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       The Cleverdale Mystery; or, The Machine and Its Wheels: A Story of American Life, p.1

          W. A. Wilkins / Mystery & Detective
The Cleverdale Mystery; or, The Machine and Its Wheels: A Story of American Life

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THE


CLEVERDALE MYSTERY;


OR,


THE MACHINE AND ITS WHEELS.


_A STORY OF AMERICAN LIFE._


BY W. A. WILKINS, EDITOR OF "THE WHITEHALL (N. Y.) TIMES."


NEW YORK: FORDS, HOWARD, & HULBERT. 1882.


Copyright, 1882, By W. A. WILKINS. All rights reserved.


PREFACE.


In presenting this volume to the public, the author hopes to impart information to some; reflect their own character to others; possibly point a moral, and by the tale interest the reader.


The warp of the fabric is reality, the woof fiction, the coloring domestic.


Awaiting the verdict,


Respectfully, THE AUTHOR.


CONTENTS.


PAGE CHAPTER I.--BEAUTIFUL LAKE GEORGE, 9


" II.--A QUARTETTE OF SCHEMERS, 18


" III.--TEMPEST-TOSSED LAKE GEORGE, 26


" IV.--THE BOSS AND HIS AIDS, 33


" V.--TO THE RESCUE, 44


" VI.--THE CAMP DINNER, 52


" VII.--THE CRUEL THUNDERBOLT, 58


" VIII.--AFFAIRS AT CLEVERDALE, 65


" IX.--THE CAUCUS, 72


" X.--THE CRUELTY OF AMBITION, 82


" XI.--THE CONVENTION, 90


" XII.--A WICKED SCHEME, 99


" XIII.--DALEY'S STRENGTH WANES, 108


" XIV.--THE ELECTION, 116


" XV.--GLOOMY FOREBODINGS, 125


" XVI.--PRINCE OF MANNIS MANOR, 134


" XVII.--SARGENT ENLISTED, 144


" XVIII.--GEORGE AND FANNIE ALDEN, 149


" XIX.--THE BURNING FACTORY, 155


" XX.--THE SECRET MARRIAGE, 164


" XXI.--SPOILS! SPOILS! 172


" XXII.--SAD FAREWELLS, 179


" XXIII.--EXILED FROM HOME AND FRIENDS, 186


" XXIV.--THE DISTRACTED WIFE, 198


" XXV.--THE CRUEL LETTER, 209


" XXVI.--A DIRTY JOB, 215


" XXVII.--CLEVERDALE'S SORROW, 223


" XXVIII.--AMONG THE HILLS OF COLORADO, 232


" XXIX.--POOR MARY HARRIS, 239


" XXX.--THE ATTEMPTED SUICIDE, 247


" XXXI.--A REVELATION, 258


" XXXII.--THE WANDERER'S RETURN, 265


" XXXIII.--RETRIBUTIVE JUSTICE, 274


" XXXIV.--THE CLEVERDALE MYSTERY, 277


" XXXV.--EPILOGUE--THE MACHINE AND ITS WHEELS, 285



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