A Strange Disappearance
"If we had time," Mr. Gryce persisted, "all it would be necessary to do would be to
wait, they would come into our hands as easily and naturally as a hawk into the
snare of the fowler. But as you say we have not, and therefore, I would
recommend a little beating of the bush directly about Mr. Blake's house; for if all
my experience is not at fault, those men are already within eye-shot of the prey
they intend to run down."
"But," said I, "I have been living myself in that very neighborhood and know by
this time the ways of every house in the vicinity. There is not a spot up and down
the Avenue for ten blocks where they could hide away for two days much less
two weeks. And as for the side streets,--why I could tell you the names of those
who live in each house for a considerable distance. Yet if you say so I will go to
"Do, and meanwhile Schmidt and Rosenthal shall rummage the German quarter
and even go through Williamsburgh and Hoboken. The end justifies any amount
of labor that can be spent upon this matter."
"And you," I asked.
"Will do my part when you have done yours."