Altoona Mirror from Altoona, Pennsylvania on November 5, 1929 · Page 10
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

Altoona Mirror from Altoona, Pennsylvania · Page 10

Publication:
Location:
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Issue Date:
Tuesday, November 5, 1929
Page:
Page 10
Start Free Trial
Cancel

AtTQOMA THE MAIN FROM MOROCCO By EDGAR WALLACE. Copyright, !!)?!>, by The Chicago Dally News Co. CIIAPTKll I.. THE PLAY. Rnlph Hamon, shivering In bin light suit, despite the lioiivy ovnrcnal. ho wore, growled his Imprecations as he toiled painfully up the slofp slope of llin snnd hill, and Arabic, is it language .which was specially di'slgm-d for cursing. "You're u fool!" hn stunned. "Did I not toll you a hundred t.lmi-s what to do?" The bliick-benrded cnptiiln of the ilhow shrugged his shoulders. "It was tin; fault of my officer, who now roasts in hell, for I told him Ural to silence nil thf members of the. cruw that were loft on board, but they for- :;cjt this sailor was a pistol." "Why didn't you knock liim <>t) the i eiid'.' " Why did you tiring him on li'.mrd?" growli'd linmon. "Bi'causi! the inim desire Io .settle with him ill their own wny. lie hits .tilled YiiRscf, whom the men loved. 1 think ho will be sorry ho did not die." said the captain ominously, and Ralph Hamon snorted. "What he. will bo sorry for and what he will be hnppy about doesn't, concern me," he growled. "You had the womn.ii in your hands and you did not take her." "If this sailor with a pistol " began the captain agnln, and Ralph Hamon shouted him down. "Curse the sailor with a plslol!" ho shouted. "Do you think I've been lying ill In your foul boat for two days in order to enpture a sailor?" "If you will see him " pleaded the Moor. "I don't want to sen him, hnd 1 don't want him to see inc. If you allowed the woman to e.senpe you are fools iMimigh to let him go nlHO. And do you think T want him to curry the news to Tangier Unit I wns with you on your dhow? Do what you like, with him." He saw the prisoner nt a distance— a tall man whom: face WHS unrecognizable under the mask nf grime, and blood, but he did not venture near to him. Mules were waiting for them at a little village and at the wight of one, more richly caparisoned than the rest, with a saddle of soft red leather and tinkling bells about its neck. Ralph Hamon bit his lip until the blood cunie. It WIIH the palfrey that he had designed for the. girl. With no delay the party mounted and soon a string of a dozen mule.'! was crossing the wild land. They halted for two hours In the afternoon and resumed the journey, halting for the night In the vicinity of a little village of charcoal burners. "You will not come to the play?" said the captain interrogatively. "This man Is of your nice and It would interest you to see them whip him." "It would not make me unhappy lit all," said Ralph, savagely, "but I'm tired." They pitched ti tent for him next, to the chief, and he was on the point of retiring, though the sun had scarcely touched tho weMtcrn horizon, when a diversion came. There was an excited stir amongst the men of the caravan; thedrono of conversation rose to a higher pitch and he inquired the cause. "El Zafouri," was the laconic answer. , Ralph knew tho namo of Hits insurgent chief, though ho had never met him. "Is he here?" "He is coming," said tho other, indifferently, "but I am a good friend fit his and there is nothing to fear." , A cloud of dust on the hill-road was evidence of the size and Importance of El Zafourl's retlnuo; and when, half .S.H hour later, ho pitched his camp near by, Ralph Hamon was glad In }ila heart that, the rebel was likely to fciiovo a friend. .. He went In person to greet the notorious "shnreef," and found him wilting before his tent, a squat and burly man, 'distinctly negroid of countenance, and black. "Peace on your house, Zafouri 1" ha said, conventionally. "And on you pence," mild Kafourl, Iookit;g 1ip slrnlghtly at the stranger. "f think I know you. You arc Hnmon." '"Pliat is iny name," fmid Ralph, gratl- Ilnd that hl.s fume had extended so far. ! "You