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j the Csar 1 K V - vlMSk f , his companion lad been Ju-t following. At the head of t lr detachment, com posed of twenty horsemen, win an old cor dressed In u v ry sit njilt uniform. Altlioii.U ho glanced rapidly fr.un o;ie Side to the other, ho could ti --1 Lae seen Michael Strogoff uwliu' to his pro-' : retreat. c detachment went ut full 1 1 t Into Iw.iarrow sired. Noltl.'T t? " dfh-tr -wr his escort concerned themselves about the Inhabitant s. Several unlucky cinft had scarcely time to make way for tin ir passage. There- wore there fore, u few half stilled cries, t( which tho thrusts ..f the lance gave an Intrant reply, and the st root was Immediately cieared. When the escort hail .'.disappeared. "Who 1h that oflicer?" 'naked 'MlthncJ Strove If, returning toward tlx- t.:ujii;. And while putting the quest km Ids' face . was pale as that of a corpse. "It Is Ivan Ogareff," replied tLe Sibe rian, but la a th ep yoke whkh breath ed haired. 'lie:" cried .Michael Strogoff, from whom tho word escaped with nn neeetit s.of fury which he could uot conquer. 'Mad 1uvt reeotrnlzm! In tlil r,flW-r ,tvckr who had struck him nt tho ngj house of Ichlm, and. nlthouxh e1;ad only caught a glimpse of him, it hurst ujcu his mind at the same time that this travthr was the old Zingari wbo-'c words he had overheard in tlie market place of MJnl Novgorod. The muJIU and Michael resumed their way and arrived at the posting house. To have Omsk hy one of the broaches would net be dillicult uftor nightfall. As for purchasing a carriage to replace the tarantass, that was Impossible. There was no no to be let or sold. Put what want had Mkhael StrogoiT now for a carriage? Wa he not alone, alas? A horn would sufllce him, and, very fortunately, a horse could bo had. It was an animal of mettle, capable of enduring much fatigue, and Michael StrogoCf, accomplished horseman as he was, .could make pood use of It. The horse cost a high price, and a few moments later Michael was ready to start. It was then 1 o'clock in the afternoon. ) Michael StrogoiT, compeii.a to won ill nightfall In order to ass the forti fications, but not desiring to show him self l:i the streets of Omsk, remained In the posting house and thou partook of Dod. ''Then.v was a great crowd l:i the pub he room. It being the resort of numbers f the azisltius Inhabitants, who at this T'ltful period collected there to ob- l")('vs. Th.ev were talking of the 1 arrival of a corps, of Musco- .p, uot at Omsk, but at 'lomsk, ......... t l.r, h Vtho Tartars of IVufar-Kahn. " .had KtropjlT lent an attentive ear all that Mas sahl, but took no part )q the conversation. (Suddenly a cry made him tremble, a yry Which penetrated to the depths of 'lis tool, and these two words, ku to ) peak, rushed Into his ear: M'My sonr J''Ah mother, the old woman Marfa, fvas before him! Trembling, nhe kiuII- d upon him. She stretched forth h'T inns to him. Michael Strooff arose. Ie was about to throw himself The thought of duty, the serious dan- or for his mother and himself In this ufortunato meetlnc. suddenly stopped Im, and s'.ch was his command over llmsclf that not a muscle of his face Moved. There were twenty people In the pub c room. Anions them were perhaps )!es, and wan ft net known In the wit that the mii of Marfa Strooti' longed to the corps of the couriers of e czar? Michael StrogoJT Iid not move. "Michael T cried his mother. 'Who are you, my good lady?" Ml ael SfrogolT tstammered. unable to oak In Ids usual linn tone. "Who am T, thou askest? Dost thou i longer Know my iuoiuerf ('You are mlsUiken," coldly replied ynol Strogoff. "A resemblance do- i you. JkTarfa went up to him and, ht Into his eyes, said: not the son of Peter and i'a Strogoff?" chad Strogoff would have given life to have locked his mother In his is, but if ho yielded It was all over llh tier, with his mission. (h his oath I Completely master cf iscif, he closed his eyes In order not ice the Inexpressible anguish which tated the revered countenance of his her. He drew back his hands In r not to touch those trembling ils which nought him. do not know. In truth, what It Is nay, my good woman," he replied, ping back. ;.;-'..' Ichaeir again cried his agrd motn- ly name Is not Michael. I never your son! 1 um Nicholas Korpa a merchant of Irkutsk." id SMi'-nly he U fi the public room, l,i JLS time me w-iius n-ysi-y four chad S(-ogo.7, l y ft desperate f- l.il go::", lie d d not se hU old ( who had fallen back almost in y.ate v.pou a b; neh. Hut when the u.i- icr 1. astern d to assist her the ,1 we:. i. in laiMd l.,i:clf. Suddenly u -l.t (Mciiin-il to her. Shedenkd r . ,:;! It wa rot pos;hh. As ;.:" i.ri rlf ti civt d and taklicx y li.i'toi'-i It ;' ,.. i f'jo had i , n ''..