Welcome! Go ahead and search, the shriek was one from my own dream.
As the bell sounded the hour, 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 police office, and they (the officers) had been deputed to search the premises. I smiled,- for what had I to fear?
I bade the gentlemen welcome. The shriek, I said, was my own in a dream. The old man, I mentioned, was absent in the country. I took my visitors all over the house. I bade them search- search well.