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Kapitel 26 - Sir Harry Braces Erstaunen
"Ein privater Ermittlungsagent!" Sir Harry sprang mit verärgerter Miene und scharfem Ausruf von seinem Stuhl hoch, nichts von beidem störte seinen Besucher. Mit seinem roten Halstuch auf seinen Knien ausgebreitet und seinem Strohhut auf dem Halstuch ruhend, sah Baltic ruhig und feierlich zu seinem aufgescheuchten Gastgeber, ohne einen Muskel zu bewegen oder auch nur mit der Wimper zu zucken. Brace wusste nicht, ob er den Ex-Seemann als Verrückten oder als einen dreisten Hochstapler behandeln sollte. Die Situation war beinahe beschämend.
"Was soll das, Sir", fragte er ärgerlich," dass Sie mit einer Lügengeschichte über Ihre Bekehrung zu mir kommen und mir dann erzählen, dass Sie ein privater Ermittlungagent sind, was kaum weniger als ein Spion ist?"
"Ist es für so einen unmöglich, ein Christ zu sein, Sir Harry?"
"So sollte ich meinen. Einer, der seinen Lebenunterhalt damit verdient herumzuschleichen, kann kaum der Ethik des Evangeliums folgen.
"Ich verdiene meinen Lebensunterhalt nicht durch Schleichen", erwiderte Baltic gelassen. "Wenn ich es täte, sollte ich Ihnen nicht mein Geschäft erklären, wie ich es getan habe - wie ich es im Moment tue. Meine Arbeit ist ziemlich ehrenwert, Sir, da ich gegen Übeltäter eingestellt bin und es ist meine Aufgabe, ihr Werk zu zerstören. Es gibt keine Notwendigkeit, meinen Beruf gegenüber jemanden zu verteidigen, außer Ihnen gegenüber, Sir Harry, da keiner außer Ihnen und vielleicht zwei anderen Leute wissen, was ich wirklich bin."
"Sie sollen es wissen" sprach Sir Harry hastig. "Ganz Beorminster soll es wissen. Wir mögen keine Wölfe im Schafspelz hier."
"Besser sicher zu sein, dass ich ein Wolf bin, bevor Sie vorschnell reden", sagte Baltic, in keiner Weise beunruhigt. "Ich kam hierhin, um mit Ihnen offen zu sprechen, da Sie mein Leben gerettet haben, und diese Schuld möchte ich begleichen. Und lassen Sie mich Ihnen sagen, Sir, dass es kein christlicher Glaube oder sogar Recht ist, nur eine Seite der Sache zu hören und die andere nicht."
Harry schaute verwirrt. " Sie sind ein Rätsel für mich, Baltic."
"Ich bin hier, um mich zu erklären, Sir. Weil deine Hand das Messer von dem Kanaken beiseite schleuderte, hast du einen Anspruch auf mein Vertrauen. Sie werden ein trauriger und ein froher Mann sein, wenn Sie meine Geschichte hören, Sir."
Harry nahm seinen Platz wieder ein, zuckte die Achseln und warf einen entspannten Blick auf seinen selbstbeherrschten Besucher. "Traurig und froh sind gegensätzliche Begriffe, mein Freund", sagte er sorglos. "Es wäre mir lieber, Sie würden mir Rätsel erklären, als sie aufzugeben."
"Sir Harry! Sir Harry! , es ist das Rätsel des menschlichen Lebens auf dieser Erde, das ich zu erklären versuche.".
"Sie haben sich eine schwere Aufgabe gestellt, Baltic, denn soweit ich sehen kann, gibt es keine Deutung dieses Rätsels."
"Retten durch das Licht des Evangeliums, Sir, das alle Dinge einfach macht."
"Baltic", sagte Brace rundheraus, "es kommt mir so vor, als seien Sie ein Pharisäer oder ein Heuchler, was ich herauszufinden bedauern würde. Deshalb, bitte, werden wir mit der Religion und der sinnbildlichen Darstellung aufhören und zum einfachen Tatbestand kommen. Als ich Sie in Samoa kannte, waren Sie ein Seemann ohne ein Schiff.
"Fügen Sie einen Schiffbrüchigen und ein Kind des Teufels hinzu, Sir, und Sie beschreiben mich als das, was ich damals war", platzte Baltic mit seiner tiefen Stimme heraus. "Hören Sie mir zu, Sir Harry, und beurteilen Sie mich, wie ich beurteilt werden sollte. Ich war, wie Sie wissen, ein betrunkener, gottloser, pöbelnder Hund, im Griff des Satans als Kraftstoff für die Hölle; aber als Sie mein wertloses Leben retteten, erkannte ich, dass es sich für mich geziemt, wie es alle Menschen tun, zu bereuen. Ich suchte einen Missionar auf, der meine Geschichte hörte und mich auf den richtigen Weg lenkte. Ich hörte seinen Predigten zu, ich las die Bibel und so lernte ich, wie ich gerettet werden könnte. Der Missionar machte mich zu seinem Arbeitskollegen auf den Inseln, und ich war bestrebt, die armen Ungläubigen an den Fuß des Kreuzes zu bringen. Drei Jahre lang habe ich dort gearbeitet, bis mir vor Augen geführt wurde, dass ich vom Heiligen Geist aufgefordert wurde, im größeren Weinberg von London zu arbeiten. Folglich kam ich nach England und sah mich um, welche Aufgabe am geeignetsten für meine Hände war. Allerorten sah ich, dass das Böse erfolgreich war. Die Gottlosen erblühten, wie ich bemerkte, wie ein grüner Lorbeerbaum; um sie zur Buße und Bestrafung zu bringen, wurde ich ein privater Ermittler.
"Hm! , das ist eine neue Art von Missionsunternehmen, Baltic."
"Es ist ein rechtschaffendes, Sir Harry. Ich suche nach Übeltaten, ich fange den gottlosen Menschen in seinen eigenen Netzen, ich mache die Elemente seines bösen Herzens unwirksam. Auch wenn ich keine Verbrechen verhindern kann, kann ich sie schließlich bestrafen, indem ich die Täter in die Fänge des Gesetzes bringe. Denn wenn sie von Menschen bestraft werden, bereuen sie und wenden sich Gott zu, und damit sind sie durch ihre eigene Begierden gerettet.
