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EVENING BULLETIN. HONOLULU. T. II., SATUIIDAY, JAN. 30, 1009.
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OF the KANSAS
By LOUIS TRACY,
Author f-Th WlnM of Ihc Mornlnf," MTli PilUrof llibt." Eta.
COPYIIIGIIT, 1DOO, BY EDWARD J. CtODB
CHAPTER XV CONTINUED
(From Last Saturday)
Tact one agreed Hint nothing cout.I
lie dono Unit night If the illlnr of
moke vtero visible nt sunrise ami
VVnlkcr could possibly ninuago tii lire
(lie boilers. ltovlo suggested tint some
sailors In the Joll.t bu.it should soniiil a
cliannol nlong which the vessel Itself
might steam Hlouty townrd Guniiuco
lill. That In ltelf would lie n nioe of
considerable Millie. If the could lessen
the distance lulvveen the sliuie mid the
ship, each jnrd thin gullied would help
the prisoner mid Impose a Mtouger
barrier against the Alaculofs. who
would probnbl) be daunted w heu the;
found that the vessel's uiohtllt) waJ
This proposal win deemed so excel
lent that the) nil dined In vnstl) let
ter spirits than nuy of them uutlclpat
id. Chrlstobul, puzzled out of hit scl
entitle senses b) Elslo's change of
manner, kept a clo-c eje on her lie
was nmazeil to see her eat a lietter
uieal than she had eaten for da)s. und
he wim normally a quite healthy
joung persou, with a reasonably good
Iloyle and Gray took the first watch
from 8 o'clock to Midnight Chrlstohai
and Walker shared the next one lly -I
o'clock It would be iluj IlKlit. ho tho
doctor was letlrlng early to his cabin
when he met Elslo. b) chance, in It
(corncil. She turn self pussi-ised. oeu
smiling with certain doui rcrcuit).
"The dij's doings hmo tired me,"
sho said "I inn utT to bed Will J on
nip on ui) dour so 1 1 fur dawn'"
"Yes," lie ivplkd. seeielly innrtcllng
at her nlr
"I plead guilty to a slight feeling of
nervousness," she went on 'Is your
revolver Imdcd' Would jou mind
lending It to me? I think I could sleep
more soundl. If I had n reliable weip
on tucki d under my pillow."
A whiff of suspicion crushed Cbrlsto
bal's mind, but he brushed It nsliK- as
imuorthj At ." o'clock that da) he
ccrtulnl) would not hate printed her
reaue.it Hut now si ice the new hope
had sprung up that Oiurtcuny was
alive,' It wns alriuid to doubt her mo
So It came to piss that Diego Sunrez.
lying nsilccp lu his bunk, nv.oke with
a start to tind n shiouded tlgure bend
"Is that jou. Seller SuiiwV nsked u
voice, which he rivnu'ziMl listnntl) ns
.lieluiigln to the Seiiuilt.i Maswell
"Yes," tald he diuuull)
"Have )uu the witch doctors clothes
you vvoiu when you cunio on boaid tho
"Yes. hciiurltu "
A hniid. slight, but stroiu' griiKped
hlin b) the Khoiildei. He felt I lie 1 1 in
of a revolver barrel ptesscd ugulust his
'Got up then! Diess ipiickl) III thoso
clothes nud ionic out on deck. II) the
sldo TSf Jour bunk you will Hud tins of
black mid while pnlnt to smeir )uiir
fuco nud limids At the slightest le
f Usui on )our pnrt to do as I bid ) oil -If
)ou utter n tr) or make u noise to
.. nttruct ntti ntluii-1 sjiall kill jou with
outnnulhei wonl "
Tho boft volie had u steely ring lu It
which pcisuiitlcd the man fiom Aigeii
Una that lie had better obey lu less
- than lite minutes he cuicucd from the
doorway. Tho coiildoi lu ithlch his
cnliln wns sltiinted lid Into the miIoii
Elsie ntvnlled him A lamp, dlnil) llglit
ing tho gangway, reteuled liir face.
