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. A TALE OF - ThrGGLions r Kk. HlC 08T of yon wlUhM0 aKyxWr noard ot AHttn Quater. 'V IS Cln! Amo'n wbo was ono of lzzsfcMrHin luo lmrty that discoT- " vvjL Kit' IlL crc 'UR Solomon's WvNvv7 m'ncssomo Httlotimo sSvyw ae on who ftor- Zj, wards camo to Hvo k T ' VV n England ncftr bis ty ' .& UB( friond, Sir Henry kij J-L 1 Curtis. Ho hns gono jC" .Jgi hack to tho wilderness trysl!&S'f now, ns thoso old vlfi&2w hunters nlmoat invari. JJOiM) ably do, on ono pro- W&74fflA$v8S tex or nnotuor' They f&7jis!i$iMw cannot endure civiliz. ' r-Tf " j 'nj(on for Tcry long, its noise nnd rocket and tho omnipresence of broad-clothcd humanity proving moro trying to their nerves than tho dangers of tho desert. I think that they fool lonely hero, for it is n fact that is too littlo understood, though it has ofton been stated, that thero is no lone lincss liko tho loneliness of crowds, especi ally to thoso who nro unaccustomed to them. ' What is thero in tho world," old Quater main would say, "so desolate as to stand in the streets of a great city and listen to the footsteps falling, falling, multitudinous as tho rain, and watch tho whlto line of facos as they hurry past, you know not whence, you know not wnithcr. They como and go, their eyes meet yours with a cold staro, for a mo. went thoir features nro written on your mind, and then they nre gone for ever. You will never see them again, they will never seo von again ; they como up out of tho unknown, and presently thoy once more vanish into tho un known, taking their secrets with them. Yes. that is loneliness puro and undcfilud; hut to ono who knows and loves it, tho wil dernessls not lonely, becauso tho spirit of naturo is ovor thero to keep tho wanderer company. He finds companions in tho winds tho sunny Btrcams babblo liko Nature's children at his feet ; high above him, in thoi purple sunset, aro domes and minarets and palaces, such as no mortal man hath built, in and out of whoso flaming doors tho glorious angels of tho sun seem to niovo continually. And thero, too, is tho wild gntno following its feeding grounds in great armies, with tho springbok thrown out brforo for skirmishersr then rank upon rank of long-faced blesbuck innrching and wheeling liko infantry, and last, tho shining troops of qunggn and tho fiorce-eyed shagg vildcrbeesto to take the plnce of the cossack host that hangs upon an emiy's flanks. " Oh, no." ho would say, " the wildorness is not lonely, for, mv boy. remember that the further you get from man tho nearer you grow , to God," and, though this is a saying that might well be disputed, it is ono I am suro that anybody will easily understand who has watched the sun riso mid iet on tho limitless deserted plains, and been the thunder chariots of the clouds roll in majesty across the depths of unfathomable Bky. Well, at any rate, ho went back again, and now for many months I have heard nothing at all of him, and to be frank, I greatly doubt if nnybody will ovor hear of him again. I fear that tho wilderness, that has for so many years been a mother to him, will now also prove his grave and tho grave of those who accompanied him, for the quest upon which he nnd they havo started is a wild one, indeed. But while ho was in England for thoso years or 30 between his return from tho suc cessful discovery of tho wise king's buried treasures and tho death of his only son, I saw n great deal of old Allan Quatcrmain. I bad known him years beforo in Africa, and after ho camo home, whenever I had nothing bet : tor to do, I used to run up to Yorkshiro and stay with him, and in this way I at one timo and another heard many of the incidents of his past life, and most curious some of them were. No man can pass all thoso years following the rough existence of an elephant hunter without meeting with many strango adven . tures, and ono w ay and another old Quarter main has certainly seen his share Well, tho story that I am going to tell you in the fol lowing pages is one of the later of theso ml ventures: though I forgot tho exact year which it happened. At any rate I know that it was the only one of his trips upon which ho took his son Harry (who is siuco dead) with him, and that Harry was then about fourteen. And now for tho storv. which I will repeat, as nearly as I can, in tho words in which Hunter Quatcrmain told it to mo one night in tho old oak.panclled vestibule of his house in Yorkshire. We were talking about gold-mining. " Gold-mining!" ho broke in: "ah, yes, I once went gold-mining at Pilgrim's Kcst in the Transvaal, and it was before that that we i had business about Jiru-.lim and the lions. Do you know it? Well, it is, or was, ono of ' the queerest little places you ever saw. The town itself was pitched in n stony valley .with mountains all about it, and in the middle of such scenery as one does not often get tho chance of seeing. Many and many is the time that I have thrown down my pick and shovel in disgust, clambered out of my claim, and walked a couple of miles or so to the top of some hill. Then I would lio down in tho grass nnd look out over tho glorious stretch of country the smiling valleys, the great mountains touched with gold real gold of tho sunset, and clothed in sweopiug robes of bush, and staro into tho depths of the per fect sky above; yes, and thank heaven I had got away from tho cursing and the coarse jokes of the miners, nnd the voices of those Basutu Kafirs ns they toiled in tho sun, the memory of which is with mo yet. Well, for some months I dag patiently ot my claim till tho very sight of a pick or of awashingtrough became hateful to mo. A hundred times a day I la. mentcd my own folly in having invested 800, which was about all that I was worth at the time, in this gold-mining, But, like Other better people before mo, I had been bitten by tho gold bug, and now had to take the consequences. I nod bought a oltiim out of which a mau had mado n fortune 5,000 or 6,000 ot least as I thought, very cheap : , that is. I had given him 600 down lor it. It 1 Mas all that I had made by a rough year's elephant-hunting beyond the Zambesi, and I sighed deeply nnd prophetically when I saw my successful friend, who was a Yankee, sweep up the roll of Standard Bank notes with tho lordly nir of the man who made his f fortune nnd cram them into his breeches Pockets. ' Well,' I said to him tho happy vendor' it is a magnificent property, and I only hopo that my luok will be as good as yours has been.' Ho smiled : to my excited . nerves it seemed that lie smiled ominously, as ho answered me