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A Modern Wizard   By: (1861-1937)

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A MODERN WIZARD

BY

RODRIGUES OTTOLENGUI AUTHOR OF "AN ARTIST IN CRIME," "A CONFLICT OF EVIDENCE," ETC.

G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS NEW YORK LONDON 27 WEST TWENTY THIRD STREET 24 BEDFORD STREET, STRAND The Knickerbocker Press 1894

COPYRIGHT, 1894 BY G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS Entered at Stationers' Hall, London

Electrotyped, Printed and Bound by The Knickerbocker Press, New York G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS

TO

HON. GEORGE P. ANDREWS

JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK

WHO IS RECOGNIZED, NOT ONLY AS AN EMINENT JURIST BUT AS A TYPE OF HUMAN JUSTICE AND LEGAL INTEGRITY

THIS WORK IS RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED

CONTENTS.

BOOK FIRST.

CHAPTER PAGE I. LAWYER AND CLIENT 1 II. JACK BARNES INVESTIGATES 17 III. A WIZARD'S TRICK 32 IV. DR. MEDJORA SURRENDERS 53 V. FOR THE PROSECUTION 70 VI. DAMAGING TESTIMONY 84 VII. THE PROSECUTION RESTS 101 VIII. FOR THE DEFENCE 120 IX. THE DEFENCE CLOSES 137 X. MR. BLISS MAKES HIS SPEECH 149 XI. TERMINATION OF THE GREAT CASE 165

BOOK SECOND.

I. ONE NIGHT 183 II. A FRIEND IN NEED 205 III. SELLING A NEW ENGLAND FARM 225 IV. AN OMINOUS WELCOME 239 V. A FACE FROM THE PAST 257 VI. AGNES DUDLEY 272 VII. A WIZARD'S TEACHING 288 VIII. THE FAITHFUL DOG 311 IX. A WIZARD'S KNOWLEDGE 330 X. THE BETROTHAL 347 XI. THE GENESIS OF LOVE 362 XII. THE MARQUIS OF LOSSY 375 XIII. THE DISCOVERY 392 XIV. SANATOXINE 407

A MODERN WIZARD.

BOOK FIRST.

CHAPTER I.

LAWYER AND CLIENT.

Early one morning, in the spring of eighteen hundred and seventy three, two young lawyers were seated in their private office. The firm name, painted in gilt letters upon the glass of the door, was DUDLEY & BLISS. Mortimer Dudley was the senior member, though not over thirty years old. Robert Bliss was two years younger.

Mr. Dudley was sorting some papers and deftly tying them into bundles with red tape. Why lawyers will persist in using tape of a sanguine color is an unsolvable mystery to me, unless it may be that they are loath to disturb the many old adages in which the significant couplet of words appears. However that may be, Mr. Dudley paused in his occupation, attracted by an exclamation from his partner, who had been reading a morning paper.

"What is it, Robert?" asked Mr. Dudley.

"Oh! Only another sensational murder case, destined, I imagine, to add more lustre to the name of some lawyer who doesn't need it. Mortimer, I wonder when our turn will come. Here we have been in these rooms for three months, and not a criminal case has come to us yet."

"Don't be impatient, Robert. We must not give up hope. Look at Munson. He was in the same class with us at college, and we all considered him a dunce. By accident he was engaged to defend that fellow who was accused of poisoning his landlady. Munson actually studied chemistry in order to defend the case. His cross examination of the prosecution's experts made him famous... Continue reading book >>




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