"For a long, long time he never moved. Then, on a sudden, I saw him start. The
next moment he sank on his knees, with his clasped hands resting on the balcony
rail. 'God Almighty bless and keep you, Allan!' he said, fervently. 'Good-by,
"I looked out to the sea. A soft, steady breeze was blowing, and the rippled
surface of the water was sparkling in the quiet moonlight. I looked again, and
there passed slowly, between me and the track of the moon, a long black vessel
with tall, shadowy, ghostlike sails, gliding smooth and noiseless through the
water, like a snake.
"The wind had come fair with the night; and Armadale's yacht had sailed on the
trial cruise.