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THE 'OMAHA DAILY HEE: SUNDAY, FKlllllXAHT 8, 100.1.
The Police Ar at Fault.
Ambler Jevons read the letter, then
handed It to roe without comment.
It in written upon the note paper t
knew io well, stamped with the nest address
"Neneford" In black, but it bore no date.
What I read wai at follows:
"Sir: 1 fall to comprehend the meaning
Of your worda when you followed me Into
the train at. Huntingdon last night. I am
In no fear of any catastrophe; therefore, I
can only take your offer of assistance as
n attempt to obtain money from me. If
you presume to address me agnln I shall
have no other course than to acquaint the
police. Youra truly, .
"Ah!" I exclaimed. "Then he warned
her and ahe misunderstood his intention."
"Without a doubt." said Ambler, taking
the letter from my hand. "This was writ
Jen probably only a few days before tier
the most polsonoua of substances are of
unstable composition and are readily al
tered by chemical reagents; to this (roup
belong many vegetable and most animal
poisons. These, therefore, must be treated
differently from the more stable Inorganic
compounds. With an inorganic poison we
may destroy all organic materials mixed
with It, trusting to find the poison still
recognizable after thla process; not so with'
an organic aubstance; that must be sep
arated by other than destructive means.
Through the whole evening we tested for
the various groups of poisons corrosives,
simple Irritants, specific Irritants and neu
rotics. It was a long and scientific search.
Borne of the testa with which t was not
acquainted I watched with the keenest In
terest, for of all the medical men In Lon
don Tatham waa the most up-to-date In
At length, after much work with acids,
filtration and distillation, wt determined
that a neurotic had been emoloyed, and
the papers, and created considerable senna
tlon. An old gentleman was murdered un
der remarkable circumstances. Well, sir
the gentleman In question waa Mrs. Courts-
Tba coroner aat back In his chair and
stared at the officer who had apoken, while
In the court great sensation was caused,
Mention of the Kew mystery brought Its
details vividly back to the minds of every
one. Ye. After all. the death of that poor
coattrmnnger. Lanky Lane, waa of greater
public Interest than the representatives ot
the press anticipated.
"Are you quite certain of thla?" the cor
"Yes, slf. T am here by direction of ths
chief Inspector at Scotland Yard to give
evidence. I was engaged upon the case at
Kew, and have also made Inquiries into the
mystery at Neneford."
"Then you have suspicion that the de
ceased was well, a person ot bad char
' "We have."
"Fools," growled Ambler. "Lane was one
of their Informers, and often obtained pay
ment from Scotland Yard for Information
regarding the doings ot a certain gang of
thieves. And yet they actually declare him
to be a bad character. Preposterous I"
"Do you apply for an adjournment of the
"No, sir. We anticipate that the verdict
will be suicide the only one possible In
face of the evidence."
And then, aa though the Jury were com
pelled to act upon the Inspector's sugges
tion, they returned a simple verdict "That
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death. That man," and he glanced at tlie
i rostrat. body, "was the only one who could
give us the clue to unravel the myotery."
But the dead man's lips had closed ami
his secret waa held forever. Only thoeu
lettera remained to connect him with the
river tragedy, or rather to show that he had
communicated with the unfortunate Mrs.
In company we walked to Leman Street
police, atatton, one ot the chief centers of
the metropolitan police in the East End,
and there, In an upper office, Ambler had a
Ions consultation with the sergeant of the
criminal Investigation department on duty.
I described tho appearance ot the body,
and stated my auspiclons of poisoning, all
of which the detective carefully noted be
fore going forth to make his own examina
tion. My address was taken ao that I might
aaslat at the post-mortem, and then shortly
after midnight I drove back westward
through the city with Ambler at my side.
He spoke little and when In Oxford street,
Just at the corner of Newman street, he
desceuded. wished me a hurried goodnight
and disappeared In the darkness. He waa
often given to strange vagaries of erratic
movement. It was as though aome thought
bad suddenly occurred to him, and he acted
at once upon It. ,
That night I scarcely closed my eyes. My
brain was awhlrl with thoughts of all th
curious events ot the past few months, the
Inexplicable presence of old Mr. Courtenay
and th subsequent death of Mary and the
only man who, according to Ambler, knew
Ethelwynn's strange words worried me.
