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EAGLE - THE NIEW^ii MATIOMAL STRIP CARTOON WEEKLY 



THREEPEWCE 




ThMTS A MASTEftPlECE 
Of UWDEeSTATEMENT, Diu- 
WE LL JUST HAVE TO RISK 
JUMPING NOW— ONCE 
THAT FIRE REACHES 
THEJ^L . 



RI6HT SIR- 
HERE'S YOUR 
?.a. PISTOL - WE 
WON'T BE ABLE TO 
TAKE MUCH ELSE! 




VENUS AT LAST I NOSwiP 
NO RAOIO t NO CLUES ' 
NO NOWT 



WHY 1 EVER JOINED THE 
SPACE FLEET, ILL NEVER KNOW 



SO TH/S IS VENUS 
- LOOKS BATHER WET ! 



Ltime to (jET rid 

Uf THE chute — 
K THANK GOODNESS 

H!for this quick 

RELEASE ' 




IT WOULD INTEREST PROTESSOR lȣA&00V 
TO KNOW THERE /S WATER ON VENUS — 
EVEN IF ins AN UNUSUAL COLOUR 



AND THEBE'S CERTAINLY 
■ LIFE AS WELL 




HIS PARACHUTE WASOROPPINO TOWARDS THOSE CRAGS-I'D BETTER. 



SPEAKING OF LIFE, I WONDER 
WHERE SPACEMAN CLASS I ALBERT 
FITZWILLIAM DI66Y IS ? 




/meanwhile. . . / •.* 




/^O FURTHER CONTACI WITH 'X*/ 

( COLONEL OARf, T / 

\m.le CONIROLLEUR J . ’ 




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PROCEED. PLEASE j 








^^^'riGHT, PIERRE — I'LL 6lVE^^\ 
TOU_^T£N 









\yfue ^eUte*ai*^be4i of P.C.49 



fVM OUT you MEN AND COVER EVCRy 
MCH OF 6«XIN(7. WRIGHT f VOU AND 
lie TACKL£ mE. ¥KAR£HOUSE. THE SHOT 




iM afraid the/Ve got clean away, we'll 
GET FORm^FE AND MISS CARR TO CHECK THE 
RECORDS AND SEE IF THEY CAN TYCOON ISE 
THE PICTURES OF THESE TH006. 




/J LATER 



T OOMFORr IS THAT 
KID JIMMIE WILSON 
HAS MADE A 
REMARKABLE 
REOWERY. THEY'RE 
LETTlNa HIM our OF 

HospTiAu R>my. 








PI4>r ACMNSr tWE WOPJLP 



by Chad Varah 







The stmy ao fmr 




Chapter 8 

Ray Bums His Boais 



A s (tic t(-lhre iagiuu lent by Dr. 

fled out ut (he Imm under the 
comtieent giuidancc oT Ihd. 
Rawiiiies. Jun and hi» friend Ken 
exL-hanged notes on (heir ad<w9tlufcs so far. 
They were squashed logether on the bacf wal 
by the tiuriy funn of (he Vicar, tahoac friend 
(ieoff. of M.1.5, «sas sitling by (he driver 
"I uy. do you ihink (hal Secr e t Service 
Mufcc H> armed' Or are they like (he poheeT' 
asked Ken. 

"Oh. armed to the teeth. I sliould dunk. 
He knows the itaniRuers arc Rut (lie rest of us 
aren't, and I don't (lank Ray would like us to 
be." 

■•Vkhy on earth ootT' 

"WeH, the Peasenukers try to avoul Mood- 
shed as far as possible ” 

"l ai lot of good they'll do. ihcnV' 

"How dare you say that?" flashed iim. 
"Vou don't know anything about what 
tlicy'vedonc! Th^'rc gorng to Sop war. cure 
dheaie 

"Btah-biab-Mah''' interrupted Ken rudely. 
"Vou'ie (Hily jealous hpcainic t'uc joined 
and you liaven't, aitd because all the excae- 
menl happened while you were in bed?" 

"Weil. I like that! Who found Ray's mes- 
sage in the crJIai. and got 'Buridai Bill' ui 
soive the sctentisl's code and call in M.1.5 to 
aiTcfl Gog?" 

'Tm not sure Ray will he pleased about 



that. Miywav?" said Jim stubbornly "He 
didn't want the potkx. and I sMiuld think 
M.1.5 is worse. We may be upsetting all his 
plans " 

"Bo(h be and bis scicnlisl pal have been 
captured. They're no march for Gog's gang. 
Rut this fdiow Cieoini soon ^de thor 
hadi'" 

Jim lerked his body angrily and wnuliInT 
answcf . The Vicar slined and sal up. 

“Not so iar to go. now." he ronarkod. He 
didn't seem to liave- noticed the consitaiiit 
between the two lads. 

"Is that the plaoc. sirT' Ken asked. They 
weic approaching a mansion set back from 
the road. It was biuh in an ugly, elabnnte 
style, and had a pretouious ocugonal tower. 

~No. That's fjord h'igiiec's oouMry re&i- 
denoe. Queer hud." 

"So Figlrec hues there, docs he?" asked 
GeoiT 

"Yes wjiai about it?" 

The Secret Service man plucked thought- 
fully at his lower hp, but didn't answei. 

"II look nuo llai lalet." Ik said finally. 

Oidi was yust about to start when Jim 
suddenly wrenched open (he door. 

"I'm geuing out toe'" he announced 

"Cold feet?" joered Ken. 

Jim Ignored hhn. 

"What's the iitiubleT' asked Geofl mihliy. 

"Thete two silly asses have been quancT 
tmg. " grunted the Vicar. "The strain of fata 
nqriit beginning to show. I suppose. They're 
both good chaqK. and the bea of friaids 
really They'll gn over it in tune." 

"TluM^ht vou were asieqt!'' blurted Ken. 

"Beople often think that," relumed the 
Vicar pheidty. He stuck his head out of the 
window. "Jim." he stud, "I'tn sure you have a 
guud reason for leaving us. Do you vreiil us 
to pick you up on our way back if we get 
hackT' 

Jun huiq: hts head, kidting at the ground. 

"If vou like." he said eventually. 

"Very well. l.e>'s Dk^." 

As soon as they were round the comer. 
GeoA' turned and spoke to his old friend. 

"So that lad's amiito of them, is be?" 

“Seenis so. You don't miss much.' 

"I seem to have been missing too much. 
latHy?" grumbled the Secret Servi ce man 
"I'm missing a lot of people, too." 

“What people?" 

"Hundreds of people, f-.ver since the war 



ended, people hate been mysferkniriy dts- 
appe a rtng. All sorts and arcs of cilusns. Ted 
Ibllc isn'Y the only sdemisi who has evapora- 
ted. And there have been teachers, lawyers, 
typists, lechraciaiis. laboureis. business men. 
nurses even persons! Some were reported 
missii^ some alleged to be dead, some went 
abroad for a holiday and never came 
hack . . 

"(?auld they have been kidnapped, sir?" 
asked Ken 

"Tve been (tying to find sotne coimBctiun 
betwe e n them, hut sn far I've failed," con- 
fessed the man from M.1.5. "But I can tdl 
you definilely UibI they weren't communists, 
nor were IhQ' likely to be kidnapped by aoy 
groop that I can Ihink of. They were such a 
tniaed hsg; that I can't see anyihmg they all 
had in oommoii." 

"I can," said the Vicar, 
lieoir whirled round in his seal 
"Whair M: tonanded. 

