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.'May Allah grant you lifelong bo
and the prophet receive yon in tLe hoi
the faithful!'' he answered in ;i bur
fervent piety. "The brave are ever g
otu;," he added, following me down
companion ladder, convinced that I wa
king of buccaneers.
Pronouncing a fervent bismillab, or g
he fell to ravenously, swallowing the
tuals in huge mouthfuls and washing 1
down with copious drafts-first of c<
then of rum.
"Were it not for the sweet reality of
eating and drinking," he said in his bl
est manner, "I could believe il all a v
and you a beneficent genie. But this
quet is too good for a genie. If I do nc
turn thanks day and night and remei
your name perpetually, may Azrael
me to tho uttermost depths of the pit.'
Though eating with u vigor that w
have been too much for the capacity of
two ordinary men ::nd never forget
what was due to a succoring host, he si
ed a lively interest ia his surroundings,
when the meal was over we proceedc
his suggestion to make a complete su
of the brig. To explore the hold, i
which we began, it was necessary to g
light. This I gave to Abram ben A
making him precede me, so that by
chance might he take me unawares f
It is a good plan to keep a doub
guest always in front of you.
As we made our examination, comim
pile upon pile o'f stuffs from the loon
India, he was ready to burst in sheer co
ousbess, though striving to hide it. He
never known a man to take such :vpri;:e,
he would be happy if I only allowed hie
be my slave that he might learn from
the secrets of successful piracy.
"You are greater than Ran Dahid, wi
prizes made him so rich and powerful t
he married a prince's daughter, for he \
his crew, and you are alone and bu
youth. It is a great day for me when I
permitted to know you and be near you
Again I made light of my achievemi
. treating the taking of a ship as if were
the amusement of an idle hour. I sw
gered a good deal, but I am sure that
spite of all my bravado I looked but an
When we returned on deck, the wrecks
which he had not noticed at his first com
on board, caught his attention.
" "You have been amid the terrors of
deep," he remarked, "and yet percha
the tempest has favored you."
"You speak like a magician," I replier
"Nay, by the prophet's beard, you are I
magician," he said quickly. "You r
the storm to fortune; the very elemei
are your slaves. A magician indeed j
are. Yet the ship ishurt. The helm har
useless as a broken bon <j,h, nothing to gu
the ship, and over yonder is the Persi
gulf," he added, significantly.
"I know it," I answered carelessly.
"There you may be among friends,"
ventured, with a look of intelligence,
"if I am among foes, the worse for then
"Verily, I believe it," he said, with u:
Thoroughly confirmed in the belief tl
I was a man of de.-pera:oand bloody devi
he grew confidential, entertaining me wi
an account of some of his own exploits
freebooter and corsair, and dwelling wi
the relish of a devil on scenes of cruel
"Then you lied when I took you
board," I said sternly, interrupting him
the midst of his narrative. Even a sea rc
ber may have his code of honor, and fort
present my foible was to hate lying.
"Could I guess your trade from that gi:
ishface?"he asked, with an impudent gri
"You might be a missionary ship."
"I am no liar," I said severely, while co
science whispered "impostor."
"And I swear by the rover's flag I wi
follow truth," said the rogue, with a broa
er grin than ever. "Are wc not brothel
and should not our souls be as dials in ti
sunlight? Yea, and I love the brave En
lishman. In Egypt and Africa have I n
known him, aud in the Persian gulf have
< not seen with joy his skill in slashing t
heads? He is the angel demon of the worl
He will make good the black Ethiopia
and sell run1 and take ships and make hit
self rich wita what others have gathere
I love him as a brother."
Naturally I was gratified by this hig
and impartial testimony to the noble qua
ities of my countrymen.
In his rummaging Abram ben Aden carr
upon my armory.