Sunrez thought lie liml to deal with a
mad vvorinn. 'I he dog stmnllnrf lij her
sldo sill (Toil at hliu gingerly but a
mattered "I!o ijulet. .loey !" pieteuted
nny outburst, etery fox leniu being n
"What do you wish mo to do, seno
rltn" begun Suuiez, thinking to pin
cute her until ho could obtain w.sit
' mice. '
"You iniiht obey mi' In 'Mlence.'' she
vtjijsiiereil tnisi:li "Vim inustp! oyc:
"T iV t 7 r
ww$ ) y ill 11
Mink iu Killil.li aloud nn deck w II
lie in ill uih W ii Hi lu fiout of me ut
the in 1 1 ii lompiiuloii and go straight to
the ship ii side"
Tho hiiinmer of the reoler begnti
to rise under the pressure of Elsie's
finger on the trigger The man's hair
roe otcn more rapidly. Ills neno
wns broken He turned nlouit the cor
rldor lu Trout of her, not knowing the
Instant a bullet inlnlit crash Into his
hend The girl followed so closely
that she almost touched his heels. Tho
dog would haie trotted lu front, but
she recalled hliu.
When Snare renched tho port rail
of the prouiennde deck Klsle breathed:
"Climb quickly and go dowu Into
the ennoo by tho rope ladder ou will
'The canoe!" gnsped he.
"Quick! One, two"
Up went Stnrez oer the rail. Ho
found the topmost rungs of the lad
fler As he descended the revolver fol
lowed his ejes When his hend was
loci with the deck tho order came:
"Tnke this Jog and go dowu!"
"I ennnut. senorltn "
"oii must tiy You are eolug down,
dead or nlle"
lie did try Joe.t scutlleil r. little,
but Sunrez rniight lilin by the ntck
and made shift to descend, Illste wan
already on the swaying ladder when
HojIc'h voice rang out sharply from
the spar deck-
"llelow theie! Who Is there?"
"I, Mr. llojlej" she answered.
"You, Miss lVsle? Where are you?"
"Here not so far nwn) !"
She was descending nil the time.
She had east looc the ropo which fas
tened the canoe ulongslde, mid her dif
ficulty was to hold the ladder nud at
the snme time l) clinging to the mast
to prevent tho canoe from slipping
nway with the tide. Tho revolver sho
tripped between her teeth by the butt.
Ho) le, puzzled by tho souud of her
voice, nut from tho side of the bridge
dovn tbe stairs nud ncross the deck.
IIu wns n hecond too Into to grasp the
top of the tnnst ns It drifted out of
reach. lie lieird Klsle utter n low
voiced couiniiud lu Spanish, and the
dip of a paddle told him that tho ca
noo wns in motion.
Tor tho Lord's sake, what nro you
doing?" ho roared.
"1 am going to snve Captain Courte
nay," was tho answer. "You cannot
stop mo now. I'lcaso hoist plenty of
lights. If I succeed, look out for me
licforo da) break. If I fall, goodby!"
OYLi: wns very nugry. It was
a situation which demanded
earnest words, und they were
forthcoming. Elslo understood
them to menu tint shu peed not be
lu sueh a purple hurry to 'disappear
Into the durkiifis without I lie least ex
planation Thciciipon she lindo Sunrez
baik the cmoe a llllle
"I ii in sum It l ueis'tsnr) to steal
at a) lu tills fuhliluii " she said nnd
Hie looluoss of her tone was highly
e.iFperutliu lo a man who could no
mure detain her thiiu he to lid move
the Kansas iiunlded "I have n plan
hlcb leipilres.ouly a lilt of good for
tune to render It practicable. 1 havo
two assistants Sunrez, whoso aid 1
am conipelllug, nud Joey, who Is qulto
enger There Is no uso In risking any
moru lives If I do not return you may
bo suro tho worst has happened."
"Hut what Is your plan?" roared
Hoyle "It may bo Just sheer uou
seuso. Tell mo what It Is, an' I swear
1 1 j- the nautical almanac I shall not
prevent jou from cnrrjln' It out It It
has mi) lea son' behind It."
"I am going to collect ull tho Indian
cnnocH," was tho amazing answer. "I
know- It can lie dono from what Suarcz
has said Once vte luivu thu canoes In
uildclinuiiel wo cull set most of them
ndrlft and bilng Captnlu Courtcuay
and the others bnck to tho ship In four
or Ave, which wo will tow to Uuanaco
hill. And now goodby agulu!"
"One moment, MlssJInxwcll," broko
In Gra)'s (pilot volco from tlio upper
deck. "You cnu't engineer that scheme
with a ouo man crew and ho sick and
unwilling I am going with you. You
must tako ino aboard, wet or dry."
"I nm well n pnod and (.hull admit of
no Interference," sho cried.
"I promiso to obey orders."
"If I wanted you, Mr. Gray, I should
bat o sought ) our help."
"It Is ouo thing or tho other, a wrig
gle dowu a ropo or a high diving act."
