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3s ? DY I ) . RIDER HAGGARD. AUIIIOR or "Si r , " "ALLAN QIHHRVIAIV , " "KING SOLOMOVS MINIS , " ere. CHAPTER xin. TIII : iiAsiurr or KUUIT. 1nroo dn > s Inter It xxas announced that , According to the custom of the women of the 1'eoplo of I'lre , Nomn , having given birth to n. still-born child , was about to start upon a journey to the Mount of Purification where she would abide nwhlle , and make sacrifice to the spirits of her anctstors. that they might cease to be angry xvlth her , nnd In fu ture protect her from such misfortunes TMs nrt unusual domestic Incident excited little comment , although It xvas remarked that the four matrons by whom she xxas to be accompanied. In accordance with the trlhil etiquette , were all of them the wlxes of iiolil lent xxho had deserted to llafcln In deed the king himself noticed as much when llokosa made the ciistomarj formal applica tion to him to sinctloii the expedition "So bn It. " ho said , "though mvself I hnx o lost faith In such rites Also , Hokosa 1 think It likely that although jour xxlfe goes out with company , she will return alone "Why king' " asked llokosa 'Tor this reason that those who traxel with her have husbands jondtr at the toxxn of the Prince llnfcla. and the Mount of Purification Is on the road thlthei Having goneso fni thej max go further Well , let them go for I dislrc to have none among my people whose hiarts turn otherxxiK re nnd It would not be wonderful If the > should choose to seek their lords , though , per- clmme llokosa there are some In this toxxn who may use- them ns messengers to the irlnee' - and hi looked at him keenly "I think not. king ' slid Hokosa "None but a fool would make use of women to cairy He'ret words or tidings Their tonguc-s arc tro long , nnd their mcmoilis too bad oi too uncertain " "Vet I have heard Hokosa , that jou have jnndc use of women In many n strange work ba > now , whit wire > ou doing upon a night n while ago with that fair wltchxxlfe- of yours jonltr In the burjlng place of kings , where It Is not lawful that you should set your foot' Nay , deny It not You were seen to enter the valley after midnight , and to return thence nt the dawn , nnd It was seen nl = o that as she came homeward your wife walked as one vxho "s drunken and she whom It Is not easy to frighten wore u face of feir. Man I do not tntst you , and \\ero I vxl o I should hunt you hence or keep you so close that you could scarcely move without my know - edge Why should 1 trust jou' " Nod wengo vxent on vehemently "Pan a vx Irani icaso fiom his vvlrardiy , or a plotter from his plots' No not until tin witeis run up ward nnd the inn shines at nl ltt , not until repentance touches you anil your heart is chinged , which I should hold as much a marvel You weio my fathers friend , and lie made you gient , yet you could plan with my In other to poison him , your king Nay he silent , I knoxx It. though I have sal nothing of It , because one that Is dear t me has Intuccdcd foi youou were tlir priest of the false god , and with that goi are fnllcn from your nlace , yet you have not renounced him You sit still In you kraal and ptetcnd to be asleep , but youi slumber Is that of the serncnt. which watilioB his tliric to strike How do I know that you will not poison me , as you would have poisoned my father , or stir up rebellion against me , or bilng my brothers impls on my head' " " ' "lf-the king thinks any of these thing * of his servant , ' ausxvcred Hokosa , In a humble xolijc , hut wltlf.-tllgrilty , 'his pith Is plain Let him pi : mft'to death nnd sleep In peace , foi who am I that I should nil the eirs of n king with my defense against these charts 01 daio to wrangle with him "Long ago I should have put you to death Hokosa ' ai sxvered Nodwengo sleinly , 'had It not bicu that ono has' pleaded for yon declaring that In you thorn Is good which shall oveicomo the evil , and that xou , xxho are noxx an a\o to cut doxvn mv throiia in time to come shall be n loof tue to suppoit It Also the laxv that I obey x 111 not allow me to lake biped of men haxe upon full proof and against > ou as yet I have no proof Still llokosa , mi wanted In time and let your heait be turned befoie the giavo cb.lnis your body and the wliked om your soul " "I thank you king , for your gentle words and your tender care for my well being both on the earth and after I shall leave it Hut , I tell you , king , that 1 had lather dl < ns your fnthei would haxe Killed mo In the old daxs oi youi brothei would kill me noxx did eitbei of them halo 01 fear me , than llxo on In safety , oxxlng my llfo to n nenx Inxv nnd n noxx mcicy that do not belli the great ones of the cnith King I am youi servant ' nnd giving him the royal snlute ho rose and left his prisence "At the least , theio goes a man , " said Nodxxengo , ns bo watched him depart "Of wlinm do you speak , king' " asked Owen , who at that moment entered the royal house "Of him whom you must have touched In the dooixny. . Messenger , Hokosa , the wlzaid " anrxxered the king and he told him of what had pissed between them " 1 bald" hit added "that ho vxas a man , and HO ho IH yet I hold that I have done vxrong to listen to your pleading and to sptio him for I am certain that he xxlll bring blood shed upon mo , and double on the faith * 'HiInk iibvx , Mcsseiigei , how full must be that mans Juart of secret iago nnd hatred he who was so great and Is noxxho little < j'lanNG A pittiiT iini-'ORi : HIM uu IN1i > smiTin : ONI : OK TIP'.SB QPIUS INTO ir.s suns \.NTI : A.ND PILU.NO mu WITH 'Jim pinvDUit. in : XX SHOOK ITS CONTKNIS INTO II XXp Will bo not eerlnlnly fitilve to crow gi.Mt w again ? Will ho not strive In ho n.enged' I upon those who humtihd him , mid the re ligion the ) haxo adopted' ' 'It mnj bi , " nnnxxc-rtJ OXXCT , "but If so , ol lit ) vxlll Rut. i-OiUi'i- ) ' | 1 U-ll .MIU , King thnt like vxntci hidden In u lock , tlu-iv U good lu thla mnn'b heart , nnd that I shall jet Jlml I tc a rod vxhou'vxlth ' to caii.e ! It tu b'ush out ui mid icfresli the disert" N "It Is more likely that lie will find n hpenr vxlieiuxxlth to cause youi blood to Kiiith out and rcfii'sli I lie Jackals , " antnxcicd ( the King gilmly. 