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THE ROCK ISLAND AHGUS. SATTJKDAY. SEPTEMBER 19, 1914.
A Story of Love. Mystery an J a Private Yacht
2?y MARY ROBERTS RINEHART
Copyright, 1913, by the McClurt P-.bUcathns. Inc.
Copyright, 1914, by Mary Huberts 'EJnthart.
I Unciinch My Hands.
CTJ.ML was strong too. After I
I 1 I had held Williams over the rail
I y 1 I turned to t:nJ him looking on.
amused. And when the fright
eiied darky hd taken himself, mut
tering threats, to the galley. Vail came
over to me and rau LU hand down my
"Where did you pet it?" he asked.
"Oh. I've always Lad some muscle,"
I said. "I'm in bad shape cow. just
Ketting over fevt-r."
"Fever, eh? I thought it was Jail.
He threw out his Mi-eps for ine to
feel. It was a bad of iron under my
fingers. The man was as strong n '
ox. He smiled fit my surprise, and. I
after looking to see that no one was j
in sight, offered t mix me a highball j
from a decanter and biphm on a table. J
I refused. I
"Have you any Idea. Les'ie. how
much whisky there is on board?" !
"Williams has cn-id"n:l;e. I believe.
J don't thirk there i any in the Pr
ward bouM. The captain is a teeto
taler." "I see. When these decanters fn
bark Wi!iiams takes charge of them?"
"Yes I If locks them away."
"Empty tTiem. I.c;i he s-iid. "Do
yon nnderstar.il? Throw what is left
overloard. And. if you r-t a i..in e
r.t William' key. pitch a dozen or two
"And be pr.t in irons:" j
"Not nece-u.arilv. I think roii un- '
fi-rfand me. I don't tn:t William. !
In a week we could li:iv. Ms l.nit !
"There is a great deal of wine."
He scowled "Hash Williams, any
how! His Inst ructions were lint ner-
J2eccuzs of Terrible Back
ache. Relieved by Lydia
E. Pinkham's Vegeta
Philadelphia, I'a. "I suiTrcl from
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such pains in my
sides, ani terriblu
backache so that I
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I took six bottles c f
Lyuia E. I'inkhfm's
j pour.d.fcnd now I can
uo any amount ox
I5ij5s35L iMa bit of trouble. I
r -v "Tr. i recommend Lydia E.
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Iariser Signals to Women
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headache, nervousneim, and the blues.
In many cm- they are symptoms of
some female derangement oran inflnm
matory, ulcerative eondi tioti, which may
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Lam 'a V' getahle Com pound. Thoasanis
tf Amerkan women wiiJicgiy tesufy to I
about that. Get rid of the
Turner coming up the companion
way at that moment. Vail left me. 1
had understood him perfectly. It was
common talk in the forecastle that
Turner was drinking hard mid that. In
fact, the cruise had been arranged by
his family in
the hope that.
from his clubs, he would alter Lis hab
its a fallacy, of course.
Early as it was. he was somewhat
the worse for it that niernlng. lie j
made d.'rectly for me. It was the first j
time he Lad noticed me. although it j
was the thirl day out. lie stood in j
front ef me. his red eyes tlaming. and. '
ultho'jgli I am a tall man. lie had an
Inch per!iap the advantage of me.
"Whit's this about Williams?" he
demanded f 'li'onsly. "What do you
mean by a thim: like that?"
"He was bullying me. I didn't in
ter: I to drop him. '
The ship was rol!in:r gentry.
made a pat-s at me with :i iTiri:l.;ne he
carried and almost lost his balance.
The woim-'i had risen and were wat h
ll:g from the corner of tin- .-ifter borise.
I c.iiisht him a::d .steadied l.i:u un:il ho
could clutch a chair.
"You try any tricks like that again
and you'll go oi ci!iard" he stormed
"Who are you anyhow? Sot one , of
I saw the 'ri'ck Ion!; between Vail
and Mrs. Turner and saw her come
forward. Mrs. Jd.ns followed Lit.
"-Marsh." Mrs. TuVi.-r protests
J011 alioiit biiu the man who
"'U. an'itlier of your friends!" he
sneered, arid looked from tne t Vai!
wiMi bis i!ciy sinlie.