- 1 i n .vou. yralgl ii'ioorait n her It was because he would not. It was because he ought not. It was be cause he had some cogent reason for acting thus! And then, her mother feelings ati.dng within her. fhe bud but one thought "Can I unwittingly have ruined hlmV" "I am i:'.ad," 'she said to her Inter rogators. . "My eyes have deceived no! ThU young man Is not my child, lie had hot his voice. Let us think, no ' m,iv cf It. If we do, 1 Khali end by j ilndl:.g him everywhere." ! I.ys than ten rn.uutes afterward a Tartar liieT apiareil In the po- ting liou-e. i "Marfa Strego.TV" he a.kcd. I "It is I." repliid the old woman in a u,i - i call i and with a face so tran t ii.it ll;.e dio hail witnessed .the n;t tii!,' wl;h her sen would not have known her. "Come," s-aid the ollk-er. Mai fa Siro , goi:. v. i;h li;;n step, followed the Tai- tar e'.:!. er and It ft the p'.tlng house. I Some momenta afterv aid .Mai fa Stro j goff found herself In the chief nquat" I and In the pn . e of Iva.i Ovrareii", to i whom all the details of this m i no had t been Imme.Jiaidy icportcd. J Iau O.MIl ll. M.: -pee ting the UUih, ii: I tciiogatnl ti e old Sibonau woman. 'Thy name?" he asked, in a rough voice, j "Marfa rrro-oir." "Tli-j'i hat n fon?" I "Yis." j "He Is a courier of the czar?" , "Yes." "Where : he?" "At Moscow." "Thou 1 at heard i.o r.ews of h!m?'' M:,'o news." "Since how leng'" "Since two months." "Who, then, was that young man whom thou didst call thy von ft few moments n;-o at the porting house?" "A young Siberian whom I took for him," replied Marfa StrogoiT. "This is th tenth man In whom I have thought I rccognb.cd my ton dnco the town has been so full of strangers. I think I pee him everywhere." "So this young man was not Mlchad Strogoff?" "It w.".s not Michael Strogoff." "Iest thou know, old woman, that I can torture thee until thou avowest the truth?" "I have f-poken the truth, and torture will not cause me to alter my words In any way." , "This Siberian was not Michael Stro goff?" asked a second time Ivan Oga reff. "No, it was not he," replied a second time Marfa Stro go;"?. "Do you think that for anything in the world I would deny a son whom Cod has triven me?" Ivan Ogarefi' regarded with an oll eye the old woman who had braved him to the face. lie did not doubt but that she had recognized her son In this young Siberian. Now, if tills son had llrst renounced his mother and If his l mcihcr renounced mm in nor turn it could occur only from the most weighty motive. livery circumstance went to confirm his suspicions. If he could but lay his hand upon this pretended merchant of Irkutsk and strip off his disguise, would he not find a treasure indeed? Would not his superiors well rew anl his adroit ness and his success? Would not the czar of Ilussda scowl with rage when he learned that his courier was In the hands of his foes? Ivan Ogareff had therefore no doubt that the pretended Nicholas KorpanolT was Michael Strogoff, courier of the czar, seeking concealment under a false name and charged with some missiuu which It would have lxsen Important for him to know. He therefore at one- gave orders for his pursuit. Then he said: "Lot this woman 1 conducted to Tomsk," returning toward Marfa Stro goff. And while th soldiers brutally drag ged her along he aild 'd between his teeth: "When the moment arrives, I shall know how to :.:ake her speak, this old .sorceress!" , c f..r bin - e r. Jiy .'.mi CHAPTER IX. T was fortunate thst MI chaolStrogoff had left the posting house so prompt ly. The ord- rs of Ivan Ogareff l ad ! n Imme diately tra!mUtcd to all the approaches of the city and a full description of Michael sent to all the various commandants, In order to prevent his departure from Omsk. Itut he had already passed through one of the breaches In 1he for tifications. Ills horse was galloping over the steppe, and, not having been Immediately pursued, the chances of escape were In his favor. It was on the L".Uh of July, nt 8 o'clock In the evening, that Michael Strogoff had left Omsk. This town is situated obout half way iM'twoen Moscow and Irkutsk, where It was necessary that he should arrive within ten