Devil's Dice

The Devil World

Book 29
谷月社
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Queen of the Unknown.

Let me gaze down the vista of the tristful past.

Ah! there are things that cannot be uttered; there are scenes that still entrance me, and incidents so unexpected and terrible that they cause me even now to hold my breath in horror.

The prologue of this extraordinary drama of London life was enacted three years ago; its astounding dénouement occurred quite recently. During those three weary, anxious years the days have glided on as they glide even with those who suffer most, but alas! I have the sense of having trodden a veritable Via Dolorosa during a century, the tragedy of my life, with its ever-present sorrow, pressing heavily upon me perpetually. Yet my life’s journey has not always been along the barren shore of the sea of Despair. During brief moments, when, with the sweet childlike angel of my solitude, heaven and earth have seemed to glide slowly into space, I have found peace in the supreme joy of happiness. My gaze has been lost in the azure immensity of a woman’s eyes.

In this strange story, this astounding record of chastity of affection and bitter hatred, of vile scheming, of secret sins and astounding facts, I, Stuart Ridgeway, younger son of Sir Francis Ridgeway, Member for Barmouth and banker of the City of London, am compelled to speak of myself. It is indeed a relief to be able to reason out one’s misfortunes; confession is the lancet-stroke that empties the abscess. The Devil has thrown his dice and the game is up. I can now lay bare the secret of my sorrow.
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 William Tufnell Le Queux (2 July 1864 - 13 October 1927) was an Anglo-French journalist and writer. He was also a diplomat (honorary consul for San Marino), a traveller (in Europe, the Balkans and North Africa), a flying buff who officiated at the first British air meeting at Doncaster in 1909, and a wireless pioneer who broadcast music from his own station long before radio was generally available; his claims regarding his own abilities and exploits, however, were usually exaggerated. His best-known works are the anti-French and anti-Russian invasion fantasy The Great War in England in 1897 (1894) and the anti-German invasion fantasy The Invasion of 1910 (1906), the latter of which was a phenomenal bestseller.

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谷月社
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DEVIL—SATAN—SERPENT—DRAGON

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”—Revelation xii. 7-9.

Names were significant in Bible times; they are given to-day at random, but then names were indicative of character. When character changed, the name changed: Jacob to Israel; Saul to Paul, etc. While the subject of these pages remained the holy, shining light bearer of heaven, he was Lucifer, but that name was lost to him forever. So varied were his passions, characteristics, and powers that must be known by appropriate names, and each, as given, designates some phase of his multiform personality. Devil.Not only did Lucifer lose name and character; he exchanged a brilliant, glorious external appearance (to eyes that penetrate the invisible) for one ugly, loathsome, beastly. If language can be interpreted literally, the eye of inspiration and revelation sees him a Devil—sair in the Hebrew, “hairy one,” “he goat,” etc. The he goat, in the Bible, stands for all that is low and base. Those who partake of the sair nature, in the Last Day, are called goats. He divided the sheep from the goats. God teaches us spiritual lessons in all nature, especially by the animal kingdom, and as the goat is a synonym for the lowest instincts of the animal; we find a being created in the highest realm of spiritual life sinking to the lowest level of brute life. If no further delineation were given—no other name than Devil—the fall was from one extreme to the other.



I. GREEN WILLOW

Tomodata, the young samurai, owed allegiance to the Lord of Noto. He was a soldier, a courtier, and a poet. He had a sweet voice and a beautiful face, a noble form and a very winning address. He was a graceful dancer, and excelled in every manly sport. He was wealthy and generous and kind. He was beloved by rich and by poor.

Now his daimyo, the Lord of Noto, wanted a man to undertake a mission of trust. He chose Tomodata, and called him to his presence.

“Are you loyal?” said the daimyo.

“My lord, you know it,” answered Tomodata.

“Do you love me, then?” asked the daimyo.

“Ay, my good lord,” said Tomodata, kneeling before him.

“Then carry my message,” said the daimyo. “Ride and do not spare your beast. Ride straight, and fear not the mountains nor the enemies’ country. Stay not for storm nor any other thing. Lose your life; but betray not your trust. Above all, do not look any maid between the eyes. Ride, and bring me word again quickly.”

Thus spoke the Lord of Noto.

