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by IO?IS JOSEPH >M'
"COTTTRTCHT 1909 fy LomyioszA^
- - '- g -*s
"How can I say? Do ye, for the
.love of God, get below and leave me
to deal with these fiends In me own
"Which," Bhe returned equably, "is
precisely what I shall not do."
"If that's the case," he said brus
quely, "have the kindness to hand me
the revolver by the captain's side, and
-ye might see if the poor fellow still
He heard a quick rustle of skirts
end the woman's hand closed over his,
pressing into els palm the weapon he
had desired. As promptly, without
further words, she turned to Quick. .
The adventurer deliberated briefly,
while she bent over the captain, m?k
. lng a hurried examination. "He is
badly wounded," O'Rourke heard her
say, as he arrived at his decision, "but
"Praise God for that! ... I
must ask ye, madam, to hack me up.
It is necessary to clear the decks. Are
ye ready?" He saw, out of the tail,
of his eye, that she had sprung to her
feet "Now, ye curs," he thundered,
with a menacing pistol in either hand,
"get forward, the lot of ye. Move, ye
They went expeditiously, crowding,
between the deck-house and the rait
huddling together as If for mutual pro
tection. The Berang was the last tc*
move, and went reluctantly, ox seemed
Yet that was no time to juc*ge him.
for a minor fault. O'Rourke herded^
the pack before him, watched tbemj
scramble down fhe ladder to the fore
deck, then backed to the spot where
the woman stood above the captain.
His arm was paining him somewhat,
with the irritating, stinging ache that
Buch wounds produce, and he thrust
one revolver into his pocket, clasping;
a hand above the hurt
In a flash realization of his Joss
came to him; he clutched the rail with
a cry. The Pool of Flame, his sacred,
trust, was gone! His eyes searched^
the deck wildly, but fourni no trace ot
the round leather bag with Its preci
ous burden. Despair gripped bis heart
in a clutch of ice, and for a itpaoe tho
phip reeled about him. . . .
He found himself gazing blankly In-,
to the woman's solicitous eyes. "What
la it? What is lt?" he heard her voice,
repeating breathlessly. He knew that
bis own Hps moved for some seconda
.without sound as he strove to answer
ber. The words, when they came,
should have* been quite unintelligible
to her; he realized this almost as soon;
as he had uttered them: "The Pool*
of Flame! "
Then he stumbled forward, crying*
aloud for ike serang. Half-way to the?
ladder he halted; that individual's*
bead andjphoulders were lifting above
tlie le4l*W the deck. O'Rourke coh
ered him and called him aft as he?
again retreated to the scene of tho,
Had he been in a condition to thinly
coherently, he might have acted more
prudently. But maddened, he was.
able to grasp but one fact; that the?
Pool of Flame was gone and must bei
recovered at whatever hazard.
The lascar came with what might
Cave seemed suspicious alacrity, con
sidering the fact that he was coercetf,
that O'Rourke held him at the pistol's'
point Gaunt and sombre in the
moonlight, moving noiselessly in, his.
bare feet bead up and arms swinging)
limp, bf* advanced without a pause On
til about six feet from the Irishman;
et which distance O'Rourke, collect*
lng bis wits, found voice enough to tief,
the fellow, "Stop!"
The aerang halted, Impassive, uns
"The sahib has called," he said inj
an eve? voice. '1 am come. What isl
the sabib/B will with mer"
His words, together with his hei#J
indolent half-defiant, wholly contemn-*
tuous bearing, supplied the on? fhlnj?
needful to restore to the .edvenUjren
his self-control. O'Rourke drew hims
?elf un, master of self ono? core, ?xnQi
looked the lascar In the eye.
"You stand," he said slowly, choosy
tug hts words, "on the edge of. tba!
.grave. Do you comprehend that
' t nave called ye, then, tp dtmandj
back that which U mime, the leather'
jbag winch ye stele when ye- slewyouji
brother, pretending falsely lt was be
>jf/hxy had alain the captain. I counsels
ye. speak truth and render back to*
me Oat which ye hen* stolen." I
Sba serans; m??i?m???Miim gunin
emu? bx the moct?UghV TSaafblh be
o!*d .? * bi sujifllBfltbav
1 **> wofds, dasi" carted O'Rourke,
jBternfr. "Do as < bsa ygy ocamde the;
Ireju* of <?aobodlaaasV.r
"The sahib." seid tb? s?*ang sloan
iryv *to full of ?yea sad ttJWob. Bei
fleas wiatt no man- warddr behaver ne;
leo?? flee, I am cxmteot 'Hlfl-botiredi
tria bead wttb fM?km*mt???$t+tr9tmt
.fletching forth bl? peina as if ia
tdfeflo of surrender.
(Wtanto oausjhtat has e-th He>
bad scarcely hoped for thia* he bad
measly called the ?eran? aft a? th?
loader of the lascars^ hoping to fright
en him into revealing whichever of
his comrades had stolen the great
ruby-if he knew.
