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THE BURLINGTON FREE PRESS i THURSDAY, SH1TEMBKH 13, MOD. V The Brethren Hy RIDE Author of "Sit," "King COPYRIGHT, 1903-1904, CllAI'THK XVII. iT the ourt of Saladln Godwin nnd Wulf wens (rented with much honor. A house was given ilium to dwell hi nnd n company of servants to minister to their ronifort and to guard thoui. Hul ndln they saw often, for It pleased him to toll them tales of thoo days when their father and uuclu were la the east rr to Inlk with them of England and the Franks and even now and again to reason with Godwin on mutters of religion. Moreover, to 'show his Tnlth in them, lie Rave them the rank Df officers of his own bodyguard, nnd when, wearying of Idleness, Ihey asked it of 1dm, allowed them to take their share of duty in the guarding of his pnlaeo nnd person. Tlil-t at a time when penee still reigned between Frank nnd .Saracen the brethren were not unnamed to do, who received no payment for their services. 1'eact? relpned indeed, but Godwin liud Wulf could guess that It would not reign Ions. Damascus and the plain around It were one great enmp, nnd every day new thousands of wild tribesmen poured In nnd took up the nuarters that had been prepared for them. They asked Masouda, who knew everything, what it meant. She an swered : "It means the jihad, the holy war. which is being preached In every mosque throughout the east. It means that the great struggle between cross nnd crescent Is at bund, and then, pil grims Peter nnd .lohn. you will have in ntinnifi T-nlir utntwliml " I "There can be little doubt about Hint," said Wulf. , "Xone," replied Masoudn, with on of her smiles, "only it may pain you to have to make war upon the Princess of Haalbec and her uncle, the com mander of the faithful." Then she went, still smiling. For tills was the trouble of it: Hosn tnund, their cousin and their love, hud In truth become the Princess of n.nil bec for them. She lived in great state nnd freedom, as Saladln had promised that she should live in his letter to Sir Andrew D'Arcy. Xo insult or violence was oifcred to her faith: no suitor was thrust upon her. Put she was in a land where women do not consort with men, "specially if they be high placed. As a princess of the empire of Saladln. Mie must obej Its ru '(". even to veiling her telf when she went abroad and ex changing no private words with men. Uodwln and Wulf prayed Saladiu that they might lie allowed to speak with ber from time, to time, but he on'v an iwcred shortly: "Sir Knight?, our customs are our customs. Moreover, the less you see of the Princess of Ilnalhoc the better I think it will be for her, for you, whose blood I do not wish to have upon my hands, iiud for myself, who await the fulfillment of that dream which the nngel brought." Then the brethren loft his presence Bon at heart, for, although they saw her from lime to time at feasts and festivals, Itosaniund was as far apart from them as though she sat in Steeple hall nye, and farther. Also they came to see that of rescuing her from Da mascus there was no hope nt all. She flwelt In her own palace, whereof the walls were guarded night ami day by a company of the sultan's mamelnkns, Who knew that they were answerable for her witli their lives. Within Us walls, again, lived trusted eunuchs, un der the command of a cunning fellow named Mesrour, and her retinue of women, all of them spies and watchful. One comfort, however, was left to them. When she reached the court Kosamimd had prayed of Hie sultnn that .Masov.da should not be separated from her, and this, because of the part (the had played In his niece's rescue from the power of Sluau, lie had grant rd, though doubtfully. Moreover, Ma soudn, being a per.ou of no account except for her beauty, and a heretic, was allowed to go where she would and to speak with whom she wished. So, ns she wished to speak often with Godwin, they did not luck for tidings of Rosamund. From her they learned that in a fash ion the princess was happy enough who would not be that hail just escap ed from Al-Je-balV yet weary of the strange eastern life, of the restraints upon her and of her aimless days; vex ed also that she might not mix with the brethren. Day by day she sent them her greetings and with them warnings to attempt nothing- not even to see her bine there was no hope that they would succetd. So much afraid of them was the sultan, Kosamuud said, that both she and they were watched day and night, and of any folly their lives would pay the price. When they heard nil this the brethren began l! despair. Then it was