Recollections of a detective police-officer, by 'Waters'.

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Page 193 - They were swallowing custards and other confectionary with much gusto ; and, from their new and costly habiliments, seemed to be in surprisingly good case. They were smirking and smiling at the cousins with rude confidence ; and Sophia Clarke, I was grieved to see, repaid their insulting impertinence by her most elaborate smiles and graces. I passed on ; and presently meeting with a brother-detective, who, it struck me, might know something of the two gentlemen, I turned back with him, and pointed...
Page 187 - that is certainly my name ; but I scarcely remember . Stand back, fellow!" I angrily continued, as her tormentor, emboldened by the spirits he had drank, pressed with a jeering grin upon his face towards her, still tendering the brandy and water. " Stand back !" He replied by a curse and a threat. The next moment his flowing wig was whirling across the room, and he standing with his bullet-head bare but for a few locks of iron-gray, in an attitude of speechless rage and confusion, increased by the...
Page 204 - Do you say so ?" I exclaimed, as I jumped up from my chair, for my wife's words gave colour and consistence to a dim and faint suspicion which had crossed my mind. " Then this Saville is a manifest liar; and perhaps confederate with But give me my hat : I will ascertain this point at once.
Page 198 - I exclaimed, addressing one of the police-officers. " Merely," said he, " that the young woman that's clinging so tight to you has been committing an audacious robbery" " No — no — no !" broke in the terrified girl. " Oh ! of course you'll say so," continued the officer. "All I know is, that the diamond brooch was found snugly hid away in her own box. But come, we have been after you for the last three hours ; so you had better come along at once.
Page 199 - ... of gratitude, she burst into a flood of tears, and continued till we reached home sobbing on my bosom like a broken-hearted child. She had, I found, been there about ten o'clock to seek me, and being told that I was gone to 'Astley's, had started off to find me there. Mary still slept, or at least she had not risen, when I left home the following morning to endeavour to get at the bottom of the strange accusation preferred against her.
Page 209 - ... be genuine, and of great value. Mary Kingsford did not need to return to her employ. Westlake the elder withdrew his veto upon his son's choice, and the wedding was celebrated in the following May with great rejoicing ; Mary's old playmate officiating as bridemaid, and 1 as bride's father.
Page 189 - I suppose ?" she added with a light, pleasant laugh. " You know what I mean, you vain puss you !" I rejoined quite gleefully ; for I was overjoyed at meeting with the gentle, wellremembered playmate of my own eldest girl. We were old familiar friends — almost father and daughter — in an instant Little Mary Kingsford, I should state, was, when I left Yorkshire, one of the prettiest, most engaging children I had ever seen : and a petted favorite not only with us, but of every other family in the...
Page 194 - About a fortnight after this conversation, I and my wife paid a visit to Astley's, for the gratification of our youngsters, who had long been promised a sight of the equestrian marvels exhibited at that celebrated amphitheatre. It was the latter end of February ; and when we came out of the theatre, we found the weather had changed to dark and sleety, with a sharp, nipping wind. I had to call at Scotland-yard ; my wife and children consequently proceeded home in a cab without me ; and after assisting...
Page 194 - ... youngsters, who had long been promised a sight of the equestrian marvels exhibited at that celebrated amphitheatre. It was the latter end of February ; and when we came out of the theatre, we found the weather had changed to dark and sleety, with a sharp, nipping wind. I had to call at Scotland-yard ; my wife and children consequently proceeded home in a cab without me ; and after assisting to quell a slight disturbance originating in a ginpalace close by, I went on my way over Westminster Bridge....
Page 189 - I at once recognized the rare comeliness which had charmed us all in her childhood. The soft brown eyes were the same, though now revealing profounder depths, and emitting a more pensive expression; the hair, though deepened in color, was still golden ; her complexion, lit up as it now was by a sweet blush, was brilliant as ever ; whilst her child-person had become matured and developed into womanly symmetry and grace. The brilliancy of color vanished from her cheek as I glanced meaningly at her...

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