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THE ROCK ISEAXD ARGUS, FRIDAY. MARCH 25, 1910.
STNOPSIS OP PJIECEDIXG CHAP
TERS. CHAPTER I-BrJt, Tartar plrl.
Hum lUBiint f a golden bearded
tTfertfwr who was srospeoUng and study
ing herbs in the vicinity of bar bom In
antral Asia, and revealed to him the lo
cation of a mine of ruble bopwg that
tbe stranger would love her in retura.for
her disclosure. They were followed to
the cave by the rfrl's relatives, who
blocked up the entrance, and drew off
the water supply, leaving the couple to
die. Baraka's oousin Raad. her betrothed,
attempted to climb down a cliff overlooking-
the mine; but the traveler shot him.
The stranger, revived from a water gourd
Baad carried, due his way out ef the
tunnel, and departed, deserting the girl
ud carry in r a bac sf rabies. Baraks
. fathered all the (am so could carry,
and started in pursuit.
CHAPTER n. Marraret Donne (Mar
sarlta da Cordova), a famous prima don
na; became engaged in London to Kon
stantln Logothett. a wealthy Greek finan
cier. Her Intimate friend was Countess
Leveu. known as Lady Maud, whose hus
band had been killed by a bomb in St.
Petersburg; and Lady Maud's most inti
mate friend was Kufus Tan Tovp, an
American, who had been a cowboy In
early life, but bad become one of the
richest men In the worl8. Van Torp was
in love with Margaret, and rushed to
London as soon as he heard of her be
trothal. Ha offered Lady Maud 5.000,0u0
for her pet charity If she would aid him
in winning the singer from Logothetl.
CHAPTER in. Baraka approached
Logothetl at Versailles with rabies to
CHAPTER IV. Van Torp bought a
yacht and sent it to Venice. He was
visited by Baraka, who gave him a ruby
after the American had told her of hav
ing seen in the United States a man an
swering the description of the one she
CHAPTER V. The American followed
Margaret to the Bayreuth "Parsifal" fes
tival. CHAPTER VT. Count JCraHnaky. a
Russian, arrived at Bayreuth. Van Torp
believed him to be the one Baraka was
CHAPTER VTI. Baraka was arrestee
In London on the charge of stealing from
Pinney, a jeweler, the ruby she had sold
to Logothetl. Two strangers were the
thieves. Lady Maud believed that Logo
thcti's associations with Baraka were
open to suspicion, and so Informed Mar
garet. CHAPTER VTTT. Van Torp believed
that Krallnsky was the cowboy he had
known in his young manhood.
CHAPTER IX. Logothetl . secured Ba
raka's release, and then, with her as his
guest, went to sea on his yacht Ennna.
Jacket or dark blue yachting serge,
which did not fit badly considering
that they had been bought ready-made
by Logothetl's man. She had little
white tennis shoes on her feet, which
were orosaed one oyer the other on
the deck chair, but instead of wear
ing a hat she had bound a dove-colored
motor veil on her head by a sin
gle thick gold cord, in the Asiatic
way. and the thin folds hong down on
each side, and lay on her shoulders,
shading her face, and the breeze
stirred them. Logothetl's . valet had
been sent out In a taximeter, pro
vided with a few measurements and
plenty of cash, and commissioned to
bay everything that a girl who had
nothing at all to wear, visible or in
visible, could possibly need. He was
also instructed to find a maid who
could speak Tartar, or at least a little
After five hours he had come back
with a heavy load of boxes of all
shapes and sizes and the required
maid. You can find anything In a
great city, if you know how to look
for it, and he had discovered through
an agency a girl from Trebizonde who
had been caught at 12 years old by
The Erlnna was steaming quietly
down the channel in a fiat calm, at
the laiy rate of 12 knots an hour, pre
sumably in order to save her coal, for
she could nit 1 when her owner
liked, and he was sot usually fond of
going slow. Though . September was
at hand, and Guernsey was already on
the port quarter, the sea was motion
leas and not so much as a cat's paw
stirred the still blue water: but tb
Btiiamefs own way made a pleasant
draught that fanned the faces of Logo
thetl and Baraka as they lay in their
'song chairs under the double awning
ratslfle the deckhouse.
The Tartar girl , wore a skirt and
After Five Hours He Had Come Back.
missionaries, brought to England and
educated to go into service; she spoke
English very prettily, and had not alto
gether forgotten the lingua franca of
The consequence of her presence
was that Baraka was dressed with
great neatness and care, and looked
very presentable, though her clothes
were only ready-made things, bought
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oy a man-serrant, who had only her
height and the size of ' her waist to
guide him. Logothetl' watched her
delicate, energetlo profile, admiring
the curves of her. closed lipa, and the
willful turning up of her little
chin. She was more than very pretty
now, he thought, and he was quietly
amused at his own audacity In taking
her to sea alone with him. almost on
the eve of his marriage. It was espe
cially diverting to think of what the
proper people would say If they knew
it, and to contrast the Intentions they
would certainly attribute to him with
the perfectly honorable ones he enter
tained. As for Baraka, It never occurred to
her that she was not as safe with him
as she had been in her father's house
In the little white town far away,
nearly three years ago; and besides,
her steel bodkin with the silver han
dle bad been given back to her, and
she could feel it in its place when she
pressed her left hand to her side. .
