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THE BURLINGTON Fit KB PRESS, THURSDAY, AUGUST H, 1819.
9 CHAPTER XVIII. thk OAvn op 0111:1. .v i.iotn. Tho undergraduate nnd tlio mnnliko silor woman started oil briskly enough for tlio rook gully which Dr. Tring hud hidden tlium explore. But very soon tho nature of tlio ground compollud tlium to lessen thuir pace. Tho lino liPiU'h of cnrr.l debris first gavo place to rough shingle; then small rocks begun to crop out hero nud there, nnd then the foro shore grpw to bo noth ing hut ono hugo jumbled tunglo of )li ineycombed stone. They worked their way painfully nlong about half n milo of thiH, scrambling nnd clambering, and then Guihrio had to ttop and wipe tlio perspiration from his brow. "Not much use going fnrther, is thero, Henrietta?" Bald hu. "Cain Laversha would never havo given hini Hdf tho trouble of climbing over ground liko this. Even tho heat of tho pouching fever in hia blood couldn't work such s miracle. " "No, I don't think ho'd do it not willing, that is," rotumed tho woman promptly. "Hut ho might havo been forced to do it. Them as left tho blood murk on that oar wo found might fee here, sir," tho broke oil. "What's that?" She was pointing to a huge gray bowlder in front of her. Thero wero three or four unmistakably new scor ings on it, where a hobnailed boot hud slipped, Btrnggled to recover mid then hrought its owner down by tho run. Outhrio examined the marks. They were plain reading. Tlio wearer of ths boot had stopped on nn inch wide ledge. Under his weight tho film of stono which formed the snbatancoof the ledgo had scaled oil clean and bharp liko a knife cut. "And see, " cried Henrietta, "(hero's tho mark where his other too slipped I There aren't any hobnail (-coring there, hut there's a shiny red line, made by a copper toe cap I" "It's our friend Cain's spoor, right enough 1" exclaimed Gnthrio. "Wo must push on and find him. Ten to onn those lumbering brogues of his have brought him to bad grief over a slip pery bowlder somewhere" Now thu fact that tho farmer should havo been wearing such uncouth foot gear needs a word of explanation. To Dr Tring's amusement and Cap tain Colepepper'a wrath, ho had como aboard the ketch at Bristol in precisely the same bucolic attire in which ho had first made his appearance at the little houso in Shnftoo btreot hobnailed boots, yellow gaiters, tight overcoat and hard, square bowler lint, all com plete. When this iinseauiaiiliko rig out caught tho skipper's eye, ho had nearly exploded. "You haymaking ox I" ho had roared. "D'you think I'm going to have my decks knocked into sioves by thoso infernal stubblo mashers V Tako them off your feet, sharp, or tako yourself off the Eureka t And I'm hang ed if I care much which you do!" And so Cain had to ship a pair of smooth soled shoes instead, and tlio headgear difficulty was satisfactorily settled by a callous squall, which took charge of his stiff hat in tho Bristol channel. Hut to tho rest of his attire he stuck liko a man on the surface and beneath it. Indeed report said that he was so much attached to tlio yellow leather gaiters that ho invariably slept in them at night. Witli these trifles, however, the captain did not iutoifeio. "Might as well try to make a sewing maehino into a sailor as that fellow Cain," hu declared resignedly. "So lot hiin stick to his rig, and then Jones'll know to htow him in tho regular landsmen's locker, if ho gets down there." Now, Cain was not an emotional man, but tho separation from those inch soled boots touched liini, for it was like losing a part of himself. And so, as ho was not allowed to wear them on board, ho hung them up in tho ca boose and there anointed them daily With copious libations of gieaso with all the devotion of a nigger to a fetich, nnd when the Eureka ran into thu un rhorago at Piper's cay and word was given for all hands to go ashore the farmer replaced his feet in their favorite coverings again, mounted tlio tightly buttoned fawn coloied overcoat and, with a borrowed felt hat of Tout Jelly's to replace tho ono ho had lost, was in all outward respects the same' individual who had iled iroin the unkiiidness of that "tumble hard man Abel" at tho instigation of Xnsan Pierce. .Such attire in such a climato was prtvoeativo of laughter, but tho wearer was not sensi tive, nnd tho hhowerof chaff which was rained on him seemed only to havo tlio effect of confirming him in his Ivo for the uncouth habiliments. Like a child's headless and armless doll, they were all tho dearer for being despised. Thus it was thereforo that tho red copper streak and tho parallel scorings told a plain talo to the two people from the Eureka, and with the certain knowledge that tho fanner had gone before them they hurried on over th bowlders at their best pace. Tho going was still very bad, and it got worse as they proceeded. Indeed as Gnthrio, nimblo footed though ho was, stumbled and floundered among the rocks, ho wondered how tho clumsy -Somersetshire ninn had managed to get over tho ground at all. The reason of his absence seemed in the light of tho rotk scorings clear as daylight now. He had slipped somewhere and disabled himself Hia shipmates were sorry for him, of comse, but at the same tinio thi y confessed to one another that it served him right. A man of his build, they agreed, ought never to have gono trapesing over such an abominable oh fctaclo track. "Wo shall not bo nhlo to rnvry him back the way ho came," declared Hen rietta "Wo couldn't tote Miss Dolly herself over tlium rocks, let alone Cain Laversha, and she isn't half his weight or near it. Wo shall juot bin 0 to drag him down to tho water's