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BeaUtjeu. At ('arly dawn they passed
-:ssthev broad, slIugi sh, i reed-girt
tin--nn horse's. aind bgai.- in t he
lint ferry barges-and so journeyed oil
through the fresh morning air past Ex
l)bry to Lepe. Topping the heathy down,
an-y caie of a sudden full in sigit of the
(.d seaport.?. Some way out from the
town a line of pessoners. ernyers. and
ot;her small craft were roiling lazily on
the gentle swell. Further out still lay.
a gr-at merchant ship, high-ended. deep
waisted. painted of a canary yellow. an-l
towerin;, above the fishing boats like a
sw:an anong ducklings.
"Bv S-. Paul:" said the knight. "our
good merchant of Southhamnpton hath not
played us false, for methinks I can see
our ship down yonder. Ile said that she
would be of great size and of a yellow
">y -7 hilt, yes:" muttered Aylward:
she is yelior as a kite's claw, and would
entry as tuany men as there are pips in a
"It is well," remarked Terlake: "for
inethinks, Lay fair lord, that we are not
he only ones who are waiting a passage
to Gascony. Mine eye catches at times
a flash and sparkle from among yonder
houses which assuredly never came from
shipman's jacket or the gaberdine of a
"I can also see it." said Alleyne. shad
ing his eyes with his hand. "And I can
see men-at-arms in yonder boats which
ply betwixt the vessel and the shore.
But methinks that we are very welcome
here, for already they come forth to meet
A tumultuous crowd of fishermen. citi
zens, and women had indeed swarmed
out from the northern gate. approached
them up the side of the moor, waving
their hands and danin with joy, as
though a great fear had been rolled back
from their minds. At their head rode a
very large and solemn man with a long
chin and drooping lip. le wore a fur
tippet round his neck and a heavy gold
chain over it, with a medallion which
dangled in front of him.
"Welcome, most puissant and noble
lord!" he cried. dloflng his bonnet. "You
see in ine the mayor and chief magistrate
of the ancient and powerful town of Lepe.
I bid you very heartily welcome, and the
more so as you are come at a moment
when we are sore put to it for defence."
"Ha'" cried Sir Nigel, pricking up his
"Yes, my lord, for the town being very
ancient, and the walls as old as the town,
it follows that they are very ancient too.
ut there is a certain villianous and blood
thirsty Norman pirate knight Tete-noire.
who, with a Genoan called Tito Caraeci.
commonly known as Spade-beard, hath
been a mighty scourge upon thse
coasts. Indeed, my lord, they are very
cruel and black-hearted men. grac'cles
and ruthless. They have come tn two
great galleys, with two banks of oars on!
either side, and great store of engines of
war and of men-at-arns. At Weynouth
and at Portland they have murdered and
ravished. Yesterday morning they were
at Cowes, and we saw the smoke from the
burning crofts. To-day they lie at their
ease near Freshwater, and we fear much
lest they come upon us and do us a mis
"We cannot tarry." said Sir Nigel.
riding toward the town, with the mayor
upon his left sid-; "the Prince awaits us
at Bordeaux, and we may not be behind
the general muster. Yet I will promise
you that on our way we shall find time to
'pass Ereshwater and to prevail upon
these rovers to leave you in peace.
"We are much beholden to- you.
(tied the mayor. "But I cannot see, my
-id, how. without a warship. you may
ve:lTure against these inen. With yaur
archers, however. you might wvell hold the
tjovn and do them great scath if they
attempt to land."
"There is a very proper cog out yon
der." said Sir Nigel: "it wotuld be a very
strange thing if any ship were not a war
ship when it had such men as these twitn
her decks. Certes, wve shall do as I say
and that no later than this very da.".
-'My lord," said a rou.:h-haired, dak
faced man, who walked by the km ht I
other stirrup, with hi, head slo1I to
catch all that he was saying. Thy your
leave. I have no doubt that you are skilld
ia land fighting and the marshalling of
iances, but, by my soul1 you will fin" it
another thing upon the sea. I am ma-t
siplman of this . ellow cog. and my .name
is Goodlwin Hawtayne. I have saxle
since I was as high as this staff, and I
have fought against these Normans a::d
against the Genoese, as well as the
Scotch, the Bretons, the Spanish. an? th~e
Moors. I tell you. sir, that my ship is
over-light and over-frail for sttch work.
and it will but end in our having our
throats cut, or being sold as slaves to
the Barbary heathen."
