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I palms in all that great
I wilderness of black rocks
JsV and orange sand. It
stood high on th bank,
below it the browen Nil 1
wlrled swiftly
"Whew'" cried Mortimer, mopping
his forehead, you'd pay 5 shillings
for this at the hummums
"Precisely," said Scott "But you
are not asked to lide twenty miles in
Turkish bath with a neld-glass and a
revolver and a water-bottle and a
whole Chrlstmas-treeful of things
dangling from you The hot-house at
Kew is excellent as a conservatory,
but not adapted for exhibitions upon
the horizontal bar I vote for a camp
in the palm grove and a halt until
"It's palm trees or nothing," said
"Well, suppose we must, and yet
I grudge every hour until we catch the
force up. What would our editors
say if we were late for the action
"My dear chap, an old bird like
yon doesn't need to be told that no
sane modern general would ever at
tack until the Jress is up."
"You don't mean that," said Aner
ley. "I thought we were looked upon
as an unmitigated nuisance."
"Newspaper coi respondents and
traveling gentlemen, and all that tribe
of useless drones, being an extract
from Lord Wolseley's 'Soldier's Pock
etbook,' cried Scott. ,"We know all
about that, Anerley," and he winked
behind his blue spectacles "If there
was going to be a battle we should
very soon have an escort of cavalry
to hurry us up I've been in fifteen
and I never saw one where they had
not arrange for a reporters' table"
"That's very well, but the enemy
may be less considerate," said Morti
They are not strong enough to
force a battle
"A skirmish, then'"
"Much more likely to be a raid
upon the rear In that case, we are
Just where we should be
"So we are! What a score over
Reuter's man up with the advance'
Well, we'll out-span and have our
tiffin under the palms."
There were three of them, and they
stood for three great London dailies.
Reuter's was thirty miles ahead, two
vening pennies on camels were twen
ty miles behind. And among them
they represented the eyes and ears of
the publicthe great silent millions
and millions who had paid for every
thing and who waited so patiently
to know the result of their outlay
They were remarkable men, these
body-servants of the Press, two of
them already veterans in camps, the
other setting out upon his first cam
paign, and full of deference for his
famous comrades.
This first one -who had Just dis
mounted from his bay polo pony, was
Mortimer, of the Intelligencetall,
straight and hawk-faced, with khaki
tunic and riding breeches The other
small, quick, mercurial, with blue
black, curling beard and hair, a fl
switch forever flicking in hia left hand
was Scott, of the Courier, who had
come thru more dangers and brought
off more brilliant coups than any man
in the profession, save the eminent
Chandler, now no longer in a condi
tion to take the field
In spite of their friendship there
was the keenest professional rivalry
between the two men Either would
have sacrificed himself to help his
companion, but either would also bav4.
sacrificed his companion to help hfs
The third man was Anerley, of the
Gazetteyoung, Inexperienced and
rather simple-looking A leaning to
ward soldiering had sent him twice to
autumn maneuvers, and a touch of
color in his descriptions had induced
the proprietors of the Gazette to give
him a trial as a war special There
was a pleasing difference about his
bearing which recommended him to
his experienced companions, and if
they had a smile sometimes at his
guileless ways, it -was soothing to
them to have a comrade from whom
nothing was to be feared From the
day that they left the telegraph wire
behind them at Sarras, the man who
was mounted upon a fifteen-guinea
thlrteen-four Syrian was delivered
over into the hands of the owners of
the two fastest polo ponies that ever
shot down the Ghezireh ground
Down the winding path which
curved among the rocks the little train
of baggage camels was daintily pick
ing its way. In front rode the three
Berberee body-servants upon donkeys,
and behind walked the Arab camel
boys. They had been traveling for
nine long hours, ever since the first
rising of the moon, at the weary
camel-drag of two and a half miles an
hour, but now they brightened both
beasts and men, at the sight of the
grove and the riderless horses
Scott was breaking eggs into a pan
and rolling out a love song in his rich
deep voice Anerley, with his head
and arms buried in a deal packing
case, was working his way thru strata
of tinned soups bully beef potted
chicken and sardines to leach the
Jams which lay beneath The con
scientious Mortimer, with his note
book upon his knee, was Jotting down
what the railway engineer had told
him at the line-end the day before
Suddenly he raised his eyes and saw
the man himself on his chustnut pon
dipping and rising oVer the broken
'Hullo' here's Menyweather'"
"A pretty lathei his pony is in' He's
had her at that hand-gallop for hours,
by the look of her Hullo, Merry
weather, hullo'"
"For God sake, a drink!" he
croaked "My tongue Is stuck to the
roof of my mouth
Mortimer ran with the water bot
tle, Scott with the whisky flask and
Anerley with the tin pannikin The
engineer drank until his breath failed
"Well, I must be off," said he, strik
ing the drops from his red mustache.
