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CAUGHT IN THE NET
by EMILE GABORIAU
PUTTING ON THE SCREW.
The cold on the 8th of February, 186-, was more intense than the
Parisians had experienced during the whole of the severe winter which
had preceded it, for at twelve o'clock on that day Chevalier's
thermometer, so well known by the denizens of Paris, registered three
degrees below zero. The sky was overcast and full of threatening signs
of snow, while the moisture on the pavement and roads had frozen hard,
rendering traffic of all kinds exceedingly hazardous. The whole great
city wore an air of dreariness and desolation, for even when a thin
crust of ice covers the waters of the Seine, the mind involuntarily
turns to those who have neither food, shelter, nor fuel.
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