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solutely still and silent. As far as Lance could see he had ceased to breathe. Naturally enough the young man looked about him for a sign of the miscrean

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t, but the studio contained no trace of his presence. The thing was puzzling to the last degree. There was no exit from the room beyond the door which Walter had broken down,

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and nobody could possibly have passed him that way. Besides, the switches were just inside the door, and the light had been turned on almost immediately. At any rate, there

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was nobody there now except the victim of the attack himself, and Walter feared that he was already past any explanation of the strange affair. That would have to keep for

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the present. Walter bent over and raised Lord Ravenspur's head and shoulders. He was still alive, for his eyes were wide open, though no words came from his lips. At the sam

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e time he seemed to be struggling for speech which would not come. Then he raised a shaking arm and contrived to pull Walter's head down close to his lips. The words came at length in a faint whisper, a whisper so low, that Walter had the greatest difficulty in following it. "Don't let anybody know. It is absolutely necessary that no one should know," Lord Ravenspur faltered. "If there is any alarm, I pray you go and allay it at once. Say that I had fallen asleep and was

suffering from nightmare, Say I had a horrible dream. Say anything, so long as you respect my secret. Now go." There was nothing to do but to obey this mysterious request. At the end of the corridor Vera was waiting with an anxious face. It was no nice thing to prevaricate, it would have to be

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done. Walter spoke as lightly as possible. "There is no occasion for alarm," he said. "Lord Ravenspur says that he fell asleep

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and had a horrible nightmare. At any rate, he seems to be all right now. You had better go to bed. I am sorry that you should hav

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e been so much alarmed." To Walter's great relief, Vera asked no further questions. She turned away obediently enough, and he h

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