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.,ORY OF EGYPT1AN-1SRAEL1T1SH LIFE.
r BY PEOF. GEORG EBERS, Author of "Uarda," "An Egyptian Princess," Eta .(NOW FIRST chapiek xrxS yspnn.y OSHTJA looked cautious ly about him. The sky was still clear, though, if this north wind should hold, the clouds which seemed to be coming up from the sea would soon overcast it. The air was sultry, but the men on watch kept their eyes open and relieved each other at regnlarintervals. Their vigilance would be hard to eTade; but close to the trough which formed Ephraim's bed and which his uncle, for their greater comfort, had dug by the side of his own on the gentle slope of a mound, a narrow rift widened to a ravine, its edge gleaming in the moonlight with Teins of white gypsum and sparkling ores. If the supple lad could but slip unseen into this hollow and creep along it as far as the shores of yonder salt lake, overgrown with tall mares-tail and a thicket of desert shrubs, under cover of the gathering clouds, he might succeed in his attempt. Having come to this conclusion, Joshua next considered, as calmly as though he was deciding on a route for his troops, whether, if he had the use or his hands, he might be Able to folio w Ephraim without imperiling the boy's escape. But to this he could only find a negative; for one of the watch was close at tana, sitting or standing on a high er point of the hillock, and in the bright moonlight he could not lail to see every movement if the lad untied his bonds. .Moreover, the clouds might perhaps have covered the moon before this was accom plished, and then Ephraim might let slip the one favorable moment which promised him release, and be led into danger on his account. He was this boy's natural pro tector, and would it not be base, indeed, to oar his way to freedom for the sake of a doubtful prospect of escape for himself ? So he whispered to Ephraim: "I cannot go with you. Glide along the rilt to the right, down to the salt lake. I will keep an eye on the guards. As soon as the clouds hide the moon and I cough, creep away. If you succeed, fly to your people. Greet my old tather from me, assure him of my love and truth, and tell him whither I am being taken. Listen to his and Miriam's counsel; it will be good. Now the clouds are gathering about the moon not another word!" Ephraim persisted in imploring him, in the softest whisper, to put forth his hands, out he only bid him be silent; and as soon as the moon was shrouded, and the watch who was pacing to and fro just above them had begun a conversation with the man who came to relieve him, Joshua coughed gently and then listened in the darkness with a throbbing heart and bated breath. First he heard a slight rustle, and by the flare of the fire on the top of the slope, which the drivers now mended to keep off wild beasts, he saw that Ephraira's bed was deserted. At this he breathed more freely, for the ravine must by this time hide the boy, and, when he listened more sharply than 'before to catch a sound of creeping or slipping, he could hear nothing but the guards talking and their beavy footsteps. Their voices reached his ear but not the words they spoke, so eagerly was he bent on following the youth in his flight. How agile and how cautious the iugitive must be in his movements! He must still be in the ravine. The moon seemed to be struggling wiiu uie ciuuux, uu lor a moment me Sliver disk victoriously rent the heavy black cur tain which hid it from the eyes of men, and the long, bright shaft of light was mirrored in the motionless waters of the salt lake; Joshua could see everything that lay below him, but he detected nothing which bore any resemblance to a human figure. Had the lad met with some obstacle in the dell? was he checked by a cliff or a gulf in its gloomy depths? or and at this thought his heart seemed to stand still had the abyss swallowed him up as he felt his way in the darkness? Now he longed to hear a sound the very faintest from the depths of the ravine. This stillness was fearful! Ah! sooner silence than this! A clatter of falling stones and slipping earth came up, too loud now, through the still night. The moon, too, again peeped out from its veil of clouds, and Joshua saw, down by the pool, a living form which seemed that of a beast rather thanof aman, for it went along on all-fours. And now the water splashed up in glittering drops. The creature, what ever it was, had plunged into the lake. And again the clouds hid the moon and all was dark. Joshua breathed more freely, saying 1o himselt that it was Ephraim whom he had seen, and that the Ingitive, come what might, had gained a good start on his pur suers. , But the men were not sleeping nor de ceived; for. although he cried out in order to mislead them. "A jackal!" a Bhrill whistle rang out, awaking all the sleepers. . In a moment the driver of the gang was standing over him, a burning torch in his hand, and he heaved a sigh of relief when he saw the prisoner safe. It was not for nothing that he had tied him with double cords, for he would have been made to pay for it dearly if this man had escaped him. , But, while the driver was feeling the rope that bound the Hebrew's wrists, the flare of the torch he held fell on the fugitive's empty resting place The cords he had bitten through lay there yet, as if in mockerv. The driver picked them up, cast them at Joshua's feet, whistled loudly again and again and shouted: "Gone! Flown! the Hebrew! the young one!" And troubling himself no lurther about the elder prisoner, he at once began the search. Hoarse with rage, he gave his orders rapidly; all were clear, and all were forth with obeyed. While some of his men collected the gang, counted them over, and bound them to gether with cords, the leader, with the rest, and helped by dogs, sought some trace of the fugitive. Joshua saw him bring the beasts to sniff at the cords Ephraim bad gnawed through, and the place where he had lain, and then they started direct for the ravine. He breathed hard as he preceived that they lin gered there some little time, ana at last, just as the moon again came through the clouds, emerged on the shore, and rushed down to the water's edge. He was glad that Ephraim had waded through it, for the dogs here lost the scent, and many minutes slipped by while the guards and the dogs, who poked their noses into every foot print left by the runaway, made their way round the shore to find the trace again. Then their loud tongue told him that they had recovered the scent But even if they should track and run down the fugitive, the lettered warrior did not now fear the worst, -' Jot Ephraim bad a long start of his pur suers; tull his heart beat last, and time teemed to stand still till the driver came liack again, exhausted and unsuccessful. Though he, a man of middle age, could PUBLISHED. never have overtaken Ephraim, the young, est and swiftest of his men