The Leavenworth Case
3. Facts And Deductions
"Confusion now hath made his master-piece;
Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope
The Lord's anointed temple, and stolen thence
The life of the building."
TURNING my attention back into the room where I was, I found the coroner consulting a
memorandum through a very impressive pair of gold eye-glasses.
"Is the butler here?" he asked.
Immediately there was a stir among the group of servants in the corner, and an
intelligent-looking, though somewhat pompous, Irishman stepped out from their midst
and confronted the jury. "Ah," thought I to myself, as my glance encountered his precise
whiskers, steady eye, and respectfully attentive, though by no means humble, expression,
"here is a model servant, who is likely to prove a model witness." And I was not
mistaken; Thomas, the butler, was in all respects one in a thousand--and he knew it.
The coroner, upon whom, as upon all others in the room, he seemed to have made the like
favorable impression, proceeded without hesitation to interrogate him.
"Your name, I am told, is Thomas Dougherty?"
"Well, Thomas, how long have you been employed in your present situation?"
"It must be a matter of two years now, sir."
"You are the person who first discovered the body of Mr. Leavenworth?"
"Yes, sir; I and Mr. Harwell."
"And who is Mr. Harwell?"
"Mr. Harwell is Mr. Leavenworth's private secretary, sir; the one who did his writing."
"Very good. Now at what time of the day or night did you make this discovery?"
"It was early, sir; early this morning, about eight."