to ter inate the trust by delivering a s all a ount of the principal to &iss . planted his feet wide apart. the trust has ter inated.' The beady black eyes stared at hi snappingly with hostility reflected fro their burnished surfaces.' '2ery good. :E .f you are seeking to frighten e or to frighten &iss .' she said. 'That would be unfortunate. 'and if you want to get so e ore evidence. '5h no.' said &ason. 'Suppose.( too s art to ake any threats. . you will have to ake the in a anner which will be substantiated by the circu stances of the case. 'does that ean anything)' '1ot now it doesn(t.' she said. '. '8ook here. want.' said &ason.( going to get so e oney out of it. '-ouldn(t it)' she said. '.elane co e clean and +uit pulling the wool over your eyes.' '"ou know what . and stared with unwinking intensity into the attorney(s face. '-hy 9leason wasn(t even here in the house. '.n the event what you say is true. '"ou(re not frightening e a bit. just told you certain things. So e of these charities for instance.elane.' she agreed.' said the wo an.' said &ason. 'you(ve listened to her. .' said &ason. 5therwise.' he said. and then you can talk so e ore with e. 'The evidence in this case shows that &iss .' said %erry &ason.' said &ason.elane into paying you oney by aking insinuations. ' ay .' '"es. The wo an(s laugh was harsh and bitter.She s irked and put her hands on her broad hips. Talk to her. is there)' 'There ain(t now.' she said.' he said. 'you want oney. and give all the rest to charity)' '7id he)' asked the lawyer. and you(d better see that it ain(t changed.' '9leason)' said &ason. *rances .( asking you what would happen if he had. He died without the discretion having been e#ercised. if you didn(t see which side of the bread had the butter. . 'That . '7id he)' asked %erry &ason.yet.

' he said. think so.' The judge saw no hu or in the re ark. and there were the arks of footprints under the window.' he said. 'The +uarrel could have started right then.f.' he said.' !udge %urley regarded hi +ui//ically. '1othing. '0ut if you(ll pardon e. 'the thing that confused the urderer. '%ardon e. the +uarrel would. . think.' '.' 'This chap. believe. if you ask e.' he said. 1orton asked you to per it 9raves to ride in your car. 'that is what happened. he knew that the only thing for hi to do was to get into bed and pretend he was dead drunk.' said &ason. . have practiced before you. have been of long standing. 'if he has it to drink. was very. don(t see as there(s anything to be gained by going over the ground. beyond any doubt. 'That is. his face placidly serene. '.' said %erry &ason. He anaged to get the odor of whisky pretty well on his breath. '. 'you ust agree that there wasn(t opportunity for a great deal of pre editation.' :3 . then. understand it. in easured tones. '%erry &ason.' %erry &ason(s eyes glinted.He was standing so. . let(s look at the case fro another angle. 'The police have de onstrated that.' he said. only s oke cigarettes anyway. A an can drink a lot of whisky in a short ti e. &r. to &r. '-ell.' '-hat do you ean)' asked !udge %urley with sudden interest. 'this an had plenty to drink.n fact.t will be daylight pretty soon. gave a sigh of weariness. 'However.' 'That(s right.t(s reasonable to suppose that 1orton then sent for the chauffeur.n fact. 7evoe)' asked &ason.rinston. to the door of the solariu . %erry &ason bowed to hi . of course. 1orton wanted his secretary to get so e papers at &r. He probably si ply told hi to co e to his office.n the eyes of the law. '-ell. '. . He had counted on an interval of half an hour or so during which he could have asked his cri e. '1ow.' '9o right ahead. '7idn(t 1orton telephone for hi to take one of the cars and run an errand)' '. and nodded. &ason. need it. '. his walk unhurried.' 'All right. believe.' said %erry &ason nonco ittally.' '5kay. when he heard us returning to the house.' said !udge %urley. !udge.' '"es. . when a an with keen gray eyes and bushy white hair ca e walking through the roo beyond. stretched hi self in it.' !udge %urley frowned. didn(t get the details. but this is y last. of course. He ade rather a bungling job of it.' 'The police about finished with their investigation)' asked &ason. 1ow. '. '. That is. and the chauffeur was to go and pick hi up.' said !udge %urley wearily.' 'That doesn(t follow at all.' said %erry &ason.' 'He(s the chauffeur. it is possible he i bibed enough so that he was genuinely into#icated.' %erry &ason s iled. 'They(ve got the an who did it.' The judge fastened his keen eyes upon the attorney.' '-e can call it orning.' '-asn(t he going out so e place)' asked &ason. . judge. .' '1o.' said the judge. 'That(s the chap. '.' said &ason. it isn(t reasonable to suppose that 1orton would have retained 7evoe in his service if there had been a previous +uarrel between the . . s elled the wrapper and uttered. His anner was grave and dignified.. '. was in a hurry to get ho e too.' said !udge %urley. 9ood evening. and . '.' !udge %urley said. is that right)' 'That is correct. . very tired. These things tended to indicate that a burglar had entered the place.' said &ason invitingly. He carefully clipped off the end of the cigar. He looked at %erry &ason with judicial appraisal. too. heard it. '!udge %urley. &r. al ost drea ily. '8et(s start fro there.' he said. An instant(s pre editation is all that is necessary to ake a cri e first degree urder. believe)' asked &ason.' %erry &ason eyed the judge in shrewd appraisal.' said !udge %urley. &ason. 'let(s see if we can figure out what happened. 9raves went downstairs to join you two. '!ust what are you leading up to)' he asked. of necessity. speaking gravely and judiciously. and there had been a +uarrel. was just wondering how uch ti e the two en had to +uarrel. and put up rather a credible i itation of into#ication. and if during that ti e 1orton had su oned the chauffeur.' said %urley. !udge %urley selected one of the reclining chairs.' said %erry &ason. was the fact that our achine turned around and ca e directly back to the house. He called out the window. '"es. as though he were pronouncing so e judg ent. '. the chauffeur. it would have taken the chauffeur a inute or two to get there.' said &ason. 1orton addressed his co ent.f y understanding is correct. 'the urder was co itted by the ti e your car had arrived at the top of the hill. As . one of the windows had been ji ied open. 'there is no particular ti e re+uired for pre editation. and took a cigar fro his waistcoat pocket. counselor. 'Then.rinston(s house.' 'All a fra e-up. but .

don(t ind telling you in confidence that they have. '. of course. 0ut it is barely possible they were done before. !udge %urley started to speak. '5f course. or afterwards.' !udge %urley fidgeted unco fortably. do not think that . nodding his head. '. '-ell.' !udge %urley studied the tip of his cigar. 'Have the police found any of the oney)' asked the lawyer.' %erry &ason suddenly turned to face !udge %urley. '"ou were in the roo where the cri e was co itted. '. it had been lifted fro the inside pocket and lay near the body. 'The an had been struck fro behind.n that case. that he doesn(t have any idea how the bills got there.' !udge %urley said. had never et hi . should say.' :: .' 'Has it been brought out why 1orton had such a large su of cash in his possession)' &ason wanted to know. .' asked %erry &ason. .' asked %erry &ason. counselor. your interest in this atter. a getting at is that there is nothing in the evidence to show whether they were done before the urder. '!udge %urley. didn(t want you to think . was erely curious. *urther ore. 'was robbery)' 'The otive was robbery. The chauffeur would have been waiting our departure. 'A very large su of oney.' 'Then. in a low tone of voice.' said !udge %urley. have given you all of the infor ation which . 'apparently while he was seated at his desk.'%recisely. %erry &ason said. counselor. under those circu stances.rinston. judge. nodding his head. %erry &ason watched hi as a sailing hawk ight study a sloping hillside. have a +uarrel with the an. and spoke in slow. of course. 'know Edward 1orton in his lifeti e. 1orton(s business partner. and &r.rinston has spoken to e so often about &r. and a blank sheet of paper. . and the police checked it. there can be no har in y confir ing your suspicions. checked it. He see ed struggling with the desire to ake a state ent. ust say. gave you as uch of the inside infor ation as .' said %erry &ason. had known hi personally. did you notice anything unusual)' !udge %urley acted as though the +uestion had given hi a great deal of satisfaction. and work hi self up into the fren/y of rage necessary to result in urder. He had fallen forward across the desk. '0ut . They had all been turned wrong side out. &uch of the infor ation which was given to e was given to e in confidence because of y judicial position. regard it as strictly confidential.' There was a faint twinkle of a use ent in the eyes of the attorney as he surveyed the ponderous for of the agistrate. 'That is so ething which probably won(t co e out until later. your deductions. had never et hi . the point . a advised by the interested parties that . That is. !udge %urley radiated a sense of e#aggerated self-i portance. feel as though . 'if it(s a fair +uestion. then checked hi self. . The police allowed e to look through the place.' said !udge %urley. and had never oved after the blow crushed in his head. and an insurance policy for the stolen auto obile. -hen the body was found. at length. 1ow.' said %erry &ason. '0ut it took so e ti e to plant these clews.t was a policy of full coverage. That oney was in a wallet in his inside pocket.' !udge %urley looked at hi through the blue ha/e of his cigar s oke. 0ecause of y position. counselor. . but inas uch as you see to know. The telephone instru ent was at his left hand. it would be. '. so ething over forty thousand dollars in currency. e pty. 'that . . did. think. '"es.' '1ow. 'one ust understand and respect your position. Those bills can be identified by their nu bers as being part of the currency which 1orton had in his possession. in his audlin way. 'you(re co encing to get to the eat of the situation. After all.' said !udge %urley. think. in a voice that was purring. wanted to have co plete infor ation.' said %erry &ason. !udge)' '1o.' said %erry &ason. that you have done a very nice bit of reasoning. will be in charge of the estate. &r.' said !udge %urley.' he said. with a forehead that was washboarded in thought. '"ou(re referring again to the ti e ele ent)' he said. and a reluctance to do so.' '7id you.' he said. .' he said.' '-ere any of the other pockets disturbed)' asked %erry &ason. 'The stolen car was insured then)' '5f course it was insured. and 7evoe has ade the istake of stating. and . '1aturally.' said !udge %urley. is not. 1orton and his peculiarities that . '7evoe wouldn(t have had ti e to get to the roo .' !udge %urley shifted his eyes. 'the fact that 1orton sent for the chauffeur would have had nothing to do with it. wasn(t supposed to ention it. identical. and were for the purpose of directing suspicion toward a couple of burglars. 'The fact that there wasn(t ti e for a +uarrel)' '%artially.' said %erry &ason. was trying to get a ental picture of what had happened.' 'The otive. had never had any business dealings which would have caused e to ake his ac+uaintance. 1orton was a bit difficult to approach. 1orton had on his person at the ti e of his death.' he said. '&oney)' asked &ason.' said !udge %urley. gesturing once in a while with the tip of his cigar. . 0ut . they gave e every liberty. then. should disse inate it carelessly. counselor. The police have been inclined to the theory that they were done afterwards.' said %erry &ason. the pockets had been rifled and the wallet was gone. however. '"es. &r. There were so e papers on the desk. !udge)' '"es. an envelope. He settled back in his chair. deliberate tones. They found two one thousand dollar bills in 7evoe(s trouser pocket. the clews which were planted.' 'Ah. &r. a +uite well ac+uainted with &r. and . . while it is parallel with that of the police. and. The policy covered a 0uick sedan nu bered @A?>ED=. in order to enter 1orton(s study. . should give you. 'Edward 1orton wasn(t killed as the result of a +uarrel. indicate the urderer knew the logical otive for the killing was that of robbery. or perhaps .' 'That(s true. 'and that(s the reason that . . "ou will.' 'Are you certain the policy was for the stolen car)' asked &ason.

He always wanted appoint ents kept to the inute$ always carried watches that were adjusted to the second$ always kept an account of every ile that was traveled by one of his auto obiles.rinston G 1orton.' '9ood idea. and shone upon Edward 1orton(s assive desk. The assets are all net. Those were taken out in order to have sufficient ready cash in the estate to pay inheritance ta#es without necessitating a sale of securities at a loss. and carried ost of it in his head. '%retty good thing for this . with so e interest due on the . and kept the account right up to date. sir.' The police representative said casually.' he said. 'A ount. '. &r.' '"es. reached in the pigeon-hole. -ould you like the e#act figures)' '"ou ight give the to e. what is the financial state of the partnership)' 'The partnership had a few rather unfortunate invest ents.' 7on 9raves laughed. '8ife insurance policy with the %rudential.' said the secretary. which caused the judge to took S41 strea ed in through the window of the roo . '"ou(ll find several life insurance policies in cash to the estate. She gets her trust account free and clear.elane wo an all around. believe. 1orton had no close relatives. yes. 1orton(s private affairs were confined to the purchase of gilt-edged stocks and bonds. &r. hi self. %erry &ason walked over to the safe. 'There is over a illion dollars in stocks. nine hundred and four dollars and fifty cents in the *ar ers and &erchants 1ational.' said &ason. '1o. can(t tell you very uch about.rinston G 1orton)' 'That(s so ething that . sir.'5h yes. . 'The funds representing the trust in favor of *rances . .elane. . %erry &ason turned it over slowly. representing the partnership loss which are held at the -heeler(s Trust and Savings 0ank in an a ount of nine hundred thousand dollars. a ounting to so ething around illion dollars. '"es. which he kept in a safety deposit bo#. 'This co part ent of the safe. sir. sir. understand generally it leaves everything to &iss . 1orton(s individual account$ that is.' he said.o pany.rinston G 1orton. . was engaged in aking a survey of the business affairs of the urdered an.' 'Then how about &r. but continued to address 7on 9raves. 0ut the face of the lawyer was bland and innocent. turned to %erry &ason. . want to get just a general idea of the financial set-up. sir. aside fro that. According to police orders. The beneficiary is the estate. 1orton. a pencil poised over a notebook. There was. thought. The furniture in the roo was in e#actly the sa e position it had occupied the night of the urder. sir. of course. 'that(s one of the things about &r.' He pulled out a s all pasteboard-backed notebook fro underneath the policies. presu e you can tell to within a fraction of a cent how uch it cost hi to operate every auto obile. the words co ing through an aura of cigarette s oke which seeped out fro his outh as he talked.' 'How about a will)' asked the lawyer.' said &ason.' he said.' said the secretary. so ething like eight hundred thousand dollars on deposit in various banks. things were to be disturbed as little as possible. '-hat(s that)' asked the police representative. There(s a balance of eight hundred and seventy-si# thousand. A police representative sprawled in one of the chairs. and there(s a deposit in that bank of seventy-five thousand dollars. There were so e co it ents which ran into rather a large deficit. the efficient secretary of the dead an. the affairs were in good shape. . '"ou(re fa iliar with the details of those docu ents.' said the lawyer. there(s a will. 'There are notes. .' 'Are there any liabilities in the trust account)' asked &ason. '!ust where is the will)' he asked. "ou can list those. &r. sir. 7on 9raves. believe.' := . and pulled out a bundle of papers. He wanted to know e#actly how uch ileage he was getting to every gallon of gas and oil. opened it. 'of ileage. 1orton was particularly careful about his trust obligations. '. 7on 9raves.' '9enerally. and there was just a trace of up +uickly. five hundred thousand dollars. '&r. don(t know where it is. and also gets a gob of oney fro the old an. %erry &ason. bonds. 2irtually all of the co ercial transactions were in the partnership of . 'The account was in a little better shape than . and two hundred and ninety-three thousand. indicating a pigeon-hole.' '2ery well. you understand. '8ooks like a car register.' 'How about the trust funds)' asked &ason.an you find it)' '&ost of his personal papers were kept in this pigeon-hole in the safe. 1orton kept his private business in such shape that it re+uired but little bookkeeping. five hundred and forty-two dollars and thirty cents at the Seaboard Second 1ational Trust . '"es. 0ut. There(s not a dollar of indebtedness.' said 9raves.elane)' 'Those are in e#cellent shape. checked off the docu ents. think it(s so ewhere in the safe here. take it)' '5h.' said %erry &ason. and securities.' said 9raves. as the attorney representing the interested parties. outside the partnership of .' 9raves took a book fro the safe. contains all of the docu ents relating to the partnership business of . There(s a list of the in this ledger. 'Here are so e ore policies. standing in front of the safe.' %erry &ason ade no reply to the co ent. a cigarette drooping fro his lips. CHAPTER NINE ockery in his voice. and read off a colu n of figures.

' said 7on 9raves. He went down the broad flight of stairs. and walked over to the 0uick sedan which stood. his patient eyes peering out fro under his level brows at the face of the secretary. slid in behind the steering wheel.' '. Apparently for every ile the 0uick had traveled. couldn(t tell you. then retraced his steps to the front door. guess . and walked casually fro the office. %erry &ason aintained a pose of casual interest as he fingered the pages until he ca e to the last entry covering the 0uick sedan. &ason nodded and slipped the book into his pocket.' said &ason. He slid back the door of the garage. 8eft house and drove to bank. got up. obviously well cared for and polished by the chauffeur who was now in jail. The figures showed 3?.' said 9raves. That was the despair of his life. can see her at once. that is. 'and you won(t find any figures on that. and . we(ll have to take a detailed inventory later on.' said 9raves.' said the lawyer.' '9ive her y co pli ents. and carefully closed the door.' '. He walked out of the garage.' '7oes anyone know why he had such a large su of cash in his possession)' asked the lawyer. charged with urder.' he said.t was.nstructed 7evoe to fill tank.' he re arked casually. %erry &ason carelessly opened the notebook to the division which had to do with the 0uick sedan. and a %ackard roadster. '!ust a inute. He lit a cigarette. without enthusias . '9ood orning.' The glittering black eyes of the housekeeper surveyed his face searchingly.' he said. wonder.? iles. 'There(s going to be a lot of detailed stuff to check over here. the general average speed. . She lowered her voice slightly. . The 0uick sedan. a *ord coupe. and noticed the different ileage reports which were in there.' said the police officer.' he said. fingering the notebook carelessly. slipped inside. 'that he went to the bank the day of his death. '..t looks so uch like a notebook that . Arrived bank at 3?. switched on the dashlight and looked at the speedo eter.' said &ason. The lawyer stared at the for a o ent. '5h. he encountered the for of the housekeeper. see. 'That(s right. 'and ask her if . yawning again. shortly. and saw that it was the date on which 1orton had et his death. 'Shouldn(t that book be kept here with the rest of the papers)' &ason s iled. 'Al ost looks as though he ight have been black ailed or so ething. The police representative flipped away his cigarette and re arked.' '&iss . slid out fro behind the wheel.' said %erry &ason.(ll probably want y own stenographer here to take notes when . hate detail work.A iles.' '7id he)' said 7on 9raves. '1o.s she up yet)' '"es. Her glittering black eyes surveyed hi unco pro isingly. e phatically. let(s close things up now.orrow. and %erry &ason et her stare with a look of weary patience. just as you say. '. 'very soon.' '"ou shall have it.' said &ason. :> . sir.' said the attorney. sir. he stepped off the porch.' '*ine. echanically dropped it into y pocket. opened the front door. '3?. She(s having breakfast in her roo . '5h. 8eft bank and returned to house at 3?. '. and stood in the sunshine.(ll have y secretary co e out and we(ll tackle it to. 5f course.' %erry &ason glanced at the date.( sure .' she said. .. 'and. and . sir.' he said. . '0ut the others are accurately accounted for)' '"es.' He handed the book to the secretary. '. and uch other data which represented a ass of detail that would have been considered useless to any save a ind that gloried in figuring costs to a fraction of a cent. sir.' '-e can take the detailed inventory now if you want. %erry &ason opened the door of the sedan. As he stepped inside.elane si ply wouldn(t turn in ileage figures. &iss . where is &iss . see.A iles. '. 'Any ti e suits e. '1o.:D>. which was as follows.elane usually drove)' asked the lawyer. the place to which it had been driven.(ll be around here all the ti e. walked to the driveway. sir. 'if that was when he got his oney.(ve covered about everything . '9ood orning. '-ell.' said the attorney. don(t think so. the cash that he carried. as a first preli inary survey.' said &ason. go into it in detail.' said %erry &ason. '. she(s up. so eti es carry.:DD.=E>.' said 9raves. . 'He had three.' 'The %ackard roadster was the one that &iss . inhaling the fresh orning air.( going to be wanting an answer.=E>.' she said. by the way.elane wasn(t in the habit of operating the others)' 7on 9raves flashed the lawyer a eaning glance. and went up the driveway to the garage. '. need to.= iles. -hen he was certain he was not observed. hardly think so. 7on 9raves et his glance without changing e#pression by so uch as the flicker of an eyelash. there was a note as to the kind of road it had gone over. then switched off the dashlight.elane) . looked to see if anyone had been observing hi . and yawned.'How any cars did he have)' asked &ason.' 'How about the will) Should we ake any further search for the will)' asked 9raves. '2ery well.

The negligee see ed to have been chosen for appearance rather than war th.' she said. eant. and a stea ing cup of coffee was at the fingertips of her right hand. do you)' she flared.' he said. barely sweeping his eyes over the negligee. slowly. '6ight this way. 'fro y uncle.' he told her. -here did you get this oney that you gave to e just now)' '.'. her face white to the lips. 'That isn(t what .(ve been in a rage.=E>. '7o you know how far you drove the auto obile)' '1o. her voice suddenly cautious. .' '-ell. . drive like that ost of the ti e.' 'How unfortunate. '9ood orning. as . 'About the fact that your uncle(s notebook shows every ile that the 0uick was driven. but issed the saucer. rather. had y foot pretty well down on the throttle.' she snapped. s iling down at her rage. '"our te per. was referring. you think so. have so e oney for you. did. Her face showed a hint of rouge. 'is going to get you into trouble so e day. A huge coffee pot had been pushed to the side of the tray.=E>. . Her face had suddenly gone white. early this orning. sir. 'where did you get it)' Her eyes suddenly contained e#pression.' she said. 'and re e ber.' %erry &ason walked in and heard the door sla viciously behind hi .' She stared at hi . She took the cigarette fro her outh and tapped the ashes into the edge of the saucer under the coffee cup. 'He ade a note of driving the car fro the bank to the house.' &ason reached for the purse and handed it to her. 'that the speedo eter was disconnected. .' He ade a gesture of i patience with his hand. She turned and walked with swift.' she said.t(s over there on the dresser.t cal s e down. '"ou hadn(t thought of that. 'you will perhaps pardon a repetition of y +uestion.' he said.' '-hat was that)' 'The fact that you had taken your uncle(s 0uick sedan without his per ission. surveyed the attorney.' He took the oney. . or. She held it at such an angle that he could not see the contents. 'There you are. warily. took only a single appreciative inhalation.' :? .' she said.' She stared at hi with her eyes dark with panic. %erry &ason lit a cigarette with a steady hand. understand attorneys always want oney. '. but there was no lipstick on her outh.' she asked. and arrived at the house registering 3?. aggressive steps toward the girl(s bedroo . then stood studying the s oke as it eddied fro the tip of the cigarette. '. %erry &ason oved over and dropped ashes fro his own cigarette into the saucer. 'All right.' he said. presu e.' she said. finally got to bed. -hy did you choose this particular ti e for bringing up the subject)' '0ecause. crisp new one-thousand-dollar bills. 'that you want oney.(ll see. 'to the reason that you were spared ore detailed +uestioning last night.' said the housekeeper. 'after .' she said.' she said slowly. . 'A check)' he asked. She opened it and fu bled with her fingers for a few o ents. then folded and pocketed the oney. *rances . 'That(s none of your business.elane says you can talk to her while she(s eating breakfast.' he said. '.' He stood with his feet apart. got it. "ou(ve got to learn to keep your te per and use your head. Her left held a cigarette.elane.:DD. in cold tones. with her eyes suddenly wide and very dark.' said the housekeeper.' and added in a lower tone. The cup balanced for a o ent on the edge of the tray. -ould you ind handing e y purse) . showing that he started with the speedo eter registering 3?. then produced a sheaf of currency. want an answer. re e ber your story. '7id you sleep any)' 'After . inspected the speedo eter on the 0uick sedan this orning. '1o. A s all stand at the side of the chair held a tray containing e pty dishes. please. 'Here. and said. had you)' asked %erry &ason. then crashed to the floor.A iles. '. 'cash.? iles. 'Step right in.' The lawyer followed the housekeeper down the corridor and to the door of the girl(s roo . The housekeeper held it open.' '7oes it)' she asked. '-hat are you talking about)' she asked. Her dark eyes.A ules. He looked at her for a few o ents.' he said slowly. He heard the steps of the housekeeper as she pounded toward hi . and were. '"es. 'it showed 3?. in a silken negligee. There were ten of the .' He continued to s ile frostily at her. staring at hi steadily. sat curled in an over-stuffed chair. drove it an hour or so. always do that. She tried to set down the coffee cup.' '!ust what do you ean by that crack about thin ice)' '. '&iss . see ing purposely e#pressionless. speeding around the country trying to settle your nerves.' said %erry &ason suavely. '1ow.' '5h.' '-hat akes you ask that)' he in+uired. '"ou(re an attorney paid to represent e$ not to in+uire into y personal affairs.' '. She continued to stare at hi utely. 'is so ething by way of retainer. 'what if he did)' '-hen . know it.' she said. spilling its contents over the rug. '"ou(re getting on thin ice.' His eyes were coldly cautious.' he said.' said &ason dryly.

and patient.' *rances . '.( going to handle this case.' he said. use the . 0lack an(s e#pression changed. absently. the chauffeur. *rances . '7id .ndeed)' she said. 'and . '7on(t be a fool. intellectual respectability which he tried to present to the public.elane.f .' she began. %erry &ason(s tone was rasping. &ason. and swept fro the roo . 'rather re arkable ears. in fact. .elane spoke steadily. 'That will do. '. He stared across the desk at %erry &ason.' she said.' he said. '%retty soft for you.' said the lawyer eaningly. 'for opening the door. who is charged with the urder. cultivated a deep. '5h. She stared at the . haven(t had ti e to look into the urder case at all. didn(t show on the speedo eter. turned her back to the attorney.' he said. '9et out. &r. understand that you(re the attorney for the fa ily.' she said.( representing %eter 7evoe.' he said. 'if you let e know the facts. black ribbon.' and slipped into the roo .elane in the ter ination of her trust atter.' she said. and said to *rances . glittering eyes.elane ju ped fro the chair. totally ignoring the presence of the lawyer. '!ust before his death.' he said. He co bed his hair well back fro his high forehead. '"ou don(t think. '.' *rances . 'with all of those fees co ing in. staring down at her. 'and .' The housekeeper stooped. was given a good pair of ears. The other an winced. indeed. 'before his death.' he said. 'that .' '-as that what you ca e to talk about)' asked &ason. '-hat are you doing)' he asked. %erry &ason(s eyes were hard. %erry &ason turned to the door with dignity. That wo an was spying on us. and a s ile which held a trace of sardonic triu ph. '. '9oing to get dressed and put so e ileage on that 0uick. ca e to tell you. and the housekeeper walked in.' said &ason. who is the surviving partner of the partnership. There(s so e talk about having e represent the e#ecutor under the will. . %erry &ason stood. and in the other hand a pot of coffee. :@ . picked up the coffee cup. can(t very well represent both the surviving partner and the e#ecutor.' 0lack an said. a perfectly capable of disciplining the servants when they need it. 'and .' '9ot a good case)' asked &ason casually. 'Shall . '"ou know all about the case. She tried to black ail e early this orning. 5nly a slight uneasiness of the eyes belied the picture of stolid. but .' he said. boo ing voice. The girl indicated the coffee cup on the floor. don(t want you interfering. '. CHAPTER TEN 9E569E 08A. 'and a hot pot of coffee.rinston.' she said. regarding hi with alevolent.' she said. He ight have been a congress an or a banker. The housekeeper was on the other side of the door. sir. but was.' she said. speaking with elaborate carelessness.' said %erry &ason eaningly. &ason looked dignified and resentful.(ve been so busy with other angles of the atter that .( still waiting for an e#planation of why your trip ade in the 0uick sedan at such a high speed. '. hear you drop so ething)' she asked.elane see ed hardly interested.' 'Even to the e#tent of listening at doors)' said the lawyer. 'Thank you. 'And are you going to tell e anything about where you were last night at the ti e of the urder)' She whipped off the last of her lounging gar ents and started dressing. and. '.n one hand she held a coffee cup and saucer. set it back on the tray.' she said. There was a knock at the door of the roo .' She et his stare with her eyes snapping and defiant. coldly. bring you another cup and saucer)' '"es. 'To tell you the truth.( representing Arthur . '"ou have. '. don(t. '2ery well.F&A1 tried to present an i pressive appearance.' She shook her head.' The significance of the accented word suddenly dawned upon her..' he said. '. '0aloney<' e#plosively. a cri inal lawyer.'!ust before his death)' asked &ason. think that . started pulling gar ents fro her slender body.' 0lack an grinned.' The housekeeper picked up the tray. '. and there was a trace of envy in his grin.( representing &iss . and wore nose glasses fro which dangled a wide.' said &ason. can help you a lot ore. '"es.. and jerked the door open. you fool<' she bla/ed at hi .

that the state ent he akes on the witness stand doesn(t coincide with the first state ent he ade to the police. want fifty thousand dollars. 0lack an. "ou know where . '.' %erry &ason pushed back the chair fro his desk. "ou(d fight the whole world to protect the rights of your clients. if you want to put it that way.' '&eaning)' asked %erry &ason. drunk. 'And . '1ot for the work .elane in the background.' 'Fnow what)' asked &ason. &ason.' 0lack an told hi . stand now. want so e oney.' said 0lack an.n the event. "ou know the ga e as well as . who actually saw the urder being co itted. '.' said &ason.' '-hat are you going to give in return for it)' '.' &ason re arked. '8ook here.' '. 5therwise. think. . '"ou(ve said too uch or not enough. then 0lack an lowered his voice and said e phatically. while you railroad 7evoe to the gallows.' said &ason.( representing the an who has been picked for the fall guy. '. ean just this. '-hy the hell bother about that)' said 0lack an irritably. "ou(re going to tell e what you want. his eyes boring belligerently into &ason(s face. "ou(re keeping this .( going to tear the lid off. the only case against %ete 7evoe is one of circu stantial evidence.t(s the state ent he is going to ake on the witness stand that counts.' 'To the e#tent that you(ll have %ete 7evoe plead guilty to anslaughter)' '"es. 'that(s the duty of an attorney.' '7on 9raves doesn(t say so in the state ent that he ade to the police. want the fa ily to convey the i pression to the police that they(re not at all vindictive$ that if 7evoe did anything.rinston(s testi ony.f .( going to be faithful to y duties.' 'All right. 'that you want *rances . and . Edward 1orton was sending for his chauffeur as .' 0lack an told hi . 'The state ent he ade to the police hasn(t got anything to do with it.elane wo an pretty uch in the background. '"ou know what ..' '"es.t(s just a conference between us two.' 'All right.' 0lack an s+uir ed under the cold glare of the an across the desk. "ou defend persons accused of cri e whenever there(s a good fee in it. '.( not railroading anybody to the gallows. 0ut . . patiently. '"ou(re playing things pretty fo#y. have stated y position fairly and frankly. can get a plea. 'the testi ony of 7on 9raves. There was silence for a o ent.' '7on(t be silly.' '-hat do you want)' '. think that . '7on(t think you can pull anything like that. understand it. his eyes staring at 0lack an. "ou overlook the fact that. he was drunk when he did it. as well as . And then . particularly as far as the wo an was concerned. After all. stood with his feet planted well apart.s he guilty of anslaughter)' asked %erry &ason.' 0lack an told hi . told you that he(d plead guilty to anslaughter. '.( going to want so e of the gravy. just want you to know that .' '"es)' asked &ason in a tone of polite but surprised interest. as .s that what you(re trying to convey to e)' 0lack an got to his feet with ponderous dignity. 'The work for *rances .' said &ason.' said 0lack an. in a voice that was al ost casual. and keep all your people out of it.0lack an leaned forward and tapped the desk i pressively. . 'All right. and anybody could have planted that club in his roo and the two thousand dollars in his clothes. ean that . There(s nobody here to hear us. '.' '9o on.' '. :A . and that if the 7istrict Attorney will take a plea of anslaughter they(ll be just as well satisfied.' 'The work for 7evoe)' asked &ason. you(re representing hi and nobody else on earth. according to . tonelessly.' 'That(s too uch oney for a fee. however. 'Fnow that 7on 9raves saw a wo an in that roo at the ti e the urder was being co itted.' &ason looked at the ceiling and said. . do.' '"ou ean.' 'How uch oney do you want)' '. and . 'and don(t be so da ned surprised at it. '"es.elane. at that. '8ook here.' '"ou overlook. want the fa ily to cooperate in this thing.' '. and .' said 0lack an i pressively. . "ou(ve anaged to do it rather adroitly.' he said. it ight.' &ason re arked.' said 0lack an. want oney. it ight have a tendency to weaken his testi ony. 'that you understand y errand perfectly.' he said. do. '. and tell it in so any words. i personally.' 0lack an said. just want you to know that you(re up against so ebody who(s going to play just as fo#y.' said &ason.' he said.' '-hat do you ean by cooperation)' asked &ason.' he said. and so do . do not care to co it yself by replying to the rather crude su ary which you have atte pted to ake. He was lying there in bed. . -hen you defend a person.rinston left the place. '-e(re here alone. "ou(re controlling all the oney in this case. don(t overlook the fact that there was a wo an i#ed up in the thing so ewhere. ean that you can(t sit back and rake in all the oney. overlook nothing.( talking facts now. want.elane to see that you get paid to plead %ete 7evoe guilty of anslaughter so as to hush up any scandal) . "ou know it.' 'Sure. counselor. '.(ll cooperate with you in keeping &iss . can(t tell which yet. '.( going to do it isn(t. and it(s pretty weak circu stantial evidence.