'"You must think it out for yoursdf." 
"Obosaaie Mister! WcM. w^ you tell ok 
where you especi them all to have gaoeT' 
The Vicar smiled. "To Shangri-la," he 
replied. "WeH. here we are. There's Gog's 
desirable modem residenoc!'’ 



B vasirangecoincidencc, Ray was using (be 
words "Shangri-la" U (he same moment. 
Anna had brought him a most appetisirq! 
meal on a tray, and Ray didn't need a second 
invitation before wrapping bimieif round d. 
Il was some ihiK beldre Ik nouced Ihal she 
kept (Krvausly towards (be door. 

T^specting someone?" ciK|iiircd Ray. 
"tsi (tsBckly. pleaje,'' she aiuwercd. "I'd 
had sinct orders not to give you anything, 
and I shd get into trouble if I'm caught ." 
"Then why did you disohey'^ 

"I fell sorry for you. aiwi I 1 liked you." 
'UuU was nioe of you." Ray <|uickiy 
pofithed off the len of his meal. "TTkic, now 
you erm take it away before (hey find out ." 

Btfl h was too late. As Awia look (he tray 
from him. (he door opened, and m came a 
gnm-faced man. Ray knew at once by his 
leather gaiters that he was one of the men he 
had seen when be was trapped in (be cdlar. 
His fare seemed familiar, too. but Ray 
couldn't place him for (be moment. 

Anna dropped (he uay. She stood in help- 
less terror as Gaiters strode towards to 



"Gnri^ 'rud and cooMdn' to ibc i meiay . 
chT' be grated. She cowered a litlle as be 
Med his hand to stoke her, bur (he blow 
never fell. The hefty buUy was sailing through 
the door before eitber he or Anna kiKW whai 
was faappeiui%. Ray had leapt oui of bed in a 
flash, seiaed (be man's uplifted wnst wiUi his 
left hand, and witli an apparently MTortlcs.< 
mowemeru had thrown him ewer his arched 
back on to the landing. Luckily for Gaiters 
he didn't fall on his hc^ hut he lay launncd 
with his legs sprawled over the stairossc. 

Ray had taUen awkwardly after bis caMbi- 
■ion of judo, bis bandaged ri^ arm erushed 
pauifidly under tin body, and hkiod streaming 
from hts idrehead where he had gashed k on a 
hroken c>g>. Before he could get up to make 
good hn escape. Anna sped to iIk door. 
w r m che d the key from h, slamiind it shut, 
and locked k on (he iesKle. 

Ray siniggkd to hts feet. 

*XJpcn tfacd(X9i, Amur' he shouted. "Let's 
gel out of here before (he others come?" 

Tt's not safe!" she panted, standing with 
to hack to (hcdooraiid to harklan thekQ. 
"You wanT take hmi by mrpriae again, and 

"This is our only chance. Anna!'' he 
urged. "We can rush him whke he's stumiod. 
if wc don't, we're priianas!" 

Before she could replv. they heard a loud 
"phgi! " and a shot crashed inio (he door. 

"You see!" aud Amu. 

"Uoof a stiencci.'' nuMlered Ray. "f*ity. 
Wouldn't be heard from the rand ' 

He sal on the hod. and Anna halhcd and 
bandaged (he wound on his forehead. He 
studied to face covenU as she rolfed (he 
bandage, to bps pan^ and a safety-pin 
towven to teeth. Ijovciy gtri. he ihoigEhi 

"Vou didn't want me to escape!" he 
accwied. vuddcnlv. 

She oompfeled the job calmly, then lauil 
and pulled a sinlcasc from under the bed. Sk 
opened h. and rescaled his clothes 

"t didn't want you to hr kitkd.'' sIk 
cm reeled, withoul mentmcnl. "i'H hdp vou 
to esotpe. if you 11 promise to take me with 
you." 

"What s to stop you going by ynuradl? 
Are you a prisoner, loq.?'' 

"Not exactly. But wdl. they're in a posi- 
lionto Tmafiaidaf them. Wheirvcf I svent, 
Ihey'd find me. unleu . . 

She turned away, and covered to face sHih 
to hands Ray got up and strolled acroi!. to 
the window. 

"Unless what?" he asked. 

The girl didn't animer at once, and Ray 
look (he opportunky to have a good look at 
the surrounding country. The grounds of tire 
houa: he was in agn; fakiy extensive, but he 
could see a stretch of the road just before the 
bend. His ongMul guess bad been right; hr 
was in one of two rooms in an octagonal 
turret, at a height cqmvaienl to (he second 
or third storey. He surveyed the neighbour- 
hond nf his prison tower with a pitot's eye. 
Hien he turned his attention to the hars pro- 
tecting (he window. 

"Unless whatT' he repealed. 

"Unless you io(A me wnh you." she said 
hesiundy. Ray turned and picked up a knife 
from the floor. As he began to Ity to me il as a 
screwdrivet on ihc screws holdicig the hats, 
she continued with burned itervuuseess: 
"I've heard them talking sometenes when 
they (hdn'l know 1 could hear you have a 
•OCRS headquarters somewhere they've 
never foued H yet. and I don't aippove they 
wiH I'd be safe there . . 

Her voice went on. but Ray was no longer 
Kstenwg. A grey car had stopped on the 
stretch of road he could see And he could 
afaMKlvwcar Yes, by Hcatcn. k was! it was 
Or. Briggs's Jaguar, and he thought he ctMld 
dMinguish Did at the wheel! ^ 

The si^t of the sun gave Ray an idea, and 
(he gill's voice became a mere drone to him. 
HoMcng the knife m such a way that she 
could not ce wfial hr was dou^, be tried to 
reflect the sun's rays on to the car. He had 
only siaTnrderi in geuing the direction right 
once or twax when io his dismay the cat 
began to more. His heart fdl. Then k boun- 
ded, as he saw that a boyish figure had been 
left behind. Il was Jim! 

As soon as his young courin was look ing 



in apprcnimalcl)' the nght d i reclw n . Ray 
tried to sipiat Nm. Jim gave no itgo that he 
had picked up the memage, and before Ray 
couJd try again be heard Anna approaching. 
He lum^ quickly, keeping between her and 
lac wuitknv, and did not draw away even 
when she put her hands on his shoulders and 
looked up ai hrm with piteous appeal. 

•‘You will help me. won't youT* she 
pleaded. R^ had to remind hiimcif that he 
must not trust her uivlil he was sure of her. 

"If I can," he answered. 

"Oh. iMomk you!" she breathed. 

"Would you do me a favour 7" he asked. 

"AnyiNng you like!" 

"Help me to ttet drevsed. then. I can't 
manage with only one arm." 



S H» luincdaway and bent to get his clothes. 

He coufcln'l <«e her expression. He 
snatched a glance through the wirntow. but 
Jim was nowhere to be seen. He also listened 
at the door. biH there was no Mnmd. They 
were evidently guarding the fool of the slair- 

When be was dressed be tackled the burs 
of the window agstin. .Anna attacked another 
urew with her scis.sors. For a time they 
worked in a companionable stience. 

"Witt i really be safe at your hchl- 
quarrersr' asked Anna at last. "Is there no 
danger of them finding it?" 

"Rver heard of Shaagh-ta?” countered 
Ray. SoTTK nsles away, the Rev. Rifl Read 
was also mentioning Shat^ri-la. 

"No where it hT’ The girl's voice was 
eiaborateh’ casual. 