'but bo It aa you will And noxx what of your buslnctii Ibis , King , John , my Kcixant , lia le- . turned from the icuht lountrles and he brings me u letter paying thut bifoio lung three xxhlto Uachcu vxlll folloxx him to tnkr In up tliu wink that I line begun I pru > to thnt xxhcn they come , for my hr.Ko uvl fui i < M the iako of the tiulu thnt 1 hnvu taught jal you , > ou will treat them l.tndlx nnd protect b : tlii'in , loniemhcilng that at Hist thi'i will jw Knoxv llttlo of your liu'S''iixo ; ci ) in > r < ua tonw " 1 1 " 1 will , luiW.l , " kali the K'ii ' , txliu nuulij concern "Hut tell me Messenger , why do you speak of yourself ns of one who soon will bo but a memory ? Do yon purpose to leave us' ' 1 No , King , but 1 believe Hint ere long I shall bo recalled I have given my mes sage , my task Is well nigh i tided , and 1 must be turning homo Pave for your snkes I do not sorrow thereat , for to speak the truth , I grow very weary , " nnd ho smiled siully Hnkosa went homo alarmed and full of bitterness , for he had never guessed that the "servant of the Messenger , " as be called Nodwengo the King , knexv so much about him and his plans Ills fall was hard to him , and to be thus tmnsured up weighed , contemptuously forgiven was ul- most more than he could bear It was the txhltc prophet who hnd done this thing Ho had told Nodwengo of his ( Hokosn's ) share In the plot to murder the late King Umsuka , though hoxv he came to knoxx of that matter was beyond guessing II had xxatehcd him , or caused him to b watched when he went forth to consul splilts In the place of the dead lie lint warned Nodwengo ngalnst him Worst o all. ho had dind to treat him with con tempt had pleaded for his life and safety , so thnt be xxas spared as men spare n snaki fiom which the cliarnur has drawn hi fnngs When they met nt the gate of the King's house yonder this white thief , xxho hud stolin his jdncc nnd power , had evei smiled upon him and gnetcd him kindly and doubtless while he smiled , by nld of the magic he possessed hnd lend him throng ! nml gone on to tell the story to the King Well , of this theiv should be an end Ho would kill the Messenger or himself be killed When Hokosa reached his kraal be fount Noma sitting beneath a fmlt tree tint grew In It , Idly employed In stringing beads , fo the work of the household she left to hi other xxlfe , fCIntl , an old and homely woman who thought more of the brewing of the beer and the boiling of the porridge thai of religions or politics , or of the will o kings Of late Noma had haunted the shadow of this tree for beneath It lay tha child which had been born to her. 'Does It please the King to grant leave for my Journey' " she asked , looking up "Yes It pleases him " ' I am thankful , " she answered , "for chink that if 1 bldo Iieio much longer will ghosts and memory for company. 1 shall go mad , " nnd she gLuccd nt n spot near . where the earth showed signs of iccent dls tin banco "He gives loaxo , " Hokosa vxent on , taking no notice of hci speeih , "but ho suspects us Listen " and ho told her of the talk thnt had passed between himself and the King "Ihe white man has rend you ns he reads In his written books" she nnsweicd with a little laugh "Well , I said that he would bo too elexor for you , did I not' It does noi matter to me for tomoirow I go upon ny jomney , and you can settle it as yoi Ay , " answered Hokosa , gt hiding his cell ] , "It Is true that he has read me , but this I piomlse you , that nil books shal soon be doted to him. Yet how Is It to bo done without suspicion or dlscoxery' 1 know ninny poltons , but all of them must bo administered , and let him work over so cunningly , ho who glxes a poison can bo traced " - cmiBo some other to glvo it , nnd let him boar the blame , ' suggested Noma languidly llokosa mndo no nusxxc-i , hut vxnlKing to the gate of the krnal , which v.ns open ho leaned ngnlnst It , lost in thought As , ho stood thus ho saw n woman ndxancing tow aid him vxho cnrrled on her he-ad n small Inskot of fruit , nnd knexv her for oneof thohc xxhoso uusincii , it xxns to wall upon the Messenger in hla huts , oi lather , in his hoiibo , for bj noxx ho had built him self n house nnd neni It a little chapel This woman saw Hokosa also and looked nt him shlowavs , as though she vxould like to stop nnd speak to him , but feared to do so ' "Good nionovv to jou , friend. " he said 'Hoxv goes It with jour husband and jour house' " Noxx llokosa know well that this woman's husband hnd taken a dislike to her and lilxeii her from his home , filling her plneo with ono jotinger nnd more attractive At the question the vx Oman's lips began to tremble , and her ojcs swam with teals "Ah. great doctor" she said , "whj ilo jon ask of my hubbnnil' Ilnx-o jou not heard that ho has driven mo axxuj , and Hint another takes my plnco' " "Oo I hear all the gossip of this town' " asked Hokosa with a smile "Hut como In and toll mo the story Perchance I may bo nblo to help you , for I have charms to compel the fnney of such fnlthless ones " 'Iho vxoman looked round nnd seeing that there xxas no one in sight , she slipped swiftly through the gate-of the kraal , which ho closed hi hind hei "Noma" said Ilokosn "he-io Is ono xxho tells mo that hei husband has deserted hei , iiml who comes to seek mj counsel Bring her milk to dilnk " "Thennre snme wlxes who would not find that so gieat an evil , " if plied Noma mock ingly as she rose tr < no nis bidding Hokosa vx inched nt the suicasm , nnd turn ing to his visitor said "Noxx toll me youi tnlo , hut say Hist , why nro jon so frightened ' "I nm frightened , mastei " nlif answered , "lest any should have seen me enter here , for I lmi > beconio a Christian nnd the Clnlstlans nu foibidden to consult the wltih doctois , ns we xxero xxnnt to clo For my case. It la " "No need to set It out " broke In Hokosn , Waving his hand "I see It xvrltten on jour face Youi husband lias put jou away and loxcs nnolhei woman , jour own half slste-r , whom jou brought up from n child " "Ah , master , > ou have heard ailght. " "I have not hoard , I look upon jou and I KCI > Pool , am I not a vtIrani * Tell mo " and taking dust Into his hand ho blew the grains this vvaj and thnt , lesardlng them curlouslv. yea. It Is no Last night you crept to youi h jslwnd s hutdo jou icmcin- ber , a dog growled nt jou as jou passed the gate' and there In fiont of the hut heat at with his new wlfo ? ho saw you coming hut pie-tended not to tee , she tlneix her arn.s alnut hit , neck , Kissing nnd fondling him befoie jour ejes , till jou could bear It nu longer and rexealod jouuclf. upbialJIng them 'Ihen jour rlxal taunted jon and stirred him up vxlth bitter words till al length ho took n ttlck and beat jou from Iho door , and ( hero is the mail. , of It upon jour oliouldcr. " "Ills true , it Is too tine' " fiho groaned "Yes , It Is tine And now , xvlmt do jou wish fiom mo ? " "Matter , 1 wish mrillclno to niako mj Hishrii 1 hate mj lixal and ( n diaxx Ms heart li.ii k to me " "Ihat must bo , \ strong medicine , " said IIokntt.1 , "xxhlth will tiiin a imn from one who Is joung nnd beautiful to oi.o vxho Is past hoi jouth and ugly" ' 1 nm an I am , " nnsxxerod the poor woman txlth a touch of natuial dlgnltj , "but at least have ) loved him uad xxotkcd foi him for Uxclvo IOHE joars " " \ml that Is why he xxould nnxv bo rid jou , fct xvho ( timber. ! his kraal with old cattle " "And > ct at times they am the best , Mat Icr.Vrlnkln and smooth skin seem strange .ipon one pllloxx , " she added , glancing at S'oma , ixho came from the hut cari.vlnn u bowl of mill. In her hand. I "It > W4 spok lounti.M" gaKi Jiokosa. iiUVlj. 'why do jou not go to the white I nan , that MtndiLfr In whom > ou believe , mil aUc him for u potloi , to tun : join lust- * j.uid is hi art. ' " Mentor. 1 Lave been to him , and ho U ten good to me foi when I wan drlvin out gnxo mo xx oik to do nnd food Hut hi old me ( hit. hu hnd no medicine for such abes und that the Great Man In thu sky ilotiB could Eotluii the breast of my hus tand and cnubo my sister to ct-asu from her iXlUu'dni'is ] , ast night 1 went to tee xhctliT luxxould do It nnd jou Know what fell mn i licit- " 'Dial Lc'fc'll jou which bofalla all fool a who put thefr trust In words atorte "What will you pay me , woman , If I gfrc yon the medicine which you seek ? " "Alas , lna tcr , I am poor. I have noth ing to offer you , for when I would not stay In my husband's kraal to be a ccivnnt to his new wife he took the cow and th five goats that belonged to me , as 1 , being childless , according to our ancient law he had the right to do. " "You are bold , who come to ask n doc tor to minister to you , bearing no fee In your hand " said Hoknta "Yet , because I have pity on you , 1 xxlll be content with very little Give mo that basket of fruit , for my wife has been sick , and loves the taste of It. " " 1 cannot do that , master , " answered the woman , ' for It Is sent by my hand as a present to the Mcss igcr , and he knows this , and wilt cat of It after ho has made prayer today Did I not give It to him , It would be dlscoxercd that I had left It here xvlth you " "Then begone without your medicine , " said Hokos.a. 'for 1 need such fruit" The woman rose and said , looking at him wlstfullv "Master , If you vxlll bo satisfied with other fruit of the same sort , t know where I can get them for you " "When vxlll you get them ? " "Noxv , within an hour And till I re- tuiii 1 will linve these In pledge with you , but these nnd no other 1 must give to the Messenger , for he has nlrcndy seen them and might discover the dlfle-icnce , also 1 luive promised to do so " "As you vxlll , " said Hokosn "If you are heic with file fruit within an hour the medicine vxlll be ready for you , a med icine that shall not full. " CHAPTHIl XIV. TUB HATINC OP TUB PUUIT. The woman slipped nway secretly When she had gone llokosa bade his wife bring the basket of fiult Into the hut ' It Is best that the butcher should Kill the ox himself , " she answered , meaningly He carried In the basket nnd set It on the door. "Why do you speak thus , Noma ? " ho nsked "Hccnuse I would have no hand In the matter , Hokosa I have been the tool of her basket of "Wn.lt , passed from the kr l ns secretly as she had entered It. " ' ' ' ' " "Why dia'Safl'Rlve her death medicine' rsked Noma"bf Hokosa , as she stood staring after her iMa you a. hate to satisfy against the lUtmind or the girl who Is her rival'f ; f "None , " hy , Answered , "for they have never croise uiy path O , foolish woman cannot you rjfail jiiy plan ? " "Not allo iipr , husband " "Listen thhUr , this woman will give to her sister a me < llQluf | of which In the end she will die Slw-may bo dls'ovcred or she may not. but It Is certain that she will bo sun- pcctcd , seofAk' ( hat the- bitterness of the quarrel between them Is knoxx n Also , she xxlll give to"tlip Messenger certain fruits after catlng"of Uhlch ho wilt he taken sick and In due time die. of Just such a disease as that which carries off the woman's rival Now , If any think that he Is poisoned which I trust none will whom will they suppose to have poisoned him' though. Indeed , they eon never prove It. " "The plan Is clever , " said Noma , with admiration. ' but I sec n flaw In It. The woman will say that she had the drug from you , or , at the least , will babble of her visit to you. " "Not so" ansxxcred Hokosa "for on this matter the greatest talker In the world would keep silence Firstly , she , being n Christian , dare not oxvn that slip has vUltel the witch