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3. The Safe Robbery
It was late that night that Kennedy and I left Carton after laying out a campaign and
setting in motion various forces, official and unofficial, which might serve to keep us in
touch with what Dorgan and the organization were doing.
Not until the following morning, however, did anything new develop in such a way that
we could work on it.
Kennedy had picked up the morning papers which had been left at the door of our
apartment and was hastily running his eye over the headlines on the first page, as was his
"By Jove, Walter," I heard him exclaim. "What do you think of that--a robbery below the
deadline--and in Langhorne's office, too."
I hurried out of my room and glanced at the papers, also. Sure enough, there it was:
Door Into Office of Langhorne & Westlake, Brokers, Forced and Safe Robbed.
One of the strangest robberies ever perpetrated was pulled off last night in the office of
Langhorne & Westlake, the brokers, at- ----Wall Street, some time during the regular
closing time of the office and eight o'clock.
Mr. Langhorne had returned to his office after dining with some friends in order to work
on some papers. When he arrived, about eight o'clock, he found that the door had been
forced. The office was in darkness, but when he switched on the lights it was discovered
that the office safe had been entered.
Nothing was said about the manner in which the safe robbery was perpetrated, but it is
understood to have been very peculiar. So far no details have been announced and the
robbery was not reported to the police until a late hour.
Mr. Langhorne, when seen by the reporters, stated positively that nothing of great value
had been taken and that the firm would not suffer in any way as a result of the robbery.
One of the stenographers in the office, Miss Betty Blackwell, who acted as private
secretary to Mr. Langhorne, is missing and the case has already attracted wide attention.
Whether or not her disappearance had anything to do with the robbery is not known.
"Naturally he would not report it to the police," commented Kennedy; "that is, if it had
anything to do with that Black Book, as I am sure that it must have had."