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cOPYRICRT 1909 ry LOU4OSEPHV
CHAPTER I.-The story opens at
Monte Carlo with Col. Terence O'Rourke
In' his hotel. O'Rourke, a military free
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
lag him. One Is the Hen.. 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 we.uI undertake a secret
CHAPTER III.-At his room O'Rourke,
who had agreed to undertake the mission,
awaits the viscount. O'Rourke finds a
Muysterious 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 IV.-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
year previous. They are reconciled, and
aening the letter he had received. he
![nds that a law firm In Rangoon, India,
ers him 10,M6 pounds for an Indian
el known as the Pool of Flame and
t to him by a dying friend. O'Rourke.
s his wife that it Is In the keeping
friend named Chambret In Algeria.
APTER V.-.O'Rourke is forced to
tight a duel with the viscount The brag
gart nobleman is worsted in the combat
and acts the peltroon.
CHAPTER VI.-The loyal wife bids
Q'Rourke farewell and he promises to
abon return with the reward offered for
e Pool of Flame. He discovers both"
nn and the viscount on board the
which takes him to Algeria.
CHAPTER TI.-Chambret has left Al
seria and O'Rourke has to gain a mill
tary detachment going across the desert
to reach his friend. As he finds the latter
~ere is an attack by bandits and
CHAPTER VIII.--Chamibret dies te..ing
O'Rourke that he has left the Pool of
Flame with the governor general of Al-1
gerla. He gives the colonel a signet ring
at the aight of which he says the official
will deliver over the jewel.
CHAPTER 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 Al
geria the Irishman finds the governor
general away. He receives a note from
Des Trebes making a mysterious appoint
CHAPTER XI.-The viscount te'lls
O'Rourke that he has gained possession
of the jewel by stealing it from the safe
of the governor general. He does notg
however, know who has offered the re,~
ward for it. He sugges+s a duel with
rapiers. the victor to get that information
an|d.the .jewel. .. -
UHAPTEIR XII.-In the duel O'Rourke
masters his adversary and secures pos
ssson of the Pool of Flame.
U HAPTER XIII. - The efforts of
O'Rourke are now directed toward speed
117 getting to Rangoon with the jewel
and_he starts by_shi_p,_
i CHAPTEI, ~T~V.-'e finds the captain
of the vessel to be a smuggler who ties
to steal the jewel_from him. _
CH~APTER XV.-The jewel is finally se
cured by the ship's captain and O'Rourke
sescapes to land.I
CHAPTER XVI.-With the aid of one
Danny and his sweetheart, O'Rourke re
covers the Pool of Flame.
CHAPTER XVII. - O'Rourke again
forms his plans to pursue his journey to
*CHAPTER XVIII.-On board ship once
more a mysterious lady appears who puz
sies and interests the Irishman.
CHAPTER XIX.-O'Rourke comes up
on a lascar about to attack the lady,P
who Is a Mrs. Prynne. He kicks the
man into the hold.
CHAPTER XX.-Mrs. Prynne claims
shie is en route for India on a mission
CHAPTER XXI.-The ship captain is
~ered money to Increase the speed of
te vessel toward its destination.
CHAPTER XXII.-There are suspicious,
occurrences on board, and a lascar seems
t be watching O'Rourke and Mrs.
The day came out of the East with[
a windy swagger; as Quick had fore.
told, a series et thunderstorms swept
4(ie sea before dawn, so that .it, like
the sky, seemed newly washed, clean
O'Rourke ratieted Quick at four
t1J1s of the morning watch and kept
tedeck for the remainder of the day,
hsmeals being brought to him on
the bridge. His duties were simple
eough, requiring nttle more than a
-dsplay of the habit of authority
which sat so well on his broad shour-I
ders. It was no great trick to keep
the crew in order: they went about
their work' peaceably enough and
showed no signs of desiring to renew
their disputations. Otherwise he had
to keep an eye upon the helmsman~
and see that he held the Ranee to the
course prescribed by Quick; and that
was nothing difficult to a man of av
erage intelligence. Naught but deep
water lay between them and Bombay,.
so long as a direct course was shaped
As the sunlit watches wore out and
*iothing untoward too1k plrae
O'Rourke's grim apprehensions dissi
pated into shadows. He e r + be
lieve with Quick that the :.ntar er th
winged knife was mer&y in'; nu'nt
3.ccident, quite unprownr1'a -
Below decks, DL -
were standing watenl-a?.-I
saommor egmnr, where th for
mer's beloved engines were justifying
his confidence and pride in them and
clicking off their twenty knots with
Dut a hitch.
