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63L0UIS JOSEPR VANC]
COPYRI.CHT 19o9 y aL ASZPH VAI
CHAPTER I.-The story opens at
Monte Carlo with Col. Terence O'Rourke
in his hotel. O'Rourke, a military free c
lance and something of a gambler, is
dressing for appearance in the restaurant
below when the sound of a girlish voice
singing attracts his attention. Leaning
out on the balcony he sees a beautiful
girl who suddenly disappears. He rushes
to the corridor to see a neatly gowned
form enter the elevator and pass from
CHAPTER II.-O'Rourke's mind is
filled with thoughts.of the girl, and when
he goes to the gaming table he allows his
remarkable winnings to accumulate in
differently. He notices two men watch
ing him. One is the Hon. Bertie Glynn,
while his companion Is Viscount Des .
Trebes, a noted duelist. When O'Rourke ]
leaves the table the viscount tells him he
represents the French government and
that he has been directed to O'Rourke as
a man who would undertake a secret
CHAPTER III.-At his room O'Rourke,
who had agreed to undertake the mission,
awaits the viscount. O'Rourke finds a '
mysterious letter In his apartment. The
viscount arrives, hands a sealed package
to O'Rourke, who is not to open it until
on the ocean. He says the French gov
ernment will pay O'Rourke 25,000 francs
for his services. A pair of dainty slip
pers are seen protruding from under a
doorway curtain and the viscount charges
O'Rourke with having a spy secreted
CHAPTER TV.-When the Irishman
goes to his room he finds there the own
er of the mysterious feet. It is his wife,
Beatrix, from whom he had run away a
r year previous. They are reconciled, and
opening the letter he had received, he
finds that a law firm in Rangoon, India,
offers him 100.000 pounds for an Indian
jewel known as the Pool of Flame and
left to him by a dying friend. O'Rourke
tells his wife that it is in the keeping
of a friend named Chambret in Algeria.
CHAPTER V.-O'Rourke is forced to I
fight a duel with the viscount. The brag
gart nobleman is worsted in the combat'
and acts the poltroon.
CHAPTER VI.-The loyal wife bids I
O'Rourke farewell and he promises to
soon return with the reward offered for
the Pool of Flame. He discovers both
Glynn and the viscount on board the
shiD which takes him to Algeria.
CHAPTER VII.-Chambret has left Al-I
geria and O'Rourke has to gain a mili
tary detachment going across the desert
to reach his friend. As he finds the latter
there is an attack by bandits and
Chambret Is shot.
CHAPTER VIII.-Chamb'ret dies telling
O'Rourke that he has left the Pool of
Flame with the governor general of Al
geria. He gives the colonel a signet ring
at the sight of which he says the official
will deliver over the jewel.
CHAPTE~R IX.-O'Rourke is attacked
* by Glynn and the viscount who ransack
his luggage, but he worsts them in the
CHAPTER X.-When he arrives at A'
geria the Irishman finds the governor
general away. He receives a note from
Des Trebes making a mysterious appoint
CHAPTER XI.-The viscount tells
O'Rourke that he has gained p)ossession
of the jewel by stealing It from the safe
of the governor general. He does not,
however, know who has offered the re
ward for It. He suggests a duel with
rapiers. the victor to get that Information
and .the jewel.
'CAimTER XII.-In the duel O'Rourke
masters his adversary and secures pos
session of the Pool of Flame.
CHAPTER XIII. - The efforts of
O'Rourke are now directed toward speed
ily getting to Raneoon with the jewel
and hearts__by ship,
CHAPTERi XIV.-He finds the captain
of the ve'ssel to be a smuggler who tries
to steal the jewel from him.
CHAPTER XV.-The jewel is finally se
cured by the ship's captain and O'Rourke
escapes to land.
CHAPTER XVI.-With the aid of one
Danny and his sweetheart, O'Rourke re
covers the Pool of Flame.
2CHAPTER XVII. - O'Rourke again
torTis his plans to pursue his journey to
CHAPTER XVIII.-On board ship once
more a mysterious lady appears who put
zles and interests the Irishman.
CHAPTER XIX.-O'Rourke comes up
on a lascar about to attack the lady,'
who is a Mrs. Prynne. He kicks the!
man into the hold.
CHAPTER XX.-Mrs. Prynne claims
she is en route for India on a mission
fir tu M'
The wanderer had come upon Mrs.
