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With India Ink By Lewis Worthington Smith S h
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He gave his hi orders to the waiter for both of them with elaborate care
ES ESH Llnton wont on musingly half Iml bol bellovlng bellovlngWhnt bellovingwlint loving lovingwhat
y what ho said and half half Idly hlJ pursuing nll ulng nn Itloa Itloato idonI ldottto
I to Its ooncluslon You tho art of tattooing tattooinghas tattooingbas tattooinghas
has Its uses and by and by wo shall lonrn thorn thornA thomA thornA
A criminal should bo tattoood BO that ho could bo boknown boknown beknown
known for what ho is anywhere and everywhere everywhereHo
Ho would thon moasurahly coaso to bo dangerous dangerousRandolph dangorousRundolph dangerousRandolph
Randolph llstonod with an intorost beyond that thatof thatof thatof
of tho speakers In his own mind a quick ulolt fancy fancycaught fnncyonught fancycaught
caught fire but it was not a fancy that could bo botray bettfty hotrty
tray Itsolf and as s yet ot It was formless and ineon ineonohiHlvo Ineonolualvo ineonelusivo
ohiHlvo It did not matter now that It was so be because bocUllao hocause ¬
cause cUllao tho fancy looked ahead and it could grow growatid growmid growtuiti
mid shapo itself until it had somehow become a apurpose al1OSO a1urposo
purpose l1OSO and an achievement Toward that cer certainty certnlnty cortainty ¬
tainty tho idea was already going forward fortya orwn cl within withinhim withinhim withinhim
him and tho one misfortune of it all now was the thanecessity thl3nocosslty thenecessity
necessity of moving slowly and cautiously toward towardhis townrdhlH towardhis
his end of keeping that end from from discovery discoveryThoro ciscovoryThere l8covoryThoro
Thoro wan always a kind of fascination to me mein m mIn maIn
in tho thought of tattooing ho said Do you youhappen youhnJon youhnppon
happen to know any ono who can do It ItLlnton ItLtnton ItLinton
Llnton told him of a I soldier who had soon service sorvlcoin
in tho Philippines who was himself hhn olt tattoood and andwho Inelwho andwho
who know something of tho art Than whon Ran Randolph Han11h ItanclOlph ¬
dolph < had learned whoro ho mlht ht find him the themattor thtmnttol themnttor
mattor dropped because ho wag wn not willing to soom soomtoo Hoomtoo Hooitttoo
too dooply dooI Intoroitod It was of tho nut Import Importanoo hUlloltoonoo lnipottaltce
anoo that ho should carry through whatever pill pilllioso
1080 080 ho might flimlly dovolop In tho utmost so socrooy 80elOOY socrooy
crooy It was bocinuo 1 > OC111110 there soomod a largo prom promitto 1 prom1so > 1om 1omliO
itto of opportunity to hldo hl < lo hlmsolt In what ho did didand dtlland
and to hide his hi rouaon for doing It that tho aug auggontlon IIUIAIjOltion sutiostioii
gontlon ostioii of tho possibilities oR lbllJUoll of tattooing tltttoolu had now at atilriit ntnnt atfirst
first appealed nl > onlod to his imagination it grow upon uponhim uonhim uponhim
him him and more and n11 < 1 moro It BOO soomod mod wonderfully wonderfullyHhapad WOJHlolulhHht1Jod won1orfullyshapod
Hhapad to that Justness of retribution that for formonths formonth formonths
months now had boon tho consuming nood of his hisheart bishoa1t hisheart
heart heartTT hoa1tI
I TT I T was a slmplo sl inplo matter to find tho man of whom whomLlnton whomIoJlllton whomLinton
Llnton had told him but It appeared soon that thatlie thntho thatho
ho would not servo Ills purpose Im11 > Oao His arms wore worocovered W01Ocovorod worecovered
covered with figures in tho strange inks of tho tat tattooor tnttoo01 tattooor
tooor but ho was not a man to bo led upon any anydoubtful nnydoubtful anydoubtful
doubtful venture not a man to bo trusted whoro whorodisloyalty whorodluloynlty whoredisloyalty
disloyalty might bo so disastrous Thou began thd thdlong thdlong thelong
long search for fo another who had learned tho art artand nrtnnd artand
and who might be engaged In tho delicate affair affairthat nffalrthat affairthat
