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ty LOUIS JOSEPHS
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?and types too numerous to catalogu?
?These the adventurer might not rea(
?save individually upon personal coi
i tact. If trouble was to come fror
them, collectively or individually, h
'would not know until the blow ha
fallen. On the other hand, he migh
[be able to hazard shrewd surmises a
Ito the potential animus Inherent ii
any one of the I iropeans who wer
to he his fellow passengers.
The latter were a mere handful
[half a dozen commercial traveler
?from London, Paris, Berlin, their ave
cations evident beyond dispute; a sal
low English missionary with his with
ered wife, sombre figures in the starl
i8unlight, a red-faced deputy-sub-some
thing-or-other of the Indian govern
ment, complacent in white drill anc
new pith helmet with a gay puggaree
a lone English girl, and a Frenchman
The two latter held the Irishman'!
attention; the girl because, even at ?
distance, her slim white-clad figun
and well-poised head seemed singu
larly fresh and attractive; the mai
because-well, because O'Rourke wat
susceptible to premonitions.
He was a tall man and broad, th?
carrying himself with an indefinable
air of distinction. His face was rath
er pale (and therefore notable In that
concourse of dark skins), its features
?trongly modeled, the mouth and chic
masked by a neatly trimmed and
pointed beard and mustache.
O'Rourke could not have said that
he had ever seen the man before; yet
there was this and that ?bout him
which struck a spark of reminiscence
from his memory. A suspicion flashed
through his mind which he put aside
with disdain, as absurd and far-fetch
ed. On the other hand. ... He
knit his brows in puzzlement.
The very fixity of his regard drew
the eyes of its object upwards. They
encountered O'Rourke's, lingered brief
ly in an unveiled, Inquiring stare In
which there was not to be detected
the least hint of recognition, and
passed onward casually, indifferently,
Ignoring the Impertinence.
The tender's passengers began to
stumble up the gang-plank to a lower
deck of the liner; and O'Rourke, with
a sober face, went below, taking some
care to avoid contact with th? incom
He found Danny was in his state
room, engaged with some details of
repair to the adventurer's wardrobe.
O'Rourke remained for a brief space
standing in the middle of the cabin,
visibly abstracted. Then abruptly
some whimsical consideration seemed
to resolve his dubiety-as lightning
will clear sultry, brooding air; a smile
deepened the corners of his mouth,
the flicker in his eye merged magically
into a twinkle, the shrug of his broad
shoulders conveyed an impression of
casting care to the winds.
"Danny, lad," he remarked reflect
ively, throwing himself ungracefully
upon the cushioned transom opposite
to his berth. "Danny, ye wouldn't lie
to me, would ye now?"
"Aw-wi" reproved Danny. "Shure, J
yer honor knows ut isn't in me at all." j
And to himself; "Phat the diwle
"Then tell me, Danny, truthfully; i
did ye ever see a ghost?"
"Aw-wi"-seeing cause to take the
qutry as a joke.
"A ghost that had grown a beard
since :t had become a ghost, Danny?"
"Aw-aw-w!"-still willing to, be I
amused, if "himself" chose to be face- '
"Because," continued O'Rourke with !
a slight frown, "I have, and that not
five minutes since."
"Wance I left a man for dead, Dan
ny, with a clean sword-thrust through
the body of him-a misbegotten black
guard he was; but I killed h>m in fair
fight, sword to sword, and no fa
vor. . . . And this bright and
beautiful morning, lo and behold ye!
. ho should come tripping up the gang
plank but his ghost, as lively as ye ,
please, and with a neat new beard!"
O'Rourke frowned impatiently. "Des
Trebes," he explained.
"Stop it, ye parrot! Stop it, I say!
Have ye no word in the dark lexicon
of your ignorance other than 'Aw-aw'?
Get up, ye omadhaun, and take me re
spects to the purser and ask him
please will he show ye the passen
The valet left with circumspect ala
Alone, O'Rourke rose and turned
thoughtfully to a revolver that made
a conspicuous black spot on the white
counterpane of the berth, with nerv
ous, strong fingers unlimbering the
weapon and taking account of the
brass dials of the cartridges that
nestled snug in its six-chambered
cylinder. The machine was in perfect
condition; O'Rourke snapped the
breech shut and thrust it In his pock
et. Then he sat down to think, sub
consciously aware from noises with
out that the tender had swung off and
Ahe anchor was being tripped._
Could the resemblance be acciden
tal? It seemed hardly possible. The
Des Trebes he had known had been a
type distinct, so clear and aloof from
the general Frenchman that not even
the addition of a beard tc his physiog
nomy could have proven a thorou&h
disguise. And it seemed reasonable
enough to assume that, Mrs. Prynne
having failed in her undertaking, Des
O'Rourko Could Not Have Said That
He Had Ever Seen th? Mon Before.
Trebes would resume his office as ac
tive head of their conspiracy. If lt
were indeed he whom O'Rourke had
just seen, there was every chance im
aginable that the final chapter in the
history of the Irishman's connection
with the Pool of Flams would prove
an eventful one.
"Maybe not," admitted O'Rourke,
"maybe I deceive meself. But I'm
persuaded I'll do well to keep both me
eyes open until the day I'm rid of the
At this juncture Danny's knock took
him to the door. "Mongsere Raoul de
Hyeres," announced the valet breath
lessly: "'tis thot the purser says his
name is, yer honour."
"Yes," assented O'Rourke dubious
ly. "But perhaps the purser's mista
j CHAPTER XXIX.
As time went on, however, if his un?
easiness were not sensibly dimin
ished, nothing happened, the voyage 1
proving entirely uneventful; and ?
