The Oklahoma Leader. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 12, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 8, 1905 Page: 3 of 8
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THE LEADER, GUTHRIE, OKLA..
THURSDAY, JUNE 8. 1905.
ANNA KATMAJUNE GREEN,
Author of "The MytUry of Ay>iUui R'lU."
"Leu Han't Luim," Etc.
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First satisfying myself by a peep
through the front drawing room win-
dow that he was positively at watch
behind the vines, I went directly to the
kitchen, procured a clialr and carried it
into the library, where I put it to a use
that to an onlooker's eye would have
appeared very peculiar. Planting it
squarely on the hearthstone—not with-
out some secret perturbation as to
what the result* might be to
I mounted it and took down
graving which I have already
as hanging over this mantelpiece.
Setting It on end against one of the
Jambs of the fireplace, 1 mounted the
chair once more and carefully sifted
over the high shelf the contents of a
little package which I had brought with
me for this purpose.
Then, leaving the chair where It was.
1 betook myself out of the front door,
ostentatiously stopping to lock it and
to put the key In my pocket.
Crossing Immediately to Mr. Moore's
side of the street, I encountered him.
as I had expected to do, at his own
"Well, what now?" he Inquired, with
the same exaggerated courtesy I had
have it down rather than up? It lanr
much of an ornament."
He scrutinized me darkly from over
his shoulder, a wary gleam showing
itself in his shrewd old eyes, and the
idea crossed ma that the moment
might possess more significance than
appeared. Hut 1 did not step back-
ward nor give evidence in any way
that I had even thought of danger. I
simply laid my hand ou the picture
a ad looked up at him for orders.
He promptly signified that he wished
It hung, adding as I hesitated these
words: "The pictures In this house are
supposed to stay on the walls where
they belong. There Is a traditional su-
perstition against removing them."
I Immediately lifted the print from
the floor. No doubt he had me at a
disadvantage, if evil was in his heart,
and my position on the hearth was as
dangerous as previous events had
proved it to be. Rut it would not do
to show the white feather at a moment
when his fate. If not my own. hung in
the balance; so, motioning him to step
down. I put foot on the chair and raised
the picture aloft to hang it. As 1 did
so he moved over to the
his ancestors and,
over Its back, surveyed me with
I strained to put the
cord over the nail, he called out:
"Look out! You'll fall!"
If he had intended to give me a start
In payment for my previous rebuff he
for my nerves had
my arm Arm at the
glimpse I had caught of the shelf be-
low me. The tine brown powder I had
five distinct spots, and not by my fin-
gers. I had preferred to risk the loss
of my balance rather than rest my
hand on the shelf, tint he had takeu no
such precaution. The clew I so anx-
iously desired and for which I had so
recklessly worked was obtained.
Hut when, half an hour later. I found
an opportunity of measuring these
marks and comparing them with those
upstairs I did not enjoy the full tri-
umph I had promised myself, for the
two Impressions utterly failed to coin-
cide, thus proving that whoever the
person was who had l>ecn in this bouse
with Mrs. Jeffrey on the evening she
died It was not her Uncle David.
noticed In him on a previous occasion.
"You have the air of a man bringing
news. Has anything fresh happened
1o the old house?"
I assumed a frankness which seemed
to Impose on him.
"Do you know," I sententlously In-
formed him. "1 have a wonderful In-
terest in that old hearthstone, or, rath-
er, In the seemingly innocent engrav-
ing hanging over it of Benjamin
Frankim at the court of France. I
tell you frankly that I had no Idea of
what would be found behind the pic-
I saw by his quick look that I had
stirred up a hornets' nest. This was
just what I had calculated to do.
"Behind it!" he repeated. "There is
nothing behind it."
I laughed, shrugged my shoulders
and backed slowly toward the door.
"Of course you should know," I re-
torted, with 8om
as If struck by u
"Oh, by the way, have you* been told
that there is a window on that floor
which does not stay fastened? I speak
of it that you may have It repaired as
soon as the police vacate. It's the last i
one in the hall leading to the negro
quarters. If 3*ou shake it hard enough. I
the catch falls back, and any one can
raise It even from the outside."
"I will see to it," he replied, drop-
ping his eyes, possibly to hide their
curious twinkle. "Hut what do you
mean about finding something in the
wall behind that old picture? • I've
But, though he spoke quickly and
shouted the last words after me at the
top of his voice, 1 was by this time
too far away to respond save by a du-
bious smile and a semipatronizlng wave
of the hand. Not until 1 was nearly
out of earshot did I venture to shout
back the following words:
"I'll be back In an hour. If anything
happens, if the boys annoy you or any
one attempts to enter the old house,
telephone to the station or summon
the officer at the corner. I don't be-
lieve any harm will come from leav-
ing the place to Itself for awhile."
