By William C. Morrow (1853-1923).
First appearance: Lippincott’s Magazine, July 1897.
Reprinted several times (HERE).
Short short short story (4 pages).
Online at SFFAudio (HERE) (PDF) and Magick7's Moon-
light Stories (HERE) (HTML).
"It was unnecessary, dangerous, subversive of the principles of skilled burglary, and monstrously inartistic."
Scripture speaks of the offensive right hand, but for Anthony Ross it's the other one that's driving him crazy . . .
- Our author, W. C. Morrow, the son of a Baptist minister, evidently liked producing the occasional tale of the uncanny; see (HERE), (HERE), and (HERE).
The bottom line: "And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it
is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body
should be cast into hell."
— The Bible