The Mystery (Adams and White)
by McClure, Phillips & Co.
Published January 1907
Copyright 1906 by Colver Publishing House
Copyright IQO? by The Phillips Publishing Co.
THE SEA RIDDLE
THE BRASS BOUND CHEST
Being the story told by Ralph Slade, Free Lance, to the officers of the United States Cruiser "Wolverine."
I. The Barbary Coast 57 II. The Graven Image 71 III. The Twelve Repeating Rifles 80 IV. The Steel Claw 89
V. The Philosopher's Stone 94 VI. The Island 105 VII. Captain Selover Loses his Nerve 113 VIII. Wrecking of the "Golden Horn" 124 IX. The Empty Brandy Bottle 133 X. Change of Masters 138 XI. The Corrosive 145 XII. "Old Scrubs" Comes Ashore 162 XIII. I Make my Escape 174 XIV. An Adventure in the Night 178 XV. Five Hundred Yards' Range 183 XVI. The Murder 189 XVII. The Open Sea 193 XVIII. The Catastrophe 201
FACING PAGE "And you know a heap too much" Frontispiece FACING PAGE A schooner comporting herself in a manner uncommon on the Pacific 14 A man who was a bit of a mechanic was set to work to open the chest 30 "Where we goin'?" "I brefer not to say". 60 Slowly the man defined himself as a shape takes form in a fog 74 "The spirit of the wild beast, cowed but snarling still" 94 "These sheep had become as wild as deer" 136 "Drop it, you fool!" 142 "I jerked out the short-barrelled Colt and turned it loose in their faces" 168 "You good fellowsh, ain't you?" 172 The firing now became miscellaneous. No one paid any attention to any one else 186 With a strangled cry the sailor cast the shirt from him 222 The finding of the two slabs 236 "Sorry not to have met you at the door," he said courteously 250 "It was my duty to follow on and drag him away when he fell unconscious" 266 He floated the model in the tub 284