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Ai j IV I- s i M VIA NI)
Bj JOHN A. STEUART.
ICopyrigbt, ".. ' y Jvhr. Alexander Steuart.1
When the e nemy's cavalry rc::chccl level
ground, they divida1., one troop swingingto
the right and the ether :o the left, with.1 he
evident intention uf harrying us on bjth
flanks at once, while thc cumelmen, quick
ening their pace, advanced straight upen our
center. Our horsemen, going out easily,
also divided to check the others, and our
main force, massed after the Arab fashion,
waited quietly for the attack.
All eyes were, of course, on the cavalry
moving from both sides at an easy trot, U3
if out for morning exercise. They made no
baste, as yet there was nothing of the mad
excitement of the charge in their behavior.
Presently they broke into a ga!lop, and
my heart bounded at the thought that they
were going at each other. But when they
should have burst into thu charge both
sides wheeled si m u it ane otis I y, wa v ing their
lances defiantly and uttering shrill cres.
Again they advanced, again wheeled and
retired with the sanio truculent d'- la] < '.
weapons. And so they went o:: wi iel : ;
and circling, Lut instead of. gel iug cli ser
togetrer they drew m.vm\ m ? ! ; .
must have been a foll quarter . andie
apart. At this distance they bron ht ap
and stood facing each other. Had I known
Arab ways better, I should have und
that now thu play was about to begin in
earnest. Those little preliminary fl trishes
that had set my heart- a-beating so violent
ly were simply an introductory ceremony
meant partly to appease the Arab passion
for show, partly to prick the courage of the
Meanwhile Yumen Yusel's camclmen
had pushed on and were now down the
slope and well into the plain. When with
in a musket shot of our front lines they
halted. Then in the twinkling of au eye
down went every camel in both annie?,
while the musketeers, crouching behind
their beasts, brought their long matchlocks
to the "ready." At the same moment tho op
posing bodies of horse that had been stand
ing motionless, liaising unitedly tho fierce
warcryof "Techbir, tech biri" started toward
each other at the full speed of the charge.
The next instant c^mc tis- shock of meeting,
and far in the rear we felt the earth trem
ble and heard the deadly grunt and thud
and clash as the rushing columns came to
gether. As the horsemen met the front
lines of musketeers op- ned Gre, and the tu
mult and madness of battle were upon us.
For a little thc cavalry rolled and reared
in confused heaps. Then they scattered,
and Riderless horses began to career in all
directions. Tue canopy of dust spread and
cleared, and the antagonists retired tothe.r
respective sides, the enemy showing unmis
takable signs of discomfiture.
At this such of our men as were disen
gaged raised a triumphant shjiit, and
though Ab'ju Kurani -ai l rot a word his
glittering eyes declared his wild satisfac
tion. As for me, I stood in my stirrups
waving my sword md veiling myself
hoarse, for the hellish feeling, partly un
holy glee, partly/fight, partly a mad desire
to kill, which seizes a man when blood has
been actually spilled in brittle, bad posses' ,
sion of me. I quivered like an aspen, and
was as dry in the mouth as if I had been in
the thick of the fight for a day.
Again tho cavalry cn both ?des wheeled, :
formed and charged; again they rolled i:i 1
convulsivo bea] s, pori i d with mero empty :
saddles, and yet again reformed and
dashed at each other. It was impossible to
tell which was jettb thel : < . ir, for in
the duststorm thal raged about them
nothing was discernible, rv.: there was
no doubt on the point when prc cntly, :
stead of forming again, tho enemy's i
burst out of the dun cloud and went slur
ring up the hill with ours slashing and
stabbing at their heels.
Abou Kurara, beside himself with joy,
vociferated an order, our camthata, slic
ing their muskets, seized their spears,
leaped upon their beasts, and with a deaf
ening roar rushed to the charge. Our an
tagonists were as quick ns ourselves. They,
too, took to their spears and their camels,
and, yelling like savages, thc lurching
hosts fell upon each other.
Never did leader set a braver example
than was then set by Abou Kurum, and
" perhaps never were a leader's value ami in
fluence more potently felt. He was here,
there and everywhere, directing, encour
aging, hewing and cutting, and ever
ing the places where perils were thickest.
