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One Thousand Dollars (By O.

Henry)
Our story today is called “One Thousand Dollars.” It was written by O. Henry. Here is Steve Ember with the story.

"One thousand dollars," said the lawyer Tolman, in a severe and serious voice. " nd here is the money.” !oun" #illian touched the thin $ac%a"e o& &i&ty'dollar bills and lau"hed. "It(s such an unusual amount," he e)$lained, %indly, to the lawyer. “I& it had been ten thousand a man mi"ht celebrate with a lot o& &irewor%s. Even &i&ty dollars would have been less trouble." "!ou heard the readin" o& your uncle(s will a&ter he died," continued the lawyer Tolman. "I do not %now i& you $aid much attention to its details. I must remind you o& one. !ou are re*uired to $rovide us with a re$ort o& how you used this one thousand dollars as soon as you have s$ent it. I trust that you will obey the wishes o& your late uncle." "!ou may de$end on it," said the youn" man res$ect&ully. #illian went to his club. He searched &or a man he called Old +ryson. Old +ryson was a calm, anti'social man, about &orty years old. He was in a corner readin" a boo%. ,hen he saw #illian comin" near he too% a noisy, dee$ breath, laid down his boo% and too% o&& his "lasses. "I have a &unny story to tell you,” said #illian. "I wish you would tell it to someone in the billiard room," said Old +ryson. "!ou %now how I hate your stories." "This is a better one than usual," said #illian, rollin" a ci"arette, and I(m "lad to tell it to you. It(s too sad and &unny to "o with the rattling o& billiard balls. I-ve .ust come &rom a meetin" with my late uncle(s lawyers. He leaves me an even thousand dollars. /ow, what can a man $ossibly do with a thousand dollars0" Old +ryson showed very little interest. "I thou"ht the late Se$timus #illian was worth somethin" li%e hal& a million." "He was," a"reed #illian, ha$$ily. " nd that(s where the .o%e comes in. He has le&t a lot o& his money to an or"anism. That is, $art o& it "oes to the man who invents a new bacillus and the rest to establish a hos$ital &or doin" away with it

hat do you say to a little thin" in the ." Old +ryson rubbed his "lasses and smiled. I wanted to s$end the money on one thin". There are many "ood thin"s a man could do with a thousand dollars.” "Than%s. and I hate itemi4in".” said +ryson. I &or"ot to say that she was in on the rin" and ten dollar . "3et it in. I wish I had been." “Say. . "/ow. The butler and the house%ee$er "et a seal ring and ten dollars each. there(s only one reasonable thin" you could do. "/one." said #illian. what is it." said 1iss 3auriere. #illian slowly wal%ed out to where his cab was waitin". "I knew I could de$end on you. “There is a 1iss Hayden. !ou can "o and buy 1iss 3otta 3auriere a diamond nec%lace with the money and then ta%e yoursel& o&& to Idaho and in&lict your $resence u$on a ranch.o%e. She lived in his house. "!ou0" he said with a "entle lau"h.a"ain. nd when Old +ryson smiled. ". “Did you see that nec%lace Della Stacey had on the other ni"ht0 It cost two thousand two hundred dollars at Ti&&any(s. . I advise a shee$ ranch. There are one or two small. !ou(ve hit on the very idea. +obby. too.hy.ewelry line0 I can s$end one thousand dollars. Then I could have had two bottles o& wine.” said 1iss 3auriere. "." ". because I have to turn in a re$ort &or it.ere there any others mentioned in your uncle-s will0" as%ed Old +ryson. "iven the rin" to the waiter and had the whole business o&& my hands. She(s a *uiet thin"2musical2 the dau"hter o& somebody who was unluc%y enou"h to be his &riend. +obby #illian.” 1iss 3auriere was called to the sta"e &or her $er&ormance. as I have a $articular disli%e &or shee$.hat would you do with a thousand dollars i& you had it0" he as%ed the driver.” #illian $honed &or a cab and said to the driver5 "The sta"e entrance o& the 6olumbine Theatre. Old +ryson." The theater was crowded. unim$ortant "i&ts on the side. His ne$hew "ets one thousand dollars." said #illian as he rose &rom his chair. 1iss 3otta 3auriere was $re$arin" &or her $er&ormance when her assistant s$o%e the name o& 1r. /ow tell me what a man can do with a thousand dollars. #illian %new that he intended to be more o&&ensive than ever. 1y uncle was res$onsible &or her. #illian." “It won(t ta%e two minutes &or me. +obby0 I(m "oin" on sta"e in two minutes.

