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A HTHANGK TALE OUT 01' TltK NOttTTT.
Desmond looked nt his friend for a
moment without speaking, pulling
great clouds of smoke as ho sought a
clothing of suitable words for his rev
olution. Thou ns the mnrvcls of It
swelled In his memory he dashed Into
It incontinent, forbearing oratory.
"By gum, Arthur, It Is a great game!
Tim fellow's nnino's Lars Lars Plad
a What d'you think of that? Ple
'urosque and pretty original In East
London, eh? Ho comes from Skolllgcn,
a vlllngu In the district bunged If I
remember tho district, but It's some
where In northwest Finland and on
me seaboard. There'll be time enough
Jo ll ml out the geographical details.
Bbortly, his ttory Is this:
"He's a woodman, or rather was
when he was at home. He was em
ployed on the estate of a magnate of
fcorts. I've forgotten his name, too,
out It doesn't signify. At any rate, his
employer got into some mess with tho
government and doesn't Inhabit his an
cestral halls. The government runs I
he concern on confiscation principles '
.11 the old chap s absence.
"This man I'ladja spends his time in
the forests. Goes for days together
among tho pines and doesn't see a
soul. How he's got to England he has
jiily the ghostliest notion of. Thinks
ivhon he was Imbecile"
"Oh, ho knows he's been dotty,
then?" interrupted Uarr. "That's a
fairly healthy sign at least."
"Ho knows right enough, but he's
os sane as you or I now. Well, ho
Ihluks when he was in that state that
he wandered on board some ship In
Uleaborg, stowed nway and got llred
out In tho port of London. He has
borne sort of misty reminiscence of
being knocked nbotit by a cross eyed
scoundrel on board, but can't romem
Der much. He's got hero somehow,
Unit's the main point."
"That certainly seems the main point
Sp to now," agreed Uarr.
"Don't Interrupt. Now enters the
villain of the piece. It seems ho mar
ried his wife in tho face of strong op
position from her people levanted
Vlth her, in fact. Her brother, who
Jeems to have been a particularly
Itroelotis sort of scoundrel, never for
pivo him. Tho young woman was fair
to look upon, and this deadly brute had
hoped to make a bit by offering her to
the highest bidder."
"There seems sound commercial trict
In that," quoth Uarr, "but I speak as a
fool on feminine subjects."
"You do. Dry up. Our friend queer
ed this pitch entirely, and his poison
ous snake of a brother-in-law never
forgave him. Nothing happened for a
time, but tho other was on the watch.
Now wo Insert the blue lights for the
"One day I'ladja was eating his grub
beside a forest brook or rathor chan
nel, for it was n drought summer
when in one of tho pools lie sees a
metal rod sticking up among the peb
bles and sand."
Uarr stretched out his legs and guf
fawed. "Bless your heart, Hilly, the
beggar's stolon it out of tho 'Arabian
Nights.' How much for this priceless
"Nothing, you ass. Besides, the beg
gar can't read. Shut up and lot me fin
ish. He sees, as I say, a metal rod and
pulls at It."
"Man Is naturally a prehensile ani
mal," explained Uarr. "His Instincts
would not permit him to do less."
"Pulls nt it," continued Desmond,
paying no attention to this sarcasm,
"and up It comes. Ho finds it's soft
metal and of a dull color, but in pull
ing nt It the bends nnd crncks upon It
tdiowed bright. In point of fact it's
"Wbnt else?" queried Barr softly. "I
could have sworn it."
"At this," wont on Desmond excited
ly, "ho paddled into the water and bo
iran to dig and delve for all he was
worth. In a minute or two up camo a
cup and a little later a necklace. Then,
ns luck would hnvo It, a cloudburst
and thunderstorm camo on, down came
u duluge, and before he knew what
was what tho torrent was roaring
away ten feet deep."
"The laws of nature nro imperious,"
paid Uarr. "Water must find its
"Well, that didn't put him out nt all,
because ho knew that ho could return
when the storm was over and scoop In
the remainder. Ho buried the cup and
ncklace, not wishing to excite suspi
cion by bursting too much trea.suro on
tho community nil at once, but tho
bcepter for that's what It undoubted,
ly was, by his description he cut up
Into little bits and took home. He sold
It lump by lump to a money lender,
and this old fool let tbo cat out of tho
"Ho It camo to tho brother-in-law's
cars that Uls sister's husband had got
fromothlng worth selling. He came
dowu like a cartload of brick, lie do
lus tided liln share, and our friend very
naturally told him to go to Hie devil.
Then this btupendous vlllalu began his
"It's 'All Baba and the Forty
Thieves,' Billy," said Uarr stolidly.
"You can't get nway from It."
"Humbug! This was the way of If.
Tho fellow In charge of the Skolllgen
estates was apparently Just such an
other brute. He was a relation of the
former owner, ns far as 1 can make
(out. As l.o was by uo means a purs&iia
grata to tho Intelligent peasantry, ho
bad n lieutenant and a couple of dozen
soldiers to look after him. Those two
beauties went to the odlcer and trump
ed up some sort of charge against the
unfortunate Lars and got him shoved
Into jail. What they did to 111 in there
Lord only knows, but some utter dovll
lshness, for there seems no doubt it
was there ho wont off his head."
"Humph!" said Uarr unbelievingly.
"The question Is, Was he ever on It?"