"What a man of arms you are tobe a bo
in years!" he exclaimed, with some exciti
ment. "Here are weapons fora wholeship;
crewl" And selecting a sword he drew i
from the scabbard and began to feel it
"Not so fast," I said, stepping rp to hirx
"These are dangerous. You talk of magic
let me warn you of the magic there is i
"Yea, I believe in their magic," he at
swered complacentl}-, "but is it not th
magic of the ann that wields them? I kno\
a good blade when I see it. Choose ye one
and we will have some sport. May I pei
ish if 1 am not forgetting the ring and th
gleam of"steel! Sec, see how it bends! 'Ti
a well tempered blade. Yea, and it is liga
tn the hand." And he made a circle of sut
beams about his head. I stepped back, m;
hand instinctively seeking the hilt of ni;
pistol, and said indifferently that I was no
in the humor for sport. The truth was
was not in a humor to take any presen
risks not absolutely necessary. With i
shade of disappointment and vexation h
. thmst the sword back into its sheath ant
returned it to its place.
We had an early sn ??per and went earl;
to bed, my guest getting a closed off berti
to himself. I lay awake until I heard hi:
stertorous snore; then I crept softly uj
stairs, and gathering all the weapons to
gether carried them dowu and hid them ii
my cabin. It was better that Abram bei
Aden should not be tempted to do rnischie
while I slept. _
ALOXE ONCE MORE.
Whatever evil Abram ben Aden maj
have harbored in the secret chambers ol
his heart his hearing toward me was thees
senre of courtliness and friendship. Mj
own brother could not have been more so
\ licitous for my happiness and welfare, not
the most loyal of henchmen readier tc
do me service. When, from some chance ex
pressions of mine, he discovered that I wa?
just recovering from a mortal illness bc
broke into fresh chantings of my valoi
and fortitude and insisted on taking oe
himself the duties of cook and general per
"It is not meet that heroes should do the
work of slaves," he said. "Leave it to me,
who am but a common mortal. I am hap
py in serving so valiant a master and so
generous a benefactor, one whose deeds
should have been the inspiring theme of
the peerless Kaahel Albar [a famous Ara
bian poet] himself."
' A blunt man like myself is at a grave di *?
advantage in dealing with a courtier. In
spite of his fine words, I mistrusted my
guest as much as eve r. That he coveted
my possessions I knew, and that he had
designs on my throat I more than half sus
pected, yet I could not resist his advances
nor deny his sallies of wit and humor tin
meed of a smile. He was insistently and
infectiously light hearted, for he took life
like a gambler's game, in which success
and failure ?hould be accepted with equal
equanimity. Evidently lie had made np
- his mind not to be depressed.
He had other popular and charming
qualities besides. To th.; aplomb ol' the
mau of action and the peculiar knowledge
of the man of the world he united thc im
agination of the poet and the happy au
dacity of the bom romancer. His adven
tures had been many and marvelous, and
no man was ever his own Homer to finer
effect. He bad seen more with his two
bodily eyes than I had ever dreamed of, and
he invested his tales with a glamor that
professional storv tellers would.have e.n
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vita. 1 do not tb ink" 7ns fX-?Tt?'iT wei5 re
markable for a strict adherence to fact, but
there could be no question of their fascina
tion. His talk was like a sojourn in the
land of enchantment and flowers and fra
grance and fair women and paluces and
gold and precious stones and heroic ex
ploits and all the raptures of the brightest
realms of fancy, lie made the Arabian
Nights tame and Barou Munchausen a
To give variety to tho cutertaimr.ents,
'"ne day he proposed that he should teach
"Know that Abram ben Aden, though a
rover, is likewise a master of literature,"
he said, with a superb flourish of his arms;
"the poets are his especial delight. They
are greater than the magicians; they are as
aflame in the soul which illuminates the
universe. But how is tl"1 adventurer, the
corsair, to carry the so-jgs ot Mae poets with
him? Why, here," t ipping his forehead.
'.Here is the chamber in which the poets
have their abode, and here," producing a
greasy volume from the folds of his dress,
"is what the prophet gave to the faithful
as a consolation till they are trrnslated to
enjoy forever the love of the houris.
"You are an infidel, but what of that? You
know what joy is. you know what sorrow is.
You have feelings, appetites, aspirations
you are a mau. You hope to get to heaven.
I will show you the way, and while I show
you shall learn the Arab's tongue. Come,
my merry infidel, you shall yet converse as
a brother with the children of the desert.
Yea, and eat El Shelebi dates and dip thy
fingers in the dish that swims with the fut
of sheep and goat. More, my gallant cut
And thou on honey dew shalt feed
And drink the milk of paradise.
