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The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 12. The Hooded King The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 12. The Hooded King

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 12. The Hooded King
CHAPTER XII. THE HOODED KINGThere was a certain Portuguese governor--this was in the days when Colhemos was Colonial Minister--who had a small legitimate income and an extravagant wife. This good lady had a villa at Cintra, a box at the Real Theatre de Sao Carlos, and a motor-car, and gave five o'clocks at the Hotel Nunes to the aristocracy and gentry who inhabited that spot, of whom the ecstatic Spaniard said, "dejar a Cintra, y ver al mundo entero, es, con verdad caminar en capuchera." Since her husband's salary was exactly $66.50 weekly and the upkeep of the villa alone was... Long Stories - Post by : capecodder - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 2637

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 11. Eye To Eye The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 11. Eye To Eye

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 11. Eye To Eye
CHAPTER XI. EYE TO EYE"Bones," said Captain Hamilton, in despair, "you will never be a Napoleon." "Dear old sir and brother-officer," said Lieutenant Tibbetts, "you are a jolly old pessimist." Bones was by way of being examined in subjects C and D, for promotion to captaincy, and Hamilton was the examining officer. By all the rules and laws and strict regulations which govern military examinations, Bones had not only failed, but he had seriously jeopardized his right to his lieutenancy, if every man had his due. "Now, let me put this," said Hamilton. "Suppose you were in charge of a company... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 951

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 10. The Waters Of Madness The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 10. The Waters Of Madness

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 10. The Waters Of Madness
CHAPTER X. THE WATERS OF MADNESSUnexpected things happen in the Territories which Mr. Commissioner Sanders rules. As for example: Bones had gone down to the beach to "take the mail." This usually meant no more than receiving a mail-bag wildly flung from a dancing surf-boat. On this occasion Bones was surprised to discover that the boat had beached and had landed, not only the mail, but a stranger with his baggage. He was a clean-shaven, plump man, in spotless white, and he greeted Bones with a friendly nod. "Morning!" he said. "I've got your mail." Bones extended his hand and took... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 1653

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 9. The Mercenaries The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 9. The Mercenaries

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 9. The Mercenaries
CHAPTER IX. THE MERCENARIESThere was a large brown desk in Sanders's study, a desk the edges of which had been worn yellow with constant rubbing. It was a very tidy desk, with two rows of books neatly grouped on the left and on the right, and held in place by brass rails. There were three tiers of wire baskets, a great white blotting-pad, a silver inkstand and four clean-looking pens. Lately, there had appeared a glass vase filled with flowers which were daily renewed. Except on certain solemn occasions, none intruded into this holy of holies. It is true that a... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 2994

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 8. The Tamer Of Beasts The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 8. The Tamer Of Beasts

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 8. The Tamer Of Beasts
CHAPTER VIII. THE TAMER OF BEASTSNative folk, at any rate, are but children of a larger growth. In the main, their delinquencies may be classified under the heading of "naughtiness." They are mischievous and passionate, and they have a weakness for destroying things to discover the secrets of volition. A too prosperous nation mystifies less fortunate people, who demand of their elders and rulers some solution of the mystery of their rivals' progress. Such a ruler, unable to offer the necessary explanation, takes his spears to the discovery, and sometimes discovers too much for his happiness. The village of Jumburu stands... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 1002

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 7. Bones, King-Maker The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 7. Bones, King-Maker

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 7. Bones, King-Maker
CHAPTER VII. BONES, KING-MAKERPatricia Hamilton, an observant young lady, had not failed to notice that every day, at a certain hour, Bones disappeared from view. It was not for a long time that she sought an explanation. "Where is Bones?" she asked one morning, when the absence of her cavalier was unusually protracted. "With his baby," said her brother. "Please don't be comic, dear. Where is Bones? I thought I saw him with the ship's doctor." The mail had come in that morning, and the captain and surgeon of the s.s. _Boma Queen had been their guests at breakfast. Hamilton looked... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 2397

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 3. The Maker Of Storms The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 3. The Maker Of Storms

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 3. The Maker Of Storms
CHAPTER III. THE MAKER OF STORMSEverybody knows that water drawn from rivers is very bad water, for the rivers are the Roads of the Dead, and in the middle of those nights when the merest rind of a moon shows, and this slither of light and two watchful stars form a triangle pointing to the earth, the spirits rise from their graves and walk, "singing deadly songs," towards the lower star which is the source of all rivers. If you should be--which God forbid--on one of those lonely island graveyards on such nights you will see strange sights. The broken cooking-pots... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 3428

