The Plattsmouth daily herald. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1883-19??, February 10, 1892, Image 3

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Hing Solomon's JJines.
primitive lamp, (ood tossing to ana rro, nis
features emaciated, his eyes shining large
and luminous, and Jabbering nonsense by
the yard; and seated on the ground by his
side, her back resting against the wall of tbe
but, tbe soft-eyed, shapely Kukuana beauty,
her whole face, weary its it was, animated
by a look of infinite compassion or was it
something more than compassion?
For two days we thought lie must die. and
crept about with heavy hearts. Only Foula
ta would not believe it.
"He will live," she said.
For three hundred yards or more around
Twala's chief hut, where the sufferer lay.
; there was silence; for bv the king's order all
j who lived in the habitations behind it had,
! except Sir Henry and myself, been removed,
) lest any noise should come to the sick man's
: ears. One night, it was the liftii night of his
illness, as was my habit, 1 went across to
see how he was getting on before turning in
for a few hours.
1 entered the. hut carefully. The lamp
placed upon the tloor showed the figure of
Good, tossing no more, but lying quite still.
So it had come at last! and in the bitter
ness of my heart 1 gave something like a
"Hush li hi' camo from the patch of
dark shadow behind Good's head.
Then, creeping closer, I saw that he was
not dead, but sleeping soundly, with Foula
ta s taper finger's clr.sped tightly in his joor
white hand. The. crisis had passed, and lie
would live, He slepi like that for eighteen
hours: and 1 scarcely like to say it, for fear
I should not be beli-ved, but during that
entire period did that devoted girl sit by
i him, fearing that if she moved and drew
away her hand it would wake him. What
she must have suffered from cramp, stiffness,
I and weariness, to say nothing of want of
food, nobody will ever know; but it is a
! fact that, when at last he woke, she had to
be carried away her limbs were so stiff that
she could not move them.
After the turn had once been taken Good's
recovery was rapid aim complete. It was
not till he was nearly well that Sir Henry
told him of all lie owed to Foulata; and
when he came to ihe story how she sat by
his side for eighteen hours, fearing lest by
moving she would wake him, the honest
sailor's eyes tilled with tears, lie turned
an:t went straight to the hut where Foulata
was preparing tha midday meal (we were
back in our old quarters now), taking me
with him to interpret in case he could not
make his meaning clear to her. though I am
bound to say she understood hi in inarvelous
ly as h rule, considering how extremely lim
iied was his foreign vocabulary.
"Tell her," said Good, "thatl owe her my
life, and that I will never forget her kind
ness i intnpretcd, and under her dark skin she
actually seemed to blush.
Turning to liiin with one of those swift
and grace fui motions that in her always re
minded me of the flight of a wild bird, she
answered softly, glancing at him with hei
kirge brown eyes:
"Kay, my lord ; my lord forgets ! Did lie
not save my life, and am 1 not my lord's
It will be observed that the young lady ap
peared to have entirely forgotten the share
which Sir Henry and myself had had in her
preservation from Twala's clutches. 15nt
that is the way of women ! 1 remember my
dear wife was just the same. 1 retired from
that iittle interview sad at heart. I did not
like Miss Foulata's soft glances, for I knew
the fatal amorous propensities of sailors in
general, and Good in particular.
There are two things in the world, as 1
have found out, which cannot le prevented;
you cannot keep a Zulu from hghtmg, or a
sailor from falling in love upon the slightest
provocation !
It was a few days after this last occur
rence that ignosi held his great "indaba"
(council), and was formally recognized as
king by the "indunas"' (head men) of Ku
kuanaland. The spectacle was a most im
posing one, including, as it did, a great re
view of troops. On this day the remaining
fragments of the Grays were formally parad
ed, and in the face of the army thanked for
tiieir splendid conduct in the great battie.