"I also have experienced one or two
gentle and honorable ventures upon the
sea."~ quoth Sir Nigel, "and I am ng~ht
blithe to have so fair a task before i!s.
I think, good master-shipman, .that you
and I may wvin great honor in this matter.
ar 4. I can see very readily that you are
j irave and stout man."
"I like it nor," said the other stur
dily. "Ini God's name, I like it not:1
And yet Goodwin Hawtayne is not the
man to stand back wvhen his fellows are
for pressing forward. By my soul: be it
sink or swim, I shall turn her beak into
Freshwater Bay. and if good Master
Witherton of Southampton like not my
handling of his ship, then he may find
The throntg tmoved on. until at the very
gate it was brought to a stand by. a
wvondlrouisly stot man, who came darting
forth from the towvn with rage in every
feature of his rubicund face.
"How now. Sir Mayor?' he roared, in
a voice like a bull. "Iowv nowM, Sir
Mayor? How of the clams and the
'By our L ady. ry sweet Sir Oliver.
cried the teayor. "I have had1 so mu ch to
think of, with thos' wicked villians. so
close upon us, that it had ouite gone out
of my head.. .
"Nay. Sir Oliver, Sir Oliver!l' cried
Sir Nigel, lautghint. "Let your anger he
appease, since instead of this dish you
conme upon an old friend and comradie."
"By St. Malrtin of Tours!"' shouted the
far knight. his ~ wrath all changed in an
instant to joy, "if tt is not my dear little
game rooster of the Garonne. Ah, my
sweet coz. I am right glad to see von.
What days we have seen together."
"The 'Ntas and seallops shall be ready
within the hour." tihe mayor answered.
"I had asked Si. Oiiver Buttosthxorn. to
do my humble hoard the honor to partake
at it'of the dainty upon wh-ien .we take~
some little pride. hut in sooth this alarm
of pirates hath cast such a shadowv on my
wit that I am like one distrait. Uu' i
trust. Sir Ni"el thg yo . awill : .so pr
take of nne-:ne t th me" .
"I hav.' ov,'r-muche~ to do-"~ Sir Nxmol
answer'r -for we "amst Ibe aboard. horse
'nd muan. as ea"lv ai we. may. IHow
many" do yo mus'er. "'i Oliver. .
"Th-fr-y.' T shi! 1mvy' work fer
was lun bymai foce n fro-rn iiia
Tre.'ni 't-r kcin and hl an'n'
.. Lne.- -,ir w- lrned mhe th(or-r'n!A
stcxh ofv theylow co, whaer'serows'.
nas sinc rendvi fore hei sfeo keeig
Englishmen in those days were skilled
and prompt in such matters. for it was
,it , g bfor.- that Elwr h:ad ei embarked
as many as fifty thousand men in the port
of Orwell. with their horses and their
baggace. all in the space of four-a-nd
twenty hours. So urgent was Sir Nigel
on the shore. and so prompt was Goodwin
llawtayne on the cog. that Sir Oliver
Buttesthorn had scarce swallowed his
last scallop ere the peal of trumpet and
eniag of naker announced that all was
ready and the anchor drawn. In the last
beat which left the shore the two com
mianders sat together ia the sheets. a;
strane contrast to one another, while
under the feet of the rowers was a litte:
of hu.:e stoues which Sir Nigel hau
erdered to be carried to the co. The's
once aboard. the ship set h-'r broad main
sail. the breeze blew. the sails bellied.
over heeled the portly vessel, and away
she plunged througi the smooth, blue
"*By St. Paul said Sir Nigel gayly,
as lie stood upon the poop and looked on
either side of him. *it is a land which is
very well worth fi-.I:iim for-'.l it were
pity to go to France for what may be
had at home. You may bring my harness
from below," lie continued. to his squires.
"aud also, I pray yotu. bring up Sir Oliver's
and we shall don it here. Ye may then
see to your own gear: for this day you
w ill. I hope. make a very honorable en
tranc"- into the 1ield of chivalry and prove
yourselves to be very worthy and valiant
squires. And now. Sir Oliver. as to our
dispositions: would it please you that I
should order them or will you'
"You. my cockerel, you! By Our
Lady : I am no chicken, but I cannot
claim to hnow as much of war as the
squire of Sir Walter Manny. Settle the
matter to your own liking."