So Tomodata got him to horse, and away he rode upon his quest. Obedient to his lord’s commands, he spared not his good beast. He rode straight, and was not afraid of the steep mountain passes nor of the enemies’ country. Ere he had been three days upon the road the autumn tempest burst, for it was the ninth month. Down poured the rain in a torrent. Tomodata bowed his head and rode on. The wind howled in the pine-tree branches. It blew a typhoon. The good horse trembled and could scarcely keep its feet, but Tomodata spoke to it and urged it on. His own cloak he drew close about him and held it so that it might not blow away, and in this wise he rode on.
INDEX
PREFACE
THE HUDSON AND ITS HILLS
RIP VAN WINKLE
CATSKILL GNOMES
THE CATSKILL WITCH
THE REVENGE OF SHANDAKEN
CONDEMNED TO THE NOOSE
BIG INDIAN
THE BAKER'S DOZEN
THE DEVIL'S DANCE-CHAMBER.
THE CULPRIT FAY
POKEPSIE
DUNDERBERG
ANTHONY'S NOSE
MOODUA CREEK
A TRAPPER'S GHASTLY VENGEANCE
THE VANDERDECKEN OF TAPPAN ZEE
THE GALLOPING HESSIAN
STORM SHIP OF THE HUDSON
WHY SPUYTEN DUYVIL IS SO NAMED
THE RAMAPO SALAMANDER
CHIEF CROTON
THE RETREAT FROM MAHOPAC
NIAGARA
THE DEFORMED OF ZOAR
HORSEHEADS
KAYUTA AND WANETA
THE DROP STAR
THE PROPHET OF PALMYRA
A VILLAIN'S CREMATION
THE MONSTER MOSQUITOE
THE GREEN PICTURE
THE NUNS OF CARTHAGE
THE SKULL IN THE WALL
THE HAUNTED MILL
OLD INDIAN FACE
THE DIVISION OF THE SARANACS
AN EVENT IN INDIAN PARK
THE INDIAN PLUME
BIRTH OF THE WATER-LILY
ROGERS'S SLIDE
THE FALLS AT COHOES
FRANCIS WOOLCOTT'S NIGHT-RIDERS
POLLY'S LOVER
CROSBY, THE PATRIOT SPY
THE LOST GRAVE OF PAINE
THE RISING OF GOUVERNEUR MORRIS
THE ISLE OF MANHATTOES AND NEARBY
DOLPH HEYLIGER
THE KNELL AT THE WEDDING
ROISTERING DIRCK VAN DARA
THE PARTY FROM GIBBET ISLAND
MISS BRITTON'S POKER
THE DEVIL'S STEPPING-STONES
THE SPRINGS OF BLOOD AND WATER
THE CRUMBLING SILVER
THE CORTELYOU ELOPEMENT
VAN WEMPEL'S GOOSE
THE WEARY WATCHER
THE RIVAL FIDDLERS
WYANDANK
MARK OF THE SPIRIT HAND
THE FIRST LIBERAL CHURCH
ON AND NEAR THE DELAWARE
THE PHANTOM DRAGOON
DELAWARE WATER GAP
THE PHANTOM DRUMMER
THE MISSING SOLDIER OF VALLEY FORGE
THE LAST SHOT AT GERMANTOWN
A BLOW IN THE DARK
THE TORY'S CONVERSION
LORD PERCY'S DREAM
SAVED BY THE BIBLE
PARRICIDE OF THE WISSAHICKON
THE BLACKSMITH AT BRANDYWINE
FATHER AND SON
THE ENVY OF MANITOU
THE LAST REVEL IN PRINTZ HALL
THE TWO RINGS
FLAME SCALPS OF THE CHARTIERS
THE CONSECRATION OF WASHINGTON
TALES OF PURITAN LAND
EVANGALINE
THE SNORING OF SWUNKSUS
THE LEWISTON HERMIT
THE DEAD SHIP OF HARPSWELL
THE SCHOOLMASTER HAD NOT REACHED ORRINGTON.
JACK WELCH'S DEATH LIGHT
THE LADY URSULA
FATHER MOODY'S BLACK VEIL
THE HOME OF THUNDER
THE PARTRIDGE WITCH
THE MARRIAGE OF MOUNT KATAHDIN
THE MOOSE OF MOUNT KINEO
THE OWL TREE
A CHESTNUT LOG
THE WATCHER ON WHITE ISLAND
CHOCORUA
PASSACONAWAY'S RIDE TO HEAVEN
THE BALL GAME BY THE SACO
