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Chapter Number3. XXXV.
Chapter TitlePRO AND CON.
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Full Date1891-11-28
Page Number4
Word Count3773
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Newspaper TitleFreeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932)
Trove TitleHand and Ring
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By A. K. Queen.

BOOK III. Chapter SSXV.-Peo and Con.

' Samlet : Do you see yonder cloud that's almost in. shape of a camel ? Polonios : By the mass, and Jt is like a camel indeed. Hamlet : Metbinks it is like a weasel. Polonius : It is back'd like a weasel.' '-Hamlet. {Coniiiuicil.) « Sms' said Mr. Byrd, confidingly, to the District Attorney, ' let ko run oveL1 &bis matter from the

beginning. Starting wita tne supposition ious the explanation oh© gave you last ai«ht woo the true one, lot uq see it the whole affair dooo not hang together in a way ta satisfy us all ns to wheee the veal guilt Hoo. First, let as consider the interview held by this man and woman in the woods. Miss Dfive, as we moot remember, H'gs aot engaged w Mr, Mans_-ll ; she only loved him. Their engagement, to any nothing of the'w mavnago, depended upon his success in life— a success which to them seemad to hang solely upon the decioioa of Mrs. Clommens con cerning the small capital he desired her to odvance him. Bat ia tho interview whieh Manssll had hold with his aunt previous to^tho meeting between tho lovers, Msg. Clemmen^ had refused to loon him this money, and Miss Dare, whose feelings we dijo endeavouring to follow, found herself beset by the entreaties of a man who, having Sailed in hio plans for future fortune, feared the losg of her love aa well. What was the notuval consequence? Rebellion against the widow's decision, of coarse. Thio prepared the way for the interest she mani fested when, upon looting through the telescope fthe next doy, she saw him flying in that extra ordinary way from hio aunt's cottage toward the woods. Not that ohe then thought of his having committed a crime, Aa I trace her mental experiences she did not come to that conclusion till it wgs forced upon her. I do not know, and so cannot say, how sha fifsfc heard of the mur des— ' ? She was told of it OB tho street corner,5 interpolated Mr. 'Feme. 'Ah, well, then, foesh from this vision of her lover hastening from hio aunt's door to hide himself its the woods beyond, ohe coisie into town and was greeted by tho announcement that Ms?s. Clerameno had just been assaulted by a tramp in hes? owa house. I know this was the way in which the news wos told her, from the expression o? her face aa she entered the house. In fact, the words she droppsd show the character of her thoughts at that time. She distinctly murmured in my heaping : ' Wo good

can come of ifc, none. As if her mind were ; dwelling upon the advantages which might ! accrue to hor lover from his aunt's death, and i weighing them against the fool means by which ; that person's end had been hastened. The fact ; that she came to the house at all, and, having ; come, insisted upon knowing all the details of ! the assault, seem to prove she was not without a I desire to satisfy herself thofc suspicion rightfully attached itself to the tramp. But not until ohe : sew hev loves'o ring upon the floor (th© ring ? which ohs had with her owe hand dropped into ; the pocket o£ his coat tho day before) and hoard that the tramp bad justified himself and was no ; longer considered tho assailant, did lies true fear I and horror come. Then, indeed, oil the past ? rose up before hor, and, believing her lover ' gailty ofc this crime, she laid claim to the jewel ; as the firot and only alternative that offered by -which she might stand betweea him and the : «30Qsequenceo o£ his guilt, What does she do, ; then ? With tho courage that characterizes all .: her movements, she determines upon seeing him, and from his own lips, perhaps, win aeonfeosion ; of guilt os? innocence. Con ooicing that hio flight : woo diroctod towards tho Quarry