had discovered in the chemist's shop, I think I mentioned a young man who was called to speak to a question of identity--an assistant who knew Miss Helena Gracedieu by sight."
"That young man left the note which Maria has just taken upstairs.
"Who wrote it, doctor, and what does it say?"
"Questions naturally asked, Miss Jillgall--and not easily answered. Where is Euneece? Her quick wit might help us."
She had gone out to buy some fruit and flowers for Philip.
The doctor accepted his disappointment resignedly.
"Let us try what we can do without her," he said.
"That young man's master has been in consultation (you may remember why) with his lawyer, and Helena may be threatened by an investigation before the magistrates. If this wild guess of mine turns out to have hit the mark, the poisoner upstairs has got a warning."
I asked if the chemist had written the note. Foolish enough of me when I came to think of it. The chemist would scarely act a friendly part towards Helena, when she was answerable for the awkward position in which he had placed himself. Perhaps the young man who had left the warning was also the writer of the warning. The doctor reminded me that he was all but a stranger to Helena. "We are not usually interested," he remarked, "in a person whom we only know by sight."
"Remember that he is a young man," I ventured to say. This was a strong hint, but the doctor failed to see it. He had evidently forgotten his own youth. I made another attempt.
"And vile as Helena is," I continued, "we cannot deny that this disgrace to her sex is a handsome young lady."
He saw it at last. "Woman's wit!" he cried. "You have hit it, Miss Jillgall. The young fool is smitten with her. and has given her a chance of making her escape."
"Do you think she will take the chance?"
"For all our sakes, I pray God she may. But I don't feel sure about it."
Recollect what you and Euneece have done. You have shown your suspicion of her without an attempt to conceal it. If you had put her in prison you could not have more