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ILLUSTRATED BY KENNETH HAUFF Nla 1 lell NV—am/in/red 01 ite' said la`tata 01 ite' said la`tata "N taateheilly, '• unless they've air note ilit their :sleevet times they 'levee' • leo etirea." urges( " if he• Weld, le all ale trouble of iliduig lutaaelr like ;1 ail ill the —111:11:;: all vvry well, hut airy haven't (nett peeved Dirsenant. wet.1I man IlL

III(' peseage eeti see, wall:tilt was

travel/mg LIII teto irate bat ILa tee Irina he ;Imes, (1 'L':antic up by every leatutateta He might e;iy Illal lIe leaflet had time te eet. his tease; that he had ‘01110 all the was from Liititioa; that the real murderer must have slipped out on to the ea.-loot wuy auct lest himself 1)11 Ille uppi,ill.) platform. 1 della know that he will say that; of course, he is reserving his defence. But eveit if thee can bring eeiople to provepeimitt who :saw heti le.iiiirding the train kit ev'eighford—that lie wee the new we were pursuing, it still deitelet follow that he eves ale mardeier. Ire extraordinary the hi it men Mot a:eerie-el to before aces ss heti they theta:lit they were piing to be acciteed et tuurdel, although they weft; as 'nip:a:tea as yon or I. Put. it this way—suppuse Havenant had actually come up by that train on Tuesday, for reaeone beet known lu himself. lie gets to Pastan eahilchurcte and then hears er what we found at the third tee. He cannot give any plausible explanation or his coming back here on Tuesday at all. ile has some grudge. egainst Brotherhood which we 'mow malting about. Now, if he can conceal the fact that he came back here et all that day, he escapes suspicion.

He knows. seillehesse alma this eecret Plitaale?"Pe ainoae Ikea ae a member or the Nub [iv ill I %%ander about hear IlletLy safely a illarat [ettreeting atteni hon. Ile derider.; Lo lie. low in the privets' hiding-place till Saturday, and then 111111 lip aright end emiling, knowing nothing about the murder. I :tee tweet-ant men have done stranger things a-fen, new."

"It soltude eretty thin to me," said faordoll.

One,. 111nre I tell you, it is a fatal

ambit preeeed from obeervation to liaererme ;mil give ithetenee the liana la iit. Yoe bee Devenant le the reuedeilii ; I tea. %se doret know that;

Nee en! hilew ihat, navenant was a

nien h HI' 011i0. reasoti expeeted to be eitaised la the murder, and conetimientls bylined in a very peculial a ay."

"1 etill dotta. (SOW See," said Ceri Michael, " what exactly happened while I was svaititig outside the billiard-room door."

"Nothing happened 'while you were wartifig oui.eide the billiard-room door.

it hail liapi.atied aireittly. Quite early oil, vilde ‘).,, acre yorr12. ing about, tie bete, Hese:hare eaw [het the place was

willealtlalani. Ile waridered nut Dee the biltaidirotim, ereanging the hale, I Mink, ;le a kiittl f message for usi, mid thee strolled l'fl somewhere-not the sei vents' quarters, Ieuppose Ife iliowe iled he must have had a cilliolleade in the hoir,e. Then the poll, I 1110I tlulLtiIlt they 111115i triN s.ornebody bringing him Vallee [rem iiineaue" eatillisettee teed Gordoe. "That was \\ILA, .110. \\;-1&tine_ obviously. the day 1 wile 0\ er ill Havenant's catlege, ne :WASI kir him collar.; and things." anyhow. the police raffle and blirribed ht zit tlte. cellar, making a great ening and dance about it. as the police etways do. Davie-tam saw that tainge ;were getting pretty serious, so he made for the nearest motor-bike he coula tind--.1 don't. know whether he knew it belonged In the police or not, having gr11eC1 etarled to ritti away, or comae he coteldn•l, very well stop at Weighford and tell us it was all a ealy mistake : having started to bolt, lie had to go on Jolting. And he did it damned cleverly: if he'd had lime tie shut tint door of the carriage in the ti-xpress, or had a season tiriket to justify hie presenee in the Hiner train, haw l'ould he have he,eit paugh-t? The: is lee Irian he elways tante lace l ll seinietese. dolta Ualtalidaisiald halt ei'.11.1,ell," ;aid t.11rfilkiiaL.1. TiiiIIi11'111 oui there's a lot in the tral N' ay, wender if eitherit ym, idiew the lerigin of the please eapjea lef I eriler' Ifirr;eralehlt, 1,1 lather erataiet, 10 ease the limo I " "We'll buy ita corden.

