An attempt has been made to poison Mrs. Sutphen. They said at the other end of the line that you'd know." We faced each other aghast. "My God!" exclaimed Kennedy. "Has that been the effect of our story, Walter? Instead of smoking out anyone we've almost killed some one." As fast as a cab could whisk us around to Mrs. Sutphen's we hurried.
"I mean that I saw in the paper this morning that there was a school of black-fish on the coast, the largest for years. I suppose the Lantrims will be out for them?" "No doubt. The old captain wrote to me that he had bought Sutphen's Tuckerton skiff." "Aha? You did not tell me that. What else did he say?" "Oh, nothing.
Of course not. You have other work to do. But Jane and I run down to the shore whenever we have money I mean whenever we can manage to leave home. She knows every fisherman's hut from Henlopen to Barnegat. No better place to go for a breath of salt air than Sutphen's Point. You can troll with him all day, or dig for roots in the pine woods, or sleep on the beach in the sun."
The wrath, gathering in a purple cloud on Sutphen's brow, now broke into a storm. "He must have known," he said pointing at the pseudo-king. "He appointed you officer of the day," and the outraged Colonel wheeled about on Josef, who scarcely deigned a smile of commiseration for such ignorance. "He knew nothing," he finally volunteered.
"If it meets with Your Majesty's approval, we will start to-morrow for Vienna," Trusia said. "There we will await Colonel Sutphen's summons from your capital, Schallberg. Major Carter, Josef, myself and the Countess Muhlen-Sarkey will accompany Your Majesty. The other gentlemen will attend the Colonel. They precede us to ascertain if all is in readiness." "Will the gentlemen travel in uniform?"
She opened an inner door and led the way into a bedchamber adjoining, opening like the other room by window-doors upon the piazza, matted and cool and furnished in white. All this Diana took in with the first step into the room. But she answered Mrs. Sutphen's peculiar welcome. "Did you ever know anybody so good as he is, ma'am?" "Breakfast will be on table as soon as you are ready," Mrs.
To God and Trusia you will owe your throne. She has urged us, cheered us, led us, till this day has grown out of our wordy plans. See that she has her full measure of reward from you. Though our swords be for your service, our hearts we hold for her in any hour of her need." Sutphen's keen eyes had never left the sovereign's face while speaking.
Neckart had just made up his mind that Sutphen and the two Lantrims were as shrewd, common-sensed witnesses as he had ever examined. He was hungry too, and as they ate together he borrowed Sutphen's clamp-knife, and told some capital stories, and handed about his cigars when they had all finished. "I misjudged that black-a-vised fellow," said Ichabod to Lantrim. "He's consid'able of a man."
"I mean, Basil, that I am out of my bondage, which I thought never could be broken in this world." "Out of what bondage, my love?" Diana paused. "When I went down to Clifton, to Mrs. Sutphen's, do you know, I could think of nothing but Evan Knowlton?" Diana's colour stirred, but she looked her husband steadily in the face. "I suspected it." "For a long time I could not, Basil.
Taking Colonel Sutphen's proffered arm, he proceeded toward the entrance, followed by his suite. The place was dark and grim, no light came through the heavily curtained windows and only by a gleam through the transom above the door could the closest observer have discovered that it was inhabited. A single wayfarer the neighborhood boasted but few pedestrians after dark was approaching.