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THE MARCEAU CASE

 

DOCUMENT I

 

Cablegram (as decoded) of date November 2, 1936, from Gilbert Whittimore, London correspondent for the All-America News Service of New York City, to Gus Erks, General Manager of the All-America News Service, at New York City.

 

 

Have just received a tip here in London that some new man at Scotland Yard, by name Xenius Jones, has the solution of some allegedly world-famous murder mystery known as “The Marceau Case” virtually in his mitt. The Jones chap hails from Bombay, India, and is said to have evolved some new damfool method of crime deduction there. The info in question was brought to me by a Cockney man-servant who heard that we purchased advance news tips, and who happens to be thick with a Cockney serving girl who is herself maid to a minor Scotland Yard inspector who discussed the matter over the breakfast table with his wife; and this inspector, in turn, is a sort of friend of Jones’ at the Yard, sufficiently so that the latter has presumably confided in the fellow to a very limited extent about Jones’ own work and methods. I paid the Cockney the usual 5 guineas for his tip. Before confirming it, which I have not yet done, my understanding is that Jones intends to render, day after tomorrow, to all the press correspondents of the entire world stationed at London, a short statement which shall be releasable simultaneously by all newspapers only on the coming November 13th, and the gist of which statement is that he expects to be able to release to all newspapers, on February 25th next year, for immediate publication thereupon, a full solution of this Marceau Case, and that he intends to be absolutely impartial as to either exclusive or advance in formation going to any particular sheet or news syndicate. Advise immediately if you desire any special handling of this matter.

Whittimore.

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