arc a friend of the Khcrecf Sedi <Haflz?" I Here Ralph Hninon wns OM moro (delicate ground. So rapidly did Sadl ; change his friendships nnd his nllegl- :anees thut, for all he know, ho might I at the moment he a dcndly enemy of 'the man who was watching him. I "Sadl la my agent, ho .said, carefully, |"hut who knows whether he IH my mini now? For Slid I in a man who serves the Him that shirrs. He WIIH perfectly wife In saying thla, fo. the reputation of Sndl Haflz was | common property nnd he was secretly I relieved to Hee the twinkle that came | in Znrouri's dark eyes. ] "Thai Is trim," he said. "Where are you going, luij?" lie addressed the en pin In of the dhow, who had Blood hy Hulph during the interview. "To the Hill hills, Bherocf," he said, and the little Moor stroked his chin, "You are coming the longest wny," lie snld, significantly. "You have a •Thf! dhow en plain nodded. "The ...en told 'fnij of him. He dies, | they say? Well, that is best for him ,and for all. When a man Is asleep lie harms nobody and IH happy. I will come to your play." Kalph would have been present, but nature forbade the exertion. For forty- eight hours ho had been without Bleep and no sooner had he In in down on the mattress that hl« servnnl had spread for him in the lent than he was asleep. ! The play had been fixed for nn hour ,after sunset, and It was of a kind thai was novel to Zafouri. Two lines ol' men arranged themselves at a few paces Interval, leaving a narrow lane through which the prisoner Wys to pace, ostensibly to safety, for If lie 'reached the end of the lane and was sufficiently agile to escapo the two swordsmen placed there to give him his quietus he was free. It was the old, had punishment of running the ! gauntlet, and Jim, who in his ex- 'perlence had heard of this method of !nettling accounts with male factors and political enemies, faced the certainty that, nwlft us he 7nl(;ht run, he <•' uld not hope to Burvlve the hail nl hlowH which would fall on him, for each man in the two lines was armed I with a wooden stave. i ills captors brought him fruit nnd | water. , "Be swift and you will be happy," I Bald one with a chuckle, and was taken aback when Jim answered In ]th<! Moorish Arabic, quoting n familiar tag: "Justice Is faster than birds and more terrible than lions." "Oh!" said his jailer in surprise. "You speak the Inngiiage of God! (Now, friend, speak well for me to tho djliin, for tonight you will live iiniongst ghosts!" They brought him out for the , condemnation and the dhow captain 'squatting in state on a silken carpet, gave judgment. < "Death for death. Who Mils shall be killed," ho recited in a monotonous sing-song. "Remember that, man," said Jim sternly, and Zafouri, who shared the silken carpet with his host, shot a quick glance at the bearded prisoner. They brought the captain a glass bowl of water and he ceremoniously washed his hands of the prisoner. "Listen, man without a name," said Jim in fluent Arabic. "If I die, peopla I will talk and the consequence will come to you wherever you nre, and you will hang In the sok, nnd your soul will go down to Gehenna and meet my soul"—— "Take him away," said the captain huskily. "Let him stay." Tt wns Zafouri who spoke. "Peace on you, Mllake." It was the old Moorish name for him, and Jim'a eyes kindled. "And on you pence, Zafouri, said Jim, recognizing the man. And thon Zafouri drew his squill bulk erect, and, putting his arms about tho prisoner, kissed him on the Hhoill- der. "If nny man says death to my friend, let him say it. now," he said, and his left hand closed over the hilt of his curved sword. The captain did not. speak. CHAl'TKK LI. Tangier lay bathed in the early morning sunlight, a vast mosaic of white and green, and Joan Carston gazed spellbound at the beauty of the city as tho yacht moved slowly Into the bny. Overhead was a cloudless blue sky; and a short wind brought in Its lap a faint, pungent and yet indescribable aroma. "That is the east," sniffed Lord Creith. Joan had thrown off the effects of her lotjriblo experience, but the change which Lord Creith had noticed in