Final Proof

Final Proof

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Excerpt: ... the doctor the anonymous communication from "D. M." The doctor read it over twice, and then said: "Looks more like somnambulism than ever. Don't you see? She dressed herself in the night, and wandered off. Some scoundrel has found her and taken her to his home. Knowing that her father has money, he holds her for ransom." "How do you know, Doctor," said Mr. Barnes, quietly, "that 'D. M.' is a he? The communication is in typewriting, so that nothing can be learned from the chirography." "Of course I don't know it," said the doctor, testily. "Still I'll wager that no woman ever concocted this scheme." "Again, how should her abductor know that her father is rich?" "Why, I suppose her name may be on her clothing, and once he discovered her parentage, he would know that. However he found it out, it is plain that he does know, or how could they, or he, or she, if you wish me to be so particular, have written this letter?" This was unanswerable, so Mr. Barnes remained silent. "What move will you make first?" asked the doctor. Mr. Barnes told him of the advertisement which he had inserted, and took his departure, requesting Pg 199 that if Mr. Gedney received any answer he should be notified at once. About half-past ten the next morning, Mr. Gedney presented himself to the detective and handed him the following letter: "I am glad you are sensible. Saw your advertisement, and I answer at once. I want twenty thousand dollars. That is my price. Now note what I have to say, and let me emphasize the fact that I mean every word. This is my first offer. Any dickering will make me increase my price, and I will never decrease it. To save time, let me tell you something else. I have no partner in this, so there is no one to squeal on me. No one on earth but myself knows where the girl is. Now for future arrangements. You will want to communicate with me. I don't mean you to have any chance to catch me with decoy letters or anything of that sort. I know already more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236706064
  • 9781236706065