A Republic Without a President and Other Stories

A Republic Without a President and Other Stories

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A Republic Without a President and Other Stories by Herbert D. Ward

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Contents: A republic without a president; The lost city; A terrible evening; Scud; the romance of a mortgage; Colonel Odminton.The author puts no curb on his imagination in these stories, whether it is the kidnapping of the White House inmates or the wonders of electricity and hypnotism, of which he treats.

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le in the fog when he saw a man beckon him from the sidewalk. Not a soul was on the street. Beyond was a dark, private lane. He stopped, and, to his surprise, saw, as he thought, his master standing and motioning him to come to a halt and get down. The Secretary's face was turned toward the dark. The voice sounded muffled. When the coachman alighted his master produced a silver flask and told him to take a drink as it was so damp. He dared not disobey, though full of wonder at this unprecedented favor. As soon as he had taken a pull he felt dizzy. Two or three more black figures appeared like ghosts before his eyes. He thought he struck out or tried to run to the coach, he didn't know which. A queer odor mounted to his head. Then he lost consciousness. He came to, early in the morning, a little after four, and staggered to the stable. The team was not there. He fell into a stupor of despair. About an hour after, an acquaintance of his drove the span up, and said they had been found unchecked, grazing near the