doctor ; secondly , the fruit she- brought In payment wns stolen , therofoie she will say nothing of It , thirdly , to admit that sbo had medicine from me would be to admit her guilt , and that she will scarcely do , even under torture , which by the noxx law It Is not lawful to apply Moreoxcr , none saw her como he-re , and I should deny her visit " "The plan Is very clever , " snld Noun ngnln "It Is very clever , " he repented , com placently "Never have 1 made a better one Noxv , throw those fruits to the she goata that nro In the kraal , nnd burn the basket , whllo 1 go and talk to some In the great palace telling them that 1 have returned from counting my cattle on the mountain , whither I went after I hnd bowed the knee In the house of the king " Two hours later Hokosa , having made a i CAnn LITTLI : ron MY POOD" ANSWKIIKIJ owns. "AT LEAST ir CAN WAIT , " AND Hi : PUT DOWN 1HI3 Fl UIT. i wlzaid , and won little Joj therefrom The tool of a niuideicr I will not be' " "If I kill it Is foi the sake of both ot us " ho said , passionately "It may bo so , Hokosa , or foi the sake of the people , or for the s-xko of heaven nbovc 1 do not knoxx nnd do not cine , but 1 snj , do jour own killing , fop I nm Mile- that oven less luck vxlll hang to It than hangs to jour xvltchciaft " 'Of all women jou are the most pcr- vcibe1" he said , stamping his foot upon the grotmd. "And so jou may say again before evenI thing Is done , husband , but If It bo so , vxhy do jou loxo me and tic me to jou vxlth your wizardry ? Cut the knot , nnd let mo go mj waj Xxhllo jou go joins" Woman I cannot , but still I bid jou beware , for , strive a& jou vxlll , my path must bo jour path Moicovci , till I fico jou , jou cannot lift voice or hand against " me Then , while she watchc.il him curiously , he fetched his medicines and took from them sopie poxxdor line as dust nnd txxo tin > ciow iiullls Placing a fruit before him , he Inserted one of these quills Into Its substance - stance , nnd lllling the second with the powder , he shook its contents Into it and wlthdrc-w the tube This prooe'fs ho re peated four times on each of the ftults , icplaclng them ono by one In the biskct. So deftlj did ho work upon them that how- oxer closely they were scanned none could guess that they hnd bet-n tampered vxllli. "Will It kill at once' " asked Noun "No , Indeed , but he who eats those fruits will bo seized , on the third day with dyscn- terj and fexer , and these will cling to him till within seven weeks oi , If he bo very strong , three- months ho dies. This Is the best of poisons for It works through natu-c , and none can trace It "r\cept. : perchance , that Splilt whom the white man worships , and who also works through nature , as you learned , Hokosa , when ho rolled the lightning back upon your head , shattering jour god and beating down " jour company Then of a sudden a terror seized the vxl/- ard and , springing to his feet , ho cursed his wlfo till she trembled before him "Vile xvoimn , and double-faced1" he said , "why do jnu push mo foiward with ono hand and with the other drag mo back' Why do jou whisper exII counsel Into ono "ar and Into the other prophecj of mlsfoi- tune to come' Had It not been for jou , I should Imvo let this business lie ; I should have taken my fate and been content Hut day by dnv jou have taunted me xvlth my fall and grlexed oxer the greatness thit you Inxo lost , till at length you have driven mete i to this Why cannot jou bo nil good or nil wicked or nt the leabt , through righteous ness nnd sin , faithful to my Interest ami jour own' " 'Uccauso I hate jou , Hokosn , and jet can strike jou only through my tongue and jour mad love for me I am fast In your power , but thus , nt least , I cnn make you feel boino- thlng of my own pain Ilnrk , I hear tlio xxoman nt the gate. Will jou glvo her hack the basket , or vxlll jou not' What ever jou may choose to do , do not tay In after dnjs that I uiged jou to the deed " "Truly you are gloat-hearted , " ho answered , vxlth cold contempt , "ono for xxhom I did xxcll to entci Into tieachorj' and sin So be it. Having gene so far upon It I will not turn back fiom this journov como what may of It Let In that fool " Prctently the woman stood before them , H-arlng with her another basket of fruit. "These nro xxhnt jou seek , master , " she said , "though I xxas forced to win them by theft Now glvo mo my oxvn and the medi cine iul let ; np .go. " Ho gave her thev first basket , and with It , trapped In a piece of kid skin , sonw of tlio same powder with x\hlch ho had doctored the fruits "What shall I do with this' " she asked "You shall find means to sprlnklo It upon i our sister's food , and thereafter your hus- liand shall como to hate even the sight of lier " "lint xvlll lie como to loxo mo again ? " Hokosa shrugged his shoulders "I knoxv not , " ho answered "That Is for you to sec. Yet this Is sure , that If a tree ; rows up before the house of a man , t > hut- .Ing It off from the sunlight , when that tree s cut down the sun shines upon his house again " "It Is nothing to the sun on what he shines , " said the woman "If thr saving docs not please jou , then forget It. 1 promlsu jou this and no more , that very noon the inui shall cease to turn to jour rival " The medicine TV 111 not harm her ? " asked the woman doubtfullj ' 'She ' bos worked mo Ml lei wrong Indeed , ) ot slje Is my sis ter whom I innsfd when she vxas little , and do not xxlsh to do her hurt If only ha w III xvclcoinc me back and treat mo kindly am willing ex en that she should dwell nn beneath my him hand's roof , bearing his chlllicn , foi vll | they npl beef my own blood ? " "Woman1 unlittered" Hokosa. Impatiently , "jou vxcaij me vxjth jour talk Hid I say ' that the i ha nn would hurt her ? 