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brave them ali for ye, madam," he de
clared gallantly. "Command me
what ye will."
She lifted her gaze to his, coloring
divinely there In the moon-glamor. He
looked into her curiously bewitching
eyes and saw there an appeal and a
Strange little tender smile. Her head
was so near his shoulder that he was
Rwvre.of the vague, alluring perfume
of her hair. Her scarlet Ups parted .
. . And he became suddenly aware
that it behooved him to hold himself
well In hand. It were an easy mat
ter to imagine himself swept off his
feet. Into a whirl of infatuation, with
a little encouragement. And be was
not unsophisticated enough to fail to
see that encouragement would not be
lacking if he chose to recognize lt.
"Fi. 1th," he told himsel?, "I'm think
ing 'twould be wiser for me to take
to me heels and run before . . ."
He was spared the ignominious ne
cessity of flight. In two breaths they
showed two very different pictures.
Now they stood alone on the dead
white deck, alone with the night, the
sea, the stars, the silence and the
moonlight: O'Rourke a bit dismayed
and wary, but as curious as any man
in such a case; the woman apparent
ly yielding to a sudden fascination for
him, swaying a little toward him as
If Inviting the refuge of his arms. .
. . And now she started away,
clutching at her heart, with a little
choking cry of alarm; while beneath
them the vessel was still quivering
with a .harsh yet deadened detonation
like an explosion, together with a
grinding crash and shriek of riven
steel somewhere deep in the hold.
Inexpressibly dismayed, they stared
with wide and questioning eyes at one
another, through a long minute filled
with an indescribable uproar: a succes
sion of shocks and thumps in the in
terior of the vessel gradually dimin
ishing In severity while, in a pande
monium of clamorous voices, the liner,
like a stricken thing, hesitated in its
southward surge, then slowly limped
into a dead halt on the face of the
waters. . . .
O'Rourke's first fears were for the
woman, his first words a lie designed
to reassure her.
"What-what does it mean?" she
gasped faintly, her face as white as
marble, her eyes wide and terrified.
"Sure, I'm thinking 'tis nothing at
all," he answered readily, with a smile
amending, "nothing of any great con
sequence, that is to say. Permit me to
escort ye to your cabin."
'Tm not afraid," Mrs. Prynne inter
"Faith, I see that, madam. But your
maid, now-? Would it not be well
to .eturn to your stateroom and quiet
her, whilst I'm ascertaining the cause
of this trouble? I promise to advise
ye instantly, whether there's danger
"You're very thoughtful," she re-'
turned. "I'm sure you're right. Thank
He escorted her to her stateroom
and left her at the door, remarking its
number and renewing his pledge to
return in ten minutes-more speedily
If possible. He was back in five, with
a long face.
Mrs. Prynne answered instantly his
double-knocked summons and, step
ping out quickly, closed the door tight
In the fraction of a second that it was
wide, however, O'Rourke saw one side
of the stateroom warm and bright
with electric light, and sitting there,
Cecile the maid, completely dressed,
wide awake and vigilant. The girl was
French and sullenly handsome after
her kind. O'Rourke got an impression
of a resolute chin and resolute eyes
?You Dont Mean to 8ay-f Hs
under level brows; and he did not in
the least doubt that she was quite pre
pared to make good and effectual use
ot the revolver which she held pointed
'directly at the opening.
FYOOL her mist
arm rigid at her side, the
cealed in the folds of her
O'Rourke divined that she was ?
armed, on her guard no less than 1
maid. But she left him no time
puzzle over the mystery.
"Well?" she demanded breathless
"'Tis as I thought, Mrs. Prynne.
cylinder-head has blown off and do
no end of damage. We're crippled,
in no danger. The other screw
take us far as Aden, hut there w?
have to wait for the next boat."
i Mrs. Prynne's face clouded with d
may. "How long-a day or two?" s
"Mayhap," he replied, no less d
consolate; "mayhap as much as
week. Faith, 'tis meself that would
were otherwise, but I fear there's
She regarded him thoughtfully f
"Then you, too, travel in haste, co
"Indeed I do so, madam. Me f<
tune hangs upon me haste. If I get
there"-he checked himself in tin
the word Rangoon upon his Hps-"t
late, 'twill be all up. Tm heavy wi
an urgent enterprise, madam." AJ
The woman looked past him, dov
the dusk of thc gangway, apparent
pondering her dilemma. "What w
you do?" she inquired at length.
