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6. The Ring Of The Prophet
Here is no doubt," said Mr. Rawson, that great personal danger attaches to any contact
with this relic. It is the first time I have been concerned with anything of the kind."
Mr. Bristol, of Scotland Yard, standing stiffly military by the window, looked across at
the gray-haired solicitor. We were all silent for a few moments.
"My late client's wishes," continued Mr. Rawson, "are explicit. His last instructions,
evidently written but a short time prior to his death, advise me that the holy slipper of the
Prophet is contained in the locked safe at his house in Dulwich. He was clearly of opinion
that you, Mr. Cavanagh, would incur risk - great risk - from your possession of the key.
Since attempts have been made upon you, murderous attempts, the late Professor
Deeping, my unfortunate client, evidently was not in error."
"Mysterious outrages," said Bristol, "have marked the progress of the stolen slipper from
Mecca almost to London."
"I understand," interrupted the solicitor, "that a fanatic known as Hassan of Aleppo seeks
to restore the relic to its former restingplace."
"That is so."
"Exactly; and it accounts for the Professor's wish that the safe should not be touched by
any one but a Believer - and for his instructions that its removal to the Antiquarian
Museum and the placing of the slipper within that institution be undertaken by a Moslem
or Moslems."
Bristol frowned.
"Any one who has touched the receptacle containing the thing," he said, "has either been
mutilated or murdered. I want to apprehend the authors of those outrages, but I fail to see
why the slipper should be put on exhibition. Other crimes are sure to follow."
"I can only pursue my instructions," said Mr. Rawson dryly. "They are, that the work be
done in such a manner as to expose all concerned to a minimum of risk from these
mysterious people; that if possible a Moslem be employed for the purpose; and that Mr.
Cavanagh, here, shall always hold the key or keys to the case in the museum containing
the slipper. Will you undertake to look for some - Eastern workmen, Mr. Bristol? In the
course of your inquiries you may possibly come across such a person.
"I can try," replied Bristol. "Meanwhile, I take it, the safe must remain at Dulwich?"
"Certainly. It should be guarded."