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A Bid for Fortune by Guy Boothby

A BID FOR FORTUNE

DR. NIKOLA'S VENDETTA

By GUY BOOTHBY

Author of "Dr. Nikola," "The Beautiful White Devil," etc., etc.

WARD, LOCK & CO., LIMITED LONDON, MELBOURNE AND TORONTO 1918

[Illustration: "Again she turned her face from me."]

CONTENTS.

Part I.

PROLOGUE--Dr. Nikola

CHAPTER I. I determine to take a Holiday,--Sydney, and what Befel me there

CHAPTER II. London

CHAPTER III. I Visit my Relations

CHAPTER IV. I Save an Important Life

CHAPTER V. Mystery

CHAPTER VI. I Meet Dr. Nikola again

CHAPTER VII. Port Said, and what Befel us there

CHAPTER VIII. Our Imprisonment and Attempt at Escape

CHAPTER IX. Dr. Nikola permits us a Free Passage

Part II.

CHAPTER I. We reach Australia, and the Result

CHAPTER II. On the Trail

CHAPTER III. Lord Beckenham's Story

CHAPTER IV. Following up a Clue

CHAPTER V. The Islands, and what we found there

CHAPTER VI. Conclusion

A BID FOR FORTUNE

_PART I_

PROLOGUE

DR. NIKOLA

The manager of the new Imperial Restaurant on the Thames Embankment went into his luxurious private office and shut the door. Having done so, he first scratched his chin reflectively, and then took a letter from the drawer in which it had reposed for more than two months and perused it carefully. Though he was not aware of it, this was the thirtieth time he had read it since breakfast that morning. And yet he was not a whit nearer understanding it than he had been at the beginning. He turned it over and scrutinized the back, where not a sign of writing was to be seen; he held it up to the window, as if he might hope to discover something from the water-mark; but there was nothing in either of these places of a nature calculated to set his troubled mind at rest. Then he took a magnificent repeater watch from his waistcoat pocket and glanced at the dial; the hands stood at half-past seven. He immediately threw the letter on the table, and as he did so his anxiety found relief in words.

"It's really the most extraordinary affair I ever had to do with," he remarked. "And as I've been in the business just three-and-thirty years at eleven a.m. next Monday morning, I ought to know something about it. I only hope I've done right, that's all."

As he spoke, the chief bookkeeper, who had the treble advantage of being tall, pretty, and just eight-and-twenty years of age, entered the room. She noticed the open letter and the look upon her chief's face, and her curiosity was proportionately excited.


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