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Hbf was the strutting always enough, for, oblivious of physical Weakness, t often taught myself skipping about iu the mazes of a country dance, or leaping in the highland fling, or prancing; in the delirium of the aword dance, the fingers unconsciously going on the chanter. It would be hard to tell how tunny times I went over "Reel Thulachan," and the "Reel of Tullock,"and "Qhlllle Challum," and the "High Road to Ltnton," and "The Auld Wife Ayont the fire," and "Dainty Davie," and "The Marquis of Huntley's Farewell," and "Sleeov Maggy," and such like tunes, trying not always successfully to keep time between the dancer and the piper. The exercise usually continued till I had to give up from want of breath and did me more good than all the physic doctors could have poured iuto me. And Indeed to this day nothing heartens me like the drone ol the pipes humming in my ear, though 1 fear this will be reckoned a rude taste by tho refined young gentlemen who know so much about the pianos, which are things 9f-mystery to me. Yet old Duncan often declared I had notions of music and cuuld make the pipes ntter emotion and sentiment in a way that sometimes stirred him, though he owned 1 wan no hand at the warblers. The true piper will stake his life on his warblers or grace notes. Anybody can play a common tune by sticking •Imply to the air, but a man must be a born piper to introduce variations with skill. It Win the managementof these that art lies. But since there was none on the brig to ,oriticlse my deficiencies did not in tho least joil the pleasure In my own music. There .'as but one drawback to the performances, that my companions fairly abhorred them. No sooner would they hear me screwing up the drones for a bit of piping than they rushed off squealing to hide In the darkest recesses of the ship. Since then I have learned that nothing jars on the sensitive ear of a rat so much as the music of the bagpipes; he will go through fire and water escape it. Indeed in the highlands ten rats get troublesome it is a common wstice to call in a piper to frighten them I, and the device never falls. The Bird of Paradise lay dead as a log without guidance from helm or impulse from sail, but she kept afloat, and that was a reason for thankfulness. As binnacle and compass were both gone, It was Impossible to judge the course save vaguely by the •tars, and aa the heavenly bodies had never been much among the objects of my contemplation my reckoning was wild enough. But my conclusion was that we were making, or more correctly drifting, W. N. W., and that barring accidents or good fortune of being pickeu up, I should sooner or later touch somewhere in the neighborhood of the Persiia gulf. This pleased me little, for I knew tha entire region to be infested by bands of pirates, who, should they discover ns, would make short work of both me and the brig. But, as I havesaid, I was powerless to alter the course, and so had to drift on, trusting to Providence for safety. One evening there sprang up a breeze on our larboard quarter, which, Cor the first time since I bad been left alone, pushed thu Bird of Paradise to something of a pace. "I'll take it as a good omen," I said to myself. "If she keeps at that, I shall soon arrive—some where." I sat on deck that night longer than usual, partly to keep a sharp lookout, partly to enjoy the bracing breeze. It could not be called a clear night, but there was a strange light on the sea, half aerial, half phosphorescent, that would have made a sail visible at a considerable distance had one chanced to come that way, which it didn't. About 11 o'clock I went below, and having fed my family of rats—a thing whicli I (did as regularly HS I snid my prayer*— turned Into bed. I lay loug awake, however, with a premonition that something was going to happen. It could not be called a painful feeling, rathur a vague sense of some impending change that ; might prove important. However, I fell 'asleep after a time without disturbance of any sort. The sun was already level with my peep hole windows when I awoke. After dressing leisurely I went on deck to go through the usual morning exercise of sweeping the ocean to see whether any sail had wandered into view. At first I could discern nothing and concluded I was still all alona, but presently, taking a second look, I deserted the tiniest black speck—It might be a float- Ing bat—between me and tho horizon. My heart thumped in sudden excitement. "Mow, what the dunce is thotf" I found myself saying with quickened breath. "It doesn't look like a sail. No, it can't be a •ail. If I were anywhere in the track of civilization, 1 should say it was a buoy. But a buoy where ships never appear to come would be an Impossible piece of absurdity.' 