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Miss Maitland Private Secretary   By: (1870-1930)

Miss Maitland Private Secretary by Geraldine Bonner

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MISS MAITLAND PRIVATE SECRETARY BY GERALDINE BONNER

AUTHOR OF "THE EMIGRANT TRAIL," "THE GIRL AT CENTRAL," "TREASURE AND TROUBLE THEREWITH," ETC.

ILLUSTRATED BY A. I. KELLER

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY NEW YORK LONDON 1919

COPYRIGHT, 1919, BY D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

COPYRIGHT 1918, 1919, BY THE CURTIS PUBLISHING COMPANY

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

[Illustration: Rising into the white wash of moonlight came Suzanne ]

CONTENTS

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS CHAPTER I THE PARTING OF THE WAYS CHAPTER II MISS MAITLAND GETS A LETTER CHAPTER III ANOTHER LETTER AND WHAT FOLLOWED IT CHAPTER IV THE CIGAR BAND CHAPTER V ROBBERY IN HIGH PLACES CHAPTER VI POOR MR. JANNEY! CHAPTER VII CONCERNING DETECTIVES CHAPTER VIII MOLLY'S STORY CHAPTER IX GOOD HUNTING IN BERKELEY CHAPTER X MOLLY'S STORY CHAPTER XI FERGUSON'S IDEA CHAPTER XII THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T TELL CHAPTER XIII MOLLY'S STORY CHAPTER XIV A CHAPTER ABOUT BAD TEMPERS CHAPTER XV WHAT HAPPENED ON FRIDAY CHAPTER XVI MOLLY'S STORY CHAPTER XVII MISS MAITLAND IN A NEW LIGHT CHAPTER XVIII THE HOUSE IN GAYLE STREET CHAPTER XIX MOLLY'S STORY CHAPTER XX MOLLY'S STORY CHAPTER XXI SIGNED "CLANSMEN" CHAPTER XXII SUZANNE FINDS A FRIEND CHAPTER XXIII MOLLY'S STORY CHAPTER XXIV CARDS ON THE TABLE CHAPTER XXV MOLLY'S STORY CHAPTER XXVI THE COUNTER PLOT CHAPTER XXVII NIGHT ON THE CRESSON PIKE CHAPTER XXVIII THE MAN IN THE BOAT CHAPTER XXIX MISS MAITLAND EXPLAINS CHAPTER XXX MOLLY'S STORY

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Rising into the white wash of moonlight came Suzanne You've done one thing to me that you are going to regret His face was ludicrous in its enraged enmity Ferguson saw him in silhouette, a large, humped body with bent head

MISS MAITLAND PRIVATE SECRETARY

CHAPTER I THE PARTING OF THE WAYS

Chapman Price was leaving Grasslands. Events had been rapidly advancing to that point for the last three months, slowly advancing for the last three years. Everybody who knew the Prices and the Janneys said it was inevitable, and people who didn't know them but read about them in the "society papers" could give quite glibly the reasons why Mrs. Chapman Price was going to separate from her husband.

His friends said it was her fault; Suzanne Price was enough to drive any man away from her selfish, exacting, bad tempered, a spoiled child of wealth. Chappie had been a first rate fellow when he married her and she'd nagged and tormented him past bearing. Her friends had a different story; Chapman Price was no good, had neglected her, was an idler and a spendthrift. Hadn't the Janneys set him up in business over and over and found it hopeless? What he had wanted was her money, and people had told her so; her mother had begged her to give him up, but she would have him and learned her lesson, poor girl! Those in the Janney circle said there would have been a divorce long before if it hadn't been for the child. She had held them together, kept them in a sort of hostile, embattled partnership for years. And then, finally, that link broke and Chapman Price had to go.

There had been a last conclave in the library that morning, Mrs. Janney presiding. Then they separated, silent and gloomy a household of eight years, even an uncongenial one, isn't broken up without the sense of finality weighing on its members. Chapman had gone to his rooms and flung orders at his valet to pack up, and Suzanne had gone to hers, thrown herself on the sofa, and sniffed salts with her eyes shut. Mr. and Mrs. Janney repaired to the wide shaded balcony and there talked it over in low tones... Continue reading book >>




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