Logothetl has been first of all pre
occupied about getting Baraka out of
England without attracting attention,
and then for her comfort and recov
ery from the strain and Battering of
the last few days. As for that, she
was like a healthy young animal, and
as soon as she had a chance she had
fallen so sound asleep that she had
not waked for 12 hours. Logothetl's
Intent waa to take her to Paris by a
roundabout way, and establish her
under some proper sort ef protection.
Margaret .was still In Germany, but
would soon return to France, and he
had almost made up bis mind to ask
her advice, not dreaming that in such
a case she could really deem anything
he did an unpardonable offence. He
had always laughed atfthe convention
alities of European life, and had paid
very little heed to them when they
stood in his way.
He had been on deck a long time
that day, but Baraka had only been
established In her chair a few min
utes. As yet he had hardly talked
with her of anything but the neces
sary preparations for the journey, and
she had trusted him entirely, being so
worn out with fatigue and bodily dis
comfort that she was already half
asleep when he had at last brought
her aboard, late on the previous night.
Before the yacht had sailed he had re
ceived Van Torp's telegram informing
him that Krallnsky was at Bayreuth;
for his secretary had sat up till two
in the morning to telegraph him the
latest news and forward any message
that came, and Van Torp's had been
amongst the number.
"I have something of Importance to
tell you," Logothetl said.
Baraka prepared herself against be
traying surprise by letting her lids
droop a little, but that was all.
"Speak," she answered. "I desire
knowledge more than gold."
"You are wise," said the Greek
gravely. "No doubt you remember
the rich man Van Torp, for whom I
gave you a letter, and whom you bad
leen on the dav you were arrested."
"van Torp.-- Baraka pronounced
the name distinctly, and nodded. "Yes,
I remember him well. He knows
where the man is whom I seek, and
he wrote the address for me. I have
it. You will take me there In your
ship, and I shall find him."
"If you find him. what shall you say
! to him?' Logothetl asked.
"Few words. These perhaps: 'You
' left me to die, but I am not dead, I
am here. Through me you are a rich,
great man. The rubies are my mar-
riage portion, which you have taken.
, Now you must be my husband.' That
is all. Few words. v
"It is your right, Logothetl an
swered. "But he will not marry you."
"Then he shall die," replied Baraka,
as quietly as If she were saying that
he should go far a walk.
"If you kill him, the laws of that
country may take your life," objected
"That will be my portion, the girl
answered, with profound indifference.
You only have one life," Logothetl
observed. "It Is yours to throw away.
But the man you seek Is not in that
country. Van Torp has telegraphed
me that he is much nearer. Neverthe
less, If you mean to kill him, I will
not take you to him, as I Intended
to do." .
Baraka's face had changed, though
she bad been determined not to be
tray surprise at anything he said; she
turned to him, and fixed her eyes on
his, and he saw her lashes quiver.
"You will tell me where be la," she
said anxiously. "If you will not take
me I will go alone with Spiro. I have
been in many countries with no other
help. I can go there also, where he
is. You will tell me."
"Not if you mean to murder him,"
said Logothetl, and she saw that he
was in earnest.
"But if he will not be my husband,
what can I do, if I do not kill him?"
She asked the question In evident
"If I were you, I should make him
share the rubies and the money with
you, and then I would leave him to
"But you do not understand," Ba
raka protested. "He is young, he Is
beautiful, he is rich. He will take
some other woman for his wife, if I
leave him. You see, he must die,
there is no other way. If he will not
marry me, it is his portion. Why do
you talk? Have I not come across
the world from the Altai, by Samark
and and Tiflis, as far as England, to
find him and marry him? Is it noth
ing that I have done, a Tartar girl
alone, with no friend but a bag of
precious stones that any strong thief
might have taken from me? Is the
danger nothing? The travel nothing?
Is it nothing that I have gone about
like a shameless one, with my face
uncovered, dressed In a man's' clothes?
That I have cut my hair, my beautiful
black hair. Is that as nothing, too?
That I have been In an English prison?
That I have been called a thief? , I
have suffered all these things to find
him, and if I come to him at last, and
he will not be my husband, shall he
live and take another woman? You
are a great mag. It is true. But you
do not understand. You are only a
Frank, after all! That little maid you
have, brought for me woul4 un.de ,
stand me better, though she has Been
taught for six .years by Christians.
She is a good girl. She says that in
all that time she has never one for
gotten to say the Fatlheh three times
a day, and to say 'el hamda illah' to
herself . after she has . eaten! She
would understand. I know she would.
