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rest in the community, and he did not
attach any unusual importance to the
Now he had seen Miss Wharton,
whom he supposed had left Aylhi
days previous. To his further won
derment she had disappeared in a na
tive shop. She did not come out for
an hour or two. Ralph marvelled and
then he became anxious. He entered
A Parlee trader sat on his cushions
behind the counter conversing with a
dignified vizier, some close friend.
Both regarded Ralph keenly, but not
"A friend, a lady, entered your es
tablishment two hours ago," began
"It is true," bowed the trader.
"If could speak with her "
"It is not allowed," spoke the
trader gravely. "See," and he showed
across a doorway the ribbon of safety
used by the natives to indicate a
sanctuary." My .friend, because you
are her friend and of her blood
"To Bengay. The sword is dang
ling from a mere thread. It may fall
at any moment. You are in peril.
The lady has been placed under my
strict charge. She is safe, she Is hid
den. Do not compromise that secur
ity by being seen here."
Ralph only partly surmised the sit
uation, but he believed that Harold
Wharton had entrusted- his sister to
safe hands. Why, however, had he
left her in this hot bed of sedition
and peril? His interest was height
ened in the fair girl he scarcely knew.
He might have put her entirely from
his mind but for the memory of that
name written in the sand.
That night the long brooding
storm broke over the devoted town of
Aylhi. The native autbreak was on.
A horde of sanguinary natives over
ran the place. Their leaders rushed
from house to house. Where a cer
tain challenge was responded to with
,fhe correct password, a mark was
chalked on the door. Where not, .the
place wr c given over to-the pillage of
the general horde.
Ralph instantly thought of Miss
Wharton In the midst of this wild
riot He rushed Into the little shop
not two minutes ahead of the crowd-.
He saw the trader thrown amid the
surging rioters who poured into the
place to loot -it Dashing resistlessly
through a doorway, in a secluded side
room he found EtheL r
"We must fly Instantly," he told the
astonished girl, after he had rapidly
depicted their peril.
"Yes, yes," she replied tumultuous
ly. "The bird I must Bave .that"
She seized a covered cage. By de
vious ways they reached !the yards
of various houses, finally seeking
refuge in a vacant one.
Then at its'front came a great up
roar. The hoarse challenge of' the
native leader sounded the challenge
as he beat upon the, locked -door!
To the startled . wbnder of the
refugees from directly, where they
crouched in the darkness there rang
out shrilly the response;
v "Ejah toluc!" .
They could hear the native leader
mark upon the dopr, the mob pass on.
"A parrot!" exclaimed Ralph,
glancing at the covered cage.
"Yes," responded .Eloise. "I boyght
it from a native woman. That must
have been the passwbrd'ithad learn
Two hours later, at the head of a
large party Harold Wharton and his
friends reached Aylhi. He had gone
away for that purpose.
And within the Bcope of those two
hours Eloise and Ralph, comrades in
peril, knew that they loved one an
other, and, with peace restored, there
was a happy wedding.
"Did you tell Charley that you
"Yes. I didn't want to, but he just
saueezed it out of me!" Life.'.