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A YlPTIAN ELIXIR
By FRANK M. EASTMAN.
(Copyright. 1S97, by the Author.]
Thou couldst teli ti,. if thi:t leathern tongue
Could tell what. t hose dim, sightlus oyes
How the wuri'l looketl wiin it Vls fresh and
And the gre-i, dteluge still hnd left it groon.
I had been exploring i aIrgo rock
tonb in the vicinity of Karnak for i
utier of weoe"ks in the summier of 18-.
It 'was a 1coinpairatively old discovory,
but owing to tho remaurkablo eharacter
of the tom11b I itd thought it well worth
my whilo to p:leant for such detail is
migiit havo capetd the nuotico of earlier
The opening to the sepulcher, ac)ci
denta1ly discovered, consistcdl of a
straight pass;l', barely perlitt.ing of
tho entrance of a siuiglo inidividuttl lit at
timlo upon his hands and kneces. Its sides
Wcre of re"d granite, beatitifully'"tol
ished, whic glittered dazzlingly in tho
li.:ht of the e.xllorer's lorch. Th'lis evu
trance ran Strai'ht back into the 1hill
for a dis!'tnOe (;f -Ine 200 feet, whenl it
suddnly opline"d 11po a11 largo vaulted
rooni of cirenir forin, fron which thero
brauebed ilnciou5 g:tli'(ri's of good
proportions, le:tl!ing~ to other chambhers,
in which hlt IltiIt found liany sur
cophauti, minllit'. and( 11numin1y ('ases',
one (If the satrc"(phLa: i lWin suppoused to
be that of Thothines Ill, the Ilost glor"i
ouls mlonarch of EgypVItianl history, wVho
'iectett the tlitl i"'k now in Cent ral park,
thon"lh no tnulnlny had beent found
The \\all 1 tle p;;ssl!a2es and chamn
bers W lt, lil:e tlot-e ( all If the pianl
er 1 :iptian lIZ i , lO r i w'ithl n - n
mei1( s( yn5 ; i" :I 1 iit:tn.s, the I'ii "htl
colors oft" u W i b tIll :h1 n1o at-" f11r h aInd
luti11 aiv tl' ihy had l in I I i t.it
y'ste(1iny. It w s i till :i. m1. o-rituls
l edt' f 1h h t 1:t 1 l lI itt :?fe ; (n
g :ed, e<.1y l - u i p 1 isi1n:; i; 1tinl ta
ing;s, (8areIl::, fort In-w pa(wge ts and
re-ex uini;t he (! ( ;nes, it h it) en
th ssitinhi h e"o?y m1) Irdentt Eg!yp
toi t c1111 tl ehI :t 1 : .
i had at ;th nit':irly finish e Iny
inves'tigat''le , a, in i::t, the day of
which 1. am It t) 'pW 1: a- to have
tt I :y :i t in thl+ ' tmblt, thcrti t e
nm'11iing hilt t+ne : i, ule to eoi y, un<t
that. pon1 it w ?!i < 1 ' a 1 : lI- ; ,alh ry.
Acccinilu;!y. at ;1 ut ntttnt I Illind
of1 f I tr or l. ;r b, : r i <p.e"t tin
p1alette inl h:u:Il. onondalit 1:y at t;roup1
of flH in iny < : !y, the ilickering
light c:f wVhV.e tt+r;"b.s gav\"t t l.ir 5oml
berl t"::+e a' it uilit i""ntly l.l tes<iue ex
/ 1w I iettri i wa: ce1 yit' was of a
very ttn:l:;In typ-, n- l:nt <ntinig at train
(1 l++: ;; h:::i t1t,i: \I"(. 'lini' twefore a
kil:; v." m i I -"I to ilt Thothmelcs,
but n., ti,& 1; l I . h'!its i nn* ctudH i t h
the i " t' vI ry rbsurl) t" his
wc1uh 1 1 I.: . i thn to h.termin .
