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Chives was the butler of Clifton Montgomery.
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When he was caught he made a false appeal to gain sympathy, that he wanted to stay in the castle since it was the only home he knew. This almost got Clift to drop the charges until Velma Dinkley revealed the secret of the treasure.
"It's true. I wanted the Montgomery treasure. I figured it was the least you could do for me after all these years of service to your family. I didn't care what happened to this drafty, cold dungeon of a home. I just needed enough time to get the treasure chest packed away so I could leave the country."