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Excerpt: ...his course a trifle. Why? Because he knew it would enable him to examine the Depew papers. The next time he was asked to get a paper, he first opened the Depew flap, and closed it again without turning the key. Pg 152 He kept the flap in position by a small wedge of paper. It was handy that way. Mr. Loide would go to lunch at one o'clock, and Gerald proposed devoting that hour to an examination of the Depew papers. He was not the kind of young man to let the grass grow to any extreme length under his feet. "If you are learning, you should commence at the beginning. Mount the ladder from the lowest rung, and you will know then what the work is like." So spake the lawyer to Gerald. It was in connection with the letter book. The indexing of it was in arrear, and Gerald's business was to bring that index up to date. The lawyer showed him how. He had a system of his own, had Loide. In addition to the name of the sender of the letter, the letter itself was indexed under the name of the action or matter. It was a good way, because when Loide made out his bills of costs, he did not miss a single letter he could charge for. There was perhaps no man in the City of London who could make out a better bill of costs than Loide. There were rivals in his profession who said that if you blew your nose in his office, he clapped Pg 153 down six and eightpence, while if you wiped your feet on his door-mat, it meant three and six. But then rivals will say anything, won't they? And again, if there is any reputation for truthfulness in the legal profession, it is not a world-wide one. Its patron saint is the father of lies. So it was that, with the letter book in his hand, at his own desk, Gerald turned up in the index "Depew." There were two entries; one he found applied to a letter sent to Depew in America, which had brought him over, and the other to a series of letters connected with the winding up of the affair. The letter to Depew he read, and was not a whit the...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
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  • English
  • black & white illustrations
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  • 9781236733443