The Efficiency Expert

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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have been to have called in the police, but the Lizard has evidently
given me a new view-point in regard to them," for the latter had
impressed upon Jimmy the fact that whatever knowledge a policeman might
have regarding one was always acquired with the idea that eventually it
might be used against the person to whom it pertained.

"What a policeman don't know about you will never hurt you," was one way
that the Lizard put it.

When Jimmy appeared in the shop the next morning he noted casually that
Krovac had a cut upon his chin, but he did not give the matter a second
thought. Bince had arrived late. His first question, as he entered the
small outer office where Mr. Compton's stenographer and his worked, was
addressed to Miss Edith Hudson.

"Is Mr. Torrance down yet?" he asked.

"Yes," replied the girl, "he has been here some time. Do you wish to
see him?"

Edith thought that the "No" which he snapped at her was a trifle more
emphatic than the circumstances seemed to warrant, nor could she help
but notice after he had entered his office the vehement manner in which
he slammed the door.

"I wonder what's eating him," thought Miss Hudson to herself. "Of
course he doesn't like Jimmy, but why is he so peeved because Jimmy came
to work this morning--I don't quite get it."

Almost immediately Bince sent for Krovac, and when the latter came and
stood before his desk the assistant general manager looked up at him

"Well?" he asked.

"Look at my chin," was Krovac's reply, "and he damn near killed the
other guy."

"Maybe you'll have better luck the next time," growled Bince.

"There ain't goin' to be no next time," asserted Krovac. "I don't tackle
that guy again."

Bince held out his hand.

"All right," he said, "you might return the fifty then."

"Return nothin'," growled Krovac. "I sure done fifty dollars' worth last

"Come on," said Bince, "hand over the fifty."

"Nothin' doin'," said Krovac with an angry snarl. "It might be worth
another fifty to you to know that I wasn't going to tell old man

"You damn scoundrel!" exclaimed Bince.

"Don't go callin' me names," admonished Krovac. "A fellow that hires
another to croak a man for him for one hundred bucks ain't got no
license to call nobody names."

Bince realized only too well that he was absolutely in the power of the
fellow and immediately his manner changed.

"Come," he said, "Krovac, there is no use in our quarreling. You can
help me and I can help

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