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8 THE rlH VAotiiilTiUJNr V A lil Rr lU llll CJblNJDAY AUHbr 7 1HIH 1HIHIN 1wiIN
I 1 1IN IN PERILOUS WAYS A KNIOHTERRANTS KNIGHT ERRANTS ERRANTS PECULIAR MISSION 1AML f f
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SYNOPSIS OF PRECEDING CHAPTERS CHAPTERSMexico CUAPTERSA
A youn American tuet xecue sir tr 1te1 Mekoie a rich rkhoId richohi
oId gcemn I trom a th thicV Yexiean at HI HIPMOlexioo 1 1Pao
PMOlexioo Pao Mexico Mr ir Meiroae Mro elr t IUIuI ais him w under undertake undertate imd imdtat ¬
take tat 9 questionable u tio MbIe ble Uric which indwdes ID the thekldaaptap thekldaaplJtf thek1dspIn
kldaaptap of a young woman He resolves re reocc oIv to toundertake tol1ftdeI1ake tounderake
undertake the venture and makes up p a pArty of ofthree ofthlN o othreo
three threo tfo tlo acc acctJmI1It1 w > nf him among aJnoO g them bcinff bcin < < an anAmrcicaa anAJftOCaQ anAnwrwan
Amrcicaa Dr k Theodore Martin and a former formerWoxiom Iouer3lexican 0C1D 0C1DMrDeM1 < <
Woxiom lwn4U lwn4UAcebiwpMtled bcMitA 1MitAeenkd
AcebiwpMtled A 1ed T 1JI his tO oonipMiiara ann1ooa lie ar arrives arTivtS arTiT ¬
rives TiT at the City Clt of Mexico Iedco but he discovers discoversthat dkooownJthat dieooveTtht
that no arnmKCBtcnta flt have l b been < toen n m me4a 4a lor cr hlnl hlnlreel blmbyle hbflby
byle by Mc Smlt Smith to whom be delivertl Ute per prcel prceljntrtited reel reelintrusted l lltn
intrusted ltn ted to hte h ewe re by Mr Melrose lroce smith smithclwi Smithdftties Smfthdeft1
clwi dftties havim bavin received any y la5ku hStIUctiOnfrgn instruction tion whatetor whatetorfrom bAteer bAteermn
from Mr lr Mekoee e regarding him While ile he hecontemplates 1tec heconteiet
contemplates c conteiet < > l IIV1g AvitMr riDg the city clt in order orer to Join Jointhe jointhe jointhe
the rebel army which hlcU is organizing he re receives recclve recci ¬
cci ceives a letter from Mr Mere olrose requesting him himt6 himt4
t6 present t HiraceU Jit teJ at the Hotel Iturbide ItWbd Mr MrMdrosc MrMelio Ir IrX
X Melio Mdrosc wag wa delayed 1 by an n attack atk of fever fe con contracted eontracted ¬
tracted W at Vera Ve c Cmc CE and aD Is 1 11 jost jO recovering recoveringwhen r recoverIngvhen rin rinwh
te a
when he sent en for f the American His Hi purpose purposeof p purpeonof
wh of abducting abdeCt1I b s the th 1 young o lady la Ia y is i not Dt shaken shakenhowever skm skmh shakenhcner
however o al by hi hia iltnege n I ne and t teJ te4ls Ua his reasons reasonsfor nl nl10r rcesmsor
for h or klitnapfntr klpn r1iinapln b hA her he rtnf hd an he b exnteln el U i his hisniece 1 1nie IllSniece
niece and who is under the jcoa guartthinhiPb u HanhlpW an anunscrpulO anunserLTaooa inunscmpidoa
nie i und t w
unserLTaooa unscmpidoa a Mexican named Don D Qartos QartosWMle LrIoeWM1e r
unscrpulO Cn
WMle in the itel nigbborhood iborbood crUthe resUtoftc of ofDos otl ofIon
Dos l Cartes t in n which brb the American te med rt n girl glr is iaheht ish IsheM
i whih t
heM > pTieeBer Crl he Ileentexa enters a pmAHnff ahl room which whichis whi whichis
h is irequenta per lumtD by the t e better btte bett due d c1a of o o Mextwurt Mextwurtand yea yeaan MeXkIIn3and
i ft
in which wk results resultsin resultdin
and becomes involved htYTd i a earn gasi remlt
in taWe an a Of feht fht ght With wlU the th three thr other Okc men J at the thetaWe th thetabe
tb
tbCHPER CHAPTER VI VIKnife VIKnife
CHPER V Vf
f Knife KDe to Knife KnifeI Kie KieI S SI
I had my my hand had on my m ny revolver but butdid butdid butdid
bd of the thebravo thebryo thebravo
did not nt draw drw There was was enough enogh
bravo bryo among am ng the fellows felows not to t tear tearmeeting ter termongme lesrmeeting
and each eachone eachone eachone
meeting ma single handed b de
mongme make the thoquarrel thequarrel
to
ready enough
one wa was re to toquancl
quarrel his own But for aU that they theythreatened theytretee theythretenod
threatened to fall upon upon me all 1 11 together togetherThe togetherThe togetherThe
tretee The keeper of the house hous saw how howthings howthing howthings
stood st and was no doubt fair fairminded fairminded
things thing 8 wa ar armine
minded mine enough ongh o for one oe of his class classwilling clas claswIlng olssewlIItngtha
ithat a man should be killed in ina Ina Ina
willing wIlng wlIItngtha tht a mn kie
a fair gir fight fght ftht but not notmuner murdered without withoutflnrt withoutfnt withoutfitit
flnrt fnt being beIn given gven a a chance for his h life lifeNo UCeNo lifeNo
No doubt doubtthinkingthat thinking thinking that one of o the bul bullies bulle bullies ¬
lies le could ouldde deal with wth ma m singlehanded singlehandedhe sln sInohended sInohendedhe ehande ehandehe
he now decreed dorod that the affair a lr should shouldbe shouldbe shouldbe
be settled Htte between etwen two of us usThe us usho us1he
The ho fellow tel ow who accusetl aouSt me m of cheat cheatIng ch cheatIn t tIn
Ing In w was willing Wtlng enough en ugl1 to agree Bge to tothis tothi tothis
this thi and Insisted fmd fneit te that his Ils companions companionsstand compnlos compnlosatal companionst
stand atal t back backI bck
I will wi viIl show you that t1at a a man cannot cannottell ennot ennottel mnnottelL
tell tel ra me to t my face that I lie le he hissed hissedYea hi hiYou hiedYou
You ifirst Irt 1rst accused accse me of cheating cheatingI chetn chetnI
I replied repie coolly coollyYou cly clyYo coollyYoi
You Yo know kw that tht you are a cheat chet You Youcame Youcm Youcame
came cm here hee to beat bet us he replied repliedHe repUedHe repliedHe
He tva wac fairly tald furious turios clutching at hs hsknife hgknit hsknife
knife knit and pushing the other men back backLeave backLeave
Leave the Ue American Aercn to me he cried criedI cI cIu1
u1 I will wi do with wih him I will w1 do with wit him himThey himThy bimThey
They Thy fell tel back bac though I could couk see that thatthey thatthey thatthey
they were anxious anxous enough eugh to have a ahand a ahaa ahaiwl
hand haa In n th the affair aalr The floor toor was wascleared wascleared
cleared cle leaving levng an open opn space spce in the thecenter theotr thecenter
center otr of the room rm It I had all al occurred occurredso
so suddenly sly and ad preparations prepraUons were weremade w Hre Hremde re remade
made mde so 3 quickly that it seemed seeme like likesome ilkeane likeBOIO
some ane prearranged prerrnge plan planThere planT planThere
There T was wa no n escape p for me The TheMexican TheMexican rheM
Mexican M n was ws glaring Slarng at me witng waiting for foran tora foran
an a opportunity OrtunUy as it i seemed aeme to spring springat sprn sprnat springat
at my m throat trot Realizing Relzing how bw unjustly unju th I Ibad Ibd Ibad
bad bd been boe acoueed acol suddenly I seemed sme to tobe tob tobe
be b seized soe with 1th a paroxysm proxsm of anger angerNow angerNow angerNow
Now I cried ce Come Comel Comegoo on you ou cow coward Cw Cwf coward ¬
ard you lying knave knaveMy knaycly knave3iy
f y
My ly word oeds maddened madden him Nor or did I Icare Icre Icare
cre care much muh He sprang sprg at me like lke a awild awild
wild 114 animal but 1 warded off the blow blo
wMch h he drove dle at men hurling hurlng him himfrom himfrm himfrom
from frm me meCom me meCom
oO Com on o come cm on wht what are you youwaiting youJtng youwaftiiig
waiting Jtng for I cried ce again againBut agin aginBut againBut
But I had hd not long to wait wtt He was wasupon wasupon wasupn
upon upn me again aln in a trice tee but I caught caughthi cuht cuhthw caughthis
hi hw arm an and an would have bye bent him to the theDoor thefr thefloor
Door fr had hd it i not been bn that I feared tee a aknife a aklte aknife
knife klte thrust thrt from trm one of his associates associatesWe ascate ascateVe associatesWe
We Ve merely mel shuffled shut ed over the he floor 100r and andhe andhe andbe
he broke away awayI awy awyI
I had hd pitted pte my m strength strengt against agint his hisand hi hia hisand
and a knew that tb I was wa the stronger stonger I Iwas Iv Iwas
v was cool 01 as a I have always aways been be when whenia whenInlinmedlate hen henl
ia l Inlinmedlate Immediate 1elat8 danger dgr but it I was wa differ different difer diferet different ¬
the theoffensive theotetya theoffeaaiv
took
ent et with wih my m opponent oppnet who tok
attacking with a madness madnesswhleh madnesswlsiele
offensive otetya atcking me wit aman0 aman0whl
whleh whl rendered redee him incapable Incpble of mak making makJn rnakln ¬
ing Jn use u of any advantage a vatagt he might be beable beable
able to obtain bta1n tatn over me meI me meI meI
I was WA armed ae with 1t a a short shrt knife knte as asalso asalso
also was w the Mexican Jtec but of its It use u in ina Ina ina
a a hand bd to hand had encounter enounter I knew kew little littleHad lite liteH lltUeHad
Had H we been beo armed are with wih swords swors I Iwould Io1d Iwould
would o1d have felt 1elt more mor confident condent of suc success sc scces success ¬
cess cessThough ces
cessThough Though Tugh the te sword sor Is not no a weapon weaponthat weapn weapntt weaponthat
active service at atthis atti atthis
that tt comes coo Into very er actve seico
this ti day when whe firearms frs make mke a a potent potentfighter ptent ptentfhte potentflghtez
fighter fhte of any iiiy Y wcjakkneed w ke follow tol ow yet yetI yetI yetI
I had hd been bn drilled drne in IJ its It use te when at atthe at ate atthe
and and had after afterward afterward ¬
the e military academy aemy ha afer aferwad
ward wad mitr kept up the practice ptc to a a certain certaincztent ceran ceranetnt certainextent
extent cztentWhether etnt extentwbether
Whether etor or not I could cu1d now bring my myknowledge mykowlee myknowledge
knowledge kowlee of ot the te use U of ot the small smal sword swordinto sord sordInt swordinto
into Int active aiv service to assist ai t me In a aflght alight
light ght with wt knives kivo I had ha not nt been at all allcertain al alc allcertain
certain At least le I knew ko something smetin of ofhow ofhoW ofbow
how c to tkeop Iteop my fl7 guard grd and ad was cool cooland col cola coolaid
and calculating calculatingTheproprietorof Ccalng CcalngTpeothe cfllcmlatingThepropriethr0tthe
a Theproprietorof Tpeothe Thepropriethr0tthe the place ple had b closed closedand close closea closedand
and locked lce tho door behind behn him My Mychance Mychae MychitXOe
chance a chae of getting gehlg out ot of the place pJae alive alivewas alve alveinee alivewas
was indeed inee very ver small smal But come ce the theworst thewor theworst
worst I would wul not dlo a a coward cowardQuick cwr cowardQuick
wor
Quick as a 8 8 flash la again agn my adversary adversarysprang aerry aerrysrg a4verearysprang
Qick
at me I was prepared for him himand himan himand
sprang srg me w prpr
and an this tis time tme met him half hlt way across acrossthe ar arte acrossthe