My orders were to keep hy hi sit! -, but
they were not easily carried out. A hun
dred times I lost him in ti e tumi
whirling ?ddiesof attack and rea il. . an
drea1 ti*nc?I was struck almost senselcs 3 in
the bloody crush, a hund cl ti? i
myself clutching in u :.:. :. : . ; mm.i and
mane as tho steel clashed and glanced
about me, and as often I was cn the point
of fainting at the.sickening sight of riven
bodies, brute and human.
The reader will gai hi r I had rather lost
my head, and indeed that is a feeble wayof
putting my distraction. lowe it more to
the intelligence and dexterity of my little
marc than to nay cf:'ort of my own that I
was not carved to death, To this houri
cannot imagine how I escaped where so
many better men were biting the dust; but,
when you come to think < : ir, it always i?
a mystery how any one ever comes alive
out of battle. Surely if anything can
maketbe arch enemy dance with delight it
must be the ghastly spectacle of frenzied
men hacking each other to pi.ces.
Byand by I began to understand-a Diing
more difficult than it moy seem-that the
advantage lay with r.s. I ::.:-: ! '::
from the fiendish exhilarate n of our men,
from the short, de< p coughs of satisfuct ? u
With which they drove t .11 it v .-pi.ns home,
and from thc gn at', r proportion of shrieks
and empty Baddies am' tm our opponents.
The discovery acted like a drug that sets
the blood on fire. To Iteep from going stark
madl roared myself black in the face and
rode furiously whithersoever my goaded
marc chose to carry me, sometimes among
friends, oftener among foes, and always
with a frantic desire to see my sword run
as red as the others. Nothing less than the
mercy of God brought mo out of tb .*
devil's rues-; alive.
All this while Yumen Yusel and thc man
on tue black horse were posted on tho ridge
looking down on the battle. They rm'ghc
bo mere spectators, indioVrcnt to the issue,
so remote they seemed from the scene of
anguish in which two annie .. > re pouring
out their hearts' bloi .'. But win n we be
gan to gain a mounted messenger carno
galloping down the slope and spoke for :i
minute or so to the commander of rumen
Yusel's troops. Whatever was his mes
sage, it put fresh force and c -urago into tho
men, for, getting into cl rf rmation, they
hurled themselves op . with a fury that
soon gave them back 1 heir lost ground. Bnt
though wc yielded a little our lances did
not slacken in their work. y*, theslieing
went on with redoubled energy and oaths
that were cu.* diing to hear.
"Holy prophet, bow they Oghtl" eric i
AmoodSinnas he and Abou Kurara met
for a moment in the rear. "Mine eyi - have
never beheld such slaughter. Look yen
now at Ismael Xumar-how he cleaveth
heads and heweth off limbs! Ile s hali hava
three more wives and a pre-cut. of gold for
hisvalor. And look yon, too, how thee I
Koor Ali layeth about bim. J nave been
watching him, and he slave! h ??he one pre
paring for the sacrifice. There goeth e.
man severed in two, another and still an
other. Didst thou ever seethe like? Ile
znaketh stepping stones to victory of his
enemies. He shall have a dozen of my
choicest slaves. And my brr.! her, tor., haili
done marvelous execution. I have s< en hi i
blade smiting with the- stroke of lighl ning.
He hath left thc dead in heaps behind him
I will bethink me what befitteth him tor*
ceive. Yea, and I, too, have smitten ti
foe. I slit a fellow's ribs asa ci
cut open the ribs of a sheep j.';,
it was fine sport."
He stopped and looked over the .
"Our men fight like lions." !iu : ..*'
Then, with sudd., n cl ge cf
thickest tho:: thev nre
?Join it appear to t hee lue enci . ,.
lng just a little, ever so littl : .. . i -
ground-bat no," clwngiugi :
ner again, "there they storm home. 1 ? ro
fess Koor Ali's sword is crimson nu h. h
deep. And there go our horsemen. Glory
to the prophet, the davis oursl Vu men
Yusel's men fly-we m e conquci orsl They
flyl They Hy!"
. They were not Avine, but their leader
Had ueeu ci c down by one of our cavalry
men, and lu tb? confusion that followed
they loan ground again.
