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This man was tall, low-browed, with shaggy black eyebrows, and a face on which villainy was stamped in Nature’s plainest and most ineffaceable characters.

“There’s a man,” thought the mate, “that will serve my turn, and, to judge from his looks, will be troubled by no unnecessary scruples on the subject.”

Meanwhile, the other, lifting his eyes from the glass, had observed his close scrutiny, and chose to take offence at it. He rose from his seat, and, advancing towards Randall, observed, in a menacing tone, “It appears to me, se?or, that you are impertinent.”

Randall understood the language in which this was spoken, and coolly inquired, “How so?”

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“You have been staring at me as if you had some particular object in it.”

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“I beg your pardon, se?or, for my suspicions, which, I see, were wrong. I see that you are a

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“I thought you would learn to know me better,” said Randall, filling both glasses; “let me drink to our better acquaintance.”

Both sat down very amicably. The glass had made them friends.

“I should like to ask your advice on a certain point,” said Randall.

“I will give it with pleasure.”

“I have an enemy—a deadly foe—whom I detest. What would you do if you were in my place?”

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“You say he is your deadly foe?”

“Yes.”

“I would give him a passport to another world. That is my advice.”

“And you would feel no compunctions?”

“No more than if I were crushing a spider.”

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“Well?”

“I would engage him to do it for me, if——”

“Well?”

“If we could agree upon the terms.”

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“You?”

“And why not?”

“Certainly, there is no good reason.”

“Now tell me about it.”

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“First, let us settle about the price to be paid.”

“As you please.”

After some little discussion this was finally fixed at sixty dollars. For this paltry sum, added to the booty which he might find upon the person of his victim, this miserable man was willing to commit one of the worst of crimes.