'J'l.jit was on Monday, the third day
out. l.'p to that time .Miss Lee had l:t
l:'iticefl ine. except (inc. lnu she
found nie scrjbhing the deck, to com
ment o;i a eorner that s!ie thought
might be cleaner, and another time In
i the e vening, when she and Vail sat In
J chairs urui! late, when she had sent me
I below for n wr::p. She lonkisl past nit
I rather than at n:e. gave r.w her order.-.
quietly but briefly and did uot even
take the trouble to Ignore me.
I In t that morning after they had set
tied to bridse ho followed me to the
rail, out of ear shot. 1 straightened
and t'il: T my cap. and she stood
looliin at me. unsmiling.
"Unclim-h'yoiir hands: she said.
"I leg your pardon."' I stra'irhfen"!
ut my fii.gvrs. consW'ius Pr the nrst
time of my eliiK-hcd tists. and even
opened and c!os-d them once or twice
to prove their relaxation.
"That's better. Now. won't you try
ta remember that I am responsible
for your I ei:ig here, and be careful?"
"Theu fil.e me away from here and
put me with the crew. 1 um stronger
now. Ask the captain to give me a
"We prefer to have you here." phe
said coldly, and then, evidently repent
ing ber manner: "We need a mnn
here. Leslie. Iietter stay. Are you
comfortable in tho forecastle?'
"Yes. Miss I.ee.
She turned to leave, smiling. It was
the first time she had thrown even a
fleeting smile my way, und it went to
"And Williams? I um to submit to
She stopped and turned, and the
"The next time." she said, "you ara
to drop him!"
I5ut duriug the remainder of the day
she neither spoke to me nor looked, as
far as 1 could tell, in my direction. She
fllrt.-d ornl.T wilh Vail, rather. I
thought, to the dlav'oitifoi-t of Mrs.
Johns, who bad appropriated bim to
Lcrself sang to blui In the cabin, and
In the long hour before dinner, when
the others wire dressing, wulked the
dwfc with him. talking earnestly. They
looked Well together, and 1 believe he
was ill love Willi ber.
Turner bad gone below, grimly good
humored, to dress for dinner, and I '
went nft to chat, as I often did. with
the steersman. On this occuslon It
happened to be Charlie Jones. Joues
was not his name so far as 1 know. It
whh omo Inordinately long and dif
ferent tJerman Inheritance, und so.
with the facility of the avernso crew,
fin find been culled Jones. He was U
benevolent little num. hlphty religious,
and 'some! hint; of a philosopher.
"Setz du dich." he said und moved
over so that I could sit on the grutiui;
on which he atood. "The tsky Is due
"It always looks good to me." I ob
served, tilllns my pipe and passing tuy
tobacco has to him. "I may have tuy
doubts now and then on land. Charlie,
but here between the sky and the sea
I'm a believer, risbt enough.
We were silent for a time. The ship
rolled easily; now and then she dipped
her bowsprit with a soft swish of
spray; a school of dolphins played
astern, and the last of the land birds
that had followed us out flew in cir
cles around the mnsts.
The door into the main cnbin be
yond was open. It was dark with the
summer twilight except for the four
rose shaded candles on the table, now
laid for dinner. A curious effect it had
the white cloth and gleaming pink an
Island of cheer In a twilight sea. and
to and from thLs rosy island, making
short excursions, advancing, retreat
ing, disappearing at times, the oval
white ship that was Williams' shirt
Charlie Jones, bending to the right
and raised to my own height by the
grating on which he stood, looked over
my shoulder. Dinner was about to be
served. The women bad come out.
I had been the guest of honor on a
steam yacht a year or two before after
a game. There had been pink lights
ou the table, I remembered, and the
place cards at dinner the first night
out had been caricatures of me In
righting trim. There had been a girl
too. For the three days of that week
end cruise 1 had been mad about her.
Iiefore that first dinuer, when I bad
known her two hours, I had kissed her
haiwl and told her I loved her!
Vail and Miss Lee had left the oth
ers and come into the chart room. As
Charlie Jones and I looked he bent
over and kissed her hand.
The sun had gone down. My pipe
was empty, aud from the galley, for
ward, came the odor of the forecastle
supper. Charlie was coughing, a rack
ing paroxysm that shook his wiry
body. He leaned over and caught my
shoulder as I was moving away.
