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[Copyright, 1893, by Jolm Alexander dteuu.rt.1 BOTH PAPERS FOR $2. SYNOPSIS: Andrew Kllgour Is Involved In a bitter feu _ with lila purse proud cousin Peter Clephnne Tbelr fierce battles of almost dally ocourrano Me the tnlk of the university «t Edinburgh where they are students. To Andrew's dismay his father decides to take him from school am put him >it law In the office of Thomas Glephane thb fnlher of Feier. The Kllgour estate, Kll biirnle, Is hopelessly In debt, and Andrew Is ex pected to redeem the tamllrfoMities. CBAFTKR Il-On the way liome toexplnln mill ters, heencounters a specimen of the hog fuml ly and calls him by his'proper name, CHAPTSR III—The hog proves to be Thomns Clephnne, his uncle, and the law plan IB quick ly disposed of. Opportunely a wealthy nelith Lor of Kllgour's, woo 1« au ex-official of India suggests that country as a field for a youDi fortune seeker. CHAPTKR IV—Andrew meets Sir Thomas daughter Isabel and IB charmed at sight. Bin adds her entreaties to Sir Thomas' advice Urn Andrew go to India, when she learns tbnt hi S rlnclpal business for a time will be to search jr his long lost brother nonnld. CHAPTER V—At Bombay Andrew makes frlendi among the British merchants and Is offered i pleasure trip to Jedda on an Kastlndfa trader. CHAPTER VI—The ship Is dismantled by a wa terspout and deserted by her crew, Andrew li lett helpless In his berth from fever. CHAPTER VII—The weather clears, the ship floats on the broad ocean, and Andrews's feve leaves him. CHAVTKHS VIII, IX and X—An Arab Is encoun tered la a rowboat and taken aboard. Be proves a medlesome companion, but teaches An drew the Arabic tongue and also fencing. CHAPTERS XI and XII—The Arab Is joined by a band of his fellow pirates. Andrew kills his betrayer, but the derelict is plundered and An drew taken off a captive. CHAPTERS XIII and IV—The pirates blind ford their victim and leave him on a rocky shore, where he meet* with Arab Samaritans who feed him and clothe him in the gnrb o their race. In the end, however, be ii arrested and fehnt up as a spy, CHAPTERS XV and XVt-Af tar being tried and condemned to death, the ruling prince, Abou Kuram, spares his life on condition th»t he ride beside htm Into battle and prove hie valor. CHAPTKR XVII. -Abon marches to battle to success &n ally, Ahmood Sinn, from the riivng es of their common enemy, Ymnen Yuset XIII and XIV They meet Yumen inter* army led by a wondefnl black horceman, who Is u nend at slaughter, and Andrew discovers him to h< Donald Gordon. CHAPTER XXV. MECCA AND MORE! SURPRISE. The rush was made strictly according to orders, with preconceived results. Shouting "Tecbbir, techblrl" at the pitch of our voices, we dashed through tbe mouth of the defile hard upon the tail of the caravan discharging our pieces and whirling our weapons with the sudden fury in which the Bedouin in a foray has no equal. The point of the tail crumpled up like a feather at a fierce fire, and as we smote and seized, yelling the while to keep up the panic, there were responsive noises in front that told the caravan had come to an involuntary halt to be robbed. What followed the onset I could not tell in detail if I were to be examined on oath, for I had many things to think of, and thieving was the last and least of them, saw the hadjis hurled together in the center like an ice jam la a river; I saw two clumps of spears, one in front and one behind, flashing viciously in the sun, and 1 saw many camels going swiftly out of the mouth of tbe pass in charge of new owners. These salient facts the eye took in unconsciously, without the ability to catch minute particulars. I got the impression that the hadjis offered but a feeble resistance, and that, as I subsequently learned, was true. There ia a season for everything, and tbe pilgrims bad a valid one for preferring their lives to their property. Caravans start expecting to be plundered, nor fail to make provision accordingly. Immemorial custom and experience have taught the hadji that it is the will of heaven he should suffer loss at tbe hands of wicked men in the performance of tbe prime religious duty of life. Moreover, the pious Mohammedan on his Way to the .holy city has such an aversion to broils and bloodshed that he would rather sacrifice a portion of his worldly goods than present himself at the prophet's shrine with red hands. These things the astute Bedouin knows and profits by; the time of the pilgrimage is bis harvest, and be reaps with a wide sickle, • That knowledge was acquired afterward. Just then my sole concern was how Tabai and I were to escape. The BJtuittion