The Crimson Gardenia

The Crimson Gardenia
and Other Tales of Adventure

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The Crimson Gardenia by Rex Beach

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The Crimson Gardenia
and Other Tales of Adventure

By

4
(2 Reviews)
The Crimson Gardenia -- Rope's End -- Inocencio -- The Wag-Lady -- "Man Proposes—" -- Told in the Storm -- The Weight of Obligation -- The Stampede -- When the Mail Came in -- McGill -- The Brand

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guide shrink away, saw her turn and signal him with a swift, imperious gesture of warning. Instead of heeding it, he moved forward in time to intercept the stranger. The fellow was laughing loudly; he assumed a tipsy air and lurched against the girl; then, with a quickness that belied his pose, he snatched at her mask and bared her features. She cried out in terror, and with the sound of her voice Mr. Van Dam flew to action. He knew that until six o'clock disguises were inviolate, and that it was against the strictest of police regulations to unmask a reveler; therefore he yielded to a righteous impulse and struck the man in the domino squarely upon the jaw. Beneath Roly's rounded proportions was a deceptive machinery of bone and muscle that had been schooled by the most expensive instructors of boxing. He had known how to hit cleanly since he was twelve years old, and although he had never struck a man in anger until this moment, his fist went true. The fellow rocked stiffly back upon his heels and fell like

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