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March 17, 1931

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 24

Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 17, 1931
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, . ~ . , . A THR1LUNC MYSTERY STORY by MILES BURTON CHAPTER 36 I ' "Good man!" exclaimed Sir Edric. 'It was a pretty long shot, sending for you like that, but it came off after a!!. That establishes one thing; at least, that the. -.robbery was carried out by'the gang you got in touch with. Since they put you In touch with the;Funny Toff,'it is almost certain that he was at the bottom of it. If we can oaly trace the lorry of the driver, we ahall be 'on his tracks." , 'Tes," replied Dick doubtfully. "That's true enough as far as it goes, but, from our 'experience of the ; Funny Toff, it's pretty safe to guess that he has taken precautions against the lorry or,the man being traced. I shouldn't wonder · if the next thing you found wasn't: the wretched man's body. He seems to have a short way with anybody who's likely to give him away.-Besides .time's getting on. This happened yesterday morning, you tell me?" . ' · ' · · . . - ' "I know," agreed Sir Edric. "i am hoping every, moment that we may hear something." "There'is, riqthing to prevent your hoping, I suppose," : remarked Dick. "But I! tell you what, Conway: I'm · .immensely i interested to that lorry, it's all Lombard street to a. China orange that it is the one from which 'Inspector Brooks' body was thrown out. I don!t suppose that the Funny Toff keeps a'fleet of them." 'T expect that your're right" replied . Sir Edric. "But I don't see that'the ;helps us much. The constable, at Brentridge said that he wouldn't recognize the lorry that passed him. He was too much dazzled by its headlights to.get a good look at it We don't know where the Brent- bridge lorry came from, nor where it went to." ; "It's a pretty safe guess that it changed its number somewhere on the road, and went to Ely street, where its .driver locked it up. all safe and comfy," said Dick. "As to where :it came from, that's a different matter. Biit at the moment, as I quite leallze, the interesting question is where it is now." He lay back in his chair, and sat for a. few momenta gazing at the ceiling and whistling softly. Sir Edric bore it for as long as he could. 'And then at last: "I wish to heaven you'd stop that noise, Dick," He said Irritably. "If you've nothing further to suggest, you can clear out. I'm busy." , ' · ' . ' . · · " · "That's your trouble, Conway," re- ·plied Dick agreeably. "You. and all 'your underlings are always too busy to think. Pass me that Whitaker's almanack on your desk, will you?" Sir Edric handed ib-to him, and he turned over the Cleaves until, he found the information which he sought. Then, .with an ingratiating smile, he turned once more to Sir Edric. "Look here," \he said, ",You dragged me up to town, and now, if you-want to get rid of me, you'll, have · to pay for the privilege. I feel like a little motoring this afternoon. Have you got a car, a very obvious". police car, with a comparatively intelligent driver, that you can put at my disposal?" \ "What the deuce do you mean?" asked Sir Edric. "Do 1 ;you suppose that the government maintains'ex- pensive cars for the,disreputable! acquaintances of Assistant Cpminia- .sioners of Police to" go joy-riding ; la?" . . . . .. . · ; "I don't want to go .joy-riding," replied Dick.' "If I did I'd take;my' own car, which ; your minions so thotfully kept an. eye on in ; St. James' Square the other morning. It's a. better bus : than anything you've got, but unfortunately it seems a :bit too familiar to .the Funny Toff. The fact is, I've ; got _ an idea, and I'd just love to score one up on Pollard." , "Very well," said Sir Edric hesitatingly. "1 suppose you can have a car. But none of your Sherlock Holmes stunts, mind." . "I give you my word that I 'am only going to, look for something, which I probably shan't find," re- 'i plied Dick.- "If I do find it, I won't touch it, but I'll come straight back land let you know. Now I'm going ' out to get some lunch. I'll be back soon after two, if you will have the car waiting' for me." · ' As Dick lunched it seemed to him that his idea was remarkably farfetched. Yet, while the Assistant Commissioner had been talking to hirii, he had tried to put himself in the place of the brain that had organized ,the robbery. The lorry was bound to leave, with the safes loaded upon it', and the men who had carried out the coup hidden under the tarpaulin, at its usual hour, if it was to escape attention. Now, what would the next move be? The natural tendency of a man responsible for such an incriminating cargo would be,to dispose of it as soon as possible. But there were, difficulties attaching to this course. How and where were the safes to be unloaded in broad daylight, for instance? Then again, the lorry ran' no risk of being stopped for some hours after it left the yard. The robbery had not been discovered until- after 10; some time must have elapsed before Pollard, reached Hattqn Garden and established how the safes had been removed; still more, time must have been lost before the description of the lorry had been obtained and circulated. It must have been early in the afternoon, at the earliest, before the police generally had been warned- to look out for the lorry. The only really dangerous hours, from the point of view of the driver, would be those between say 2 o'clock 1 and dark. With ordinary precautions, such as change of number-plates, it should have been easy for the lorry to escape notice until nightfall. Then, under cover of darkness, the 1 safes could be unloaded at some spot where they could be broken open. Such a spot would have to be unfrequented, for by the tune unloading could take place, a careful watch would be kept for a lorry unloading safes. There was also the problem of the empty safes to be considered. They were a potential danger so long as they remained where they might be found. The chosen spot, then, must have facilities for the disposal of something like a ton of metal. Surely the ruined cottage at Coldharbour Point was the very place. The Funny Toff had made use of it before, and, altho it had achieved a fleeting notoriety from the discovery of Herridge's body, that incident had been.forgotten,' and it had reverted to its usual desolation. It would be an-excellent place in which to break up the safes, out of sight and hearing of the rest of the world. And the mud below the ruined wharf would swallow up. many tons of metal, without showing a trace. It was for the purpose of visiting this spot^that Dick had asked Sir, Edric for the loan of a car. He would, have driven down to Rainham in his own, but that he;-felt that there was grave danger of it being recognized. He had-no desire to let the Funny Toff know that he was again taking part in the campaign against him. His idea was merely to visit the place, and ascertain whether any traces remained of the unloading of the safes. He would-take no action, but merely return to Scotland Yard and report. Dick finished his lunch, and went back to Sir Edric's office'. A car was ready for him, and he'gave the driver instructions · to take him along the Embankment to Black- friars. He did not want to announce his destination while in , the precincts of the Yard, lest his idea,.for which he .wished to reserve the credit to himself, should be guessed. He felt that Inspector Pollard re-' garded him with a certain not unjustifiable contempt,"~and he-dearly longed to show him that the amateur brain was capable of thinking of something thkt had not occurred to the official mind. 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