By W.E. Johns
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There has been a noisy crack via a pointy splintering sound, and earlier than he may take his weight off the bar a wide element of the rotten woodwork had damaged off and fallen with a crash into the room. The hall used to be, clearly, immediately flooded with gentle from the room. Ginger stared on the gaping gap, petrified with horror and alarm, for the noise had appeared to him adequate to deliver everybody within the citadel to the spot, and if someone entered the room the outlet within the wall might immediately be visible. His first lucid suggestion used to be that he needs to get the panel again into position sooner than von Stalhein lower back, or his hall will be chanced on and his trap guaranteed. With this item in view he scrambled in the course of the gap and jumped down into the room, a distance of an insignificant or 3 ft. now not till he was once there did he observe that what he had was hoping to accomplish was once most unlikely. He couldn't come again into the tunnel and quickly repair the panel in position from that facet. He may possibly positioned the panel approximately into place from the place he now stood, as he speedy ascertained; yet he used to be, in fact, at the improper aspect of it. And whereas he stood there, his mind racing, virtually triumph over via dismay, he heard footsteps drawing close. caused now through intuition instead of by way of planned idea, he driven the panel approximately into position and dived for the single disguise the room provided, which used to be at the back of the tall door of the secure, which von Stalhein had left open. As he handed in entrance of it he observed the Professor’s bottle of excessive explosive status on a shelf, and with a wild thought of blowing the entire position to items if the worst got here to the worst, he snatched it together with his left hand, while doing away with his pistol with the opposite. ‘If there's going to be a coarse condo i'm at the least good armed,’ he proposal grimly. He used to be inflexible at the back of the secure door while von Stalhein got here again into the room. He held his breath, totally looking ahead to the panel to cave in less than the vibration of the German’s heavy footsteps. however it remained in position, and von Stalhein sat down at his table, within which place his again was once grew to become to Ginger, who remained the place he was once, for he had no desire to begin difficulty opposed to odds which his good judgment instructed him have been too heavy. He famous with pride that von Stalhein’s nerves on side, for he rapped irritably at the table in entrance of him with a lead pencil. He reached for the phone, replaced his brain, and slammed the receiver down back. Ginger’s prayer of thankfulness — for he was once afraid that the German used to be back going to summon his males — used to be bring to an end brief while the guy in entrance of him picked up the tool and snapped what used to be in actual fact an order. yet Ginger’s middle leapt, for he had stuck the be aware Englander, which within the conditions he took to consult Algy. Von Stalhein persisted drumming on his table along with his pencil, and hence the location remained for 2 or 3 mins, which appeared like an eternity to Ginger, who was once terrified that von Stalhein may perhaps come to a decision at any second to shut the secure, during which case they'd meet nose to nose.