"Nicht in vielen Fällen, fürchte ich." Also betrachtest du dich als eine Art Geißel für die Bösen?"
"Ja! Wenn ich erkläre, dass ich ein Missionar bin, betrachte ich mich als jemanden, der auf eine neue Weise arbeitet."
" In der Tat eine Art Jahrhundertwendeapostel", sagte Brace trocken. "Aber ist die Bezeichnung "Missionar" nicht eher eine unzutreffende Bezeichnung?"
"Nein!" antwortete Baltic ernsthaft. "Ich tue meine Arbeit auf eine andere Weise, das ist alles. Ich bringe die Bösen aus der Fassung und indem ich ihnen die Sinnlosigkeit von Sünde zeige, veranlasse ich sie, ein neues Leben zu führen. Ich bringe sie zu Fall, nur um ihnen zu helfen, sich wieder zu erheben; denn wenn alles verloren ist, werden ihre Herzen weich.
"Sie stellen sie vor eine Art "Hobson'sche Wahl", ich verstehe", kommentierte Sir Harry, der verwirrt war durch die Vorstellung des Mannes von seiner Arbeit, aber er sah, dass er im vollen Ernst sprach "Nun, Baltic, es ist eine seltsame Art Sünder zur Buße aufzufordern, und ich kann es selbst nicht verstehen."
"Meine Methode für einen Gesinnungswandel ist sicher offen für falsche Auslegung, Sir. Deshalb bezeichne ich mich eher als Missionar denn als privaten Ermittlungsagenten."
"Ich verstehe, Sie wollen Ihre vielversprechende Schar von Kriminellen nicht erschrecken. Weiß jemand hier, dass Sie ein privater Ermittler sind?"
"Mr. Cargrim weiß es", sagte der Ex-Seemann ruhig, "und ein anderer."
Harry lehnte sich mit einem ungläubigen Blick vor. "Cargrim weiß es", sagte er in ungläubigem Erstaunen. "Man sollte denken, mit seinen engen Ansichten und seinem klerikalen Bürokratismus wäre er der letzte Mensch, der Ihre Ideen billigt." "Vielleicht, Sir. Aber in diesem Fall stimmen meine Ansichten mit seinen überein. Ich bin gekommen, um Sie zu treffen, Sir Harry, um mich in diesem Punkt zu beruhigen."
"Um sich zu beruhigen!" wiederholte Brace, mit einem scharfen Blick. "Fahren Sie fort."
"Sir Harry, ich spreche zu Ihnen im Vertrauen über Mr. Cargrim. Ich mag diesen Mann nicht, Sir."
"Dann gehören Sie zur Mehrheit, Baltic. Nur wenige Leute mögen Cargrim oder vertrauen ihm. Aber was ist er für Sie?"
"Mein Auftraggeber. Ja, Sir, da schauen Sie erstaunt. Mr. Cargrim bat mich unten in Beorminster um einen gewissen Gefallen.
"Zweifellos verbunden mit seiner Selbstherrlichkeit."
"Das kann ich nicht sagen, Sir Harry, weil Mr. Cargrim mir seine Motive, warum er mich in meinem Fachgebiet engangiert hat, nicht genannt hat. Alles, was ich weiß ist, dass er von mir wünscht herauszufinden, wer einen Mann namens Jentham ermordet hat."
"Zum Teufel nochmal!" Harry sprang mit einem aufgeregten Blick auf. "Warum macht er sich die Mühe?"
Ich kann es Ihnen nicht sagen, Sir, außer, dass er Bishop Pendle nicht mag!"
"Mag Bishop Pendle nicht, Mann! Und was hat das alles mit dem Mord an Jentham zu tun?"
"Sir", sagte Baltic mit einem vorsichtig umherschweifenden Blick und senkte seine Stimme zu einem Flüstern, "Mr. Cragrim verdächtigt Dr. Pendle des Verbrechens."
"Waas!!!" Sir Harry wurde kreideweiß und sprang zurück, bis er fast die Wand berührte. "Du Hund!" sagte er, mit unnatürlicher Ruhe sprechen, "du wagst es, da zu sitzen und zu sagen, du bist vorbeigekommen, um den Bischof zu beobachten?"
"Ja, Sir Harry", war Baltics gelassene Erwiderung, "mich zu beschimpfen, wird die Tatsache nicht beseitigen."
"Glaubt Cargrim, dass der Bischof den Mann ermordet hat?"
"Ja, Sir, das tut er und er wünscht vom mir, dass ich ihm die Umstände des Verbrechens klar mache."
"Verflucht seist du!" brüllte Harry, schritt durch den Raum und blieb vor dem unbewegten Baltic, den er überragte, stehen. "Ich werde Ihnen den Hals umdrehen, Sir, wenn Sie es wagen so etwas anzudeuten."
"Ich trage nur Tatsachen vor, Sir Harry - Tatsachen", fügte er betont hinzu, "welche ich Ihnen mitzuteilen wünsche."
"Mit welchem Ziel?"
"Dass sie mir helfen sollen."
"Um den Bischof zur Strecke zu bringen, nehme ich an", sagte Sir Harry zitternd vor Wut.
"Nein, Sir, um den Bischof vor Mr. Cargrim zu beschützen."
"Also denken Sie nicht, dass der Bischof schuldig ist."
"Sir" sagte Baltic mit Würde, "in London und in Beorminster habe ich gewisse Beweise gesammelt, die, oberflächlich betrachtet, den Bischof belasten. Aber seit ich Dr. Pendle kenne, habe ich sein Aussehen und Verhalten beobachtet, und - nach langem Überlegen - bin ich zu dem Schluss gekommen, dass er an diesem Verbrechen, das Mr. Cargrim ihm zur Last legt, unschuldig ist. Aus diesem Grund lege ich Ihnen meine Ansicht dar und und bitte um Ihre Unterstützung. Wir müssen zusammenarbeiten, Sir, und den wahren Verbrecher aufspüren, um Mr. Cargrim zu hindern.