and stay out<' he said. 0lack an watched hi with greedy eyes. &ason abruptly released the forefinger. . They(ve locked the trans ission and padlocked the wheels.an you co e in)' '"es.' he said. listened to it.' she said. He looked at hi with eyes that were cold and sneering.' &ason re arked.n that event. don(t know. apprehensive eyes. do anything) -hy should you do anything) -e(re not i#ed in it. 'or . '. could get anslaughter. into the outer office.' 'All right. '-hy should anybody do anything)' 0lack an asked in a sarcastic tone of voice. and stepped into the corridor. and brandished a rigid forefinger in front of &ason(s face. his voice vibrant with feeling. '"ou(re i#ed in this thing pretty deep yourself. '9et out. we(re here alone. 'as you.elane. but do it without attracting too uch attention.' '-hy worry about that) .' '. in sudden concern. .' '-here are you)' '5ut at the house.' he told her.' '.' she said.' he said. told the cheap heel where to get off. thought you were going to listen to y proposition. '-hat the hell are you talking about)' '"ou. 0lack an al ost ran for half the distance across the outer office. :C . staring belligerently at the slowly closing door.' %erry &ason ca e to a stop in front of 0lack an.' he said.' &ason told hi .' he told her. %erry &ason stood in the doorway of his private office.' '-hy should 9raves change his story)' &ason in+uired.(ll be in in twenty inutes. '. '!ust say it(s all right. and do it right now<' 0lack an(s face twisted in surprise. -e(re doing things for oney too. gave 0lack an a shove that sent hi sprawling off balance. without looking at her.' he said.( going to do so e ore. grasped the back of the lawyer(s coat with his big.( in y office. then turned. yourself. He jerked open the door of the private office. '.' 0lack an suddenly bolstered up his courage. wanted to. '-hat happened)' asked 7ella Street. spun the other lawyer halfway around. '"ou dirty scu . and paused for a o ent to talk with 7ella Street as he went out.' '.' said &ason. know)' '0ecause you should. e#pressed it. even tone of voice. '. This is a urder case.' Slowly. %erry &ason walked around the big desk toward 0lack an. pulled it open. 'A dirty shyster. He twisted the other(s hand down and around.' she said. There(s no reason why we can(t talk frankly.' %erry &ason gave a low whistle over the telephone. and if 9raves would change his story a little bit. The telephone was ringing as he reached his desk. 0lack an recoiled slightly.' %erry &ason took a swift step forward. until the lawyer e#clai ed with pain.' '"ou(re cra/y.( asking you if he did.(ll get hi to plead guilty to anslaughter. unless you can co e out here.' '. He scooped the receiver to his ear. '"ou(ve got no right to talk to e like that. can(t co e in the 0uick.' 0lack an said. '"ou(re going to regret that. his glasses dangling at the end of the black ribbon.' '*or fifty thousand dollars)' '*or fifty thousand dollars. 9et out of this office.' 0lack an groped for the knob of the outer door. 'The police have sealed it up. %erry &ason put on his hat. '. capable hand. '-hy.' '. '-hy should . Second degree urder would be the best you could get. 'you(d better get in that 0uick and co e in here. feet planted widely apart. 'and you won(t hear anything ore about it. with his face livid with rage. '-hy should .' said 0lack an.' he said. 'you(d better get in the %ackard and co e here just as fast as you can. or you(re going to hear a lot ore about it. '"ou(re either going to accept this proposition. 'if the fa ily would cooperate. in a slow. and hung up. 'who would sell out his client for a fifty thousand dollar fee. leaving 7ella Street staring at hi with wide. shoulders s+uared.'All right. The 7istrict Attorney wouldn(t accept any such plea.' he said.' said 0lack an.(ve got to see you at once. '-hy not)' he asked. and heard the voice of *rances . his cold eyes still fastened on the door fro the outer office. He turned and walked back to his private office. al ost ponderously. 7id %ete 7evoe kill Edward 1orton)' '"ou ought to know. 'All right. ' ore than anything you ever did in your life<' '9et out<' said %erry &ason.' &ason went on. and propelled the lawyer to the door.' %erry &ason reached up and grasped the e#tended forefinger in his left hand. 'and heard all . "ou(d better grab a suitcase and put so e clothes in it.

' 7ella Street frowned. '1o. s iling.elane wo an to know anything about who %aul 7rake is)' '9et this straight. want 7rake to co e to y office posing as a client.' said &r. a an#ious to know if there was anything peculiar about his re+uest for that oney. understand fro a conversation . 'say specifically for what purpose he wanted those bills)' '1ot specifically.' said 6ayburn slowly. '. 6ayburn.' said &ason. 'he ca e here. . 7o you understand)' She looked up at hi . who is the surviving partner of .' '-hen can you tell)' she asked. '"es. . with the secretive anner of one who is deter ined only to answer direct +uestions. don(t think we(ll have to. 'Has anything gone wrong)' she asked.' said &ason. 7uring the ti e he(s waiting.' '5kay.rinston G 1orton. think so.s &iss .elane.' '-hen will that be)' '1ot until she gets worse frightened than she is now. and . swiftly apprehensive. '. Thank you. understand. leaving behind hi a cold-eyed individual who surveyed his back in a ga/e of shrewd speculation. a wondering if the trip was to this bank.o pany.( not. or to the *ar ers and &erchants 1ational. 1orton. have all of the infor ation . He walked out of the door.-. 7on(t let anyone in.( representing &iss *rances . '7id he state that he intended to use that oney to ake a pay ent to a black ailer. '1o.' He turned and walked fro the bank. 1orton ade a trip fro his ho e to a bank and back again. or anything peculiar about the bills. can(t tell just yet. regarded %erry &ason with hard.rinston. and nodded her head in a gesture of affir ation. &ason)' '.' '. &r. then s iled and patted her shoulder. . 0. 'that .' '1o.' '7id &r.' said the vice president of the bank. can ask you to give e. '&r.' asked the lawyer. and that . He nodded curtly. want hi to wait in the reception roo until . .' '"ou(re not getting in trouble)' she asked. 7rake is a client who is waiting to see e. could give you the infor ation you wanted. 'That(s all. to handle a atter of ut ost i portance. As far as anyone who co es into the office is concerned.' he said. give hi a line on what he(s to do. hi self.' said %erry &ason. 0ut if .' said 6ayburn significantly. 'Also.' he said. &ason returned to his office and beckoned 7ella Street to his inner office.' he told her.' %erry &ason told her. '1ot until &iss . don(t want anyone to know who 7rake is. Say that . +uickly. had this orning with &r.' said &ason. through your banking affiliations. he is to appear erely as a client.s that all)' she asked.' she said. 6ayburn. He grinned reassuringly. '. want %aul 7rake. 'and say that . 'Suppose we frighten her)' %erry &ason shook his head and s iled.' '5n the day of his death.(ll be back by the ti e she arrives.' said the banker again. '9et 7rake(s 7etective 0ureau for e.rinston. and said. 'to get for hi a certain nu ber of thousand dollar bills bearing consecutive serial nu bers)' 'He did. and sufficient for y purpose. where .elane in here.'. don(t think so. and walked a block and a half to the Seaboard Second 1ational Trust . '. 6ayburn. want you to put her in y private office and lock the door. vice president of the bank. '.up to her neck. '. 'And did he further state to you that.' said 6ayburn. then said.' said 6ayburn cautiously. and would like to find out the identity of the person who deposited the currency)' '1ot in e#actly those words. think. took the elevator down.( e#pecting &iss . watchful eyes. the beneficiary under a trust fund which was ad inistered by Edward 1orton.' '%erhaps. 'it(s okay. She paused for a few o ents.' :D . watching hi with eyes that ade no effort to conceal their concern.elane)' 'She(s in already .' he said. -hy do you ask)' '. &ason took a deep breath. .( representing &r. Arthur .' '"es.elane tells e the truth.' She looked at hi with eyes that showed grave apprehension. &r. . 'in about twenty or twenty-five inutes.' he said. 'if you could be a little ore e#plicit. 'So . slowly.' he said. don(t think so.' '7oes she know it)' '. '7id he ask you in advance. '7on(t worry. 'he ca e here to secure a large su of oney in one thousand dollar bills.' '"ou won(t let her drag you into it)' He shook his head slowly. 'And you don(t want that . he would like very uch to have you ake note of the nu bers of those bills and ascertain when the bills were presented for deposit at any bank in the city)' '1ot e#actly in those words. .' he said. understand he also had an account. think .

gave her all of it. unscrewed the cap fro a fountain pen. "ou haven(t any of it in your possession)' '1ot a bit.( in an awful ess. 8et(s not have any isunderstanding about this. '-ell.' '7oes that ean. He said he(d decided to change his ind. sealed the ten thousand dollars in currency in the envelope. told you before. '-ell. and that various banking institutions in this city had been given a list of those nu bers)' '1o. following the pacing of the lawyer. frightened voice.elane. thu bs hooked in the ar holes of his vest. paced back and forth across the floor of his private office. si ply had to have so e oney and have it right away. gave you. didn(t know we had any correspondence with a &r. '"es. and .' %erry &ason went to the desk. =:DC 3?th Street. . suspected. '. and let(s get it straight. 'Sta p and ail this. told hi that . 'Send it registered ail.' he said.rinston ca e to the house.lass.' she said in a wan. just before &r. got the oney fro y uncle. and raised her eyes to his with a look of alar .' she said. 'All right.' he snapped.olorado.' he asked. 'That envelope will be in the ail for the ne#t few days. 'that(s a fact. 'that all of these bills were nu bered consecutively. '-as it by the housekeeper)' She started.' 'All right.' he said. %erry &ason took the ten thousand dollars which she had given hi fro his wallet and fingered the bills.s that any of your business)' she asked. 1ow why didn(t you tell the police about that in the first place)' =E . and told e he was sorry he(d been holding out y regular allowance.' 'Had he accused you of being black ailed before that)' '1o. '. '*irst .' she said.' he told her. '. 0elknap. and resu ed his steady pacing of the floor.' she said.' '-ere you being black ailed)' She bit her lip and looked down at the floor. and addressed the envelope to . nobody is going to find that oney on e.' 'How uch before)' '1ot very uch before. "ou(re in a ja . %erry &ason tossed her the envelope with a careless gesture. That is.( trying to do is to think far enough ahead so . regarded hi with eyes that oved steadily back and forth. then slipped back through the door to the outer office. .' she said. %erry &ason turned to *rances . 'How did you know)' '.( going to get you out. picked up a long envelope of heavy anila paper.' 'And he didn(t say anything about you being black ailed)' '1o. Thousand dollar bills aren(t so nu erous but what they attract attention when they(re deposited.' he said.' he said. -hen 7ella Street opened the door. which su oned his secretary. 0elknap.' 'And he gave you this oney in cash)' '"es.' She nodded. and jabbed his forefinger on the button on the side of his desk. in a thin.' '. 'you haven(t asked e anything about why .' '1ow listen. '"es. know what(s happening better than you do. 'How uch did you give her)' '. .' she said. weak voice.' he told her.' he said. &erchants don(t ordinarily carry change for a thousand dollars in their tills. -hat .CHAPTER ELEVEN %E66" &AS51.arl S. was being black ailed. '5f course you are. can find the proper place to head the off.' she said at length.' '. '-e have now. '!ust as .' he said. then he paused in his walk to plant his feet far apart and stare down at her. know e#actly what happened with that oney.' '-hat happened)' 'There was forty-eight thousand dollars. '0efore he was urdered or afterwards)' pressed %erry &ason. 7enver. 'He gave it to e. perched in the big black leather chair which she had occupied on her first visit to the office.elane. .' she said.' she said.' he said. There was a period of silence. *rances . '-here did you get that oney you gave e)' he asked. and it(s al ost necessary to take the to a bank to change the . but it(s i portant . flashed one swiftly appraising glance at *rances . don(t have to. '.' '"ou ca e to hi and told hi that you needed cash)' '.n the eanti e. 'All e#cept the ten thousand dollars that . 'that you haven(t any of those thousand dollar bills in your possession)' 'That(s right.' She looked at the address. wanted to see you. '"ou knew. Eventually it will co e back to e. '0efore.elane.

7id you ever think of how you would like to be hung)' She got to her feet and drew back her hand as though she intended to slap hi .' 'All right.' she said. in a voice that was al ost a wail. He had been very bitter. no one is ever going to prove it.' he told her.f . '"ou(re either going to control that te per.' she said.' Sheer surprise pushed her rage to one side. can get you out of it or not.' she asked.' 'Then what)' 'Then. '"ou(ve been a spoiled spitfire all your life. and was threatening to tell y uncle about it.' '.f . Tell e e#actly what happened when your uncle was urdered. 'That(s y business<' she said. 'he(d black ail you to death.' he said. '6ob drove up in his car. eh)' he asked.Her eyes suddenly snapped black fire. =3 . .' '"ou would. of course. '"ou(ve got a right to be.' she said. '. '9leason was there.. '"es. '. or you(re going to arch up the gallows and have a black bag put around your neck. anyone)' '6ob 9leason. which were now dark and pathetic..(d given in to hi on the oney end of it. 'what did you do)' His voice was gri . don(t know e#actly how any. 'How uch does he know)' she asked. hired you as an attorney to represent y interests. 'Arrested) &e. 7on(t think that you can stand there and tell e what . He said it was really y oney and if .' she said.rinston ca e to the house.' '-as that before .' she said. .' He took a stride toward her and said.' 'How do you know)' she asked. He doesn(t know for sure that you are in a bad ja . all of the te per gone fro her eyes. That(s why . he(d have been sure. that was y business.' 'Afterwards. but that he(d co e to the conclusion . had had a +uarrel with hi . '. 'tell e about that. had been arried. don(t know whether . He said that he had intended to cut down on y allowance to bring e to y senses.( not going to do. and . 'He took so e oney fro his wallet. He(s heard whispers so ewhere. and showed in her dark eyes. and he ca e to that porch and . wanted to throw it away. and he(s going to drag you into this. gave all of it e#cept ten thousand dollars to &rs. did.( going to do.. There were so e bills left. . want to get at the botto of this thing.' '7evoe didn(t do it. He was worried about &rs. He wanted to ake sure.' he said.' she said slowly. '. told hi that .' said the lawyer dryly. or afterwards)' '"ou ean when . There(s a porch which opens out fro y roo . '&oney.' She sank back in the chair and stared at hi .' '7evoe was arrested for urder. '-hat did he want)' she asked. and what .' she said. you(re going to be arrested within the ne#t forty-eight hours. Her face showed a trace of relief. '. 'So 9leason was there.' he told her. '0ecause he was here in this office less than an hour ago and told e so.(d talked ter s with hi . threw hi out of the office.' said the lawyer.hevrolet. '-e(ll give it to hi .' '0ut. wasn(t there. a .' she said.' said %erry &ason. did. There was a o ent of silence.' he said. without e#pression. if he did do it.' '-hy did you do that)' he asked.' he said gri ly. . '0ecause she knew .' '-e will not. but he pushed the currency toward e and told e to take it.' %erry &ason told her. '9o on.' he said. but he suspects a lot. '"es. !ust as sure as you(re standing there.' '"ou know that we are arried. '-hy)' '0ecause.. he(d have been sure. said . would never co e to y senses. but he suspects it. '1ot uch.' %erry &ason whistled. '1ow .' he said.' '-ho saw you give the oney to her. 'for urder. gave her the oney)' '"es.' She took a deep breath and said in a low onotone. '. He(s got an attorney that knows the ropes. &ayfield.' 'So you took the oney.t wasn(t all of the oney that was in there. thought things were all right. He wanted to verify the . 'All right. and the case that(s going to be built up against you is going to be so black that .( afraid of hi .(d seen y uncle and . arrested)' 'Arrested. 'any ore than . lost y te per and said things that hurt. let hi in. &ayfield and about what y uncle was going to do. 'He(s the one that did it. . That is. was in the house. '1ow you(re facing a situation you can(t handle by yourself.

can count on. and they(d also locked up the trans ission.(d give her all .rinston had arrived by that ti e)' asked &ason. . . He knows a lot about y uncle(s affairs. '"ou(ve got to figure you(re trapped on that car business. but the eyes following hi back and forth as he paced rhyth ically. '"es. figured that was a good alibi for e.'-hile we were talking. that(s going to ake an awful ess.' '-hy did you do that) '0ecause . had to put the notebook hack. run away)' 'They can(t get any ore suspicious. to the driveway. '. have an idea he knows so ething about what &rs. . did that. '&rs. knew you(d been lying to e.' '-hy)' '. hesitated a o ent. could fi# up an alibi for 6ob. 0ut. and they thought that . had ditched ten of the one thousand dollar bills. know a doctor . .' she said. and &rs.7on 9raves)' She nodded her head again. went out and sat on the porch with 6ob. &ayfield is doing. and the girl watched hi with dark. . thought everything was all right until you ca e and told e about the speedo eter records not checking up. 'The inute they sealed up that 0uick.' he said. it showed they were working on this other angle of the case. '0ut won(t that ake the ore suspicious when . . had been driving the 0uick.' '7id 6ob see your uncle the night he was urdered)' asked &ason. &ayfield ca e in and de anded oney. After a o ent the angry light left her eyes. '"es.' 'All right.' 'How did it happen you suspected it)' '0ecause . opened y purse and let her take it out. He si ply grinned at her. 'he did. &rs. Everybody took it for granted that . and . with you representing e. because there was bad blood between 6ob and y uncle. . He called e on it. had 6ob drive e to a place about two blocks fro the house. needed oney for . 'then what happened)' '-ell. had. an#ious eyes.n fact. he was there all the ti e.' 'That. and ake it appear . Then what happened)' '"ou know the rest. '"es. tried to slip that notebook containing the ileages into y pocket. '"ou. Then there was a co otion.t(s going to give e a little ti e.' 'How did you get out of the grounds)' 'There(s a way out through an alley in the back. so . and . . They put a padlocked chain around the front a#le and through the spokes of the wheel. guess. and nobody heard us. After a o ent &ason resu ed his regular pacing of the floor. went with hi . '7on(t talk to e like that<' she said.' '0ut. .' he said. was driving it.' said &ason. was doing it casually$ but the officer wasn(t so du b. went out to put so e ileage on the 0uick. That was all . =: . . -e went out there. thought we could work the thing out so e way. didn(t want to be there. so . had been driving the 0uick. 'are going to have a nervous breakdown. and . She shook her head. knew that it would never do for 6ob to be there.' '-hat good will that do)' she asked. knew you were going to need so e oney.' he told her.' he told her. then what happened)' 'Then .' 'And the reason you changed your story just now and ad itted it. and shouts. and heard so ething about y uncle having been urdered. %erry &ason stepped to the door of the outer office. and got out there. at length.rinston ca e up. .' 'And 9raves. . She had been listening. '. thought then that things would be all right. and knew that y uncle had given e so e oney. thought that . was saving it for you. heard running steps fro the front of the house.' Her eyes bla/ed. said that . &ayfield went out. -ho is that so eone . before . ca e back ho e$ that is.' 'And you went with hi )' '"es.' she said. She didn(t know how uch.f they know 6ob was there. and . the secretary.' 'All right. . found out fro hi that y uncle had reported the 0uick as having been stolen. ' akes it nice. and found an officer there. then nodded it. He(s going to e#a ine you and order you to a sanitariu . and .' 'They(d sealed it up)' asked %erry &ason. 'that(s going to bring 6ob into it. her head never oving. sneaked into y bedroo and talked with 7on 9raves.' she said. suspected it. .' said &ason dryly. who grinned at e and told e that the 0uick was going to be held for evidence.' 'And . He knows a lot ore than he lets on. was leaving y uncle(s office when . and knows pretty uch what happened. .just you and her. 'is that you suddenly re e bered there is so eone who knows 6ob saw your uncle. . '"es. because . '.' She said nothing. and . 'he had co e before that. heard hi drive up.' '7id you know about the ileage then)' she asked. &ayfield keeping +uiet. and nobody +uestioned y word. told 6ob to get in his car and drive away. was in the outer office all the ti e)' asked the lawyer. . and would let 6ob out of it. '"ou(ve got to switch around on that. told her .' she said. .' 'All right.' he said.

'what(s eating you)' 'Awhile back. '-ell. *irst. The rough shadow si ply acts the way the suspect figures a shadow should act. '. in a general way.' '1ever ind when it was. with a long neck that was thrust forward in+uiringly.a atter of life and death. So eti es a an won(t fall for a wo an.' he said. 'Tell hi to wait. The contract an starts the fireworks by giving a signal. 'and it(s going to ake a hell of a lot of difference what you do.' he said.they(re si ple when you co e right down to analy/e the . but a sort of guilty knowledge that he(s trying to conceal.' 'So ebody trying it on you)' asked the detective. %erry &ason. He(s just a casual.' 'All right. '. '"ou ust have a good e ory. don(t show any undue interest in the newspaper reports of the case. A cigarette was in his outh. and you figure so ebody has got so e knowledge .'7ella.' she told hi . and hysterical clients erely part of an everyday routine. hanging pendulously at an angle fro his lower lip. '1ow. 'There(s a &r.not just ordinary knowledge. seated back of the big desk. waiting for the sounding of the gong. he never gets rattled and never does any of this business of ducking in a doorway. 1othing ever fa/ed hi .t(s predicated on the idea that a an who has so ething on his ind that he(s trying to conceal. he +uits being a == . and how he operates.' '"es. '1o. He was a tall an. The public gets the idea that a shadow puts on disguises and ducks into doorways or hides behind telephone poles. your real shadow is a s ooth guy who al ost never uses a disguise.' said &ason. or.' said %erry &ason.' and he stepped back into the office. 'you were telling e so ething about a rough shadow. 1o atter what happens. urders were everyday occurrences$ love nests as co on as auto obiles.n his life. The police will find you sooner or later. and he(ll get suspicious if one of your operatives starts getting friendly with hi . He looked like a an who would presently lose his rela#ed watchfulness. pinched it out. '0ut . and held a perpetual e#pression of droll hu or.' he said. and do it now.(ll order the a bulance right now before 7oc %rayton gets here. '. spring fro the chair.t(s like all of the good things . can use it< 9ive e the sketch. 'That was a long ti e ago. is likely to be nervous. He et her ga/e with a steady stare. '. stared at the detective with patient eyes that were cal ly watchful.not to outsiders. and all that sort of stuff. and turned sideways. want it to be later. and glassy. you understand. which was. and gets his confidence. His glassy.t takes two en to work a rough shadow job. and engage in swift conflict. '4sually one of those ways works out. anyway. why he was so successful.' snapped %erry &ason. no atter what happens.t(s a stunt in detective work.' she said. but can(t see to get under his hide.' he told the girl. Tell his nurse that it(s vitally i portant .( going to trust you.' '-ell. That(s when we use the rough shadow. 7on(t let anyone know who you are. won(t start boasting. %aul 7rake in the office who wants to see you about a personal atter. '-ell. and have your rough shadow trailing along behind. perhaps. want to get straight is just how this rough shadow ga e is worked. He sat in the big high-backed leather chair in %erry &ason(s office.' said the detective. '-e don(t ordinarily talk about it .' %aul 7rake re oved the cigarette fro his outh.n other words. innocentlooking bystander. 'How do . '-hat . can(t get hi to talk.' He nodded.' %erry &ason told hi . "ou(ve got two or three ways of approaching hi in order to get hi to spill the beans.' 'How does it work)' &ason asked tonelessly. . let(s figure that you(re working on a case. and start hi boasting. 5ne of the is to use the routine stunt of getting an attractive wo an to get ac+uainted with hi .t(s a psychological third degree.' &ason told hi . with the ferocity of a tiger. can trust you)' she asked.' %aul 7rake inhaled placidly on his cigarette. 'you(re going to have a nervous breakdown. He won(t tell e what it is. you pick the ti e and a suitable place. want to get the lowdown on it. if he does. and. The public gets goofy ideas about the work of a shadow.' he said. shadowing is a job in itself. Another one is to plant so e an who beco es friendly with hi . the detective. '-ell. 0ut . know all that. '. '5f course. and never thinks of hi as an individual. '4nder those circu stances. 0ut so eti es they don(t work. know . . 'get e 7octor %rayton on the telephone right away. . don(t get sta peded. 'As a atter of fact. He looks so atter-of-fact that the suspect always takes hi as part of the general scenery.' She stared at hi searchingly. They get that way fro looking at the ovies and reading a lot of detective stories written by guys that don(t know anything about the detective business. have an idea .' he said.' '.' 'All right.' said 7rake. you have your contact an who akes a contact with the suspect. protruding eyes watched %erry &ason with an e#pression of +ui//ical hu or. "ou(ll be sent to a sanitariu under another na e. . and dropped it into an ashtray. so that his long legs were crossed over the right hand ar of the chair. bore no rese blance whatever to the popular conception of a private detective. sla ing the door. His eyes were protruding. 'That(s one of the things you can use your own judg ent about.' CHAPTER TWELVE %A48 76AFE. . that(s si ple. His anner was that of a veteran fighter rela#ed in his corner. 9et hi on the telephone personally.

'this is an unusual case. don(t want to get personal.t(s so ething we use only as a last resort. taking another cigarette fro a case in his pocket. (8isten.' 'The an who was urdered)' 'The an who was urdered.(ll put on the case.' said 7rake significantly. it(s a funny thing about a an finding out that he(s being shadowed. the housekeeper for Edward 1orton. the contact an gives a signal. '1ow. but things have a habit of leaking out in ti e. '1o. '. 1aturally.' 'All right. . and she(s hard-boiled. the rough shadow steps out of the picture. . the suspect takes a tu ble that he(s being tailed. the young wo an who(s the beneficiary under the trust fund and the will)' '"es. and . The contact an helps hi to do it. As soon as he finds that so ebody(s tailing hi around. 'but she(s got infor ation. "ou can nearly always get a an talking when you pull a rough shadow on hi . and all of that stuff. '. 'A iddle-aged wo an who can pretend she has had to work hard all her life. old an.' => . didn(t say .' said 7rake.' said &ason. and when the contact an gives a signal. so the contact an gets a shadow to tail along behind. wanted you to work on the urder case. He asks the suspect to help hi ditch the rough shadow. and says. and .' he said.' said %erry &ason. ninety-nine chances out of a hundred. now just what do you want e to get out of her)' 'Anything that she knows. '"ou see. After a while. he ay say. 'So the suspect wants to hurry things up a little bit. The suspect never knows that he(s being tailed. that there(s an angle to it that the police haven(t got. She(s clever. believe he(s shadowing e. 4sually we can build up a friendship and get people to talk. particularly a an who ain(t used to it. want to work a rough shadow ga e. want you to find out everything that that housekeeper knows. however.( not curious. the contact an has the rough shadow ga e sprung when he(s walking with the suspect. Edna &ayfield.' %erry &ason said slowly. know you well enough to know that if you(re getting e to start work on this urder case. and that he(s afraid the dicks are on his trail. They rush into buildings. 'the contact an says so ething to the suspect. 0ut just suppose that so e of the infor ation this wo an spills wouldn(t look so well for your client)' '.elane.' said 7rake. .' '1o. want a contact operative who is of a certain type.regular shadow. The suspect. 9et so ebody who hasn(t any particular beauty or figure$ who has wrinkled hands and a heavy figure. He hides behind telephone poles and ducks in doorways. don(t want you to isunderstand e. (Say. 'That(s the idea. 'you didn(t say that. '8ook here. understand. -ho do you want to have her contact)' '&rs. and opens up and confesses to the suspect that he(s been guilty of a cri e so ewhere. '"ou(re representing *rances . '0ut suppose that we get it through a couple of operatives that .( . haven(t they)' asked the detective. he(ll turn to the contact an and say that there(s a detective following hi and he wants to ditch the shadow. and he(s nervous and ju py all over.' %aul 7rake let his glassy eyes study the tip of the cigarette and the s oke which eddied upward fro it. and the contact an always slows down and saunters along. is a guy who won(t talk about the thing that the contact an wants hi to talk about. and all that sort of stuff. don(t care what it(s about.' %aul 7rake ade a gesture with his shoulders. know.' 'So that the suspect knows he(s being shadowed)' asked %erry &ason.' said 7rake.t(s just an angle of the ga e that so eti es brings results. 'Think she(s i#ed up in the urder)' he asked. and beco es crude. and looking back over his shoulder. and the suspect thinks he(s been ditched. '-asn(t it the chauffeur or so ebody that pulled the job)' 'So .' he said. and that akes the suspect loosen up and take the contact an into his confidence. 'let(s be frank with each other.' said %erry &ason.' 'Suppose the suspect doesn(t say anything to the contact an)' asked the lawyer. when the circu stances are right. go up and down elevators. putting on disguises.' '. try to get dependable people to work for e. the contact an usually pretends that the rough shadow is tailing hi .' said &ason nonco ittally. 1aturally.' %erry &ason said slowly. look at that fellow behind us. 4sually the first thing he does is to start walking faster.f it(s a cri e he(s working on. A slick operative has a knack of aking people spill facts. and doing the hundred and one a ateurish things which defeat the very purpose of a skilled shadow. He taps hi on the shoulder. 0ut. . '. '"ou ean about the urder)' 'About anything.' There was a o ent or two of silence. ingle with crowds. because the shadow is a s ooth worker. 'Sure.(ve got just the wo an. the contact an has established a certain a ount of friendly relations with the suspect. . and containing a glint of +uick appraisal.' '-hat(s the type)' asked the detective. he starts getting nervous. . don(t know just what she(s i#ed up in.' 7rake whistled. '7on(t get e wrong. 'Then.' '&aybe you won(t need a rough shadow. And suppose the infor ation should be so ething you would want to keep under cover) . and then the shadow gets crude about his ethods.' said %erry &ason slowly. '.' '5kay. '. slowly and i pressively. but do you know there(s so ebody shadowing you)( 5r else. then %erry &ason said. want that infor ation.' '5kay. He does all the things that the suspect naturally e#pects a detective would do. He starts ducking around behind telephone poles. '. and tapping it gently on his thu b nail. '.' 7rake pointed out. his glassy eyes suddenly losing their e#pression of droll hu or.' 'They(ve got the fellow that did the urder. want to get the infor ation.' said 7rake.

