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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

missed their victims, these returned again, five or six of them, and 

fell to searching the ravine. But the light was very bad, for here the 

rays of the moon did not penetrate, and they could find nothing. 

Presently two of them halted within five paces of them and began to 

talk, saying that the swine must still be hidden in the yard, or perhaps 

had doubled back for Motril. 

 

"I don't know where they are hidden," answered the other man; "but this 

is a poor business. Fat Pedro's arm is cut clean off, and I expect he 

will bleed to death, while two of the other fellows are dead or dying, 

for that long-legged Englishman hits hard, to say nothing of those who 

drank the drugged wine, and look as though they would never wake. Yes, a 

poor business to get a few doubloons and please a priest, but oh! if I 

had the hogs here I----" And he hissed out a horrible threat. "Meanwhile 

we had best lie up at the mouth of this place in case they should still 

be hidden here." 

 

Peter heard him and listened. All the other men had gone, running back 

along the road. His blood was up, and the thorn pricks stung him sorely. 

Saying no word, out of his lair he came with that terrible sword of 

his aloft. 

 

The men caught sight of him, and gave a gasp of fear. It was the last 

sound that one of them ever made. Then the other turned and ran like a 

hare. This was he who had uttered the threat. 

 

"Stop!" whispered Peter, as he overtook him--"stop, and do what you 

promised." 

 

The brute turned, and asked for mercy, but got none. 

 

"It was needful," said Peter to Castell presently; "you heard--they were 

going to wait for us." 

 

"I do not think that they will try to murder any more Englishmen at that 

inn," panted Castell, as he ran along beside him. 


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