The Carroll Sentinel from Carroll, Iowa on April 20, 1894 · Page 10
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It must be seen to be appreciated. Send for sample copy. We have made arrangements with this great paper to give it ABSOLUTELY FREE with each yearly subscription SYNOPSIS: Andrew Kllgout la Involved In a bitter feud with Ills pure proud cousin Peter Cleplmne Their Ueroe buttles of almost dally occurrnnce are tbe talk of tbe university nt Edinburgh where ther are students. To Andrew's dismay his father decides to take him from soliuol am put him at law In the office of Thomas Cleplmne the father of Pe<er. Tbe Kllgour estate, Kll burnle, Is hopelessly In debt, and Andrew Is ex pected to redeem the fanillvforunes. CHAPTKB H-On the wny home to explain mat ters, heencounters a specimen of tlie hog family and calls him by his proper name, CBAFTKR III—The hog proves to be Thomns Clephane, his uncle, and the lawplnnls quick ly disposed of. Opportunely a wealthy neUili cor of Kllgour's, who Is an ex-oQlclnl of India, suggests that country as a Held for a young fortune seeker. CHAPTKR IV— Andrew meets Sir Thomas daughter Isabel and la charmed at sight. She adds her entreaties to Sir Thomas' advice that Andrew go to India, nhen she learns that his principal business for a time will be to search for his long lost brother Donald. CHAPTER T—At Bombay Andrew makeF friends among the British merchants and Is offered a pleasure trip to Jedda on an Bast India trader. CHAPTER VI—The ship Is dismantled by a waterspout and deserted by her crew, Andrew Is left helpless In his berth from fever. CHAPTKR VII—The weather clears, the ship floats on the broad ocean, and Andrews's fever leaven him. CHAPTERS TUT, IX and X—An Arab la encountered lo a rowboat and taken aboard. He proves a medlesome companion, but teaches Andrew the Arabic tongue and also fencing. CHAPTERS XI and XII-The Arab Is Joined by a band of his fellow pirates. Andrew kills bis betrayer, but the derelict Is plundered and Andrew taken off a captive. CHAPTER Xin. IN THE HANDS OF THE PIRATES. Immediately on boarding the Arab vessel we hove up anchor, set sails anil flew away to -sea, with a smart breeze on our port quarter. The ship was a queer one, but it was soon proved that, however odd in appearance, she was an uncommonly swift and graceful sailor. She carried three masts, lateen sails and a jib. The fore and mainmasts were without tops or topgallants, and of course without caps or crosstrees. The long, slender hull was jet black, seemed to shake herself with vexation, like a hiphly spirited horse thrown on its haunches without reason, turned quickly half round, caught the wind again, nnd then, with her yellow wings spread to their utmost, went skimming along like a sea bird. It was now well on in the afternoon. The sun, though scorchingly hot, was near, our level, and the water was deepening in purple and crimson. I was beginning to think we were to have a night at sea, when the captain gave the order to put the helm hard down. We swung round and sped on n landward course, sailing free and very swift. ' "We shall make land a good hour ere sundown," said the captain to his chief officer, giving me the first authentic information of the day. By this time, my faculty of curiosity had lost its edge, but at the mention of land I sat up to keep a lookout, and In less than an hour we sighted the shore. Its general character resembled that of the part we had left earlier In the day, though I soon saw we were not returning to the death scene of the luckless Bird of Paradise. Instead of a shallow beach the water ran close to high rocks, penetrated by rugged gorges, into which the sea flowed. No port, town or human habitation was to be seen. But that, all things considered, was not surprising. 