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"Your health, senor."
ness except their owners'. I seo thal
oro a stranger in this city-no need to
surprised, senor. One who is familiar
a town does not gaze and stare anc
the path of passersby, nor does a nj
of Serillo walk on the sunny sido of
street in summer. And now, if you
not think mo impertinent, I will ask
what can be the business of so healt
young man with my rival yoncer?"
he nodded toward tie house of the far
'.A man's business, Uko his name, i
own affair, senor," I answered, set
toy host down in my mind as ono of t
Who disgrace Our art by plying opcnl;
patients that they may capturo their
vStiU I will tell you. I am also a pl
clan, though not yet fully qualified, a
seek a place where I may help some dc
of repute in his daily practice, and i
gain experience and my living with it
: '?Ah, is it so? Well, senor, then you
look in vain yonder, " and again ho noe
toward the physician's house. "Sue
. ?he will take no apprentice without th?
be large indeed. It ls not the eus toi
"Then I must seek a livelihood?
Where or otherwise. "
"I did not. say so. Now, senor, lei
see what you know of medicine, and, y
is more important, of human nature,
of the first none of us can ever know mi
but he who knows tho latter will bo a 1<
er of men-or of women-who load
And without more ado ho put mo m
questions, eaoh of them so shrewd
going so directly to tho heart of thc n
ter in hand that I marveled nt his sag
ty. Some of these questions were modi
dealing chiefly with thc ailments of w<
pn; others were- porterai and dealt rc
with their characters. At length ho
i "You will do, senor, " ho said. u 5
aro a young man of parts and prom
though; as wa3 to be expected from on<
your years, you lack experience. Ther
Stuff in you, senor, and you have a ha
Which is a good thing, for the blunder;
a man with a heart often cai ry him fart
than the cunning of tho cynic; also 3
have a will and know how to direct it.
I bowed and did my best to hold bi
my satisfaction at his words from show!
In my face.
"Still, " he went on, "all this would 1
cause me to submit to you the offer tha
am about to make, for many a prettier 1
low than yourself is, after all, unlucky,
a fool at the bottom, or bad tempered a
destined to the dogs, as for aught I km
you may bo also. But I take my chai
- of th"* because you suit mo in anotl
waj. Perhaps you may scarcely know
yourself, but you have beauty, senor, bet
ty of a very rare and singular type, whl
half tho ladies of Seville will praise wh
they come to know you."
"I am much flattered," I said, "b
might I ask what all theso complimei
may mean? To be brief, what is your <
"To be brief, then, it is this: I am
Heed of an assistant who must possess 1
the qualities that I see in you, but mc
of all ono which I can only guess you
possess-discretion. That assistant wou
not be ill paid. This house would bo
his disposal, and he would havo apport
cities of learning the world such as a
given to few. What say you?"
"I say this, senor, that I should wish
know moro of tho business in which I a
expected to assist. Your offers sound t
liberal, and I foar that I must earn yo
bounty by tho doing of work that hone
men might 6hrink from. "
"A fair argument, but, as it happen
not quito a correct one. Listen. You ha1
been told that yonder physician, to who
house you went but now, and these"
here he repeated four or five names-"a
the greatest of their tribe In Seville. It
not so. I am tho greatest and tho riches
and I do more business than any two <
them. Do you know what my earning
have been this day alone? I will tell you
Just over 85 gold pesos (about ?63) moi
than all tho rv> t of thc profession have tai
en together, I will wager. You want 1
know now I earn so much; you wane 1
know also why, if I have earned so mud
X am not oontent to rest from my labor
Good; I will tell you. I earn lt by minii
terlng to the vanities of women and she
tering them from the results of their ow
folly. Has a lady a sore heart, shp come
to mo for comfort and advice. Has sh
pimples on her face, she flies to me to eui
them. Has she a secret love affair, it ls
who hide her indiscretion. I consult th
futuro for her, I help her to atone the pasl
I doctor her for imaginary ailments, an
often enough I euro her of real ones. Hal
the secrets of Seville aro in my hands. Dl<
I chooso to speak I could set a score of no
ble houses to broil and bloodshed. But
do not speak. I am paid to keep silent
and when I am not paid still I keep si
lent for my credit's sako. Hundreds 0
Women think mo their savior; I knov
them for my dupes. But, mark you, I di
not push this gamo too far. A love philtc
-of colored water-I may give at a price
but not a poisoned rose. These they mus
seek elsewhere. For tho rest, in my wa;
I am honest. -1 take tho world as it conics
that is t?l, and as women will bo fools :
profit by their folly and havo grown rici
"Yes, I havo grown rich, and yet I can
not stop. I love tho money that ls power
but more than all I love tho way of life
Talk of romances and rdvcnturcl Whm
romance or adventure is Laif 60 wondcrfu
as those that como daily to my notice!
