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&y LOUIS JOSEPH VAN
I COPYRICF yx) By LCUI^OSaPH
O'Rourke, Will you get forward
take the boatbook and beadwarp,
.please; I'm needed at the wheel and
Wheeler at the engine until we make
Cautiously the Irishman rose, took
the boathook Couch offered him, and
i crept out upon the narrow triangle ol
deck at the bows. Crouching there,
he found the headwarp and waited,
tense with anxious expectancy, star
ing ahead in futile effort to penetrate
The Boarding Party Stood at Bay.
'the wide, shadowy reaches of the riv
er. But the mystical distances con
fused and eluded him. The launch
seemed to move, panting, in an abyss
of night. She made little noise: a
hiss of water beneath her stem; the
steady humming of the motor, throt
tled down to half speed; the muffled
gasping of the exhaust. And present
ly even these ceased at a word from
.Couch, and the launch moved only
With the tide.
Abruptly a towering wall of opaque
black rose out of the darkness to
'starboard. O'Rourke braced himself
for The imminent instant of action,
poised so lightly upon his toes and
? rtips that a swell from a moving
vesso! would have thrown him off
his balance, perhaps overboard. The
launch closed swiftly and silently in
the black wall; it towered over
like a cliff; far above he could
(iim divisions between black and
black that must bp the rail. And be
rhook his head, r .smayed; he could
never scale that, he thought; not even
the O'Rourke could accomplish a mir
acle. But in a breath it had faded
back, and he realized that the tower
ing poop of the junk had misled him.
They were now alongside at the waist.
He stood up and saw a low racing
moving and caught it over the edge of
the rail, drew the launch in, let go the
boathook and, with the headwarp |
wrapped about his hand, jumped
Something dealt him a vicious, all I
but paralysing, blow in the pit of the
stomach; he doubled up, for a mo
ment helpless, across the junk's rail,
but retained sufficient presence of
mind to hold OH to the headwarp.
Then, recovering a trifle, he squirmed
over and fell sprawling upon the deck,
his heels drumming an abrupt and
violent alarm. From somewhere he
heard a shrill jabbering arise, with an
ensuing patter of bare feet. Swiftly .
he got upon his knees and drew in tho j
headwarp, with his free hand search- .
lng along the rail for a cleat Some- |
thing thumped heavily on the deck be- j
Bide him, and grunted; and something
else followed with a second bump;
and the launch swung outward and,
caught by the current jerked the
headwarp from his grasp. "May tlje
luck of the O'Rourke still hol^!" he
prayed fervently, getting upon his feet
to realize that, with Couch and the
man Wheeler, ho was imprisoned
aboard the junk, doomed there to re
main whatever might befall, until
the coming of the second launch* . .
. or perhaps for a longer time.
As he rose some indistinct body ran
into him and cannon ^d off with an un
couth yelp; with no time to draw his
revolvers, the adventurer struck out
with a bare hand and had the satis
faction of finding a goal for his blow
-of Hnding heavily on bare flesh and
of heftring the dull sound of a fall
upon the deck.
Synchronously lights were flashing
out for end aft A revolver spat ven
omously beside him. Somewhere a
man screamed and fell, whimpering
horribly. The revolver expoded a sec
ond time. There were confused
noises, as of a furious struggle, rough
and tumble, and he suspected that one
cr another of his companions had
been tackled bodily by one of the
junk's crew. On his own part he
caught a glimpse of a shadow moving
ghostlike against one of the lights,
and promptly exorcised it with a shot.
~ By this time the vessel seemed to
be caught in the grip of pandem?n
ium; shouts and shots vied with
screams, groans, confused padding
-footsteps, to make the moment one of
a nightmare. The boarding party stood
at bay, not daring to venture from the
spot on which they had landed, firing
steadily but with discretion.
Huddled together like children in
fear of the powers of darkness, the
three held their fire again* the inev
itable assault in rorce, handicapped
fearfully by their absolute ignorance
of the lay of the deck, of the number
of their opponents, and of from which
quarter they had to expect the attack.
And the silenae and the suspense
wore upon their nerves until the fina)
struggle came m the shape of a boon]
to save them from madness. And 11
came with a ruf h and a will, cyclonic,
tremendous, overpowering. By sheer
weight of human flesh the Europeans
were pinned against the rall, fighting
at handgrips with a cruel and cunning
foe far better prepared for such busi
ness than they. For at such close
quarters pistols were practically
? worthless save as clubs, while knives
could slip to stay through almost any
; Interstice, however straitened.
, O'Rourke had no time to think of his
! companions. Stung to desperation by
the silent, unrelenting fury of his as
jsailants-twice he was conscious ol
'the white-hot agony of a knife-thrust
one penetrating the flesh of his side
and scraping his ribs, the other biting
'deep into his thigh-he fired until he
had but one cartridge left in his re
volver, and expended that blowing out
the trains of an extraordinarily per
sistent coolie, then dropped the use
less weapon and trusted to his naked
It served him well for a little. One
man, precipitated by the weight ol
those behind him into the advpntur
er's arms, he seized by tho throat and
throttled in a twinkling; then lifting
him from the d*ck, he exerted his
power to the utmost, and cast the
body like a log into the midst of the
melee. Thus clearing a little space, he
found himself able to step aside and
let another run past him into the bul
wark; and seeing the sheen of a
swordblade in the fellow's hand, be
fore he could recover seized his wrist
twisted it savagely, and wrenched the
The finale cadte a moment later, sig
nalized by a blinding flash of light
more bright than that of day, which
fell athwart the deck and illuminated
instantaneously every inch of the
fighting ground. Fervently be blessed
the near-by v j&el that had turned ita
searchlight on the junk. The scene
it revealed beggared the experience of
a man whose trade was fighting; lt
fell upon decks slippery with blood
and littered with the bodies of dead
and wounded; ifc sJIeneed a confusion
indescribable. Upon that insane turmoil
the light fell with the effect of a thun
derbolt from a clear sky.