edge somehow iml then bring tho boat round from tlio . Eureka for him. Eh? Hut what's this, though V" she cried. "We ecm to havo come to the end of tho road I" They had reached a turn in tho path. The steep dill walls of the gully drew together from either side and met one another, and the tumbled, honeycombed fragments at their toot ran no farther. The arm of the sea which had followed the windings of the gully so far lapped the foot of a -10 foot precipice. "As the worthy Cain is not a ily," observed Gntluie, "I don't sec that ho can have got along there. Ho must havo turned back again Perhaps he's got jimmied in some cranny anil we've pass ed him on thu load. We must keep a better lookout 011 tho way back and give tongue as we go " Hut Henrietta hnd pulled herself up on to a little spire and was peering ea gerly forward. "We haven't got to the end yet, sir, after all." she reported "There's a path down below thero that seems to lead round a bend. " About a yard or so from tho water's edge there was a break in the cliff which ottered a three foot path, at any rate, round tlio next anglo. What lay beyond, they could not of courso tell, but they rcolved to find out A conven ient iisotiro helpid them down, and in another couple of minutes they wero stepping briskly along a hard, level foot path. "Better traveling, this, Henrietta," exclaimed Guthrie thankfully, "and more to our heavy friend's taste, I should fancy 1 Perhaps he's so charmed with it that he has made up his mind to stay here permanently sooner than toil over thoo abominable rocks again, or perhaps he's come across an attract ive nierinaid and fallen in love with her and so taken to a ii-h diet and a damp bed for tho rest of his days. " "No," retorted Henrietta with a smile, "ho wouldn't do that, I'm think ing; he'd bo afraid of Susan Pierce get ting to hear of it, you see, sir!" By this time they had reached tho angle of tho cliff and a now prospect opened out before them Some 20 yards in front lay the entrance of a cave, into which tho lew swell of the lagoon ran backward and forward unceasingly, with a gentle soughing whisper. The narrow path they were following seem ed to run far away up into the cool depths of the cave Had the farmer gono along it? Yes, for there on tho stone wero tho grooving from the hob nails and a faint red streak from tho copper too cap. "Hun to earth at lastl Cain ahoy I' shouted the undergraduate, as he hur ried forward beneath tho archway Tho long echoes of tho cavo howled the words back to him. "Cain Laversha aho-o-o-o-y 1" ho re peated. "Aho-o-o-o-y !" boomed the stono walls again, but ho human voico an swered. "Poor chap! He's mebbo knocked himself senseless and doesn't hear us," suggested Henrietta, as she hurried along tho narrow causeway of the cav ern. Once tho archway at theentranco was passed diiec daylight eensed and tho cave was filled instead witli a curious soft, green glow. The effect was ghast ly; there wero fantastic green shapes in stone on all sides; there wero green, phiiutoniliko iish swimming in the clear 1 llCQtivc an tnrnhnitarv ftnrt and stepped j (i pace bacliuiiril. , water, and thero were green sea shrubs trailing up to its surface. Guthriu held I out his own brown list in front of him. It was pule as a dead man's. Thero I 1 was an atinosphero of eeriness about 1 the cavo which mndo both of itsexplor . ers shiver involuntarily, and at tlio samo time their first eager trot became insensibly reduced to a sober walk. But that indeed the failing green light mado nece.-sary The water channel curved somewhat, and the lazy impulses from the low swell of the lagoon did not penetrato far beyond the entrance of the cavern In 20 yards their influence had ceased entirely and the quiet dark water looked liko ice. Thero was a chill, too, in tho air which added to this effect, and, coming straight from the hot glaro without, both Guthrie and tho woman felt it keenly The oppression of tho cavern's eeri Hess, increased as tho light grew dim mer, and an inclination, almost over powering, to turn tit i 1 seized upon tho undergraduate With a great effort ho thrust it back and led tho way cn through the green, ghastly twilight, rubbing his hands together for warmth. A little wav ahead tho cave semen to . :: ;ivr:V y a- tutu abruptly at right angles or per- j haps to come to an end altogether, for at any rate it went no fnrther in its present direction. And yet thero was no sign to be seen of tho missing farmer. A deep toned "Hist!" close at hand I made the young man turn shurply. The dark muzzle of a gun barrel hung steadily, liko a round spot of ink in tho gieen gloom, not ten inches away from I his eyes, Ho gavo an involuntary start nndj stepped a pace backwntd, Henrietta Wa dose hi liii d hl'ii, nl 1 li biiiiti' 1 ngiMist her Thu wom,,n lost hrr foot iug and nindu a jtiab at him to save her.'clf from fa'llng into the water As her fingers clutched him Oithiio ft It himself bolng carried helplessly back ward by her weight, and tho next mo ment there was a splash as the pair of tlicin met the cold water below Ah tho green wnvu closed in gurgling bubbles over his head the young man heard a haish laugh burst out and clang discordantly among the echoes of tho cavern With a flash r.f angry recollec tion he thought of his boast and real ized that he had allowed himself to bo trapped by the man with the bloody blister, after all. Then the frantic clutch of an arm about his neck reminded him of a morn pressing danger of the moment, for tho woman's fingers had closed with the frenzy of a drowning grip upon his throat, and Gnthrio knew that alio could not swim a stroke. C'HAPTEU XIX. Tim mrn Nnonor.u. Thero was a brief moment beneath the waters during which the gates of death seemed to swing wide open for the two members of the Eureka's crew It w.