the floor floorIf floorIf r rI
te If I he had hd thought thougt to surprise surrse me me he hebiraeelf hebmf hebinaislf
had been surprised in finding findingxno findingma
bmf biraeelf bd ben surr e fning fningmo
xno so ready rd to t meet met him He slashed slasheda slahe slahea
little 1 wildly as I thought and then thendrew thendew thendrew
a a a lte1Id W and
drew dew baVc bt having hn barely bely touched toche my myclothe mycotbo myclotbog
clothe clotheI clotbogI
cotbo I caw that tht the fellow expected exete to t take takeme tke tkemeo takemc
me off my m guard gard He was wa cunning cnning but buthe buthe buthe
he meo had h none nne of the adroitness arlto of a a skill skillful skl skillful ¬
ful fencer ter neither neiter was he cool cl and a cal calculating calculating al alcutng ¬
culating cutng though tugh he was w not nt lacking Jaking In Innerve Inn818 Innerve
nerve n818 and ad courage curge His Hi mode me of fight fighting fght fghtJng fightIng ¬
and andthen andth andtin
ing WM W to dart dar at me suddenly dely
then th cut ct and a slash s1h at close cloe quarters quartersdepending quarer quarerdeeing quartersdepending
sudden aud audacious audaciousattack audaciousattack
depending deeing upon up a a audaious audaiousattk
attack attk to gain gin an a advantage adntge over me meI meI meI
I avoided aode hi his knife by b quick sidewise sldewieemovement sidewisetYAU sidewisemoveMents
movement tYAU and an then mot him with wih my myown myOW myown
own OW point plt so s he could cold not close cloe By Bytaking Bytking Bytaking
taking tking the th defensive deeDlv6 I found tond that ta I Iwa Iwa Iwas
wa wa was aWe ae to t avoid or parry pry his thrusts thrt I Ialo Ia IaIo
alo a had h the te advantage advantge of him hi in reach reachof rech recho reachof
of o arms ar Had we been bJ provided Joldo with withswords wih wihBWo withaword
BWo swords I would ld have bve had hd him at my raymercy mymercy
mercy 1 from frm the first firstHe Aratlie firstHe
He now tried tJe to t strike trke down my knife knifebat knle knlebt knifeS knifeSbut
bt bat we W4 only oly crossed c blade ba our or koiveJ koiveJracntog knives knivesrsapthg
racntog rug together togeth Again and an again ain he heoftHM heO heoas
O oas at t me m swiftly aCy but bt I pricked him himtW himtW himtwet
tW tW or 0 three times Ume which caused OUSe him himto himt himto
to t be b more mor cautious cautiousHe cautous cautousH cautiousH
He H made me a 8 a feint tent to strike below boow my mybelt mybtt mybelt
belt btt but b I saw w what ht he wa wu trying trng to todo todo todo
do and a prevented pvete him from tr closing mOing but buthe butb buthe
he b brought OOght his I knife around aund in such a away awy away
way wy a ss to t give gve me mi a savage vne cut on onmy onmy onmy
my left 1et arm ar My buckskin bukkln Jacket jcket saved savedme savedflee ved vedme
me from fr being blng severely serely wounded wonde but I Itelt Ifet Ifelt
felt fet the te warm wrm blood bo trickle trckle down my mysleeve my8Ii mysleeve
sleeve sleeveAgain 8Ii sleeveAgfn e
Again Ag ha rushed nh at me m but I had bd no noreHah n nre noreftsh
reHah re for r having my throat thrt cut and andkept anikepthjm
kept k kepthjm thm hm o off pricking prklDS him on Othe oath the shoul shoulder shol sholdcr shoulder ¬
der < it t was wa vn a trifling tr1ng Injury but It
maddened him and he came came at me again agaln agalnand againand J Jand
and with wih suoh su h fury fur that I was forced forcedback torcedck forcedback
back ck a step or two twoGive twoGhe twoGive
Give him the knife knic 1 heard herd one of ofthe atthe ofthe
the men say SA but they the kept their dis distance dlstalce clistRuce ¬
tRuce talce and did not interfere interfereI
I was awell awel aware though that vic victory virtory I Itor3 ¬
tory tor3 for me would but save me for the theknives theknle theknives
knives knle of the other fellows Celows and ad even evenaa evenu evenas
aa I stood stod face to face with wih the Mexi Mexican l Mcxlcan < xl xln ¬
can n saw sw the hatred hatre in his eyes cJes his set setfeatures 3etfeature setfeatures
features feature an ani anti < heavy hey breathing breting and knew knewthat knewthat knewthat
that he meant to kill ki me I was formu formulating tormulatng formulating ¬
lating latng a plan to escape escapeAssuming oscapeAsuming escapeAssuming
Assuming Asuming to weaken I let him press pressme prossme pressme
me hard I lost ground THe Th fellows fellowsback felows felowsmck fellowsbeck
back mck of me gave gve way that I might be bepushed bepushe bepushed
pushed pushe to the wall wal I had been aware awarethat awarethat awarethat
that they tey felt tel that I was gaining an anadvantage anadantage anadvantage
advantage and now no the reactlpn recUpn came cameto cameto cameto
to those thoe looking lookng on and they thl thought thoughtthey thoughtthey thoughtthey
they saw me defeated dofeted as also alS < did my myopponent m moppnent myopponent
opponent opponentTo oppnent opponentTo
To deceive them ther I made my passes passeswildly pne pnewidbI passeswildlyI
wildly widbI wildlyI I was not holding my m own 0 soj sojIt so soIt soit
It looked but the truth was I was w s but butawaiting butawaitng butawaiting
awaiting awaitng my m opportunity opportunityIt opprtunity opprtunityI
It I came cme when the Mexican Melen made a avicious avIcious avicious
vicious thrust at my m throat throat I stepped steppedback steppe steppeback steppe1back
back quickly avoiding the blow and andbefore andbefore andbefore
before he could recover himself himsel I struck struckthe strucktho struckthe
the knife knle out of his hand and followed followedthis tolowed tolowedthis followedthis
this quickly with a high chest chet thrust thrustHe thrust thrustHe
He staggered stgered rook ook a step backward backwardand backwardand backwardand
and fell tel heavily heviy on the floor floorBefore floorBefore or orBefore
Before those In the room could re recover recover ¬
cover from their surprise surrise at the sudden suddenending su suddencoding den deneding
ending eding of the affair aralr I drew my re revolvers rovolvers ¬
volvers volers They had proven cumbersome cumbersomeenough cumbersomeenough cumbersomeenough
enough during durng the te fight fght but now I had hadthe hadthe hadthe
the opportunity opportunl to make good use of ofthem efthem t tthem
them themThrow themThrow themThrow
Throw up your our hands hand I cried criedThe criedThe criedThe
The order orer was obeyed obeye Probably Probably more morefrom marcI morefrom
I from the suddenness suddennes with wih which it I had hadbeen hadbeen baldbeen
been given than from fear They The were wereall wereall
I all Al before me huddled together a acowed acowe acowed
cowed looking lookin set of fellows felows and be between betwen between ¬
cowe
floor was wasthe wns wnsthe wasthe
stretched Upon the
tween twen us stetched In foor
the man I had run rn the knife into Int ap apparently nppreU Upparontly ¬
parently dead the knife undrawn undrawnNow undraw undrawnNow
preU Now I said still sUl covering coverng them themwith themwih themwith
with wih my leveled revolvers revolver If you Qu will willoblige wi wiobJge will1 will1oblige
oblige obJge me by b not making it necessary necessarythat necesa necesathat necessarythat
that I shoot the whole rascally rasclh lot of ofyou ofyou ofyou
you I will wi get out of here and leave leaveyou leaveyou leaveyou
you to take tke care cre of your man manThey manThey manThey
They did not offer orer any an resistance reistnce nor nordid nordid nordid
did they the make any aD reply I stood tslde tsldea aside asidea
toward which I Ihad Ihad Ihad
a little ltte from the th door
had backed backe and told the boy who had hadremained hadremained hadremained
remained there all al the while whie gazing at atthe atthe atthe
the scene sene with wideopen eyes e es to unlock unlockthe unloc unlockthe t tthe
the door doorHe doorHo doorHe
He looked looke at me then at tho th proprie proprietor proprietor proprietor ¬
tor trembling tremblng as If l he expected expcted to toImmeite fcs fcsimmediately beimmediately
immediately Immeite killed killedUnlock kie killedUnlock
Unlock the door I demanded demande a sec second seCond seeond ¬
ond time timeThe timeThe timeThe
The boy 0 suddenly came to his senses sensesbut senssbut sensesbut
but with a strange strnl expression of awe aweon aweon aweon
on his face and moved sidewise to the thedoor thodoor thedoor
door his eyes ee fixed xed on me me He turned turnedthe tur turtho turnedthe
the key threw open the door and then thendarted thendarte thendarted
darted darte back bck Into the center of the room roomI rom romI roomI
I took tok the key keJ from the lock and put putIt putI putit
It I on the outside outide taking taking care to keep keepmy kep kepmy keepmy
my eyes on the men In the room rom all al the thewhile thewhie thewhile
while whileAs whie whileAs
whieA As A I backed bcked out of ot the doorway dooray re relaxing relaxing relaxing ¬
for moment there therewas therewas therewas
laxing my m gaze gae a a
was a slight slght movement among them themone themone themone
one of the men coughed coughe and another anotherdropped anotherdropped
dropped his hands They The were like wild
animals in a a case c e I could hold them inemunder tlem tlemunder themunder
under my subjection subjeton only on as long as I Ihad 1ha Ihad
had ha my m eyes fastened tastene upon upn them But Butin ButIn ButIn
in an instant Instnt I had brought the door to toand toand toand
and turned ture the key keyAs ke kes keyAs
As s I had expected epete there was wa a rush rushat TU3hat rushat
at the te door but they the found it locked lockedThen loke lockedThen
Then there wore cries cre and ad curses cures I Idid 1di Idid
did di not wait They Tey would be after ater me methe methe methe
the whole lot of them but I had ha gained gaineda gned
a 3 few seconds secons start startCHAPTER strt strtCHPTER startCHAPTER
CHAPTER VII VIIA VIIA
CHPTER V VA
A Nights Adventure AdventureAs AdventureA
As A I left the house I crossed crsed the thestreet te tesleet thestreet
street sleet which fortunately tortunatel for me was wasdeserted wasdesete wasdeserted
deserted desete at this point pint though it could couldnot couldnot couldnot
not have been much later than 9 9oclock 9ocloc 9oclock
oclock ocloc I then hurried hurie on a short shor die distance t18 t18tance dietance ¬
tance until nt1 I came cme to the house hous where whereDon whereDon whereDon
Don Carlos Caro lived livedI lved lvedI
I bad no more than tan passed pae within wihin the theshadow te teshaow theshadow
shadow shaow of the building buitlng than I saw sw two twoof twoot twoof
of the men I had ha locked In the th pul pulqueria pulqueda pulquerla
queria come around the corner corer In front frontof trontof frontof
of me Immediately Immelatel afterward aterward two oth others other 0thera ¬