1 said that It would caUMo ) our husband to hate the sight of her Now begonf * . taking or leav ing II , and luf me rest , If your mind Is troubled throw aside that medicine , and go c Kooth It with such nlghta as that you saxv 1 last nltcht" t On hearing this the woman sprang up , 11 hid away thu poison lu her hair , and taking 't ( wide detour nndJ talked to smithy of his acquaintances , 'alfout ' the condition of hi cattle , might hay- ) been seen walking slQjxly along the nt/UK'sIde ' of the Great Place towaid his itrvxn kraal His path lay past the chapel Bid ilia little house that Oxven had built Iff dwell In This house had a broad vcraifda , and upon it sat the Mes senger himself , Seating his evening meal Hokosa. saw /him. / and a .great desire en tered his heirf lo learn whether or nohe had partakeiC'uf ' the poisoned fiuit Also lit I occurred jo , ti m that It would bo wlso I if , before tbfe eil came , ho could contiivc to ilhcit allpoj-3lb6 | suspicion from him self , b giving tno Impression that bo-was now upon OlenUly"terms xxlth the | | white tcaclnef.niid-aot _ disinclined even to become a clSTircrt ( b his doctilne. Per si moment he hesitated , seeking nn excuse One soon suggested Itself to his icady mind That very moinlng the King had told him not obscurely , that Oxven had pleaded for | I his safety , and saved him from being put I upon his trial on charges of witchcraft and murder. He would go to him noxv at oilco. playing the part of a graceful penitent I nnd the white man's magic must be keer Indeed if It availed to pierce the armor i of his practiced craft So llokosa went up and squatted himself down nntlxe fashion among a llttlo grouj of colixerts vxho xxero waiting to see their teacher upon one business or another lie xxas not more than ten paces from the veranda , and sitting thus he saw a sight that interested him strangely Having eaten a little of a dish of roasted meat , Ov.cn put out his hand and took a fiult from a basket that the xxl/ard knew well At this moment he looked up and recog- niieil Hokosa "Do you desire speech with me , Hokosa' " ho asked In his gentle voice "If so bo pleased to come hither "Nuy , Messengci " nnsxxeicd llokosa "I desire speech with you Indeed , but It Is 111 to stand between a hungry man and his food. " "I cnro little for my food , " nnsxxcrcd Owen , "nt the least It can wait , " nnd he put down the fiult. Then suddenly a feeling to which the wizard had been for so many years stranger took possession of him n feeling of compunction That mnn wns about to par take of what xxould cause his death of xUiat he , Hokosa , had prepaied In order that it should cause his dentil Ho xvas good , he xxas kindly , none could allege a wrong deed ngalnst him ; nnd , foolishness though It might be , so was the doctrine tint he taught Why should ho Kill him' It wns true that 1 never till that moment had he hesitated , by fair means cr foul , to remove' an enemy or rival from Ills path Ho had been brought up In this teaching ; It vxas part of the education of wizards to bo merc'lle-ss , foi they reigned by terror and evil craft Their magic lay In clairvoyance nnd powers of observation ilex eloped to a pitch that vxas almost superhuman and the chief of their xxe-apons vxas poison In Infinite variety whereof the guild nloim unilcistood the properties and piepaiatlon Therefore , tlieie of was nothing strange , nothing unusual in this dcod of devilish and cunning murder or that the sight of Its doing should stir him be thus ; and yet It did stir him Ho was ell minded to stop the plot , to let things take their course bo home sense of the futility of all .such in stilvings ciuiio liqino to him , and as In a bo glass , for llokosa xxas a man of Imagination , ho foresaw tjieir'rnd ' , A little success , a little In failure , it scarcely mattend which , and then be that end Within twenty years , or ten , beSt or mayhap een fjjio , what would this present victory or de.f.ettyin.eaii . to him' Nothing so wi far na ho was conce'rned , that IB , nothing so far as hlsf t/Co / of today was concerned nn Yet , If ho du'Another llfo. it might mean stc oxerjthing TOcvni'waB another llfo , he know and It , who had dragged back from Us borders the spirits of the dead , though what might J1'1 ' bo the state 8nat njitl occupations fit those dead til he dlcl not l oy- , Yet ho believed why ho ' nil could not ell-T-that they were affected vitally bj tjiijlr flcts and behavior here- and no his Intelligence yarned him that good must ba ulwajs Uow.jfouJ , jjood and evil from evil a To kill hlsjiiati was evil , and only evil could como f > ? , d' ' What did he care whether HuMIjrulcd , the nation of Noil- weiiio , and vrhKlier It woishlpped the Qed sp of the Chrlsliftiw or the Oed of Plre who , nn b > the wayihad proved himself so and singularly Inelllclent In the hour of trial Now that he thought of it ho much preferred - re ferrod Nodive-ngo to Halfcla , for tl'o ono was den a just man and the other a tyrant , am ) ho . himself vvai more comfoitable as a wealthy private person than In * had been as a head he medicine man and a chief of--wizards He would let things Bland ; he xvould prevent eoHi the Messenger from eating of that fruit A Hi word could do U , ho had but to suggest of that It vxas unripe or npt wholesome at thin of season of the jcar and It would bo cast JIO aside , ii All these reflections passed through Ho- > le kosa'a ininil in a fevv Instants of time , and as already , hu WAS rising to go to thu veranda und translate their moral Into acts , vxhen another thought occurred to him Hoxv nul should he face Noma with this talo' H < ( lust : could give up his oxxn ambitions , but could a n ha bear her mockery us day by da > uhu nC taunted him xvlth his falnt-hc-artedness and C reproached him vxlth his failure to re-gain Pi neatness and to make her great ? Ha for- JO ( pot that lie might conceal tho. truth from her ; or rather , lie did not contemplate such concealment , for their relations were too peculiar and too Intimate to permit of it. Shh hated him and he worshiped her vxlth n