'o shot into a narrow opening under the darkening brows of lofty cliffs, and immediately the sails fell together with a flap. Almost before they ceased fluttering they were in and furled. Then a boat was lowered, half a dozen steel sinewed men got nto it and rowed, pulling tbe ship by a cable. Light and of small draft, she fol- owed easily, and In half an hour or so, after manifold windings, we came to a rude etty hewn, as it appeared, out of the solid rock. Here we disembarked, the vessel bong made fast to a rough stone pillar. As we leaped from the bulwarks to the knocked violently together. Hie fearful moment 1 had been anticipating had come. They bandaged my eyes and bound my hands to my sides, and thus made helpless, left me standing. I shut my lips tight and my eyes also, although they were covered, and awaited the fatal thrust and giddy whirl into space. Not a word was spoken. I heard the rustle of garments and the rattle of arms, and away below the sullen, muffled voice of the sea, but other sound there was none. The ill bodingsilenoe was more terrifying than the menacing tongues of a hundred enemies. It was the very extremity of torture to have my captors make their arrangements for disposing of me with such stealthy secrecy. In the crowding fenrs and agitations the idea flashed upon me that they meant not only to slay but to torture me. I thought of all I had read about living men being flayed and out into bits by savages, and my flesh crept and shrank an it at the touch of the knife. It was only by keeping teeth and lips clinched that I managed to hold from venting my agony In shrieks. To my great astonishment and unutterable relief, the procession began to move on again, I being given the muzzle of a musket (o direct my steps. Bruised, cut, bleed- and, what was strangest of all, the upper ... deck was sharply convex, with level grat- I le<J K es of ro °k that formed the pier my ings running round the sides. The convex- I heart beat P. ul ckly with conjecture and ap- paid in advance, advantage of it. This offer is open but a short time. 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FUNK, Carroll, Iowa, loug P9 Y 9V KilPJrr IN THE HOUSE ? - KILLER B1 • iMHHBHBBBHHBMHHi <WIII Cure Cramps, Colic, Cholera- Morbut and all Bowel Complaints. m<m,»t>« MO* «»« H.OO A BOTTLE, - t- Ity, as I afterward discovered, was meant to make a ready way for water to the scrup- pers, or in times of stress for blood, while the gratings, by obviating the slant, made the footing firm, a matter of importance in storm or action. She carried no colors, nor did any inscription, such as ships usually bear, give a hint of her port or nationality. Finally, though light, she was well armed. [The vessel was the dreaded Xebec, the terror of the high seas when Algerine corsairs flourished, and still of evil repute on the coasts of Arabia.] Every stitch of her ocherous canvas was crowded on, and beautifully she swept along, keeling and dipping under the bellying sails, the bright green water swishing from her gleaming sides and the snowdrift flying from her fore foot in a way that would have made pleasure seekers dance for joy. Even I felt the gladness of the '•asking, arrowy motion, though, on the hole, the speed was more ominous than plring, seeing what a doubtful dance :l\*< end the trip. 1 'lie strain of dark uncertainty was some- iit relieved by the diversion of studying • crew, who were a living epitome of the <ious, past and current, of pretty nearly all the nations of the earth. Probably no company of equal size ever displayed a like variety of costumes. Assuredly none could b? on more distant terms with tailor and laundress. It was impossible to say which gave tbe greater distinction—the diversity, the dirt or the tatters. There were Arab shirts reaching to the ankle, Indian turbans, Syrian combuzes, European jerkins, top boots, jerseys, hats and frock coats, Persian gowns, breeches of all known cuts and countries in every de- free of foulness, in every stage of decay and raggedness—all jumbled together as if some mallclotis artist bad trjed what effects of incongruity and grotesqueness, what outrages on taste and decency, he was capable of achieving. The captain, as the chief personage on board, was naturally the most conspicuous example of tbe rldiqiiiOBs. He was elaborately arroyett 1ft a'steoplebeaver, strongly suggestive of the defunct missionary in spite of its jaunty ostrich plume and tarnished silver band; a course woolen shirt, Bigeared like a hog in luUuuip; a leathern girdle, from which depended a sword, n brace of pistols nnd a croaked dagger full of significant purple stains; Turkish trousers that hud originally been crimson, but were now of, nioro hues than the