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& THE EVENING WORLD, FRIDAY, MAY 26, 1922. i
27 to it lb 4' ciiafter xtiil (Continued.) ' HE nent Henri away; and sat down beside the divan to watch with ft feeling of weariness that was not bodily. For a time Ahmed Ben Hassan lay motionless, and then, as the day crept vn and the early rays of tho warm Bun filled the tent, he moved uneasily, and began to mutter feverishly In confused Arabic and French. And besldo him, with his face burled In his hands, Raoul do Saint Hubert thank ed God fervently that he had saved Diana the added torture of listening to the revelations of the past four months. The first words were In Arabic, then the slow, soft voice lapsed Into French, pure as the Vlcomte's own. "Two hours south of tho oasis with the three broken palm trees by the well. ... Lie still, you little fool, It Is useless to struggle. You cannot get away, I shall not let you go. . . . Why have I brought you here? Tou ask me why? Mon Dieut Are you not woman enough to know? No! I will not spare yon. Give me what I want willingly and I will be kind to you. but fight me, and by Allah! you shall pay the cost! . . . . . . Clone, Diane, how beautiful you are! . . . What devil makes me hate Raoul after twenty years? I-n.it night she only spoke to Mm, and when he went I cursed her till I raw the terror In her' eyes. . . . Di ane, Diane, how could I know how much you meant to tne? How could I know that I should lore youT . . . Diane, Diane, my sunshine. The tent Is cold and dark without you. . . . Dieut If you knew how much I loved you. . . . Diane, Diane, It Is all black. I cannot see you, Diane,, Di ane." . . . iAnd hour after hour with weary hopelessless the tired voice went on Diane, Diane." ... 001 CHARACTERS IN THE STORY. 'IANA MAYO, nineteen, beautiful, aristocratic English girl, deter-' mines to make an expedition into the Arabian desert from buknu , Her brother, AUBREY MAYO, by whom she has been brought up, virtually as a boy, tries to dissuade her. bo does 'JIM ARBUTHNOT, who loves Diana and wants to marry her. At a ball given to celebrate her departure she tells him she has none of the feelings of a' woman, has never been kissed and can obey no man. Her expedition into the desert is led by IMUSTAFA ALI, an Arab with a fine outfit of well-bred horses. Disturbing signs appear before the journey is a day old. Diana ii rantnreH hv jSHEIK AHMED BEN HASSEN and taken a prisoner to his caravan, where she is subjected to his passionate attentions. Diana is served bv an Arab maid and bv GASTON, a young Frenchman who has long been attached to the ei,:t,, . . ai ,r..i .I.-. Diana while out riding with Gaston runs away into the desert. She is recaptured by the Sheik and while being brought back she realizes she loves her captor. The Sheik has a visitor, RAOUL DE SAINT HUBERT, a French author and traveller, who has known Ahmed for years and is his closest friend. He falls in love with Diana but will not declare himself. The Sheik's jealousy begins to show as Diana, while out riding with Gaston, is cap tured by Ibraheim Omair, Ahmed's desert enemy. The Sheik pursues and kills Ibraheim as Diana struggles in the loathsome Arab's arms. D BEN HASSEN BEGAN TO UTTER FEVERISHLY IN CON- ARABIC AND FRENCH." CHAPTER XIX If T was evening when Diana opened drowsy and heavy eyes, a bitter P taste in her mouth from the it fects of the drug that Saint Hu bert had given her. She dressed with feverish haste and went Into the outer foTnom. It was filled with Arabs, 7 Gradually the tent emptied until only Yusrf was left. Tho Vlcomte came back, bringing a chair for Diana, and put her Into It with gentle masterfulness. Saint Hubert brought a chair for himself and dropped Into It wearily He looked across the divan at her, and the change that the last few hours had made In her atruok ihlm painfully. She asked no questions and Bhe shed no tears, She sighed once, a Ion quivering algn that nearly broke Saint Hubert's heart. Ho rose and bent over the Sheik with his fingers on his wrist- and as he laid the nerveless hand down again she leaned nearer and covered 1t with her own. His hand la so big for am Arab's, e said softly, like a thought spoken ,ud unconsciously. "He Is not Arab," reip'MeT'(?Blnt HU bert with sudden. Impatient