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The Evening World Daily Magazine, Thursday, November 18, 191
Romance of the
ijBy Edgar Rice Burroughs !
(Author of 'Turn of tt Apoj." '"to Cir Obi." Et. j5
Uopiriiht, J01S. tit ITim PnhmSlaf Co.
BIN0PSI3 op fiu;cKDiN(J l.vsrrAi-iir.NTfl. tako these rope off you." and he com-
JuBcnon Scott Jr.. rich jouni MirrUnJtr. mrnccd to fumblo with the knots.
drin Mi iime trip to Aftit mirri Huth Virginia Baw n ray of hope now in
Motion, miMionirr'n cluzMr. Scott U HIM his drunkenness. Hober, his reason
br utiin. 1 1 Lm wuiow ion to w fitbfr't llitj' would havo warned him against ro
und bum witli her bl diniutcr. Virjlni ?ht leasing hcrj but drunk ho had all the
btlno Ji hrr m-Mn nrtificttt nj othtt foolish assurance of drunkenness.
Hw. bii-b h fiiirf in l pt for r Tho knots baffling him, ho drew his
plni Vinr.nu iro to ucmtlful womnbol hunting knife and cut tho cords.
Hit truiiifitbfi dim. si u. priimbij, hu to "Now," he said, "you can show mc
bU fortune .Volt Tlor a dimiluu npbm of how mush you lovo mc," and again
lb old man, cooim from Ntw York to ih !. ho seized her and strained her to
Hod nUnutlen to ciim tlx tne. No will ta him. At his hip swung a revolver,
found. Tulgr hint tint vintlnl'. rtnt r Virginia had coveted it from the first,
not mirrini, Then wolJIni cirtlflnte belri .-- now u was the work of but a moment
ttmiU lt, Uirnit'i mMit writw to bi im- to snatch It from its holster anil press
tand't fwiMr chum, Ilotwrt Gordon, tn Atrktn n against tho man's stomach.
iptoKr. uktai hira u prot hn mimt. tu "Take your hands off mc," she said.
Itttn ttch Gordon', ron, Dick. HU fiUv U 0r I'll pull the trigger," and she
ini. tuck rrwliw to u to Afnc in mcJ of poked tho muzzle against his ribs.
th. iUnc Mm. 8oott nwdii. Tiriw Mm ran- Taylor know in an Instant what sho
men to follow md Mil (loidun. VinlnU Lo sow had accomplished nnd It sobered him.
to Afriw en quwt for mIJojm of bfr prnti
mtrrUit. Slie Is raptured br Tkx' fodiurlu.
(krdoa ' 0 W ' mn-Uoi Hon.
Tbs lion siblbtu luuln triUlilo fat tbt set ot
M'nitiuTi.'i) fmm her rtniir.
nXIlAUBTbD from her otruR-
Kiea w ireo owjwi
her bonds, Virginia lay In
dumb mlwry listening to
" . .
tho sounds of revel with-
out. Tho blacks were dancing now.
Their hldoous yells reverberated
... . .. . . .,,. ,, i,v,
through tho forest. '1 he dancing llsht
from the great tiro they had built to
Illuminate the scene of their orgy
rose and fell ntful.y acr.sa the open
cntranco of tho hut In which the
Her own mon would bo Joining In
' , , , ,. v.. H..,
the mad rovol, sho well know. No tuo
to appeal to them. Already they had
shown tho calibto of their loyalty.
Only the headman had roma.ued at
all atanch lu bui Icaity to her aud ho
was a weal; vra.iol oven wnon sober,
Now that ho was drunk, as he doubt-
loss wus, sho cuul'l not appeal ovon
tit liliu with any hopo of a reapoiieo.
Now and aKiiin f.no heard ihe volc4
of the white men, maudlin from drink.
Hhu ahudde.-sd ne contemplated
their return to the hut. Again sho
Etniggleo vai-.ly with her boudn. Hupo
was eil nitJ'i cxlingutiihea, for what
.opa could there te for her heru
iitnong these wild javagi and cruel,
Aj the blucks danced aud the whlt09
drunk with them, another creature
titan Virginia uco'.t heard the lUc-
iinnn'Cin noises of their drunken
vei. A gicut. black-uutu'd lion.
fi.' rn8,1,', i'Xt u!ng.U 'no"
and ugu'm hu would hull, with his
licau cocKoti upon una hho an"
men ub wuuiu 10-
round tho outside of tho Incloauru ho
n.n.ni ..ik uiii'ilihv heat.
Occasionally a low, u very low,
moan i-bcuped his liiw a weird,
(koou-frr.-iliig moan that, hupplly for
K. - r.f thn rnvoiiiin.
IIIO J-l'4tli Ul iiiiuu , '
was urownod by their own hideoua
noises. What were his IntentlonsT
That ho seemed searching for some-
thlng or some one appeared c-v dent.
Onco ur twice he p maed and lifting
hta head measured the dlatunco to the
top of .ho paimade. 1 o the very gales
had ho followed the Hpoor of tno whlto
men who had slain hi. mate. For
them ho had cf.me. ore they with-
InV He could not catch their nwiit.