her before, they had left England wns more marked than over. "Do you feel equal to going ashore?" She nodded. "You're a wonderful girl, Joan," he said admiringly. "You have had more knock-down blows in the last few weeks than come, to most people in the course of their lives." She laughed. "You can become Inured even to knock-clown blows. I think It would take a human earthquake to disturb me now." He shot a furtive glance in her direction. "You're not worrying any more about—about Morlake?" She seemed to be examining her own mind before she replied. "It is difficult to tell how I feel. I have such faith In him and this feeling—that if anything terrible had happened, I should know." NCXr DOOR TO OMMTS Lord Creith wan otily too hafepy to agree. He had a weakness for agreeing to all cheerful, and for dissenting violently with all dismal predictions. "The captain flays he has arranged to stay here a week and I think we can well afford the time." Ha had booked rooms at the big white hotel that overlooked the beach and, later In the day, from the broad terrace, she could gaze In wonder at the confused jumble of buildings which made modern Tangier. "Rather like the Old Testament lit by electricity," said his lordship. "1 don't Itnow whether I've read that or whether I've invented it. If I've Invented It, it Is jolly good. I hope you're not being disappointed, Joan. These eastern cities are never quite BO pleasant near at hand as they are from three miles out at sea. And the smell —phew 1" He dabbed his nose with his handkerchief and pulled an unpleasant fac«. "Jim lived here for years," she said. "Even that doesn't make It smell like, attar of roses," said her practical father. "What was he doing here?" "Cnpt. Green says lie was In the diplomatic service. I am doing to Inquire." The next day she threaded the tortuous street In which the various consulates were situated. The news she seem -d about Jim Morlake was, however, of the most fragmentary character. By very reason of his profession, the officials at the consulates and embassies were reticent. She was, however, able to confirm the captain's statement, which had been news to her, that for some years Jim Morlake had been something of a power in this city. Lord Creith knew the British minister and they went to tea at the residency and Joan listened without hearing, to the talk of concessions, of representations, of the enormities of the sanitary council and the hideous injustice whlth was Inflicted by the native bnsha upon the unfortunate subjcctn of the sultan. She did not accompany her father in his visit to the prison and she was glut! afterward, when he brought back io highly colored narrative of his ex- periencB. "A hell upon earth," he described it tersely a..d she felt a little sinking of heart. If the methods of the Kasbah was the standard of the Moorish treatment of prisoners then it would go hard with Jim. It was the third day of their visit and already Joan had almost wearied of the town. She had seen the great market-place, had wandered amid the charcoal sellers and the Kneeling camels, had watched the native jugglers and the professional holy men and chaffered with the sellers of brass in the bazaar. "The prettiest part of Tangier one doesn't see. Do you remember that u;'/ street we passed through at the back of the mosque?" she asked. "A very old door opened and I caught a glimpse of the most gorgeous garden and there were two veiled women on a balcony, feeding the pigeons. It was so lovely a picture that I nearly went In." Lord Creith said something about the Insanitary conditions of the houses and went on to discuss the hotel bill. 