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By JOHN A. STEUART.
[Copyright, 1803, by John Alexander Steuart^
smau Ebings ave momentous in decisive
moments, and sometimes weakness is i al
vation. As the quivering grasp relaxed I
gradually sank lower and lower, till kali
my length trailed on the ground.
Two or three more little slips and my en
emies could work their will. Thedarknes ;
and dizziness ol death were already npo:'.
me when my knee strack some protuber
ance so that with the mighty speed I
bounded like a kill. It pave me my op
portunity. Finding myself well in the air,
I concentrated all my strength, drawing
fiercely with the left hand. The las mus
cles turned to steel in the moment of su
preme need. 1 rose on that terrille pull.
Then quicker th:m thought the girth was
let go and tho right hand shot across tho
saddle. The hooked fingers caught som>
thing, and the next moment, wriggling and
nearly blind from excitement and exhaus
tion. I lay half across the horse's back.
Then, with such an effort asa man makes
for his life, I wriggled farther lip, and be
fore I knew it was in the saddle and reach
ing for the rein. As I got it a yell of rage
went up close behind, and another spca**,
less true in aim than the first, whizzed past
and buried itself in the sand.
For tho next five minutes I flew ki in
stant expectation of death. Crouch! ig
with the long spurs deep ia my horse's sid .-s.
and my heart afraid to boat, I pelted on. lt
was bound for bound of pursued and pur
suers, a race as of hounds pam h:g the
heels of a stap that just managed to keep a
tongue's length in front. Cat woe betide
the quarry in cast- <.? mishap or mistake!
Had anything gone wrong with me, had
my girth broken or my horse stumbled or
slipped or slackened pace for so muchas
the tenth part of a second, my blood had
been poured out on the desert.
Whither I was going, or whether there
were many or few about, I could not tell.
I saw nothing but a jumbled, feverish
vision of the low craned head of the horse,
a flying mane and a pair of reaching fore
feet that never seemed to touch the ground,
but in my ears was a noise that told me
death was riding hard at my back.
The spume flakes flew up from my horse's
mouth, wetting my face, and I could feel
the increasing heave of his flanks. Now and
then, too, I had a glimpse of a red eye and
a nostril like "a pit full of blood." It was
sheer cruelty to goad him on. But wurt
were considerations of cruelty to one w* .h
three fiends stretching within three Tar's
for his life? I was cruel as cruel could b .,
plying the lout: sharp spurs as fast and 03
hard as heel could drive them, in spite of
the groanings and shakings of my victim.
So great was the strain of terror that it
may well be imagined no fresh alarm could
affect me. Vet when a vicious cry went
up, as it appeared, at my very ear, betoken
ing as I fancied the triumph of lise Bedou
ins, I shut my e yes with a creeping, shud
dering horror that made mo give a little
scream. I rode in darkness for what seemed
an endless time, momentarily expecting
the thrust of cold steel in the small of tho
back. As it did not cumc I ventured to open
my eyes, but nothing could have induced
me to look behind.
It was now high noon and the sun aa in
candescent globs-- overhead. There may
have been clouds in the sky, but assuredly
there was neither shadow nor breath of
moving air on the earth. I stewed in my
soaked clothes as if dis! '.? lng over a slow
fire ?ind gasped and wheezed like an ast h
matic shut up ia aa oven, for thequivr
ing, simmering heat not only broiled the
body, but was as a stinging acid in the eyes
and nostrils and as burning fumss in the
All at onco there came a sharp puff of
wind, not sweet and refreshing, hut charged
with more poisons than ever chemist
cLwamed of. Looking upward 11 aw a great
glare in the sky, as it were the reflection of
some vast conflagration, and even as I
looked the glare swiftly deepened, till it
appeared the heavens themselves were ja
fire. Then the fiery redness was suddenly
overcast, and a dull, coppery hue took its
place, this yielding in turn, and ven-quick
ly, to a deep purple, and that again to an
ominous black. All the while tho wind
came in spurts of even greater force and
longer duration. I was wondering what
all this might mean, when there burst upon
my ear a great, prolonged roar, as of a
mighty flood lashed to fury, and turning to
the right hand quarter I saw a portentous
black cloud rushing toward me with in
conceivable velocity. The look showed me,
too, that I was riding alone. The Bedouins
had abandoned the chase and were now
tearing off in auothe-r din . a ak get h er.
