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ruthless analysis of the detail of the letter was to me exceedingly 
satisfactory. Far more satisfactory, than any polite acceptance or 

evasion would have been. So I told her something of Betty's other 
communications and finally of the blue slippers as the one personal thing 
I could not identify.


"I can," said Johnnie promptly. "When Mrs. White was in the hospital in 
San Francisco she asked you to bring her a pair of slippers from 

Burlingame--from home. And I'll never forget how she laughed and laughed 
over the ones you brought. You picked out the fanciest high-heeled 
slippers she had, and what she wanted was bedroom slippers, not style. 

But I can't remember the color."

Later in talking with Reider, who does everything nobody else does in my 

household, I told him of having seen Johnnie and of the slipper incident 
as amusing, fortunately withholding the color angle. Reider has been in 
my employ for more than ten years. He has a memory for detail that never 

fads.


"Why, I remember that!" cried Reider. "You came home from the hospital 
with a list of things Mrs. White wanted. You got them together and I made 
them into a package for you. Among them were her blue slippers."


"BLUE? Are you sure?" I wanted to shout, but refrained.


"Certainly I am sure," said Reider. "I rather wondered at the time what 
Mrs. White wanted with her blue slippers. It is too bad that you can't 
remember yourself, Sir. But several times Mrs. White sent home from the 

hospital for things and I made them into bundles for you to take to her. 
I would hardly expect you to remember what was in the bundles, Sir."


Hardly expect me to remember....

I departed for my study in haste and pawed through the records to re-read 

Betty's three references to her blue slippers. And found that she had not 
wanted me to remember! That she deliberately had chosen something she 
knew--or hoped--I would not remember!


"Too bad" that I couldn't remember? It was glorious that I hadn't--and 
still couldn't remember. With Johnnie and Reider to remember, those blue 

slippers are just about the best piece of "evidential" a man ever had.




CHAPTER VI


WE SET OUT


1.

IN WHAT follows Joan will be referred to at times as "the receiving 

station" or, more briefly, "the station." To avoid possible 
misunderstanding on the part of the reader, as well as to give a fuller 
comprehension of this term, it should be explained.


Back in 1916 when Joan--accidentally, like Betty--discovered she was 
psychic, transmission of the Morse code by wireless signals had come into 

its own, but radio as we know it today, and its now familiar terminology, 
were still several years away. For the general public this long-distance 
projection of the human voice without wires through the mechanism of 

broadcasting "stations" and millions of "receiving" sets all came after




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