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The Art of Disappearing   By: (1855-1923)

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THE ART OF DISAPPEARING

By John Talbot Smith

AUTHOR:

"SARANAC" "HIS HONOR THE MAYOR," "A WOMAN OF CULTURE," "SOLITARY ISLAND," "TRAINING OF A PRIEST," ETC., ETC.

NEW YORK, CINCINNATI, CHICAGO: BENZIGER BROTHERS PRINTERS TO THE HOLY APOSTOLIC SEE.

COPYRIGHT, 1902, BY JOHN TALBOT SMITH

All Rights Reserved

CONTENTS.

DISAPPEARANCE.

CHAPTER PAGE

I. The Holy Oils 1

II. The Night at the Tavern 7

III. The Abysses of Pain 16

IV. The Road to Nothingness 25

V. The Door is Closed 33

AMONG THE EXILES.

VI. Another Man's Shoes 40

VII. The Dillon Clan 55

VIII. The Wearin' o' the Green 68

IX. The Villa at Coney Island 77

X. The Humors of Election 87

XI. An Endicott Heir 100

THE GREEN AGAINST THE RED.

XII. The Hate of Hannibal 107

XIII. Anne Dillon's Felicity 119

XIV. Aboard the "Arrow" 128

XV. The Invasion of Ireland 137

XVI. Castle Moyna 147

XVII. The Ambassador 158

AN ESCAPED NUN.

XVIII. Judy Visits the Pope 170

XIX. La Belle Colette 177

XX. The Escaped Nun 190

XXI. An Anxious Night 199

XXII. The End of a Melodrama 208

XXIII. The First Blow 218

XXIV. Anne Makes History 227

XXV. The Cathedral 236

XXVI. The Fall of Livingstone 248

THE TEST OF DISAPPEARANCE.

XXVII. A Problem of Disappearance 258

XXVIII. A First Test 266

XXIX. The Nerve of Anne 274

XXX. Under the Eyes of Hate 283

XXXI. The Heart of Honora 296

XXXII. The Pauline Privilege 304

XXXIII. Love is Blind 312

XXXIV. A Harpy at the Feast 320

XXXV. Sonia Consults Livingstone 327

XXXVI. Arthur's Appeal 335

XXXVII. The End of Mischief 344

XXXVIII. A Tale Well Told 351

XXXIX. Three Scenes 360

DISAPPEARANCE.

THE ART OF DISAPPEARING.

CHAPTER I.

THE HOLY OILS.

Horace Endicott once believed that life began for him the day he married Sonia Westfield. The ten months spent with the young wife were of a hue so roseate as to render discussion of the point foolish. His youth had been a happy one, of the roystering, innocent kind: noisy with yachting, baseball, and a moderate quantity of college beer, but clean, as if his mother had supervised it; yet he had never really lived in his twenty five years, until the blessed experience of a long honeymoon and a little housekeeping with Sonia had woven into his life the light of sun and moon and stars together. However, as he admitted long afterwards, his mistake was as terrible as convincing. Life began for him that day he sat in the railway carriage across the aisle from distinguished Monsignor O'Donnell, prelate of the Pope's household, doctor in theology, and vicar general of the New York diocese. The train being on its way to Boston, and the journey dull, Horace whiled away a slow hour watching the Monsignor, and wondering what motives govern the activity of the priests of Rome. The priest was a handsome man of fifty, dark haired, of an ascetic pallor, but undoubtedly practical, as his quick and business like movements testified... Continue reading book >>




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