The detective indulged himself in a cackle of sneering merriment.
Again, he saw the detective walking forward, out there in the corridor.
And with the detective went a man whose gait was slinking, craven.
Detective Carpenter was seen, and the situation explained to him.
The Government had recalled all the men but five, who were left in charge of Detective Carpenter.
"You'll have the chance before long," replied the detective.
"I am not a detective, Mrs. Hallam," announced the young man suddenly.
A slight pause of silence was made by the detective ere he rejoined.
Next day brought a note from the detective which went far to reassure her.
"Ah, quite so," said the detective complacently, turning to his documents again.