The Aspermont Star (Aspermont, Tex.), Vol. 38, No. 51, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 2, 1936 Page: 3 of 8
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Her Tolce broke.
"Itldder'll he free In a few weeks,"
•be pled. "Walt, Mr. Gilbert. Yon
don't know how many Innocent people
|ou may drag Into this."
He now remembered that he had
told Pat he loved her. "It didn't get
me anywhere," lJarry thought. "It
never will. I'm not even sure that she
heard me, but I'm glad I spoke, all
Aloud, he said, "I'll wait, Pat."
She glanced up at him, gratefully.
"Not nntll the trial, though," he
framed her. "I won't take that clinnce.
I won't let this girl, Peggy, go on suf-
fering until then. Hut now I be-
lieve I know who murdered Kelly.
Someone who cunie Into . the house
while your father was there. Some-
one so' full of the thought of It that
She bungled the new lock on the front
"You think—" Ilainhldge began.
"I think Hint's why It blew open.
And I think, too, that revealing your
visit—now—would be merely 'tipping
our hand.' The person I suspect has nl
ready covered her tracks pretty well."
"Then," Pat said, almost incredu-
lously—"Then you're not going to re-
peat this story!"
"Not even to Wlnslow. tie hasn't
much more faith In my 'sleuthing' than
jou have. We'll leave him to work
out Bidder's defense. For the present
, let's agree on an armistice. Mutual
silence. If the time arrives when I
feel I must speak, I'll come to you
first. Is that fairr
From the very beginnin^;, Harry had
suspected Mrs. Kelly. ".She sued for di
vorce recently, and withdrew the
case," Peter Wlnslow had told him.
"Do you think that might Indicate
that she killed her husband?" Harry
did, and one discovery after another
confirmed the Idea. "But," as Barry
had reminded his city editor, "Mrs.
Kelly was in Harieiu. She went to a
"Ever hear of faking an alibi?"
Harwood had asked, advising a "check
That sounded promising until, as the
first move In his investigation, Barry
dug up The Herald Tribune of "the
morning after the body was found.
Mrs. Kelly had told him that paper
contained a full record of her social
activities, and It did. "At the time
of the murder, Mrs. Kelly, who sued
for divorce recently, and withdrew the
case, was awarding prlr.es at a fancy
iress ball of the Crosstown Chowder
and Outing club In Harlem Gardens.
This was at midnight, and the other
Judges were .
"Kelly wasn't killed at midnight,"
Barry realized. "He wasn't killed un
til two hours after midnight. If Mrs.
Kelly got through with her prizes—'
"Weil," Burry exulted, climbing Into
the subway. What next? Hay noth
lng, and saw wood—that's what. One
more link In this chain, and I'm going
to change a lot of people's minds about
me and my 'sleuthing!'
Monday morning, Harry dropped In
on Peter Wlnslow. lie was still carry-
ing the Bidder check for $2,(XX), and
he wanted Peter to take part of It as
• retainer, and bank the rest for
Peter did accept It, as a matter of
course, though he waved aside the of-
fer of a retainer. "I'm In no hurry,"
he Insisted. "Walt 'til I do something.
1 know you're good for it."
Obviously, he was doing a great
deal. "Got the defense all planned,"
lie declared, allowing Barry a thick
•heaf of memoranda. "Loose-leaf"
memoranda It was. In the most literal
sense—scrawled on waste paper and
the becks of envelopes. Order may
be Nature's first law, but It wasn't this
"No, I'm not neat," Peter smiled, In-
tercepting Barry's glance. "Except per-
sonally, and that's Julie's achievement.
Julie's Mrs. Wlnstow, of coarse, and
•he buys all my clothes. Lsya
out for me. too—even the bonton-
nlcro. I often ask her If she wants
■M to look like a gigolo. Don't worry
abont this stuff, though,"—Indicating
the aheaf ef memoranda. "MlssClark'll
have that straight by night."
Mlas Clark waa Ms secretary.
"Women keep you In order," he went
on emlllng; "that's about the only
thing I have against 'em."
"There's nothing to thla esse," be
coatlaaed. "It'll come to trlsl In a
rka sow. and be over In a few
beers. Want to hesr whst I'm going
ts ask that rtllplno?"
Listening. Barry felt again that his
sirs activities had been merely fool-
ml A doses question* disposed of all
the evidence the taller hsd given so
far. sad ssafe II ajesrsaf that what
tM lights were Mill burning to the
tmt room! If yon were alarmed,
why didn't yon knock at ths door, ts
maks sure your taaster was all right!
Not so very much alarmed, were youf
In tact, you weren't alarmed at all
until you aaw what bad happened."
