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Fri Mar 31 15:46:18 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Master of Silence, by Irving Bacheller This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
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 Master of Silence Author: Irving Bacheller Release Date: February, 2005 [EBook #7486] Posting Date: July 27, 2009 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE MASTER OF SILENCE *** Produced by Jeffrey Kraus-yao THE MASTER OF SILENCE A ROMANCE Fiction, Fact, and Fancy Series Edited by Arthur Stedman By Irving Bacheller New York Charles L.
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1892 THE MASTER OF SILENCE CHAPTER I Near the end of my fourteenth year I was apprenticed to Valentine, King & Co., cotton importers, Liverpool, as a -pair of legs.- My father had died suddenly, leaving me and his property in the possession of my stepmother and my guardian.
It was in deference to their urgent advice that I left my home in London (with little reluctance, since my life there had never been happy) to study the art of money-making.
On arriving at the scene of my expected triumphs I was assigned to the somewhat humble position of errand boy.
In common with other boys who performed a like service for the firm I was known as -a pair of legs.- Lodgings of a rather modest character had been secured for me in the western outskirts of the city near the banks of the Mersey.
I was slow to make friends, and my evenings were spent in the perusal of some story Fri Mar 31 15:46:18 2017 2 books, which I had brought with me from London.
One night, not long after the beginning of my new life in Liverpool, I was lying in bed listening to the wind and rain beating over the housetops and driving against the windows, when suddenly there came a loud rap at my door. -Who’s there?- I demanded, starting out of b...

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