had been sen' alter him, as he himself announced with scornful lury. The man, before so good-natured, was en tirely changed; for he felt the lad's escape as a disgrace he could hardly get over, nay, as a positive misfortune. And the wretch who had tried to mislead him by crying out "A jackal" was the fugi tive's "accomplice. Loudly did he curse Prince Siptah. who had interfered in the duties of his place. But it should not hap pen again, and he would make his victims suffer for his misfortune! The prisoners were immediately loaded with chains again. Joshua was coupled with an asthmatic old man, and the whole gang were made to stand in a row where the firelight fell on them till daybreak. Joshua could makeno reply to the questions put to him by his new com panion in bonds; he awaited in painfnl sus pense the return of the pursuers. Mean while he strove to control his thoughts to prayer, beseeching the Lord, who had prom ised to be his helper, on his own behalf and on that of his nephew. Often enough, to be sure, he was interrupted by the driver, who vented his wrath on him. However, the He brew, who had in his day commanded a host, Fleeing Through the Moonlit JSight. submitted to everything, and commanded himself to endure whatever came, like the inevitable discomfort of rain or hair; nay, it cost him no little effort to conceal his gladness when the young runners, who had been after Ephraim, came in after sunrise, breathless and with disordered hail, bring ing with them nothing but a dog with a broken skull. The driver could, therefore, do no more than report to the soldiers in the first fort on the Etham frontier, which the prison gang must now cross, of what had happened; and to this point the file of men were now led. Since Ephraim's flight all the men on guard had changed their tone for a harder one. Yesterday the unhappy wretches had been allowed to proceed at an easy pace; now they were hurried on as fast as possible. The day was sultry, and the scorching sun strugeled with the storm clouds, which were gathering in the north in dense masses. Joshua's frame, inured to every kind of fatigui, could resist the severity of this forced march, but his more feeble compan ion, who had grown gray as a scribe, often stumbled, and at length lay where lie fell. At this the driver saw the necessity of placing the sufferer on an ass, and fettering Joshna to another companion. This was-ne first man's brother, an overseer of the King's stables, a well-grown Egyptian, who was go ing to the mines for no other cause than that it was his xnisforture to be the brother of a state criminal. Linked to this sturdy mate, walking .was much easier, and Joshua lis tened to him with sincere sympathy, and tried to cheer him when, in a low voifte, he confided to him all his woes, lamenting sadly that he had left a wife and child at home in want and misery. Two of his children had died of the nestilence, and it weighed on his heart that he had been prevented from car ing for their burial, for thus the two beings he had loved were lost to him forever, even in the other world. At their second resting place the bereaved father spoke more freely. His soul was con sumed by thirst for revenge, and he took it for granted that his companion felt the same, seeing that he had fallen into dis grace from a high office. The overseer of the stables had a sister-in-lawjvho was one of the ladies abont Pharaoh's court, and through her and her sister, his wife, he had been informed that a conspiracy against the King was being hatched in the woman's bouse. Aye, and he knew, too, who it was that the women purposed to set in Meneph tah's place. As Joshua looked at him with an inquir ing and doubtful gaze, his comrade whis pered: "Sintah. the Kine's nenhew. and his noble mother are at tne head of the plot. If only I get free I will bear you in mind; and my sister-in-law is sure not to forget me." He then desired to know what had brought the Hebrew to the mines, and Joshua frank ly told him who he was. When the Egyptian heard that he was linked together with a Hebrew he tore madly at his chains and cursed his fate; however, his wrath presently died out before the amazing coolness with which Joshua endured the hardest things, and to Joshua himself it was a relief that his partner besieged his ear less often with complaints and questions. For whole hours he could walk on un molested, and give himself up entirely to his longing, to collecting his thoughts, to giving himself a clear account of the terri ble experiences which his soul had gone through in the last few days, and to making up his mind to his new and dreadful situa tion. This silent meditation and introspection did him good, and when they again stopped for the night he enjoyed deep and refreshing sleep. When he awoke the stars were still bright in the Western sky, reminding him of the sycamore at Snccoth, and the all-important morning when his beloved had won him over to serve her God. Above him spread the sparkling firmament, and for the first time he was conscious of a budding hope that the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth might find soma way and means of saving the people He had called his own from the overwhelming host of the Egyptians. When he had thus fervently besought the Lord to spread His protecting hand over the feeble tribes ho, in obedience to His word, had. left so much behind them, and had con fidently set forth, for the remote unknown, he commended his old father, whom he him self could not defend, to His especial care, and his soul was filled with wondrous peace. The shouts of the men on guard, the rat tle of fetters, his wretched fellow victims everything about him kept him in mind of the fate before him. ile must henceforth toil day and night in abject slavery, in a sweltering, choking cavetn, berett of the joy cf breathing the fresh air of heaven, or ol seeing the sunshine; loaded with chains, flogged and reviled, starving and athirst, in a gloomy monotony of misery, agonizing alike to body and soul; and yet, not for a mo ment did he lose'his confident trust that this fearful fate was intended for any other rather than him, and that something would intervene to preserve him from it. On their further march eastward, which began at dawn, he could only think of this confidence as folly; still, he strove to cling fast to it, and he succeeded. Their way lay across the desert, and after a few hours brisk march they reached the first fort, called "Seti's Stronghold." In H1HHHI &$V$&rfe$k. SSI the clear air of the desert they had seen it or a long time, looking as though they could shoot an arrow into it. It stood up from the bare, stony soil, ungraced by a palm or a shrub, with its wooden stockade, its ramparts, its scarped walls, its watch tower looking westward, with a broad, flat roof swarming with men-at-arms. The gar rison had been warned from. Pi thorn that the Hebrews were