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The Portal of Dreams   By: (1879-1930)

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The PORTAL OF DREAMS

by CHARLES NEVILLE BUCK

Author of "THE KEY TO YESTERDAY" "THE LIGHTED MATCH" etc.

Illustrated by FRANK SNAPP

NEW YORK W. J. WATT & COMPANY PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1912

Published September

[Illustration: "Sit down!" he thundered.]

CONTENTS

I. A VISION UPON A WARNING

II. PURSUING A WILL O' THE WISP

III. I EMBARK ON A FOOL'S ERRAND

IV. SOME PASSAGES FROM A DIARY

V. PREMONITIONS BECOME REALITIES

VI. THE END OF THE "WASTREL"

VII. IN STRANGE CIRCUMSTANCES

VIII. NATURE INDULGES IN SATIRE

IX. A PORTRAIT AND A TEMPLE

X. I SEEK ORCHIDS

XI. I FIND MYSELF A DEMI GOD

XII. PORT AND STARBOARD LIGHTS

XIII. ENTER THE INFANTRYMAN

XIV. THE "ASH TRASH LADY"

XV. TWO DISCOVERIES

XVI. AN INTERVIEW AND A CRISIS

XVII. WE GO TO THE MOUNTAINS

XVIII. A CHAT WITH A DICTATOR

XIX. A VOLLEY FROM THE LAUREL

XX. A CAVALCADE FROM THE LAUREL

XXI. I GO WALKING AND MEET ENEMIES

XXII. I FAIL TO RETURN HOME

XXIII. THE OFFER OF PAROLE

XXIV. MY DAY IN COURT

XXV. BEING LAUGHED AT

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"Sit down!" he thundered.

A young woman was sitting before a counter, with her back to the street, trying on gloves.

"Frances! Frances! Frances!" I declaimed with the deep profundity of a ritual.

"You are a great traveler, aren't you, Mr. Deprayne?" she suggested when the silence had begun to be oppressive.

THE PORTAL OF DREAMS

CHAPTER I

A VISION UPON A WARNING

The doctor was so small and frail that his narrow face was rescued from inconsequence only by a trimly cropped Van Dyck with a dignified sprinkling of gray. I always felt that, should I ever see him in a bathing suit, I would have to seek a new physician. I could never again think of him as sufficiently grown up to practise an adult vocation. Yet when the doctor spoke his mentality issued out of its small habitation of flesh and expanded to commanding proportion.

The little doctor was in fine a very great doctor, and on this occasion he was bullying me with the large authority of a Bonaparte.

"But, Doctor " I began protestingly.

He raised a small hand which suggested the claw of a delicate bird and fixed me with quizzical eyes that had the faculty of biting sharply through a man's unspoken thoughts.

"Don't assume to say 'but' to me," he sternly enjoined; and since we had long known each other, not only as physician and patient, but also as men who breakfasted at the same hour and the same club table, I momentarily heeded.

"Once upon a time," he continued, "the German Kaiser presumed to question a pilot on his imperial yacht. Do you recall the result?"

"No," said I, "I don't, but "

Again the doctor eyed me, basilisk fashion, across the bacon and eggs of our belated morning meal, as he continued:

"He very properly reminded the Emperor that upon a vessel in the high seas, a pilot acknowledges no superior this side of Eternity. In matters of health I take the bridge. You obey."

"But " I weakly insisted.

"You presume to think because you house your nerves in a well muscled body that they are infallible," he implacably continued. "I've seen rotten motors in excellent garages. I've seen unhappy wives immured in palaces, and I've seen finer figures of men than you in lunatic asylums."

"My nerves are simply of the high strung type," I argued.

"Those are the kind that snap," retorted the sage. "If you were a racehorse, it might be a matter of reasonable pride to you to be bred in the purple. Being a man with no avocation except the spending of unearned money, it means that you are perilously over sensitized."

"What unpleasant pedantry are you leading up to?" I demanded. "Out with it."

"I mean to. You have the artistic temperament which, without genius, is worse than useless. You choose to regard yourself a failure and grow morose because you have found the law uncongenial and because editors earn their salaries by returning your manuscripts... Continue reading book >>




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