"It's '-d ff Vtha nnd the rortu Thieves,'
Hilly," said Harr stolidly.
"Uo enn't give any detailed nccount
of tho matter. All he remembers Is
that his wife was mixed up In it. It
was on seeing her In their hands that
something cracked Inside hhu as ho
describes It and he was endowed with
the strength of ten. Somehow or other
he must have hewed his way out, for
the next thing ho remembers lie and
his wife wore outside In the forest.
After a bit his wife couldn't move any
more. He realizes now that she must
have died then, but he says he didn't
at tho time. Directly after that he was
alone and tearing through tho forest.
He must have visited and unearthed
his burlod treasure in some sort of In
stinctive way, just as a dog scratches
up its bones, for when lie was on tho
ship ho found the necklet round his
"Query: Is It the same necklet?"
quoth Uarr. "Where is it, my most
credulous young friend?"
Desmond thrust his hand into ills
pocket and flung a string of amber
beads upon the table. "There you are,
my unbelieving Thomas. Now lot me
go ou." And ho resumed his tale as
Uarr exumlned the gold linked circlet.
"He thinks there were a lot of wolves
in the forest, and that he played with
them and laughed to them from the
tree tops, but that may well be a bit
of imagination, ns you suggest. Hut
that doesn't matter as far as tho rest
of tho story's concerned."
"Hang it. Billy," remonstrated Barr,
"don't gag at a wolf or two after swal
lowing a burled hoard! Let's have the
wolves by all means. Most effectlvo
"All right. Grin If you like. You
won't put mo off It. Now he's In tho
wildest sort of state nt finding I under
stand him, and he's begged mo by all
I hold snored to take him back to his
home nnd give him a chance to sec his
desire upon his enemies. I told him he
was a fool for his pains to wnuder
back to a place where, as sure as eggs
are eggs, ho'll only be clapped In pris
on ngaln, and probably a worse thing
than before come upon him. But it's
no use. It wasu't nt first by any means
that ho let ou about this only ns a
means of bribing mo to tako him along.
He'd spent himself first in explaining
his tale of woe without any allusion to
this treasure trove. Now, seriously,
what d'you think?"
"I think vary seriously Indeed," an
swered Barr, "for I perceive thnt you
nnd he are lunntlcs who differ only in
degree. Probably In some of Ids sailor
wanderings he picked up this old neck
lace somehow perbap9 honestly, per
haps not and evolved the remainder
out of a whisky or vodki heated Im
agination. But 1 know you well enough
to bo perfectly aware that what you
call your mind Is already made up nnd
that you mean 6nlllng up. to Skeleton
or whatever the outlandish place may
bo to dust after this fantastic plum
torn of a lunatic's bralu. So be It. It'll
bo a Jaunt anyway. I shall perhaps
prevent your getting into the most dis
astrous kind of scrape, so I'll come.
But, O Lor', the blatant absurdity of
"Well, there you're talking wild, old
man," Said DoMmond, getting up nnd
straddling across the hearth rug. "This
Isn't the first time by many that 1'vo
heard of viking treasure being burled
up north. If you come to think of it
and consider how those old customers
were always raiding south, It's a won
der that more of tho stuff hasn't come
down the centuries. In my opinion,
there's more of It burled than has ever
"Thnt, I should think, Is excessive
ly probable," said Barr dryly, "so why
go paddling after it in a mountain tor
rent? Much bettor form a syndicate of
exploration and discovery nnd send
other fools. Tho Uusslan government
will lej. you have a concession of all
Finland probably for a couple of fiv
ers. What on earth should bring
scepters and necklets Into tho bed of
a fit renin?"
"That's the convincing thing about
It," said Desmond. "If the beggar
had only come with a tale of buried
treasure, I might have thought with
you. Hut, my boy, It Isn't likely ho
would imnglno the Ft ream Incident.
It's a trifle too Improbable unless you
consider other testimony. It's just
here that history backs him up. It's
well known thnt the old vikings used
to bury their special chiefs by turning
aside the course of a stream, putting
the corpse In a uolo In tho bed of it
nnd then turning on the tap ngaln.
What tJjnv did for their chiefs you
nuiy bet a very considerable part of
your Income they did for their worldly
goods. Gold's more vn limbic than oven
heroic carrion. Anyway, I'm going to
have a look, see? And you're coming
along to call fair. Place the Domini,
or must I use force?"
Hnrr yawned aggressively and look
ed upon his friend with contemptuous
pity. "You always were an enthusias
tically dogged ass, Hilly," ho began,
"nnd I s'pose you nlways will bo till
you get a good fall. Yes, I'm coining,
but If you think"
Desmond caught him by tho elbow
and twisted him out of his chnlr.
"There, Arthur, Hint's quite enough.
That'll suffice to relievo your com
science. Come ntong with mo to tho
rltib, and then we'll see what sport the
town affords. If you preached till
doomsday, you wouldn't turn mo, so
Ho reached his hand over to a peg,
lifted down n lint and dumped It on the
other's head. Thrusting lilm and his
expostulations before him, ho drove
lit in from the room. The sound of the
wordy warfare grew thinner down tho
passages. Tho great doors of the hos
pital swung to. Their altercations final
ly lost themselves In tho swirl of the
Loudon traffic. Thus was tho fora,j
conceived and begun.
CONTHAHAND OF WATt.
