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TTTTS AKGOR. MOVDA. DECEMBER 7. IRR.
Frank linscombe's Heroism.
Had it not been for a light breeze
that blew refreshingly under tho deck
aWning the heat would have Ixvn all
but unbearablo to the little group of
passengers on tho poop of the bark Kist-
na, bound for China, cud now well past
the Maldives that curious chain, GOO
miles long, of atoll, or coral islands,
which ha3 procured for its ruler the
grandiloquent title of the saltan of
the Twclvo Thousand isles. So far the i
voyage had been propitious in all ways,
and now on his exceedingly sultry aft
ernoon, when no one appeared to have
anything particular to do, the captain,
John Grant, was wondering whether
the profits of the voyage he had a ven
ture in tho vessel would enable him to
make his old father, down at Dnnkcld,
that ancient Fiction city of Ferth.-b.ire,
comfortable- for tho rest of his days.
Peters, the carpenter, was reflecting
how well ho had "fished" the fore top-,
mast and how lucky it was that ever
since there had been no gale to try his
work. The sailors generally most of
them ordinary seamen and little better
than mere laborers were thinking how
hot it was and longing fcr unlimited
drinks of something strong and fiery,
even if it were in the dirtiest and most
stuffy littlo "public" east of tho monu
ment. Tho lion. Edward Poulter, who had
a special mission to Singapore, was fret
ting and fuming inwardly that he had
ever consented to ship in such a misera
ble concern as the Ki.stna merely to save
few days' time and because his vale
tudinarian wife had declared that fbo
and Kmily, their only daughter, must
positively go cut in a "dear sailing
i-hip" or not nt all, and the lady herself
was thinking if ever sho once got back
to England nothing should again tempt
her on tho sea, fur even then she shud
dered at what she called the feiaiul and
unspeakable dangers they had sur
mounted dangers that so far existed
only in her silly imagination.
Emily herself, a sensib'-j looking and
frech comph-siouod typical English
girl, lay back in her deck chair looking
very nice, fresh and sweet in her daz
zling white muslin, gayly trimmed
with bright blue riLbons, a book on her
lap and her pretty feet, incaucd in neat
sandaled shoes, carelessly crossed, while
one of her very white, small hands was
toying with the long, thick, brown curl
which she had drawn over ouo shoulder
from under her broad brimmed hat and
might very well have laid on her knee.
What was she thinking of? Well, to
tell tho truth, she was thinking of him.
It i:, perhaps, superfluous to say that
tins mm was not in r excellent p:ip;
fitting very upright, very clt anly
shaved, much whitewaistroatcd, and ul
tc&cihcr pompous, unapproachable, high
ly respectable and extremely British.
The him was Il.iiry Tviuscombc, a young
man .f four and twenty, going out
ia the China tea trade, determined to
luako his fortune, now that the chance
had come, and equally determined ju.-:t
then to take everything as easily v.a pos
sible and not to trouble himse-lf about
business r.f any kind. TI12 oilier passen
gers had lift them at Ceylon, and now
as tluy i.p prcacla d the Blr;:its they had
quito a t-uiall party, playing whist al
most diiny, Harry
Winscombe, having .
od temper with Jlvs. !
to preserve his goo
Poulter, who professed to ailoro whist.
but would never, 1; r husband openly
mid, take tho treublu to learn even tho
rudiments and was continually provok
ing him to the vc-ro i-t apoplexy by im
pkriiig him just this one;-to let that
nico knave cf hers win, or not to put his
ace sho was f-ure ho hs'.d it rvauy "to
pounce," mid "pouncing" always terri
fied ber on htr omi poor httlo queen.
