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20 THE OMAHA DAILY JJBJ3 : SUNDAY , NOVEMBER 20 , 1808.
r 3 innrtj i > y < 5. RXrockett . x i/n OP "tw ! HA.OTCH-I CHAl'TKIt XY. . I lu an hour Sholto followed them , bavins ridden fast and furious across tbo Ions broomy braes of Borcland and wet th'j ' frlng'.s of the silken coverture of his horte by valn-glorlously swimming the Deo. at the Castle pool Instead of going round by the fords. This ho did In the hope that Maud Llndcgny might sco him. And fie she did , for an he came round by the out- fcldo of the moat , making 'his horse caracole nnd thinking no little of himself , he heard a volco from an upper window call out : "Sholto MaoKIm , Mnudto says that you look llko a draggled crow. No , I will not bo , silent. " I Then the words weio Bhut off as If ft1 1 hand had been set over the mouth wliloh epoke. But prcseully the volco out of the unseen came again "And I hate you , Sholto MacKlin. For wo have had to keep In our | chamber this whole day , because of the two men you have placed over us , as If Wo had been prisoners In Black Archibald * . This very day I am going to ask my brother to liang Black Andre and John , his brother , on the dulo tree of Carllnwark. " "Yea , Indeed , and truly , " cried another volco , which made his very heart flutter , "and set bis new captain of the guard n-danglo In the midst , decked out from head to foot lu peacock's feathers. " Sholto was very angry , for , llko a hey , ho took not dialling lightly and had neither the harshness of hldo which can endure ths rasping of a woman's tongue nor the quick- ncsa'of tongue to give her the counter re tort. tort.So So ho cast the rclnn of his horse > to n stable varlet and stamped Indoors , currying his master's helmet to Iho armory. Then , still without speech to nuy , ho brushed hastily up Iho stairs toward the upper floor , which ho had set Andrew the Penman nnd his brother to guard. At the turning of the .turnpike David Douglas , the carl's brother , stopped him. Hholto moved his hand to salute nnd would have passed by. But David detained him with an Im petuous hand. "What is this ? " ho Bald. "You have sot two archers oa the stairs , who have shot and almost killed the ambassador's two servants I'onthou , the man-at-arms , and Henrlot , the clerk Just because they wished to toke the air upon the roof. Nay , even when -would have visited my sister , I woo uot permitted. 'None passes here save the earl himself , till our captain take lilo orders off us. ' That was the word they epoke. Was over the llko dona In the castle of the Tlirlovo to a master of Douglas be fore ! " "I am sorry , my Lord David , " enld Sholto , respectfully , "but there were mat ters within the knowledge of the carl which caused him to lay a heavy charge upon me. " "Well , " said the lad quickly relenting , "let us go and GOO Margaret now. She must have been lonely all this fair day of eura- mcrl" But Sholto Binllod , well pleased , thinking of Maud Llndesay. "I would that I had a lifetime of suck loneliness ! " bo said to himself. At the turning of the etalr they wcra stayed , for there , his foot advanced , his bow ready to deliver Its steel bolt at the click ing of a trigger , stood Andre the Swarthy. From whore ho .stood ho commanded the etalr and could also ECO along the corridor ns well. David Douglas caught his elbow on some thing which stood a few Inches out of the oaken panelling of the turoplUo wall. Ho tried to pull It out. It was the iteol quar- rell of a croes-bow , wedged firmly Into the wood nnd masonary ; lie cried : "Whence came this ? Have you been murdering nny other honest men ? " The archer stood silent , glancing this way nd that llko a sentinel on duty. The two young men went on up the stair. As tholr feet were approaching- sixth tep , a sudden word camo'from the Fon- tnuu like a bolt from his bow. "Halt ! " < ho cried , und they heard the gur-r-r-r of hli steel ratchjt. Sholto smiled , for ho know the nature of the man. "It Is I , your captain , " ho said. "You have done your duty well , Andrew the Ten- man ; now get down to your dinner. But first give an account of your adventures. " "Do you relieve us from our charge ? " paid the archer , with bis bow still at the ready. "Certainly ! " quoth Sholto. "Come , Jock , wo are eased , " cried Andre the Swarthy up the stair , as ho slid the ibolt out of Its grip with a llttlo click. "Faith , my belly Is loom as a list year's beef uarrcl. " "Did any como hither to vex you ? " asked Bholto. "Not to speak of , " said the archer. "Thero were the two varlets of the French man , end as they would not'take a bidding to stand I had perforce to send a quarrel ! buzzing past their lugs Into the wall. You can sco It thcro behind you ! " "Rascal , " cried David Douglas , Indig nantly , "you do not say that first of all you shot It through the arm of the poor clerk HcnrloU" "It Is like enough , " said Andre , coolly , "If his arm were In the way ! " Then there came a voice from the stirs Crom above. "And the wretches would neither let any The pot name of the deepest rtunfreon of Castle Tlirlove , yet extant uud plain to bo Been of all. Annual Sola * ov rflOOOooo Box * * lOK BILIOUS AND NERVOUS DISORDERS uch as Wind and Pain In the Stomach , OlddluoBS. Fulueaa after meal * , Head * aobo. DlzzInobS , Drowsiness. Flushings ot lloat. Loss ot Appetite , Costlvoiiess. Blotches on the Skin , Cold Chills , Dis turbed Bleep. Frightful Dreams nnd all Nervous and Trembling Beusatlons. THE P1B8T DOSE WILL GIVE BELIEF IN TWENTY MIHDTE8. F.very sufferer will acknowledge them to bo A WONDERFUL MEDICINE. BCECHAX'0 PILLS , taken as direct * d , will quickly restore Females to com * plate health. They promptly remove obstructions or irreculnrltleti of the sys tem ana cure fclclc Hettd chc > For 'Weak Stomach Impaired Digestion Disordered Liver IN MEN. WOMEN OK CHILDREN eecham's Pills are Without a Rival And hlr til * LARGEST SALE f My Patent Medicine lu the World. 