The Century Volume 74

The Century Volume 74

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...Ole, the day-laborer, who was also the son of kings, now started his hunt for the man he must kill. He went first to Spokane, and walked the streets night and day. A policeman clubbed him over the head to emphasize an invitation to move on. The blood trickled down his face. Then he crossed to Seattle. By day he haunted hotels and lodging-houses. The cruelty of devils shone already in his crazy eyes; the cunning of gods--which had only lain dormant through half a dozen generations of Oles--now blossomed forth. As a result, he ceased to lay his precious letter before men with silk hats whom he happened to meet at various bars. At night he learned to dodge blue coats upon which brass buttons sparkled. Running into one suddenly one night, Ole smiled a smile of insane cunning, and softly asked his way to the one street the name of which he knew. It put the officer off the track. In a dive on the edge of that prosperous young hell, the Seattle Chinatown, they called him "the locoed Swede," and stole his money. During his endless pacing of the narrow streets, women with red cheeks and sickening eyes appeared out of shadowy doorways, and touched his arm. Meantime, in an imposing hotel up on the hill, where boys with buttons bring ice-water at two bells and writing-paper at three, the little flower girl turned her face to the wall and died. It really is not a pleasant story. The man Billings bolted, and the thing got into the papers. Ole knew enough English to watch the two dailies. The story was a juicy morsel for certain young men who wrote at space rates. One yellow sheet dished it up with pictures, and said the girl was at the morgue. To the morgue went Ole. He did not kiss her, or fondle her, or make silly, useless speeches to dead...show more

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  • Paperback | 522 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 921g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236960637
  • 9781236960634