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Vision House   By: (1859-1920)

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VISION HOUSE

By C. N. & A. M. WILLIAMSON

Author of " The Lion's Mouse ," " The Second Latchkey ," " Everyman's Land ," etc.

A. L. BURT COMPANY

Publishers New York

Published by arrangement with George H. Doran Company

COPYRIGHT, 1921,

BY GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

TO THE GRAND CANYON AND ARIZONA

CONTENTS

I ENTER MISS SOREL

II EXIT THE BLIGHTER

III A CABIN WINDOW

IV REPRISALS ET CETERA

V ANONYMOUS

VI ON SUNDAY AT THREE

VII SAMSON AGONISTES

VIII WHAT THE STAR SAID

IX SOMETHING OUT OF ANCIENT ROME

X THE THING SHE COULD NOT EXPLAIN

XI EVERY MAN HAS HIS PRICE

XII "HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT, TOO!"

XIII "CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?"

XIV MARISE PUTS ON BLACK

XV THE CHURCH DOOR

XVI FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE

XVII THE SPEAKING TUBE

XVIII AU REVOIR TILL SOMETIME!

XIX WHY THE BARGAIN WAS OFF

XX THE BRIDAL SUITE

XXI KEEPING UP APPEARANCES

XXII A SHOCK AND A SNUB OR TWO

XXIII THE DREAM

XXIV ACCORDING TO MUMS

XXV "SOME DAY SOME WAY SOMEHOW!"

XXVI THE END OF THE JOURNEY

XXVII SECOND FIDDLE

XXVIII MOTHEREEN

XXIX THE WHITE DOVE

XXX THE VIGIL LIGHT

XXXI THE ALBUM

XXXII THE BEREAVED ONE

XXXIII THE VISITORS' BOOK

XXXIV THE TERRACE

XXXV STRAIGHT TALK

XXXVI STUMBLING IN THE DARK

XXXVII Z√ČLIE GETS EVEN

XXXVIII WHEN SEVERANCE THREW DOWN THE KEY

VISION HOUSE

CHAPTER I

ENTER MISS SOREL

It was the third day out from Liverpool on the way to New York, and people were just beginning to take an interest in each other's names and looks.

The passenger list of the Britannia was posted up close to the lift on B deck, but the weather had not encouraged curious groups to study and inwardly digest its items. In fact, digestion of all sorts had been difficult. To day, however, the huge ship had ceased to step on and stumble over monster waves, and had slipped into a sea of silken blue. Bad sailors and lazy ones were on deck staring at their fellows as at unearthly creatures who had dropped on board since the vessel sailed, miraculously like manna from heaven. The news had flown round, as news flies in an Eastern bazaar, that there were three names of conspicuous interest on the hitherto neglected list, and that now was the moment for "spotting" their owners.

Two of these should be easy to find, for their steamer chairs, plainly labelled, stood side by side on A deck, where everyone sat or was supposed to sit. The sea dogs and dogesses who braved all weathers had nosed out those labels, but had so far watched in vain for the chairs to be occupied. They had observed, also, that corresponding places at the captain's table were vacant. There were three chairs together on deck, and in the dining saloon, but the third did not count with the public. It was that of a mere chaperon The Girl's mother. She was not the third of the Three Thrilling Passengers. That person happened to be a man, and he had neither chair nor label. If he had eaten a meal outside his cabin he had somehow passed unrecognised.

The stewards, questioned, said that John Garth had not applied for a seat at table. Yes, certainly, one had been assigned to him, next Mrs. Sorel, she being in the place of honour on the right of the Britannia's captain. In this position Garth would have faced Lord Severance, and sat diagonally opposite Miss Sorel, who was on the captain's left. But the favoured man had ignored his privilege. It was understood that he preferred snatching vague sandwiches and glasses of beer at odd hours in the smoking room, or on deck; therefore it would be hard to identify him. Meanwhile, however, celebrity seekers gathered near those three chairs on the sunny port side of A deck.

By ten o'clock the crowd had thickened; but it was not till close on eleven that a tall figure in uniform, preceded by a steward with rugs, sat down in the chair ticketed "Major the Earl of Severance... Continue reading book >>




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