up some documents on which he had been consulting his chief. She was panic-stricken to think that either of the men might come out and find her in the position of an eavesdropper, so with great quietness she opened the door and slipped out into the hall, going from there to the entrance of the ordinary waiting-room, in which she found, not the twelve men that the porter had expatiated upon, but five. Evidently the other seven had existed only in the porter's imagination, or had become tired of waiting and had withdrawn. The five looked up at her as she entered and sat down on a chair near the door. A moment later the door communicating with the room she had quitted opened, and a clerk came in. He held two or three slips of paper in his hand, and calling out a name, one of the men rose.
"Mr. Hardwick says," spoke up the clerk, "that this matter is in Mr. Alder's department; would you mind seeing him? Room number five."
So that man was thus got rid of. The clerk mentioned another name, and again
A charming if fanciful story of the adventures of a plucky reporter. Yet although some parts of it are unlikely in the extreme (the princess, the mad scientist, the Cinderella love story, et al.), others remain all too true of the life of journalists:
“Miss Baxter had done work for some of the evening papers, several of the weeklies, and a number of the monthlies, and the income she made was reasonably good, but hazardously fitful. There was an uncertainty about her mode of life which was displeasing to her....”
The downside is that she leaves her promising career to marry, but it was 1899, after all.
I would have really liked this book except for the stupid gold robbery in the middle. It would have been so much better if the author had stuck to more realistic situations.
I was not expecting this book to be as fun as it was-- good characterization and swift plotting...a bit of suspension of disbelief but a good read
After you suspend disbelief--I mean, really, a beautiful young reporter who solves problems on an international scale--this was fun. Intrigue, adventure, spies, a dashing hero, and...yes...girl does get boy in the end (of course). Enjoy!
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