vehe jnenee. "He 1s English." She shook her head. "Sometimes I have wondered" she said reflec tively. "You ought to know," said Saint Hubert, "his father Is the Earl of Glenearyll." "But I know him," said Diana wonderlngly. "no was a friend of my 'fflllfr-Tgo when Aubrey and I passed 1 lkMn.), r-. "I had better tell yew the whole Btory," said Raoul, dropping back Into his chair. "Thirty-six years ago my father, who was as great n wanderer as I am, was staying hero in the desert with Ills friend the Sheik Ahmed BenHas Ban. The Sheik was a wonderful rrtan, very enlightened, with strong Kuropean tendencies. One evening shortly after his arrival at the camp a party of tho Shelk'n men who had been absent for some days In tho north on tho chief's affairs arrived, bringing with them a woman whom they had found wandering In the desert. From her accents my father decided that she was Spanish but she would admit nothing, not over) her nationality. In due course of time the child was horn, a boy." Saint Hubert paused a moment "and nodded toward the Sheik. "Even after the child's birth she refused to give any account of herself. There was an element of the mysterious that had taken hold of tho su Jierstltlous Arabs, and tho baby was looked upnn as something more than human and was adored by all the tribe. The Sheik himself, who had never looked twice at a woman be fore In hi j life, hecame passionately attached to her. My father- Sitj's' that' Jie has never seen a man so madly In love as Ahmed Ben Hassan was with the strange white girl who had come so oddly into his life. He re peatedly implored her to marry him. She would not consent, though she would glvo no reason for her refusal. and her refusal made no difference wijh the Sheik. His devotion was wonderful. She knew that she was dying, and a few days before the end she told them her pitiful little history. She was the only daughter Lot one of the oldest noble houses in Spain, as poor as they were noMe and she had been married when she was seventeen to Lord Olenciiryll, who had seen her with her parents In Mce She had been afraid to say who she las lest she should bo font bnck lo ler husband And with tho hlrth of fhe child she became more than evi.r determined to preserve her j-ecret le boy should be spared the t.uffcr Ing she had herself endured. She made my father and the Sheik sweur tnat noi until tne hoy grew to man A fuse of his existence. Bhe wrote a letter1 for her husband which ahe gavo Into my father's keeping, together with her wedding ring. Tho boy grow up believing that Ahmed Ben Hassan was his own father. When ho was fifteen my father induced the Shclk to send him to Paris to be educated. It was then that I first saw him. After a year with us In Taris, my father, always mindful of his real nationality, sent him for two years to a tutor In England, whero I had my self been. The tutor was an excep tional man, used to dealing with ex ceptional boys, and Ahmed did very well with him. "My father entertained very largely and Ahmed lecamo tho fashion "I.c bel Arabe" ho was called, and he en- Joyed a succes fou which bored him to extinction and at the end of the year, having written to the Sheik for permission to go homo, ho shook the dust of Paris off his feet and went back to the desert. I went with him. "I had never seen him In anything but European clothes, and I got quite a shock when I came up on deck tho morning that wo arrived at Oran and found an Arab of Arabs waiting for me. "The meeting between the Shellt and Ahmed was most touching. I had a very happy time and left with regret. Tho charm of tho desert took hold of me then and has never left me since. But I had to return to my mediral studies, . I loft Ahmed absorbed in his lifo and happier than I had ever seen him in Paris. He was nineteen then, and when he was twenty-one my father had tho unpleasant task of carrying out 1,-idy Glencaryll'a dylnrf wishes. He wroto to Lord Glenearyll asking him to como to Paris, whero he putlhcwholo facts before him. Glen earyll broke down completely. "His happiness In tho knowledge of Ahmed's existence was pathetic, he was consumed with Impatience for his son's arrival. Nothing hod been said to Ahmed. Tho old Sheik let him go In Ignorance of what was coming. I shall nevor forget