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THE ROCS ISLAND ARGUS. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1913.
niiiiiiinnHiiiM
THE ISLAND I
! OF THF I
STAIRS
Bang a True Account of Certain
Strange and Wonderful Adven
ture of Master John Hampdon,
Seaman. ' and Mistress Lucy
Vilberfotce, Gentlewoman, la
the Great South Seas.
By,
CYRUS TOWiSEND CRADY
X CewrigM. 1912. Cn lmswwi Brady
CHAPTER XV.
"Whsrein W Ar, Beleaguered In the
'
' T did not occur to us for a single
moment tbat the garages bad any
knowledee of th t-nnr n
j that they could be after that
;Not for the thousandth part of a sec
jtfnd did I dream that the Ravages were
iled by Pimball, Glibby and most of
I the other seamen of the Rose of Devon,
il did not know then that the Rose of
Deron bad gone ashore In the terrific
torm I have described, or that there
bad been a battle with the savages, who
fought to plunder the ship, but were
'prevented at frightful loss to the Island.
fers, who were unable to contend success
fully against the firearms with which
the ship was abundantly provided. A
""means of communication between the
Jhlp and the shore had been found sub
equently tbrouzh one of the seamen
jwho had sailed the south seas. The ssv
kiges bad been told of the treasure, of
whleh Indeed tbey had some dim tradi
tions from days gone by: they also
tield the cave as one of their most sa
ered spots, sraely less sacred than
jthe great altar on the hillock In the
. center of the Island, for what reason I
J cannot tell. Some of this I learned aft
i erward from our assailants, and much
; of It I divined on reflection on our roy
' age homeward.
By some persuasion, I know not
, what, Plmball and Glibby had won
. them over. Together they bad organ
ized an expedition to come and seize
us and take the treasure. The Rose of
. Devon I guessed was not badly dam
aged and could easily be made sea
worthy. We sat silent In the cave for a long
time. I had not lighted the lantern
we had left there at our last visit, and
some of the light of the dying day fil
tered through from the outside cave.
There was nothing that we needed
li'ht for. We sat close together on the
remains nf one or the chests to protect
us from the d:unp sand. I always car
ried with me a flask of spirits. Not
that I am a drinking man; 1 left and
still leave that practice to the gallants
cf the day, but I have often found It
useful In some dire emergency, and as
Mistress Lucy shivered In the chill,
damp air I heartened her and strength
ened her wiib a dram.
As It was summer and not far from
fthe line, I had not brought the boat
j clonk with us. I bad not evea'worn
jtny sailor Jacket, but my waistcoat
was heavy and warm, and I was
thankful tbat I had It. I took It off
jend, despite her protestations, sllrped
i It on her. In girth It was big enough
tto encircle her twice, which was all
the better for her comfort. I drew It
ground to cover her breast with a dou
;ble fold, and with a length of line I
bad In my pocket I made it fast. We
ant close together and talked In low
whispers, and I thrilled at the contact
ef her sweet presence In spite of our
How long we talked ' or how long
we waited I have no means of telling.
It grew dark In the cave very early,
end when I ventured Into the outside
room after what seemed an Intermin
able wait, I found night had fallen. I
felt rretty sure that we need appre
hend no attack that night, and yet It
was necessary to keep watch, so I
proposed that one of us should sleep
while the other listened. Naturally
she was the first to take rest. It was
too damp and cold to lie down on the
sand, so I wedged myself against one
f the least rotted of the chests, whose
shape had been kept Intact by the
T'-le of gold and stiver bars, and some
what hesitatingly offered her the shel
ter of my arms.
"Madam." I said, with all the for
mality I could muter, "you must have
sleep. You cannot lie upon this damp
raul and It Is bad enough to sit upon
It. but upon my shoulder and within
the support of my arms you shall bare
rest. I iirMr fn voh'
"Swear not." she replied, coming
closer to me. "I trust you, and If I
em to sleep I know that I will be safe
within your arms."
