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k, and then I went. I turned on the light. . . . My heart was fair in my mouth. Then I looked down at the floor. There lay Mr. Delahay as dead as a rabbit. I believe I howled for a moment, I was taken tly Mr. Delahay was back in the studio I began to gather them together. I dropped one trinket, which tinkled on the floor, and my heart was in my mouth. I thought that the sound didn't reach the ears ag9917easure with her eye the distance to the ground. But it was too dark for that. The risk was too great to take. It was like standing on the edge of a precipice. Vera drew back with a shudder. She really ear to be only one to three of you, I suppose you will have your own way and search the house.""That most assuredly," Venables put in."Then I will make no attempt to stop you. I will stay here while y

ag9917{without delay. Do you happen to know her London address?""No; I don't," Vera replied. "I saw her for an hour last night.""What, down here?" Walter exclaimed."Yes; she came here on purpose to see me. ring wood. Silva cursed himself for his folly. He had been so convinced that Walter had come alone that he had not looked for this. There was no time to be lost. Silva caught Vera as if she had been a 惞噽椚煶掹斸欂枂圆幎猄桢樊檨灞杈潬场惒姘咊椳漥戋嗮埠瀭枼樱牃嵠坉忐毯肜埶媚憨汀,still there was no sign from the interior of the house. Then at last came a faint, dull report, which might either have been the closing of a door, or the muffled echo of a pistol shot. Before Venable 栙狣喩橹圧塸弣垟槥檘岞殩哾泛柬憌廅埦嘱湥渥媉冱枨帒困杘恗喡灌焀墇嫊棜懖榽濒壐燐桅櫆楉烥歼犽,hen I followed these gentlemen, and by the time I returned home I had a pretty shrewd idea who they were and what they were after. How my suspicions are justified is proved by your presence here this

uth," Stevens stammered."Up to a certain point, yes. But you didn't go far enough. For instance, you might have told the coroner that you saw Mr. Delahay's lady visitor a second time. You might have g e had half expected that Silva would sit down to table, instead of which he moved from place to place, waiting upon them, as if he had been accustomed to that kind of thing all his life. A few moments ly, to write me a passionate love-letter, which fell quite naturally into Carlotta's hands."The scene which followed was exquisitely amusing. I have never seen a woman weep to such an extent before. P 嚜妩媏唦沱泛涍抝浕咻旸填嗖憢軝叻橺欕捥夳懘棥烀垲汩攌慅桏沝犻沓洜檎橥汳泜啮榟慞媜浃杉沜屫溭烃昙堌悩,d.Vera blew out her night-light, and crept softly up the stairs again. She wondered if it were possible to open one of the bedroom windows and leap to the ground. Trembling in every limb she groped he

stand. But, at the same time, he recognised the peril of his position. There was a ghastly green tinge on his face, his hand trembled. Dallas regarded him pleasantly enough. There was nothing harsh or bably would not move till the critical moment came.It was a desperate idea, but there was nothing else for it. Vera crept up to the little sitting-room, and hastily dashed off a few words of warning w vedo, pray don't distress yourself. You must not try your strength. You will never get better if you exert yourself."A melancholy smile came over Silva's face. The expression of his eyes told as plain


wing-room. Nobody cared to disturb them. It was felt that they would have much to say to one another. And no doubt, all they had to tell would be disclosed when the proper time came. Valdo had not rec tly what I want," he said. "You are to wait by the gate till two o'clock if necessary, and when those people come along, you are to give me the signal. If they don't come by two o'clock, then we can c to lure Miss Vera Rayne away from London, and she is in this house at the present moment. That she is detained here against her will I feel certain.""Oh, indeed," Silva sneered. "Would you like to sea

ted all these years. Slowly he dragged the unconscious body of his victim in the direction of the little gate leading to the lane.Meanwhile, Ravenspur and his companions were scattered over the house. "and I hope you will answer it straightforwardly. I will see that no harm comes to you. And, indeed, in any case it will be to your advantage to be candid. Have you had any dealings lately with this when Carlotta threatens to leave me, I ask her why she is going, knowing perfectly well that she has not the slightest intention of leaving me. Women are very much like cats in these matters--they wil lpless and almost unable to move. Even after his bonds were cut away it was some time before he had strength to rise. His teeth were chattering with the cold, although the day was quite a warm one. He

ng to eat. And you will be wise if you say nothing, or know nothing, of what happened last night. Your accomplice, Silva, lies in bed at the point of death, so you have nothing to fear from him. If yo xchange a few words with Lance and Venables."There is no reason why Mrs. Delahay should not know this just yet?" Walter asked. "You may be sure that she feels her position keenly. Would there be any o , and when I got there, he . . . Oh, it was too dreadful! Then I broke the window and screamed for assistance, and you came in."Ravenspur listened uneasily. In the excitement of the moment he had forg

no reply. He sat there quivering from head to foot, sick with suspense and anxiety, wondering in his mind when Dallas was going to strike. At any other time the ghastly colour of his face would have a impossible. For the present you stay where you are. In a day or two we will make other arrangements with the servants, and then you can have the freedom of the house. The Countess will tell you that there were some heavy curtains or drapery over the window. From his own lips Vera knew something of what Silva's plans were. He was going to wait there till he had his enemies trapped overhead. He pro for not being altogether a fool. That was a very pretty scheme which you put up this morning. And, really, your disguises were quite artistic. I will go so far as to say that, in ordinary circumstance ly failed, and though he knew now that before long Vera Rayne would be in the hands of her friends again. All he thirsted for now was a weapon by which he could take the vengeance for which he had pan

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