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1922 edition. Excerpt: ...the pond might not help towards this, but
it would certainly give the impression in court to-morrow that
Inspector Birch gas handling the case with zeal. And if only the
revolver with which the deed was done was brought to the surface,
his trouble would be well repaid. "Inspector Birch produces the
weapon" would make an excellent headline in the local paper. He was
feeling well-satisfied with himself, therefore, as he walked to the
pond, where his men were waiting for him, and quite in the mood for
a little pleasant talk with Mr. Gillingham and his friend, Mr.
Beverley. He gave them a cheerful "Good afternoon," and added with
a smile, "Coming to help us?" "You don't really want us," said
Antony, smiling back at him. "You can come if you like." Antony
gave a little shudder. "You can tell me afterwards what you find,"
he aid. "By the way," he added, "I hope the landlord at the
'George' gave me a good character?" The inspector looked at him
quickly. "Now how on earth do you know anything about that?" Antony
bowed to him gravely. "Because I guessed that you were a very
efficient member of the Force." The inspector laughed. "Well, you
came out all right, Mr. Gillingham. You got a clean bill. But I had
to make certain about you." "Of course you did. Well, I wish you
luck. But I don't think you'll find much at the pond. It's rather
out of the way, isn't it, for anybody running away?" "That's just
what I told Mr. Cayley, when he called my attention to the pond.
However, we shan't do any harm by looking. It's the unexpected
that's the most likely in this sort of case." "You're quite right,
Inspector. Well, we mustn't keep you. Good afternoon," and Antony
smiled pleasantly at him. "Good afternoon, sir." "Good afternoon,"
said Bill. Antony stood looking...
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