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Chapter Number3. XXXII
Chapter TitleHICKORY.
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Full Date1891-10-31
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Newspaper TitleFreeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932)
Trove TitleHand and Ring
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HAND AND B1NG.

By A. K. Green.

BOOK III. ' .; THE SCALES OF JUSTICE1.

CHAPTER XXX II. HICKORY.

?*' Hickory, dickory, dock ! - ? , The mouse ran up the clock ! 'i'°''-:' ' The clock struck one, : »? And down he run ! Hickory, dickory, dock !' ? ? Mother Goose Melodies.

Hickoey'q face uaa no hqv? oao to fche coart. He bod occupied a ooneidoEabls portion o2 one day in giving tootisacny ico? the preseootion, and ?his ?oagh saannos: aad hardy iraeo, tvyinlrliiag, 'ihowevev, at tiaioo wita oe hrepresublo hnmcmr ithat ^odeemed it nod bim from oil ehopgen of ?agliaeoDj v/eso well kaorcn not only to the jury but fcoall the hobifcaoo o£ fcfoo t?ial. Yet, when he stopped apoo tho stood at the sammoao o£

Mr. Orcutt, evei-y syo ttsraed fov7oed him V7ita eneiooity9 do grant waa tho oraepnoo with ubich hio aome bed boen hoiled, cind oo vivid the inteeeot BEOused in what a detective devoted to the eousa o£ tho ppoQeoutioE might hove to scy in 4he woy o£ ouppovting the defence. The first qaeotion uttered by Ms. Ofoatt sesvod to prat them opera the sight; t?nc!r, * Will yGU toll tho Ooui?fc wharo job have Ibsen to-doy, Mr. Hiclxos'y ?' 'Well,' replied tho mtneaa in a olov/ and yumioofcing tone of voice, do he coat o look at Mr. Femo, holit apologetic and ha\i L'essguring, ' I have beezj in a good mony places - — ' ' Yoh tnovf what I mean,' intersopted Mi1. Oecntt. 6 Tell tho Goutt where yoa wer© betwQdn the hoars oic eleven and a quarto? to one,' ho oddad, with a qaiolr glenoo at the pnpei? he held in bio hand. 'Oh, then,' cried Hicfeosy, gaddenly yelasing into hio ctaolleot oolL ' Wol], thens I wgg all bIobe; the Fonto from Sibley to Monteith Quays? y StcfcioB. I don't think I wao otatioaovy afc oay on© saioBto o'i tho time, die'/ * la otJaoc wosda— ' oisggQDted Mi'. Greatf; : alx7Q9 toying to ohow myoeK scaoptoe thon _Nr? li9{;S;(35?fi i° hovrmt? with & OTQot oho\7 o£ seonect

