May 15, 1880. After speaking of an opening in the Colonial
"I am all right," she replied, unconsciously repeating Hilary's words. "How is Mr. Vane?"
"You have done a splendid thing," said the doctor, gravely. And he continued, after a moment: "It is Mr. Vane I wanted to speak to you about. He is an intimate friend, I believe, of your father's, as well as Mr. Flint's right-hand man in--in a business way in this State. Mr. Vane himself will not listen to reason. I have told him plainly that if he does not drop all business at once, the chances are ten to one that he will forfeit his life very shortly. I understand that there is a--a convention to be held at the capital the day after to-morrow, and that it is Mr. Vane's firm intention to attend it. I take the liberty of suggesting that you lay these facts before your father, as Mr. Flint probably has more influence with Hilary Vane than any other man. "However," he added, seeing Victoria hesitate, "if there is any reason why you should not care to speak to Mr. Flint--"
"Oh, no," said Victoria; "I'll speak to him, certainly. I was going to ask you--have you thought of Mr. Austen Vane? He might be able to do something."
"Of course," said the doctor, after a moment, "it is an open secret that Austen and his father have--have, in short, never agreed. They are not now on speaking terms."
"Don't you think," asked Victoria, summoning her courage, "that Austen Vane ought to be told?"
"Yes," the doctor repeated decidedly, "I am sure of it. Everybody who knows Austen Vane as I do has the greatest admiration for him. You probably remember him in that Meader case,--he isn't a man one would be likely to forget,--and I know that this quarrel with his father isn't of Austen's seeking."
"Oughtn't he to be told--at once?" said Victoria.
"Yes," said the doctor; "time is valuable, and we can't predict what Hilary will do. At any rate, Austen ought to know--but the trouble is, he's at Jenney's farm. I met him on the way out there just before your friend the Englishman caught me. And unfortunately I have a case which I cannot neglect. But I can send word to him."
- the catacombs. Max glanced at the white face of Helen Cumberly,
- him, although I knew that he was suffering a perfect anguish
- Hooja still harbored ill will against me because of the
- right another branch ran on at a lesser deviation from
- his boys had deserted, for a hunting party from the bungalow
- had dispatched two of its companions, and that my sword
- beyond the turn. For the next few seconds my attention
- can move with incredible swiftness, and as they are almost
- which marks the natural boundary of the country that the
- seemed an eternity we reached the outer door which leads
- he was saying I could not have replied with the dead thing
- darkness which I had expected. The cave was entirely empty,
- designs to a successful conclusion. One party he moved
- I know that I wandered for a long time, until tired and
- I will not desert a companion, was Ghak's simple reply.
- but enough were of handy dimensions for use as ammunition
- rising, was gradually flooding the cave of the dragon.
- then he launched his hatchet and I released my arrow. At
- the savage cries of the tribesmen as they swarmed to arms
- the corridor, and an instant later as I rushed in I found
- gate, but the apparatus was out of his reach, and he had
- and free from the larger reptiles which make the use of
- to approach the heights of Sari. On either side rose precipitous
- weakening mate. At last I was successful, and with what
- Max crossed the threshold hard upon her heels. Three descending
- with another arrow, which brought down a second Sagoth,
- chambers I whistled in accordance with the prearranged
- and then with her sharp talons commenced to rake me about
- fit, often wandering along in the great flower garden that
- the rooter's raucous and reproachful cries of Ice Wagon,
- it was hopeless for us to expect to escape other than by
- about the size of a fox terrier, which abounds in all parts
- event in this quiet retired corner of the world; and nearly
- was red with their blood, it made a dash to escape me.
- Very well, I said, you may come with us, Hooja; but
- in answer to their king's appeal for succor. In another
- about the premises by night. He came and went as he saw
- in sufficient quantities partially to dispel the utter
- the opening. They glanced at Ghak as he padded between
- dropped in our tracks. How we were beset by strange and
- composed. When we reached Lemuy we had much difficulty
- did I experience any such agony of soulsearing fear and
- upon our ears, he called to me over his shoulder that we
- the foot of the red and yellow and copper green of the
- for tobacco was something quite extraordinary. After tobacco,
- us relentless Sagoths were dogging our tracks. Ghak said
- The thing was an enormous cave bear, rearing its colossal
- toward the main body of gorilla-men. Evidently he had seen
- He divided his small following into two parties, entrusting
- he could pass his hands to sew me up, we were enabled to