in a peculiar Yankee ' drnwl: 'I guess, stranger, as I ain't the one to mako n man quarrel with his food, moro especial when there i ain't no more going of tho rounds ; and as for that there claim, well, sho's been a good , nigger to me; but between you and me, i stranger, speaking; man to man, now that thero ain't any filthy lucre between us to obsculato tho feathorB of the truth, I guess tile's ubout worked out !' " 1 gasped : the fellow's effrontery took iray breath out of mo. Only five minutes be. . fore he had been swearing by all his gods ? and they appeared to be numerous and plxed that there wero half a dozen fortunes ' left in the claim, and that he was only giving ft it up becauso he was downright weary of 3 shovelling the gold out. 1 " ' Don't look so vexed, stranger, went ou I r.juy tormentor, ' perhaps thero is some shine t. lu tho old gwl yet j any way you ore ft down. V 1 V I guess, have n real Al, old Jam, pWbUm opportunity of workup on tjSUng.TSf tfjrtune. Any way itwill bring the muscle up upon your arm, for the stuffls unoommon stiff, nnd what is more, you will in the course or a year earn a sight moro than 82,000 in value of experience.' "Aud ho went hist in time, for in another minute I should havo gono for him, and I saw his face no more. " "Hv1 Mt to work on the ld elftlm with my boy Harry and half a dozen Kafirs to help mo, which, seeing that I had put nearly all my worldly wealth into it. was tho least that I could do. And wo worked, my word, we did work early and late wo wont at tt but never a bit of gold did wo seo j no, not oven a nugget large enough to makonBcarf pin out of. Tho American gentleman had secured it all and left us the sweepings. - .Hi or. tnrco. months this wont on, till at last I paid away all, or very near all, that was left of pur littlo capital in wages and food for the Kafirs and ourselves. When I tell you that Boer meal was somotimos as high as a bag. you will understand that it d:d not tako long to run through our banking account. i M $ tno crisls came. On Saturday night I had paid the men as usual, and bought a muid of mealio meal at COs. for thorn to fill themselves with, and then I wont with my boy Harrv and sat on tho edgo pf the great holo that wo hud dug in the hill.side, and which wo had in bitter mockery named Eldorado. Thero wo sat in tho moonlight with our feet hanging over tho edge of tno claim, and wero melan choly enough for anything. Presently I pulled out mv purso and emptiod its contents into my hand. There was n half sovereign, two florins, nine pence in silver.uo coppers for copper practically does not oirculata in South Africa, which la ono of the things that mako living so dear thero in all exactly fourteen and ninopenco. " ' Thore, Harry my boy I' I sold, 'that is the sum total of our worldly wealth; that hole has swallowed all the rest.' " ' By George,' said Master Harry, ' I say, father, you and I shall have to lot ourselves out to work with the Kafirs and live on mealio pap,' and he sniggered at bin unpleasant little joke. " But I was in no mood for joking, for it is not a merry thing to dig like anything for months and bo completely ruined in tho pro. oess, especially if you happon to dislike dig f;ing, and consequently I resented Harry's ight-heartcdness. ' Be quiet, boy 1' I said, raising my hand as though to give him a ouff , with the result that tho half sovereign slipped out of it and fell into the gulf below. " 'Oh, bother,' said I, 'it's gono.' " 'Thero. Dad,' said Harry, 'that's what comes of letting your angry passions rise; now we aro down to four and nine.' "I made no auswer to theso words of wis. tloin, but scambled down the deep sides of tho olaim followed by Harry, to hunt for my littlo all. Well, wo bunted and wo hunted, but tho moonlight is nn uncertain thing to look for half sovereigns by, and thero was some looso soil about, for tho Kafirs had knocked off working at the very spot a couple of hours beforo. I took a pick and raked away the clods of earth with it, in the hopo of finding the ooin; but all in vain. At last in sheer annoyance I struck the sharp end of the piokaxe down into the soil, which was of a very hard nature. To my as tonishment it sunk in right up to the heft. " ' Why, Harry,' I said, ' this ground must havo been disturbed!' " I don't think so, father,' he answered, ' but we will soon see,' and ho began to shovel out tho soil with his hands. ' Oh,' he said presently, ' it'sonly some old stones ; the' pick has gone down between theinvlookT and he began to pull at ono of the stones. " I TOOK IT COBIOUBLY AND HELD IT OP TO THE I40HT." " ' I say, Dad,' ho said presently, almost in a whisper, ' it's precious neavv, feel it ;' and he rose and gave mo n round, brownish lump about tho size of a very large apple, which he was holding in both his hands. I took it curiously and hold it up to the light. It m very heavy. The moonlight fell upon its rough and filth-encrusted surface, and as I looked curious little thrills of excitement be gan to pass through mo. But I could not be sure. " ' Give mo your knife, Harry,' I said. "Ho did so; and resting the brown stone on my knee I scratched at its surface. Great heavens, it was soft I " Another second and the seoret was out, wo hod found a great nugget of pure gold, four pounds of it or more. ' It's gold, lad,' I said1 its gold, or I'm a Dutchman.' " Harry, with his eyes storting out of Mb head glared down at the long gleaming yel low scratch that I had made upon the virgin metal, and then burst out into yell upon yell of exultation, that wont ringing away across the silent claims like the Bhneks of somebody boing murdered. "'Be quiet,' I said, 'do you want every thief on the fiold after you f ' " Scarcely were the words out of my mouth when I heard a stealthy footstep approach ing. I promptly put the big nugget down and sat on it, and uncommonly hard it was, and as I did so I saw a lean, dark face poked over the edge of tho claim and a pair of beady eyes searching us out. I knew tho face. It be longed to a man of very bad character known as Handspike Tom, who had, I understood, been so named at the Diamond Fields be cause he had murdered his mate with a hand spike. He was now, no doubt, prowling about like a human hyama to see what he could steal. " ' Is that you, 'unter Quatennain ? ho says. r ' Yes, it's I, Mr. Tom, I answered po- " And what might all that thero yelling be ?' he asked. I was walking along, a-tak. ing of the evening air and a-tbinktng on the stars, when I 'ears 'owl after 'owl.' ,"'Well, Mr. Tom, I answered, 'that is not to bo