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7ke *4cUAe*ttuted of P.C.49 

scries by ALAN STRAMKS 







by Chad Varah 

The stvry so jar 

Chapter 8 
Ray Burns His Boats 

AS (he ll-litrc Jj;;udi kni by Di. 
Btiggs tied oul of Ihc imm under die 
L-ompeieol guidance ul Dick 
kawliiigs. dm and his friend Ken 
exchanged notes on their admluies so far. 
They were squashed toother on the back seal 
hy the burly form of Ihc Vicar, whose friend 
Geoff, of M . 1 . 5, was silting by Ihc drives 
"I say. do you think thai Secret Service 
blukc is aimed ? Or are thev like the ponce?" 
asked Ken. 

*'Oh. armed Hi ihc teeth. I should think 
He know* ihc gangsters :in- Bui the rest of us 
aren't, and 1 don't think Ray would like us to 
"Why on earth not?" 
"Well, the Peacemakers tty to avoid blood- 
shed as far as possible." 

Tat loi of good they'll do. then!" 
"How date ion say that!" Hashed Jim. 
"You don't know anything about what 
they've done! They're going to Hop war. cure 

'Blah-hlali-blali !" interrupted Ken ruddy 
"You're only jealous because I've joined 
and you haven't, and because all the excite- 
ment happened while you woe in bed!" 

"Well. I like that! Who found Ray's mes- 
sage in Ihc cellar, and got "Ruiglar Bill' It) 
strive the scientist's code and call in M 1.5 to 
arrest Gog?" 

"I'm not suie Ray will be pleased about 

that, anyway!" said Imi stubbornly. "He 
didn't want the police, and I should think 
M.I 5 iv worse. We may be upsetting all his 

"Both he and his scientist pal have been 
captured. They're no for Gog's gang. 
Hut this fellow GcotTH soon settle their 

"Not so far to go. now." he remarked. He 
didn't seem to have noticed ihc constraint 
between Ihc two lads. 

"Is that ihc place. sir?" Ken asked. They 
approaching a mansion set back from 
the road. It was built in an ugly, elaborate 
style, and had a pretentious octagonal lower. 

"No. That's l_ord I-igtice's country resi- 
dence Qucct bitd." 

"*So Figticc Iimcs there, docs he?" asked 

"Yes what about it '" 

The Seciel Service man plucked thought- 
fully al his lower lip. but didn't answer. 
'Ill look into that bucr." he said finally. 

Dick was just about to start when Jim 
suddenly wrenched open the door. 

"I'm gelling out here!" he announced. 

"Cold lect?" jeered Ken. 

Jim ignored him. 

-What's ihe iroubler" asked Geoll mildly 

"Those two silly asses nave been quarrel- 
ling." grunted the Vicar. "The strain of last 
night beginning to show. I suppose. They're 
both good chaps, and the best of friends 
really They'll get over it in tune." 

"Thought you were asleep!" blurted Ken. 

"People often think that," returned the 
Vicar placidly. He stuck his head out of Ihc 
window. "Jim." he said, "lai sure you has* a 
good reason for leaving us. Do you waul us 
to nick you up on our way back if we get 

Jim hum: his head, kicking at lite ground. 

"If vnii like.'" he said eventually. 

-Very wcH. Lei's go, Dick." 

As soon as (hey were round the corner. 
ticoll turned and spoke lo his old friend. 

"So that lad's another «r them, is he?" 

"Seems so. You don't miss much." 

"1 seem to have been missing too much, 
lately!" grumbled the Secret Service man. 
"I'm missing a lot of people, too." 

"What people 7" 

"Hundreds of people. I-.vcr since the war 

ended, people have been mysteriously dis- 
appearing. All sons and sires of citizens. Ted 
lime isn't ihc only scientist who has evapora- 
ted. And there have been teachers, lawyers, 
typists, technicians, labourers, business men. 
nurses even parsons! Some were repotted 
missing, some alleged to be dead, some went 
abroad for a holiday and never came 
back- . ." 

"Could they have been kidnapped, sir?"" 
asked Ken 

"I've been trying to find sonic connection 
between them, nut so tar I've failed," con- 
fessed the man from M.I 5. "Bui I can tell 
you definitely thai Ihcy weren't communists, 
nor were they likely to be kidnapped by any 
group thai I can think of. They were such a 
mixed bag that I can't see anything they all 

"1 can," said the Vicar. 

Geoff win lieu round in his scat 

"Whai?" he demanded. 

"You must think it oul for yourself." 

-'Obstinate blighter! Well, wilt you tdl me 
where you expect them all to have gone?" 

The Vicar smiled. "To Shangri-la," he 
replied- "Well, here we are. There's Gog's 
desirable modern 

By a strange coincidence. Rav was using Ihe 
words "Shangri-la" at the same moment. 

Anna had brought him a most appetising 
meal on a if ay, and Ray didn't need a second 
invitation before wrapping himself round it. 
Ii was some time before he noticed that she 
kept looking nervously inwards the door. 

"I .spec ling someone 1 

"bat quickly, please, 
had arid orders not to give y 
and I shall get into trouble if I'm caught." 