that u chance camo to them of which the issue was to make , , them still more admired by Saludin ' and to lift Musouda to honor. One hot J morning they were seated In the court yard of tlielr house besldo the fountain, staring nt the pnssersliy through the bars of tho bronze gates and nt the sen tries who marched to nnd fro before them. The house was in one of tho principal thoroughfares of Damascus, and In front of it flowed continually nn unending, many colored stream of folk Godwin and Wulf, seated In tho I Rhode of the painted house, watched i tbetn gloomily. They were wenry of the over changing sameness, weary of tho eternal glare and glitter of tills tin- familiar life, wenry of the insistent cries of tho mollnbs on tho minarets, of the flash of the swords that would soon be red with the blood of their own people; wenry, too, of tho hopeless task to which they were sworn. Kosamuud was ono of this multitude, flue was the 'Princess of Daalbec, half an eastern by her blood and growing more eastern flajr by dny-or bo they thought In their A r HAGGARD, Solomon's Alines," Etc. 'II Y RIDER. HAGGARD bitterness. As well might two Sara cens hope to snatch the queen of Eng land from her palace nt Westminster ns they to drag the Princess of ltnalbec out of the power of n monarch more ubsolute than any king of Knglund. Presently they heard voices nt tho gnto und, looking up, saw n woinnn wrapped in a long cloak, talking with the gunrd, who with a laugh thrust out his arm, na though to place it round her. Then n knife Unshed, nnd tho sol. dler stepped bnck, still laughing, and opened the wicket. Tho woman came In. It was Masoudn. They rose nnd bowed to her, but she passed before them Into the house. Thither they fol lowed, while the soldier nt tho gate laughed again, and nt the sound of his mockery Godwin's cheek grew red. liven In the cool, darkened room sho notli-ed it and said bitterly enough: "What does it mntter? Such Insults nre my dally bread whom they be lieve" And she stopped. "They had best say nothing of what they believe to me," muttered Godwin. "I thank you," Masoudn answered, with a sweet, swift smile, nnd, throw ing off her cloak, stood before them un veiled, clad in the white robes that be fitted her tall and graceful form so well and were blazoned on the breast with the cognizance of Baalbec. "Well for you," she went on, "that they hold me to be what I am not, since other wise I should win no entry to this house." "What of our lady Koamund?" broke in Wulf awkwardly, for, like Godwin, lie was pained. Masouda laid her hand upon her breast, as though to still its heaving, then answered: "The Princess of P.aalbcc, my mis tress, is well and, as ever, beautiful though somewhat weary of the pomp in which she llnds no Joy. She sent her greetings, but did not say to which of you they should be delivered, so, pilgrims, you must share them. Godwin winced, but Wulf asked if there were any hope of seeing her. to which Masouda answered: "Xone," adding in a low voice, '1 come upon another business. Do you brethren wish to do Salah-ed-dln a service to save his life- for which he may be grateful or may not, according to ids mood?"' "Speak on," said Godwin, "nnd tell ns how we two Franks can save the life of the sultnn of the east." "Do you still remrmber Slnan nnd his fednis? Yes; tliey arc not easily forgotten, aro they? Well, tonight he lias plotted to munler Salah-ed-dln and afterward to murder you If he enn nnd I t" carry away your lady ltosamuna u i lie can or, failing that, to murder her ' nlso. Oil, the tale is true enough! I have It from one of them under the signet surely thai signet has served us well who believes, poor foal, that I mil ill tho plot. Xow, you nre the ollicers of the bodyguard who watch In the antechamber tonight, are you not? Well, when the guard is changed nt midnight the eight men who should replace them at the doors of the room of Salah-ed-dln will not arrive. They will be decoyed away by a false order. In their stead will come eight murder ers, disguised hi the robes and arms of mamelukes. TUcy look to deceive nnd cut you down, kill Salah-ed-dln and es cape by the farther door. Can you hold your own awhile against eight men, think you?" "We have done so before nnd will try," answered Wulf. "Hut how shall we know that they are not manic hikes?" "Thus; They will wish to pass tho door, and you will nay, 'Xay, sons ot Slnan,' whereon they will spring on you to kill you. Then he ready nnd shout aloud." "And If tliey overcome us," nsked Godwin, "then the sultan would be slain?" "Xay, for you must lock