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twin* The Greene Murder Case OrlScn. Lieutenants Borin. Clow, and Bayre. FlrsnieA H iUrll*. Car- ney.' Hyland. Edlok* Dolan. Fof.nr, Brady. Cuett, 8 Baker. E. McKee. Purdy. Bogart. Campbell, Dearrnar, McMaster. McDonald and Noble On the following night, another group met with the department of ­ ficers for the same purpose. They were: Firemen L in d b erg . Hawka. Purdy, H. Bar lie, Cuett.- E. McK#e, Mac Master, Fee. McClelland. Rob ­ bins. F. Sayre. Campbell. Bogart. Freise, Conry. KOppe, O'Brien. Baker. Conrad. Noble and Ackert 1 The organization la to be known as “ The Umfonped KHemep a. Be ­ nevolent Association of the City of White Plains, I*. T.\ and Is formed for the purposes of \providing a fund for the payment of the. fun ­ eral expenses of paid flremen of the City of White Plains who are mem ­ bers of the association and also for the relief of member* who may be 111 or be Injured or disabled while not on duty.\ The association may receive donations and bequests from other 'sources, subject to '-be rules of the Fire Department. . Membership la to be confined to the. uniformed, orpaid men of the department, who are expected to contribute the principal revenue In the form of dues, which are *1 p*r In case of'Injury, a member Is entitled to receive a sum not to ex- ceed 11260 per week for a period .not to exceed sevo nweeks. In •vent of death, the conetitation provides a graduatedacale of bene- Markham muttered some polite protestation to which Mra- Oreene paid not the slightest attention. 8h* had turned. wKh seemingly great difficulty, to the nurse. \Fix my pillows. Miss Craven.\ she ordered Impatiently, and .then added. In a whining lone: \Even you don't give a thought to my comfort.\ The nurse-compiled with ­ out a word. \Now. you ran go In and alt. with Ada until ,Dr. Von Blon comes— How la the dear child T\ Suddenly a voice had as ­ sumed s note of simulated aollcl- Scarsdalc Girl I* Guest Many Function* Held in Her Honor Paid Men Forming Benevo ­ lent Association — Expect To Complete Formali ­ ties This Week Mors than 80 of the 60 uniformed members of the Firs'Department will meet this week to organ lie formally a Bremen's benevolent as ­ sociation. Chief H. A. Griff en Cold the Dsjly Press today. saw Mlsa Ada lying on the floor — a vary distressing sight, Mr. ■ I called to Mr. Chester, gnd'w* lifted the poor young lady to the bed. Then I telephoned to Doctor Von Blon \ ' ’ Vance scrutinized him. -Ifou are very courageous. 8proot. to brave a dark hall look ­ ing for the source of a shot In the middle of the night\ \Thank you. sir.\ the man an ­ swered. wKh great humility. \I al ­ ways try to do my duty bjn-tbe Greene family. I'va been / with \Shq'e much better. Mrs.. Greens.\ The nurse spoke In a colorless, met-, ter-of-fact lone, and passed quietly Into the dressing roam. The woman on the bed turned complaining eyes upon Markham. \It's a terrible- thing to be a crip ­ ple, unable to walk of even stand alone. Both my lege have been hopatfsSly paralyzed for ten year*. ThlnicW it. Mr, Markham: I ’ ve spent ten years In this bed and that chair\ — she pointed to an Invalid's chair In the alcove — \and I can't .rEr.T which 82 members of the depart ­ ment signed ’ the petition to organ ­ ise and paid the Initiation fee, thus insuring the success of tht project. All that remains now to ba. done. Chief Griffon said, is to formally adopt the constitution and by-laws and elect officers and directors. The association has the entire approval of the department offi ­ cials. Including that of Commis ­ sioner of Public Safety Alonzo P. Cooper, who said that such an or ­ ganization would be » good thing for the department “ proWded it Is unless l ‘ m lifted bodily. But 1 con ­ sole myself with the thought that I ’ m not long for this world; and I try to be patient. It wouldn't be so bad. though. If my children were only more considerate. But I sup ­ pose I expect too much. Youth and health give little thought to the old and feeble — it's the way of the world. And so I make the best of IL ifs my'fsle to be a bgrden to \No; sir.