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THE HAUNTED PAJAMAS

BY FRANCIS PERRY ELLIOTT

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY EDMUND FREDERICK

NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS

Copyright 1911 The Bobbs Merrill Company

TO MY WINIFRED

[Illustration]

CONTENTS

I A PRESENT FROM CHINA

II AN OMINOUS DISCOVERY

III I DON THE PAJAMAS

IV JENKINS DECLARES FOR THE WATER WAGON

V THE GIRL FROM RADCLIFFE

VI ARCADIAN SIMPLICITY

VII CONFIDENCES

VIII HER BROTHER JACK

IX AN AMAZING REVELATION

X A NOCTURNAL INTRUSION

XI IRON NERVE

XII I SEND A MAN TO JAIL

XIII FRANCES

XIV "YOU NEVER SAW ME IN BLACK"

XV BILLINGS' SYMPTOMS ALARM ME

XVI AN INSCRIPTION AND A MYSTERY

XVII THE PROFESSOR

XVIII I RECEIVE A SHOCK

XIX THE SPELL OF THE PAJAMAS

XX BILLINGS RAMBLES

XXI THE COLLAPSE OF BILLINGS

XXII MY DARLING IS SLANDERED

XXIII A MESSAGE AND A WARNING

XXIV I SPEAK TO HER FATHER

XXV THE FAMILY BLACK SHEEP

XXVI FLORA

XXVII I RECOVER THE PAJAMAS

XXVIII "IF I EVER FIND A MAN!"

XXIX "BECAUSE YOU ARE YOU"

XXX THE JUDGE FIXES "FOXY GRANDPA"

XXXI THE DEMON RUM

XXXII I TOUCH BOTTOM

XXXIII UNDER THE PERGOLA

XXXIV THE CUB

XXXV IN THE GLOW OF THE RUBIES

THE HAUNTED PAJAMAS

CHAPTER I

A PRESENT FROM CHINA

It was the first thing I saw that night as I swung into my chambers. Fact is, for the moment, it was the only thing I saw. Somehow, its splash of yellow there under the shaded lamp seemed to catch my eye and hold it.

I screwed my glass tight and examined the thing with interest. Nothing remarkable; just a tiny, oblong package, bearing curious foreign markings, its wrapper plainly addressed to me, but

"By Jove! From China!" I ejaculated.

Somebody in far off China sending me a present, with duties and charges prepaid evidently.

What the deuce was it? I shook it without getting any revelation; then I weighed it in my hand.

The thing was devilish light! In fact, so light that, allowing for outside wrapper and box, dashed if I could see how there was anything at all.

Then I had an awful thought: Suppose, by Jove, they had forgotten to inclose the thing whatever it was! Jolly tiresome, that, if they had. I felt devilish annoyed.

Really, awfully provoking to do that sort of thing, you know; and I was jolly sure now the dashed thing had been wrapped up empty. I wondered what silly ass I knew in China who would be likely to do a thing like that. I couldn't think of any one at all I knew in China, so I rang for Jenkins.

"Anybody I know in China, Jenkins?" I asked. And to help him out, I added: "Fact is, some chap's sent me a package, you know."

"Name on box, sir, perhaps." Said it offhand, just like that no trouble of thinking, dash it all never even blinked. Just instinct, by Jove!

And there it was, nicely printed in the corner with a pen:

ROLAND MASTERMANN, GOVERNMENT HOUSE, HONG KONG, CHINA

I read it aloud can't read anything, you know, unless I read it aloud and looked at Jenkins inquiringly. But he came right up to the scratch; just seemed to get it from somewhere right out of the wall over my head:

"Beg pardon, sir; but think it's that London gentleman entertained you at the Carlton when you were over the other side."

Mastermann! By Jove, so it was I began to remember him now, because I remembered his dinner, several of them, in fact, during the three years I had lived over there, acquiring the English accent manner, you know and all that sort of thing!

Mastermann oh, yes, I had him, now! Jolly rum old boy, but entertaining and clever long hair, pink wart on jaw! And, by Jove, I had promised him promised him what the deuce was it I had promised him? Let me see: he was something or other in the foreign office; yes, I had that and tremendously interested in mummies and psychical investigation and rum sort of things like that, and

"By Jove!" I ejaculated, as it came to me. "And for that reason he wanted them to send him out to China."

"Beg pardon, sir," put in Jenkins, "but think you had a letter with a Chinese postmark last week... Continue reading book >>




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