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A Maker of History   By: (1866-1946)

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A MAKER OF HISTORY

by

E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM

Author of "The Kingdom of the Blind," "The Hillman," "The Double Traitor," Etc.

With Frontispiece

[Illustration: "'Guard this for me,' she whispered." (page 148) Frontispiece ]

[Illustration]

A. L. Burt Company Publishers New York Published by arrangement with Little, Brown & Company Copyright, 1905, 1906, by Little, Brown, and Company. All rights reserved

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

BOOK I

I. AN ACCIDENTAL SPY 1

II. AT THE CAFÉ MONTMARTRE 11

III. A MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE 18

IV. THE FALLING OF THE HANDKERCHIEF 26

V. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT 33

VI. THE VANISHING LADY 40

VII. THE DECOY HOUSE OF EUROPE 48

VIII. "DUNCOMBE'S HOLD UP" 55

IX. THE STORY OF A CALL 64

X. SPENCER'S SURPRISE 72

XI. A WORD OF WARNING 80

XII. THE SHADOWING OF DUNCOMBE 87

XIII. "HER VOICE" 93

XIV. LAUGHTER OF WOMEN 101

XV. MISS FIELDING FROM AMERICA 107

XVI. MISS FIELDING ASKS A QUESTION 115

XVII. GEORGE DUNCOMBE'S LIE 121

XVIII. "WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?" 129

XIX. A HILLSIDE ENCOUNTER 137

XX. MR. FIELDING IN A NEW RÔLE 143

XXI. A WOMAN'S CRY 151

XXII. LORD RUNTON IS SUSPICIOUS 160

XXIII. HER FIRST KISS 171

XXIV. THE EMPTY ROOM 179

BOOK II

I. GUY POYNTON AGAIN 185

II. AN OLD STORY 192

III. A BODY FROM THE SEINE 200

IV. THE INSOLENCE OF MADAME LA MARQUISE 208

V. THE INTERVIEWING OF PHYLLIS 217

VI. THE BLUNDERING OF ANDREW 225

VII. SPENCER GETS HIS CHANCE 234

VIII. A POLITICAL INTERLUDE 243

IX. ARRESTED! 251

X. THE CHECKMATING OF MONSIEUR LOUIS 259

XI. THE MAKING OF HISTORY 267

XII. AN OLD FRIEND 276

XIII. A NEWSPAPER SENSATION 285

XIV. THE MAN WHO SAVED HIS COUNTRY 294

XV. A MERRY MEETING 301

A MAKER OF HISTORY

BOOK I

CHAPTER I

AN ACCIDENTAL SPY

The boy sat up and rubbed his eyes. He was stiff, footsore, and a little chilly. There was no man servant arranging his bath and clothes, no pleasant smell of coffee none of the small luxuries to which he was accustomed. On the contrary, he had slept all night upon a bed of bracken, with no other covering than the stiff pine needles from the tall black trees, whose rustling music had lulled him to sleep.

He sat up, and remembered suddenly where he was and how he had come there. He yawned, and was on the point of struggling to his feet when he became aware of certain changed conditions in his surroundings. Some instinct, of simple curiosity perhaps, but of far reaching effect, led him to crawl back into his hiding place and watch.

Last night, after many hours of painful walking, two things alone had impressed themselves upon his consciousness: the dark illimitable forest and the double line of rails, which with the absolute straightness of exact science had stretched behind and in front till the tree tops in the far distance seemed to touch, and the rails themselves to vanish into the black heart of the close growing pines. For miles he had limped along the painfully rough track without seeing the slightest sign of any break in the woods, or any human being. At last the desire for sleep had overtaken him. He was a hardy young Englishman, and a night out of doors in the middle of June under these odorous pines presented itself merely as a not disagreeable adventure... Continue reading book >>




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