"Then why did you disobey?" 

"I fell sorry for you. and 1 I liked you." 

'Thai was nice of you." Ray quickly 

polished off Ihc resi ol his meal. "There, now 

you can take it away before they find out.'" 

But ii was too laic. As Anna look the tray 
from him. the door opened, and in came a 
grim-laced man. Ray knew al once by his 
leather gaiters that he was one of the men he 
had seen when be was trapped in the cellar. 
His face seemed familiar, too, but Ray 
couldn't place him for the moment. 

Anna dropped the tray. She stood in help- 
less terror as Gaiters strode towards her. 

eh?" he grated She cowered a link as be 
lifted his hand lo strike her. bus the blow 
never jell. The hcliy bully was sailing through 
the door before cither he ot Anna knew what 
was happening. Kay had leant out of bed in a 
flash, scucd the man's uplifted wrist with his 
left hand, and with an apparently effortlcv- 
movemciu had thrown him over his arched 
back on in tin.' landing. Luckily for Gaiters 
he didn't fall an his head, but he lay stunned 
with his legs sprawled oner the staircase- 
Ray had laUcn awkwardly after his cshibi- 
uon of judo, bis bandaged right inn crushed 
painfully under his body, and blood streaming 
from his forehead where he had gashed it on a 
broken cup. Before he could get up to make 
good his escape, Anna sped to the door, 
wrenched the key from it. slammed it shut. 
and locked it on the inside. 
Ray struggled to his feci. 
"t ipen I In. door, Anna r" he shouted. "Let's 
gel out of here before the others come!" 

"It's not safe!'' she panted, standing with 
her back to the door and her hand on the key. 
"You won't take him by surprise again, and 

"This is our only chance. Amu'" he 
urged. "We can rush him while he's stunned. 
If we don't, we're prisoners!" 

Before she could reply, they heard a loud 
"plop!" and a shot clashed into the door. 

"You see!" said Artna. 

"Usuig a silencer." muttered Ray. "Pity. 
Wouldn't be heard from the road " 

He sal on the bed. and Anna lutbed and 
bandaged the wound in his forehead, lie 
studied her lace covertly as she rolled the 
bandage, hei lips parted and a safety-pin 
between he* teeth. Lowly girl, he thought 

"You didn't want (tie lo escape!" he 
accused, suddenly. 

She completed the job calmly, then hem 
and pulled a suitcase from under the bed. Slic 
opened it, and revealed his clothes. 

"I didn't want you lo he killed." she 
corrected, without resentment. "I'D help you 
to escape, if you'll promise to take me with 

"What's to suip you going by yourseJl'? 
Aie you a prisoner, too.?" 

"Not exactly. But wdl. they're in a posi- 
tion to I m afraid of them. Wherever I went, 
they'd find me. unless . _ ." 

She turned away, and covered her face with 
her hands. Ray got up and strolled across to 
the window. 

"Unless what ?" he asked. 

The girl didn't answer al once, and Ray 
look Ihe opportunity to have a good look at 
the surrounding country. "I lie grounds of Ihc 
house he was in were fairly extensive, but he 
could ace a stretch of fhe road just before Ihc 
bend. His original guess had been right: he 
was in one of two rooms in an octagonal 
turret, at a heighl equivalent to Ihc second 
or third storey. He surveyed ihe neighbour- 
hood of his prison lower with a pilot's eye. 
Then he turned his attention to the bars pro- 
tecting (he window 

"Unless **ial?'' he repeated. 

"Unless you took me with you, " she said 
hesitantly. Ray turned and picked up a knife 
from the floor. As he began ton v to use it as a 
screwdriver on the screws holding the bars, 
she continued with hurried nervousness: 
"I've heard them talking sometimes when 
they didn't know 1 could hear you have a 
secret headquarters somewhere they've 
never found it yet. and I don't suppose (hey 
wilt I'd be safe there . . ~ 

Her voice went on. but Ray was no longer 
listening. A grey car had slopped on the 
stretch of road he could set And he could 
almost swear Yes. by Heaven, it was! II was 
Dr. Briggs's Jaguar, and be thought he could 
distinguish Dick at the wheel! 

The sight of the sun gave Ray an idea, and 
the girl's voice became a mere drone to him. 
Holding the knife tn such a way that she 
could not see what he was doing, lit tried to 
reflect the sun's rays on lo the car. He had 
only succeeded in getting the direction right 
once or twice when lo his dismay the cat 
began to move. His heart fell Then ii boun- 
ded, as he saw that a boyish figure had been 
left behind. It was Jim' 

As soon as his young cousin was looking 

in a[>proxirnately the right direction, Ray 
tried to signal him. Jim gave no sign that he 
had picked up the message, and before Ray 
could try again he heatd Anna approaching. 
He turned quickly, keeping between hei and 
tnc window, and did not draw away even 
when she put her hands on Ins shoulders and 
looked up at him with piteous appeal. 

"You will help me. won't you?" she 
pleaded. Ray had to remind himself' that he 
must not trust her until he was sun: of her. 

"'If I can," he answered. 

