The truth probably was, that Alice Vane's secret for restoring the hues of the picture had merely effected a temporary renovation.
At the conclusion of this miraculous legend, I inquired of mine host whether the picture still remained in the chamber over our heads; but Mr.
He was a connoisseur, for he had said that the picture
was a crackerjack.
If I could only lay hold of a copy of the picture I might ask leave to go and compare it with the original.
I told him a man wanted to sell me a copy of the celebrated Infanta Maria Teresa of Velasquez, that I'd been down to the supposed owner of the picture, only to find that he had just sold it to him.
"You're going for the picture while we're at dinner?"
She straightway began to talk to him on indifferent matters, while I amused myself with looking at the pictures. There was one in an obscure corner that I had not before observed.
'Only some one come about the pictures,' said she, in apology for her abrupt departure: 'I told him to wait.'
At his side hung the hunting knife of his unknown father in a sheath self-fashioned in copy of one he had seen among the pictures
of his treasure-books.
Anyway he had seen the picture and if he was not a friend he could tell The Sheik about it and it would be taken away from her.
"I never saw the picture until a couple of days ago, when I found it in the tent of the Swede, Malbihn."
He turned the picture over and as his eyes fell upon the old newspaper cutting they went wide.