The Powers And Maxine
Yes, I think it does, I answered, doubtfully. "I'm afraid I shouldn't know the difference. This may be a little thicker than the other, but--I can't be sure. And, you see, I never once had a chance to unbutton my coat and look at the thing I had in this inner pocket. It would have attracted too much attention to risk that; and as a matter of fact, I was especially warned not to do it. I could trust only to the touch. But even granting that, by a skill almost clever enough for sleight of hand--a skill which only the smartest pickpocket in Europe could possess--why should a thief who had stolen my letter-case give me instead a string of diamonds worth many thousands of pounds?
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Review: The Powers and Maxine (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press)User Review - Stephanie Hammons - Goodreads
This story was in my collection of antique books. After reading the first couple of pages, I didn't want to stop. It was copyrighted in 1907. My copy isn't the illustrated edition. Read full review