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Mr. Brlgga callod ono evening to
bco his sweetheart, and her llttlo
brother, Tom, was entertaining him
until tho young woman camo down.
"Tom, when your Bister comes down
and is comfortably seated on tho
couch with mo, I want you to tiptoe In
softly and turn tho gas down low, will
"You'ro too lato," replied tho boy.
"SIstor Just told mo to como In and
turn It out." Judgo.
The Main Thing.
"Wouldn't you dlo for mo?" sho
"Gladly, darling," ho answered.
"And would thoro," sho continued,
softly, "bo anything left for me after
tho undertaker's bill was paid?" Tho
, Thr story opens nt Monto Carlo with
ICol. Terenco O'llourko. a military free
lanen and nomethlnK of a Rambler, In Ills
jiiotrl. Leaning on tho balcony ho neon a
beautiful girl who suddenly cnterB tho
elevator and putties from sight. At the
iKomlnrr tablo O'llourko notice two men
watching him. Ono Is tho Hon. Bortlo
Glynn, whllo his companion Is Viscount
iDch Treties, a dtiollst Tho viscount tells
him the French government has directed
him to OTtourkc as a man who would
undertake a secret mission. At his apart
jnont. O'ltourke, who had agreed to u..
dertako the mission, finds n mystorloui
loiter. Tho viscount nrrlvcs, hands a
sWed package to O'ltourke. who Is not
to' opon It until on tho occon. A pair of
dAlnty nllnpors aro seen protruding from
undor a doorway curtain. Tho Irishman
finds tho owner of tho mysterious feet to
be his wife, I3catrlx, from whom h had
(run away a year previous. They aro
reconciled, and opening tho letter ha finds
that a Kangoon law Arm offers him
100,000 pounds for a Jewel known as tho
lool of Flamo and left to him by a dy
ing friend, but now In keeping of ono
.named Chambrot In Algeria. O'llourko
.worsts tho nobloman In a duel. The wlfo
(bids O'llourko farowoll and ho promises
to soon return with tho reward. -Ho dis
covers both Olynn and tho viscount on
bojrrd tho ship. As ho finds Chambrot
there Is an attack by bandits and his
friend dlen telling O'llourko that ho has
left tho Pool of Flamo with tho governor
Koneral, who at sight of a slgnot ring
.fclvon tho colonel will deliver over tho
Jewol. Arriving at Algeria tho Irishman
tlnds the governor general away. v Dcs
Ji'robos makes a mystorlous appointment,
Tind tolls O'llourko that he has gained
(possession of tho Jowel by stealing it. In
n duol O'llourko masters thn viscount,
hecurcs possession of tho Pool of Flame
lind Blurts by ship for Rangoon. He finds
tho captain to bo n smuggler who tries to
steal tho Jewel. It Is finally sccuied by
tho captain and O'Rourko escapes to
land. With the nld of ono Danny nnd
nls sweetheart, O'llourko recovers tho
I'oolnf Flame. On board ship onco more,
bound for Rangoon, a mysterious lady
appears, O'llourko comes upon a lase.ir
about to attack tho lady, who Is a Mrs.
Prynne, and kicks tho man. Into tho hold,
CHAPTER XX. (Continued.)
Hor spirit, through her oyca, nn
swered his In a Hash. Then cooling,
sho looked him over from crown to
tlo, weighing him tlcllborately In tho
bnianco of her knowledge of men.
Ho bore Iho Inspection with equanim
ity, qulto sure of himself, as wan nat
ural In tho O'Rourko. Provoked, put
on his mettlo, -ho folt himself invin
cible, and showed It In every lino of
his pose. Sho could not liavo wavorod
long;i tndood, her decision was quite
manlfcut. Impulsively sho caught his
two handf) 'n hor own.
"Yea," sho cried, "I do hollovo you!
1 tako you at your word your gener
ous word, Colonel O'Rourko! I will
trust Implicitly In you. You shall get
mo to Dombay by tho fifteenth."
"The flltconth?" ho echoed thought
fully. "ThU Is tho tenth."
"Tho Tanjnab la scheduled to ar
rlvo on tho fifteenth. All my plans
dopond upon thoro being no delays."
