Thursday, September 6, 2007

Fake PayPal Email

Last night I was checking my emails when this legitimate-looking email from paypal caught my attention with a subject line "Your payment has been sent". It's so enticing to open it ASAP and the obviously fradulent charges will alarm you into quickly hitting the "Dispute Transaction" button. At first I start freaking out thinking some jackass hacked my account, so I did clicked the button before realizing it is a scam when I noticed its odd URL:
(http://rs.morveux.de/coppermine/unaltnouoption/init.htm- don't try it!).
Surely enough it's not a paypal site. So, I immediately forwarded that link to spoof@paypal.com, which promptly confirmed it was a scam. Internet thieves are becoming more sophisticated, they even used my real name..wow!

Below is a side by side comparison of a legitimate email from paypal and the fake one. Remember that they can easily change the subject line though to make it more real, so be careful.
legitimate emailfake email
Here are some tips :
  1. Always remember, a fraudulent (spoof) email may use a forged email address in the "from" field and this field is easily altered.
  2. Also remember that they may use your real name, therefore if you see your name, it doesn't mean it's legitimate.
  3. They try to deceive you with the threat that your account is in jeopardy if you don't act on it immediately.
  4. Mouse over a link before clicking it and look at the URL in your browser or email status bar. A fraudulent link is dangerous because it could direct you to a website that tries to collect your personal data (phishing) or install/download a malicious malware (spyware, virus, trojan, etc.). To be safe, never click on a link within your email but rather open a new tab or browser and directly type in the PayPal URL: https://www.paypal.com. Note that it's "https" not "http" and "s" stands for "secure".
  5. Remember: PayPal never asks for personal information in an email.
  6. Forward the link to Paypal's fraud team at: spoof@paypal.com, then delete that email from your mailbox.
  7. If you think your account is already compromised, immediately use another computer and check your account history, change your password (use a combination of upper and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters), and call the financial institution involved to block any fraudulent transactions.
  8. Update your anti-spyware and anti-virus softwares and run a thorough check (I use Avast, Ad-Aware and Spybot). Also delete all the cookies.
  9. Don't be a victim. Be vigilant and spread this information to help fight spoof.
Here's the actual email I received. Note that the scammers' email address is <service@paypal-us.com>. The legit PayPal address is <service@paypal.com>. See the difference? You can click on the image to enlarge.
fake paypal email

Additional reading: Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Emails


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Thursday, August 30, 2007

How to Upload Large PDF Files to Your Blog

You cannot actually post a raw PDF file directly into your blog. The other thing to consider if you're able to convert a very large pdf file to html or txt is the page size limit. Fortunately there's a lot of ways to get around with it. Here's my story..

A few days ago, I was struggling to post a large PDF file into my blog. This file has 774 pages!! Yes you read it right, but I did it with a dash of patience and and a pinch of persistence. It's a complete list of successful examines who passed the 2007 Nursing Board Exam (Philippines). I tried to convert the file to both text (txt) and HTML files using Adobe Acrobat Pro and upload it in this site, but the file size exceeds the limit. Well, just imagine how many pages, but my idea was to put it inside a box and you can scroll it to view the file. Anyways, that simply didn’t work.

So with my googling power, I stumbled upon the following solutions. I tried each one of these to find out which can do the job.

SaveFile is a free File Hosting Website where you have to register for an acoount... upload the file up to 60mb... they will provide you a link to embed in your site. To view that file, click the link which leads you back to their website, and while there, you have to find another link to access the file. Duh… Not Recommended, more cons than pros.

Gmail account. If you already have this, just login to your account, compose an email, attach the file to that email, send it to youself, open the attached file as HTML, then copy and paste it to your website. Easy huh. But it only converts, from PDF to HTML, 3 pages of my file. My verdict: Very handy and recommended for small files.

Scribd is another File Hosting Website that works for large files. With this, you can upload any file type, upload multiple files at the same time, and convert to flash files which can then be embedded in your site. While viewing, you can pan, scroll, adjust the view size, search a word or name within the file, print, download the file as PDF, MS Word, Plain text or MP3, print, email it... Wow!! For me it is more convenient than downloading the file locally and viewing it using Adobe Reader or even Foxit. Check out the post where I used it.

