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THE SUN, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1898. 7
TUB BLAffiD0n6LAS. By 8. R. CROCKKTT. Author of "The Raider," ' The Lilac gunbonnet," "The Stlcklt Mlnla tfr," "The Gray Man," Ac. Ccrvrithled, ' CrtrtnlU CHAPTER I. gNTXa THK nt.ACK POUOT.AS. Hefty Wl ,ne v0 of Whitsunday of the H.'tft in the fairest Hnd henrtsomest spot i all th Scottish southland. The twined llerpol n,1 not ypt "n takel down ,rom if01 the house of Brnwnr Kim. matter ar- orcrand foster-father to William, sixth Earl 5 Imilas and Lord of Oallowav. Mallae-Klm. who by eommon voice was m1 ",he Brawnv." sat in his wicker ehalr More his door, overlooking' the tstand-stud-Jl. fairyliko l",,, ' Carlinwark. In the mill)' ""os 'ho green, bare-trodden road urn of hi" el. lor sons woto still hammering at iome armor of choice. But It waa a ploy I their own. which they desired to fln Oh that they might (to trig and polnt-devioe o the Earl's weapon showing to-morrow on theories n' Bnlmaghle. Sholto and Laurence wera the names of the two who hammered the ringing steel and blew the smooth-handled bellows of tough bull hide that wheezed and miffed ,ne nre roared deep and red before I (jokloB to the right welding heat In a little X Jams round the buckle tache of the girdle ' krjce they were working on. And as they hammered they talked together Id alternate snatches and silences. Sholto. tho alder, meanwhile keeping an ere on hU rather. lor their converse was not meant to reach the Mr of the grave, strong man who eat ao still In Hi chair with the afternoon sun In his eyes. "Hark ye, Laurence." said Sholto, return lug from a visit to the door of the smithy, the ipper rart of which was open, "no longer will I be a hammerer of Iron and blower of Area for P7 father. I am going to be a soldier of for tune, and so I will tell him." "When wilt thou tell him?" laughed hla (other tauntingly. "I wsgar mylpurple vel Tft doublet slashed with gold, which I bought tlth mine own money last Rood fair, that you nil not go across and tell him now. Will you like the dare:" "The purole velvet you mean It." said Sholto ncerly. "Mind, it you refuse and will not live It up after promising, I will nick that ly ing throat of yours with my gullle knife." 1 And with that Sholto threw down his pin ttn and hammer and valiantly threw open Ike lower door of the smithy. He looked with bold dark blue eyes at his fa'her, and atepped lowly across the grimy doorstep. Brawny Rim had not moved for an hour. Hia great audi lay In his lap. and his eyes looked at the purple ridges of Screel acrosa the beautiful Mi of Carlinwark. which sparkled and dim pled among Its Isles like a little wilful beauty inder the gaze of a score of gallants. But Sholto's step alowed and lost its brag pn strut and confidence. Behind him Lau rence chuckled and laughed, smiting his thigh In hla mocking glee. "The purple velvet, mind you. Sholto: how veil it will .become vou, coft from Rob Halli burtun. our mother's own brother, seamed with red grid and lined with yellow satin and eramosle. Well Indeed will It eet you when Maud I.lndesay. the maid who came from the t 'till for company to the Earl's sister, looks forth from the canopy upon you as you stand In the archers' rank on the morrow's morn." Sholto squared his shoulders, and with a 1 little backward hitch of his elbow, which K'ltit. "Wait till I come back and I will pay ytorthls flouting." ho strode determinedly ton the green spaoe toward hia father. The master amorer of Ear! Douglas did sot lift his eyes till his son had half crossed the road. Then even as a rank of spearsmen at the word of command lift their glittering points to the "ready," Sholto Macklm stopped dead whare he was with a sort of gasp like one who finds hi defenceless body breast high against the line of hostile steel. '. "The rurrle velvet" came the cautious whisper from behind. But the taunt was powerless now. The smith held his son a moment with his yea. "Well?" came in the deep, low voice, more like the lowest tones of an organ than the ipeech of man. Rholto stood Hied, then half turning on his hel. he began to walk toward the corner of the dwelling house, over which a gay stream- Ser of the creeping convolvulus dangled and wung in the stirring of the light breeze. "Inn wish speech with me?" said hfs father. to the aame level and thrilling undertone. "No," said Sholto. "I thought-that Is. I Jttired-saw yon Magdalen pass this way? ihav, somewhat to give her." "Ah. ao," said Brawny Kim. without mov jt. "A steel breastplate, belike. Thou but the brace-huckle in thy hand. Doth the little Magdalen go with you to. the weapon how to-morrow?" "Jio. father." said Sholto. stammering, "but I u uneasy for the child. It is an hour loos I heard her voice." "Then." said his rather, "go finish your rk. put out the fire and seek your sister." Rholto brought his hands together and toade the little Inclination of the head which Jj a elm of filial respect. Then, solemn, as It as had been in his place in the ordered line M Hie Earl', first levy of archermen. he turned aim about and wont back to the smithy. uurertoe lay all abroad on the heap of ohar W of which the armorers' welding fire wai ; jMde Laurence was fairly expiring with ter, and when his brother angrily oed him in the ribs, he only waggled an in Jwtual hand and foebly crowed like a eoek throat, in his efforts to stifle the sounds "mirth "0t up. fool," hissed his angry brother. "ip me with this aoeursed hammer striking ' I will mate au end of such a giggling lout " fou. Here, hold up." nd seizing his younger brother by the col ' oi hia blue working blouse, he dragged him Wo hla feot. ""ok, by the saints." said Sholto. "if you east m gibes upon me. by St. Andrew I will break raw bona in vour Idiot's body." The purple velvet -Oh. the purple velvet." In!1! ,,aur('nn' M soon as he could recover WNb, "an,! the 6.eg of Maui, L,ndeMy!.. . '" """"" m' t0 thlnk rather of the "of Laurence MacKim!" cried Sholto. and wait more ad.) hit his brother with his "Mnsd knuckles a fair blow on the bridge of " nose. alls'".11"' moment the two lada were grsp ' awl ki ther liko "'"''cats, striking, kicking i biting with DO thought except of who " have the best ,.f the battle. They 2Jl., "'" Boor, now tussling among the EWIWf faggots, anon pitching soft as one Itookin, "' "l." ,l1"" I" the corner, again 53? hiJn"r " H "'l "d bringing duwn the might h,". '" "" ""or with u jingle which US i JXI !V" hL'rrt ftt'' "' on the loch. o bUnVi ,.' ' ''lawing and cutting each other t SLTr. . "'" a hand, heavy and remorse- Wf"hai51 i". !'.' '"'" Sholtii found Iilni- i&ffir'Li'f'P0' I" 'he great tempering 'uSLw '"''' t!'0'1 ' ' 'utlier'H fo.gc. naken .ti " nlM "w" teeth rut lie uh he wa RSS.Vii ',"'' J""'ls waggled like those of a Jurni L h '"" ,,IM '"'f Then it was his 'd . """sei inlthe water. Next their Inllb hi w"'"dly knooked togethur. and UursiiL " J'?lr "' nrrows s(tnt right and left. Hd Tin i '. '."rl11 '" "'" window in the gable 'rrr ,.,.i"""J,l.lll"HH" In the midst of a goose Ml i.!r ?, i wh"" Bholto, living out of the door, feet of , "K "" a" '""rs aFmost under Hie 'uullnoi. n"r"'' on which n young innn eat, aKSllVi nh,n !!" '"'''"' OB th,: ,' hlln wuttered the emigre of the lire M aiiii'K ,",iir,tl and threw the hreuHtnlate orkin, ' ,ir,'e at which the boys liad been irasd f, i ." """ler of the sinitlir. Then he kfehiV!d ?' "" l,x"' w'th the inasalve key kill ih ki " ,ttr "t from the upper leat that ra o?rii?r'?r ' their turn to be shod 4h. fer"' tethered. I Wa oo the black horse. Instantly a L .. ... ehsnge passed orer his face. With one mo tion of his hand he swept the broad Wne bonnet from his brow and bowed the grizzled head which had worn It upon his bressl. Thus for the breathing of a breath the master armorer stood, and then looked up again at the young knight n horseback. ''My lord." he satd, after a long pause, In Which he waited for tho youth to speak, "this Is not well yon ride nnattenderl and un armed." "Ah. Mallse." laughed the young Earl, "a Douglas has few privileges If bo may not Simotime on a summer eve lay aside his eavy nrlsonment of nrmor and don such a suit as this! What think you. eh? Is it not a valiant apparel, as might almost beseem one who rode a-courtlng?" The mishty master smith looked at the young man with eyes in which reverence, re buke, and admiration strove together. "But." he said, wagging his head with a grave humoroiiMieaa. "your l.onlshlp rneds not to ride