Plattsmouth weekly herald. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1882-1892, September 08, 1887, Page 6, Image 6

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f rruan o '
h jksv
i t7 honest tratlo and savings In tho bank at
I Zanzibar, for living bcre costa mo next to
! nothing. Bo, though it will bo hard to leave
this j.luco, which I Lavo niailo to blossom liko
a rosy in tho wilderness, and hunler btill to
loave the peoplo I bavo taught, I ahull go."
"I congratulate you on your decision," an-
f Bwerel I, "for two reasons. Tho first U, that
; you owe a duty to your wifo aiul daughter,
i and more efqioeially to tho latter, who should
receive ttomo education und mix with girls of
!lier own race; .otherwise she will grow up
wild, shunning ber kinL Tho other is, that
us suro a I am standing hero, sooner or later
i; the Mubai will try to avenge tuo slaughter 111-
llicted ou them today i wo or turoo men are
mirn In hnvn f-scjinul in tho confusion, who
L will carry tbo utory buck to their people, and
tne result win do mat a great eipoumon wui
one day bo sent against you. It might bo do
layod for a year, but sooner or later it will
coma. Therefore, if only for that reason, I
kIjouI.1 iro. Wlion once thev have learned
t that you are no longer hero they may per-
r . i
haps leave the place atone.
"You aro quit right," answered the clergy
man. "I will turn my back uion this place
In a month. Cut it will bo a wrench; it will
lm a wrench.
l C I A ITER IX. -
A wook nau passeu, ami wo an tw. u(r
iVht in tho Mission dininx room.
feeling Tery much depressed In spirits, for
r!the reason that wo were going to say good by our kind irieuaa tno xacKenzies, anu ue-
part upon our way at Uuwu ou ino morrow.
Ftuo Masai, and save for a spear or two which
n.. v,,u... Atrarhw.bul ci ml was mstJnor in the
h tiUU UWU V V uv - o
If grass, and a few empty cartridges where we
had stood outside the wall, it wouni nave
k beeu difficult to tell that tho old cattio Ki aai
Pat the foot of the sloiw had been tho scene of
rtnsmratA a struirsle. Mackenzie was,
E, thanks chiefly to his being so temperate a
! man, rapidly recovering from his wound, and
t i i 4. -. i .... -. Lnin tiifrl,oc nnil n3
IjCOUHl gin, ttUWUk Ull u vri. w ""-" -
Ffor the other wounded men, one had died of
f gangrene, and the rost were in a iair way to
recovery. Mr. Aiacnenzie s caravan ui
fj had also returned from the coast, so that the
K station was now amply garrisoned.
nwi..r thsn circumstances wo concluded.
warm and pressing as were tho invitations
for us to stay, that it was time to movo on,
first to ML Kenia, and thence into the un
known in soarch of tho mysterious white race
which we bad,sct our hearts on discovering.
This time wo were going to progress by
means of the "humble but useful donkey, of
which we had collected no less than a dozen
to carry our goods and chattels, and, if neces
sary, ourselves. "Wo had now but two Wak
wafls left for servants, and found it quite im
possible to get other natives to venture with
us into the unknown parts we proposed to ex
plore. Thot avoninr. while wo were sitting on the
veranda, smoking a pipe before turning in,
who should come np to us but Alphonso, and
with a magnificent bow announce his wish
for an interview. Being requested to fire
away, he explained at some length that he
was anxious to attach himself to our party
a statement that astonished me not a little,
knowing what a coward the little man was.
hnwovpr. soon, appeared. Mr.