preparing to break through the frontier lines on the isthmus, and the gang-of prisoners with their gut ids had been taken, from a distance, for the van of the emigrant Israelites. Prom the top of the huge crown work, which projected like a balcony from all sides of the scarped walls to prevent the use of scaling ladders, soldiers were spying out between the battlements at the ap proaching party; but the archers had re placed their arrows in the quivers, for it had at once been perceived that the troop was a small one, and a runner had delivered the pass from the military authorities de siring the Captain of the garrison to permit the file of the prisoners to cross the frontier. The door in the palisade was thrown open to them, and the driver gave them leave to stretch their limbs awhile on the hot pave ment within. Prom here none could escape, even if the guard left them to 'them selves; for the fence was too high to climb, and arrows shot from the roof the building or from the loopholes of the projecting bat tlements would overtake the runaway. It did not escape the ex-warrior's eye that everything here was in a state of prepara tion for resistance, as though it were war time. Every man was at his post, and guards stood by the great metal gongs on the roof, with heavy mallets in their hands to beat an alarm at the approach of the ex pected foe; for, though there was not a tree or a house to be seen as far as the eye could reach, the sound would ring out to the next fort on the frontier line and warn the garri son, or bring them to. the rescue. It was not indeed a punishment, but a piece of ill fortune to be quartered in these isolated desert stations, and the chiefs of Pharaoh's army took care that the same companies did not remain too long at a time in this wilder ness. v Joshua had himself in former years com manded the most southerly of these strong holds, known as Migdol of the South, lor the name of Migdol was common to them all, meaning' in the Semitic tongue a fortress-tower. Here his people were evidently still ex pected; nor could he for a moment think that Mioses would have led them back into Egypt. Either they had lingered in Suc coth, or thev had marched southward, but to the south lay the Bitter Lakes and the Bed Sea, and how should the Hebrew multi tude cross those deep waters? Joshua's heart beat anxiously as he reflected on this, and his fears were presently confirmed, for he heard the Captain of the fortress telling the driver of the gang that the Hebrews had come some days since very near the frontier line of defense, and then had turned off to the southward. Since then it would seem that they had been wandering In the desert between Pithom and the Bed Sea. All this had forthwith been reported at Tanis, but the King had been obliged to postpone the departure of the army till alter the first seven days of mourning for the heir to the throne. This delay might have given the Israelites an immense advantage; but a message had to-day come by a carrier'pigeon announcing that the foolish multitude were encamped at Pibahirotb, not far from the Bed Sea, so that it would be an easy task for the army to drive them into the waters like a herd of cattle, for there was no escape in any other direction. The driver had listened to this report with much satisfaction, and he whispered a few words to the Captain, pointing at Joshua, who, for his part, had already recognized the officer as a companion in arms who had served under him as a centurion, and to whom he had shown much kindness. It was painful to him to reveal himself in this mis erable plight to one who had been his subal tern, and who owed him a debt of obliga tion; and as he looked the Captain col ored, shrugging his shoulders expressively, Ephraim Acts as the Prince's Messenger. as if to convey to Joshna his pity for his ill fortune and the impossibility of doing any thing to amend it. Then he said, in a voice so loud that the Hebrew must hear him: "I am forbidden by the rules to speak with your prisoners, but I knew that man in better days, and I will send you out some wine which you will share with him, I beg." Then they presently went toward the gate way, the driver remarking that Joshua was less deserving of such favor than other and weaker men, inasmuch as he had assisted the runaway of whom he had spoken to make his escape. The Captain pushed his fingers through his hair and replied. "I could have wished to show him some kind ness, thongh indeed he owes me mnch already. But if that is the case, I had better teepmywine. And you have rested quite long enough here." So the driver wrathfully roused his hap less gang to proceed on their way across the desert and onward to the mines. Joshua now walked with a bowed head. His spirit rebelled against the ill fortune which had led him to this pass, dragged across the desert, far from his people and from his father, who must be in great dan ger at this decisive and fateful crisis. Under his guidance the Hebrews might perhaps have found a way of escape. He clenched his fists at the thought that his chains for bid his carrying out the means he could devise of helping his people, and yet he would not lose heart, and each time that his reason told him that the Hebrews were lost, that they must perish in this contest, his own name the new name bestowed on him by God sounded in his ears, and his hatred and scorn of everything Egyptian, fanned into life by the young officer's base conduct, flamed up afresh. His whole nature was in violent revolt, and as the driver marked his burning cheeks and the lurid light In his eye he thought that even this strong fellow had become a prey to the fever to which so many prisoners fell victims on their way. When, at sundown, tne melancholy train encamped for the night in the heart of the desert, Joshua's spirit still seethed and surged within him; and the scene around him matched well with the tumult in his soul. Again the Hilack clouds came up from the sea on the north wind, which howled and shrieked and whirled clouds of burning sand over the prisoners as they lav, till the lightning and thunder broke over them with a deluge of rain. A thick layer of sand for their coverlet, pools and uvufets were now their bed. Their keepers had bound them together by the arms and legs, and as they stood, shivering and dripping, vthey still held the ends of the ropes; for the night was as black as the fuel of the fires the storm had extinguished, and who could haver followed a runaway through such darkness and weather? But Joshua had no thoughts of flight. While the Egyptians whimpered' and quaked, believing that they heard the angry voice of Set in the thvnder, and while blinding sheets of flame 'flared among the clouds, he felt the near presence of that jealous God whose rage he shared, whose hatred was as his own. Here he stood, the witness of His all-destroving power, and his breast swelled with