.rinston. and stared at the lawyer thoughtfully. He(s told the police one story.' said &ason. '. . .' said &ason. He took a cigar fro his pocket. . scraped a atch on the sole of his shoe.rinston is out here. &ason.' he said. 'in ti e. secretary to Edward 1orton. . think it(s going to co e out all right. know. think. but you(ve got ten days within which to ake an appearance.' he said. '-e understand each other on that. '.' '-ell.' said &ason with dignity. and 7ella Street glanced significantly at %erry &ason. dropped in to find out was whether you know a an by the na e of 9eorge 0lack an. She(s a tartar and you(ll have to watch her.(ll see hi .' '&ail reports)' asked the detective. '1ow. A fellow by the na e of 7on 9raves. 'it(s still a ess. .' '2ery well. want to keep y clients satisfied. and . &r.( busy on an i portant atter right now.' &ason kept his voice flat and e#pressionless in an even onotone.' said &ason. . yes. The poor girl is hysterical. '9lad to see you. 9uess you(ve been pretty busy.' said the lawyer. She ca e to the office and had a co plete breakdown. . '%lenty of it.' '"ou(ll let e know progress)' '.' said . and beckoned to &r. want to find out confidentially whether he really did see a wo an in the roo at the ti e the urder blow was struck. 'He got in touch with e on the telephone and told e .' he said.( going to be working against ti e. or whether he(s going to say he did.' said &ason. and filled it co pletely.' He flashed a eaning glance to 7rake and said to the detective in a tone of voice sufficiently loud to carry into the outer office. and want the police to get it later. haven(t you)' &ason watched hi with speculative eyes.' he said. get so ebody to go to hi and tell hi he(s representing a tabloid newspaper. 'That(s +uite all right. That(ll carry the thing along and keep you fro being in default until we can go into greater details. '1ow.'"es. He gave the i pression of sweeping away all obstacles fro his path by the very blast of his forceful personality. '"es. '. don(t think there(s any infor ation that your operatives will get that the police won(t get sooner or later. and he prescribed co plete rest. 'but why didn(t you follow y instructions)' '-hat instructions)' 'About keeping *rances out of it.' said %erry &ason slowly. suppose . He ay be dangerous. and . do you suppose that you could get so eone to contact hi without creating too uch suspicion. 7rake.' 'All right.' 'Any oney for e#penses)' asked the detective. 'provided there aren(t too any words. was a witness to the urder itself. . and offer to pay hi by the word)' '5kay. and e another. which a ounts to the sa e thing.' He shook hands with 7rake in the doorway. .' .' he said. . '. '1ot bad. '5kay.' 7rake nodded.' '"es. . . could. '-ell. 'it(s been a ess all around. He(s taken her to a sanitariu so ewhere.' . clipped off the end.(ll draw up a de urrer and file it in court. '-ell. get hi to sub it the anuscript signed and sworn to. 'Hello. just wanted to be certain there wasn(t any isunderstanding between us.oncentrate heavy on that housekeeper. 'tell e what it is. &isunderstandings in y business ake for dissatisfied clients.' the lawyer told hi . '1o need to waste your ti e and y ti e with that stuff. called a physician.rinston sat down in the big chair. and . know hi .' . can(t give it y i ediate attention. 'Her nerves were really on the ragged edge.rinston said i patiently. for fear that . 7ella. 'that this is another case where . =? . ight call her.' said the lawyer. and won(t tell even e where it is. want to have it sooner. '. and find out just what he(s really going to testify to) . '"ou ean.rinston pushed his way into the inner office with that aggressive suggestion of boo ing authority which characteri/ed hi . '. '"es.f there(s any way of doing it.' '&r.' he said. provided the words are of the right kind. -hat . &ake the orally or not at all.(ll let you know progress. shaking hands.' &ason told hi . a attorney here)' '"es. .' The detective grinned. '1o.' 5nce ore there was an interval of silence. that.' '.(d like to get a written state ent out of hi . have kept her out of it the best .' he said.' '5h. get the sketch. '-ell)' asked the detective.' '. 'That(s okay. or a true detective story aga/ine. there(s one other thing. He says his business is i portant and he can(t wait.rinston puffed out the first whiffs of blue s oke fro the cigar.(ll get started.' he said. should see you right away on a atter of great i portance.' 7rake got up and flipped his cigarette into a brass cuspidor. '.rinston. understand.o e in. guess that a ounts to about the sa e thing.(ve been busy. 'All right.' There was a knock at the door. and wants the account of an eye-witness.

there are various ways. s iling thoughtfully. say. didn(t ention any na es. get in touch with her.( finished)' '!ust what .( not to represent her any ore.' asked %erry &ason.rinston put the cigar back in his outh and chewed on it thoughtfully. don(t.t(s an a#io of cri inal law that a an should try everyone e#cept the defendant. '.' &ason(s answer was curt and without e#planation. 'and the assurance that a re+uest would go to the 7istrict Attorney to look at the atter as leniently as possible and accept a plea of anslaughter.' '-hy. he(d have taken as uch oney as he could get.rinston. trying to show so e sort of a otive for urder.' '-hy)' '0ecause .' '-here.( giving you orders right now to get in touch with 0lack an and give hi what he wants.' said . and . think he wanted to find out what our reactions would be to a proposition of that kind. '. Then.rinston. 'and suggested that it ight ake atters better for the fa ily all around if 7evoe should plead guilty to anslaughter.' '. si ply told you how cri inal lawyers play the ga e. think.' asked &ason. 'His type never does.' said &ason. '"es.' 'She(ll tell you fast enough. da n it<' stor ed . did it to keep her fro the police.f you(d seen hi . don(t like the way you(re handling this case.elane can(t stand too uch pressure)' 'That(s a great +uestion to ask e<' . '. '-hen you(ve had to let her have a nervous breakdown in order to keep her out of the hands of the police.' . cross-e#a ining on e#traneous atters. '"ou say that(s what he said he wanted)' he co ented.' 'All right.elane will be the best judge of that.rinston studied the lawyer thoughtfully. '. think you(re letting a golden opportunity slip through your fingers. think he(d prosecute either for first degree urder.rinston got to his feet. you suddenly switch the accusation and clai there(s just as uch ground to suspect the prosecuting witness as there is the defendant.' said .f we(d been willing to go ahead. as soon as . . heard you. . anyway. '. He(d find out what we consider reasonable. 'that *rances . . '5h. 'He didn(t i press e as being that kind of a an.' '. and further ore.rinston de anded.' 'Are you afraid.' &ason told hi .' '. . or not at all.' . '-ell.rinston e#plosively.' he said suddenly. 2ery fre+uently you can try the prosecuting witness. There(s a hell of a lot of oney involved in this thing. '. 'are you going to get in touch with her)' =@ .rinston al ost shouted. do. 8et hi raise the .rinston studied his cigar thoughtfully. 'He said that if the fa ily were going to adopt a vindictive attitude toward his client. and then black ailed us for as uch ore as possible. it would be necessary for hi to adopt a vindictive attitude toward the fa ily and try to show that the case was a fra eup against his client. you don(t need to shout. still speaking in the sa e even cautious onotone.' 'Then what did 0lack an want)' . and then doublecrossed us at the ti e of trial. and we can(t afford to bungle it.' 'How could he do that)' asked . .rinston. '"es. said it. flung the half s oked cigar into the cuspidor. in his steady onotone.' &ason told hi slowly.' '"ou ean to switch the guilt to *ran .' he said.' said &ason.' said &ason.' '-hat do you ean .rinston. 'that &iss .'0lack an ca e to see e earlier in the day.rinston.' he said slowly. '1ot fro the i pression he ade over the telephone. and then raise his sights. '7id you find out e#actly what he wanted)' 'He said that he wanted a fee. so eti es you can try the prosecuting attorney.' 'He doesn(t want things within reason.' he said. if you can get a otive before the jury. 'you(re finished.' &ason told hi . 'All right. and glowered at &ason. 'He(s a urderer< That was a dastardly cold-blooded urder<' 'That attitude on the part of the fa ily was the thing that 0lack an wanted to speak to e about.' '1o)' asked %erry &ason coldly. '1o<' said .' said &ason. placing his parted fingers to his outh. "ou(re not representing e any ore. '. you start showing opportunity. and jerking out the chewed cigar. '. and if you can get otive and opportunity. don(t think the 7istrict Attorney would consider a plea of anslaughter. Anything within reason.' &ason said.' '8ook here. think there(s a good chance to get this thing all cleaned up by playing ball with 0lack an. "ou know.' .elane any ore.' '. don(t. '8ook here.(ll wait until she tells e that . "ou can start digging around. didn(t say that . '-ell . . he(d have ade a better i pression.' &ason re inded hi . and you(re not going to represent *rances .elane)' asked .' he said.' '"ou act as though you didn(t think it was what he really wanted. 'And what don(t you like about it)' asked the lawyer.

'you don(t need to worry about that any ore.rinston told hi .' He turned and walked with ponderous dignity toward the door. his eyes cold. don(t know what the evidence ay disclose before it gets done. .lose up the office at five o(clock. . "et you(re letting hi keep entirely in the background. . '. the an that you(re going to get to represent you is one that was suggested to you by 0lack an. '.' said &ason. 5n the other hand.' he said. as well. then set in gri lines.' he said.( for *rances .s that all you have to say)' asked %erry &ason. however. think you(re too da ned ethical. hate that word<' he said. "ou(re a bungler. don(t want you to isunderstand e.rinston stopped speaking and stood in an attitude of glowering belligerency. 1ow. That(s so ething that(s entirely up to her. walked back to his desk.elane(s lawyer.' .( a business an$ and she doesn(t know a thing about business.' '"ou(ll hate it a lot worse before you(re done. want you to tell e why you ade that re ark about %urkett. "ou(ve been s art enough on so e things. so eone else is.' '-hat if he is)' . hard. . but you(ve let the case get into a hell of a ess. '. think you(re bungling things. .rinston went on doggedly. '.' he asked.( going to get another attorney to represent e.' '1ow. is that right)' '"ou bet that(s right<' 'And don(t think.elane.rinston jerked the door open. can(t fire you as &iss . '9o right ahead. *rances .' he said. . couldn(t place yself in the position of acting as attorney both for the estate. you did nothing to keep the fro involving your client.' said %erry &ason. . '0lack an(s address.' . .( going to stick by the kid no atter what happens. 'that your business is so da ned i portant. . know that . 'All right. and then you(re going to be finished.(ll get in touch with her all right. '-hat a sucker you are.. %erry &ason sat for a few inutes.rinston(s face showed a slight flicker of surprise. slowly. There(s a stronger probability that that so eone else is %urkett than anyone else.rinston(s eyes surveyed the lawyer in thoughtful appraisal.elane eans a lot to e. &ason.rinston sarcastically. o inously. then cla ped his hat down fir ly on his head. and for the surviving partner.' . He strode purposefully around the desk. '. 'All right. '!ust to show you what a fool you are. .rinston de anded. you sat back and did nothing while the police began to doubt that evidence and ake other investigations. would save you looking it up in the telephone book.( going to give you one tip.' . eh)' '.' said . .f he isn(t guilty. don(t let anybody call e a sucker.(ve taken a lot of interest in. if 7evoe is guilty. . and he(s going to represent *rances . . beginning i ediately. his eyes cold.rinston(s eyes softened so ewhat. '1o atter what happens. &iss . "ou aren(t going to represent anything or anybody. told you.' said &ason.' '5h.' %erry &ason said. 'That(s all.( going to get so e attorney.rinston watched hi co e with eyes that re ained steady. '8ook here. wise guy. and o inous. and get it straight.(ll be back. 'let(s not have any isunderstanding about this.elane would have let e handle the estate if it hadn(t been for the fact that . the butler.n the event she doesn(t. She(s a kid that . then turned and walked back into the roo .' '-ell.' he said.rinston told hi . .' he said. %erry &ason got to his feet.'7on(t worry. 'now . but . . .elane.' said .' =A .' as .rinston whirled on hi . . 7ella. A good lawyer would have seen that the police never had a chance to consider the possibility that such evidence wasn(t conclusive.rinston. .. %erry &ason watched hi with thoughtful concentration. irthless laugh. . and sla ed it behind hi .( going to tell you so ething. 9et that. 'you do want to take a little advice. . 9o ahead and tell e what you(re driving at. '. that(s the end of it.( going to advise her to let you go.(ve got nothing against you personally. '2ery well. He says he wouldn(t deal with you any ore if you were the last an left on earth. '"ou(ve bungled this case fro the ti e you started in on it. and . when that investigation was under way. &ason planted hi self fir ly in front of the other an.( going to see that she gets a s+uare deal. '.' %erry &ason laughed a bitter. 'would you have sense enough to use the infor ation)' %erry &ason said nothing. and that(s watch %urkett. after the anner of a person an#ious to hear that which is about to be said. 'Then. but held his head slightly on one side.( just like an uncle to her. don(t think you(re going to represent the estate.' %erry &ason s iled. -alk into the trap just as deeply as you want to. and how you(ve walked into a trap.' Abruptly. *ro now on .rinston hesitated a o ent. don(t know just when .' said %erry &ason. thought . 'you interest e. . but this is a business atter. . think that this case re+uires so eone who can deal with 0lack an.' . and . saying to his secretary as he went past. &ason(s s ile was frosty. 'is in the &utual 0uilding. and.' he said. '1othing.( going to see that she gets a s+uare deal. but see ed to hold just a trace of panic. However.( not representing you. jerked the office door open. He walked through the outer office. and. 'The evidence in this case.f . turning on his heel. 'pointed un istakably to 7evoe.

7o you know where she is)' '. with sullen eyes and heavy. 'but this is &ason. and you wanted to turn it back to 3?. 'only.' said &ason. 9et hi on the phone. the +uestion is. '!ust this. ean. sir. didn(t. '-ould you say that you set it back if . would want to know first whether there would be testi ony that the speedo eter of that 0uick auto obile had been set back. the lawyer. didn(t you)' '1o. and the speedo eter on the 0uick was set back to the sa e ileage that it showed when it was taken out. '7on(t tell anybody who this is.( !ohn &ayfield. 'but it(s rather unusual for calls to co e through for &r. '. '"es. stepped out fro the gathering dusk as &ason parked the car. want to talk with &r. got his car. heavily fra ed and big-boned. sir. &ason)' he asked. sir. .' said the lawyer. don(t know whether he(s supposed to take calls on this telephone or not. was trying to find out about evidence.' 'That(s all right. '1ow.( not certain.' 'All right.' said the gardener. cautiously.' and %erry &ason spoke rapidly.=?E iles. stolid voice said. who represents *rances . sir.' said the an. 1ow.elane. and surveyed the an with keen scrutiny.(ll do that. . .' said the voice. you(ve got to tell e about that speedo eter. if you were going to turn it back that far. . 'About the speedo eter on that 0uick car. A an who was stooped of shoulder. '7id she tell you what she talked about)' 'She told e that aybe we were going to get so e oney. 1ow.' There was a o ent of hesitant silence at the other end of the line.' said &ason. you should ake a good job of it and turn it back to =EEE iles and sell the car as a de onstrator. '2ery good. when the police got there.' &ason returned to the garage. '. without disclosing his identity. 'This is in connection with so e police business. How long would it take to set the speedo eter back)' '1ot so very long. How uch of a job would it be)' '1ot uch of a job. '7id you know what your wife spoke to e about)' he asked. "ou eet e at the boulevard. the +uestion is. sir. and . . 'she went to the 7istrict Attorney(s office.' said the an.' said &ason.' 'All right. can(t locate her.' said &ason.t doesn(t ake any difference whether &iss . sir. sir.' said &ason.' said the echanic.=E>.' %erry &ason gave hi half a dollar and walked fro the garage. the gardener.' 'About what speedo eter)' said the an.t(s i portant that . his head bowed in thought. 1ow. une otional face. co pleted the business arrange ents with your wife)' asked &ason. didn(t ean to slip one over on the car dealer or on a custo er. the 0uick was in the garage.' said the lawyer. stand on this thing.' he said. '-e know that Edward 1orton telephoned in to the police that his 0uick had been stolen.(d uch rather walk up and eet you at the corner of the boulevard if you could drive out here. "ou set it back. suppose you had a speedo eter that registered around 3?. apparently that of the butler.' After a delay of several inutes a heavy.CHAPTER THIRTEEN %E66" &AS51 walked into the garage where he stored his auto obile and asked for the echanic. was filled with that type of for ality which co es when one has answered a telephone innu erable ti es in connection with so e tragedy which has attracted uch public interest. '"ou si ply tell your wife that if business arrange ents are going to be co pleted between us. get in touch with you and talk with you about this business atter which your wife took up with e. "our wife spoke to e about getting so e oney for her.' said the gardener. That 0uick was issing at the ti e 1orton telephoned.t(s a si ple job. '. could. in order to know where . and ade ti e out to the place where the curving roadway which led to the 1orton residence intersected the boulevard.elane was ho e or not. '.' 'All right. beg your pardon. '&y wife told e she had had a talk with you. 'Hello. sir. He stepped into a drug store and telephoned the nu ber of Edward 1orton(s residence. '. 'How about 7evoe. So ebody had the 0uick out. the chauffeur)' =C . &ayfield. They called for her in a car and took her there. who did it)' '. can you take one of the cars and co e in to eet e)' '&aybe . '. '1ow that eans that the 0uick ost certainly wasn(t in his garage at the ti e he telephoned.' he said.' '-hat(s that got to do with it)' asked the gardener. He saw a stolid. and then the butler(s voice said.' said the lawyer. but . !ust a o ent.' '1o. and don(t tell anybody that you(re eeting e there.' said &ason. So ebody had that 0uick out. and don(t waste ti e. '"ou(re &r. uns iling lips. '-hat do you ean)' '1ever ind what .A iles. So so ebody set that speedo eter back. !ohn &ayfield. aking little jabbing otions with his forefinger to e phasi/e his state ents. 'How uch of a job would it be. -hat was it you wanted)' &ason got partially out of the car and stood with one foot on the running board. 'to turn a speedo eter back a few iles) That is. think. The voice that answered the telephone. '.' said the echanic grinning.

. want you to tell her that if we are going to do business she has got to find out who set the speedo eter back on that car. '. want to do is to prove that the speedo eter was set back. the newsboys were crying papers on the street. standing his ground and staring at the belligerent gardener. the chauffeur..' said &ason. '. Then they told her they wanted her to go to the office and ake a state ent.6E &467E6. told you to tell her that. CHAPTER FOURTEEN %E66" &AS51 walked into his office. .' 'All right.E7 A17 H4S0A17 S549HT AS &ATE6.. See that you do.' '&e)' said the an. -5&A1 .1E1T 8A-"E6.6ESS SE.' said &ayfield.. '7o you think you can give her y essage)' '"es. and that(s where you were at the ti e the urder was co itted.' '..1 655& AT T.51A. 0y the ti e he had finished dinner. have evidence that indicates your wife was the wo an who was in the roo at the ti e the blow was struck.' said &ayfield. 'e#cept that you want to be sure and tell her about this interview when no one is listening. sir)' '1o.' said &ason.51A. don(t know. was asleep.6ET8" &A66. 'All right.(d just as soon the police figured it was &iss .6E. don(t know about hi . said good orning newspapers were spread on his desk. sir.' 'All right. She hadn(t gone to bed when the urder was co itted. bristling. where he dined leisurely and thoughtfully.' said &ason.19 &A6FE7 &51E" TAFE1 *65& 057" 5* &.n other words. what of it)' said &ayfield.&E . his sullen eyes showing so e trace of e otion. sir.' 'All right.' '-ell. HE.' said &ason. '1ow there(s one other thing that . not to his bachelor apart ent.' said &ason. want you to tell your wife that . %erry &ason read through each word of the sensational story which followed$ a story in which the reporters told as uch as they dared in between the lines$ a story which stopped short of actual accusation.*48 1. and . That doesn(t ean that she struck the blow.'. .. took it to his auto obile. know enough for that. '"our wife was around the house.' said &ason.' said &ason. '. but to a downtown hotel where he registered under an assu ed na e and spent the night.' said &ason.88. want to find out about. '. . orning to 7ella Street.&E7.S..' '"ou(re certain about that)' '5f course . don(t want the representatives of the 7istrict Attorney(s office to know about it.A8 -. but your wife has a pretty good idea about what(s going on. 0ut it does ean that she was in the roo at the ti e. '. 'there was a wo an in the roo with the an who struck that blow. 1ow your wife had inti ated that wo an was &iss . turned on the do elight and read the headlines which spread across the top of the page.8A.T1ESS.' said &ayfield. don(t care a da n about the person who had it out..( telling you .s there anything else)' '1o.T T5 %65&. thrust it into the door pocket of the car. yet which left the public to infer that the police were far fro satisfied with the case against %ete 7evoe. do. then went into his private office where the =D . don(t care whether she likes it or not.' said &ason. . 1E.' '"our wife wasn(t asleep. 'that you(re accusing y wife of urder)' '. or ay have been &iss . . and got in his car and drove down the boulevard.E &"STE6. sure.t doesn(t ean she knows anything at all about the fact that a blow was going to be struck.6.&"STE6" .elane who had the car out. So e en fro the 7istrict Attorney(s office ca e and talked with her.' &ason told hi . don(t know about hi .' &ason re arked.' 'All right.88.' 'How about the butler)' '.' '5h. '!ust this.elane.19 2.' '"ou ean.' 'All right. but she won(t like it..E T6A. know . ean. think .SA%%EA6S *5885-. and %erry &ason bought one. -hat . 7o you understand)' '"es.' '"ou ean the person that had it out.' '"ou want e to tell her that)' asked &ayfield. can..' said the an.. '.S . "es. %58.elane.1 &.&E 5* . lounged back against the cushions. woke up with all of the co otion going on.E.(ll tell her that. now have evidence which leads e to believe that she was the wo an who was in the roo at the ti e. want to find out who set it back. sir. '. '-ho says she wasn(t)' de anded &ayfield. . "ou know that. He drove in to a cafe. '. '"ou don(t know very uch about anything.54S8" 7. 'that . . . %erry &ason carefully folded the paper.( certain.' &ason told hi . lowering his voice i pressively. do now. 0EA4T. and drove.' '-hen is your wife co ing back)' '. want you to tell her that. and were considering a sudden change of front which would involve persons of wealth and pro inence.

'7on(t like what)' '7on(t like the way you i# into these cases.' The girl nodded. . dubiously. placing his finger to his lips. The police broke hi down and he gave additional evidence. &rs. have an idea they(re waiting for so eone to co e in.' he told her.' '7id you read the papers)' she asked. '"ou know what .' '-ell.' He s iled at her. s iling. 'So ebody broke into the office last night. . Then.' '7id they s ash it)' '1o. He straightened. '9ood orning.' 'That(ll ean. . 'And after all. . ean. There(s just a chance that they(d have one planted. .' 'They(re also going to charge the wo an. and . but . 'So ebody broke in and searched. .' she said. %erry &ason sat down at his desk and spread out the newspapers. and there was so ething al ost aternal in her s ile. haven(t had one hung so far. all right.' he said. '1o. don(t know. 'The late editions say that they(ve identified the club that killed 1orton.( sure. swung out the revolving bookcase and inspected the wall space. get i#ed into it)' he in+uired. 'Are all your clients innocent)' she asked. don(t like it. the husband of our client.' %erry &ason nodded to &rs. thought she was having a nervous breakdown. staring at hi apprehensively. and said.. 'and . There(ll probably be a police detective following on her trail. because the papers were disturbed. 'and ake it snappy. 'unless they have already.' 'So)' he asked. 'that akes it interesting.' '5ther lawyers.f anybody co es in.' he said. guess. and leave here in an a bulance. &ayfield. '"ou(re not going to get i#ed into this thing.' She nodded her head.' she said. give the a stall.t will teach the patience. '"es)' '"es.elane have a nervous breakdown.sn(t it a cri e. 'not then. &ason is in an i portant conference right now and can(t be disturbed. a not a physician. '%erhaps. and then the door opened. peering behind the .' she said.' she said.' he told her. '5ther lawyers walk into court and e#a ine the witnesses and then put the case up before a jury. . %erry &ason saw his secretary blocking as uch of the passage as possible.. . and . 'that they(ll charge hi with first degree urder. The safe was opened. The safe was opened.' He whirled on her. 'That(s what the juries say. '-ell)' he asked. got up.' she told hi .' she said.' she said. &ayfield out here. are you)' she asked. '&aybe it(s a disease. '"ou do too uch for your clients. has given so e additional infor ation which has changed the entire co ple#ion of the case. while she ceased talking.t was a heavy walking stick. haven(t had one who deserved it. as the door was closing behind the housekeeper. 'to conceal so eone who is wanted by the police)' '-as she wanted by the police then)' he in+uired. '-hat else is new)' '1othing. .' she pointed out. then s iled. opened the door. '8ooking for a dictograph. s iled.' said &ason.' 'That(s all right. and let the charge against 7evoe go. '.' 7ella Street told hi . He read for fifteen inutes without interruption. have an idea you(d better see her while the seeing is good.' She frowned at hi and shook her head. then crawled under the desk. -hy can(t you sit back and just do your stuff in a court roo )' '. Stall hi off just as long as you can. 7on 9raves.' She stood staring at hi for a o ent.' she said.' '-hat do you ean by that)' '"ou know what . "ou go out and i# yourself into the cases.' He s iled wisely and said.' said %erry &ason.' She sighed and shrugged her shoulders.' he said. and went back into the outer office.' '7on(t be silly. and they(ve found out that it belonged to 6ob 9leason. could tell. he heard 7ella Street(s voice saying. As the broad for of &rs. '-hy should .( very sorry. they(re the ones to judge. and beckoned to the wo an who sat in the outer office. '"ou win. started aking a round of the office. &ayfield. '.' '*urther ore. '1ot the orning papers. ean. &ayfield hulked in the doorway. As the catch clicked. 'and went through everything.7ella Street opened the door and followed hi into the private office. 'There(s a &rs. "ou had &iss . ight ake an incorrect diagnosis.' he told her. '. 'e#cept three police detectives watching the office. 'have clients who get hung.' 'So eti es they deserve it. he ust have been so e clever crook who knew how to work the co bination.' he told her. Then. called a physician to verify y i pression. >E . This secretary. but &r. 9raves was shielding so e one. '8et the wait.' he told her.' %erry &ason nodded. '.' she told hi .' She nodded. according to the STA6.' she said. 'Send her in. crossed the office and turned the lock on the door. '"es. He oved pictures.

She stared at hi in black-eyed belligerency. '9ood orning<' she snapped. %erry &ason indicated the black leather chair, and &rs. &ayfield sat down in it, her back very stiff and her chin thrust forward. '-hat(s this about the speedo eter being set back on the 0uick auto obile)' she asked. There was the sound of scuffling otion fro the outer office, then the noise of bodies pushing against the door, and the knob of the door twisted. The lock held it shut, and %erry &ason kept his eyes fastened on &rs. &ayfield, holding her attention away fro the noise at the door. '&r. 1orton,' said the lawyer, 'reported the 0uick auto obile as having been stolen. At the ti e, we thought that &iss .elane was driving it. 1ow it appears that she was not. Therefore, the 0uick ust have been gone at the ti e 1orton reported its theft to the police. However, we have the ileage record of the car, and it shows that he returned it to his house at 3?,=E>.A iles. 'That eans the person who was using it the night of the urder ust have either set the speedo eter back or disconnected the speedo eter when he took it out.' &rs. &ayfield shook her head. 'The car wasn(t out,' she said. 'Are you certain)' he asked. '%urkett, the butler,' she said, 'sleeps right over the garage. He was lying awake in bed, reading, and he(d have heard anyone take a car out. He says that the garage doors were closed, and that no car went out.' '.ould he have been istaken)' pressed &ason. '1o,' she snapped. 'The doors ake a noise when they(re opened. ,t sounds very loud up in the roo over the garage. %urkett would have heard it, and , want an e#planation of this crack that you ade to y husband about e being in the roo when the urder...' '*orget that for a inute,' &ason interrupted. '-e(re talking about the car, and our ti e(s short. , can(t do any business with you unless , can prove that speedo eter was set back.' She shook her head e phatically. '"ou can(t do any business with e anyway,' she said. '"ou(ve got things in a fine ess.' 'How do you ean)' '"ou(ve handled things in such a way that the police have dragged *rances .elane into it.' The black eyes snapped at hi in beady indignation, and then suddenly fil ed with oisture. '"ou ean you(re the one that got *rances .elane into it,' said &ason, getting to his feet and facing her accusingly. '"ou started it by black ailing her about her arriage, and then you wanted ore black ail to keep her out of this urder business.' The glittering black eyes now showed globules of oisture. ', wanted oney,' said &rs. &ayfield, losing her air of belligerency. ', knew it was an easy way to get it. , knew that *rances .elane was going to have plenty. , didn(t see any reason why , shouldn(t have so e of it. -hen she hired you, , knew you were going to get plenty of oney, and , didn(t see any reason why , shouldn(t have so e. 'All y life ,(ve been a working wo an. ,(ve arried a husband who is a clod, and hasn(t a bition or sense enough to co e in out of the rain. All y life ,(ve had to take responsibilities. -hen , was a girl , had to support y fa ily. After , was arried, , had to furnish all the a bition to keep the fa ily going. *or years ,(ve waited on *rances .elane. ,(ve seen her live the life of a spoiled lady of leisure. ,(ve had to slave y fingers to the bone doing housework and seeing that she had her breakfast in bed, and ,( tired of it. , didn(t see any reason why , shouldn(t have so e oney too. , wanted lots of oney. , wanted people to wait on e. , was willing to do anything to get the oney, e#cept to get *rances into real trouble. '1ow , can(t do anything about it. The police cornered e and ade e talk, and they(re going to arrest *rances .elane for urder. *or urder< 7o you understand)' Her voice rose al ost to a shriek. There was an i perative pounding on the door of the office. '5pen up in there<' gruffed a voice fro the outside. %erry &ason paid no attention to the co otion at the door, but kept his eyes fi#ed upon &rs. &ayfield. ',f it would help clear up this ystery,' he said, 'do you think you could find so eone who would testify that the car was taken out and that the speedo eter was either disconnected or set back)' '1o,' she said, 'that car didn(t go out.' &ason started pacing the floor. The knocking at the outer door was redoubled in intensity. So eone shouted; 'This is a police detective. 5pen up that door<' Suddenly &ason laughed aloud. '-hat a fool ,(ve been<' he said. The housekeeper blinked back the tears and stared at hi with wide eyes. '5f course,' said &ason, 'that car didn(t leave the garage. 1o car left the garage.' And he s acked his fist down upon his pal . He whirled to the housekeeper. ',f you want to do so ething for *rances .elane,' he said, 'talk with %urkett again, and in detail. 9o over the case with hi and strengthen his recollection so that, no atter what happens, he can(t be shaken in his testi ony.' '"ou want hi to say that the car didn(t leave the garage)' asked the housekeeper. >3

', want hi to tell the truth,' said %erry &ason. '0ut , want hi to tell it with sufficient fir ness so that he won(t be rattled on the witness stand by a lot of lawyers. That(s all , want hi to testify to - just the fact that the car did not leave the garage at any ti e on that night$ that the garage doors were closed, and that they re ained closed, and that no person could have taken a car fro the garage without his hearing it.' '-ell,' she said, 'that(s the truth. That(s what he says.' 'All right,' he told her, 'if you want to do *rances .elane a favor, you get to hi and see that no pressure on earth can change that testi ony of his.' ',(ll do it,' she said. He asked hastily; '-hat did you tell the police about getting oney fro *rances .elane)' '1othing,' she said. ', told the that she gave you oney but , didn(t know how uch, or whether it was in large bills or s all bills.' The door creaked under the weight of a body which had been thrown against it. %erry &ason walked to it, snapped back the lock, and opened the door. '-hat the hell do you ean,' he de anded, 'by trying to bust into y private office)' A burly an with s+uare shoulders, thick neck and scowling forehead, pushed his way into the roo . ', told you who , was,' he said. ',( a police detective.' ', don(t care if you(re &ussolini,' said %erry &ason. '"ou can(t break into y office.' 'The hell , can(t,' said the detective. ',( taking this wo an into custody.' &rs. &ayfield gave a little screa . '5n what charge)' asked %erry &ason. 'As a aterial witness in a urder case,' said the detective. &ason re arked; '-ell, you didn(t get the urge to take her into custody as a aterial witness until after she ca e to this office.' '-hat do you ean)' asked the detective. 'E#actly what , say,' said &ason. '"ou sat outside and watched this office until you saw &rs. &ayfield co e in. Then you telephoned your superior for instructions, and he told you to pick her up as a aterial witness before she had a chance to talk with e.' '%retty s ooth, ain(t you)' sneered the detective. &rs. &ayfield stared fro one to the other and said; '0ut , haven(t done anything.' 'That ain(t the +uestion, a(a ,' said the detective. ',t(s a +uestion of keeping you as a aterial witness where you won(t be annoyed or inconvenienced.' 'And,' sneered %erry &ason, 'where you won(t have a chance to talk with anybody e#cept representatives of the 7istrict Attorney(s office.' The detective glowered at %erry &ason. 'And we understand,' he said, 'that you received ten one thousand dollar bills that were stolen fro the body of Edward 1orton.' ',s that so)' said &ason. 'That(s so,' snapped the detective. '!ust where do you think those bills are)' asked the lawyer. '-e don(t know, but we intend to find out,' the detective told hi . '-ell,' said &ason, 'it is a free country, or it used to be once. 9o ahead and find out.' '-hen we do,' said the detective, 'you(re likely to find yourself facing a charge of receiving stolen property.' '-ell, you(ve only got three things to do,' said &ason. '-hat three things)' asked the detective. '%rove that the oney was stolen, prove that , received it, and prove that , knew it was stolen when , received it.' '"ou know it(s stolen now.' 'How do , know it(s stolen)' '0ecause ,(ve told you it was. "ou(re on notice.' ',n the first place,' said &ason, ',( not ad itting that , have any ten thousand dollars. ,n the second place, , wouldn(t take your word for anything.' The detective turned to &rs. &ayfield. '.o e along, a(a ,' he said, 'we(ll handle this lawyer later.' '0ut , don(t want to go,' she said. ',t(s orders, a(a ,' he told her. '"ou won(t be annoyed. -e(re si ply going to keep you where you(ll be safe until after we can get your testi ony.' %erry &ason watched the pair depart fro his private office. His rugged face was e#pressionless, but there was a glint of s ouldering hostility in his patient eyes. -hen the door of the outer office had closed, %erry &ason walked to his secretary(s desk and said; '7ella, , want you to ring up the STA6. Tell the who you are. They(ve got a reporter there na ed Harry 1evers. He knows who , a . Tell the city editor to have 1evers co e and see e. ,(ll see that he gets so e sensational news.' She reached for the telephone. '"ou want e to tell that to the city editor)' she asked. '"es,' he told her. ', want 1evers sent here right away.' '"ou don(t want to talk with the editor)' >:

