He had avenged himself upon the life-long scorners of his name and fame; but the blow that shattered their pride had sent a dart to his own heart. His beautiful Kate, his big-hearted, high-spirited, man-witted girl! she would bear a leper-taint for life, and his hand had put the virus on her perfect flesh! In a few days the black in his hair withered to an ashen white. His flesh fell away.