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Gutch, Coverley. Coverley Gutch was created by “Paul Urquhart,” the pseudonym of Ladbroke Black (Havlock Preed) and Thomas Cox Meech, and appeared in nine stories in Cassell’s Magazine in 1909, beginning with “The Invigorator ‘Rig’” (Cassell’s, Sept. 1909).

Coverley Gutch is seen by others as “the most unbusiness-like jobber” in the London Stock Exchange. He has a “sunburnt, jolly, schoolboyish” appearance, and is underestimated by others. But when unscrupulous traders presume to take advantage of Gutch’s friend Arthur, Gutch comes to his rescue with clever schemes that make them both money and put the screws to Arthur’s enemies.

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