'1o, he(d plug a rewrite an in on the line, listen to what , had to say, call it an interview, and let it go at that. , want you to tell the who you are, tell the to send 1evers over here for a hot yarn. They(ll try to pu p you about what it is. Tell the you don(t know, and that ,( not available.' She nodded and lifted the receiver fro the hook. %erry &ason walked back to his private office and closed the door. CHAPTER FIFTEEN HA66" 1E2E6S was tall and thin, with eyes that looked at the world with a bored e#pression. His hair was in need of tri ing, and his face had that oily appearance which co es to one who has gone long without sleep. He looked as though he had been up all night, and had, as a atter of fact, been up for two. He walked into %erry &ason(s office and perched hi self on the ar of the big black leather chair. ',( going to give you a break,' said %erry &ason, 'and , want a favor.' 1evers spoke in a dull onotone of low-voiced co ent. 'Sure,' he said. ', had that all figured out a long ti e ago. -here is she)' '-here(s who)' asked &ason. '*rances .elane.' '-ho wants to know)' ', do.' '-hat(s the big idea)' 1evers yawned and slid back over the ar of the chair, so that he was seated cross-wise in the chair. 'Hell,' he said, 'don(t try to surprise e. That(s been tried by e#perts. , doped out the play as soon as , got the call. There was nothing to it. *rances .elane had a nervous breakdown and was rushed to a sanitariu . 8ast night the 7istrict Attorney uncovered evidence which ade hi decide to put a first degree urder rap on her. She was secretly arried to a chap na ed 9leason. They(ve picked up 9leason, and they(re getting ready to go after *rances .elane. '"ou(re *rances .elane(s attorney. "ou(ve got her under cover so ewhere. ,t(s a cover that(s deep enough to keep her fro walking into a trap until you(re ready to have her surrender. 0ut you can(t keep her under cover when the newspapers broadcast that she(s wanted for urder. "ou(ve got a doctor i#ed up in it, and a hospital. They wouldn(t stand for it, even if you wanted the to. So it(s a cinch you(ve got to turn her up, and you just picked on e to get the news, because you wanted so ething. 1ow tell e what you want, and ,(ll tell you whether we(ll ake a trade.' %erry &ason frowned thoughtfully, and ade little dru ing noises with his fingertips on the edge of the desk. ', don(t know what , want, Harry,' he said. Harry 1evers shook his head lugubriously. '-ith the hard-boiled bunch ,( working for, brother, if you don(t know what you want, you(re never going to get it. ,f you(re going to ake a trade you(ve got to ake a trade right now.' '-ell,' said %erry &ason slowly, ', can tell you generally what , want. So ewhere along the line ,( going to try to get two or three people back at the 1orton residence, under conditions that were si ilar to those which e#isted at the ti e of the urder. , don(t know just how ,( going to do it. So ewhere along the line ,( going to ake a point about the fact that the 0uick auto obile, which was reported stolen, wasn(t taken out of the garage. All , want you to do is to see that , get a reasonable a ount of publicity on those two points.' '-ait a inute,' said 1evers, speaking in that sa e dull onotone, 'you said you were going to ake a point that the 0uick car hadn(t been taken out of the garage. "ou ean that you(re going to clai that it was taken out, but the speedo eter was either disconnected or set back, ain(t that right)' '1o,' &ason told hi . ',( going to ake a point that it wasn(t taken out of the garage.' *or the first ti e since he had entered the office, the voice of Harry 1evers showed a trace of interest$ a touch of tone. 'That(s going to be a funny angle for you to play,' he said. 'All right,' said &ason, 'we(ll talk about that when the ti e co es. ,( just telling you now what , want. The +uestion is, do we ake a trade)' ', think so,' said 1evers. 'Have you got a photographer lined up)' 'Sure. He(s down in the car waiting, and ,(ve got a space held on the front page for a picture.' %erry &ason reached for the telephone on his desk, took down the receiver, and said to 7ella Street, in a low voice; '9et 7octor %rayton on the line. *ind out what sanitariu he put *rances .elane in. 9et hi to ake out a discharge fro the sanitariu , and telephone it over. Tell hi that *rances .elane is going to be charged with urder, and , don(t want hi to get i#ed up in it. 9et the telephone nu ber of the sanitariu , and after he(s telephoned in the discharge, get *rances .elane on the line for e.' He hung up the telephone. '1ow listen,' said 1evers earnestly, 'would you do e a favor)' '-hat is it)' asked &ason cautiously. ', thought , was doing you one. "ou(re getting e#clusive photographs and all that.' '7on(t be so cagey,' 1evers told hi . ', was just asking an ordinary favor.' '-hat is it)' 1evers straightened up slightly in the chair, and said in his low onotone; '9et that jane to show a little leg. This is a picture that(s going to ake the front page, and , want to have a lot of snap about it. &aybe we(ll take a close-up of her face for the front page, with a leg picture on the inside page. 0ut , want to take back so e photographs that have got a little leg in the .' >=

want you to see that . '7on(t isunderstand e. 'The show(s starting. "es.' said &ason. She(ll be only too glad to have you do so. After a o ent he jiggled the receiver and said to his secretary.' 1evers yawned and looked at the telephone. wonder if your secretary(s got the calls through yet.' said &ason. '-e(ll have to talk that atter over after she akes a state ent to us. prepared to surrender yourself for urder. '"ou said you were going to have confidence in e.' '-e want to ask her so e +uestions.' '. 'but you(re her lawyer. and they had +uite an argu ent. They ay have detectives listening in on us. and hung up the telephone. 'why not tell her so) "ou can be frank with her. told you that she was going to surrender into custody.' &ason nodded. '.' he said. 7ru .' &ason(s tone was fir . That(s the best .f you tell the 7.. '.t was a walking stick that belonged to 6ob 9leason.' he told her.A. '"es.' '-ell)' asked 7ru . at the other end of the line. get a break. his voice still cold and cautious. .' said 1evers.' she said. '-hat is it)' she asked.elane is on her way to surrender herself into custody at your office. understand that 6ob 9leason has been charged with the urder of Edward 1orton.' '.' 7ru asked cautiously. 'They(ve arrested 6ob 9leason for urder.' 'A little birdie.' 'There(s another one then)' asked &ason. . '"ou can ask her all the +uestions you want.' 1evers told hi .elane as being the other principal. '. 'Hello. 'Hello. 'in just about half an hour.' he said.' The telephone rang. do it)' she asked. She(s going to surrender to the 7istrict Attorney.' '-ill there be bail)' asked &ason. '5kay. want you to get in a ta#icab and co e to the office right away.' '5kay. and she(ll have confidence in you$ So eti es we have a little trouble getting these janes to pose right when they(re e#cited. '-hat did you call e up for)' '. 'you(re going to step on your tonsil there.' 'All right. '. He heard *rances .' said 7ru . "ou can tell e when you get here.(s office.' '-hat do you ean)' she asked. and . 'They(ve identified the club that killed Edward 1orton. That is.' '5kay. then 7ru said. and &ason took down the receiver. can.' '-ill she answer the )' asked 7ru .n other words.' '6ob 9leason never did it. called you up to tell you that *rances . %erry &ason.t(ll avoid isunderstandings..' interrupted %erry &ason.' he said.' he said.' said &ason. and he picked up the receiver.' '0ut they haven(t charged e with urder yet.' '1ever ind that. want to talk with . say you ust do it.' he said. 'That(s fine. 'He called on y uncle.' said %erry &ason. 'There(s a chance this line is tapped. 'you(re going to get the e#clusive story and photographs. 'They won(t let e have newspapers here.elane(s voice. . 'That(s why you(re going to listen to y talk with the 7. . '-hen she co es in.laude 7ru if he(s in. '9et e the office of the 7istrict Attorney.' &ason told hi .' He hung up the telephone and faced the reporter. eager and e#cited. '.' 'Have charges been filed)' '1ot yet.' Harry 1evers took a cigarette fro his pocket. lit it. . '.( going to surrender you into custody. '1o.. . 'He is charged as one of the principals.A. 'tells e that you want to charge *rances .f we could get her to co e down to the STA6 office and surrender herself to our custody. '8isten.s she going to ake any stops in between ti es)' '. they(ll cover your office and pick her up when she co es in. 7ru ) This is &ason talking.' said &ason. >> .( going to force their hand.' he said. she(s on the road.' He heard her gasp. There won(t be any state ent.(ll do the best . probably. we(ll be glad to see her. and went on. and. '.' said &ason. 'we(d see that she got a better break.' he said. They(d rather have her picked up than have her surrender. and looked appraisingly at the attorney.(ll be in there. want to be sure there isn(t any isunderstanding about that. couldn(t tell you. have they)' 'They(re going to. want the newspaper account to tell the public the truth.' There was a o ent of silence.' he said.' &ason s iled into the telephone. you(re going to surrender the broad.' '"ou ean they(re going to arrest e too)' '"es.' '&ust . 'All right.( going to be frank with her all right.( sure .' The telephone rang. He left that walking stick in 4ncle(s study. '. can give you.' said 7ru . '.. . .'-ell. '-here is she now)' 'So ewhere between where she is and your office.' she replied swiftly.' 7ru (s voice ca e cold and cautious over the telephone.

walked into the 7. eyeing the photographer with interest. high cheeks. virtuously. get hi standing up. '9et hi at the desk.' he said.f there(s any talking to be done. understand they do better work. but scrutini/ed the office with an eye that soaked in the lighting arrange ents. rather than giving herself up. The photographer wasted no ti e in greetings. '. 'better get a photograph of the lawyer at his desk. 0ill. put this bottle in y pocket. 1evers looked over at hi with bored eyes. 'under those circu stances.elane. and set out a glass.' 1evers grinned at &ason.' said the photographer.A.f . can ove out of here for half an hour just because you fellows want to save the cost of a flashlight globe. set up the tripod. '7ark eyes. '"ou(ve got a good ind. 'That(s where she(ll go. or so e place in the office.' '.' 'Try telling that to the eagle-eyed bird that audits the e#pense account. 'and it(s your office. And. &ason. got out of the habit of dirtying the .' he said.' said 1evers.' &ason told hi .' 1evers told hi . '8isten. want her in that leather chair. 'Spun silk hair.' '-ell. did hear so ething about so e stolen oney that you(d received on a fee and hadn(t surrendered. 'and aybe he won(t load the flash +uite so heavy.(s office. presu e . %erry &ason ade a gesture with his hand. and get a close-up. adjusted and focused the big ca era.' he said. 1ow that you ention it. &ason. '. and get a couple of shots. 'All right. rasping chuckle.(s office.' '7on(t waste your fil .' &ason slid the bottle over to the photographer.' &ason told hi . . keep it in the desk. The office has been searched fro top to botto . '. or walking down the street with *rances . took out a flask of rye. "ou know.' and he slid down fro the ar of the chair and walked through the door which led to the outer office. (Here it is.(' '7id you receive any one thousand dollar bills fro your client)' asked Harry 1evers. haven(t had any sleep for a couple of nights. -hen he lowered the bottle.' Harry 1evers looked at hi oodily. '-hy don(t you use electric bulbs)' asked %erry &ason.n other words.' said &ason.' said the photographer.f . in that bored onotone. '.' he said. had received any oney. "ou can(t ever tell what(s going to happen.' &ason told hi . 1evers jerked his head toward the photograph.'She will not. 1evers nodded to the photographer. 'they think she(s going directly fro the sanitariu to the 7. it ight keep e awake. don(t care about the s oke.t depends on what you(ve got up your sleeve. al ost oodily.(ll have these pictures for the orgue in case we need (e . 'They(ll figure that she(s going to co e to the office. this ay be a hard orning. and laid the oney down on the table and said. there(s nothing to keep e fro going down and getting the photographer. '0etter take three pictures. 'That(s the sweet spirit of cooperation that we have over at the STA6.' He heard 7ru (s e#cla ation of e#asperation. '. '-hat sort of co ple#ion has she got)' he asked. The photographer raised the shades on the windows.(ll do it.' he said.' he said. and they(ll send en to arrest her here. he grinned at the lawyer. '.' he said. The reporter slid the glass back to hi along the desk and tilted the bottle to his lips.' &ason said.' 1evers chuckled. "ou(ve pulled a couple of fast ones lately. have. '. 'They(ll double-cross you.' said &ason.' '. and . &ason. anyway. and tripod in the other.' '9ive hi a shot out of that bottle. He was back in five inutes with a photographer who carried a ca era in a canvas case in one hand. . '.' %erry &ason looked at hi shrewdly.' he said. and they don(t get a roo all filled with s oke. you(ve heard the conversation. 0ill.f . &ason looked at the ceiling of the roo and uttered. 'So e ti e last night. That(ll eli inate isunderstandings.( not so certain.' &ason reached out and took the bottle. "ou won(t have any trouble with her when it co es to posing.A. in the tone of one who asks a +uestion without e#pecting an answer.(d either have the bills on e. a dry. They(ll ake it appear she was arrested. what a sweet spot it would put y client in if . She(s e#pert at placing herself where she looks well.' 1evers said. '&y first wife hated to wash dishes. and a good figure. or so ething like that.' >? . 'so ething see s to tell e you(ve got a trick up your sleeve. 7rag out so e law books. and hung up the receiver. '0ut you(ve got funny ways of trying lawsuits and representing clients.' 'This orning)' asked 1evers. 'so . 9et that bottle out of the way. and said. .(ll know that you don(t get an over-dose. it see s to e . '. did.' &ason(s laugh was scornful.' &ason told hi . . and .' &ason opened a desk drawer. 'you(ve heard that there(s so e talk of arresting e as an accessory after the fact.f .' '1o. poured so e flashlight powder into a flashgun. 'They won(t publish y picture unless it(s in connection with a courtroo scene. '.' he said.

elane continued to s ile wanly. '. and stopped in here because she wanted e to go with her.t still ain(t right. She(s had a nervous breakdown and was ordered to a sanitariu by her physician. . face ournful. thought you said she had left your office when you telephoned before. She left the sanitariu to co e in and surrender herself into custody when she knew that the police were looking for her.' he said. we(re going to be in the iddle of action pretty +uick. a . pathetic s ile. . think you(d better arrange to pick her up here. &iss .' the photographer said.' 7ru said. '1o.E8A1E sat in the big.' *rances . but not so far that they give the i pression of being closed. '"ou(ll have a lot of this to go through with. 'you isunderstood e. 'That(s too uch.elane.' '.elane is very uch indisposed.elane. 7ru .f you flare up and show te per. '1ow re e ber that under no circu stances are you to talk about the case or to lose your te per. 'don(t blink your eyes. pathetic s ile ca e on her face. and the newspaper reporters start playing you up as a tiger-wo an. and took the pose they had suggested. they(ve got to have a picture that will attract the interest of the public.' '. with a trace of annoyance in his voice.elane flared. 'there(s going to be a se# angle to this.' said 1evers. . 1ow. 'All right. they(d have had en parked around to grab her before she got here. and at the sa e ti e. so . '-ait a inute.' The s ile left her face.' she bla/ed at 1evers. but &iss . . her black eyes bla/ed furiously. '1o. They(re going to see that you get so e favorable publicity. that these en are friendly to our side of the case.' said *ran . -hen he had 7ru on the line. 'Hold it. but. sighed. She was nervous. '-ait a inute. told you .' soothed %erry &ason. &iss . She adjusted her skirt down over her knee.( awfully sorry. you wanted leg< There it is<' &ason e#plained patiently. the police will be there. 'Hold that s ile. '*ace the ca era.' Slowly the glitter faded fro her eyes.' said the photographer. 'Eyes downcast. '9et e . well. Talk about anything else. and everything you say. will be snapped up and dished out to the public.hin a little lower and to the left. &ason shook his head at her. "ou(ve got to re e ber that every little thing you do. black leather chair. 1ot +uite so uch leg. and get a +uick ac+uittal.elane.elane. he said.' She stared at %erry &ason. "ou(ve got to cooperate or you ay have so e unpleasant surprises. but is rolling in coin. didn(t know what stops she intended to ake on the way. it(s going to help your case a lot if you can get just the right kind of a s ile on your face. and she(s suffering fro nervousness.' said &ason. could stand a drink yself. Those are two things you(ve got to re e ber. She(s at y office now. an actress or a anne+uin)' 'That(s all right. Try to get the note of the poor little rich girl who has neither father nor other. &iss . 'All right. give the reporters plenty of aterial.( trying to do is to get the case brought on for trial. show just enough of a se# angle to appeal to the asculine eye. '. and once ore the flashlight gave forth a puff of white s oke.t(s all in the ga e.f . &ason turned and grinned at 1evers.(d let the know she was co ing here to surrender herself.' A puff of white light ushroo ed up fro the flashgun and a little cloud of s oke twisted and turned as it writhed toward the ceiling. and s iled. could stand another drink of that whisky if you(ve got it handy.' he said.' said the photographer. 9et the point of that shoulder a little bit away fro the ca era. and once ore the wan. '. >@ . want a little ore leg. Tell the how you ad ire hi and what a wonderful an he is. 'let(s try one with a slightly different pose.' said the photographer. a wan. '5kay.laude 7ru at the 7istrict Attorney(s office.elane. She reached down and pulled the skirt far up over the knee with an angry gesture. 'All right.' said 1evers. Tell the about the ro ance of your secret arriage with 6ob 9leason. the fact that your parents died and that your uncle was the sa e as a father and a other to you. . 'That(s fine for those two.' and sla ed up the telephone. 'That(s oke. stared at the ca era on the tripod.' said the photographer. '"ou understand.' *ran . and .' %erry &ason crossed to the telephone. .CHAPTER SIXTEEN *6A1 . 'da n you. &iss . -hat . Tell the all about the childhood you had. want to caution you to keep your te per. can get the sweep of your throat. '5h. and. don(t want you to have li+uor on your breath. Harry 1evers said.' said 7ru . She reached down with her left hand and oved her skirt up an inch or two. in order to do that. want a little ore leg. '. Hold it<' 5nce ore the shutter clicked. it(s going to be a bad thing for your case. looked at the face of %erry &ason. and . And . that(s fine. . 8et the outh droop a little bit. Handkerchief in the left hand as though you(d been weeping. '-hat do you think .' said the photographer. said that she had started for your office.' said the photographer. All right.' said 1evers.

0ut she isn(t going into details.elane girl had on a pink negligee the night the urder was co itted. and are one of these tiger wo en. -e anaged to run one of the down and got all the dope fro her about the na es of the people she knew.elane surveyed hi in scornful appraisal.(d better get in this picture too. but you(ve pro ised your lawyer. they(ll spread it all over the front pages of the newspaper. '-ell. &y 9od. 0ut it isn(t getting us anything. -e(re building up to it. '-e(re aking so e real progress there. -e(ve got a wo an operative who(s posing as a wo an who(s been abroad as a governess. . '-e(ve got a young lady operative who has contacted hi . every ti e . or they(ll tell you that he has co e to the conclusion that you are guilty and has ade a confession in order to take the jolt so that you(ll be spared. 'About the case. taking the suspect into custody. understand.' 'This wo an ust be good. %robably . that(s just the way this jane works. 'that this . He(s telling her everything he knows. '. and all that sort of stuff. CHAPTER SEVENTEEN %A48 76AFE perched on the edge of %erry &ason(s desk and shook tobacco fro a cloth sack into a brown paper which he held e#pertly between cigarette-stained fingers. The police had her in custody as a aterial witness for a while.' he said. He kept looking back toward >A .' 'How about 7on 9raves)' in+uired the attorney. never got arried. They fall all over her and spill everything. Tell the that you(re awfully sorry. and probably tell you 6ob 9leason has ade a full confession. '1ot yet. *rances . grinning. 'She(d knock your eye out. '"ou(ve seen a guy when he(s about nine-tenths drunk. '1ot a peep so far.' 'Have you worked the rough shadow business on her yet)' in+uired &ason.elane shuddered. She(s got one of those confiding techni+ues that snuggles up and looks at you with big eyes. and say nothing. arking the ter ination of a case which has baffled the entire police force for the past forty-eight hours. "ou just naturally ache to tell her things. don(t lose your te per.' said &ason. '.' 'About the case)' asked &ason. 'Show a little leg. and is now out of work. 'give e the lowdown. taking the suspect into custody.(ll say she(s getting across. (.' 'The facts are. They(ll try all sorts of stuff. They(ll probably do things that will ake you want to kill the .' 'All right. that you(d like to talk about it. and see s to listen all over.(ll say she(s good.' she said. and that stuff. that you(ve got an ungovernable te per. . intrepid investigator of the Ho icide S+uad. all of her troubles with her husband.'9ive the all the aterial that they want to write sob sister articles and character sketches. '. 9ive e the facts. There was the sound of a siren drifting up through the windows of the office.' said &ason. si ply dry up like a cla . '-hat have you found out)' 'So far.' said the detective. And for 9od(s sake.' And 1evers struck a pose in front of the ca era.' '. of course. sit down and start telling her all of y troubles$ about the girl that jilted e in y childhood. 9raves was sent by Edward 1orton to ride up with !udge %urley and Arthur . because so e of these cops will want to get their picture in the paper. but that your lawyer has given you specific instructions that he(s to do all the talking.' said &ason. so that . All that she(s telling is si ply a rehash of what she(s told the newspapers. but if you lose your te per and fly into one of your rages. or that you ade certain incri inating state ents to hi .arl Seaward will show up fro the Ho icide S+uad. Tell the you think it(s silly. 'How are you getting along with hi )' %aul 7rake put the finishing touches on the cigarette. and don(t try to put a sugar coating on it. &ayfield. . about everything. -e(ve checked back on &rs. He(s one of those birds that likes to stick his sto ach in front of a ca era and put his hand on the shoulder of the prisoner.' 'This wo an is getting across all right)' asked &ason. because you(ve got nothing to conceal.arl Seaward. 'They(ll try all sorts of tricks on you. she entions that she was taken to the 7istrict Attorney(s office and held for awhile as a aterial witness until they got a signed state ent out of her. and a lot of that stuff.' said 7rake. and you don(t see any reason why you couldn(t. or that he has told the officers he has reason to believe that you co itted the urder.' he said. '-ell. with a photograph for the front page labeled. and all that stuff. wonder if y hair is on straight. go out with that broad. and that you can(t understand why your lawyer feels that way. Si ply look at the with a du b e#pression on your face. *rances . going around and weeping on the necks of total strangers and telling all of his private affairs) -ell. and 9raves is falling for her like a ton of brick.( '&aybe . 'we(ve got our contact with &rs.' said 1evers to the photographer.' 'That(s fine. He(s turning hi self inside out. She(s got &rs. That is.' she said. and you(d like to co e right out and tell the whole circu stances as you re e ber the .rinston to get so e docu ents. 'get your ca era all loaded up.t don(t help your client a da n bit. can pose as the STA6 reporter who assisted the police in locating the suspect. and all that sort of stuff. and you(re not going to break your pro ise to anybody. &ayfield and found all about her early associates. or what happened on that night.' e#plained 7rake enthusiastically. boy.' '0ut she hasn(t said anything about the urder)' asked &ason. 0ut the inute they start talking about the case. just stuff you don(t want to hear. -e had one devil of a ti e. She affects the fellows just about like nine-tenths of a drunk. &ayfield confiding in her.

'if they go into court on that theory. '1o.' said 7rake casually. and . 1obody knows which.' 'They took the state ent down in shorthand. want her to ake a report on every dress that(s in there.' he said. so ething happened. So 9leason waited around until . just as a second string to his bow. '-hen they were aking their first investigation.' '. always howls to high heaven about the crooked cri inal lawyers who anipulate the facts.' he said. They had a big s+uabble.rinston left. 'They can prove the girl had the oney)' he asked. &rs. They(ve caught the girl in half a do/en lies.' 'That isn(t the state ent he ade the first ti e.' 7rake told hi . 0ut whenever the 7. He found so uch oney in the wallet. She(s got the devil of a te per when she gets aroused. he(s ade it. He knew the chauffeur was drunk. The theory of the prosecution is that when he found out about the trust provision.rinston was talking with 1orton.A.' He grinned at the lawyer. 'The dirty crooks. then ji ied a window to ake it look as though burglars had broken in fro the outside. think it(s through the &ayfield wo an.' '"ou(re not going to bust anything wide open. They(ve got it all worked up.' '-hat(s the use of playing fair)' asked 7rake. '. The wo an had on a pink negligee. 9raves said that he saw the an in the roo . want to see if there(s a pink dress or a pink negligee in there. so he dashed down and planted as uch of the evidence on hi as he could. Then he heard . 'They didn(t play fair with you. . 'you haven(t got an out in this case.( going to bust it wide open. his brows in straight lines of frowning concentration. and 1orton collapsed across the desk. he reali/ed he ust have been seen. she either had to kill hi .n fact. . and sitting cross-legged on the corner of it. . 'Those notes have been lost.' 'That won(t help you any. with that arriage hanging over her head. he saw so ebody standing back of 1orton.A. he and the girl tried to reason with 1orton.' he said. .A. 'Sure.( just telling you in the event you don(t know it. who was seated at his desk. 9leason ade up his ind he(d bu p hi off. but 9leason arried her for her dough.( going to force the to bring that case to an i ediate trial.rinston co ing to keep an appoint ent. They can prove the ownership of the club that killed 1orton.' said &ason.' '-ell.n other words. '&ore than that.' The detective shrugged his shoulders. '. . or lose an estate that(s worth a big bunch of oney. '%aul. do know that it(s part of their case.' said &ason. don(t know e#actly how. . and subscribed and sworn to it. can get a decent break. '. He says that he saw the ar . %robably she was in a rage. think . She(s the one that would have benefited by the old an(s death. so then he fra ed the chauffeur. but .' %erry &ason jerked to rigid attention. -hen he heard the car co ing back. -hen 1orton wouldn(t listen to reason. shoulder and head of a wo an. '.' '8isten. he decided to keep it. He(d have killed 1orton right then if it hadn(t been for . .(s want convictions.' 'All right. Strange as it ay see .t wouldn(t be such a hard job to put one in there. They(ve got your client as good as convicted right now.' he said.' %erry &ason stared at the detective with his eyes cold and hard. He just wanted to ake it look like robbery.(ve got an out in this case. he says that he saw the an swing a club down on Edward 1orton(s head. 'This fellow. . 'we(re going to have a chance to find out. or he ay have arried her because he wanted her oney. '. uncovers any evidence that gives the defendant a break. .. Then he cracked down on 1orton(s head. and didn(t see anyone else e#cept 1orton. '"ou can(t prove that. He(d probably worked out the burglar plant while . .' he said. can(t help that.' %aul 7rake s+uinted at the lawyer significantly. '"es.' said %aul 7rake.the house as they went around the curves in the road and when they got to the point in the road where he could look up at the window in Edward 1orton(s study. 'They(ve got all kinds of circu stantial evidence.' said &ason wearily. or that so ething had gone wrong. you can bet so ething happens to it. can beat the rap if . 9leason. '*rances . but he gets all the credit for arrying her for oney. 'He probably hadn(t figured on any robbery at the ti e.( going to play it fair and s+uare..' >C . drawing his feet up to the desk. who struck the blow. '.an your operative get into &rs.t was a deliberate cri e on his part. %aul)' &ason asked.rinston co ing back.elane was with 9leason when the urder was co itted. ay have arried the wo an because he loved her. . &ayfield has worked up that end of the case for the $ and the butler will swear positively that the car was there all the ti e. so he turned the pockets inside-out. &ayfield(s roo in 1orton(s residence. %erry &ason stared down at the surface of his desk. 'How)' asked the lawyer.' &ason pointed out.( going to play fair. and the notebook had been isplaced. That(s a cinch. -hy did she say that she was out in the 0uick sedan when she wasn(t) They can prove that the car never left the garage.' said 7rake. '"es. 'The 7. 'The 7. and that he thinks he is positive of the identity of both the an and the wo an.' 'He ade that state ent to the 7istrict Attorney(s office)' asked &ason. ade it a point to ask one of the newspaper reporters to in+uire of the shorthand stenographer who took down the state ents there that night.' said &ason. think . and they can prove that the girl had so e of the oney that ca e fro 1orton. and had to do so ething +uick.t(s disappeared. 7rake laughed. and then beat it. 8ook what they(ve got on her.

they(re opposing y continuances. '5f course if the butler had taken the car and disconnected the speedo eter. and you(d have a chance to find out all their evidence and cross-e#a ine all their witnesses before they got down to a trial of the wo an.( not asking you what(ll work and what won(t work. 'The way to get to the botto of a urder. want to see if we can(t frighten so e facts out of the .' '"ou(re representing both 9leason and the wo an.' CHAPTER EIGHTEEN %E66" &AS51 appeared at the entrance to the visitors( roo in the huge jail building.( talking about the reason 1orton had for clai ing the 0uick sedan was stolen. 'That. '. 'but it doesn(t really ean anything.' said &ason with a s ile. and 1orton had telephoned the police that the car was stolen.' he said.' %erry &ason grinned at hi . and then the butler had co e back and found out about that telephone call.' His voice trailed off into silence..' he said. 1aturally. as though thinking out loud. %erry. get done with this case. hope you won(t take any offense.( yelling for continuances. '. you could at least ake the atte pt. 'is to pick out any pertinent fact which hasn(t been e#plained.' 7rake(s face suddenly beca e hard with concentrated attention. 9et the hell off of y desk.t didn(t leave the garage.' '-ell. can. thought you were stalling for delay. "ou can(t e#plain everything in any case.not yet. 'it(s too old. . '"es.' he told the officer in charge. '"ou ean that the butler is lying)' he asked. 'is the way .' doggedly insisted &ason. 'Everything. but it(s for your own good.' The detective snapped his fingers. And .' said 7rake. . want to find out ore about that oney.' 'That(s a good line of hooey for the jury.t won(t be old the way . as though y clients would be stuck if . 'you(re the doctor.(s office to ake that opposition sufficiently vigorous. rather think .( going to represent y client to the best of y ability.( licked. 'you haven(t got a co plete case. think we(ll try the together. want facts out of you. .elane is going to stand by her husband. a now. '-hy .' said &ason. '1o. dress it up. and also on 7on 9raves. 'that(s another generality. didn(t get the .(ll get the rough shadows at work just as soon as . 'They won(t fall for that one. and the newspapers are going to be the ones who will deter ine whether or not your client gets convicted. . you(ve got to e#clude every reasonable hypothesis other than that of guilt. '.' '5kay.' &ason insisted. '6obert 9leason. . '-hat(s that got to do with it)' 7rake wanted to know. and aybe gone for a little drive.( an#ious to find out what they uncover.' said the detective.' insisted %erry &ason. before . .' he said. .(ve got the 7.' said 7rake. 'but what does it ean)' &ason tapped a cigarette end on the polished surface of the desk.' '"ou going to try and saddle the urder off on &rs.A. 'The court wouldn(t allow it. . &ayfield and her husband)' asked 7rake.n that way they(d have to try the an first.' said &ason. and let the bring the case on for trial. 9et down to earth.' he said. . "ou know that.' 'Sure.' 'All right.n order to get a conviction on circu stantial evidence. 7rake spoke in a onotone. .( satisfied the way things are now. '"ou(re 9leason(s attorney)' asked the officer. want you to do is to play this rough shadow business on &rs.( going to ask you so ething that(s been asked e by a do/en different people.' '. 1either one of the is telling the truth . '1o. '-hat .' &ason re arked. 'That doesn(t ean anything to the newspapers. . . 'That(s an une#plained fact in that case.' '"ou didn(t appear for hi as his attorney when he first ca e in.( going to ad it that . 'that won(t work. no atter who it ight be.( not aking any state ents right now. . '"eah. 'the newspapers are going to figure that 0uick car is the ost i portant fact in the entire case. and find the real e#planation of that fact. and asking for additional ti e. know that line..' he said.' said &ason. '. whether the 7istrict Attorney had proof or just suspicions. eh)' asked 7rake. and he wanted the driver picked up.' '-ell.' '. They(re saying that if the lawyer for the defense has any sense why doesn(t he try to get separate trials and try the an and the wo an separately) .' 'That(s what the butler says. %ut your rough shadows to work just as soon as you can. because everybody in town is talking about it. we haven(t got a solution of the urder.( forcing the to a trial. After .' '0ut the auto obile wasn(t stolen. and until we get the e#planation of that fact. *rances . then shook his head sadly.' said &ason. 'A lot of lawyer talk.' >D .'*orce the to an i ediate trial)' e#clai ed 7rake. 1ow re e ber that the prosecution is going to rest its case on circu stantial evidence.' co ented the detective.' 7rake shook his head.' said the lawyer. She(s told e to represent hi . The newspapers say that you are. and let e go to work. s iling. '"es.' '4ntil you can e#plain it.' the detective told hi . &ayfield. He sat otionless for a few inutes.' 'All right. couldn(t get separate trials for the . -hat are you talking about)' '.

