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Late that night, Chan is awakened by the sounds of Bretner’s arrival downstairs.Bretner is accompanied by John Robey who believes that between the two of them there will be enough information to find the sunken ship and the gold within.Henri is offered a cut of the expected profits, but Marie vehemently refuses, her hatred for Bretner being very obvious.When Chan and Barry arrive downstairs, John introduces Bretner as his chauffeur, in order to keep the detective in the dark.Not fooled by the deception, Chan turns in for the night while Barry goes to the kitchen for a midnight snack.Suddenly, Barry is attacked from behind by an unknown assailant.
The next morning, Barry recovers from the blow to his head while Henri admits to Chan that the many they saw last night was Bretner, although he does not know where he is now.Henri tells how Bretner has stolen the boat, leaving John behind, and that John is now searching for him.Henri fears that if John finds Bretner bloodshed could result.Soon, a man named Jacob Brun enters the inn.He was a guard at the prison where Bretner was held and is seeking Bretner who, after receiving many favors from Brun,had blackmailed him into helping him escape.Together he, Chan, Barry, and Henri set out to search for Bretner.
On the beach, Chan finds the body of Bretner with a gold bar still clutched in his lifeless hand.At the inn, Darnet, an police inspector, states his belief that it was Robey who killed Bretner, taking all of the gold for himself, noting that he has ordered a land and sea search for the American.After Darnet leaves, Barry suggests that Brun would have had a motive to kill Bretner.Bretner admits that he would have killed Bretner had he found him first, as Bretner had killed Brun’s father at
Late that night, Chan catches Brun in the wine cellar of the inn looking for the missing gold.Sending Brun away, he finds Robey bound and gagged.Upstairs, Henri finds Chan who informs the innkeeper that Bretner died in the inn of a broken neck.Also, Bretner’s clothing was soaked not by salt water but from the night before his body was found.Pressing Marie, she admits that Bretner died from an accidental fall down the cellar stairs, but Chan suggests that she had helped him fall to his death.Also, Chan accuses Henri of planning to kill his friend Robey.This is verified by the American who appears from the cellar, subduing Henri who had just struggled with Chan.Later, Chan takes Barry down to the wine cellar where he shows his son how the missing gold was hidden inside the wine barrels.