I had not taken in the situation when I
was enveloped in darkness and gasping as
if a bottlo of volatile salts had been pressed
tomynrse. At the same time the wind
nearly tore me from my S( at, an 1 th >ugh I
could see nothing I felt that my horse had
turned tail to the blast and was drifting
like a ship in a gale or cattle ia a driving
highland snowstorm. I hugged his neck,
and my mantle liew over my head. Well
for me it did, for this was the dreaded
simoon before which all Arabia falls down
and covers its face as close as cloth Will
roll. I lay unable to breathe a:.d ia e x
quisite torture, my horse scuddling before
tho tempest. Ile stumbled often and
would have lain down but that I kept the
6purs to him. Had he had Lis will, in less
than half a minute we should both have
been buried beneath a wreath of sand to
lie there until the winds ct me again to un
earth our bleaching skele; ns.
The storm passed on li ito a solid wall,
and as if by magic the atmosphere cleared,
though I could still see the black line of
the whirlwind far ahead. I looked eagerly
about for company, but found myself com
pletely aloue. No Bedouins in pursuit, no
Bedouins in sight, nor indeed any living
thing. The simooa had given me my life,
but it left me desolate.
Dismounting and looping the bridle over
my arm, I walked a little bit, shaking
loads of sand tar.m the folds of my dress.
My right leg, however, was so sore aad
stiff that I was soon compelled tosit down,
though it was a long time before I had any
heart for surgery. When tit length I got
sufficient command of my nerves to ex
amine the wound, I found myself with aa
ugly gash ia the right thigh, from the
depths of which blood si ?fl oo;:ed. The
clotted outer edges were fast hardening
and stiffening so that the pain grew cruelly
Perhaps it was because attention was
directed to my hurt that it became all at
once so sensitive, but the smallest move
ment now cat:-vd a pang that cut the
breath like a stab. Besides, I was in a
raging fever of thirst. A water skin dan
gled from my raddle bovr, and I reached for
it in hope of relief. It waa already crack
ing aad shriveling ia the furnacelike heat,
but there was a chance that some of the
precious conteats might still remain. Now
that tho idea of it came to mo my whole
being called out vehemently for a mouth
ful of water as the sole hope of life. Noth
lng else could save me.
Eagerly pushing the dented sides of the
skin apart, I looked in. The dazzled eyes
saw only a vacant blackness. Merciful
heaven, it could not be that the skin .vas
empty. I peered deeper and deeper. My
vision must be at fault, for if I did not ?ree
water I certainly smelled it. Thrusting ir.
my hand I brought oat a ha, id ful of mud,
the refuse of some well trampled foul
ness by struggling, peri.-hing mea and
beasts. The skin dropped from my nerve
less fingers, and the cozy sediment came
dribbling out. Before I knew v. hat 1 was
about I was sucking it for dear ike, but it
stank so poisonously that I bad to spit it
out immediately. Yet moisture of Gny - ?rt
was too precious to be wasted, so I empt ie 1
the trickling inireupon my baking wound,
rubbing it in with my finger as a smi :
rubs his tar into tho divided f?cese ?fe
I cannot say that the applic ia the
least assuaged the pain. Aud the disap
pointment of finding thu skin ( ';
an added poignancy to the t
inflamed throat and lip;. Ohl f ra '.
drop, just one drop of clear, i tm 'tc
ease that fiery torture. Worldsi
would I hav ?ivenfi r so : tu ? lirj
lies on the x."Lid of a d (sj at daw im?
worlds upon worlds could a >t have pur
chased it there.