half-Inhuman passion n passion so un natural. Indeed thnt It suggested the horrid rid nnd insatiable longings of the damned and yet their souls were linked to ench other Jt wns their fate that they could hide nothing from each other -they weie cursed with the awful necessity of perfect candor It would be Impossible that ho should Keep from Noma anything that lie did or did not do. It xxould bo still more Impossible thnt she could conceal from him even such Imaginings and things as It Is common for women to hold secret. Her very bitterness , which it hnd been policy for her to elonK or soften would gush from her lips at the sight of him ; nor. In the depths of his rage or torment could ho , on the other hand control the Ill-timed ut terance of his continual oxcrmnstoilng pas sion It came to this then He must go forwnrd. and ngnlnsl his bettor Judgment , bicnuso he xvns nfrnld to go bncK , for the whip of n woman s tongue drove him on remorselessly It xxns belter thnt the Mes senger should die , nnd the land inn red with blood , than that ho should be forced to endure this scourge So vxllli n sigh , Hokosa sank back to the ground nnd vxntched xxhlle Owen nto tlnoe of the poisoned fruit. After a pause ho took n fourth nnd bit Into It , but , not seeming to IIml It to his tnste , hu threw It to a child thnt vxns wnltlng by the vetnn- da for any semis which might be left oxer from his meal , vxho caught II and devoured It e-agerly. Then. smllliiR at the little boy's delight , the Messenger i ailed to llokosa to como up and speak with him ( To bo Continued ) < : . Ilev Dr John Matthews , past.or of the Centeiiarv Methodist Bplscopal church of St Louis , will celebrate the fiftieth nnnlxeisaiy of his ordination on the 30th of the present month James Louis Washington a mgro boy of Noxv Orleans , 8 ycnrs of age. Is Known ns the 'boy preacher" Ilio New Orleans Picayune says Hint he can repeat neaily the vx hole of the bible fiom memory Ho has pieaohod In manv churches of the south nnd Is always listened to by laige nnd nt- tontlve congregations Icc-v Dr Lucius H Paige who hns Just died at his homo In Cambridge , Mass. n the age of 'H , was said to be the oldest Unl veisillst eleigjman In the woild He vxn an nctlxo Mason nnd vxas of grent nsslst anco to the older during the anti-Mason ) excitement Ho xxas a frequent contrlbuto to religious periodicals The plan of Ins-irlng the llxcs of nuns I various orders of the Catholic church In or dcr to rnlse nioncj to pnj debt * Is said t bo considered bj leading mcmbeis of tha church , chiefly the clergy In St Louis th sisters of the Visitation have had theli live insured for the benefit of thM1' convci t which has a debt of neaily $100000 simllir project 1 ? noxx discussed In Uostoi Ite-v Ir ) Wllllim M Swindells of Phlla del ] hla who has ju t died , vxas one of ' ! > best known ministers In the Mothodls church , nnd took a piomlnent pirt In th last general conference He was horn li ing1nud of good Methodist stock , his an cestor , Kobert Swindells , having been ; trivellng compinlon of John A\cslej , ain the fliht Methodist to preach In Ireland Dr Swindells was a presiding older sevein times nnd Intteilj vxas conesponillng secie tarv of the Philadelphia Conference 'line society and editor of the Philadelphia Metli nillsl. Two of the early Hawaiian mlsslonnrle" died icccntlj , nntnelj , lle-v Dr Ullas lioni and , Mrs Julia Montague Cooke Ur. lloni wns n native of Hallowcll , Me , a graduate o Uowdoln college and llnn&or Theologlca seminary. Ho went to Hawlill In 18)0 ) ns mlssionnij of the American hoaid and speed lly gnlne-d the love of the Hawaiian people Mis Cooke and her husband xxent to Hnwai in 1817 ns American boarjl missionaries , and Uiey were soon known all OX > T tte Island as Futfief ami Mothei Cooke Mrs Cooke do voted herself to Instructing the native xx omen According to the Catholic Ilex lew of New York City , the colored lion an Catholics ii some of the Inigcr cities of the country mini ber as follows Italtlmore . .1,000 , Charles ton , 800 ; Chicago , 400 , Coxligton 110 , Hal veston , TiGO , Indian Tcrilto y , 100 , Kansas City , I'M. Little Hock , 100 , Mobile , 2 HOO Nashville , 500 , Natche/ 7CO ; Natchitoches 8000 , New Oilcans S 000 , J.'exVork. . 3.000 Philadelphia , 1 100 , Plttsbmg. 1 r > 00 Sa > vannah 1 200 ; San Antonio 1 LOI ) Wil"'l'ie- ton , -100 Thirty-ono pilestii aio noxv laborIng - Ing and thirty-sex en churches haxo heel elected by colored Catholics MOVS i > VID. XVilttin for The Iloo Dey ain't no desl ih In in' ol' h'nit to lib , Seneo di > 111' lioy's gone fiuni de homo , An' de blids In de trees lie-ball luip'lles me wlf De eliunes tint I wunst lint ter hum ; An' Ms mummy don' sing xxlC < lo sitne happy soiin' , An' de hohses in do stnblu seems ter mo'i n , An' do d.ivxK 1 fs 'I1 * nose , den sniffs all 'roun' , I'oln iley's plnln' 'eilsre do 1111 boy's gone He nil ter had a stnllo on 'is face all do c llz ho pi ived wlf do Kitten In do io' ; An' he'd Iny 'roun'n sing to 'Isse-'f In or vx ij Pit we ilon' IK bah hoili any mo' , lint do Lixxd known ! do bes' when ho Ink Mm finni us An' 'Is mammy nn' de place ho vvii ? lio'n , liut des de s line I c iln'l he'p xvlshln' d it 1 vx u/ In do il ) jc-u vvhnh ile 111' boj'fl gene rLAllUNCi : P. .M'UQNALD. Omaha , Neb oi T or TIII : oitmitv. . > To icceptaclo has ever been made strong enough to resist the power of freezing wa'cr Iho highest tempeiaturo oxer reeordcil on the top of Pike's Peak vxas 01 degrees P.i lire-illicit Throe hundred thousand tons of vcgo. tables , value-d nt $ J.r > .000,000 , wcro sold in the city of Paris In 1SU5 A largo proportion of the marine creatures found at a great depth In the colder ports the oce-an are of a red color. While tar Is one of the latest Inventions discoveries U Is clnlmed that It will not become soft under the sun's lays In any climate Washington county. Maine , has within Us borders a man xvho for