-tit the sharp, agonized struggle in which a strong swimmer fights to re lease himself from the foolish clutching of another who cannot swim and who, with the blind, unreasoning instincts of si If preservation, hampers his rescu er's efforts to save them both. For a moment it seemed as though Gnthrio would not be able to shake off tho grip of Henrietta round his neck, but fortunately for them both his struggles to do so brought him sudden ly into the shallows. In one of his con vulsive throws ho felt the bottom, and found that there was a flat topped bowlder beneath him, with less than four feet of water covering it. Getting his feet planted on this he first shook tho woman off and then drew her up beside him and r.iised her head above the water. As soon as she felt firm ground under her Henrietta recovered her presence of mind, shook her shoul ders liko a retriever to get the water out eif her hair and eyes and then be gan to look calmly and curiously about her to see what it was that had caused the undergraduate to back so suddenly down upon her and throw them both headlong into the brine. Then for the first tinio Guthrie hud leisure to remember the gun episode and looked up to see what sort of man it niiht be who was at the butt end of the barrel which had startled him. The path they had tumbled from wni at the other side of the water channel from the submerged rock 011 which they were now perched, and standing at the edge of this path were four negroes one with a gun in his hand, which he still kept leveled at the two involun tary bathers, the others with their hands stuck deep into the pockets of their white cotton breeches None of the quartet had offered the slightest help while Gnthrio and the woman wero struggling in the water, and in-dee-d it seemed to the young man as ho looked at their faces that they had watched tho sceno out qnittly in the hope, perhaps, that one or both of tho bathers would get conveniently drown ed. Their attitude of contemptuous noninterference suggested this idea irre sistil ly and the look of disappointment on their faces confirmed the grew.-ome sugge-tion of tho six ostentatiously pocketed hands. Guthrie shuddered inwardly as this conclusion was borne in upon his un derstanding, but none the less, with a quick Hash of prudence, he determined to disguise his suspicion and put a bold face 011 the situation. "What the mischief do you mean by standing quietly up there to watch t.o fellow creatures drown before your eyes?" he demanded indignantly A chucklo ran through the group, anil alter a pause of a few seconds thu man with the gun replid He was a tall. lean negro, with a face so sallow and tleshless that it hoked almost like a skull. However, a pair of burning black eyes, goggling amid peifoct lakes ol white, showed that lie was very con siderably alive, and, standing in tho eerie green light of the cave in that at titude of menace, he looked, to his questioner, a sufficiently ugly customer to have to tackle "The question rather is, What are you doing in our cavo?" said he in per fect English and with a purity of ac cent which Gntluie had notexpecttd to hear from a man of his color "We've missed ono of our ship's company," answered the young man Again the three others, who seemed to act as a sort of chorus to the lean man, indulged in an amused laugh liii t the spokesman kept his grim stare unrelaxid "Are there any mora besides two?" ho asked you "No, " said Guthrie. "Don't lie now, " replied the man sus piciously Tho undergraduate retorted hotly that he was not in tho habit of lyini? and asked again if tlioy hnd seen his shipmate "What sort of man is he?" queried the spokesman "Fat chap? Stolid sort of party, eh ?" Guthrie admitted with n smilo thai that sounded liko him. "Then Mr Whatever's-yonr-namo, you needn't hunt around any longer. Your man's ln-re, and I'll tell you an other thing, ho showed more pluck than you when he got a gun barrel poked at him. He didn't even wink stood liko a tree. " "I believe you," returned the young man lightly. "He isn't the sort of man you could frighten easily. He's not ex citable, you see I am- -that's just tho difference. But I say, whoever you are, I wish you'd bear a hand and help us up on to dry land again. It's precious cold .standing here between wind anil water, and the lady can't swim, or I wouldn't nsk you. " "Tho lady V" exclaimed tho lean no gro in surprise. "Why, so it is 1: wo man I I'm suro I beg her pardon, out, in her man's clothes and in this dim re ligious light, I confess 1 hadn't tumbled to the fact that we'd got femalo com pany You f.uar that, boys? Off with your toppers! We've got a lady paying us an afternoon call!" Again tho three negroes chuckled, nnd one of them made n leniark in a low tono which called a smilo from their leader "Here, bear a hand!" cried Guthrie, impatiently. "Don't I tell you wo'ra cold?" "Not bo fast, young gentleman," ro pli"d tho man with tho gun, "On tho wliole I don't know why you shouldii t stay whero you nio. By your own show ing your companion can't swim, and if I put a bullet through 0110 of 'Jour 11ns you won't be able to help her or yourself either. It really strikes mo as n very neat trap, you know. " "Come, I say, don't bo a brute',' retorted Guthrie, but ho shivered slight ly, for the lean man looked quite capa ble of being as good as his word. "Exactly, my dear sir. That's just what I wish to avoid." explained tho negro with a grin. "If I help yon across here, J shall havo to bun brutoto 0110 of my