"New paint rind new canvas don't
make a new ship." he said, choking
back the cough. "She's still the old
Il In . the she devil of the Turner line.
IMnk lights below and tint a rat in the
They left her before we sailed.
Every rope was crawling with
The odor of formaldehyde In the
forecastle having abated, permission
for the trew to sleep on deck had ! n
"She's still the she devil of the Turner
withdrawn. But the weather ns we
turned south had grown insufferably
hot. The reek of the forecastle sick
ened me the odor of fresh paint,
hardly dry. of musty clothing and
I asked Singleton, the first mate, for
permission to sleep on deck and was
refused. I went down, obediently
enough, to be driven back with nau
sea. And so. watching my chance. I
waited until the first mate, on wutch.
disappeared into the forwurd cabin to
eat the night lunch always prepared
by the cook and left there. Then,
with a blanket and pillow, I crawled
Into the starboard lifeboat and settled
myself for the night. The lookout saw
me. but gave no sign.
It was not a bad berth. As the shl
listed the stars seemed to sway above
me. and my last recollection was of
the Great LMpper performing dignified
gyrations in the sky.
I was aroused by one of the two
lookonts, a young fellow named Hums.
He was stnuding below, rupplng on
the side of the boat with his knuckles.
I sat up and peered over ut him and
was conscious for the first time that
the weather bad changed. A fine ruin
was falling. My hair and shht were
Something doing in the chart room."
be said cautiously. "Thought you might
uot want to mlas it."
lie was in bis bare feet, as was I.
Together we hurried to the after house.
Tho steersman. Iu oilskins, was at his
pout, but was peering through the
barred window Into the chart room,
whlcb was brilliantly lighted, lie step
ped aside aouiewhat to let us look In.
Tho loud and furious voices which hud
guldt-d us had quieted, but the altuu
li'iu had not relaxed.
Singleion. the first mate, and Turner
were sitting at a table littered with
bottles and glasses, and st muling over.
He : uf V v - . , . , ri 'ft,'
1 oC-Za !
i-Y HMJK i
thorn, white with fury, was Captain
Klchardsoii. In the doorway to the
mam cabin, dressed In pajamas and a
bathrobe. Vail was watching the scene.
"I told you last night. Air. Turner,"
the captnln said, bunging the table
with his list. "I won't have you Inter
fering with my officers or with my
ship. That man's ou duty, aud he's
"Your ship!" Turner sneered thickly.
"It's my ship, and 1 I discharge you!"
He got to bis feet, holding to the ta
ble. Mr. Singleton (hlc) from now on
you're captain Captain Singleton!
Uow-how d'ye like It?"
Mr. Vail came forward, the ouly cool
one of the fonr.
"Don't be a fool. Marsh." he protest
ed. "Come to bed. The captains
Turner turned his pale bine eyes on
Vail, and they were as full of danger
as a snake's. "You go to !" he
said. "Singleton, you're the captain,
d'ye hear? If Ulch if Itichardson gets
funny put him in irous!"
Singleton stood up, with a sort of
swagger. He was less Intoxicated
than Turner, but ugly enough. He
faced the captain with it leer.
"Sorry, old fellow," he said, "but you
beard what Turner saidf
The captain drew a deep breath.
Then, without any warning, he lean
ed across the table and shot out bis
clinched fist. It took the mate on the
point of the chin, and he folded up In
a heap on the floor.
Turner picked up a bottle from the
table and made the same incoordinate
pass with it at the captain as be bad
at me the morning before with his
magazine. The captain did not move,
ne was a big man. and he folded his
arms with their hairy wrists across his
"Mr. Turner," be said, "while we are
on the sea I am In command here.
You know that well enongh. You are
drunk tonight, in the morning you
will be sober, and I want you to re
member what 1 am going to say. If
yon interfere again with me or
my officers 1sbalf put you in
He started for the after companion
way, and Burns and I hurried for
ward out of his way Burns to the
lookout. 1 to make the round of the
after house and bring up. safe from
detection, by the wheel again. The
mate was in a chair, looking sick and
dazed, and Turner and Vail were con
fronting each other.
"You know that is a lie." Vail was
saying. "She is faithful to you. as far
as 1 know, although I'm d d if I know
why." He turned to tho mate rough
ly. "Better get out in the air."