that ho had In h hand This search had now grown grownunceasing grownunconslng grownunceasing
unceasing unrelenting because tho purpose that it itwas 1twns itwns
wns to servo had bocomo a fixed passion Osolon a thing thingthat thingthnt thingthat
that ho never escaped for a moment whether at athis atht8 athis
his work or In tho society uoolo y of his friends an Imago ImagoOf hnagoOf imagoof
Of a thing accomplished and gloated over until ft
hold hol < 1 tho will moro firmly 111m1 than any nny ambition nfnbI atmibltion 6that 6that1Jqll that thatiuan thatpsn11
iuan ovor cherished cherishedit chorhhodft < I IIt
it was weeks before ho made disgovary dlsgovory dI < ovory of oucha ouch sucha
a man as ho had pictured in his expectations OXlOctcit on Thonin Thon Thenin ThonIn
in a mean little hotel to which wl1lchho ho had ventured venturedmost vonturomost vonturodmost
most unwillingly ho talked for an hour hour with vlth tho thowreck thow thuwreck
wreck w oclc of what had boon a n human being with living
hopes and throbbing heart l onlt a n human hml t being out of ofwhom orwhom ofwhom
whom those thlt things B had boon bottton beaten and buffeted in intho intho inthocourso
tho thocourso course cour o of much wandering wan rlng about shout tho world worldEvon worldIDvonduring orld orldlDvon
Evon IDvonduring during that hour however ho hodidnot did not venture ventureto vonturoto
to suggest to him a i use to whloh ho might turn turnthat turllthat turnihat
that little skill that made him hlmtlltere interesting tfn 1 to Ran Randolph Randolph RanlOipln ¬
dolph Tho hour was nevertheless n a t profitable profitableono
ono because ho drew out of the t1 c man n unan l somo some of the thedetails thedotnils thedetails
details of his life and sonic of tho motives moUv s and andalms andnlma andalms
alms that had controlled It Ho know now what to toplay topIny topiny
pIny upon In him and on the following ovonlnj OOnll1 I ho hewont howont howent
wont again to the same place and found him as be before boforo before ¬
fore Bitting dully In a sodden group of his fellows fellowsIn
In tho hotel olllco It was not a good place for a aconference nconforonco aconference
conference and ho had plans of another Intention IntentionComo IntontlonComo intentionCome
Como ho said at the first greeting I I want wantyou wnntou wantyou
you ou to finish that story of tho Malay coast o nst for mo moovor moour moover
our a llltlo nuppor I know whoro wo can spend spendun spendat ond ond1m
at un hour hi our together very comfortably comfortablyHartley comfortablyDnrtloy comfortablyBartley
Hartley rose loltmroly but with quite unmistak unmiatalcable unmistakable uumlatnlcahlo ¬
able roadinoss roadinossI
I never make tho excuse that I have just eaten oatonho ontollho eatenho
ho said saidT snItRANDOLPH
1 T RANDOLPH > ANDOLPH I had bat1 arranged for a table so screened seroonodoff scroonodoft
AV off and separated from the others in tho ante cafothat oufothnt antethat
that they tho might bo substantially alone and to this thistablo thl8tnble thistable
table a waiter lod thorn at once Randolph had ex expected 0 0poctol Oxpoetod ¬
pected that tho contrast between tho little dining diningroom diningloom liningneat
room In which Hartley was nccuatumod to oat his hismoals hlBmonla hismeals
meals and this spacious and and brilliantly lighted Ughtoc11ootn Ughtoc11ootnwould room roomwould room roomwould
would have some of tho effect of a stimulant upon uponhim uponhim uponhim
him Ho watched tho mans face for tho glow oC oCsatisfaction orsaUafnoUon ofsatisfaction
satisfaction In it and gave his orders to time thownltor thownltorfOl waiter waiterfor waiterfor
for both of thorn with elaborate cafe to bring his hisguest hlaguost hisguest
guest to tho sense sonsoof of fullness to repletion repletionIt
It was whon they had nearly finished whon they theyvero thoy1V0ro theyworo
vero 11l1lnln draining g their glasses nnd picking here and andthere nndth01O11 andthaea
there th01O11 a trifle that could give a 1 last tingle of pleas pleasure pionsuro pleasurc