"Cargrim, Cargrim", wiederholte Brace zornig,"er ist ein übler Typ."
"Das sag ich doch, Sir Harry. Er ist einer, der Fallen aufstellt und ich wünsche ihm, dass er selber davon gefangen wird."
"Dennoch ist Cargrim Ihr Arbeitgeber und bezahlt Sie", höhnte Sir Harry.
"Sie irren sich", erwiderte Baltic ruhig. "Ich nehme keine Bezahlung für meine Arbeit."
"Wovon leben Sie dann? Sie waren nicht unabhängig, als ich Sie kannte."
"Das stimmt, Sir Harry, aber als ich in England ankam, stellte ich fest, dass mein Vater tot war und mir aureichend hinterlassen hatte, um davon zu leben. Deshalb nehme ich kein Honorar für meine Arbeit, aber arbeite hart, um die Bösen zu bestrafen, um der Religion willen."
Brace murmelte etwas über die Hitze und wischte sich seine Stirn, als er sich wieder hinsetzte. Die eigenartigen Ansichten, vorgetragen von Baltic, verwirrten ihn stark, und er konnte den Wunsch des Mannes, Kriminelle zu fangen, nicht in Einklang bringen mit seinem Glauben an eine Religion, deren Leitgedanke 'Gott ist Liebe' ist. Evidently Baltic wished to convert sinners by playing on their fears rather than by appealing to their religious feelings, although it was certainly true that those rascals with whom he had to deal probably had no elements of belief whatsoever in their seared minds.
Aber wie dem auch sei, der Einsatz von Baltic war sowohl neuartig als auch seltsam und könnte sich in gewissem Grad durch seine Eigenwilligkeit als erfolgreich erweisen. Torquemada verbrannte Körper, um Seelen zu retten aber dieser Mann entblößte Fehler, so dass die, die sie begangen hatten, ausgeschlossen durch das Gesetz und zu Ausgestoßenen der Zivilisation gemacht, keine Freunde finden sollten, sondern Gott. Harry was not clever enough to understand the ethics of this conception, therefore he abandoned any attempt to do so, and treating Baltic purely as an ordinary detective, addressed himself to the task of arriving at the evidence which was said to inculpate Dr Pendle in the murder of Jentham. Der Exseemann akzeptierte die Gemeinsamkeit der Argumentation und gab wiederum die Theologie für das tägliche Geschäft auf. Der gesunde Menschenverstand war nötig, um jene Verbrecher aufzudecken und zu erniedrigen und zu stürzen, deren Talente es ihnen ermöglichten, ihre Bosheit zu verbergen; Proselytismus konnte rechtzeitig folgen. Es gab den Keim einer neuen Sekte im baltischen Konzept des Christentums als terrorisierende Religion.
"Lassen Sie mich Ihren Beweis gegen den Bischof hören", sagte Sir Henry, ruhig und geschäftsmäßig.
Baltic erfüllte diesen Wunsch und umriss diesen Fall mit kargen Einzelheiten. "Sir", sagte er ernst, " vor einigen Wichen, während es im Palast einen Empfang gab, besuchte dieser Mann Jentham den Bischof und versuchte offensichtlich, ihn wegen einiger Geheimnisse zu erpressen. Danach versprach Jentham, da er seine Kost und Logis im The Derby Winner nicht bezahlen konnte, dem Wirt Mosk, er würde seine Rechnung bald bezahlen, da er erwarte , in der nächsten Woche viel Geld zu bekommen. Von wem sagte er nicht, aber während er betrunken war, prahlte er, dass Southberry Heath Tom Tiddlers Land sei, auf dem er Gold und Silber auflesen könne. In der Zwischenzeit fuhr Bischof Pendle nach London hinauf und holte in der Ophirbank eine Summe von 200 Pfund in 20 Zehnpfundnoten. Mit diesem Geld kehrte er nach Beorminster zurück und hielt einen gemeinsamen Termin mit Jentham ein, als dieser Sonntagnacht von Southberry zurückkehrte. Ob er ihm die Erpressung bezahlte, kann ich nicht sagen; ob er den Mann tötete, kann niemand ehrlich verkünden ; aber es ist unzweifelhaft wahr, dass am nächsten Morgen Jentham, den der Bischof als seinen Feind betrachtete, tot aufgefunden wurde. Das , Sir, sind die bloßen Fakten des Falls, und, wie Sie sehen können, sie scheinen sicher Dr. Pendle des Verbrechens zu beschuldigen.
Diese ruhige und erbarmungslose Aussage kühlte Sir Harrys Blut. Obwohl er nicht glauben konnte, dass der Bischof schuldig war, sah er jedoch deutlich genug, dass die Beweise fast ohne Zweifel dazu neigten, den Prälaten zu belasten. Doch selbst bei so vollständigen Hinweisen könnte es Fehler geben, und Harry suchte nach ihnen und begann gespannt, Baltic zu befragen.
"Wer erzählte dir das alles?" fragte er mit einigen Bedenken.
"Mr. Cargrim erzählte mir einige Teile und anderes fand ich selbst heraus, Sir.
"Weiß Cargrim die Art von Dr. Pendles Geheimnis?"
" Nicht, dass ich wüsste , Sir Harry.
"Ist er sicher, dass es einen gibt?"
'Quite certain,' replied Baltic, emphatically; 'if only on account of Jentham's boast about being able to get money, and the fact that Bishop Pendle went up to London to procure the blackmail.
'How does he know—how does anyone know that the bishop did so?
'Because a butt was torn out of Dr Pendle's London cheque-book,' said Baltic, 'and I made inquiries at the Ophir Bank, which resulted in my discovery that a cheque for two hundred had been drawn on the day the bishop was in town.
'Come now, Baltic, it is not likely that any bank would give you that information without a warrant; but I don't suppose you dared to procure one against his lordship.
