have him for all his cunning, eh, boy?"
"Not yet," I answered; "he is far away by this
But we'll have him : oh, yes, we'll have him."
Uncle Loveday looked at me oddly for a moment,
and then repeated —
" Yes, yes, we'll have him safe enough. Joe Roscorla
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must have given the alarm before he had time to go far.
And to think/'' he addetl^ throwing up his hand^ '' that
I talked to the villain only yesterday morning as though
he were some unfurtunate victim of the sea ! ''
I am sure that my uncle was regretting the vast
deal of very fine language he had wasted: andj indeed,
he had seldom more nobly risen to an occasion.
"Pearls, pearls before swine! Swine did I say?
Snakes, if it's not an insult to a snake to give its name
to such as Colliver. What did you say, Jasper ? "
'' We'll have him.'^
'' Jasper, iny boy,'^ said he, scanning me for a second
time oddly, " maybe you'll be better in bed. Try to
sleep again, my poor lad — what do you think ? ^'
" I think," I answei-ed, " that we have not yet
looked at the clasp."
" W\f dear b«»y, you're right : you're right again.
Let us look at it."
The piece of metal resembled, as I have said, the
half of a waist-buckle, having a socket but no corre-
sponding hook. In shape it was slightly oblong, being
about 3 in. by liin. It glittered brightly in the
candle's ray as Uncle Loveday polished it with his
handkerchief, readjusted his spectacles, and bent over it.
At the end of a minute he looked up, and said —
" I cannot make head or tail of it. It seems plain
enough to read, but makes nonsense. Come over here
and see for yourself."
I bent over his shoulder, and this is what I saw —
DEAD MAN S HOCK.
The ecly his face that Aunt Elizabeth was
81ie had boon in tlio kitchen busied with orted.
IVIy poor aunt was dead ; and until now we had
never known how we loved her. Jjike so many of the
Trenoweths she seemed hard and reserved to many, but
we who liad liveil with her had learnt the jroodness of
her soul and the sincerity of her relii4ion. 'l"he j^n-ief of
her husband was her noblest ppita])h.
lie, i)oor man, was inconsolable. "Without his wife
he seemed as one deprived of most of his limbs, and
moved helplessly about, as though life were now with-
out purpose. Accustomed to be ruled by her at every
turn, he missed her in every action of the day. Very
swiftly he sank, of no assi