Excerpt from The Mystery of Lombardy Chambers Queen Street, Melbourne, after six in the evening becomes practically deserted. There are lighted shop windows, picture-shows, theatres, clubs, or even open hotels to keep people about. At the hour of 10 p.m., thing but an occasional ghoul drifts slowly down the gloomy footpaths, or perhaps a late office-worker patters rapidly along in order to leave the sombre neighbourhood behind as soon as possible. The road traffic is negligible. Far above the pavement, a square of light shone steadily from a front window in the tall Lombardy Chambers. Excepting for a wan street lamp it was the only patch of light in the whole dark block. Since dusk had fallen, some three hours previously, that window had been conspicuous among its neighbours. In the room behind, absorbed in his lonely occupation, sat a young man. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.