'Tis the s.'ng of one of our poets which
thou shalt learn, my brave one." And with
an .air of having the erudition of Alexan
dria at his lingers'ends he forthwith began
! my instruction.
I He proved a good teacher, and I was not
i an inattentive nor, I think, an inapt pupil.
1 One rule my tutor made and adhered to
J rigidly, and that was that we should talk
: nothing but Arabic. It was a sore trial of
j patience at first, but I persevered and in a
? week-such was my diligence-was able
j to converse with tole-rabie fluency. The
second week I was deep in thc Koran and
i able to follow my teacher in his recitations
; fiom the Arabian poets; the third week I
! was reciting myself. Abram ben Aden was
delighted with his success.
"By the prophet's mantle," he said, "I
will have you in paradise-yet. Your speech
already is as of one bred in the desert. You
have the Arab's tongue, and next will come
the Arab's faith. Aud all thy brave deeds
will be forgiven. "Why should not the bold
corsair bave happiness at hast?"
A. diversion to our studies he lured me,
rather against my judgment, into a daily
bout wi :h thc sword. "It will keep your
hand and eye tru*," he said insinu?tingly.
"Let the master practice on his slave. Me
thinks you take joy in the flash and ring of
the steel. All brave meu do. By the sword
of Sikandar el Ru mi, there is the stuff of a
fighter ia you. This ship with al 1 its plun
der shows it. Yet you will not let your
blade drink your servant's blood."
It was not likely I would, but there was
no assurance that my servant would exer
! eise a like restraint over his blade. Indeed,
on second thoughts, his proposition seemed
to me a ruse to try my mettle and wheedle
me iuto an overweening conceit with my
self that would give him his opportunity.
Happily, I was not entirely ignorant in the
use of the sword, for my graver studies had
been interrupted, perhaps too often, by pro
longed fencng bouts. But then I was far
from thinning myself an expert. So that
it was no light matter to stand up before a
man of unknown skill and suspicious mo
tive, whose greatest delight it might be to
spit me at the very first go off. Neverthe
less I bad yiveu my cousent, and it would
have bceu both folly and cowardice to go
back. So I put ou my stoutest front,
though, to be candid, the naked, wicked
flash of our weapons in the sun caused me
a nasty sensation. It was but momentary,
however, for the demand of every faculty
of mind and body was too keen to leave me
time to be afraid.
I soon discovered that Abram ben Aden
was a skillful swordsmau, with a sure and
rapid eye, great length and suppleness of
arm and the confidence which comes of
many triumphs. Yet I rung him blow for
blow and ended the first encounter in a
glow of satisfaction. We were both nimble
as goats, and I believe a spectator would
I have said the fencing was lively. For an
hour each day we exercised thus, and my
companion's good humor continued un
We lived this life for a month. During
all that tim. ihe weather was glorious, and
we enjoyed it undisturbed. The brig float
ed lazily along, whatever wind there was
being mostly steady in the same quarter.
Not a sail nor a soul did we see, and I had
but the haziest notion of our whereabouts.
If Abram ben Aden was better informed,
he kept his kuowledge sedulously to him
self. He seemed indeed too intent on pro
viding entertainment to give a thought
either to our course or our destination. We
told tales and sang songs and ate and
drank and fenced and studied, and all alone
on a derelict, waterlogged ship led the
most delectable existence imaginable. My
companion fairly adored me. He antici
pated my wishes, spoke unceasingly of the
unequaled deeds I had done, and more
than once showed a strong disposition to
fall down and worship me.
"1 have been a rover," he would declare,
with the unction of a man saying his
prayers, "but may Azrael seize me this mo
ment if I speak not the trut h in saying that
never have my eyes seen a man who
matches you in bravery and good fortune.
And you are but a youth," he would add in
a most engaging tone.
