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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

forecastle tower and gazed about them, to find that they were in a 

land-locked harbour, and stranded not more than a hundred yards from 

the shore. By tying a piece of iron to a rope and letting it down into 

the sea, they discovered that they lay upon a ridge, and that there 

were but four feet of water beneath their bow, and, having learned 

this, determined to wade to the beach. First, however, they went back to 

the cabin and filled a leather bag they found with food and wine. Then, 

by an afterthought, they searched for the place where d'Aguilar slept, 

and discovered it between decks; also a strong-box which they made shift 

to break open with an iron bar. 

 

In it was a great store of gold, placed there, no doubt, for the payment 

of the crew, and with it some jewels. The jewels they left, but the 

money they divided and stowed it about them to serve their needs should 

they come safe ashore. Then they washed each other's wounds and bound 

them up, and descending the ladder which had been thrown over the ship's 

side when the Spaniards escaped in the boat, let themselves down into 

the sea and bade farewell to the _San Antonio_. 

 

By now the wind had fallen and the sun shone brightly, warming their 

chilled blood; also the water, which was quite calm, did not rise much 

above their middles, so that they were able--the bottom being smooth and 

sandy--to wade without trouble to the shore. As they drew near to it 

they saw people gathering there, and guessed that they came from the 

little town of Motril, which lay up the river that here ran into the 

bay. Also they saw other things--namely, the boat of the _San Antonio_ 

upon the shore, and rejoiced to know that it had come safe to land, for 

it rested upon its keel with but little water in its bottom. Lying here 

and there also were the corpses of drowned men, five or six of them: no 

doubt those sailors who had swum after the boat or clung to its 

gunwale, but among these bodies none were those of women. 

 

When at length they reached the shore, very few people were left there, 

for of the rest some had begun to wade out towards the ship to plunder 

her, whilst others had gone to fetch boats for the same purpose. 

Therefore, the company who awaited them consisted only of women, 

children, three old men, and a priest. The last, a hungry-eyed, 

smooth-faced, sly-looking man, advanced to greet them courteously, 

bidding them thank God for their escape. 

 

"That we do indeed," said Castell; "but tell us, Father, where are our 


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