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5                                        CHAPTER XIII.



!                   The mystery ia cleared up, chiefly through the instrumentality of Mr. Alderman

Harmer; and the characters of the six Ladies and the six Gentlemen are
satisfactorily explained. The Trial of Mackintosh for Burglary—Its result.

ABOOT three weeks tad elapsed since the last dinner in Throg-
/ ''i               morton-street, during the whole of which time nothing had

| j               been seen or heard either of the six ladies or of the six gentle-

|'                men, when, as G-rimaldi was sitting reading in his parlour, a

11               strange gentleman was shown into the room.   As he was accus-

31               tomed to he waited upon by many people of whom he knew

|l               nothing, he requested the gentleman to take a chair, and after a

$j               few commonplace remarks upon the weather and the papers,

If               begged to ask his business with him.

*J                   "Why, my business with you, Mr.  Grimaldi,"  said the

11               stranger, putting down his hat, as if he had come to stop a long

"'I               time, "is of a very peculiar nature.   Perhaps I had better com-

*j*               menee by telling you who I am.   My name is Harmer."

»«'!                   "Harmer?" said Grimaldi, running over in his mind all the

theatrical names he had ever heard.

" Mr. James Harmer, of Hatton Garden.   The reason of my
waiting upon you is this,—I wish to speak to you upon a very

There was a peculiar solemnity in the visitor's manner,
although it was very gentlemanly and quiet, which at once
threw Grimaldi into a state of great nervous excitement. He
entreated him, with a very disturbed countenance, to be kind next