This continued till I began to fancy I had
enchanted the man, that he was verily my
slave, and I had only toexercise my magical
power io bend him to my will as complete
ly as the most docile and obedient genie in
any Arabian tale of wonder. I dare say I
plumed myself on my ascendancy, I dare
tay I put on airs, and I have no doubt what
ever that Abram ben Aden, most adroit of
courtiers, most subtle of flatterers, saw
through me and took my measure with
One evening in our fencing exercise I
thought he pressed harder ou me than ever
before, and that his blade rang with unac
customed sharpness. But thc quickened
movements only made my blood run the
faster, for by this time I was both confident
and dexterous. We went at it as much in
earnest perhaps as any two men who ever
crossed blades for amusement, ard I re
member thc thrill caused by the thought,
What if he is trying to kill me? My op
ponent was the first to cry halt. He war
flushed and out of breath, and I fancied
that under his everlasting smile ther s VJ'??I
a feeling of vexation.
"By the-right arm of the prophe-:., >n?i
are a gallant swordsman!" he cried, t-icjw
ering his breat h. "Your eye is the nur. fjji'i
your stroke a flash of light ning. 1! (n>fjjn|
not fight you for 10 shiploads of gold. tM
man who fights you puts his life on jxmi
sword point. As a josi, you have taktluliHI
wind away, and by tiie breath of tbcd.J9iKi
I am hot. Come, thou champion brandWhwi
of steel, and let us refresh ourselves."
Ordinarily we put away our weapons r?fl
soon as our exercise was done, but tivi
evening we took them with us, and thfj
lay ross our knees aa wo atc; and drank.
"Aro we enemies?" eric?! Abram toil
Aden, laughing immoderately at. the idol
of bwopeaceable and friendly men sittirM
down to meat armed as for a bat tie. Yoi
somehow we did not lay the swords asidt,
and when we went to bed we still had
I slept soundly that night and was late
in awakening next morning. On reaching
the cabin I found that Abram hen Aden
had not yet risen, and thinking to surprise
him, I crept to his door. It stood ajar,
g]i^"-;nrr Qgjj^j ?1"t''A- T^gde^jj gg ii J??d
neen lert the day before. I W?lstlea sof?l y
to myself, thea going quickly on deck
looked for his boat. But it, too, was gone.
Here was an unexpected turn cf the wheel
of fortune, a new mystery to rack the mind
or give an added relish to life, just as you
might chance to look at it. I was not at
all sorry to find my companion gone, nor
in truth greatly surprised, but his depar
ture might portend more than it was pleas
ant to speculate on.
I knew my man well enough to under
stand at once that he had not left me upon
any trivial motive nor to do good by stealth.
Too much of a knave to be a fool, on his
own confession a consummate rascal, Ig
norant or contemptuous of moral scruples,
insensible to gratitude, insatiably avari
cious, bold in planning and ruthless in ex
ecuting, I felt he must be bent on some
scheme that boded neither me nor the brig
any good. I recollected with peculiar and
not very agreeable sensations how he had
pressed me in our bout on the evening be
fore, and how on finding himself fairly
matched his chagrin had broken through
his well trained smiles and courlierlike air
To be deprived of his company was a
cause for rejoicing, for his absence relieved
me of a constant source of suspicion and
danger. But better a present evil than a
lurking enemy. With your eye on the foe
you can defend yourself, but when he may
spring upon you like, a tiger in the jungle
at any moment from any quarter, back,
front, side or oblique angle, why, the fear is
apt to fret the nervous. And indeed the
legions of black thoughts came trooping
back upon me with such disquieting effect
that, un-Christian as it may sound, I would
have given much to be able to run Abram
ben Aden through with my sword, and
there and then make an end of him. Brt,
as it was, I could only conjecture, and con
jecturing on a matter of life and death is
positively the most unsatisfactory exercise
in which the human mind can engage.
You may be sure I kept a sharp lookout
that day, remaining constantly under my
awiiing, save when I ran below to douse
my head, which had a feverish tendency, or
swallow a mouthful of food or drink. But
the day passed, and no boat or other object
hove in sight. I saw neither landmark nor
watermark nor even so much as the flash
of aseabird's wing-nothing but the dreary,
blinding glitter of the eternal ocean plain.
