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Jacqueline of Golden River
By VICTOR ROUSSEAU
CHAPTER XIX.
Th, Balt That Lured.
I went along the tunnel In the direc
tion of Ie Vlell Ange, picking mj way
eery carefully, peering Into the numer
•ua email cares and fissures In the
wall on either hand. And I was about
half way through when I aaw a shadow
running in front of me and making no
•ound.
It was Dnchalne. There could be no
mistaking that tall, gaunt figure, lust
risible against the distant day.
I raced along the tunnel after him.
But he seemed to be endowed with the
speed of a deer, for he kept hla dis
tance easily, and I would nerer hare
caught him had he not stopped for an
Instant at the approach of the ledge.
There, Just as he waa poising hlm
eelf to leap, I seised him by the arm.
He did not attempt rlolence but
gased at me. with hesitation and pa
thetic doubt.
“M. Dnchalne,'* I pleaded, “won't
you come back with me and let ua talk
It overt Jacqueline la with me— ’’
“No, no,” he cried, laughing. “You
can’t catch me with such a trick as
that. My little daughter baa gone to
New York to make our fortunes at M-
Daly*a gaming houee. She will be back
soon, loaded down with gold.”
“She has come back,” I answered.
“She la not fifty yards away.”
“With gold?” he Inquired, looking at
me doubtfully.
"With gold,” I answered, trying to
allure hla Imagination as Leroux had
done. “She has rich gold, red gold,
each as you will lore. Yon can take
up the coins In your fingers and let
the gold stream slip through them.
Gome with, monsieur."
I grasped him by the arm and tried
to lead him with me. My argument
had moved him. I thought I had won.
But Just as I started back Into the
tunnel, holding the arm of the old
man, who lingered reluctantly and yet
began to yield, a pebble leaped from
the rocky platform and rebounded
from the cliff. I cast a backward
glance, and there upon the opposite
side I aaw Leroux standing.
“Bonjour, M. Hewlett I” he called
serosa the chasm. “Don’t be afraid of
me any more than I am afraid of you.
Just wait a moment I want to talk
business.”
“I hare no buslneaa to talk with
you,” I answered.
“But I did not say It was with you,
i monsieur,” be answered In sneering
tones. “It Is with our friend Dnchalne.
Hola, Dnchalne 1”
At the sound of Leronx*s voice the
old man straightened himself and be
gan muttering and looking from the
one to the other of us undecidedly.
Suddenly I saw him turn hla bead
and tlx hla eyes upon Leroux. He
craned hla neck forward; and then,
very slowly, he began to walk toward
hla persecutor. I craned my neck.
Leroux was holding out —the rou
lette wheel I
“Come along, Charles, my friend,”
he cried. “Come, let ua try our for
tunes 1 Don’t you want to stake some
money upon your system against me?”
The old figure had leaped forward
over the ledge, and In a moment Le
roux had grasped him and pulled him
Into the tunnel.
I hastened back to Jacqueline and
encountered her in the passage Just
where the light and darkness blended,
standing with arms stretched out
against the wall to steady herself; and
In her eyes was that look which tells
a man more surely than anything. I
think, can, that a woman lores him.
“Oh, I thought you were dead 1” she
sobbed, and fell Into my arum.
I held her tightly to support her,
and I led her back to the gold care.
In a few words I explained what had
occurred.
“Now Jacqueline, you must let me
guide you,” I said. “Don’t you see that
there la no chance for ua unless we
leave your father for the present
where he la and make our own escape?
Wo can reach Pera Antoine’s cabin
noon after midday, and we can tell
him your father Is a prisoner here. He
would not come with ua, Jacqueline,
oven If he were here.”
She did not respond. It was the
safety of ua two and her father's life
assured, against a miserable fate for
her, and I knew not what for me,
though I thought Leroux would give
me little shrift once I was In hla power
again.
She was so silent that I thought I
bad convinced her. I urged her to her
feet But suddenly I heard a stealthy
footfall close at hand, between the
care and the cataract.
I thought It was Charles Dnchalne.
I hoped It was Leroux. I placed my
finger on Jacqueline’s lips and crept
stealthily to the passage, revolver In
hand.
