The fatalism of ages was apparent in little Foomi's slow nod when Paul told her that he would have to seek a wife among his own people. Their love affair had been watched by Oshimo, who swore vengeance upon the young officer. With this object in view, he sent a note, purporting to come from Foomi, asking Paul to meet her in the garden tea house for a last goodbye. This note fell into the hands of one of Paul's comrades, who decided to keep the rendezvous in Paul's stead. He had no sooner entered the tea house when Oshimo sprang upon him and stabbed him to death. Foomi witnessed the crime, and as Oshimo dragged his victim into the garden, she picked up the broken hilt of a dagger and followed him. Startled by approaching footsteps, Oshimo dropped the body at the gate, and as Fate would have it, Paul issued just at that moment, and as he stooped to examine the corpse, was surprised and arrested by several soldiers who were passing. The blood stains upon his hands and his known enmity ... Written by
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