Biggles and the Black Mask

By W. E. Johns

Biggles comes to a decision to enquire Roderick Canson, an ex-RAF Officer, whom he knew to be a thief. Canson has simply been granted a licence to function an air constitution corporation and Biggles is suspicious as to what he's as much as. Ginger is shipped on a vacation to great in France with the hot corporation. He follows Canson and is attacked and approximately killed. Returning to the united kingdom, Ginger is abducted by means of Canson and held in a wide nation condo. right here he meets Mr X, a guy who wears a black masks to hide his identification. The dirt hide exhibits Ginger being introduced ahead of Mr. X, with a wide photograph of the guy within the masks. Biggles and Bertie examine Ginger's disappearance. Biggles follows Ginger's path to the inn room the place he was once staying and unearths that he has left a coded message for them. Bertie retains watch on Canson's airfield and follows his particular Rolls Royce from the air. This leads him to a wide kingdom condo. Biggles suspects that Ginger is being held in the home and with assistance from Inspector Gaskin and a burglar of his acquaintance referred to as 'Badger', Biggles and Bertie holiday into the home, after doping the protect canines. They do that simply because Canson has threatened to homicide Ginger in the event that they don't drop their investigations. Ginger is rescued and Canson flees in his airplane to great, the place, with the aid of Marcel Brissac, he's arrested. The air constitution corporation is a entrance for smuggling counterfeit forex. Returning to raid the big nation apartment, Biggles is in for an enormous shock as to what's in the back of the scheme and who the fellow at the back of the masks is.

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Every thing is going in keeping with plan — as they are saying. ’ Biggles took an off-the-cuff glance around, his eyes resting for an fast on a Rolls parked within the color of the hangar. ‘It should have price you a stunning penny to set your self up during this type of company. ’ Canson smiled greatly. ‘Me? Don’t be foolish. the place do you believe I’d get the money to shop for aeroplanes? ’ Biggles appeared mildly stunned. It used to be no longer affected. ‘Oh, so it isn’t your organization? ’ ‘Good Lord, no. I’m basically supervisor of air operations and leader pilot. ’ ‘Does that suggest you've gotten assistant pilots? ’ ‘Not but. at the present I’m by myself; yet I’m searching for the proper fellow to aid me. yet why are we status the following? Come into the workplace and feature a drink. ’ ‘Thanks. ’ They went in. Canson produced bottles and glasses from a cabinet. ‘You don’t seem to be very busy on the moment,’ brought on Biggles. ‘You’ve come at the unsuitable day, my expensive chap. Had you return on a Monday you’d have visible a special photo. ’ ‘Why Monday? ’ ‘That’s the day we do enterprise. ’ ‘Do you allow you to fill the Dove with passengers? ’ ‘Fill it! We’ve received a ready record. ’ ‘How do you deal with that? ’ ‘I can see you don’t comprehend one of these enterprise we’re working the following. I’d higher clarify. Do take a seat. This corporation is a subsidiary of a brand new commute organisation referred to as Sunnitours Ltd. , head place of work in London. It was once shaped to profit from the present vacationer increase. a growing number of individuals are trying to find reasonable vacations at the Continent. we offer them. ’ ‘Where? ’ ‘We wish to extend, yet at this time now we have in simple terms general runs, to Switzerland and the French Riviera. i've got not anything to do with the bookings. All that’s performed in London. One it's because we’re capable of do quite reasonable vacation trips is as the corporation has its personal hostels — you recognize the modem vacation camp type of factor. We provide all-in cost for every week, even supposing this is often prolonged. It’s all extremely simple. Bookings are made of Monday to Monday. At 8 o’clock on Monday morning the vacationer get together assembles on the London workplace. After passports and so forth were checked a quick trainer brings the social gathering the following. I fly them to their vacation spot, the place they're met via one other trainer which takes them to their quarters. I then fly domestic the former week’s celebration. It runs like clockwork. ’ Canson spoke enthusiastically and used to be evidently good happy with the luck of the scheme. ‘Where does the Auster are available in? ’ ‘For a potential emergency. That’s one other a part of our provider. should still any member of a celebration fall ill, or have pressing reason behind coming domestic, I fly out and gather him, or her, because the case might be. We focus on relations events — mum, dad and the children. via foolproof association, and with no the heavy overhead expenditures of the standard companies we will do a truly affordable task. in fact, we don’t faux to be this kind of luxurious affairs. ’ ‘I see that,’ stated Biggles. ‘There’s something I’m now not transparent approximately. if you carry your clients domestic the place do you land for Customs exam? ’ ‘Here. We’ve acquired that laid on. ’ back Biggles seemed shocked.

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