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Dangerous Ground or, The Rival Detectives by Lawrence L. Lynch

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TRANSCRIBER'S NOTES The original work contains some text in italics and in bold face. These are represented here as text and =text=, respec tively. Small capitals in the original work have been changed to capitals for this e text. The oe ligature from the original work has been transcribed as [oe], as in man[oe]uvre. Inconsistencies in spelling and hyphenation have only been corrected where one variant was clearly used more often than the other (aint was changed to ain't, etc.). 'Warburton place' has been changed to 'Warburton Place.' Note that both 'Joe Blakesly' and 'Joe Blakesley' occur in the text. Minor typographical errors have been corrected silently. More important changes made to the text: page 90: 'Mrs. Follinsbee' changed to 'Mrs. Follingsbee'; page 173: 'Lerchen' changed to 'Leschen'; page 194: 'And won't do' changed to 'And it won't do'; page 220: CHAPTER XX changed to CHAPTER XXX; CHAPTER LXVI and CHAPTER LXVIII changed to CHAPTER XLVI and XLVIII, respectively; page 449: Beal changed to Beale. Some pages had poorly printed parts; here a 'best guess' has been used to complete the text (page 159, some parts of the advertisements at the end of the book).

[Illustration: "Not just yet; I ain't quite ready!" page 410.]

THE GREAT DETECTIVE SERIES.

DANGEROUS GROUND;

OR,

THE RIVAL DETECTIVES.

BY

LAWRENCE L. LYNCH,

(OF THE SECRET SERVICE.)

Author of "Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter;" "Out of a Labyrinth;" "Shadowed by Three;" "The Diamond Coterie," etc., etc.

CHICAGO: ALEX. T. LOYD & CO., PUBLISHERS. 1886.

COPYRIGHT, 1885, BY ALEX. T. LOYD & CO., CHICAGO. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Dangerous Ground.

[Illustration: "Mamma brings the candle very near to the closed eyes, waving it to and fro, rapidly." page 309.]

DANGEROUS GROUND.

PROLOGUE.

TIME: The month of May. The year, 1859; when the West was new, and the life of the Pioneer difficult and dangerous.

SCENE: A tiny belt of timber, not far from the spot where not long before, the Marais des Cygnes massacre awoke the people of south eastern Kansas, and kindled among them the flames of civil war.

I.

It is a night of storm and darkness. Huge trees are bending their might, and branches, strong or slender, are swaying and snapping under a fierce blast from the northward.

Night has closed in, but the ghostly light of a reluctant camp fire reveals a small group of men gathered about its blaze; and back of them, more in the shelter of the timber, a few wagons, prairie schooners of the staunchest type from which, now and then, the anxious countenance of a woman, or the eager, curious face of a child, peers out... Continue reading book >>




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