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HOW PETER MET THE SPANIARD
JOHN CASTELL
PETER GATHERS VIOLETS
LOVERS DEAR
CASTELL'S SECRET
FAREWELL
NEWS FROM SPAIN
D'AGUILAR SPEAKS
THE SNARE
THE CHASE
THE MEETING ON THE SEA
FATHER HENRIQUES
THE ADVENTURE OF THE INN
INEZ AND HER GARDEN
PETER PLAYS A PART
BETTY SHOWS HER TEETH
THE PLOT
THE HOLY HERMANDAD
BETTY PAYS HER DEBTS
ISABELLA OF SPAIN
BETTY STATES HER CASE
THE DOOM OF JOHN CASTELL
FATHER HENRIQUES AND THE BAKER'S OVEN
THE FALCON STOOPS
HOW THE _MARGARET_ WON OUT TO SEA
ENVOI

horse, holding to the stirrup leather. 

 

His master made no answer, only Peter groaned aloud, for he too was sure 

that they were Spaniards. 

 

An hour later, just as the dawn broke, they with their men climbed to 

the deck of the _Margaret_ while she was hauling up her anchor. A few 

words with her captain, Jacob Smith, told them the worst. No boat had 

left the ship, no Margaret had come aboard her. But some six hours 

before they had watched the Spanish vessel, _San Antonio_, that had been 

berthed above them, pass down the river. Moreover, two watermen in a 

skiff, who brought them fresh meat, had told them that while they were 

delivering three sheep and some fowls to the _San Antonio_, just before 

she sailed, they had seen two tall women helped up her ladder, and 

heard one of them say in English, "Lead me to my father." 

 

Now they knew all the awful truth, and stared at each other like dumb 

men. 

 

It was Peter who found his tongue the first, and said slowly: 

 

"I must away to Spain to find my bride, if she still lives, and to kill 

that fox. Get you home, Master Castell." 

 

"My home is where my daughter is," answered Castell fiercely. "I go 

a-sailing also." 

 

"There is danger for you in that land of Spaniards, if ever we get 

yonder," said Peter meaningly. 

 

"If it were the mouth of hell, still I would go," replied Castell. "Why 

should I not who seek a devil?" 

 

"That we do both," said Peter, and stretching out his hand he took that 

of Castell. It was the pledge of the father and the lover to follow her 

who was all to them, till death stayed their quest. 

 

Castell thought a little while, then gave orders that all the crew 

should be called together on deck in the waist of the ship, which was a 

carack of about two hundred tons burden, round fashioned, and sitting 

deep in the water, but very strongly built of oak, and a swift sailer. 

When they were gathered, and with them the officers and their own 

servants, accompanied by Peter, he went and addressed them just as the 

sun was rising. In few and earnest words he told them of the great 

outrage that had been done, and how it was his purpose and that of Peter 

Brome who had been wickedly robbed of the maid who this day should have 

become his wife, to follow the thieves across the sea to Spain, in the 

hope that by the help of God, they might rescue Margaret and Betty. He 

added that he knew well this was a service of danger, since it might 


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