The Firm of Girdlestone

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The Firm of Girdlestone  (1890) 
by Arthur Conan Doyle

TO MY OLD FRIEND

PROFESSOR WILLIAM K. BURTON,

OF THE IMPERIAL UNIVERSITY, TOKYO,

WHO FIRST ENCOURAGED ME, YEARS AGO, TO PROCEED WITH

THIS LITTLE STORY,

I DESIRE AFFECTIONATELY TO

DEDICATE IT.

THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

I cannot let this small romance go to press without prefacing it with a word of cordial thanks to Mr. P. G. Houlgrave, of 28, Millman Street, Bedford Row. To this gentleman I owe the accuracy of my African chapters, and I am much indebted to him for the copious details with which he furnished me.

A. CONAN DOYLE.

 March 14th, 1890.


CONTENTS
CHAPTER PAGE
I.
Mr. John Harston keeps an Appointment
1
II.
Charity a la Mode
13
III.
Thomas Gilray makes an Investment
18
IV.
Captain Hamilton Miggs of the "Black Eagle"
22
V.
Modern Athenians
32
VI.
A Rectorial Election
38
VII.
England verses Scotland
44
VIII.
A First Professional
57
IX.
A Nasty Cropper
64
X.
Dwellers in Bohemia
70
XI.
Senior and Junior
83
XII.
A Corner in Diamonds
91
XIII.
Shadow and Light
99
XIV.
A Slight Misunderstanding
107
XV.
An Addition to the House
118
XVI.
The First Step
122
XVII.
The Land of Diamonds
129
XVIII.
Major Tobias Clutterbuck comes in for a Thousand Pounds
136
XIX.
News from the Urals
147
XX.
Mr. Hector O'Flaherty finds Something in the Paper
152
XXL.
An Unexpected Blow
161
XXII.
Robbers and Robbed
171
XXIII.
A Momentous Resolution
180
XXIV.
A Dangerous Promise
185
XXV.
A Change of Front
192
XXVI.
Breaking Ground
202
XXVII.
Mrs. Scully of Morrison's
208
XXVIII.
Back in Bohemia
217
XXIX.
The Great Dance at Morrison's
223
XXX.
At. the "Cock and Cowslip"
232
XXXI.
A Crisis at Eccleston Square
244
XXXII.
A Conversation in the Eccleston Square Library
252
XXXIII.
The Journey to the Priory
259
XXX IV.
The Man with the Camp-Stool
267
XXXV.
A Talk on the Lawn
276
XXXVI.
The Incident of the Corridor
283
XXXVII.
A Chase and a Brawl
290
XXXVIII.
Girdlestone sends for a Doctor
296
XXXIX.
A Gleam of Light
303
XL.
The Major has a Letter
307
XLI.
The Clouds grow Darker
315
XLII.
The Three Faces at the Window
324
XLIIl.
The Bait on the Hook
333
XLIV.
The Shadow of Death
338
XLV.
The Invasion of Hampshire
346
XLVI.
A Midnight Cruise
354
XLVII.
Law and Order
365
XLVIII.
Captain Hamilton Miggs sees a Vision
372
XLIX.
A Voyage in a Coffin Ship
381
L.
Winds up the Thread and ties Two Knots at the End
394


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1930, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.