By Anna Katharine Green

Anna Katharine eco-friendly used to be one of many earliest detective fiction writers, and a few of her mysteries stay the preferred to be written via an American.

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Mr. 53 Initials Only Brotherson has vanished; that is, in his own proper person, but I have an idea that I am on the track of one who will lead us very directly to him if we manage the affair carefully. What I want of you, of course, is mere identification. You saw the face of the man who washed his hands in the snow, and would know it again, you say. Do you think you could be quite sure of yourself, if the man were differently dressed and differently occupied? ” “I think so. There’s his height and a certain strong look in his face.

Come! we’re all right. You don’t mind making a night of it? ” “Not if it is necessary. ” “That we can’t tell yet. ” And with a characteristic shrug and smile, the detective led the way to a taxicab which stood in waiting at the corner. A quarter of an hour of rather fast riding brought them into a tangle of streets on the East side. As George noticed the swarming sidewalks and listened to the noises incident to an over-populated quarter, he could not forbear, despite the injunction he had received, to express his surprise at the direction of their search.

And you do believe them? ” “Would a whole family lie—and needlessly? They never knew the woman—father, maiden aunt and two boys, clear-eyed, jolly young chaps whom even the horror of this tragedy, perpetrated as it were under their very nose, cannot make serious for more than a passing moment. ” “It wouldn’t seem so. ” “Yet they swear up and down that nobody crossed the room towards Miss Challoner. ” “So they tell me. ” “She fell just a few feet from the desk where she had been writing. No word, no cry, just a collapse and sudden fall.

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