The Leavenworth Case

The Leavenworth Case

by Anna Katherine Green

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

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I had been a junior partner in the firm of Veeley, Carr & Raymond,


attorneys and counsellors at law, for about a year, when one morning,


in the temporary absence of both Mr. Veeley and Mr. Carr, there came


into our office a young man whose whole appearance was so indicative of


haste and agitation that I involuntarily rose at his approach and


impetuously inquired:


 


"What is the matter? You have no bad news to tell, I hope."


 


"I have come to see Mr. Veeley; is he in?"


 


"No," I replied; "he was unexpectedly called away this morning to


Washington; cannot be home before to-morrow; but if you will make


your business known to me----"


 


"To you, sir?" he repeated, turning a very cold but steady eye on


mine; then, seeming to be satisfied with his scrutiny, continued,


"There is no reason why I shouldn't; my business is no secret. I came to


inform him that Mr. Leavenworth is dead."


 


"Mr. Leavenworth!" I exclaimed, falling back a step. Mr.


Leavenworth was an old client of our firm, to say nothing of his being


the particular friend of Mr. Veeley.


 


"Yes, murdered; shot through the head by some unknown person while


sitting at his library table."


 


"Shot! murdered!" I could scarcely believe my ears.


 


"How? when?" I gasped.


 


"Last night. At least, so we suppose. He was not found till this


morning. I am Mr. Leavenworth's private secretary," he explained,


"and live in the family. It was a dreadful shock," he went on,


"especially to the ladies."


 


"Dreadful!" I repeated. "Mr. Veeley will be overwhelmed by it."


 


"They are all alone," he continued in a low businesslike way I


afterwards found to be inseparable from the man; "the Misses


Leavenworth, I mean--Mr. Leavenworth's nieces; and as an inquest is to


be held there to-day it is deemed proper for them to have some one


present capable of advising them. As Mr. Veeley was their uncle's best


friend, they naturally sent me for him; but he being absent I am at a


loss what to do or where to go."


 


"I am a stranger to the ladies," was my hesitating reply, "but if


I can be of any assistance to them, my respect for their uncle is


such----"


 


The expression of the secretary's eye stopped me. Without seeming to


wander from my face, its pupil had suddenly dilated till it appeared to


embrace my whole person with its scope.


 


"I don't know," he finally remarked, a slight frown, testifying to


the fact that he was not altogether pleased with the turn affairs were


taking. "Perhaps it would be best. The ladies must not be left


alone----"


 


"Say no more; I will go." And, sitting down, I despatched a


hurried message to Mr. Veeley, after which, and the few other


preparations necessary, I accompanied the secretary to the street.

ISBN:
1230000194014
1230000194014
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
02-11-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
WDS Publishing

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