By Friedrich Glauser
While, in later years, Sergeant Studer advised the tale of the Chinaman, he referred to as it the tale of 3 locations, because the case opened up in a Swiss state lodge, in a poorhouse, and in a horticultural collage. 3 locations and murders. Anna Hungerlott, supposedly lifeless from gastric influenza, left at the back of handkerchiefs with strains of arsenic. One foggy November morning the enigmatic James Farny, nicknamed the Chinaman by way of Studer, was once came across mendacity on Anna’s grave. Murdered, a unmarried pistol shot to the center that didn't pierce his garments. this is often the fourth within the Sergeant Studer sequence.
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Fearfully, the girl slipped out of the door. In the bar it smelled of cold cigar smoke, of stale beer too. Studer went through the ceremony of lighting a Brissago, took a notebook out of his pocket and licked the end of his pencil. Farny, James Jakob, he wrote, born 13 March 1878, place of origin Gampligen. He had only seen these details once, briefly, but he remembered them as if the page from the passport that contained them was photographed on his mind. He continued to write in his tiny script: Any relations?
The sergeant turned off the light and went out into the corridor. The young man followed him. In the corridor on the floor below they ran into the innkeeper. Studer said, “I’ve brought another guest for you, Brönnimann. Have another bed put in my room, in Farny’s room. Have you got that? ” “In the dead man’s room? In the dead man’s room. ” “I certainly do. He’s not afraid. Are you, Ludwig? ” Brönnimann coughed, then wiped his reddened eyes with a handkerchief and stared at the young man. ” Ludwig Farny went bright red and clenched his fists.
The maid disappeared and returned with an invitation to the sergeant to step in. The warder bade Studer such a polite farewell, he wondered what the man had to hide. But he did not have long to pursue this reflection, for when he entered the warden’s study he found a surprise waiting for him. A man got up from the depths of a leather armchair, a man Studer had certainly not expected to find here: his billiards partner, Münch, the lawyer. As always, he was wearing a high wing collar and was twisting and craning his neck.