Maigret Meets: A Milord Omnibus

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Not anything new? ” he requested the inspector. “The seaman got here again together with his purchasing. the lady seemed for a second, donning a blue dressing-gown. The colonel and Willy got here in the following for an apéritif. They gave me a suspicious glance, I think…” Maigret took the tobacco his significant other provided him and crammed his pipe whereas he waited for the owner who had served them to vanish into his store. “I’ve acquired no information either,” he growled. “Of the 2 boats that may have introduced Mary Lampson, one has damaged down ten miles from the following and the opposite is creeping alongside the canal at miles an hour… “The first is made from iron… so it’s very unlikely for the corpse to have picked up any resin on it… “The moment is a wood boat. The bargee’s identify is Canelle… a pleasant motherly physique who insisted on making me drink a pitcher of terrible rum, and a tiny husband working around her like a spaniel. “The basically individual you would suspect is their carter… both he’s taking part in dumb, and if so he’s an amazingly strong actor, otherwise he’s a silly brute… He’s been with them for 8 years… If the husband’s a spaniel this fellow Jean’s a bulldog… “He will get up at part earlier within the morning, sees to his horses, gulps down a bowl of espresso, and starts off jogging alongside beside the animals… “Like that he pulls the barge alongside twenty or twenty-five miles an afternoon, on the comparable regular speed, with a tumbler of white wine at each lock… “In the night he rubs the horses down, has supper with out asserting a note, and drops directly to his bale of straw, often absolutely dressed… “I’ve obvious his papers: an previous army pay-book within which you could scarcely flip the pages, they’re so filthy. His identify is Jean Liberge, and he used to be born at Lille in 1869. “That’s all… or fairly, no… you’d need to suppose that Mary Lampson used to be taken on board on Thursday night, at Meaux… good, she was once alive then… and she or he used to be nonetheless alive while she arrived right here on Sunday night… “It’s bodily most unlikely to conceal a man or woman days opposed to her will within the strong on that boat… “So that each one 3 of them must be guilty…” And Maigret’s grimace confirmed that he didn't think this. “As for the concept that the sufferer went on board of her personal unfastened will… you recognize what you’re going to do, previous guy? Ask Sir Walter for his wife’s maiden identify… get at the cell and discover all you could approximately her…” there have been nonetheless a few rays of light in or 3 locations within the sky, however the rain used to be falling an increasing number of seriously. Lucas had scarcely left the Café de l. a. Marine, making for the yacht, prior to Willy Marco got here down the gangway, a loose-limbed, nonchalant determine on the town outfits, with a vacant glance in his eyes. It used to be certainly a typical characteristic of the full corporation of the Southern go to appear for all time like those who haven't had sufficient sleep or who suffer from a hang-over. the 2 males handed one another at the tow-path. Willy looked as if it would hesitate while he observed the inspector move on board, then, lights one other cigarette from the only he had simply accomplished smoking, he made directly for the café.

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