'Bhat" afternoon they walked up the hill to see a gun play. A number of' tribesmen had come in from the hills to celebrate the anniversary of a local saint's death and at her request he turned aside from the market place to show her the exterior of the prison. She shuddered as a horrible fact leered out at her from behind the bars. "Dp you want to have a look inside?" "No, thank you, daddy," she said hastily, and they turned their steps toward the bazaar. Lord Creith opened his lawn umbrella and put it up, for the sun's rays were unpleasantly hot. "East is cast and west is west," he chanted. "What always interests mo about these fellows Is, what are they thinking about? You don't really get into the east until you understand its psychology." The girl, who had been walking behind him. did not answer, but he was used to that. "Now, If you were to ask me—" he began, and turned his head to emphasize his remarks. Joan was not there! He strode back along the street. A begging men stood at the corner of a court, demanding alms In the name of Allah; a stout-veiled woman was waddling away from him, carrying a basket of native work; but there was no sign of Joan. He looked up at the high walls on either side, as though he expected to find her perched m' -.culornly on the top. And then the seriousness of possibilities struck him and he ran along the uneven cobbled street to the end. He looked left and right, but there was no sign of Joan. In the street he saw four men carrying a wooden case, chanting as they went, and he came back to the beggar and Was about to People who realize the importance of a Clear, Healthy Skin use (flticurei \& SOAP M CLEANSING SOOTHING ANTISEPTIC 3»iu|,lr tree. Adilren: 'Cullcura,' Dept. 161, Maiden, M««t. A Plain Statement of Fact The enthusiastic response which our patrons have always given our OPTICAL DE- PARTMEJNT, proves conclusively, that they are appreciative of our efforts to give them the very best in the way of EYE SERVICE. Ingrown Nail Turns Right Out! Pain Stops Instantly! "Outgro" is u harmless nnliscpin manufactured for chiropodists. Jlow- ever, anyonu can buy from the drug Htore a tiny bottle containing directions. A few drops of "Outgro" in the erev- lue of tho Ingrowing null reduces in- flammatlan and pain and NO toughens the tunder, sensitive skin underneath the toe null, that It can not penetrate the flesh, and the nail turns naturally outward almost over night. FREE! I New Victor Records for Old Dp to and iiK'luiling November UUi, ivo will allow you Klc credit fur every VU-tur Uectml you bring to our store—wo will accept ull your uld Vlctur Itecordn, rcKurtllcitK of uge, *l*o or type. l''or every 7'/-j record* returned we will give you u new 75o Victor Iteeortl. Come In, kriii); your old records, you limy never get un- otlier cuunct) like this. WINTER MUSIC HOUSE 141S llth Avenue We Examine Eyes Accurately because ibis important work is entrusted only Io a College Graduate, State Registered Eyesight Specialist. Only the latest and most advanced scientific instruments are uw;d. All guess work lias been i liniiiialed. We Guarantee All Lens Changes for An Entire Year because \\e Inive every confidence in scientific accuracy of our eye examinations and are always willing to warrant their (•(irreclni-SM mil satisfaction. We Guarantee the Quality of Our Frames and Lenses because we use only tin 1 , finest materials obtainable. Our frames and lenses are nationally advertised and are well qualified Io carry out the results of our examinations. Featuring For November The "Cortleigh" A while ^d filled framed with- solid gold puds. Your own lenses inserted free. The "Archer" High bridge xylonite, good looking 11 nil comfortable. A popular style. $4-85 The "Patrician" Another s.i.art high bridge slyle, plain or engraved. Your lenses inserted free. £ C -25 Our Prices Are Lowest because all of. our purchasing is done together with a group of other large stores, and is known as "Syndicate" buying. The saving effected by this system is passed on to our 'patrons. Our Service Is Best because we maintain our own fully equipped optical laboratory, where we grind all our own lenses. This shop is in charge of expert opticians. Prompt, accurate. Gable's Is the Logical Place because our optometrist is scientific and accurate; our lenses are guaranteed; our quality is sold to you under a u arrant of satisfaction; we maintain our own laboratory; and our values are the jest. Use Your Charge Account Private Examining Room OPTICAL SHOP Gable's ARCADE ANNEX ask him 1? ha had seen a lady, when he saw that the »a.n Had been blinded. . "Joan I" he roared. Ther'e was no answer. A man who was asleep in the shadow of a doorway woke with ft start, stared at the pallid old man, then, cursing all foreigners who disturb the rest of the faithful, curled up and went to sleep again. Lord Creith saw in the distance ft French officer of gendarmes and ran up to him. "Have you seen a European lady— my daughter?"