men by making him stand sentry over you to bco that you don't holt." "You want to keep us, then? What for, pray?" asked Gutlirin in a tone of surprise, which was, it must be admit ted, to n great pxtont simulated. "That's a trifle wo won't discus'," snid the other coolly. "Let it stifilco that as yon have poked your meddling noses in hero unnsked you've got to swallow the consequences. Yon didn't chooso to drown 0110 another when yon had a decent chanco put in your way. Ro now you must understand that yon aro prisoners. The only question is, Do you prefer to stay where you are, liko n couplo of seals with their llappers cut olT, or would you rather come up hero high and dry and give a promise to causn no further trouble?" "You're pinning mo rather unfair ly," said Guthrie. "Leiok here, young mnn," returned tho negro savagely, "I'm not going to stay here palavering. Aro you going to come or are you going to stay? Settle quickly or maybe my gun may go olf before you've made up your mind." "We'll join you up there, thanks!" "Ah, I thought you would! Then it is understood that neither you nor your sweetheart in the trousers will attempt a bolt?" The young man hesitated for a frac tion of a second, hat there was no al ternative. "I'll promise," said he sulk ily, fcr he recognized that to re.iist fur ther was hopeless. At present his ad versary held all the trumps "Mind you don't break your word," raid the man with the gun threaten ingly, "or I dare say some one will con trive to stick a bnllet in your carcasses before you've got very far George, get a brace of those paddles to mako tho lady a bridge. " Giorgo, ono of tho three, departed nud in a minute returned with a couplo of oais, whose ends he shoved out to tlie submerged rock. Henrietta swauned up nimbly enough, and the undergradu ate followed her. "Now," said the lean man, "you con go up round this dark angle, and you'll lind your shipmate then- Yon may chat with him if he's got a tongue We can't find it. " The three negroes had taken their long sheath knives from their belts and stood now to attention. Guthrie nnd the woman marched past them in tho direction which the leader hail indi cated and tried not to show by their manner that they found the situation an ugly one'. They did not find it so very dark round the nygle, after all. There was a slab eif smooth rock at the corner where the cave turned, and tho green light was reflected on without much loss of intensity. They discovered the farmer sitting with his back to the rock wall. He recognized them with a micioscopio nod, but as far as his face indicated seemed neither pleased to see them nor the inverse. He was a truly wondeiful man. After that noil he did not appear to think it at all nece.--ary to explain how he had tumbled into his scrape, and it was only by dint of patient cro-i questioning that Guthrie got tho story out of him To give the tale piecemeal, as it wai extracted, would bu impossible, but this is tho gist of it It seemed that when ho felt th" dry land beneath his feet onco more, after the long weary months on shipboard, the love of the soil ha 1 taken a firm hold of him '1 his had indeed been na r.idden feeling, tor it will be remember ed that when first tho Eureka's people went ashore Cain Laveisha alone sat him down and showed no inclination to scamper and frolic lint none tho les the m:i.1 ( if tlio earth gradually found its way up his nostrils, and tlio sight of the greenery was slowly taken in by his little eyes, imd by nightfall he fully understood that he was on his own mother earth again and loved her; also, as the lestraining influence of Z11 san Pierce was now some thousands of miles away, thero came upon him tho desire to poach. So he made his bargain with his friend Tom Jelly and slowly pushed his way inland. What manner of game he expected to find his ques tioner failed to gather, but the farmer admitted that he got disgusted with his sport before very long, peihaps because he found the scrub of bastard palm un expectedly hard to push a passage through. So ho bore away shoreward and came out on to the beach near tho landing place and thero plumped into the arms of the quartet of darkies. Now, as these gentry, for somereaon of their own, did not want their pres ence on the island to be re ) ted aboard the ketch their only plan was to tako the would be poacher along with them, and thus was the problem explained which had baffled the ingenuity of tho two searchers to solve. This was the reason why the heavy farmer had faced the exertion of scrambling over those cruel rocks. He could not help himself; it was a case of needs must when tho devil drives' "I was druv to't zur, " explained Cain Laven.lia, pathetically, "druv by the black niggers. " "Hid they tell you why you wero kept captive?" asked Guthrie. "No, zur, nor I never thought of nskin them. " "You didn't! Then I will!" exclaim ed the undergraduate, and ho went round tho anglo to whero the men wero stationed, Ho put his question, and received in reply u sour order to hold his tongue or it won, . , . i , .,. given 1 rouble enough already, how told, by turning up at all. This was mysterious and hardly sa isfying, but there was only ono dedui tion to make from it. Whatever thei gamo was. it boded harm to the kctc' mid her peoplo. Guthrie whispered this to Ilenrlett. nnd the woman nodded, "They'ro uftc 1 tho gold, 1 expect, sir." waid she "Wi must just stop einl" "But I've given my word for tho pntr of us not to try to escape from tho cave. " "So yon hnvn, sir," wns the reply, "nnd you couldn't help doing that same cither, but you hoven't given no word not to interfero in any hinilty pnnky games