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The Missioner   By: (1866-1946)

The Missioner by Edward Phillips Oppenheim

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The Missioner

BY E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM

Author of "Anna, the Adventuress," "A Prince of Sinners," "The Master Mummer," etc.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS

BY FRED PEGRAM

A. L. BURT COMPANY

PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

Copyright, 1907, BY THE PEARSON PUBLISHING COMPANY.

Copyright, 1907, BY LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

All rights reserved.

Published January, 1909.

Fourth Printing

[ Illustration: "DO YOU MIND EXPLAINING YOURSELF?" SHE ASKED. [Page 23.] FRONTISPIECE.]

CONTENTS

BOOK I

CHAPTER PAGE

I MISTRESS AND AGENT 1 II THE HUNTER AND HIS QUARRY 13 III FIRST BLOOD 22 IV BEATING HER WINGS 32 V EVICTED 41 VI CRICKET AND PHILOSOPHY 52 VII AN UNDERNOTE OF MUSIC 61 VIII ROSES 70 IX SUMMER LIGHTNING 78 X THE STILL FIGURE IN THE CHAIR 85 XI THE BAYING OF THE HOUNDS 93 XII RETREAT 100 XIII A CREATURE OF IMPULSE 105 XIV SEARCHING THE PAPERS 114 XV ON THE SPREE 121 XVI THE NIGHT SIDE OF LONDON 129 XVII THE VICTIMS OF SOCIETY 138 XVIII LETTY'S DILEMMA 147 XIX A REPORT FROM PARIS 155 XX LIKE A TRAPPED ANIMAL 162

BOOK II

CHAPTER PAGE

I RATHER A GHASTLY PART 172 II PLAYING WITH FIRE 180 III MONSIEUR S'AMUSE 188 IV AT THE "DEAD RAT" 196 V THE AWAKENING 204 VI THE ECHO OF A CRIME 210 VII A COUNTRY WALK 218 VIII THE MISSING LETTY 227 IX FOILED! 235 X MYSTERIES IN MAYFAIR 244 XI THE WAY OF SALVATION 253 XII JEAN LE ROI 262 XIII THE KING OF THE APACHES 271 XIV BEHIND THE PALM TREES 281 XV THE ONLY WAY 289 XVI MAN TO MAN 296 XVII LORD AND LADY BOUNTIFUL 304

THE MISSIONER

BOOK I

CHAPTER I

MISTRESS AND AGENT

The lady of Thorpe was bored. These details as to leases and repairs were wearisome. The phrases and verbiage confused her. She felt obliged to take them in some measure for granted; to accept without question the calmly offered advice of the man who stood so respectfully at the right hand of her chair.

"This agreement with Philip Crooks," he remarked, "is a somewhat important document. With your permission, madam, I will read it to you."

She signified her assent, and leaned wearily back in her chair. The agent began to read. His mistress watched him through half closed eyes. His voice, notwithstanding its strong country dialect, had a sort of sing song intonation. He read earnestly and without removing his eyes from the document. His listener made no attempt to arrive at the sense of the string of words which flowed so monotonously from his lips. She was occupied in making a study of the man. Sturdy and weather beaten, neatly dressed in country clothes, with a somewhat old fashioned stock, with trim grey side whiskers, and a mouth which reminded her somehow of a well bred foxhound's, he represented to her, in his clearly cut personality, the changeless side of life, the side of life which she associated with the mighty oaks in her park, and the prehistoric rocks which had become engrafted with the soil of the hills beyond... Continue reading book >>




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