CHAPTER THE TWELFTH
‘“It is… a Levite ornament. We’re close on the
track of the Lost Trumpet.’”

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IT seemed to me I had slept a bare hour. Yet I awoke with the sunlight streaming in upon my face; and, lying in the disorder of my tent, knew that I had very grievously overslept. For that beam of sunlight was not due to make entrance until at least ten o’clock in the morning.

This came of gadding around the Cairene scene in company with an emigré princess and an anachronistic sagawoman!

We had reached Gault’s castle at five in the morning. There, having seen to the awakening and decanting of Pelagueya and Aslaug Simonssen, I had betaken myself, stumblingly, for sleep was almost upon me, across the dimness of the Egyptian night, on my way narrowly escaping a fall and a broken neck from a new and unexpected traverse the archæologists had cut in my absence. The speculations and queries of the journey from Cairo trailed after me like footsore phantoms. But wherever yet were the philosophical agonies which over

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