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(Edmund Clerihew) Bentley This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
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(Edmund Clerihew) Bentley Release Date: 2001 Posting Date: November 14, 2009 [EBook #2568] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK TRENT’S LAST CASE *** Produced by Stuart E.
(Edmund Clerihew) Bentley CHAPTER I: Bad News Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely? When the scheming, indomitable brain of Sigsbee Manderson was scattered by a shot from an unknown hand, that world lost nothing worth a single tear; it gained something memorable in a harsh reminder of the vanity of such wealth as this dead man had piled up--without making one loyal friend to mourn him, without doing an act that could help his memory to the least honour.
But when the news of his end came, it seemed to those living in the great vortices of business as if the earth too shuddered under a blow. In all the lurid commercial history of his country there had been no figure that had so imposed itself upon the mind of the trading world.
He had a niche apart in its temples.
Financial giants, strong to direct and augment the forces of capital, and taking an approved toll in millions for their labour, had existed before; but in the case of Manderson there had been this singularity, that a pale halo of piratical romance, a thing especially dear to the hearts of his countrymen, had remained incongruously about his head through the years when he stood in every eye as the unquestioned guardian of stability, the stamper-out of manipulated crises, th...

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