The Stolen Bacillus

The Stolen Bacillus
and Other Incidents

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The Stolen Bacillus by H. G. Wells

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1895

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122

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The Stolen BacillusThe Flowering of the Strange OrchidIn the Avu ObservatoryThe Triumphs of a TaxidermistA Deal in OstrichesThrough a WindowThe Temptation of HarringayThe Flying ManThe Diamond MakerAepyornis IslandThe Remarkable Case of Davidson's EyesThe Lord of the DynamosThe Hammerpond Park BurglaryA Moth--Genus NovoThe Treasure in the Forest

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on one delicate green spike, and, it may be, even immortality. For the new miracle of Nature may stand in need of a new specific name, and what so convenient as that of its discoverer? "Johnsmithia"! There have been worse names.

It was perhaps the hope of some such happy discovery that made Winter-Wedderburn such a frequent attendant at these sales--that hope, and also, maybe, the fact that he had nothing else of the slightest interest to do in the world. He was a shy, lonely, rather ineffectual man, provided with just enough income to keep off the spur of necessity, and not enough nervous energy to make him seek any exacting employments. He might have collected stamps or coins, or translated Horace, or bound books, or invented new species of diatoms. But, as it happened, he grew orchids, and had one ambitious little hothouse.

"I have a fancy," he said over his coffee, "that something is going to happen to me to-day." He spoke--as he moved and thought--slowly.

"Oh, don't say that

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