"As my sister, had I one. or as my
mother, were she here, will I support
you." ssid I.
Hefore she closed her eyes she made
ber evening prayer for herself and for
trie, and then she made me promise
(hat I would awaken ber when I
Judged It to be midnight, and. upon my
Successful
in a!! the numerous ailments caused
by defective or irregular action of
the organs o? digestion sr.d elimi
nationcertain to prevent suffering
and to Improve the general health
promise. without more to do abe
nestled down .and went to sleep, bet
bead upon my shoulder. , ,'
Surely, never'had man a greatercom
pllment paid him than I by tbatrmaid
that night!
I sat there motionless, my bared
word at my side. listening. I could
bear nothing, no sound except ber soft
breathing and once la awhile the
sough of the night wind through -the
trees outside, which penetrated faintly
Into the cave, and at Infrequent inter
vals the cry of some nlgbt bird came
to me, but there was no sound of hu
manity. How long we sat there I know not
It was my purpose to keep awake the
night through, and I think I must have
kept awake the greater part thereof,
hut toward morning my bead dropped
back on the rile of Ingots, and I fell
asleep. Tet I did not relax my clasp
npon the sleeping figure lying upon my
breast It was she who awakened
when the dim light began to s!ft
through the narrow opening into the
little cave where we sat
"Master Hampdon." she said, bend
ing over me. having arisen without
disturbing me, "It Is morning."
I sprang to my feet Instantly, as
she shook me gently and grasped my
sword as I did so, whereat she
laughed.
"Why did you not awaken me?" she
asked reprovingly.
"I don't know. I must bare" I
began In great confusion.
"Ton must have gone to sleep your
self." she laughed.
"I am ashamed." I replied, "that I
should have failed In my duty to keep
good watch. I didn't awake you when
I might because you needed sleep your
self, and then, like a big animal, I
went to sleep myself."
"I am glad," she said, smiling at me,
and I could Just see ber lovely face
faintly In the dark twilight of the cave,
"that you did and nothing happened."
"It is Just as well then," I said, smil
ing In turn, "we have both slept I
feel greatly refreshed."
"And I."
"Thank God:" I ssid fervently.
"What is to be done now?" she
asked.
"First, breakfast."
I broke open a cocoanut with my ax.
I had become expert at it, and we had
food and drink in plenty and for va
riety some of the hard bread which
still remained which I had brought
with us and other fruit. I lighted the
lantern for a moment and went toward
the sound of the falling water. The
cocoanut shell made an excellent cup,
and I brought her enough clear, cool,
sweet water to lave her face ani
hands. Save for the stiffness of fa
constrained position and some slight
pain caused by the damp we were both
fit for any adventure.
Well, we should have need of our
strength. When we finished our meal
and our refreshing ablutions, she look
ed at me Inquiringly.
"Well, what next':"
"The next thing." said I, "is to set
what Is toward."
"You won't leave the cave," abe said,
catching me by the shoulder.
"I should find it difficult were I so
minded," I answered, smiling and
thrilling to her touch again, as always.
Indeed, 1 have never got used to it
even after all these years. As I look
back at It now I do not think I have
ever bad happier moments in my life
than those in which she clung to me
and was deiendent upon me.
"Why not?" she asked.
"You forget that we broke down the
way last night"
T.ut you are a sailor; you might
make shift."
"Yes; but not you," I answered.
"Without me?"
"Without you I go nowhere."
She looked at me with shining eyes.
"Come," said I, "let us go into the
outer room. We may find out 'some
thing." I had wound my watch In the dark
and looked at it now as we came Into
the light It was three bells In the
morning watch, or about half after
9. We went rast the altar with ita
grim, bony circle of attendants and
stared through the entrance. There waa
an open space In front of the cliff forty
or fl f ty yards wide perhaps. After look
ing some time and seeing nothing I
foolishly and yet it would have made
no difference in the end stepped out
upon the shelf which made a sort of
platform In front of the care, and
Mistress Lucy fearlessly came with me.
