She flashed a look at him that was more anger than appeal.
Haythorne was about to ask the other's name. His mouth had opened to form the question when Messner cut him off.
"Come to think of it, Doctor, you may possibly be able to satisfy my curiosity. There was a sort of scandal in faculty circles some two or three years ago. The wife of one of the English professors - er, if you will pardon me, Mrs. Haythorne - disappeared with some San Francisco doctor, I understood, though his name does not just now come to my lips. Do you remember the incident?"
Haythorne nodded his head. "Made quite a stir at the time. His name was Womble - Graham Womble. He had a magnificent practice. I knew him somewhat."
"Well, what I was trying to get at was what had become of them. I was wondering if you had heard. They left no trace, hide nor hair."
"He covered his tracks cunningly." Haythorne cleared his throat. "There was rumor that they went to the South Seas - were lost on a trading schooner in a typhoon, or something like that."
"I never heard that," Messner said. "You remember the case, Mrs. Haythorne?"
"Perfectly," she answered, in a voice the control of which was in amazing contrast to the anger that blazed in the face she turned aside so that Haythorne might not see.