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VtSPAY, DECEMBER 3, 1942 (One Day Nearer Victory)
THE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER
The Muffled Shot
By ARTHUR HOERL
L night Jerry Murdodt: was
u Robin we : . :
f Unless there was a special
,Int he usually remained
T4. niebta with Ha
K anl hi. books
f. . v, flrwk showed danirer-
t near to four when he laid
P . u Mnntor PRfl with
F . rr. V,i 1-.. Vim.
PL nniDletely for many
L nd regretted only that it
P. h8d come to an end. - A
Ion the stand beside hia chair.
L ys gtomacn naa wmemuig
which to De iim.ui.
MArainir in A ATTltA
u .md nrL UJViUUW wew -w
i j Railev was on the deck.
jlreached for the telephone
I sleepy dale.
hommm( thi's Dale. What?
that again, cniei jerry mar
killed? At Gordon Stiles'
till go right over. If Jerry
I alivo ATI knew he (rot himself
L vay out there he'd feel the
Wjoe Bomethinjr awiui. Broad
ly playboy Retting murdered in
sticks. riCK up nannisjan u
t over ! All right tell him
Land Broadway in foriy min-
make the long haul from
L n t v - second to Manhattan
Lh worse, it was snowing when
in Dale reached the street Al
ii i thin mantle of white spread
rthe huge banks of the previous
s heavy snowfall. At Canal
Broadway hep lcked up Hanni-
innigan was special photo-
nker on the Daily Journal
B), And then the cab proceed-
Blrough Canal headed for Man-
mat's the dope, Jack!" Dale
led as soon as the cab was on
Bailey didn't get much over the
m. A crowd was over to Gor-
Stiles' place for the week-end
and this morning Jerry Murdock
was found dead in his room. At
least a dozen people on the party
so there ought to be some inter
esting developments considerin
Murdock is mixed up in it He was
due to get it sooner or later."
"I suppose he figured his
money 'd protect him from every
thing. Instead of that it' nmh.
ably his money that led to this
irageay. But no use trying to un
ravel the thine until wo v.
lowdouwn, so I'm going to knock
on aooui lorty winks between here
and the beach."
Thirty minutes later the cab
drew up at the Stiles nlam Tha
grounds Were BD&ciotm. fnviin
the entire length of the block, and
ooraerea by a high hedge which
was now all clothe din whit nolo
and Hannigan entered through an
iron gate and approached a large,
impressive-lookinc dwellinc If wno
built with two wings, one set on
either side of a central portion.
into which a short flight nf hnVW
steps led. The house WRR rrmstrint-
ed of light brown pressed brick and
the two wings had each a third
story, which was eabled. The cen
tral portion was only two floors in
neignt and flat-roofed. There were
thus three distinct portions nf roof.
which Were covered with red terra
cotta tile. The entire leneth of
the second floor had a roofed bal
cony or porch. The roof was
slightly sloDed and also tiled. Aa
he proceeded up the walk, Robin
Dale noticed that a heavy vine
which ran up the house on the far
side of the left Wing had been torn
forcibly from the wall and was
hanging over the second floor balcony..
The two Taused for n moment
inside the small entrance porch
and shook the snowflakes from
their coats. A uniformed officer
opened the door. They found Cap
tain Blake and sergeant Jar din
on the second floor in the room
where the crime had been commit-
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ed. It was in the central portion
of the house, at the front, with
windows on the balcony.
The body of Jerry Murdock had
been laid on a lounge and cover
ed. Dr, Wattles, police doctor, had
already made his examination and
had left Phelps was searching for
"How do things set, Captain?'?
Dale asked after the brief greet
ings. "Shot through the heart with a
.88. Dead since two this morn
ing or thereabouts. And it's evi
dent how the thing was done."
They walked to the window lead
ing to the balcony. There were
two pairs of French windows, over
which hung heavy velvet drapes.
They were now back. Captain
Blake went to one of the drapes
and showed Robin Dale a hole.
