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CHAPTER I.-TI:! story opens at
:Monte Carlo with Ct 1. Terence O'Rourke
in his hotel. O'Rou -ke, a mnilitary free
lance and somethin; 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 it
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
.leavey -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 IV.-When the Irishmar
.goes -to his room he finds there the owxn
er of the mysterious feet. It is his wife,
-Beatrix, from whom he had, run away a
-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 Tndian
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
-tgh a duel with'the viscount. The -brag
'-gart 'nobleman is worsted in the combat
and acts the poltroon.
CHAPTER VI.-The loyal wife bids
O'Rourke farewell and he prpmises to
soon return with the reward offered for
the Pool of Flame. He discovers both
Gh-nn and the viscoun' on board the
-shin which takes him tc Algeria.
CiAPTER VII.-Chambret has left Al
geria and O'Rourke has t', gain a mili
tary detachment going acr ,ss the desert
-to reach his friend. As he finds the latter
- there is an attack by :-andlts and
Chambret is shot.
CHAPTER VIII.-Chambret dies telling
O'Rourke that he has left t: e Pool of
*Flame with the governor general of Al
-geria. He gives the colonel a si.<met ring
at the sight of which he says the official
-will deliver over 'the jewel.
C A PTER IX.-O'Rourke is at-acked
-by -Glynn and the viscount who rr.'sacki
his hi-gage, but he worsts them 6': the
CrRAJTER X.-Vhen he arrives at Al
geria the Irishman 'finds the gov--rnor
-gen eral away. He receives a note fromr
'Ves Trebes making a mysterious ap)oint
CHAPTER .XI.-The viscount tells
-O'Rourke that he has gained possessiot
-of the jewel -by stealing it from the safe
-of the governor general. He does "ot,
-however, 'know who has offered the re
-ward for -it. He suggests a duel with
-rapiers. the victor -to get that informatior
sand -the .jewel.
'CHAPTER XIT.--In the duel O'Rourke
-masters his adversary and secures pos
wsession o-f -the 'Pool of Flame.
CHAPTER XHII. - The efforts of
O'Rourke are -now directed toward speed
-ily getting -to Rane'non with the jewel
anghe starts_by ship.
-CHAPTER TIV.-Ne finds -the captaih
- of the vessel to be a smuggler who tries
'to steal the jewel1 from him.
CHAPTER XV.--The jewel is finally se
.eured by the shifs captai-n and O'Rourke
-escapes to land.
CHAPTER XVI.-With the -aid of one
D)an<y -a-nd his sweetheart, -O'Rourke re
covers the Pool of Flame.
CHAPTER XVII. - -O'-Rourke agaft
forms his plans to pursue his journey te
CHAPTER XVIII.-On board ship once
more a mysterious lady appears who pur
ales and interests the Irishman.
CHAPTER XIX.-O'Rourke comes up
on a lasdar 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
for tu '
CHAPTER XXI.-The ship captain is
offered money to increase the speed ol
the vessel toward its destination.
CHAPTER XXII.-There are suspicious
occurrences on board, and a lascar seems
to be watching O'Rourke and Mrs.
~CHAPTER XXIII.-The woman tells 01
some one prowling about the cabin and
trying the door of her stateroom.
CHAPTER XXI V.-O'Rourke is at
tacked by the lascar, who secures the
Pool of Flame. the captain is shot and
the lascar jumps Into the sea.
'bNAPTER XXV.-Tlie ship arrives in
port, and O'Rourke learns that Mrs
Prynne has preceded him ashore.
CHAPTER XXVI. - Danny hanan
O'Rourke the Poo! of Flame which he
has stolen from Mrs. Prynne. It is the
real jewel, the one lost at sea being a
CHAPTER XXVII.-O'Poi. ke goes to
Calcutta determining to gu~ rid of the
jewel and out of the country.
CHAPTER XXVIII.-He discovers Des
Trebes disguised and now knows that
Mrs. Prynne was an accomplice of the
CHAPTER XXTX.-Finally he gets to
the lawyer who has offered the reward.
CHAPTER XXX.--He delivers the jewel
and the lawyer pays over the money.
CHAPTER XXXI.-Going to the rest
dence off t- lawyer on invitation.
O'Rourke finds him murdered.
CHAPTER XXXII.-Dcs Trebes, who
was probably attacked by the mn who
robbed the lawyer of the jewel, is Courd
' Without delay, then, the Irishman
grasped the man beneath the armpits.
and, lifting him bodily to the veranda.
dragged him into the library. Not un
til he placed him in the middle of the
floor, beneath the blare of the lamp
light, did O'Rourke have an oppor
tunity to observe his features. But
-now as he dropped to his knees beside
the body, his wondering cry testified
to immediate recognition.
-Th'e latest name to be inscribed on
the long and blood-stained death-roll
of the Pool f Flame was that of PauJ
Maurice. Vicomte des TrebeS: or. if
there were life enough left in the
man to enable him to insist upon his
nom de guerre (the w,-nderer reflected
grimly) Raoul de liYr-:e.
"What next?" we tdi O'Rourke.