Emily had less patience than nny ouo
with htr mother's sill imfs and contin
ually exclaimed: "Oh, do, inaaima, be
quit t. You put ns all out. "
On this particular uftctiiccn in tho
Indian tve-aii, during 01:0 of the hottest
days in the your, this liulo party had
gathered on tho poop and found whist
"to judge from you," tho Hon. Edward
IYmlter had severely remarked to his
wife, "the gamo is nonsense and fool
ish chatter" much too great an ex
ertion. For some time they had even
ceased to talk and hardly looked at one
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auotner. Hatwhilo Emily certainly was
thinking that Harry Winscomba looked
altcgethc-r nice ho was lazily thinking
the same of ber. Their eyes, too, met,
"I am sure you quite puzzlcme."
and eyes havo a language of their own
which did not suffer any confusion
when the bnilding of tho tower of Ba
bel had to be ubaudoncd. And "...uly
she had been a queer kind cf girl who
had not found Harry Winscombo pleas
ant to look upon. Ho was but slightly
over the middle height, well and strong
ly made, but not showing half tho
strength he really possessed. His eyes
wcie clear and kind tbey always look
ed straight at yon, bat without tho
tinalle.st touch of a stare and his mouth
was thoroughly well formed, tie had
thick, glossy dark hair, but were neither
bard tier mustache, and hia faca was a
fine oval, which was mcro pronounced,
as ho parted his hair exactly in the mid
dle of his rather high forehead. It was
an earnest, good, intelligent face and
cue that any one would trust at the
first introduction to the owner thereof.
Both were on tho point cf speaking,
and Loth stopped. Winscombe smiled,
and his smile was very pleasant "La
dies first, " he said.
"I do believe," she rejoined, "that
we were both going to say the same
"And what was that?"
"Ah, if I know, you know, and if
yon know, I know," was the somewhat
"I am sure you quite puzzle me. Miss
Poulter, but I will be frank, I was go
ing to ask you what you were thinking
The young lady looked down, and
under his curior.sand evidently amused
glanco quito a rcy glow suffused her
face. She strove to hide her confusion,
for when any ouo reddens under such
circumstance.? their consciousness only
makes them feel hotter, and she remark
ert witu affected carelessness : "The sea
is very monotonous compared with the
land. Don t you think so?"
"I certainly do not agree with that
It has been said that in beauty the
world of great waters need not yield
tho palm of loveliness to the land. The
deep has its butterflies as well as the
fields, and then look at the countless in
habitants of tho ocean. There is, for ex-
ample, tho g.'obo berce, that iridescent
creature that is ly night phosphorescent
and hangs out its living lamps on the
waves, and then there are tho many
voices cr the sea
"What ara yoa two young people
talking about so earnestly?" now asked
tho Hon. Edward Poulter, rising with
much stateliness and approaching th
speakers. Emily cast down her eyes and said:
Wo were debating, cr going to de
bate, the relative beauty of land and
"Aud a vera guid subject, too," ob
serveti captain uranr, who had now
shoved up his telescope under Lis arm,
And which sido may the young leddy
"Ixct yours, captain," replied Wins
comlie. "She champions tho land, and I
the sea, whose azure face reveals the
heavens ia all their glory."
I am sure," remarked Mrs. Poulter,
routed up by the enthusiasm wherewith
tho last words were delivered, or rather
spouted, "it needs courago to talk like
mat 111 this heat."
Heat, madam," exclaimed Captain
Grant. "This is nothins to what we
. may have yet."
I "Thou I shall die outright." murmur
ed tho lady addressed, closing her eyes
liko cue too exhausted to make another
I ion suouia have more courago.
mamma," cried Emily, who was al
. ways reused to extra animation when
her mother behaved in an unusually
I "Courage! What is it I wonder?
don't suppose, child, if you were tried,
) u nue any roore tnan me.
i 1 have often thon?ht." nlisrrecd
; Winscombe, "that it would be a most
interesting thing if we could collect ev
erybody real opinion as to what cour
age is. I don't know, I am sure. . In
most casc3 it seems to lead to very dif
ferent results in those who possess it
"Oh!" cried Mis3 Poulter, and her
"Oh!" was mcro eloquent than awhole
! "For my part," observed Captain
Grant, "I never think abaut it at all.
I fancy that when a man has to think
about it he canna have much of the
commodity in himself. "
1 Winscombe smiled, for he detected a
shade cf contempt ia the tone, and.
stretching himself out, lazily said:
"First at the feast and last at the fray
ia my motto. I should never run my
head into danger. It is not worth while
and is far too much trouble."