Station, and thenco to Buffalo, she embraced the first oppor tunity to follow hioi to the latter place. Bat (Chancing to leave the cms at Syracuoe, she was startled by encountering in the depot th© very aica with whom she had been associating thoughts of guilt Shocked end thrown off her guard by the tmespectedneos of the occurrence, i eho betrays her oinkiner and her honor. ' Were i you coming to see me P' ohe asks, add secoils, ?Coaviaced without forthes1 speech, that her worot fears hod foundation in fact, ohe turns ! \baok towordo hes? home. The man oho loved lhad committed a crime. That it was partly for ; Sjsf oa!ro only increased ber horroi' sevenfold. Sat though ho was stained by guilt, she felt ?that it wgs the guilt of a strong nature driven 'Irons ito bearings by tho conjunction of two violent paooions— ombition and love ; and she toeing posoionato and ambitious hersBlf, remained attached to tho man while ahe recoiled from his crime.' * Thio being no, oho could nof-, as a womon, wish him to suffer the penalty of his wickedneso. 'Slaongh loot to her, he must not be lo&t to the world. So, with tho heroism natural to such a {nature, ohe chut the oooret up is hoi1 own breast, and faced her Mends with courage, wishing, if. aofc hoping, that the mutter would romaio the myotory it pi'omised to be whoa she stood with ns in the presence of tho dying woman. 5 But this wna not to bo, i'o? ouddenly, in the saidot of her oomplaconcy, fell tho atastlinp; an aoaneoisaosit that onothoi1 man — on iaaocoafi iudu ' — OK©, too, o£ hor lovov'o own qtonding, if not ?feopos, had by a OHi'ious conjunction of ovoutn so laid himooK opoa to ttio unspicion of tho anthori iioo do to bo actually audot' nK'oofc £ol' thio -or-iojo. 'T'wDD o dc/dgos.1 oho hvA siofe ioyossoa, a ffaoalt iW whiols aho v/ao not pi'opoE'od. ' Startled cud confounded, oho lot a Zox? &aya qo by ia uteiiszlocAi&'m&QQhiou, nonuill}/ homnci.

with the blind trust of her oe^r, that Mr. Hil dreth would be relessod without intorforonoe. But Mr. Hildrcth wao not yelonood, nud ho? anxiety was fast becoming unaadurablo, when that decoy letter oant by Hickory yoachod her, awakening in hoe breaot for tho first time, per haps, the hope that Mansoll worald show Mmsolf to be a true man in this ostsemity, osad hy a public coafesoion of guilt Meases hoi1 ffrom tho task of herool£ supplying the iafocniDtioQ which would lead to his commitmeBt. 'At last— was ifc the result of tho attempt made by this maa upon his life P— oho put an end to this straggle hj acting for herself. Moved by a ssnso of duty, despite bee love, she oent the letter which di'ew attention to hoi.1 iovei% and paved the way for that trial which has occupied our attention for S3 many davs. But— mark this, for I think it is the only explanation of hei? whole con duct—the Q6DS0 of justice that upheld her in this da'y was mingled with the hope that hes over would escape conviction if he did not trial. The ono fact which told the mootagainot him— I allude to his flight horn his aunt's door on tho Eaoraing of the murder, as observed by bet' throngh the telescope — wca as yet a secret in her own breast, and there oho moant it to remain unless it was drawn from her by actual ques tion. Bat in on unexpected hone ofee learned that fcbo detectives wore anxious to Irnow where ohe wos during the time of the murder. She heard Hickory question Professor Darling's servant girl as to whether she was still in the observa» ory, and at once feared that hor secret was dis covered. 