On the deck of an ocean steamer, homeward
bound from Europe, a man and girl were walking to and fro. Their long march of
monotonous regularity had lasted perhaps an hour, and they had become objects
of special attention to the people scattered about.
A man, who was taking his afternoon exercise
alone, and who had accidentally fallen into line directly behind this couple,
kept that position purposely, turning as they turned, and, without seeming to
do so, observing them narrowly, for the reason that the woman was uncommonly