,)0Lt,hSflK.1.; seiol t men his m -
hlm that they must Dt ltnin. vnjr
hut iiel'her was he any fool. He
know the powers and the purpose of
ni.wn ...fc. I " .1.,,.
know the powers and the purpose of
guns and spoari., and no Knew to., that
once with n the mllsade with the
mnn-I-o wbllo all wero awake, ho
mlch' b.i killed beforo he hud accom-
mlch' ho Rilled beroro ne nuti accoui-
IlllKi. .'J i...-' .i.ii.
.,. i. i.rf.-ime tho sounds of revelry
as ono by omi blacks succumbud to
tho Influences of thmr native beer
and the whlto man's whiskey. Present-
ly Taylor rose unsteadily und made
his way towaru ins oui. i.kk-i
little, for 1t whs his bo.ii-t that no
' , ,.. :u,h:I h
hor pre.cnco and would
not not.ee her. Taylor sober might
be app .iled to in thu morning. Thcra
must bo a fibre of chlvulry boiivi-
whoro in the boiil of any man in
whose viens flowed the honored blood
of tho acotts; but Taylor drunk would
bo adamant to any lntluenco counter
to his pojunoiH.
From tho daiKness or ner cornor
in a thick voice that belled the steadl-
ncss ot nis carnuKe.
Bho did not reply, and he crossed
the hut, stooping and feeling for hor
wlth his hands. Presently he touched
hen and an "ah!'' of satisfaction
broko from his lips.
"'Lm. aw eel e." ho mummed.
unshed the revenge upuii which ud .-
wus bent, and so ho bided his tlmo auoui uoruou w en mi uw t .nun ui. V- , .
a tierce and terrible thing, panuing no mure. . ""' rJ
5i...-.iv ii,mmrh the bluck night "Uo to It." growled Taylor: "thcro frantically
;'? ,,.,:n;.i .h i.,.i,s,i.io. can't bo any cut blto mo up without of the
mi.. ..I.. I,, u-iirn vlr.lvlv nn. ICSS DUVlllg for It." WorO
couh. curry his loan nice a gonue- " """"" h, 3 n'.'r""'1 f'?1 1DD ?lllnl 'nrc,i tlia
man' Sow ",tlle' vara"1. tr.ce?? 01.d oi lildeous. bestial force, that was drag-
Vi'rg.i.i. wide ,.yed and sleepless, through thu stagnant night. It wlrlod Klng tho temtlod man backward to his
()aw li.ni..ru.u hln(; In the extremity across li.. X,Ttha no'str ?00m wl,nLn the Uark ln,orlor of the
of her f. uV she lolled to the far side w. l"sV"h 'hBcen? of tho h.Ut: , yut,i eould but
Virginia iw how slightly ho stag- thaiciied wall. Then ho moved to an- mingled with a savage, thunderous
gered and her hopo renowed. llo .,'iur aml linothcr. searching for tho roar and then silenco.
might not bo so badly Intoxicated as Iir,.y ..e ilUnted. And all unconscious The cries of Hootch aroused tho na-
sho had feared: Ixit as ho lurched J,f n9 Krlsly presenco tho blacks tives. Warriors wero pouring from
through the low doorway her heart wt,htn slept on In blissful Ignorance, every hut-tho whole village was
r.. i, i.it.iii hup nanui aloud . A. 'Vi nmini- nt will aroused. Virgin la turned and resumed
;nla did not answer, feigning between her teeth, nor released her UIs wide and scurried Into the dark-:..-.i
n ..ua i.a.i. ti. n... ...n v. hart niinnst Hflverod it ncis of the forbidding forest.
snouldcr and shook her.
"Wako up. Kid! no snouted
" " . ...
show you rm not snusn a nan sort,
S crooks out Iheie wanted me to
croak you; but I'm a golraun; I won't
croak you If you treat mo right."
Ho dragged her to a sitting posturo
and put his arms about her. 8he could
not piuh him away or fight him off.
for her arms wero pinioned behind
"Scott!" sho cried. "Think what
you are doing! 1 am your own
c0.V?.n. i ,,. v
"I-'irsh cousin onco removed," he
"Please. Scottl sho pleaded,
"Please leave mo alone."
For reply hn kissed her.
"You beast!" tno cried.
Writes a New
v0 beast." hn assured. "To show
what a iroo" fellow 1 am I'm eoln' to
giowly his hand crept down to seize
hers where it held tho weapon close
"Put up your hnnds, she warned
him, "and put them up quickly. I
shall take no chances, Bcott, and I
Rive you my word that I'd breathe
freer If you were dead."
1 na man raised nis nanas anove nis
hM(J ftnd Vlrf.,nla pran(? , ncr fMt
The man raised his hands above his'
Now stay whero you are," she
commanded. "Don't come out ot this
tout before, morning. If you do, or
make any attempt to stay or recap-
turo m(, i hail certalnlv make it mv
nolo point In life to kill you beforo I
Hlowly she backed across tho floor
toward',ho UoorwAy Hho would
arouse her mon and at the point of
Scott's revolver forco them to accom-
t,nn aeath was tho best that she
could hopo for from Pcott Taylor.
