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THE PROFESSOR'S MYSTERY

[Illustration: No good ever comes of half understandings]

THE PROFESSOR'S MYSTERY

BY WELLS HASTINGS AND BRIAN HOOKER

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY HANSON BOOTH

[Illustration]

NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS

COPYRIGHT 1911 THE BOBBS MERRILL COMPANY

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I IN WHICH THINGS ARE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN 1 II THE MEADOW OF ILLUSION 17 III AN ALARM IN THE NIGHT 26 IV AN INSULT IN THE MORNING 41 V BESIDE THE SUMMER SEA: AN INTERLUDE 51 VI A RETURN TO THE ORIGINAL THEME 65 VII SENTENCE OF BANISHMENT CONFIRMED WITH COSTS 77 VIII HOW WE MADE AN UNCONVENTIONAL JOURNEY TO TOWN 90 IX HOW WE ESCAPED FROM WHAT WE FOUND THERE 104 X AND HOW WE BROUGHT HOME A DIFFICULTY 116 XI EXPRESSIONS OF THE FAMILY AND IMPRESSIONS OF THE PRESS 127 XII AN AMATEUR MAN HUNT WHEREIN MY OWN POSITION IS SOMEWHAT ANXIOUS 143 XIII THE PRESENCE IN THE ROOM 161 XIV A DISAPPEARANCE AND AN ENCOUNTER 172 XV MENTAL RESERVATIONS 187 XVI MEAGER REVELATIONS 197 XVII THE BORDERLAND AND A NAME 212 XVIII DOCTOR REID REMOVES A SOURCE OF INFORMATION 223 XIX IN WHICH I CAN NOT BELIEVE HALF I HEAR 235 XX NOR UNDERSTAND ALL I SEE 247 XXI CONCERNING THE IDENTITY OF THE MAN WITH THE HIGH VOICE 258 XXII I LEARN WHAT I HAVE TO DO 271 XXIII I STAND BETWEEN TWO WORLDS 284 XXIV THE CONSULTATION OF AN EXPERT AND A LAYMAN 302 XXV FIGHTING WITH SHADOWS 317 XXVI AND REDISCOVERING REALITIES 332

THE PROFESSOR'S MYSTERY

CHAPTER I

IN WHICH THINGS ARE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN

"Has the two forty five for Boston gone yet?"

The train announcer looked at me a long time; then he shifted his plug of tobacco to the other cheek and drawled:

"Naouw. Reported forty minutes late."

At this point I believe I swore. At least I have no recollection of not doing so, and I should hardly have forgotten so eminent an act of virtue under such difficult circumstances. It was not only that I had worked myself into a heat for nothing. But the train could hardly fail of losing yet more time on its way to Boston, and my chances of making the steamer were about one in three. My trunk would go to Liverpool without me, a prey to the inquisitive alien; and as for me I was at the mercy of the steamship company. For a moment I wondered how I could possibly have doubted my desire to go abroad that summer and to go on that boat though the heavens fell. I thought insanely of automobiles and special trains. Then came the reaction and I settled back comfortably hopeless into the hands of fate. After all I did not care an improper fraction whether I stayed or went: let the gods decide. Only I wished something would happen. The shining rails reached away to lose themselves in a haze of heat. Somewhere a switching engine was puffing like a tired dog. Knots of listless humanity stood about under the dingy roof of the platform; and the wind across the harbor brought a refreshing aroma of tidal mud and dead clams. It occurred to me that my collar was rather sticky on the inside.

I walked the platform fanning myself with my hat. I bought cigarettes, magazines and a shine... Continue reading book >>




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