25c. t ftlUfcus Stores. come to visit us nor permit us to go down Into the hall that we might speak with , our goyslpa , " "How should wo be responsible with our lives for the lasses If wo let them gad about ? " said Andre , preparing to salute and trtko himself off. At this moment the llttlo maid and her elder companion came forward meekly and kneeled down before Sholto. "Wo arc your humble prisoners , " cald Mnud Llndcaay , "and wo know that our offenses against your highness are heinous. Hut why should you starve us to death ? Hum us or hang uswo will bear the ex treme penalty of the law gladly but tor- turo Id not for w'omen. For dear pity's sake , a blto of bread ! Wo have had nothing to eat all day except two lace handkerchiefs and a neck ribbon ! " "Lord of heavens ! " cried Sholto , swing- Ing on his heel and darting down toward the kitchens , "what n fool unutterable I am ! " CHAI'TKIl XXI. Tlio llnlllcM ot Dumfrlfi. The combat of the third day was , by the will ot the earl , to bo of a peculiar kind. It was the cuatom at that time for the molce to be fought between an equal number of knights In open lists , each being at liberty to carry assistance to his friends as soon as ho had disposed of his own man. On this occasion , however , the fight waste to bo between three knights with their sev eral squires on the ono sldo and an equal number of knights and squires on the other. AH the combat ot the previous day had de cided , young James Douglas of Avondale was to lead one party as tbo successful ttltor of the day of singly combat , whllo the carl himself was to head the other. The chances of battle must bo berne and whatever hap pened lu tbo shock of fight was to be PP dured without complaint. But no blow waste to bo struck at cither knight or squire lying on the ground or in any way disabled by wound. To Sholto's great and manifest Joy the earl , his master , chose the new captain of his guard to support him In the fray , and told him to make choice of the best battle ox and sword ho could find , as well as arm himself with the shield which best suited the strength of his left arm. "By your permission I will ask my father , ' said Sholto. "Ho also fights on our side as the squire of Alain Fleming , " said the earl. "If'.Lau- rcnco had not been a monk he might have made a third MacKIm ! " Then was Sholto's heart high and uplifted within him , to think of the victory ho would achlovo over Ills brother less than two days after they had parted , and ho hastened off to choose his arms under the direction ot his father. The parly of James ot Avondale consisted ot his brother William and young John Lauder , called Lauder ot the Bass. Those three had already entered their pavilion to arm themselves for the combat , when a trumpet announced the arrival from the castla ot the ambassador ot France , who , being recovered from his wound , bad como In baste to see the fighting ot the last and greatest day of the tourney. As soon ns ho heard the wager ot battle the marshal cried , "I also will strike a blow this day for the honor of France. My quinsy has altogether left me and my blood flows strong after the rest. I will take part with James of Avondale ! " And without waiting to be asked ho went off , followed by his servant , Pointou , toward the pavilion of the Avondale trio. And as the Marshal de Retz was the chief guest , It was Impossible for James of Avon dale to refuse his offer. But there was anger and blasphemy in his heart , for he knew not what the Frenchman could do , and though ho had undoubtedly been a gallant knight In Us day , yet 'lu ' these matters ( as James Douglas whispered to his brother ) a week's steady practice is worth a lifetime of theory. Still , thcro was nothing for the brothers from Douglasdalo but to make the best of their bargain. The person most deserving of ilty , however , was the young laird of the Jass , who , being thus dispossessed , went out to the back ot the lists and actually shod .cars , being llttlo more than a boy and none looking oil to sco him. Then ho came back hastily and besought James of Douglas to let him light as hie squire , saying that as he bad never taken up the knighthood which had been be stowed on him by the carl for his Journey to France , there could be nothing irregular In his fighting once more as a simple esquire. And thus after an appeal to the carl himself it was arranged much to Allan Lauder's content. For his third knight the Douglas had made cliolco ot his third cousin , Hugh , younger brother of his two opponents , and at 'that ' William and James of Avondafo shook their heads. "Ho pushes a good tree , our