"The stains, on the backs of some of the sheets and on the front of the last one, are--blood stains...." And at this point their host suggested the propriety of joining the ladies.... Colonel Jackson gave Mr. Ross-Ellison a "lift" in his powerful motor as far as his bungalow, entered, and a few minutes later emerged with a long and fat envelope.
The story of her life, though stained like others, by partialities, and prejudices, which were not justly distinguished from what was altogether true and fair, is a poem of so pure a music; presents such gentle and holy images, that we sympathize fully in the love and gratitude Kerner and his friends felt towards her, as the friend of their best life.
The one stain on his name is his massacre of the townsfolk of Limoges.
A stain that is deep red is proof that the injury is comparatively recent.
If he condones the offence, his fellowmen cry shame upon him; but the shame in this case is not nearly so foul as that of the woman who has lost her honor; the stain is by no means of so deep a dye--levioris notae macula;--because a man's relation to woman is subordinate to many other and more important affairs in his life.
The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim, were the pest ban which shut him out from the aid and from the sympathy of his fellow-men.
There seems little question that the stains are blood, and that makes the whole business still more puzzling.