"Faith!" he said, disturbed, "thal
hard to say."
She flashed him an Ironic loo
"You mean you are resigned to the i
"Be the powers!" he cried in r
sentment, "I'm resigned to nothii
that doesn't please me. Is it that 3
ask me aid? Sure, if ye do, neith?
the inevitable nor the impossible sha
keep ye from arriving at Bombay, ar
Her spirit, through her eyes, a
ewered his in a flash. Thea coolin
ehe looked him over from crown 1
tie, weighing him deliberately in ti
balance of her knowledge of mei
He bore the inspection with equanlo
ity, quite sure of himself, as was na
ural in the O'Rourke. Provoked, pi
on his mettle, he felt himself invh
cible, and showed it in every line <
his pose. She could not have wavere
long; Indeed, her decision was quit
manifest. Impulsively she caught hi
two hands in her own.
"Yes," she cried, "I do believe you
I take you at your word-your gene:
ous word, Colonel O'Rourke! I wi
trust implicitly ir you. You shall gi
me to Bombay by the fifteenth."
"The fifteenth?" Le.echoed though
fully. "This is the tenth."
"The Panjnab is scheduled to ai
rive on the fifteenth. All my plan
depend upon there being no delays."
"Five days! ... It shall b
managed, Mrs. Prynne. Bombay b
the fifteenth it shall be, or th
O'Rourke will have broken his heart!
She grew thoughtful. "You are ver;
good-I've told you that. I believ
that you will accomplish what yo
promise. Yet it seems hardly fair t<
saddle you with my cares, my perils
without informing you of their na
"Madam, 'tis not the O'Rourke whi
would ever be prying Into your se
crets. Let's not complicit? a simple
situation with explanations."
"But, colonel, there ls one thing
more." He paused. "It ls a question,'
she continued, "of chartering a shir,
at Aden, ia lt not?"
'T see HO other way."
"Then-spare no expense, Colonel
O'Rourke. Remember that I foot th?
"Or, If you Insist, sir, I pay nothing:
Great Britain pays for both of us."
"Eh? Yes?" he stammered.
"But see, colonel."
He had before then noted Indiffer
ently that she wore a chain bf thin,
fine gold about her neck, its termina
tion-presumably a locket of some
sort-hidden in tho folds of her cor
sage. Now she quietly pulled this
forth, and displayed her pendant, a
little trinket of gold, a running grey
hound exquisitely modeled.
Stunned,, he stared first at the top,
then at the woman. 'Te mean to say
-?" he whispered, doubting.
"On the King's service, Colonel
"A King's courier, madam? You
"And why not?" ehe demanded
proudly. "The King's messengers dare
many dangers, lt's true. But in some
of them might not a woman serve bet
tor than a man?"
"Truel enough. .Yet 'tis unprece
dented-at least, ye'll admit, most un
usual. I begin to understand. That
lascar, for Instance-?"
"Believe me, Colonel O'Rourke, I*m
at liberty to tell you nothing."
"Tell me this, at least: would ye
know him if ye saw him again?"
"Truthfully," she said, looking him
in the eye, "I would not. I -will say
one other word: I had anticipated his
attack, although I had never seen him
' "Faith, 'tis yourself that has your
courage with ye. Mrs. Prynne!
But good night, madam!
"Good night, colonel," she said softly,
and as she watched him swing away
laughed lightly and strangery. Later,
still standing outside her door, she
sighed, and an odd light glowed deep
In her eyes of grayish-green. Sighing
again, and with another low laugh
that rang a thought derisive, as
though she were flouting the man
whose service she accepted so gladly,
she turned and vanished within her
As she did so, the opposite door
that of an inside stateroom on the
same gangway-was opened cautious
ly. A turbaned head peered out, Its
eyes glancing swiftly up and down the
corridor. Long since, however, the
excited passengers had been reassur
ed and had returned to their berths;
the coast was clear.
