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I Doubloons JL By W' CAMILLA KENYON . Copyright. The Bohh-UrpiU CompuW (CHAPTER XVIII —Continued.) “I suggest.” said Dugald, “that, our numbers having most fortunately di minished and there being, on the basis of Peter’s calculations, enough to en rich us all. we should share and share alike.” And this proposal was received with acclamations, as was a second from the same source, devot ing a certain percentage of each share to Cookie, to whom the news of Ills good fortune was to come later as a great surprise. Shortly before sundown Cuthbert and Cookie were dispatched by Dugald Shaw to the cliff above the cave with supplies for the inhumed pirates. These were let down by rope. A note was brought up on the rope, signed by Mr. Tubbs, and containing strangely Jumbled exhortations, prayers and threats. A second descent of the rope •elicited another missive, neatly folded and addressed In the same hum! to Miss Jane Harding. Cuthbert gave this privately to me. hut its contents must forever be unknown, for it went, unread, into Cookie’s fire. I had no mind to find Aunt Jane, with her um brella as a parachute, vanishing over the? cliffs to seek the arms of a repent nut Tubbs. The fly in the ointment of our satis faction, and Hie one remaining obsta cle to our possession of the treasure, was the presence of the two pirates In our midst. They were not nice pi- The Remarkable Program Was Tri umphantly Carried Out. xates. They were quite tile least choice of the collection. Chris, when he was not swearing, wept molstly, and so touched the heart of Aunt Jane that we lived in fear of her let ting him go if she got the opportun ity What to do with the pirates contin ued for a day and a night a knotty problem. It was Cuthbert Vane who solved It, and with the simplicity of genius. “Why not send 'em down to their ■chums the way we do the eats?" he asked. Dire outcries greeted the decision. Aunt Jane wept, and Chris wept. Oaths flowed from Captain Magnus in a turgid stream. Nevertheless the twain were led away, firmly bound, and guarded by Dugald, Cuthbert and the negro. And the remarkable pro gram proposed by Cuthbert Vane was triumphantly carried out. Six prison ers now occupied the old cave of the buccaneers. With the camp freed from the pres ence of the pirates all need of watch fulness was over. The prisoners in the cave were provided with no im plements but spades, whereas dyna mite and crowbars would be necessary to force a way through the debris which choked the of the tunnel. A looking over of the ground at the dally feeding time would be enough. Tomorrow’s sun would see our hopes crowned and all our toll reward ed by the recovery of the treasure from the Islaud Queen. CHAPTER XIX. Twlxt Cup and Lip. Next morning an event occurred sufficiently astonishing to divert our thoughts from even the all-important topic of the Island Queen. Cookie, \who had been on the high land of the /point gathering firewood, came rush ping back to announce that a steamer hud appeared in the offing. All the party dropped their occupations and ran to look. That the Kufus Smith had returned at an unexpectedly early date was of course the natural explanation of the appearance of a vessel In these lonely sees. But through the glass the new arrival turned out to be not the tubby frelght- V’tuFK 8 stra,1 * er Hf clean-cut, rakish DOUO, lying low in the water and de- signed (or speed rather _,au currying capacity. A mile offshore she lay to, anil a boat left her side. Wondering and dis quieted, we returned to the beach to await her coming- Was It another pi rate? What possible errand could bring a steamer to this remote, unvis ited, all but forgotten little Island? As the oarsmen drove the boat upon the beach the man in the stern sprang agilely ashore. Duguld Shaw stepped forward, and the stranger approached, doffing his helmet courteously, "You are the American and English party who landed here some weeks ago from the litifus Smith?" Ills English was easy and correct, I though spoken with a pronounced Spanish accent, ills dark high-fea tured face was the face of a Spaniard. And Ids grace was the grace of a Spaniard, as he bowed sweepingiy and handed Mr. Shaw a card. "Seuor Don Enrique Gonzales." said Dugald, bowing In his stiff-necked fashion, "1 am happy to see you. But as you represent ids excellency the president of the republic •i Santa Marina I suppose you come on busi ness, Senor Gonzales?" "Precisely. I am enchanted that you apprehend the fact without the tiresomeness of explanations. For business is a cold, usually a disagree able affair, Is it not so? That being the ease, let us get it over.” “First do us the honor to be seated, Senor Gonzales." Comfortably bestowed in a camp chair in the shade, the Spaniard re sumed : "My friend, tills island belongs, as of course you are aware, to the re public, of