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Title: Out of the Ashes Author: Ethel Watts Mumford Release Date: August 25, 2004 [EBook #13273] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK OUT OF THE ASHES *** Produced by Kevin Handy, John Hagerson, and PG Distributed Proofreaders OUT OF THE ASHES BY ETHEL WATTS MUMFORD 1913 I Marcus Gard sat at his library table apparently in rapt contemplation of a pair of sixteenth century bronze inkwells, strange twisted shapes, half man, half beast, bearing in their breasts twin black pools.
But his thoughts were far from their grotesque beauty--centered on vast schemes of destruction and reconstruction.
The room was still, so quiet, in spite of its proximity to the crowded life of Fifth Avenue, that one divined its steel construction and the doubled and trebled casing of its many windows.
The walls, hung with green Genoese velvet, met a carved and coffered ceiling, and touched the upper shelf of the breast-high bookcases that lined the walls.
No picture broke the simple unity of color.
Here and there a Donatello bronze silhouetted a slim shape, or a Florentine portrait bust smiled with veiled meaning from the quiet shadows.
The shelves were rich in books in splendid bindings, gems of ancient workmanship or modern luxury, for the Great Man had the instinct of the masterpiece. The door opened softly, and the secretary entered, a look of uncertainty on his handsome young face.
The slight sound of his footfall disturbed the master’s contemplation.
He looked up, relieved to be drawn for a moment from his reflection. -What is it, Saunders?- he asked, leaning back and grasping the...

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