"Flvo days! ... It shall bo
managed, Mrs, Prynno. Bombay by
tho fifteenth It shall bo, or tho
O'Rourko will havo broken his heart!"
Sho grow thoughtful. "You aro very
good I'vo told you that. I bollovo
that you will accomplish what you
promise. Yot It scorns hardly fair to
saddle you with my cares, my perils,
without Informing you of their na
"Madam, 'tis not tho O'Rourko who
would ovor bo prylns Into your so
crols. Lot'u not complicate a slraplo
situation with explanations."
"nut, colonel, thoro is ono thing
more" Ho pauBod. "It is a question,"
ho continued, "of chartorlng n ahlp
At Adon, is it not?"
"I boo no othor way."
"Then spare no oxponso, Colonel
O'Rourko. Remombor that I foot tho
"Rut er "
"Or, if you insist, air, I pay nothing:
Croat Drltatn pays for both of us."
I "Eh? Yob?" ho Btammorod.
I "But Bee, colonel."
1 IIt had before then noted lndlffor
ontly that sho woro a chain of thin,
fluo gold about hor nock, Its termlun
Uou proBUinably a lockot of somo
oort hlddon in tho folds of hor cor
eaga, Now sho quietly pulled this
forth, and dlsplnyod hor pendant, n
llttlo trinket of gold, a running grey
hound exquisitely modeled.
Stunnod, ho stared first at tho top,
then at tho woman, "Yo moan to say
7" ho whispered, doubting.
"On tho Klng'B sorvlco, Colonel
"A Klng'B courier, madam? You
"And why not?" sho demandod
proudly. "Tho King's messengers daro
many dangers, It's truo. Rut in Bomo
of thorn might not a woman servo bet
tor than a man?"
"Truo enough. Yet 'tis unprece
dented at least, yo'll admit, most un
usual. I bogln to understand. That
lascar, for Instance ?"
"Rollovo mo, Colonol O'Rourko, I'm
at Uborty to toll you nothing."
"Tell mo this, at lonBt: would ye
know him If yo saw him again?"
"Truthfully," Bho said, looking him
in the oyo, "I would not. J will say
ono other word: I bad anticipated hio
attack, although I bad novor Boon hltn
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"Faith, 'tis yoursolf that has your
courago with yo, Mrs. Prynno! . . .
Cut good night, madam! Your serv
ant!" "Good night, colonel," sho said softly,
and ns sho watched him Bwlng away
laughed lightly and strangoly. Later,
still standing outsldo her door, uho
sighed, nnd an odd light glowed deep
In her oyoa of graylahgrecn. Sighing
again, and with another low laugh
that rang a thought derisive, as
though sho wero flouting tho man
whoso sorvlco sho accepted so gladly,
sho turned nnd vanished within her
Ab sho did bo, tho opposite door
that of an lnsldo stateroom on tho
samo gangwny was opened cnutlous
ly. A turbaned head poored out, lta
oyes glancing swiftly up and down tho
corridor. Long slnco, howovor, tho
excited passengers had been reassur
ed and had returned to their bertlm;
tho coast was clear,
Tho lascar stopped noiselessly out,
shut tho door without a Bound, and
apod swiftly forward: a long, brown
man with an lmpasslvo cast of coun
tennnco In which his eyes shono with
a curious light.
Ab ho swung into tho Bpaco at iho
foot of tho saloon companlonway, ho
collided violently with an undersized
and excossivoly red-headed Irishman,
nenrly upsetting tho latter, to say
nothing of a glass of brandy-nnd-soda
which ho was conveying to a certain
"Phwnt tho dlvvlo, yo domnod nay
gur! Pwhy d'yo not look whero yo'ro
going?" demanded Danny with Bomo
Tho East Indlnn bncked away, bow
ed profoundy, mumbling something In
articulate, and sprang up tho Btcps.
