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What else may we do? The Barton tale blows Riley’s accusation sky-high. ” Dyer’s voice trembled with indignation. “Riley sponsored down thoroughly whilst faced with the evidence. He admitted the fellow he observed Towne assault could have been wearing khaki prospecting outfits rather than a uniform as he intended, and that he wasn’t really shut adequate to definitely establish any gains. rattling witnesses who inform one tale after which move slowly out of it,” he ended angrily. Shayne settled again, lit a cigarette, and puffed thoughtfully. “No extra dope on the other lacking infantrymen or any of these angles? ” “Not a unmarried damned factor. ” Dyer thumped his table with an exasperated fist. “We’re correct again the place we begun. I don’t see that the physique within the river has whatever to do with the opposite factor. ” “No identity but? ” “None in any respect. We received a collection of prints and despatched them in to Washington after checking with our documents. 1000 humans have checked out him within the morgue this afternoon, and none of them ever observed him ahead of. there's something, though,” he extra grudgingly. Shayne tugged at his left earlobe and waited. “It isn’t a lot. most likely not anything. We’ve been tailing that Mexican lady, you recognize? ” “Marquita Morales? ” “Yes. And incidentally, her mom seems a really first rate kind. Thinks her daughter is an efficient woman going to varsity in Juarez. Doesn’t suspect her extracurricular actions. ” Shayne nodded gravely. “That doesn’t shock me. ” “She made one other pick-up this afternoon. Couple of younger privates from Bliss with a three-day go. She took them right into a secondhand clothes shop approximately an hour in the past, and got here out with younger fellows in civilian outfits. ” “Larimer’s store? ” Shayne requested sharply. “No. one other one of many related variety approximately blocks away. My guy had his directions this time and didn’t ball issues up by means of pulling a pinch. We notified military Intelligence and so they positioned an eye at the store. ” “And the lady? ” “She went over to Juarez on a streetcar together with her pick-ups. ” “How do they escape with it? ” Shayne demanded. “Don’t folks crossing the border need to produce a few kind of identity in wartime? ” “Sure they do. and so they had it. My guy was once at the vehicle with them. the 2 infantrymen had registration playing cards all so as. 4-Fs, either one of them. ” Shayne nodded slowly. His eyes have been alight now. “It starts to appear like a well-planned enterprise. Renting civvies and pretend id playing cards to squaddies who are looking to move the border. ” “Looks like it,” Dyer agreed unemotionally. “Not an excessive amount of damage in that, notwithstanding. the lads need to blow off steam in some way. ” “If that’s all it quantities to,” Shayne agreed. “Is your tail nonetheless on Marquita and her escorts? ” “That’s out of our jurisdiction. yet he did flip her over to a Mexican detective at the different facet. They’re holding watch on her this night — and at the squaddies. ” “The Juarez police sound extra cooperative than they used to be,” Shayne commented wryly. “There’s a brand new municipal set-up over there. They’ve helped us all they can. ” Shayne requested, “How approximately placing me in contact with definitely the right humans on that aspect?