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fclrte la ample evidence that he nev jed a syllable to one of them of any ;lhe future. Moreover, there Is a able sum of money standing to his trtth hts father's banker. He knew been lodged there for his use, and •ing his extremely precarious and 8er means of living and the almost ah"* necessity of money to a European in t, is it probable that he would de- to take advantage of this provision t had been made for him? Then there 1 curious circumstance that he was en a few hour;; after he must have the banker's letter apprising him i deposit which had been made to his sing thin letter,was seen by others, [not the money be a great temptation .' villain who might tnke the risk nptluK to secure it by getting rid of , but, finding the thing Impossible •'proceeded, abandon the project ere ) became aware of its existence? 11 reasoned with myself over and _atn, and the more I reasoned the r became my conviction that Donald ..Aon must be deud. He did not die in rorthodox fashion, else there would be a fijird of his death, b'ut there was no evi- noi that he ever left the city, and he was ; In It now. [.laid my conclusion before the detective, ) the bankers and some others. They I Baid it was plausible. "Only," said one, forget Donald's pride. He was the budest man I ever knew in my life; in- he was silly in that way." And, to sure, there was Donald's pride to be en into account. But it did not aid us. It the end of two mouths I hod exhausted ay own ingenuity and that of all my Hends, including the detective, without • coming on a single trace of Donald. If he i-was dead, he was buried beyond hope of dis- COt'Mfj; if he had gone away, he had most .•>, tffijptually covered up his tracks. There |: »e4med to be nothing for it but to abandon .the search, write my dismal report, remit ; Sir Thomas his money and turn to my own concerns. My friends admitted it really • iraa the only thing to be done. , "Indeed, Mr. Kilgoui," said Mr. Macdon• aid, a banker, at whose dinner table the i matter was discussed, "if it were a flnan- Ijclal (peculation depending for return of profit on the finding of the volatile Donald I'Gordon—who, for (bight I know, has the owerof making himself invisible—I am 1 to confess I would have nothing to > with it. ' t seems unquestionable that Danald has gone, desiring no further i of his friends, and I think you are ght in giving up the chose. And now bat you have disposed of Sir Thomas Cork's business, might I ask what your „ ns are for yourself f" |l was obliged to answer that I had no' ;e plans as yet, having been so ab- I in the hunt for Gordon that I had I no time to think of myself, but now I _ aid certainly look out for an opening. "As to that," said he. "there is a desk at or disposal in the house of Mncdonald, ctavish & Macintosh — good Scotch net, all of them, you will observe—any ) you may feel inclined to begin work, emoluments will be sufficient to en- lie you to live pending the finding of "nettling better should you not take kind|to banking." "I have had some knowledge of highland l," put in Mr. Mntbeson, one of the mcr- ant princes to whom I had a letter of induction. "I have hod some knowledge highlanders, und I hardly ever saw one |fbf them feel at home at a desk. Put a gun, ! ;'pr a sword, or a tarry rope, or anything else (means fresh air and activity in their , and 'they're as much at home as u bit in a sand hill. But that's not saying t Mr. Kilgour would not take kindly to bking. If he's after rupees, he will," } Mr. Mathenon cast a glance of intelli- i at his friend. |I hastened to nay that I was very grate to Mr. Mucdonald for bis generous aud that, with his permission, I Hid keep it under consideration for a day right, Mr. Kilgour, quite right," Macdonald cordially. "Look i before you leap, especially in this land cits, though, to tell you the truth and r flatter, you have done so well In this business that 1 should like to > you. However, I say again, you are right to avoid a rash decision. A i step involves a change, and though .proverb says that .changes ore light burnle and another to The Elm», The Kll burnie letter was out of hand with no effort, but the one to Sir Thomas was ft different matter entirely. I felt a great pity for the poor gentleman, which 1 durst not express lest he should die of heartbreak, so that my communication had to be somewhat of the natureof adiplomaticdispatch. Unhappily the task of composing