Read how the escaped conflict exacted, "at the pistol's point," the confession that was to prove his innocence.
in the act of dropping his written confession into the fire. The convict seized it before it caught, and with the other hand hurled the old man back into his chair.
"Finish it," he said below his breath, "or you're a dead man! One or other of us is going to swing! Now, then, under the floor of what room did you hide the gun? Let them hammer, the door is strong. What room was it? Ah, your bedroom! Now sign your name."
A deafening crash; the lock had given; only the bolt held firm.
"Sign!" shrieked Cattermole. A cold ring pressed the old man's temple. He signed his name, and fell forward on the table in a dead faint.
Cattermole blotted the confession, folded it up, strode over to the door, and smilingly flung it open to his pursuers.