Prynne but once since he had board
ed the Panjnab. That morning, him-I
*self early astir because of his vaguei
misgivings, he had discovered her on; I
the hurricane deck of the liner; an in
conspicuous, slight figure in the shad- i
ow of a life-boat, leaning upon the
rail and 'gazing with (he fancied)
troubled eyes, out and across the 1
waste below Ismalia.
Though she must have been con
scicsi, of nearing footsteps, she had
not stirred, and he had passed on.
*gaining but a fugitive glimpse of a
; rofile 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 definitelyI
*apprehensive, constantly on guard
-against some unforeseenU peril.
Now, he asked himself, what could
It b'e? What threatened her? And
He dimly p-omised himself the
'pleasure of her acquaintance, -relying
in the rapid intimacy that eprKgs up
~between strangers on a lon:g v-:yage,
Iwith a still more indefinite ir'ention
~of putting himself at her service in
iany ca?use that she migtw be pleased
. to name, provision' y: . must not
interfere with his :n rec --
3tangon "in niner
rhat night he Was '.uri to fi1W
ne iaay at amner; ut, tnougn tun
hip's company was small, he failec
o see her in the saloon, at either the
aptain's, the chief officer's or the
loctor's table; nor, so far as he coulc
letermine, was she taking the air or
leck. Was it possible, then, that hf
iad been right, that she had a reasox
qually as compelling as his own foi
ecluding herself? Or, was it simpl3
and infinitely more probably) thai
rs. Prynne was indisposed, an ener
ated victim of excessive heat?
The latter conjecture proved ap
arently the right one, Mrs. PrynnE
ailing to appear during the two fol
owing days, while the Panjnab wai
ocking down the Red Sea channel
nd O'Rourke grew interested enougl
he had little else to occupy his mind
or a duller voyage he had neve:
mnown) to give Danny permission t
)ursue his inquiries: with an injunc
ion, however, prohibiting too lavisl
n expenditure of the boy's wealth o
Lffection. Whereupon Danny returr
Id with the information that the miE
:ress of Cecile, the maid, was suffei
ng from heat exhaustion.
This was entirely reasonable
)'Rourke accepted the demolition o
iis airy castles of Romance, laughei
it himself, in part was successful
putting the woman out of mind
loubtless, in time, he would have don
so altogether, had not the lady chose:
to take the air the night that th
Panjnab negotiated the Straits c
Bab-el-Mandeb. For on that sam<
aight, O'Rourke, himself wakeful, wa
minded to sit up and watch the light
:f Perim Island heave into view.
O'Rourke, in a deck-chair on th
starboard side, well cloaked in th
shadow of the deck above, watci
ed the other passengers, one by on(
quiet their chatter, yawn, stretch an
slip below to stuffy staterooms.
He suffered a dreamy eye to rov
where it would, greedy of the night
Four bells-two o'clock-chime
upon his consciousness like a physicE
shock. He verifidd the hour by hi
atch and, reluctantly enough, agree
that it was time he got himself t
bed. He half rose from his chair, the:
sank back with an inaudible catch c
biis breath. Without warning the ai
parition of a white-clad woman ha
invaded the promenade deck. For a:
[nstant he hardly credited his eyes
then, with a nod of recognition, h1
dentified Mrs. Prynne.
Unquestionably unconscious of hi
presence in the shadow, she fell t
pacing to and fro. Now and agaix
she stopped, and with chin cradled i:
tier small hands, elbows on the rai
watched the approaching cliffs C
Arabia; then, with perhaps a sigh, ra
:rned to her untimely constitutiona.
Partly because he had no wish t
startle her, partly because he wa
~lad to watch unobserved (he had
-are eye for beauty, the O'Rourke)
he wanderer sat on withou~t moving
stirred only by active curiosity. Th
strangeness of her appearance upo:
eck at such an hour fascinated hi
*aagination no less than her perso:
eld his eye. He gave himself ove
:o vain and profitless speculation.
