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Tho story opens at Monte Carlo with
Col. Terenco O'llourko, a military froo
nanco uml HomethlnK of a gamblor, In his
Jiotcl. leaning on tho balcony ho, sees a
lioautlful girl who suddenly enters tho
leloviitor and passes from sight. At the
gaming table O'llourko notices two men
watching him. Ono Is thu Hon Uertle
Olynn, whllo his companion In VlBcount
(Dcs Troben, a duelist. Tho viscount tolls
him tho French government has directed
him to O'llourko as a men who would
undertake a secret mission. At his apart
ment, O'llourko, who had agreed to un
dertake the mission, finds a mysterious
letter. Tho viscount arrives, hands a
nraled package to O'llourko, who Is not
to open It until on tho ocoan. A pair of
dainty slippers nro seen protruding from
undor a doorway curtain. The Irishman
finds tho owner of tho mysterious feat to
lio his wlfo, Ooatrlx. from whom ho had
run away a year provlous. Thoy are
reconciled, nnd opening tho letter ho finds
that a Rangoon law firm offors him
300,000 pounds for a Jewel known as the
Pool of Flamo and loft to him by a dy
ing friend, but now In kcoplng of ono
named Chambrot In Algeria. O'llourko
worsts tho nobleman In a duel. The wife
bids O'llourko farewell and ho promises
to Boon return with tho reward. Ho dis
covers both Olynn and tho ylcount on
board tho ship. As ho finds Chambret
thero Is nn attack by bandits and his
friend dies telllnir O'llourko that ho has
Vft tho Pool of Flomq with tne governor
Pnnern.1. who at s ulit of a signet ring
WvVn tho colonel will dollvor over tho
lewoi. Arriving at Algeria mo inwmui
inds tho governor general away. Des
'robes makes a mysterious nppointmunt.
rnd tolls O'llourko that ho. has galnod
Possession of tho Jewel by stealing It.
. duel O'llourko masters the
duel O'llourko masters the Viscount,
socurca nossesslon of tho Pool ..of Flame
Iind starts by ship for Rangoon. Ho finds
ho captain to bo a smugglor who tries to
Heal tho Jewel. It Is finally socurod by
ho captain and O'llourko escapes to
At midnight tho muezzin In a neigh
boring inlnarot turned his fnco to tho
windswept sky and summoned tho
faithful to prayer nnd mcdltntlon.
O'llourko pulled thoughtfully at his
plpo until tho musical, molancholy
wall had boon whipped away by tho
breath of tho khamsin, nnd thero was
tllonco savo for tho dull, heavy roar
ing overhead. Then ho losumod tho
conversation whero It had been Inter
rupted. "And yo say ye lovo tho young wom
an, Danny ?"
"I do that, yer honor,"
, "And yo would' marry hor?"
"Wld yor honor's conslnt J'm ready,
"I blcDD tho banns. Yo may havo
hor on ono condition."
"I'vo need of yeu as I'vo pointed
"Suro, yor honor knowB yo can count
on mo to tho last breath In mo, sor."
"Then yo'U como with mo to Bur
roah?" "Do you think, sor, I could elnpo of
nights, aftor hearln' from your own
lips what yo'vo been through and bub
pootln' what moro yo must go through
with before yo'vo won7 Will I bo
comln', Is ut? Faith, I'll go whether
yo want mo or not."
1 "And afterwards yo can como back
to MIbb Psycho horo, or whatovor her
name may bo."
"Ylss, yor honor, and thank yo kind
ly." . . . Abruptly Danny stnrtod
up. "Thoy'll bo comln' now, sor,' he
wild In an excited whlspor. "I'm think
In' I hoar thtm blundherlng down tho
I Ho turned toward the ronr of tho
uouso, and as O'Rourko roso to follow
him,' tho signal sounded on tho metal
door. Danny qulckoned his steps, and
s bo disappeared his mnstor slipped
quietly Into tho shodowa beneath tho
tivorhanglng gullory. From this point
of seclusion ho could hoar distinctly
tho Jar of tho bolts as Danny oponed
the iron door, followed by his hoarse
(whisper: "Whist! Is ut yersllvoB,
( Holo's volco answered him huskily:
'Who tho hell olso would it bo? Lot
ub In, you damn1 harp."
Tuo door creaked upon Its hinges;
nnd was cautiously closod, Tho bolts
rattled again. Footsteps shuffled
Blowly, as of men heavily burdened,
over the floor of oarth. Then, while
O'ltourke gathered himself together,
oxultatton In IiIb heart, and tho foro-
tasto of rovongo swoot In his mouth,
two cloakod figures scuffled Into tho
courtyard, brenthlng hard beneath
heir burdens of smuggled drug.