6 But as time passes by and Craik Manaoll is brought to trial, she begins to hope she may bo spared this sacrifice. She therefore responds with perfect truth when summoned to the stand to give evidence, and does not wavei1, thongh question afteg quesiion ia aokod her, whose answers cannot fail to show the state of hey mind in regard tj the prisanei-'s guilt. ' And it looked aa if he would be saved. A defence both skilful and ingenious had been ad vanced for him by his counsel — a defence which only the one fact so securely locked in lier bosom could controvert. You can imagine, then, the feorror and alorm which muot have seized her, when, in the very bout1 o£ hor hope, you ap proached her with the demand which proved that hes confidence in her power to keep silence had been premature, und that the alternative wao yet to bo submitted to her of destroying her lover or sacrificing herself. Yet, became o great nature does nofe succumb without a struggle, she tried even now the effect of the truth upon you, and told you the oao foot she considered so detrimental to the safety of her bver. ' The result was fatal. Though I cannot pre sume to say what patted between you, I can imagiae how the change ia your countenance warned har of: the doom ohe r/ould bnng on Manosll if she 'want into Court with tho same story she told you. Nor do I find it difficult to imagine how, in one of her history and tempera ment, a night of continuous brooding over this one topic should have culminated in the act whioh startled us so profoundly in the court, room this morning. Love, misery, devotion ase not mere names to her, and the greatness which sus tained her thiough the ordeal of denouncing her lover in order that an innocent man might be relieved from suspicion was tho samo that made it possible for hog to denounce herself that &in might redeem the life that she had thus delibe rately jeopardized. 4 That she did this with a certain calmness and dignity proves it to have been the result oil de sign. A murderess forced by conscience into confession would net have gone iato the details of her crime, but blurted out her guilt, and left the details to be dra»7n from her by qaention. Only the womon anxious to tell her story with the plausibility necessary to issure ifs belief would have planned and corned on hen confes oion as she did. ' The action o£ the prisoner ia the face of. this proof of devotioo, though it might have been foreseen by a man, was evidently not foreseen by her. To me, who watched he? closely at the time, her face wore a strange look of mingled satisfaction and despair— satisfaction in having awakened hia manhood, despair in having failed to cave him.' Mr. FerdSi who, during this lengthy and 02 haustive harangue, had sat with brooding eoua tenaace and an ansious mien, roused as tho other oeassd, and glanced with a omils at Hickory. ' Well,' said he, ' that's good reasoning ; now let ua hear how you will go to woslc to de molish it.' 'I tell you,' said he, 'that Craik MaHsell is innocent. The truth io, he believes Mins Daro puilty, and sd stands hio trial, hoping to save her.' 'And bo hung for hos? crime P1 asked Mr, Ferris. 'No; ho thinks hio innooonce will sqvo him, in spite of tho evidence on which wo got him indicted.' But tho District Attorney protested at this. e That can't bo,' he said ; ' MausBll has with drawn tho only defence ho had.' 'On the contrary,' assexted Hickory, 'that vory thing only proves my theory true. He is still determined to save Mis? Dare by everything ohorfc of d oonfeosion of hie own guilt. Ho won't lio. That man is innocent.' 'Well, we'll take tho evidence. Those io the sinp, found on the ssoeo of tho sausdos.' ' Exactly,' rejoined Hickory. ' Dropped those, as he must supposo, by Misa Dare, beecmoo he didn't know oho had soosotly t'ootorad it to hio pookot.' Ms. Forvia smiled. ' Yon don't 000 tho foroo of tho ovidooeo,' ooid ho. c Ao aho had L'estoi'od ifc to hio pocket; bo nraoi Ijqvo boon tho oao to ck'op it thoi'o.' a I gsb williuR to G(3Eni£ ho dropped ifc fthoso, not fchnfc ho hlllod Mis- Olommons- 1 nra now

