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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ... some cleverer chap than I
comes along with a cleverer invention. But to do that will take
some time; and in the meantime here I am with my little invention,
all ready to make its owner the master of the situation. Bit of
triumph for your old friend, eh? " "How did all this come about?"
Wickliff asked. " What put the idea of the thing into your head?" "
Why, you know," Gregory answered, " I was always a bit inventive,
even as a boy." Wickliff nodded. His memory travelled back to the
days of that S.E. academy for young gentlemen, and he recalled the
queer articles that Gregory was always making with wood and wire
and string. There was a mouse-trap which he recollected, and many
kinds of puzzles, and, best of all, there was that improvement
which Gregory devised for the tills in his father's emporium.
Gregory's fond parent took out a patent for that improvement, and
made money. Winbush's patent was superseded by now, but it had had
its day, and a good one. " I remember," Wickliff said. " After I
married Gondoline," Winbush began again; then he paused for a
moment and eyed his friend furtively. " You don't mind me talking
of that now, do you?" Wickliff laughed frankly. " Not a bit," he
declared. " That hurt healed long agp. Fire ahead." Gregory fired
ahead. " Well, Gondoline did not exactly sympathize with my little
aspirations. Poor Gondoline I am afraid she found me a
trifle--shall I say?--dispiriting. She was always the one for noise
and brightness, you know. She wanted life to be all pleasuring, and
parties, and theatres, and music-halls, especially music-halls."
Wickliff received the information with composure, even with
approval. People who liked music-halls had been very useful to him,
and he thought of the Palacio affectionately. ..".
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