While lpaitn t vld i'y in :-triously, and
so oi t lin t t I uu l :: eI t to 111 :ir int
Iy1 att M 1t11 t. i t (,:1 : as brighlt its
th lste) I ito o ,l I I it! iI d tila the
paint h;:d Liic It'al yr p. !tuI onf at
little juQt; t. lite o inlt fcl tiet king's
no-:i. As 1 hu l0 w "i r I mtot i ted paint
scaling ml c thor p'ti I1 otn up1 to
ean 1111 o t iIt' t(fw . U lwic" of at
plrjecting qlt, w aw it i eacht 1idl,
foo, c theii paint e uw a w;:v (If I h niingos
tthe gran i u:; iih 1 hil, 00'1t in a that11
With inetyi of c1 b:t i oe, ri 01dS
andlie dep teJihIs I ilf aile ith
o(t('r, feet and tilll)d the ciutline,
of adri ors s i pm-u m wai I wit hei
fdlle wl0i1t ttne. in21u dsee si whuich I
fidis p fh:hIl to W'l5fi lty th te pointl
bf a denktfei crauhl forlohavd beeni
rock ofiIlthe g lery.e nieyson bnlentano
IeA to on ier Ihow ftoiiinovf the
pobtace i thd psagwy.Psue IitI ' t i'it tl
founiid, hd o eit et upon, iJt,l ind ther
reained( no way1 buit loo tla it I (ac
corrdorngl et fordil) and1( sleges,
and, son hadrwor i:nto tof follahya
Orkii( sinking to whos on tahsidt of
Byth tingb1 prdvantao of hl ai lmoost
UOipergctl linteisty ies e ewsen he
stnA n IiOllthe waIll the! work li wase nome
whBpateaieertd 01' sveral hourbe'
labor trepited iIitwo hoe oo eight
inciht d ep.Thor hf pfie ithl
powrt,rop eroy tamed th~et chrges,i
insertedy futs,Ol~ li hmd le tird with
All oin tit o.for thlg fmnes of the1(
pOwde o dIiiit, ereune n
foni h getsabhdbenhre
inad4 hr tby,boe nosv
xNervousiy pressamg'v -ft" ".ao...
sage, which was crossed at intervals by
others as lofty as itself, I came finally
to an immense vaulted chamber of oo
tagonal foriu, in the midst of which
stood a hugo sarcophagus of highly pol.
ished syenito. At its head there glit
tered a hugo golden ibis, its long neck
ourvOd in graceful folds and the elen
dor, curved bill pointing downward to.
ward the placo where the heart of the
inclosed mummy would naturally have
been. About the sides of the apartment
stood eight other stone coffins, but
smaller and of red granito instead of
As the sight of these objects burst
upon me by the flickering torchlight I
felt myself trembling with excessive
emotion. Horo was, it might be, the
greatest Egyptological discovery since
the finding of the Rosetta stone. No in
truder before me had ever disturbed the
silence of this mosb awful sepulcher.
Nor CGambyses nor Alexander nor any
of tho.long list of the conquerors of.
Egypt had penetrated the sooret of this
rock hewn abode of the dead. Since
the deep and solemn chorus of the do
parting priestsof Osiris. had died Away
in hollow echops through the long cor
ridors about them no sound had broken
the silence of the ancient dead. What
if they were to wake and ask me of the
doings of the world sinco they had
slumibered there? Not history's self
could answer them.
''hese and similar thoughts flashed
through my mind, mixed with a tri
unpha feeling of exultation and self
gratulation. But it was already late. I
lid eaten nothing sinco morning and
my fellals were tired and grumbling,
90 I was compelled to abandon my dis
coveries uat-il the morrow, though sore
ly against my will. So jealous was I of
my findings that, after seeing all of my
work men out, of the tomb, I had my tent
pitehed before the outer entrance, in
order that none might gain access to
the new treasures which were within
the inner chambers.
After a restless night I was up with
the dawn, and, eating a hasty break
fast, hastened to the scene of my dis
covery, but before repairing thithor 1
sent a messenger to Professor Batesi,
who was then considered the greatest
living Egyptologist, and who was su
perintencding som10 excavations at a
point about ten miles from my camp,
aiannouncintg my discovery and begging
him to como to me at once. This was
an unselfIsh act on lily part, as I knew
very well that the scientifio world
would be apt to givo him entire credit
for my discoveries if he were to arrive
oil t hee see oo 0011 mlid should desire
to appropriato my laurels, but my de
light was so great that I felt the neces
sity of a companiin to share it withi me.
The first task I set for myself was the
removal of the graad central sarcopha
gus. I had pretty well made up my mind
that this was the real cotlin of Thothmes
Ill and that the one found in the outer
tomh had been merely a blind. I sent
to my camp for tackle and a small der
rick so constructed as to be capable of
being taket apart in small pieces and
readily put together. While awaiting
its arrival I examined the great golden
ibis closely. It. was apparently of solid
gold, ten feet high, and the finest speci
men of tho goldsmith's art I had ever
sr a. The modeling was perfect and
the minuteness of the work remarkable.
The t iniest feathers, the smallest scales
en th~e long, slender legs, were repro
dhured with iicrupulIous exactness.