I bandaged tho wound-that is to say, 1
bound it roughly with a ra : I ?rn from my
long Arab shirt. But what mattered it
whether it waa attended to or not? Why
defer paying a debt that is exacted of ali
Eleni' would it nofUe bist to "let deaUi
distrain at once, aud have done with "this
fever called living?" Utterly worn otu
with fatigue and fright and excitement, I
was tired of being the sport of destiny. To
think of triumphing over her was a fool's
thought. No niau Jual done it. Xo man
would or could doit. Why should 1 pro
long u bootless strife? The cry of the sick
heart was t he cry of the ancient Celt: "How
evil was the lot allotted to Llywarch the
night when he was brought forth! Sor
rows without cud and no deliverance from
his burden." .
No deliverance from his burden! That
was the sentence of old; it was the sentence
still. A galling struggle tragically relieved
by momentary illusions of hope and happi
ness, endless humiliations, crushing defeat
and at hist inevitable death. Yet it was
hard to die: hard to think calmly of our*-?
own bones being picked by those vultures
which were already hovering above me bi
anticipation of a corpse to feed on. I was
not yet philosopher enough for that.
Crouching on the sand, my head sank
deep between my knees in an agony of
despair. The sun beat down as if the heav
ens were a vault of fire, and millions of
quivering arrows seemed to dart along my
spine. It was rapidly driving me crazy. I
was going mad with the consciousness-of
the calamity full upon me. Merciful God,
I was to die a raving maniac in thc burn*
fag wilderness! The thought thrilled for
an instant in the brain, making me shiver
as with a sudden chill, and then came a
strange calm. That at least could he pre
vented. Drawing my sword, 1 felt its edge,
thinking of .Saul and his armor bearer.
The blade was of Puni asens steel and as
keen as a razer. A moment's courage and
all would be over; so sharp an instrument
could cause little pain, nothing to what I
was already suffering. .
I learned then that a man may take his
own life smiling. I turned the edge in
ward towan" the throat, glad that I had
found such easy means of escape. A mo
ment's courage, I kept saying to myself
no more; then everlasting relief. The edge
touched the bare skin, and I leaped to my
feet screamL g with unutterable horror.
Xo, no, I could not do that; the canon of
the Almighty was clean against self
slaughter. Shaking like a leaf in the gale,
I fell prostrate on my face.and prayed for
strengt h and pardon.
DESPAIR AND HOPE.
Getting back to my crouching posture, 1
threw my mantle over my head as a kind
of a screen, but while it mitigated tbe blaze
of the sun it smothered me. Casting it off,
I rose, still trembling violently, and looked
about vaguely, I think, expecting aid. Xot
a living ching was in sight or sound. II
limittibly to every point spread the gray
waste of burningsand, hot as the marl that
scorched the feet of satan in his defiant
and impious journey. Above was a ball of
living lire, below an arid, lifeless plain
radiating a blinding, choking heat like an
infinite limekiln, naught else to be seen
save far away to the v est dim, pale peaks
that might be the thin veil of dissolving
I tried to walk by way of diversion, but
reeled and staggered so that I was fain
to sit down again. Perceiving that my
horse now cast a shadow, I crept into it,
and huddled there with drooping bead and
an aching heart, thought bitterly of what
might have been but for my own pervers
At that mc mer'', the heather about Kil
gour was in full bloom, making the aira
distilled essence of honey,and the bees,
wi;ii the drowsy song that had so often
beena soothing melody in my ears, were
thriftily preparing for whiter, and shep
herds were whistling and calling from crag
tops, their voici s blending in a faroff mu
sic with thc barking of dogs and the bleat
ing of sheep, and sparkling streams were
leaping down green and purple hillsides,
and overall was a soft blue sky with masses
of cool white clouds.
