en-de  THE BISHOP'S SECRET by FERGUS HUME - Chapter 31 Hard
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KAPITEL 31 - MR. BALTIC AUF DER SPUR
Was bei dem Gespräch zwischen Gabriel und seinem Vater geschah, erfuhr Dr. Graham nie; und tatsächlich wollte er es auch nicht erfahren. Er war selbst für einen Doktor ein diskreter Mann und mischte sich nicht in die Angelegenheiten anderer, außer wenn es sich- wie beim gegenwärtigen Beispiel - aufdrängte. Aber selbst dann trat sein Takt in Erscheinung; denn nachdem er dem Bischof geraten hatte, die Anwesenheit von Calgrim zu dulden, bis Baltic das Rätsel gelöst hatte, war er auf Vermutugen angewiesen, und nachdem er Gabriel zum Palast geschickt hatte, enthielt er sich jeglicher weiteren Anfragen und Erörterungen in Zusammenhang mit Mord und Geheimnis. Er vertraute Baltic und glaubte wirklich, dass der Missionar den tatsächlichen Mörder rechtzeitig zu fassen bekam. Wenn dies erreicht und Cargrims Versuch, unzulässige Macht über Pendle zu gewinnen, vereitelt war; dann - aller Wahrscheinlichkeit nach die Chance eines öffentlichen Skandals beendet war - wäre der Moment zu überlegen, wie der Bischof in Bezug auf seine inkorrekte Heirat verfahren sollte. Sicherlich bestand die mögliche Gefahr, dass der Kriminelle das Geheimnis aus dem Dokument und den Papieren erfahren haben könnte und es bei einer Gefangennahme enthüllen könnte; aber Graham dachte, es wäre das Beste, diese Problematik zu ignorieren, bis sie tatsächlich eintreten würde. Weil am Ende so ein Zufall nicht eintreten dürfte.
Die Heiratsurkunde zwischen Krant und seiner Frau wird einem Mann nichts enthüllen, der mit Mrs. Pendle vorherigem Namen nicht vertraut war; und ohne solch ein Wissen kann er nicht wissen, dass sie den Bischof heiratete, während ihr erster Ehemann lebte. Sicher könnte sie Pendles Namen in den Briefen erwähnt haben, aber sie würde über ihn nicht als einen Liebhaber schreiben oder als einen möglichen Ehemann; deshalb, wenn der Mörder nicht etwas über die Geschichte wusste, was unwahrscheinlich ist und wenn er den Namen von Mrs. Krant nicht mit Mrs. Pendle verbinden kann - was, oberflächlich betrachtet, unmöglich ist - sehe ich nicht, wie er die Wahrheit herausfindet. Er kann vermuten oder er kann sicher wissen, dass Jentham die zweihundert Pfund vom Bischof erhalten hatte, aber er kann nicht ahnen, dass der Preis für die Urkunde und Briefe bezahlt worden war, besonders, weil er sie am Körper fand und weiß, dass sie nicht für Geld ausgehändigt worden waren. Nein; alles in allem glaube ich, dass sich Pendle geirrt hat; meiner Meinung nach ist keine Gefahr vom Mörder zu befürchten, wer auch immer er sein mag.
Auf diese Weise räsonierte er mit sich und kam binnen kurzem zu dem tröstlichen Fazit, dass Dr. Pendles Geheimnis niemals ein öffentlicher Skandal werden würde. Da nun dieser Jentham, alias Krant, tot war, war das Geheimnis nur drei Leuten bekannt - und zwar dem Bischof, ihm selber und Gabriel. Wenn keiner der drei es verriet - und sie hatten den stärksten Grund zu schweigen - konnte oder würde es kein anderer tun. Die Frage des Mordes war der unmittelbar Grund der Überlegung; und sobald Dr. Pendles Unschuld durch die Gefangennahme des tatsächlichen Mörders bewiesen wurde, konnte Cargrim in wohlverdienter Schande entlassen werden. Bei bestem Willen konnte er dem Bischof dann keinen Schaden zufügen, da er die Beziehung des Toten zu Mrs. Pendle nicht kannte. Es gab keine andere Gefahr; dessen war der kleine Doktor absolut sicher.
Vielleicht argumentierte der Bischof auch auf diese Weise; oder es kann sein, dass er durch das Teilen seiner Probleme mit Gabriel und Graham ein gewisses Maß an Erleichterung fand; aber in der Tat wirkte er munterer und weniger geplagt, als früher und duldete die Gesellschaft von Cargrim mit Fassung, obwohl er es verabscheute, eine Rolle so fremd zu seiner aufrichtigen und ehrenhaften Natur zu spielen. Jedenfalls sah er die Notwendigkeit, seinen Widerwillen zu tarnen, bis der Stachel dieser heimischen Viper unschädlich gemacht werden konnte und war bei den Gelegenheiten, wenn er Kontakt zu ihm hatte, ausreichend liebenswürdig. Gabriel was less called upon to be courteous to the schemer, as, having come to a complete understanding with his father, he rarely visited the palace; but when he did so his demeanour towards Mr Cargrim was much the same as of yore. For the good of their domestic peace, both father and son concealed their real feelings, and succeeded as creditably as was possible with men of their honourable natures. Aber sie waren nicht schlau genug - oder vielleicht nicht ausreichend vorsichtig - um den verschlagenen Kaplan zu täuschen. Selber böse, war er immer wachsam, sich das Böse bei anderen vorzustellen.
