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ALL EIGHTS RESERVEDp THEFLAMBARDS MYSTERY
'ALL EIGHTS RESERVED. p -THE- FLAMBARDS MYSTERY. BY I SIR WM. MAGNAY, Bart. I Author of The Heiress of the Seaeoii/* The Bed Chancellor," The Master Spi.rit,- etc. CHAPTER XIII. I With Rolt at Flambards. I No striking developments in the Flam- bards case occurred durrng the next few days. The funeral of Mr. Rixon called forth a general display of sympathy in the little town, and was attended by a con- siderable crowd, drawn together less by a sense of his loss than by the manner of his death. Jurby was conspicuous at the service in church and at the graveside, and when all was over he joined me. "Y our friend is looking a different man,- he remarked, nodding towards Gelston, who had strolled aside to examine a curi- ous old tomb. I am so glad he is able to stay down here for a little and give us the benefit of his art. By the way, did he ever tell you what really happened to him on his way from the station on New Year's Eve?" He had a very unpleasant experience," I began, then by a vague instinct checked my first impulse to relate the actual facts. Jurby looked round at me in sharp curiosity. "An unpleasant experience?" he repeated as I paused, seeking to make good my indiscretion. What was that?" He took a wrong road and completely loet his way," I answered casually. He seems to have got out to the Stagdon Woods and wandered about till he vae thoroughly exhausted." Jurby was evidently disappointed and perhaps a trifle unconvinced by my ex- planation. Oh, yes," he said indiffer- ently, of course we understood he had lost his way in the dark, but from one thing and another we wondered whether his adventure might not have been rather more sensational than merely missing his route. You don't suppose he came across anything connected with the Flambards affair, do you ?" The question was put so pointedly that my evasive answer met it but haltingly. He would surely have told us if that had been the case," was aJl I could say, re- membering Holt's injunction as to secrecy. Happily Gelston cams over to us at thfct moment, and a neighbour accosted Jurby, so I was spared further cross-examination. It appeared that by the old manr, will, a eum of twelve thousand pounds was left to Rose Archer and the residue of the estate to Wallace Rixon, they being my sole relatives," as the wording ran, rather suggestive of reluctance. It was supposed that the residue would amount to a hand- some sum, although if old Rixon had lived several years longer it might, from what he had hinted to me. have been materially decreased. So it seemed likely that after a decent interval the cousins would get married and unite their fortunes. Later in the day of the funeral Rolt came to my room and asked us to go with him to Flambards. I am not getting on very fast in my investigations," he said, although by no means at a standstill. I am trying to Te-construct the crime as it must have happened, and should like to have you on the spot. Mr. Gelston, to give me some exact particulars." Gelston is likely to be here for a few weeks longer," I observe d as we set out. Mr. Jury has just given him a com- mission to paint his wife's portrait." Indeed i" Rolt responded indifferently. I 'in glad to hear that. You may be useful to me, Mr. Gelston: and I shall not feel you are a loeer by being at hand. Have you gentlemen seen much of the Jurhys lately?" We were there yesterday afternoon." Jurby entertaining as usual? A home- party?" Rolt asked casnallv. No," I answered. Adair, the actor, is there on a short visit, and Lady Quar- Iiampton was calling." Lady Quarhampton of Newdigates," Rolt said musingly. A personage in these parts. So Jurby, the successful operator, is getting into county society. It looks like it," Gelston replied with a laugh. They are going to this big wedding and dance at the Ashburye of Ros- si ngton." Rolt nodded. "1 know. Miss Ashbury marries Lord Halidown. So they are going there, Have you any idea how they worked that?" A very shrewd idea." I answered. They are indebted for the invitation to Lady Quarhampton's good offices." For which they are obviously not un- grateful," Gelston put in. tg How do you mean?" Rolt inquired. They aro sending a handsome present to the brido, and it came out that Lady Quarhampton had herself received a New Year's gift worth having." I see," Rolt said, and asked no further questions on the subject- When we reached Flambards Rolt led the way into the little study, the door of which had been kept locked and the window fastened. Care had been taken. to preserve the room just as it had been found on the night of the crime. It ad- joined the dining-room, with which it oommunicated, while another door opened upon a short passage leading to the hall. There was one large, low- silled window looking out upon thick evergreen bushes whi-ch grew almost up to within an arm's length of the wall. A heavy mahogany pedestal writing-desk stood at right angles to the wall just be- yond tjie window, so that the light from without would fall on it sl antwise; thus the window was between the writing-table and the outer door. A few old classical engravings hung on the vails, and in the corner farthest from the desk was a small safe standing on a high wooden plinth. The writing chair stood corner-wise to the desk: another ch-air was turned away from it, placed without method in the middle of the room. The various articles on the desk lay scattered in considerable con- fusion. and a pen lay on t-he floor 'by the ehair. For some mom^r.^s we stood in silence watching Rolt, who seemed to be astutely renewing an already made survey of the room. "My theory is," he said, speaking in a restrained undertone. that the man who killed Rixon came in by that window, and made his escape by the same means. In the dusk he probablv watched the old nan through it. standing hidden by the ■brohs. where he would not be easily nr>ticed even had Rixon been suspicious and actually looked for the intruder. I have examined the carpet carefully with a powerful magnifying-?] asp and found traces of garden m,)i,l leadin,- from the window to the safe, the door of which was found half-open; also from the safe to this door communicating with the dining-room, and then, just beyond the door, traces of a struggle. The carpet- was marked and scored as it would be by the feet- of men wrestling. I conclude that while Rixon was engaged in locking away the money which had just been paid him, something took him into the dining-room, and he left the key either in the safe or on the desk there. The man watching outside would thereupon doubtless seize the oppor- tunity of slipping quickly into the room and making for the safe. Before he could get the bundle of notes, or, at any rate, having seized tilem, before he could get clear away, Rixon was heard retrrrnTn.