We bad scarcely appeared in rlew
when to our astounded surprise we
head the report of a firearm and a
heavy bullet struck the coral wall Just
over our beads. I bad Just time to
mark the spot whence It came by the
betraying smoke as I leaped back Into
the shelter, carrying my precious
charge before me. I was puzzled be
yond measure. I was certain that the
savages In these parts of the south
seas knew nothing about firearms, and
I could not account for it The shower
of arrows and spears that came
through the opening and fell harm
lessly on the sand I could easily ac
count for, but not tbat shot
"That," ssid I solemnly, "was a nar
row escape."
"Do these Islanders hare firearms?"
she said, the same thought in ber mind.
"I never beard of it I cannot ac
count for it"
"I can. though." she said. "Just be
fore the discharge of tbat gun I caught
the sight of a man In clothes such as
you wear. Could It be possible that It
was some one from the ship?"
I nodded my bead.
"It is quite likely." I answered.
At this moment conversation was in
terrupted by a hall. I beard in tbat
lonely island my own named called.
"Master nampdon," the cry came to
os. "will you respect a flag of truce?
If so show yourself at the opening, and
I shall do the same."
"Don't go," cried my little mistress,
bearing all; "they are utterly without
honor and"
"I think it will be best for me to
go," I said. "Stand clear so tbat if
any treacherous movement be made
I shall have space to leap backward,
and meanwhile look to your weapons.
I examined my pistols and then call
ing out that I would faithfully observe
toe-sag of truce I stepped out into the
open. There below me on the edge of
the glade, convenient to a tree behind
which- be - could leap, for the rascal
- 'TLe..'
Pimball Had a White Neck Cloth Tied
to the Muule ef His Gun. .
trusted me apparently as little as I
trusted him. stood the wretch, Plmball.
Back of him, beneath the trees, I dis
tinguished Glibby and a number of
the crew, nearly all of them, I should
Judge, and back of these were massed
the savages. Plmball bad a white
neck cloth tied to the muzzle of bis
gun.
"Say what you bave to say and bS
quick about it," I said, but he looked
past me and took off bis bat with a
profound sweep.-
"Good morning, Mistress Wilber
force," be cried.
I turned in a hurry and found that
he had stepped out by my side. The
two of us presented a fair mark for
any weapon. One might have escaped,
but hardly two.
"Get back." I cried harshly.
"I stay where you are," 6he answered
firmly. "See, I too am armed." Her
little hand lifted a heavy pistol.
"I can talk with the two of you Just
as well as with one," said Pimball.
"Talk on and be brief," I returned,
seeing that there was no use arguing
with my little mistress.
"You have found the treasure," he
began; "there is no use denying It We
have it from our savage friends that
the things are there. In years gone by
they sacrificed here and on the cone
yonder; but for generations the island
baa been taboo. The white m&n has
broken the ban and we are here to take,
the treasure."
"Indeed!" said I sarcastically, where
at he turned pale with anger but still
mastered bhnself.
"We offer you," he continued, "safe
ty. We cannot take you with us, but
we will leave you here on the island
after we have taken the treasure, and,"
his eyes turned from me to my com
panion, "if you are willing to give up
the woman I will enroll you with our
following and we will all get away
together on the Rose of Devon."
"Wbat of the ship?" I asked.
It was a hard thing to control my
temper, but I wanted the Information.
"She was badly stove up but not en
tirely wrecked. We fought the sav
ages, conquered them, made them our
friends. We can get away in ber and
you can navigate her or we can do
without you for that matter and make
shift to get back to the South Amer
ican coast at least."
"So you offer me free passage and
my share of the treasure if I will give
up Mistress Wllberfore, do you?"
"That Is it." answered Pimball, "Eh,
mates?" whereat a deep chorus of ap
proval came from Glibby and the men.
