Every night around midnight I turned the latch of his door and opened it oh, so gently! And then, when i had made an opening sufficient for my head
the old mans hour had come! With a loud yell, I threw open the lantern and leaped into the room. He shrieked once-once only. in an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him.
I took up three planks from the flooring of the chamber, and deposited all between the scantling. I then replaced the boards so cleverly so cunningly, that no human eye-not enen his-could have detected anything wrong.
there came a knocking at the street door. I went down to open it with a light heart, -for what had I now to fear? There entered three men, who introduced themselves, with perfect suavity, as officers of the police.
A shriek had been heard by a neighbor during the night; suspicion of foul play had been aroused; information had been lodged at the office, and they (the officers) had been deputed to search the premises.