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The House of Strange Secrets

A DETECTIVE STORY

BY A. Eric Bayly

NEW YORK E. P. DUTTON & COMPANY 31 WEST TWENTY THIRD STREET 1899

COPYRIGHT, 1899 BY E. P. DUTTON & CO.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. THE STRANGE AFFAIR ON THE LONELY MOOR 1 II. THE MAN THAT DISAPPEARED 9 III. THE MYSTERY OF THE PADDED FOOTPRINTS 17 IV. GOOD NEWS AND BAD 28 V. SELENE'S STORY 33 VI. THE FIRST ENCOUNTER 39 VII. THE HAUNTED BARN AND ITS STRANGE INHABITANT 52 VIII. THE SILENT HOUSE AND THE FOLKS THAT DWELT THERE 58 IX. THE MAJOR'S MESSAGE AND HOW IT WAS DELIVERED 66 X. THE AFFAIR OF THE BICYCLE 75 XI. IN THE LION'S DEN 80 XII. THE MAJOR REVEALS HIS SECRET 86 XIII. THE HORRORS OF DURLEY DENE 95 XIV. THE FIGURE IN THE MOONLIGHT 99 XV. MAJOR JONES' ERRAND 106 XVI. THE MAN FROM BURTON'S 116 XVII. MR. POTTER'S SOLUTION 125 XVIII. AN ASTOUNDING CONFESSION 130 XIX. A TRUCE AND A PROMISE 139 XX. MR. HORNCASTLE, FROM DARTMOOR 145 XXI. MR. POTTER SHOWS HIS HAND 153 XXII. WHOSE WAS THE WRITING? 162 XXIII. THE MYSTERY OF THE MANSE BARN 170 XXIV. THE FATE OF THE EAVESDROPPER 177 XXV. IN THE OAK PANELLED HALL 185 XXVI. LIGHT IN DARK PLACES 191 XXVII. THE SQUIRE'S STORY 201 XXVIII. THE SQUIRE'S STORY (CONTINUED) 205 XXIX. THE SQUIRE'S STORY (CONTINUED) 215 XXX. THE SQUIRE'S STORY (CONCLUSION) 224 XXXI. THE BEGINNING OF THE END 230 XXXII. THE WIZARD'S MARSH 236 XXXIII. A MAN FROM THE GRAVE 244 XXXIV. SOLVING THE MYSTERY 249 XXXV. THE LAST TWIST IN THE YARN 257

CHAPTER I

THE STRANGE AFFAIR ON THE LONELY MOOR

"Squire Carrington's carriage, this way, please," proclaimed this magnificent powdered footman wearing the Marquis of Moorland's livery. His stentorian tones echoing from the porch, over which were suspended the nobleman's arms, interrupted an edifying conversation between Squire Carrington's coachman and the individual who presided over another local dignitary's stables, both of whom, with their carriages, had taken refuge from the inclement weather beneath the stately ash trees which were the pride of their noble owner and his gardener (by the way, a far more important personage).

"Well, good e'ning to yer, Mr. Wilkes," remarked the Carrington coachman, flicking up his horses; "I'll tell yer some more about the ole man and 'is hexentricities next time I 'ave the pleasure of renooing our acquaintance." And wrapping his topcoat round him, so as to shield his valuable carcase from the drizzling rain, the venerable retainer in charge of Mr. Harold Carrington's spirited greys turned his horses' heads and drew up the carriage a coach of out of date pattern at the front door, which had been held open for two gentlemen in evening dress who were effecting an early departure from the annual ball given by the Marquis to all the neighbouring gentry... Continue reading book >>




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