"Any news?"
"A hitch in the railway construc
tion. I must see the general. It's the
devil not having a telegraph."
i "Anything we can report?" Out
came three notebooks.
3 "Any dervishes?"
.."The usual shaves, Hud-up, Jinny!
With a soft thudding upon the sand
and a clatter among the stones the
weary pony was off upon her Journey
once more.
"Nothing serious, I suppose?" said
Mortimer, staring after him
"Deuced serious," cried Scott "The
ham and eggs are burned' Noit's
all rightsaved and done to a turn'
Pull the box up, Anerley. Come on,
"I'll tell you after I've seen the gen
Moijtimer, stow that notebook. The
fork is mightier than the pen Just at
present What's the matter with you,
"I was wondering whether what we
have Just seen was worth a telegram."
"Well, it's for the proprietors to say
if It's worth it. Sordid money con
siderations are not for us. We must
wire about something Just to Justify
our khaki coats and our putties."
"Btit what is there to say?"
Mortimer's Ions, austere, fas* broke
HERE was only the one lit-1 Into a smile over the youngster's lnno-
tle feathery clump of dom cence. "It's not quite usual in our
profession to give each other tips,"
said he. However, as my telegram is
written, I've no objection to your read
ing it. You may be sure that I
would not show it to you if it were of
the slightest importance."
Anerley took up the slip of paper
and read.
"Merryweather obstacles stop Jour
ney confer general stop nature diffi
culties later stop rumors dervishes."
"This is very condensed," said Aner
ley, with wrinkled brows.
Condensed'" cried Scott. "Why,
It's sinfully garrulous. If my old man
got a wire like that his language
would crack the lampshades. I'd cut
out half this, for example, I'd have
out 'Journey' and 'nature' and 'ru-
mors.' But my old man would make a
ten-line paragraph of it for all that"
"It's very kind of you to teach me
all this
"Well, it is a. little unconventional,
for, after all, we are here to score
over each other if we can. There are
no more eggs, and you must take it
out in Jam. Of course, as Morttmer
says, such a telegram as this is of no
importance one way or another, ex
cept to prove to the office that we are
in the Soudan and not at Monte Carlo.
But when it comes to serious work it
must be every man for himself."
"Is that quite necessary?"
"Why, of course it is
"I should have thought If three men
were to combine and to share their
news, they would do better than if
they were each to act for himself, and
they would have a much pleasanter
time of it
The two older men sat with their
bread and Jam in their hands, and an
expression of genuine disgust upon
their faces
"We are not here to have a pleas
ant time," said Mortimer, with a flash
thru his glasses **We are here to do
our best for our papers How can
they score over each otheAr if we do
not do the same If we all combine
we might as well amalgamate with
Reuter at once. We have neglected
no chance
"I am not so certain of that," said
Mortimer, slowly "You are aware,
of course, that tho a horse beats a
camel on twenty miles, a camel beats
a horse on thirty."
"What, one of those camels?" cried
Anerly in astonishment
The two seniors burst out laughing.
"No, no, the real high-bred trotter
the kind of beast the dervishes ride
when they make their lightning
"Faster than a galloping horse'"
"Well, it tires a horse down. It
goes the same gait all the way, and
It wants neither halt nor drink, and
It takes rough ground much better
than a horse They used to have
long distance races at Haifa, and the
camel always won at thirty."
