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EDGAR WALLACE MYSTERY MAGAZINE, MARCH 1966, VOL. 1 NO. 1

Fred Brown is one of the most versatile
writers alive-a master of the crime story,
the deduction story, the supernatural story,
the science-fiction story, and, especially, a
master of the O. Henry type of short-short
with a surprise ending. Here he is with
one of his best efforts in that last category,
a murder-and-retribution yarn so tight and
lean that it seems even shorter than it is
...

BEWARE OF THE DOG

by FREDERIC BROWN

THE SEED OF murder was planted in the mind of Wiley Hughes the first time he saw the old man open the safe.

There was money in the safe. Stacks of it.

The old man took three bills from one orderly pile and handed them to Wiley. They were twenties.

"Sixty dollars even, Mr. Hughes," he said. "And that's the ninth payment." He took the receipt Wiley gave him, closed the safe, and twisted the dial.

It was a small, antique-looking safe. A man could open it with a cold chisel and a good crowbar, if he didn't have to worry about how much noise he made.

The old man walked with Wiley out of the house and down to the iron fence. After he'd closed the gate behind Wiley, he went over to the tree and untied the dog again. Wiley looked back over his shoulder at the gate, and at the sign upon it: "Beware of the Dog."

There was a padlock on the gate too, and a bell button set in the gatepost. If you wanted to see old man Erskine you had to push that button and wait until he'd ...

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