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The Two Captains
By W.CLARK RUSSELL.
Conrrittrt. Iffrt. by P. F. Collier. CopjtUht. 1897. by Dodd. Mead ft Co.
CHAPTER XI Continued.
Then my lord withdrew to his little
dungeon of a cabin, and the two cap
talns went on deck to pace a while
and smoko after their morning repast.
Drcadfnl as was the state of Lord
Fitzglhbon It was not to laBt much
longer, for In the morning watch a
sail right ahead was reported by the
man oa the lookout. Grlndal know
his dnty. The captain was not yet
turned out The boatswain stopped
below and knocked Pope's cabin door.-
"Hallo!" roared Pope.
"A sail right ahead, sir," answered
"Trim sail," cried Pope, "and keep
your friend right under your flying
"Ay, ay, sir."
The boatswain returned on deck,
and In a very few minutes Captain
Popo stood by his sldo with his brill
iant teleacopo at his eye.
. "She shall tako my lord," said
Pope, aloud, but to himself. "Grlndal,
nve want to make nothing off our
-course; get studdingsail-booms rigged
out and the Balls set, and load Long
Tom with a blank cartridge; he must
to brought to a stand."
A little wnllo after the gun was
fired the stranger swung her fore
topsail with a reel of hor wholo shape
that made you think of a man stag
gering to a blow on the shoulder. Tho
3?arl strode up to Pope and said:
"Do you Intend to speak that ves
"I hope, my lord, to transfer you to
her," answered Popo, lifting his hat
and making a low bow.
"But, Captain Pope, sho is sailing
Into the Atlantic."
"She shall tell us her destination,"
exclaimed Popo with an engaging
smile. And while he spoke the Gypsy
floated abreast of the littlo brigan
tine, whoso name, writ large upon her
stern, was the Cateaby of Sunder
land. A tall man stood near the taffrall,
Pope bawled in
and a very little seaman In a yellow
ou'weat cap, clung and wriggled like
a monkey at the end of tho long til
ler. A few sailors looked on from tho
"Brig ahoy!" sings out tho tall
tpan. "What brig are you, and why
Aid you flro at me?"
"To bring you to," answers Pope.
'We are the brig Gypsy, of and from
London, and I' going to put a gentle
man aboard ye."
"Stop," shouts tho tall man. "Wo
Son't want no gentlemen aboard us.
There's no accommodation for pas
sengers 'ere." And he sings out to his
me, "Lee forebrace," and immediately
after, "I wish you a good voyage,
"Hold!" roared Pope, in a voice that
arrested tho motions of the brigan
tlne's seaman, as though they had
been paralyzed, "if you touch a brace,
or attempt to proceed before I have
put a gentleman on board of you, by"
and here ho swore most horribly
"I will go on firing into you until I
"Captain Pops," exclaimed tho Earl,
"you are aggravating my misfortunes
by sending me to New York. I have
made my personal safety of great
value to you; why will not you hand
mo over to a ship that is homeward
"The brlgantlne will do that for you,
my lord," answered Pope. "We place
ho most perfect confidence In Earl
So saying ho motioned, not without
jourtesy, but with very intelligible
significance, to tho gangway, under
which tho brig's boat lay rippling and
bobbing with four men in her, while
Drystay waited at tho head of the
ihort ladder. Pope preceded the Earl
tnd Crystal descended into tho boat.
"I wish your lordship farewell,"
ald Popo. "A happy voyage and a
He spoke without a smile. No
body could have seemed more in earn
1st. The Eari coldly bowed his head
ind with much caution and serious
grasping of the man-ropes, put his
legs over tho sldo, and without disas
ter, though tho swell sank and rose
Ihe littlo craft, gained the stern
ihcets. Crystal then put off and In a
nlnute or two the Earl wa on board
tho brlgantlne, and Crystal wns re
turning to the brig.
Popo saw tho Earl go up to tho long
man, and somo gesticulation and
pointing followed. Tho Earl seemed
exhorting and endeavoring to per
suade, and for twenty minutes this
went on, tho brigantlne's fore-topsail
remaining aback; then Popo, dropping
his glass, burst Into a roar of laugh
tor. "I'll bo hanged," ho cried to Crystal,
"If that yellow skipper Isn't sticking
hor straight off to Now York after all."
The Julia Morton.