"Still, we need not reproach our
selves, Scott, for we are not very like
ly to have to carry a thirty-mile mes
sage They will have the field tele
graph next week
"Quite so But at the present mo
'I know my dear chap, but there
is no motion of urgency before the
house Load baggies at 5 o'clock, so
vou have Just three hours clear Any
sign of the evening pennies'"
Mortimer swept the northern hori
zon with his binoculars
"Not in sight yet
"They are quite capable of travel
ing during the heat of the day Just
the sort of, tiling evening pennies
would do. Take care of your match,
Anerly. These palm groves go up like
a powder magazine ff you set them
alight By-by The two men crawled
under their mosquito nets and sank
instantly into the easy sleep of those
whose lives are spent in the open
Young Anerlv stood with his back
against a palm tree and his briar be
tween his lips, thinking over the ad
\ice which he had received After all,
they were the heads of the profession,
these men, and It was not for him, the
newcomer, to reform their methods
If they served theh papers in this
fashion, then he must do the same
They had at least been frank and gen
erous in teaching him the rules of
the game If it were good enough
for them it was good enough for
him Anerly knocked out his ashes,
and was turning toward his couch,
when his eye caught something mov
ing In the desert in the south.
It was a horseman riding toward
them as s-wiftly as the broken ground
would permit A messenger from the
army, thought Anerley, and then, as
he watched, the sun suddenly struck
the man on the side of the head and
his chin flamed into gold There
could not be two horsemen with
beards of such color It was Merry
weather, the engineer, and he was re
turning What on earth was he re
turning for' He had been so keen to
see the general, and yet he was com
ing back vlth his mission unaccom
plished Anerley picked up Morti
mer's binoculars, and a foam-spat
tered horse and a weary lfoorbash
cracklng man came cantering up the
center of the field
Then as he -watched them they
dipped down into a hollow and disap
peared He waited, glass in hand, for
their Immediate reappearance But
minute passed after minute, and there
was no sign of them That narrow
gully appeared to have swallowed
them up And then with a curious
gulp and start he saw a little gray
cloud wreathe itself slowly from
among the locks and drift in a long,
hazy shred over the desert In an in
stant he had torn Scott and Mortimer
from their slumbers
Get up, you chaps'" he cried. "I
believe Merryweather has been shot
by Dervishes
"And Reuter not here'" cried the
two \eterans, exultantly clutching at
their notebooks "Merryweather
shot' Where' When' How'
In a few words Anerley explained
what he had seen
"You heard nothing'"
"Nothing "Well, a shot loses itself very easily
among rocks By George, look at the
Two large brown birds were soaring
In the deep blue heaven Scott
spoke they circled down and dropped.
"That's good enough," said Morti
mer, with his nose between the leaves
of his book. 'Merryweather headed
dervishes stop returnee? stop shot, mu
tilated stop raid communications.'
How's that'"
"You think he was headed off?"
"Why else should he return'"
"In that case, if they were out in
front of him and others cut him off,
there must be several small raiding
"I should judge so."
"How about the 'mutilated'?"
"I've fought against Arabs before."
"Where are you off to?"
"Sarras "I think I'll race you in," said Scott.
Anerley started in astonishment at
the absolutely impersonal way in
which these men regarded the situa
tion In their'zeal for news it had ap
parently never struck them that they,
their camp and their servants, were all
in the lion's mouth. But even as they
talked there came the harsh, importu
nate rat-tat-tat of an irregular volley
from among the rocks, and the high,
keening whistle of bullets over their
heads A palm spray fluttered down
among them. At the same instant the
six frightened servants came running
wildly a Xot protection,
It was the cool headed Mortimer
who organized the defense, for Scott's
Celtic soul was so aflame at all this
copy in hand and more to come, that
he was too exuberantly boisterous for
a commander. "That's got home, anyhow," said
Scott, as they heard a soft, splashing
thud like a stone in a mud bank.
