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Lair of the White Worm - Bram Stoker

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The Lair of the White Worm

by Bram Stoker

CHAPTER I--ADAM SALTON ARRIVES



Adam Salton sauntered into the Empire Club, Sydney, and found
awaiting him a letter from his grand-uncle.  He had first heard from
the old gentleman less than a year before, when Richard Salton had
claimed kinship, stating that he had been unable to write earlier,
as he had found it very difficult to trace his grand-nephew's
address.  Adam was delighted and replied cordially; he had often
heard his father speak of the older branch of the family with whom
his people had long lost touch.  Some interesting correspondence had
ensued.  Adam eagerly opened the letter which had only just arrived,
and conveyed a cordial invitation to stop with his grand-uncle at
Lesser Hill, for as long a time as he could spare.

"Indeed," Richard Salton went on, "I am in hopes that you will make
your permanent home here.  You see, my dear boy, you and I are all
that remain of our race, and it is but fitting that you should
succeed me when the time comes.  In this year of grace, 1860, I am
close on eighty years of age, and though we have been a long-lived
race, the span of life cannot be prolonged beyond reasonable bounds.
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