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THE ARGUS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2. 1908.
1 WINGS OF THE MOWING
PILLAR OP LIGHT ETC,
OOrYRiaHT,tS07,fiY BBWAJUD J.CL.ODB
A ST SsiGSffc
The White Man's Way.
7"eW i5K Tibbie, the Cat.
S this record of events at Dale End now enters ori
a phase demanding intelligence of a somewhat?
high order for its recital, I take up the tale at a'
point where Dan becomes incoherent. I acimitf
I was greatly interested myself when Mii?kie,
without waiting for Evangeline to do up her
blouse, glissaded down the stair rail and rushed
the cage into the morning room. I had heard of mongooses from
Tommy Willoughby, who lives in our road, as he had come "across
them when the Colonel commanded the Galway Blazers at Alexandria.
Ho says ihey eat crocodiles' eggs and arc therefore held in high regard
by the Egyptians, and the Egyptians, judged by their treatment of
cats, are evidently a sensible race. Yet there are no crocodiles' eggs
at Dale End fresh ones, that is so I pity this poor stranger if Jim or
Mole catches him dining in the henhouse.
Dan, of course, tore after Minkie with his mouth open and his
stump of a tail pointing north. I crept in noiselessly and watched
proceedings from beneath a wide and deep leather chair. I could see
a thing like a big red rat behind some wooden bars which ran down
one side of a soap box. The animal had a sharp muzzle, small pats
with fairly useful claws and a tail that was almost the size of the re
mainder of its body.
"A mongoose can fight," I reasoned, "and its huge tail shows that
it can turn quickly." Dan naturally took no stock of these essen
tials. He was nearly beside himself with excitement, and Minkio
had to grab him with one hand while she held Captain Stanhope's let
ter in the other.
"Do be quiet, Dan I" she cried, shaking him. "Tibbie, where are
"Here," I meowed.
"Then listen, the pair of you. Jack writes:
"Dear Minkie I send the mongoose. He is very tame, quite a lovable little
Chap. You can let him run about the house at once If nil the doors nre closed.
After a day or two he can go out into the garden rnfely. as he will always
come back to his box if you leave it open. He is accustomed to my dogs, and
there are terriers among them, so make Dan understand that the mongoose
wtnts to play with him when he stands up as if he were going to box with his
fvre paws. You may have more trouble with Tib, but ve wtl! boou learn to
treat him as one of the family. Tor that matter, Kikkl (that is his name) can
keep either of them in order if he is not taken by surprise by reason of his
friendliness with all my live stock. He will cat most things they eat. When
fhu frost goes and he can hunt In the garden, he will korp himself. Yours.
"So there ! Just trv to behave decentlv when I introduce llikki."
It was all I could do to keep from smiling when I saw .Minkie open
the cage and take the mongoose out, gripping Dan tightly lest his feel
ings should overcome him. Will you believe it? That queer looking
beast seemed quite pleased to see
Dan ! It jumped up and licked his
whiskers and tickled his ears with
, its little hands, while all poor Dan
could say was "Gnar-r!" and roll
his eyes wildly to see what it was
r Wiif ' NrHV bit3 of stecl- At last gi-ief and cu
riosity conquered him. He sniffed,
and Mmkic let go. Ihe parrot,
from the dining room, guessed
what was happening and shouted
Hark to him, Uoxer! Back to
mm, Bendigo! At him, boy! At
May I never have another night out if
Dan and Rikki were not having a friendly wrestle on the hearth rug
in half a minute.
The mongoose had quick eyes. When it rolled over in the gamo
it saw mo. I must say it had some sense too. It seemed to know that
I was not ghon to any dog foolery, and it squared itself for battle.
Dai),. thinking to show off, charged full tilt for my chair, so I deter
mined to take a rise out of him. I began to pur, walked straight up
to him, with my tail well aloft and the tip twiddling, and began to rub
myself against his ribs.