EA 11U tlJVlJ -w - 1
Mackenzie was going down to tho coast, and
E thence on to .England, now, n no went, uuwu
country, Alphonso was persuuutxi mu
would be seized, extradited, sent to France
and guillotined. This was the idea that
haunted him, as King Charles' head haunted
Mr. Dick, and he brooded over it till hi3
imagination exaggerated the dangor ten
times. As a matter of fact, tho probability
is that bis offense against the laws of hia
country had long ago been forgotten, and
that be would have been allowed to pass un
molested anywhere except in France; but he
could not bel got to see this. Constitutional
coward as tho little man was, he infinitely
preferred to face the certain hardships ani
great risks and dangers of such an expedi
tion as ours than to expose himself, notwith
standing hia intense longing for his native
land, to the possible scrutiny of a polico officer---
which is, af ter all, only another exem
plification of the truth that, to the majority
of men, a far off, foreseen danger, however
shadowy, is much more terrible than the
most serious present emergency. After listen
ing to what he had to soy, we consulted
among ourselves, and finally agreed, with
Mr. Mackenzie's knowledge and consent, to
owwrt hia offer. To beein with, we were
very shorthauded, and Alphonse was a quick,
active fellow, who could turn his hand to
anything, and cook ah, ho could cook! I
believe that he would have made a palatable
dish of those gaiters of hi3 heroic grandfather
which he was so fond of talking about. Then
he was a good tempered little man, and
merry as a monkey, while his pompous, vain
glorious talk was a Bourco of infinite amuse
ment to us; and what is more, he never bore
malice. Of course, his being so pronounced
a coward was a great drawback to him, but
now that we knew his weakness, we could
more or less guard against it. So, after warn
ing him of the undoubted risks he was expos
ing himself to, we told him that wo would ac
cept his offer on condition ' that he would
mmlM imnlicit obedience to our orders. We
also promised to give him wages at tho rate
of 10 a montn snouia ne ever return to a
ni'iriii'To v-inntrv to receive them. To all of
this be agreed with alacrity, and retired to
write a letter to his Annette, wnicn air. iiac
keuzie promised to post when he got down
country. lie read it to us afterward, Sir
Henry translating, and a wonderful compo
sition it was. I am sure the depth of his de
votion and the narration of his sufferings in
. flc M M a.
a barbarous country, iar, iar irum inee,
Annette, for whose adored sake I endure such
sorrow," ought to have touched up the feel
inc3 of the stoniest hearted chambermaid.
Well, the morrow came, anu oy i o ciock
the donkeys were all loaded, and tho time of
rfinr nu nt hand. It was a melancholv
business, especially saying goodby to dear
little Flossie, one ana i were great iranos,
i nffn nvd to havo talks together but
her nerves had never got over the shock of
that awful night when she lay in the power
of those bloodthirsty Masai "Oh, Mr.
Quatermain," she cried, throwing her arms
round my neck and bursting into tears, "I
can't bear to say goodby to you. I wonder
when we shall meet again i
"I don't know, my dear utue giri, x said.
I am at one end of life and yon are at the
Bother I have but a short time Dei ore me ac
best, and most things lie in the past, but I
hope that xor you luere mo mou
happy years, and everything lies in the
future. By and by you will crow into a
beautiful woman, Flossie, and all this wild
life will be like a far off dream to you, but I
hope, even if we never do meet again, that
you will think of your old friend and remem
ber what I say to you now. Always, try to
, i rD1. f.n,l tr da what i3 right,
rathor than what happens to be pleasant, for
L tho end, whatever sneering people may
say, what is good and what is happy ore tho
same. Bo un-stllish, and whenever you can,
givo a helping band to tithers for tho world
is full of buffering, my dear, and to alleviate
it is the noblest end that we can (set before us.
If you do that you will become a sweet and
Ood fearing woman and make many i)o
plo's lives a little brighter, and then you will
not have lived, as so many of your sex do, in
vain. And now I have given you a lot of
old fashioned advice, aud so I am going to
give you something to sweeten it with. You
seo this little piece of paper. It is what is
called a check. When wo are gono glvo it to
your father with this noti not before, mind.