against tho ketch. We'd best Ho low for tho prcent and keep our eyes and our ears open to find out what tho devilment is that they're after." During the rest of the afternoon, till nightfall, there was no further movo on the part of the negroes. They gavo their prisoners food nnd then went back to their niche and went to sleep; at least some of them slept, if snores wero to hu taken as a proof of sleep, lint the prisoners made no doubt that thero was at lenst ono pair of eyes wakeful enough to have squinted along a gun band if they had attempted a bolt. The green light dimmed as the s:n neared the water on the opposite sido of tho island, and beforo long the cavo was in complete darkness. Still no signs were given of an intended movo, and the snorers slept on undisturbed. About an hour after sunset, however, a voico was heard bidding the prisoners stir their stumps, nnd, looking up, they saw the meager form of the tall negro standing at the angle of the cave with a ship's lantern in his skinny hand. "Whero mo wo to go to?" asked Guthrie. "Coino nlong with me, and you'll see," said tho man. "And tell your mates to come too. I can't din nny sense into the fat one. " As the negro had tho butt of n pistol sticking from a side pocket of his loose cotton coat, the Eureka's people recog nized that for the present they must do as they were told. Their chance, they hoped, would come later. "This way," said the tnll man ns ho led them to whero a whnleboat lay snugly hidden in a natural dock of the stone. His threo subordinates followed behind the prisoners, hanging closely on their heels, with sheath knives drawn suggestively round to their hips in readiness for instant ue. Tho wbolu party boarded the whnle boat, which was then punted out of tho cave. When they reached the lagoon, ns tho wind wns fair for tho direction in which they wanted to go, the leader had tho mast shipped and a lug hoisted, and away she went freo. Thpy coasted along the eastern shores of Piper's cay. and then, threading a few reef chan nels, hauled their wind somewhat and boru up to another island of slightly smaller size that lay nbout a milo away It was another of the group of threo to which Piper's cay belonged Toward this the leader steered her in through some intricate navigation con fidently enough, though one or two nice bits of handling were required, and more than onee a couplo of oars had to be got out to leeward to make her look up to it. But at last she ran in straight toward the land, rounded a point and opened out just such another harbor as that which held the Eureka at the is land which they had left. Guthrie gave a cry of astonishment, for there before them, witli her spars and rigging traced in strong black lines against the sky, lay a large schooner. A beautiful fairy ship she looked in the soft moonlight, but if she were so sho had surely changed hands recently, for the four negioes, at any rate, did not belong to the number of the good spir its. Henrietta gave a sharp glance at the 1 , .L-xr- f:av ft r ";(!' '1 I VI "This ifiii," until the tnll mnn. graceful lines of the vessel they wore approaching and then turned to the no gio captain. "So you're pirates, are you?" she grunted. "And that's your pirato schooner I Well, 1 will say that she's nr tou good for the likes of you." CI IA PTE II XX. Tin: se'iirioN Kit's hold. Her steersman shot the whalobont cleverly up alongside, the schooner, which was moored fore and aft to trees 011 the shore. The lug sail was run down and the painter caught by a couple of men who appeared on the deck, negroes, too, like the others. Tho gangway was unshipped and passed out, and the peo plo from the green cavo boarded from the gunwale of their boat. "Who've you got there, cap'nV" ask ed one of the men on the schooner, as tlio Etirekas stopped up on to tho deck. "Oh, some blundering fools," replied tho lean captain, "who must needs shove themselves in our way when they weren't wanted! Now, you three," ho continued, addressing his prisoners, "I haven't staterooms to give you and tho fo'c'stle's full, so just turn down into the hold for the present. No, young man, you needn't bother to argue tho question. .Inst shut your head and go quietly. You'll only get your skulls cracked if yon make fools of yourselves over it." A couple of sheath knives wero out 011 the instant, gleaming brightly in tho niouiilight Tho negroes were six all big men and armed and how many more there might bo below thero was no meansof guessing. The undergradu ate saw that resistance was hopeless and did as ho was told. Thero was n fixed iron ladder nt tho lifter combing of the main hatch, run ning straight up nnd down from tho deck to the h-l beneath. Hy this ho descended and the other two after him. The schooner's peoplo slid on a heavy grating and fixed it in its plaoo witli wedges. Then four pairs of shod feet and two shuilling pairs of bare ones could bo heard making their way aft over the deck to tho companion, and presently the murmur of voices in tlio cabin camo to the prisoners in a dull drone through tho quietness (if the night. "Thero bozoiustking live in this yer box," announced Cain, as 11 faint, rus tling noise mndn itadf heard in the hold. "Why, tin's tortoises," hu exclaimed after a brief, stertorous inspection, "zamo ns Zusan Pierce, her father got fur black beetles in thu kitchen, only bigger." "They're turtles, yon oaf I" corrected Mrs. Jelly contemptuously. Tho wholo hold was paved with them, lying helplessly, belly uppermost. Some of them wero quitu still, but oth ers, feebly waving their llappers in tho air, wero giving rise to tho faint whis pering sound which had attracted tho