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Mason City, Iowa
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Monday, March 16, 1931
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10 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE MARCH 16 B| 1931 MAD LAUGHTER "" · · · · : - . - K£UUU2) ITT LTXTKJU. TfUDB «nOCZA-nON«OF7IUOHT. ItM . 2) ITT LTXTKJU. TfUDB A THRILLING MYSTERY STORY by MILES BURTON CHAPTER 85 pick.-.traveled up to London next day. -He was fully determined'that he" would not again commit the error of .undertaking any independent investigation. He had failed rather conspicuously once already, and there seemed. no reason to suppose that he would be successful at a second attempt. He entered Sir Edric's room with · a. smile, and sat down in a chair beside the Assistant Commissioner's desk. Sir Edric looked tired and worried, but greeted Dick with his' accustomed cheerfulness. "It's very good of you to come up so promptly, Dick," he said. "I hated to call you away, but I think it possible that you may be able to help me." " . . . . - · · · ' . · "I gather that I am not to be arrested for the theft of the Maharajah's jewels?" replied Dick with a smile. "No, you seem to be cleared on that charge," said Sir Edric. "Your theory of the door-knob seems to be correct. We failed to find your fingermarks in the house on Creek Street, a ' the experts have come to the conclusion that the impression on the door-knob was' made some days before Pollard found it. Even he is prepared -to admit your innocence, rather reluctantly, tho, I'm afraid. What weighs most with him is that another crime has been committed, while you were safely at Lestridge Hall." "He took good care that I should not leave there without his knowledge," commented Dick. "Dr. Weath- erleigh was quite disturbed at the continued presence of the village policeman. But what's this" new crime? Has our old friend the Funny Toff 'been exercising the brains of the police once more?" . "He has, and that is what I wanted to talk to you about," replied Sir Edric. "I'll describe his latest exploit to you, as far as we know it at present. In the first place,; do you know Hatton Garden? It is a street running northwards from Holborn Circus, at the corner of Carnages, roughly. parallel to the Farringdon. Road."'' "I think I've been there once," said Dick. "It didn't strike me as being a particularly enlivening thorofare." "It isn't," agreed Sir Edric. "I spent yesterday morning there, and I know. It is, however, as you probably know, the home of wholesale jewelers, diamond merchants," and people like that. Amongst these are Seccombe and Armitage, a firm of diamond merchants, whose premises are at~ the. corner of Hatton Garden and Ely'Street, on the left- hand side as you go up. '"ffow, next door to this place, In g, wittTa'yard'behmd it. r This building has been divided up. The ground floor'is a tobacconist's shop and the three upper floors are used .as work-rooms by different people. The yard, which is reached thru a gateway leading on to Ely Street, and is surrounded by high walls, one of which is the back wall of Seccombe and Armitage's place. Do you follow the layout of the place?" "Sufficiently well, I think," replied Dick. "What is the yard used for?" ' "I'm coming to ..that. Before the tobacconist took the ground floor, It was occupied by a grocer, who used the yard to keep a couple of vans in; After he left, the yard . wag disused for some years. : It isn't big enough to'be of much use to anybody. But, about six months ago, the .owners of the building were approached by a concern calling themselves the All-England Haulage Company. These people explained that they had a contract, which would last for a year, and which involved their garaging a lorry in that part of London. The yard would suit them very well for this purpose, provided that they were allowed to put up a corrugat- ed iron shelter on one side of it, and to dig an inspection pit, to allow of access to the underneath of the lorry. They offered a tempting rent for a year, to be paid in advance. After, some bargaining, their offer was accepted, and, since the rent was paid at once, no inquiries were made as- to the status of the company. · · "The shelter and pit were duly completed, and the lorry commenced to flse the yard. It was fairly regular in its movements. Usually the driver came- for it about eight o'clock in the morning, drove it away, and returned about six at eight.'Sometimes, however, it would not go out, or, having returned, would remain in the garage for a day or two. It was an ordinary open lorry, but it usually had a tarpaulin cover over it. "So much for the yard and lorry. Now we come to Seccombe Armitage's place, which is a fairly new building. Seccombe Armitage occupy the ground floor and basement only; the upper floors are let out as offices. Ttie ground floor is used for ordinary ' business purposes showrooms and so forth. Half of the basement has \been' converted into a strong-room, lined with steel, and with a door which would defy a charge of dynamite. In the strong- room are a number of safes of various sizes, in which different varieties of stones are kept. A night watchman is employed in the building-, who patrols the basement and ground floor at intervals, without, of course, actually entering the strong-room, to which only Mr. Armitage, the head of the firm, has the key. , ,, "Yesterday morning, the lorry drove out of the yard s as usual, a little before eight. Mr. Armitage arrived in his office soon after half- past nine and a little before ten went down to the strong-room to fetch a parcel of stones. When he had opened the door, he was confronted with a gaping hole in the side of the strong-room, and found that two of the safes, weighing about half a tou. each, and containing stones worth many thousands of pounds, had completely vanished. "We were informed at once, and Pollard went to investigate. The hole in the wall was about five feet square. The brickwork of the wall had been cut away, brick by brick,, and the steel had .been cut thru with an oxy-acetylene flame. He went thru the hole, and found himself in a sort of cavern, at the bottom of which lay the. pieces of steel which had been cut out. The roof of the cavern consisted of wooden planks. He removed these, climbed, out, arid found himself in the'-yard." "By jove, that shows the hand of sth-vKuntoji 3!ott JileaiU' jmnigch.l 1 '-**' claimed'Dick."''So well th'ought but, and yet, so ?s4mple. Of course the lorry brought : ' to a gang of men every evening, hidden beneath the tarpaulin. By night, they excavated the inspection pit, u n t i l they reached the wall qf the basement, the earth'being carried away by the lorry in the morning. Then they attacked tha brick-work, and finally, when they were all ready, they cut out the steel work with their flame. Nobody could possibly see them, with the cover on the inspection pit, and probably the lorry standing over it as well." "Yes, that's about how they set to work," agreed Sir Edric. "I went down and had a look at the place. They must have rolled the safes out thru the opening, and then hoisted them out of the pit int6 the lorry. You-can see where they fixed a tackle to one of the beams supporting the shelter. Oh, it was all carefully thought out, right enough I" "You're after the lorry, I suppose?" suggested Dick. "I expect you know its number? And what about the two safes? They'll have to take them somewhere where they can be broken open." "Pollard has that in hand now," re(Turn to Fa^o 12, Column 7. FORLORN FIGURES By CLIFFORD McBRIDE 95*\ Doctor who told patient all his teeth would have to come out. MUGGS McGINIu . MUGSS} , AMD, Yoo tU JUST A MINUTE.! ? ^ / * b C ABCOT **** PLAYERS? vrrr ^-s-J/ ~Z^ J ~T . ; . ' . J°^IIA Niettrs x DONT Thou Shalt Not Want--? FOR. -THH UFE QF ME- 1 I'VE. qoTTOV/ATCH OUT PER. C/\T5- MOW X-OOK AT C/SKl'T THlMK OF THINlCJ GOOD FOR 1 . By McManus "31. 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