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CHAPTER VI - A VISIT TO BOULOGNE

"Master," said the visitor, "it is good of you to bid me welcome."
" I bid you welcome," said the other in a voice marvellously deep and strong for one so old ;" because you hold something that is more precious to me than life itself. I am the descendant of a hundred High Priests ; and my ancestors are commanding me to do what I am about to suggest to you."
The other man looked a bit uneasy. He was not quite sure of himself yet. He seemed almost afraid, for he drew his coat around himself more closely, and tightened the scarf about his mouth and throat. Yet the room was hot almost to suffocation.
" Surely your Excellency is not cold," said the High Priest. " Look ! I have warmth for you."
Somehow or other, there seemed to come a fiercer heat from the stove ; and the man, seeing it was useless to try to preserve his disguise any longer, flung off his coat and wrap with scarcely concealed annoyance. The Chinaman, however, never uttered a word-or even glanced at him.
" Why do you call me Excellency? " he demanded at last.
" Need you ask that, your " The High Priest stopped as the other started forward.
" Master," he cried. " Be careful. How ever did you know ? "
· It was revealed to me," was the toneless reply.
" Revealed," snarled the other, thinking at once of treachery.
" Yes," went on the inscrutable one. " By my gods."
The other sighed. He did not particularly mind the Ancient Gods of this man he called " Master "-more "It of politeness to his high priestly position, than for any other reason.
" You spoke of a suggestion just now," he said quietly.

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