The Circular Staircase (Chapter 10, page 1 of 7)

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Chapter 10

The morning after Halsey's return was Tuesday. Arnold Armstrong had
been found dead at the foot of the circular staircase at three o'clock
on Sunday morning. The funeral services were to be held on Tuesday,
and the interment of the body was to be deferred until the Armstrongs
arrived from California. No one, I think, was very sorry that Arnold
Armstrong was dead, but the manner of his death aroused some sympathy
and an enormous amount of curiosity. Mrs. Ogden Fitzhugh, a cousin,
took charge of the arrangements, and everything, I believe, was as
quiet as possible. I gave Thomas Johnson and Mrs. Watson permission to
go into town to pay their last respects to the dead man, but for some
reason they did not care to go.

Halsey spent part of the day with Mr. Jamieson, but he said nothing of
what happened. He looked grave and anxious, and he had a long
conversation with Gertrude late in the afternoon.

Tuesday evening found us quiet, with the quiet that precedes an
explosion. Gertrude and Halsey were both gloomy and distraught, and as
Liddy had already discovered that some of the china was broken--it is
impossible to have any secrets from an old servant--I was not in a
pleasant humor myself. Warner brought up the afternoon mail and the
evening papers at seven--I was curious to know what the papers said of
the murder. We had turned away at least a dozen reporters. But I read
over the head-line that ran half-way across the top of the Gazette
twice before I comprehended it. Halsey had opened the Chronicle and
was staring at it fixedly.

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