The return of Dr. Fu-Manchu [NOOK Book]


I placed a whisky and soda before the Rev. J. D. Eltham also sliding the tobacco jar nearer to his hand. The refined and sensitive face of the clergy-man offered no indication of the truculent character of the man.' (Excerpt)
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The return of Dr. Fu-Manchu

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I placed a whisky and soda before the Rev. J. D. Eltham also sliding the tobacco jar nearer to his hand. The refined and sensitive face of the clergy-man offered no indication of the truculent character of the man.' (Excerpt)
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  • BN ID: 2940022928341
  • Publisher: New York : A.L. Burt
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 436 KB

Meet the Author

is the pseudonym of Arthur Sarsfield Ward (1883-1959) who found literary fame as the author of the famous Dr. Fu Manchu stories, the first in 1913 and the last in 1957.

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CHAPTER VI Under The Elms DUSK found Nayland Smith and me at the top bedroom window. We knew, now that poor Forsyth's body had been properly examined, that he had died from poisoning. Smith, declaring that I did not deserve his confidence, had refused to confide in me his theory of the origin of the peculiar marks upon the body. " On the soft ground under the trees," he said, " I found his tracks right up to the point where something happened. There were no other fresh tracks for several yards around. He was attacked as he stood close to the trunk of one of the elms. Six or seven feet away I found some other tracks, very much like this." He marked a series of dots upon the blotting pad at his elbow. " Claws !" I cried. "That eerie call! like the call of a nighthawk is it some unknown species of flying thing? " "We shall see, shortly; possibly to-night," was his reply. " Since, probably owing to the absence of any moon, a mistake was made," his jaw hardened at the thoughts of poor Forsyth - " another attemptalong the same lines will almost certainly follow you know Fu-Manchu's system? " So in the darkness, expectant, we sat watching the group of nine elms. To-night the moon was come, raising her Aladdin's lamp up to the star world and summoning magic shadows into being. By midnight the highroad showed deserted, the common was a place of mystery; and save for the periodical passage of an electric car, in blazing modernity, this was a fit enough stage for an eerie drama. No notice of the tragedy had appeared in print; Nayland Smith was vested with powers to silence the press. No detectives, no special constables, were posted. My friend was of opinion that the publicity which had beengiven to the deeds of Dr. Fu- Manchu in the past, together with the so...
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