A glassy sheen lay upon the faco of
tho waters, dimmed and shivered now
nnd again by little cntspaws off tho
land. The white wings of the Hondrik
Hudson were spread, but as often as
not llappod Idly against the mast when
the breeze died, rose and died again.
Over the narrows of the sound lay a
haze, simmering In tho April sun. The
white cottages of Vaedbek and other
longshore villages nestled Into the
green of the beech woods, showing
spotlessly against the glare. It was a
perfect day In a perfect Scandinavian
Uarr rolled, stretched himself nnd
then sank luxuriously buck Into his
lair among the cushions. His face ex
pressed a beatitude of content. Ills
cigar smoke encircled him like a lus
cious halo. His yawn concentrated In
to its expanslveness the languorous de
lights of seven days of uninterrupted
Idleness. Ho blinked upon the Danish
shores with a placid sense of propri
etorship In their beauties as by right of
discovery. He was soaked and surfeit
ed In a warm bath of sea breeze and
sunshine". His blood ran within him ns
To him entered Desmond from the
compaiilonway. A buslnessllko air and
the Importance of command lay thick
upon him. He bawled his crders with
no uncertain sound, nnd the whir of
tho wheel spokes followed swift upon
his words. Heforo a sudden gust the
prow crept round to starboard. The
yacht began to nose Inland to where
Copenhagen showed dim in tho man
tle of the heat haze, girt with the for
est of her shipping.
Barr raised his eyebrows. "Going in,
old man?" he queried.
Desmond nodded. "Yes; going to call
for nn hour."
"You said you shouldn't stop short of
Uleaborg. Why this waywardness?"
Desmond shrugged his shoulders.
"There were all these rumors of war
before we camo out. Best to hear
what's happened, If I can. I couldn't
make out what those men meant that
wo hailed just now. Something about
Itussln. If we're going to shove our
heads into the bear's Jaws, we may as
well know how we stand."
Barr groaned loudly. "If that isn't
my luck exactly! Here am I on ray first
real holiday for two years, and then
the blighted emperor of Hussia must
step In to spoil the whole show. 1
should have thought my llttlo egg bas
ket might have been spiled without
plunging the nations into wnr. Hut, no;
my luck is the kind that impresses It
self upon you with stupendous nnd
enrefully thought out cataclysms. With
any ordinary folk it would have been
measles, or a broken arm, or, nt most,
n shipwreck. With me it's oither drop
the whole business or a probable five
years of a Russian fortress, or, may
hap, a bullet. Well, well, man's born
to trouble as the sparks fly upward.
I'm sorry my eternal destiny has drag
ged you into Its baneful orbit, Hilly."
Dcsmoud laughed nnd filled his pipe.
"All's experience, my boy, even the In
Bide of a Uusslan prison. Not that I
think it'll come to that. We needn't
make our moan till we henr more cer
tainly. Curl yourself up again and
snore peacefully. I'll waken you when
we clear for action."
They drifted slowly along, tho two
knot zephyr fanning irregularly upon
their canvas, and passed Into the chan
nel that runs between the Island nnd
tho blunt spit of land upon which tho
DauMi capital stands. As tho chain
rattled in the hawse pipe tho dingey
took tho water and Desmond was set
ashore. Uarr returned happily to his
Two hours later he was awakened by
tho sound of his friend's voice and by
tho din of the anchor coming home.
He was nwaro as he bllnklngly sur
veyed his surroundings that the yacht
was under weigh again and was creep
ing out of harbor. She was heading
for the Swedish coast. Desmond had
returned to his elmlr and to his eternal
pipe, which lie was methodically stuff
ing with birdseye. The grin thnt
usually lurked ou his Ingenious coun
tenance was lacking. Ho seemed to bo
considering something with absolute
seriousness and concern. This phenom
enon was so entirely foreign to his
temperament nnd customs that Hnrr
sat tip to regard him with anxiety.
"How now, Hilly?" ho questioned.
"For gooduess' sake, what's up?"
Desmond blow a cloud nt him. "Noth
ing nt present. HverythliiK, probably,
In tho near future. Victoria, queen of
!ront Hrltaln, nnd Napoleon, emperor
of tho French, have conjointly espous
ed tho cause of Turkey They have
notified Nicholas, the Uusslan, that ho
Is to quit pounding the sons of Islnm.
Most unjustifiably and unaccountably
they have failed to consult mo. A rum
pus must needs ensue. The question Is,
What about ns and our llttlo game?"
"Is war nu absolute certainty?"
"Nothing's a certainty, my boy, but
the odds are a thousand to one on,
Nicholas Is not the man to take thnt
sort of thing silting dqwn."
Hnrr shrugged his shoulders. "How
can 1 say, old man? 1 risk nothing but
my very Inconsiderable self. You risk
your ship and crow. Certainly it's for
you to decide."
"They seem to think our fleet's com
ing up here, too," mused Desmond.
"It would bo ripping to sec Hie turn
up. Besides, why should an absurd ru
mor put us from our purpose? Any
way, we've got to decide within ten
minutes. When we're opposite Mnlmo,
we must either swing port for horns or
starboard for tho Baltic. Now, which
Is It to bo?"
