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The Sorcery Club   By: (1872-1965)

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THE SORCERY CLUB

by

ELLIOTT O'DONNELL

Author of Byways of Ghostland , Werwolves , Dreams and Their Meanings , Some Haunted Houses of England and Wales , Scottish Ghost Tales , Haunted Houses of London , etc., etc.

London William Rider & Son, Limited 8 Paternoster Row, E.C.

1912

[Illustration: "FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE KEEP OFF!" KELSON SHRIEKED]

CONTENTS

I HOW THEY FIRST HEARD OF ATLANTIS

II THE BLACK ART OF ATLANTIS

III LEARNING TO SIN

IV THE TESTS

V THE INITIATION

VI THE FIRST POWER

VII SAN FRANCISCO LADIES AND DIVINATION

VIII TWO DREAMS

IX LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

X HOW THE DREAMS WERE INTERPRETED

XI LEON HAMAR CALLS ON THE MARTINS

XII THE GREAT CHALLENGE

XIII THE MODERN SORCERY CO. LTD. GIVE A GRATIS PERFORMANCE

XIV SHIEL TO THE RESCUE

XV HOW HAMAR, CURTIS AND KELSON ENTERED THE ASTRAL PLANE

XVI HAMAR MAKES ADVANCES

XVII THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE

XVIII STAGE THREE

XIX A SERIES OF MISADVENTURES

XX THE STAGE OF HAUNTINGS

XXI THE SELLING OF SPELLS

XXII THE PERSECUTION OF THE MARTINS

XXIII LOVE

XXIV THE SUBPOENA

XXV CURTIS IN A NEW RÔLE

XXVI IN HYDE PARK AT NIGHT

XXVII THE RIGHT GIRL TO MARRY

XXVIII WHOM WILL HE MARRY?

XXIX THE END AND 'THE BEYOND'

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE KEEP OFF," KELSON SHRIEKED (frontispiece)

THE INITIATION

THEY GAZED FASCINATED

THE ROOM FILLED WITH LUMINOUS, STRIPED FIGURES

CHAPTER I

HOW THEY FIRST HEARD OF ATLANTIS

Rain is responsible for a great deal more than the mere growth of vegetables it is a controller, if a somewhat capricious controller, of man's destiny. It was mainly, if not entirely, owing to rain that the French lost the Battle of Agincourt; whilst, if I mistake not, Confucius alone knows how many victories have been snatched from the Chinese by the same factor.

It was most certainly rain that drove Leon Hamar to take refuge in a second hand bookshop; for so deep rooted was his aversion to any literature saving a financial gazette or the stock and shares column of a daily, that nothing would have induced him to get within touching distance of a book save the risk of a severe wetting. Now, to his unutterable disgust, he found himself surrounded by the things he loathed. Books ancient very ancient, judging by their bindings and modern histories, biographies, novels and magazines anything from ten dollars to five cents, and all arrayed with most laudable tact according to their bulk and condition. But Hamar was neither to be tempted nor mollified. He frowned at one and all alike, and the colossal edition of Miss Somebody or Other's poems that by reason of its magnificent cover of crimson and gold occupied a most prominent position met with the same vindictive reception as the tattered and torn volumes of Whittier stowed away in an obscure corner.

Backing still further into the entrance of the store for a better protection from the rain, which, now falling heavier and heavier, was blown in by the wind, Hamar collided with a stand of books, with the result that one of them fell with a loud bang on the pavement.

A man, evidently the owner of the store, and unmistakably a Jew, instantly appeared. Picking up the book, and wiping it with a dirty handkerchief, he thrust it at Hamar.

"See!" he said, "you have damaged this property of mine. You must either buy it or give me adequate compensation."

"What!" Hamar cried, "compensation for such rubbish as that? Why all your books together are not worth five dollars. Indeed I've seen twice as many sold at a sale for half that amount. You can't Jew me!"

The two men eyed each other quizzically.

"Perhaps," the owner of the store observed slowly, "perhaps some of your ancestors were once Yiddish. In which case there ought to be a bond of sympathy between us... Continue reading book >>




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