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The Mardi Gras Mystery.excerpt

The Mardi Gras Mystery.excerpt

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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofTheMardiGrasMystery,byH.Bedford-JonesThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwithalmostnorestrictionswhatsoever.Youmaycopyit,giveitawayorre-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincludedwiththiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.orgTitle:TheMardiGrasMysteryAuthor:H.Bedford-JonesIllustrator:JohnNewtonHowittReleaseDate:March22,2012[EBook#39229]Language:EnglishCharactersetencoding:ISO-8859-1***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKTHEMARDIGRASMYSTERY***ProducedbyDarleenDove,ErnestSchaal,andtheOnlineDistributedProofreadingTeamathttp://www.pgdp.net(ThisfilewasproducedfromimagesgenerouslymadeavailablebyTheInternetArchive/AmericanLibraries.)THEMARDIGRASMYSTERYBOOKSBYH.BEDFORD-JONESCONQUESTCROSSANDTHEHAMMER:ATALEOFTHEDAYSOFTHEVIKINGSFLAMEHAIRTHESKALD:ATALEOFTHEDAYSOFHARDREDEGOLDENGHOSTTHEMESATRAIL
 
THEMARDIGRASMYSTERYUNDERFIRE[Illustration:"_'Youfrightenedme,holyman!'shecriedgaily.'Confesstoyou,indeed!NotI.'_"]THEMARDIGRASMYSTERYBYH.BEDFORD-JONES[Illustration]FRONTISPIECEBYJOHNNEWTONHOWITTGARDENCITY,N.Y.,ANDTORONTODOUBLEDAY,PAGE&COMPANY1921COPYRIGHT,1920,1921,BYDOUBLEDAY,PAGE&COMPANYALLRIGHTSRESERVED,INCLUDINGTHATOFTRANSLATIONINTOFOREIGNLANGUAGES,INCLUDINGTHESCANDINAVIANCONTENTSCHAPTERPAGEI.CARNIVAL3II.MASQUERS21III.THEBANDIT38IV.CALLERS58V.THEMASQUERUNMASKS82
 
VI.CHACHERRE107VII.INTHEOPEN125VIII.COMUS143IX.ONTHEBAYOU169X.MURDER190XI.THEGANGSTERS209XII.THEULTIMATUM228XIII.THECOINFALLSHEADS249XIV.CHACHERRE'SBUNDLE262XV.WHENTHEHEAVENSFALL280XVI.THEIMPREGNABILITYOFMR.FELL299XVII.MI-CARÊME310THEMARDIGRASMYSTERYTHEMARDIGRASMYSTERYCHAPTERI_Carnival_ JachinFellpushedasidetheglasscurtainsbetweenthevoluminousover-draperiesinthewindowsoftheChessandCheckersClub,andgazedoutupontheriotousstreetsofNewOrleans.HalfanhourhehadbeenwaitinghereintheloungeroomforDr.CyrilAnsley,amiddle-agedbachelorwhohadpractisedinOpelousasfortwentyyears,andwhohadcometothecityfortheMardiGrasfestivities.Anothermanmighthaveseemedirritatedbythewait,butJachinFellwasquiteunruffled.Hehadmuchtheairofaclerk.Hisfeatureswerethinandunremarkable;hispaleeyesconstantlyworeanexpressionofwonderingaloofness,asthoughhesawaroundhimmuchthathevainlytriedtounderstand.Inhisentiremannerwasashyreticence.Hewasnoclerk,however,thiswasevidentfromhisattire.Hewasgarbedfromheadtofootinsoberlyblendingshadesofgraywhoserichnesswasnotableonlyatcloseview.Onefanciedhimaveryprecisesortofman,anoldmaidofthewrongsex.DoctorAnsley,anIvernessflungoverhiseveningclothes,enteredtheloungeroom,andFellturnedtohimwithadry,tonelesschuckle.

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