College of William and Mary - Colonial Echo Yearbook (Williamsburg, VA)

 - Class of 1911

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Ct)c 1911 Coionial Ccl)o isisi s!i our way to a hotel to ol)taiii siii ] i ' i-. ( )ui- nu-al was soon tiiiishcd, and led by Gilder. c were imt long in gettinfi: to a pawn sIkij) where he jjurehased some rather dilajjidated clothes. Then, leading us to the i)aek of the store, he told us to i)ut them on. This done, we started for the railroad station. When we arrived. Gilder held a whispered conversation with the agent. Turning around to us he said: ' l " ve gotten good aeeommodations for you fellows, we ' re going to hoho it ou the rods. ' " We were about to give vent to our surprise when Gilder, with a gesture, silenced us. " ' We ' ve got to keep our uioxcments secret, " he whispered, ' as my wiiole case depends upou our getting to Inglewood unnoticed. ' " Rememliering this i)recaution. we lined up in the shadow of the building to wait for the next train. In a short time it arrived, and we stole quietly un- der the cars taking our positions upou the rods for our long journey. We started at eight o ' clock; by eleveu we were nearing Inglewood. " ' When you get there, roll out of the cars uiton the side opposite to the station and keep walking away from it in the shadow of the train, ' said our leader. " The train stopi)ed long enough for us to make our escape unnoticed. ' Now for Inglewood, ' said Gilder, ' and to keep our movements secret as pos- sible, let ' s cut through this bit of forest. ' So saying, he led the way, bringing us soon to Inglewood. At the edge of the lawn he stopped, motioning us to hide behind a hedge. " In the house a lam]) was sending forth its beams of light; in a short time this was extinguished. " Veiled in the inky darkness. Gilder led us to that house in the yard which he and I had formerly occupied. As he had surmised, the house was vacant, the door unlocked. ' Walk in boys, " he said sarcastically, ' but jou can ' t remain here long. ' With this he pulled up some of the tloor boards which he had previo isly loosened, disclosing a sort of cellar room about ten feet square and eight deep. It was furnished with four chairs, a table, some canned foods and what seemed to me most curious, two telephones. " ' ] rake yourselves at home, ' said Gilder, ' we .stay here until some time tomorrow. ' ' ' Then we all lay down and slept. The next day, until about eleveu o ' clock, was spent in playing cards, etc. At this time we heard through the phones, in Proctor ' s voice (the receivers were left down purposely), ' Yes, show the gentlemen up. John, then you may go to work in the dining-room until dinner time, polishing the silver. ' Of course Gilder and I jumped to the phones, where we heard the following conversation : 200

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im m Clje 1911 Colonial (£ct)o so doiug, cut my aukles several times. Now that I was foot-free, escape seemed possible. But by this time I was so sleepy I could labor no more, and slept, I suppose, about twelve hours. When 1 awoke I immediately began to claw dirt with bauds and feet. I suppose another day was con- sumed in getting out of the pit, and when I at last emerged from my three days ' imprisonment, I was so weak that I despaired of ever again reaching the sound of human voice. " I soon found the road by which 1 was brought to my prison. Though now so nearly saved, delirium attacked me, and I knew no more until rescued by a peasant at the village of ilonaco, in which I am now staying. It seems quite strange, but one of my captors greatly resembled my cousin, Sam Proctor. " " Coincident with Sidney Proctor " s reappearance, a message was received from Calais that Sam Proctor — now commanding his own ship — had sailed for America. An eminent detective of this city has suggested that there may be some significance in the fact that Sam Proctor fled on the same day that Sidney ' s escape from almost certain death was made known. ' ' " I spent the next few days in London. Meanwhile Sidnej ' Proctor came over from France as soon as possible, and took possession of the Inglewood estate, but seemed somewhat nervous about staying in the house alone. Never- theless, he mastered his fears, and stayed in the room formerly occupied by his uncle, presumably because this was the most quiet and most out of the way part of the building, and more congenial with his present melancholy mood. He took daily walks at evening with his wife, and seemed to be living an ordi- nary, quiet life. I obtained my information from Gilder. Then, after about three days, I received a telegram to the effect that he would be in London im- mediately. I thought this rather a curious move, but Gilder was managing his own case, and 1 had not even taken the trouble to form a theory con- cerning it. " As we walked from the station, my companion seemed more reticent than ever. He refused to say anything about the ease, gi ng as his i-eason that he wasn ' t at all sure of its outcome. " The following afternoon he received a telegram from containing the following words: ' They have .just arrived, will spend uiglit here, go to- morrow. John M. ' " ' We must get out of this town immediately, ' said Gilder, giving his telephone a ring. " ' Hello; is this Scotland Yard? Send me up : lathews and Watkius; tell them to come to my office as soon as possil)le. " " Then turning to me, ' Get ready, ' he said, ' we must leave here by dark, and it is now almost dusk. We ' ll have to eat sui)per before we go, too. " In a few minutes tlie men from Scotland Yard arrived, and we were on 199

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!ss«s®ssei Ct)c 1911 Colonial Ccljo " ' Good morniug, Loiiveau. ]lo v are you, Dubac ■ Ah, Francois, 30U have eoiue, I suppose, to receive your payment? ' " ' Yes, ' said a strange voice, ' we want to get our money and go. Did your bluff work? ' " ' Fine, ' said Pi ' octor again, ' 1 even fooled that detective. ' " ' How did you manage to get him away .just at the jiroper time? Wasn ' t he suspicious? ' " ' Not at all so, ' laughed Proctor. ' 1 had anticipated some trouble in getting him out of the way when you came, but he acquiesced readily when I suggested that he should go down to London to work up a clue which the Lon- don polic e had. ' " Again the stranger spoke: ' Well, we ' d .just as well get out of here as soon as possible; 1 don ' t like detectives. It ' s a pity you couldn ' t pay us some- where else anyhow. ' " ' I did not have any money when in France, and it would look suspicious to send back a money order or draft. A quiet little visit by some of my French friends will not be noticed, and as that detective is away, you need not have any fears. ' " Here there was a sound as of a drawer being opened. " ' Well, ' said the stranger, ' we must be going. I ' m anxious to get back to Prance. ' " After some further conversation, there was a sound of retreating foot- steps as Proctor accompanied them to the front door of the house. Theu we heard him return, shutting the door of his own room. A sigh of relief fell upon our ears, accompanied by the exclamation: ' Quite easily done — I ' m so glad it is all over. " " Of course now I saw through the whole thing. " ' Great, fine! " 1 exclaimed. " Tell me how you did it. ' " ' Can ' t stop to explain now, ' my companion explained. ' Come with me. ' " The three of us followed him curiously, and where should he go but to the luglewood house. We met the Frenchmen on the steps, and Gilder imme- diately arrested and disarmed them. They were taken too much by surprise to offer resistance. Next Gilder made for Proctor ' s room. He rapped on the door. A voice inside said : ' Come in. ' " ' I think I have a clue, Mr. Proctor, ' said Gilder entering, — and T fancied his tone was somewhat sarcastic. ' In other words, yoii are arrested on the double charge of murder in the first degree and of obtaining money under false pretences. ' " Proctor at first seemed sluimed: iiis face tui-iicd deathly pale, but he recovered liis composure, and with a forced smib ' said: " Don ' t .ioke with me 201

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