It with ? lB" of relief that
Bho Pissed tho low porta and found
lien,clf n ,h(, puro ,r of tnc moimj
bathed tropical night. A prayer of
thnnksRlvlnp was on her llpn; but It
,,, thl,n ll0 wftB rollf?hy aCled from
behind and the revolver wrenched
tom her grasp.
' Virginia turned to ntrugglo
with her captors she saw
that they wora Taylor's two .
accomplices, and now Tay. I
lor. released from the menace
0f the revolver, rurhed from the hut I
to the iisilst.inre of hl fellows. It I
required tho combined strength of the
three to subduo tho girl, who wimj
fighting with the strength of draper-1
atlon for I If., and more than life. j
Cut at last they overcame her and !
dragged her back Into the hut. Hero'
thcy anoV(.j i,or l0 the far side , and
tlng from their exertions, .too,;
glowering nt her. Taylor was wiping
Dioga ironi nis nsnti. virg-inia soott,
, ,h n, w (,,,. w,
transformed In the moment of battle
to a primordial she. thing, and as ber
nrJt lmman ancestor might have done,
. ,.ht ... lcpth nd
" ueni un teem una naiw
acalnst har assailants. Kellv. too.
jlad tclt her strong, whits tee'h sink
mtQ ms ,jogh nnd aootcu 00ro a long
. f tomnle to chin
"Ctcli from temple to cb n.
"Tho . oxclalmod the lat-
cr "We'd orter of croaked her In
v .... .
Taylor w., eying the girl through
narrowed lids. All tho beant that was
,n hlm ehono rrom nls evl eycs n
turned nnd whispered quickly to Kelly
n on Itr'askod the forme,
put her away benln' tho hut." supple-
mtiiteu Gootch. "The grouu' soft
.... Ih.i .1 1 i.i.l ii'll In. n.wv
meiiteu Goo ch. "lhe grouu
an' the diggln-ll bo easy. '
"l told you that's wot you':
of i ono In the Hint place." gr
Kelly. 'It'll leuvo you the on
rvuuj. in. ... i.;.d ..w.
..w.' u.nn't lm n.ilinilv In HilllAal
Tho two crooks advanced toward
the sjlrl und seized her. lay lor watted
to one side, bluw.y they forced her
to tho tloor of the hut and Held her
there, tuuugh shu fought with ull tho
. ? . , , .. . n r , v,
And outside the palUado the black
white men. With n low growl the
" Sr" he "toVpcd the
;a,"ade and dropped noiselessly with-
aiisuuo mm uiuVV
"j,, ,noment ho stood motionless,
n nl)0Ut. Tnoru waa no ono i
wlth ionBi easy atrldo.i, his
m, ,s'c8 ro)iing In the moon-
r."1 benoa.n his smooth hide, the
destroyer crossed to the noare.it hut
,,,, Mn,fvmi at tho chinks in tno
h thPlr village.
in t tia white men s nui mo i
brutes struggled with tho battling
",rj Their victory woa not to bo the
arSy they bad bargained on.
u n" tlicy fought to subdue hor.
Zir positions chinged from, tlmo to
itm nnco she caught uootens muni"
,rm"iVfJ. m,nin,. thn crook
a - I . Un.J
urail.B " " ...L .I.
withdrew from tno dmmj iur '
ment to sit with Ma back toward the
door nursing hla hurt. Ke ly and
Taylor wore still endeavoring to .over.
power their quarry without kill ng
hor. Their faces were toward the
door. Suddenly Virginia felt their
wl, ln horror, dlrocted across her
shoulder. Sho turned to discover
what had so quickly diverted their
attention from her. and nho gasped
at tho sight that met her eyes, rramert
in i the doorway waa the massive hctd
of a huge Hon. Oootch had not
peon the beast. Ho was rolling to
and fro drunkenly, holding on to his
C I Do HOPE You'll
; Come out of it aii
v www ri.
Without a word Taylor and Kelly
mod and commenced cl&wlne fran.
turned and commenced clawing fran-
tically at tho frail thatching of tho
hut's rear wall. In a moment they
had torn un openini; .trga enough to
p u th , j, , through.
r....i ... i... .
will H II o KUIIU llliu HIV
At tho same Instant tho lion gave
v,"co to n terrlfio mar, and Virginia
dodged throur.-h tho r nt that Taylor
nml Kcy ,jnd JnuiJp .ind M
thu ground outside. Shu saw the
two scoundrels fleeing toward tho
riKhti aml ,utinotlvcly sbo turned
toward tho left, tihe had taken but a
taw aU,U VlnZTtMa b
ears tho moil bloodcurdling Hcream of
,0rtal agony and terror that ever
'' mote upon them In her life. Hho
jutlsfIo n, ht
The cry compelled her to turn hor
head hick In the dlrtlon of the luu
Hill. h.Til filllttn.l . U . t ...
light of the ediiutorlnl nmnn uhn
nessed that which will bo scared upon
,mnim, lv acr qjing- aay.
Snii maw rbviiik ui .w....i. . .