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I SWANSEA I
SWANSEA. The Fleet-street Sunday School h-eld their annual outing at Sketty Green on Thursday afternoon. On inquiry this moraing, our represen- tative was informed that Sir John Llewelyn was making satisfactory pro- gress. A pleasant evening was spent at tii^ tea and concert in Smyrna C.M. Chapel, Plasmarl, on Thursday evening. After tea Mr. R. Penhale presided over a pleas- ing entertainment. The Deffett-Francis Gallery at the Swansea Museum is regarded as ono of the best oollections of engravings in the world, and one engraving alone is valued at no less than 9300. Owing to the success of the last Market picnic (which was inaugurated by Mr. G. Hutchinson), a number of Tady batchers had an outing to Parkijiill on Thui-aday. They left at 10.30, a brake being used in- stead of 'buses. After spending an enjoy- able HiiiG they returned home at 9 o'clock. The Swansea Corporation, it would ap- pear, are breaking new ground. Early in the season the flowers and palms were re- moved from the greenhouses in Brynmill Park and tomatoes and cucumbers grown instead. These are now being offered for! sale, and during the last few days pur-I chasers have been fovnd for tomatoes at f 9d. per lb., while the cucumbers are sold aocording to cize. The much-discussed j municipal stall in the Market might niaturo yet! An accident which resulted in a severe I shake-up to a cyclist and little girl oc- curred near the bottom of High-street on Thursday afternoon. The cyclist was I proceeding down the street at an ordinary rate of speed when the child dashed off the pavement in an attempt to cross the road. The cyclist had no chanoe to avert the collision, and both were sent sprawling. When picked up it was seen J the little child had escaped serious injury; though badly so-ared. In the opinion of several of the (-On- ductors, the Mumbles Railway created a record on Thursday in the number of; -passengers conveyed to the oyter village on an ordinary day. That this was the case mud; have been evident to all who saw the huge crowds at Langland and Caswell Bays. The chief feature of these crowds was the preponderance of the women, and one conductor stated that he had seen more womoen passengers during the last three weeks than he had during his long experience on the railway. It is surprising that, although t&ierw was keen excitement, during the progress of the bowling match between the local re- presentatives of England and Scotland at Bryniuill Park on Thursday evening, the final score was posted on the board in absolute silence. But although the cheers were conspicuous by their absence, the Scottish bowlers were the recipients of many hearty congratulations on their fine performance, while the joy of the Scots- men themselves was evident from the mutual felicitations and handshaking which followed the victory. Writing on Shakespeare at the recent scholarship examination for entrance into the Swansea Municipal Secondary School, a scholar said: He was a composer of plays, then a writer. Some of Ms plays are Hamlet, Merchant Avenice, and books. Some of his books are a pleasure to read. One of his best his Iamb's Tales from Slial-espeare." Another candi- date wrote: lie died at the age of 53 or 63. Thi-s year is the tenth centenary of hie death." Another little girl contended that Shakespeare did a very unwise thing when he was 18, he married Ann Hathaway."
SKEWEN. I At a Tecent exainitiatdon of the Txindon College of Music, Mr. Samuel Copp, 9, Cardon nel-road, obtadn-ed an Honours Elementary Certificate in pianoforte "play- ing, receiving 90 marks out of a possible 100.
f RESOLVEN. Mr. E. Finch, branch secretary of the National Union of Railwavmen, acknow- ledges, as the result of public collections at Sunday services a contribution from Resolveh amounting to (-8 Its., and from Glyn-Neath and Cwmgwrach, totalling £13, in aid of the N.U.R. Orphan Fund.
