Hilarious! Thanks for sharing, Jim
You're welcome. That panel where Shomes is darting out of the fireplace, in flames, with a maniacal look on his face as he says "The roaring fire in the fireplace presented no obstacle since the murderer quietly pushed the logs aside before coming through" is one of my all-time favorite comic book moments. The juxtaposition of what he is saying with what we are seeing is hysterically funny to me.
There's a panel earlier on that page where Shomes declares (in 3 separate word balloons):
"It is exactly
as I suspected! Just as I suspected exactly
! As I exactly
That's vintage Kurtzman, a fine example of the odd, rhythmic wordplay he would use to get laughs. I don't know why it works but it does. It cracks me up every time.