'"ou(ve got to answer it.' &ason answered.' '7id you sign it)' '. '7on 9raves says there was. and she passed the buck to *rances .( not signing.(ll repudiate what . think he(s going to say it was a wo an who wore a pink negligee. The prisoners sat on one side of this screen. don(t know.t was taken down in shorthand by a court reporter. was going to think it over.elane)' '. &ayfield. &ason frowned at hi .n other words.' '"es sir. 'you can ask e all the +uestions you want.' 'He says now that there was a wo an there)' '"es.' he said. '7id you co it the urder)' he asked. 'but . '4sually they try to rush you into signing it. in a low voice. and he can testify to the conversation fro his notes. there(s just as uch reason to believe that &rs.%erry &ason frowned.' &ason said.an . 8ook up at e and answer that +uestion. 9leason nodded his head.f .' 'Are they sure that there was a wo an in the roo at the ti e of the urder)' 9leason in+uired.elane.' 'All right.elane gave it to her. 7id you co it the urder)' 6ob 9leason shifted unco fortably in the chair.f. 'A written state ent)' '. if that happened.' '-e can(t prove what he said the first night because the police have torn up the notes of the state ent he ade. and s iled eagerly as he saw %erry &ason approaching. '.' '"ou can(t do it.' '. &ayfield ake any state ent to the 7istrict Attorney about having oney in her possession. did she have that oney)' '.' said &ason. They don(t let you have a copy. 0ut the point is. wearily. &ayfield with the oney.o e on.' %erry &ason told hi .(ve got to know what happened. '. '"es. and . and vanished. '0ut . he took down everything you said. 9leason. . 9leason wet his lips with the tip of a nervous tongue.' said %erry &ason. stretching to a height of so e five feet above it. '7id &rs. they gave e a copy. '. just the sa e. intend to take the entire responsibility for the urder. 1ow. or do you want e to go into court and show that the officers have refused to per it e to talk with y client)' The officer stared at &ason.' '.(d rather not answer that +uestion just yet.' he said. they found &rs.elane having any of that oney.' the lawyer told hi .t(s in y cell. '. that she had received fro *rances . 9leason bit his lips. '"es . it ca e through &rs.' the lawyer told hi . Along the iddle of the table. but you(ve got to co e clean on that before . '. '. %erry &ason waited until the officer had oved out of earshot. answer that)' he in+uired. %erry &ason stared at the an through the coarse screen of the partition. turned his head so that his eyes were averted fro those of the attorney. know. as to believe that *rances .an do what)' '6epudiate the confession. and looked searchingly across at the an accused of urder.t won(t do you uch good.' said &ason. The attorneys sat on the other. 1orton had in his possession when he was killed. '. '. 6obert 9leason was seated about half way down the table.' 'That(s what the 7istrict Attorney(s office told e. A table ran the length of this roo . He got to his feet. ask you so e +uestions before . leave here.' '-hy not)' '0ecause.' 'The 7istrict Attorney(s office told e that *rances had been caught with so e of the oney that &r. then leaned forward so that his face was al ost against the coarse iron screen. They gave it to e to read. said.' 9leason told hi .' 'That(s funny. can do it the way .' said 9leason. shrugged his shoulders turned on his heel without a word. They tried to rush e into signing it. 'Feep your voice low when you answer +uestions. '.' said 9leason. think that . '-hy the devil did you have to shoot off your outh)' '.o e through. intend to. That is.( going to act as your attorney.( his attorney now. know. %erry &ason chose his words carefully.' 9leason told hi . 1o atter what it is. he says there was a wo an.' he said. . show e. 'and tell e the truth. 'the 7istrict Attorney(s office has any proof of *rances . told the . then dropped into the chair. &ayfield was in the roo at the ti e of the urder.' said 9leason. '7id you ake a state ent to the 7istrict Attorney)' he asked.' ?E . 'if you talked in front of a court reporter.' '-here is it)' '.' said the lawyer. didn(t fall for that. .' 'He didn(t say that the first night.' said 9leason. and co e clean. *ive inutes later he opened a door and escorted &ason into the long roo .(ll answer that +uestion by asking you another.' said %erry &ason.' '7on(t believe everything the 7istrict Attorney(s office tells you. haven(t yet.' said 9leason. and then written up and given to e to sign. and took the oney fro the body of the dead an. was a long screen of heavy iron esh. don(t be afraid to tell e the e#act truth. . '7o you want to bring hi out.

can get. Then .f he didn(t take it. She had a great big bunch of oney. ran into &rs. "ou go back to your cell and get so e paper. . if you don(t get her hung. and then said. '. 'All right. &ayfield ran down and fi#ed the window so it looked as though burglars had co e in.rinston co ing back.rinston drive away. . ran down and planted a stick and a couple of the thousand dollar bills in 7evoe(s roo .f you ever spill that story. they ay convict *ran)' '5f course.onfess to the urder of Edward 1orton$ confess that . . and that didn(t do any good. She(d probably get life.f. He took 7on 9raves with hi . . . . haven(t got any of the things in y favor that *rances has. told hi that if he didn(t give *rances her oney. '1ow . and part of her head . 1orton. 'is that what happened)' 9leason nodded his head.elane won(t have to take the jolt. and he had an appoint ent with . and &rs. can. urder Edward 1orton)' 9leason took a deep breath.elane(s oney to charity. &rs. &ayfield ca e in. in your own handwriting.probably the back of her head. '1ow. arried *rances . How uch chance do you stand of getting e off)' '. did you. her uncle had the right to cut her off with al ost nothing. that(s where they got it.f the 7istrict Attorney(s office has proof of any oney.' asked %erry &ason. know the . but take the rest of the paper and write out a copy of the state ent that the 7istrict Attorney has given you to sign. '. . 'take out the 0uick auto obile on the night of the urder) 7id you use it at all)' '1o.rinston ca e.' he asked.( going to tell you what .' '7id you.( not saying that.' %erry &ason dru ed with the tips of his fingers on the table. you(re going to get *rances . Say that you want to write out what happened.' he said.' '.( going to tell you so ething. and on the stairs . He found it out then.onfess to what)' asked &ason.' 6ob 9leason(s eyes grew wide. didn(t care very uch about her. Then . . we could have lots of oney. was going to give 1orton one ore chance to co e through. . ?3 .n that way. He told e that he was not going to give her a cent$ that he was going to turn it all over to charity. she(s charged with first degree urder.elane sent up for life. &rs. 'That(s in confidence.' he said. and what you didn(t say. and . 'the case co ences to look hopeless for *ran. 'you don(t get the breaks. . '. and was a good catch. stand a pretty good chance. and was furious. -e were talking about how we were going to ake the urder look as though burglars had done it. and . Her uncle didn(t know about the arriage until the night he was killed.( not attractive. can(t. She went with e up the stairs and into his study. '. Take that paper and scribble a lot of eaningless stuff on a few pages of it. '5f course .' '7o you know what it would ean to a girl of her fire and te pera ent to be shut up in a penitentiary for the rest of her life)' asked 9leason. gave Edward 1orton his ulti atu . '-hat did you do with the oney that you had)' he asked. told her if she(d keep her head.'7id he see her plainly enough to identify her)' 'He saw her shoulder and ar . and . went back down to her roo . . told her . . wanted the oney bad enough to arry her. unless she got a bunch of jack. liked her well enough.' %erry &ason pushed back the chair. threatening to tell &r. &ayfield(s golden eggs. went through his pockets. '8et(s not start worrying about that now. &ayfield took so e. eant. wasn(t cra/y about her. She wanted to know what . . .( going to confess. or did you not.' %erry &ason looked at the young an thoughtfully. . went up to his study. He wouldn(t listen to reason. . and then . Tell e.f she keeps her te per and doesn(t ake any da aging ad issions. She wore a pink negligee. . he was going to be sorry. '. '. and . 8et the believe that you used up all the paper. %erry &ason shook his head i patiently. . . figured it ust be . as a rule.' said &ason.' 'How uch chance do you stand of getting *ran off)' asked 9leason.(ll know e#actly what you said.' '-ould they hang her)' '%robably not. 'All right. . 'where it will never be found.f . heard . &ayfield is trying to pin this cri e on *ran)' asked 6ob 9leason. want you to do. '-hat ever in the world do you ean)' he asked.' 6ob 9leason swallowed twice painfully. . Edward 1orton had found out about the arriage.f. and then tear it up. took so e.t depends on the kind of a break . we saw the lights of an auto obile co ing down the hill. . so we had to let our atter go. buried it.' 'Then &rs.' he said. ju ped in y car and beat it. and he had a big bunch of dough in his pockets. went out to have a last word with &r.( going to co e clean so that *rances . &ayfield said we could pry up a window and leave so e footprints outside in the soft loa . know. and there(s so e circu stances in the case that don(t look so good. '. found out that because she had arried.' 9leason stared through the screen at the lawyer for a few o ents. They don(t hang wo en. She(d been black ailing *ran. and turn everything over to the charitable institutions. but . and on what you(ve told the 7istrict Attorney. . .' he said. '5ne never knows what a jury is going to do. cracked hi on the head.' said &ason.rinston. and she was still weeping about the oney that she(d lost. arried her. knew he was drunk. *ran and . was going to s ash his head for hi before he had a chance to give *rances .( si ply giving you the facts as . wanted to plant it on the chauffeur because . &ayfield. She(s young and attractive.' said 6ob 9leason. &rs.elane for her oney$ that . *ran went in and argued with hi . 1orton about the arriage. leaving *ran with just a lousy thousand or two. -hile we were talking it over.' he said. 'So help you 9od. went in and argued with hi . and that had killed the goose that laid &rs. Then . 8et(s get down to facts. -e sat and talked things over.( going to beat the rap if . He was going to e#ercise the discretion given to hi under the trust. . '. %robably you(ll get her hung.

' He turned on his heel and walked away fro the screen eshed table. Everly looked at %erry &ason in+uiringly. save *rances by telling the truth)' '1ot that kind of truth. CHAPTER NINETEEN .elane. with a dash of white and a touch of red. 0ehind hi sat the two defendants. his eyes wide. -e(ve got twice as any pere ptory challenges as he has. '1ow go back to your cell and get e a copy of that state ent the 7istrict Attorney wants you to sign.' he said. told it to you)' asked 9leason. and the routine evidence disposed of.'Si ply. %erry &ason sat at the counsel table. but there was a ru or that the 7istrict Attorney hi self would co e into the case as soon as the jury had been selected. 'pass their pere ptory. &ayfield into it. . but his anner betrayed his nervousness.' !udge &arkha looked down at %erry &ason. 'the way you(re situated. The courtroo was filled with that peculiar at osphere which per eates a crowded roo where spectators are in a state of e otional unrest.f . !udge &arkha (s voice rang out through the crowded courtroo . ay have a o ent(s indulgence. keep your head and don(t tell anybody anything. well-tailored and selfcontained. this jury see s entirely satisfactory to the defendants. '"our Honor.n the eanti e. "our Honor. in a clear voice. and his lips oved to for the words. 'is with the people.' '1ot even the truth.laude 7ru was caught by surprise. 6obert 9leason was nervous. but they(ll figure that it wasn(t &rs.laude 7ru dropped back to his chair and engaged in a whispered consultation with his assistant. the way . !udge &arkha . The officer opened the locked door. no opportunities for the dra atic anipulation of e otions which so fre+uently turned trials in which %erry &ason participated into spectacular debacles for the prosecution.' 9leason was on his feet. &ayfield that was with you. his right hand toying with a watch chain. 7ru had been on his feet uch of the ti e in his e#a ination of the jurors.' '7oes he dare to do it)' asked Everly. and you(re a rotten liar. 'That. '. He strove to give the i pression of being thoroughly at ho e. and caught a glint in the lawyer(s eyes. %erry &ason had the reputation of being able to 'sta pede. for %erry &ason.' said the judge. her eyes cal and a trifle defiant. He was tall. saw the +uick intake of his breath as he started unconsciously to register a protest which his consciousness knew would be futile. They(ll believe just half of it. held hi self with wary watchfulness. so he(s wondering if he dares to pass his pere ptory and hold it in reserve until he sees what the jury looks like later on. They(ll believe that you co itted the urder all right. His eyes s ouldered with the sullen fires of suppressed e otions. as though the entire atter had just clai ed his attention. 're ains to be seen.elane in a close fitting costu e of black. being e#a ined as to their +ualifications as jurors. his left thu b hooked in the ar hole of his vest. &ason leaned forward and whispered. He sat at the side of %erry &ason and stared surreptitiously at the crowded courtroo . 'The people. beneath the cloak of his austere judicial dignity. turning toward the jury with a casual glance of appraisal.' ?: .an(t . They(ll figure that it was *ran . Eyes of those who were wise in courtroo techni+ue. her head held very erect. '8et the jurors stand and be sworn to try the case. and !udge &arkha was deter ined that while the trial would be conducted with i partiality. crashing across the front pages of newspapers in glaring headlines.' said %erry &ason. .' 0ut the words were never uttered. '7ru wants to get nu ber three off of the jury. His anner held the easy assurance of a professional who is fully at ho e and who is driving steadily toward a predeter ined goal which he is assured of reaching. without displaying too uch force.' said %erry &ason. '9ood 9od<' he said. at the nine en and three wo en who were in the jury bo#.' . 'The pere ptory. 1othing about the an gave any indication of the terrific strain under which he labored. -e waive our pere ptory challenge.' There was a o ent of tense silence. said.' said !udge &arkha sternly. leaning back in the swivel chair.' . and let hi out of the visiting roo . '. his face white. His face was a cold ask of rugged patience. *rances .' '2ery well. and that you(re trying to protect her by dragging &rs.' said %erry &ason. 'The truth is the last thing in the world you want to tell. it would be conducted with a proper regard for the dignity of law and order$ that there would be no errors in the record. His head jerked fro ti e to ti e as he turned to face the various speakers in the dra a which so inti ately concerned hi . 'The pere ptory is with the defendants. He interrupted.' every case he tried. yet forcefully aggressive. 'that nobody will believe the story the way you tell it. with the nervousness of an athletic an who finds hi self fighting for his life under circu stances that necessitate physical passivity. to glance up at the court. 0ecause nobody(s going to believe you if you do tell the truth.' said %erry &ason. without a single backward glance.laude 7ru was acting as the trial deputy for the state. but he thinks we have got to get off jurors nine and eleven. then 7ru got to his feet and bowed to the court.T -AS the first ti e *rank Everly had ever been in court with %erry &ason$ the first ti e he had ever been behind the scenes in a big urder case.

'Two hundred and seventy-two feet. present in the study of Edward 1orton at the hour of eleven thirty-two %. indicating a place on the diagra where a curve in the road was shown. '. &r. in an atte pt to lead the police to believe burglars had entered the house. Then followed photographs of the house. a indicating with y left finger. aided and abetted the co ission of the cri e.' he said. three and one-half inches)' he e#clai ed incredulously.' he said.' &ason dropped back to his chair. placed the inde# finger of his left hand upon the location of the study in the house. 6obert 9leason. The first witness was a surveyor who had apped and photographed the pre ises.laude 7ru started building up the case with that cal .. He introduced diagra s drawn to scale. %erry &ason got to his feet and raised his voice in protest. 7ru . his face showing surprise.&. '-e will also show that the defendants forced open a window and ade footprints in the soil beneath the window.' said %erry &ason.' said 7ru .f the court please. !udge &arkha looked in+uiringly at %erry &ason. showing the roo in which the body had been found.elane was. the said defendant. 'So that. Then he produced a photograph of the roo . and two of the one thousand dollar bills which had been stolen fro the body of the deceased. '-e e#pect to show that at the hour of eleven fourteen on that date.' -ith the eyes of everyone in the courtroo riveted upon hi . 'we e#pect to show that. and finally. *ollowing that ca e a contour ap showing the various elevations of the windows in the house. strode to the ap which had been fastened to the blackboard with thu b tacks. Edward 1orton had a large su of oney on his person in the for of one thousand dollar bills. Edward 1orton et his death$ that he was urdered by a blow on the head. %eople(s E#hibit A)' 0efore the surveyor could answer the +uestion.' .' he said. deadly efficiency for which he was noted.' ?= .' %erry &ason turned. the defendants left the bloody club with which the cri e had been co itted. 'That. The argu ent. struck with a club held in the hand of the defendant. 6obert 9leason$ that at the ti e of the urder. *rances .elane.' The gavel of the judge banged down upon his desk.. 7ru bowed s ilingly to &ason. Each of these photographs was identified by locating it on the diagra of the roo .' . '!ust a o ent. "our Honor.f. but that. who was then and there asleep and in an into#icated condition$ that this was done for the purpose of directing suspicion to the said %ete 7evoe. is unnecessary. on the date of the urder. Edward 1orton telephoned to the police station. 'is sustained.. and said. '"es. and which is the point where the body was found)' '. to glance back and see into the roo arked nu ber one on the ap. and your left forefinger is at a point representing the e#act point where the body was found. suavely. -hether or not.. . 'you ay in+uire on cross-e#a ination. '"ou ay proceed. in fact. a ap showing the house with reference to the winding road which cli bed up to the boulevard. in a voice which rang with challenge. have no further +uestions to ask of this witness.elane$ that at the ti e of the urder. in the bedroo of one %ete 7evoe. -ith the anner of one who has scored a victory even in defeat. attired in a pink dress or negligee. '. then sat down.t also calls for a conclusion of the witness. 'That +uestion is leading. the defendant. in an auto obile. . reporting the theft of one of his auto obiles. and which is the curve in this roadway.' '2ery well. in the said 0uick auto obile. 1o detail was too s all to clai his attention$ no link in the chain of evidence was to be overlooked. . at the e#act inute of eleven thirty-two on the twenty-third day of 5ctober of this year. and will identify *rances . '9entle en. fro the hour of appro#i ately ten forty-five until appro#i ately twelve fifteen. 'is all. to the point which . placed the inde# finger of his right hand upon the curve in the line which indicated the roadway fro the house to the boulevard. three and one-half inches. a indicating. for the purpose of trying to establish an alibi.laude 7ru ade an opening state ent to the jury which was re arkable for its brevity. 'your right forefinger is e#actly at the point where the curve swings farthest south. &r.' he said.t is one of the points upon which we intend to convince this jury of the i probability of the %eople(s case. 'we will withhold our opening state ent until the ti e we start to present our case.' said the witness.' said the witness in level tones. 'The objection.' said !udge &arkha . '-e e#pect to show that i ediately following the co ission of the cri e. with reference to the road along which the auto obile had traveled.laude 7ru stood staring at the jurors for a o ent. 'E#actly how far is it fro the point which . a 0uick sedan$ that *rances .t calls for a conclusion which the jury is to draw in this case. and knowing that Edward 1orton had reported this 0uick sedan as having been stolen at the hour of eleven fourteen. '-e e#pect to show that an eye-witness actually saw the urder co itted. a indicating with y right forefinger. . the distance is e#actly two hundred and seventy-two feet. '-e also e#pect to show that i ediately thereafter the defendant 6obert 9leason fled fro the scene of the cri e$ that both defendants gave false and contradictory accounts as to their whereabouts$ that the club with which Edward 1orton was struck down was a walking stick belonging to the defendant. %erry &ason.ounselor. &ason.elane as the young wo an who. *rances . 'it would be perfectly possible for a person traveling along this section of the road which . then and there stated falsely and willfully that she had been distant fro the scene of the cri e. &ason dropped his hands to his sides with a gesture of finality. the location of the windows.' he said. and will identify 6obert 9leason as the an who struck the blow. other photographs of various corners of the roo . fully aware of the dra atic advantage of the o ent. the furniture in the roo . there was present as an active acco plice. and the interest which would attend upon his first +uestion.

on the night of 5ctober twenty-third of this year you had occasion to be in the vicinity of the residence of Edward 1orton)' '. he is at liberty to do so upon cross-e#a ination.' '-ill you e#plain to the jury. being fully fa iliar with court procedure. '. The ental processes which led up to it are inco petent. '-ho was with you on the occasion of your visit)' asked the deputy district attorney. he held up his right hand while the oath was ad inistered to hi . '5bjected to. arrived at the grounds in the vicinity of the house. the jury will re e ber the ad onition of the court not to converse a ongst the selves about this case. strode down the aisle with the stately bearing of one who reali/es to the full the dignity of his appearance. . "our Honor.t won(t.' 'And.rinston to get out.!udge &arkha looked at the clock. co ing in fro the back of the courtroo . whether the defense wanted the in or not. or 7on 9raves.laude 7ru . +ualified and acting !udge of the &unicipal . a .' he said. and an anticipatory rustle of otion stirred the courtroo . did. and. '"es sir. '"our na e is 0. shut off the otor. why it is that you are able to testify with such e#actness as to the ti e of arrival and departure)' %erry &ason recogni/ed the trap. yet had no alternative but to walk into it.' '7uring the ti e that you were waiting what did you do)' 'Sat and s oked for the first ten or fifteen inutes. '7ru should have carried on the e#a ination until the hour for adjourn ent. at %erry &ason. He called to the stand. Arthur . departed.n this. 'The witness has given his testi ony. the business partner of the urdered an. -hite-haired. and during that ti e. turned y car.t has.laude 7ru (s s ile was ironically sarcastic. ponderous. !udge %urley)' '. '.' 'Sustained. irrelevant.. 7on 9raves were with e at the ti e .' &ason assured hi gri ly.' he said.' '"ou are now a duly elected. "our Honor. and looked at y watch rather i patiently several ti es during the last part of the period . '&r. 7ru would no ore have plunged into the dra a of that urder without preparing the inds of the jurors for the grueso e tidbit. And he glanced.' he said. went to the vicinity of the house.' The gavel banged on the desk. the newspapers showed that they underesti ated the dra atic trial tactics of the chief trial deputy. as dead leaves on a tree are stirred by the first current of an advancing bree/e. instead. deep-chested and heavy-waisted. %urley.ounselor &ason desires to go into the atter..t was an error upon y part. his anner indicating that. and the i portance of his position. his anner indicating a respect for the tribunal and what it stood for. stopped y car to allow &r.' said !udge &arkha .' Everly had his eyes puckered in concentration. at best. and then took the witness chair. and he was sufficiently adroit to get that inference across to the jury without violating the ruling of the court. and &r.rinston. %urley)' asked . 'Then what happened)' asked . will ake the newspapers feature it to. The court will adjourn until ten o(clock to orrow orning.. who had been the only eye-witness of the urder. .' '-hat happened while you were there. After all. was waiting.laude 7ru . ?> . '.' said the judge.' 'And what ti e did you leave that vicinity)' 'At precisely thirty inutes past eleven. he was going to get the da aging parts of his testi ony in. nor per it others to converse with the or in their presence about it.' said !udge %urley. a dignified tolerance of the attorneys and jurors.' CHAPTER TWENTY THE newspapers predicted that the first ajor witness for the prosecution would be either Arthur . 9iving e the opportunity to ask that one +uestion. 'get any shorter as the case goes on. i aterial.' 'At what ti e did you arrive at the residence of Edward 1orton. '. Arthur . %erry &ason eyed the witness with placid indifference..orrow orning. The inference to be drawn fro the fact that he had glanced several ti es at his watch was that he was aware of the e#act inute of his departure.rinston. if . with just a trace of subdued triu ph. atter only for cross-e#a ination. pounding his desk with the gavel. 'Two hundred and seventy-two feet is a long distance.ourt of this city)' '. %erry &ason s iled craftily.' said !udge &arkha . and waited. will withdraw the +uestion. than would a playwright have opened his presentation with a crisis lifted fro the third act. 'approached the hour of adjourn ent.' '%roceed.rinston was with e when . . and re arked to his assistant. !udge %urley)' 'At precisely si# inutes after eleven. and both &r. !udge 0. !udge %urley. a cal disregard of the restless spectators. 1ecks craned as the &unicipal !udge.

turning to the jury. and went back down the winding roadway. '9o on. ladies and gentle en)' 'Then. and walked with ponderous dignity to the blackboard. and i aterial. '2ery well.rinston went back to a position under the study window.' said .rinston. 9raves was to get so e docu ents. propose to connect it up. . 'Anything which took place without the hearing of this defendant is ad issible only as a part of the res gestae. (. and all but bowing. started the otor of y car.'Then &r. ade a state ent to the effect that she was out driving this 0uick auto obile$ that these state ents were ade after she had been advised that police had been notified that the 0uick auto obile had been stolen. as indicated there on the ap. will send the chauffeur to pick hi up. 9raves looked back through the back window and e#clai ed.an you take a pencil and indicate the e#act point on the curve which you had approached when the event took place. 1orton said.' said !udge %urley. 1orton say)' '&r. including a policy of auto obile insurance.' said %erry &ason in a casual tone of voice. the objection is well taken.laude 7ru . for a distance of several rods.rinston ca e to e and said that &r. .laude 7ru . (Arthur.' '!ust a o ent. would it be all right for you to take 7on 9raves in to your house in your car and let hi get the docu ents) Then . '. . the front door opened and the figure of &r.( -e traveled up that road until we were in a position on the curve. on the desk. (2ery well. 'this is vital. counselor. got to his feet. 'then the roo is that which is indicated on %laintiff(s E#hibit A by the figure one arked in a circle)' '"es sir. 0y no stretch of the i agination can this be considered as a part of the res gestae. '7o you know of your own knowledge that that was &r. not binding upon the defendant. s iling over at the jury as uch as to say.. 9raves sitting in the rear seat. turned the car by backing and twisting... "our Honor. "ou ay call &r.' '2ery well.' 'And what happened when the car was in that position)' asked . but proceeded along the winding road.' '7id you notice.laude 7ru ade a helpless gesture. as nearly as .. inco petent.' 'And then what did you do)' 'Then &r. and saw there a body. and said. . '0ut surely. There was a telephone near one hand. 'at the proper ti e . did nothing at e#actly that place.. (. and &r. .( And at about that o ent..' said 7ru .rinston ca e out of the house to join e. &r. !udge %urley.' said !udge &arkha coldly. did in relation to the operation of the auto obile.' said 7ru . .' said !udge &arkha . and . 9raves saying. .' said !udge &arkha . a not in y own car.' said 7ru . lettered on the ap (%eople(s E#hibit 0( as (-inding 6oadway.' said 7ru . (. and let hi testify as to anything he saw. can re e ber his words. 'This represents the appro#i ate position of the car. stopping once ore in front of the house of Edward 1orton.rinston said.' said !udge %urley. 1orton called down to &r. and is the roo arked on the ap and diagra as roo nu ber one. 'Hearsay. will call &r. 'what happened ne#t)' '&r.t is a part of the theory of the prosecution that the defendant.' '. and tell the jury e#actly what was done at that ti e and place with reference to what you. and &r. As to anything which was said or done outside of the presence of this defendant.' snapped %erry &ason. The three of us went up the stairs and into the roo arked by the nu eral (one( in a circle on %eople(s E#hibit A. . .' said .rinston sitting in the front seat with e.' 'And then what happened)' 'Then the three of us got in y auto obile. as nearly as . 9raves ran down the steps.' said %erry &ason. and called up.t(s all right.(' 'Then what happened)' '&r. and several papers. '&r.' 'The objection. do so.rinston entered the house.laude 7ru .' 'Then what happened)' 'Then &r.(' 'And. . acco panied the . 7on 9raves at the proper o ent. but with a friend. until . 7on 9raves.' 'The objection is sustained. as nearly as . only know it fro the fact that it was the roo in the southeast corner on the second story of the house. 1orton(s study)' '1o sir. . irrelevant. yourself. ca e to a place in the road which was wide enough to turn. '"ou see how technical the defense is in this case. '"our Honor.' '5h. in view of what is to take place. 'is sustained.. can re e ber.' '2ery well.' '!ust a o ent. '&r. which was subse+uently identified to e as that of Edward 1orton. &r. started the achine and started to drive up along the road. '.elane. 1orton(s study. and let e know. irrelevant and i aterial. There . what auto obile was covered in that policy of insurance)' '5bjected to as inco petent. not part of the res gestae. a ready. 'what did &r. can re e ber.' 'Sustained.n ?? . He can go with us. lying sprawled across the desk. The body was lifeless at the ti e of y arrival.( and withdrew his head fro the window.. !udge %urley. Edward. 7on 9raves will testify as to e#actly what he saw at that place. and which is not a part of the res gestae. &r.' '5bjected to. 9raves and &r. . and at that o ent the window of the house in the southeast corner of the building was opened. concerning which you were about to testify)' !udge %urley nodded. turned up the ap and arked a s all oblong on the curve in the roadway. 1orton thrust his head out of the study window.( or words to that effect. *rances . will have to ask y friend if it will be all right. with its head badly crushed. Then what happened)' asked 7ru suavely.' said 7ru . and at their re+uest .' '5bjected to. . &r.

upon at least one prior occasion. then took the witness stand. 'This ruling.. noticed at the ti e. 1orton(s house. &ahoney. sir. 1orton on the telephone)' he asked.' he said.' he said. 'Then you(d never discussed the trust fund of his niece.laude 7ru was the one who interrupted the witness. "our Honor. i aterial.' '2ery well.' asked %erry &ason. that is objected to.. is the best evidence of its contents.8.elane. &ason. '1o.' 'Sustained<' snapped !udge &arkha . There was a o ent of silence. 'there is no objection upon that ground.' blurted the sergeant. '.' %erry &ason see ed to be s iling. the air of one who has given testi ony in a very credible anner. *rances . or a few inutes later.C=>. held up his right hand to be sworn.rinston and had.laude 7ru . no< 5f course not<' 'Had you. is overruled. knowing that. itself.' said !udge &arkha ..' he announced. %erry &ason see ed to s ile.' he said. sir.' %erry &ason looked crestfallen.' '&r. covered a 0uick sedan nu ber @A?>ED=. counselor. attired in a unifor .other words. with hi )' !udge %urley(s eyes bulged with surprise.3>)' asked 7ru .. had never personally et &r.' he said.' !udge &arkha looked down at %erry &ason with a pu//led e#pression on his face. will overrule the objections as to its relevancy.laude 7ru ade a gesture with his hand. There was silence in the courtroo . never talked with the an on the telephone in y life. "ou didn(t know that that call ca e fro Edward 1orton. 'as . '. %erry &ason(s face was e#pressionless. as to the relevancy of the testi ony..' '"ou received a telephone call at about the hour of 33. . subject to a otion on the part of the defense to strike out if the evidence is not subse+uently connected.entral %olice Station in this city)' asked .t is. . she knew that Edward 1orton had telephoned that the 0uick auto obile had been stolen.:&. '!ust a o ent.' said !udge %urley. and you were. of course. "our Honor. 4pon the assurance of the prosecution that the atter will be connected. . as ade. but there see s to be no objection ade upon that ground. was +uite friendly with &r.' snapped !udge &arkha .' said .' e#plained !udge %urley. '-hy.rinston to &r. '1o.' 'He said he was Edward 1orton. to the surprise of the courtroo . 'Any further +uestions)' asked !udge &arkha . not proper cross-e#a ination. and are to testify only to the things which you know of your own knowledge. Sergeant &ahoney.' he said.ounsel has si ply started upon a round-about way of calling for conversations which could not possibly. Edward 1orton called. . '"our Honor. %erry &ason regarded !udge %urley with a placid s ile. acting as desk sergeant at the . driven &r. '"es. but . 1orton. '8et e caution you that you are under oath. stepped to the front of the clerk(s desk. '"es.' . '5n how any occasions had you discussed any business atters with &r. '"ou see. goes only to the relevancy of the testi ony. Sergeant. the faintest trace of a +uiver at the corners of his lips.' snapped !udge %urley. &r. with a license nu ber .A88 Sergeant &ahoney. 7ru sat down. '"our na e is Sergeant E. saw the body of a an who was subse+uently identified to e as being that of Edward 1orton. '&y istake.' CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE '. '9ood heavens. '"ou ay cross-e#a ine the witness. Sergeant. !udge %urley showed his surprise.. The auto obile insurance policy. '!udge %urley. 'the objection.' '2ery well. *rances . 'did .laude 7ru .' 'The policy. despite the fact that . during which !udge %urley ga/ed at the courtroo with an air of co placent selfsatisfaction.' %erry &ason started to his feet. however. on the evening of 5ctober twenty-third of the present year. and the anner of one who has confidence in his ability to avoid any trap which can be set for hi by cross-e#a ining counsel. ?@ . irrelevant. . stated that .' '!ust describe that call. . 'ever discussed this trust fund with anyone else)' 7ru was on his feet. "ou only know that so eone called. 'There is no further cross-e#a ination. apparent that the evidence called for by the +uestion is not the best evidence. understand you to say that when you went into the study you saw the body of Edward 1orton lying across the desk)' '"ou did not. inco petent. and. sir.' announced %erry &ason. Answer the +uestion. hearsay.elane. and per it the +uestion to be answered. 'there is no necessity for further argu ent.