How vividly it all rose before the eye of
imagination! Many and many a time in
the languorous summer days I have lav< !
my bare limbs in those pellucid waters ?nd
watched the flashing of silvery fia jual
scale as the trout darted under hank or
stone, and lain on my back in some shady
place looking up at snowy fleets, touch'd
with pink and rose, sailing on an inverted
ocean. And to think of all that now! It
was as the vision of Dives when, raising
his eyes from his place of torment, he be
held the felicity of Lazarus. Peace brooded
like a guardian spirit over Kilgour and The
Elms, amid their quiet encircling hills, and
the affectionate souls lhere were the blither
because they thought I was happy and
prosperous. Would no sympathetic spirit
tell them of my condition:-' Put their igno
rance was patt of my punishment. 1 had
once been in paradise, too, aud fell by rebel
lion. As we mal;.: our beds, so must we lie.
In the midst of my dream I remembered
that my pipes and some other things I cher
ish) d were with Tabal and my mare. Hut
luckily all the relics of past happiness were
not lost.- Undoing the folds of my dress, I
drew forth my mother's Bible, and with it
the two white roses (now sadly withered
and crushed) that Isabel had given me.
The roses I put carefully back with as
tender a caress as if they were sentient
beings capable of feeling affection.
When I should have ceased from trou
bling, they would bc found nest my heart,
evidence of at hast one faith kept to the bit
ter end; and, who knew, some good angel
might whistler to Isabel in a dream that
far oil and in his last dire extremity some
body's thoughts had gone forth to her.
And sometimes in the pensive gloaming,
when the mind roams, she might think, in
spite of the grandeur and happiness that
were sure to be her lot, of one whose lonely
grave she could never kuow, and whose
love was r.o more than a guess to her.
Pu; ile and boyish, yet strangely comforting
The Bible I opened at random and, lo!
there lav before mc thc woudrous story of
And r.ow my sou! is poured out upon rae;
tlie days of affliction havo taken Lohl upon
So my dim eyes read. But I knew the
moving drama hy heart; long ago amid
happy domes;ie scenes it had been learned
by my mother's side. Andi thrilled eeri
ly at the thought that it was iu this
scorched land where I was now lying, un
der these very skies that were burning my
life out, that Job had groaned in bitterness
All mankind are one in dh'tress, the Jew
and the Gentile, thc civilized and the bar
barian. Immediately there was established
a mystic brotherhood between me and the
man cf Uz. Uncounted ages had rolled by
sinco Le had suffered. In thc interval
things of vast and vital moment had come
and goneand been forgotten, but thc trage
dy cf the race went o:i. Willi a trifling
outward difference, a mere matter of time
and circumstance, Joh'.s casu wai; mine.
Well, bis tUIIictlons were over lona ago;
mine also would si xi ( ad, And sn, moral
izing and turning the leaves, I came to the
There shall i o a tabernacle f ir a shadow in
the daytime Crom i !: J heat and for a place of
reface and fur ?-. covert from storm aad ruin.
Then sholl tho lame mon leay a ian hart and
the t ;n?;uo ol' the dumb Bing, for tn tho wilder
ness shall waters brea!: out and btrcaroj iu ?M
And yet again:
When thou passest through the wi.tta?, I
will I e with tl co, an i thron jh the rive a cw
Ehcll not overflow thee. When thou wa?liaifl
through tho fire, thoa shalt not be burn :ch: wi
ther shall tho Kaine Undid U:"JU thee.
And once more:
The Lord will he a refuge ia tirae c f 1 rGjn'tfji,
IIo shall call upon rae, and I will .i-ir-njtr
hiia. I will bu willi him in trouble, I n .',<!i,
liver him and li luorhim. I will not lea rd-tilt
nor forsake thee.
