By Joseph Lewis French

Whilst you're yearning an exceptional secret tale, not anything else will do. The items accrued in bizarre and Witty stories of poser have the additional advantage of a touch of humor, wit, and shrewdpermanent wordplay -- those certainly aren't dry and musty detective stories with no an oz of existence or heat. You'll be giggling while you're sinking your the teeth into those delightfully complicated tales.


I - may perhaps Day Eve (Algernon Blackwood)
II - The Diamond Lens (Fitz-James O'Brien)
III - The Mummy's Foot (Théophile Gautier)
IV - Mr. Bloke's merchandise (Mark Twain)
V - A Ghost (Lafcadio Hearn)
VI - the fellow Who Went Too a ways (E. F. Benson)
VII - Chan Tow the Highrob (Chester Bailey Fernald)
VIII - The Inmost gentle (Arthur Machen)
IX - the key of Goresthorpe Grange (A. Conan Doyle)
X - the guy with the faded Eyes (Guy de Maupassant)
XI - The Rival Ghosts (Brander Matthews)

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What do you think that of it? " "Well, Dyson, i need to say that i feel you have got contrived to enclose the whole lot with a secret of your individual making. i am going for the doctor's solution,—Black murdered his spouse, being himself, possibly, an undeveloped lunatic. " "What? Do you suspect, then, that this lady used to be whatever too lousy, too bad, to be allowed to stay in the world? you are going to do not forget that the physician stated it used to be the mind of a satan? " "Yes, definite; yet he used to be conversing, after all, metaphorically. it truly is relatively particularly an easy topic, Dyson, should you in basic terms examine it like that. " "Ah, good, you will be correct; yet but i'm definite you're not. good, good, it is no strong discussing it anymore. a bit extra Benedictine? that is correct; try out a few of this tobacco. did not you are saying that you just were troubled via something,—something which occurred that evening we dined jointly? " "Yes, i've been nervous, Dyson,—worried very much. I—But it is this sort of trivial topic, certainly, such an absurdity, that i think ashamed to hassle you with it. " "Never brain; let's have it, absurd or now not. " With many hesitations, and with a lot inward resentment of the folly of the article, Salisbury advised his story, and repeated reluctantly the absurd intelligence and the absurder doggerel of the scrap of paper, looking forward to to listen to Dyson burst out right into a roar of laughter. "Isn't it too undesirable that I should still enable myself be stricken by way of such stuff as that? " he requested, whilst he had stuttered out the jingle of as soon as and two times and 3 times. Dyson had listened to all of it gravely, even to the tip, and reflected for a couple of minutes in silence. "Yes," he acknowledged at size, "it was once a curious probability, your taking look after in that archway simply as these glided by. yet i do not understand that I should still name what was once written at the paper nonsense; it truly is weird and wonderful definitely, yet I count on it has a that means for someone. simply repeat it back, will you? and that i will write it down. probably we would discover a cipher of a few kind, even though I not often imagine we will. " back had the reluctant lips of Salisbury to slowly stammer out the garbage he abhorred, whereas Dyson jotted it down on a slip of paper. "Look over it, will you? " he stated, while it used to be performed; "it can be very important that I must have each be aware as an alternative. Is that each one correct? " "Yes, that's a correct reproduction. yet i don't believe you'll get a lot out of it. rely on it, it really is mere nonsense, a wanton scribble. i have to be going now, Dyson. No, not more; that stuff of yours is beautiful powerful. Good-night. " "I consider you wish to listen from me, if I did discover whatever? " "No, no longer I; i do not are looking to pay attention in regards to the factor back. you could regard the invention, whether it is one as your personal. " "Very good. Good-night. " IV an exceptional many hours after Salisbury had lower back to the corporate of the golf green rep chairs, Dyson nonetheless sat at his table, itself a jap romance, smoking many pipes, and meditating over his friend's tale. the weird caliber of the inscription which had pissed off Salisbury used to be to him an charm; and once in a while he took it up and scanned thoughtfully what he had written, particularly the old fashioned jingle on the finish.

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