The Efficiency Expert

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 107

Bince breathed more
freely thereafter than he had for a long time before.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bince entered the court-room late on Friday morning
following the brief ceremony that had made them man and wife. It had
been generally supposed that to-day the case would go to the jury as the
evidence was all in, and the final arguments of the attorneys, which had
started the preceding day, would be concluded during the morning
session. It had been conceded that the judge's charge would be brief and
perfunctory, and there was even hope that the jury might return a
verdict before the close of the afternoon session, but when Bince and
his bride entered the court-room they found Torrance's attorney making a
motion for the admission of new evidence on the strength of the recent
discovery of witnesses, the evidence of whom he claimed would materially
alter the aspect of the case.

An hour was consumed in argument before the judge finally granted the
motion. The first of the new witnesses called was an employee of the
International Machine Company. After the usual preliminary questions the
attorney for the defense asked him if he was employed in the plant on
the afternoon of March 24. The reply was in the affirmative.

"Will you tell the jury, please, of any occurrence that you witnessed
there that afternoon out of the ordinary?"

"I was working at my machine," said the witness, "when Pete Krovac comes
to me and asks me to hide behind a big drill-press and watch what the
assistant general manager done when he comes through the shop again. So
I hides there and I saw this man Bince come along and drop an envelope
beside Krovac's machine, and after he left I comes out as Krovac picks
it up, and I seen him take some money out of it."

"How much money?" asked the attorney.

"There was fifty dollars there. He counted it in front of me."

"Did he say what it was for?"

"Yes, he said Bince gave it to him to croak this fellow"--nodding
toward Jimmy.

"What fellow?" asked the attorney. "You mean Mr. Torrance, the

"Yes, sir."

"And what else? What happened after that?"

"Krovac said he'd split it with me if I'd go along and help him."

"Did you?"


"What happened?"

"The guy beat up Krovac and come near croaking me, and got away."

"That is all," said the attorney.

The prosecuting attorney, whose repeated objections to the testimony of
the witness had been overruled, waived cross-examination.

Turning to the clerk, "Please call Stephen Murray," said Jimmy's

Murray, burly and swaggering, took the witness

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with The Gods of Mars

Page 10
As I had watched the noble fight which the great warrior had put up against such enormous odds my heart had swelled in admiration for him, and acting as I am wont to do, more upon impulse than after mature deliberation, I instantly sprang from my sheltering rock and bounded quickly toward the bodies of the dead green Martians, a well-defined plan of action already formed.
Page 12
CHAPTER II A FOREST BATTLE Tars Tarkas and I found no time for an exchange of experiences as we stood there before the great boulder surrounded by the corpses of our grotesque assailants, for from all directions down the broad valley was streaming a perfect torrent of terrifying creatures in response to the weird call of the strange figure far above us.
Page 15
And so I knew that there was another reason than fear of death behind his flight, as he knew that a greater power than pride or honour spurred me to escape these fierce destroyers.
Page 16
They were that most dreaded of Martian creatures--great white apes of Barsoom.
Page 20
For fully five hundred feet I continued to climb, until at length I reached the opening in the stem which admitted the light.
Page 21
It seemed more.
Page 66
She was regarding me with a strange expression I had not before seen upon.
Page 90
The man had entered and was standing facing the centre of the room, so that his back was toward me.
Page 92
The only freedom for us death.
Page 97
I caught a glimpse of Issus leaning far forward upon her throne, her hideous countenance distorted in a horrid grimace of hate and rage, in which I thought I could distinguish an expression of fear.
Page 99
There tell your story to Matai Shang, my father.
Page 109
He gave me a peculiar look, but said nothing further on the subject.
Page 122
As I stood in the shadows at the far corner of the first square which housed members of the horde, I saw warriors emerging from several of the buildings.
Page 123
At my right was a door leading from the balcony into the building.
Page 124
I hastened on as rapidly as I dared through the darkness until I reached the point at which they had left the corridor.
Page 143
Earth time.
Page 148
Come, Tars Tarkas.
Page 157
Free, I could prosecute the search for Dejah Thoris.
Page 165
"At Thark lie the transports for the green warriors of Tars Tarkas, nine hundred large troopships, and with them their convoys.
Page 171
The order was passed down for them to embark.