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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 Excerpt: ...matter. Mr. Mason saw this, but he was not deceived by it. "Now, Mr. Marston," he said, "you and I must have some serious talk, and you may believe I mean it to be serious when I tell you I have a communication this very morning from Mr. Harcourt, the magistrate, respecting a search warrant to examine your desk and boxes." "My desk and boxes," said Marston, with an affectedly indignant air. "I don't understand you, Sir." "I must endeavour to enlighten you then," said Mr. Mason, coolly. "Will you be kind enough to account for the following articles which you have purchased, and which amount to the sum, as you will see, of £45, and tell me how you paid for them out of a salary of £20 a year?" "Will you also tell me," raising his finger to stop the denial which was on Marston's lips, "how you have been able to afford the following sums for wines and spirits, during the same time, also for these boxes of cigars? Here is the list; it may not be perfectly accurate, but it may assist your calculation." G-Marston took the list as well as he could, though he hardly knew what he was doing. He turned deathly pale, and the room swam round with him. "I--I--" he stammered out, "I--feel very ill," and got up as well as he could to leave the room. "Stay," said Mr. Mason, " sit down, and I will get you some water. I have not done yet." The water was brought, and Marston gulped down a draught though it seemed almost to choke him, but he recovered his self-possession a little, and Mr. Mason resumed--"I see," he said, "I need say nothing more about that list, denial will not serve your purpose, young man; and the stories with which yo...
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