"Well, you have but to keep up your, courage," I said, after a pause. "The girl is true to you, which is the main point. I grant that things look dark now, but you never know how quickly the cloud may lift. Forrester's accusation is, of course, infamous, and I would not dwell on it if I were you. I suppose you know best, but I think you should have spent more time in trying to regain that pearl, and I think still, granting what you say about its unique appearance, you should still make strenuous efforts to trace it. Surely it would not be impossible to pick up the thread again."
"You speak without knowledge," he answered testily, "I did everything that man could while on the spot. I spent a whole month's earnings in cables and enquiries. There was no use throwing more good money after bad. The maddening thing is this, Lonsdale--I cannot recall those last words of poor young Dr. Robertson just as he bent over me in the tent. God only knows how I have tried to bring bac