Then. In the gloom. 1 saw the rlllaln
nns face of Jean Petltjean looking Into
mine, twelve paces away, and In his
(hand was a revolver too.
We fired together. But the surprise
spoiled his aim. for his bullet whis
tled past me. I think, my shot struck
him somewhere, for he uttered a yell
and began running back along tbe
tuanT as hard as he could.
Otpirlfki, w.o.u*pbm
I followed him, firing as fast as I
could reload. Fortune helped the ruf
fian. for when I reached the light he
was scrambling across the ledge, and
before I could cover him he had suc
ceeded in disappearing behind the pro
jecting rock on the other side.
So Leroux had already sealed one
exit—that by the Old Xngel, where
the road led Into the main passage.
God grant that he had not time to
reach the exit by the mine I
It I made haste! If I made haste!
But I would not argue the matter any
further. I ran back at full speed. I
reached the cave.
“Jacqueline 1 Gome, comer* I
called.
She did not answer.
I ran forward, peering round me In
the obscurity. I saw her near the
earth-sacks, lying upon her side. Her
eyes were closed, her face as white
as a dead woman’s.
The bullet from Jean PetitJean’s re
volver that missed me must have pen
etrated her body.
She lived, for her breast stirred*
though so faintly that It seemed as
though all that remained of life were
concentrated In the faint-throbbing
heartbeats.
I raised her In my arms and placed
a aack beneath her nead, making a
The Villainous Fao# of Joan Petltjean.
resting place for her with my fur coat.
Then with my knife I cut away her
dress over the wound.
There was a bullet hole beneath her
breast, stained with dark blood. I ran
down to the rivulet, risking sn ambus
cade, brought back cold water, and
washed It, and stanched the flow as
best I could, making a bandage and
placing It above the wound.
I have a dim remembrance of losing
my self-control when this was done,
and clasping her in my arms snd press
ing my lips to her cold cheek and beg
ging her to live and praying wildly
that she should not die. Then I
raised her In my arms and was stag
gering across the cave toward the tun
nel which led to the rocking stone.
And then, Just as I approached the
barricade of earth-filled bags Leroux
and the man Raoul emerged from the
tunnel's mouth and ran toward me.
I stopped behind the barricade.
Presently I saw something white
fluttering from the tunnel. It was n
white handkerchief upon a stick of
wood.
Then Leroux*s voice hailed me from
the tunnel.
“Hewlett !** he called, and there waa
no trace of mockery In hla tones now,
“will you come out and talk with me?
Will you meet me In the open. If you
prefer?**
I fired one shot In futile rage. It
struck the cliff and sent a stone flying
Into the stream.
Then silence followed. And I took
Jacqueline and carried her back Into
the little hollow apace. I put my hand
upon her breast.
It stirred. She breathed faintly,
though she showed no sign of con
sciousness.
Heaven knows what waa In my
mind. I stood beneath that awful cat
aract firing at the blind rock, and now
I was back behind the earth-bags
shooting Into the tunnel.
So the afternoon wore away. The
sun had sunk behind the cliffs. I bad
fired away all but six of my cartridges.
Then the memory of my similar act of
folly before came home to me. I grew
more calm.
I felt my way around the cave with
the faint hope that there might be
some other egress there.
There was none, but I made out a
recess which I had not perceived,
about one-half aa large as the cave
itself, and opening into It by n small
passage Just large enough to give ad
mittance to a single person. Here I
should have only one front* to defend.
Bo I carried Jacqueline inside and
THE ELK MOEETJJE PILOT.
began laboriously to drag the bags of
earth Into this last refuge. Before It
had grown quite dark I had barricaded
Jacqueline and myself within a place
the size of a hall bedroom Inclosed
upon three sides with rock.
And there I waited for the end.
I sat beside Jacqueline, holding her
hand with one of mine, and my re
volver In the other. There was a faint
flutter at her wrist. I fancied that It
had grown stronger during the past
half hour.
But I was unprepared to hear her
whisper to me, and when she spoke I
was alert In a moment.
“Paul !** she said faintly.
