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February 14, 1931

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 13

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14 MAD LAUGHTER ',· - -- - - . . : · WXKA5ZO BY CKXTFUkL TREKS JLE3QCIAT1 , A THRILLING MYSTERY STORY by MILES BURTON BEAU THIS B1BST: On a nlfht of London tot Thomas Her- ««K. expert cracksman, itole the famous .Hvdmty diamond!--and jet when ho was aUeovered by lw police, thej were not In 'TMJ»JKMSMBlOn. Inspector Brocks at Scotland iard la put on the ca»o and after quejtlon- '"* Dl* Penhamfcton, lord 'iranhvay's brothcSln r Iaw, In the office of the assistant I i -police commissioner, Sir ,£drlo Conway, the" ! .detective elding In a hantrout known a, the ,' . Margate Jetty oyerh'eari it* conversation i " that a perpon designated as The Funny Totf i mlfnt know nalte a bit'· aboat the robber]-. ; , · late»-a long packing case Is dropped Into r 'no roadway from n truck. The patkJpE case ! : '» Warded "personal" and In addressed to ! '· Sir Kdrie. It -is taken to Scotland Vard. -s Opening tbe case the dead body of Inspector : Broohs ts iound. Hick Penhahinton I* summoned (o the assistant commissioner's office and Is tow that Brooks wns suffocated by, tas. The last person tn talk to Brooks had - been one of Ws colleague, Inspector (NOW CO ON WITH THE STOrSV) ^" ^ ---: . . '.' CHAPTER'10 , Sir Edric paused.. "I've been spending the night trying: to follow lip tHe clews," he.continued. "Brooks asked Pollard to procure the release of a man called Herridge, who was arrested in Pentonyille late on Thursday" night and to have him very carefully shadowed. Hetridge was arrested in very curious cir-, cumstances, but I needn't trouble you with that story now. Altho Brooks never said so, I have reason to think that he suspected Herridge of having been the .burglar, altho, of course, the diamonds were not ; in his possession when he was arrested. . "Brooks' idea being to use him as a decoy, of course?" suggested Dick. · - - . . . ' , "Exactly," replied Sir Edric. "Pollard procured his release on Monday morning and he has been closely ; watched ever since. So far, h'e hasn't led us to the diamonds and he certainly had no hand,in the murder of Brooks. The only other thing that 'Brooks told Bollard is that he was going to Wapping on Friday evening, where he tioped to pick up a _clew. We have discovered that Brooks spent the evening at public » house in.Wapping called the Margate Jetty and that he left there at . - · ' " closing time.'The landlofd, who is an intelligent chap, thinks that he was following 'three men, whose names he does not know and who were in,the bar that evening-. Since · then, all trace of Brooks is lost." "I see. What about the lorry from which the. case was dropped?" said Dick quietly. Sir Edric shrugged his shoulders. "Very, little hope there, I'm afraid," h e - r e p l i e d . VThe-, constable who found the case saw nothing of the lorry. It was dark, -and it passed him like a flash, he says. He maintains, however, that he read its number; PK 8743, he says it was. Now there are no such registration letters as PK. We tried BK .8743, BK being the Portsmouth letters but BK 8743 is an Austin Seven belong; ing to the owner of a fish and chop i-V^ sn ?P \ a Commercial Road, Ports".:'" mouth, and it was not oh the road at. all on Friday night. Besides, .the lorry driver may have changed his numbers soon after' dropping the case."" ' . Dick lighted a'cigaret and puffed at it slowly for several minutes without ^speaking 1 . "This is a bigger busi^ nesa than burglary," he said at last. "If I know' anything of Hardway, he would willingly sacrifice the diamonds to bring .the murderer to ! ' book. As I see it,-.Brooks was on , the track of the man who had the diamonds and was murdered for his pains. :And that man was no ordinary criminal." · · ; He paused again, but Sir Edric made no remark. The Assistant \ Commissioner, tho one of the ablest men who .had ever occupied that part, h'ad no false ideas aa to the infallibility of the official rnind. He knew Dick's innate shrewdness and · he was anxious to teat the reaction of the facts upon the outside observer. , "The sending of the body to you can only be a gesture of defiance," continued Dick. ''No ordinary criminal would indulge in such a luxury, nor would he think of so neat a way of disposing of. the body. Of course, the body carries no clews with it? I needn't ask that, for a criminal of that caliber, I amaglne, would be too great an artist to botch his work in that way. HOW much of all this are you going to make public?" '.'As little as we can,"'· replied 'Sir Edric. "Nobody but the police knows anything of the matter,, so it Will not be difficult, to keep things quiet. ': Brooks was unmarried, and his next-of-Kln is-a bifcther in New Zealand. We-shall hold the-inquest here^the' coroner pan sit. without a jury--and, nothing niustrTJe said, at least-for a'tlrrie." ·'· · -"Quite right. Keep the other side guessing . as far as possible," said Dick. "It's very pood of you tfflot me know the~trutb, Cohway: 'You may be quite sure that I can't let it go any further." ' · ' . . . i Dick returned to his. rooms, a set ejqjreasion upon his usually iri^x- presslve face. j He could ^ not rid himself of the unpleasant 'feeling that the diamonds had -been the cause "of the. Inspector's'death and that in some remote way he shared the responsibility. At the bottom of his heart he found a half-savage satisfaction in the fact that tjie criminal's challenge had, in some degree), been thrown at his own-feet He spent the rest of ,the morning pacing his % rooni abstractedly, unti one o'clock ..struck, .Then, with t sudden smiie, .which seemed to change the %vhole man, he left Marquis Street and strolled along Piccadilly to the Berkeley. Dick arrived at the entrance just inUime to-step forward as a taxi drew up and a girl descended from it.. Alison'Weather]eigh was a remarkably pretty girl, remarkable even in London, where the standarc of prettiness :is high. But at a second ' glance you noticed something beyond mere prettiness. There was that about her features, and esp.e- cially .about her grey eyes which gave you an'impression of decision and of a determination to carry out that decision to the end. She smiled at Dick, and without a word the two walked to the table reserved for .them in the restaurant. /They had .this in common, that neither of them had the habit of wasting words. It was not until their lunch had been ordered that Alison made any attempt to embark upon conversation.. 'I had .a letter from father this morning-," she said. "I mention the fact, because the incident is so uir usual." ; "I'm not fond of writing letters myself," replied Dick. Is this a peremptory dema'tH by an . 'outraged parent that his erring daughter should returri-at once to Destridge Hall?" .. ' '., , . "Not it!" exclaimed Alison. "Father aa,ys that he is very busy- and hopes that I am' enjoying my stay with Aunt Edith. He may, have to come up to town for a few days on business. He probably wants to' look for Roman remains in Piccadilly Circus, or something thrilling like that." "t shouldn't wonder," replied Dick, "I hope I shall":get back before he leaves.'' Something like a look of disappointment flashed' across Alison's fape.."Get back?" she repeated, with a well-assumed note of indifference. "Are you -.going away, then? Rather a sudden resolution, isn't it? I-thot you said you were coming to Aunt Edith's dance on Friday?" . Dick's eyes twinkled. He had,'as a matter^ of fact, completely forgotten, that, engagement. His intervie\Y *~ _with Sir Edric had completely put it out of his head. And. he knew that it was no good trying to make excuses to Alison. 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