The Valet's Tragedy: And Other Studies

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IX
THE TRUTH ABOUT 'FISHER'S
GHOST'

EVERYBODY has heard about 'Fisher's Ghost.' It is one of the stock 'yarns' of the world, and reappears now and again in magazines, books like The Night Side of Nature, newspapers, and general conversation. As usually told, the story runs thus: One Fisher, an Australian settler of unknown date, dwelling not far from Sydney, disappeared. His overseer, like himself an ex-convict, gave out that Fisher had returned to England, leaving him as plenipotentiary. One evening a neighbour (one Farley), returning from market, saw Fisher sitting on the fence of his paddock, walked up to speak to him, and marked him leave the fence and retreat into the field, where he was lost to sight. The neighbour reported Fisher's return, and, as Fisher could nowhere be found, made a deposition before magistrates. A native tracker was taken to the fence where the pseudo- Fisher sat, discovered 'white man's blood' on it, detected 'white man's fat' on the scum of a pool

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • I- The Valet''s Tragedy 1
  • II- The Valet''s Master 29
  • III- The Mystery of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey 55
  • IV- The False Jeanne D''Arc 104
  • V- Junius and Lord Lyttelton''s Ghost 127
  • VI- The Mystery of Amy Robsart 152
  • VII- The Voices of Jeanne D''Arc 193
  • VIII- The Mystery of James de la Cloche 228
  • IX- The Truth about ''Fisher''s Ghost'' 258
  • X- The Mystery of Lord Bateman 274
  • XI- The Queen''s Marie 291
  • XII- The Shakespeare-Bacon Imbroglio 312
  • Index 359
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