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The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu


woman, who, looking so innocent, was yet so utterly vile.
"Yes, my dear," Slattin was saying, and through his monocle
ogling his beautiful visitor, "I shall be ready for you to-morrow
night."
I felt Smith start at the words.
"There will be a sufficient number of men?"
Karamaneh put the question in a strangely listless way.
"My dear little girl," replied Slattin, rising and standing looking
down at her, with his gold tooth twinkling in the lamplight, "there
will be a whole division, if a whole division is necessary."
He sought to take her white gloved hand, which rested upon the
chair arm; but she evaded the attempt with seeming artlessness,
and stood up. Slattin fixed his bold gaze upon her.
"So now, give me my orders," he said.
"I am not prepared to do so, yet," replied the girl, composedly;
"but now that I know you are ready, I can make my plans."
She glided past him to the door, avoiding his outstretched arm
with an artless art which made me writhe; for once I had been the
willing victim of all these wiles.
"But—" began Slattin.
"I will ring you up in less than half an hour," said Karamaneh
and without further ceremony, she opened the door.
I still had my eyes glued to the aperture in the blind, when Smith
began tugging at my arm.
"Down! you fool!" he hissed harshly—"if she sees us, all is
lost!"
Realizing this, and none too soon, I turned, and rather clumsily
followed my friend. I dislodged a piece of granite in my descent;
but, fortunately, Slattin had gone out into the hall and could not
well have heard it.
We were crouching around an angle of the house, when a flood
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