Hughte , " eald James , "It he comes at you , Will , mind that trick of swerving that ho hath. Aim at right gauntlet and you will hit hla shield ! " The conflict on < he Bontcroft differed much from the chivalrous encounters of an earner tlmo and a richer country. It chanced that on the borders ot the ciowd which that day begirt the great en closure ot the lists two burgctues of Dum fries stood on tiptoe , to-wit , Hobert Bern- pte , merchant , dealing la cloth and wool , and Nlulan Halliburton , the uncle of tbo wife of Mall 0 MacKIm , master armorer , whoso trade was only conditioned by the amount of capital ho bad to lay out and the probability ho had of disposing ot his pur chase within a reasonable time. It woutd glvo nn entirely erroneous Im pression of the state of Scotland It the say- lugs and doings of the wieo and shrewd burghers of the towns of Scotland were left without a chronicler. The burghs of Scot land were at once the cradles and strong holds of liberty , They were not subject to the great nobles. They reeked with jeal ousy on all encroachments on tholr liberties end had sharp swords to enforce their ob jection. They had been endowed with privi leges by the wise and politic kings ot Scot land from William the Lion down to Jamea I of fata worthy memory. For they were the beat bulwark ot the central authority against the pouer of the great nobles of the provinces. Now Hobert Sample and Xlnlau Halll- burton were two worthy citizens of Dum fries , men ot respectability , well provided * for by tlia success ot their trade and tb < saving nature of their wlvai. They bail come to the Thrleve for two purposes tt deliver a largo consignment ot goods anil gear , foreign provision and fruit to tb < controller of the earl's household , and tc receive payment therefor , partly In monej and partly In the wool and cattle , hdei | and tallow , which had been the staple prod ucts of Galloway throughout her genera < tlous. Tholr further purposes and Intent * it venturing so far weal of the safe precinct ot thtlr burgh ot Dumfries may be gatberet from their conversation hereinafter re-1 ported. Nlnlnn Halliburton was n roty-faecd , 1 clean-shaven man , with a habit of con stantly pursing out his lips and hnlf clos ing his eyes , as If he were sagely deciding on the advisability of some bargain , Hla companion , Hobert Scmple , bad a similar , look ot shrewdness , but added to It bis , face bore also tbo Imprint of a shy and lurking humor not unlike that of the raos-1 tcr armorer himself. Ho had kept his terms } also at the college of St. Andrews , where you may find on the list of graduates the | name ot Robertas Semple , written by the I foundatlonal hand of Bishop Henry Ward-1 law hlm qlf. And la his body , as the balllo of Dumfries would often recall , ho bore the memory tt not the mark * of the dis ciplining of Henry Ogllvy , master In arts , n wholesome custom , too much neglected by the present regents as ho would add. "This Is an excellent affair for us , " said N'lnlan Halliburton , standing with bis bands folded placidly over his ample stomach , only occasionally wandering In order to feel and approve the pllo of brown velvet out ot which the sober gown was constructed. "A good thing for u , I say , that there are great lords like the carl ot Douglas to keep up the expense of such days as this ! " "It were still better , " answered his com panion , drily , "if the great nobles would pay poor merchants according to their prom- lie Instead of treating them with the duto tree It they & > much as venture to ask for their money. Neither you nor I , bailie , can buy In the lowlands of Holland without a goodly provision of the broad gold pieced that are po hard to drag from the great nobles of Scotland , " Tbo rosy gllled ball to of Dumfries looked opposed his brother Hugh nnd tlio Murslmr tie Ketz couched upenr fiRnlnrt young Alan Fleming , and eo they started to ride their courre. Hut nt the luct moment , Inmead ot tiding straight for his man , ho threw It lu thu manner of his country straight at the vlNor bars of the young curl of Douglas. The Hpear of James of Avondale at the some tlmo inking him fair In the midst of his shield , the double an-aim caused the young man to fall heavily from his saddle , 50 that the crneh stiundcd dully over the flcM. "Treachery ! Treachery ! a foul , false stroke ! A knave's device ! " cried nine- tenths of those who were crowded about the barrlcrn. "Stop the fight ! Kill the Frenchman ! " "Not so , " cried Lord Maxwell , "they were to light ns best they could nnd they must fight It to the end. " And , being a decision not to be gainsaid , the combat proceeded on very unequal terms. Bholto , who had been eagerly In' ' ' the stretch to match himself with the squlro of James of Avondale , the young knight of the Bass , found hlmsrlf suddenly astride of his lord's body and defending himself against both the French ambassador and his Squire I'onthou , who bad simultaneously crossed over to the attack. For the mar shal do Rltz , In. complete defiance , It not of the written rule of chivalry , at least against the spirit of gallantry , would have thrust the carl through with his spear as ho lay , crying , at the same time , "A outranco ! A outranco ! " to excuse the foul ness of his deed. It wns lucky for himself