"Know, strange brother, if thy talk be not straight, and if thy people block the way and fall upon Ivan and his men, that thou shalt die, and at once."
Still Ivan doubted, and ordered two of his Slavonian hunters to go up alone.
The guns were lowered from Negore's breast and Ivan gave the order for his men to go forward.
"Look with all thine eyes, strange brother, and see if the way be clear, for Ivan is not minded this time to wait while men go up before."
And they started up, Ivan and his forty men from the far lands beyond the Sea of Bering.
He still breathed the air, which bit his lungs with a painful sweetness; and dimly he saw and heard, with passing spells of blindness and deafness, the flashes of sight and sound again wherein he saw the hunters of Ivan falling to their deaths, and his own brothers fringing the carnage and filling the air with the tumult of their cries and weapons, and, far above, the women and children loosing the great rocks that leaped like things alive and thundered down.
Everyone in the room eyed it as if it were a thunderbolt; but the experienced Ivan went on quite quietly:
By the way, Ivan tells me the dead man had a Yankee dollar in his pocket.
Valentin and his servant Ivan were waiting for them at the upper end of a long, slightly-sloping desk, on which lay the mortal remains, looking enormous in the twilight.
Ivan here will tell you anything more you want to know; I must get to business and write to the authorities.
"Only one more thing, I think, sir," said Ivan, wrinkling up his grey old face, "but that's important, too, in its way.
The explanatory Ivan stopped, for the excellent reason that nobody was listening to him.