More tips from Blogger Tips and Tricks



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Sunday, August 26, 2007

2007 Nursing Board Exam Result

After more than two agonizing months of waiting, the PRC finally released the result of the exam held on June 10 and 11, 2007. The passing rate for first-time takers, repeaters, and voluntary examinees is 48.18% or a total of 31,275 of the 64,909 examinees. For those who re-took the exam as per decision of the Court of Appeals, 73.8% or a total of the 248 of the 336. The result of Tests 3 and 5 taken by some 13,000 nursing graduates from the June 2006 batch were not announced by the PRC. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will announce the results on Tuesday according to a DOLE information officer. Congratulations !!!




You can also check these links:
Board Passers as posted in Inquirer.netu
Top performing schools
How to Upload Large PDF Files to your Blog

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Friendship

Watch this lovely TV commercial from Thailand.. oh, they're so sweeeettt...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Minimalist Browser

minimalist firefox browserHere's what I did to optimize the usage of the "only" real state I own - my firefox browser "display window" or "work space".
  1. Remove the Bookmarks Toolbar. This toolbar is redundant because you can access your bookmarks through the bookmarks menu toolbar. You can remove this by right-clicking a toolbar then uncheck the "Bookmarks Toolbar".
  2. Transfer all items from Navigation into the Menu Toolbar (I guess I need to post a separate article about toolbar names). This is done by right-clicking again the toolbar, this time choose "Customize". Now you can freely drag any items in the toolbar and move to anywhere you want, e.g. drag items from the "Customize Toolbar Window" to your browser and vice versa. I prefer hiding the search bar so I dragged it into the window. Before clicking the "Done" button, select "Icons" in the "Show" drop-down menu, then check "Use Small Icons".
  3. Remove the Navigation Toolbar by right-clicking then unchecking it. Same as what we did with the Bookmarks Toolbar.
  4. Shrink the Menu Bar (File, Edit, etc.). Download TinyMenu, a Firefox extension. It will automatically convert the Menu Bar into a one tiny pull-down menu.
  5. Now you're ready to display your favorite or most frequently visited website icons or shortcuts for easy access. Drag it from either the address toolbar or from bookmarks menu to anywhere you want inside your last remaining toolbar (I'm not sure what this toolbar shall be called now). Right click that link you just dragged, select properties, and remove the name leaving just the icon. There's no reason of putting shortcuts or icons on your desktop because you can access it here!
  6. Personalize it by changing the Firefox theme. I personally like the Blue Ice theme.
  7. What else?... Organize your Bookmarks. Download Firefox Extensions. Check out the list of my Favorite Firefox extensions.
The reason I set my homepage to Google is because it is the "fastest" page to load, no embedded sound, images nor ads. From there, I can easily select the site I want to visit or do some googling. This is my Google Home Page.
SFirefox Rocks!!ee? a lot of reasons I like Firefox and I'm not ready yet to try Safari (still in beta).

Mag firefox ka na nga ...

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Minimalist Desktop

Desktop ni Dennis..ganda ba?Is your desktop still a mess and full of icons/eyesore? I am a minimalist and I like the look and feel of a Mac OS but can't just leave PC for many reasons. All I have in my desktop is a nice taskbar and my favorite widgets - one that monitors my cpu and the other my battery. All the apps I used here are free.. want to try?
  1. Remove all the icons! Don't worry, you can still easily access them by clicking the start button or through the Windows Explorer (right-click the start button). Your favorite apps can also be accessed through your new taskbar (I will explain next). I used TweakUI to hide the recycle bin icon.
  2. Download ObjectDock (free version) to replace your old and boring taskbar. Customize it by adding your favorite apps into it. Under the "General" tab, check the following: "Load the ObjectDock at startup" and "Hide the Windows Taskbar". It doesn't make sense keeping both the Windows and ObjectDock taskbars. I actually set my ObjectDock to autohide, I just show it for you to see.
  3. Add the Yahoo Widgets. Just visit their site and you can pick whatever you want. Just don't clutter again your desktop with widgets.. not more than five (My Rule!).
  4. Change your Wallpaper with something different. I got mine from deviantart.com. I love their wallpapers.
  5. Keep customizing according to your taste, play with it and release the creativity within youself. Cheers!!
My other computer.. do you like Naruto ?!
Minimalist DesktopKita mo Chikka icon ko? tsika tayo.

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Monday, August 6, 2007

The Perfect Cup of Coffee

The Perfect Cup of Coffee
Black as the Devil,
Hot as Hell,
Pure as an Angel,
Sweet as Love.