Then I walked around the block.
When I arrived In front again it was
quite dark. So was the house, but
there was light In the library. I felt
assured that I should find Uncle Da-
vid there, and I did. When after a
noiseless entrance and a careful ad-
vance through the hall I threw open
the door beyond the gilded pillars It
was to see the tall figure of this old
man mounted upon the chair I had left
there peering up at the nail from
which I had so lately lifted the pic-
ture. He started as I presented myself
and almost fell from the chair. Hut
the careless laugh I uttered assured
liitn of the little importance I placed
Upon this evidence of his daring and
unappeasable curiosity, and he con-
fronted me with an enviable air of
dignity, whereupon I managed to say:
"Really, Mr. Moore. I'm glad to see
you here. It is quite natural for you to
wish to learn by any menus In your
power what that picture concealed. I
came back because I suddenly remem-
bered that I bad forgotten to rehang
Involuntarily he glanced again at the
wall overhead, which was as bare as
bis hand save for the nail he had al-
"It has concealed nothing,** he re-
torted. "You can see yourself that the
wall is bare and that it rings as sound
as any chimney piece ever made."
Here he struck it heavily with bis tlst.
"What did you imagine that you had
1 smiled, shrugged my shoulders In
lautalislng repetition of my former
action upon a like occasiou and then
"I did not come back to betray police
secrets, but to restore tills picture to
its ulace. Or Derhups you prefer to
LET ine repeat. The person who
had left the marks of his pres-
. ence In the upper chamber of
the Moore house was not the
man popularly known as Uncle David.
Who. then, had It been? But one name
suggested itself to me—Mr. Jeffrey.
It was not so easy for me to reach
this man as it had been for me to
reach his singular and unimaginative
uncle. In the tlrst place, his door had
been closed to every one since his
wife's death. Neither friends nor
strangers could gain admittance there
uuless they came vested with authori-
ty from the coroner. And this, even if
1 could manage to obtain it, would not
answer In my case. What I had to say
and do would better follow a chance
encounter. But no chance encounter
with this gentleman seemed likely to
fall to my lot, and finally I swallowed
my pride and osked another favor of
the lieutenant. Would he see that I
was given an opportunity for carrying
some message or of doing some errand
which would lead to my having an In-
terview with Mr. Jeffrey? If be would
I stood ready to promise that my curi-
osity should stop at this point, and that
I would cease to make a nuisance of
I think he suspected me by this time,
but he made 110 remark, and in a day
or so I was summoned to carry a note
to the house In K street.
Mrs. Jeffrey*s funeral bad taken
place the day before, and the house
looked deserted. But my summons
speedily brought to the door a neat
slon of reslstan
my errand and asked to see Mr. Jef-
frey. The expression would not have
struck me as peculiar If she bad raised
any objection to the Interview I had
solicited. But she did not. Her fear
and antipathy consequently sprang
from some other source than her in-
LorelU, the Jeffreys* maid
risible in it, too, which caused me to
think that if she could ever be made to
speak her evidence could be relied on.
Mr. Jeffrey was sitting with his
back to the door when 1 entered, but
turned as I spoke his name and held
out his hand for the note I carried. He
appeared to shrink from observation
and shifted uneasily as loug as 1 stood
In front of him. though he said nothing
and did not lift Ills eyes from the letter
he was perusing till he heard me step
back to the door I ha.l purposeiy left
open and softly closed It. Then he
glamvd up with a keen If not an
alarmed look, which seemed an eiag
gerated one for the occasion—that is,
if he had no secret to ke^p
"Do you suffer so from drafts?" he
asked, rising iu a way which in itself
was a dismissal.
I smiled an amused denial, then,
with the simple directness I thought
most likely to win me his confidence,
entered straight upon my business in
these plain words:
"Pardou me, Mr. Jeffrey, I hnve
something to say which is not exactly
tltted for the ears of servants." Then
us he pushed Ills chair suddenly back
I added reassuringly: "It is not a po-
lice matter, sir. but an entirely per-
sonal one. It may strike you as im-
portant. : n.l It may not Mr. Jeffrey.
1 was the man who made the unhappy
discovery in the Moore mansion which
has plunged this house Into mourning "
This announcement startled him and
produml a visible change in bis man-
ner. His eyes flew first to one door
and then to another, as If It were b«
who feared Intrusion now.