which I have the honor to be a citizen. All rights and privileges, such as harvesting the copra crop, are strictly conserved by the republic. All persons desiring such are required to negotiate with the minister of stale of the republic. And how much more, when it is a question of treasure —of a very large treasure, senor?” The Scotchman’s face was dark. “I had understood,” he replied, without looking in the direction of Miss Hlgglesby-Browne, who seemed in the lust few moments to have un dergone some mysterious shrinking process, “that negotiations in the proper quarter had been undertaken and brought to a successful conclusion —that in short we were here with the express permission of the government of Santa Marina." This was a challenge which Miss Browne could not but meet. “I had,” she said hoarsely, “I had the assurance of a —a person high In the financial circles of the United States, that through his—his influence with the government of Santa Marina it would not he necessary—ln short, that he could fix the president—l em ploy his own term —for a considerable sum, which I—which my friend Miss Harding gave him." “And the name of this Influential person?" inquired the Santa Muriuun, suavely. “Hamilton H, Tubbs,” croaked Miss Browne. Senor Gonzales smiled. “I remember the name well, madam. It is that of the pretended holder of a concession from our government, who a few years ago Induced a number of American school teachers and clergy men and other financially innocent persons to Invest In imaginary coffee plantations. He bad in some doubtful fashion become possessed of a little entirely worthless land, which formed the basis of his transactions. His frauds were discovered while he was In our country, and be was obliged to leave between two days, according to your so picturesque idiom. Needless to say his application for permission to visit Leeward Island for any pur pose would Instantly have been re fused, but as a matter of fact it was never made.” In a benumbed silence we met the blow. The riches that had seemed within our grasp would never be ours. We had no claim upon them for all our toll and peril; no right even to be here upon the island. Suddenly I be gan to laugh; faces wearing various shades of shocked surprise were turned on me. Still I laughed. “Don’t you see," I cried, "how ridic ulous it all is? All the time it is we who have been pirates!" The Spaniard gave me a smile made brilliant by the gleam of smoldering black eyes and the shine of white teeth. “Senorlta, with all regret, I must agree." “What’s in a name?" remarked Du gald Shaw, shrugging. “We were after other people’s property, anyway. I am very sorry about It, Senor Gon zales, but I would like to ask, If you don't mind telling, how you happened to learn of our being here, so long as It was not through the authentic channels. On general principles, I tried to keep the matter quiet.” “We learned in a manner somewhat —what do you say?—curious,” re turned the Spaniard, who, having pre sented the ■ men with cigars and by permission lighted one himself, was making himself extremely at home and appeared to have no immediate Inten tion of haling us away to captivity in Santa Marlnan dungeons. “But before I go further, kindly tell me whether you have had any—ah—visitors dur ing your stay on the Island?" “We have." Mr. Shaw replied, "very troublesome ones." The Spaniard smiled. “Then answer your own question. These men, while unloading a contra band cargo in a port of Mexico, near the southern border, grew too merry In a wineshop, and let it be known where they were bound when again they put to sea. the news, after some delay, found Its * way to our capital. At once the navy of the republic was dispatched to investigate the matter. “Do the way here X put In at I’an fi- EAST MISSISSIPPI TIMES. STARKSVILE. MISSISSIPPI ,n>, whore certain Inquiries were sat isfactorily answered* There# were those in that port who had made a shrewd guess at the destination of the party which had shipped on the Rufus Smith. 1 then pursued my course to Leeward. Rut admit, my friends, that I have not by my arrival, caused you any material loss. Except that I have unfortunately been compelled to pre sent you to yourselves In the charac ter of—as says the young lady*-pt rates—madam, I speak under correc tion—l have done you no injury, eh? And that for the simple reason that Jon have not discovered what you sought, hence cannot be required to surrender It.” We looked at one another doubtful ly. The ambiguous w ords of the Span bird. the something humorous and mocking w hich lay behind his courtly manner, put ns quite In the dark. “Senor Gonzales,” replied the Scotchman, after a moment’s hesita tion, "it Is true that so far only a negligible amount of what we came to find has rewarded us. Rut 1 cannot in honesty conceal from you that we know where to look for the rest of It, and that we had certainly expect#} to leave the Island with it in our posses slon." The dark indolent eyes of our vis itor grew suddenly keen. Half-veiled by the heavy lashes, they searched the face of liuguld Shaw. It seemed that what they found In that bold and open countenance satisfied them. Ills own face cleared again. "1 think we speak at cross-purposes, Mr. Shaw," lie said courteously, "and that we may better understand each other. 