IIolu promptly dumped his slinro of
tho load down upon tho bench and
uwuug upon Danny. "Where's Nlc
lovlo?" ho domandod, evidently In as
ugly a mood as ho could muster.
"Where la 'oT atop staudln' thero
and stnrln' with yer balmy trap opou,
"That will bo about enough," sug
gested O'Rourko pleasantly, In a con
versational tono, stopping from IiIb
placo of concealmont "Don't call
names, Hole yo'ro too near your God
If ye havo ono, which I misdoubt,"
In tho clear, bright starlight tho pis
tols in his bands, woro plainly evident;
and ono stared tho captain in the eyo;
one covorcd tho Load of tho Pelican's
"Yo will not move I" said O'Rourko,
by I0UIS JOSEPH YANC
COPYRIGHT 1909 By OUOSEPH VANCE.
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"What For?" Demanded
sharply, "save and oxcept to put your
hands abovo your heads. So don't
dolay, Mr. Donnlson; I'vonovcr known
mo tompor to bo shorter."
IIolo began to splutter excitedly.
"Savo your breath, yo whojp!"
O'Rourko counseled him curtly. "Yo'll
have need of It before I'm dono with
ye." Ho added: "Search and dls
arm them, Danny."
Tho sorvant set about his task with
alacrity; it Is safe to Bay that ho loft
not so much as a match In the pocket
of either. Whllo ho was about It,
IIolo, with his oyos steadily fixed upon
tho unwavering muzzles of O'Rourko's
revolvers, managed to master hlB emo
tion enough to ask coherently:
"What aro you going to do with
"Yo'll boo In good time," returned
O'Rourko grimly. "Hnvo yo found It,
Danny backod away from Hole,
whom ho had searched aftor Donnl
son. "Ylsa, sor," ho roturnod. "At
loast, I think so. Is this ut?"
"I can't look at this moment, Danny.
Is It a loathor bag with somothtng
hard Inside, tho slzo of a hen's egg, or
a bit larger?"
"Tho vory saruo, yor honor."
"Vory woll," O'Rourko Biippressod
tho tremblo of roltot in his voice.
"Put it in your pocket, Dnuny tho
vory bottom of your pocket. Did yo
find a gun on either of thorn?"
"Ono on each, sor."
"Thon covor them, Danny."
For himself O'Rourko put down his
pistols and calmly Btrlppod off his
coat, rolling up his alcoves.
"IIolo." ho said, tersely, "don't
move. If yo do, Danny will puncture
yo. Your turn comes last, Donnl
son, yo may stop out."
"What for?" domandod tho Scot, nd-
"To rocolvo payment, with Interest,
for that blow yo gavo mo this oven
Ing, mo. man. Put up your hands.
I'm going, In your own words, Mr. Don
nlson, to hammer tho foar of Qod
Into as cownrdly and desplcnblo a pair
of BcoundroU as I'vo ovor encoun
tered. And," rofloctlvoly, "I've mot
a good many, nut most of tho others
Two bnttored and soro aallormcn
sat back to back, tholr arms lashed
to ono another and to tho contral up
right bo that neither could move, both
hnlf-Bubmergod In tho fountain of Nlc
covlo tho Q rook.
"Yo'll tlnd tho bath qulto refresh
ing," O'Rourko told them, preparing to
depart, "as woll as n novel experi
ence. 'Twin ao yo n world of good,
Captain Hole, as anyono will toll yo
who has over had tho mlDfortuno to
stand to leeward of ye. Your money
tho 8cot, Advancing.
and other belongings yo'll find on tho
bonch hero, If ovor yo aro loosed,
which I doubt. I call your attention
to tho fact that I tako nothing but
mo property, of which yo sought to
rob mo. On tho other hand, because
of that attompted robbory, I hereby ro
fuso to pay my bill for passage from
Athens to Alexandria. If yo care to
dlsputo It, mo solicitors In Dublin will
bo pleased to enter Into litigation with
yo. Gentlemen!" ho bowed Ironically,
"I bid yo good night."
Ho was still chuckling over tho out
corao when, twonty minutes later, ho
and Danny woro trudging through tho
silent Btreets of Alexandria, a full njlle
away from Danny's lodgings.
'Danny," O'Rourko pursued, with
just n hint of anxiety In his tono,
"would yo happon to bo fiavlng a bit
of lining In your pocket, now be acci
dent, as thoy say?"