"Ye have, then, the leather bag?" he
demanded, exultation la his voice.
"Aye, sahib; or, If not that, I have
that which was therein,"
"Then give lt me."
"I am the sahib's slave." The Be
rang Sashed a strange smile at the
revolver in O'Rourke's hand. His at
titude puzzled O'Rourke; he would
hardly have believed this of the man;
rather he could have conceived of him
as den/ng the theft to the last and
fighting like an unchained fiend to re
tain his booty. His present pose vas
out of character, or the Irishman mis
Out of character or no, lt was com
fortable. The serang, with head bent,
was tumbling in the folds of his sash;
O'Rourke thought him over long about
lt, yet waa inclined to give him time
in view of his abject surrender.
At length, still smiling oddly, the
man lifted his eyes and stretched
forth a hand tight closed. "The sa
hib," he said gently, "shall see that
bis servant spoke truth. Let this
weigh with the sahib for mercy. Be
The brown fingers unclosed and in
the hollow of his palm trembled that
which seemed a ball of cr y s tall 2 ed
rose fire, toe stone that man has
named the Pool of Flame. O'Rourke
uttered a loV cry of satisfaction, step
ping fbrward to snatch op the jewel.
Simultaneously he was aware of a
Quick gasp from the direction of the
woman, followed, ere he could account
for them, by two pistol shots.
The adventurer groaned, pitching
forward blindly, one side of his head,
from tho ea? to the temple, a-quiver
with aa agony aa If a white-hot iron
had seared him. there. He stretched
forth an arm afhueesly and gripped an
Irbn^tanchlon, stopping his fall, and
hung there for what seemed an eon,
sea and sMee swimming blood-red he
lore his eres, m his ears a tthunder-j
DUS rushing as ot mighty -waters.
By a supreme effort ol wUl*he kept
himself, haikerees? oh aging to the rall,
and opened his eyes. Bo briefly had
pain. blinde* him that it was patent
barely a se&sif-fead olaf sed since the
firing of the aaota To his left a
striokee lascar VMS SU3 flt the*act of
falling; before, bim Mrs, Frynne stood
njodoplass^hes hsoe a mask of horror,
revolves- s Ai poised; to the right the
sepaofi dcKftng 3 kris, was smiling
sardo?fcnlly, h& eyes fixed upon the
woman who- fceA ans oa naught his
CTOoorke CsJeft to call a warning to
her, for it wae ?*&itt that she was ap
palled by what aha had done, heedless
of all but the maa she had killed ; but j
lt was as if tie oulkit that creased his
temple hod fcemporarfly paralyzed
him j his tongue ciare to the roof of
his mouth and be couM neither move
Refertera ?tievta?leved}, he watched
the serong gaiter himself together,
like some gaunt oat, acd spring*, in
two stride? be would have been upon
the woman sod the night had been
crowned with fte most pitiful crime.
Yet ia midair, O/Rourke saw the nan
faltar aod fail heck, dropping the j
kris aod chitekims frantically at noth
Stupidly ti*3 adventurer saw the I
smrjke rrteKmg- dom de muzzle of
bia aamM&mtogr SC ? knew that, some
how, he had mneeg?d io pull the -trig
ger. His beert"'**?* in' fate breast, so
keen waa his g^ajUiuda. Trembling
in ar?cy' fl roly tia onnp j^d a second
time tv Orv> a?3 $p? & Sbal period to
the Sensal nona*. But his shot
went wttb TO W csf&der jammed
SD tlttf tt^?tittfe* ?h?A not rise
a s&txs? Chue' W3a> sn oath he let
go tte sap w&. ?Recortad? to bridge
the <fjp4s3*ce> t?39?$?s> t?^Bseif and the
, ti& a* occastdera.
??iJnM. egid- mal-1
, ?JtO tba serang,
new pcwr?t ^^??OS^f??i h& final
(Irtcc?ig Jtf?JD^lfl?V* 'Che man
iavUflf atfe^tacfl^v^ufepSp, staggered
tfoy.JfStafc.Till liIWfcjKft, film? the
?xi os SkStSfrtasgfr ali bis
O-acwS^ caut^^l with, de?
Vte&toji?tft. ?lh??ng , tn
th^mc-pnU^:f&? tfe*tap heart of
tfc-fc Gsac?be?tiLflaming sm
aatf . . . tK?M^-gm n?vwith>?a
to&& tQ?m betqtSto fl? the
fi?rMt Thu Wt 1
By m sqpse^fcyStot <tn*
rang selaed tba rail, lifted Hmm*t m>
on it, and dropped over the rf?a> foi?
lowing that to win vsttcfc be Bad gtr
enrinVltta? _ %
(Continued on next page.)
Wood and Coal.