"You shall fly your pennon upon the
feie-part. then, and I upon the poop.
For foreguard I shall give you your own
forty men, with two-score archers. Two
score men. with my own men-at-arms and
squires, will serve as a )oop-guard. Teni
arckers, witlr thirty shipmen. under the
master. may hold the waist. while ten lie
aloft wvith stones and arbalests."
Meanwhile there had been bustle and
preparation in all parts of the great ves
sel. The archers stood in groups about
the decks. new-stringing their bows and
testing that they were firm at the nocks.
Among them moved Aylward and other
of the older soldiers. with a few whispered
words of precept and of warning there.
- Stand to it, my hearts of gold !" said
the old bowman. as ie passed from knot
to knot. "By my hilt! we are in luck
this journey. But it is time that we took
our order, for methinks that between the
Needle rocks and the Alum cliffs yonder
I can catch a glimpse of the topmasts of
the galleys. Hewett. Cook. Johnson.
Cunningham. your men are of the poop
uard. Thornbury. Walters, Hackett,
Baddlesmere. you are with Sir Oliver on
the forecastle. Simon. you bide with
your lord's banner; but ten men must go
Quietly and promptly the men took
their places. lying fiat upon their faces on
the deck, for such was Sir Nizel's order.
Near the prow was planted Sir Oliver's
.,,ear, with his arms-a boar's head gulcs
upon a field of gold. Close by the stern
stood Black Simon with the, penon of
'he hos fLriv^nte as ah
ned te S o mN
> m t j
.:ir edr.- Godi Hatye to
atin hous eyf upr somties at ath
evoein thel Sotadten glanciners aira
:en buwl semen wih heir thertillero
"Pas the wists"braced ti ig, swords
omaetsadl-adtoas tor drandhs
ow-sq!ing util, an mye trumpeter hala
sund. It would be well that we should
eem to be a merchant-ship from South
mton and appear to flee from them."
--We shall see them anon." saidl the
uster-shipman. "Iha isaid I not so?!
'here they lie, the water-snakes, in
Freshwater Bay ; and mark the reek of
moke from yonder point, where they have
een at their devil's wvork. See how their
hallops ptill from the land: They have
een us and called their men aboard.
ow they draw upon the anchor. See
hem lik'e ants upon the forecastle:
hey stoop and heave like handy ship
nei. But, my fair lord, these are no
iefs. I dotubt but we have taken in
and more than we can do. Each of
hese ships is a galeas, and of the;
argest and swiftest make."
"I would I had yottr eyes." said Sir
Niel, blinking at the pirate galleys.
~They seem very gallant ships. and 1
rust that we shall have much pleasance
from otur meetinr with them. It would
e well to pass tile word that we should
aiter give or take quarter this day.~
The yeilow cog had now shot out from
the narrow waters of the Solent. and was
luning and rolling on the long heave of
the ouent channel. The wind blew
freshly~ from the east, with a very keen
de to it ; and the great sail bellied
ondly out. hying the vessel over until
the water hissedl beneath her lee bul
arks. Broad 2. A ungainly. she floun-:
ered from wave to wave. dlippinig her
round hows deoep into the blue rollers,
ad sending the white flakes of foam in
spatter over har decks. On her hr~
oard nuarter lay the two (lark gatlleys.
chich hiad already hoisted sail and were
hooinr out from Freshwater Bay in
wift pursuit. their doul" line of oars
givina them a vantage whic(h couldl not
fail to bring them tup with any vessel
hich trusted to sails alone. H-iah and
u:' th'' Englishi cog : lon. black, and
swift the pirate galleys, like two fierce
en wolves which have seen a lordly
d tunsuspecting stag wvalk past t heir
"Sniwe turn. myt fair lord, or shall
e "'rry en?" asked the maister-shipmant.
oome' hthind him with n'dous eyes.
"D.we most carry en. and plhay the
n of th' hellss mnorch-~t."
" yt our pennos? Thmxv willso
ht w'' hav\e two knhts with us."
.-o it wvou'ld not lhe to a kni-ht's
honor or "oodl nemfl to lower he~ nen-non.
..' th.-m he. ni t h -' will think that we
nrc a win!o shid fir Gasiony. or that we
iar lth" woo!-hnl" of som'e mercer of
rh. Rmploe. Ma fi h ut they are very
gosha-wks on a heron. Is there not some
symboi or device upon their sails?"