"tJh, thank you!" she breathed. 

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

"Anything you like!" 

"Help me to get dressed, then. I can't 
manage with only one arm." 

SH* turned away anil bent to get his clothes. 
He couldn't sec her expression. H* 
snatched a glance through the window, but 
Jim was nowhere to be seen. He also listened 
at the door, but there was no sound. They 
were evidently guarding the fool of the stair- 

worked in a companionable silence. 

"Will I really be sale at your head- 
quarters?" asked Anna at last. ""Is there no 
danger of them finding it?" 

"Kver heard of Shangri-la?" countered 
Ray. Some miles away, the Rev. Rill Read 
was also mentioning Shanj-ii-hi. 

"No - where it is? - ' The girl's voice was 
elaborately casual. 

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

"Tibet?" Anna gasped her amazement. 

"Yes." Ray's hands were still working 
Imsdv He yanked at the bar, and the bottom 
end came away. He forced the bar to one side 
in such a way that he could put it back, if 

been tampered with - if they didn't took too 
ctasdy "Strip the bed. will you. while I carry 
on with those screws?" 

"How many people live there'. 1 " asked 
Anna as she went to obey him. 

"Oh, thousands. They live in absolute 

peace and contentment. It's a sort of earthly 
paradise. Now roll the sheets and under- 
blanket, tie them together, and make knots 
every two or three feel." 

The second bar was now loose at the 
bottom, and by forcing it away from the first. 
Kay made an opening big enough to get 
through. He lied one end of the improvised 
rope-faitder to one of the fixed bars, and went 
to listen at the door again whilst Anna con- 
tinued her knotting. 

Ray Fed the completed "rope-ladder" 
through the window. 

"Hope they're not in the rooms, below!" 
he muttered. "Which room is Ted in?" 

"Ted? Ob, you mean the scientist? I've 
never seen him. He was taken along to to 
another house." 

"What house?" 

"i - I don't know." 

She coloured, and avoided his eyes. To hide 
her confusion, she leaned out of the window 
and looked down. When she turned to hint 
join, all her cirlour was gone. 

"It doesn't nearly reached the ground 1 " 
she whispered. 

"We shall have to chance it, unless we can 
swing into an unbarred window. That flower- 
bed looks quite soft." 

"You'll never manage it, with only one 

■perhaps not. But there's no other way." 
" There must be T" As site turned away from 
the window, Ray saw Jim, and a fresh hope 
was born in him. The lad was crawling along 
the ground dragging » ladder. It looked as if 
it might reach the end of the knotted sheets, 
but it was surely too heavy for Jim to rear by 

"'Do you have several routes to 'the Var- 
sity"?" asked Anna, beginning to pile the 
broken crockery on to the tray. 

Ray didn't answer Tor a moment. He was 
watching Jim: as he had (cared, the ladder 
had fallen and sent Jim sprawling. 

Suddenly Kay stiffened. Someone was 
creeping up on Jim through the shrubbery! 
He could see the foliage disturbed by the 
person's passage, but couldn't see which of 
the gangsters it was. He didn't want to shout 
if he could help it, so he seized a couple of 
pieces of broken crockery, dropped the smal- 

"(,«. quickly, be/, 

kr one near Jim, and hurled the larger one 
into the shrubbery. He just had time to see 
Jim turn to lace the hidden menace before a 
crash caused him to whip round Anna had 
hastily put down the tray and was now 
wrenching at the key of the door! 

Ray sprang across the room and barged 
her away, then pinned her against [he wall 
with his body and covered her mouth with 
his only free hand before she could yell for tier 
accomplices. He listened inicndy, but there 
was still no sound from behind the door 
Evidently Sponge- Bag was awaiting hei 
report somewhere safer. 

"So you were deceiving me!" he hissed 
reproachfully. You tried to make me think 
you were in their power. If I weren't so soft- 
hearted, I'd throw you out of the window." 

The girl's eyes dilated with terror. 

"Wep we feep!" 

"Let you speak? You'd scream for your pet 

She shook her head violently. Ray's eyes 
searched hers, and after a long moment he 
released her. She sat on the bed, panting, and 
watched dully whilst he dropped the key into 
his pocket and ran to the window. He could 
see no sign of Jim or of the person who had 
been stalking him, but the ladder was still on 
the ground. 

"You've a right to despise me," muttered 
Anna toneJessiy. "I despise myself. I was 
going to betray you. I still will, if you'll let 
me, even though it will break my heart . . . 
I do care for you, and I hale r-igtree, but I 
must do what he wants." 


"Because if I don't, he'll have my father 
killed. He's in the hands of people who'll do 
anything for the atomic secrets Bgtree gets 
from Gog." 

"Gog! So that was fhc meaning of " The 
I org!" 

Anna Hung herself at his feel, weeping. 

"T-or pity's sake, let me save my father!" 
she begged. "He's suffered so much!" 

"Would your father want to he saved in 
this way?" enquired Ray gentry. 

"I don't care what he wants!" 