"Ich frage mich, was das alles bedeutet", grübelte er einen Tag nachdem er vergeblich versucht hatte zu erfahren, warum Gabriel so unerwartet nach Beorminster zurückgekehrt war. "Der Bischof wirkt unnötig höflich und der junge Pendle scheint vorsichtig mit dem zu sein, was er sagt. Sie können sicher nicht argwöhnen, dass ich etwas über den Mord weiß. Möglicherweise hat Baltic geredet; ich werde ihn einfach warnen."
Das tat er und wurde prompt von dem Exseemann ermahnt, nichts zu den Punkten mitzuteilen, von denen er nichts wusste. „Ich kenne mein Geschäft, Sir, keiner kennt es besser", stellte Baltic auf seine feierliche Weise fest, "und es gibt nur wenige Männer, die sich des Wertes eines verschwiegenen Wortes mehr bewusst sind.“
„Sie mögen ein bewundernswerter Detektiv sein, wie Sie sagen", erwiderte Cargrim, genervt vom Tadel, "aber ich habe nur Ihr Wort dafür; und Sie werden mir erlauben festzustellen, dass ich noch keinen Beweis für Ihre Fähigkeiten gesehen habe.“
„Alles zu seiner Zeit, Mr. Cargrim. Eile mit Weile, Sir. Ich glaube, ich bin endlich auf der richtigen Spur."
"Können Sie vermuten, wer den Mann getötet hat?" fragte der Kaplan, begierig darauf wartend, dass der Name des Bischofs ausgesprochen würde.
"Ich vermute niemals, Sir. Aus externen Beweisen bilde ich eine Theorie und versuche dann, mit einem solchen Verstand, den Gott mir gegeben hat, meine Theorien zu beweisen.
"Dann haben Sie einige Beweise gesammelt?
" Wenn ich es habe, Mr. Cargrim, werden Sie es hören, wenn ich den Mörder im Hafenbecken gestellt habe. Es ist unklug, halbfertige Arbeit vorzuzeigen.
"Aber, wenn der Mor-.
"Warten Sie, Sir!" unterbrach Baltic und erhob seinen Kopf. "Ich werde so weit von meiner Regel abweichen, um Ihnen eine Sache zu sagen - wer auch immer Jentham getötet hat, es war nicht Bischof Pendle.
Cagrim wurde rot und zornig. "Ich sage Ihnen, er war es!" schrie er fast, obwohl diese Unterhaltung in einer ruhigen Ecke neben der Kathedrale stattfand und deshalb diskrete Sprache und Benehmen erforderte. "Haben sich Dr. Pendle und Jentham nicht gemeinsam getroffen?
"Wir vermuten es, Sir, aber bisher haben wir keinen Beweis für das Treffen.
"Zumindest wissen Sie, dass er Jentham 200 Pfund bezahlt hat.
" Vielleicht tat er es, vielleicht auch nicht", entgegnete Baltic ruhig. "Er hat es sicherlich diesen Betrag von der Ophirbank abgehoben, aber, da ich die Banknoten nicht nachverfolgt habe, kann ich nicht sagen, ob er damit den Mann bezahlt hat.
"Aber ich bin sicher, dass er es tat", behauptete Cargrim steif und fest, immer noch verärgert.
"Warum fragen Sie mich dann nach meiner Meinung, Sir ?" erwiderte der gleichmütige Baltic.
If Mr Cargrim had not been a clergyman, he would have sworn at the complacent demeanour of the agent, and even as it was he felt inclined to risk a relieving oath or two. But knowing Baltic's religious temperament, he was wise enough not to lay himself open to further rebuke; so he turned the matter off with a laugh, and observed that no doubt Mr Baltic knew his own business best.
Ich denke, ich kann es mit Sicherheit sagen, Sir", antwortete Baltic ernst. "Übrigens, haben Sie mir nicht gesagt, dass Captain George Pendle auf dem Gemeindeland war, als der Mord stattfand?"
"Ja, George war dort und auch Gabriel. Mrs. Pendles Page sah sie beide.
"Und wo ist Captain Pendle jetzt, Sir?"
" Mit seinem Regiment bei Wincester; aber der Bischof ließ ihn zu sich rufen, nach Beorminster zu kommen, so erwarte ich, dass er innerhalb der Woche hier sein wird.
"Ich freue mich darüber, Mr. Cargrim, da ich Captain Pendle ein paar Fragen stellen möchte.
"Verdächtigen Sie ihn?"
„Ich kann es wirklich nicht sagen, Sir", antwortete Baltic und wischte sich das Gesicht mit dem roten Halstuch ab. „Später kann ich mir eine Meinung bilden. Mr. Gabriel Pendle kommt manchmal zum The Derby Winner, wie ich sehe.
"Ja, er liebt dort die Barfrau."
Baltic schaute scharf auf. " Mosks Tochter, Sir?"
" Dito." Er möchte Bell Mosk heiraten.
"Ja, wirklich?" sagte der Agent gedehnt und schnippte mit dem Daumennagel gegen seine Zähne. „Nun, Mr. Cargrim, es könnte schlimmer kommen. Es steckt viel Gutes in dieser jungen Frau, Sir. Wie ich höre, ist Herr Gabriel Pendle kürzlich aus dem Ausland zurückgekehrt.“
„Ja, von Nauheim.“ „Das liegt in Deutschland, nehme ich an, Sir. Wissen Sie, ob er mit einem Fahrschein von Cook gereist ist?“
"Ich glaube, ja."
