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THE ILLUSTRATED BEE. Idea that there could be an totelMrent te tentlon In thae words, but then he re tnembered that the explosive which the captain had told him about wn stowed amidships and that Its name was Hum berlte. He woodej-ed vaguely if doath was Im pending; for the old man ,and If, at so many people doclare la often the case with dying people, he was thinking of the fact that he was carrying" It without the knowledge of the underwriters In violation of his Insur ance agreement, with possible remorse. Tarton smiled gravely as he considered this possibility. Ho wondered If there was no greater sin than this, and wished that bis own record were as clean. He listened Idly to the other babbled words that followed, not dreaming that there had come in the condition of the ra tlent a change which would permit him to express Intelligent Ideas, no mater how crudely. But there was an expression of such an xiety and a look so much like the old in telligence of the face there on the coun tenance of the prostrate man that when he caught one of the words which followed Parton started and paled with a sudden thought Of peril. The word was "Fire" and It was pro nounced and repronounced with that strange monotony of repetition which had been ono of the characteristics of the cap tain's mental disease from the first. If Parton had studied medicine in any of the modern schools he would have known that the old man was at this mo ment showing unmistakable symptoms of a new and not unfavorable stage of the disease which had stricken him down. He would have known that his trouble from the start had been caused by a lesion, or bursting of a capillary near the center of speech and this change from the repeti tion of the purely meaningless words cf his queer oath to other words which might possibly have some meaning might indi cate that the resulting blood clot was be ing absorbed by nature and that the power of expressing ideas intelligently was re turning to the old man. He would also have known another thing which surely would have increased his pity and sympathy for the sturdy old mariner a hundred times that very likely during the entire tlmo he had been lying there, prostrate and apparently witless, he might very well have been able to think and reason as clearly as he ever could, and been denied only the power of ex pressing what he thought. He would have known that those who have recovered from such attacks and Buch recoveries are so rare that every one which has been known has been as care fully studied by the medical men who have been fortunate enough to observe it as ever eclipse was by the astronomers have often said that during the entire time when they had lain apparuntly without the power of consecutive or intelligent thought their intelligences have, as a matter of fact, been abnormally acute and their knowledge of their own Inability to ex press the thoughts that came to them hus merely added mental torture to the awful physical pain which has beset them. Then Parton noticed a change of ex pression in the captain's face. It showtd that ho had some control over tho muscles for it was caused by a drawing up of the nose and a succession of definite and un mistakable sniffs. There was also in the eyes a look of such pitiful entreaty that Parton was Impressed by the fact that there wt-s In the captain's mind an idea which he was struggling desperately to communicate. No words came from the Hps now; but there were many repetitions of that un mistakable sniffing action of the nostrils. Then over and over again a hundred tithes for each word came the ceaseless repeti tions of "Humber," "amidships" and "fire." These words were again followed by the trange, sniffing contortions of the face. An awtul thought flashed Into Parton's brain. Could it be possible that the old man really had an Idea and that he was attempting to convey it? Did the words and the sniffing mean that he Rmelled fire In the ship and that he feared that it was amidships, where it might reach the Hum berite and blow up the ship? Was the old man try'ng to warn him? He bent over the captain and asked: "What do you mean,' captain? Do you mean that the ship Is on fire and that if it reaches the Humberite amidships It might blow her up? Ia that what you mean?" He gazed eagerly Into the face of the sick man and alternately watched the eyes, which, it seemed to him, showed unques tionable evidence of Intelligence. But there came no reply. Indoed, Instead of any words of whatever kind, now the noises from the captain's lips became suddenly wholly formless and quite devoid of any possibility of meaning. Had It not been for that look of baffled intelligence and meaning In the eyes Parton would have turned away with a sigh of pity and paid Bo more attention to the vocal vagaries of the sick man. But there was unquestionable Intelligence In the eyes, and there was on the face ns a whole an expression ef strain and anxiety which had not been there before since he bad been stricken. And all the time Uie nostrils dilated and contracted, dilated and contracted as do those of a man who detects some unpleas ant odor in the air. Patron, noticing this, almost Involuntarily mimicked the facial movement. He himself sniffed the air of the cabin, and he saw, or thought he saw, a slight expression of re lief pass over the captain's face as he did so. The old man's eyes were fixed on him with an Intensity of rase which seemed to be almost painful. But Parton could smell nothing except the usual odors of the ship's cabin. For a moment he turned hla face away from the captain and gaaed helplessly about the cabin. The thought of Are on that explosive-laden ship was a terrible one. When he looked back at tho captain the old man seemed to search his face for some sign that he had accomplished something by his survey of the cabin. "I can smell nothing," said Patron, al most ridiculing himself for the idea that the old man. who was Incapable of speech, could understand what others said. Again the captain sniffed, sniffed, sniffed, and