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Chapter NumberXI
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Full Date1891-08-07
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Word Count2180
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Newspaper TitleEvelyn Observer, and South and East Bourke Record (Vic. : 1882 - 1902)
Trove TitleO'Neil McDarragh, The Irish Detective; Or, The Strategy of a Brave man
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CIIAPTEI Xl. An hour alter the departure of MIr. Turner, a second visitor was announooced to the pri. on0r. . h'Iall, Tom I oxolaimed the prisoner as the last visitor was uohered in. The guolerhad looked the two men in no usual. ' What brought you hero ?' asked O'Neil themomenta an opportunity otffrcd. 'Well, Mae, I do not know but what I leave comene on a fool'e errand; but you know in our profession tritles sometimes becomo imn portantoluese,' * G on, don't waste any time on explona. tlions. What have you got to toll me ?' ' You gvo me a letter to a certain young lady tn Sydney?' 'Yes." it'Well, I went to the hobseo to deliver "Go on, eried MfIDarrah, excitedly, coeiniugly uepetling vewhat he was about to Sf-Sho'wassnot at home.' i Why didn't you walt until she returned hoae?'! ' They did not know when she would ro. turn.' 'IHeavens I what re you telling me? How long had she been absent ?' 'Sino the previous afternoon.' 'From whotm did you gat your informa. tion ?' ' A Mrs. Turner, a woman whlo appeared to bo a relative of the missing lady, noas ee cried nud sobbed,eand went on torrible while telling me of the girl's nbsenceo.' 'Did tho young lady leoav the houss alone?' ' So" this lady I saw, caid,' 'Did you ound liher story?' No ; I did not think it worth while until Insw you; I did not know heow the land That's no. Well, get away from 'hre; I will meet you in Sydney about mid nlght.' o How are you going to got out of this I' Dou't you want me to see time nagitratoand mako mattera etraight ?' I came prepared witll a letter from the chief.' No ; this must be an cearpo; I may want to be recaptured some day; my game is not played out yet, but the best onrds are all in my hands I' 0 The moon conversed for some time until the Ilaoler roturned. Upon showing in a visitor, the keeper turned up every ffthocn or tevonty minutes, so as to let them out, in case they wore ready to go. Tom left the first time the keeper camre, and O'Ncil remained to perfect some wayof lE plan wason quickly formed, and whca Mr. I'aroell made his rounds at eight o'clock, he found the bird flown. When morning arrived Purcell went to tbohe megistrate's residenlce. Doing admitted, and meeting the gentle. man, the gaoler rid.l, in a laconic man* ' Well, sir, he's gone.' 'YWho's gone?' 'The prisoner.' ' Whom do moan--the murderer ?' eee ee, eir... . ,- e SThe magistrate was greatly'cxiited: . All his vieions of fame and notoriety were vanelhing. SWlhon did you diacover his eseopol' he asked, 'Just now.' 'IHow did be got out ofat the prison 1' o He blew lff the leek wid gunpowder, or some other divl'e invention.' 'YouI have no idea as to what hour he must have loft.' SDvil an idea hey I, or I would not hbvlet him go.' In the moantlime, the news of the escape of the prisoner lhand gone abroad, and as usual a hundred and one stories were rile at once. The magletrato's exoamination at the prison did not amount to anytling, The keeper told a straight story. Lato oin the forenoon Mr, Turner eame to to gaol. This man began to ahow a wonderful late. rest in the re-capturo of the escaped man. Ho authorised a reward of a hundred pounds to be offered, stamping and raving around as though he was the moat Interested party in the affair, Descoriptions were sent by wire in every dl. raetion, and the Sydney detective toice was also notliled. So days passed, and nothing was heard of tihe missing malln. Meanwhile fresh interest was added to the first sensation by a secoond tragedy of even greater horror. lBefor relating the inoodonte of the second tragedy we will follow the movements cl O'Neil le'Darregh, thie ool.hoaded, cunning man, who was on the track of the real orimi. hale. . As to lise escape from gaol, It is oftlilent to say that a nmn answering his description according to one tire disguises in whlleh he has behn presented to our readers, loft the towenubip of -- openly on the 0 train for Bydney. Upon the morning alter the escape, 'Darragh wasno in the detective ollico at oead. quarters. lie had heeon thler but n fewm omons,and woa in loco consultlation with ithe ehiol,when it lady entered thie ethee. 'The minute O'Neil'a eyes fell upon this wornrimt tI etransee light lshoneo n ia eyes, and ire nrid to the chill, asida: rev ive thiie wonlle n to resc. 'TlII womrnec ll Lereer d thlle room in a bold, un!I t!.hIld nallncre. 'The pro.enlleo of several er?ene longine: rroultn did enut ruce, to dito cnlllpor l her ill tlire ast. AdV lloaninge( toward tloe (dsi; behind whIch thlle ltcirt wracs Ittinl., sihU sald: Uicrl I have a fra words with the chi:f of the dIr Icelite Iferoe?' 