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THE BURLINGTON FREE PRESS : THURSDAY, AUUUST30, iUB. fore you, but la now nn inhabitant of )nrndlse." "I hnvo licnril Hint tlicro was such a knight," snld tho voice. "Ho was nam 1 D'Arey, and hp boro tho name cog jlznnce on his shield tho sign of u ikttll." "Lord, theso brethren are nlso named D'Arey, nnd now they conio to nsk your tolp ngnlnst Snlnh-cd-dln." At that mime tho heap stirred as n make stirs whon It hears dnngpr, and the head erected Itself n little beneath '.he great turban "What help, and why?" asked tho rolee. "Lord, Salnh-cd-dln has stolen a worn in of their house who Is his nleee, and theso knights, her brothers, ask you to lid them to recover her," Tho beady eyes Instantly became In terested. "Report has been made to hip of Hint Itory," said the voice, "but what sign Ho these Franks show? He who went before me gave a ring, and with It per tain rights In .this land to the knight D'Arey who befriended him In danger. Where Is that sacred ring with which be parted In his foolishness?" Masoudn translated, and, spping the warning In her eyes and remembering her words, the brethren shook their beads, while Wulf answered: "Our uncle, tho knight Sir Andrew, ivns cut down by the soldiers of Salnh- j td-dln, and as he died bade us seek you DUt, What time, had ho to tell us of uiy ring?" The head sank upon the breast. "I hoped," said Slnnn to Masouda, ''that they had the ring, and it was for Uils reason, woman, that I allowed you lo lead theso knights hither after you had reported of them and their quest to me from IJelrut. It Is not well that there should be two holy signets In the World, nnd ho who went before me When he lay dying charged mo to re cover his If that were possible. Let them go back to their own land and re turn to me with the ancient ring, and 1 will help them." Masouda translated tho last sentence only, and again the brethren shook their heads. This time It was Godwin who ipoke. "Our Innd Is far away, O lord, and Where shall we And this long lost ring Let not our journey be In vain. O mighty one, give us justice against Sninh-ed-din." "All my years have I sought justice Dn Salnh-cd-dln," answered Slnan, "and ret he prevails against me. Nov I make you an offer. Go, Franks, and bring me his head, or nt least put him to death as I shall show you how, and we will talk again." When they heard this saying Wulf laid to Godwin In English: "I think that we had best go. I do not like this company." Hut Godwin made no answer. As they stood silent thus, not know 'ng what to say, n man entered through Ihe door and, throwing himself on his hands nnd knees, crawled toward tho rushion through the double line of coun cilors, or dais. "Your report?" said Slnan in Arabic. "Lord," answered tho mnn, "I ac quaint you that your will has been done In the matter of tho vessel." Then he went on speaking In a low voice, so rapidly that the brethren could scarcely hear nnd much less understand. Slnan listened, then said: "Let the fedal enter and make his own report, bringing with him his pris oners." Now one of the dais, he -who sat near est the canopy, rose and, pointing to ward the brethren, Bald: "Touchlug these Franks, what is your will?" Tho beady eyes, which seemed to search out their souls, fixed themselves upon them, and for a long while Slnan considered. "Let them stay here," he said at length. "I may have questions to ask them." For a time there was. silence. So in tense was the silence, so dreadful seemed that Inhuman, snakcllke man, so strange his aged, passionless coun cilors, and tho place of council sur rounded by a dizzy gulf, that fear took iold of the brothers like tho fear of an 1 pvll dream. At length there was a stir behind them, and at a word from Ma pouda they separated, falling apart a pace or two, nnd stood opposite each other and sideways to Slnnn. Standing thus, they saw the curtains drawn. Through them came four men, carrying n stretcher covered with a cloth, be neath which they could see the outline of a form that lay there stlrless. The four men brought the stretcher to the front of the canopy, set it on the ground, prostrated thcmselres nnd re tired, walking backward down the length of tho terrace. Again there wub silence, while the brethren wondered whose corpse it was that lay beneath the cloth, for a corpse It must surely be, though nei ther tho lord of the mountain nor his dais and guards seemed to concern themselves In the matter. Again the curtains parted, and n procession ad vanced up tho terrace. First came a great mnn clad In a white robe blazon ed with the bleeding dagger, after whom walked a tall woman shrouded in a long veil, who was followed by a thickset knight clnd In Franklsh nr- mor and wearing a capo of which the cowl covered his head ns though to keep the rays of the sun from beating