-That on the right." said Edricson,
"appears to have the head of an Ethiop
"'Tis the badge of Tete-noire the
Norman," cried a seaman-mariner. "I
have seen it before. when he harried us
at Winchelsea. lie is a wondrous large
and strong man, with no ruth for man,
woman or beast. They say that he hath
the strength of six; and, certes, he hata
the crimes of six upon his soul."
"By St. Paul!" said Sir Nigel, "what
is that upon the other galleyY'
"It is the red cross of Genoa. This
Spade-beard is a very noted captain, au
it is his boast that ther2 are no seamen
and So archers in the world who can
compare with those who serve the Doge
"That we shall prove," said Goodwin
"They will lay us aboard on either
quarter. my lord." cried the master.
"See how they stretch out from eaca
other: The Norman hath a mangonel or
a trabuch upon the forecastle. See. th.y
bend to the levers! They are about to
"Aylward." cried the knight. "pick your
three trustiest archers, and see if you can
rot do something to hinder their aim.
Methinks they are within long arrow
"Seventeen score paces," said the
archer, running his eye backward and
forward. "iy my ten finger-bones! it
would be a strange thing if we could noLi
notch a mark at that distance. Here,
Watkin, of Sowley. Arnold. Lon
Williams, let us show the rogues that
they have English bowmen to deal with."
The three archers named stood at the
further end of the poop, balancing them
selves with feet widely spread and bows
diawn, until the heads of the cloth-yard
arrows were level with the centre of thz
stave. "You are the surer, Watkin,"
said Aylward. standing by them with
shaft upon string. "Do you take tht
rogue with the red coif. You two bring
down the man with the head-piece; and I
will hold myself ready if you miss. Ma
foi! they are about to loose her. Shoot.
mes garcons, or you will be too late."
The throng of pirates had cleared away
from the great wooden catapult. leaving
two of their number to discharge it.
One in a scarlet cap bent over it. steady
ing the jagged rock which was balanced
on the spoon-shaped end of the long
wooden lever. The- other held the
loop of the rope which would re
lease the catch and send the un
wieldly missile hurtling through the
air. So for an instant they stood. show
ing'hard and clear against the white sail
behind them. The next, redcap had fallen
across the stone with an arrow between
his ribs: and the other, struck in the lg
and in the throat, was writhing and splut
tering upon the ground. As he toppled
backward he had loosed the spring, and
the huge beam of wood, swinging round
with tremendous force, cast the corpse
of his comrade so close to the English
ship that its mangled and distorted limbs
grazed her very stern. As to the stone,
it glanced off obliquely and fell midway
between the vessels. A roar of cheering
and of laughter broke from the rough
archers and seamen at the sight, answered
PIRATE'S ARM SLOWLY. BACK
by a yell of rage from their pursuers.
"Lie low." cried Aylward, motioning
with his left hand. "They will learn
wisdom. They are bringing forward
shield and mantlet. We shall have some
pebbles about our ears ere ln.
The three v-essels had been sweeping
swiftly westward, the &g still well to
the front, although the galleys wvere
hawing in upon either quarter. To the
left was a hard sky-line unbroken by a
sail. Alleyne stood by the tiller. looking
backwards, the fresh wind full in his
"What was thatY' he asked, as a hiss
ing. sharp-drawn voice seemed to whisper
in his ear. The steer-sman smiled. and
pointed with his foot to wvhere a short.
heavy cross-bow quarrel stuck quiverin~t
in the boards. At the same instant th->~
man tumbled forward upon his knees. and
lay lifeless upon the deck. the blood
stained feather, of a secontd bolt jutting
out from his hack. As Alleyne stooped
to raise him, the air seemed to be alive
with the sharp zip)-zip of the bolts, and he
could hear themi pattering on the deck
like apples at a tree-shaking.
"Keep them in play. Aylwvard, with ten
of your men." said Sir Nigel. "And let
ten of Sir Oliver's bowmen do as much
for the Genoese. I have no mind as yet
to show them how~ much they havye to
fear from us." Thei ma~ster-shipmanii looked
at the knight withi a troubled fa'ce.
"They keep their distance from us."'
said he. "Our archery is over-good, and
thev vill not close.
"l think I may. trick them."' the knight
answeredl cheerfully. andi passedl his ordler
to the archers. instantly five of them
threw up their hands and fell prostrate
upon the deck.
