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HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES, HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY. SEPT. 20, 1928.
WHAT HAPPENED BEFOM
Simon Judd, amateur detective, and
William Dart, an undertaker, are visit
ing John Drane, eccentric man of
wealth, at the Drane place. Suddenly
the household la shocked to find that
John Drane has been murdered. The
dead man is first seen by Josie, the
maid, then by Amy Drane ana sunon
Judd. The latter faints.
Police officers call and Investigations
begin. Dr. Blessington Is caned, ana
after seeing the murdered John Drane.
makes the astounding revelation to Amy
that her "uncle" is not a man but a
Dr. Blessington discounts the theory
of suicide, saying that Drane was defi
nitely murdered. Dr. Blessington com
ments on the fact that all the servants
in the household of Drane are sick, and
that Drane has never discharged a ser
vant for 111 health. Dick Brennan, the
detective, arrived to investigate the
Brennan questions the persons In the
house, asking Amy if anyone had any
reason to kill her "uncle."
SOW OO ON WITH THE STOBT
"No; not a reason; not the slight
est reason!" Amy declared with ab
solute positiveness. "I can't even
imagine why anyone should want to
kill my uncle."
"And as far as you know, there
was no one in the bouse last night
but your uncle, Mr. Judd here, Mr.
Dart and the servants?" Brennan
asked her. "I know," he added,
"that you can't say whether others
may not have come in unknown to
Amy's eyes turned to Bob Carter.
"Yes, I was in the house last
night," Carter said.
"About when. Carter?" Brennan
"Late," Carter said. "After eleven
and before twelve. Mr. Drane said
he wanted to see me; he sent Nor
bert to tell me so yesterday after
noon just before we went for the
drive, you remember, Amy? There
was no hurry, Norbert said; either
last night or today would do. I
rather knew what he had on his
mind. I had asked him if I could
marry Amy, and he had put off
answering me. So last night I hap
pened to pass here and I saw the
lights in the library and I came in."
"Ring or knock or anything?"
"I went to the library door at
that side of the house and knocked
on the door, and Mr. Drane let me
in," Bob said. "Mr. Dart was with
him; no one else. I said good eve
ning to Mr. Dart and Mr. Drane
said we could go across the hall to
the dining room for a few minutes,
and we did. There's one thing I
ought to tell you, I guess; just as
we were going out Mr. Dart said,
'Now, remember what I told you,
John; I don't approve.' It was some
thing like that; he may have said
l m against it or 'I won't have it'
I was rather excited, you see: what
Mr. Drane was going to say meant
sucn a lot to me.
"Naturally," agreed Brennan.
"That's about all." Carter said.
"We went into the dining room and
Mr. Drane talked to me awhile. It
was mostly about my prospects and
what I was planning to do with mv
life and whether I would be willing
to come to nis house to live after
we were married Amy and L He
said we had best travel for a year,
or stay elsewhere a year. After
that he wanted us here. I told
him that was what Amy wanted
it was the only reason she hesitated
about marrying, she did not want
to leave him. So he said it would
be all right"
"I'm so glad, Bob!" Amy cried.
"I'm so glad to think he was will
ing!" "And then what?" Brennan ask
ed, seeing that Carter was hesitat
ing. "Well, it was rather queer," Car
ter said, blushing. "I thought it
was rather queer then, but it does
n't seem so queer now not when
we know what we know now. He
asked if he could kiss me."
"He did?" Brennan exclaimed.
"Not quite so brashly as all that,"
Carter said. "He laughed and laugh
ed and said that if we were French
he supposed we would kiss 'each
other on both cheeks. I said I had
been kissed, when I was given my
cross. Then you won't mind if I
do kiss you,' he said, and kissed me.
I felt well, I felt sorry for him,
that's how I felt I thought 'Poor
old fellow." I knew nobody around
here cared much for him, and he
was getting pretty old. That sort
of feeling. And now, when I know
he was a woman!"