the door of the chamber of Salah-ed-dln nnd hide away the key. The sound of the fight ing will arouse the outer guard ere hurt can come to him. Or," she added after thinking awhile, "perhaps it will be best to reveal the plot to the sultnn at once." "Xo, no," answered Wulf. "Let us take the chance. I wenry of doing nothing here. Hassan guards the outer gate, He will coiuo swiftly at the bound of blows." "Good," said Masouda. "I will nee that he is there nnd nwnke. Xow fare well and pray that we may meet again. I say nothing of this story to the prln cess Kosumund until It Is done with." It was near midnight, nnd the bretli ren stood in the small, domed ante chamber from which a door opened lnt Uie sleeping rooms of Saladiu. Th guard of eight niauielukes had left them, to be met by their relief in tlte court yard, according to custom, but no rollof had ns yet appeared in the antecham ber. "It would seem that Mnsouda's tale is true," said Godwin, and, going to the door, he locked It and hid the key be couth a cushion. Then they took their stand In front of Hie loekod door, beforo which hung cur tnlns, Ktnndlng in the shadow with the light from the hanging silver lamps pouring down In front of them. Here they waited awhile 'in silence till at length they heard tho trump of men, and eight mnmolukes, clad In yellow above their mall, marched in and sa luted. "Stand!" said Godwin, nnd they stood a minute, then began to edge forward "Stand!" said both the brethren again, but still they edged forward. "Stand, sons of Slnnn!" they said a third time, drawing their swords. Thon with n hiss of disappointed rage tho fedais came nt them. "A D'Arcy! A IVArcy! Help for tho sultan!" shouted tho brethren, and Uin fray began. Six of the men attacked, them, and while they were engaged with thiuwthn other two slipped round nnd tried tho door, only to Und It fust. Thon thoy also turned upon tho brethren, thinking to tnko the key froln off tlielr bodies. At the fit Kt rush two of the fednis went down beneath the Bwoop of thn long swords, but after Hint the munlnrers would not coiiin clone, nnd while soma engaged them In front others strove to pass nnd stub them from behind. In deed, n blow from ono of their long knives fell upon Godwin's shoulder, but tho good mall tunied it. "Glvo way," he cried to Wulf, "or they will best us." So suddenly they gnvo wny before them till their backs were ngalnst tho door, und there they stood, shouting for ... "Help for the sultnn I" help nnd sweeping around them with their swords Into reach of which the fedais dure not come. Xow from with out thoebnmber rose n,cry and tumult, nnd the sound of heavy blows falling upon the gates that the murderers hnd barred behind them, while upon the farther side of the door, which lie could not open, was heard the voice of the sultan demanding to know whnt passed. The fednis heard these sounds nlso nnd read In them their doom. Forget ting caution in tlielr despair nnd rage they hurled themselves upon the breth ren, for they thought that If they could get them down they might still break through the door and slay Salah-ed-dln before they themselves were sluln, but for awhile the brethren stopped their rush witli point and buckler, wound ing two of them sorely, and when at length they closed In upon them the gates were burst and Ilnssan and the outer guard wore at hand. A minute later nnd, but little hurt, Godwin and Wulf were leaning on their swords, and the fednis, somo of them dead or wounded and some of them captive, lay before them on tho marble floor. Moreover, the door had been opened, aud through it came the sultan In his night gear. "What has chanced?" he nsked, look- ing at them doubtfully. "Only this, lord," answered Godwin. 'These men came to kill you, and we held them off till help arrived." "Kill me! My own guard kill me?" "They are not your guard. They are fedais disguised as your guard and sent by Al-je-bal as he promised." Xow Salah-ed-dln turned pnle, for ha who feared nothing else wns nil his life afraid of the nssnssins. "Strip the nrnior from those men," went on Godwin, "nnd I think that you will find truth in my words, or, if not, question sueli of them ns still live." They obeyed, and there upon the breast of one of them, burnt into his skin, was the symbol of the blood red dagger. Xow Saladln saw nnd beck oned the brethren nside. 