Ray lifted her to her feet, and her eves 
pleaded with him. He smiled wryfy_ 

"Don't anger Figtree with any talk of 
Shangri-la." he said. "It exists only in a story 
called Lust Horizon, and he'll have read it or 
seen (he him. Better nil him I'm just escaping 
by the window. Help Ted Iriffe if you gel the 

He kissed her lightly on the forehead, and 
gave her the key. 

At the door, she turned a tear stained face 
to htm. 

"I don't know how to ihank you ■-■■" she 
began, but Ray. with one leg over (lie sill, 
interrupted her. 

"Go quickly." he ground out, "before I 
change my mind!" 

To be £oMtimted next meek 




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IH A V I : . known spies who did not know 
1JW ilillvli:,.-. I iliUK:, .j ... s!i ,i,lt! a 
cipher, though they used both 
In a cipliei . a sign hi a ligure signifies 
a Ietlcr or a letter i« sunsliliucd for mother 
tetter In a code a sign m word will stand for 
another word or e wen lot a sentence 

Thus if the ligures 1,2,3, etc.. stand for a. 
b. c, ihen 25. 5. 19. will mean "Yes" : lias is a 
cipher. Bin if you hate agreed with your ton 
federate (ha) [he tcici-rapfted words "Good 
Luck" Khali stand Ibi, "He MJ.S are 
on yuur trail. " this would be a code 

I remember a ciphei which I and my 
friends used al school. The scheme i&cteinen- 
tary you probably know it already ( rossing 
iit. lines like a "noughlsand crosses "diagram, 
and another iw lino in the shape of a Si 
Andrew's cross. *c have its basis. Neat M 
write out the alphabet, pulling a dot over 
every alternate letter. 

A B CD I- 1 

MM ( > P tj R 

ilk-, is simple The shajtc ot the ad- 
iine deteiinmes ■ pair of letters, (hose 
by the sign : a dot in the middle indi 
cate-. the particular k-nei of the (Mil so en- 
closed. I or example, two lines in the shape ol 
a capital I -do not represent the letter l.bul F. 
if the capital 1. had a dot within its angle it 
would represent F; similarly a complete 
square would represent I. while a square with 
a dot in the middle would reoreseni J. If the 
noiium ante of lilt square were missing ihc 
later nv|m-sentcd would be (>. oi with a dot in 
the middle P, and so on. Here is a short 
example Ihc reader nay care to hhd the 
answer lo this simple nuJitc. 

! F 


You can work nay number of variations on 
this write yuur alphabet lack wauls, begin 
al the lOth teller, ot a) the letter denoted by 
the day of the month anything which you 
have arranged with your confederate 

The trouble about tins kind of cipher is 
that ti is so obviously a cipher. A "letter" 
cipher tit somewhat betlei. lor if the police- 
man finds, you with a jumble of letters, you 

may he able to persuade him thai ihey rep- 
resent words of a foreign language, m an 
unsuccessful attempt lo solve a crossword ' 
Ihc simplest telle: code is the sliding alpha- 
bet. You wnic youi alphabet out twice, slid 
ing ■< one Idler as follows: 
A B C D F F 

Or you may slide youi alphabet .even letters, 
or len letters, or vary the slide by Ihc number 
of the month or any other device which you 
haw arranged previously with the uin- 
fcdcraic who will receive ram message You 
may even vary the arrangement of culici ot 
bolh of the alphabets according to a pre- 
arranged plan: for example, you may use the 
alphabet backward* or lake alternate letters.. 

This isn't a very new cipher, by Ihc way. 
You remember lhai man Julius I acsai . who 
wrote' a book aboul all Gaul being divided 
inm three parts? It's had enough reading the 
hook as il ts. but. when he wrote it, he slid his 
alphabet, using d foi a. e for b. 

Naturally. Ihe rcal-lile spy doesn't use 
ciphers quite as simple as Itlat. He might take 
a phrase like "Ihe Lagk it golden", using 
cadi Ietlcr ona only, and Ihen adding the 
letters not included. Next he writes the 
ordinary alphabet under it. Like bus: 


Then a would become I, b - li, and so on. 
Again you can add any agreed complica- 
uons, such as writing your alphabet back- 
wank, or beginning at the initial Icucr of 
youi name. This device, in fact, can be 
applied 1 to almost any code or cipliei, to make 
the work of the censor at crvpuuiaiysl more 
difficult. Oi you can encode yuur message. 
and then put the result into another code or 

The British army used to be veiy fund of the 
Playfarr code. A large square is drawn, and 
tin- is divided inlo twenty-live smallei 
squares: only twenty -five are nccessaiy - I 
and J are counted as one kller. First the code 
word is written down Ihc repetition of any 
letter being ignoied: then follows die rest of 
the alphabet Tot my particular example 1 
have taken Ihe word Ulil.l K as the code 






, O 






The working of Ihc code depends upon 
rectangles. If My message began wilh the 
fetters HZ. these Ictiers would be leprcsenied 
toy those in lite opposite comers of the 
appropriate rectangle. L-V. Simibiii RM 
would represent CF, and so on. the letters 
from Ihe appatur coiners of the appropriate 
rectangle always being used II two tellers 
side by side, those above or below an_- 

. Iff 

. liv. i 

beside them It will thus be seen Ibis code 
always works in parrs of letters, fr there 
should be an odd letter led over at the end of 
the message, then the kater above or below it 
■n the Ptayfair chart is taken. 

