The Man Who Was Lost
"I never saw anything like it," Hatch remarked. "He just threw up his hands and collapsed. He hasn't been conscious since."
"It may be that when he comes to he will have recovered him memory, and in that event he will have absolutely no recollection whatever of you and me," explained The Thinking Machine.
Doane moved a little at last, and under a stimulant the color began to creep back into his pallid face.
"Just what was said, Mr. Hatch, before he collapsed?" asked the scientist.
Hatch explained, repeating the conversation as he remembered it.
"And he said 'sell,' " mused The Thinking Machine. "In other words, he thinks--or imagines he knows--that copper is to drop. I believe the first remark he heard was that copper had gone to smash--down, I presume that means?"
"Yes," the reporter replied.
Half an hour later John Doane sat up on the couch and looked around th