by Captain W. E. Johns



XII.                 BIGGLES TAKES A TURN  (Pages 142 - 149)


Bact at Constantino's Restaurant, in a private sitting-room, Biggles tells Algy that "Tug says Bertie's gone for a Burton".  Tug explains everything he knows to Biggles and Algy.  "Stellar are the people you're after, or they've got a big hand in it.  The show is as crooked as a dog's hind leg".  Biggles says that when he got Tug's note about going to Cairo and having received messages from Bertie and Ginger there, he reckoned that if he kept an eye on the airport and the Stellar office in particular, in Cairo, he should see somebody.  Biggles asks all about Kudinga as he contemplates whether he could fly there.  "If Bertie's gone topsides there's nothing we can do about it.  I'm worried about Ginger.  He's down there on his own, with wild beasts outside the fence and a gang of cold-blooded thugs inside.  He has no means of getting away".  Biggles asks Tug what he brought back from Kudinga and Tug says a letter and some fancy trophies such as heads, horns and skins.  Biggles decides to take Algy and see if they can get into the Stellar offices at night as it is unlikely to be manned 24 hours a day.  Tug is asked to write a report and then get some sleep.  Taking the short walk to the airport, Biggles and Algy find everything at the Stellar offices locked up.  Biggles gets a lift into town and goes to Police Headquarters.