You never caw a dog so taken aback. I'm sure he thought I was
crazy, and even Minkie said softly:
"Well, I never ! Is the ju-ju beginning to work already V
Odd, isn't it t She attributed my little joke to that chunk of ivory
in her pocket. Anyhow,' the mongoose took no liberties with me.
When all i said had done, Dan and I are in one camp and every sort
of rat in the other, but I am surprised at Dan.
Now, parcels turn up ao continuously at Christmas time that no
ono else was aware of Rikks arrival until he sat up and begged from
Mr. Schwartz while our visitor was drinking his soup. The parrot was
watching and made a horrid noise at , the right moment, just as
Schwartz locked down and saw a pair of fierce red eyes glaring at him.
The mongoose put on his best grin, which made- matters worse.
Schwartz nearly overturned the dinner table. I would never havo
credited fix feet of man -with being in such a funk. Everybody was
glad he expressed his emotions in, German he himself more than the
others when he calmed down. Minkie nearly came in for a scolding,
but the Guv'nor, who is a real sport, was soon taken by Rikki's antics
and rather chaffed Schwartz about his alarm.
"That is all very well, Grosvenor," said Schwartz, "but you have
not lived where poisonous spiders, centipeds, scorpions and all sorts
of snakes come prowling into the house. I have jumped for my life
far too often to be ashamed of a momentary forgetfulness that I was
in England. Moreover, I was not aware that Millicent was forming a
"I hope to have a monkey soon," observed Minkie.
"I ll take jolly good care you don t," said her father. "Monkeys
are most mischievous brutes, and they disagree with every other ani
mal near them. By the way, has Dan seen your new ret V
"Yes. They had quite a romp in tho morning room. You see. I
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had to read Jack's letter to both Tibbie and ' Dan before I introduced
Rikki." - . - ; , . . ;
"I wish you wouldn't allude to Captain Stanhope as 'Jack.' It
argues a familiarity which does not exist."
"If you are speaking of the young gentieman who hailed you after
church today, I should say you were justified in that remark," put in
That showed the man's bad taste, but it told me something more.
Since the morning his manner toward the Guv'nor had altered. Peo
ple say I am cruel when I play with a mouse, forgetting that I must
practice every tricky twist and sidelong spring or I shall not be able
to kill mice at all. However that
may be, I can recognize the trait
when I see it in others, and
Schwartz looked and talked like a
man who has another man under
his thumb. Although her father
may speak sharply to Minkie. at
times, he very strongly resents
6uch a liberty being taken by an
outsider. Perhaps he thought
Schwartz regarded the allusion to
a monkey as a personal matter. At
any rate, when the parrot told
Evangeline to go and boil her head
there was a laugh, and the incident passed,
Of course I knew Minkie far too well to believe that she meant to
let Schwartz say what he liked, but I did not expect her to drop such
a bombshell on the table as she produced after the pudding appeared.
"Talking of monkeys, Mr. Schwartz," she said when there was a
pause in the conversation, "are there many in West Africa ?"
"Swarms," he replied, rather snappy, because he noticed that
Minkie gave his name the German sound, which is funnier than our
English way of saying it . " , -,"Do
they worship them?"
"tfo ; they eat them."
"Then why should they make one of their most powerful ju-ju3
like a monkey?" ,
I imairine that for a moment Schwartz really f orcrot where he was,
His eyes bulged forward, his face grew red, and big veins stood out on
his forehead. ' s. '
"What do you lenow about it?" he gasped, glaring at her as
though he wanted to run round the table and wring her neck.
"Nothing," she answered meekly. "That is why I am asking you,"
'But you have some motive. Such a question is impossible coming
from a child. Who told you anything of a ju-ju resembling a mon
key?" Schwartz was almost shouting now, and the Old Man gave
Mam an imploring glance. Mam tried to press Minkie's toes mder the
table, but Minkie just tucked her legs beneath her chair out of harm's
way, and not a soul could catch her eye, because she and Schwartz
were looking straight at each other.