'Sir,' said Baltic, rolling up his red handkerchief, 'I had not sufficient evidence to procure a warrant, also I am not in the service of the Government, nevertheless, I have my own ways of procuring information, which I decline to explain. These served me so well in this instance that I know Bishop Pendle drew a cheque for two hundred pounds, and moreover, I have the numbers of the notes. If the money was paid to Jentham, and afterwards was taken from his dead body by the assassin, I hope to trace these notes; in which case I may capture the murderer.
'In your character of a private inquiry agent?
"Nein Sir Harry, soviel kann ich selber nicht auf mich nehmen. Ich erwähnte, dass eine andere Person von meinem Gewerbe wusste; diese Person ist Inpektor Tinkler."
"Mann!" schrie Brace mit einem Ruck, " Sie haben es nicht gewagt, den Bischof bei Tinkler anzuklagen.
"Oh nein, Sir!" erwiderte der Exseemann beherrscht. "Alles, was ich gemacht habe ist, Tinkler zu erzählen, dass ich den Mörder von Jentham zur Strecke bringen will und ihn zu veranlassen, für mich einen Haftbefehl für Mutter Jael auszustellen.
"Mutter Jael, das alte Zigeunerweib! Sie verdächtigen sie sicherlich nicht!
"Nicht des Mordes; aber ich verdächtige sie, die Wahrheit zu kennen. Tinkler gab mir einen Haftbefehl auf Grund ihrer Beteiligung am Verbrechen - zum Beispiel, als Begünstigte. Morgen, Sir Harry, reite ich hinüber zum Zigeunerlager, und dann habe ich vor, mut diesem Haftbefehl Mutter Jael zu erschrecken, dass sie gesteht, was sie weiß.
Harry lachte grimmig. "Wenn Sie die Wahrheit aus ihr herausbekommen, sind Sie ein kluger Mann, Baltic. Weiß der Bischof, dass sie ihn verdächtigen?"
"Ich verdächtige ihn nicht, Sir", antwortete Baltic und stand auf, "und der Bischof weiß nichts, da er glaubt, dass ich ein Missionar bin."
" Nun, Sie sind es, auf Ihre eigentümliche Weise."
"Danke, Sir Harry." Nur Sie und Mr. Cargrim und Mr. Tinkler kennen die Wahrheit, und ich erzähle Ihnen das alles, Sir, da ich Mr. Cargrim weder zustimme noch glaube. Ich bin sicher, dass Mr. Pendle unschuldig ist; Mr. Cargrim ist gleichermaßen sicher, dass er schuldig ist; so arbeite ich daran, die Wahrheit zu beweisen und dass", schloss Baltic feierlich, " wird nicht die sein, die sich Cargrim wünscht."
"Guter Gott! Der Mann muss den Bischof hassen.
"Sie missbrauchen den Namen Gottes vergeblich, Sir, ich glaube, dass er es tut."
"Nun, Baltic, ich bin Ihnen für Ihr Vertrauen sehr verpflichtet und dankbar, dass Sie auf unserer Seite sind. Sie können über meine Dienste auf jedwede Weise verfügen, aber halten Sie mich bei allem, was Sie tun, auf dem Laufenden.
"Sir!" sagte Baltic ernst und schüttelte seinem Gastgeber die Hand, "Sie können mich als Ihren Freund und Gratulant betrachten."
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CHAPTER XXVI - THE AMAZEMENT OF SIR HARRY BRACE.
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'A private inquiry agent!'
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Brace did not know whether to treat the ex-sailor as a madman or as an impudent impostor.
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The situation was almost embarrassing.
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'Is it impossible for such a one to be a Christian, Sir Harry?
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'I should think so.
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One who earns his living by sneaking can scarcely act up to the ethics of the Gospels.
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'I don't earn my living by sneaking,' replied Baltic, coolly.
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'If I did, I shouldn't explain my business to you as I have done—as I am doing.
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'They shall know it,' spoke Sir Harry, hastily.
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'All Beorminster shall know of it.
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We don't care for wolves in sheep's clothing here.
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'Better be sure that I am a wolf before you talk rashly,' said Baltic, in no wise disturbed.
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'I came here to speak to you openly, because you saved my life, and that debt I wish to square.
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Harry looked puzzled.
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'You are an enigma to me, Baltic.
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'I am here to explain myself, sir.
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As your hand dashed aside the knife of that Kanaka you have a claim on my confidence.
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You'll be a sad man and a glad man when you hear my story, sir.
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'Sad and glad are contradictory terms, my friend,' said he, carelessly.
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'I would rather you explained riddles than propounded them.
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'Sir Harry!
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Sir Harry!
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it is the riddle of man's life upon this earth that I am trying to explain.
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'Save by the light of the Gospel, sir, which makes all things plain.
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Therefore, if you please, we will stop religion and allegory, and come to plain matter-of-fact.
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When I knew you in Samoa, you were a sailor without a ship.
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'Hear me, Sir Harry, and gauge me as I should be gauged.
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I sought out a missionary, who heard my story and set my feet in the right path.
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I listened to his preaching, I read the Good Book, and so learned how I could be saved.
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Therefore, I came to England and looked round to see what task was fittest for my hand.
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On every side I saw evil prosper.
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'Humph!
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that is a novel kind of missionary enterprise, Baltic.
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'It is a righteous one, Sir Harry.
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'Not in many cases, I am afraid.
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So you regard yourself as a kind of scourge for the wicked?
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'Yes!
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When I state that I am a missionary, I regard myself as one who works in a new way.
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'A kind of fin-de-siècle apostle, in fact,' said Brace, dryly.
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'But isn't the term "missionary" rather a misnomer?
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'No!'
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replied Baltic, earnestly.
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'I do my work in a different way, that is all.
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I baffle the wicked, and by showing them the futility of sin, induce them to lead a new life.
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I make them fall, only to aid them to rise; for when all is lost, their hearts soften.
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'Well, Baltic, it is a queer way of calling sinners to repentance, and I can't understand it myself.
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'My method of conversion is certainly open to misconstruction, sir.
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That is why I term myself rather a missionary than a private inquiry agent.
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'I see; you don't wish to scare your promising flock of criminals.
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Does anyone here know that you are a private inquiry agent?
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'Mr Cargrim does,' said the ex-sailor, calmly, 'and one other.
