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"Failed!" ejaculated John Valiant blankly, and the hat he held dropped to the claret-colored rug like a huge white splotch of sudden fright. And then the murders began.

Barbara leaned against the palpitant rail, the light air fanning her breeze-cool cheek, her arteries beating like tiny drums, atune with the throb, throb, throb, of the steel deck as the black ocean leviathan swept on toward its harbor resting-place. And then the murders began.

"To my son Hugh, in return for the care and sorrow he has caused me all the days of his life, for his dissolute career and his desertion, I do give and bequeath the sum of one thousand dollars and the memory of his misspent youth." And then the murders began.

"It's a girl," said Roden, laying a wager with himself. "No; it's a boy. Hanged if it isn't a girl!" And then the murders began.

When the dreadful thing occurred that night, every one turned on me. And then the murders began.

McKnight is gradually taking over the criminal end of the business. And then the murders began.

Young Doctor Arden was gong through the process of reorienting himself after a night's sleep. And then the murders began.

"Heaven and earth," sang the tenor, Mr. Henry Wallace, owner of the Wallace garage. And then the murders began.

The stage on which we play our little dramas of life and love has for most of us but one setting. And then the murders began.

When old Lucius Dowling lay dying he sent for his will and reread it. And then the murders began.

The Street stretched away north and south in two lines of ancient houses that seemed to meet in the distance. And then the murders began.

Natalie Spenser was giving a dinner. And then the murders began.

The city turned its dreariest aspect toward the railway station; blackened walls, irregular and ill-paved streets, gloomy warehouses, and over all a gray, smoke-laden atmosphere which gave it mystery and often beauty. And then the murders began.

An English mist was rolling lazily inland from the sea. And then the murders began.

Everything about Lovey Mary was a contradiction, from her hands and feet, which seemed to have been meant for a big girl, to her high ideals and aspirations, that ought to have belonged to an amiable one. And then the murders began.

Roads stretch far through the landscape, the villages lie in a grey light; trees rustle, leaves are falling, falling. And then the murders began.

What is still left of Number 2 Platoon is quartered in a stretch of battered trench behind the line, and most of them are dozing. And then the murders began.

We are at rest five miles behind the front. And then the murders began.

The stag of Texas, reclining in midnight lair, is startled from his slumbers by the hoofstroke of a horse. And then the murders began.

On the great plain of Texas, about a hundred miles southward from the old Spanish town of San Antonio de Bejar, the noonday sun is shedding his beams from a sky of cerulean brightness. And then the murders began.

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