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Mason City, Iowa
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Wednesday, February 25, 1931
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FEBRUARY 25 1931 MASON CI7Y GLOBE-GAZETTE 15 MAD LAUGHTER .^.j^.rJQ BY L-KNTItAL. IflESq A SS OU AT [OS -CO I 1 A THRILLING MYSTERY STORY + by MILES BURTON MUGGS McGINNIS BEAD THIS FIRST: After the theft of the famous Hardway diamonds «nd Inspector Brooks Is killed, Sir Edrio Conn-ay, police commissioner, puts his young friend Dick Penhampton, who is in love with pretty Alison Weather- ·lelgh, on the trail. Disguised as Captain Blackwooi!, a down-ana-outer, Dick gets a Job from a gang leader known as the Funny Toff, who - Dick does not see, but hears his maniacal laughter. His first mission Js to a deserted house at 'midnight, where ho discovers the dead body of a crook named Herridge, who originally stole the jewels. One of the diamonds has been placed on the man's breast. Dick again hears the frightful laughter of his unseen employer. The placing of one of the diamonds on the body discloses to Dick that he is known liy the Funny Toff. He feels a sudden wave of shame nt the realization. Inspector Pollard has been on the trail of the - jewels, working Independently of Dick. NOW GO ON WITH THE STORY. CHAPTER 19. Inspector Pollard, tho lacking in Imagination, was a methodical and experienced detective. He knew, for Instance, from the nature of the crime, the type of criminal who had commited it. At first sight, the theft of .the Hardway diamonds had seemed to be the work of the specialized and scientific burglar, such (j? as Pussy Herridge. If this were the case, the problem of their recovery was only a matter of 'routine. A careful combing of the various receivers of stolen property would almost certainly result in the recovery of at" least some of the stones. Pollard knew well enough that the necklace %vould have to be disposed of piece-msal and not as a whole. But the murder of Brooks had . changed the whole aspect of the matter. No ordinary burglar, or receiver, would go to the lengths ,of murdering a police officer. For the matter of that. Brooks wouM not have fallen a victim to anybody of that caliber. The manner' of his death, and. more particularly) the insolent addressing of his body to the assistant commissioner, proved that the murder was the work of some superior and powerful mind. And, in Pollard's experience, only one such criminal mind existed: The Funny Toff. He resolved that his procedure must be to discover the identity of this mysterious individual, of whom he knew nothing beyond mere fleeting whispers. He was not deterred by the fact that almost every offi- , cer in the Yard had made the same resolve. It was perfectly clear to 5 him that Brooks had come to the ' same conclusions, that ha had dei|. termined to attack the'Funny Toff singlehanded, and had 'been mur- MJftred for his pains. Pollard had no jf*-intention of following his example. : Brooks, before his departure for Wapping on the evening following the theft of the necklace, had told him of" the curious adventure of Pussy Herridge, and of his suspicions that he was the burglar. Pol? lard had interviewed that worthy, f before his release from gaol, and [ had had a heart-to-heart talk with him. He had a curiously insinuating manner, and found no great diffi- , culty in persuading Pussy to un^ burden his mind. ,- , "Look here, Pussy, it is no good *\'' t beating about the bush," he said. 'We know all about you, and we know perfectly well that you pinched the necklace. I'm talking to you as a friend, and, if you're straight with me, I can promise you that anything you tell me won't go beyond us two. Who was it took the that's the last I see of them. If they I didn't take the sparklers to the Yard, they must have gone off with them themselves, see?" Pollard had returned with his interview with Pussy in a very thot- ful frame of mind. He had the impression that Pussy had been speaking- the truth, at least as far as his "arrest" was concerned. That he had been duped was perfectly obvious. Pollard had subsequently established the fact that no plainclothes men- had been operating with a car in the West-End that night. Some criminal gang had learnt that Pussy meant to make an attempt on the Hardway diamonds that night, had lain in wait for him in the guise of police officers and had relieved him of his loot. So much was apparent. He knew the criminal mind well enough to be sure of the uselessness of questioning Pussy as to his confidants. Pussy had only spoken of his "arrest" because he believed that members of the .police had been involved. He would refuse to give any \ information about his associates. Since then, PollardTiad given orders that Pussy was to be watched, with a view to discovering who was likely to have known advance of the intended burglary. Somehow the trick which had been played on Pussy suggested the Funny Toff. This elusive person had got possession of the necklace. Brooks, by some means, had learned this, and had found a clew whioh had set him on his track. And, almost by accident, Pollard himself had unearthed an amazing fact, so amazing that for "a moment he had believed that he had dicovered the identity of the Funny Toff. On the sunday morning of Dick's ^ visits to Sir Edric, he could not sleep. The theory which he had founded upon this identity was'so baffling that it would allow his brain no rest. Consequently, when the telephone rang and ,a message came for him that the assistant commissioner would like to see him in his office as soon as possible, he answered the~ call with considerable alacrity. He betrayed no astonishment when he found Dick in the assistant room, 'but greeted 'Hullo!" exclaimed commissioner's him sedately. Sir Edric. "Have you two met before?" "I had the pleasure of calling upon Mr. Penhampton the day before yesterday, sir," replied Pollard quickly. "He was good enough to give me certain particulars of the Hardway necklace." "Well, he has rather a story to tell us," replied Sir Edric "We needn't go into the details now The urgent point is that found a dead man on the Essex marshes, not far from Rainharr "station. I have already had the lo cal police informod and have askec them to put a guard over the body until we have had time to see The curious thing is that, with tin body, was one of the diamonds from the missing necklace. Here it is. (TO BE CONTINUED) necklace from you?" Pussy winked at him · slyly. "What's the game, guv'nor?" he replied. "Is this a trap, or has some of your chaps run off the deep end?" "It's no trap, pussy," Pollard assured him. "We have our suspicions, of course, and it wouldn't do you any harm if you were to confirm them." "So that's It, is it," said Pussy, with an air of satisfaction. "Nice thing, isn't it, when the police,iurns into rogues themselves. You ain't found them two plain-clothes chaps yet, then?" An inkling of the truth flashed across Pollard's mind. "No. Pussy, we haven't, and that's a fact," he replied. "We want your help, that's what I/came here for. If you can, tell us anything helpful, I'll soon have you out of this." "You've nothing against me. as it Is," returned Pussy quickly. "Still, seeing as it's your own chaps as have^got the stuff, there's no harm In me spinning the yarn. It's like this, Mr. Pollard. I was just taking a walk thru Woodbridge Square that night, when I sees something a-lying on the pavement. I picks it up, and bless me if it ain't a case with a lot of sparklers in it. Well, I thinks 10 myself. somebody's dropped this little lot. Best thing I can do is to take it round to the station." "Very honest of you, Pussy," put In Pollard ironically. 1 "I was on my way to Vine street," continued Pussy, disregarding the interruption, "when one of your plainclothes craps comes after me. and, afore I could say a word, clasps the bracelets on me. I knew it wasn't good saying nothing, you chaps are too suspicious to listen to ^ fellow. The man takes the sparklers from me, and puts me in one of them grey police cars he had waiting. Well, I thinks, these chaps won't listen to the truth, they'll make it out a fair cop. So I bides my tim3 an-1 when the chap wasn't looking, I slips out of the car and ·ops it." "Didn't they come after you?" asked Pollard. "Shouldn't wonder," replied Pussy. "Anyhow I heard the chap what put the bracelets on me holler out. But T aJvea. 'em the slin in. the /oe. and. To Beautify Highways. 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