"YES, Macumazahn. King at last, by the grace of your three right hands," was the ready answer.
All was, he said, going on well; and he hoped to arrange a great feast in two weeks' time, in order to show himself to the people.
I asked him what he had settled to do with Gagool.
"She is the evil genius of the land," he answered, "and I shall kill her, and all the witch-doctors with her! She has lived so long that none can remember when she was not old, and always she it is who has trained the witch-hunters, and made the land evil in the sight of the heavens above."
"Yet she knows much," I replied; "it is easier to destroy knowledge, Ignosi, than to gather it."
"It is so," he said, thoughtfully. "She, and she only, knows the secret of the `Three Witches' yonder, whither the great road runs, where the kings were buried, and the silent ones sit."
"Yes, and the diamonds are. Forget not thy promise, Ignosi; thou must lead us to the mines, even if thou hast to spare Gagool alive to show the way."
"I will not forget, Macumazahn, and I will think on what thou sayest."
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