maker of Joseph's ooat oVuk 1 dreamed of| a pair of red boots, that must once have shwl their Bplcndr,r on state assemblies und gatherings o'i grandees, aud sashes enough of va colorn to furnish a regiment of Blic-ika. r x'ho decorations were thick cat in tho rear, indeed when the gallant captain turned his back it might seem ho was clad in porous plasters patched with canvas nteepu<l \u pitch, so heavy were tho incrustations uf tar, greai>o, paint nnd other aillieslvu substances. No senie of nlrnurdlty, however, disturbed Ills serene self consequence. Hu paced the deck with as proud ustep, us high and keen a look, us if ho were an ml ml ml of the fleet in faultless uniform and tho evidence of a hundred victories blazing on his breast, seldom coud^coiuUng to uuy familiarity with flioso about htm, novor with me, huddled in mf corner. We tore along at an Incredible rato and were soon beyond sight of laud, though for /A good while the smoke of tho burning brig showed our starting point. Whither we were bound I could not guettn und durst uot aak, I wag free to conjecture, if I pleased, that our coursowoa for some happy baven uot fur off, though appearances ruther nugyestwl wo \vcro scouring the sen for piny. By und by we hauled our wind aud began to fetch lu a backward direction. But wo bad not gone u league when wo bounded off on auothur tuck, uud for tho next hour or two wo tucked and uhungud BO frequently, running close hauled as If forour lives and dropping off us if In sheer perversity, that I completely lout my reckoning. It won wonderful how that Htrunguly built ship behaved, how uuuxltlvo slio wua to Iho gt'iitlo*it piwiuroof UJD helm, how clean, quick und graceful wero all her uiovuuieuU uud how she rushed on her ooumo when slio got her huad. lu unite of rather rough Buaiuuuxhlp, only once did uho lUttke u mistake. Through u too hu*ty luff nhe happened to come dead into the wind'* oy«, aud for the npuoe of a uuooud uhe huua lu iroun with looso BalLtL Situ prehension, for it was plain that a crisis was at hand. To guess what it might be was enough to make the stoutest tremble. The black precipices, the yawning caverns and hoarse roar of warring waters were of evil suggestion, but of far darker Import than any menace or ugliness of nature were the lowering faces of my companions. These men had shown during the day by a hundred expressive tokens that they resented my presence among them, and now I fancied I caught them casting sidelong looks at'one another, then at their weapons, then at me, as if settling by such glances of Intelligence the manner of getting rid of me. With quaking limbs and the worst forebodings I fell into line at the bidding of the captain, and we struck, single file, into a craggy path, at its best no broader than a sheep run in the highlands and in places so narrow as scarcely to afford foothold for a weasel Looking upward from the bottom one could not imagine how It scaled the darkening precipices that frowned upon us in vast swellings aud juttings with the savage, solitary pride of the inaccessible. If the ascent did not prove utterly impossible, it was because every man of us had the feet Of a goat and tbe sinews aud agility of a monkey. ' Our ribbon of a path wound in crazy coil- ings and twistings, now rising vertically in iteps higher than our heads, now dropping treacherously at a critical point, ceasing suddenly and again appearing beyond some perilous projection that a chamois would mrdly have attempted to pass. Often we lad to go on our hands and knees, scraping with toes and clutching with finger nails is we crawled over some slippery mass, like ants on the polished knob of a glacier, or scrambled up a jagged rock, the point of which cut aud rent like sharpened flints, or slid down, face inward, twice our own ength to a scarcely perceptible crevice, forming a fresh starting point. I wait a hunter and knew what it was to ffead dizzy ways. I had followed the fox :o his lair when the hounds had turned bail and robbed the eagle's eyrie when the hardiest of my companions stood holding Ills breath in awe. But the self possession and free npirlt of audacity which prompted to such hazards aud gave tllem relish were utterly gone. To speak the truth I shivered like one s«ddenj\- ijken