"In a secret valley, high up amorrgd the 
mountains of Tibet." 

"TRietT' Anna gasped her amajiemeiH. 
•'Yes.” Ray’s han^ were sliR working 
busrh. He yanked ai the bar, and the bottom 
end cam; away. He forced the bar to one skfe 
in such a way that he coukl pul u back, if 
necessary, without viyone nonemg that h had 
been tampered wHb if they didn’t look too 
ckisely. “Strip the bed. will you. while I carry 
on with those ser e a w T' 

"How many people live there?" asked 
Anna as she went to obey him. 

T)h. thousands. Thcqi live in absolute 



peace and camennneni. It's a sort uf earrtdy 
paradise. Now roll the sheets and under- 
bianket. tie them tog et h er , and make knots 
every two or three feel." 

The second bar was now loose at the 
botioot, and by fotoi^R away from the first. 
Ray made ao upening big enough to get 
ihriM^. He lied one aid of the improvised 
rope-ladder to one of the Axed bars, and went 
to Uslen at the door again whilst Anna con- 
tinued her knotting. 

Ray fed the compkied "tape-ladder'' 
throi^ the window. 

“Hope they're not io the rooms below!" 
he mutuaed. “Which loom is Ted rnT’ 

‘Ted? Oh. you mean the scicntKt? I’ve 
never seen him. He was taken along to to 
another house." 

"What house?" 

"I I don't know.” 

She colouied. and avoided his eyes. Tohrde 
her confusion, she leaned out i>f the window 
and looked down. When .she luitirxi to him 
atpin, all ha colour was gone. 

"It doesn't nearly reached the ground'" 
she whispered. 

"We shall have to chance rt, unkss we can 
swmg into an unbarred window. That flowa- 
bed looks quite soft." 

“YrHi'II neva manage it, with only one 

"Perhaps not. ^t there's no other way." 

‘There must beP As she turned away from 
the window, Ray saw Jim, and a fresh hope 
was bom in him. The bd was crawling along 
the ground dragging a ladder. It looked as if 
It mighc reach the end of the knotted sheets, 
but it was surety loo heavy for inn to tear by 

"L>o you have several routes to 'the Var- 
sity'?" asked Anna, begiiming to pile the 
troken crockery on to the tray. 

Ray didn't answa for a moment. He was 
walchirv Jim: as he had feared, the ladda 
had fallen and sent Jim sprawling. 

Suddenly Ray stiHened. Soowon c was 
creeping up on Jkn through the shrubbery! 
He cf»ld sec the foitage disturbed by the 
person's passage, but coukfci’i see which of 
the gangsters it was. He dkln'i warn to shout 
■f he could help it, so he seijcd a couple of 
pieces of broken crockery, dropped the smal- 




kr oat near Jun, and hurled the terger otk 
into the shrubbery, lie just bad time to see 
Jim turn to face the hidden menace before a 
crash caused him to whip round. Anna had 
hastily put down the trsty and was now 
wrenching at the key of (he door! 

Ray sprang across the room and barged 
h« away, then pinned ha a^nst the wall 
with he body and covered hn mouth with 
his only free hand before she cocihJ yell for ha 
accomplices. He iislened intently, hut there 
was still no sound from behind the door. 
F.videniJy Spon^Bag was awaiting ha 
report somewbere safer. 

"So you were deceiving mer* he hissed 
(epfoosiirulty. You tried to make me think 
you were in their power. If I wenai’l so soft- 
hearted, I'd throw you out of the window." 



The girFs eyes iMared with tenor. 

“Vfep w* ftepV' 

“Let youspe^? You'd scream for your pet 
goriHa!" 

She shook her head violently. Ray's eyes 
searciied hers, and affer a long moment he 
released ha. She sat oo the bed, panting, and 
watched dully wloist he dropped the key into 
his pocket and ran to the window. Ik coukl 
see no sign of Jim or of the person who had 
been stalking him, but the ladda was still »n 
the grouml. 

"You've a right to despise me," rmaiered 
Alma toneJessly. "I de^risc myself. I wtti 
going to tseuay you. I stM will, if you'll let 
me. even though it will break my heart . . . 
I do care for you. and I hale Figiree. hut I 
must do what he wants." 

■Whyr' 

"Because if I don't, he’ll have mv father 
kilhxl. He's in the hands ol people who'll do 
ai^lhing for the atomic secrets Figiree gels 

"Gog! So Ibm was the meaning uf ' The 
lorjt'!" 

Alina flung herself at his feu. weeping. 

"For pity's sake, let me save my lailw.-r' ' 
she begged "He's sufiered so much!" 

"Would your fatha wtmt to he saved in 
this wayT' enquired Ray gently. 

"I don't care what he wants!'' 

Ray lifted ha to ha feet, and ha eyes 
pleaded wkh him. He .smiled wryly. 

"OonY anga Figtree wHh any talk ol' 
Shangrvla," he sakl. "It cants only in a srory 
called Last Horiam. and he’K have read it or 
seen the Mm. Bcfta UR Mm I'm just escaping 
by the window. Help fed IhlTc if you get the 
cinncc." 

He kioed ha lightly on the forehead, artd 
gave ha the key. 

At the door, she turned a tear stained facx 

"I don't know how to thank you " she 
b^o. but Ray. with one ova the silk 
intarupted ha. 

"Cmi quickly." he ground out, "before I 
change my nund!" 



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modern boys & girls write 

with BIROETTE 



And why not ? No pen gives denrer, more 
ea^-to-read writing. You can use Biroctle 
for school wcwk and for oiit-of-schooi 
wociu 

Biroeltc writes a n ywhere ia dry or wet 
weather — even on wet paper — and the 
writing is always perfect^ clear. 

Yow parents or your grown-u;> brothers 
and sislCTS probably use Kroette for 
THEIR wnting. Why .shouldn't you be as 
up-lo-date as they arc ? 







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CODES AND 
CIPHERS 

by 

lU-RNARD Xi: WM AN 




H A V i . known sp«o wbodid noi know 
Uic dffleronoi: havwxn a wde and a 
ctphcr. ibou^ lhc> ined both 

In a ctpbcf. u stsn oi a figure t^nj&et, 
* knei Of a (cticf it aubstiiided fm anotbe 
ieticr. In a code a sign or word will stand for 
anollicr wool or even lot a -icris u i K c. 

lluis if (he ligures I. 2, 3, eic.. scaod for a. 
b, c, Iben 25. 5. 19. will mean “Yes”: ibis is a 
cipher. Itut if you have agreed wiih your oon- 
federalc ihal the tekeraphed words “Good 
locfc" «hall stand for. “Ik: cartful. M 1.5 arc 
on ytnir trail,” this would be a code 

I remem her a cipber whtclt I and my 
fncndsiMtdaischtsol. Ihcichenc ndemen 
tary you prohablv know il already. ( 'rossuig 
sis lines like a "nuuittHsand crosses” diaf^ani. 
and anotlKT two hoes ui the shape o(' a Si 
Andrew's ooss. wc have ns fansis. No) sve 
write out (lie aiphahd, pulling a dot over 
every ailonalc lAter. 

