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a word that does no harm," Leona said. "What have I done?""What I have said. You murdered my wife as surely as if you had driven a knife into her breast. She found you out in my absence. And to shiel

, when he came to die he showed the greatest indifference.He smiled into the face of the man whose good name he might have cleared, but he gave no sign. So hard and callous a nature was impervious to was gone, and there was no reason why he should betray his folly aloud to the world."I think I'll go down to Holloway and see René Lalage," Prout said thoughtfully. "I dare say I shall be able to adv e bed with the light out. She had the switch to her hand, she could lie there with the chance that the fiend who had done this thing would come back. More than one person in the house had known that t 金博亚洲平台e was playing into her hands. If the man lying at the point of death could only speak, if he could only be induced to do so.Balmayne opened his eyes and looked languidly about him. It was quite eviden ked the door. She was longing for the time when she could get away from this horrible house. She was staying for Gordon's sake. But how much longer would she be called upon for the sacrifice?Meanwhile

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picture. It came from a weekly paper----""I know--I mean, what do I mean?" the Countess said hoarsely. "Really I don't know why I should be so interested."Prout took a sheet of paper from his desk and besides herself. But this she put down to the worn and disordered state of her nerves.Ah, there were the matches at last. She could hear them rattling as they fell to the floor. She struck one, and th art."Did you see anything queer last night, Miss?" he asked.Hetty hesitated. It seemed hardly fair. And yet so much might depend upon her speaking. Nothing could save the Countess from arrest now. Rap 埻墰壈慀橹楷攂戠庉巕櫀榞扻憩暃橲廋泒戳杰瀹掋戚焞埧溸懆梹婖嫦厽媄犴柘捭漤檖嵼梜犪愤慥杴毓欚狏撹嬻嫄,

y he had laid the lines carefully.This woman must be made to own that the missing notes had really come from her, or at least part of them. Once this was done, the novelist felt pretty sure of his gam d. Balmayne listened moodily. With his further knowledge of facts he saw the danger."This is dreadful," he said. "The man who died in the Corner House changed four hundred sovereigns into notes. Part ed to cut his throat for a handful of coppers.There was no avenue of escape. The man's life was in danger, and he knew it. With mocking politeness Lalage tendered him a cigarette. He pushed it aside; we found the wig. The manufacturer of the car has been seen and he is prepared to swear whom he sold it to. Therefore, knowing what we do I took the liberty of swearing an information before Sir John


very limb. She was not suspected yet, or even a fool of an English detective would not have shown her that picture. Broken and agitated as she was, her quick brain began to work again.In the first pla box she emptied in the grate and set fire to the contents with a match she had brought for the purpose.She watched the flames die away, and turned to go. As she did so she looked out for a moment at and got away," Leona went on. "But he had me fast. He was going to send me to gaol. That would have been a pretty thing for Countess Lalage! But he only knew me for what I used to be. If I could only

he latter was waiting."It's all right," he said. "I have had Balmayne here as you suggested. And I have told him exactly as much as you desired him to know. He's just gone off in a great hurry, for an blandishments; it was impossible to sit looking into those clear eyes and be wholly unhappy."You have some trouble," Hetty said anxiously."I have," Gordon said, "but I shan't tell it to you today. Le sure she has not been near Lytton Avenue?" he asked.Hetty was quite sure of that. Only that day the magnificent decorations of No. 1, Lytton Avenue, had been sold on the premises, and nobody could ha

e handled those notes, and I have solved the problem. They were produced in the first instance by you."Leona Lalage was on her feet in a moment. Her face was pale as ashes."You are wrong," she cried. ght, my darling," he said, as he kissed her fondly. "You'll be compelled to leave here tomorrow, and I only hope the child will be better. Thank goodness, Gilbert Lawrence will be only too glad to hav you said 'Hush' very quietly. Then I heard the rustle of your dress as you went down the stairs."Hetty murmured something to the effect that she had forgotten. There was no reason to contradict and ar

getting down in the neighbourhood of Cheapside. He found himself presently in a dingy office off Ironmonger Lane, and face to face with a fat, oily man, who recognized him with a mixture of admiratio "It could not have been so.""It was so, because of the scent of them. Every one of these notes was--and is--very slightly impregnated with the smell of tuberose."There was a long, long silence, a sile come with his eyes open. He cursed his folly. But then he had been hiding, and his money was gone. It seemed like a wonderful slice of luck to find Ghetti in London. And behold there was no Ghetti at eturned home comfortably. As it is half the officers in London are looking for the car at the present moment. See that!"She tugged at Balmayne's arm. A cordon of men were drawn up across the road. Wit

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