The Filigree Ball

The Filigree Ball

by Anna Katherine Green

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 02/11/2013

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For a detective whose talents, had not been recognized at


headquarters, I possessed an ambition which, fortunately for my


standing with the lieutenant of the precinct, had not yet been


expressed in words. Though I had small reason for expecting great


things of myself, I had always cherished the hope that if a big


case came my way I should be found able to do something with it


something more, that is, than I had seen accomplished by the


police of the District of Columbia since I had had the honor of


being one of their number. Therefore, when I found myself plunged,


almost without my own volition, into the Jeffrey Moore affair, I


believed that the opportunity had come whereby I might distinguish


myself.


 


It had complications, this Jeffrey-Moore affair; greater ones than


the public ever knew, keen as the interest in it ran both in and


out of Washington. This is why I propose to tell the story of this


great tragedy from my own standpoint, even if in so doing I risk


the charge of attempting to exploit my own connection with this


celebrated case. In its course I encountered as many disappointments


as triumphs, and brought out of the affair a heart as sore as it was


satisfied; for I am a lover of women and--


 


But I am keeping you from the story itself.


 


I was at the station-house the night Uncle David came in. He was


always called Uncle David, even by the urchins who followed him in


the street; so I am showing him no disrespect, gentleman though he


is, by giving him a title which as completely characterized him in


those days, as did his moody ways, his quaint attire and the


persistence with which he kept at his side his great mastiff, Rudge.


I had long since heard of the old gentleman as one of the most


interesting residents of the precinct. I had even seen him more


than once on the avenue, but I had never before been brought face


to face with him, and consequently had much too superficial a


knowledge of his countenance to determine offhand whether the


uneasy light in his small gray eyes was natural to them, or simply


the result of present excitement. But when he began to talk I


detected an unmistakable tremor in his tones, and decided that he


was in a state of suppressed agitation; though he appeared to have


nothing more alarming to impart than the fact that he had seen a


light burning in some house presumably empty.


 


It was all so trivial that I gave him but scant attention till he


let a name fall which caused me to prick up my ears and even to


put in a word. "The Moore house," he had said.


 


"The Moore house?" I repeated in amazement. "Are you speaking of


the Moore house?"


 


A thousand recollections came with the name.


 


"What other?" he grumbled, directing toward me a look as keen as it


was impatient. "Do you think that I would bother myself long about


a house I had no interest in, or drag Rudge from his warm rug to


save some ungrateful neighbor from a possible burglary? No, it is


my house which some rogue has chosen to enter. That is," he suavely


corrected, as he saw surprise in every eye, "the house which the law


will give me, if anything ever happens to that chit of a girl whom


my brother left behind him."


 

ISBN:
1230000194010
1230000194010
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
02-11-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
WDS Publishing

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