him of the opportunity."
"Do you think anybody has looked for another will?" Nancy questioned.
"I don't know. But I'm sure of this. If another will shows up, Richard Topham will fight it. The estate is a considerable one, I understand, and they aren't the kind of people to share good fortune."
"Can't the present will be contested?" Nancy asked.
"I hear that other relatives have filed a claim, declaring they were told another will had been made in their favor. But unless it is located, I doubt that the matter will ever go further."
"But the Tophams don't deserve the fortune," Hannah Gruen remarked. "And besides, they don't need the money. It doesn't seem fair."
"It may not seem fair, but it is legal," Mr. Drew told her, "and I'm afraid nothing can be done about the situation."
"Poor Judy and her aunts!" said Nancy.
"There are others affected in the same -way," her father remarked. "For instance, two young women who live on the River Road. I don't know their names. I understand they were not related to Mr. Crowley, but were great favorites of his. They are having a struggle and could use some extra money."
Nancy lapsed into silence. She felt strongly that a mystery lurked behind the Crowley case.
"Dad, don't you believe Josiah Crowley made a second will?" Nancy questioned suddenly.
"You sound like a trial lawyer, the way you cross-examine me," Mr. Drew protested, but with evident enjoyment. "To tell the truth, Nancy, I don't know what to think, but something did happen which might indicate that Mr. Crowley at least intended to make another will."
"Please go on!" Nancy begged impatiently.
"Well, one day nearly a year ago I was in the First National Bank when Crowley came in with Henry Rolsted."
"The attorney who specializes in wills and other estate matters?" Nancy inquired.
"Yes. I had no intention of listening to their conversation, but I couldn't help overhearing a few words that made me think they were discussing a will. Crowley made an appointment to call at Rolsted's office the following day."
"Oh!" cried Nancy excitedly. "That looks as though Mr. Crowley had made a new will, doesn't it? But why didn't Mr. Rolsted say something about it at the time of Mr. Crowley's death?"
"For one of many reasons," Mr. Drew replied. "In the first place, he may never have drawn a new will for Mr. Crowley. And even if he had, the old man might have changed his mind again and torn it up."
Before Nancy spoke again, she finished the delicious apple pudding which Hannah had made. Then she looked thoughtfully at her father. "Dad, Mr. Rolsted is an old friend of yours, isn't he?"
"Yes. An old friend and college classmate."
"Then won't you please ask him if he ever drew up a will for Mr. Crowley, or knows anything that might solve this mystery?"
"That's a rather delicate question, young lady. He may tell me it's none of my business!"
"You know he won't. You're such good friends he'll understand why you're taking a special interest in this case. Will you do it? Please!"
"I know you like to help people who are in trouble," her father said. "I suppose I could invite Mr. Rolsted to have lunch with me tomorrow—"
"Wonderful!" Nancy interrupted eagerly. "That would be a splendid opportunity to find out what he knows about a later will."
"All right. I'll try to arrange a date. How about joining us?"
Nancy's face lighted up as she said, "Oh, thank you, Dad. I'd love to. I hope it can be tomorrow, so we won't have to waste any time trying to find another will."
Mr. Drew smiled. "We?" he said. "You mean you might try to find a hidden will if Mr. Crowley wrote one?"
"I might." Nancy's eyes sparkled in anticipation.