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Black Diamonds   By: (1825-1904)

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[Illustration: Budapest 1896 17/III Dr. Jókai Mór]

MAURUS JOKAI

BLACK DIAMONDS

A Novel

TRANSLATED BY FRANCES A. GERARD

NEW YORK HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1896, by HARPER & BROTHERS.

All rights reserved.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. A BLACK PLACE 1 II. THE SLAVE OF THE BLACK DIAMONDS 11 III. THE MAN EATER 27 IV. A MODERN ALCHEMIST 35 V. THE DOCTOR 50 VI. COUNTESS THEUDELINDE 63 VII. THE COUNTESS'S ALBUM 79 VIII. THE EXORCIST 95 IX. "AN OBSTINATE FELLOW" 132 X. THE HIGHER MATHEMATICS 146 XI. SOIRÉES AMALGAMANTES 155 XII. RITTER MAGNET 166 XIII. ONLY A TRIFLE 189 XIV. THIRTY THREE PARTS 207 XV. TWO POINTS 225 XVI. GOOD BYE 232 XVII. THE LAST REHEARSAL 245 XVIII. FINANCIAL WISDOM 253 XIX. FILTHY LUCRE 259 XX. NO, EVELINE! 278 XXI. RESPECT FOR HALINA CLOTH 291 XXII. TWO SUPPLIANTS 301 XXIII. FINANCIAL INTRIGUE 312 XXIV. THE BONDAVARA RAILWAY 317 XXV. THE POOR DEAR PRINCE 324 XXVI. DIES IRÆ 327 XXVII. FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE RIDICULOUS 348 XXVIII. TWO CHILDREN 352 XXIX. IMMACULATE 357 XXX. MAN AND WIFE 365 XXXI. EVA DIRKMAL 373 XXXII. CRUSHED 378 XXXIII. CHARCOAL 387 XXXIV. CSANTA'S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT 395 XXXV. THE GROUND BURNS UNDER HIS FEET 401 XXXVI. CHILD'S PLAY 406 XXXVII. EUREKA 411 XXXVIII. AT PAR 419 XXXIX. THE UNDERGROUND WORLD 428 XL. ANGELA IS EVEN WITH IVAN 442 XLI. HOW IVAN MOURNED 450 XLII. EVILA 453 XLIII. THE DIAMOND REMAINED ALWAYS A DIAMOND 459

BLACK DIAMONDS

CHAPTER I

A BLACK PLACE

We are in the depths of an underground cavern. It is bad enough to be underground, but here we are all enveloped in black as well: the ceiling is black, so are the walls; they are made of blocks of coal. The floor is one great black looking glass. It is a sort of pond, polished as steel. Over this polished surface glistens the reflection of a solitary light, the light of a safety lamp shining through a wire net.

A man guides himself over the pond in a narrow boat. By the doubtful light of the lamp he sees high pillars, which rise out of the depths below and reach to the very roof of the cavern pillars slender, like the columns of a Moorish palace. These pillars are half white and half black; up to a certain point only are they coal black, beyond that they are light in color.

What are these pillars?

They are the stems of pines and palm trees. These gigantic stems are quite at home in the layers over the coal mine, but how have they descended here? They belong to another world the world of light and air. The coal layers overhead sometimes take fire of themselves, and the fire, being intense, has loosened the hold of these giants and sent them below.

Coal pits kindle of themselves often, as every novice knows, but in this case who extinguished the flames? That is the question... Continue reading book >>




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