The Whispering Chorus

1   
"You'd better do this!"
	"You'd better not!"
"I'll shoot myself!!"
	"I should worry!" --
"God pity me!"

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  You've heard them - these echoes
which none but yourself could hear!
The secret, private life of every man
and every woman, is lived away in
a Hall of Echoes, to the music of
this Whispering Chorus - which
fills life and colors it, and makes it
beautiful or otherwise.

2
John Tremble - 2nd Assistant
  Cashier of the Clumley
   Contracting Company.
		Raymond Hatton

3
"You work too hard -
   just to make a 
    rich man richer!"

4
"Nothing you do 
    is appreciated 
         anyway!"

5
   "Good work 
is always appreciated 
      in the end!"

6
Jane Tremble - his wife.
		Kathlyn Williams

7
"Fighting" George Coggeswell
            ____
A far-seeing young legislator -
who heads a commission with
extraordinary powers to investigate
the muddy waters of the state's 
politics.
		Elliott Dexter

8
      Christmas Eve
in John Tremble's household
            ___
$25.00 a week, under Jane's
efficient white hands keeps
the "wolf from the door" -
but it doesn't provide theatre
tickets, nor automobiles -
and the slow acid of
discontent eats steadily
into the man's heart.

9
  "This week's salary 
will more than cover 
it, dear!"

10
  "All I ever do is to
pay bills - even the boys
at the office notice I'm
getting shabby!"

11
  "John, I'm ashamed of
you - Jane's even given
up the cheap little dress
she wanted, to pay my
doctor's bill!"

12
  "How much was the
dress?"

13
  "I'm going to get 
you that dress."

14
    "Hell is paved 
with good intentions."

15
  "Don't be a fool, Jack!
A couple of games at
Jimsy's, and you can buy 
your wife a new dress -
and yourself a new over-
coat!"

16
"Take a Chance!
   Nothing Ventured -
     Nothing Gained!"

17
  "Let's hang up some 
mistletoe, Honey, you're
going to look so pretty
in that new dress - that
John'll be wanting a kiss!"

18
   The
"Wee Small
  Hours."

19
  "I couldn't get Jane's 
dress! It - it had been 
sold!"

20
"Clumley has more 
  than he can use -
  take what you need!"

21
"What would Jane
  think of a thief!"

22
"Don't be a fool!
     No one
 will ever know!"

23
The Fear.

24
  "I've forgotten to lock 
my cash-drawer at the 
office - but Barden will
take you to the theatre,
and I'll join you later!"

25
"You'd better clear out -
   if you don't want 
    to go to jail!"

26
  "Instead of wasting time
over a useless investigation
of my books - if you'd come
to a little 'business' under-
standing - you'd find, young 
man, that I could do more
for you than anyone in this 
state!"

27
"If that dead man 
         were you -
 all your worries
     would be over!"

28
  "Have you any news 
of my husband?"

29
In order to seem
a noble "martyr,"
Tremble makes it
appear that he
has been murdered.

30
By morning - when he had
finished his handiwork,
no one could have 
told which was
"John Tremble" - and
which the bearded
"Stranger"!

31
"Dead Men tell no Tales"
         _____
And as the days go on,
the supposed body of 
John Tremble is found.

32
  "There used to be a little
man hangin' round here,
wearin' blue overalls - but I
ain't seen him for a week!"

33
  "I'm going down to see 
Mr. Coggeswell - he may
have some news of John!"

34
  "We've just found the
body of John Tremble
murdered by a man 
named 'Edgar Smith'!"

35
  "The police claim to have 
found your husband's body.
To prevent mistake - will
you help us to identify him?"

36
  "I suppose it must be 
- my husband!"

37
  "I shall offer $1,000
reward for the arrest of
Edgar Smith; meantime,
there's a clerical position 
open in my office - if
you'd care to accept it."

38
       The Slow Poison 
   of a Guilty Conscience
             ___
Feeling suspicion, in every smile
he meets - and handcuffs, in
every welcome - Tremble 
seeks to bury his identity
at the river docks.

39
  "Don't send for an 
ambulance - it might
bring the police!"

40
  "My boy is not dead!
But somewhere - somehow
- he is in great trouble!"

41
  "You'll always go lame 
on that pin, Kid!"

42
  "We traced Edgar Smith
as far as Cincinnati, then
we lost track of him. But
if he ever comes back -
we've got evidence enough
to send him to the 'Chair'!"

43
Fortune favors the 
brave - and Coggeswell
finds himself, at the 
end of two years,
the people's candidate
for Governor.

44
  "Gentlemen - we want
Mr. Coggeswell for Gov-
ernor, but he must be a
healthy Governor."

