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Chapter 11
In Which Frederic Larsan Explains How the Murderer Was Able to Get Out of The
Yellow Room
Among the mass of papers, legal documents, memoirs, and extracts from newspapers,
which I have collected, relating to the mystery of The Yellow Room, there is one very
interesting piece; it is a detail of the famous examination which took place that afternoon,
in the laboratory of Professor Stangerson, before the Chief of the Surete. This narrative is
from the pen of Monsieur Maleine, the Registrar, who, like the examining magistrate, had
spent some of his leisure time in the pursuit of literature. The piece was to have made part
of a book which, however, has never been published, and which was to have been
entitled: "My Examinations." It was given to me by the Registrar himself, some time after
the astonishing denouement to this case, and is unique in judicial chronicles.
Here it is. It is not a mere dry transcription of questions and answers, because the
Registrar often intersperses his story with his own personal comments.
The examining magistrate and I (the writer relates) found ourselves in The Yellow Room
in the company of the builder who had constructed the pavilion after Professor
Stangerson's designs. He had a workman with him. Monsieur de Marquet had had the
walls laid entirely bare; that is to say, he had had them stripped of the paper which had
decorated them. Blows with a pick, here and there, satisfied us of the absence of any sort
of opening. The floor and the ceiling were thoroughly sounded. We found nothing. There
was nothing to be found. Monsieur de Marquet appeared to be delighted and never ceased
"What a case! What a case! We shall never know, you'll see, how the murderer was able
to get out of this room!"
Then suddenly, with a radiant face, he called to the officer in charge of the gendarmes.
"Go to the chateau," he said, "and request Monsieur Stangerson and Monsieur Robert
Darzac to come to me in the laboratory, also Daddy Jacques; and let your men bring here
the two concierges."
Five minutes later all were assembled in the laboratory. The Chief of the Surete, who had
arrived at the Glandier, joined us at that moment. I was seated at Monsieur Stangerson's
desk ready for work, when Monsieur de Marquet made us the following little speech--as
original as it was unexpected:
"With your permission, gentlemen--as examinations lead to nothing --we will, for once,
abandon the old system of interrogation. I will not have you brought before me one by