'It's bound to come out now and
again," said Brennan tersely. "A
woman can only stand so much
without affection. The very worst
i ve ever known came to it now and
again. And then what did you do?"
"we talked a few minutes about
when the wedding might be. and
I said I would have to leave that
to Amy. Then he said "
Carter hesitated a moment but
Brennan said nothing.
"He spoke about money," Carter
went on. "He said he had made
his will in Amy's favor and that
he was leaving her everything he
had. Then he said she was a good
girl; he said very nice things about
her and said he meant to give her
outright a hundred thousand dol
lars the day she was married, if I
did not object I have nothing of
my own, you know. He said that he
thought, living in his house and
having to be mistress of it. Amy
should not be compelled to ask him
for money. He meant for the extra
expenses, the things I could not pay
for. I didn't see anything wrong
in that I didn't see that it had
anything to do with my loving Amy.
Amy knows it's not anybody's mon
ey I care for. And then we shook
hands and I came away."
Through the library again?"
"No. Mr. Drane let me out by
"So you didn't see Mr. Dart
"No. I went down the driveway
there and walked home."
"You haven't any idea what it
was Mr. Dart wanted Mr. Drane
not to do?"
"Not really," Carter said. "It may
be they had been talking over Amy
and me and Mr. Dart didn't care
for me enough to have me marry
Amy. Mr. Drane and Dart were
old friends what they call 'cronies'
almost Or it may have been giv
ing Amy so much money in a lump
that Dart objected to. I don't
"But your impression was that
Mr. Dart referred to the talk you
were about to have with Mr.
Drane ?" Brennan asked.
"That's what I thought," Carter
admitted. "I hadn't any doubt of
it I thought to myself 'What bus
iness is it of his, anyway!' I don't
like him much, someway."
"And now. Miss Drane," Brennan
asked without a pause, "have you
ever seen anything that made you
think, even in the slightest degree
that your uncle was a woman?"
"No," Amy said without hesita
tion, and immediately changed her
answer to yes! "Never while he
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. . 'Remember, John he was
saying ... 1 don't approve,' "...
was alive." she said. "It never en
tered my head, not In the very
slightest But now, I can see things.
He was so kind to me."
"Might not an uncle be kind?"
. "Yes, but not In that way. Affec
tionate is what I should say, prob
ably. I didn't know ,you see I
didn't think how a man would be,
but I can see now, Mr. Brennan,
that he was more like more like
a mother in the way he in the way
he kissed me and smoothed my hair.
More like a woman, more like a
"Have you any reason for think
ing he was your mother?" Brennan
asked and Amy stared at him with
"Uncle John my mother?" she
gasped and put her fingers to her
Hps as if in fear. "Oh, he couldn't
be my mother he "
"You knew your mother?" Bren
nan asked. "You see, Miss Drane,
I don't know any of the facts; I
have to ask for them. Did you
know your father?"
Bob Carter frowned writh annnu.
ance that Amy should be annoyed.
He looked at her and liimui
"I can answer that," he said.
'Amy told mo all that"
"Let her tell me," said Brennan
but his tone was kindly.
I never knew my mother." Amv
Brennan leaned forward in his
"I'm not digging Into this from
curiosity," he said. "I have nlentv
to do without wasting time that
way; my job is to find who mur
dered this woman who posed as
John Drane. There may never
nave been a John Drane "
"You bet your boots there was!"
declared Simon Judd. "John Drane
and me was chums, I tell you, when
we was boys back there In River
bank. Regular boys and no mis
take, and don't you forget it, mis
ter! You can prove that by me
any time you want to."
"There was a John Drane then,"
said Brennan. "You knew him."
"And I knew him a blame long
time, black my cats!" Simon Judd
exclaimed. "Why look here John
Drane was born along about when
I was, along towards 1853, and we
chummed together, thick as thieves,
for a long time. Yes, until '83
that was when he went out West
He was thirty then. All that time
we hung together, me and John.
Thirty years we was born together
as you might say. Sure there was
a John Drane!