1 am going to tell you a little story. At about tills season, two years ago, the navy of Santa Marina, the same which now lies off the Island, was making a voyage of Inspection j along the coast of the republic. It was decided in include Leeward In Ibe cruise, as it had been unvlslted for a considerable time. I hold no naval rank —Indeed, we are not a seafaring people, and the captain of La Golon drlna is a person from Massachusetts, Jeremiah Bowles by name, but as the representative of his excellency I ac companied La Oolondrlna. On our ar rival at Leeward 1 came ashore in the boat, and found to my surprise small sloop at anchor In the cove. About the clearing were the signs of recent habitation, yet I knew that the old German who had had the copra con cession here had been gone for tome time. No one responded to our shouts and calls. “I turned my attention to the sloop. In the cabin, besides a few clothes, I found something that Interested me very much—a large brass-bound chest, of an antique type such ns is common enough in my own country. "Of course I had heard of the many legends of treasure buried on Leeward * island. Consequently I was somewhat prepared to find in the chest, what In fact I did find there, over a million dollars in old Spanish coins. “These coins, which were packed in strong canvas bags. were, as you may fancy, very quickly transferred to the cutter. We did not trouble ourselves with the unwieldy chest, and It re mains, I suppose, In the cabin of Ibe sloop, which 1 observed as we crossed the cove to have been washed up upon the rocks." “This is a very Interesting story, Senor Gonzales," said languid Shaw, quietly, “and us you say, your visit here deprives us of nothing, but mere ly saves us further unprofitable labor. We are grateful to you.” The Spaniard bowed. “You do me too much honor. But, as you remark, the story is interesting. It has also the element of mystery. For there remains the question of what became of the owner of the sloop. Ills final preparations for leav ing the island had evidently been made, his possessions removed from the hut, provisions for the voyage brought on board the sloop—and then be hud vanished. What had befallen him? Did the gold carry with It some deadly Influence? One plays, us It were, with this idea, imagining the so melancholy and bloody history of these old doubloons. How. in the first place, had he found them? Through chance —by following some authentic clue? And then, in the moment of success, lie disappears—pouf I” And Senor Gonzales deposed of the unknown by blowing him airily from the lips of ids lingers. “However, we have the treasure — the main point, is it not? But I have often wondered—" “It you would like to hear the rest of the story,” said Mr. Shaw, “we are in a position to enlighten you. That we are so, is due entirely to this young lady. Miss Virginia Harding." The Spaniard rose and made obeis ance profoundly. He resumed his sent, prepared to listen—no longer the government official, but the cordial and interested guest and friend. The story, of course, was a long one. Everybody took a hanil In the telling, even Cookie, who was sum moned from his retirement in the kitchen to receive the glory due him as a successful strategist. The Jour nal of Peter was produced, and the bags of doubloons handed over to the representative of the little republic. I even offered to resign the silver shoe buckle which I had found In the secret locker on the Island Queen, but tills excess of honesty received its due re ward. “The doubloons being now in the possession of the Santa Marlnan na tion, I beg that you will consider as your own the Island Queen and all It may contain," said Don Enrique to me with as magnificent an air as though the sand-filled hulk of a wrecked sloop were really a cholcs gift to bestow on a young womua. (TO bi. COMXL.NL LU-1 Confidence That We Are Past Worst Phases of the Agricultural Crisis By PRESIDENT HARDING, Letter to Minneao'a Fanners, di dSdTdidSdi, Eh dh di th ch dS I am glad to say that mv utmost anticipations of / A useful results from the recent national agricultural con- Jn \ forence in Washington were more than realized. 