A B Davis High School - Maroon and White Yearbook (Mount Vernon, NY)

 - Class of 1933

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MAROON AND WHITE FOUR FINGERS Mrs. Magus. a thin and nervous-look- ing woman, was sitting quietly in a small. comfortable room sewing. This small room seemed to have been fitted up as an office. Its principal piece of furniture was a massive, roll-top desk. which surely must have been the largest that was able to be made. An office chair of the usual swivel type stood before it. lt was about eight- thirty-five that night when she decided to stop sewing. She put her sewing down in the desk drawer Qsince her husband had died. she used it for her own personal usej and was about to shut the door. when she was attracted by a strong odor of tobacco. Tempted by curiosity. she shut the door quietly and sat down nervously in her chair. Soon her curiosity turned into fear, for she was positive that that was the brand of cigars that the deceased Mr. Peter Magus had smoked. Mrs. Magus picked her way cautiously across the room and was frozen with terror when she saw the chair before the desk turn deliberately. No sooner had this happened than she saw writing slowly appear on a clean sheet of paper on the desk. The writing ran as follows: "My dear wife: .It is my wish that you leave at once on this desk the sum of fifty thousand dollars in currency." Mrs. Magus could stand it no longer. Uttering a shrill shriek, she ran out of the room and down the stairs. and would have kept on running if she had not bumped into the maid. The maid's face was that of a woman. no longer young, and yet scarcely middle- aged. not a repulsive face, rather attrac- tive in a way. except for a certain hard- ness of expression which told of lost illu- sions. As she held up both hands, con- spicuously seen was her left hand, which revealed only four fingers: her little finger was missing. "I am so sorry, Marie, that I rushed into you so," finally uttered the breath- less Mrs. Magus. Marie nodded in an unconcerned way. and was about to go to the room NINETEEN THIRTY-THREE whence Mrs. Magus had departed in such great haste. Mrs. Magus called in an imploring voice, "Marie, don't go up there, please." "Why?" "lf you value your life, you will not go. With a sly, half sneery smile, Marie shrugged her shoulders and departed. Mrs. Magus was puzzled now. Marie's shining white teeth seen through her sneery smile kept coming into her mind many minutes later. Finally, as a last resort to relieve her mind, Mrs. Magus rose quietly. and phoned a detective agency. One half hour later, a tall, heavily set man appeared, who introduced himself as Mr. Godfrey. Mrs. Magus let him in quietly and told him her whole story. ln a gruff voice he said. "Show me the room." Mrs. Magus trembled as she saw him take a revolver from his coat. Stealthily they both groped their way up the stairs. Finally, Mrs. Magus' voice wavered, "Here is the room." Mr. Godfrey's grip on his revolver tightened. Cautiously he opened the door and scanned the room with his gleaming eyes. There was a shadow! Bing! Crash! "He's gotten away!" Tweet-. "Get him. Pete!" Mrs. Magus swooned, but Godfrey had no time to revive herg he must catch this criminal. He didn't run very far, for at the head of the stairs he saw Pete, his as- sistant. holding a small and wizened crea- ture, whose arm he had linked to his own. Mrs. Magus, who had come to, weakly found her way to the hall. She started and almost swooned again when she be- held this creature forindeed, he was a sight. But Mr. Godfrey came to the rescue, and assured her that everything was all right. He said. "Now, Mrs. Magus. allow me to introduce you to the ghost of Peter Magus-otherwise Mr. Jemmy Blum, the Tom Thumb of con men." Mrs. Magus was amazed. but she was still puzzled as to how everything hap- pened. Page One Hundred and Thirty-on

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