WORRALS IN THE WASTELANDS
by W. E. Johns
17. THE END OF THE TRAIL (Pages 211 – 215)
It was dusk by the time Worrals landed the Ranger at Fort
MacWilliam and handed over a now unconscious Anna Shultz. “They never saw her again. Her wounds turned septic, as so often do
those inflicted by tooth and claw, and she died in hospital two days
later”. Lowenhardt recovered and was
allowed to remain in Canada. Worrals and
Frecks returned to Lake Desolation, taking with them three Mounties. Hanstadt and his men had disappeared and were
never heard of again. Wolfe was still in
the Box, but dead, riddled with bullets.
Noting the men had “refreshments” he would guess the rest “and deal with
the culprit in traditional Nazi fashion”.
The Royal Canadian Air Force bombed and sank the U-Boat immediately on
learning about it and long before Hanstadt and his men could have returned to
it. Worrals takes the prospectors back
to Fort MacWilliam and the gold is handed over to the Canadian Government
pending the inquiry that followed the affair.
Later a fair share was handed over to Larwood and Hedin and Hedin shared
with his old partner, Fraser. The three
men then formed a syndicate to work the Lake Desolation gold. Six months later two heavy packages arrive at
the flat that Worrals shares with Frecks containing exquisitely worked
brooches, made of fine gold and the colour of it was pale lemon yellow. Worrals says “When Shultz accepted a present
of some of it she little thought what it was to cost
her, too”. Frecks sighed. “And all because of a lipstick”. Worrals nodded. “That’s what I mean”.