An ironic parody of Sherlock Holmes.
1. The Mystery of the Five Hundred Diamonds
2. The Siamese Twin of a Bomb-Thrower
3. The Clue of the Silver Spoons
4. Lord Chizelrigg's Missing Fortune
5. The Absent-Minded Coterie
6. The Ghost with the Club-Foot
7. The Liberation of Wyoming Ed
8. Lady Alicia's Emeralds
looked up and down the long line of faces turned towards him. He seemed reluctant to tap the board, but no one ventured to compete against this tremendous sum, and with a sharp click the mallet fell.
'What name?' he asked, bending over towards the customer.
'Cash,' replied the American; 'here's a cheque for the amount. I'll take the diamonds with me.'
'Your request is somewhat unusual,' protested the auctioneer mildly.
'I know what you mean,' interrupted the American; 'you think the cheque may not be cashed. You will notice it is drawn on the Crédit-Lyonnais, which is practically next door. I must have the jewels with me. Send round your messenger with the cheque; it will take only a few minutes to find out whether or not the money is there to meet it. The necklace is mine, and I insist on having it.'
The auctioneer with some demur handed the cheque to the representative of the French Government who was present, and this official himself went to the bank. There were