+I'a %q two sspeets who sot aeov, ' Op, ia ofclaer wofda *'^' was tey'm8 *° mC1^0 t'10 distance Tbsfcwa'an iw^1?' GlemmenQ'Q houoo and the station T-iin™ m.o^*s'-n0^ *a ^me sufficient to upoet the also oomewlaat o£ o detectivQ.' ^ „, 'And wIjoe woo thio aaggeotioa gn*m r * After yon? opescb, oip, yesterday.' ' Afc the hotel, ois1, wtao I and my friend Pafc np-' . , . 'Did aofc the oohbooI foptHs© proseoution older yon to SHa!so this attempt ?' 'Wo, ok1.' 8 Who did Iinow it ?' ' My friend.' ? No oao oloe P° « Well, oil?, iudgiag foom my present position, I shoald aay fchoso Qoemo to have been someone ©Ise,' the witness setoeted. The calmaeDO with which Me. Oeoutt eazriad on thifl esGHflinatioE oafiorefi a momeatDry dio tnrbaacoo s Yon kaow wfeot I mom,' ho eetnt'oed. 'Did you tell oayoao but yoas? ffriond that yoa wsus going to andoEtoko thia. son P° « Mr. Hiolsosy,' the lav/yee how ptssomed, ' will you tell no why you ooEoideeed yoB^oolf qucli fied to succeed in an attempt whoee you had olk'QQdy been Sold I'eguloE ©sperts hod Sailed P5 ' Well, Dit?, I don't know, lanlosc you find the 'Bolutioa ia the elightly pseaumptivo ehaEDctos? of isay dispooition.' ' Had yoa qvok Ban before of oagegod ra oth ?letio spoito o£ oay kind P' 'Ob, yes, Ihavo ran bofos?©.' 14 Have you evoi1 ran in a raoe witla aaea of well-knowa reputation ioz opood P' ?Well, yoD,IboY0'S 'Did you ovo'i uia ia ouela n yneo ?' * Onco.' ?No moraP' ' Well, then, twiee.' Tho dejection v/itfe wfeicli thia loot ooaoat oame foetfe EOBOSfl tho 2aij?th o£ oomo iF^ht.heos'ted feathep-liecdod people, but tho offioes.'a ol the court SDoa put ootop to that. ' Me. Hickoi]y« v^Ill you toll uo whether on socountoS hoviog twice beatoa ia a L'oce soquif . ing the quoli&entioas o£ o profeaaional rnnnor, ?yoa conoidorod youi'celf qualified to jadgo of the ieos'ibility o£ any othou man's makiag tho dio ?taaco fi'0223 Mho. Olomiaono'a hoooo to Montoith .QaQgry Station in ninety miHutoOj h^ you? own jability to do goP' ' Yes, b\z, I did ; but o men'o jodgtaout o£ hia .own qaaiificatioas doeon't go £oi'.f 'I did aot ask. you for any sosqsgsIjs, Ml5. '3 'Jlickogy. This is a nesions maUei' and dsmondo ? 8eff!ouo teoatmont. I aahod if in undostaking to i make thio son io ninety minutos you do not pi'o : sums to judge o£ tho feasibility o£ tho pi'isonor- ?having modo' it. m that fcimo aad you onaivogod, . ' ?* Yee,' . It v7M oaouRli, .. Tho uifeoas bor/od uitla aa aic o£ gcoafc iano ooe'noe. 'ITot/j -'A^lLfl i,1' n ^_ o \O\1 l 7 OTJ. iHjado o j^l ^ ? l 0 i o^^'u Logoj to Monkitk Qx. ^j w - J 'ojo tolliag as ia -what tliiio joi tiit. n-, \yi*L ^ t)t oo Lku1 o^ough to ?I Bf Hus'« lo alp i, c v, i c T ?

