This was quite a different affair. He now stood on guard with the knife poised and his left hand outspread ready to snatch at my stick. It was a much more effective plan; only he did not know that inside my stout malacca reposed a keen Toledo sword-blade. "I slipped my thumb on the press-button of the sword-stick and watched him.
I shall say that if there are more than three. If they attack us I shall empty my revolver on them. Basil, have your sword-stick ready. Now one, two three, four!" With the sound of the word the door burst open, and we fell into the room like an invasion, only to stop dead. The room, which was an ordinary and neatly appointed office, appeared, at the first glance, to be empty.
The child will quite see the reasonableness of this, and, the goal of his ambition being now a catapult, a pistol, or even a sword-stick, will be satisfied that the titular ownership should lapse to his juniors, so far below him in their kilted or petticoated incompetence. Also one can pretend it's being done to amuse the younger ones.
I threw a cigar at the toreador. It was no good, but the toreador was a king. Good-night, compadre the blind, who begs." Again: "If I knew where it was I'd take a real. Carambo! No, I wouldn't. I'll ask him. I'll give him the new sword-stick that my cousin the Rurales gave me. He doesn't need it now he's not a bandit. I'm stuffed, and my head swims. It's the pulque. Sabe Dios!"
He has been pursuing me all day, carries a sword-stick, and is an Indian military officer." "These are fine manners," cried the maid. "And what, if you please, may be his name?" "It is the General, my master," answered Harry. "He is after this bandbox." "Did not I tell you?" cried the maid in triumph.
Would you mind telling me whether that military fellow who dropped his sword-stick in the row gave you an address or not?" "Yes, sir," said the policeman, after a reflective pause; "yes, he gave me his address." "My name is Rupert Grant," said that individual, with some pomp. "I have assisted the police on more than one occasion.
She ran to his help, and dragged off his opponent. Fenayrou was free. He struck again with the hammer. Aubert fell, and for some ten minutes Fenayrou stood over the battered and bleeding man abusing and insulting him, exulting in his vengeance. Then he stabbed him twice with the sword-stick, and so ended the business.
"I will only talk like this. We must get used to it." He rapped out the answer with the impatience of relief "All right. Let's get out to breakfast." They took their hats and sticks in silence; but as Syme took his sword-stick, he held it hard.
The sword-stick and the brandy-flask, though in themselves only the tools of morbid conspirators, became the expressions of his own more healthy romance. The sword-stick became almost the sword of chivalry, and the brandy the wine of the stirrup-cup. For even the most dehumanised modern fantasies depend on some older and simpler figure; the adventures may be mad, but the adventurer must be sane.
The disablement is all you want, and, having secured that, the best thing is to get out of the way as soon as possible, so as to avoid further complications. The sword-stick is an instrument I thoroughly detest and abominate, and could not possibly advocate the use of in any circumstances whatever.