"Have you any idea of the way by which the murderer escaped?" I asked.
But I have an idea as to the revolver; the murderer did not use it."
My first thought was to discover what I knew of the murderer, and cause instant pursuit to be made.
During this interval, one of the servants, happening to examine the apparel she had worn on the night of the murder, had discovered in her pocket the picture of my mother, which had been judged to be the temptation of the murderer. The servant instantly showed it to one of the others, who, without saying a word to any of the family, went to a magistrate; and, upon their deposition, Justine was apprehended.
And with fury, as it were with passion, the murderer
falls on the body, and drags it and hacks at it; so he covered her face and shoulders with kisses.
The murderer was put inside, the blinds were drawn up, the sexton took his seat upon the bar, Mr Haredale mounted his horse and rode close beside the door; and so they started in the dead of night, and in profound silence, for London.
Mr Haredale bowed, and rode off, close beside the chaise as before; determining to repair to the house of Sir John Fielding, who had the reputation of being a bold and active magistrate, and fully resolved, in case the rioters should come upon them, to do execution on the murderer with his own hands, rather than suffer him to be released.
'Don't come nearer me,' answered the boy, still retreating, and looking, with horror in his eyes, upon the murderer's face.
They offered no interference, and the boy and man rolled on the ground together; the former, heedless of the blows that showered upon him, wrenching his hands tighter and tighter in the garments about the murderer's breast, and never ceasing to call for help with all his might.
"I then proceeded to make a careful examination of the room, which confirmed me in my opinion as to the murderer's height, and furnished me with the additional details as to the Trichinopoly cigar and the length of his nails.
I knew now that I held the clue to the mystery in my hand, and all that remained was to secure the murderer.
A visit to the bank, where several thousand pounds were found to be lying to the murderer
's credit, completed his gratification.