that day. It had been arranged that Ahmed should bo told tlrst and that afterwards father and son should meet. Ahmed arrived In tho morning and my father told him tho wholo story as gently nnd us carefully as -ho could. Ahmed never said a word tho whole tune my father was speaking and then his fiendish tempor broke out suddenly. It was a terrlblo scene.. Ho cursed his father lu a steady stteam of mingled Arabic and Krench blasphemy that made ono's blood run cold. He cursed all English people impartially. "He refused to sec his father, re fused to recognize that ho was his father and lie left the house that afternoon and Paris that night, going straight buck to the desert, taking with him Gaston, who had arranged a soon as his time In the cavalry wns up. A letter that Lord Glenearyll wrote to him. addresed to Viscount Caryll, which Is, of course, his cour tesy title, begging for at least an In tervlew, and which he gave to us to forward, wns returned unopened, and scrawled across the envelope: In- connu. Ahmed Ben Hassan. And since that day his hatred of the Eng llsh had been a monomania, and ho has never spoken a word of English." There was a pauso, but still Diana did not move or speak. "The curse of Ishmnel hnd taken hold of mo by then and I wandered continually. Sometimes Ahmed came with me; wo have shot big game to gether In most parts of the globe. A few times he stayed with us In Paris, but never for long; ho always wearied to get back to tho desert. Fivo years ago tho old Sheik died.- Ahmed's do votlon during his Illness was wonder ful. Since he succeeded to the leader ship of the tribe he has lived contin uously among his peoplo. Ho has never been nbte to seek relaxation further afield than Algiers or Oran" She hnd lenllrod tho meaning of Raoul's carelessly uttered words and they had hurt her poignantly, but it was no new sorrow. He had told her himself months ago, callously, bru tally, sparing her nothing, cxtcnuat Ing nothing. She pressed her cheek against the hand she was holding as she knelt by Ahmed's couch. Her Angers crept up lightly across his breast, fearful lest even their ten- dor touch should Injure his lettered body. And now the knowledge of his boy hood Mccmed to make him even deans'' than ho had been before. Diana's thoughts strayed back to tho story that Saint Hubert had told her. "Does Iird Glericaryll know that you see Ahmod?" she asked. "Oh yes. He and my father liecame great friends. He often stays with us In Paris. Vto are a link between him and Ahmod. He Is always hun gry for any news of him, and still clings to tho hope that one day ho will relent. They have almost met accidentally once or twice, and Glen caryll has once seen him. It was at tho opera. Glenearyll nsked the name of a stranger lie saw-In a box. "A man next to him looked In th direction h was looking and laughed 'That's the Saint Huberts' wild man of the desert. Ixoks fierce, doesn't he? Tho women call him 'le bel Arabe, Ho Is said to havo a p6c'ullar hatred of tho English, so you'd better give him a wide berth, Glenearyll." T CHAPTER XX. HE night grew hotter and th atmosphere more oppressive, room, propped high with pillows. It was three months stnee the night that Saint Hubert had almost given p hope of being able to save the Sheik's life a night that had been followed by days of suspense that had reduced Diana to a weary-eyed shadow of her former vigorous self, and had left marks on Raoul that would never be effaced. It had been very silent service, for the Sheik would He for hours with closed eyes without speaking, and something that she could not master kept her tongue- tied In his presence when they were alone. Only once he had referred to the raid. "Was It In time?" he whispered slowly, and as she nodded with crim son cheeks and lowered eyes he turned his head away without another word, hut a shudder that he was too weak to control shook him. Ahmed Ben Hassan's final recov ery was quick, and the camp soon settled down Into normal conditions And with the Sheik's complete. re covery his attitude towards Diana had reverted to the cold reserve that had chilled her before a reserve that wa both courteous and indifferent. He had slept In the outer room since his Illness, and tossing feverishly on the soft cushions of the big empty