"Whoever did it came off the
balcony while the drapes were
down and shot through this, muf
fing the sound."
They opened the window and
stepped out onto the balcony. The
two adjoining rooms in the wings
also gave on this balcony.
"Who occupied the two rooms!"
"Bert Forrest was on the right
and Richard Quincy and his wife
occupied the other. But look down
and youH see the most important
Dale went to the balcony rail
and gazed to the ground. In the
snow, now fast being covered by a
fresh fall, was a distinct track of
footprints. The peculiar feature
was that they led only from the
walk across the ground to the
house and stopped abruptly under
the balcony at the left Wing of the
house. There was no second track
leading away from the house. ,
"Hannigan . . . oh, Hannigan!
Go down and take pictures of that
busted vine and the footprints un
the balcony before the snow covers
them up entirely."
They went back into the room,
Dale stopped for a few moments
at the spot where the murderer
must have stood when the shot
was fired. He made a minute in
spection of the floor, but there
was no mark of any kind to be
seen. Then he remarked doors
leading from each of the two ad
"They were locked, Dale, on this
side. .Keys still there."
"Who was here last night, Cap
"Pretty fast bunch. You know
Gordon Stiles has a big broker
age office on the Street. His wife
was one of the Amberson sisters
who made such a hit in Broadway
revues a few years ago. He mar
ried Grace, much younger than
he is. Diana, the other sister, was
here last night, too. Then there
was Bert Forrest, a young play
wright, who has a play or two
on Broadway. Wherever Murdock
was you'd always find Richard
Quincy, his particular pal. Quincy
was disinherited by his family a
year or two ago because of his wild
escapades remember? and he's
been living on Murdock ever since
Dolores Quincy, his wife, runs the
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Raleigh. The North Carolina
state board of ejections has verified
passage of two constitutional
amendments and election of a
Democratic Washington delegation
on November 3.
Complete, but unofficial election
returns, were compiled and an
nounced by the election board.
Following the official announce
ment, solicitorial redisricting will
begin and plans will be drafted
for a corrective amendment to the
Dolores Tea Room, on Forty
Seventh, just off Fifty avenue.
There were a few other couples-hangers-on.
By the time we're
through I'm afraid it's going to be
a pretty nasty mess."
(To Be Continued)
Meat Ration Will
Be Under 2 1-2
Pounds Per Person
Washington. Agriculture de
partment officials predict that
when meat rationing starts early
next year, the limit probably will
be something less than 2 pounds
per person per week.
The ration for children, they
say, likely will be proportionately
Rationing is expected to begin
about February 1, next year. Of
ficials are undecided as yet whether
to set the ration unit on a pound
age basis or a dollar basis.
At the moment, American meat
supplies are low, Military and
lend-lease requirements have
drawn heavily on our storage
stocks, But by the end of Decem
ber, the supply is expected to be
considerably larger particularly
j in pork products.
LaGuardia With Hero
New York City's Mayor Fiorello
LaGuardia receives a first hand ac
count of the capture of the crew of
a Nasi U-boat from Lieut Harold
Lawrence, of the Canadian Navy.
Lawrence, accompanied by Petty
Officer Arthur Powell, boarded the
sub after it had been rammed, killed
two of the crew, knocked two more
overboard, and captured the rest.
Men Over 50 Keep
Marriage Rate Up
Gladewater. Tex In the fall, aa
old man's fancy ...
At least, said L. H. Richardson,
denutv Grenr countv clerk, tha.
weaker sex seeema to feel that way
about it this fall.
Most of the vounar bloods have
gone to war, Richardson said, but
he's issuing marriage licenses at
the regular rate. However, he add
ed, most of his male clients are
above the draft age, averaginf be
tween 60 and 60.
CHANGES HIS MIND
Lake Worth, Fla. After s
"short conference" with an FBI
agent, Lewis Barnes, 37, who said
he wanted "no part of this war,
has registered with selective ser
vice officials. Police Chief G. S.
Sanders said he picked op Barnea
for investigation and the man ad
mitted not signing for the draft,
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