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Filigree Ball

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[The Moore House] was standing when Washington was a village. It antedates the Capitol and the White House. Built by a man of wealth, it bears to this day the impress of the large ideas and quiet elegance of colonial times; but the shadow which speedily fell across it made it a marked place even in those early days. While it has always escaped the hackneyed epithet of "haunted," families that have moved in have as quickly moved out, giving as their excuse that no happiness was to be found there and that sleep was impossible under its roof.

That there was some reason for this lack of rest within walls which were not without their tragic reminiscences, all must acknowledge. Death had often occurred there, and while this fact can be stated in regard to most old houses, it is not often that one can say, as in this case, that it was invariably sudden and invariably of one character. A lifeless man, lying outstretched on a certain hearthstone, might be found once in a house and awaken no special comment; but when this same discovery has been made twice, if not thrice, during the history of a single dwelling, one might surely be pardoned a distrust of its seemingly home-like appointments, and discern in its slowly darkening walls the presence of an evil which if left to itself might perish in the natural decay of the place, but which, if met and challenged, might strike again and make another blot on its thrice-crimsoned hearthstone. - Excerpt from Chapter I

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THE FILIGREE BALL

by

Anna Katherine Green

CONTENTS

BOOK I

CHAPTER

I "THE MOORE HOUSE?" II I ENTER III I REMAIN IV SIGNED, VERONICA V MASTER AND DOG VI GOSSIP VII SLY WORK VIII SLYER WORK IX JINNY X FRANCIS JEFFREY

BOOK II

XI DETAILS XII THRUST AND PARRY XIII CHIEFLY THRUST XIV "LET US HAVE TALLMAN!" XV WHITE BOW AND PINK XVI AN EGOTIST OF THE FIRST WATER XVII A FRESH START XVIII IN THE GRASS

BOOK III

XIX IN TAMPA XX "THE COLONEL'S OWN" XXI THE HEART OF THE PUZZLE XXII A THREAD IN HAND XXIII WORDS IN THE NIGHT XXIV TANTALIZING TACTICS XXV "WHO WILL TELL THE MAN!" XXVI RUDGE XXVII "YOU HAVE COME!"

BOOK I

THE FORBIDDEN ROOM

THE FILIGREE BALL

I

"THE MOORE HOUSE? ARE YOU SPEAKING OF THE MOORE HOUSE?"

For a detective whose talents, had not been recognized at headquarters, I possessed an ambition which, fortunately for my standing with the lieutenant of the precinct, had not yet been expressed in words... Continue reading book >>


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