wondered at, seeing that like your self thoy are nocturnal birds.' ""Owl after 'owll' ho repeated sternly, taking no notice of my' interpretation, ' and I stops and says, "That's murder," and I listens again and thinks, "No, it ain't; that 'owl is the 'owl of hexul. tation ; some ono'8 been and got his fingers into a gummy yeller pot, I'll swear, and gone off 'is 'ead in the sucking of them." Now, 'unter Quatennain, is I right? Is it nuggets I Oh, lor! and he smacked his lips audibly 'great big yellow boys is it them that you have just been and tumbled acrosi ?' "'No,' I said boldly. ' it isn't'-the cruel gleam in his black eyes altogether overcom. ing my aversion to the untruth, for I knew that if ne once found out what it was that I was sitting on and by the way I have heard of rolling in gold being spoken of as a pleas, ant process, but I certainly do not recom mend anybody who values comfort to try Bitting on it I should run a Very good ibs TEitninLX nom or TUB TWO. ohanco of being ' handspikod ' bofore the night was over. "' If you want to know what it was, Mr. Tom,' I went ou with politest air, although In agony from tho nugget underneath for I hold it always best to bo pollto to a man who is so ready with a handspike' my boy and I havo hod n slight difference of opinion, and I was enforcing my viow of tho mnttor upon him: that's all.' " ' Yes, Mr. Tom,' put in Harry, beginning to weep, for Harry was n smart boy, and saw tho difficulty wo wore in, ' that was it I hnl loed because father beat mo.' " ' Well, now, did yer, my dear boy, did yor ? Well, all I can say is that a played-out old claim is a wonderful queer sort of place to como to for to argify at 10 o'clock of night, and what's moro, my sweet youth, if ovor I should 'avo tho argifying of yor' and ho loored unpleasantly at llarry ' yor won't 'oiler in quite such a"jolly sort o' way. And now I'll bo Baying good-night, for I don't liko disturbing of a family party.' No, I ain't that sort of man, I ain't. Good-night to yer, 'unter Quator main good-night to yor, my argiflod young ono ;' and Mr. Tom turned away disappointed and prowled off elsewhero, liko a human jackal, to seo what he could thieve or kill. " ' Thank goodness 1 ' I said, as I slippod off tho lump of gold. ' Now then, do you get up, Harry, and seo if that consummate villain has gone.' Harry did bo, and roported that ho had anished towards Pilgrims' Best, and then wo set to work, and very carefully, but trembling with excitement, with our hands hollowed out all the space of ground into which I had struck tho pick. Yes. ns I hoped, thero was n regular nest of nuggets, twelve in all, running .from tho size of a hnzol-nut to that of a hen's egg, though of course tho first ono was much larger than that. How they all camo there nobody can say ; it was ono of those extra ordinary freaks, with stories of which, at any rato. all people acquainted with alluvial gold mining will lie familiar. It turned out after wards that the American who sold mo tho claim hod in the same way made his pile n much larger one than ours, by the way out of a single pocket, and then worked for six months without seeing color, after which he gavo it up. " At any rato, thero tho nuggets were, to tho value, as it turned out afterwards, of about 1,250, bo that after all I took out of that holo 450 more than I put into it. Wo got them all out and wrapped them up in a handkerchief, and then fearing to carry homo ho much treasure, especially as wo knew that Mr. Handspike Tom was on the prowl, made up our minds to pass the night whore we wero a necessity which, disagreeable as it was, was wonderfully sweetened by the presence of that handkerchief full of virgin gold, which represented tho interest of my lost half-sovereign. " Slowly tho night woro away, for with tho fear of Handspike Tom Bofore my eyes I did not dare to go to sleep, and at last the dawn came blushing down the sombre ways of night. I got up and watched its perfect Srowth, till it openod liko a vast celestial owerupon tho eastern sky, and the sun beams began to spring in splendor from mountain-top to mountain-top. I watched it, and as I did so it flashed upon me, with a complete conviction that I had not felt be foro, that I had had enough of gold-mining to last me tho rest of my natural life, and I then and there made up my mind to clear out of Pilgrims' Best and no and shoot buffalo towards Delagaa Bay. Then I turnod, took the pick and shovel, and, although it was a Sunday morning, woke up Harry and set to work to see if there were any more nuggets about. As I expected, there was none. What we had got had lain together in a little pocket filled with soil that felt quite different from the stiff stuff round and out side the pocket. There was not another trace of gold. Of course, it is possible that there were more pocketfuls somewhere about, but all I have to say is, I mado up my mind that, whoever found them, I should not ; and, as a matter of fact, I have since heard that that claim has been the ruin of two or three people, as it very nearly was the ruin of mo. " Harry,' I said presently, ' I am going away this week towards Delngon to shoot buffalo. Shall I take you with me or send you down to Durban ?' " ' Oh, take me with you. father,' begged Harry, ' I want to kill a buffalo !' " ' And supposing that tho buffalo kills you instead ?' I asked. " ' Oh, never mind,' ho said gayly, ' there are lots moro where I camo from.' " I rebuked him for his flippancy, but in the end I consented to take him." Chapter II. Something over a fortnight had passed since tho night when I lost half a sover eign and found twelve hundred and fifty pounds in looking for it, and instead of that horrid hole, for whioh, after all, Eldorado was scarcely a misnomer, a very different scene stretched nway before us clad in tho silver robe of the moonlight. Wo were camped Harry and. I, two Kafirs, a Scotch cart and six oxen on the swelling side of a great wave of bush-clad land. Just where we had made our camp, however, the bush was very sparse, and only grew about in clumps, while here and there were single flat-topped mimosa trees. To our right a little stream, -which had cut a-deep channel for itself in the bosom of the slope, flowed musically on between banks green with maidenhair, wild asparagus and many beautiful grasses. Tho bed-rock here was red granite, and in the course of centuries of patient washing the water bad hollowed out some of the huge slabs in its path into great troughs and cups, and these we used for bathing places. No ltoman lady, with her baths of