The Efficiency Expert

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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the hospital that evening she found Jimmy in high
spirits. He was dressed for the first time, and assured her that he was
quite able to return to work if the doctor would let him, but the nurse
shook her head. "You ought to stay here for another week or ten days,"
she admonished him.

"Nothing doing,"' cried Jimmy. "I'll be out of here Monday at the
latest." But when Edith told him that the C.P.A.'s had finished, and
that their report would be handed in Saturday, Jimmy announced that he
would leave the hospital the following day.

"But you can't do it," said the nurse.

"Why not?" asked Jimmy.

"The doctor won't permit it."

Edith tried to dissuade him, but he insisted that it was absolutely
necessary for him to be at the office when the C.P.A.'s report was made.

"I'll be over there Friday evening or Saturday morning at the latest,"
he said as she bid him good-bye.

And so it was that, despite the pleas of his nurse and the orders of his
physician, Jimmy appeared at the plant Friday afternoon. Bince greeted
him almost effusively, and Mr. Compton seemed glad to see him out again.

That evening Harold Bince met Murray at Feinheimer's, and still later
the Lizard received word that Murray wanted to see him.

"Everything's ready," the boss explained to the Lizard. "The whole
thing's framed for to-morrow night. The watchman was discharged to-day.
Another man is supposed to have been hired to take the job, but of
course he won't show up. You meet me here at seven thirty to-morrow
night, and I'll give you your final instructions and tell you how to get
to the plant." The C.P.A.'s were slow in completing their report. At
noon on Saturday it looked very much to Bince that there would be no
report ready before Monday. He had spent most of the forenoon pacing his
office, and at last, unable longer to stand the strain, he had announced
that he was going out to his country club for a game of golf.

He returned to his down-town club about dinner-time, and at eight
o'clock he called up Elizabeth Compton.

"Come on up," said the girl. "I'm all alone this evening. Father went
back to the office to examine some reports that were just finished up
late this afternoon."

"I'll be over," said Bince, "as soon as I dress." If there was any trace
of surprise or shock in his tones the girl failed to notice it.

At ten o'clock that night a figure moved silently through the dark
shadows of an alleyway

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