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Chapter NumberXXVII
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Full Date1888-06-06
Page Number4
Word Count827
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Newspaper TitleCairns Post (Qld. : 1884 - 1893)
Trove TitleHand and Ring
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Hand and Ring.




OTHELLO. What dost thou tlilnk ?

l»oo. Think, my ¡ord P OTHELLO. By heav'n, he echoes me,

As if there waa some monster in hts thought

Too hideons to ba shown."-OTHKLLO.

"I vaake him out human. Hore than that," Mr. Byrd resumed, after a moment's thought, " I matre him out consistent. A man who lets his passions sway him to the extent of committing a murder for the purpose of satisfying his love or his ambition, is not of the unselfish cast that would appreciate such a sacrifice as Miss Bare has made. This under the supposi- tion that onr reasons for believing him guilty are well founded. Ti our suppositions are false, and the crime was not committed by him, his contempt needs no explanation."

" Just so ! "

The peculiar tone in which this was uttered caused Mr. Byrd to flash another quick look at his colleague. Hickory did

not seem to observe it.

" What makes you think Miss Dare will be called to the witness stand to-morrow ? " he asked.

" Well, I will tell you," returned Byrd, with the sudden vivacity of one glad to turn the current of conversation into a fresh channel. "If you have followed the method of the prosecution as I have done, you will

have noticed that it has advanced to its point by definite Btages. First, witnesses were produced to prove the existence of motive on the part of the accused. Mr. Goodman was called to the witness stand, and, after him, other business men of Buffalo all of whom united in unqualified positive assertions of the prisoner's frequently

expressed desire for a sum of money suffi- cient to put his invention into practical use. Next, the amount considered necessary for this purpose was ascertained and found to he just covered hy the legacy bequeathed him by his aunt; after which, ample evidence was produced to show that he knew the extent of her small fortune, and the fact that she had by her will made him her heir. Motive for the crime being thus established, they now proceeded to prove that he was not without actual opportunity for perpetrating it. He was 3hown to have been in Sibley at the time of the murder. The station-master at Monteith was confronted with the

prisoner ; also old Sally Perkins. Then you and I came before the court with our testi- mony ; and whatever doubt remained as to his having been in a position to effect his aunt's death, and afterward escape unnoticed by means of the path leading over the hills to Monteith Quarry station was swept away.

What remains ? To connect him with the

murder itself, by some strong link of circum- stantial evidence, such as the ring provides. And who is it that can give testimony regarding the ring ?-Miss Dare."

" Hem ! Well, she will do it," was the dry remark of Hickory.

.' She will be obliged to do it," was the emphatic response of Byrd.

And again their glances crossed in a fur- tive way both seemed ready to ignore.

" What do you think of Orcutt ? " Hickory next inquired.

" He is very quiet." " Too quiet, eh ? "

"Perhaps. Polt3 that know him well declare they never before saw him conduct a case in so temperate a manner. He has scarcely made an effort at cross-examina- tion, and, in fact, has thus far won nothing for the defence except that astonishing tribute to the prisoner's character given by

Mr. Goodman."

" Mri Goodman Í8 Mansell's friend."

<. ^. v">X know it £ but au abort, dwâaivs atmte- '

inents told upon the ' jury. Such a man as he made ManselU out to be is just the sort to create an impression on a body of men

like them."

"j Orcutt understands a jury.' "

" Orcutt understands his case. He knows he can make nothing by attempting to shake the evidence which has been presented by the prosecution ; the facts are too clear, and the witnesses which have been called to testify are of too reliable a character. What- ever defence he contemplates, it will not rest upon a denial of any of the facts brought to light through our efforts, or the evidence of such persons as Messrs. Goodman and Harrison."

" No."

" The question is then, in what will it lie ? Some strong point, I warrant you, or he would not hold himself and his plans so completely in reserve. But what strong point ? I acknowledge the uncertainty troubles me."

" I don't wonder," rejoined Hickory.

" So it does me."

And a constraint again fell between them that lasted till Hickory put his pipe in his

pocket and signified his intention of return-

ing to his own appartments.