porphyry or alabaster, could have had a more delicious spot to lavs herself than we had within fifty yards of our skerm or rough inclosure of mimosa thorn that we had dragged together round the ctrt to protect us from the attacks of lions. There were several of these about, as I knew from their spoor, though we had neither beard nor seer, them. " It was a little nook where the eddy of the stream had washed away a mass of soil, and on the edge of it there grew a most beautiful old mimosa thorn. Beneath the thorn wai a large smooth slab of granite fringed all round with maidenhair and other ferns, that sloped Rently down to a pool of the clean rt spark, ng water, whioh lay in a bowl of granite about ten feet wide by five feet deep in the centre. Hereto this slab we went every morning to bathe, and that dolightful bath is among tno most pleasant of my bunting roni. iniBcences, as it is also for reasons that will presently appear among the most painful. " It was a lovely night, and llarry nnd I sat there to the windward of tho fire, at which the two Kafirs woro busily employed in cooking somo impala steaks off a buck which Harry, to his great joy, had shot that morning, and woro as porfoctly contented with ourselves and tho world at largo as two Iiooplo could possibly bo. Tho night wnB leautiful, it would require somebody with moro words on tho tip of their tongue than I havo to properly describe tho chastened inn, esty of thoso moonlit wilds. Away forover and fornvor, nwoy to tho mystorious north, rollod tho greot bush ocoan over which tho silonco brooded. There beneath us, a niilo or moro to tho right, ran tho wido Oliphaut and mirror.liko flashed baek the moon, w hoao sll. vor spears woro shivered on its breast and then tossod in twisted linos of light far and wide about tho mountains and tho plain. Dow n upon tho river banks grow great tim ber trees that, through tho stillness, polntod solemnly to hoaven, and tho beauty of tho night lay upon thorn liko n cloud. Evcry whoro was silonco Bilcnco in tho starred depths, silonco on tho fair bosom of tho Bleeping earth. Now, if over, groat thoughts might riso in a man's mind, and for a spneo ho might lose his littlo noss in tho seuso that ho partook of tho puro immensity about him. Almost might he eem to see tho spirit of tho heaVens, girdlod round with stars, passing down in tho dead quiet to look, now that tho night hnd covered up her sins, upon the sleeping face of his lost bride, the earth. Almost might ho hear the cohoes of angelio voices, as tho spirits poised ou bent and rushing pinions swept onward from univerBo to univorso ; and dis tinguish the white fingers of tho wind play, ing in tho tresses of the trees. " Hark I what was that ?" " From far away down by tho river thero comes a mighty rolling sound, then another, and another. It Is tho lion scoking his meat. " I saw Harry shiver and turn a little palo. Ho was a plucky boy enough, but the roar of n lion for the first time in the solemn bush veldt nt night is apt to shake tho nerves of any lad. ' Lions, my boy,' I said; ' they aro hunting down by the rivor thore ; but I don't think that yon need make yourself uneasy. Wo have been here three nights now, and if thoy wero going to pay us n visit I should think that they would hnvo done so bofore this. However, wo will mako up tho fire.' " 'Hero, Pharaoh, do you and Jim-Jim cot somo moro wood beforo we go to sleep, elso tho catB will be purring round you boforo morning.' "Pharaoh, n great brawny Swazi, who had been working for mo at Pilgrims' Best, laughed, rose and stretched himself, ana then calling to Jim-Jim to bring tho axo and a reim. started off in tho moon light towards a clump of sugar-bush whoro we cut our fuol from Borne dead trees. Ho was a flno fellow in his way, was Pharaoh, and I thing that ho had been named Pharaoh becauso he had an Egyptian cast of counte nance and a royal sort of swagger about him. But his way was a somewhat peculiar way, on account of tho uncertainty of his temper, and very few peoplo could pot on with him; also if ho could get it ho would drink liko a fish, and when ho drank he. became shockingly blood thirsty. These wero his bad points; his good ones were that, liko most people of the Zulu blood, he became exceedingly attached to ono if he took to you at all ; he was a hard working and intelligent man, and about as dare-devil and plucky a fellow at a pinch as I have ever had to do with. He was about five-and. thirty years of ago or so, but not a kesbla'or ringed man. I beliovo that ho got into trouble in suino way in Swaziland, and the authorities of his tribo would not allow him to assume tho ring, and that is why ho came to work at the gold fields. The old man, or rather lad, Jim-Jim, was a Mapoch Kafir, or Knobnoso, and even in the light of subsequent events I fear that I cannot speak very well of him. He was an idle and careless young rascal, and only that very morning I had to tell Pharaoh to give him a beating for letting the oxen stray, which he did with the greatest gusto.although he was by way of being very fond of Jim. Jim. Indeed, I saw him consoling Jim-Jim afterwards with a pinch of snuff from his own ear-box, wbiUt ho explained to him that the next timo it camo in tho way of duty to flog him, he meant to thrash him with tho other hand, so as to cross tho old cuts and make a ' pretty pattern ' on his back. " Well, off they went, though Jim-Jim did not at all like leaving the camp at that hour, even when the moonlight was so bright, and in due course returned safely enough with a great bundle of wood. I laughed at Jim-Jim and asked him if he hod soon anything, and he said yes, he had ; he had seen two large, yellow eyes staring at him from behind a bush, and hoard something snore. " As, however, on further investigation tho yellow eyes and the snore appeared to have existed only in Jim-Jim's lively imagination, I was not greatly disturbed by this jtlarming report ; but, having seen to tho making up of the fire, got into the skerm and went quietly to sleep with Harry by my side. " Some hours afterwards I woke up with a start. I don't know what woke me. The moon bad gono down, or at least was almost hidden behind the soft horizon of bush, only her red rim being visible Also a wind had sprung up and was driving long hurrying lines of cloud across tho (tarry sky, and altogether a great ohange had como over the mood of the night. By the look of the sky I judgod that we must be about two hours from day. break. " Tho oxen, which wero as usual tied to tho disselboom of tho Scotch cart, wero very restless they kept snuffling and blowing and rising up and lying down again, so I at once suspected that they must wind something. Presently I knew what it was that they winded, for within fifty yards of us a lion roared, not very loud, but quito loud enough to make my heart come into my mouth. " Fbaroah was sleeping on the other side of the cart, and beneath it I saw him raise his head and listen. '"Lion. Inkoos,' he whispered. ' Hon.' " Jim-Jim also jumped up, and by the faint Found It Excellent. ltj I, ISM, Meura. Rnu A Horn 1'Ium tend n it on 3 bottlM of DlBlArABILLA, O, O. D. l haft bad on bottU, found It oiMlUnt. Y"lT'DOJKan, JW Yrt Ult rt., Olt, V HchtuI could sea that lie was ifl a very grcftt fright indeed.