it called for gifts with whieh I was but scantily endowed. t wrote the letter and rewrote it, and again wrote it; then took it to bed to dream over, undoing the whole thing on the morrow and going through such agonies of composition as do not make me envy the life of an author. On the third day my patience was exhausted, and the clumsy essay in diplomacy was posted. It tried to make out that there was abundant hope for the future, while there was also a sufficient reason for abandoning the search at present, but 1 fancy it could not have imposed on anybody. To put the better face on the thing, I fabricated a little fiction about the severe heat telling on my health und being advised to take a short trip. 1 trust I shall be forgiven, for the motive was good, and I know that, acute as must have been Sir Thomas' disappointment, it was not any acuter than my own, for if his hope was centered in Donald so also was mine. CHAPTER VI. DISENCHANTMENT AND DESPAIB. While the Bird of Paradise—such was the alluring name of our gallant brig—was being loaded with a cargo of cash mere shawls, cocoanuts, drugs, glass beads and other articles of merchandise likely to suit the cultured Mohammedan taste, I was so closely engaged with my own concerns and the urgent hospitality of Sir Thomas' friend that I paid but scant heed to the men with whom I was to sail. I hod a vague notion of a picturesque medley of dusky children of the sun who would be likely in the course of the voyage to discourse of many marvelous, things and discover traits at once new and interesting. But at sea and within the narrow confines of a two master one is impelled to take an active individual interest in his companions, and so it came that as soon as the towers and. spires of Bombay had sunk out of sight on our weather beam I was eagerly and curiously "studying my surroundings and the charac- V gM I ash what t/owr i>lun$ arc for ynumclft" k fit adds iTiat only foola are fond of f thtJm! 1 "'« not one of thosu who pin their IfBttb to proverbs, good or bud. If a rolling ••tone does not gather moss, it of tun gut hers what ts a great duul bettor than uiosn— an urlferou* coating that wo lire all glnd to dmlru. go don't deuldu huutlly. U'u u am buBlnuiMi getting uut of thu frying pun lltotho flruuud book again frowrlhu HIV nto the frying pan. Avoid It." "And Unit you wi>y liuvu un alternative, T. Klltfour," itdded Mr. Mnlhenou, "lut Buy that lu a week or two 1 huvu u 1 starting 'or Joddu, und that you uiv uu to H fruu trip If you ulioonu, it w il to look about, und uiuybn (u lu ownr)yaumuy light on nomuthlng Unit r strike you fancy. Thu trip will noi I long altogwllu'r. U will be an outing ou, If nothing more, whluh, utter your ... work AM u iluU'cUvo, will, 1 duru wiy, ) grateful What do you ttuy to that, MHO- maldf" "I think the sugueutlou an oxculluntouo," swuml Mr. Mttodouuld, "und Mr. Kit ; ought to go." . ..bunked Mr. Muthiwou tot I had thank Mr. Mticdoimld, vuylug thut tut the shin JT«« ftot willing ImmwlluUily 1 would think " luuttur over. Uut the »UKtf«aUou I mu; whurww, though Blueerely grate , _ Mr. Muvduuuld, 1 won not. lu lev* IwItU tho Idtui of noroiiluu on « stool. "" Thu mwhot was thut I declined Mr. Muc WM tttfoi' uiul divided to vUit Arabia r. Mutbwuu'it ship. Tlio kindly buuk 'would not, howuver, tuku a llnul an- r, but sulil that thu post should bo kout "" <juy return, us ships uml lurry JJJTIt by that time luivv lu«t their ictlou, If ho has kept his word, thwo „ but'll a vacant desk In llua establish- ,ut (or u vory lung tlmu. V/h? duuislou made, my next niece of bust- I yviw to write home a Ip.iigU'ttwtO Kil- ters of officers and crew. Never have I been more swiftly or completely disenchanted. Perhaps it was because I !vas young and foolish and ignorant that I hod so gayly cherished illusion; perhaps it was the fine name of the brig that had given me exalted and gorgeous ideas, but I had anticipated a holiday sail on sunlit seas in a sort of Cleopatra barge with companions fitly representing, if not the pomp and magnificence, at least tha poetry and romance of the orient. My punishment for indulging such fantastic reveries was speedy and condign. The Bird of Paradise bore as much resemblance to the ship of my imagination as a hedgehog bears to a leopard. In plain truth, she was an ill smelling, leaky old coal bunker, with a crew of the most desperate looking vllliaus that ever swung from a yardurm. What their past had been it required little shrewdness to guess. A glance made it clear that whatever pleasure, whatever romance there could be in sailing with the dregs of Asiatic pirate crews of men, who for reasons to be comprehended by the simplest had found it expedient to lay aside for a little their natural vocation of cutting throats, such pleasure and romance were mine. Naturally I was amazed to find such men on Mr. Mathesou's ship, but the explanation came later. 