Thurston Regains Stolen
Note and Reads Code
This is the third in a series of articles to
depict the experiences of Thurston, The Magician. They are
written exclusively for the Boston Evening American Secret Agent X-9
members by Thurston himself, while he is appearing at the Metropolitan
By THURSTON, the MAGICIAN
Forty years I have wandered all over
the globe and given magic shows in every land. And in this time
I have had enough adventure to satisfy a dozen lifetimes.
Here is on of those adventures, told
for the benefit of the members of the Boston American's Secret Agent
On a sea trip the public entertainer
is thrown in close contact with the people who are usually separated
from him by the footlights. Once I was a fellow passenger of the
Duke of Connaught and his beautiful, Princess Pat, and we spent many
delightful hours together.
One afternoon the Duke confided to me
that an important paper was missing from his portfolio, A
diplomatic message in code, relating to certain secret negotiations
between Great Britain and Italy.
"Very annoying," groused the
Duke. "but there is one consolation - no one can read the
"What can be put into code can
be deciphered," I said.
The Duke laughed. "Yes,
if you know the key-word. The message is written in my own
cipher and my own password is the only key that will unlock it."
"The Princess Pat was smiling
at me. "What do you say to that, Mr. Magician?"
"Only that I accept your
challenge. I will find the paper and I will decipher the
A tall order But again I had a hunch.
And I have learned by experiences always to play my hunches to the
It would be too long a story to
relate how I found that paper. But I did - and within eight
hours. I found it in the stateroom of a Swedish woman who, I
learned later, was one of the ace operatives of the Russian Secret
Service. When I handed the paper to the Duke, his eyes twinkled.
"Have you deciphered the
message?", he asked.
"Give me 24 hours and I will
give you the message in English. Cipher reading ins one of my
"Impossible, my dear Thurston.
You couldn't get the keyword in 24 years."
"It wouldn't take me 24 seconds
to guess the keyword," I said calmly. "It's your own
keyword, you know and" - here I bowed to the Princess Pat - "Patricia
is a pretty name."
For a moment the Dukc of Connaught
looked at me with steady eyes.
"Thurston," he said, "if you
ever think of giving up your profession, let me know. One of the
head jobs in the secret service will be waiting for you."
Turn to today's comic section and find out how
you, too, may become a Secret Agent X-9. And follow the
thrilling experiences of Thurston in the Boston Evening American.