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Excerpt: ...so good, don't you think it would be lovely for you to sort of keep track of Mabel for a day or two? That man, I am afraid, has her under some sort of influence, and there is no telling what he might not try to do to get some Blake money." "Make more love to her? Suppose she takes me up?" "I really cannot explain it all, Jack," said Cora gravely, "but the man has frightened more than Mabel. The woman who kept house for him and Peters was so afraid that he would find out she was leaving, that I could scarcely persuade her to wait while I changed the batteries in my boat. She kept saying she wanted to get out of his power. And now Mabel declares he had her hypnotized. Then that sort of queer girl who won the canoe race-surely he has her somehow in his power, as they express it." "Powerful man," answered Jack, "but how is it, Cora, that you talked with him and he did not hoodoo you?" "Oh I'm immune I suppose," and she smiled with her handsome face turning up in becoming hauteur. "Guess Ed thinks that, too," said the brother mischievously. "He has been growling to me about it." "Ed is a dear, nice boy," she said simply. "That's the sort of compliment a girl always pays the fellow she is going to turn down," Jack declared. "I think, brother, making love to Mabel has gone to your head. But hurry along to the station and send off the message." Cora sat there silent for a few moments. There was no one about the camp but herself, and she would soon go down to the lake for a run in her boat. She was thinking that of all the peculiar cases of other people's troubles in which she felt she had a right to interfere that of the girl who was said to be deaf and dumb and who was probably hidden somewhere on Fern Island was the case most urgent. If only she could really find her, and find that poor demented old man who had so strangely crossed her path. Cora had not the least fear of either of them and suddenly she resolved to go alone to Fern Island and try to find...