What could shs mean? What did ahe
know? Surely hers could not be a guilty
conscience. Yet, In her words and actions
I had detected that cowardice which a
boavy conscience always engenders. One
by one I dissected and analysed the Sevn
Secrete, but not In one single Instance
could I obtain a gleam ot truth.
While at the hoxpital next day I was
served with a notice to a&slat at the post
mortem of the unfortunate Lane, whosn
body was lying In the Ehadwell mortuary,
and that same afternoon I met by appoint
ment Dr. Tatham of the London hospital,
who, as Is well known, Is an expert toxi
cologic. 'To describe in technical dotall the ex
amination we made would not Interest the
general reader ot thla Strang, narrative.
Tbe average man or woman knows nothing
r carea lesa for the duodenum or the pylo
rus; therefore it is not my lulrntt'n to go
Into long and wearying detail. Suffice it to
say that we preserved certain r-3r,t of
the body for subsequent examination, and
together were engaged the whole evening
In the laboratory of tbe hospital. Taihatu
waa. well skilled In the minutiae of the
. testa. The exact determination of the cause
of death in cases of poisoning always de
pends partly on the symptoms noted before
death and partly on the appearances fouad
after death. Regarding the fnimer neither
of us knew anything; hnre our difficulties
were greatly Increased. The object ot the
analyst is to obtain the substances which
be has tj examine chemically In as pure a
condition as possible, so that there may be
bo doubt about the results of his testing,
also, of course, to separate active aub
stances from those that ar. Inert, all being
mixed together In the s:omach snd ali
mentary eacal. Again, tn dealing with such
fluids aa the blcorf, or the tissue of the
body, their natural constituents must be
got rid of before the tor.lgn and pelaonoua
body can b reached. Th.re la thla diffi
culty further to contend with that some ot
that its action on the vasomotor system of
the nerves was very similar, If not identi
cal, with nitrate of amyl.
Further than that, even Tatham, expert
tn nuch matters, could not proceed. Hours
of hard work resulted in that conclusion,
snd with It we were compelled to be
the deceased committed suicide by poison
ing while of unsound mind."
Sir Bernard's Decision.
For fully a week 1 saw nothing of Am
Sir Bernard was unwell and remained
,k.,.. . ... .wi- t ... aa ..Sown at Hove; therefore I was compelled
Bhadwell, and, with Ambler, I attended as J , m,
1. 1 . .4 v. w uib 1.1V lu,, WC ,U,"
a witness. Tbe reporters, of course, ex
pected a sensation; but, on tbe contrary,
our evidence went to show that; aa the
poisonous substance was found In the
"quartern" bottle on deceased's table,
death waa In all probability due to suicide.
Some members of the Jury took an oppo
site view. Then the letters we bad found
concealed were produced by the police, and,
ot course, created a certain amount ot in
terest. But to the readers of newspapers
the poisoning ot a costermangnr at Shad
well is of little Interest as compared with
a similar catastrophe in the quarter of
London vaguely known as the West End.
The letters were auspicious, and both cor
eral serious cases, the patients being peo
pie of note; thus I was kept very busy
My friend's silence waa puzzling. II wrote
to him, but rerolved no reepOnse. A wire
to his office In the city elicited the fact
that Mr. Jevons was out of town. Probably
he was still pursuing the Inquiry he had so
actively taken up. Nevertheless, I was dis
satisfied that he ahould leave me so entirely
In tbe dark as to his Intentions snd dis
coveries. Etbelwynn came to town for the day and
I spent several hours shopping with her.
Bhe was strangely nervoua and all the old
spontaneous gaiety seemed to have left her.
She had read In the papera of the curious
Mi nil' liifv nnontprt th.in .vtltpnei, !
that Lane was engaged upon an elaborate,; onnetlo ,17". T f th man
piece of blackmail.