.Why, he wondered, should sh
keep to her cabin the greater part C
:he evening, only to take the air whel
one might be supposed to observ
Why, if not to escape such observe
ion? Then, he told himself, he snus
>e right in his supposition that sh4
iad something to fear, someone t<
void. What or whom? What was i
il, what the mystery that, as he
atched her, seemed to grow, to clini
hout her like some formless, im~
Events conspired to weave the mai
nt. the warp and woof of her affairs
nore quickly than he could grasp thi
-eason for his sudden action, he fount
iimself a-foot and dashing aft at to:
speed. But an instant gone Mrs
rynne had passed him, unmolestel
a.nd .wrapped in her splendid isola
:ion; and then from the after part C
he deck he had heard a slight ani
guarded cry of distress, and a smal
In two breaths he was by her sid
and found her struggling desperatel
n the arms of a lascar-a deck-han
n the steamer.
At first the strangeness of the bus
ness so amazed O'Rourke that h
paused and held his hand, briefi
rooted in action. For although it we
apparent that she had been caught o:
her guard, wholly unprepared agains
assault, and while she struggled fierc<
ly to break the lascar's hold, the won
an still uttered no cry. A sing]
scream would have brought her aid
yet e held her tongue.
e :o, the woman's slight, whit
ad the lascar's gaunt and si]
str< ed and fought, swayin
:n tl. . shadows, tensely, wit
t of a fra&Aent of some di
-ighr-aare. But hen, as th
ofabout to overpower h
'e. electrified, spraz
.ack With one strot
br ced the fel'ow, a
. c'Min~ forcing Ii
head up and back. With the other
hand O'Rourke none too gently tore
away an arm encircling the woman.
Then wrenching the two apart, he
sent a knee crashing into the small of
the lascar's back, all but breaking him
in two, and so flung him sprawling
into the scuppers.
Without a word the man slid upon
his shoulders a full half-dozen feet,
while O'Rourke had a momentary l
glimpse of his face in the moonlight
-dark-s'kinned and sinister of expres
sion with its white, glaring eyeballs.
Then, in one bound, he was on his
feet again and springing lithely back tc
the attack: and as he came on a jag
ged gleam of moonlight ran like light
ning down the sinuous and formidablc
length of a kris, most deadly of
O'Rourke fell back a pace or two
His own hands were empty; he had
nothing but naked fists and high cour
age to pit against the lascar and hi,
kris. Keenly alert, he threw himself
into a pose of defence.
But O'Rourke had forgotten tht
woman; it was enough that he hac
made possible her escape, and he hac
no thought other than she had fled. Ii
was, therefore, with as much surprisE
as relief that he caugh' the glimmei
of her white figure as she thrust her
self before him and saw the lascal
bring up in the middle of a leap, hi,
nose not an inch from the muzzle of
an army Webley of respect-compelling
Simultaneously, he heard her voice
clear and incisive if low of tone:
"Drop that knife!"
The kris shivered upon the deck.
"Faith!" murmured the Irishman
"and what manner of woman is this
The lascar stood as rigid as thougi
carven out of stone, long, gaunt leg:
shining softly brown beneath his cool
F ound Her StruggingDsertl
f the Arms of a Lascar.
rdazzling white cummerbund, the up
per half of his body lost in the shadosi
I of the deck, a gray blur standing fol
3 O'Rourke stepped forward, with a
r quick movement kicking the kris over
, board, and would have seized the fel
a low but that the woman intervened.
, She said decisively: "If you pleas4
- Bewildered, O'Rourke hesitated. "
-beg your pardon-" he said in con
fShen did not reply directly; her at
'tention was all for the lascar, whon
her revolver still covered. To him
'"Go!" she said sharply, with a signifi
Scant motion of the weapon.
aThe lascar stepped back, with a sin
Sgle wriggle losm~g himself in the d-enst
rO'Rourke fairly gasped amazemeni
-at the woman, who, on her p-art, re.
treated slowly until her back touched
fthe railing. She remained very quiei
and thcrouahly mistress of herself. be.
tr'aying agitation culy by slightly
ulchend lbreathing and cold pallor
11er eyes ;zacked thLe deck on eitheI
hani~d: it was plain that she had nc
faith in the laser, perhaps apprehend
ed his remrnn; yet her splendid con
trol of her nerves evoked the Irish
man open admiration.
S"Faith!" he cried, breaking the
tense silence, "'tis yourself shames
Ime, madam, with thie courage of ye!"
She flashed him a glance, and
laughed slightly. "Thank you," she
returned. "I'm sure I don't know
where I should be now but for you."