"I'm yours to command In pence or
wnr," said Harr. "I don't mind own
ing that, from a strictly porsounl point
of view, I'm for continuing. The joy
nnd mystery of the quest were Just be
ginning to filter Into my vitals. But,
ns I said before, I have no responsibil
ity to brake my opinion. It runs un
weighted. Do just what you think
Desmond puckered his brows. "I'm
hanged If I know what to do. I want
to go on, of course, and so do you. Hut
the question Is, Arc wo justified In
risking crew and ship?"
"If our fleet's to come up here, these
waters will be as safe for us In a week
or two as the Knglish channel. The
I!uss hasn't a tiniest chance of sticking
up to them. Hut why don't you con
sult .lones and one or two of the crew?
Of course PIndJa will want to go on nil
the more. He'll see chnnces of endless
gore nnd revenge upon tho oppressor.
But our men ought to have a say In
The nmateur commanding officer
flnmed out In Desmond In a moment.
"Nonsense!" ho snapped. "It's an end
of all discipline If you cry to your
naval wot nurse every time you wint
to make a decision. I hnve It. We'll
toss for It." Ho produced n florin
from the depths of his trousers pocket.
"You call," ho said tersely to Harr, and
"Is u'or an absolute r.crlaintjit"
the coin twinkled high Into the air. It
fell on the spotless decks nnd rolled In
slow circles toward the scrappers. Tho
fate of tho foray hung upon a single
"Heads!" called Harr, nnd they both
sprang from their chairs and rushed to
where tho small silver disk glittered In
the sun. The graven similitude of
England's quoeu stared up nt them.
Then as Desmond shipped It home
again Into his pocket, for some reason
nf Instinct rather than of Intention,
the two men grasped each other's hand.
They were no longer merely the pals
of a ynchtlng expedition, but captain
and lieutenant respectively of a buc
caneering foray. At least, so went tho
trend of their Inmost souls.
Harr broke tho silence. "Well, that's
a weight off my mind," said he. "Oh,
I was in a horrid funk. It would be
against us. My stars, how ripping
and mediaeval I feel! Where's our
skull and crossbones? Why wasn't I
christened Drake or at least Hawkins?
'To singe the emperor of Russia's
beard,' don't you know, or words to
that effect. See the headlines in the
papers, old boy: 'First Blood to Brit
nlu. Daring Raid by Private Yacht.
Tho Sea Dogs of England Loose
Again!' Eh, old man? Does that mane
your sluggish pulses stir?"
Desnnnd had recovered his everlast
ing smile, but he grunted deprecating
ly before he replied.
"Umph!" said he. "It's much moro
likely to be: 'Destruction of Private
Yacht In tho Baltic. Capture of the
Crew. All the Prisoners Sent to the
Salt Mines.' However, we've decided;
so that's the end of it. We aren't at
all necessarily going to encounter a
Russian man-of-war. They'll bo snug
inside Croustndt If they hear a whis
per of our Jeot coming up. There nro
uo Turkish vessels up this way, so wo
can't be mixed up In any business till
war Is actually declared. It's when
wo get north that there may bo trou
ble. That we'll leave considering till
we meet it."
"It'll nil depend If war's declared
when we get to Skelligen," began Barr.
"Of course, If It Is and we're discover
ed, that's the end of it. Wo can't very
"Can't! Can't!" exploded Desmond.
"D'you suppose I'm a perfect fool?
There are shotguns and rifles aboard
enough to arm the crew. I'd like to
see a rabble nf Finland serfs stick be
tween our men nnd what they want If
wo mean business. 1 mean going
through with tills, I can tell you."
"But, good Lord, Hilly, you can't
stnnil up to a regiment! Supposing
there are soldiers about?"
"Time enough to suppose that when
wo get there. Now let's drop raising
the ghost of every unpleasant eventu
ality that could happen and enjoy our
selves while we may." And ns Des
mond gave vent to this very proper
and Inspiring sentiment Menzles, the
Scotch steward, nnnouneed lutichrnn.
Leaving, therefore, forebodings for the
practicalities of victual, they descend
ed saloonward with appetites In no de
gree Impaired by the momentous issues
they had been called on to decide.
When they got on deck an hour later,
the wind had freshened. The waves
were tipped with white, and the yacht
was no longer sidling slowly before the
breeze, but Hying nine knots nn hour
J past the point of Falsterlio. Her prow
nt last was Heading north Into tho wkio
expanse of the Baltic,
As the day died down into the sunset
the gnle freshened, and night found
them steering up Into the great sea
gulf under nearly bare poles, the surges
thundering astern and sweeping tliein
along a good 1," miles nn hour.
So on through the night they tied and
staid not With the coming of dawn
the wind began to drop, though still
fresh, and they considered their dead
reckoning, for they had held far to
eastward for sea room and land was
entire1 y out or sight.
Jones calculated their position to ho
nbout -10 miles south of tho Island of
Gottlnnd. They had to decide whether
to pass It enst or west. East was no
doubt shorter nnd In tempestuous
weather safer. On tho other hnnd, It
brought them nearer tho Russian coast
and within reach of ItWslnti cruisers.
Jones, the sailing master, thought fit
to put In a jtidlclous word. "In case of
trouble, sir, Inside Gottlaud would bo
That decided It. Desmond rounded
on him with all the exnsperatlon born
of good and unwelcome advice.
"In case of trouble, Mr. Jones! Great
heavens! What trouble?"
"Well, sir, they say" ,av
"Who say? And what?"
