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a sharp look out anyhow. Sure eneuch, we had a fair way and deep water all the time; and two days ago, when the morniní sun came through the fog, we found ourselves just in the river opposite Galatz. The Roumanians were wild, and wanted me right or wrong to take out the box and fling it in the river. I had to argy wií them aboot it wií a handspike; aní when the last oí them rose off the deck, wií his head in his hand, I had convinced them that, evil eye or no evil eye, the property and the trust of my owners were better in my hands than in the river Danube. They had, mind ye, taken the box on the deck ready to fling in, and as it was marked Galatz via Varna, I thocht Iíd let it lie till we discharged in the port aní get rid oít athegither. We didnít do much cleariní that day, aní had to remain the nicht at anchor, but in the morniní, braw aní airly, an hour before sun-up, a man came aboard wií an order, written to him from England, to receive a box marked for one Count Dracula. Sure eneuch the matter was one ready to his hand. He had his papers aí reet, aní glad I was to be rid oí the dam thing, for I was beginniní maselí to feel uneasy at it. If the Deil did have any luggage aboord the ship, Iím thinkiní it was nane ither than that same!"

"What was the name of the man who took it?" asked Dr. Van Helsing with restrained eagerness.

"Iíll be telliní ye quick!" he answered, and, stepping down to his cabin, produced a receipt signed "Immanuel Hildesheim." Burgenstrasse 16 was the address. We found out that this was all the Captain knew; so with thanks we came away.

We found Hildesheim in his office, a Hebrew of rather the Adelphi Theatre type, with a nose like a sheep, and a fez. His arguments were pointed with specie-we doing the punctuation-and with a little bargaining he told us what he knew. This turned out to be simple but important. He had received a letter from Mr. de Ville of London, telling him to receive, if possible before sunrise so as to avoid customs, a box which would arrive at Galatz in the Czarina Catherine. This he was to give in charge to a certain Petrof Skinsky, who dealth with the Slovaks

who traded down the river to the port. He had been paid for his work by an English bank note, which had been duly cashed for gold at the Danube international Bank. When Skinsky had come to him, he had taken him to the ship and handed over the box, so as to save porterage. That was all he knew.

We then sought for Skinsky, but were unable to find him. One of


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