Spooky - I was just typing some out, got ready to post it and saw this message. We must have some sort of cross-Channel psychic link going here
This is a letter from the Solicitor to the Metropolitan Police - and raises the question over how he could afford to retain them (a point that you've already raised!)
Theodore Goddard & Co.
5, New Court,
Wednesday, 17th May, 1944
Our client is now residing at 6 Hood House, Dolphin Square, which is the address of Miss Natalia Korel-Katzin, with whom our client is living. We are instructed by Miss Korel that about 12 noon on the 10th instant a Police Officer in plain clothes, whose rank she does not know but whose name she understands is Cain, accompanied by a uniformed Police Woman, whose name our client does not know, called at her flat. Mr. Cain produced his authority and informed our client that he was a Police Officer and that he wished to ask certain questions about M.de la Fere. This interview, we are instructed, lasted from 12 noon to about 1.45 p.m. and Mr. Cain does not appear to have conducted the interview with the greatest possible courtesy. He started off by making enquiries as to M.de la Fere's present occupation and was informed that he was at present working with the B.B.C. Mr. Cain asserted that according to the Police Records, M.de la Fere had no occupation and did not avail himself of our client's suggestion that he should telephone the B.B.C. until afterwards towards the end of the interview, although he was invited to do so several times. The Officer also seemed to be interested in M.de la Fere's financial resources, and also in Miss Korel's financial affairs. Asked by the lady on what ground he thought he had authority to ask such questions, he replied "because I find you here with this man". Our client although objecting to his attitude, had every desire to be helpful, and therefore, gave such information for which he had asked which included her occupation, source of her income, the name of her Bankers, how expenses were divided between Miss Korel and M.de la Fere. The Officer also took the opportunity to enquire into Miss Korel's past history, enquiring where and when she was born, in what countries she had travelled and also he was shown her passport which shows quite clearly, that Miss Korel being a citizen of the Union of South Africa, is a British Subject. The Inspector also referred to the fact that we were the Solicitors for M.de la Fere and made a suggestion that we were expensive people to employ and enquired who was going to pay our account.
Mr. Cain also suggested to our client that she was influencing M. de la Fere not to enter the Free French Forces. He also asserted that M.de la Fere should have gone to Moorgate to see Mr. O'Connor and when informed that this had been done, he appeared to doubt our clients word. He was invited to telephone Mr. O'Connor to satisfy himself of this point, but he did not avail himself of the opportunity, but later in the interview surprising suggestion to our client that M. de la Fere had been giving bribes to Mr. O'Connor. The Police Officer was also informed that M.de la Fere reported to the Police at Vine Street every week and saw a Mr. Gilbert, to which the interviewing Officer replied, "I have never heard of him." He was again invited to use the telephone to satisfy himself of the position. He did ultimately ring up Mr. Gilbert. He then asked Miss Korel if she was of Jewish origin and whilst making it clear to him that this was the first time that any such question had been asked of her since she had been in this country, she replied that she was. Mr. Cain then saw fit to remark, "Can you imagine anyone of Jewish blood helping the Nazi's?" to which Miss Korel replied, "No, can you imagine a Frenchman doing so?" to which the Officer replied "Yes" in a loud voice. The Officer also saw fit to ask if our clients were living together and to comment on the fact that Miss Korel is 18 years older than M.de la Fere. He also made the suggestion that M.de la Fere was a young man of very weak character and that Miss Korel was harbouring and encouraging him. On leaving, he told our clients to "go on as they are until they heard from him further." Asked to elucidate this remark, he merely replied, "I said go on as you are until you hear from me further."
M.de la Fere assures us that he has complied with all the requirements set out in your letter of the 3rd April last and in the circumstances our client is somewhat at a loss to understand the purpose of this visit, and we shall be obliged if you could kindly inform us of such purpose.Yours faithfully,
(Sgd.) Theodore Goddard & Co.