n-courtlng. You are to be mar ried to a great dame who will bring you wealth, alllnni'e, anu the dower iif provi. cos." The young mnn shrugged his shoulders end swung lightly off his charger, which turned to Took nt him as he stood Anil patted Its neck. "Know you not. Mallse." he said, "that the Earl of Douglas must needs marry provinces and the L rd of Uallowav wed riches? But what is there In that to prevent Will louglns going courting nt 17 years of his age as a young man ought. But have no fear I come not here seeking the favor of any save of that lily Mower of yours, the only true May blos som that blooms on the thorns of Carlinwark. I would look upon the angel smile on tho lacs of your little Magdalen. And she be here, 1 would toss her arm-high for a kiss of her mouth, which I would rather touch than that of ldy or leman. For I do ever profess my self her vassal and slave. Where have you hid den her. Maliso?" The smith lifted up his voice till It struck on the walls of his cottage and echoed like thunder along the shores of the lake. "Dame Barbara," he cried, and again, get ting no answer, "Ho, Dame Barbara, I say)" Then, at the second hello, a shrill and some what peevish voice proceeded from within the house opposite: "Aye. comng, csn you not hear, great doit! Deed and need 'tis a pretty pass when a woman with the cares of a household must come running light-toe and clatter-heel to every call of such a lazy lout. Husband, in deednot house-band, but ! house-bond I wot. House-torment, house-thorn, house cross" A sonsy well-favored head strangely at va riance with the words which came from it peeped out. and Instantly the scolding prattle was stilled. Back went the head into the dark of the house ns if shot from a bombard. Mallse MacKim indulged in a low, hoarse chuckle as he caught the words "Eh, 'tis my Lord William 1 Have us, and me wanting my lty.-sil gown that cost me ten silver shillings the ell. and not even my white peaked, cap upon my head." Her husband glanced at the young Earl to see if he appreciated the savor of the jest. Then he looked away, turning the enjoyment orer and over under his own t . ngue and mut tering: "Ah. well, 'tis not his fault. No man hath .sense of humor before he is 40 years of his age and 'tis all the riper nt ro." The young man's' eves were looking this way ami that, up and down the smooth path way that skirted like a green selvage the shores of the loch. "Mallse." he said, as if he had already for gotten his late eager quest for the little Mag dalen, "Darna way here has a shoe loose, and to-morrow I ride to levy, and may also joust a bout iti tho tilt yard of the afternoon. I would not ask you to work on Whitsunday, but that there cometh my Lord Fleming and Alan Lauder of the Bass, bringing with them an embassy from France, and I hear their may be fair ladles of .their company." "Ah." quoth Malise grimly. "So I hare heard it said concerning the embassies of Charles, King of Franco 1 But the young man smiled and dusted one or two flecks of foam which had blown back ward from his horse's bit upon the rich crim son doublet of finest velvet, which, cinctured closely at the waist, fell half way to his knees in heavy double plaits sewn with gold. A hunting horn of black and gold was suspended nl. nit his nock by a bandolier of dark leather, embroidered with :boses of gold; laced boots of soft black leather drawn together on the outside from ankle to mid-calf with golden cord met the scarlet "chauses" which covered his thigh and outlined the figure of him who was the noblest vouth and the most gallant in all the realm of Scotland. l-'arl William wore no sword, only a little gold-handled poignant with a lady's llnger rlng set upon the point of the hilt, was at his side, and he stood easily resting his hand upon it as he talked, drawing it an Inch from its sheath and snicking It back nonchalantly with a sound like the clicking of a well-oiled lock. "Clink the strokes strongly and featly. Ma llse. for to-mo'row, when the Black Douglas rides upon the Black Darnaway under the eyes of well of the ladies whom the Ambas sador are bringing to greet me, there must be no stumbling and no mistakes. Or o-ttho head of Malise MacKim the matter shall be, and let that wight remember that the Douglas does not keep a dule tree up there by the Onllows Block for nothing." The mighty smith was by this time exam ining the ln-.fH of the Earl's charger one by ohe with Buch instinctive tieiicucv of touch that Darnaway felt the kindly intent, and, bending his neck ubout, blew and snuffled into the armorer's tangled mat of crisp gray hair. "Cp there." exclaimed MacKim, as the warm breath tickled his neck, and at the burst of sound the steed shifted and clattered upon the hard-beaten floor of the smithy, tossing hi - head till the bridle chain rang amain. "Eh, my Lord' William," an altered voice came fromltlie doorstop, where Dnme Barbara Mar Kim stood touting low liofore the young Enrl. "but tills is a l.lvthe and calamitous day for tills poor bit biuging o' the Carlinwark to think that your Honor should visit Ids servants. Will you no come ben and sit doon in the houseplace? 'Tls far from fitting for vour feet to pass thereupon. But gin ye will fa vor" "Xav. I- thank you. good Dame Barbara." said the Enrl, ' very courteously taking the close-fitting blaok cp with the red feather in It off his head. "1 must bide but a moment for your husband to set right certain nails in the hooves of Darnaway here, to ready me f ir the morrow. Do you come to see the sport? So buxom a dome us the mistress of Carlin wark should not be absent to encourage the lada to do their best at the sword play and the rivalry of the butts." And as the dame came curtseying and bow ing her delighted thanks Karl William, set ting a forefinger under her triple chin, stooped and kissed her in his gayest and mostdebon nair manner.' "Eh. to think on't." cried tho dame, clap ping her hands together as she did at mass, "that 1, Barbnra MacKim. that am martlet to a donnert auld care like Malise there, should hae the prlvileege o' a salute frne the bonny niouo' Verl William thank ye kindly my lord and be inveeted to the wespon-shawing to sit aiming the Noddies and view the sport! Ma lise. my mnn, eaa' ye no that an honor, a preevilege? Is thut no owing to me being the sister on my father's sldeo' Ninian Halli burton, merchant and indweller in Dumfries'.' "Nay, nav. good dame," laughed the Karl. "'tis all for the sake of your own charms. 1 trust that your good man here Is not jealous, but beauty, you well do ken. ever sends the wits of a Douglas w ! -gathering. Neverthe less, let us have a draught of your home brewed ale. for kissing Is tut dry work after all and little do I think of it. save" (and he set his cap on h's bead with a gallant wave of his hand) "in the case of a dame so fair and tempting a Dame Barbara." At this the lady cast up her hands and her eyes again. "Eh. what will Marget Ahanny o' the Shankflt say noo this frne the Sforl William? I'.li. slree. this is better tban an Ahtsrf's absolution. I declare, it's miilr sus tained' than a' the consolutlons o' religion. Malise. doyou;heur, greu' dour cult" that ye are. what savs my lord.' And do you think so little of vour murried wife as ye do. Think. shame, von being what ye are and me the aiu sister to that master o' merchandise ami bail lie o Hiiiiifric-. Nlnlan Livingstone." And witli i hut she vanidi.il into the black oblong of the door opposite the smith). CHAPTER II. MY 1AI11 I.iDV. The strong mini of Carli: wark made no loua Job of the horseshoeing, for as he ham mered and tiled he marked the eye of the youiig l.ail restlessly straying this way and that along the green riverside ways, and his ringers nervously tapping the adieu easing of tho smithy wlndnwslil. Mallse MacKim aaid to himself that he had not served a Doug las for thirty venrs without knowing by these signs thai there was tin- swing of u kinle in tho case. l'resenllv the last nail was made linn and Black Dariiaway wus led. passaging and toss ing, out ui uu iti.