farmer's attention. "So that's what tho schooner is doing hcrol" oxclniined Gnthrio. "That ex plains it: she's turtlo catching. Well, that's n harmless enough trade surely. " "If they sticks to it," added Hon lietta significantly. "Bnt this kidnap ing of ns threo ha'n't nothing to do with turtles that I can see." Tho steady drno of tho conversation in tho cnbin wiib making itself heard through tho nfter bulkhead, nnd nt this moment it swelled out to n louder vol ume. There wns somo sort of dispute going on among tho turtlo catchers. Gnthrio skirmished along the floor of tho hold among its impotent occu pants till he camo to tho bulkhead. Ho found a lashed cask amidships and scrambled on to tho head of it. Imme diately in front of his nose was a faint glow of light. It camo from a seam in the boarding from which the oakum had been started. Gently manipulating tlio calking with his lingers, he enlarged the slit to a holo two inches long by three-sixteenths wide and found that he could not only hear plainly, but see to a certain extent as well, although, as tho bulkhead planking was thick, his view was necessarily a restricted one. A white headed mulatto was reading from a scrap of paper. To the listener's amazement it was an accurate account of the foundered galleon enterprise, or, rather, all of it that could be known r.t the tinio when thu Eureka left Bristol the promoters' aims, tho supposed SIS r- "H'ao'ir 10" fof there, mp'nt" mount of tho treasure and the means hy which it was hoped that it might be recovered. The extract had been copied from the Brjstol Times and Mirror into some local West Indian paper whoso name the unilergraduato could not gather. "This is clear enough," said the mu latto, when ho had read tho cutting tluough, "but are you sure, eap'n, that the ketch at Piper's yonder is the same as this one?" The lean negro with the burning eyes said, "Yes." "You asked that fat lubber her name, did you?" "Yes, and ho said he didn't know, and I believe he spoke the truth ; he looks fool enough for anything. But it didn't matter. I went down, night be fore last, to tho place whero they are lying and saw everything for myself. The fools had 110 anchor watch set, so I didn't have to hurry." And then he went on to give as minute a description of the littlo iron built ketch as the as touished eavesdropper hiiiisylf could have furnished. "And," concluded tho negro captain, "I fn'ind her daily observations, too, scrawled up in pencil on the side of the companion. The reckoning showed that on the way ont sho had lain for 48 days in exactly tho same spot. Hand me over the chart, George! There, that's the place wheie sho put in the time. See? It's plain white paper; no land within 100 miles or more. You tumble to what that means?" "Well, cap, what doe'? it mean ? Let's have your idea," said 0110 of tho ne groes. "It means, " answered the black skip per slowly, "that they've got what they went for. Those -1!) days were spent in raising the gold from the) foundered Spanish galleon. " At this tho rabble broke out into a noisy chatter, but the white headed old mulatto rained an authoritative hand for silence. "It's no use nli gabbling nt onco," he told them. "Wu have got to set about making a plan, sharp, or we shall have this haul slipping through our fin gers. I don't supposo they'll be staying 011 at Piper's indefinitely We'll, I'm sorry for- 'em. but" Ho finished his sentence by a movement of hia pipo stem across his throat. The tall, gaunt captain leaped to his feet and brought his black fist down on to the table with a bang. "No!" heshouted. "Not that! Thero may bo two skippers nhoard hero prac tically when it comes to a job o this sort, but I'm rated master of this schooner's books, and whatever elso I may give in' to I'll hold out against that. I've told you before that I'm not ovcrkeen on the stealing pint of it, but the air of tho islands seems to havo made pirates of tlio whole lot of you, nnd so I can't help mysdf thero. But tako it as you like I draw tlio lino at murder, " At this the babel broke out ngnin. It seemed, indeed, to the anxious watcher that the black captain had somo sup port, but it was obvious that tho ma jority was witli his wliito headed an tagonist "As for stealing, " said tho mulatto fiercely, "who says it's stealing at all? Who gavo the Eureka's peoplo tho old Spanish hulk to plunder? Toll me that! They've no more right to her treasure room than 1 have In fact, if wo come to that, not so much, for I've got good Spanish blood in 1110 Of course they won't hand over peaceably if they can help it, and it seems to me that the best plan would be to get the stuft un der our own hatches, quiet them for good and then scuttle their clumsy ketdi in deep water She'll never be inquired ftr. If blio isn't reported ng.'iln, their frlondB"'In England will just say 'Mad schomo. Coino'to grief. Served 'em right. AmenP " "I will havo no murder done, I tell you," repented tho other firmly. "So, if that'll your game yon go without mti. Hut scuttle their craft and maroon them on Piper's if you liko. I won't say no to that." Tho lean captain's oyes wore gloam ing liko black diamonds, Tho mulatto evidently knew his man. Ho dropped tho throat cutting schemo nnd started on nnother tack. "I daresay yon're right," he ndmit ted sulkily. "Maybe It's best after all, boys, to leave the wliito folk alone, ns tho cap hero wants us to. Little games of thnt kind, so I've heard, stick in th mumory afterward and sometimes spoil a man's night's Bleep. So we'll jus,! manage without. We'll get what vri want, maroon the white folk on Pier's cay, where nobody's likely to disturb them in a hurry, scuttle