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THE BURLINGTON" FREE I'RESS : THURSDAY. JUNK 4, DOS.
OF the KANSAS
By LOUIS TRACY,
Author of "The Winds of the Mornlnf." "The Pillar of Uiht," Etc
COPYRIGHT, 1906, BY
THE captain wns enthusiastic
when lie heard of Elslo's Idea
for the protection of the main
deck "nn excellent notion," ho
termed it, lint lie scouted the sugges
tion thnt who t.hnnld undertake tho
"You little know whnt hauling tflut
heavy ennvas inenns," he said when
, thoy met nt lunch, "It would tenr tho
dkln off your linnds, No, Miss Max
well; wo enn pit our Chllcnns on to
thnt job, I Imve something better for
you to do. Cnn you miipV"
"I havo copied henps of pinna for
luy father," sho told him.
"Excellent! At noon todny I took
nn observation, so I Intend to devote
an hour to revising tho chart. Will
you help? Jory is in the scheme iil-
roady, Then the admiralty will grace-)
fully acknowledge the survey mipplled .
by Miss Elsie Maxwell, Cnptnln Ar-1
tnur Lourionay anu ,ioey, omerwiso
known as 'the pup.' "
Ills allusion to the dog by name ro
1 called "Jose tho Winding," but Elslo
thought alio would retain that tiny
scrap of detective information for tho '
present. Bo sho simply said: t
"You will explain to mo my part of
the undertaking, of course?" I
"Certainly. You must first correct
tho Index error. Then you subtract
tho dip and tho refraction In altitude, j
lako the sun's semldliunotor from tho ,
nautical almanac and mid tho parallax.
Do you follow me?"
thing. Hut I don't wish to henr tho
remarks of tho ndmlrnlty when they i
nee tho result."
"I nui Interested in navigation to
tho alight extent possible to a mere
yachtsman, May I join you?" Inter
posed Ohrlstobal. I
'Oh, yes!" said tho captain offhand
edly. Elslo repressed the smile on her Hps.
Did tho worthy doctor fesr develop
ments if this harmless mapmnklng
progresses in his absence? She Im
agined, too, that Courtenay's acqul-1
escenco in Chrlstobal's desire to bo (
present was not wholly in accordance
with his Innermost wish. She prompt-;
ly crushed thnt dangerous fancy. The
captain was only seeking for some ex- j
cuso to take her away from the rough J
work of rigging the extra awnings.
How odd that the other thought should
havo cropped u'p first!
"You still think the Kansas will win
clear of her difficulties?" she said
rather hurriedly. "After all, tho ship's
safety Is essential to your survey."
"Every hour strengthens my opin
ion," was the confident reply. ''Snare
Bays that there Is a reasonable chanco
of occasional brief spells of fine weath
er at this period of tho year. At any
rate, tho gale may not bo absolutely
continuous, and Walker is assured that
he can patch up the engines for half
6peed. Given a calm day a day like
this, for instance -w can reach the
(strait in a. few hours."
"And the Indians?"
"I leave them out of my reckoning.
What else can I do?"
"Kill 'em," said Tollemac'.ie.
Courtenay glanced sharply at his fel
low countryman. lie disliked these
references to the Alaculof bogy In.
"We have dynamite aboard," said
Tollemnche. "Why not construct a
couple of Infernal machines which
could be fired by pulling a string and
let them drift toward the canoes when
the Indians are near enough?"
"It Is worth trying," was Courte
nay's brief comment, though he saw
later that Tolleinnche's suggestion was
a very useful one.
Elslo's first task was to prepare a
large scale drawing of the southern
part of Hanover Island as bet forth In
admirably chart No. 1S37 (sheet '2,
Tatagonia), which Is the only trust
worthy record available for shipmas
ters using the outer passages between
the gulf of Penas nnd the strait of Ma
gellan. It was a simple matter to fill
in the few contours given. The neigh
boring small Islands were shown In
reasonable) detail, but the whole west
ern const or Hanover Island Itself con
slstod of n dotted line and a solitary
peak. Stokes mountain, tho height of
which could bo estimated nnd Its po
sition triangulated from the sea. Even
Concepclon strait, on the north, and
the San Bins channel, on the south,
were marked In those significant dot
ted Hues The const was practically
unknown to civilized man,
It wns borne In on the girl while sho
worked that tho chief marvel In her
present condition was the triumph of
Bclence over nature In Its most hostile
mood. Tbo Kansas boasted all the
i comforts and luxuries of a well equip
' ped Hotel, Seated nt the Hamo table
s herself watt n skillful sailor, using
1 logarithms, secants and cosecants, po
.' Jar distances nnd hour angles as if ho
(worn In some university class room.