\ \And yet the person .who Bred the shot must have been some ­ where In the hall at tha same time you were there.\ \I suppose eo, air.\ \And ho might well have taken a shot at you. too.\ \Quite so, sir.\ Sproot seemed wholly Indifferent to the dgngir he had escaped. \But what will be, will be. sir — If you'll pardon my ■aylng eo. And I'm an old man \Tut. tut: You ’ ll probably live a considerable time yet — Just how long I can't, of course, say.\ \No. air.\ Sproot's eyes gazed blankly ahead. \No one under ­ stands the mysteries of Ufa and death.\ \You're somewhat philosophic. I see,\ dryly commented Vance. Then: \when you phoned to Doc ­ tor Von Blon. was he In?\ . \No air: but tha night nuns told me he'd be back any minute, and that lhe'd send him over. He ar ­ rived In Use than half an hour.\ Vance nodded. “ That will be all. thank you. Sproot. And now please send ms dis gnadige Frau Kochln \ The ^ook. a portly phlegmatic German woman of about *3, named Gertrude Mannheim, came In and seated herself on the edge of a chair near the entrance. Vance, alter a moment's'keen'inspection of her. asked: \Were you bom In this country. Frau Mannhslm?\ \I was born In Baden.\ ehe an ­ swered. In flat rather guttural \You have not always been a .cook. I take It.\ Vance's voles had a slightly diflsrent Intonation from that which h* had used with At Brit the woman did not an- Sproot. tha butler. — a little old man with white hair and a heavily Mined caprtform face — admitted us with silent, funera dignity (he bad evidently been apprised of our coming); and wa were ushered at ones into the great gloomy draw ­ ing room whose heavily curtained windows overlooked the river. A few moments later. Chester Greene came In and greeted Markham ful- aeenely. Heath amTVanc* end me he Included |n a single supercilious Tn the treasury. The scale, which may be changed, now provides a minimum benefit of *280 and a maximum of *800. Payment of benefits will be supervised by an investing committee of three who will determine the .Validity of steady, conservative growth and sueeeM.\ Much of the credit far “ the or ­ ganization of an association to help needy fireman la due Chief Orlffen. who has sponsored the movement and aided In formulating IU organ ­ ization. At a meeting held In Hire Head ­ quarter* lyt Friday night. Firemen Bogart add McKee were appointed as a committee to receive Initia ­ tion fees and nominations for offl- csrs and directors. Election Of of ­ ficers and a board of directors will be held at the organization meet ­ ing. which Chief OrllTen expects to call tomorrow or Wedepeaday. amateur housebreaker with a front-door key to the Greene murmured Vance. \Extr'ordlnary!'' Markham had stood looking at the old lady sympathetically. \I don't wish to atjnoy you more than le absolutely necessary, mad ­ am.\ he said In a kindly voice. \Bit It might help considerably If you permitted me to put one^or two questions.\ \What's a little annoyance., more or leas?\ ehe asked 'Tve long since become used to It Ask me anything you choose.\ Markham bowed with Old World courtesy. \You are very kind, ma ­ dam.\ Then, after a moment's pause: \Mr Greene tells me you UM not hear the shot that was fired lit your oldest daughter'* room, but that the shot In Miss Ada ’ s room wakened- you.\ \That Is so.\ .She nodded slowly. \Julia's room Is'a considerable dis ­ tance away — across the hall. But Ada always leaves the doors open between her room and mine In case I should need anything In the night. Naturally the ehot In her room wakened me.