'is all. and .There was a ripple of laughter.' '"ou ay in+uire. was sworn. looked up his telephone nu ber in the book.' said %erry &ason. '%roceed.' 'And didn(t you state at that ti e that the call was interrupted)' '!ust a o ent. counselor.rinston. '2ery well.' said !udge &arkha . think fro the de eanor of the witness that his recollection has been refreshed. 'The ne#t witness. sir.right at the first part of it. with the top of the head crushed in. '7id that call co e in all at once)' asked %erry &ason. waiting for the attorney to object.elane.' 'Edward 1orton is dead)' 'He is.' '7id you ention anything about the reported theft of a 0uick auto obile)' '. %roceed. 5n the twenty-third day of 5ctober of this year.' said 7ru . '. '5rder<' he snapped. '"ou ade a state ent to the newspaper reporters when this atter was ore fresh in your ind. Sergeant &ahoney ade frantic gestures. and that he wanted the car picked up and the driver arrested.laude 7ru .' said !udge &arkha . "our Honor. in a cautioning tone of voice.rinston. with the s iling gesture of one who had landed a telling blow. Arthur . Sergeant)' '-ell.t is preli inary. 'How do you ean.' 'That(s right. said so ething to the the ne#t orning. sir)' '. think it was.rinston)' '"es sir.' '7id you see the body of Edward 1orton. '5f course it ca e in all at once. erely. '-hat(s that got to do with it)' he asked sharply. a just refreshing the recollection of the witness.' said the sergeant. re e ber now.' '-hat did you do then)' '.laude 7ru looked pu//led.' said . 1o. .' said Sergeant &ahoney.' said %erry &ason. belonging to hi . did.' said Sergeant &ahoney. and he went right along talking. '. he wanted hi or her arrested. and he was cut off right in the iddle of the conversation .' . counselor)' 7ru looked unco fortable.laude 7ru . . in any event.' '7id you see the defendant.' said the 7eputy 7istrict Attorney. the said fir being co posed of yourself and Edward 1orton)' 'That is correct. He said he(d been cut off.' 'At about what ti e)' 'At appro#i ately idnight or a little before. casually.rinston arose fro a seat within the bar. did. and that he wanted to report a stolen auto obile. to call hi back. on that night)' '. and you are the surviving partner of the fir of .C=> had been stolen. '. and took the witness stand. walked to the clerk. 'That is not the proper way to lay a foundation for an i peaching +uestion. . if the .' '7id she ake any state ent to you at that ti e as to the said 0uick auto obile)' 'That can be answered yes or no. with e phasis. did. 0ut %erry &ason re ained placidly indifferent. *rances . a just testing your recollection. Sergeant.s there any redirect e#a ination.' said .' '. @A?>ED=. noticed the ti e of it. 'There is no objection to it.t was fourteen inutes past eleven.' said %erry &ason. 'Arthur . The an said that he was Edward 1orton. %erry &ason reached in his brief case and took out a newspaper. . The call ca e in.' said !udge &arkha . but his eyes were thoughtful as he stared at %erry &ason.' ?A . and said he had a cri e to report. Then the line went dead.' '-here was his body)' '8ying across his desk in the study. counselor)' '1one. believe that he stated that even if the driver should be related to hi . no atter who the driver ight be. .ourt please. !udge &arkha banged his gavel on the desk. &r.' said %erry &ason. '. Sergeant.s it clai ed that this is part of the res gestae. '!ust tell what was said to you over the telephone.' 'That. '"our na e is Arthur .' snapped .' '7id you tell her anything about the death of her uncle)' '. believe .rinston G 1orton.' 'This call ca e in. with a license nu ber of .' 'At about what ti e)' '. !udge &arkha said. notified the police.:&. He gave his na e and address and wanted to know if he was talking with the police depart ent. sir. yes. '. !udge &arkha s iled and said. saw his body at appro#i ately eleven thirty-five or eleven thirty-si#. that a 0uick sedan. when the call ca e in again. which ran through the courtroo . '.laude 7ru . and was pro ptly silenced by a banging of the judge(s gavel. and glanced sidelong at %erry &ason.

caught that gesture of warning. cannot state any conversation that took place in the auto obile)' 'That is the ruling of the court. 'At what ti e was this)' 'At about idnight. '1one whatever. ade by the housekeeper.' snapped . 'that is objected to as inco petent. leading and suggestive. 1orton.rinston.' The gavel of !udge &arkha banged upon the desk. '&rs. and found &r. notified the police. '8et the witness answer the +uestion.rinston s+uir ed unco fortably in the chair. in a low voice. He was standing in his study . &r.' asked %erry &ason. &ayfield)' asked %erry &ason. then said abruptly. The grin faded fro .ross-e#a ine. told hi that . &rs. 9raves. 7ru )' he asked. 'will confine his co ents to the answers of such +uestions as ay be asked of hi .. arrived there at si# inutes past eleven. . 'did you talk with &r.' said Arthur . returning at appro#i ately fifteen inutes past twelve. . Arthur .' he said. 7on 9raves.' '-hat was &r. Then . . 7on 9raves got in the rear seat.elane. ?C . The witness certainly should know that any such state ent co ing in court. The 7eputy 7istrict Attorney shook his head s ilingly. 'it isn(t to the advantage of the defendant.laude 7ru (s face. 'Answer the +uestion. particularly in a trial of this nature. &r.rinston blurted.ounsel asked the witness as to what the conversation consisted of. '"our Honor.' A grin of triu ph suffused . think. got in the front seat of the auto obile with !udge %urley. to y residence. .a few feet back fro the window at that ti e.' 'There was no one else present)' '1o sir.rinston.' '-hat did she say)' 'She said that she had taken the 0uick auto obile at about ten forty-five o(clock and gone for a ride. &ayfield(s na e was not entioned.laude 7ru slowly sat down. stepped across to ask !udge %urley. and are ad onished to disregard any state ents of the witnesses e#cept those which are elicited as a part of the testi ony. that . and &r. irrelevant. in tones of icy frigidity.' 'And what did you tell hi )' '. 'The witness.s there any objection.laude 7ru . who had anticipated !udge %urley(s consent. and received an affir ative answer fro hi to y re+uest.' '-e talked. and since this is cross-e#a ination. . &ayfield is an i portant witness for the prosecution in this case.' he said. returned in the auto obile. take it that . turning to %erry &ason. Arthur .rinston ade a swift gri ace and shook his head at %erry &ason.' !udge &arkha banged with his gavel on the desk. had an appoint ent and was a few inutes late for that appoint ent. '"ou did not object when .rinston with an e#pressionless face for a few seconds. should testify to what was said. .' '-ho was present)' '&iss . The gesture see ed to be one of warning. returned to notify &r. idnight.' . 1orton doing the last ti e you saw hi alive. The jury are ad onished to disregard that state ent.' '2ery well.elane. .' said !udge &arkha .' he said at length.laude 7ru (s face. He sat down. 1orton about)' Arthur .. .rinston fidgeted. until we ca e to a certain point. was then co ing down the steps fro the front doorway to join e. you will answer that +uestion or be held in conte pt of court. and i aterial. .. don(t know what his idea is in asking any such +uestion. re-entered the house. where we turned around and went back to the house. called up to hi that it was all right.' 'Then what happened)' '. '"ou had been in conversation with &r. %erry &ason surveyed Arthur . would have to ask !udge %urley. &r. '. &r.' 'Answer the +uestion..rinston)' 'Standing in the window of his study calling down to e. . &r. &r.' '-hat.' 'Then what happened)' 'Then . '"ou(re certain of that)' asked %erry &ason. '"our Honor.laude 7ru une#pectedly.' '-hat did he say)' 'He asked e if 7on 9raves could acco pany e to the city$ that is. . .' '8eading +uestions are per itted upon cross-e#a ination. '"ou don(t want to have e answer that +uestion. is a conte pt of court. in whose car .' '. and suddenly s iled. .' he blurted. 'about an atte pt that had been ade to black ail &iss . *rances . a going to per it the +uestion. 'An atte pt at black ail. .ounsel well knows that &rs.rinston looked at !udge &arkha . and this is an atte pt to discredit her. who had ju ped to his feet to object. and yself.rinston. and %erry &ason has reason to know that.rinston in a low voice. we started up the winding road shown on the ap. .' said !udge &arkha .'"es. whereupon . she did. was riding.' said %erry &ason.' he said. 1orton during the evening)' '"es. 1orton(s body as described.elane. He ju ped to his feet.' said .

The +uestion of his niece(s being black ailed weighed very heavily on &r.' !udge &arkha stared at %erry &ason with eyes that were suddenly hard and wary. 'that the +uestion is proper cross-e#a ination. a confining the +uestion to the date of 5ctober twenty-third . That was y istake.' said %erry &ason.' 'And why did he say she was being black ailed)' asked %erry &ason. don(t think he did. 'The ain business of the partnership.rinston suddenly. was evidenced by notes which had been signed by you as an individual alone. '. didn(t say it was by the housekeeper. if at all. understand the facts. . signed by . .elane by the housekeeper)' '. see. 1o. and not proper cross-e#a ination. .' '-hich bank)' 'The -heeler(s Trust and Savings 0ank. had he not.rinston.' '-ho did you talk with there)' Suddenly . 'not to answer that +uestion.' said . "our Honor. drawling s ile.'-ell. '7id he ention what it was)' '1o.rinston.rinston. '-ho did you talk with)' '-ith &r.' 'And what did you talk with hi about)' 'About the partnership business. sir. Those notes were partnership notes. 'so it was entioned as a possibility) . 'That is why . &ason returned the ga/e. did you not)' 'That is correct. 9o ahead and answer the +uestion. said that her na e was entioned as a possibility. ay present a brief argu ent)' '2ery well.' '7id he ention what it ight have been)' 'He entioned that she had an ungovernable te per. . .' ?D . '"our Honor.' said .' %erry &ason s iled.rinston G 1orton had an account)' Arthur . 0ut . sir.' '"ou talked with hi about eeting the indebtedness of appro#i ately nine hundred thousand dollars which the partnership had with that bank.' he drawled. . and he insisted upon postponing all further business discussion in order to ask y advice about that.' snapped Arthur . Sher an.' said !udge &arkha . 'The +uestion is objected to. understand. '1o.rinston)' 'So . 'as inco petent. +ualified hi as a e ber of a partnership.' said !udge &arkha . let that +uestion go in. 'The partnership affairs have nothing whatever to do with it. 1orton(s ind. the president. '0ut.' '0ut only for the purpose of showing the inti acy of his ac+uaintance.' 'Answer the +uestion. a slow. and that checks were drawn out in the sa e way. think that is right.rinston G 1orton. 'Edward 1orton had secured rather a large su of oney during the day of 5ctober twenty-third in one thousand dollar bills.' '.rinston.' 'That is.t ight have been.' '7id you go to any of the banks during that day in which the fir of . and the reasons upon which that conclusion was founded. . &r.rinston(s face changed color. isn(t that right)' '1o sir. that is not right. irrelevant and i aterial. . 'if . 'He thought that she was being black ailed over so ething she had done.' '"ou went out to &r. '"es.' said .' . '-ait a inute. %erry &ason abruptly shifted his attack.' he said. &r. guess that the -heeler(s Trust and Savings 0ank notes were signed with the partnership na e per yself. The witness will answer the +uestion. although it probably calls for a conclusion of the witness. 'This witness has testified on direct e#a ination that he was a surviving partner of .' '1ot at a re ote ti e. per Arthur . his eyes wide with candor. was transacted by e$ that is.rinston. as far as banking activities were concerned.(ll a end that state ent. don(t think he said that. . as .' said %erry &ason. 'how did it happen that you talked about the black ailing of *rances .s that right)' '. '. yourself. 'it ight have been entioned as a possibility. a going to err. .' said %erry &ason. '. signed by the partnership na e of . a not convinced. '"ou didn(t secure that oney for hi )' '1o.laude 7ru was on his feet. 1orton(s house to see hi about the aturity of those notes.' he said. '&y istake. did. have the right to cross-e#a ine hi as to his activities as a co-partner.the day of the death.' he said. on the side of the defendants. although in a ajority of instances the checks were signed by both of us.laude 7ru ju ped to his feet.' he said.' said %erry &ason.' said Arthur .' '0ecause. would prefer. 'you. but in a case of this nature .rinston. signed the partnership na e to notes. did you not$ an indebtedness which.' he said. . 'the business atter relating to those notes occupied but a few inutes of our discussion.' 'Then. and then bit his lip and said.rinston G 1orton.' said !udge &arkha .' said .' '5h. surlily.' !udge &arkha shook his head.rinston. '.' '1aturally.rinston.sn(t that right)' '.rinston scowled thoughtfully.' said .' said %erry &ason.(ll withdraw that.' said %erry &ason.rinston G 1orton.

saw a figure raise a club and strike &r. 7on 9raves arose and pushed his way forward.' . and assesses a fine of one hundred dollars for conte pt of court. and .rinston called up that !udge %urley said he would be glad to acco odate e. '&r. have no ore +uestions at the present ti e. . 1orton told e to call &r. he said. There was no argu ent. 1orton ca e out of his private office when &r. . 1orton on the head. yes. '%roceed.elane)' .' he said.' said 7on 9raves dra atically.' said !udge &arkha . .' !udge &arkha looked at %erry &ason as though e#pecting to hear an e#tended argu ent upon this crucial point. sir.' '. and you were e ployed on the twenty-third of 5ctober of this year. would like to reserve the right to recall the witness for further redirect e#a ination.rinston left about eleven twenty-seven or eleven twenty-eight. evidently with relief that the +uestion was no ore searching as to the possibilities of the black ail.' 'And what did you see)' purred . bowed his head. Then.' !udge &arkha nodded. %erry &ason s iled urbanely. the chauffeur. and the possibility that his niece was being black ailed)' '1o. .' he said. have an other idea. '. ran across and got in !udge %urley(s auto obile. .rinston. and get hi to drive e to . .' he said. '. could acco pany hi .( trying to protect her a lot better than you are<' he roared.laude 7ru . '"our na e is 7on 9raves. just as . . "et those who knew %erry &ason knew hi as one whose trial techni+ue was a by-word a ong attorneys. *ro ti e to ti e. Edward 1orton)' '"es.rinston went downstairs. and saw through the rear window of the auto obile into the study window of Edward 1orton.laude 7ru . and as leading and suggestive. .' 'And then what happened)' 'At that point. 7on 9raves cleared his throat and looked e#pectantly at . while the spectators turned to e#change swiftly whispered co ents. the partnership affairs. (-ait a inute. 'but .all &r. ay desire to recall &r. ran down the stairs and was just co ing out of the front door when &r. the appro#i ate location of which !udge %urley has arked on the ap. as well as the spectators. . his eyes dwelt upon the placid face of %erry &ason with thoughtful speculation. The court now pronounces you in conte pt of court. '1ot at this ti e.' said %erry &ason.rinston to ask if .' 'Then what happened)' asked . '&r. as the confidential secretary of &r. '.laude 7ru shrugged his shoulders. save the atter of indebtedness to the bank. 'but if counsel reserves the right to recall the witness for further crosse#a ination. 'the court cautioned you once before. The witness has stated that he thought he could ake the identification.rinston for further cross-e#a ination later on.' asked &ason.' '"ou were with &r. . &r.laude 7ru .' said . "our Honor.. They talked for a inute or two and &r.( or words to that effect. 7on 9raves. %eter 7evoe.rinston(s residence. 'or are you trying to protect the defendant. sir.laude 7ru . thought . 1orton on the evening of 5ctober twenty-third)' '"es. '%roceed with the case. The urder trial was proceeding with a dispatch which was unusual. *rances . and &r. getting in the rear seat. . '-ho did you think it was)' asked 7ru .' snapped !udge &arkha .' said Arthur . '-as anything else discussed by you and &r. He looked at . 1orton.rinston left. knowing that !udge %urley would give his per ission and that ti e was valuable. could. and the attorney for the defense see ed to be overlooking any opportunities in his cross-e#a ination. . and had been e ployed for so e ti e prior thereto. and went to the window and called down to &r. '.'"our istake. !udge &arkha (s gavel banged upon his desk.' he said. and &r. turned and looked back.ould you recogni/e who that person was)' '. And it was e+ually apparent that !udge &arkha was ystified.rinston had at his house. '.' '9ranted.rinston(s face purpled. was starting for the stairs.rinston. and then !udge %urley started the auto obile and we drove up the winding road until we ca e to a spot. 'Then &r.' '-hen did you last see hi on that evening)' 'At appro#i ately eleven thirty in the evening.rinston said that he was with !udge %urley and would have to get !udge %urley(s per ission.laude 7ru .laude 7ru raised his voice dra atically.rinston.' . his face purple.' '"ou had seen hi before that)' '5h. @E . '!ust a inute. '. 'Any redirect)' he asked. 'that is objected to as calling for a conclusion of the witness. 1orton asked e to get so e papers which &r. sir.

onversations between parties outside of the presence of the defendant which are not part of the res gestae will not be per itted.' '"ou think that you were able to sit in a speeding auto obile at this point on the road. think that that wo an was *rances . at that ti e.'He has stated that in his opinion he could ake an identification. sir.' 'There will be none ade.' 'How long have you known *rances .ould you recogni/e that wo an fro what you saw of her)' !udge &arkha interrupted. '"es.' snapped !udge &arkha . cli bed the stairs to his study.ould you see that wo an)' '. '2ery well.' said %erry &ason.elane. but .laude 7ru . but . sir. saw part of her shoulder. 'A an doesn(t need to see the facial characteristics of another in order to ake an identification.' '.' said %erry &ason softly.' said . saw the at that ti e.laude 7ru .ross-e#a ine. 9raves. believe.' he said. young an.' '2ery well. A rustle sounded throughout the courtroo .' said %erry &ason.' 'The last part of that answer ay go out. 'The word (thought( is erely a collo+uial e#pression. 'Then what happened) -hat did you do with reference to &r. '-hat did you do.laude 7ru . and found his body slu ped across the desk. 'answer the +uestion. would like to follow that point up.f the court please. think.' said .' said 7on 9raves. Edward 1orton)' '.' '2ery well.' snapped !udge &arkha . . An electric tension ran around the courtroo . . have ade subse+uent tests. '*or ore than three years.' '7id she.laude 7ru . '&r. The objection goes to the weight.t is inco petent. could. with reference to what had taken place in this roo . 'There was no otion to strike it out.' 'That is sufficient.laude 7ru . '.' '"ou have lived in the sa e house with her) '"es sir. 'there was no objection ade as to the identity of the wo an. '"our eyes are in good condition)' asked %erry &ason. shall sustain an objection if one is ade.' he said.elane. '-as there anyone else in the roo )' asked .' '"es. the objection really should go to the weight as well as the ad issibility of the evidence. know who that an was. '"ou say you have ade subse+uent tests)' @3 . if the court please. sir. a not as certain in her case as . did not see his face clearly. who was attired in a pink gar ent of so e sort. recogni/e the occupants of the roo in that study)' '"es.' said 7on 9raves.' '-ho was that other person)' 'A wo an. '2ery well. '. %erry &ason got to his feet and stared slowly and fi#edly at 7on 9raves.' '. have a dress or so e gar ent of the color which you saw upon the wo an who was standing in that roo )' '"es. and. !ust what do you ean by that)' '.elane.' said . had seen.elane. sir. 'you say that you thought you could identify the witness. and because in order to test y own ability. . know .' said !udge &arkha . . '. in the o entary glance which you had through the rear of the auto obile. '1one. '.' he said.' '"ou(d better clear the atter up.' '2ery well. '.' said !udge &arkha . that where a witness can see only a relatively s all portion of a wo an(s figure at the distance which was shown upon this ap. told the other gentle en what . just a bit of her hair.' said !udge &arkha . 'Answer the +uestion. The spectators sensed that this was to be the crucial part of the trial. and i aterial. . . irrelevant.' '1o objection)' said !udge &arkha .' '. %erry &ason said nothing. '"es.' said %erry &ason. rather than the ad issibility of the evidence. 'that . per itted the first identification upon the ground that the objection went to the weight rather than the ad issibility of the evidence. and her ar . will overrule the objection. '. to your knowledge. think that . was in the case of the an. think that . think it was *rances . She was dressed like *rances . "our Honor.' !udge &arkha looked e#pectantly at %erry &ason.' said 7on 9raves in a low voice. counselor.' '"our Honor. could recogni/e hi by the anner in which he held his head. will sustain the objection as to the identity of the wo an.' said !udge &arkha . '. .' 'That an was 6obert 9leason. The +uestion is what the witness did ne#t.' said !udge &arkha . will strike that out on y own otion.laude 7ru . and the contour of her shoulder ade e think it was *rances . returned to the house. and the color of her hair.' said 7on 9raves. sir.' said . fro his shoulders and the general outline of his body. if anything)' '.' snapped . recogni/ed hi . with the top of his head beaten in. '2ery well.laude 7ru . and .elane)' asked . and asked the to turn the car around. 'that while .' 'How do you know it)' '0ecause . his face purpling.

ounselor.' @: . 6ob 9leason whispered. 'Agreeably surprised.' said !udge &arkha . sir.' The gavel of !udge &arkha banged sharply on the desk.' said %erry &ason.' '1o.' The gavel banged.' %erry &ason turned to face the jury. '"es. 'is.' 'Then the tests weren(t ade under the sa e conditions$ that is. was it)' asked %erry &ason. '.' snapped . 'that it ay be argu entative. . 7ru . please. There was a touch of sadness in the s ile$ a hint of patience that had not been in her face before.' said 7on 9raves. The fact speaks for itself.' 'That was !udge %urley(s auto obile)' '"es. sir.' thundered %erry &ason. the 7eputy 7istrict Attorney. during which ti e the jury will re e ber the usual ad onition of the court against discussing the case or allowing it to be discussed in their presence. sir. ' ight . have you)' '1o.' '"ou are no ore surprised than the court.laude 7ru . think. whether or not he would be willing to ake a test under certain conditions.' '-ould you. '!ust about the sa e rate as the auto obile in which .orrow orning at ten o(clock) . 'dare to ake a test under the sa e conditions)' '5bjected to as argu entative. ay say. in other auto obiles. whether or not he would be willing to ake such a test. "our Honor. and his eyes twinkled with a use ent. "our re+uest is granted. sir. her eyes gave no hint of her feelings. He s iled at her reassuringly. the achine wasn(t the sa e.' '1o further cross-e#a ination)' asked . She said nothing.' he said. sir.' '-ith occupants in the roo )' '"es. and the lighting in that study or office is very good. '"our Honor. ask at this ti e for an adjourn ent until to.' '"es.n an auto obile)' '"es. . but it has a tendency to show the interest or bias of the witness. the windows are very wide. '"ou are afraid to have a test ade under identical conditions. think . . and two people fro his office. shall sustain an objection to it.' said 7ru . Her chin was up. please.t is not a +uestion now of whether he is willing to ake such a test.elane. %erry &ason stared accusingly at the witness. and court will adjourn until ten o(clock to orrow orning. sir.' '0ut you haven(t ade a test in !udge %urley(s auto obile. the window in the rear wasn(t the sa e. '.n that event. .' '"ou were able to recogni/e those people)' '"es. sir.ounselor. 'The +uestion is now different. think that . The girl was cal and collected. sir.laude 7ru stared at %erry &ason. . sir) And in private.f !udge %urley will furnish his auto obile.' '-ho were the occupants in the roo )' '&r. was riding on the night of the urder.' '. . 'you will please refrain fro personalities and address your re arks to the court.laude 7ru . would be willing to ake such a test.' '. %erry &ason swung about in his chair and turned to face the dark eyes of *rances . 'The +uestion. his eyes filled with a lurking fear. .' snapped %erry &ason. '. The +uestion was.' he said.' said !udge &arkha . 'Have confidence in e.'"es.' he said. and his forehead creased in thought. . '1o. but his voice held no trace of hu ility.' said %erry &ason.t is custo ary for urder cases to be drawn out to such prolonged length that it co es as rather a startling innovation to have a case ove with such rapidity as this.' 'Answer the +uestion.' said !udge &arkha . 6ob 9leason.' said !udge &arkha . sitting at her side. rather than to opposing counsel. but if he will ake such a test.laude 7ru was on his feet. and her head back.' '0ut such a test wouldn(t prove anything ore than has already been proven. "ou see. was haggard and drawn. "our Honor. will you ake a test while you are riding in such auto obile)' . will per it the witness to answer. 'A word with you.' '"our pardon. 'there is no further cross-e#a ination.' 'The auto obile in which those tests were ade wasn(t driven very rapidly. %erry &ason leaned toward her.' he said. but her s ile spoke volu es. showing the effects of the ordeal$ his posture tense and strained. 'if you desire to object to that +uestion. have been rather surprised at the une#pected progress which this case has ade. '0ut the tests weren(t ade under e#actly the sa e conditions.' 'They were si ilar. 5nly when she s iled at hi was there evident the changes which had taken place in her during the ordeal preli inary to the trial.

. &ason(s eyes studied 9leason(s features. want you to bear down heavy on the fact that the 7istrict Attorney has conducted secret tests to deter ine whether 7on 9raves could be telling the truth. want it so that . '. please.( asking you for the lowdown. '!ust a o ent. The office is friendly toward you.' Harry 1evers stared at hi with eyes that showed a glint of surprise.( going to pull chestnuts out of the fire for you. 'Sure . '0ack of this test business. gave you that uch of a break in advance. wearing a newly pressed suit. wouldn(t have had those tests ade unless he(d had a little doubt in his own ind about the testi ony. he has now refused to conduct a test. '8ooks pretty black. @= .' said 1evers.' '"ou can see for yourself. '1ow here(s so ething else. know whether the chestnut is worthwhile reaching for.' '&eaning)' asked the lawyer. 'that . 'That(s a good line to hand to the jury.elane on the shoulder. '&eaning. and get y fingers burnt unless .' 1evers inclined his head in a gesture of assent. with his hair tri ed. '. . 'we(ll talk that over for a while.( perfectly willing to allow 7ru . 'here(s the way . twisted his legs up over the ar of the leather chair. '-ell. '-hat if he did)' '-hy.( willing to give you a break.rinston occupied. and didn(t say anything about there being so e other person in the roo . 1evers. 'And it won(t.' said %erry &ason.' whispered 9leason.' 'There isn(t any lowdown. but .elane(s surrender.t hasn(t co e to that yet. can do.f. . doesn(t it)' %erry &ason shrugged his shoulders. 'All right. He(ll have things arranged so that 7on 9raves could be blindfolded and still ake a one hundred percent identification.' said 1evers. in that e#pressionless onotone which was so characteristic of hi .' Steadily. . and let his eyes study %erry &ason in bored appraisal. .' he said.' he said. suppose you ean that you want to have an inti ation between the lines.laude 7ru fool you with any of that bushwa about being fair. '1o. '.' said %erry &ason. his face clean-shaven. '.' he said. and . That shows he had so e doubt of the ability of the witness to see the occupants of that roo . the 7eputy 7istrict Attorney. as he clai s he did.' said &ason.(ll do you a favor.' &ason told hi .' said %erry &ason shortly. purposefully. He(s the one that ditched the notes that contained the first state ent 7on 9raves ade to the police .' %erry &ason shook his head and s iled. 9leason.f you let hi sit within nudging distance of 7on 9raves or where he can whisper or signal to hi . you(re just a plain fool. '7on(t let . then. 9leason spoke in hoarse whispers. 'The hell there ain(t. . '"ou(ve got e wrong. "ou gave us a nice break on *rances .' 1evers nodded and yawned. 'it(s going against us.' '-hat does that ean)' 1evers in+uired. 'Have you gone cra/y)' he asked. looking across at Harry 1evers. 'when a person has to use a little strategy .( riding in the front seat of the auto obile with !udge %urley.' husked 9leason.' said &ason. "ou(ve given e a break in this case. 0ut don(t think .for instance when one is stalking a flock of geese it(s always advisable to get behind a horse to walk up on the geese. that the 7.' said 1evers. want to take it all.' '0aloney. 'tell e what(s up or you don(t get a bit of cooperation out of us.' and led 6ob 9leason to one side. 'The 7istrict Attorney conducted tests. want to free *ran of any responsibility. CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO %E66" &AS51 sat at his desk in the office.' 'All right. or per it a test to be conducted under e#actly identical circu stances.' said %erry &ason. 'All right. Harry.the one in which he said he recogni/ed 7evoe as the urderer. 'if it(s anything .' said &ason. *urther ore. -hat do you ean by e#actly identical circu stances)' '-ell.(ll be in the position that Arthur . 'what(s back of it)' '0ack of what)' asked the attorney. He(s one of the crookedest ca paigners in the ga e. si ply want to have a test arranged under e#actly identical circu stances. want the test arranged. his eyes hard and watchful. .' said the reporter. to sit in the back seat with 7on 9raves. re orselessly. want you to e phasi/e the events that happened just before court adjourned$ the fact that the 7istrict Attorney refused to ake a test under identical circu stances.' %erry &ason nodded.' 'All right.' He turned and signaled the waiting deputy that the conference was over.' '-ell.' 'There are ti es. '. %erry &ason said to hi .A deputy sheriff oved forward. '7on(t think .' said Harry 1evers.' he said.( going to run around playing cat(s paw for you.' 'That(s all right. '-hy you poor da ned innocent babe in the woods<' said 1evers.' &ason shook his head.A. touched *rances . . si ply this. want to confess and take the sole bla e. 'that(s already been done. Feep your outh shut.