"There haus never been found anything
to comuparo with it,'' I saidl exultantly
In a short time the muen returnied
with the apparatus, the derrick was
rected and clamps were placed across
the polished surface of the imassiv'o lid.
At, lny c'oimmando the meni at the wind(
lass be"gan to turn,. and the great slab
rose slowl 13fro its place and was
lowered carefully to the floor. L4eapin.g
upon11 a coil of roe at hand, I looked
dtwn in to the sarcophagus. As I did so
teihtfrom iiy torch birilliantly re
flected from at hiugo mummy (ens0 -of ap
parently solid anld massy gold. As is
usual with niummy cases, the head of
the case was modeled into thei form of
a face. These faces are supposed to be
likenesses of the inclosed mummies as
they looked in life. The.io face was that
of a maan still young, of pleasing and
yet 'ommlianiding prece(iC. Two crystals
iiserted for eyes gave it a lifelike and
abauost terrifyinag apipearanico. The case
was carved wit.h mainy anid elaborate
dlesignis and wats studdled with the bed
ics of mnitiy scvarabs, wvhich were set
deep) in thle goJld
'These details I observed1 at a glance,
but an! object lying at the side of the
caso and partly3 upon it now r tt.rac ted
ay attentin. Thlis w~as a large vase or
flas~k of thme purest rock crystal, elabo
rately carved with mystical devices,
which w'as filled with a limpid, color
less fluid-perhaps four or five quarts
which seemdli( to bo luminous. At least
It reflectedt the torelhlighlt with an in
teunsity that was ahniost blinding. It
was wholly novel (discovery. Sar
cophiagi andiu mumieis we're common
enloughl, but never had I seen or heard
of the finding of aniythinig like this.
Had I found it in a Gcian or Ronian
tomb, I mighxt have called it au Iach
rymal vase, hut so far as I know nmo
such utensil was used by the Egyptians.
Reaching downx into thli great stone
box, I umanaged to grasp the flask and1(
take it up. As I held it aloft the fel
laths 'set upl a territied shout as the
light of their torches was reflected
from it in streams of dazzling bril
"Body of B3acchusl So you are nei
ther crazy iior hoaxing."'
It was the voice oif my friend, Dr.
B3atesi, who (mtered She tomib at this
D)r. Hatesi wais an Italian, seome 65
yrars of age, thougih yet vigorous and
o)f an ext renmely nervous tempueramient.
1 his figure wa.'s tall, bunt thin and gaunt,
and hiis me iager fa'e was (decora ted by a
long and flowing wvhiite heard. IIis eyes
were sia ill, bright and restless. Any one
tvould have readily kinownm him as an
enthiusiast ini whatever sItidy lie nmight
he interested, lie always spioko ini a
jerky, exci table mianiner, andl his usually
a dlozen fold by thle strange nature of
"No, you're not crazy. But, great
heavens I Whiat a discovery I"
" 'Yes,"' I replied, striving hard to ap
peair cool. "'I thlinkI thiis is soimethinig of
a find. SAeo here. '" And I made way for
him to standt( upon the coil of rope in
order that hio might look down Into the
Ab tbe' glittelng nammmy ca$e met
his sight he began a series of ejacula
tions in his native to gue, apparently
unconscious of my presence. At length
he somewhat "regained his composure,
and the crystal flask in my hand at
tracted his attention.
"What is that?" he demanded.
"I do not know. I found It inside the
sarcophagus. Did you over see anything
like it before?"
He did not answer me, but, snatching
the vase from ' my hand, began to ex
amine it very closely, at the same time
muttering excitedly to himself. His in
spection lasted some time. Finally his
face brightened and assumed an expres
sion of decision.
"It may be. It is possible," he said,
still speaking to himself. "Why not?
Do not the records of Manetho say so?
It is not so improbable after all. Come,
come, we shall soon know. "
"Come," he said, turning to me,
"we must see that mummy. Let us get
the case out as soon as possible."
I gave the necessary orders to my
men, and the derrick was once more
called 'into requisition to lift the heavy
case from the sarcophagus.
"Do you suppose this is Thothmes?"
I inquired while the men were occupied
with this task.
"It is no more Thothmes, " he replied,
"than it is Habakkuk. It is Nof-Rah,
a high priest of Osiris, of the eighteenth
dynasty," pointing at the same time to
a hieroglyph carved on the massive case,
which I had overlooked by reason of its
size, extending from one end of the
case nearly to the other.