"Who la this Mary Courtenay, who writes
to him from Neneford?" Inquired the coro
ner of the Inspector.
'.'Well, sir," the latter responded, "the
writer herself Is dead. She was found
drowned a few days ago near her home un-
l-der suspicious circumstances."
Then the reporters commenced to awake
td the fact that something extraordinary
waa underlying the Inquiry.
"Ah!"' remarked the coroner, one of the
I most acute official of his class. "Then In
J face of this her letter seems to be more
1 than curious. For aught we know the
I tragedy at Neneford may have been willful
murder, and we have now the sulcido ot the
"That, sir, ia the police theory," replied
I tho inspector.
I ."Tho police theory' be hanged!" ejacu
i laled Ambler, almost loud enough to be
' hesrj. "The police know nothing of the
tase, and will never learn anything. If
the jury are content to accept such an
! explanation, and brand poor Lane as a
j murderer, they must be allowed to do so."
i I knew Jevons held coroner's juries in
; J ho racist supreme contempt; sometimes
j rather unreasonably so, I thought.
1 "Well," the coroner said, "this la cer-
Lane and (hat of her unfortunate sister,
end our conversation was mainly upon the
river mystery. Sometimes she seemed 111
at ease with me, as though she feared some
discovery. Perhaps, however. It was merely
I loved her. She was all the world to
me! and yet In ncr eyes I seemed to read
some hidden aecret which she was endeav
oring with all the power at her command
to conceal.- In such circumstances there
was bound to arise between ua a certain
reserve that we .had not before known. Her
conversation was carried on In a mechan
ical manner, as though distracted by her
inner thoughts; and when, after having tea
together in Bond street, we drove to th
station, and I saw her off on her return to
Neneford, my mind was full of dark appre
hensions. Yes. That Interview convinced me, more
than over that ahe was In some manner
cognizant of the truth. The secret exist
ence, of old Mr. Courtenay, the man whom
I myself bad pronounced dead, waa the
crowning point of the atrange affair; and
yet I felt by some inward Intuition that thla
fact was not unknown to her.
. All the remarkable events of that moon
lit night when I ha! followed husband and
wife along tbe river badk came back to me,
and 1 saw vividly the old men's face, hag
j talnly remarkatle evidence," and be turned I gard snd drawn, Just as It bad been in lite,
i tbe dead woman'a letter over In bis hand. ; Surely there could be no stranger current
j "It Is quite plain that the deceased ap- ot events than those which formed the
proarnea-tno iaay ceierusiciy to give ner
warning of some danger, but really to
: o.ucaiuau nvr. rvr reason uue. noi
I at present appear. He may have feared her
threat to give Information to the police;
hence hla crime and aubaequent suicide."
"Listen!" exclaimed Jevona la my ear.
"They are actually trying the dead man
fcr a crime be could not possibly have
! committed. They've got bold ot the wrong
end cf the atlck as usual. Why don't tbey
glvo a verdict of suicide snd have done,
with it. We can't afford to waste a whole
Eoven Secrets. They were beyond explana
tion all of them. I knew nothing. I had
seen results, but I knew not their cause.
Nitrate of amyl waa not a drug which a
costermopger would select with a vw to
committing suicide. Indeed, I daresay few
of my readers, unleaa they are doctors or
chemists, have ever before heard of it.
I Therefore my own conclusion, fully en
dorsed by tbe erratic Ambler, was that tbe
poor fellow had been secretly poisoned.
Nearly a fortnight paased, and I beard
nothing of Ambler. He was still "out ot
j day explaining theories to s set at unedu- town." Day by day passed, but nothing of
cated gentlemen ot tbe Whltecbapel road. . note transpired. Sir Bernard was still suf-
Tbo English law ia ridiculous where cor
! oner's juries are concerned."
' The coroner heard bis whispering snd
looked toward us severely.