That’s the recipe for a perfect cup of coffee, according to the French statesman Charles Maurice de Talleyrand (1754-1838).
... and yes you're right, he forgot the most important ingredient - a good quality coffee beans.


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Sunday, August 5, 2007

How to download videos from tv-links

Some have trouble downloading DivX videos from tv-links. Last night I tried my luck and I actually copied an episode of "Fawlty Towers", a DivX video. At first I don't have a DivX plug-in so I downloaded just the player and web player components from this site www.divx.com (stage6)
actual na screenshot ng DivX download setup
After downloading it, I just played the DivX video in embedded mode then use DownloadHelper (a firefox extension). If the video plays in a small window, just right click the window and select "embedded mode" or just click the exit button. You cannot copy if it plays in "windowed mode" or plays in a separate small window. Now I can see the DownloadHelper icon gets animated, click it.. and VOILA! I got the video and watch it in my DivX Player (you cannot view it without this player).
If it is just a flash video, walang problema, just click the DownloadHelper icon and enjoy. Try it and have fun!

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Friday, August 3, 2007

Paraiso (Paradise)

Dedicated to all pinoys out there..





Return to a land called Paraiso
A place where a dying river ends
No birds dare fly over Paraiso
No space allows them to endure
The smoke that screens the air
The grass that's never there

Refrain 1:
And if I could see a single bird
What a joy!
I try to write some words and create
A simple song to be heard by the rest of the
world

I live in a land called Paraiso
In a house made of cardboard floors and walls
I learned to be free in Paraiso
Free to claim anything I see
Matching rags for my clothes
Plastic bags for the colds

Refrain 2:
And if empty cans were all I have
What a joy!
I never fight to take someone else's coins
and live with fear like the rest of the boys

Chorus:
Paraiso, help me make a stand
Paraiso, take me by the hand
Paraiso, make the world understand
That if I could see a single bird
What a joy!
This tired and hungry land could expect
Some truth and hope and respect
From the rest of the world

Repeat Refrain 2
Repeat Chorus

ano okey ba?


Paraiso was composed by Ryan Cayabyab in 1992(I guess) for the group "Smokey Mountain" - named after what used to be a garbage dump in Tondo.

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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Buliding a Hexagonal Gazebo Deck


Last week, I built a deck for a 14' Metal Gazebo bought from Sam's Club. I took pictures while working on it for all to see the steps how to DIY. The first and the most important step is to determine the length of the side of the deck. I did this by assembling two posts of the gazebo on a flat ground and attaching the link that connects the two. Here are the steps in building the deck:



Join the six equal-length 2x6 treated lumber with 60° beveled ends (use a miter saw). Remember for a regular hexagon, inside angles are 120° (.. and it cannot fit into a square!!) In this project, sides are 88" long, therefore the distance between two opposite joints is 176" (do the math!!). Make sure distances between the opposite vertices are equal. No need to measure the angles!!!



Attach the joists together using 3" deck screws and "skewable angle" brackets or connectors. Each connector is strong enough to withstand a shearing force of around 500lbs. For 90° angle joints, use 2x6 joist hangers.



Position the pre-cast concrete pier blocks and level the frame. Use a shovel and a little common sense to accomplish this. This is much easier and faster to do than digging posts. Notice also that the frame dictates the position of the blocks therefore marking the ground for the posts before starting the project is unnecessary and a waste of time.



If you're a little paranoid, you can add more support at the corners. You can use as many screws as you want... but not too much.. LOL



Have fun and be creative. Obviously I'm a big fan of Spidey. I added more joists after realizing composite woods are not as stiff as the real wood.. hmm.. I mean solid wood (both of them are real unless the composite wood is made of synthetic fibers)


Tack the first rows of composite wood enough for the gazebo posts to stand. Take note that composite wood a.k.a. engineered wood may be toxic due to the fact that most binder contains formaldehyde resins... use mask!! (OMG, I didn't!!) Also the treated wood used as joists contain chromated copper arsenate (CCA). It is toxic to various insects and fungi that might cause decay as well as to human (like meh.. and remember Napoleon Bonaparte)


Buliding a Hexagonal Gazebo DeckIt took me (with extra help) four days to build this shelter.. not bad I guess for a neophyte. But it's one plank of composite wood short to finish it completely because I forgot to consider the nominal dimensions of the lumber when I did the BOM (can you see it ??).

