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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 21

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, March 5, 1931
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22 MADLAUGHTER 1931 ATHR1LUNC MYSTERY STORY + "by MILES BURTON "READ THIS - The famous Hardway diamond .Me stolen and a gang led by a per ·on called the Funny Toff, who n '·ae haa seen, but who Is Identlfte by his maniacal laughter: at th ·cenes of his crimes Is suspected. In ·apector Brooks is first put. on th Jtrall, but hts body is returned in -Jacking case to Sir Edrlc * Comva; police commissioner. Young Die ^Penhampton, who Is In love wit ·pretty-Alison Weatherleigh, is pu on the trail and at midnight"dlsco'v «rs the body of one Thomas Her ridge, a rival gangster. One of th diamonds has been placed on th 'dead man's chest. Dick and Detec Uve Pollard seem to lose all clews ·Dick finally asks Sir Edrlo to mak an examination of the packing case In which Brooks' body was returned Dick discovers 'a piece of mud in the "case from Brook's shoe. Upon belnj analyzed, the discovery is made i probably comes from a lonely hi! country known as the Mendips. Dick "pays the locality a visit to investigate some old lead mine workings. NOW GO ON WITH THE STORY CHAPTER 26 'Next morning, after a breakfast · Which- did credit to the, hospitality of the Anchor and Hope, Dick set lout on his tour of exploration, mounted on the more powerful-look- 'ing of the landlord's two horses. At · first he Bet his horse's head towards iJPriddy, but wisen out of sight of the "Inn, took a wide right-handed .eweep, until, he was heading in the -direction of Nordracu. ,He,passed .several heaps.of tum- "bled stone, each marking the position of one of the old lead-workings, hut hone of these were sufficiently "isolated for'hls purpose. At last he 'Caine to one lying in a slight hollow, .and here he .halted. He tied his horse ,"tq a stunted, shrub growing among the ruins, and proceeded on foot towards a dilapidated fence surrounding the mo.uth of the shaft. It was a lonely, spot, and he felt reasonably, secure from observation. , He wished to preserve his role-of idle'visitor,' and had -no-desire to .manifest an interest in prospecting. The mingled grass and heather which clothed the moorland had spread right up to the shaft, but here and there were patches of bare earth. He h'erit over one of thesend scraped up some of the surface with his hand. His magnifying glass was in his pocket, and thru this he examined the sample he had collected. For the. moat part it consisted .of particles of 'limestone, but here and there he .detected the dull reflection of a fragment' of galena; . "Just the same as the clod that fell from Brooks' boot," he mut 7 tered, his hands on the ·heather. ''It looks as' thd I were ~rlght after all. Now let's see if I caff think tills out." He lighted -a. cigaret, and sat down on a convenient Btoue. How to ac' count for Brooks' -presence in the Mendips, that was the difficulty. Whe_n he was last seen alive, he had been following a s group °f men-from the \door of 'the' Margate Jetty in Wapping 140 miles away. Four days later, his body had been thrown out of a lorry near. Brentbridge. What fcad been his. movements during the interval? V That was impossible even to conjecture: If he had obtained a clew to the theft of- the Hardway. diamonds -at Wapping, he would JiaturaUy follow it up, and .it must be supposed that the trail-had-led to the Mendips. One thing was certain, that he had been .:allve when be reached that destination. A dead man requires to be carried, and is not likely to collect mud on the soles of his boots. Wo, he must have walked over soil similar to that which Dick had just examined. How had be traveled from Wapping to the Mendips? That, Dlcfc realized, was a matter.for Scotland Yard'to determine. Inquiries could be set on foot at all likely railway atations, at. all the inns to the neighborhood.. But Dick, was .disinclined to communicate with.the Yard until he had something more definite to show. At present he had nothing more convincing than a few grains of earth. The racist probable theory seemed to be that Brooks had overheard something · which suggested the Mendips to him. He-was hot likely to have followed his men all that distance without communicating with the Yard and enlisting the services of a companion. It was therefore reasonable to suppose that he had undertaken the Journey to investigate some particular spot, since he was not likely to have set out. without warning to explore the whole extent of the Mendips. Arrived at that spot, he had been overcome by superior force, and murdered. . A fresh idea struck Dick, and he walked over to the shaft and gazed down it. He could seo no bottom, nothing but a profound and ihkv blackness. He picked up a stone and dropped it into the shaft, watching the second-hand of his watch as he did so. The stone reached 'the Bottom with si hollow thud, showing ;hat the shaft was.dry. Two and a half seconds.'That would make the depth of this particular shaft about a hundred feet. If this was typical of the average disused shaft hereabouts, this suggested a possible means by which Brooks had been murdered. A dry shaft of such a lepth would almost certainly be full of foul air, carbon dioxide, in other words. Perhaps Brooks had been dlled by being-: lowered into some imilar shaft. Lowered, not thrown. Us body had shown no traces of jruising. - · . . . Yes, but how .to find the actual haft? The whole countryside wns otted wih them. But there wero ertain considerations which nar- owed the search. In the first place, f Dick's theory were correct, 'rooks must have .been ambushed; e could not have been attacked in ie open, or a struggle would have nsued of which his body would ave shown traces. An ambush pre- upposed a shaftvWith some cover ound it, unlike the one by which Mck stood. And, from what he had een up to the present, .there was ery little cover, which implied uildlngs, remaining' round any of he workings. · His task, then,; was to find a dis- sed working, of'which some of the riginal buildings were in a fair ;ate of repair. This immediately uggested the mine out Nordrach ray. From what he had heard, an ttempt had been made to re-open ,^and it was reasonable to suppose hat the building had been repaired o some extent for that purpose. He mounted his horse : once more, and rotted off in the direction of Nor- racti, deviating now and then to ook at any : likely ruins. . , - '. He was within a mile or two ot he village when his eye was caught by a more solid-looking building ban he had yet seen. It was a grey, quare structure, with the remains f a tall chimney beside it. It stood in.the slope of a hill, with a few tuutcd trees in front of it, and he ealized that he would not have pticed it, had he approached it rom any other direction. He rode owards it and found that a track an from it towards a lane a few undred yards away. And thl rack, bore the marks of wheels 'hicti had passed over it at no ver; istant. period. . This must be the mine which the Id man had referred - to the pre ious evening. The point was, did t conceal the' shaft where Brooks ad been murdered? Dick walkei is horse round the place, and fount t the back a yard adjoining ,it urrounded by a high wall. In this tall was a stout wooden door;, upon 'hich was some faded wording lick, with some difficulty, made ! ut as "The High Mendip Mining yndlcate." He dismounted -and tried the _ t e . As he had feared, it was locke and there was no possibility of his eing able to force it, even had he ared to venture the attempt. But i (Turn to Fate ti, Column Z). UNCROWNED KINGS · ____ By CLIFFORD McBRIDE TenrJer-skinned patron of barber shop who made sure the towel would be the right temperature. * V-£V~_ MASON;CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE MDGGS McGINKIS LOOK REAL ciose. 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