In a few moments the heavy case
was on the stone floor and the massive
golden cover was removed, revealing
not the ordinary swathed and bandaged
mummy, but a naked body floating in
an oily substance which Omitted an
aromatic smell. If I had expected re
newed evidence of excitement from the
doctor, I was disappointed. His fea
tures assumedi a set expression, and he
bont over the body without uttering a
"This liquid," I exclaimed excitedly,
"Honey," replied the doctor. Then
he continued as if to himself: "As I ex
pected. Come! The ancients were not
all fools nor all liars. It is 1 o'clock
a great day, a great day!"
The body, as the mummy case had
foretold, was that of a young man of
pleasing appearance and majestio fig
ure, the flesh still firm and plump,
with no evidences of decay. The body
appeared to have been unmutilatod by
the hands of the embalmers. There was
no incision on the flank to evidence the
removal of the viscera, and the plump
ness of the closed eyelids led to the pre
sumption that the eyes were still in
their sockets. There was positively no
evidence of death about the body, un
less it were a certain rigidity, but oth
erwise it might have been mistaken for
the person of some expert swimmer
sleeping on the surface of his bath.
"Send your men for some food, a
half dozen bottles of wine and plenty
of water and towels," said the doctor
in an unnatural voice.
I had overlooked the fact that it was
past dinner time and hastened to give
the necessary orders to my men, though
what the doctor wanted of towels I
could not imagine. The required arti
cles were soon brought.
/Now dismiss all your men," con
tinued the doctor in the same strained
tone cf voice.
I obeyed as unquestioningly as the
wedding guest obeyed the Ancient Miari
ner, and the men, after depositing a
number of lighted torches about the
chamber, retired. After their footsteps
had died away in the long corridors,
the doctor began to pace slowly up and
down the room. Finally he spoke:
"'How many kinds of mummies have
yen found in your discoveries?"
''Why,'' I replied, "'three kinds, if
you mean the manner of their prepara
"And they wvero?"
" Why, the first class have all the
viscera and the braine removed, the
cavities filled with resins and spices,
and hmve been steeped in natron for a
long time. The second have only the
brains removed and the viscera injected
with oil of cedar. These were also
steeped in natron, as wve suppose. The
third kind were apparently just salted
down for a certain length of time. These
are all the kinds I anm familiar with.''
"And have you found and seen ne
"'Well, there was a fourth kind. It is
so written in the boo0k of Manetho. I
have always' believed it to be a lie of
the piriests. We are about to see whether
it was such in fact or not. The priests
glainmed to have a process by which
they could arrest animation indefinite
ly, and that they could, after the lapse
of ages, restore life to a body in which
existence had been suspended by the
use of a certain liquor, if the body wore
kept from external injury. The only
thing that ha.:s seemed to substantiate
this claim has been the fact that a few
bodies have boen discovored at widely
different times which bore none of the
ordlinary marks of emibahning, frort
which the viscera andic brain had not
beeni removed and which woreoneverthe
loss in a better stato of preservatior:
than mummies v'hich had been care
fully embalmed. I say such bodies hav'
beent discoveredl. 1 should say, rather,
that It is claimed that they have bee:i
discovered, but as I never sawv one ci
any one who had I have been incline<1
to doubt the fact. This body settles th(
matter. I dou bt no more."
"'I remenmber now that I have heart1
something to the same effect,"' I re.
plied, ''but I do not see that this sub
stantiates the claim of the priests to bc
able to sus51pnd aimat ion and to ro
store it after the lapse of ages."'
"Trel0 are none so blind as thos<
who will not see,'' he replied testily.
''Do you not perceive that the reasor
that these bodies have never been re
storedl to life is either that the knmowi.
edge of their resting places has beer
lost in thme lapse of ages or that th<
recip)e by which t boy wore to be revived
has beeni forgot ten?''
''Well?'' I said stumpidlly.
"'Well, is there anything more proba.
ble than thait this is one of those bodici
and that the contents of this vase is th(
medicine by which it can be restored tc
I stared at my companion in amaze.
ment. Is wordsa soundled like nonsense,
b)ut his manner was calm--unusually
calm-and after all thu idea was nol
wholly absurd. There are mnre tMnm
I fltng it far dowtn one of the unexplored
in heaven and earth than our philoso
phy 'dreams of. It might be as he said.
"You see," continued the doctor,
"that this man was wiso in his day and
generation and very prudently directed
the medicine that was to restore him
to life to be entombed with him."
"Do you suppose he began his long
sleep, if it is one, voluntarily?"
"Hardly. It may havt been a pun
ishment for betraying some secret of
the priesthood or a religious rite, tho
subject of which was selected by lot.
But that is mer y conjecture. "
".Does it not seem impossible to you
as a medical man?" I queried.