“Jacqueline !**
“Pauli Bend down. I want to
speak to you. Do you know I have
been conscious for a long time, my
dear? I have been thinking. Are you
distressed because of me?”
“My dearl” I said; and that was all
that I could say. I clasped her cold
little hand tightly In mine.
“You must leave me, Paul, because—
because of what la between us. You
must go to Leroux and tell him so.
You love me, Paul?**
“Always, Jacqueline,** I whispered
Bhe put her arms about my neck.
“I love you, Paul,** she said. “It
seems so easy to say It in the dark,
and It used to be so hard. Do you
know what I admired and loved you
for, even when you thought my mind
unstable and empty? How true you
were! It was that, dear. It waa your
honor, Paul.
“That was why, when I remembered
everything that dreadful night In the
snow, the revulsion was so terrible. I
ran away In horror. I could not believe
k that It was true—and yet I knew It
Waa true.
“And Leroux was waiting there and
found me. I did not want to leave
you, but he told me there was Pare
Antoine's cabin close by, and that you
would come to no harm. And he made
me believe—yon had stolen my money
as well. But I never believed that,
and I only taunted you with It to drive
you away for your own sake.*'
She drew me weakly toward her and
went on:
“Now that we are to part forever,
and perhaps I am to die, I can speak
to you from my heart and tell yon,
dear. Kiss me—as though I were your
wife, Paul.
“So you will go to Leroux,** she
added presently.
“Is that your will, Jacqueline?**
“Yes, dear,'* she said. “Because we
have fought, and now we are beaten,
Paul.**
I bowed my head. I knew that she
spoke the truth. I knew at last that
I was vanquished. For, now that
Jacqueline lay there so weak, so help
less, and thinking all our past was
but a dream, there was nothing but to
yield. I could not fight any more.
So I left her and climbed cross the
bags and went down toward the
stream.
But before I had reached it a dark
figure slipped from among the shad
ows of the rocks and came toward
me; and by the faint starlight I aaw
the face of Pierre Caribou 1
He stopped me and held me by both
shoulders, and be drew me Into the
recesses of the rocks and bent his
wlaened old face forward toward mine.
“Ah, monsieur, so you did not obey
old Pierre Caribou and stay lu the
cave,*' he said.
“Pierre, I did not know that you
would return.” I answered.
“Never mind,” the Indian answered,
looking at me strangely. “All finish
now. Diable take Leroux. Hi's time
come. Diable show me!”
“How?” I answered, startled.
“All finish,” said Pierre inexorably,
and, aa I watched him a superstitious
fear crept over me. He, who had
cringed, even when he gave the com
mand, now cringed no longer, and
there was a look in his old face that
I had only seen on one man’s before
on my father's the night he died.
“Pierre, where Is Leroux?” I whis
pered. “Shall I surrender to him or
shall I fight r
“No matter.” he said once again.
“M*sleur, suppose yen go hack to
ma’m’selle, and soon Simon come. His
diable lead him to you. His diable tell
you what to say. All fifilsh now!”
He walked past me noiselessly, s
tennous shadow, and his bearing was
as proud as that of bis race bad been
in the long ago, when they were lords
where now their white masters ruled.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Time's Changes.
Caesar used to wait days to bear
from tbe outposts of bis empire, but
today tbe descendants of hla legions
who plow the sunny fields near Ham
mond, get dally market news on
their strawberries from places thou
sands of miles sway. This news
comes over wires and Is Issued In Ital
ian, as well as in English, by the local
office of the bureau of markets of the
United States department of agricul
ture.
Government figures show that New
York has over 1,000,000 parsons who
do not speak English.
British West Indies as
Part Payment of War Loan?
Great Britain's (
National Debt q
is about 25 1
Billions. Her
debt to the
United States j
is about 4 /
Billions.
*S the United States to take
the British West Indies In
part payment of Great Brit
ain’s war debt?
t That seems to be the main
question which the London
National News soys Is- now
being seriously considered
on both sides of the Atluntlc.
Of course there are a num
ber of other questions, such
I
as this, which may be asked:
Does the United Stutes want the
British West Indies?
Is Great Britain willing to sell them
to the United States?
Cun the two uutlons agree on a
price?