pride as he said to himself that he had been called to wield the sword of the Lord of lords. CHAPTER XX. The storm which had arisen at nightfall was still sweeping over the peninsula. High waves beat the central lakes, and the Bed Sea, which formed two deep creeks from the South, like the horns of a snail, was tossing wildly. Further Korth, too, where Pha raoh's army had just encamped under shelter of the southern Migdol, the strong est of the Etham frontier fortresses, the air was filled with sand by the storm, and in the quarters "of the King and his nobles, hammers were kept constantly at work, driving the tent pegs deeper into the ground; lor the brocade, cloth and linen, of which Pharaoh's wandering residence and its surroundings were formed, were so wrenched by the wind that they threatened to pull up the poles which supported them. Black clouds hung in the North, yet the moon and stars were often visible, and dis tant lightning frequently illuminated the darkues. But the dews of heaven still seemed to shun this rainless tract of land, and in every direction fires were burnt, round which thick circles of soldiers were gath ered like a living screen from the storm, crowded together for protection. The men on watch had trying work, for, in spite or the north wind, the air was stifling and continually blew gusts ot sand full in their faces. At the most northern gate of the camp only two sentries walked to and lro, keep ing a sharp lookout; but they were suffi cient, for in consequence of the bad weather ephraim t me steward's Tent. it was a long time since anyone had ap peared to demand either admission or exit. At last, three hours after sunset, a slender lad, half boy, half youth, appeared. He went with steady step up to the watch and, showing him a messenger's token, asked the way to Prince Siptah'a tent. He looked as if he had had a difficult journey: his thicK black hair was disheveled and his feet covered with dust and caked in mud. Yet he roused no suspicions, for his manner was independent and free, his messenger's pass in perfect order, and the letter which he bore was clearly directed to the Prince; a scribe of the granary who was sitting at the next fire with other officials and subalterns con firmed the fact Since the youth's appearance pleased most ot them, and as he came from Tanis and perhaps brought news, he was invited to take a place at the fire and share their meal; but he was in haste. Thanking them, he refused, answered their questions Bhortly and quickly, and asked one of the company to be his guide. Immediately one of them put himself at his disposal. But he soon learned that it was not easy to achieve seeing a member of the royal household; for the tents of Pharaoh, his relations and dignitaries, stood apart In the very heart of the camp, inclosed bv the shields of the heavily armed foot soldiers, and when he tried to pass in he was referred from one to another, and his messenger's token nd the Prince's letter were repeated ,ly examined. His guide was also dismissed, and in his place an official of high rank, 'known as "the eye and ear of the King." came forward and began to meddle with the seal of the letter. The bearer very decided ly demanded the missive back; and direct ly he had it in his hand once more he went toward two tents, standing side by side and shaken by the wind, which were pointed out to him as those of Prince Siptah and Kasana, Hornecht's daughter, for whom he had also inquired. A chamberlain came out of the Prince's tent, to whom he showed the letter he bore, requesting him to con duct him to his lord; but the official, having desired him to hand the letter to him instead of the Prince, Ephraim, for he it was, con sented to do so on condition of the chamber lain's forthwith procuring him admission to Kasana's presence. The steward seemed most anxious to get the letter into his bands. After he had ex amined Ephraim from top to toe he asked him whether Kasana knew him, and when the other answered him in the affirmative and added that he brought a verbal message for her the Egyptian, smiling said: "Good then; but we must protect our carpets from such feet, and you seem to me altogether exhausted and in need of refreshment Fol low mel" Thereupon he led him into a little tent, before which an old slave, and another who was still almost a child, sat by the fire con cluding their meal with a bunch of garlic On seeing their master they sprang up; he ordered the old man to wash the messenger's feet and the young one to fetch in his name meat, bread and wine from the Prince's tent He then took Ephraim into his own tent which was lighted by a lantern, and asked him how it was that he, who looked so little like a serf or a common fellow, had such a forlorn appearance. Then the messenger answered that he had on his way bound up the wounds of a severely injured man with his upper garment, so the steward at once reached toward his packages and handed him a wrapper of fine linen. Ephraim's reply, which was very near the truth, was given with such promptness and sounded so genuine that it was believed, and the steward's kindness so overwhelmed him with gratitude that he raised no objec-" tion when, with a practiced hand and with out damaging the seal, he pressed the flexi ble roll of papyrus, bent the separate layers apart, and peeping in the opening, ac quainted himself with the contents ot the letter. At the same time the burly courier's eyes glistened keenly, and it seemed to the youth that the man's face, which at first had appeared to him, with its comfortable fullness and round smoothness, the very mirror of good nature, had become like that of a cat As soon as the steward had finished this operation he begged the boy to rest himself thoroughly; and he did not return until Ephraim had bathed, and stood with the new linen cloth round his loins, his hair anointed and scented, looked in the mirror, and in the act of putting a broad gold hoop round his arm. He had hesitated for some time, as he knew he was about to face great dangers; this bracelet, however, was his only valuabls possession, and he had token great trouble during his captivity to keep it hidden in his loin-clotfi. It might yet render him good service, but if he wore' it it would attract attention to his person and increase his risk ot being recognised. Bat the image he saw reflected in the mirror, his vanity, and the wish to find favor in Kasana's eyes tri umphed over prudence, and the costly orna ment was soon shining on his arm. The Chamberlain gazed with amazement at the transformation of the unkempt messenger into a proud-looking youth; the question rose to his lips whether he were some kin to Kasana. and when Ephraim replied in the .negative he asked to what family he be longed. At this Ephraim stood for some time with downcast eyes and besought the Egyptian to excuse him irom replying till he from replying till he should