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 2. Bones Changes His Religion The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 2. Bones Changes His Religion

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 2. Bones Changes His Religion
CHAPTER II. BONES CHANGES HIS RELIGIONCaptain Hamilton of the King's Houssas had two responsibilities in life, a sister and a subaltern. The sister's name was Patricia Agatha, the subaltern had been born Tibbetts, christened Augustus, and named by Hamilton in his arbitrary way, "Bones." Whilst sister and subaltern were separated from one another by some three thousand miles of ocean--as far, in fact, as the Coast is from Bradlesham Thorpe in the County of Hampshire--Captain Hamilton bore his responsibilities without displaying a sense of the burden. When Patricia Hamilton decided on paying a visit to her brother she did so with... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 2660

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 1. Bones, Sanders And Another The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 1. Bones, Sanders And Another

The Keepers Of The King's Peace - Chapter 1. Bones, Sanders And Another
CHAPTER I. BONES, SANDERS AND ANOTHERTo Isongo, which stands upon the tributary of that name, came a woman of the Isisi who had lost her husband through a providential tree falling upon him. I say "providential," for it was notorious that he was an evil man, a drinker of beer and a favourite of many bad persons. Also he made magic in the forest, and was reputedly the familiar of Bashunbi the devil brother of M'shimba-M'shamba. He beat his wives, and once had set fire to his house from sheer wickedness. So that when he was borne back to the village... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 3099

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 16. The Coming Of Sergeant Smith The Man Who Knew - Chapter 16. The Coming Of Sergeant Smith

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 16. The Coming Of Sergeant Smith
CHAPTER XVI. THE COMING OF SERGEANT SMITHJasper Cole at that moment was trudging through the snow to the little chalet which May Nuttall had taken on the slope of the mountain overlooking Chamonix. The sleigh which had brought him up from the station was at the foot of the rise. May saw him from the veranda, and coo-ooed a welcome. He stamped the snow from his boots and ran up the steps of the veranda to meet her. "This is a very pleasant surprise," she said, giving him both her hands and looking at him approvingly. He had lost much of... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 2913

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 15. A Letter In The Grate The Man Who Knew - Chapter 15. A Letter In The Grate

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 15. A Letter In The Grate
CHAPTER XV. A LETTER IN THE GRATEGrimm's Hotel is in reality a block of flats, with a restaurant attached. The restaurant is little more than a kitchen from whence meals are served to residents in their rooms. Frank's suite was on the third floor, and Mr. Mann, paying his cabman, hurried into the hall, stepped into the automatic lift, pressed the button, and was deposited at Frank's door. He knocked with a sickening sense of apprehension that there would be no answer. To his delight and amazement, he heard Frank's firm step in the tiny hall of his flat, and the... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 1984

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 14. The Man Who Looked Like Frank The Man Who Knew - Chapter 14. The Man Who Looked Like Frank

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 14. The Man Who Looked Like Frank
CHAPTER XIV. THE MAN WHO LOOKED LIKE FRANKSaul Arthur Mann came back to England full of his news, and found Frank at the little Jermyn Street hotel where he had installed himself, and Frank listened without interruption to the story of the letter. "Of course," the little fellow went on, "I went straight over to Montreux. The note heading was not on the paper, but I had no difficulty, by comparing the qualities of papers used at the various hotels, in discovering that it was written from the Palace. The head waiter knew this Rex Holland, who had been a frequent... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 1620

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 13. The Man Who Came To Montreux The Man Who Knew - Chapter 13. The Man Who Came To Montreux

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 13. The Man Who Came To Montreux
CHAPTER XIII. THE MAN WHO CAME TO MONTREUXIt was two months after the great trial, on a warm day in October, when Frank Merrill stepped ashore from the big white paddle boat which had carried him across Lake Leman from Lausanne, and, handing his bag to a porter, made his way to the hotel omnibus. He looked at his watch. It pointed to a quarter to four, and May was not due to arrive until half past. He went to his hotel, washed and changed and came down to the vestibule to inquire if the instructions he had telegraphed had been... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 2912

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 9. Frank Merrill At The Altar The Man Who Knew - Chapter 9. Frank Merrill At The Altar