with an ague. It was not the terror of the place alone thai appalled me. To go leaping aud scrambling oft a hair Hue ulong tho brink of tumbling, hissing gulf that sent the spumim of KB wrath high up in clouds, with no outlook or hope of escape, was indeed disconcerting enough, yut scarcely nf itself suflicient to take thu heart out of u born mountaineer. Tlio tremors and shakings, the alternate BpufitiiH of heat and cold, were due—I trust it is not cowardly to confess It—not to thu threuteiiinga of cliff and ehuHin, but to tho hostile weapons that gleamed in front and rear und might at any moment bo dyed in my blood. How easy it would bo to prod me tljerii und bt-nd mu toppling mortally wounded into tho abyss, to be ground us between ml list onus at thobottovil A sudden stub in thu buck, a push, a giddy, headlong full, and thu ileud would lie done, and no word of It need over gut to thu outside world. More than once, us my mind dwell on this, I clung to the rocks shuddering like a child in mortal fright. The grewsomenesi* of the Bitnatlon was enhunccxl, too, by the t'erio shadow of light. Here uud there butlrew and jutting promontory flushed into rose und uhonu iu gold und amethyst, hut theuu points of rudluuco only gave u hideous einphuuls to tho prevailing gloom of tho gorge. They were like thu ghastly mockeries of a world I hud onco kuowu, but wus nuver to know again. Iain no jnilgu uf how long or bow far wo hud struggle*! when upon turning a sharp unglt) we cuine upon an open space, or circular ledge of the illinunslons of a small room. Here wo btoppud, our sides keuviug like the flunks of u spout hound, aud Uiu best of us glad to broulliu himself. Whether by accident or the unsuspected design of thoue about me, I stood ou tho outer rim, tho very edge of the wull thut fell 50 fathoms sheer, thusurging, unsounded (lupths lieneatli. Under thut unaccountable specie* of fascination which lurea it muu to gazu 011 tho horrible uud awful, I bent forward uud looked into the black pit At my foot. With » swimming head 1 drew back to feel myself sel*ud roughly from behind. An icy uuiisatlou thrilled through wo, | guvu u KY«ut gasp, uo4 uiy kueen / was given the mwzle of a musket to direct my steps. Ing and panting with fear and fatigue, I •tumbled, often causing my guide to curse savagely and threaten to pitch me head foremost down the cliff. I could not help thinking that if he were blindfolded he might go just as clumsily, though I had to keep the opinion guardedly behind my teeth. Presently there was another brief halt, and I could hear the Arabs in whispered consultation. Then I knew that part of the company went one way and part an other, I sticking to my gun barrel as if ^ the free play of the air that at last we had reached the top. I had hardly time to wonder what was coming next when one of my guards spoke. "We wish to be rid of thee," he said bluntly. "Listen well to my words, for they concern thy very life. While we were yet far down the gulf, some said, 'Cut him in two' and cast • him to the fishes. Others—and well for thee they prevailed— answered 'No, rather let him live if so be he go not to come back. If he return, then shall his blood ba upon his own head.' Now we are merciful. We will lead thee to a place of safety some distance hence and there leave thee. Only if for the space of one hour thou triest to free thine eyes from their covering, then as surely as thou dost it thou ahalt dio ere thou hast time to look twice." Without waiting for a word from me he gave the order, and we went on again. The ground was broken and uneven, but after the pit sides we had climbed it was like the queen's highway. j.ue aisclpies ot ileus nave a pretty doctrine about arming "the obdurate beast with stubborn patience, as with triple steel." I hope they are able to do it in cru cial emergencies. To me, seek it as I might, tho stubborn patience would not come. In vain I pricked the will, in vain recalled lofty maxims about the duty of bearing pain heroically. It is glorious to •bine as a hero, but at times exceedingly difficult. I ciiniiot'iie of the godlike race, for the harder I strove for fortitude the faster my power of endurance ebbed. I started and fidgeted, listened, held my breath, shivered, shrank