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NORMAN CONQUEST was enjoying himself in a rather unusual manner. To say the least, it was surprising to find this dynamic young trouble-hunter selling watches and clocks in Dacey's great Regent Street department store ; what was more, he was selling them to such good purpose that within a few brief weeks he had broken all sales records for the department. Glowing accounts of his work had been carried to the ear of Mr. Franklin Dacey, and it is no exaggeration to say that Conquest was solid with that gentleman. Of course, he was not doing this sort of thing just for fun.
His interest in watches and clocks was lukewarm, and even the jewellery department—which, significantly enough, adjoined Watches and Clocks—meant little or nothing to him. Not for the moment, anyway. He was no common thief. No, he was simply paving the way to bigger and better things. In a word, he was aiming to detach a considerable number of fabulous precious stones from the Throne of Massana.
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