For the words which I intended the corpse
to speak, I confidently depended upon my ventriloquial abilities; for their effect, I counted upon the conscience of the murderous wretch.
The number of corpses was much smaller than he had imagined, only two more passing him before, at six hundred steps, or about five hundred yards, from the point he had taken to the stream, he came to the end of the tunnel and looked out upon sunlit water, running between grassy banks.
One of the last corpses to pass him was still clothed in the white robe of a Wieroo, blood-stained over the headless neck that it concealed.
At nine the following morning the corpse
of a strange man had been the sole occupant of that room.
, already greatly decayed and clotted with gore, stood erect before the eyes of the spectators.
All that day the men lay glaring at each other like beasts of prey, and the following morning two of the corpses
lay almost entirely stripped of flesh.
Wilson staggered up menacingly to prevent the contemplated act, but when his comrade, Spider, took sides with Clayton and Monsieur Thuran he gave up, and sat eying the corpse
hungrily as the three men, by combining their efforts, succeeded in rolling it overboard.
Besides, they observed that it appeared that I had brought the body from another place, and it was likely that as I did not appear to know the shore, I might have put into the harbour ignorant of the distance of the town of from the place where I had deposited the corpse.
I entered the room where the corpse lay and was led up to the coffin.
To this probable opinion there was now but one dissenting voice, that of the slow-minded Ishmael, who demanded that the corpse
itself should be examined in order to obtain a more accurate knowledge of its injuries.
They wrenched the flag furiously from the dead man, and, as they turned again, the corpse
swayed for- ward with bowed head.
Within a week the peasants who came with empty carts to carry off plunder were stopped by the authorities and made to cart the corpses
out of the town.