The Efficiency Expert

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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chair. The attorney
handed him a letter. It was the letter that Murray had written Bince
enclosing the supposed I.W.W. threat.

"Did you ever see that before?" he asked.

Murray took the letter and read it over several times. He was trying to
see in it anything which could possibly prove damaging to him.

"Sure," he said at last in a blustering tone of voice. "I wrote it.
But what of it?"

"And this enclosure?" asked the attorney. He handed Murray the slip
of soiled wrapping paper with the threat lettered upon it. "This was
received with your letter."

Murray hesitated before replying. "Oh," he said, "that ain't nothing.
That was just a little joke."

"You were seen in Feinheimer's with Mr. Bince on March--Do you recall
the object of this meeting?"

"Mr. Bince thought there was going to be a strike at his plant and he
wanted me to fix it up for him," replied Murray.

"You know the defendant, James Torrance?"


"Didn't he knock you down once for insulting a girl?" Murray flushed,
but was compelled to admit the truth of the allegation.

"You haven't got much use for him, have you?" continued the attorney.

"No, I haven't," replied Murray.

"You called the defendant on the telephone a half or three-quarters of
an hour before the police discovered Mr. Compton's body, did you not?"

Murray started to deny that he had done so. Jimmy's attorney stopped
him. "Just a moment, Mr. Murray," he said, "if you will stop a moment
and give the matter careful thought I am sure you will recall that you
telephoned Mr. Torrance at that time, and that you did it in the
presence of a witness," and the attorney pointed toward the back of the
court-room. Murray looked in the direction that the other indicated and
again he paled and his hand trembled where it rested on the arm of his
chair, for seated in the back of the courtroom was the head-waiter from
Feinheimer's. "Now do you recall?" asked the attorney.

Murray was silent for a moment. Suddenly he half rose from his chair.
"Yes I remember it," he said. "They are all trying to double-cross me. I
had nothing to do with killing Compton. That wasn't in the deal at all.
Ask that man there; he will tell you that I had nothing to do with
killing Compton. He hired me and he knows," and with shaking finger
Murray pointed at Mr. Harold Bince where he sat with his wife beside the
prosecuting attorney.



For a moment there was tense silence in

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