CONNECTION: Humour! Ace reporter beats police to the punch!

ACE REPORTER: MASON KNIGHT KNEW WHICH STRINGS TO PULL!

FRANK MORRIS

ACE REPORTER MASON KNIGHT HAD JUST FINISHED SOLVING THE “MR BOOTS” SCANDAL WHEN THE PHONE RANG. HE STOPPED IT. IT RANG AGAIN. “KNIGHT,” HE ANSWERED. IT WAS THE EDITOR. “YES, SIR.” THE EDITOR PRATTLED ON. HE CAUGHT THREE WORDS – “LUXURY, MURDER AND CHECKERT POINT” THE SUBURBS WHERE THE RICH AND FAMOUS LIVE.

He was the first media person there. “Mmmm! So, this was what the Checkert country house looks like,” he said in a mumble. The late Sir Henry Checkert bought the land on which the 500 abodes were built nearly 40 odd years ago.

By the time he ‘investigated’ the Checkert country house there were dozens of media people, cops and Coroner Lewing and Sheriff Tom. The Ace Reporter knew both of them so he followed them inside to the living room.

No other reporter or media person would have realised how to go about things, except Mason Knight; he knew everything. The day was developing into a heady time for the Ace Reporter.

This room was like a ‘mini casino’ with all the mod cons of a happy existence. Just away from them, was Caroline Checkert’s body lying on the couch as if she were asleep, clad only in her lingerie, socks and riding shoes.

WHERE WAS THE HORSE?

The Ace Reporter went over and studied a deep gash showing near the base of her skull, not forgetting the cuts and bruises on her arms. He stood up. “I know who did it,” he thought to himself.

More the half of the media contingent had departed; half was waiting outside.

Coroner Lewing sighed and turned away from the body. “I’m out of breath. Open the widows, get me a little air,” the Coroner quickly found a classic French chair. Mason walked through to the French doors which opened out on the front lawn.

The Ace reporter noticed one important facet of the case: Caroline had been moved to the house. The stepmother, the heiress to all of Checkert Park, came downstairs and walked onto the landing.

Before she uttered a word, the Ace reporter asked. “Where was the horse, Mrs Checkert?  ”Mrs Checkert walk passed him, admittedly, to front him.

“Caroline was always crazy about riding. Her father actually built this style of country house so she could have horses. She wasn’t afraid of anything. This same horse had thrown her before, but she laughed and called him Bronco.

BRONCO HAD BOLTED

“When she didn’t come home for lunch, I became worried and went looking her. I found her over by that big tree  opposite the gate to the meadow …”

Ace Reporter: “But did you move Caroline …” She carried on.

“She was unconscious. Bronco must have bolted and thrown her off. I managed to half-carry, half-drag her the house. I took off her sweater and jodhpurs and tried to revive her; then I called the doctor. Thank you.” She was rattled.

Ace Reported: “This is no accident. Let me explain it!”

The three men stepped on to the lawn.

Ace Reporter: “When I went to the French doors they were already unlocked. I take it that route was the way the in. The stepmother said she “half-carried, half-dragged” Caroline to the house. That is a chargeable offence. The stepmother said she removed the girl’s sweater and jodhpurs. In order to remove them, the shoes must be taken off first. A fact the stepmother overlooked.”

“Where was Bronco, the steed?” inquired the Sheriff.

“As Bronco got nearer to big tree he stopped, dead, and Caroline was ditched on the gravel. She was alive then. Bronco continued to run. The damage was done later,” said the Ace reporter.

As they about turned, they spotted Bronco in one of the paddocks, chewing away, not a care in world. The police went in and charged Mrs Checkert with murder.

The Ace Reporter went to his car and phoned through his story. He looked around the Cherkert’s property and imagined what Mrs Checkert would be thinking. He was ecstatic.

Pictures. The one and only. Mason Knight – he looked over the dead corpse and knew it was murder. Bronco bucked: Once the Bronco ditched his rider he gallops off.

