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HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES, HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 1928.
had, and she was the only close
friend I had. She began speculating1
lost It might be five years or ten
years between times and then Bhe
would hear he was alive and then
no more news of him for another
'And If Jarling knew the real
John was dead he could claim a
million or so, hey?" Simon Judd
"That's what worried her," Abner
Dart said. "She got so she thought
more of money than of her life.
And then "
He stopped and hid his face in
. "She poisoned the first one," Si
mon Judd supplied.
(Continued next week.)
in Wall Street and did well she
was a wonderful woman that way.
nut all the while she was worried.
The old partner of John's, Jarling,
Kept her worried all the time. She
could never find him a word of
him now and then and then he was
WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE
Simon Judd, amateur detective, and
William Dart, an undertaker, visit John
Drane. an eccentric man of wealth, at
the Drane place. Suddenly John Drane
is murdered, and Dr. Blessington, after
examining the body, makes the astound
ing revelation to Amy Drane that her
"uncle" is a woman and not a man.
All the servants in the household are
sickly, and it is revealed that John
Drane never discharged a servant for
ill health. Dick Brennan. detective, ar
rives at the house and makes thorough
investigations. Simon Judd tells him
the story of the actual John Drane with
whom he (Judd) was acquainted in Riv
erbank. Judd proposes to Brennan that
he "go partners" with Brennan in the
solution of the crime. Brennan accepts,
then Judd declares that Amy is not
John Drane's niece or any relative of
Drane. Mrs. Vincent, housekeeper, tells
Brennan that Drane picked his servants
from among the chronic patients at the
hospital. Dr. Blessingto nis asked if he
had ever noticed any special change in
Dr. Blessington has but little informa
tion to give. The talk veers to Drane's
employment of chronic invalids, and
suddenly Judd astonishes the doctor by
asking when "Drane murdered the first
of those hired hands of his!"
More servants are questioned, but are
unable to give much information, being
intoxicated. Judd then propounds the
belief that the undertaker is the hus
band of Drane. He also tells Brennan:
"You've been thinking perhaps Dart
murdered Drane. You're wrong."
HOW 00 ON WITH THB STOBY
"Because, black my cats! I was
thinkin' the same thing, Richard,"
Simon Judd explained. "But it
ain't so. I don't take no stock in
that notion. That little shrimp
wouldn't murder nobody. In the first
place he ain't got the gall to do It
and in the second place I ain't never
heard of an undertaker murderin'
anybody. Did you ever?"
"No," Brennan agreed, "I don't
remember of a single case where an
undertaker did a murder."
"Sort of unprofessional, I guess,"
Simon Judd said. "Sort of like
buildin' up trade in an unethical
way. It ain't done, as the feller
says. Are you goin' to- telephone
him to come here, or are we goin'
to his undertakin' shop?"
"I think he'll be coming here,"
Brennan said. "Dr. Blessington has
probably asked him to take care of
the funeral "
"You'd better telephone," Simon
Judd advised. "That Dart feller
ain't comin' here to take charge of
"Because he don't want to be
worried with it," Simon Judd ex
plained. "He don't want a funeral
on his mind whilst he's got to think
what he's going to do and say about
bein' married to John Drane. He's
got to decide whether he's goin' to
admit he's John Drane's husband
or not; he's got to decide when to
say they were married, and why he
never told. He's a busy man right
now, Richard, you bet your boots!
And he don't want to take no time
off to have to think of no funeral
"I'll call him up and tell him to
come here," Brennan said, and he
went into the hall and did so. "He
will be here immediately," he said
when he returned to Simon Judd.
"You meet him and keep him down
here; I'm going up and see if the
officers have found anything new."
The undertaker drove his own car
at times and he arrived in it before
long, and Simon Judd met him on
the veranda. The fat Iowan was
standing at the head of the steps
as the smaller man mounted and
he pushed his hat back on his head
and put his hands in his pockets,
jingling his coins and keys.
"Brennan wanted to see me," the
undertaker said, pulling off the
gloves he wore when driving.
"So did I Abner," Simon Judd
said, grinning at the little man. "I
been wantin' to have a good old
talk with you ever since we shook
hands last night Been a long time
since we seen each other, ain't it?
The little undertaker showed no
surprise, he attempted no evasions.
He was not even annoyed by Simon
Judd's words; his only expression
was of worry and weariness com
bined. He went to a chair and seat
ed himself and motioned Simon
Judd to sit near him. He fumbled
at his beard, not knowing exactly
what to say. Simon Judd spoke
"I told Brennan you didn't kill
her," he said. "I told him you wasn't
the sort to do such a thing, Abner."
The information did not seem to
cheer the undertaker much; per
haps he did not rightly hear what
Simon Judd had said.
"Sime," he said, "I knew you knew
me last night I was scared last
"Yeh? Thought I'd got track of
somethin' out home, huh? Why,
you poor old feller!"
"When you said you were going
to be a detective," the undertaker
explained. "Yes, I thought sure you
had got on the track of something.
You had, hadn't you Sime?"
"Not a thing!" Simon Judd said,
"I come East just like I said, to
study up how detectives do down
here. I didn't suspicion a thing,
Abner, I only wondered why you
had come down here and changed
your name. And at that, Abner, I
didn't think anything but what I
heard back home when you did dis
appearthat you was bankrupt and
had skipped out."