speaking ol his sunpicions ag to the aessss^n. When the betrothal ring was found there, he sa9pocted Mis 1 D s,re of the crime, and notbiDg has occurred to chnDge his suspiciuus. 'I am showing you why I know that Maissll boliovoa Mioo Dnpo guilty of a rnQE-do?. What doss ho do whon he hoars his auat has been mur dered P Ho soKvfcehos out tho face of Miss D-jro in a photograph. Ho tieo up her lottoirs with a black iibboD, qo if she woro doad c-nd gone to him. Then the seoae in tho Syvaeuse depot! The rule of throo works both ways, Mr. Bjird ; and if she left hoi' homo to solve her doub's, what shall bo anid o£ him P Tho recoil, too ; was it lena on his part than herd? And if ohe had cause to gather guilt from hio manner, hod he not as much ooano to gather ifc from hero? If his mind was full of suspicion when he met hes, it became conviction before be left ; and, bearing that fact in saind, watch how ho hence forth conducted himoelf. The trial goeo on. Aeqaitfol seems certain, when suddenly she is recalled to the stand, and he hears words which make him think she is 'going to betray him by oonio falsehood, when, inafcead of fol lowing the lend of the psoseention, ghe launches into a persDnal confession. What doeo he do P Why, rise and hold tap his hemd in a coraraond for her to stop. But she does cot heed, and the root follows aa a naofcfcer of coatee. The life sho throws away he will not aoeepfc. Ho is incoesnt, but bis defence is faloo ! Ho dsjs go, and leaves the jacy to decide 00 the ver dict. I want to impress apon ba^h your mir.ds,' he declared, tarnine first to Mr. Forris and then to Mr. Bysd : 'IS any fact, no matter how slight, leads us to tho conviction that Craik Man sell, tit any time after the murder, entertained the belief that Miss Dare committed it, his innc cenco follows as a matter of course. For the guilt ji could aevcr entertain a belief in the guilt of any other person.' Mr. Ferris sank into an attitude of profound thought. Horace Byrd, impressed by this, looked at him anxiously. ' Hove your eonvietionn beea shaken by Hickory's ingenious theory P1 he ventured to in quire at last. ^ Mr. Ferns abstractedly replied : 'Thio is no time for me to state my convictions. It is enough that you comprehend my perplexity.' And, re lapsing into his former condition, he reaained for a moment wrapped in s-lence, thon he said : 'Byrd, how comes ifc that tho humpback who escited so much attention on the day of the murder was never foand P' 'Mr. Ferris,' he courteously remarked, 'I per haps should have esplained to you at the time, that I Eoeognizad this perron and know him to be on honest man ; bat the habits of oecrecy in oar profession are so fostered hj the lives we lead, that we sometimes hold oue tongue when it would bs better for us to speat. The hump back who talked with us on the court-houso steps the morning Mrs. Olemmess was mur dered was not what he s_3omed, sir. Ho was a detective ; a detsctive in disguise ; a man with whom I never presume to meddle — in otheg words, our famous Mr. G-fyee.' 'Geyce!— that man?' exclaimed Mr. Ferris, astounded. 'Yes, sir. He was in disguise, probably fog some purpose of big own, but I knew his eye. Gryoe's eye isn't to be mistakes by anyone who has much to do with him.' 'You have seen Gryee since?' ' Yes, sir ; several times since.' i And he acknowledged himself to hove been tho humpback P' ' Yes, sir.' ' You must foavo hod oome eonvsraQfiioa with him, thea, about this murder? He was too nearly concerned in ifc aofe to take somo iato^oot in the affair ?' ' Yeg, oir ; Gi'yoe takes an iatosest in oil mm'° dai' eases.' 4 Wall, then, whafc did he have to say about this one P He gave an opinion, I suppose ?' ' ETo, sir0 Gryoe never gives qq opinion with out study, ond we detectives have not time to study up an affair not our own. If you want to know what Gryco thinks about a crime, you have got to put the caae into his hands.' Ms. Ferris paused and seomed to summate, Seeing this Mr. Byrd flaohe-3 and eaot a aide glance at Hickory, who roturned him on espreo oivo ohruej. 'Mr. Ferris,' ventured the former, 'ile you wish to consult with Mr. G-ryce on this matter, do not hesitate because of U3. Both Hickory and myself acknowledge thafcwe-Gso more or less baffled hy this case, and Gryce's judgment is a good thing to hove in a perplexity.' ' You think so ?' queried the District At torney. 'I do,' said Byrd. Mr. Ferris glanced at Hickot'y. ' Ob, havo the old man here if you want him,' was that detective's blant reply. ' I hove no thing to say against your getting all tho light you can on this affair.' 