And I play a part in every ono of them,
and none the less a leading part because ]
do not shout and strut upon tho boards. "
"If all this is so, why do you 6oek th<
help of an unknown lad, a stranger oi
Whom you know nothing?" I asked bluntr
"Truly, you lack experience," tho old
tuan answered, with a laugh. "Do you,
then, Eupposo that I should choose one
Who was not a stranger-ono who might
have ties within this city with which 1
was unacquainted? And as for knowing
nothing of you, young man, do you think
that I have followed this strange tradp ol
mine for 40 years without learning to
Judge at sight? Perhaps I know you bet
ter than you know yourself. By the way,
the fact that you aro deeply enamored of
that maid whom you havo left In England
ts a recommendation to me, for whatever
follies you may commit you will scnrcely
embarrass mc and yourself by suffering
your affections to bo seriously entangled.
Ah, havo I astonished you?"
"How do you know?" I began, then
"How do I know? Why, easily enough.
Those boots you wear were mado in Eng
land. I have seen many such when I trav
eled there. Your accent also, though faint,
ls English, ard twice you havo spoken
English words when your Castillan failed
you. Then for tho muid, ls not that a be
trothal ring upon your hand? And when I
spoke to you of the ladies of this country
JP3 a?k?ii 7?&?jnt^eat^ju overmuch, ss
CT~yiror-agiri'smOT son?' were " you " m
: whole. Surely also the lady is fair
i lallr Ah, I thought sol I have not!
that men and women love their opposit
color, no Invariable rule Indeed, but g
for a guess."
11 You are very clever, senor."
"No, not clever, but trained, as you i
be when you have been a year in
hands, though perchance you do not int
to stop so long in Seville. Perhaps ;
came hero with an object an/1 wish to i
the time-profitably till it is fulfilled,
good guess again, I think. Well, so bc
I will risk that-object and attainment
often far apart. Do you take my offei
"I Incline to do so."
"Then you will take it. Now I h
something moro to say before we corni
terms. I do not want you to play the i
of an apothecary's drudge. . You will
ure before tho world as my nephew, cc
from abroad to learn my trade. You "\
help mo in it indeed, but that is not
your duty. Your part will bo to mia
the lifo of Seville and to watch th
whom I bid you watch, to drop a w
here and a hint there, and in a hund
ways that I shall show you to draw gi
to my mill-and to your own. You m
be brilliant and witty or sad and learn
as I wish; you must make the most
your person and your talents, for those
far with my customers. To the hida
you must talk of arms, to the lady of lo
but you must never commit yourself
yond redemption. And, above all, yoe
man"-and here his manner changed, ?
his foco grew stern and almost fiera
"you must never violate my confidence
tho confidence of my clients. On this po
I will be quito open with you, and I pi
you for your own sake to behove who
say, however much you may mistrust i
rest If you break faith with me, you d
you die, not by my hand, but you d
That is my price; take it or leavo
Should you leave it and go hence and t
what you havo heard this day, even th
misfortune may overtako you 6udden
Do you understand?"
"I understand. For my own soko I w
respect your confidence."