Once again I lert my window to
avoid discovery. The mate, walking
slowly, made his way up the compan
ionway to the rail. The man at the
wheel reported In the forecastle, when
he came down at the end of his watch,
that Singleton had seemed dazed and
had stood leaning ncainst the rail for
some time, occasionally cursing to him
self; that the second mate had coma
on deck and had sent him to bed an-1
that the captain was shut iu his cabin
with the light going.
I Quote Omar Khayyam.
BT first the thing seemed smooth
ed over. It is true that the
captain did not speak to the
first mate except when com
pelled to and that Turner and the ca
tain Ignored each other elaborately.
The cruise went on without event.
There was no attempt on Turner's
part t carry out his threat of the
night before, nor did be. as the crew
hail prophesied, order the Klla into the
nearest port. lie kept much to hlm-s-lf.
spending whole days below, with
Williams carrying bim highballs, al
ways appearing at dinner, however,
sodden of face but ini macula tely dress
ed and eating little or nothing.
. A week went by in this fashion,
luring us all to security. 1 was still
lean, but fairly strong again. Vail,
left to himself or to the women of the
party, took to talking with me now
and then. I thought be was uneasy.
More than once he expressed a regret
that he bad taken the cruise, laying
his discontent to the long Inaction.
Hut the real reason was Turner's jeal
ousy of him. the obsession of the dip
somaniac. I knew it, and Vail knew
that I knew.
On the Sth we encountered bad
weather, the first wind of the cruise.
All hands were required for tacking,
and I wa3 stationed on the foreeasMe
bead with one other man. Williams,
the butler, succumbed to the weather.
aiid ought to use occasionally,
a proper remedy for the
headache, backache, languor,
nervousness and depress
ion to 'which she may be
subject. These troubles and
others are symptoms of debil
ity and poor circulation caused
by indigestion or constipation
are at once safe, certain and
convenient. They clear tho system
and purify the blood. They ex
ert a general tonic effect and
insure good health and strength,
so that all the bodily organs do
their natural work without causing
suffering. Every woman of the
thousands who have tried them,
knows that Beecham'a PilU act
Is Um, tc 2S.
and at 5 o'clock Miss Lee made her
way forwnrd through the driving rain
aud asked me if I could take his place.
1 said that I was probably not so
useful that I could not be spared And
that I would tryv Vall's suggestion
bad come back to me. and this was
my chance to get Williams keys.
Miss Lee having spoken to tho captain.
I was relieved from duty and went aft
with her. What with the plunging
of the vessel and the slippery decks
she almost fell twice, and each time I
The second time she wrenched ber an
kle and stood for a moment holding to
the rail, while I waited beside her.
She wore a heavy ulster of some rough
material and a small, soft hat of the
same material palled over her ears.
Her soft hair lay wet across her fore
bead. "How are you liking the sea. Les
lie?" she said after sbe bad tested her
nuKie iuu iouuu lue uumu&o mcuusiu-
"Very much. Miss Lee."
"Do you Intend to remain -a a
"I am not a sailor. I am a deck
steward, and I am about to become a
"That was onr agreement," she flash
ed at me.
"Certainly. And to know that I in
tend to fulfill it to the letter I have
only to show this."
It had been one of McWblrter'a in
spirations, on learning bow I had been
engaged, the small book called "The
Perfect Butler." I took it from the
pocket of my flannel shirt, .under my
oilskins, and held it out to her.
"I have not got very far," 1 said
humbly. "It's not inspiring reading.
I've got the wineglasses straightened
out. but it seems a lot of fuss about
nothing. Wine is wine, isn't it? What
difference, after all, does a hollow
stem or green glass make"
The rain was beating down on us.
"The Perfect Butler" was weeping
tears, as its chart of choice vintages
was mixed with water. Miss Lee look
ed up, smiling, from the book.
"You prefer 'a jug of wine,'" she
"Old Omar bad the right Idea, only I
Imagine literally it was a skin of wine.
They didn't have jugs, did they?"
"You know the Rubaiyat?' " she ask
"I know the Jug of wine and loaf of
bread part." I admitted. Irritated at
the slip. "In my home city they're j
using it to advertise a particular sort
of bread. You know 'A. book of
verses underneath the bough, a loaf of
Wiggln's homemade bread and thou.' "
In spite of myself, in spite of the ab
surd verse, of the pouring rain, of the
fact that 1 was shortly to place ber
dinner before her in the capacity of
upper servant, I thrilled to the last two
" 'And thou. " I repeated.