THE WHITE MOUNTAINS
THE VISION ON MOUNT ADAMS
THE GREAT CARBUNCLE
SKINNER'S CAVE
YET THEY CALL IT LOVER'S LEAP
SALEM AND OTHER WITCHCRAFT
THE GLOUCESTER LEAGUERS
SATAN AND HIS BURIAL-PLACE
PETER RUGG, THE MISSING MAN
THE LOSS OF WEETAMOO
THE FATAL FORGET-ME-NOT
THE OLD MILL AT SOMERVILLE
EDWARD RANDOLPH'S PORTRAIT
LADY ELEANORE'S MANTLE
HOWE'S MASQUERADE
OLD ESTHER DUDLEY
THE LOSS OF JACOB HURD
THE HOBOMAK
BERKSHIRE TORIES
THE REVENGE OF JOSIAH BREEZE
THE MAY-POLE OF MERRYMOUNT
THE DEVIL AND TOM WALKER
THE GRAY CHAMPION
THE FOREST SMITHY
WAHCONAH FALLS
KNOCKING AT THE TOMB
THE WHITE DEER OF ONOTA
WIZARD'S GLEN
BALANCED ROCK
SHONKEEK-MOONKEEK
THE SALEM ALCHEMIST
ELIZA WHARTON
SALE OF THE SOUTHWICKS
THE COURTSHIP OF MYLES STANDISH
MOTHER CREWE
AUNT RACHEL'S CURSE
NIX'S MATE
THE WILD MAN OF CAPE COD
NEWBURY'S OLD ELM
SAMUEL SEWALL'S PROPHECY
THE SHRIEKING WOMAN
AGNES SURRIAGE
SKIPPER IRESON'S RIDE
HEARTBREAK HILL
HARRY MAIN: THE TREASURE AND THE CATS
THE WESSAGUSCUS HANGING
THE UNKNOWN CHAMPION
GOODY COLE
GENERAL MOULTON AND THE DEVIL
THE SKELETON IN ARMOR
MARTHA'S VINEYARD AND NANTUCKET
LOVE AND TREASON
THE HEADLESS SKELETON OF SWAMPTOWN
THE CROW AND CAT OF HOPKINSHILL
THE OLD STONE MILL
ORIGIN OF A NAME
MICAH ROOD APPLES
A DINNER AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
THE NEW HAVEN STORM SHIP
THE WINDAM FROGS
THE LAMB OF SACRIFICE
MOODUS NOISES
HADDAM ENCHANTMENTS
BLOCK ISLAND AND THE PALATINE
THE BUCCANEER
ROBERT LOCKWOOD'S FATE
LOVE AND RUM
LIGHTS AND SHADOWS OF THE SOUTH
THE SWIM AT INDIAN HEAD
THE MOANING SISTERS
A RIDE FOR A BRIDE
SPOOKS OF THE HIAWASSEE
LAKE OF THE DISMAL SWAMP
THE BARGE OF DEFEAT
NATURAL BRIDGE
THE SILENCE BROKEN
SIREN OF THE FRENCH BROAD
THE HUNTER OF CALAWASSEE
REVENGE OF THE ACCABEE
TOCCOA FALLS
TWO LIVES FOR ONE
A GHOSTLY AVENGER
THE WRAITH RINGER OF ATLANTA
THE SWALLOWING EARTHQUAKE
LAST STAND OF THE BILOXI
THE SACRED FIRE OF NACHEZ
PASS CHRISTIAN
THE UNDER LAND
THE CENRAL STATES AND THE GREAT LAKES
AN AVERTED PERIL
THE OBSTINACY OF SAINT CLAIR
THE HUNDREDTH SKULL
THE CRIME OF BLACK SWAMP
THE HOUSE ACCURSED
MICHEL DE COUCY'S TROUBLES
WALLEN'S RIDGE
THE SKY WALKER OF HURON
THE COFFIN OF SNAKES
MACKINACK
LAKE SUPERIOR WATER GODS
THE WITCH OF PICTURED ROCKS
THE ORIGIN OF WHITE-FISH
THE SPIRIT OF CLOUDY
THE SUN FIRE AT SAULT SAINTE MARIE
THE SNAKE GOD OF BELLE ISLE
WERE-WOLVES OF DETROIT
THE ESCAPE OF FRANCOIS NAVARRE
THE OLD LODGER
THE NAIN ROUGE
TWO REVENGES
HIAWATHA
THE INDIAN MESSIAH
THE VISION OF RESCUE
DEVIL'S LAKE
THE KEUSCA ELOPEMENT
PIPESTONE
THE VIRGINS' FEAST
FALLS OF ST. ANTHONY
FLYING SHADOW AND TRACK MAKER
SAVED BY A LIGHTNING-STROKE
THE KILLING OF CLOUDY SKY
PROVIDENCE HOLE
THE SCARE CURE
TWELFTH NIGHT AT CAHOKIA
THE SPELL OF CREVE CIUR LAKE
HOW THE CRIME WAS REVEALED
BANSHEE OF THE BAD LANDS
STANDING ROCK
THE SALT WITCH
ALONG THE ROCKY RANGE