-. "wuu, uait luruunu ib
umi uau Riven csoapo to
nor itau nerseir, clutching
at the turf und at tho sldiu
torn hut wall. Ills fumm.
distorted by aironv mil hnrmi.
Ho hriekod aloud to tha friends who
had deserted him and to the Qod that
he long since had deserted, and ever
,0wly and horribly, bo Van being
"'"" iiu ino inienor or tno
hut by an unseen power. All too well
owly the body disappeared and
then tho shoulders. Only tho head
as left and tho hiuids, tho latter still
jUtdiliiK futlloly for u hold upon tho
frail wall, the faco white and dlstortod
by foar und suffering. And then tho
' waa drawn back out of sight,
tho hands gave up their last hold;
thore was a frightful wail from within
Kiuumy iiuorior, a wan which
Sfl S?ht.'-L SilSS
J' J"1 a4 moment. Ileyond was tho
terrible junglo, the grim, cruel, mya-
terloua Jung e: but behind was a fa tn
morn tnrrlblo than any the Junglo
could offer. Without anolher back-
n.. ..n w,.
rp,,,. Mo-v. Klrti. I th Kill.
occupied by the whlto men by (latch's
HKmnmu hntf.H n f M from h
e ntranw and "-Vt'L
srT0ll.no1, ifhtn WRrned by th?
tlon. Th 1'" XiyX
.t n'?0. h7mB tho hlocka
Thoi waved thel? srs nndshoutniT.
bonltip to frlehten tho beast from his
"Wngwrrlghten tno Dcast rrom nis
AnnQJ;ed and rndBrf.d nervous by
the,r am. tho cnrnlroro roared back
nls Chanengo, and amid a shower of
hurtling spears dashed from the hut.
For n moment he stood bewildered
while tho blacks retreated, and then he
turned and trotted toward the pall-
Bade. Seolng him retreat, the natives
Ilset. i jur 1 ) he rm ) this is No ) ribM A Whensg')
CAME FROM VI ilTWCr PummY, PuMJtv jm ' jq, THAT AT Hp I HE I 7
A FRIENDS THE HOSPITAL.) HEJ HE J A qooDj , meu7,t RICH ( camM ( He-EI
HG &ROKE HIS HECK V C-J ffiWl JOKE I ) ' nEhlt ) L J SCReAM J J
FOR HEAVENS SAKE I ) j He I ") fo I ) ) HA I ) (0 EVeR-YTHiG )rT) l"" T
DOK'TLAuCiHl HE ( Ho ' ( HA p aT it HESAYsis HE , HE
IT'&ASEMOUS CJ C-i) C - J ( FUY j Droll! WITTYI.
- - w O 4 k Vs UIU
galnod courago and pursued. He
skirted close in tho shadow of tho
wall for :i short distance, comlug
uroscnuy upon the gate which Vir
ginia had left open. Thero ho paused
for n n Institnt to turn a snarling faco
toward his pursuers, a faco which
brought them to u sudden halt, and
then, wheeling, darted through tho
gateway and was gone.
.Stumbling th rod sh tho Junglo night,
V.rglnia Scott wuii occupied by but u
Ingle thought to place as much dls
tauco between herself and ricott Tay
lor as shn could. In what direction
she was going, to what nnmeleas fata
she did not know, she did not con
sider. Kor the first half hour hers
was the flight of panic unreasoning,
nmd. hysterical. And surely she had
been through enough that day to
shake Btcadler nerves and more ex
perienced hearts than hem.
Thorns nnd underbrush clutched at
her short skirt and khnkl Jacket, tear
ing them; scratched her hand, hor
arms and her faco; tangled them
selves between her feet und tripped
her. Again nnd ngnln kIio fell, only
to scramble to her fent onco more and
plunge on deeper nnd deoper Into tho
unknown. The myriad Jungle noises
fell for a tlmo on doaf ears the
movement ot padded feot, thn brush
of bodies against vine and bush, tho
fluttering of weird wings registered
not at all upon her tear-numbed brain.
And then, above all other Bounds,
broko one that blasted Its way to 'her
perceptive faculties. Thunderous,
ominous, earth-shaking, terrible, It
shattered hor preoccupstlon and
awoke her to a sens of the nearness
of other dangers than that from
which sho wan fleeing.
It wns tho roar of a Hon. To hor
tenso nerves It sounded clone behind
her. Tho girl paused, Hark and rigid.
Ilrtonlng. Hhn stood with her clenched
hands tight against her bosom. Her
breath csmo In little gasps. Hhe
could feel her heart beating against
her ribs she could hear It: above thn
noises of the Junirln It sounded llkn a
traitorous tattoo beating out a call to
tho prowlern of tho night, guiding
them to their prey.
For a moment sho ntood thus, until
out of the blackness from which sho
had come sho thought she heard tho
stealthy pail of great feet. With a
shudder and a llttlo gnsp she turned
again to tleo from this new menace.
