His smile faded, and his manner
Before Markham had time to reply, Vance stepped
forward and touchedhis arm. He stopped abruptly and watched Vance
An acquaintance of his had discovered theslain body
of old Mr.
Didnt likethe idea of being found alone with a
murdered man, and toddled backtoward the front door.
Your motive, however powerful, said Markham, cannot
I met him in the Waldorf lobby, and he told me the
truth: there wasno doubting his word. The manager thenhastened away and was gone
about five minutes.
He replaced the receiver on the bracket and again
settled back inhis chair. Spotswoode lit a cigarette with steady fingers. Suppose
you show him in when you deem his nerves sufficientlycalm.
I hope nothing untoward has befallen his
eruditeemployer. Then came a sharp report from the other room. Only last night I was
reading Wildes De Profundis. I have lied to othersperhaps, but not to
In that case, said Spotswoode quietly, theres a
small favor Ihave to ask of you, Mr.
Had I not gambled in this instance,I stood to lose
heavily nevertheless. The brutal and fantastic murder of that old philanthropist and
artpatron, Benjamin H.
Iwrapped it in one of the club newspapers and threw
it in a wastebinnear the Flatiron Building.
Id like to ask you about the jewelry, said
Wed been working lastnight on a financial report of
the last expedition.