To my old friend
Professor William K. Burton, of the imperial university, Tokyo, who first encouraged me, years ago, to proceed with this little story, I desire affectionately to dedicate it.
I cannot let this small romance go to press without prefacing it with a word of cordial thanks to Mr. P. G. Houlgrave, of 28, Millman Street, Bedford Row. To this gentleman I owe the accuracy of my African chapters, and I am much indebted to him for the copious details with which he furnished me.
A. CONAN DOYLE. Contents I. Mr. John Harston Keeps An Appointment. II. Charity A La Mode. III. Thomas Gilray Makes An Investment. IV. Captain Hamilton Miggs of The “Black Eagle”. V. Modern Athenians. VI. A Rectorial Election. VII. England Versus Scotland. VIII. A First Professional. IX. A Nasty Cropper. X. Dwellers in Bohemia. XI. Senior and Junior. XII. A Corner in Diamonds. XIII. Shadow and Light. XIV. A Slight Misunderstanding XV. An Addition to the House. XVI. The First Step. XVII. The Land of Diamonds. XVIII. Major Tobias Clutterbuck Comes In For A Thousand Pounds. XIX. News from the Urals. XX. Mr. Hector O’flaherty Finds Something In The Paper. XXI. An Unexpected Blow. XXII. Robbers and Robbed. XXIII. A Momentous Resolution. XXIV. A Dangerous Promise. XXV. A Change Of Front. XXVI. Breaking Ground. XXVII. Mrs. Scully Of Morrison’s. XXVIII. Back in Bohemia. XXIX. The Great Dance at Morrison’s. XXX. At The “Cock and Cowslip”. XXXI. A Crisis at Eccleston Square. XXXII. A Conversation in The Eccleston Square Library. XXXIII. The Journey to the Priory. XXXIV. The Man with the Camp-Stool. XXXV. A Talk on the Lawn. XXXVI. The Incident of the Corridor. XXXVII. A Chase and A Brawl. XXXVIII. Girdlestone Sends for the Doctor. XXXIX. A Gleam of Light. XL. The Major Has a Letter. XLI. The Clouds Grow Darker. XLII. The Three Faces at the Window. XLIII. The Bait on the Hook. XLIV. The Shadow of Death. XLV. The Invasion Of Hampshire. XLVI. A Midnight Cruise. XLVII. Law and Order. XLVIII. Captain Hamilton Miggs sees a Vision. XLIX. A Voyage in a Coffin Ship. L. Winds up the Thread and ties Two Knots at the End.