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tubercular. Worried to death by her husband's
way of life. She was religious -- a
devout Catholic -- but couldn't make up
her mind to leave him. She died a couple of years ago. Daughter took after her -she became a nun. The son was different
-- a chip off the old block. Last I heard of
him he was doing time in America."
Hercule Poirot wrote, in his little notebook.
America. He said: "It is possible
that Casey's son may have known the
"Don't believe he did. It would have
come into the fences' hands by now."
"The cup might have been melted
"It might. Quite possible, I should say.
But I don't know--its supreme value
is to collectors -- and there's a lot of
funny business goes on with collectors -you'd be surprised! Sometimes," said
Wagstaffe virtuously, "I think collectors
haven't any morals at all."
"Ah! Would you be surprised if Sir
Reuben Rosenthal, for instance, were engaged
in what you describe as Tunny
401 "I wouldn't put it past him. He's not
supposed to be very scrupulous where
works of art are concerned."
"What about the other members of the
"Ricovetti and Dublay both got stiff
sentences. I should imagine they'll be
coming out about now."
"Dublay is a Frenchman, is he not ?"
"Yes, he was the brains of the gang."
"Were there other members of it ?"
"There was a girl — Red Kate she used
to be called. Took a job as lady's-maid and
found out all about a crib — where stuff
was kept and so on. She went to Australia,
I believe, after the gang broke up."
"Anyone else ?"
"Chap called Yougouian was suspected
of being in with them. He's a dealer.
Headquarters in Stamboul but he has a
shop in Paris. Nothing proved against
him — but he's a slippery customer."
Poirot sighed. He looked at his little
notebook. In it was written: America,
Australia, Italy, Prance, Turkey....
He murmured: "I'll put a girdle round the earth —/"
"Pardon ?" said Inspector Wagstaffe.
"I was observing,3' said Hercule Poirot,
"that a world tour seems indicated."
It was the habit of Hercule Poirot to discuss
his cases with his capable valet, George. That is to say, Hercule Poirot
would let drop certain observations to
which George would reply with the worldly
wisdom which he had acquired in the
course of his career as a gentleman's
"If you were faced, Georges," said
Poirot, "with the necessity of conducting
investigations in five different parts of
the globe, how would you set about it ?"
"Well, sir, air travel is very quick, though some say as it upsets the stomach.
I couldn't say myself."
"One asks oneself," said Hercule Poirot, "what would Hercules have done ?"
"You mean the bicycle chap, sir ?"
"Or," pursued Hercule Poirot, "one...
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