"Oh, Mr. Winscombe, how can yea
talk like that," exclaimed both ladies
together, "when you jumped ia the sea
at Aden and saved that poor black
I Ami rauiyr a naa lor gotten it
quite, ".he la ashed . aud went cm: "I
suppose is was a foolish " impulse ; had
no time to think, jen fee. What wns
the value of tho life of that poor block
man against mine?"
"You dreadful man!" cried MiES
Poulter. "There, I don't believe a word
you say. 1 tuiulc you are a lion, there,"
and she laughed out such a pretty rip
ple of silver toned laughter and showed
at the same time such a pretty little
mouth and such dazzling teeth that
Winscombe felt thoroughly roused from
his lazy lethargy, in which he had given
way to his intense desire to tease.
"I fear," he replied, "it is a case of
a lamb in a lion's skin, then, only. You
not I have put it on. I'vo a great
idea of number one. Miss Poulter, and
of the advantage of a whole skin. It
would take a great deal to induce me
to attempt a practical illustration of
I think," remarked Captain Grant.
by way cf filling up a pause that now
ensued, "that I heard a remark about
the sea being monotonous. Well, it is
here, as a rule. Perhaps Mis3 Poulter
wiil do me the honor to look through
my glass ; it's one of extra powi-r. We'll
see if yoa find anvthinz fresh for us.
It's rare to pass anything just here
abouts. Le t me hold the class for von."
Miss Poulter laughed again.
"To prove my contention that the sea
is monotonous I ought to shut both
tyes, and, screwing up her pretty face.
she looked men? charming aud mis
chievous than ever, Winscombe thought
83 he stepped forward and aided tho
captain in holding and adjusting the
locg telescope. .
.Miss Poulti r unscrewed her prettv
face. Sho looked, one of her attendants
thought, positively ladiaut, and Wins
combe fcls thrill as his hand now
touched hers :;s tho telescope was di
rected toward the distant horizon.
"I oee nothing. I sen nothing at all,"
she cried, "i was right ; the sea is lnoro
monotonous than the land, ten thou
sand times over," aud she stamped her
littlo ftet on the deck with all the vivac
ity cf a playful, spirited child.
"iitay." said Winscombe, "we will
shift it a little. Now look again. Is it
all emptiness and heat?"
"Yes, 110. Ah, what '3 that? Oh, whit
a funny little ship!" The captain wns
immediately interested. "Funny little
ship, " ho repeated. "What did the las
"You look, captain," she sr.id. offer
ing him the tclc.ecpc. He adjusted and
looked. He looked so long and such a
strange expression camo ovir his face
that both Miss Poulter and Winsccnibc
grew serious. They knew not wl.y and
waited, feeling a sort of strango sns
penso ua the czpttiiu still kept his glass
steadily directed toward the Lorizou, on
which ia the north they might, if un
usually sharp and long sighted, havo
seen a curious, minute, daik, triangular
patch against the pearl gray of the far
iiio captain tucked bis tclt scope un
der his arm and gave n meaning glance
at Wiii!Tenra!i. tit 11 merely remarking
to Mi.-w Poulter, "Yes, it is a funny lit
tle ship," walked away, aud prcscuily
thcy saw him cud the mate conferring
together in low tones, iio occasionally
indicntin? by a jerk of his head that
point in tho northern horizon whore tho
dark, triangular speck could Le just dis
cemcd without the use of tbc glass.
Miss Poulter and Winscombe looked
at each other inquiringly.
"Yen appear to have very effectual
!y rciutcd your own argument;" he
said, smiling. "You havo found some
thing to break the monotony of the sea,
"What arc they wetting the sails for.
I wonder." asked Ilrs. Poclter.
The Hon. Edward Poulter looked with
his respectable indiffe-rence in the di
rection his wife indicated and saw the
men busily throwing buckets of water
on somo cf tho sails. "I rcallv don't
know," ho replied. ' It's not our busi
ness, yoa know, what tho sailers do,"
and ho addressed himself to a big bluo
bock which ho had conveniently placed
cu a reading stand by his low deck
chair and was now marking in the mar
gin with a gold pencil in a maimer that
he deemed eminently official and even
statesmanlike. Winscombe started.
however, at tho question of Mrs. Poul
ter and looked round.' Yes, the sailors
were certainly busy pouring water on
the sails, cud fresh sails were being set.
