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' I ROBERT AMES BENNET ;
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(iiji,sui, IUOK, by A. ( . 5n' lurg & Co.)
The dtnry opens with the shipwreck of
the steamer on which M!ss Genevieve
Leslie, an American heiress, Lord Win-
thropc, an KiiKllKluiinn, and Tom BUtfte,
a brusque American, wen passengers
The three wtrt" to eg upon :m uninhab
ited Island and were the onlv onea not
drowned. niuie recovered from a drunk
en stupor. Blake, shunned on the boat.
because of his roughness, became a hero
a preserver of Ins helpless pair. Tie
Englishman was suing for the hand of
MIsb Leslie, Blake started to .swim buck
to the .ship to recover what whs loft .
niuko returned safely. Wlnthrope wasted
his last match on a elgnrctlp, for Which
he was scored by Blake, Their first meal
was a dead fish. The trio started a ten
mile hike for hll sr land, Thlrsl at
tacked them. Blake was compelled to
carry M'ss Leslie on account of weari
ness, lit- taunted Wlnthrope, They en
tered the Jungle. That nlcht was passed
roostlnif hitch In a tree. Tlie next morn-
Insr they descended to the open again
All three eonslrueted hats to shield them
selves from the sun. They then feasted
on cocoanutSi the only procurable food.
Miss Leslie showed a liking for Ttlake
hut detested his roughness. Led by Blake
they established B home In some ell ft I
Blake found a fresh water spring. Miss
Lrslle faced an unpleasant situation
CHAPTER VIII. Continued.
"Thov'11 bo dry In a day or two.
8ay, Willi hrope, you might fetch some
of those stones size of a hall. 1 used
to be a fancy pitcher when I was n
kltl, and we might scare up a rabbit or
"I play cricket myself. Hut these
"Bettern a Run, when you haven't
got the gun. Come on. We'll go In n
bunch, after nil. In case I need stones."
With due consideration for Win
thrope's ankle not for Wlnthrope
Wake set so slow a pace that the half
mile's walk consumed over half an
- '-- &? hour. Hut his smouldering Irritation
was soon quenched when they drew
near the green thicket at the foot of
the cleft. In the almost deathlike
stillness of mid-afternoon, the sound
of trickling water came to their ears,
clear and musical.
"A spring!" shouted Hlake. "I
guessed right Look at those green
plants and grass; there's the channel
where It runs out In the sand and
The others followed him eagerly ns
he ushed in among the trees. They
saw no running water, for the tiny
rill that trickled down the ledges was
matted over with vines. Hut at the
foot of the slope lay a pool, some ten
yards across, and overshadowed by tin"
surrounding trees. There was no
underbrush, and the ground was
trampled bare as a floor.
"Hy .love," said Wlnthrope; "see the
tracks! There must have been a drove
of sheep about."
"Deer, you mean," replied Hlake,
bending to examine the deeper prints
at the edge of the pool. "These uin't
sheep tracks. A lot of them are
"Could you not uncover the brook?"
asked Miss l'slle. "If animals have
been drinking here, one would prefer
"Sure," assented Hlake. "If you're
game for a climb, and can wait a few
mlnules, we'll get It out of the spring
Itself. We've got lo go up anyway, to
get at our poultry yard!"
"Here's a place that looks like a
path," called Wlnthrope, who had cir
cled about the edge of the pool to the
. Hlake ran around beside him and
Stared at the tunnel-like passage which
I ". wound up the limestone ledges be-
'l neath the overarching thickets.
' "Odd place, is it not?" observed
Wlnthrope. "Looks like a fox run,
only larger, you know."
"Too low for deer, though and
(f -. their hoofs would hqve cut up the
, . moss and ferns more. Let's get a
As he spoke, Hlake stooped and
climbed a few yards up the trail to an
overhanging ledge, foi'.r or five feet
high. Where the (rail ran up over
this break In the slope the stone was
bare of all vegetation. Hlake laid his
club on the lop of the ledge, and was
about to vault after it, when, direct l
beneath his nose, he saw the print of
a great catlike paw, outlined in dried
mud. At the same Instant a deep
growl awc rumbling down the "fox
run." Without waiting for a second
wnrnlng, HI ike drew his club to him,
and crept back down the trail. His
stealthy movements and furtive back
ward glanc s filled his companions
with vague terror. He himself was
hardly less alarmed.