days If he wished to get ahead of the Tartar col umns. It was evident that the un lucky chance which had brought him Into the presence of his mother had be trayed his Incognito. Ivan Ogareff was no longer Ignorant of the fact that a courier of the czar had Just passed Omsk, taking the direction of Irkutsk. The dispatches which this courier bore must have been of Immense Impor tance. Michael Strogoff knew, there fore, that every effort would le made to capture him. Put what he did not know and could not know was that Marfa Strogoff was In the hands of Ivan Ogareff and that she was about to atone, per Imps with her life, Tor that natural eihibltlon of her feelings which she had l en unable, to rc.stra;n''When die- suddenly found herself lo the presence' of her son. And It was fortunate that he was Ignorant of It. Could h" hav; withstood this frc-h trial? MU -ha d ,' Strode IT ur;."d on l.Sf.hor f. Imbuiug him with alFhis own 'feverish Impatience, requiring of him one thing only namely, to bear him rapidly to the next posting house, where he could be exehanretl for a quicker conveyance. At mldnhrht he had cleared seventy j versts and halted at the station of Kou likovo. lh;t there, 'as he feared, he I found neither ' horses nor carriages, j Several Tartar dotad.meuts hail pal led along the highway of the . itep;i', j Pvetytl.it'g bail been stolen or fequl i tlotid both in the village, and In tie !piih:g houses. It was with di.lionky' . thai Mhhael Strcg fi' v.-as oven uM to obtain some refreshment fur his hue and himself. it wux of great Importance thcrof.,. to spare hl horse, fr h' could n A t. ii when or Lew he might I.e.-able to u place It. l'-sliiljg, however, to put th.1 greatest po.s-ib!e distance btwoca him self ami the horsemen whom Ivan Oga retT had no doubt dispatched In pursuit, li.- revolved to push eu. Alter one hour's rest he resumed his course across the steppe. And on duly .", ut 4 1. m.. Michri I Stro;,rotf, hoodie.-s cf fatigue, arrived at Ll.imd;. There h" was forced to give a night's rest lo his l.'Ufe. The courageous heart coiilJ m,t have continued that jourif-y any longer. At l.'Iamsk there was no means of transportation for the same reasons v: In the bV.r;;hs already pa-sed by car riages and horses wore gone. Planish, a small town the Tartars I hail not vl-dtcd yt t, was almost com- plotely depopulated, for It was very easy to Invade It from the south and almost Impossible to smvor It from the . 'o : '. i f post, police station, government building, all were aban doned by governmental order, and on one siu" ti e function. u ies, on the other the inhabitants, had gone to Kamvk, In tie center of the P. :;:!? ;!. .Viehad S'.rogorr x. as obliged to pass the night at Plauisk to permit his horse to rest at hast twelve hours, lie re membered the instructions given him at Mo -cow to cross Siberia unkuov . n, roach Irkutsk at all hazards, but also to not sacrifice success to the swiftness of his passage, fonseqnontly he was forced to (-pare the only means of trav tl left hint. On the morrow Michael Strogoff left Planish, and five days later, on the ."th lff Augn-t. twenty-one days since start ing, he found himself 1,.(H versts yet distant from Irkub k. Michael Strogoff was rapidly hearing Kalyvau when tlistaut detonation reached Ids t ars. He stopprd and distinctly heard the dull, heavy reports which shook the air, mingled with sharper ami shriller sounds, the cause of which he well knew. lie was only half a mile from Kaly vau when a long Jet of flame flashed betw ixt the houses of the city, and the !pire of a church crumbled down In the middle of a torrent of embers and lire. At that moment the detonations were very violent. Soon the flames stretched forth on the left of the city. The lire had devoured a. whole quarter of Kaly vau. Michael Strogoff was running across the plain, trying to roach the cover of some trees scattered heie and there, when a detachment of Tartar cavalry appeared on the right. Michael Strogoff could no longer go In that till eel Ion. The horsemen ad vanced rapidly toward lh' city, and It was ditilcuit for him to oscuje. Sud denly nt tin corner of a thicket he saw a house wh'ch he might perhaps reach unpcrcelvcd. To run. to hide himself, to ask and to take there. If need be, something to renew his strength, for he was exhaust ed with fatigue and hunger, was Mi chael SIregofi'H only resource. lie tied then to thlti shelter, and, drawing nenr, he peivhed