FOR a space Kemp was too inarticulate to make Adye understand the swift things that had just happened. The two men stood on the landing, Kemp speaking swiftly, the grotesque swathings of Griffin still on his arm. But presently Adye began to grasp something of the situation.
Hes mad, said Kemp; inhuman. He is pure selfishness. He thinks of nothing but his own advantage, his own safety. I have listened to such a story this morning of brutal self-seeking! He has wounded men. He will kill them unless we can prevent him. He will create a panic. Nothing can stop him. He is going out nowfurious!
But how? cried Kemp, and suddenly became full of ideas. You must begin at once. You must set every available man to work. You must prevent his leaving this district. Once he gets away he may go through the countryside as he wills, killing and maiming. He dreams of a reign of terror! A reign of terror, I tell you. You must set a watch on trains and roads and shipping. The garrison must help. You must wire for help. The only thing that may keep him here is the thought of recovering some books of notes he counts of value. I will tell you of that! There is a man in your police stationMarvel.
And you must prevent him from eating or sleeping; day and night the country must be astir for him. Food must be locked up and secured, all food, so that he will have to break his way to it. The houses everywhere must be barred against him. Heaven send us cold nights and rain! The whole countryside must begin hunting and keep hunting. I tell you, Adye, he is a danger, a disaster; unless he is pinned and secured, it is frightful to think of the things that may happen.
What else can we do? said Adye. I must go down at once and begin organising. But why not come? Yesyou come too! Come, and we must hold a sort of council of war,get Hopps to helpand the railway managers. By jove! its urgent. Come alongtell me as we go. What else is there we can do? Put that stuff down.
Bear in mind, said Kemp, his food shows. After eating, his food shows until it is assimilated. So that he has to hide after eating. You must keep on beatingevery thicket, every quiet corner. And put all weapons, all implements that might be weapons, away. He cant carry such things for long. And what he can snatch up and strike men with must be hidden away.
The mans become inhuman, I tell you, said Kemp. I am as sure he will establish a reign of terrorso soon as he has got over the emotions of this escapeas I am sure I am talking to you. Our only chance is to be ahead. He has cut himself off from his kind. His blood be upon his own head.