- greensward. Malise stood at Ills litnd (III the Douguts swung himself into the saddle with a motion light as the llrsl upward (light of a bird. He uut his hand into a pocket in the lining of his "souureveste" and tauk out a golden ' lion" of the King's recent mintage. He spun II In the air off his thumb, and then looked at il as he caught it "I tiilnk you and I could send out a better coinage than that with the old (it oat press oVer there at Tbileve!" he said. Malise smiled tils quiet smile "if the Krl of Douglas deigns to make me the muster of his mint, I promise lilm good, sound, luoad pieces of a uoble design that Is. till Chancellor Crlchion hangs me for coin ing in tlio (Irsssmarket of Edinburgh." Thai would Isn never, with the Douglas lances to prick you a way out and the Douglas 5 old to buy tho gissi will o( ids traitorous litis tH Half uucoiiK'lously. the Eurl sighed as ha looked nt 'he fair lake growing rosy in the light of the sunsel. His Isiylsh face was overspreud with care, and for the moment he seemed overyoung o hove inherited so great a burden, but the next moment he waa him self again ... . ,,.. . I know. Malue. he aaid. that I oaunot offer you gold In return for your admirable handicraft But 'tis nigh to. KaUoahill fair, do you divide tfcto ol4jfn hatirigt those two brave boys of yours. . Faith, right glad waa I ii ii ii tm&anm to ba Earl of Douglas and not a son of his mas- r armorer when I aaw you disciplining eeslrws Sholto and Lauraneel" The smith smiled grimly. "They are good enough lads, Sholto and Laurence both, but they will be forever gnurring and grappling at each other like mesaan dogs about a kirk door." "They will not. make the worse soldiers far that, Mallse. I pray you forgive them for my sake." The master armorer took the hand of his voung lord, on which he was about to draw a riding glove of Spanish leather. Very rev erently he kissed the signet ring upon It. "My dear lord," he. said. '" can refuse naught to any of your gracious house, and most of all to you, the light and pleasure of It aye. and the light of a surly old man's heart, more even than the duty he owes to his own msrrled wifel Oh, be careful, my lord, for you are tho desire of many hearts and the nope of all the land." He hesitated a moment and then added with a kind of a curious hnshfulness: "But I am concerned about ye this nlcht, nllliam Douglas I Jcnr that ye could not could not permit me" "Could not permit what -out with it. old grumhlopate?" "'That I should saddle my Flanders mare and ride after you. Mnllse MacKim would not be In the way even if ye went a-trystlng. He kena brawlv when to turn his head and look uiKin the hills and the woods and the bonny waters." Tho F.srl laughed and shook his head. "Na, na. Mallse." he said: "wore 1 Indeed on such a quest tho sight of your gray pow would frigid n fair lady and the more tramping of that club-footed sho elephant put to flight every sentiment of love. Remember the Douglas badge is a naked heart. Can I ride a-courtlng, therefore, with all mr fighting tall behind me, as though I besought an alliance with the King of England's daughter?" The strong man watched the young Earl ride away to the south along the fair lochslde. He stood muttering to himself nnd looking long under his hand at his lord. The rider bowed his head as he passed under the rich blossoming of the white Mar blossom, which covered like creamy lace the Three Thorns of Carlinwark. now deeply stained with rose from the clouds of sunset. "Aye, aye," he said, "the Douglas badge Is Indeed a heart hut It Is a bleeding heart. God avert the omen and keep this young man safe, for though many love him there be more that would rejoice at his fall." Tne rider on Black Darnaway rode right into the eye of the sunset. On his left hand Carlinwark and its manv! Islets Iburned rioh with spring-green foliage and the golden sun set light. Darnaway's well-shod hoofs Tsent the diamond drops flying as with obvious pleasure he splashed through the shallows. Ben Onlrn and Screel. boldly ridged against the southern sky. stood out In dark amethyst against tho rosy sky of even, but the young rider never so much as turned his head to look at them. Presently, however, he emerged from among the noble lakeside trees upon a more open space. Broom and whin blossom clustered yellow and orange beneath him. garrisoning with their green spears and golden banners every knoll and acaur, but there were broad spaces of green turf here and there on which the conies fed. or fought terrible battles for the meek ear-twitching does, "spat-spatting" at each other with their forepaws and springing Into the air in their mating fury. William of Douglas reined Darnaway under neath the whispering foliage of a great beech for, all at unawares lie had come upon a sight that interested him more than the noble pros pect of the May sunset. In the centre of the golden glade, and with ail their faces mistily glorified by the evening light, he saw a group of little girls singing and dancing as they performed some quaint and graceful pageant of childhood. Their young voices came up to him with a wistful, dying fall, and the slow, graceful movement of the rhythmic dance seemed to affect the young man strangely. Involun tarily he lifted his close-fitting feathered cap from his head and allowed the cool airs to blow against his brow. 8ee the robbers passing by, psaalng by, passing by. See the robbers passing by. My fair lady! The words came uo clearly and distinctly to him and softened his heart with the indefinable and exquisite pathos of the refrain as sung by the sweet voices of children. "These are surely but cottars' bairns," he said smiling a little at his own Intensity of feeling, "but they sing like little angels. I dare say mr sweetheart Magdalen is among them." And he sat still, patting Black Darnaway on the neck. What did the robbers do to you, do to fou, do to you. What did the robbers do to you. My fair lady ? The first two lines rang out bold and clear. Then again the wistfulness of the refrain played upon his heart as if it hud been an In strument of strings, till the tears came Into his eyes at the wondrous sorrow and yearning with which one voice, the sweotest and purest of all. replied, singing all alone: They broke my lock and stole my gold, stole my gold, stole mr gold, Broke my lock and stole my gold, My fair lady! The tears brimmed over In the eyes of Wil liam Douglas. and a deep foreboding of the mys teries of fate fell upon his heart and abode there heavy as doom. He turned his head, as though he felc some one near him. and lo. sudden and silent as the appearing of a phantom, another horse was alongside Black Darnaway. and a maldon dressed in white sat smiling upon the young man.Ifair to look upon as an nngel. Enrl William's lips parted, but he was too surprised to i sneak. Nevertheless, he moved his hand to his head In instinctive salutation, hut. finding Ins bonnet already off. he could only stare at the vision which had so sudden ly sprung out of the ground. The lady slowly waved her hand in the di rection of the children, whose young" voices still rang clear ns cloister bells ringing the "Angelus," nnd whose white dresses waved in tho light wind as they danced back and forth with a alow and graceful motion. "You hear. Enrl William?" she said. In a low. thrilling voice, speaking with a foreign ac cent. "Vou hear? You are a good Christian, doubtless, and you have heard from your un cle, the Abbot, now praise is mnde perfect 'out of the mouths of babes and sucklings.' Hark to thorn: they sing of their own destiniea and of mine." And so fascinated and moved at heart by her beauty and her strange words, the Doug las listened: What did the robbers do to you, do to you, do to you. What did the robbers to you. My fair lady ? The lady on the delicately pacing palfrey turned her dark eyes from the wlilte-robed choristers to tho face of the young man. With an impetuous motion of her hand she urged him to listen for the next words, which swept over Earl William's heart with cadenoe of unutterable pain and inexplicable melan choly: They broke my lock and stole my gold, atole my gold, stole my gold, Broke in.' lock ami stole in v gold, My fair lady 1 He turned upon his companion with a qulok energy as if lie were aft aid of losing himself again. "Who are you. lady, and what do you here?" Tho girl '.mi led and reined her steed a little ba ;k from lilm Is that spoken as William Douglas or as the justleer of (irtlloway a country whore, as I understand, there is no trial by jury?" The light of her radiant smile passed from her lips Into his soul. "It is spoken as a man speaks to a woman beautiful and queenly," he said, not removing his eyes from her face. "I fear I may have startled you." she said, without continuing the subject. "I saw you were wrapped in meditation, and my palfrey made no sound on the gross and leaves." Her voice was so sweet and low that Wil liam Douglas, listening to it, wished that she would speak on forever. "Tho hour grows late." ho said, remem bering himself? "You must have far to ride. Let me lie vour escort homeward, if you have none worthier than I." "Alas." she uuswciod. smiling yet more subtly, "I have no home nearby. My home is very far und over turbulent seas. I have but n maiden's pavilion in which to rest my head. For I and my company travel through your domains, Karl William. 