'The one, sip, which lias boon pointod OBt by the prosecution qq that which the pfisonoi1 uq doubtedlj tjok — tho pnth tbjrouKh 2ho woods and ovei? the bridge to the I2iip,lhiv7oy. I know no other.' ' Did you Imow thio P' ? Yes, si?/ ? How eGEao you to know it P' { I had booBi ovoc it boforo/ ' Mr. Hickos.'y9 woro you well enough ae quainted with tho jronto not to be obliged to stop at any point daring yoai' jouraoy to see if you weso in tho right path op taking the most direct rond So yous.1 destination ?' 'Yes, sir/ ' And whoo you got to tbo rives? P' ' I turned sitfoiflht to tho right and made £ol? the bridge/ ' Did you sot poaoo to aoe if. you could aot OFoas the steoam in oome way P' 6 'No, oir. I don't know how to svyina in my clothes and koop them &vy ; and as fos my wings, I hod unfortunately left them at ome/ Mr. Oi'eutt frowned. ' These attempta nt humour/ said he, 'are very mal a propoo, Mr. Hickory/ Theo, with, a ve tufn to hia usaol tone : ' Did you cro?s the bridge ofc a juq P' ' Ye s, sis?/ 0 And did you koop up you*? pace wfoeo yon got to tho highroad ?' c No, I did aot ; 1 woo tired/ 5 Aud what pace do you take when you cm fcfood ?' s A horos's pace when I eon get it/ wao the laughiag ffoply. 5 A team was going by, sir, cad I jumped up with the driver/ 6 Ah, you rode thea part of tho way ?' ' Yao, till I got ia eight of the otatioa/ c Why did you aot go further P' ' Becansg I had been told tho prisoner was GesB to walk up to the station, end I meant to be fair to him.' sOh, you did ; and you think it wes fair to him to steal a ride oa the highway P' ' Yt s sip.' ? And why P' 'Becau8e.no oae has qvsl1 told me he didn't ride down th© highway, at least till he oame within sight of the otabion/ 8 Mr. Hickory,' inquired the lawyer, severely, !affe you in possession of any knowledge proving that he did ?' 'Eo, sir.' Me. Byvd, who had been watohipg tfee pri soner beoathlesDly through all this, s^w or thoaglit he saw the faintest shadow of an odd, disdainful smile acroas hia sternly composed featurao at this moment. But he could aot be sure. There woo enough in the possibility, bow eve?, to aake the detective thoughtful ; bat Mr. Oreutt proceeding rapidly with Mg esaminatioa, loft him ho time to formulate Ms seasationa into woffdoo .... 'So that by taking' this woggon you are eortaia you loot eo time ?' . ' Yeo, Dir/ 'Mr. Hickory, will you aow otate whether you put foeth your full speed to-day in goiag from Mrs. Clsmmeaa'a houoo to the Qaurry Station?' ' No, I did aot put forth anythiag like say full speed, oir/ the witness repeated, with a twinkle '{a the direction of Byrd that fell juofc ohort of being a decided wink. ' And why, may I aok P What reotroiaad you feom Etanaing qq lost aG you could ? Sympathy fee the defence P' Tko ironical ouggaotioa coaveyed in this laot queatiGQ gave Hickory do escnse foe indulging in hia peculiar humour. 'Ho, airs oy£Bpathy foe tho prosecution. I £ea?sd the loss o£ oa© of its moot humble bat valuable assistDnto, la other words, I v;oo afraid I should break mf neck/ ? And why sbould you Iiave aay opooial fears of breaking yon? neok P' ? ' The path io oo uaovoa, siy. No man could run for much of the. way without endangering Ms li?©9 or at least hio limbo/ ' Did you sun when you could P' ? Yeo, sis/ 1 Yeiiy well ; aow I think it is ilmo you told the Jury juot how many minutes it took you to go from Meo. Clemmena'a Jdco£ to tho Monteith Qucrry Btafeion.1 ' Well, sir, aQoosdiau to my wotca, it took one hundred and five eainoteQ.' Mr. Oreutt glanced impreGsively at tho jury. ' Oae hundred and five minutes/ he repeated. He then turned to the witaees with hia conclud ing questions. 8 Mr. Hickory, were yora preoenfc ia the court rooBS 3 not aow whoo tho two esparto whom I ?have employed to make the gun gave their testimony P' ' Bo, sir/ 1 Do yoa keow ia what timo they ma&Q it?' . 8 1 believe I do. I was told by the person whom I informed ai my failure that I had gained five minutes upon them/ e And what did you seply P' 8 That I hoped I could mako oomofchinq on thorn ; but that five miautsa WDsa'fc much when o oloan fifteen woo wanted/ returned Hickory, with oBothoi? droll look at the eapeafco and db askaaeo'appoal at Byrd, which being trniadated might read : ' How ia the deuce eould this man have known what I was whioporinfj to you on tho othor side of the coiu'fc-i'oom P Io bo a wizard, thio Oscutt P1 Ho forgot that o saooesofal lawyej? io alwsyo Eioi'o oe1 Iodd o£ a wizard. ? Chapter XXXIII. A LATE DISCOVERY. ' Oh, torture me no more, I will confess.' — Kino Lear. Wifcia tlio cyoss-osntainntioiji o! Hickory, fcho doSoaeo r-'octcel-; and iho-dcy boing £os.'ad7rJnooc2, tho Oosl'S r.tlJGiiL'nod. . . . . ?

