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CHAPTER III DISCUSSING THE CRIME THE murder of Morris Barnes,
considered merely as an event, came as a Godsend to the halfpenny
press, which has an unwritten but immutable contract with the
public to provide it with so much sensation during the week, in
season or out of season. Nothing else was talked about anywhere.
Under the influence of the general example, Wrayson found himself
within a few days discussing its details with perfect coolness, and
with an interest which never flagged. He seemed continually to
forget his own personal and actual connection with the affair. It
was discussed, amongst other places, at the Sheridan Club, of which
Wrayson was a member, and where he spent most of his spare time. At
one particular luncheon party the day after the inquest, nothing
else was spoken of. For the first time, in Wrayson's hearing, a new
and somewhat ominous light was thrown upon the affair. There were
four men at the luncheon party, which was really not a luncheon
party at all, but a promiscuous coming together of four of the men
who usually sat at what was called the Colonel's table. First of
all there was the Colonel himself, ? Colonel Edgar Fitz- maurice,
C.B., D.S.O., ? easily the most popular member of the club, a
distinguished retired officer, white- haired, kindly and genial, a
man of whom no one hadever heard another say an unkind word, whose
hand was always in his none too well-filled pockets, and whose
sympathies were always ready to be enlisted in any forlorn cause,
deserving or otherwise. At his right hand sat Wrayson; on his left
Sydney Mason, a rising young sculptor, and also a popular member of
this somewhat Bohemian circle. Opposite was Stephen Heneage, a man
of a different and more secretive type. He called himself a
barrister, but he never practised...
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