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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY. MARCH 14, 1908.
the 11 ANSA;
By LOUIS TRACY,
Author of "The Winia of the Morning.- "The Pillar of Light." Etc
COPYRIGHT. 1906. BY
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In this story of danger and
hardship, cheerfully borne and
courageously met by the brave
captain of the Kansas and the
sweetheart whose love lightened
his burdens when his vessel
picked, out a path for herself
through the perilous reefs of the
South American coast, the au
thor of "The Wings of the Morn
ing" and "The Pillar of Light'
justifies his reputation as a
writer of absorbingly interesting
tales of love and adventure. The
brave navigator and his sweet
heart learned the stern meaning
of hardship and danger on the
Kansas. In the end, however,
with the telegraph lever set for
"full speed ahead," the ship
sailed out of the difficulties
which storm and rocky coast
and savage man had set in her
, CHAPTER I.
THINK I shall enjoy Ibis trip."
H purred IsoIk'1 r.aring, nestling
comfortably among the cush
ions of her dock chair. A stew
ard was arranging tea for two at a
mnall table. The Kansas, with placid
hum of engines, was sieediug evenly
through an azure sea. .
"I agree with that opinion most
heartily, though, to lx sure, so much
defends on the weather," replied her
friend, Elsie Maxwell, rising Ui pour
out the tea. Al'ipady the brisk sea
breeze had kissed the: Chilean pallor
from Elsie's face, which had regained
Its English peach bloom.' Isobel IJiir
lng's eoniplexiou w.n tinged with the
warmth of a pouieuTauate. At roa.
even In the blue Pacific, she carried
with her the suggestion of a tropical
"I never gave a thought to the
weather," purred Isoltel again as she
subsided more deeply into the cush
ions. "Let us hope such a blissful state
of mind may le jusiitied. But yon
know. dear, we may run into a dread
ful gale be. .re we reach' the strait."
"Ail the lieuer'.'' she cried. 'Teople
tell me I :;m .. most fascinating In
valid I lo'.1: e a cream v orchid.
And th:u hi'
lntert. io.l .!
done to 1.
"Does u if
ii have a chum so dis
i where a lot of nice
:-nc.;: What have I
t? Because you are
-'. ." know."
va. that you have al
ready di.scove.el a lot of nice ln. n n
Elsie handed her friend a cup of tea
and a plate of toast.
"Naturally While you were moon
ing over the lights and tints of the
Andes I kept an eye both eyes, la
fact on orr compulsory acquaintances
of the next three weeks. To begin
with, there's the captain."
"He is good looking, certainly. Some
what reserved, I fancied."
"Reserved'." Isobel showed all her
fine teeth in a smile. Incidentally she
took a satisfactory bite out of a square
of toast "I'll soon shake the reserve
out of hlra. He Is mine. You will sec
him play pet dog long before we meet
that terrible gale of yours."
"Isobel, you promised your father"
"To look after my health during the
voyage. Do you think I Intend only to
sleep, eat and read novels all the way
to London? Then Indeed I should be
ill. But there Is a Trench count on
the ship. He is mine too."
"You mean to find safety in num
bers?" "Oh, there are others. Of course I
am sure of my little count. He twist
ed his mustache with such an air when
I skidded past him in the companion
way I am 6ure M. le Comte Edonard
de Toinclllt will do our French far
more good than a course In Mo
Here." "Am I to be included in the lessons?
And you actually know the man's
"Read It on his luggage, dear girl.
He has such a lot See if he doesn't
wear three different colored shirts for
breakfast, lunch and tea. And, if you
refuse to belp.'who is to take care of
Ie p'tlt Edouard while I give the cap
tain a trot round? Don't look cross;
there's a darling!"
"Now, Isobel, that does not matter
a bit in Valparaiso, "where you are
known, but In Tarls and London"
"Where I mean to be equally well
known. It Is a passport to smart soci
ety to be a trifle risque. -Steward,
give my compliments to Captain Cour
tenay and say that Mlas Maxwell and
Miss Baring hope he will favor them
with his company to tea."
Elsie's bright, eager face flushed
slightly. She leaned forward, with a
certain squaring of the shoulders, be
ing a determined young person In some
respects. ; ...
"For once I shaft let you off," she
said in a low voice. "So I give you
fair warnlug, Isobel I must not be
Included in Impromptu Invitations of
"Good gracious! I only meant to be
polite. Tui, tut, as dad says when he
EDWARD J. CLODE
can't swear before ladies. I shan't
make the running for you any more
Elsie drummed an impatient foot on
the deck. There was a little pause
Isobel closed her eyes lazily, but she
opened them again when she heard
her friend say:
"I am sorry if I seem crotchety,
dear. Indeed, it is no pretense on my
part. You cannot imagine how thai
man Ventaua persecuted me. The
mere suggestion of any one's paying
me compliments and trying to be fas
cinating is so repellent that I cringe
at the thought."
Isobel Baring raised .her. head from
"Ventaua was a determined wooer,
then? What did he do?" she asked.