"Oh! Hm! Ich sage dann fürs Erste Auf Wiedersehen, Mr. Cargrim. Ich werde Sie aufsuchen, wenn ich aus London zurück bin."
"Werden Sie bei Cooks nach Gabriels Fahrkarte fragen?"
"Es gibt nichts zu sagen, Sir. Ich könnte vorbeischauen."
"Denken Sie, dass Gab -."
"Bis jetzt denke ich gar nichts, Mr. Cargrim; wenn ich es tue, werde ich Ihnen meine Überlegungen erzählen. Guten Tag, Sir!" Gott segne Sie!" Und mit einem zufriedenen Ausdruck auf seinem Gesicht schritt Baltic wiegenden Schrittes auf Seemannsart davon.
"Gott segnet mich wirklich!" murmelte Cargrim, mit großem Verdruss, weil ihm weder die Rede noch das Verhalten des Mannes gefiel. "Pfui! Ich wünschte, Baltic würde entweder bei Religion oder Geschäft bleiben. Zur Zeit ist er eine Art moralischer Zwitter, taugt weder für die eine Sache, noch für die andere. Ich frage mich, ob er den Bischof oder seine beiden Söhne verdächtigt? Ich glaube nicht, dass Dr. Pendle unschuldig ist; aber wenn doch, ist entweder George oder Gabriel schuldig. Also, wenn das so ist, kann ich den Bischof immer noch dazu bringen, mir Heathcroft zu geben. Er wird das lieber tun, als einen seiner Söhne hängen und den Namen blamiert zu sehen. Trotzdem hoffe ich, Baltic wird das Verbrechen seiner Lordschaft anhängen."
Mit diesem liebenswürdigen Wunsch beschleunigte Mr. Cargrim seinen Schritt, um Miss Whichello einzuholen, die er über den Platz zum Haus von Jenny Wren trippeln sah. Die kleine alte Dame sah rosig und selbstzufrieden aus, in Frieden mit sich und ganz Beorminster. Gleichwohl änderte sich ihre Miene, als sie Mr. Cargrim würdevoll auf sich zu gleiten sah und sie empfing ihn mit deutlicher Kühle. Sie hatte ihm seine unbefugte Einmischung zum Vorteil Mrs. Panseys noch nicht vergeben. Cargrim richtete sich prompt nach ihrer steifleinenen Höflichkeit, nahm aber diplomatisch keine Notiz von ihrer Unterkühlung. Im Gegenteil, er war überschwänglicher und herzlicher denn je.
"Ein glückliches Treffen, gnädige Frau", sagte er mit strahlendem Blick. "Wenn ich Sie nicht getroffen hätte, hätte ich fragen müssen, Sie als Überbringer von guten Neuigkeiten zu besuchen."
"Tatsächlich!" erwiderte Miss Whichello trocken. "Das wird eine Entlastung vom Hören schlechter Nachrichten sein, Mr Cargrim. Ich hatte in letzter Zeit Probleme genug."
"Ah!" seufzte der Kaplan und fiel in seine professionelle, affektierte Sprechweise, "Wie wahr ist das Wort von Hiob," Der Mensch ist geboren - "
"Ich will nichts von Hiob hören", unterbrach Miss Whichello verärgert. "Er ist der größte Langweiler aller Patriarchen."
"Hiob war kein Patriarch, gnädige Frau."
"Trotzdem ist er ein Langweiler, Mr. Cargrim. Was sind Ihre guten Nachrichten?"
"Captain Pendle kommt diese Woche nach Beorminster, Miss Whichello."
"Oh", sagte die alte Dame mit spöttischem Lächeln, "Sie hinken einen Tag hinterher, Mr. Cargrim. Ich habe diese Nachricht heute Morgen gehört."
"Tatsächlich! Aber der Bischof rief Captain Pendle erst gestern herbei."
"Ganz recht; und Miss Arden erhielt heute Morgen ein Telegramm von Captain Pendle."
"Ah! Miss Whichello, junge Liebe! Junge Liebe!"
Die kleine Lady hätte Cargrim für das Grinsen schütteln können, mit dem er diese Bemerkung machte. Doch sie unterdrückte ihre sehr natürliche Anwandlung und bemerkte nur - ziemlich unerheblich, muss man zugeben - dass wenn zwei junge und hübsche ineinander verliebte Menschen in ihrer ersten errötenden Leidenschaft nicht glücklich sind, sie es nie sein würden.
"Ohne Zweifel, gnädige Frau. Ich hoffe nur, dass solch ein Glück anhalten kann. Aber es gibt keinen Himmel ohne eine Wolke.
"Und keine Biene ohne Stachel, keine Rose ohne Dornen. Ich kenne all diese tröstenden Sprichwörter, Mr. Cargrim, aber sie treffen nicht auf meine Turteltauben zu."
Cargrim rieb sanft seine Hände. "Mögen Sie lange weiter so denken, meine gute Frau", sagte er mit einem traurigen Blick.
"Was meinen Sie, Sir?" fragte Miss Whichello scharf.
"Ich meine, dass es auch gut ist, auf das Schlimmste vorbereitet zu sein", sagte Cargrim auf seine ausdrucksloseste Weise. "Wahre Liebe verläuft nie......aber Sie sind solche banalen Sprüche leid. Guten Tag, Miss Whichello!" Er lüftete seinen Hut und wandte sich ab. "Ein letztes Sprichwort - Wie gewonnen, so zerronnen."