To e:ich man the king made a large present
of cattle, promoting them one and all to the
rank of officers in the new corps of ("rays
which was in process of formation. An or
der was also promulgated throughout the
length and breath of Kukuanaland, that
whilst we honored the country with our
presence, we three were to be greeted with
the royal salute, to be treated with the same
ceremony and respect that was by custom
accorded to the king, and the power of life
and death was publicly conferred upon us.
Ignosi, too, in the presence of his people,
reaffirmed the promises he had made, to the
effect that no man's blood should be shed
without trial, and that witch-hunting should
cease in the land.
When the ceremony was over we waited
upon Ignosi, and informed him that we were
now anxious to investigate the mystery of
the mines to which Solomon's Road ran,
asking him if he had discovered anything
about them.
"My friends," he answered, "this have I
discovered. It is there that the three figures
sit, who here are called the 'Silent Ones,'
and to whom Twala would have offered the
girl Foulata, as a sacrifice. It is there, too,
in a great cave deep in the mountain, that
the kings of the land are buried; there shall
ye find Twala's body, sitting with those who
went before him. There, too, is a great pit,
which, at some time, long-dead men dug
out, mayhap for the stones ye speak of, such
as I have heard men in Natal speak of at
Kimberty. There, too, in the Place of Deatli
is a secret chamber, known to none but the
king and Gagool. lint Twala, who knew it,
ij dead, and I know it not, nor know I what
is in it. But there is a legend in the laud
that once, many generations gone, a white
man crossed the mountains, and was led by
a woman to the secret chamber and shown
Hie wealth, but !cfore he could take it siie
betrayed him. and he was driven by the king
of that d;iy baek to the mountains, and since
then no man has entered the chamher."
"The story is surely true, Ign-isi, .for on
t'.i mountains we found the whito," I
"Yes, we found him. And now I have
t;ro;nisnd ye that if ye can find that chamber,
and the stones are there "
"The stone upon thy forehead proves that
they are there," 1 put in, pointing to the
great diamond I had taken from Twala's
dead brows.
"Mayhap; if they are there," he said, "ye
shall have as many as ye can take hence if,
indeed, ye would leave me, my brothers."
"First we must find the chamber," said L
"There is but oue who can show it to
thee Gagool."
"And if she will not?"
"Then shall she die," said Ignosi, sternly.
"I have saved her alive but for this. Stay,
she shall choose." and calling to a messen
ger he ordered Gagool to be brought.
In a few minutes she came, hurried along
by two guards, whom she was cursing as she
"Leave her." Wiethe king to the guards.
as soon aa their rapport wu undrawn
the "Wltnered""oTa -DnntTlB-oT roar looked
more like a bundle than anything else sunk
into a heap 6n the floor, oat of which her
two bright, wicked eyes gleamed like a
"What will ye with me, Ignosi?" she
piped. "Ye dare not touch me. If ye
touch me I will blast ye as ye sit. Beware
of my magic."
"Thy magic could not save Twala, old
she-wolf, and it cannot hurt me," was the
answer. "Listen; 1 will this of thee, that
thou reveal where is the chamber where are
the shining stones."
"Ila! ha!" she pied, "none know but 1,
and I will never tell thee. The white devils
shall go hence empty-handed."
"Thou wilt tell me. 1 will make thee
tell me."
"How, O king? Thou art great, but can
thy power wring the truth from a woman?"
"It is dillicult, yet will 1 do iL"
"II w, O king?"
".Nay, thus; if thou tellest not thou shalt
"Die I" she shrieked, in terror and fury;
"ye dare not touch me man, ye know not
who I am. How o!d think ye am 1? I knew
your fathers, aud your fathers' fathers'
fathers. When the country was young I
was here, when the couutry grows old I
shall still be here. I cannot die unless I be
killed by chance, for none dare slay me."
"Yet will 1 slay thee. See Gagool, moth
er of evil, thou art so old thou canst no lon
ger love life. What can life be to such a
hag as thee, who hast no shape, no form,
nor hair, nor teeth hast naught, save
wickedness and evil eyes? It will be mercy
to slay thee, Gagool."