ure to the palate that Randolph lot fall an idlo idloquestion 1 1110question < 110 110quoRtion
question whoso consequences ho had not himself himselfforeseen l1husolforosoon himselfforeseen
foreseen foreseenHow forosoonHow foreseenIIow
How did you OU got into such a wandering way o olife 01 01Ufo oflife
Hartleys face darkened and that tho moro noticoably no noticeably notlcoably ¬
ticeably because it had boon glowing with a 0 kind kindof lt1ndof kindof
of roawalciinod reawakened rQnwnlt nod ardor for all that ho had lived livedHow JivodHow livedIIow
How did I got Into it Ho paused a moment
and then put the question quo tlon by as If flinging off a athing 0 0thing athing
thing that troubled him IIIIow How does a man get in into illto Iiito ¬
to anything anythingNatural Im anythingNatural thlng1 thlng1Nntmnl
Natural instinct is a n prime cause I suppose supposeRandolph fJUPPOSURnndol1h supposeRandolph
Randolph said easily but ho kept his oyos on him himaharnly himahnrtr himshnr
aharnly aharnlyTibs ahnrtrbS shnr mhy mhyeB
Tibs bS I suppose so in most cases but In mine mineAgp4 mlnoAg4H mineAgrht
Agp4 Ag4H i u nth > did not go on to tho expression of what whatwas whntWna whatwas
was clearly clo tly sti at ring 3g In his mind mindAnd mindAnd hindAnd
And how wan wnbltll It n your case Randolph > h urged urgedgently urgodgenUy urgedgontly
gently DIu you tU no nrf follow your inclinations inclinationsIS InclinationsHIS llclll1nUonsH
HIS H IS guest looked at aim a moment doubtfully doubtfullynnd cloultfullyand oul > Hul1Y Hul1Yfind
find thon something within him broke over tho thoInstinct thoInHtlnct theinstinct
Instinct of defensive caution cautionMy ot1utlonMy cautionMy
My inclination was to hive quietly in a quiet quiethomo quiethomme < JUrothomo
homo lu it hnslnnd bJtl ii ihiand JIln ho said saidThnt saidPhnt saidThat
That should not have boon dlfllcult cU 1onlt Randolph Randolphventured Rail tntllolpl1vontmod tolpi tolpiventured
ventured How wore you turned away from It ItIn itIn ItIn
In such cases there Is always a woman womanYes womnnYou womanYes
Yes and tho woman would not have you you You Youwould You Youwould 011 011wauld
would not learn that there wore other fish fish in tho thosoa thoBOll theBOLL
BOll soaNo No 1No 1 It was that she know that there woro other otherfish alhat11ah otltotfish
fish and know It too well Sho did not know what whatit whntIt whatit
it was to make a homo homoThat homoflTht homeThat
flTht That t was It then th n and so soAnd = J JAnd wAnd
And so If I should ovor go back to England Englandthoro IDl1glnndthore Iliuglandthere
there IB ono man thoro whom whom I could kill whom hbm 1 1could 1could 1could
could leave dangling In a II ropo from some troo for fortho tortho fprthe
tho woman who sent mo adrift to BOO forThom for forThoro forIt forItlhollJ
Thom In I a bettor way WU Randolph said quickly quicklyhis qUIQ1tlyhis gtiiolclyhis
his own passions JluJaloJl kindling anew from thoBO that be behind jo johad 0 0hnd
had Btlrrod in his guest Killing Killin a n man is getting gottlnjsIt gotth gotthIt
It over for him him too quickly When a man hd hdwronged has haswronod lidswronged
wronged you whon theres no making It right rii tit fpr fprevor f fqrover 1 1ovor
over you want him out of tho way and am yovl want wanthim wfmthl111 wanthini
him to fool that you have burned something into intohim Intohim intohim
him himYes Yes but how That is always tho question and andno nndJ10 andno
no ono has found out outHare outBaro outBare
Hare your loft arm for mo again as you 01 did last lastevening Inttovol1ln lacttevening
evening eveningTho ovol1ln eveningThe g g1ho
The moan pushed up tho sleeve of his coat and andexposed nnlOXlOaol nncloxposed
exposed tho design displayed on his arm in India Indiaink IndiaInlf Indiaimtk
ink Randolph touched It with a tapping finger lingerwhile fingerwhllo fingerwhile
while his oyos hold Hartleys so that they could hot hotturn t10tturn notturn
turn away awayWhat awnyWhat awayWhat
What if you were to show such markings to tho thoeyes thooyes tiroeyes
