A new tenseness seemed to have crept into the situation. The conversation, never without its emotional tendencies, at once changed its character. Philippa, cold and reserved, with a threat lurking all the time in her tone and manner, became its guiding spirit.
With the theft of the sacred slipper, worn by the great Prophet himself, came a wave of outrageous horror. The truth emerged behind these inhuman outrages was a secret group of fanatics--Assassins--trained from childhood to wreak havoc on all who dared disturb their sacred relics.
Squire Vane was an elderly schoolboy of English education and Irish extraction. His English education, at one of the great public schools, had preserved his intellect perfectly and permanently at the stage of boyhood. But his Irish extraction subconsciously upset in him the proper solemnity of an...