Education: Berkshire Mystery

The Public School Murder was the name of a book which youthful Headmaster Elliott Speer loaned in 1934 to Dean Thomas Edwin Elder of the Mount Hermon School for Boys at Northfield, Mass. In the story, the victim was killed by a prowler who fired a gun through a window.

On the cool night of Sept. 14 that year Headmaster Speer was alone in his study reading, when someone crept up to the window, fired a murderous volley of buck shot into him, disappeared. Self-possessed Dean Elder became one of the most interesting to press and public of the 63 witnesses who...

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