It was surely enough. A prajti; ii
doubting heart, and courage, .-ven m>v\
Tho courage was urgently needed i*tl
sorely tried not less by pay-ital thtlitt !?/
mental iiK Every inch of my body nw*ifc
burning acli'.v My wound pained moisjOM?
andmore. My head throbbed I ike'* flaunt
boiler, and lips and tongue wc e as ii fbt7e.ll
and laid on smoldering as bes. ll<fi v,
much as thc remnant of a spittle wai I-:.'
to moisten them. 1 op? ned n? y monti*, r.i.?i
a in: ii of blistering air went doWU ti]
11 : it, scorching my lungs to theur agett.
I eli -I it, and the dry lb ?h cracked sjtac.j.
the blood spurted out. Let thc maa wlj'i
wi ul : feed fathisrovengc i ive hi? eMCtiw
Eent out and baked alive under un Aita*
! ?un sun in thc full blaze. Tl . ?nquiOitte
never invented a torture hail ?<> crnrfc?
that slow process of broiling by th? fiSfr*
.My poor horse was like? i. e in a far gfl8|
conditiou. The /cam was 1.? fd ba?
about his mouin una 11?: uk s, Iiis nostrils
were wide, dry und fiery, Lis head hung and
his black swollen tongue protruded. Yet
he remained us steady us a rock, sheltering
me In his shadow. At intervals he turned
and looked at me, aud once Le whinnied
softly as if out of pure pity and comrade
By and by there came a change. The
fluming sky was overcast, the shimmering
sand turned gray, and after awhile dark
clouds began to gather in the south. Then
a tepid, relaxing wind blew from the same,
quarter, bringing an ?lectric sultriness in
place of the white heat. After a little the
wind ceased and a dead calm fell.
The atmosphere seemed to have suddenly
grown solid aud to be weighing upon the
world likcacauopy of molten lead. Breath
ing hud been a difficulty before-it was a
positive pain JO\V. My horse grew restive,
snorting, pawing thc ground and sniffing at
the far darkness, now fast spreading and
All ut once out of the deathly stillness
came a little blast of wind that tossed the
sand spitefully in my face and passed on
with a weird, uncanny wail. Another and
another followed with a low, hopeless moan
as of incurable sorrow, then silence again
so deep that to my beating senses it was
audible. It was as if a great, invisible
host were treading the loose earth and fill
ing the air, an endless procession passing
on into the inane. And let me tell you
that the awesome sound of unshod silence
is a thing to make the hair rise on the head
and the flesh creep on the bones. I spoke
to my horse for the suke of company, and
my words were ghostly gibber. I was star
tled at the sound of my own voice.
The darkness was soon an inky blackness.
The sullen beavens were descending, and
impenetrable clouds were marshaling in
forbidding ramparts along the skyline ol
the south. Then a lambent fire began tc
flicker about the outer edges of the dense
masses, and presently there was borne tc
my ears thc long roll of incipient thunder.
A few minutes later big drops of rain be
gan to patter on the sand, sending up vol
umes of dusty ?steam.
I got to my feet with joy unspeakable.
Praise be to heaven, my cry for help had
been heard and answered! I was saved,
saved from the vultures and the heaping
sands. Man is an insignificant atom in the
scale of the universe, yet easily believes
himself the object of a special providence.
Here were the streams of water in the des
ert pent for me and for me alone. I wept
with awe and gratitude.
The rain came thicker and faster, first a
shower and then a deluge. The sun was
eclipsed, and the dome overhead seemed to
be cracking and rending as at the blast of
the last trump. And indeed to me it was
little less than a resurrection. Here was
water, and water was life. The thunder
roared ever nearer and louder till worlds of
wrecked matter seemed to be crashing over
my head. My ears were stunned by the
exploding bolts, and on my face I felt the
hot smack of the forked lightning that
made the wilderness as asea of fire. But
through it all the beneficent rain came
down in sheets, drenching me not merely
to the skin but to the very marrow. With!
upturned face and open mouth I slaked my,
baking throat, and as I drank, with ten'
times the greediness of the fevered drunk
ard, I could see my horse with hl? nozzle
turned to the pouring skies, as if he, too,
were having u saving druft.