Answers to these questions will have
to be guesswork largely. It was first
rumored in diplomatic circles In Wash
ington In 1017 that the transfer was
being considered. Nothing official,
however, has ever been made public.
Secretary of State Lansing soys he
knows nothing about it.
Giving color to the possibility of the
transfer are two facts: One Is that
the United States Is apparently In the
market for West Indian Islands, as
shown by the purchase In 1017 of the
Virgin islands from Denmark, for $25,-
000,000. In this connection It Is to be
kept In mind that the Fanurna canal
is located in this part of the world,
which fact may have something to do
with Uncle Sam’s apparent desire to
Invest In Islands off its Atlantic ap
proach. The other fact Is that Great
Britain owes the United States about
four billions, has a national debt now
In excess of $25,000,000,000 and Is ap
parently finding her West Indian Is
lands more of a liability than an asset.
The British West indies comprise
the greater number of the string of
pearl-ltke Islands that Is flung like a
necklace from Florida to South Amer
ica. around that corner of the ocean
known as the Caribbean. All told,
there are some four thousand of these
bits of land, though not many more
than a hundred are populated, and
most of the Islands are only great reefs
thrown up from a volcanic sea In some
by-gone day.
The British West Indies have a total
area of 12,100 square miles—equal to
the states of Massachusetts and Con
necticut. They have a population of
nearly 3,000,000, for the most part ne
groes. but with a scattering of a few
thousand whites and a curious mixture
of other peoples from all the world—
Hindus. Javanese. Chinese. Siamese,
Christians, Mahometans, Buddhists
and Confuclonlsts. Some of the Islands
are spnrsely settled, while others are
more densely populated than any other
region on earth except China.
Bermuda, famous for its climate—
Why Golf “Links.”
The term “links” in connection with
golf Is of Scottish origin. It originally
was used to designate a stretch of land
covered with short grass and stubble
which lies between tbe high point of
the coast and the water In parts of the
Scottish seaboard. The first golf cours
es were laid out ulong these stretches,
nfnce the name. When the sport
spread to other countries the name
“links. * clung to It, but the original
the name might awaken memories of
onions In the minds of some —isn’t
strictly one of the Indies, but is often
classed with them. Its 300 Islands,
Jutting out of the sen nearly 600 miles
off the Carolina*, attract many visi
tors from America.
The Bahamas—3,ooo of them—are
also well known to the winter resort
tourists who flock to Nassau. They
stretch off to the southeast from Flor- |
Ida. for the most part uninhabited.
All the island interest centers in the j
winter trude. There Is no other live
lihood for the 20.000 residents, and
there is neither fertility nor rains or
heat to produce the wealth and beauty
that make the more southerly Indies
famous.
Beyond Porto Rico He more of Eng
land’s possessions. Many of them are
very small. St. Kitts and Nevis, of
course, ore historically famous In their
association. The latter was the birth
place of Alexander Hamilton. Bar
buda Is the game preserve of the
region.
Montserrat might be called distin
guished for Its red-headed, freckled
face negroes with Irish names who
have even kept the brogue of the or
iginal Irish settlers. Dominica Is one
of the real beauty spots of the sort
thut remind one of Nice and the Medi
terranean and raise the question why
Americans should go to Europe when
this fairyland lies so near. Its only
drawback Is the rain, that falls every
day, sometimes from a clear blue sky,
and gives Dominica the name of one
of the wettest spots on earth. On this
island live the few remaining pure
blooded. yellow Carlbs, the warlike
people who fought the European set
tlers through 300 yeurs before being
almost exterminated.
St. Lucia is important on the map
because It Is a coaling station for all
the Caribbean. The inhabitants know
no other employment than 'harrying
fuel to the many ships that seek har
bor there. The Island. rIA in agri
cultural possibilities, lies Idle beneath
a tropic sun, for coaling pays well,
the hours of labor are short and In the
days between Jobs people take It easy.
Barbados,, where live an average of
1,200 people to the square mile, is dis
tinctly English. To most of the islands
Great Britain Is little more than
n stepmother, as discoverers from
other countries reached them first.
