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THE SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE, NORTH PLATTE, NEBRA8KA.
HffBEB A Romance of Adventure CHAPTER XIX C-Mitlnueel. 12 King nodded ngnln, for a nod Is less committal than a word; nnd tho nod wob enough to start the mullah off again. "I saw tho Sleeper and his brldo be foro she knew of cither I It was I who let hor Into Khlnjant It was I who told tho men sho Is tho 'Heart of tho Hills' come to llfol She tricked mo I But this Is no hour for bearing grudges, fiho has a plan and I urn minded to help." King lay still and looked up at him, uro that treachery was tho ultimate end of any plan the mullah Muham mad Anlin had. India has been sated by the treachery of her enemies moro often than ruined by false friends. Bo has the world, for that matter. "A Jlhnd when tho right hour comes will raise tho trlbts," tho nullah growled. "She and thu, as he Sleep er nnd hi Hate, could work wonders. Bat who cm trust her? She stole that head I Sho stolo nil tho ammunition 1 Does'sho surely love thee?" King noddod again, 'for modesty could not help him at that Juncture liOTe and boastfulness go together In tho "Hills." "Sho shall have thco back, then, at a price 1" King did not answer. His brown eyes watched tho mullah'B, and ho drew his brcnth in little Jerks, lest by breath ing nloud ho should miss ono word of what was coming. "Sho shall havo thee back against Khlnjun and tho ammunition I Sho and thou shall hnvo India, but I shall bo tho power behind you I I havo men in Khlnjanl I havo as many as she I On the day I march thero will bo a re volt within. Sho would better agreo to tonus I" King lay looking at him, llko a pris oner on tho rack undergoing examina tion. Ho did not answer. "Wrlto thou a lottcr. Since sho loves thee, stato thlno own caso to her. Tell her that I hold thco hostage, nnd that Khlnjan 1b mine already for n little fighting. In n month sho cannot pick out ray men from among her own. Her Sosltlon Is .undermined. Tell her Unit, 'ell her that If sho obeys sho shall have India and bo queen. If she dis obeys, sho shall dlo in tho Cavern of Earth's Drink 1" "Sho Is n proud woman, mullah," nn wercd King. "Threats to Buch as he?" Tho mullah mumbled and strode Back nml forth threo times between King's bed nnd tho Are,' with his flats knotted-together behind him nnd his head bent, as- Napoleon used to walk. When ho stood besido tho bcd'ncnln nt last It wna with his mind mndo up, ns his clenched flats nnd his eycB Indi cated. "Mnko thlno own terms with hcri" ho growled. "Wrlto tho letter nnd send it I I hold thee; she holds Khln Jan nnd tho ammunition. I am between her and' India. So bo it. Sho slinll starve In thero I Sho shnll Ho In thero until tho war Is over und tnko what terms aro offered her In tho end I Wrlto thlno own letter I Strife tho case, and bid hor answer 1" "Very well," said King. Ho began to bco now definitely how Indln wus to be saved. It was none of his business to plan yot, but to help others' plans dCBtroy themselves nud to sow such "Hcd In tho broken ground us might fer fruit In time. Q'ho mullah left him, to squat und iazo into tho Are, nnd mutter, and King lay still. Af tor n whllo tho mullah went to the mouth of tho cave, to stand and tare out nt the enrap where tho thou nnd fires were dying fitfully nnd wood rnoko purged tho air of human niistl oess. Tho stars looked down on him, nnd ho Beqmed to try to rend thc.ni, Standing with fists knotted together ut bis back. And a j ho stood so, six other mul lahs enmo to him und began to urguo with him In low tones, ho browbeating them ull with furious words hissed be tween-half-closed teoth. Thoy were whispering still when King fell usleep. It was courage, not curelcssncss, that let him Bleep courago and a great hope bora of tho mullah's perplexity. CHAPTER XX. Next morning tho Ornkzal Patlinn Mt nnd sunned himself in tho enve mouth, emitting wordly wisdom un adulterated with divinity. As King