" 'Are you anticipating your death,' I asked, 'at the very time when the doctors answer for your life?'
" 'The doctors have not seen her,' he said; 'I saw her last night.'
" 'Of my lost angel, who perished miserably in New Zealand. Twice her spirit has appeared to me. I shall see her for the third time, tonight; I shall follow her to the better world.'
"Had the delirium of the worst time of the fever taken possession of him again? In unutterable dread of a relapse, I took his hand. The skin was cool. I laid my fingers on his pulse. It was beating calmly.
" 'You think I am wandering in my mind,' he broke out. 'Stay here tonight--I command you, stay!--and see her as I have seen her.'
"I quieted him by promising to do what he had asked of me. He had still one more condition to insist on.
" 'I won't be laughed at,' he said. 'Promise that you will not repeat to any living creature what I have just told you.'
"My promise satisfied him. He wearily closed his eyes. In a few minutes more his poor weak body was in peaceful repose.