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may have been foolish in

thus depriving myself of the power of waking. I might want it. Here comes sleep. Goodnight.

CHAPTER XX

JONATHAN HARKERíS JOURNAL

1 October, evening.- I found Thomas Snelling in his house at Bethnal Green, but unhappily he was not in a condition to remember anything. The very prospect of beer which my expected coming had opened to him had proved too much, and he had begun too early on his expected debauch. I learned, however, from his wife, who seemed a decent, poor soul, that he was only the assistant to Smollet, who of the two mates was the responsible person. So off I drove to Walworth, and found Mr. Joseph Smollet at home and in his shirtsleeves, taking a late tea out of a saucer. He is a decent, intelligent fellow, distinctly a good, reliable type of workman, and with a headpiece of his own. He remembered all about the incident of the boxes, and from a wonderful dogís-eared notebook, which he produced from some mysterious receptable about the seat of his trousers, and which had hieroglyphical entries in thick, half-obliterated pencil, he gave me the destinations of the boxes. There were, he said, six in the cartload which he took from Carfax and left at 197, Chicksand Street, Mile End New Town, and another six which he deposited at Jamaica Lane, Bermondsey. If then the Count meant to scatter these ghastly refuges of his over London, these places were chosen as the first of delivery, so that later he might distribute more fully. The systematic manner in which this was done made me think that he could not mean to confine himself to two sides of London. He was now fixed on the far east of the northern shore, on the east of the southern shore, and on the south. The north and west were surely never meant to be left out of his diabolical scheme-let alone the City itself and the very heart of fashionable London in the south-west and west. I went back to Smollet, and asked him if he could tell us if any other boxes had been taken from Carfax.

He replied:"Well, guvínor, youíve treated me weryí anísome"- I had given him half a sovereign-"aní Iíll tell yer all I know I heard a man by the name of Bloxam say four nights ago in the Ďare an ĎOunds, in Pincherís Alley, as Ďow he aní his mate Ďad Ďad a rare dusty job in a old Ďouse at Purfect. There ainít a-many such jobs as


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