"They still hold aloof !" cried Ilaw
"TPhen down with two more!" shouted
their leader, "That will do. Ma foi!
but they come to our lure like chicks to
the fowler. To your arms, men.
As he spoke a roar of voices and a roll
of drums came from either galley, and
the water was lashed into spray by the
hurried heat of a hundred oars. Down
h" pirates swooped.
Tn heavy einster~s ther hung upon the
forenstle all readv for a spring-faces
white, faces bronwn. fac-es yellow. iwl
Non black: fair Norsemnen. swarthy
m-mn., fierce rover-s from -the Levant
'ud fiery Moors from th'e PRrhary Ritfs.
of all lutes and countries, and miarkc'1
o,.lv hv the common stamP of a wild
tho-st foroeitv. Rnsping-un on either i3
Iih oars trailing to save them from
nnping. ther noured in a living torrent
'"ithi horrid yell and shrill whoop upon
Rut wilder yet was the cry. and shrillor
al the scream, when there roco un from
the shadow of the cog's silent bulwarks
the long lines of the English bowmen.
nnd the arrows w.hizzed in a deadly sleet
mong the unprepared masses upon the
One moment Alleyne saw the
galley's poop crowved with rushing figures.
waving: ar, exultan frcs;- the next it
was a bloot-smeared sliamibles. with
bodies piled three deep Uponi each otiher,
the living cowering behind the dead j
shelter thetselves from that suql
storm-blast of death. (n either side the
seamen whom Sir Nigel had chosen for
the purpose had cast their anchors over
the sides of the galleys.
k'ore and aft tiie archers had cleared
the galleys' decks. but from either side
the rovers had poured duown into the
waist. wvnere the seatneu and bowmen
were pushed bacK and so mingled with
their toes that it was impossible tor their
comrades above to <iraw string to lielp
theim. It was a wild chaos n nere axe anl
sword rose and fell, wihile :nghsnmeni,
Norman and Italian staggered ani ree-i>1
on a deck which was cunibered with
bodies and sippery with ulood.
The giant Tete-noIre. towering
above his fellows and clad from head to
toot in plate of proof, led on his boarders,
swinging a huge mace with which he
struck to the deck every man who opposed
him. O1n the otler side, Spade-beard. a
dwarf in height. but of great breadth of
shoulder and le:igth of a rm, hade z a
road almost to the mast, vith three
score Genoese min-at-aris close at his
But help was close at Ii S:Sr Oliver
Buttesthorn vith his men-at-arms ha-l
swarmed down from the forecastle. while
Sir Nigel, with his three squires, Black
Simon. Aylvard. Ilordle .oh. and ;L
score more, sprang down from the poo)
and hurled themselves into the thickest
of the tight. Alleynm. as in duty bound,
kept his eyes ever on his lord mad pressed
forward close at his heels. Oft(- had Ia
heard of Sir Nigel's prowess and skill
with all knightly weapons. but all the
tales that had reached his ears fell far
Aort of the real quickness and coolness
of the man. It was as if the dlevil wasl
in him. for lie sprang here and sprang I
there, now thrusting anl now cutting.
catching blows on his shield, turning them
with his blade, stooping iiunder the swing
of an axe, springing over the sweep of a
svord, so swift and so erratic that the
man who braced himself for a blow at
him might find him six paces off ere h,
could bring it down. Three pirates had
fallen before him, and he had wounded
Spade-beard in the neck, when the Nor
man giant sprang at him from the side
with a slashing blow from his deadly
mace. Sir Nigel stooped to avoid it. and
at the same instant turned a thrust frc i
the Genoese swordsman, but. his foot
slipping in a pool of blood, he fell heavily
to the deck. Alleyne sprang in front of
the Norman, but his sword was shattered
and he hiimself beaten to the deck by a
second blow from the ponderous weapon.
Ere the pirate chief could repeat it. how
ever, Ilordle John's iron grip fell upon
his wrist, and lie found that for once he
was in the hands of a stronger maa than
himself. Then came in truth a battle of
giants, such as is seldom witnessed.
Iercely the Norman strove to disengage
his weapon, cursing anrrily, in Fre -h at
being thwarted by such an unlo for
antagonist. But Ilordle John, with a
bull's bellow, bending his great muscles to
the unwonted task, forced the huge
pirate's sword arm slowly down and back
ward. Terribly the Norman struggled,
hurling his whole weight against his op
ponent in an endeavor to break the vice
like grip which held him.