have spoken to Kasana. The other shook tiis head donbtmgly as he looked at him, but he urged him no further, for what he had discovered from the letter was a secret which might cost all who knew it their life, and thehndsoaieyottBjjberwtsarelyJ be the son of some great man implicated ia the plot of his master, Prince Siptah. The stout, well-fed courier shivered at the thought, and it was with a sympathetic qualm that he looked at this blooming uower of humanity, so young to be mixed up in such perilous schemes. The Prince had so far only hinted at the secret to him, so he could still cut himself adrift from sharing his master's destiny. It ho parted from him, he might look forward to an old age of ease; but, if he clung to him, and the Prince's E lot should come to a good issue, to what' eights might he not rise! How terribly important was the choice which he, the father of a large family, was called upon to make; the sweat stood on his brow, and he was quite incapable of clear reflection, as he conducted Ephraim to Kasana's tent and then hastened to his master's. All was still in the slight erection of wooden poles and heavy bright colored Btuffs which sheltered the fair widow. It was with a beating heart that Ephraim approached the entrance, and when at length he took courage and pushed aside the curtain which was pegged to the ground, the wind filling it like a sail, he saw a dark room, opening on either hand into another. That to the left was as dark as the center one; but from the right lights beamed through the seams in the canvas. The tent was of the long, flat roofed shape in three compartments, such as he had often seen; and in the room whence the light proceeded was she, no doubt, to whop he came. To avoid any further suspicions he must overcome his timidity, and he had already stooped to untie the knot by which the curtain was held to the peg in the ground, when that of the lighted compartment was raised and a woman's figure came into the dark entrance room. Was it she? Should he venture to ad dress her? Yes, he must He clenched his hands tightly, and, with a deep breath, collected his courage, as though he were about to intrude unbidden into the inner sanctuary of a temple. Then he trashed the curtain aside and was met with a cry irom the woman he had before observed; and he now recovered his courage, for it was not Kasana, but the waiting woman who had come with her to see the prisoners, and who had accompanied her to the camp. She recognized him, too, and started at him as thongh he had risen from the dead. They knew each other well; for, the first time he. had been carried to Hor necht's house, it was she who had prepared his bath and laid balsam on his wounds: and on the second occasion when they had been inmates under the same roof, Bhe and her mistress had nursed him. For many an hour had they chatted together, and he t knew that she was iond of him, for as he lay half conscious, halt' dazed with feverish dreams, she would soothe him with a motherly touch, and as he grew stronger, was never weary of ques tioning him about his people, telling him UM. BUW UblMrfl lltU KtlliaU. VI MUU1CU blood to the Hebrew. Inaeed, his language was not altogether strange to her, for it was as a woman of 20 that she had been brought to Egypt with other prisoners by Bamses the Great Ephriam, she would. say, re minded her of her own son when he was younger. From, this woman he had nothing to fear; he seized her hand, and said in a low voice that he had escaped from his guards, and had come to ask counsel of her mistress and herself. The word "escaped" was enough to reassure the old woman, for spirits, as she understood the word, were wont to put others to flight but not to flee. She stroked the lad's curls, and before he had finished speaking she had left him, hurrying off to the other room to inform her mistress that he stood without In a few minutes Ephraim was in the presence of the woman who had become the guiding star and warming sun of his life. With flushing cheeks he gazed up at her lovely features, and although it stabbed him to the heart that, before she even vouchsafed him a greeting, she inquired whether Hosea were with him, he forgot that foolish pang as he noted with what kindness she looked at him. And when she asked the serving woman whether she did not think him look- Looking for Kanasa. ing fresh and well and grown more manly, he felt as though he really were taller and bigger, and his heart beat higher than ever. She insisted on knowing all that had hap pened to his uncle down to the smallest de tail, and then, after he had done her bid ding, and at last indulged her desire to speak of his own fortunes, she interrupted him to consult with, the oiaer woman as to how he might be sheltered from malignant eyes and fresh dangers; and the means were soon found. First, with Ephraim's help the nurse closed the front entrance to the tent as com pletely as possible, and she then showed him the dark room, into which he was to vanish as quickly and noiselessly as possible whenever Bhe should give him a signal. Kasana meanwhile had poured out a cup of wine for the returned wanderer, and when he came in again with the old womaji she bade him lie down on the giraffe skin at her feet, and asked him how he had got past the men on guard, and what he looked to do in the futnre. She must tell him in the first instance that her father had remained at Tanis, so he need have no fear of being recognized and betrayed by Hornecht It was easy enough to see and hear how glad she was at this meeting; nay, when Ephraim told her that it was in consequence of Prince Siptah's orders that the prisoners should be unfettered which they owed solely to her that he had been able to make good his es cape, she clapped her hands like a child. But then her brow darkened, and she added with a sigh, that her heart bad been break ing with anxiety and fears; but that now Hosea should see how much a woman would sacrifice to attain the dearest wish of her heart Ephraim's assurance that before he himself stole away he had offered to release his uncle met with its meed ot kind words; and when she learned that Joshua had re fused his nephew's help in order that he micrht not imneril the success of the Tlan he had suggested to him, she exclaimed to the waiting woman, with tears in ber eyes, that no one but he could act so nobly; and she listened eagerly to the rest of the lad's tale, interrupting him frequently with systematic) questions. So blissful a close to the fearful nights and days he had just passed seemed to him as a beautiful dream, a bewildering romance; and be did not need the encouragement ofthe cup she diligently filled for him to make him tell his story with eager vivacity. With an elo quence altogether new to him he described how, in the ravine, he had slipped on a loose stone and had fallen with it headlong to the bottom. There he had thought