-' ''Thinking that it was as well to be pre pared for emergencies, I told Pharonh to throw wood upon the fire, and wokoup Harry, who I vorily believo was capablo of sleeping happily through tho crack of doom. Ho was a littlo Beared at first, but presently tho ex. cltemcnt of tho position camo homo to him, and ho bocamo quito anxious to boo his majes. ty face to face. I got my rifle handy and f;nvo Harry his a Westley Hichards falling dock, which is n vory useful gun for a youth, being light and yet a good killing rifle, and then wo waited. " For a long timo nothing happened, and I began to think that tho best thing that wo could do would bo to go to sleep again, when suddenly I heard a sound moro liko a cough than a roar within about twenty yards of tho skerm. Wo all looked out, but could seo nothing ; and thou followed another period of suspense. It was vory trying to tho nerves, this waiting for an attaok that might be de veloped from any quarter, or might not bo developed at all ; and though I was an old hnnd at this sort of business, I was anxious about Harry, for it is wonderful how tho presonco of anybody to whom ono is at. inched unnerves n mau in 'moments of danger, and that mado mn nervous. I know, although it was now chilly enough, I could feel tho perspiration running down my mibo, and in order to relieve tho strain on my at tentiou, employed myself in watching n beetle which appeared to bo nttrneted by tho firelight, nnd was sitting beforo it thought fully rubbing his mitennm ngaiust each other. " Suddenly tho beetle gavo such a jump that ho nearly pitched headlong into tho tire, and so did wo nil gavo tumps, I mean, and no wonder, for from right under tlm skerm fenco thero camo n most frightful roar -a roar that literally madu tho Scotch cart shako and shako and took tho breath out of mn, "Harry mado an exclamation, Jim-Jim howled outright, whilo tho poor oxen, who were torrifioil almost out of their hides, shiv ered nud lowed piteouBly. " Tho night was almost ontiroly dark now, for the moon had quito sot and tho clouds had covered up tho stars, so that tho only light that wo had came from tbo fire, which by this time was burning up brightly again. But, as you know, firelight is absolutely use. less to shoot by, it is so uncertain, and besides it penetrates but a vory littlo way into tho darkness, ivlthoupli if ono is in tho dark out side ono can sou it from so far nway. " Proscutly, tho oxen, aftor standing still for a moment, suddenly winded tho lion and did what I feared thoy would began to skrek,' that is, to try and break looso from tho troktow to which thoy' woro tied, and rush off madly into the wilderness. Linns know of this habit on tho part of oxen, which are, I do believe, tho most foolish animals 'under tho sun, a shcop being n very Solomon compnrod to thorn ; aud it is by no moans un common for n lion to got in such a position thnt n hord or span of oxen may wind him, skrek, break their roims, and rush off into tho buBh. Of course, onco thoy aro thero, thoy aro helpless in tho dark : and then tho lion chooses tho ono that ho loves best and cats him at his leisure. " Well, round and round went our six poor oxon. nearly trampling us to deatli in their mad rush; indeed, had wo not lmstily tum bled out of tho woy, wo should have beon trampled to death, or at tho least seriously injured. As it was, Harry was run over, and poor Jim-Jim being caught by tho troktow Bomowhoro beneath tho arm, was hurled right across tho skerm, landing by my side only Bomo paces off. " Snap went tho disselboom of tho cart bo nentli the transverse strain put upon it. Had it not broken tho cart would have overset; as it was, in another minuto, oxen, cart, trok tow, reims, broken disselboom, and every thing wero soon tied in ono vast heaving, pluiiging, bellowing, and seemingly incx trienbio knot. " For a uioment or two this stato of affairs took my attention off from tho lion that hnd caused it, but whilst I was wondering what on earth wnB to be done next, and what wo should do if Jhe cattle broko loose into tho bush and wero lost, for cattle frightoned in this manner will go right away liko mad things, it was suddenly recalled in n very painful fashion. " For at that moment I pnrceived by tho light of tho fire a kind of gleam of yellow travelling through tho air towards us. "'The lion! the lion! holloaed Pharaoh, and as ho did so ho, or sho, for it was a great, f;aunl lioness, half wild no doubt with mnger, lit right in tho middle of tho skerm, aud stood thoro in the smoky gloom and lashed her tail and roarod. I seized my rifle and fired It at hor, but what between tho con. fusion and my agitation and tho uncertain light, I missed hor and nearly shot Pharaoh. Tho flash of the rlflo, however, throw tho whole scene into strong relief, and a wild ono it was, I can tell you with tho seething mass of oxon twisted all round the cart in such a fashion that thoir heads' looked as though they wore growing out ot their rumps and their horns seemed to protrude from thoir backs ; the smoking tiro with just a blazo in tho heart of tho smoko; Jim-Jim in tho foreground, whoro the oxon had thrown him in their wild rush, stretched out thero in terror; and thou. as a contra to tno picture, tno great gaunt lioness glaring round with hungry yellow eyes, roaring and whining as sho made up her mind what to do. "It did not take her long, however, just tho timo that it takes a flash to die into dark ness, for, before I could flro again or do any thing, with a most fiendish snort sho sprang xupou poor Jim-Jim. " I beard the unfortunato lad shriek, and thon almost instantly I bnw his legs thrown into the air. Tho lioness had seized him liy the neck, and with a sudden jork thrown his body over her hack so that his legs hung down upon tho further sido. Thou, without the slightest hesitation, and apparently without