By William Le Queux
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NOTE through LAURENCE LANNER-BROWN M.D. OF EARL'S court docket street, LONDON
“Some 12 months and a part in the past, my good friend and erstwhile neigh¬bour, Dr. Archibald extra d'Escombe, died all of sudden, and soon after his decease I obtained from his solicitors a sealed packet addressed to me in his handwriting, with directions that it was once to not be opened until eventually after his death.
Dr. extra d'Escombe and that i have been shut neighbors for a few years; first within the little Devonshire city of Okehampton, until eventually he migrated to London, the place i discovered him a number of years later, while i actually arrange in perform in Earl's court docket Road.
As I first remembered him, he used to be a wise, mild, handsome man—dark and clean-shaven, with a simple and taking manner—a favorite with all, specially ladies, a smart medical professional, yet while first-class at bridge and at so much video games and activities, either indoor and out.
His spouse was once an exquisite, well-meaning little lady, yet fullyyt eclipsed by way of her shrewdpermanent, winning and engaging husband.
In Okehampton, Dr. extra d'Escombe was once definitely the preferred determine, whereas in Kensington he used to be super popular and loved a really large and profitable perform. for that reason it got here as an outstanding surprise to me whilst I learn the manuscript after his loss of life and, to my horror, came upon what I shouldn't ever have concept attainable, but, unfortunately! purely too it seems that, how a shrewdpermanent, unscrupulous, and but, in a manner, plucky guy of my very own career, possessed of deep wisdom and studying, can hoodwink, lie to, and plunder the area normally, now not even with the exception of his such a lot intimate buddies and acquaintances.
He having left it fullyyt at my discretion, I suggest, with the help of my pal, Mr. William Le Queux, to submit a couple of episodes of his different and venturesome occupation simply because, as he says in his MSS.: "I depart not anyone in the back of me, and for that reason there isn't any the reason for this is that many of the fools on this planet shouldn't be proven how blind and credulous they are, specially if one totally comprehends the facility of flattery—a nice power."
At the chance of condemnation via the entire clinical pro¬fession and maybe via the general public at huge, i've got chosen the various many impressive and dazzling incidents he records—the majority being solely unsuited to the general public eye—and anyplace attainable I quote his personal words.
"Let my occupation function a caution to others," he urges, and usually for this reason i've got ventured to post this amazing record.