"I told thee the day was ours," cried
Amood Sinn in a transport i ?' childish de
light. But be was soon singing to another
"Se*";, FCC," he cried ere the words of re
joicing were welt out of his mouth. "He
cometh, he cometh-satan cometh. We are
undo:!'*. Who can withstand him? He
rideth like :.. whirlwind and destroyetb as
a fire. My brother, we atv undone."
Abou Kurani made no reply, but turned
his eyes to ; he dread warrior on thc black
horse, who was cantering down the slope
With a band ot' 50 men mounted on the pick
of Arabian studs. As the company ad
vanced it was joined by others, till the total
must, bave been equal to haifa British regi
A contingent promptly went ont from
our front to meet them, Koor Ali leading.
There was to be no play this time, no
circling and wheeling, no retiring ond ad
vancing for picturesque display. Lance to
lance, body to body, the issue would be
decided, and the fittest would survive.
Abori Kurani bit his lip with anger at
being forced to remain in charge of a cow
ard in the rear and watched the mom en
tons events in which he could not partici
Thc euemy's cavalry came on nt a round
gaile*', their pennons streaming, their faces
we' i forward on their horses'necks. The
leader, however, sat his great black horse
erect, and held his sword at what 1 believe
British drageons call the slope. There was
something ia bis appearance that marked
him ont from bis fellows, and 1 am free to
confess that, with Amood Sinn's whining
in my ears, a thrill of superstitious awe
passed through me at the thought that be
might not be mortal.
As soon as the level plain was gained he
waved his sword quickly in the air, and tho
great black warhorse broke from the gal
lop to the charge. We could see his fierce
leap and the responsive bound of those that
followed hard behind. Before half a dozen
horse lengths were covered there came to
our ears a resounding double peal of "Tech
bir, techbirl" for our men, too, were riding
at the charge, and even from our distance
wc saw how every rider, setting himself a
little forward, Lugged his lance close un
der his right arm. 1 watched the mutual
swoop with straining eyes and a thumping
heart, with cold tremors at tiie pit of the
Stomach and a hot whirl of the brain tii.it
was as the madness of much wine. There
were fear and headlong audacity ki the feel
ing-a lear that could easily have mode me
turn and fly, an audacity that almost im
pelled me to rush forward and share the
delirious ccstacy of that onset.
Nearer and nearer swept the opposing
columns, like two flights of ostriches,
darkening the sky with desi, the horses
skimming the ground as if fury lent them
wings, the riders alert with a tigerish in
tentness of purpose. No man could have
said which side sped the more furiously or
shouted the louder; none whether Koor Ali
or the niau on the black horse led with the
more determined valor.
There is no resist:ng the magnetism of a
desperate exploit enacted under your eyes,
and tho main bodies paused fascinated by
the fearful spectacle. On both sides the
men drew in knee to knee in order to have
the greater driving and resisting power,
and crouched lower upon their straining
horses. The last hundred yards were cov
ered as it were at a bound, and then with a
cry of vengeance from a thousand throats,
n dazzling flash pf st<-? !, a shock as of
clashing thunderbolts, came the collision
There was ft vibrating sensation as of an
earthquake, and a rumble of groanings and
cursings reached ns as the fighters rolled
together hi a dark seething heap as when
two swift sea currents meet.
My vi.-ion was suddenly blurred, and in
voluntarily my eyes closed. When I opened
them, the combatants were through each
o'.her.".:! 1 v.-'.Holing for aa ?thercharge. Up
wrft the lu ree warcry again, anti again
came a tremendous sh iel: and tumult,
shattering the clo-e packed lines. But re
forming with prodigious quickness they
dashed at each other again and yet again,
with an ever increasing heap of slain awl
wounded weltering on the ground.
"By my father's sword, it is to be uttei
annihilation!" said Abou Kurani, breath
ing thick and fast "They mean to kill
each other out."
But almost as he spoke the enemy, burst
ing once more through our lines, wore across
the intervening space and headlong upon
our main body, the mau on the black horse
slashing and hewing in front in a way that
fairly justifii d the talcs of his satanic char
nett - At the same time Yumen Yusel's
eamclmen, rending the air with yells,
ms] I, lurching and swaying, to the aid of
From that moment, so far as I could see,
all order vanished. There is n theory that
in properly.planned battles things go by
method and prearrangement. Thc ide? is I
a pretty one for drawing room warriors, |
but if-tb ere were tho least truth in it no I
battle should ever be lest or won. There
would bono Marathon, uo Thermopylae, no
Waterloo, no Aima, nr.- Lucknow, to shed
luster and glory on the human race and
give an interest to desperate hazards. Take
my word for it that a fight between two
armies determined to win or die is a thing
of heart shaking surprises and riotous con
tempt of regulations.
