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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Flying Mercury, by Eleanor M. Ingram This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: The Flying Mercury Author: Eleanor M. Ingram Illustrator: Edmund Frederick Bertha Stuart Release Date: June 19, 2009 [EBook #29166] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE FLYING MERCURY *** Produced by Sankar Viswanathan, Suzanne Shell, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net [Illustration: THE FLYING MERCURY] THE FLYING MERCURY By ELEANOR M INGRAM Author of THE GAME AND THE CANDLE With Illustrations by EDMUND FREDERICK Decorations by BERTHA STUART INDIANAPOLIS THE BOBBS-MERRILL COMPANY PUBLISHERS COPYRIGHT 1910 THE BOBBS-MERRILL COMPANY * * * * * _To_ MY MOST DELIGHTFUL COMRADES AND INDULGENT MOTOR INSTRUCTORS --MY TWO BROTHERS * * * * * I The roaring reports of the motor fell into abrupt silence, as the driver brought his car to a halt. "You signaled?" he called across the grind of set brakes. In the blending glare of the searchlights from the two machines, the gray one arriving and the limousine drawn to the roadside, the young girl stood, her hand still extended in the gesture which had stopped the man who now leaned across his wheel. "Oh, please," she appealed again. On either side stretched away the Long Island meadows, dark, soundless, apparently uninhabited. Only this spot of light broke the monotony of dreariness. A keen, chill, October wind sighed past, stirring the girl's delicate gown as its folds lay unheeded in the dust, fluttering
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