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hired a man, Jake Smith, to look after the farm until the sale could be completed.

Some time later Smith was informed by Gordon that the expected money had arrived and that he and Daw were going to Boissevain to make the final settlement. On the way to town it is thought that Gordon confessed to Daw that the whole story about the gold mine in Mexico was a hoax and that he had no money at all. It is supposed that Daw refused to sell the farm on any other terms than straight cash. Whether or not Gordon shot Daw acci­ dentally or whether he did it deliberately was never known. Never­ theless, he proceeded with cold deliberation to do away with the body. He hid it in a secluded spot in the ravine on the farm, and he then went on to Boissevain. Later that night it is supposed he returned to the ravine with a stoneboat and hauled the body back to the farm where he threw it in a shallow well situated near the house. The well, dug by Charley Sankey, was surrounded by red willow bushes.

That same day Smith had gone to Deloraine, but since he had been late returning to the farm, he did not realize until the next morning that Daw had not returned with Gordon. He became sus­ picious of Daw's absence and accused Gordon of doing away with him. A violent quarrel followed in which Gordon shot Smith as he was running to the house. Smith's body was also thrown down the well. Several neighbors heard the gun shots and saw the men run­ ning about. The same day they saw Gordon and asked what had happened. Gordon unhesitatingly replied that their dog had mauled a calf and they had had to shoot it. Later he threw the dog's body down the well.

Several days later, a young neighbour, Johnny Brondgeest, came to the farm and told Gordon as he was coming up the ravine grade on the road to Boissevain he saw a lot of blood on a spot where the scrub had been crushed down. Gordon glibly replied that he had killed a badger and had had quite a fight with it. Gordon told Johnny that Smith had gone to his home and that Daw had returned to the Old Country. Gordon asked the boy to come and help him for a day. Fortunately Johnny was busy with haying at home and refused. He might have been the next victim.

Not having heard from Daw for several days, a close friend, Tom Wilson, came over to enquire about him. He was told by Gor­ don that Smith and Daw had gone to Brandon on a spree and had probably gotten into trouble. Tom became suspicious because he knew enough about Daw to be able to tell that such behaviour was entirely out of keeping with his character. He accordingly went to Brandon and confided his suspicions to an Inspector Forester.

Gordon heard in Boissevain that Tom had gone to Brandon to consult the Inspector. Terrified, he immediately drove back to the farm and from there, via old Deloraine, to Saskatchewan, and thence

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