that It was a telegraph station. Two wires wore going cast and west, nud a third was stretched to ward Kalyvan. One would suppose that under the circumstances that s:a:'oii would have been adaiidolied, but as It was Michael Strogoff could find there a refuge, wait for the night if need bo to travel again across the steppe which was searched by the Tartar pickets. Michael 'Strogoff hurried toward the door of that bouse and opened It hasti ly. A single jwrsou was In the room where the tlispatehes weio written. lie wMs an employee, calm, cool, ludifter cut to nil that was going on outside. Faithful to Ids iost, he waited Ishlnd his window for the public to claim his services. I Michael StrogoiT went to him and with n voice broken by fatigue asked: "What do you know?" "Nothing," answered the employ'0, smiling. "Are the Russians and Tartars fight ing T "People say so." "Put who are the victors?" "I don't know." So nm oh coolness In the midst of these terrible occurrences, so much in difference even, was hardly possible. "And Is not the wire cut?" asked Mi chael StrogoiT. "It Is cut between Kalyvan nnd Kras nolarsk, but It works yet between Kaly van and the Kusslan frontier." "For the government?" "For the government when they think It proper, for the public when they pay. It is lo copecks a word. I wait your orders, sir." Michael Strogoff was going to answer that strange operator that he had no dispatch to send; that he wanted only ft little bread and water, when sudden ly the door of the bouse was abruptly OIMMled. Michael StrogofT thought the ofhVe In vaded by the Tartars and was about to Jump through the window when he no ticed that two men only entered the room and that they wire far from be hi.; Tartar soldiers. One of them held a dispatch written Iu ie;;jit ilJ(jf i a t rumj i u g the otht r. he was at The window of the stoical em ployee. In those two men Michael Strogoff was astonished to discover two persons he had thought never to see again. They wore the correspondent Harry Plouut and Alekle J oil vet, no mure traveling companions, but rivals, enemies, now that they wore operating oh the battlefield. ' They had left Ichlm ft few hours only after tho departure t)f Mkhad Strogotf, and If tin y arrived before him at Kaly vau In following the same route It w as ht cause .Michael Strogoff hail lost three days mi the borders of the Irtish. An t iio.v, after having witnessed tho battle between the Pu.s.sians and the Tartars iu front of the city, having the city whin the struggle was still going on In the streets, they had to rim to the ita tlou to tend away their .dispatches to 1 Fuiopo, cadi seeking to rob the othtr of priority In describing the stirring events. , Michael Strogoff ktpt at a distance In the shadow, and without being soou he could see all and hear all. lie was probably about to learn Important news and know If he ought to enter Kalyvau or not, Harry Pluunt, more alert than his colleague, had possession of the win dow and handed In his dispatch, w hile Alcide Jolivot, contrary to his habits, stopped Impatiently. "Ten copecks a word," said the operator, taking the dispatch. Harry Plouut placed a pile of rubles on the counter, his confrere looking at him somewhat stupefied. "Well," said the employee, and with tir-dtsiurbod sang froid he commeuced to telegraph the follow lug dispatch: Pailr TVI srrh, I.onlon: Frr ni Katyan, !v rnnifiit of Omsk. Situ rta, Ai-g. 0. i:tigS' incut of i:u"lan troop witU Tar t.os. That reading bdng math aloud, Mi chael Strogoff could hear all the Png lish correspondent addressed to his pa per. fJuasian troop ropulanl willi jrrrat lossrt. Tar- The.e words ended the dispatch. "My turn now," said Abide Jolivot, who tried to pass his dispatch address id to his eousin of the Moutuiartre Fau bourg. Put that did not suit the Pngllsh re porter, who thought of remaining at the window as long as he should have news to transmit, as fast as fresh events might occur, so he did not give place to his confrere. "You are through?" cried Alcide Joli vot. "1 am not through," simply answered Hurry Plouut. And he went on writing words which he passed to the operator, who read very quietly: In the Lck iiii.irijr Cod crrattJ l,avfa anil tartli. They were verses from the Pible liar ry Plount was telegraphing to gain time nud not give place to his rival.. That would probably cost a few thou sand rubles to his pap.'r, but his paper would have the first Information. France might