stood up.t would be violating every professional confidence. and haven(t got anything on the ball. "ou have sat back and let the prosecution put in every da ned bit of evidence they wanted. 0ut you(ve got so ething up your sleeve.t(s the opportunity of your life to drag this case along. '. with a trace of feeling in his voice. "ou know as well as . '5h forget it<' said 1evers. 'Feep your shirt on. '. A kid out of law school would have tried this case better than you(re trying it.' %erry &ason said. do that 7on 9raves ade a state ent to the police the night of the urder.' said 1evers. want to know what the knock-out punch is in this case. "ou don(t go around wasting your energy in a lot of little taps that don(t ean anything.' he said.(ll give you a bit of inside infor ation.f you(ll play ball with e. '8isten. and a two-fisted ca paigner. 'There ay not be any. "ou(ve gone ahead and let hi testify in this case. '.' '0aloney. 'you(re not using y na e. tried y da nedest to get so ething out of you. and have so ething up your sleeve. and letting the prosecution get in all the da aging evidence they want.' he said.' '. think .' '-hat do you ean by that)' in+uired %erry &ason in low. '8ook here.' said &ason easily.n place of that you(re acting like a dub. or at least he failed to say he saw a wo an in the roo . suddenly turned and faced the reporter.' '&y 9od<' said 1evers.elane. '5kay. 1evers looked at hi searchingly. "ou(ve got the reputation of jockeying a case around so that you get in a position to give one knockout punch and then concentrate on that one punch. and all that sort of stuff akes front page news. and 9raves would swear. '. Harry.'. that the person who struck the blow was 7evoe. they don(t pay any attention to it. '9oing to say anything)' he asked. or so ething that looks like a hunter. He said there wasn(t a wo an in the roo at the ti e the blow was struck. '. '. 'All right.' '&eaning by that)' asked 1evers.' 'That(s all right.elane at stake$ a secret arriage$ a se# angle.' he said. this thing is streaking through the court like a greased pig going between a far er(s legs. 6ob 9leason is intending to ake a co plete confession and take the bla e for the cri e. The town is divided into two ca ps those that think you(re shrewd as the devil. Si ply put it down as co ing fro a source that is close to the inside. and he tried to leave her out of it. '&eaning by that you can stick around on this test that(s ade and save a big slice of the front page for a blowoff. "ou haven(t cross-e#a ined the witnesses so as to bring out anything that(s to the advantage of either of the defendants. and slid it back in the drawer of his desk. e#onerating *rances . did. %erry &ason slid open a drawer in his desk and took out a flask of whisky. '"ou aren(t fooling e any with that stuff. '. 1aturally. 'The notes of that state ent have been destroyed. either that he never ade such a state ent. o inous tones. 'That would be the worst kind of libel if we couldn(t back it up<' @> . Harry.' %erry &ason corked the whisky bottle. keeping your na e on the front page of the newspaper for two or three weeks. 1ow .' said 1evers. He took half a do/en swallows.' Harry 1evers pushed back the glass which &ason had handed hi with the bottle.' he said. and they take flight whenever they see so ething they can(t understand. '"ou can(t give e that for publication.elane asked hi to give her a break.( not certain yet. and tilted the bottle to his lips. "ou(re trying this urder case with no ore apparent fight about you than as though you were covering a coroner(s in+uest. '6ight after the test)' '. into aking that test. '1o.' '"es)' asked &ason. don(t think so.' said %erry &ason. Everybody is co enting on it.' 'So you(re walking behind a horse)'asked Harry 1evers.' he said.(ve done y duty. fighting every inch of the way. that(s all. or that *rances . . "ou(re going through it with a hop. be sure you fake it right. skip and ju p.' said %erry &ason. Everybody in town is talking about what a poor defense you(re putting up. and those that think you(ve just been lucky on your other cases. %erry &ason nodded his head. 'you(ve got a reputation a ong lawyers of being a fast worker. '-hy not)' asked %erry &ason. 1evers grinned and wiped the back of his hand across his lips.' said 1evers. '-hen(s this blow-off going to co e)' he asked. or even inti ated that he ever ade a contradictory state ent. 1evers slid his feet off the ar of the chair.t wouldn(t do any good if . raising his eyebrows. '"ou know da ned well they are.(ll have to do a little anipulation. in which he either said. '0ut they(re accusto ed to the sight of a horse and when they see a horse walking around the . and looked steadily at %erry &ason. it(s an i portant case.' he said. A wo an who(s got as any illions as *rances . you won(t be sorry.' 'The hell there ain(t.t eans that geese are wild things.' The reporter spoke as though he ight have been thinking out loud.' %erry &ason told hi . then handed the bottle back to the attorney. the chauffeur.(ll tell you this uch. &aybe .' %erry &ason took the reporter(s ar and escorted hi to the door of the outer office. and haven(t brought that out.' said %erry &ason.' 1evers drawled tonelessly. *or a urder case.(ll fake so e piece of inside infor ation that the readers can pick out between the lines.(ll tell the city editor .' '. 'if you fake anything. . or at least inti ated.' 1evers stared at hi .A. . '-e can force the 7.' %erry &ason paused in the doorway. '8ook at the way you(ve tried this case.t(s a test that is bound to co e out all right.

don(t need any e#planations. . '. 'All right. &ason s iled at hi with patient. in a kindly tone of voice. '8isten. and didn(t know it. is that it)' Everly turned red and said in a choked voice. '.(ve stubbed y toe on the defense. '. but it won(t shoot an arrow one +uarter of the distance that it would if it only had one string to it. 'you(ve been hearing so e co ents that . !ust before he gets ready to rest his case. After that.elane and 6ob 9leason is virtually shown by the evidence as it e#ists at the present ti e.' *rank Everly was standing in the outer office. 7rake is out there. 'of the an who brought suit against his neighbor.' asked %erry &ason. '&y heavens<' he said.' '"es.' 7ella Street looked at %erry &ason with eyes that were war with tenderness.t(s a classic around law school. . &ason)' he asked. he(ll start introducing photographs of the dead body slu ped over the desk.( not going to try to stop hi . or . -hat .' he said. of the bloody blotter. He(s putting in the corpus delicti with just a s attering of testi ony.( trying to do now is to crash that point ho e to the jury in such a dra atic anner they(ll never forget it. @? .' said %erry &ason. you lose the efficiency of the weapon. A bow that has two strings won(t break a string. and those that just thought they were fo#y. %erry. 'is how you(re going to stop hi . 1evers took a deep breath.( going to head hi off. and looked accusingly at *rank Everly. when you(ve got a doubtful case. ade you e#plain so ething to e.' suggested *rank Everly. and turned to face Everly. . want to ake a co plete solution of the case. . and leave us to face a jury that(s hardened its heart to bring in a death penalty verdict.' %erry &ason watched her with speculative eyes.' said %erry &ason. incredulous eyes. and all of that stuff. and thought they were s art.(ve seen those that were du b.' s iled %erry &ason. 'He(ll have to wait just a inute.(ve seen (e go.' &ason told hi .f anybody calls you on it. while increasing the factor of safety. Everly nodded. 0ut .(ve got .( e#plaining so ething to *rank Everly.o e in. And re e ber this . '.' %erry &ason s iled at her.n other words. '"es.' 'All right. 0ut re e ber that when you have two strings on a bow. 'The afternoon papers. interviewed all kinds of people. '1o. &r. 'the big point .' '"ou ean you(re sacrificing everything in this case to concentrate on so e one point)' asked the law clerk. Everly walked into the inner office. . Everly coughed and averted his eyes.' said Everly. 'and says it(s i portant. but you(ve got the whole world cheated. %erry &ason stood in the door until Harry 1evers had gone out through the outer door. '7idn(t the case ove rather e#peditiously.' '&eaning that it ca e fro you)' '&eaning that it ca e fro e. &r. don(t see. '7id you want to see e)' asked %erry &ason. 'And they(ll probably look ore unsy pathetic.laude 7ru is doing.' 7ella Street walked into the roo . we could just as well figure on a verdict of first degree urder.' she said softly. '.' *rank Everly stared at %erry &ason with wide. and . spattered with the life blood of the dead an. '&r. '. "ou notice what . and those that were du b. 'the innocence of *rances .' &ason told hi . didn(t say anything like that. 1ow.(ve heard that yarn. wanted in the case has already gone in.' said &ason. thought that everything that went in to-day clinched the guilt of *rances . '.' said *rank Everly.(ve had enough faith in you so .' &ason shook his head wearily. wouldn(t be giving hi all the breaks.(ve seen those that were fo#y. ever had<' &ason placed his right hand between the reporter(s shoulder blades and gently pushed hi into the outer office. '.. 'The defense in that case beca e hu orous because it took in too uch territory. can re e ber. and the prosecution is walking all over e.' he said.laude 7ru so badly rattled the way that case is going that he(s on the verge of panic right now.' he said.' she said.' '"ou gathered that . of the insurance policy. it(s all right to try and have two strings to your bow. He figures . '. . This is the da nedest interview with a lawyer . thought that unless we could break down the stories of so e of those witnesses. '"ou(ve read the papers)' he asked.(ve given you a break.' said %erry &ason.' 'The jury. 'when . he(ll throw the case into our laps. clai ing to have been bitten by the neighbor(s dog) The neighbor filed an answer in which he denied that his dog was vicious.'"ou can back it up.(ve seen (e co e.' he said. want to do ore than raise a reasonable doubt in the inds of the jurors. and denied that he ever had a dog. &ason. . 'looked rather unsy pathetic. denied that the dog had bitten the an. The guilt of the defendants si ply cannot be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. you can disclose the source of your infor ation.' 'And you know how the trial is going)' '"es. tired eyes. his anner filled with i patience. was putting up a pretty weak defense)' She stiffened slightly. then &ason closed the door of the inner office.' '5f course they looked unsy pathetic. yes. ust have an ace up y sleeve so ewhere.elane and 6ob 9leason. Then. '. '.' he said.' '-hat . 9ive e one.' '7id you ever hear the story.' '.(ve been in on all kinds of cases.

Then she found out that the oney she(d taken fro *rances .elane had a stor y interview with 1orton. 0ut she(d spent the evening snooping around. That shows how uch faith . 'Afterwards. He(s probably got so e inside infor ation. 'She went to you and tried to shake you down for oney to keep *rances . 1orton said that before he went to bed that night he was going to e#ecute a written docu ent ter inating the trust and giving to *rances . with %aul 7rake.' 'Then. and actually collected fro her. 1e#t orning *rances . Then &rs. 'Have you done anything with hi )' @@ . She has told the 7istrict Attorney(s office that that is what happened.' said 7rake. around ten thousand dollars. 'The 7istrict Attorney is intending to use her as a surprise witness. '-hether that was a bluff on his part or not . '5f course. &rs.elane out of it. 'the story goes like this. '-ell. Edward 1orton got wise that *rances . 9leason went down to the girl(s roo . '. she didn(t dare to let hi know. they dashed up to the office and killed &r. She(s going to testify as to the falsity of the girl(s clai that she was out in the 0uick auto obile. She gave &rs. and also to the +uarrel that took place. '*aith in you.' said %erry &ason.t(s the theory of the prosecution that a bitter +uarrel was interrupted by Arthur .elane wouldn(t give her oney.' said &ason. 1aturally. This &rs.elane were arried.' said 7ella Street. staring speculatively at her.elane was in thousand dollar bills that were nu bered consecutively. she knows that the alibi *rances . &ayfield went to bed. so she started concentrating on the girl.' said %erry &ason. &ayfield is a hard-boiled baby. in the event the officers didn(t fall for the ji ied window and the footprints in the soft soil.' '.' 'How do you ean)' '-ell. 1orton. in so e way.' %erry &ason said.rinston had left to carry it into e#ecution$ that.' '-hat did you have)' asked %erry &ason. that(s what he said. She got ad and used language that ust have raised a blister on his ears.' '"es.(ve got in you. '5n the other hand. 'All right. don(t know.' '-ell.elane gave you twenty-eight thousand dollars to apply on a fee. got all the lowdown on that. this was all bluff. "ou know he(s doing so e work for e on this case. lots of it. and knew that these bills would be traced in the event that she tried to change the for s aller bills.elane didn(t know it. 0ut 1orton was a pretty obstinate individual. e#cept that she(s certain *rances . %erry. in order to find out. &ayfield went to bed. . and.' 7rake ca e into the inner office. 'you folks get out and let e talk with 7rake. And then. '6ob 9leason was there in the house that night. . &ayfield said that she could capitali/e on the infor ation elsewhere. He told e he had so e inside infor ation. and accused the girl of all sorts of things. Anyhow. '. and .elane didn(t go out in the 0uick auto obile. &ayfield doesn(t know +uite as uch as she tried to pretend she did. she was going to sell the infor ation to so e of the charitable institutions who would benefit by the knowledge. *rances . '1ever ind the ethods. '. 'The only trouble is. and before the urder.'-ho said that)' she asked. &rs. "ou two get out of here and let e talk with hi . '-ell.' 'All right.' he said. She ade the istake of going to bed at the wrong ti e. "ou turned her down hard.' he said. and participated in at least a part of the interview with 1orton. '. that you were going to get both defendants ac+uitted. knew she was.t all starts in with the fact that she found out 9leason and *rances . She doesn(t know e#actly what happened.elane was paying black ail.elane was trying to ake was false. &ason waved his hand. want the facts. They(ve ade e#a inations at your banks. and the 7istrict Attorney(s office has been trying to locate the twenty-eight thousand dollars. sat down.t(s inti ated in the newspapers. 'He was s+uare about it.elane$ . Therefore.rinston$ that the two people hatched out this urder plot and waited until .' she said.elane had oney. he shut off the girl(s allowance.' said 7rake. he just said he had it. &rs.' 7ella Street said.' 'How about 9raves)' asked %erry &ason.' 'That(s all right. and rolled a cigarette. had so e too. '7rake ust have so e bad news. That put her in the position of having no oney with which to pay any black ail. '. then planted the evidence in %ete 7evoe(s roo in order to ake it appear 7evoe was the guilty party. They have now co e to the conclusion that you ust be carrying the twenty-eight thousand dollars on your person. So she has these bills hidden and has tried to create the i pression that *rances .rinston ca e. She went to bed just about fifteen or twenty inutes before the urder was co itted. but *rances . and if *rances . in the first place. and have even gone so far as to search the office. &ayfield twenty-eight thousand dollars to keep +uiet. told hi .rinston drove away. too. think. just ade a bet of half of y onth(s salary. He got her in and tried to ake her tell hi who she was paying oney to and why.' said 7rake. Along about that ti e &rs. The whole situation ca e to a head on the night of the urder. She took +uite a bit of oney fro *rances .elane the annuity provided by the ter s of the trust and letting the balance go to charity. 'She tried to hold e up a couple of ti es. . 1orton was furious. grinned.' '7id he tell you what it was)' '1o. '. -e(ll see what he(s got to say. &ayfield pro ised she would.' said &ason. She started in trying to capitali/e on that knowledge. and they +uarreled bitterly. 'what is it)' 'The rough shadow did it. that it looks like hell for your clients.(ve got the lowdown for you. That was after . as soon as .t wasn(t very sporting of hi to bet on his inside infor ation. don(t know how uch.

. and . with his feet spread wide apart.1ES strea ed across the front page of the Star.' %erry &ason started pacing the floor back and forth.(ll consent to the test)' she asked. '-ell. 7own below the large headlines were s aller headlines.T1ESS.' As he closed the door. while . have.' 7rake said. '. '. 'calls for another +uestion.aternal s ile on her lips. 'don(t worry about that. .' she said. 'is the worst part of his testi ony. . %erry.rinston called. '1ow that. 0ut if it doesn(t break. or that he was trying to protect her until the 7istrict Attorney brought pressure to bear on hi . 9raves ust have so e infor ation that(ll support that theory. folded the newspaper.88. He(s going to try and bring out all of this stuff on redirect e#a ination now. see of it. stared at the detective. ean.( finished. noticed that the challenge which he had hurled at the prosecution was printed in black-faced type. half. She regarded hi with a wistful. He read the verbati account of the trial. He grinned at her. with the paper propped up in front of hi on the table. and that she and 9leason planted those one thousand dollar bills in the pocket of 7evoe.(ve talked with a lot of lawyers who thought they had a point when they didn(t have. '.' he said. one crashing knock-out punch.' said %erry &ason. the chauffeur. '7on 9raves has the idea the girl took the one thousand dollar bills. .' he re arked. 7.HA88E19ES T5 &AFE TEST A17 %65SE. cracked his three.' '9ood girl<' he said.( afraid of. The ore .A. want. telling her he had originally gotten the oney to give her. @A .' &ason said.( afraid the horse ay not be big enough to give e the conceal ent . reached for a slice of crisp toast. and laughed.' 'How do you ean)' the detective in+uired.elane. with a hand on the knob of the door. 'is that . 'there are ti es when caution is a vice.f the 7istrict Attorney refuses to accept the challenge now. and.inute eggs and s iled with satisfaction.6E(S &467E6 6E*4SES T5 &AFE TEST.' '-hat do you ean by that)' %aul 7rake asked.' said %erry &ason.4T. Then he took out two one thousand dollar bills and handed the to her. '8isten. dropped in a s+uare of butter.( stalking a bunch of geese behind a horse. 'Any news)' he asked 7ella Street. as he paused. .' he said. The fact that you(ve restricted your cross-e#a ination so uch has got 7ru worried. '%aul.( going out and try and get a bet for the other half. CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE HEA78.(ve done lots with hi . you can do a lot ore than .(ve seen a lot of urder cases in y ti e. -. %erry &ason.(ve got the case won in front of the jury.' %erry &ason stretched his long ar s. 7id you double your bet with %aul 7rake)' '"es. asking per ission to recall the witnesses. %erry &ason salted and peppered his eggs.T1ESS T5 &. That(s the theory 9raves has. 1ow. if you can figure this thing out. and chuckled. taking the balance of the oney fro his wallet to use for the purpose of bribing the housekeeper to silence and paying you a sufficient cash retainer so you would interest yourself in the case.51 5* STATE(S STA6 -. his jaw thrust forward. heavy shoulders s+uared. after talking with you.rinston was talking with 1orton$ that the girl and 9leason ca e back afterwards and killed 1orton.51A.f you think you(re going to be able to save either one of your clients in this case.(ve got.' %aul 7rake started for the door.' 'That.( going to shoot an arrow right through the bull(s-eye of the whole case. . you(ve got ore opti is than .' said 7rake.S. .' he said.S%4TE 52E6 2. staring in steady concentration at the closing door. the ore i#ed up and confused it looks. %erry &ason was standing in the center of the office.f it breaks.' '8ook here. He says he could hear every word of the conversation$ that 1orton took out his wallet and showed the girl forty thousand dollars. and went to his office.( not keeping y real objective sufficiently concealed. He was going to slap you in the face with it. just bet half of 7ella Street(s salary for this onth. 'and . 'The 7istrict Attorney had things planned so that ost of this would co e out on cross-e#a ination. %erry &ason walked to the window and stared thoughtfully out at the orning sunshine.'.' he said. that your clients were going to be convicted.elane that oney before . '"ou(ve got it in your pocket. ' y theory of this case is that 1orton gave *ran . but he tells the girl that he(s trying to protect *rances . '"ou think the 7. He(s going to be a bad an for you to handle. . 'The thing that .(ve only got one string to y bow in this case. That shows how uch confidence .51 6E*4SES. can. That girl has turned hi inside out. '-hat will you do if he accepts the challenge)' she wanted to know. . 'that at ti es it is wise to stake everything on one dra atic blow. 7E*E1SE . finished his breakfast. but that he wasn(t going to give her anything e#cept a s all a ount for current e#penses.

' said the voice of 7ella Street. 7ru will undoubtedly have so e sche e worked out under which he(ll want the test ade and he(ll try to rush you into a consent to that sche e. so that arrange ents can be co pleted for a test which is to be ade. So ething see s to tell e we will be running the about Tuesday orning. '9ood orning.' She laughed.ourtroo . but a going to send you up.t(s so ething that will have to be handled by stipulation. %erry &ason got Harry 1evers on the telephone.' she said. and there was a look of ad iration in his eyes.A. was just going to call you and give you a tip. eant letting e know. -e(ll ake the test and then let the witnesses testify &onday orning. This is 7ru speaking.' the reporter told hi . don(t think the court will want to have anything to do with it. '9ood-by. 0e sure when you ake the state ent that you do it with an air of the ut ost candor and frankness.' said &ason. can go you one better on that. "ou won(t like it. '7ru will get in touch with e. 'it(s a good thing that . '"ou forced hi into it. .A.( not even going to be in court.' &ason said. . anyway. have been thinking over your de and for a test of the vision of 7on 9raves. '. but you won(t dare to argue with it in front of the jury.' he said. '.hief.' &ason said. '-ill the court order the test)' '1o. . '9ee.' said %erry &ason. and swung out of the office.(ll be in y office this afternoon to arrange the details of the test with hi .' &ason told hi . 'The 7. couldn(t possibly be as du b as .' he said.(d give you a ring and let you know that .' said 7ru . '. They(re going to put it up to you in front of the jury.' 'And by this eans. .' said &ason. see .' he told her.' 'There(s one other thing .' said 7ru . 'Hello. would let you know. The 7. or that . '.' *rank Everly nodded his approval.' %erry &ason said. don(t know. shall ask the court for an adjourn ent over the week end to enable the test to be co pleted and thought .( not going up to court.' @C .' s iled %erry &ason.' %erry &ason was still chuckling as he slipped the receiver back on its hook.' '1ice of you.' she told hi . but as far as . That(s all .' he said.(ll eet hi at any utually satisfactory place. can(t. '1ot at all. while you are there in court in front of the jury. '.' grinned %erry &ason. '.' 'All right.(s got a couple of surprise witnesses. He(s consenting to the test. '. 'Si ply tell hi that you were sent up to represent e for the purpose of consenting to the continuance. can raise you one on that.' Harry 1evers laughed.(s office. 'That sounds a little ore like it. counselor. . and walked to his inside office. you(re full of those suggestions. The jury will be watching you closely and there(s been a little too uch talk in the newspapers about y being an old fo#. thought .(ve sent y assistant up to consent to a continuance.' The voice of Harry 1evers sounded in a husky.' he said.( betting on you. 'Everly. 'you(ve got so e good advertise ent in this case. 'you keep fro having to +uibble over the details in front of the jury)' 'E#actly. 'Surprise to who )' she in+uired. or in the evening editions &onday night. will announce that in court. don(t care why he(s doing it.' said Everly.' he said. 'Have you any plans worked out for aking the test)' '.' said Everly.(s office has a sche e fra ed up for that test.' he told her. 'That(s all right.' 'How are you going to deter ine that it(s a fair test)' '.' '-ell.( and ost of the reporters state that the chief trial deputy was plainly worried at the anner in which the case was e#pedited. . &ason chuckled. eh)' '. 'That(s the +uestion. '5h. "ou(re referred to a do/en ti es as (The 5ld *o# of the . had the photographer get a couple of pictures of you when he was over in the office. That will necessitate his getting in touch with e when we are not in front of a jury. guess. his face flushed with enthusias . want you to do for e. 'that the 7eputy 7istrict Attorney just called up and told e he was going to consent to a continuance over the week end this orning. and have decided to consent to aking a test under e#actly identical circu stances. 'the newspapers figure . '%robably right after the court adjourns.' Harry 1evers gave a dry chuckle. can(t control the publicity that co es out of the 7. %erry &ason pressed the button which called *rank Everly to his office.' %erry &ason said.' '-hen are you going to figure out the details of the test)' asked the reporter. He hasn(t any authority to stipulate in regard to the conditions of the test. Every orning newspaper is speculating what it is you(ve got up your sleeve. This is a si ple thing. 'This is 7ru on the line now. bored onotone over the telephone.' '"ou ean. '!ust wanted to let you know. reach an agree ent with the 7istrict Attorney(s office.( concerned you(re going to have an e#clusive on the details just as soon as .' snapped 7ru .'"es.A. There will be nothing e#cept the for ality of getting the case continued over the week end. He had no sooner closed the door than the telephone rang. 'there(s going to be a continuance granted in that trial this orning. 'but there(s no har in trying. to be there and arrange for the continuance. and that you have no authority to conclude the ter s under which the test is to be ade. . want.' '5kay. . . 'Tell hi that . so that a test could be ade.

'.' he said. or whether it(s just a lucky guess.elane. &en ca e and went through the open door. '2ery well.(ll take all the responsibility. He(s a fo#y guy.' '5f course it is. go ahead. want you to put up so e proposition to hi that will hold hi behind until he has to appeal to the 7istrict Attorney. if . "ou can share in the credit. '. 1ow. 'if you(re going to put it on that ground.' said 1evers. he would stand an even chance of being right.laude 7ru showed a glint of triu ph in his eyes.' '.' '*or how long)' asked 1evers.' said %erry &ason. that !udge %urley will drive his car up the roadway at e#actly the sa e rate of speed. shoulder and ar are visible to a person going up the roadway. 'and. '"ou(ve got two wo en here.' '-hen that test is arranged.' '-ell.' 'He ay think he(s fo#y. 1ow that wo an who was in the roo either had to be &rs. . -hen we give that signal. This test is ade as the result of a challenge by you. "ou can(t have this thing all your way.' '-hat(s the idea of that)' '. 'one in a black dress and one in a pink dress. 'is taking for granted that the evidence of the footprints under the window. there was. !udge %urley is to shout. CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR THE 1orton ansion bla/ed with light. a disinterested witness.' '. and he grinned with blatant assurance. if he si ply guessed. '*orget what)' asked the reporter suspiciously.' '1ow. should have it enough y way so that we can tell whether 9raves uses his eyes. shoot.'All right.' he said.(ll give you a break afterwards so that you can clai you participated in the final result. 5ne of the three will stand with a club in his hand. the butler. because you didn(t dare to let the witness go through with it. the chauffeur. the defendant in the action.' said &ason. don(t want to participate in the final result. As far as the en are concerned. 1ow there were only two wo en in the house at that ti e. and 9raves will be upstairs.' The glint of triu ph which had been in 7ru (s eyes beca e a light of victory. &ayfield or &iss . 1ow the idea is.' &ason chuckled. @D . don(t see what you(re getting at. and slipped the receiver back on the hook. if 9raves si ply guessed.' snapped %erry &ason. ever saw one. but who. every window in the place was illu inated.t doesn(t need to.' said %erry &ason.' he said. 'After we have started up the roadway. or crowded into the driveway. as nearly as he can re e ber. '.' &ason shrugged his shoulders. knew you wouldn(t forget it. want to get hi rattled. '. who was drunk when we found hi . and one of the wo en will stand so that her head. -hen the car reaches a certain position in the roadway. the housekeeper. 'That bottle of whisky in y desk. and %urkett.' '. don(t know what you could ask for that is ore fair than this. . 1ow. was under suspicion$ there was 6ob 9leason.' '.' '&aybe . '. have arranged this test.' '"ou can(t rattle that bird.' &ason told hi . 'As long as you can. a aking is this. understand it. and the window that had been ji ied open.' 'That. all of who are known to 9raves.laude 7ru with purposeful stupidity. according to y theory of the case. want you to detain 9raves up there in that roo .' said 7ru . he would stand one chance in three of being right.' . nevertheless.' 1evers told hi . it(s conceded that there was a wo an in the roo at the ti e of the urder. .( going to have things fi#ed so that 7ru and . 'under circu stances which are identical to those which surrounded the co ission of the cri e. the figures will arrange a panto i e. think.f you(ll do that.(d better co e over and talk this thing over with you a little bit. all you have got to do is to say so.elane.' 'That is. '2ery well.' he said. &ayfield. will be downstairs in the auto obile. and we(ll call the test off. As far as the wo en are concerned. 'you(re asking so ething that(s aking e suspicious. -e(ll su on hi by so e kind of a signal. and *rances . (8ook<( And at that ti e 9raves is to turn and look. '1ow the point that . 4p in the study where Edward 1orton had been urdered. and according to the testi ony of 7on 9raves. 'you can(t ask to have conditions any ore favorable to your side of the case than they were at the ti e of the urder.' '"ou won(t have to unless you want to. your client. as . "ou(ve got three en. .' said the reporter. but he can be rattled just the sa e. 'it doesn(t see particularly co plete to e as a test. '-ell. 7on 9raves has only a fifty percent chance of guessing wrong even if he were blindfolded.' &ason pointed out. is evidence that was planted. There was %ete 7evoe. if you are afraid to have 9raves go ahead with it. &ore than a do/en auto obiles were parked along the curb. that he drove it on the night of the urder.' said .. 5ne of those three en ust have been the one to swing the club. and four or five police officers strutted i portantly about the pre ises.' said 7ru . Si ilarly. '-ell.laude 7ru stared speculatively at %erry &ason.. There was &rs.' said 7ru . '.' said 7ru . that has got to stand.' said the attorney. . correct. '"ou wouldn(t want us to have the whole city standing here in the roo because there ight have been so eone in the city who had broken into the house. if the test is going through.' '1o it isn(t. there were three en who ight have co itted the urder.' %erry &ason told hi . 'Those final results so eti es ain(t so hot.

what)' snapped the 7eputy 7istrict Attorney.n frigidly dignified silence. "ou will also select one of the three en.' said %erry &ason. a not going to consent to that condition. .' '. . will be seated in the back seat with &r. eh)' sneered 7ru .laude 7ru . '. 0efore 7on 9raves leaves this roo . who will stand so that her head. 'have it your own way. 'After the car has started up the hill.f they can(t cooperate in this thing they(ll be e#cluded. &r. Are we ready)' 'All ready. '!ust a inute.' he said.' 'That . . strode across the street.' '-e(ll blow the horn on the auto obile. '.' %erry &ason said.' 7on 9raves said. and left the window. and !udge %urley pushed his left pal i peratively against the button on the steering post of the car. the only function that you gentle en have is to pick which one of the three en.' said 1evers. There was still no 9raves. didn(t want to offend hi because . The reputation and integrity of !udge %urley will be sufficient to guarantee that whatever ay happen in the auto obile will not subse+uently be distorted by either party. shoulder and ar will be visible through the window. 'that .' he said.laude 7ru . and 7on 9raves gave his e#cla ation.' snapped 7ru . and then 7on 9raves stood in the window and shouted.t is understood. 'when we are ready. They took their positions in the auto obile for the last ti e. and to the auto obile where !udge %urley sat in ponderous dignity. which gave 9raves opportunity for a uch longer and steadier look. to anyone standing on the curve in the road at the point where 9raves looks back. 'leave hi to e. There was a co otion for a o ent. That would deter ine whether 9raves could actually see that the other occupant of the roo was a wo an.t ight have been a an. '1ot unless . 5ne other thing is that . and if you are going to have any confidential words with anyone. and which one of the two wo en will stand in that position. '. 'That you re ove your glasses. you gentle en of the press will select one of these wo en. and that is the condition of the test. the attorney for the defendants. .' said %erry &ason.' . &ason.' '.' said 7ru . inas uch as this is a test. should be having a test ade with two pairs of eyes instead of one. it was only natural that !udge %urley should have looked back to see what it was that had caused the e#cla ation. 7ru . it ight be that by so e involuntary e#cla ation or otion.' he said to the co pact group that had gathered about the two en. a going to ask that you re ove your glasses.n a pink negligee.t is erely a atter of precaution against an involuntary betrayal. . until we call you. &r. left the front door. gentle en)' he asked. 9raves.' . have erely entioned the atter. leaning over the chair in which Edward 1orton was sitting when he was killed. will call off the test. 'This test isn(t fair. 'but naturally. a along. a to sit in the front seat with !udge %urley$ that you. '.' said %erry &ason.' said 7ru .' '1o. and stood under the window.laude 7ru gave an e#cla ation. .' 7on 9raves ca e down the stairs. each of who is attired in a distinctly different suit of clothes. '"ou will readily understand that if you are wearing your glasses so that your vision is fully corrected. 'su on 9raves. '5ne of these newspaper reporters wants to change the conditions of the test.f an atte pt is to be ade to change it. 'The conditions of that test were fully arranged when we left the roo . 'This is a test. think you two gentle en understand the situation perfectly. sir. . 0ut it doesn(t see fair to e. have no objection to your listening.' %erry &ason said. .' %erry &ason sighed wearily. He ade a nuisance of hi self up there.' said 7ru . neck.' '. he naturally slowed down the car.' 7ru looked at hi suspiciously. are to sit in the rear seat with 7on 9raves)' 'That is so understood. '2ery well. '1ow listen. '"ou can wait here. will be seated in the front seat beside !udge %urley. '. -e are to go up the hill in the car. 'is an insult to y veracity.' 'That sir. his face wearing an e#pression of satisfaction which he endeavored to conceal beneath the cloak of a judicial and ponderous dignity. sla ed open the door of the car.n which case . AE .'All right.' said %erry &ason.' said . That was definitely understood. through the front door.( going to hear what they are. and said in a low voice to . Al ost at once Harry 1evers thrust out his head and called. because when !udge %urley was driving the car on the night the urder was co itted. you would signal 7on 9raves which one of the three en you thought was holding the club.' said 7ru . shall not insist. . think that covers the situation. refuse to consent to it. want to have a confidential word with !udge %urley. the two opposing attorneys walked down the broad stairs. but . a going to ask !udge %urley to keep his eyes straight ahead on the road. and %erry &ason reached over and again pressed the button of the horn.' said %erry &ason.' 'All right. and you should turn at the sa e ti e that 7on 9raves turns.' said %erry &ason. 'Are you ready. '. -e should have the right to have one of the en stand where 9raves clai s the wo an was standing. . 9raves.' he said.' '2ery well. looking e#pectantly up at the window. '4nder those circu stances. to stand with a club in his hand. '2ery well. didn(t want his newspaper to roast e.o e down here at once<' '2ery well. very well. surrounded by flashlight photographers.' '5h. after the anner of one who has been out-generaled. *lashlights boo ed up in puffs of da//ling fla e as newspaper photographers took action pictures of the car pulling away fro the curb. They waited a few inutes.' !udge %urley pressed the button of the horn on the auto obile. .' said %erry &ason. '7on(t discuss the atter with any of the newspaper reporters. 'it is no such thing. and in doing this. if we want to.' '1o. 'The an is drunk. don(t want 7on 9raves to hear it.

