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Chapter NumberXXIII
Chapter TitleMR. ORCUTT.
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39425264
Full Date1888-05-19
Page Number4
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Word Count409
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Newspaper TitleCairns Post (Qld. : 1884 - 1893)
Trove TitleHand and Ring
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CHAPTER XXIII.

ME. ORCUTT.

" What is it she docs uow?"-MACBETH.

" My resolution's plac'd, and I liavc nothing

Of woman in me. Now, (rom head to foot I am nimble-constant."

ASTONT AXV CLEOrATIU.

THESE words rang in the cars of Mr. Ferris. Yes, he felt himself disturbed by them,

Hickory did not believe Mr. Mansell inno-

cent.

At last he sent for that detective.

" Hickory," he asked, " why do you think Mansell, rather than Hildreth, committed

this crime ? "

Now this query on thc part of the District Attorney put Hickory into a quandary. He wished to keep his promise to Horace Byrd, and yet he greatly desired to answer his em- ployer's question truthfully. Without any special sympathies of his own, he yet had an undeniable leaning toward justice, and justice certainly demanded the indictment of Mansell. He ended by compromising

matters.

" Mr. Ferris," said he, " when you went tc see Miss Dare the other day, what did you

think of her state of mind ? "

" That it was a very unhappy one."

" Did'nt you think more than that, sir : Did'nt you think, she believed Mr. Mansell guilty of this crime ?"

" Yes." admitted the other, with reluct

ance.

" If Miss Dare is attached to Mr. Man- sell, she must feel certain of his guilt to o/er testimony against him. Her belief should go for something, sir; for much, it

strikes mc, when you consider what a woman

the is."

This conversation increased Mr. Ferris's uneasiness. Much as he wished-to spare the feelings of Miss Dare, and, through her, those of his friend, Mr. Orcutt, the convic- tion of Mansell's criminality was slowly gaining ground in his mind. He re- membered the peculiar manner of the latter during the interview they had held together; his quiet acceptance of the position of a sus- pected man, and his marked reticence in

wSitent-to'«r^Sf1n^^^!^oT^hv^the

lotter regard, his whole conduct could not be said to be that of a disinterested man, even if it were not necessarily that of a guilty one. Ia whatever way Mr. Ferris looked at it, he could come to but one conclusion, and that was, that justice to Hildreth called for Buch official attention to the evidence which had been collected against Mansell as should secure the indictment of that man against whom could be brought the more convincing proof of guilt.

TO BE CONTINUED.