any difficulty, she cleared the skerm fence at a single bound, and bear ing poor Jim-Jim with her vanished into the darknoss beyond, in tho direction of the bathing-place that I havo already described. We jumped up, perfectly mad with horror amateur, and rushed wildly after her, firing shots at haphazard on tho chauco that she would bo frightened, by them into dropping hor prey, but nothing could wo seo, and nothing could wo hear. Thea lioness had vanished into tho darkness, taking Jim-Jim with hor, and to attempt to follow hor till daylight was maduesi. Wo should only ex poso ourselves to tho risk of a like fato. " Ho with'scared aud heavy hearts wo crept back to tho skenn, and sat down to wait for duylight.which now could not ho much moro than an hour off. It was absolutely useless to try even to dibentanglo tho oxen till then, so all that was loft for us to do was to sit and wonder how it camo to pass that one should bo taken and tho other left, and to hope against hopo that our poor servant might have been morcifullv delivered from tho lion's jaws. At length the faint light came stealing liko a ghost up the long slope of bush and glinted on the tangled oxen's horns, and with and frightened faces wo got up and set to tho task of disen tangling tho oxen till such timo as there should be light enough to enable us to follow the trail of the lionoss which had gono off with Jim-Jim. And Jicro a fresh .Jjpublo awaited us, 'for when at last with infinite difficulty wo had got the great helpless brutes loose, it was only to find thnt one of tho host of them was very sick. There was no mis. take about the way ho stood with his legs slightly apart and his head hanging down. Ho had got tho redwater, I was sure of it. Of all tho difficulties connected with life and travelling in fcjoutli Africa thoso connected with oxen are perhaps tho worst. The ox is tho most exasperating animal in the world, a negro excepted. He has absolutely no con stitution, and nover neglects an opportunity of falling sick of some mysterious disease. He will get thin upon the slightest provoca tion, and from mere maliciousness die of ' poverty ; ' whereas it is his chief delight to turn round and refuse to pull whenever he finds himself well in the centre of a river, or the wagon-wheel nicely fast in a mud hole. Drive him a few miles over rough roads and yon will find that he la footsore ; turn him loose to feed I hr known a Hod carry a iwo-year-olrt ox over a stone wall 4 feel hlgb in thta laahlon, and a mile awaj into the liuah beyond. He waa subae fluently polaoned with atrycnnlne put Into tbe car cats of ins x,and I UU nave ala claws, En noa n,ridotrr eb'Tr Wat bJ'torun Sway, ! or if ha. has not run away he has ot roaljo aforethought eaten r tulip and polaoneU himself. There is always something wrong : with him, , The ox is a brute. It was of a piece with his accustomed behavior for the one in question to break out on purpose, probably with rodwater Just when a Hon had walked off with his border. It was ex. actly what I should have expected, and I was therefore neither disappointed nor surprised. " Well, it wns no uso crying, as I should nlmost have liked to do, becauso if this ox hnd redwater it was probable that tho rest of them had it too, although they had been sold to mo as 'salted,' that is, proof against such diseases as redwater ami lung-sick. Ono gets hardenod to this sort of thing in South Africa in course of time, for I supposo iu no other country in tho world is tho wasto of animal life so great. "Ho, taking my rlflo and telling Harrv to follow me (for we had to leavo Pharaoh to look after tho oxen Phoroah's lean kino I called them), I started to seo If anything could bo found of or appertaining to the unfortunato Jim-Jim. The ground round our littlo camp was hard and rocky, and wo could not hit off any spoor of tho lioness, though just ontsido tho skerm wo saw n drop or two of blood. About thren hundred yards from tho camp, and a littlo to tho right, waa a patch ot sugar bush mixed up with the usual mimosa, aud for this I made, thinking that tho lioness would havo been Buro to takn hor proy thore to dovour it. On wo pushed through tho long grass that was bent down beneath tho, weight of tho soaking dow. In two minute wo wore wet through up to the thighs, as wet as though we had waded through water. In duo course, however, wo reached tho patch of bush, and iu tho gray light of tho morning cautiouBly and slowly pnshod our way into it. It was very dark under tho trees for tho sun wan not yet up, so wo walked witji tho most extreme caro, half expecting every minuto to come noross tho lioness llcklnc tho bones of poor Jim-Jim. But no lioness oould wo see, and as for Jim-Jim thore was not even n finger Joint of him to be found. Evidently they had not como hero. "So pushing through the bush we proceed ed to hunt ovory other likely Bpot about, with the snmo result. " ' I suppose she must hnve taken him right away,' I Bald at last, sadly enough. ' At any rate, ho will bo dead by now, so God have mercy on him, wo can't help him. What's to bo ilono now ?' " ' 1 suppose that wo had hotter wash our selves in the pool, and then go back and got something to eat. I am filthy,' Raid Harry. "This was a practical, if a somewhat un feeling, suggestion. At least it struck mo as unfeeling to talk of washing when poor Jim Jim hnd been so recently enton. However, I did not lot my sontiment carry mo away, so wo wont down to tho beautiful spot that I havo described, to wash. I was tbe first to reach it, which I did by scrambling down the foriiy bank. Then I turnod round and started back with a yell, as well I might, for from almost beneath my feet thoro came a most awful snarl. "I had lit down almost upon the back of the lioness, who had been Bleeping on the slab where wo Btood to dry ourselves after bathing. With n snarl nnd a growl, boforo I could do anything, before I could even cook my rifle, she had bounded right across tho crystal pool and vanished over tho opposite bank. It was all done in an instant, as quick as thought. " Hho had been sleeping on tho slab, and, oh, horror! what was that sleeping besido her? It was tho red remains of poor Jim Jim, lying ou n patch of blood-stained rock. " 'Oh 1 father, father ! ' shrieked Harry, ' look in tho water.' " I looked. Thore, floating in tho centre of tho lovely, tranquil pool, was Jim-Jim's head. Tho lioness had bitten it right off, and it had rolled down tho sloping rock into tho water. OnAPTEB III. " Poor Jim-Jim ! Wo buried what was left of him, which was not very muoh, in an old bread-bag, and though whilst ho lived his virtues woro not great, now that ho was gone wo could have, wept ovor him. Indoed, Harry did weep outright; while I registered a quiet little vow on my own account that I would lot daylight into that lioness before I was forty-olglit hours oldor, if by any means it could bo done. " Well, wo buried him, and there he lies whore lions will not trouble him any moro. So thero is an end of the book of Jim-Jim. "Tho question that now remained was, how to circumvont his murderess. I knew that she would be sure to return as soon as she would bo hungry again, but I did not know when sho would bo hungry. She had left so littlo of Jim-Jim behind her that I should scarcely expoct to Bee her tho next night, unless indeed she had cubs. Still, I felt that it would not bo wiso to miss the chanco of her coming, so wo set about to mako preparations for her reception. Tho A 1 r.l-..