ers er issued 18ued from a doorway doray In the house houseadjoining houseajoining houseadjoining
adjoining ajoining the Los Lo Toros de Muerte MuerteBoth MuorteBoth uere uereBoth
Both parties pte met at the corner and nndstopped andstop andstopped
stopped stop It I was very ver evident that they theyhad the thehad theyhad
had planned planed to Intercept me and not notseeing notseeing notseeing
seeing me anywhere were In a quan quandary qun qundr quaadary ¬
dary dr as a to which way wa I had ha turned turnedThere turne turnedThere
There Tere was wa a hurried hurre consultation cWulaUon and andthen andthen andthen
then they the separated Bevre two to of them going goingone goingone goingone
one way and two another I could see seeby seeby seeby
by the light lght of the street stet lantern later that thatono thatono thatone
ono of them was wa armed ane with wih a rifle rifleand rlfe rlfea rifleand
and a that that tho others oter had ha pistols pistolsThe pisols pisolsTe pistolsThe
The Te fellow telow with wth the to rifle rlfe and ad his hi com companion compon cornpanlon ¬
panion pon crossed over to the te side ie of tho thostreet thostot thestreet
street stot I was Wf on I heard berd them stop 1top for fora tora fora
a moment or two but very en s Hn sn < Hm they theycame theyCmo theycame
Cmo came down dow the street steet directly dlrot toward towardthe twar towardthe
the place plae where I was wa standing standingI stdln stdlnI
I stood st close cos up against agnst the te wall wal and andunder anduder andunder
under uder the shadow of a balcony blcny so s that thatI thatI
I could not be b easily eaiy seen until Utl they theywere theywer theywere
were wer right upon upn me As they came camenearer cnmeeer cameeiearer
nearer eer I thought It prudent to step un under under under ¬
der the arah ao of the doorway doorwayThe dorway dorwayTo doorwayThe
The To door dor set t in from trm the wall wal of the thebuilding thebuiding thebuilding
building buiding somewhat somewhat I was Wl surprised surprisedto surrsed surrsedt
to t find fnd that it i yielded yielde to my touch and andopened andope andopened
opened ope when I pushed against aginst it I Seem Seemingly SeemIcgly Seemlagly ¬
ingly this was wa my m chance chanct for escape escapeI ecape ecapeI
I stepped stepp Inside and closed the door doorbehind dor dorbhin doorbehind
behind bhin me Just as my pursuers pursuer came camealong cme cmeaorg cameaiorg
along aorg poking pking their guns gns into every nook nookand nok nokad nookand
and ad corner cornerI crer crerI
I I waited vte until unt I had the satisfaction satisfactionof sUfnUon sUfnUonof
of hearing hering thorn tem pans p8 on then attempted attemptedto attempte
to go out ut but found that 1 could not notnow notnow notnow
now open the door doorThe doorTe doorThe
The Te archway archwa to which the te door ad admitted admlW admitttad ¬
mitted mlW me was large lare enough for fora a coach coachand coachand coachand
and horses hore to pass P through thrugh and led le to tothe tothe tothe
the Inner Inne court or patio pt The Te place placewas placewas
was wl dark for the to lamp above my head headhad hed hedhad headbed
had not been ben lit lt but the patio pto was waslighted ws wslghted waslighted
lighted lghted by lanterns Inn ters Why Vy the portero porterowaa porero porerowa porterowag
wag wa not nft at the door dor I did not know knowMy kno knoty knowMy
My ty attention Ittenton had ha been attracted atrted from fromthe tromthe roan roanthe
the first fnt by the sound of voices voice and nd rat rattle rt rtte rattie ¬
tie te of arras arms At tho further end of the thecourt thecour thecourt
court cour was wa a a company of troopers troper They Theystood Tey Teytod Theytood
stood tod tood there holding hol lng their horses horso and ap apparently apparently ¬
parently prety awaiting aWlng orders ordersThere order orderTere ordersThere
There Tere were also numerous servants servantsabout sennts senntsabut servantsabout
about abut the place place and everywhere everoN there thereappeared theroi theroiappre thereappeared
appeared appre to bo excitement excitemet and ad confu confusion cnfu confuaba ¬ I Islon
aba There wore probably prbabJy over fifty fiftypersons tft fiftypomona j
persons pron in the courtyard courtyardI couryad couryadI
I cropt along the side sfd of the wall wal to toget toget toget
get a t hotter bter view and and discover If I Icould Icould Icould
could the cause cuso of the tumult tumul but I Iwas Iwa Iwas
was wa unable to arrive arrve at any satisfac satisfactory stsfa satisfactory ¬
tory tor explanation explnnaton as a to what was wa the thecause theCuse thecause
cause Cuse of it I I could cld not see se Don Carlos Carlosanywhere Carlosherq CarIesaeiywher
anywhere herq and an it finally fnly occurred ocured to me methat methat methat
that probably the cavalrymen uvnJrmcn were
waiting waitng for him and served sered as a a body bodyguard bod bodgmlrd bodyguard ¬
guard or escort escortAn escortAn escortAn
An attendant passed pssed me coming down downa
a stairway stalrwa which was at my left ler He Hedid le ledid Hedid
did not see me and I thought that I Imight Imight Imight
might venture ventur to ascend the same samestlr samestlrwn stair stairway stairway ¬
way wn and possibly psslbl In the confusion confusionwhich confusionwhiCh confusionwhich
which seemed to prevail prevai everywhere everywherefind eyeTwhere eyeTwherefnd everywherefind
find fnd the senoritas senorlas room or at least leastmanage leastmanage leastmanage
manage to communicate with wih her herIf herI herIf
If I seen en I might pass as one of the thetroopers thotrooper thetroopers
troopers trooper as I wore a sombrero not un unlike unlke unlike ¬
like lke those they the had and the difference differenceIn
In my mJ clothes was not likely lkobr to be no noticed notced noticed ¬
ticed tced In the shadow of the gallery galleryPlants gal galleryPlants e T
Plants and vines Ines had been trained trined along alongthe alongthe alongthe
the balustrade balustrn e and up the columns columnswhich columnswhkh columnswhich
which screened the gallery gleT from the thecourt tnecour theI
I court courtWatching cour courtWatching
Watching my m opportunity opportuniy when there therewas U therewas ere ereW
was W no one near I went up the theftlrs theftlrskeeping thestnlrs thestnlrskeeping stalrs stalrskeeping
keeping to the left leC and passed psse half nl the thelength thelength thelength
length of the second gallery gnler fortunately fortunatelynot tortunate tortunateI
I not meeting meetng anyone anyone I was in some somedoubt somodoubt somedoubt
doubt which door oor I should venture to toenter toI toenter
I enter as lending to the room where 1 1was 1I 1was
I was most likely Ikel to find fnd the senorita senoritawhen senorit senoritI senoritawhoa
when suddenly sudtenb a door opened near me meand meand incand
I and a servant appeared appearedHe appeaed appeaedHe appearedlie
He was a a young oung man and stopped ab abruptly abrupty abruptly ¬
ruptly rupty looking at me with a u fixed fxed stare stareHe stareHe
but I fore forestalled foresttled forestalled ¬
He was was na about to speak
stalled sttled him himPardon himPardon himPardon
Pardon me I said bowing low I Iam 1am Inra
am at a a loss which way to turn tur Don DonCarlos DOtiCarlos DonCarlos
Carlos room rom is Is I hesitated hesiated as If Iffollowing Iffolowing iffollowing
following folowing directions directons but had become becomeconfused becme becmecon becomecon
confused confusedYou con fused CusedYou fusedYou
You wish to see Senor Don Carlos dc dcUlloa deUloa aleUlloa
Ulloa Uloa he asked with wih dignified dlgtted re reserve resene rcserve ¬
serve serveI seneI
I did not wish to see him himIn In fact he hewas hewns hewas
was the very veT person pern I wished to avoid avoidmeeting aoldmeetng avoidmeeting
meeting meetng but I was caught In my m own owntrap owntrp owntrap
trap trp I replied replel however that I wished wishedto wishedto
to see him privately prhatelJr upon upn a matter mater of ofparticular ofpartkular ofparticular
particular Importance ImportanceI imprtnnco imprtnncoI
I now fully ful expected that I would wOuld bo boobliged beoblged hoobliged
obliged oblged to meet that gentleman gentemnn and I Iwas Iwns Iwas
brain for forsome torsome forsome
was frantically Crantcal racking rcltng my m
some excuse to account for my my pres presence presence prosencc ¬
ence In his house and ad my request requet for an aninterview anIn aninterview
interview interviewThe In interviewThe tenlew tenlewThe
The man waited until unt I was through throughspeaking thrugh thrughspeaking throughspeaking
speaking regarding me with wih some dis disfavor disfavor disfavor ¬
favor I thought thought andthqn and thqn replied repled that thatDon thatDon thatDon
Don Carlos Clo was wa not nt home homeI
I must have breathed a a sigh of relief reliefCertainly relef relefCertain reliefCertainly
Certainly Certain I felt greatly sct relieved releed My Mymost Mymost Mymost
most immediate peril pri did not threaten threatenme throat threatenme en enme
me meWhen When en will wi he return retur I made bold boldto boldto boldto
to ask askHe askHe asklie
He Is expected at any an moment momentMy moment1ly momentMy
My 1ly triumph had been of short dura duration dura duraton duration ¬
tion ton My 1ly heart her again sank within me mebut mehut mehut
hut I determined to make the most of ofmy o om ofmy
my m time tme timeS and of my opportunities opportunitiesI opportunites opportunitesI
I thrust a a coin into the fellows telows hand handIt handI handIt
It I was a gold piece plecene pieceone one of those I had hadraked hadraked hadraked
raked into my m pocket when hen I threw threwdown threwdown threwdown
down my m hand at the gaming table It Itserved Itserved
served Its Is purpose purose He looked at It Itsaw i isnw itsaw
saw the amount and was so well wellpleased wellpleased
pleased that he was quite thrown thrwn off offhis offhis
his guard guardWill guardWill
Will 1 senor be so kind as a to wait he heInquired heInquire heinquired
Inquired Inquire bowing bowingI
I will wi wait I said When he hecomes hecome hecomes
comes come bring him to me Never mind mindmy mindmy mindmy
my name He will wi understand undertnnd I do not notwant notwant notwant
want It known that I am am here This Thisroom Thisrom Thisroom
room rom In front of me is isIs Is IsIs isIs
Is occupied occupie by Senora Senor Don Carlos Caros de deUlloa deUlloe
Ulloa
Yes to be sure I said U1 I mean meanthe men menthe meanthe
the one to the left leftThat let leftThat
That Is Don Carlos room But you youcan youcan ou oucn
can cn wait wat in the reception recepton room There ThereIs Thorl Ther TherIs
Is no one there he explained explainedI explaine
I did not dare to question him fur further turther furthor ¬
ther for or fear fer of o awakening suspicion suspicionHe suspicon suspiconHe suspicionHe
