By Robert Barr
Eugène Valmont was certainly one of Paris’s most sensible detectives. yet a high-profile failure to recuperate the jewels of Marie Antoinette made him the laughingstock of the town, and in flip prompted him to escape to the final position any self-respecting Parisian might ever are looking to be: London. regardless of the stiffness of his English contemporaries and the pink tape in their felony approach, although, Valmont keeps to attempt to unravel crimes. Going toe-to-toe with the likes of his crime-fighting rival, Sherlock Holmes, Valmont will holiday any rule essential to capture his man—no topic what the stakes.
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He was an educated villain, a graduate of the University of Turin, who spoke Spanish, French, and English as well as his own language, and this education made him all the more dangerous when he turned his talents to crime. Now, I knew Felini’s handiwork, either in murder or in housebreaking, as well as I know my own signature on a piece of white Robert Barr | 32 paper, and as soon as I saw the body of the murdered man in Greenwich Park I was certain Felini was the murderer. The English authorities at that time looked upon me with a tolerant, good-natured contempt.
I was not there in any official capacity, and he saw in a moment with what an opaque intellect he had to deal. The Italian closed his mouth like a steel trap, and refused to utter a word. Shortly after he was liberated, as there was no evidence against him. When at last complete proof was in the tardy hands of the British authorities, the agile Felini was safe in the Robert Barr | 34 Apennine Mountains, and to-day is serving a life sentence in Italy for the assassination of a senator whose name I have forgotten.
I judged from Inspector Standish’s benevolent smile that I was somewhat excited when I spoke to him, and perhaps used many gestures which seemed superfluous to a large man whom I should describe as immovable, and who spoke slowly, with no motion of his hand, as if his utterances were the condensed wisdom of the ages. ” “Have confidence in me,” I exclaimed. ” I gave the address of the exact room in which he was to be found, with cautions regarding the elusive nature of this individual. I said that The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont | 33 he had been three times in my custody, and those three times he had slipped through my fingers.