Thc moment the common soldier, pant
ing for revenge or frantic to save his skin,
takes matters into his own bands, prophe
cies and prearrangements go to thc winds.
Tho general may plan, but the soldier does
the work,and generally in his own way and
m flat defiance of orders. In that wallow
ing, billowy hf .-t, 1 dan: assert, there were
not half a dozen men who knew their heads
from their hooks. Almost every mother's
son In that gory chaos cut and thrust and
stabbed and charged and recoiled and
roared at bis own sweet will and in
obi diene; to what might seem to his whirl
ing mind the exigencies of thc occasion.
For myself, what with incessant knocks
and collisions, the hubbub of rage and ag
ony, the sharp scream and envenomed oath,
and most of all the sickening sight of liv
ing mon hoing sliced and laid open, my
wits were so confounded I might have been
in thc throes of a nightmare. I hadaswonl
and a brace of pistols, though what I did
with them heaven alone knows. They may
have account-d for some of the enemy, but
I have r.o knowledge of shedding any man's
blood, which is peril ap? a solace to thc con
science in looking back from the vale of
In the dartings hither and thither of my
marc I got glimpses of Abou Kurani noak
ing flashes of crimson light with his sword,
of thc man on tho black horse hewing sav
agely where there lay the best chance of
doing havoc, of Ismae l Kumar and Ko? <
Ali laying ab..ut thom as if they were
using pruning hooks in a forest of saplings,
and of Amood Shin scurrying to ami fro in
abject tort or, fighting the air and ever get
Thc Wades of thc riders mel with ?. wv
ting into the [?laces he would have ?*r(.?ii
his kingdom to lie able to avoid. I Iii? :.!.v ?
nt bini with the hilarity of hysteria, 0.1?! I
have an idea cried jeering words a:t ve'. ..
But how the tide pf nar w.is rnnfilftg i
knew not, a::d probably you would ntt
Lave known had you be tn in my placa,
Once in a wild swirl I got knocked IT i r '
thc sad lle, bnt with wildcat clutch I cntrftho
something-probably the pommel or man:
before me - and was up again in an imitant,
Wi id* : ::::: in my own mind whether 1 waa
mo 'ta lly wounded or whether I was wound
ed at all, and asl was trying to decide J
CUIIO upon a sight that drove all thought
of self away aud made me rein up with a
In the midst of their partisans, who bad
formed a circle as if to seo fair play to the
- 1 ian pions, wore Koor Ali and the man on
thc black horse in a hand to band fight. I
do act knowhow long they had been at it
T5L'ror?~c?anceff"t?_seo tuem, but t?e con
test did not last long after my coming up.
Koor Ali was a good soldier and au expert
swordsman, but his fate was upon him.
The man on the black horse first tipped
off an ostrich plume from the other's tur
ban, then some ribbons, then he shore a
piece off each side as if showing tho easy
und dainty precision with which hehandled
his weapon. Two or three swift passes fol
lowed, then rising quickly in his stirrups,
with a ligbtninglike stroke he clove his
antagonist from crown to breastbone so
that half fell either way. [As will be seen
later on, this stroke was never learned in
Arabia.] From the raised sword hand of
the divided man dropped the sword, but
the arm itself remained rigid in the air, as
if with a final threat of vengeance, and
thero rose from the split throat a shriek
which haunts me to this day. Then, the
horse wheeling under a sudden convulsive
pull of the bridle hand, the body tumbled
from the saddle to be mangled by a thou
Waving his blood red saber above his
head, the victor leaped his horse straight
into the heart of a group of our men, and
the hacking and hewing went on with dou
ble vigor amid peals of triumph from the
Abou Kurara must have seen what had
happened, for just then he tore up, his face
black with passion, and riding over all that
obstructed bis way made direct at the
champion of Yumen Yusel. That diabolic
swordsman catching sight of Abou wheeled,
both horses reared toget her, and the blades
of the riders met with a vicious clash. Both
sides sent up a terrific shout, for the cru
cial moment had come.