"And this Is my answer,' I said
furiously, leveling my pistol at him.
"Get back, you villain, or you will have
looked your last on life."
"But the flag of truce Y' be cried,
dropping bis weapon.
"It Is not meant to cover such propo
sitions as yours. As for the treasure
you shall have it when you can get it"
Aa I spoke be sprang behind the tree
and motioned to bis men to fire, but
I was too quick for him, and we were
"safely within the cave when the sound
of the reports eame to us.
"Now what is to be done?" said my
little mistress.
"The next more," I answered, "Is
with them." , .' -
"Shall we go further back into the
cave?" .'..
- "No," I replied.' "We will stay here
for the present".
We were not long left In suspense,
for I could bear them breaking through
the woods and rushing toward the
opening. Missiles 1a the way of weap
ons tiere were none in.ttie cave, but I
picked up a skull that lay on the floor
and burled It out of the opening into
the unseen crowd below. A shriek told
me that I bad bit some one, but I saw
at once that the game was one I
could tot flay. The white men bad
some skill at warfare. They bad post
ed covering parties to protect the
workmen. I crept cautionsly toward
the entrance, where I could see them
working bard, piling up the stones to
enable them to get at ns, while back
of them stood others with drawn bows
and presented weapons.
I didn't come off unscathed, for as I
sprang back after having thrown an
other skull and taken my look an ar
row hit me In the fleshy part of the
arm. My mistress noticed it instantly.
The stone head had broken off. and It
was the work of an instant to draw
out the slender wood shaft It was not
a bad wound, but It was painful The
next thing she did amazed me beyond
measure, for before I could prevent it
she bad pet ber Hps to the wound. .
"What mesa you?" I cried, when 1
could recover myself.
"It might have been poisoned." she
said, quietly looking at me with, lumi
nous eyes, "and I cannot have you
die."
. - I was amazed, astounded eVen, at
her hardihood in sucking any possible
poison out of that wound in my arm at
so great a risk to her own life, if the
weapon had been envenomed. And I
was most profoundly touched too. But
I had bad my lesson. I viewed it as
done out of common humanity and to
preserve a Ufa useful to her nothing
more. Meanwhile, in my turn, I took
such hasty precautions for her safety
as I could. I bade her rinse out her
mouth thoroughly with cold water and
then with the strong spirit of which I
still bad in my flask.
CHAPTER XVI..
In Which We Fight Fop Life In the
. Chve of the Treasure. ,
E had withdrawn by this time
to the back of the outer
cave. Indeed, that was the
r only safe place for us; for a
.constant succession of weapons was
thrown through the opening. We need
ed no further warning tq keep out of
reach.. Master Pimball was. showing
himself something of a general He
was keeping us away from the en
trance, and wkb the great host of men.
at his command he was building up.
the broken down heap of stones which
wpuld presently enable them to come
to us.
I considered what was to be done. I
had four loaded pistols and, therefore,
four lives In my hand. No man could
show his head in that entrance with
out receiving a shot. After that I
could account for a few more, perhaps,
with sword.-ax or naked fist, but in
the end they would inevitably master
me. Unfortunately, the entrance was
broad enough for three or four, or even
more, to' enter abreast .
Should I pen the battle there or re
treat Into the inner cave and wait?
was the question that had to be de
elded.
Perhaps the latter would be the
safer plan, but I had a strange unwill
ingness to adopt it. It would be like
burying ourselves, for once within we
should never get out alive, -except s
prisoners, so long as they had the out
er cave. And 1 could never dislodge
them from it There was not much
more chance of getting out alive from
the outer cave, for that matter, but
still It seemed so. We could at least
see the sky and the sunlight. Should
we stay there or go further into the
ill?
I decided upon the former course.
I explained to my mistress that I
would keep the outer cave as long
as I could, begging her to retreat
to the inner chamber. She demurred
at first but when I spoke to her per
emptorily at last God forgive me she
acceded to my request humbly enough.
