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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

to them; then were hustled back, whereby they learned that Margaret and 

Betty still lived and knew that they followed, and thanked God. 

Presently, also, there was a flash, and, before ever they heard the 

report, a great iron bullet fell upon their decks and, rebounding, 

struck a sailor, who stood by Peter, on the breast, and dashed him away 

into the sea. The _San Antonio_ had fired the bombard which she carried, 

but as no more shots came they judged that the cannon had broke its 

lashings or burst. 

 

A while after the _San Antonio_, two of whose masts were gone, tried to 

put about and run for Malaga, which they could see far away beneath the 

snow-capped mountains of the Sierra. But this the Spaniard could not 

do, for while she hung in the wind the _Margaret_ came right atop of 

her, and as her men laboured at the sails, every one of the Englishmen 

who could be spared, under the command of Peter, let loose on them with 

their long shafts and crossbows, and, though the heaving deck of the 

_Margaret_ was no good platform, and the wind bent the arrows from their 

line, they killed and wounded eight or ten of them, causing them to 

loose the ropes so that the _San Antonio_ swung round into the gale 

again. On the high tower of the caravel, his arm round the sternmost 

mast, stood d'Aguilar, shouting commands to his crew. Peter fitted an 

arrow to his string and, waiting until the _Margaret_ was poised for a 

moment on the crest of a great sea, aimed and loosed, making allowance 

for the wind. 

 

True to line sped that shaft of his, yet, alas! a span too high, for 

when a moment later d'Aguilar leapt from the mast, the arrow quivered in 

its wood, and pinned to it was the velvet cap he wore. Peter ground his 

teeth in rage and disappointment; almost he could have wept, for the 

vessels swung apart again, and his chance was gone. 

 

"Five times out of seven," he said bitterly, "can I send a shaft 

through a bull's ring at fifty paces to win a village badge, and now I 

cannot hit a man to save my love from shame. Surely God has 

forsaken me!" 

 

Through all that afternoon they held on, shooting with their bows 

whenever a Spaniard showed himself, and being shot at in return, though 

little damage was done to either side. But this they noted--that the 

_San Antonio_ had sprung a leak in the gale, for she was sinking deeper 

in the water. The Spaniards knew it also, and, being aware that they 

must either run ashore or founder, for the second time put about, and, 


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