went townrd him to Geo to whom ho Hpoko ho grinned nnd pointed with Ids thumb, nnd King looked down on somo elck and wounded men who sat In a crowd togethor on the ramp, ten feet or so bclpw tho cave. They seemed stout soldierly fellows. Men of another typo wero being kept at n dlstunco by dint of nrgumcnt and threats. Awny In tho distance wus Mu hainmad Anim with his broad buck turned to tho enve, tn'ultcrcntion with dozen other mullahs. For tho tlmo Jio was out of tho reckoning, "Spnie of theso aro Wounded," tho I'utlmu explained. "Somo havo soreB, Komo havo tho bellyache. Then again, nome nro sIcH.of words, hot nnd cold by iy und night, All havo served In tho mi-mi v. All have modals. All are de tmtui somo for ohq reason, some for wus I corrittcftTSr I mepoDos tfuuarm another and some for no reason at ull. Bnll-wlth-n-bcnrd looks tho other way. Speak thou to them about tho pardon that is offered 1" So King went down among them, taking somo of tho tools of ills sup posed trndo with him and trying to crowd down the triumph that would well up. The seed he had sown hud multiplied by fifty In n night. Ho want ed to shout, as men once did before tho walls of Jericho. Possibility of par don and reinstatement, though only heard of nt second hand, had brought unity Into being. And unity brought eagerness. "Let us start tonight I" urged one mnn. "Nayl" tho Pathun objected nt once. "Mnny of you can hardly mnrch. Rest ye hero and let tho hnklm treat your bellyaches. JJull-wmi-a-Dcnra bade me wait hero for a letter that must go to Khlnjan today. Good. 1 will take his letter. And In Khlnjan I will sprend news about pardons. It Is likely there nro fifty thero who will daro follow me back, and then wo shnll mnrch down tho Kliybcr llko n full company of tho old days I" King got busy with his lancet, but tho mullah canu buck nnd called him off nnd drovo the crowd away to a dis tance; then ho drove King Into tho cavo In front of him, his mouth work ing as If ho were biting bits of ven gcanco off for future use. "Wrlto thy letter, thou 1 Write thy letter I Hero Is paper. Thero Is a pen Go King Began to Write In Urdu. tnko It I Sit I Yonder Is Ink ttutt ttutt I write, now, wrlto I" King snt nt u box nnd wnltcd, ns If to tuko dictation, but the mulluh, tug' glng ut his beard, grew furious. "Wrlto thlno own letter 1 Invent thlno own argument I Pcrsundo her, or dlo In n new wuy I I will invent n new way for thee 1" So King began to write, in Urdu, for reasons of his own. Ho hud spoken onco or twice In Urdu to tho mulluh nnd had received no nnswer. It wus n fair gnons that Muhummnd wns Ignor nut of the scholars' lungunge. 'QrCOtlnc." he ivrnln "In Mir. mm) linnli. tlful nnd vory wlso Princess Yusmlnl, In nor palace In tho cavea In Khlnjan, from her sorvnnt Kurram Khan tho lialclni, In jiiu tump or uie munan Muhammad Anim In tho "HIIIb." "Tho mullah Muhammad Anim surrender or Khlnjan Caves and of all his ammunition. Further, hn ilnmnnrl. full control of you and of mo and of all your "Ho threatens ns n nrnltmlnnrv In Mrw.lT. nds Khlnjan caves, unless the nnswer to i.,.r,.m 0 nvor'',io. leltlnar nono onter, UUt Calllm? liln nn.n ... ,, i.l ' T.l . w.,.. .iivi, vufc llf JUII1 mill. This would suit tho Indian government, WCLUl HQ Wlllin I in Illllft' fln t UiomtioU'oa thoy cannot raid India, and .. mu uiuuKnuca Khlnjan cavos thoro " " B0 llmo movo against him. KnowlMT Hint ha drirea Iw.ftn nnrl ran accomplish what ho threatens, I am sor- vwur,u x i.uuw ii is oaiu now many services you havo rendorod of old to the ttuvornmoni i serve. Wo who servo ono raj aro ono ono to romombor ono to for 80t ono to liUlu each ollmr In trnml tlma. limy uu uiui vungcanco against mo wnuiu seem sweeter to von t inn rr.li.ru to your former allcirlrmce. In that man. mines, you only uoed betray mo to the mullah, and bo suro my death would leave iiuuwiiB to oo ciesirea by tho spectators. At present ho doca not ausneot mo. 1 ' I J n ., , i .. ...1 I . " . . . . tray me to him Is to