Sho Ktole a glance at Couneuay. no
wan ao keenly ougagwl on the business
I in hand, so beat on achieving accuracy
In ills figures, that she chlded herself
for her reverie. Then she wondered
If he ever gave u thought to that prom
ised wlfo of his, who must soon suffer
the agony of knowing that tho Kansas
Elslo was sufficiently well acquaint-
i d with shipping to realize tho sensa-
tlnn that would bo created by the first
cablegram from Cornnol announcing
'tho nonappearance of tho Menmer in
tua atrait. Tho Valparaiso newspa
pers would be full of Mtrmlses as to
tho vessel's fnte. They would publish
full details of tho valunble cargo and
Would give n list of tho passengers and
officers, Ahl Vcntnnn would learn
tUoo, If t9 bad not liesrd It earlier,
thnt she was on board. And be alone
would understand the true reason of
ber flight from Chllo. Ilor cheeks
Bushed, nnd she applied herself more
tloseby lo the chart Bhe was corvine
EDWARD J. Ct-ODE
She had left n good ileal unsaid In her
brief slntenient that morning. How
Strang?, how utterly unexpected, It
was that Vontsinii's. name should fall
from Courtenay's lips Courtenny of
all men living! And wlmt did Isobel
mean during thnt Inst dreadful scene
ere she wns carried uwny to the boat
by screaming In her frenzy thnt Vcn
tnnn hnd taken "nn ntnple vengeance?"
Vengeance for whnt? Hnd the hnlf
breed dared to mnl:e the same pro
posal to the rich anil highly placed
Isobel During that he did not scruple
to put before the needy governors?
Surely that was Impossible. Thcro
were Units even to his audacity
"Well, how Is my chief hydrogra
Courtenay's cheery voice banished
tho unwelcome specter of Vcntnnn.
"I do believe you were dny dream
ing," said the captain, with n surpris
ed smile. "A penny for your thoughts."
"I don't think you can pay me," sho
retorted, hoping to cover her confusion.
"Won't you accept Chilean curren
cy?" "Not on the high man."
"Hut you are on dry land. Please
make a dot on your map at 51 degrees
14 minutes 0 seconds south nnd 74 de
grees r,0 minutes :i seconds west. Thnt
is the present position of the ship. Lot
me pin this compass card on tho ta
ble. I'se the parallel ruler, regard
each Inch us a mile, and I'll do the rout
by guesswork. "
Courtenay took his binoculars and
went on to the bridge. He cnlled out
the apparent distance of each land
mark ho could distinguish, described
It and gave Its true bearing. In th-
result Elsie found she had prepared a
clear and fairly accurate chart of the
bay and its headlands, while the po
sition of tho distant range of moun
tains was marked with tolerable preci
sion. Hut Courtenny was fur from
"If I hnd n base line or even n fresh
ect of points tnken higher up the Inlet
I could Improve on my pert of tho sur
vey," he said. "Yours Is admirable,
Miss Maxwell. Of course I know you
nrc nn nrtlst, but mnpplug Is n thlUiJ
apart. Thnt Is first rate."
"Perhaps you may be able to secure
fresh data when the Kansas puts to
sea ugnin," said Chrlstobul.
"If I nin conning the wheel I must
leave the chartninklng entirely to my
assistant," replied the cnptnln lightly.
Elite's first triHli was to prepare a large
"Hut I do mean to peep a little farther
into our estuary. Hefore the ship
sails 1 may have another spare hour to
devote to It."
"In what way?" asked Elsie.
"Hy utilizing the canoe. A mile or
so higher up the channel I should be
clenr of tho bluff which hides Otter
creek. I Imagine it will be posslbU
then to see the full extent of the bay
I must get you to sound Suarez as to
the lay of the land."
"I hope you will do nothing of thn
sort," protested Elsie earnestly.
"Why? Do you think the ennoo un
"No, no; not that. Uut those waiting
Indians, They might see you."
"Oli, tho Indians again! I shall run
no risk of that sort. It would Indeed
be the Irony of fate If the Kansas
flipped her cnble and left the sklppo
behlml." "Huh no fear! She'd follow you like
Joey. I was tcllln' Miss Maxwell wli.n
1 lucky fellow you arc. Besides, If
you went I'd be In command, an' you
know what would happen then. If nl'
else fnllcd, the bloomln' tub would
turn turtle In the pool."