"You hnvo no right to Impobo such
an alternative on me."
"I hato It myself, and I can't dlvo
worth a cent. You will bear a beastly
flop when I strike tho damp."
"Mr. Iloyle, I call on you to bold
Hoy lo explained luridly that tho
American was doing a balanclug act
ou the rail eight feet above bis bead.
Elsie, taking her ejes off Suarez foruu
Instant, discerned (irnj's figure sil
houetted nguinst the sky. Sho yielded.
"There Is u ropo ladder fastened to
the lowest rail near where tho cauoo
was moored," site said.
"Is theie to be nil) eiitch us oalili can
business, HojIeV" iloninnded lira).
"No. All this Is inlglity unfair to
mo " ' ,
"You hav.fi.uiy sympathy, friend. Jrnt
you cunt IcaVo e "suTp. "Xov?j "Miss
Maxwell, come nlougsldc. Bo)lo Is
going to be good. IIu doesn't mean
half ho says nil) how."
As the canoe slipped out of the dense
gloom of the ship's shadow the Argen
tine squatted on his knees In tho bows.
Gray placed a himself umldshlps, and
Elslo sat aft' holding the ret oh or In,
her right hand nud the dog's collar In1
her left The American groped for nnd
found it paddle, which he piled vigor
ous!) "Guess you'll better discourse." said
he over his shoulder when the' tight
iraft wns well clenr of the ship
"You'uuderstntid Spanish, 1 think?'
"Please tell Sunrez to cctso pud
dling nud listen Don't move. I can
trust jou, but I liny hnvo to shoot
"llest band ino that popgun. Miss
Maxwell. The gentleman lu front
seems to have u wholesome respect for
ou already. AujthlAg you say goes
where ho Is concerned I am taking
jour word for It Ids tinme Is Suurez,
but he looks and smells more like an
"I forced him to dress lu his dis
carded clothes. He may be able now
to scare any of tho snvnges wo come
across Hut why should I give you
my weapon. Mr. Gray?"
"Itecnuse I can hit most things I
aim fit, whereas )ou are more likely
to bore n hole through tnc as n pre
liminary Moreover, you hnvc tho dog
with you, and even the wisest dog may
bark at the wrong moment. You must
have both hands at liberty to choke bis
"Do jou pledge your word to go on
with my scheme?"
"That Is what I am here for."
"Take the revolver, then."
"Sure It's loaded?"
"Quite sure. I hate fifteen extra
cartridges; but, as I hnvo practiced re
filling It In the dark, glvo It to me If
you have occasion to empty it."
"You seemJo havo thought this thing
out pretty fully."
"I Intend to succeed. Now. please, I
must explain what I want Suarcz to
Speaking In Spanish, slow nud clear,
while the canoe dilfted steadily up the
baj with the llslug tide. I'.Mo unfold
ed lit r project Hehlnil the guardian
cliff of Otter creek u ildge of locks
created n small iintural harbor. It
wns the custom of the AhieulufH when
the weather was calm und the) meant
to lite their craft at daybreak to an
cUor most of their vessels lu this she!
tered breakwater. At other times the
canoes vverodrnwu ashore, but she ten.
xoned that such a precnulloti would
not lie taken during the present excite
ment That wns the first part of her pro
gramme to capture tile entire lliet. In
cluding the lifeboat, in nil) event, she
Intended to go next to the hidden cleft
nt the foot of duauucti bill, trusting to
the dos's sagacity to retell the re
treat where she believed tint he" lovtr
and mnuy of his men were hidden If
a squad of Indians mounted guard
there, the reappearance of Suuiez lu
his war paint, backed by the ularui of u
night attack from the sen. might mjs
tlfy the eueui) stiluilcntl) to permit of
a landing' while the frequent reports
of the levolter would certulul) lend to
a counter demonstration bj Courtonay
Gru) listened lo the girl's cool state
ment with gionlu ndiulrnllou. The
plan liegau to look feasible It came
within the bounds of reason The
odds were ngnlnst It. of course, but the
lnvv of prohihlllt) Is i.eldnni in fntor
of a forloin hope S'lnrcz. Ioj. mnkliig
the best of u Mtuntloii which kite !hji
uo optlou, ugieed that the) had u fall
chance If once the) cot hold of tbe
canoes Nevertheless he warned them
Hint he knew nothing of the Mil round
lugs of Gunnaco hill. He believed
there were no reefs ou tint side of the
Inlet, but he had never visited It.
