s, has been convinced out of her assertion. Hark! who is that?"
Mr. Ravensworth opened the door to reconnoitre. The inspector was prowling about the house and passages, exploring the outlets and inlets, followed by his two men, who had done the same before him.
"I thought you had forbidden the men to search," cried Lady Level. "Why are they disobeying you?"
"Their chief is here now, and of course his orders go before mine. Besides, after what you have told me, I consider there ought to be a thorough search," added Mr. Ravensworth.
"In opposition to Lord Level?"
"I think that Lord Level has not taken a sufficiently serious view of the case. The only solution I can come to is, that some escaped madman got into the house before it was closed for the night, and concealed himself in it. If so, he may be in it now."
"Now! In it now!" she exclaimed, turning pale.
"Upon my word, I think it may be so. The doors and windows were all found safely fastened, you see. Theref