1 had forgotten that tho Scotch are frugal and did not know bow Asia pours her scuui upon the sea. My security, such as it was, lay in tho fact that among themselves there was not tho least evidence of good will. They were sullen, suspicious and incommunicative, aud in all their lives had probably never known what it is to smile out of pure good nature or innocent hilarity, for their features were flxtd in a perpetual scowl which nothing could soften. Toward each other, AS toward their officers, they had the sulky, defiant demeanor of caged beasts of prey, and no doubt they had a sense of Imprisonment. Off duty or ou, they indulged in o freedom or jollity of intercourse. No stories were told; no songs were sung. Tha spirit was that of u chain gang working at the point of thu bayonet or tho muzzle o( the rifle. Misfortune, failure in hazardous and bloody enterprises, h»d brought them together, aud as yet they were not able to fratOutze, Tho ofllcers mulched the crew. Though Captain Maiden was an Englishman and Mr. Malcolm, the mate, Scotch, there wan nothing gracious or prepossessing in either of thorn. The captain was short Und broad, square rigged, with a treincndouH breadth of beam, as a sailor would say, and his squat, burly frame had In it tho muscular strength and energy of tho tiger. 11 ix face, hairy as a skye terrier's, showed no fouturo in particular save the huge nose, which, owing to a long course of grog, had assumed the appearance of a purple knob, aud bulging eyebrows that hung over small, deep set eyes as u cliff overhangs a cavern, ilu vUugv was truculent, and his temper and voice were lu harmony. His uiont cure** ing tonea were tho growl of tho thunder; his augur was the fury nf a fiend. IIIK natural qualities,' too, hud been well cultivated. Tho broadside of o..t!.s lio poured upon IUM men when anything; uenl mnUm WUH an achievement in profanity lo bo remembered with ucrut'py uhuddor fur a life time, aud tho gl?um of hlu eyes und tho wuy lu which ho fingered bU iilbtoU under ihu slruui of pmutloii sltowea that he wan nut ol thoKti who value human Ufa AH might bu expected, hU career had U-en eventful, hU experlencea startling and vu rled. He buusled—und I am sure truthful ly—that ho could show more sword cut and bullot HciirH tlitiu any other muii uf lii size theu living. "A man with a grealui e*toiil v uf hide might beat inn," he wuuli snmullmtiH buy, "but lo tho sijuaro Inul fcluiw inn him who equal* me. iiy Jupiter If 1 \vus to preach un thut kind of lull uui un a weok would bo toonliort for my sermon I' Aud you InimtHltutely UHHeiited. Thu mule could uut bo doitorlbud lui bolnu of u wilder nulurul dUpuulllou, buluuly HI being lens frtirfully tlovulupwl. UU nuiiii (or cruelty WUH IVKN eminent limn hi chief's, but hu was training exui-lli-iitl uml guvo high promise of bmtullty. Meuu while ho swure, took tiU uruuuiul priiclicw Uh.sUliiuUHly uu tlio critw, The first day uu hu knocked u xullor down with u niarlli uptku under tho very eye* uf tho cuptuln who wiu too IndIIIVwit even to curse ap iirovli;wly. A llttlu later he neiit uuulhu lioud foranoKt lulu iho hold without H uinull IIH ciiKilng u downward glniiuu to Me whether Iho until were dead or alive, uut uut u duy pu^i'd t.hut ho did uut dlutlnuulsl Llinsi'lf by some deed uf cruelty or violence Such, In brief, wero uiy khlpinaluM, und I will bo euxily uiuU'i-btuud liow quickly nut completely my dreuius of uhuliduy vuyug Vllllihllnd. H I'lilituict-d thudlscoiuforUof Ihoslluu lion Unit 1 funded myself reguuletl by th cu|italu and mute u« uu Inl.nrlopei'—a bp whoso proper pluco WUH with thu ulmrk oulskle. But uu Unit point 1 \vu» unwlt/ tlugly tluttoring inysulf.. Nplthur.of ' " ' ' '' .. a 1.1^ head in the least about me, nor ever came near ma except it were by chance and in the way of duty. To ba sure, the captain usually rolled some hoarse greeting when wo met in the morning, but he never delayed his ship for conversation and never once evinced a desire to know how I was enjoying myself. Only at