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The Green God   By: (1873-1943)

The Green God by Frederic Arnold Kummer

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THE GREEN GOD

[Illustration: "GENTLEMEN," HE SAID IN A FRIGHTENED SORT OF VOICE, "MISS TEMPLE CANNOT BE FOUND."]

THE GREEN GOD

by

Frederic Arnold Kummer

Illustrations by R. F. Schabelitz

NEW YORK W. J. WATT & COMPANY PUBLISHERS

COPYRIGHT, 1911, BY W. J. WATT & COMPANY

Published September

PRESS OF BRAUNWORTH & CO. BOOKBINDERS AND PRINTERS BROOKLYN, N. Y.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I MR. ASHTON 1

II A CRY IN THE MORNING 28

III A QUEER DISCOVERY 48

IV I ADVISE MISS TEMPLE 79

V MAJOR TEMPLE'S STORY 101

VI THE ORIENTAL PERFUME 120

VII IN THE TEMPLE OF BUDDHA 142

VIII INSPECTOR BURNS' CONCLUSIONS 161

IX MISS TEMPLE'S DISAPPEARANCE 182

X MISS TEMPLE'S TESTIMONY 198

XI THE VENGEANCE OF BUDDHA 228

XII I ASK MISS TEMPLE A QUESTION 247

XIII A NIGHT OF HORROR 267

XIV THE SECRET OF THE GREEN ROOM 286

THE GREEN GOD

CHAPTER I

MR. ASHTON

The dull October afternoon was rapidly drawing to a close as I passed through the village of Pinhoe, and set my steps rather wearily toward Exeter. I had conceived the idea, some time before, of walking from London to Torquay, partly because I felt the need of the exercise and fresh air, and partly because I wanted to do some sketching in the southwest counties. Perhaps had I realized, when I started out, what manner of adventure would befall me in the neighborhood of the town of Exeter, I should have given that place a wide berth. As matters now stood, my chief concern at the moment was to decide whether or not I could reach there before the impending storm broke. For a time I had thought of spending the night at the inn at Pinhoe, but, after a careful examination of the wind swept sky and the masses of dun colored clouds rolling up from the southwest, I decided that I could cover the intervening five miles and reach the Half Moon Hotel in High street before the coming of the storm. I had left Pinhoe perhaps half a mile to the rear, when the strong southwest gale whipped into my face some drops of cold, stinging rain which gave me warning that my calculations as to the proximity of the storm had been anything but correct. I hesitated, uncertain whether to go forward in the face of the gale, or to beat a hasty retreat to the village, when I heard behind me the sound of an approaching automobile.

The car was proceeding at a moderate speed, and as I stepped to the side of the road to allow it to pass, it slowed up, and I heard a gruff, but not unpleasant, voice asking me whether I could point out the way to Major Temple's place. I glanced up, and saw a tall, heavily built man, of perhaps some forty years of age, leaning from the rear seat of the motor. He was bronzed and rugged with the mark of the traveler upon him, and although his face at first impressed me unpleasantly, the impression was dispelled in part at least by his peculiarly attractive smile. I informed him that I could not direct him to the place in question, since I was myself a comparative stranger to that part of England. He then asked me if I was going toward Exeter. Upon my informing him not only that I was, but that I was particularly desirous of reaching it before the coming of the rain, he at once invited me to get into the car, with the remark that he could at least carry me the major part of the way.

I hesitated a moment, but, seeing no reason to refuse the offer, I thanked him and got into the car, and we proceeded toward the town at a fairly rapid rate. My companion seemed disinclined to talk, and puffed nervously at a long cheroot. I lighted my pipe, with some difficulty on account of the wind, and fell to studying the face of the man beside me. He was a good looking fellow, of a sort, with a somewhat sensuous face, and I felt certain that his short, stubby black mustache concealed a rather cruel mouth... Continue reading book >>




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