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B yGVSTAVE A I M A R - P y TRAIL V CHAPTER V. The sun rose; its beams played on the trembling yellow leaves of the trees, and tinged them with a thousand shades of Cold and purple. The birds, cozily nestled in the bushes, struck up their matin carol ; the awakening of nature was as plendid and imposing as it is in all mountainous countries. The leader of the caravan left his tent nd gave orders to strike the camp. The tent was at once folded up, the mules were loaded, and, so soon as the horses vere saddled, the party started without waiting for the morning meal, for they generally breakfasted at the 11 o'clock , talt. ' The caravan advanced along the roa3 from Santa Fe to the United States, at t speed unusual under such circumstances. When he left the camp, the chief of the caravan spurred his horse and joined the Indian, who was marching alone in front, examining the bushes and apparent ly performing all the duties of an expe rienced guide. Curumilla. though he "heard the hurried paces of the Mexican's -torse, did not turn round, but continued -trotting along on his sorry mule. "Indian," said the caravan chief In Spanish, "I wish to speak with you on an Important subject ; be good- enough f o put off your usual silence for a while and -answer like an honest man. You engag ed with me at Santa Fe to lead me, for the sura of four ounces, safely to the frontiersot Upper Mexico. Since you cave been in my service I must allow "that I have only had reason to praise jour prudence; but we are at this mo ment In the heart of the Rocky Moun tains, that is to say, we have reached the most dangerous part of our journey. Two days ago you - lifted the trail of 4rA ItlillanB up irm I ila Kin ,namtM of caravans, and I want to consult with you as to the means to employ to foil the snares In which these Indiana will try to catch us." - . The Indian felt in ' a bag of striped calico thrown over his shoulder,, and pro duced a greasy paper, which he opened and offered the Mexican. "What Is this?" the latter asked. "Oh, .yes, certainly j your engagement. Well, what has this to do with the question I asked you?" Curumilla, still Impassive, laid his fin' ;ers on the paper, at the last paragraph -of the engagement. "Well, what then?" the Mexican ex. claimed ill-humoredly. "It is said there, It Is true, that I must trust entirely to ' you, and leave you at liberty to act as you please for the common welfare. What proves to me that you are acting for our common welfare, and that you are not a traitor?" At this word traitor, so distinctly ut tered by the Mexican, Curumilla gave a tiger glance at the speaker, while his -whole body was agitated by a convulsive -tremor; he uttered two or three incom -prehensible guttural . exclamations, and re the Mexican could suspect his Inten tions he was seized round the waist, lifted from the saddle, and hurled on the ground, where he lay stunned. Curu milla leaped from his mule, drew, from liia belt four gold ounces, hurled them at the Mexican, and then bounding over the precipice that bordered the road, disap peared. . The situation was becoming most crit teal for the chief of the caravan ; he found himself abandoned without a guide, in unknown regions, doubtless watched by hidden, foes, and exposed at any moment to an attack. The march was continued; no sftspi clous sign was discovered ; and the Mex- t.w n . WAM 4mKHiu1 In ha Aini that- with the exception of the time they would le compelled to lose, the flight of the Indian would entail no disagreeable con sequences. Singularly enough, Carnero seemed rather pleased than annoyed at the dis appearance of the guide. Far from com plaining or deploring the delay In the con' tinuance of the journey he laughed at what bad happened and made an infini tude of more or less witty jests about It, which considerably annoyed his mas ter, whose joy was merely on the surface, sxnd who, in his heart, cursed the mishap which, kept them In the mountains and xposed them to the insults of the plun derers. "Pray, what do yon find so agreeable In what has happened that yon are or Sect to be so merry, No Carnero?" he t length asked. "Forgive me, mf amo," the capatai an swered; "but you know the proverb, What can't bo cured must be. endured.' " "Hum ! said the master. "And besides," the capatas added, as tte stooped down, '"however bad our po sition may be, is It not better to pretend to consider U good?" . A little before 11 a. m. the caravan reached the terrace, and It was with a feeling " of joy, which they did