on his helmet. Lastly walked four guards. Tho leader of tho little band reached the space before tho canopy, nnd, prostrating himself by the side of tho stretcher, lay still. She who walked behind him stopped also nnd, seeing the black heap upon tho cushion, shuddered. "Woman, unveil," commnnded the voice of Slnan. Sho hesitated, then swiftly undid some fastening, so that her drapery fell from her head. Tho brethren stnred, rubbed their eyes nnd stared ngnin. Before them stood Rosamund! Yes, it wns Itosamund, worn with sickness, terrors and travel, Itosamund herself beyond nil doubt. At the sight of her pale, queenly beauty tho heap on tho cushion stirred bonenth his black cloak, and the beady eyes were filled with nn ovJI, eager light. Even tho dais seemed to wake from their contemplation, nnd Masouda bit her red Up, turned pnle beneath her olive fikin and watched with devouring eyes, waiting to read this woman's heart. "Itoiam-nd!" cried the brethren with one v-'po. Sho heard. As they sprang toward her she glanced wildly front face to face, then with n low cry flung nn arm nbotit tho nock of ench and would hnvo fallen In the ecstasy of her joy had they not held her. Indeed, her knees touched the ground. As they stooped to lift her It (lashed Into Godwin's mind that Mnsoudn hnd told Slnan that they were her brethren. The thought was followed by another. If this wore so, they might tie left with her, whcretis otherwise tbnt black robed devil "Listen," 'no whispered In English, "wo nro not your cousins wo nro your brothers, your half brothers, and wo know no Arabic." She heard nnd Wulf hoard, but tho watchers thought that they were but welcoming each other, for Wulf begnn to talk nlso, random words In French, such ns "Greeting, sinter 1" "Well found, sister I" nnd kissed her on the forehead. nosamnnd opened her eyes, wlilcn had closed, nnd, gaining her feet, gave one hand to each of the brethren. Then tho voice of Masoudn was heard Inter preting the words of Slnan. "It seems, lady, that you know these knights." "I do well. They are my brothers, from whom I was stolen when they were drugged nnd our father was killed." "How is that, lady, seeing that you nro said to be the niece of Salah-cd-dln? Arc these knights, then, the nephews of Salnh-cd-dln?" "Nay," answered Itosamund, "they nro my father's sons, but of another Wife." The answer appeared to satisfy Sl nan, who fixed his eyes upon the pnle beauty of Rumuud mid asked no more questions. While he remained thus thinking a noise arose at the end of the terrace, nnd tho brethren, turn ing their heads, saw tbnt the thickset knight was striving to thrust his way through the guards who stood by tho curtains nnd barred his path with the shnfts of their spenrs. Then It came into Godwin's mind that just before Itosamund unveiled he hai seen this knight suddenly turn and walk down the terrace. The lord Slnan looked up at the sound and made a sign. Thereon two of the dnls sprang to their feet nnd ran toward the curtains, -where they spoke with the knight, who turned and came back with them, though slowly, as one who Is unwilling. Now his hood hud fallen from his head, and Godwin nnd Wulf stnred at him ns he advanced. "Lozelle! It is Lozelle!" said God win. "Aye," echoed Itosamund, "It is Lo zelle, the double traitor, who betrayed me first to the soldiers of Saladln and next to this lord Slnan." Wulf heard, and as Lozelle drew near to them sprang forward with an oath and Rtruck him across tho face with his mailed hand. Instantly guards thrust themselves between them, and Slnan asked through Masouda: "Why do you dare to strike this Frank in ray presence?" "Because, lord," nnswered Wulf, "he Is a rogue who has brought all these troubles on our house. I challenge him to meet me ill battle to the death." "And I nlso," said Godwin. "I nm ready," shouted Lozelle, stung to fury by the blow. "Then, dog, why did you try to run away when you saw our faces?" asked Wulf. Masouda held up her hand and began to Interpret, addressing Lozelle and speaking in the first person as the "mouth" f Slnan. "I thank you for your service who have served me before. Your messen ger came, a Frank whom I knew in old days. As you had arranged It should be, I sent one of my fedals with soldiers to kill the men of Salnh-cd-dln on the ship nnd capture this lady, who Is his niece, nil of which, it seems, has been done. The bargain that your mes senger mnde was that tho lady should be given over to you" Here Godwin and Wulf ground their teeth nnd glared at him. "But these knights say tbnt you stole her, their kinswoman, from them, and one of them has struck you and chal lenged you to single combat, which challenge you have accepted. I sanc tion the combat gladly, who hnre long desired to see two knights of tho Franks fight in tourney according to their custom. I will set the course, nnd