-* * * Let me eee. I must have Just fallen to sleep. My back was giving me a great deal of trouble last night I had suffered all day with It. though I. of course. for relief will be considered or any death benefits paid Until six months after the formal organization. The association's constitution U written with a view to Incorpora ­ tion under the State law. a move which Chief Crilfen fxvoia as ih- best means of establishing a per ­ manent, su icefeaful body whloh will be of regj Wnefit tc It* mrmberr - Jt la expected that 100 per cent, membership In the department win have been secured before the mast ­ ing to organize is called. granted. Now. can we look at In* Sergeant, the Intruder was doing in second floor?\ / I the Interim of the- two shots?\ We ascended the main stairs, ! \How do I know?\ retorted' which led round a plecp-of marble j Heath. \Probably groping around 1 statuary' — a Folgulj/rs figure. I j the hall outside looking for the think — and emerged Into the upper stairs.\ hall facing the front of the house j \If he'd groped that length of where three large close-set windows time he'd have fallen down 'em.\ looked out over the bar# trees. ■ Markham interrupted this discus- The arrangement of the rooms on ; gion with a suggestion that we take the second floor was simple and In • & look at the servants' stairway keeping with the broad four-square down which the butler had come architecture of x the house; but for the-sake of clarification I am em ­ bodying in this record a rough dia ­ gram of It; for it was the disposi ­ tion of these rooms that mad# pos­ sible the carrying “ * “ • **•\ \Awfully good of you to come. Markham.\ he said, with nervous eagerness, seating himself on the edge of a chair and taking out bis cigarette holder. \I suppose you'll want to hold an inquisition first. . Wbom'U I summon as a starter?\ \We can let that go for the mo ­ ment.\ aald Markham. 'First, I'd “ No, air \ ehe said finally. \Only since the death of my husband.\ \How did you happen to come to the Greenes?\ w Again the hesitated. ‘ T had met Mr. Tobias Oreene; he knew my husband. When my hueband died there wasn ’ t any money. And I re ­ membered Mr. Greene, and I thought ----- \ “ I understand.\ Vance paused, hi* eye* In epees. \You heard nothing of what happened here last night?\ \No sir. Not until Me Chester called up the stairs and said for us to get dressed and come down.\ Vance rote and turned to the window overlooking the East River. \That's all. Frau Mannheim. Be eo.good as to tsll Barton we era vs her presence here? ” (To Be Continued in Tomorrow's Dally Preaa) the servants. Tell me what you can about .them. Greene moved restlessly In hi* chair and seemed to have difficulty ’ lighting his cigarette. \There's ©ply four. Big house' and all' ‘ that, \but we don't need much help. Julia always acted as house ­ keeper, and Ada looked after the Mater. To begin with, there's old Sproot. He'e been butler, seneschal and majordomo for u* for thirty years. Regular family retainer - kind you read spout In English novel* — devoted, loyal, humble, dic ­ tatorial and snooping. And a damn ­ ed nuisance. I may add. Then there are two jnalds — one to look after the rooms and the other for gen ­ eral service, though the women 'monopolize her mostly for useless fiddle-faddle \Hemming the older maid, has been with us ten years. Still wears corsets and fit-easy shoes. Barton, the other maid. Is young and thinks aht's lrrealatablr. knows table d'hote Dial Board Meets With Mra. - Knight White.' Miss Habard was talned last week also by as member of tha bridal party Miss Myles, of Mamaroneck thinks It s advisable. When, by the way. will you know hi* decision. Greene?\ \He said he ’ d be here at S. And he - * a punctual 'beggar — a regular fiend for efficiency. Hr aent a nurse over early this morning, and she ’ s looking after Ada and the' Mater \I aay. Mr. Greene.\ Interposed Vance, \was your-sliter Julia lpMhe habit of leaving her door unlocked at night?\ Greene's Jaw dropped a little, and his eye* opened-wider. \By Jt>ve -no: Now that you men ­ tion It * * *- ehe always locked her- •Rcd is the color of good fortune! among tha Chinese. Green 1* dls-l liked for It la thought to bq un-l lucky. White and blue are mourn-l log colors. English pin* packed Ini didn't tell any of the children about It. LI til* they care how their par ­ alyzed old motfjfr auffers. • • •' And then. Just aa I had managed to doze off. there come*lhe-report, and I was wwt-awak* 'again — lying' here helpless, unable to move, and wondering what awful thing might be going to happen to me. And no one came to see If 1 was alright; no one thought of me. alone and defenseless. But then, no one ever thinks of me.