He led the way va to u room near at hand handopened handopened handopened
opened the door for me and stood aside asidefor asidetor asidefor
for me to enter enterYou enteruYou enterYou
uYou You are ar sure sure that I will wi not have havelong havelong havelong
long to wait wal I asked askedDon n askedDon ke
Don Carlos Carlo Is expected expeted to join his hisregiment hisregiment hisregiment
regiment He has only onl gone to re recelve recohe receive
celve orders orer He may be detained long longer longer longer ¬
er than he expected replied repled the fellow fellowI felow felowI followunderstand
I understand undertand I said sal motioning motoning for forhim torhim forhim
him to go g I will wl wait waitHe wal waitHe
He bowed and then retired retiredAs retred retredAs retiredAs
As soon son as he had passed down the thestairway thestlnvay thestairway
stairway stlnvay I quietly quiet slipped slpped out of the thedoor thedoor i Idoor
door and along the gallery gler until unti I came cameto cameto cameto
to the te corner corer room the one I had taken takento takel takelto takento
to be Senorita Senort Teresas TeresasI TercsasYheslatcd TeresasIbesitated
I hesitated Yheslatcd It I seemed a desecration desecrationfor desecraton desecratontor desecrationfor
for me to enter her chamber Yet I Imust Imust Imust
must endeavor to see her even at the therisk therisk therisk
risk of her denouncing me for my bold boldness boldness boldness ¬
ness for at times tmes like lke this a person peron does doesnot doesnot doesnot
not stand on propriety proprety and stop to ar argue arge argue ¬
gue ge points point of etiquette etiquetteThe etquete etqueteTe etiquetteThe
The Te door was wa unlatched and I pushed pushedIt pushe
It I open silently slontr and went It I The room roomwas rom romwas roomwas
was dimly dim I lighted lghted by a candle It I was wasplainly WaRplainly wasplainly
plainly furnished and In one corner cornerwas cornerwas cornerwas
was a t bed bedBefore be bedBefore
Before I could take tke in all nl my sur surroundings surrundings surrounilinge ¬
roundings rundings I was startled started by b a womans womanscry womns womnsCT womanscry
cry CT and an old duenna rose from a achair achair achair
chair She was such fuch a little ltte woman womanand womanand womanand
and being clad in black it was not notstrange notstrnge notstrango
strange strnge that I did not at first frt see her herI herI
I beg pardon paron I said sid endeavoring to tocalm toclm tocalm
calm clm her fears tear uI I have made a mis mistake mistke mistake ¬
take takeThen tke
tkeTen Then Ten why wh do you not go she de demanded demanded alemantled ¬
manded standing trembling tremblng before befor me meYou meYon meYou
You must know that It I Is not becoming becomingIn
In a gentleman gentemnn to enter unbidden a aladys alays aladys
ladys lays chamber There Thfre Is the door doorAnd dor dorAnd doorAnd
And she pointed pointe to It ItYes it it itYes
Yes YiS I said I will wil go But first firstmy frst frstmr fIrstmy
my business buslnS may be b with you If I you youwill youwill ou ouwi
will allow mo a word wordI
wi alow me wor
I had ha closed coed the door and seeing a abolt ab abolt
bolt b l on the Inside shoved It I In place plae I Ibelieved Ibleve Ibelieved
believed bleve that my greatest geatet danger was wasfrom wasfrom as astrm
from trm the outside outsideSenor outside outsideSenor
Senor she exclaimed hardly hanly able ableto ableto I Ito
to speak sfnl from frm agitation agttion What Vat do doyou doyou I Iyou
you want hero heroI
I was aware that In appearance appearnce I Ilooked Ilooke I Ilooked
looked looke more like lke a ruffian rufan than I did a agentleman agentleman
gentleman genteman The Te peon had taken tnten me to tobe tobe tobe
be a soldier What Vhat would this woman womanthink womanthink womanthink
think of me meI meI meI
I was armed as she he could see My Myjacliet Myja Myjacket
jacket ja et was wn cut In several soverl places plncs and andalso andafO andalso
also afO stained 8t1nO with blood but It was no notime notme notime
time tme to stand ftand on appearances appearancesMy apparances apparancesy appearancesMy
My y good Goo woman will wi bear with wth me
1 am certain cerln when I tell tel her that I Ihave Ihve Ihave
have hve Just JUEt narrowly narwly escaped ecaped being bing cut to topieces topieces topieces
pieces by a a gang of ruffians I said saidappealing sai saiappwlng saidappealing
appealing to her sympathy There Is Isnothing Isnothln isnothing
nothing nothln to be feared teare from me me I will willnot wi winot nillnot
not lift 1ft a finger fnge to harm han ou You Youcommand Youcmmnnd Youcommand
command cmmnnd not me meDo me meDo
Do you OU belong blong to the te guard gad she sheasked sbe3ske sheasked
asked askedNo 3ske askedNo
No I replied repliedHow rple repliedHow
How came you to be b admitted amlted to tothe tothe tothe
the house hose Where ere was the portero porteroshe porero porero5he porteroshe
she demanded demandedCircumstances domandedCrcumstnnce5a demandedClrctimetanceza
Circumstances Crcumstnnce5a a mere accident ad admitted adI admitted ¬
I mitted me I have h e not time tme to explain explainI
I am a an American Amercn as you may ma have haveperceived havoperceived haveperceived
perceived but I como hero with wih the best bestof bestof bestof
of intentions intentionsInstead Intentons IntentonsInstead intentionsInstead
Instead of shrinking away away from me meas mea meas
as a I half expected that she would do dowhen dowhen dowhen
when I said that I was an American Americanher Amercan Amercanher Americanher
her fears ter seemed to leave lcnv her and Iml she sheanswered 3heanswered shean2wered
answered me in very good goo English Enslll
My MyoId old master was an American He Hewas HeWas Hewas
was a good man My t young Joung mistress mistressSenorita mistressSenorta mistressSenorita
Senorita Senorta Teresa Terea is his daughter daughterSurely daughterSurely daughterSurely
Surely good fortune fortune was favoring me meIf meI meIf
If I I could gain gin her confidence confdence she might mightassist mightnsslst mightassist
assist me In my mv undertaking I threw threwoft thrc thrcof threwoff
oft of restraint rstrint forgot forgot discretion discreton and andspoke nndpolte andspoke
spoke with wih more openness and confi confidence conf confidence ¬
dence than good ood judgment judgent and pm prudence pmdence pmdence ¬
dence would wouldhwe have havewarranted havewarrantedYou warranted warrantedYou warrnntedYou
You may ma have surmised surmise before this thisI thls thlsI thisI
I made bold boid to say sa that I come here hereto hereto hereto
to see Senorita Teresa TeresaNo Tcrc TcrcI TeresaNo
No no senor Ren 018he she replied repled quickly quicklyYou quicklyYou
I You must not try to see Senorita SonorltaTeresa Snoria SnoriaTeres SenoritaTeresa
Teresa It I would be madness Your Yourblood Yourblood Yourblood I
blood would be upon your our own head h < od I Ibeg Ibce Ibeg
beg of you senor you jlll 1 ill not try tr to tosee tosee tosee
see her herShe herShe herShe
She was upon her knees earnestly earnestlypleading earnesty earnestypleading earnestlypleading
pleading with me me I took her hand and andhelped andhelped andhelped
helped her to rise riseFear riseFear riseFear
Fear not for me 1 said I have havemet hnvemet havemet
met danger before this I must see ee your yourmistress yourmistress our ourmistress
mistress and you Jou will wi assist me In do doIng doIng doIng
Ing so I know It I Is very VCr important importantthat Importantthat importantthat
that I should ace 8 her herYes herYes herYes
Yes senor she replied replcd quickly quicklyYou qUc quicklyYou Ir IrYou
You come from her uncle Senor Mel Melrose Melrose lel lelro
unce
rose ro e He would have hn ve her go and live livewith lve lvewih livewith
with wih him but It I Is Impossible He will willbe wl willbe
be b killed kied if he persist persist I warnel him himI
I warn you youIt youit ou ouJ
It J Is not Impossible with wih your rour help helpI
I answered Think you can cnn make makeyour makeour makeyour
your our mistress mistres life lfe lifemppy happy mpp You can save saveher saeh saveher
her h r from being Imprisoned Imprsoned In a con convent convent convent ¬
vent or married marred to some man she does docsnot does10t doesnot
not 10t love loveIf 10eI loveIf
If I I could she said wringing her herhands Ier Ierhnds herhands
hands hnds But there Is no escape escapenot escapenotnow escapenot escapenotnow not notnow
now For her sake ske senor dont dont attempt attemptanything atcmpt atcmptan attemptanything
anything an thlng You will wi be discovered and andthen andthen andthen
then my m lady lad ladyshe she will I surely surel be sent senttb sentt senttb
tb t the convent convent and I will wi see her no nomore nomore nomore
more moreBe
Be calm I replied repled coolly coolJ I only onlyask onl onlask onlyask
ask to see her If I I am not permitted permittedto perite
to see ee her then I will wi not answer for forwhat torwhat forwhat
what may ma happen happenNo happeno happenNo
No o senor you OU cannot go to her hershe hersheIt she sheIt
It may ma 6e le I can cn arrange arnge Will 11 you youwait youwait ou ouwalt
wait walt here she asked trembling tramblng with withexcitement wih wihexciement withcxci
excitement excitementI exciement exciementI cxci tement tementI
I hesitated heslate < I did not know what she shemight shemight shemight
might not do but I felt that hnt I could couldtrust couldtrust couldtrust
trust her Besides there seemed to be beno beno beno
no alternative alternativeI nlerato nleratoI
I will wl wait wal If I you are not too long l ng I II
I replied repled sitting slttnJ down and with an at attempt nttempt atj atjtempt ¬
tempt at calmness calmn s which but ill I con concealed conceRled concealed ¬
cealed the Inward emotion emoton I felt feltAccidentally telt feltAccidentally
Accidentally Accidental my m hand touched the theempty theempty theempty
empty sheath where I had carried arrled my m mknife
knife and a shudder 1hudder crept over me m I Ihad 1had 1 1had
had escaped ecaped one danger but could I Ihope Ihope Ihope
hope to escape the te present one oneShe oneShe oneShe
She looked at me curlouslv You Youknow Youknow Youknow
know that the patio pnto is crowded rlwdel with wih the theguard thegunrd theguard
guard she hf said still sti hesitating hesitatingI hesiatng hesiatnguI
uI I saw aw them 1 replied repliedShe repHedShe repliedShe
She left me and passing rlsln out of the theroom theroom theroom
room by b a side door which I itnew nw must mustopon mustopon mustopen
opon into the room adjoining adJoinln the one I Iwas 1was Iwas
was in inIf InI InIf
If I I had thus far borne myself with withapparent wih wihapprent withapparent
apparent apprent composure it I was not because becauseI becauseaI
I felt fel at t case Oe It I was with wih almost an anagony anagony m magon
