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Demise, sir. As he rotated for the final time, whilst he had already crossed the brink and brought a primary step, what did he imagine he observed, notwithstanding he couldn't have sworn to it? He concept he observed a grey rat working from one gap to a different within the position the place one o f the cabinets have been status a second prior to. W hat occurred then? First, a cloud o f dirt poured from an open window, the only close to the door; it was once just like the smoke from a cannon that has ju st been fired. T h en from the subsequent. T rooster, at ordinary periods, from the opposite home windows. A second later, the unoccupied half o f the home (the half throughout from the hydrant), with the cellar or shop room in it, used to be choked with smoke. A nd then the wave o f destruction engulfed the roof, sporting away tiles, beams, and partitions. How lengthy did that pass on? a couple of minutes or seconds. W hat sounds have been heard? A shattering o f glass, a smashing o f bricks and tiles, the cracking and bursting o f beams as in a fireplace. W hat obituary (newspaper file) did the m iracu lously escaped E. S. imagine up as he stood grey with dirt and terror beside the hydrant on the side o f the ruins? 102 HOURGLASS E. S. , the founder o f muromancy, the technological know-how o f analyzing the spots on partitions (a procedure for which the time period zidomantija, “wall reading,” or, might be extra appropri ately, zidomantija, “ Mosaic reading,” has been coined in our Pannonian region), met his loss of life on March 18 o f this 12 months, underneath the ruins o f the home within which he have been cultivating that imprecise department o f magic, which he him self termed a technology. T h e realized Schwarzkunstler should be stated to have fallen sufferer to his personal machinations. T h e residence in Ujvidek,* the place he were dwelling up till then, 21 Bern (formerly German) highway, which used to be registered lower than the identify o f Mrs. Meszaros, collapsed ju st because the writer o f the vague (manuscript) quantity Muromantische Schriften, used to be en gaged in transcribing sure spots at the wall, at the foundation o f which he was hoping to illustrate, schwarz auf wei/3, the steadiness o f his theories. in accordance with the testimony o f Mr. Hanifovic, a porter residing at the Danube Embankment, E. S. had spoken at size to him and his sincere fellow employee, Mr. Pupavac, at the importance o f this “science,” protecting that his personal destiny and that o f his relatives have been charted in these spots as truly as within the strains o f his hand, “as irrevocably as within the scroll o f the holy T o ra h ” (sic! ). either porters denied the fake studies to the impression that E. S. had claimed to work out the day and hour o f his personal im pending dying in a single o f those “scrolls o f the T o ra h . ” in keeping with Mr. Pupavac, porter, and witness to the mysterious disaster, the “ Father o f Magic” had no longer stated one observe approximately his personal misfortune and used to be haggling with * T h e H ungarian nam e for Novi unhappy. [Trans. ] HOURGLASS 103 his porters over the cost o f relocating his furnishings while the home caved in. W hat used to be the reason o f this cave-in? A t first E. S. used to be susceptible to think in an earthquake, whose epicenter used to be distant, or a violent explosion in a munitions warehouse.