A 8 £• r> t I- 

GH ) j ki 

MN (»!• QR 



The idea is smipt The shape ul the ad- 
jacent line dctciiiHiics u pan of leuers. ihose 
enclosed by the sign ; a do) in the middle tndi 
cates the panicular letiei of the pair so eii- 
ckwed. t-or caainple. two lines in the shape ol 
acapMai I.dunoi lepresem Ibckrto l.bui I- . 
if the capital I had a dot wrthin its angle it 
would repacacm K; smiiiaily a o o rniriete 
atfuarc would represenl I. while a square with 
a dot HI the middh; would represent J. if the 
hniiocR tade of the square wee mtssang the 
ledcr lepreacntod would be O, or with a dm in 
the middle P, and so on. Here is a ahon 
eaaniple the reader nay rare to find the 
answer to this sinirdc puule. 




You can woik any number of variationy on 
this wnlc your alphabet luckwards, hcgiti 
at the Itllh iettei. or at the letter demited by 
the day of the month anything which you 
have arranged with .vour confederate 

The trouble about this kind of npher is 
that (I is so ohviouslv a upher A "lencr” 
ctphcT ii> somewhat beflei. fdi if the pohec- 
man finds vou with a lumfalc of letters, you 



may be able to penuade him that ihey rep- 
reacDt words of a foreign languapc. « an 
unwBXSsial aUetnpl to solve a ciouwcad' 
The simplesl letter code is the sliding alpha- 
hci. You wmlc your aiphahei out iwwx, slid- 
ing it one letter as Mknv^ 

A B C f) r T 

a b c d c ... . 

(>ryou may slide yout alphabet seven tetters. 
Of len letters, or vary the slide by the manbei 
of the month or aiiv other devire whkh you 
hasc ananged prevtously with the rxai- 
fetSente who wiU receive your ncssage. You 
may even vary the anai«emcnl of eilher or 
both of the alphabets according to a pre- 
atranged ptan : for example, you may use tire 
alpha be! backwards or take altemale letters. 

This um't a very new cipher, by the way. 
You lemtnibei' that man Julius ( aeatr. who 
wrote a book abi>ui all liaul bring dividal 
mio ihra pans? Il s had enough leading ilw 
hiHik as It ts. but. when Iw wrote >l. la; sbd his 
alphahn. using d foi a, c for b. 

Naiurally. the rcal-hle spy doesn't lac 
dphers guile as simple as that. He might lake 
a phraw bkr "Ihc tiagle is goldctr'. using 
each ietlci imix onh . and then adding the 
letters noi mduded. Next Iw writes the 
ordinary alphaba under it. Like this; 

T HL'AGI. I SODNBCI J KMP 
a bede f ghi jk loino pgr 
QRUVWXYZ 




Then a would become l, b fa, and so on. 

Again you can add any agreed ocanplica- 
uons, such as wnitng your alphabet bKk- 
wards. or bcgioiung at the initial kxter of 
yout name. This device, in fact, lan be 
applied to abnosi any code or cipher, to make 
(he work of the cbrsot or cryfNaaalysi more 
ddhculi. Ch you can cacadc your message, 
aod then put the result inlo another code or 

The Bnttsb army used to be very loud of the 
Piaylan code. A large square is dream, and 
Ihts is divided inlo twenty-five smallei 
squares; only rwenty-hve arc ncoessaiy I 
and J are ooumed as one Idler. Pirsi the code 
woid is wntim down Ihc rcjieniion of any 
idler being ignored: then Irillows (Ik rest of 
the alphabet l-or tnv particular exampk i 
haw uken the word HITU R as the code 
word. 




H I T I f- 

R A B C n . 

I fi K M N 

O P 0 S I' 

V : W X V 7 



The working of the code depends upon 
rectangles. If my message began wdh the 
IcUeis H7L lfie>e letlers tKwkl be reprewaued 
by (Ihm; in the opposite comers of the 
appropriate nxUi^. 1-V Snniiaily RM 
would lepmeni CV, and so on. (be letters 
frmn the appcnirr coiners of the approprialc 
rectangle always being uwd II two fnids 
come ude by ode. thoK above or bduw are 
med. If one on top of anrNhci. iIk ikxI 
beside them h wdl thus be seen that this code 
always worts in pans «f letlers. If there 
should be an odd letici left over at the end of 
(he nKasage. then the leuei abore or below il 
m the Playfair (Hurt is taken. 

Your code has to be very clever to pass (be 
specialist cemors who may aemrun; yain 
message. Theii Am ^ironch to a jumble of 
Idlers b the use of a frequency tabic. 

Thu method is simple and scmtaic. II you 
were to take a p as s ag e from (fan pver at 
landun a fairly tong pusi^. two nr three 
piwes fdi preference and coum the numba 
of uan (he dlifoont letters of the alphabet 
omiT, you would And (hat the idiei t out- 
manbers all tfac others. In a single semenoe. 
of r»ur«e. thu rmght not be so that k why 
it IS tn^HHlaM to take a iaag iBssagc. At thie 
same time (hb reveals the hmtlalions of (be 
mohod of dccipherii^ if the namagr b a 
long one, then (he fieigieocv table b utvaiu- 
aMc. but if it menJy coitbsts of two or three 
short wads, (hen n mtghi easily fail. 

The frequency UMe of the l-j%bsh language 
til dfl)a^ m others of course: Ihc letter 7. b 
an easy last in hngbsh but is wdl to (he fore 
HI Poiishj runs like Itib: 

i: T A O N I S H R O I. C tJ I M P B W 

G Y V K X Q J 7. 

The Water in the spy message which occurs 
most frequently you call II; the next one T. 
and so on. I do iMK widi to be misleading 
the appticalion of the frequerary table is not 
so umple as it souikIs. If you were to take 
Ibis page you might find that there were more 
L's than O's cm even I \ than H's But the 
tabic dues give you a start. aAci that you 
have to be content wttli (Ik trial and erroi 
method. The mere (act that you have soen 
ot a^i letters which you can rcasonaMv be 
mtaan are correct is a great help, as any 
soivcf ot crosswoid purjics will agree. Tor 
example, you ought to be abb to idenlity 1 
and T : then if your coded message eonuiiis 
aeweral words T e. n is fatrly safe to asuimc 
(hat the missing letter is an H. Otherwise, if 
leuers come in which do not At, you niusi be 
prepared to assume (lul they have occurred 
mure frequently than is normal ui ibis par- 
ticular passage, so you must go down the 
scale a ieuer at a time. 

All this sounds ralhei cxmipiicatcd. but is 
quite simple vdKn you get down to M. 

I should mention (hat the frequency table 
b ooK (he beginning of the rrypiaiialysl's 



rearsuroes He has anothei list ofletters which 
occur most licquailly at Ihc hnsmtimni oi 
words TAOS W. aod so on and anothei 
1st ot letter trequencies at the natv sd wsads 
F S O T N . ac. 

An important due often ixunes trom obso 
vation nl /min of talers In order of Ac 
queacy they are U., El , SS. OO Tf. EE. 
RR NN, PP CC. MM. Citi, m). AA. BB 
V and 7 wmictimcs appear m pairs m propel 
names, hut ihoac named are the onh Waters 
to <MXur 111 doublets in i.ngfasA. Thus if yout 
encoded nwasge indtitk^ paired teUers. il 
should not be imi cMhcull (« Kknlify ibmi 

The ci-yptanalysi worknif: on a suspccloJ 
spy ineisBiee also lias a kuig ioa ul bgpams 
(hat k. combmatiims ol two tWlcrcnl kaicrs 
UI ihc ordCT m wlucA they occur II begiBs 
TH. HE, AN. Rl , T R. IN. ON 

Next tdtfayws a fast ot (rigrams hundreds 
of them. conbuiaiKHis ol ihnx Icjicis. THE 
oixutv loui laiKs as oKcii as any olhci lii 
gram. (nHuwed by ENT and ION 

I hate said ihai spies prefer a code to a 
ci(dicr, expoeially in warlinK. smkc ii is sa&:t . 
I remanber one which Bntish counter-spies 
iMcroepied at the time ol the Munich ensis 
HI 1938. It was cuntaiacd ui a cable which 
read; 'XRhci sets only obtainable lo.cni 
pfasyoes. OlnaMi ten from AdMoii Atkins 
iwsce read inquirv a< I yr»s. II tune Ogdcti 
ahould aucmpl itfl I jons as twist Ills oiIki 
three tons at ShefAdd held. Prai- spoiK 
alhance ulk until we asccruiii allowance he 
tflav at iild basts. Use items on lisi. Agree 
ihb Maiemcnt.” 