Back and forth they tlung and surged,
until, with a quick movement, .-ordle
John put forth a fierce effort. twisting and
forcing farther back tle Norman's arme
until with a sharp crack, like a breakin,
stave, it turned limp in his grasp and the
mace dropped from the nerveless fingers.
In vain lie tried to pluck it with the
other hand. Back and back still the
Saxon bent him until, with aroar of pain
and of fury. the giant clanged his full
Lngth upon the boards, while the glimmer
of a knife before the bars of his helmet
warned him that short ' would be his;
shrift if he moved.
Cowed and disheartened by the loss of
their leader, the Normans had given back
id were now str'eamning ov'er the bul
arks on to their own galley, dropping
a dozen at a time, oin to her deck,
But the fight had taken a new and a
strange turn upon tile other side. Spade
eard and his men had given slowly hack,
hard pressed by Sir Nigel. Aylwardl.
Black 'Simon, and the poop-guard. Foot
by foot the Italian had retreaited. his
a'mor running blood at every joint, his
shield split, his crest shorn, his voice
fallen away to a mere gaing~i and croak
ing. Yet he faced his foemen with daunt
less courage. dashing in. springing back,
sure-footed. steady-hantded, with a shim-;
nering poin~t which seemed to nmenace
three at once. Beaten back on to the
deck of his own vessel, and closely fol
lowved by a dozen Eniglishmen. he dis
engaged ih ise'lf frotm them, ran swiftly
down the deck. spranig back into the cog
once more. cut the rope which held the
anchor. aind was back in an instant amiong
his crossbowmen. At the same time the
Genoese sailors thrtust wvith their oars
against the side of the cog. and a rapiidhy
widening rift appeared between the twvo
"By St. George !" cried Ford, "we are
ent offT from Sir NigeL."
"lHe is lost." gasp)ed Terlake. "Come.
let us sprinlg for it." The two youths
jumped with all their strenigth to reach
the departing galley. Ford's feet reached
the edge of the bulwarks, and] his band
lutching a rope he swung himiself on
board. Ter'lake fell short. crashed in
among the oars. and( bounlded off ito the'
sea. Alleynie. staggering to the side, was
aout to hurl1 himself after him. but
I lordle JTohn's heavy hand dragged him
back by the airdle.
Trhe vessels were indeed so far apart
now that the Getnoese cotl use the full
sweep of their oars and draw away
raphidly frotm the cog. .
"Look !Look : but it is a noble fight "
shouted big John. elappinlr his hands.
"They' have cleared the poop. and they
spring into the waist. Well struck, my
l rh d :'ell struck, A ylward ! See too,
Ilack Simon, how lie storms among the
sipmten !But this Spade-beard is a
.d3y Hleavetn, Sir Nigel is down!" cried
"Tp"roared .Tohn. "It w. but a
feint. Hie bears hlim back. Hie drives
him to the side. Ah. by Our Lady, his
sword is thiroieh hin'
The death of the Genoese leader did
indeed brinr the resistaince to an end.
.mid ai thundler of chleerinr from cor an11I
front galleys the forked p 'anon fluttered
upon)1 thet forecastle, andi the galley, sweep
ing routnd. came slowly back.
The two knirhts had cami aboartd the
cog. the shipiman walked the deck, a
pr -fil neaster-marinor' once more.
"There is sad . ath done to the oe.
Sir Niacl." saidi he. "He-re is a hole ini
the side of two ells aeron. the sail silit
through the cent'-r, and the wood as bar
as a frinrI's po11.
"By St. Paul: it would be0 a very sorriy
thing' if we s'iffereid vou to be the worse
for tis any's work." said Sir Nirel.
"PBut how~ fares it with you. Edrieson?
'-Tt is nothin". myt faiir lo'-d."' sni']
Alleno. whlo had nov loosened lis hnt'-d
r.4t. whi,hl was5 or:ekod neross liy thi
Norm-mn's blow. T' -er ni ho spoke. how
ver'. hi-: hona dswviirle' r'o'nd. nod he fell
ti the deck with the blood gtishing from
1ijst-ose :i'l imoutth.
