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Author Name:Wood, Ellen
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1872 Excerpt: ...on gooseberry bushes to dry.
Old Hopley was pottering about there, doing something to the celery bed.
The policeman left on guard below, and standing so that his sight could command all things, surveyed her movements with a critical eye.
She did not go out of his sight, but came back with the basket at once.
While spreading the things, she had noted him watching her.
"I daresay I'm a kind of genteel prisoner," ran her thoughts.
"If I attempted to go where those ugly eyes of his couldn't follow me, he might be for ordering me back, for fear I should be giving warning to the master that they arc here.
Well, we can do nothing; it is in Heaven's hands: better they came in to-day than yesterday!" Mr.
Detective Strange had rarely felt surer of anything than he was that he should find Philip Salter in bed, and capture him without the slightest difficulty in his sick state.
It was not so to be.
Very much to his amazement, there appeared to be no sign whatever of a sick man in the place.
The rooms were all put in order for the day, the beds made; nothing was different from what it had been at the time of his previous entrance.
Seek as he would, his practised eye could find no trace--nay, no possibility--of any hidden chamber.
In fact, there was none.
"Where the deuce can the fellow be?" mused Mr.
Strange, gazing about him with a thoughtful air.
The underground places were visited with as little success, though the search he made was minute and careful.
He could not understand it.
That Salter had not been allowed time to escape out of doors, so rapid was their first approach, he knew; but, nevertheless, the trees and grounds were well examined.
Hopley lifted his poor bent back from his work in the celery-bed--from which, as the watching ...
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