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The Bartlett Mystery   By: (1863-1928)

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THE BARTLETT MYSTERY

BY

LOUIS TRACY

Author of

"The Wings of the Morning," "Number Seventeen," etc., etc.

NEW YORK

EDWARD J. CLODE

COPYRIGHT, 1919, BY

EDWARD J. CLODE

All rights reserved

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

By LOUIS TRACY

THE WINGS OF THE MORNING THE CAPTAIN OF THE KANSAS THE WHEEL O' FORTUNE A SON OF THE IMMORTALS CYNTHIA'S CHAUFFEUR THE MESSAGE THE STOWAWAY THE PILLAR OF LIGHT THE SILENT BARRIER THE "MIND THE PAINT" GIRL ONE WONDERFUL NIGHT THE TERMS OF SURRENDER FLOWER OF THE GORSE THE RED YEAR THE GREAT MOGUL MIRABEL'S ISLAND THE DAY OF WRATH HIS UNKNOWN WIFE THE POSTMASTER'S DAUGHTER THE REVELLERS DIANA OF THE MOORLAND NUMBER SEVENTEEN THE BARTLETT MYSTERY

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. A GATHERING AT A CLUB 1 II. A DARING CRIME 12 III. WINIFRED BARTLETT HEARS SOMETHING 24 IV. FURTHER SURPRISES 39 V. PERSECUTORS 54 VI. BROTHER RALPH 67 VII. STILL MERE MYSTERY 81 VIII. THE DREAM FACE 92 IX. THE FLIGHT 102 X. CARSHAW TAKES UP THE CHASE 115 XI. THE TWO CARS 128 XII. THE PURSUIT 140 XIII. THE NEW LINK 150 XIV. A SUBTLE ATTACK 162 XV. THE VISITOR 173 XVI. WINIFRED DRIFTS 181 XVII. ALL ROADS LEAD TO EAST ORANGE 191 XVIII. THE CRASH 201 XIX. CLANCY EXPLAINS 214 XX. IN THE TOILS 225 XXI. MOTHER AND SON 235 XXII. THE HUNT 245 XXIII. "HE WHO FIGHTS AND RUNS AWAY " 257 XXIV. IN FULL CRY 269 XXV. FLANK ATTACKS 280 XXVI. THE BITER BIT 293 XXVII. THE SETTLEMENT 304

THE BARTLETT MYSTERY

CHAPTER I

A GATHERING AT A CLUB

That story of love and crime which figures in the records of the New York Detective Bureau as "The Yacht Mystery" has little to do with yachts and is no longer a mystery. It is concerned far more intimately with the troubles and trials of pretty Winifred Bartlett than with the vagaries of the restless sea; the alert, well groomed figure of Winifred's true lover, Rex Carshaw, fills its pages to the almost total exclusion of the portly millionaire who owned the Sans Souci . Yet, such is the singular dominance exercised by the trivial things of life over the truly important ones, some hundreds of thousands of people in the great city on the three rivers will recall many episodes of the nine days' wonder known to them as "The Yacht Mystery" though they may never have heard of either Winifred or Rex.

It began simply, as all major events do begin, and, of course, at the outset, neither of these two young people seemed to have the remotest connection with it.

On the evening of October 5, 1913 that is the date when the first entry appears in the diary of Mr. James Steingall, chief of the Bureau the stream of traffic in Fifth Avenue was interrupted to an unusual degree at a corner near Forty second Street. The homeward bound throng going up town and the equally dense crowd coming down town to restaurants and theater land merely chafed at a delay which they did not understand, but the traffic policeman knew exactly what was going on, and kept his head and his temper... Continue reading book >>




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