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     Round the Fire Stories, p.1

       Arthur Conan Doyle / Horror
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Round the Fire Stories


Transcriber’s note:

Text enclosed by underscores is in italics (_italics_).

Text enclosed by equal signs is in bold face (=bold=).



“I BURST WITH A SHRIEK INTO MY OWN LIFE.”

[_Page 12._]

ROUND THE FIRE STORIES

by

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

Author of“The White Company,” etc., etc.

With a Frontispiece by A. Castaigne

LondonSmith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place1908

(All rights reserved)

Printed byWilliam Clowes and Sons, Limited,London and Beccles.

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PREFACE



In a previous volume, “The Green Flag,” I have assembled a number of mystories which deal with warfare or with sport. In the present collectionthose have been brought together which are concerned with the grotesqueand with the terrible—such tales as might well be read “round the fire”upon a winter’s night. This would be my ideal atmosphere for suchstories, if an author might choose his time and place as an artist doesthe light and hanging of his picture. However, if they have the goodfortune to give pleasure to any one, at any time or place, their authorwill be very satisfied.

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE.

WINDLESHAM, CROWBOROUGH.

CONTENTS

PAGE

I. THE LEATHER FUNNEL 1

II. THE BEETLE HUNTER 18

III. THE MAN WITH THE WATCHES 41

IV. THE POT OF CAVIARE 65

V. THE JAPANNED BOX 85

VI. THE BLACK DOCTOR 103

VII. PLAYING WITH FIRE 129

VIII. THE JEW’S BREASTPLATE 149

IX. THE LOST SPECIAL 177

X. THE CLUB-FOOTED GROCER 202

XI. THE SEALED ROOM 229

XII. THE BRAZILIAN CAT 248

XIII. THE USHER OF LEA HOUSE SCHOOL 276

XIV. THE BROWN HAND 299

XV. THE FIEND OF THE COOPERAGE 321

XVI. JELLAND’S VOYAGE 340

XVII. B. 24 351

“I BURST WITH A SHRIEK INTO MY OWN LIFE.” _Frontispiece_. (_From a drawing by A. Castaigne._)

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