that all was lost, for soon after he had shaken himself clear of the rubbish in which he was buried, to hurry down to the salt lake, he had heard the driver's whistle. However, from his childhood he had alwavs been a good run- j ner, and he had learned in his native fields how to read his bearings by tne stars; so, without looking to the right hand or to the left, he had flown on as fast as his feet would carry him to the south always to the south. Many times ne had fallen in the aanc over stonworptoiadwtfwadjjHrteiily to J spring up again aad hurry on fly ob, to where he knew that she, Kasana, was she. for whose sake he would unhesitatingly cast to the winds all that wise-heads conld ad vise she for whom he was ready to give life and liberty. How be found courage to make this con fession be knew not Nor was he sabered by the tap she gave him with her fan, or by the old woman's exclamation, "A boy like that!" No! His beaming eyes onlysought her gaze as they had done before, while he went on with his story. The dog which had come up with him he had hulled against a rock; the other he had driven off by flinging stones after him until he retreated whining into a thicket He had seen nothing of any other pursuers neither that night nor all the next day. At last he reached a high road, and came up with some country folk, who told him which way the King's army had marched. Then about midday, being overcome by fatigue, he had gone to sleep in the shade of a syca more, and when he woke the sun was near setting. He was dreadfully hungry, so he had pulled a few turnips in a field as he passed by; but the owner had immediately come forward from a watercourse at hand, and it was with difficulty that he had escaped from his pursuit Duringpartof the next night he had kept to the high road, and had rested at last by a well on the way, for he knew that wild beasts shun mnch frequented spots. After snurise he had set forth again, following the road the army had taken, and had come upon its traces everywhere. Shortly before noon, when he was quite exhausted and sick with fasting, he came to a village lying close to the fertile tract watered by the Seti canal, and had considered whether it would not be well to sell his gold bracelet to purchase good nourishment, and keep some silver and cop per coin for future need, but he had feared being taken for a thief and cast into prison J5-'" The March of the Convicts. again, for the thorns had torn bis raiment, and his sandals had long since dropped from his feet He had thought that his misery must move even the hard-hearted to pity, so he had knocked at a door and begged, bitter as it had been to him. However, he got nothing from the peasant but a scorn ful admonition that such a strong young fellow as he might work lor his living, and leave begging to the weak and old. A second had threatened him with a thrashing; however, when he had gone some way further, feeling very crest fallen, a young woman, who had seen him at the niggard's door, came after him and Eut a cake of bread with a tew dates into his and, hastily telling him that the village had been heavily taxed in the course of Pharoah's progress, or she would have given him something better. No banquet had ever before tasted as sweet to him as this un looked for gift, which he ate by the next well,- but he did not confess to Kasana that it Lad been embittered by the doubt as to whether he should obey Joshua's counsel and return to his own people, or follow his heart's desire which drew him to her. He had started again, still undecided; but fate seemed to have taken the matter into her own hands. After he had walked on about half an hour longer, on reaching the edge of the desert he had come upon a youth of about his own age, sitting by the 'wayside and moaning as he held one of his feet in both hands. He had gone up to him at his call, and to his surprise he had recognized him as Hornecht's runner and messenger, with whom he had often spoken. "Apool our nimble Nubian?" inter rupted the lady; and Ephraim went on to tell her that this messenger had been sent to carry a letter to Prince Siptah in all haste, and the swift-footed lad, who was wont to outrun his master's horses, would have flown like an arrow and have reached his destination in two hours if he had not trod den on a fragment of broken glass, a bottle broken by some chariot wheel, and the cnt was dreadfully deep. "And you helped him?" asked Kasana. "Conld I do otherwise?" was the answer. "He had half bled to death already, and was as pale as a ghost So I carried him to the nearest canal and washed his gaping wound, and applied some ointment he had with him." "I put it in his pocket a year ago in a small pot," said the nurse, who, being easily moved, was wiping her eyes; and Ephraim confirmed the fact, for Apoo had mentioned it with gratitude. Then he went on: "I tore my tunic into strips and bound his foot up as best I might. But he urged me all the while to make haste, and held out the token and the note which his master has intrusted to him, and knowing nothing of the misfortune which had belallen me, he charzed me to carry the letter to the Prince in hit stead. Oh! how gladly I undertook to do so, and the second hour was not ended when I reached the camp. The letter is in the Prince's hands, and here am I, and I can see bv your face that you are well pleased. "As for me so happy as I am to sit here at vour feet and gaze up at von. so thankful as I am to you for having listened to me so patiently, surely no one ever was in this world ! And if they put me in chains I will bear it quietly, if only you remain kind. My woes have been so many; I have neither father nor mother nor any one to love me only you 11 love none but you, and you will not repel me, will yon ?" He spoke the last words like one in & frenzy. Carried away by his passion, and incapable, after the terrible strain of the last days and hours, of governing the overwhelming storm of his feelings, the lad sobbed aloud. He was scarcely past childhood yet, he had only him self to trust to, he had been torn and severed from all that had ever upheld and controlled him, and, like a young bird tak ing refuge under its mother's wings, he hid his face in Kasana's lap, weeping violently. Deep compassion came over the tender hearted young woman, and her eyes too were moist She gently laid her hand on hjs hair; and as she felt the shudder which ran through the boy's whole frame, she raised his head in both hands, kissed his forehead and cheeks, and smiling through tears, ns she looked into his face, said; "You poor, foolish boy! "Why should I not be kind, or ever repel; you? Your uncle is the man dearest to me in the world, and you are as a son to him. To serve him and you X have aireaay cansentea to uo win which I had always utterly loathed and re fused. But now, come what may, and whatever others may think or say of me, I will not