“Please dispense with the formalities and call me Muriel.’
“Then you must call me Gerald.’
“I will call you Gerry if you don’t mind.’
I like that, come with me where we can talk somewhere more privately; I want to know all about you and where you have been hiding all this time.’
“You are a right charmer aren’t you Gerry.’
”I can be if you let me he said as he handed her a glass of champagne.’
She had never drank champagne before but noticed that the other women at the ball just sipped it from the glass.’
“Do you mind if I smoke.’
“Not at all Gerry; so you are an eminent barrister; tell me Gerry have you tried many murder cases?’
“Quite a few yes.’
“Have you ever been on the side of someone that you knew was innocent but have been hung for a crime that he did not commit?
“Yes, I have and it haunts me to this day.
A young lad was hung for the murder of his girlfriend but I believe that it was the girls own father who killed her.
“What makes you think that?’
“Because of what the young lad told me; he told me that the girl had been abused sexually by her father and that when he found out about him. He killed her in a jealous rage after she threatened to go to the police.
“Did this come out in court?’
“Yes but his wife gave him an alibi for the night in question and the finger of suspicion was put firmly on the young lads shoulders because he had been seen with her on the night in question.” They hung him that morning and he protested his innocence right to the last.’
“What about the father what happened to him. He got off with the crime but justice has an uncanny knack of getting back at you.
“How is that?’
“Well the man in question was a renowned gambler and owed money all over London. He got into some big card games for hundreds of pounds and one night after he cheated one of his poker players out of ten thousand pounds he was walking home and two men set about him and stabbed him to death. They took back the money he’d cheated from this man then threw his body over the Thames Bridge.
“What happened to the men who had killed him?’
They were never found; the only witness that night was a partially sighted beggar who said that two men placed five pounds in his hat before running off. He could only make out shadows of the men which was no good in a court of law.
“I have no sympathy for the man who undoubtedly killed his own daughter; but that poor young lad.’
“Now it’s your turn tell me a bit about yourself.’
“Not much to tell really; I am from the North East of England I am at college and hoping to work in an office back home.
“I am visiting my aunt who is helping me with my typing skills and short hand.’
“Well let me know if you want work because I can help you there.’
“Yes, I have contacts all over the country.’