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Harry leaned forward with an incredulous look.
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'Cargrim knows,' he said in utter amazement.
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'Perhaps, so, sir; but in this case my views happen to fall in with his own.
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I came to see you, Sir Harry, in order to ease my mind on that point.
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'In order to ease your mind!'
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repeated Brace, with a keen look.
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'Go on.
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'Sir Harry, I speak to you in confidence about Mr Cargrim.
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I do not like that man, sir.
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'You belong to the majority, then, Baltic.
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Few people like Cargrim, or trust him.
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But what is he to you?
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'My employer.
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Yes, sir, you may well look astonished.
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Mr Cargrim asked me down to Beorminster for a certain purpose.
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'Connected with his self-aggrandisement, no doubt.
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All I know is that he wishes me to discover who killed a man called Jentham.
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'The deuce!'
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Harry jumped up with an excited look.
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'Why is he taking the trouble to do that?
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'I can't say, sir, unless it is that he dislikes Bishop Pendle!
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'Dislikes Bishop Pendle, man!
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And what has all this to do with the murder of Jentham?
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'What!!!'
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Sir Harry turned the colour of chalk, and sprang back until he almost touched the wall.
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'You hound!'
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'Yes, Sir Harry,' was Baltic's stolid rejoinder, 'and calling me names won't do away with the fact.
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'Does Cargrim believe that the bishop killed this man?
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'Yes, sir, he does, and wishes me to bring the crime home to him.
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'Curse you!'
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'I am merely stating facts, Sir Harry—facts,' he added pointedly, 'which I wish you to know.
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'For what purpose.
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'That you may assist me.
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'To hunt down the bishop, I suppose,' said Sir Harry, quivering with rage.
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'No, sir, to save the bishop from Mr Cargrim.
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'Then you do not believe that the bishop is guilty.
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It is because of this belief that I tell you my mind and seek your assistance.
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We must work together, sir, and discover the real criminal so as to baffle Mr Cargrim.
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'Cargrim, Cargrim,' repeated Brace, angrily, 'he is a bad lot.
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'That is what I say, Sir Harry.
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He is one who spreads a snare, and I wish him to be taken in it himself.
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'Yet Cargrim is your employer, and pays you,' sneered Sir Harry.
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'You are wrong,' replied Baltic, quietly.
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'I do not take payment for my work.
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'How do you live then?
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You were not independent when I knew you.
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Therefore I take no fee for my work, but labour to punish the wicked, for religion's sake.
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Brace muttered something about the heat, and wiped his forehead as he resumed his seat.
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There was the germ of a new sect in Baltic's conception of Christianity as a terrorising religion.
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'Let me hear your evidence against the bishop,' said Sir Harry, calm and business-like.
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Baltic complied with this request and gave the outlines of the case in barren detail.
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This calm and pitiless statement chilled Sir Harry's blood.
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'Who told you all this?'
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he demanded with some apprehension.
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'Mr Cargrim told me some parts, and I found out others for myself, sir.
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'Does Cargrim know the nature of Dr Pendle's secret?
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'Not that I know of, Sir Harry.
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'Is he certain that there is one?
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'How does he know—how does anyone know that the bishop did so?
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'In your character of a private inquiry agent?
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'No, Sir Harry, I cannot take that much upon myself.
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I mentioned that one other person knew of my profession; that person is Inspector Tinkler.
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'Man!'
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cried Brace, with a start, 'you have not dared to accuse the bishop to Tinkler!
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'Oh, no, sir!'
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rejoined the ex-sailor, composedly.
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'Mother Jael, the gipsy hag!
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You don't suspect her, surely!
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'Not of the murder; but I suspect her of knowing the truth.
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Harry smiled grimly.
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'If you get the truth out of her you will be a clever man, Baltic.
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Does the bishop know that you suspect him?
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'Well, you are, in your own peculiar way.
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'Thank you, Sir Harry.
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'Good God!
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the man must hate the bishop.
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'Bating your taking the name of God in vain, sir, I believe he does.
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You can command my services in any way you like, but keep me posted up in all you do.
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'Sir!'
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Vermutlich duzt Sir Henry den Missionar Ben Baltic, dieser aber siezt ihn.

by kardaMom 8 months, 3 weeks ago

- Die meisten Personen siezen sich, wie man es ohne Zweifel in dieser Epoche tat.
