CORRUPTION: Under a Swiss Moon

ESTHER IS VERY SICK GIVE THE MONEY TO UNCLE TO GET ESTHER BACK AS I DON'T CARE TO TALK TO HIM THIS IS THE ONLY CURE FOR HER

That, thought a puzzled Customs official, year ago, was a strange cablegram for Superfine Watch Co. of Manhattan to send its associate at Biel, Switzerland. The official was going through Superfine Co.'s correspondence to find out why it alone could sell imported watches at extraordinary cut rates. To learn more about "Esther," he ordered a U. S. secret agent...

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