In a moment the whole truth flashed
across Harry Winsconibe's brain, and as
ho glanced at tho two women before
him and at the pompous mass of rcmect
ability, tho Hon. Edward Poulter, a cold
thrill shot to his very heart. Evidently
Captain Orant was "cracking cn" all
the canvas Le could aud making every
effort to increa.oo the speed of tho Kist
na. Thero was but one rational explana
tion, he knew. They were either being
chased or expecting to be chased, and if
really chased it could ouly bo by a pi
"Wetting the sails, Mrs. Poulter,"
he explained, "is to increase the spsed
of the shin. We have been lying by too
much today, aud I suppose the captain
wants to make up for lost time."
Mrs. Poulter said languidlysbeshould
go into her cabin and lie down, w hile
sue felt so fatigued, kicking toward her
husband for some expression cf sympa
thy, which he never vouchsafed her on
these occasions, and no wcuder, as she
was "dreadfully fatigued" and quite
dying of exhaustion ut least tweutv
times daring tho day. Winscombo gave
her hit arm down the companion, for
Miss Poulter declared that sho would
not go into that stuffy cabin until she
I was obliged.
I On his return on deck the dark trian
. gnlar speck on the horizon bad sensibly
. increased in size, end Sliss Poulter re
. marked: "tee, there is that funny little
ship. Can yr-u tell what she ia Lkely to
I .to Winscombe could reply Cap
! tain tirant camo up, and, seeing Miss
Poulter still in her chair, touched her
father on bia shc-nlder, "I want to say
a word with you." He was very seri
i ou?, and the Hon. Edward Poulter per
wtavcu nut euxueiiUijg nruug luuat cave
happened. The captain signed him aud
vs lnscomce to follow him, and. when.
th ne tncaghr, out ct farshrt ot Mis
Poulter, he said. "I daro say you ms, '
gentlemen, what has ti-fib-n n?" I
"I haven't tho lea-ti.b a," said th
Hon. Edward Poulter, taming very,
pale, however, and looking exceedingly!
"I can guess, sir, pretty wclL" was
Winseojnbe'a quiet reply. "Thcre'a no
mistaking the rig cf a craft lika that,"
ncintiii-r to tho now vcrv ninth Lircrr
triangular, dark patch ou the horizon)
just catting the sky lino.
"Tho glass told me at once," contin
ued Captain (tract, who, unTike hia
countrymen, becatno very English in
his talk when he was in nny kind of dif
ficulty, "that it was a Malay proa. It is
a big cue, too, and I fear they mean
"But thry surely won't darts to at
tack such a vessel as this," interjecml
tho Hon. Edward Poulter, standing very
erect and looking, as ho thought, very
Captain Grant smiled. "They're pi
rates; that's nil. That proa is manned
by what they call tho oramr-laut, which
means tho men cf tho s?a, and they
mean to pillago the ship aud murder
"They won't surely murder us t" cried
the Hon. Edward Poulter quite as
though the murdering of the crew were
a matter of 110 great importance.
"Malay pirates, my good sir, are no
respecters of persons," remarked Winv
combe quietly. "If ouc those fellows
get on board, wo may hold ourselves as
"Cod bless mo. you dou't mean it!
Bat, captain, there 'a ycer crew. We
mut teat tnem ou. 1 say, you Mini t
let tho0 rufUaus set ou beard, will
yea?" and tho speaker looked pitcously
ut too captain, who, with luseoinbe.
could havo laughed outright at the ab
surd figure made by the lion. Edward
Poulter had not tho occasion been far
tor) spriens t 1 Willie u subject for
iririh under any circumstances.
Captain Grant looked gravely at the
speaker. "It'a clear," ho thought.
you d never do for army or navy."
