Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

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Unformatted text preview: st that you would understand." Poirot smiled. "I did understand. There was only one person sitting near enough to overhear anything we said and as soon as I left the teashop I arranged to have him followed when he came out. When he went straight back to the Sanctuary I understood that I could rely on you and that you would not let me down -- but I was afraid because it increased the danger for you." "Was -- was there really danger ? What was there in the syringe ?" Japp said: 384 "Will you explain, or shall I ?" Poirot said gravely: "Mademoiselle, this Dr. Andersen had perfected a scheme of exploitation and murder -- scientific murder. Most of his life has been spent in bacteriological research. Under a different name he has a chemical laboratory in Sheffield. There he makes cultures of various bacilli. It was his practice, at the Festivals, to inject into his followers a small but sufficient dose of Cannabis Indica -- which is also known by the names of Hashish or Blang. This gives delusions of grandeur and pleasurable enjoyment. It bound his devotees to him. These were the Spiritual Joys that he promised them." "Most remarkable," said Miss Carnaby. "Really a most remarkable sensation." Hercule Poirot nodded. "That was his general stock in trade -a dominating personality, the power of creating mass hysteria and the reactions produced by this drug. But he had a second aim in view. "Lonely women, in their gratitude and fervour, made wills leaving their money to the Cult. One by one, these women died. 385 "You were magnificent," said Poirolt warmly. "For a raomoent I thought that either you or I had takem leave of our senses^ I thought for one litttle minute that yoix meant it." "It was such a shocck,35 said Miss Carnaby. "Just when we h^ad been talking confidentially. I saw in tdie glass that Lipscomb, who keeps the Lodge of the Sanctuary, was sitting at the table behind me. I don't know now ifitwaxs an accident or if he? had actually followed nxie. As I say, I had to> do the best I could »on the spur of the? minute and trust that^ you would understand." Poirot smiled. "I did understand. "There was only one person sitting near esnough to overhear anything we said and sas soon as I left the teashop I arranged to have him followed when he came out. Whnen he went straight back to the Sanctuary I understood that I could rely on you and that you would not let me down -- but I v^as afraid because it increased the danger for you." "Was -- was there rreally danger ? What was there in the syring^e ?" Japp said: 3841 "Will you explain, or shall I ?" Poirot said gravely: "Mademoiselle, this Dr. Andersen had perfected a scheme of exploitation and murder -- scientific murder. Most of his life has been spent in bacteriological research. Under a different name he has a chemical laboratory in Sheffield. There he makes culture...
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