nd a"ain." said #illian. "I &or"ot somethin".” 3awyer Tolman loo%ed at #illian in a hostile and *uestionin" way. +ut you would have noticed her eyes. blind man sat on the sidewal% sellin" $encils. no." . "I su$$ose. #illian entered the room as i& the world were unim$ortant. "+ut was 1iss Hayden le&t anythin" by my uncle(s will in addition to the rin" and the ten dollars0" "/othin".” #illian laid the money beside her hand on the des%. Here it is. #illian o$ened it and saw that it was a ban% de$osit boo%. “I than% you very much. "E)cuse me. "I be" your $ardon. Sir. "Oh8" she said. I(ve "ot it wor%ed out''i& you were thin%in" o& $uttin" u$ the money. thin woman wore blac% clothes. "Oh8" #illian hal& turned and loo%ed out the window." he e)$lained. but would you mind tellin" me what you would do i& you had a thousand dollars0” as%ed #illian." said #illian. *uic%ly. The blind man too% a small boo% &rom his coat $oc%et and held it out. He "ave the driver the address o& his late uncle(s home. o& course. "I %now a $lace I could ta%e money in with both hands. "!ou may drive to the law o&&ices o& Tolman 7 Shar$.ust wonderin". cheer&ully. #illian went out and stood in &ront o& him." said the driver. #illian returned the ban% boo% and "ot bac% into the cab.ust come &rom old Tolman(s. They &ound a2” #illian searched his memory &or a le"al term. “They &ound an amendment or a $ost'scri$t or somethin" to the will. “I was . Tolman. Tolman as%ed me to brin" you the money. It seemed that my uncle had second thou"hts and willed you a thousand dollars." said 1r. and went to his cab. 1iss Hayden was writin" letters in the library." he said.” Ei"ht bloc%s down +roadway. 1iss Hayden turned white. It showed that the blind man had a balance o& one thousand seven hundred ei"hty'&ive dollars in his ban% account.” "Oh." said #illian. The small. “I have . “They have been "oin" over the $a$ers down there. #illian "ot out o& the cab."O$en a drin%in" $lace. In a low voice he said. that you %now I love you.

" she said a"ain. or unsel&ish. almost li"ht'heartedly. "1ay I write a note0" as%ed #illian. . “ s you have satis&ied the conditions. to Tolman. 1r. To"ether they searched &or somethin" in a lar"e sa&e. wise. He calmly tore the re$ort and its cover into $ieces and dro$$ed them into his $oc%et. Tolman reached &or the envelo$e. as she $ic%ed u$ her money. &oolish way as you have in the $ast. Shar$ and I will e)amine your re$ort o& the one thousand dollars. . It was "iven to us $rivately. "There is no use0" as%ed #illian. 1iss Hayden su$$lied him with $a$er and $en. they shoo% their heads to"ether over its contents. I& your dis$osal o& the money in *uestion has been sensible.” 1r. ward o& the late 1r. with a smile. owed by Heaven to the best and dearest woman on earth. 1r.ithout touchin" the envelo$e. #illian. Tolman went to a door and called his $artner.” He threw a white envelo$e on the lawyer(s table. without delay." he said cheer&ully. “In the event that your use o& the one thousand dollars shows that you $ossess any o& the *uali&ications that deserve reward. "I am sorry. I will e)$lain to you the s$irit o& its contents. and then went bac% to her writin" table. " nd I have come to $resent a re$ort o& it."I am sorry. #illian. “there was an addition to your uncle(s will. #illian. my $artner and I have read the addition. it is in our $ower to "ive you bonds to the value o& &i&ty thousand dollars. with instructions that it not be o$ened until you had $rovided us with a &ull re$ort o& your handlin" o& the one thousand dollars received in the will." #illian $ut the note into an envelo$e. one thousand dollars on account o& the eternal ha$$iness. “/ow. "1r." said 1iss Hayden. +ut i& you have used this money in a waste&ul. They brou"ht out a bi" envelo$e sealed with wa). as I a"reed." he said. His cab sto$$ed a"ain at the o&&ices o& Tolman 7 Shar$. Shar$. #illian wrote a re$ort o& how he s$ent the thousand dollars5 “9aid by :obert #illian. 1r. you stand to "ain much more. He bowed to 1iss Hayden and le&t. s they o$ened the envelo$e. the &i&ty thousand dollars is to be $aid to 1iriam Hayden. Then Tolman became the s$o%esman. “I have s$ent the one thousand dollars. #illian was a little *uic%er in ta%in" it u$.