Then he said:
"We hr.ve 1:0 means, if thry outsail us.
to keep them off. Yen don't know what
devils they are. It mut Le a big one.
this proa, for they usually go in cou
ples, or more. I suppewo the ras,?a!'i
think one hand is enough in a purse aud
aro preying on th"ir own account with
out any partner. However, if the worst
happens, of conr-c you 11 take a hand
with the rest of us. The worst of it is
wc are not provided with many arms."
les, the Hon. Poulter would certain
ly "take a baud with the rest," but in
the meantime he would go below and
break tho dreadful news to his wife,
aud, looking thoroughly reared, ho scut
"Xot much to bo got out of him."
observed Captain Grai.t to Winscombe,
who i.skcd what arms they had.
"We've unfortunately no guns, as
you sec. I have utont a drzen old rifle,
aud I aud the mate havo half a dozen
revolvers. We muaU-r only a boat 80 in
It iri a Urrihlc moment,
all. yon know, aud that include the
cook. That proa is a big fellow and car
rics over 2C0 men. If tbey once board
us, we Miall have a pry chalice."
"Are they certain to outsail ua?"
"Lock for yourseif. It is only a ques
tion ot time. We are doing our very
best and cannot carry another yard of
sail. Besides, when they get nearer,
they'll probably bcg.'u to pepper us and
cut up our rigginp."
Winscombe looked steadily at the
proa, whoso form could now bo pretty
clearly defined, aud he owned to him
self that uuless a miracle happened it
would bo only a question of time for
the piralo to be alongside' them.
Ho looked at Captain Grant There
was 110 need to speak, and he took a
turn ou the deck. Miss Poulter remained
on detk, preteudisg to be absorbed in
a book, but in reality full of curiosity
and somo misgiviug us to what waa go
ing to happen, j-he rose and advanced
to meet Wincombc " What is the mat
ter," sho asked, "for I know that some
thing has happened?"
"I am afraid, Miss Poulter, that
something is going to happen. Your
funny littlo ship' is, we fear, pi
rate." Ho saw a kind cf spasm pass over her
face, isho turned pale, but evidently
niado a brave effort, and then gasped
rather than said, "But there's no dan
ger, I hope. "
"I hope not," he answered fTavcly.
"but be sure wo shall do our best
Meanwhile I advise you to go down be
low. This is not a place for you now."
While hhe seemed hesitating Captain
Grant t ame up, aud, patting hia hands
on her shoulders, said: "My dear young
lady, I must orde r yoa down below. You
aust obey, you know," and gently but
nrm.y toe icu ner reluctantly cowa the
Meanwhile Winscomhe remained lost
in thought, leaning ou tlia railing and
not even looking in the direction cf tfe
strange and mstencn saiL
While be remained thus a little puff
of smoke acd a fiah showed against the
horizon and it Wat evident that tlx
proa carried a long nun. tat tbi tail
could be seen ricocheting from wave to
wave, but very wide indeed of the Kist-
na. Moft cf the sailors were now on
deck, and Wjnfccmbe thought they
lioke1 anyrnrrg rrttn-r than mm rcv
late to f-ll their liv dearly. P-rhan 1
the roiwont" Mint to mrh attack
. i 1
nt the the y h.id tin means of rrplyfag
hnd a paralyzing t-flcct. Captain Grant
hurried on deck.
"What do you think of our chanoe?'
"Very badly indeed. Cut I think I
can rave the s if you will let me."
Captain Grant stared aud locked at
the yoaug tnan with an evident aton
" You!" he cri d. "And howr
"That you shall see, I hope, but yru
must order the men to obey my orderi
exactly, and then, 1 think, we ran man
age to circumvent those devils."
This was readily agreed to. In truth.
