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Dr. Lutz uttered a horrified exclamation
Schwartz said faintly: "Who is this guy ? Does anyone know ?"
"I fancy," said Poirot, "that he was
known here as Robert, a rather unskilful
Lutz had gone nearer, bending over the
body. He pointed with a finger.
There was a paper pinned to the dead
man's breast. It had some words scrawled
on it in ink.
Marrascazid will kill no more —- nor will
"Marrascaud? So this is Marrascaud! But what brought him up here to this out
of the way spot ? And why do you say his
name is Robert ?"
"He was here masquerading as a waiter
-- and by all accounts he was a very bad
waiter. So bad that no one was surprised
when he was given the sack. He left -presumably to return to Andermatt. But
nobody saw him go."
Lutz said in his low rumbling voice:
"So--and what do you think happened
?" Poirot replied:
"I think we have here the explanation
of a certain worried expression on the
hotel manager's face. Marrascaud must
have offered him a big bribe to allow him
to remain hidden in the unused part of
He added thoughtfully: "But the manager
was not happy about it. Oh no, he was
not happy at all."
"And Marrascaud continued to live in
this unused wing with no one but the
manager knowing about it ?"
"So it seems. It would be quite possible, you know.53
"And why was he killed ? And who killed
"That's easy. He was to share out the
money with his gang. He didn't. He
double-crossed them. He came here, to
this out of the way place, to lie low for a
while. He thought it was the last place
in the world they'd ever think of. He was wrong. Somehow or other they got wise
to it and followed him." He touched the
dead body with the tip of his shoe. "And
they settled his account -- like this."
Hercule Poirot murmured:
"Yes, it was not quite the kind of rendezvous we thought."
Dr. Lutz said irritably:
"These hows and whys may be very
interesting, but I am concerned with our
present position. Here we have a dead man.
I have a sick man on my hands and a limited
amount of medical supplies. And we are cut
off from the world! For how long ?"
"And we've got three murderers locked
in a cupboard! It's what I'd call kind of
an interesting situation."
'"What do we do ?"
"First, we get hold of the manager. He
is not a criminal, that one, only a man who
was greedy for money. He is a coward, too. He will do everything we tell him. My
good friend Jacques, or his wife, will
perhaps provide some cord. Our three miscreants must be placed where we can guard
them in safety until the day when help
comes. I think that Mr. Schwartz's automatic
will be effective in carrying out any
plans we may make."
Dr. Lutz said:
"And I ? What do I do ?&qu...
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