thirty ycais has lived n wlgwnni with , ns he t > ajs , the disem bodied spirit of an Indian chief. John Ihurman , 73 , died at Orcensbiirg , Ind , tcccntlj He had the distinction of being the only colored person In the United States belonging to a white Masonic lodge , Any great fright , so the naturalists nay , will cause thu lobster to purposely drop or amputate * his great clown During thunder- Biqrms thousands of them drop their claws of swim for deep water A census of London was taken on the i. night of the 29th of last March The re turn shows thut the total population of the admlnlstratlxo county of London on the night In ijuestlon was 143301 $ Ulam J Kustcll , weight 200 pounds , of Plain- flcld , Ind , Is the proud fatthcr of a ten-Inch It baby which weighed only one pound und half at Its birth , and ut the end of three It txeekb xve-ighcd three pounds Mrs Russell's xxclght Is 150 pounds In the jungles of Sumatia the largest spiders are found Some of the larger speci It mens measure eight inches acrots the back wo have seventeen Inches of leg spread. to A female cod of fifteen pounds vxeight a recently examined by the British fish war " xvas found to have n roe containing 4.872000 eggs. b't ' Ilata are most curiously constructed , the heait'a tetlon being aided by the rhythmic vv contractions of the xelna of the wings blwl Probably the most fastidious woman In wln Hiiropo about her stockings U the princess n Wales She generally vxeais lace one * h cobwebby Jlncneus , xxiilch coat her from ne to $50 a pair } It has been proven that the Incandescent " leetrlc lamp does not ' smoke" the colling , lias been claimed , but that the smokj MftHt U due to dust The heat of the lamp laturully causes a current of air to urlte , the consequence Is that there Is more - deposited on the ceiling above thu lu amp than aryxxl.ero cjsc Kl Cook s Imperial I3xtra Dry Champagne Is n pleiulld to entertain jour friends with ltd un icxjuet and delicious taato U unrivaled TARGET FOR INDIAN ARROWS Thrilling Experience of n Train Crow on the Kansas Pacific , HEMMED IN BY II MR LIFTERS Tli - ( 'timlm-lor IMcrccil ( n ( lie Ilt-nrt vxIlli I'lilooiM'il Arruu * Ail in- : r'n ItroollootlniiN of til ) llnlroiiilliiK. ( Cop ) right , 1SG , " . S McChifo CMiipiny ) Wo vxoreIn the hospital together , Wilson nnd ! In the same ward I vxns 111 from the e-ffeets of bucking snow In the moun tains , and hn had been hurt In a collision In the Trinidad jards Ho wns the travelIng - Ing engineer of the road , nnd whllo h wns asleep In Colonel lllcke-r's special , j standard gauge engine hnd crnshc-d Into the car , nnd Wilson hail his right log bioken nboxo the knee. Dr. 0 Connor , the chief surge-on , hnd rigged n pulley nt the foot of Wilson's bed , and wns pulling his leg A piece of bell cord wns fastened to the patients' foot , passed oxer the pulley nnd londe-d down with as manj weights as the house surgeon considered necc-ssirj Wilson was r > 0 jeirs old , and the proccsj of knitting the bioken bone together was extremolj painful It gioxv so seilous atone ono time that we weie alarmed. The suf ferer was thrown Into a fever nnd talked "out of his liend Awn ) In the night when the nurse nodded over against the wall WlUon , delirious , told mo some won derful tales Mj friend's attendant xvns nn Itnllin who seemed to rejoice In the inn-xns of the Inmates of the Institution Sometimes when the plnco was still , and ho thought I was nsleep he would linn * nn extra weight on Wilson's string and then when the patient's moans had put the nmlla to Bleep , I would steal oxer nnd tnke It off Otten since- , when I haxe soon Wil son limping I have thought seriously on what I did. for the moio weight the pa tient t bore the longoi his leg would be. and It I wns a full half nn Inch short when he was able to wnlk. but H was haul foi mete to J see him suffer so and to hear him mo in "Prank. " snld I one dnj when he wiis able to t sit up In bed , " 5011 used to tell the- best Indian I stories when the fever was high that J ever beard " cAtrmiT MY Tin : INIMY When 1 hnd letold some of them to him ho took off his ghishcs and declared thnt what ho hnd slid In his delirium vxns wholly true. Ho had been the englneet on the con- stiuctlon tialn which laid the- track of the Kansas Paclllc "I have often run fifty miles without being out ot sight of buffalo " said he "I have soon a single band that made a procession so long that jou could see neither the head nor the tail of the herd They were lute-resting , but not nenilj so much so ns the Indians were 1 lomenihei one morning our conductor took .a i Hie nnd went out to shoot buffalo for breakfast Our camp vxas In n littlevnllej nlong one side of which ran a high chnlk bluff We hid seen no Indians for nearly a week nnd so were getting care-less The conductor wnB stalking n herd , hugging the- bluffs , when ho wns surprised by n band of In dians who began to shower arrows nt him from the top of the wall Ho must have seen that thev could not descend so stoop a ellff. but instead of retreating ncross the open vnle out of the roach of their arrows , he sought ictugo under the bluff. Here , for a time , he xxas secure A line of red skins stood upon the wall ready to fill his back with airoxvs the moment he htarted to flj whllo others with clubs , tom ahawks and rocks began the work of ciumbling the shelf-llko wall awny In order to i each their victim Per neirly an hour the- wild jells of the blood-thirsty hair- lifters f filled his eais nnd free his blood At first the falling debris dropped some feet . In fiont of him but as the Indians by con stant stamping and beating wore the pro jecting j shelf nwaj the biokon rock begin to t pile high In front of him and rolling about his fce-t threatened to burj him nllxc- Now the red villains , hanging over the wall began to send ariows at him 'Iho cloud of dust made by the falling rock and dirt made It Impossible for tlio