You will marry one day, my dear little
Floasio, and it is to buy you a wedding
present which you ore to wear, and your
duughter after you, if you havo one, in re
membrance of Hunter Quarterinain."
l'oor littlo Flossio cried very much, and
gave me a lock of her bright hair in return,
which I still have. The check I gave ber
was for 1,000 (which, being now well off,
and having no calls upon me except thoso of
charity, I could well afford), and in tho note
I directed her father to invest it for her ia
government security, and when she married
or came of age, to buy her tho best diamond
necklace he could get for the money and
accumulated interest. I chose diamonds be
cause I think now that King Solomon's mines
are lost to the world, their prico will never
bo much lower than it i.1 at present; so that
if in after life she should over bo in pecuniary
difllculties, she will bo able to turn them into
Well, at last we got off after much hand
shaking, hat waving, and also farewell salut
ing from the natives, Alphonso weeping co
piously (for ho has a warm heart) at parting
with bis matter and mistress; and I Was not
sorry for it at all, for I hate thoso goodbys.
Perhaps the most affecting thing of all was
to witness Umslopogaas' distress at parting
with Flossie, for whom tho grim old warrior
had conceived a Rtrong affection. He used
to suy that she was as sweet to see as the only
star on a dark night, and was never tired of
loudly congratulating himself on having
killed the Lygouani who had threatened to
murder ber. And that was the last we saw
of the pleasant Mission house a true oasfo in
tho desert and of European civilization.
But I often think of the Mackenzies, and
wonder how they got down country, and if
they are now safe and well in England, and
will ever seo these words. Dear littlo Flossie I
I wonder how eho fares thero where there are
no black folk to do her imperious bidding,
and no sky piercing, snow clad Kenia for her
to look at when she gets up in the morning.
And so goodby to Flossie.
After leaving the Mission house we made
our way comparatively unmolested past tho
base of Mount Kenia, which the Masai call
"Donyo Egere," or tho "speckled mountain,"
on account of the black patches of "rock that
apiar upon its mighty spire, where the sides
aro too precipitous to allow of tho snow lying
on them; then on past the lonely lake Ba
ringo, where one of our two remaininj
Askari, having unfortunately trodden upon
a puff adder, died of snake bite in spite of all
our efforts to save him. Thenco we proceeded
a distance of about 150 miles to another mag
nificent snow clad mountain, called Leka
kisera, which has never, to the best of my
belief, been visited before by a European,
but which I cannot now stop to describe.
There we rested a fortnight, and then started
out into the trackless and uninhabited forest
of a vast district called ElgumL On emerg
ing from the great Elgumi forest, wo, still
steering northward, in accordance with tho
information Mr. Mackenzio had collected
from the unfortunate wanderer who reached
him only to die so tragically, struck the base
in due courso of the largo lako called Laga by
tho natives, which is about fifty miles long
by twenty broad, and of which it may be
remembered be made mention. Thence we
pushed on nearly a month's journey over great
rolling uplands something like those in the
Transvaal, but diversified by patches of bush
.1 rvWI.'rt -
Into the unknown.
All this time we were continually ascend
ing at the rate of about 100 feet every ten
miles. Indeed, the country was on a slope
which appeared to terminate at a mass of
snow tipped mountains, for which we were
steering, and where wo learned the second
lake, of which tho wanderer had spoken as
tho lake without a bottom, was situated. At
length we arrived there, and having ascer
tained that there was a large lake on the top
of the mountains, ascended 3,000 feet more
till we came to a precipitous cliff or edge, to
find a great sheet of water, some twenty miles
square, lying 1,500 feet below us and evidently
occupying an extinct volcanic crater or
craters of vast extent Perceiving villages
on the border of this lake, we descended with
great difficulty through forests of pine trees,
which now clothed the precipitous sides of
the crater, and were well received by the
people, a simple, unwarlike folk, who had
never seen or even heard of a white man be
fore, and treated us with great reverence
and kindness, supplying us with as much
food and milk as we could eat and drink.
This wonderful and beautiful lako lay, ac
cording to our aneroid, at a height of no less
than 11,450 feet above sea level, and its cli
mate was quite cold, and not at all unlike
that of England. Indeed, for tho first three
days of our stay there we saw little or
nothing of the scenery, on account of an un
mistakable Scotch mist which prevailed. It
was this rain that set the tsetse poison work
ing in our remaining donkeys, so that they
all died.