"Young sir, I Uko you better than cv
Had you said that you would respect it 1
cause it was a confidence, I should he
mistrusted you, for doubtless you feel tl
secrets communicated so readily havo
claim to be held sacred. Nor have th<
but when their violation involves thc s
and accidental end of tho violator it
another matter. Well, now, do you i
"Good. Your baggage, I suppose, is
tho inn. I will send porters to dischar
your score and bring: it hore. No neetl ?
you to go, nephew. Let us stop and drij
another glapi? of wine. Tho sooner i
grow intimato tho better, nephew."
It was thus that I first became acquair
ed with Senor Andres de Fonseca, n
benefactor, thc strangest man I have cv
known. Doubtless any person reading tl:
history would think that I, the narraf
was sowing a plentiful crop of troubles f
myself in having to deal with him, scttii
him down as a rogue of tho deepest, sui
as sometimes for their own wicked pu
poses decoy young men tocrinio and rui
But it was not so, and this is thc strange
part of tho strange story. All that Andr
do Fonseca told mo was true to the vci
He was a gontleman of great talent wi
had been rendered a little mad by misfo
tunes in his early life. As a physician
have never met his master, if indeed 1
has one in these times, and as a man verse
in vthe world and more especially in tl
world of women I havo known nono 1
compare with him. He had traveled fi
and seen much, and ho forgot nothlnj
In part ho was a quack, but his quackei
always had a meaning in it. Ho fleece
the foolish indeed and even juggled wit
astronomy, making money out of their si
perstition, but on the other hand he di
many a good act without reward. E
would mako a rich lady pay 10 gold pese
for thc dyeing of her hair, but often h
would nurse some poor girl through h<
troublo and ask no charge-yes, and fin
her honest employment after it. He wh
knew all tho secrets of Seville never mad
money out of them by threat of exposun
as ho said because lt would not pay to d
so, but really because, though ho affecte
to bo a selfish knave, at bottom his heal
For my own part, I found life with hir
both easy and happy, so far as mino coul
be quite happy. Soon I learned my roi
and played lt welL It was given out tho
I was the nephew of tho rich old physlcia;
Fonseca, whom he was training to take hi
place, and this, together with my own ap
pearanco and manners, insured me a wei
como in tho best houses of Seville. Here
took that share of our business which ou
master could not take, for now ho neve
mixed among tho fashion of the city
Money I was supplied with In abundance
so that I could rufllo it with tho best, bu
soon it beoamo known that I looked t
business as well as to pleasure.
Often and often during 6ome gay ball o
carnival a lady would glide up to me an(
ask beneath her breath if Don Andres di
Fonsoca would consont to see her private
ly on a matter of some importance, and '.
would fix an hour then and there. Had 1
not been for me, such patients would havi
been lost to us, since, for tho most part
their timidity had kept them away.
In tho same fashion when the festiva
was endad, and I prepared to wend homo
ward, now and again a gallant would sllj
his arm in mine and ask my master's hcl?
in some affair of lovo or honor or even o;
the purse. Then I would lead him 6traighi
to tho old Moorish house where Don An
dres eat wi 'ting in his velvet robe lik(
some spider lu h's web, for the most ol
our business .?'as dono nt night, ant
straightway thc matter would bc attendee
to, to my master's profit and the satisfac
tion of all. By degrees lt became known
that, though I was so young, yet I had dis
cretion, and that nothing which went in
at my cars canio out of my lips; that 1
neither brawled nor drank nor gambled
to any length, and that, though I was
friendly with many fair ladies, there were
none who were entitled to know my se
crets; also it becamo known that I had
somo skill in my art of healing, and it
was said among tho ladies of Seville that
there lived no man in that city so deft at
clearing thc skin of blemishes or chang
ing tho color of tho hair as old Fonseca's
nephew, and as any ono may know this
reputation alono was worth a fortune.
