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Bridgers did not make his appearance. Apparently he was staying with his car. About three o’clock in the morning, when the first streaks of grey were showing in nike air max sale the sky, van Heerden rose to go in search of his assistant. Until then he had not ceased to talk of himself, of his scheme, of his great plan, of his early struggles, of his difficulties in persuading members of his Government to afford him the assistance he required. As he turned to the door she checked him with a word:
„I am immensely interested,“ she said, „but still, you have not told me how you intend to send your message.“
„It is simple,“ he said, and beckoned to her.
They passed out of the house into the chill sweet dawn, made a half-circuit of the farm and came to a courtyard surrounded on three sides by low buildings. He opened a door to reveal another door covered with wire netting.
„Behold!“ he laughed.
„Pigeons!“ said the nike air max 90 girl.
The dark interior of the shed was aflicker with white wings.
„Pigeons!“ repeate cheap nike air max trainers d van Heerden, closing the door, „and every one knows his way back to Germany. It has been a labour of love collecting them. And they are all British,“ he said with a laugh. „There I will give the British credit, they know more about pigeons than we Germans and have used them more in the war.“
„But suppose your pigeon is shot down or falls by the way?“ she asked, as they walked slowly back to the house.
„I shall send fifty,“ replied van Heerden calmly; „each will carry the same message and some at least will get home.“
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She watched him, fascinated, until he showed signs that he had completed his task. Then she lifted the little valise which she had at her side, pu nike air max t it on her knees, opened it and took out a book. It must have been instinct which made him raise his eyes to her.
„What have you got there?“ he asked sharply.
„Oh, a book,“ she said, with an attempt at carelessness.
„But why have you got it out? You are not reading.“
He leant over and snatched it from her and looked at the title.
„‚A Friend in Need,'“ he read. „By Stanford Beale–by Stanford Beale,“ he repeated, frowning. „I didn’t know your husband wrote books?“
She made no reply. He turned back the cover and read the title page.
„But this is ‚Smiles’s Self Help,'“ he said.
„It’s the same thing,“ she replied.
He turned another page or two, then stopped, for he had come to a place where the c cheap nike air max entre of the book had been cut right out. The leaves had been glued together to disguise this fact, and what was apparently a book was in reality a small box.
„What was in there?“ he asked, springing to his feet.
„This,“ she said, „don’t move, Dr. van He erden!“
The little hand which held the Browning was firm and did not quiver.
„I don’t think you are going to send your pigeons off this morning, doctor,“ she said. „Stand back from the table.“ She leant over and seized the little heap of papers and the watch. „I am going to shoot you,“ she said steadily, „if you refuse to do as I tell you; because if I don’t shoot you, you will kill me.“
His face had grown old and grey in the space of a few seconds. The white hands he raised were shaking. He tried to speak but only a hoarse murmur came. Then his face went blank. He stared at the pistol, then stretched out his hands slowly toward it.
„Stand back!“ she cried.
He jumped at he nike air max 90 sale r, and she pulled the trigger, but nothing happened, and the next minute she was struggling in his arms. The man was hysterical with fear and relief and was giggling and cursing in the same breath. He wrenched the pistol from her hand and threw it on the table.
„You fool! You fool!“ he shouted, „the safety-catch! You didn’t put it down!“
She could have wept with anger and mortification. Beale had cheap nike air max put the catch of the weapon at safety, not realizing that she did not understand the mechanism of it, and van Heerden in one lightning glance had seen his advantage.
„Now you suffer!“ he said, as he flung her in a chair. „You shall suffer, I tell you! I will make an example of you. I will leave your husband something which he will not touch!“
He was shaking in every limb. He dashed to the door and bellowed „Bridgers!“
Presently she heard a footstep in the hall.
„Come, my friend,“ van Hee nike air max classic rden shouted, „you shall have your wish. It is—-“
„How are you going, van Heerden? Quietly or rough?“
He spun round. There were two men in the d cheap nike air max oorway, and the first of these was Beale.
„It’s no use your shouting for Bridgers because Bridgers is on the way to the jug,“ said McNorton. „I have a warrant for you, van Heerden.“
The doctor turned with a howl of rage, snatched up the pistol which lay on the table, and thumbed down the safety-catch.
Beale and McNorton fired together, so that it seemed like a single shot that thundered through the room. Van H nike air max 95 eerden slid forward, and fell sprawling across the table.
* * * * *
It was the Friday morning, and Beale stepped briskly through the vestibule of the Ritz-Carlton, and declining the elevator went up the stairs two at a time. He burst into the room where Kitson and the girl we

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