'How knew you of this?" lie nsked. enrolling them with his piercing eyes. "Masoudn, the lady Itosamund's wait ing woman, warned us that you, lord, nnd we were to be murdered tonight by eight men, so we made ready." "Why. then, did you not tell me?" "Because," answered Wulf, "we wero not sure that the news was true nnd did not wish to bring false tidings nnd be made foolish; becnuse, nlso, ray brother nnd I thought that we could hold our own awhile against eight of Sinan's rnts disguised as soldiers of Snladln." "You have done It well, though yours was a mad counsel," answered tho sul tan. Then he gave his hand first to one and next to the other and said sim ply: "Sir Knights, Salah-ed-dln owes his Ulfe to you. Should it ever come about that you owe your lives to Salah-ed-din he will remember this." Thus tills business ended. On the morrow those of Hie fedais who remain ed alive were put to death; also many others in the city were seized and killed on suspicion, so that for awhile there was no more fear from the assas sins. Now, from that day 'forward Saladln held the brethren in groat friendship and pressed gifts upon them and of fered them honors, but they refnsed them all, snj-ing that they needed but one thing of him nnd he knew what it was an answer at which his facouank Ono morning he sent for tbem, and, except for tho presence of Prlnco lias sau, the most favorite of his emirs, and a famous Jmnum, or priest of his re ligion, received them alone. "Listen," he said briefly, addressing Godwin. "I understand that my niece, tho Princess of Banlbec, is beloved by you. Good. Stibscribo the Koran, and I glvo her to you In marriage, for thus also she mtiy be led to the true faith, whom I have sworn not to force there, to, and I gain a great warrior and par adise a brave soul. The lmaum here will Instruct you In Hie truth." Thus he spoke, but Godwin only stared at him with eyes set wide in wonderment nnd answered: "Hire, I thank you, but I cannot chnngo my faith to win a woman, however dearly I may love her." "So I thought," said Saladln, with a sigh, "though! Indeed it Is snd that superstition should thus blind so brave and good n man. Now, Sir Wulf, It Is your turn. What soy you to my offer? Will you take tho princess and her do minions with my lovo thrown In as a marriage portion?" Wulf thought a moment Then ho answered, with one of his great Isugfcs: "Aye, sire, but on my own terms, not on yours, for If 1 took thaw I think Hist iny iiintringo ybuld luck blowing, Nor, Indeed, woulff RosniiHind wish to wed n sprvmit of your orophot, who If it pleased htm might tnlin other wlvns," Hnlndlu leaned hlo bond upon lit hand nnd looked nt thorn with dtitp pointed oyos, yet not unkindly. "Now I hnvo onn more thing to Bny to you. That Frank, Prlnco Arunt of Knrnk, whom you call lteglnald do Chatlllon accursed bo his namot" nnd he sunt ntion the around "linn once more broken tho penco between mo and the king of Jerusalem, slaugh tering my nicrchnuta und stealing my goods, I will suffer this una mo no more, nnd very shortly I unfurl my standards, which shall not be folded up again until they float upon tho nujjMlue of Omar and from every tow er top in Palestine, Your people aro doomed. I, Yusuf Salah-ed-dln," nnd he rose ns lie said the words, his very benrd bristling with wrath, "declare the holy war uud will sweep them to the sen. Choose now, you brethren. Do you fight for me or ngalnst me? Or will you give up your swords nnd bide hero ns my prisoners?" "We nre the servants of the cross," answered Godwin, "and cannot lift steel ngalnst It and thereby lose our souls." Then ho spoke with Wulf and added: "As to your second question, whether wo should bide hero In chains, it Is one that our lady Itosnmuiid must answer, for we are sworn to her serv ice. We demand to see tho Princess of Banlbec." "Send for her, emir," snld Saladln to the prince Ilnssan, who bowed nnd depnrted. A while later Rosamund came, look ing beautiful but, as tlipy snw when she threw back her veil, very white nud weary. She bowed to Snladln, nnd tho brethren, who were not nllowed to touch her hand, bowed to her, devour ing her face with eager eyes. "Greeting, my uncle," she said to the tiultan, "und to yon, my cousins, greet ing also. What is your pleasure witli me?" Snlndin motioned to her to bo seated nnd bude Godwin set out the case, which he did very clearly, ending: "Is It your wish, KosamumL that wo stay in this court us prisoners or go forth to tight with the Frauks In the great war that Is to be?" Rosamund looked nt them awhile, then answered: "To whom were you sworn the first? Was it to the service of our Lord or to the service of a woman? I Ifavo said." "Such words ns we expected from you, being what you nre," exclaimed Godwin, while Wulf nodded his head in assent nud added: "Sultan, we nsk your safe conduct to Jerusalem and leave this lady In your charge, relying on your plighted word to do no violence to her faith and to protect her person." "My safe i-ondurt you have," replied Saladln, "and my friendship nlso. Xor, indeed, should I have thought well of you had you decided otherwise. Xow, henceforth we nre enemies In the eyes of all men, and I shall strive to slay you ns you will strive to slay me, but as regards this lady, have no fear. What I have promised shall bo fulfill ed. Hid her farewell, whom you will see no more." "Who tnnght your lips to say such words, O sultnn?" nsked Godwin. "Is it given to you to read the future nnd the decrees of God?" "I should have said," answered Snl ndin, " 'Whom you will see no turire If I am able to keep you apart.' Can yon complain who, both of you, have re fused to tnke her as a wife?" Here Rosamund looked up wonder ing, and Wulf broke In: "Tell her the price. Tell her that she was naked to wed either of us who Would bow the knee to Mohammed, nnd to be the head of his luirein, and think that she will not IJJfame us." "Never would I have spoken ngaln to him who answered otherwise," ex claimed Rosamund, and Saladln frown ed at Hie words. "Oh, my uncle," she went on, "you ha e been kind to mo Hnd raised me high, but I do not seek this greatness, nor are your ways my ways, who am of a faith that you call nccursed. Let me an, I besoech you, In enro of these my kinsmen." "And your lovers," said Saladln bit terly. "Xiece, it cannot be. I love you well, but did I know even that your life must pay the price of your so Journ here, here you still should stay, Blnce, as my dream told me, on you hang the lives of thousands, nnd I be lieve that dream. Oh, everything -that my, empire can give is nt your feet, but here you stay until the dream bo ne compllshed." "Until the dream be accomplished?" said Rosamund, catchlirg at the words. "Thon, when It U accomplished, shall I be free?" "Aye," answered the sultnn; "free to come or to go, unless you attempt es enpe, for then you know your certain doom. "It Is a decree. Tnko note, my eous ins, It la a decree, und you, Prince lias snn, remember it also. Oh, I pray, with nil my soul I prny, that It wns no ly ing spirit who brought you that dream, my uncle, though how I shall bring pence, who hitherto have brought notli Ing except war and bloodshed, I know not. Xow go, my cousins; but. If you will, leave mo Mnsouda, who has no other friends. Go, and tako my love and blessing with you." So spoke Ttosnmmid and threw her veil before her face thnt Bhe might hide her tears. Then Godwin and Wulf stepped to whero sho stood by the throne of Sain din, bent the knee before Tier, and. tak Ing her hand, kissed It In furewell, nor did the sultan say them nay, but when she was gone and tho brethren wero gone he turned to the emir Hassan nnd to Hie great lmaum, who hnd sat silent nil this whllo. and said: "Now tell me, you who are old and wise, which of those men does the lady love? Speak, Hassan, you who know ner well," Rut Hnssnn shook his bond. "One or the other. Roth or neither. I know not," ho answered, "Her counsel is too close for mo." Then Snlndlu turned to tho Imaunv- a cunning, Bllent man. "Whon both the Infidels are about to die before her face, as 1 still hopo to see them jo, wo may lenrn tho answer; but, unless Fhe wills It, never before," ho replied, and tho sultnn noted his Baying. Next morning, hnvlng been wnrned tlmt they would pnss tlmro by Mnsoii' (in, Rosamund, watching through tho Inttlco of ono of her pnlnco windows snw tho brethren go by. Tliey wer rttiiy armed and, mounted on limit splendid chargers Plnmo nnd Smoke, loosoa glorious men ns, followed by tholr escort of swarthy, turlmned mnm- clukes, thoy rodo proudly sldo by side, tho sunlight glinting on their infill, Opposite to her houso thry halt ed nwhllo nnd, knowing that Rosa mund watched, although thoy could not see her, drew tlielr swords nnd lifted thenv In salute. Then, sheathing them again, thoy rode forward In alienee and soon were lost to sight. Little did Rosamund guess how dif ferent they would nppenr when they three met ngaln. Indeed, she scarcely dared to hope that they would ever meet, for she knew well that even If the war went In favor of the Christians sho would be hurried nway to some place where they would never And her. She knew well also tha.t from Dhmas. cus her rescue wns Impolitic. The struggle between cross nnd crescent would be fierce nnd to Hie denth, nnd sho was sure that whereHvi the clos est lighting there In the midst ot It would1 bo