<< Grand Years.5+


BEING AN ORGAN DONOR: They greatly improve recipients’ lives

PLEASE, BE A ORGAN DONOR: REMEMBER, THE NEXT DELIVERY COULD BE FOR YOU. Below: DONOR REGISTERS ARE ALL PREPARED FOR YOUR DONATIONS.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Individuals of any age -- regardless of gender, ethnicity or religion – could one day need a life-transforming or life-saving transplant.

At any one time, more than 1500 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists. The average time you wait for a kidney transplant is nearly four years. The first successful kidney transplant was performed in 1965. Since then more than 30,000 people have received transplants.

Australia currently has one of the highest success rates for organ transplantation in the world. In the first year a survival rate exceeding 90 per cent was scored.

UNDERGO THESE TESTS

Tissue and organ donation saves lives and is part of the medical process where organs and tissues are removed from a donor and transplanted into someone who is very ill or dying from organ failure. Tissue donation also provides an individual the opportunity to improve the quality of life.

Everyone, including babies, requiring organ transplants are very ill or dying as result of their organ/organs failing. People needing tissue transplants can also be of any age.

Not everyone with organ or tissue failure can have a transplant. There is range of tests people will undergo. Only those who fit the appropriate criteria and will benefit are put on the waiting list.

<< Australian Organ Donor Registers available from the Australian Government Medicare Australia.


VALE: “His body was paralysed but his mind roamed space and time.” Stephen Hawking, aged 76, died this week, in Cambridge, England. “Hawking was the most renowned scientist of his time, sought answers to our biggest questions.” He help fund the $100 million Parkes telescope; and wrote A Brief History of Time. Hawking said the “book was probably the least-read, most-bought book ever.”


BILLY GRAHAM: Graham died this year just falling short of age 100!

SADNESS: BILLY GRAHAM JUST FELL SHORT OF A CENTURY OF LIVING. Below: GRAHAM, IN A THOUGHTFUL MOMENT, IN HIS BOOK-LINED STUDY.

Graham in his book-lined study. The text here shows one of the passages he referred to while conducting his thousands of crusades throughout the world. It is this: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Billy Graham was born in 1918 and died in 2018 at what was to be his “last crusade”. He was 99. He lived in Charlotte, North Carolina. – Frank Morris. Below is a piece on one of his frequent appearances with President Nixon.                                                          

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

As Billy Graham talks, a tremendous surge of sincerity and energy comes out of him. That morning, in the room blazing with mountain sunlight, it is a kind of living force.

The Saturday Evening Post: It has been suggested because of your frequent appearance with President Nixon, that there is some political connection implied here. For instance, he accompanied you on your recent homecoming visit. Do you have any response to the observation?

Well, my association with the President is based purely of on friendship. As a matter of fact, I am a registered Democrat … I was a little afraid that the news media might give the occasion some political interpretation, but they didn’t. The New York Times and the Washington Post ran it right on the front page with big pictures and they didn’t have a word of politics in it.

IT’S YOUR DAY

The President was wonderful. They had signs throughout the city that were going to say “Welcome Mr President,” but he made them take them down. He said to me: “No, this is your day and I’m not going to let politics spoil it.”

He and I rode along with these thousands of people on each side of the car, and he even told me how to wave. Little things like that, you know. It was quite a treat for me to be back in my home town and to see all my high-school classmates.

<< The Saturday Evening Post, Spring 1972.


Dream House: Final. A quick overview!

If you’re selling to move into a retirement village or aged care facility make sure you cover the right essentials.

Retirees should choose carefully before they organise their home for sale. Your choice of the wrong agent can ruin your chances to selling quickly. It’s important to select a highly ethical and professional real estate agent. As with other professional services, the level and style will vary from one agency to another. One way to establish an agent’s profile is to drive around the area in which the retiree lives and look for agencies that actively promote their properties. Most importantly, speak to family and friends, particularly those who have sold property in the same area. When you have chosen you agent let them explain to you the various selling methods available.

 

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 15 March 18

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