Your code has ic . be very clever to pass the 
specialist censors who may examine youi 
message. Their first approach to a tumble of 
letters is the use of a frequency tabic. 

This method is simple and scaxrtittc If you 
were to take a passage from this paper at 
random a fairly lung passage, two or three 
page* for preference and count the number 
of limes die different letters of Ihc alphabet 
occur, you would find that the Ietlcr L out- 
numbers all the others. In a single sentence, 
of course, this might not be so that is why 
it is unpurtanl to take a long passage- At the 
same time this reveals the limitations of the 
method of deciphering. If the message is a 
long one. then the frequency tabic is invalu- 
able, but if it merely consists of two or three 
short words, then it might easily fail. 

The frequency tabic of Ihe 1 jighsh language 
ill differs in others of course: the Ietlcr Z is 
an easy last in Fjtglish but is wdl to the fore 
in Polish) runs like tins i 



The letter in the spy message which occurs 
most frequently you call II. Ihc new one T. 
and so on. I do not wish to be misleading 
the application of the frequency table is not 
so simple as it sounds. If you were to take 
Ihis page you mighl find that ihere were more 
L"s than O's or even L '■ than H's Bui ihc 
tabic docs give you a start, aflcr thai you 
have to be conlcnl with flic trial and error 
method. The mere (act you have seven 
m eight letters winch you can fcasonablv be 
certain are correct is a great help, as any 
solver of crossword pu/jr.les will agree. For 
example, you ought io be able lo identity I 
and T; then if your coded message contains 
several words T e. it is fairly safe !o assume 
that ihe missing tetiei is an II Otherwise, if 
letters conic in which do not til. you ntusl he 
prepared to aKsume dial iIk-v liave occuried 
tiHiic frequently than is normal in ibis par- 
ticular passage, so you musl go down Ihe 
scare a icucr at a time. 

AH this sounds ralhci complicated, bui is 
quite simple when you get down to il. 

I should mention that the frcuuency table 
is only the beginning of the cryplanalysl's 

He has anenhci list of letters which 
occur mosi licqucnlly at ihc h,-,- „!«,»•< - of 
words T A O S W, and so m and aiNHher 
list of lettei 1 1 iaim.-iieies al I he rath ol winds 
t S U T ' N , etc. 

An unporiam due oltcn conies fiom obsci- 
vaiKm of pain of tetters. In order ol lie- 
umiicv Hiey are 1,1.. BE, SS. OO TY. FF. 
RR, NN. PP. (X. MM, G(i. OI>, AA. RB. 
V and 7. sometimes appear in pairs in propel 
names, hut those named are the onh lenert. 
Mi occur in doublets in Fnghsfi Thus if vour 
encoded message includes paired letters, it 
should not be Km dirhcull to Klenlify ihcm 

Ihc ciyptanalysi working on a suspected 
spy message also lias a li vie list ol biinaiin 
thai is, eonihuiat kiiis ol two dilleiciii letters, 
in tl>e order in which tlicv Occur II begins 
TH, HE, AN, BE. FR. IN. ON. 

New loHows a list ol tiietams hundreds 
of ihem. eombuiattons of three Idlers THI 
hcluis Iihii tunes as olten as any other tri 
gram, followed by FNT and ION. 

I have said thai spies order a code lo a 
cipher, especially in wartime, since u is safct. 
1 remember one which British counter-spies 
inieroepied al Ihe lime of the Mttatcfc cam 
in I13K. It was contained in a cabk which 
•cad: "Other sets only obtainable io .cni- 
|A>yocs. Obtain len Irom Ashlon Alkins 
iwtcc read muuiis al Lyons II haBC Ogdcn 
should atlcrrtpl sell Irons as twist His other 
three tons at Shethel.l held Price spoils 
alliance talk until we ascertain allowance lie 
Offers at old basis Use items on usi. Agree 

This is 


c of the thousand 
dispatcJtcd curry day 

uiie comprdiensilvie 
Ihc other end. This message 
would certainly have escaped notice except 
that the man lo whom ii was addressed was a 
suspect. On in vest i gat ion Ihe code proved \o 
be a simple one. Take Ihe second letter only 
of each word, and the hidden message is 
immedialely revealed 

Here is a simitar (ype of code which is vers 
diflicuit u> catch out. since it sounds like an 
ordinary tetter Suppose a small hoy wrote lo 
an uncle who was in Spain: "Dear Undc 
George. I am gelling on vei> well al school, 
and my newicachei isheitcr than Ihe old one. 
I wenl io see Aunt Bessie al Plymouth last 
Saturday. She has three rabbits and seven 
hens. Do they have chncotale in Spain'.' There 
isii'i much here. With love from Roland ." 