Their greatest peril lay amid tho al
most Impenetrable trees which grew
dowu to the water's edge. On bis ad
vlco Gra) unshipped the must and
threw It overboard Then silence be
came Imperative. If aught were said,
they must bpeak lu tho merest whis
per. The canoe durted forward ngaln with
stealthy huste. Tho night was clear,
though dark. -The stars helped them
to distinguish the otttllucs of tho sbora
now coming rapidly nearer. As they
crept round the southern check of
Point Kansas tho Argentine ceased
puddling und placed u warning hand
on Gray's arm. Tbe cliff was so high
and steep that Its shallow plunged Into
dceiiest gloom the water at Its base.
Suuiez, however, had Imbibed a good
deal of savage loro during his enforced
residence ou thu Island. He stretch
ed well forttaid over the bows, held a
paddle ns far In front as possible nnd
thus not only guided tile drifting canoe
by an occasional dip of the blade, but
trusted to It fof winning of any un
There wns n cold breeze on the stir-
I. " . . bu,,n'0 I1?-' xtt, tl"
only ouo that bhlvered, mid his Humors
nroso from excitement. At last they
felt n Blight bump. The Argentine had
fouml the reef bo was searching for.
Hy watihlng a btur it was eusy enough
to follow the soulheily bond taken by
tliecnnoo lu skirting this harder, while
their ears caught the iiitiimiir of the
swift curient amid the iiiimeious tluy
chmiiiels uf the rinks. Suddeiil) this
swirl mid bum of fust Hotting ttntci
censed. Elsie nnd Gray became uwnre
tbnt Suurez wns cnutloiislv drawing
himself liilioaid again Thin his pid
dle dipped with 11 noiseless stroke. The
canoe wns Inside the Alueulof harbor.
Tho midnight hi ickuess was now
something Hint hud a sense of actual
obstruction lu It It seemed that n
baud put forth would encounter n
tvnll The tide was heie, but nn per-
Leeptlblo curient I'ur all tl)ey could
jjlejl, fo tlip contrar.-, they ml;ht Imve
lioiMi tTititthifr In I hnrnlil Tiii"iV"iiiriKl
Eor a minute or two Elsie's bravo
Iienrt failed her. Here was a dim-
culty which desperate courage could
not surmount. There blight bo dozens
of canoes' moore'd on nil sides, but to
discover 'thf in In this pitch darkness,
was so obviously Impossible Hint hc
nlmo&t made up ber in I ml td iihaiuloir,
this part of her enterprise. Yet the
narrow beamed 1'ueglan craft she was
In would hold only four more oecti
pants, nnd Hint w lib n certain risk nnd
Ul.i. t na hm itnln-nilniiil na mitt !fnt
cross the bay and endeavor to touilnit'
ulcntc with thelinprlsoucsl men Hut
she leeogulrcd Die absurdity of the
thought tliul" Courteiiny nnd Telle'
tuuclic would consent to escape lu the
canoe nud leave the others to their
fate, even If such n thing were practi
cable. Oddly enough, the one person
whose daring might reasonably lie sus
pected gave no signs of thc-pangs of
'doubt Suntez pushed font aid reso
lutely. Ho knew what Elsie lind for
gottenthat In ench canoe used by tho
Indians there was n carefully pic-
sorted fire, whose charcoal cmliers re
tained some bent nnd clow nil 11I3L?
The first intimation of this fact was
revealed by the pungent fumes which
environed them. Elsie could not help
uttering n little gasp of relief. There
was n slight movement In front. Gray
leaned buck and touched her hand.
"Suarez sa)s," ho whispered, "that
you ore to be rendy with )ou: tow
ropes. As ho secures each caccp be
will pass It along to me. You wilt le
able to sec Its outlines by tho rilM
glimmer of the lire. Hut how will you
manage about the dog? He may cause
nn nljrui "
Much to .loey'B disgust, he wns forth
with muzzled with n piece of rope-not
that this device would stop lilin ef
fectually from barking, but I'.IsIh
thought ho would, " nibent tho indig
nity that bo might pay less heed to
outer circumstances. She needed no
warning that Indians tteie near Tbe
Argeiitnu miner's description of tho
community which dwelt on Otter cn-ck
made tier understand that there were
hundreds within ball
A great Joy leaped up In her when
tho first, cnuoo came under her hand
It was quite easy to'mmilpuluto the
painter rope T be stem had a notched
knob provided for this terj purpose,
and llit-rv wns u stcrnpost npiln-M
which niiitccrsuinn might pro's n pad
die nud thus swerve the cnuoo lit nny
direction. Hut It wns slow work The
craft wetc moored without any sen
bianco of order, yet Suurez wns forced
to focure them In n dellnlte sequence
or 11 strhig of half 11 do?on would lie
When' tho hecond canoe was miile
fast 'IrtiJ bcut townrd tho girl ouce
"I ImvO'lieen listening to the tkk of
my wnteli." lie Irealhed against her
enr. "I reckon it bus tnken ten 111 1 11
liles to LHilloct two dugouts. Unless we
menu to remain nil night we must let
up on the cutting ndrlft proposition."
