JUNE 1, 2000
A BEARTOWN MYSTERY
Late one recent evening the Beartown
Constable found a body lying in the road at the edge of
town. It was old Levi Perkins, an old eccentric who
stayed at the nearby boarding house. It was rumored that
he had some money and securities safely stored in the
bank's vault. Levi had obviously been strangled to death.
Alva Baxter, a friend of Levi and a boarding house
resident, soon appeared on the scene. "Oh my, I've
been afraid of something like this happening to Levi for
a long time. I've warned him and warned him. He always
carries that valuable old Civil War coin of his around as
if inviting someone to steal it. A short while ago I
heard him going down the hallway jingling that coin in
his pocket as he always does. And now he is dead. I'm his
best friend you know; he doesn't have any family."
At the undertaker's establishment the Constable took an
inventory of the deceased possessions. Besides the
clothing there was the old coin, two handkerchiefs and a
leather wallet with two ten dollar bills.
Then the Constable immediately went and arrested
Alva Baxter for the murder.
How did he know? Check the next
issue of Beartown News for the
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Copyright 2000 Claude Dern, All
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