But Barbados Is and always has been
English. If Great Britain had senti
mental attachments to any of her In
dian possessions, they would tie her
closest to Barbados. St. Vincent and
Grenada complete the string of Brit
ish Islands in the Carlbbee group.
Two more He beyond Trinidad and
Tobago, purts of South America that
slipped into the sea and British pos
session. In Trinidad are limitless sup
plies of asphalt and oil. Tobago Is a
land of milk and honey, the favored
spot where Defoe may have set down
Robinson Crusoe.
Jamaica Is the largest of the British
Indies. It lies south of Cuba, out of
tbe main run of British colonies, but
meaning was entirely overlooked. In
Scottish history golf can be traced
back as far as 1457, though others con
tend that it originated hundreds of
years prior to that time.
Simple Perfume Making.
At first thought It might seem an
Impossible feat to collect the perfume
of flowers after It has escaped Into the
air. yet It seems simple enough by a
method that the Scientific American
describes. Fresh, high-scented blos
soms are placed in an uncovered bowl
nevertheless is the Inrgest. most piw
perous and most important of then*
ull. Its railroads, metropolitan citleu
and agricultural developments make It
one of the chief islands of the Antilles^
If Great Britain’s price for all these*
islands were to be fixed at the rate'
per acre paid for the Dunish Went
Indies It would amount to about
$2,500,000,000.
Undoubtedly the Islands belong gwo
graphically to the American continent.
For the pnst several decades the Brit
ish possessions have belonged to the
United States economically, for the
bulk of their trade has been wills
America and only u small purt of It
with the mother country. Lingulsticiil
ly there Is no choice.
ly, assuming that the wishes of the
Inhabitants are to be taken Into con
sideration. there is little doubt that
the islanders would vote to Join them
selves to the United States. The ex
ample of Porto Rico before their eye*,
where a poor people pros|»ered with
American aid. is too striking to pann
unobserved. Moreover, they real!**
that they are no longer the favorite*
of Englund. The Indies under British
rule art* not pnrtlcularly prosperous:
Probably the production of the In
lands could be greatly stimulated un
der American control, and with, an li*
creused market. Sugar, cocoa and Im
nanas are things that everybody wants.
Strategically the position of tin
British West Indies Is Important from
our viewpoint. The purchase of thn
islands .might be an extension of ihtr
Monroe doctrine —by which Uncle Sum*
sets great store.
And what a Job It would be to 1
straighten out the various complica
tions of these many Islands! There In
now a joint resolution before cofißTtw
appointing u commission to report oo‘
conditions In the Virgin Islands. In'
the documents it Is related that there
Is urgent need for action. Danish cun
toms. Danish laws, Danish methods- <ad
Judicial procedure, are still In vogue
In the Islands. There Is great need
to Americanize them. The land ques
tion needs serious attention. Tbe a»-
tlves own but 3 per cent of the land*
of the Islands. The rest Is owned bf
Danes or by those to whom the Off
mans have transferred title. The owu
ers of the land will not lease it or mtt
It. This Is resulting In a comflt*o«r
where the Inhabitants of these (nlhudr
have no part In the sale of tie laud'
and no chance to make a living out od
agriculture. The great necessity lr
some land law that will enabtt* the
people to acquire land. The Ameri
cans, since their occupation, have doue
considerable work along lines of sani
tation.
The people of the Islands feel tbe*
they have been neglected by tho Bulb
ed States; that when tbe America*-
flag vent up In the Virgin Isfandn »t
should have been followed by Amer
ican laws, customs, and Ideals as soon
ns possible.
Congress Is without sufficient Infor
mation to act In these matters, and'-
there wonld be great benefit. In tbe
opinion of the committee, fn* having
small commission visit the Islands.
filled with water and set near tbe
“collector,” which consists of a com
mon glass funnel with the small omf
closed. .The funnel Is filled with m
mixture of crushed Ice and salt nud
suspended in an upright positfrm.
Moisture from the nir of the room
forms on It nnd unites with the emana
tions from the flowers. As the mois
ture collects It runs off the tip of tbe
funnel into a receptacle. If this liquid'
is mixed with an equal amount of pure
alcohol, the perfume of the flowers la
preserved Indefinitely.

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