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

My Favorite Firefox Extensions

Reasons that I like firefox in addition to security , stability and speed, is the wild selection of extensions that enhance functionality of the browser. With over 1800 extensions to date available for download, there are many that can be used to make your browsing experience fun and productive. Select only the ones you really need because using too many extensions could also affect the performance of firefox. Here is the list of extensions Im using:

  1. Cooliris Previews This extension gives you the power to browse and share links, images and videos faster. Just mouse over any link, and the Cooliris preview window immediately appears to show you the content.
  2. Tab Mix Plus This one enhances Firefox's tab browsing capabilities. It includes such features as duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed tabs and windows, plus much more. It also includes a full-featured session manager with crash recovery that can save and restore combinations of opened tabs and windows.
  3. Tiny Menu This is useful for those who want to maximize their browser display window by minimizing the toolbar area. It replaces the standard menu toolbar with a single drop down menu. Set up is not a pain.. what set up? I just download it and instantly got what it says.
  4. DownloadHelper This is a tool for web content extraction or used to capture video and image files from many sites such as YouTube, MySpace, Google videos, DailyMotion, Porkolt, iFilm, DreamHost, tv-links, etc. When DownloadHelper detects something to capture, the icon gets animated and a menu allows you to download files by simply clicking an item.
  5. Tab Effect This add-on just adds visual effect when current tab is changed. An eye candy that adds sweetness to your firefox.
  6. Ctrl Tab Preview This is an extension that replaces the behavior of Ctrl+Tab or Cmd+Option+Tab on Mac. You can preview all the accessed web pages and easily switch between them.
  7. Firefox Showcase It provides a new way to manage your Firefox tabs and windows by showing them as thumbnails in a single window, tab or sidebar. It also includes a find bar that will filter the thumbnails, and the capability to select the thumbnails in the same way you would select files in your system.

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Men Are Four (Arabic Apothegm)

He who knows not and knows not he knows not, he is a fool -- shun him;
He who knows not and knows he knows not, he is simple -- teach him;
He who knows and knows not he knows, he is asleep -- wake him.
He who knows and knows he knows, he is wise -- follow him.

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

tweaks to make firefox faster

I tried this myself and noticed web pages load faster. If you have broadband internet connection, try this simple tweaks to make your firefox browsing faster. If you dont have firefox, download and install NOW.

1. In the address bar, type "about:config"

2. In the filter box type "network.http" to easily find the following preference names and double click each to change to the following values:

network.http.pipelining = true
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests = 30 (it'll make 30 requests @ once)
network.http.proxy.pipelining = true

3. Right click anywhere on the blank area, select "new -> integer" then type "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set the value to "0" zero. This gives the browser zero amount of time to act on information it receives.

Enjoy!!

Caution!! Doing this can actually slow down "certain" pages. You can undo it if you experience problems by double clicking the above mentioned preference names and change it back to default setting.

Kapoy ininglis ba...

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Cask of Amontillado - Edgar Allan Poe

The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat. At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely settled--but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk. I must not only punish, but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.

It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good-will. I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation.

He had a weak point--this Fortunato--although in other regards he was a man to be respected and even feared. He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine. Few Italians have the true virtuoso spirit. For the most part their enthusiasm is adopted to suit the time and opportunity--to practise imposture upon the British and Austrian millionaires. In painting and gemmary, Fortunato, like his countrymen, was a quack--but in the matter of old wines he was sincere. In this respect I did not differ from him materially: I was skillful in the Italian vintages myself, and bought largely whenever I could.

It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season, that I encountered my friend. He accosted me with excessive warmth, for he had been drinking much. The man wore motley. He had on a tight-fitting party-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells. I was so pleased to see him that I thought I should never have done wringing his hand.

I said to him: "My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met. How remarkably well you are looking to-day! But I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado, and I have my doubts."

"How?" said he. "Amontillado? A pipe? Impossible! And in the middle of the carnival!"

"I have my doubts," I replied; "and I was silly enough to pay the full Amontillado price without consulting you in the matter. You were not to be found, and I was fearful of losing a bargain."

"Amontillado!"

"I have my doubts."

"Amontillado!"

"And I must satisfy them."

"Amontillado!"

"As you are engaged, I am on my way to Luchesi. If any one has a critical turn, it is he. He will tell me-- "

"Luchesi cannot tell Amontillado from Sherry."

"And yet some fools will have it that his taste is a match for your own."

"Come, let us go."