loavo mo fruo to servo my Bovornmont and well alilo to do so. I Invito you to return to India v'.th mo, bearing news that thn mulluh Mu hammad Anim and hi men nro bottled In Khlnjan caves, and to plan with mo to that ond. "If you will, thon wrlto an answer to Muhammad Anim, not In Urdu, but in a language he can jinderstand: seem to sur rondor to him. nut to me sond a vorbal message, cither by tho bearer of this or by some trustier nioimeneer. "India can profit yet by your scrvlco If you will. Ami In that ense I pledge my word to dlit i tho government's attention only to yom good service In tho, matter. It Is not yet too late to chooso. "It Is not impertinent In me to urgo you. "Nor can I say how gladly I would subscribe mysoi: your grateful and loyal servant." The mulluh pounced on tho finished letter, pretended to rend it, am wutched him seal It up, smudging tho hot wax with his own great guarded thumb. Then he shouted for the Orak r.ul I'atliau, who cume striding In, nil grins und swagger. "Thero tuko It I Muko speed I" ho ordered, nnd with his rlfio nt tho "reudy" nnd the letter tucked Inside his shirt, tho I'uthnn favored King with n farewell grin nnd obeyed. "Get outl" tho mulluh snnrlcd then Immediately. "See to the sick. Tell them I sent thee. Bid them bo grate ful I" King went. Do recognized tho al most madness that constituted the mul lah's driving power. It Is contagious, Hint madness, until It destroys Itself. It hud made several thousand men fol low him und believe In him, but It hud once given Yusmlnl u chance to fool him und defeut him, and now it guve King his chuuee. lie let the mulluh think himself obeyed implicitly. lie becume the busiest mun in all the "Hills." While tho mullnh glowered over the enmp from the cavo mouth or fulmlnuted from the Quran or fought with other inullnhs with words for wenpons und abuse for argument, he bnnduged nnd lanced and poulticed nnd physicked until his head swam with weariness. Thu sick swarmed bo around him that he had to have a bodyguurd to keep them nt bay ; so he choso twenty of tho least sick from among thoso who hnd talked with tho Pathan after sunrise. And because each of those men had friends, nnd it is only human to wish one's friend in the enmo bout, especial ly when the sen, so to spenk, is rough, tho progress through tho camp became n current of missionary zeal and tho virtues of tho Anglo-Indian rnj were better spoken of than tho "mils" had heard for years. Not that there wob any effort mado to convert tho enmp en masse. Far from it. But Uie likely few were pounced on and were told of n chance to enlist for a bounty In India. And what with winter not bo fur ahead, nnd what with experience of former fighting ngalnst the British nrmy, the choosing wns nono bo difficult. From tho day when tho lad first feels soft down upon his face until tho old man's beard turns whlto ncd his teeth shake out, tho hlllman would rnther fight than cat ; but ho prefers to fight on tho winning side if ho may, nnd ho likes good treatment Before it was dark that night thero wero thirty men sworn to hold their tongues and to wnlt for tho word to hurry down tho Ehyber for the rur- poso of enlisting In somo British-In dian regiment. Some oven began to urgo tho hnklm not to wnlt for tho Orakznl Pathan, but to start with what he hnd. "Shnll I leave my brother in tho lurch?" tho hnklm nsked them; nnd though they murmured, they thought better of him for It. Well for him that he hnd plenty of Epsom suits In Ills kit, for in tho "Hills" physic should taste evil and show very qnlck results to bo believed In. no found a dozen diseases of which he did not so much ns know tho nnme, but hnlf of tho sufferers sworo they wero cured nfter tho first dose. They would have dubbed him faquir nnd have foisted him to n pillar or Holiness hnd ho cared to lot them, Muhammad Anim slept most of tho day, llko n grent nnlmnl thnt scorns to live by rule. But nt evening ho enmo to the cavo- mouth and fulml tinted such n