Excerpt from Random Thoughts
Well, I was in my night-shirt, bare legs and feet, a lighted candle in my left hand and a diminutive revolver in my right; and thus I groped my way down-stairs. I could have lighted the gas, but - well, I did n't; my mind was preoccupied. Now, whe... n I started down stairs, I knew just where the burglars were. They were in the basement, - my wife said they were, - but I thought it would be just as well to linger on the first ¿oor a bit. Who knows - so I went into the drawing-room. I knew they were n't there, but I placed the candle on a small table, got down on my hands and knees, and looked under the sofa. NO one there. A sigh of relief escaped me; but of course I did not expect them to be there under the sofa. I knew they were in the base ment. Why not go down immediately and have the thing over? But now that I was on the first ¿oor, it would be Silly not to see if they were in the dining-room; so I took up the candle and went slowly into the dining-room.
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