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elled Browning pistol, withdrew the magazine f nike jordans son of mars rom the butt, examined and replaced it, and slipped back the cover.
“Yes, I think I must settle accounts with this gentleman, but I don’t want to use this,” he added thoughtfully, as he pushed up the safety-catch and dropped the weapon in his pocket; “we might be able to gas him. Anyway, you can do no more good or harm,” he said cynically.
She was speechless, nike jordans for kids her hands, clasped tightly at her breast, covered a damp ball of handkerchief, and cheap jordans her tear-stained face was upturned to his.
“Now, dry your face.” He stooped and kissed her lightly on the cheek. “Perhaps what you have done is the best after all. Who knows? Anyway,” he said, speaking his thoughts aloud, “Beale knows about the Green Rust and it can’t be very long before I have to go to earth, but only for a little time, my Hilda.” He smiled, showing his white teeth, but it was not a pleasant smile, “only for a little time, and then,” he threw up his arms, “we shall be rich beyond the dreams of Frankfurt.”
“You will succeed, I know you will succeed, Julius,” she breathed, “if I could only help you! If you would only tel cheap nike jordans l me what you are doing! What is the Green Rust? Is it some wonderful new explosive?”
“Dry your face and go home,” he said shortly, “you will find a detective outside the door watching you, but I do not think he will follow you.”
He dismissed the girl and followed her after an interval of time, striding boldly past the shadow and gaining the cab-stand in Shaftesbury Avenue without, so far as he could see, being followed. But he dismissed the cab in the neighbourhood of Baker Street and continued his journey on foot. He opened the little door leading into the yard but did not follow the same direction as the girl had nike jordans led Stanford Beale. It was through another door that he entered the vault, which at one time had been the innocent repository of bubbling life and was now the factory where men worked diligently for the destruction of their fellows.
Chapter 24 The Green Rust Factory
Stanford Beale spent a thoughtful three minutes in the darkness of the cellar passage to which Hilda Glaum had led him and then he began a careful jordans search of his pockets. He carried a little silver cigar-lighter, which had fortunately been charged with petrol that afternoon, and this afforded him a beam of adequate means to take note of his surroundings.
The space between the two locked doors was ten feet, the width of the passage three, the height about seven feet. The roof, as he had already noted, was vaulted. Now he saw that along the centre ran a strip of beading. There had evidently been an electric light installation here, probably before the new owners took possession, for at intervals was a socket for an electric bulb. The new occupants had covered these and the rest of the wall with whitewash, and yet the beading and the electric fittings looked comparatively new. One wall, that on his left as he had come in, revealed nothing under his close inspection, b cheap jordans sale ut on the right wall, midway between the two doors, there had been a notice painted in white letters on a black background, and this showed faintly through the thick coating of distemper which had been applied. He damped a handkerchief with his tongue and rubbed away some of the whitewash where the letters were least legible and read:


This was evidently half an inscription which had been cut off exactly in the middle. To the left there was no sign of lettering. He puzzled the letters for a few moments before he came to an understanding.
“Air-raid shelter. Ambulance and first aid!” he read.
So that explained the new electric fittings. It was one of those underground cellars which had been ferreted out by the Municipality or the Government for the shelter of the people in the neighbourhoo nike jordans cheap d during air-raids in the Great War. Evidently there was extensive accommodation here, since this was also an ambulance post. Faintly discernible beneath the letters was a painted white hand which pointed downward. What had happened to the other half of the inscription? Obviously it had been painted on the door leading into the first-aid room and as obviously that door had been removed and had been bricked up. In the light of this discovery he made a more careful inspection of the wall to the left. For the space of four feet the brickwork was new. He tapped it. It sounded hollow. Pressing his back against the opposite wall to give him leverage he put his foot against the new brickwork and pushed.
He knew that the class of workmanship which was put into this kind of job was not of the best, that only one layer of brick wa nike air jordans retro s applied, and it was a mechanical fact that pressure applied to the centre of new work would produce a collapse.
At the first push he felt the wall sag. Releasing his pressure it came back. This time he put both feet against the wall and bracing his shoulders he put every ounce of strength in his body into a mighty heave. The next second he was lying on his back. The great nike jordans for men er part of the wall had collapsed. He was curious enough to examine the work he had demolished. It had evidently been done by amateurs, and the whitewash which had been thickly applied to the passage was explained.
A current of fresh air came to meet him as he stepped gingerly across the debris. A flight of six stone steps led down to a small room contai nike jordans retro ning a sink and a water supply, two camp beds which had evidently been part of the ambulance equip ment and which the new owners had not thought necessary to remove, and a broken chair. The room was still littered with the paraphernalia of first-aid. He found odd ends of bandages, empty medicine bottles and a broken glass measure on the shelf above the sink.
What interested him more was a door which he had not dared to hope he would find. It was bolted on his side, and when he had slid this back he discovered to his relief that it was not locked. He opened it carefully, first extinguishing his light. Beyond the door was darkness and he snapped back the light again. The room led to another, likewise empty. Th nike jordans release dates ere were a number of shelves, a few old wine-bins, a score of empty bottles, but nothing else. At the far corner was yet another door, also bolted on the inside. Evidently van Heerden did not intend this part of t nike jordans retro 4 he vault to be used.
He looked at the lock and found it was broken. He must be approaching the main workroom in this new factory, and it was necessary to proceed with caution. He took out his revolver, spun the cylinder and thrust it under his waistcoat, the butt ready to his hand. The drawing of the bolts was a long business. He could

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