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said one word about it! . . . But for those chil- dren asleep there, I would kill you this moment ! And now you had better take very, very good care of them; for if ever they have reason to complain of you, I will treat you as you deserve!” . . .

Even as she screamed, her voice became thin, like a crying of wind;—then she melted into a bright white mist that spired to the roof-beams, and shuddered away through the smoke-hold. . . . Never again was she seen.