DR. KELMAN. 179
When the king had had a little wine, he informed him that he had already discovered certain of his majesty's enemies, and one of the worst of them was the doctor, for it was no other demon than the doctor himself who had been coming every night, and giving him a slow poison.
" So !" said the king. " Then I have not been suspicious enough, for I thought it was but a dream ! Is it possible Kelman can be such a wretch ? Who then am I to trust ? "
" Not one in the house, except the princess and myself," said Curdie.
" I will not go to sleep," said the king.
" That would be as bad as taking the poison," said Curdie. " No, no, sire; you must show your confidence by leaving all the watching to me, and doing all the sleeping your majesty can."
The king smiled a contented smile, turned on his side, and was presently fast asleep. Then Curdie persuaded the princess also to go to sleep, and telling Lina to watch, went to the housemaid. He asked her if she could inform him which of the council slept in the palace, and show him their rooms. She knew every one of them, she said, and took him the round of all their doors, telling him which slept in each room. He then dismissed her, and returning to the king's chamber, seated himself be-