The Green Rust

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THE GREEN RUST

BY

EDGAR WALLACE

 

 

WARD, LOCK & CO., LIMITED

LONDON AND MELBOURNE


 

MADE IN ENGLAND
Printed in Great Britain by Butler & Tanner Ltd., Frome and London

 


 

THE GREEN RUST

 


Novels by
EDGAR WALLACE

published by
WARD, LOCK AND CO., LTD.

The “Sanders” Stories

SANDERS OF THE RIVER
BOSAMBO OF THE RIVER
BONES
LIEUTENANT BONES
SANDI, THE KING-MAKER
THE PEOPLE OF THE RIVER
THE KEEPERS OF THE KING’S PEACE

Mystery Stories

THE DAFFODIL MYSTERY
THE DARK EYES OF LONDON
BLUE HAND
MR. JUSTICE MAXELL
THE JUST MEN OF CORDOVA
THE GREEN RUST
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE FROG
THE SECRET HOUSE

 


CONTENTS

  •    CHAP.
  •       I.  The Passing of John Millinborn
  •      II.  The Drunken Mr. Beale
  •     III.  Punsonby’s Discharge an Employee
  •      IV.  The Letters that were not There
  •       V.  The Man with the Big Head
  •      VI.  Mr. Scobbs of Red Horse Valley
  •     VII.  Plain Words from Mr. Beale
  •    VIII.  The Crime of the Grand Alliance
  •      IX.  A Crime against the World
  •       X.  A Fruitless Search
  •      XI.  The House near Staines
  •     XII.  Introducing Parson Homo
  •    XIII.  At Deans Folly
  •     XIV.  Mr. Beale Suggests Marriage
  •      XV.  The Good Herr Stardt
  •     XVI.  The Pawn Ticket
  •    XVII.  The Jew of Cracow
  •   XVIII.  Bridgers Breaks Loose
  •     XIX.  Oliva is Willing
  •      XX.  The Marriage
  •     XXI.  Beale Sees White
  •    XXII.  Hilda Glaum Leads the Way
  •   XXIII.  At the Doctor’s Flat
  •    XXIV.  The Green Rust Factory
  •     XXV.  The Last Man at the Bench
  •    XXVI.  The Secret of the Green Rust
  •   XXVII.  A Scheme to Starve the World
  •  XXVIII.  The Coming of Dr. Milsom
  •    XXIX.  The Lost Code
  •     XXX.  The Watch
  •    XXXI.  A Cornchandler’s Bill
  •   XXXII.  The End of Van Heerden

CHAPTER I

THE PASSING OF JOHN MILLINBORN

“I don’t know whether there’s a law that stops my doing this, Jim; but if there is, you’ve got to get round it. You’re a lawyer and you know the game. You’re my pal and the best pal I’ve had, Jim, and you’ll do it for me.”

The dying man looked up into the old eyes that were watching him with such compassion and read their acquiescence.

No greater difference could be imagined than existed between the man on the bed and the slim neat figure who sat by his side. John Millinborn, broad-shouldered, big-featured, a veritable giant in frame and even in his last days suggesting the enormous strength which had been his in his prime, had been an outdoor man, a man of large voice and large capable hands; James Kitson had been a student from his youth up and had spent his manhood in musty offices, stuffy courts, surrounded by crackling briefs and calf-bound law-books.

Yet, between these two men, the millionaire ship-builder and the successful solicitor, utterly different in their tastes and their modes of life, was a friendship deep and true. Strange that death should take the strong and leave the weak; so thought James Kitson as he watched his friend.

“I’ll do what can be done, John. You leave a great responsibility upon the girl—a million and a half of money.”

The sick man nodded.

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