But you, never!"
. - The exquisite little aquiline fea
tures wore a look of unutterable con
tempt. "If I were. you," said Logothetl,
smiling, "I would sot tell her what
you are going to do."
"You see!" cried Baraka, almost an
grily. "You do not understand. A
servant! Shall I tell my heart to my
handmaid, and my secret thoughts to
a hired man? I tell you, because you
are a friend, though you have no un
derstanding of us. My father feeds
many flocks, and has many bondmen
and bondwomen, whem he beats when
It pleases him, and can put to death
if he likes. He also knows the mixi
of rubies, as his father did before
him, and when he desires gold he
takes one . te Tashkent, or even to
Samarkand, a long Journey, and sells
it to the Russians. He Is a great
man. If he would bring a camel bag
full of precious stones to Europe he
could be one of the greatest men in
the world. And you think that my
father's daughter would open her
heart to one of her servants? I said
well that you de not understand!"
Logothetl looked quietly at the slim
young thing in a ready-made blue
serge frock, who said such things as a
Lady Clara Vere de Vere would
scarcely dare to say above her breath
in these democratic days; and he
watched the noble little features, and
the small white hands, that had come
down to her through generations of
chieftains, since the days when the
primeval shepherds of the world
counted the stars in the plains of
He himself, with his long Greek de
scent, was an aristocrat to the mar
row, and smiled at the claims of men
who traced their families back to the
Crusaders. With the help of a legend
or two and half a myth, he could al
most make himself a far descendant of
the Tyndaridae. But what was that
compared with the pedigree of the lit
tle thing in a blue serge frock? Her
race went back to a time before
Hesiod, before Homer, to a date that
might be found in the annals of Egypt,
but nowhere else in all the dim tradi
tions of human history. ' ;
"No." he aaid, after a long pause.
"I begin to understand. You had pot
told me that your father was a great
man, and that his sires before him
had joined hand to hand, from the
hand of Adam himself."
This polite speech, delivered in his
best Tartar, though with sundry Turk
ish terminations and accents, some
what mollified Baraka, and she pushed
her little head backwards and up-
wards against the top of the deck j
chair, as if 8he was drawing herself
I up with pride. Also, not being used
to European skirts, she stuck out one
tiny foot a little further across the
other, as she stretched herself, and
she indiscreetly showed a pale-yellow
silk ankle, round which she could
have easily made her thumb meet her
second finger. Logothetl glanced at it.
"You will never understand," she
said, but her tone had relented, and
she made a' concession. "If you will
take me to him, and if he will not be
my husband, I will let Spiro kill him."
"That might be better," Logothetl
answered with extreme gravity, for be
was quite sure that Spiro would never
kill anybody. "If you will take an
oath which I Bhall dictate, and swear
to let Spiro do it, I will take you to
the man you seek."
"What must be, must be," Baraka
said in a tone of resignation. "When
he is dead, Spiro can also kill me and
take the rubles and the money."
"That would be a pity," observed
the Greek, thoughtfully.
"Why a pity? It will be my por
tion. I will not kill myself because
then I should go to hell-fire, but Spiro
can do it very .well. Why should I
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"Recause you are young and beau
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py. Do you never look at your face In
the mirror? The eyes of Baraka are
like the pools of paradise, when the
moon rose upon them the first time,
her waist is as slonder as a young
willow sapling that bends to the
breath of a spring breeze, her mouth
is a dark rose from Gulistan "
But Baraka interrupted him with a
"You speak emptiness," she said
quietly. "What is the oath, that I
may swear it? Shall I take Allah, and
the prophet, and the Angel Israfit to
witness that I will keep my word?
Shall I prick my hand and let the
drops fall into your two hands that
you may drink them? What ahall 1
do and say? I am ready."
, "You must swear an oath that my
fathers swore before there were Chris
tians or Mussulmen in the world
when the old gods were still great."
"Speak. I will repeat any words
you like. Is it a very solemn oath?"
"It is the most solemn that ever
was sworn, for it is the oath of the
gods themselves. I shall give it to
you slowly, and you must try to pro
nounce it right, word by word, holding
out your hands, like this, with the
"I am ready," said Baraka, doing as
he bade her:
He quoted in Greek the oath that
Hypnos dictates to Hera in the
"Iliad," and Baraka repeated each
word, pronouncing as well as she
"I swear by the inviolable water of
the Styx, and I lay one hand upon the
all-nourishing earth, the other on the
sparkling sea, that all the gods below
may be our witnesses, even they that
stand round about Kronos. Thus I
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Instead of noma we say ICome. which
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was and why I had never heard of It
before. It was only when 1 saw a
friendly porter wildly summoning me
to enter an j heard a guard crying out
"Cliiasso. Coma. Milano." that I r
allzed tbe situation and understood
Malland to be German for the city w
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