What detail first caused Miss Hinch to suspect the identity of Jessie Dark?

In “Miss Hinch” by Henry Sydnor Harrison, a very small detail leads to a battle of wills between detective Jessie Dark and criminal-on-the-run Miss Hinch. The old woman who boards the subway train at 126th Street tells the clergyman that she has been visiting her friend Mrs. Catherwood, mother of Miss Hinch's victim, that evening, but Mrs. Catherwood lives on East Tenth.

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Miss Hinch,” a short story by Henry Sydnor Harrison, features a battle of wills and cleverness between the famous female detective, Jessie Dark, and the notorious Miss Hinch, an actress with the ability to impersonate anyone who, two weeks before the story begins, killed John Catherwood. Ever since, Miss Hinch has been on the run, and Jessie Dark appears to be stumped.

The clergyman and the old woman both get on the subway at the 125th Street station. They both circled around on 127th Street to get to the station, but they both started on 126th Street. The two board the same subway train and eventually end up discussing the case of Miss Hinch and the pursuit by Jessie Dark. The old woman says that she is a friend of John Catherwood's mother and has, in fact, been visiting with her that very evening, trying to comfort her about the death of her son.

Herein lies a hint that things are not as they seem. The old woman says that she has just come from the home of Mrs. Catherwood, but the clergyman knows, along with anyone else who has been reading the newspapers, that Mrs. Catherwood lives on East Tenth, far away from 126th Street where the old woman boarded the subway only a short time before. The old woman looks up with hesitation, but the mistake has been made. It is too late to take it back.

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