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The Crystal Stopper by Maurice Leblanc
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THE CRYSTAL STOPPER

by Maurice LeBlanc




CHAPTER I

THE ARRESTS

The two boats fastened to the little pier that jutted out from the garden
lay rocking in its shadow. Here and there lighted windows showed through
the thick mist on the margins of the lake. The Enghien Casino opposite
blazed with light, though it was late in the season, the end of September.
A few stars appeared through the clouds. A light breeze ruffled the
surface of the water.

Arsene Lupin left the summer-house where he was smoking a cigar and,
bending forward at the end of the pier:

"Growler?" he asked. "Masher?... Are you there?"

A man rose from each of the boats, and one of them answered:

"Yes, governor."

"Get ready. I hear the car coming with Gilbert and Vaucheray."

He crossed the garden, walked round a house in process of construction,