that ho did not succeed , for undoubtedly the Douglases then on the field would have torn him to I pieces for what they not unnaturally con- ' sldored his treachery. As It was , there the combat by throwing down his truncheon ' and proclaiming a drawn battle. "Fnlno loon ! " cried Sholto , shaking his nx at him In Iho extremity of his nngcr. "We have beaten them fairly. Would that 1 could get nt thco ! Come down and fight an encounter to thd end. I will take any Maxwell hero In my shirt ! " "Hold your tongue ! " commanded hts father briefly. "What else can you expect of n llorder man but broken faith ? " The nrchera rushed In , as was their duty , nnd separated the remaining combatants. Hugh and his brother William fought it to the last , the younger with all his vigor and with cv fierce energy born of hl brother James' 'taunts , William with the calm courteny nnd forbearance of an old and as sured knteht toward ono who fau yet hit spurs to win. The stunned knights nnd squires were conveyed to their several pavilions , whore the carl's apothecaries were In attendance. William of Douglas was the first to revive , which ho did almost as soon aa the laces ot hts helm had been .undone and -water dashed upon his faco. Ills head still hung , ho de clared , but that was all. Ho bent with the anxiety of a generous enemy over tlio unconscious form of the Mar shal do Hetz , from whom they were strip- plug his armor. At the removal of the hel met the strange parchment face with its blue-black stubbly beard was seen to bo more than usually pale and drawn. The upper Up was retracted and a set of long , white- teeth gleamed llko those of a wild beast The apothecary was Just commencing to strip oft bis leathern under-doublet from the ambassador's body to search for a wound , when Pontbou , his squire , happened to open his eyes. Ho had bcca laid upon the floor , Tf HIS AX STRUCK FAIR ON THE STEEL CAP. p at his friend with a quick expression of mingled hope and anxiety. "Docs the earl o' Douglas owe you nny lllcr ? " he asked in a hushed whisper , "for f he does I am willing to take over the ; eW for a consideration ! " "Nay , " said Semple , "I only wish ho did. The Douglases ot the Black were never 111 layers. They had their hand In every man's meal ark , but as they arc easy In taking they are also quick in paying. " "Siller In hand Is the greatest virtue of a luyer. " said the bailie with unction. "But Robert Semple , though I was willing to ibllge ye as a friend by taking over your debt , I'll no deny that ye gled me a fricht. For hao I no this day delivered to the bursar ' i' the" castle o' Thrlevo sax bales o' pepper in.d three o1 the best spice , besides much utnmlnf , alum , elnger , seatwell , almonds , ice , figs , raisins and other sic things. More- iver , there Is owing to me for wine and vine gar , malr than twa hundcr pound. Was that no enough t6 gar me tak a turn when yo spoke o' the great nobles no pay'n ! " I would that all our outlying moneys were as safe , " said Semple. "but hero come he knights and squires forth from their ents. Tell me , Nlnion , which o' the lads are your sister's sons. " "There is but ono of them that Is Barbara lalllburton's son , " answered Halliburton , 'tho Ither Is her aln man and a great ram- stam , unblddable , unhallowed deevll he Is Quid forbid that I should say as muckle to his.face ! " CHAPTER XXII. WAKCF of Buttle. The knights bad moved slowly out from ihelr pavilions on cither side and now stood waiting the order to charge. My Lord Max well sat by the side ot the Lady Sybllla and held the truncheon , the casting down of which was to part the combatants and end the Oght. The three knights on the southerner or earl's side were a singular Contrast to their opponents. Two ot them , the earl nnd his cousin Hugo , were no more than boys In years , though already old In military ex ercises , the third , Allan Fleming of Cum berland , was a strong horseman and excel lent with his lance , though also slender of body and more distinguished for dexterity than for power of arm. Yet ho was destined to lay a good lance in rest that day and como forth unshamed. The Avondale party was to the eye In finitely the stronger ; that is , when the knights only were considered. For James Douglas was little less than a giant. His Jolly person and frank manners seemed to fill all the field with good humor , and from his station ho cried challenges to his cousin , the earl , and defiances to his brother Hugo with broad , rollicking wit , which endeared him to the commons , with whom "Mlcklo Lord Jamie" was a popular hero. "Bid our Hugh there rln hamo for his hlppen clouts lest he make of himself n Bhame , " he cried , " 'tl not fair that wo should have to flght with babes. " "Mayhap he will be as David to your Qollah , great gomerll , " replied the earl with equal good humor , seeing his cousin Hugh blush * nd fumble uncomfortably at his arms. Then to the lad himself he said : "Keep a light hand on your rein , a good grip at the knee , end after the first shock we will l ride round them llko swallows about so many bullocks. " > The other two A > oudale knights , William Douglas and the Marshal de Retz , were nho largo men , and the latter clothed in black armor , and with the royal ermines of BrltJ tany quartered on his shield , reeked a stern and commanding figure. The squires were equally well matched. These fought on foot , armed according to custom , with sword , ax and dagger though Sholto would much have preferred to trust to his arrow nkllt cvoa against the plate of the knights. The trumpets blew their warning from the Judge's gallery. The elx opposing knights laid their lances in rest. The equlrcs leaned a Tittle forward as it about to run a race. ' Lord Maxwell raised his truncheon. The trumpets * ound d again , and as their stir ring tarantara rang down the wide strath of Dee the riders spurred their horses Into full career. U eo chanced that as they bad 1 stood Jarnc * ot Avondale was opposite the earl , each being In the midst , aa was tbeli right aa leaders. The Master ot Avondale sounded out a mighty roar of anger all about the barriers and the crowd pressed so fiercely and threateningly that it was all the archers could do to keep them within reasonable bounds. - v "Saints' mercy ! " shouted stout Nlnlan Halliburton , "let us get out of this place. I am near bursen. Haud off , there , varlet ; ken ye not that I am a balllo of Dumfries ? Keep off the tall o' my brown velvet gown. It cost night 20 silver shillings an rll. " "A Douglas ! A Douglas ! Treachery ! Treachery ! " yelled a wild Mlnnlgaft man , thrusting a naked brand high into the air within an Inch ot the burgees' nose. That worthy citizen almost fen backwards In dis may , and Indeed must bavo done so but for the pressure of tbo crowd behind him. Ho was , therefore , much against his will , com pelled to keep his place In the front rank of the spectators. "Well done , young Tad , " cried the crowd , seeing Sholto ward und strike at Ponthou and his maftcr. "God , but ho is fechtla" llko the black dell hlraseH ! " "If will bo as chancy for him , " cried the wild Mlnnlgaff hlHman , "for I would tear the harrigals oot o' Sholto MacKIm inysel' if onything happen to the carl ! " But the captain of the guard , light as a feather , had easily avoided the thrust ot the marshal's spear , taking it at an angle and turning It asldo with his shield. Then springing up behind him , ho pulled the French knight down to the ground with the hook of his ax , by that trick of attack which was the lesson taught once for all to the Scots of the lowlands upon the stricken field of the Red Harlaw. The marshal fell heavily and lay still , for ho was an oM man aud the weight ot his armor very great. "Slay him ! Slay him ! " yelled the people , stm furious at what , not without reason , they considered rank treachery. Sholto recovered himself and reached his master only in time to find Ponthou bending over .Earl Douglas with a dagger in his hand. hand.With With a wild yen ho lashed out nt Iho Brc-ton squire , and his ax striking fair on his steel cap , Ponthou fell senseless across the body of Douglas. "Well doneSholto MacKIm well done , lad , " canio from all the barriers , and even Nlnlan Halliburton cried : "Ye shall hae a silken doubtet for that ! " then , recollecting himself , ho added : "At little mair than cost price ! " " ' fcchtln' ! " cried "God In heevcn , 'tis bonny the man from Mannlgaff. " 0 , if I could dlrU the fause > hound I wad dco happy ! " And the hlllnian danced on the toes of the baiire of Dumfries and shook the bar riers with his hand till ho received a rap over the knuckles from the handle of a partisan , directed'by the stout arras of Andre the Penman. "Haud back , there , heathen-besom ! " cried the archer ; "gin yc want ever again to taste braxy ! " Over the rest of the field the fortune ot war had been somewhat various. William ot Douglas had unhorsed his brother Hugh at the first shock , but Immediately foro- ' going his advantage with the most chlvnl- rous courtesy , ho leaped from bis own horse and drew his sword. On the right Alan Fleming1 , bclug by the marshal's action suddenly deprived of his 1 opponent , had wheeled his charger and borne down sideways upon James ot Doug las and' that doughty champion , having fully recovered from the shock of his en counter with the earl and being taken from an unexpected quarter , went down as much to his own surprise ai to that ot the people nt the barriers , who bad looked upon him as the strongest champion on the fleld. It was evident , however , that in splto of the loss of their leader , the wirl's party stood every chance to win the Held , For not only was Alan Fleming the only knight left on horseback , but Mallso McKlm hod JUposeU of the laird of Stra'ven , squire to Wllllatn of Avondale having by ono mighty ax stroke beaten the Douglaedale man do\\n to his'knees. "A Douglas ! A Douglas ! " shouted the populace ; "Lot them have It ! " And the adherents of the carl were pro- ceedlnR to carry out this Intent when my | Lord Muxwcll unexpectedly ; > ut an cad to as being the most seriously wounded of the combatants , though as least In honor he fell to bo attended last. Instantly ho cried out a strange Breton word unintelligible to all present and , leapIng - Ing from the floor , he flung himself across the body of his master , dashing aside the astonished apothecary , who had only tlmo to discern on the marshal's shoulder the scar of a recent cautery before Ponthou bad re stored the leathern under-doublct to Its place. "Hands off ! Do not touch