"My friend," was the reply, "it is
only the student of mediino who ap
preciates how little is known of the hu
man body. It seems improbable, yes,
wildly improbable; impossible, no."
"Very well, then," I exclaimed, fill
ed with a rising belief and enthusiasm,
"let us try to resuscitat this sitizen of
the primeval world. .
'To work i" ejaculated the doctor,
turning to the body.e -
We first lifted it from the caso and
laid it upon a piece of canvas which
was to hav been our tablecloth. In
doing so we found it was not so stiff as
we had supposed. It was, in fact, limp
and yielding, like that of a person in
some forms of rpilepsy. We then pro
ceeded to wipo it dry with our towels.
The flesh was firm and natural, though
cold as the clods of th valley.
"But how shall we use the liquid?"
"Why, there are but two ways of
using it-externally and internally. I
can probably tell from the odor whether
it is dairgerous to give internally. There
is enough of it, I should think, for both
So saying, the doctor, after some dif
ficulty, removed the stopper, which had
been sealed with natron. As he did so
a lie;ht, luminous vapor arosa from the
flars, fillig the chamber with a deli
cate perfume, like mingled ether and
crushed applo seeds. For moment the
scent madere giddy, but this soon
"We will first rub it with the liquid.
After that I will t to pry its mouth
open and pour some down its throat."
We began rubbing the body. For a
lty, rm ovwed e stope,wc Ithad
been work,ld the siatroAiion ws
soong flwing theombei wthas deli
catorfudmase, like mngle resuthwas and
prsed plt. es o mmn h
scentmafde idy, ut tIs saidoa
"Keepwl itp," siti the liquid.ern
Afte that yo suppos tryt pny is easily
opaened aftr aee f its thrat.
lo tie wentinued inurilenke.ortsome
time.d w,and hey ershaustion wna
sonrlon from usoco inttraceams. A.tn
parent. ! e red oitngt
aI'pafraido t's noight" aido t
lat I okedt se pany indication of
"Kepitupsai the doctor srse pntern-o
wiyh "o forc sups taenes esled
awakenedatr sah remoeed his th0b byn
So swe ctidnufedurg woor.o sm
"Aime.ighas neda'.' exhaused wHe
crTr he doctor aie t.ce y .t
tsensain. nic ,i n hsidcto
oooo trignhe:- ied, p'opledg wto
axultaceion the rig t thi of our hxei
Ientoked athe laicue indiated disov
did ws ah dnc-t:r pr1esed upo theought
ofithsoe porne. A alnes. res-.ltwed,
follwed, ashto eoved h.Oie thu'b ab
er slof tDe oQeurn. -ai color. s ir
reementihev (. o v' Ih crit.h hhe
trem e o , lithe's!'' h ntq it "o
tfhe otie of A 1ia i.giedhm
vItidl a ts iey re<all hi t ''esibeus
ofssetsriofj the tt~ co oil." 'uho wnithe
fiad ho naoI idom our mle.Th
cryingt beforome~ had live at?l thought
had thought and dramd had hordt~
and woned n eredlii? !1 beor ithe1~ d
eof isoy whn the eathii was eope
rhadnbemen forgotten Ion con ago,ImtI
twohendou floo Iwas ai mate <pf yter
dydthe u towr of abe i'~ an' xitinga
wonder of the orld,iC a ye t I ndo
bsag before my hades thed td ovie,
aid fore adge, onefore teing
tof hiory, when heahwis peoile.
wihotrngeohspia raco wasy rnames
had beene frtobelong oe go,th
whlivnn the dea. was a epfrighter
wndmaey oI sihe world ahorrtor,bu
stallnantinu ae, omeacle beginnifg
A t u t las io bomegun es
which were accopned byc inasn
elvidne no the ded.urnws ofihlton,
th anoaly. Iopened ithl homres,sed
hips limbts. spnnieeaiy re
the teeth apart and poured several drops
of the liquid downi the throat of the
body. The effect of this was soon evi
denced by a very slight but yet percep
tible respiration. T1horo was no longer
room for doubt, If Indeed there had
beenm any before. The man lived.
Tfho doctor was still silent, and in the
whirl of miy thoughts I was incapable
of speech. We rencwedl our rubbings
withI thte liquor, anid tile respirations
grew~ stronger and stronger. At last
they were quite normal. The doctor
poured a few drops of tho cordial down
"'We nity rest now,'' he said.
I threw mtysolf ont the floor and think
I must hatvo fauinted from the exhaustive
labor, tihe inmn19. of m.v tjmnnahta sand
me neAt or the ochamber. At' Any rate
I was unconscious for some time.