Als Mr Cargrim nach der Übergabe dieses parthischen Pfeils zügig davonging, sah Miss Whichello ihm mit einem Ausdruck nervöser Sorge in ihrem rosigen Gesicht nach. She had her own reasons to apprehend trouble in connection with the engagement, and although these were unknown to the chaplain, his chance arrow had hit the mark. The thoughts of the little old lady at once reverted to the conversation with the bishop at the garden-party.
"Wieder Mrs. Pansey", dachte Miss Whichello und setzte ihren Spaziergang mit geringerem Tempo fort. Ich werde sie besuchen müssen und entweder an ihre Ängste oder ihr Mitleid appellieren, andernfalls kann sie Probleme verursachen.
In der Zwischenzeit machte Mr. Baltic, als er seinen schweren Weg nach Eastgate fortsetzte, Bekanntschaft mit Gabriel, der vom The Derby Winner kam. Bisher hatten die beiden sich nie getroffen und mit Ausnahme des Namens wusste der junge Pendle nichts über den Ex-Seemann. Von Angesicht zu Angesicht erkannte er den Mann dennoch sofort als einen Privatermittler, mit dem er früher einmal in Whitechapel gesprochen hatte. Das Wissen vom Geheimnis seines Vaters, von Jenthams Tod und von diesem merkwürdigen Gewerbe vermischte sich verworren in Gabriels Kopf, und sein Herz schlug ihm bis zum Hals aus lauter Furcht.
"Ich traf Sie vor einigen Jahren in London", sagte er nervös.
"Ja, Mr. Pendle; aber da kannte ich Ihren Namen nicht, noch kannten Sie meinen."
"Wie haben Sie mich erkannt?" fragte Gabriel.
"Ich habe ein gutes Gedächtnis für Gesichter, Sir", erwiderte Baltic,"aber tatsächlich wies mich Harry Brace auf Sie hin, Sir."
"Sir Har- oh, dann sind Sie Baltic!"
"Zu Ihren Diensten, Mr. Pendle. Ich bin geschäftlich hier unten.
"Darüber weiß ich alles", antwortete Gabriel und mit der Kenntnis des Namens des Mannes und der Neigung, dem Bischof beiseite zu stehen, beruhigten sich seine Nerven.
"In der Tat, Sir!" Und wer erzählte es Ihnen?"
"Sir Harry erzählte es Dr. Graham, der meinen Vater informierte, der dann mit mir sprach."
"Oh!" Baltic betrachtete ernst das bleiche Gesicht des Pfarrers. "Dann weiß der Bischof, dass ich ein Ermittlungsagent bin."
"Ja, Mr. Baltic. Und, um Ihnen die Wahrheit zu sagen, er ist überhaupt nicht froh darüber, dass Sie sich in unserer Stadt als Missionar ausgeben."
"Ich bin Missionar", sagte der Exseemann ruhig. "Ich erklärte Sir Henry so viel, aber es scheint, dass er das Schlimmste erzählt und das Beste vorenthalten hat."
" Das verstehe ich nicht", sagte der Pfarrer sehr verunsichert.
"Sir, es würde für mich zu lange dauern, zu erklären, warum ich mich Missionar nenne, aber Sie können versichert sein, dass ich nicht unter falscher Flagge segle. Nach dem Stand der Dinge kennen Sie mich als Agent; und Sie kennen auch den Grund , hierhin zu kommen."
"Ja! Ich weiß, dass Sie den Mord er-."
"Wir sind auf der Straße, Sir", unterbrach ihn Baltic mit einem Blick auf die Passanten; " wir sollten diskret sein. Einen Moment." Er führte Gabriel in eine ruhige Gasse, verhältnismäßig frei von Zuhörern. " Das ist eine ziemlich raue Sorte der Umgebung, Sir."
"Rau sicherlich, aber nicht gefährlich", antwortete Gabriel, verwirrt durch die Bemerkung.
"Tragen Sie eine Pistole, Mr. Pendle?"
"Nein! Warum sollte ich?"
"Warum, freilich? Wenn das Evangelium nicht Schutz genug ist, werden keine irdische Waffen siegen. Ich denke, Ihr Name ist Gabriel, Sir."
"Ja! Gabriel Pendle; aber ich verstehe nicht -."
"Ich komme zu einer Eklärung, Sir. G.P." grübelte Baltic - "dieselben Initialen, wie die von Ihrem Vater und Bruder, was, Mr. Pendle?"
"Sicherlich. Sowohl der Bischof als auch mein Bruder werden George genannt."
"G. P. alle drei", sagte Baltic mit einem Nicken, "Sind Sie mit einem Fahrschein von Cook's ins Ausland gereist, Sir?"
"Meistens! Warum machen Sie-.
"Ein Fahrschein für die ganze Strecke, sagen wir nach Nauheim, kostet ungefähr drei Pfund, glaube ich?"
"Ich habe das für mich bezahlt, Mr. Baltic. Darf ich fragen, warum Sie mich auf diese Weise fragen?" fragte Gabriel irritiert nach.
Baltic klopfte dreimal mit dem Zeigefinger auf Gabriels Brust. "Zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit, Mr Pendle. Einen guten Tag, Sir!"
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CHAPTER XXXI - MR BALTIC ON THE TRAIL.
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For, after all, such a contingency might not occur.
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Other danger there was none; of that the little doctor was absolutely assured.
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But they were not cunning enough—or perhaps sufficiently guarded—to deceive the artful chaplain.