you shnll be given the best horse in my kingdom. This knight shall ride his own. These are the conditions: The course shall be on the bridge between the inner and outer gates of the castle city, and the light, which must bo to the death, shall take place on the night of the full moon that is, three days from now. If you are victor, we will talk of the matter of the lady for whom you bargained as a wife." "My lord, my lord," answered Lo zelle, "who can lay a lance on that ter rible place in moonlight? Is it thus that you keep faith with me?" "I tan and will I" cried Wulf. "Dog, I would light you with ray soul on the hazard." "Keep faith with yourself," said Si nan, "who said that you accepted the challenge of this knight and made no conditions, and when you have provod upon his body that his quarrel is not just, then speak of my faith with you. Nay, no more words. When this tight Is done we will speak again, and not before. Let him be led to the outer castlo and there given of our best. Let ray grent black horse be brought to him, that he may gallop It to and fro upon the bridge or where he will with in the circuit of the walls by day or by night, but see that he has no speech with this lady whom ho hns betrayed Into my bower or with these knights, bis foes, nor suffer him to come Into my presence." As Masouda finished translating, and bofore Lozelle could answer, the lord Slnnn moved his head, whereon guards sprang forward and conducted Lozelle from the terrace. "Your report," said Slnan, address ing tho tall fedal, who all this while bad lain upon his face bofore him, still ns the form that was stretched upon tho bier. "There should have been another prisoner, tho groat emir Hassan; also wbero Is tho Frnnklsh spy?" Tho fodnl rose nnd spoke. ','Lord," ho said, "I did your bidding. Tho knight who hns gono steered tho ship Into tho bay, ns had been ar ranged. Wo overcame and killed thorn all except the prince Hassan, whom wo took prisoner. I left some men to watch tho ship. The crow wo spared, ns they were the servants of tho Frank Lozelle, setting them loose upon the beach to find their wny to the nearest city. Yesterday morning wo stnrtod for Mnsyaf, the prince Hnssnn riding In a Utter together with that Frnnklsh spy who was hero n while ngo nnd told you of the coming of the ship. At night they slept in tho same tent. I left the prlnco bound nnd set n guard, but in the morning when wo looked wo found 111 ni gone, how I know not, nnd lying In tho tent the Frnnklsh spy, dead, with n knife wound through his heart. Behold I" And, withdrawing the cloth from the stretcher, he revealed the stiff form of the spy Nicholas. "So, having searched without avnll, I enme on hero with the lady your prisoner and the Frnnk Lozolle. I have spoken." Now when he had beard this report, forgetting his cnlm, Slnan arose from the cushion and stepped forward two paces. There he halted, with fury in his glittering eyes, looking like n man clothed in a black bell. For it moment be stroked his beard, and the brethren noted that on the first linger of his right baud was a ring so like to that which hung about the neck of Godwin that none could have told them apart. "Man," Slnan sld in a low voice, "what have you done? You hnve left the emir Hassan go, who Is the most trusted friend and general of the sul tan of Dnmascus. By now be is there or near it, and within six days we shall see tho army of Salah-ed-din riding ncross the plain. What have you to say?" , "Lord." answered the tall fedal, and his hnud trembled ns he spoke, "most mighty lord, I had no orders as to tho killing of the crew from your lips, nnd tho Frank Lozelle told mo that ho had agreed with you that they should tie spared." "Then, slave, he lied. He agreed with me through that dead spy that they should be slnln, nnd do you not know that if I give no orders In such a case 1 mean death, not life? But what of the prince Hassan?" "Lord, I have nothing to say I think he must have bribed the spy named Nicholas" and he pointed to tho corpse "to cut his bonds and after ward killed the man for vengeance' sake, for by the body wo found a heavy purse of gold." "Let the soldiers be brought," said Slnnn, "and tell their story." They were brought and stood by their captain, but they had no story to toll. They swore that they had not slept on guard nor heard u sound, yet when morning enme the prince was gone. Again tho lord of death stroked his black beard. Then lie held tip the i signet before the eyes of the three men, saying: "You see the token. Go." "Lord," said the fedal, "I have serv ed you well for many years." "Your service is endod. Go!" wns the Btern answer. The fedal bowed his head In salute, stood for a moment as though lost in thought, then, turning suddenly, walk Walked to the fdijc n) tint abyss ami leaped. ed with a steady step to the edge