"He he pestered me- with his atten
tions. Oh, I should have liked to flog
him with a whip!"
"He was always that sort of person
too serious." And the head dropped
ine steward returned. lie was a
half caste. His English was to the
"De capt'in say he busy, he nocome,
was his message.
Elsie's display of irritation vanished
In a merry laugh. Isobel bounced up
from the depths of the chair. Her
dark eyes blazed wrathfully.
"Tell him" she began.
Then she mastered her annoyance
sufficiently to ascertain what it was
that Captain Courtenay had actually
said, and she received a courteous ex
planation in Spanish that the com
mander could not leave the chart hour-e
until the Kansas had rounded the low
lying, red hued Cape Cnraumiila. which
still barred the ship's path to th-i south.
the first stage of the long voyage from
Valparaiso to London.
But pertinacity was a marked trait
of the Baring family. Otherwise Iso
bel's father, a bluff, cliurchvarlen
type of man. would not have won his
way to the thief place in the firm of
Baring, Thompson. Miguel & Co., min
lug and export agents, the leading
house in Chile's principal port. Not
withstanding Elsie's previous outburst
the steward was pent back to ask if
the ladies might visit the bridge later.
Meanwhile would Captain Courte::ay
like a cup of tea? All things consid
ered, there was ouly one possible an
swer. Captain Courtenay would b?
charmed if they favored him with
both the tea and their company.
"I thought so!" cried Isobel trlum
phantly. "Come on, Elsie! Let us climb
the ladder of conquest. The steward
will bring the tea things. The chart
house is just splendid. It will provide
a refuge when the count becomes too
There was a tightening of Elsie's Hps
to which Isobel paid no heed. The Im
minent protest was left unspoken, for
Courtenay 's voice came to them:
'Tlease hold on by the rail. If a
foot were to slip on one of those brass
treads the remainder of the day would
be a compound of tears and sticking
Gathering her skirts daintily in her
left hand, Isolel tripped up the steep
stairs. Elsie followed. Courtenay, who
had the manner and semblance of
the first lieutenant of a warship, stood
outside a haven of plate glass, shining
mahogany and white paint. The wood
work of the deck was scrubbed until
It had the color of new bread. An of
ficer paced the bridge.' A sailor with
in the chart house held the small
wheel of the steam steering gear.
Somewhat to Isobel's surprise neither
man seemea to be aware of her pres
is your den?" eh. '..Li
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throwing her birdlike glance over the
bright interior before she gave the
commander a look which was desigued
to bewitch him instantly. "Surely you
don't sleep here tod?" -
"Oh. no! This room is the brain of
the ship, Miss Baring. We are always
wide awake here. My quarters are
farther aft. I think". I can find a chair
for you if you care to sit down while
I have my tea."
The captain led the way to a spa
clous cabin behind the chart house, v
"I hope you don't mlrul tha xhaW
being secured to the deck," he said.
taking off Ms hat
"So far above
sea line, you know, everything that Is
loose comes to grief when the ship
rolls." . . .
"Then what becomes of your photo
graphs?" demauded Isobel promptly,
ner quick eyes naving discovered
pictures of two ladies In silver frames
on a writing table.
'I take care to put them away.
There Is always plenty of warning.
No ordinary sea can trouble a big hulk
like the Kansas."
Is that your mother, the dear old
lady lu the lace cap?"
Yes, and the other Is my sister."
Oh, really! Is she married?
No. Like me, she is wedded to her
"Will you think it rude If I ask what
that in?" '
She Is a hospital nurse the ma
tron, indeed, of a public institution In
the suburbs of London."
Isobel filled a cup of tea, asked if
Captain Courtenay took milk and sug
ar and said demurely, with a sip of a
"Let me see If I can guess your
Elsie's blue eyes assumed a deeper
shade. Men might like that kind of
thing, but she felt that her face and
neck would be poppy red in another
moment. Thus far she had not ad
dressed a word to Courtenay, though
by his manner he had included her in
the conversation. She now resolved to
break In on the attack which Isobel
was beginning with the adroitness of
skilled campaigner. And she, too,
could use her eyes to advantage when
"What a curious library you have,
Captain Courtenay," she said, looking
not at him. but at a row of books
fitting closely into a small case
over the writing table "Shakespeare.
the 'Pilgrim's Progress, Montaigne's
essays, Herbert Spencer, 'Uoethos
Life,' by Lewes; Marcus Aurellus, Mar
tial, Wordsworth, 'The Egoist,' Tho-
reau, Hazlltt and 'Mitford's Tales of
Old Japan!' Where have I heard or
read of that particular galaxy of stars
Go on. You are on the right track.'
cried Courtenay, setting down the tea
cup and hastening to Elsie's side. She
was leaning on the table, reading the
titles of the books. The motive of
her exclamation was merged now in
the fine ardor of the book lover. She
had an unconscious trick of placing the
forefinger of her right hand on her
Hps when deeply engaged in thought,
Elegant as Isolwl Baring might be In
her studied poses, Elsie need fear uo
comparison as she examined the con
tents of the bookcase with eager at
"We have actually hit upon a topic
that should prove inexhaustible," con
tinued Courtenay. ' Believe me, Miss
Maxwell, that is my pet subject. More
than once, needing a listener, I have
even lectured my long suffering ter
rier, Joey, on the point."
