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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
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hulk beyond which the prow of the _Margaret_ began to appear, for the 

wind was fresh, and she gathered way every moment. 

 

"Let down the ladder, and make ready ropes," shouted Peter. 

 

It was done, but not too soon, for next instant the boat was bumping on 

their side. The sailors in her caught the ropes and hung on, while the 

captain, Smith, half-drowned, clung to the stern-sheets, for the water 

washed over his head. 

 

"Save him first," cried Peter. A man, running down the ladder, threw a 

noose to him, which Smith seized with one hand and by degrees worked 

beneath his arms. Then they tackled on to it, and dragged him bodily 

from the river to the deck, where he lay gasping and spitting out foam 

and water. By now the ship was travelling swiftly, so swiftly that 

Margaret was in an agony of fear lest the boat should be towed under 

and sink. 

 

But these sailor men knew their trade. By degrees they let the boat drop 

back till her bow was abreast of the ladder. Then they helped Castell 

forward. He gripped its rungs, and eager hands gripped him. Up he 

staggered, step by step, till at length his hideous, fiend-painted cap, 

his white face, whence the beard had been shaved, and his open mouth, in 

which still was fixed the wooden gag, appeared above the bulwarks, as 

the mate said afterwards, like that of a devil escaped from hell. They 

lifted him over, and he sank fainting in his daughter's arms. Then one 

by one the sailors came up after him--none were missing, though two had 

been wounded, and were covered with blood. No, none were missing--God 

had brought them, every one, safe back to the deck of the _Margaret_. 

 

Smith, the captain, spat up the last of his river water and called for a 

cup of wine, which he drank; while Peter and Margaret drew the accursed 

gag from her father's mouth, and poured spirit down his throat. Shaking 

the water from him like a great dog, but saying never a word, Smith 

rolled to the helm and took it from the mate, for the navigation of the 

river was difficult, and none knew it so well as he. Now they were 

abreast the famous Golden Tower, and a big gun was fired at them; but 

the shot went wide. "Look!" said Margaret, pointing to horsemen 

galloping southwards along the river's bank. 

 

"Yes," said Peter, "they go to warn the ports. God send that the wind 

holds, for we must fight our way to sea." 

 

The wind did hold, indeed it blew ever more strongly from the north; but 

oh! that was a long, evil day. Hour after hour they sped forward down 


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