GERMANY: Stranger with a Package

Bruno Beiersdorf, 13, and his friend, Werner Breitschopp, were carefully reared schoolboys. "We are poor," said Bruno's mother, "but we've always tried to give our boy the best. Above all, we watch out that he doesn't read any Kriminalschmöker [dime detective novels]."

Last week Bruno and Werner turned up as the unexpected heroes of a real-life Kriminalschmöker. The boys were hovering near Munich's main railway station, hoping to pick up some pocket money for washing car windows, when the villain of the piece sidled up to them. "Want to earn some money?"...

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