>From my retreat and make one desperate effort to overpower the villains.
But I was too weak to do it. Besides I was unarmed, whereas they had
each his pistol. What could I do? "The man who had read the letter
carefully put it, along with the rough map of the Culverton grounds,
into the fire, and the two sat and watched the papers as they burned.
"`He's a good man of business,' said Tom. "`Middling,' replied the
other; `and if he--' "At that moment my horse gave a sudden start in his
sleep. The quick ears of the two villains instantly caught the sound.
"`Hullo!' said one in a whisper, `what was that?' "`Hist!' said the
other, holding up his hand, `strike a light, Tom.' "While Tom obeyed I
softly dropped on my hands and knees and crawled back to my old place
beside the horse, where I lay motion