Thus it came about that I was moro und
more consulted on my own account. In
Bhort, things went so well with us that in
tho first six months of my practice I add
ed by one-third to tho receipts of my mas
ter's practice, large as they had been bo
fore, besides lightening his labors not a
It was a strango life, and of tho things
that I saw and learned, could they bo writ
ten, I might mako a tale indeed, but they
havo no part in this history, for lt wus
as though the smiles and silence with
which mon and women hide their thoughts
were done away, and their hearts spoko to
us in the accents of truth. Now 6omo fair
young maid or wife would como to us
with confessions of wickedness that would
be thought impossiblo did not her 6tory
provo itself-tho secret murder perchance
of a spouse, or a lover, or a rival; now
somo aged danie who would wi na husband
in his teens; now some wealthy low born
man or woman who desired to buy an al
liance with ono lacking money, but of no
ble blood. Such I did not caro to help
indeed, but to tho lovesick or the love de
luded ? listened with a ready ear, for I
had a fellow feeling with them. Indeed
60 deco and earnest was my sympathy
that m?ro than once I found tho unhappy
fair ready to transfer their affections to
my unworthy solf, and ii fact onco things
came about so that, had I willed it, I could
have married ono of tho loveliest and
we?lthi'?t.Tjol?c ladies of Saville
Bat 1 Voald none of it who thought of
my English Lily by day and night.
THE SECOND .MEETING.
It may be thought that while I was em
ployed thus I had forgotten the Object of
niy coming to Spain-namely, to avengo
my mother's murder on tho person of
Juan de Garcia. But this was not so. So
Boon as I was settled in the house of An
dros do Fonseca I set myself to roako in
quiries as to De Garcia's whereabouts with
all possible diligence, but without result.
Indeed when I carno to consider thc mat
ter coolly it seemed that I had but a slen
der chanco of finding him in this city. He
had indeed given it out in Yarmouth that
ho was bound for Seville, but no ship bear
ing tho samo name as his had put in at
Cadiz or sailed up tho Guadalquivir, nor
was it likely, having committed murder
in England, that he would speak the truth
as to his destination. Still I searched on.
Tho houso whero my mother and grand
mother had lived was burned down, and
as their modo of lifo had been retired after
moro than 20 years of chango few even re
membered their existence. Indeed.. ? only
discovered one, an old woman whom I
found living in extreme poverty, and who
once had been my grandmother's servant
and knew my mother well, although sho
wa9 not in the houso at tho time of her
flight to England. From this woman I
gathered 6ome information, though, need
less to say, I did not tell her that I was tho
grandson of her old mistress.
It seemed that after my mother fled to
England with my father Do Garcia perse
cuted my grandmother and his aunt with
lawsuits and by other means till at hist
sho was reduced to beggary, in which con
dition tho villain left her to die. So poor
was she indeed that 6he was burled in a
public grava After that the old woman,
my informant, said she had heard that De
Garcia had committed somo crime and
been forced to flee thc country. What tho
crime was 6ho could not remember, but it
had happened about 15 years ago.
All this I learned when I had been about
throe months in Seville, and though it was
of interest it did not advanco mo in my
Somo four or five nights afterward, as I
entered my employer's house, I mot a young
woman coming out of the doorway of the
patio. She was thickly veiled, and my no
tice was drawn to her by her tall and beau
tiful figure and because she was weeping
so violently that her body shook with her
sobs. I was already well accustomed to
such sights, for many of those who sought
my master's counsel had good causo to
weep, and I passed her without remark
But when I was como into thc room where
ho received his patients I mentioned that I
had met such a person and asked if it was
any ono whom I knew.
'Ah, nephew," said Fonseca, who al
ways called mo thus by now, and indeed
began to treat mo with as much affection
as though I wcro really of his blood, "a
sad case, but you do not know her, and sho
is no paying patient. A poor girl of no
blo birth who had entered religion and
taken her vows, when a gallant appears,
meets her secretly in tho convent garden,
promises to marry her if she will fly with
him, indeed does go through some mum*
mary of marriage with her-so she says
and the rest of it. Now bo has deserted
her, and she is in trouble, and, what is
more, should thc priests catch her, likely
to learn what it feels like to die by inches
in a convent wall. Sho came to me for
counsel and brought somo silver ornaments
as thc fee. Here they arc. "
"You took them?"