Tho pirate brig Gypsy duly arrived
on tho grounds where Popo proposed
to cruise while ho waited for tho
Madro do Dios to heave into sight. A
man was stationed throughout the day
and throughout tho night, if tho
weather was clear, on tho foro-topgal-lant
yard, and reported every sail he
described. Whenever a sail was sight
ed a course was shaped for hor, but
tho chaso was promptly abandoned
when it was seen she was not the
ship tho pirates waited for.
They had been cruising threo days.
In these times they had trimmod Ball
for a few distant ships whtch did not
turn out to bo what thoy wanted. A
fourth morning broke. Crystal was
in charge and Pope walked tho planks
by his side. On high, seated upon
the fore-topgallant yard, with a
ship's glass slung on his back was
tho figure of a seaman. His white
breeches shook with tho flight of tho
wind. His left hand grasped the tie,
and with continuous slow motions of
tho head, hungry with tho passions
of tho expectant heart-sickened pirate,
ho sunk his frowning gaze into tho
Then he sung down loud and clear,
"Where away?" instantly shouted
answer to the hall.
"Right astern, sir."
"Shorten sail," said Pope to Crys
tal. "Let her overhaul us."
Canvas was reduced, and tho brig
washed slowly onward. A quality of
swiftness resembling steam was in the
vessel astern, for in less than an hour
she was shining steadily upon the far
"Run the ensign aloft, half-mast
high," said Pope. "She Bhall think us
No soonor had the flag been holet
"No Earl this time," roars Pope.
"By tho devil, uhe's in chase of us!"
He had marked tho flash at the
schooner's bow. Ho saw the whlto
smoko stream away like a voll of silk
to leeward; tho gun may or may not
have been shotted. He Instantly grew
wild and excited.
"Rlffout stunsail booms and hoist
away. Put all your beef Into this Job,"
ho shouted. "She's a government
boat, and sho's after us. Look at
Tho pirates rushed about with won
derful swiftness and alertness, heap
ing on canvas, and hoisting studding
sails, till the little brig floated largo
a3 a moon. When tho Gypsy shifted
her helm, the schooner altered her
course; there could then be no doubt
sho was In chase.
Another gun; and the flash of tho
lound shot where it hit tho heave
of blue waters past the Gypsy's wako
was llko a feather of light.
When this shot flow, Pope ordered
tho stern-chaser to be loaded, and a
dose was slapped at the pursuer in a
roar of thunder.
"What do you make of her, Crys
tal?" said Pope, after a prolonged
look through his telescope.
"Hanged if I can understand It!"
answered tho square man. "She's no
government ship, I believe; do you
twig the flicker of a pennant?"
Another flash from tho schooner's
bow. This tlmo the shot fell close;
the blast of tho gun came in a dull
thud on the wings of tho wind.
"Captain Pope," says Grlndal, with
a strangely contorted face, looking
round from the long brass piece upon
whoso breech his gnarled and knotted
hand rested, "curse me, If I don't
think she files our flag,'.
The conjecture was a revelation to
Popo, He took another long )odk, In
tho midst of which a flash 'Of fire
glanced llko lightning of storm at the
schooner's bow, nnd the ball struck
the brlg'B quarter.
"Crystal," yelled Pope, "hoist the
black flag; we'll chance It!"
In a mtnuto tho sinister rag of the
rover went soaring to tho main royal
masthead, the helm was put down,
tho yards wero braced .sharp up, and
tho brig with quivering leeches lay
watting for the schooner, at whoso
main-topmast head was now blowing
tho black flag of tho pirate.
When tho brig's men saw that
square of sable bunting, stlrlcss as
a painting in the wind, thoy roared,
thoy shouted, thoy screamed; thoy
wont mad with excitement, and spring
ing upon tho bulwark rails cheored
tho on-coming stranger with oxtrava
gant domonstratlon of arm and cap.
"Gods, what would I glvo to ex
change this butterbox for yonder
beauty," groaned Pope.
When tho schooner had measured
a space within a quarter of a mile,
she shortened sail with magical celer
ity, put her helm hard down, and with
flattened-ln sheets drove alongstdo of
A tall man whose beard shook llko
smoke at his chin, who was draped in
a Bhort yellow coat under which his
long legs descended Into n pair of
sea-boots, hailed In good English but
with a foreign accent;
"Ho! the hrlg ahoy! What brig
"Wo'ro tho plrato brig Gypsy of
and from London, cruising for a ship,"
Popo bawlod, In answer to tho hall.
"What schooner Is that?"
"Wo aro the plrato schooner Julia
Morton of Liverpool, but now from
Cadiz, like yourselves cruising for a
ship," was the reply, In good English
whoso articulation carried a foreign
"Will you como aboard of mc and
havo a yarn, and tasto of my brig's
hospitality?" shouted Pope, "or shall
I go on board of you?"