To emplinslzo his remarks Boyle
blew a big smoke ring and shot sov
erul smnller rings through It.
Elsie felt Chrlstobal's critical eye on
her. She was shading tho outlines of
the map nnd trusted that her head was
bent sufficiently to hide tho telltale
color which leaped to her fnco. But
Courtenny wished to hear more of this.
"I hope, you do not credit everything
my chief olllcer says about mo." he
said, glancing over her shoulder at the
drawing, "nor about himself," he add
rd, as she was too busy to look up. "To
my knowledge he has refused the com
mand of two ships since we both Join
d the Kansas."
"Homo orders!" cried Doyle, who
was certainly beyond himself. Proba
bly he missed his regular vocal oxer
clso owing to lack of a crew. "My
missus says to me: 'You just stick to
Cantata Cauitouur. ,auui feller-ma-
lad. lie's ono of tho get-rlch-qulck
port. P'rapi you'll learn from him how
to dodge board of trade Inquiries.'
You utiind on whnt I told you, Miss
Mnxwcll. Vou remember commodore?
Courtenny glnnced nt the chronome
ter. "t must be off," he announced. "Tolle
mnche mny need some help with his
bombs, nnd those Chllcnns roqulre
Chrlstobnl, too, quilted the chnrt
room to visit his pntlents. He hnd said
very little while ho sat there, nnd Elsie
did not know whether to laugh or cry
at tho tragic comedy of her environ
ment. She wns only certain of one
thing she would like to box Doyle's
enrs. She was completely nt a loss to
account for his persistent efforts to
drag In reft rences to their prior con
versation. She dnred not catechise
him. Thnt would be piling up more
dlfiicullles lor tho future. Hut what
possessed htm to blurt out such em
barrassing details In the presence of
the two men whom she most wished to
remain In Ignorance of them?
She peeped nt Doyle sideways. Ills
eyes were closed, the cigar was be
tween his teeth, and lie hnd n brond
grin on his face. Shu could not guess
that the once taciturn chief officer of
the Kansas was saying to himself:
"My godfather, how Pills glaredl
There will Ik? trouble on this ship
about it woman before long or I'm u
Dutchman. An' didn't the skipper rise
at tho fly too! Huh!"
A little later as Elsie passed along
the promenade deck she snw Courte
nny. Tollemnche nnd Walker deep In
consultation. They were nrranglug n
percussion fuse of fulminating mer
cury. While she was watching them
Walker dropped n broken ftirnnce bar
on top of n smnll pnekngo placed on
nn Iron block. Instantly there wns a
shnrt report, nnd Joey, who wns nu
Interested observer, jumped several
feet. The men lnughed, nnd she heard
"Thnt Is the right proportion of ful
minate. Now, TollPinneho. I'll help
you to fix thein. We do not know the
moment those reptiles mny choose to
So the captain did not leave the Ala
culof menace nltogother out of count.
Something rose In her throat, some
wave of emotion which threatened hor
splendid serenity. She ran rnther thnn
walked to her cnbin. flung herself on
the bed nnd sobbed pltcously. It hnd
to come, this tempest of tenrs. When
desperate odds demanded unflinching
courage she faced them dry eyed, with
steadfast heart. Rut today In tho
bright sunshine nnd apparent security
of the ship sinister death shadows tor
tured her Into rebellion. She did not
stop to nsk herself why sho wept. Be
Ing n woman, she yielded to the gust,
nnd when it had ended, with tho sud
denness of a summer shower, she smil
ed through the vanishing tears. Her
first concern was that none should be
aware of her weakness.
"How stupid of me!" she murmured,
"What would the men think If they
knew I broke down in this fashion?"
She looked in n mirror. In the clear
light without nny one could see she
hnd been crying, and there was so
much work to be done that she did not
wish to remain in her stateroom until
all tokens of tho storm had passed.
She searched for n powder puff and
was at n loss to discover its where
abouts until she recollected that the
doctor hnd borrowed it for the use of
n man slightly scalded when his own
supply of antiseptic powder was ex
hausted. So sho went into Isobel's
room, entering It for the first time
since the Kansas struck on tho shoal.
The two cabins communicated, ns Mr.
Hnrlng bad gone to the expense of hnv
lng a door broken through the parti
tion for the girls' use during the voy
age. If Elsie had not already given wny
to tears she must hnvo faltered now at
the sight of ber friend's belongings
strewed In i onfuslon over the floor,
chnlrs, dressing table nnd bed. Isobel
possessed n gold mounted dressing ense
the size of an ordinary portmnnteau.