mealtimes did we come into close contact, and then I was glad to get back to the deck and the disinfecting air of heaven. Nor was the mate much more sociable. One evening, Indeed, ho spoke to me of Scotland, but as his talk was of nothing but tavern debaucheries, their accompaniments and results, I did not encourage him. He left me with a feeling of profound contempt, never again making any attempt to draw me into conversation. When we met, his looks declared as plainly as looks could that I was a priggish, puritanical landsman, who was no fit company for a jolly, blasphemous sailor like himself. Mr. Watson, the supercargOj was the only soul on board who took the smallest interest in me or with whom I cared to speak. He understood my position, and I think had compassion for me. At any rate, he tolerated iny amateurish views of seafaring men and things and sought opportunity to discover topics we could discuss with mutual pleasure. He was fond of talking of Edinburgh, which he knew well, having attended the high school there. We compared notes on our reading, and bo was certainly not the worse read man of the two. "This roving, free and easy life, Mr. Kilgour," he said one day, "has a tendency, as Burns says, to 'harden a' within aud petrify the feelings,' but I try to keep a fresh, sweet corner in my affections for the thoughts and fancies of choice souls. After all, a good book is better than their riotous games at ninepins with virtue and character, and to read about a pretty girl is better than to go about carousing with an ugly and debauched one. As Sancho Panza says about sleep, God bless the man who Invented books." Books, however, were the subjects of our bytalk only. Oftenest our conversation was about India, Arabia ap.d our compan- "Just look at them, Mr. Kilgour," he said once. "Aren't they a pretty setf Haven't they the look of having lieen born, bred, trained, educated, for the special purpose of wallowing in crime? Without ocular evidence could you imagine that so mucn rascality could be condensed wit'hin a few skins? They arc the very essence of villains, sir, or rather the dregs, with not ah honest or honorable instinct among them. I verily believe old Nick would be ashamed of them, (or he, if reports be true, is an artist and a gentleman, but they—they are mere butchers. If justice were any more than a thing of courts and fine talk, there isn't a man of them that shouldn't lone ago have adorned a gibbet." "And how In the name of wonder do they tome to be on Mr. Matheson's ship?" I asked. Mr. Watson screwed hisface knowingly and winked. "Ah, hal there you are," he laughed. "How comes the purse to rule the conscience? Mr. Matheson was born ayont the Tweed and knows tho(i'alue of bawbees. These rinsings of creation'are got cheap because they're flying from the scaffold." "Flying from tho scaffold! How do you know?" "From experience and the modicum of wit heaven gave me. Respectability's a thing we don't care to pay for on East India traders. And that reminds mo, are you armed, Mr. Kilgour?" "As nature armed me," I rejoined. "1 did not think it was necessary to come on board Mr. Matheson's ship armed." "Necessity's just as you take it," he said significantly. "In this golden clime it might not be necessary to wear clothes, but you do it all the same. A pistol's not heavy, and sometimes it's very handy. I always carry one, and this little thing besides," aud turning up the edge of his •waistcoat be revealed the haudle of a dag- this t was mistaken, l went to bed deadly i shook to her center as a* cannon was fired "That's to prog them who might tnke a thought of pronging mo," be exclaimed. "I have found It useful at close quarters more than once. Come this way, Mr. Kilgour," He led mo to his cabin, which wa* office and bedroom in one. When we were inside IB carefully closed mid fastened the ioor, hen gutting upon his knees ho uulocked a, icavy Iron box, which notwithstanding its nimeuse weight was fixed to the dot* with rou rivets. This is for the ship's papers," he explained, looking up with a smile of Intel- iguuce, "but you can put more than hats n a bandbox. Ilure, take your choice of hcse," and he lifted an armful of pistols. 