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Chapter NumberI
Chapter TitleA STARTLING COINCIDENCE.
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39432546
Full Date1887-12-24
Page Number4
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Word Count271
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Newspaper TitleCairns Post (Qld. : 1884 - 1893)
Trove TitleHand and Ring
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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

the room.

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.