again his voice had lost its timbre.
“Perhaps you know—what it contains.”
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Lord Lashmore reseated himself in the big armchair, staring at the speaker, aghast.
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“It was on the night of your
twenty-first birthday that you were admitted to the subterranean room?”
“You know so much, Dr. Cairn, that you may as well know all.” Lashmore’s face was twitching. “But you are about to hear what no man has ever heard from the lips of one of my family before.”
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A sort of suppressed excitement was upon Lashmore, but his voice remained low and hollow.
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