Danny looked after him, for a moment
hesitant, then put down tho tray nnd
pursued. Ho caught tho flicker of tho
lnscar's cummerbund as tho latter os
capod to tho deck, and himself arrived
at tho forward end of tho promenade
Just In tlmo to boo a whlto shapo dis
appear into tho Btoorago companion
wny, "I'd tako mo oath," said Danny re
flectively, "thot ho's tho naygur thot
camo aboard at Suoz. 'Tla mesolf
thot wishes I'd had a bctthcr peep at
tho ugly mug av him. I'm thinking
I'd botthcr bo nftor tcllln himself."
Lurching drunkonly Into tho harbor
known locally ns Aden Dack I3ay. tho
Panjnab enrao to anchor.
O'Rourko, from tho lower grating of
tho steamship's accommodation Ind
der, signaled to ono of tho Bwarm of
hovering dlnghys, and waiting for It to
como In, reviewed tho anchored ship
ping, gnthored transiently together In
that spot from the four corners of tho
enrth, and shook his head desponding-
A yollow-hnlrod Somali boatman
shot his llttlo craft In to tho grating.
O'Rourko dropped upon tho stern-seat
and took tho tlllor. "Post Offlco pier,"
ho Bnld curtly. Tho dinghy shot away
with dipping, dripping oars, whllo tho
Irlshmnn continued to Bonrch among
tho vossols for anything that scorned
to promiso tho speed necessary for his
purpose, and failed to discover ono.
"'Tla hopoloss," ho conceded bitter
ly as tho boat wovo a sorpontlno wako
In and out nmong tho heaving bulks.
"And, I'm thinking, 'tis tho O'Rourko
who will prcsontly bo slinking back to
confoss ho bragged beyond his pow
ers, Tho fool that yo aro, Terence,
with your big words nnd jour flno
promises, nil empty ns your purso!
'Tis out of pntlenco I am with yo en
tirely!" Doubtloss ho mndo tho very picture
So, at least, soemed to think a man'
lounging In a dilapidated canvaB deck-
chair beneath a dirty awning In tho
stern of n dlstnnt tramp atoamer;
who, raking tho shoroward-bound with
a pair of rusty blnoculnrs, had chanced
to focus upon O'Rourko.
"Looks nB if ho hadn't a friend In
tho world," said tho man audibly.
"LookB as if a lottor from homo with
cash draft 'ud about 1111 his llttlo bill."
Ho grunted In pleased appreciation
of Ills own subtlo wit. A short man
ho wns, stout, very much at- homo In
grimy pajamas and nothing olao, with
oyoa small, bluo, Informed with twin
kling humor nnd set In a florid coun
tonnnco bristling with n threo dayB'
growth of grayish beard.
Ho swung tho glassos again upou
O'Rourke, and, "Holll" ho oxclnltnod,
Blttlug up with Btlmulntcd Interest.
"Well, by Jinks I" Bald tho stout man.
"Who'd a-thunk It?"
Ho got up with evident haBto and
waddled forward to tho bridge, whero
ho camo upon what ho evidently noed
cd In hla business: a hugo and bat
torod megaphone. Applying this to
his lips and ailing bis lungB ho bol-
lowed with a right good will, and his
hall, not unllko tho roaring of an
amlablo bull, awoko Aden's ochoea:
"Good morning," murmured tho Irsh
man, lifting his head to staro about
him with Incredulous curiosity.
"Who's that barking nt me?"
Tho pajama'd person continuing to
shout at tho top of his voice, by dint
of carnost staring tho Irishman event
ually located tho sourco of tho up
roar. "Now who tho dlvvlo might yo
be?" ho wondered. "Ananias, mo
friend" to the boatman "row to tho
stenmor yonder where tho nolso coma's
Whereupon tho stout man, acelng
tho boat alter Its courso, put asldo tho
megaphone. And ngaln peace brooded
On ncaror approach to tho tramp,
O'Rourko'a snillo broadened to a
ploasod grin, nnd airily ho waved a
hand to tho man with tho voice.
"Jimmy Quick!" ho observed with
unfeigned delight. "Faith, I begin to
bollovo that mo luck holds, after all!"
From tho bottom step of tho tramp's
ladder ho tossed a coin to tho boat
man, then mounted to tho deck. In
continently tho stout man fell hoavlly
upon his neck with symptoms of ex
trcmo Joy. A lull succeeding his first
transports, ho wiped his eyes, benmed
upon his guest and suggested Insinuat
"Brevity's ever tho bou! of your
wit, captain," Bald O'Rourko. "I will."
