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shoes. He cast up at "nfs" master's
face an oblique glance of disapproval.
"I mind the wan ye mane," he ad
He rose, and as he did BO, O'Rourke
gently but firmly twisted him around
by *Jie ear and as deliberately and
thoughtfully kicked him.
"What the divvle is the matter with
ye, Danny?" he inquired in pained re
monstrance. "It is mad ye are, or
have ye no judgment at all, ye scut,
that ye speak to me in that tone?"
Solicitously Danny rubbed the
chastened portion of his person, grum
bling but unrepentant.
O'Rourke grinned tolerantly, retain
ing his hold upon the servitor's ear.
"Ow, yer honor, leggo! . . .
Missus Prynne, sort"
The wanderer gave the ear another
tweak, by way of enforcing the les
son. "Prynne, is it? And how did
you learn that. Danny?"
" 'Twas her maid told me, sor. Leg
go, yer honor, plaze-"
"And how did her maid come to
tell ye, ye great ugly, long-legged
"Sure-ow!-'twas only a bit av a
kiss I was by way av givln' her,
"That'll do, Danny," O'Rourke chuc
The peal of the trumpet announcing
dinner interrupted his contemplated
lecture on the ethics of investigation
and the i>erils of flirtation as between
maid anc. man servant.
The wanderer had come upon Mrs.
Prynne but once since he had board
ed the Panjnab. That morning, him
self early astir because of his vague
misgivings, he had discovered her on
the hurricane deck of the liner; an in
conspicuous, slight figure in the shad
ow of a life-boat, leaning upon the
rail and gazing with (he fancied)
troubled eyes, out and across the
waste below Ismalia.
Though she must have been con
scious of nearing footsteps, she had
not stirred, and he had passed on,
gaining but a fugitive glimpse of a
profile sweetly serious; nor had she
appeared either at breakfast or lunch
eon. A circumstance which led him
.to surmise that she did not court ob
servation: an Idiosyncrasy which
seemed passing strange in a woman
He told himself that she wore an
air of watchfulness, of vague expec
tancy, as though she, like himself,
feared some untoward mishap; that
she had the manner of one definitely
apprehensive, constantly on guard
against some unforeseen peril.
Now, he asked himself, what could
lt be? What threatened her? And
He dimly promised himself the
pleasure of her acquaintance, relying
in the rapid intimacy that springs up
between strangers on a long voyage,
with a still more indefinite intention
of putting himself at her service in
any cause that she might be pleased
to name, provisionally: she must not
interfere with his plans for reaching
Rangoon "in ninety days."
That night he was hoping to find
the lady at dinner; but though the
ship's company was small, he failed
to see her in the saloon, at either the
captain's, the chief officer's or the
doctor's table; nor, so far as he could
.determine, was she taking the air on
<ieck. Was it possible, then, that he
had been right, that she had a reason
equally as compelling as his own for
isecluding herself? Or, was it simply
! (and infinitely more probably) that
Mrs. Prynne was indisposed, an ener
vated victim of excessive heat?
The latter conjecture proved ap
parently the right one, Mrs. Prynne
failing to appear during the two fol
lowing days, while the Panjnab was
?rocking down the Red Sea channel;
and O'Rourke grew Interested enough
j (he had little else to occupy his mind,
j for a duller voyage he had never
j known) to give Danny permission to
! pursue his Inquiries: with an injunc
tion, however, prohibiting too lavish
ian expenditure of the boy's wealth of
! affection. Whereupon Danny return?
led with the Information that the mis
[tress Of Cecile, the maid, was suffer*
ling from heat exhaustion.
This was entirely reasonable.
O'Rourke accepted the demolition ol
his airy castles of Romance, laughed
at himself, in part wat successful lu
putting the woman out of mind;
doubtless, in time, he would have cone
so altogether, had not the lady chosen
to take the air the night that the
Panjnab negotiated the Straits ol
Bab-el-Mz-ndeb. Far on that same
night, O'Rourke, himself wakeful, was
minded to sit up and watch the light?
of Perim Island heave Into view.
O'Rourke, hi a deck-chair on th?
starboard side, well cloaked In the
; shadow of the deck above, watch
ed the other passengers, one by one,
[quiet the r chatter, yawn, stretch and
?slip below to stuffy staterooms.