"Who's hit, then'"
"The brown camel that's chewing
the cud
As he spoke the creature, its Jaws
still working, laid its long neck along
the ground and closed its large dark
"That shot, cost me fifteen pounds,"
said Mortimer, ruefully 'Ho many
of them do you make'"
"Four, I think"
"Only four Bezingers, at any rate,
there may be some spearmen
"I think not, it is a little raiding
party of riflemen By the way, Aner
ley, you'-ve never been under fire be
fore, have you?"
"Never," said the young pressman,
who was conscious of a curious feeling
of nervous elation
"Love and poetry and war, they are
all experiences necessary to make a
complete life Pass over those cart
ridges This is a very mild baptism
that you are undergoing, for behind
these camels you are as safe as if you
were sitting in the back room of the
Authors' club
"As safe, but hardly as comforta-
ble," said Scott "A long glass of hock
and seltzer would be exceedingly ac
ceptable. But oh, Mortimer, what a
chance' Think of the general's feel
ings when he hears that the first ac
tion of the war has been fought by the
press column Think of Reuter, who
has been stewing at the front for a
week' Think of the evening pennies
just too late for the fun By George,
that slug brushed a mosquito off me!"
"And one of the donkeys is hit."
"This is sinful It will end in our
having to carry our own kits to Khar
"Never mind, my boy, it all goes to
make copy I can see the headlines
'Raid on Communications' 'Murder
of British Engineer' 'Press Column
Attacked' Won't it be ripping?"
"I wonder what the next line will
be'" said Anerley.
'Our Special Wounded'' cried
Scott rolling over on his back "No
harm done," he added, gathering him
self up again, "only a chip off my
knee This is getting sultry I con
fess that the idea of that back room at
the Authors' club begins to grow upon
"We're having a 'appy day with
Fuzzy on the rush. I wish he would
"They're coming nearer
"This is an excellent revolver of
mine if it didn't throw so devilish
high I always aim at a man's toes if I
want to stimulate his digestion. Or,
Lord, there's our kettle gone'"
With a boom like a dinner gong a
Remington bullet had passed thru the
kettle and a cloud of steam hissed up
from the fire. A wild shot came from
the rocks above.
"The idiots think that they have
blown us up. They'll rush us now as
sure as fate, then it will be our turn
to lead. Got ou revolver, Anerley'"
"I have this double-barreled fowling
"Sensible man! It's the best weapon
in the world at this sort of rough-and
tumble work What cartridges?"
"Swan shot"
"That -will do all right. I carry this
big bore double barreled pistol loaded
with slugs You might as well try to
stop one of these fellows with a pea
shooter as with a service revolver."
"There are ways and means," said
Scott. "The Geneva Convention does
not hold south of the first cataract. It's
easy to make a bullet
by a
of it. Whe I was
in the broken square at Tamal
"Wait a bit," cried Mortimer, ad
Justing his glasses. "I think they are
coming down."
"The time," said Scott, snapping up
his watch, "being exactly 17 minutes
"Now sit tight, Anerley. They're
They were, indeed. It was a brown
man with a green turban who headed
the rush. Close at his heels was a negro
with silver earringsa giant of a man
and the other two were only a little
behind As they sprang over the
rocks, one after the other, it took An
erley back to the school sports, when
he held the tatfe for the hurdle race.
It was magnificent, the wild spirit and
abandon of it, the flutter of the check
ered galabeeahs, the gleam of steel,
the wave of blaclt arms, the frenzied
faces, '"the quick pittei -patter of the
rushing feet He lay staring as if
this was a show and he a spectator.
"Now, Anerley, now' Take the
Arab'" cned somebody.
He put up the gun and saw the
brown fierce face at the other end of
the barrel. He tugged at the trigger,
but the face grew larger and fiercer
with every stride. Again and again
he tugged. A revolver shot rang out
at his elbow, then another, and he saw
a red spot spring out on the Arab's
brown breast. But he was still com
ing on.
"Shoot, you ass, shoot'" screamed
Scott A
Again he- strained unavaihngly at
the trigger There were two more,
-pistol shots, and the big negro had fall
en and risen and fallen again.