bed In which she lay alone Diana hod suf fered the greatest humiliation she had yet experienced. He had never loved her, but now he did not even want her. She was useless to him. Sho was humbled to the very dust by his Indifference. At last Raoul had announced that his visit could be protected no longer and that he must resume his Journey to Morocco. To Diana his going meant the hast enlng of a crisis that could not be put oft much longer. The situation was becoming Impossible. She hod said good-bye to him the night before She had never guessed the love she had Inspired In him, and she wondered at the sadness In his eyes and his un accustomed lack of wordB. He had wanted to say so much and ho hod said so little. And this morning ho and Ahmed Ben Hassan had ridden away at daybreak. Tho camp had seemed very lonely and the day, very long. She had ridden with Gaston, and hurried over her solitary dinner, and since then she had been waiting for the Sheik to come back. In what mood would he come? She wondered numbly what would become of her. It did not seem to matter much. Nothing mattered now that he did not want her any more. The old life was far away, In another world. STie could never go back to It. She did not care. It was nothing to her. It wan only here In the desert In Ahmed Ben Hassan's arms that she had becom olive, that she hrnd learned what life really meant, that sTie had waked both to happiness and sorrow. There was nobody to hear the ngon Izlng sobs that shook her from head to foot. Tears were not easy to her. Slv hsd not wept since that first night when, with the fear of worse than death, she hnd grovelled at his feet moaning for mercy. She wrestled with herself. The. weakness that she had given way to must be conquered. She knew that. without any possibility of doubt, his coming would seal her fate whatever It was to be. She must wnlt until then. A long, shuddering sigh ran through hor. "Ahmed! Ahmed Ben Hassan," she murmured slowly, lin gering with wistful tenderness on the words. She pressed her face closer Into the cushions, clasping her hands over her head, and for a. long time lay very still. Quite suddenly her mind was filled with thoughts of her own people, the old home In England, the family for whose honor hor ancestors had been so proudly jealous. Sho was torn with a mad, primitive jealousy, a longing to kill tho un known woman who would Inevitably succeed her. It was very airless even out of doors. She peered Into the" darkness. hut there was little light from the tiny crescent moon, and she could see nothing. She moved a few stops for ward from under the awning to look up at the brilliant stars twinkling overhead. She had watched them so often from Ahmed Ben Hassan's arms; they had become an Integral part of the passionate Oriental nights "Madam Is tired?" a respectful voice murmured at her ear. Diana started. She had forgotten the valet. "It Is so hot. The tent was stifling." she said evasively. 'ftimton's devotion was of a kind that sought practical demonstration "Madame veut du cafe?" he suggest cd tentatively. It was his universal panacea. "No. Gaston. It makes me ner vous," sho said, gently. "Une llmonade?" he persisted hopefully. She let him bring the cool drink more for his pleasure than for hei own. "Monselgneur Is late," she said slowly, training her eyes again Into the darkness. "He will come," replied Gaston confldenUy. "Kopec Is restless; he 11 always so when Monselgneur Is com ing." At last the sound of his coming came. Only a suggestion at first i wave of thought caught by her wait Ing brain, an Instinctive intuition, and she started up tenso with exiiectancv her Una parted, her eyes wldo, hardly breathing, listening Intently, At last ahe heard the divan creak under his weight, but not until Ga.i- ton cams back bringing his supper "Monselgneur dcslr d'autro cIkW' The Sheik must have signed In t li negative, for there was no audible Wrapped In a thin silk kimono nn,!!"er' , w r., ' .v.... "Hon Polr. Monselgneur." ,f,j , i ij nil,, m,- iiui- fcood should Lord. G'encaryU be lold some lime beforje to enter bis service, eid.9 ol the wldo couch In the hnec ..,XT8 be, Coatiauea. Fulton St. Bond St. Livingston St. Elm Placo bbgqki-yn-jnew yohk. 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