care, if only I can succeed In doing tw for which I will eive mv life and all I hold most dear. Only waitpoor vehement boy." and she again kissed his checks. "L will smoothe the way for you too! Now, enough of this." She spoke firmly, and the words were enough to check the excited lad's words. But suddenly she sprang up, crying in terrified haste: "Fly, fly, begone instantly." A man's lootsteps approaching the tent, and a warning word from the waiting woman, had brought the brief command to Kasana's lips, and Ephraim's keen ear had told him what had aroused her fears, and drove him forthwith into the dark chamber, whence he could satisfy himself that a moment's hesitation would have betrayed him. The curtain of the tent.was lifted, and a. man walked trnijht through the ante room to the lighted apartment, where Ka sana for that, too, he could hear greeted some new guest only too warmly and as though surprised at bis coming so late. Ibe waitMgwosaan saateaea sp ner own BMatfkWUoyertlwWbwealdwjM J. sad sbe whiepefed to him: "Linger near the tent sometime before sunrise, but do not come in till I call you, if you love your life. You have neither father nor mother, and my child, Kasana a loving heart is hers, a heart of gold! She is the best of all that u good; but whether she is fit to guide a fool ish scapegrace who burns for her like dry straw is quite another matter. As I listened to your story, I thought of many things, and, as I mean well by you, I will tell you something: You have an uncle who is the noblest of men I know what men are, and so far my Kasana is right Do his bidding. It will be for your good. Obey him! And if his orders take you far from here and from Kasana, so much the better for you. We walk in dangerous places, and if it were not for Joshua's sake, I should have done every thing in my power to hold her back, but for him well, I am an old woman, but for that man even I would go through fire and water. I grieve more than I can say for that pure, sweet child, and for you, who are so like what my son was; but, I say once more, obey your uncle, boy, or you will come to an evil end, and that would be a pity indeed." Then, without waiting for a reply, she pushed him toward one of the openings in the canvas wall ot the tent and waited till Ephraim had wriggled out Then she dried her eyes and went back into the lighted room as though by chance; but Kasana and her belated visitor had matters to discuss which allowed of no witness, and her "dear child" only suffered her to light her own little lamp at the three-armed candelabrum, and then sent her to bed. She submitted, but in the darkened room, where her bed stood not far from her mis tress', she lay down, and then, covering her face with her bands, wept in silence. To be continued. A PEfcSIDEHT'S POES. A Bit of Verses Written br John Qalaer Adams In 1839. Hew England Magazine. Few towns in New England are rioher in historical associations than the town of Quincy. Very few churches in New En gland have had a more notable history than Qulncy's old First Church. It is enough surely to make one church famous to have been the church of two Presidents of the United States, and to be now their monu ment: for beneath the old church at Quincy rest the bodies of John Adams and John Quincy Adams. When the church cele brated its two hundredth anniversary, SO years ago, John Quincy Adams, whose term as President had expired ten years before, was a member of Congress, not dying until almost ten years later, in 1418. He was also an active and earnest member of the Quincy church, always deeply interested in its wel fare; and for the celebration in 1839 he wrote the following hymn, which was remembered at the late commemoration: Alas! How swift the moments fly! How flash the years along! Scarce here, yet gone already by! The burden of a song. Bee Childhood, Youth, and Manhoodipass , And Age with farrowed brow; Time was Time shall be. drain the glass But where In Time is Now? Time is the measure but of change, No present hour is found: The past, the future, nil the range Of Time's unceasing round. Where, then, is NowT In realms above, With God's atoning Lamb, In regions of eternal Love Where sits enthroned I Am! Then pilgrim, let thy jojs and tears On Tune no longer lean; But henceforth all thy hopes and fears From Earth's affection wean. To God let votive accents rise; With Truth, with "Virtue, lire; Bo all the bliss that Time denies Eternity shall give. THE GOOD THAT KICKEES DO. How Dissatisfied People Have Proves to Be Public Benefactors. From the Punxsutawney Spirit While the grumbler and faultfinder isnot the most agreeable man on earth, he has been one of incalculable benefit to the race. Had people been contented with the past there would have been no improvement Every reform both id Church and State that has tended to make life more attractive has been the result of a great deal ot grumbling and fault finding and discontent. Had it not been for the kickers King John would never have signed the Magna Carta, the bullwork ot English liberty. The kickers overthrew the Bourbon dynasty, demolished the Bastile and established a Republic on the rnins of a debauched and effete, yet still malignant monarchy. To George Washington, Patrick Henry, John Adams and the rest, who kicked over the traces while George UL held the reins of authority, we are indebted for onr deliv erance from the vote of England. They were grand men, those old kickers, and they made themselves very obnoxious to the tyrants of their times, as well as to those groveling spirits who wonld rather submit to anything than to raise a fuss; but had it pot been for them the world would not have been fit to live in to-day. Yon who are ac quainted with the agonies of the past and the work of the reformers the great kickers the men who were not satisfied with the way things were going can readily see that contentment on their part then wonld mean poverty, oppression, ignorance and tyranny for us now. Sir. Edison's Latest. Exempt Floorwalker This is better than the old scheme, Maria, even if I do have to watch the keyboard. Judge. Prudential Motive. Mr.Wayback (from Dean's Corners) Good raOrnin. Is Mr. J. Monroy Shew niacker about th' place? Manager Yes, sir; that's my name. lit. Wayback Mother wanted me t' call an' see 'I I could git this vial filled with air oil any cMaperwas tkey su it t iH IEJII11 1 INTHESMNTSOUT northerners Driven by the && White Frost of Winter to THE LAHD OP EHDLESS SUHMEB. EomariaMe Evidences of Prosperity and Progress in Dixie. " ' A FLOEIDA BELLE'S CUNNI5G POODLE. . 