Yes. Ilials a small boys teller lo an untie 
all right, cumptelc even in ihc hint about 
chocolate Rui if "Uncle George" happeiie.1 
Iti be an enemy agent, lie might galhci Irom 
[his tetlci than on that paiticular Saturday 
there were three cruisers and seven defrayers 
in Plymouth Harbour. You sec what I mean'.' 

In ihc spy school a tutor warns ms pupils: 
"The spy's biggest dillnvitics He along his 
lines .if communication" that is lo say. in 
gelling his information home. So. as we want 
to team a lot abend ical life spies, we shall 
have to study nunc codes later on. Invisible 
inks. loo oh. yes. Iherc are such things, and 
tliey are often used. The cleverest spies, how- 
ever, invent completely new methods of then 
own, and we shall find thai some ol ' ihcm aic 
very exciting 

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2 Jmne 1950 

The Editor's Office 


43 Shoe l^me, London, EC4 

WE have had a great many letters 
liwm parents, teachers, dub 
kadcry etc.. suggesting the 
name of a boy or gill who Ihey 
think qualities lo become inn i. We should 
like lo thank them for ihcir tellers and lo say 
that wc shall be replying lo each out in due 
BMMK "11k; letters make very interesting 
leading and wc liave been greatly impressed 
lo fcam of all the fine actions thai have been 
dour or are bring done. 

several icasom. In the lirsl place, we wain lo 
keep a very high standard lor the MUl.s 
Badge. If iris given too easily, n won't he the 
really valuable award wc want it lo be. 

Secondly, every case suggested in us. which 
wc think ts al all likely lo deserve a MUB*S 
Badge, ha?, to he personally investigated, lo 
make sure there is no mistake. 

And thirdly, a good many people haven't 
yei got cjiKU- clear what a miu, really is. We 
certainly take oil our hal to almost all those 
what*; actions have been rcportEd lo us but 
many of Ihcm arc not really actions which 

' (he lesl by wluch you can letl a 
duo. He does something of mk.1i a kind lhai 
the other son of person the spiv could, if 
he knew aboul n. Jcei al him and say "You 
art; a roue! Fancy wasting your lime doing a 
wing hk: thai''' 

That is to say, it is something you wouldn't 
do H you thought only of yourself and what 
mm would gel out oT ii. ft is not something 
which, if you had any sense, you would do in 
an;, case, l-or example, if you find your own 

you find a burglar getting ui through youi 
kitchen window and Irv to slop him, thai is 
mil being a m i ■(■_ OToourK, anyone would do 
thai because it's your own house But if you 
spend a kit of nine and trouble (and perhaps 
take a big risk) in helping saimniae rise out of 
a pun lhat is facing a mug Became you 
needn't have done thai il doesn't help you. 
Bui don't get us wrong when we say you 

have to do something special we do itat mean 
only acts of heroism and bravery or acts 
which call for great physical strength. Wc 
have heard of a boy who said, '1 can never 
become a uvt:. I've done nothing special." 
By which he mean] he had never saved any- 
one from a burning house or anything tike 
that. But he had in tact done something lo 
deserve the award. He had quietly helped 
someone out of a difficulty al great hiss to 
h.iPiM'Jt You dont necessarily have to do 
something spectacular and scnsaliona! and 
get youi name m all the papers. Probably 
many people will be surmised when ilicy liear 
(hey have been awarded a mix; k Badge' 

So you don't need to go out ol youi way to 
iind something very heron- lo do One boy wc 
know of thought the only way to become 

jng! So every evening he has been lushing 
down lo the river near where he lives in the 
hope oT finding someone who has fallen in so 
thai he can pull lum mil ' Thai's noi :l« idea 
at all. Wc shall have members (lushing each 
other in rivers all over the place before long. 

So. if you havcn'i yet heard anything from 
us about whether or not you a le elected a mi g, 
that doesn't mean you won't hear sometime. 

And now here is another famous HfUQ Of 
MisiutY Marconi He didn't (so far as we 
know) save anyone from drowning by pulling 
them out of the sea or 
the river. But he has 
certainly saved a gicai 
many people's lives by 
his discoveries, and n 
vn limns. People said 
he was cmry to think 
that messages could he 
sent to ihc inner side of 
■he world by "wire 
less". They kept iiymi 
to get him lo stop wast- 
ing his lime, as they thought. Bui he decided 
to be a Mug and kept on with his efforts 
until he succeeded in giving us radio. 
Yours sincerely, 



There ore prizes for all the competitions again this week. A lOffi National Savings 
Certificate will be awarded to the senders of 'the first correct solution of each competition 
opened an June ?lh (except Wo. ?, where the prize will go In the best drawing received). 

Yoa can send all una entries in one envelope, but please put roar answer lo each font- 
petition on a separate piece of paper and put your name and address and Club number 
■« each. Address to Competition, FAGLF, 4 New Street Saaare. latuknt, E.C.4. 