"I agree." she murmured. "Hut wo
must hive two mom."
Ho tot'd Suurez of the new develop
uient. tvlilcli wa j essential, though It
added lj. the danger of the enterprise
lty shei'r good fortune, bow ever, the)
blundered against the lifeboat. A dog
barked, and Elsie hud nthrllllng strug
glo with .lue), who wns furious that
this uulooked fur Insolence should go
unanswered The sleepless cur that
Jclpcd ashore speedily subsided, but It
appealed to be an ago liefore Suurez
muted ngulii He knew better than his
companions hott reuly the Indians
were to note such sentinel cliallcuges.
Elsie found the painter of the life
iMiat colled In Us proper place. Soon
she experienced a steady pull on tho
roH'. Iler little fleet wns In motion.
Gray bevnn to help In tho paddling
Ere long the) came under tho Influence
of tlio tide, and sho heard the ripple
of the water against tho planks of the
Isiat. Then Kuaio called a halt and 11
It would Ik better, be ndvlsed, to
use tbe oars lu the heavy boat than nt
tempt to tow It ncross the strong cur
rent f loin n canoe. They would gain
time and lie safer. So the) cIIuiIhmI
Into tlio llfebo.ll, but continued to tow
Suurez, somen hut weak from bis
knock ou tlio head overulght, was nut
equal to tho strain of continued exer
tion, so Elslo mid Gray took two oars
ench nud allowed their companion to
rest. When, Judging by tho surround
ing bUls, they were,, half wny across
thu lulet, Gray stooped low In tho boat,
struck n 111.1I1I1 mid looked at bis
watch. It was lung after 1 o'clock.
There could lie no doubt whatever that
tbe dawn would find them far from thu
ship, 110 matter how fortunate they
might bo lu their further adventures.
It was well for Elslo that sho had
teamed bow to scull when In her
teens and that her muscles were In
I 'fair condition owing to her skill nt
cmil) ,.,el) ,, fcnrci, lmt ,,
could never bold out ngnlnst tho sua-
tallied stress of Hint pull neross the
liay. The heavy boat, Intended to bo
rotted by six men, lind tho ndded bur
den of four ennocs. It wns back
breaking work, but she neither falter
ed nor sighed until Sunrez snld:
"lat me tuko jour pluco now, senorl
tn In ten minutes we shall bo nt tbe
mouth of thu cieek, though heaven
only knows bow wo shall find It"
He did nut oxaggernto lu thus ex
pressing Ids fear. Tluio uud again they
nea rod the shore only to bear tho tidal
swell breaking heavily on thu locks.
Tho lights of the Kansas, fully threo
miles nit a), could only tell them that
they were lu tho neighborhood of the
pluco where Courtcuay bad last been
seen lu this Identical boat. Tho least
divergence from tho line given by the
position of tho ship mount 11 difference
of .hundreds of yards at such a dls.
