Lois is in danger at the Metropolis Train Station. While Crumb distracts her on platform six by telling her what he claims to know about the missing armored car, Lefty pushes her into the path of the 9:41 train. Their plan would have succeeded had Superman not pulled the train to an abrupt halt.
Later, Perry White has sent Lois and Clark to the Metropolis National Bank to cover a meeting between Police Inspector Neally and Bank President Reginald Van Doren. Van Doren is scared that he will have to use the bank’s two million dollar reserve to help cover the cost of the missing gold if it is not found. Van Doren’s secretary Mr. Fortune gives Neally the amount of gold bars and the numbers on each bar from the missing shipment.
Fortune has been a valued employee of the bank and Mr. Van Doren for a long time. Van Doren gave Fortune a ring as a token of appreciation. The ring has a large emerald stone in it. This sparks Clark’s curiosity. Van Doren offers to have Fortune show the ring to Clark, but the ring isn’t on Fortune’s hand. Fortune admits that he removed the ring because he had lost the emerald, which Clark later gives to him after saying he found it at the Metropolis Railroad Terminal, where Fortune claims to have been that morning. This makes both Clark and Fortune suspicious of each other.
Later, a frantic Fortune needs to desperately see the same boss for whom Crumb and Lefty work. He knows that Clark suspects him of having a hand in the gold’s disappearance. Lefty tells Fortune about what happened with him and Crumb at the train station earlier today. Just then, the boss talks to Fortune through a loudspeaker. Fortune is sure he lost the emerald while doing something to the railroad for the boss, and he believes Clark Kent suspects this. The boss then devises a plan. Fortune must follow Lois and Clark. He is to let the boss know when the two reporters are someplace for more than thirty minutes. Fortune does this when Lois and Clark have dinner at Dernetto’s Restaurant, and the boss’ plan is then set into motion. Ten seconds after Clark and Lois leave Dernetto’s Restaurant, all of Fortune’s problems will be solved.
–Part of an article by James Lantz, found on The Review Page on the Superman Home Page.