- 4l.n -..a .11.1 ... 4n -t nnlti . !. hush wall of the skerm by dragging n large quantity of tho tops of thorn-trees togethor and laying thorn ono on the othor in such a fashion that the thorn pointed outwards. This, after our experience of tho fate of Jim-Jim, seemed a very necessary precaution, since if where one sheep can jump another can follow, as tho Kafirs say, how much moro is this the caso whero an animal bo activo and so vigorous as tho lion is concerned ! Aud now came the futhor question, how were wo to beguile the lioness to return 7 Lions aro animals that havo a strange knack of appearing when they aro not wanted and keeping studiously out of the way whon their presence is required. " Harrv, who as I have said was an emi nently ornctical boy, suggested to Pharaoh that ho should go and Bit outside the skerm in tho moonlight as a sort of bait, assuring him that ho would havo nothing to fear, as wo should certainly kill the lioness before sho killed him. Pharaoh howevor, strangely enough, did not seem to take to this sug gestion. Indeed ho walked away, much put out with Harry for having made it. " It gavo me nn idea, however. "'Well!' I Baid, 'there is that ox. He must die sooner or later, so wo may as well utilizo him.' "Now, about thirty yards to tho left of our skerm, if one stood facing down the hill towards the river, was the stump of a tree that had been destroyed by lightning many years before, standlug'equiuistantly between, but a littlo in front of, two clumps of bush, which wore severally some fifteen paces from it. " Hero was the very place to tie tho ox ; and accordingly a little before sunset tho poor auimal was led forth by Pharaoh and mado fast there, littlo knowing, poor brute, for what purpose; aud we commenced our long vigil, this time without afire, for our object was to attract' the lioness and not to scare her. "For hour after hour wo waited, keeping ourselves awake by pinching eaoh other it is, by the way, remarkable what a difference in the force of pinches requisite to the oo casiaa exists in tho- mind -of -pinober and pincheo, but no lioness came. The moon waxed and the moon waned, and then at last the moon went down, and darkness swal. lowed up the world, but no lion came to swallow us up. Wo waited till dawn, be. cause we did not darn to go to sleep, and then at last wo took such rest as wo oould get. " Thnt morning we went out shooting, not because we wanted to, for wo were too de. prested and tired, but because we had no moro meat. For three hours or more wo w andered about in a broiling sun looking for something to kill, hut with absolutely no re sults. For some unknown reason the game had grown very scarce about tho Bpot, though when I was there two years before every sort of largo gome except rhinoceros and olephant was particularly abundant. The lions, of whom thero wero many, alone remained. and I fancy that it was the faot of the game they live on having temporarily migrated that mado them bo daring and ferocious. As a general rule a lion is an amiable animal enough if ho is left alone, but a hungry lion To on and all wo hi dm ADAMaoa'g BOTAMlO OODUH Baluk, uMtaniflu,ll .' jji'almosi id d&geroiM M.'fc tmgiryiMm, JflH Ono hears a great many different opitoc, -aH expressed aa to whether or no the lion is re- ' HH markable for his courage, but the result ot mj" '( IH experience is that very muoh deponde upon 'V SI tho state of his stomach. A hungry lion will V,:H not stick at a trifle; whereas a full ode wilj '"v'HH fleo at a very small rebuke VH .," Well, we bunted all about, and nothing ilH could 'we see, not even a duok or a bun rH buck; and at last thoroughly tired and out of AaH tompor we started on our way baok to camp, jtH passing over tho brow of a stcepish hill to do T. H so. Just as wo got over the ridge I froze up A'-'H liko a pointer dog, for thore. about six bun- lH dred yards to my left, his beautiful enrred ijM horns outlined against tho soft blue of the $H sky, I saw a noble Koodoo bull (Strepfioero MH kudu). Even at that distance, for m yoa H know my eyes aro very keen, I could die ;'; tinctly see thewhito stripes upon ita side iH when the light foil upon it, and ita large and 'H pointed ears twitoh aa tho flies worried it. ..lM " So far to good ; but how were we-to A fH at it ? It was ridiculous to risk a shot at that 'v'H great dlstanoe, and yet both the ground tad n the wind lay very ill for stalking. It seemed f.ijM to me that the only chanco would be to mako 'ivH a detour of at least a milo or more, and coma H up on the othor sido of tho koodoo. I called rH Harry to my side, and explained to him what I thought would bo our best course, when ,"H Buddculy, without any delay, tho koodoo . H saved us any further trouble, by suddenly VtjH starting off down tho hill liko a leaping 'H rocket. I don't know what had frightened it. 