By Robert Arthur (1909-69).
First appearance: Collier's Weekly, June 17, 1939.
Reprinted in EQMM, March 1948 and The Saint Detective Magazine, December 1954.
Short short short story (1 page).
"Send them away!" he rasped. "I will wait on the balcony. Send them away or I'll shoot and take my chances!"
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Category: "A dagger of the mind, a false creation"