my master ! I alone can bring him to. Leave the room , all of you ! " "Sjrrah ! " cried the earl sternly , "learn to speak humbly to more honorable men. " "My lord ! " cried Ponthou , instantly re called to himself , "believe me , I meant no 111. But true it is I alone can recover him. I have often seen him taken thus. But I must bo left alone. My master hath a blemish upon htm and one great gentleman does not humiliate another In the presence of underlings. My Lord Douglas , as you love honor , bid all to leave me alone for a brief space. " "Much cared he for honor when he threw the , lance at my master , " growled Sbollo. . Had I known I would have driven my bill point six Inches lower , and then would tl.ero have been a most satisfactory blemish la his neckbone. " CHAPTER XXII f. Sholto Win * KnlBhtUood The ambassador recovered quickly after that ho hod been left with his servant Pont hou , according to the latter's request. The lady Sybllla manifested the most tender concern in the matter of the accident of Judgment which had been the means of di verting her uncle from bis own opponent and bringing him into collision with the Earl Douglas. "Often have I striven with mine uncle Ollles that ho should ride no more In the lists , for since bo received the lance thrust In the eye by the sldo of La Pucelle before the walls of Orleans , he sees no more aright , but bears ever to the stdo of the eye which sees and away from that wherein he had his wound. " "Indeed , I knew not that the Marshal de Retz had been wounded in the eye , or 1 should not have permitted htm to ride In the tourney , " said the arl ; "the fault was mtno alone. " The Lady Sybilla. smiled upon him very swe tly and graciously. "You are great soldiers you Douglases. Six knights are chosen from the muster of half a kingdom to ride a mel . Four are Douglases , and , moreover , cousins germou in blood. " "Indeed , wo might well have compassed the sword play , " said the Earl William , "for in our twenty generations we never learned aught else. Our arms are strong enough and our skulls thick enough , but even mine uncle the abbot hath bis Latin by tbo ear , and ono Somplo , a simple bur gher of Dumfries , did best him at It or at least would have shamed him , but that bo desired not to loss the custpm of the abbey. " "When you come to France , " replied the girl smiling on him , "it will , indeed , be stirring to see you rldo about with young Messiro Lelaln , tbo champion of Burgundy , or with that mtriadet of DIJon , whose * arm U like that of a giant , and can fell an on at a blow. " "Truly , " Bald the young earl modestly , "you do mo over much honor. My cousin James there , bo Is the champion among us and alone could easily have overborne mo today , even without the aid of your uncle's blind eye. Kvcn William of Avondale is a better lance , and young Hugh will be when his tlmo comrs. " "Your squire fought n good fleht. " she went on , "though his countenance does not commend Itself to me , being full of eclf- sutTlclencc. " "Sholto yes , ho Is his father's eon and fought well. Ho Is a MacKIm and cannot Co otherwise. Ho will make a good knight and I will dub him one ere this sun let for his valiant laying on ot the ax this day. " The great muster was now over. The tents which had been dotted thickly over the castle Island were already mostly struck and thu ground was Uttered with miscellaneous de- brls , eoon to be carted off la trail carts with square wooden bodies set on boughs of trres nnd flung Into the river by the earl's variola and stablemen. Tlio liegemen of the Douglas were by this tlmo steaming homewnrds by every mountain pass. Over the heather nnd through the iboundtng morasses horsonnd foot took their way , no longer marching In military order , as when they came , but each taking the route which appeared iho shortest to him self. North , east end west spearheads glinted and armor flashed against the brawn of the ther nnd the green ot the llttlo vales Wherein the horses bent their heads to pull nt Iho meadow hay as tbclr riders sought the nearest way to their peel toners and 40- ehllllng lands. It was at tb * great gate ot Thrleve ( hat the earl called for Sholto. Ho had been peaking to M cousin WlHUra , a strong , silent man , whom repute was highest for il counsel among all tbo branches ot the homo of Douglas. Sholto came forward from the head of his archer guard with a haste which be trayed his anxiety , lest In some- manner ho had exceeded his duty. The carl bade him kneel down. A llttlo behind the young Dougleses of Avondale , William , James nnd Hugh , sat their horses and the boy David , who bad been left at homo to keep tbo cas tle , looked forth disconsolately from the window of the great ball. On the steps stood the llttlo maid , Margaret , and her companion , Maud Lludesay , who had como downi to meet the returning train of riders. And , truth to tell , that was what Sholto cared most about. 