"Thou fool," shrieked the old fiend,
"thou accursed fool, thinkest thou that life
Is sweet only to the young? It is not so,
and naught thou knowest of the heart of
man to think of iL To the young, indeed,
death is sometimes welcome, for the young
can feel. They love and suffer, and it
wrings them to see their beloved pass to the
land of shadow. But the old feel not, they
love not, and, ha! ha! they laugh to see an
other go out into the dark; ha! ha! they
laugh to see the evil that is doiu under the
sun. All they love is life, the warm, warm
sun, and the sweet, sweet air. They are
afraid of the cold, afraid of the c:ild and
dark, ha! ha! ha!" and tho old hag writhed
in ghastly merriment on the ground.
' Cease thine evil talk and answer me."
said Ignosi, angrily. "Wilt thou show the
place where the stones are, or wilt thou
not? If thou wilt not thou diet even now,"
and he se z"d a spear and held it over ln-r.
"I will not show it; thou darest not kill
me, darest not. He w;:o slays me will be
accursed forever."
Siowly Ignosi brought down the sj.ear
till it pricked the prostrate heap of rags.
With a wild ye.'l she sprung to her feet,
aud then again feli and roll.d upon the
"Nay, I will show it. Only let ni live;
let ine sit in the sun and Lave a bit of meat
to suck, ami I will show ih.e."
"It is well. I thought I shou:d find a
way to reason with th;;e. To-morrow thou
shalt go with Infadoos and my while broth
ers to the phnw; and beware how thou full
est, for if thou show.'st ii nol then shalt
thou die. I have spoken."
"1 will not fail, Ignosi. I always keep
my word; ha! ha! ha! Once a woman
showed the place to a white man before,
and behold, evil befell him;" and here her
wicked eyes glinted. "Her nauie was Ga
gool, too. Perchance 1 was that woman."
"Thou liest," I said; "that was ten gener
ations ago."
"Mayhap, mayhap; when one lives long
one forgets. Perhaps it was my mother's
mother who told me; surely her name was
(iagool also. But mark, ye will find in the
place where the bright playthings area bag
of hide full of stones. The man filled that
bag, but he never took it away. Evil befell
him! Perhaps it was my mother's mother
wiio told me. It will be a merry journey
we can see the bodies of those who died in
the battle as we go. Their eyes wili be gone
by now, and their ribs will be hollow. Ha!
It was already dark on the third day aftei
the scene described in the previous chapter,
when we camped in some huts at the foot ol
the "Three Witch-s." as tiie triangle ol
mountains were called to which Solomon's
Great Road ran. Our party consist of our
three selves and Foulata. who waited on us
especially on Good Infadoos, Gagool,
who was borne along in a litter, inside
which she could be heard muttering and
cursing all day long, and a party of guard
and attendants.
I had better leave the feelings of intense
excitement with which we set out on oui
march that morning to the imagination of
those who read this history. At last we
were drawing near to the wonderful mines
that had been the cause of the miserable
death of the old Portuguese don. three cen
turies ago, of my poor friend, his ill-starred
descendant, and also, as we feared, of George
Curtis, Sir Henry's brother. Were we des
tined, after all tnat we had gone through, to
fare any better? Evil befell them: as that
old fiend (iagool said, would also befall us?
Somehow, as we were marching up that lasl
stretch of beautiful road, I could not help
feeling a little superstitious about the mat
ter, and so 1 think did Good and Sir Henry.
For an hour and a half or more we
tramped on up the heather-fringed road,
going so fast in our excitement that the
bearers with Gagool's hammock could
scarcely keep pace with us, and its occu
pant piped out to us to stop.