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Evil himself, he was always on the alert to see evil in others.
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'The bishop seems unnecessarily polite, and young Pendle appears to be careful how he speaks.
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They surely can't suspect me of knowing about the murder.
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Perhaps Baltic has been talking; I'll just give him a word of warning.
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'All in good time, Mr Cargrim.
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More haste less speed, sir.
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I fancy I am on the right track at last.
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'Can you guess who killed the man?'
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asked the chaplain, eagerly waiting for the bishop's name to be pronounced.
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'I never guess, sir.
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'You have gained some evidence, then?
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'If I have, Mr Cargrim, you'll hear it when I place the murderer in the dock.
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It is foolish to show half-finished work.
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'But if the mur—.
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'Hold hard, sir!'
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interrupted Baltic, raising his head.
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Cargrim grew red and angry.
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'I tell you it was!'
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'Didn't Dr Pendle meet Jentham on the common?
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'We presume so, sir, but as yet we have no proof of the meeting.
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'At least you know that he paid Jentham two hundred pounds.
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'Perhaps he did; maybe he didn't,' returned Baltic, quietly.
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'But I am sure he did,' insisted Cargrim, still angry.
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'In that case, sir, why ask me for my opinion?'
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replied the imperturbable Baltic.
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'I think I can safely say so, sir,' rejoined Baltic, gravely.
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'Yes, George was there, and so was Gabriel.
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Mrs Pansey's page saw them both.
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'And where is Captain Pendle now, sir?
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'I am glad of that, Mr Cargrim, as I wish to ask Captain Pendle a few questions.
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'Do you suspect him?
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'I can't rightly say, sir,' answered Baltic, wiping his face with the red bandanna.
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'Later on I may form an opinion.
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Mr Gabriel Pendle comes to The Derby Winner sometimes, I see.
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'Yes; he is in love with the barmaid there.
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Baltic looked up sharply.
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'Mosk's daughter, sir?
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'The same.
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He wants to marry Bell Mosk.
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'Does—he—indeed?'
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drawled the agent, flicking his thumb nail against his teeth.
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'Well, Mr Cargrim, he might do worse.
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There is a lot of good in that young woman, sir.
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Mr Gabriel Pendle has lately returned from abroad, I hear.
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'Yes, from Nauheim.'
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'That is in Germany, I take it, sir.
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Did he travel on a Cook's ticket, do you know?
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'I believe he did.
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'Oh!
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humph!
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I'll say good-bye, then, Mr Cargrim, for the present.
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I shall see you when I return from London.
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'Are you going to ask about Gabriel's ticket at Cook's?
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'There's no telling, sir.
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I may look in.
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'Do you think that Gab—.
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'I think nothing as yet, Mr Cargrim; when I do, I'll tell you my thoughts.
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Good-day, sir!
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God bless you!'
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And Baltic, with a satisfied expression on his face, rolled away in a nautical manner.
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'God bless me indeed!'
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muttered Cargrim, in much displeasure, for neither the speech nor the manner of the man pleased him.
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'Ugh!
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I wish Baltic would stick to either religion or business.
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At present he is a kind of moral hermaphrodite, good for neither one thing nor another.
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I wonder if he suspects the bishop or his two sons?
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I don't believe Dr Pendle is innocent; but if he is, either George or Gabriel is guilty.
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Well, if that is so, I'll still be able to make the bishop give me Heathcroft.
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He will rather do that than see one of his sons hanged and the name disgraced.
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Still, I hope Baltic will bring home the crime to his lordship.
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The little old lady looked rosy and complacent, at peace with herself and the whole of Beorminster.
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As yet she had not forgiven him for his unauthorised interference on behalf of Mrs Pansey.
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On the contrary, he was more gushing and more expansive than ever.
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'A happy meeting, my dear lady,' he said, with a beaming glance.
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'Had I not met you, I should have called to see you as the bearer of good news.
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'Really!'
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replied Miss Whichello, drily.
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'That will be a relief from hearing bad news, Mr Cargrim.
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I have had sufficient trouble of late.
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'Ah!'
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'I don't want to hear about Job,' interrupted Miss Whichello, crossly.
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'He is the greatest bore of all the patriarchs.
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'Job, dear lady, was not a patriarch.
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'Nevertheless, he is a bore, Mr Cargrim.
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What is your good news?
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'Captain Pendle is coming to Beorminster this week, Miss Whichello.
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'Oh,' said the little old lady, with a satirical smile, 'you are a day after the fair, Mr Cargrim.
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I heard that news this morning.
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'Indeed!
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But the bishop only sent for Captain Pendle yesterday.
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'Quite so; and Miss Arden received a telegram from Captain Pendle this morning.
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'Ah!
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Miss Whichello, young love!
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young love!
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The little lady could have shaken Cargrim for the smirk with which he made this remark.
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'No doubt, dear lady.
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I only trust that such happiness may last.
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But there is no sky without a cloud.
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'And there is no bee without a sting, and no rose without a thorn.
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I know all those consoling proverbs, Mr Cargrim, but they don't apply to my turtle-doves.
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Cargrim rubbed his hands softly together.
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'Long may you continue to think so, my dear lady,' said he, with a sad look.
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'What do you mean, sir?'
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asked Miss Whichello, sharply.
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'I mean that it is as well to be prepared for the worst,' said Cargrim, in his blandest manner.
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'The course of true love—but you are weary of such trite sayings.