not at tempt to conceal, that the peons recog nised the strength of the position. "We shall stop here for the present," tbs Mexican said. "Unload the mules. sind light the Ores. Immediately after ' breakfast ws will begin entrenching our selves." The peons obeyed with the speed of Den who have mads a long journey and sue betinning to feel hungry; the fires were lighted in an instant, and a few mo ment later the peons vigorously at- tasked their maias tortillas, their todna and their csdna these Indispensable tie-. menta of every Mexican meal. When the hunger of his men was appeased the chief rose. "Now," he said, "to work." - CHAPTER VI The position which the leader of the caravan fancied he had been the first to discover, and where he had made up his mind to halt, was admirably selected to establish an intrenched camp. The im mense voladero hovering at a prodigious height above the precipices, and guarded on the right and left by enormous masses of rock, offered such conditions of secur ity that the peons regained all their merry carelessness, and regarded the mysterious night of the guide as an accident of no real importance. It was, hence, with well promising ar dor that they rose on receiving their chiefs command and prepared under his directions to dig the trench which was intended to protect them from a sur prise. This trench was to be bordered by a line of tall stakes, running across the open space between the rocks, which gave the sole access to the terrace. At the moment when the leader pro- ceded with several peons armed with picks and spades toward the entrance, with the probable Intention of marking the exact spot where the trench was to be dug, the capataz approached, and said with a re spectful bow: Mi amo, I have an Important commu nication to make to you." His master turned and looked at him with ill-concealed distrust. An Important communication to maks to me?" he repeated. - "Yes." "What is It? SpeakjJmt be brief." "I have discovered a grotto." "What?" his master exclaimed, In sur prise. "Yes, excellency." "Where?" "There," he said, stretching out his arm ; behind that mass of rocks. A suspicions look' flashed from behind his master's eyelashes. Well, we will enter It together. Fetch some torches of ocote wood, and show us the way. By the by, do not forget to bring weapons, for we know not what men or beasts we "may find in caverns thus opening on a high road." The Mexican selected six of his peons. on whose courage he thought he could rely, ordered them to take their muskets, and, bidding the others keep a good watch, but not begin anything until he returned, he made a signal to the capatas that he was ready to follow him. Carnero had followed the .arrangements made by his master with an evil eye, but probably did not deem It prudent to risk any remark, for he silently bowed his head, and walk ed toward the pile of rocks that masked the entrance of the grotto. These granite blocks, piled one on top of the other, did not appear, however to have been brought there by accident, but, on the contrary, they appeared to have belonged In some early and remote age to a clumsy but substantial edifice. It would not be prudent, said the chief, "to venture without precautions into 'this cavern. Prepare your arms, mu- chachos, and keep your eyes open ; at the slightest suspicious sound, or the small est -object that appears, fire. Capataz, light the torches." The latter obeyed without a word; the leader of the caravan assured himself at a glance that his orders had been prop erly carried out; then taking his pistols from ills belt,' he cocked them, took one In each hand, and said to Carnero : "Take the lead. It Is only just that you should do the honors of this place which you so unexpectedly dijeovered. Forwardyou others, and be on your guard." The eight men went into the cavern at the heels of the capataz, who raised the torches above his head, doubtless in order to cast a greater light. They thus reached a rather large hall, Into which several passages opened. All at once the leader stopped and listened. "Listen," he said to the capatas, "do yon not hear something?" The latter bent his body slightly for ward and remained motionless for some seconds. "I do," he said, drawing himself op, "it sounds like distant thunder." "Is it not? or, perhaps, the rolling of subterranean waters." "I can swear that yon are right. It would be a piece of luck for us to find water In the cave, for it would add great ly to our security, as we should not be obliged to lead our horses, perhaps, a long distance to drink." "I