'tM certainly wo had not. Perhaps a hynna or n NBmaH leopard a tigor as wo call it thore had sud- jjjH denly appeared ; at any rate, off it went, run. Jl niug slightly towards us, and I never sawn v'bbI buck go faster. As for Harry, ho stood ' watchingtho beautiful animal's course. Prcs- H ently it vanished behind n patch of bush, to ''H emerge a few seconds later about five hun- aH dred paces from us, on n Btrctoh of compara- 1 tlvely level ground thnt was strewn with iH boulders. On it wont, taking tho boulders JH in ita path in a succession of great bounds &l that were beautiful to behold. As it did so, 'H I happened to look round at Harry, and per- 'H ceived to my astonishment that he had got H his rifle on his shoulder. uH " ' You foolish boy !' I ejaculated, ' surely H yon are not going to 'and just at that mo- v-tjH wont the rifle went off. liH "And then I think I saw whnt was, in its Jl way, one of the most wonderful things I ever remember in my hunting experience. The) SiicH koodoo was at tho moment in tho air, clearing ryM n pile of stones with its fore logs tucked up ;3H underneath it All in an Instant the legs VaH stretched themselveBout in a spasmodio fath- H ion, and it lit on them and they doubled up oH beneath it. Down wont tho noble buck, H down on to its head. For a moment it seemed 'V'aB to be standing on its horns, its hind legs hbzb, ' in tho air, and then over it went and lay still. H " ' Great Heavens!' I said, ' why, you've H hit him! He's dead.' iH " As for Harry, ho said nothing, but merely Vjl looked scared, as well ho might. A man, let H alone a boy, might have fired a thousand $Mt such shots without ever touching the object, jH whioh, mind you, was springing and bound 'j ing over rocks quito 500 yards away, and hero 3H this lad, taking a snap shot and .9H merely allowing for elevation by in- 'jjjt stinct, for ho did not put up his JnBH sights, had knoekod tho bull over .as '':aH dead as a door-nail. Well, I mado no further B remark, tho occasion was too solemn for talk- H ing, but merely led the way to where tho 91 koodoo lay. There he was, beautiful and dH quite still: and there, high up, about half- jilLH way down his neck, was n neat round hole. T1H The bullet had severed the spinal marrow, ?!9 passing right through tbo vortebrm and away sK on tho othor sido. v! " It was already evening when, having out jjl as muoh of the best meat as wo could carry IJHH from the bull, and tied a red handkerchief H and some tufts of grass to his spiral horns, 1H whioh, by tho way, must nave been i'l nearly five feet in length, in tho hops t.H of keeping tbe jackals and aasvSgelS jflH (.vultures) from him, wo finally got baek to H camp, to find Pharaoh, who was getting vJt rather anxious at our absence, ready to greet ,5H us with tho pleasing intelligence that another , tJH ox was sick. But even this dreadful bit of 4gH intelligence could not dash Harry's spirits; H the fact of the matter being thflt,ninorediblo H as it may appear, I do vorily believe that in !ia his heart of hearts ho set down tho death of ' uH that koodoo to the credit of his own skill, fdH Now, though the lad was a tidy shot enough, H this of course was ridiculous, and I told him t''JjH bo very plainly. , . i 31 "By-the time that we had finished our snp. jjsaH per of koodoo steaks (which would barn H been better if tbe koodoo had 'been a -IH little younger), it was timo to get ready for- Jim-Jim'B murderess again. All the after ,9l noon Pharaoh told us the unfortunato ox had z3M been walking round and round in-a circle as v.l cattle in the last stage of redwater generally H do. Now it had como to a standstill, and IjH was swaying to and fro with its fJjH head hanging down. So we tied 33H him up to the stump of tho 'tH tree as on tho previous night, knowing that :H if the lioness did not kill him he would bo j 'E dead by morning. Indeed I was afraid that '.H he would bo of littlo uso as a bait, for a lion jjH is a sportsmanlike animal, and, unless he is aH very hungry, generally prefers to kill his ,rM own dinner, though when once killed ho will come back to It again and again. 'HIH " Then wo repeated our experience of tho -JH irovious night, sitting there hour after gH tour, till at last Harry went fast $H asloop. and even I, though I am 'JH accustomed to this sort of thing, H could scarcely keep my eyes open. Indeed I ' 1H was just dropping off , when Pharaoh gave .J'-H mo a shove. $l " ' IAiten 1' he whispered. 4H " I was all awako in a second, and listening H with all my ears. From tho clump of bush to t tho right of the lightning-shattered stump 'H to which the ox was tied came a faint crack- SjM ling noise. Presently it was repeated. Some. SH thing was moving there, faintly and quietly 'fjH enough, but Btill moving perceptibly, for la lM the Intense stillness of the night any sound gH seemod loud. flH " I woke up Harry, who Instantly said, wH 1 Where is she ? where is she ?' and began to ''H point his riflo about in a fashion that war 1 more dangerous to us and the oxen than tc H any possible lioness. i'JBI " ' Hush up ! ' I whispered savagely; and hsffK as I did so, with a low and hideous growl a , 'n"H flash of yellow light sped out' of the clump , ; of bush, past tho ox, and into tlio correspond- lVB ing clump upon tho other side. The poor !& ifl sick brnte gave a sort of groan, and staggered THM round and then began to tremble. I could tfjM seo it do so clearly in the moonlight, whioh j&M was now very bright, and I felt a brute for H having exposed the unfortunate animal to iH such terror as he must undoubtedly be) ; undergoing. The lioness, for it was she. j passed so quickly that we could not ,7H even distinguish her movements, muoh less -f shoot. Indeed at night it is absolutely use- jH less to attempt to jhoot unless the object hi $3H very close aud standing perfectly still, and H then the light is so deceptive and It is so H difficult to see tho foresight that the best shot Vt will miss more often than he hlta.. ..- Mlfl " ' She will be baok again presently,' X H said ; ' look out, but for heaven's sake don't MM fire unless I tell you to.' " Hardly were the words out of my mouth mM when back she came and again passed the ox , j&H without striking him. .. .... , ,. H " ' What on earth is sho doing f whispered -JM Harry. 9 " 'Playing with it as a cat does a mouse, I 1M suppobe. Blie will kill it presently. , 19fl " As I spoko the lioness once more flashed .OH out of the bush, and this time sprang right JSB over the doomed ox. It was an exciting sight ylM to see her clear him in the bright rnoonligbi, jH as though it wero a trick that she had been iflB taught. JrM " ' I believe that she has escaped from a mm circus, whispered Harry; 'it'a jolly to seo aW her Jump.' (H "I said nothing, but I thought to myself "ftH that if it waa. Master Harry did not quite ap, JfV predate the performance, and small blame to ! him. At any rate, his teeth were chattering JgH a bit. 3H " Then came a longish pause, and I began '4jH to think that she musthavo gone away, whea fjjj suddenly she appeared again, and with ono jjH mighty bound landed right on to the ox, sad (yfa struck it a frightful blow with her paw. &H "Down it went, and lay on the ground. HB She pot down her wicked-looking head, with ijH a fierce growl of contentment. When aha pjfH lifted her muzzle again and stood facing M 'JH l&nUnuca on fourth raot.1 '