"Whither?"

"To your vaults."

"My friend, no. I will not impose upon your good nature. I perceive you have an engagement. Luchesi--"

"I have no engagement--come."

"My friend, no. It is not the engagement, but the severe cold with which I perceive you are afflicted. The vaults are insufferably damp, They are encrusted with nitre."

"Let us go, nevertheless. The cold is merely nothing. Amontillado! You have been imposed upon. And as for Luchesi, he cannot distinguish Sherry from Amontillado."

Thus speaking, Fortunato possessed himself of my arm. Putting on a mask of black silk, and drawing a roquelaure closely about my person, I suffered him to hurry me to my palazzo.

There were no attendants at home; they had absconded to make merry in honour of the time. I had told them that I should not return until the morning, and had given them explicit orders not to stir from the house. These orders were sufficient, I well knew, to insure their immediate disappearance, one and all, as soon as my back was turned.

I took from their sconces two flambeaux, and giving one to Fortunato, bowed him through several suites of rooms to the archway that led into the vaults. I passed down a long and winding staircase, requesting him to be cautious as he followed. We came at length to the foot of the descent, and stood together on the damp ground of the catacombs of the Montresors.

The gait of my friend was unsteady, and the bells upon his cap jingled as he strode.

"The pipe," said he.

"It is farther on," said I; "but observe the white webwork which gleams from these cavern walls."

He turned towards me, and looked into my eyes with two filmy orbs that distilled the rheum of intoxication.

"Nitre?" he asked, at length.

"Nitre," I replied. "How long have you had that cough?"

"Ugh! ugh! ugh!--ugh! ugh! ugh!--ugh! ugh! ugh!--ugh! ugh! ugh! ugh! ugh! ugh!"

My poor friend found it impossible to reply. for many minutes.

"It is nothing," he said at last.

"Come," I said, with decision, "we will go back; your health is precious. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was. You are a man to be missed. For me it is no matter. We will go back; you will be ill, and I cannot be responsible. Besides, there is Luchesi--"

"Enough," he said: "the cough is a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough."

"True--true." I replied; "and indeed, I had no intention of alarming you unnecessarily--but you should use all proper caution. A draught of this Medoc will defend us from the damps."

Here I knocked off the neck of a bottle which I drew from a long row of its fellows that lay upon the mould.

"Drink," I said, presenting him the wine.

He raised it to his lips with a leer. He paused and nodded to me familiarly, while his bells jingled.

"I drink," he said, "to the buried that repose around us."

"And I to your long life."

He again took my arm, and we proceeded.

"These vaults," he said, "are extensive."

"The Montresors," I replied, "were a great and numerous family."

"I forget your arms."

"A huge human foot d'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are embedded in the heel."

"And the motto?"

"Nemo me impune lacessit."

"Good!" he said.

The wine sparkled in his eyes and the bells jingled. My own fancy grew warm with the Medoc. We had passed through walls of piled bones, with casks and puncheons intermingling, into the inmost recesses of the catacombs. I paused again, and this time I made bold to seize Fortunato by an arm above the elbow.

"The nitre!" I said; "see, it increases. It hangs like moss upon the vaults. We are below the river's bed. The drops of moisture trickle among the bones. Come, we will go back ere it is too late. Your cough-- "

"It is nothing," he said; "let us go on. But first, another draught of the Medoc."

I broke and reached him a flagon of De Grâve. He emptied it at a breath. His eyes flashed with a fierce light. He laughed, and threw the bottle upward with a gesticulation I did not understand.

I looked at him in surprise. He repeated the movement--a grotesque one.

"You do not comprehend?" he said.

"Not I," I replied.

"Then you are not of the brotherhood."

"How?"

"You are not of the masons."

"Yes, yes," I said, "yes, yes."

"You? Impossible! A mason?"

"A mason," I replied.

"A sign," he said.

"It is this," I answered, producing a trowel from beneath the folds of my roquelaure.

"You jest," he exclaimed, recoiling a few paces. "But let us proceed to the Amontillado."

"Be it so," I said, replacing the tool beneath the cloak, and again offering him my arm. He leaned upon it heavily. We continued our route in search of the Amontillado. We passed through a range of low arches, descended, passed on, and, descending again, arrived at a deep crypt, in which the foulness of the air caused our flambeaux rather to glow than flame.