It held an assortment of pretty nnd
mostly useless knlckknacks, and they
had all been tumbled out In a frantic
hurry. At first Elsie flinched from fur
ther scrutiny, but common sense told
her that this despondent mood must
be fought. She dropped to her knees,
found n mother-of-pearl powder box
and nicked up other rcnttered articles
and replaced them in the dressing
case. To accomplish this It was neces
aary to vcarrango various trays and
drawers. Portraits of girl friends, In
cluding her own. nnd of men unknown
to her, letters, memoranda nnd other
documents were thrown nbout In dis
order. All these she put bnck In tbelr
receptnclcs, wondering the while what
motive had led Isobol to make such a
frenzied senrch for some speclnl object
that she cared not a Jot what became
of the remaining articles.
Yet who could account for tho frenzy
of that terrible hour when the captain
announced the ship's danger? Even
Courtnnay himself, she remembered,
had emptied a locker In a rapid bunt
for the dog's coat, but ho had laugh
ingly explained bis haste later when
some chance reference wns made to
his soaked garments.
Anything was explicable la the light
of panic. She gathered up n skirt and
some blouses, locked the dressing case,
put tho key In her purse and quitted
the room with a henvy heart, for the
handling of her friend's treasures had
brought sad memories.
Passing Into the deck corridor, sho
heard the captain's voice, nppnrently
at a considerable distance. Two hun
dred yards away from tho ship Cour
tenay and Tollemnche wore anchoring
a flat framework built of spare hatch
es and secured by wooden crosspleces.
On It stood the first of tho Infernal ma
chines. The raft floated level wlfh
the water, so Its only conspicuous fit
ting wns a smnll spar and a block, to
which a line nnd an Iron bar wero at
tached, The men looked strange. In
her eyes at thnt distance. In tho mar
velously clear light sho could see their
features distinctly, and when Courte
nay shouted to n sailor to hnul In the
slack of the line she caught a trumpet
'like ring that recalled the scene In the
anion when bo held back tho mob of
stewards. His athletic figure, silhou
etted against the shimmering green of
the water, was instinct with graceful
strength. He looked a born leader of
men, and, as though to mark bis uulck-
Clilet Officer Joylc.
noss of observation, no sooner hart
Elsie glanced over the side of the ship
than he waved n hand to her.
She sighed. A bitter thought peeped
up in her that, lie wns perhaps a trifle
careless In showing her these little at
tentions. She wished lie would spenk
to her of that other girl who awaited
him In England. A pleasant state of
confidence would be established then.
Those secret twitches of sentlmen
She walked aft to cbtnln a rearer
view of the operations. The sailors
had already shut In n nrge portion of
tbo promennde deck w'th ennvns, nnd
she noticed thnt looplioles were pro
vided every ten feet or so to permit the
effectlvo use of the defenders' firearms.
Thus at each step she was reminded
of the precarious hold she hnd on life,
and sho was poslthely frightened
when some mnd Impulse surged
through hor whole beh.g, bidding her
Imperiously to abandon her ultra con
scientious loyalty to a woman she had
never seen. Why strucule ngalust cir
cumstance? If death were to near,
whnt did she gain by prudery?
For an Instant sho stood nghnst at
the revelation which hrd come to her
Bhe was in love with ( ourtenny. She
was ready to die by h s side, fearless
nnd Joyous, if only he would put his
arms nround her nnd tell her that she
was dear to him. Ah, the fierce delight
of that first silent surrender! Her
henrt bent as It had never pulsed be
fore, even under tin- stress of the
storm or the sudden terror of the
night attack. Her eyrs shone, and her
breath came laborious v between parted
Hps. Golden dreams coursed through
her brain. Sho was thrilled with an
Then her swimming eyes rested on a
group of men standing on the poop.
Among tliom wns Chrlstobnl, Interest
ed, like the rest, In the floating of the
mine. And,fqphwlth.vIJl6le7fell from
the clouds vnr'r,ii. Wrought back,
shuddering, to cold reason again.. She
was sick at heart. She hated herself
for her-self abasement. Sho must gird
her with sackcloth and mourn, and
the fight must be fought now wltb'6ut
parley or hesitation unless the sweet
ness were to go forMi from life forever
and all things turn to nslies In her
mouth. Y" 1
So, marshaling the best qualities of
her womanhood, sho quelled the tur
moil In her breast, forced herself to
Join the men on the after deck and
aid when the smiling Spaniard turned
to receive her1
"Where do they mean to put the sec
"About there," he said, Indicating a
point on the surface of the bay east
ward of the canoe. Ills right arm was.
extended, nnd he plnced his left hnnd
on her shoulder. Courtenny, bailing
Walker, saw the two leaning over the
rails In that attitude. Perhaps ono of
the two hoped that Courtenay would
see tnem. lilsie, as part of tier pun
ishment, did not shrink away, though
the touch of Chrlstobal's hand made
her flesh creep Hut Joey, whoso mind
was singularly five from complexities,
leaped up at her. lie wanted Elslo to
tell htm what Courtenay was doing
out there, eo far away from the ship.