"I was bankrupt," hte undertaker
said. "I did skip out Sime, I never
made a decent living at undertak
ing the whole time I was in River
bank. It wore on me wore on my
mind. And Ella wasn't a patient
wife; she was a nagger, Sime an
"Always sayin' she wished she
was a man, I bet you!" Simon Judd
said. "That kind of woman does
wear a man down, Abner, black my
cats if she don't! Well, she had
"She was a terrible woman,
Sime!" the little undertaker said,
shaking his head "I don't know
that there ever was another such
woman except where you read
about them in books; Sime, I wish
you were on my side in this busi
ness; I wish I had you or somebody
to be a friend to me right now. I
don't know anybody in this town
not anybody. I'm alone. I'm the
most friendless man in the world.
She wouldn't let me know anybody
she was jealous jealous and
afraid. I'm all alone, Sime, and I'm
scared. I can't think right; my
head don't seem to work right to
"What have you got to be afraid
of?" Simon Judd asked. "What have
you done to be afraid of, Abner?"
Nothing! Nothing!" the little
man said tremulously. "As God is
my witness, Sime, I never did a
thing but keep my mouth shut
They can't hang me for that, can
they? But thirty-two years of
keeping my mouth shut! What do
you think I ought to do, Sime?'
"Why; if I was you, Abner." Sim.
on Judd said, "I'd tell this Brennan
the whole story, straight and clean.
I sure would. Tell you the honest
truth, Abner, I'd get It off my chest
and out of my soul just as quick as
ever I could."
"I don't know I don't know!" the
little man mourned, but Brennan
came down then and out upon the
veranda, and Simon Judd spoke to
him, half turning in his chair.
"Come on over here, Richard," he
said. "Dart wants to tell you all
about it He knows purty near the
whole thing, up to the murder any
way. Go ahead now, Abner tell
him how it was."
The little man pulled at his beard,
frowning at his feet
"But now, hold on a minute!"
Simon Judd said suddenly. "We
ought to let this Amy girl hear this,
accordin' to my notion. Seems like
she has a right to know, ain't It so,
"Yes; she'll know it anyway," the
little man said, and Simon Judd
went into the house to send Nor
bert to find the girl. She came pre
sently, Robert Carter with her, and
Simon Judd told her why she had
been sent for. She and young Car
ter seated themselves and the girl
looked anxiously from face to face.
But the undertaker did not speak.
' "Amy," Simon Judd said, when
the silence had lasted a few mo
ments, "I'm goin' to start this off,
because what I know I know. John
Drane and me was boys together,
born close to the same time, away
back in 1853. John was born in
'53 and Emily, his sister, dead up
stairs there, was born the next year,
1854. That's all the Dranes there
was; there wasn't no Daniel Drane
he's fairy story. Who you are l
don't know, but maybe Abner here
can tell us that
'Anyhow, Amy, we three me and
John Drane and his sister Emily
grew up together out there in Rlv
erbank. John never did get mar
ried and in 1883 he went west and
we lost track of him I did anyway,
What did he do outwest, Abner?"
'He got into copper and silver,
Abner said. He made a million.
"He made a million between 1883
and 1892," Simon Judd said. "But
his sister Emily stayed right there
in Riverbank and In 1884 she mar
ried a man that came to town and
started in the undertaker business.
His name was Abner Dart, wasn't it
"Yes, I married her June 6, 1884,"
Abner Dart said.
"And after a while she got to be
a naggy wife," -Simon Judd said
"She bore down pretty hard on Ab
ner and quinched his spirit till he
was no more than a worm. About
eight years of that until 1892, and
then John Drane came home to visit
her and see the old town. Hey, Ab
"He came home sick," Abner said;
"and he came when Ella was sick,
We carried him up to the house on
a stretcher and mit him in the bea
and Ella got out of her bed and
went and sat In a chair by his bed
and they talked just the two of
them. He had had a hard time -in
the west there, and sometimes he
went for days without food, pros
pecting the hills with a man named
Jarling, his partner. Then they
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told Ella that as he lay there dy
ing, and then he died."
"That night," said Simon Judd.
"Yes, he died that night," Abner
Dart said. "So Ella went back to
her bed and sent for me, and she
told me what to do. You remember
old Doc Worley, Sime? Always
drunk. He was drunk when we
sent for him, and we got him
drunker, and he signed a death cer
tificate and ended up that spree
with the tremens. The rest was
easy enough. You were at the fun
eral, Sime. You never guessed it
was John we were burying when
we said it was Ella "
"No, it fooled me easy enough,"
Simon Judd said. "Typhoid was
what Ella had had and they had
cut off her hair and none of us had
seen her since she was took sick.
I thought how bad she looked, but
that was all."
"So we had 'John' get well," Ab
ner Dart said. "We had 'him' sick
for a couple of weeks and then we
had 'him' get well enough to walk
around with a cane, and presently
he was well enough to leave town."
I went to the station with him
myself hauled him in one of my
rigs," Simon Judd said. "We talk
ed about when we were kids. I was
fooled, black my cats!"
She went to Chicago, Ella did,1
Abner continued, "and after awhile,
when she had gathered up the loose
ends of" John's affairs, she came
down to New York and got settled
here and I failed in business the
way we had arranged and came to
Westcote and she gave me money
to start in again. For a month or
two we pretended to be strangers to
each other; then we 'got acquainted
and I was the only close friend she
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