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2. The Soldier Of Fortune
"I should like to have another talk with Senorita Inez," remarked Kennedy, a few minutes
later, as with Dr. Leslie and Professor Norton we turned into the living room and closed
the door to the den.
While Norton volunteered to send one of the servants in to see whether the young lady
was able to stand the strain of another interview, Dr. Leslie received a hurry call to
another case.
"You'll let me know, Kennedy, if you discover anything?" he asked, shaking hands with
us. "I shall keep you informed, also, from my end. That poison completely baffles me--so
far. You know, we might as well work together."
"Assuredly," agreed Craig, as the coroner left. "That," he added to me, as the door closed,
"was one word for me and two for himself. I can do the work; he wants to save his
official face. He never will know what that poison was--until I tell him."
Inez had by this time so far recovered her composure that she was able to meet us again
in the living room.
"I'm very sorry to have to trouble you again," apologized Kennedy, "but if I am to get
anywhere in this case I must have the facts."
She looked at him, half-puzzled, and, I fancied, half-frightened, too. "Anything I can tell
you--of course, ask me," she said.
"Had your father any enemies who might desire his death?" shot out Kennedy, almost
without warning.
"No," she answered slowly, still watching him carefully, then adding hastily: "Of course,
you know, no one who tries to do anything is absolutely without enemies, though."
"I mean," repeated Craig, carefully noting a certain hesitation in her tone, "was there any
one who, for reasons best known to himself, might have murdered him in a way
peculiarly likely under the circumstances, say, with a dagger?"
Inez flashed a quick glance at Kennedy, as if to inquire just how much or how little he
really knew. I got the impression from it, at least, that she was holding back some
suspicion for a reason that perhaps she would not even have admitted to herself.
I saw that Norton was also following the line of Kennedy's questioning keenly, though he
said nothing.