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This night's work would have been worth a tenner each to Sam Brown and me if the treasure hart been there." "Mr. Thadrteus Sholto is a rich man," I said. "He will see that you are re* Warded, treasure or no." The inspector shook his head despondently, however. "It's a bad job," he repeated, "and so Mr. Athelney Jones will think," Ilis forecast proved to be correct, for the detective looked blank enough when I got to Baker street and showed him the empty box. They had only just arrived, Holmes, the prisoner and he, for they had changed their plans so far as to report themselves at a station upon the way. My companion lounged in his armchair with his usual listless expression, while SmrU sat stolidly opposite to him with his wooden leg cocked over his sound one. As I exhibited the empty box he leaned back in his chair and laughed aloud. "This is your doing, .Small," said Athelney Jones, angrily. "Yes, I have put it away where you shall never lay hand upon it," he cried, exultantly. "It is my treasure; and if I can't have the loot I'll take darned good care that no one else docs. I tell you that no living man has any right to it, unless it is three men who are in the Andaman convict barracks and myself. I know now that I cannot have the use of it, and I know that they cannot. I have acted all through for them as much as for myself. It's been the sign of four with us always. Well I know that they would have had me do just what I have done, and throw the treasure into the Thames rather than let it go to kith or kin of Sholto or of Morstan. It was not to make them rich that we did for Aohmet. You'll find the treasure where the key is, and where little Tonga is. When I saw that your laiinch must catch us, I put the loot in a safe place. There are no rupees for you this journey." "You arc deceiving us, Small," said Athelney Jones, sternly. "If you had wished to throw the treasure into the Thames it would have been easier for you to have thrown box and all." "Easier for me to throw, and easier for you to recover," he answered, with a shrewd, sidelong look. "The man that was clever enough to hunt me down is clever enough to pick ari iron box from the bottom of a river. Now that they are scattered over five miles or so, it may be a harder job. It went to my heart to do it, though. I was half mad when you came up with us. However, there's no good grieving over it. I've had ups in my life, and I've had downs, but I've learned not to cry over spilt milk." "This is a very serious matter, Small," said the detective. "If yon had helped justice, instead of thwarting it in this way, you would have had a better chance at your trial." "Justice!" snarled the ex-convict. "A pretty justice! Whose, loot is this, if it is not ours? Where is the justice that I should give it up to those who have never earned it? Look how I have earned it! Twenty long years in that fever-ridden swarnp, all day at work under the mangrove tree, all night chained up in the filthy convict huts, bitten by mosquitoes, racked with ague, bullied by every cursed black- faced policeman who loved to take it out of a white man. That was how I earned the Agra treasure; and you talk to me of justice because I cannot bear to feel that I have paid this price only that another may enjoy it! I would rather swing a score of times, or have one of Tonga's darts in my hide, than live in a convict's cell and feel that another man is at his ease in a palace with the money that should be mine." Small had dropped his mask of stoicism, and all this came out in a wild whirl of words, while his eyes blazed, and the hand-cuffs clanked together with impassioned movement of Ms hands, I opuld understand, as I saw the fury and the passion of J.he man, that it was no groundless or unnatural terror which had possessed Maj, Sholto when he first learned that the injured convict was upon his track. "You forget that we know nothing of all this," said Holmes, quietly. "We have not heard your story, and we can' not tell how far justice may originally have been on your side," "Well, sir, you have been very fair spoken to me, though I can see that I have you to thank that I have these bracelets upon my wrists. Still, I bear no grudge for that. It is all fair and above-board. If you want to hear my story I have no wish to hold it back. What I say to you is God's truth, every word of it. Thank you; you can put the glass beside me here, and I'll put pay lips tQ it if I am dry, "I anjH!> Worcestershireiman rnysolf— born near Pershore.. j flare say you would find a heap pi Smalls living there now if you were to look. I Jiave often thought of taking sv look round there, but the truth is that 1 was never much of a credit to. the family, and I doubt if they would b.e so very glad to see me. They wore all steady, chapel {jn«j;f folk '-mull ffiriviflr.s, well known and respocttfd over tite country-side While 1 ivas always a bit of a Fbver. At last, however, when t was about eighteen, 1 gave them no more trouble, for i got into a mess over a girl, and could only get out of it again by taking the queen's shilling and joining the Third Kuffs which Was just starting for India. "I Wasn't destined to do much soldiering, however. I had just got past the goose-step and learned to handle my musket, when 1 Was fool enough to go swimming in the Ganges. Luckily for me, my company sergeant, John Holder, was in the water at the same time, and he was one of the finest swimmers Jti the service. A crocodile took me, just as 1 was half way across, and nipped off my right leg just as clean as a surgeon could have done it, just above the knee. What with the shock and the loss of blood I fainted, and I should have' been drowned if Holder had not caught hold of me and paddled for the bank. I was five months in hospital over it, and when at last I was able to limp out of it with this timber toe strapped to my stump I found myself invti'Med out of the army and unfitted for aii. ; .