smilin"ly. “One Thousand Dollars” was written by O. Henry. It was ada$ted &or S$ecial En"lish by 3awan Davis. #ood'day to you." he said. . I lost the thousand dollars on the races. "entlemen. "There isn(t a bit o& need to bother you with this." Tolman and Shar$ shoo% their heads mourn&ully at each other when #illian le&t."It(s all ri"ht. The storyteller and $roducer was Steve Ember. anyway. I don(t su$$ose you would understand these itemi4ed bets. They heard him whistlin" ha$$ily in the hallway as he waited &or the elevator.

!ou thin% that I am mad. but his Evil Eye. so that I mi"ht not inter&ere with the old mans slee$. He had never wron"ed me. nd this I did &or seven lon" ni"hts '' but I &ound the eye always closed= and so it was im$ossible to do the wor%= &or it was not the old man who was a $roblem &or me. so "ently8 nd then. How. I did not move a muscle &or a whole hour. I loved the old man. very slowly. and &ree mysel& o& the eye &orever. He had never "iven me insult.hos there0" I %e$t still and said nothin". . I did not hear him lie down. I moved it slowly. nd every ni"ht. with a &ilm over it.ust so much that a sin"le thin ray o& li"ht &ell u$on the vulture eye. nd then. Durin" that time. . late at ni"ht.ust as I have done. ni"ht a&ter ni"ht. Today we $resent the short story "The Tell'Tale Heart" by Ed"ar llan 9oe. On the ei"hth ni"ht. a vulture '' a $ale blue eye. /ow this is the $oint. I $ut in a dar% lantern. I thin% it was his eye8 !es. bove all was the sense o& hearin". I was more than usually care&ul in o$enin" the door. He was still sittin" u$ in the bed listenin" '' . very nervous I had been and am8 +ut why will you say that I am mad0 The disease had shar$ened my senses '' not destroyed them. Here is She$ O/eal with the story.henever it &ell on me. it was this8 He had the eye o& a bird. I turned the loc% o& his door and o$ened it > oh. +ut you should have seen me. The old man sat u$ in bed.The Tell-Tale Heart (By Edgar Allan Poe) Download 19. I heard many thin"s in the underworld. I undid the lantern . <or his "old I had no desire. then. am I mad0 Observe how healthily '' how calmly I can tell you the whole story. 1admen %now nothin". It is im$ossible to say how &irst the idea entered my brain. when I had made an o$enin" bi" enou"h &or my head. my blood ran cold= and so '' very slowly '' I made u$ my mind to ta%e the li&e o& the old man. when my &in"er slid on a $iece o& metal and made a noise. cryin" out ". !ou should have seen how wisely and care&ully I went to wor%8 I was never %inder to the old man than durin" the whole wee% be&ore I %illed him. True8 /ervous '' very. and then I stuc% in my head. all closed that no li"ht shone out. I had my head in and was about to o$en the lantern. I heard all thin"s in the heaven and in the earth. when my head was well in the room.

