SPIES: Good Offices

One November evening two British agents were jerked to Germany by the Gestapo, which caught them just inside the Dutch border. They were Captain Richard Henry Stevens, chief of the British passport office at The Hague and alleged head of the British Intelligence Service on the Continent, and Sigismund Payne Best, socially prominent Hague representative of various foreign firms. Nazi sources let it be understood that these two gentlemen were suspected of interest if not complicity in the Munich Bürgerbräu Keller attempt on Adolf Hitler; that, held in Berlin, Captain Stevens was "confessing" volubly to sabotage activities of the...

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