He was leaning against the edge of the party-wall, which projected upward about eighteen inches. Close behind him was empty space. "For God's sake don't call him," said Mother Stolpe, under her breath; "and catch hold of him before he wakes." But Otto went straight up to his comrade. "Hullo, mate! Time's up!" he cried. "Righto!" said the Vanisher, and he rose to his feet.

'Damn and blast it all, where has the Vanisher got to? we said, and we stared at one another, stupefied. And then I accidentally glanced across at a beer-cellar opposite, and there, by God, he was sitting at the basement window, winking at us so, with his forefinger to his nose, making signs to us to go down and have a glass of beer with him.

He was leaning against the edge of the party-wall, which projected upward about eighteen inches. Close behind him was empty space. "For God's sake don't call him," said Mother Stolpe, under her breath; "and catch hold of him before he wakes." But Otto went straight up to his comrade. "Hullo, mate! Time's up!" he cried. "Righto!" said the Vanisher, and he rose to his feet.

And all these unpleasantnesses were occurring to Peter simultaneously. It is highly creditable to him that the last should completely have outweighed the others. He was generally alone. Mr. Rastall-Retford, who would have been better than nothing as a companion, was a man who enjoyed solitude. He was a confirmed vanisher.

There followed a number of most interesting cases and an elaborate argument by the writer to show that Betty Blackwell was a victim of this psychological aberration, that she was, in other words, "a vanisher." I laid down the paper with a questioning look at Kennedy.

'Damn and blast it all, where has the Vanisher got to? we said, and we stared at one another, stupefied. And then I accidentally glanced across at a beer-cellar opposite, and there, by God, he was sitting at the basement window, winking at us so, with his forefinger to his nose, making signs to us to go down and have a glass of beer with him.