agony agon of suspense suspnse that I 1 waited waied for the theduenna theduenna thoduenna
duenna to retuin retl retuI I knew not wnethcr wnethcrshe wI whethcrshe thcr thcrshe
she had gone to speak spek to her mistress mistressor mlstrtss mlstrtssor
or to summon the guard It I would have havebeen havebeen havebeen
been quite Iule reasonable reonable to presume the thelatter thelatter
latter
I could distinctly distncty hear voices olccs outside outsideand outide outsideand I Iand
and some 1ome one walked along alonl the gallery jrallerypast gallerypast aler alerpst
past pst the door I calculated cnlcul1ted my J chances chancesfor ChaCe8tor chancesfor
for escape eeape should I be discovered r IiCOvered1 coveredl 1 even evenwent e evenwent n nwent
went to the window window and examined examlnod the theIron theIron theiron
Iron grating gratng It I would have hlw done ser service fcr fcrvlcQ service ¬
vice for a jail jai so strong was it it It I went wentto wentto wentto
to the door dor and listened lstencl but there was wasnothing wa wasnothing
nothing unusual in the rounds oun s I heard heardSuddenly h heardSuddeply ard ardSUddeily
Suddenly SUddeily I became becme conscious that I was wasnot wa wasnot
not afonf aone and looking lookln around saw aw th thsenorita thsenorIa thsenorita
senorita senorIa standing just within wJhht the side sidedoor sidedoor sidedoor
door her eyes fixed fxe Intently Intenty ipon me meIt meI meIt
It I did not surprise surrse me tha that it was the thesame thesme thesame
same sme young lady lad I had seen s en on the theplaza tte tteplaz theplaza
plaza plaz I had expected expcte this thisPardon thi thiPardon thisPardon
Pardon me I managed mnnn o tosay this thisIs thisIs thisIs
Is Senorita Senoria Teresa de Ulloa UlloaThe Uloa UloaThe rjlloaThe
The same she replied repled You wish wishto wishto wishto
to see See me meShe meShe j
She stood sto before ne a very queen In Indignity Ini indignity
dignity dlgnI and beauty beaut Her dress WAS WASwhite V8 V8white waswhite
white the skirt long and full ful and she shewore shewore shewore
wore about her shoulders shoulaer an embroider embroidered ¬
ed scarf scat Her hair was wa loose loos and fell In Insoft Insoft insoft I
soft brown curls upon her shoulders shouldcr Her Herfeet H Herfeet r rfeet
feet were clad In satin sandals sandalsone sandalsonedainty one onedainty ne nedalnt
dainty dalnt foot fot showing Just b bt beyond yond ond her herskirt hlr hlrskirt herskirt
skirt skirt I could not see her eyes e on ac account accont account ¬
count cont of the dim light lght in the room but I Iseemed Ieemed Iseemed
seemed to feel t eel el them themI
I was all al confusion conCuslontl confusionall 11 unnerved unn rvGo No Nosudden Xosudden Nosudden
sudden danger not even the appearance appearanceof appernco apperncooC
of the guard could have unmanned me meas meas meas
unmanne
as did the presence preence of t this one fair tl wo woman womnn woman ¬
man manMy mnnM
My M name is Maxwell Mawel Harvey Hanc I Istammered Istmmere Istammered
stammered Ul I have
stmmere the honor of en enjoylng in inJoying n njoying
Joying the friendship and confidence cnllncc coufldvnceof coufldvnceofyour of ofyour otyour
your uncle Philip Phip Molrose MolroseA folrose folrosefriend
A friend of my m uncle I would willing willingly wiing wiingly willingly ¬
ly welcome but She hcatated hetatec and andthen andthen andthen
then stepped steppo forward extending her herhand herhand herhand
hand handI
I took It I and thanked her for the thehonor thehonor thehonor
honor she the did dlt me meDo meDo meDo
Do you ou realize realze your danger she con continued contnued continned ¬
tinned tinuedI tnued tnuedI
I do I replied repled but I do not fear feardanger teardanger feardanger
danger dangerIt
It might be better bter If I you oU did for then thenyou thenyou thenyou
you would never have come here for foryou toryou foryou
you come at the peril peri of your our life lifeMy Ife Ifey lifeMy
My being here tonight Is
y an accident accidentI accdent accdentI
I explained eplained Let r et us consider conside It I a for fortunate tortunate fortunato ¬
tunate one I have something to say to toyou toyou toyou
you and where else could I have found foundopportunity toundopportunlt foundopportunity
opportunity for saying It ItI I ItT ItTI
I do not know she replied repled with a adeepdrawn adeepdrwn adeepdrawn
deepdrawn deepdrwn sigh but you will wi have to tospeak tospeak tospeak
speak briefly for your our time tme must be cut cutvery cutver cutvery
very ver short shortI short
I started stlrto but her smile smie reassured re8mred me meShe me meShe
She would never be guilty guity of treachery treacheryI trecher
I come as the representative representatve of your youruncle youruncle youruncle
uncle I continued contnued You are I believe believehis beleve belevehis believehis
his nearest relative relativeEven rolatve rolatveEYen relativeEven
Even so Mr Harvey Harey But he Is not notIn notIn notin
In the city cl Is he she asked aked showing showinga
a sudden alarm alarmHe alnrmHe alarmHo
He Is In the city clt but as he believes believeshis belees beleeshis believeshis
his presence Is unknown save to my myself mytel myself ¬
self tel I replied repliedOh repled repledOh repliedOh
Oh why wh did he come He le will wl be bediscovered bedlscovercd bediscovered
discovered He cannot long conceal his hisIdentity hisIdentiy hisidentity
Identity IdentityDo Identiy IdentiyDo I IDo
Do not fear for his safety safet I said saidsomewhat saidsomehnt saidsomewhat
somewhat somehnt moved by b her distress It la layour byour isyour
your own welfare we1are and happiness that Is Isof Isot isof
of first frt Importance Importnce Ho le will wi look out for forhimself torhlmo1 forhimself
himself himselfShe hlmo1 himselfShe
She had clasped claped her hands together togetherand togetherand togetherand
and what may mn have been her thoughts thoughtsI thought
I could not know kow only that she was wasdeeply wasdeepl wasdeeply
deeply deepl agitated agitatedHe nglated nglatedHe agitatedHe
He should not have come she cried criedIt criedI criedIt
It I is attempting ateptng too much for me meHe meHe meHe
He did not come I replied repled He sent sentmo sentmo senttao
mo and wished w1he me to assure aSfur you Yot that thathe thathe thatho
he will wllene leave nothing undone which maj majassist maJ ma maassist
assist asist In securing your our release I am nr at atyour atyour atyour
your service Your uncle wished me to tobring tobring tobring
me met bring you ou to him him Will ypu como with withme Wltl Wltlmet v
t
She started and seemed to shrink shrinkaway shrinkawa shrinkaway
seme
away awa from me I felt fel very ver much as a arejected arejected arejected
rejected suitor suior would ould have felt having havingoffered havingorered havingoffered
offered orered his heart hear and hand haqjl and had them themrefused themretused themrefused
refused refusedAt retusedAt refusedAt hRq
At least I suppose I did I had never neverhad neverhnd neverhad
had tho experience xperence but could Imagine Imaginewhat Imnglnp Imnglnpwh imaginewhftt
what wh t It was like lke My lIy knees were un unsteady unstead unsteady ¬
steady stead and my heart boat bet with truly trulyalarming trulynlarmlng trulyalarming
alarming force and rapidity rpldt It I seemed seemedto
to take away wa my breath broathHow broth brothuHow breathHow
uHow How can en I 1 go with with you ou she asked askedin nskedIn askedIn
in a most matter mater of fact kind of way waywhich wa wawhich waywhich
which somewhat brought me to myself m myselfagain st1 j jagain
again againIs againIs againis
Is it impossible imp 5sible for you to leave the thehouso thehOUR thehouse
house hOUR unseen unseenIn In disguise dlRgule If need be beShe beShe beShe
She smiled smied faintly faintlyNo falnt faintlyNo
No not even possible she said sid and andlooked andlooked andlooked
looked significantly sigifcant at the grated grted win windows wi1 windows ¬
dows Then she turned tured to me with withsomething wih wihsomething withsomething
something like lke a gleam of hope In her hereyes here hereyes
eyes e es But you will wi save sve me meanthlng meanthlngraher meanything meanythingrather anything anythingrather
rather raher than a convent conventI convent i
I pledge my life lfe that I will wi save you youI youI youI
I cried criedHist cred credlUst criedlust
lUst do not speak so loud she shecautioned shecautoned shecautioned
cautioned cautoned me Oh you do not know knowwhat knowwhat knowwhat
what you are saying S3tng and I should not nothave nothnve nothave
have asked aked It I of you ou she moaned moanedIt moanedI
I It t Is Impossible for I am too closely closelyguarded closelygarded closelyguarded
guarded garded It I was by b the rarest chance chancethat chancethat chancethat
that you gained admission admission here At no noother noother noother
other time tme could you ou have ha1e done so sowithout sowihout sowithout
without wihout being discovered Should I at attempt at attempt atI ¬
I tempt to escape escap it would be betound found out outand outand outand
and you ou would be killed kie Oh why d3 d3you dl dillyou
you come Why h did you ou come comeShe comeShe comeI
I She cried out passionately palonatel and nd I saw sawhow sawhow sawhow
how unhappy she was wa So much was wa I Iaffected Ilrected Iatected
affected that I would have risked a ahundred ahundred ahundred
lrected
hundred dangers danger rather rther than have hve loft lofther lor lofther
her to be a prisoner where she was or orto orto orto
to be sent to the convent had ha she been beenwilling been11rg beenwilling
willing 11rg to nccompajiy accompan me meSenorita me meSenorita
Senorita Senoria Teresa I cried trust trst me meI meI meI
I will wi accomplish accomplsh everything everythingAlmost eyeTthlng eyeTthlngAlmost everythingAlmost
Almost Instantly Instant she changed changfd turning turningquickly turningqulcklJ turningquickly
quickly qulcklJ upon me How Hov do 10 I Iknow know that thatyou thtou that1 that1you
you ou are not deceiving me she de demanded demanded demanded ¬
manded mandedI
I was not prepared to encounter this thisturn thisturn thisturn
turn of affairs nralr and stammered some something something ¬
thing about being a gentleman gentemnn and that thatas thntas thatas
as her uncle Philip Phip Melrose l1elrose had seen seenfit een eenfit
fit ft to totrust trust me and had assured asurld me that thatshe thatshe thatshe
she would know that he sent me she shealso shealso shealso
also should be willing v1lng to take me on onfaith onfaih onfaith
faith faithYou faih
You do not look altogether alogether bad she shereplied shereple sherephied
replied repliedOn reple rephiedOn
On the other hand I think that I pre present present present ¬
sent a very er poor appearance I said saidglancing saidglancng saidglancing
glancing glancng down at my m clothes clothesNever clotheseer clothesNever
Never eer mind she answered quickly quicklyIt