was of tbe sort that Rives one a sudden cold In the back, though tbe sun may be hot, only, wo could not afford time to stand aud shiver. $o soon an we should make an ef lore to desert the Bedouin lances would be after us, and In case we were caught would buvenomer- cy. That was certain. Had it bec-u equally crtaln bow the hadjis would receive us, the matter would lie simple, or, at any rate, simplified. But our reception was exceedingly doubtful, for tbe Arab, be ho Bedouin or pilgrim, is ever sniffing for treachery and suspecting be smells it. Another difficulty was that we could uot make the dash at tbe most opportune moment for ourselves. Wo must wait for Ranee and Baruk, and very anxiously we began to look for them among the cliffs. If they did not come quickly,our chance would be gone; we might go back with tbe children of the desert to slmme and cruelty and violence and, it utigbt be, to lasting bond- The band had already distrained more than the legitimate tax—that is to say, bud taken all tbe loose camels—and were press- Ing on for more tlian tht'lr dues, for, having tbe right of the strong, they were bard to satisfy. Tabal and I, for unsuspected re*sons, were well to iltu front, and could be minutely observed by the plundered, a circumstance that migUt tell awkwardly •gainst us later ou. What was keeping tbe Idiotic BurukP Had tbe coward rued his promise? If so, by all we beld dearly would be par for it. We were hot with lighting and seizing and shouting, and two of us were beginning to have tremors of despair, when at last, as we were retiring with our booty,.Tab«l's sharp eye espied two skulking figures •lipping craftily down amoug the nicks, By tbis time tbe badjis, animated by tbe spirit of tbe wronged, were behaving ia a way tbat was exceedingly discomforting to tbose who ineaut presently to appeal to their humiuiiiy. Baruk and lluueemade tbelr appearance at the very worst moment, Butluerewu* no time to grumble or make comment. We inu«t uku fortune as we found it uud wftko ututo to udeeiu our pledges. So I gave Tubal tbe word, and revere g our spears to indicate we were not hoi le we bounded from among the liudou s, catling out we were badjls and praying jr protection. At tbe same time wo drew at- teution by pointing and shouting to ilu< twp clambering down J-he rooka. Tbiuklug, us well Indeed they might, tUat this was but a rune to gut tbelr ranks broken, tbe pllgrluw hurriedly formed up, presenting a trout of leveled spcara and guuburreU and (uoes tbat said plainer than *»y language we advanced at thu peril of our lives. And as they stood close togetbe to receive us there went up a diabolic shou behind. We glanced back in terror to see i dozen of out late comrades at our heels wit! lance shafts hugged, after the manner o men who have resolved to slay withou pity. The moment that followed was such RS i man recalls in Ills sleep with a horrid, colt sweat and a creeping of tbe flesh an groanings and writhiuga. Iu front was gleaming hedge of steel, forbidding, im penetrable; behind was more steel ulrentlj poised to strike by men to whom revei was as blood to tbe lion. Half an ins tain more, and we should be fuller of boles than a fishermen's uet. "Save us. Save us," we screamed. "Wi are not enemies, but friends. For the lovi of the prophet, take ua in." There was not the tenth part of a secoiu to decide. The pilgrims looked swiftly from us to our pursuers. The steel hedge, opened, we shot through, and it closec quickly again as the Budouins wheelee within a yard of it, brandishing their lances and screeching vegeance. They stood awhile vociferating, tli«u, vowing they would yet give us to the vultures, slowly returned to look after their booty, Meantime Ranee und Baruk were scram bling down witb the breathless haste of fear straight upon thu center of the caravan, us being the point remotest from the Bedouins. We spoke earnestly for them, but in deed they required no pleader, their own distracted manner being ample evidence ol their need. As the descent was extremely hazardous, I hurried forward to assist Ranee, and as I ran some shots-were fireci from above. Poor Ranee gave a little scream, und losing her bold came toppling into my arms. I put her gently on the ground, thinking she must have been hit, but a cursory examination showed she suffered from nothing worse than fright. Baruk, however, did not escape so easily. Some of the flying slugs found a billet in his left arm, and the good man being unaccustomed to pain cried out till the gorge rang with his wailings. But there wax little opportunity to console him, for the children of the desert having levied their tax aud been