Now Danny happened to have "off"
the first afternoon watch. O'Rourke
from the bridge saw him come up the
engine-room companion ladder, dive
Into the messroom for his dinner, and
later emerge, picking his teeth and
grinning self-complacency until his
master could have kicked him, had
such a course been politic before the
crew, or even consistent with the dig
nity of his office.
"A word to say to ye, sor, if I may
make so bold."
O'Rourke glanced at the helmsman,
and having long since made up his
mind that the man wa* competent,
left him in possession of the bridge
for a space, and joined Danny below.
"What is it?"
Danny lowered his voice to a hoarse
whisper. "Kape yer eye on thot black
He Continued to Watch the Serang.
divvle up there, sor, for the love 01
Hiven, and don't look surprised at'
O'Rourke moved a few paces aft,
along the rail, to a point whence he
could see the head and shoulders of1
the helmsman. "Well?"
"'Tis nawthin' I cud swear to, sor
but 'tis meself thot's mortal leary ai
these naygurs-rapspicts to ye-and
"Come, come! Out with it, Danny.'
"Sure, sor, 'tis the serang. Havt
ye chanced to notice him, sor?"
O'Rourke glanced down to the fort
deck, where the personage in questiot
was standing at ease. "What of him?'~
e inquired, running his eye over the
ellow's superb proportions.
"'Tis nawthin' I'd take me oath to1t
sor, but I'm thinkin' he's the man whc
boarded the Panjnab at Suez, sort
And as for the naygur I run againsi
n the s'loon deck, yer honor, he's hiE
"Ah," commented O'Rourke. "Thani
He continued to watch the serang'
until the latter, as if influenced by the
fxity of the Irishman's regard, turned
and stared directly into O'Rourke's
eyes. For a full minute he gave hin
look for look, dark eyes steadfast and!
unyielding abocve his fine aquiline
nose, then cdhinly turned his back, re
suming his contemplation of the tur,
An instant later Quick came up tc
relieve O'Rourke, and, eight belle
sounding, Danny dived below to take!
Dravos' place. O'Rourke, unpleasant
ly impressed by the incident, still for.
bo-e to mention it to either of the
ship's owners; he retired to think it
over, and spent a long hour consum-~
ing an indifferent cigar and studying,
the cracks in the bulkhead betweeD
his room and the cabin.
. Without profit, however. Lacking
more substantial proof than Danny's
suspicions, he could arrive at no defi
The night passed without incident;
the second day dawned the counter.
part of its predecessor, and wore
away quietly enough.
It fell to O'Rourke to stand the first
dog-watch, from feur to six in the*
evening. Shortly after he ascended
the bridge, it was his happiness to be
joined by Mrs. Prynne, who improved
the moment to express her gratifica,
tion with the propitious tide in her af
fairs. The King's courier was pleased
to declare herself very well pleased
indeed, though she admitted, under
jocular pressure, that she considered
she was roughing it. Captain Quick's
quarters were by no means palatial,
and the bill of fare, while substantial
ly composed, lacked something of va
riety; but that was all a part of the
great and fascinating game she played
-the game of secret service to His
Majesty, Edward VII.
Not that alone, but she was comn
forted by the assurance that her voy-I
age would soon be over, her mission
discharged, her responsibilty a th~ ng
of the past. She would be glad Lo ese
"QOn n.ever k-ows. yu: im. w '8o)
nel O'Rourhe." she said with a litt:e
gesture expressive of her allowancei
O'Rourke divined she had something
on her mind which she hesitated to
voice, though they were practically
alone; the man at the wheel was a
nonentity- bronze statue in a faded
shirt, ragged turban and soiled cum
"Then Nis yourself will be glad, I
gc>. rid of us, madam?"
She smiled, deprecatory. "What
would you?" she asked in French,
with a significant glance up into
"It's not precisely pleasant to be
constantly apprehensive," the woman
continued in the same tongue, "even
when one has a Colonel O'Rourke to
look to for protection."
"Ah, madame!" expostulated the
wanderer. "But what makes ye so
positive I'd not turn tail and run away
from any real danger?"
She gave him a look that brimmed
with mirth. "A man who is a cow
ard," she said slowly, "doesn't stand
still and draw a revolver when a
heavy knife is thrown at his head."
"Quick told ye, madam?"
"No, I saw-heard the quarrelling
on the forward deck and got to the
companionway in time to see what
happened. Had you not been so in
tent on your search for the knife, you
would have seen me. As it was, I
slipped below again without attracting
"To get my revolver, monsieur le
"'Twas naught but an accident-"
"You do not believe that yourself,
colonel dear; for my part, I-"
"Someone tried my door last night,
after you'd retired."
"Ye are sure?" doubted O'Rourke,
"Quite. I was awake-thinking; I f
heard you come below and close your
door at eight bells; long after there 1
were footsteps-someone walking in I
his bare feet-in the saloon. Then
the knob was turned, very gently.