1 I gazed with all my mlgnt, rubbing my eyes when they were dazzled aud smarting. and going at it again like one whose hope of salvation Is centered In his seeing properly. My curiosity increased without bringing me any clearer knowledge. "Perhaps It's some monster fish taking the sun," I said aloud, an If I hod listening companion*. But no fish that I had over heard of was fond of being broiled alive. It did not move nor show signs of life. "Flotsam, Jetsam, llgun"—I wont over the possibilities, "Pieces of wreckage, goods sunk by pirates to be found again at convenience." Neither theory was satisfactory, aud my anxiety was feverish. "It's 'The Old Man of the Sea,'" I thought frivolously, "ora mermaid—no, it's loo black for a inerinuid. The creatures iiru fair." But I was too piiliTfully interested to [ve way toi» whimsical spirit, so In good 'earnest I conjectural, propounding theories to myself and IminudiaUily rejecting them. rubbing my eyes when they saw doublet, taking a turn nbruit thu ship to rumin.u,-, making a chllilmli compact with in...-..If not to took again for 16 nilnuios and yield- iUK in IB secoudH to thu spoil of tbo !)!.• ck •neok. I gazed till I saw double, t ruble. quadruple—till my huad was swlmmlm; and a thousand objects were leaping urn, whirling fantastically ou tho light, gm.v horizon. Then 1 thought It prudent to KU>J> gazing for a little and went below fur Breakfast. It was u banty, perfunctory meal that morning, for lu lens thun flv* mlnutos I wason duok again, palpitating with u de- fire for knowledge, The black spook was •til) ou thu gllltorlng plain-distinct, mo- tioplew, mysterious us war. The guiitltut bjrtfgo blow lu my larboard quarter, uud ii> my eagerness 1 ran to tha hulm, forgetting that It wu» a splintered wrttok, us potont for Itspuriww us tho lull of a molting turn Tbon, flndUiK it was to bo a gauiuof watch lug, I burrlwlly rigged a hammock out ol th« tAiiglwl oordugo and nails and olluibril into It,Intent on discovery. Hours pasuml Without bringing euilghUiiiniont. Tin/ burning mm beat down ou a shimmering, bnu«n *W whose inutullla shvuu iiuulu im> giddy and nearly blind. Tbo bruozu diud •way ttW thu hrlu lay Idle. In all the vast tUtUM tbero wan not a sound save tho thumping of my own buart, uur u vlslblo objaof save thai aggravating, black sueok. By and by t went below with souio vague .KU*of ludpeon.lniniodtately ''""hlng book ,oq deekiKre utigiir than ovur. Hardly had "•wuntr mvMrUniiin mv nluootUttu,Uw»iwU • lldeapf Mw dee ,$ IH»" , .- .. «*—g "**tf ~*»* Ai*«- «»., t _. _, ... 4 .. down again, calling out, at if the immense tacaney were peopled, that beyond doubt the thing moved and Wag growing bigger. Then after awhile I saw something like the flutter of a flag, and I Understood the black speck was a boat with a man in it. And he saw the brig. "Ye-hoot" I cried, with a leap of joy. "Deliverance at lostl" And I fan about the deck like one possessed, shouting, "Deliverance, deliveraucel" and could have wept for gladness. But all at ones « mid chill struck me to the marrow and put nn end to this exhibition. What If this were some of the crew returning! For one brief moment my mind was blank with fright, but the next 1 had taken my resolution. Swift as ever man prepared for an enemy 1 got two pistols and a musket, loading them and laying (hem on the deck ready for use. Then I went to Mr. Watson's strongbox, smashing the lid with an irou bar and taking thence tho longest sword I could find. That being of a good weight and sufficiently keen, I selected a Turkish dagger, and a sailor's long knife, and two more revolvers, with some ammunition. Then I arranged my armory and waited for the boat. It was now close enough to enable me to discern that there was but one man in it, a discovery that gave me confidence. With such an arsenal and the natural advantage of my position the deuce was in it if I couldn't give a good account of myself. The man was rowing hard, and the boat came quickly over the sleeping water. When he was within hailing distance, I stepped to the bulwarks and leaned over. In the same moment, resting on his oars, ho turned to look at me. , My first care was to find out whether or not he was one of the crew, but a very brief examination sufficed to show that be was not. He began to pull attain, and I, thinking my warlike preparations slightly overdone, hastily put i y weapons out of sight, reserving just a brace of pistols and a dagger to meet emergencies. My visitor did not come close alongside, but held off a little distance, as if doubting the reception he should receive. He was an Arab