as he did so winked. The power of that movement had never been taken from him. From the first he had had apparently some control over the movements of his eyelids and eyeballs. An idea occurred to Parton. Perhaps there was a possibility of communicating with the old man through this very ability of his about the only con trollable power of movement which bad not been taken from him. Parton acted on the idea without hesitation. "Captain," he said slowly and very dis tinctly, "I can't understand you; but per haps. I can suggest a plan by which we may be able to communicate with each other. See If you can understand me." He looked In the face of the sick man, and he believed, although, he was not sure, that there was a flash of intelligence In the anxious eyes there. "Now, try to understand me, captain," said Tarton very slowly and distinctly. "I shall speak very slowly and If I am right In what I say you are to tell me so by closing your eyes once. If I am wrong you are to let me know that by closing your eyes twice. Once for yes and twice for no. Do you understand?" And the captain winked once. In hnlf a dozen ways Parton, who was by no means sure of tho usefulness of his plan, tried to prove to himself that the captain did not understand him, but that his winking was mere haphazard, muscular movement. But every test that he could think cf proved otherwlne, and finally he was convinced. Then he realized for the first time the terrible ngonles which the old man must havo suffered as he lay there. It flashed upon him that during all that time he may have been wholly conscious, but unable to express himself. He wondered If tho.) two cries had been Intelligent efforts anil not mere meaningless shrieks of physical agony. He wondered if. In the first place, tho captain had tried to call him, and In the second Instance had tried to call others to his assistance. He wasted no moro time, however, in wondering ubout what was past. He started to work on his new experiment. "Now, captain," he said, very slowly and .with very careful enunciation, "do you understand me? You are to wink once if I am right In what I guess at your mean ing. You are to wink twice if I am wrong. Do you understand?" The captain winked once. "I am not wrong in thinking that you undorstaid?" Tl)e captain winked twice, "A few moments ago you said three words, 'fire,' 'Humber' and 'amidships.' Dhl you mean by these words and by the action of your nostrils that you smelled fire on board and that It might reach the Humberite which Is stored amidships?" The captain winked once, and there was an expression of relief on his face which could not be mistaken. "I cannot smell any fire," said Parton, now leaning forward with an Intensity which the old man evidently recognized and was pleased by. "Are you certain that you do?" The captain winked once. "Shall I call the mater Tho captain winked twice. "You don't want me to call the mate; is that right?" The captain winked once. "Shall I call someone else?" The captain winked once. "Whom shall I call? I will name the men over and when I come to the right name let me know by winking once at me. Do you understand?" The captain winked once. Then Parton named the crew over as well as he could. Long as he had been on tho ship he was not familiar with ull of their names, but most of them he knew. The man who had come to him and told him that the men would stand by him If the mate tried to put him in irons or other, wive harm him after the fight, was named Wilson. Parton rctnemttered that. He had spoken several of the men's names before he came to Wilson's, and the captain had made no sign, but vtn he came to Wilson's the old man's eyes t-lcstd tightly once. Again and again Parton tried the experiment, until at last he was thoroughly satisfied that the old man wished to have him call Wilson. He lost no time In hurrying to the deck asd a backward glance at the captain seemed to show an expression of satisfac tion on hla face. A sailor was busy roiling rope not far from the entrance to the eompanionway. Most of the watch which were at the time on duty were busy near him. Tho mate was standing by them, watching them surlily. lie glanced nt Parton In some surprise and a gleam of hatred shot across his face. Parton saw him, of course, but he paid no attention to him whatever. He spoke to tho sailor nearest to him. "Co and tell Wilson," said Parton quickly, "to com aft at once. Txiok sharp." "Stay where you are," said the mate, taking a step forward. The man, who had Jumped to his feet and was evidently about to start, hesi tated for an Instant. Parton looked first at the mato and then at the mun. Tho position was a difficult one. "Do ns I tell you," he said finally to the sailor. "Do as I tell you and look sharp about it. The captain of this ship wishes to see Wilson In the cabin. Go tell him to come aft. The captain is in command again. Do as I tell you." It was Instantly evident that the mate did not intend to permit the man to go and Parton saw chances of new difficulties. The situation, however, admitted of no delay. Tarton made a quick Btep toward the mate, who Involuntarily retreated a few feet. Tho man rose and went forward after Wilson. The mate ond Parton remained almost absolutely quiet during his ub Dcenro. In a moment he returned, fol lowed by the wondering Wilson. "Go down Into the cabin, Wilson." said Parton, still keeping his eyes on the mato. Wilson, wonderingly, did as he was told. He had almost disappeared into iho com panlonway when Tarton started after him. The mate made a movement as If to follow. "You are not to oome down," Raid Tar ton, calmly. "That Is another order from tho captain of the ship." The mate still followed him as he took another step or two toward tho eompanlan wny. Tarton feared that his presenco would nnnoy and confuse the captain, who was already under a great strain. He made up his mind quickly. Stopping short where he was, he mode an appaal to the four or five men who were watching the Bcene curiously. "Men," he said, calmly, but very slowly and distinctly, "the