Captain Grani was at hi wits' rnd. He
regarded the ship and cargo as good an
lo-t mi l had littlo hope of anybody on
board, not excepting himself, cwaping
It was perfectly certain that the proa
woulj eventually outsail them, do what
they might, and what means had a
srrtrc or so of men with only a dozen
nfli-s f ir preventing 2(H) or 3oO Malays
from pouring up the ship's sides direct
ly the 1 roa camo fairly alongside
Tluy might even nicv'.y calculate
about how long it would take to bring
their enemy close up, and then lie
uiipht thoroughly rake the tmkcI with
hi.'cuus. Evcrytiody except the Poulter
knew all this well, and consequently
everybody seemed excrcdirgly down
hearted except Winwombc, who now
stripped off his coat and waistcoat aud
appeared fell cf animation. Captain
Grant, who began to tl.mk this youi:g
man had rcai:y a head cu his M:ould-t.
determined to carry out all hi plans
thoroughly, and as he had none c f bis
own aud was s-rretly lit Biter despiir
uuri dt-spt-r;tioit ut the strait to which
they had been reduced he felt a sort of
Zeal in helping Wim-roml as much a
pos-ii-br, nliheji;'.! li could not a y. t
s e what posiblc good could conic of
Lis preparations. These wire siu.uk
eacugh at nrst. Hn rtirccua c sar -
I e rigged out nt the extremity of their
spanker boom so ai to swing round by
hauling on a rep. and project about tiO
feet beyond tii hbip's bulwark, lie
then rive a mx through a llork at the
t x'r. iiuky and errangid it so that Immo
will held tilt' ether ( lid from the lrk,
t y I tting go, ctuld let it rati out at tbi
cud so a iiiiop plump when Weight
lib Theso airaagomeuM, t-ii.g very clev
erly superintend, d by Wiiit.rombe, did
not take 1'itig. lie now came down fmin
the Fpunker boom, w he re he had been
rcrambliiig about the supplementary
tpar quite like a monkey, at Mitueof tbc
Uj :i said, uud dvsind them to hUt an
rmpty batr.-l up ou the pa-op. la tho
bottom of this ho placed a layt r of gun
powder Blx-ut a ruarter of an inch
tin k. and. having coveted thi-t in v.i.h
stiff brown pan r. he pound in a quan
tity of tar, uud thin put in a frt.h l;.y
er of gunpowder in a brown iap rpnefc
a;? a n rt cf big ruilridgr, uud mi on
until fia.illy b poured In tar at tho t p.
A chain was severed round the Loire),
aud it was hookM e a to the cud of a
rnps rove through the ble-'x at tlie rud
cf the spar secured to thu Mtifcrr boom.
Captain Grant erii:n.-d He t:i4ir:l.t b.
taw whit Yt'iiiomiubn Wa' after, but h
couM r.ot px.ictly see ,uw ho i;x ant to
bring this highly ex.'oive and combus
tible contrivance to tear up:u the pni.t.
WiircJiube did net keep l..m long ia
doubt. Ki-t had tho barrel gtntly
batth-d tip ci.d tL n c fcently let d.wu.
to sec t'..t the ....ratc worked fasily,
and tht-n gave his fial direct u-us. The
lli '.ttia wa In low. r her flag and short
ra sail, but to pi ne all the dipmah!c
tueu r.-ady to t-rtu-t e very stitch (li
ne! ly ho gave the signal, j be man at
the helm was to M"cr m:j to I mm re the
proa coming up cu their qu .it r, and,
as tho vcuMd approtrh.d, the R anker,
with its long supplementary loom, was
to be swung oi.l so as to lie tiiit over
the pica, tho laurel being alriady haul
ed clo- up at the oxtn me, vh u Wins
rombo l:y full length ui-011 tho spar.
His basiuta was to -t the t.ir ou the
sui'ace in a Maze, aiid then, theso bo
low lettirg go tho rope. Hie barrel
woald fall ri'bt ou the deck of the proa.
Even while explaining this the pirate
began to yaw ami rtcotuux itced firing.
aiming ut their rigging, and presently
sending a shot right through their fere
tail. "Yon see his tactics," said Wins
combo, 'lie could hull u bat hois
efiaid cf losing Lis pluuder aud won't
sink us just at present The -kxiimt wo
get him alongside tho better. We shall
knew our Xatoiu full five minute then."
fc'o saying, ho swarmed up tho spanker
and lighted a small torch ho bad con
trived an j with which he meant to Cro
the top of the tar in the barrel.