"Go more slowly, white men," she said,
projecting her hideous shriveled counten
ance between the curtains, and fixing her
gleaming eyes upon us; "why will ye run
to meet the evil that shail befall ye, ye
seekers after treasure? ' and she laughed
that horrible laugh which always sent a
cold shiver down my back, and which for a
while quite took the enthusiasm out of us.
However on we went, till we saw before
us, and between ourselves and the peak, a
vast circular hole with sloping sides, three
hundred feet or more in depth, and quite
half a mile round.
"Can't you guess what this is?'' I said to
Sir Henry and Good, who were staring in
astonishment down into the awful pit be
fore us.
They shook their heads.
"Then it is clear that you have never
seen the diamond mines at Kimberley. Y'ou
may depend on it that this is Solomon's
Diamond Mine; look there," I said point
ing to the stiff, blue clay which was yet to
be seen among the grass and bushes which
clothed the sides of the pit, "the formation
is the same. I'll be bound that if we went
down there we should find "pipes' of soapy
brecciated rock. Look, too," and I pointed
to a series of worn fiat slabs of rock which
were placed on a gentle slope below the
level of a water-course which had in some
past age been cut out of the solid rock; "if
those are not tables once used to wash the
stuff,' I'm a Dutchman."
At the edge of this vast hole, which was
the pit marked on the old don's map, the
great road branched into two and cireum-
rented IL In many places this circumvent
ing road was built entirely of rait blocks of
stoge, apparently with the objnet of sup
porting the edces of the pit and preventing
falls of ; reef. Along this road we pr used,
driven by curiosity to see what the three
towering objects were which we could dis
cern from the hither side of th-i great hole.
As we got nearer we perceived Mat tiiuy
were colossi of some sort or another, and
rightly conjectured that these were the three
"Silent Ones" that wer held in such awe
by the Kukuana people. But it was not un
til we gut quile close that wo reeogniz -d the
full majesty of tuese Silent Ones."
There, u on huro iwdestaN of dark rock,
sculptured In unknown characters, twenty
paces b' tweeu each, and looking down tho
road whi h crossed some f.x:y m.ies of
plain to Loo, were three colons. ti s at -d
forms two male and one feina e each
measuring about twenty feet li'ju the
crown of the head to the pedestal.
Before we had finished examining these
extraordinary relics of remote mi'iuiiy, In
fadoos came up, nn I, having saluted the
"Silent Ones" by lifting h s spear, a.Ued us
if we Intended entering the " I 'lace of
Death" at once, or if we would wait till af
ter we had taken food at midday. If we
were ready to go at once, (iagool had an
nounced her willingness to guide us. As it
was not more than eleven o'clock, we
driven to it by a burning curiosity an
nounced our intention of proceeding at
once, and 1 suggested that, in case we
Should be detained in the cave, we should
take fonie food with us. Accordingly G
gool's litter was brought up and that lad)
herself assisted out of it; and meanwhile
Foulata, at my request, stored some "bil
tong," or dried game-flesh together with t
couple of gourds of water in a reed baskeL
Straight in front of us, at a distance of souk
fifty paces from the backs of the colossi
rose a sheer wall of rock, eighty feet oi
more in height, that gradually sloped up till
it formed the base of the lofty snow
wreathed peak, which soared up into the
air three thousand feet above us. As sou
as she was clear of her hammock, (iagool
cast one evil grin upon us, and then, lean
ing on a stick, hobbled off toward Ihe sheei
face of the rock. We followed her till w
came to a narrow portal solidly arched
that looked like the opening of a gallery ol
a mine.
Here (iagool was waiting for vs. still with
that evil grin upon her hoi rid face.
"Now, white men lroin the st irs," sh
piped; "great warriors, incuoii, ISougwan.
and Maciiiiiazilin the wise, are e p-ady!
Behold, 1 am here lo do li.e balding of n.y
lord the king, and to show ye the store ol
bright stones."
"We are ready," I said.
"Good! good! Make strong your hearts t
bear what ye shail see. C'oniesr thou tix.
