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Under the Andes - Rex Stout

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UNDER THE ANDES
by Rex Stout

Chapter I.

THE SWEETHEART OF A KING.


The scene was not exactly new to me.  Moved by the spirit of
adventure, or by an access of ennui which overtakes me at times,
I
had several times visited the gaudy establishment of Mercer, on
the
fashionable side of Fifth Avenue in the Fifties.  In either case
I
had found disappointment; where the stake is a matter of
indifference
there can be no excitement; and besides, I had been always in
luck.

But on this occasion I had a real purpose before me, though not
an important one, and I surrendered my hat and coat to the
servant
at the door with a feeling of satisfaction.

At the entrance to the main room I met Bob Garforth, leaving. 
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