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Sydney Horler

The Mystery of the Seven Cafes

Hodder and Stoughton 1935
Wrapper Artist Eugene Hastain

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THAT, old son," retorted Tom Butcher sententiously, " is just so much boloney." The sensitive face of his companion flushed. Butcher, replacing his tankard on the table before him, felt sorry, but for the good of Philip Grieg's soul decided he had to carry on. " The trouble with you, Grieg," he continued, " is that you've been listening to too much of this hot air hooey spouted by Masling, that long-haired louse. You're not going to reform the world, and the sooner you get that idea out of your head the better. The world has been in a muck-sweat for generations, and it will continue in the same state for just so long as you and I encumber the earth— and probably for millions of years afterwards. What we've got to do is to make the best of things as they are. Take G. H. Mills, for instance. My guv'nor says that Mills could have been one of the greatest story-tellers of all time if he'd gone on with his real job of turning out readable novels. Instead of which he devotes that pretty good brain of his to writing a lot of nonsense about what the world will be like a hundred years hence.

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