"Cock it, you fool'" shouted a furi
ous voice, and at the same instant,
with a rush and, flutter, the Arab
bounded over the prostrate camel ana
came down with his bare feet upon
Anerley's chest In a dream he
seemed to be struggling frantically
with some one upon the ground, then
he was conscious of a tremendous ex
plosion In his very face, and so ended
for him the first action of the war.
"Good-by, old chap You'll be all
right. Give yourself time" It was
Mortimer's voice and he became dimly
conscious of a long spectacled face and
of a heavy hand upon his shoulder.
"Sorry to leave you. We'll be lucky
now if are in time for the morning
editions." Scott was tightening his
girth as he spoke.
"We'll put in our wire that you have
been hurt, so your people will know
why they don't hear from you. If
Reuter or the evening pennies come
up, don't give the thing away. Ab
bas will look after you, and we'll be
back to-morrow afternoon By-by."
Anerley heard it all, tho he did not
feel energy enough to answer. Then,
as he watched two sleek brown ponies
with their yellow-clad riders dwindling
among the rocks, his memory cleared
suddenly, and he realized that the first
great journalistic chance of his life
was slipping away from him It was a
small fight, but It was the first of the
war, and the great public at home was
all athirst for news They would have
it in the Courier, they would have it
in the Intelligence, and not a word in
the Gazette The thought brought
him to his feet, tho he had to throw
his arm around the stem of the palm
tree to steady his swimming head.
There was a big black man lying
where he had fallen, his huge chest
pocked with bullet-marks, every
wound rosetted with its circle of flies.
The Arab was stretched out within a
few yards of him, with two hands
clasped over the dreadful thing which
had been his head. Across him was
lyi*ig Anerley's fowling-piece, one bar
rel discharged, the other at half cock.
"Scott offendl shoot him your gun,"
said a voice. It v*as Abbas, his Eng
lish-speaking body-servant.
Anerley groaned at the disgrace of
it. He had lost his head so complete
ly that he had forgotte nto cock his
gun, and yet he knew that it was not
fear but interest which had so ab
sorbed him. He put his hand up to
his head and felt that a wet handker
chief was bound around his forehead.
"Where are the two dervishes?"
"They ran away. One got shot in
the arm."
"What happened to me?
"Effendi got cut on head Effendi
catch bad men by arms, and Scott ef
fendi shoot him. Face burn very
Anerley became conscious suddenly
that there was a tingling about his
skin and an over-powering smell of
burned hair under his nostrils. He put
his hand to his mustache. It was
gone. His eyebrows too' He could
not find them. His head, no doubt,
was very neax_to the dervish's when
they were rolling upon the ground
together, and this was the effect of
the explosion of his own gun Well,
he would have time to grow some
more hair before he saw Fleet street
again. But the cut, perhaps, was a
more serious matter. Was it enough
to prevent him from getting to the
telegraph office at Sarras? The only
way was to try and see.
But there was only that poor little
Syrian gray of his. There it stood in
the evening sunshine, with a sunk
head and a bent knee, as if its morn
ing's work was still heavy upon it.
It would be a strain upon the splendid
ponies of his companionsand they
were the swiftest and most enduring
in the country. The most enduring?
There was one creature more endur
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a Jerk which nearly snapped his loins,
he was thrown forward again. But
the camel was on its legs now, and the
young pressman was safely seated
upon one of the fliers of the desert. It
was as gentle as it was swift, and it
stood oscillating its long neck and gaz
ing round with its large brown eyes,
wtiile Anerley coiled his legs round the
peg and grasped the curved camel
Btlck which Abbas had handed up to
him. There were two bridle cords,
one from the nostril and one from the
neck, but he remembered that Scott
had said that it was the servant's and
not the house bell which had to be
pulled, so he kept his grasp upon the
lower. Then he touched the long, vi
brating neck with his stick, and in an
instant Abbas' farewell seemed to
come from far behind him, and the
black rocks and yellow sand were
dancing past on either side. In spite
of his aching head, Anerley could have
cried out for pure physical Joy as the
swift creature beneath him flew along
with him thru that cool, invigorating
air, with the virile north wind sooth
ing his prlngling face.