found Godwin nnd Wulf. Oh, she was great! Gold was hers, with gems more than she could count, and few wore tho weeks that did not bring her udded wealth or gifts. She had palaces to dwell In alone; gardens to wander In alone: eunuchs and slaves to rule over--ulone. Hut never a friend hnd she save the woman of Uie assassins, to whom she clurig be cause she, Masouda, had saved her frous Slnan, and who clung to her, why Rosamund could not he sure, for thero was n veil between thfilr spirits. They were gone; they were gone! Rosamund bowed her head and wept; then, hearing a sound behind her, turn ed to see thut Masouda was weeping also. "Why do you weep?" she aslied. "The maid should copy her mispress," nnswered Mnsouda, with n hard laugh; "but, lady, why do you weep? At least you nretlfloved, and, come what may, nothing can tnke that from you." A thought rose In Rosamund's mind n new nnd terrible thought. Tho eyes of Uio two women met, und those of Rosnmund nsked "Which?" nnxlously Maeouda with her forefinger wrote a min gle Arabic letter. ns once In the moonlight she had asked it with her voice from the gate above tho narrow way. Between them stjiod a table inlaid with ivory and pfarl, whereon the dust Join the strfct had gathered through the open lattice. Ma soudn leaned over and witli her fore finger wrote n single Arabic letter In the dust upon the table, then passed her hand across it. Rosamund's breast heaved twice or thrice and was still. Then she nsked: "Why did not you, who are free, go with him?' "Because lie prayed mo to bide hero nnd watch over the lady whom he loved So to the death I watch." CIIAPTKR XVIII. A tB ANY a day had gone by since ml the brethren bade 'farewell Jy 4 to Rosamund at Damascus. Xow, one burning .Inly night, thoy snt upon their horses, the moon light gleaming on their mail. Still ns statues they snt, looking out from a rocky mountain top aeris1? that grny nnd nrld plain which stretches from near Nazareth to the lip of tho hills nt whose foot lies Tiberias, on tho sen of Galilee. Beuenth them, camped airouiid the fouutain of Seffurieh, were Bprend the hosts of th'e Franks to which tliey did sentinel; 1,300 knights, 'J0,000 foot nnd hordes of Turcopoles that Is natives of the country, armed after theii fnah nn svF 4 1. a On mh n,in. I fashion of the Saxncens Tomorrow they were to advance, so rumor said, across yonder desert plain and give battle to Saladln, who lay witli all his power "by Ilattin, nbovu Tiberias. Godwin and his brother thqiight thnt It was a madness, for they had seen thf mrfcht of the Sara cens nnd ridden across that thirsty plain beneath tho summer sun, God win's heart was troubled, and fear took hold of him, not for himself, but for all tho countless army that lay asleep yon der, nnd for the cause of Chrlstoudom. "I go to watch yonder. Hldo you here," ho said to Wulf, and, turnlns tho head of Flame, rode some sixty yards over n shoulder of the rock to tho far ther edge of the mountain which looked toward the north. Dismounting, and bidding the horse stand, which it would do like a dog, he walked forward a few steps to where thero was a rock, nnd, kneeling down, began to pray. It soemed to Godwin that a sleep fell on him at least his mind givw cloud ed nnd confused. Then It cleared again, slowly, a stirred water clears, till It was bright nnd still. I.Ike cur tnlns tlio veils were lifted from his eyes, and as they swung aside ho saw farther nnd yot farther. Hesaw the king of the Franks in his tent beneath, and nbout him the coun cil of his captains, among them the fierce eyed master of the Templars and Count Itnymond of Tripoli, the lord of Tiberias. They wero reasoning togeth er till presently, In a rage, the master of the Templars drew his sword and dashed It down upon tho table. Another veil was lifted, nnd, lo. he saw tho camp of Saladln, the mighty, endless camp, with Its 10,000 tents. He saw the royal pavilion, nnd In It the sultan walked alone. lie was ioit 1b tVottght, nnd Godwin rend Ills thought. It wns: "Rphlnd mo thn .Tordnn nnd tlio sen of Giillleo, Into which, If my finnks wero turned; 1 should bo driven, t nnd all my host. In front tho terrl tarlen of tho Franks, whero I have no friend, nnd by Nazareth their great army. Allnh alono can help me. If they sit still nnd force me to ndvnnce across tho desert nnd nttnek them be foro my army melts nway, then I nm lost. If they advance upon me round the mountain Tnbor nnd by the wn tcred land, I may be lost. Rut if oh, If Allnh should ninke them mad, nnd they should strike strnlght ncross tho desjt-t, then- then they