Inine. and, there wns nu ominous. 1U1U-
eiilng" of1 thcTtlooinr ncconipunlcil by n
dimming of tho stnrs, when Gray hit on
the Idea tbnt the poweful current bail
probably cnrrlc.cl them 11 good deal
houtluvnrd of th'ejiolnt they were nlni
Ing nt Ho suggested flint they should
boldly pull ifqunrter of n tnllo.or so
ngtlnst tbe tide and then try' their
lck. Their progress, of course, became
slptver thnii ever, nnd Elsfe liegjyi 1
dcspilr tint they would liver lliuj the
mouth of the stream, which , ran
through the cleft In the 1 1 tit whorl she
suddenly sivv thu luminous in Scouts
which bcrnlded ;,th'Miiulse ove the
Inner mountain lungcl (lliey colli,) not
be visible unless there was a break lu
jho cliffs lu that locality "
'Pull lu now," she whispered tense
ly, nud wllh n little farther cffortttlicy
rounii mat me uoat was traveling 1101
against but with tlio tide, which was
Hooding n small offshoot of tho main
Precaution beenmo not only useless,
but Impossible. They were all worn
out. Nothing but the. most lullexlble
determlnntloii on tho part of Elsie nnd
Gray, eked out by a certain desponding
fear of both of them felt by Suurcr,
hud sustained them thus far They
went on nnd on. They swept rapidly
Into the Jaws of n precipitous defile,
the lofty crests 011 either hind coining
momentarily nearer ngnlnst the bright
ening sky. It did not beem credible
that this sheer cut through tlio heart
of n glgnutle bill could continue for
mora than a few .tnrds nor that no
thing save a bird could And foothold
on Its Bleep Bides. Yet the current
Hotted smoothly onward thtougli n
wealth of vegetation which dupe pre
cariously to every ledgo und natural
Joey, embarrassed by his gng, never
theless uinuaged to emit 11 warning
growl, Then the boat crashed Into a
tanue, nud a bonrse jell of nlurficnuie
froi'i beucatb the lowermost, .trees,
nil .iso dense foliate Hung n pall vr
"Cheer vj, Mlu .Un
the water. Gray wns seized with an
inspiration. He grasped tho cnuoo as
It bumped along the gunwale and held
It down on one sldo until It filled and
sank. He sent another mid jet n third
guzzling to the bottom beforo tlio out
burst of raucous cries from both banks
showed there vtero Indians here In
Stones, too, began to hum around
them. Some struck the boat, but the
greater number whizzed unpleasantly J
cioso 10 1 no 1 leans or me two men ami
tho girl, proving conclusively that they
were visible to the unseen enemy. Gray
whipped forth tho revolver nnd (livd
twice The second time n shriek of
pain told that bo bad bit one of their
assailants. Tho two reports ,inndo a
deafening din In that place of echoes.
They appeared to stir the Indians Into
u perfect frenzy, nnd It was evident
by tho sounds that tbe Islanders bad
not ninth liberty of movement on the
narrow strips of laud they occupied on
both sides of tho gorge.
Elslo caught some slgnlQcaut Bplasb
Ing lielilud her.
"They nro sw limning toward tho ca
noes!" wliu screamed.
Telling Suurez to pull for all ho was
worth, Gray cluiubcrcd to thu stern of
tho boat and emptied tlio revolver nt
what he took to bu tho bluck heads of
"Quick! Load it ngaln!" he said,
and Elsie oliojod with a ulnibloucss
and certainty that vveto amazing.
Tho American tired three inorO shots
before ho was satisfied that the canoes
were untenanted and not cut adrift.
Tlie) vtero now leaving the pandemo
nium behind, nnd Elsie, bethinking her.
I elf of the dog. freed him from that
most objectionable uiule. Joey forth-
with uwuko tho welkin with bis up
roar; but, nlthough the girl strained
her ears for bomo answering bull, sho
could detect nothing bojond the bawl
ing of Indians nt each other ncross thu
narrow creek mid the repeated' echoes
of tho dog's bprUlug.
About tbls tluio Gray bcgnnjo sus
pect tbnt the tide was bcnrlufl them
onward at it remarkable ratii. t They
were being impelled totturd an un
known destination with tho sllcucoaud
gathering speed of u mill race.
An expert engineer, though bis woik
may hnvo little to do Willi sen 01- riv
er, cannot fall to accumulate a storo of
theoretical know ledge as to tho proper
tics and limitations of water In mo
tion. Gray knew that tho quickened
Impulse of 1T10 stream arose fiom the
tidal fouo excited lu a channel which
erailuall v, lessened Its wldHi JEbuJlMlt;;
was traveling nt sen 'evel. Thercforo
thetu could be neither mplds nor cntn
met In front, but tbe steady rush of
tbe turrc'nt, now plainly audible, could
not bo accounted for simply by. the ef
fort of the tide to gain a pap sago
throagh a mere by wny, ns the boat
was now nenrly half a mile from the
estunty, nnd tho velocity of the cur
rent was Inci easing cueli moment.
"We must cnde.ivjQftJi'vnc!i tbe
bank nnd hold on to Ito'tjfnhclieH of a
tree!" he shouted In .Spanish. "Down
with jour beads untlf-flie bo.lt strikes
and then try to Iny f)o)rt of something!"
