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MAKCH 10 Â·Â· 1931 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTB 13 MAD LAUGHTER bT obtttUI. t-AJMS AmoaATUM^CapVR10Hf . Â»Â»Â· A THRILLING MYSTERY STORY * by MILES BURTON BEAD THIS FIRST \ : - -. The famous Hardway diamonds are stolen and a. gang led by'a person called the Funny ToH, ^who no one has seen, but who'is Identified by his maniacal laughter^ at tho scenes of his crimes is suspected. Inspector Brooks Is first put on the trail, but his body is returned in a packing case to Sir Edrio Conway, police commissioner. Young Dick Penhampton, who is In love with pretty Alison Weatherleigh, is put on the trail and at midnight discovers the body of one Thomas Herridge, a rivll .gangster. One of tho diamonds has been placed on the dead man's chest. Dick and Detec( tlve Pollard'seem to iose all clews. Dick finally asks Sir Edric to make an examination of the packing case in. which Brooks' body was' re? .turned. Dick discovers a piece of mud in the case ifrom Brooks' shoe. TJpon being Â·analyzed, the discovery la made it probably comes Â· f ronf a ^lonely hill country known*-as the Mendlps. Dick .pays the locality a Â· visit to investigate some old lead mine workings. Injthe hilts, Dick discovers on abandoned old mining building belonging to a lead mining syndicate. Summoned home by a ; telegratiji sighed Alison, Dick learns : ~ next morning that Mr. Ibbotson's house has been robbed of some famous rubles..The police question,the servants.' Inspector Pollard finds a perfect fingerprint on the door knob - of the pantry. After being photographed, Pollard identifies the fln- . gerprintg as the same as found on : a glass hi a gang hangout known as the Margate Jetty. - . . . NOW GO ON AVITH THE STOttY MUGGS McGINNIS CHAPTER 30 i. "From these photographs you in- fer'that the man who took the rubies was an occasional Â· frequente'j; of the Margate Jetty," remarked Sir Edric. "Even I can see that C is a photograph: of the impressions on the door-handle. That looks rather significant, doesn't it? The Hardway case led Brooks to the Margate Jetty and we believe that the Funny x Toff had a hand, in that business. : !this seems to strengthen my suspicions that the Funny Toff is re- Â· sponsible for the disappearance of Â·the /Maharajah's- rubies-as welll .What do you'know of the man who ; was responsible for the imprints marked A?" Â·:Â·;Â· "Not very much, sir," replied Pollard. "They were made the night after the discovery of Inspector 'Brooks' body, before I had got my * ^system.of checking the Visitors to ,*the Margate Jetty properly organ- vized. However, the landlord told me 'that only one man. he didn't know by sight came in that^ evening. He looked like a" gentleman', but -he wrtmsf SUM* ha^u pretty -broke, - for he didn't pay for ma owhTTriuks". ."ifbw, sir, there's a lot we^ don't know about that Hardway business. ' r lf Herridge was telling the truth -when I saw him, as'I believe he was, .- .'I look at it this way. He had told his f pals that he was going for the dia- ' m o n d s that night and it had got to '"the Funny Toff's ears. But suppose :lie was'ii't telling all the truth, sup- .pose that he -was working for the Funny Toff, who put him up to the . job? The Funny Toff, as we know from'other cases we've had, an4 as this business of the rubies proves, has friends in all sorts of posh cir- 'cles. He would know all about the .arrangements in Lord Hardway's "Â·Â·house,. as he knew all about Mr. 'ibbotson. It struck me, as soon as I heard about, this gentleman at the /Margate Jetty, .that he was , the man we were looking for." - "I think I follow your reasoning," 'said Sir Edric. "Did you manage to trace this man?" Pollard a v o i d e d the question. ''Since we really know nothing about the Funny Toff, sir, I couldn't push my theory very much' further, sir,'" he replied. "Then came the death of Herridge. Now, it's easy to see why his body was' left with the diamond on it. It's the same as tht- sending of Brooks' body here--t warning of what comes of interfering with the Funny Toff. But Why , was he killatf?, Brooks was killed I reckon, because tie was on the Funny Toff's trail. But Herridge had done nothing, so far as I know except tell me the/yarn about the two men who held him' up. Anc I there were precious few people who knew that he'd told me, "sir." , i Sir Edric exhibited visible signs of impatience. "Yes, yes, but I don't see that this brings us an nearer to the identity of the man i whose fingerprints, these are, the man who entered Mr. Ibbotson's house last night," he interrupted .