I thrust the best pistol into her hand
and told her to reserve it for herself
in case her capture was inevitable, but
not to pull the trigger until the last
moment; and I promised her faithfully,
that I would not foolishly or uselessly
Jeopardize myself, but that after I had
mode what light I could I would Join
her, if It were in any way possible.
She hung in the wind awhile, seem
ing loath to go when all bad been said
between us. Finally she approached
me. laid her hand on my arm, and
looked up at me.
"Master Hampdon," she said softly,
"here we be, a lone man and woman
among these savages and murderers
with but little chance for our lives, I
take It I am sorry that I struck you
on the ship, and you may kiss me
goodby.'
With that she proffered me her Hps.
I could face a thousand savages, a
hundred rimballs. without a quiver of
the nerves, but at these words and
that proffer my knees fairly smote to
gether before this small woman. I
stood staring down at her.
"You were overeager once to take
from me what I now offer you will
ingly." she said, half turning away.
With that I caught her to me and
once again I drank the sweetness of
ber lips. I forgot the savages outside,
the spears, the arrows streaming
through the entrance. I held her la
my arms and without resistance. I
could bave held her there forever, quite
willing to die in such sweet embrace.
She pushed me from her at last and I
could swear tbat my kisses bad been
returned, and then with a whispered
blessing she dropped to her knees and
crawled within the cave.
I could have fought the world there
after, for her kisses intoxicated me
like wine. Yet even then I did not de
lude myself. I knew that on ber part
at least It was a farewell Jries, such
as two friends might give each other
in the face of death. To her the pres
sure of my lips had only been as the
salute of an ancient gladiator about
to die was to the Caesar who watched
the struggle. Well, I blessed her even
for that condescension.
'With a pistil in each band and the
third upon a rock close at hand I wait
ed. I had not long to wait There was
a sudden fiercer rain of arrows and
spears, some of which struck at my
feet or by my side. I gathered up a
sheaf of them and laid them with the
pistol on the rock.
The 'next Instant two tremendous
savages and a white man appeared In
the opening.. The shot was easy, the
target fine. I couldn't miss. The first
bullet went Into the brain of Master
Glibby, the next tore off the head of
the leading chief. Reserving the third
pistol, I seized a spear and drove It
through the throat of the other savage.
I shouted with triumph, and Mistress
Lucy has since confessed to me that
kneeling down and peering through the
opening, contrary to my explicit order,
which was for her to seek safe cover,
she saw all. and that my call of vic
tory was the sweetest sound she bad
ever beard in ber life.
I thought we had done, hut they
were an Indomitable lot those south
sea islanders, and they were well urg
ed. Four others took their places at
once, spears in band, which tbey
threw at toe. I jumped aside with dif
fieulty and let fly the third pistoL They
came crowding this time, end the bul
let from, the heavy weapon accounted
for two others, but the survivors had
gained a footing and the shelf behind
them .was suddenly filled with lifting
beads and -climbing men. I clubbed
my weapons and hurled them one after
another fair and square into the mass.
One went down with a broken skull
The rush was checked; they gave a
little. I cast spears at them and ar
rows, but now the shield men had
come up, and tbey caught the missiles
on their shields. The front rank wav
ered, and perhaps. If they had been
unsupported, tbey mifbt have been
driven below, but the crowd behind
would not let them. Slowly they be
gan to move toward me. '
I doubt not I was a terrible figure,
for I had whipped out my cutlass by
this time and stood at bay. I bad for
gotten for the moment all else but the
lust of the conflict, and in another sec
ond I bad flung myself upon them in
fury. It was my mistress who recall
ed me to myself.
"Save yourself!" she shrieked. "They
are upon you. Come hither!"