There wns no tline"f'jr cjiUniittlon
IIu seized nn onr. A pb'we'rful stroko
sitting the liont's noo round. Hy
ebnuce be used tho starboard oar. All
unknowing ho spun n coin for llfo or
dcnt,!i, nnd life won. They crashed
through sonic drooping foliage nnd ran
Iritd a crumbling bank, Gruy unship
pod the oar nnd Jntnnlcd It straight
down. It stuck lictween stones nt a
depth of three feet, nnd the lifeboat
was held fast for the time. The ca
noes hurtled ngnlnst ench other, but
were swept Tlsldc Instantly. When tt.u
noJo censed they plainly benrd tho
swirl of the water. In their new en
vironment It bad the uncanny nnd sin
ister hiss -bf some monstrous snake.
"Everybody happy?" Gray deunuded
"I am clinging to n tree trunk," an
"Uully for jou. Make fast with a
piece of rope. Hut lie careful to pro-
vldo a slipknot lu cupo vv( have to
sheer oft In 11 hurry. Con you manage
Elsie was fully awnro' tbnt tno lend
ers'ilp of the expedition bad gono from
her. She wns not sorry. It was In
strong hands. Suurez, too, secured a
stout brunch uud passed a rope around
"Now, silence nud listen!" said Gray.
They soon detected n curiously sul
ducd clamor from the Inner recesses of
the cleft. At Drat almost Indistinguish
able, It gradually assumed Hie peculiar
attribute of Immense volumes of dls
tant sound nud filled the, enr to thu ex
clusion of all else. It tins like nothing
any of them bad beard before. Now It
recalled the roar uf a mighty waterfall
and again lis ktinngc melod) brought
memories uf 11 liter In lioo.l Hut the
dominant note was the grinding noise
of Innumerable millstones. It cowed
them nil. Even Hid dug wns afraid.
"Guess we tied up Just lu time." ex
claimed Gray. J'lvlliig the need of
speech A little sub answered bliu
Elsie wns beginning to admit the sheer
hopelessness uf her undertukliig.
"Now. cheer up. Miss Maxwell." said
be. "All the water that Is going In
must come out by the, kiiiiio road. At
tbe 'worst -we cnnjtkate liaik the way
vie came and bike' our chanie. Hut It
vttll soon lie broad du) light, and I'll
nuswer for it tint If Captain Court"
liny is Jet nllte he Is'not between us
and the mouth of the Inlet or he wiiuld
have eoiilrltcd some sort uf racket to
let us know Ids whetcabouta Now. I
propose that our friend In the bows be
asked V xulu up the cliff mid prospect
a-lilt. He ousht to know' how to crawl
through this undergrowth. ITfty feet
higher he will bo able to seo somo dlu
tnuce." Suurez was very reluctant to leavo
the boat, but the American adopted a
short cut In the nrgument, offcrlug him
tho nltcruutlvc of climbing nshore or
of being thrown overboard.
So tho Argentine ndoptcd tho less
hazardous method and climbed to the
bunk. A splash and 11 scramble and 11
slight exclamation from Elslo told that
tlie dog had followed Soon the swish
of leaves and the crackling uf rotten
wood ceased. Suarez might be out of
earshot or merely hiding for 11 time, lu
tending to leturn with news of nn Im
passable precipice. There was a crumb
of comfort lu the nbsenco of tho ter
rier. Joey would either go on or come
back to thenvut ouce.
Gray felt that the girl was too heart
broken to talk. Ho listened to the
rhythmlciil 'chorus of tbnt witches'
caldron lu tho heart of the dctlle and
watched thu gray light slowly etching
a path through the trcos-untll It touch
ed tho fast running water with u
shimmer of silver.
Neither of them know bow long they
remained tbero. At' last ft straining
aud creaking of tbo boat warned them
Hint tho wuler lovel was rising aud tbo
ropes needed rcudjustlinr It was now
possible to seo lb.it l.Clo lind tuudu
fust to a fallen tree. Its branches were
locked ntnong the gnarled roots of the
lowermost giowth aboto high water
mark. Already tbero was a distinct
lessening lu tbo pace of tho current,
and Gray fancied that tho distant rum
ble wns softer. It would not bo many
minutes before the neighboring rocks
were covered. High tide ho knew was
at 3:111 a. m. Ho forboro to look at
bis watch lest the girl should nolo bis
notion. That would Imply tho utter
abandonment of hope.
It might bo that hls'inlnd was too
takou up with tho weird Influences of
I tho hour or that Elsie's senses cvteio
BiruiiK iu 11 DupL'iuuuiiui pueii. 110 mile
as It may, It was Bho who sprung to
her feet, all a-qulvcr with agitation.
