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t unendurable. I have stood behind his chair when guests have been present. I have seen his clever simulation of affection, whilst all the time he was saying things that wound sensitive women and driv want to see," Maria stammered. "At least she was here for some time in the spring. You see, she is my sister, and we have not met for twenty years. It may appear strange, but I don't even know her nam should not have known you from the tone in which you are addressing us. Have you quite forgotten what you owe to your late master's children?""I have forgotten nothing," Silva said. "Why do you come 啝汿柤涽嶞桭杆囜掚唨擪檨欉宩枍咽濍啙姵潆欨岦棸呛曘淳帹瀜柾栵狴橪檴柰啡孉灢獟奙嗞,d breathless. Yet, amidst all her storm of thoughts, one dominant idea possessed her. The time had come to strike now. There must be no further delay. She must leave the house. She must go out into th

be too late."Ravenspur started violently."Oh, this is intolerable," he cried. "One could hardly believe it possible that this is London in the twentieth century. I had thought that those insane vendet are getting rather from the point, uncle? I want to know the history of this man."Once more Ravenspur commenced his walk up and down the room. He seemed to be hovering between two minds."Perhaps it w


g of what you have found out tonight. I have told you what your sister is, and no doubt my words will prove true before long. I am going to ask you to give me a solemn promise that----""It is too late into the Strand. Hailing a cab, she was driven to Isleworth Road, where she gave orders for the driver to stop. The locality was a respectable one, and there were lights in a good many of the houses;

t on your bounty. I can never feel sufficiently grateful for what you have done for me in the past. I could not possibly put my feelings into words; but I have made up my mind that I must get my own l ad told him that I was dead. I suppose that was so.""Certainly it was," Mrs. Delahay said. "I was definitely told that you were dead. And when I related our unhappy story to my husband, I always spoke inutes to eleven o'clock, and it was no far cry to the Grand Hotel. A hansom took him there in ten minutes. Mrs. Delahay had not yet retired for the night, and Walter sent up his card, with a few urge ave no occasion to call in the services of Lady Ringmar any more. You will find yourself paragraphed in the papers now."Vera did not appear to be listening. Her beautiful face had a grave look upon it saw him from the time she left the hotel till she found him dead in the studio.""And that opens up another theory," Ravenspur exclaimed. "If it wasn't Maria Delahay the witness Stevens saw that night

were other considerations. I would go back home again and give my husband one more chance, especially as I had a friend in the house in the person of Luigi Silva, who had followed me on my marriage. A elahay smiled. "There is no reason to mention this to anybody else, you understand?"CHAPTER XVIII. AFTER MANY YEARS.Left alone to herself, Maria Delahay had summed up the situation clearly and logical were other considerations. I would go back home again and give my husband one more chance, especially as I had a friend in the house in the person of Luigi Silva, who had followed me on my marriage. A oked upon it as rather a silly business altogether and a distinct nuisance to mutual friends and neighbours. They had begun to notice, too, that the sons of old Flavio were good to look upon, and fina ames Seton the other night, taking him, of course, for me. But that is not the first warning I have had of the impending danger, and I am afraid it won't be the last."Walter listened to this despondin

only a word or two, yet those words filled her with vague apprehension. She caught the name of Ravenspur as it came hissing from Silva's lips. Then there was something she could not follow, and, final otten me," the girl said. "I waited upon you when you were here last spring.""Last spring!" Mrs. Delahay exclaimed. "Why, surely, you have made a mistake. I have never been here before.""Oh, madam," t nts die. She is compelled to get her own living. It is only natural that she should change her name, and there you are."Lord Ravenspur pondered over the matter for some time in silence."You saw a grea

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