The darkness came, came at a stride, as
Mr. Coleridge says, for in the tropics there
is no twilight, but a leap from light to
darkness as if ihe night were lying in wait
and pounced upon the world as upon long
expected prey. The stars came out, like
points of lambient ?ame in a fleckless, gray
blue sky, and by and by the moon rose
with a sense of sovereignty, a majcoty and
magniGcence never equaled on laud.
Higher and higher she mounted, her white,
unveiled radiance nearly obliterating the
stars iu her path, and she smote with
almost as cruel a stroke as the sun. There
is a promise to the righteous that the sun
shall not smite them by day nor the moon
by night. TLe smiting of the sun dwellers
in a temperate clime may partly under
stand, but the smiting of the moon never.
You must go to the east and experience
her addling, withering blight to com
prebeud the fact t?>at ?i bard Arabian moon
will drive a stroug man stark mad in a rn
gie night if he lie unprotected from her
light. Even with me uuder my covering
she seemed to be sucking at my vitals.
Weary with watching, and to say the
truth more than a trifle worried, I fed my
rats and went to bed. I lay long awake in
spite of fatigue and the soothing lullaby of
lapping waters. At length I began to doze,
frequently starting up, however, with a
vivid impression of hearing Abram ben
Aden calling my name. Rising on my el
bow I would harken, panting with excite
ment. But the great silence being unbro
ken, save by the low, sweetly blended voices
of wind and water, I would lie down again
to be honest, with something of the nervous
shivering of a frightened child.
Once I was constrained to get up and
look out, first on one side, then on the
other. But the deep serenity of nature
was undisturbed. Tho moon shone re
splendently, and the sea, gently crisped by
the breeze, sparkled like fretted silver or
glowed with phosphorescent fire. The night
wind, soft md warm and odorous, caressed
my face and head with a wooing murmur
that would have been delicious had I been
in a frame of mind to enjoy it, and far
aloft the stars palpitated in their azure
setting with a sort of tender compassion.
Ah, mystery of mysteries, how came all
those splendors to be above me, and how
came I of all the millions on earth to look
up at them from such an utter desolation?
Did I need the lesson of human feebleness
more than any one else? Was my pride so
stubborn, my disobedience so great, that I
had to be sent out here a second and lone
lier Ishmael to be humbled and corrected?
If the sins were man}*, truly the punishment
was sore. Faint and quivering, I leaned
against the side for support, and as I
rubbed a clammy face there was wrung
from my heart that piteous cry that went
up from Calvary-the cry which vents the
concentrated misery of a lost race, "My
God, my God, why hast thou forsaken
And immediately, as if by celestial im
pulse, my mind flew back to a heathery
braeside, and I was nestling from threat
ening perils in arms that compassed me
safely about-as onb whom his mother
comforteth. The wounded animal seeks its
lair that it may die in peace; the wounded
spirit turns home that it may be strength
ened and soluced, were it only by mere rec
ollection. But for that divine memory,
that swift flight through space and time, I
might have gone that instant and leaped
from the bulwarks into the flood below. It
was an impotent mood, the mood of a cow
ard, if you like, but let those who have been
similarly tried say if their hearts have
never failed them. And let those who have
never borne the stress of misfortune be
ware what fate has in store for them, and
remember that "they jest at scars who never
felt a wound."
I returned to bed by and by, falling
asleep at length on a resolution to be up
next morning.with the sun. As it turned
out, I was astir in advance of my time.
Just as the first glim p.er of dawn flickered
on the sea I was startled by a noise of ropes
upon the ship's sides, a scurrying of feet
on the deck and a tumult of contendinu
voices in shrill confusion all round. Quick
as thought I tumbled out of bed, threw on
my clothes, stuck a brace of revolvers in
my belt, grasped my sword and bounded
up the companionway. At the head there
was an abrupt and uncomfortable stop
page, for no sooner did my foot touch deck
than a score of gleaming scimiters were
circling about my throat, preventing the
slightest chance of defense.
A throng of swarthy, fierce eyed, vocifer
ating villains pressed and brandished their
weapons so truculently that I could have
sworn to a chilly sensation of steel in my
windpipe, though as yet no one had actu
ally touched me. Divining that the rasen ls
were Arabs, I demanded in the Arab
tongue, and in rather gasping accents, what
this sudden invasion and hostile display
meant. At this a familiar voice willed out,
"Enlarge thy turban, friend; great is the
bountifulness of fortune to her favorites!''
