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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1900. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXVI THE LEGACY OF THE SCARLET
HANDS We could do nothing for him. The shock of the surprise, for a
moment, held us motionless. But so soon as we realised that the man
was being hacked to death before our eyes, we rushed to his
assistance. It was of no avail. Death had, probably, been
instantaneous, so much mercy the creature showed. A sharp-pointed
blade, more than eighteen inches long, which proceeded from its
stomach, had pierced him through and through. The writhing,
gibbering puppet held him skewered in a dozen places. To have
released him we should have had to tear him into pieces. When I
tried to drag him free, I only succeeded in bringing the whole
thing over. Down he came, with his assailant sticking to him like a
limpet. Pinning him on to the floor, it continued its extraordinary
contortions, lacerating its victim with every movement in a hundred
different places. It was difficult to believe that it was not
alive. Perceiving that it was not to be persuaded by any other
means to loosen its embrace, I struck it on the back, again and
again, with a heavy wooden chair. Presently it was still; its
movements ceased; it became again inanimate. As if its lust for
blood was glutted, it rolled over, lethargically, upon its side,
leaving its handiwork exposed--a horrible spectacle. A grin--as it
were a smile, born of repletion--was on the creature's face. Later,
the thing was torn to pieces; its anatomy laid bare. Examination
showed that its construction had been diabolically ingenious. It
was simply a light steel frame, shaped to resemble a human body, to
which was attached a number of strong springs, which were set in
motion by clockwork machinery. The whole had been encased in
scarlet leather, so that, when completed, it resembled nothing so
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