It was the low sound that arises &rom the bottom o& the soul. when he had turned in the bed. !ou cannot ima"ine how care&ully. did not concern me= it would not be heard throu"h the wall. It was the beatin" o& the old mans heart. I %new that sound well. very little '' crac% in the lantern. nd now a new &ear sei4ed me '' the sound would be heard by a nei"hbor8 The old mans hour had come8 . +ut. <or I had directed the li"ht e)actly u$on the damned s$ot. to &ind the action so &ar done. a sin"le ray o& li"ht shot &rom out and &ell &ull u$on the vulture eye. &or some minutes lon"er I stood still. and louder and louder every second.ith a loud shout. I hardly breathed. too. !et. I $laced my hand over his heart and held it there many minutes. +ut even yet I %e$t still.hen I had waited a lon" time. I decided to o$en a little '' a very. +ut the beatin" "rew louder. . late at ni"ht. I saw it clearly '' all a dull blue. with a horrible veil over it that chilled my bones= but I could see nothin" else o& the old mans &ace or $erson. so stran"e a noise as this e)cited me to uncontrollable terror. It increased my an"er. It was o$en '' wide.ithout delay. I %new what the old man &elt. I then smiled. His eye would trouble me no more. So I o$ened it. t len"th. and $ulled the heavy bed over him. The old man was dead. <inally. I &orced him to the &loor. +ut the beatin" o& the heart increased. I threw o$en the lantern and burst into the room. it has welled u$ &rom dee$ within my own chest. althou"h I lau"hed to mysel&. without hearin" him lie down. This. He was stone dead. . There was no movement. louder every moment8 nd now at the dead hour o& the ni"ht. I removed the bed and e)amined the body. &or many minutes. dull.Then I heard a noise. I attem$ted to %ee$ the ray o& li"ht u$on the eye. louder8 I thou"ht the heart must burst. nd have I not told you that what you mista%e &or madness is but a %ind o& over' sensitivity0 /ow. the heart beat on with a *uiet sound. care&ully. His &ears had been ever since "rowin" u$on him. and &elt sorry &or him. however. 1any a ni"ht. and I %new it was the sound o& human terror. in the horrible silence o& that old house. He cried once '' once only. wide o$en '' and I "rew an"ry as I loo%ed at it. I say. The old mans terror must have been e)treme8 The beatin" "rew louder. It "rew *uic%er and *uic%er. I held the lantern motionless. . there came to my ears a low. I %new the sound well. such as a watch ma%es when inside a $iece o& cotton. I %new that he had been lyin" awa%e ever since the &irst noise. it sto$$ed. when all the world sle$t. I say I %new it well. *uic% sound.

hy would they not be "one0 I wal%ed across the &loor with heavy ste$s. I then re$laced the wooden boards so well that no human eye '' not even his '' could have seen anythin" wron". at len"th. and told them to rest. The o&&icers were satis&ied. . but the noise continually increased. +ut it continued until. . tub had cau"ht all '' ha8 ha8 . was not in the country. I had been too smart &or that. was my own in a dream. I said. no8 They heard8 They sus$ected8 They %new8 They were ma%in" a . +ut the noise %e$t increasin". I cut o&& the head and the arms and the le"s. I tal%ed more and with a hei"htened voice. There was nothin" to wash out '' no mar% o& any %ind '' no blood whatever. I told them to search '' search well. It "rew louder '' louder '' louder8 nd still the men tal%ed $leasantly. and the o&&icers had been sent to search the buildin". I brou"ht chairs there. and this I thin%. I tal%ed more *uic%ly '' more loudly= but the noise increased. I tal%ed more &reely to do away with the &eelin". it was &our ocloc% in the mornin". +ut. as i& e)cited to an"er by the observations o& the men '' but the noise increased. . and while I answered ha$$ily. I &elt mysel& "ettin" wea% and wished them "one. and $laced his body $arts under the room. they tal%ed o& common thin"s. I wor%ed *uic%ly. in a hi"h voice and with violent hand movements. to his room. I said. I had trouble breathin" '' and yet the o&&icers heard it not. The rin"in" became more severe. They sat. I too% a$art the body.as it $ossible they heard not0 /o. *uic% sound li%e a watch ma%es when inside a $iece o& cotton. I smiled '' &or what had I to &ear0 The cry. I led them. I stood u$ and ar"ued about silly thin"s. I went down to o$en it with a li"ht heart '' &or what had I now to &ear0 There entered three men. a&ter a while.hat could I do0 I swun" my chair and moved it u$on the &loor. at len"th. you will thin% so no lon"er when I describe the wise ste$s I too% &or hidin" the body. who said they were o&&icers o& the $olice. I then too% u$ three $ieces o& wood &rom the &loorin". <irst o& all.I& still you thin% me mad.hen I had made an end o& these labors. 1y head hurt.o%e o& my horror8 This I thou"ht. and I had a rin"in" in my ears= but still they sat and tal%ed. dull. I was com$letely at ease. and smiled. s a cloc% sounded the hour. . I &ound that the noise was not within my ears. I $laced my own seat u$on the very $lace under which lay the body o& the victim. I too% my visitors all over the house. but in silence. there came a noise at the street door. cry had been heard by a nei"hbor durin" the ni"ht= sus$icion o& a crime had been aroused= in&ormation had been "iven at the $olice o&&ice. !et the sound increased '' and what could I do0 It was a low. The old man.

