“How indeed, Se?or?”
“What if my young aide here, Mr. Trist, should tell you that he has seen your husband some hundreds of miles away and in conference with a lady supposed to be somewhat friendly towards—”
“Ah, you mean that baroness—!”
So soon had the shaft gone home! Her woman’s jealousy had offered a point unexpectedly weak. Calhoun bowed, without a smile upon his face.
“Mr. Pakenham, the British minister, is disposed to be friendly to this same lady. Your husband and a certain officer of the British Navy called upon this same lady last week in Montreal—informally. It is sometimes unfortunate that plans are divulged. To me it seemed only wise and fit that you should not let any of these little personal matters 长沙桑拿价格多少钱 make for us greater complications in these perilous times. I think you understand me, perhaps, Se?ora Yturrio?”
She gurgled low in her throat at this, any sort of sound, meaning to remain ambiguous. But Calhoun was merciless.
“It is not within dignity, Se?ora, for
me to make trouble between a lady and her husband. But we must have friends with us under our flag, or know that they are not our friends. You are welcome in my house. Your husband is welcome in the house of our republic. There are certain duties, even thus.”
Only now and again she turned upon him the light of her splendid eyes, searching him.
“If I should recall again, gently, my dear Se?ora, the fact that your husband was with that particular woman—if I should say, that Mexico has been found under the flag of England, while supposed to be under our flag—if I 长沙桑拿洗浴休闲会所 should add that one of the representatives of the Mexican legation had been discovered in handing over to England certain secrets of this country and of the Republic of Texas—why, then, what answer, think you, Se?ora, Mexico would make to me?”
“But Se?or Calhoun does not mean—does not dare to say—”
“I do dare it; I
do mean it! I can tell you all that Mexico plans, and all that Texas plans. All the secrets are out; and since we know them, we purpose immediate annexation of the Republic of Texas! Though it means war, Texas shall be ours! This has been forced upon us by the perfidy of other nations.”
He looked her full in the eye, his own blue orbs alight with resolution. She returned his gaze, fierce as a tigress. But at last she spread out her deprecating hands.
“Se?or,” she said, “I am but a woman. I am in the Se?or Secretary’s 长沙桑拿场子推荐 hands. I am even in his hand. What can he wish?”
“In no unfair way, Se?ora, I beg you to understand, in no improper way are you in our hands. But now let us endeavor to discover some way in which some of these matters may be composed. In such affairs, a small incident is sometimes magnified and taken in connection with its possible consequences. You readily may see, Se?ora, that did I personally seek the dismissal of your husband, possibly even the recall of General Almonte, his chief, that might be effected without difficulty.”
“You seek war, Se?or Secretary! My people say that your armies are in Texas now, or will be.”
“They are but very slightly in advance of the truth, Se?ora,” said Calhoun grimly. “For me, I do not believe in war when war can be averted. But suppose it could be averted? Suppose the Se?ora Yturrio herself could 长沙桑拿都有什么服务 avert it? Suppose the Se?ora could remain here still, in this city which she so much admires? A lady of so distinguished beauty and charm is valuable in our society here.”
He bowed to her with 长沙桑拿会所推荐 stately grace. If there was mockery in his tone, she could not catch it; nor did her searching eyes read his meaning.