1 iCOBBXSrOJTDtSCE OT TBX DISrAICH-J Souxk Florida, December 3. When J the first frost paints the northern hillsides, the "globe trotter," the invalid, the society belle, begin to consider "where to spend-, . the winter." Maps of Southern France, California and Florida are studied. Since 1 all roads once led to Borne, so to-day we may believe all railroads lead to Florida,' judging from the amount of travel that is being done this season. Every train, vesti bule, express or accommodation brings its crowds of visitors from different points all over the North. The transition in Southern1 railroads isoneof the progressions of the new South. JThe buffet, boudoir coaches, or gorgeous vestibule sleepers, convey such a sense of care and luxury that the tourist finds all "his ways,the ways of pleasantness, and all his paths of peace." Here he may listen to the crisp syllable of the Yankee and the soft drawl of the Southerner,as they interchange pleasant greetings in this land' "way down in Dixie." Passing over the land of secession, the, earth banks, the barren sand plains, the lonely pine forests, all recall the "fortunes of war." Yet this once frightful specter comes to the present generation with a sense of unrealism romantic and fabulous. Stretching along for a hundred miles through Georgia are the desolate pine bar rens. No sign of habitation is visible, ex cept an occasional tumble-down nezro cabin, but when we reach Florida how dif ferent! It is not without a thrill of wonder that the stranger notes the marvelous changes that have come over Florida within the past few years. Nothern capital is the power that has converted the abandoned cotton and indigo plantations, dense forests and wild marshlands, into a country of luxurious life and prosperity. A COSMOPOLITAN COMMUNITY. Florida is so thoroughly cosmopolitan that no one cares whether his ancestry be longed to the old mildewed freight of the Mayflower or not Every man is accepted on faith. The warm hearts of the people are made up from a thousand heterogeneous elements of a thonsand cities of the land. Every class is represented; celebrities from poets to pugilists. The climate or some thing fascinates, and everybody is happy. In the hearts of the people, their country is not Utopia, or Arcadia, or Heaven, but Florida. It has been charged that a part of the inhabitants are minus that immortal spirit ot man, called the soul of conscience. These are the real estate agents and hotel proprietors. Whether they be soulless or not, is neither here nor there, but that they do possess the combined strength, courage, philosophy, versatility and persuasiveness of a mighty host ot people is no anestion. In almost every instance these well-known individuals hail from Yankeedom, and when Yankee meets Yankee, the nutmeg cause must conquer or die. Since the English png dog has been supplanted by the American cat among fashionables in New York, the Florida belle, too, has adopted a new pet, and calls it the "Florida poodle." With the Ameri can craze for something new and odd, she will soon find herself famous, and the Yan kee who secures a "corner" in alligators had best remember that "time and tide wait for no man." The Flower State is a land of royalty, too, if we may jadge from the titled inhab itants. General, captain, colonel are com mon appellations all through the South. To the necrro we must rive the credit of this. When one dusky Southern brother meets wealth or celebrity he Immediately 'title him. Xi&st season a plain nut jovuu coai merchant of Pittsburg, Pa., the name, well, no matter was taking dinner at a Jacksonville hotel, where the negro waiter, who was very attentive, greeted him with: "Pleasant day. Governor." "Yes,nice day, old man; but I'm not a governor." Altera while the waiter remarked: "Make a long stay, General?" "Ob, no, only several days; but then I am not a General." Soon again ventured Sambo. "Splendid country this, Commodore; don't you think so?" "Oh, yes; but I am not a Commodore, either." "Bress'de Lord den.Marster, what is you?" "I am only a plain American citizen. Mr. , of the great gas city of Penn sylvania." KNEW HE VTA3 SOMEBODY. "Couldn't spot you zactly, sir, butlknew you was top of the pile somewhere, sir." Hospitality is the basis of Florida's suc cess. The Southern door is always open, and the winter one long holiday. Each winter a greater number of people come to Florida to stay, and every true American must feel a pride in the flowery peninsula. Here is a sanitarium of health-giving breezes which lend an influence, and as the care worn Northerner, expresses, "dispels cor roding care." To the tourist just down from the gaunt cold North the wildest dream of tropic loveliness is more than realized, and he soon feels that delicious height of ecstacy that rests so well and so characteristically on the Southerner, and forgetting his stiff Plymouth Bock principles, leels and enioys all the. enchantment of nature where endless summer smiles. Now Florida 'has on her gala dress. The season is like one long tournament Towns are gay with Northern visitors and bright with flowers and flogs. Japanese lanterns hang here and there among the orange trees that surround the hotels, fantastic arrange ments of Spanish moss decorate the stores, and everything says Welcome; and as the tonrist enjoys all this, he still mnst thins: of the chilling blasts that circle around his Northern home. It is in Florida that the sportsman may delight his savage soul, for game, whether it be fin, feather, scale or hoof, is plenty. The idealist may find all the dory of romance, for around no country hovers such a halo of fiction as the Land of Flowers. Since the old Spaniard planted his liken flag in Florida soil, the countryhas been the scene of eventful changes, while that good old Baptist theory of Ponce de Leon may have been-all right or all wrong, cer tain it is that in his failure to find the bath ing pool of youth he has proved a benefactor to the natives, ior each and all nave ac cepted the privilege of locating the Perpet ual Spring, and the traveler csuld scarcely travel through Florida and not see the original "Fountain of Youth" ia every count-. But de Leon made himselt im mortal not as Columbus, by what he dreamed and discovered, but by what he dreamed and did not discover. The orange picking is jnst now in happy progress, and orange culture, orange trusts and high com mission fees are being studied by tourists, capitalists and orange producers; but the happiest of creatures is the barefooted boy over the wealth of fallen fruit that is his for, the asking. M. M. GBTTI5G AHEAD OP TIME. Why It Wouldn't Do for Englishmen im Make Oar Wntehes. Chicago SHU.: An English syndicate is trying to bay outl a iaree watch manufacturing concern ui this city. It will be risky business for En- gllshmen to try to furnish time-keepers lor Amarfitiin nu TTi average Yankee wantSij a TrntMl that trill fifV (iff the Seconds with T snap that puts a premium on minutes, and. " unless the British leave tneir cuusci m on the other side of the big pond they mayj not be able to keep ahead oi xneuoaryw hil! M frentleman who IhOUlQersfiai MTthe and curios W honr-UJ iausiurjg Jj2i v& 1 ?-Xtr afesvr--: .-.-. "fc -r S fcH-lL?? y, '