1 trust you will not lie so cruel as to forbid us?" "Yea." he was smiling now In turn and catching somewhat of tne gay spirit of the ladv, "1 do forbid you to pass through these lands of Galloway without ilrst visiting me in mr house of Thrleve!' The lady clams'd her bauds and laughed. letting her palfrey pace onward through tho woodland glades, bridle free, while Ilia, k Darnaway, compelled by hia master's hand, followed, tossing his head Indignantly be cause his head bad buon tinned from the di rection of his nightly stable on the enstle Isle. CHAPTER UX 'IWO at lil no TOOETBKR. "Joyous." she cried. "Oh. most joyous would it bo to see the noble castle and to have nil the ruinous o.iski knights to make love to me at once to capture ii.UOO hearts at one sweep oi the net!" . ... "Is no tingle heart sullleieni to satisfy you. fuir maid :" said the young man in a low voice: "none loyal enough and large enough for you thut you desiro so nianv?" "And what would 1 do with one if It were In my huntK" she sain, wistfully, "that Is, If It were a worthy heart and one worth the tak ing' Ever since 1 was a child 1 have always brjken my toys when 1 tired of them." The voices of the singing children on the green nine faintly to their ears, but the words were still clear lo Is) understood: on t. prison i on nasi go. you mail go, you mint go, ort to pi'isou you must go. My fair lady! "You bear. It is my fate." she said "Nay." answered the Karl, passionately, still looking in her eyes, "mine- mine, not yours 1 would go to prison or to death for your sake." "My lord, my lord," she laughed, with a tol erant protest In her voice, "you keep up the credit of your house right nobly. How goes tho distich my mother taught It me upon the II MfaMMiaBMaVHHMMi bridge of Avignon, whan also the children I dance and sing- First In ths lovs of woman , Klrat In the field of fight, first In the death that men mint die. Buch is the Douglas right! "Here and now." he said, still looking at her. "Tls only the flrst I crave." "Earl William, vou must come to oourt she shrilled into sudden, tinkling laughter. "There be ladles there more worthy of your ardor than a poor errant maiden such as L" A court I" cried Earl William, scornfully, "to the Seneschal's court? Nay. truly. Could a Stewart ever keep his fnlth or pav his debts? Never since the first of them licked his way Into a lady's favor." . . .. ... "Oh." she answered, lightly. I meant not the court of Stirling, nor yet the Chancellor's castle at Edinburgh. I meant the only great court, the court of France, the court of Charles VlL. the court which already owns the sway of Its rarest ornament, your own Scottish Princess Margaret." "Thither I cannot go unless the King of Franco grants me my father's rights and es tates," he said, with a certain sternness In his tone. "let me look at your band." she said, with a gentle Inclination of her fair head, from which the lace that had shrouded it now streamed back in the cool wind of evening. Stopping Dnrnaway, the voung Earl gave the girt his hand, and tho white palfrey name to rest close beneath the shoulder of the black war charger. "To-morrow," she said, looklngat his palm. "To-morrow you will be Duke of Touralne. I promise It to you br my power of divination. Does that satisfy you?" "I fear you are a witch or else a being com pound of higher elements than lesh and blood," said the Karl. "Is that a spirit hand?" she said, laughing lightly and giving her own rosy Angers Into his. or could even the justleer of Oalloway find it In his heart to burn these as part of the body of a witch?" She shuddered and pretended to gar.e plte ously up nt him from under the long lashes which lay upon her cheek. "Spirit slender, spirit white, they are In deed." he replied, "and as for being the fingers of a witch doubtless you are a witch Indeed. But I will not burn ao fair things as these, save as It might be with the fervor of my kisses." And he stooped and pressed kiss sfter kiss upon her hand. Qently she withdrew her fingers from his grasp and rode further apart, yet not without one backward glanoe of perfect witchery. "I doubt you have been overmuch nt court already," she said. "I did not well to ask you t? come thither." "W'hy must I not come thither?" he asked. "Because I shall be there I" she replied soft ly courting him yet again with her eyes. As they rode on together through the rich twilight dusk the young man observed her narrowly as often as he could. Her skin was fair with a dazzling clearness which even tho gathering gloom only caused to shine with a more perfect brilliance, as if a halo of light dwelt permanentlyheneath its surface. Faint responsive roses bloomed on either cheek and cast a shadow of their color down her graceful neck. Dark eyes shone above, fresh and dewy with love and youth, and smiled upon the youth with ancient witch eries and allurements in their depths. Her lithe, slender body was simply clad in a fair white cloth of some foreign fabric, and her waist, of perfect symmetry, was cinctured by a broad ring of solid sliver which to the young man looked as if he could have clasped It about with his hands. So they rode on. through the woods mostly. until they reached a region which to the Earl seemed unfamiliar. The glades were greener and denser. The trees seemed more prim eval, the foliage thicker overhead, the Inter ? races of golden evening sky darker and less requent. "In what place may your company be as sembled?" he asked. ''Strange It is that I know not this place. Y'et I should recognize each tree by conning it. and of every rivulet I should be able to tell its name. Yet with shame do I confess that I know not where I am." "Ah," said the girl, her face growing lumin ous through the gloom, "you called me a witch, ana now you shall see. I wave my hands, so and you are no more in Oalloway. You are in the land of faerr. I blow you a kiss, so and lo, you are no more William VI.. Earl of Douglas and proximate Duke of Tour alne. but you are even as true Thomas, the beloved of tho queen of the fairies and the slave of her siwll!" "I am well content to be Thomas Rhymer." he answered, submitting himself to tho wooing tlamour of her eyes, "so be th.it you are the ady Tltanla." "A courtier, indeed." she laughed, "you need not to seek your' answer, you make a poor girl afraid. But see, yonder are the lights of my pavilion. Will It please you. to alight and enter? The supper will bespread, and though you must not expect any to enter tain you save onlyyourTltanla"lhere she made him a little bowl, "yet I think you will not be 111 content. They do not say that Thomas of Ercildoune had any cause of complaint. Do you know." she continued, witli a fresh gaye ty In her voice, "it was in this very woodthat he was lost?" Bnt William Douglas sat silent with the won der of what he saw. Their horses had come out on a hilltop. The sequestered boskage of the trees gradually thinned, finally dwarfing into a green drift of fern and bin-hen foliage which rose no higher than llhck Darnawav's chest, through wliieh his rider's laced boots brushed till the Spanish leather of their gold embossed frontleteiwos jetted with dew. Before him was n great drift of solemn pine trees tho iike of which for size lie hat) never seen in all his domain. Or so, at least, It seemed In that hour of glamour. For behind them the evening sky had dulled to a deep and solemn wash of blood rod. across which lay one lonely bar of black cloud, solid ns spilled Ink on a monkish page. But under tho trees themselves, blazing with lights and breathing an odor of all grace and daintiness, stood a pavilion of rose-colored silk, an chored to tho ground with ropes of sendal of the richest crimson hue. "Let vour horse go free or tether him to a pine. He will not wander." snid the girl. "I fear my fellows have gone off to lav in pro vision. We huvo taken n day or two more on the way than we had counted on. ao that to night's feast makes an end of our store. But still there is enough for two. I bid you wel come. Earl William, to