Not exactly the police, he corrected carefully. Reeder to himself, with a
certain melancholypleasure. A crook I dontmind, being one; a murderer I dont
mind, but a talking jackass makes mesick. Yes-Im a pretty good sailor-anyway,
that story about my poor wifesjewels is utter nonsense. It is a terrible
misfortune, but itis true.
It bore an affectionate inscription on the back.
cut outReeder-hes hell and poison, and if you dont know it youre deaf!
sorts of rotten people were making up to her,and I had just to grind my teeth
and say nothing.
I followed thedetails of the case very thoroughly.
pockets wereweighted down with the sections of a powerful jemmy.
It was the
first intimation he had received that he hadbeen tailed that morning. The room
was not well furnished; it was scarcely furnished at all.
I brought back
thejewel case after that awful night. A few minutes later his housekeeper
tapped on the door. Greenshouse was the eighteenth in the road on the
right-hand side. This particular letter was signed A Friend. You cut
outReeder-hes hell and poison, and if you dont know it youre deaf! Where that
gun came from I dont-There was a knock at the door and the two men exchanged
glances. Not exactly the police, he corrected carefully.
If youring, one of the
maids will take you to him. Plain thieving-and sweet, said Lew exultantly, and
pushed the bookacross the table. A crook I dontmind, being one; a murderer I
dont mind, but a talking jackass makes mesick. It was pale and haggard; the
eyes looked as though she had beenrecently weeping. Beneath thestring was the
paper which had been first wrapped about the stalks.
This is going to be a
different kind of play, said the long-faced Lewthrough his teeth.
I threw them
up on to her-to the ladys window-sill, corrected theuncomfortable young
Lew Kohl rose, the smile still trembling at the comer ofhis mouth.
Possibly it was part ofher duty to secure casts of the keys. Now let me
think-it was in a melodrama, of course, but was itSouls in Harness or The
Oh, yes, I know you have a criminal mind-I think you havetold me
that before. Maybe youll turn this over in your mind, and in a day ortwo you
wont be feeling so gay.
Reeder to himself, with a certain melancholypleasure.