A Howie Rook Mystery
To FELIX ADLER, dean of the happy clowns, and to Amelia, Jr., queen of the happy piglets, in memory of a wonderful week with The Big One.……
On the bloody floor of the bedroom
I witness the corpse with its dabbled hair,
I note where the pistol has fallen.
THE MIXED FOURSOME IN……
Unmeaning now, to me
As laughter was an hour ago,
Or laces, or a traveling show.
Or who died yesterday!
AFTER A WORKING LIFETIME on m……
Oh, the elephants they go by,
And the band begins to play
And the little boys under the monkeys’ cage
Had better keep out of the way.
Clowns are pegs, used to hang circuses on.
—P. T. Barnum
IT WAS ONE O’CLOCK NOW, and Howie Rook hastily wound his way through the maze of tents and ma……
In the circus parade there is glory clean down
From the first spangled horse to the mule of the clown.
—James Whitcomb Riley
AROUND SEVEN O’CLOCK THAT……
But Lord! how everybody’s looks, and discourse in the street, is of death and nothing else…
“JUST THINK OF IT,” said Mary Kelly, snuggli……
“Yes,” I answered you last night.
“No,” this morning, sir, I say;
Colors seen by candle-light
Will not look the same by day.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browni……
I see thy glory like a shooting star
Fall to the base earth from the firmament.
HOWIE ROOK STOOD OUT in Clown Alley and consulted his wat……
“What one man can invent, another man can discover,” said Holmes.
—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
HOWIE ROOK CAME BACK to the circus lot that evening full of ……
Nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books…
CAME THE DAWN—AS they used to say in silent-picture subtitles.……
Dawn comes and darkness fades, and now the thing he fled
Is a monkey on his shoulder, clinging, clawing, still Undead.
…the mental spasms of the tortured Cain…
—William E. Aytoun
“THIS IS IT!” SAID Howie Rook under his breath later that afternoon. “‘Now’s the day and n……
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