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The Great Prince Shan by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
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THE GREAT PRINCE SHAN

by

E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM

1922







CHAPTER I


"A club for diplomats and gentlemen," Prince Karschoff remarked, looking
lazily through a little cloud of tobacco smoke around the spacious but
almost deserted card room. "The classification seems comprehensive
enough, yet it seems impossible to get even a decent rubber of bridge."

Sir Daniel Harker, a many years retired plenipotentiary to one of the
smaller Powers, shrugged his shoulders.

"Personally, I have come to the conclusion," he declared, "that the
_raison d'ĂȘtre_ for the club seems to be passing. There is no diplomacy,
nowadays, and every man who pays his taxes is a gentleman. Kingley, you
are the youngest. Ransack the club and find a fourth."