balked in their revenge hod disappeared like water in sand, aud th« caravan was ordered to proceed. So the great snake stretched out its cumbrous length onoe more, making what haste 11 could to quit such ugly quarters. Ranee clung to me like a wired child, murmur ing how good I'wit- •/ wondering, with many ejaculations • ---ere strange tx me, if we were yet sal. inl what I couk to encourage her, till H venerable man with a long white beard' and a compassionate manner led her off to the company of her own sex. No questions were asked of us strangers till the caravan halted safe on the open plain. Then, while fires were being lighted, we were taken before some of the chief mei and requested to give an account of ourselves. Tabal, who was a plausible fellow, with a ready invention, got through the ordeal, quickly and well, but I had more trouble in proving myself a pious Mohammedan. Per bars it was owing to my face, or It may have been from some defect in my accent. But one scurvy priest, who was the most active of the inquisitors, made a point at the beginning of doubting all I said. "Art not thou a heretic unbeliever?" he asked, bending a pair of uncommonly sharp, black eyes on me. "Art not thou an enemy of our holy religion, a scoffer, an infidel P Here, what sayest tbouP" he demanded of Tabal. "Ia not this fellow an unbeliever?" "As lahek Allah [may heaven set you right}," replied Tabal, with a rapt and pious expression, "Surely man never knew bis Koran better." "We will see," said the priest. Whereupon, whipping out his weasy copy of the sacred volume, he began to catechise ma with tbe air of one who would say, "Now you shall see me do up this heretic.'' But in my enforced leisure I had not studied the Koran in vain. To every ques tlon came a pat answer in the very words of tbe prophet himself, till the priest, Orel unazed and then convinced, thrust the book back into bis bosom and embraced me as a true believer. "Morbnba, marimba" [welcome, wel come], be said, with a fervor more em bar rassing than his doubt. "I crave thy pardon tor my distrust. Thou art indeed 'a worthy follower of our holy prophet. Would that all hissons knew his words so well. And now sit thee down. El hamdu 1'illab. Praise be to heaven it bath fallen to our lot to rescue a believer from the fang* of these wolves. 5emmo{eat]." And forth with we all set to work with an appetite ttiat the exercise with the Koran had In no wise dulled. It required constant watchfulness, however, to preserve me from' lapsing into Christian barbarities and heathenisms. Even Tabal bad to be kept out of my inner secrete, and as to Ranee, though I doubted not her desire to be secret, I had a careful remembrance of tbe natural weakness of a woman's tongue. Once satisfied witb our credentials tbe >llgrims made us as one of themselves. KTben we spoke of their kindness to strangers, they made ever the one answert "Think ye it Is the will of God that any true believer should be left to perish on the way to tbe holy cttyf At the gathering of .be nations, when the angels shall render their account of men's deeds,,both good and bad, what would be our reoompensa if we were guilty of such a thlogr" And somehow it seemed to me tbe spirit was one that Christians who boast of their charity might occasionally imitate with advantage. We traveled fast and made our destlna- ion without .loss by sickness or violence. Jo Bedouin molested us. becauss we were 8,000 strong and our wsy lay through the open, where the children of th» deceit sel- lorn attack. We went by arid strips and ertile .past-UN lands, among flocks and wida and herdsmen that are today as they were In tbe days of the patriarchs, and ap- war not.to miss the blessings of dvillsa- ion. We paid extortionate tolls to l*gal- : wd robbers for allowing us to pass where all the world was free, and we halted for refection and prayers beside pleasant wells hat were in no fanciful sens* the eye of the landscape. (The Bedouin, living mostly among torrid sands, very appropriately calls water tbe eye of the landscape.) And ver aa we drew nearer the holy pity tb« «oe increased and the enthusiasm grew. Ve smote ourselves on the breast, ejaculating fervid passages of tb* Koran, and many would have dismounted and run, so ardent and inspiring was tbelr joy. At last one evening, as we were winding among short, stony ravines that edged a verdurous plain, tbe leaders raised an ecstatic shout, and the rest of tbe caravan rushing forward witb beating hearts be- teld iu a sort of valley below them tbe minarete of Mecca gleaming in too sun like i thousand nolnts of (Ire, the great mosque being conspicuous In the midst. \Vo