Upon his goHsen throne lolled the
old rajah. He was calculating what
step Tie sh&uld take when Mannenng
had accepted Kali. It upset the plans
that he had built; yet he was shrewd
enough to have-others in view. With
Mannenng's aid fife" could yet carve
out his empire.
Mannenng, standing beside the
priest, let his eyes roam over the huge
interior of the temple. He, saw the
decorated walls, the breathless crowd,
completely silent, waiting for the
moment when he would ball before
Kali's statue to be anointed with the
blood of the dreadful sacrifice, the
drawn curtain behind which the ra
jah's wives were gazing curiously
Aid at the last moment, while the
sound of the tom-toms indicated that
the goddess was awaiting the "sacri
fice, a new thought took possession of
Mannenng. He could not carry out
his plan. Generations of Puritan an
cestors rose up within him, clamor
ing and crying that he, a Christian,
could never yield to Kali.
He perceived the hideous pit into
which he had so nearly fallen. The
world wouldiascribe his complaisance
to fear! It would be said that an Eng
lishman had accepted Kali to save his
life. Was not the empire built upon
faith and loyalty and the courage of
her servants? How could he serve it
better than by remaining true to his
faith, whatever happened?
It was the moment of judgment,
when, unless he say his duty clear 'as
a razor edge before him, incalculable
ills must follow. Mannering saw it.
The blood of the sacrifice was
drenching Kali's altar. Muzzur
turned toward Manneringnrotioning
to him to prostrate himself. Manner
ing waved him away and called to
"I have come here today," he said,
"to testify to the truth. Since Eng
land became your lord, when has she
sought to change your faith or cus
toms' Nevertheless, I am here to tell
you now that youiith in Kali is,
the faith of the sandpiper that walkB
among the marshes before the sand
He heard a rustle, a sigh, and sud
denly the whole body of worshipers
was upon its feet in terror of (he sac
rilege that was being accomplished.
For, snatching from the priest's
hand the hammer with which the vic
tim had been slaughtered, Mannering
brought it down upon the head of the
abominable idol. And Kali, the many
handed goddess, fell from her pedes
tal and rolled, a hideous thing, along
the temple floor.
Then, laying down the hammer,
Mannenng awaited death. But since
none dared lay hands on him, he went
out into the street He walked to
the residency and waited. Twenty
minutes later he heard the mob" come
roaring-down the bazaar and toward
the veranda on which he awaited
He stood there with folded arms,
patient ready for the vengeance 'of
the fanatical multitude. But, when
they reached him he found himself
standing above a prostrate -crowd of
worshipers. For even black-skinnefl
people grope toward the higher, and
by his act the worship of the murder
goddess had been swept atway for
ever. " ;
So many of our landlords are '
A grasping, thieving crew,
They raise the merchants' rents and
Just pass the buck to you.- "
Oh, why do landlords raise the Tents
With such unanimity?' 1 '-
Have they entered in a covin?" "1
It looks that way-to me. -"
- ? T4
Look it up in the dictionary-.-IWe'
had to. ". "
A pessimist is a man with ona
speed forward and four reverse.
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