And ho meekly followed Quick's baro
heels forwnrd to tho officer's quarters
beneath the brldgo.
Having set him In a chair, Quick,
still a-gurglo, wandered off, unearth
ed a bottle, beamed upon his visitor,
asked a dozen questions In as many
broaths and, without waiting for an
nnswor, waddled off again to return
with a braco of dripping soda-water
bottles. "Schwcppo's," ho said, pat
ting their rotund forms tendorly;
"and tho last In our lockers all In
your honor, colonel."
"So?" commented O'Rourke. "Hard
up, is it? 'Tis not tho O'Rourko who
With an Unconscious, Surprised
would ho wlshlnc yo 111, cnptnln, dear,
but, faith, mcaolfs not sorry to henr
that word this day. I'm thinking me
luck Is sound, nftor all."
Quick hnd ngnln vanished. Present
ly O'llourko hoard hls mighty volco
booming down an engine-room vontlla
tor. "Dravos! Dravos, you loatorl
Como up and seo a strange eight!"
Ho camo back, still vibrant with an
olophantlno sort ot Joy. "O'Rourko."
ho punted, mopping a damp brow with
tho slcovo ot his Jacket, "you'ro a
good sight for soro oyes. Novor did
wo moot up with you yot but thoro
camo a run of luck."
"'Tis good hearing," said O'llourko.
A slight llttlo man Bllppod a bald
LmM Hi I'm HBBnSSHSSf?
Wm VzLT I -
head, relieved by ragged patches of
gray hair about tho temples, apolo
getically Into tho cabin door.
"Tho top of tho day to yo, Dravos!"
snld O'Rourke loudly, for llttlo Dravos
was partially deaf. "And how aro tho
Tho engineer carefully hitched up
his trousers and regarded tho wander
er with temperate geniality.
"Good afternoon, Colonol O'Rourko,"
ho roplled, clipping his words mincing
ly. "Very nicely, I thank you."
Ho shook hands, snt down on tho edgo
of a berth with tho manner of ono
who fears ho Intrudes, and glanced
scarchlngly at Quick. "If you'ro go
ing to servo the drinks, cap'n," ho
snapped acidly, "hump yoursolf!"
Ho accepted his glass with n dis
passionate air and drank hastily aftor
a short nod to tho guost, as ono who
sacrifices his personal Inclinations to
the laws of hospitality. Dut from his
after-glow of bonevolenco, O'Rourko
concluded that tho drink had not been
"What brings you hero?" demanded
Quick In a subdued roar.
"I've a Job for ye, If so bo It ye'ro
not otherwise engaged and If yo can
Quick slapped a huge thigh delight
edly. "I know it could havo sworn
"Can do anything," assorted Dravos
" 'TIs merely a question of speed,"
explained tho Irishman. "Can yo mako
Bombay in four days bo tho fif
teenth?" "Dravos," roared Quick, "how much
speed can you get out of thoso
"Twenty knots." snapped Dravos.
"When can you sail?"
"To-night," said Dravos.
"If," stipulated Quick, "I can pick
up a crow In Aden."
" 'Tis settled then."
"We'll need a bit of money In ad
vance." "Yo shall havo It, within reason."
Dravos roso and sidled towards tho
door, a faraway look In Ills palo eyes.
Oath, O'Rourko Stepped Aside.
"You strlko tho bargain, Quick," ho
said; "I'll havo a look around tho
"Rlght-O. Bobby. . . . Yoursolf
alono, I B'poso, O'Rourko?"
"And threo others. Danny "
"And two ladles; an EngllBhwora
an and hor maid."
Dy nlno o'clock tho Raneo lay with
stonm up, ready to weigh anchor.
It Is no prnlso to Dravos to Btate
that his engines wero In ndmlrnblo
condition. Such wa3 their lnvnrlublo
stato. For nn assistant ho Impressed
Into sorvlco uono othor than Danny
Mahono, to Danny's lntonso dismay.