\ \I ’ m sure Is wasn't any lack of consideration, Mr*. Greene \ Mark ­ ham assured her earnestly. \The situation probably, drove every- thlhg momentarily from their minds except the two victim* of the shooting. Tell me this-- did you hear any other sounds tn Mias Ada's room after the shot awak ­ ened you?\ ’ \I heard the poor girl fall — at least. It sounded like that?\ \Did you hear the door Into the hall open or clos*. madam?\ It was Vance who put the question. The woman turned her eyes sharply and glared at him. .■'No, I be ard no door open or Chapter ♦ • Vance nodded absently, and we passed out Into the -hall. A thin, swinging baize door hid the serv ­ ant's stair well at the rear, and Markham pushed It open. \Nothing much here to. deaden the sound.\ he observed. ■No,\ agreed Greene. \And old Sproot's room hi right at the head of the steps. He'e got good ears, too donated good sometimes'' We were about to turn, back when a high-pitched querulou* voice issued from the partly open door on our right. - Vis that you. Chester? What's all this disturbance? Haven't I had chough distraction and worry room being at the front of the house, Slbella's at the . rear, and Chester's in the center. None of these rooms eommuplcsted with the other. It might also be noted that the doors to Slbella's and Mrs. Greene's rooms were Just behind tht main staircase, whereas Ches ­ ter ’ s and Ada's were directly at the I head of the stairs, and Julia's and ; Ilex's farther toward the front of ■ the honse. There was a small 11ns n I closet between Ada's room and Mrs. I Greene's and at the rear of.the hall were the servant's stairs. Chester Greene explained this ar ­ rangement to us briefly and then walked up the hall to Julia s room. \You'll want to look In her* first. HP HERE was a time when you had to take an interpreter into the store with . you when you went shopping, a few hundred miles from home. Th^things they had for sale were hard to recognize. Even familiar products were sold in Ms mother's • That's rather pursued Vance. \The » must have. If he'* \ she replied acidly, ' o the District Atlor- ' anything else .ygu ’ d not there now turning again care to kno*7 Strange forms, and under queer names. the door. “ Nothing'* been touched — police orders. But I can't see what good all that stained bed-linen l* to anyone. It's a frightful mess.\ It Was one of the disadva ntages of travel that had to be taken along with the \Oil. yes. Thoy made enough noise doing it — they didn'Lcanalder my feelings In the least. That fuss budget. Sproot. actually .cried on> for Chester like a hysterical wom ­ an; and. from the way he raised his vole# over the telephone, one would hare thought. Dr- Von Blon we* deaf. • Then Chester had to rouse the whole house for some un ­ known'reason. Oh. there was ud peace or rest for me last night, I furnished with aage-green satin-up ­ holstered furniture of the Marie Antoinette period. Opposite lo -the door was a canopied bedstead on a dies; and several dark blotches on the embroidered linen gave mute evidence of the tragedy that had been enacted there the night before. Vance after noting the disposi ­ tion of the furniture, turned hi* gaze upon the old-fashioned crystal c hand elier. .- \Were those the lights that were on when you found your sister last night. Mr. Greene?\ he asked cas ­ ually. The.other nodded, with surly an ­ noyance. \And where, may I ask;- is the switch?\ behind the end of that cabinet.