"Oct out of the trees Into the open!"
he exclaimed In a hoarse whisper, and
as they crept away, white with dread
of the unknown danger, he followed t
their heels, looking backward, his club
raised In readiness to strike.
Once clear of the trees, Wlnthrope
caught Miss Leslie by the hand and
broke into a run. In their terror they
paid no hoed to Hlnke's command to
stop. They had darted off so unex
pectedly that he did not overtnke them
short of 100 yards.
"Hold on!" he said, gripping Wln
thrope roughly by the shoulder. "It's
safe enough here, and you'll knock out
that blamed ankle."
"What is It? What did you see? "
gasped Miss Leslie.
"Footprint," mumbled Hlake, ashamed
Of his fright.
"A lion's?" cried Wlnthrope.
"Not so large 'bout the size of a
puma's. Must bo a leopard's den up
there. I heard a growl, and thought It
about time to clear out."
"Hy Jove, we'd better wlthlraw
around the point!"
"Withdraw your aunty! There's no
leopard going to tackle us out here In
open ground this time of day. The
sneaking ionicat! If only I hnd a
match, I'd show him how we smoke
"Mr. Wlnthrope spoke of rubbing
sticks to make lire," suggested Miss
"Make sweat, you mean. Hut we
may as well try It now, If we're going
to at all The sun's hot enough to fry
eggs. Wtf'U go back to a shady place
and pick up sticks on the way."
Though there was shade under the
cliff within some 600 feet, they had
to go some distance to the nearest dry
wood a dead thornbusli. Here they
gathered a quantity of branches, even
Miss Leslie volunteering to carry a
All was thrown down in a heap near
the cliff, and Hlake squatted beside It,
penknife In band. Having selected the
dryest of the larger sticks, he bored a
hole In one side and dropped In a
pinch of powdered bark. Iaylng the
stick In the full glare of the sun, he
thrust a twig into the hole and began
to twirl it between Ills palms. This
ill "t v Vi " ; '?k r
Crept Back Down the Trail.
movement he kept up for several min
utes; Lin whether be was unable to
twirl the twig last enough or whether
the tight kind of wood or tinder was
lacking all his efforts failed to pro
duce a spatk.
Unwilling to accept the failure,
Wlnthrope insisted upon trying in
turn, and pride held him to the task
until he was drenched with sweat.
The result was the same.
Told you so," Jeered Hlake from
where he lay in the shade. "We'd
Stand more chance cracking stones to
gether." "But what shall we do now?" asked
Miss Leslie. "I am becoming very
tired of eocoanuts, and there seems to
be nothing else around here. Indeed.
I think this is all such a waste of
time. If we had walked Straight along
the shore this morning we might have
reached a town."
"We might. Miss Jenny, and then,
again, we mightn't. I happened to
overhaul the captain's chart Quill-
inane, Mozambiqui that's all for hun
dreds of miles. Towns on this coast
are about as thick as hen'sleeth "
"How about native villages'."' de
"Oh, yes; maybe I'm fool enough to
go Into a wild nigger town without
a gun. Maybe I didn't talk with fel
lows down on the Hand."
"But what uhull we do?" repealed
.Mis-s Leslie, with a little frightened
catch In her voice. She was at last
beginning to realize what this rude
bieak in her sheltered, pampered life
might mean. "What shall we do? it's
It's absurd to think of having to
stay In this horrid country for weeks
or perhaps months unless some ship
conies for us!"
"Look here, Miss lieslle," answered
Hlake, sharply yet not unkindly; "sup
pose you Just sit back and use your
thinker a bit. If you're your daddy's
daughter, you've got brains some
where down under the boarding-school
"What do you mean, sir?"