In the fierce tumult, thc mad swirl and
crush of the roaring vortex, I could see the
fighters only in partial glimpses. But it
was plain that here were two men who did
each other honor, plain from the quick,
sharp swish and ring of their swords and
from the madness of the onlookers. Win
who might, there would be a tale to tell
that would cause breathless awe and inter
est in the black tents for many a day to
Both armies swayed up in resistless bil
lows to watch the encounter, for on Arabi
an battlefields the rank and file at times
suspend operations to watch their betters
give and take blows. It was hard to im
agine, however, that they were mere spec
tators, for in the jam of man and beast
lance and butt end were used with all the
freedom of battle and curse and scream
still mingled. As for me, my condition
was little short of distraction. Carried
about like a leaf on boiling waters, I should
probably have been done to death many
times over but for the amazing ingenuity
and agility of my mare in dodging in the
crisis of a press.
I judged of the progress of thc fight by
the varying behavior of tho partisans who
were nearest thc center. Once or twice I
had a terrible glimpse of two furious men
reaching for each other with flashing
weapons on horses that seemed to rear and
grapple like lions. But I could not tell
how tho advantage lay.
I was soon to know. Suddenly Yumen
Yusel's men sent up a deep roar that, bent
thc blood dizzily to my head and made me
dash into the thickest cf the crush regard
less of peril. I was just in time to sec the
The man on the black horse had evident
ly estimated the skill and streugth of his
antagonist and had begun Iiis old game.
Down came Abou Kuram's bobbing os
trich plume; then, so quickly that the
shearing instrument was a darting sun
beam,thecrest of his turban followed. Then,
both horses rearing upon each other, there
was a wild leap to either side ns the spurs
went wickedly home, and ere the black
charger had well touched ground he
swung rapidly round as on a pivot. The
next second Abou Kurani, too, was about,
but ns he turned his sword arm dropped by
bis side almost clean cut from the shoul
der, and the sword itself went rattling
among his horse's hoofs. The lightning
could not have hit rjuickerthan did thc
man on thc black horse or caused keener
dismay and amazement. He made a pass
as if to run the wounded man through the
body, but changing his mind he struck
spurs to bis steed and leaped in among our
men, mowinga way for himself like a reap
er in a field of harley.
Tho scene that followed is not to be de
scribed. Bursting like an overcharged
dam, our men rushed headlong to all points
of the compass, cursing, screeching, tramp
ling and stabbing each other in the fury of
their flight, and the lances of the conquer
ors were hard behind wreaking a pentup
In a momentary block of the sweeping
torrent, which carried nie with it as a piece
of broken driftwood, Yumen Yusel's cham
pion sloshed his way across my front, so
that I saw bis face full for thc first time.
My heart was thumping against my ribs
with fear and excitement, but when I
ll !:< ! on Lim it stopped, and I gazed with
V,'here had I seen that face, so familiar,
so handsome even in its terror? In a dream
of the night, in a waking vision? Like a
flash came the answer. That was thc face
which Isabel had shown me in a picture in
The Elms. As the knowledge came to me
he dashed in another direction, and I, find
ing my tongue, screamed after him, "Don
ald Gordon, Donald Gordon." I fancied he
turned at the cry, but the rushing tide car
ried me od', and my shouts were drowned
in tbc uproar of the yelling, shrieking mob.
The next minute I was riding for my life
in the middle of a band of fugitives with
half a hundred cruel lances hard at our
A total and irredeemable rout with the
frenzied victors amuck among the shat
tered ranks of the vanished is a thing not
to bo described by any one sharing in the
panic or the havoc of it. Wc flew blindl}r,
desperately, knowing neither where we
went nor what wo did. We had but one
idea--to get away as fast ns beast could
cany us beyond the reach of those mutilat
ing spears, and in the madness and fury of
fear we rode each other down without heed
or pity. Horsemen plunged Into camel
men, camelmen into horsemen, friend
cursed friend for barringthe way and smote
frantically, the striker caring not if the
blood of a fellow were spilled so only he
Quarter was never so much as thought of
on either side, for vengeuuee fired by fanat
icism does not spare, nor does the terror it
inspires plead. The dripping lances sped
like weavers' shuttles, and the shrieks of
tho butchered mingled with the oaths of
the butchers, who swore because they could
not clear their points quick enough for the
fell work in hand. With grunts of hellish
glee from foaming mouths, the red points
were sent home, and the victims went down
screaming to be finished under foot.