I have opened a wood yard and am prepared to
deliver wood any size or length anywhere in town
at reasonable prices. Can also fill orders for
Will move my saw cut wood where lots of four
or more cords are offered at one place.
I also run a public dray. Ring me up. My
phone is No. 32.
J. R. TOMPKINS
The J. Willie Levy Co.
is after you, Mr Man. We want to sell you and
your boys your summer clothes, so we are tempting
you with a store full of uncommon values.]
Come and see us before you buy-make our store
your Augnsta headquarters.
Our ladies department is replete with Ready-to
wTear shirt waists,suits and dresses. The newest only
The J. Willie Levy Co.,
822-824 Broad St. AUGUSTA, GA.
In order to make room for a herd of celebrated large Berkshires, which
Everson Bros. well known breeders of Wellington, Ohio, will bring to
Clark's Hill on May 1st, and one of which firm will remain permanently to
raise with me large Berkshires of the best type, for sale for breeding pur
poses in the Southeast, I am selling my present herd and offer the follow
ing at bargain prices: 1 registered Berkshire boar, 2 years old, from Sel
wyn farm, Charl?te, N. C., $30; 1 registered Berkshire sow, same age,
from Selwyn farm with pigs by above sire, $30; 2 41-2 months old sow pigs
by above parents, $15 each; 1 pura Duroc sow, 2 years old, with pigs by
above sire, $25; 1 year old sow (by above Duroc mother) with pigs by above
sire, $20; several 11-2 year old sows, Berkshire, Duroc, and Chester White
mixture (with pigs by above Berkshire pure-bred sire) $15. Also several
4 months old sow pigs, above mixturef, $5 each. All good stock in good
After May 1st pay me a visit and inspect my fine herd of big Berksh?es
and speak for your pigs.
R. H. MIDDLETON, MGR.
CLAJRK-SHIIiL. S. C.
We handle Southern States Phosphate & Fertilizer
P. & F., A. D. Bone
Augusta High Grade,
Acid of All Grades.
These goods are row in the warehouse ready for
Jones & Son
BaSMMBMHSaSiaiWIiW'l H1SJMUIIII Billi.IIISMIIIIHSM-BMM
Patapsco, Mastodon, and other famous FERTIL
IZERS of the
Georgia Chemical Works
of Au g asta
have an established position which is unequaled by
any other goods on the market. 38 years of exper
ience and careful study of the fertilizer question
back up every bag of these goods. No such reas
surance as this can be/furnished by others. Then
why experiment with the'uncertain?
Fer prices, terms, eto., call en
TBE ED6EFIELD MERCANTILE CO.
Edgefield, S. C.
If yeu do not get value received for your money. If
you get inferior goods for which you pay as much as
we charge you for the good kind, you can blame only
yourself. Our 20 years experience in the grocery
business and our %<square deal" policy in worth some
thing to the prospective buyer and all we ask is a trial.
"We can deliver the goods." Groceries and feed for
man and beast.
ERRINGTON BROS. & CO.
Office and salesroom 863 Broad Warehouse Ga. Railroad
P. 8. Mr. M. Gary Batcher is with na ead will ba glad to aaa ala friends
1 They interlock and overlap each other in such a way that tho
hardest driving rain or snow cannot sift under them*
Won't pulsate or rattle in wind-storms. They're also ?re-proof, will
last as long ss the building, and never need repairs.
Stewart & Kernaghan
EDGEFIELD, S. C.
A Dainty Desk
is a necessity for the woman of
affairs. It is a present all will ap
preciate more and more every day.
Our showing of desks is very at
tractive and complete. Come asd
select one for your wife or sweet
heart. You can pay about any
price you like for it, so great is the
choioe and range of prices.
Picture the best groceries at the
littlest prices. Isn't that a pros
pect to make your housewifely
heart glad? Well it needn't re
main a mere prospect. Just give
us a trial order and the prospecl
will become a reality.
We carry a large stock of coffins and caskets from thc
cheapest to the highest grade. Our hearse responds prompt
ly to all calls.
Edgefield Mercantile Co.
Meals served at any hour, from 7 in the morning
till io o'clock.
Orders for special dishes or fui a la carte meals
Ladies who come to town are invited to take din
ner or lunch with us.
The best of everything to eat.
Prompt attention, polite service.
We Like You to Examine
every part of our wagons and ca
ri ages. Dap't ask you to buy fro
a picture book, but from the vet
clea themselves. You know wh
you are getting when you buy hei
and if anything turns out wron
we are right hoe where yon ca
make us live upfio our guaraatee.
A Collar That Fits
your hone is of vital importance,
so that comfort, ease and freedom
from ohafiing ii assured. We
give special attention to this point,
as well as that nothing enters into
the manufacture of our fine harness
out the very best materials, and
that it is put together by the best
skill in the country.
Wilson & Cantelou