Screaming shrilly in their panic, the
Chinese scattered and fell away, leav
ing O'Rourke beside Couch, Wheeler
being down and burled beneath three
Chinese corpses. And instantaneously
something grated harshly ^.?ainst the
starboard side et the junk, and a man.
his figure stark black against the cold
white glare, looped upon the rall and
tumbled inboard. Others to the num
ber of a dozen followed him. swarm
ing over the decks. Couch reded to
wards thom, babbling orders and in
The second launch had arrived.
Sick and faint, O'Rourke slouched
back against the rail, watching w'th
lack-luster eyes the end of the chap
ter. It was simple to the point of
seeming farcical in comparison with
that which preceded it The dazed and
30W outnumbered Chinese otfered no
further resistance. Disarmed and put
ander guard, they disappeared from
his consciousness, while he watched
the men from the second launch,
spurred by Couch, scatter in search of
the abducted women.
Loss of blood was beginning to tell
apon him; his strength seemed alto
Th? Woman Gasped Faintly an?
Clung Tightly to Her Husband's
gether gone; his wits buzzed in his
head like a swarm of gnats. He
grasped his support convulsively, be
ginning to appreciate how seriously
he was hurt. He heard as from a great
distance thin, faint cries of men shout
ing in triumph; saw Couch, a pygmy
shape, holding in his arms a doll who
wore the face of Miss Pynsent. Then
of a sudden he was conscious of a
woman hastening toward .him, a fan
tastic and incongruous figure in a din
ner-gown, her skirts trailing in the
slime of the shambles, her arms out
1 held to him; and knew her for his
He essayed to speak, but could not.
He felt her arms close about him. In
the face of the searchlight's penetrat
ing and undeviating glare, nigh*
closed down upon him.
In after days, when ho was alto
gether well and whole, they journeyed
forth, these two, the mar and his
wife, from Rangoon northward. The
railway carried them some distance;
later they struck off with their train
into the primitive wilderness beyond
the ultimate British outposts on the
Chlndwine, main tributary to the Ir
The land was peaceful, hospitable,
and very, very loveiy in its wilder,
less. Their happiness was ecstasy.
By day they rode through jungle,
wood and rolling uplands, or less easi
ly through the fastnesses of the hills,
side by side, thought linked tc
thought, their hearts attuned. Bj
night their camps were pitched in a
new-found world of beauty, wonderful
in Its shadowy mystery.
It was so ordered that they came,
toward sundown of a certain day, to
the foot of a hill crowned with a greal
pagoda of many multiplied roofs iring
ed with a myriad silver bells thal
tinkled ceaselessly in the evening
Here they dismounted and togethei
made the ascent of an age-old wooden
stairway, broad and easy, and throng
ed from the first rise to the last witt
weary pilgrims, beggars, lepers, laugh
lng children, mendicant holy men. The
sun was low upon the horizon when
having bribed their way along thal
gauntlet, O'Rourke and his bride (sh?
could never be aught less to him) at |
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tamed to the topmost platform and
ha ving received permission, with meei
show of reverence entered the temple
It was very dark inside and for a
time they moved blindly in and out;
but at length they came to a massiv?
doorway looking toward the West, and
here they paused, hand In hand, look
ing up to the placid face of a hug?
Buddha, who squatting cross-legged
upon a pedestal, looked through th?
Incense-scented gloom ceaselessly for
ward to Nirvana.
The figure, carven originally fron;
stone, had been so heavily plastered
with gold-ieaves by the devout, thal
now it had all the semblance of being
gold to its core; and, lavishly deco
rated with necklaces and bracelets ol
rare jewels set in crusted gold, in th?
evening glow it shone like some great
lamp of holiness. Only its face was
Slowly the light struck higher be
neath the eaves of the pagoda, and
slowly it crept up and yet up, until it?
last blood-red shaft revealed the Bud
dha's forehead and what was set
therein, a monstrous ruby.
The woman gasped faintly and
clung tightly to her husband's arm
He held her close, watching the great
stone flame and throb and pulse, like
a pool of living flame swimming in
And then the light of the world
Pensively in the dusk they descend
ed the temple staircase. At the foot,
before they remounted their horses,
the woman came to the man and put
her hands upon his shoulders.
"Terence," she said, "I think I am
very weary. Take me home."
He gathered her into his arms.
"I think," she said, "it frightened
me-made me fearful of this country
-the Pool of Flame, up there."
"Ye've seen the last of it" he said
tenderly, "and so have I. 'Tis done
with, like the days of me adventur
ings. I have no thought but you, dear
heart Let us go home."
THE END, -rj^j&iL
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