By Leslie Charteris
When Simon and Patricia bump into a central authority scientist trying out a weapon of mass destruction, the Saint makes a decision to place a cease to it. but if the Saint’s archnemesis, Rayt Marius, turns up, the Saint’s plans cross off course, prime one among his neighbors to make the final word sacrifice.
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Conway spoke first. “If there could be one other war…” “Who is looking forward to an opportunity to make struggle? ” requested Norman Kent. The Saint picked up a range of the papers he were examining prior to they got here, and handed them over. web page after web page was once scarred with blue pencillings. He had marked many surprisingly separated things—a assertion by way of Kruschev, the speech of a French delegate ahead of the United international locations, the tale of a holiday within the Oil belief related to the rearrangement of 2 hundred million kilos of capital, the declaration of a sizeable merger of chemical pursuits, the newest move of warships, the tale of a virulent disease of rioting in India, the tale of an encouraged bull raid at the metal marketplace, and lots more and plenty else that he had discovered of wonderful value, even right down to the arrest of an English vacationer hailing from Manchester and rejoicing within the identify of Pinheedle, for punching the nostril of a policeman in Wiesbaden. Roger Conway and Norman Kent learn, and have been incredulous. “But humans might by no means stand for one more battle so soon,” stated Conway. “Every state is disarming…” “Bluffing with every thing they comprehend, and hoping that someday somebody’ll be taken in,” stated the Saint. “And each state scared stiff of the remaining, and able to arm back at any detect. the folks by no means make or need a war—it’s sprung on them via the statesmen with the enterprise pursuits in the back of them, and anyone writes a ‘We-Don’t-Want-to-Lose-You-but-We-Think-You-Ought-to-Go’ music for the brass bands to play, and hundreds of thousands of bad fools exit and die like heroes with no ever being particularly definite what it’s all approximately. It’s occurred ahead of. Why shouldn’t it ensue back? ” “People,” acknowledged Norman Kent, “may have learnt their lesson. ” Simon swept an impatient gesture. “Do humans examine classes like that so simply? the lads who may educate them are a prior iteration now. what number are left who're younger adequate to persuade our new release? or even if we're at the crest of a wave of literature in regards to the horrors of struggle, do you think cuts any ice? I let you know, I’ve listened until I’m drained to humans of our personal age discussing these books and plays—and i do know they lower no ice in any respect. It’d be a miracle in the event that they did. The brain of a fit younger guy is simply too positive. It leaps to the faintest trace of glory, and unearths it really easy to disregard complete seas of ghastliness. And I’ll inform you more…” And he informed them of what he had heard from Barney Malone. “I’ve given you the facts,” he acknowledged. “Now, feel you observed a guy dashing down the road with a contorted face, screaming his head off, foaming on the mouth, and brandishing a wide knife dripping with blood. in the event you wish to be a idiot, you could inform your self that it’s achievable that his face is contorted simply because he’s attempting to swallow a nasty egg, he’s screaming simply because an individual has trodden on his puppy corn, he’s foaming on the mouth simply because he’s simply eaten a cake of cleaning soap, and he’s simply killed a chook for dinner and is tearing off to inform his aunt all approximately it. nevertheless, it’s less complicated and more secure to imagine that he’s a homicidal maniac.