When I regained consciousness, the
Egyptian (for now that he was alive I
suppose he should be properly so called)
was breathing easily and naturally as
though in a profound sleep. The doctor
was seated on the floor, his back against
a sarcophagus, looking intently at the
crystal flask which he held in his hand.
Its contents, about one-half of which
had been exhausted, sparkled brightly
in the torchlight.
I arose and approached ny friend.
As I did so I noticed something alarm
ing in his appearance. 4 His features
were set and drawn,. while his eyes
glittered with a light that was fearful
in the wild intensity of their glare. I
hesitated to speak and stood looking ir
resolutely at him' for some minutes. He
seemed unconsbiouns of my presence.
From time to time he would mutter in
a hoarse and inarticulate voice.
In the hope that ho might become
more composed if left to himself, and
in order to distract my own excited
thoughts, I turned my attention to the
Egyptian. His respirations had become
somewhat shorter, and a slight twitch
ing of his eyelids was apparent. Sitting
down -beside him and taking his head in
my lap, I knocked off the neck of the
bottle of wine and poured some of its
contents down his throat, at the same
time pinching the epiglottis to make
him swallow. The effect of the draft
was soon evidenced by an increased color
in the swarthy cheek, and in a few min
utes, while I watched him closely, the
eyelids trembled and with great effort
slowly opened, and two great eyes of
intense blackness stared solemnly into
There cc ild have been nothing more
natural than for the man to have opened
his eyes after having been restored to
consciousness, yet this action, natural
as it was, affected me more than the
first discovered indications of life. A
cold wave swept along my spino, and
my heart paused until I thought it
would never resume its pulsations.
On what prehistoric scenes had those
inscrutable eyes last gazed before they
looked into mine? What awful events,
forgotten ore yet a pyramid was found
ed, what mystic rites, what mighty
men of old long sunk into oblivion, had
been mirrored in those hideously ancient
It was as though the sphinx had
awakened from her granite sleep and
looked upon me. Luckily for me I was
not called upon to long endure that
awesome gaze. The eyelids fell, and, as
if exhausted by the effort of opening his
eyes, the Egyptian's respiration soon
evidenced that he was again sleeping.
I laid his head unon a fold of the can
vas and arose to my feet. As I did so a
cry from the doctor attracted my atten
tion. He had arisen and was pacing
feverishly about the tomb.
''Oh, fools and madmen W" he cried.
"Oh, blind and more than blindl Idiots
and imbecilesl What have we done,
asses that we are? What have we done?"
I stared at my friend in terror and
amazement. His words were those of a
madman, and the glitter of his eye and
the frenzy of his manner were in keep
ing. While I still stared he continued
his ejaculations in a half dozen lan
guages, gesticulating wildly, throwing
his hands aloft, tearing his hair and
darting about the chamber.
'Do you know what this is?" at
length lie cried in a terrible voice, ad
vancing towardl me with the flask held
"Of course niot, " I replied, striving
to appear calm and self possessed.
"Of course you do not," ho answered
with a sneer. "Of course you do not.
How should an imibecile like you know
what it is? WVhat should it be? What is
it b)ut the real elixir vitam, the elixir
of life, the wine of youth, the medicine
of immortality, so long. sought and
.never found I That's what it is, and
tjhat's what we have been wasting oni
that miuddy carcass there insteaM of
treasuring it for the preservation of our
own lives througb countless ages. And
why not," lie cried, his voice rising to
a screain, as lie turned fiercely to me,
'why not for all eternity, for, in the
long ages of existence that this will
give us shall we not be able to discover
the ingredients of which it is mado
and the mnaniier in which it is concoct
ed? Eternity! Eternity !" he screamed.
"An eternity of life is ours!"
A cold, icy herror seized me. There
could be no doubt of my companion's
insanity. He was a raving maniac. The
exciting events of the last few hours
had been too much for his highly
wrought nervous system. I was alono
with -him, far from human aidi, and
where no sound or cry of mnino could
reach the ear of mani. T1o what ex
tremity miight not this insanity drive
him? I was unarmed, and, though a
stronger man than lie, yet I knew that
insanity lends a strenigth alniost super
human. There was nothing to do but
to strive to appear. calm anud if possible
",So you really think~ this miust he
the elixir of lif'?'' I inquired calmily.
''Of course it is,, "lhe cried. ''Do you
bdpposo it will restore life to that ear
rionm there after 80 centuries or more
and not. prolong the life of one already
living? Yes, it is the true elixir, the
true fountain of youth. "' Hero his rav
inigs becamo incoherent and so contin
uedl for sonic time.
