The Great Ruby Robbery: A Detective Story
"Are you sure you put them in the case, dear?" she asked, for the honour of the household.
And Persis answered: "Quite confident, Lady Maclure; I always put them there the moment I take them off; and when I came to look for them this morning, the case was empty."
"They were very valuable, I believe?" Lady Maclure said, inquiringly.
"Six thousand pounds was the figure in your money, I guess," Persis answered, ruefully. "I don't know if you call that a lot of money in England, but we do in America."
There was a moment's pause, and then Persis spoke again--
"Lady Maclure," she said abruptly, "do you consider that maid of yours a Christian woman?"
Lady Maclure was startled. That was hardly the light in which she was accustomed to regard the lower classes.
"Well, I don't know about that," she said slowly; "that's a great deal, you know, dear, to assert about anybody, especially one's maid. But I should t