It was a terrible moment. Any in
stant a ball illicit hit Li atrial mine
and blow tini to at oms with hi own
petard, and then thero was the critical
moment to come when he and his sus
pended magazine won Id be ext-w-d to
the smrll arms of the Maluys. Bat be
thought cf bono of these things. Xcvr
bad be seemed so gay and light licartvd
during the whole oya,?e as nw, w h-n
ho lay oat on the spar with bia contriv
ance beneath him, a few fi-t dun u, wait
ing for the ouo instant of time whkh
mut dt'livt r or durtroy litem
ilia orders were oUyed iuij iieitlr.
His rare courasjc and cr-clu had iii
f.X'tcd tho crew with inttux admita
tion. aud each man was fully nerved to
do bis ttnu st Sail was shorteiied, U:
red eusign. wLieh bad U-eu l" t tit Ins.
ws suddenly run desa, and the pirates
' in the proa gave v(-i t to t'-rrilia y. -s,
whih were fi !.ly li !..d to ty sh.eks
' that Wmieuuibt pl.HJ.ly h'-ard (rem the
I cabin bci-jw him. He t bi- t-etu clo
Even be, br-i( i. ! and crrert as ho
wai, could not r-straiu bia heart f rn a
' terrible pa!p!ti.tiou, fcr ai.y tu m. ut hs
I might, ho knew, bf blown Lim If to
! atoms, to say nothing of the danger
1 from the tuiiuiil- from tu pirates,
' Knrn Le CtjoU tow Tlaiulr arc rwl m-
iug cn their deck.
To y -me 4 ko
1 nun areas -nroug, uraucusaing ineir
spears and lookiug like m taany dciaonc
His wtakntaa wa Lot auontriitary.
The proa atprosch d closer and floats, '
ttvwr.tly the tnl fay nearly paralkl:
1 cm. an if I-t mutual rr-in 1. 1 Ikt on-w
- . . ... . .
i:in n vt'uir' aaw iim trcK-a
Malar all rnmdirg to croc idr o a
to be lesdy to spniHt up aud Urd Um
Kistna simultaiKoatJy fruta su-ut to
Near- r and nearer. Be do term i nod
not to be premature. aiihouKh be ooald
horuly i strain bimse-lf. TIM'S) as the
vccm 1 camewiihiu tho distance be Lad
caltalat. dhe shemttd. and tait ran the
spur t ubt over 1 he proa's dork and stop-n-d
l-y Imt upper Lutmi, where it lock
id. just as Le anticipated, the pirate
were eagerly Unit est brmrilirg. I'cw cf
t bem 1:0: kx-d the cxtraord.uary swing
iug right ever them of the tCistua's
p-:ii.i r lireui.
ith a steady baud lie fired the tar.
and as be did so shouted for the tuea to
As the bam Is banged down all In a
l laze on the pirate's dirk WintimlK
I y otio rrcnieudous t-fTnrt, slid l.jru If
back and Just rcapcd the torrktit f fire
aud the fearfal cxsk-uksuw cf the first
sIm k as the heat exploded the tpmo4
Liy-r of owder.
All sa-i was reset cn tin KtMua with
the iiimbtetietss f if men dtM a.iiitg to Le 1
Mown up themselves, and by the lever
In of Die ste iftautt, Ihn rutaii Lint
self, there was a clear span tetwr-n
the Kitn and the proa as laver afl.r
layer f powder iiiiit-d eud blew tup,
liiv:( piug the pirate in de8 smoke,
through which tongues of flame could
be ec-n leaping.
The Kistna tapidly drew ahead, and.
watehiug their late antagonists through
the ir glaiM-s, tbey could plainly s that
all was utter confoia aud that the
vesta l lately so fcrmitat!e wi.s doonind.
Aire aiy some of her cm w w re putung
off a small loat. and a the u. Mai.ec be-tsi-i-B
the two -m'1s iner.-uKtl lh pros
bur:t forth into one tnmeiilous 10 am
aud a ryraiiiid of f'aux s 1 ootid up it
Ihiy wtrc saved.