1 drew back a step with a qulek sensa- ton of chilliness. The startling discoveries were crowding too closely upon each other or my uerves. Oil, you'd better havo one," he said in tis matter of fact way. "It's nasty to be caught unprepared. I dare say you know something about firearms." I know more about fowling pieces than ilstols," I answered, taking one with a nibliug hand, 'Well, well, you'll soon get used to U. Nothing trains a inan with the pistol llko cnowlng he may be turned Into a target ut less than a moment's notice," "A ml do you really rncuu to say there's danger?" , 'That's just as you look ut it. If the risk of being killed without prayers Is danger, then we are not in the safest place ou earth. That's it guod one, Mr. Kilgour; take it with you." 1 stowed thu weapon away while he rum muged ui thu box. 'Here, will you tiave ono of these?" lie asked a moment later, holding up a sheaf of daggers. Hut they were tuo suggestive and I declined .thuolTer. "Well, well, BO bo It," hu remarked, putting buck duggerx and plntols Into thulr place. "Slnoo you won't have a dagger, 1 suppose it's no use oU'ering you a sword. No, 1 thought HO. Well, now for the cope- stone of thu counsel," ho continued, stand- lux erect and looking mu straight In thu eyi'g. "Don't let any one gut too familiar. Thu moment you ktuell trouble, draw and blutti away. If you don't kill, you will bo respected; If you do kill, it's but justice anyway. If you dellburato you're lost. And now, lust they should suspect it plot, let's go out," saying which he opened the duor und wu went on duck. Kor the rest of thut day I was Lot, nerv- OIIH, depressed uud 111 at ease, yet with u certain feeling uf consequence. Flreurma give courugu us tlu< saddle confers authority. The touch of my pistol hilt thrilled me, and many u time did I surreptitiously slip iu my hand just to gum ussuruucuby 1 kepi, UH you may think, u keen eyuou thu crew, fur though there was uot a whit more danger nov^than there hud buuu from thu beginning I delected treachery audit murderous intent iu every act aud look of the mun. 1 expected bloodshed and trial to convince myself I wits prepared for it. Hut Indeed it was to matter little to me whether 1 were uruicd or not. The feeling of heat uud depression grew upon me hour by hour. At llrst 1 naturally referred it to iny couversuHoiMV'Hh Mr. W.atsou, Uut in sick, to toss in feverish paroxysms through the long nijilit, KM! next morning I wiw so giddy tliat '.MI attempting to rise 1 slag gered and sunk to the floor. When I t;ath ered myself together, the room was whirling like a huge spinning wheel, carrying me with it in its gyrations. Steadying myself a little, I managed to crawl back to my berth on bauds and knees, my eyes well nigh sightless and my brows throbbing as if there wero steam machinery inside. -My skin burned with a prickly heat, and my throat and tongue were parched, sore and swollen. i "1 am in for it," I groaned. "God in heaven, and in such n hole as thisl" And preset.tly when Mr. Watson looked in to see wliy I was not getting up my worst fears were confirmed. "I'm devilish sorry to see this," he said after examining me and hearing my symptoms. "You've got tho fever that Portuguese chap died of. You brought it on board with you. It was raging in some quarters of the city. I'm devilish sorry, we're so ill off for modicine or indeed for anything that a sick body needs. But we'll do our best. I'll make you comfortable, and then I'll send the captain to see you." In tho courso of half an hour or so the captain came in, looked at me for a moment ns he would at n sick beast, asked some perfunctory questions and left me. A little later the mate, too, came in, and his kindness was, if possible, more cruel than the captain's callousness. "There's no saying how this may go, you know, Mr. Kilgour," he said, after lying in his throat by saying he was sorry for me. "Fevers on board ship are bad at any time. They're doubly bad ou East India traders. There's little room, evil smells, no resources and the devil for a physician. If you have any message yon would like delivered to your friends or anything to return to Scotland, I am at your service." A man may be dying, but it hurts him to be brutally told so. For the first time in my existence I appreciated the boon of life, of the simple privilege of continuing to be and of the sovereign balm of sympathy. I shook with fright, and great beads broke out on my brow. Yet neither sickness nor (ear could keep off anger. To die with fortitude, to renounce hopes, schemes, ambitions, to lay down life in its rosy morning hours, when the world is full of promise of bliss—to do this at a moment's notice and with resignation is possible, but it is