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The Green Bag

marry Dillon. She was evidently ignor 'her without recourse to murder, and ant of the fact that Dillon already had delayed the deed in that hope. She a wife. became impatient and suspicious — Pushing their inquiries the detec there were reasons for haste in the tives soon found where a Minnie Quinn matter. Dillon quieted her impatience had been employed in Winnetka, a under the pretext of looking for a house little town some three or four miles in which to live. He found a lonely north of Wilmette; that inaccuracy in bungalow, far out from the thickly the physicians's memory as to the name settled part of the city, exactly suited of the town delayed them for a short to his desperate purpose. On the night of May 7th there was time before they discovered where the mistake was. Servants were found in some sort of f£te in the downtown dis Winnetka who knew Minnie Quinn; trict in Los Angeles, and he hoped that they said she had left, expecting to the outskirts of the town would be So that marry Dillon. Her former employer drained of its population. and a woman in a department store night he told Miss Quinn to come with identified her by the description given him and see the little house he had found for them to live in. She went as the victim of the Los Angeles mur derer. An intimate friend was found and he slew her. After he had slain her he set about who said Minnie had gone to Los Angeles covering up the traces of his crime. with Dillon to be married. A priest at the Cathedral of the Holy There was a quantity of thick, heavy Name, Chicago, recalled her distinctly. paper lying on the floor. Groping They discovered the expressman who about in the evening dusk he found took the two trunks for Dillon and Miss three strips of paper, of considerable Quinn to the Northwestern depot, ob size, and wrapped them about the body, tained the check numbers from him, which he carefully drew close to one traced the trunks to Los Angeles and of the walls of the room, and then set back to Dillon's house, where they were fire to the dead woman's clothing which found in possession of the widow. They extended several inches beyond the also found shoes that were identified edge of the paper wrapping. Then he as having been sold to Minnie Quinn fled from the house. One can easily picture him looking by a store in West Chicago avenue. back from time to time, to see the ex The Quinn woman's jewelry was re covered from one of Dillon's relatives, pected glare of the burning bungalow. intercepted on his way to Richmond But the glare does not show. Where has with the body — Dillon's body. The he blundered? He dare not go back chain of evidence was complete. Dillon to find out. Soon he is down in the could easily have been convicted on less heart of the city again, mingling with the crowd of merrymakers that fill the than was now in the hands of the detec streets, but with a deadly fear at his tives. Briefly, this is the story of the tragedy: heart, as he searches the skies for the Dillon became seriously involved with glare of a burning house. Fate has Minnie Quinn. He took her to Los played her hand in the bungalow mur Angeles promising to marry her. She der. In the darkness Dillon had not did not know he already had a wife. noticed that the paper he had wrapped He hoped to be able to free himself of the body of his victim in was asbestos,