"What can the mt:ni-:g of it all be
With each development the mystery
was as;uming more fantastic propor
tions, becoming still more impene
trable and unsolvable. But he had no
leisure in which to ponder it now, if
Des Trebes were to be r,'tored. And
O'Rcurke worked over the man as
tenderly as though they had been life
long friends, with skillful fingers es
timating th- nature ana extent of his
wounds, with sound knowledge of
rough and -ready surgery doing all
that could be done to -bring him back
At last Des Trebes sighed feebly; a
spot of color, febrile, fickle, evanes
cent, dyed his cheeks; his breath rat
tied harshly in his gullet; his eyelids
twitched and opened wide. He glared.
blankly at. the face above.
"Des Trebes!" cried O'Rourke. "Des
His voice quickened the intelligence
of that moribund brain. A flash of
recognition lighted the staring eyes.
The lips moved without sound.
"Ah, yes . . the Irish
man . ."
The whisper was barely articulate
O'Rourke put to his lips a cup of
brandy diluted with a little water.
!Drink," he pleaded, "and try to tell
me what's happened to ye. Who gave.
ye these wounds? Try to speak."
"But . . . no . . . I shall
"But-good God, man! ye've been
The white lips moved again; the
adventurer bent his ear low to them.
' ."We . . . have both . . . lost
...but you ... your wife .
In a frenzy O'Rourke resumed his
efforts to strengthen the dying man
with spirits and water, but D.es Tre
bes, with a final effort, obstinately
shut his teeth, moving his head im-.
perceptibly from side to side in toker
of his stubborn refusal.
So he died, implacable. In death
the chiselled features remained set
in a smile sardonic and triumphant'
Dying, he gave no comfort to his
foe. . .
For a little time longer O'Rourke
knelt at Des Trebes' side, watching
and wondering. Eventually he sighed*
Iheavily, shook his head, shrugged his
'shoulders and rose. And, rising, he:
perceived for the first time that he
was no longer alone with the dead in
Kneeling in silence by the vicomte's
side he had till then been hidden from
the inner doorway to the room by the
drapery of the center table. And evi
dently it was this circumstance which
had emboldened a man to slip in froir
the main hall and approach Sypher's
desk at the back of the room.
As O'Rourke appeared he was con
scious first of something moving ir
the room-a movement caught vaguely
Ifrom the corner of his eyes. Then he
heard a stifled cry of fright. He had
already his revolver in his hand, so in
stant had been the obedience of his
brain and body to the admonition o1
He swung about with the weapon
poised, crying: "Stop!" The other
man was apparently tr'ying to escape
by the door to the bail, but was much
too far from it to escape the threat
ened bullet. A jet of fire spurted from
Ihis hand. O'Rourke heard a crash
Iand clatter of broken window-glass be
Ibind him. Without delay or conscious
Iaim he fired and saw, still indistinctly
through pungent wreaths of smoke.
the figure reel and collapse upon*
The man had hardly fallen ere
IO'Rourke stood over him, with a foot
firm upon one arm, while he bent and
wrenched a revclver from relaxing fin
gers. Then, stepping back, he took
stock of the murderous-minded in
Itruder, and saw at his feet, writhing.!
coughing and spitting, a Chinese
coolie-a type of the lowest class, his
face a set yellow .mask, stolid, un
emotional, brutalized. Even then it
betrayed little feeling; only the slant
set black eyes burr.ed with unquench
able hatred as they glared up at the
conqueror.... .. ORourke's bullet
had penetrated the man's chest; and
as he squirmed and groaned througt
his sharpened teeth of a rat, a crim
son stain spread on the bosom of his
Icoarse white blouse.
been added to the mystery with nc
effect other than to render it more
opaque and dense than before.
The telephone, its raucous voice
now long since stilled, came into his
mind, and he was minded to leave the
room and find it, to summon aid.
Before he could move, however, a
Ifootfall on the veranda startled him,
and his ears were ringing with a com
mand couched in terse, curt English:
CHAPTER XXXIII. to
A man stood in one of the windows, . te
his figure conspicuous against the hi
nig:t cool white linen of a semi- re
m:ita:-; cut, his extended right hand gc
tr.in'::g a levolver on the Irishman's m
"Faith!" cried O'Rourke with genu- W
inc re~ief, "you're more welcome than ui
a owfall in Hades. Good evening to
ye, and many of them." c2
"MTHa.?.s up!" ii]
"With all the pleasure in the world." a
O'I:ourke elevated his hands. "I've w
two revolvers on inc person," he vol- m
'rered amiably; "Lefore ye go any in
-r'her ye'l! be wanting to take 'em' ai
ny from me, I'm not doubting."
"~:o:u what I see. I quite believe I "
'-. 1."agreed the Englishman. with- s<
E'a rig his unprejudiced attitude. r2
.el nts, keep your hands where 01
r the time being. . . . f
e this mean?" m
"Teli me yourself and I'll make ye bi
a handsome present," returned the k
O'Rourke composedly. "I've been ad
dling me wits over it for the last ti
thirty minutes, but neither rhyme nor
reason can I read into it. But, see
now: would ye mind relieving me of
the arsenal I've been telling ye about,
that I may rest me arms without fear
of being punctured?"