'"'Twas nothing at all. But ye'll
pardon me for suggesting that ye
have made a mistake, madam."
"A mistake?" she echoed; and then,
thoughtfully: "No, I shouldn't call it
l"Letting him go, I mean. Neither
of. us, I believe, could well identify
him. When ye report this outrage to
the captain, whom will ye accuse?"
;"I shall accuse no one," she said
quietly, "for I shan't report the af
"Ye will not-" he cried, astounded.
Y! "Indeed, I am quite sincere: I shall
Sdo nothing whatever about it. It is,
moreover, a favor which I shall ask
tof you, to say nothing of the matter
~O'Rourke hesitated, unwilling to be
lieve that he had heard aright.
"Believe me," she was saying earn
estly. "I have good reason for mak
ing a request so unaccountable to
I "But-but-Mrs. Prynne-!"
h1 "Oh, you know me then?" she inter
- rupted sharply. And her look was
e curious and intent.
s5 "I-'tis-fath!" O'Rourko stammer
ed., He felt bis face burn. "Me valet
told mie," h4 confessed miserabli.
l' "'Tis a bit of flirtation he's been hay
"Ah, yes." She seemed unaccount
aby relieved. "You, then, are Colonel
He bowed. "Terence O'Rourke,
madam, and at your service, believe
"I am very glad," she said slowly,
eyeing him deliberately, "that, since
I had to be aided, it came through one
of whom I have heard so much-"
"FLith, Mrs. Prynne-!"
"And I thank you a second time,
very heartily!" She offered him her
hand, and smiled bewitchingly.
' 'Tis embarrassing me ye are," he
protested. "Faith, to be thanked
twice for so slight a se,ice! I can
only wish that I might do mor. -"
"It is possible," she said, apparent-1
ly not in the least displeased by his
presumption-- "It is possible that I,
may take you at your word, Colonel
In her eyes, intent upoe his, he
fancied that he recognized an amused
flicker, with, perhaps, a trace of deep
er emotion: the kindling interest of a
woman in a strong man, with whose
signals he was not unfamiliar. Pride
and his conceit stirred in his breast.
"'Twould be the delight of me life,"
he told her in an ecstasy.
"Don't be too sure, I warn you,
colonel." Her manner was now arch,
her smile entirely charming. "It might
be no light service I should require of
"Ye couldn't ask one too heavy.
. But 'tis weary ye are, Mrs.
Prynne?" he inquired, solicitous.
"Very." There was in fact an in
definite modulation of weariness in
her voice. "I'm only a woman," she
said faintly, with a little gesture of
deprecation; "and my ways are hedged
about with grave perils-"
"'Tis the O'Rourke would gladly
brave them all 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 anud saw there an appeal and a
strange little tender smile. Her head
was so near his shoulder that he was
aware of the vague, alluring perfume
of her hair. Her scarlet lips 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 lit' encouragement. And he was
not unsophisticated enough to fail to
see that encouragement would not be
lacding if he chose to recognize it.
"Faith," he told himself, "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 mar
in such a case; the woman apparent
ly yielding to a sudden fascination -fox
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 beneatt
them the vessel was still quivering
with a harsh yet deadened detonatior
like an explosion, together with a
grinding crash and shriek of river
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 anxd 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
IO'Rourke's first fears were for the
woman, his first words a lie designec
to reassure her.
"What-what does it mean?" she
gasped faintly, her face as white :a!
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."
"I'm not afraid," Mrs. Prynne inter
"Faith, I see that, madam. But your
maid, now-? Would it not be well
to return 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
I f possible. He was back in five, with
a long face.
Mrs. Prynne answered instantly his
double-knocked summons and, step
Iping 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
under level brows; and he did not iL
the least doubt that she was quite pre
pared to make good and effectual use
of the revolve which she held pointed
directly at the opening'.
