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Dragour. Dragour was created by Bertram Atkey (Smiler Bunn, Easy Street Experts, Prosper Fair, Hobart Honey, George H. Jay, Mesmer Milann, Winnie O’Wynn) and appeared in seven stories in The Popular Magazine in 1924, beginning with “The Entry of Dragour” (The Popular Magazine, Apr. 7, 1924).
Dragour is an arch-villain who controls and operates an international organization of drug dealing. He is “clever and crafty, farsighted, remorseless, wholly unscrupulous, intensely dangerous, and a past master of covering his tracks, at concealing and confusing his trail.” Dragour is opposed by two men: the short, pugnacious and brave Salaman Chayne, and Kotman Dass, who calls himself an “Anglo-Indian” but is really a “black Indian.” Chayne is “fierce though diminutive…a man of no marked intellect but extraordinary courage.” Dass is a man “whose physical shortcomings, due to an astounding excess of avoirdupois, were, in a sense, more than counterbalanced by an amazing brain which, though working obscurely, never seemed to work wrongly or to fail to solve any puzzle upon which it fixed itself.”
Chayne and Dass perpetually quarrel over Dass’ cowardice, and Chayne always threatens to wring the neck of Dass’ beloved talking starling, as that is the only way to get Dass to take action against Dragour. Dragour is eventually revealed to be English nobleman Sir John Lester. Dragour/Lester has “slightly oblique eyes, dark and glowing, set in a lean, gloomy, wrinkle-engraved face, under a big, bulging, unnaturally wide forehead—the brow of a madman or genius.”
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