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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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corners of his eyes. "Now, Senors Cut-throats, do you still wish to 

deliver that message?" 

 

The answer of the Spaniards, who saw themselves thus unexpectedly 

out-matched, was to turn and run, whereon one of the serving-men, 

picking up a big stone that lay in the path, hurled it after them with 

all his force. It struck the hindmost Spaniard full in the back, and so 

heavy was the blow that he fell on to his face in the mud, whence he 

rose and limped away, cursing them with strange, Spanish oaths, and 

vowing vengeance. 

 

"Now," said Peter, "I think that we may go home in safety, for no more 

messengers will come from Andrew to-day." 

 

"No," gasped Margaret, "not to-day, but to-morrow or the next day they 

will come, and oh! how will it end?" 

 

"That God knows alone," answered Peter gravely as he sheathed his sword. 

 

When the story of this attempt was told to Castell he seemed much 

disturbed. 

 

"It is clear that they have a blood-feud against you on account of that 

Scotchman whom you killed in self-defence," he said anxiously. "Also 

these Spaniards are very revengeful, nor have they forgiven you for 

calling the English to your aid against them. Peter, I fear that if you 

go abroad they will murder you." 

 

"Well, I cannot stay indoors always, like a rat in a drain," said Peter 

crossly, "so what is to be done? Appeal to the law?" 

 

"No; for you have just broken the law by killing a man. I think you had 

best go away for a while till this storm blows over." 

 

"Go away! Peter go away?" broke in Margaret, dismayed. 

 

"Yes," answered her father. "Listen, daughter. You cannot be married at 

once. It is not seemly; moreover, notice must be given and arrangement 

made. A month hence will be soon enough, and that is not long for you to 

wait who only became affianced yesterday. Also, until you are wed, no 

word must be said to any one of this betrothal of yours, lest those 

Spaniards should lay their feud at your door also, and work you some 

mischief. Let none know of it, I charge you, and in company be distant 

to each other, as though there were nothing between you." 

 

"As you will, Sir," replied Peter; "but for my part I do not like all 

these hidings of the truth, which ever lead to future trouble. I say, 

let me bide here and take my chance, and let us be wed as soon as 

may be." 

 

"That your wife may be made a widow before the week is out, or the house 

burnt about our ears by these rascals and their following? No, no, 


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