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Good-day, Miss Whichello!'
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He raised his hat and turned away.
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'One last proverb—Joy in the morning means grief at night.
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'Mrs Pansey again,' thought Miss Whichello, resuming her walk at a slower pace.
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As yet the two had never met, and save the name, young Pendle knew nothing about the ex-sailor.
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'I met you in London some years ago,' he said nervously.
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'Yes, Mr Pendle; but then I did not know your name, nor did you know mine.
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'How did you recognise me?'
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asked Gabriel.
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'Sir Har—oh, then you are Baltic!
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'At your service, Mr Pendle.
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I am down here on business.
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'Indeed, sir!
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And who told you about it?
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'Sir Harry told Dr Graham, who informed my father, who spoke to me.
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'Oh!'
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Baltic looked seriously at the curate's pale face.
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'Then the bishop knows that I am an inquiry agent.
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'He does, Mr Baltic.
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'I am a missionary,' answered the ex-sailor, quietly.
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'I don't understand,' said the curate, much bewildered.
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As it is, you know me as an agent; and you know also my purpose in coming here.
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'Yes!
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I know that you are investigating the mur—.
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One moment.'
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He led Gabriel into a quiet alley, comparatively free from listeners.
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'This is a rather rough sort of neighbourhood, sir.
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'Rough certainly, but not dangerous,' replied Gabriel, puzzled by the remark.
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'Don't you carry a pistol, Mr Pendle?
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'No!
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Why should I?
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'Why indeed?
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If the Gospel is not a protection enough, no earthly arms will prevail.
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Your name is Gabriel, I think, sir.
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'Yes!
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Gabriel Pendle; but I don't see—.
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'I'm coming to an explanation, sir.
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G. P.' mused Baltic—'same initials as those of your father and brother, eh, Mr Pendle?
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'Certainly.
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Both the bishop and my brother are named George.
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'G.
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P. all three,' said Baltic, with a nod, 'Do you travel abroad with a Cook's ticket, sir?
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'Usually!
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Why do you—.
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'A through ticket to—say Nauheim—is about three pounds, I believe?
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'I paid that for mine, Mr Baltic.
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May I ask why you question me in this manner?'
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demanded Gabriel, irritably.
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Baltic tapped Gabriel's chest three times with his forefinger.
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'For your own safety, Mr Pendle.
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Good-day, sir!
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CHAPTER XXXI - MR BALTIC ON THE TRAIL.
What took place at the interview between Gabriel and his father, Dr Graham never knew; and indeed never sought to know. He was a discreet man even for a doctor, and meddled with no one's business, unless—as in the present instance—forced to do so. But even then his discretion showed itself; for after advising the bishop to tolerate the presence of Cargrim until Baltic had solved the riddle he was set to guess, and after sending Gabriel to the palace, he abstained from further inquiries and discussions in connection with murder and secret. He had every faith in Baltic, and quite believed that in time the missionary would lay his hand on the actual murderer. When this was accomplished, and Cargrim's attempt to gain illegal power over Pendle was thwarted; then—all chance of a public scandal being at an end—would be the moment to consider how the bishop should act in reference to his false marriage. Certainly there was the possible danger that the criminal might learn the secret from the certificate and papers, and might reveal it when captured; but Graham thought it best to ignore this difficulty until it should actually arise. For, after all, such a contingency might not occur.
'The certificate of marriage between Krant and his wife will reveal nothing to a man unacquainted with Mrs Pendle's previous name; and without such knowledge he cannot know that she married the bishop while her first husband was alive. Certainly she might have mentioned Pendle's name in the letters, but she would not write of him as a lover or as a possible husband; therefore, unless the assassin knows something of the story, which is improbable, and unless he can connect the name of Mrs Krant with Mrs Pendle—which on the face of it is impossible—I do not see how he is to learn the truth. He may guess, or he may know for certain, that Jentham received the two hundred pounds from the bishop, but he cannot guess that the price was paid for certificate and letters, especially as he found them on the body, and knows that they were not handed over for the money. No; on the whole, I think Pendle is mistaken; in my opinion there is no danger to be feared from the assassin, whomsoever he may be.
In this way Graham argued with himself, and shortly came to the comfortable conclusion that Dr Pendle's secret would never become a public scandal. Now that Jentham, alias Krant, was dead, the secret was known to three people only—namely, to the bishop, to himself, and to Gabriel. If none of the three betrayed it—and they had the strongest reason for silence—no one else would, or could. The question of the murder was the immediate matter for consideration; and once Dr Pendle's innocence was proved by the capture of the real assassin, Cargrim could be dismissed in well-merited disgrace. With all the will in the world he could not then harm the bishop, seeing that he was ignorant of the dead man's relation to Mrs Pendle. Other danger there was none; of that the little doctor was absolutely assured.
Perhaps the bishop argued in this way also; or it may be he found a certain amount of relief in sharing his troubles with Gabriel and Graham; but he certainly appeared more cheerful and less worried than formerly, and even tolerated the society of Cargrim with equanimity, although he detested playing a part so foreign to his frank and honourable nature. However, he saw the necessity of masking his dislike until the sting of this domestic viper could be rendered innocuous, and was sufficiently gracious on such occasions as he came into contact with him. Gabriel was less called upon to be courteous to the schemer, as, having come to a complete understanding with his father, he rarely visited the palace; but when he did so his demeanour towards Mr Cargrim was much the same as of yore. For the good of their domestic peace, both father and son concealed their real feelings, and succeeded as creditably as was possible with men of their honourable natures. But they were not cunning enough—or perhaps sufficiently guarded—to deceive the artful chaplain. Evil himself, he was always on the alert to see evil in others.
