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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: The Princess And The Jewel Doctor 1905 Author: Robert Hichens Release Date: November 8, 2007 [EBook #23413] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE PRINCESS AND THE JEWEL DOCTOR *** Produced by David Widger THE PRINCESS AND THE JEWEL DOCTOR By Robert Hichens Frederick A.
Stokes Company Publishers Copyright, 1905 In St.
Petersburg society there may be met at the present time a certain Russian Princess, who is noted for her beauty, for an ugly defect--she has lost the forefinger of her left hand--and for her extraordinary attachment to the city of Tunis, where she has spent at least three months of each year since 1890--the year in which she suffered the accident that deprived her of a finger.
What that accident was, and why she is so passionately attached to Tunis, nobody in Russia seems to know, not even her doting husband, who bows to all her caprices.
But two persons could explain the matter--a Tunisian guide named Abdul, and a rather mysterious individual who follows a humble calling in the Rue Ben-Ziad, close to the Tunis bazaars.
This latter is the Princess’s personal attendant during her yearly visit to Tunis.
He accompanies her everywhere, may be seen in the hall of her hotel when she is at home, on the box of her carriage when she drives out, close behind her when she is walking.
He is her shadow in Africa.
Only when she goes back to Russia does he return to his profession in the Rue Ben-Ziad. This is the exact history of the accident which befell the Princess in 1890.
In the spring of that year she arrived one night at Tunis.
She had not lon...

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