wait. Think of the oug. r of Abide Jolivot. who under any other circumstances would have appreciated the Joke. He even Insisted that the operator should take his dispatches In prelereuee to those of his confrere. "That Is the right of the gentleman," said the employee coolly, pointing to Harry Plouut, smiling kh:dly to him. And he continued to transmit lo The Dally Telegraph the llrst book of the lady writ. While he was opoiatiug Harry Plount wont to the window, and with his glass he observed what was going on about Kalyvan, so as to complete his Informa tion. A few inhiules later he took his place again at the ohico whitlow nud added to his telegram: Two c hurt bra in fljrr.ps. T!ie fir act m to j iin tn tUf ri;'..t. 7':.? earth a without lorin and void. lnitoi'- rovretl tl.o (art it lite ranli. Alchle Jolivot had simply a ferocious desire to strangle the honorable re porter cf The Dally Telegraph. I'e once more called upon the em ployee, who agaiu coolly answered: "It Is his right, ir; It Is his right. Ten copecks a word." And he telegraphed the following news, ha nth d him by Plount: Ituiian tvtijfr Mrap the city. Anl 1jJ al I, there lie lii'ht, anJ there waa light.", Alclde Jolivot was literally transport ed with rage. Meanwhile Harry Plount was again nt the outside window, but this time, absontmlnded probably on account of the spectacle he saw, he made his ob servations ti long. So when the op erator had finished sending the third verse of the Pible Alclde Jollvet quiet ly took his place at the wicket and, as his colleague had done, placed a re spectable pile of rubles on the desk and haudetl his dispatch, which the em ployee read nloud: HjJ. h ine Jolivet, 10 Faubourg Xtontmartre, Parla: Kaluu, Government J Oirwk, Auj. 6. Itun awara fly from tho city. Rjiulana Ixatctt. Furi ous j'Urmiit lijr the Tartars. And when Harry Plouut came back he hoard Abide Jollvet completing his telegram, singing musingly with mock ery: "There aa little man all lreaaej ia gray, la rajia." Alclde Jollvet thought it bettor not to mix sacred things with profane as his colleague had done, and ho answered by a Joyful chorus of Peranger to the Verses of the Pible. At that moment ft commotion shook the telegraph otlleo. A shell had tu tored the wall, and a cloud of dust fill ed the waiting room. Alclde Jollvet was Just finishing his verse, "as red as nn opple, who, with out a penny," but without stoppin.; threw himself on the shell, took it in his hands bvfore It exploded, throw it out of tho window and came back' to the wicket. It was all done In an In stant. Iu five second. the shdl burst out- Ski.'. . : j Thru, continuing his tehrram w!;h perf it (wohiesf, Aleido Joilwl wit le; A. tl'M wl -iliti iculi' iLI.: t.4. .,.;..; thtouidrthe '"WaiTof tfle'tekfTaijh olfltaT" liii." t vine othera of Mine talilx-r. For Mlchad Strogoff there was no room to doubt but that tbe Pusslats wore repulsed from ilr.Irvan. His 1 1st rosouroe was, thtn, to hasten over the southern plain. Put then the general discharge of guns was hoard terribly near the tele graph statlou, and a hailstorm of bul lets crashed through the window. Har ry Plouut, struck on the shoulder, fell. Abide Jolivot was at that nioMjovtt about to transmit this supplement to his dispatt h: lUrry Mount, reporter cf Tlst IUil.v Tt kjra." UM at my tioV, at ruck with a Ut? of tor-,..y.!:. Put the operator told him with im perturbable coolness: "Sir, the wilt; is broken. " And, leaving his window, he quietly took his hat, which he bnisdied with his sleeve, and, always smiling, wont out through a small door which Mi chael Strogoff bad i:ot before noticed. The station was then Invaded by Tartars, and neither Mlchad Strogo'J nor thu Journalists were able to effect their retreat. Alchle Jolivot, with his useless dis patch In hand, ran to Parry Plount, stretched on the floor, ami, kind hearted as he was, took him on his shoiill.Ts With the Intention to f?oe with him It was too late! Poth wore prisoners, and with tueui M!eh:ni Strogoff, taken by surprise when he was about to Jump through the window Into the hands of the Tar tars. CIIAPTPIt X. T a day's inarch from Ka lyvan, several versts be yond the town of Dla chinhs, stretches a wide plain, planted h"te and there w 1 h great trees, principally pim-s and ce dars. ThcrestoodtheTartar tents. There Feofar-Khan, the terrible emir of Pok hara, was encamped, and there on the following day, the 7th of August, were brought the