The tall man raised his hand as
though asking for a moment to con
sider, he then addressed a man dark
as a mulatto, probably the mate of the
schooner; a mlnuto later ho called
out "Brig, ahoy! I will go on hoard
of you," on which Pope lifted bis nat
and flourished It.
"Cadiz!" said Pope to Crystal, while
they stood together In tho gangway
waiting for tho arrival of tho captain
of the schooner, "on a cruise for a
ship! Smlto me, John, It I like it!"
"Bring half tho crew aboard under
pretense of entertaining them, clap
'cm under, then foul tho schooner and
take her," said Crystal.
Pope scowled In thought with fold
ed arms, but made no answer.
Tho schooner lowered a handsomo
boat. Twelve men entered her, and
then tho captain, ho of tho board and
tho boots, sprang from tho reel of the
gangway into her Bternshects. In a
few flashes of oar the boat was along
side the Gypsy.
The captain of tho schooner climbed
over the brig's sldo, and a number of
his men followed him. All wero
armed. Popo extended his hand to
the bearded pirate, and inquired his
"Captain Bland," ho answered, with
a countenance of rollglous reposo and
in tho volco of one who reads at a
"Aro you straight from London?"
said he, after looking hard at Crys
tal, and then round at the little ship
whoso character was abundantly pro
claimed to his satisfaction by the
readiness with which the brig's crew
and bis own men had fraternized, one
or two of them Indeed having been
old shipmates, so that it was "Why,
damn me, Tom!" and "Why, blast
"Straight," answered Pope. "And
you're from Cadiz!"
"Ha!" repliod Captain Bland, in sol
"Was there over a ship left that
port," Inquired Captain Pope, "before
you sailed, named the Mad re de
(To bo continued.)
Law of 'Treasure Trove."
Not long ago 6,775 English sliver
pennies, which somo man had hoarded
up for his own benflt in times when
pennies wero silver, were sold to the
public at auction in London, real
izing $500 for the national treasury.
This money was dug up by some
laborers at Colchester while laying
the foundations of a building. The
crown stepped In and seized the find,
but it rewarded the findors, and a
few raro coins in the collection wero
sent to the British museum. When
the hoard was found the price of these
silver pennies went down in all the
coin collector's markets. This strange
and not particularly reasonable law
of "treasure trovo" has extended
from England to Franco, Germany,
Spain and Denmark. If any one finds
hidden treasure and conceals It for
his own use ho is liable to fine and
imprisonment. It used to bo a hang
Food for Infants.
All infants over 7 months old arti
ficially fed In the Nursery and Child's
hospital, New York, during tho past
four months were given stronger food,
especially stale bread soaked In boil
ing water until thoroughly softened,
when the water was poured off and a
cup of milk added and this boiled for
three or four minutes. After being
sweetened and cooled sufliclcntly it is
fed to the baby. At first a teaspoon
ful onco n day Is given, but as the In
fant becomes accustomed to It tho
amount is increased, so that at tho
end of ten days It is receiving ono to
two or threo ounces dally, It is given
between the rogular bottle hours, and
never more than half an ounce at a
f time. If curds appear In the spools or
if It disagree It is discontinued.
LEABNING TO SWIM
HOW NEW YORK WOMEN ARE
TAUGHT THE ART.
The Overcoming f FW tne plr,t
Qualification Absolutely Necessary
One pUptl TeH" of Enjoyments
Procured by a Few Lessons.
The only placo in tho, city" Vfhoro
swimming Is scientifically taught to
women, so far as careful search could
dotermlno, is in the basement bl a
building uptown, says tho Now York
Sun. Here a stalwart English woman,
with muaclos tralnod to stool-like tex
ture, laments over the lack of space
at her disposal and does tho bdat sho
can with ambitious pupils.
Six strokes will tako an avorago
swimmer across tho tiny pool, nnd at
first sight it would seem a mockery
to attempt to teach an art which
moro than any other demands plenty
of spaco and broathlng room. But
Could Do Only the Six Strokes,
the science of swimming, It seems,
can be taught in apace that would
bring contempt to tho heart of an
agile gold fish.
"If you can swim nround this pool
you have taken twelve strokos; If
you can tako twolvo strokes you can
keep on and take twenty-four; by
the tlmo you have taken twenty-four
strokes without assistance you have
mastered tho greatest difficulty," says
"And that is?"
