250 The Stolen White Elephant
" In compromises they always get half." This removed my only objection. So the inspector wrote two notes, in this form:
Dear Madam,— Your husband can make a large sum of money (and
be entirely protected from the law) by making an immediate appointment
He sent one of these by his confidential messenger to the " reputed wife" of Brick Duffy, and the other to the reputed wife of Red McFadden.
Within the hour these offensive answers came:
Ye Owld fool : brick McDuffys bin ded 2 yere.
Chief Bat,— Red McFadden is hung and in heving 18 month. Any
Ass but a detective knose that.
"I had long suspected these facts," said the inspector; " this testimony proves the unerring accuracy of my instinct."
The moment one resource failed him he was ready with another. He immediately wrote an advertisement for the morning papers, and I kept a copy of it:
A.— xwblv. 242 N. Tjnd — fz328wmlg. Ozpo,—; 2 m! ogw. Mum.
He said that if the thief was alive this would bring him to the usual rendezvous. He further explained that the usual, rendezvous was a place where all business affairs between detectives and criminals were conducted. This meeting would take place at twelve the next night.
We could do nothing till then, and I lost no time in getting out of the office, and was grateful indeed for the privilege.
At 11 the next night I brought $100,000 in bank