prisoners taken at Kaly van after the annihilation of the Pus sian force, which had vainly attempted to oppose the progress of the Invaders. Of the 2.hh) men who hail engaged with the two columns of the enemy, the bases of which rested on Tomsk and Omsk, only a few hundred re mained. Thus events wore going bad ly, and the Imperial government ap peared to have lost Its power beyond the frontiers of the Ural, for a time at least, for the Pussians could not fall eventually to defeat the savage hordes of the Invaders. Put In the meantime the invasion had reached the center of Siberia, and It was spreading through the revolted country both to the east ern and the western provinces. If the troops of the Amur and the province of Takutsk did not arrive in time to occupy it, this capital of Asiatic Pus sin, being Insuf.lelently garrisoned, would fall Into the hands of the Tar tars, and before It could be retaken the grand duke, brother of the emperor, would be sacrificed to the vengeance of Ivan Ogareff. Foofar's camp presented ft magnifi cent spectacle. Numberless tents of skin or silk glistened In the rays of the sun. The lofty plumes which sur mounted their cotileal tops waved amid banners, flags and pennons of every color. The richest of these tents be longed to the Slides and KhodJas. who are the principal personages of the khanate. A special pavilion, ornament ed with a horse's tail Issuing from a sheaf of red and w hite sticks artistical ly Interlaced, Indicated the high rank of those Tartar chiefs. Then In the distance rest? several thousand of the Turcoman tents, which had been car rled on the backs of camels. The camp contained at least ft bun drod and llfty thousand soldiers, as many fiMt as horse soldiers, collected under the name of Alamanes. Among them and as the principal types of Tur kestau would have been remarked the Tadjiks from their regular features, white skin, tall forms and black eyes and hair. They formed the bulk of the Tartar army, and of them the khanates of Khokhand and Koundough had fur uished a contingent nearly equal to that of Pokhara. With the Tadjiks wore ml: ;'. '. rpclmens of different races who either reside In Turkestan or whose native countries bonier on It There wort? Usbecks. red bearded, small In stature, similar to those who bad pursued Mlchad. Hire were Kirghi.?, with fiat faces like the Kalmuch dressed In coats of mall. Some car rled the lance, bows and arrows of Asl fttic manufacture, some the saber, n matchlock gun and a little short han dled ax, the wounds from which luva rlably prove fatal. There were Mon gols, of middle height, with black hair plaited Into pigtails, which hung down their backs, round faces, swarthy com plexions, lively deep set eyes, scanty beards, dressed In blue nankeen trim mod with black plush, sword Ixdts of leather with silver buckles, boots gayly braided and silk caps edged with fur and three ribbons fluttering behind Prow n ftklnmd Afghans, too, might have been seen. Arabs, having the primitive type of the beautiful Semitic races, and Turcomans, with eyes which looked as If they had lost the pupil nil enrolled under tho emir's Hag, tho flag of incendiaries nnd devastators. When the prisoners wore brought Into the camp, the etnlr was In his tent. He did riot show himself. This was for tunate no doubt. A sign, a word, from him might have been the signal for some bloody execution. Put ho in trenched himself Iu that Kdalion which constitutes in part the majesty of eastern kings, lie who does not show himself is admired and, above all, feared. A to the prisoners, th'-y v.-r re i; be poTimd up l'i seme IncJosure where, ill treatt d. pooriy fid end rxnnl to ; '1 the 1:: i the .:: in Hi! would tixw.it FeeVar's p'eu :':e. The most ih.eile and patient of th m nil was undoubtedly Mlchad Stri-.. J2. He.n'!.'WidJ.!Mit!fJa : J, d. .'o.' were Ieudlrg'hlm wiTere lie" wTshed to go and under conditions of safety tue road from Kalyvan to Tomsk. To cK?ape before reaching that town was to rk-'.: ; a lalliu,' luto the bands of the scouts who wore seourlug the bteppe. At the same time with Michael Stro goff and many other prisoners Harry Plount and Abide Jolivot had also been taken to the Tartar camp. Their for mer traveling companion, captured like them nt the telegraph of'lee, know that they were penned up with him lu the lucloiiirc, guarthd by numerous seiitl licls, but he did not wish to accost them. It Motored little to him. at this time especially, what they might think of him since the affair at Ichlm. Pe- .1.1, .. I,.. I ... 