"TI.' will comte to anon," said the
kight. stoonin- over him and nassing
his finzers thro'n'h his hatir. 'I hnve
lost one verv valiant and rontle sqirP
thic dny. How many men bav" fallen?
I haive nrieked off the tally." said
A vlward. "There are seven of the Wi~n
chester men, eleven seamen, your souiire
yong Master Terlake. and nine archers."
"And of the otlers:
"They are all dtad-sav, the oiU.an
knilight who standis behuinid you. What
wvould you that we should do with ham?"
He must hang on his own yard."*
said Sir Nigel. *It was iy vow and
must be done."
-Ilow, Sir Knight?" h cried in broken
Eglish. "What do you say *-to hang
Llt death of at dug. Ito hang?
-It is my vol." saiid Sir Nigel shortly.
"rtoI wnat - iwar. yout tlouigLt 1i'
enough of hanging others."
"Ieasanits. base roturiers:' cried the
other. -It is their litting death. But to
hong-the Seigitur 'Andelys-a mana
with the blood of kings in his veins-ir
Sir -u-l turned upon hi: - hel, while
two seanien east a noose over the pirate's
neck. At the touch of die cord he
snapped the bonds which bound hint.
dashed one of the archers to the deck.
and, seizing tihe other round the waist.
sprang with him into the sea.
"By my hilt. he is gone:" cried Ayl
ward, rushing to the sil.d. *They have
sunk tot.eiher liae a s:a.
"I am right glad of it." answered Sir
Nigel; "for tEou.h it w.as against iml
vow to loose hiim, I deemi that he has
carried himself like a very gentle ani
It was on tl iornihg of Friday. the
eight-and-twentieti day of November.
two days before the feast of St. Andrew.
that the cog and her two prisoners. afti r
running before a northeasterly wind, and
a weary taeking up the Gironde and the!
Garonne, dio pped anchor at last ini front
of the nolL city of 'Bordtaux. With
wonder ant athniration. Alleyne. leaning I
over the bulwarks. gazed at the forest of
masts, the swarm of boats darting hither
and thither oii the bosom of the broad.
curving st ream. and the _iray. eresecent
shaped city which stretched ,vith many
a tower anad minaret along the western
shore. Never had he in his quiet life
seen so 'great a town. nor was there in
the whole of England. save London alone,
one which might match it in size or in
"I . trust. Aylward." said Sir Nigel,
coming upon deck, -that the men are
ready for the land. Go tell them that the
boats will be for theni within the hour."
The archer- raised his hand in salute,
and hastened forward. In tile meantime
Sir Oliver had followed his brother
knight, and the two paced the poop to
'Once more. Sir Oliver." said Sir Nigel,
looking shoreward with sparkling eyes.
"do we find ourselves at the gate of
honor, the door which hath so often led
us to all that is knightiy and worthy.
There lies the prince-s batnner. and it
would be well that we haste ashore,.and
pay our obeisance to him.
The horses both of knights and squires
were speedily lovered into a broad
lighter, and reached the shore almost as
soon as their masters. Sir Nicel bent
his knee devoutly as he put foot oi land,
and taking a small black patch from his
bosom he bound it tightly over his left
"May the blessed George and the memn
ry of my sweet lady-love raise high in
mnt heart :- quoth he. "And as a token
I vow that I will not take this patch from
mine eye until I haive seen something of
this country of Spain. and done such a
small deed as it lies in me to do. And
this I swear upon t-he cross of my sword
and upon the glove of my lady."
War. which had wrought evil upon so
many fair cities around. had brought
ought but good to this one. As her
French sisters decayed she increased. for
ere, from north, and from east, and from
sou1th. came the plunder to be sold and
the ransom money to be spent.
In front of the minster and abbty of
.t. Andrew's was a large square with
priests. soliers. women, friars, and
Mrghers. who made it their common
enter for sightseeing and gossip. Amid
the knots of noisy and gesticulating
townsfolk, many small parties of mornted
k~nights and squires threaded their way
toward the prince's quarters, where the
muge iron-clamped doors were thrown
nuck to show that he held audience
The two knights were deep in talk.
when Alleyne became aware of a re
markable individual who was walking
'ondl the room in their direction. As h-I
'assed1 each knot of cavaliers every head
turned to look after himn. and it was evi
lent, from the bows and respectful salu
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tatiois on :ll side. hat te in
\hich he eXcil ed s Inot due mereiy t
his strango personal appearance. lie
vas tall and I- strai.n:t as a h .