Bhe stooped and picked him up. Chris
tebal had no excuse for a second ca
ress. "Dark, Joey," she whispered, "bark
and call your master. If anything hap
pens to him, you and I shall never see
England ngaln. And I am longing fo
CIIItlSTMAS day arrived and
maintained Its kindly repute,
by finding affairs on board tile"
Kansas changed for the bettor.
Mr. Hoylo was so far recovered that
he could walk. He even took command
of two watches In the twenty-four
hours, but was forbidden to exert him
self lest the wound In his back should
reopen. Several Injured sailors and fire
men were convalescent. The two most
serious cases were out of danger.
Krascuelo, hardy as n weed, dnred the
risk of using his damaged leg and sur
vived, though his progress along the
deck was painful. Nevertheless on
Christmas morning ho presented him
self before the captain and asked leavo
to nbnndon his present qunrters. He
felt lonely In tho forecastle nnd wish
ed to berth with the other Chllenns In
tho neighborhood of the snlon. Al
though his luck was bad In somo re
epects, the qonl trimmer was endowed
with the nine lives of n cat, for there
could be no manner of doubt that ho
dragged himself nft Just In time to
avoid being killed.
Yet never wns day loss ominous In
appearance. Tho breezy, sunlit morn
ing brought uo hint of comlug tragedy.
The Ono weather which had prevailed
elnce tho Kansas drifted Into the estu
nry seemed to becomo more settled as
the month wore. Suarez said It was
Hut the miner from Argeutlna never
wavered In his belief that the Indians
would sooo muster every adult for an
assault on the ship. Tbo elements
might waver, but not the hate of tho
savage. From the rising of tbo sun to
the going down thereof Suarez wns
ever on tho nlert.
Every other person on the ship held tho
opinion thnt tho Alaculofs would nttnek
by night If they were not nfrnld to nt
tempt tho enterprise nt nil. So Hunrez
slept soundly while bis compnnlons
were on tho qui vivo for a call to repel
bonrders. Wero It nnt for the strnln
Induced by the silent mennce of their
snvnge neighbors the smnll company
suffered no 111 from their prolonged
stny In this peaceful nnchnrnge. Thcro
wns work In plenty for nil hnnd3.
Walker was re-enforced by n trio of
firemen whoso technical knowledge,
slight ns It wns, proved useful when
he begnn to fit and connect the dis
abled machinery. Kor the rest, tho
promenade deck wns wnlled with
strong ennvns, whl'e Courtenay nnd
Tollemnche gnve undivided attention
to the fnshlonlng of soverul other float
ing bombs which could be exploded
from the ship. They nlso provided
flexible stentn pipes In places where n
rush might be mnde If tho Indlnnsonce
secured n fooling on the deck, fore or
nft. Steam was kept up constantly In
the donkey boiler not alone for the
electric light nnd the dally working of
the pumps, ns the Knnsns had not
blundered over the shoal without
straining some of her plates, but for
use against the naked bodies of their
When day followed day without nny
sign of hostility not n man on bonrd
snvo Sunrez nnd Tollemnche pnld
much renl heed to the sliorewnrd peril.
Wnlker, with his hnmmers nnd cold
chisels, screw Jncks nnd wrenches, wns
the center of Interest. And Walker's
swarthy visage wore n permanent grin,
which presaged well for the fulfillment
of his promise
Elslo devoted herself to the hospital.
She Wns thus brought more in contnet
with Chrlstobnl thnn with nny of the
others. Nor did he make this close ac
quaintance Irksome to her. Always
suave and charming In manner, he
exerted himself to be entertaining.
Though she knew full well that If the
Kansas reached the open sea ngaln
he would nsk her to marry him, ho
wns evidently content to deny himself
the privileges of courtship until n prop
er time and season.