"Well, it may be as you say, doctor, "
I said at length. "But let us first get
this fellow fully resuscitated and get
out of hero as scoon as we can. Heavens!
Think what fanme will be ours when 'we
introdulco to the world a liv'ing priest
of the cigh teen th dyniasty I'
''Resuscitate that dog !' 'le sc'reamed.
'Waste oni hinm any mere of the pire
ciouis fluid which nieans thousands of
years of life to us! No, nto! Let himt
sleep as lie has slept. All that a man
hats will lie give for his life, antd here
is life, life, life-thousands of years
"'Why should you have any of it''" lhe
continlued, (eastinug a look of deep ma
lignity upon mue. ' 'Why should you eni
joy what vou did iiot discover? You
would never' have susipected the true
nature of the liquor. You would have.
wasted it all on that eareass there. No,
no, You have no right to it. It is aill
mine. M illions of years of life, and all
"You are welcome to It all, doctor,
if you wish it,'' I managed to say. "I1
am not enamored with life enough to
desire to ptrolong it indeflnitely. I am
satisfied with any allotted length of
days. But now let us get out of hero If
"Very well, then," he cried. "It is
all mine. Eternity is mine. I must be
gin upon it now, before I am a moment
older. From this mofient I become as
one of the gods. I drink," he said,
lifting the flask to his lips, "to immor
tality l" A bright green glaro shot from
the vaso as he held it aloft.
Forgetful of danger I sprang forward
to intercept his draft, fully believing
that a medicine so powerful as we had
found this to be would be fatal to a liv
ing man, and, determined to save my
friend's lifo at whatover risk to my
own, I leaped forward, snatched the
flask from his hands and flung it far
down one of the unexplored corridors.
For an instant ho stood as if thunder
Then with incredible quickness and
without uttering a word he drew a
stiletto from his breast, plunged it into
my bosom and darted down the corri
dor. I fell fainting to the floor, but be
fore I lost consciousness I heard a long,
blood curdling scream, followed by a
deathly silence, and I knew no more.
I returned to consciousness in the
humble hut of a fellah near the scene
of my explorations, wheAior I had been
conveyed by my nen, who had found
me insensible in the thick darkness of
the vaulted chamber. I had hovered for
weeks between life and death, but the
anxious care of a physician whom the
Scientific society had sent me on hear
ing of my wound finally restored me to
consciousness and life. No tidings of
Dr. 3atesi had been received.
As soon as 1 was able I revisited the
tomb. Of its former treasures not an
atom remained. The wretched fellahs,
who are not permitted to si'll any of the
treasures of antiquity which they may
discover, had taken all away to dis
member them at their leisure, in order
to sell the fragments surreptitiously to
tourists. The body of the priest had
disappeared with the other contents of
Feebly and disconsolately i crawled
along one of the corridors which seemed
to inc to be the one down which 1 had
thrown the crystal vase. Suddenly my
torchbearer, who was in advance, start
ed back with a cry of horzor. Advanc
itig cautiously, 1 found myself looking
down into a wide pit which was sunk
perpendicularly in the center of the
passago. I threw a pebblo down it, but
no sound of its fall returned to my cars
from the thick blackness below.
As I turned, weary and sick at heart,
my foot. struck a soft object. It was'a
light felt hat. I knew it and its own
The next day found io on my way to
the dahabeah which was to take ino down
the Nile. After my litter had been
placed on board, looking up at the bank
I chanced to see a tall, majestic figure,
richly clad in garments of strange and
ancient, fashion, gazing intently upon
the boat, an(, as it seemed, at mie.
Who is that man?" I asked my
"He is a stranger, excellency, a
newcomer. They call him Neflar. He
is very wise, they say, very wiso and
very rich, but ie talks little. Some say
lie has the evil eye, but I do not know. "
The dabaheah east, off from the shore
and with a favoring breeze shot swiftly
down the streamn. As we swept down
ward I kept my eyes on the grand, i
posing figure of the stranger as his gazo
followed the boat until a bend in the
river shut him from viewv.
"'Strange, '" 1 san- to the doctor at my
side, "w~hat hallucinations sick men
have. Now 1IalmIlost thought thalt"
''Yes, they are strange,'" ho replied.
-Secretary Wilson's estimate of
$400O,(.00,000 se-nt, out of the United
States annually for farm) p)rod(uts t,bat
could be grown on Americar. farms
may seem at first sight to be overdraw n,
but the secretar-y has made a special
study of the subject and hlas the ollicial
igures to back up his cstimate.
-Mr. J. P'. De-rham, chilef clerk in
the comptroller general's elliee, ha
been requested to resign, and the
Columbia Record says that. Governor
Ellerbe causedl thle reqjuest to he made',
that he might atlppOtut Auditor Brad
Iey, of Abheville, as his buccessor.
