"He's gagged, and his legs strapped together. He cannot
move or scream."
"Good. Then have your gun ready, in case you want it. Get
close to the hut and leave me to look after the lady."
Desgas evidently obeyed, for Marguerite heard him creeping
Marguerite listenedhalf-dazed as she wasto the fast-retreating, firm footsteps of the four men.
All nature was so still that she, lying with her ear close to the
ground, could distinctly trace the sound of their tread, as they
faintest sound. The excitement which all along had kept up her
delicate body seemed at once to have subsided, and the feeling
of blank despair to have completely paralyzed her brain and
Chauvelin must have given some directions, which she was
side. Odd's life!" he added merrily, "never fear! Chauvelin will
lose nothing by waiting, I warrant! Wait till I get him back to
England!La! he shall pay for the thrashing he gave me with
compound interest, I promise you."
Marguerite laughed. It was so go
gaze rested for an instant on the brilliant, silvery waters; and
as she gazed, her heart, which had been numb with pain for all
these hours, seemed to soften and distend, and her eyes filled
with hot tears: not three miles away, with white sails set, a
"It is a case of the blind leading the lame, sweetheart, is it
not?" he said with his good-natured smile of old. "Odd's life!
but I do not know which are the more sore, my shoulders or
your little feet."
He bent forward to kiss them, for they peeped out t
She looked round her eagerly at the tall cliffs, the lonely hut,
the great stretch of rocky beach. Somewhere there, above or
below her, behind a boulder or inside a crevice, but still hidden
from her longing, feverish eyes, must be the owner of that
soldiers, and even at the poor, prostate, inanimate woman
close by, but said nothing.
"Will you speak?" thundered Chauvelin, menacingly.
He did try, poor wretch, but, obviously, he could not. There
was no doubt, however, that he knew what to expect from t
for fear of the patrols. At any rate, there is a chance to get him
yet. A thousand francs to each man who gets to that creek before that long-legged Englishman."
"I know of a short cut across the cliffs," said the soldier, and
with an enthusiastic shout,
"That will do," commanded Chauvelin, as the Jew's moans became more feeble, and the poor wretch seemed to have fainted
away, "we don't want to kill him."
Obediently the soldiers buckled on their belts, one of them
viciously kicking the Jew to one side.
Where had that daring singer got to? Unless Satan himself
had lent him wings, he could not have covered that mile on a
rocky cliff in the space of two minutes; and only two minutes
had elapsed between his song and the sound of the boat's oars
away at sea.
"You have not let those four men go?" thundered Chauvelin,
menacingly. "I ordered you to let no man escape alive!Quick,
after them all of you! Quick, in every direction!"
The men, obedient as machines, rushed down the rocky incline towards the beach, some
Marguerite's aching heart stood still. She felt, more than she
heard, the men on the watch preparing for the fight. Her
senses told her that each, with sword in hand, was crouching,
ready for the spring.
The voice came nearer and n
darkness which surrounded her as with a pall. From where she
sat she could not see the sea, but she heard the incessant
mournful murmur of the incoming tide, which spoke of her dead
hopes, her lost love, the husband she had with her own hand