"Now, don't get huffy, please! It's
a question of think, not of puttl ig on
airs. Here we are, worse off thn the
people of the stone age They had
fire and flint axes; we've got nothing
but our think tanks, and as to lions
and leopards and that sort of thing.
It strikes me we've got about as many
on hand as they had."
"Then you and Mr. Wlnthrope
should Immediately arm yourselves."
"How? Hut we'll leave that till
later. What else?"
The girl gazed at the surrounding
objects, her forehead wrinkled In the
effort at concentration. "We must
have water. Think how we suffered
estorday! Then there Is shelter from
wild beasts, and food, and "
"All right here under our hands, If
we had lire. Understand?"
"I understand about Ihe water. You
would frighten Ihe leopard away with
the fire; and If It would do that. It
would also keep away the oilier ani
mals at night. Hut as for food, unless
we return for cocoanu's "
"Don't give It up! Keep your think
er going on the side, while Pat tells
us our next move. Now that he's got
the tire sticks out of his head "
"1 say, Hlake, I wish you would
drop that name. It Is no harder to say
"You're off, there," rejoined Hlake.
"Hut look here, I'll make it Win, If
you figure out what we ought to do
"Really, Hlake, that would not be
half bad. They er they called me
Win at Harrow."
'That so? My Englisn cnutn went
to Harrow Jimmy Scarbrldge."
"Lord James! your chum''"
"He started In like you, sort of top
lofty. Hut he chummed all right aft
er I took out a lot of his British starch
with a good walloping."
"Oh, really now, Hlake, you can't
expect any one with brains to believe
that, you know!"
"No; 1 don't know, you know, and
I don't know if you've got any brains,
you know. Here's your chance to show
us. What's jur next move?"
"Really, now, I have had no experi
ence In this sort of thing don't In
terrupt, please! It seems to me that
our first concern Is shelter for the
night. If we should teiiirn to your
tree nest, we should also be near the
"That's one side. Here's the other.
Bar to wade across sharks and alii
gators; then swampy ground ma
laria, mosquitoes, thorn jungle. Oueaa
the hands of both of you are still
sore enough, by their look."
"If only I had a pot of cold cream!"
sighed Miss Leslie.
"IT only I had a hunk of jerked
beef!" echoed Hlake.
"I say, why couldn't we chance It
for the night around on the seaward
face of the cliff?" asked Wlnthrope.
"I noticed a place where the ledges
overhang almost a cave. Do you
think It probable that any wild beast
would venture so close to the sea?"
"Can't say. Didn't see any tracks;
so we'll chance it for to-night. Next?"
"Hy morning I believe my ankle will
be in such shape that I could go back
for the string of eocoanuts which wo
dropped on the beach."
"I'll go mjraelf, to-day, else we'll
have no supper. Now we're getting
down to bedrock. If those nuts have
not been washed away by the flue,
we're fixed for to-night; and for two
meals, such its they are. Hut what
next? Even the rain pools will be
dried up by another day or so."
"Are not sea-birds good to eat?" ln
qtllied Miss Leslie.
"Then, if only we could climb the
Hit might there not be another
"No; I've looked ai both sides.
What's more, that spotted tomcat has
got a monopoly on our water supply
The river may he fresh at low tide;
but we've got nothing to boil water
In, end such bayou stuff Is just con
"Then we must find water else
where." responded Miss Leslie
"Might we not succeed if we went on
to the other ridge?"
"That's the ticket. You've got a
headpiece, Mls Jenny! It's too late
to start now. Hut first thing to-morrow
111 take a run down that way,
while you two lay around camp and
see if you can twist some sort of fish
line out of icocoanut liber. Hy braid
ing your hair, Miss Jenny, you can
pare us your hairpins for hooks"
"Hut, Mr. Hlake, rm afraid I'd
rather you'd take us with you. With
thai dreadfu creature so near "
Well, 1 don't know. Let's see your
Miss Leslie glanced at him, and
thrust a slender foot from beneath her
"Um-m stocking torn; but those
slippers are tougher than I thought.
