This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...through the back door and so across the dooryard to a stile hard by a clump of bushes. Robert went with him to show him the begining of the way. The night was still black, despite the rift that was in the east; he disappeared in a moment. Returning to the house, Robert passed something lurking in the clump of bushes; something that, had he known then what the years were to teach him, he would have strangled without remorse. But fate was not yet kind; he neither saw nor knew. CHAPTER XX FATE GOES FAR ASTRAY OBERT STEVENS slept not at all that night; his R mind was too full of thoughts about the brave men who had visited them. If he thought of what had passed In the arbor immediately preceding the arrival of Goffe, it "Jas with regret that he had gone as far as he had, and with thankfulness that he had got no further. To him her silence meant that she had understood him, and had been distressed. He resolved that nothing would ever lead him into another situation so painful, and, with that resolve, dismissed it frem his mind to reflect upon the big events that had brought her uncle to his present pass. When the day was still young he arose from the couch on which he had thrown himself and went to his daily duties, stopping only for a bit of porridge that the servant prepared for him. It was well into the morning before Esther was astir. She had slept only fitfully after the excitement of seeing her uncle; waking or sleeping he had been constantly before her Fears for his safety preyed upon he ' d' h Stevens and asked if anything had been heard of her uncle 7 if he had been taken; if his visit had become known. Mist S ress tevens reassured her as best she could Presently she was calmer and went out into the bower, for the morning was...
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