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e remorseless lawyer, „my trust is fulfilled. I believe you are a white man, Beale,“ he said with a change in his tone, „and that her money means nothing to you. I may not be able to give a young man advice as to the best method of courting his wife, but I know something about human nature, and if you are not straight, I have made one of my biggest mistakes. My advice to you is to leave her alone for a day or two until she’s quite recovered. You have plenty to occupy your mind. Go out and fix van Heerden, but not for his treatment of the girl–she mustn’t figure in a case of that ki nike air max 1 leopard nd, for all the facts will come out. You think you have another charge against him; well, prove it. That man killed John Millinborn and I believe you can put him behind bars. As the guardian angel of Oliva Cresswell you have shown certain lamentable deficiencies“–the smile in his eyes was infectious, and Stanford Beale smiled in sympathy. „In that capacity I have no fur air max 1 ther use for your services and you are fired, but you can consider yourself re-engaged on the spot to settle with van Heerden. I will pay all the expenses of the chase–but get him.“
He put out his hand and Stanford gripped it.
„You’re a great man, s nike air max 1 red ir,“ he breathed.
The old man chuckled.
„And you may even be a great detective,“ he said. „In five minutes your Mr. Lassimus White will cheap nike air max 1 be here. You suggested I should send for him–who is he, by the way?“
„The managing director of Punsonby’s. A friend of van Heerden’s and a shareholder in his Great Adventure.“
„But he knows nothing?“
There was a tap at the door and a page-boy came into the sitting-room with a nike air max 1 card.
„Show the gentleman up,“ said Kitson; „it is our friend,“ he explained.
„And he may know a great deal,“ said Beale.
Mr. White stalked into the room dangling his glasses with the one hand and holding his shiny silk hat with the other. He invariably carried his hat as though it were a rifle he were shouldering.
He bowed ceremoniously and closed the door behind him.
„Mr.–ah–Kitson?“ he said, and advanced a big hand. „I received your note and am, as you will observe, punctual. I may say that my favourite motto is ‚Punctuality is the politeness of princes.“
„You know Mr. Beale?“
Mr. White bowed stiffly.
„I have–ah–met Mr. Beale.“
„In my unregenerate days,“ said Beale cheerfully, „but I am quite sober now.“
„I am delighted to learn this,“ said Mr. White. „I am extremely glad to learn this.“
„Mr. Kitson asked you to c cheap air max 1 ome, Mr. White, but really it is I who want to see you,“ said Beale. „To be perfectly frank, I learnt that you were in some slight difficulty.“
„Difficulty?“ Mr. White bristled. „Me, sir, in difficulty? The head of the firm of Punsonby’s, whose credit stands, sir, as a model of sound industrial finance? Oh no, sir.“
Beale was taken aback. He had depended upon information which came from unimpeachable sources to secure the co-operation of this pompous windbag. nike air max 1 grey
„I’m sorry,“ he said. „I understood that you had called a meeting of creditors and had offered to sell certain shares in a syndicate which I had hoped to take off your hands.“
Mr. White inclined his head graciously.
„It is true, sir,“ he said, „that I asked a few–ah–wholesale firms to meet me and to talk over things. It is also true that I–ah–had shares which h cheap air max 1 ad ceased to interest me, but those shares are sold.“
„Sold! Has van Heerden bought them in?“ asked Beale eagerly; and Mr. White nodded.
„Doctor van Heerden, a remarkable man, a truly remarkable man.“ He shook his head as if he could not bring himself and never would bring himself to understand how remarkable a man the doctor was. „Doctor van Heerden has repurchased my shares and they have made me a very handsome profit.“
„When was this?“ asked Beale.
„I really cannot allow myself to be cross-examined, young man,“ he said severely, „by your accent I perceive that you are of trans-Atlantic origin, but I cannot allow you to hustle me–hustle I believe is the word. The firm of Punsonby’s—-“
„Forget ‚em,“ s aid Beale tersely. „Punsonby’s has been on the verge of collapse for eight years. Let’s get square, Mr. White. Punsonby’s is a one man company and you’re that man. It nike air max 1 ebay s balance sheets are faked, its reserves are non-existent. Its sinking fund is _spurlos versenkt_.“
„I tell you I know Punsonby’s–I’ve had the best accountants in London working out your position, and I know you live from hand to mouth and that the margin between your business and bankruptcy is as near as the margin b nike air max 1 sale etween you and prison.“
Mr. White was very pale.
„But that isn’t my business and I dare say that the money van Heerden paid you this morning will stave off your creditors. Anyway, I’m not running a Pure Business Campaign. I’m running a campaign against your German friend van Heerden.“
„A German?“ said the virtuous Mr. White in loud astonishment. „Surely not–a Holland gentleman—-“
„He’s a German and you know it. You’ve been financing him in a scheme to ruin the greater part of Europe and the United States, to say nothing of Canada, South America nike air max 1 premium , India and Australia.“
„I protest against such an inhuman charge,“ said Mr. White solemnly, and he rose. „I cannot stay here any longer—-“
„If you go I’ll lay information against you,“ said Beale. „I’m in dead earnest, so you can go or stay. First of all, I want to know in what form you received the money?“
„By cheque,“ replied White in a flurry.
„On what bank?“
„The London branch of the Swedland National Bank.“
„A secret branch o nike air max 1 black f the Dresdner Bank,“ said Beale. „That’s promising. Has Doctor Van Heerden ever paid you money before?“
By now Mr. White was the most tractable of witnesses. All his old assurance had vanished, and his answers were almost apologetic in tone.
„Yes, Mr. Beale, small sums.“
„On what bank?“
„On my own bank.“
„Good again. Have you ever known that he had an account elsewhere–for example, you advanced him a very considerable sum of money; was your cheque cleared through the Swedland National nike air max 1 Bank?“
„No, sir–through my own bank.“
Beale fingered his chin.

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