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

 - Class of 1933

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MAROON AND WHITE Mr. Godfrey relieved Mrs. Magus by telling her that .Iemmy would be very glad to relate his story. The small creature's eyes twinkled ma- liciously as he glanced up at them. The poor woman led the way to the parlor, and when they were all seated com- fortably, Mr. Jemmy Blum commenced his story. "Well", he began, "to make a long story short, I started on this lay just after Mag- us' death, when a friend of mine in the fortune-telling line told me that Mrs. Magus was a spiritualist. This gave me my clue, so I--ah-got into the house." "I-low?" demanded Godfrey. "That's telling." "Go on, then." "I got inside the house, looked over my ground and decided on my line of opera- tion. I wanted something neat and effec- tive, and I worked on it a good while be- fore I had it going right. There were so many little details. It took a lot of prac- tice-such things do-and then I had to remodel the inside of the desk-shorten up the drawers and make room for myself behind them. Lucky I'm little, and the desk is one of the biggest I ever saw." "So you were in the desk?" queried the detective. i'Sure", he chuckled. "Where else?" "Then you decided that you would go through with the plan?" "Yes", said .Iemmy slyly. "I saw that Mrs. Magus was scairt to death, and I was afraid if I didn't demonstrate for her, I wouldn't get the money." "How did you know she had it?" "I knew that she was well off." "But the odor of tobacco?" I-Ie got a vial out of his pocket, uncork- ed it, and again Mrs. Magus caught the sweet and heavy odor of Peter Magus' cigar. ' "And here's a fine point I'm proud of," had this made from a said Jemmy. "I dozen of Magus' cigars I found in a box in his room. So the smell was just right. while of showing some I thought for a smoke, but didn't dare risk it." "But the note," Godfrey said. "That was the cleverest of all." Paqe One Hundred and Thirty-two f Jemmy chuckled and glanced at God- rey. "Ah, you'd like to know, wouldn't you? You never will. But it all depends on it. If I put the acid in before the salt, the writing disappears at the end of two hours: if I put the salt in before the acid, the writing doesn't appear for the same length of time. It took me five years to work it out." "But the writing didn't all appear at once," Mrs. Magus now objected. "Of course not," said Jemmy impatient- ly. "It wasn't all written at once, was it? It appeared just like it was written." "I-Iow could you time it?" "Why", answered Jemmy still more impatiently, "I timed the writing for eight- thirty-Eve." "But the chair?" Jemmy shot a disgusted look at God- frey. "Any faker on Sixth Avenue can do that," he said. "A hook on thread. Any- think else?" "Accept my compliments, Jemmy. It was cleverly done. I'm almost sorry you didn't get away with it." "Oh", answered Jemmy. with studied indifference, "that's all in the day's work, you know. But thank you all the same. Godfrey." He was flicking the ashes from the end of his cigar as he spoke, and Mrs. Magus noticed he didn't meet Godfrey's eyes. The latter looked at him an instant: then, with a low exclamation, sprang to his feet and snapped open the bag in which Mrs. Magus had stowed the packets Jemmy had returned to her. He ripped one of them open, and disclosed not ten thousand dollars in currency, but a neat bundle of blank paper! Jemmy was looking at him now, and his face was alight with triumph. "How did you know I was here?" God- frey demanded. "I didn't," glrinned Jemmy, "but I wasn't taking any chances." "Who was your pal?" "That's telling," he answered easily. Godfrev turned to Mrs. Magus and queried, "Have you any servants?" "Only one," she answered. INETEEN THIRTYTHREE

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