at tho &ogd of those most immediately concerned in tho trial. His firsfc'/ook nctmally fell upon Mr, Orcntt. Ab ! all wao going well with the great lawyer. Hope, if not triumph, beamed in faio oyo nod bre&thod in ovei'y movsEaont of hia aloft and' noEvoas focna. Ho wqq looking ooiioao tho court* room at Imogsno Daro, oad hia foatures woi'o a faint Qnailo that indolibly itapraafiod itself upon Mi'. Byrd'o momoi-y. Pat'hcpa beeaaso thek'e wna oomething roolly peculiar and remarkable in its expreosion, and perhaps boeaune of th® contrast it oft'eired to his own feelings of oeoret doubt and draad. His nest look nafcurally -followed that of Mr. Oucutt aad coated upon Imogeno Daro. Ah ! oho was uader tho apell oS: awakooiag hope also. It was visible in her lightened brow, her colmef and less siudiod aspect, her eager and eloquently speaking goze yet lingering ou the door through which the prisoner had departed. As Mr. Byi'd marked this look of heso and noted all it revealed, he felt hia emotions rite till they almost confounded him. But, strong bo they were, they deepened still further when, in on other moment, he beheld her suddenly drop ho? oyeo from tho doo? o.nd fcara tfaom slowly, rolac tactly bafc gratefully, upon Mij. Ofcutf. All tho otoiy of her life was in that ohongo of look ; all the otory of her futupo5 tco, peeliapn, lit — Ms. Byifd dared not allow himself to follow the contingency that lut'k^i behind that if, and, to divert hia mind, traced his attention to Mr. Feras. Bat he found small comfort there, Por the Dis rict Attorney woo aofc alone. Hickory stood at his side, ond Hickosy was whispesinp: in his ear, nnd Me?. Byrd, who knerz whofc wes weigh ing on his colleague's mind, fouod ao difficulty in interpreting the mingled expression of per plexity and sarpriae that erooood the da?k aquiline features of the District Attorney as he listened with, slightly bended head to whet the detective had to say. That look and the deep anxious frown which crossed his brow a? he glanced up and encountered Imogone's eye, ie raxiaed in Mk'.Byed's mind long aftei1 the court room was empty and he had returned to his hotel. It mingled with tha smilo of sH'QEige satisfaction which ho bad dstectsd on Mr. Of cutt'o face, and awakened saeh a turmoil of con tradictory iroogea in his mind that he wao glad when Hickory at lost came in to break the spell. Their meeting wqs singular, aad revoaled, as by a flash, the difference between the tv70 men. Byrd contented himsalf with giving Hickory a look saying nothing, while Hickory bestowed upon Byrd q bearty, ? Well, old fallow !' cud broke oat into a loud cad by no moans uneojoy ablo laugh. ? You didn't aspect to see me -mounting the rostrum in favour of the defence, did you Ps ho asked, after he had indulged himself as he saw fife in the display o£ this somewhat unoeasoaable mirth. * Well, it wno a ourpriQ©. I'vo done it for Qrcutt aow P' ? But tha pjosecutioB Isco closed ?' 'Bah ! what of that ?' was the careless reply. The District Attorney con get it re-opened. No Court; would refuae that.' Horace surveyed Mo colleague for a moment in silence. . '..So Mff. Ferris was straek with tho point you gave him ?' he rotuEned, at last. ' Well, oaffieiantly so to be uneasy,' wdo Hic kory's Domowhafc dry responso. The look with which Byrd answered him was eloquent * And that makes you cheerful P' he said, with unconcealed sarcasm. ' Well, it has d alight tendency that way/ drawled the other, oeemingly careless of the othee'e espreainoB, ifs indeed5 he had noted it. ' You see,' he went ou, with a meaning wink and a omile of utter unconcern, 8 oil my enemies just now ewe concentrated on getting myself even with that somewhat too wide-awake lawyer.' An! his smile broadened till it merged into a lough that was rasping- enough to Byed's more delicate and generous sensibilities. e Sufficiently go to be uneasy !' Yes, that wds it. Prom the minute Mr. Ferris listened to the suggestion that Misa Dare hod not told all she know about the mujfdoE1, and that n'quegtion ro tative to where oho aod boon at the time it was perpetrated would, in all probability, bring atrongo revolationo to light, ho had been Dwakoaed to a moot ©noomfoEfcable senGQ of his position and the duty that wag pcsttbly te quired of him. To be suie, the time for pre senting testimony to the court wna passed, un less it waa in the way of rebuttal ; but how did h© know but what Miss Dora had a face at her com mand which would help the proaecation in over turning tho strongs, unexpected, yet simple theory ok tho defence P At all events, he felt ho ought to know whother, in her sympathy for tho nccuoed, ohe had kept back certain evidence whioh, if presented, might bring the crime more directly home to the prisoner. Accordingly, somewhoKe toward eight o'clock in the ovening, he sought her out with the bold resolution of forcing her to satisfy him on this point. Hio attitude oi1 possibly his expression mast have betrayed noraething o? his anxiety, if aot oi his resolve, for hsi1 countonDnoo fell aa she wotclied him, and her voice sounded quite un natural as ohe strove to aok to what she was in debted fos this unexpected visit. Ho did not keop Isgl1 in suspenae. 1 Miss Daro,' aaid ho, not without kindnose, for ho wan very aos*y for this xyomaa, despito the iaovitabls prejudice which hot relations to the acouood had o wakened, ' i would have given much not to have boon obliged to disturb you to-night, but my duty would not allow it. Those is a question which t have hitherto omitted to ao\ — — ' 6 Ho poupod, chocked ; oho was swaying h'om aide to side before Mo oyoo, and seemed iadcod about to Soil. Bob at iho ontroaching of bis hand oho aiooovorod horooi: nnd atcoi oi'oct,. tho Bobksfc apoctoolo o£ o wol-t.d ijsi^ii-pLi'.i^ over tbo wonkBoca o£ hoL' body by '\ : . ..'ok'oo of' Iiou rattelfablo will ikvA ho had ^ , ^ joholci.

