"Here's a letter in her hand. See what it is, miss."
The open envelope was addressed (evidently in a feigned handwriting) to "Mrs. Ferrari." The post-mark was "Venice." The contents of the envelope were a sheet of foreign note-paper and a folded inclosure.
On the note-paper one line only was written. It was again in a feigned handwriting, and it contained these words:
"To console you for the loss of your husband."
Agnes opened the inclosure next.
It was a Bank of England note for a thousand pounds.
THE next day, the friend and legal adviser of Agnes Lockwood, Mr. Troy, called on her by appointment in the evening.
Mrs. Ferrari--still persisting in the conviction of her husband's death--had sufficiently recovered to be present at the consultation. Assisted by Agnes, she told the lawyer the little that was known relating to Ferrari's disappearance, and then produced the correspondence connected with that event. Mr. Troy read (first) the three letters addressed by Ferrari to his wife; (secondly) the letter written by Ferrari's courier-friend, describing his visit to the palace and his interview with Lady Montbarry; and (thirdly) the one line