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I'm a magician, no longer a miracle employee. " "Thought now not. examine the sting of this cliff. He fell, definitely. yet was once he driven? Or thrown? No method of telling. Wind and climate have performed their paintings too good. to cite my cousin de London: Tfui! '" "Yes, me lord. " "Well, let's pass right down to the seashore and have a look from lower than. " That operation entailed strolling fifty yards or so down the cliff part to a steep draw which they can clamber down, then again back to the place Standish had died. there has been a delightful breeze from landward that introduced the scent of growing to be vegetation. A dozen yards away, 3 gulls squabbled raucously over the continues to be of a few lifeless sea-thing. Lord Darcy used to be nonetheless in a sour temper. "Nothing, rattling it. not anything. Footprints all washed away in the past. Or blown away via the wind. rattling, rattling, rattling! All we need to pass via is the testimony of eyewitnesses, that's notoriously unreliable. " "You do not beheve 'em, me lord? " grasp Sean requested. Lord Darcy used to be silent for numerous seconds. Then, in a calmer voice, he acknowledged: "Yes. Oddly sufficient, I do. i believe the testimony of these farmers used to be completely exact. They observed what they observed, and so they pronounced what they observed. yet they did not—they couldn't have visible every thing! " one of many Armsmen at the cliff above stated: "That's the spot, correct there, my lord. close to that flat rock. " He pointed. yet Lord Darcy didn't even examine the indicated spot. He had regarded up while the Armsman spoke, and was once gazing anything at the cliff face approximately toes under the Armsman's boot feet. grasp Sean his lordship's gaze and noticed the world instantly. "Looks like a persons' been carving his initials, me lord. " "Indeed. How do you are making them out? " "Looks like S. . . S. . . O. Who can we be aware of with the initials SSO? " "Nobody hooked up with this situation thus far. The letters can have been up there for your time. yet. . . " "Aye, me lord," acknowledged grasp Sean. "I see what you suggest. i will do a time fee on them. do you need 'em preserved? " "Unless they're greater than per week previous, definite. by way of the through, did Standish have a knife on him while he used to be came upon? " "Not as far as i do know, me lord. Wasn't pointed out within the stories. " "Hmmm. " Lord Darcy started prowling round the complete quarter, reminding grasp Sean of not anything loads as a leopard looking for his night meal. He eventually ended up on the base of the cliff, slightly under the place the glyphs have been carved into the clay wall. He went down on his knees and commenced digging. "It should be right here somewhere," he murmured. "Might I ask what you are looking for, me lord? " "A piece of metal, my expensive Sean; a bit of metal. " grasp Sean placed his carpetbag at the sand and opened it, getting rid of a skinny, darkish, metallic-blue wand simply as Lord Darcy acknowledged: "Aaha! " grasp Sean, wand nonetheless in hand, stated: "What is it, me lord? " "As you see," Lord Darcy acknowledged, status up and showing the article within the pahn of his hand. "Behold and realize, outdated buddy: a man's pocketknife. " grasp Sean smiled extensively. "Aye. I presume you'U be in need of a dating try out, me lord?