When Herbert Burroughs, a young detective, met Fleming Stone in the boot-blacking stand of the Metropole, and when the great detective showed the younger man how he could deduct the salient characteristics of the owner of a pair of muddy shoes which were waiting to be cleaned, neither of the men dreamed that this trivial incident would play a decisive part in clearing an innocent man accused of a terrible crime. That very morning Burroughs was called to investigate the murder of one of New York's greatest financiers, Joseph Crawford, who had been shot through the head as he sat at his desk in the private office of his country estate. A gold bag, which was found lying on the desk beside the dead man, pointed a terrible finger of accusation against Florence Lloyd, Crawford's niece, who was known to have quarreled with her uncle immediately before his death. A careful search of the premises resulted in the discovery of several puzzling clues by the young detective. There were two faded ...
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