By Edwin Balmer (1883-1959) and William B. MacHarg (1872-1951).
Reprinted in Amazing Stories, December 1926.
"Customs frauds, thefts, smuggling—anything you wish to call it. Exactly what or how, I can't tell; for that is part of what I sent for you to find out."
"He told me again that Will must still be off drunk; and Will never takes a drink."
"The dock superintendent had gone strangely white; for the imperceptible fraction of an instant his eyes dimmed with fear, as he stared into the wondering face of the clerk, but he recovered himself quickly, spat offensively, and slammed the door as he went out."
~ Edith Rowan:
". . . the stepdaughter of the dock superintendent . . ."
". . . the company's checker on the docks in scale house No. 3, was killed—accidentally, the coroner's jury said."
"Within two weeks Morse, who was appointed as checker in his place, suddenly disappeared."
"Landers, one time when he was getting up his nerve, showed me a piece of bent wire—with string around it—in his room, and began telling me something when Rowan called him, and then he shut up."
"For twenty years I, too, have shown them in the laboratory how fear, guilt, every emotion causes in the body reactions which can be measured. But do they apply it? Pouf! No! it remains to them all impractical, academic, because I have only nincompoops in my classes!"
". . . I am curious to know what associations you have with that photograph and bent wire, the sight of which aroused in you such strong emotion."
References and resources:
- "as truly in the ranks of the enemies to my country as any Nathan Hale, who has a statue in this city": Hale (1755-76) "was an American soldier and spy for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He volunteered for an intelligence-gathering mission in New York City but was captured by the British and executed. Hale has long been considered an American hero and, in 1985, he was officially designated the state hero of Connecticut." (Wikipedia HERE).
- Our previous encounters with Luther Trant are featured (HERE) and (HERE); Sam Moskowitz's assessment of super-sleuths in science fiction including Trant is featured (HERE).