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funeral will have to be postponed, of
TIlE representatives of the police-a
chief inspector and two detectivese-
arrived soon afterward, and, accompa-
his body had been laid out was already
intimately connected with him, the usual
Search for fingerprints and 0 per-
scnal clews, which the police conducted,
brought nothing to Naturally.
there was nothing to show how the body
had been carried away; an the idea
that Mortimer had left the room on his
own feet tlirl not seriously occur to any
It is true that Inspector Royce guessed
at the possibility of such a thing, but
when he hinted as much to Dr. Newman,
the latter scoffed at the suggestion.
“I quite impossib he declared,
"absolutely lmllossible. Inspector. There‘:
u use even in considering it. James
Mortimer was dead; 1 am certain of it."
s stroked his chin thoughtfully.
According to his lights, he was a shrewd
t the present
y different from any
that ho had ever before tackled that he
felt a little beyond his depth. He had
the good sense to make no bones of the
fact‘ that he was
“I had already guessed that you would
say that. Doctor." he answered frankly,
"but I thought I'd mentlo'n lit. Strange
things will haPPen at time you know.
' a positive the man
is dead We'll proceed on that basis. for
the present at least; it'll help to narrow
the limits or our search, altho I'm blest
‘ I see why any one’should steal his
body. If he was alive nowei
kidnaped, I mean-I'd have half a dozen
answers ready for you. But a dead body.
corpse because he feared the
a post-mortem, for instance?"
‘ n looked up quickly. He
had been expecting this question, it was
a. logical conclusion under the circum-
had prepared himself
ng since satstled in his own
mind, that the authorities were only
guessing. groping in the dark as it were,
misgivings as to his own
Strange as was Mortimer's dis-
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he fe sure that the Police
had not had a linger .
“Certainly not." he replied emphatic-
“Mr. Mortimer had been ill. seri-
I. for some 4 ample
opportunity to diagnose his complaint: t!
was acute indigestion-X'rn certain of it.
He had had several Drevlous attacks,
and I had often warned him that he
must be very careful in his diet. There
is absolutely no, reason to suspect foul
play‘. Inspector: none whatever. I don't
why he body was spirited away-
I can't even guess: but I assure you that
it was ‘for no such reason as the one
you sugge - '
Inspector Royce left presently, prom-
ising to use every eifort to discover tho
body with the least possible dellyl but
from the wa ho spoke it
to those most interested that
little hope of an immediate elucidation
of the mystery. The whole affair was a
Drofound puzzle. There was no apparent
motive; no claw from which the detec-
tives could malts even tho semblance of
a beginning, and, altho. as is the way of
the police such cases, they looked
wise and hinted at various dark P0
bllltigs, they were really very much at
R. NEWMAN paid no personal atten-
tion to his medical practice that day.
[Is was too wrought up to settle down to
routine work. and early arranged
matters so that a fellow practloner took
charge of his more important cases. The
funeral had, or course, to be postponed
indefinitely: anxious inquiries tr
friends of the family had to be met and
these duties naturally tell to her broth-
er-in-law and Dr. Newman. It was d
Phillip Mortimer finally went
home. and tho physician had his first OP-,
Xlortunity to visit Mrs. Mortimer.
He found her much calmer than she
that Mrs. Mortimer gave way to nerves.
All her life she had been waited upon by
somebody. and even in the present crisis,
she was content to let 8 me o o bear
sreetcd him With a little smile.
"Give me a cigarette." she requested.
“and eit'down-do. This has been is
trying da I V ‘-
"Trylngl" Dr. Newman. after com-
plying with. hi-rrequcst. dropped into 8.
chair and lighted a cirgarette of his own.
"I should say it had. My mind is in it
w I. However, everything possible is
being done. The police are at work. and
no matter how blind tn-ir eflorts may
be some one is bound to discover a clevr.
Dr. Newnlan and Phillip ll:lorti- '
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A body is a pretty bulky thing; it can't
vanish into thin air, you know. It will
be found. of course."
“I ope so." Mrs. Mortimer Puitt-ti
daintily at her cigarette. "Do know.
ve been thinking-wondering
about things repostt-rous. of
course. but Just suppose that-that it
should never be found.
come of me-of u
I now’! His
mean legally. of course.
n we marry eventually as
youeas We had nlanne .
"Good ord, Mona!" Newman stared
at her t u a ha: of cigarette smoke,
“but I should think so-yes.
edly dead, you see: I had already made
out and tiled the certiilcale to that gflect
‘even before the disappearance.
no body. t at will cover the legal side
of the affair. I think. There can be no
question or the death. you see; none
‘Just the same it’! horrible-horrible."
she murmured. “I shall never forget.
or en y forgive myself, Lon. a
whole thing is like 3 direct blow at my
ii It's almost as it Jim
purpose to" spite u
n't think that he can Dos-
sibly be alive. do on. Lon.
"Certainly not.” he laughed. the his
eyes were rious. for this continued
harping upon the possibility of the thing
your guilty conscience. as you call it:
why say ‘guilty’? You've done noth-
ing wrong. Surely. it is no crime to
care for me now that your husband is
“No, of course not. But I can't help
IV is estate be
“fill thers bs compl
“That must I do, Don?"
"I don't know exactly," he confessed,
rubbing his Chin reilectivel "It's a.
matter for the courts to decide. I sup-
rnse. till. on‘t think you'll have
much trouble. I wouldn't worryabout
it Mona. I am sure that Mortimer will
he counted legally dead on the strength
my declaration alone. we can
D Dd number of reliable witnesses:
there's Phillip Mortimer. you know, to
say nothlngof the undertakenand-and
others. No, I certainly should not worry.
Mona. will should be produced,
however l-mow w er it ls'."f
"Ye ‘ in the library safe." she an-
swered. "Suppose we get We can.
look it over now and attend to what-
ever details are necessary tomorrow.
Come." She tossed her cigarette end
away, and, graceful and beautiful as al-
ways, if a triile pale, swept out of the
Newman followed her to the library
and stood by while she twirled the com-
bination-knob of the little safe between
her slim. highly manicured nngers. The
door swung open, and she fussed about
inside for an instant, then, with some-
,Illing very much like an expression of
fear creeping into her eyes. she stooped-
closer and began a careful search of the
interior. it was well lined with papers
and several Jewel boxes. and in her
haste Mrs. Mortimer threw these in all
direction minutes the said
was empty; but the will had not been
found. it was gone!
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