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1898 Excerpt: ...do so from some vague feeling which he could in no
wise account for. One evening as he was making his accustomed tour
of inspection, the wail of a child struck upon his ear. He bent
down his head and eagerly listened, again he heard the same faint
sounds, and in them he fancied he recognized the accents of his
dear little Katrina. Hurrying up to one of the ground-floor
windows, from which a dim light streamed, he pressed his face
against the pane, and looked steadily in. A horrible sight
presented itself to his gaze. By the faint light of a shaded lamp,
he saw Katrina stretched upon the ground; but her wailing had now
ceased, for a shawl had been tied across her little mouth. Over her
was bending a hideous shape, which seemed to be clothed in some
white and shaggy covering. Katrina lay perfectly motionless, and
the hands of the figure were engaged in hastily removing the
garments from the child's breast. The task was soon effected; then
there was a bright gleam of steel, and the head of the thing bent
closely down to the child's bosom. With a yell of apprehension, the
old man dashed in the window frame, and, drawing the cross from his
breast, sprang boldly into the room. The creature sprang to its
feet, and the white fur cloak falling from its head and shoulders
disclosed the pallid features of Ravina, a short, broad knife in
her hand, and her lips discolored with blood. "Vile sorceress "
cried Michal, dashing forward and raising Katrina in his arms.
"What hellish work are you about?" Ravina's eyes gleamed fiercely
upon the old man, who had interfered between her and her prey. She
raised her dagger, and was about to spring in upon him, when she
caught sight of the cross in his extended hand. "With a low cry,
she dropped the knife, a...
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Nathan Haskell Dole
||246 x 189 x 10mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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