It does does not matter matter mattei It I would be Impos Impossible Impossible impossible ¬
sible for me to escape as cape even could we weleave weleae weleave
leave the house unseen My M stepfather stepfatherIs
Is high in authprity and as soon as It Itwas 1 itwas
was discovered that I was gone he would wouldhave wouldhave wouldhave
have the police pOlce on our track We e could couldnot couldnot couldnot
not escape ecpe them Oh it i is impossible impossibleImpossible impossibleimpossiblel
Impossible I am a prisoner and these thesewalls thesewals thesewalls
walls wals are myprlson m prlsn You are ae rash You Youventure Youenture Youventure
venture upon that of which you ou have no noknowledge noImowledge noknowledge
knowledge Even now I doubt not that thatyour tnl tnlour thatyour
your our presence here Is known You must musthave musthae musthave
have been seen seen You must fly fly f for foryour foryour foryour
your life lfe Who can cn help you I do not notknow notknow notknow
know Why VhJ did you ou come You will wi be bekilled bekied bekilled
killed kied Already Aread I fear It Is too late lateThere lnteThere lateThere
There did you not hear her the door sht shenaked shtcsked shtasked
naked listening lstening Don Carlos Crlos has re returned returned ¬
turned and he will find you OU here Oh
leave le ve me If i you ou can escape ecpe I beg of ofyou ofJou ofyou
you Jou Do rot ottink think of me for oryou you ou can do donothing donothing donothing
nothing for me Go go I beg b of you yougo yougo yougo
go goShe She spoke fast tastand and earnestly erest pouring pouringout pouringout pouringout
out out her words In a torrent pleading pledlng for forme to tome forme
me to save myself mse1 But I felt tel no alarm alnrmfor alarmfor 1 1for
for my own safety safet It I was ws only onlY for her herI herI
I touched her hand to reassure her herthat herthat herthat
that I feared tfre nothing but she shrank shrankback shrnk shrnkback shrankback
back from me I did not understand It Itso I itso
so well wel then or it did not occur to me methat m mthat methat
that the custom with wih the best families familieswas famies famieswas familieswas
was that a girl before she is married Is Isnever I Inever isnever
never left alone In company compny with a gen gentleman gentemnn gentleman ¬
tleman temnn and it was probably probbly this having havingbeen havingn havingbeen
been n brought broug t up In seclusion that thatcaused thatcusct thatcaused
caused cusct her to withdraw wihdrw her hand It Itmight I Imight itmight
might too have been ben partly part1 from rota her heranxiety heranxlet heranxiety
anxiety anxlet that I should escape but I mis mistook mistook ¬ I Itook
took its significance significanceYou slgnlfcnce significanceYou
You will wil not let me rescue you youthen youthen ou outhen
then I asked askedOh nkedOh askedOh I
Oh Senor Harvey HnIe If I it were possible possibleYou possibleI possibleYou
You will wi rescue refcue me mewhenhow mewhenhowwhercZ mewhenhow mewhenhowwhore when how howwhere
where whereI whercZI
I was about about to make reply repl but was wasstartled wasstarted wasstartled
startled started by b hearing hering steps sten outside of men mencoming mencoming mencoming
coming along the gallery gler I could culd tell tellthey telithe tellthey
they the were w r men by b the sound of their theirheavy theirhfvy theirheavy
heavy hfvy boots bootsOh boot bootsOh
Oh he Is coming and some of the theguard thegar theguard
guard gar is with him They will wi find fnd you youYour youYour ou ouYour
Your escape ecape is cut off or she cried criedMy criedMy criedMy
My answer I said sid Will VI you ou trust trustyourself trustyoursel trustyourself
yourself yoursel to my m care cre If I find fnd a way wayYes waJ wayYes
Yes If I you ou can find fnd a way waJ but how howcan howcun howcan
can you escape escap them themShe themShe themShe
She did not wait for my answer but butwhispered butwhispered butl butlwhispered
whispered hoarsely hOrel Come come comebeckoning comebeckoning comebeckoning
beckoning for me to follow folow her herThe herThe herThe
The door to the other room rom was open openand openand openand
and the duenna came In excited excied and andmuch andmuch andmuch
much alarmed She would have hlve pre prevented prevonted provented ¬
vented my m passing through the door to tothis tothis tothis
this room but 1 pushed her gently genUJ aside asideand asideand asideand
and whispered whispere for her to hold the outer outerdoor outerdoor outerdoor
door as long as she could couldI colt
I had scarcely screl passed p e by b her when whenthere vhen vhenthere whenthere
there were loud raps and a mans mnn voice voicedemanded voicedemanded voicedemanded
demanded that he be admitted admited to the theroom therom theroom
room roomSenorita rom romSenorln roomSenorita
Senorita Senorln Teresa Teresa had preceded me and andshe andshe nd ndshe
she now quickly closed cloC the door dor between betweenthe betweenthe betweenthe
the two rooms room and fastened tatene It ItI ItI itI
I may ma be able to prevent their com coming comIng coming ¬
ing In here It I Is my m room she ox oxplained o oplalned oxplained
plained placing her back bck against the thedoor thedoor thedoor
door doorThe doorThe doorThe
The apartment aparment was wa dimly dlml lighted lghted by bywax bJ bywax
wax nx candles One swift swlt glance lance and I Isaw Isaw Isaw
saw that It was richly rIhly and dalntly dnlnth fur furnished furnishe furnished ¬
nished nishe A bed was covered with a silk silkpuff sil silpuff
covere
puff pur and the pillow piow cases cso and cover coverlet cove covelet covej covejlet Sit ¬
let were of embroidered linen lnen and white whitelace whl whilelace e elace
lace Beside the bed was a velvet ehet otto ottoman ottoman ¬
oto otoman
man upon which lay some ore gowns The Thefloor Thefoor Thefloor
floor foor was covered with lh soft rugs rug and andpervading nndpervaing andpervading
pervading pervaing all al was an atmosphere atmospher of ofpurity ofpurity ofpurity
purity and ant sweet fragrance tragrnce which un under under under ¬
der other circumstances crumstances would have re restrained r rstrained restrhined ¬
strained my m unhallowed unhnlowe feet from trm ven venturing venturing yenturing ¬
turing within wihin Its It sacred precincts precinctsI prcncts prcnctsI
I could have fallen Calen upon my knees kneesand kneesnnd kneesand
and worshiped worshipe this noble selfsacrific selfsacrificing seltsacrlfc seltsacrlfcIng selfsacrificing ¬
ing woman when I realized relze how much muchshe muchshe muchshe
she was risking to to save gc me To stay stayand staJ stayand
and compromise comprmise her honor I could not notI not notI
I would not be found In her room I Imust Imust Imust
must escape escapeQuickly escape escapeQuickly
Quickly I passed pased to the th window It Itwould Itwould
would not yield I was In desperation desperationI desperton despertonI
I felt a a small smal hand on my m arm an uThe uTheother The Theother Theother
other window she said saidThe sid sidTe saidThe
The Te other window yielded Ielded and I fell folfthe fel fellthe
the cool evening air against aginst my cheeks cheeksbut checksbut cheeksbut
but the senoritas senorias hand had was still st1 upon uponmy uponmy
my arm am as a If 1 she would wold restrain rstrin me meThis meThis meThis
This window as I saw opened opene on a abalcony nbncon abalcony
balcony balconyThe bncon bnconThe balconyThe
The distance Is too great grent You will willbe wl willbe
be killed kied she whispered whisperedAt whisperd whisperdAt
At the same moment there were loud louddemands louddemands louddemands
demands made that the outer door bo boI boopened beopened
I opened Sho heard the men and ad her hergrjiajjt herRD hergra
grjiajjt gra MPJa 3ipp RD nw J arm z tightened UghtenedS gbtened
S
i IIi II
I cannot describe decrlb what a thrill thrU that thatlittle thatltte thatlittle
little ltte hand sent through trough me Had I a ahundred nhundred a ahundred
hundred lives lves they would all al have been beenlaid ben benlaid beenlaid
laid down for her service serice but I was wasonly wasonly wasonly
only one against many and I must save saveher saveher saveher
her And If I I saved sved her It must be at atanother atanother atanother
another time For a moment I hesi hesitated hei heitated hesitated ¬
tated but there was wn no alternative aleratve 1 1must 1must 1must
must escape and I could not not take tke her herwith herwith herwith
with me meFear meFear meFear
Fear not but that I will wi find fnd a a way wayto wayto wayto
to rescue recue you I said as I hesitated hesitatedShe heltted helttedShe hesitatedShe
She let me take both her hands in inmine Inmine inmine
mine and for or an instant Instnt our eyes e0 mot met metand i iand
and then I slipped through the t window windowto
to the balcony balconyIt balconyI
It I was time tme I was away if i I expected expectedto
to escape for the men had already been beenadmitted beenadmlt beenadmitted
admitted admlt d to the outer room I could couldhear iould iouldhear couldhear
hear them talking loudly loud but could euId not nothear nothear nothear
hear the duenna duenna Poor old woman I Ifancied Ifance Ifancied
fancied she must have havebeen been frightened frightenedout
out fance of her wits wis or fainted tainted outright outrightWithout outright outrightWthout
Without WIhout a moments hesitancy I threw threwmyself threwi threwmyself
myself mseloer over the rail ri of otthe the balcony balcny For Foran Foran Foran
an Instant I hung holding on by my myhands myhands myhands
hands One view I had of a whiterobed whiterobedfigure whiterobedfigure
figure fgure standing at the window silent silenther sient sienter silenther
her er hands hants clasped as a If i In prayer pra er My Myangel Myangel Myangel
angel she was all al I saw and then I let letgo letgo letgo
go my m hold hold
CHAPTER VIIL VIILAn VIIIAn
v vAn
An Intractable Intactable Prisoner PrisonerThe Prsoner PrsonerThe PrisonerThe
The distance dls1noe to the pavement was wasgreater wasgreater wasgreater
greater greater than than I had supposed but the theforce te teforce theforce
force of 0 of my fall tal alI was unexpectedly unexpectedlybroken unexpectely unexpectelybrolten unexpectedlybroken
broken There was a sudden exclama exclamation exclamaton exclamation ¬
tion ton of surprise surprlJe surprisea a halfsuppressed halsuppressed cry cryand cr crand cryand
and I rolled roled over on the ground gound grap grappling grappling ¬
pling plng with wih a man who had been un unluckjv unluck1 Unlucky
under the thebalcony th thbalcony
lucky enough to be bcstndlng standing
balcony balconyWhat balconyWhat balconyWhat
What he should be b doing there I did didnot didnot didnot
not take time tm to consider Naturally Naturallymy Natural Naturalm
my m first frst thought was that It was an at attempt attempt attempt ¬
