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VIII The Adventures of Tommy
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"Oh, I ain't afraid, gov'nor. All for the good of the cause. The streets is going to run with blood, so they say." He spoke with a grim relish. "Dreams of it, sometimes, I does. And diamonds and pearls rolling about in the gutter for anyone to pick up!"
Tommy heard a chair shifted. Then Number One spoke:
"Then all is arranged. We are assured of success?"
"I--think so." But the German spoke with less than his usual confidence.
Number One's voice held suddenly a dangerous quality:
"What has gone wrong?"
"The Labour leaders. Without them, as you say, we can do nothing. If they do not declare a general strike on the 29th----"
"Why should they not?"
"As you've said, they're honest. And, in spite of everything we've done to discredit the Government in their eyes, I'm not sure that they haven't got a sneaking faith and belief in it."
"I know. They abuse it unceasingly. But, on the whole, public opinion swings to the side of the Government. They will not go against it."
Again the Russian's fingers drummed on the table.
"To the point, my friend. I was given to understand that there was a certain document in existence which assured success."
"That is so. If that document were placed before the leaders, the result would be immediate. They would publish it broadcast throughout England, and declare for the revolution without a moment's hesitation. The Government would be broken finally and completely."
"Then what more do you want?"
"The document itself," said the German bluntly.
"Ah! It is not in your possession? But you know where it is?"
"Does anyone know where it is?"
"One person--perhaps. And we are not sure of that even."
"Who is this person?"
Tommy held his breath.
"A girl?" The Russian's voice rose contemptuously. "And you have not made her speak? In Russia we have ways of making a girl talk."
"This case is different," said the German sullenly.
"How--different?" He paused a moment, then went on: "Where is the girl now?"
But Tommy heard no more. A crashing blow descended on his head, and all was darkness.
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