O'Rourko took upon hlrasolf tho du
ties of first officer under Captain
Quick. Tho Irishman cared llttlo for
tho sea, know less of a first officer's
duties; but it was patent that Quick
could not stand every wntch, and
O'Rourke was not to bo daunted by
any such slight matter as nautical In
experience. In tho knowledge thnt they wero
safely off at last thoro was poignant
relief to tho wanderer, ns ho stood by
Quick's side, on the bridge, with mid
night Imminent and tho ship still and
peaceful. "I'll stand tho night watch
es," tho captain announced. "By
morning we'll bo far enough out for
you to tako hold without spraining tho
art of seamanship. G'dnlght."
"Thank yo," said O'Rourko. In fact,
he had long been sensible that he was
very drowsy; tho night wind In his
faco had something to do with that.
"Good night," ho returned, and went
down tho ladder to tho deck.
At Its foot ho paused, turning cuit
ously; It seomed thnt surely thors
must bo some serious trouble afoot In
tho crew. The Irishman could seo In
the glimmer of tho forecastle lantern
a confused blur of naked, shining,
brown bodies and limbs, apparently
inextricably locked. A scream rang
shrill and there followed tho sound of
a heavy fall.
Overhead, on tho bridge, Quick was
roaring himself hoarse, without effect.
The sounds of shuffling, of blows,
harsh breathing, stifled cries, contin
ued. A knot of tho contestants swept,
whirling, nft, toward tho superstruct
ure. Somothlng shot singing through
tho air; tho wind of It fanned
With an unconscious, surprised oath,
O'Rourko stepped aside, his hand go
ing toward his revolver. Tho mlssllo
struck a stnnchlon, glanced and fell
clattering Into tho scuppers. Revolver
In hand, ho went forward to tho rail
overlooking tho struggling rabblo on
tho deck below. But they seemed In
tent only on their private differences,
and Quick's roars were bringing them
to their sonses. Gradually tho tumult
subsided, the contestants separating
and slinking forwnrd to their quarters.
"It may havo been chance,"
O'Rourko conceded a bit doubtfully.
Ho swung about and moved aft slow
ly, examining tho deck intently. In a
moment or two ho stopped and picked
up a long, thln-bladed knife, doublo
edgod and keen as a razor. Tho point
wns broken, having doubtless been
bnapped off at tho moment of contact
with tho deck-house. O'Rourko turned
It over soberly.
"Faith, I don't llko to think it was
intentional but mo head would havo
beori split had it como two Inches to
Ho returned to tho brldgo, calling
Quick asldo. "You're armed?"
"Certainly always armed when I'm
dealing with these devils. Why?"
O'Rourko showed him tho knlfo.
Quick laughed at his theory. "Noth
ing In it," ho wns pleased to believe.
Tho day camo out of tho East with
a windy swagger; ns Quick had fore
told, a series' ot thunderstorms swept
tho sea before dawn, so thnt It, llko
tho sky, seemed newly washed, clean
O'Rourko relloved Quick at four
bells of the morning watch and kept
tho deck for the remainder of tho day,
his meals being brought to him on
the bridge. His duties woro simple
enough, requiring imio more than a
display of tho habit of authority
which sat so woll on his broad shotir
ders. It was no groat trick to keep
the crew In order: they went about
tholr work peaceably enough nnd
showed no signs of desiring to renew
their disputations. Otherwise ho hnd
to keep nn oyo upon the helmsman
and seo that ho held the Raneo to tho
course prescribed by Quick; nnd that
was nothing difficult to a man of av
erage Intelligence. Naught but deep
water lay between them and Bombay,
bo long as a direct course was shaped
As tho sunlit watches woro out and
nothing untoward took place,
O'Rourko's grim apprehensions dissi
pated Into shadows. Ho began to bo
llovo with Quick thnt tho affair of tho
winged knlfo was meroly a hapchanco
accident, quite unpremeditated.
Below decks, Dravos and Danny
woro standing wntch-and-watch, with
clockwork regularity, whoro tho for
mer's beloved engines wero Justifying
his confidence and prldo In them nnd
clicking off tholr twenty knots with
out a hitch.
(TO I1E CONTINUED.)
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