1. . .1... I... might; act clone If necessary. He there fore held himself aloof from his for mer acquaintances.' ...-'- From the moment that Harry Plouut had fallen by his side Jollvet had not coaxed his attentions to him. During the Journey from Kalyvau to the camp nun. is iu say, lor several uours Plount, by leaning on his companion's arm, hud been enabled to follow, the rest of the prisoners., He had tried to make known that he was a Pritlsh sub ject, but ii had mi of. tot on the .bar barians, who only replied bv prods w ith ft lance or sword. The corrcspo'h'M. of The Dally Telegraph was thcieiuio obligtd to submit to the common, lot, resolving to protest later and to obtain satisfaction for such treatment. Put the Journey was not the less disagree able to hi in, for his wound caused him much pain, and without Alclde .Tcllvct'a assistance he might never have reached the camp. Jollvet, whose practical philosophy never abandoned him, had physically and morally strengthened his compan ion by every means In his power. His llrst care when thoy found themselves definitely cstabllshisl in the Indosurc was to examine Mount's wound. Hav ing managed to draw off his coat, he found tbat the shoulder had been only graze 1 by the shot. "This Is nothing," he said; "a mere scratch. After two or three dressings you will be all to rights." "Put these dressings?" asked Plount. "I will make them for you myself." "Then you are something of a doc tor?" "All Frenchmen are something of doctors." Ami on this afllrrnatlon Alclde, tear ing his handkerchief, made lint of one piece, bandages of the other, took some wat r from ft well dug In the middle of the luelosure, bathed the wound, which happily was not serious, and skillfully placed the wot rag on Harry Mount's shoulder. "I thank you, M. Jollvet," said Har ry, stretching himself on a bod of dry leaves which his companion had ar ranged for him In the shade of a. birch tree. "Now lot us talk of what we ought to do. I asure you I have no Intention of rev.iulning n prisoner to theso Tar tars for an Indefinite time." . ' "Nor I either." jf "We will escape on the first oppor tunity?" "Yes, If there Is no other way of re gaining our liberty." "Do you know of any other?" asked Plount, looking at his companion. "Certainly. We arc not lniligerents; we are neutral, and we will claim our freedom." "Fiom that brute of ft Feofar-Khan?" "No; he would not understand," an swered Jollvet; "but from his lleutcn aut, Ivan Ogareff." "lie Is ft villain." "No doubt, but the villain Is ft Pua slau. He knows that It does not do to trltle with the lights of men, ond he lias no Interest to retain us. On the contrary. Put to ask ft favor of that gentleman does not quite suit my taste." . "Put that gentleman Is not In tho camp, or at hast I have not seen him here," observed Plount. "He will come. He will not fall to do that. He must Join the emir. Sibe ria Is cut In two now, and very certain ly Fecfar'i army Is only waiting fot him to advance on Irkutsk." "And, once free, what shall we do TV' "Once free, wo 'will continue our c.nroalgn nml follow tho Tartars until the time comes who:: we can ma' e our wry Into the Pusr.ian cam; Wo must not give up the game. No, Indeed; we have only Just begun." , The event no much wished for by Jo llvet and Plount, no much dreaded by Michael, occurred on the morning of the 12th of August. ? On that day the trumpets sounded,, the drum beat, the cannon roared. A huge cloud of dust swept along the road from Kalyvan. Ivan Ogareff, fol lowed by several thousand men, mado his entry Into the Tartar camp. At the first flourish of the trumpet) several oMicors of high ran!:, followed by a brilliant escort of Uslock borso- trif.n inni'iul s 4 1 w. r.0 41... ... .., lw imumt 1111; iuiiijj iu receive Ivan Ogareff. Arrived In Ida nrnnonoo t)nrr niM him tho greatest resject and Invited him to accompany them to Feofar Khan'ii tent. Imperturbable ci usual, Ogareff re plied coldly to the defcrenco paid to him. He was plainly dressed, but from a sort of Impudent bravado ho still wore the unlf .rri of a Pusslari ofUcer. As It? w: : - t to ride on to pas tha ondeir.o of tho camp, Sangarre, passing among the ofllccrs of the es cort, approached und remained motion loss before him. "Nothing?" asked Ivan Ogareff, "Nothing." "Have patieuee." 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