- Ehepaare siezen sich
- Kinder siezen ihre Eltern
- Eltern duzen ihre Kinder
- Doktor Graham duzt Harry Brace und die Kinder des Bischofs
- Verlobte? Am Anfang siezten sie sich, dann ist man zum Duzen übergegangen, wie ich vermute

by Siri 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Mr. Michael Cargrim, bishop's chaplain, also likes Mab Arden = in der Übersetzung chaplain als "Kaplan", "Kaplan des Bischofs"
Mr. Gabriel Pendle, bishop's son, curate, allegedly chasing Miss Mosk = in der Übersetzung curate als "Vikar"
by Siri 9 hours ago
For those who are interested in listening to the novel: https://librivox.org/the-bishops-secret-by-fergus-hume/
by francevw 1 week, 4 days ago
„Fellow translators, our mutual goal in collaborative translation is to improve our language skills and to learn from one another. To promote such an environment, please refrain from correcting translations that are already written correctly in English. Where there is an error of either translation, grammar, or punctuation, it is helpful to use the "suggestion" feature to correct it, and when necessary, leave a short comment. In this way the original translator can benefit from the explanation. Replacing words with synonyms or sentences with similar ones is discouraged; this suggests to the translator that his writing is incorrect and can hinder learning. However, at times there may be stylistic changes needed to fit the time period of the piece, to make the story flow better, or to capture an “accent”. In such instances please use the “comments" feature to explain the proposed changes and allow the original translator the opportunity to make the changes himself or herself. Thank you.“
by Siri 2 weeks, 4 days ago
THE BISHOP'S SECRET by FERGUS HUME (1900) https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Bishop%27s_Secret

List of the characters:
1. Miss Daisy Norsham, Belgravian spinster
2. Mrs. Pansey, an archdeacon's widow
3. Mr. George Pendle, Bishop, Dr. Pendle
4. Mrs. Amy Pendle, the bishop's wife, formerly Mrs. Creagth (widow)
5. Mr. George Pendle, bishop's son, officer, in love with Mab Arden
6. Mr. Gabriel Pendle, bishop's son, curate, allegedly chasing Miss Mosk
7. Miss Lucy Pendle, bishop's daughter
8. Sir Harry Brace, engaged to Lucy Pendle
9. Miss Mab Arden, most beautiful girl in Beorminster
10. Miss Whichello, Mab Arden's aunt
11. Mr. Michael Cargrim, bishop's chaplain, also likes Mab Arden
12. Dr. Graham, doctor, atheist, sceptic
13. Mr. William Mosk, the owner of the The Derby Winner pub
14. Mrs Mosk, his wife
15. Miss Bell Mosk, their daughter
16. Mr. Alder, dean, Dr. Alder
17. Miss Tancred, keeps telling the story about her lost purse
18. John, bishop's servant
19. Mr. Jentham, the man with the scar, the bearer of the bad news

Synopsis:
Bishop Pendle is the Church of England bishop in a small fictitious English cathedral town. Several years into his work, he receives a visit from a disreputable-looking visitor. The bishop is much upset. What transpired between them that has so upset the good churchman? And then there is the murder. Fergus Hume was one of the most prolific and most popular of 19th century novelists. "Mr. Hume won a reputation second to none for plot of the stirring, ingenious, misleading, and finally surprising kind, and for working out his plot in vigorous and picturesque English. In "The Bishop's Secret," while there is no falling off in plot and style, there is a welcome and marvelous broadening out as to the cast of characters, representing an unusually wide range of typical men and women. These are not laboriously described by the author, but are made to reveal themselves in action and speech in a way that has, for the reader, all the charm of personal intercourse with living people…."

TABLE OF CONTENTS
PREFACE.
CHAPTER I. 'Enter Mrs Pansey As Chorus'
CHAPTER II. The Bishop Is Wanted
CHAPTER III. The Unforeseen Happens
CHAPTER IV. The Curiosity Of Mr Cargrim
CHAPTER V. The Derby Winner
CHAPTER VI. The Man With The Scar
CHAPTER VII. An Interesting Conversation
CHAPTER VIII. On Saturday Night
CHAPTER IX. An Exciting Adventure
CHAPTER X. Morning Service In The Minster
CHAPTER XI. Miss Whichello's Luncheon-party
CHAPTER XII. Bell Mosk Pays A Visit
CHAPTER XIII. A Stormy Night
CHAPTER XIV. 'Rumour Full Of Tongues'
CHAPTER XV. The Gipsy Ring
CHAPTER XVI. The Zeal Of Inspector Tinkler
CHAPTER XVII. A Clerical Detective
CHAPTER XVIII. The Chaplain On The Warpath
CHAPTER XIX. The Bishop's Request
CHAPTER XX. Mother Jael
CHAPTER XXI. Mrs Pansey's Festival
CHAPTER XXII. Mr Mosk Is Indiscreet
CHAPTER XXIII. In The Library
CHAPTER XXIV. The Bishop Asserts Himself
CHAPTER XXV. Mr Baltic, Missionary
CHAPTER XXVI. The Amazement Of Sir Harry Brace
CHAPTER XXVII. What Mother Jael Knew
CHAPTER XXVIII. The Return Of Gabriel
CHAPTER XXIX. The Confession Of Bishop Pendle
CHAPTER XXX. Blackmail
CHAPTER XXXI. Mr Baltic On The Trail
CHAPTER XXXII. The Initials
CHAPTER XXXIII. Mr Baltic Explains Himself
CHAPTER XXXIV. The Wages Of Sin
CHAPTER XXXV. The Honour Of Gabriel
CHAPTER XXXVI. The Rebellion Of Mrs Pendle
CHAPTER XXXVII. Dea Ex Machinâ
CHAPTER XXXVIII. Exit Mr Cargrim
CHAPTER XXXIX. All's Well That Ends Well
by francevw

by Siri 8 months, 3 weeks ago

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CHAPTER XXVI - THE AMAZEMENT OF SIR HARRY BRACE.
'A private inquiry agent!' Sir Harry jumped up from his chair with an angry look, and a sharp ejaculation, neither of which disturbed his visitor. With his red bandanna handkerchief spread on his knees, and his straw hat resting on the handkerchief, Baltic looked at his flushed host calmly and solemnly without moving a muscle, or even winking an eye. Brace did not know whether to treat the ex-sailor as a madman or as an impudent impostor. The situation was almost embarrassing.
'What do you mean, sir,' he asked angrily, 'by coming to me with a cock-and-bull story about your conversion, and then telling me that you are a private inquiry agent, which is little less than a spy?
'Is it impossible for such a one to be a Christian, Sir Harry?
'I should think so. One who earns his living by sneaking can scarcely act up to the ethics of the Gospels.
'I don't earn my living by sneaking,' replied Baltic, coolly. 'If I did, I shouldn't explain my business to you as I have done—as I am doing. My work is honourable enough, sir, for I am ranged against evil-doers, and it is my duty to bring their works to naught. There is no need for me to defend my profession to anyone but you, Sir Harry, as no one but yourself, and perhaps two other people, know what I really am.
'They shall know it,' spoke Sir Harry, hastily. 'All Beorminster shall know of it. We don't care for wolves in sheep's clothing here.
'Better be sure that I am a wolf before you talk rashly,' said Baltic, in no wise disturbed. 'I came here to speak to you openly, because you saved my life, and that debt I wish to square. And let me tell you, sir, that it isn't Christianity, or even justice, to hear one side of the question and not the other.
Harry looked puzzled. 'You are an enigma to me, Baltic.
'I am here to explain myself, sir. As your hand dashed aside the knife of that Kanaka you have a claim on my confidence. You'll be a sad man and a glad man when you hear my story, sir.
