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The Mystery of Murray Davenport A Story of New York at the Present Day   By: (1867-1906)

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THE MYSTERY OF MURRAY DAVENPORT

A Story of New York at the Present Day

By

Robert Neilson Stephens

1903

Works of Robert Neilson Stephens

An Enemy to the King

The Continental Dragoon

The Road to Paris

A Gentleman Player

Philip Winwood

Captain Ravenshaw

The Mystery of Murray Davenport

[Illustration: "'DO YOU KNOW WHAT A "JONAH" IS?'"]

CONTENTS

I. MR. LARCHER GOES OUT IN THE RAIN

II. ONE OUT OF SUITS WITH FORTUNE

III. A READY MONEY MAN

IV. AN UNPROFITABLE CHILD

V. A LODGING BY THE RIVER

VI. THE NAME OF ONE TURL COMES UP

VII. MYSTERY BEGINS

VIII. MR. LARCHER INQUIRES

IX. MR. BUD'S DARK HALLWAY

X. A NEW ACQUAINTANCE

XI. FLORENCE DECLARES HER ALLEGIANCE

XII. LARCHER PUTS THIS AND THAT TOGETHER

XIII. MR. TURL WITH HIS BACK TO THE WALL

XIV. A STRANGE DESIGN

XV. TURL'S NARRATIVE CONTINUED

XVI. AFTER THE DISCLOSURE

XVII. BAGLEY SHINES OUT

XVIII. FLORENCE

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"'DO YOU KNOW WHAT A "JONAH" IS?'"

"THE PLAY BECAME THE PROPERTY OF BAGLEY"

"'I'M AFRAID IT'S A CASE OF MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE'"

"'YOU'RE QUITE WELCOME TO THE USE OF MY AUTOMOBILE'"

"TURL, HAVING TAKEN A MOMENT'S PRELIMINARY THOUGHT, BEGAN HIS ACCOUNT"

"'GOOD EVENING, MR. MURRAY DAVENPORT! HOW ABOUT MY BUNCH OF MONEY?'"

THE MYSTERY OF MURRAY DAVENPORT

CHAPTER I.

MR. LARCHER GOES OUT IN THE RAIN

The night set in with heavy and unceasing rain, and, though the month was August, winter itself could not have made the streets less inviting than they looked to Thomas Larcher. Having dined at the caterer's in the basement, and got the damp of the afternoon removed from his clothes and dried out of his skin, he stood at his window and gazed down at the reflections of the lights on the watery asphalt. The few people he saw were hastening laboriously under umbrellas which guided torrents down their backs and left their legs and feet open to the pour. Clean and dry in his dressing gown and slippers, Mr. Larcher turned toward his easy chair and oaken bookcase, and thanked his stars that no engagement called him forth. On such a night there was indeed no place like home, limited though home was to a second story "bed sitting room" in a house of "furnished rooms to let" on a crosstown street traversing the part of New York dominated by the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Mr. Larcher, who was a blue eyed young man of medium size and medium appearance every way, with a smooth shaven, clear skinned face whereon sat good nature overlaid with self esteem, spread himself in his chair, and made ready for content. Just then there was a knock at his door, and a negro boy servant shambled in with a telegram.

"Who the deuce ?" began Mr. Larcher, with irritation; but when he opened the message he appeared to have his breath taken away by joyous surprise. "Can I call?" he said, aloud. "Well, rather!" He let his book drop forgotten, and bestirred himself in swift preparation to go out. The telegram read merely:

"In town over night. Can you call Savoy at once? EDNA."

The state of Mr. Larcher's feelings toward the person named Edna has already been deduced by the reader. It was a state which made the young man plunge into the weather with gladness, dash to Sixth Avenue with no sense of the rain's discomfort, mentally check off the streets with impatience as he sat in a north bound car, and finally cover with flying feet the long block to the Savoy Hotel. Wet but radiant, he was, after due announcement, shown into the drawing room of a suite, where he was kept waiting, alone with his thumping heart, for ten minutes. At the end of that time a young lady came in with a swish from the next room.

She was a small creature, excellently shaped, and gowned though for indoors like a girl in a fashion plate. Her head was thrown back in a poise that showed to the best effect her clear cut features; and she marched forward in a dauntless manner... Continue reading book >>




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