a wanderer's tent." CHAPTER IV. THE BOSK BED PAVILION. As the young Earl paused u moment with out to tether Black Darnaway to the fallen trunk of a pine, a chill and melancholy wind seemed to rise suddenly hnd toss the dark branches against the sky. Then It flew, moan ing like a lost spirit till he could hear the sound of Its passage far adown the valley. An owl hooted and a swart raven disengaged him self from the coppice about the door of the pavilion and fluttered away with a croak of anger. Block Darnaway turned his head and whinnied anxiously after his master. But William Douglas, though Utile more than a boy. if men's ages are to be counted by venrs, was yet n true child of Archibald the (irlni.and he passed through the mysterious encampment to the door of the lighted pa vilion with a manner firm and assured, tie could faintly discern other tents and pavil ions with pennants and bannerets which tho passing gust hinl blown flapping from their poles, but which now hung slackly about their staves. "1 would give a bund red golden St. Andrews," he muttered, "if 1 could moke out the 'scutch eon. It looks most like a blank dragon couchant on a red field which is not a Scot tish bearing. The ladv Is French, doubtless, and passes through from Ireland to visit the Cbancol'or's Court at Edinburgh." The B'aek Douglas paused a moment at the tent flap, which, being of silken fabric, lined with heavier material, hung straight and heavy to the ground. "Come in. mr lord." criod the low and thrill ing voice of his companion from within. "I bid you welcome with both hands to my poor abode. A traveller must not be particular. and I have only those things with me which my men have brought from shipboard, know ing how poor was the provision of your land. Bee. do you not already repent your promise to sup with me?" She pointed to the table, on which sparkled cut glass of Venice and silverware of gold smith's work, on which were set out oranges ami rare fruits of tho Orient, such as the voung man bad never seen in his own bleak and barren land. But the Douglas did no more than glance at the rich providing. A vision fairer and more beautiful claimed his eves. For the ladv her self stood before lilm transformed and glori lleil. In the Interval she had taken off the clonk which whllo on horseback she hail worn falling back from her shoulders. A thin robe of white silk, embroidered with gold, at once clothed nnd yet revealed her graceful and gra cious llguie, even ns a glove covers but does. not conceal the hand upon which it is drawn. Whether by Intent or accident. It hud been permitted lo fall aside at the neck to show the dazziing whiteness of tho skin beneath, but at the T.. is. uu (t was secured by a button set vvllb black nenrl, which, constituted the lady's onlv ornament. Her arms also wore hate and shone in the lamplight whiter than milk. She had removed Hie 'ili.'. belt and tied a red silken scarf about her waist In a manner which revealed a swift grace and lithe sinuosity of movement making tier appear more wonderful and more desirable than ever to the young man's eyes. On either side the pavilion were placed fold ing couches of rosy silk, and In the corner, draped with rich blue hangings, glimmered the lady's tied. Its fair white linen half revealed, two embroidered pillows at the foot, and on a little (able beside it a crystal ball on a black platter No crucifix or prie-dieu. suoh as in those days wns in every lady's bower, could ho seen anywhere about the pavilion. As soon as the tent flan had fallen behind I. in. the Karl William abandoned himself to the strange enchantment of his surroundings. He did not slop lo ask himself how it was pos sible that such dainty nrovldings hud been brought into the midst of his wide wild realm of Oalloway. Nor yet why this errant damsel should be all alone on this hilltop with the tents of her retinue empty and silent about. The present sufficed him. The soft radiance of dark eyes fell upon him and all the quick running. Inconsiderate Douglas blood rushed and sang In Ms reins responsive to their subtle shining. He was with a fair woman and she not un willing to he kind. That was enough for all tho race of the Black Douglas. Whattho Red IVmglas loved was another matter. Their ambitions were more reputable, if less gener ous. "My lord." she aaid. giving him her hand. will you lead me to the table? I cannot offer you tho refreshment of any elaborate toilet, hut here at, least is wheaten bread to eat and wine of a good xlntage to drink." "I on yourself aenree need such earthly sus tetinnoo." tie answered gallantly, "for your eyes have stolen the radiance of the stars and 'tls evident that tho night dews visit vour cheeks onlv as they do the roses to render them more frosh and fair." "My lord flatters well for one so voting, ' she smiled ns she seated herself and motioned him to sit close beside her. "How comes It that. In this wild place you have learned to speak so chivalrously?" "When one speaks to beauty the words are given," he answered, "nnd, moreover, 1 have not dwelt In the gray Oalloway all my days." "Vou siok French?" she nsked In that language. "Ah. she said when he answered, "the divlno language I know you were perfect." Ami so for a long while the voung mnn sat spelllsmnd, wntcnlng the smiles coming nnd going uiKin bar red and flower-like lips and listening to the fast-running ripple of her for eign stweeh. It was pleasure enough to listen without reply. It seemed no common food of mortal men that was set before him with swoop of whito arms and bend of delicate lingers upon the chalice stem. He did not care to eat. but sgnln and again he set the winecap down empty, for the vintage was new to him and brought with It, a haunting aroma instinct, with strange hopes and vivid with unknown joys. The pavilion with its cords of sendal and Its silver hanging lamps spun round about lilm. The fair woman seemed to dissolve and re unite before his eyes. She hnd let down her hair and it flowed In the Venetian fashion over her white shoulders, sparking with an Inner Are. Each fine silken thread glit tered separate from its fellows like a twining golden snake. Aud the ripple of her laughter played upon the young man's heart as a lute that Is touched carelessly by the hands of a master. Some thing of the primitive glamour of the night and the stars clung to this woman. It seemed a thing impossible that she should be loss pure than the air and the waters, than the grass be neath and the sky overhead. He knew not that the devil sat from the flrst day o.' crea tion on Eden wall, that human sin is well nigh as eternal as human good, and that passion rises out of its own ashes like the phoenix bird of fable, and stands again all beautiful before us a creature of fire and dew. Presently the lady rose to her feet and gave the Earl her hand to lead hertoacouoh. "Set a footstool by me." she said. "I de sire to talk to you." "You know not my name." she said, "though I know yours. But then, the sun In mid heavon cannot be hidden, though nameless bide the thousand stars. Shall 1 tell you mine? It is a secret; nevertheless. I will tell you If such be your desire." "1 care not whether you tell me or no." he said, looking up Into her face from the low seat at her feet. "Birth cannot add to your beauty nor lack of quarterings detract from It, I have enough of both, good lack. And little good they are like to do me." "Shall I tell you now." she went on. "or will you wait till you oonvoy me to Edinburgh?" "To Edinburgh!" cried the young man. as tonished. "I have no purpose of journoying to that town of mine enemies. I have been counselled oft by those who love me to re main In mine own country. My horoscope bids me refrain. Not for 1.000 commands of King or Chancellor will I go to that dnrk and bloody town, wherein they say lies tho curse of my house." "But you will go to please a woman?" she said, and leaned nearer to him, looking deep into his eyes. For a moment William Douglas wavered. For a moment he resisted. But the dark eyes thrilled him to the soul, and his own heart rose insurgent against his reason. "I will come if you ask me." he said. "You are more beautiful than I had dreamed any woman could be." "I do ask you." she continued, without re moving her eyes from his face. "Then I will surelv come," he replied. Sho set her hand beneath his chin and bent smilingly and lightly to kiss him. but with a passionate cry the young man suddenly clasped her In his arms. Yet even as he did so