Pierre came into the office the next morning to find one and only one piece of paper in the central part of his desk. It was a telex from the home office; rendered in English, it read as follows:

WLL RCVD YR SPCL TLX DTD 21 JAN 71. WLL CNTCT GVRNMT N RVRT ASAP.
TKS N RGDS.

“Beau Geste has begun,” he said to himself.