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What approximately Rusty Wagner? What occurred to him after the hearth? ” “They took him again to Hartford, too, for remedy of his burns. We heard later that he moved to big apple and used to be in a play. Mayor Bensmith used to be a chum of his and stayed involved through the years. ” He squinted at me over the tops of his glasses. “You’re tryin’ to make anything out of all this, aren’t you? ” “I’m trying,” I agreed with a grin. I picked up the photograph of Fritz Heck and studied it. “Do you have got an post-mortem file there? ” “Well, probably not. again in 1921, Northmont’s coroner was once only a neighborhood sawbones desirous to make a number of additional greenbacks. He simply needed to examine the physique to grasp the fireplace killed Heck. The Hartford police provided us with scientific documents at the boys, although. ” He handed them over to me and that i glanced fast via them. there have been the standard adolescence health problems, plus a significant bout of influenza for Heck in the course of the nineteen epidemic. Wagner had suffered from rheumatic fever two times as a baby, yet had escaped the flu. “What else do you've there? ” “Just Wagner’s assertion at the hearth, which I’ve advised you approximately. His face used to be burnt attempting to keep his buddy. ” i assumed approximately that. “Do you've got a mobilephone quantity for this supervisor of his, Jack Mitchell? ” “I imagine it’s right here someplace. Why do you need it? ” “Vera says he used to be excessive bidder on that Cloister door. it kind of feels a wierd factor to trouble approximately whilst your shopper has simply died. ” I phoned Mitchell’s West Coast place of work and after a few hold up was once positioned via to him. “Mr Mitchell, this is often Dr Hawthorne, again in Northmont. We’re nonetheless investigating Rusty Wagner’s unlucky dying. ” “Yes,” he answered. “I simply bought within the place of work. I’ve been making preparations for the memorial carrier. What am i able to do for you? ” “I’m instructed that you just have been excessive bidder for the door from the Black Cloister, the place Rusty lived for a time. ” “That’s right. He sought after me to bid on it for him. It appeared vitally important to him. whilst the ambulance took him away i used to be hoping he was once nonetheless alive. I entered my bid at the door sooner than following him to the health facility. ” “What do you intend to do with the door? ” “Do with it? ” his voice rasped over the telephone. “Nothing. Now that he’s useless you could continue the door, public sale it off back. ” “Did he have any explanation for in need of it so badly? ” “None that i do know of. He’d lived at that Cloister for one complete summer season. i assume it introduced again stories. ” “I’m definite it did,” I agreed. “His buddy died within the fireplace, and he used to be badly burned. ” “He by no means went into element approximately it. He simply requested me to shop for the door on the public sale. ” I thanked him and hung up. Sheriff Lens requested, “Did you examine something? ” “He doesn’t wish the door now that Wagner’s lifeless. He stated we should always hold it and public sale it off back. ” “I’ll inform Vera. ” “Where’s the door now? ” “Still over on the city corridor. within the mayor’s place of work, i feel. ” “Let’s pass have one other examine it,” I recommended. We walked around the sq. to town corridor. Mayor Bensmith hadn’t but again from lunch, yet his secretary Rita confirmed us the door leaning opposed to his place of work wall.