At the most remote end of the crypt there appeared another less spacious. Its walls had been lined with human remains, piled to the vault overhead, in the fashion of the great catacombs of Paris. Three sides of this interior crypt were still ornamented in this manner. From the fourth the bones had been thrown down, and lay promiscuously upon the earth, forming at one point a mound of some size. Within the wall thus exposed by the displacing of the bones we perceived a still interior recess, in depth about four feet, in width three, in height six or seven. It seemed to have been constructed for no especial use within itself, but formed merely the interval between two of the colossal supports of the roof of the catacombs, and was backed by one of their circumscribing walls of solid granite.

It was in vain that Fortunate, uplifting his dull torch, endeavored to pry into the depth of the recess. Its termination the feeble light did not enable us to see.

"Proceed," I said; "herein is the Amontillado. As for Luchesi--"

"He is an ignoramus," interrupted my friend, as he stepped unsteadily forward, while I followed immediately at his heels. In an instant he had reached the extremity of the niche, and finding his progress arrested by the rock, stood stupidly bewildered. A moment more and I had fettered him to the granite. In its surface were two iron staples, distant from each other about two feet, horizontally. From one of these depended a short chain, from the other a padlock. Throwing the links about his waist, it was but the work of a few seconds to secure it. He was too much astounded to resist. Withdrawing the key, I stepped back from the recess.

"Pass your hand," I said, "over the wall; you cannot help feeling the nitre. Indeed it is very damp. Once more let me implore you to return. No? Then I must positively leave you. But I must first render you all the little attentions in my power."

"The Amontillado!" ejaculated my friend, not yet recovered from his astonishment.

"True," I replied; "the Amontillado."

As I said these words I busied myself among the pile of bones of which I have before spoken. Throwing them aside, I soon uncovered a quantity of building-stone and mortar. With these materials and with the aid of my trowel, I began vigorously to wall up the entrance of the niche.

I had scarcely laid the first tier of the masonry when I discovered that the intoxication of Fortunato had in a great measure worn off. The earliest indication I had of this was a low moaning cry from the depth of the recess. It was not the cry of a drunken man. There was then a long and obstinate silence. I laid the second tier, and the third, and the fourth; and then I heard the furious vibrations of the chain. The noise lasted for several minutes, during which, that I might hearken to it with the more satisfaction, I ceased my labours and sat down upon the bones. When at last the clanking subsided, I resumed the trowel, and finished without interruption the fifth, the sixth, and the seventh tier. The wall was now nearly upon a level with my breast. I again paused, and holding the flambeaux over the masonwork, threw a few feeble rays upon the figure within.

A succession of loud and shrill screams, bursting suddenly from the throat of the chained form, seemed to thrust me violently back. For a brief moment I hesitated--I trembled. Unsheathing my rapier, I began to grope with it about the recess; but the thought of an instant reassured me. I placed my hand upon the solid fabric of the catacombs, and felt satisfied. I reapproached the wall. I replied to the yells of him who clamoured. I reëchoed--I aided--I surpassed them in volume and in strength. I did this, and the clamourer grew still.

It was now midnight, and my task was drawing to a close. I had completed the eighth, the ninth, and the tenth tier. I had finished a portion of the last and the eleventh; there remained but a single stone to be fitted and plastered in. I struggled with its weight; I placed it partially in its destined position. But now there came from out the niche a low laugh that erected the hairs upon my head. It was succeeded by a sad voice, which I had difficulty in recognising as that of the noble Fortunato. The voice said:

"Ha! ha! ha!--he! he! he!--a very good joke indeed--an excellent jest. We will have many a rich laugh about it at the palazzo--he! he! he!--over our wine--he! he! he!"

"The Amontillado!" I said.

"He! he! he!--he! he! he!--yes, the Amontillado. But is it not getting late? Will not they be awaiting us at the palazzo--the Lady Fortunato and the rest? Let us be gone."

"Yes," I said, "let us be gone."

"For the love of God, Montresor!"

"Yes," I said, "for the love of God!"

But to these words I hearkened in vain for a reply. I grew impatient. I called aloud:

"Fortunato!"

No answer. I called again:

"Fortunato!"

No answer still. I thrust a torch through the remaining aperture and let it fall within. There came forth in return only a jingling of the bells. My heart grew sick--on account of the dampness of the catacombs. I hastened to make an end of my labour. I forced the last stone into its position; I plastered it up. Against the new masonry I reërected the old rampart of bones. For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them. In pace requiescat.

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