and showed signs of distress. "Rowupl" I called in English, never expecting him to understand that language. "Allah is merciful!" he responded joyful y in the same tongue, and with two or three vigorous strokes he was alongside. Then for a minute or so we silently took stock f each other. I was not enamored of bis looks, and perhaps he was just as little in love with mine. "You seem rather in a bad way," I remarked, speaking first. "Allah is a mighty scourger," he said, with a shrug of his tawny shoulders. "So he is," I replied. "How do you come to be alone and in such a plight?" At this he worked himself into a sudden rage, gesticulating wildly and talking of villains and robbery and outrage. Kls story was that be had been in command o( a ship laden with a valuable cargo; that the pirates had plundered him, killed his crew, and that it was only by the greatest miracle he hod escaped with his life. On my inquiring how he happened to know English, he replied fawuingly that he bad learned my beautiful tongue in Egypt and in Africa. "An Arab slave dealer," I concluded at once. But his distress was evidently great, and I could not do less than taKc him on board. "Praise be to Allah for hi" mercies!" be exclaimed, clutching at the rope's end I let down to him. He climbed with the agility of a cat, pouring out thanks and blessings, and when he reached the deck he insisted ou embracing me in tho most fraternal manner known to his race. He laid his fore- bend against mluo and throw his arm over my aboulder, clasping my side with the other and laying bis chin first on my left breast and then on my right, striking my palm with his and giving other novel and embarrassing tokens of esteem and friendship, all the while Invoking the choicest blessings of heaven upon my head. Then be kneeled with bis face toward Mecca and repeated the Hizh-el-Bahr, or prayer for safety on tho ocean wave. His devotions over, wo raised his boat, which was a crazy kind of coracle. CHAPTER IX Mr VISITOR TAKES 8TOCB It would be thought that our common •traits would have drawn us into a bond of sympathy. Hero we were a pair of forlorn waifs met ou the high seas, each with the marks of dire misfortune behind, and ahead such a prospect as might have made us tremble and cling to each other for support. 'But on one side at least there was not that fellow feeling, which, according to the poet, makes us wondrous kind. On the contrary, there was a suspicion that came very near to aversion. Abram ben Aden might be an injured saint, but his appearance rather suggested a villain down at heel. Bo I judged It best to keep my distance and let htm understand that familiarity on the part of strangers was not among the things I liked. My efforts to give him that impression, however, were not strikingly HUcueHsful. He was mightily surprised to find me •lone, and could not express his astonishment when ho saw how the brig wan luden. "Now, here Is a womlor beyond anything man ever dreamed ui'l" |jj unclaimed, with a covetous gleam on UN Ir.m, xwarthy face. "You itlone niasior of Midi rlchus us this. By tho holy Alboruk, UHTO must bo • tale here surpassing 'in marvel any told by Shohorazadel" But I was not to bo taken In the snuro of even so artful a fowler as tho Arab seemed to be. Pretending to make light of liln wonder and Ignoring his doft interrogatory, I laid wy hand ou the hilt of wjr re- / laid wy/iu/iti on the MU of my revolver. volvor with'it wink of significance, re.. marking Hint n mini might got very rich if ho had only iho heart to dare. He looked lit mo for a moment with curiously quea- tloniuK eyes, which began to glow in their dark dopths. " Tin tho Invit thing I ever SAW," ho said emphatically. "Old you do it nluuo ami by mutcloF" "Aliwuand by nmjjlol" I repeated, with* nwtiHBur, "And why notr" "You lire a liero," he exclaimed udinlr- iugly. "To tuko u ubln la. u, groat thlug. Twenty tnen, to whom blood was a joy ( have failed where yon have succeeded alone. And you hnveull this," with A comprehensive wave of the hand, "us the re ward of your courage— enough to build a palace and buy Slaves and hnve the pleasures of a sultan. How did you do HP "The fool opens the windows of his mind to the passerby," I replied, tnkiiiK a turn about the deck, "hut the wise man shuts them. "You are as prudent tin voti are brave," he remarked hiughiiiRly, though I could gee my reply had' cut him. "Keep thy own secret and tell it to no one, for he who reveals a secret is no longer master of It. A wise proverb, und yet there is another that has wisdom also. Conceal your secret only from such ns are known to be indiscreet, but impart it to him who has the prudence to keep it." "\Ve talk of proverbs