Fro. m e nsmzs' nahsa too-one
"o Do'Men t Sa-" :e
armzi~rigid~at Ter~side,~t ie'Vn3 ~o6
cealed in the folds of her gown
O'Rourke divined that she was alert,e
armed, on her guard no less than the It
maid. But she left him no time to
puzzle over the mystery. s
"Well?" she demanded breathlessly. S
"'Tis as I thought, Mrs. Prynne. An
cylinder-head has blown off and done t
no end of damage. We're crippled, if
in no danger. The other screw will
take us far as Aden, but there we'll f
have to wait for the next boat." c
Mrs. Prynne's face clouded with dis
may. "How long-a day or two?" she
"Mayhap," he replied, no less dis-N
consolate; "mayhap as much as a s
week. Faith, 'tis meself that would it
were otherwise, but I fear there's nog
She regarded -him thoughtfully for
"Ther you, too, travel in haste, colo- e
"Indeed I do so, madam. Me for
tune hangs upon ne haste. If I get
there"- her guad hnself in time,
the word Rangoon upon his lips-"too
late, 'twill be all up. I'm heavy with
an urg,ent enterprise, madam." And
The woman looked past him, down
the dusk of the gangway, apparently I
pondering her dilemma. "What will
you do?" she inquired at length. w
"Faith!" he said, disturbed, "t,hat's C
hard to say." t
She flashed him an 'ironic look- t
"You mean you are resigned to the in- i
"Beathep, he re no insre
thsatesn' plahe ae s muc tas ye
wek. Feaid?tr, 'mif tha ouldeite
wee otewibe, bunoer therssbeshl no
mendy ro riing atBomay,san
She regaed him vehfoughtfull fo<
Thegng ou, to,taelinrate con te
"lndee do so, mawldgeome. Mfr
urane hg O'oure. Provoket- pu
tn'hse"- e, he felt hiself inin-e,
thbe,.ad Ranowed utpin hisr lis-"of 1
latpe, tilhe aoll up. I'leavy weedh
long sied he1ecsb wsqut
manhest Iomnlokely pse him,h hiswn
twondin her dilmm. "Wa ]il
ys,o" she inried" at bleth. !
"Faith!",heoloid, diRourbed, "that's
har to Bomay bytefftet.
"he flasenh? ha echonic thook.t
"uy "This you are resindtoin
"BeThe Powerb s shedulied in r
sentent, upon thresbined o delays."
thatides' lase me.. Is t hal ye
the ievtaenor itheipil shall bej h
O'Roure from arvine a brombay,i eand"
SHe sritw thoughl "You e. very
goo--eeod ou alah. The cooling,e
shat loue il ovccomcrwtyou
proie, weihtn im eliberately fi te
adlne yof wihmy knoweg,o myeils
Hethoreth ifrinpecto ofitheirni
tyute r fhisl,aswsnt
"radam 'ino the O'Rourke vkd put
cibl,d shoed pring int ryourn so
resp. hesl not mlcate averedl
long; inde, thereisonewa thing
twore."d He pauerd."Iisaqeto,
"s," chetirued, "I bhreieve you!i
I ake yoa or woryou."nr
oThn-saewoordns, Colonel ORuk!Iwl
'Reoure Bombaybr thtIfththe
billy."hsi h t."
"BTer-"ub ssheue t r
"r,ive ou fifteeth. sAr, Impy plahns:
deend Britan ther being nof deas."
"Five days! cooe.".-I hl b
Hefiteh ihadhalebe,re then oeniffr
nlhat grew thoghtful ainYof tin, vr
fiegod abvetooue nchat I emieve
tinproesumably sem hardly ofai o
wiotinforing yh oud of their cor
sa.No 'tsnthe uielyure this
othld veisepaying Into yonant se
itte. Lrnet ot olateunnimplgey
"Btn, cooel sthre fis atnte ting
mhe." ahe poause. "t isan eton,a"
-?"he oniu ed, o ubateingasi
"Onthe-sareno sexpene, Colonelt
"Or King' youies,r, Iaam ou-~g
"And wys?" smered.mne
"Bny danes, ct'sltel." Bunsm
He thad before nthe otedandserver et
te that sh woeanhan?"thn
denegod-abt e eck, adits mostn
Liopes.uably locetad Tfhsom
asort-,iddr inthe-fld?" e cr
A King's courier, madam?"ou
"Tell me this, at least: would ye,
now him if ye saw him again?"
