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"Name of God! ... Will you stand your ground, you mangy dog!"

Fury mounting above his terror, Leach...stretched himself in a lunge in the Italian manner, the whole body parallel with the ground and supported...upon his left hand. He sent his point ripping upward under de Bernis'guard. But de Bernis...passed his sword from side to side through the captain's extended body. Standing over Tom Leach as he lay coughing out his evil life upon the sands, Monsieur de Bernis ruefully shook his head.

"Too fine an end for such as you, my Captain."

The man...

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