sermon ns set tho whole enmp to ronrlng. no showed his power then. Tho Jlhnd ho preached would ,hnvo tempted dead men from their graves to come nnd shnre tho plunder, nnd tho curses ho called down on cowards- and laggards nnd unbe Hovers were cnougl to hnvo fright oncd tho dead away again. In twenty minutes ho had undono all King's missionary work. And then In ten moro, feeling his power nnd their response, nnd being nt heart n fool ns nil rogues nre, ho built It up nguln no began to mnko promises too dell nlte. He wanted Khlnjan caves. More, ho needed them. So ho promised them thoy should nil bo freo of Khlnjan enves within n dny or two, to como nnd go und Uvo thero nt their pleasure, uo promised them they should leave their wives nnd children nnd belong' ings safo In tho caves while they them selves went down to plunder India. He overlooked tho fact that Khlnjan caves for centuries had been n secret to be spoken of In whispers, und thnt pros pect of its violation camo to them ns n shock. Half of them did not bcllova him Such n thing wns impossible, nnd If ho wero lying ns lo ono point, why not ns to ull tho others, too? And the army veterans, who hnd been converted by King's talk of pur dons, und itlmost reconverted by the sermon, shook their heads nt tho talk of taking Khlnjan. Why wnsto time trying to do what never hud been done, with her to reckon against, when plnco In the sun wus waiting for them down In Indln, to say nothing of the hopo of pnrdons nnd clean living for n whllo? They shooV their heads nnd Combed their beards nnd eyed ono nnother sldewlso In n wny tho "Hills" understand. That night, while tho mullnh glow ered over tho camp like n grent old owl, with lcnplng firelight reflected In his eyes, tho thousands under the skin tents nrgucri, so thnt-tho night wns nil noise. But King slept. AH of nnother day nnd part of nn other night ho tolled umong the sick, wondering when a mcssnge would como buck. It was nearly midnight when ho bnndnged. his lust patient und enmo out Into the starlight to bend his back straight and yawn und pick hlB wny reeling with weariness back to tho mullah's, enve. Ho hud given his hag of medicines and implements to n man to carry abend of him nnd lind gono perhaps ten pnecs Into tho dark when a strong hand gripped him by tho wrist. "Hush I" Mild n volco that seemed fa mlliur. Ho turned swiftly und looked frnlght Into tho eyes of tho Itnngnr Hewn Gungni "now did you get here?" he nsked In English. "Any fool could lenrn the password nto this enmp I Como over here, sa hib. I bring word from hor." Tho ground wns criss-crossed llko a man's palm by tho shadows of tent ropes. The Itnngnr led him to where the tents wero forty feet apart nnd nono wns likely to overhenr them. There he turned like n flash. "She sends you this!" ho hissed. In that same Instant King wns fight ing for his life. In nnother second they were down together among the tent-pegs, King holding the Hangar's wrist with both hands and struggling to bfenk It, nnd tho Itnngnr striving for nnother stroke. Tho dagger he held hnd missed Klng'B ribs by so little thnt his skin yet tingled from Its touch. It wns n dagger with bronze blndc nnd n gold hilt her dngger. It wns her perfume in the nlr. They rolled over nnd over, breathing hnrd. King wnnted to think before ho gnve nti nlnrm, nnd he could not think with thnt scent In his nostrils nnd creeping into his lungs. Even in tho stress of fighting ho wondered how the Rnngnr's clothes and turbnn had como to bo drenched In It He admit ted to himself nftcrwnrd thnt It was nothing else than Jealousy that sug gested to him to mnko the Rnngar prisoner nnd hand him over to the mullnh. That would havo been n ridiculous thing to do, for It would hnvo forced his own betrayal to the mullah. But as If the Itnngnr hnd read his mind, ho suddenly redoubled his efforts nnd King, weary to tho point of sickness, bad to redouble his own or die. Per haps the Jealousy helped put venom In his effort, for his