of the abyss and leaped. For an Instant the sunlight shone on his white and flutter iug robe, then from the depths of that darksome place floated up the sound of a heavy fall, and all was still. "Follow your captain to paradise," said Slnan to the two soldiers. So the poor mon went, the first with n steady step, nnd the second, who was not so brave, reeling over the edge of the prec ipice ns one might who Is drunken. "It is llulshed," said the dais, clap ping their hands gently. "Dread lord, we thank thee for thy justice." But Itosamund turned sick nnd faint, and oven the brethren paled. This man was terrible iudeed If he were a man nnd not a devil nnd they were in his power. How long would it be, they wondered, before they also were bidden to walk thut gulf? Only Wulf swore in bis henrt that If he went by this road Sinim should go with him. Then the corpse of the false palmer was borne away to bo thrown to the eagles which always hovered over that house of death, and Slnnn, having re seated himself upon the cushion, began -to talk again through his "mouth," Ma souda, in a law, quiet voice. "Lady," he said to nosamnnd, "your story is known to me. Salah-ed-din seeks you, nor is it wonderful" here his eyes glittered with a new and horrl ble light "that ho should desire to see such loveliness ut his court, although the Frank Lozelle swore through yon der dead spy that you arc precious in his eyes because of somo vision that has come to him. Well, this heretic sul tan is my enemy whom Satan protects, for even my fedals hnvo failed to kill him, nnd perhaps there will be war on account of you. But, slnco this cnstle is impregnable, here you may dwell nt pence, nor shnll any desire be denied you, Speak, nnd your wishes are ful filled." "I desire," said Itosamund in a low, steady voice, "protection against Sir Hugh Lozelle and all men." "It is yours. Tlie lord of the moun tain covers you with his own mantle." "I desire," she went on, "that my brothers hero may lodge with me, tbnt l may not feel alone among strange people." lie thought awhile nnd nnswered; "Your brethren shall lodg near you v If . t. In tho guest cast!-. "Wny not, since from them you cannot need protection? They shall meet you nt the feast nnd In tho garden. But sho whom they wished to rescue from Salah-ed-din these tall brethren of yours might wish to rescue from Al-Je-bnl. Understand, then, nil of you, that from the lord of death there Is but one escape. Yonder runs its pnth." And he pointed to the dizzy plnce whence his three servnnts hnd lenped to their doom. "Knights," ho went on, addressing Godwin and Wulf, "lead your sister hence. This evening I bid her nnd you to my banquet. Till then fare well. Woman," he added to Mnsoudn, "nccompnny them. You know your duties. Tills Indy Is In your charge. Suffer that no strnnge ninn comes near her, above all tho Frnnk Lozelle. Dnls, take notice nnd lot It be proclaimed: To these three is given the protection of the slgnot In nil tilings snvo tbnt they must not leave my walls except under sanction of the signet nay, In Its very presence." The dnls rose, bowed nnd seated themselves ngnln. Then, guided by Mnsoudn and preceded nnd followed by guards, the brethren nnd Rosa mund walked down the terrncc through tho curtains Into tho chnneel-llko place where men crouched upon the ground, through the great hall where more men crouched upon tho ground, through the antechamber where at a word from Masouda the guards snluftd, through passages to that plnce where they had slept. Here Mnsoudn halted and said: "Lady Rose of the World, who nro filly so named, 1 go to prepare your chamber. Doubtless you will wish to speak awhile with theso your broth ers. Speak on and four not, for It shnll be my enre that you are left alone, If only for a little while. Yet walls have ears, so I counsel you use tbnt English tongue which none of us understand." Then she bowed and went CHAPTER XIII. THE brethren nnd Rosamund looked nt each other; thou, moving to tlie center of the chamber, where they thought that none would hear thorn, they begun to speak In low voices nnd In English. "Tell you your tnle first, Rosamund," said Godwin. Shu told It ns shortly as sho could. Then Godwin spoke and told her theirs. Rosamund heard it and asked n question almost in a whisper: "Why does tbnt beautiful dark eyed woman befriend you?" "I do not know," nnswered Godwin, "unless it i because of the accident of my having saved her from the lion."