Thw IS appareMK cmk ol iIk thousand 
business cables dnpauJied every day 
apparent nomemc. hut quite eumprdiensibic 
to Ihc man at lb: other cod. Ihis meskage 
would certainly have etcaped notice except 
that the man to whom A was a^ire>red was a 
suapect. On mvesugalion the code proved to 
be a HflifAe ooc Take the second IcMct only 
of each word, and the hit^n messw is 
immeJiaiely vsii—uvt 

Here IS a simitar type of code which is yerv 
drfheuk to ouch out. stnee it sounds like an 
Oldinary teuer a sotall buy w-rahi ui 

an iBidc who was in Spain' “Our Unde 
fieorgc. I am gelling on vei> wdl al school, 
and my new teacher is heaer than the old one. 
I went in aec Aunt Bessie at Plymouth last 
SaUtrday. She has three rabbits and sey«o 
hens On they have chtKoble in .Spam ' T facte 
isn't much here. With Inye from Roland ' 

Yes. Ilial's a small boy's letter to an uncle 
all right, s-omtilclu even to the hint about 
cimcolalc But if "Uncle fieorjB” liapncne.! 
to be an enemy agent, he might gather trom 
this lellei than on that paiticular Saturday 
there were three cruisers and seven destroyers 
in Plymouth Harhoui. Vou lec what I mean? 

In the spy school a lutoi warns his pupils: 
"The spy's btggesi (AflirtiMics be along his 
lines of conimuiiicaliofi” that is to say. hi 
gctiiog his intnrniaUon home. .So, as we want 
to leant a lot about real life spies, wc shall 
have to study more codes htler on. Insisible 
inks, loo iih. yes. (here are surfi Ihii^ aod 
they arc ulkai used. TIk deverest spies, how- 
ever, invent cximpleselv new methods of then 
own, and we shall And that vime of tlnn aic 
very exciting. 



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THEQE they A«It 
TH£ BOYSARfOUCLING THB 
CATTue THIS WAY SHOBl'Y ' 



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ASOUT Rgl3 PORK WK 
i-JOUNO IHIrtVI UP, AND 

OOHRAL FOH IHfc 
fSlOHT 



MIND WET 
OLO BULL. 

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TMHT'S a uOOO days 
WORK Sth''RTY,' GUESS 
THERE S HO.OOO 
WORTH OF BEEP 




I SHALL WANT YOU 
TWO BOYS TO MOUNT 
GUARD TO-NIGHT 




'WHAT/. MORE OF THOSE 



TOMORROW SHORTY OUR TRAIU 



GUVS? DOGGONE,' AFTER 
tiEiNGUPALL NIGHT, THEN 
L GOTTA EIGHT INDIANS ^ 



TAKES US THROUGH INDIAN 
COUNTRY BETTER LOOK TO 








THE WORLD’S LARGEST PASSENGER LOCOMOTIVE 



M (>l I IIK I'KNNSVJUVA'VR: 
iNC; AM) V. h Mi Hive flfM) JONS 
Kl?:v 1 () N I \1BI RS 
II Kvllnns I.V 'Vlllvt' Kcur »n> 

IS. dflstiia whtels. 

1 ^ J'isiwn (Hives 



inlnillini: 

15. i'ittun of Mini cylinder. 

16. Kxliausi bins! i>i{ws Trum 
J7. rLimmy bolls. 

IH. Double cfaiiniios. 

I'l. Side liubts. 

211, .Stu'.imiilied nulrr ctstnu- 
21. Kloi'lric licadliimps. 

2.1. I'rnnl apron with coiiplir 
2*1, Air cylinder for brakes. 
25. Sand duine for wlieels. 



HRHiifiiM 

•ffl^Priioaler Hut‘S ami fire tubes. 
Slenm cnllccllny; pi[K'. 

Steam reiiulutor (Hive. 

Superhevler tubes tikw onlinar.i 
sleam back into Hues uiid retiiriK it 
superheated. 

Saperltcalcdsluiinsu|i|)ly Incylinders 
Stoain vuiiply 16 rear cylinder. 

Rear o)lin<lei;i ^.-irjjirr 



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L£T’» have a 1-OOK 
AT VOUR TON,>UE. 
H'M— POE&n’t toots 
TOO 



THE tUNtfS ARE SOUNO 
BUT TVIE HEARTS 
JUMPING A BIT, THE 
POOR chap!s had a 
BAD SHOOK . 



PIET, A PRINK OF 
H£R0d,Re5T — 

that's My 

PRESCRIPTION, 



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CHIUPREN, BUT WE'tt 
HAUE TO TAKE 6REAT 
CARE <PF HIM. 



OH V65 MUMMV 




I >AW Hitf NAME INS-lPe ] 
HtS HAT. HE IS CAI.UED 
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HIM UP AND ABOVE AlU — NO NOISE 



MV PEAR LAOy . YOUR 

PRINK IS oeucioos, 

VOUR CMiuPREN M3 E 
CHARMINO AND you're 
AN EXCELLENT NURSE. 



ANOTHER HOT 
PRiNK.SiR/ ( t 
HOPE IT'S TO 
YOUR LlKINiS? 



THANK YOU SIR 
— you MAKE 
ME C2UITE 
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TMATS *BOOT ONE HORSe-POWtft Tl 
EVE8.V TWENTY POUNDS 0EWEI6HT, 



THgyMOUNTtOlNFENSiNECiN ITS SIDE 
AND CONNECTbO ITUPWITH THE PUSHES 
PSOPEUORS 6V Bicyas CHAINS one OF 
THE CHAINS WAS TWISTED TDAUOW ONE 
PROPELLORTOftEVOli/EIN TW6 OPPOSITE 

oiRecTioN TOT>ieo'mEB..'™is is a rear 

VIEW NOTE RUDDER ON THELEFT AND 
ELEVATORS, RIGHT, BEHIND NEAR SPROdCET 



WHEN THE WRIGHTS LOOKED ROUND FOR A SUITABLE FNOWETo 
POIWSR THEIR GUDBRTHEV FOUND NONE SUFFICIENTLY LIGHT. 
AND POWERFUL FOR IHE PURPOSE - SO THeV BUILT -niEiaOWNl 
THIS IN ITSKF WAS A TREMENDOUS FEAT OF ENGINEERING SKILi: 
AND PERSEVERANCE FDR WHICH THEY DESERVE LASTING FAME 




^KELEASE THEWiNGTPWHEN 
^ SHE GATHEW SPEED J 
WILSUR.'^^^M 



AT THE END OF THE STAICTN6 RAIL 
THE FLIMSY BlPUANE L£FT ITS TRDUEy 
AND HEADED INTO THE WIND ... . 