strength camo back to him no n randmnn'B does. The Rnn gar gave n moan nnd let the knife full. And becauso Jealousy is poison King did tho wrong thing then. He pounced on tho knife instend of on the Rnngnr. Ho could hnvo questioned him knelt on him nnd perhnps forced explana tions from him. But with n sudden swlf effort llko n snnke's the Rnngnr freed himself nnd wns up nnd gono be fore King could struggle to his feet- gone llko n shadow among shndows, King got up nnd felt himself nil over, for they had fought on stony ground and ho wns bruised. But bruises fnded Into nothing, nnd weariness ns well, ns his mind begnn to dwell on tho new compllcntlon to 1.1s problem. It wns plnln thnt tho moment he had returned from his message to the Khyber the Rangnr hnd been sent on this new murderous mission. Ynsmlnl hnd never believed her letter would be trented seriously by the authorities, nnd hnd only sent It In tho hopo of fooling him nnd undermining his de termination. Perhaps she saw her own peril. Perhaps sho contemplated gosh I whnt n contingency 1 perhaps she contemplnted bolting into Injlln with a story of her own, nnd leaving tho mullnh to his own devices I Would she dnro escnpo into India nnd leavo himself nllvo behind her? Thero wns nn nltcrnntlve, the very thought of which mude him fearfully uneasy, nnd yet brought n thrill wltji It. In all Eastern lands, love scorned takes to the dngger. Ho hud half be lieved her when Bhe Bworo she loved him I The mnn who could imagine himself loved by Ynsminl nnd not bo thrilled to his coro would bo Inhuman, whatever reason nnd cnutlon nnd enste nnd creed might whisper In lmaglna tlon's wake. Reeling from fnttgue (ho felt llko n mnn who had been racked, for the Run gnr'a strength wns nenrly unbellcv nble), he started townrd where the mullnh snt glowering In the cave mouth, no found the man who hnd carried his bug nsleep nt the foot of tho ramp, nnd taking tho bag nwny from him, let him lie there. And It took hlra flvo minutes to drag his hurt, weary bones up the ramp, for tho fight hnd tnken moro out of him thnn he hnd guessed at first. The mullah glarcl at him but let hlra by without n word. It wns by tho flro at. tho back of the cave, where ho stopped to dip water from the mul Inh's enormous crock, that the next mm mwf vAtONJTVAllr i "Hushl" Said a Voice That Seemed Familiar. disturbing fnctor enmo to light. He kicked n brand Into tho llro und the llanio leaped. Its light shone on n yo.nl nnd n half of exquisitely fino hair, llko spun gold, that enrcssed his shoulder nnd descended down ono arm. Ono thrend of hnlr that conjured up u million thoughts, nnd In n second upset every argument I If Rewn Gungn hnd been nenr enough to her and Intimate enough with her not only to become eccntcd 4vlth her unmistakable perfume but even to cet hor hair on his Dcrson. then gono wns nil Imaglnntlon of her lnvo for himself 1 Then Bhe hnd lied from first to Inst I Then she hnd tried to mnke him love her thnt she might use Mm, nnd finding sho hnd failed, sho hnd sent her truo lovo with tho dngger to mnke an end 1 In n moment ho imagined n whole nlcturo. ns It mlnht have been in n rrvnfni nf htmcnif frnnnpci nml mndo to don the Romnn's armor and forced mj j . v auuw- I to nose to tho snvneo "mils" or fooled into posing to them ns her lover, whllo Hewn Gungn lurked be hind the scenes nnd wnited for tho harvest In the end. And whnt kind of harvest? And what kind of man must Rcwa Gunga be who could lightly let go nil the prejudices of the East nnd submit to whnt only tho West hns endured hitherto with nny complncency a tertlum quid?" Yet what n fool he, King, had been not to appreciate nt once thnt Rewa Gunga must be her lover. Why should ho not bo? Were they not nllko ns cousins? And the Enst does not love Its contrary, but Its complement, being older in love than tho West, nnd wiser In Its wnys in all but the material. He had been blind. He hnd overlooked tho obvious that from first to last her plan hnd been to