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The Book of All-Power   By: (1875-1932)

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THE BOOK OF ALL POWER

BY

EDGAR WALLACE

WARD, LOCK & CO., LIMITED LONDON AND MELBOURNE

Made and printed in Great Britain by WARD, LOCK & CO., LIMITED, LONDON.

POPULAR NOVELS

BY

EDGAR WALLACE

PUBLISHED BY

WARD, LOCK & CO., LIMITED.

In Various Editions.

SANDERS OF THE RIVER BONES BOSAMBO OF THE RIVER BONES IN LONDON THE KEEPERS OF THE KING'S PEACE THE COUNCIL OF JUSTICE THE DUKE IN THE SUBURBS THE PEOPLE OF THE RIVER DOWN UNDER DONOVAN PRIVATE SELBY THE ADMIRABLE CARFEW THE MAN WHO BOUGHT LONDON THE JUST MEN OF CORDOVA THE SECRET HOUSE KATE, PLUS TEN LIEUTENANT BONES THE ADVENTURES OF HEINE JACK O' JUDGMENT THE DAFFODIL MYSTERY THE NINE BEARS THE BOOK OF ALL POWER MR. JUSTICE MAXELL THE BOOKS OF BART THE DARK EYES OF LONDON CHICK SANDI, THE KING MAKER THE THREE OAK MYSTERY THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE FROG BLUE HAND GREY TIMOTHY A DEBT DISCHARGED THOSE FOLK OF BULBORO' THE MAN WHO WAS NOBODY THE GREEN RUST THE FOURTH PLAGUE THE RIVER OF STARS

To HARRY HUGHES ONSLOW

THE BOOK OF ALL POWER

CONTENTS

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I INTRODUCING MALCOLM HAY 9 II A GUN MAN REFUSES WORK 24 III THE GRAND DUCHESS IRENE 38 IV THE PRINCE WHO PLANNED 56 V THE RAID ON THE SILVER LION 67 VI PRINCE SERGANOFF PAYS THE PRICE 80 VII KENSKY OF KIEFF 96 VIII THE GRAND DUKE IS AFFABLE 112 IX THE HAND AT THE WINDOW 126 X TERROR IN MAKING 139 XI THE COMMISSARY WITH THE CROOKED NOSE 152 XII IN THE PRISON OF ST. BASIL 163 XIII CHERRY BIM MAKES A STATEMENT 176 XIV IN THE HOLY VILLAGE 191 XV THE RED BRIDE 198 XVI THE BOOK OF ALL POWER 210 XVII ON THE ROAD 221 XVIII THE MONASTERY OF ST. BASIL THE LEPER 233 XIX THE END OF BOOLBA 244 CHAPTER THE LAST 253

THE BOOK OF ALL POWER

CHAPTER I

INTRODUCING MALCOLM HAY

If a man is not eager for adventure at the age of twenty two, the enticement of romantic possibilities will never come to him.

The chairman of the Ukraine Oil Company looked with a little amusement at the young man who sat on the edge of a chair by the chairman's desk, and noted how the eye of the youth had kindled at every fresh discouragement which the chairman had put forward. Enthusiasm, reflected the elder man, was one of the qualities which were most desirable in the man who was to accept the position which Malcolm Hay was at that moment considering.

"Russia is a strange country," said Mr. Tremayne. "It is one of the mystery places of the world. You hear fellows coming back from China who tell you amazing stories of the idiosyncrasies of the Chink. But I can tell you, from my own personal observations, that the Chinaman is an open book in words of one syllable compared with the average Russian peasant. By the way, you speak Russian, I understand?"

Hay nodded.

"Oh, yes, sir," he said, "I have been talking Russian ever since I was sixteen, and I speak both the dialects."

"Good!" nodded Mr. Tremayne. "Now, all that remains for you to do is to think both dialects. I was in Southern Russia attending to our wells for twenty years. In fact, long before our wells came into being, and I can honestly say that, though I am not by any means an unintelligent man, I know just as little about the Russian to day as I did when I went there. He's the most elusive creature. You think you know him two days after you have met him. Two days later you find that you have changed all your opinions about him; and by the end of the first year, if you have kept a careful note of your observations and impressions in a diary, you will discover that you have three hundred and sixty five different views unless it happens to be a leap year... Continue reading book >>




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