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Blind Date With Death
who did do it. The rival papers will be on the street with a big splurge: ‘Fish back murdered. Judge Koomes’ hat trampled on the floor. Judge Koomes mysteriously missing.’ We’re going to need facts to combat those inferences.” “Okay, you win,” Grinnel said. “What do you want to do?" “While the paper’s trying to locate that blind man, let’s see what we can do with the ‘Seeing-Eye’ dog.” "How come?” Grinnel asked. “We’ll take her to the Hillcrest and see what she does,” Win explained. “If that blind man was in the room at the tune of the killing, the dog will become excited.” "You’ve said it. Baby. Let’s go.” Win slid behind the wheel, started the motor. Her competent hands and feet worked wheel, pedals and levers as she took advantage of every break in the traffic. Grinnel, looking across at her, forced a grin and said, “How does it seem to be stepping around with the good-looking sheiks, Baby?" “Meaning Wilton?” she asked. “Uhhuh.” Win detected that, in Grinnel’s voice, which wasn't 90 much jealousy as a certain wistfulness. “He's a good dancer,” she admitted. ‘Swell looker, nifty dresser," Grin nel remarked. "Glossy, wavy hair with highlights, fine profile, athletic figure . . . And he’s going places. He won’t have to take orders from a city editor or any one else. There’s a man who could associate with any crowd without making his girl feel he was regarded as a freak.” Win laughed at him to conceal her hurt. “Trying to make me feel sorry [or you, Bert?” she asked. “No,” he told her, grinning, “try ing to make me feel sorry for me.” "Any luck?” she asked. "Not a bit,” he said. “I suppose I'll never get into the high brackets or be famous, but I’d never be happy in any other work. Now you’re different. You're going to climb to heights that’d make a newspaper man diwy.” Continued from pogo fix "Nonsense, Bert!” she said im patiently. "I’m just as much news paper as you are.” - "You’re Hollywood," he said. "You’re going to have people around you who are famous. You're going to be a star. You not only don’t want to carry your old friends with you — you simply can’t do it. You need new friends.” “The young lawyer, for instance?” Her sidelong glance studied his face. His cigarette drooped as he slumped down in the seat. “You could do worse,” he told her. "Lawyers build up all the time. Newspaper people usually stay put.” “Bert Grinnel," she said. “I could bo* your ears. Why don’t you respect yourself?” “I do," he told her, grinning some what ruefully. “It’s the 90up-and-fish crowd I don’t respect. But I’m talking facts. Win. You’re going places. You can’t take some of us with you." "Why not? You’re as good as — ” He became suddenly savage as he interrupted her. "Oh, I am, am I? All right, think 1 could afford to drop in with a few orchids, all dolled up in soup-and-fish and sheik you around to the Hollywood night spot ; where I’d have to tip the waiters a week's salary or be considered a heel? Think I’d let yon pay for the checks — ” "All right,” she broke in, "then I’d disappear three nights a week. We’d sneak in to the old By-Line Caffc.” His laugh was sarcastic. “Imagine Win Layton, the public idol, sneaking in anywhere.” "Then I’ll turf, down this movie part. I won’t take the screen test.” "You’ll do it," he interrupted, “if I have to drag you up there by the hair of your head.” "I’ll make faces at the camera if you do.” "Try it,” he said grimly. She drove in silence until they came What Would You Do? If an army as large as that we sent to France should invade America, menacing our safety and forcing everyone to pay a tribute of $120 a year — what would you do? That’s not a fantastic picture. For America today is being attacked by an army of crime — four million strong — that threatens every home. This army costs us fifteen billion dollars a year. And you and other law-abiding citizens pay the bill. Those who know most about crime say that this army cannot be defeated until honest citizens everywhere join in the battle. Will you enlist in the war? Then send for “How to Fight Crime,” the primer on crime control for which J. Edgar Hoover has written an introductory article. It will be sent to you free. Write to This Week Magazine, in care of this newspaper. And be sure to read the important series of articles which Mr. Hoover is writing on crime in America and how to control it. His next article appears one week from today. to the rooming house. In the rear seat, the dog started to make little whining noises. “You sure had the right hunch. Baby,” Grinnel said. “Park this crate and let’s see what happens.” Win parked the car, opened the door for the dog, which pell-melled out, and led them across the street and up the stairs. , They raced down the corridor. The dog rushed past Room 208, where Fishback's body had been found, raised on her hind legs, pushed with her front paws against the door of 206. Grinnel tried a couple of passkeys. He opened the door and switched on lights. The dog jerked away from Win, ran into the room, sniffed around, the leash dragging on the floor. There was nothing particularly dis tinctive about the room. The furnish ings were conventional in their cheap efficiency. A pan of water was on the floor. The dog took a few excited laps, . then ran toward Win, whining gently. Win grabbed the leash, nodded to Grinnel. He switched out the lights, closed the door and locked it. “That’s that,” he said. “The dog lives here. A blind person did live here. His coming down the hall just about the time the murder was being committed may have been a coinci dence. Or he may have known some thing about the murder.” “How could dog and master get separated?” Win asked. “That might have been some minor accident.” Win shook her head. “No, Bert. Those dogs have a special harness, one that has leather shafts. The blind man wouldn’t have removed that harness and turned her loose. Let’s see if she can take us anywhere from here.” The dog ran down the stairs as far as the comer, then out into the middle of the street, and. tugging at the leash, pulled Win down the right-hand side. Win called back over her shoulder, "Bert, follow with the car. I’m going to see where she leads me.” (Continued on page IS) Would you like to we your figure... molded to it* youngest, smoothest hues? You can make this free teat, in 10 minutes, without obligation. Tea yean of kips and tummy. New graceful Uft to your posture! 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