City of Mecca had been the first time I had ever stood
"A shabby-like man called on you yesterday."
"Yes; it was Mr. Hand, Mr. Wardlaw's clerk. And, oh, Mr. Burt, that wretched creature came and confessed the truth. It was he who forged the note, out of sport, and for a bet, and then was too cowardly to own it." She then detailed Hand's confession.
"His penitence comes too late," said she, with a deep sigh.
"It hasn't come yet," said Burt, dryly. "Of course my lambs followed the man. He went first to his employer, and then he went home. His name is not Hand. He is not a clerk at all, but a little actor at the Corinthian Saloon. Hand is in America; went three months ago. I ascertained that from another quarter."
"Oh, goodness!" cried Helen, "what a wretched world! I can't see my way a yard for stories."
"How should you, miss? It is clear enough, for all that. Mr. Wardlaw hired this actor to pass for Hand, and tell you a lie that he thought would please you."
Helen put her hand to her brow, and thought; but her candid soul got sadly in the way of her brain. "Mr. Burt," said she, "will you go with me to Mr. Undercliff, the expert?"
"With pleasure, ma'am; but let me finish my report. Last night there was something new. Your house was watched by six persons. Two were Wardlaw's, three were Burt's; but the odd man was there on his own hook; and my men could not make him out at all; but they think one of Wardlaw's men knew him; for he went off to Russell Square like the wind and brought Mr. Wardlaw here in disguise. Now, miss, that is all; and shall I call a cab, and we'll hear Undercliff's tale?"
- Into the disc of light, leaped, fantastic, the witch figure
- spoken by her father, her sensitive lips began to quiver
- before replying. “I had almost despaired of finding one,”
- intuitive finger had again touched Paul Harley. “You
- for tobacco was something quite extraordinary. After tobacco,
- evidence, Miss Abingdon, pointing to foul play. The circumstances
- he saw whence it arose; for, conspicuous amid the wreaths
- Sir Charles Abingdon had uttered the name of Nicol Brinn
- And thus matters stood when, one hot night, Meriem, unable
- Paul Harley shook his head. Swiftly, like the touch of
- alongside some of the latest examples of the gunsmith’s
- “This meeting at Lady Vail’s, then, was the first of
- Max gaining upon her, now, at every stride. There was a
- had the room been accessible to the general public. It
- Nicol Brinn glanced aside at him. “If I informed you
- “Good evening,” said Harley, quietly amused to be made
- At certain seasons they catch also, in “corrales,”
- were a focus upon which some malignant will was concentrated.
- “I am sure I apologize, sir,” she said. “Benson did
- the left corner of his mouth. His hands were locked behind
- their terrible ordeals in the untracked jungle to the south;
- jet-black hair, a sallow complexion, and the features of
- the centre of the shelf. It was the photograph of an unusually
- for the latter, evidently enough, was in the throes of
- the gunpowder was wanted for making a noise on their saint
- my own case, and I want to be found by the eunuchs in the
- “One day last month,” he resumed, “I got out of my
- through the throng. He conceived the idea that there was
- man more common interests than the cultured guests of Bwana
- undertaken the matter of his excellency he had left the
- in among the polar ice; I’d like to cross Africa from
- one of the most singular characters he had ever known.
- They were approaching the river, and there was a fog to-night!
- Nicol Brinn crossed to a bureau, unlocked it, and while
- with you. Until then, won’t you believe that I am acting
- “He never breathed a word of this to me, Phil,” he
- his boys had deserted, for a hunting party from the bungalow
- it consistent with your mysterious difficulties to inform
- In such a case and in such circumstances what do we look
- “My dear sir,” cried Sir Charles, and the expression
- innocent purpose: each parish has a public musket, and
- Nicol Brinn began to tap the fender again with his foot.
- he was endeavouring to arrange certain ideas in order,
- about the singular apartment of which he had often heard
- numbers. I never saw anything more obliging and humble
- the house of Sir Charles but without. It was very curious.
- evidently interested in the girl, could be in any way concerned
- silence. “For God’s sake, when did you hear that word?”
- barter. Money was scarcely worth anything, but their eagerness
- as that of one whose aid should be sought or as a warning,