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One Wonderful Night A Romance of New York   By: (1863-1928)

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[Frontispiece: FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN AS JOHN D. CURTIS. BEVERLY BAYNE AS LADY HERMIONE.]

ONE WONDERFUL NIGHT

A ROMANCE OF NEW YORK

BY

LOUIS TRACY

AUTHOR OF

MIRABEL'S ISLAND, THE WINGS OF THE MORNING, ETC.

NEW YORK

GROSSET & DUNLAP

PUBLISHERS

COPYRIGHT, 1912, BY

EDWARD J. CLODE

A FOREWORD

Moving picture enthusiasts who reveled in the romantic mysteries that tangled the plot of ONE WONDERFUL NIGHT will find even more pleasure in reading this fascinating story.

"THE LADIES' WORLD" contest the greatest in the history of motion pictures has just come to a close. Under the auspices of the "Ladies' World" with its million circulation monthly, moving picture lovers all over the United States have been voting for the actor to impersonate the heroic part of John Delancy Curtis in the photo play of ONE WONDERFUL NIGHT probably the most interesting and absorbing presentation ever made on the screen.

Five million, four hundred and forty thousand, seven hundred and sixty votes were cast . Francis Bushman won the prize. With a vote of 1,806,630 he was chosen the typical American hero. In the Essanay Company's elaborate production of ONE WONDERFUL NIGHT, Mr. Bushman is supported by a strong cast, including beautiful Beverly Bayne as Lady Hermione.

Those who have witnessed the photo play production will find the book even more intensely interesting. The hero, John Delancy Curtis, drops in from Pekin, China, for a brief rest from strenuous engineering work, and on his first night in New York finds a marriage license in the pocket of a murdered man's coat, rushes off in a taxi to the address of the woman named therein, marries her, punches a frantic rival on the nose, flouts her father (an English baronet), takes the fair one to a hotel, holds a banquet at which the Chief of Police of New York is an honored guest, and sits down to gaze contentedly into the future of bliss that a half a million a year will bring.

We bespeak for the reader pleasure, entertainment and diversion in this absorbing and unusual story.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. DUSK II. EIGHT O'CLOCK III. EIGHT THIRTY IV. AN INTERLUDE V. NINE O'CLOCK VI. NINE THIRTY VII. TEN O'CLOCK VIII. TEN THIRTY IX. ELEVEN O'CLOCK X. MIDNIGHT XI. ONE O'CLOCK XII. TWO THIRTY A.M. XIII. WHEREIN LADY HERMIONE "ACTS FOR THE BEST" XIV. THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING XV. WHEREIN THE PACE SLACKENS BUT ONLY FOR A FEW HOURS XVI. A PARLEY XVII. WHEREIN JOHN AND HERMIONE BECOME ORDINARY MEMBERS OF SOCIETY

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FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN AS JOHN D. CURTIS. BEVERLY BAYNE AS LADY HERMIONE . . . . . . Frontispiece

Scenes from the photo drama

Scenes from the photo drama

Scenes from the photo drama

ONE WONDERFUL NIGHT

CHAPTER I

DUSK

"There, sonny behold the city of your dreams! Good old New York, as per schedule. . . . Gee! Ain't she great?"

The slim, self possessed youth of twenty hardly seemed to expect an answer; but the man addressed in this pert manner, though the senior of the pair by six years, felt that the emotion throbbing in his heart must be allowed to bubble forth lest he became hysterical.

"Old New York, do you call it?" he asked quietly. The tense restraint in his voice would perhaps have betrayed his mood to a more delicately tuned ear than his companion's, but young Howard Devar, heir of the Devar millions son of "Vancouver" Devar, the Devar who fed multitudes on canned salmon, and was suspected of having cornered wheat at least once, thus woefully misapplying the parable of the loaves and fishes had the wit to appreciate the significance of the question, deaf as he was to its note of longing, of adulation, of vibrant sentiment.

" Coelum non animum mutat , which, in good American, means that it is the same old city on the level, and only changes its sky line," he chortled. "Bet you a five spot to a nickel I'll walk blindfolded along Twenty third Street from the Hoboken Ferry any time of the day, and take the correct turn into Broadway, bar being run over by a taxi or street car at the crossings... Continue reading book >>




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