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Excerpt from Lanchester of BrazenoseSteam was up in the engine coupled to the three coaches which stood, lighted but empty, beside a departure platform in Portsmouth Town Station.The last train scheduled for London had left many hours ago. TheMoreExcerpt from Lanchester of BrazenoseSteam was up in the engine coupled to the three coaches which stood, lighted but empty, beside a departure platform in Portsmouth Town Station.The last train scheduled for London had left many hours ago. The expensive surgeon, whose special train this was, had not yet arrived.In the middle of the platform stood Raymond Lanchester, smoking a pipe, and waiting with sleepy patience.The guard came to him, touching his cap and asking whether he intended travelling by the special.Lanchester replied that he had been offered the use of that train, but would not take his seat until Sir James Messiter had chosen his compartment.Before Sir James, came his second guest. As the man approached, passing through the light of a gas-lamp, he appeared by the clothes a clergyman, and by the face a gentleman. To Lanchesters taste, however, the breeding was neutralized by the profession- so that, until the great surgeon, followed by his assistant, came bustling down the dim cavern of the ill-lighted station, Lanchester neither looked at nor thought again of the man that was to be his fellow-traveller.Standing near the door of his compartment, while the younger surgeon took rugs, books and instrument-cases from a porter, Sir James Messiter made his guests known to each other.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.