Hey Buff ered^a dreamy eje to rove
; where it would, greedy of the night't
i superb illusion.
Four bells-two o'clock-chimed
upon his consciousness lite a physical
I shock. He verified the hour by his
.watch and, reluctantly enough, agreed
that it was time he got himself to
bed. He half rose from his chair, then
sank back with an inaudible catch of
his breath. Without warning the ap
parition of a white-clad woman had
invaded the promenade deck. For an
instant he hardly credited his eyes,
then, with a nod of recognition, he
identified Mrs. Prynne.
Unquestionably unconscious of his
presence in the shadow, she fell to
pacing to and fro. Now and again,
she stopped, and with chin cradled in
her small hands, elbows on the rail,
watched the approaching cliffs of
Arabia; then, with perhaps a sigh, re
turned to her untimely constitutional.
Partly because he had no wish to
startle hen, partly because he was
glad to watch unobserved (he had a
rare eye for beauty, the O'Rourke),
the wanderer sat on without moving,
stirred only by active curiosity. The
strangeness of her appearance upon
deck at such an hour fascinate! his,
imagination no less than her merson
held his eye. He gave hlmseJ over,
to vain and profitless speculation. .?
. . Why, he wondered, should she,
keep to her cabin the greater part of,
the evening, only to take the air when j
none might be suppos%d to observe,
Why, if not to escape such observe-j
tion? Then, he told himself, be must j
be right In his supposition 'chat she
had something to fear, someone tot
avoid. What or whom? What was itt
all, what the mystery that, as he
watched her, seemed to grow, to clingy
about ber like some formless, im-t
Events conspired to weave the manj,
int? the warp and woof of her affairs; r
more quickly than he could grasp the?
reason for his sudden action, he found
himself a-foot and dashing aft at top g
speed. But an instant gone Mrs ^
Prynne had passed him, unmolested
and wrapped in her splendid isola-^
tion; and then from the after part of^
the deck be had heard a alight and
guarded cry of distress, and a small^
scuffling sound. h
In two breaths he was by her side^
and found her struggling desperately
in the arms of a lascar-a deck-hand^
on the steamer. j,
At first the strangeness of the busi
ness so amazed O'Rourke that he
paused and held his hand, briefly^
rooted in action. For although it was.
apparent that she had been caught offo;
her guard, wholly unprepared againstt(
assault, ani while she struggled fierce
ly to break the lascar's hold, the wom-y
an still uttered no cry. A single
scream would have brought her aid;B,
yet she held her tongue. . [j
The two, the woman's slight, whitey
figure and the lascar's gaunt and sin
ewy one, strained and fought, swaying
silently in the shadows, tensely, withn
the effect of a fragment of some dis-ei
ordered nightmare. But then, as the
lascar seemed about to overpower his2(
victim, O'Rourke. electrified, sprang^
upon the man's back. With one strong
arm deftly he embraced the fellow, anjn
elbow beneath his chin forcing hia^
head up and back. With the other
hand O'Rourke none too gently tore^
away an arm encircling the womans
Then wrenching the two apart, he
sept a knee crashing into the small ofm
the lascar's back, all but breaking him^
in two, and so flung him sprawling
into the scuppers. 5J
Without a word the man slid uponj
his shoulders a full half-dozen feet0f
while O'Rourke had a momentary
glimpse of his face in the moonlight
-dark-skinned and sinister of expr?s-^
sion with its white, glaring eyeballs^
Then, in one bound, he was on his
feet again and springing lithely back tcpr
the attack: and as he came on a jag-|v
ged gleam of moonlight ran like light?E
ning down the sinuous and formidable
length of a kris, most deadly ot
O'Rourke fell back a pace or two.pr
His own hands were empty; he hadu,
nothing but naked fists and high cour,
age to pit against the lascar and his
kris. Keenly alert, he threw himself*
Into a pose of defence.