when we ought to be eating and drinking," I said. "You must IM in need of rest and refreshment." "That I am," he replied warmly. "These many days and nights have I been smitten by sun and moon without n morsel of bread to stay my stomach or n drop of water to cool my burning tongue." "Then," I returned, "you suffer from three things, for which talk is no cure — hunger, thirst and weariness. Let us see what refection may be got out of the ship'* stores." "May Allah grant you lifelong bounty and the prophet receive you in the home of the faithful!" he answered in a burst of fervent piety. "The brave are ever generous," he added, following me down the companion ladder, convinced that I was the king of buccaneers. Pronouncl g a fervent blsmil lab , or grace, he fell to ravenously, swallowing the victuals in huge mouthfuls and washing them down with copious drafts— first of coffee, then of rum. "Were it not for the sweet reality of this eating and drinking," he said in his blandest manner, "I could believe it all a vis.ou and you a beneficent genie. But this banquet is too good for a genie. If I do not ve- tnrn thanks day and night and remem er your name perpetually, may Azrael drag me to the uttermost depths of the pit." Though eating with a vigor that would have been too much for the capacity of any two ordinary men and never forgetting what 'was due to a succoring host t he showed a lively interest in his surroundings, a u d when the meal was over we proceeded at his suggestion to make a complete survey of the brig. To explore the hold, with which we began, it was necessary .to get a light. This I gave to Abram ben Aden, making him precede me, so that by no chance mlgut he take me unawares from behind. It is a good plan to keep a doubtful guest always in front of you. As \ve made our examination, coming on pile Upon pile of stuffs from the looms of India, he was ready to burst iu sheer covetousness, though striving to hide it. He had never known a man to take such a prize, and he would be happy if I only allowed him to be my slave that he might learn from me the secrets of successful piracy. "You are greater than Ran Dahid, whose prizes made him so rich and powerful that he married a prince's daughter, for he had his crew, and you ore alone and but a youth. It is u great day for tno when I am permitted to know you and be near you." Again I made light of my achievement; treating the taking of a ship as if were but the amusement of an idle hour. I swaggered a good deal, but I am sure that iu spite of all my bravado I looked but an iu different pirate. When wo returned on deck, the wreckage, which he bud not noticed at his first coming ou board, caught his attention. "You have been amid the terrors of the deep," he remarked, "and yet perchance the tempest has favored you." "You speak like a magician," £ replied. "Nay, by the prophet's beard, you are the magician," he said quickly. "You ride the storm to fortune; the very elements are your slaves. A magician indeed you are. Yet the ship ishurt. The helm hangs useless as a broken bough, nothing to guide the ship, and over yonder is the Persian gulf," he added, significantly. "I know it," I answered carelessly. "There you may be among friends," hi ventured, with a look of intelligence. "If I am among foes, the worse for them, 1 I responded. "Verily, I believe it," he said, with unction. Thoroughly confirmed in the belief that I was a man of desperate and bloody deeds, be grew confidential, entertaining me with an account of some of his own exploits as freebooter and corsair, and dwelling with the relish of a devil on scenes of cruelty and death. "Thou you lied when I took you on board," I said sternly, interrupting him lu the midst of hla narrative. Even a sea robber may have his code of honor, and forth* present my foible was to hate lying. "Could I guess your trade from that girlish facer" he asked, with an Impudent grin. "You might be a missionary ship." "I am no Uur," 1 said severely, while con science whispered "Impostor." "And I Hwear by the rover's flag I will follow truth," said Iho rogue, with a broader grin than ever. "Are wo not brothers, and should not our souls be us dials lu the sunlight? Yeu, and I love tho bravo Kng- llshniun, Iu Kgypt and Africa have I nut known him, uud iu iho 1'ormuu gulf have 1 not soeu with joy hU ukill iu hliishhig ol) heads? Ho U the angol domuii of the world. Ho will make yood thu black Kihiopluii, and sell rum and tuko ships find m;ikchiiu self rich with what others huvo nuiln.-n.