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E always heading south and appear to be in a powerful hurry, but the
funny part of it is I ain't never seen them coming back." "Do you know
their names?" "No, I can't say I do, though it seems as if I'd heard one
of them called Fred. I can't say which it was." "Do they always come by
on the same day--on Wednesday?" asked Jane, forgetful once more of
Dean's warning to let him do the talking lest her voice should betray
her sex. "Come to think of it," said the man, apparently noticing
nothing unusual, "I guess it always is on a Wednesday they come by." "Is
the number of their car anything like this?" asked Dean, exhibiting an
entry in his notebook. "I couldn't say," said the man, studying the
figures. "I know it is a New York license, and the number ends with two
nines like this one does. What might you be wanting them for?" He spoke
to a cloud of dust, for Dean had started up the motorcycle before he
finished speaking and already was speeding away. "Where now?" asked
Jane. "I don't know," he answered frankly, "I only know we are going the
direction the Hoffs went, and I want to gain on them before they get too
far ahead. The chap back there had told us all he knew and was beginning
to get curious, so I thought it better to vamoose." "It's funny about
his never seeing them coming back." "Probably there is nothing
mysterious about that. I have a notion they always come up one side the
river and down the other, taking the 125th Street ferry home. That would
not be a bad plan to help them in eluding too curious observers. All
these German spies are trained to leave as blind a trail behind them as
possible. The thing we have got to discover is what brought them up
here. We've just got to find out their destination." "I am afraid there
is little chance of our doing that," insisted Jane. "We've nothing to go
on." "We've learned something. We know that their destination is
somewhere between here and Fort Lee on this side of the river. That
narrows down the search considerably. That's more, too, than anybody
else that the Chief has had on their trail has learned. Something tells
me that we are getting warm right now. Obviously the place they come to
must

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