"Well, sir, It was hinted by a man on
tho quayside at Copenhagen to Mur
phy, tho cockswain there, that war
"War imminent!" stormed Desmond.
"War's going ou! jWo're not n Turkish
gunboat, but nn English yacht."
"No, sir, but they say that England
"Thank yon. Mr. Jones. If we're to
run this cruise nceordlng to the fat
headed Imaginations of every docksldo
loafer who airs his secondhand opin
ions, I'll let you know. At present
when I want advice I'll ask for It.
Outside passage, please, Mr. Jones, and
Btand well out to eastward," delivering
which command, with great show of
imperious discipline, Desmond return
ed along the deck to his companion.
Ho had a good deal of the air of a
Cochin China who has had his feathers
rufiled by au absurd disagreement with
Tims again was the fate of the foray
decided by a triviality, tills time sim
ply the ofUelousticss of a well meaning
and perfectly well advised old scamnn.
All that day they swung along, meet
ing only a couple of merchantmen un
der Swedish colors and. ns they drew
nearer the Gottlaud coast, a country
boat or two. The early dark was Just
beginning to fjill as they sighted two
vessels to starboard, one much uearer
than the other and on to the Swedish
As they drew near the first ono the
yacht showed English colors. In an
swer the stars and stripes crept up the
stranger's flag halyards, and to tho
English hall came the reply:
"Jemima of New London. Bremen
to Stockholm. Russian gninboat astern.
Think war Is declared with England.
We have contraband."
Joues slapped his leg and snorted
triumphantly, "That Is tho trouble 1
spoke of, sir."
"Well, Mr. Jones," snapped tho ex
asperated Desmond, "what If It Is?
D'you think I'm to bo stopped by n
twopenny halfpenny Russian gunboat?
If war Is declared, I shall btop and
"Excuse me, sir," said the skipper,
with dignity. "You hold no commis
sion to levy war. Neither I nor tho
men signed ns combatants."
U is Impossible to say what reply Mr.
Jones' pusillanimity would have evolv
ed. Desmond's mouth was agape with
winged words, which In another mo
ment would have been flitting sulphur
ously round tho skipper's head. At
that moment a rending crash pealed
across the waters from the other ship.
He wheeled about and looked toward
hoi and sarr that disaster had befallen.
Her deck was littered with splinters,
rordage and flapping canvas. Her fore
topmast had given under the press of
sail. She lay a prey to the Russian as
easily as a shot wild duck to a re
triever. Desmond swore aloud. "Well, my
lino fellow, you've got to fight now.
Bring us ulongslde and let's hear tho
rights of the case."
Jones spread out his hands and began
to stammer. "I must protest"
Desmond rounded ou him like a flash.
"May I remind jou that I have a
board of trade certificate and am mas
ter of this vessel? By gum, if you
don't bring us nlougsido In two shakes
of a dng's tall, I'll have you In Irons
for mutiny, you Illy llvered cook!"
They slid up to within threescore
fathoms of the other vessel. Mr.
Jones' expressions were varied and pe
culiar and his glances astern u timer
"II'clJ, my hie fcllnu; iou'rc got to flqht
ous. Rut Desmond was a very vivid
nctuallty of unpleasantness beside him,
while the Russian only loomed distant
ly astern. Ho gave In with a bad
grace, It must bo owned, but with a
well considered weighing of tho
chances of Immediate discomfort.
"Can wo belli?" bawled Desmond ns
they bobbed about. "Shall I send
A red bearded, bluo eyed skipper
camo to tho side nnd shouted back
with melancholy gratitude: "Thanks
many, mister. Too late, I'm afraid.
She'll bo on us In quarter of an hour.
She sailed fathom for fathom with us
before. We enn't get repaired In time.
Hut don't you got mixed up In our
dust. Cut your lucky and show your
"Let mo take you off," suggested
Tho other flushed n fine color nnd
spat contemptuously Into the sea.
"Not by no manner of means," lie re
plied. "She's only a dispatch boat.
Only ono gun, not much better than a
signaler. Let her board nnd chnnce it.
We've got -10 cases rifles and HO tons
powder, so 1 shall let for her. We've
a couiilc of passengers, though" ho
I scratched his head "but that's no
I good elthiT. They'd see them and
! chase you and como back to us. 1
reikou they want them us much as tho
other. I'm going to let for her, but
don't you get Into trouble."
Desmond squealed for Joy. "If
you're going In to win, I'll bo entirely
blighted If 1 don't stand by. I've got
a signaler. Let me put six pounds of
lend Into her forefoot nnd surprise her
weak nerves. She'll throw up the
game If she sees we mean business."
"You ain't got a letter of marque,
you see," said tho merchant skipper,
scratching his head for me second
time, "and you don't know for certuln
thnt war's declared. You'll have to let
her start, and then you can defend.
Hut don't come no privateering tricks."
And ho returned to urging on his crew
to their exertions with tho deck litter,
using a wealth of most pointed In
vective, Desmond massed his men nft, nnd,
quelling Intervention on the part of
Jones with a fiery glance, he addressed
them In patriot wise. He put the case
before them with bluntness. Hero was
a good civilized Amerlcau ship nt the
mercy of n scoro of half tamed Tar
tars. Were they to leave her to be
taken and her crow to rot in Russian
prisons? Were they to become the
tnlk of every dock.ide from the Tyno
to the Lll'fey ns tbw M-hlto hearted lot
who saw friends being pounded and
sneaked out of tho row? No! Perish
the thought! He'd arms aboard, and
all would do their duty as English sea
men. Mr. Mcnzles would supply ap
plicants with u glass of grog all round.
