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French smuggler, disgui
sed as an officer of Ch
asseurs d'Afrique. His
mien was resolute. Alto
gether, a quainter or '
cuter little man it has
never yet been my lot
to set eyes on. He walk
ed in with a brisk step
, eyed Charles up and d
own, and then, without
much formality, asked f
or what he was wanted.
"This is Sir Charles Va
ndrift, the great diamo
nd king," Marvillier sa
id, introducing us. "So
I see," the man answer
ed. "Then you know me?"
Charles asked. "I woul
dn't be worth much," th
e detective replied, "i
f I didn't know everybo
An African Millionaire
Episodes in the Life of the Illustrious Colonel Clay by Allen, Grant, 1848-1899