not In human nature to be grateful for cruelty. Tho disease had not yet wholly mastered my spirit. There was one fierce spark left, and so, rising on my elbow and speaking in R voice that trembled aud quivered, I or dered the man off. "Go," I said. "Let me never look on your face again. And when you come to die pray you have a bettor comforter." Ho went without a sign of compassion or contrition, indeed with a smirk of disdain, •nd I, falling back with a feeling of being forsaken by God and man, lost heart, and a scalding torrent soaked the coarse blankets. And in that moment of dire punishment, as if present evils wero not enough, there smoto upon my conscience the light- ninglike stroke of an accusing memory. Tho thwarted plans of my father, the unheeded sorrow of my mother, wero as arrows of fire in my soul. Fate had indeed permitted me to plcaso myself, but she was now exacting payment, and the payment was my life. I had a feeling, I say, of being forsaken, but in the grnciousuessof Providence I had a friend even now. Not long after the mate left me Mr. Watson returned, gave mo some incdiduo, spoke cheerfully to me, tcll- iug me to keep up my heart, for that many a man had hud fever t-.i shipboard and lived long years afterward to tell the tale. But I could BOO that out U his humanity he was dissembling his real thoughts, and so I determined if possible to get at them. "You have seen cases of this sort before," I said. "Is it serious? Ue plain and tejl mo if you think I havo a chance to pull through." He seemed unwilling to answer the question, which of courso was an incentive to mo to press him. "If you dou't answer," I said, "I'll know It's because you'ro afraid to tell me the worst." "You know tho old proverb, Mr. Kilgour," ho returned slowly, "that while there's life there'o hope." "Just so," I said, "und that in cases like mine doesn't mean much, or rather it weans a great deal." "I will not mislead you, Mr. KllKour," he rejoined, shifting about uneasily ou lib feot. "1 think you have a bad attack, and this U a foul hole, and we are without proper remedies. Uut then you ore young and have u good constitution, ntul that, as any doctor will lull you, is worth gallons of drugs." "Thank you," I said. "I wanted your candid opinion." And now, when I thought there was no chauce of life, I grow calmer. Indeed my fear almost vanished, for, as the wind IH tempered to the shorn lamb, there Is hardly an evil but brings IU anodyne with it. Mr. WuUuu left mo abruptly, but presently he came back currying u book in hU baud. It happened to bo Sunday evening, and 1 funded ho wu* going to employ his leisure In rending a story to mo. liut it was a Bible, not u story book, that the good soul held In his bund. "1 have been a good many years away from Sciitlaud, Mr. Kilgour," ho wild, rather sheepishly sidling up lo my bod, "but 1 haven't quite forgotten tho training of my youth nor lh« customs uf uiy native huul.iuul lam going to do now what, 1 think, your mother would ho well pli'iised with," And sitting down un the edgouf my berth ho begun to irad. Ills vulow was not very sU-udy, und he couuhud 11 good deal moru than Boomed at nil necessary. As for me, 1 listened In n dreamy, half conscious stule, feeling no fear, only dimly pllylnii iVifl render whoso emotion WHS HU keen. When ho hud finished rending, he bunt over mo, stroking buok my hair. "If* gut tho gulden gliut of boyhood iu it yet," hu immuurtHl, nr.<l.then lower and very huskily, "Would you llko uie to pray?" It was w troublo tu spunk, no I hold out my hand, ouught his uud pr«**ed it by way of answer. Hu returned the pressure, louk on deck. "That's to try to break it," he said. "Good God," be cried iu the same brenth, but in a tone that was startllngly different, "It's upon usl Mate, this means hell aud destruction." Instantaneously there was a great crash, as if a sudden blow had rent our timbers, and tho brig flew up at the bows like a fisherman's punt when a heavy weight Is swung on behind. I had my sconce dented in the bunk, and Mr. Watson swept the floor with his back like a kind of incontinent besom. When in the rebound the stern went up in turn, I fell back to my place breathless and helpless, and the supercargo, scrambling to his feet with the cat like agility of a sailor, made desperately for the companionway. Then for an instant the vessel seemed to lio still, but the next she was reeling and dancing like an eggshell in a boiling caldron. Now she