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IS MAINLY SCANDALOUS And he died mysteriously? The doctors certified that he died from natural causes – heart failure. That is what the world believes, of course. His death was a nation's loss, and the truth was hushed up. But you, Phil Poland, know it. Upon the floor was found something – a cigar – eh? Nothing very extraordinary in that, surely? He died while smoking. Yes, said the bald-headed man, bending towards the other and lowering his voice into a harsh whisper. He died while smoking a cigar – a cigar that had been poisoned! You know it well enough. What's the use of trying to affect ignorance – with me! Well? asked Philip Poland after a brief pause, his brows knit darkly and his face drawn and pale. Well, I merely wish to recall that somewhat unpleasant fact, and to tell you that I know the truth, said the other with slow deliberation, his eyes fixed upon the man seated opposite him. Why recall unpleasant facts? asked Poland, with a faint attempt to smile. "I never do

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