conductor ilt ilt use his rifle when the Indlins poked thcli painted facr.s oxer the wall The most 1 ho could do was to dischaige his rille at ran loin occasionally to show them that ho was still alive and lighting Almost be fore he was awnre of It he found himself a pilsonor The bits of lock had piled up about his feet until he found it impossible to . move There was nothing now to hope for. I.f as ho knexv well that his tormentors would nexer give over the tight until ho was cither killed by an airow or burled a "What the poor fellow thought or how he felt In the face of this crisis wo maj e.i al not know cli ' When an hour had gone b > nnd ho did Ml not i etui n n party went to look for him an In I a llttlo while wo came within sight of anV the band of inurdciers on the cliff nnd anG readily guessed that thu conductor vxas G being besieged 1 Spurring our horses to a. deid run wo charged , the band , nnd when within rlllo innge began to pour Iho lead Into them Per a time they withstood the storm bravely , but never an airoxv was aimed at us THI : mscumiis TOO LATH "An Indian would hang over the wall , two or three of his companions holding on to his feet , nnd solid n poisoned airow utter the conductor. Some of them wcio wounded or killed by our bullets , but that nee mod to make them the more dctei mined to kill the prisoner Wo were by no means anxious to approach within reach of their an own hut the problem of rescuing Iho conductor vxas now becoming a serious one. Kvcn now ho might bo de-id for wo could neither see nor hear him so gieat was the din and the dust Plndlng It Impossible to dilvo the red doxlls away fiom tholr murdcious work our commander ordered us to charge and gal loping up to within a hundred jords of the bluff wo halted , and taking deliberate aim lot lly a shower of lead that adit a half dozen Indians vo the earth At that moment an Indian who had just discharged an arroxv nt the Imprisoned londiiftnr leaped to his feet and gave an exultant jell Instantly the whole band , Inking up the cry , disappeared behind the rdgo of the cliff Leaving n majority of our force on guard , the captain and I approarhol the spot toward which the Indians had been nlmlng their arrows So dense wan tlio cloud o ilimt that hung about the hill In the still morning air , thnt wo were unable , for a time to locate the unfortunate man To all our calls ho made no reply and wo know that ho was beyond human all When wo finally f ° u"'l ' > ' " " ' " > "aa Btlll standing upright with the chalk from | HI the bluff plied above his wnlst A number nrroxvs were sticking In hlJ arms and shoulders Only the small end of one sU.od above his coat H hnd entered just hi hind his collar bone near the left shle of his neck and passing downward the point of It had cu pierced his heart Ills head hung upon his of I.xp lueast while his helpless hanila rested upon the rocks that had been heaped around him would be as Impossible for mu to dencilbo the expression on the dead man's face an has been for mo to forget It It was a sight to take out of a white mans hurt rial 1 any whit of Christian sjmpathj he may ( haxo harbored there for his red brother vxas hard to look upon the-re but when hnd carried the poor felloxx t body back hl lioinn and borne H up to Iho door of . llttlo xxhlto cottage , to the verj spot upon iw > which he had kissed his wife an 1 baby "good bj" only n fexv dajs before. It was IM i 1 harder still When his gray-haired mother Oil bent her stiff kneca beside the dead man , : when ! his wlfo wept over hla collln , nnd his Ins bluo-ejcd bahj stood staring nt the coU , nti white face unable to understand , there crept Into mj hcirt a foclliig of bitter hatred for those red devils which I am afraU I ehidl noxcr hi- able to overcome , " and the al k 7 man sighed and turned away hi a fa * to I no atc hide ivhutexrr he hud In his eyss. fJY WAHMAN. Jlenlh of 1'riif , J"i vle s. The dentil Is announced at tno ago of SS c-aiu , of Prof I oienzo U Poxxler ono of first nnd greatest of Amp-Iran plinn lo- t Attracted hy the uaihlng f Spur * lolm and tombo lie professed pur nology nd bcr-an-o a so latcd xxitli hl hiuihcr Ur- At Hpulre PowU-r lu the > car ol 1333 , HI the. flue m : Liutilcation of the l'hreioo ! > ; lcal Journal Nst and n few years Inter the brothers took Samuel U Wells Into partnership with them Thcnccforxxard the names of Toxvlcr nndVolH became associated In the public mind with tlio teachings nnd practice ot phrenology of vxater euro , ot vegetarianism nnd a host of other branches of knowledge ) collected under the bond of Iho motto , ' Knoxv Thjself " A hoit of other teachcri or profc sors of phrenology sprang Into cx- htencp but the rslnbtlihmeiit of 1'oxvler iS. Wells continued to be- the headqunrtcrs R of phrenological supplier and the examina , tions and charts ItMicd ihenco continued to bo the standard The numbers of patrons from all parts ot the countr ) ran Into hun dreds and thousands for successive jpnrs. Willy I found mother the other day cryIng - Ing over > our book of poems Ills Sister'1'lnnco ( delighted ) Oh U thnt PO ( Aside ) All' vxhnt glory what fntno , nxxnlts mo ! A mnn xvho can bring I trnrs to the ojos of such n Hint hearted * $ woman ns thnt li cortnlnl } grent nnd no mlstnki' ( ToVI11 > ) She vxns renllj xxcciv Ing , Wllb' \Vllly-Ves : the snld H noarlj broke her lu-nrl to think that n daughter of hers was going to innrrj a slob who vxould xxrltc such lot ns thnt t Wo offer you in F * garments made to order. But it's not alone the price. It's better designs Better workmanship Better trimming's Better all 'round satisfac tion than the average tailor offers. vl We can prove it if you'll take the trouble to investigate. 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TIJNTS AND AWN1NQ9 \\oi.r nnos , t co. ; Manuf.ic'urtrn of Ifn ! , wnlnu , tarpallans , I jnntra and > U infr 'JKNPH KOIt llCNr 70J "M HoutU fiUitentii itrctl. Omatik , .