She wns far too wise to appear to
avoid Courtenay. Indeed, she was stu
diously ngreeaiile to him when thoy
mot. She adopted the safe role of
good fellowship, flattering herself that
her own folly would shrink to nothing
ness under the hourly castlgatlon thus
After the midday meal on Christmas
day a sumptuous repast, for tho duo
preparation of which Elsie had come
to the Chilean cook's assistance In the
matter of the plum pudding Suarez
suddenly reported that n new column
of smoke was rising from fJuanaco
hr.l, a crag dominating the eastern
side of the bay. He was unable to at
tribute nny special significance to the
slgnnl on thnt particular place. Dur
ing his five years with the Alacuiof
tribe he had never seen a fire lighted
there before. That in Itself was a fact
sinister and alarming.
Suarez had sufficient tact not to make
this statement publicly. He told Chrls
tobal, and the doctor passed on tho In
formation to the captain. Doth men
went to tho poop with tbelr glasses nnd
cnrefully examined the coast line.
Courtenay was the first to break an
oppressive silence, and his low pitched
voice announced stirring tidings.
"Do you see those canoes yonder?"
he said. "There wero three under the
trees before Suarez discovered tho
smoke on Guanaco. Now I fancy I
can make out nearly a dozen. Though
they are not launched, they have been
put mere for some purpose.
you mind going forward and asking
Mr. Hoylo to summon all bands on
deck? He knows cxacJJy what to do.
Kemembe.r that I regard you and Miss
Maxwell as noncombntnnts and expect
you both to remain In the salon. If
these painted devils really m.n to nt
tack, some of us will get hurt, nnd then
your services will be of greater valuo
than In the fighting line. And if I do
not see Miss Maxwell before th trou
ble begins please tell her she need fear
no alarm. We shall be able to beat off
our assailants with comparative ease."
When the captain of the Kansas
spoke like that, there was no gainsay
ing him. Even Chrlstobnl, whose Jeal
ous suspicions were ever ready to burst
Into flame, wns roused to enthusiasm
by his cool gallantry.
Hut ere the Spaniard turned to go a
disturbing thought forced Its way to
"We hnve every confidence In you,"
he said, "and I admit that It should be
n simple matter to prevent the snvages
from galnlug tho upper hand. Yet ac
cidents happen. Suppose they manage
to rush your defense?"
"They will not do that while I and
every other man on deck Is alive. If
the worst comes to the worst, you
have a revolver"
"Yes," said Chrlstobal.
"It will suffice for two, but not for a
The two men, united by tho very
bond which threatened to bring them
Into antagonism, looked Into each oth
"Is that your last word?" asked
"I feel sure that you are right. Good
by!" They shook hands. They wero near
er a real friendship then than either of
them thought possible, and the bond
which held them was love for the
Courtenay, using his glasses again,
saw that a number of Indians were
launching the canoes simultaneously.
He counted nine smnll crnft, each
holding five or six men or men and
women. At the distance, nearly threo
miles, ho could not be certain whether
or not they nil wore the distinguishing
headdress of feathers Against wind
nnd current they could not possibly
reach tho ship under half an hour, and
the Biu.tllness of the fleet surprised
The news that the Indians were ad
vancing ran through the ship like wild
fire. Including Mr. Doyle, Frascuelo
and those among the Chllenns whor.o
wounds wero not serious, there were
fourteen men available for the de
feusc. Unfortunately tho supply of
firearms was Inadequate. A shotgtin
nnd llvo revolvers constituted the ar
mory, und ono of the pistols was In-
Chrlstobal's pocket. Tho supply of
ammunition was so small that lb re
volvers could not bo reloaded more
thnn throe times, but Courtenny hnd
200 shot cartridges, nnd ngnlnst naked
men nn ounce of shot Is far more ef
fective thnn n bullet.
Tho cnptnln hoped to terrify the In
dlnns before thoy attempted to scale
the ship's sides. If various ruses fall
ed nnd the nttnek wns pressed, ho hnd
decided not to split up his smnll force
In tho effort to repel boarders. A scat
tered resistance would surely break
down nt ono point or another; there
would bo n rush of snvages along the
decks, a panic nmong the Chileans, nnd
all would be ended. On the other hnnd,
when fighting collectively under Euro
pean leadership nnd well awnre that
the Indlnns would kill nnd spare not,
the half breeds might bo trusted to ac
quit themselves like men.
The canvas owning constituted n
flimsy citadel In the center of tho ves
sel. Six men were s'ntloncd on the
starboard side of the promenade deck
nnd six on the port side. Tollemnche
nnd n Chilean who said he could shoot
well were told to frustrate nny at
tempt to climb the after part of the
ship, while Courtenny, with his fowl
ing piece, would hnvo tho lion's share j
of this work from the spar deck, ns ho I
undertook to keep the rails clear for
ward nnd help tho revolver practice If
necessary. With him wns Suarez, who
know what was expected of him, so
the language difficulty offered no ap
parent hindrance once the fight began.