will assure myself at once of the truth. The noise proceeds from that pas sage, so let us follow it. As for our men, they can wait here ; ws have nothing to fear now, for if the pirates or the Indians are ambushed to surprise us, they would not have waited so long before doing so, and hence the assistance of our peons Is unnecessary." The capatas shook his head doubtfully. "Hum," he said, "the Indians ars very clever. I believe it would be more pru dent to let the peons accompany us." "Nonsense," said his master, "it is on necessary ; ws are two resolute and well armed men; we have nothing to fear, I tell you." They then entered the passage. It was very narrow, and ran downward a steep Incline. The farther they proceeded the more distinct the sound of water became ; It was evident that at a very short dis tance from the-spot where they were, per haps but a few steps, there ran one of j those subterranean streams so frequently found in natural caverns. All at once, without being warned by the slightest sound, the. leader of the cara van felt himself seized round the waist, his torch snatched roughly from his hand, and extinguished against a rock, and him self thrown down and securely bound, be fore he was able to attempt the slightest resistance, so sudden and well calculated had the attack been. Carnero had been thrown down at the same time as his master, and bound. "Cowards, demons!" the Mexican yell ed, "show yourselves, at least, we that I may know with whom I have to deal." "Silence I Gen. Don Sebastian Guer rero, resign yourself to your fate, for you have fallen into the power of men who will not liberate you." Gen. Guerrero made a movement of Im potent rage, but he was silent; he per ceived that the originators of the snare of which he was a victim were Implaca ble enemies. When his conquerors had borne htm to the hall, where his peons were dis armed and guarded, he saw, by the light of the torch that faintly Illumined the hall, that among the men who surrounded him few wore the Mexican costume, It was true, and they had their faces hidden by a "Why is Jones growing a beard?" "Oh, I believe his wife made kim a present of some ties.'' Punch. "Do you think we should let women vote?" "Certainly. Why not? We let them earn money all other ways. Life. "So she's about to be married again. Do you kuow who Is the lucky man?" "Yes, the dead one." Detroit Free Press. The Man None of their relatives will speak to them since their elope ment. The Girl They ought to ,be a very happy couple. Puck., "I notice your duughter dauees with such graceful, free movements." "They piece of black crape, forming a ain't free ; she takes reg'lar pald.les- HERE'S A FEATHER SHARP. Utah MeteoroloKlcnl Standing; of the (i ref b Tree Frojr. Few animals hnve survived the at tacks made by science upon their repu tation as weather prophets. The green frog Is a conspicuous exception. lie is, to be sure, a cronklng prophet, but plen ty of people still pin their faith to him. Even so scientific a Journal as Symons' Meteorological Magazine has a kind word to say of the little fellow. Hero Is a picture of the frog's ladder which Is provided for this weather prophet In Germnny aud Switzerland. In many houses the frog Is kept In a bottle half filled with water and pro vided with a lndder, and the little fel low Is carefully watched ng to his be havior In uncertain conditions of the atmosphere. A number of weather max ims are based upon his posture and ac tivity. If he remains on one of the low est Bteps of the ladder It Is considered a sure sign that bad weather Is com ing. If he emerges from the water and rests upon the steps above It fine weath er may be expected, and the higher ho sits on the steps the finer the weather Is sure to be. He Is also supposed to species of mask, and so well fastened , 8ona round their necks, that It was entirely impossible to recognize them. "What do these men want with me?" he muttered, as he let his head fall on his chest sadly. . . "Patience!" said the man who had al ready spoken, "you will soon know." "Baltimore America. CHAPTER VII. There was a short delay, during which the conquerors appeared to be consulting together in a low voice; while doing so, an Indian chief, who was no other than the Jester, entered the hall. The general and the capataz were then again picked up by the redskins, and at a sign from one of the masked men, transported on to the voladero. One hundred and fifty to 'two hundred Indians, mostly armed with guns, and ranged In good order round the terrace, the center of which remained