On she stumbled, hrulfed, blor4lng.
hopeless, Vor how long shn could
not know. Time had ceased to exist
In tho mean, and man madn units of
seconds, minutes or hours -each hea-t
beat measured an eternity. Shn had
been fleeing thus through th black
ness of tortured terror since limn be
gan she would continue tliuu t. tint
hopeless, until thn last trump, an i
then thn thing behind her would
spring, frightful talons would fasten
themselves In her soft flesh, giant
fangs would sink deep in nock or
shoulder. It would bo thn end. The
end! The thought brought her to a
sudden stop. Thn end! It was In
evitable. Why fleo from the inevl.
The Days When "I'llKPAKKDNKSS" Sored
Otir Country Are Stirringly llpsprlbeil In
When Liberty Was Born
By Albert Payson Terhune
This will bo next week's complete novel In Tho livening World. It
's a romance of love and patrlotlFm that every true American should read.
By Maurice Ketten
(tIRLS , I AN T;XPECTlN(j-
HUHOWST GET ReAP (
RaA Cjoob LAUOH J
Hhe loaned against the bole of a
tree, panting llkn a winded doo that,
nfter a brave battlo for liberty. Ilnds
Itself spent nnd awaits resignedly thu
coming of the hounds.
Shn waited, listening for sounds of
the coming of tho beast of prey shn
felt sure was upon her trail. Hhn lis
tened, but she hoard no sound to In
dicate that the beast was clo.io at
hand, How o vor. ho did not nttompt
to delude herself Into a fueling of
fnlfii security. She well know the
uncanny soundlmisness of the pass
ing of the great cats when thny ohose
Hut what wus that? A body, black
against tho blackness uf thn Junglo,
had moved among the treos to her
rlght. Sho strained hor eyes In thn
direction of tho shadowy form. Yes!
Thero It was, and another and an
other. Suddenly two spots of 11 ro
glowed dimly from the point upon
which her gaze was concentrated.
Close beside tbom appeared two other
Virginia shrank back against thn
tree horrified. A little prayer rosn
from her silent Hps. God! Thoy worn
coming cl."tr. Stealthily, noiselessly,
they wero creeping upon her. The
rough bark ot thn tree boblnd her
gave to thn frenzied force of her
clutching fingers. A pleco broke off,
coming away In her hand. Such a
little thing may sometimes prove thn
most monotonous of a llfntlmn. To
Virginia It brought n lightning train
of thoughts that opened an avenue of
hopo In her hopoWi breast. Tho treo1
Why had .she not thought of It be
fore? Thcy were coming close now would
tt.jre bn tlmo? Sho turned and mo.is.
urrd thn girth of tho bole with het
arms. It was not a large tm In
that lay still greater hopo. A sudden
snarling broke from tho things crep
Ing upon her, and at the same Instant
she leaped an high ns she could, im
brsced thn stem nf thn trcn and
srrambled rapidly aloft.
Thero was a rush below her, n
chorus of angry growls, and some,
thing brushed her foot. She heard
thn cllrk of Jaws mapping together
below her, und then shn drow hcrrelf
to thn comparative safety of a lower
With reaction camn fnlntncss nnd a
puldv dlr.xlness that threatened tn
P'uiign her frnrn her sanctuary, but
nhn c.tung deperatnly, and after a
m. 'nent regained control nf herself.
Then, painfully and wearily, shn
crawled a IIUlo higher among tho
i,t in. lies until iiho found a spot where
,li" .i.uld recllno In greater safety
Hit. sh lay sleepless through thn
',-il.iiice of thn nlghtn few hours
which .seemed endless to her whlln
tV lungle lifn surged back and forth
l.iw, around nnd abovn h'T, and thn
auntie noises, fnarsnmo and uncanny,
r "0 and Ml, a devils' discord Jungllng
.in raw nerves.
Through those long hours Virginia
.sought, by planning, mih ray of
hopo for the tuturu, but each essay
In this direction brought her to u doal
stop against thu blank wall of far.
Sho was alone, unarmed nnd, lost '.u
the Jungle, Sno wns surioiunled by
suvngo beasts and mivugo mi n by any
ono of which shy would bo conslderel
To retrace thu long Journoy from
tho coast, even though aho know th
trail, would bu impossible, mid equal
ly iinpoHBtblo would bu the ttusk of
going uiiead lu search it Hlchurd
Oordon, whom she know to bo some
whoro to the west of her. Tho morn
ulie weighed her chances for exl.sleno
ugalnst the forces of destruction pit
ted against her. tho more hopob-st
appeared her munition. Kvcii the
coming ot dawn, onlluur.ly u tlmo of
i cut' wing hope, brought no added
bouynnoy to her Jaded fcplrlts only
a dogged detormlmulon to fight on
In tho Inevitable mid, und tlic.ii to dm
brai.'ly with u consciousness uf hav
ing fought u good light, as hocuinn
a granddaughter of Jefferson Hcott.