together and per- ipired; the air was full of ominous Bounds, Hald Achmet briefly related tlio oircum- itances of our meeting, and his reasons for taking ma lu and giving me clothes. "Thou art a man of honor, Said Achmet," observed the governor, "but thy pity hath blinded thea. Dost thou know aught else of him?" Said Achraetlh a few sentences repeated tho tale of misfortune I had told him, Abou Kuram listening with evident irritation and contempt. "I doubt nob ho bad trouble in getting fclthur," said the governor, "and the reason for his coming may bo judged by his readiness to endure (lungers and hardships. Thlnkcst thou it wns for sport he encountered thosu perils by sea and laudf In spite of thy years and thy wanderings, thou art but a babe, Suld Achmt-t. A feigning tongue imposeUi on Ihee, and thou art moved by tlio woo of the deceitful. Hast thou never yet leurneil that words aro easy us.tliu wind and often as false? This fellow Ijiilii uomu to spy, and tho wages of thu spy uro death. Thou nmytil go In freedom, Huiil Aulimet, but another tlino see thou let nut thy comjmuslmi niaku a fool of thy judgment. Muthliiks it Is time tbou wcrt learning to discern botwueu friend and foe." Said Achmet, aguln bowing profoundly, retired \vllliuut u word. Aa ho went out our cyi.a met for a moment, and the look ho gavo mo wns full of sorrow and pity. It was but a glance, yet it expronsuil nioro eloquently than would bo possible in words the conviction that 1 was lost and hlu grief ttt being uuuble to mivo me, or even so muub us Lolp. "Is there any ouo eluo to speak In Ula fu- Tor?" UeiuuuiluU Abou Kunua in a loud volcu. Tho cfuwd uwuyliig violently craned lUneek for uu answer. Nouo camo, and the Kuveniur turned to me. "Thou canst not bo old," ho mild, surveying mo for tho fiftieth time. "Thy faco hath Ibo bloom uud cumullnusa of youth, yet ulreitdy thlno nets reek with iniquity; yuu, they aro as carrion to Iho uobtrlls. In what school thou liiut learned thy uuilo uud how thou hunt tho heart to practice It, 1 know nut, but iliuu art u mutch fur tho huuiieut headed Iraniiurcusur alive. Wo Lttvo had borne of thy kind hero lately, und they did not return to. tho placo whauco they ctimu. Thou liust heard tliu tulu uf thlijo iniquities. What thlnkesl thou U ihvduol'" Before I ciould glvo uny opinion lu the matter— Indeed my tonijne wua uot lit all ready—ouo of tho men twitted by Abou Kurum uu thu right Interpolated: "A iiewlless (juesUon, uiy lord. Cast him to the dogs and let) thetn tear Then let hto Rnawed head be petcl the topmost tower as A watnltitf Id i and other malefactors." He was a leather faced rascal, deep set eyes, very close togethei', mouth and jaws of a bloodhound and shifting, sinister expression of the hyei There are bnvve and elegant Kehtleflif adventurous fireside heroes, who can 91 pose of the fear of death in an epfgrant 1. Unluckily for myself, I am not so happily constituted, nnd it was with n sudden gasp and throb of terror that I now turned to the minister. The hnto of hell Was In hl» lowering, fcmoticnl face—the spirit that, «. makes the Moslem n fiend In the fray, thafena impels him to cut out an enemy's living; "'* heart and stamp its quivering life undefr foot, that iu jealousy, anger, revenge of-, statecraft makes him subtle, crattjr, roth- VJ4 less, diabolic, an instigator of foul deedguj '' a secret assassin or an open murderer, as, tho occasion may require. Such a spirit gleamed sullenly from every lineament of the minister's cruel and repulsive visage, , Crouching there, his haud upon his, crooked sword, he watched mo as if he fain, would spring forward and cleave me on the, spot. His hideous countenance and glitter*'. ing eyes fascinated me as the serpent fasct-' nates the fluttering bird it is about to de-* " stroy. My tongue was frozen. With a- tingling sense of innocence and wrong In every atom of niy- being I-could not utter a. word in self defense or vindication. 