"Wi bsve not had sufficient tlms to In-
ferlng from a slight touch of sciatica at
home, and on vlaltlng him one Sunday I
fouad blm confined to bis bed, grumbling
Snd peevish. He was somewhat eccentric
In bis miserly bablta and hla haired of so-
i vesllgats the wbcls of ths facts conneeted j cl.ty, beyond doubt; snd ths absurdities
; with Mrs. Courtenay's myaterloua death," I which bla enemies attributed to him were
ItU. Inspector went on. "You will probably I not altogether unfounded. But be bad at
revollect, sir, a mystery down at Kew some all events the rare quality ot prof.aalng for
lit lie tluu ago. It was fully report. la J bis protesslea a respect nearly akla to en
thusiasm. Indeed, according to his views,
the faculty possessed almost Infallible qual
ities. In confidence he had more than once
admitted to me that certain of bis col
leagues practicing In Harley street were
amazing donkeys; but he would never have
allowed anyone else to say so. From the
moment a man acquired that diploma which
gave him the right over life and death, that
man became In his eyes an august person
age for the world at large. It was a crime,
he thought, for a patient not to submit to
bis decision, and certainly It must be ad
mitted that his success in the treatment ot
nervous disorders had been most remark
able. "You were at that lecture by Deboutln
of Paris tbe other day!" he exclaimed to me
suddenly, while 1 was seated at his bedside
dcacriblng tbe work I had been doing for
blm in London. "Why didn't you tell me
you were going there?"
"I went unexpectedly with a friend."
"Oh. that detective fellow!" laughed the
old physician. "Well," he added, "It was
all very Interesting, wasn't it?"
"Very especlajly your own demonstra
tions. I had no idea that you were In- cor
respondence with Deboutln."
He laughed; then with a knowing look
"Ah, my dear fellow, nowadays it doesn't
do to tell anyone of your own researches.
The only way is to spring It upon the pro
ferslon as a great triumph; Just as Koch
did his cure for tuberculosis. One must
create an Impression nowadays, if only
with a quack remedy. The day of the
steady plodder la pant; It's all hustle, even
"Well, you certainly lid mnke an Im
pression," I said smiling. "Your experl
menta were a revelation to the prcfesElon.
They were talking of them at the hospital
"H'm. They thought me an old fogey,
eh? But, you aee, I've been keepirg pace
with the times, Boyd. A man to succeed
nowadays must msko a boom with some
thing, It matters not what. For years I've
bttn experimenting In secret, and some day
I will show them further results of my re
searchca and they will come upon the
profession like a thunderclap, staggering
The old man chuckled to himself as he
thought of his scientific triumph and how
one day he would give forth to the world
a truth hitherto unsuspected.
Ws chatted for s long time, mostly upon
technicalities which cannot Interest the
reader, until suddenly he tald:
"I'm getting old, Hoyd. Theae constant
attacks I have rend, r me unfit to go to
town and sit tn Judgment on that pack of
silly women who rush to consult me when
ever they have a hesdache or an erring
husband. I think that very aoon I ought
to retire. l'f done sufficient bsrd work
all the yeara since I was a iocum' down In
Oxfordshire. I'm nearly worn out."
"Oh, no," I said. "You mustn't retire
yet. If you did the profession would lose
one of its most brilliant men."
"Enough of compliments," he snapped,
turning wearily on his pillow. "I'm sick
and tired of it all. Better to retire while I
have fame than to outlive It. When I
give up you will step Into my shoes, Boyd,
and It will be a good thing for you."
Such a suggestion was quite unexpected.
I had never dreamed that be contemplated
banding over hla practice to me. Certainly
It would be a good thing tor me if be did.
It would give me a chance such as few men
ever bad. True, I was well known to bis
patlenta and bad worked bard In his Inter
ests, but that bs intended to hand Us prac
tice over to me I had never contemplated.
Hence I thanked him most heartily. Yes,
Sir Bernard had been my benefactor always.
"All the 'women know you," he went on
In his snappish way. "You are the only
man to take my place. They would Vome
to you, but not to a new man. All I can
hope Is that they won't bore you with their
domestic troubles as they have done me,"
and he smiled.
"Oh." I said. "More than once I, too,
have been compelled to listen to tbe do
mestic secrets of certain households. It
really is astonishing what a woman will
tell her doctor, even though he may be
The old man laughed again.