The other laughed shortly and en- p
tered the room---a clean-limbed, p
sturdy, well set-up boy of four or five
and-twenty, or thereabouts. He pos
sessed, aside from an emphatic and
capable manner. good looks enhanced
by a wide good-humored mouth.
"You might help me out a bit, you
know," said the boy briskly. "You've a
been so free with your information
that I don't doubt you will place me
still further under obligation to you
by turning your back and depositing
our weapons on that table. Of course.
[ needn't bore you. by remarks upon
:he folly of false moves."
"'Twould be quite superfluous," re
plied O'Rourke, obeying with a fair
-nd easy grace. "There now. What
else may be your pleasure?"
"Move back three paces and stand
"Right-O, me lord."
O'Rourke executed the prescribed
evolution and, at rest, heard footsteps .
behind him; a thought later he felt 13
the Englishman's hands rapidly going
- '> tl>
-"Ynood apparey old the Windows
thus far," he said. "Now what'dyou I
know about this?" He waved a hand
round the room. "Be careful whatr
you say. I may as well. inform you!
['in Couch, lieutenant sub-chief of
police for this district."
"Saint Patrick would be no more
svecome," declared O'Rourke. "I was
an the point of trying to get' ye by
telephone when ye saved me the trou
ble. How the divvle did ye happen
to drop in so opportunely?"
"I was coming up-stream in the po
ice launch, on the night tour of in
spection, and stopped at the landing
just below this-the grounds here run
:lown to the river, you know-to tele
phone back to headquarters on busi
ess. The exchange operator suggest
id I look in here and see if everything
was all right-said he'd been unable
to get any response since nightfall. .
Carefully and concisely O'Rourke
wove the events of the day into a
traight narrative, starting with the
lelivery to Sypher of the Pool of
Flame, touching briefly upon Des Tre
bes' part-so far as he understood it
-and concluding with the death of
the coolie. The sub-chief of police
eyed him throughout with gravely
concentrated interest, nodding his
"I see," he said slowly. "You make
t clear enough. Moreover, you've
~onvinced me. I didn't really believe
rom the first you'd had any hand in
this ghastly mess, but I -couldn't take
3hances, of course. You're at liberty
to take up these pistols as soon as 9ou
please; in fact, I advise you to do
o immediately. From what's taken
place already, you may have need of
'em within the next ten seconds...
.Now for this coo.lie. If he's able to
speak, I'll get some information out of
"'Tis too far gone he is, I'm fear
"We'll soon find out." The English
man bent over the man, who was now
iery quiet, but, by the constant flick-:
er of his cunning eyes, still conscious.
A hasty 'examination told the investi
gator all he needed to know about the
nature of the wound. "He'll not last
Long," said Lieutenant Couch, and be
gan to converse with the local ver
nacular of Pidgir-English, about one
word in ten of whicn wna intelligible
O'Rourke. As he continued to speak
e coolie's scowl darkened and he in
rrupted with a negative motion of
s head. The sub-chief repeated his
marks with emphasis. For reply he
>t a monosyllable that sounded, as
uch as anything else, like an oath.
>uch looked up. "He says he wants
ater, and I suspect he won't speak
itil he gets it. Can you-?"
O'Rourke fetched the half-empty
Lrafe and Couch put it to the coolie's
ps, permitting him to drink as much
he liked. But as soon as the bottle .
as removed the fellow shut his
outh like a trap and refused a word
answer to the lieutenant's demands
"Stubborn brute." growled Couch.
Vfost of these animals here belong to
me devlish tong or other, and they'd
tther die than say anything touching
i the business of the society or af
.cting the interests of a brother
ember. But I think I know a way tcf
ring him to reason. Hand me that
Wondering, O'Rourke tendered him
te weapon that had brought death to
ypher. The lieutenant wiped it cal
usly on a corner of the coolie's
louse and held the keen shining
Lade before his eyes, accompanying
te action with a few emphatic
rases. A curious expression. com
>unded of sullen fury and abject pan
fright, showed in the Chinaman's
Ves, and his lips were as if by magic
asealed. However reluctant, he be
in to chatter and spoke at length.
elivering himself of a long state
ent which Couch punctured now and
gain with pertinent, leading ques
At length, throwing aside the knife,
3 jumped up, strong excitement burn
ig in his eyes. "I've got enough from
im," he said rapidly. "I'll explain
Lter. You'll help-of course; your
ife's involved as well as Miss Pyn
?nt. But I don't think you need fear;
e'l1 be in time. Are you ready? .
. Half a minute; I've got to use
He ran out into the hall, rang up
ad shouted a number into the re
iver, and for a few moments spoke
ipidly in a Burmese dialect.
'Rourke gathered that he was speak
kg with a native subordinate at the
lice headquarters in Rangoon.
Couch swung back into the study.
.ot those revolvers, sir? Then come
Long; we'll have to run for it. For
inately our launch is handy; other
-ise . . ."
He sprang across the veranda and
own to the lawn, O'Rourke pelting
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