- Ronmund looked at him nnd smiled a little, nnd Wulf smiled also. Then she said: "Blessings be on that lion nnd nil Its tribe! I pray that she may not soon forget tho deed, for it seems that our lives hang upon her favor. Oh, that we could escape this place!" "An eel in an osier trap has more chance of freedom," said Wulf gloom lly. "Let us at least be thankful that we are cnged together for how long, I wonder?" As he spoke Masouda appeared, at tended by waiting women, and, bowing to Rosamund, said: "It is the will of the master, lady, tbnt I lend you to the chambers that have been made ready for you, there to rest until the hour of the feast. Fear not; you shall meet your brethren then You knights have leave, if it so pleases you, to exercise your horses In the gar dens." "She means that we must go," mut tered Godwin, uddmg aloud, "Farewell, sister, until tonight." So they parted, unwillingly enough. In the courtyard they, found their horses, also a 'mounted escort of four fierce looking fedals nnd an officer. When they were iu the saddle this man, motioning to them to follow him, passed by an archway out of the court yard Into the gardens. Hence ran a broad road strewn with sand, along which they began to gallop. This road followed the gulf which encircled the cltndel nnd Inner town of Mnsyaf. On they went, the gulf always on thelt right hand. Thrice they passed round the city thus, the last time by them selves, for the captain nnd the fedals were far outstripped. Indeed, it was not until they had unsaddled Flame nnd Smoke In their stalls that these appeared, spurring their foaming horses Taking no heed of them, the brethren thrust aside the grooms, dressed thelt steeds down, fed and watered them. About the hour of sunset the women servants came and led them to the bath, where the black slaves washed and perfumed them, clothing them in fresh robes above their armor. When they came out the sun was down, nnd the women, bearing torches In their hands, conducted them to a grent nnd gorgeous hall, which they had not seen before, built of fretted stono nnd having n curved and painted roof. On the floor of this hall, each seated upon his cushion beside low tables in laid with pearl, sat tlwguests, a hun dred or more, all dressed In white robes on which the red dagger was blazoned, and all ns silent ns though they wero asleep. When the brethren reached tho place the women loft them, and servants with gold chains round their necks es corted them to a dais in the middle of tho ball, where were many cushions, as yet unoccupied, arranged in a semi circle, of which the center was a divan higher and more gorgeous than tho rest. Here places were pointed out to them opposite the divan, nnd they took thelt stand by them. They had not long to wait, for presently there was a sound of music and, heralded by troops of singing women, the lord Sinan, clad now in his blood red festal robe, ap proached. Around him marched four slaves, black as ebony, each of whom held a flaming torch on high, while behind followed the two gigantic guards who had stood sentry over him when he sat under tho canopy of justice. As he advanced down the hall every man In It rose and prostrated himself and so remained until blB lord wns seated, save ouly the two brethren. Settling himself among the cushions at one end of tho divan, ho w.ved his hand, whereon tho toasters, and with them Godwin and Wulf. snt themselves down. Now there was a pause, while Slnan glnr.red along the hall Impatiently. Hoon the brethren saw why, since nt the end opposite to that by which ho had entered appeared more singing women, nnd nfter them, also escorted by four black torchbentors ouly these were women walked Rosnnund and behind her Masouda, Rosamund It wns without doubt, but Rosamund transfonned, for now sho seemed an eastern queen. Rouud her bend wns a coronet of gems from which hung n veil, but not so ns to bide her fnce. Jeweled, too, were her heavy plaits of hair; jeweled tho roso silk garments that she wore, tho girdle at her waist, her naked, ivory arms and oven tlie slippers on her feet. On enme Rosamund, nnd now, bo hold, the lord AI-jc-bnl roso and, giv ing her his hand, seated her by hlra ou the dlvnu. "Show no surprise, Wulf," muttered Godwin, who had caught a warning look in tlie eyes of Masouda ns she took up her position behind Rosamund. Now the fenst began. Slaves, running to nnd fro, set dish nfter dish filled with strnnge nnd savory meats upon the little inlaid tables, those that wore served to 'Slnnn and his guests fash ioned all of them of silver or of gold. Godwin and Wulf ate, though not for hunger's sake, but of what they nte they remembered nothing who wero watching Slnnn nnd straining their ears to catch all he said without seem ing to take note or listen. Although sho strove to hide it and to appear Indiffer ent, it was plain to them that Rosa mund wa,s much afraid. Again nnd again Slnan presented to her choice morsels of food. All the while also ho devoured her with his fierce eyes. Wine, perfumed nnd spiced, wns brought in golden cups, of which, hav ing drunk, he offered to Rosamund. But she shook her head and asked Ma souda for water, saying that she touch ed nothing stronger, nnd it was given her cooled