Fortunately, the door was bolted;
someone put a shoulder to it, but it
held fast. I paught up my revolver
indeed and I am very reckless with it,
sir!-and opened the door myself. The
saloon was quite empty."
"Ye shouldn't have risked that-"
"I had to know, with so much at
stake," she said simply.
O'Rourke endeavored to manufac
ture a plausible and reassuring explan
ation to the fact. "Quick, Danny, or
Dravos, mistaking their rooms-"
"It was none of them. Captain
Quick was on deck; I heard his voice
almost simultaneously. surely I
couldn't mistake that." She laughed.
"Nor would your man or Mr. Dravos
b.ave been so stealthy, so instant to
"My theory, if you will have It, Is
that mine enemy of the Pan.inab is
one of the crew of the- Rahee, mon
Mrs. Prynne made this statement as
uietly as though she were c'omment
ing on the weather. But her belief
chimed so exactly with his own that
D'Rourke was -stricken witless~ and at
a loss to frame a satisfactory refuta
tion. He was silent for some mo
ments, his lips a thin hard line, a
rinkle of anxiety between his brows.I
"If ye'd only permitted me to attend
to him-" he growled at length.
"You are right," she admitted, "but
-I am desolated-the mischief's
"Faith, yes!" he sighed dejectedly.
is gaze roved the deck and fastened
upon the serang. "It might be any
ne of them," he considered aloud.
"Any one. For instance, though
"Why d'ye suspect him more than*
another?" he demanded, startled.
"Call it feminine intuition, if you
like. The man looks capable of any
"Yes. But sure, there's no telling
"No telling," she concurred quietly.
"We can but wait, watch, hope that I
imagined the hand at my door."
"There might be something in
"I am neithei- nervous nor an im
"At all events, I'll go bail 'twill not
happen a second time."
"How do you propose to prevent'
"Sure, the simplest way in the
world. I myself will stand guard in
the saloon, madam."
"But no, monsieur; I can better a!
ford to lose a little sleep than have
you forfeit your rest. Besides, I ha,.
Cecile. .. .."
There ensued an argument without
termination; he remained obdurate,
she insistent. Only the appearance of
Quick on the stroke of four bells
forced them to shelve the subject,
It was resumed at the dinner table1
and carried out in a light manner of
banter for a time, dropped and for-'
gotten, apparently by all but O'Rourke.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
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of Prosperity, S. C., will be held at
the 'bank on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1912,1
at 1 o'clock p. in., at which time the
election of directors will be held, and
such other business transacted as!
may come before the meeting.
R. Tr. PUGH,
lHas Million's of Friends.
How would you like to numoer your
rieds by mnilions as Bucklen's Arnica
Save does? Its astounding cures in tne
paist forty vGars mim~' themn its the
bs sav. in tthe world for sore~s, ul
!, ! itII i f,! II
Fi e Unique St<
TM CMAMPION EAR
"Just a countryman-that's all," i
the way the grower of this remarkabl
ear of corn, Mr. Fred. C. Palin, style
himself. Though he is admitted to b
one of the leading corn experts in th
country-one whose services ar
greatly in demand as a judge of cor:
exhibits, Mr. Plain asl's for no great
er honor or distinction than to b
known as a plain Hoosier farmer, an
while he openly professes a reason
able pride in the achievement o
growing the famous ear of corn whic:
was adjudged the most perfect eve
grown, it is without a shadowi o
The champion ear of corn was no
an accident. There can be no greate
The World's Gr<
after winning the W.
A HYBRID-The seven
ference, 73 inches. N
of Kernels, 3 of an in<
0 of an inch, Thicki
Arrangement, very u:
straight rows the enti
a misplaced grain, holi
ends of the ear, tip bei
grains. Weight, 20
tions-corn, 92 per ce:
proof of this fact, here is the story a
e told it himself:
"It was in November, 1910, and w
were just harvesting our crop. Th
weather had been good, but we wer
a little late with the harvest. Th
men were going through the field
with the wagon in the usual way gath
ering the corn, and the harvest was
"We have a sort of corn show a
my farm all the time, and there is al
ways an award for exceptionally goe
ears of corn-ears sufficiently true t
type to permit of their being exhibite<
FRED. C. PALIN.
There is a small box on every cor
wagon in which the most perfect ear
are thrown. These, when 'properly se
lected, constitute the seed corn, an
mong these more perfect ears we oc
caionally find an ear that we are will
ing to exhibit in a contest.
"On the day the chamDion ear wa
found, I was at the house and at dir
ner time one of the men brought it;i
and laid it, with a -oumber of -othe
ears, upon the window sill in the wel
room for me to take and put away i:
the seed house.
