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Newspaper TitleThe Narracoorte Herald (SA : 1875 - 1954)
Trove TitleO'Neil M'Darragh, the Irish Detective; or, The Strategy of a Brave Man
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O'Neil I'Darra

THE IRISH DETECTIVE /

Or, THE STRATEGY OF A

BRAVE MAN.

By OLD SLEUTH.

CHiPTEB III.—(Coktistjed,)

The lad was positive that he had not left the office until the time named, stating that; a client had detained him; and the youth cstlll further stated that he had- heard his; master remark to the visitor that he could ; give him no -more time, as he had already; missed a train which he had contemplated ; taking.

Prom these facta; added to other little clues which he had. been able to gather. O'jfeil M Darregh csrae to the positive con

clasicn that Mr. Henry Trendsll must have etaried for the . railway e-tatiac, and now the only question was, what had become ol'

him?

The detective, after walking about the platform lor awhile, returned to the sitting

KGom.

The man Turner was stili there.

M'Darragh eat down to await develop

ments.

The timaspproachsd for the making op of another train,and the later passengers began

toessemble.

Again the old homespun, looking farmer j

?was all attention.

- He scanned th9 face of cyery one who en-; tered the station, and this time his strictest' -attention was given to thefemale passen-; gers. '?

- Again his watching was rewarded.

An elegantly-rdressed lady en tered the sit- _ ting room, and as^she, flashed her g!ssce;j

"around in search of some one whom, she evi

dently expected to meet, O'Neil, mentally ;

observed: - : ~!

" That is Mrs. Tomer, snd sae is the she-; fiend I.will have to play againBtia this little life tragedy."

Mrs. Turner eopa found her husband, and";

advanced towards kirn.

The latter had. been deeply immersed in

tt>£ columns of an evening "paper, and was ; not aware of her presence until shs stepped before him. \ ! '

From that moment every movement and j glance of those two persons w&e subjected to the closest scrutiny.

When they entered the traimtheoid farmer \

followed them, ana took a seat near them—-j near enough to overhear a portion of the con-; vernation which, in a low tone, passed be

tween them. .

At hngth the train stopped at the station

where the Turners lived.

M'Darragh followed thern, little dreaming ! that ere the dawn o!" another day he was to i

unearth a fearful horror.

The residence of Jonathan Turner, whers the marriage ceremony was to have been performed, was seven miles from the station and the detective determined 1torn the start to work upon the theory that the murder had been committed somewhere between the sta tion and Eidge Grove, the name cf Torner'e etately mansion.

A number of man were gathered ia the tavern bar-room upon the same night thai

' O'Niel had arrived at P

fn the midst of their fait the bar-room door opened, and an Irishman, to all appear ances as green es a chap just landed, en

tered.

Upon entering the Irishman Eaid, as ht sluua his swag into a corner :

"Me name is Pat Baden, and I'm on the look out for a job hereabouts; but as I hei not had the good lock to find a man thai ia in want of a loikely chop loike nseesslt, 3 must find a place where I can turn in for tin night." , . •

Advancing to the bar, he added to the sur prise of-the assembled countrymen by sskinf everyone to drink, at the same time placing

a bank note on the bar.

Toe sight c£ Pat's pound note had a verj magnetic rJfect upon all hands, and thf

moment one stepped toward the bar every ont

followed.

Having wormed "himself into their gooc graces, Kodsn took a seat amongst them,anc was soon keeping them in roars of laughte

by numerous eomie stories.

At length one of the men remarked;

" I saw Turner and his wife leave the eta tion this evening."

The Irishman was busy talking to the mar next to him when this remark was uttered but the moment he heard it- he ceased talkie j and a look of great interest rested upon bit

. face.

" Miss Marion didn't come with tbem, 1

see," said another.

A moment's eilence followed, when a thirt

man remarked:

" I've heard it whispered that the younj lady does net believe that her lover jilted her end that she's gone to Sydney with the ice: that he met with foul play,"

' A fourth man then spoke up and said, in s

cautious manner: 1

" It's my idea that there are some sronnc -here as could tell something as to why youn? Trendall was not to hand to gat married, i;

they were aroma to."

What makes you say that, Bergen?"

" Well, I never spoke of it before, but I"1 swear I saw Trendall on the Sydney train or: the same evening that he was to have beer

married."

'"Where was it you raw Isim ?" asked .

ot tae men.

, ",At —station. I wr.3 down there

load some potatoes."

•' What train wes it?" "5.hQ from the city."

ilc«d it rumoured.." eaid an ol jatie corner, ".-bit the« were*

him get off the train at tbc et&tion on that night."- _ \ ? O -'T

A^f3ii^.vA9<som8tbiQg strange about that ypung rJnatfs fiissppesrance," Eaid one who $UL&bot before spoken.^

^?;T&b^#J»ra'6aieibiBg strange about bis

there is something etiil more mysterious

in the weirding of the re ward offered by old'

Turner.'"

." What is ihere mysterious &bcut the wording of the offer of a reward?"

The man who had first made the suggestion cl Eohiethiug strange hesitated a moment, but finally made r&ewcr ;

" if you will notice.ha said that' one thou sand pounds is offered for the diecovery of

Harry Trendail .intra!" ... " " ' j

" Weil, what is there wrong about that?"

same ifas'e&gsr question. j

" It would not do for ras to apeak it if you cannot ate the paint." . .

•'Yea can tell what yon suspect."

At this moment another man spate and elartied the whole company, announcing in plain wordE: _

" Begcrra 1 it's plain enough what the man manes I It's that whoever offered the reward knew well that the man would 'never be found alive!"''

. The speaker was the Irishman.