with snow. The brethren asked for water nlso, whereupon Slnnn looked nt them suspiciously and de manded the reason. Godwin replied through Masouda that they were under an oath to touch no wine till Uiey re turned to their own country, having fulfilled their mission. Now the wine that he bad drunk took hold of Slnan, and he begnn to tnlk, who, without it, was so silent. He rose nnd cried with n loud voice: "Servants of Al-Je-bal, pledge, I com mand you, this flower of flowers, tho highborn Princess of Baalbec, the niece of the sultan, Salnh-ed-dln, whom men call the Great," and he sneered, "though he be not so great as I, this queen of maids who soon" Then, checking himself, he drank off his wlno and with a low bow presented the empty Jeweled cup to Rosamund. "Queen! Queen!" shouted nil the com pany. "Queen of our master and of us all!" Slnan heard and smiled. Then, mo tioning for silence, ho took the hand of Rosamund, kissed it, and, turning, passed from the hall preceded by bis singing women and surrounded by the dais and guards. s Godwin and Wulf stepped forward to speak with Rosamund, but Masouda interposed herself between them, say lug in a cold, clear voice: "It is not permitted. Go, knights, and coo! your brows in yonder garden, where sweet water runs. Your sister Is my charge. Fear not, for she Is guarded." "Come," said Godwin to Wulf, "we had best obey." So together they walked through the crowd of those feasters that remained, for most of them had already left the hall, who made way, not without rev erence, for tho brethren of this new star of beauty, on to the terrace and from the terrace Into the gardens. Under ninny of the trees and In tents set about here and there rugs were spread, nnd to them came men who had drunk of the wine of the feast and cast themselves down to sleep. "Are they drunk?" asked Wulf. "It would seem so," nnswered God win. Yet these men appeared to be mnd rather thnn drunk, for they walked "Pledge, I command you, this flower of flowers," steadily enough, but with wide set, dreamy eyes, nor did they seem to sleep upon the rugs, but lay there staring at the sky and muttering with their Hps, their faces steeped In a strange, unholy rapture. Sometimes they would rUo and walk a few paces with outstretch ed arms till the arms closed as though they clasped something Invisible, to which they bent their beads to bnbblo awhile. Then they walked back to their rugs again, where they remained silent. "Step out, brother," said Wulf, "for nt the very sight of those rugs I grow sleepy." So they walked on toward the sound of a waterfall, uud, when they came to It, druuk iiui ... ..Lx'.i and heads. "This in better than their wine," said Wulf. They renebed nn open sward whore there wero no ruga and no sleep-' era. "Now," said Wulf. halting, "tell me what does all this mean?" "Are you denf nnd bllnd?"( asked Hodwln. "Cnunot you see that yondoi fiend Is In love with Rosamund an means to tnke her. as he well may do?" Wulf groaned aloud, then answered: "I swenr that first I will kill him. even though we must keep him com pany " "Among those ornaments that hung nbout the wnlst of Rosnmund I saw a Jeweled knife," nnswered Godwin sad ly. "She can be trusted to use It If need be, nnd nfter that we can be trusted to do our worst." As they spoke they had loitered to ward tho edgo of tho glado nnd, halt ing there, stood silent till presently from under the shndow of a cedar tree appeared a solitary white robed woman. It was Mnsoudn. "Follow me, brothers Peter nnd John," sho said In a laughing whisper. "I hnvo words to say to you." And she flitted abend of them. Silently ns n wraith sho went, now appearing In the open spaces, now van ishing beneath the dense glooin of ce dar boughs, till sho reached u naked, lonely rock which stood almost upon the edge of the gulf. Opposite to this rock wns a grent mound, such ns an cient peoples reared over tho bodies of their dead, nnd In the mound, cun ningly hidden by growing shrubs, a massive door. Masoudn took a key from her glrdlo nnd. having looked around to see that they wero nlone, unlocked it. "Enter," sho snld, pushing them be fore her. They obeyed nnd through tho dark ness within heard her close tho door. "Now we nro safe nwhlle," sho said, with n sigh, "or nt least so I think. But I will lend you to where there Is more light." Then, tnklng each of them by the hnnd, she went forwnrd nlong a smooth incline till presently they saw tho moonlight nnd by It discovered that tlioy stood nt the mouth of a cava which was fringed with bushes. Run ning up from the depths of the gulf below to this opening wns n ridge or shoulder of rock, very steep and nar row. "See the only road that leads from the citadel of Mnsyaf save tbnt ncross tho bridge," said Mnsoudn. "A hnd one," nnswered Wulf, star ing downward. "Aye. yet horses trained to rocks can