O'Rourke was forced to the conclusion ,
'har, if Monsieur de Hyeres were real
if the Vicomte des Trebes, he was
strangely content to play a waiting
The Irishman, however, had known
stranger things than that one man
should seem the counterpart of an
other. And by nothing more than
this questionable accident of resem
blance did De Hyeres give him reason
to believe him anything but what he
cliamed to be. The man's demeanor
was consistently discreet and self
contained; he moved about the ship
openly and without any apparent at- u
tempt to pry upon the doings of the '
adventurer, whom he fell into the
easy ship-board way of greeting ami
ably but coolly. Only in one instance,
indeed, did they exchange more than
but courteous salutations, and then
Do Hyeres himself i-eenic:'! to seek
the interview, approaching ORourke
This was at night, when' O'Rourke
occupied 'a. chair on the leeward side
of the saloon deck, consuming a medi
tative after-dinner cigar. De Hyeres
stepped out of the companionway,
glanced swiftly this way and that, and
sauntered toward the Irishman with I
an unlighted cigarette held conspicu
ously between his fingers.
O'Rotrrke likewise surveyed his sur
roundings in two brief glances: and
was contented to find that they were
alone, or as much alone a? two can be
upon a steamship. For they were,
after all, well matched; ind one of
them he knew to be armed. Shifting
in his chair so that his revolver lay j
convenient to his hand, as De Hyeres
approached the Irishman remov??d his
cigar from between his teeth, flicked
away an Inch of ash and silently prof
fered ft in the prescribed fashion.
The Frenchman accepted the cour
tesy with a bow, applied the tire to his
cigarette, inhaled deeply and returned
the cigar with a formal phrase ol
thanks. He lingered for a moment,
puffing and gazing off over the black,
starlit expanse of the Bay of Bengal,
lonely to its dim and far horizon, then
observed quietly: "I am not mistaken,
I believe, In understanding I have the
honor to address Monsieur le Colonel
O'Rourke. Chevalier of tho Legion of
"You are not mistaken, monsieur,"
returned O'Rourke pleasantly, then
with the directness which he some
times found useful, watching the man
closely as he spoke: "And I believe
lt is my pleasure to recognise Mon
ster Le Vicomte des Trebes?"
"Des Trebes, monsieur?" The
Frenchman's look of wonder was be
yond criticism and there was no least
trace of discomfiture to he detected
in his manner. "But no. You are
under a mistake. I am merely a
French gentleman without a title;
Raoul de Hyeres is my name."
"Ah!" said the wanderer. " Twai
the resemblance misled me. Pardon,
"Granted, my dear sir. . . . Des
Trebes? The name has a familiar
scund. Do I not remember reading
somewhere that the Vicomte dea
Trebes died last spring? In Tunis,
was it? . . . Suddenly, I believe."
"Is it so?" said O'Rourke drily. "Pos
sibly. The vicomte lived In the man
ner of those who meet with sudden
The subject languished, and after a
few more noncommittal observances
De Hyeres wandered off, presumably
in search of the English girl, to whom
he had been paying assiduous atten
On closer scrutiny, she had proved
to be a remarkably pretty girl; al
though, in point of fact, O'Rourke, foi
all that he admired her looks im
mensely, had purposely avoided her,
This he did from motives of prudence;
he mistrusted the combination formed
by De Hyeres and the girl. The latter
might be all that she looked and claim
ed to bec a sweet, wholesome and rath
er ingenuous young Englishwoman, an
orphan, resident .n Rangoon in the
household of an uncle, to whom she
was returning after a visit -with
friends in Simla. On the. passenger
Hst her name stood as Emilia Pyn
sent. But the adventurer felt it the
course of wisdom to deny himself the
pleasure of her acquaintance, so long
as she permitted the attentions of the
Altogether, considering the hot
weather and such self-imposed re
strictions, O'Rourke considered the
voyage hardly a success from a social
point of view. He k?pt pretty much
to himself and to Danny, and to make
assurance doubly sure he instituted a
new regime with regard to the Pool
of Flame: that Jewel never left his
stateroom. When O'Rourke was on
deck or at meals, Danny sat behind
bolts, alert and under arms, and vice
versa. By nlght_ they stood regular
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; On the last day of the passage, to
ward evening, the Boonah raised the
coast of Burmah;- by dark she was
steaming steadily southwards along
the littoral, heading for the delta of
A still, bright night with little wind:
O'Rourke was not onr to resist its al
lure. Four bells saw him lounging at
the rail below the bridge, staring hun
grily over toward the land. It was In
his mind that another twelve hours
or so would see bim relieved of his
trust; and as the time drew nigh im
patience burned hotly within him; he
had become full weary of the Pool of
Flame and was anxious to be free of
the thing, to have Its chapter in his
history closed forever.
Far c er the water a white and
flashing light lifted up and caught his
eye, a nameless beacon bright against
the darkness at the base of the Ara
kan hills, guardian of the perils of
those shallow seas. And simultane
ously he became conscious of a pres
ence at his elbow; as he turned sharp
ly the English girl addressed him in
a voice sweet-toned and quiet,
"What is that light, if you please,
"Faith, that I can't say, Miss Pyn
Her eyes flashed a laugh upon him
In the gloom. "Then you know my
"Even as yourself, knew mine.
'Twould be strange otherwise, with
our ship's company so small."
"But I," she returned, animated, "am
such an insignificant person-while
you are the Colonel O'Rourke."
"Ye do me an honor I'm not deserv
ing, Miss Pynsent, but 'tis proud I
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