. It was $roduced by 3awan Davis. here8 It is the beatin" o& his hideous heart8" !ou have heard the story "The Tell'Tale Heart" by Ed"ar llan 9oe. "9retend no more8 I admit the deed8 Tear u$ the &loor boards8 Here. !our storyteller was She$ O/eal.+ut anythin" was better than this $ain8 I could bear those smiles no lon"er8 I &elt that I must scream or die8 nd now '' a"ain8 3ouder8 3ouder8 3ouder8 "?illains8" I cried. This story was ada$ted by Shelley #ollust.

<or the last three months. "+ut you must never tell anyone I told you this.e were smo%in" our $i$es and tal%in" when the door o& his a$artment o$ened. #ermont be"an to lau"h." he said. so I really need your hel$.A The word "purloined" means "stolen. ". 1r. . stole the letter. " s you %now. the head o& the 9aris $olice &orce.e %now that her husband(s $olitical enemy. 1r. u"uste Du$in.ho ever heard o& such a thin"0" I loo%ed at #ermont. because it is so stran"e. 3et us . It is also a very sim$le case. +ut I thou"ht you would li%e to hear about it. "Too sim$le0" he said. . I have %eys which can o$en any loc% in 9aris." Du$in sto$$ed smo%in".ust call her 1adame F. She is o&&erin" a lar"e amount o& money to anyone who can return the letter to her. "1y men and I have wor%ed on this case &or three months." "The wi&e o& a very im$ortant $erson needs hel$. durin" the autumn o& BCDE.hy don(t you tell us the $roblem0" I said.The Purloined Letter (By Edgar Allan Poe) Download 19. I cannot tell you her name." One evenin" in 9aris. ". " ll ri"ht. "I am tryin" to solve a very im$ortant case. ". "I came to as% your advice. #ermont sto$$ed lau"hin" and sat down. D( rcy. I went to visit a &riend. "Tell me how you loo%ed &or it." he said. #ermont. "It is a very sim$le case o& robbery. "9erha$s the mystery is too sim$le. @:i"ht'clic% or o$tion'clic% the lin%." Du$in too% the $i$e out o& his mouth." he said. D( rcy $lans to use the letter to embarrass 1adame F(s husband and destroy his $olitical $ower. came into the room. Three months a"o. someone stole a letter &rom 1adame F. +ut we cannot &ind it. ." #ermont said to my &riend Du$in." #ermont said. my men and I have s$ent every evenin" loo%in" &or the letter in his a$artment. +ut we still cannot solve it. #ermont moved &orward in his chair.e also %now it is somewhere in his a$artment. because her husband is a $ower&ul man in the <rench "overnment.

"+ut I still have not &ound the letter. I will "ive you the letter. "How much money did you say the reward was0" he as%ed. .e even too% the to$s o&& the tables to see i& he had hidden the letter in the table le"s. "I %new you would not &ind it. "I do not want to tell you the e)act amount.e o$ened all the drawers. "I advise you to "o bac% and search the a$artment a"ain. .(" #ermont loo%ed embarrassed. "Once. Du$in. . +ut we cannot &ind it." Du$in said. (I would tell him to ta%e my advice.e o$ened every boo%." Du$in $u&&ed on his $i$e a"ain." Du$in smiled. So he described his $roblems to bernathy." Du$in said. "#et to the $oint.e loo%ed under the ru"s. Du$in8" "O& course8 O& course. #ermont came bac% to see us. "<irst. "I &ollowed your advice.hen you have si"ned the chec%. ." .hat would you tell him to ta%e0(" "(Oh. "It is in a white envelo$e with a red stam$. "The address is written in lar"e blac% letters. .( said bernathy. ". 3ouis bernathy0" "/o8" #ermont shouted. The old man was not &eelin" very well. (su$$ose you had a $atient li%e that. Do you remember the &amous doctor. bout one month later." Du$in said.e searched behind all the $aintin"s on the walls. ". "3et me tell you a little story. (/ow doctor. .hat do you advise me to do0" Du$in $u&&ed on his $i$e. "Then why did you ma%e me search the a$artment a"ain0" he shouted." he said.hat does the letter loo% li%e0" he as%ed. He decided he would "et a medical o$inion &rom the doctor without $ayin" &or it." he said." "In that case. . "1y dear #ermont.".e too% our time." #ermont said." he said.e removed the boards o& the &loor." Du$in smiled at #ermont. +ut I would "ive &i&ty thousand &rancs to the $erson who hel$s me &ind that letter. . we e)amined the &urniture in every room. "ta%e out your chec%boo% and write me a chec% &or &i&ty thousand &rancs. a rich old man met bernathy at a $arty. #ermont si"hed. that is *uite sim$le.( the old man said." he said. #ermont became very red in the &ace. I am $er&ectly willin" to $ay &or advice. "3oo% here.