tempt to prevent preven t my escape escpe But the theman theman theman
man whoever whover he was could not notseen have haveseen haveecn
seen ecn me or he would not have have let me medrop metrop medrop
drop trop on his head but would have got gt out outof outof outof
of the way wayHe wayHe wayHe
He fell tel heavily heaviy and lay laas as one ne stun stunned stunned stunned ¬
ned Before he he could recover himself I Ihad Ihad Ihad
had my hand at his throat and might mightTiave mighthave
have ave choked the life le out of him had I Inot Inot Inot
not discovered by h his his long log gown that he hewas hewas hewas
was a monk I released my m hold and andhe andhe andhe
he rose crossing himself himsel and muttering mutteringa muterng muternga
a prayer prayerWho pra prayerWho er erWho
Who are you our I demanded demanded uAnd uAndhat And Andwhat Andwhat
what hat are are you oU doing doinG here hereI hereO hereOI hereI
I had begun begn to suspect that he was wasthere wasthere wasthere
there for no good Iood purpose purposeI purose puroseul
ul I need not tell tel you ou who ho I am m you youcan youcan ou oucn
can cn see by my m dress he replied repled still stillbreathing sti stillbreathing
breathing breathing heavily heavilyYou hevl heavilyYou
You have nave no business here hereIt hereI hereIt
It I Is the public publC street he answered answeredcurtly answeredcurtly
curtly curt How was I to know that you youwere youwere youwere
were to drop upon me Men en who visit visithouses visithouses
for honorable purpose do donot donot donot
houses any honorble purose
not let themselves out of secondstory secondstorywindows secondstorywindows secondstorywindows
windows or drop from frm balconies he headded headded headded
added his voice olcc marked by b a sarcastic sarcastictwansr sarC sarcastictwang tc tctwan
twang twansrWhat twan twangWhat
twanWhat What Is it I to you ou If I I choose to leave leavea
a house by a window v lndow rather than by bythe b bthe bythe
the door I demanded demandedYou demndedYou demandedYou
You fell upon me You nearly killed killedj killedme
j me Curses on you OU for your our careless carelessness creless carelessness ¬
ness And nd curses on you ou for your im ¬
pudence pudenceYou pudenceYou I IYou
You sneaking dog move off or or I Iwill j jwill Iwi
will wi kill you ou Be off or with wih you ou or Ill Illnot Illnot
not answer for what Ill 11 do I cried criedhaving cre criedhaving 111
having hard har work to restrain rstrain myself myselffrom mys myselffrom l
from laying hands on him himYou himuYou himYou
uYou You will w1 find fnd that tat a a poor priest priet has hashis hashis
his friends friendsA frends frendsA
A dead priest prest has fewer friends friendsI trends trendsI friendsI I I
I said moving toward tovard him and pro provoked provoiced ¬
voiced oke beyond beJond endurance for he was wasblocking as asblocking asblocking
blocking the way and evidently evltenty trying tryingto trilng trilngto
to detain dftnln me meI meI meI
I would not have put my m threat into intoexecution inoexecuton intoexecution
execution executon though recalling rclng what Martin Martinhad Marin Marinhad Martinbad
I felt that thathe thathe thathe
had told me the day da before befor
he would make trouble for me In the theend te teend theend
end But he moved away awa evidently evidentlydeeming evdenU evdenUdeeming evidentlydeeming
deeming it i best to take tke no chances with withmy wIthtempershuflng withmy
my temper tempershuflng tempershuffling shuffling off of going golng a a little ltUa ltUalame lfttlalame j jlame
lame as I observed observedI obser d dI
I could hear no noise within wihin the thehouse theloust theLouse
house loust The window above boe had been beenclosed beenclosed beenclosed
closed and what had ha occurred ocurred there I Ihod Ihnd Ihad
had no way wa of finding fnding out But fearing fearingthat teng tengtht fearingthat
that tht my mislt visit and escape escpe had been dis discovered dlscovercd discovered ¬
covered I hurried hured along aon the street and andmade ad admnde andmade
made oft of In a different dlrerent direction directon from fromtaken frm frmthat fromthat
that taken by the te monk monk I had ha not notgone notgone
gone 200 yards yrds however when looking lookingaround lookingaround lookingaround i
around I saw twenty twent or thirty horsemen horsemenride horeen horeenrde horsemenride
ride rde away a wa from the house houseI house
I could hoar the hoofs of the horses hore as asthey asthey
they the struck strck the pavement Pement the clanking clankingof
of bits the rattling rtlng of sabers saber as they theydrew tey teydrew theydrew
drew up in order orer and then thenthe the whole wholeparty wholepnrt wholeparty
party pnrt dashed along aong the street stret passing passingme passingme
me unnoticed unnotced as 1 stood stod watching them themfrom themfrm themfrom
from frm the angle of a building buidng It I was wasprobable wasprobable
probable prbnble that they had ha other business businesson
on hand that night of more mor Imprance Imprancethnn Importance Importancethan importancethan
than hunting huntng down dow a 0 housebreaker housebreakersuch housebreakersuch housebreakersuch
such as they might have considered considere me mato meto meto
to be beI beI beI
I afterward aCerward learned leae that excitement excitementhad exciement exciementhad excitementhad
had been created creted by b reports reprts that the theLiberals theLibrls theLiberals
Liberals Librls had gained gined another victory Ictor in inthe Inthe inthe
the interior Intoror and that General Gnerl Dogol Dogollado Dogl Dogllado Dogollado
the thecapital thecpial thecapital
lado was already alread marching mnrhlng upon
capital cpial this thi proving prving true an uprising uprisingwas uprisingwas uprisingwas
was to take tae place in the city ct to act In Inconjunction Inconjuncton inconjunction
conjunction conjuncton wish the forces outside The Therumors Therumor Therumors
were afterward found to be bewithout bewihout bewithout
rumors rumor aferward
without wihout foundation foundaton but at the time timethey tme tmethey timethey
they caused cu ed some uneasiness unolness among amongthose amongthose amongthose
those In authority authori and ad led le to the taking takingof ting tingoC takingof
of precautionary precautionar measures meaures to defeat dete any anyattack anyattck anyattack
attack which might be made and ad pre prevent prevent prevent ¬
vent the assembling asemblng of Constitutional Constitutionalists ConsUtutonaf ConsUtutonafIsts ¬
ists In the city cityThe cityThe
The presence prsence of a considerable considerble number numberof numberof
of armed are troops troop stationed ttoned In different differentparts dltercnt dltercntports differentparts
parts of the te town had hd served so far to tocheck tocheck tocheck
check any a unusual unusua demonstrations deon5traton Tho Thocity Thoclt Thecity
under martial law lawI
city clt was wa practically prctcaly martn
I saw several severl companies compaies of soldiers soldier un under under under ¬
der arms ans that night and squads of cav cavalry CV CVnlr caxaIry ¬
aIry nlr r rode ° ac recklessly recklesly by me meThere meThere raeThere
There were few people peple on the street streetyet stret stretet streetyet
yet et thinking thinkng best to avoid as much as aspossible aspsible aspossible
possible the more populous ppulous districts distrct I Imade Imade Imade
made psible the circuit crcult of the Plaza Plnz going ging as asfar asfnr asfar
far as the Mcrcado Mercdo de la la ha Merced tercedand tercedandthen and andthen andthen
then turning turing north northI
I had not been in the city cf long enough enoughto
to be well wel acquainted with Its 11 < thorough thoroughfares thoroughtare thoroughfares ¬
fares tare and becoming somewhat confused confusedIn confusedIn
In the darkness darkness soon found that I was wasunable wasunable
unable to locate locte the street stret I was wa on on I Iknew Iknew Iknew
knew that I was wa In the northeast norhet part partof partof
of the city cf and ad that was wa about all nl The Thestreets Thestrelts Thestreets
streets strelts were quiet and ad few te people pple were wereto wereto wereto
to be seen seenI
I was endeavoring to find fnl some fomo land landmark landmark landmark ¬
mark which was wa familiar fnmlar to me from fromwhich trm trmwhich fromwhich
I which I could got my bearings baringa when I Ibecome 1become Ibecome
i become aware aw re that I was Wn being beng follow followed folow folowed followcal ¬
ed Two To men had kept behind me for forsomo torsaro forsome
some saro time tme though at nt a distance distanceThe distanceThe distanceThe
The streets were dark there being beinglights beinglghts beinglights
lights lghts only here and there nt tlong long In Intervals intennls intervals ¬
tervals and I could only onl occasionally occasionallysee occnslonal occnslonalsee
see the men when I looked back but buttheir buttheir buttheir
their footsteps came nearer neer and nearer nearers nenrera neareras
a as s I 1 went ent on on Tho a meanest st and ad lowest
I p
part par of the city cIt was ws Just before bofor me and andhere nndhere andhere
here unless unlos I could cp escape them tm they theywould theywould theywould
would overtake me meThinking moTinking meThinking
Thinking Tinking to elude them tem I turned tmed into intoa Int Intoa
a a by b street stret As I did so a man name ime me out outof outot outof
of the to house on the corner core Stepping Steppingquickly 1tepplng 1tepplngquickly ploppingquickly
quickly along aong In the same Sme direction dirtO I had hadbeen ha hadbeen
been taking ting Coming out of a lighted lightedroom lghted lghtedroom lightedroom
room his ayes os unaccustomed uacustom to tho thodarkness thodarkness thodarkness
darkness he did II not see rne Je nor nr did he hehear hehe hehear
hear he the men me who had hd been following followingme folowing folowingme
me and were not far behind bhhd him He Hewent Heent Hewent
went ent on in a a hurry hurr hurryThinjting
v
Thinking Thlnclns that tot perhaps prhap iny ny iBtes jeafest jeafestcourse safest safestcourse
course would bo to let t my pursuers Prsuer pprsuers pass pasime pas pasme passmc
me If possible pssible I waited vled Mn In In the deep deejshadow deepshndow deepshadow
shadow of the building buiding Instead Inst0 of going goingon goingon goingon
on down the alley aley Here unseen unec my myself mysel myself
self sel I could observe obsere anyone ayone who passed passedEvidently passe passedEvidently
Evidently Eidenty my m pursuers puruer wore In in30m4 in30m4doubt som somdoubt somdoubt <
I doubt as a to which way w way I had pone oe foi foithey tOIthey tosI
they me stopped stoppd only a a tow feet away aw iron ironme trn from fromme f fme
Madre de DIopI exclaimed ecme one of ofj ofthem ofthem
j them he e has ha escaped ee1ped us usNo us usNo usNo
No there Uer he Is said sad his companion companionI cmpaon
