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X. JONESSCOTLAND YARD

 

DOCUMENT I

 

Night-letter cablegram from X. Jones—as decoded by recipient!—received at Chicago, November 1, 1936, and addressed “C. Chelsing Satterlee, care No. 664 Diversey Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.”

 

Thanks a million times for the check-up of the fingerprint in Nebraska. I may now say conclusively that I have the basis for the solution of the Marceau Murder Case sufficiently in my hand that I hope ultimately to hold the full and complete solution itself. The plan proposed in your enthusiastic cable of yesterday morning is wholly and in every respect acceptable to me, and why would it not be? I shall, therefore, issue just the advance news-bulletin which you consider it feasible for me to release—whenever such release is warranted. Because, however, of a curious discovery I have made at Little Ivington, England (and known, in all probability, only to myself), I would not be at all surprised, in case that advance news-bulletin becomes elaborated by some news-syndicate into a feature “rehash” of the case, to see a spurious confession shortly thereafter offered the world. A confession which, though false, will nevertheless be, under the circumstances, 99 per cent convincing. Particularly if offered by a Lilliputian—as it undoubtedly would be. However, as to that, we shall see what we shall see! And I will write you at my first opportunity and explain in detail exactly what I mean. Let me also say that, in compliance with the request in your long code cablegram of October 24, giving me that highly valued information (via Washington, D. C.) in re Sparks Crossing, Iowa, etc., that I mailed you, via ordinary mail, and on the same boat that carried my U.S.A. airmail letter containing fingerprint for Nebraska checkup, a verbatim copy of that strange letter which Marceau wrote to the London Times a quarter century ago, and which letter never got actually reproduced in toto in any newspapers, even though conceded to be the cause for his death 25 years later. Also I shipped you, the same day, in two packets marked “A” and “B”—which packets, however, I fear traveled via different boats!—the photographs of the Marceau family which I uncovered in the secret recess of that old desk of Marceau’s, together with a bit of the Marceau family tree which I tore from a photostat of the complete tree which is on file in English chancery here because of its use in settling the Théophile Marceau estate. Most, if not all, of these photos are obviously the only copies of such extant, and between the occasional faded handwritten notations on the backs of some, and my own more copious remarks written—and too microscopically in some cases, I fear!—thereon, and the bit of the tree itself, you may be able eventually to become official biographer of this most curious tribe—the Tribe Marceau.

 

Xenius.

 

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