Harry resumed his seat, shrugged his shoulders, and took a leisurely look at his self-possessed visitor. 'Sad and glad are contradictory terms, my friend,' said he, carelessly. 'I would rather you explained riddles than propounded them.
'Sir Harry! Sir Harry! it is the riddle of man's life upon this earth that I am trying to explain.
'You have set yourself a hard task, Baltic, for so far as I can see, there is no reading of that riddle.
'Save by the light of the Gospel, sir, which makes all things plain.
'Baltic,' said Brace, bluntly, 'there is that about you which would make me sorry to find you a Pharisee or a hypocrite. Therefore, if you please, we will stop religion and allegory, and come to plain matter-of-fact. When I knew you in Samoa, you were a sailor without a ship.
'Add a castaway and a child of the devil, sir, and you will describe me as I was then,' burst out Baltic, in his deep voice. 'Hear me, Sir Harry, and gauge me as I should be gauged. I was, as you know, a drunken, godless, swearing dog, in the grip of Satan as fuel for hell; but when you saved my worthless life I saw that it behoved me, as it does all men, to repent. I sought out a missionary, who heard my story and set my feet in the right path. I listened to his preaching, I read the Good Book, and so learned how I could be saved. The missionary made me his fellow-labourer in the islands, and I strove to bring the poor heathen to the foot of the cross. For three years I laboured there, until it was borne in upon me that I was called upon by the Spirit to labour in the greater vineyard of London. Therefore, I came to England and looked round to see what task was fittest for my hand. On every side I saw evil prosper. The wicked, as I noted, flourished like a green bay tree; so, to bring them to repentance and punishment, I became a private inquiry agent.
'Humph! that is a novel kind of missionary enterprise, Baltic.
'It is a righteous one, Sir Harry. I search out iniquities; I snare the wicked man in his own nets; I make void the devices of his evil heart. If I cannot prevent crimes, I can at least punish them by bringing their doers within the grip of the law. Then when punished by man, they repent and turn to God, and thereby are saved through their own lusts.
'Not in many cases, I am afraid. So you regard yourself as a kind of scourge for the wicked?
'Yes! When I state that I am a missionary, I regard myself as one who works in a new way.
'A kind of fin-de-siècle apostle, in fact,' said Brace, dryly. 'But isn't the term "missionary" rather a misnomer?
'No!' replied Baltic, earnestly. 'I do my work in a different way, that is all. I baffle the wicked, and by showing them the futility of sin, induce them to lead a new life. I make them fall, only to aid them to rise; for when all is lost, their hearts soften.
'You give them a kind of Hobson's choice, I see,' commented Sir Harry, who was puzzled by the man's conception of his work, but saw that he spoke in all seriousness. 'Well, Baltic, it is a queer way of calling sinners to repentance, and I can't understand it myself.
'My method of conversion is certainly open to misconstruction, sir. That is why I term myself rather a missionary than a private inquiry agent.
'I see; you don't wish to scare your promising flock of criminals. Does anyone here know that you are a private inquiry agent?
'Mr Cargrim does,' said the ex-sailor, calmly, 'and one other.
Harry leaned forward with an incredulous look. 'Cargrim knows,' he said in utter amazement. 'I should think he would be the last man to approve of your ideas, with his narrow views and clerical red-tapism.' 'Perhaps, so, sir; but in this case my views happen to fall in with his own. I came to see you, Sir Harry, in order to ease my mind on that point.
'In order to ease your mind!' repeated Brace, with a keen look. 'Go on.
'Sir Harry, I speak to you in confidence about Mr Cargrim. I do not like that man, sir.
'You belong to the majority, then, Baltic. Few people like Cargrim, or trust him. But what is he to you?
'My employer. Yes, sir, you may well look astonished. Mr Cargrim asked me down to Beorminster for a certain purpose.
'Connected with his self-aggrandisement, no doubt.
'That I cannot tell you, Sir Harry, as Mr Cargrim has not told me his motive for engaging me in my business capacity. All I know is that he wishes me to discover who killed a man called Jentham.
'The deuce!' Harry jumped up with an excited look. 'Why is he taking the trouble to do that?
'I can't say, sir, unless it is that he dislikes Bishop Pendle!
'Dislikes Bishop Pendle, man! And what has all this to do with the murder of Jentham?
'Sir,' said Baltic, with a cautious glance around, and sinking his voice to a whisper, 'Mr Cargrim suspects Dr Pendle of the crime.
'What!!!' Sir Harry turned the colour of chalk, and sprang back until he almost touched the wall. 'You hound!' said he, speaking with unnatural calmness, 'do you dare to sit there and tell me that you have come here to watch the bishop?
'Yes, Sir Harry,' was Baltic's stolid rejoinder, 'and calling me names won't do away with the fact.
'Does Cargrim believe that the bishop killed this man?
'Yes, sir, he does, and wishes me to bring the crime home to him.
'Curse you!' roared Harry, striding across the room, and towering over the unmoved Baltic, 'I'll wring your neck, sir, if you dare to hint at such a thing.
'I am merely stating facts, Sir Harry—facts,' he added pointedly, 'which I wish you to know.
'For what purpose.
'That you may assist me.
'To hunt down the bishop, I suppose,' said Sir Harry, quivering with rage.
'No, sir, to save the bishop from Mr Cargrim.
'Then you do not believe that the bishop is guilty.
'Sir,' said Baltic, with dignity, 'in London and in Beorminster I have collected certain evidence which, on the face of it, incriminates the bishop. But since knowing Dr Pendle I have been observant of his looks and demeanour, and—after much thought—I have come to the conclusion that he is innocent of this crime which Mr Cargrim lays to his charge. It is because of this belief that I tell you my mind and seek your assistance. We must work together, sir, and discover the real criminal so as to baffle Mr Cargrim.
'Cargrim, Cargrim,' repeated Brace, angrily, 'he is a bad lot.
'That is what I say, Sir Harry. He is one who spreads a snare, and I wish him to be taken in it himself.
'Yet Cargrim is your employer, and pays you,' sneered Sir Harry.
'You are wrong,' replied Baltic, quietly. 'I do not take payment for my work.
'How do you live then? You were not independent when I knew you.