"I beg your pardon for speaking on
so Dainful a topic." I went on as soon
as I saw Tie was ready to listen to me.
"My excuse Is that I came upon a lit-
tle thing that same night which I have
% J en imp'
terest in the man most threatened by
my visit. Was It. could it be. on her
own account? Recalling what I had
heard whispered about the stntion con-
cerning a maid of the Jeffreys who al-
ways seemed on the point of saying
something which never really left her
lips, I stopped her ss she was about to
slip upstairs and quietly asked:
"Are you Loretta?"
The way she turned, the way she
looked at me, as she gave me a short
affirmative and then quickly proceed-
ed on her way, convinced me that my
colleagues were right as to her being a
woman who had some cause for dread-
ing police interference. I instantly
made up my mind that here was a
mine to be worked and that I knew
Just the demure little soul best equip-
ped to act the part of miner.
In a moment she came back, and I
had a chance to note again her pretty
but expressionless features, among
which the restless eyes alone bespoke
character or decision.
"Mr. Jeffrey is in the back room
upstairs." she announced. "He says
for you to come up."
"Is it the room Mrs. Jeffrey usod to
occupy?" I asked, with open curiosity,
as I passed her.
An Involuntary shudder proved that
she was not without feeling. So did
the quick disclaimer:
"No, no! Those rooms are closed.
He occupies the one Miss Tuttle had
before she went away."
"Oh. then. Miss Tuttle Is gone?"
Loretta disdained to answer. She
had already said enough to cause her
to bite her Hp as she disappeared dowu
the basement stair. Decidedly the boys
were right. An uneasy feeliug followed
any conversation with this girl. Yet,
while there was slyness in her man-
ner. there was a certain frauk hpuest/
not thoughtof sufficient Importance to
mention to any one else, but which it
may interest you to hear about."
Here I took from a book I held a
piece of blotting paper, u was white
on one side and blue on the other. The
white side I had thickly chalked,
though this was not apparent. Laying
down this piece of blotting paper,
chalked side up, on the end of a large
table near which we were stauding, I
took out an envelope from my pocket
and. shaking it gently to and fro, re-
"In an upper room of the Moore
house—you remember the southwest
Ah. didn't he! There was no mis-
doubting the quick emotion—the
shrinking and the alarm with which
be heard this room mentioned.
"It was In that room that I found
Tipping up the envelope. I scattered
over the face of the blotter a few of
the glistening particles I had collected
from the place mentioned.
He bent over them, astonished: then,
as was natural, brushed them together
in a heap with the tips of his fingers
and leaned to look again Just as I
breathed a heavy sigh which scattered
them far and wide
Instinctively he withdrewt his hand,
whereupon I embraced the opportunity
of turning the blotter over, uttering
meanwhile the most profuse apologies.
Then, as If anxious not to repeat my
misadventure, I let the blotter lie
where it was. and. pouring out the few
remaining particles into my palm. I
held them toward the light In such a
way that he was compelled to lean
across the table in order to see them.
Naturally, for I had planned the dis-
tance well his finger tips, white with
the chalk he had unconsciously han-
dled. touched the blue surface of the
blotter now lying uppermost and left
their marks there.
I could have shouted in my elation
at the success of this risky maneuver,
but managed to suppress my emotion
and to stand quite still while he took
a good look at the filings. They seemed
to have great and unusual interest for
him. and it was with 110 ordinary emo-
tion that he finally asked:
"What do you make out of these, and
why do you bring them here?"
j My answer was written under his
! hand, but this It was far from my pol-
1 icy to impart. So. putting on my friend-
j liest air, I returned, with suitable re-
i "I don't know what to make of th<*m.
| They look like gold, but that is for you
to decide. Do you want them, sir?"
"No," he replied, starting erect and
withdrawing his hand from the blot-
ter. "It's but a trifle—not worth our
uttention. Rut I thank you just the
| same for bringing It to my notice."
And again his manner became a plain
This time I accepted it as such with-
out question. Carelessly restoring the
piece of blotting paper to the book
from which I had taken it, I made a
bow and withdrew toward the door.
He seemed to be thinking, and the deep
furrows which I am sure had been
lacking from bis brow a week previous
became startliugly visible. Finally he
"Mrs. Jeffrey was not In her right
mind when sho so unhappily took her
life I s >e now that the change In her
dates back to her wedding day; conse-
quently any little peculiarity she may
iiave shown at that time is not to be
"Certainly not." I boldly ventured,
•*lf such peculiarities were shown aft-
er the fright given her by the catas-
trophe which took place in the library."
