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( CAPTAIN BLOOD By RAFAEL SABATINI The Greatest Love Story Ever Told I (Continued from Yesterday's Star.) Peter Blood alone, escaping' these excessive sufferings, remained out wardly unchanged, whilst inwardly the only change in him was a daily deeper hatred of his kind, a daily deeper longing to escape from this place where man defiled so foully- the lovely work of his Creator. It was a longing too vague to amount to a hope. Hope here was inadmissible. And yet he did not yield to despair. He sat a mask of laughter on his saturnine countenance and went his way. treat ing the sick to the profit of Colonel Bishop, and encroaching further and further upon the preserves of llie two other men of medicine in Bridgetown. Immune from the degrading pun ishments and privations of his fel low-convicts, he was enabled to keep his self-respect. and was treated without harshness even hy the soul less planter to whom he had been sold. He owed it all to gout and megrims. He had won the esteem of Governor Steed, and—what is even more important—of Governor Steed’s lady, whom he shamelessly and cyn ically flattered and humored. Occasionally lie saw Miss Bishop, and they seldom met but that she paused to hold him in conversation ! for some moments, evincing her in- I terest in him. Himself, he was never disposed to linger. He was not, he told himself, to be deceived by her I delicate exterior, her sapling grace, | her easy, boyish ways and pleasant, boyish voice. In all his life—and it had been very varied —he had never met a man whom he accounted more i - beastly than her uncle, and he could not dissociate her from the man. She i ■was his niece, of his own blood, and I Some of the vices of it, some of the | remorseless cruelty of the wealthy | planter, must, he argued, inhabit that I pleasant body of hers. He argued I this very often to himself, as if an- 1 swering and convincing some instinct j that pleaded otherwise, and, arguing j It. he vaolded her when it was possi ble. ahd was frigidly civil when It 1 was not. Justifiable as his reasoning was, j plausible as it may seem, yet he | would have done better to have trust- I ed the instinct that was in conflict | with it. Though the same blood ran i in her veins as in those of Colonel | Bishop, yet hers was free of the vices I that tainted her uncle’s, for these I vices were not natural to that blood; J they were, in his case, acquired. Her i father. Tom Bishop—that same Colo nel Bishop’s brother had been a kindly-, chivalrous, gentle soul, who, • broken-hearted by the early death of a young wife, had abandoned the Old World and sought an anodyne for his grief in the New. He had come out to the Antilles, bringing with him | his little daughter, then five years of age. and had given himself up to the life of a planter. He had prospered from the first, as men sometimes will who care nothing for prosperity. Prospering, he had bethought him of his younger brother, a soldier at home, reputed somewhat wild. He had advised him to come out to Bar bados; and the advice, which at an other season AVilliam Bishop might have scorned, reached him at a mo ment when his wildness was begin ning to bear such fruit that a change of climate was desirable. William came, and was admitted by his gen erous brother to a partnership in the prosperous plantation. Some six years later, when Arabella was fif teen, her father died, leaving her in her uncle's guardianship. It was per haps his one mistake. But the good ness of his own nature colored his views of other men; moreover, him self, he had conducted the education of his daughter, giving her an inde pendence of character upon which perhaps he counted unduly. As things were, there was little love between uncle and niece. 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New models of name* Buy an oil you can trust * the same make sometimes take # and stick to the chart. * STANDARD OIL COMPANY (New Jersey) ' “STANDARD" fBl Oils you can c imst I . : ; . 9 . •I V ' and for all his wildness, he had gone in a certain awe of his brother, whose worth he had the wit to recognize: and now it was almost as if some of that awe was transferred to his brother’s child, who was also, in a sense, his partner, although she took no active part in the business of the plantations. Peter Blood judged her—as we are all too prone to judge—upon insuffi cient knowledge. Ho was very soon to have cause to correct that judgment. One day toward the end of May, when the heat was beginning to grow oppressive, there crawled into Car lisle Bay a wounded, battered Eng lish ship, the Pride of Devon, her freeboard scarred and broken, her coach a gaping wreck, her mizzen so shot away that only a jagged’stump remained to tell the place where it had stood. She had been in action off Martinique with two Spanish treasure ships, and although her captain swore that the Spaniards had beset him without provocation, it is difficult to avoid a suspicion that the encounter had been brought about quite other wise. One of the Spaniards had fled from (he combat, and if the Pride of Devon had not given chase it was I probably because she was by then i in'no case to do so. The other had j been sunk, but not before the Eng -1 lish ship had transferred to her own I hold a good dea! of the treasure | aboard the Spaniard. It was. in fact, j one of those piratical affrays which i were a perpetual source of trouble 1 between the courts of St. James and j the Escurial, complaints emanating ■ now from one and now from the other 