A Flight Into Texas
A Formidable Weapon
A Wish Unexpectedly Gratified
Adventures In The Secret Service Of The Post-office Department
An Aspirant For Congress
An Erring Shepherd
An Old Game Revived
Saint-germain The Deathless
The Fortune Of Seth Savage

The Lock And Key Library

A Case Of Identity
A Conjurer's Confessions
A Flight Into Texas
A Formidable Weapon
A Mystery With A Moral
A Scandal In Bohemia
A Wish Unexpectedly Gratified
Addressed To The Advocate Who Defended Him At His Trial
Adventure Of The Black Fisherman
Adventures In The Secret Service Of The Post-office Department
An Aspirant For Congress
An Erring Shepherd
An Heiress From Redhorse
An Old Game Revived
By The Waters Of Paradise
Deception Explained By The Science Of Psychology
Facing The Arab's Pistol
Fact And Fable In Psychology
Fraudulent Spiritualism Unveiled[1]
His Wedded Wife
Horror: A True Tale
How Spirits Materialize
How The Tricks Succeeded
In The House Of Suddhoo
Introduction To A Mystery With A Moral
Introduction To Melmoth The Wanderer
Introduction To The Corpus Delicti
Matter Through Matter
Melmoth The Wanderer
Mind Reading In Public
My Own True Ghost Story
My Wife's Tempter
No 1 Branch Line: The Signal-man
On Being Found Out
Saint-germain The Deathless
Second Sight
Some Famous Exposures
The Avenger
The Baron's Quarry
The Closed Cabinet
The Corpus Delicti
The Dream Woman
The Fortune Of Seth Savage
The Fowl In The Pot
The Gold-bug
The Golden Ingot
The Great Valdez Sapphire
The Haunted And The Haunters Or The House And The Brain
The Hostler's Story Told By Himself
The Incantation
The Lost Duchess
The Magician Who Became An Ambassador
The Man And The Snake
The Man In The Iron Mask
The Methods Of A Doctor Of The Occult
The Minister's Black Veil
The Minor Canon
The Mortals In The House
The Name Of The Dead
The Notch On The Ax - A Story A La Mode
The Oblong Box
The Pavilion On The Links
The Pipe
The Puzzle
The Red-headed League
The Sending Of Dana Da
The Shadows On The Wall
The Story Continued By Percy Fairbank
Wieland's Madness
Wolfert Webber Or Golden Dreams

An Old Game Revived

On the 18th of September, 1875, a fellow was arrested in West
Virginia who sent the victims whom he proposed to bleed letters
whereof the following is a copy:--

"A lady who boarded with me died on last Saturday of apoplexy. She
left a trunk containing the following property: One very fine
ladies' gold watch and chain, one ladies' gold necklace, six
ladies' finger rings, earrings, and a great deal of ladies'
clothing. Among other things was a letter addressed to you. I
suppose you to be a relative of the deceased, and want to send you
the trunk. When Miss Thompson died she left a board bill unpaid
amounting to $20.50. You will please send this amount by return
mail, and the trunk will be forwarded to you immediately."

Instead of remitting the money as modestly requested, the recipient
of one of these choice douceurs, a lady residing in the interior of
Pennsylvania, sent the letter to the mayor of the town where it was
dated and postmarked, who in turn handed it over to special agent
T. P. Shallcross; and he in the course of a day or two succeeded in
capturing the miscreant.

This particular form of the confidence game is very old; yet in the
year of our Lord eighteen hundred and seventy-five a swindler by
means of it succeeds not only in maintaining himself in dashing
style, but also in sporting a flashy traveling companion of the
female persuasion!

Where the letters are addressed to men, the articles reported to be
found in the imaginary trunk are changed to correspond to masculine
habits and wants. The operators receive many singular and some
entertaining replies. The following, dated long ago from a small
town at the South, may serve as a sample, the orthography of the
original being preserved:--


"Dear Sir,--Yours received, and you say John is dead. Poor fellow!
I always expected it. Death runs in the family. Dyed suddenly of
appleplexy--eat too many apples. Well, I always thought John would
hurt himself eating apples. I s'pose you had him buried. You said
nothing about funeral expenses. He had a trunk--gold watch in it,
&c. Well, well, what an unexpected legacy! but strange things
happen sometimes. Never thought I should get a gold watch so. And
he had the watch in his trunk, did he? Poor fellow! was always so
particular 'bout his watch and fixings. Had two revolvers. What
is them? I never heard John say anything about them. Well, you
have been so kind as to write to me; just keep all the balance of
the things, you can have them; but the gold watch, send that to me
by express. Send immediately if not sooner."

"Very truly,


"P. S. My mother in law says, if you come this way, call. She
likes to know all such good, kind folks."

It is safe to conclude that "Col. Snowden" never accepted the
invitation to call from the hospitable mother-in-law.

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