free, faced the cavern, having among them the dis armed Mexicans, the baggagehorses and mules. The tent still stood In the middle of what was to havs been the encampment: but the curtain was raised, and a horse man was standing In front of It, as If to defend the entrance. . At the moment when ths party emerged from the cave and appeared on the ten race, the horsemen drawn up at the en trance of the defile opened out to the right aud. left, leaving a passage for a small troop of men dressed In hunter's garb, and whom it was easy to recognise as white men ; two ladies, mounted on ambling mules, were In the midst of them. This troops of strangers Was composed of eight persons altogether, leading with them two baggage mules. As the men were disarmed, and walked on foot amid some fifty Indian horsemen, they had, in all probability, been surprised by a party of redskins. The two ladles, one of whom was of a certain age, while the other appeared scarce 18, and who might be supposed closely related, through the resemblance of their features, were treated with an exquisite politeness they were far from expecting by the Indians, and conducted to the tent. The -Curtain was then low ered, to conceal them from the glances of the Indians. The newcomers, at a signal from their conductors, ranged themselves with the other prisoners; tbey were powerful men whom the Indians had probably not given a chance to defend ; otherwise they look ed as if they would sooner be killed than yield. Two masked men took their seats on the granite blocks, and the Indians who carried the general laid him on the ground in front of this species of tribunal. The person who seemed to be the president of this sinister assembly gave a sign, the prisoner's bonds at once fell off, and he round nimsen once more a Die to move hi limbs. The general drew himself up, crossed bis hands on his chest, threw his body back haughtily, raised his bead and look ed at his judges with a glance of with ering contempt. "What do yon want with me, bandits?" he said; "enough of this; these Insolent maneuvers will not alarm me." "Silence !" the president said, coldly ; "It Is not your place to speak thus." Then he remarked to the -Jester, who was standing a few paces from him : "Bring up the other prisoners, old and new; everybody must hear what is going to be said." - The Jester gave a signal to ths war riors; some of them dismounted, ap proached the prisoners and, after loosen ing the cord that bound the capatas, they led him, as well as the peons snd pris oners of the .second caravan, In front of the tribunal. Then, at a signal from the Jester, the horsemen closed np round the white men. (To be continued.) Little Girl (after a domestic scene with her mother) The best thing for us to do, maiiuua, Is to agree to a sep aration. Transatlantic Tales. Duff Rowell believes in the eternal fitnes of things. Cuff That's so; he wouldn't run for a car if he had a walking suit on. Town Topics. "Willie Green," said the teacher, "you uiuy deliue the word . memory." "Memory." suld Willie, "Is what we forget with." Philadelphia Record. Do you favor any particular school of music?" asked the lady. "Yes, in deed," replied the young man who Uvea in a flat "1 favor the pianissimo school." Puck, Rector (showing a stranger the church monuments) My grandfather hns slept lu this church for eighty years. Stranger is he living: ionis ers Statesman. Mrs. Neighbors Are you aware that give warning of bad weather by croak- your new hired girl is a somnambulist? ing loudly before a storm. Mrs. Meadowgrass My goodness, no! The magazine says that there Is renl- She told me she was a Baptist Cul- ly some reason to believe that the green cago Dally News. tree frog Is somewhat experienced ns Little Girl (telling of the Gurden of regards climatic conditions and acts nc- Eden) Yes, Mummy, Adam aud Eve coraingiy. in nne wcauier no lived very happily there till the Evil about among the branches of trees. One came in the form of a servant wnen nt llDeriy, caicning nies. ai ui Canadian Courier. approach of winter he seeks the water and finds niinseu a uea in toe mua un- BWISS WEATHEB PROPHET. ..'I: r. L.;; tn tZr a til the following spring calls him out husband? Second Little Girl-No; I'm to re sume his war on the file . . . I XT. ha rrvr nn tho. Innndf going to be a widow. They don't have Now the frog on the ladder without doubt watches the weather conditions keenly and rises to look out for files when the circumstances seem favorable. On the other hand, when the weather Is cold and damp ho Is reminded