1 Sit down/ he gently urged, pushing toward her o chair.' 'You have had c has?dt dreary week of it ; you aro in need of root.' She did not rafuse to avail herself of the chair, though as he could not help bat notice, she did aot thereby relax one iota o£ the reofceamfe ohe put upon hei'selL 'I do aot understand,' she raufmut'ed ; e what question P' ' Miss Dare, id ail you have told tho Court, in all that you have told me, about this fatal ond unhappy qKqu*, you have neves.1 iofo^mod uo how it woo you first come to hear o£ it. You [701*0- — — ' ' I heard it firot on the street corner,' oho in» tercapted, with what seemed to him a feverish hes'o. 1 Mios Dare, had you been is the street long P Were you in it at tho time the muedes.' happened, do you think P' 5 1 in tho ofcpoefcp' ' Yes,' he sepeatedj conaeious horn the oudden ofcrange alteration in her look that ho had touched upon a point which, to her, wqq vital with some undefined intereot, possibly that to which tho ' surmises o£ Hickory had supplied a clue. ' War® you in the street, or anywhere oat of doora ofc tho time the murder occurred P It strikes me that it would be well for me to know.' ? Sir,' oho cried, rising in her sudden iadigOQa tion, ' I thought the time for questions had passed. What moons this sudden inquiry into q mattes.' we have oil considered exhausted, cer tainly as far ao I am concerned/ 'Shall I show you?' he cried, taking her by the hand and leading her to the mirror near by, undei? one of those impulses whieh sometimes effect Qu much. ' Look io there at your owe face and you will boo why I press this question. Ujpoa you,' . ' '?]'.', (To ha continued.)