-Ex-Governor Evans is to he marrier
Dec. 15t.h, and with his bride he wvill
retuIrn to Aiken about the 1st o1
January, just at the height of thi
social seaIson when the town is t,hronger
with Northern visitors.
---Tho annual conlvention of th,
Daughters of the Con fede.acy in SoutJ
Garolina will be held at Abbeville or
Wedneesday, Dec. 14t, and tihe delegate
wvill be enLttainedl by the members o
thle local chiau)ter.
-TIhe South Carolina P'enitentir.
hast mlado a net profit of tenf tho(05uan
lollars this ye-ar.
. O ThereC Iis
dlodlge alny sort
Of trouible arounid a
tree. The only way
is to colie squarelv
Out andi( face thle (di
ficulty iand) fight it
\/ballf sick, the best
course is not1 to nieg
/ et or igniore it, 01
pretend( thlat it
djoesn't exist, but to
-,. find the proper retn
edy and( use it.
A bilious, dyspep
tic cond(itionl of the
systein not onIly makes life llniserr'.ble, but
it is sure to leadl to somIethling worse, uniless
prompltly taken in hand and( corrected. It
Is fool shi to attempuIt to (lodge such troubles
by an~y mecre temlporary expedienlt. Trhe
onIly sensib)le way is to get rId of tile)) for
goodl and all by a thoroughly rationlal, scien)
tific tnledicitte like D)r. Pierce's Golden Mcd
It cures all disordered, deb)ilitatedl conIdi
tlins by its direct action upon the liver and
digestive organs; it gives tile)) power to
mnake fresh, hiealthy bl ood free from bilious
itupurities; It drives all disease-grms otit
of tile circulationi; it creates solid, mnuscular
flesh andc const itut ional power.
Lung anid throat affections, whlichl are
ofteni situply the resullt of imipaired nutri
tion, are reached and culredl by this wonder
full 'Discovery " in eases where codl hivei
oil emlulsions are useless, because tihe " Dis
covery " is readily assimnilated b)y delicate
atomlachls. It is far superior to nitalt ex
tracts, because its beneficial effects are
"IDr. P'ierce, I amlf one of youir most grateful
p:ttenlts," writes Mrs. Ann))ie M. NorItnan,, of
Eq utinlIk, wayne Co., P'a. " I have taken
'Golden Medicnl D)Iscovery,' also ' Favorite Pre
Jaml, as maniy of my friends tell me, like thc
(lend brought to life. The dloctors said I hiad
conIsump rtion, and1 (denth was onl y a matter of
time. Thlat was six years ago. le coneltIded to
try your~ medC(icine. I conltinueld 111ntil I had( takeun
nme1 biottles of * Discovery' and several bottlc
of 'Pellets.' I gol, well anid have done a greal
deal of hard worfr sin1c."
When the liver and bowels don't work,
the body and braini won't. Dr. Pierce's
Pleasant Pellets are a sure, safe, speedy
and pernianenlt cure for constipation, and
a torpid liver. One " Pellet " Is a gentle
-Cards are out for the lbarriage of
Rev. Gilbert Iteid and Miss Sallio Btl1
Reynolds on Wednesday, Dec. 1, in
Washington Street Church, Columbia.
Miss Roynolds t a si'ter of Dr.S. M.
Reynolds, and both she and Mr. teid
are missionaries to China.
-Senator Griflith, of Lexington
County, has made twelve hundred
oushele of corn this year on his farin
near Summit, showing that ho knows
how to farm as well as wake laws.
-Mr. John P. Calhoun, of Cleuson
College, a great nephew of John C.
Calhoun, died on the 1i3th inst. at Fort
111, of hoart failure, aged t years.
-lvery fartner in the middle and.
uo er sections of South Carolina should
at least plant enoug h wheat to supply
his own c emautIl for flour.
-Governo'' ;llorbo has appinted
Thursday, Nov. .', as a day of thanks
giving and prayer.
-Gen. Wud llatnpton has returned
to his hote in Columbia, and is in line
health and spirits.
_- ----.-0. N9M_
Needs No lxplanat(ion
M A D!SON, N. C., Aug. 4, '9.
Goose Grease Liniment Co., Grens
bore, N. C.
Dear Sirs-Pllease ship us8 at once
one gross Goose Grease Liniment, We
are entirely out. 1)on't fail to ship at
once. I'l"aase give us jobbers' prices,
It is the best thing we have eve"seen.
W. C. JONES & Co.
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