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answered, in a perfectly natural and unsuo pioeous manner: a SWell, my dear lady, eleven out of twelve of the ease of this kind are missing hul bands.' '\ecll, sir, it is not my husband who bla disappeared; It is a young lidy who is not rclatcd to me at all. She is my husbad's ward.' SAh, an elopement case.' - 'That is what woemust diescover,' said the cunning woman. 'If we hnow just the cause of her absence I would not be here to get as. alutanoe to learn the faote.' 'What, then, are the facts of her disap. penranoeo ' ' Well, air, in the first place her home is not in Sydney.' ' heo loft a country home, then?' 'No, sir, not when she disappeared She eame to Sydney openly, dand mysteriously disappeared from the houro where ahe and I were taying.' 'Oan you think of any reason why eho should wish to lee away ?' ' Well, lloe met with a love disappointment a abort time ago.' 'Under what aircumstances?' ' Her Intended husband deserted lher.' ' On the morning appointed for their mar. riogo?' Yes, sir.' 'Ah, I nee, you are lIre. Turner,' Thle wvumnn leaped to her feet and cried, Indignanutly : ' May 1 ask how you happen to know who I am?' I Well, I will tell you, The police have infornatiOn'o the eupposed e r. Harry Trandall, and as the oairoumstanoco were co similar, I nmerely jumped to thle con olusion thaIt the misin ongyoun lady nenet be MIias Marian Eedlin, the young lady to whocl thie young man, who was said to have been meurderod on hi wedding morn, was engaged.' 'I it' strange how you should know all of thero inots.' ' Not at all; it it our duty to know them. You know that we have had deleltives at P1'- for the past few wcehe?' 'Howdo I know?' 'Simply bcoauso it has been well known in P-. Why,every soul for five miles round has been shadowod. Even yourseoll nd lier. Turner heavo boon under the alosest ourvoil. lance.' Mrs. Turner turned pale, and then said, in a plaeionate tone: '1Put owly should Mr. Turner acd mysell be plaeed under surveillance ? What interest would we have in the diuappeaosauo of MIr. Trendall ?' 'Tlhat is not a question for me to answer. All I know is that the oflicorn appointed to this work heard the names of Mr, and Mrs. Turner coupled with a motive for the disap. pearanoe,oand they wore shadowed ao well an otlher.' 2 , S\Yy,this is petleetly horrible. Who,pray, couplod our names with the affair I' " ' The fact thlat your hesband was the young lady's guardian would account for anch run moore. B'ut what object could we hvo 7?' 'I do not know, moada; we have not yet been able to account for the strange faoot that a certain Indy would keep a midnigt tryst with ch a suspiious charaotor as Indian Jack.' liMr. Turner turnedvery pale, and her hand fell to one ride, as though she was about to faint. O'Neil il'Darregh sprang for a pitcher of water, and pouting out a glanse, placed it to her lips. As he did no his faoo wan as passionless as though it were cast in steel. Tuo woman did not faint, and in a second or two shoe opoced her eye and said: ' It was not an appointment with Indian Jackl; the meeting was accidental.' * 'You know about the meeting, then?' said O'Neil." - - !. . ' You know that I do, when yeou know all you have stated.' SWell, I must say we are wandering from the object of your visit here,' remarked the offlier. 'I really cannot talk of anything else just now, I am o horriflled at the thought of be ing dogged by detectiver.' ' It need occasion you no alarm, l1Ira. Tur. ner, unless you are guilty, Tihe innooent never experieneo inounvenience from being sbadowed. ' Why, there are dozens of innocent book. keepers, clerks and salesamen in this city who have been -ashadowed for months. Banek managers and cashiore have been under the eyes of detectives night and day for works and weeks., ' And, besides, I believe thlat the murderer of Iarry Teondall l nalreadytn gaol, and that tle proofs against him are suficient for con. viotion,' ' That unfortunate fellow is innocent) no murder has been perpetrated ; Trendall is a dihlonorable young lan, who deserted hies lady-love, and he started these reports of bis denthl.' SSo your husband appears to think.' 'luow do you know what my husband thinkse' ' Oh, I have gathered a great many facts in this case.' ' And a great many falsehoodes, too,' said the woman, boldly. bDe it so. But how about the ecoond die. appenrance? Do you think that the yeung lady has run away and joined her recrcant over ?' 'No,' ' What do you think?' ' Oh I1 greatly fear that she has destroyed heosslf.' SWlhy do you fear ro?' ' I think that Ehe must lhave obtained some evideonoo that larry Trcedall was living ceand false, and in her ehagriu I fear that bhe hau destroyecd heurelf.' SNouoensea I' ' Why dlo you say "nonoeee?" ' Iltor.uea there does not exist !nlliiotent motive for her to deetroy lerself ; besidcn l?iie Edulin ito too concientious nod eensible a egirl to conuemit euleide.' Mel. Turner ropr to her feet andl end: i o came here hr pinlee to obtain neerielaneco; I thid I have made e a miletlce. STihe mi:tanko i, mandtlm, that you TSui you cannoe t btlailn in ietanco. 1 ean tell you that lro.tdy hall-:de;lon detectivrn h v' hl iee lettlilel to ialve thle eo cery ol Mccc i lehlic',; e.rceinc diopplearentce,ned ally ncel ou wo may have lc eoof hier, cillher clead or ehve.' '1 )lret that you may not fitnh that oho lis: I truet n lt I' ncil 11 Iacrraulle,i a eilenit edicttoceI