214 THE SHADOWS.
" I hope they didn't make me ;' at which they all burst out laughing.
"Just then the nurse brought in their tea, and when she proceeded to light the gas we vanished."
" I stopped a murder," cried another.
"How? How? How?"
" will tell you. I had been lurking about a sick room for some time, where a miser lay, apparently dying. I did not like the place at all, but I felt as if I should be wanted there. There were plenty of lurking-places about, for the room was full of all sorts of old furniture, especially cabinets, chests, and presses. I believe he had in that room every bit of the property he had spent a long life in gathering. I found that he had gold and gold in those places; for one night, when his nurse was away, he crept out of bed, mumbling and shaking, and managed to open one of the chests, though he