Isobel laughed softly. The two,
standing in front of the bookcase, start
ed apart with a suddeu consciousness
that they were speaking unguardedly,
for Isobel's mirth had mockery In
it "there was a laughing devil in her
"By the way, where is Joey?" she
The dog answered her question by
appearing, with a stretch and a yawn
from beneath a bunk. He had heard
his name in Courtenay's voice". That
sufficed for Joey at any time.
"You darling! You must have slept
with one eye open," said Elsie, stoop
ing to rat him
"Oh, take care!" cried Isobel. "He
may bite you."
"Not he!. When you see that wistful
look In a dog's eyes, have no fear, lit
wants to speak then. You won't bite
me, .will you, dear?" "And Elsie sank
on one knee to stroke Joey's white
coat, whereupon Joey tried to lick her
"Between the library and the cap
tain's dog you are installed as a prime
favorite on board the Kansas," com
mented Isobel. T3 other girl rose
hurriedly. She had caught the touch
of malice In the smooth voice.
Captain Courtenay is too polite to
remind us that we are Intruders," she
said lightly. "We forget that he is
busy. Joey, candidly canine, did not
try to hide his feelings.
Isobel swung her chair round to face
This Is quite the best place in the
ship," she said. "I am very comforta
ble. thank you. Tlease don't send us
Before Courtenay could answer the
officer of the watch looked In.
Cape Caraumilla bearing sou'west
of the Buel rock, sir," be announced
and vanished again.
Don't hurry," Bald Courtenay, tak
ing up his cap. "I must leave you for
a few minutes.'
He was gone, with Joey at his heels,
and there was a brief silence,
"Really, Isobel, we should go back
on deck," urged Elsie uneasily. Al
ready she half regretted the impulse
which led her to intervene In her
friend's special bobby
"I like that. I didn't credit you with
such guile, Elsie Maxwell. You snap
up my nice captain beneath my very
nose and coolly propose that I should
vacate, the battlefield. Oh, dear, no!
I can't talk literature, but I can flirt.
and I have not finished with Arthur
yet by a long chalk.
Isobel leaned back In her chair. She
was Insolently conscious of her su
perior attractions. Was she -not the
richest heiress in Valparaiso? Had
not her father chartered this ship?
And was not Elsie even now flying
from an unwelcome suitor? She knew
full well that her friend would resent
the slightest semblance of lovemak
lag on the part of any man on board.
Already her astonishment at Elsie's
uiilooked for vivacity was. yielding to
the. humor of meeting such a rival
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Suddenly they both heard an excit
ed bark from the dog and the quik
rush of feet along the deck. Courte
nay's voice reached them with a new
and startling note in it.
"Stop that!" lie shouted.
There was an instant's pause. Their
alert ears caught the sounds of a dis
tant scuffle. Then a pistol shot jarred
the peaceful drone of the fhip.
"Sheer off. there!" roared Courtenay
again. "Next time I shoot to kill!"
With terror in their eyes, with
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not to be seen, but the officer of the
watch was swinging himself over the
canvas shield of the bridge. He dis
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the compass and give the wheel a
slight turn. That was reassuring. Yet
another timorous pace, and thro'.igh
the curving window they could dis- :
cern Courtenay holding a revolver in
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Venturing a little farther, they -gain- 1
ed the bridge. On the main deck, a
long way leneath, near an open hatch,
a half caste Chilean was lying on his ,
back. He had evidently been wound
ed. Blood was flowing from his leg.
It smeared the white deck. The officer
who had cllml)ed down so speedily
from the bridge was directing two oth
er men how to lift him. Close by
the chief officer, Mr. Boyle, was
stanching a deep cut on his chin with
a handkerchief. At (he same ttnie he
curtly ordered off such deck hands and
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tracted by the disturbance.
The girls were gaziug wide eyed at
this somewhat unnerving scene when
"Better go below," he said quietly.
"I am sorry this trouble should have
happened, at the beginning of the voy
age too. I hope it will not upset you.
That rascally Chilean tried to knife
Mr. Boyle, and those other black
guards were ready to side with him.
I had to shoot quick and straight to
show them I meant what I said."
"Is he dead?" asked Isobel, with a
contemptuous coolness as to the fate
of the mutineer which Courtenay
"Not a bit of It. Fired at his legs.
Only a flesh wound, I fancy."
"Poor wretch!" murmured Elsie.
"Was there no other way?"
"There is only one way of dealing
with that sort of skunk." was the
gruff answer. The pity In her voice
Implied a condemnation of his act.
He resented it. and so it came to pass
that neither the library nor the moon
had power to draw the captain of the
Kansas to the promenade deck that
(To be Continued.)
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