The lascar stepped noiselessly out,
shut the door without a sound, and
sped swiftly forward: a long, brown
man with an impassive cast of coun
tenance in which his eyes shone with
a curious light.
As he swung into the space at the
foot of the saloon companionway, he,
collided violently with an undersized
and excessively red-headed Irishman,
nearly upsetting the latter, to say
nothing of a glass of brandy-and soda
which he was conveying to a certain
"Phwat the diwle, ye domned nay
gur! Pwhy d'ye not look where ye're
going?" demanded Danny with some
The East Indian hacked away, bow
ed profound}-, mumbling something in
articulate, and sprang up the steps.
Danny looked after him, for a moment
hesitant, then put down the tray and
pursued. He caught the flicker of the
lascar's cummerbund as the latter es
caped to the deck, and himself arrived
at the forward end of the promenade
just in time to see a white shape dis
appear into the steerage companion
'Td take me oath," eald Danny re
flectively, "thot he's the naygur thot
came aboard at Suez. 'Tis meself
thot wishes I'd had a betther peep at
the ugly mug av him. I'm thinking
I'd betther be after tellin' himself."
Lurching drunkenly into th9 harbor
known locally as Aden Back Bay, the
Panjnab came to anchor.
O'Rourke, from the lower grating of
the steamship's accommodation lad
der, signaled to one of the swarm of
hovering dinghys, and waiting for it to
come in, reviewed the anchored ship
ping, gathered transiently together in
that spot from the four corners of the
earth, and shook his head despondlng
A yellow-haired Somali boatman
shot his little craft in to the grating.
O'Rourke dropped upon the stern-seat
and took the tiller. "Post Office pier,"
he said curtly. The dinghy shot away
with dipping, dripping oars, while the
Irishman continued to search among
the vessels for anything that seemed
to promise the speed necessary for his
purpose, and failed to discover one.
"'Tis hopeless," he conceded bitter
ly as the boat wove a serpentine wake
In and out among the heaving bulks.
"And, I'm thinking, 'tis the O'Rourke
who will presently be slinking back to
confess he bragged beyond his pow
ers. The fool that ye are, Terence,
with your big words and your fine
promises, all empty as your purse!
'Tis out of patience I am with ye en
Doubtless he made the very picture
So, at least, seemed to think a man
lounging in a dilapidated canvas deck
chair beneath a dirty awning in the
stern of a distant tramp steamer;
who. raking the shoreward-bound with
a pn'.r of rusty binoculars, had chanced
to locus upon O'Rourke.
"Looks as if he hadn't a friend in
the world," said the man audibly.
"Looks as if a letter from home with
cash draft 'ud about fill his little bill."
He grunted in pleased appreciation
sf his own subtle wit A short man
lie was, stout, very much at home in
ajimy pajamas and nothing else, with
syea small, blue, informed with twin
kling humor and set in a florid coun
tenance bristling with a three days'
growth of grayish beard.
He swung the glasses again upon
DTtourke, and, "Hell!" he exclaimed,
Bitting up with stimulated Interest
"Well, by jinks!" said the stout man.
"Who'd a-thunk it?"
He got up with evident haste and
waddled forward to the bridge, where
tie came upon what he evidently need
ed in his business: a huge and bat
tered megaphone. Applying this to
his lips and filling his lungs he bel
lowed with a right good will, and his
hall, not unlike the roaring of an
amiable bull, awoke Aden's echoes:
"Good morning," murmured the Irsh
man, lifting his head to stare about
him with incredulous curiosity.
"Who's that barking at me?"
The pajama'd person continuing to
shout at the top of his voice, hy dint
of earnest staring the Irishman event
ually located the source of the up
roar. "Now Who the diwle might ye
be?" he wondered. "Ananias, me
friend"-to the boatman-"row to the
steamer yonder where the noise comes
Whereupon the stout man, seeing
the boat alter its course, put aside the
megaphone. And again peace brooded
On nearer approach to the tramp?
O'Rourke's smile broadened to a
pl?ased grin, and airily he waved a
hand to the man with the voice.
"Jimmy Quick!" he observed with
unfeigned d?liant "Faith, I begin to
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