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No. V
THE HANDKERCHIEF PROBLEM

AT the forty-seventh meeting of the Problem Club, the chair was taken by the youngest member, the Hon. James Feldane. That weary young gentleman having provided himself with a double portion of green Chartreuse, for the purpose, as he said, of supporting the dignity of the position, opened his adjudication a little informally.
` Let's get started,' he said. 'The first job is to read out the particular teaser with which the wily Leonard has been worrying you poor old things during the past month. Here goes.'
The terms of the Handkerchief Problem were then read out. They were as follows : ' It is required to steal as many handkerchiefs as possible from a member or members of the

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Problem Club. Violence may not be used and thefts detected in the act will not score. Restitution will be made of the stolen handkerchiefs within twenty-four hours of the adjudication, but felonious intent is to be presumed in every case.'
` I wish I could have been a competitor this time;' the chairman continued, ` instead of being stuck up here to give the momentous decision. I should have had some sport, and handkerchief-sneaking falls nicely within my line of intellect ; I might have scooped the prize. But as I'm debarred from scoring off you, I've taken jolly good care that none of you should score off me. For the past month every handkerchief I've used has been attached to the interior of the pocket by a steel chain and swivel, and those not in use have been locked away in a safe. iVly valet thinks I've gone off my head, of course, but then he'd have been bound to have thought that sooner or later, anyhow. The great point is that not one of you low

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