The Thirty-Nine Steps
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THOMAS ARTHUR NELSON
(LOTHIAN AND BORDER HORSE)
My Dear Tommy,
You and I have long cherished an affection for that elemental type of tale which Americans call the 'dime novel' and which we know as the 'shocker'--the romance where the incidents defy the probabilities, and march just inside the borders of the possible. During an illness last winter I exhausted my store of those aids to cheerfulness, and was driven to write one for myself. This little volume is the result, and I should like to put your name on it in memory of our long friendship, in the days when the wildest fictions are so much less improbable than the facts.
- Chapter One: The Man Who Died
- Chapter Two: The Milkman Sets Out on his Travels
- Chapter Three: The Adventure of the Literary Innkeeper
- Chapter Four: The Adventure of the Radical Candidate
- Chapter Five: The Adventure of the Spectacled Roadman
- Chapter Six: The Adventure of the Bald Archaeologist
- Chapter Seven: The Dry-Fly Fisherman
- Chapter Eight: The Coming of the Black Stone
- Chapter Nine: The Thirty-Nine Steps
- Chapter Ten: Various Parties Converging on the Sea