is a wonderfully interesting study. I wish I could get some glimpse of his mind or of the cause of his sudden passion. Stop; there may be a clue after all, if we can find why to-day his paroxysms came on at high noon and at sunset. Can it be that there is a malign influence of the sun at periods which affects certain natures -- as at times the moon does others? We shall see.


Telegram, Seward, London, to Van Helsing, Amsterdam

'4 September. -- Patient still better to-day.'


Telegram, Seward, London, to Van Helsing, Amsterdam

'5 September. -- Patient greatly improved. Good appetite; sleeps naturally; good spirits, colour coming back.'


Telegram, Seward, London, to Van Helsing, Amsterdam

'6 September. -- Terrible change for the worse. Come at once; do not lose an hour. I hold over telegram to Holmwood till have seen you.'


CHAPTER X

Letter, Dr Seward to Hon. Arthur Holmwood

'6 September.

'My Dear Art,--

'My news to-day is not so good. Lucy this morning had gone back a bit. There is, however, one good thing which has arisen from it: Mrs Westenra was naturally anxious concerning Lucy, and has consulted me professionally about her. I took advantage of the opportunity, and told her that my old master, Van Helsing, the great specialist, was coming to stay with me,

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