This waa the beginning of an Inquiry
that twlated about, doubled on Itaeif.
and waa likely to leave any Jury on
earth too uncertain to convict anyone
of i capital offenae. "Particularly,
anyone with s Wife and child," Peter
"Peggy was In here Friday," he
added. "She looks aa though ahe'd been
dragged through a knot-hole. I wanted
her to come to us'for the week-end,
hut we're In town most of the time.
I'm going to talk to the Hambldgea
about having her out there."
"That would be great," Barry kin-
dled. "They'd be company for each
other. It wouldn't do Pat a bit of
harm to learn how the other half
"Bight!" Peter exclulmed heartily.
"I'll call Pat today."
In spite of himself, as he was leav-
ing, Barry mentioned Ida Harlem
Peter listened Intently.
"Well," he said, "you are a Hawk-
"You'd he surprised If I landed Mrs.
Kelly, wouldn't you?"
"No," Peter replied, smiling again,
"but I'd he terribly surprised If you
didn't begin suspecting someone else
ten nilnutas afterward."
The more Barry thought of It, the
more certain lie became that tiie
Judge's story, and the revelations In
Harlem, removed the only reason for
questioning llarwood's hypothesis.
When the divorce action was filed.
Kelly had promised not to see Hetty
Barclay again. That promise had In-
duced the withdrawal of the petition.
And then Hetty Barclay had phoned,
while Kelly was out, and Just as Mrs.
Kelly was going. In HarwoOd's own
words, Mrs. Kelly "went wild." Fall-
ing to get legal counsel, she tnxled to
Harlem, and there she got "madder
and madder." Just after midnight, she
drove home, and found Kelly alone-
drunk, and with tbe accumulated
wrath engendered by two trying In-
terviews. There were words, and a
The design began being almost too
He found Peggy doing some mend-
ing In her dingy rooui. Sbe had lost
flush, and seemed to tie always star-
ing at nothing. "It's Jacky," she con-
fided in Barry. "I'm worried about
The youngster looked pale nnd III.
"Look here. Peg; will you have
lunch with me tomorrow at the Astor?
1 want you to meet somebody."
"She'd turn up her nose at me like
an elephant reaching for peanuts."
"I don't think so. Anyway, 1 want
you to know each other."
The appointment was made, at last
—one o'clock—and Barry called Pat.
"Well, the trail's hot, all right."
"Tell me about It."
"I don't dare over the wire. You
know; operators. Come in and lunch
"Tomorrow at one."
Pat was eagerly anxious to hear his
news, and there was no other way.
But, if Pat's nose remained static
when she learned she was to encoun-
ter Peggy, her mouth .straightened.
"Why? What have 1 In common with
"Well," Barry answered, flatly,
"you're keeping her husband In prison."
"You owe her something for that,
don't you think? What're you being
so high hat about? This girl's Sirs.
John Clarke Bidder, Jr., yon know."
"I'm not being high hat. Only, nat-
urally, Just now. I don't feel much like
meeting strangers. F.speclnlly stran-
gers with whom I have no community
Lunching together, however, It soon
became evident thnt there was a "com-
munity of Interest." Pat warmed to
this painted chorus girl, fearful for
her husband exactly as Pat was fear-
ful for her father. Though Peg didn't
know It, their fate hting on the same
thread. Both heard Barry's account
of tils discoveries with regard to Mrs.
"It seems pretty conclusive," Pat
"1 never thought of that damo—I
mean, woman," I'eg added. "Would
that get Jack off quick?"
Barry explained his understanding
that. If there were definite proof of
another person's having committed a
crime, anyone In custody was released
Immediately. "The district attorney
for a dismissal of the Indlct-
ment, I believe." he t< UI them,
"Geo!" Peggy said, with the tears In
Pat wss no fool, and *lio found her-
self respecting and liking this "night
club hoofer." Hhe wss Mrs. Bidder,
after all. "Whoever the girl miglit
have been. It waa the tear* beginning
to dissolve ths heads that stirred Pat.
She had never seen anyone cry that
way before—cry with her lips twisted
Into a smile.
-You've certainly stuck to your hus
band," Pat observed.
"Why not? Whs* yon resHy love
anybody, yon don't care whst they do.
or have done, or what they are. It's
what they are te yen that
Tee're sot thinking what yeu>
te get, tat what yaa'ee m*m to gtv*
That * Me right U« to*
" - ^ - te Mp n>e
she told Barn. "And, at course, you're
right—1 do'Jm* then something."
It wasn't the debt that did It, Barry
reallaed. It wae Jacky. Peg wanted
Patricia to see him, and the house
waa ao near. There really waan't any
good excuse for not going. 8o, for the
Drat time In her life, Pat sniffed fried
flab In an entrance ball, and tripped
on worn stair carpets, and found her-
aelf atlfllng In a back room without
sir or aunahlne. She'd known people
lived like that, of course, but, some-
how, she'd never thought much about
It. Sbe found herself thinking now.
