Chapter 12 亚洲 欧美 日韩 一区|国产在线久久久|亚洲Av-宅男色影视|日本阿v视频高清v At any rate, he knew that he was not alone inside the edifice, and if Dick鈥檚 common sense was too great to let him think of uncanny spirits, the sense of danger supplied chills and thrills a-plenty. On we wind, through sand and pines and glimpses of old plantations, till there creeps into sight a cluster of buildings,鈥攚ood and brick, mills and houses, and scattered cabins. It seemed quite a village. As it came nearer and nearer, however, the aspect changed: the buildings were rotten, the bricks were falling out, the mills were silent, and the store was closed. Only in the cabins appeared now and then a bit of lazy life. I could imagine the place under some weird spell, and was half-minded to search out the princess. An old ragged black man, honest, simple, and improvident, told us the tale. The Wizard of the North鈥攖he Capitalist鈥攈ad rushed down in the seventies to woo this coy dark soil. He bought a square mile or more, and for a time the field-hands sang, the gins groaned, and the mills buzzed. Then came a change. The agent's son embezzled the funds and ran off with them. Then the agent himself disappeared. Finally the new agent stole even the books, and the company in wrath closed its business and its houses, refused to sell, and let houses and furniture and machinery rust and rot. So the Waters-Loring plantation was stilled by the spell of dishonesty, and stands like some gaunt rebuke to a scarred land. I want to go home."