set herself nnd this Rewn Gungn on the throne of India! He wnshed nnd went through tho mummery of Muslim prayers for the watchful mullah's sake, nnd climbed on to his bed. But sleep seemed out of the question. Ho lay and tossed for nn hour, his mind ns busy ns n terrier In liny. And when he did fnll asleep nt last it was so to dream nnd mutter thnt tho mullah camo and shook him mm iirt'ucuuu nuu u nuiwiuur tscnuuu ngninst tne mortal sins tnnt rot) men of peaceful slumber by giving them n foretaste of tho punishment to come, All thnt Kppmprt kinder nnd more re- freshing than King's own thoughts hnd at him like the sea under tho whip oi been, for when tho mullnh had dono n gnlning wind. And Ismail dlsap nt Inst nnd hnd gono striding back to pcared among them, lcnving King the cave mouth, ho renlly did fnll sound nsleep, nnd It was nfter dnwn when ho nwoke'. Tho mullah's voice, not untuneful, wns rousing nil tho val- ley echoes In the call to prayer. i CHAPTER XXI. And while King knelt behind the mullnh nnd tho whole camp faced Mcc ca In forchcad-in-the-dust abasement there camo n strange man down tho midst not strange to tho "Hills," whero such sights nro common, but strange to that enmp nnd hour. Some- ooay rose unu Birueic niui, mm nu kuuu llko tho rest; but when prayer wus over and cooking had begun nnd tho camp became a pluce of savory smell, ho came on ngnln a blind mnn. Ho wns clean shnven, and ho looked as If ho had not been blind long, for his physical health wns good "Oh, tho hnklm the good hnklm I" ho walled. "Whero Is the famous ha klm? Show me the wny to him 1 Oh, the famous, great, good hakim who can henl men's eyesl "I nm he," snld King, nnd he stepped down townrd him. Tho blind mnn's fnco looked strangely fnmlllnr, though It wns partly disguised by some gummy stuff stuck nil nhout the eyes. Ho stared nt tho fnce ngnln. "Ismnll I" he snld . "You?" "Aye I Father of cleverness I Mnke nlnv of henllncr mv eves 1" So Kim? mndo n w-Pnt Rhow of rub- blng on ointment. In n minute Ismnll, looking nlmost like n young mun with- out his great benrd, was dnnelng llko n lunntk with both fists In tho nlr. nnd yelling as If wasps had stung him. "Aleec-nleee-nleeol" ho yelled. "I see ngnln I I see I My eyes have light m thorn ! Allah 1 Oh, Allnh heap riches on the grent, wise hnklm who can heal men's eyesl Allnh rewnrd him richly; for I nm n beggnr nnd hnvo no goods 1" Tho whole enmn began to surco toward hlra to see the miracle, nnd his cnosen bodygunrd rushed UP to drivo them buck. And ns they went n tall Afridl camo striding down tho camp with a letter for the mullah held out In n cleft stick In front of him. Her nnswer 1" snld Ismnll With O wicked grin. 'What is her Word? Whero is the Ornkzal Pntlinn?" But Ismnll InUfAied nnd would not nnswer him. It seemed to King thnt uu oLuiui-u ciliiiiix. AISO lie CI1030 in that Instant to force the mullah's hand, on tho principle that hurried buffaloes will blunder. "To Khlnjan!" he shouted to .tho nearest mnn. "Tho mullnh will march on Khlnjanl" They murmured nnd wondered nnd backed nwny from him to give hlra room. Ismnll wntched him with dropped Jaw nnd wild eye, "Sprend It through the camp that we march on Khlnjan 1 Shout It! Bid them strlko tho tents 1" Somebody behind took up the shout and It went ncross the enmp in leaps, ns men toss n ball. Thero was n surge townrd tho tents, but King culldd to his deserters nnd they clustered bnck to him. Ho had to cement their alle giance now or fall altogether, nnd ho would not bo nblo to do It by ordlnnry nrgument or by plendlng; ho had to fire their Imnglnntlon. And he did. "Sho Is on our sldel" Thnt wns n sheer guess. "She hns kept our mnn nnd sent nnother ns hostage for him In token of good faith I Listen I Yo suw this mnn's eyes healed. Let thnt be n token ! Bo yo the men with new eyesl Give It outl Claim tho title nnd bo truo to it nnd sec mo guide ra0re dining rooms thun tho hotel usu you down tho Khyber In good tlnjo like ally pntronlzed