By G. K. Chesterton
British author GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874-1936) expounded prolifically approximately his wide-ranging philosophies-he is most unlikely to categorize as "liberal" or "conservative," for instance-across a large choice of avenues: he used to be a literary critic, historian, playwright, novelist, columnist, and poet. His witty, funny type earned him the name of the "prince of paradox," and his works-80 books and approximately 4,000 essays-remain one of the such a lot liked within the English language Chesterton is healthier remembered, maybe, as a spinner of poser stories, and for his habitual personality of dad Brown. This 1914 selection of tales comprises a few of the crime-solving priest's maximum instances: . "The Absence of Mr. Glass" . "The Paradise of Thieves" . "The Duel of Dr. Hirsch" . "The guy within the Passage" . "The Mistake of the Machine" . "The Head of Caesar" . "The red Wig" . "The Perishing of the Pendragons" . "The God of the Gongs" . "The Salad of Colonel Gray" . "The unusual Crime of John Boulnois" . "The Fairy story of dad Brown"
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The convict cost at Sequah is thirty miles from the following; the rustic among is wild and tangled sufficient, and the rustic past, the place he'll absolutely have the feel to move, is an ideal no-man's land tumbling away to the prairies. He should be in any gap or up any tree. " "He isn't really in any hole," stated the governor; "he is not up any tree. " "Why, how are you aware? " requested Father Brown, blinking. "Would you're keen on to talk to him? " inquired Usher. Father Brown opened his blameless eyes huge. "He is the following? " he exclaimed. "Why, how did your males pay money for him? " "I received carry of him myself," drawled the yank, emerging and lazily stretching his lanky legs sooner than the hearth. "I acquired carry of him with the crooked finish of a walking-stick. do not glance so stunned. i actually did. you recognize I occasionally take a flip within the state lanes outdoor this dismal position; good, i used to be strolling early this night up a steep lane with darkish hedges and grey-looking ploughed fields on either side; and a tender moon was once up and silvering the line. by means of the sunshine of it I observed a guy operating around the box in the direction of the line; working together with his physique bent and at an exceptional mile-race trot. He a lot exhausted; but if he got here to the thick black hedge he went via it as though it have been made up of spiders' webs; —or particularly (for I heard the powerful branches breaking and snapping like bayonets) as though he himself have been made from stone. within the immediate within which he seemed up opposed to the moon, crossing the line, I slung my hooked cane at his legs, tripping him and bringing him down. Then I blew my whistle lengthy and loud, and our fellows got here working as much as safe him. " "It might were fairly awkward," remarked Brown, "if you had chanced on he used to be a favored athlete training a mile race. " "He used to be not," acknowledged Usher grimly. "We quickly figured out who he was once; yet I had guessed it with the 1st glint of the moon on him. " "You suggestion it was once the runaway convict," saw the priest easily, "because you had learn within the newspaper slicing that morning convict had run away. " "I had a little higher grounds," responded the governor coolly. "I omit the 1st as too uncomplicated to be emphasised— I suggest that stylish athletes don't run throughout ploughed fields or scratch their eyes out in bramble hedges. Nor do they run all doubled up like a crouching puppy. there have been extra decisive info to a reasonably well-trained eye. the guy was once clad in coarse and ragged outfits, yet they have been anything greater than basically coarse and ragged. They have been so ill-fitting as to be rather gruesome; whilst he seemed in black define opposed to the moonrise, the coat-collar within which his head was once buried made him appear like a hunchback, and the lengthy free sleeves seemed as though he had no arms. It instantaneously happened to me that he had in some way controlled to alter his convict outfits for a few confederate's outfits which failed to healthy him. moment, there has been a good looking stiff wind opposed to which he was once operating; in order that i need to have visible the streaky glance of blowing hair, if the hair had no longer been very brief.