The Ragged Messenger Volume 1

The Ragged Messenger Volume 1

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: the crowns of the shelterarches flitted by on the faintly illumined wall. "Poo' little bloke!" he said again, still watching the brickwork. "Well, there's a little cripple in a many homes--a most of 'em, perhaps, if you come to look round." Morton had laid his hand on the man's knee. "Do you mind giving me your address? I know of some work--some big jobs. I'll write to you about it by the time you're done with the railway people.... Here, on this envelope--I get out at Gower Street." "Good night, sir," said the man, as Morton shook hands with him--"and thank you kindly, sir, --if you should be able, sir." It was the first time he had said "sir," and his tone of perfect equality had vanished. It was as though the soldier of labour saluted a hitherto unsuspected captain. Mrs. Morton was sitting in the window of the front room of the Bloomsbury lodgings, looking out into the lamp-lit street, lost in the mazes of her own thoughts, or dreaming about the unknown men and women hurrying by on their unknown errands. She came slowly forward to welcome her husband and his companion; showed no surprise at the arrival of a stranger; and at once busied herself with her duties as wife and hostess. Hats and coats were put on chairs; another gas-jet was lighted in the central gasalier; the lodging-house maid laid a cloth across one end of the dining-table, brought in the tea-tray, and knelt to produce sugar and half a cake from the lower shelf of the mahogany chiffonier; "And who do you think Mr. Griffiths is?" said Morton gaily. "A most famous detective!" and soon the hosts and guest were seated at the friendly meal....
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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236890620
  • 9781236890627