Danny drew himself up proudly.
"I'vo eight hoondrcd nnd fifty pounds,
Ay-gyptlnn, sor, nnd two-hundred av
that is yours bo rights, beln' what
yo lent mo, yer honor, whllo nil tho
rlst Is yours for tho taking."
"That's lino, Danny, lino!" sighed
O'Rourko. "'Tls yourself will never re
gret Investing It In Pool of Flamo, Un
limited. I'll personally guurantea tho
lncomo from It, Danny."
"Shuro, sor, don't I kuow?"
"And In tho morning, early, Danny,
yo and I will take boat and go out to
tho Pollcnn for mo kit-box."
Rut In tho rooming, ns It happened,
tho Pollcan had dlscrootly left tho har
bor. CHAPTER XVIII.
It was mid-afternoon of n sultry day.
No air stirred. The PanJnnb was coal
ing nt Port Said.
O'Rourko eyed tho vcssol with dis
favor from tho shore; then dropped
Into a harbor dinghy, ensconced him
self nt tho tlllor-ropes, and caused
hlmsolf, with his luggngo and his
man-servant, to bo conveyed alongside
Near tho gangway he was hold
back; another boat had forestalled
him, another passenger was shipping
for tho East O'Rourko was Interested
Ho saw a woman, n slight, trim tig
uro becomingly nttlred In white, with
a votl about hor head, louve tho boat
and mount tho gangwny stops with a
springy, youthful stop, n cheerful and
posltlvo air, n certain but indefinable
calm of self-possession. At the top
uho paused, turned, looked down.
watching tho transfer of her luggago
and hor maid. , . . From sundry
Intangible Indications O'Rourko as
sumed tho second woman's figure to
bo tho lady's maid. And so did Danny.
Tho ono oyod tho mistress, the other
her Bcrvnnt, both with Interest . . ,
Tho woman on deck throw back hor
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mon beauty of tho English typo, full
colored nnd of classic mold. . . .
Tho Irishman was much too far away
to bo certain, but he fancied that her
gazo wandered toward him and but
this, of course was only imagination
that she started slightly.
At all events, sho was quick to drop
tho veil and turn away. Her maid
Joining her, both vanished beneath tho
canvas awnings. Tho boat that had
brought her sheered off, and O'Rourko
was permitted to board tho Panjnab.
It was a glad day, tho O'Rourko told
hlmsolf, as he trod those docks; It
saw him definitely started on his way
to tho East.
O'Rourke roused upon his olbow
and peered out of tho port of his
stateroom. Tho steamer was plowing
through tho Bitter Lakes. Ho saw a
string of- buoys, a width of water like
a jade, a vista of Band, flat, gray,
patched with gray-green 'deBert shrub,
bounded only by tho horizon. . . .
"Damn . . ." said ho listlessly.
He slipped down again upon bis back,
panted, nnd wiped his brow.
Danny, recognizing that ho was not
expected to respond, and being a
young man remarkably acuto to diag
nose his master's moods, prudently re
frained from, comment. Ho sat hunch
ed up on a cabin stool, his Intensely
red, bullet-shaped head bent low over
a bit of chamois skin, which ho was
sewing into a rough, sturdy bag.
As tho sun dipped beneath the rim
of tho horizon, a pleasant shadow In
vaded tho stateroom, until that mo
ment blOod-red with Its level rays.
And Danny straightened up, dropping
thimble and thread, announcing tho
completion of his needlework by a
brief, contented: "There!"
6'Rourko glanced at tho article
dangling from his valet's fingers, nnd
slammed tho book against tho bulk
head at the foot of his berth.
"Finished. Is It?" he exclaimed.
"Faith, 'tis about tlmo, yo lazy good-for-naught!"
Danny smiled serenely. "And a good
Job, too, sor," said ho proudly.
"M'anln' no onrespect to yer honor,"
ho added hastily.
O'Rourko took tho subject of discus
sion In his fingers and examined it
"Twill do," ho announced. "'Twill
servo Its purpose, If no more. Lay
out me evening clothes now." Ho
stood up, stopping to stare through
tho port. "Good enough," ho com
mented on what ho discovered with
out; " 'tis passing Suez we aro this
blessed minute. Prnlses be, we
caught a boat that doesn't stop hore."
Danny scratched an ankle thought
fully. "Ylss, yor honor," he assented,
dubious. "But, for all that, phwat's
to hinder annywan -from hoordln' us
bo boat, If they sh'u'd want to?"