I BRYNAMMAN I
BRYNAMMAN. The death is announced of Mr. David Moses, Brynamman-road, Brynamman, at the age of 60 years. He was a native of Ystalyfera, but had resided at Bryn- a.mman for the last 28 years. He was th- f at her of Mr. Arthur' Moses, A.L.C.M., schoolmaster, Bettws, Ammanford, and conductor of the successful "Bettws Juvenile Choir. Mrs. Morgan, wife of Mr. Isaac Morgan, M.E., and Mrs. Tom Jones are daughters. He was a prominent mem- ( ber of Siloam Church, Brynamman, and a faithful Sun-day School worker.
LLWYNBRWYDRAW. I A cordial reception was given to Pte., William John Ayreis, who is home on sick leave, at Ebenezer Vestry, on Wed- ■ nesday evening. Pte. Ayres was cscorted' from biB home ai Lonlas to the meeting by the Lonlas Scouts, accompanied by their bugle band. The following contri- buted to .the programme:—Miss Annie Beatrice Williams, A.T.C.L., Miss Gwen- doline Evans, and Mr D Morgan Phillips. Mr. Rees Llewellyn, on behalf of the church and outside friends, presented Pte. Ajrres with Treasury notes, and Mrs. T. C. Lewis, on behalf' of the sewing class, presented him with two nairs of socks. The usual vote of thanks was proposed and seconded by Mr. D. W. Jenkins and Mr. J T Davies
I LLANELLY I
I LLANELLY. I I An inquest was conducted at Llanelly on Thursday by Mr. W. W. Brodie con- cerning the death of Ann Williams, wife of Joseph Williams, retired furnac-eman, 34, Glanmor-terrace, who was found with her throat cut in tin outhouse on Tuesday evening. The husband said deceased, who was 65 years of age, had been rather de- pressed because 'her
CARMARTHEN. The funeral of the late Airs. Mary Hinds, Brvn Teg, Carmarthen (mother
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GlYW-NEATH. On Wednesday evening at the Addoldy Congregational Chapel, a meeting was held to welcome home from the front Pt e. Arthur Davies, son of Mr. W. Davies, A.C. The chair was taken by Rov. An-eurin Davies, B.A., B.D.. pastor. Solos were rendered by Misses Rosin a Jones, Ada Lewis, Morfydd liees, M. A. Phillips, Mil- lie Price, Messrs. L. J. Thomas, T. Evans, Ben Williams. Recitations by Messrs. E. J. Phillips, Tom Thomas, Miss (Josser. The party of Mr. Tom Lewis sang In the Sweet By-and-by/' Rev. J. T. Evans, Cupel-y-Glyn, gave an appropriate address. Pte. Davies, who limped with difficulty to receive the money gift presented him, warmly thanked all for their kindness.
UPPER CWMTWRCH. A successful concert under the auspices of the local Soldiers' and Sailors' Recep- tion Committee was held at the Temper- ance Hall, Gwys, on Wednesday evening, to welcome home Petty Officer Henry Pit- man, Dorftet House, who is serving on one of H.M.S. battleships. Being a reservist, Petty Officer Pitman was called up at the outbreak of war, and was therefore one of tho first to answer the call. Councillor J. Powell, Cwmtwrch, occupied the cliarr. j L, SalQS :were rendered by Messrs Noa& "Williams, J. Wntkin-s, Griffith W. George, Del. Jones, Richard Evans, Evan J. Kin- ￼ v ?-t u s, Evan J. Kin- sev, Arthur H. Williams and Mies Eliza- beth Williams. Penillion singing were contributed by the chairman and -Air. D. RcAvhtnds, and recitations by Mr. Wm. Jchn Rowlands. Messrs. David Jones and Daniel Allen accompanied. During the evening Petty Officer Pitman was the re- cTpiei-t of a sum of money, the presents tion being made by Mrs. Thomas (late Berrir.gton Arms). He thanked the audi- ence and remarked he could not make a speech, but would make a better fighter. (Cheers.)
NSPCC AND CHILDNEGLECT
N.S.P.C.C. AND CHILD-NEGLECT. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children investigated 3,824 complaints of neglect and cruelty in Eng- land, Wales, and Ireland during the month of June. Of the 3,745 completed case-s 3,H32 were found true, affecting the welfare of 11,166 children and involving 4,56 i offenders. In the West Glamorg-an branch daring the same month 15 cafes were dealt with, affecting 45 children. FTinted and Published for the Swaaa«ft Preea, Limited, by ARTHUR PABNEJLL EltiUAM. APt Leader Buildings, Swansea.