"Yes, I took them-I always take a fcc-.
l ut I gave her back their weight in gold.
What is more, I told her where she might
hido from the priests till thc hunt is done
with. What I did not liko to tell her is
that her lover is tho greatest villain who
ever trod thc streets of Seville. What was
thc good? She will see little more of him."
And now I must tell how I met my
cousin and my enemy, De Garcia, for tho
second timo. Two days after my meeting
with the veiled lady it chanced that I was
wandering toward midnight through a
lonely part of tho old city little frequented
by passersby. It was scarcely safo to bo
thus alono in such a place and hour, but
the business with which I had boen charg
ed by my master was ono that must bo
carried out unattended; also I had no
enemies whom I knew of and was armed
with tho veiy 6Word that I hod taken from
De Garcia In the lane at Dltchlngham, tho
sword that had slain my mother, and
which I boro in the hopo that lt might
6ervo to avengo her. In the uso of this
weapon I had grown expert enough by
now, for overy morning I took lessons in
tho art of fence.
My business being done, I was walking
slowly homeward, and as I went I fell to
thinking of thc strangeness of my present
life, and of how far it differed from my
boyhood in the valley of Waveney, and of
many other things. And then I thought
of Lily and wondered how hor days pass
ed, and if my brother Geoffrey persecuted
her to marry him, and whether or no sho
would resist his importunities and her fa
ther's. And so as I walked musing I carno
to a water gate that opened on to tho Guad
alquivir, and leaning upon the coping of
a low wall I rested thcro idly to consider
tho beauty of the night. In truth, lt was a
lovely night, for across all these years I
remember lt. Let those who havo seen lt
say If they know any prospect more beau
tiful than tho sight of tho August moon
Baining on tho broad waters of tho Guad
alquivir and tho clustering habitations of
tho ancient city.
Now, as I leaned upon tho wall and look
ed, I saw a man pass up tho steps beside
me and go Into tho shadow of the street.
I took no noto of him till presently I heard
a murmur of distant voices, and turning
my head I discovered that tho man was in
conversation with a woman whom ho had
mot at tho head of tho path that ran down
to the water gate. Doubtless lt was a lov
ers' meeting, and slnco such sights aro of
interest to all, and moro especially to tho
young, I watched the pair. Soon I learned
that there was little of tenderness in this
tryst, at least on tho part of tho gallant,
who drew continually baokward toward
mo as though ho would seek tho boat by
which doubtloss ho had como, and I mar
veled at this, for tho moonlight shono
upon the woman's face, and even at that
distance I could seo that lt was very fair.
Tho man's face I could not see, however,
slnco his back was toward mo for tho most
part. Moreover, ho woro a largo sombrero
that shaded lt. Now they came nearer to
me, tho man always drawing backward
and tho woman always following till at
longth they wcro within earshot. Tho
woman was pleading with tho man.
"Surely you will not desert mo," sho
said, "after marrying mo and all that you
havo sworn; you will not have thc heart
to desert mc. I abandoned everything for
you. I am in great danger. I"-and hero
her voice fell so that I could not aitch her
Then ho spoke: "Fairest, now, as al
ways, I adore you. But wo must part
awhile. You owe mo much, Isabella. I
have rescued you from tho grave; I h?ivo
taught you what lt is to live and lova
Doubtless with your advantages and
charms you will profit by the lesson.
Money I cannot give you, for I havo nono
to sparc, but I have endowed you with ex
perienco that is more valuable by far. This
ls our farewell for awhile, and I am broken
" 'Neath fairer skies
Shine other eyes,
and I"-and again ho spoke so low that I
could not catch his words.