their ketch and then just up stick and be off ourolves. Wo can run acros to Para No? Yon're shaking your head, George? Tlio Ama zon, then? Wo can run right up into tl) heart of the Brazils. No questions diked there, lioys, and with all the dol lars wo shall havo the spending of there'll boas fine a time ahead ma man could wish for." And thon with ready negro eloqnenco tho old man drew a picture. It wns a luscious talo of sensual delights and tho speaker used the most luiid pigments in painting it. Tlio old scoundrel knew his audience', and ho depicted a black man's earthly paradiso. "No more turtlo turning, "he told them; "no more work, unlimited grub and unlimited rum. The days to be spent in basking in a grass hammock under a tropical sun, tho nights" And so ho went on until all the waverers of his audience wero won over and even tho hot ej ed captain himself allowed a faint smilo of longing anticipation to flicker over his skull-like face. And as he listen ed to tho old villain's eloquence Gnth rio realized that tho men would havo been bigger saints than they looked if they had been ablo to resist it After tho pith of tho cabin council was over the young man slid down from his perch and reported to Henrietta in a low tone all that ho had heard. "Did they sny when they mean to ninke tho attempt?" asked Mrs. Jelly. "Tomorrow night. " "Oh, they do, do they? I somehow don't seem to think that they will, sir. " "What do you mean?" nsked Guth rie eagerly. "Have you a plan?" "No; can't say that I have. But we'll find 0110 I dessay." "If wu don't," cried the young man, "I don't see what's to stop them from Working their will on tho Eureka ! They know wo don't set an anchor watch." Mrs. Jelly chuckled. "They know that, do they?" said she. "Well, it -.trikes 1110 that that may turn out a fortunate bit of knowledge for them as is about d tho ketch just now. You don't see how? Now, look here, sir. Dr. Tring ain't no sort of fool, bo let Well, and didn't you hear what he said when we showed him that blood marked oar on tho beach a dozen or so of lion is ago? No fear; there'll bo an anchor watch set aboard tho Eureka tonight right enough and every other night, too, till she sails clean away from these murdering islands. Now, the schooner's folk expect to catch the doctor and the cap'n napping, but I'm thinking they'll get a bit of a surprise when they try." "Maybe, but I don't see that that mends tho matter," objected Gnthrio; "in fact, it makes the case worse if anything. If there is resistance, there will be bloodshed. There 111 e no tire arms on board tho Eureka, and every one of these cutthroat niggers is armed to the teeth. Besides, now that that hoary headed old mulatto has worked rhein up to the proper pitch, they won't be in the mood to stick at tritles. The gaunt captain tries to restrain thein now, but if his blood was up in a fight 1 wouldn't trust even him very far." "Well, sir, wo must i .something ourselves to keep 'em busy." .-aid Mrs. Jelly decidedly. "The tior.blo is 1 can't think of anything. Can you ?" "If we had powder, we might blow a hole in the schooner." "But wo haven't got the powder nor nothing else either, hairing live turtles, and I don't see that we could mako much of an explosion with them Think of something else, sir. " Guthrie kept silence for a moment pondering, but 110 plan would coino to him. The quiet of the hold was broken by the loud breathing of Cain Laversha, who was lying on his back among tho turtles snoring liken steam force pump, and under the circumstances the under graduate found those healthy snores wildly irritating. They were aggres sive, insistent. Ifo could fix his mind 011 nothing else but them. "Give that clod a kick aud wako him!" lie cried irritably. The farmer was roused and stretched himself noibily. "Perhaps Cain might givo us nn idea," suggested Mrs. Jelly, though without much hope in her tone. "Try him," said Guthrie. Henrietta began in a low voico to givo the farmer an account of the situ ation, but his ears seemed at the mo ment to bo preteniatnrally dull nnd he constantly interrupted her with a bourse, whispered "Whnt?" that boomed through thu hold like a rain squall The woninn cut her tale us short us sho could. "Now, Cain, what aro wo to do?' asked Guthrie when she had finished. Tim fanner shook his head slowly from sido to side, yawned heavily, but did not nnswer. "Think, man!" exclaimed tlio under grndunte testily "I can't, zur," said tho man in such a whisper that tho turtles began to rustlo afresh at the sound of it. Then Mrs. Jelly took him in hand nnd tried liini with Zusnn Pierce. Sho reminded him that Znsan would take it badly if ho never returned to her and none of tho Santa Catarina's treasure fell to her share, and then, with tho cunning of ono who knew, she drew a vivid picture ot the lady's sharp tongued wrath There was an inconsistency in this soinewhete, but that ho would not bo thero to feel his sweetheart's wrath did not seem to occur to tho farmer. Ho roused himself from his habitual leth argy and shook his big head pitifully to tho tune of, "That 'u'd bo tu'riblo. Enrietta, tumble!" "It would ; you're right," said tho undergraduate, stilling his inclination to laugh "Just think of it! Your throat cut, anil Zusan's purse nnreplen ished and her marriiikju finger still nn- hooped! Now come, Cain; pull yourself together and toll ua a way out of the difficulty I" "I reckon, zur," said tho farmer with awful deliberation, "us ought tocloluib up atop of tho zeilin first" TO fit; CO NT I N t'KD. GO'OD ROADS CRUSADET I'rimrc-M of 11 .Miivi-inrnt to 9eour0 luinrtivril lllKltvrnya. Miss Rella O. Harbor eif Missouri, secretary