Fur into ihe night the storm boomed und
poured. While it lasted I lay stretched
full length on the soaking sands, slowly
turning over and over so that the blessed
flood might enter at every pore. It was
impossible to have too much of that heav
en's gift, and I would not miss a dropof it.
Xor, while reveling in the shower bath, did
I forget to lill my wiiterskin against future
Xow and again I had glimpses of crouch
ing forms, with eyes that matched the
lightning, ready to pounce upon me. but.
somehow they never came to the spring.
In the air, too, were wheeling things that
would swoop down and then dart oil with
a cry of disappointment at finding the
expected corpse a living mau.
In the early morning the storm died
away, und the stars came out in a crystal
line, dewy azure that as the. cool blue
bosom of a summer lake. Xot daring to
sleep, I lay and looked up at them, meditat
ing at the marvels they must have seen in
the course of the countless ages. But
though my thoughts were serious enough
(and with good reason) they had not the
gloom of the night before.
I had leisure to ponder many things be
sides the stars-such as the strange fare
that had led me hither, thc perils and hard
ships that were past, those that might still
ne to come, the late of my late companions
and my own present condition. But as you
may imagine the subject that was upper
most in my mind was the miraculous meet
ing willi Donald Gordou, for I was con
vinced that the man on the black horse
was none other than he.
"What in the name of all the wouders had
brought him to this strange quarter of the
globe, and how came he to be lighting for
Yumen Yusel? These were questions I
could not answer; perhaps I did not try
very hard to answer them, for I was oc
cupiid with the cardinal fact that beyond
all doubt Donald was in Arabia, that I had
seen him face to face, had even spoken to
him and got a hurried glance in reply. But
for the sudden mishaps of war I would
have declared myself to him, and he would
have become my friend and protector. In
thc most unexpected way my mission came
near a happy accomplishment, yet, exas
perating to think, had failed as utterly as
if we had been as wide apart as the pole3.
The total failure ou the verge of so dram
atic a success was another cruel stroke of
that malicious fortune that pursued me so
relentlessly. But with a spark of the fire
that I had thought dead I told myself that
I would not be conquered.
Donald Gordon was in Arabia, and 1
would find him-nay, more, would carry
him triumphantly back to Scotland and
his friends. As this bold, high project
stirred me I had a vision of two sun em
browned men in strange, outlandish garb
arriving in the gloaming at The Elms, and
of Isabel, after a moment's mistrust, rush
ing to greet and embrace them. The delec
table imagination inspired me with such
heart and energy that I must have expand
ed inches on the strength of it.
The morning broke sweetly over the
waste with a rosy flush, and a sapphire ra
diance, and a balm that was as a precious
cordial to mind and body. The saud spar
T7ic next minute Tubal and I were hug
ainu <t"d embracing,
kled and gleamed like the sea, and the dis
tant mountains stood out a definite blue
black line against the pellucid western
Revived to a fresh interest in life, I began
to consider the means of escape from this
wilderness, and so, having dressed my
wound with wet rags, I climbed, not with
out difficulty, into tlie saddle. The question
was which way to turn. Eastward, north
ward, southward, the unbroken expanse nf
sand stretched till it melted into liquid
blue spaces on the rim of tlie desert. To
thc west alone did there appear to be any
prospect of succor, RO turning my horse's
head to the mountains we started on our
For hours we plodded on through billowy
ridges, my horse sometimes sinking over
thc fetlocks, sometimes treading firmly on
the -crust und always going just as he
pleased, for lie had done well enough to de
serv?; a little license. It soon got very
Hot again, i?nd my steaming clothes sug
gested a portable vapor bath aimlessly
adrift in a di cary region of sand. The steam
kept it moist, though it failed to keep me
cool; what was more, it did much to soothe
the throbbing pulses of my wound, which,
in spite of the night's soaking aud baking,
had still a sharp, shooting pain if I chanced
to move unwarily. But tho excruciating
Stiffness that had made my leg useless on
dismounting after the hunt was cone. .
xacre was no sign ot nie ao??o save nere
and there a fugitive jackal or hyena run
ning with ils ?ead down and its tail clapped
tight between its legs, or overhead a hawk
or vulture sharply outlined against the sky.