-stive occupation. "I was, as you can imagine, pretty down on my luck at this time, for I was a useless cripple, though not yet in my twentieth year. However, rny misfortune soon proved to be a blessing in disguise. A man named Abel- white, who had come out there as an indigo-planter, wanted an overseer to look after his coolies and keep them up to their work. He happened to be a friend of our colonel's, who had taken an interest in me-since the accident. IIOW HE LOST HIS LEG. To make a long story short, the colonel recommended me strongly for the post and, as the work was mostly to be done on horseback, ray leg was no great obstacle, for I had enough knee left to keep a good grip on the saddle. What I had to do was to ride over the plantation, to keep an eye on the men as they worked, and to report the idlers. The pay was fair, I had comfortable qxiarters, and altogether I was content to spend the remainder of my life in indigo-planting. Mr. Abolwhite was a kind man, and he would often drop into my little shanty and. smoke a pipe with me, for white folk out there feel their hearts warm to each other as they never do here at home. "Well, I was never in luck's way long. Suddenly, without a note of warning, the great mutiny broke upon us. One mouth India lay as still and peaceful, to all appearance, as Surrey or Kent; the next there were two hundred thousand black devils let loose, and the country was a perfect hell. Of course you know all aboiit it, gentlemen—a deal more than I do, very likely, since reading is not iu my line. I only know what I saw with my own eyes. Our plantation was at a place called Muttra, near the border of the northwest provinces. Night after night the whole sky was alight with the burning bungalows, and day after day we had small companies of Europeans passing through our estate with their wives and children, on their way to Agra, where were the nearest troops, Mr, Abelwhite was an obstinate man. He had it in his head that the affair had been exaggerated, and that it would blow over as suddenly as it had sprung up. There he sat on his veranda, drinking whisky pegs and smoking cheroots, while the country was in a blaze about him. Of course we stuck by him, I and Dawson, who, with his wife, used to do the bookwork and the managing. Well, one fine day the crash came, I bad been away on a- distant plantation, and was riding slowly home in the evening, when my eye fell upon something all huddled together at the bottom of a steep nullah- I rode down to see what it. was, and the cold struck through my heart when I found it was Dawson's wife, all cut into ribbons, and half-eaten by jackals and native dogs, A little further up the road Dawson himself was lying on his face, quite dead, with ap emptv revolver in his hand and four Sepoys lying across each other iu front of him. 1 reined up wy horse, wonder* ing which way I should turn, but ftt that moment 1 saw thick snioko curling up from Abejwjute's bungalow ami the ila,mes beginning 1 to burst through the roof, I knew then thftt I could da my employer no go.o4» bu,t wpuld only throw my own Ufe away if I meddled in the matter- From wlipre I stoo4 see hynclreds pf the blac^ wittl th,ei? re<J pp*t.» still «» their bg#k,s,, dafteijjg aftd b.pwling fottfid tftyfi'elf lite fit fttfffcl 6&f6 "As it protect, howetfef, thfefe frftS fio greai safety there, either, fhe whole fcowotry was tip like a swarm of heeS. Wherever the English could Collect itt little bands they held just the ground that their puns commanded. Evefy- xvhere else they were helpless fugitives. It was a fipht of the millions against the hundreds; and the cfuelest part of it was that these men that we fought against, foot, horse and ffatt- nefs. Were ouf 6wn picked troops, whom we had taught and trained* handling OUr own weapons, and blowing our own bugle calls. At Agra there Were the Third Bengal fusiiiers, some Sikhs, two tl'oops of horse and a battery of artillery. A volunteer corps of clerks and merchants had been formed) and this 1 joined, wooden leg and all. We went out to toeet the rebels at Shahgunge early ifa July, ahd we beat them back for a time, but oUf powder gafe out and We had to fall back Upon the city, Nothing but the worst news came to us from every side —Which is not to be Wondered at, for if you look at the map yoit will see that we were right in the heart of it. Luck* now is rather better than a hundred miles to the east, and Cawnpore about as far to the south. From every point on the compass there was nothing but torture and murder and outrage, "The city of Agra is a great place, swarming with fanatics and fierce devil-worshipers of all sorts. Our handful of men were lost among the narrow, winding streets. Our leader moved across the river, therefore, and took up his position in the old fort of Agra. I don't know if any of you gentlemen have ever read or heard anything of that old fort. It is a very queer place—the queerest that ever I was in, and I have been in some rum corners, too. First of all, it is enormous in size. I should think that the inclos- ure must be acres and acres. There is a modern part, which took all our garrison, women, children, stores and everything else, with plenty of room over. But the modern part is nothing like the size of the old quarter, where nobody goes, and which is given over to the scorpions and the centipedes. It is all full of great deserted halls, and winding passages, and long corridors twisting in and out, so that it is easy for folks to get lost in it. For this reason it was seldom that anyone went into it, though now and again a party