This disaster left us in a very awkward po
sition, as wo had now no means of transport
whatever, though, on tho other hand, we had
not much to carry. Ammunition, too, was
very short, amounting to but 150 rounds of
rifle cartridges and some fifty shotgun car
tridges. How to get on we did not know; in
deed it seemed to us that we had about
reached the end of our tether. Even if we
had been inclined to abandon the object of
our search, which, shadow as it was, was by
no means the case, it was ridiculous to think
of forcing our way back some 700 miles to the
coast in our present plight ; so we came to the
conclusion that the only thing to be done was
to stop where we were tho natives being so
well dispo- ed and food plentiful for the pres
ent, and abide events ard try to collect infor
mation as to the countries beyond.
Accordingly, having purchased a capital
log canoe, large enough to hold us all and
cur bggaff, fromths headman of the vil
lage we were staying in, presenting him with
three empty cold drawn brass cartridges by
way of payment, with which he was perfectly
delighted, we set out to tnako a tour of tho
la'e in order to find the most favorable placo
to muko a camp. As we did not know if we
should return to this village, we put all our
gear into the canoe, and also a quarter of
cooked watw buck, which when young is deli
cious eating, and oil we set, natives having
already gone bef ore us in light canoes to warn
tbo inhabitants of the other villages of our
As we went we began to pass a considera
ble accumulation of floating rushes, weed,
boughs of trees, and other rubbish, brought.
Good bupposed, to this spot by some current,
which ho was much puzzled to account for.
Whilo wo were speculating about this, Sir
Henry pointed out a flock of large white
swans, which were feeding on the drift some
littlo way ahead of us. Now I had already
noticed swans flying about this lake, and
having never come across them before in
Africa, was exceedingly anxious to obtain a
specimen. I had questioned the natives
about them, and learned that they came from
over the mountain, always arriving at certain
periods of tho year in the early morning,
when it was very eay to catch them, on ac
count of their exhaust d condition.
Well, we set to work to stalk the swans,
which kept drawing as they fed nearer and
nearer to the precipice, and at last we pushed
the cuiioo under Rbelter of a patch of drift
within forty yards of them. Sir Henry had
tho shotgun loaded with No. 1, and waiting
for n chance, get two in a lino, and, firing ut
their necks, killed them both. Up roso the
rest, thirty or more of them, with a mighty
splashing, and, as they did so, he gave them
tho othor barrel. Down came one fellow with
a broken w-ing, and I saw tho leg of another
drop and a few feathers start out of his back,
but he went on quite strong. Up went the
swans, circling ever higher till at last thoy
were mere specks level with tho top of the
frowning precipico, when I saw them form
into a trianglo and head off for the unknown
northeast. Meanwhile we had picked up our
two dead ones, and beautiful birds they were,
weighing not loss than about thirty pounds
each, and were chasing the winged one,
which had scrambled over a mass of drift
weed into a pool of clear water beyond.
Finding a difficulty in forcing the canoe
through the rubbish, I told our only remain
ing Wakwafl servant, whom I knew to be an
excellent swimmer, to jump over, dive under
the drift, and catch hirn, knowing that as
there were no crocodiles fa this lake he could
come to no hurm. Entering into the fun of
the thing the man did so, and soon was dodg
ing about after the winged swan in fine style,
getting gradually nearer to the rock wall,
against which the water washed as he did so.
Suddenly be gave up swimming after the
swan, and began to cry out that he was being
carried away; and indeed we saw that, though
he was swimming with all his strength toward
us, he was being drawn slowly toward the
precipice. With a few desperate strokes of
our paddles wo pushed the canoe through the
crust of drift and rowed toward the man as
hard as we coflld, but, fast as we went, he
was drawn faster toward the rock. Suddenly
I saw that before us, just rising eighteen
inches or so above the surface of the lake, was
what looked like tho top of the arch of a sub
merged cave or railway tunnel. Evidently,
from the water mark on the rock several feet
above it, it was generally entirely submerged;
but there had been a dry season, and the cold
had prevented the snow from melting as
freely as usual, so the lake was low and tho
arch showed. Toward thi3 arch our poor
servant was being sucked with frightful
rapidity. He was not more than twenty
paces from it, and we were about thirty when
I saw it, aud with little help from us the
canoe flew along after him. He struggled
bravely, and I thought that we should have
saved him, when suddenly I perceived an ex
pression of despair come upon his face, and
there before our eyes he was sucked down into
the cruel, swirling, blue depths, and vanished;
at tho same moment I felt our canoo seized as
with a mighty hand and propelled with resist
less force toward the rock.