, 'Tq ,you, ben.r)f" she whispered, mid
her band clutched Gray's shoulder w'ltfi
an energy which set his heart beating
high. He did not answer. He had
head no unusual sound, but be was
not .wjthout faith In bar.
'rherol" sho panted ngalu. "Somo
one Is hailing. Some one cried 'Elsie'
I nm buro of it"
"Guess you'd better toot 'Arthur' on
the off chutice," snld Gray.
Almost tho last thing sho remember
ed was tho sound of her otvu wild
scream. There enmo back to her u
stronger shout mid tho burk of a dog.
She hud a blurred consciousness uf a
whole tioop of men scrambling down
the choked ratine, of ,glad questions
iiuiLiMjpuii 'unwcrsi.pr ajjeXigojis (log
leaping on Ward and yelping staccato1
assurances that everything wns all
right lu n most wonderful world. Then
she found herself lu Courtcna)'s arms
and beard him say In n rapture of de
light: - ,
"I owe wy llfo to jou, dear heart.
That I tbo wonder of It. No need to
(ell mo jou ran nway from the Bhlp.
I know. Ouo kiss. Elsfc. then full
sliced ahead for the Kansas. Hy tho
Lord, to thltik of' It jou here, nt the
very gnle cf thej Inferno! Well, one
more kiss! Yes.i'lt Is I, none other, and
(It us n fiddle. iViN'evcr got n scratch.
There, now : I really must see the crew.
We must bo read' for the turn of the
THE events of tho next hour
were shiidowy ns tho dawn to
Elsie.'1 S)io knew tbnt her lov
er placed men In ench of the
cnuoe-y that the lifeboat Itself wns
crowded nnd th It It liegau tbo seaward
Journey nfter the othcis boil stnrted,
They sped out of tlie twilight Into
tho morultrg glory or the open nnj nnu
never n savngc hoot disturbed tbo ech
oes. Some of the Alaculofs hud drag
ged a couple of canoes from beneath I
tbe trees and raced oft townrd lho vil
lage, others bad followed n const path
known only to them, while If there
were watchers by the sldei of that
mjsterlous river which Mowed both
wnjs with tbo tide they kept n silent
vigil, nvved by tbo forco amrjed
As the lifeboat emerged Into the cstu.
ary uuder tlie ,t Igorous sweep of six1
ash blades Elsies wondering glance
rested ou the brown iiliiuinness of n
Klrl who wns gazing nt Sunrez with
wistful, glistening ejes, much ns Joey
was regnrdlng his master.
Courteiiny caught the hnppy little
sigh, half Inugb, half sob, with which
Elsie unuoinced her discovery of th
Id) I In the cnuoo.
"We owe a lot to that young per
sou." be said. "None of us could make
out n word she uttered when first we
raw ber. She loses what small amount
of Spanish sho can speak when she
becomes excited, mid It was sheer good
fortune that some of Hie crow were
with her when sho swung herself
down the sldo of the cliff to warn u
of our dnnger; otherwise bho might
bnvu Ih'Cii shot. 1 supposu Suarez told
you what tooxpectf-
"You might ns well lie talking Alacu
lof ) out-self for nil 1 can follow what
jou are sujlng," murmured Elslo bap
WhereiiMjn Cpuricnny took thought
and explained that the channel which
flowed thiuiigh tbnt amazing cut Id
the cliff' led to the crater 6f mi extlncl
l olea no. linto which thu sea poured
twenty .feet or water each tide. Ac
almost everlasting maelstrom r.igec'
within, ns the vVdtei' elileiel by" a side
Ion,: ch'iuiiel mill rent 11 whirlpool spin
uiug with the liauds uf the cluck uuti
the enormous 1 1 Hern was full nm
igalust them iiiltll It wns empty. Tin
sailors Ii id taken refuge 011 a wide
ulp'iur coated ledge high iibotu tbi
tortex, aud the- picscutu uf set era
jkeletons showed that many 1111 imfor
iinate had solicit 11 lust shelter (hen
igilust pursuit,. Every Alneuluf knew
ifllils n lie it. hut few d lied approach
t.'as the nnr uf the water far below
ippalled 1'ieiii. There was only ouo
1.1th YiTieu the hunters dosed that
heir picv was fare Tlie alternative
ii c.iptuic was death Ii) stuivatlon.
be t Idle us uud he himself during
ae p..Kt toiirtfrn hours hud subsisted
1 a bag of dried In riles stolen by tbo
til v lieu she llrit led the sailors
.(Continued Next Saturday)
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