' With that I dropped to my knees and
made a spring for the opening. I had
waited too long. . The leading man
would have pinned me to the earth
with his .spear. The entrance was
wide, fortunately, and Mistress Lucy
could see through the part I did not
block with my huge bulk. Disregarding
entirely my Instructions, she fired the
last pistol at the nearest man. He
went down like a ninepln. both legs
broken, which gave me time to gain
the inner chamber and stand upright
I was bleeding, for I bad been cut here
and there, but was otherwise all right"
. "That shot saved my life!" I cried,
panting. "You should have kept it for
yourself."
"I can find means to die," she an
swered. "If naught else, by your
sword blade."
"Good," I exclaimed, proud of her
prowess and her resolution.
They gave us no time for further
speech, for, urged by what promises
of reward, what passionate hatred, I
knew not,' they came on. The narrow
entrance was suddenly black with the
islanders, who thrust their spears at
us. Fortunately, my mistress had
moved aside and was out of range, but
I was perilously near being cut down.
Mistress Lucy had the sword which I
had thrust into ber band, and I the
great ax which I bad cast into the
Inner cave ahead of me.
Those outside were even less able
to see than we, and perhaps they
She Fired the Last Pistol at the Near
est Man.
thought we had withdrawn or been
driven back, for they crept forward.
While I had lived in the gardener's
lodge of Wilberforce castle I had got
to be quite an axman. I brought
down the heavy weapon on the first
head, striking with Just enough force
to kill the man and yet leave me able
to recover myself without delay, and
when three beads had been knocked
that way in rapid succession with no
more damage to me than a trifling
spear cut on the ankle, the battle
stopped for a moment I laughed.
"Come on, you dogs!" I shouted. "I
can play at that game until you are
more tired of It than I."
I spoke without thought however,
for those outside the opening drew
back the bodies by their legs and thus
cleared the entrance. I Judged that
the outer cave, which was large and
spacious, was now filled with men.
They were shouting and gesticulating
in great excitement But none made
any effort to enter. Finally I heard a
human voice speaking English. It was
Pimball.
"Master nampdon'" he cried.
"Speak not to me, you murdering vil
lain:" I answered.
"Now, this Is madness," be went on.
"You are trapped like rats. We have
only to wall np the entrance or build
a fire in front of it and you will die."
"It Is better to die even so," I re
plied, "than to live with men like you."
"You are a fool!" be exclaimed.
He dropped down on bis knees as be
spoke, and I could see his face In the
opening, but too far away for me to
swing my ax. If it were my last ef
fort I was determined that I would get
bim, and so I waited.
"Don't lose the sword! I cried to
my lady across the chamber, where
her white face stared at me out of the
dimness.
"I shall not" she answered undaunt
edly. .
Then I lifted the ax and waited for
Master Pimball and his men to come
on. But be had a better plan. Bullets
and powder they had In plenty, and be
knew from the fact that I bad thrown
my pistols at them tbat I bad none
left With a deafening roar a storm
of bullets from a dozen weapons swept
into the cave. I leaped back. I bad
to or I tbould bave been shot where I
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took advantage, and under cover of a
second volley they entered Well, it
was all up. All I could do waa to leap
npon tbem as they, rose, and
But at that moment the solid rock
beneath my feet began to sway. It
was as if I had been Instantly, trans
lated to the deck of a tossing ship. I
stood rooted to the spot frying to main
tain a balance, ... Plmbajr. had lifted
himself upon one knee apd.was almost
clear of the entrance,. but he. too, stop
ped appalled.. A sickening feeling of
apprehension that all the, savages on
earth could not Inspire came over me.
My mistress screamed faintly, The na
tives outside broke "into terror stricken
shouts and cries; on oath burst from,
the lips of the leader" of the muf Ineers.
The. next moment, with a crash like
a thonsand-thunder peals, the earth
was tent In twain. . . . .
The earthquake shook ' that rocky
Island like a baby's cradle. A great
mass o rock over the entrance fell.