45
  "All this that they call
'success' means nothing to 
me - unless you will share
it with me, Jane."

46
  "My heart has already 
answered you! But his
mother believes him to be 
still alive - and I would
not hurt her."

47
  "I'm 'dog' homesick! And
I want to know if you'll
write a letter to someone
for me?"

48
  "Looks crooked - you'd
better trace this letter
yourself!"

49
  Mute
Evidence.

50
  "If you're goin' to gamble
- you'll do it right here!"

51
  "Now Edgar Smith -
you'll come along with me!"

52
  "You beat it, and beat
it quick - or you'll land 
in the 'Chair'!"

53
            And on 
a certain June day
two years later -

54
  "Orange blossoms -
don't make a hit with 
me!"

55
            And on 
a certain June day
two years later -

56
  "Governor, your 'Lady'
is the most charming woman
in the state - and the most
politic!"

57
"Why don't you 
   go back to her -
     she'd understand!"

58
  "Please make your check 
nice and fat for my Blind 
Orphans. I feel, Dear, that
we must be good to all 
children because, because - !"

59
  "Could - could you give 
me something to eat?"

60
  "A tramp - he looks like
a murderer - is just going
into the house with old Mrs. 
Tremble!"

61
  "Did you ever - have
a son?"

62
  "Suppose your prayers 
were answered - and 
your boy came back!"

63
"Johnny!"

64
  "Be strong enough, my
son, to bear the truth! Jane,
believing you dead, was 
married two years ago - to 
the Governor of this State!"

65
  "You must promise me 
to save Jane - even if it 
kills you!"

66
  "Mrs. Tremble's sick, 
Doctor - will you come 
right over?"

67
  "We've just caught a 
tramp, Mrs. Coggeswell
- but don't alarm your-
self!"

68
  "You don't understand!
I'm not Edgar Smith - I'm
John Tremble!"

69
  "I'm not trying to black-
mail anyone! Take me in
to my mother - she'll tell
you who I am!"

70
  "Mrs. Tremble -
is dead!"

71
The case of 
 the people 
  against 
Edgar Smith

72
  "We shall show that
Edgar Smith lured John
Tremble to a deserted
shack and killed him 
with an iron kettle."

73
"Call Mrs. Coggeswell."

74
  "I next saw John 
Tremble - when I 
identified his body!"

75
  "Did you ever see 
the defendant before?"

76
  "No - I never saw 
him before!"

77
"You promised 
    your mother
that you'd save Jane -
     even if it 
        killed you!"

78
The Night 
 of the 
Verdict

79
  "That poor wretch who's
on trial worries me, some-
how! Do you think they'll 
find him guilty?"

80
  "We find the defendant
guilty of murder - in the 
first degree!"

81
  "I didn't think it could 
be done - but they've done 
it! They've convicted a man
of the murder - of himself!"

82
  "I'm John Tremble 
himself - Coggeswell's
wife is my wife! Oh
God! - won't you
believe me?"

83
  "I never killed anybody,
I tell you! I found a dead
man and dressed him in my 
clothes - my mother knew
me, but she died!"

84
  "Even if Edgar Smith
were insane, and honestly
believed he was 'John
Tremble' - he wouldn't
have waited until he was 
crippled and disfigured -
to come back!"

85
     "God moves 
in a mysterious way -"

86
  "My lover, my husband 
- I cannot give you up!"

87
  "If you were 
to tell the Governor 
    all you know -
 where would Jane be?"

88
"Guilty of murder -
 in the first degree!"

89
"You promised 
    to save Jane 
  even - if - it - killed - 
                     you!"

90
  "I've never before asked 
you to use your high office
to grant me a personal favor
- but now I beg you to
pardon the prisoner - Edgar
Smith!"

91
  "Can you give me any
good reason, Jane, why
I should pardon this 
murderer?"

92
  "Suppose it were proven 
- that 'Edgar Smith' is
really John Tremble?"

93
  "It would merely reverse 
the case - for we still have
the dead body to account for!
If 'Edgar Smith' did not kill
John Tremble - then John
Tremble - killed - Edgar Smith!"

94
  "A woman out here -
who brought me a letter
signed by the Governor's
'lady' - claims she's your
wife. Do you want to see 
her?"

95
  "I've come to save you, 
John - it isn't too late! But
before I destroy the happi-
ness of those others - I must
know that you are innocent 
of the other man's murder!"

96
  "You'd merely wreck your 
own life - you couldn't save 
mine! When I pay the price
- there will be no miscar-
riage of justice!"

97
"And knew that somewhere
in the world - God's 
dreadful dawn was red!"

98
  "This is our third anni-
versary, Jane, and we'll
have the ceremony repeated
today - in the presence of
- Almighty God!"

THE END

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