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Please do not worry about me.'
"But I could not keep from worry
ing about her.. I was juBt going 'to
call out again to the girl when that
thick night air was set quivering. It
was like as if little threads of. purple
and silver and gold were being thread
ed in and out of the dark patches,
and I gasped. She was singing. She
was singing out there in the night
and I had never heard such singing.
"She stopped for a second as if she
wishes to listen, and before the notes
of her song had died away a stone
crashed against the window rot the
bungalow, and a hyena laugh went
up into the night like a,brass blare.
"The girl started to sing again,
and there was no more laughing. And
there were no more stones. She sang
and sang andsang and the jungle
listened. Gott! it was weird. I can
not explain it to you. But it was a
soul calling to a soul.
"I stayed awake all through the
night. There were'no more stones or
no more laughter. Bfit she sang on.
Toward dawn, when the first bit of
baby pink came up1 out of Micronesia,
I shook myself and stumbled down
through the clearing. She was stand
ing near -the' tapang tree where she
had been eight hours before, and I
took her by the arm and led her inside
the bungalow. Her dress was all wet
with the dew, and her face was as
white as the finow on the Himalayas.
But she never spoke. .Not a single
"The next night it was nearly the
same thing over again. But there was
one exception. That madman threw
a' stone at the bungalow, but he did
not laugh 'his infernal hyena laugh.
He crept away. quietly after he had
throw the rock, and to me that was
"And the next night she threw
stones, but it did not seem to glve him
the devilish amusement that he got
out of the business before she. start
ed to sing-
"Nikht after night she sane in dif
ferent places around the bungalow,
and those big trees seemed to listen,
to her like so many giants. And then,
after about two .weeks of that, Han
slaw stopped throwing stones.- But
he was there in the dark.
"Then one night, it was a fine
moonlight night, the nttracle happen
ed. The Samarahan river looked like
a belt of sHver. The" girl "was down
near the bank singing softly to the
tapang trees, and I crouched here in
the shadow of the bungalow and
wondered what would be the end of it
"Presently she started to sing in a
way that I had .never heard before.
It was a magic melody. I crept down
through the bushes till I could see
her. She was standing right on the
bank of the stream, and, she was look
ing across the river to that strip of.
sand that you can see directly in front
of the little landing.
. X followed the' direction of her
eves, and then I saw. Yes. I saw Han-
slaw, Ja! I had never seen .him fully
since the day he ran away. He was
standing on the strip of bare sand,
and he was looking stright across at
her. He stood like a statue.
"I laid down flat on my stomach,
and waited. There seemed to be noth
ing in the world but those two peo
ple. It was just a big empty globe
In which, a girl fought fdr the soiil of
a man against the jungle.
"Hanslaw, saw her. She was sing
ing for her pwh life as well as for his.
I knew that Her voice never had such
melody In it as it had at that minute.
"She stopped, with, a little choking
thrill, and Hanslaw moved restlessly.
Then that, half -naked man. moved
around" like a restless panther, his
bodv half turned toward the trees a3A
Jlf he was inclined to spring Into the
dark depths. c .
"She started to sing again, and he
was still till she had finished. Then
his nervousness gripped him again. It
seemed as if he was afraid of some
one cutting off his retreat.
"The girl stopped exhausted, and
Jie made a quick, move for the shad-
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