As ho talked on all my body began to
tremolo. Thc secnowas moving Indeed,
but lt was not that which stirred mo so
deeply-lt was tho man's voice and bear
ing that reminded mc-no, it could scarce
"Oh, you will not be so cruel," said tho
lady, "to leavo mo, your wife, thus alone
and in such sore troublo and danger! Take
mo with you, Juan, I beseech you!" And
6ho caught him by tho arm and clung to
Ho shook her from him somewhat rough
ly, and as he did so his wide hat fell to tho
ground so that thc moonlight shone upon
his face. By heaven, it was he-Juan do
Garcia und no other! I could not be mis
taken. There was thc deeply carved, cruel
face, thc high forebend with tho scar on lt,
I tho thin, sneering mouth, tho peaked beard
and curling hair. Chunco had given him
into my hand, und I would kill him, or ho
should kill me.
I took three poces and stood beforo him,
drawing my sword as I carno.
"What, my dove, havo you a bully at
hand?" he said. 6tenointr.b.'>?:l:^;2?cJ:f?L I
."Your business,'scii?rf " Aro'y?U'Zieror Co
champion beauty in distress?"
"I am here, Juan dc Garcia, to avengo a
murdered woman. Do you remember a
certain river bank away in England, where
"I am here, Juan dc Garcia, to avenge a
you chanced to mc r ?i lady you had known
and to leave her dead? Or, ii you have for
gotten, perhaps at least you will remember
this, which I carry that it may kill you."
And I flashed tho sword that had been his
before his eyes.
"Mother of Godl It is thc English boy
who"-and ho stopped.
"It is Thomas Wingfield, who beat and
bound you, and who now purposes to fin
ish what ho began yonder as he was sworn.
Draw, or, Juan do Garcia, I will 6tab you
where you stand."
Do Garcia heard this speech, that today
seems to mo to smack of tho theater,
though it was spoken in grimmest earnest,
and his face grew like the faco of a trap
ped wolf. Yet I saw that he had no mind
to fight, not becauso of cowardice, for to
do him justice he was no coward, but be
causo of superstition. He feared to fight
with mo Binco, as I learned afterward, ho
believed that he would meet his end at my
hand, and it was for this reason chiefly
that ho strovo to kill me when first wo
"Tho duello has its laws, senor," ho
said courteously. ''It is not usual to fight
thus unscconded and in the presence of a
woman. If you believe that you havo any
grievance against me-though I know not
of what you rave or the name by which
you call mc-I will meet you whero aad
when you will." And all the whilo ho
looked over his shoulder seeking somo way
"You will mcot me now," I answered.
"Draw or I strike!"
Then he drew, and wo fell to it desper
ately enougli till ibo sparks flew indeed,
and the rattle of steel upon steel rang
down thc quiet street. At first he had
somewhat thc better of me, for my bato
made mc wild in my play, but soon I set
tled to tho work and grew cooler.
Slowly I pressed him back, and ever my
play grew closer aud better and his becamo
wilder. Now Iliad touched h im twee, onco
in thc face, and I held him with his back
against the wall of thc way that lcd down
to thc watergate, and it had come to this
that he scarcely strove to thrust at mo at
all, but stood on his defense waiting till I
should tire. Then, when victory was in
my hand, disaster overtook mo, for tho
woman, who had been watching bewilder
ed, saw time her faithless lover was In dan
ger of death and straightway seized mo
from bel)ind, at the same time sending up
shriek after shriek for help.
I shook her from mo quickly enough,
but noe beforo Do Garcia, seeing his ad
vantage, had dealt me a coward's thrust
that took me in tho right shoulder and
half crippled mc, so that in my turn I
must stand an my defense if I would keep
my life in mc. Meanwhile thc shrieks had
been heard, and ol a sudden thc watch
came running round tho corner whistling
for holp. De Garcia saw them, and disen
gaging suddenly turned and ran for tho
water gate, the lady also vanishing, whith
er I do not know.