would rear from the bows, now from the stern, then tumble on her beam ends, careening till mast and keel must have been level, then rebound, then spring, shaking herself like a thing demented with pain, und all tho while sho cried and groaned in every timber with a terrorizing, humanlike sense of the pangs of dissolution. I clung to my bunk with all my feeble might, unable to discern anything clearly, yet conscious iu spite of darkness and terror of the swish of water rushing through the open door. After awhile Mr. Watson came back. His face was very white and his manner excited. I looked at him beseechingly for news, for in the tumult I could not hope to make myself beard. He did uot keep me long in suspense. "Smashed by the stern I" he shouted at the pitch of his voice, bending over me as he held on by the side of my berth. "The spout hit us, carrying with it masts and rigging, and now we're reeling in the grip of a tornado. The fury of tuo pit's let loose on us. Wind und fire and water, all contending against us. And, worse than that, we're waterlogged and the Infernal crew threatening to take to the boats. Captain's keeping them at it with the pistol. Keep you still; I'll come back again." I could sar nothing, I could do nothing, only lie and listen to the raging of pande- moniu'n aril speculate what would conie Of it all. Presently Mr. Watson returned, his face whiter than ever. "The brig's done for," he shouted. "The first blow killed her. It's terrific. I have been through simoon and tornado and never saw anything like this. They're going to batten down, though heaven knows why. I must run. But don't you be frightened; I'll not desert you." He bolted up the companionway, and the hatches closed with a bang. I passed an eternity hearkening in the darkness, which the lightning made lurid, expecting every moment to feel the suction and hear the gurgle of death as the ship went down. But wo were dying hard. By and by I began to think the fury of the tempest was abating and that the movements of the brig were steadier. Then I wondered why they were keeping me closed down thero like a rat iu its hole. Another eternity passed ere there was any evidence that I was remembered. At lost the batches were thrown open, and I looked with joyful and frantic eagerness for Mr. Watson. To my horror, he did not come. Sicker with fear than disease, I got to my elbow to listen. In a momentary lull of the blast I heard tho rattle of ropes on tho ship's side, aud then a splash, as if some flat bottomed object bad struck the water. A terrible fear, a terrible suspicion, struck into uiy vitals, and weak as I was I rose, and groping my way through the darkness to a port :ole thrust my face against the gloss, 'j '>ere were boats alongside,aud tho ofllcers r.ud crew, who looked llko demons intheliv-d light, wero struggling and fighting to yi t into them. With the frenzy of death, twisting and tugging and teariu u , 1 tried to open the port, but tho screws were stiff and my fingers nerveless, aud I failed. Then, my face against tho glass, I shrieked as only a lost man can. Tho next instant the glass was in shivers, aud I was imploring those without uot to abandon mo. But the tempest drowned my voice. No one heard—ut least no ono beetled mo. One by one in tho hellish conflagration of sea and sky tho boats rowed away, leaving mo alone ou the sinking bi-u;. Skin Eruptions and similar annoyances are caused by an impure blood, which will result in a more dreaded disease. Unless removed, slight impurities will develop into Scrofula, Eczema, Salt Rheum and other serious results of Bad Blood I have for some time licen a sufferer from a severe blood trouble, for which I took many remedies that did me no good. I have now taken four bottles of withtheinostwenderful results Am enjoying the best health I ever knew, have gained twenty 'pounds and my friends say they never saw me as well. I am feeling quite like a new man. JOHN S. EDEL1N, Government rrlntingOffice, Washington, D, C. Our Treatise on Blood and Skin Diseases mailed free to any address. SWIFT SPECIFIC CO., Atlanta. Ga. SULPHUR BITTERS Will cure The worst cases] Of Skin Disease From a Common Pimple] On the Face To that awful Disease Scrofula. Try a bottle To-day. Send 3 2-«ont etamr« to A. P. Ordway * Co., Ikutou, Man., for belt medical work pnbliibed n STOPPED FREE Mar* tints j ffttna Pireoni Rettored Dr.tiXIWE'8 GREAT NERVERE8TORER VB DISEASES. Onfytvrt --.. 