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Quintus Oakes by Charles Ross Jackson

Quintus Oakes

_A Detective Story_

BY

CHARLES ROSS JACKSON

AUTHOR OF "THE THIRD DEGREE"

[Illustration]

G. W. DILLINGHAM COMPANY

PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT, 1904, BY

G. W. DILLINGHAM COMPANY

[_All rights reserved._]

_Quintus Oakes_ _Issued March, 1904_

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. The Rescue 5

II. Quintus Oakes at Home 19

III. Oakes's Experiences 31

IV. The Departure 41

V. The Letter 50

VI. The Murder 56

VII. The Inquest 69

VIII. The Mansion 89

IX. Distrust and Suspicion 100

X. The Cellar 108

XI. The Night Walk 123

XII. The Witness 141

XIII. The Plan of Campaign 148

XIV. Clues 159

XV. The Ruse 171

XVI. The Negro's Story 191

XVII. Checkmated 209

XVIII. Misadventures 221

XIX. A Faulty Story 240

XX. A Man's Confession 253

XXI. The Attack 267

XXII. The Insane Root 278

XXIII. The Test 287

XXIV. Across the Bridge 298

XXV. The Man of the Hour 311

QUINTUS OAKES

_CHAPTER I_

_The Rescue_

It was a warm summer evening; the air was stifling and still. I, Rodney Stone, attorney-at-law, left my apartment to stroll along Broadway, seeking a roof garden wherein to spend a few hours of change from the atmosphere of the pavements, and to kill the ennui that comes to all of us whom business compels to accept such circumstances.

As I walked down a side street, I noticed ahead of me a colored man rush out from an apartment house, shouting something that I did not understand. His actions seemed peculiar for a moment, but a curl of smoke from one of the third-story windows made known the cause. It was fire. I found myself among the first to reach the spot. From Broadway a crowd was coming, such as collects readily under these circumstances. I was soon mingling with it, watching the police in their endeavors to rouse the tenants and to spread the alarm on all the floors. The numerous dwellers were soon rushing out, and I saw several deeds deserving of mention. As the crowd looked up at the apartment in which the flames were showing and from which smoke was pouring, a window was raised--evidently in a separate room--and a young girl appeared standing at the sill. The effort of raising the sash had been a severe one for her, for she was not over ten. Looking back into the room, she saw the smoke filling it, and quickly scrambled out on the window frame. The engines had not yet arrived, but I could hear them shrieking in the distance, and we all knew that help was coming.


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