descended like iu> avalanche iu a toriu of dust, every Moslem of us hesluV luisvlf with joy and awe aud excitement. ud, reaching tbe foot of the declivity; we urst Into such a ncuuu of commotion a* uuian eye could witness nowhere vine uu er tbe wide cope of heaven,. We talk of Babel, but the credit of the real confusion of tongues belongs to Mecca. There were a hundred thousand strangers In the city and, judging by the ear, ten tlmw as many tongues and dialects. There were faces of every imaginable hue and shape from every known clime, and cos- turn' <» that only a mad tailor could realize ttt dci.rfnns visions of the night. Theetect of -lie believers, were there from Turkey an-1 "rcece, from Syria and Barbaryand TliMim«stoo, t'foni Egypt. Palestine and the dark iirurt of Africa, from Persia and the regions of the Indus, from Hlndoostan, Ma- laccn und the Asiatic isles and from many far sepanitud places besides, gathered ftt Incalculable cost nnd indescribable trouble and discomfort to worship according to the doctrines of Islam. Yet the tumult was certainly not such as one associates with acts of religion.' Men using tbe language of troopers in a rage were hauling wildly at apathetic camels that appeared to have an insuperable bias in favor of standing still, and frantically endeavoring to stuff them in holes and corners that could not possibly accommodate anything larger than a cat; horses were rearing and backing and dancing; ladies were screaming in fear of having their litters upset and their sacred .beauty exposed to the public gaze! householders .and visitors wrangled and gesticulated about the value of lodgings, and over all were a million ear splitting cries that seemed to rise out ol the very earth. We did not a little ourselves to add to tbe din and confusion, for we bad a goodly number of beasts to dispose of and voluble tongues in our beads to argue against tbe obstinacy of man and brute, It took several hours of arduous pulling and pushing and vociferating to get ourselves and our Belongings boused, but the enterprise was at length accomplished just as the sun, the only street lamp at Mecca, was dropping out of sight. Then having dined sumptuously on roost fowl, eggs, bread and coffee —rare delicacies after the hard' fare of the desert—we lay down to dream of the great things that were before us. Anxious to show ourselves patterns of piety and strictness, Tabal and I assumed the ibrarn, which is the special mark of devoutness. It consists of two pieces of linen cloth, one of which is wrapped about the loins like a highland kilt and the other thrown over the upper part of the body In such a way as to leave the right arm uncovered. As no other garment, not even so much as a covering for the head, is permitted while it is worn, ft makes an airy dress, especially in theevenragand at early morning, when the Mecca air is often as shrewd as that of Edinburgh. Thus we visited with our companions the beitullah, or temple, an imposing building with more gates and minarets and courts and domes and marble, granite and porphyry pillars than I had time to count. Ranee we were obliged to leave in the porch with a great crowd of her own sex, for the Moslem will allow no woman, however beautiful or pious or exalted, to set foot in his temple. Thus the Mohammedan ladies, less fortunate than their Christian sisters, are denied the privilege of displaying the latest fashions in church. Inside the pavements were full of men in every posture of rapt devotion, some kneeling, some 'sitting with bent heads, others prostrate on the floor. At sight of these we stopped for one minute, bowing low: then with a solemn, measured step, we advanced five abreast upon the kaaba, keeping our eyes fast upon it. On reaching it we stopped again, but only'for an Instant Proceeding at the same pace as before we went round it seven times, reciting Ina low voice certain prescribed verses from the Koran, only we interrupted ourselves at each round to kiss the block stone which; as all believed, was brought direct from heaven by tbe angel Gabriel. Having done our duty by the kaaba and the black stone we turned to tbe r.emzem— tbat Is to say, the holy well which God miraculously created for tbe outcast Hagar and her sou, tbe father of tbe children of tbe desert. We drank of its waters and washed in them (for the benefit of succeeding badjls), but there was one pilgrim at least who would have taken a draft of epsom salts witb more relish. The /.em •em may be good to wash in, but it is not good to drink from, a tact which tbe Arabs themselves tacitly acknowledge by refrain Ing from partaking of ita waters oftener than once a