SOCUNFiDEN! WERE IMF WRISHTS OF SUCCESS THAT 
1HEy SENTOUTMANV INVITATIONS TO WITNESS THE 
BIGGEST NEWS SCOOP OF THE CENTURY, BUTONLV 
«IVE PEOPLE TURNED UP ''' THE FIRST FU5HT TOOK 
PlACE AT MU. DEVIL HILL , KITTYHAWK N.C. THE 
AEROPLANE HAD NO UNDERCARRiAGE BUT RESTED 
ON A TROUEY Running along a rail to orville 

WRISHTSOES THE HONOUR 0F‘THE FIRST MANTO FLY 



£ 






THEWlNDWASOUrrE STRONG -ABOUT 22 M.P.H . SO THE MACHINE ONLY MADEIOM P.II, 
HEADWAY IN RELATION TO TNG GROUND THE FLIGHT LASTED BUT 12. SECONDS. THREE 
OTHER RIGHTS WERE MADE ON TM6 irm.DK6M6€R.-T>IE LONGEST &El NG OF 59 SECS 
COVERING A DISTANCE OF 8«2 ^T. THE WRlGHTS HAD SOLVED THE RIOOL* OF 5OO0 
YEARS AND EARNED UNOyiNG FAME. NETCTWEEK : ORVILLES ACCIDENT, WIL80R.IN FRANCE 



[tS DISCOVERING THE GODNTRYSIPE 





^Sn't this lane 
LOVELY NOW THE HAWTHORN' 
L IS IN FLOWER. ' 



VeS INDEED, WHAT ^ 
H SHOWER OF BLOSSOM 
THERE 18 TVIlS VEAJl-MOrte 
FOOD FOR THE BiRDS J 
V IN T>»E WINTER. 




IN EVERY FLOWER THERE IS A SEEP SOX BENEATH 
THE PINK TIPPED STAMENS, WHICH LATER 
CMANCFE TO THE SERRIES WE 
KNOW AS HAWS. - — J" 




LOOK MR, DYKE - THERES A PINE 

\3IUVER • 

I THINK TVIIS IS ONE 
OF OUR LOVELIEST TREES - SEE 
/^THE DIFFERENT CATKINS ON THE 
/ BRANCHES -THE LARGE HAN&INO ONES 
ARE MALE & THE SMAU-EH ERECT ONES 
THE FEMALE CATKINS. AFTER POUlNAHON 

V THESE CATKINS ENLARGE AND PROCKUCt 

' THE UTTLE WINGED SEEDS WE SEE ^ 
ON THE GROUND (N THE 

V AUTUMN . 




NOW HERE'S OUR FRiEND THE HORSE-CHESTNUT (N FLOWER - PLENTY OP CANDLES 
, TOO, THE LOWEST FLOWERS ON THfe PVRAMIO CONTAIN THE SEED BOXES AND ./ 
y AFTER POLLINATION, SOME OF THESE BECOME OREBN PRICKLY BALLS AFTER 
,\ RIPENING, The FBUII splits open and RELEASES THE SHINING RED- 
BROWN conker you KNOW SO WELL. BY THE WAY, THE NAME 
HORSE-CHESTNUT WAS OR'GiNAlLY 'COARSE' CHESTNUT — 

PfilK PROBABLY GIVEN ro SHOW THE DIFFERENCE FROM THE 

\SWESr-CMESTNUT TREE WHICH PRODUC6S THE NUT WC /■ -t— -M 

Fjfin /I UKE TO ROAST 6. EAT. ^UR 



/leaves 

INFUftLING 



''FLOWER 





EAGLE CLUB 



AND EDITOR'S PAGE 



Z Jmnf 195fl 

Tkf iiditar's Office 
EAGLE 

43 Shoe l.Mme, Lomdom, EC4 

W l have had a sreat many leicr^ 
f<nn parents, leachen, dub 
leaikiV «ic., kugiiCHing the 
name ol a boy' or giri who they 
(hank i]uahticK to beuNne a mlig. We shoukl 
hkc to thank them for their ktt«'& and to yay 
ifaat MIC Khalt be replying to cadi one in due 
UMne. Ihe letters make very inieresiing 
loufang and wc have been gieally inqwessQd 
to feam rd all the fine aetiont. that liave been 
dme or ate beang done. 

We arc vciy templed to eieet them 
anughi atny - we can't do oiat. tor 
weral rcaiaMis. In the Hm place, we want to 
keep a vary thgh Mandat'd tor the MUOit 
Badge. If it is gnam tnu easily, u won't be the 
icallv valuable award we want it to be. 

Secondly, every lasc suggested to us. which 
we thmk n> at all tikely to deserve a miig's 
H arlgr. has to he personally mvestigated. to 
make sure there o> no mistake. 

And thirdK. a good many people haven't 
yet got Qiale dear what a Mt.i. really is. We 
certainly lake oH our hat to aknosi all those 
whotc advoRS have been reported to us but 
many oT them arc nor reaily acuous w-htdi 

llemcndier the test by wtudi you can tell a 
Muo. lie does something oC such a kind that 
Ihe other sort of person the sptv could, if 
Itc knew about it. jeei at bun and say "You 
aie a mug! Fancy wasting yotn lime doing a 
dwig like tie} 

That IS to say. il is sonclhing yctu wouldn't 
do if you thought only of your^f and vdiat 
)SN> sAMild get out of h. It IS not something 
which, if you had any senif , you would do m 
any case, l-or example, if you hnd your own 
house on liie and go for the tire-bngade. or if 
you had a burglar getting in (hrougti your 
kitchen window and try to stop him. that is 
Mwr being a Mi'ti.OfctHirsc. anyone would do 
that because it's your own Ikmisc. But il you 
spend a kn of time and trouble (and perhaps 
take a bignskl in ticlpu% tomeoee rfsr out of 
a fam that k being a mug. Because you 
ne^n'l base done that it doesn't help you. 

But tksn'i get us wnmg when we say you 



COMPETITION CORNER 

There ere prizet fee atl }he aimeetitkms ageie this week. A 1016 Nasitmel Series 
( 'ertificase will be OMiordrd r<i the seeders nf the /test rnrrecT soUeitm of each r o m p ett tiee 
apetted att June 7th {except Vo. 1. where the prize will go la the hea drawieg rem'aad). 
V'mr ran seed all vtter eeSries in oee enrehtpe, Am please pet yoer emrwer to each cam- 
petitkm tm a sepoemte piece of paper and per .wwr name and address and Cleb aurfinr 
im each. Address to C ' awg ir lrrian, FAOLE, 4 New Street Spuare, Isiedim, E.C.4. 




I. f.' A V 1 O I FIN O vviial piciuK thew shapes make'' 1 r«x the paltems on to 
paper, paste nn to a postcard, cut oul. and then tit them together to make the pKlunc. 

Z. C A R T O <> N S W A N 1 F: I); To escii'itc vour imaguiatHm and your abilhy 
we would hkc you to draw iwo cartoons dhstraiing the expresskins. 



.X 1 HF. N<MiiF:S THF:V MAKF:: You know that buMs bcliow and 
monkeys chatta . bui do you know the imises made by the (oUnwing : ld> nigbongaks. 
tb) beetles. Id crickets. Id) gunea ptgs. (e) canaries, (f) dikkens. (g) fakois. Ih) 
swans. Ill foxes. (jl tnllerns. 