Now tho watch was on me, and their
leader came at mo to seize mc, holding a
lantern in his hand. I struck it with tho
handle of tho sword, so that it fell upon
tho roadway, whero it blazed up like a
bonfire. Then I turned also'and fled, for
I did not wish to be dragged beforo tho
magistrates of tho city as a brawler, and
in my desire to escape I forgot that De
Garcia was escaping also. Away I wont,
and three of tho watch after me, but they
wero stout and scant of breath, and by
tho timo that I had run tbn e f ''.rlongs I
distanced them. I halted to g*fc Tuy breath
and remembered that I had lost Do Garcia
and did not know when I should find him
again. So I went homeward, cursing my
fortuno and the woman who had clasped
mo from behind just as I was about1 to
send thc death thrust home, and als-o my
lack of skill which had delayed that thrust
By now I was at homo and bethought
mo that I should dowell to go to Fonscca,
my master, and ask his help. On tho mor
row I went to my master's chamber, whero
ho lay abed, having been s-eizod by a sud
den weakness that was the beginning of the
illness which ended in death. As I mixed
a draft for him he noticed that my shoul
der was hurt and asked mc what had hap
pened. Thia gavo mo my opportunity,
which I was not slow to take.
''Have you patience tollsten to a story,"
I said, "for I would seek your help?"
"Ah," ho answered, "it is tho old case;
the physician cannot heal himself. Speak
Then I sat down by tho bed and (cid
him all, keeping nothing back.
"You aro strangely foolish, nephew,"
ho said at length. "For tho most part,
youth fails through rashness, but you err
by ovorcaution. By overcaution in your
fence you lost your chanco last night, and
so by overcaution in hiding this tale from
me you have lost a far greater opportuni
ty. What, havo you not seen me giv?
counsel in many such matters, and^iave
you ever known mo to betray the confl
denco oven of tho veriest stranger? Why,
thon, did you fear for yours?"
''I do not know," I answered, "but I
thought that first I would search for my
"Pride goeth beforo a fall, nephew.
Now listen. Had I known this history a
month ngo, by now Dc Garcia had perish
ed miserably, and not by your hands, but
by that of tho law. I havo been acquaint
ed with thc man from his childhood and
know enough to hang him twice over did
I chooso to speak. More, I know your
mother, boy, and now I seo that lt waa
tho likeness in your face to hers- that
haunted mo, for from tho first it was fa
miliar. It was I also who bribed tho keep
ers of tho holy oflice to let your father
loose, though, as it chanced, I never saw
him, and arranged his flight. Since then
I have had Do Garcia through my hands
somo four or Ave times, no VF under thia
namo and now under that. Onco even ho
carno to me as a client, but thc villainy
that he would have worked was too black
for mo to touch. This man is tho wicked
est whom I have known in Seville, and
that is saying much; also ho is tho clever
est and tho most revengeful. He lives by
vico for vice, and thcro arc many deaths
upon his hands. But ho has never pros
pered in his evildoing, and today ho is
but an adventurer without n name, who
lives by blackmail and by ruining women
that ho may rob them nt his leisure Give
mo thoso books from the strong box yon
der, and I will tell you of this Dc Garcia."
I did ns ho lindo me. bringing tho heavy
parchment volumes, each bound in vellum
and written in cipher.
"These aro my records," ho Baid,
"though nono can read them except my
self. Now for tho index. Ah, hero it Isl
Glvo mo volume .1 and open it at pngu 201. "
I obeyed, laying ibo book on tho bed be
foro him, nnd bc began t o read thc crabbed
marks ns easily as though they wero good
"Do Gnrcin-Juan. Height, appear
ance, family, false names, and so on. This
ls it-history. Now listen."
Then enmo some two pngrs of closely
written matter, expressed in secret iigns
that Fonsera translated as ho rei?i It was
brief enough, hut such a record ns it con
tained I hnvo never ?leard beforo nor since.
Hetti, set out against this ono man's name,
was well nigh every wickedness of which
ahuman being could bo capable, carried
through hy him to gratify his appetites
and revengeful hate and to provide himself
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