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(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
What to do with the pirates contin
ued for a day and a night a knotty
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
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
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.
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
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,
“Hamilton H, Tubbs,” croaked Miss
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
“Senorlta, with all regret, I must
“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-
,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
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
“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
“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.
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.
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
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.
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
Industrial life is indeed complex; in fact, as one might say, it is be
coming “complexer and complexer.”
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We’ve Been Trying to Lift Ourselves by Our Boot
Straps Long Enough
By GEORGE M. REYNOLDS, Chicago Banker.
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. Individual effort is required
to save the situation.
The clock has been turned back thirty years. This nation and othci
nations of the world must realize this fact and go to work as they had to
(Jo thirty years ago. All profiteering must cease. Protection of labor or
any individual class can no longer be obtained by legislation. Those re
sources have been exhausted.
1 am not. in favor of lending vast sums of money to European nations
unless we know that the money it to be spent in the upbuilding of indus
tries and the nutting of thejnussea to work and not in false extravagances.
Fanner’s Wife Tells How Lydia £.
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I" '■* woman now and have
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i n ll can w ork as well as
any one who is younger and aa 1 am a
farmer’s wife I have plenty to do for I
cultivate my own garden, raise many
chickens and do my own housework.
You may Publish lids letter as I am
ready to do anything to help other
women as I have been so well and happy
since my troubles are past.’’—Mrs. E.T.
Galloway, Carter's Creek, Tenn.
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“What did he have to say?”
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