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XI. Mr. Errington
"Did you ever see Mr. Errington, the gentleman so closely connected with the mysterious
death on the Underground Railway?" asked the man in the corner as he placed one or two
of his little snap-shot photos before Miss Polly Burton.
"There he is, to the very life. Fairly good-looking, a pleasant face enough, but ordinary,
absolutely ordinary.
"It was this absence of any peculiarity which very nearly, but not quite, placed the halter
round Mr. Errington's neck.
"But I am going too fast, and you will lose the thread.
"The public, of course, never heard how it actually came about that Mr. Errington, the
wealthy bachelor of Albert Mansions, of the Grosvenor, and other young dandies' clubs,
one fine day found himself before the magistrates at Bow Street, charged with being
concerned in the death of Mary Beatrice Hazeldene, late of No. 19, Addison Row.
"I can assure you both press and public were literally flabbergasted. You see, Mr.
Errington was a well-known and very popular member of a certain smart section of
London society. He was a constant visitor at the opera, the racecourse, the Park, and the
Carlton, he had a great many friends, and there was consequently quite a large attendance
at the police court that morning.
"What had transpired was this:
"After the very scrappy bits of evidence which came to light at the inquest, two
gentlemen bethought themselves that perhaps they had some duty to perform towards the
State and the public generally. Accordingly they had come forward, offering to throw
what light they could upon the mysterious affair on the Underground Railway.
"The police naturally felt that their information, such as it was, came rather late in the
day, but as it proved of paramount importance, and the two gentlemen, moreover, were of
undoubtedly good position in the world, they were thankful for what they could get, and
acted accordingly; they accordingly brought Mr. Errington up before the magistrate on a
charge of murder.
"The accused looked pale and worried when I first caught sight of him in the court that
day, which was not to be wondered at, considering the terrible position in which he found
"He had been arrested at Marseilles, where he was preparing to start for Colombo.