Uncle John Volume 2

Uncle John Volume 2

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...hopes. He thought of our police arrangements, our detective system, the researches of our Inspector Buckets, and the organisation of Scotland Yard. Finally he elected to confide his case to a "private enquiry office," and wait, with exceeding impatience, for the result. He lost no time therefore in proceeding to one of these resorts for the intriguing, the inquisitive, and the perplexed. It is not too much to say that he felt a little disappointed at the total absence of mystery with which he was ushered into a room like a lawyer's office, and accosted by a stout, good-humoured personage, who bowed, smiled, and rubbed his hands, more like a dentist with designs on his double teeth, than a power to whose keeping were intrusted the honour of great houses, the happiness of noble families, the hopes, fears, embarrassments, entanglements and peccadilloes of society in general. "Cold seasonable weather," said the grand inquisitor, stirring his fire cheerfully. "Must expect it at this time of year. Comes all the same whether we expect it or not. And what can we do for you sir? No hurry. My time is yours. If you will state your case, I'll take down anything that strikes me. Don't agitate yourself. Nothing to make you nervous. It's our business, you know, and we do it every day." "I'm not agitated and I'm not nervous," protested Lexley with some vehemence. "I wish to trace a person I have lost sight of for some months, whose welfare is very dear to me, and who, 'I have reason to believe, is at this moment concealed somewhere in London." "Very good, sir. Very good," observed the other, opening his note-book. "Person male or...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236907337
  • 9781236907332