His jjy.ea. which were tt*ed. on mine.
flashed, and his Lauds closed convul-
"We will not consider the subject."
he muttered, reseating himself iu the
chair from which he had risen.
1 bowed again and went out. I did
not dwell ou the interview Ki my own
miud, nor did I allow myself to draw
any conclusions from it till I had
ri Hl the blotter into the southw
chamber of the Moore house aud
fully compared the impressions
on it with the marks 1 had s<
on the surface of the mantc
This I did by laying the one over the
other after haviug made holes where
his finger tips bad touched the blotter.
The holes In the blotter and the
marks outlined upou the shelf coincid-
Ill AVE already mentioned the man
whom I secretly looked upon as
standing between me and all
preferment. He was a good look-
ing fellow, but he wore a natural sneer
which for some reason I felt to be al-
ways directed toward myself. This
sneer grew pronounced about this time,
aud that was the reason, uo doubt, why
I continued to work as long as I did in
secret. 1 dreaded the open laugh of
this man, a laugh which always seem
ed hovering 011 his lips aud which was
only held iu restraint by the awe we
all felt of the major.
Notwithstanding. I made one alight
move. Encountering the deputy coro-
ner. I ventured to ask if he was quite
satisfied with the evidence collected iu
the Jeffrey case.
His surprise did not preyeat him
From asKing my reasons lor tnts ques-
I replied to this effect:
"Because I have a little friend win-
some enough and subtle euough to
worm the truth out of the devil. I
hear that the girl Loretta is suspected
of knowing more about this unfortu-
nate tragedy than she is willing to Im-
part. If you wish this little friend of
mine to talk to her I will see that she
does so and does so with effect."
The deputy coroner looked interested.
"Whom do you mean by 'little friend,'
and what is her name?"
"I will send her to you."
And I did.
The next day I was standing on the
corner of Vermont avenue when I saw
Jinny advancing from the house in lv
street. She was chipper, and she was
smiling in u way which made me say
"It is fortunate that Durbin Is not
For Jinny's one weakness is her lack
of power to hide the satisfaction she
takes in any detective work that comes
her way. I had told her of this and had
more than once tried to Impress upon
her that her smile was a complete
give away, but I noticed that if she
kept it from her lips It forced its way
out of her eyes, and If she kept It out
of her eyes It beamed like an inner
radiance from her whole face. So I
gave up the task of making her perfect
and let her go on smiling, glad that she
had such frequent cause for It.
This morning her smile had a touch
of pride in it as well as of delight, and.
noting this, I remarked:
"You have made Loretta talk."
Her head went up. and a demure
dimple appeared in her cheek.
"What did she say?" I urged. "What
has she been keeping back?"
"You will have to ask the coroner.
My orders were strict to brlug the re-
sults of my interview immediately to
"Does that Include Durbin?"
"Does it include you?"
"I am afraid not."
"You are right. Hut why shouldn't
It include you?"
"What do you mean. Jinny?"
"Why do you keep your own counsel
so long? You have Ideas about this
crime, I know. Why not mention
"A word to the wise is sufficient."
She laughed aud turned her pretty
face toward the coroner's office. But
she was a woman and could not help
glancing back, and. meeting my du-
bious look, she broke into an arch
, smile and naively added this remark:
"Loretta is a busybody ashamed of her
own curiosity. So much there can be
j no harm in telling you. When one's
knowledge has been gained by linger-
ing behind doors and peeping through
cracks, one is not so ready to say what
one has seen and heard. Loretta Is in
that box and. being more than a little
scared by the police, was glad to let
her anxiety and her fears ftverflow Into
a sympathizing ear. Won't she be sur-
prised when she is called up sosoe tine
day by the coroner! I wonder if she
will blame me for U?"
"She will never think of doing so."
1 basely assured mi little friend,, with
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the tlrst thought is as to their ability;
the charge for their sen ices is at least
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Buying a piano should be done in much
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Tlie prices we will quote you on Kim-
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we carry, will meet your most hearty
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Really costs you nothing to equip your
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Remember a Guarantee goes with ev- $$
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The Kimball is recognized as the
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Call at the Music House of E.
H. Knauss and get particulars.
E. H. KNAUSS,
Pioneer Piano Dealer of Oklahoma Territory.
Handles Everything in Music-
an appreciative glance at her apaVkltng
eye and dimpled cheek.
The arch little creature started to
move off again. As she did so she
cried. "Be good, and don't let Durbin
cut in on you." but stopped for the sec-
ond time when half across the street,
and when, obedient to her look. I hasti-
ly rejoined her. she whispered demure-
ly: "Oh. I forgot to tell you something
that I heard this morning and that
nobody but yourself has any right to
know. I was following your com-
mands aud buying groceries at Simp-
kins' when, just as I was coming out
with my arms full. I heard old Mr.