O'Rourko turned and eyed tho man
keenly. "'Tls a great head yo have
on your shoulders, Danny," he said.
"Somotlmes yo betray almost canine
lntllllgenco. I'm be way of having
hopes of ye. Now get yo on deck and
watch to see who does como aboard,
If anyono, nnd report to me."
"Ylss, yor honor."
O'Rourko bolted the door after Dan
ny and assured himself that the key
hole was properly waddod, that no
crack existed through which his move
ments might bo observed from tho
gangway. Shrugging his broad shoul
ders ho returned to the seat vacated
by his valet and thrust a hand be
neath tho coat of his pajamas, with
drawing It a moment later, fingers
tightly wrapped about a rather bulky
And U10 Pool of Flamo lay glitter
ing nnd stabbing his eyes with shafts
Into its depths of pellucid tire
O'Rourke gazed long and earnestly, In
tho most profound meditation.
But nt longth, slipping tho ruby Into
tho now roceptnelo and drawing tho
lanyard tight about Its puckered
throat, he stood up and threw the loop
over his head, permitting tho bag with
Its precious contents to fall beneath
tho folds of his Jacket; and, Bhnklng
off tho sober mood Inspired In him by
tho study of tho stone, rang for a
steward, to whom, when ho responded,
ho entrusted a summons for Danny
"If bo bo It we're clear of Suez."
In tho course of Ave minutes or so
Danny himself tapped on tho door and
presented to bis mnstor a beaming
"Dlvvlo a sowl!" ho announced tri
umphantly. "Sure, 'tls ourselves havo
given thlm tho slip entirely!"
Ho fished n brand new kit-box from
beneath tho borth and, oponlng It, bo
ban to lay out O'Rourko't. clothing.
Ills mnstor Indulged In a sigh of re
lief. "Then no boat put off to us at
all?" ho questioned indifferently.
"Only wan," replied tho sorvant,
"and thot wld no wan In ut but a nay-gur."
"A negro?" domandod O'Rourko, fa
cing about "What do yo mean? Did
ho como aboard?"
"Suro and he did that, yer honor,
and caught us bo no mooro thin the
skin av his tatho and "
O'Rourko bent over tho man and
seizing him by the shoulders swung
him around so that their oyes met
"What tho dlvvlo!" demanded tho ad
venturer, "did yo mean by tolling mo
nobody boarded us, then? What "
"Sure, yer honor. . . . Aw, yor
honor! . . . "lis mesllf meant no
hnrrm at all, at all!" protested Danny,
"Didn't I say thot dlvvlo a sowl camo
aboord? Sure, thin, Is a nnygur a hu
man?" With an exasperated gesture
O'Rourko released the boy. " 'Tls too
much for mo yo are," ho said help
lessly. "Now and again I believe yo
have the makings of a man in ye, and
then ye go off and play the fool! If
I dldn t believe ye a pure simpleton
with not an ounco of mischief In your
body, I'd tako that out of your worth
less hide. Get on with yo! Tell me
about this 'naygur.' What sort of a
black man Is ho?"
"Sure, sor," whimpered Danny, " 'tis
mesllf that w'u'd die rather thin havo
yo talk to mo thot way, yer honor.
Upon mo sowl, I nlver thought yo'd
worry about a poor dlvvlo av a nay
gur, como aboard wld nothln' but a
say-chist and tho clothes he walks in,
beggln' for a chanst to worrk his
passage to Bombay, sor."
"Did they lot him sign on, then?"
"Dlvvlo a bit, raysplcts to ye." More
cheerfully Danny struggled with tho
studs In O'Rourko's shirt "Tho pur
ser was all for kicking him back Into
his boat, sor, whin he ofTered to pay
pnssage In tho steerage. So they lot
him stay, sor."
"Seemed to have money eh?"
"Aw, no, yer honor. 'Twas barely
able ho was to scrape ut all together."
"I belave so, yer honor. 'Tls harrd
for me to say. Wan av thlm naygur's
as much like another as two pays,
sor; 'tis all tarred wld the same brush
"Ah well," ho resumed moro pacific
ally, "belike he's what he seems, Dan
ny, and has no concern with us at all.
Whether or no, care killed tho cat .
. . D'ye, mind, Danny," ho swung
off on one of his characteristically
acute tangents, "tho little woman with
tho red hair? Though 'tls meselt
should beg the lady's pardon for men
tioning tho color of her hair In the
same room with that outrageous head
light of yours, Danny. . . . D'yo
mind her, I mean?"