By degrees thc fugitives began to scatter,
and presently I found myself tearing along
in a little group of half a dozen, my heart in
my mouth and just sense enough left to
know that a gush of blood was soaking my
right leg. Whence it issued I had not the
least idea. Nor could I tell whether I had one
hurt or many hurts. Feeling in my dis
traught condition there was none, and ex
amination was impossible. A moment's
delay would mean a dozen lances in my
body, so heedless of wounds I fled with all
the speed that fear and spurs could put in
to the fleetest steed that ever carried man
from sucii un Aceldama. With stretched
neck and ears laid back like a hare's in the
chase my little mare seemed rather to fly
than to tread the earth, and well for me 1
was on the back of a Koli lau in her prime,
or I should not now be writing this history.
Glancing about nie by and by I found
that I was riding alone; that no officer was
v it&insight, nor indeed any one I knew save
Tn ?.a!, thc son of myoid benefactor, Said
.V. linet. He was a short distance to the
light and ahead of me and was urging bis
camel with all the might of voice and stick.
I shouted to him. He turned quickly, side
w?.js, but In-fore he saw me he threw up
hin inns, gave a queer cry and rolled to the
ground. Mechanically, for I was not capa
ble of thought, I wheeled toward him.
leaped to the ground and in a second was
up again, with Tabal lying across the sad
dle before nie. Do not stay to ask howl
tl id il. If ever you conic to be in a life and
death strait, you will find that the nerves
and muscles can act independently when
the wits are gone. Tho thing was done
and done before I knew I had undertaken it.
Starting again 1 cast an eye over my
shoulder to fee four of the enemy's horse
men coming full tilt upon me with level
lances. Discerning it was to be a neck and
neck race for life, I touched my little mare
with the spurs, and though now carrying
double she skimmed along with the speed
of the ostrich,, quickly dista&cing our nur
suers, wnw toriicu io cosier game. Hi
glancing backward again presently I sa
with fresh dismay three other horsemt
coming at me sideways with the pace of tl
tempest. From their looks I judged thei
at once to be Bedouin's genuine children <
the desert, of whom large numbers wei
attracted to the standard of Yumen Tu?
by the glorious prospects of spoil. The
had singled me ont and were riding f(
death and booty, evidently under the in
pression that my companion must be a ma
' of rank and wealth. It was a natural coi
elusion that a common soldier would I
left to die where he fell.
I looked into tho face of Tabal to se
whether he were dead, for be had nc
spoken a word since I had lifted him. If I
were a corpse, it would be the sheerest mac
ness to incumber myself with him. Bi
when I bawled in his ear he opened bj
eyes slowly and winked at me comicall
like one awaking from odd dreams.
"Are you much hurt?" I shouted at th
pitch of my voice.
Ho wriggled his left shoulder, and th
movement brought a gush-of blood.
"There," he answered faintly.
"Yon must sit up," I said quickly. "Ou
lives depend upon it."
He made an effort, I assisting, an
though he swayed considerably from ligh
headedness he managed with ray aid t
The Bedouins meanwhile had gainer
upon us and were yelling riotously in at
ticipation of an easy conquest. Doubl
less they concluded that no horse carryin
double could get away from them, but
thought to myself, with a pride which eve;
fear could not wholly overcome, that the;
little knew the mettle of my Fatima
Her load once fairly adjusted, she wouh
lead them such a dance as they might tall
of with wonder for tho rest of their lives
Nor did I calculate amiss. At a touch 01
the reign she mended her pace with an ap
parent case and buoyancy that made m;
heart beata wild tattoo of joy. It was shor
lived, however. I had forgotten we were ii
a land where horses are swift as eagles
where every hack might be handicapper
against an English racer. The Bedouins
too, were splendidly mounted, and insteac
of abandoning the chase came on with i
double fury that threw the odds heavily t<
Scarcely knowing what I did, I drove thi
rowels deep into my mare's flanks. Sin
turned up a reproachful eye and a distend
ed, fiery nostril, as if to say she was already
doing her utmost. Nevertheless she bound
ed on, her neck a little more craned, he:
ears a little flatter, her forefeet forging ou'
a little farther. Whatever horse could d'
she would. That was the sentiment of he:
Looking back, I tingled with joy to fine
that, in spite of her heavy burden, she wai
keeping her own. How long she coule
maintain that terrific pace was the crucia
question, for thc pursuers came as bot be
hind as ever. With the corner of my ey<
I could see their horses reaching like grey
bounds, their heads low, their nozzles
straight out, and the black faces of th?