"The innato fear, tho lack of confi
dence. As soon as that is ovorcomo
the rest is easy."
Tho aptest pupils, according to tho
English swimmer, aro those who the
most quickly conquer tholr droad.
To teach the stroke is tho easiest part
of the lesson.
"One In whom this dread Is not
abnormally developed can bo taught
to keep afloat and make some pro
gress in ten lessons. Twenty lessons
makes an expert swimmor of ono, and
after that a pupil may bo taught all
sorts of fancy Btrokes, the Indian, or
trudgeon, tho English or tho American
racing stroke, tho dog stroke, to turn
somersaults and even to dive.
The water In the pool is at a tem
perature of 85 degrees, while the torn
perature of sea water Is rarely above
75. This increase of warmth permits
a longer stay in tho water, but the
pool lacks tho stimulus of tho salt,
which makes swimming In the ocean
so much easier than in lako or river,
or, in fact, any fresh water.
"I always teach the new pupil to
swim on her back first," tho teacher
announced. "You see it is compara
tively easy for a woman to learn to
float. All sho has to do Is to straighten
herself out and remember that she
can't sink even wnen she feels tho
water creep up over her face. It will
never cover her mouth and nose and
if she doesn't move she is all right.
"As soon as sho has learned to float
she can easily be taught to move her
hands and feet a little and then a llt-
One of the First Strokes,
tie more until she has mastered
tho breast stroke, which Is tho easiest
"What do you think Is tho most
graceful stroko for a woman?"
The teacher gave an exhibition of
the Bldo stroke, which to tho on
looker certainly possesses merit of
grace which the forward or breast
stroke does not. Mpre of tho head
is above water, the motion is moro
plainly visible, and that long, out-
ABM ni ,
ward.aweop of tho arm which makes
swimming a delightful oxerclso to
watch 1b thoro soon at Its best.
The Indian or 'trudgeon" stroko
was then glvqn. Next, the teachor
turnod forward and back somersaults,
turned oyer In tho wator as it she
woro rolling down a glassy slope and
onjoyod it, too. It was wondcs!ul
what could bo accomplished in the
littlo spaco at her disposal.
Thero aro many mbtlvcs leading ono
to, learn to swim, Ono woman frank
ly admitted her method of procedure.
"I was dreadfully afraid of tho
wator," aho said. "Always havo btan
so afraid that t simply could not mako
up, my mind to go In, although I
missed many a good, tlmo.
"Ono day I went to tho swimming
School and thero acquirod enough con
fidence hot to scream when I found
that my toes would not touch. I only
took ten lessons, but that was suffi
cient for my purpose.
"Tho next time I was invited to
tako a swim of course I didn't appar
ently know any moro than I ever had,
but begged ono of tho men to teach
mo. Thero is nothing a man likes
quito so well as to teach a woman to
swim. Said he to me:
" 'You must navo porfect confidence
in mo, trust mo with an accent ou
"I turnod my oyes townrd him with
a look of absolute confidence. I had
learned It of tho littlo English woman
at the swimming school.
" 'You won't let me drown7' I askod
"There was anothor gtr), but sho
stood shleklng on tho shore.
"'Bravo littlo woman!' ho remarked
as wo plungod in and startdd for tho
"I put one hand on his shoulder
nnd used my other arm and feet as
propellers as he told mo, and when
wo reached tho raft and he lifted mo
tenderly on It, ho said:
" 'I'll mako a swimmor of yotgjyet.'
"Of courso, It wasn't up to mo Bay
anything, but I did smile when I saw
my rival In her silk bathing suit
mlno was only mohair standing In
the water up to her knoes and look
ing with longing eyes toward us. It
had only cost mo $15 to got that ad
vantage. "Coming back I did feel a little
afraid. Tho tide -had' rlsn-and it was
quite a dUtanco from raft to shore.
You know tho way tho sea surprises
you sometimes. I clung to him and
ho Boothed mo gently.
"Whon wo finally roached shore, he
" 'Do you know I like you better In
In the Dressing Room at the Swim
the water than I ever have anywhere
else; you always seem so sure of
yourself and have little opinions of
your own and don't need to be told
things, but you wero Just adorable In
the sea. A man does like a woman
to have confidence in him, If a woman
only understood that a little better.' "
Tale of a Horse.
There was much talk in Berlin when
it became known that Emperor Wil
liam, on the occasion of his recent
visit to Rome, had taken with him
his saddler. Now, however, a satis
factory reason baB been given. The
Kaiser, it appears, ordered that only
one of his horses Bhould bo sent to
"the Eternal City," and it happened
that the horse selected for this pur
pose had a short tall.