"I was going to ask you a few
questions later, Brennan suggested,
"Ex-cuse me for buttln' in!" Si
mon Judd said with hearty good
nature. "Go right ahead and I'll
shut up till you want me."
"I was saying Miss Drane," Bren
nan said, "that I am only trying to
gather some details of the life of
John Drane as he was known here,
and matters that might have some
bearing on this murder. I know
nothing, you understand, and I have
to ask questions. You say you did
not know your mother that means
she died while you were too young
to Know ner ?
"Yes," Amy said.
"You're about how old?"
"Do you know when your uncle
to call him that came to West
cote?" "Yes, I remember hearing that
It was in 1892. He bought this
house then. .He said not long ago
he had owned it thirty-two years."
"And you were not born here?"
"Oh, no!" said Amy. "I was born
in California. You see, I'm uncle
John's brother's son's child."
"What did you say?" asked
Brennan, turning to Simon Judd.
"I'm not saying a word," Judd
said. "Ex-cuse me! I forgot my
'But you said something," Bren
nan insisted. "What did you say?"
"All I said," Simon Judd said,
"was which brother?"
"Well, which brother was it?"
Brennan asked Amy, showing the
first impatience he had shown.
"It was Daniel," Amy said. "Dan
iel went to California and married
Mary O'Ryan there, and they had
one son Thomas Drane, who was
my father. He married Mary Gart
ner, but just after I was born they
were drowned In a flood. Some riv
er overflowed and they were drown
ed. Grandfather was dead then,
too, and grandmother had died be
fore that So I was put in an or
phanage and thut was where uncle
John found me."
"He went to California? When
"I wasn't a year old," Amy said.
"It must have been In 1908. Uncle
John said he had always corres
ponded with father and when the
letters stopped he was worried. He
wasn't well that year and he
thought California might do him
good it was In the winter and he
went West for the two reasons. He
wanted the warmth and he wanted
to find father If he was alive. He
found only me."
"And he brought you East?"
"No; not right away. He found
a home for me there, lovely people
who were always so good to me!
They raised me; Uncle John used
to send them money for my ex
penses and he wrote me letters "
"You have some of the letters?
They're in the same hand that this
Uncle John writes, or did write?"
"Yes, exactly the same a big,
round hand," Amy said. "So then.
when I was old enough, I was sent
to a school near Pasadena. I stay
ed there until I finished last year.
Then Uncle John had me come East.
He wanted me to live with him, he
"She told me all that," Bob Car
"Yes; It was not a secret," Amy
said. She waited for Brennan to
ask his next question.
"Can you tell me anything that
would throw any light on this mur
der?" he asked.
"I don't think so," Amy an
swered. "I may think of some
thing but it's all too horrible still."
"You don't know anything out
out the way about this William
(Continued Next Week)
ST. PATRICK'S CHURCH.
Rev. Thomas J. Brady. Rector.
There will be mass next Sunday,
Sept 23rd, in the local Catholic
church at 8:30, preceded by Bene
diction of the Blessed Sacrament,
distribution of Holy Communion,
and the hearing of confessions. The
pastor will preach at this mass.
Immediately after the mass he will
go to the Sands where he will say
mass at 10:30, and preacn.
Wednesday. Friday and Saturday
of this week are Ember Days and
as such they are days of fast and
abstinence. In view of the cooler
weather prevailing these days the
pastor wishes to announce that
henceforth and until after the win
ter months the masses on all Sun
days will be at 8:30.
A meeting of the Church Commit
tee will take place next Saturday
evening in the rectory, the purpose
being to discuss important matters
In the affairs of the congregation.
This meeting will take place at 7:30.
A large gathering assembled last
Sunday In lone for the monthly
mass there. There will be five Sun
days in the month of September
and as the pastor through Illness
was not able to visit Board man,
there will be mass there on the last
Sunday of the month at 11 o'clock.
In the home of Mr, and Mrs. Peter
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