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The Camera Fiend   By: (1866-1921)

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THE CAMERA FIEND

By E. W. Hornung

London T. Fisher Unwin, Ltd. Adelphi Terrace 1911

CONTENTS

A CONSCIENTIOUS ASS A BOY ABOUT TOWN HIS PEOPLE A GRIM SAMARITAN THE GLASS EYE AN AWAKENING BLOOD GUILTY POINTS OF VIEW MR. EUGENE THRUSH SECOND THOUGHTS ON PAROLE HUNTING WITH THE HOUNDS BOY AND GIRL BEFORE THE STORM A LIKELY STORY MALINGERING ON THE TRACK OF THE TRUTH A THIRD CASE THE FOURTH CASE WHAT THE THAMES GAVE UP AFTER THE FAIR THE SECRET OF THE CAMERA

A CONSCIENTIOUS ASS

Pocket Upton had come down late and panting, in spite of his daily exemption from first school, and the postcard on his plate had taken away his remaining modicum of breath. He could have wept over it in open hall, and would probably have done so in the subsequent seclusion of his own study, had not an obvious way out of his difficulty been bothering him by that time almost as much as the difficulty itself. For it was not a very honest way, and the unfortunate Pocket had been called "a conscientious ass" by some of the nicest fellows in his house. Perhaps he deserved the epithet for going even as straight as he did to his house master, who was discovered correcting proses with a blue pencil and a briar pipe.

"Please, sir, Mr. Coverley can't have me, sir. He's got a case of chicken pox, sir."

The boy produced the actual intimation in a few strokes of an honoured but laconic pen. The man poised his pencil and puffed his pipe.

"Then you must come back to night, and I'm just as glad. It's all nonsense your staying the night whenever you go up to see that doctor of yours."

"He makes a great point of it, sir. He likes to try some fresh stuff on me, and then see what sort of night I have."

"You could go up again to morrow."

"Of course I could, sir," replied Pocket Upton, with a delicate emphasis on his penultimate. At the moment he was perhaps neither so acutely conscientious nor such an ass as his critics considered him.

"What else do you propose?" inquired Mr. Spearman.

"Well, sir, I have plenty of other friends in town, sir. Either the Knaggses or Miss Harbottle would put me up in a minute, sir."

"Who are the Knaggses?"

"The boys were with me at Mr. Coverley's, sir; they go to Westminster now. One of them stayed with us last holidays. They live in St. John's Wood Park."

"And the lady you mentioned?"

"Miss Harbottle, sir, an old friend of my mother's; it was through her I went to Mr. Coverley's, and I've often stayed there. She's in the Wellington Road, sir, quite close to Lord's."

Mr. Spearman smiled at the gratuitous explanation of an eagerness that other lads might have taken more trouble to conceal. But there was no guile in any Upton; in that one respect the third and last of them resembled the great twin brethren of whom he had been prematurely voted a "pocket edition" on his arrival in the school. He had few of their other merits, though he took a morbid interest in the games they played by light of nature, as well as in things both beyond and beneath his brothers and the average boy. You cannot sit up half your nights with asthma and be an average boy. This was obvious even to Mr. Spearman, who was an average man. He had never disguised his own disappointment in the youngest Upton, but had often made him the butt of outspoken and disastrous comparisons. Yet in his softer moments he had some sympathy with the failure of an otherwise worthy family; this fine June morning he seemed even to understand the joy of a jaunt to London for a boy who was getting very little out of his school life. He made a note of the two names and addresses.

"You're quite sure they'll put you up, are you?". "Absolutely certain, sir."

"But you'll come straight back if they can't?"

"Rather, sir!"

"Then run away, and don't miss your train."

Pocket interpreted the first part of the injunction so literally as to arrive very breathless in his study... Continue reading book >>




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