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February 26, 1931

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 19

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I FEBRUARY 26 g| 1931 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE 19 MAD LAUGHTER I Kcu;»5zn nv cEwnut. rftnss ASSOCIATION--CGI'nnoHr. in* ,'A THRILLING MYSTERY STORY + by MILES BURTON ·V 1 BEAD THIS FIRST: After the theft at the famous Hardway diamonds and Inspector Brooks Is killed, Sir Edric Conway, ·police commissioner, puts his young friend, Dick rcnhampton, who is in love with pretty Alison Weather- leijrli, on the trail. Disguised as Captain Blackvvbod, a down-and-outer, Dick pels a job from a gang leader Iraown as tiie Funny Toff, who Dick docs not see, but hears his maniacal laughter. His first mission is to a deserted house at midnight, where he discovers the dead body of a crook named Herridge, who originally stole the jewels. Ono 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 by the Funny Toff. He feels n sudden wave of shame nt the realization. Inspector Pollard has been on the trail of the jewels. Dick Is called in Sir Edrlc's office to tell Inspector Pollard, who is working on the case independently of Dick, about finding Herridge's body with the diamond. NOW 3O ON WITH THE STORY CHAPTER 20 Sir Edric laid the diamond on his desk, and Pollard's eyes flashed as he glanced at it. How did this remarkable discovery fit in with his theory ? · How did this Mr. Pen- hampton, the man who had reported the loss of the necklace, the friend of his chief, happen to stumble on this body in such a remote spot? But it was not his business to ask questions at this moment. "You would like me to inspect the body, sir?" he asked impassively. "I should," replied Sir Edric. "I've rung up the police surgeon, and he will be here in a few minutes. You had better take a car and take him with you. Mr. Penhampton will show you the way." "Very good, sir, I'll make arrangements at once," said Pollard, leaving the room. Sir Edric smiled. "I shouldn't tell Pollard anything about your adventure, if I were you, Dick," he said. "If he knows you've been playing amateur sleuth, it'll probably antagonize him. I'll break it gently when he comes back to report. I'm sorry to have to send you off again like this, but we can't leave that body hanging about all day." "Oh, that's all right!" exclaimed Dick cheerfully. "It's part o£ my penance, I suppose." The drive down to Rainham took place in silence. Pollard appeared to be disposed to ask no questions until he had seen what was to be seen for himself. The party left the car at the police station and proceeded across the marshes on foot. Dick acting as guide. In the grey light o£ the morning the place lost nothing of its desolation. A clinging must enshrouded everything, intensifying the impression of loneliness. They made their way to the ruined house, over which a stolid constable was mounting guard. "Nothing been touched, I hope?" asked Pollard, as the man saluted. "No, sir, I've done no more than glance inside," replied the constable. Dick led the way in, closely followed by Pollard and the doctor. The body lay as he had last seen it, prone on the table, ever more horrible in the subdued daylight. Pollard walked up to it and looked intently at the distorted face. "Pussy Herridge, by all that's holy!" he exclaimed. Alison contrived to see a good dea! of her father during his stay at the Hotel Magnificent. They were genuinely attached to one another, and any time they spent together was enjoyed by both. Indeed Alison only paid these long- visit? . to her aunt at her father's especial wish. "I'm a dull old stick, my dear," .he had said to her once. "It isn't good for a girl of your age to spend her time in the depths of the country, with only an old fossil as her companion. You'll be getting romantic and running away with the postman, or something." "I shan't do anything of the kind!" interrupted Alison indignant- y. "Fancy having to live with a man who has to get up at five in ,he morning! 3 ' "I speak metaphorically, my dear," continued Dr. Weatherleigh patiently. "No doubt there are other males in the neighborhood of Los- ridge Hall whose duties do not in- 'Olve such uncomfortably early ris- ng. The point is, my dear, that you vould be far better employed amus- ng yourself in London." Since money was no object to her, Mison found, after a while, that amusement in London \yas not' difficult to obtain. But it was only after she had made the acquaintance of Dick Penhampton that she alto- ether ceased to regret the life of Lestridge Hall. She was still glad to return there at Intervals but London had become for her the center of attraction. This change in her attitude maj' have caused her some scruples of conscience; she had at times a secret dread that in her pro- onged visits to her aunt she might be thbt to be neglecting her father. This it was that led her to visit the Vtagnificent every afternoon of her father's stay in London. The afternoon was the only time which he could spare for her. As Dr. Weatherleigh often explained to her, IB hated London, and only came up from Lestridge Hall when the pursuit of his hobby made it absolute- .y necessary. Consequently, he was in the habit of crowding everything that he had to do into the shortest possible time, in ord.er the-sooner to ae able to return to the country again. "I shall be a very busy man for the next few days," he said at the. first meeting with his daughter, on the day of his arrival. "My mornings will be spent in visiting th'3 museums, and I have no doubt that I shall be obliged to lunch with several of the curators. In the evening, I have appointments to dine with various of my fellow-students, or with one or other of the so-called learned societies. That means that only my afternoons will be free, and then, my dear, if your social duties will allow you to come to tea with your old father, I shall be more than pleased to see you." "Of course I'll come, every after- non, if you'll let me," Alison replied. And she kept her word. But it was not until the Tuesday following the death of Pussy Herridge that she made any further mention of Dick. And then, suddenly, when she and her father had finished tea, she referred to him abruptly. "I've asked Dick Pen- hampton to call for me here this evening," she announced. "We're having dinner tog-ether." "Dick Penhampton?" repeated her father. "Well, I admire your taste. From what I saw of him the other day I should imagine that he would be an excellent partner for a tete-a-tete. You two see a good deal of one another, don't you?" "Oh, a fair amount," replied Alison casually. "He and I get on very well." Dr. Weatherleigh chuckled. "I believe that he has usurped the place in your heart that I once feared would be occupied by the postman," he said quietly. "Father dear! I'm surprised at you!" exclaimed Alison. "How can you be so hopelessly Victorian': Why, you'll insinuate next that I'm walking out with him, or some such obsolete expression. Even you ought to know that one can be seen out with a man nowadays without being suspected of caring for him." "Metliinks she doth protest too much," remarked her father .slyly. "Why shouldn't you have fallen in love with him ? He's .1 very decent fellow, from all I can see." "Oh, well, if you will have it, I (Turn tn TnKf- 22, Column 2). When t® Be By CLIFFORD McBRTDE When you say: "You no catchtim laundlee?" and Celestial replies in best Oxfordese "Beg rout pafridon, sir?" MUGGS McGINNIS IMITATIONS WHAT? 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