I judge these gentry must have hada royal
feast-indeed that it would be many days
ere their gorging would be ended-and I
shuddered to think of the ravening that
went on among the slain on the field of bat
It must have been near noon when I was
again broiling in the glow of the vertical
sun that I gave a start on descrying the
tiniest black dot on the ashy waste far to
southwest. It was impossible to say
whether it was dead or alive, a rock, a
man or a beast, but any diversion was wel
come, and I made In its direction, quicken
ing my pace. I had not gone far when I
guessed it to be a horseman crawling
toward the mountains. Putting my horse
to a canter, I drew rapidly near the stran
ger, but for awhile he held on his way,
either as if he did not see me or were too
far spent and too indifferent to deviate in
his course. But at length he halted ab
ruptly, then after a moment's examination
came galloping to meet me. My heart beat
quick with both fear and gladness. If this
were a Bedouin, our meeting would be a tilt
for life, and I was but ill prepared for bat
tle, but if he should prove a friend-oh,
joy of joys, it made me giddy to think of
the bare possibility.
On I galloped and on he galloped. I saw
him whirling his lance, and almost uncon
sciously I waved my ?wo .^tuni.
Then, shouting at the pilch uf i. s voice, he
put his horse to the charge. That rathei
startled me, ar.d I was in two minds about
turning and making off with all possible
speed, but in the critical moment, when
my courage had all but ebbed, I recognized
a familiar face. Then I, too, shouted wild
ly and my horse bounded as the spurs went
into his sides. The next minute Tabal and
I were hugging and embraciug like long
separated brothers, both of us having
leaped to the ground in order to get the
You "may lie sure we hail each a multi
tude of questions to ask and answer, but
before I would hear anything of Tabal's
adventures since our pnrting I insisted on
looking to his injury. It was bad, he said,
but not deadly. Baring bis left shoulder
very carefully, I found a shattered gunshot
wound that gave the flesh a torn und bro
ken appearance different altogether from
the clean cut 1 had got. I dressed it as
gently and us well as was possible with the
means at my disposal, a service for which
poor Tabal was infinitely grateful.
"We are of different nations and reli
gions, yet surely we are not strangers," he
said, embracing me again. "Had I seen
thee now for the first time I would have
driven this lance through thee. But hence
forth it will be turned against him who
seeks thy hurt. Tuba!, the son of Achim t,
swears it." And lie look the oath in the
most solemn manner known to his race.
That done, he played the surgeon to me.
"Thou art lucky," exclaimed Tubal, with
professional prde, when I was stripped.
"By my faith, the mau who gave thee this
hurt knew not his busiuaw, or thou might
est cast away thy leg forever. Methinks if
I had my weapon upou lum as he hail bis
upou thee he would now he food for the
kites and hyenas."
"Ile was clumsy, Tabal," 1 said.
"Clumsy," ivpeatid Tabal scornfully.
"Nay, it does not half express his want of
skill. Having gut hin lance upon thee, he
should have ki Med thee a? dead as a roast
ed kid. 1 hold the fellow in contempt.''
"Because, my ?oed friend, he did not
make an end ol' one whom thou hast sworn
to cherish and protect?"
"Nay, nay," answered Tabal quickly,
seeing whither his soldierly zeal had led
him. "1 meant not that. Praise be to
heaven thou art alive. 1 meant that he
knew not how to drive his spear. See,"
and he made u thrust with his own to show
how thc thing ought to be done. "Me
thinks that is the way to put an enemy
iuto the dust. But thou art protected of
God," he added reverently, "and it m?keth
me glad to be with thee. Verily I am thy
servant to do as it pleaseth thee to bid me.