1 be- lieve it lias set anew mark in the aspirations not only *j of the agricultural community, but, indeed, of the en- V -** f lire country in behalf of a better understanding of our \ , N agricultural problem and of more effective measures - f° r dealing with it. s The fine spirit of co-operation among the farmers, JA A\ 1 and the disposition on their part to unite their efforts mmm\ JLmm in every possible way with those of the government, au gurs particularly well for our hope of accomplishment. The conference . . . gave serious and thorough consideration to the problems be fore it, and presented practicable proposals for doing practical and worth while things. It avoided all extremism and adopted the wise course of making no excessive demands for special favors or class treatment. 1 am very sure that the wisdom of this course will he demonstrated here after. . . . In the general industrial and business situation there is much to jus tify confidence that we are well past the worst phases of the agricultural crisis, that improvement is well begun, and that it w ill continue steadily from this time forward. This is not only a source of satisfaction to every friend of the farmer, but also to whoever is interested in any phase of American business, for we have all come to recognize the interdependence of all departments of the national industrial establishment. No one of them can prosper permanently if any other great branch of national activity is depressed. Therefore, in expressing my conviction, based on a wide array of information, that the worst is past as concerns agriculture, I am recording my firm belief that an era of better business and more prosperous times, for the entire commercial establishment of the country, lies just ahead of us. I feel, therefore, that we are entitled to look with much satisfaction upon what we have accomplished in the last year, and with all confidence to the future. Good Transportation Facilities a Great Source of National Wealth By COL. H. L. BOWLBY, Prcs’t Am. Road Builders’ Ass’n. 2SHS2SHS2SdSHSdSdSHSdSdSdSdSdSZSdSdSdS di. dS Good transportation facilities constitute one of the greatest of the j sources of national wealth. Wo really do not need to search the pages of history to realize the vital part that highways have played in world devel opment. In our day, I believe, the highway will become the great rival of the .railroad. The passenger automobile and motor truck industries, two of | the greatest in point of capital invested and output, are absolutely depend i ent for their stability and growth upon good roads. In establishing our highway systems and in building our roads the motor traffic of the future must be gauged and ample provision made for a rapid increase in the vol j ume and weight of highway traffic. While highway improvement has made tremendous strides in the Uni ted States in recent years it is still in its infancy. Eighty-five jar cent of American are yet. to be improved. It is not now so much a ques tion of raising the money required to build good roads as it is the prob lem of spending wisely the large sums available in every state for this purpose. The number of road engineers is entirely too small for the ex isting demand. Rendering’ Even Greater the Splendid Isolation of the Big Boss Himself By C. T. HUTCHINSON, in Mining and Scientific Press. 2nS2SHSHS£SiiKSZKS2SiIKSiiSaSHS2SHS2S2SdSdKSdS2SZHSHS2SESHS2SHSH3ES In the old partnerships it was quite a thing to he a member of a firm in good standing. When the corporation came wo had a president, a vice president, a secretary and a treasurer. Now the mere president is quite a distance below the actual throne. Over the president we have no less a personage than a chairman of the board of directors or, perlmps, a chair man of the executive committee. It is an insignificant executive indeed who does not have a group of assistants in various capacities. Whereas the vice president in the old days was supposed to ho second to the prcsidentjfce now have a whole flock of vice presidents in charge of finance, sales, production, engineering, etc. Then we have assistants to the president, vice presidents, and so on down the line. Again we have secretaries to these various scions of the indus trial aristocracy, and worse yet, there is the secretary to the secretary te the president, rendering greater the splendid isolation of the big boss him self. Industrial life is indeed complex; in fact, as one might say, it is be coming “complexer and complexer.” sasasgsasgsasgsajHsas?-gg.?eLsas7-57-sgsMgsa.TCs , gsH^^7sgr , ’P t ?. i t?q?9P.??q?s?. We’ve Been Trying to Lift Ourselves by Our Boot Straps Long Enough By GEORGE M. REYNOLDS, Chicago Banker. 2SHSZSaS2S2SZKS2S2SaSES2S2S2SHSaHSEKHKS2HKSHSHaS2SHS2nKKS , 2S It is time to tear off the mask of false gayety, halt the carnival of ex travagance, and get down to brass tacks. We’ve been trying to lift our selves by our boot straps long enough. Conditions in the United States have reached a point where federal reserve assistance and other major influences of tiding over the effects of the World war have been all but exhausted. 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