Then they'd stnud by to whip any and
all the interfering Russians ever
A wild cheer rose as ho concluded,
nnd a simultaneous rush was made to
the steward's quarters, where toasts
of victory received full acknowledg
ment. Then tho little brass C pounder thnt
hnd hitherto acted as ornament alone,
save on foggy nights, was uncovered,
sponged out and loaded. Rllles nnd
shotguns were handed round and be
low the dendllghts screSved In. With
an air of Impudent unconcern the llttlo
yacht bobbed about within 100 yards
of her consort, waiting what should
KB. JONES FINDS HIS COUHAQE.
The Russian, with the hated yellow
nt the main, came along with a swing
before the favoring breeze. Her sails
bellied out prosperously. Her cutwa
ter spurned the spray. She leaped the
billows with a proud nnd superior air.
To her commander opposition wns a
thing unthinkable. A puff of smoke
burst from her bow. A column of
spray followed quickly, rising 00 feet
ahead of the merchantman's bows.
Tho union Jock seemed to flick con
temptuously from the yacht's stern ns
the foam died down among the waves.
The Russian sped along her course,
and from her captain's speaking
trumpet came a hail. Over went the
yards, and the helm was put about.
She rounded to within 100 fathoms.
"Give to me your sheep, or 1 sink
you!" came the challenge across the
sea lane. Tho pronunciation was
poor, but the meaning unmistakable.
Tho Yankee answer went back swift
nnd straight. "See you swiminiu
first!" defied the skipper, and a mighty
cheer rose from the English decks.
Forthwith followed another puff of
smoke. This time the ball plowed
the deck of the disabled craft and took
a corner of the deckhouse Into the sea.
The Hying splinters smote down a
man. Hlood showed duskily upon the
while decks, visible enough to the
watching crew of the yacht. Jones
gripped the taffrall in front of him,
using wicked words. Harr and Des
mond swore aloud. A murmur rus
tled luartlculntely among the men.
Again the 0 pounder roared. The
answering thud as It passed clean
through an American seaman's body
was sickenlngly audible. The shot
sped on and crashed Into the bulwarks
of the yacht. A twisted bit of rail just
flicked Jones' calf. With a howl of
rage and a flaming countenance he
turned to Desmond.
"Are we to suck our thumbs while
she spits on us?" he roared. "Hlast
their yellow faces! Aren't wo to de
fend ourselves? We've boon assault
ed on tho high seas. Ain't that good
enough? God bless me! Can't 1 throw
a pill aboard her, sir?"
Desmond laughed Joyously. "1
thought you'd come to see It In that
light, skipper," ho replied. "Let for
her, my boy! Give her two for her ev
ery one! We'll show her what's what!"
And he helped whirl round the little
cnrrotiado with his own bauds.
The Indignant Jones bent to the
sights nnd dwelt upon them with the
lanyard taut. The yacht dipped with
the slow swell, and lie waited till tho
rise should give him aim. As the up
ward heave came he tugged the cord
smartly. Away roared the ball and
oh, joy! slap Into Into the enemy's
hull. A delightful white splintering
showed up ngainst her pitched planks.
A rare English cheer rang out upon
tho sen, but the merchant skipper
shook his head doubtfully across at
Desmond, though he could but smile
approval of this distinguished marks
inauship. As tho Russian recognized that she
had a second assailant she begnn to
alter her position. She slewed her one
gun and pointed it at the yacht's bow,
where It projected beyond the larger
vessel. Tho shot, however, missed,
passing over her as she dipped be
tween tho waves.
As tho gun was run back tho Rus
sian began to get weigh again. She
began to turn nnd circle toward her
adversary. There was uo doubt about
it, she meant boarding.
There was a snapping of clasps
aboard the yacht as tho seamen got
out their knives. Tho capstan bars
were collected nnd belaying pins laid
handy. Every rifle aud shotgun wns
londed. Then In a breathless silence
tho crew waited, watching tho tip
Desmond followed every movement
on her deck as she neared them. His
gaze was concentrated on the winking
brass gun at her bow. Suddenly ho
gave a shout.
"Down behind the bulwarks, overy
umn jack of you!" ne bawled. "She's
loaded canister! When sho touches
off, up and give her back all you'vo
She was circling to them now n bare
hundred yards away. The foam ran
up her stem nnd shot Into the air
against her bulge as sho heeled. They
could note tho rainbow rays ns tho sun
glanced upon It.
Fifty yards now, and they could seo
tho expectant faces or tho sailors and
the eyes of the gunner turned upon his
commander. There wns a pause, while
all held their breath. Then quickly
the officer nodded, nnd Desmond duck
ed. The canister hailed down upon the
planks, carrying destruction to tho
deckhouse and skylight, but never a
mm was touched, though splinters
flow wldo and while.
As the crash died nway tho sailors
lenped to their feet. With a yell they
greeted the clash of the meeting bul
warks, and a volley clanged at close
tt't-'!- ir- l?S.
H'ifh onstccrtng yctlt t?ic Russian board
ers Mlurmcrl upon the deck.
quarters Into tho ranged lines of man-of-war's
men. A dozen of them rolled
upon the decks In sudden helplessness.