-d. I lovo him us u brother." Natttrutly I wua grutitled by ibis and Imrmrtlul u-btlmi/iiy to tho noble illua of my cmuHrymi-n. In his riiminugliiK A bruin boil Aden ciiuit upon my armory. ' "What u man of anna you uro ID lie a bay In yenrh!" ho exclaimed, with uomu exuito- mi-lit. "Herouro weapuim fur a whole ship'* crrwl" And Heltttttug a hword In; dro'w It from tho Hcuhburd mill begun' to fool lu "Not so font," I Kiiid, stopping up to him. "These ore dungcrouu. You lull; of nmglo; let me warn you of the mugjo there U lu thene weapon*." "You, 1 bellovo iu their manic," he answered complacently, "but Is It nut Hit magic of tho arm that wields them? I know a good blade when 1 M>O It, Choose yt> one, and wo will huvo some sport. May 1 perish If l am nut foi'guttliiK tho ring uud tin- gleam of btt'ull Bt<v, see- how It bunds! 'Tin u well tomporod bliulo. . You, uud Itlsllglu lu the hand," Ami ho uiudu a circle of sunbeams about his head, 1 Btoppod back, my hand Instinctively Booking the lillt of uty pUtol, and said iiulUTe-rontly (hut I was not Iu the humor for sport. The truth wu»j w«» not lu a humor to take any prowut rUka not absolutely uoooiuary, With u shndo of disappointment mid vexatlou he thrust thu sword buck into it* sheath auii returned It to Its pluue. Wo hud tin early Kupner uud went eurly to bod, my guout y*atluu a closed off berth to hlnmolf. I lay uwuke until 1 heard hit stertorous Biiuro; then 1 erupt softly U|i stain, and uutliorlny nil thu wuauout to- gether Carried them down and hid tfiein In my cabin. It was better that Abram ben Aden should not be tempted 10 do mischief while 1 slept. CHAPTER X. ALONE OXCE MORE. Whatever evil Abram ben Aden may have harbored in the secret chambers of his heart his bearing toward me was the essence of courtllneai and friendship. My own brother could not have been more solicitous for my happiness and welfare, nor the most loyal of henjhmen readier to do me service When, from some chance expressions of mine, he discovered that I was just recovering from a mortal Illness ho broke into fresh clmntings of my valor and fortitude and insisted on taking on himself tho duties of cook and general personal attendant. "It is not meet that heroes should do the work of slaves," he said. "Leave it to me, who am but a common mortal. I am happy in serving so valiant a master and ao generous a benefactor, one whose deeds should have been the inspiring theme of the peerless Kaahel Albar [a famous Arabian poet] himself." A blunt man like myself is at n. grave disadvantage in dealing with a courtier. In spite of his fine words, I mistrusted my guest «s much as ever. That he coveted my possessions I knew, and that he had designs on my throat I more than half suspected, yet I could not resist his advances nor deny his sallies of wit and humor tho meed of a smile. He was insistently and infectiously light hearted, for he took life like a gambler's game, in which success and failure should be accepted with equal equanimity. Evidently he had made up his mind not to be depressed. He had other popular and charming qualities besides. To the aplomb of the man of action and the peculiar knowledge of the man of the world he united the imagination of the poet and the happy audacity of the born romancer. His adventures hod been many and marvelous, and no man was ever his own Homer to finer effect. He had seen more with his two bodily eyes than I had ever dreamed of, and he. invested.his tales with a glamor that professional story tellers would have envied. I do not think his recitals were remarkable for a strict adherence to fact, but there could be no question of their fascination. His talk was like a sojourn in th» land of enchantment and flowers and fragrance and fair women and palaces and gold and precious stones and heroic exploits and all the raptures of the brightest realms of fancy. He made the Arabian Nights tame and Baron Munchausen a common falsifier. To give variety to the entertainments, one day he proposed that he should teach me Arabic. "Know that Abram ben Aden, though a rover, is likewise a master of literature," he said, with a superb flourish of his arms; "the poets are his especial delight. They are greater than the magicians; they are as aflame in the soul which illuminates the universe. But how is the adventurer, the corsair, to carry the songs of the poets with him? Why, here," tapping his forehead. "Here is the chamber iu which the poets have their abode, and here," producing a greasy volume from the folds of his dress, "Is what the prophet gave to the faithful as a consolation till they are translated to enjoy forever the love of the houris. "You are an infidel, but what of that? You know what joy is, you know what sorrow is. You have feeliuKS, appetites, aspirations— 'you ore u man. Yon hope to get to heaven. I will show you the way, and while I show you shall learn the Aruh'w tongue. Come, my merry infidel, you filii;'.! yet converse aa a brother with the childr: n (if thu desert. Yea, and cat El Shelcbl iY es and dip thy fingers in tho dish that b'.viuis with the fat of sheep aud gout. More, my gallant cutthroat- Anil thou on honey dew elialt feed And drink tho milk of paradise. 