Detective Stories

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Detective Stories by Arthur Morrison

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THE CASE OF THE WARD LANE TABERNACLE -- THE IVY COTTAGE MYSTERY -- THE NICOBAR BULLION CASE -- THE FLITTERBAT LANCERS -- THE NARRATIVE OF MR. JAMES RIGBY -- THE CASE OF JANISSARY -- THE AFFAIR OF THE AVALANCHE BICYCLE & TYRE CO., LTD

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should sell my uncle Joseph's snuff-box to a greengrocer was bad enough; the request that I should actually give it to his 'Tabernacle' was infinitely worse. But to claim that it had belonged to his mother--well I don't know how it strikes you, Mr. Hewitt, but to me it seemed the last insult possible."

"Shocking, shocking, of course," Hewitt said, since she seemed to expect a reply. "And he called you an unbeliever, too. But what happened after that?"

"After that he took care not to bother me personally again; but these wretched anonymous demands came in, with all sorts of darkly hinted threats as to the sin I was committing in keeping my own property. They didn't trouble me much. I put 'em in the fire as fast as they came, until I began to find I was being watched and followed, and then I kept them."

"Very sensible," Hewitt observed, "very sensible indeed to do that. But tell me as to these papers. Those you have here are nearly all in one handwriting, but some, as I have already said, a

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