Peter the Brazen

A Mystery Story of Modern China

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Author: George F. Worts (Loring Brent)
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 91,518 / 275 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,036
Added to site: 2009.05.13
mnybks.net#: 24146
Origin: gutenberg.org

The Chinese call him "Ren-Beh-Tung", or Man of Bronze, though the British call him a reckless and dangerous adventurer.

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ago on ship.' Savvy?"

"What's next?"

"'You no see my. My see you allatime.'"

The long, sloping shoulders seemed to jerk. "Keep away. Savvy?"

"It says that?"

"Take look see," invited Lo Ong, poking his claw nervously down the column. "'Keep away. Keep away.' One--two times. Savvy?"

Peter Moore nodded thoughtfully.

The Chinese, officially dead, replaced the sheet gingerly on his knees, as if it were an instrument of wickedness. His bony fingers twitched a moment.

"High lady," he added nervously; "velly high lady. You stay away. Huh?"

"Wait a minute." Peter extracted the other paper ball, unfolding it near the orange flame. The inner surface was red, the earthly red of porphyry, and cracked and scarred by the crumpling. Nearly obliterated by the lacework of wrinkles and scratches was a scrawl, evidently scarred into the glazed surface by a knife-point. The upper part was unintelligible. On the lower surface he made out with difficulty the single word

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