of tho Stuto und lntcrtoto GoeKl Roods and Public Improvement iiBBooiatiejn, who has recently btiou working in Illinois nrrnugiug for dis trictgood ronduconventieitw anA statu convention at Springfiold In tho fall, has mut with encouraging success. Tho association represented by Miss; Hnrbor embraces 22 states, and is tho eiTjtgrowth of .1 state e:onvention In MieHouri in 1807 at which 700 delo gates were present. A cominitteo of seven, coueisting of Miss Harber and six men, wns appointed to organize county aPBocintiens. At tho end of a yenr, when an interstate cemventlnn, attended by 2, fiOO delegates, was held in St. Louis, 72 counties had been or ganized, and ns Miss Harber hnd or ganized 00 she was unanimously nnmed ns secretary and organizer. Miss Hnr bor thus oxplains tho plan of work "Wo intend to hnve all these con ventions como off in rupid succowiion in August and Septumber and to con clude with a stuto convention in Spring field, to which delegates will bo elected by tho district conventions. I have been very sscce-ssftil so far in enlisting tho exj-operntion of commercial bodies in tho different towns, nnd they pceni renlly lnteiested in tho werk as soon ns they understand it. "I have hnd somo trouble, howe.vcr, in explaining thut our association is working not for hard roads, but fi r goesl roneis. Farmers easily becomo frightened at tho bard roads proposi. tion, for they think of macadam and know that that would mean increased taxation. All we want is to make good soft remels that in years to come will furnish foundations for geod hard roads, and wo regard our work as exlu cntional. We oxpoct that nt each of tli.i district conventions and ut the state convention manufacturers nnd ma chines for making roads will build sample ronds in order that tho farmers may seo how a road should bo built that it may bo of somo valuo to the community; to show them how a road may bo built so that tho water will drain off ; how culverts should bo con structed nud arranged in order properly to fulfill their mission, and how really cheap it is to make good roads. "We do not intend to increase taxa tion ono bit, for wo know that the $4, 000.000 nnnnnlly expended by Illinois is sufficient to build good roads every where. Hut wo want tho fanners, to let tho state do tho work nnd not work ont their poll tax by protending to build good ronds. Not that the;y do not meeu to do tlio best they know how, bnt they hnve not tho facilities for tho work anil cannot do it as it should bo done-. Onr idea is to mako a good road at less money than it now ceists. Wo want, if possible, to seo tho poll tax reduced t j $1, but want tho farmer to pay that dollar into the treasury instead of working it out, as is now tho case, and wo e'xpect to show him how it will be to his advnntago to do it." SHELL CONCRETE. Mlni'il Like Hock 11 nil Mnkr n mtfth mill Duriilile l'u vomeiit. The new paving material recently discovered near Macon promises to su persedo crushed stono for paving pur poses in Georgia. Tho Macon authori ties have sevnrn 1 streets paved with tho concrete and are enthusiastic over its merits. The material cost-s little more than chert, is much more durable and makes a street as smooth as asphalt. It can be used with perfect satisfaction on any grade, nnd several streets in Macon that have been paved with this ma terial for two years look us if the pav ing had just been laid. Tho total amount of repairs on these streets dur ing this period has amounted to 7, which was for rolling the streets with out using additional material. The material is mined aliont "1 miles from Macon by tho Grady company. It is nothing nioro or less than decayed shells. It i taken out of a huge bank which represents shell deposits for thousands of years. The supply is in exhaustible being milled in the shape of rock, crushed in a largo mill and rolled on the streets by huge rollers. After it is laid it knits together and is almost as hard as rock. It wculd prob ably not stand the wear and tear of tim belgian block, or brick, but street pav ing experts who have examined it pro nounco it tho best paving material ex tant for the laying of residence und suburban streets. NOVEL ROAD SCHEME. Umr n (Irnvel Itoml Win Unlit at Small 'ni,t In Ilnililcrs, Farmers who trnvel over n certain stretch of road in Illinois have discov ered that there is more than one way to get good roads without putting in experienced men to work with poor material. Tho expedient employed near Henry, Ills., is interesting. There is a toll bridgo over the Illinois river nt thnt point, and the road runs along the ft renin for a distance of three or four miles. Gravel roads wero wanted badly It cost the farmer 25 cents for overy load of grain or cereal of any kind that wns hauled over tho bridgo to thu market. A proposition was mndo that tho sum would be returned to the farmer if ho brought back n load cf gravel on his return homo and scattered it alcng the highway It wns promptly agivd to. The result was that every fanner loaded a big grain ivagou witli gravel, and ho started nt tho bridge to dump it. The next farmer thnt camo along nfter thu first load hud been dumped started whero his predecessor had left of! This contiiiueel for some time, nnd there are now abont four miles of tho best kind of gravel roads along the riv erside and in a place where it has been always hard to travol over when thu weather was bud. TWO OP A KIND. "It's pimply lmposilhle for nio to find tread fcr my t.imily." snld the lo.ifer "...iiu- w.ij hi u- tem.iiU il t,. Br.vcr. "I h,it to work lor it " i'IiIciro News, eVitt's Colic 5; Cholera Cure. 1 1 . n.. .iu.lN i,uII, tufe to use.