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“It fits exactly,” said he.

There was a heavy thud at the other end of the room and we all looked round.

Petrofsky had fallen on to the floor insensible.

“An instructive case, Jervis,” remarked Thorndyke, as we walked homewards—”a case that reiterates the lesson that the authorities still refuse to learn.”

“What is that?” I asked.

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