She looked up at me. startled, and
for a second our glances held. The
next moment she was gone, and 1 was
alone on a rain swept deck, cursing my
That night in a white linen coat 1
served dinner in the after house. The
meal was unusually gay, rendered so
by the pitching of the boat and the
uncertainty or the dishes. -In the gen
eral hilarity my awkwardness went
unnoticed. Miss I.ee, sitting beside
Vail, devoted herself to him. Mrs.
Johns, young and blond, tried to inter
est Turner and. failing in that, took
to watching me. to my discomfiture.
Mrs. Turner, with apprehensive eyes
on her husband, ate little aud drank
Dinner over In the main cabin, they
lounged into the chart room except
Mrs. Johns, who. following them to
the door, closed it behind them and
came hack. She held a lighted ciga
rette, and she' stood Just outside the
zone of candlelight, watching me
through narrowed eyes.
"You got along very well tonight,
she observed. "Are you quite stron
"Quite strong. Mrs. Johns."
"You have never done this sort of
thing before, have you?"
"Butler's work? No, but it is rather
"1 thought perhaps you bad." she
said. "I seem to recall you vaguely
that is. 1 seem to remember a crowd
of people aud a noise. 1 dare say 1
did see you in a crowd somewhere.
You know, you are rather an unfor-
1 was nonplused as to how a butler
would reply to such a statement, and
took refuge In no reply at all. As it
happened none was needed. The ship
gave a terrific roll at that moment, and
I just saved the chartreuse as it was
leaving the table. Mrs. Johns was
holding to a chair.
"Well caught." she smiled, and.
taking a fresh cigarette, sbe bent over
a table lamp and lighted it herself. All
the time her eyes were on me. I felt
that sbe was studying me over ber
cigarette, with something in view.
"Is it still raining?"
"Yes. Mrs. Johns."
"Will you get a wrap from Karen
and bring it to me on deck? I I want
The forward companion way led
down Into the main cabin. She moved
towyu-d it, her pale green gown fading
Into the shadow. At the foot of the
steps she turned and looked back at
me. I had been stupid enough, but I
knew then that she had something to
soy to me. something that she would
not trust to the cabin walls. I got the
She was sitting in a deck chair when
I found her.
"Sit down, Leslie," she said, pointing
to the chair beside ber. And. as I hesi
tated: "Don't be silly, boy. Elsa Lee
and her sister may bo as blind as they
like. You are not a sailor, or a butler,
either. 1 don't care what you are; I'm
not going to ask any questions."
I sat on the edge of the chair, some
what uneasy, to tell the truth. The
crew were about on a night like that,
and at any moment Elsa Lee might
avail herself of the dummy hand, as
she sometimes did. and run ud for a
breath of air or a glimpse of the sea.
"Ju now. Mrs. Johns," X aald. "I
am one of the crew of the Ella, and If
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"Oh, fudge!" she retorted" impatient
ly. "My reputation fsn't going to be
hurt, and the "man's never Is. Leslie,
I am frightened you know what I
"You mean with the captain T"
"With any one who happens to be
near. Be is dangerous. It is Vail
now. He thinks Mr. Vail is in love
with his wife. The fact is that Vail
well, never mind about that. The
point is this: This afternoon he had
a dispute with Williams and knocked
him down. The other women don't
know it. Vail told me. We have giv
en out that Williams is seasick. It
will be Vail next, and if he puts a
band on bim Vail will kill him; I know
"We tfould stop this drinking."
"And have him shoot up the ship! 1
have been thinking all evening, and
only one thing occurs to me. We are
five women and two men, and Vail re-
I am so frightened."
fuses to be alarmed. I want yon to
sleep in the after house. Isn't there a
storeroom where you could put a cot?"
"Yes." I agreed, "and I'll do it. or
course. If you are uneasy, but 1 really
"Never mind what you really think.
I haven't slept for three nights, and
I'm showing it" She made a motion
to rise, and I helped ber up. She was'
a tall woman, and before I knew it she
bad put both her bands on my shoul
ders. "i'ou are a poor butler and an indif
ferent sailor, I believe." she said, "but
you are rather a dear. Thank you."