of win ter and instinctively retires to bury his sorrows In tho Imaginary mud which to. Harper's Weekly, Mother-In-Law Has the young man who suved my life yesterduy culled upon you yet? Sou-ln-Law les, lu deed, he has already made his apolo gies. Fllegende Blaetter, Clara You may not believe It, but Bt the bottom of his prison. I said "No" to seven different men during the past winter. Maude On, I don't doubt it. Whut were they sell lug. Chicago Dally News. Mistress Why don't you boll the eggs! Cook Sure, I've no clock In the kitchen to go by. ; NOT A. SAFE MAN TO WED. Hardest of All Metals. Tantalum hag been hammered Into sheets, which are extremely hard. Sir William Crookee, F. R. S., states that "a bole bad to be bored through a plate of this metal and a diamond drill was used, revolving at the date of 6,000 rev olutions per minute. This whirling force was continued ceaselessly . for three days and nights, when it was fonnd that only a small depression 23 mm. deep bad been drilled, and it was a moot point which had suffered the mora damage tho diamond or tho tan talum." j It la only a wast of time to look at the ashes after you have) Uuinef tho money. The notions in rt-eard to courtnhlD Mistress Oh, yes, d marrlnle held by Tibbie, the younu you have. Cook What good Is It? It's Seotchwoman wno presided over tho Jameson kitchen, were a never-ending source of amusement to her mistress. "I've taken mo mind off Archie Mac- Lachlan, ma'am," Tibbie announced one day, referring to a young carpenter who had haunted her domain for some weeks. "He's no the man for me. I can see that weej." "What ha poor Archie done?" asked Mrs. Jameson, her heart filled with joy at the knowledgo that she was not to lose her domestic treasure, as eue had feared. "It's what he has na done, ma'am," responded Tibbie, briskly. "I put a few tests to him. I said, 'Archie, If ye had a wife, an' come home some day to find she'd gone gadding with her kin and left the hoose In disorder what'd you do? And be looked at me with that foolish smile o' his, an' said be, I'd put It to rights mysel'.' Again I tried him with cborcbgolng. Bald I, 'Archie, If ye bad a wife that some Bawbeth morning would up an' tell ye she was too tired to bldo the thoughts o' sitting under the minister. what'd you do?' An' again he smiled foolish at me, an' said, 'I'd go an' lis ten for two.' "And at last I tried htm with the vanities o' this world. I said, 'Archie, If ye had a wife that would take some o' your hard-earned money an' spend It for gay ribbons an kickshaws to put on herself, what'd you do? An' be smiled broader than ever, an' soys be, 'I'd take my pleasure lookln' at her wl' 'em on her.' "So then I np an' told him he's best be looking elsewtiere for a wife. "You'd be a fearfu' pleasant man to wed,' I said to htm, 'but such assy going ways would na train a lass like me.' "The answer to every one o' the three questions should 'a' been, 'I'd tike a stick to her,' an' yon know It I "So now we've parted, ma'am." ten minutes fast rnuaaeipnia in quirer. "May I ask your father for your hand to-n1ght, Miss Ketchem?" "Can't you wait until to-morrow night, George? I thluk Charlie Chumpley Is going to ask hliu to-night" Cleveland Plain Dealer. Anxious Housewife (startled by a crash In the room below) There! An other of my best porcelain tureens gone. HuBband Never mind, dear; It has stopped the cook's singing. Port land Oregonlan. Voice from the parlor Mary Ann, did you get the milk for the children and Fldo In separate bottles? Mary Ann Yes, ma'am. Tho voice Have Flrtn's milk sterilized. Mary Ann Yes, ma'am. Clevelund Plain Dealer. Geek (who has already wearied the guests with many songs) Now I will sins you one more song ana wen go home. Lady Pardon me, but do you attach much Importance to the order of your progrum?-Fl.legende Blaetter, Do you think you will lenrn to like your titiea son-in-mw : " know," auswered Mr. uumrox. "i can i quite tell where to place blw lu my account. He Is neither a recre ation nor au Investment" Washing ton Star. Mrs. Scrapplngton (In the midst of her reading) Here Is an Item which says that full-grown rhinoceroses cost $12,000 apiece. Mr. scrapplngton (meanly) Eh-y ah! Ana isn i u a piry that women can't wear them on their hats? Smart Set Boatoa Newboy. New Yorker (in Boston) I say there, boy 1 Mave you an extra?" Boston Newsboy I have an especial edition Issued at 12 o'clock meridian, sir! Yonkers Statesman. Watch any man long enough, and yon will set blm make a mighty bad break. England has 80,000 persons with a single leg or arm.