Cuentos Clásicos del Norte, Primera Serie

By Edgar Allan Poe

Page 95

que quien
hablaba era un italiano. Conocía a Madame L. y a su hija. Había
hablado con ambas a menudo. Estaba cierto de que la voz chillona no
pertenecía a ninguna de las víctimas.

_Odenhéimer_, restaurador. Este testigo declaró espontáneamente. No
sabiendo hablar francés, dió su testimonio por medio de un
intérprete. Es natural de Ámsterdam. Pasaba por la casa en el
momento de los alaridos. Se prolongaron por varios minutos, quizá
diez. Eran largos y agudos, muy angustiosos. Fué uno de los que
penetraron en la casa. Corroboró el anterior testimonio en todas
sus partes, menos una. Estaba cierto de que la voz chillona era de
hombre, un francés. No pudo distinguir las palabras pronunciadas.
Eran fuertes y rápidas, desiguales, aparentemente lanzadas entre el
temor y la cólera. La voz era desapacible, no tanto chillona como
desapacible. No podría llamarse voz chillona. La voz gruesa decía a
menudo "_sacré_," "_diable_," y una vez "_mon Dieu!_"

_Jules Mignaud_, banquero, de la firma Mignaud et Fils, rue de
Loraine. Es el mayor de los Mignaud. Madame L'Espanaye tenía
algunas propiedades. Había abierto cuenta en su casa de banca en la
primavera del año... (ocho años antes). Hacía frecuentes depósitos
de pequeñas sumas. No había girado hasta tres días antes de su
muerte, que retiró personalmente cuatro mil francos. Esta suma se
pagó en oro, y un empleado la trajo hasta la casa.

_Adolphe Le Bon_, empleado de Mignaud et Fils, declara que el día
en cuestión, a eso de las doce, acompañó a su residencia a Madame
L'Espanaye llevando los cuatro mil francos en dos talegos. Cuando
se abrió la puerta, apareció Mademoiselle L., y le recibió uno de
los saquillos mientras la anciana tomaba a su cargo el otro.

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