camel. If he had had one he might
have got to the wires first after all,
for Mortimer had said that over thirty t^Ca**~ ^tiTV*,-. KM *Z+~LZ
miles they have the better of any
horse. Yet, if he had only had a real
trotting camel' And then like a
flash came Mortimer's words, "It is the
kind of beast that the dervishes ride
when they make their lightning
The beasts the dervishes ride' What
had these dead dervishes ridden' In
an instant he -was clambering up the
rocks, with Abbas protesting at his
heels. Had the two fugitives carried
away, all the camels, or had they been
content to save themselves? The
brass gleam from a little of empty
Remington cases caught his eye, and
showed where the enemy had been
crouching. And then he could have
shouted for joy, for there, in the hol
low, some little distance off, rose the
lugh, graceful white neck and the ele
gant head of such a camel as he had
never set eyes upon beforea swan
like, beautiful creature, as far from
the rough, Glumsy baggies as the cart
horse is from the racer.
The beast was kneeling under the
shelter of the rocks with its waterskm
and bag of doora slung over its shoul
ders, and its forelegs tethered Arab
fashion with a xope round the knees.
Anerley threw his leg over the front
pommel while Abbas slipped off the
cord. Forward flew Anerley toward
the creature's ne^k, then violently
backward, clawing madly at anything
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He had looked at his watch, and
now he made a swift calculation of
times and distances. It was past 6
when he had left the camp. Over
broken ground it was impossible that
he could hope to do more than seven
miles an hourless on bad parts, more
on the smooth. His recollection of
the track was that there were few
smootn and many bad. He would be
lucky then if he reached Sarras any
where from 12 to 1. Then the mes
sage took a good two hours to go thru,
for they had to be transcribed at
Cairo. At the best he could only hope
to have told his story in Fleet street
at 2 or 3 in the morning. It was pos
sible that he might manage it, but
the chances seemed enormously
against him. About 3 the morning
edition would be made up, and his
chance was gone forever. The one
thing clear was that only the first man
at the wires would have
"What's the time'" he cried, in a
voice which appeared to be the only
sober thing about him.
It was on the clerk's lips to say that
it was time that the questioner was in
his bell, but it is not safe upon a cam
paign to be ironical at the expense of
khaki-clad He contented him
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chance at
and Anerle meant to first if
hard liding could do it. So he tapped
away at the bird like neck, and the
creature's long, loose limbs went fast
er and faster at every tap. Where
the rocky spurs ran down to the river,
horses would have to go round, While
camels might get across, so that Aner
ley felt that he was always gaining
upon his companions.
About 2 in the morning an enorm
ous dispatch had come at last to an
end, and the weary operator at Sarras
had opened the dqor, and was lighting
his pipe in the cool, fresh air, when he
saw a camel plump down in the dust,
and a man, who Seemed to be in the last
stage of drunkenness, came rolling
toward him.
theieformen. with the bald statement
that it was after 2.
But no retort that he could have de
vised could "have had a more crush
ing effect The voice turned drunken,
also, and the man caught at the door
post to uphold him.
"Two o'clock' I'm done after all!"
said he. His head was tied up in a
bloody handkerchief, his face was
crimson, and ne stood with his legs
crooked as if the pith had all gone out
of his back. The clerk began to real
ize that something out of the ordinary
was the wind.
"How long does it take to get a wire
to London?"
"About two hours
"And it's two now could not get
it there before four."
Before three."
"Four," "No, three
"But you said two hours
"Yes, but there's more than an
hour's difference in longitude
By heaven, I'll do it yet'" cried An
erley, and staggering to a packing
case, he began the dictation of his fa
mous dispatch
And so it came about that the Ga
zette had a long column, with head
lines like an epitaph when the sheets
of the Intelligence and the Courier
were as blank as the faces of their
editors. And so, too, it happened that
when two weary men, upon two foun-
ever nu
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dered horses, arrived about four in the*
morning at the Sarras postoffice they
looked at each other in silence and de
parted noiselessly, with the conviction
that there are some situations with
which the English language is not
capable of dealing.
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