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The Paternoster Ruby

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Published: 1910
Language: English
Wordcount: 71,970 / 212 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.7
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,298
Added to site: 2007.08.02 17799

Steven Paget was found cruelly murdered just after he had broken the what corner of a rival financier, and hidden in his home was the Paternoster Ruby for which he had outbid that rival years before. The unraveling of the mystery is materially aided by a girl whose courage and charm will win the heart of every reader. (Originally published as a five-part series in All-Story magazine.)

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I thought the idea not a bad one, and said so. Stodger was off up the stairs like a shot. He went nimbly round the prostrate figure on the landing without so much as a look toward it, and disappeared.

He and another man appeared, after a while, at the back of the hall, having evidently availed themselves of a rear stairway.

I surveyed the private secretary with much interest, and must even now confess, after no inconsiderable study of the human face, that I have never since beheld one that was so utterly baffling.

He was a slender man of medium height, and of an age that might have been anything between twenty and fifty; his eyes, hair, brows, and lashes were all of a uniform shade of pale yellow--excepting that the eyes had a greenish tint--while his face and thin, nervous hands wore a dead, unwholesome pallor.

The effect was extraordinary. The ageless face looked as if it did not know how to conform to or mirror any inward emotion; and furthermore, one was never precisely positiv



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