We realized our danger now, and rowed, or
rather paddled, furiously in our attempt to
get out of the vortex. In vain; in another
second we were flying straight for the arch
like an arrow, and I thought tbat we were
lost Luckily, I retained sufficient presence
of mind to shout out, instantly setting tho ex
ample by throwing myself into the bottom of
the canoe, "Down on your faces downl" and
the others had the sense to take the hint In
another instant there was a grinding noise,
and the boat was pushed down till the water
began to trickle over the sides, and I thought
that we were gone. But no; suddenly the
grinding ceased, and we could again feel the
canoe flying along. I turned my head a lit
tle I dared not lift it and looked up. By
the feeble light that yet reached the canoe I
could make out that a dense arch of rock
hung just over our heads, and that was all.
In another minute I could not even make out
as much as that, for the faint light bod
merged into shadow, and the shadows had
been swallowed up in darkness utter and
For an hour or so we lay there, not daring
to lift our heads for fear lest the brains should
be dashed out of thorn, and scarcely able to
speak even, on account of the noise of the
rushing water which drowned our voices.
Not, indeed, that we had much inclination to
speak, seeing that we were overwhelmed by
the awfulness of our position and the immi
nent fear of instant death, either by being
dashed against the sides of the cavern or on a
rock, or being sucked down in the raging
waters, or perhaps asphyxiated by want of
air. All of thuse and many other modes of
death presented themselves to my imagina
tion as I lay at the bottom of the canoe listen
ing to the swirl of the hurrying waters, which
ran whither we knew not One other sound
only could I hear, and that was Alphonse's
intermittent howl of terror coming from the
center of tho canoe, and even that seemed
faint and unreal Indeed the whole thing
overpowered my brain, and I began to be
lieve that I was the victim of some ghastly,
spirit shaking nightmare.
On wo flow, drawn by the mighty current,
till at last I noticed that the sound of the
water was not half eo deafening as it had
been, and concluded that this must be be
cause there was more room for the echoes to
disperse in. I could now hear Alphonse's
howls much more distinctly; they were made
up of the oddest mixture of invocations to
the Supreme Power and the name of his be
loved Annette that it is possible to conceive;
and, in short, though their evident earnest
ness saved them from profanity, were, to say
the least, very remarkable. Taking up a
paddle, I managed to drive it into his ribs,
whereon he, thinking that the end had come,
howled louder than ever. Then 1 slowly and
cautiously raised myself on my knees and
stretched my band upward, but could touch
no roof. Next I took the paddle and lifted it
above my head as high as I could, but with
the samo result I also thrust it out laterally
to the right and left, but could touch nothing
except water. Then I bethought me that
there was in the boat, among our other re
maining possessions, a tull's eye lantern and
a tin of oil. I groied about and found it,
and having a match on me, carefully lit it,
and as soon as the flame bad got a bold of the
wick I turned it on down tho bor.t. As it
huppeued, tho first thing the liht lit ou was
tho whito and scared face of Alphonso, who.
thinking that it was all over at lost, and that
ho was witnessing a preliminary ce
lestial phenomenon, cuvo a terrific yell,
and was with difficulty reassured with
the paddle. As for tho other three, Good
was lying on tho flat of hli back, hi eye
glass still fixed in his eye, and gazing blankly
Into tho upper darkness. Sir Henry hail his
lip.ul rpitint on tho thwarts of tun canoe, and
with his hand was trying to tostlhe speed of
the water. But when tho beam of light fell
upon old Umslopogaas I could really have
laughed, i think I have said that we bad put
a roast quarter of water buck into tho canoo.
