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fine detective who couldn't find a place he left only ten
minutes ago. I was getting discouraged myself, when
turning a corner, there in the middle of a row of smoky
dumps, was the house of mystery. Evans remained
outside. I was to go in and line Garst up for the interview
and then Evans was to enter.
To my surprise, a white landlady opened the door.
I inquired if a Mr. Garst was in.
She said he had just gone out.
I then inquired if he had reserved a bed in her
house for me.
She said that the old gentleman had called that
morning and engaged a room with two beds but as to
one of them being for me, she could not vouch.
At this she pushed open the door on her right
which led into what had been intended for the front
"This is the room, sir."
I stepped inside and looked it over. It was very
plainly furnished but neat as a pin. The two white iron
beds were draped in white spreads. Their cleanly purity
spoke strongly of heavenly regions. A small oak dresser
was cornerwise across the angle of the wall. There were
two chairs and a small table between the beds. On the
table was an old fashioned coal oil lamp.with a crocheted
mat under it. "Where was Norfleet, when the lights
went out?" I sang to myself.
I inquired which way Mr. Garst had gone. The
"Mistress of the Manse" indicated, and we followed the
direction in which her gnarled forefinger pointed.
We searched the district, but to no avail. This was
the last I ever saw of my over-kind friend. He had
said he was from Sunnyside, Maryland. Sometime latei
when I was in that town I made inquiries for him, but
found no one who had ever heard of him, and our
paths never crossed again.
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Norfleet, J. Frank, 1864-. Norfleet: the actual experiences of a Texas rancher's 30,000-mile transcontinental chase after five confidence men., book, 1924; Ft. Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5864/m1/65/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .