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enough to arouse her suspicions—"which," went on Davidson, "she imparted to me, your Excellency. They were only too well founded!"
"That was very clever of her," remarked the great man.
"She's much cleverer than people have any conception of," said Davidson.
But he refrained from disclosing to the Excellency the real cause which had sharpened Mrs. Schomberg's wits. The poor woman was in mortal terror of the girl being brought back within reach of her infatuated Wilhelm. Davidson only said that her agitation had impressed him; but he confessed that while going back, he began to have his doubts as to there being anything in it.
"I steamed into one of those silly thunderstorms that hang about the volcano, and had some trouble in making the island," narrated Davidson. "I had to grope my way dead slow into Diamond Bay. I don't suppose that anybody, even if looking out for me, could have heard me let go the anchor."
He admitted that he ought to have gone ashore at once; but everything was perfectly dark and absolutely quiet. He felt ashamed of his impulsiveness. What a fool he would have looked, waking up a man in the middle of the night just to ask him if he was all right! And then, the girl being there, he feared that Heyst would look upon his visit as an unwarrantable intrusion.
The first intimation he had of there being something wrong was a big white boat, adrift with the dead body of a very hairy man inside, bumping against the bows of his steamer. Then indeed he lost no time in going ashorealone, of course, from motives of delicacy.
"I arrived in time to see that poor girl die, as I have told your Excellency," pursued Davidson. "I won't tell you what a time I had with him afterwards. He talked to me. His father seems to have been a crank, and to have upset his head when he was young. He was a queer chap. Practically the last words he said to me, as we came out on the verandah, were:
"'Ah, Davidson, woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love—and to put its trust in life!'
"As we stood there, just before I left him, for he said he wanted to be alone with his dead for a time, we heard a snarly sort of voice near the bushes by the shore calling out:
"'Is that you, governor?'"'Yes, it's me.'
"'Jeeminy! I thought the beggar had done for you. He has started prancing and nearly had me. I have been dodging around, looking for you ever since.'
"'Well, here I am,' suddenly screamed the other voice, and then a shot rang out.
"'This time he has not missed him,' Heyst said to me bitterly, and went back into the house.
"I returned on board as he had insisted I should do. I didn't want to intrude on his grief. Later, about five in the morning, some of my calashes came running to me, yelling that there was a fire ashore. I landed at once, of course. The principal bungalow was blazing. The heat drove us back. The other two houses caught one after another like kindling-wood. There was no going beyond the shore end of the jetty till the afternoon." Davidson sighed placidly.
"I suppose you are certain that Baron Heyst is dead?"
"He is—ashes, your Excellency," said Davidson, wheeling a little; "he and the girl together. I suppose he couldn't stand his thoughts before her dead body—and fire purifies everything. That Chinaman of whom I told your Excellency helped me to investigate next day, when the embers got cooled a little. We found enough to be sure. He's not a bad Chinaman. He told me that he had followed Heyst and the girl through the forest from pity and partly out of curiosity. He watched the house till he saw Heyst go out, after dinner, and Ricardo come back alone. While he was dodging there, it occurred to him that he had better cast the boat adrift, for fear those scoundrels should come round by water and bombard the village from the sea with their revolvers and Winchesters. He judged that they were devils enough for anything. So he walked down the wharf quietly; and as he got into the boat, to cast her off, that hairy man who, it seems, was dozing in her, jumped up growling, and Wang shot him dead. Then he shoved the boat off as far as he could and went away."
There was a pause. Presently Davidson went on, in his tranquil manner:
"Let Heaven look after what has been purified. The wind and rain will take care of the ashes. The carcass of that follower, secretary, or whatever the unclean ruffian called himself, I left where it lay, to swell and rot in the sun. His principal had shot him neatly through the heart. Then, apparently, this Jones went down the wharf to look for the boat and for the hairy man. I suppose he tumbled into the water by accident—or perhaps not by accident. The boat and the man were gone, and the scoundrel saw himself all alone, his game clearly up, and fairly trapped. Who knows? The water's very clear there, and I could see him huddled up on the bottom between two piles, like a heap of bones in a blue silk bag, with only the head and the feet sticking out. Wang was very pleased when he discovered him. That made everything safe, he said, and he went at once over the hill to fetch his Alfuro woman back to the hut."
Davidson took out his handkerchief to wipe the perspiration off his forehead.
"And then, your Excellency, I went away. There was nothing to be done there."
"Clearly," assented the Excellency.
Davidson, thoughtful, seemed to weigh the matter in his mind, and then murmured with placid sadness:
October, igi2—May, 1914.
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Mont-Salnt-Mlchel and Chartres A166
ALAIN-FOURNIER, HENRI The Wanderer A14
Sir Isaac Newton A1S1
ARENDT, HANNAH The Human Condition A182
AUDEN, W. H.; OREENBERO, NOAH; KALLMAN, CHESTER An Eliza-
BARK, WILLIAM CARROLL Origins of the Medieval World A190
Teacher in America A25
BATE, WALTER JACKSON Prefaces to Criticism A165
BAUDELAIRE, CHARLES The Mirror of Art A84
BEDIER, JOSEPH The Romance of Tristan and Iseult A2
BEERBOHM, MAX A Selection from "Around Theatres" A228
BEETHOVEN Letters, Journals and Conversations A206
BENTLEY, ERIC (Ed.) The Classic Theatre I: Six Italian Plays A155a
The Classio Theatre II: Five German Plays AlSSb
The Classic Theatre IIi: Six Spanish Plays AlBSo
BENTLEY, ERIC (Ed.) The Modern Theatre I, II, iII, IV, V, VI A48a,
A48b, A48C, A48d, A48e, A48f
From the American Drama (The Modern Theatre IV) A48d
BERENSON, BERNARD Aesthetics and History A36
Matter and Memory A172
The Two Sources of Morality and Religion A28
BISHOP, AMASA Project Sherwood, A202
BLACKMUR. R. P. Form and Value In Modern Poetry A96
BRENNER, CHARLES An Elementary Textbook of Psychoanalysis A102
BROGVAN, D. W. Politics in America, A198
BROOKS, VAN WYCK America's Coming of Age A129
BURCKHARDT, JACOB The Age of Constantlne the Great A6S
BURTT, EDWIN ARTHUR The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern
The Negro Question A144
CASSIRER, ERNST An Essay on Man A3
A Mirror of the Sea and A Personal Record A207
The Rescue, A199
The Secret Agent A8
The Shadow-Line and Two Other Tales A178
Tales of Heroes and History A228
CONRAD, JOSEPH Victory A10«
Youth: A Narrative and Two Other Stories A173
COULANOE8, FUBTEL DB The Ancient City A78
CROMBU, A. C. Medieval and Early Modern Science: I, II A167a, A16TD
DANTZIO, TOBIAS Number, the Language ol Science AST
DICKINSON, EMILY Selected Poems and Letters A192
DIDEROT, DENIS Rameau's Nephew and Other Works A81
I Iollard. JOHN Caste and Class In a Southern Town A9S
DOSTOEVSKY, FYODOR Three Short Novels A183
DOUGHTY, C. M. Travels In Arabia Deserta A50
DUMAS, ALEXANDRE Adventures In Spain A211
DDPEK, F. W. Henry James A68
EDEL, LEON Literary Biography A188
FERQUSSON, FRANCIS The Human Image In Dramatic Literature AIM
The Idea of a Theatre A4
FINCH, JAMES K. The Story of Engineering A314
FLORE3, ANQEL (Ed.) An Anthology of French Poetry A134
An Anthology of German Poetry A197
————— Nineteenth Century French Tales A217
Nineteenth Century German Tales A184
FLORNOY. BERTRAND The World of the Inca A137
The Future of an Illusion A99
A General Selection from the Works of A115
The Origins of Psychoanalysis A112
FRY, ROGER Transformations A77
GASTER, T. H. The Dead Sea Scriptures in English Translation A92
Shakespeare Studies, A191
The Poems of Robert Graves—Chosen by Himself A139
GREEN, HENRY Loving A18
HADAS, MOSES (Ed.) A History of Rome A78
(Ed) The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca A148
(Trans.) Three Greek Romances A21
HAGGIN, B. H. The Listener's Musical Companion A183
HAHN, WALTER F. and NEFF, JOHN C. American Strategy for the
Nuclear Age A224
Protestant, Catholic, Jew A195
HOLT, ELIZABETH GILMORE A Documentary History of Art: I, II
When We Dead Awaken and Three Other Plays A215b
JAMES, HENRY The Ambassadors A154
The Awkward Age A138
In the Cage and Other Tales A131
Selected Letters, A204
■ ■ What Malsle Knew A43
JARRELL, Randall (Ed.) The Anchor Book of Stories A145