An daylight dispelled the durkneis
about htr and objects that hail as
sumed grotusquo and menacing pro
portions by night receded and shrunk
to the commonplaces of day Virginia's
eyes sought thu ground below for ;l
glluipsn of thn creatures whosn men
uun had driven her to the safety of
brunches before: but, search as nhn
wuuld, she OJillil discover no sign
of dangerous boast, und ut lust, re
alizing that sno could not remain In
the tree forever, ahe dropped to thn
ground and isumed her flight. Not
ing thn direction of thn sun shn
turned her face toward thn west,
deciding at last that her onlv hopo
of tt.ilvatioh lay in reaching Itlchiird
Oordon, nnd Influenced equally, too,
by l ho obligation Mm felt Hiring upon
her to find and warn him ot the
menace which lay in wait upon hl:i
That nhe woutd find him shn had
lltlln hope; but at least sho would
lmv thn poor sati.sfactlon of clinging
to duty to the last, however futllo her
attempt to fulfil that duty.
She had not gone n great distance
when Hlm hecuino suddenly uware of
the uncanny sensation that nhe wa.s
bi lng folluived. Turning, shn looked
back inlo the Jungle behind her; but
saw iiuthlng. Vet again, the moment
she had resumed her way. she could
have Hwnru that she heard something
moving thioiich the vegetation ut her
heels. Wow lung this unntlmi"d hIi
rould not have tnld; but at length It
no preyed upon her nerves that slvi
wa.s i.iiiii inn; u te lured M a tnt"
of Ninirky terror equal to that whti 'i
luiil cli.ini'd l!cr tin. preceding nigh'.
If t'. rould have seen the thin,:
that clogged her footsteps, i.ven tu
Know Mint It w.is sotnu Ilrrce and ter
rlbli creii'iim of destruction, lire
nervous suffering would h.-ivn been
less; but to feel Its ryes upon hnr and
yet not to so It, tn hrnr Its padded
footsteps and see no twig disturbed
A dozen times she was on the point
of ilainlM.rliig Into a trn : but huugrr
anil thirst which ulreidy had assailed
hrr told her In no unrertiln terms
that there must be no tarrying cx
ctit In the last extreme of danger.
Wlnln she had strength she must go
on i nd nn, for If sho did lint find food
and drink she soon would havo no
IP ngth to gn.
Twenty times she niut have turned
'o search out thn prowler that stiilkeil
her, yet shn had hail no slightest
i-llmpse of him, when she broke, quite
unexpectedly, Into a small clearing.
Straight acrosH this shn made her wwy
and toward the centro turned again to
cant a nervous glance rearward, and
HEXT WEEK'S COMPLETE HOVEL IN THE EVENING WORLD
When Liberty Was Born
BY ALBERT PAYSON TERHUNE
then sho saw tho thing upon her
track a mangy, hideous, skulking
Virginia knew that men looked
down upon this rcpulslvo bc.ist, call
ing him a harmless coward; but she
knew loo that many a man had fallen
prey to tho enormous strength anil
ferm'lly of theso same creatures. Hhe
knew of their cunning and their
cruelty, and that, like all other hunted
beasts, they wero as perfectly mv.iro
when man was unarmod ns was mat:
She had heard tales of tholr cour
age too: of their attacking Horn nnd
drngglng his kill from beneath thn
very nose of tho king of boasts. And
so she did not deceive herself, ns havo
others to their sorrow, as to tho cow
ardice or tho luirmlcssness of this,
Nature's nost loathsome creation.
Fifty yards ahead wnn a low treo
growing solitary In tho clearing. Hho
would tnko refuge tnern until tnn
beast had gone, Hhe quickened her
pace. nnti, turning tier nem, saw, to
her horror, that tho hyena had broken
Into a trot and was coming straight
for her. Kven so, sho could reach thn
tree; she was unite near It now. Thn
hyena wan not charging, Just trotting
slowly toward her. I?vldently he was
too euro of his prey to feel any neces
sity for exerting himself.
Virginia reached the tree In ampin
tlmo to climb to safety, and It was
with a little prayor ot relief that sho
looked up for a hand hold upon a
lower branch n prayer that from
upon her lips and turned to a scream
of horror, startled from overwrought
nerves, as stio saw a great snKo
colled In the branches abovn hor head,
IIK.V daylight broke upon the
vlllnge from which Virginia
had enenped It found Taylor
and Kelly, shaken but bo.
. , , ,,
bered, preparing to set out
in search of Virginia. In tho Jungle
outside tho pallsado thoy had burled
ouisino in-, lyu..
thn torn remnant of "hat had once
been William Oootch, and then tnoy
cnthcrod their men together and set
. is imll nf thn clrl
forth upon the trail of the g rl.
Spreading out In a groat circle, two
or three together, they beat thn Junglo
, all directions. Chance tad the two
whites with ft handful of men toward
the west, and a shred of torn khaki
cllnelni' tn n thorn bush put ono of
cungiiu, in . ..,. th(lt
tho nutlvcn upon her trail. Alter mat
It was easy nnd thn party madn rapid
nrogreaa In tho wakn of tho ficetlns
. ... ,.
And to tho wost another camp waa
astir, llrenkfant was served nnd dls-
t.oscd of. and Olck Oordon, humming
.... i-1 .. ..nt i... In tho morning"
Ifii nico to got up in tno mormnK.