There was a sardonic laugh from those
whose blades were closest about my neck.
Then one who seemed to be the leader,
pushing a little forward, said sternly:
"This ship is ours. If thou art in love with
thy life, surrender; if thou art tired of it.
resist. Speak quickly."
The logic of this laconic speech bei nt
perfectly irresistible, I immediately an
swered: "Since I value my life notwith
standing the difficulty of preserving it, I
surrender. Will my friends lower their
swords, for, to say the truth, they cause me
an uneasy itching."
"When thou hast given up thy weapons,''
said the spokesman curtly.
"They who do me the honor of this visit
belong to a brave and chivalrous people," 1
rejoined, remembering Asian manners. "1
know their history, and the songs of their
poets, and the valor of their deeds. I am n
stranger, alone and at your mercy. My
anns are my sole possession. I pray you
let mc keep them.'1
"Nay, by Fatima's eyelash, arms in thy
hands are .-is poison in the adder's tongue!"
cried Abram bon Aden, coming forward so
i,\mt I now caught sight of him. There was
a diabolical fi rp]n his black eyes, and his
face bore an insolent leer of triumph. The j
look of bim put all my fear to flight, and j
in its place kindled a sudden and savage j
desire to be revenged.
"That man," I said, pointing in scorn
and auger at him and forgetting the fate :
that was so imminent: "that man ba? tv
trayed' me. He'has brought you. hereto
plunder. Is it not BO?"
Perhaps it was the unexpected audacity
of my mien and question that made them
answer so promptly and frankly, but in
stantly a dozen of them called out,"It is so."
"I have taken this viper to my breast," I
cried, "and he has stung me. It is abase
thing that stings the hand that helps it.
By your love of vengeance, I charge you to
leave him to me. Let it be seen this day
how treachery and ingratitude can be re
quitted. We two have eaten salt together.
I took him in, giving him of my best, and,
now he clamors for my life. It is his if he'
can take it. You will grant the prayer of
a forsaken stranger that no hand but his
enemy's be raised against him. I trust to
your honor to see justice between man and
All this while the Arabs were swarming
upon deck and pushing and crushing and
craning to seo me and catch my words.
Their looks encouraged me. "The ship is
yours," I went on, still more boldly. "I
yield lt without a murmur; only let me put
my life against the life of this son of a
"Why do we waste time?" demanded
Abram ben Aden savagely. "Let his in
fidel throat feel the edge of a believer's
sword. Who is he that he should bandy
words with us? Off with his head, to the
8hurks with his carcass, and let us to the
"Thy tongue is too fast for thy wit,
Abram ben Aden," said the man whom I
took to be leader. "He has yielded the
ship to us. He is ready to put his life upon
thy blade point if thou will grant him a
like privilege in return. A fair bargain, by
the memory of Sikandar-el-Rumi. Manya
time hast thou boasted of thy skill with
the sword; thou lovest revenge as well as
any man. Here is thy opportunity to
show thou possessest one and canst take
the other. What think ye?" addressing
his comrades. "Is it not as I say?"
"It is as thou sayest," came quickly in
chorus from the twoscore eager men.
Judging it best to take prom pt advantage
of this change of sentiment in my favor, I
strode forward, and before he could raise
a finger to prevent me caught Abram ben
Aden firmly by the beard.
"Last night we ate salt together," I said.
"It was the vow of friendship. Today 1
spit in thy vile face. It is the vow of eter
nal enmity," and suiting the action to the
word I spat f nil in his face. It is the great
est affront you can oiler an Arab, or in
deed to any man of the Moslem faith.
"Thou shalt rue it!" he shouted, stamp
ing with niue, while he wiped his face.
"By the holy prophet, thou shalt rue it!
Mark me, san of an infidel dog, my sword
will slake Its thirst in thy blood. I will
hew thee in pieces. I will scatter thee to
the winds, so that no man can gather the
lu an instant I was back, with my sword
drawn ready for the attack.