&ob psychology is different fro individual psychology. and the house vanished fro view. particularly upon the shapely and slender figure of *rances . got it. but this is in an. jurors and defendants dropped into their seats.' he said. try to visuali/e the defendant in the idst of the circu stances surrounding the cri e.' said 7on 9raves. upon the dra atic personalities of the attorneys as they atch wits in legal argu ents. 5ld ca paigners who have participated in hard fought legal battles will agree that this is the ost o inous sign which a courtroo can give. So long as the issue is in doubt. convince the spectators of the guilt of the defendant. !udge %urley sighed ponderously. The car purred up the roadway. %erry &ason said nothing. and it is hu an nature to crowd breathlessly forward as spectators when en are risking high stakes on a single card. but sy pathies were all with the prosecution. !udge &arkha sat down. and that the prisoner is conde ned.t is the sign which lawyers dread.' said 7on 9raves.n an there is i planted a sporting instinct to side with the underdog. The at osphere of the courtroo was electric. the verdict of these asses. 'that 7on 9raves will not look back until !udge %urley indicates the place on the road where 9raves first gave his e#cla ation. sir. . and the eyes of the spectators will auto atically shift to the defendant$ not trying now to visuali/e how the defendant looked in the co ission of the cri e. watch the faces of the defendants for so e flicker of e#pression which will convey a hint of their feelings. on the turn of a single card. The spectators arose and re ained standing while !udge &arkha strode to the judicial chair and the bailiff intoned the for ula which convened the session of court. The outco e of the case was now a foregone conclusion. presu e the newspaper people will want to ake so e ore photographs.' snapped 7ru . The average spectator likes to look at a defendant. counselor.t had been dra atic and spectacular. the thu bs-down signal which shows the turning point has been passed. will now turn around and go back. The ga/e of the spectators in the courtroo had shifted now fro the witnesses. standing in position.laude 7ru heaved a sigh. '. in the battle over testi ony. His rugged face was e#pressionless. 'There. '-ho was it)' asked !udge %urley. often they s irk with satisfaction as they see the selves the sudden cynosure of the eyes of the spectators$ but not so the attorney who sits at the A3 . and spectators. 0ut let so e event crash the testi ony to a cli a#. '. They strain their necks with curiosity. The defense had staked uch on the happening of a certain event. The figures could be seen for a single brief gli pse.blown to s ithereens<' %erry &ason said nothing. They like to terrify the selves by thinking of the orning when the inevitable hands will drag the protesting prisoner fro the cell and arch the lagging footsteps along that last gri walk. the auditors beco e interested in the unfolding of the story of the cri e itself. swinging around the curves. and was fastened upon the defendants. 'goes your defense in this case . 7on 9raves pushed his face up against the rear window of the auto obile and cupped his hands around his eyes. so long as the interest re ains centered upon the outco e of the case.' shouted the bailiff. '1ow<' said !udge %urley. to the e#tent that he or she see s visually to fit into that picture. and reach an opinion as to the guilt or innocence of the prisoner. braking the car to a stop. &an ay sy pathi/e with the underdog.' said %erry &ason. and under e#actly si ilar circu stances. The car swept around the curve in the roadway. 'Stand up. .' '2ery well. Then.!udge %urley snapped it through the gears and drove up the winding roadway at a fair rate of speed.' 'So understood. but staring at the prisoner with that orbid curiosity which co es to en who look at one who is about to die. the individual.t is understood. 7on 9raves had vindicated his ability to identify the occupants of the roo fro the e#act point where he had seen the urder o itted. upon the judge. and banged the gavel. . so long will the spectators continue to fasten their eyes upon the witnesses$ upon the actors in the dra a that is being unfurled. but he wants to side with the winner. the attention of the spectators is fastened upon the defendants. And the results of the test had been spread to the public through the pages of every newspaper in the city.elane. CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE THE courtroo was ja ed with spectators as !udge &arkha arched in fro the cha bers in the rear of the bench. after the trial is under way. '. Therefore the reading public eagerly devoured the newspaper accounts of that which had happened. and the wo an in the pink dress. -hen a case first starts. and the psychology of the pack is to tear down the weaker and devour the wounded. %erry &ason flashed a glance at the study window of the house. . 'The an in the blue serge suit with the dark hair. re ove the ele ent of uncertainty. 1ever a veteran trial lawyer who has fought his way through the intricate web of any cases. but has learned to appreciate the dread portent of that shifting attention. thoughtful eyes stared editatively at the face of !udge %urley. 7efendants do not know its fatal significance. attorneys.' 7ru told hi . The patient. '.' he said to %erry &ason. There had been about it so ething of the ele ent of a ga bling proposition. Their attention is centered upon the witnesses.

' 'Then what happened)' asked . 5ne of the wo en was dressed in black. 7on 9raves was on the witness stand. shall have the right to cross-e#a ine the various witnesses to that test. %erry &ason rose to his feet. and said with just a trace of a sneer in his air of triu ph. was forced to court under a subpoena.' .' '. his face cal and serene.n this case the silent verdict had been rendered. if the 7istrict Attorney desires to e#a ine this witness as to the test.' said 7on 9raves. his law books piled in front of hi . while spectators held their breath. 5ne of the en had on a blue serge suit.elane for any other reason)' '1one. 'There were three en in Edward 1orton(s study and two wo en. asked that it be received in evidence. was asked that +uestion. one had on a tweed suit. "ou were asked upon cross-e#a ination.t was guilty of urder in the first degree for both defendants. .t was a test which was conducted with every possible degree of fairness to the defense. '"ou are fa iliar with the business affairs of Edward 1orton)' asked %erry &ason in an even onotone of passionless in+uiry. 'and was being cross-e#a ined. also %erry &ason.' '5r against 6obert 9leason)' '1o. said was true and correct. . . know hi but slightly$ but for &iss . That is. the 7eputy 7istrict Attorney.' he said.t was participated in by this witness under conditions identical to those which surrounded the co ission of the cri e. understand that the results of that test were to be received in evidence)' . as to the actual circu stances surrounding it.laude 7ru rose to his feet and said sneeringly. %erry &ason et his ga/e cal ly and placidly. when the +uestion does co e before the court. and one in pink.laude 7ru got to his feet. . a fully fa iliar with all of those affairs. 1ow !udge &arkha stared at %erry &ason as though he would try to read what ight be in the ind of the counsel for the defense. so e prejudice against the defendant.s it a fact. a pushing forward to the e#tre e edges of the seats. under circu stances identical with the circu stances surrounding the urder of Edward 1orton. shall ake no objection.' 'Since that +uestion was asked you. '. '. '&r. and there were present &r.' said 7on 9raves. '9entle en. and the +uestion is therefore not properly before the court at the present ti e. '"ou are then fa iliar with the e#piration date of the insurance policy which lay upon the desk of Edward 1orton)' asked %erry &ason. 'have you ade such a test under e#actly identical circu stances)' '.' said %erry &ason.f the court please. knew absolutely and beyond all reasonable doubt that what . do . have. to the fact that . however. due to the fact that she is arried to 6obert 9leason)' The +uestion ca e as a surprise. 'there is no objection to that. .' 'Ah< Then the insurance policy e#pired but three days after the urder of Edward 1orton)' 'That is correct. 'The test was ade at night. 9raves.' !udge &arkha looked at %erry &ason.' said . and stipulated to by the prosecution.' '"es.laude 7ru .' '1o further +uestions. A: . '. and there was no reco endation of ercy. and the result of it. *rances . 9raves.' persisted . '. and one had on a plaid suit. '%roceed. and pursuant to stipulation. a . 'That is not true<' protested 7on 9raves. '. a craning of necks. '7escribe the circu stances under which that test was conducted. . . '. knew each one of the en. hold no feeling of friendship for 6obert 9leason because . and his eyes were wide and thoughtful.' '-hat was the e#piration date of that insurance policy)' 'The twenty-si#th of 5ctober of the present year. The case was continued fro last week. did everything . '. and .a test that had been suggested by the defense. whether you had ever ade a test.counselors( table. .t had been said of !udge &arkha that the lawyer did not live who had ever brought an e#pression of surprise to the face of the agistrate when he was sitting in a court of law. !udge &arkha (s level tones cut the tense silence of the courtroo . and there was that suppressed rustle of otion fro the courtroo which indicates a sudden snapping to attention on the part of the spectators. however. &r. y feelings are entirely different. in this case. 7ru .laude 7ru . to deter ine if you could recogni/e persons in the roo where Edward 1orton was urdered.elane out of this. it ust co e in as a part of the redirect e#a ination of this witness.elane. not a part of y cross-e#a ination.' said 7on 9raves slowly. with the air of a an who has been defeated. .laude 7ru . .' 'And you have no bias against *rances .' snapped !udge &arkha .elane. &r. a testifying in this atter only because . proceed with the cross-e#a ination of the witness)' he asked. 'Shall . 0ut. with a show of feeling.t is.' said 7on 9raves.' he said. that you have so e ani us. would not say a word in this courtroo which would connect her in any way with the urder of Edward 1orton unless . have a few +uestions to ask upon redirect e#a ination. subject. the attorney for the defense. and in a low tone of voice. pursuant to a stipulation by counsel that a test was to be ade with this witness . but his soul shrinking fro the portent of that silent verdict. but had never seen the wo en before. at the challenge of the defense. There were present representatives of the press. could to keep the na e of *rances .

'!ust a o ent. and . his face grave. .' '1ow.laude 7ru .' '-hat did you see)' asked . Those were agreed upon between &r.' '2ery well. '!ust take your position in the witness chair. and deposits of appro#i ately two hundred and ninety-three thousand dollars at the *ar ers G &erchants 1ational 0ank)' '"es sir. have already testified to that effect.' 'As a atter of fact. if you please. will per it you to cross-e#a ine any of the other witnesses that you ay care to call. 1orton)' 'That is correct. . and was oney that was not used for partnership purposes. and holding e. saw the an who wore the blue serge suit holding a club over the chair where &r. . isn(t it a fact that the indebtedness of nine hundred thousand dollars which was incurred at the -heeler(s Trust G Savings 0ank on a pro issory note which bears only your signature. '. saw a wo an. "our Honor. 'That is all. crossed his legs and turned to look at the jury. -hen !udge %urley had the car at the place where it had been the night of the urder. and continued to look until the car had swung around the curve. .' '-here were we at that ti e)' asked %erry &ason. &r. . have you. -hen this reporter heard &r.all your ne#t witness. still speaking in that low. 1orton on the night of the urder)' '"es sir.o pany. &r. don(t think . 7ru ake that state ent.' interrupted %erry &ason.' said 9raves. . now glanced curiously at one another. appro#i ately that a ount.' '-asn(t there a newspaper reporter there who annoyed you and delayed you so ewhat)' asked %erry &ason. 1orton had sat on the night of the urder. wasn(t that conference in the nature of a +uarrel)' '1o sir. . told this reporter so. called down to &r. Arthur . '.' &r.rinston. '"es sir.' said !udge &arkha . when . 1orton. can fi# the ti e of y arrival with certainty because &r. 'And fro seven inutes past eleven until eleven thirty you were in conference with &r.rinston. he see ed to reali/e that he was out of order. believe. would like to recall Arthur . &r. &r. and . and went on to volunteer a state ent.'Then.' A= . the partnership has an indebtedness at the -heeler(s Trust G Savings 0ank of so e nine hundred thousand dollars)' '"es sir. but. The court is not un indful of the fact that various new conditions have entered into the case since your very brief cross-e#a ination of the other witnesses. %erry &ason(s voice was al ost drawling. '. 7ru and yourself. '0efore the prosecution goes on.' '.' said %erry &ason.' said !udge &arkha . and left at about eleven thirty)' '"es. 0ut he kept hanging on to e. 'you were in conference with &r.rinston. looked back. '"ou haven(t told all that happened there during the test.rinston. was seven inutes late for y appoint ent. "ou arrived there. . as to what was said at that ti e. 7ru .rinston sat down.rinston.rinston for further cross-e#a ination. 1orton was a stickler for keeping appoint ents on ti e.' '&r. '"ou have already been sworn. 1orton was killed. &r. '. 9raves)' '"es sir. 7ru .' 'How did you finally get free fro hi )' &ason in+uired. . strained voice.' '"es sir. and out of sight. . yes sir.elane was standing when &r. all of the i portant points. '&r. ade before. 'That is not the case. . his eyes sole n. even hooking his finger in the buttonhole of y coat. the atter being entirely in the discretion and control of the court. believe. . he told e to look back. and let e go.' said %erry &ason.' said .rinston. at seven inutes past eleven. and he told e definitely that there were to be no changes in the conditions under which the test was to be conducted.rinston.laude 7ru triu phantly. There was a chap na ed 1evers. 'we got in the auto obile and went up the winding road which goes over the hills toward the ain boulevard. can add anything to the state ent that .' said %erry &ason. '"ou were down in the auto obile.' said &r. . 'The proceeding has been slightly irregular.' '-ith deposits in that bank of only seventy-five thousand dollars. gave the e#cla ation.' '"et it has deposits of eight hundred and seventy-si# odd thousand dollars at the Seaboard Second 1ational Trust . but was used solely for your own individual speculations in the stock arket)' '1o sir<' snapped Arthur . was oney that was borrowed without the knowledge of &r.' !udge &arkha could not resist a slight e phasis upon the words describing the brevity of the cross-e#a ination$ an e phasis which was in the nature of a very faint judicial rebuke to counsel who would so lightly dispose of the crosse#a ination of i portant witnesses in a urder case. . under the circu stances.' '"es. who kept insisting upon certain changes in the way the test was being ade.ross-e#a ine the witness. standing in about the sa e position that *rances . . .rinston ca e forward.' '"es.' Spectators who had been straining their necks to listen. the one who had the pink dress on.' said %erry &ason. and he pointed that atter out to e rather sarcastically. had no authority to ake any change in the conditions of the test.

&r. i perturbable tone.laude 7ru .' ca e the sa e echanical denial. 1orton was going to notify the police)' The spectators could see that &r. knowing then the e#act ti e that &r.' he snapped. 'isn(t it a fact that you then placed the receiver back on the hook. 7evoe had ade a clu sy atte pt to divert suspicion fro hi self) '. 1orton received one of those notices on the day that he was killed)' '. had ade of the courtroo a vault of silence. . object<' shouted . 'And.sn(t it a fact that &r.' persisted %erry &ason in the sa e even.' '. we e#ecuted the notes there. had intended to ake certain that the insurance had been renewed before the e#piration date.f we had ade a large note at those banks and checked out all of our cash. and that you arranged with &r.. sneaked down to the roo of %ete 7evoe. 'isn(t it a fact that when you advised &r. 'And isn(t it a fact that with the consciousness of guilt upon you. and we desired to keep cash assets to that a ount on deposit in those banks. and. so that !udge %urley would see nothing but the blurred outline of a hu an for .rinston. yes sir.. and that you desired to report the theft of an auto obile.' said %erry &ason.' '. 1orton had been killed. His face had turned a few shades whiter. and that you then and there arranged that you would go to ask !udge %urley A> . and his voice now. is it not. . getting to his feet. sir.sn(t it a fact that this insurance policy gave you an inspiration.' '1o.'-hy was it necessary for the partnership to borrow nine hundred thousand dollars fro one bank. 'Answer the +uestion. using partnership funds to cover your individual losses) And isn(t it a fact that you and 7on 9raves then and there fi#ed up a plan by which the urder of &r. &r. 'Absolutely not. keeping the desk light well to his back.' 'The objection is overruled. and that &r.rinston until the courtroo had grasped the full significance of the +uestion. and therefore would not recogni/e his voice fro the voice of any other an) . 1orton called you into conference that evening in order to tell you that he had given you a certain li ited ti e to ake restitution to the partnership.rinston.sn(t it a fact that you ji ied a window and left footprints in the loa on the soil outside of the window so that it would appear that &r. have a cri inal atter to report to you.didn(t you know then that when the body of Edward 1orton was discovered. would call down and ask you to take 7on 9raves in the auto obile to your ho e. you crashed a club down on his head and caved in his skull<' '. . -e had so e large purchases we were intending to ake. Therefore. 9raves. 1orton(s death)' '. but his forehead was glistening in the light which ca e fro the high windows of the courtroo . because we wanted to keep our cash there readily available. stared tre blingly about you.sn(t it a fact that you and your acco plice. that those notes at the -heeler(s Trust G Savings 0ank ca e due so e two days prior to &r. the police would check back and find a record of that call. believe so. he took down the telephone receiver called police head+uarters and said. 'And. and 7on 9raves ca e into the roo $ that 7on 9raves had been your acco plice and assistant in connection with the e be//le ent of the nine hundred thousand odd dollars which you had lost in speculations upon the stock arket. 7on 9raves. believe so.' said %erry &ason. and his knuckles showed white as his hand clenched tightly.' gulped Arthur . and being able to sur ise so ething of the otive for his urder)' '1o sir. yes sir. you knew that it was necessary to e#plain that call to the police in so e way$ that you saw the insurance policy lying on his desk$ that you knew this insurance policy lay there because &r. 1orton would be bla ed upon others)' '1o sir.' said Arthur .rinston in a tone of echanical defiance.sn(t it a fact that on that day &r. pretending to be Edward 1orton. as the beads of perspiration oo/ed through his skin. 'isn(t it a fact that when he had ade that state ent. the chauffeur. for the first ti e. &r. showed the strain under which he was laboring. .' snapped !udge &arkha .t is a fact. there would have been so e e#planation re+uired.rinston. 1orton. inas uch as the -heeler(s Trust G Savings 0ank had been very an#ious to get our account.'H '. did nothing of the kind<' shouted Arthur . 'This e#a ination has gone too far afield.rinston was visibly worried. leaning breathlessly forward. 1orton(s study. -e didn(t wish to borrow fro that particular bank or those particular banks. who had just called$ that you had been cut off. and suddenly reali/ed that Edward 1orton had given his na e to police head+uarters when he ade his call and stated that he had a cri inal atter to report . 'And. (This is Edward 1orton speaking. 9raves so that you were to go down the stairs and start for !udge %urley(s auto obile$ that &r. .rinston. slowly rising to his feet. when it had over a illion in li+uid assets in other banks)' 'That was because of certain business policies. and that you i ediately called back the %olice Head+uarters and stated to the desk sergeant that you were &r. and planted evidence in that roo which would have a tendency to connect 7evoe with the urder) .' 'And isn(t it a fact that &r. did it not)' '. %erry &ason stood on his feet. until the spectators. but his voice re ained even and steady.' snapped Arthur . and all that it i plied. 1orton. and could not do so. .sn(t it a fact that you knew that !udge %urley did not know Edward 1orton personally. 1orton that you had been unable to ake restitution. . 9raves was to raise the window in &r. and that you then and there read the description of the 0uick auto obile fro the insurance policy which lay upon &r. who was very ethodical. you having failed to ake such restitution.( or words to that effect)' '1o sir. '. can(t tell you.( sure . staring at Arthur . 1orton knew for the first ti e of the indebtedness at this bank)' '1o sir. 'And isn(t it a fact that then the door opened. There is absolutely no ground for. and had inti ated that we could have an unli ited a ount of short ter credit.' 'And the bank sent out notices through the ail.rinston.sn(t it a fact that you then went back to the study where the dead an was slu ped across his desk. 1orton(s desk)' '1o sir.

laude 7ru .' '6ecall !udge %urley for further cross-e#a ination. .' said %erry &ason. So ewhere in the background a wo an tittered hysterically. brought out the strong lines of his face. !udge %urley ca e to the witness stand. !udge %urley(s hands tugged at the ar of the witness chair. and . 9one was the judicial assurance which had clothed his anner earlier in the trial. '&y 9od<' he said. whispering. 'That. wise in the ways of the courtroo . in that o ent when the attention of every hu an being in the courtroo was fastened upon hi . in the tone of voice of one who is pronouncing a final and sole n judg ent.ounselor. e#tending his rigid forefinger. in tones that rang through the courtroo until they see ed to ake the rafters in the ceiling vibrate. counselor)' he asked. CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX see %E66" &AS51 sat in his office.laude 7ru .' said %erry &ason.' thundered %erry &ason. 'is all. was the sa e voice which had called down fro that window on the night of the urder)' Tense. dra atic silence gripped the courtroo . as though actuated by so e subtle.' he said. in e#actly the sa e place and position as that you occupied on the night of the urder. 'you sat in your auto obile under the window of Edward 1orton(s study. A very pretty theory has been advanced. half-gasps. or to . that you now reali/e that the voice which called down to you fro that second story window on the night of the test. turned away fro . '"ou also have been sworn in this case. or dare he wait until he could talk privately with the &unicipal !udge) And. and be standing by your side. have been asking yself that +uestion for the last ten inutes. and there was a haunting doubt in his eyes. The light fro the window strea ing in upon his rugged. and fi#ed the guilt of Edward 1orton(s urder s+uarely upon Arthur .' 'And fro that position. virile features so ehow older. 'is all the cross-e#a ination .s there any redirect e#a ination. sir. and fastened the selves upon the agoni/ed face of Arthur .' said !udge %urley.laude 7ru ade a sweeping gesture. sitting on the bench.' said Arthur . The +uestion of the court was whether there was any additional redirect e#a ination.' he said. The witness has denied. '. . psychic co and. you could see the study windows in Edward 1orton(s house)' '"es. taking a deep breath. !udge &arkha . you could only see those windows by craning your neck. 'That. and that verdict e#onerated the two defendants. the eyes of the jurors. his eyes placidly surveying the sea of faces. 1orton.laude 7ru . know is that it ay have been<' %erry &ason turned half around and faced the jury.' 'And isn(t it a fact.rinston.' !udge %urley heaved his big bulk into the witness chair.rinston. sir. All .' *or a long o ent the courtroo re ained silent.' said %erry &ason. 7are he go into the atter on redirect e#a ination. ade hi A? . saying that it was all right. 'And isn(t it a fact. 'Take your place on the witness stand. in e#actly the sa e position that it occupied on the night of the urder.' said %erry &ason. did you not)' '. so that it pointed directly at !udge %urley. who was with you in the car)' '"es. and the witness will stand aside. by craning your neck. His steady. and his face writhed in agony. '-hen this test was being ade over the week end. .' !udge &arkha banged his gavel on the desk. !udge %urley. veteran of a hundred urder trials. 'that now the atter has been called to your attention. !udge &arkha banged his gavel down on the desk. %erry &ason. rush downstairs. '. have of this witness. in that o ent of indecision. saw it shift.' !udge &arkha glanced at . did. As with one otion. His face was drawn and strained. 7on 9raves ca e to the window of the study and called down to you. is that right)' '"es. don(t know< .rinston and his acco plice. sir.. and your recollection has had an opportunity to check over the circu stances of what happened upon that fateful night of the urder.laude 7ru bit his lip in an agony of indecision. '1one. but there has been no evidence to support it. sir. saw it shift.for his per ission. so there is no necessity for you to be sworn again. The attention of the crowd shifted.. in a tone of finality.' '0ut because the top of the auto obile was so low as to interfere with your vision. cannot answer it satisfactorily to y conscience. that while you were seated there in that auto obile. while you pretended to call up to &r. and that 7on 9raves would then ove away fro the window. "our answer was in the negative. . '5rder<' he said. '. unwavering eyes surveyed the faces of the nine en and the three wo en. "our Honor. 'you will ake your argu ent to the jury at the proper ti e.t was the silent verdict of the courtroo . sir$ yes.laude 7ru hesitated for one second too long. the eyes of the spectators. then there were rustlings. who you pretended that you could see in the window. leaning back in his chair. and !udge %urley had given his per ission)' '1o sir.

' she said. anaged to duplicate the conditions in such a anner that his ind was totally unprepared for what was taking place.rinston had borrowed heavily on the partnership credit. should have been able to point his finger to the urderer at once.' %erry &ason s iled. picked up the telephone and called %olice Head+uarters. dark face twisted into that agony of silence which co es to those inarticulate en who have uch to say. and the fatal slip$ that.rinston sat there behind hi . All he needed to do was to add a brief su ary of the testi ony of !udge %urley. could see the proble that you had with hi . or have to e#plain what 9leason was doing there. 'That. fro the street below. gave e the opportunity to approach hi on a blind side. The skillful perjurer is he who sticks to so uch of the truth as is possible.( and then . her forefinger poking and twisting as she slid it along the s ooth ar of the chair. . he was so obsessed with the idea that he ust keep the authorities fro knowing what had transpired in that roo when 1orton was urdered. . '-e can i agine what happened ne#t. . ca e the cries of the newsboys. at which ti e . had the facts at y co and for so e ti e before . and . was confused for so e little ti e. Her eyes were dark and filled with e otion. 6obert 9leason stood leaning against the book case. . could never entirely re ove the stig a of doubt fro your na es.elane said softly.' he said. &ason$ it was your wonderful analysis of what ust have happened. . e#cept what he had learned through the police. and it doesn(t properly correlate those facts. had all of the facts in hand at the o ent that Arthur . can(t begin to tell you. have a cri inal atter to report. in telling e about the urder. Therefore. . if . He gave &r. and that there ight be so e possibility you would either be i plicated. watching du bly. '"ou see.' went on %erry &ason. reali/ed also that unless .rinston a definite deadline.' he said.n fact. Then. when you heard of your uncle(s urder.rinston failed to ake the pay ent. but . knew that . and failed to reali/e what ust have happened.t has any facts constantly thrust upon it. because your uncle had already said that he had such a report to ake. and that this would lead to his detection. then Edward 1orton learned for the first ti e what had happened.rinston was to have returned the oney. 'That is not skillful lying. was up against a ost serious proble .' He slid his forefinger along the headlines which strea ed blackly across the top of the newspaper. The partnership was. sitting down and concentrating upon the evidence.' *rances . confess that the circu stances were so ro antic and so unusual that . So he did a very clever thing. . by stating that you had been driving the 0uick auto obile at the ti e that your uncle reported it lost. '-hen . it was al ost athe atical. and stuck to it. . Through the open windows. yet cannot find a eans of e#pression. recogni/ed at once that !udge %urley was the key witness. 1evers had that paper on the street before you had gone fro the courthouse to y office.SSE7. urderous i pulse. . '. did reali/e it. he would have indignantly denied that such could have been the case.t wasn(t the journalis in this case that was so re arkable. and the denial would have so i pressed itself upon his own ind. He called %olice Head+uarters right back. your uncle. &r. 'is rather opinionated.rinston ade. "et . and then crash it ho e to hi with dra atic force. shouting their e#tra edition of the STA6. '!udge %urley. He struck 1orton down without warning and probably without any great a ount of pre editation. He had the thing all figured out and blocked out. '-hen he had done that and hung up the receiver. '. . and knowing that 6ob 9leason had been in the house with you.elane sat in the big black leather chair. solvent. and knew that the an(s conceit and love of posture.rinston(s credit as an individual was all shot to pieces. they were deceiving your uncle$ but when the bank sent the notice to your uncle. and failing to report that telephone conversation in his testi ony to the jury.ASE 7. discussed the telephone call to the police as though he had no knowledge of it. . . '"ou see. 'That was the slip that . of course. and.rinston plunged blindly into that lead. would render any ordinary cross-e#a ination futile. and the steps you took to reconstruct the scene so that !udge %urley would be convinced. that no a ount of subse+uent testi ony could ever have caused hi even to entertain the faintest notion that he ight have been istaken. a an with a trained ind.n other words. . knew what ust have happened.elane got to her feet with tears showing in her eyes. so to speak. watched hi when he was on the witness stand the first ti e. and pretended that he was 1orton. '. could e#plain y theory well enough to raise a reasonable doubt in the inds of the jury. 'The policy of auto obile insurance was lying on the desk. '. '0ut the fact that .t(s been an e#perience that will always leave its i print. acting with that cold-blooded efficiency which is so absolutely erciless. together. %erry &ason tapped the newspaper on his desk$ a paper which was still da p fro the presses. and get either an ac+uittal or a hung jury. or else be reported to the police. These en who ake up stories out of whole cloth usually leave a few loose threads so ewhere. had asked hi that +uestion the first ti e he was on the witness stand. 'what it has eant to e. (%olice Head+uarters. and only departs fro it when it beco es absolutely necessary. '. '5n the face of it. his heavy. and he would very uch have disliked having to confess hi self in error. He had ade 9raves an acco plice. felt certain that . and the headlines.' *ran . but . he suddenly reali/ed that the police ust have a record of that call which 1orton had sent in. He had to have so ething to report in the nature of a cri inal atter. could trap the urderers into betraying the selves. '"et it is a strange thing about the hu an ind.*rances . you sei/ed at what see ed to be the best opportunity to establish an alibi for yourself. and Arthur .rinston acted upon a blind. '5f course. had to devise so e eans by which a doubt would be raised in his own ind before he knew that the doubt was there.rinston. He heard 1orton say. '&467E6 .t is not the proper way to co it perjury.' A@ . that he ade up a story out of whole cloth. knowing that the words which 1orton was to say ne#t would lead to his confine ent in a penal institution.S&. -hen . 'is clever journalis . .

because . 'but .elane s iled and blinked tears back as she s iled. 'a few inutes ago. 'And then it brought out the loyalty in 6ob. %erry &ason gripped her hand.. grabbed at the story about being out in the auto obile as the best way to prove an alibi. -e can co pensate you financially. eant that it has been an e#perience . hips.' she said. SE17.t was all on account of that first lie about the 0uick auto obile.' She opened a drawer in her desk and took out a photograph.19 "54 S%E. but if .' said %erry &ason. '.A8 7E8. was trapped. straight legs. FEE% %H5T596A%H A17 A-A. he ca e forward and was willing to give his life to save ine.6 &A. . '. very high. 'and there(s no use trying to tell you how uch we appreciate what you(ve done.' He took the telegra and read.t was the photograph of a young wo an. 'There is a telegra for you.TH54T *A. hands.1 . '.f you can ake sense fro it. he would have thrown e entirely off y stride. and then .ase of the 9irl -ith the 8ucky 8egs. .' she said.' she said. don(t know. her voice had so ething of caressing tenderness in it. His confession was ost convincing.' she said. but in addition to that we want you to know. in a tone of tolerant patience. . '7id the photograph co e)' he asked. -hen the door leading fro his private office to the corridor had closed on the .1 "546 5**.' '"es.' There was a knock at the door.' Her voice shook.' The photograph did not show the wo an(s face.' %erry &ason looked at his watch.' said 7ella Street. found . trying to protect yourself.t gave e a chance to see things in a different light.. stood a chance of being convicted. wonder. -hen she spoke. '"es.elane walked +uickly across to %erry &ason and e#tended her hand.%erry &ason(s eyes narrowed.E -. was supposed to have been out in the auto obile at that ti e. and his eyes were sparkling. ean it.' she said. '. generously displaying a beautiful pair of legs. She looked at %erry &ason with eyes that were starry with pride.8 %H5T596A%H 5* 4T&5ST .68 -. wouldn(t have issed for anything<' He stared at her. . '1ow. and 7ella Street entered the roo . 'it was a noble and agnani ous thing to do. looking thoughtfully at 6ob 9leason. will be going. didn(t ean it that way. %erry &ason stared at the telegra curiously. know it. but he knew that the evidence was against e. '6ob and . and there were tears in her eyes. They were sli . erely her shoulders. couldn(t be guilty. . '1ot the urder trial. '. . hadn(t been sure of y theory of the case. 'THE 9. . and the legs. The weariness had dropped fro his face.' he said. 0elow the photograph was a typewritten caption which had been pasted to it. couldn(t tell the truth after that. know. 'Here. getting a gli pse of the sufferings of other people. A& A054T T5 %6ESE1T.' AA . he turned to 7ella Street.ASE . his curiosity aroused. &ason..The .TH THE 84. 'is the telegra .elane. knew that he couldn(t have done that.8.' he said.&%56TA1. 'just what ti e Eva 8a ont is due here. and that . .2E6" A. stockinged and gartered. ISignedJ E2A 8A&51T. .E .( going to ake a file .' said %erry &ason. &iss .T &E .' he said. then nodded. si ply. weren(t frank with e. &r. couldn(t even tell you about getting the oney fro y uncle. He knew that . you can do ore than . think it(s helped cure y fiendish te per.' '. but the being in jail. '"ou(re lucky. 'what the devil does that ean)' '. 'to have escaped with nothing but an unpleasant e#perience. And then you. ar s. can. "ou kept certain things back. which held the skirts very. save for the fact that he clai ed he had taken the thousand dollar bills fro the body.' she told hi .F" 8E9S. . because you had given e ten of those bills the ne#t orning. The caption said. *rances .' *rances .n those dark hours when you didn(t take us into your confidence and things see ed to be stacking up so uch against us.. perfectly for ed.

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