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Chapter NumberXII
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Full Date1891-07-02
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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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CHAPTER XII.

Mrs. Turner remained but a few seconds longer.

Two blocks from police quarters a man ap proached to apeak to bcr,but she passed him a signal and kept on her way.

The man, on seeing the signal, turned and walked away.

It wss evident that the cunning women

waB already improving the lesson ehe had been taught during her interview with the

detective.

She acted on the information that ehe had been shadowed, and might be again.

Reaching George Street, she turned down and kept on her way until she reached the

quay.

Turning down the latter, she proceeded to to the North Sbore ferry.

Here she went on board the boat.

She did not go into the cabin, but stayed on deck.

No one came aboard after her.

_ When the boat reached the North Shore the woman travelled right around to Billy Blue's Point, where gbe took a boat for the city.

Arrived at the letter piece, she took a cab and was driven to a publichouse in Sussex

Street.

It was evident that it was not her first visit

to tlie plc.ee, aa she passed tight upstairs and by a key entered the front room on the second

floor.

This room was handsomely and even Iuxu

riously furnished.

Aa she closed the door behind her, eke exclaimed: 1

• There ? I think I have been as smart aa any of them this time, and after this I will play their own game against them.

Throwing herself upon a handsome lounge, after removing her bonnet and cloak, ehe

continued her solil quy thra

' I have been running a great risk, and I am much obliged to that thickheaded detec tive for patting me on my gnard. He had an idea ba was showing me how smart he was, but be did not know all the time thai ha was famishing me with points that were

invaluable.'

At this moment there came a rap at the

door.

" Come in,' said Mrs. Tamer, without

rising. I J A pretty girl entered, and Baid:

'I am sent to know if yoa will have any

luncheon, madam V \ . 4 No, Gerty, not now. 1 will ring if I want anything. Should Mr. Tamer call will you please send him np here ?' ! . haebe.eij^i gentlenjaprJwre .alr«Edw«

twice to-day, madam." " '

4 Who was it V

4 That man with the dark face and fierce eyes—the one you call the Indian.'

4 If he comes again, tell him that yon know I will not ba here nntil the day after

to-morrow, in the afternoon.'

The girl left the room, when Mrs. Turner resumed her soliloquy by saying :

4 So Indian Jack has been here. That bellow has bem useful, but.beisgetting quite insolent, and his d'emanda for'zhoney arb in-'" creasing. Well, well, never mind. When all the other matters are settled it will be eaBy enough to get rid of him. and hi8 im

portunate demands.4

. The woman remained for over an hour lost

in meditation.

At length, rising from the lounge, she went to a cupboard in the room, and took there from some cake and a decanter of liquor.'

She had just finished her light repast, wbea the room door opened and Jonathan

Turner walked in.

4 Ah, you have oome,'greeted Mrs. Turner, as she drank off a glass of wine.

4 Yes; and have yon heard the news ?

4 What news ?

4 The disappearance of Marian has become publ;c, and the papers have made a great sensation out of the doable mystery.'

4 We were prepared for such an event,were

we not ?'

' TeB ; but I do not like the manner in which our names are handled in the affair-' OM 55

4 Bah. Yon do not know half the truth in regard to the handling of our names.'

4 How did you succeed at the detective

officer ?'

41 succeeded in finding out that you and j I have been suspected as murderers, and that I we have both been shadowed by the detectives | ever since the disappearance of Harry Tren

j dall.'

4Great thunder 11 feared this. And the first tbing.you and I know we will be in prison. We must give up this scheme. Life is worth

more than money, after all.'

4,NonsenEe. You might expect that our names would be bandied around in this matter; but what does that amount to ?'

4 We may be unmasked.'

' It will be our own fault, then. Nothing can unmask us but a confession j and if yon have no more nerve than you are now dis playing, you had better go abroad, and leave

me to play this game out.'

The man appeared to be ashamed of his display of weakness, as he at once said :

4 No ; I will not leave yon. If we go down,

we must go down together.'

4 There is no chance of our going down. There are two things certain: they will never find Harry Trendall's. body, and when they do fidd:.Marian's if; will fae in Buch a manner th^t no one -can possibly be .in. any way im

plicated in her death.' .. >

4 How Jong, do you suppose, before that

body will come tothe surface ?'

hMbj be weeks yet.-'

4 We will always resfrunder suspicion.'

1 At first; but we can live down all danger ous suspicion, and then go away and live where suspicion cannot reach ns.'

.' All would be clear t o me,'said Mr. Turner. 4 if it were not for one thing.'

4 What is that one thing ?'

41 dread the influence and purpose of that mysterious man who.was arrested for the murder of Harry Txeudall.'

Leaving Mrs. Turner ahd faer husband to discuss their chances in/the perpetration of Jbf-'^erlmes successfully, we, will return to 0 Neil M-Darragh, the detective.

The latter had no-need to follow Mrs. Turner, as he knew .of ;ihe place in Sussex Street, and the wicked woman had her long roundabout ride for nothing.v

After she had left the detective's quarters be waited awhile and then left also.

Strangely enough,-.at the very instant that Mrs. Turner, after her long detour, entered the house where she met her husband, the same old man who had been at Miss Edelin's boarding house a few days before was stand ing on the corner opposite the place,and saw

her enter.

Having seen her disappear, the old. man

muttered;

'I thought sol' and immediately walked

away,

. A little later the same old man was ushered into the house from which the misBing girl

had departed.

Tho mistress of the house had been sent for, and entered the parlour.

The instant Bhe saw the old man she ex

claimed :

• You have oome to enquire about Miss

Dawson.'

4 Yes, madam.'

4 Have you heard that she left the house

and has net returned?'

41 have.'

4 Can you tell me who is responsible for her

board?'

' I am.*

The landlady's manner changed at once on hearing so promptly that tier board money

was safe, and her confidence increased still further when the old man said:

1 4 To avert any suspicion as to Miss Daw

son's honesty, I wiil settle the amount of her

indebtedness at once.'

4 Was her name really Miss Dawson ?' said the woman, abruptly.

4 Why do you ask that question V

4 Well, I have reason to believe that your niece, lor some reason, was staying here

under an assumed name.'

4 Why do you think so ?'

41 will answer your question presently; in the meantime, what is your opinion of her

disappearance V

4 It is unaccountable to we.'

' Well, I may be able to assist yon in find

ing out.'

The old man was all attention at once and he Eaid: '

' Xou will do me a great service ; but first as I said before, we will settle the monev'

matter.' *

The landlady named her late boarder's in debtedness, and the money was immediately

41 do not think that you need feel any alarm at the absence of your niece as it is my opinion that she went away not'intend ing to return, and that her absence is volun

tary.'

Astute and cool as he was, this assertion completely astonished O'Neil M'Darragh, who pondered over the pros and cons of the' j matter for a few seconds, and finally re

marked:

4 What grounds have you for your opinion,

| madam ?'

| 41 think this letter speaks for itself, and

, tellB the story.'

, As the landlady spoke she handed O'Neil

a missive written on a piece of ordinary Dote paper. (to be continued) OM 5