A 1 O MAKE V O C THINK I hiee hmis were left £26 in Iheti ftBhei's win. 
to he divided in the proportion of one-half to the lirst. one-third to the scumd and 
onc-ninlh ui Ihe third. The ddlicuhy was ea^y solved; bul how? 

S. no V f) L K N O U ta) an anunal ihai lays an egg. <b) an animal that has no 
tail, (c) a bird that hat no wings. <dl an animal that (^ m the air. (e) a fish that 
makes a nesi. (f| an animai (hat has ao legs' 

ANINLANOS IN A KOH Make up a senuner coMaming ihc word 
"and" ninr lanes in succession. 1'hc sentenue ntus) make sense'. 

Ihe uieeei ,>l the THAObS AND (XXOrATtONS rH JVRt. 
flZ/LJ. m the tssee at Sih Mat u X'. Darid ntdeiti. Hell Ueado* 

Orirr. Copthurae. Shrewsbuet . A prize o! 1016 is heieg seel e> him 
Jhe coneci sulmiae was. Merchamt, Clerk. Jamer, Jacket, liemist. 

Actor. Beilder. Draper, Serrael. Sailor. 



have to do sanmhing fecial we do uai mean 
only acts of heroism and bravery or acts 
which cal! for great physical sueogih. Wc 
have heifd cri* a boy who said, ~1 can never 
became a wuc. I've dune nolhing specui.'' 
By which far mcanl he had never saved any- 
one from a hurtui^ house or anything like 
that. Bul he had in Itct done somahing to 
dcacivc the award. He had quietiv laslpcd 
soneone out of a ddficully at gieal fans to 
himjeir. You don't necessarily base to do 
wimethiiig ^eCtacular and sensauonal and 
^ yiour name m all the papers. Prohahly 
many people mil be xufprracd when they lieai 
th^ have been awanled a mihi’s Badge' 

So you don't need to go out of yoin way to 
find aomeihing very heroic lo do. (>m boy we 
know of ihou^ that the only way lo heeume 

ingl So every evening he has been ludiii^ 
down to the nver near where he lives in the 
hopeoffindo^soineonewbohaslaUmin so 
that he can pull hun out! fhal's not the idea 
at all. We shall have members pushing each 
other m nvers ail ovei the place beloie king. 

So. if you liaven'l yet heard anything from 
us about whether or not you arc dKted a w t . c, 
Ihal doesn't mean you wxin't hear sumetime 
And now here is another famous wou <it 
HisToav Marconi. He didn'l (so fai as we 
know) save anyone iiram drowning by puHiiU! 

the nver. But he has 
ccitainly saved a gi«al 
many people's bves by 
his disaivefies and m- 
ventroRs. ftople aud 
he was ciaey to ihmk 
that mrmgn cutikl be 
aem lo the other side of 
Ihe world by "wire- 
less". ThQi kepi irymg 
to gel him lo stop wasi - 
mg his uaie. at they ihotighi. Bul he decid e d 
to be a and kept on with hs effdns 

until he t tie c eed cd m giving us radio. 

Yours gncerdy', 

THE EDITOR 





Lash Lonergan’s Quest 



Hv MOORE RAYMOND 




story so Jar 




ikad ia Ihe bmk »jlh » f>NCK oi opal m ta hand* and 




Ihe HunchhacL jcnila a iKifi >a Lash aad Moxa-i 
»hH>s fM od^ o«n tl.OeO ror Ibc anMnc T»K 

Atlcrtbopi^vmadni^ Itw diPfint ThrMunck- 

ian:*t, l*di bccoBi« MKpiCHots and loaowi him tow 



Chapter 8 



W M t R F tk> you reckon 1^ has 
ikme a gilT’ atkeit !k|u>b. The 
hoy was puuJcd by (he F(niRh- 
rkler'a suJilcn and mysicnouh 

dcpartufc. 

■'To Opahowit. o' course," said Rawhide. 
•Thai'-.- where The Hunchback wcni after his 
2as( bil o' robbery, theft. Jarceny, ei ceiera. 
So naturally mir cobber's mt/7lcd rtf lo see 
what's doin' up ihere," 

"Whv dkln'l he lake its with him."" asKcU 
Squib. 

" Thai, rue inqueiiive bd. is somethin' I 
Jon'i bother to ask mescif. If t iish want.s to 
be on his owny-oh. then on his owny-oh he 
goes. Come on. kal. it's eellm' ble. Tune to 
unroll your nap under that bo«lc tree over by 
the crick. ■' 

The boy spread his blankets under the 
houle tree and lay down. His liead pillosved 
on hht saddle, he closed his eyes and Hslened 
10 Rawhide siiigui^ as he softly suummed his 
banio. 

Vteanwhile Lash wem cantering along the 
road that was a faim. grey ribbon hetsveen 
the dark scrub on either side. Morureb's easy 
g-aic was like the rocking ot'a cradle, and now 
and again his rider found himself drowsing 
in the saddle. 

As ta.sb rode he rurrunaied: 

"I might have the dingbats I mtghi he 
crazy but I can't get it out of my head that 
Dago Mrsniler arid The Hunchback are in 
leagu:. I don't go so far as to reckon (hat 
Dago and his mob arc sheltering the bush- 
ran^r and his mob. II the Hunchback had 
his headquarters at C'oolabah Creek, it wcHild 
be impossible for him to live there and not be 
"axn bv some ol' the Macks working on the 
place. And if there's one cove who can't keep 
a secret, it s a blackfellow. Whh the eu*p- 
iion. of course, of my cohtwr Mopokc. Aixt 
maybe JIM one oe two others.” 

"Whenever that bushranger ir^ikcs a raid.” 
ihutighi I ash. "that dingo called Dego is 
always close at hand. Well . nearly always. 
It's enough to make any com suspicious." 

"But what about those letters from The 
llunchHhck to n* ajid Dago'.”' he asked 
hiiTMb' aloud, making Monarch prKk uphts 
eats. "If the hushraitgcr and Dafsu were cob- 
hers, he wouldn't send him a letter demanding 
a hid of >1 ihouvind pounds or more for 
..ikIc's will On the taher hand. DMs>andthc 
Hitnchhuck rmght have got together and 
wmtcis ihmc letters just lu make it took us if 
the busbrungci was an enemy of Dago's." 

He reinetj Monarch to an anshte. Now be 
was approaching Coolatah Creek, he must 
go morv cauiioasly. 

He dbl not make for the gale lo the home- 
stead irack. bui cut otr into the bush, letting 
Vtonaich pick hi.s own way through the dark- 
ness ol' the scrub, the roushnder iMl his heart 
heat faster m anticipation of an exciting dis- 



Rcaching *fhe strong, barbed-wire fence 
that marked the boundary of Coolabah 
C.'rcek station. I.ash slipped oil itis iwme ami 
drirpped the reins over a post 

"Be a good boj hll I get Nh-« ' 

mured as he 'troken trv- srwru.di. »*“ . . 
Monarch nui’zlcf' Mm .ws •rfl 

Once throtigl. lla. l'c.'..e. I xai ach-aiK-cd 
cnutAHisiv bwi swiinv TUvmg been brought 
.If oil lire sUt'on. he knew tlie paddocks well. 
I'vcn if liirte had been no starlight, he woukl 
have gone unerringly through the inulga 

lash came to (he main homestead paddock. 
Cattle loomed up out of the darkness, snulling 
and stamping. 

