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A NEW DETECTIVE.

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A NEW DETECTIVE. A new detective, with new methods, is introduced to the public in the December Number of "Pearson's Magazine." His name is John Thorndyke, and the first story, entitled "The Blue Sequin," is a most enthralling murder mystery. Here, briefly set, forth, in a newspaper para- graph, are the facts .of the case as they first were presented to the detective:- "A shocking crime was discovered yes- terday morning at the little town of Wold- hurst, which lies on the branch lrne from Halbury Junction. The discovery was made by a porter who was inspecting the carriages of the train which had just come in. On opening the door of a. first-class compartment he was horrified to find the body of a fashionably-dressed woman stretched upon the floor. Medical aid was immediately summoned, and on the arrival of the divisional surgeon, Dr. Morton, it. was ascertained that the woman had not been dead more than a few minutes. "The state of the corpse leaves no doubt that a murder of a most brutal kind has been perpetrated, the cause of death being a penetrating wound of the head, inflicted with some pointed implement, which must have been used with terrible violence since it had perforated the, skull and entered the brain. That robbery was not the motive of the crime is made clear by the fact that. an expensively-fitted dressing-bag was found on the rack, and thait" the dead Woman's jewellery, including several valuable diamond rings, was untouched. It is rumoured that an arrest has been made by the local police." We must refer readers to the story for the details of the extraordinary chain of reasoning which enable Thorndyke to find the true history of the crime.

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