year. ( Purified of our sins, we returned to tbe pavement already mentioned, and there •rent down in groups and said our prayers. Then slowly retracing our steps we passed through a great door, and lol we were In the midst of tbe (air again. Ranee, who WON waiting for us, ran to me clasping her liands in ecstasy. "Mow, verily thou art one of us in spite of thy English face." she said, freezing tbe blood In my veins. "For God's sake, hush!" l whispered hastily. "Not a syllable, as tbou lovest me." She looked hurt, but said no more, and I glanced fearfully round, half expecting to we a dagger coming at me. But luckily tbe hubbub bad drowned her speech. The remaining rites were performed with lemonstrative ceal and unction, tbe most •rifling detail being done strictly according o the letter of tbe law. We went to Mount Arafat to bear tbe sermons with a throng that laughed and Jested, baiting each other with the roughest of wit and sarcasm,' and wad tbe Koran aud prayed aloud and tang snatches of love songs all in the same ireath. All night, iu a blase of Ineffable irilllanoy, we made merry at the foot of fee mountain—pashas and sheiks and chiefs and governors aud priest* und camel drivers and beggar* and stray Bedouins, great weu tod small, learned and Ignorant, mingling Uca brothers, for all men are equal during At noon the next day we ascended tbe mountain to listen to a sermon, which lasted without a break or halt till sunset. Then we hurried olwrneretohesrone that lasted 111 sunrise. Having reverently and j»- lently heard the preachers, we went ia tbe valUy of Mslna, wh»n» we sacrificed multl tudes of sheep and fowls, and cast 81 stone* apiece at th» 4«viV and .pmd our nails, and had our beads shaved by barbers, who took most of tbe skin as well as tbe hair. AU the** things done devoutly and thoroughly, we returned to Mecca, and after paying another visit to tb« momue threw iff the thrum with great rejoicing, Our fasting and preying were at an vud, mid we wen free to eat, drink and be merry after he manner of our own h,e*rt* After the religious ceremonies comes a, great fair which lasts three days and U attended by pilgrims and traders from the ends of tue earth uuil by many who neither rade nor worship In the mosque. Thescene s picturesque »nd animated, for the gran deesspreod gorgeous tentsund Moslem trod era drive bargains with unequaled energy of voice aud guviura To umuy tbe fair is uucU more thuu thu cevemoulcs ut the ujui' i or Mouiu Avufut. Ou t.uesecond day of the Mr, well toward wtulug, Total ttud 1 were strolling at our elsure, uuviug nothing particular todo but enjoy the night* uuii tue cool ulr. Wu vvwre tiuK curuliMMly over our piwt liurdsiiliu wondering whut Bulolumu. uud A mood BlnO *hd tbeman on the blMk botSe werV i. about when, in passing a tent of unusual >• glze and maguiflceuce, we heard a sound '/^ that brought Us to a halt, listening with all our senses. "Hark!" I said.' "What notes are those?" "I know them uot," answered Tabal 'They are not ol tny tongue." ' The "ingtmj w«» hardly more than a croou, l-ut as we imikuued the singer suddenly i-iiMed bis voice,'and I WHS electrified to lien, :i-i Knijliwli "onu HUIIS witb a perfect I i... -'ll llt'C«'l,i Lock i..i- iiiiiir. U'H-KMi, nun dl Uddemlale. Luck i ..-i.i'ov. , ,ii:-l.,umi Utnlhfli- nomes on. •[. - . \ins.Kiiur. ILIV Hying. The * -i.iim'. n' Inn nil!-,, mill UltVtfi Lori, r.cilum-. l.iu-iMnn niicii nn tilt- weather rtne I.LIU tin- fiutDM iiliiini'N boh on the Rkyl 'i euiuiin and CHI uinner. liiiim:inn.inl liulUurdlor. Fieii-u is Uio lui-iiy, mid far la the cryi Betiuixstlr bmndlalicH high his broad sclmltei",' Ridley IH rldlnj? hin Heel footed gray.- Hldley anil Howard there, Waudell and \Vimlermore. Look the door, Uirlalon; hold them at bayl An interval of brisk whistling followed. Then catne a stave of an old Scotch ballad; Blithe, blithe, blithe was she. , Blithe was she but and ben, And vveol she liked a liatoiok gtll And laugh to see a tapplt hen. The singing ceased abruptly, the curtain that was across the door of the tent swung back, and a man stepped forth. He was tall, straight as a rush and dressed in the finest fashion of a sheik. At sight of him Tabal clutched my arm with convulsive fingers. , "By the holy prophet, the man on tbe black horse or his spirit!" he said in a voice of awe. And just then the man's eyes fell on us. They drew me as the magnet draws- the steel "Donald Gordon!" I cried, running toward him. "Are you Donald Gordon, or are you the devil, as folk say?" I demanded, flustered aluiuMt out of my wits. "I'm. from the highlands," 1 added, trembling as he bent his black 'eyes on me without