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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 20

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, March 19, 1931
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_MASQN.CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE MARCH 19 H 1931 MAD LAUGHTER , . , : ' . r' tiEUUxeXk HI tXVTKAi TJIC3IAOOU HTWW-CQI'VRIOHT,. IIM . - . - . . · · , IA THWLUNC MYSTERY STORY + by MILES BURTON CHAPTER 38. ' Armed with Sir Edric's card, ',' Dick presented himself on the- following morning to the sergeant in charge of the rifled premises. His '- first . action : inspect the T strongroom in .the basement, from ~ which the ·remaining safes had been removed to a place of greater, secur- ; ity. The steel wall had been put thru . as with a knife, leaving'a.yawning gap thru which the yellow clay 01 the excavation could ie seen. He walked thru into this, and made his way^ to the surface of the yard-by means of a ladder which Had been lowered.,into the pit. It "was the.yard which particularly interested him. Against the back wall of Seccombe ' Armitage'a premises a corrugated Iron shelter had been erected, supported by pillars and girders much heavier than was necessary merely to support the roof. The real use .of these .girders was apparent, for the middle one was immediately over'the pit, and had evidently been used for the purpose of attaching a hoisting tackle. Dick, standing 1 under the shelter, noticed that it .was so contrived that it" screened the windows looking over the yard.. - · · ' . ' ; . . The pit-its elf had been coy erec with heavy.planks; of the'type'usu- ally employed in inspection pits, for the shape of the yard and the'po- - sition of the gateway made it neces- · sary to ruri ; the wheels of the. lofrj over the pit in order to paneuver il under the shelter. These planks hac been removed, and piled in a heap Dick them, but they,were ·"-· covered with oil and grease, rwhlch made them useless 'for' his purpose. ; . ' - . ' - ' , " : However, the yard'' was pavet ' with rough cobblestones, and looked a little more, promising'. ^Beginning with the part of it immediately within the gateway, he proceeded : to get on to his hands and knees, and to peer about thru ^ his lens among the interstices between the stones. The constable stationed in the yard watched him for some seconds with ill-concealed amusement. ·He then strolled off towards the · pit, and disappeared. A few seconds later Dick, turning around, became , aware of a row of grinning faces regarding him over the edge. "Famous detective in characteristic attitude," he muttered. "Well; I don't care, let them laugh. I must say, tho, I'm rather glad that Pollard isn't here to see. Hullo, what's this?" He picked up a few grains of dried .mud,, and laid them in the palm of his hand, examining them intently thru his magnifying glass. ·Having done so,^ he uttered an exclamation of satisfaction. "Good e n o u g h , " he exclaimed softly. "That's what I was looking for. Now, the point is, what are we going to do about it?" ·.if-ijThe fact that he had found a par- yticle of galena between the stones of the yard added, one more link to the chain of evidence that this par' ticular lorry had ; been the one which had conveyed Brooks' body frpm the Mendips. If that were the case, then it \vas highly probable that a very close, connection existed between the All-England Haulage company and the High Mendip Mining syndicate. He had . not mentioned trie existence of the latter firm to Sir Edric; he had, Indeed, said nothing to him of his exploits at the Anchor and Hope, fearing to be overwhelmed by a flood of sar- ca'sm. Should he return to Scotland Yard and -reveal his suspicions? On. the whole there seemed very little point In doing so. From hio experiences of the methods'Of the Funny Toff, Dick new that it was in the last degree improbable tha / h e would have left any traces, be · hind him at the deserted workings Privately, Dick believed that nc more would be heard of the Funnj Toff, at least for some years t come. His .theory was that this las , coup marked the end of his oper · ations. He and al! his gang ha probably embarked on board th motorboat, which they would scul tie at sea, -landing at some .seclwded spot on the" coast, in small boats. After all, putting aside thelr^eariier successes, the proceeds of the last three coups would yield a colossal sum, if judiciously realized.! Or, more probably, the Funny Toff would remain in England unknown and unsuspected, while the gang dispersed. . ' · , · The abandonment of the lorry seemed to lend color to this theory. It looked like the last'act'in, the carefully-staged drama: .The flinging away of properties no longer required. If this were the case, then these audacious robberies would cease, and the menace of the Funny Toff would be removed, since, eveu tho he himself had remained in England, he .- could scarcely "act without his agents'. : ',' -·; · · · ' . ' The more he considered the matter, .the more firmly he became convinced that this was the end,which the Funny Toff had .plannedU However careful he might·'.,be, every fresh attempt added to: the. danger of his discovery.'. Now that''.he had amassed wealth which must run into hundreds. of thousands/ surely lie would be satisfied, and seek his owu safety. It. : was practically' certain that there was nothing more, to be feared from ttie Funny Toff. "Dash it! Now that the gang's bolted. I'm darned if I don't go and have another, look;.;at: that old mine," he'. said to himself. ." Dick, having, come 'to · this .· decision, acted upon it without del ay He went -straight to ; Faddingt6ri where -he sent a telegram to ''the landlord of. the Anchor. and Hop e, asking him' to meet him at Wells, He then made inquiries about trains, and found that he had just time tc catch the 12:30, which would lane him at Wells, shortly .before four. He had taken the train, not only because it was quicker, -but because he had suspicions of Inspector Pol- ,ard and*6is ways. It was more than likely that Pollard bad ; ordered a watch to be kept on the-mews in which, his car was garagedi'a nd he had no desire to call the attention of Scotland Yard to his'movements. :f by any chance there was any- :hing- to be found in the discused workings, he wanted to find it alone. He had already scored once by. his iait to Coldharbour P'oint, 'and.'his' luccess had. emboldened him to; try o store again... ."·'-*, ·'. v ···. .On the way down, he amused him- elf by trying to impart substance o the shadows known as the Funny. Toff. Beyond the fact that he had i most creepy and disturbing laugh, e knew nothing of him.' That he was a man who regarded crime ris, an art, there could be no doubt, in 11 probability, his agents were as »norant of · his real. Identity as Dick him self. He imagined him as onducting his operations, hidden tietaphorically as actually, behind a screen. On-the surface, he jrobably lived a blameless -life, irobably in. London. It was .quite ossible that Dick had met him ften enough. He might even be a member of his own club. -Now that he came to think of it, tnere''were many. people. among his wide circle of acquaintances whose sources of ucome were "a bit mysterious. ; He passed them in review idly Jiru'his mind, until he came to the name of Ibbotspn. There ha paused, struck with a sudden idea. Ibbotson seemed to posses unbounded wealth, beyond even what might have been expected , of · a retired money tender. Suppose-the money- lending had been merely a. preparation for an even more lucrative career. As a moneylender he would acquire a store of very-valuable knowledge 'as to the possessions of his clients and their friends. In that capacity he.. might also have practiced as a fence, thereby getting in touch with the members of the criminal classes. : . (TO BE CONTINUED) Poor old'Alfonso just totters from one victory to another.--Davenport Times. 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