With answering yells the Rubslan
bonrders broke across the lashed ham
mocks and swarmed upon the British
Then ensued a scrimmage grim and
great. Jones, erstwhile coward, now
ramped the bloody planks a very Hon
of war. Whirling a capstan bar, bo
(advanced upon the attacking party and
with a single blow smote upon tho
lieutenant's head, cracking it like au
eggshell. Still brandishing his weap
on, he sprang In among the following
bluejackets, dealing death and destruc
tion, while hot upon his track followed
Harr and Desmond. With muskots
clubbed aud eyes and knives a gleam
the crew flung themselves Into the
Over the huddle of wrestling, smit
ing, swearing sailors the powder smoke
hung like a fog, and out of It camo
cries and thud of fist nnd club and tho
grate of rasping bulwarks as tho ships
lore at'thelr fixed grapnels like living
foes. Tho combatants lost themselves
in a very mist of passion and lighting
Half the Russians were upon tho
British decks. A score of British held
the Russian forecastle. Jones and Des
mond, unknowingly raging forward in
to the bows of the man-of-war, found
themselves hewing clear space round
the Russian gun. Uarr, with half a
dozen English tars, held his own
deckhouse from a score of Muscovites.
Across the gray haze of smoke a mus
ket flash showed redly hero and there.
Desmond, falling, gripped unseeiugly
at tho lanyard of the carronado, whoso
gunner had been found by a chance
bullet ere ho could flro her after re
loading. With a resounding crash the
charge roared Into the bulwarks before
her muzzle. With sudden inspiration
he seized the lover and started the car
riage at a run down the decks. Gather
ing Impetus with the heave of the ship,
tho gun smote upon the shattered
planking and leaped Into the sea. A
yell of delight rang out from the Brit
ish crew ns they saw tho drawing of
their enemy's single tooth.
From tho yacht's hatchway answer
ed another echoing shout. Out of tho
companion sprang Pladja, the Finn,
bearded, wild eyed, wondering upon
the sudden turmoil. For one moment
he stared In amaze. Then, as the fa
miliar hated uniform caught his eye,
with a snarl as of a wolf a-hunt ho
hurled himself Into the fight, roaring,
hewing, stabbing, like ono possessed.
Tho white faced Russians fell before
him like leaves In nn autumn gust.
A crash from the far side proclaimed
the gunboat attacked starboard as well
as port. With a cheer the Yankees
sprang down upon her decks and link
ed forces with the British. Silently,
unseen, they had towed their disabled
hulk to the rescue and now swept the
Muscovites before tliem In Irresistible
leaguer with their comrades of the
yacht. Another two minutes' burly
burly, wherein the snap of pistols and
the thudding of clubs contended cease
lessly, and the cowed sailors of the
czar were driven pellmell down the
hatchways in tumbled heaps and bat
tened down. Then, with shouts of vic
tory, the yellow flag whereon sat the
double headed engle was hauled, down
and cast Into the sen. Vigorous were
the shakings of each Yankee hand nnd
hearty the slaps upoii each British
back. Upon the quarter deck the two
commanders met and strove to make
themselves heavd above the gratula
"Thanks, mister, a hundred times'."
said the merclnnt skipper soberly.
"Hut the Lord he only knows what
to make of tills."
"Make of it!" shouted Desmond, the
unstanched blood flowing down his
face. "Why, tow her back to Eng
land, tho first prize of the war."
"Mercy me!" replied the other sadly.
"You're young Indeed, mister, or you
wouldn't frame the words. This is
piracy of sorts, this Is. We're filibus
ters, we are. No commission to levy
war. don't you know."
"Dang the commission!" quoth Des
mond. "Let's chance It."
"There, again, mister, you show your
youth. There might be some chance
for you If you've declared war, nnd
that you can't tell yet. Hut there
ain't a morse! for me and mine. Pi
racy on the high sens, It Is, and no er
ror. By nil that's reasonable, let her
go her evil way and pray to bo forgot
ten and forgiven. Two good men have
1 lost over this most mlsfortunato af
fair, nnd you've been let blood, too,
ns your ash decks show only too plain
ly. Chuck their arms Into tho sea nnd
send them back to Cronstadt and tho
Desmond looked half convinced nnd
unhappy. "Well, skipper." he said tin
wllllugly, "1 suppose you know your
business best. Hut how In tho name
of all that's extraordinary did you
come to Ik? carrying contraband In
those seas? Is the Turkish fleet com
"That's a tale as I'll unfold In tho
cabin," said the American. "Leastwnysi
Pvo them there as will. Just for tho
present let's get quit of this hero splin
tered wreck." And ho shouted to hla
Desmond bawled to his own men.
"Fling over those grapnels!" he called
to tho wondering crew, who were al
ready discussing prize nveinges, and
they did ns they were bid In a silence
With empty, silent decks the gun
boat slid from between her antago
nists, like a big bully out of the grip
nf two revengeful urchins. Yawing to
port masterless nnd tinsteored, she was
buffeted by the billows wantonly. As
sho drifted slowly apart from the other
vessels ono of her battened hatchways
was flung Into the air by an unseen
force, and a man In military uniform
stepped upon her decks.
"Pirates!" ho shouted to them and
shook his fist. "Pirates! Hut 1 not
forget no, I not forget!"