follow it. At its foot is the bottom of the gulf and a mile or more away to tho left u deep cleft which lends to tho top of the mountain and to freedom. Will you not take It now? By tomor row's dawn you might be far away." "And where would the Lady Rosa mund be?" asked Wulf. "In the harem of tho lord Slnan Hint Is, very soon," she answered coolly. "Oh, say it not!" lie exclaimed, clasp ing her arm, while Godwin leaned back against the wall of the cave. "Why should I hide tho truth? Have you no eyes to see that ho Is enam ored of her loveliness, like others? Listen! A while ngo my master, Slnan, chnnced to lose his queen how, we need not ask, but it is said that sho wearied hhu. Now, as he must by law, he mourns for her u month, from full moon to full moon. But on the day aft er the full moon that Is, the third morning from now he may wed again, nnd I think there will be a marriage. Till then, however, your sister is safe." "Therefore," snld Godwin, "within that time she must cither escape or die." "There Is a third way," aaswered Ma souda, shrugging her shoulders. "She might stny and become tho wife of Si nan." Wulf muttered something between his teeth, then stepped toward her threateningly, saying: "Rescue her or" "Stand back, Pilgrim John," sho said, with a laugh. "If I rescue her which indeed would be hard It will not be for fear of your great sword." "What, then, will nvnll, .Masouda?" asked Godwin in n sad voice. "To promise you money would bo useless even If we could." "I am glad that you spared me that Insult," she replied, with flashing eyes, "for then there had been nn end. Now, hear me and forget no word. At pres ent you nro In favor with Slnan, who believes you to be the brotheis of the lady Rosamund, not her lovers, but from tho moment he hears the truth your doom Is sealed. Now, what tho Frank Lozelle knows, that tho Al-Je-bal may know at any time nnd will know if theso should moot. "Mennwhllo you are free, so tomor row while you ride nbout tho garden, as you will do, take note of the tall rock that stands without nnd how to reach It from any point, even In the dark. Tomorrow also, when tho moon is up, they will lead you to tho narrow bridge to rido your hordes to nud fro there that they may learn not to fear It in tho light. When you have stabled them go into the gardens and come hither unobserved, ns the place being so fnr away you can do. The guards will Jet you pass, thinking only that you desire to drink a cup of wino with somo fair friend, as is the custom of our guests. Enter tills cove here Is the key" and she handed It to Wulf "and If I be not there await me. Then I will tell you my plan. If I have nny, but until then I must scheme nnd think. Now it grows Into go." "And you, Masoudn," said Godwin doubtfully. "How will you escape this place?" "By a road you do not know of, for I am mistress of the secrets of this city. Still, I thank you for youi thought of me. Go, I say, and lock the door behind you." Next morning when tho brothers had breakfasted they loitered awhile, hop ing to win speech with Rosnmund or sight of her or at the least tbnt Masou da would come to them, but they saw no Rosnmund, and no Miuouda came. At length an officer appeared and beckoned to them to follow him. So they followed and wero led through the halls and passages to the terrace of Justice, where Slnan, clad in his black robe, sat ns before beneath a canopy in the midst of the sunlit uiurblo floor. There, too, beside him, also beneath the canopy and gorgeous ly appareled, sat Rosamund. Wulf snld in a loud voice iu English: "Tell us, Ronamund, is It well with you?" Llftlug her pale face, she smil ed and nodded. Then, at the bidding of Slnan, Ma souda commanded them to be silent, saying that it was not lawful for them to speak to the lord of the mountain oi his companion uuless they wero first bidden so to do. . Now some of the dais drew near th canopy and consulted with their tuas ter on what seemed to be a great mat ter, for their faces were troubled. Presently he gave an order, whereon they resumed their scats and messen gers left tho terrace. When tht-y ap peared again, In their company were three noble looking Saracens, who wero accompanied by a retinue of servnnts nnd wore green turbans, showing tbnt they were descendnnts of the prophet. Theso men, who seemed weary with long travel, mnrched up the terrnco with n proud inlen, not looking nt the dais or any one until they snw the brethren standing side by side, nt whom they stnred n little. "Who are you nnd what Is your pleasure?" naked Slnnn nfter ho had eyed them awhile. "I nm the ruler of this country. These nrp my ministers," nnd ho pointed to the dnls, "nnd here Is my scepter," nnd he touched the blood red dagger broldered on his robe of black. The spokesman of the embassy an swered hlrn. "That scepter wo know; It has becu seen