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"I don't know. What-why do you ask?"

"Mrs Dansby-Gregg did, I'm sure."

"Because by knowing who was there, we might find out who wasn't."

"Right. And we're dealing, obviously, with hardened professional criminals. The whole success of their plan depended on causing this excitement. Do you for a moment believe that they were going to let the whole thing hinge on the mere off-chance of a smouldering butt-end setting some papers alight-especially setting them alight at the correct moment?"

"That seems to cut him out," I said thoughtfully. "And reduce the number of suspects-though, I suppose, he could still have got an accomplice to plant the acid tube." Then, suddenly, I had what was, for me, an inspiration. "Tell me, Miss Ross, did anyone ask you earlier in the evening when dinner would be?"

"You bet there was. Can you remember who went there?"

"I don't know. What-why do you ask?"

"There way a funny smell-" she began slowly.

"Do you believe now that the fire was caused deliberately?" I asked.

"Quite sure. I always peek through the cabin door from time to time, and he was always there."

"Who were in the front two seats-those nearest the galley?"

"All right." I changed my approach. "This was the men's washroom, I take it?"

"Mrs Dansby-Gregg did, I'm sure."

"That seems to cut him out," I said thoughtfully. "And reduce the number of suspects-though, I suppose, he could still have got an accomplice to plant the acid tube." Then, suddenly, I had what was, for me, an inspiration. "Tell me, Miss Ross, did anyone ask you earlier in the evening when dinner would be?"

"Of course." She stared at me, wide-eyed.

"Do you believe now that the fire was caused deliberately?" I asked.

"Quite sure. I always peek through the cabin door from time to time, and he was always there."

"It's no good." She shook her head. "I was in the galley most of the time, getting the meal ready."

"I'm sorry," she repeated helplessly. "I was a little upset for a moment, then Captain Johnson was in front of me shooing everybody back to their seats and I couldn't see."

"An hour? But the cigarette end-"

"Are you sure?"

"There way a funny smell-" she began slowly.

"I don't know. What-why do you ask?"

She looked at me for a long moment before answering, and even in the fading light of the aurora I could see the understanding coming into her eyes.

"I'm sorry," she repeated helplessly. "I was a little upset for a moment, then Captain Johnson was in front of me shooing everybody back to their seats and I couldn't see."

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