—he began incoherently. Rapidly he told the story of the girl's disappearance. "Probably she has gone into one of the houses. Have you any Moorish friends?" asked the officer. "None," said Lord Creith emphatically. "Where was she When you saw her last?"—and Lord Creith pointed. "There Is a short cut to the sole near here," suggested the officer and Jed the way. But Joan was not in the big mar- ket-placb and Lord Creith hurried back to the hotel. The lady had not returned, the manager told him. She was not on the terrace. The only person on the terrace was a tall man In gray, who was fanning himself gently with his broad-brimmed sombrero. He looked around at the sound of Lord Creith's voice, and jumping to 2309 Broad Avenue Phono 9755 S. M. Griffith Co. WAIT, PAPER AND PAINTS 905 Green Avenue his feet hurried toward film. "MoMakSl" gftSjped Cfeith. "io6.fi".— "what has happened to h«H" asked Jlift quickly. "She has,disappeared 1 My God! I'm afraid—I'm afraid!" <TO Bo Continued) Plate* $12 And up PalnleM Extracting Sleep Air or Novocaln (Aftloep) or (Awnhc) Tc»etri filled without ualn. Plates repaired while you wait. Very Moderate prices. Open evenings Free examinations. Phone 2-5582. l>n. STETI.ER, 4th floor. Take elevator to 4th floor, Stihulte Cleat Store Bldg.. lltn Ave and 12th St. Entrance next to Kranlch'B Jewelry Store. LIVINGSTON'S XXX X BREAD Made tritti Potatoes TV.I QCOC Ono ol out driven! win Dial 83JO be pteiucd to serve yon no knowing when a loss may strike you, The only safe way is insurance, and, of course, with us. Morgan-Martin * Company Central Trust Bldg. Phone 8107 \ Make Some Easy Money In The Christmas > Treasure Hunt * $300.00 In Cash Prizes Then come to Poet's for "Better Furniture For Less" I I, I 722 Union Avenue Gable's DOWNSTAIRS STORE Suburban Day Sale of Lovely Fall Dresses Values to $9.75 •One and two-piece dresses of jersey, flat crepe, covert, and wool crepe in browns, blues, wine, tan, green and black. Dresses in this group for every occasion. Sizes for misses and women. You will want at least two at this special Suburban Day price. Newest Lines and Trimmings In These Winter Coats Real $22.50 to $27.50 Values Coats for dress, street or sports wear in fancy plaids, mixtures and ombre effects, also the popular tan and grey fur fabric coats, and the fur-trimmed broadcloths. Sizes for misses and women. DOWNSTAIRS STORE—BASEMENT 800 Pairs New Fall Regular $5 Values Discontinued numbers from our regular stock as well as a special purchase of sample shoes in patent, satin, suede, kid, calf and combinations. All sizes in the group. AH Heel Heights BASEMENT Special Sale Good Hose 5 Qr i/C heels. 81/2 to 10. Women's chiffon and service weight silk hose, silk-to-the-top. Square, pointed or contrasting The wanted Fall shades. Sizes Should Sell for 89c Note These Wednesday SPECIALS For Entire Family Women^s Wash Dresses of broadcloth and linene with long fk"7 ^ sleeves «/1 v Women's Nainsook and Broadcloth Slips. 79c value,...... Rayon Step-ins, Panties, Chemise and Combinations. Pastel colors Children's School Dresses of d» 1 AA printed fabrics. Sizes to 14 «pl«VrU Children's Flannelette Sleepers, CQ Gowns and Pajamas......... Dt/C Men's Broadcloth Shirts in collar-attached and neckband styles , ;. i 'Men's and Boys' Novelty d* 1 ! A A Sweaters in fancy patterns «pJuUU Boys' Leatherette Coats in d»/» AA black or brown. $9.75 value «PU.»fU BASEMENT New Autumn Felt Close-fitting, off-the- face and other models in the newest shades. All head

What members have found on this page

Get access to Newspapers.com

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 11,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free