|Chapter Title||A STARTLING COINCIDENCE.|
|Newspaper Title||Cairns Post (Qld. : 1884 - 1893)|
|Trove Title||Hand and Ring|
Hand and Ring.
Br AXXA KATHAIMNK (TREKX. j
Cil APTES I.
. A STARTLING COÏNCIDENCE.
" By tho prickln? of my thumbs, " 7
Something wicked this way comes,"-MACBETH.
A nd Mr. Ferris, with' a sudden gesture, disclosed to view the pile of silver coiu he had been < oncculing. -,
The young detective shook his head, but lost none <f his ksecining indifference. " That is one of the. little anomalies of criminal experience., that we were talking about this morning",", he remarked. " Per- haps the fellow wa/) frightened and lost his head, or perhaps lie really heard someone at the door, and was obliged to escape with- out reaping any of the fruits of his crime."
"Perhaps and 'perhaps," retorted Mr. Ferris, who was a quick man, and who, once settled in a belief, was not to be easily
shaken out of it.
"However that'may be," continued Mr. Byrd, without seeming to notice the irritat- ing interruption, " I still think that the tramp, rather than , the humpback, will be the man to occupy your future attention."
'"And with a deprecatory bow to both gentlemen. he drew back and quietly left
Mr. Ferris at once recovered from his momentary loss ot temper. .
. " I suppose the young man is, right," he «Cknnwlñlged ; " but; if so; 'what an en- couragement we have received this morning to a belief in clairvoyance." And with less irony and more conviction, he added : " The humpback mutt have known something about
the murder." .
And the coroner bowed, his commonsense
undoubtedly agreeing wtili this assumption.