Finally, If the Indlnns made good their
fooling, the defenders were to rally to
ward the salon companion, where
stenm Jets were ready to spurt with
ering blasts along the corridors.
It was a good plan nnd might have
kept at bay nn enemy of higher valor
than the Alaculofs, provided they were
not nrmcd with rifles. Against mod
ern weapons of long range nothing
could be done. If Suarez did not exag
gerate, therein lay the real danger
Courtenay wished to make sure at the
outset of the number of guns carried
by the savages. It was also Important
to know whether their marksmen were
distributed or crowded together In one
or two canoes. If the- latter, he would
give those warriors his special atten
tion. His blnooular glasses were not strong
enough, ho he walked back toward the
chart house to procure n telescope.
Catching Joey under his left arm, he
climbed the short ladder leading to
tho spar deck and pulled It up after
him, the bolts having been already re
moved to permit of that being done.
Walker was screwing tight the door
of the engine room in order to safe
guard the fireman in attendance on the
donkey boiler. Now that the screw
driving was actually In operation It
very unpleasantly reminded Courtenay
of the fastening of a coflln lid. Nei
ther Wnlker nor the man Inside could
guess the grewsome notion which held
the captain in its chilly grip for an In
btunt. Indeed, the engineer looked up
with a grin.
"I suppose It's twue, sir, the-aw's
goln' to be a fight?" he nsked.
"There's a fair chanco of one, Wal
ter." Walker winked suggestively.
"That chop Inside thinks he's out of
It," he said, "so that's all wight." An
energotlc turn of the screwdriver signi
fied that the man from Newcastle held
the opposite view. Much ns he loved
bis engines, ho preferred to be oh deck
when the trouble came.
It happened that during this slight
delay Courtenay glanced nt the north
rrn headlnnd, which Elslo had christ
ened Cape Templar owing to the some
whnt remnrknblc profile of a knight in
nrnior offered by its seaward crags.
Possibly had he gone straight to tho
chart bouse he might not havo noticed
a signal fire which was In full blast
on the summit of the cliff. It had not
been many minutes In existence, and
it struck him at once that It was a ve
hicle of communication between tho
savages In the approaching canoes and
others, yet invisible, who wero expect
ed to share In the attack.
He was quick to perceive how seri
ously this new peril affected his cnlcu
latlons. Hy the time the nine canoes
he had counted were nlongslde the ship
there might be dozens of others ready
to help them, lie leaned over the rati.
"Did you test those flexible pipes this
morning?" he Inquired.
"Yes, sir, they aw In line condition,"
"Try them again, will you? I want
to make sure. Our lives may depend
on them very soon."
lie saw Suarez watching the oncom
ing canoes. Hy n touch on the shoulder
he cnlled the uaan's attention to the
smoke signal on Cape Templar. A
voluble and perfervld explanation in
Spanish was useless. Here arose the
unforeseen need of nn Interpreter.
Without troubling to analyze his feel
ings Courtenny was glad of the excuse
which presented Itself of obtaining a
momentary glimpse of Elsie.
"Hrlng tho senorlta." he said, and
Elsie, wondering why she had been
summoned from the salon, ran up the
bridge companion. Her face wns
aglow with excitement, her heart going
pitapat. Sho hoped tha. Courtenny
meant to keep her near him during the
fight. She almost doubted Chrlstobal's
statement that the captain had given
specific orders that she was to remain
In the salon. It was one thing that
she should wish to avoid him, but why
should ho wish to nvold her?
The Joy In her eyes died away when
sho found that tho captain merely re
quired a translator. The restraint she
Imposed on herself mnde her tongue
trip. She hnd to nsk Suarez to repeat
his statement twice before sho was
able to put It Into English.
"Ho says that the Indians only kin
dle a fire on that point when they
want the signal to be seen from tbo
sea," sho explained at last "They
used It once to his knowledge when
somo of them had gone to the Island
out there to kill seals. He cannot guess
what It portends today, but ho is quite
sure that they have many more canoes
at command than those which you now
ace up the bay."
Courtenay could not fall to notice
ber agitation. Ills quick Intent was to
"I nm afraid my sending for you In
such n hurry rather alarmed you. Sua
rea strikes me us a person of nerves.