1 could do nothing but gaze enchanted upon th» devil which had so suddenly confronted me in the form of a man. Fortunately Abou Kuram had thoughts and a mind of his own. He made no reply to the minister's suggestion. Perhaps, being human, he' pitied me in spite of my bad character, for I must have presented a pic- ' ture of utter distress; perhaps after the • fashion of the great he loved the idea of absolute power. At any rate, be made a diversion, which set my heart leaping with, tumultuous hope. A small thing you will generally notice is of great effect in an ejfii'v \ tremity. ^jf 1 -' "What is that instrument on which tho5"r, madest music?" he asked. "Nay, rather,". ;i| he added quickly, "on which thou madest' witches and genii screech." With palpitating haste'I answered it wa». named a bagpipe in my country, that It put the spirit of victory into warriors and. the fleetness of fear into the heels of their enemies. . "I said it was the scream of demons," he remarked, with-a chuckle. Then suddenly his expression became one of deep thought; he* seemed to be trying to recollect something. "I have it; I H|ve it," he cried, sitting up with a beam of intelligence. "In, thy country are the men naked about the' legs?" tly, my lord," I answered in aston- ,ent. "They have been to Egypt,, have they' not?" he said eagerly. "To Cairo, Alexandria—they liave looked on the desert and, sniffed its sands. They have likewise been • to India. They have pulled down princes,,: established empires, uprooted ancient lawn* and made new ones, said prayers in a'ii strange tongue tha'^typ man could understand and 'gone to battle with great cries. Have they not done all'this?" ; "My lord speaketh the truth," "I said, more and more amazed. '""': "They are called"— He pressed his brow ; as n man will to aid his memory. "Highlanders," I shouted, besii with excitement. "Nuy, nay, not that. That is not it, I will remember; yea, I have it. Dost thou not recall the talo of thut Egyptian?" turn- ingtohisminister." 'NukedScottishdevils' —that was it. They leap like lions and roar like bulls of Boshan; yea, they have the* voice of the wild ASK, und their tread is like-' an army of horsemen that maketh the-fe. tarth to tremble." "My lord is right again," I cried. "Wert thou naked when Said Achmet took thee in?" he asked. "No, niy lord." He seemed disappointed at this, but his ' face light d up again as ho said: "At any rate thou .hast the screeching demons with thee. • Wo have leisure this morning. Thou shaft give us some of thu *r- .warmusi of thy laud." ^^l "If my lord will cause room to be made for me," I'sjiid joyously. "Cause room to bo made for theel Why,•' dost thou swell with, playing?" "Nay, r y lord, but the piper must walk' to and fro to play well." ' "Thou callest thyself a piper. I have heard of the company of prophets with pipe and tabret. Perchance we shall hav« thee prophesying." Saying this, he waved ~ bis hand with a laugh as a signal to tbe soldiers to clear a space. "Make room," he called. "Hearken to • •. the music that putteth courage in the hearts of the naked Scottish devils." The next instant the wondering people •were being hustled back, and the pi pen v wero squealing in the process of tuning up. You may bo sure that if ever piper played with all tho zeal aud nldll that were in him it was then. Tho coiisolousueKp of the- great prize at fit;ike was dilt'iiKed like an electric current through lips and lungs und fingers, through head aud feut and all tuut lay between, giving fiery energy and ardor to both thuBoul uud body of tho performer, Yet In spite of this earnestness and. the acute sense of momentous issues'htt»K' Ing in the balance, I could not help being tickled by the liidlcrousness of the situation. Very absurd it was to me, no Arabia garb, a highlumler In feeling, to go sailing about in flowing nklrtB, bursting mj cheeks for thu favorable verdict of j« ' ^ who hud never seen or hoard u bagpipe™ their lives, who did not know one tun«' or note from another, aud who would be I quite likely to ducldu with overwhelming unanimity thut all my merits were fault* • aud all my faults merits, and who were prejudiced and Incensed against mo. It was like putting Harlequin ou a trial of skill before a man who hud never geea a play, who dotustuil the thoater and its traditions, uud above all ferveiitlv hated the • performer. Yut 1 gave them tho musla Qf my mitlve hills with all my might—all the. > marches, strathspeys, reals, ptbroolu, ooiv , beside myself ^k'niiituuwuua d./i.., it. i t.

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