Henry Horn had a new invention; a pair of glasses that worked on the x-ray principle. But he didn't expect them to reveal Nazi secret agents and their works of sabotage!
w: tell me who the red-headed man was."
"I don't know, Joseph! Really--"
Professor Paulsen gave his colleague's chin-whiskers a savage jerk.
"I want the truth!" he rapped. "Hurry up! Tell me!" He jerked again.
"Oh! Ow! Joseph, please! Oh, let me go! I'll tell--"
"You bet you'll tell!" grated his friend. "It's one thing to let you get away with making a fool of me. But when it comes to tampering with the United States Army--" And then, breaking off: "All right. Why did you jump so when I mentioned the spy was believed to have red hair?"
"Well...." Henry squirmed some more. He tried hard to look dignified despite the professor's grip on his goatee, but failed miserably.
"Out with it!"
"It's really nothing, Joseph--"
"Out with it, I say!"
"Ow! Joseph, stop!" And then: "It's just ... the man who bought my X-ray glasses had red hair--"
"The man who bought your X-ray glasses!"
"Joseph! You're hurting!"
"What do you mean, 'the
Not worth the paper it's not written on. Unbearably horrible writing. I ended up skimming over most of it, and not even caring how it ended.
A scientist's bumbling assistant invents binoculars that see through a nudist colony's fence. It's WWII and the local army lab is creating a new explosive. The local Nazi spy snags the binoculars and the chase is on.
More silly than funny, the story is dated and stale.
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