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CHAPTER ONE - THE EVEN CHANCE

to a bloody conclusion. An even chance that he did not have five minutes longer to live.
`You are determined, then, gentlemen,' said Masters. `I shall have to state that fact in my report.'
`We are determined,' said Preston.
`Then there is nothing for it but to allow this deplorable affair to proceed. I left the pistols in the charge of Doctor Hepplewhite.'
He turned and led them towards the other group - Simpson with Hether and Cleveland, and Doctor Hepplewhite standing with a pistol held by the muzzle in each hand. He was a bulky man with the red face of a persistent drinker; he was actually grinning a spirituous grin at that moment, rocking a little on his feet.
`Are the young fools set in their folly?' he asked; but everyone very properly ignored him as having no business to ask such a question at such a moment.
'Now,' said Masters. `Here are the pistols, both primed, as you see, but one loaded and the other unloaded, in accordance with the conditions. I have here a guinea which I propose to spin to decide the allocation of the weapons. Now, gentlemen, shall the spin give your principals one pistol each irrevocably - for instance, if the coin shows heads shall Mr Simpson have this one - or shall the winner of the spin have choice of weapons ? It is my design to eliminate all possibility of collusion as far as possible.'
Hether and Cleveland and Danvers and Preston exchanged dubious glances.
`Let the winner of the spin choose,' said Preston at length.
`Very well, gentlemen. Please call, Mr Hornblower.'
`Tails!' said Hornblower as the gold piece spun in the air.
Masters caught it and clapped a hand over it.
`Tails it is,' said Masters, lifting his hand and revealing the coin to the grouped seconds. `Please make your choice.'
Hepplewhite held out the two pistols to him, death in one hand and life in the other. It was a grim moment. There was

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