I held hld my breath bret but he had h pointed pointeddown pite pointeddown
down the street street and ad In a a moment moro morothey morate morethey
they te had ha hurried hure on onThat on onThat
That Tat they had hd been following tolowJ me was wa wassettled waasettled
settled setted beyond c doubt doubt After Afte they ey
had hd passed sed I ventured to follow thein theinpartly theinpartly
te
partly prty from curiosity cuosHy and a partly paUy paUycuso be because because ¬
cause cuso it might help me to t find tnd out where whereI wher
I was wasI wa wasI
I kept a little lte distance dstce from trm them tem bat boifar bn batfar
far enough so that tha they tey would not not hear hearmo he bearme >
mo They were led le a a lively chase chae for forthe forthe forthe
the man ma was w walking waking fast fa Suddenly Suddenlythey Suddey Suddeythe Suddenlythey
they the turned ture Into a a dark cvk street tet ahead ahe and andI ad adI
I lost sight of them themAs them themAs
As A I stopped stopp to listen lste afraid ard lest let I Imight Xmight Imight
might unexpectedly unexpectely come coe upon up them te 1 1was 1W 1 1was
was W startled strte by b iruffled rumed cries cne and a the thesound thesound thesound
sound of a a a scuffle > t a 3 hundred hundr yards yardsahead y yardsahead
ahead ahea of mo moOn moOn meOn
On the impulse of tho moment moent I dart darted dat date darted ¬
ed e forward forard to t give gve what assistance aistce I4 I4could 14could 1 1could
could to the unfortunate unforunate man ma who had hadthus hadthus badthus
thus unconsciously unconsloul unconscious substituted substtute himself hlmelCfor hlslt hlslttor himselffor
for me He was wa making mng a plucky fight fightbut fht fightbut
but it was W two against nst one one A A blanket blankethad blaket blakethad blankethad
had been ben thrown thrw over his head hed to stifle stiflehis sfe sfehis stiflehis
his cries < rles re and ad he was wa struggling strgglng to t rid ridhimself ridhlmsel ridhimself
himself hlmsel of it It it Evidently E1denty In the dark darkness dak dakness darkness ¬
ness they had had not discovered that tat they theyhad tey teyhad theyhad
had the wrong wg man man They did not noteither not noteither
either hear he me as a J came cme up so that tt my myonset myonset myonset
onset took them quito quio by surprise surpriseI surrse surrseI
I hurled hurle the nearest not ruffian rfa rufflanupoh upon upn the thestones te testones thestones
stones and ad gave gve the th other such a sting
Ing blow with wit my fist ft as a caused cused him to torelax torela torelax
relax rela his hold and stagger stgger back bak dazed dazedBefore daz dazedBefore
Before I could culd get at the te first frst fellow fellowagain tenowanln fellowagain
again anln he had regain his hi feet and ad adrnning was wasrunning wasrunning
running rnning down dow the street steet at the top tp of ofhis othis ofhis
his speed speo I managed maage to secure sere his hiscompanion hi hiscompanion
companion pinning his arms ar behind his hisback hisback hisback
back back The man who had ha been set upon uponhad uponhad uponhad
had succeeded In freeing freing himself from fromthe tromthe fromthe
the blanket blakot and now came cme to my assis assistance asl assistance ¬
tance tanceCan tac tacCnn tanceCan
Can you ou hold the fellow telow he asked ake
I have him all al right I replied repUe tight tightening tght tghtenlng tightening ¬
ening my hold for or the fellow telow was mak mk ¬
ing a desperate deperte attempt atempt to break away away
There were two of them were there
not O he asked ake looking about nOut him in a a
1 a
somewhat som what bewildered bewidere way
Yes Ye but one of them took to his
heels Tie nut likely lkely that he will wU trou ¬
ble us usIt usIt
It I usI Is a a pity he escaped ep for Id Id have b1e
him where hed not attempt this busi ¬
tis
ness too bold again ailn These fellows telos are ne almost
We e are at least saved all trouble
sve al trul
about him and since we are neither n rob ¬
Iter rtJ
bed be nor Injured we can cn afford atord to let l t
him go And as for or this fellow we baa
tis telow haa
here herewh herewhy why not let him hm go too to He Will
be indebted Indebte to us for his liberty lbert rl
For his life he replied
I had suddenly suddenl discovered discvere rle that the he
fellow telow was Fernandez Ferandf and it I had tnt o ocur ocurred rrur
lr
red r to me that thatif if I interfered Interere In his be ¬
bal half he might in turn tur do me some sme ser r ¬
vice in the future futur Besides Beide L thought
I if I let him hi go that would end 1 the mat ¬
toy te and I was not no likely ltely to t be troubled trouble
or brought brught Into notoriety notoret by b the h he affair atr
but I found that the Mexican was not
Inclined Inclne to my views viewsIt vlesI viewsIt exc wa
It I would be a bad ba example eple senor s nor
he sold sai He should shuld be made to servo servoa servoa
t Sie
a a lesson to those of his class clas
The fellow Celow was w shaking shang Coward that
he was Wn I had ha little ltte sympathy sptyfor for him him
but I did not want his blood on n my
hands and ad besides b < ldes for the reasons nSOIS I
have mentioned mentone I was wa now anxious lrious to toget toget togot
get rid rd of him himWe him himWe
We will wi take his parole prole I suggest suggested sgget sggete suggested ¬
ed and his promise that he
e promie tat will not notcross notcross notcross
cross our path again againHis ain againHis wl
uHls His parole senor would be worthnothing worth worthnothing
nothing notlng said sId the Mexican llecnwt with t p wa con ¬
temptuous kind knd of laugh laugh Put P an a end
to him and thus tus remove the temptation temptationi
te temptton
i for breaking his hi parole paole and thereby ttreby
i damning his soul souli soulHe soulHe
He had hd drawn a a knife kife and I beliavo beU ve
he would have made mde short shr work of otTIng car carrying carrying ¬
<
rying TIng out his threat trat had h I not released releasedIn releae releasedmy
m my hold wih with an Intaton IntlmaUon whispered
In the fellows telows ear er for him to whl runT rn run re Ha
did livelier run rn pair and ad of no legs legsI coward cownr ever ee showed showe a a a
I half hal believe beleve you meant to let letgo him himgo htmgo
go said my companion turning tring upon uponme uponme
me angrily angrilyWell angly anglyWel angrilyWell upn upnme
dismiss Well Wel the he subject subjectYes subjet subjectYes Is i gone ne I replied repUe as a U f to t
Yes he Is gone repeated repted the te Meal Mexican Mox Mealcan ¬
can and It I was for me not you to deal dealwith dealwith
with wih him himWell himWel himWell de
Well Wel I have nothing on my con conscience c conscience ¬
science scence to trouble touble me And d but for me
they the might have hoe got gt the best bet of you youTo youro Ot
To o be sure surl he replied reple At least le I Iam Iam Iam
am Indebted to you It I would have been beena ben bena
a fine fne stroke stoke of business busines If they had hd kid kidnaped kd kdnnped kidnaped
naped Francisco Fnciso Miranda lrd That That was wa
their object probably probbly rather rter than ta rob rob ¬
bery beT he said as he kicked kicke the te blanket blanketwhich blnket blnketwhic blanketwhich
which whic lay la3 at his feet feetI teet feetI
I had not known before who this ti man manwas m manwas
was In fact tact I knew vary yaI cry 1ttle of him himat himat himat
at the time time though his name nae was famil ¬
iar to everyone and he had caused cuse the thaconstitutional theconsttutona theconstitutional
constitutional consttutona party pt no end of trouble tuble
I thought It best bet to allow alow him to remain rmaln
deceived decelYe as a to the fact that the fellow tel fellowhad
had been following me me Explanations Explanationswould ExlnatOQ Explanat1onwould
would have been rather rte embarrassing embarrassingeven embarrain
even If I was a believed beltevedWo bHeved bHevedVa believedW3
Wo W3 Va might as well l be going golnghe he sug suggested suggested sugwalked ¬
I gested gestedAs gestedAs
I As we walked lke along ang together togther I noticed noticedthat potced potcedthnt poticedthat
that he was w a a man ma past pst middle agp and andof andof andof
of rather rther a a fine fne figure fgre He talked tlke taIke freely freelyand lreeya freeyand
and a d without witout reserve reserveHow reene reeneHow reserveHow
How does oes It come cme that that you an Amer anier ¬
ican lcn are In the city clt at this thi time tme mer ha haasked beake heasked
asked ake and I could almost feel his sharp sharpquestioning s sharpquestioning ar
questioning questoning eyes eyesI eye eyesI
I am a staying sta 1ng here for a a short time tlmsvuntil tlml timeuntil
until I unti replied repliedA reple I can Cn find fnd it convenient cr enlent to leave leaveI leaol leaolI
A traveler travelerYes trveler trvelerYes travelerYes
Yes a little of
seeing ltte the country
A bad bd time tme to visit Mexico 1lexlco cunt he ccn centinued
cn cntnue
1 tinned When affairs become
tnue Wen arair beome adjusted adjustedstrangers ajute adjustedstrangers
strangers stranger will w1 be bO made more welcome welcomeI wel mp mpI
I could see that tat he had a prejudKa prejudKaagainst prfJu preju4iaagainst ke keaglmit
against aglmit Americans Amercns Coming Coing to the next nextcorner nextcorner nextcorner <
corner I Inquired Inquire where whee we e were wereOa wereOn wereOn
On the corner beyond be nd is Sto px pxmlngo V Vmlngo 1 1mingo
mlngo he replied rple pointing pintig with tih hI liiifinger
finger fingerI fnge fngeI
I had failed taie to recognize recgize the building buildinguntil buldf8 buldf8unU buildir buildiruntil
until unU he pointed pinte it i out to t me but butneeded 1 1needed Jneede
needed neede no other othe Information Intormton informationnow now to fin finmy fn fnm fleray
my m way wa to my m lodgings lodgingsWill lodgingsrm lodgingsWill
Will rm you not give gleme me your name namehe namehe namer
he asked aske as a I was about abut to leave lee him
Harvey Harey I replied repliedSanor rlpUed repliedSenor
Senor Harvey Hane I am Indebted to y yt t
for possibly saving sving my life lte I shall shal r rmember rmember ra ramember
member you 3ou Men len do not interfere JotetOro ai aiyou asyou
8
you ou did tonight for the love 10 of tin
business business You might have received receivedknife t tknife
knife kle thrust thrust I thank you ou 1tlvo again againshall agi againshall
shall be pleased to see you ou any an tim tlnnyou Umlou timyou
you ou may ma find fnd it I in your our way wa to cal calupon calupon l lupon
upon me But I am here here hereand and ad there theredo ther theredo
do not remain reman In one place long
With lh the te advice for me to look loo out foi foimyself fO fosmyself
myself m soIC he loft me meTo me meTo meTo
To Be Continued ntued Nut Sunday Suday

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