captain does not wish to have the mate come below at present. I am sorry that this Is so, but It Is. Now, If he mike any attempt to follow me Into the cabin '.he captains wants you to pre vent him from doing bo. Do you under stand?" There could bo no mistake alwiut the fact that Wilson had been right when he had said that the men were ready to mutiny against tho mate. Three of them Instantly Ftepped before the companlonway door. When Parton approached they separated and let him pass. The mate stopped, swore at them viciously and walked away. Tho tables were turned. Once inside the cabin, Tarton explained to M llson as quickly as he could the sit uation. Tho man heard tho extraordinary story with open-moulhcd attention. During this short prefatory statement the captain (they were standing closo at the ' side of his berth) watched them Intently. Once or twice Tarton asked questions of him which he answered by winking ns be fore. The Bailor was greatly impressed by this. Tarton saw that he was trying him self to see If he could detect the odor of burning which Tarton believed that the acute nostrils of the sick man had found or which tho captain thought that they had found. The sailor suddenly put his head under the cabin table.- The deck there was covered by a heavy, cheap rug. The sailor pulled It away. "I ran smell It myself, sir," he said ex citedly. "The smell's coming up through this hatch." Parton had net even known that there was a hatchway concealed by the rug. The captain showed by his face that lie was satisfied with the way things were going on. "If I could heave her off, sir," Wilson went on, "I could soon tell what's the mat ter; but I can't do It alone. I'd have to have another man." Instantly Parton went to the companion way and ran to the deck. ITe said noth ing, but berkoned to the first man he saw to come below. The sailor went below with Parton. The latter made no expla nation to him. He could smell the smoke himself by this tlmo, he thought. He hurriedly explained to the man what was in the air, and bade him help Wilson In removing the hatch. "By Ood?" said the sailor. "That's whnt makes tho deck hot amidships. The cargo's smoldcrln'. I said that deck was hotter'n I'd ever known a deck to be before, an' tho mute he told me to go to hell. Bald I'd find things hotter yet down there." The labor of pushing the table out of the way and lifting the heavy hatch took not more than ten minutes, but It seenind like a long time to Tarton. They had not raised one edge of It more than a fraction of an Inch before their fears were confirmed. A thin stream of smoke curled through the opening. Simultaneously they dropped (beta hold of it. "Better leave It down, sir," said Wilson. "It'll burn ten times as fast If the air gets to It. I was on a ship on fire at sea once before. Hotter keep everything as tight as possible." Tarton glanced at the captain. Tho old man's face was drawn Into lines of anxiety, lie met Parton's gane with a slow, single wttik. "What do you mean, captain?" asked Tarton. "is the man right? Is It better to leave the hatch down?" Tho captain winked once. "What shall we do?" usked Tarton. "Shall I tell tho mate and have the hold pumHd full?" Tho captain's eyes said "No." "You don't mean to abandon the ship, do you?" asked Tarton In surprise. The captain's ryes unmistakably said "Yes," and Tarton knew the reason for It. He was thinking of the danger that the fire would reach the Humberite and blow them up. "Shall I tell tho mate to havo the boats manned und abandon tho ship?" asked Tarton. There could be no doubt about the mean lug of the captain's follow ( movement of the eyelid. Tarton understood. Tho ex plosive, which would burn harmlessly when uuconllued was first sealed In cans and then confined in the ship's hold and mcked tightly round about with cargo, its ex plosion would mean certain destruction. Tarton turned to tho two men. It would not do to let them know the danger which they were reully In. He said nothing about tho Humberite and Its dreadful possibilities. ills work was cut for him and there was plenty of It. He must notify tho mute of tho dreadful situation, rush below and get his diamonds If he could, tell these men bore to get some clothes on the sick man and do it himself If they were too badly frightened to, and then see to it that the vessel was abandoned ns quickly as pos sible. Tho fact that tho men knew nothing about the presence of the explosive In the) cargo saved them from being panic-struck. Also Tarton's entirely calm manner had Its effect on them, and they acquiesced when ho told them to do what they could to clothe tho raplaln without causing him toe) much pain, while he went to notify the mate of tho fact of the fire. Tarton hurried up the eompanionway, and even as his feet touched the level of tho deck he heard a shout which meant that his notification would bo unnecessary. There were thin curls of smoke coming from the 'midships hatch and these had been discovered by the men. A great cry of "Fire!" was raised and taken up by every man on dork. The mate, at first Incredulous, then quickly convinced as the small curling spirals of smoke were pointed out to him, gave orders quickly. Ho paid no attention to Tnrton, who was hurrying forward toward the hatch by which he must reach the portion of the hold In which his diamonds were hidden. But even as he hastened, while the mat was giving rapid orders and the men wore In A frenzy of haste In preparing the boat for lowering, tho smoke amidships was pierced by small tongues of flame. These ran up the tarred tackle which' hting about the base of the mainmast, and springing upward with almost Inconceivable) rapidity, caught the canvas. Tinder could not have been more eager to offer Itself In sacrifice to fire than were the canvas and cordage of the I.ydla Skolfeld. In less tlmo than it would have taken Parton to have reached the forward hatch had he not paused In fascinated terror at the sight of the leaping flames on the mainmast th way was closed to him. 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