Well, it so happened that when we all pros
trated ourselves to avoid being swept out or
the boat and into tho water by the rock roof,
Umslopogaas' head had come down uncom
monly near this roost buck, and so soon as he
had recovered a littlo from the first thock of
our position it occurred to him that he was
hungry. Thereupon he coolly cut off a chop
with Inkosi-kaas, and was now employed in
eating it, with every appearance of satisfac
tion. As ho uf terward explained, he thought
that ho was going "on a long journey," and
preferred to start on a full stomach. It re
minded mo of tho people who ore going to be
hanged, nnd who aro generally reported iu
tho English daily papers to havo made "an
excellent breakfast."
As soon as tho others saw that I had man
aged to light up tho lamp, we bundled
Alphonse into tho farther end of tho canoe
with a threat, which calmed him wonder
fully, that if he would insist upon making
tho darkness hideous with his cries we would
put him out of suspense by sending him to
join tho Wakwafl and wait for Annette in
another sphere, and began to discuss the
situation as well as we could. First, bow
ever, at Good's suggestion we bound two
paddles mast fashion in tho bows, so that
they might give us warning against any
sudden lowering of the roof of tho cavo or
water way. It was clear to us that we were
in an underground river, or, as Alphonso do
fined It, "main drain," which carried off tho
tho superfluous waters of the lako. Such
rivers aro well known to exist in many parts
of tho world, but it has not often been tho
evil fortune of explorers to travel by them.
That the river was wide wo could clearly Bee,
for the light from tha bull's eye lantern
failed to reach from shore to shore, although
occasionally.when tho current swept us either
to one side or tho other, we could distinguish
tho rock wall of tho tunnel, which, as far as
we could make out, appeared to arch about
twenty-five feet above our heads. A3 for tho
the current itself, it ran, Good estimated, at
least eight knots, und fortunately for us was,
oi is usual, fiercest in the middle of tho
stream. Still, our Cret act was to arrange
that one of us with the lanttrn and a pole
there was in the canoe tihould always be in
the bows ready, if possible, to provent
us from being stove in against the
side of the cave or uny project
ing rock. Umslopogaas, having already
dined, took the first turn. This was abso
lutely, with ono exception, all that we could
do towards preserving our safety. Tho ex
ception was that another of us took up a po
sition in the stern with a paddle, by means of
which it was possible to steer the canoo more
or less, and to keep her from the sides of the
cave. Theso matters attended to, we made a
somewhat sparing meal off the cold buck's
meat (for we did not know how long it might
have to last us) ; and then feeling in rather
better spirits, I gave my opinion that, serious
as it undoubtedly was, I did not consider our
position altogether without hope, unless, in
deed, the natives were right, and the river
plunged straight dowu into the bowels of the
earth. If not, it was clear that it must emerge
somewhere, probably on the othy side of the
mountains, and in that case all we had to
think of was to keep oui-selves alive till we
got there, wherever "thero" might be. But,
of course, as Good lugubriously pointed out,
on tho other hand we might fall victims to a
hundred unsuspected horrors, or the river
might go winding away insido the earth till
it dried up, in which case our fate would in
deed bo mi awful one.
"Well, let us hope for the best and prepare
ourselves for the worst," said Sir Henry, who
is always cheerful and even spirited a very
tower of strength in tho time of trouble.
"We have come out of eo many queer scrapes
together that somehow I almost fancy we
shall come out of this," he added.
This was excellent advice, and we proceed
ed to take it each in our separate ways that
is, except Alphonse, who had by now sunk into
a sort of terrified stupor. Good was at the
helm and Umslopogaas in the bows, 60 there
was nothing left for Sir Henry and myself to
do except lie down in the canoe and think.
It certainly was a curious, and indeed almost
a weird, position to be placed in rushing
along, as we were, through tho bowels of the
earth, borne on tho bosom of a Stygian river,
something after the fashion of souls being
ferried by Charon, as Curtis said. And how
dark it was! the feeblo ray from our little
lamp did but serve to show the darkness.