"'Well,' I said, 'do you think you'v
got a good ear there?
"'It looks to me like a good ear,' h
said., 'What do you think of it?'
"I picked it up and looked it ove:
'Well,' I said finally, 'I think it is th
most perfect ear of corn I ever sas
It's good enough to win the W. E
Kellogg, $1,000 trophy this year a
"And I was confident the momen
saw it, and looked it over, that
held the trophy winner in my hand
So much so that when I left for Omna
ha to exhibit the ear, I took it out C
my grip and showed it to the statio
agent with the words, 'That's th
ca I'm gonre in win the $1,000 troph
f I 'j t I i ~
ry of its Discovery
it. TOE OREAT
THIW .KEi.OGc TRO ifV
S lesson in the value of careful study
e and painstaking selection of seed and
s breeding than the experiences of this
e same Palin. The farmer who thinks
e he stands a chance to go into his corn
e field and by a piece of luck pick out
a an ear which nature has fashioned
- I even more perfectly and with it wrest
e the honors from this Indiana man,
I cannot do better to disabuse his mind
- of this fallacious notion than to read
f the story of Palin and his champion
r In the first place, Palin knows corn.
E If there were no more proof of this
fact than the bare story of the devel
t opment and discovery of the cham
r pion ear, it would be enough. And in
eatest Ear of Corn
-n Flake Yellow. (Named
K. Kellogg $1,000 Trophy)
th year production.
Male-Reid's Yellow Dent
Female-Alex's. Gold St'd.
10% inches. Circum
umber of rows, 20.. Length
;h. Width of kernels, about
ess of kernels, 34 of an inch.
aiform, kernels running in
ie length of the ear without
ling their length well to the
ng well covered with dented
ounces. Estimate propor
at; cob, 8 per cent.
s So there's the sory of the champion
ear as Palin told it himself. And on
e the strength of it who will say that
e Fred C. Palin doesn't justly merit the
title, "The Man who Knows Corn"?
e iBut that's not all of Palin's story.
sHe tells it willingly, though modestly,
Sfor he knows that his story whenever
a told is a source of great encourage-:
meat of ,the thousands of farmers who
tnever had a better chance than he had
himself. Palin was born and brought
d up on a farm near Newtown, Ind. He
o . has never owned a foot of farm land
.J in his life, and the 360-acre farm on
which the champion ear of corn which
won the Kellogg Trophy was grown
is a rented farm.
Mr. Palin's real experience as a ?a
mer began about sixteen years ago.
He had been on the road as a grocery
e J ,AD BYTF.A Y
Twic Awrdd To beCom
t peilt oalsanowe.ho ooo
notion th anat hewudrther nexanag
t riculturist, so he took a few short
I courses at Purdue university and rent
.ed a portion of the farm he now occu
- jpies. Nine years ago he began care-1
f fully breeding this new variety of
corn. ,For two years he planted two.
rows of Reid's Yellow Dent, then two
of Alexander's Gold Standard, detas-.
seling the Gold Standard. From the
detasseled rows he picked for seed
only the ears carrying the character
istics he wanted to reproduce, plant
ing these in breeding plots and main
taining carefui selection, so that in 9
years' time he had developed a well
The Palin champion ear was the
first winner of the W. K. Kellogg Na
tional Corn Trophy, a handsome sil
ver and enamel cup made by Tiffany,
of New York, at a cost of $1,000. Mr.
Kellogg as the originator and manu
facturer of Toasted Corn Flakes na
turally has a deep interest in the de
velopment of the higher grades of
corn, for the company of which he is
president, the Kellogg Toasted Corn
Flake company, requires ten thousand
bushels of corn a day for the making
of its product. The Kellogg trophy
was offered to be awarded in annual
competition for the best single ear of
corn until won twice by the same pro
ducer. The fact that the Kellogg pro
duct is 'made only from selected white
corn, while the winning ear was of a
pronounced yellow type, was a peen
The Kellogg trophy was won in 1910
at Columbus, Ohio, by R. A. James,
of Charleston, Ill., with a magnificent
ear of Reid's Yellow Dent, but not se
parfect an ear as that which origin
ally won the trophy and which has
become known as "the best ear of corn
The next award of this trophy will
be made at the nAxt National Cora
Exposition, which will be held in
February, 1913, at Columbia, S. C. It
is planned -to .-make this exposition
much broader in scope than 'any held
in the past, and consequently a longer
time will be required for prepara
tion. Special buildings are being erect
ed for the exposition, the main build
Ing to be 400 by 167 feet, ground
measurements. The show will last
ten days. The State of South Carolina
has appropriated $40,000 for the ex
penses of the exposition and. the pros
pect is that Dixie will "do herself
proud" in an effort to make this ez-.
position the greatest of its kind ever
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