'That is true, Sir Harry, but when I arrived in England I found that my father was dead, and had left me sufficient to live upon. Therefore I take no fee for my work, but labour to punish the wicked, for religion's sake.
Brace muttered something about the heat, and wiped his forehead as he resumed his seat. The peculiar views held by Baltic perplexed him greatly, and he could not reconcile the man's desire to capture criminals with his belief in a religion, the keynote of which is, 'God is love.' Evidently Baltic wished to convert sinners by playing on their fears rather than by appealing to their religious feelings, although it was certainly true that those rascals with whom he had to deal probably had no elements of belief whatsoever in their seared minds.
But be this as it may, Baltic's mission was both novel and strange, and might in some degree prove successful from its very originality. Torquemada burned bodies to save souls, but this man exposed vices, so that those who committed them, being banned by the law, and made outcasts from civilisation, should find no friend but the Deity. Harry was not clever enough to understand the ethics of this conception, therefore he abandoned any attempt to do so, and treating Baltic purely as an ordinary detective, addressed himself to the task of arriving at the evidence which was said to inculpate Dr Pendle in the murder of Jentham. The ex-sailor accepted the common ground of argument, and in his turn abandoned theology for the business of everyday life. Common sense was needed to expose and abase and overturn those criminals whose talents enabled them to conceal their wickedness; proselytism could follow in due course. There was the germ of a new sect in Baltic's conception of Christianity as a terrorising religion.
'Let me hear your evidence against the bishop,' said Sir Harry, calm and business-like.
Baltic complied with this request and gave the outlines of the case in barren detail. 'Sir,' said he, gravely, 'some weeks ago, while there was a reception at the palace, this man Jentham called to see the bishop and evidently attempted to blackmail him on account of some secret. Afterwards Jentham, not being able to pay for his board and lodging at The Derby Winner, promised Mosk, the landlord, that he would discharge his bill shortly, as he expected the next week to receive much money. From whom he did not say, but while drunk he boasted that Southberry Heath was Tom Tiddler's ground, on which he could pick up gold and silver. In the meantime, Bishop Pendle went up to London and drew out of the Ophir Bank a sum of two hundred pounds, in twenty ten-pound notes. With this money he returned to Beorminster and kept an appointment, on the common, with Jentham, when returning on Sunday night from Southberry. Whether he paid him the blackmail I cannot say; whether he killed the man no one can declare honestly; but it is undoubtedly true that, the next morning, Jentham, whom the bishop regarded as his enemy, was found dead. These, sir, are the bare facts of the case, and, as you can see, they certainly appear to inculpate Dr Pendle in the crime.
This calm and pitiless statement chilled Sir Harry's blood. Although he could not bring himself to believe that the bishop was guilty, yet he saw plainly enough that the evidence tended, almost beyond all doubt, to incriminate the prelate. Yet there might be flaws even in so complete an indictment, and Harry, seeking for them, began eagerly to question Baltic.
'Who told you all this?' he demanded with some apprehension.
'Mr Cargrim told me some parts, and I found out others for myself, sir.
'Does Cargrim know the nature of Dr Pendle's secret?
'Not that I know of, Sir Harry.
'Is he certain that there is one?
'Quite certain,' replied Baltic, emphatically; 'if only on account of Jentham's boast about being able to get money, and the fact that Bishop Pendle went up to London to procure the blackmail.
'How does he know—how does anyone know that the bishop did so?
'Because a butt was torn out of Dr Pendle's London cheque-book,' said Baltic, 'and I made inquiries at the Ophir Bank, which resulted in my discovery that a cheque for two hundred had been drawn on the day the bishop was in town.
'Come now, Baltic, it is not likely that any bank would give you that information without a warrant; but I don't suppose you dared to procure one against his lordship.
'Sir,' said Baltic, rolling up his red handkerchief, 'I had not sufficient evidence to procure a warrant, also I am not in the service of the Government, nevertheless, I have my own ways of procuring information, which I decline to explain. These served me so well in this instance that I know Bishop Pendle drew a cheque for two hundred pounds, and moreover, I have the numbers of the notes. If the money was paid to Jentham, and afterwards was taken from his dead body by the assassin, I hope to trace these notes; in which case I may capture the murderer.
'In your character of a private inquiry agent?
'No, Sir Harry, I cannot take that much upon myself. I mentioned that one other person knew of my profession; that person is Inspector Tinkler.
'Man!' cried Brace, with a start, 'you have not dared to accuse the bishop to Tinkler!
'Oh, no, sir!' rejoined the ex-sailor, composedly. 'All I have done is to tell Tinkler that I wish to hunt down the murderer of Jentham, and to induce him to obtain for me a warrant of arrest against Mother Jael.
'Mother Jael, the gipsy hag! You don't suspect her, surely!
'Not of the murder; but I suspect her of knowing the truth. Tinkler got me a warrant on the ground of her being concerned in the crime—say, as an accessory after the fact. To-morrow, Sir Harry, I ride over to the gipsy camp, and then with this warrant I intend to frighten Mother Jael into confessing what she knows.
Harry smiled grimly. 'If you get the truth out of her you will be a clever man, Baltic. Does the bishop know that you suspect him?
'I don't suspect him, sir,' replied Baltic, rising, 'and the bishop knows nothing, as he believes that I am a missionary.
'Well, you are, in your own peculiar way.
'Thank you, Sir Harry. Only you and Mr Cargrim and Mr Tinkler are aware of the truth, and I tell you all this, sir, as I neither approve of, nor believe in, Mr Cargrim. I am certain that Dr Pendle is innocent; Mr Cargrim is equally certain that he is guilty; so I am working to prove the truth, and that,' concluded the solemn Baltic, 'will not be what Mr Cargrim desires.
'Good God! the man must hate the bishop.
'Bating your taking the name of God in vain, sir, I believe he does.
'Well, Baltic, I am greatly obliged to you for your confidence, and feel thankful that you are on our side. You can command my services in any way you like, but keep me posted up in all you do.
'Sir!' said Baltic, gravely, shaking hands with his host, 'you can look upon me as your friend and well-wisher.