But O'Rourke had forgotten th?Br
woman; it was enough that he had^1
made possible her escape, and he had31
no thought other than she had fled. If11
was, therefore, with as much surprise
as relief that he caught the glimmer*16
of her white figure as she thrust her
self before him and saw the lascar50
[bring up in the middle of a leap, hi&hc
I nose not an inch from the muzzle olDe
an army Webley of respect-oompelllng?0
Simultaneously, he heard ber voice,
clear and incisive If low of tone:''*1
I Drop that knife V
The kris shivered upon the deck. ie
"Faith!" murmured the Irishman^
?"and what manner of woman ls this,'*
I The lascar stood as rigid as though*0
[ carven out of stone, long, gaunt legi
i shining softly brown beneath his cool,
round Her Struggling Dscperately In
the Arms of a Lascar.
[azzling white cummerbund, the up
ter half of his body lost in the shadow
if the deck, a gray blur standing for
O'Rourke stepped forward, with a
uick movement kicking the kris over
loard, and would have seized the iel
Dw but that the woman intervened.
She said decisively: "If you please
Bewildered, O'Rourke hesitated. "I
eg your pardon-" he said in con
She did not reply directly; her at
ention was all for the lascar, whom
er revolver still covered. To him,
Go!" she said sharply, with a signifi
ant motion of the weapon.
The lascar stepped back, with a sin
le wriggle losing himself in the dense
b ado ws.
O'Rourke fairly gasped amazement
t the woman, who. on her part, re
heated slowly until her back touched
ie railing. She remained very quiet
?d thoroughly mistress of herself, be
?aylng agitation only by Blightly
uickened breathing and cold pallor.
er eyes racked the deck on either
and: lt was plain that she had no
ilth in the lascar, perhaps apprehend
i his return; yet her splendid con
ol of her nerves evoked tue Irish
an open admiration.
'Faith!" he cried, breaking the
use silence, " 'tis yourself shames
e, madam, with the courage of ye!"
?She flashed him a glance, and
?ghed slightly. "Thank you," she
(turned. "I'm sure I don't know
here I should be now but for you."
"'Twas nothing at all. But ye'll
krdon me for suggesting that ye
ive made a mistake, madam."
"A mistake?" she echoed; and then,
oughtfully: "No, I shouldn't call lt
"Letting him go, I mean. Neither
us, I believe, could well identify
m. When ye report this outrage to
e captain, whom will ye accuse?"
"I shall accuse no one," ehe said
itetly, "for I shan't report the af
"Ye will not-" he cried, astounded.
"Indeed, I am quite sincere: I shall
> nothing whatever about it It is,
oreover, a favor which I shall ask
you, to say nothing of the matter
O'Rourke hesitated, unwilling to be
ive that he had heard aright.
"Believe me," she was saying earn
tly, "I have good reason for mak
g a request so unaccountable to
"Oh, you know me then?" she lnter
pted sharply. And her look was
rious and intent.
"I-'tis-faith!" O'Rourke stammer
. He felt his face burn. "Me valet
ld me," he confessed miserably.
Tis a bit of flirtation he's been bav-,
I with your maid, Cecile, I believe,
"Ah, yes." She seemed unaccount
y relieved. "You, then, are Colonel
He bowed. "Terence O'Rourke,
idam, and at your service, believe
"I am very glad," she said slowly,
eing him deliberately, "that, since
lad to be aided, it came through ene
whom I have heard so much-"
"Fal a, Mrs. Prynne-!"
"And I thank you a second time,
ry heartily!" She offered him her
nd, and smiled bewitchingly.
"Tis embarrassing me ye are," he
o tested. "Faith, to be thanked
ice for so slight a service! I can
ly wish that I might do more-"
"';t is possible," she said, apparent
not in the least displeased by his
etnimptlon- "It ls possible that I
ly take you at your word, Colonel
In her eyes, intent upon his, he
aoled that he recognized an amused
:ker, with, perhaps, a trace of deep
emotion: the kindling interest of a
?nan in a strong man, with whose
rnals he was not unfamiliar. Pride
d his conceit stirred in his breast.
" 'Twould be the delight of me life,"
told her In an ecstasy.
"Don't be too sure, I warn you,
IoneL" * Her manner was now arch,
r smile entirely channing. "It might
no light service I should require of
"Ye couldn't ask one too heavy. .
. But 'tis weary ye are, Mrs.
ynno?" he inquired, solicitous.
"Very." There was In fact an In
finite modulation of weariness In
r voice. "I'm only a woman," she
id faintly, with a little gesture of
precatlon; "and my ways are hedged
out with grave perils-"
"Tis the.j?'Bourke would gladly
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