'Ho ' did not wish to bo disgraced before them all. Sholto knelt with1 a sober countenance be fore hts lord , the cnrl took hl9 cousin Wil liam's sword out ot his hand , nnd , laying It on the shoulder of Sholto MacKIm , ho said : "Orcnt occasions bring forth good men , and ono battle tries the temper of the eword. You , Sholto , have been quickly tried , but thy father hath been long temperIng - Ing thee. Three days agono you wore but ono of the archer guard , yesterday you were made its captain , today I dub you knight for the strong courage of the heart that Is within and the servlco which this day you did your lord. Rise , Sir Sholto ! " But for all that he rose not , for the bead of the young man whirled and llttlo drum ming pulses beat In his temples. Hla heart cried within him llko the overword ot a song , "Docs she hear ? Will she care ? Will this bring mo nearer to her ? " So that , lu splto of his lord's command , lie continued to kneel till lusty James of Avondale came and caught him by the elbow. "Up , Blr Knight , and glvo grace nnd good thanks to your lord. Not your head , but mine , hath a right to be muzzy with the coup ) I gat this day on the green meadow of tne boatcroft. " And practical William of Avonflalo whis pered In his cousin's ear : "And the lands for the youth that wo'epoko of ? " "Moreover , " said the earl , "that you may suitably support t.bc knighthood which your eword has won , I freely bestow on you the forty-Bhirilng lands of Alrclands and Lin coln s with Scrcel and Ben Claim , on condi tion thai you and yours shall keep the watch fires laid ready for the lighting , and that in time you rear sturdy yeomen to bear In the Douglas train the banneret of MacKIm of Alreland. " Shorto stood before his generous lord trembling and speechless , while James Douglas shook him by the elbow and en couraged htm roughly : "Say thy say , man ! Hast lost thy tongue ? " But WilXam Douglas nodded approval of the youth. "Nay , " bo said , "let alone , James ! I like the lad the better that be hath no ready tongue. "Tls not the praters that flght , as this youth bath fought this day ! " So all that Sholto found himself able to do was no moro than to kneel on one knee and kiss hla master's hand. "I am too young ! " be muttered. "I am not worthy ! " "Nay , " said his master. "But you have fairly won your spurs. They made mo a. knight when I vtaa but two years ot my ago , end I cried all the tlmo for my nurse , your good mother , who when she came com forted me with pap. Surely it was right that I ehouM make a place for my foster brother within the goodly circle ot the Douglas knights. " CHAPTER XXIV. The Second Flouting of Maud Llnile- Sholto McKlm stood on the lowest step of the ascent Into the noble gateway of Thrleve , ftardly able to bellovo In his own good fortune. But these were the days when no man awaked without having the possibility ot either a knighthood or tbo gallon's tree to encourage htm to do his duty between dawn and dork , The lords ot DougUs had gone within and were cow drinking the cup 'ii appetite as their armour was being unbraced by the servitors and the chafed 'limbs rubbed with oil and vinegar after the tolls of tbo tour ney. But still Sholto stood where his mas ter had left him , looking at tbo. green scum of duckweed which floated on the. surface of the moat of Thrlove , yet of a truth seeing nothing whatever , when a low volco pierced the abstraction of his revcrlo. "Sir Bholto , " said Mistress Maud Llnde say , "I bid you a long goodbye , Sir Sholto McKlm ! Say farewell to him Margaret a you hear mo dot" "Goodbye , kind Sir Sholto ! " piped the childlsih volco of the maid of Galloway , as she made a little courtesy to Sholto Mc- Kim In Imitation of her companion , I know not where you are going , but Maudle bids me , so I will ! " "And wherefore say you goodbye to me ? " cried Sholto , finding his words at once In the wholesome atmosphere of raillery which everywhere accompanied that qulpsoms damsel , Mistress Maud Llndcsay. "Why , because wo are humble folk and mut get our ways upstairs out of the way of dignities. Permit me to kiss your hand , fair lord ! " and here she -tripped down the etepi and pretended to take bis hand. "Hold olfl" be cried , snatching It away angrily , Tor her tone vexed and thwarted him. him.The The girl affected a great terror , which merged Immediately into a meek aud re spectful resignation. "No you are right we are not worthy even , to kiss your knightly hand , " sbo sold , "but we will respectfully greet you. " Hero she swept him a full reverence and ran up * the steps again before he could take hold of her. Then , standing on the topmost step , and holding her friend's band In hers , she spoke to the maid of Galloway in a tone hushed and regretful , as ono speaks of the dead. "No , Margaret , " eho paid , "ho will no moro play with us bide and seek about thu stackyard ricks at the Mains over In the gloamings. Sir Sbolto cares no moro for us or for our childish things. He will uot oven blow out a lamp with his own honor able lips. No , bo will call Ills squire to do It. " Sbolto looked the indignation be would not trust himself to speak. "Ha will dlno with the earl In hall and drink and stamp and shout with the best when they drink the toasts. IJut ho has become too great a man to carry you and mo any moro over stepping stones at the ford or pull with ui the rlpo berries when the briars are drooping purple on the braes of Keltonblll. Bid him goodbye , Margaret , for he was our kind friend onco. And when he rides by to battle , perhaps , if we are good and respectful , he may again wave us a band and say , 'Thore are two lajsea that once