He suddenly came out of ihc scrub and 
looked acrosH the Ng yard where the troughs 
hekt their thousands of gallons of glim- 
mem^ starlit water. 

"Nobody at haste," was hn disupp«niing 
tbuu^ when he saw the homcMead in dack- 

Hc knew that every single stockman would 
have gone lo OooawidgBC for the sports, so 
he did not expect to see a hghi in any of the 
other buildnqp. But the homestead . . 'f 

Ah, there was a light! He quickly skirted 
the yard and. whh a crouchisg run. got close 
to the from verandah. 

He heard a lirm footstep waited brealh- 
hscsly and saw a man come out on to the 
verandah. 

He was Dago Mcssiier. and he canied a 
hurricane lamp. 

Dago went down the steps and round Ihc 
comer ol the Ng house. As .silently as a 
shadow, l.ash fulluwed him. 

The overseer suddenly stopped and 
Itsioied. i.ash froae. held his breath, and 
wondered desperately how he could hide 
hionelf if Dago should suddraly return. 

But Dago, alter a pause, went on his way 
lo the hoTve paddock. Tliere stood two horses. 
He uruaddled (he big marc he had ridden to 
and friitn Oonawid^x that day, and he put 
the saddle cm a fresh hone. 

He Mew nut ihebmpand hung it cm a post. 
MountiiHt Iks horse, he rode off down (he 
track to Ihc main gate. 

"A fresh horse," thought Lash, "means a 
long ride. I wonder . 

Well aw-are that (here was no time for him 
to go and gel Monan:h,aml ihen follow Dago 
through the dark. Iztsh muttered some harsh 
words a^insc fate. 

A moment later he look them all hack, 
fate was kind to him after all. l-iere was a 
completely deserted homestead, and here was 
u chance lo discover evideiKC a^insi Dago. 

After wailing for a while, ijsh look the 
hurrk'ane lamp and went into the bouK. 
Ihctc he lit k, and, keeping the vock low. he 
made for hts uncle's study. 

ft had aitemi liule since his bst glimpse of 
It three years ago. Sadne-t flooded hts heart 



as the unighndcr loiiketl m (hr brn>ks aii die 
shelves dir kflrrqrop skins on liir tlooi. and 




• iT'i- „ multemt- — D,ul's where Dago 
wiMiKi ..■»>. the ojul u> the wilL ' 

He pul down the Lglu >n a ^hm where it 
would not be seen by anyone outside. "Not 
that ihcfc's anyone about." he thought, 
"because those sttKkmcn and station hands 
wtHi'i he bu;k till (wo or three in the morning. 

As he gently polled open the tirsl drawer, 
conflicting emotiom made him breathe 
faster While he haled being a thief in the 
night, he knew he was doing it in an allempi 
to defeat a man of evil. He t^ that he was on 
the verge of a thrilling discovery. 



L asm found itothntg in the liist drawer hut 
a few pajiers and letters of no importance. 
He pulled open the second drawer. 

"Hullo, Mister Inquisiiive'’' 

As Lash iHiirled about, las band flashed to 
the coiled whip al lus belt. 

The inqicraiive voice was harsh, with the 
tneitace of death in ib tones. As Lash wiady 
dropped his hand from he whip, be saw the 
gleainu^ hanel of (he rifle in the hantb of 
Dago Messtfes. 

"Yc» look quite smprised as if you 
weren'l expecting me.'' said the foreman sar- 
castically. Kven in the half-light. Lash could 
see a smile of inumph gleam on his fact. 

"Dago Messiicr with a gun is something 
new." remarked Lash in cool tones as his 
brain sought hereely for a way of escape. “I 
had an idea that a knife was your weapon.” 




" Yim mmhbil Jure'' ke .uutl in enw Junes 



Ignoring the remark. Dago sneered; “I'd 
have ihot^hi you would have known dial 
there's only one thing that'll scare white 
cockatoos off their perch at night. And that's 



l.ash caught Ms hrealh. What a fool he'd 
been' Of course Dago had heard the noisy 
"Kahf Ka-a-ah!~ of the birds. 

“1 didn't think it woidd be one my men," 
went on Dago, ''because they'd come up the 
read from the big gue. So I thought I'd by 
a trap for the .Urat^er." 

Lsh could not resist faim admiration for 
the man's devemess. ''So you went lo all the 
iroubk of saddhi^ a fresh Ihksc. and rKling 
awo^ on it. just lo make me think yO“ were 
udfon a long ridcT' 

"Co to ite top of the ebus. La.-ih I oner- 



T)r to (he bottom of a ravincT' queraal 
lash, recaHing where the Mocks had found his 
uncle's body. 

"Dur'i put ideas imo my hesid." 

"They're there Mready." said Lash con- 
lempiuoii^. "I know vou'd like to get rid of 
me. and you've been irying ociv dirty trick 
i»> do it. ^'ou coiildo'i hght Uir for ten 

I tnicn flushed with jiiiao. "I can ft°h( ws 



■'.\n rc"t, T.>im lV*so. rur ilown dut guff 
"Tlirow dwaj iIlii whip." ordered Mes- 



l.asb puHed the handle out of its leather 
socket and tossed the whip into a cumei. 

"Now. you whip-cracking whippersnitp- 
pcr." said the foreman menacingly. "I'll giw 
you the hidir^ of your life." 

I>^;o put the gun down on the verandah. 
He moved forward into the room. 

fhe two men circled each other warily 
IXigo lunged and swung, kuenthng a 
devastating left hook lo the jaw. lash drew 
bock swiftly. 

Before Dago could lecovcr his habnee, 
Lash .dipped a straight left lo (he nme. 

A second bier, the asiorukhed foreman 
found himself on his bock on the floor, with 
hts right foot lucked inlo Lash's anopil and 
held fast in a two-handed lock. 

"Hahr' Dago could not hold bock the ydp 
of pain. Lash released the pressure and went 
<xi: "Listen, Di^o. ail 1 want from you just 



"Get hurt, ioef cried Dago, staring past 
l.a.sh luwanit the open door. 

"You catqsht me once Nke that. ’ laughed 
tush , "but 

Then he heard the swift footsteps. He 
mowed too hue. A pair of penwHul amts em- 
braced him, one of them encircling Ihk throat 
and bending trim backwards till he was forced 
to let go of Dago's leg. 

Scrambhng to hb feet. Dago snatched up 
l.ash’s whip. "TR fix you good and proper 
this lime," he snarled. 

Wilhm a numite. Lash was silting m a 
chair with his hands bound behind hri back 
tied by his own whip while Dago and Greasy 
Joe stood iriumptorHly over him. 

"You were dead on ihne," sakl Dago 
dehghiedly. His grot was evil as be turned 
bock lo Lash. "And speaking of bcii% dead 
..." He paused and ^ve a short bugh. 

The roughridcr looked al Dago with couL 
cahn eyes. "You wouldn't dare,” he said in 
even tones. "Nor Greasy Joe either." 

The foreman ignored (he remark and 
(urjaed to Joe. "Nobody else is to know he's 
here. Nobody but " He i^axked himscir 
and atkjcd: "111 tell you about (hut bter." 

"Where'B we keep 'im lorught?" asked the 
other man. 

"This room's as good as any. Well tie hts 
feet and lock the doors. None of (he men wiH 
be here (ill cook comes to make bradfast in 
the morning and 1^ that lime he'U be gone.'' 

Ten minutes bier. Lash was King in the 
darkness, securely bound harHl ami fool. Me 
felt vay uncomforiabic and very much akmc. 



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