"Tho wan yo observed at Poort
Said, sor? Tho wan ye told mo to
discover the name av?"
" 'Tls a bravo detective yo would
make, Danny. Ye have me meaning
"Aw, ylss." Danny's lips tightened
ns ho laced O'Rourko's patent-leather
shoes. Ho cast up at his master's
face an oblique glance of disapproval.
"I mind tho wan yo mane," he ad
Ho roso, and as he did so, O'Rourko
gently but firmly twisted him around
by the ear and as deliberately and
thoughtfully kicked him.
"What the dlvvlo Is the matter with
yo, Danny?" ho Inquired In pained re
monstrance. "It Is mad ye aro, or
havo ye no Judgment at all, yo scut,
that yo speak to mq In that tono?"
Solicitously Danny rubbed the
chastened portion of his person, grum
bling but unrepentant
O'Rourke grinned tolerantly, retain
ing his hold upon tho servitor's ear.
"Ow, yor honor, leggo! . . .'
Missus Prynno, sor!"
Tho wanderer gavo tho ear another
twoak, by way of enforcing tho les
son. "Prynne, Is it? And how did
you learn that Danny?"
"'Twas her maid told mo, sor. Leg
go, yer hpnor, plazo "
"And how did her maid come t .
tell yo, yo great ugly, long-leggel
"Sure ow! 'twart only a bit av a
kiss I was by way av glvln' her,
"That'll do, Danny," O'Rourke chuc
kled. Tho pent of the trumpet announcing
dinner Interrupted his contemplated
lecture on tho ethics of Investigation
nnd tho perils of flirtation as between
mold and man worvant
(TO DE3 CONTINUED.)
"And be Bald ho was willing to dlt
"Not exactly in those words, but
that was the Impression ho was evi
dently trying to convey."
"What did bo say?"
"Ho w-ld ho was ready to eat you:
cooking any time you said tho word."
t Houston Poss.
Making Chaete In Olden Days.
Choose was mado by the old-tlma
farmers In the summer on tho co-op
eratlvo plan by which four cattle own
ers owning say 14 milch cows rocelvod
all tho milk night and morning, ac
cording to tho dally ylold of tholr
llttlo hord. Thus given two families
having Ave cows each, -ono with throo
and ono with ono, supposing that tho
average ylold per cow was tho samo,
In two weeks two owners would mako
tlvo cheeses each; one would press
threo, and one only ono cheese, but
this one would bo as good and as largo
as any of tho rest "Nobility of tho
Trades Tho Farmer," Charles Wins
low Hall, In National Magazine.
A Pittsburg drummor in a small
town dropped into a placo to got a bite
to eat. The placo looked familiar, but
ha didn't know the proprietor.
"Been running this placo long?" in
quired tho drummer.
"No; 1 just inherited it from my
"Ah, yes. I know him. I recognize
this old cheeso sandwich on the counter."
A hotter thing than tooth powder to
cleanso and whiten tho teeth, removo
tartar and prevent decay Is a prepara
tion called Paxtlno Antiseptic. At
druggists, 25c a box or sent postpaid
on receipt of prlco by The Pnxton
Tollot Co., Boston, Mass,
"I think th' pillory ought to bo re
vived as punishment for this frenzied
"Because it provided a fitting penal
ty In stocks and bonds."
B thrifty on llttlo things like bluing1.
Don't accept water for bluing. Ask for Hod
Crou Ball liluo, the extra good yaluo blue.
A woman never thinks her husband
so unreasonable as when ho expects
her to be reasonable.
Mrs. Wlnslow's Soothing Syrup for Children
teething, softens the gums, reduces In (lamina
tion, allays palu, cures wind colic, SSa a bottle.
It's easier to lead somo men to
drink than it is to drive them away
Lest you forgot when next In need of a
laxative remember thu name "Ganloltl Too."
K trial will couvlnco you of Its merits.
AH women aro more or less cred
ulous, and somo havo faith In their
i . 3
Should find you with a hearty
And your food should taste
A "don't care" oort of feelinc
Somo dlsturbanco of tho
Stomach, Liver or Bowels.
Will tone and sweeten tho
Regulate and assist tho
Mako you feel like new.
Try a bottle and be convinced.
Make the Liver
Do its Duty
Nine times in ten when the liver la
right tho stomach and bowels are right
pel a lazy liver to ,
ao its duty.
and Distress After Eating.
SMALL PILL, SMALL DOSE, SMALL PRICE.
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