thou'h of a great age. for his hair, wie C
uirled from umder his biack veit ca)
io lm:inienance. was as white as th- ntr.
il(n .nowi Yet. fronm the swin; o:
--ride and springr of his step, it was e
Iw:t! i had not yet lost the fir, and
m-tIvity of his youth. His ierce hawv -
like fae wI; clean shaveu like that 0- a
iest. sae for a lIn thin wisp of white5
m Ii, I. Th it 1w iald bzei handsomJ
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1: h soc k. tlint there was little
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fairest :1s well as the boldest of the
English chiv::lry-Cindos, the stainless
knight. the wise councillor, the valiant
"Ia. my little heart of gold:" he cried.
dartin; forward suddenly and throwing
his arms round Sir Nigel. -I heard that
you were here, and have been seeking
*My fair and dear lord." said the
knight. returning the warrior's embrace.
"I have indeed come back to you. for
wlhre else shall I go that I may learn
to be a .,entle and a hardy knight'f"
"By niy troth." said Chandos with a
smile. -it is very fitting that we should
ho conpanions. Nigel, for since you have
tied up one of your eyes. and I have had
the mischance to lose one of mine, we
have but a pair betveeu us. Ab. Sir
Oliver! vou were on the blind side of me
and I saw you not.
So saying, he led the way to the inner
chamber. the two companions treading
e-ise at his hee!s. and nodding to right
ard left as they cau;:ht sight of familiar
faces among the crowd.
(To be Continued Nzet Week.)
Synopsis of Prec'eding Cnaoters.
The scenes of th- stry nre laid in i: : ili rentury.
Hordle John. of -he Ci-terc:r. . . nt.s
from the Abbey f Ieaujieut. guhty of erta erous
charzes briutht a;rmint hi i by a uilv if tie
mTois. Aztier of the lay-br-tl-ren. Aheyeni yd
ric-li.takes his departure In ace-riane.: bi.
father's w l. osignatling that he s.outal. when i he
beenmc 21.,-.) for h for ene year to cl.( for bj:r.
sel hi tfu:n - cailliii. in sadnesi h- r'- tu vit i.
brother. the Swnmian ol Mistra-i. 1ie-e reipt tk;on
1iter s~ vey At tiirht Alle-yt.- .e a re nd-si.t iom.
vhre Ie teets H-rd'e Jo..n,. and Sainkit Ay: rd.
an Eniish archerjust back fri the Fierte. *ara.
Allyne finds i is brother in Mitend w eil';ipaa i
irg with : b.-nutiftu Idamse!. He res '-). rt her- by
ga iningrthe semn's enmity.T era e. -r:.g
that he int-d to j in hi. comprm i. :. iit
church. "ho-- rw-li- ir~irgi,lenae-r. tr- :i;y
witsout t.iil imt hern me. ie r tej i-rsI. m
pan iannal tev joi::rr. ev t-.,sir Ni::vrf , h Pe o :- 0
Ing thle reno-:ne i unightri. H(rdl!--.14 br.-is ni.::lh vex$ d
at bi- nz-pa r--n.t bod ih w e:.kne- h e:kztI e chaf rts
iemind vhen they rsve an aInre w th a
bear. Here Alleven :eets Lis c. mtanbin C1 the
wt'ods. whon ns i- the dSuhr s r ir eh
The white coir,any .ans Twy-lhnni Ca-'l'. At.
i-yne tiii the lady atale of hi- lov- ftr her. She
gives Lint n1o p: 1it, htt #--e 1 im a retn veil
to carry with him to the wars as a love tikcu.
To Whom Does Taft Refer:?
Secretary Taft said of a certain
"IIe fills me with dread. They
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their souls their own in his presenec.
Altogether, he makes me think of a
waiter I once met in the West.
"In a small Western town, many
years ago, I put up at the Palace
"Thete was no water nor towels in
my room, and I rang.
"There wa-s no reply.
"I rang again.
"Still no reply.
"And again and again and yet again
I rang, and Laully a waiter appeared.
"This waiter was a robust man of
stern and forbidding aspect.
"Did you ring?' he said in a
rumbllintg bass voice.
"'I did.' I answered.
"'Well. don't do it again.' said the
waiter. with a menacing scowl, as he
claims that Ben Franklin's maxims in,
"Poor Richard's Almanac" are largely.
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