The Emperor became aware of this
fact at tho last moment, and, think
ing It very probable that he might
desire to wear his hussar uniform in
Rome, Jn which case he could not ap
pear In public thus arrayed on a horse
with a short tall, long tailed horses
being Indispensable to huzzars, he at
onco ordered his saddler to accom
puny him, and to bring with him a
long artificial charger at such times
as It became desirable to hide its
short caudal appendage. Ohio Stato
Immense Apartment House.
Ono of tho largest apartment
houses In Connecticut has Just been
completed at Hartford. It consists of
seventy-five apartments, varying from
one room and a bath to eight rooms
and a hath a public dining room, pub
lic reception room, ten servants'
rooms and a liberal supply of prlvato
Twins Born In Dublin.
Irish women can boast of having
twins moro frequently than any other
women In tho world. Twins aro born
m Dublin about onco in every, fifty
two births, as against a general
world average of ono In eighty.
M the IMttc Otd Town
HE quaint old church of lontr ago
8tands now. forsaken, on tho hill.
A warder to the one below
That nevermore may cross the all!;
For olden belle and olden beau
Have bowed beforo the Maker's will.
Within the church n. ahadow gray
Tho pews And alilei haa overcast
A shadow that will ever atay
Ho Ions; as the old church ahall last
Tho ahadow that upon to-day
la thrown from out the dreaming- paat.
Across the ahadow sometimes drift
Live memories that somehow trace
A picture, with a motion swift
The picture of a saintly face;
The face of one who joyed to lift
Tho songs and melodies of grace
And then they troop adown the aisles
The man, the matrons, and the maids;
And rustling ribalds, seemly smiles.
Come with the whisper of- the shades;
And then like all the aftirwhfies
The picture of tho old time fades.
Tho quaint old church of Ions ago
With roses clambering Its sides!
Ah, who can tell, and who may know
The Joy and sorrow that It hides
The memory of clinging woe.
And buoyant happiness of brides?
Sometimes, at eve, when all Is stttl.
And all about tho church Is calm,
And twilight settles on tho hill
With something of a hallowed balm,
Tho sephyra come, and croon and (111
The sllonco with an olden psalm.
W. D. N., in Chicago Tribune.
BONES TELL OF COMBAT.
Skeletons of Hunter and Cougar Are
Found Lying Together.
Evidence of a torrlblo fight In which
a human being and a wild animal
lost tholr Ijvos was discovered last
week on the slopes of Mt. Gibraltar,
ono mile south of Republic, Wash. It
consists of a human skeleton, tho
bones of a largo cougar and a rusted
The position of tho skeletons and
the fact that tho riflo was pumped
out and Its lever thrown down proves
that there must have been a terrific
oneountor between man and beast.
An examination of tho gun showed
that it had. had a year or more of
exposure. The find recalls to resi
dents of Republic that two man havo
disappeared from that town within
threo years, all trace of them being
lost. Ono young man started for bis
father's ranch in Okanogan county
was never heard of afterward.
Another man left Republic 'for Spo
kane, via Moyors Falls. Ho went
alone, carrying a rifle, and although a
letter was oxpected from him from
Myers Falls, no word was ovor re
ceived. It la bolievod that this man
perished In tho fatal encounter with
tho cougar. Now York Herald.
NUT8 AND TOMATOE8- HIS FOOD.
Minneapolis Man Says He Was Saved
From Death by "Fast Cure.
Petor Johnson has had nothing to
eat but handful of nuts and a raw
tomato a day for nlno months. Ho is
a living oxamplo of tho so-called fast
Johnson had partial paralysis of tho
left side a year ago, and was the
victim of brlght's disease, weighed 240
pounds, suffered from asthma and was
informed by his medical advisors that
he could not live moro than a month
or two. Now Johnson weighs 170
pounds, is harder than nails and freo
from aches and pains.
Johnson fasted nearly forty days,
when he began his "euro." Then, as
he tolls the story:
"I ate half a tomato a day for a
week and then Increased to a wholo
tomato. After a while I added a
half pound of mixed nuts. Three
weeks from the tlmo I bogan eating
I was told to eat moro by degrees, hut
never to overfeed. I shall never tako
a chance. The tomato and the nuts
with plenty of water, keep me In
splendid condition. I am as sound as
the day I was born. I can do four
times tho day's work I used to do."
New York Herald.
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