'Tis tho song of one of our poets which thou slmlt leiirn, my brave one." And with an air of having the erudition of Alexandria at his lingers' ends he forthwith began my instruction. He proved u good teacher, and I was not an Inattentive nor, I think, an inapt pupil. One rule my tutor made uud adhered to rigidly, and that was that we should talk nothing but Arabic. It was a sore trial of patience at first, but I persevered and in n week—such was iny diligence—was nblo to converse with tolerable fluency. The second week I was deep in the Koran and able to follow my teacher in his recitations from the Arabian poets; the third week I was reciting myself. Abram ben Aden was delighted with his success. "I5y the prophet's muutle," he snid, "I will have you in paradise yet. Your speech already is as of one bred iu tho desert. You have thu Arab's tongue, and next will come the Arab's faith. And all thy brave deeds will bo forgiven. Why should not the bold corsair have happiness at last?" As a diversion to our studies ho lured me, rather against my judgment, Into a daily bout with tho sword. "It will keep your haud and eye true," he said insinuatingly, "Let the master practice on his slave. Me- thtnks you tuke joy in the Hash nud ring of tho steel. All bravo inon do. lly tbo nword of Sikundar el liuml, there in tho stuff of u fighter iu you. Thin ship with nil iu plunder shows It. Yet you will not lot your blade drink your servant's blood." It was not. likely 1 would, but there was no nusurauco Unit my servant would vxer- olso a like restraint over his blade. Indeed, on second thoughts, his proposition seemed to me a ruse to try my meltlo and whtvdlu me into nu overweening conceit with myself that would givo him his opportunity. Happily, I was not entirely Ignorant lu the Hsu nf thu sword, fur my yiavrr M tidies hud been inti-rrnpii'd, perhaps loo often, by prolonged fencing bouts, lint then 1 WHS far from thinking mysulf un expert. So thai it waa no light matter to bland up before u man of unknown hkill mid suhplnluus motive, whoso greatest dolight It might ho to spit mo at tho very first uo off. Nuvi'rthu- lets 1 hud given my consent, and It would havo beou both fully mid cowardice to g'> back. So 1 put uu my stoutest front, though, to bo candid, tho nukod, wlckod Hash of our wi-apons In thu fcim caused me It niLsty sensation, It was but momentary, however, for Iho demand of uvery faculty of mind uml body wuu loo keen to luuvu uio llmo to bo iifruld, 1 KOOII discovered t hut Abram bun Aden wax u Hklllful swoitUmun, with u Hiiro and rapid eyu, great length and nupplum-ss of arm and the coullduiico which conu-u of many iriuuipliH. Yot I rung him blow Cor blow and ended tho IIrat encounter In u glow of satisfaction. Wo woro buth nimhlo an gouts, uud 1 boltuve u spectator would have said tho fencing was lively, l-'or un hour ruch day wo iixoieisud limn, and my companion's good humor continued nn ubuU'd, Wo lived this 11 fu for u month. During nil that tiuio tho weather was glorious, uud wo enjoyed It undlsturbi'd, Tho brig flout- ml la/.lly iihuig, whatever wind ihuro wa* being mostly steady in tho tamo ijuarter. Nut u sail nor u MUI! did wo si-e, anil 1 hud but thu huzlcbt notion of our whereabouts. If Abram ben Aden was bettor Informed, ho kept bin UnowUdyo sedulously to him- self. lie seemed indeed too Intent ou providing entertainment to give a thought -il i:tr to our nir.rse or our destination. We i old tales and *itng songs and ate and drunk and funccd mid studied, and all alone ou u derelict, waterlogged phip led the most delectable existence imaginable. My companion fairly adored me. Ho anticipated my wishes, spoke unceasingly of the unequaled deeds I had done, and more than once showed a strong dispositlon-to fall down and worship me. "1 nave been a rover," tie would declare, with the 'unction of a man saying his prayers, "but may Azrnel seize me this moment if I speak not the truth in saying that never have my eyes seen a man who matches you in bravery and good fortune. And you are but a youth," he would add in a most engaging tone. This continued till I began to fancy I had enchanted the man, that he was verily my slave, and I had only to exercise my magical power to bend him to my will as completely ns the most docile and obedient genie in any Arabian tnlo of wonder. I dare say I plumed myself on my ascendancy, I darn say I