Most of the way will be good walking,
along the beach. Weil leave the fish
ing to Pat er beg pardon Win!
With his ankle"
"Hy Jove, Hlake, I'll chance the
ankle. Don't leave me behind. I
give you my word, you'll not have to
"Oh, of course, Mr. Wlnthrope must
go with us!"
'"Fruid to go alone, eh?" demanded
His tone slnrtled and offended her;
yet all he saw was a politely quizzical
lifting of her brows.
"Why should 1 be afraid, Mr.
Hlake?" she asked
Hlake stated at her moodily Hut
when she met his gaze with a confid
ing smile, he Hushed and looked away.
"All right," he muttered, "we'll
move camp together. Hut don't ex
pect me to pack his ludshlp. If we
draw a blank and have to trek back
without food or water."
The Leopards' Den.
VMjkl 11 1 1. 10 Hlake made a success
f W-' lul trip icu- the abandoned
eocoanuts, his companions
leveled the stones beneath the ledges
chosen by Wlnthrope, and gathered
enough dried sea weed along the talus
to soften the hard beds.
Boothed by the monotonous wash of
the sea nniong the rocks, even Miss
Leslie slept well. Hlake, who had In
sisted that she should retain his coat,
was wakened by the chilliness pre
ceding the dawn. Five minutes later
Ihey started on their Journey.
The starlight glimmered on the
waves and shed a faint radiance over
the rocks. This and their knowledge
of the way enabled them to pick a
path along the foot of the cliff without
difficulty. Once on the beach, they
swung along at a smart gait, Invigor
ated by the cool air.
Dawn found them half way to their
goal. Hlake called a halt when the
first red streaks shot up the eastern
sky. All stood Watting until the quick
ly following sun sprung forth from the
sea. Hlake's first act was to glance
from one headland to the other, esti
mating their relative distances. Ills
grunt of satisfaction was lost in Win
thrope's exclamation: "Hy Jove, look
at the cattle!"
(TO BK CONTUTOSff.)
YOUNGSTERS TAUGHT TO SMOKE,
Two Centuries Ago English Children
Carried Pipes to School.
The practice of Juvenile smoking In
this country In the seventeenth cen
tury was practically universal, says
the London Chronicle. Jorevin do
Hochefort, a French traveler of that
period, In an account published in 1671
gives a description of an evening he
spent in Worcester. He was catechised
by one of the townsmen as to Ihe hab
its of the French poeple. "While we
were talking about the town," he
writes, "he asked me if it was the
custom in Fiance, as In Kngland, that
when the children went to school they
carried in their satchels with their
books a pipe of tobacco which their
mother took care to fill early in the
morning, It serving them instead of
breakfast, and that at the accustomed
hour every one laid aside his book
to light his pipe, the master smoking
with them and teaching them how to
hold their pipes and draw their to
banco, thus accustoming them to It
from their youths, believing It abso
lutely necessary for a man's health."
The Public Eye.
In a little more we came to an open
space, very thronged.
"The Public Bye!" shouted the
megaphone man of our party.
There were some curious people
within the space, hut even more curi
ous were those just outside.
Of these latter we thought certain
women especially interesting; they
were busily neglecting their families
In order to get Into the Public Eye. A
pathos attached to another group of
women who had been in the Public
Bye and could never be happy out of
It, though they couldn't In the least
Positively funny were a few men
who kept trying, by a variety of droll
devices, to break into the Public Eye.
"Vice-presidential candidates!" our
megaphone man explained.-Puck.
A Little Learning.
Earnest Female- Professor, I hear
you are a great ornithologist.
Professor I am an ornithologist,
Earnest Female Then could you
kindly tell me the botanical name for
Increase in Chinese Newspapers.
There are 200 newspapers in China,
while ten years ago there was but one
recognized as such.
The other smiled scornfully. "Arrah,
g'wan, you foreigner! This Is the day
we bate yees!" Sunday Magazine,
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