"Thou hast there the sword I gave thee,'"
I said. "Crown thy baseness and scatter
"Thou art a fool!" he hissed. "Thereare
better things than letting the blood out ot
thy foul Christian body. I will t.ike re
venge for this defilement; yea, revenge that
will not so much as leave thy name among
men, but not now."
"Hear how a coward ctn speak," I said
to thc crowd. "But give tis room. Either
he takes his revenge now, or I take mine."
"Yea, leave them room!" rose on all sides,
and the mass pushed back, making a va
cant space in the middle. On the one side
stood Abram ben Aden, Iiis lean dark face
like a fiend's, and his fingers nervously
clutching the handle of his sword. On the
other was I, motionless, deadly white, I am
sure, but with a fixed determination to
die or have vengeance. I was perfectly
calm, probably because the h OZ Ard was so
desperate. The gaze of all those alien eyes
was as nothing; as nothing, too, was the'
chance of being killed. Thought and pur
pose and feeling were concentrated on the
I made a movement forward, and Abram
ben Aden tried to squeeze back, saying it
was of more consequence to secure the
booty than to turn aside to put a toad out
of existence. But the circular human wall
was solid, and he could not get away. As
he struggled ignominiously I advanced and
struck him on the cheek with the flat of
"If there be aught else I can do to affront"
thee," I said, "name it."
He glared madly ns I stepped back a
little; then, thinking to rush in and end the
encounter at a blow, he sprang upon me
with the headlong ferocity of a tiger. But
He sprang upon me with thc headlong
ferocity of a tiger.
he had miscalculated. Swerving slightly
to the side, I caught his blade on mine, and
the sharp, fell ringing of steel announced
to the remotest of the spectators that two
men were fighting for their lives.
The crowd preserved complete silence,
showing no disposition to interfere. There
was no commotion; the drama of death
went on without a sound save what was
made by the whistling, clashing swords of
the combatants, for, the Arabs being un
demonstrative, take the sight of blood and
the issues of life and death without excite
ment or horror or pity.
I have no recollection of the particulars
of the fight. I only know that for my part
I went at it with a single, simple purpose;
that I had no thought of fancy swordsman
ship, nor indeed of anything else save not
to yield while I could draw breath.
My opponent had the first blood. By
some accident or clumsiness on my part
his sword in glancing off mine struck roy
shoulder, peeling it. But the wound,
though it bled freely, was a flea bite, and if
it had any effect at all it was to spur me
on. I pressed hard, forcing my antagonist
back inch by inch to larboard, the crowd
giving way in that direction.
He fought like a beast of prey, but in
spite of his fury, or perhaps because of it,
I kept pushing bim steadily before me till
atlast his heel was against the vessel's side.
Finding himself at tho wall, he uttered fl
great oath, the first word he had spoken
since we engaged, and plied his weapon
with such swiftness and force that it wai
a marvel I escaped being slain on the ?pot
No doubt it was my reckless calm that
saved me. At any rate, by driving in and
slashing and guarding and thrusting as
if I had the eyes of Argus und the hands of
Briareus I wasable to maintain my ground;
nay, was able to keep his back glued U? thu?
Blood flowed pretty freely on both t Ic'es,
yet the sight of it did not relax my rt:X lu
tion, if resolution it can be called, M hjch
wss a blind decision to have my SWQ?C.?II
mjr opponent's vitals or his in mine, tai
of us two must die. That was the fol. yu
diet. So we fought not to show our sq |t Ct),
butas men fight who are benton k?|tfer
each other in the shortest possible spa, |? o'
time. I had but to look into his eyes|, ?-?i<
the fate intended for me, and I dares, jy lu
looked into mine and read with equal j |n l l
ness that meant for him.
There was no device known to eitb, ps .TI
us-aud Abram ben Aden must have o\p..i>f
himself for my dexterity-to which mitty!
not resort. Yet the advantage hung li t tip
balance. Terrific as the blades rau^ RIKJ
glanced, tl? ' somehow failed to find ?JO!';
point on either side.
The breathing was becoming han! nml
fast, ami there was sont* risk we inlett In
deprived of I he satisfaction for which btftJ
of us panted by our very eagerness ami vi?
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thought must have Hashed across Al-mn
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staggering ?is if in the lost stage of exbaut
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