He overrates the enemy, Miss Max
well. I think you know me well
enough to bellevo that I would not
mislead you, and I am quite in earnest
when I tell you that we shall drive off
theso unforlunnto wretches with com
porattvo case. Why, I bad It in my
lie caught her hmi'l and looked into her
heart to pity tlieni a moment ago "
She was glad he misunderstood the
cause of her agitation.
"Suarez Is certainly rather dramatic"
she said, smiling wistfully. "I ought
to have discounted his Spanish modo
of address. Hut Is It really necessary
that I should remain below?"
"It Is. If shots are fired or stones
slung nt us, the chart house will prob
ably bo hit. Ah, jes, 1 nm sure you
would risk that and more, but we may
rustaln casualties, nnd Chrlstoba! ought
to have help. You see, I am asking
you to net the braver part."
Ho caught her hand and looked Into
her eyes. There are so many messages
that can be given In that silent lan
guage. For a blissful moment Els!
forgot the other woman. Not until sha
hnd left the bridge did she realize that
Courtenny, too, must have beon equal
ly forgetful. And that was very dis
tressing both for ber and tho un
known. But here she was face to face
with him and In such close proximity
that she was unaccountably timid.
While her henrt leaped In tumult, sha
forced her Hps to answer:
"You are right. You are always
right. I was selfish In thinking that
There was a pitiful quivering In the
rorners of her mouth. Courtenay feit
her hand tremble.
"He a brave girl, Elsie," he murmur
ed. "You must go now. Have no fear.
Wo are In God's care. May his angels
watch over you!"
"But you yon will not risk your life?
What shall we do if anything happens
She was strung to that tense plt'ii
when unguarded speech bubbles forth
the soul's secrets. All she knew was
that Courtenay was looking at her as a
man looks at the woman he loves. Nei
ther of them paid heed to the presen o
of Suarez. For nn Instant they had a
glimpse of heaven, but the ciirlousi.v
harsh voice of the Spanish miner fe.l
on their ears, and they came bock to
earth with n sudden drop.
"The Feathered People are singing
their war clinnt," he raid, and bis ges
ture seemed to ask them to listen.
They started apart, and It was not El
sie alone who blushed. Courtenay
crimsoned beneath the tan on bis faca
and pretended u mighty Interest In thu
doings of the savage. The girl re
covered her self control more rapidly.
She half whispered the meaning of the
miner's cry, whereon Courtenay tried
"They will be singing a dirge next,"
said he, with a jaunty confidence.
"Now, Elslo, off with you! He suro I
shall com and tell you when you may
appear on deck."
She hurried away. She recked
naught of the Alaculof challenge.
Though the raucous notes of the tune
less lay could be henrd plnlnly enough,
they did not reach her ear.s. When sha
raced down the snlon compnnlon sho
found Chrlstobal bending over tha
small ease of Instruments he always
carried. He straightened himself in his
peculiarly stiff way.
"What did the captnln want?" ha
nsked, with n suspicious peevishness
which for once detracted from bis
habitual courtesy. The uote of dis
trust Jarred Elslo beck into her senses.
"He wished me to trauslate Senot
Suarez's explanation of another smoka
signal," sho answered.
"He told you himself, I suppose, that
he wished you to stay here."
"Ho did more. He drove me away."
"Against your will?"
"No. Am I not one of the ship's com
pany? Is he not tho centurion? He
says to this woman, 'Go,' nnd she go
eth, nor does she stand upon the order
of her going. Oh, please don't look at
mo as If I were cracked! Surely ono
mny mingle the Hible nnd Shnke&peare
in nn emergency."
"One may also tear linen sheets Into
strips," paid Chrlstobnl gravely. El
sie's quip had saved the situation. Ho
attributed her flushed cheeks mid spar
kling eyes to the fever of the threat
ened fight. She applied herself eager
ly to tho task. Already tho fume and
ngony of vain regret were striving to
conquer the ecstasy which had flooded
her whole being.
Courlenay met.nwhlle was examin
ing the advancing flotilla. His brain
was conning each detail of the Alaculof
array, but his heart was whispering
"In another moment you would have
kissed her and told her you loved her.
You know you would, so don't deny It.
Ah, kissed her and held her to your
So Suarez spoiled a pretty bit of ro
mauce by his ruffling ngltatlon over
some bawl of savage frenzy, for Cour
tenay of course would have laughed
away the girl's protests that sho was
usurping another woman's place.
If the confident demeanor of the pad
dling warriors In the canoes were des
tined to be Justified, the Kansas was
In a parlous state. Her vast bluU nnd
sheer walls of steel did not daunt
them, They came on steadily against