-. "After the affair last night I read about ju-jus and fetichism in the
encyclopedia," 6he said. "That was very interesting, but I really had
in my mind what Jack I mean Captain Stanhope told me today,
Prince John assures him that if the ju-ju you took from his people is
not sent back before the spring rains there will be a rebellion in tha'
country. So I felt certain it must be a monkey headed one made of
ivory, with a little beaded skirt, as that is the most powerful ju-ju
known among the Kwantus."
I wonder Schwartz did not leap at her there and then. His eyes
positively glittered. He exercised all his powers to regain his self
control, but his hands shook, and there was a curious tremor in his
"This information is indeed valuable to me," he said, dropping his
tone to the ordinary level again. "No, I beg of you, Grosvenor, let
Millicent continue. Do I srather that Captain Stanhope is in leatrue
with the negro thief who made his way to my room last night ?"
"Did I say that?" inquired Minkie, smiling at Schwartz in a way
that those who knew her dreaded.
"You implied it. Evidently your military friend enjoys Prince
"Oh, if you put it that way, you are right. Prince John is staying
at the manor house, and Captain Stanhope is using his influence to
keep him quiet."
"He told you that."
"And I believe him." r
"Did he actually describe the ju-ju to you?"
"Then how are you able to hit off its appearance so exactly ?"
"Because I'm a good guesser. Isn't that so, father, dear?"
The Guv'nor didn't seem to realize that Minkie had delibcratciy
pulled him into the conversation. He was dreadfully upset, and he
tried to cover his confusion by tackling her on the question of diso
"I told you to have nothing further to do with the manor house
people," he said, and his voice was very harsh and stern, "yet it is evi
dent you met and talked with young Stanhope today without my
"Yes. I met him near the Eour Lanes. You said, father, dear,
that we were not to exchange post cards and winks, and that was all."
"You knew quite well that I meant you to cut the acquaintance
entirely. . Millicent, what has come to you that you should disregard
my wishes in this way?"
"I am very sorry, Dad. I did not think I was doinsr wrong. I
promise now that I shall not speak to Captain Stanhope again until
you give me permission, it 1 had really meant to disobey you 1 would
hardly have told you so openly at table. My idea was that you would
like to know all about this ju-ju which Mr. Schwartz has lost and tho
queer effect it may havo in causing a West African war."
Poor Mam was nearly crying, and Dorothy's face was a study.
She was terrified lest Minkie should blurt out tho fact that she, too,
was at the Four Lanes. As it happened, Minkie could not have men
tioned a worse locality. It was the Four Lanes warren which first led
to the quarrel between old Mr. Stanhope and the Guv'nor. There was
a lawsuit about the shooting rights, which ought to have gone with
our estate, but Mr. Stanhope's lawyers made out a flaw in a copyhold,
whatever that "may mean, and we lost. I wonder why men invented
law. , If they followed our example and f outrht in the eood old wav.
our Old Man would now own that warren. ,
There might have beeen more unpleasant things said had not Polly
yelled suddenly: N -
fFire ! Murder I Per-lice I 'E dunno where 'e are 1"
The mongoose had just discovered that it was the parrot who was
growling nasty remarks at Evangeline because
she took the nuts from the sideboard without giv
ing him any. Naturally, being a newcomer, Rikki
was surprised, so he jumped on- to the window sill
to have a look at this queer bird. Minkie was
told to put the mongoose in his box, as Evange
line declared she wouldn't touch "such an awful
objec'," not for a million pounds.
While Minkie was out of the room the Guv'
nor tried to recover his good humor. . ' '
"You must not pay heed to my little girl's way of expressing her
self, Schwartz," he said. "We have rather encouraged her to be out
spoken, and she has always been remarkably intelligent. Try that
port. You will find it good, a '74, the last bottte, worse luck." v
"Here's to Holly Lodge and it3 owner, hi3 wife and his charming
daughters. May we all be sitting here thi3 time next year I" cried
Schwartz, lifting his glass and glancing at Dolly. : -
It was a pleasant enough toast in its way, but again 1 bad that feel
, .(Continued oa Page Eight).
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