"Ah!" : he sighed. "You don't know
women as I know them, Boyd. Youv'e got
your experience to gain. Then you'll hold
them In abhorrence Just as I do. They
call me a woman-hater," he grunted. "Per
haps I am for I've had cause to hold the
feminine mind and the feminine passion
equally In contempt."
"Well," I laughed, "there's not a man In
London who Is more qualified to apeak from
personal experience than yourself. So I
anticipate a pretty rough time when I've
had years of It, as you have."
"And yet -you want to marry!" he said,
looking me straight In the face. "Of course,
you love Etbelwynn Mlvart. Every man at
your age loves. It Is a malady that occurs
In the teens and declines In the thirties.
I should have thought that your affoctlon
of tho heart had been about cured. It Is
surely time it was."
"It Is true that I love Ethelwynn," I de
clared, rather annoyed, "and I Intend to
"If you do, then you spoil all your
chances of success The class of women
who are my patients would much rather
consult a confirmed bachelor than a man
who has a Jealous wife hanging to his coat
tails. The doctor's wife must slwaya bs a
I smiled; and then our conversation
turned upon his proposed retirement, which
was to take place In six months' time.
I returned to London by the last train,
nrd on entering my room found a telegram
from Ambler making an appointment to call
on the following evening. The message waa
dated from Eastbourne, and was the first I
bad received from blm for some days.
Next morning I sat in Sir Bernard's con
sulting room ss usual, receiving patieuls,
nnd the afternoon I spent on the usual hos
pital round. About 6 o'clock Ambler ar
rived, drank s brandy and soda with a re
flective air, and then suggested thst ws
might dine together at'the Cavour, a fa
vorite haunt ot bis.
At table I endesvored to Induce him to
explain bis movements and what he bad
discovered, but be was still disinclined to
tell me anything. He worked always In se
cret, snd until facts were clear aald noth
ing. It waa a peculiarity of his to remain
dumb even to his most Intimate friends
concerning any Inquirlea he waa making.
He was s man of moods, with an sctlvs
mind snd a still tongye two qualities es
sential to ths successful unraveling ot mys
Having finished dinner we lit cigars snd
took s cab back to my rooms. On passing
along Harley street It suddenly occurred to
ms that In the morning I had left s small
rase of intruments In Sir Bernard's con
sulting room, and that I might require them
for s pstlent If called that night.
Therefore. I stopped the csb, dismissed
It, and knocked at Sir Bernard's door.
Ford, on opening It, surprlaed ms by an
nouncing that bis master, whom I bad left
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In bed on the previous night, bad returned
to town suddenly, but waa engaged.
Ambler waited In the hall, while I passed
along to the door ot ths consulting room
with ths Intention of asking permission to
enter, as I slways did when Sir Bernard
was engaged with a patient.
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turned tba handle.
The door was locked.
(To be Continued.)
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Ths English people are the greatest con
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The United States now use mors rsw
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Of ths 437.0U) miners of Great Britain.
47,u0 urs member, of the union in good
' Rhode Island factories employ 91,520 per
sona, i.447 vt whom axe children. Total
increase of 4.&&A. . ,
Th. tobacco trust la eontestlns the eonstl-
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I Una. by a test can at New Orln.
Stats I-abor Commissioner Vsrney of
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During ths ten months ended October,
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Th. bishop urged his h.arers to "ask lm
portant questions about conditions In every
shop and to insist on answers Jo their ques
tions. In this way th.y could help do away
with sweat shop and other abuses.
Mr. Barnes, tb. engineers' delegate who
rams from England to America with Mr.
Moaely's industrial commission, having ar
rived Lome, give, this summary of th. con
clusion, he cam. io In the cour. ot ths
Inquiry Into American "puah: Machinery;
Mors lucd than at home, sanitation: Not
so good. Hours of work: Longer. Workt
Not so good. Wages: Higher. Cost of liv
ing: Higher still. Trades unionism: Not so
strong. Providing Kngiand uses th. beat
machinery he think. Britain has nothing
to fear from America a&4 Is quit able to
bold its own.
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