".eteuelly it come, ti Lim the third book of Eedrits. That's it flame ninetyeine people out uf i.111111d ii! dotit WIlal lA'azi I Saying? (th, yes, it extraordinary how criminals don't escape. If you roma to iink of U. we were elost on the track of our man the wao.l lima" "There." said tiordon, " I can't agree

with you. to a eerlain polio. we were on the right track. Thee

came and confused all the tracks with your ' Daveuant-is-Brotherhood ' slogan. After trial we wore at a loss—or rather, it WilS WOfSC than that, we were denlately off the true scent, althoitge the man himself wee, within a few yards of us. It wee only because he came out of his hiding-place and disturbed Reeves's papers—a sheer 4iceident, from our point of view—that we were able to start again. Now, your ideal detective is never dependent upon an accident."

"Well, don't rub It in," suggested rieeves. "After all we are both of us as much to blame, 'because we 5wallowed Carmichael's theory like lambs."

"Well, as a matter of fact, I never did tigree with Carmichael."

"Never did agree with him? Well, you kept jolly dark about it. What weren't you -satisfied with about his explanation?"

"Oh, seemed to me tie dieregard human probabilitica and. its I told you the other (lay. 1 trtial, human probabilities more thaii 1 trust ciretinistunlial evidenee. 1 didn't believe, for exalt-11)1e, that the. same man ("mild be a Catholic. front Saturday to Monday and an inheist for the rest of the week."

'But Carmichael explained that. Surely its reasonable that a Roman Catholle should want to sweep away what he regards as inadequate theologies," 'No. ire just what he wariltina do. I used hi know a good many Catbolita at one time, and I know a certain amount aleall their noirli of view. Awl they couldn't act in the way Cerinielinel deerribed, because it be iloing• evil ir, order that good might come nf it And Catholic theology, you met, doesn't allow that."

" I only gave that as a fossil-tie explanation," objected Cetrinielmel. "There are plenty of other possiele explanations."

.1 knew.. But whales the good ca any number af possible explimations when net single explimation is probable? "1 mever ean utak-reeled the kind of madness that imagines it bee solved a

difficulty when it has found whole number or possible explanations that

probable. What fliffert'llot. does the number of them utake? 15 a matter of feet. in llts ease there's only opteIleit neallerhood really era tin atheist. lea aised as e Catholic whet' ire 11/4-aA Davenaia merely to put paorile off the etaiil. nut can't yell see low mom striate that Is! Instead er taking, the trouble to en over to Paeten lhiidgi every Sunday be might lieve geined ft far bigger local repetition fur piety by sitting under 1Marryalt once hi three weeke," "Well, what other human probabiliflee are Mere?'

"Next 1.1, ehanglW, one's religion every aaturday tit Mt-1May, the Most in-.poseible thing in the world would bi le, eheuge times game of gotf every Saairday te )1 Imlay. Thenretaally it sounds ell right; in erectile, I don't believe in 11. I can't 1111Ilk IlnW you did either. Caratichnel, bet-anise golf is se thing ifwhich yili hare some experience," 'Weil, why tlidua you communicate these doilies to !is before?"

'You Veil'18 lkiuig too Intril, Bill I ran perailiee my diary to show you evliet I del think about pair sugges t], Atei (Sprawl dieopperteal, ta _ICaaffreataIt. 01 Logt PI kgait


treturn after a few minutes wtth

fro midable volume OVer whirl] lie spent au unvarying twenty minutes every evening. "Here vent are. Tharsday—Garmirtiact has had 00, irogpiralifm—he thinks Davt'itani and Brotherhood it 'me the some prison. a sort of inol-llydc pair. Its oreritiks, if ,ssinsIn ho, the „brim'¼ phenomena. ig religion and golf. Intl of cuorse it is very typirai ----he broke off.

don't expect that part would interest yiema "Go on," 'aid Peeves. "I shouldn't have nought Carmichael 'was typical of anytimig. What's it all al-Iowa' 'Weil, the Inith is filet in Ma diary della merely I ecord wima i's inappenerl: ;fro iiaa the wa.y1 plainsophizeng ever e a rel, as you k now. Reeves, I've got a bad habit of valuta; tor the papers, and I linel writing dowo my impressions every day often helps me in find subjects.'