by Mrs. Jlbwny on her n regimenr, ninny moro mnn u nunureu strong I" uney jumped nt tno iiicn. vine "Hills" tho whole East, for thnt mnt- ter nre ever rendy to form n new sect or join n new onnu or n new uioou feud. Witness tho xflknlseyns, worship a long-slnce-Cend Englishman. "We seel" yelled one or. tncm. "Wo bcoI" they chorused, and Uio Idcn took chnrgc. Fcotn that minute they wero n new band, with n wnr-cry of their own. "Wo seel" they howled, scattering through tho camp, nnu uie muiinu enme out to ijlnro at them nnd tag his beard and wonder what possessed them. "To Klilnlanl' they roared. "Lead - us to Khlnjnn I" "To Khlnjnn, then 1" ho thundered, throwing up both nrms In n sort of iKhlnJan Is Mine!" He Growled. "I i jjg s Mine!" double apostolic blessing, and then mo- tlonlng ns if ho threw tnein uie rcini nnd leave to callon. They ronreu Dacu alone. Then the mullnh DecKonea nip nnd showed him n letter he had crum pled In his fist. There were only q few lines, written In Arabic, which nil I mullahs are supposed to bo nble to read, nnd they wore signcu wim strange scrawl uini mignt uuve wvu.u nnythlng. But tho paper smelt strong. ly of her perfume, Como, then. Brins all your men, and 1 will let you and them entor Khlnjan caves. We will strlko a bargain in thi Cavern of Earth's Drink. flint ivna nil Imt Hin ftrn In thn mill. lnh,a eyes 10wed thnt he thought 11 wns enougi,. He did not doubt thai onco he 8i10Uia have his extra foui thousand In tho enves Khlnjan would he htar nnfl ho snld Bf "Khlnjnn Is mine I" ho growled. "In. din Is mine!" King did not nnswer him. Ho could only be still nnd be glnd he hud set th camp moving nnd so had forced th mullah's hand. "The old fatalist would have suspected her nnswer other wise I" he told himself, for be-knew that ho himself suspected It While ho nnd the mullah watched the tents began to fall and the women labored to roll them. The men begiyi firing their rifles, nnd within the homt enough ammunition hnd been squan dered to hnve fought n good-sized skir mish; but tho mullnh did not mind, for ho had Khlnjan caves In view, and ne Knew Deuer uian no wnai vuui store of cartridges nnd dynamite was Pueu n iere. tie let uiem wnste. Watching his opportunity, Klnj slipped down tho rnmp nnd, Into the crowd, whllo the mulluh was busy with personal belongings In tho cavo. King left his own belongings to the fates, oi to any thief who should enro to steal them. He wns safe from the mullah In the midst of his nenrly eighty men, who half believed hlin n sending from tho skies. I "Wo see! Wo seal" thev yelled nnd danced nround him. Before ever the mnllnh cavo nn or- der they got under way nnd started. climbing the steep vnlloy wnll. Tha mullnh on his brown mule thrust for I wnnl. frvlnt in ior In Hin lonrl. nnd KInr? nnrl litn mnn hnni? linnk. to keen t n distance from him. Two or throe mllon nlnno- tha tnn nf thn finrnmmpn Mm mullnh int hnolr wnrrl thnt hfl wanted thn hnlrlm tn hn heslde him. Ttur TTInrr'a men tronf.nl tho nipsspntror tn nnnn npnrn nnrl mnr him nncklntr. "Bid the mullnh hunt himself nn other hakim I Be thou his hakim I Stay, we will give thee a lesson In how to use n knife I" Tho mnn ran, lest they carry out their threat, for men Joke grimly In the "Hills." Ismail came nnd held King's stirrup, striding beside him with the easy hlll man gait "Art thou my man at last?" King asked him, but Ismail laughed und shook his head. "I nm her man." "Where Is Bhe?" King nsked. "Nay, who nm I that I should know?" "But sho sent thee?" "Ayo, she sent me." "To what purpose?" "To her purpose I" tho Afridl an swered, and King could not get nnother word out of hlra. He fell behind. (TO BE CONTINUED.) Superiority. "Women uro queer." "Yes?" "Mrn. Twobblo hns lust rntnrnri fr(mi n trip to Now York nnd merely becnuso sho stayed at a hotel with custom trips enn boast of she's In cllncd to look down on Mrs. Jlbwny, Onlv when n mnn Is cettlnr? thn boul 0f It will be admit thut he is getting - the worst of it