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CHAPTER VI - A VISIT TO BOULOGNE

calm voice-though a new menacing note seemed to have crept into it now.
The other man gave a start at this, and with secret fury, noticed that the never-winking eyes of the old priest had not missed the movement. It was true he had an emerald in that very pocket ; but until that minute he had never connected it with this mysterious Chinese who had lured him so successfully to this obscure hotel in Boulogne. The gem had been in his possession for many years-he looked on it as his mascot. Nothing on earth would persuade him to part with it. He looked quickly at the frail figure before him . He had nothing to fear there ! But the mind and will of this inscrutable Chinaman was a very powerful force to reckon with-he had already felt that ! Still ! he was not so anxious upon that score. He was weighing the matter up. After all there may be other things too, which were more lucky or desirable than this emerald ? Though he did not know what they could possibly be . . . he would never dare let that emerald pass out of his possession. . . .
" What is your proposition ?" he demanded, gaining more courage.
` Your Excellency," began the old man slowly, " I know that money would not tempt you to give it up. We know too "-the other wondered at the change to the plural-" that you have great power. We know, furthermore, of the great scheme you and ".
" Hold !" cried the man. " Are you a wizard ? How do you know these things ?"
" It was revealed to us," came the answer once more.
But see, Excellency, you will need more than money or Power to do this thing. And horrible though your Plan is, I am compelled to help you. One night, our goddess spoke. She told us about you, and warned uS that only by a very great sacrifice could we expect

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