"If I had to apend one night In this
place— That's what'a tbe matter with
It waa arranged that Bvana waa te
drive them out, and come back for
Barry on Thuraday.
When Barry left Pat at her hotel,
ahe said, "You seem to be everybody'a
friend, Mr. Gilbert. It's a little hard to
"Considering that I'm an adventurer
and nn imposter?"
"Yes." Barry repeated, "hut that'#
how you learn what friendship means."
.That night, Barry went to the Co-
coa nut Bar.
"I mustn't overlook anything," he
There wasn't much to overlook In
the Cocoamif Bar. Not in the way of
clothing, at all events The lobby was
full of men, more or less surrepti-
tiously glancing at framed photographs
of girls whose costumes might alpiost
have been packed In a vanity case.
Inside was a square dancing floor with
tables about It, like the seats about a
prize ring. Above, there was a bal-
cony with more tables, except at one
spot, occupied hy olliees.
There were three shows a night, ths
amateur lluwksliatv discovered from
his menu—at seven, eleven, and one.
It wasn't hard to get acquainted
wltli uny of the girls. One had only
to look prosperous, and Incline his
head an Inch or two in the direction
of n vacant chair. "We're not sup-
posed to do this," Violet Kane In-
formed Harry, "hut l.uls's got a swell
Harry had his expense account and
his Ingratiating grin, and used both to
the limit. It wasn't long before the
blonde was telling the story of her life.
"I bin with I,ills ever since I was a
kid," she bragged, "lie's a swell guy,
You ougliia know him. I'll give you
a tumble after the next show.''
I,uis was most affable. A senllmen-
talist, but a business man, with a keen
eye to snenders. and a withering con-
tempt for tight-wads.
A flashy young fellow, Mornno was,
who wore sporty clothes, and much
Jewelry. Slim and dapper, his shining
ebon hair was slicked back from his
forehead, lie had a long, thin nose,
and straight, thin lips, and a slight
but rather curious impediment in his
speech. Mis voice could be very soft
"Tender hearted. Luis Is." Miss Kane
declared later. "I've seen him cry
when somebody sung about mother, or
the kid, or sumpin'. That loved her-
and-lost-her stutT specially, lie war
"Didn't It take?"
"Surf! It took. That's why he cries.
The Jane died, or sumpin'. Know what
Luis did—when he got the coin, 1
mean? Bought the house they used
to live In, and went on livin' there—
alone, with u couple of servants."
"Ain't that romantic? I'll say so!
He's still got the servants, too. They
all moved to a farm, somewhere In
Jersey, a couple'a years ago. Would
you believe It—lie drives out every
morning, after the last shciw. Nuts
about horses. I.uls Is. Not to bet on.
Just likes 'em.
"Learned about horses In Fauquier
comity," I.uls said, returning at that
Instant. "I lived there 'til I was nine-
teen, and that's all they know. Go on,
VI; you'll tie late."
"1 never was late for a show y*t,"
she retorted. "Nor out of one. Not
In all the years I've worked for you."
"That's straight," Morano admitted,
as she was leaving. "Never been out
of a show in her life. She's « swell
There wasn't much to he got at ths
Cocoanut Bar; not that Violet and
Mornno weren't willing to talk, Mo-
ra no's romance had left lilin a geritls
melancholy—or, |ierhaps. he :n nly
worried about business. Itut, If lis
had anything to conceal. It certainly
seemed to have no relation io Kelly.
On that subject, everything was opea
and shove hoard.
"Just S gorilla," Morano sai l of ths
Big bom, the ne«t night, when Harry
returned to the Cocoanut Bar
"Oh. Mike waa a' right," SIIjj Fans
"Sot*!" h«r employer sgreeil. "He
wouldn't do nothing worse than n.-nl
pennies from a dead baby. I'ul f
Vl's though," Luis added, winking si
"Yeh," Violet declared, dryly; "un-
til that Barclay dame came along"
"He waa In here that evening, w asn't
her' Barry ashed.
"Yeh. Juat a few hours before they
"He had a girl pinched, or some
Yeh," Morano repeated. "Nice kl<l.
loo. Took her around to the statloi
In them things,''
I don't blame ths lane's hnsbsnl
for getting sore," Morano rentlnoed.
though bumping a guy e* for that's
soing a Utile too far."
Kelly waa soused," Miss Fane said.
Yeh. Plenty. AM ta ttaught UN
kid was picking his packet. Notklrf
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Hudspeth, Hylton F. The Aspermont Star (Aspermont, Tex.), Vol. 38, No. 51, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 2, 1936, newspaper, July 2, 1936; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth126954/m1/3/: accessed May 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Stonewall County Library.