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Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, February 5, 1931
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22 MASON CITY GlfORE GAZETTE A THRILLING MYSTERY STORY '"by'MILES BURTON FEBRUARY 5 ·1931 MUGGS McGlNNiS Lady Hardway is stolen by 'i'homus Hcri'idgc, a notorious crook, in London. Blinking: along the street uHcr the robbery, iiuuosted !y two men, who Imndcuff him, lake the diamonds and promise to .tike luni to Scotland Yurd for questioning. On the way, the burglar suddenly leaps out o£ the car and escapes into the tag. NOW GO ON WITH THE ST'OltY. CHArTEIl 2. Mr. Herridge's knowledge of London was extensive and peculiar. Even in the first mad dash of his escape his instinct of locality Itept him from running into any cul-de-sac in which he must be instantly trapped. He kept to the wide streets, still shrouded in fog, and doubled back in his tracks, until he was once more . in the unchartered wastes of Woodbridge Square. · The center of the Square was occupied by a patch of turf, in which stood a few plain trees, the whole surrounded by a tall iron railing, manacled tho he was, Mr. Herridge found no difficulty in surmounting this. He ran lightly to the center of the turf, and there paused, striving with all bis senses to penetrate the fog. But all that came to his ears was the curiosly muffled roar 01 London. It dawned upon him, almost with a shock of apprehension, that there was no pursuit. This puzzled him even more than his capture had puzzled him. He had expected, even as he leapt from the car, the suCden shrilling of a police whistle, to be taken up and re-echoed on all sides by unseen constables on beat. But nothing of the sort had happened. Beyonc! the startled shout of his captoj-, the men in the car had given no sign. M Herridge, standing tense and vig lant in the center of the Square, fe a creepy sensation of uneasines running up. and down his spine. T 1 ominous silence could only mea that by some rro'sterious means th police had followed him, knev where he was at this very moment He imagined he could hear the silen tread of men pouring into the Square, lining the railings, waiting for the moment when he must seek '. escape from his self-chosen prison. Perhaps they would not wait for that. Even now they might be entering the garden by a dozen gates, converging upon him-Inaction was impossible; and to his agonized eyes it seemed that every moment the fog was lifting; that he must shortly be revealed to a thousand staring eyes. But where to go? Had he been seen doubling back, every exit from the Square would now be Mocked, even if he succeeded In surmounting the garden railings unobseryed. And his HEAD-THIS FJHST: · to have a run for his money tlinn to | Tho famous diamond neclOace ofJfcc caught like a rat in a trap. He ran at the railings, scrambled over them without a sound and landed on hi? feet in the 2-oacl beyond. Then expecting- every moment to see n cor- den of police loom out of the darkness before him, he'began to run,easily and silently. He had first no clear idea of his goal. It hardly seempd to matter since his re-capture was practically a certainty. Ho began to long for the tension to end, to feel that grasy upon.his shoulder which v/.iiild. end his brief period of liberty. Some instinct took him eastwards, towards the Deben Street exist of tho Square. This, surely, was tha direction his pursuers would at least expect him to take. To his amascmnnt the exit was unguarded, and he ran the whole length of Deben Street, keeping to the middle of the road and avoiding the few passers-by whose business was pressing enough to induce them to brave the fog. Then, incredulous of 'his continued freedom, he slowed his pace down to a walk. His wits were slowly returning to him, and as he walked he sought desperately for some plan of action. Whichever way he looked, things seemed pretty hopeless. His identity was known to the police; he had been captured with the famous Hardway diamonds upon him. The plainclothes man who had arrested him had addressed him by the name by which he was known to his associates. No doubt he had been watched, traced to Woodbridge Square. His captor had even mentioned Wapping; without doubt his lodgings there we're-under observation. It would merely be to walk into the lior/3 mouth to attempt to make his way home. Even if he could cross London in his present plight, the spectacle of a man with manacled hands was not so common that it would fail to attract attention. He'was bound to be stoppeck by the first constable he met. By this time Scotland Yard would have warned every policeman in London to look but for iiim. He could not even change his appearance, for ft was impossible for him. to so much as take off his raincoat There seemed to be nothing for him but to slink about the streets, like some forlorn Wandering- Jew, until :he fog- should lift, and reveal him o the eager eye's of his pursuers. So hopeless did the prospect seem hat he almost resolved to make his vay 'o the nearest' police station rid give himsfilf up. There, at least, e would 'find warmth and respite But too anga must .rjecessarUv to tlie first chance pass"- ·om his ceaseless tramping. IB prospect of re-capture was wful to be lightly faced. There was just one faint chance for him, so faint that it seemed hardly worthy a be moment's could only consideration, reach. - Gin- '-· Yietray bim to tile first ciSnce passer-by. More in desperation than with any real hope of escape he crept quietly over the turf towards the railings. At every step he expected to see the gleam of a policeman's lantern but still he kept on. At last he reached the railings, and cowered . against them in an agony of expectation. A sound of slow footfalls came to him, and he shrank away from the railings again. The steps approached .maddening in their deliberation. Their owner knew where he was hidden; 'he was advancing- upon him with the relentlessness or doom. He- was not more than 20 yards away, ten-Mr. Herridge, quivering in every nerve, like a hare lying close in its furrow,- listened--each step reverberating in his ears like thunder. They passed--he was lost. Then, unhurriedly, they passed .on. A sudden reaction fell upon Mr. Herridge. His terror gave place to assort of wild bravado, and he felt equal to facing the unseen dangers which surrounded him. Better, far get . Murdocn'a : place, he might lind asylum: Not that Ginger would welcome nim with open arms. That was hardly to be expected. But he knew an argument which would prevail over Ginger's inhospitality. He could threaten that if he himself were nabbed he would split on Ginger. -And Ginger had as much reason to dread an appearance in court as he had himself. Ginger Murdoch lived in Hoxtoa. five miles perhaps, from where no stood, even if he took the direct route. But the direct route led thru a series of main thorofares which, even in the thickest fog, were bound to be thronged with traffic There was no possibility of getting rid of the damning handcuffs until hi reached Murdoch's place. The only thing to do was to follow the most unfrequented streets, and try to attract as little attention as possible. This would take him "a, couple of hours at least. He folded his arms, pushing cacti hand as far up the opposite sleeve |^~~ us possible. 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