OVER THE DIVIDE
THE PHANTOM TRAIN OF MARSHALL PASS
THE RIVER OF LOST SOULS
RIDERS OF THE DESERT
THE DIVISION OF TWO TRIBES
BESIEGED BY STARVATION
A YELLOWSTONE TRAGEDY
THE BROAD HOUSE
THE DEATH WALTZ
THE FLOOD AT SANTA FE
GODDESS OF SALT
THE COMING OF THE NAVAJOS
THE ARK ON SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS
THE PALE FACED LIGHTNING
THE WEIRD SENTINEL AT SQUAW PEAK
SACRIFICE OF THE TOLTECS
TA-VWOTS CONQUERS THE SUN
THE COMANCHE RIDER
HORNED TOAD AND GIANTS
THE SPIDER TOWER
THE LOST TRAIL
A BATTLE IN THE AIR
ON THE PACIFIC COAST
THE VOYAGER OF WHULGE
TAMANOUS OF TACOMA
THE DEVIL AND THE DALLES
CASCADES OF THE COLUMBIA
THE DEATH OF UMATILLA
HUNGER VALLEY
THE WRATH OF MANITOU
THE SPOOK OF MISERY HILL
THE QUEEN OF DEATH VALLEY
BRIDAL VEIL FALL
THE GOVERNOR'S RIGHT EYE
THE PRISONER IN AMERICAN SHAFT
AS TO BURIED RICHES
KIDD'S TREASURE
OTHER BURIED WEALTH
STORIED WATERS, CLIFFS AND MOUNTAINS
MONSTERS AND SEA-SERPENTS
STONE-THROWING DEVILS
STORIED SPRINGS
LOVERS' LEAPS
GOD ON THE MOUNTAINS
William Le Queux (1864-1927) was a famous and incredibly visionary writer who wrote in the genres of mystery, thriller, and espionage - in the years leading up to World War I. His best-known works are the invasion thrillers "The Great War in England in 1897” and the anti-German invasion fantasy "The Invasion of 1910.” – all written before the war… Novels The Great War in England in 1897 The Invasion of 1910 Guilty Bonds Zoraida The Temptress The Great White Queen Devil's Dice Whoso Findeth a Wife The Eye of Istar If Sinners Entice Thee The Bond of Black The Day of Temptation The Veiled Man The Wiles of the Wicked An Eye for an Eye In White Raiment Of Royal Blood Her Majesty's Minister The Under-Secretary The Seven Secrets As We Forgive Them The Sign of the Stranger The Hunchback of Westminster The Closed Book The Czar's Spy Behind the Throne The Pauper of Park Lane The Mysterious Mr. Miller Whatsoever a Man Soweth The Great Court Scandal The Lady in the Car The House of Whispers The Red Room Spies of the Kaiser The Great God Gold (Treasure of Israel) Hushed Up! A Mystery of London The Death-Doctor The Lost Million The Price of Power Her Royal Highness The White Lie The Four Faces The Sign of Silence The Mysterious Three At the Sign of the Sword The Mystery of the Green Ray Number 70, Berlin The Way to Win The Broken Thread The Place of Dragons The Zeppelin Destroyer Sant of the Secret Service The Stolen Statesman The Doctor of Pimlico Whither Thou Goest The Intriguers The Red Widow (The Death-Dealers of London) Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo This House to Let The Golden Face The Stretton Street Affair The Voice from the Void Short Story Collections Stolen Souls The Count's Chauffeur The Bomb-Makers The Gay Triangle
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