'Very good,' returned Mr. Ferris. ' You may give mo his addreos before yoa go.' ' His address for to-night is Utioo,' oboerved Byrd, ' He could hn hove bafore morning if you wanted him.' ' I am in no such hu«y as that,' returned Mr. Ferria, aad he sunk ai»nin into thought. Tho detectives took advantage of hio abstrac tion to utter a few private condolences in oaeh othor'a eais, ' So it motan wo a«?Q to bo icAd oa fcho olislf/ \7hispo?od Hielcosy. ' Yso, for which lot us be thankful,' ouowoi'cd Byrd. ' Why P Ay© you go-Sfcing tisoS o£ this o? fair ?' 'Yes.' A hamorouo twinklo ohoa© fos 0 mintato in Hickory's oyo. ' Pooh !' anid ho, ' it'a juot got» ting intoi'oafcinfj.' 8 OpinioQG diSes,' quoth Byi'd. 'Not much/ I'ofcofftod HicLosy. ' Old follow,' ooid Bpsd, *yois doa't boliovo

?w ? .. ? I ? ' . '?' ' ? ihim— ?— atmf Miss Dare committed this crime any mofd than I do.' A sly twinkle answered him fron the detec tive's half-shut eye. * All that talk of having seen thsoogh yous - diogoiso in the hut is just nonsense on your part to cover up yonr real notion aboafc ifc. What ia that notion, Hickory p Come, out with ifc ; et ns understand each other thoroughly, at; last.' ' Do I understand you P' ' You shall, when you tell mo fast what yous eonvictioES are in this matter/ ' Well, then,' replied Hickory, with a short glance at Mr. Ferric, ' I believe (it's hard as palling teeth to own io it) that neither of them did it ; that she thought him guilty and ha thought hes.' 00, bat that in reality the crime lies at the door of somo third person totally discon nected with either of them.' ' Such as Gouverneur Hildreth,' waispesed By I'd. ?Such-QG-GonveEnem1 Hildreth,' drawled Hickory. The two detectives eyed each other, smiled, and tasned with relieved counfcoaaaces toward the District Attorney. He was looking afc them with great eorneslnsss. ' That io your joint opinion P' he remarked. ' Ifc is mine,' cried Hickory, bringiog his fist down_ on the table with q vim that mado every . individual article on it jump, ' It is and it is not mine,' ocqaiosoed Byrd, QQ the eye of Mr. Ferris turned in hio direction. Mr. ^Mansoll may be innocent— indeed, aftes? heaping Hickory's explanation of hia conduct I om ready to believe he is— but to say that Gouver nens Hildreth is guilty comes hard to me oilfceg the long struggle I have maintained in favour of his innocence. Yet, what other conclusion remains after an impartial view of tb.e subject? None. Thon why should I shrink from acknow ledging I was at fault or hesitato to admit G defeat where so many causes combined to mis» ???*? lead me?' ' Which means you agree with Hickony ?' ven tured the District Attorney. Mr. Byrd slowly bowed. Mr. Ferris took on an aspect of sudden doteemk nation. 'Whatever may b© the truth in regard to this matter,' oaid he, ' one duty io clear. Misa Dare, as yoa inform me, has been allowed to femaia under the impression that tho interview which ohe held in tho hut was with her lovep. As her belief in the prisoner's guilfc doubtlesa rests upon the admissions which were at that time made in her hearing, it io palpable that & grave injustice hap been dons both to her and to him by leaving this mistake of hors uneow©cted« I therefore conoidei.' it duo to Mioo Dqeo, os well do to tho pnooneF, to undeceive her on this score before another hour bos paasod ovou otbe headfl. I muot therefore s-equeot you, Mj?. Byrdjto^ bring the lady here. You will find her still in the court-house, I think, as ohe re quested leave to remain in the room beloc? till the crowd hod left the streets.' Mr, Byrd, who in the new light 'whieia had. been thrown 00 the affair by his own and Hic kory's suppositions, could not but see fche juotio® of this, rose with alacrity to obey. 'I will bring beg U ohe is in the building,' h® declared, hurriedly leaving the eoocs, 1 And if she is not,' Mr. Ferris remarked, with a glance at the consciously rebuked Hickory, ' w© Bhall havo to follow hei1 to hec home, that is all. I am determined Ho see this woman's mind cleared of all misapprehensions before I take aa« other stop ia the way of my duty.' (To be continued.)