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 9. Frank Merrill At The Altar
CHAPTER IX. FRANK MERRILL AT THE ALTARFrank Merrill stepped through the swing doors of the London and Western Counties Bank with a light heart and a smile in his eyes, and went straight to his chief's office. "I shall want you to let me go out this afternoon for an hour," he said. Brandon looked up wearily. He had not been without his sleepless moments, and the strain of the forgery and the audit which followed was telling heavily upon him. He nodded a silent agreement, and Frank went back to his desk, humming a tune. He had every reason to... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 674

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 8. Sergeant Smith Calls The Man Who Knew - Chapter 8. Sergeant Smith Calls

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 8. Sergeant Smith Calls
CHAPTER VIII. SERGEANT SMITH CALLSThe big library of Weald Lodge was brilliantly lighted and nobody had pulled down the blinds. So that it was possible for any man who troubled to jump the low stone wall which ran by the road and push a way through the damp shrubbery to see all that was happening in the room. Weald Lodge stands between Eastbourne and Wilmington, and in the winter months the curious, represented by youthful holiday makers, are few and far between. Constable Wiseman, of the Eastbourne constabulary, certainly was not curious. He paced his slow, moist way and merely noted,... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 1245

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 7. Introducing Mr. Rex Holland The Man Who Knew - Chapter 7. Introducing Mr. Rex Holland

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 7. Introducing Mr. Rex Holland
CHAPTER VII. INTRODUCING MR. REX HOLLANDMr. Rex Holland stepped out of his new car, and, standing back a pace, surveyed his recent acquisition with a dispassionate eye. "I think she will do, Feltham," he said. The chauffeur touched his cap and grinned broadly. "She did it in thirty-eight minutes, sir; not bad for a twenty-mile run--half of it through London." "Not bad," agreed Mr. Holland, slowly stripping his gloves. The car was drawn up at the entrance to the country cottage which a lavish expenditure of money had converted into a bijou palace. He still lingered, and the chauffeur, feeling that... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 2395

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 6. The Man Who Knew The Man Who Knew - Chapter 6. The Man Who Knew

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 6. The Man Who Knew
CHAPTER VI. THE MAN WHO KNEWBackwell Street, in the City of London, contains one palatial building which at one time was the headquarters of the South American Stock Exchange, a superior bucket shop which on its failure had claimed its fifty thousand victims. The ornate gold lettering on its great plate-glass window had long since been removed, and the big brass plate which announced to the passerby that here sat the spider weaving his golden web for the multitude of flies, had been replaced by a modest, oxidized scroll bearing the simple legend: SAUL ARTHUR MANN What Mr. Mann's business was... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 979

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 5. John Minute's Legacy The Man Who Knew - Chapter 5. John Minute's Legacy

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 5. John Minute's Legacy
CHAPTER V. JOHN MINUTE'S LEGACYLa Rochefoucauld has said that prudence and love are inconsistent. May Nuttall, who had never explored the philosophies of La Rochefoucauld, had nevertheless seen that quotation in the birthday book of an acquaintance, and the saying had made a great impression upon her. She was twenty-one years of age, at which age girls are most impressionable and are little influenced by the workings of pure reason. They are prepared to take their philosophies ready-made, and not disinclined to accept from others certain rigid standards by which they measure their own elastic temperaments. Frank Merrill was at once... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 1910

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 4. The Accountant At The Bank The Man Who Knew - Chapter 4. The Accountant At The Bank

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 4. The Accountant At The Bank
CHAPTER IV. THE ACCOUNTANT AT THE BANKMay Nuttall expressed her perplexity in a letter: DEAR FRANK: Such a remarkable thing happened last night. I was in Silvers Rents about eleven o'clock, and had just finished seeing the last of my patients, when a man passed me and entered one of the houses--it was, I thought at the time, either the last or the last but one on the left. I now know that it was the last but one. There is no doubt at all in my mind that it was Mr. Cole, for not only... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 1052

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 3. Four Important Characters The Man Who Knew - Chapter 3. Four Important Characters

The Man Who Knew - Chapter 3. Four Important Characters
CHAPTER III. FOUR IMPORTANT CHARACTERSThe writer pauses here to say that the story of "The Man Who Knew" is an unusual one. It is reconstructed partly from the reports of a certain trial, partly from the confidential matter which has come into the writer's hands from Saul Arthur Mann and his extraordinary bureau, and partly from the private diary which May Nuttall put at the writer's disposal. Those practiced readers who begin this narrative with the weary conviction that they are merely to see the workings out of a conventional record of crime, of love, and of mystery may be urged... Long Stories - Post by : marketing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edgar Wallace - Read : 1064