Â·"It seems to me that we are wast 'ing.valuable time. Do you, or do you not, know who he Js?" It had come to it at last, Pollaro realized. There was no further pos I slbility of circumlocution. He haa put off the dramatic moment n? long es he dared, feeling, In spite o ' the overwhelming 1 proof which hi held, that his chief would considei i his theory too outrageous to be con ' sldered seriously. But now Pollard -i knew, that he must put it to th : test ,' . . . . "I'm not in a position yet to an swer that question positively, sir,' he replied. "If you would consent . -. sir, I should first like to ask Mr . Â· Penhampton a few questions in you - presence." i . * * Â» Dick happened to be in his room when Sir Edric's telephone messag came thru. "Yea, I'll come along a once," he replied. "Anything fresh i You'll tell me when you see me :, I Good!" ' Â· ' He took a tftxf to Scotland Yard j and was immediately shown Into Si y Edric's room. "Look here, Dick :Â· there's been another burglary, anl ( w e think it's got something to d Â» , with onr old friend. Pollard want jl i. ,to^ ask you some questions. O i(!' course, I haven't told him the de $\ tails ot your Wapplng adventures ut he knows, naturally, that you ried your hand at amateur detec- ion." ' . . ' . Â·Â·' v , Â· "And now he wants-me to place my information at his disposal," relied Dick ruefully. "All right, I'm arae." Pollard was summoned. .He con- ented himself with nodding rather tif fly towards-Dick, and then, having procured a permissive nod from is chief, he began his interroga- lon. Â· Â· Â· Â· / , - . "Would you mind telling me, Mr. Penhampton, if you are acquainted vith aXMr. Ibbotson, who lives at 21 Park Lane?"-he asked. "Ibbotson?" replied pick. "The man who bought the Maharajah's ubies at Christie's the other day? Yes, I know him fairly well. I'.can't ay that he's actually a friend ol mine, but I've danced at his house, and I've seen him often enough at he Eros. Bit of a bounder, in my ipinlon. Always talking about his money, and what, he means to do with it. The last time I saw him, he was full of having \bought some lats somewhere in the Manchester Square direction." . r ; Pollard glanced at Sir Edric, who was listening intently. "You say you jave seen him at the Bros club, Mr. "enJiampton," he continued. "Are rqu a member?" : . "Yes, I Ifeve been since it was itarted," replied -Dick, "It's not a ad place. You meet some queer "oik there, as you do. in all these nightclubs, but it's not- a bad place on the whole. You haven't been raiding it, have you, Inspector?" Pollard took ho notice of the question. : "Were you there on the evening of September 24th last?" he asked. Dick smiled. "Really, Inspector, 1 can't say offhand," he replied. "I'm lot one of those people who could tell you what they were doing every day of the year. I don't even keep a diary, which is, perhaps, just as well. All: I can say is that I came jack from shooting grouse in Yorkshire about the middle of the month, and did not go out of town again till Dctob'er 1st. I know I went to the 3ros two or three times about then." "Do you remember seeing Mr. Ibbotson there about that tune?" Dick shrugged his shoulders. "One :eea .so many peoj?le," he replied. "I can't say that I particularly noticed Ibbotson. VVait a bit, tho, I do re- mernber one night seeing Ibbotson dancing with that massive wife of lis, and thinking what a lamentable spectacle it was. Oh, yes, and Jiere Iwas' some fuss about his. hay- ng lost some keys or something^ But I can't tell you what date it was." Pollard glanced at Sir Edric, who was listening with, t) puzzled frown upnn his f ace. r HJBJywi immensely pleased with the result of his catechism, which confirmed his suspicions in every detail. By Dick's, own confession, he knew Mr. Ibbotson had been in his house, where no doubt he had made,himself familiar with the situation of the safe. He had been at the Bros on the night when 'Mr. Ibbotson lost his keys, since he had admitted knowledge of that incident. Finally, he knew of the-purchase of the property. Pollard stood for a moment, apparently considering Dick's replies. And then suddenly, as tho to catch him unawares, he shot out his vital question. '"Would you mind telling ma how you spent yesterday even- Ing?" he asked. Dick ( hesitated. He had no wish at present to mention his journey to the Mendips. He glanced at. Sir Edric,' and ti- - curious expression of his friena's face suddenly warned him that these questions were of vital importance to himself; Without understanding what had happened, he knew that he was, in effect, undergoing examination. It was certain that Sir Edric would not have submitted him to it without good cause. . (TO BE CONTINUED) Hyae Announces Names of Committee to Pass on Drought Aid Loans WASHINGTON, March 10. Secretary Hyde announced today that he appointed Lewis T. Tune of St. Louis, B. C. Powell of Little Rock, Ark., and Major General B. F. 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