358 IN A WINTER CITY.
"What had he to do there?—if the law cannot
enforce itself, leave it alone in its impotency.
But he had some idea that because his own
vUlages were amongst those who suffered most,
it was his place to go there and do what the law
cannot do:—^he was always Quixotic, poor
Paolo. The last thing heard of him was that
he had left Palermo with an escort of men whom
he had chosen and paid himself, and had gone
up towards the mountains. His dead body wiU
be the first tidings that we have; the monster
Pibro has spies in aU dfrections, and holds that
district in a perfect reign of terror,"
She went out into society as Easter came,
and heard all that they said, and gave no
sign of what she suffered. Worth sent her new
marvels of the spring, and she wore them, and
was endlessly courted and envied, and quoted and
wondered at. She was a Uttle cluUier and more
cynical than ever, and women observed with
pleasure that she w^s looking ill and growing too
thin, which would spoil her beauty. That was
aU. But she had never thought such pain
possible in life as she endured now.