Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Random Cutting - Drugged and Robbed in a Train (1919)

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I love that phrase ‘swell mobsman’. It so beautifully adds to the whole inter-war period feel of this story. The special steam drawn ‘race train’ from Newmarket to London with its individual first-class compartments into which the ‘mining engineer’ Mr Hunwick and his wife are joined by the well dressed and well spoken confidence trickster and are drugged, swindled and robbed of the enormous sum of £280. But never fear, Scotland Yard are on the case and within days the culprit is identified at another race meeting and arrested. Hooray!

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