his eyes fell upon two figures whloh. silent and motion less, stood by the open door of tho pavilion. (To be Continued.) TRAVELS OF A TTBISTLItCO BUOY. They Have Famished the Hydrographlc Bureau with Valuaable Information. From the Philadelphia Prett. The navigators of the western Atlantic Ocean, and, indeed, a great many scientists, are deeply Interested In the erratic wanderings of the Martha's Vinevard whistling buoy, which wentadrift from Its location In the Vine yard Sound more than two years ago and is still being carried to and fro at the will of the winds and currents. After two months with out news from this strange wanderer comes the report that it was again seen by n passing vessel on Sept. fl. in latitude 3."i. longitude 55, nearly 500 miles due east from the position In which It wns lost seen on July 6, The United States hydrographlc officials have become much interested in the drift of this buoy, and have already gained valuable in formation regarding the currents and winds of the North Atlantic through plotting tho travels of this strange buoy whoso whistle still sounds a warning Intended only for ves sels when near a shoal. Every issue of tho North Atlantic pilot chart for nearly two years past has contained the dotted drifts of the buoy, aud information regarding it is largely sought after from all shipmasters crossing in the locality where it was last reported. This month's charts, just issued, show that in February, 1SU7, the buoy was iKHl miles to the northward and eastward of the islutul of Ber muda. It waa next reported April l.'l of that year 150 miles southwest of that position. and then nothing was heard from tne wan derer un'ii Oct 27, when it was reiioited by a ship Captain in about latitude :n . longitude .i.'i. showing a drift to the northward and east ward of 300 miles In six months' time. Next it must have headed uway about east northeast, Jor on Jan. 8, 1KIS. it turned up in latitude 37, longitude 47. Its next course was off aorthwest. for on Muy 21 it was seen in latitude 30. longitude 5. June 4 the wandering buoy was seen in latitude 34. longitude 4, showing; n tremendous drift to tho southeast. From then on to July 0, when next seen, it took a slow und short drift of about seventy live miles due south. At this point It changed its course aud is now heading due West in. the lino of Capo llatteras. For some years past the hydrogrnpliers have gained valuable information regarding current. Ac. "'by having shipmasters throw overboard bottles bearing in them the date and geographical position where this messenger of Neptune was cost adrift, to determine the ve locity and direction of the sea surfacoicui rents. Only a small percentage of these bot tles are ever recovered. They probably fulfil their purpose and reach the land only to be come imbedded in the sands. Hence it nat urally follows that tho velocity of any current cannot be accurately determined In this way. For this reason the Martha's Vineyard buoy with its small exposed surface to tho wind of fers a fairly correct means of determining currents, and it is for this reason so much in terest attaches to It. A bottle thrown over board from a vessel sout h of Newfoundland muy make a complete circuit of the North Atlantic by way of the Azores. West Indies, Oulf of Mexico and Florida coast. As a rulo. how ever, such a bottle will bring up between the l' shunt and North Cape of Norvvny. If thrown overboard neur the Azores a bottle will llkelv find Its way to tho Canary Islands, the. (ape Verde Islands, and the West Indies. Several bottles have travelled over 5.000 miles and three years elapsed between departure and arrivals. Three bottles thrown overboard by ('apt. Scrog gle. when in command of the British bteain shlp Dago, which foundered at sen not long ago, in latitude 5". longitude 41, at the same instant, worn recovered after a drift of 1.2O0 miles close to each other during tho same week. Derelict ships follow generally well-defined routes which coincide with bottle drifts. The remarknhle drift of the liini-ber-laden American schooner W. L. While is still fresh in the memory of Atlantic navigators. She was abandoned in the blizzard of March, 1HH8. off the Delaware Capes, and toward the end of January of the next year she stranded on the Hebrides, and her cargo was avail. The lumber-laden schooner Wyer ti. Sar gent Is reported to have driftod'nbout for over three years and finally her hulk stranded In the West Indies. The schooner Fannie L. Wolston, lumber laden, was abandoned In October. 1891. off Norfolk. She drifted east lo longitude 40. then south, und eventually she proceeded west along the thirtieth par allel, curved north und northeast, and was last sighted four yeara ago six degrees en i of the Delaware Capes. Justice Harlan lakes to Play Golf. From the Chicago Record. Justice Harlan has gone wild about golf, ac cording to the opinions of his oolleagues on the Hiiprctno bench, who insist that no sane man will get up at il o'clock In the morning, prepare his own cup of coffee and then walk a couple of miles in order to knock a ball about In the dump grass before breakfast. But Justice Har lan explains thai that Is the only way be can in dulge nil favorite pastime. He has logo to the Capitol to attend consultations between 10 and 1 1 o'clock, and does not get off tho bench until fi. He declares that If his colleagues would fol low his example and spend three or four hours In exercise in the open air every morning it would be better for the cause of justice. mr. jcf.v rr mri or cunt a. The Career of the Young Iteformer Who Met with Almost Fatal Anreess. From the Chicago Record. Kan u Mel. who. according to ths cable grams. Is accused of a conspiracy against the life of the Emperor of China. Is a remarkable man. a sort of meteor In Chinese politics. He comes from Canton, but was educated In Hong Kong, nnd is thoroughly Europeanlr.ed. Having remarkable literary attainments, he passed tho highest examinations required by tho Government, nnd was appointed secretary to the Board of Public Works, which has charge of railroad concessions and similar matters of administration, so that ho has been In the centre of the row between Hussla and England, nnd his sympathies anil Influences have been oxercised ill behalf of the Intter country. This accounts for his escape and protection upon a British man-of-war and for the fact that his effects arc at the British Legation at Pekin. One of the charges against Shaiig Yen Hoon, who was formerly Minister to Washington and was director of public works. Is that he as sisted Kan lo escape the vengeanco of LI Hung Cluing and other Russian partisuna. When the reform movement was begun In lima a venr or two ago Kan Yu Mel stepped to the head of it. and. In company with the Rev. Mr. Ileid, a Presbyterinn mlsslonary.organlzod n club and started tho first, newspaper ever published 111 Pekin except the Official tfaiette. They called It Chinese lYogrett and advo cated reforms and the adoption of modern Ideas. Including the right of petition and the ficdom of the press, with a great deal of ability and energy. In some way or other Mr. Kan succeeded in breaking through tho seclusion that surrounds the Emperor and obtained admission to his Majesty's presence at all times, much to the alarm nnd Indignation of some of the conser vative old princos. Ho became a sort of tutor to the Emperor In tho study of modorn affairs. It was he who read to him tho life of Peter the Great and inspired lilm with a desire to emu late that remarkable monarch. Through him the Emneror became familiar with the development of Japan nnd resolved that China should not be left behind its nearest neighbor In the march of progress. His Majesty became so interested in two books, " The Life and Deetls of Peter tho Great" and "The Reformation of Japan Since the Restora tion of tho Mikado." thnt ho hail Mr. Kan read them to lilm twice in ordor to fasten their con tents upon his memory. The result was that Mr. Kan's visits to the palace were often pro longed to eight hours at a time, nnd of course this excited the curiosity and jealousy of other mandarins. Under his Influence Kuang Hsu Issued a serlos of remarkable edicts which oreated a seusntinn. One of them granted the right of petition to the throne for everybody and pro vided that " the lioard of censors will horoafter be delighted with tho special duty of receiving and presenting to his Majesty all memorials or petitions that may be presented by scholars not