riders themselves thrust forward likethl
beaks of vultures. On, on, sped my man
in her arrowy flight, as if she knew the ter
rible need that was upon her, and close ir
her track came the Bedouins, like beagle!
on thc trail yelping for blood.
The next time I turned to note their prog
ress I was horrified to see they wen.? gaining
upon us. There could not Ix? the slighted
doubt about it. My flesh crept together at
thc discovery, so that 1 must baveshrupfi
to half my natural size. What was tobe
done? To fight or surrender was to ht
ripped on the npet, for I was hampered,and
the pursuers wire merciless. There wa?
nothing for it but continued flight, and ir
flight also there seemed small hope. ]
could doubtless savemyself, but it was im
possible to abandon Tabal, the more spe
cially that, having recovered his senses, ht
Avas now begging piteously to be taken
away from those gleaming crimson lances.
Could my mare carry both? That again
was the question of questions.
In this extremity I looked about me. and
I saw some were to the left, and ?nour reara
single horseman, hard pressed by two Be
douins, companions, as I took it, of those
who were chasing me. His nose was almost
on his charger's mane, and his spurred heels
were clapped fast to its frothing flanks.
Pursued and pursuers kept their distances,
and there was a chance that the fugitive
might get off; but, finding spears useless,
oneof the Bedouins, unsl inging his musket,
took aim. There waa a oracle, a puff of whit e
smoke, aud the man in front toppled over
his horse's head. I saw no more of him,
but a piercing scream that mingled with
thc yells of triumph told all too plainly of
The horse bounded on with emptysaddle,
veering slightly in our direction. Then a
sudden inspiration came upon mc;-an in
spiration so wild that for a second it made
me blind. The riderless horse, as I have
indicated, was a little behind us and was
running as nearly as possible parallel to
our course. I would catch him and put
Tabal on his back. That was the fearful
resolution that sent the blood buzzing to
my brain. Swerving slightly to head off
the horse as men do in capturing wild ani
mals on thc pararte, I drove the spurs with
all my might into my little mrj&. It was
cruel, seeing how nobly she was ali caa y do
ing, but this was a last chance and a prov
idential one. A man will be exceedingly
cruel to preserve his life. She sprang for
ward with a flash of the eye, now almost as
red as her nostril, and a shower of spume
from her mouth. .
The Bedouins, who were appallingly
close, must have perceived my intention,
for like bolts from a strong bow two made
for the runaway horse, while the third
carno straight upon me. A minute more
and the issue of this life and death race
should be decided.
Gathering myself so as to put all my
force into the stroke I drove the rowels
home again. My poor mare groaned with
the pain of it and leaped like a wounded
deer. Two or three more such springs, my
Fatimal For God's sake, on, speed thy ut
most, or we aro lost! Tho long Arabian
spurs, which aro never xised save in tho
crisis of distress, dug deep into her again
and again, and again and again she gave
that pitiful groan and that desperate
Horses love company, particularly when
they have been trained to military service.
To my consternation, I saw the runaway
make for the two Bendouins. The next
instant he was between them, and then,
each leaning inward, clutched at the trail
ing bridle. My heart stopped, as I expected
to see him go on his haunches. But either
the movement frightened him into an un
expected dash, or they were clumsy, for,
with a mighty jump and a wild tossing of
the mane, he rushed clear of them and
came careering on alone.
With a reeling sensation of hope and
despair I turned and made at him. Then,
giving my rein to Tabal, I got my feet out
of the stirrups, and crouching on the top of
the saddle prepared for a spring. On aime
the runaway on the right. In another mo
ment he was alongside, but too far oil.
Tabal pulled his rein, aud the two auimals
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