are lost, nntl tho reign of the cross hi Syria Is for ever at nn end," Look! Xear to the pavilion of Sal ndln stood nuothcr tent, closely guard ed, iind in It on u cushioned bed lnj two women. One was Rosamund, and the other was Mnsouda. Tho fast veil was withdrawn, and now Godwin saw u sight at which his soul shivered. A flre-blnckened plalc nud ubovo it a frowning mountain, und that mountain thick, thick with dead thousands and thousands nud thou- snnds ot delul, among which tho hy enas wandered and the night birds screamed. He could see tlielr fuces; many of them lie knew again ajj those of living men whom ho had met Id Jerusalem and elsewhere or hnd noted with tho army. Godwin awoke from his dream trem bling, mounted his horse nnd rode back to Wulf. "Tell me," asked Godwin, "how long U it since I left you?" "Some few minutes ten perhaps," nnswered his brother. "A short while to have seen so much," replied Godwin. Then he told him all and at the end asked him, "What think you?" ,Wulf considered awhile and answer-' ed: "Well, brother, you have touched no wine today, so you are nof drunk, audi you have done nothing foolish, so you' are not mad. Therefore it would seem ' that the saints have been talking to! you. Our watch is ended, for I hear tho horses of tho kuights who come to relieve us. Listen. This is my coun sel: In the camp yonder is our friend with whom we traveled from Jerusa lem, Egbert, the bishop of Nazareth, who matches with the host. Let us go to him and lay tills matter beforo him, for he is a holy man and learned." Godwin nodded in assent, aud pres ently, when the other knights were come and they had made their report to them, they rodo off together to the tent of F.gbcrt. Kgbert was an Englishman who had spent more than thirty years of his life in the east, whereof the suns had 1 tabued his wrinkled face to the hue of' bronze that seemed the darker In contrast with his blue eyes and snow whim hair and beard. Kntering the tent, they found him nt his prayers. Presently he rose and nsked Uiein what they needed. "Your counsel, holy father," answer ed Wulf. So, having seen thnt tho tent tlap wns closed nnd that none lingered near, Godwin told him his dream. The old man listened patiently, nor did ho seem surprised at this strnnge story, since in those days men snw, or thought they saw, many such visions. When he had finished Godwin asked of him 05 lie had asked of Wulf: "What think you, holy father? a dream or is It a message?" Is this "Godwin D'Arcy," he answered, "I have learned to know you as a true servant of the church. It well may bo that to such a one as yon foresight has been given, thnt through you those who nils- us may be wagjed and all Chris tendom saved from great sorrow and disgrace. Come, let us go to tho king and tell this story, for he still sits in council yonder." So they went out together and rode to admitted, leaving them without. Pres ently he returned for them. Already It was near midnight, but Ftlll the fjreut pavilion was crowded with barons and chief captains. At the head of the table sat the kins, Guy of Luslpuan, a weak fnced man, clad in splendid armor. On his ripht was the white haired Count Itnyniond of Tripoli and on his left the black bearded, frowninu master of the Templars, clad in ills white manfTe, on the left breast of which the red cross was blazoned. Words had been ruunini; high, their faces showed it, but Just then a silence reigned. The klnit looked up and, see Iiir the bishop, asked peevishly: "Whnt Is it now? Oh, I remember; some tale from those tal twin knights. Well, brine them forward." So the three of them came forward, Golhv's prayer the bishop Ep bert told of the vision that had come to him not more than an hour ago while he kept watch upon the mountain top. At first ono or two of the barons seemed disposed to laugh, but when they look ed at Godwin's high and spiritual face their laughter died away. Indeed, as tho tale ot the rooky hill and the dead who wore stretched upon it went on tliey grew white with fear, and whitest of them all was the king. "Is all this true, Sir Godwin?" ho asked when the bishop had finished. "It It true, my lord Vlng," answered Godwin, "Ills word Is not euougli," broke in tho master of the Templars. "Let him Hwear to it on the holy rood, knowing ttint If he lies it will blast his soul to nil eternity." Js'ow there was an annex to the tent, mdeiy furnished as a chapel, and at tho end of this annex a tall, veiled ob ject. Kunnus, the bishop of Acre, who was clad in the armor of a knight, wont to the object, and, drawing tho