"I have written a book on the subject," said Manfred, which is not necessarily the same thing."
"I had that fear," said the other bluntly. "I was also afraid that you might not speak English. Now I want to ask you a plain question and I want a plain answer."
"So far as I can give you this, I shall be most willing," said Manfred.
The doctor twisted his face nervously, then--"Have you ever heard of the Four Just Men?" he asked.
There was a little silence.
"Yes," said Manfred calmly, "I have heard of them."
"Are they in Spain?" The question was put sharply.
"I have no exact knowledge," said Manfred. "Why do you ask?"
"Because--" The doctor hesitated. "Oh, well--I am interested. It is said that they unearth villainy that the law does not punish; they--they kill--eh?" His voice was sharper, his eyelids narrowed till he peered from one to the other through slits.
"Such an organization is known to exist," said Manfred, "and one knows that the