Chapter 10

IntheendthethreemenfromArkhamold,white-beardedDrArmitage,stocky,iron-greyProfessorRice,andlean,youngishDrMorgan,ascendedthemountainalone. Aftermuchpatientinstructionregardingitsfocusinganduse,theyleftthetelescopewiththefrightenedgroupthatremainedintheroad;andastheyclimbedtheywerewatchedcloselybythoseamongwhomtheglasswaspassedround. Itwashardgoing,andArmitagehadtobehelpedmorethanonce. Highabovethetoilinggroupthegreatswathtrembledasitshellishmakerrepassedwithsnail-likedeliberateness. Thenitwasobviousthatthepursuersweregaining. 

CurtisWhateleyoftheundecayedbranchwasholdingthetelescopewhentheArkhampartydetouredradicallyfromtheswath. Hetoldthecrowdthatthemenwereevidentlytryingtogettoasubordinatepeakwhichoverlookedtheswathatapointconsiderablyaheadofwheretheshrubberywasnowbending. This,indeed,provedtobetrue;andthepartywereseentogaintheminorelevationonlyashorttimeaftertheinvisibleblasphemyhadpassedit. 

ThenWesleyCorey,whohadtakentheglass,criedoutthatArmitagewasadjustingthesprayerwhichRiceheld,andthatsomethingmustbeabouttohappen. Thecrowdstirreduneasily,recallingthathissprayerwasexpectedtogivetheunseenhorroramomentofvisibility. Twoorthreemenshuttheireyes,butCurtisWhateleysnatchedbackthetelescopeandstrainedhisvisiontotheutmost. 

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