In office, or men of tho people, persons hitherto not allowed to nddress the throne in any Way except through their respective vice roys or governors The Board of Censors Is warned not to put obstacles in tho way of peo ple who wish to communicate with his Majosty. for only through such courses can the Emperor loarn tho exact state of affairs throughout the empire." Such a proceeding as this was equal to revo lution and could not bo tolerated by the princes and mandarins at court. Hence Mr. Kan be came very unpopular. Ho nevertheless per suaded the Emperor to sign an edict recogniz ing the freedom of the press, which was issued on Aug. 0 last. By it. the editors of newspapers are granted "the spoeial privilege of writing on political subjects in order to enlighten thoso in authority and tear off the voll which hides in security the mlsgovernment of officials. This, Indeed." continued the edict. " in the pri mary reason for the institution of newspapers In nil countries." His Majesty also called upon newspaper editors and contributors "not to hold back just criticism, nor aro they In future to avoid topics which have heretofore been for bidden through fear of giving offoneo to per sons criticised, as this will obstruct hisMa jcsty'seurnestdeslretocnlightcn his Ministers and the masses." Only those who know the condition of China can realize the sensation which this edict cre ated. Hitherto there were no newspapers in the empire outside the treaty ports, and anv one who had the nervo to criticise nn official had his head cut off. while on attempt to com municate with the Emperor was the most heinous of crimes. Mr. Kun is also credited with having secured an edict for the establishment of a free-school system and a number of universities for in struction in modern sciences, nnd also the edict issued last spring requiring candidates for office to bo examined as to their knowledge of modern tiffairs instead of the ancient classics. Weng Tung Ho. for a quarter of a century the most powerful man at court except Prince Kung. liad been the Emperor's tutor and had mom influence with him than any one else ex cept the Empress Dowager. He was tho leader of the conservative party, and undertook to resist the influence or young Mr. Kan, but met with a terrible disaster. He was stripped of his offices and honor, banished from Pe kin and forbidden ever to enter the gates of the city again. Several others who attempted to counteract tho influence of the young Can ton reformer mot with a similar fate, and It is believed that be. with the assistance of Chang Yen Hoon nnd other members of the British faction nt court, were responsible for the re cent degradation of Li Hung Chang. Mr. Kan believed that English Influence was better for China than that of Russia, bocausoof tho difference in their form of Government and tho conditions of their people. Ho believed, also, that Russia was mnmruvorlng to annex a large portion of tho Chinese territory, while (treat Britain only cared for the trade. Having been educated by English teachers in an Eng lish oolonr. his sympathies were naturally with the British Government, and he was doubtless In communication with tho British Minister nt Pekin. It Is scarcely probnble that he would nttempt to assassinate the Emperor, but it would bo natural for his enemies to make this charge in orde-togot rid of him. According to the de spatches this morning. h received n tip fron: the Emneror himself and got awnv before they could arrest him. evidently with the assistance of the British Minister. WAR AnVEXTVREH OF A BOT. Will Dawson Ran Away from Home, Was Wounded In Cuba, anil Mnde Money. Buffalo. Oct. 15. A few daya ngo Mrs. Daw son, wife of tho army hospital steward at Fort Porter, was made happy by the receipt of a postal card bearing the brief message: "I will be home In a few days. I am well." It wns signed just plain " Will." Tho card was mailed at New York, and was tho ilrst Mrs. Dawson had received from her son in weeks. WlliislO years old. Until he reached home ho was looked upon as only an ordinary hoy. To-day bo struts around the military reserva tion, the pride of his parents and tho envy of his brothers and sisters, ns well as of the other children In tho neighborhood. He Is a hero, a traveller and a wealthy man. Leav ing home absolutely penniless, he returned with $200 cash, which he earned, and dressed In new clothing. Besides ha waswonndedby the Spaniards, suffered from yellow fever and was bitten by a tarantula. When the Thirteenth Regiment left Fort Porter for the South nt the beginning of the war it went by a special train. Among other boys und men going on this train as "blind baggage" was Will Dawson and his older brother, both of whom had run away from home without a cent. They managed to exist until tile train reached Tampa, after whloh it was smooth sailing for them, ns the soldiers of the regiment found them nnd saw lo It that they had enough to eat. But It was not for this kin. i of Id that Willie left home. Ho looked the ground over and tried to And something which the soldiers in the big camp wanted and he could supply. In that not climate he de cided it was something cold, nnd borrowing a iiunrter from one of his friends, a private in Company C. be started a lemonade stand. The first night he repaid tho money he liorrowod and a few days later started two more stands, estab lishing his brother und another boy in the business. When the orders came for tho regi ment to move lo Cuba, Will made up bis mind that ( uba was the country for him. At this point hla br'thor went back on him, and the two boya separated, the older one coming home. Will secured n job as a cahlnhoy on the transport Orizaba, receiving for his services '-'o ii 1 1. ami his board. He made himself pot-nlai and was nllowcd to continue the lem onade bush. cm. Business prospered, und in a short time ho had accumulated more money ma i; he bad ever seen before on the arrival of the transport off Santiago Will iv- nt ashore. When the troops moved lie foilowfd. ami he wns present at tho battle of Sun Juan, und when It was over the surgeons bad to remove from his foot u Mauser bullet which be proudly wears as a oharin on his watch chain. He saw the destruction ofCer vera's squadron and collected souvenirs which he brought home with him. It was while in Cuba that he had his exis-rienco with yellow fever and the tarantula, neither of which seuraod to do him much injury. When the transport sailed for Porto Rico Will dnclded to cast his lot with it rather than with the regiment, and went along. At all times the boy kept business uppermost in his bead and tried in every way to increase his wealth. Once liu tried hia luck at the gaming table, but when he counted up his loss and found It amounted to 20 he refused again to risk a cent in that manner. In Porto Rico he made some additions to his wardrobe, paving prices soveral times more than the gocsls were worth. From that island the transport went to MontHtik. and after staying there forsometiuie Will had a longing for home. He brought with him a letter from the Captain of the Orizaba, praising him for his industrious habits, and requesting him to return to the vessel when it waa again placed in commission. V SPAIN IN THE PHILIPPINES. HER EXTORTfOira AM) CRUELTIES OK ICRJBED BT A MPAIARt. Sources of TTeyler'a Fortune Th Tax-Hardened Natives Blaaeo's Pualshaaeat of m Wholesale Murderer Tragedy ( Dr. Rlaal Ducks' Eggs Hatched br Natives. Dr. Pinto de Gulmares. a Spaniard and resi dent of Manila, prints In the Rente den Iteruet of Paris an article on "The Spanish Reign of Terror In the Philippines." In It he tare: "No stranger can form any Idea of vexations, formalities and regulations ao ruinous to pri vate and public Interests as those which the Spanish officials have Invented and put In force In the Philippines. These gentlemen have but one object in life, to make as large fortune as possible during their terms of three or six years In the archipelago and then re turn to Spain to eseape the nurses of the un- t happy natives. The notorious Gen. Werler was Governor-General of the Philippines for three years and was a shining model of well regulated economy. His annnal pay was $40, 000. Out of this custom compelled him to die burse large sums for his personal expensea and to subscribe generously to various nubile works and charities. Notwithstanding all these demands upon his puree this prudent General contrived to economize and deposited In bank.nt London andlParis. an amount which his own compatriots estimated at from $2,500. 