I kenned ! ' " At thli Inordinate flouting the now knight , growing moro and moro angry at each word , came quickly to the break point , for hla nerves . were Jarred and jaSgltU by the excitements ot tbo day. He gnvo vent to n short , sharp cry ami ( started up ( tin steps with Iho Intention of nuklhit Mistress Llmlt'ony puy In some fashion foi- her Impertinence. Hut that very nctlvo and Kalnsomo maid wns moat entirely on the nlert Indeed , she had been counting from the first upon provoking such n movement. And PO. with her nimble clmrRo nt her Ueols. Mistress Llndcsay ttns already nt tlio Inner port fltid through the Iron-barred g , tc of thu turret stnlr before the youthful captain ot the guard , still encumbered with lih armor , could reach the top of the outer steps. As soon ns Sholto saw that ho was hope * Irs.sly distanced ho slackened his gnll unit with a eobcr tread befitting a knight nnd officer of a garrison , ho walked along the passage which led to the chamber allotted to the captain of the guard , from which that day Landless Jock had removed his effects. The soldiers of the guard , who had heard of the honors which had so ewlftly conn > upon the young man , rose and respectfully saluted their chief. And Shorto , though ho had been silent when the sharp tonguo.ot the mirth-loving maid tormented him , found rpecch readily enough now. "I thank > ou , " ho said , acknowledging their salutations. "Wo have known cncli other before. Fortune and misfortune como to all nnd it will bo atl your turns 090 ilny. But up or down , good or til , wo shall not bo the \sorso comrades for having .kept thu guard and sped the bolt together. " Then there canio ono .behind him lAvbu stood at the door of hla chamber as lio/was uiihclmlng himself and eald : "My , captoln , thcro stand at the turret etalr the ladles Margaret aud Maud , with a mcBRjgo for you. " - "A mosnaKQ for mowha.t . Is It ? " juld Sbolto testily , being ( and small blame to him ) a trlllo niniod In Ms temper. "Nay , sir , " wild the anan respectfully , "that I know not , but tnetulnks It count ) from my lord. " It wilt not do to say to what our gallant Sholto condemned nil tricks and queens nnd spiteful dnmoscls , In whoso eyes dwelt mis chief brimming over , and whose itongues spoke softest words that yet stung and rankled llko fairy arrowy dipped In talt ; and wormwood. But slnco the man etood there and re peated , "I Judge tbo message to bo ono from my lord , " Sholto could do nocsn than hast ily pull on his doublet and again betake himself along the corridor to the foot ot thu stnlr. stnlr.When When he arrived there ho saw nd ono and was about to depart again as ho had come , when tbo head of Maud Llndcsay ap peared round the upper spiral , looking mom dlstractlngly mischievous and moro be witching than ever , all rippling over with , dark curls and her eyes fairly scintillating light. She nodded to him nnd leaned u llttlo further over , holding tightly to thu baluster meanwhile. "Well , " said Sholto , roughly , "what nro my lord's commands for me , If , indeed , hn has charged you with any ? " "Ho fays , " replied Mistress Maud Llnde- say , "that , since lamps are dangerous thlngrt In maidens' chambers , ho desires you to assist In the trimming of the waxen tapers tonight that Is , If so' menial a servlco shame not your knighthood. " "Pshaw ! " muttered Sholto. "My ford said naught of the sort ! " "Well , then , " said Maud Llndesay , snillliiK down upon him , with an expression In nocent and sweet as that of an 'angel on n , painted celling , "you will bo kind and como and help us nil the same. " "That I will not , " said Sholto , stamping his foot llko an Ill-tempered boy. "Yes , you will because Margaret osk'i you ? " "I will not ! " . , , , . , "Then because J ask you ? " Splto of his' best endeavors Sholto could ' not take his .eyes from the glrl'f face , which seemed fairer and more desirable 'to him now than ever. A quick sobof , passion shook him and ho found words at last. " 0 , Maud Llndesay , why do you treat thus ono who loves you' with all his heart ? " The girl's face changed. The mischief died out of it and something vague auit soft welled up In her eye's , making them mistily cray and lustrous. But she only said : "Sbolto , It Is growing dark already 1 It is tlmo the tapers were trimmed ! " Then Sholto followed her up the stairs and , though I do not know , there Is some reason for thinking that he forgave her all her wickedness In that mvcet Interspace be tween the gloaming and the mirk when tha lamps were being lighted aud the star. ) were coming out. ( To bo Continued. ) 77 STOPS A COUGH DON'T COUCH. ' Thcro Is nothing more Irritable to a cough than coughing. Constant coughing Is like scratching a. wound ; so long an It Is done the wound will not heal. When tempted to cough draw iv long breath and hold It until tt warms anil soothes every air cell , nnd some benefit will eon bo received from this process. The nitrogen which is thus refined acts on tha mucous membrane , allays the desire to cougli and gives the tro'at nnd lungs a chance tt > heal. At the snmo tlmo the UBO of " 77" will aid nature in her efforts to recuperate. At druggists or sent prepaid ; price , :5o nnd COo ; IIITKO pocket Hunk , $1.00. 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