'I wonder what all this means,' he ruminated one day after vainly attempting to learn why Gabriel had returned so unexpectedly to Beorminster. 'The bishop seems unnecessarily polite, and young Pendle appears to be careful how he speaks. They surely can't suspect me of knowing about the murder. Perhaps Baltic has been talking; I'll just give him a word of warning.
This he did, and was promptly told by the ex-sailor not to advise on points of which he was ignorant. 'I know my business, sir, none better,' observed Baltic, in his solemn way, 'and there are few men who are more aware of the value of a silent tongue.
'You may be an admirable detective, as you say,' retorted Cargrim, nettled by the rebuke, 'but I have only your word for it; and you will permit me to observe that I have not yet seen a proof of your capabilities.
'All in good time, Mr Cargrim. More haste less speed, sir. I fancy I am on the right track at last.
'Can you guess who killed the man?' asked the chaplain, eagerly waiting for the bishop's name to be pronounced.
'I never guess, sir. I theorise from external evidence, and then try, with such brains as God has given me, to prove my theories.
'You have gained some evidence, then?
'If I have, Mr Cargrim, you'll hear it when I place the murderer in the dock. It is foolish to show half-finished work.
'But if the mur—.
'Hold hard, sir!' interrupted Baltic, raising his head. 'I'll so far depart from my rule as to tell you one thing—whosoever killed Jentham, it was not Bishop Pendle.
Cargrim grew red and angry. 'I tell you it was!' he almost shouted, although this conversation took place in a quiet corner near the cathedral, and thereby required prudent speech and demeanour. 'Didn't Dr Pendle meet Jentham on the common?
'We presume so, sir, but as yet we have no proof of the meeting.
'At least you know that he paid Jentham two hundred pounds.
'Perhaps he did; maybe he didn't,' returned Baltic, quietly. 'He certainly drew out that amount from the Ophir Bank, but, not having traced the notes, I can't say if he paid it to the man.
'But I am sure he did,' insisted Cargrim, still angry.
'In that case, sir, why ask me for my opinion?' replied the imperturbable Baltic.
If Mr Cargrim had not been a clergyman, he would have sworn at the complacent demeanour of the agent, and even as it was he felt inclined to risk a relieving oath or two. But knowing Baltic's religious temperament, he was wise enough not to lay himself open to further rebuke; so he turned the matter off with a laugh, and observed that no doubt Mr Baltic knew his own business best.
'I think I can safely say so, sir,' rejoined Baltic, gravely. 'By the way, did you not tell me that Captain George Pendle was on the common when the murder took place?
'Yes, George was there, and so was Gabriel. Mrs Pansey's page saw them both.
'And where is Captain Pendle now, sir?
'At Wincaster with his regiment; but the bishop has sent for him to come to Beorminster, so I expect he will be here within the week.
'I am glad of that, Mr Cargrim, as I wish to ask Captain Pendle a few questions.
'Do you suspect him?
'I can't rightly say, sir,' answered Baltic, wiping his face with the red bandanna. 'Later on I may form an opinion. Mr Gabriel Pendle comes to The Derby Winner sometimes, I see.
'Yes; he is in love with the barmaid there.
Baltic looked up sharply. 'Mosk's daughter, sir?
'The same. He wants to marry Bell Mosk.
'Does—he—indeed?' drawled the agent, flicking his thumb nail against his teeth. 'Well, Mr Cargrim, he might do worse. There is a lot of good in that young woman, sir. Mr Gabriel Pendle has lately returned from abroad, I hear.
'Yes, from Nauheim.' 'That is in Germany, I take it, sir. Did he travel on a Cook's ticket, do you know?
'I believe he did.
'Oh! humph! I'll say good-bye, then, Mr Cargrim, for the present. I shall see you when I return from London.
'Are you going to ask about Gabriel's ticket at Cook's?
'There's no telling, sir. I may look in.
'Do you think that Gab—.
'I think nothing as yet, Mr Cargrim; when I do, I'll tell you my thoughts. Good-day, sir! God bless you!' And Baltic, with a satisfied expression on his face, rolled away in a nautical manner.
'God bless me indeed!' muttered Cargrim, in much displeasure, for neither the speech nor the manner of the man pleased him. 'Ugh! I wish Baltic would stick to either religion or business. At present he is a kind of moral hermaphrodite, good for neither one thing nor another. I wonder if he suspects the bishop or his two sons? I don't believe Dr Pendle is innocent; but if he is, either George or Gabriel is guilty. Well, if that is so, I'll still be able to make the bishop give me Heathcroft. He will rather do that than see one of his sons hanged and the name disgraced. Still, I hope Baltic will bring home the crime to his lordship.
With this amiable wish, Mr Cargrim quickened his pace to catch up with Miss Whichello, whom he saw tripping across the square towards the Jenny Wren house. The little old lady looked rosy and complacent, at peace with herself and the whole of Beorminster. Nevertheless, her expression changed when she saw Mr Cargrim sliding gracefully towards her, and she received him with marked coldness. As yet she had not forgiven him for his unauthorised interference on behalf of Mrs Pansey. Cargrim was quick to observe her buckram civility, but diplomatically took no notice of its frigidity. On the contrary, he was more gushing and more expansive than ever.