D( rcy is not a $oliceman. they loo%ed &or the letter where they would have hidden it. However. He "ave it to Du$in.um$ out o& his head.hile we were tal%in". and "ave it to #ermont. very intelli"ent. "This letter had a lar"e "reen stam$ on it. ". I sto$$ed at his a$artment to loo% &or my "love. and wrote a chec% &or &i&ty thousand &rancs. Instead. too% out the letter. however. even thou"h it was com$letely di&&erent &rom the one #ermont had described. Then he unloc%ed a drawer o& his des%. I e)$lained to him that I was havin" trouble with my eyes and needed to wear the dar% "lasses at all times. The letter loo%ed very old and dirty. Then he too% out his chec%boo% and $en. "How did you solve the mystery0" "It was sim$le. He read it *uic%ly. He believed me. because they did not try to understand the mind o& the man who stole it. The address was written in small letters in blue in%. "The ne)t mornin". I saw nothin" sus$icious there. the more I thou"ht about it. I too% a $air o& dar% "reen eye"lasses with me.#ermont loo%ed at Du$in with his mouth o$en. the more I reali4ed the $olice could not &ind the letter because D( rcy had not hidden it at all. as I turned to my &riend. The "lasses $ermitted me to loo% around the a$artment while I seemed only to be tal%in" to him. I noticed a small shel& over the &ire$lace. we heard $eo$le shoutin" in the street. &ew $ostcards and a letter were lyin" on the shel&. I memori4ed every detail o& the letter while I tal%ed to D( rcy. .ell. 1y &riend e)amined the chec% care&ully and $ut it in his $oc%et. my &riend. I dro$$ed one o& my "loves on the &loor under my chair. &ter a &ew minutes. Then he $ut it in his $oc%et and ran out o& the room without sayin" a word. "#ermont and his $olicemen could not &ind the letter. He %new the $olice would search his a$artment. The $oliceman(s hands shoo% as he o$ened the letter. He also %new how $olice thin%. "I $aid s$ecial attention to a lar"e des% where there were a lot o& $a$ers and boo%s. He is. he did not hide the letter where he %new they would loo% &or it. So." he said. "Do you remember how #ermont lau"hed when I said the mystery was di&&icult &or him to solve because it was so sim$le0" Du$in &illed his $i$e with tobacco and lit it. " s soon as I saw this letter. I decided it must be the one I was loo%in" &or. It must be. "1r. however. Then when he was not loo%in". "Du$in8" I said. D( rcy went to the window . "So I went to visit D( rcy in his a$artment. His eyes seemed to .

I did not understand. Du$in. 9oe is "enerally %nown &or his horror stories." Du$in sto$$ed tal%in" to li"ht his $i$e. I had made it the ni"ht be&ore. "The man who almost had an accident was one o& my servants. which I had ta%en with me. This is the third o& three stories he wrote about u"uste Du$in and how he solves crimes. "D( rcy is a dan"erous man.hen it was over. .and loo%ed out. I& I had ta%en the letter." I said. I had $aid him to create the incident. Guic%ly. It was re$rinted in many $ublications. "+ut. I said "ood'bye and le&t." "The 9urloined 3etter" was written by Ed"ar llan 9oe and ada$ted into S$ecial En"lish by Dona De Sanctis. D( rcy came away &rom the window. The $roducer was 3awan Davis. nd soon the crowd o& $eo$le went away. news$a$ers and boo%s. The story &irst a$$eared in BCDD in a yearly ma"a4ine. " nd he has many loyal servants." he said. . Then I re$laced it with a letter that loo%ed e)actly li%e it. He was not hurt.ust ta%e it and leave0" Du$in smiled. "why did you "o to the trouble o& re$lacin" the letter0 . This is one o& 9oe(s stories that in&luenced the develo$ment o& the modern detective story. "The trouble in the street was caused by a man who had almost been run over by a horse and carria"e. The storyteller was She$ O(/eal. I ste$$ed to the shel& and $ut the letter in my $oc%et.hy not . I mi"ht never have le&t his a$artment alive.