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The Amateur Cracksman - E.W. Hornung

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ETEXTS*Ver.04.29.93*END*


THE AMATEUR
CRACKSMAN

BY
E. W. HORNUNG



TO
A. C. D.
THIS FORM OF FLATTERY


THE AMATEUR CRACKSMAN

THE IDES OF MARCH

I

It was half-past twelve when I returned to the Albany as a last
desperate resort.  The scene of my disaster was much as I had
left it.  The baccarat-counters still strewed the table, with the
empty glasses and the loaded ash-trays.  A window had been opened
to let the smoke out, and was letting in the fog instead. 
Raffles himself had merely discarded his dining jacket for one of
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