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

 - Class of 1911

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Cl)e 1911 Colonial €cl)o ney ' s houses near luglewood. Had T once suspected him alive. 1 slioukl have hunted for him. I must say I was surprised when I found him i)i his room, liaving been dead so short a time. I did not thinlv the murderers woukl have the audacity to bring back the body. " ' Now for the motives that prompted the murder, and Sidney ' s and Henry ' s disappearance. I coukl at first see no reason strong enough to coun- terbalance the risk Sidney Proctor would have to take in order to do away with his uncle. Then I remembered that the article which 1 had read in the Parisian pajier concerning Sidney ' s disappearance mentioned his close associa- tion with racing and sporting life in general. I at once investigated his stand- ing as a sporting man. I found he had been losing so heavily on the races that he had about used up his property and money. He did not wish his English friends to know the life he led. luglewood would ])ay all his debts and still leave him in very comfortable circumstances. lie took the i-isk. Now 1 knew the motive, and easily guessed that Sitlncy ' s kidnapping was arranged entirely by himself, and I must say it was quite cleverly done. ' " ' But what became of the auto? ' 1 asked at this .iuncture. " ' Went on a shij) the next morning at ' he rcplifd. " ' Now you see he needed helpers. His English tenants are a ruffianly set, and the very men for the crime. A bargain was S(Ton nuide, and John Proctor disappeared. Sidney made all the arrangements for the French kid- napping, and did not act until he knew his uncle had been captured and killed. The disappearance of the other heir was simply a coincidence. Henry didn ' t have any money to pay his French assistants. Hence the little conversation we heard on the telephone. ' " ' By the way, " I said, " how did you numage that? ' " ' One day when Sidney was away, I took out a panel in the wall and in- stalled a telephone with a large horn connected with a wire running into the next room. I ran the wire very close to the floor in the next room, and nine persons out of ten would not have noticed it. Next I carried my wire up the chimney, bringing it down on the least conspicuous side. I had as small a wire as possible, so it would not ' be noticeable and stretched it to the tree which overhangs our chimney. I had discovered this secret cellar the day before, so by extending the wire down there, my (■oniiccti(}H with Pi-octor ' s i)rivate affairs was complete. ' Now of course, I listened daily to catch any e(iii(leiiuiing words I could. My doubts were settled one day Iiy iu ' aring something which hinted at the arrival of the Freiichmen. Of course then I ,i waited developments, ' ou know the rest. ' 2i)

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K:i(: r r -J! Clje 1911 Colonial Ccljo mmm-tHiis ou such a subject — involving my doar uncle ' s death. " Then ehanwing his man- ner entirely, his hand stole to his hij) pocket. (Jilder, however, was too quick for Proctor, and in a second had the drop on him. " ' There are other places for such talk as tliis. Put the handcuffs on him, Bob. Just lift that gun, too, while you ' re al)out it. ' " 1 obeyed instantly, and our prisoner was soon on his way to join the other three who were waiting at the front door with ] Iatthews and Watkins. Gilder turned his prisoner over to the policemen with the simple words: ' Here ' s your man ' — and drawing a letter fr om his pocket — ' By the way, Wat- kins, take this to the ' International Weekly World ' office when you get to Loudon. ' Then beckoning me to follow him, he left the house, walked across the lawn, and entering the house w ' here we had been quartered, took a chair and said: ' Now, old man, I ' m ready to tell you all about it. " " " Well, ' I replied, " tell me first what you wrote to that newspaper. ' " ' That ' s easy, ' he said, ' it was simply an advertisement for the rightful heir of this property. ' " ' Now, start at the beginning and tell me how you worked out the puz- zle, ' I said. " ' As you know, ' began my friend, ' when I first came here, I searched the house for clues to the mystery. If you remember, John Proctor ' s room smelled very slightly of ether. — he had been drugged, but something was used to kill the ether odor. This you see goes hand in hand with Sidney Proctor ' s past life as a professor of chemistry and his present laboratory. — the little glass cupola concerning which you seemed ciu ' ious on the first day we walked into the country. So much for that point. ■ ' ' Next, how was the room entered? This was harder of solution. Init was soon settled in my mind. By the side of the wall, directly under the top of the chimney leading from the room next to John Proctor ' s, the grass was trampled ever so sliglitly. This I attributed to the wearing of something large and flat on the feet, to leave as few tracks as possible. With the assistance of a cleverly contrived rope ladder, the top of the chimney was soon gained. Then I exam- ined the chimney from the inside. There seemed an unusual amount of soot on the hearth. " ' Now you see I have come to the door. Getting through this was easily accomplished. Sidney had spent a month with his uncle a short time pre- viously, and the butler said that at night when Sidney expected to stay out late, John threw the outside combination locks out of gear, and lent him the keys to his apartment, which happened to be this very room. Think of the simplicity of duplicating the key without any one ' s being the wiser. " ' I was now confident that the old man was dead, secreted in one of Sid- 202



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m m Cl)c 1911 Colonial €rl)o " Now tli.-it tliis inti ' i ' i ' stin - inystcrv liail liccii clciircd ii|). 1 rctiiriicd to Aiiu ' ric.-i to attend to the liusiiies.s wliieh had heeii awaiting iriy rrtiini. " ' ■ " How about the diamonds ' " Lawsou (jiicried. " I received a telegram whih ' at Inglewood that the New York detectives liad located them. " " Hy the way, Lawson, " 1 saitl, " tiiis ri ' uinids nie that (jilder is coming l)aek to America, where our same old firm will he renewed. Come around to see us sometimes, and Til get him to tell you the iiihcntuiT vith the lliree Chinamen. " " Thank you, I will. " snid Lawson, " hut 1 iiiiisl lca c now. 1 have an en- gagement down town in twenty minutes. ' " Then his retreating footsteps died away down my office steps, leaving me musing over old times. Wm. M. Plarrison. At Burton Church Whrn all. all is liushed in m ' rosewo(jd church. And the throng is kneeling in prayer, And the last stray notes of the organ reeds Have stirred in the low, hushed air; My inner-self slowly within me moves All my love for beauty in life, And my soul slips forth in a cloud of dreams. With a sign for our ceaseless strife. And beyond the church in the evening ' s hush And the gold of the candle glow, The days that have died are the days I live. And their dreams are the davs I know. Earl Baldwin Thomas. 204

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