Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

i have not the slightest idea m poirot the whole

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Unformatted text preview: oyed were pursuing their tactics of lying down on the street crossings and penetrating into the Ritz. A small body of them had entered Simpson's Galleries and lain down with the slogan displayed of "Art is a Luxury. Feed the Hungry." The police had been sent for, everyone had crowded round in eager curiosity, and it was not till the demonstrators had been forcibly removed by the arm of the law that it was noticed that the new Rubens had been neatly cut out of its frame and removed also! "It was quite a small picture, you see," explained Mr. Simpson. "A man could put it under his arm and walk out while everyone was looking at those miserable idiots of unemployed." The men in question, it was discovered, had been paid for their innocent part in the robbery. They were to demonstrate at Simpson's Galleries. But they had known nothing of the reason until afterwards. 326 FR1;Hercule Poirot thought that it was an amusing trick but did not see what he could do about it. The police, he pointed out, could be trusted to deal with a straightforward robbery. Alexander Simpson said: "Listen to me, Poirot. I know who stole the picture and where it is going." According to the owner of Simpson's Galleries it had been stolen by a gang of international crooks on behalf of a certain millionaire who was not above acquiring works of art at a surprisingly low price--and no questions asked! The Rubens, said Simpson, would be smuggled over to France where it would pass into the millionaire's possession. The English and French police were on the alert, nevertheless Simpson was of the opinion that they would fail. "And once it has passed into this dirty dog's possession, it's going to be more difficult. Rich men have to be treated with respect. That's where you come in. The situation's going to be delicate. You're the man for that." Finally, without enthusiasm, Hercule Poirot was induced to accept the task. He agreed to depart for France immediately. LOH22 3^7 He was not very interested in his quest, but because of it, he was introduced to the case of the Missing Schoolgirl which interested him very much indeed. He first heard of it from Chief Inspector Japp who dropped in to see him just as Poirot was expressing approval of his valet's packing. "Ha," said Japp. "Going to France, aren't you ?" Poirot said: "Mon cher, you are incredibly well informed at Scotland Yard." Japp chuckled. He said: "We have our spies! Simpson's got you on to this Rubens business. Doesn't trust us, it seems! Well, that's neither here nor there, but what I want you to do is something quite different. As you're going to Paris anyway, I thought you might as well kill two birds with one stone. Detective Inspector Heam's over there cooperating with the Frenchies -- you know Hearn ? Good chap -- but perhaps not very imaginative. I'd like your opinion on the business." "What is this matter of which you speak ?" 328 "Chi...
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