put on airs, and I haveno doubt whatever that Abram ben Aden, most adroit of courtiers, most subtle of flatterers, saw through me and took my measure with perfect accuracy. One evening in our fencing exercise I thought he pressed harder on me than ever before, and that his blade rang with unaccustomed sharpness. But the quickened movements only made my blood run tho faster, for by this time I was both confident and dexterous. We went at it as much in earnest perhaps as any two men who ever crossed blades for amusement, and I remember the thrill caused by the thought, What if he is trying to kill mef My opponent was the first to cry halt. He was flushed and out of breath, and I fancied that under his everlasting smile there was a feeling of vexation. "By the right arm of the prophet, you are a gallant swordsman I" he cried, recovering bis breath. "Your eye is the sun and your stroke a flash of lightning. I would not fight you for 10 shiploads of gold. The man who fights you puts his life on your •word point. As a jest you have taken my wind away, and by the breath of the desert I am hot. Come, thou champion brandisher of steel, and let us refresh ourselves." Ordinarily we put away our weapons as soon as our exercise was done, but this evening we took them with us, and they lay across our knees as we ate and drank. "Are we enertfles?" cried Abram ben Aden, laughing immoderately at the idea of two peaceable and friendly men sitting down to meat armed as for a battle. Yet somehow we did not lay the swords aside, and when wo went to bed wo still had them. I slept soundly that night and was late in awakening next morning. On reaching the cabin I found that Abram ben Aden had not yet risen, aud thinking to surprise him, I crept to his door. It stood ajar, showing an empty bunk, made up us it had been left the day before. I whistled softly to myself, then going quickly on deck looked for his boat. But it, too, was gona 3".' [CONTINUED.] FOR MANUFACTURE OF LIQUOR. Iowa Senate I*assc8 the 11111, But the llouse Kills It. DES MOINKS, April 3.— The senate Monday, by a vote of 27 to 17, passed the bill permitting the mannfnptnre and •wholesaling of liquor in Iowa, but when the bill vent over to the house it was defeated. Tho re-.iate passed a bill to regulate mutual Benefit associations and to provide for in additional judge for the supreme court. The revenue bill, on motion of Harsh, was referred to the code commission with instructions to Incorporate its principal provisions in the new code. The senate passed the honso butterine bill, prohibiting coloring of substitutes for butter and choose to resemble genuine product of dairy, and the general appropriation bill. The house refused to agree with the senate as to the location of tho soldiers' monument at tho old capital grounds, and by a vote of 73 to 13 located tho monument ou Governor's square, a beautiful tract of ground of five acres extent, just southeast of the now state house. Both houses passed numerous legalizing acts. . Tho senate passed a resolution congratulating J. D. Yeoniiins on his appointment as interstate commerce commissioner. Hot MUCH Indium aud -White*. EL UKNO, April a.— Information was brought to this city of u desperate fight between Indians and white settlers in the Choyenno county west of here, in which two white ineii and live Indians were killed. Tho trouble originated over tho men grazing cuttlu on thu Indians' laud contrary to the luttw's -wishes. Information of tho battlo was brought to thu agency at Darlington and Fort Reno and tho troops wore immediately placed under marching orders. Ono troop of riivulry ami an infantry troop dopurted for tho aeeue. Sulrltlotl by Aicrooiiiniil. Qt'iNcy, Ills., April!).—Six wookx ngo ChUtophvr.W. Wilkoy and ilonry Wells of Columbus, SO miles oast of (julnoy, made a joint ugitMmumt to commit tmi- cido. Thu two hud been lu ill health for Boiiiu tiiuu. VVilkey was found ilouil In his bed the next morning. Saturday Wells wiw found dying from tho ulroeU of morphine. The doctors aroused him loug enough to hour his story, but could not HUVO him. Uoth men were prominent I'unuerw. Alum \VnUii Slimlvr Cuiu. W.N, lit., April U.—TllU most important cusu that Ima bmi tried in this county for yuura wiu called Monday in thu district court. Mrs. Kmily Ueiiuett is the defendant iu tlioeiwo, Shu Is charged with tho murdor of Amiti Weiae.» Olllrliil ChuiiKM lit . U:.;KAI.OOSA, In., April a.— Tod MuKull took posseiSfiioii of tho postottUv, por tele. gram from Wiwhiugton. At u apoeiul mooting tho council accuptod his rwjigim- lion ami elected liyron lioveiis (Uom.) to lill iho uuivxplrud tui m us umyor. 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