4ffictitmt t fttt, Ffiitfty t tte. INFALLIBLE If taken u directed. A> F it* mfttr jy/ vtt. Treatise fcaJ f » trill bottle free t* tieats. they p*ytag Send namei. * wbea •It patlentt. Ihejr partngeipraicliue _ .ecelvcd. Send namei.T. 0. and eipreai addreu of I afflicted to DR.KUI NE.on Arch St..PMladelphU.ra. DniggUU. SflfAK* UF IMITATING f£lt/OS. DR. McGREW THB SPECIALIST. Has no equal la UM treatment of all PHIVATIDISBASS8. Gonorrhcea I gleetotri» lure, syphilis, varlco. eele, epormatorrhoa, unnatural discharge*, lost manhood or lock of development oc waifltlug away, night losses, nervous, »eak. forgetful, low •pirlta. all evil effect* of •arlryico and all diseases ol tho blood, skin, liver, kid™*, ^bladder. euros. 18 Jpor* experience.. jC ^SSS 14th and FABMAM BTS.. OMAHA, NEB. lug down upon uiy liuud aud fur uiuummiti tUou holiliim U uoftly it btu lU'iuly buuvuuu liin rouKU imlms hu went un hU kiH'i-s. Wh«u ho ronu, Bumuthiug ul thu port liulo wimii'd biiddeuly tu unmet htu lluttlurud hitrd lorn iiiliiulu or no, tlii'ii cuHt UHhuumf acini, dldvloug uluucxi ut HID. > "Puinmo If 1'vo playiHl tho }>ursou for yearn before," ho luiiulivil, furtively U raw- ing Ui" buck o( hit liitud acrotui his eyi'.s, then, u» If (curing un ituswcr, ho luirriud Itwuy. H luiK'it Uu that Kiiinu uvunliig, ur U Ullithl ho Bomuduyu or oven it \vtwk ItiU'i'i for 1 huvu but u dim uud contuiiud inuinury of thui i>t'i'iod, that hu utuuu to nto wlilui torrilU'd faou, buy iny thu *lilp wo* in tin- mlui'iH peril. Hlu fueech was not Umiu'dl lUvly Intelligible, for 1 neemed to bo roeov- wing from u Hlupor, but ut length 1 caught tlio word "\vuUrniHMt," uud uven to my dull uenso it Hounded ominous, llurdly liud the wui'd pushed hu II pa when thu hrit; [COSTINUUD.] l)tuli National Guiinl. SALT LAKE, March «7.— Wront interest is being taken here in the organization of tho Utah national gnunl, Governor West und military staff mustered in two companies of infantry and one of cavalry. Onu company of infantry and ono of cavalry will bo mustered iu at Ogilen mul another company at Provo. Altogether tho uniformed militin provided by tho law amounts to nearly 4,000 men. _ Stir AnnniB Nnrul OIHi'i'ru. VALLEJO, Cul., March 27. —Telegraphic orders wore received by Captain Hovvi- BOH, commandant at Muru island navy yard, from thu secretary of tho navy, directing that tho United States ship Mohican and gunboat Yorktown Vw pro- naivd for sea immediately. Tlio receipt of thin news created considerable stir among naval oftlcers, as it was not anticipated that such orders would bo promulgated before April 1. Trillin llulli'vnt rr.'liil.'rtfint Imams Ciw.viio. March 27.— Tim state's attorney will n'tiiUKit a coulimwiu'e in tho Prenili-rgiwt easy for 10 days. U will bo asked on tho ground that tho Mate attorney's olllco in not llnancially able to go on with the easii at unco. It is suid Mr. Tnulo, who ivpivsimted the Han-Uon family, now believes Pivndergast insitnu und will not appear in tho nesv trial, Hoy Hint fruut llrluklit|[ Alruhol. YAMtAU.u. 111., Maivh U7.--A boy named Jamo* Hawkins was ptu-sundud by Bonio men near Casey to drink « largo quantity of ulehol, lie died from tho effects a short time uftm -ward, uml the men who gave it to him was arrested and jilaeed umlor fWObond fur miin*Uu 0 'htor. fhui'uli Ki'illniU'il ut Cllntim I*. CLINTON-, la., March 27. --The new Swedish Uiiptisl Church hero was dedicated by the Itev. l.indel of L)e* Moines, assisted by u brother divinu from Davenport, _ ........... _ ______ ...... I'iliiT nrilt'i'iMl I" iniliuuuw. Dmi'o.uK, !«., M ir:h 2? • Lieutenant o D-ilphin has been ordered. iuO to tak boat livicj McNEILL & CO., DKAI.KFIS IN liBBLE and GRANITE Tombstones and Headstones OVFIOB AND Y.MIDS, WEST KND OP 8TI1EBT. CAUKOLI-, IOWA. IF YOU WANT THAT BAG CARPET Wo'on il(lit inoitltftvo jour oruorvvl'li ttio un- dcrilgiipit who la now iirupurtn! loilo u»rk lu Uial line on itiurt ttut'oo. AU orilurs t«c<<lu>.! by until In <*r« o( Uuxm ittrrull, lowti,-"!!' «• CtfW«lmwedlal0«ll«ullou, UtwiBiutwr «U« iitmw.3 Ulosk* uorjh o M»o Mo Uf lii lioiue. Higu: "Korkvtl llUoUliiK IVKI. H. PARKER, ., U-!'.cr of '.ho t.i DuVMiiuO jf the torpedo t &lliu>v* lU'viiiuliiK Work. Cll.Utl.l«WN, W, Vil., Mu-ell ;'?. — All the minors of Kmmwhit valley have rework. About O.UUO uiuu tiro uow KANNE & ZERWAb, MEAT MARKET ALL OUUKUa AUK I'HOMnX DKUYjtttlO Cwiwt OUt witl Aawun »twU. Cttrtuli, I*. L, 1* v^JAti,

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