(hnuldorod ft light sporting rifle, and
with his i:un bearer at nig ntow wuu
his express sot out along tho coast
unrd trull ahead of his safari.
Thn day wa beautiful, Oordon was
happy. Ilroailway hold mom pitfalls
than tho Jungle. Ills was but a
happy, caro freo Jaunt to tho coast.
it.. wnj alreadv commencing to reel
sorry that his .runst was over and his
Hui-iy nun ... i ' . . lh
inning pom. I. . -
humdrum of clvlllzatlonl Ho shrugged
disgustedly. Not an untoward occur
rence upon tho ontlre trip. The mo
notony of Now York had followed hlm
into tho wlldn of Africa. He had been
born, evidently, to thn commonplace.
Adventure nhunned him.
And then, dlroctly ahead and so
i.asn that It sounded fhcill upon his
ears, rus.i thn scream of u terrlllnd Jsvlor wounded. It seemed prnrtlcnllr
woman. Oordon leaped forward ut a hopeless to expect to prevent Oordon
rapid run. . a dozen paces be broke f.tl
from tho Junglo Into ii small clearing nlonn, nor would he try. Hn could
to a sight which surprised hlm no less knlfn a mm In thn back with ease,
than would tho presence of a Numl- 't a look nt Oordon had nssurpd him
iii.iii .iui.iu i ... thnt It would not be profitable etn
dlun lion loose upon Fifth Aenuo. pioymont , attempt to get neir
Hn saw llrst a dishevelled whlto girl enough to that athletic nnd competent
clothed In torn khaki, her hair loos- looking young man to rench him with
oaod and fallen about hor ( shoulder ".iX
lu her hand was a broken branch and nl, vrnt surroundings were Ton
snarling about hor was a hugo hyena, cerned.
closing In ready to charge. "Oct Vm back in thn good nl U. a."
lie tore either tbo gin or tno ooasi
realized that a new factor liuu uteri
precipitated Into their encounter Oor
don had thrown his rifle to his
shoulder and Itred Just as the hyena
chtti- r d. With n yolp of agony tho
lililenus erratum tumbled over nnu
ping his rlllo. stoadied hor with ht.s
arm. ... . . ,
"In the name of all that Is holy,
lm said, "who aro ou, and what are
you doing here alone In tho Jungio?"
"Vou aro Mr. Oordunl"
lie nodded. "Yes, my name Is Oor
don: but bow tho how In thn world
did you know that nnd who are you?"
"I am Virginia Scott," she repllod.
HV w is still trembling and unstrung.
It wns with dtlhV'ilty that slin coin,
posed hersolf milllrlently to unswer
flnrdnn's eves went wide at tho dls
closure of hr Iilenllly.
"Miss Scott!" hn exi lalmd. "What
mv mother's consin, and he set out
nfier you to to -oh. It is terrible. Mr.
Oordon he has follownl .u to kill
"He was the otlior hnlr?"
"And you hnvn taken thei-e frightful
chances to wnrn me?" hn nHked.
"Thero was no other way," sho re
plied In questioned her further, nnd bit
by bit wrung fmm her th whole ter
rible story of t1 n ordeals through
whl'-h she hnd passed.
"nd she his .on all thU fnr ft'.'.
il.. of a -Irmger," he thought
,at a lrl!"
lie nnd been watching her closely
iis shn talked, nn.l hn found It illttl.
cult to takn hlB eyci from her face,
It waa a very beautiful faco. Ka
lreirtwo'a;r fmi'lcas '.nd they',,
plnKed ...o Us carcass, finishing It old U. s?fd hot th
flnrdnn had run forward, stopping rhSSh-J'hr'Sr. Jr,l...,:'.0, .ev?r
onlv inomenturlly to fire, and nn In- M,v r'lP,)', ,M" eonrt. but." nnd hn
s a,t afier h.sr.ayt shot ho stood bo- J ' J Mn. 1 m nil In for a
forn thn girl looking down at her with ";nV"' " ,7; ," tnU" them to
astonishment and Incredulity writ- .1,$ 1 ' ; h"0
ten largo upon his cotinlenanee. r' n ' ' P t att thing over on
She looked up at him In iMiual aston- J ' , v'nl roh mB oi
ishmen llo saw her reel, and drop. hay mino by r ght even If it isn't
brought you lore ll In't your mother . : . ' 1 " "
K.t mv letter telllfg her that I would . 1 J '" ' i ' oV.'T.
bring her ,hn papers fro,,, the old ft; TH.lywXy bor.
mission? ....... .. .pvnral young Hons, a fnw leoii.inls
"Ves," shn exp'nlned "bu another byrnxs find other sperlnieni of thn'
saw your immr nr.si - .cnu i.ij ior. ..,ln nf i,n (B.,..,.,
thn grime nnd the tllrt and the
scratches could not conceal that fact.
"You have done a very wonderful
thing. Miss Hcott," ho said. "A very
bravo, nnd wonderful, and foolish
thing. I thank God that I found
you in tlm. I shudder to think what
your fate would have been had
elianco not led us together at th
As they talked another party cam
to tho edge of the clearing upon Its
enatern vargo came and halted t
tho sight disclosed bofore their eyes.