It would he a privilege, to hear what you made of all. this.' said Carmichael dryly.

" Brit of course II is very typiral,read oh, "iif ell these fre0(1C111 1,;1 h,s•whic.s. They ate ftitra■is something in terms rot eiSe, just, iis Iarmirlinei iit,■ la explain Davenentr Pr I ri 111 s of Brotherhood. In plain English. it I flea Os Olthring UP two thirfos that are ,'hbrri.11 different. The Moderns, for 644tilillki, MAIL 4464 DUZI4411111014. is only another name for correction. And once you hare said that, the whole idea of punishment drops out of sight altogether. Or thee will tell you that a concept is the some as a inertial picture, or that truth -is the same as twenty, Cl (Is intr.-uremia convenience, or that mailer IN a form of ?nation The rooi rrror alu-a.y.s 010' of those 1dritiilieatioris, saying that .1 is II uhen it •sn't.

" Tne rouse of ihrm is a rage for the sthiPlification of c.cperience, the result is a paralysis of thought. There -is a sense of neatness and efficiency about idetifif !ling parenting. with Brotherhood; it explain suelt a fof—you always can tXplain 0 ha hy overlook ing the facts, Bur (hr rrsiitt is that poor Breves, who up till pow of least

Davenant to herd for, now regards Boveriant as an imaginary being. and is reduced to hunting for an imaginary murderer. Just so it looks very neat and efficient 1,, say that punishment is the sante Bony as correction.; it

oxplaixts a idea, simplifies thought. mit what you have done I s banish. 'molt idea of punishHelot pion ?plot mind, and Plta a real (11;0,1 into a mental figment.

Bill Ibis theory of Carmichael's makes are c' ' Ct? prettier parable of the great and ilk pardrinflbte error ?ftr.i.oi. tries to iliake one thing out f,1 nattier gnat. ram. :•qriiiit sri ilkagg 01_ 71_144414 QL ogaer Just as Carmichael toll have it that Davenant is a mode of Brotherhood. Like the -materialist or the ideali-st he is stultifying experience for the sake of a formula. couldn't one Write th1s up, somehow :' Brotherh.00d, representing 3faller, leave, off where Barri-Inn!, representing Spirit, begins. Carmichael, representing Bic modern mind, finds this 014 excellent reason for supposing that they are reaily, somehow, the same thing. The materialist sin' .s Brotherhood everywhere, the idealist sees Davenant everywhere, and ronseguently neither of them can solve the delective-mystery of exis

tence. It looks (IS one rourd work. up a sort of Oriental mythology out of if, as good as most Oriental mytholo

gies anyway. ,4-rtil the joke of it le that Parenn711's really round the corner ihe whole lime. I say, that was a mate. gt.eal shot anyhow. Why, ha even seem t Ca m e heel, 1, ip ve anticipated your discovery of the secret paSSAVV..• 'Wm," said Carmichael; "there are some interesting half-truths in all that." CHAPTER XVI Reeves Promises to Do ilLs Dest The conversation recorded in the last chapter took place t forgot to say) on Saturday afternoon. It was while he was at tea downstairs that a message brought in to Reeves telling him that it ady,w*.he,cl..tu se. grin on urgent busirtess. She would not give her name. hut she was waiting for him in what was called the armill lounge"—a dreary bale room, N■ hide had something of the, air of a hospital waiting-room; she would be glad if he could conic as aeon as possible. Disregarding Gordon's suggestion that ho should take Carmichael with him as a chaperon, he made his way to the email lounge with tame feeling of self-importance, and found himself most unexpectedly confronted with Miss Renda.11-Smith.

"I'm afraid you think badly of me, Mr. Reeves," she said, 'and you'll proba.hly think worse of me before I've anished." (Reeves gurgled dissent.) 'The other day I turned you out of the house andtold you to your face you were a liar. And that's a.bad introduction for me when I have to come to you, as i conic now, asking for your help."

Reeves was horribly embarrassed. You can offer whishy to a policeman te show there is no ill-feeling, but it is more diffieult to offer it to a lady. "I'm sure I should he very glad to be of any use, he said. "I seem somehow to have made a bad impresSIOR on you the other day, though I still haven't the least idea how. Wouldn't it, really be better if We put all our cards on the table and treated MVO another frankly?"

aTo be continued).

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