veil, revealed a broken, blackened cross, set around with Jewels, that stood about the height of a man abovo tho ground, for all tho lower part was gone. At tho sight of it Godwin and every man present thero fell upon his knees, for since St. Helena fouud It, over sev en centuries before, this had been ac counted tho most precious relic In nil Christendom tin; very wood upon which the Saviour suffered, as, Indeed, It mny have been. "Now," broke lu tho voice of tho Ihastor of tho Templars, "let Sir God win D'Arcy swear to the truth of hla ta.1 upon tills rood." Rlslug from his knees Godwin nd ranced to the crot, nud, lavlne his (iaud upon the jifJ, said; nb imrKii iiiiii u uimii fin iMitr ukv i tho vision which hns been toid to liliiff'H hlglincHH nnd to nil," Tho blshoo drw Imclc tho covcrln -ii .....i. . . . . . ,i t-jwii iiii;ji ituilin ukiuit 11UUIIL LI in uie. now uio Kinif wns verv tm nil of tlicin. ii .......i.t ... ,t ....... .i.... .. . , ,, Aft (,... ...... i i....... ....... ... .... a 1 r, n . i . , . T . .1 1 I i . ..t.. uaio yu uiriuue.r uis me ago?" rrUn n-.,,i rr.-.i.. ni-. ..i irowtung ruxe. King 'io me lie ueetns more like messenger from Saladln. Tell us. S - i.. . . . pr onca uio Kiiirnii a triiputfi At mascus, and were you not officers the sultan's bodyguard?" Now all looked Intently at Godwl vulir. liutillntiMl n Iff frla f'nritfiiinlnn lir. Alia ii ii.- w -i mini l nil ifun. wuhi i' Wulf spoke In bis loud voice: "Ave. we ueted us snnb for uwhl t! l .1 1 ..... ttm. I attacked by the assassins." sarcasm, "you saved Suladin's life, d you? I can well believe it. Xow, tlon"- "Slr Templar, with my toucue with my sword?" broke in Wulf, b 41... l.t .. 1,1. . 1 1 4 I LUU KIUL lIL'lll ULJ 111?. I1UI1I1 .11111 1111, him be silent. J. LUl Llllll . 171. LULlltrL. 1111 llll IIFIHW TV I M'V n lili.i'i-i nt snlnitln nrwt Ii she been created by him Princess rtijnlhw and Is slip lit this moinnnt his city of Damascus?" iiii." 13 in:- iiiuii.-, aiiaii-u uu bee, but at this moment she H not Damascus." win?" "I know it because in the vision which you have been told I saw ii mm ni. In n tnnt in Inn pnran nr SU din." Xow the council began to laugh, on: ( vp. iriv Mini i miii i i . 1 1 1 in iit'jti ii trorv Klfi'jrmi-wl tont T nw ennroc nf t in f t it IT . t..l fii:i i iti m Mm iit ii wimmi iiii in i-nii hour comes," Vntt- i)n l'l nMif or 1iPii 'iwnr ntiil murmur of fear ran round the board Only the Templar, who feared u thor man nor snint. lauzhcu aud na him the lie with his eyes. i kmv i i r wriin i was on mi iru on vt rlnr litlttiin T nw vnn urn n r In r w I. T..I ., i t nA .....1 of hhu upon this very table." thing, but the waiter answered. Ill III LI V llll I? 1111111'H II. IJI 1111 t imn nut en mis icnr. .m? iririi ci visions ; n eru uir iimts uuiereu D Arpv nt. n snrroror nnd ono whn 1 m'iMi in intim mu uu iiuiuiui'aiuni our common too," -vim i wuum uiiubi uie iiu uu Shouted Wulf. tiers una fuiu noimuK, ana uie nms went out taking no hed: IIII1NI III' SIMIIvt'Il fllJll. I 1I III 11(111- III il ill in. tiiiw ii. i'u vs r luum'u iiui Saladln like hold, Chris tun men, or we hide here liko cowards? -iiifii iiR-iu u luiiiu i uuui WUltll I'WTV III. ill KIlIlllILMI III II S 11MII l. jyufi nils i e y ivuu x eutufi i while the king sat at tho head of .it'.,.., . y r I iukh-ii niti intn minimi ui ins nn Presently he lifted It and said: 3W followed a great si'iee, for were lost In their own t'u .hts. i by one they rose, bojved to the k and left tho tent to give commands rest awhile beforo it was time to r Vivr.i,, ii, uiivi , llll. ..."ill (iici, t them the bishop of Nazareth u n?n uiey nan siepi awuuo iiuu and Wulf rose and fed their hor After tliey had washed and grooi them they tested and did on their nior, then took them down to .Hiring to drink their fill, as thWr n wineskins which ho had provl ngalnst this hour, and, tilling them jritiv; ....... . tuongs iienina uie satmiu oi mm . . l.1.l...1 I.I.. ... T.-... .... OUU IWO umiuiu niti iiiui, I'utiui-r, filled tho water bottles nt their sad bows, saying: "At least we will be among tho to die of thirst." "Sir Knights, whatever they say, I know you for bravo men, f havo heard the tale of your do among the assassins. There is r for you among my suit follow me. "As well him as another," said win. "Let us go whero wo are 1 So they followed him. A'J llll' 11IUV 111 Mir II1U MHII V H Kenna, where ouco the water I iri"rfiT - i iku ml ii i,r far j--.yfri kkW J L Ui I -TW Kl Mi i I J i !M rl I I it . -,. 31 U fir - r TSirfvr: ,m i i. in i. k 'i if iw i I i iv i iar i. - i ' r ii . is - w'v'