|Chapter Title||CLOSE CAULATIONS. "Truth alone.|
|Newspaper Title||Cairns Post (Qld. : 1884 - 1893)|
|Trove Title||Hand and Ring|
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" Truth iilouj, i
Truth tan-iUe ami II.¡1IM|.1¿ ; snell truth
As ir.av I« weia\ie I an.l u.e.isuied ; truth ilodueeu ny logeai rouclasioii -cia ie, ««r.
1 rom iireuiisos iULO:itrovtir:iltíc."-AIOL'LTIÍIE.
Thc oxeitoiiiciit induced by thu fore- going announcement hail, in a degree, subsided. Tho cormier, who appeared tobe as milch startled as any on'at the result of the. day's proceedings, had manifested hi» desire of putting certain questions to the young num. and had liegun by such enquiries into lus ante- cedents, and ins connection with Mrs. Clemmens. as elicited the most com-
plete corroboration of all .Miss Finnan's
-.Vu investigation ¡uto his motives for coming East at this time next followed, in the course of which he acknowledged that he undertook the journey solely for the purpose of seeing Mrs. Clein meu.s. Av.d when asked why he wished to see herat this time, admitted, with some manifestation of .shame, that he desired to see for himself whether she
ivas really in as strong and healthy a condition as he had always been told ; his pecuniary embarrassments being such that hu could not prevent his mind from dwelling upon possibilities which under any other circumstances
lie would have been ashamed to con- sider.
" And did you see Mrs. Clemmens ? " the coroner enquired.
.' Yes, sir ; 1 did."
i li Ou Tuesday, sir; about noon."
The answer was given almost with hravado, and the silence among the
various auditors became intense.
'? Yon admit, then, that you were in the widow's house the morning she was murdered, and that you had an inter- view with lier a few minutes before the fatal blow was struck
There was a doggedness in the tone, and doggedness in the look that accom- panied it. The coroner moved a little
forward in his chair and uttered his
next question with deep gravity.
"Did you approach the widow's house by the road and enter into it. by means of the front door overlooking
" I did."
" And did you meet ¡io one in the lane, or see no one at the windows of any of the houses as you came bv':"
"; JS'o, sir." ; ' " How long did you stay in - this house, and what was the result of the interview which you had with Mrs. Clemmens ?"
" I stayed, perhaps, ten minutes, anil 1 learn.'d nothing from Mrs. L'icminrns.
«ive that slie was weil ami IHM'-ty, and I likely to Iiie mit lier tlirccsrure years ¡ an<l ten for all hint that lier converja- | lion or appearance gave nie." !
Ile spoke almost with a tone of re-! sentment; his eyes "lowed darkly, and j
thrill nf horror sped through tho
room as if they lelt that the murderer!
himself stood "before them. j
i - '? You will tell me what was said in
this interview, if yen please, ¡iud
! whether the widow knew who you j
were ; and, if sn, whether any words of a.iger passed between you :"
Tho face of the young mau humed,
and he looked at the coroner and then
at the jurymen, as if he would like to challenge the whole creu', but tho culoul' that showed in his face was the llush of shame, <>r so thought Mr. I ly I'd, and I'M bia reply, whim he gave it,
there was a bitterness of self-scorn ¡'mil reminded the detective more of tile
mortification of a gentleman caught in an act ol' meanness than tim seeret alarm of a niau who bad been beguiled imo eiemniltiuga dastardly crime.
'' Mrs. (.'k'liimeiis was evidently a woman of some spirit," said ho, forcing out bis words with sullen desperation. ISlits may have used sharp language;
I liulievi; indeed she did; but she did
not know who I was. for-for I pre- j tended to be a seller of patent medicine,
warranted to cure all ills, and she told
me shu bad un ilis, uni!-and -Do you wanta mau to disgrace himself in your preseneer" he suddenly Hashed out! cringing under the gaze of tho many curious and unsympathetic eyes hied ii poa him.
J5ut the eoroiH r, with a sudden as- sumption oí severity, pardonable, per- haps, in a mau with a ease of such im- portance on his hands, recommended
I the witness to be calm and not to allow j
any small feelings of personal eiortilica- j tion tu interfere with a testimony of
so much evident value. And without waiting for thc witness to recover hiin telf, asked again :
" What did the widow say. and with what words did you leave:""
" The widow said she abominated drugs, and never took them. ] replied that she made a great mistake, if she had any ailments. Upon which she retorted that she had no ailment, and politely showed me the door. I do not remeiiii.er that anything else passed be-
His tone, which had been shrill and
high, dropped at tho final sentence, and by the nervous workings of his lips, Mr. Jlyr.l perceived that ho dreaded the next question. The persons grouped around him evidently dreaded
But it was less searching than they expected, and proved that the coroner preferred to approach his point by cir-
cuitous rather than direct means.
" In what room was the conversation
hold, and by what door did yon come in ¡iud go out, "
li 1 «tino in by the front d inp, and i we stood in that room," pointing to tho
I sitting-ruoiu from which he had just
'. tit.iod! Did von not sit dow J ?" " .Vu."
.' Stood all the time, and in that I room tu which vou have just pointed:"
The coroner drew a deep breath, and looked at the witness long and search- ing!}'. Mr. Jiildrcth's way of uttering this word had been anything but plea- sant, and consequently anything but satisfactory. A low murmur began to eddy through the rooms.
" (Icnllomen. silence!" commanded
the coroner, venting in this injunction
some of the uncomfortable emotion
with which he was evidently charged ; for his next words were spuken in a comparatively quiet voice, though the fixed severity of bis eye cuulil have gucu the witness but little encourage-
.. Von say," he declared, " that in coming through the lane you encoun- tered no one. Was this equally true of your return ?"
'. Yes. sir ; I believe so. 1 don't remember. 1 was not louking up." was the slightly confused reply.
" You passed, however, through the lane, and entered the main street by the usuai path ':"
" And where did you go then '? " 1; To the depot."
" 1 wished to leave the town. I had ;'one with it."
"And did von dose. Mr. llildreth ? " " J did."
" Where did von go: "
"Tn Albany, where I had left my traps.'*
"You toole tho noon train, [lieu?" " Yes, sir."
""Which leaves precisely live minutes
after twelve V "
" 1 suppose so."
"Took it without stopping anywhere on thu way ': "
" Yes. sir."
" Did you buya ticket at the office ? \ " No, sir." "Why:"
"1 did not have time." .
"Ah, the train was at tho station, then *: " ^
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