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The Price Of Silence
The man's manner was expressive. Laverick repeated his phrase, frowning.
Laverick shrugged his shoulders.
"Come," he declared, "you must not go too far with this thing. I have admitted, so as to
clear the way for anything you have to say, that Mr. Morrison would not care to have his
name mentioned in connection with this affair. But because he left your bar a few
minutes after the murdered man, it is sheer folly to assume that therefore he is necessarily
implicated in his death. I cannot conceive anything more unlikely."
The man smiled - a slow, uncomfortable smile which suggested mirth less than anything
in the world.
"There are a few other things, sir," he remarked, - "one in especial."
"Well?" Laverick inquired. "Let's have it. You had better tell me everything that is in
"The man was stabbed with a horn-handled knife."
"I remember reading that," Laverick admitted.
"The knife was mine," his visitor affirmed, dropping his voice once more to a whisper. "It
lay on the edge of the counter, close to where Mr. Morrison was leaning, and as soon as
he'd gone I missed it."
Laverick was silent. What was there to be said?
"Horn-handled knives," he muttered, "are not rare not uncommon things."
"One don't possess a knife for a matter of eight or nine years without being able to swear
to it," the other remarked dryly.
"Is there anything more?"
"There don't need to be," was the quiet reply. "You know that, sir. So do I. There don't
need to be any more evidence than mine to send Mr. Morrison to the gallows."