Infadoos, who betrayed thy master?"
Infadoos frowned as h answered :
"Nay, 1 come not, it is not for tif, to en
ter there. But thou il.ixil, cuib lh
tongue, and beware how thou dealest With
my lords. At thy hands will 1 require them
and if a hair 'of them be hurt, (iagool, Ix
thou fifty times a witch, thcu shalt die.
Hearest thou?"
"I hear, Infadoos; I know thee, thou
didst ever love big words; when thr.u was!
a babe 1 remember thou didst thieateu thine
own mother. That was but the other day.
But fear not, fear not, 1 live but to do the
bidding of the king. I have done tho bid
ding of many kings, Infadoos, till in the end
they did mine. . Ha! ha! 1 goto look upon
their, faces once more, and Twala's, too1
Come on,, come on, here is the lamp," and
she drew a great gourd full of oil. ami fitted
with a rush wick, from under her fur cloik.
"Art thou coming, F.nilata?" asked
(iood in his villainous kitchen Kukuana, i
which he had been improving himlf un
der that young lady's tuition.
"I fear my lord," the gill answered timidly-
"Then give rne the basket."
"Nay, my lord, whither thou goest, there
will I go also."
"The deuce you will !" thought 1 lo my
self; "that will be rather awkward if evel
we got out of this."
Without further ado G ig.! plu lged into
the passage, which was wi'e ei:ougn to ad
mit of two walking abreast, and quite dark,
we following her voice as she piped to us
to come on, in some fear and trembling,
which was not allayed by tiie sound of it
sudden rush of wings.
"Hullo! what's that?'' halloed Good;
"somebody hit me in the face."
"Bats," said I; "on you go."
When we had, so far as we could judge,
gone some fifty paces, we perceived that
the passage was growing faintly light. An
other minute, we stood in the most wonder
ful place that the eyes of living man ever,
lit on.
Let the reader picture himself the hall of
the vastest cathedral he evr stood in, win
dowless indeed, but dimly lighted from
above (presumably by shafts connected
with the outer air and driven in the roof,'
which arched away a hundred feet above
our head), and he will get some idea of the
size of the enormous cave in which we
stood, with the difference that this cathe
dral designed of nature was loftier and
wider than any built by man. But its stu
pendous size was the least of the wonders
of the place, for running in rows down its
length were gigantic pillars of what looked
like ice, but were, in reality, huge stalacti
tes. It is impossible for me to convey any
idea of the overpowering beauty and
grandeur of these pillars of white spar,
some of which were not less than twenty
feet in diameter at the base, and sprung up
in lofty and yet delicate beauty sheer to the
distant roof. Others again were in process
of formation. On the rock Moor there was
in these cases what looked, S.r Henry said,
exactly like a broken column in an old Gre
cian temple, whilst high atxive, deluding
from the roof, the point of a hue icicle
could be dimly seen. And even as with a
tiny spla-h a drop of water would fail from
the far-olT i ie!e on the co.tiiuti bi.iow.
Sometimes the st.-.lae: .li s to.ik strange
forms, presiun ibly where the dropping of
the water ha.i not aiways oceo on the same
spot. Thus one huge mast, which mus
have weighed a hundred tons or so. was li
the form of a pulpit, beautifully fretted ovei
outside witli what looked like lace. Other:
resembled strange beasts, and on the sidei
of the cave were fan-like ivory tracing
such as the frost leaves upon a pane.
On she Jed us, straight to the top o
the vast and silent cave, where we found
another doorway, not arched as the firs'
was, but square at the top, something like
the doorways of Egyptian temples.
"Are ye prepared to enter the Place ol
Death?" asked Gagool, evidently with the
view of making us feel uncomfortable.
"Lead on, Macdutr," said (iood, solemnly,
trying to look as though he was not at all
alarmed, as indeed did we all except Foula
ta, who caught Good by the arm for proteo
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