X THt NOISES IIH.i MAKE: You know lhai buns bellow and 
monkeyschaltei.bufdoyouknow die noises made by ihefcnlowtng; Idl nightingales, 
(b) beetles, (cl crickets. Id) gumca jugs, fe) canaries, (fl chickens. (g) falcons. In) 
swans. Ii) foxes. t ij tailcrns. 


lo he divided in the proportion of ont 
oik ■■innOi to the third. The difficulty v 

5- BO VOL KNOW lalananin 
tail. Ic) a bird dial has no wings, (dl 
makes a m:si. <f ) an animal thai has n 

Three sons were left £2f> in then father's will, 
-half to die lust, one-third lo the second and 
/as easily solved ; but him ? 

■al lhai flies in the a 

n animal thai has no 

PLZSLL oi the issue ol 5th May is W. Hand Poulson. Hell Meadou. 
Drift: Coplhome. Shtewsburv . A pri^e of 1016 is being una to ban 
lite tinted solution was: Merchant, Clerk. Joinet, Jockey, Demist, 
Actor, Builder, Draper, Servant. Saikrr. 

^■*^. . *U ^yp^} *M j llUMt ^, 

hash Lonergan's Quest 


The story so Jar 

Chapter 8 


If L R t do you reckon lash has 
done a gitT' asked .Squib. The 


■ad i 

'To Opatfown. a" course," said Rawhide. 
-Thais where The Hunchback went after Ins 
last bte o' robbery, thefi. larceny, el cetera. 
So naturally our cobber's fiii/A:t( off in sec 
what's doin' up [here." 

-Whv didn't he lake in with him."" j-skcJ 

■■ Chai 

Hull i, 


i lad. 


ihe crick." 

The boy spread his blankets under the 
bottle iree and lav down. His liead pillowed 
.mi his saddle, he closed his eyes and listened 
to Rawhide singing, as lie sofllv strummed his 

Meanwhile l ash wem canlering along Ihe 
road that was a faint, grey lihbon between 
the dark scrub on cither side. Monarch's easy 
pm was like the rocking; ol"a cradle, and now 
.mil again his rider lound himself drowsing 
in the saddle. 

As lash rode he ruminated: 

"I might have the dingbats I ought he 
ciazy hut I can't get n out of my head that 
Dago Mi^nti and The Hunchback are in 

Dago and his mob are sheltering the bush- 
ranger and his mob. It the Hunchback hail 
his headquarters at Coolabah Creek, 11 would 
be impossible for him to live [here and not be 
MM by some of the blacks working on the 
place, And if there's one cove who can't keep 
a secret, it's a blackfellow. With the exeep- 
lion. of course, of my cobber Mopoke. Ami 
maybe just one or two others." 

"Whenever lhat bushranger makes a raid." 
thought lash, "that dingo called Dago is 
always close at hand. Well . nearly always. 
It's enough to make any cove suspicious." 

"But what about those Sellers from The 
Hunchbftck io me and Dago.'" he asked 
himself aloud, making Monarch prick up his 
COF&, "If i he bushranger and Dago were cob- 
bers, he wouldn't send him a letter demanding 

.Mil On i 

other hand, Dagoai 

he bushranger was an enemy of Dagos." 

He reined. Monarch to an amble. Now he 

*,is approaching Coolabah Crack, he must 

He did not make for the gate u> the homc- 
tumi I rack, hut cut o't" into the bush, letting 
Monarch pick his own way through the dark- 
less of i he scrub, the ronghrider fell his heart 

Reaching ihe strong, barbed-wire fence 
lhat marked ihe boundary of Coolabah 
Cieck station. Lash slipped oil be) liorse and 
dropped tile reins over a post. 

"Be a good boj rill I get hm:« "' !... 

cautuxisly bai swilllv Having been brought 
.if on lite station, he .new [lie paddocks well, 
lien if tiierc had been no slarlighl, he would 
tuive gone unerringly through ihe mulga 

I ash came lo the main homestead paddock. 
faille loomed up out of the darkness, snufling 
and stamping. 

He suddenly came out of the scrub and 
looted across the big yard where the troughs 
held iheir thousands of gallons .if glim- 
mering, starlit water. 

"Nobody at home," was his disappointing 
thought when be saw the homestead in dark- 

He knew that every single stockman would 
have gone lo Oonawidgec for the sports, JO 
he did not expect to see a light in any of the 
other buildings. But the homestead , . .? 

Ah, there was j light? He quickly skirted 
the yard and. with a crouching run. got close 
to the front verandah. 

He heard a firm footstep wailed breath- 
verandah . 

He was Dago Messiter. and he carried a 

Dago went down ihe steps and round ihe 
corner of the big house. As silently as a 
shadow. Lash followed him. 

The overseer suddenly stopped and 
listened. I-ash Iroa. held his breath, and 
wondered desperately how he could hide 
himself if Dago should suddenly return. 

But Dago, after a pause, went on his way 
to the horse paddock. There stood two horses. 
Me unsaddled the big mare he had ridden to 
and it urn Oonawidgec that day, and he put 
the saddle on a fresh horse 

He Mew mil Ihe lamp and hung it on a post. 
Mounting his horse, he rode off down the 
track to the main gate. 

"A fresh horse," thought Lash, "means a 
long ride. 1 wonder ,..?"" 

Weft aware thai (here was no time for him 
to go and gel Monarch, and Ihen follow Dago 
through the dark, lash muitered some harsh 
words against fate. 

