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Unformatted text preview: I t i s r e a s o n a b l y c e r t a i n t h a t , i f a b o o k i s t o b e r e a d s e c o n d-hand or even in pirated form, its author would prefer it to be read as he or she wrote it. Therefore, from respect for the author, the two thousand-odd errors wrought by 'program' incompatibility have been corrected. The author's original text has been retained, therefore the present Engl ish 'ise ' verba l termi nati on is seen as 'ize ' and the abbr evia tion of 'I would' mostly as 'I'ld' etc. Mr. Shute was a very considerable author and story-tell e r , a s t h i s b o o k s h o w s , a n d h e d e s e r v e s t o b e r e a d a s h e intended. - A publisher and fellow though lesser writer. Nov. '04. Title: A Town Like Alice Author: Nevil Shute First Published: 1951 e-book: V1.1, 3 June 2001 A TOWN LIKE ALICE NEVIL SHUTE First published 1950 by Wm. Heinemann Ltd. This edition published 1961 by Pan Books Ltd. How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true; But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face. W. B. Yeats J a m e s M a c f a d d e n d i e d i n M a r c h 1 9 5 w h e n h e w a s f o r t y-seven years old; he was riding in the Driffield Point-to-Point. H e l e f t t h e b u l k o f h i s m o n e y t o h i s s o n D o u g l a s . T h e M a c f a d d e n s a n d t h e D a l h o u s i e s a t t h a t t i m e l i v e d i n P e r th, and Douglas was a school friend of Jock Dalhousie, who was a young man then, and had gone to London to become junior partner in a firm of solicitors in Chancery Lane, Owen, Dalhousie and Peters. I am now the senior p a r t n e r , a n d O w e n a n d D a l h o u s i e a n d Peters have been dead for many years, but I never changed the name of the firm. It was natural that Douglas Macfadden should put his affairs into the hands of Jock Dalhousie, and Mr Dalhousie handled them p e r s o n a l l y t i l l h e d i e d i n 1 9 2 8 . I n s p l i t t i n g u p t he w o r k I t o o k M r M a c f a d d e n o n t o m y l i s t o f c l i e n t s , a n d f o r g o t a b o u t h i m i n t h e pressure of other matters. I t w a s n o t u n t i l 1 9 3 5 t h a t a n y b u s i n e s s f o r h i m c a m e u p . I h a d a letter from him then, from an address in Ayr. He said that his brother-in-law, Arthur Paget, had been killed in a motor car accident i n M a l a y a a n d s o h e w a n t e d t o r e d r a f t h i s w i l l t o m a k e a t r u s t i n favo ur of his sister Jean and her two chil dren . I am sorry to say that I was so ignorant of this client that I did not even know he was unma rried and had no issue of his own. He finished up by saying that he was too unwell to travel down to London, and he suggested that perh aps a junio r membe r of the firm migh t be sent up to see him and arrange the matter....
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