With another roar like the first the cliff
was riven In every direction. The
noise' outside eased. The men wltb
PimbaR were ground to death. Upoi
bis legs lay fifty feet of broken rock
Darkness! ' total ' and ' absolute, sue
' ceeded the dim light.. .! remember real
Izing that the attack, had failed ant
then sotuethlug struck me. Down upon
the wet, still quivering sand I fell and
knew no more.
Water, icy cold, trickling upon tat
from some spring, opened in the wal
by the earthquake presently brougul
me to myself. I lay for n moment lis
tenlng. I could bear nothing at first
but in a little while a deep groan and
then a faint whispered prayer came tc
me.
I strove desperately to collect mj
senses, and finally I realized where I
was the cave, the battle., the earth
quake. Pimball and the woman!
"Mistress Lucy!" I cried.
"Oh, thank God!" her voice came
through the darkness hysterically, "
thought you were killed."
"No," I answered, slowly rising to
my knee and stretching my member
to see if I bad control of tbem, which,
fortunately. I soon discovered I bad.
"I was stunned but otherwise I be
lieve I am not much burt How Is it
with you?"
"I am well and unharmed."
"Thank God!"
"For heaven's sake water," Inter
rupted a trembling hoarse, anguished
voice.
"Who speaks?" I asked.
"I. Plmball, I am pinned to the
ground, my legs are crushed, my back
Is broken. I am dying."
"There should be a lantern here." 1
said. "I placed it let me think
where did 1 place Itf
"It was Just to the left of the open
ing." answered my little mistress.
I was turned around and giddy, but
I managed to fix the direct ion of the
entrance by Plmball's groans'and by
good fortune presently found the lan
tern. It would burn but a few hours.
but we never needed a light as we
did then. My flint and steel I carried
ever in my pocket sad to kindle a
flickering flame was but the work of
a moment. If I bad not possessed It
I would have given years of my life
for. tbat light which threw a faint
Illumination about the place.
There, opposite me. where I had sta
tioned her, protected by A iwYhe in the
care from the rain of rocks which bad
beaten me down, was my mistress,
safe and unharmed. I stepped toward
ber and with a low cry of thankful
ness she fell into my arms. I soothed
ber for a moment and then turned to
the other occupant of the chamber.
The entrance was blocked up. the rook
had settled down. Plmball'e legs, were
broken and his back as well. Itwas
Impossible to release bim what lay
upon him weighed tons and tons. ,
"Tou murdering boond!" I cried,
joa bare brought this upon us." But
be would only plead fof water, disre
garding my reproaches.
I was for killing him with my cut
lass, wblcb I picked up. but she would
not have it to. She filled a balf cocoa
nut shell with water and brought It
to him, Ebe bathed bis brow snd gave
bim some to drink. It gave bim tem
porary relief, but bis minutes wore
numbered. His life wss goiug oat by
tliat Makes the Woman?
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aocd looks In exact
"God!" he cried as his eyes caught
the gleam of the gold and silver; "the
treasure!" He stretched out his hand
toward It and then . stopped. "I am
undone," he choked out with a fearful
scream. "Mistress!"
"Yes?"
"Forglve'V-
Indeed. she forgave bim, I make no
doubt. - but her . forgiveness came too
late, for bis head dropped be had.been
looking sideways and his face buried
itself iu the wet sand. . ..
"Is he dead?" she asked, awestruck.
I nodded. 'No closer inspection waa
needed to establish the truth of that
fact
"And we,, too. shall die," she said,
shuddering. "We are . buried here in
the bowels of the earth, in this treas
ure lined prison."
"The earthquake, which closed the
mouth of the cave may have opened
the other end."
"it is possible," 6he answered, "but
not likely."
"And, besides, you remember the
running stream on the other v side,
which we did not follow?" . A
"Yes" )v'S
"It must run somewhere.' '5',,v
"Well 7" '"'
"Where water runs man and woman
may follow."
"At least It will do no harm to try."
"Come, then," said I. extending my
hand to her and holding the lantern
l-efore me for pitfalls.
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