It is ne-Niliss to sny that all w re
I joJ in their itinitin of XViuHKUNU., ioit
fr whose invent 100. g.illi.ulry and ctl
n.'ss l.ot otio t.f I Ix- KiMna rojujmtir
would Lave live. , tell the talo of
their iKouiiti w ith pirates tiff Hunia
tro. Ai Iio laupbin-ly said. Lis combined
liml 'x Hi and aerial dri tub b-il
provtel mom tlian tho'pir)'
grapjilrt with, lie dec!rn-d that Lis cc
cess a chii fydnc t.i th uit I narj ri-o
of his Uih i1 i) attok frvti ; '.,
and to tho adruiraMn way in viiieh
Captain tirant itivredand th tins told
oft for that rmrpow swung h;m t iwuh-
in Im f the right pnitit. Bat it bud
been uervuus work, and fi wiuedava
Wiusc(nut4 was quite prwir-tr. al
though lu Lad what was to Mia a heav
enly time, thanks t r the ftidi-r iiu;.-ir
of 1'tuily I'ou!t;-r, vho d. lat.-d ir.-trn
tears aud smile that Le haJ turned out
"the lion" she thought him after ali
A for tlie lion Edward Poulter. Le
en froze, and jth til wife shos-d
the m-lv'S slucm-ly grateful He cuiU
Bert quite forbear from a l.tHe Lannhs
hoiitig of the fight he s Hotibl Lave
made bad tho? devil pot cm Uuird, but
Le privately deUTtnimd ni-v.r again to
veiiturn in any el small cumgh to
be In real peril from tho luo-t f uitnida
ble Malay pron
('- tor tiialarsi
Ai a remedy for all forms of bos J
v Le Kloctrio Bitter baa proved to
bo the verj best. It effects a perms.
cent cure, ana tun most dreaded na
hitual tick headaches yield to Its ia.
fluence, W a urjje all who are af
Cic-lcd to procure a bottle, and pive
tl.ia remadj a fair trial. In rarn-s of
habitual constipation Electric Bitters
cures by git inr tb needed ton to
the bowels, and few cases Ions; resist
the use of this medicine. Trr it
once. Large bottles only 60 ecnu at
iiaru si t.uemeyer a drug store.
rUaal rrsaai rUMl
Vt. Williams Indian File Oittnu-ot
will cure blind, bleeding, n Ice-re id
and itchinr t.ilM. It absorbs the
tumors allsjs the itching at onoe.
acts as a poultice, gives instant t
relief. Dr. Williams Indian Tile
Ointment le prepared only for 43 s
ana ticning 01 me private parts, and
nothing else. Kvery Imix is roar an
ted. bold by drugfrlits, nt by
mail tor av r nit ana 11 per tx t.
Williams MVa Co., 1'irn.. Cleve
land, Ohio. For sale Ljr all drug-
Vw fSasf ss Skn, gam W OMak
im abshssl CtUhlraa,shS
Children Cry for
Fovr at flv irSta
nftal wxirrr.aJ W-k
U ibs U . mr tttt
rKc paaahr '
eartr eaumnfc Vln.
Uitm, rerllta yvor
rutiuBt. fwjit nt
1uat Avmlr. v4 t- Imk Hh
slaaaUr aa4 p-xt. Hil4 ! I.lift .
Wt CICISU inME8ffal3,.Y.
Thm rosty freshrvaM "It
4 S -iIpj tnCtni ml ta I tat. I
Mf swf hf thoaa srhe MS fMtwl I
In crJrrtbat the ctildren
ins j feel an (ulcrcst ia Inn
A no t ne well as the older
ttirtntor of the fawilj, a
sebrroe has Urn drtlsed
a hereby soma b .y r j;trl
between 8 and 16 rears of
ne wil get an eirder for f
worth of llolia-iy It .nVsat
the store ot U. ttam tn
V Co. IWglcnirp nith
U'tdnrsdaj, lk.. S. one
word f n cjuotatlon front
nwcll Inowa author i;i
be insetted ia some displsj
adrertisement cf a Rjck
Island or Davenport estab
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Irg thereafter, to and in
clndinr Saturdsj, IVo, 19.
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ill le so awsr-tcd.
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ack competitor will tie
S. Tech n p'j muslei
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