And praise bo to God und the holy pro
phet that we are not now having our bones
gnawed by wild beasts. Saw you ever
such a slaughter as that was? Truly 1
think the man on the black horse is none
other than satan himself."
For a moment I wavered whether or not
I should enlighten him. Then I said very
quietly, "The man cn the black horse is as
much satan as thou art, my good Tabal.
Listen and I will tell thee a tale," and I told
him of my search for Donald Gordon and
thc meeting in the battle. He listened with
wide eyes and gaping mouth, thinking, I
suspect, that suffering had turned my brain.
"Thou art telling me one of the tales of
thc magicians," he said, with something of
awe in his voice and manner. "This pass
eth all belief."
" 'Tis us true as the Koran, Tabal," I an
swered. "Look you here, before thou art
many weeks older thou shult be us a brother
to this dread warrior on the bluck horse."
"Nay. Heaven forbid," exclaimed Tabal
fervently. "I would not forego my chances
of paradise for all the favors satan can be
His horror was so comical that I burst
out laughing. Ordinarily I might have
answered with my life for such au insult,
such an outrage on his m^st sacred feel
ings. But happily Tabal was in a mood to
forgive much because he loved much.
"I will put cool water on thy hurt," he
said as tenderly as if he were treating an
ailing and fractious child, "and on thy
head, too, for the sun hath made it hot.
Then when thou art refreshed we will talk
of our adventures since the flight and the
simoon parted us."
He had his way, and indeed it was ex
ceedingly refreshing to be bathed, for I was
still more than a trifle feverish. But more
soothing and invigorating than the water
were the brotherly gentleness and compas
sion of Tabal, who seemed to make himself
responsible for my safety and comfort.
When we came to recount our experi
ences since parting I learned that ho had
passed the night like myself, alone. Like
me, he had thought himself doomed, had
been saved by the rain and was looking for
human succor when I spied him. We went
through our perils again as old soldiers re
light their battles and embraced at the
conclusion in pure exuberance of joy at be
ing together once more.
Not the least happy circumstance of our
meeting was that I ^got buck my little
Fatima and the precious blue bag with
Duncan's pipes. To Tabal the bag was an
object of such intense curiosity that I had
to produce the pipes and give him a lilt.
It scarcely ravished him, and it frightened
the horses, so the pipes were put away
that I might take formal possession of my
mare. Before parting with her, however,
Tabal must needs make as fine a speech to
her as ever gallant of the old school made
to his mistress, dwelling with rapturous
phraso on her beauty, her fleetness, her
docility, her intelligence and her dauntless
spirit in time of trouble, to all of which 1
heartily said "Amen."
Fortunately Tabal had some dates-they
were really what were left of my own-and
when the ceremonious address to Fatima
was over wc squatted on the sand and ate
a few. Wc dared not venture to eat many,
for the store was small, and it was ex
tremely doubtful when it could be replen
ished. To make up for the shortness of ra
tions, we had a double pull at the water
skins, and the cooling draft was Bweeter
than the choicest vintage of France.
It was again very hot. Indeed after the
rain the heat seemed intenser than ever.
The pungent streams were trickling into
our eyes and mouths and coursing down
our backs and arms and legs as if we were
patent self moisteners that worked the
better the greater the draft. Self mois
teners wo were with a vengeauce, but the
moisturo could not possibly last long. I
looked at the thin, brown visag?*of Tabal,
.feeling that he must soon be converted to
pemmican, and I, too, wm' swiftly under
foing the same process of desiccation. A
ittlo while and there would not bo a drop
of liquid in our bodies.
The rute ut which we were dissolving to
?iard fiber made it desirable to get out of
he glare of tue sand us quickly as might
be. Tubal aureed with me that our best
hope lay in thc hills to the west, and we
utcordiugly made in their direction. If
nothing betf r, their rocks and chasms
would ut least alford us shelter from the
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