nfar. Twice already wo have cut down Its bearers even In tho tent ol our master. Lord of murder, wo ac knowledge the emblem of murder. At for our mission, It U this: We are thn nmbassadors of Salah-ed-din, command er of the faithful, sultnn of the enst. In these papers signed with his signet nro our credentials, If you would rend them." "So," answered Sinan, "I have heard of tbnt chief. What Is his will witl me?" "Tills, Al-je-bni. A Frnnk in your pay, and a traitor, has betrayed to you n certain lady, nleoo of Snlah-ed-dln Tho sultnn, Snlah-ed-dln. having been Informed of this matter by his servant, the prlncp Hnse.in, who escaped from your soldiers, demands that this lady, his niece, be delivered to him forth with, nnd with her the head of the Frank Lozelle." "The bend of tho Frank Lozelle lit may have, If he will, after tomorrow night. The lady 1 keep," snarled Slnan. "What then?" "Then. Al-Je-bal, In tho name of Sa-lah-ed-dln, we declare war on you war till this high place of yours Is pulled stono from stone; war till your tribe be dead, till the last man, woman and child be slain, until your carcass la tossed to the crows to feed on." Now Slnnn rose In fury nnd rent his benrd. "Go back," he said, "and tell that dog you name n sultan that, low as be Is, the bumble born son of Ayoub, I, Al-je-bal, do him an honor that he does not observe. My queen Is dead, and two days from now, when my month of mourning is expired, I shall take to wife his niece, the rrincess of Baalbec, who sits here beside me, my bride elect." At these words Rosamund, who had been listening intently, .started like one who has been stung by a snake, put her hands before her face and groaned. "Princess," said the nmbassador, whs was watching her, "you seem to under stand our language. Is this your will, to mate your noble blood with that of tlie heretic chief of the assassins?" "Nay, nny!" she cried. "It is no will of mine, who nm a helpless prisoner nnd by fnlth a Christian. If my uucia Salah-ed-din is indeed ns great as I hnve heard, then lot him show his pow er and deliver me, nnd with me Uies my brethren, tho knights Sir Godwin and Sir Wulf." "So you speak Arabic," said Sinan. "Good; our loving converse will be easier, and for the rest well, the whims of women change. Now, you messengers of Salah-cd-dlti. begone, lest I send you on a longer Journey, and tell your master that If he dares to lift his standards againstmy walls my fedais f-hall speak with him. By day and by night not for one moment shall ho be li&fe. Poison shall lurk in his cup and a dagger in his bed. If he would escapo death, therefore, let him bldo himself within the walls of his city of Damas cus or amuse himself with wars against tlie mnd cross worshipers, nud leave me to live in peace with this lady whom I have chosen." "Great words, worthy of tho great cssassln," said the ambassador. "Great words, in truth, which shall ba followed by great deeds. What chance has this lord of yours against a nation sworn to obey to the death? Yon smile? Then come hither you r.isd you." And ho summoned two of his dais by name. They rose and bowed before him. "Now, my worthy servants," ho said, "show these heretic dog how you obey, that their master may learn the power of your master. You are old and weary of life. Begone and await mo In para dlse." Tho old men bowed again, trembling a little. Then, straightening them selves, without n word thay ran side by side nnd lenpt into tho nbyss. "Hns Salah-ed-din servnnts such ns these?" asked Slnan In the silence that followed. "Well, what they have done nil would do If I bid them slay him Back, now: nnd. If you will, take theo Franks with you. who nrc my guests, that they may bear witness of what you have seen and of the state In which you left their sister. Trauslate to the knights, woman." So Masouda translated. Then God win nnswered throuKh her. "We understand little of this matter who nre Ignorant of your tongue; but, O Al-Je-bnl, ere we leave your shelter ing roof wo have a quarrel to settla with the man Lozelle. After that, with your permission, we will go, but no) before." Sluau answered: "As you will; so be It." The spokesman of the euvoys snld: "Al-Je-bnl, we depart, but within a week we appear again in the company of 10,000 spears, and on one of them shnll your head be set. Your safe con duct guards us till the sunset. Aftei that do' your worst, as we do ours. High princess, our counsel to you ii that you slay yourself nud so gain lm mortal honor," Then, bowing to her one by one, they turned and mnrched down the terrace, followed by their servants. Now Slnan waved his hand, and th court broke up, Rosamund leaving it first, accompanied by Masouda nnd es corted by guards, after which the brethren were commanded to depart also. (TO BE CONTINUED. In tho Indian ocean only 3T0 out ol 16,309 lalunds nro Inhabited.