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I didn't see him back. this can be the full fact. " At an indication from the pass judgement on the senior scribe learn out his list of Mrs. Pan's confession. She agreed listlessly that it used to be right and affixed her thumb mark to the rfile. Then pass judgement on Dee acknowledged gravely: "You have acted very foolishly, and you will have to pay for it along with your lifestyles. yet considering that Chu Ta-yuan instigated you, and later compelled you to move on aiding him, I shall suggest for you the loss of life penalty in a single of its milder kinds. " The headman led the sobbing Mrs. Pan to the part door the place Mrs. Kuo stood ready to take her again to prison. pass judgement on Dee stated: "The coroner shall learn the felony Chu Ta-yuan. during the subsequent days it is going to turn into obvious no matter if his brain is completely deranged. may still he recuperate, I shall suggest for him the dying penalty in its such a lot critical shape, for in addition to leave out Liao and most likely Yeh Tai, he additionally murdered the Sergeant of this tribunal. we will immediately institute a look for Yeh Tai's physique. "This court docket needs to precise its sympathy with the harsh loss suffered via Guildmaster Liao. whilst, even though, the court docket is obliged to emphasize that once daughters have reached marriageable age, it isn't purely their father's accountability to choose instantaneously an appropriate husband, but in addition to work out to it that the marriage occurs once attainable. The clever males of previous who drew up the foundations for us to dwell by means of didn't accomplish that with no first-class purposes. This admonition is additionally intended for all different owners current at this consultation. "Pan Feng shall fix the coffin containing Liao Lien-fang's physique to Guildmaster Liao, in order that it may be buried including the recovered head. once the better specialists have made up our minds how the assassin can be handled, blood cash could be paid to Mr. Liao out of Chu Ta-yuan's property. "For the time being that property will likely be administered by means of the comptroller of this tribunal, assisted by way of the secretary Yu Kang. " The pass judgement on closed the consultation. 17th bankruptcy: pass judgement on DEE EXPLAINS A FIENDISH homicide; HE LEARNS the key OF THE PAPER CAT once they have been again within the inner most workplace, pass judgement on Dee stated in a drained voice: "Chu Ta-yuan had a double character. Outwardly he was once the jovial, athletic fellow whom you, Ma Joong and Chiao Tai, couldn't support liking. however the center used to be rotten, corrupted by way of his brooding over his one actual weak spot. " He gave an indication to Tao Gan, who quick stuffed his teacup. The pass judgement on drank it eagerly, then persevered to Ma Joong and Chiao Tai: "I needed to have time to look his condominium, and that i needed to take him thoroughly unawares, for the guy is diabolically shrewdpermanent. hence I needed to ship you with him on that faked errand to 5 Rams Village. If the Sergeant had no longer been murdered, i might have instructed you all final evening my idea approximately Chu's guilt. yet after that I felt i couldn't ask you to attempt to act in a typical demeanour to Sergeant Floong's assassin. i do know that i personally could not have performed it! " "If I had known," Ma Joong acknowledged fiercely, "I may have strangled that puppy with my very own palms!