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1901. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV. IN THE PRIVATE SITTING-ROOM. He
showed no haste to leave the carriage. He waited, at his ease, till
the motion of the train was quite arrested. Quietly turning the
handle, without evincing the slightest sign of hurry, he stepped
out upon the platform. He looked up and down the station.
Apparently, not many people had come from Antwerp; they all seemed,
already, to have left the train. The usual officials were scattered
about; there was no symptom of anything having transpired, or being
about to transpire, out of the common. No news had come from
Antwerp. Mingling, leisurely, with the rest of the passengers, he
moved with them towards the barrier. Suddenly some one came running
after him. It was a guard, carrying a stick in his hand. "Pardon,
Monsieur Monsieur has left behind his cane; is it not so?" It was
so. He remembered now that he had placed it beside him on the seat,
and forgotten it L 161 was there. The fact of his having done so
was evidence of a certain amount of mental perturbation, after all.
Once clear of the station, he moved rapidly across the Place des
Nations. As he neared the hotel, he became conscious of the
palpitations of his heart; he felt it beating against his ribs. He
paused at the door. Were there any signs of the police? None which
were visible. He went in; a waiter admitted him through the inner
portal. "We have a fine night, Monsieur." Mr. Musgrave allowed that
it was so. Nothing had happened here. Discovering this to be the
case, he evinced, all at once, a disposition to linger. He
exchanged remarks with the waiter--until he saw, or thought he saw,
that the man's eyes were fixed on the lapel of his coat--on the
smear. Thereupon, with an amount of precipitation which was
scarcely ceremonious, he departed up the st...
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