Clarence F. Buhler : "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" — Is it Solved at Last?

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re­cent issue of "Die Berlin­er Zeitung" con­tains an ar­ti­cle of so startling a na­ture that the ed­i­tors ap­pend a card from the cel­e­brat­ed Dr. Siebert cer­ti­fy­ing to the ve­rac­i­ty of the writ­er. He mere­ly signs the ini­tials "J. R." but is said to be a wealthy and ec­cen­tric man whose res­i­dence is fur­nished through­out with ar­ti­cles which have be­longed to de­ceased celebri­ties. And it is al­leged that at the sale of Mr. Dick­ens' ef­fects he pur­chased a ma­hogany es­critoire in which he found an out­line of the en­tire plot of "The Mys­tery of Edwin Drood" in the hand­writ­ing of Mr. Dick­ens. In this "out­line" the events are of course ar­ranged in the order of their oc­cur­rence, and not in the order in which they were to be nar­rat­ed in the story. I give it ver­batim, and it will be ob­served that "J. R." has in­ter­po­lat­ed the num­bers of the chap­ters in which Mr. Dick­ens had al­ready writ­ten up nu­mer­ous sec­tions there­of.

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