with torches might go exploring. "The river washes along the front of the old fort, and so protects it, but on the sides and behind there are many doors, and these had to be guarded, of course, in''the old quarter as well as in that which was actually held by our troops. We were short-handed, with hardly men enough to man the angles of the building and to serve the guns. It was impossible for us, therefore, to station a strong guard at everyone of the innumerable gates. What we did was to organize a central guardhouse in the middle of. the fort, and to leave each g-ate under the charge of one white man and two or three natives. I was selected to take charge during certain hours of the night of a small isolated door upon the southwest side of the biiilding. Two Sikh troopers were placed under my command, and I was instructed if anything went wrong to fire my musket, when I might rely upon help coming at once from the central guard. As the guard was a good two hundred paces away, however, and as the spate between was cut up into a labyrinth of passages and corridors, I had great doubts as to whether they could arrive in time to be of any use in case of an actual attack. "Well, I was pretty proud at having this small command given me, since I was a raw recruit, and a game-legged one at that. For two nights I kept the watch with my Punjaubees. They were tall, fierce-looking chaps, Mahomet Singh and Abdullah Khan by name, both old fighting men who had borne arms against us at Chilianwal- lah. They could talk English pretty well, but I could get little out of them. They preferred to stand together and jabber all night in their queer -Sikh lingo. For myself, I used to stand outside the gateway, looking down on the broad, winding river and on the twinkling lights of the great city. The beating of 'drums,' the rattle of tom- toms, and the yells and howls of the rebels, drunk with opium and with bang, were enough to remind us all night of our dangerous neighbors across the stream, Every two hours the officers of the night used to come round to all the posts, to make sure that all was well. "The third night of my watch was dark and dirty, with a small, driving rain. It was dreary work standing in the gateway hour after hour in such weather, I tried again and again to make my Sikhs talk, but without much success, At two in toe morning the rounds passed, and broke for a moment the weariness'Of the night. Finding that nay companions would not be led into conversation, I took out my pipe, and laid down my musket to strike a match. In an instant the two Sikhs were upon me. One of them snatched ray firelock up and leveled it ftt my head, while the other held a great knife to my throat and swore between bis teeth that he would plunge it into me if I moved ft step. "My first thought was that these fel* lows were in league with the rebels, and that this was the beginning of assault. If our door were iq the of the Sepoys the pjaee, must fftty, and the women wd children be they were in Cawnpore, Maybe you gentlemen think, that I ftW jus,! i oy| a case for myself, but I give yo,jj my word, that when J thqugM el though I felt the point of the knife my throat, * opwwl my ojawth with one, which wJfW 1 ta«* tint if I FAistsf flfy f5l§S ft de&d tn&ft. I ctmld fead it Ifi fcfo* ^s btd-w-n gyfeg. t Waited, IhSW , its sileaee, id see fthal it was that they wanted from me. '* 'Listed to me, sanib,' sftid the tallef 1 and fiof eer 6f the pair, the one whom they called Abdullah Khan. 'You must either be with Us now of you must be silenced forever. The thinor Is too great a one fer tis to hesitate, t&ithef yott are heart and soul with tffi I USED TO STAND OUTSIDE THE GATEWAt. on your oath on the cross of the Christians, or your body this night shall be thrown into the ditch and we shall pass over to our brothers in the rebel army. There, is no middle way. Which is it to be, death or life? We can only give you three minutes to decide, for the time is passing, and all must be done before the rounds come again.' "'How can I decide?' said L 'You have not told me what you want of me. But I tell you now that if it is anything against the safety pf the fort 1 will have no truck with it, so you can drive home your knife and welcome.' " 'It is nothing against the fort,' said he. 'We only ask you to do that which your countrymen come to this land for. We ask you to be rich. If you will bo one of us this night, we will swear to you upon the naked knife, and by the threefold oath which no Sikh was ever known to break, that you shall have your fair share of the loot. A quarter of the treasure shall be yours. We can say no fairer.' " 'But what is the treasure, then?' I asked. 'lam as ready to be rich as you can be, if you will, but .show mo how it can be done.' " 'You swear, then,' said he, 'by the bones of your father*, by the honor of your mother, by the cross of your faith, to raise no hand and speak no word against us, either now or afterwards?' " 'I will swear it,' I answered, 'provided that the fort is-not endangered.' " 'Then my comrade and I will swear that you shall have a quarter of the treasure, which shall be equally divided among the four of us.' "'There are but three,'said I. " 'No; Dost Akbar must have his share. We can tell the tale to you while we await them. Do you stand at the gate, Mahomet Singh, and give notice of their coming. The thing stands thus, Sahib, and I tell it to you because .1 know that an oath is binding upon a Feringhee, and that we may trust you. Had you been a lying Hin- doo, though yon had sworn by all the. gods in their false temples, your blood would have been upon the knife, and your body in the water, But the Sikh knows the Englishman, and the Englishman knows the Sikh. 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