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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?"
*'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
"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 nm.li 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?""
"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
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
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
"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
"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
"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 "
"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
"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
"Gog! So that was fhc meaning of " The
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
"I don't know how to ihank you ■-■■" she
began, but Ray. with one leg over (lie sill,
"Go quickly." he ground out, "before I
change my mind!"
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Biroetle writes anywhere m dry or wet
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ihxyethe p 9/z
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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 c-.in.-fui 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.
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:
T HtAGI I SODN8CI J KMP
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
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_-
. liv. i
beside them It will thus be seen tli.il 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 ih.it 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
c of the thousand
dispatcJtcd curry day
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
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
litutlxr ArtWk i>y
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S K I P P Y
THE K A NGAROO
BY DANET. DUBRISAY, GENESTRE
HEROES OF THE CLOUDS
ING THE COUNTRYSIDE
AND EDITOR'S PAGE
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 ili.it 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.
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.
tTO MAKE VOL IHINK
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
the winner of the TRADES AND OCCUPATIONS PICTLRt.
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
Bv MOORE RAYMOND
The story so Jar
If L R t do you reckon lash has
done a gitT' asked .Squib. The
'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
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
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-
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
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
"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
"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
" 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
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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