\ Greene Indifferently indicated a highly elaborated armotre near the Nowadays the millions of Americans who go visiting their neighbors, North, South, East and West, encounter no such difficulty. The picturesque beauty, the quaint customs that make dther sections of the country different and delightful have all their old appeal. You can still hear mellow rhjssion bells in California. You can eat terrapin in Baltimore, or sleep in a Vermont farm-house under an Ethan Allen quilt. But in anyof these localities you can bpy your fav ­ orite toilet rd around the house for hours like a drove of wild cattle. It «u pos ­ itively disgraceful and here was I a helpless old woman — entirely .ne ­ glected and forgotten, suffering agonies with my spine. ” After a few commiserating ban ­ alities Markham thanked her for assistance and withdrew. As we passed out and walked toward the stairs I could'hear her calling out angrily: \Nurse! Nurse! Cant you hear me? Come at once and arrange my pjlow*. Wfcnt do you mean.by neglcrtlng me this stay? The volch trailed off mercifully os r.-e descended to the main hall. (Tuesday. November 9th. 3 P. M.) \The Meter's a crabbed old soul?\ Green* apologized off-hand- edly when , we were again In the drawing room. - “Always grousing about, her. doting offspring. Wall, where do di p from here?\ Markham seemed lost In thought, and It was Vance who answered. % \lAt us take a prep at the serv ­ ants and bearkeir to their tale: Sproot for a starter.\ Markham roused \himself and ' nodded and Greene rose and pulled a silken belleord near the archway. A jnlnute later the butler appeared and stood at obsequious sttentlon Just Inside the room Markham had appeared somewhat at eea and even uninterested during the In ­ vestigation. and Vance assumed commend. - or breakfast cereal, or automobile tires as readily as.in your own town. The trade-marks and the packages speak your language. National advec- rising has made good brands of merchandise uniformly known from coast to coast. ( \Greens.\ he said. \I wish yt go to your room and lie down the bed Just as you were last nl when you heard the shot. T «!heo I.Up.on the wall, gel up., do everything you did last nig! In Just the way you did It. I w read the adverlisemenlsln **• walked across the hall and palled aside the draperies of the arehway opposite to the drawing “ Sera's the reception room, though w* don't use it much now- 4*ra Bluffy, stiff place, and the rue Bora n't draw worth a damn. Mrar y time we've built a fir* here, •fv# had to have «be cleaners In The man stiffened, and gave Markham a look of resentful pro- ; testation. ! \Oh. I say — !\ he began. But al- n.ose at once he ah/ugged compli ­ ance and swaggered from the room, closing the door behind him. -Vance took out hie watch, and Markhsm. giving Greene time to reach hi* room, rapped on the wall. For what eeemed an Interminable time w* waited. Then the door opened slightly, and Creeps peered around the casing. Slowly hi* eye* swept the room; he swung'the door further ajar, stepped Inside hesi ­ tantly. and moved to the bed. \Three minutes and twenty sec ­ onds. \• * * What do you Imagine. Chester Greene presented Mark ­ ham. and let his mother take the rest of us for granted. At first she did not acknowledge the Introduc ­ tion. bur. after appraising' Mark ­ ham for a moment, she gave him a nod of rtlentful forbearance and held out to him MJoiSg bony hand. \I suppose there's- no way to avoid having my home overrun in this fashion.\ she said wearily, as ­ suming an air of great toleration. \I was Just endeavoring . to get a little rest. My back pains ’ me so much today, after all the exlcte- ment last night But what do I matter — an old paralyzed womeh He wavejylue cigarette-hold- rmrAjMt beautiful Gobelin*, there thiough those eliding la the dining room. *nd for- s are the butler's pantry and leben. where en* may eat off and use advertised. any store, in America \Sit down, Sproot and tffl us aa briefly aa possible Just what oc ­ curred last night\ 8proot came forward alosrly. his eyes on the Boor, but remained standing BeTora the center*.able. \I was reading Msrjlsl, sir. In ( V l

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