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and Almost Unbelievable
As Told by Abdullah Razor
Although Certain Inconsistences Appear In Several Places in This Story Version of Chandu, the Magician, It's Only Fair to Warn You Not to Laugh, Because Its Author is a Sensitive Arab, and Just As Liable To Slip a Cobra Into Your Boudoir As Not. You Know How Arabs Are
AS I recall it, the close of the last installment of CHANDU left off at the tag line, "This is Frederick Lindsleh speaking." I do not wish to be too distinct on this point, however, because at the moment, and under pressent circumst'nces, 't sheems d'f'cult t'recall anything ver' 'stinctly. But let us assume that this is where we left off, and if this is correct, then you are in possession of the plot up to the time our last issue was 'stributed. 'N' if not, what would you sh'ggest? Or what zhay we all go home? 'S perf'k'ly awright whatever you do. S'awright wizh me.
In Act LVXDVIIICM, Roxor, who has gone to Cairo from Algiers, meets Awah Effendi, who at the time was handling a line of cosmetics and hair goods out of Saint Looey for Cohen Brothers and Rueckheim. The last named was a crackerjack in his day. In the meantime Bobbie and Betty Lou,
played by Mr. Bixby and Miss Webb, respectfully, remove the box end which refers to silks, and find the emerald casket, which was never lost at all, but was in the possession of the National Casket Company all the time. This big scene, it will be remembered, ends with one Bong! on the gong, followed by the stroke of the chime, which indicated exactly the spot where Robert Regent buried the missing will.
Dorothy, mourning her husband as dead, and obsessed by a terrible longing to cough right into the microphone, thus ending it all — this Dorothy, played by Miss Margaret Macdonald, and how! — she gets Nadji to one side and tells her the story she heard at the Ebell Club. But it is of no avail, for Abdullah meets Mr. MacHarris face to face in a secret chamber underneath the Pyramids. A terrific struggle ensues between the two, but the chamber being in Stygian dark
The little group crept breathlessly along i Betty and her mother were faint with ap givings. Suddenly the room was flooded' hoarsely. The suspense ivas too much
ness, which is about as dark as anything can be, they do not see each other, and the conflict occurs with neither one knowing the other is there.
In the meantime, the other Arabs (I forgot to tell about the Arabs, but they're there, all right) these other ones, they are supposed to fight the other ones. You know which Arabs I mean, of course. But a terrible sand storm comes up in the desert, which if it had been allowed to come through by the control room, would have taken every bit of Duco off of both cars, to say nothing of leaving the camels as fresh as the day they were born. And if you're listenin' — the thunder of a thousand hoofs or hooves as the case may be, is heard. You expect every minute somebody is going to get hurt. But don't kid yourself. Frank Chandler. who in reality is Chandu, the Magician, is actually Gayne Whitman, and the whole thing is done with mirrors.
This series of sequences, episodes, or acts — as they are sometimes called — culminates in an unforgettable climax. I do not remember it myself, but if any