eyes of tho world forever What If that woro on onyour onyour mOU1
your OU1 faco facoOn faceOn 1 1On
On my faqo faqoYes taq01 taq01Yes fagoYes
Yes and what If those markings woro loiters loitersevery lottersovery lottorsevery
every ono of them black as s tho foulest wrong man nineever manovor manovor
ovor did Would Wonl < < 1 you want to live or would WQu1 < 1 you youwant YOlJwant yottwant
want to curse ovory fair thing In tho world and anddie nnddlo anddie
RANDOLPH saw D a kind of horrible comprehon comprehension comprehensiondawning lon londawning
dawning In Hartley Ho drew back from rein the man uinnn mana
a little half fearful that the fury that had como comoupon 001110upon comeupon
upon Bartloy had somehow overshot his purpose purposeIt 1roso 1rosoIt
It is ono of time curses of life ho went on In a avoico nvolco avoice
voice that kopt its passions more controlled that thatmen thatmen thatmen
men can go about among their follows and never novorshow nevorJihow nevershow
show in their faces what they are If It were not notBO notso
BO fewer women would wouldsnor1flco sacrifice tholr homes few fewer fowor lowor ¬
or men would find tholr lives uselessly boating tho thothin thothin timethin
thin air You and I can look at a villain and know knowhim Imowhim knowhim
him for a villain but we w have had to suffer first firstwo l1rutwo firstwo
wo have hn va had to bo each a villains victim It would wouldbe wouldbe wouldbe
be less so If now and then thoro should bo some someof somoof someof
of tho ugliest of human sins branded indelibly up upon upon upon ¬
on tho foreheads that conceived thorn for all men mento mOIlto mento
to tako warning from thorn them as they pass before beforethem bOrOlOthom boforothorn
them day by day clayYou dayYou < lnyYou
You have suffered yourself Hartley Dart1o asked him himand 111mn11l himnn1
and It was thou In that loap of follow fooling in ono onoso onuso onese
so littlo of his own kind and kindred Icln 1od that Ran Randolph Rundolph ¬
dolph felt for an Instant a sense of roluotunco roluotuncoThoro roluotnnooTho1O roluotancoTlioro
Thoro came with It also a l sense of mastery ot o a away n nwny away
way moro surely oponod before him and this latter latterwas Inttorwns latterwas
was tho greater passion passionSuffered pasolonSutterodl passionSuffered
Suffered I IHo IHe IIIo
Ho said no moro than that and the two sat for a amoment 0 0moment amoment
moment tholr eyes blazing together In that mo moment nio niomont meflout ¬
mont they bocamo brothers of tho spirit and other otherdistinctions othordistinctions otherdistlnetIOns
distinctions woro burned away from them After Afterthat Artarthnt Afterthat
that they could speak In enigmas and undorstandeach undorstand understandeach undorstandollol1
each other So Randolph spoke smiling with a akind n nkind aIcindof
kind Icindof of gloating Joy that would have boon terrible torrlbloto torrlbJoto terribleto
to one who could not fool it too tooLot tooIot tooLot
Lot us say that I have a friend that has suf suffered sulforod suffored ¬
fered Lot us say that and bollovo it you and I IHo IHo IHe
Ho drew a little bag out of his pocket and counted count counted countOIl ¬
ed out its contents upon tho table before him five fivehundred llvohundred livehundred
hundred dollars in gold goldI goldIII
III I have a commission from a friend let us 1S say sayand anynnd sayand
and It is ono to which I am pledged tho moro morodeeply morodeoply moredeeply
deeply because ho Is my friend This bag of gold goldshall goldshnll goldshall
shall bo yours if you will put your skill In tattoo tattooing tnttooIU tattooinl ¬
inl ing IU at my service whon I shall havo arranged tho thoplaco thoplaco theplaco
placo und tho hour You must know that tho man mandeserves manlosOIVQB mandeserves
deserves < tho thcmnrlt mark of a worse ClSO than Cain since Cain Cainkilled Onl11IdlJod Cahnkilled
killed time body only and you shall havo h vo proof It Itwill Itwm Itwill
will bo your opportunity if tho old hate is not notr

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