000 to $3,000,000. The conduct of his sue eessor. Despajol, gives a olue to the mystery of the General's economies. On the day of the arrival of this new Governor-General at Manila one of thetrichest Chinese merchants of the city offered htm a present of $10,000 as a tribute of respect and esteem and was struck in tho face for hfs pains. "The officers composing the central Govern ment at Manila are many and well paid. The Islands are divided Into military, civil' and mixed provincial Governments. Each is com posed of a Governor nnd a numerous staff, all pald'.from the revenues of their Governorships. This system gives ample opportunity for fiscal malverslon and oppression which fall upon the unhappy natives. Under Spanish law every Inhabitant of the colony Is compelled to carry a personal card which answers the purpose of a passport. No one can travel without one. Its cost varies from $2.50 to $25. and it must be renewed annually. Those who pay less than $,'1.50 are compelled to give their personal labor to the Government for fifteen days or pay an additional tax of $7.50. As the dally wages of workers ranges from 5 to 50 cents, the severity with which this tax weighs upon the masses can be Imagined. "Throughout all the Islands the taxes are uniform and Innumerable. Fvery native who keeps and fattens an animal for food is taxed; if he has a horse or some cocoanut trees he I taxed for each. If he wishes to make cocoa nut oil he is again taxed for the privilege. There are taxes on weights and measures, on stores and shops : a tax on land, on all kinds of manufactures and on alcoholic spirits. Native tax collectors are made responsible for the col lection of the total taxes in their districts. Al Slnuljor forty-four of these native functionaries were exiled to Bohol after thotr houses, land and cattle had been confiscated, because they had not been able to make good the arrears due by their fellow countrymen. This is the price which the natives of the Philippines pav for their Government on "Christian principles.' "And yet. owing to the marvellous fertility of their soil, the oppressed, tortured, ruined islanders manage to exist. A primitive sys tem of cultivation has produced. In one year, eight millions of dollars' worth of hemp, si or sugar and four of tobacco! Gold. Iron, cop per nnd coal nre found on tho islands. The exactions of Spanish functionaries and tho vexations of the fiscal agents so hamper all foreign men-bants and those who come to en gage in business that they finally give up the attempt to do any profitable trading and leave the country. "Such was the state of the colony when, as suddenly as a flash of lightning, the insurrec tion of 18ml came. It wns the result of speeches mode by Spanish officers at an army reunion and banquet, who then and there pro posed to "exterminate the savage natives in their lairs.' nnd declared that 'they would give uo uuarter.' but slaughter these rascals to tbe Inst man.' At Ilrst the insurgents were checked hv want of arms and supplies, bus the first detachment of Spanish troops which opposed them were so few and believed In so cowardly a fashion that they were easily cut to pieces, nnd the 'rebels secured several hundred rifles and thousands of cartridges "The memory of the Death Hole at Manila will never be effaced while the present genera tion of natives and their children live. The Death Hole was a noisome dungeon, built in the foundations of the city rampart, on the River Pasig side of Manila. This prison had been unused for more than 100 years. It wss half full of foul water, the home of rats, snakes and all kinds of vermin. One hun dred natives were shut in It. During the night they were heard shrieking and begging to bo knocked on the head or taken out. The Spanish Lieutenant In charge, annoyed bv their groans and complaints, stopped up the only opening by which fresh air could reach them. All were found dead in the morning, lien. Blanco was then Governor-Generai of the Philippines. When he heard of this atroc ity he summoned the butcher Lieutenant be fore hnn, and. after upbraiding him for his cruelty. Kicked him downstairs! The Gen eral know that if lie had eourt-uiartialled this officer the Intter would have been acquitted, "Ah shocking was the fate of Dr. Itiail. This enthusiastic imtriot was an intelligent, learn ?d man, who had been educated in Spain and France. For writing a liook against Spanish opjiresslon he wns exiled lo the Island of Dupitan. There ho mot a young woman of Irish parentage, with whom he fell in love. They were engaged to lie married when, op sonic pretext, the doctor was brought back to Manila, sent to Madrid to lie tried, and from Madrid sent back to Manila. The unhappv girl to whom he was betrothed tells the rest of tho story: " 'Every one knew that Dr. Rizal was inno cent. All that could bo brought against him was the publication of his book, una the Span ish officials who tried him hnd never even read It. Nevertheless, he was condemned to death. I then usked permission to be mar ried to lilm. and they granted my request, thinking to add to the horror of his martyr dom. Tho marriage was celebrated by a friar the same day on which he was sen tenced. I missed that whole night on my knees in prayer before tho prison door which shut tnv husband from mo. When morning dawned the doctor enmo out surrounded by soldier, his hands bound behind hia baok. They took him to the l.uneta, the fashionable promenade of the city, where all military exeoutlons take place. The Lieutenant in command of the firing party asked my hus band where he would prefer to be shot. He replied. "Through the heart." "Impossible.'1 said the Lieutenant. "Suoh a favor la grant ed only to men of rank. You will be shot in the back." A moment after my husband was dead. The soldiers shouted Hurrah for Spain." nnd I. "Hurrah for the Philippines and death to Spain." I asked for the body. It was refused me. Then I swore to avenge his death. I secured a revolver and dagger and joined the rebels. They gave me a Mauser rifle, and the Philippines will be free.' "An execution at the. I, uiieia was considered In the light of a spectacle. It usually took Slace In tho cool of the early morning. Hun reds of women of the upper alasses were present. The spectators stood up In their carriages aud drank champagne while waiting for the appointed hour. When the officer in command of the firing parly lowered his sword and the shots rang out the women waved their handkerchiefs and sunshades joyously. The tiring s. mads for these barbarous execution were each made up of five men placed about ten pnees from the condemned and were at Mrst composed of native troops. It was found, however, that their sympathies were with the Insurgents; not wishing to inflict mortal wounds on their fellow countrymen they aimed at the arms or logs of tho victims, thus adding to the horror of these scenes. On one occa sion thirteen men were led out to be shot at the same time, all member of a secret revo lutionary society called the Catapanan. Not one of these unfortunates was killed at the ilrst lire Most of them did not die until the third or fourth round. When all was over a military band plnved lively air. "After learning these fads no one will he surprised at the manner in which the native hnve welcomed the success of the Americans. For centuries Spain has treated the natives of these unfortunate islands with su-'h fetoiiy that she can never make adequate atonement. The United States may not annex Cuba, but ahe will find ample compensation in taking possession of the Philippines." In Dr. Guimares'a description of tbe city of Manila one of its industries is worth noting: "Ducks are very numerous In all the Islands, especially in that of J.uzon, share thousands of them are to lie seen disporting themselves In the rivet I'asig. Ths eggs of these duoks ure not hatched bv female ducks, hut by Tsgnl Indians, inmiv of the males making it their sole oi'cup.it .on. The eggs aro placed in large nests of wood ashes ami the Tagal sit on them for hours. The banks of the river are lined with these queer human incubators, who cut. drink, smoke and play cards, but always hatch out their settings successfully without breaking an egg. During the last few rear artificial incubators have been Introduced and are now rlva'llng the picturesque Indian in Manila, hut In the Interior of the island the Tagal are preferred because iboy cost leea."