He sighted a parked truck along the road. Although he was sure there was no traffic, he decided to act cautiously in order to capture the driver and his help, if any. Through the binocular, he found only one man, sleeping. He parked the jeep behind a small mould, and both, he and Captain quietly approached the truck. After checking the cargo compartment and making sure no one was inside, he crept toward the driver's cockpit. Major grabbed the door handle and jerked it open and pulled the driver down, flat on the ground and handcuffed him; searched the truck driver's pocket'. Like others, he found a gun and a knife. Next, Major pushed a large handkerchief in his mouth to stop him shouting, and blindfolded him. Then, he stood him up and dragged him to the jeep and tied his feet with a rope to the front seats. Now, shouted, "Captain, guard". Captain jumped up onto the jeep.
Major came back to the truck and made a through search: glove compartment, under the truck and cargo compartment. Found nothing worthwhile. Next, lifted the hood and placed some dynamite in the engine compartment. Inserted a fuse. Then walked away and detonated the engine. Came back to the engine to check the extent of the blast. It was satisfactory.
On their way back to the camp, Major drove back to the car. Again searched everywhere. Collected any paper or document that might reveal the true identity of the thieves. After that, placed some dynamite and blew up the engine.
Having finished, drove back to the base camp.
The sun was setting. He remembered how his uncle remained transfixed while Zule slid down and jumped in the waiting car and driven away. Antonius remembered his uncle's exact word:
"The sun was setting. Patches of cloud turned yellow, then purple. I stood transfixed to the spot, watching the empty dirt road. Clouds turned black. I was watching the road without blinking. When the dusk fell, I awakened…"
(to be continued)