There in the bows sat old Umslopogaas, like
Pleasure in the poem, watchful and untiring,
the polo ready to his hand, and behind in the
shadow I could just make out the form of
Good peering forward at the ray of light in
order to make out how to steer with the pad
dlo that he held, and now aud again dipped
into the water.
"Well, well," thought I, "you have come in
search of adventures, Allan, my boy, and you
have certainly got them. At your time of
life too! you ought to be ashamed of your
self, but somehow you are not; and awful cs
it all is, perhaps you will pull through after
all ; and if you don why, you cannot help it,
you sec I And when all's said and done, an
underground river will make a very appro
priate burying place."
It was nearly mid day when we made our
divo into darkness, and wo had set our watch
(Good mid Umslopogaas) at 2, having
agreed that it should bo of a duration
of fivo hours. At 7 o'clock, accordingly, Sir
Henry and I went on, Sir Henry at the bow
and I at the stern, and tho other two lay
down and went to sleep. For three hours all
went well, Sir Henry only finding it neces
sary once to push us off from the side; and I
that but little steering was required to keep
us straight, as tho violent current did all that
was needed, though occasionally the canoe
showed a tendency, which had to be guarded
against, to veer and travel broadside on.
When I had been for three hours or 60 at
the helm I began to notice a decided change
In the temperature, which was getting
warmer. At first I took no notice of it, but
when at tho expiration of another half hour
I found that it was getting hotter and hotter,
I called to Sir Henry and asked him if he no
ticed it or if it was only my imagination.
"Noticed it!" he answered, "I should think so.
I am in a sort of Turkish bath." Just about
then the others woke up gasping and were
obliged to begin to discard their clothes.
Here Umslopogaas ha-4 the advantage, for
he did not wear any to speak of except a
Hotter it grew, and hotter yet, tlH at last
we could scarcely breathe, and the perspira
tion poured out of us. Jlalf an hour more.
and though we were all now stark naked wo
could hardly bear it The place was like an
antechamber of the infernal regions proper.
I dipped my hand into the water, and drew it j
niif nlmvf wlfH a rrv ifc nric nun rlv 1 u i i i n f
VUH -' 1 ' ' H .KM J , v " ' ... 'J
Wo consulted a littlo thermometer we bad
the mercury stood at 123 dogs. From the sur
face of the water roso a denso cloud of steam.
Alphonse groaui out that wo were already
in purgatory, which indeed wo were, though
not IiNjho uenso that he meant it. Sir Henry
BUgiWod that wo must be passing near the
seat of Borne underground volcanic fire, and I
am inclined to think, especially in the light of
what subsequently occurred, that ho wa9
right Our sufferings for some time after
this 1'aa.IIv ran my cowers of description,
To be continued.)
Narrow Escape of an Alabama
Church from Destruction
by a Cyclone-
The Colonel had contributed fifty
cents at Denver, a quarter nt Hiriningliam
thirty cents tit Yerbcnii and thirty cents
at Ik'sscmer all for the "rebuilding of
colored churches destroyed by cyclones,"
and when we got to Sheffel and an an
cient darkey struck liim again witli the
same old chestnut, he turned on the
ma'i with:
"fieo here! Where is that church?"
"IJout ten miles from heiili, sir."
"When did the cyclone hit it?"
"Las' September."
"I don't believe it! I believe you are
lying to me! Now, then, will you tell
me the truth for half a dollar?"
"Y-yea, sab."
"Very well. Was that church building
blown down by a cyclone or not? I
want a straight forward answer."
"An' you'll gin me fo' bits?"
"Yes, I will. You only wanted two
bits for the church, while here (ire four
for the truth."
"Den, Fall, I sliall let de church slide
nn, stick to de troof an' hope fur da
Lawd to forgin me! Dat sigliclone jist
missed de cIibitIi by two inches, but I
fought dat was clu 'nuf to collect a few
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