"Truthfully," she said, looking him
1 the eye, "I would not. I will say
ne other word: I had anticipated his
ttack, although I had never seen him
"Faith, 'tis yourself that has your
ourage with ye, Mrs. Prynne!
ut good night, madam! Your serv
"Good night, coio,.el," she said softly,
nd as she watched him swing away
.ughed lightly and strangely. Later,
till standing outside her door, she
ighed, and an odd light glowed deep
1 her eyes of grayish-green. Sighing
gain, and with another low laugh
hat rang a thought derisive, as
bough she were flouting the man
rhose service she accepted so gladly,
he turned and vanished within her
As she did so, the opposite door
b.at of an inside stateroom on the
ame gangway-was opened cautious
r. A turbaned head peered out, its
yes glancing swiftly up and down the
orridor. Long since, however, the
xcited passengers had been reassur
d and had returned to their berths;
e coast was clear.
The lascar stepped noiselessly out, .
hut the door without a sound, and
ped swiftly forward: a long, brown
ian with an impassive cast of coun
enance in which his eyes shone with
As he swung into the space at the
Dot of the saloon companionway, he
ollided violently with an undersized
nd excessively red-headed Irishman,
,early upsetting the latter, to say
othing of a glass of brandy-and-soda
rhich he was conveying to a certain
"Phwat the divvle, ye domned nay
ur! Pwhy d'ye not look where ye're
oing?" demanded Danny with some
The East Indian backed away, bow
d profoundy, mumbling something in
,rticulate, and sprang up the. steps.
)anny looked after him, for a moment
esitant, then put down the tray and
ursued. He caught the flicker of'the
scar's cummerbund as the latter es
aped to the deck, and himself arrived
.t the forward end of the promenade
ust in time to see a white shape dis=
ppear into the steerage companion
"I'd take me oath," said Danny re
lectively, "thot he's the naygur thot
ame aboard at Suez. 'Tis meself
hot wishes I'd had a betther peep at
he ugly mug av him. I'm thinking
'd betther be after tellin' himself."
CHAPTE R XXI.
Lurching drunkenly into the harbor
iown locally as Aden Back Bay, the -
annab came to anchor.
O'Rourke, from the lower grating of
he steamship's accommodation lad
er,'signaled to one of the swarm of
Lovering dinghys, and waiting for It to
:ome In, reviewed the anchored ship
>ing, gathered transiently together in
hat spot from the four corners of the
orth, and shook his head desponding
A yellow-haired Somali boatmal
;hot his little craft in to the grating.
)'Rourke dropped upon the stern-seat
ud took the tiller. "Post Office pier,"
ie said curtly. The dinghy shot away
Ith dipping, dripping oars, while the
:rishman continued to search among
:he vessels for anything that seemed
o promise the speed necessary for his
urpose, andI failed to discover one.
"'Tis hopeless," he conceded bitter
.y as the boat wove a serpentine wake
n and out among the heaving bulks.
'And, I'm thinking, 'tis the O'kourke
ho will presently be slinking back to
onfess he bragged beyond his pow
rs. The fool that ye are, Terence
with your big words and. your fine
proises, all empty as your purse!
Tis cut of patience I am with ye en
Doubtless he made the very picture
So, at least, seemed to think a mams
ounging in ,a dilapidated canvas deck
:hair beneath a dirty awning in the
stern of a distant tramp steamer
ho. raking the shoreward-bounid with.
. pe-- -ty binoculars, had chanced
:,o i uponl O'Rourke.
(TO BE CONTINUED.) ~
EXECUTOE'S NOTICE OF FINAL
Notice is hereby given that on Mn
ay, January 15, 1912, 91 11 o'clock ar.
n., we will make a settlement of the
state of the late Mrs. M. A. E. Werts,
n office of Probate Judge at Newberry,
. C. All and singular the creditors
tre hereby notified to present their
Iaims duly attested to Clarence FE
Verts, executor, and all parties in
ebted are required t.> make payment
the undersigned on or before said
Susan M. Werts, Executrix.
Clarence F. Werts, Executor.
Of Mrs. M. A. E. Werts, Deceased.
A Fierce NIght Alarm.
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en it aroused Lewis Chamblin, of Man
hester, 0., (R. F. D. 2) for their four
-hildren, were greatly subjecti o croup1.
'Sometimes Ir severe attacks," he
vrote, "we were afraid they would die,
ut since we proved what a certain
-emedy Dr. King's New Discovery Is,
'e have no fear. We rely oD it for
oup and for coughs, colds or any
hroat or lung trouble." So do thou
ands of others. So may you. Asthma,
ay fever, la grippe, whooping cough,
teniofrbiges fly before it. 50e. an&
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