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A Millionaire of Yesterday - E. Phillips Oppenheim

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A MILLIONAIRE OF YESTERDAY  by  E. Phillips Oppenheim


CHAPTER I


"Filth," grunted Trent - "ugh!  I tell you what it is, my venerable
friend - I have seen some dirty cabins in the west of Ireland and
some vile holes in East London.  I've been in some places which I
can't think of even now without feeling sick.  I'm not a particular
chap, wasn't brought up to it - no, nor squeamish either, but this
is a bit thicker than anything I've ever knocked up against.  If
Francis doesn't hurry we'll have to chuck it!  We shall never stand
it out, Monty!"

The older man, gaunt, blear-eyed, ragged, turned over on his side.
His appearance was little short of repulsive.  His voice when he
spoke was, curiously enough, the voice of a gentleman, thick and a
trifle rough though it sounded.

"My young friend," he said, "I agree with you - in effect - most
heartily.  The place is filthy, the surroundings are repulsive, not
to add degrading.  The society is - er - not congenial - I allude
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