'A happy meeting, my dear lady,' he said, with a beaming glance. 'Had I not met you, I should have called to see you as the bearer of good news.
'Really!' replied Miss Whichello, drily. 'That will be a relief from hearing bad news, Mr Cargrim. I have had sufficient trouble of late.
'Ah!' sighed the chaplain, falling into his professional drawl, 'how true is the saying of Job, "Man is born—".
'I don't want to hear about Job,' interrupted Miss Whichello, crossly. 'He is the greatest bore of all the patriarchs.
'Job, dear lady, was not a patriarch.
'Nevertheless, he is a bore, Mr Cargrim. What is your good news?
'Captain Pendle is coming to Beorminster this week, Miss Whichello.
'Oh,' said the little old lady, with a satirical smile, 'you are a day after the fair, Mr Cargrim. I heard that news this morning.
'Indeed! But the bishop only sent for Captain Pendle yesterday.
'Quite so; and Miss Arden received a telegram from Captain Pendle this morning.
'Ah! Miss Whichello, young love! young love!
The little lady could have shaken Cargrim for the smirk with which he made this remark. However, she restrained her very natural impulse, and merely remarked—rather irrelevantly, it must be confessed—that if two young and handsome people in love with one another were not happy in their first blush of passion they never would be.
'No doubt, dear lady. I only trust that such happiness may last. But there is no sky without a cloud.
'And there is no bee without a sting, and no rose without a thorn. I know all those consoling proverbs, Mr Cargrim, but they don't apply to my turtle-doves.
Cargrim rubbed his hands softly together. 'Long may you continue to think so, my dear lady,' said he, with a sad look.
'What do you mean, sir?' asked Miss Whichello, sharply.
'I mean that it is as well to be prepared for the worst,' said Cargrim, in his blandest manner. 'The course of true love—but you are weary of such trite sayings. Good-day, Miss Whichello!' He raised his hat and turned away. 'One last proverb—Joy in the morning means grief at night.
When Mr Cargrim walked away briskly after delivering this Parthian shaft, Miss Whichello stood looking after him with an expression of nervous worry on her rosy face. She had her own reasons to apprehend trouble in connection with the engagement, and although these were unknown to the chaplain, his chance arrow had hit the mark. The thoughts of the little old lady at once reverted to the conversation with the bishop at the garden-party.
'Mrs Pansey again,' thought Miss Whichello, resuming her walk at a slower pace. 'I shall have to call on her, and appeal either to her fears or her charity, otherwise she may cause trouble.
In the meantime, Mr Baltic, proceeding in his grave way towards Eastgate, had fallen in with Gabriel coming from The Derby Winner. As yet the two had never met, and save the name, young Pendle knew nothing about the ex-sailor. Nevertheless, when face to face with him, he recognised the man at once as a private inquiry agent whom he had once spoken to in Whitechapel. The knowledge of his father's secret, of Jentham's murder and of this stranger's profession mingled confusedly in Gabriel's head, and his heart knocked at his ribs for very fear.
'I met you in London some years ago,' he said nervously.
'Yes, Mr Pendle; but then I did not know your name, nor did you know mine.
'How did you recognise me?' asked Gabriel.
'I have a good memory for faces, sir,' returned Baltic, 'but, as a matter of fact, Sir Harry Brace pointed you out to me.
'Sir Har—oh, then you are Baltic!
'At your service, Mr Pendle. I am down here on business.
'I know all about it,' replied Gabriel, recovering his nerve with the knowledge of the man's name and inclination to side with the bishop.
'Indeed, sir! And who told you about it?
'Sir Harry told Dr Graham, who informed my father, who spoke to me.
'Oh!' Baltic looked seriously at the curate's pale face. 'Then the bishop knows that I am an inquiry agent.
'He does, Mr Baltic. And, to tell you the truth, he is not at all pleased that you presented yourself in our city as a missionary.
'I am a missionary,' answered the ex-sailor, quietly. 'I explained as much to Sir Harry, but it would seem that he has told the worst and kept back the best.
'I don't understand,' said the curate, much bewildered.
'Sir, it would take too long for me to explain why I call myself a missionary, but you can rest assured that I am not sailing under false colours. As it is, you know me as an agent; and you know also my purpose in coming here.
'Yes! I know that you are investigating the mur—.
'We are in the street, sir,' interrupted Baltic, with a glance at passers-by; 'it is as well to be discreet. One moment.' He led Gabriel into a quiet alley, comparatively free from listeners. 'This is a rather rough sort of neighbourhood, sir.
'Rough certainly, but not dangerous,' replied Gabriel, puzzled by the remark.
'Don't you carry a pistol, Mr Pendle?
'No! Why should I?
'Why indeed? If the Gospel is not a protection enough, no earthly arms will prevail. Your name is Gabriel, I think, sir.
'Yes! Gabriel Pendle; but I don't see—.
'I'm coming to an explanation, sir. G. P.' mused Baltic—'same initials as those of your father and brother, eh, Mr Pendle?
'Certainly. Both the bishop and my brother are named George.
'G. P. all three,' said Baltic, with a nod, 'Do you travel abroad with a Cook's ticket, sir?
'Usually! Why do you—.
'A through ticket to—say Nauheim—is about three pounds, I believe?
'I paid that for mine, Mr Baltic. May I ask why you question me in this manner?' demanded Gabriel, irritably.
Baltic tapped Gabriel's chest three times with his forefinger. 'For your own safety, Mr Pendle. Good-day, sir!