Then the ravaged gunboat slipped
away Into tho darkness of tho evening
mist, which gathered her Into lt bos
om, cohering her wouuded decks and
bulwarks as with a lint of cloud.
Hnrr was below, and stretched upon
the table of the saloon were thrco
poor fellows with wounds that gaped
scarlet cutlass gashes that drained
their llfcblood hideously. Desmoni
joined his trained assistance to Harr's
skill, and between them they stitched
nnd wiped and bnndaged with swift
ness wonderful. Half a dozen more
were slightly scarred by sword or bid
let and patiently wulted their turn.
Upon the other ship's deck as she rodo
alongside could still be seen the crim
son remnnnts of the seaman who had
been pulped by the round shot. Tho
scarlet stains were dramatic cvklenco
of the shattering of England'3 30 long
years of peace.
After the wounded hnd been got to
their berths Desmond and two or three
hale members of the crew transshipped
to the Jemlna to offer assistance with
the footing of the new foremast. The
skipper, with much politeness, ushered
Desmond into his cabin to wet the oo
caslon, as naval etiquette demanded.
Two persons rose to greet them as
they entered a tall, gray mustached
military gentleman and a slight, fair
"My passengers," announced tho
American, with mntter-of-factness,
"let me introduce Colonel and Miss
Preobeslas. Mr. or Desmond."
Desmond began to bo ncutelr con
scious of ills general dirt and dishevel
mont. His clothing was gashed nnd
ragged and his face a resting place for
smiifsnnnumbored. Dark stains splash
ed his jacket hero and there. No won
der, then, that he blushed and stam
mered like a schoolboy as he eyed thli
wonderful apparition in surroundings
so unlikely, for this maiden who bowed
nnd smiled at him with such sweet
cordiality was, so he swiftly realized,
the one peerless woman in the wido
TO UK CONTINUED.
HE MIXED THE ANSWERS.
, Trlnln nt an I'nlettoreil FMirrmin
i at nn n-tuininatton For Driven.
They hnd nn examination for drivers
' iu the rooms of the civil service board in
i tho criminal court hullding, nnd among
the applicants wns a fi-herman. It was
evident to the examiners that the fisher
, man was not practiced in reading and
I writing. He came to the rooms with a
' list of answers which he had been In
, ktrncted to write opposite the printed
questions on the blanks furnished to
him. For six months at least he hnd
practiced writing these answers. The
(liiestions were ull on printed blank, and
I the person who had coached the Ghcr
man had written tlii answers in the or
1 dor of the questions on the old blanks.
' The civil service board got in some new
1 blanks recently, and the fi-hermnn
scrawled his answers in the order he had
j learned them iu. The result produced
upon the first paper was as follows;
; Q. Whuie were you born? A. Along
the coast of Massachusetts.
Q. If not liorn in the United Stnte.
have you buen naturalized? A. Some
I (J. When? A. Mostly on the water.
Q. Are you married or single or wid
ower? A. I wns captain ot a steam
boat for two year.
Q. What futility have you? A. A
1 pipe and chewing tobacco.
' Q. Are you addicted to the use of to
bacco? A. Twoboth dead.
Q. Hnve you been complained of, in
dicted for or convicted of any criminal
, olTeme? A. I've been a widower since
my wife died.
Q. Whnt has been the nature of your
i occupation for the last five years? A.
I Q. Have you ever hold a position un
der the government? A. No, I don't
i believe in it.
I Q. Have you paid or promised to pay
I or given ay money or other considera
tion to an person directly or indirect
! ly for any aid or influence toward pro
curing your appointment? A. Yes.
Q. Have jou ever been in the army
or navy of tho United States? A. I had
Q. In what capacity. A. Fisherman,
j y. Have you over been vaccinated?
A. Whisky and beer, moderately.
I Q.--IIave yon ever had rheumatism?
! A. Yes, from all my former employers.
1 Signature of applicant. Never arrest
ed. New ork Sun.
Her Simple llcquent.
"I am goinp to ask a great favor of
you." she 4id hesitatingly.
I "It is already granted," he answered
"A very great favor," she repented, as
If doubtful of the propriety of stating it.
"You're sure j on won't think it pre
sumptuous or forward in me?"
"Never," he nnswerod. "I glory In this
evidence of your trust nnd confidence.
Only tell me what I can do for you."
"Well," she replied with evident re
luctance, "would you mind getting up oil
that runic bench? Papa painted it this
afternoon, and lie will be awfully pro
voked If he has to do it over again."
The .Mnonnhlner'n Woe.
"This here guveniment wnnts the
earth," said the old moonshiner. "The
revenue man ennclit me in the act an
hauled me up before the jeilge. Tho jeden
looked like n reasonable man, an 1 told
him that I only run a still to buy phoes
for my family. That's whnr 1 made a
break, for he says right off, says he,
'Well, I'm goin to give you n chance to
ninke nhoes for the gnvernnient, an I'll
pee to it that yer family gits a pair o' 'em
every sit mouths,' Then lie sent me up
for two years." Atlanta Constitution.
Col. M. J. O'Brien who succeeds the nti
Henry R Plant ns presloVnt of tho South
ern I-'xpress company, started In the sei-
vice of th.it comp.ii y as a driver of one oi
Its wagons In Memphis, Tenu-