A moment later he look them all hack, 
fate was kind to him after all. i-tere was a 
completely deserted homestead, and here was 
a chance to discover evidence against Dago. 

After waiting for a while, lash took ( hc 
hurricane lamp and went into the house. 
There he lit it, and, keeping the wick low, he 
made for his uncle's study. 

It hail altered hide since his last glimpse of 
it three years ago. Sadnc-s Hooded his heart 


• .M-.w 

EgM f: 

mII. ' 
spot i 

in by anyone outside. "Not 
thai lucre's anyone about," he thought, 
"because those stockmen and station hands 
won't be back till two or three in the morning. 
But just incase . . ." 

As he gentry polled open (he first drawer. 
conflicting emotions made him breathe 
faster While he hated being a thief in ihe 
night, he knew he was doing 11 in an at tempi 
to defeat a man of evil He tell that he was on 
ihe verge of a thrilling discovery. 

Lash found nothing in the first drawer but 
a few paiiets and letters of no importance. 
He pulled open Ihe second drawer. 
"Hullo, Mister Inquisitive 1 " 
As Lash whirled about, his hand Dashed to 
the coiled whip al his belt. 

The imperative voice was harsh, with the 
menace of death in its tones. As Lash wisely 
dropped his hand from Ins whip, he saw the 
gleaming hand of the rifle in the hands of 
Dago Messiter. 

"You took quite surprised - as if you 
weren't expecting me,"* said the foreman sar- 
casticalfy. Even in the half-light. Lash could 
see a smite of triumph gleam on his face. 

"Dago Messiter with a gun is something 
new." remarked Lash in cool tones as his 
brain sought fiercely for a way of escape. " I 
had an idea (hat a knife was your weapon-" 

Ignoring the remark. Dago sneered: "I'd 
have thought you would have known that 
there's oniy one thing that'll scare while 
cockatoos off Iheir perch at night. And that's 

lash caught his breath. What a fool he'd 
been! Of course Dago had heard the noisy 
"Kant Ka-a-ah'" of the birds. 

"I didn't think it would be one of my men," 
went on Dago, "because they'd come up the 
road from the big gate. So I thought I'd lay 
a irap for the si ranger." 

lash could not resist faint admiration for 
the man's cleverness. "So you went to all the 
trouble of saddling a fresh horse, and ruling 
away on it. just to make me Ihink yo" were 
off on a long ride?" 

"fni to Ihe top of the class. Lash I oner 


"Or to the bottom of a ravine?" queried 

Lash, recalling where ihe blacks had found his 

uncle's body. 

"Don't put ideas inio my head." 
"They're there already," said Lash coo 

tempi uotisfy. "1 know you'd like lo get rid. of 

me. and you've been irsing cveiv dirty trick 


ordered Mes- 

" Yi'u wtmlilitl litre," he .mid 

Lash pulled the handle out t 
socket and tossed Ihe whip into 

'"Now, you whip-cracking whippersnop* 
per," said the foreman menacingly. Til give 

Dago put the gun down on the verandah. 
He moved forward into the room. 

The iwo men circled each other warily 

Dago lunged and swung, intending a 
devastating left hook lo the jaw. lash drew 
bock swiftly. 

Before Dago could lecover his balance. 
Lash slipped a straight left to Ihe nose. 

A second lalcr. the astonished foreman 
found himself on his back on ihe floor, with 
his right foot lucked inio lash's amnpil and 
held fast in a two-handed lock. 

"HahT" Dago could not hold back the yelp 
of pain. Lash released the pressure and wem 
on: "Listen, Dago, all 1 want from you just 

"Get him, Joe!" cried Dago, staring post 

lash lowariis the open door. 
"You caught me once like that. " laughed 

Then he heard the swifl footsteps. He 
moved too late. A pair of powerful arms em- 
braced him, one of them encircling his throat 
and bending him Iwck wards till he was forced 
io let go of Dago's leg. 

Scrambling to his feet. Dago snatched up 
I ash's whip, "lit fix you good and proper 
this time." he snarled. 

Within a minute. Lash was silting in a 
chair with his hands bound behind his back - 
lied by his own whip while Dugo and Greasy 
Jot stood iriumptiamty over him. 

"You were dead on time," said Dago 
delightedly. His grin was evil as he turned 
back to Lash. ''And speaking of being dead 
. . ." He paused and gave a short laugh. 

The roughrider looked at Dago with cool, 
calm eyes. "You wouldn't dare," he said in 
even lories. "Nor Greasy Joe either.'* 

The forcnian ignored the remark and 
turned to Joe. "Nobody else is to know he's 
here. Nobody bul --"" He checked himself 
and added: "I'll tell you about that later/' 

"Where' II we keep *im tonight?" asked the 

"This room's as good as any. We'll lie his 
feet and lock (he doors. None of the men will 
be here 'ill cook comes to make breakfast in 
the morning and by lhal time he'll be gone.'" 

Ten minutes later. Lash was lying in the 
darkness, securely bound hand and foot. He 
felt very uncomfoi table and very much alone. 

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