3impkins mention Mr. Jeffrey's name
and with such interest that I naturally
wanted to hear what he had to say.
Having no real excuse for staying. I
poked my finger into a bag of sugar I
was carrying till the sugar ran out.
and I had to wuit till it was put up
agaiu. This did not take long, but it
took long enough for me to hear the
old grocer say that he knew Mr. Jef-
frey and that that gentleman had come
into his shop only a day or two before
his wife's death to buy—candles!"
The archness with which this was
said, together with the fact itself,
made me her slave forever. As her
small figure faded from sight down the
avenue I decided to take her advice
and follow up whatever communica-
tion she had to make to the coroner by
a confession of my own suspicious and
what they had led me Into. If he
laughed—well. I could stand It. It was
not the coroner's laugh nor even the
major's that I feared. It was Dnrbin's.
the Chicago & Alton, is chairman of
the association, while E. L. Bevington
out qualification. I would like to be
with you at the meeting of the joint
I feel as i? I knew most of the folks
who will be prominent in that conven-
tion, almost as well as I know the
people of my own state, and it is un-
necessary for me to say that I have
a deep and abiding interest in this
question of statehood for Oklahoma
and Indian territory.
I can not, however writhe you in
this letter that I can come, but I
want to be permitted to take the mat-
ter under consideration, in the hope
that affairs may so adjust themselves
that I can write you later on of my
'acceptance of the invitation. I have
certain important engagements which
may prevent my coming but I will
! write you later just how mattjers stand. ____„ _v
dIU a I ULK tA-
With best wishes. I am. CHANGE ELECTIONS.
Yours very truly,
E. L. Hamilton. Chicago, III., June 5.—At the electftm
of the Chicago t£ock Exchange held
here today Benjamin R. Cahn. one of
the oldest stock brokers in the city
was made president.
New York, June 5.—The New York
Street Commissioner Williams is doing Cotton exchange held Its election to-
satisfactory work. Today he r.et u0 j clay and chose Walter C. Hubbard.
KING ALFONSO IN ENGLAND.
London, June 5— King Alfonso of
Spain, arrived here today, crossing the
channel In the royal yacht Victoria
and Albert. There will be a royal
family dinner in his honor at Bucking-
ham Palace tonight, and the program
for his entertainment also includes a
state banquet, reception at Marlbor-
ough house, the residence of the
Prince of Wales, a gala performance
of the opera and entertainments at the
Spanish and Austro-Hungarian embas-
MAKES 'EM COME THROUGH.
Monkey Business Go*s With
vifh an obstacle.
I president. Mr. Hubbard belongs to
man did not want to help clean the
street In front or his place. Mr. Wil-jth® coterie of younger members and
1 llamson Informed him that he desired to 1 liberality and progress are expected to
To be Continued Next Week.
HAMILTON WILL ATTEND.
have the city cleaned up iu good shape
for next week at least. The gentleman
repllel that he "cculd go to h—1 " The
enterprising stieet commissioner simply
tohj him. then, that he would compel
him to help and the business man im-
mediately complied with his wishes.
Statehood Convention in Oklahoma
City in July.
Hon. C. G. Jones of Oklahoma City,
has received the following letter from
Congressman E. L. Hamilton of Niles,
Michigan, chairman of the house com-
mitter on territ**i«'fl:
Niles, Mich., May 31, 1905.
Hon. C. G. Jones,
My Dear Mr. Jones:—Your letter re
celved, and I "am strongly tempted to
accept your invitation at once with-
mark the new regime.
Denver, Colo., June 5.—The National
Electric Light association delegates,
who will open their business session
of their national convention arrived
here today and were formally received
at the Brown Palace hotel. Tomor-
(By Associated Press.)
Portland, Ore., June 5.—The annual row the delegates will be formally
convention of the Transcontinental welcomed by Governor McDonald at
Passenger association opened here to-[the beginning of the business meeting
day. Passenger agents of many of the Mayor Speer of Denver and Mayoi
large railroad systems are In attend-1 Hall of Colorado Springs will also b<,
ance. This is the organization which among the speakers welcoming the vis-
has In lt^ power the establishment of, itors. Several interesting addresses
the rates to all the various conventions' on electrical mibjects will be made,
and other events held throughout the the speakers including S. Percy Cole.
United States and Canada. James J. Percy Ingalls, P. D. Wagoner and
Carlton, general passenger agent of others. t ^
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