speaking. "Prom The Elms, from Sir Thomas Gordon and Miss Isabel." "From Sir Thomas Gordon and Miss Isabel," be repeated, without o note of emo- Mon or surprise in his voice. "From Sir Thomas Gordon and Miss Isabel, and might I ask how the devil you got here?" "That would be a long tale to tell," I answered breathlessly. "But tell me, are you Donald Gordon P" "They used to call me that once upon a. time," he said lightly. "Mk'ht I have the pleasure of knowing your <><• name?" "Andrew Kilgour. But yon II never have heard of me." "No, Andrew, my man, I have never heard of you till tbis minute. But I'm glad to see you. It's not every day two Scotsmen forgather in the pagan city of 'Mecca. Step in by and bring your friend with you. It's cold charity to keep so rare a visitor, cooling bis shanks at the door." Saying which, he turned back into tbe tent, Tabal and I following. We were soon seated among luxnrioun rugs and cushions sipping coffee and sherbet in the usual Arab- fashion, Tabal gazing fascinated at our host. When hospitalities had been dispensed with, Donald said: , "It miffhfbe as well, Mr. Kilgour—Lord, how funny Scots' names sound after the tongue of the holy prophet—I was going bo- suggest that perhaps we might have a crack -by ourselves. Maybe your friend wouldn't mind having a glint round the- outside of the premises, or he might go behind here with some of my folk. I dare say they'll know how to agree." "Well, well," he went on when Tabal: had withdrawn, "when I went put. a min- i nte ago, I little thought what I was to see. ' Isn't there a sage proverb about the unexpected always bappeningP Gad, it does- hap pen I I know you have a story, Mr. Kilgour, but before you tell it, bow are my father and Isabel?" I told him that both were well when 1 left them, but greatly concerned about himself. "Yes, yes; no doubt." be answered. "But I'm glad they're well Isabel will be a fine- bus now, "and I thought be looked at me> with a peculiar expression. Feeling the blood leaping to my face, i answered there was not her peer in tbe countryside. "I knew she would be handsome, and I'll warrant she's a brick too. But now your own story, Mr. Kilgour. We can corns back to other things again." I told it very briefly, for there was much to be said and done. He listened attentively, nodding his head from time to time. With the description of my search for himself in Bombay he was vastly amused. "Aye. I jouked them there," he laughed. He was particularly Interested In tbt Arabian portion of my tale, and when 1 reached the battle he jumped up exclaiming: "God's sake, were you theref [thought I beard some one yelling my name, yet it seemed impossible. Man, man, this beats all I ever heard! That was a tough bit of a shindy, wasn't it P" "Amood Sinn and bis friends thought you were the devil himself," 1 remarked. "1 know it," he replied, with a little •mile, "and be has good cause to think so too." ; "You wrought frightful havoc among us. Nobody ever saw such swordsmanship," "Tut, tuU* be answered, "it was nothing utall I waji^ialf sorry for Abou Kuram and his geuer»l, who were brave men. But there they were, and we bad to get rid of them," "How did you manage Koor Allf That was a terrible blow." "It was what a British dragoon would call tbe old cut seven. They don't under stand the trick in Arabia yet," ••You must have had marvelous adventures," 1 remarked, Be glanced at me quickly, as If SUSDJM*- ing 1 was fishing for information. "Yea, But we'll talk of them another time—that's all I need say now. Ob, by tbe bye, my august patron, Yumen Yuiel. U> making sure of heaven here. Would ym like to be presented to the old rascal*" "Old rascal," 1 repeated, laughing, •'They're all that," he said. "Every sou ojflsbinael'sa rogueby nature. They stand to each other Iu degrees of comparison Ujjje' odjeeHves-poultivo, comparative and superlative. Amood stun was the superlative, Abou Kuni w Uio comparative, and Yu- meu Yusel Is the positive, I know them all. Would you like to see himr But other thoughts were burning la my brain, and I begged to be excused. "Tbe sun will be down iu a little while," I said. "There's no denying it, Andrew. Vow Mem agitated over the matter," "PramUe to stay here half an hour for we." "You grow mysterious, my friend. My*, teries are rtuugvrous thlnns iu Arabia." "Yv», there's a my«wy, but it's not dan gerous. Will you «uiy aud nuuulu ajow- quite aloueP'' "Is it to be an exiwlmmit Iu mugloP" "Youshull sue," I criwl, getting moroMtd more excited with my own thoughts. "Will you wait) 1 1 socially vviuli you to Utulaue." / * i „ i * a />

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