1 side. I Steed, however, after the fashion of | most colonial governors, was willing | enough to dull his wits to the ex tent of accepting the English sea man’s story, disregarding any evl | dence that might belie it. He shared | the hatred so richly deserved by ar j rogant, overbearing Spain that was common to men of every other na j tion from the Bahamas to the Main. I Therefore he gave the Pride of Devon j the shelter she sought in bis har • bor and every facility to careen and I carry out repairs. j But before it came to this, they 1 fetched from her hold over a score | of English seamen as battered and i broken as the ship herself, and to ! gether with these some half-dozen j Spaniards in like case, the only sur- I vivors of a boarding party from the Spanish galleon that bad invaded the English ship and found itself unable to retreat. These wounded men were conveyed to a long shed on the wharf and the medical skill of Bridgetown was summoned to their aid. Peter Blood was ordered to bear a hand in | this work, and partly because he spoke Castilian—and he spoke it as fluently as his own native tongue— partly- because of his inferior condi tion as a slave, he was given the Spaniards for his patients. Now Blood had no cause to love Spaniards. His two’ years in a Spanish prison and his subsequent campaigning in the Spanish Nether lands had shown him a side of the Spanish character which he had found anything but admirable Neverthe less, he performed his dlctor’s duties zealously and painstakingly, if erno tionlessly. and even with a certain superficial friendliness toward each of his patients. These were so sur prised at having their wounds healed instead of being summarily hanget that they manifested a docility very unusual In theih kind. They were shunned, however, by all those char itably disposed inhabitants of Bridge town who flocked to the improvised hospital with gifts of fruit and flow ers and delicacies for the injured English seamen. Indeed, had the wishes of some of these inhabitants been regarded, the Spaniards would have been left to die like vermin, and of this Peter Blood had an example almost at the very outset. THE EVENING STAR, WASHINGTON, D. C.. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1924. THE TIMID SOUL. —By WEBSTER. r ( mo use qgmvimo it- ] fpoosoe' ebvT) * ) i'r»t a flat FA»uoß.e. / \ i Feet so*»y f j 'IM ( TeteePAPH T s' ****'< a ) Wlßer To 6TA-TIOM B-L-A-H. <6* St.-J S f 5oy!(! s!•*ky BOSS I WAMT -To t <,ee »m! MAjce SNAPPy! TMe NEXT LAAy - \ y With the assistance of one of the negroes sent to the shed for the pur pose, he was in the act of setting a broken leg, when a deep, gruff voice, that he had come to know and dis like as he had never disliked the voice of living man, abruptly chal lenged him. “What are you doing there?" Blood did not look up from his task. There was not the need. He knew the voice, as I have said. “I am setting a broken leg,” he answered, without pausing in his labors. "I can see that, fool.” A bulky body interposed between Peter Blood and the window. The half-naked man on the straw rolled his black eyes to stare up fearfully out of a clay-colored face at this intruder. A knowledge of English was unneces sary to inform him that here came an enemy. The harsh, minatory note of that voice sufficiently expressed the fact. “I can see that, fool; just as I can see what the rascal is. Who gave you leave to set Spanish legs?” "I am a doctor. Col. Bishop. The man is wounded. It is not for me to discriminate. I keep to my trade.” "Do you. by God! If you'd done that, you wouldn’t now be here.” "On the contrary, it is because I did it that I am here.” "Aye, I know that’s your lying tale.” The colonel sneered; and then, observing Blood to continue his work unmoved, he grew really angry. "Will you cease that and attend to mo when I am speaking?" Peter Blood paused, but only for an Instant. "The man is in pain.” he said shortly, and resumed ills work. "In pain, is he? I hope he is, the damned piratical dog. But will you heed me, you insubordinate knave?” The colonel delivered himself in a roar. Infuriated by what he con ceived to be defiance, and defiance expressing Itself in the most un ruffled disregard of himself. His long bamboo cane was raised to strike. Peter Blood's blue eyes caught the flash of it and he spoke quickly to arrest the blow. "Not insubordinate, sir, whatever I ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■a | Royal ; G and 11th Sts. Service and Courtesy. 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But the little fop was not to be brow beaten. Hie excellency was conscious that he bad behind him the force of public opinion to support him. Some there might be, but they were not many, who held such ruthless views as Col. Bishop. His excellency assert ed his authority. It was by his or der* that Blood had devoted himself to the wounded Spaniards, and his orders were to be carried out. There was no more to be said. Col. Bishop was of another opinion. In his view there was a great deal to be said. He said it, with great cir cumstance, loudly, vehemently, ob scenely—for he could be fluently ob scene when moved to anger. "Tou talk like a Spaniard, colonel,” said the governor and thus dealt the colonel's pride a wound that was to smart resentfully for many a week. At the moment It struck him silent and sent him stamping out of the shed In a rage for which he could find no words. (Continued In Tomorrow’s Star.) ■■ ■ ■ j I xfj/jjjs Royal 11 ■ G & 11th Sts. 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