It was Taylor, Kelly nnd their blacks.
They hod henrd tho shot and hurried
forward, hut cautlsusiyj as they wer
sura that Virginia wns not armed.
When Taylor saw tho girl and Scott
tognther he saw tho end ot all bis
hopes unless . Ills eyes nnrrowed
ns the suggestion forced Itself upon
him. Hern were thesq two who stood
nlonn between him and fortune. Two
shots would put thorn from his path
rorever. Htimiui eltner ever reach
civilisation again Hcott Taylor would
become an outcast. The storv of his
villainy would make him a marked
man In the haunts he best loved.
Never again could ho return to
Gordon's back' was toward hlra.
The girl's eyes were hidden from him
by the man's broad shoulders. Tay
lor stepped from behind tho tree that
had concealed him. Ho took careful
aim at his first victim the man. And
p0,,t,n "Vid X Ira niv horr nirt
at mat moment (Jordon shifted his
It was too late tn warn Mm. Tkm
was but ft single ehnncn to save him.
Them was no sign In her expression
that she had discovered Taylor. Hn
was readjusting his aim tn th
changed position of his target, nnd
hn wnn taking his tlmn about It. too,
Jor h.n oou,1 not afford to bunglo or
ai nn'i.. t,. ... . . ,
At uordon s belt nwtinir his revolver,
Virginia was so close she conM tones
him by crooking an elbow. She did
""t have to take, a step closer, nnd It
wnj th k h t F,cond t0 wn,n
lh8 rnvoIver from ta ho,,tJr;0llj,nU
it up upon Hcott Taylor nnd pull thn
trigger. At thn report Oordon wheeled
,n surprise townrd thn direction thn
,r) ,)ad flrp(, Mw n mftn
drop n rifle nnd stagger out of sight
behind n i tree, and then the trirl
gR-W & rX
hrnnches of whleh thev had met.
"It waus Taylor." nhn whispered,
"He hnd levelled his rlfln at vou. llo
would have shot you In tho back, tho
..r thought." aald Dk Oordon In a
wondering voice, "that I owed yon
about nil that n man could owe to n,
fellow. being: hut now vou have still
fllrtrt)r Bdd;,, , my d(nt. na r BU"
.Ton own me nothing: thn ohllga-
tlon Is still nil upon the sidn of my
mother nnd myself." replied Virginia.
,.nnt ,f yf)n Wftnt ,o nM n th0nd:
fnld ,0 tnixt ohlltmtlon I can tell you
nowjnii can oo ir.
"How?" nsked Oordon e.igerlv.
"My getting me and yourself nut of
this hideous country and bs.ck to
America as quickly ns It can hn dnnn."
"Oood." cried Gordon. "Wo'll start
In Just a minute, but first rm going
after thnt human mephitis nnd put
hlm where ho won't shoot anv morn
nt a man's back or .bother women."
nnd calling to his men. who wern now
coining up, hn started across thn
clearing tn Ptirptilt of Taylor.
That worthy, however, eluded them.
Wnunded In thn for?arm, bn had scur
ried Into thn Jitnvle, hilf mtpnorteil,
half dragged hv ICellv, who. while fee.
Ing no lovalty townrd his lender,
shrank with terror from thn thought
of being left alone to thn mnrcle of
thn blncks In tho centre of Africa. Thn
reward hn had about given up with
the sight of Oordon and thn girl to
gether, for with Oootch dead nnd
" '"i inymr an- in agree to
help you: hut Africa never nariln!"
and hn raised his right hand solemnly
abovn his he.sil.
Tnylnr smiled Irnnlenlly. "Yes! 'Oet
'em bnck tn the mod old IT. R.'" ho
mimicKea. -i nevil go bsek of them..
lrrlnla was for giving tho native
viilngn of her adventures a wide
berth, but Oordon assured hnr that
thev inns, pan, it on the trail to the
const, and that hn whs rather anxious
tn do so nnd Interview tho chief. Tho
tnnn of vnlen In which ho stated hla
tlntermlnatlnn filled Virginia with
alarm nnd shn madn him promise
that hn would do nothing to arouse
thn wrnth of thn natives.
Hut pnss thn vlllagn thev did, nnd
much to their surprlsn thn first
peipln they saw emerging from tha
gniei to meet them wero several
miiiiii mrn. iney nroveil tn lm
they t.u passed. Now they wcrn on
their ly tn the const, but thn ntnrles
tbe. hul hnunl of thn wonderful
black maned Hon thnt had terrorized
thn vl'lugn and killed a whlto man
then lint night before had deter
mined St'i'i'i to stop long nnough to
uttempt o capttiru tho splendid
15 rdnn and Virginia tarried with
tho'ii i"it a few minutes, then con
tinue I their way to thn coast, which
they reached without Incident after
what was, to Oordon at least, thn
pteih.intpst Journey of his llfo. Had
it not Vcn for the inxlety which he
knew tl.n girl's mother must be suf
fcifui: on iruoutit of her mad eaca-
padn hn would havo found means to
uroloug the Journey many days,
(To Do Continued.)
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