She left me. alternately uplifted and
sheepish. Rut that night I took a blan
ket and a pillow into the storeroom
and spread my six feet of length along
tho greatest diameter of a 4 by 7 pan
And that night nlso. between six and
seven bells, with the storm subsided
and only a moderate sea. Schwartz, the
secoud mate, went overboard went
without a cry. without a sound.
Singleton, relieving him at 4 o'clock,
found his cap lying near starboard.
Just forward of the after house. The
helmsman aud the two men iu the
lookout reported no sound of a strug
gle. The lookout had seen the light of
bis cigar on the forecastle head ut six
bells (3 o'clock!. At seven bells he had
walked back to the helmsman and com
mented cheerfully ou the break in the
weather. That was the last seen of
With the disappearance of Schwartz
the Ella was short handed. I believe
Captain Richardson made an attempt
to sec tiro me to take the place of
Burns, now moved up into Schwartz's
position. Hut the attempt met with a
surly refusal from Turner.
The crew was plainly nervous and
irritable. Sailors are simple minded
men. as a rule. Their mental process
es are elemental. They began to mut
ter that the devil ship of the Turner
line was at her tricks again.
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castle for some of my clothing, I found
a curious group. Gathered a boot the
table were Tom. the mulatto cook; a
Swede named Oleson. Adams and
Burns of the crew. At the bead of tbt
table Charlie Jones was reading tfis
service for the burial of the dead at
rea. The men were standing bnrs,
headed. I took off my cap and stood
just inside the door until the simp!
service was over. 1 was cirongir
Schwartz disappeared In the early
morning of Aug. 9. And now I com
not without misgiving to the night of
Aug. 12. I am wondering if. after all,
I have made clear the picture that la
before my eyes the languid cruise,
the slight relaxation of discipline dus
to the leisure of a pleasure voyage, tha
Ella again rolling genfly, with hardly
a dash of spray to show that sba was
moving: the sun beating down on ber
white decks and white canvas, on the
three women in summer attire, on un
ending bridge, with its accompaniment
of tall glasses filled with ice; on Tur.
ner's morose face and Vail's watchful
one; in the forecastle much gossip and
not a little fear and in the forward
house, where Captain Richardson and
Singleton had their quarters, veiled
hostility and sullen silence.
Aug. 11 was Tuesday, a hot Au
gust day, with only enough air going
to keep our sails filled. At 5 o'clock
I served afternoon tea. and shortly
after I went to Williams' cabin in tha
forward hovise to dress the wound ia
his head, a long cut, which was now
healing. I passed the captain's cabin
and heard him quarreliDg with the first
mate, who was replying now and then.
sullenly. Only the tones of their voices
Beyond that the day was much aj
other days. Turner ate no dinner that
night. He was pale and twitching.
Even with my small experience! knew
he was on the verge of delirium tre
mens. He did not play cards and spent
much of the evening wandering rest
lessly about the deck. Mrs. Turner re
tired early. Mrs. Johns played accom
paniments for Vail to sing to, in tha
chart room, until something after 11,
when they, too, went to their room.
It being impracticable for me to go
to my quarters in the storeroom until
the after house was settled, I went up '
on deck. Miss Lee hud her arm
through Turner's and was talkln' to
bim. lie seemed to be listening to
her, but at last be stopped and freed
bis arm. not ungently.
"That ail sounds very well. Elsa," he
said, "but you dou't know what you
are talking about."
"I know this."
"I'm not a fool or blind.
Tie lurched down the companlonway
and Into the cabin. I beard ber draw
a long breath; then she turned and
"Is that you. Leslie?
"Yes. Miss Lee."
She came toward me. the train of her
soft white gown over her arm and tha
light from a lantern setting some jew
els on her neck to glittering.
"Mrs. Johns has told me where yoo
are sleeping. You are very good to d
it. although I think she is rather
"I am clad to do anvthinc I can.
"I am sure of that. You are certain
you are comfortable there-:"
"Then -rood n'tir And thanB yOO-
Unexpectedly she put out ber band.
nrwl I tswiL. It- T. ..... ,l. Hrt time
had touched her. and it went to aiJ"
head. 1 bent over her sliiu cold fiosw"
and kissed them. She drew her re'5
in sharply In surprise, but as 1 dropped
ber baud our eyes met. .
"You should not have done that
she said coolly. "1 am ""
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